Community News Update

21 June 2022

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Council is in the midst of refugee week and I have been busy attending events to celebrate the occasion. This year’s theme is ‘Healing’ which hopes to promote harmony and togetherness by encouraging individuals, communities and organisations to connect. This important week raises awareness of issues affecting refugees by highlighting their experiences to the broader community to help foster relationships and understanding.

I am delighted to let everyone know that Council’s Deputy General Manager and Director Community and Organisation Development, Melissa Attia, has been awarded the prestigious Public Service Medal Award. This Award recognises outstanding service of public sector employees. Receiving a PSM is an honour, with only 100 recipients awarded nationally each year. Melissa was nominated for her outstanding service to the Council during the COVID-19 Pandemic for her work in assisting residents. Congratulations Melissa on this significant achievement.

I had the pleasure of attending Lidcombe@Night – Wyatt Park activation over the weekend. The event featured an open-air cinema, community stallholders and sporting organisations. After months of community consultations, the event was a great opportunity to see the recent upgrades at Wyatt Park. It was a valuable opportunity to interact with residents, engage with local stakeholders and sporting groups.

Did you know that you can still use your NSW Government Dine and Discover vouchers at restaurants and businesses within Cumberland? According to data only 30% of residents have taken advantage of this offer, meaning there are still hundreds of vouchers that will go unused. I’d encourage you to take your family out for a meal at one of our restaurants in our town centres or catch a movie in Auburn. These vouchers can be used at most eateries in the LGA, as well as at cinemas and recreation venues. Vouchers expire on Thursday 30 June. To find participating businesses near you, visit the website

Seniors who are fluent in Arabic and Chinese are being encouraged to learn more about the services that can help you stay healthy, active and connected at the Ageing Wiser and Healthier Information Sessions for Seniors. Cumberland Council Seniors & Disability Services in partnership with Multicultural Health Services and Western Sydney Local Health District will be hosting these sessions and it will include information on senior services and assistance programs, health and wellness programs, a Zumba presentation and more. One session will be delivered in Mandarin on Monday 27 June at the Berala Community Centre, and the session in Arabic will be held on Thursday 30 June at Guildford Community Centre. For more information visit the website

To raise awareness of domestic and family violence, Council will be hosting a Domestic and Family Violence Information Forum on Friday 24 June from 9am to 4pm at the Holroyd Centre in Merrylands. This forum is an opportunity to hear from a diverse range of speakers and panelists on the support and services in the sector. It will also be a good opportunity to engage, reflect and discuss the impacts and challenges in the sector. Registration is essential, visit the website to book your place

Lastly, Council is also very excited to see the return of the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival at Auburn Botanic Gardens this August. We are seeking expressions of interest from suitable food stallholders and mobile food vehicles to participate in this great cultural event. Applications close on Friday 24 June. To find out more visit

Mayor Lisa Lake
8757 9856 |


We have 50 awesome NAIDOC Week 2022 hoodies up for grabs. Simply fill out this survey to go into the draw to win. Entries close at 5pm on Thursday 30 June and winners will be announced on Friday 1 July.

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Book Clubs

Turkish Book Club

Love Turkish literature and enjoy reading Turkish poetry and classic fiction? Then consider joining this Turkish Book Club, held every first Monday of the month, starting Monday 4 July from 6pm to 8pm at Auburn Library.

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Chinese Book Club (EOI)

Do you enjoy meeting with other Chinese speakers and have a passion for reading? Would you like to join a Chinese Book Club that meets once a month in the library?

Express your interest now, phone: 8757 9065

Alcohol Free Zones 2022

We are seeking your feedback on the number and location of alcohol-free zones in Cumberland City. Council has already established 46 alcohol-free zones throughout the area, in line with the Local Government Act 1993, and is proposing to renew these existing zones so that the dates for future renewals are aligned and all 46 areas are assessed in the same time periods.

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Employment Zones Reform

The NSW Government is proposing changes to business and industrial zones in the local environmental plans (LEP).

To have your say on how the new zones will be introduced into the Cumberland LEP, visit:

Be Asbestos Ready

If your home was built before 1990, it could contain asbestos. Asbestos can be found throughout the home, in walls, bathrooms, ceilings, floors, laundries, kitchens, roofs, fences and garages. Asbestos is dangerous when damaged, disturbed or deteriorating so you shouldn’t remove it yourself.

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