Community News Update

24 January 2023

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Granville Train Disaster Memorial Service

The memorial service for the 46th anniversary of the Granville Train Disaster was held last week to commemorate the 84 people who lost their lives and the hundreds that were injured in the accident. The Prime Minister, the Hon. Anthony Albanese, local Members of Parliament, Councillors and local community members attended the service, as we reflected on the tragic incident and paid our respects to those who lost their lives and those who risked their lives to save others.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which is a free book-gifting program, has been extended until 2024 to allow for more newborn children in Cumberland to participate. Children born between 1 January 2022 and 30 June 2024 who join the program will receive a book each month, until they turn five. This early literacy program was highly successful when launched in Cumberland in 2022, and I am very pleased to see the program continue. To register your child or for more information, visit

Lohri and Pongal Celebrations

I recently attended the celebration of the Indian festival, Lohri, held at the Wentworthville Community Centre. The event was held by the Australian Hindi-Indian Association as part of their monthly seniors meeting. The Minister for NSW Multiculturalism and Minister for Seniors, the Hon. Mark Coure attended the meeting along with our Deputy Mayor, Clr Saha. I also joined our Tamil community and fellow Councillors in celebrating Pongal, the harvest festival, held at Holroyd Gardens. These events are a wonderful opportunity to experience cultural festivities and embrace our vibrant multicultural communities in Cumberland.

Australia Day Events

Council is gearing up for its annual Australia Day event that will be held this Thursday. To start the day, we will welcome our newest citizens into the community at our first Citizenship Ceremony for the year. Council’s Australia Day event will be held in the evening at Holroyd Gardens and will feature live entertainment from local musicians and DJs, a variety of food trucks, an outdoor cinema screening ‘Back to the Outback’, an assortment of garden games and a spectacular fireworks display. I encourage you all to bring your families and enjoy the activities. To view the program or for more information visit

Mayor Lisa Lake
8757 9856 |

Your Rates at Work

Within the last fortnight, Council crews successfully:

  • Repaired 172 potholes
  • Swept 834 km of roads
  • Cleaned 192 stormwater pits

Completed works within the last fortnight:

  • Railway Terrace, Guildford – Asphalt works
  • Stanhope Street, Auburn – Asphalt and pavement works

Works at Council Parks and Open Spaces:

  • Top dressing and aeration works
  • Soil moisture, surface hardness and irrigation repairs
  • Synthetic fibre installations
  • Holroyd Gardens is being prepared for Council’s Australia Day event with a fresh coat of mulch applied to all garden beds and maintenance throughout the gardens
  • Woodville Golf Course fairways, tees and greens have been fertilised in preparation for the Seniors Festival

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