Weekly Community News

21 May 2024

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Civic Park and Pendle Hill Wetland Improvement Project

Council is gearing up for the Grand Opening of Civic Park in Pendle Hill this Thursday at 9:30am. The event will include a special plaque unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony, where residents, community members and visitors can explore and enjoy the park's exciting new features. The upgraded park now features a new inclusive and accessible nature play space, outdoor fitness zone, table tennis, picnic areas, a half-court basketball court, new amenities and more. The project, valued over $17.5 million, has been jointly funded by the NSW Government’s Western Sydney Infrastructure Grants Program in association with Cumberland Council.

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Back to Guildford Festival

This weekend, we invite you to explore the new Guildford Laneway at our FREE family friendly event, Back to Guildford Festival. Come along and enjoy the live music, roving performances, children’s games and activities, as well as a huge range of eateries, food and market vendors. There will also be a new public art mural to discover and streetscape upgrades including tables and benches, installation of smart technology, lighting, CCTV cameras and mobile phone charging stations. The upgrades are part of the Safer Cities: Her Way Program designed to improve safety and amenities for women and girls.

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Federal Budget 2024-2025

I was pleased to see the Federal Budget include some support for those in need, including an increase in Commonwealth Rent Assistance, changes to stage 3 tax cuts and from July 1 all Australian households will receive a $300 energy bill rebate. Tertiary students will also receive some relief with a change to the rate of indexation. Paid Parental Leave will also increase to 22 weeks from 1 July 2024. If you are facing difficulties, don't struggle alone.

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Getting Women Elected Forum

Join us at the Australian Local Government Women's Associations's (ALGWA) ‘Getting Women Elected Forum’ hosted by Council, dedicated to empowering women interested in running for election to Council in the September 2024 Local Government elections.

When: Saturday 1 June, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Where: Holroyd Centre, 11-17 Miller Street, Merrylands

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International Women’s Day brunch at the Holroyd Centre

This forum is part of ALGWA’s statewide initiative to boost female representation in local government.

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Your Rates at Work

Roads Renewals

Council has recently completed road renewals at Macklin Street in Pendle Hill and Thames Street in Merrylands West where over 500m of road in total was resurfaced and new asphalt was laid.

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Battery Safety

Did you know that improperly disposing of batteries can lead to hazardous fires during waste collection and processing? Make sure you book a service with Mobile Community Recycling Service (MCRS) or head to your nearest small drop off centres to responsibly dispose of your old batteries.

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National Volunteer Week

To celebrate National Volunteer Week, Council is recognising the vital work of our volunteers who contribute to initiatives and services including; children and youth, seniors and disability, education and care and more. If you’re interested in learning about volunteering in Cumberland, please come along for a free bus tour to see what opportunities are available

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Watchful Eyes Supervise: Keep Children Safe Campaign

Council is encouraging parents to be mindful of supervising their children at Council’s Community Centres, Libraries, Swim Centre programs and events. Council is also reminding parents that children under 15 years cannot attend Council Swim Centres without adult supervision and children under 12 years need an adult to attend one of Council’s Libraries.

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