Weekly Community News

23 April 2024

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Toll Relief Scheme

Motorists in Sydney are now able to claim a rebate of up to 40 percent on tolls in the 2022-23 and the 2023-24 financial years. As part of the scheme, drivers who spent more than $375 on tolls during the financial year will be able to claim up to $750. Payments to eligible customers will be backdated to 1 July 2022. If you or someone you know could benefit from this initiative, then I encourage you to see if you are eligible.

For more information, or to apply, visit

Cumberland Police Area Command Police Officer of the Year Awards

I recently attended the Cumberland Police Area Command Police Officer of the Year Awards as part of the Rotary Club of Holroyd Awards Presentation Night. The event, which took place at Club Merrylands, was an opportunity for the community to acknowledge the hard work and achievements of our local Police officers. Our Police Force dedicate their lives to helping and protecting our residents, going above and beyond to ensure the safety of the Cumberland community. Well done to the nominees and congratulations to the winners.

Cumberland Police Area Command award winners.

Draft Operational Plan and Draft Fees and Charges 2024-2025

Council’s Draft Operational Plan and Draft Fees and Charges 2024-2025 are now on public exhibition. These documents outline Council’s projects and programs to be undertaken over the next 12 months, as well as details of the annual budget, capital works, rates, and fees and charges. I encourage you to review these documents and give your valuable feedback.

To have your say, visit

ANZAC DAY Services

ANZAC Day, 25 April, is one of Australia’s most important national days. It marks the anniversary of the first campaign that led to major casualties for Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War from 1914 – 1918. Council staff have been working with sub Branches, RSL Clubs and community organisations to help prepare memorials, reserves and sites for this year’s commemorations with services held at locations in Cumberland.

To find a service near you, visit

An ANZAC Day Dawn Service will be held at Charles Mance Reserve in Merrylands this year

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Your Rates at Work

Footpath Renewal Project

Council has completed footpath renewals at Bayfield Road in Greystanes, Albion Avenue in Merrylands and Currong Street in South Wentworthville to enable easier access for pedestrians.

Have Your Say

Joseph Street Precinct Upgrade

Council is seeking feedback on the concept plans to transform the Joseph Street Precinct. The plan aims to give the community more public space, better public streets with a range of facilities including outdoor dining opportunities, new tree canopy cover, public art and new street furniture.

Submissions close: 11pm, Tuesday 30 April 2024

Burnett Street Planning Proposal

The proposal seeks to amend the Cumberland Local Environmental Plan (CLEP) 2021 to support mixed use development in the Burnett Street Neighbourhood Centre in Merrylands.

Submissions Close: Wednesday 22 May 2024

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ANZAC Day Swim Centres Pool Operating Hours

Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre: 12pm to 4pm
Granville Swim Centre: 12pm to 4pm
Guildford Swim Centre: Closed
Merrylands Swim Centre: Closed
Wentworthville Memorial Swim Centre: 12pm to 4pm

For more information, visit:

Enrol in Project Harmony

Council is proud to partner with Royal Life Saving NSW to offer 10 complimentary swimming lessons to eligible preschoolers.

To qualify for Harmony lessons, children must be between the ages of 3-6 years, not attending Primary School, have not received swimming lessons before, and either have not utilised their first $50 First Lap voucher or are willing to contribute $50 towards the lessons.

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