Weekly Community News

25 April 2023

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Youth Week 2023

Youth Week officially commenced last week, and it has been great to see our young people come together to have fun, share ideas, connect over common interests and showcase their skills and talents. The theme this year is Connect. Celebrate. Participate. Celebrations are set to continue this week with an Open Mic Night and the highly anticipated Connect, Participate and Celebrate event to be held at the Granville Centre, this Friday 28 April from 5pm to 9:30pm. For more information or to register visit

Bengali New Year Festival

The Bengali New Year Festival was held at the Holroyd Centre recently. The festival, also known as Pôhela Boishakh, is a colourful event, rich in culture and history with community members dressing in traditional Bengali attire to bid farewell to the old year and welcome in the new year. It was wonderful to experience this cultural event with the Bengali community as people came together to exchange greetings with each other and pray for peace and prosperity for the coming year.

Me and Deputy Mayor Saha with Bandana Cultural School performers at the Bengali New Year Festival


To commemorate ANZAC Day, Australia’s national day of remembrance, I joined veterans, their families and community members at the ANZAC Day Services at Merrylands RSL Sub-Branch, Guildford Leagues Club and the Consortium of Tamil Associations NSW. It was an important day to unite, reflect and acknowledge the thousands of soldiers, servicemen and women who sacrificed so much during military operations. Lest We Forget.

Iftar Celebrations

Last week, Council hosted its 2023 Iftar Celebration Dinner at the Holroyd Centre. The evening saw a large number of community and faith leaders gather to celebrate the ritual of breaking fast during the holy month of Ramadan. It was lovely to observe this significant tradition with esteemed guests including Dr. Abdurahman Asaroglu from the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque, Mohammed Al Zoubi President of the Auburn Islamic Community Centre and Sheikh Sami Eid from Alridwan Community Centre. On behalf of Council, I would like to wish our community members of the Islamic faith, an Eid Mubarak.

Iftar Celebrations at the Holroyd Centre in Merrylands

Your Rates at Work

Woodville Golf Course

Council has completed drainage works at the 16th and 17th fairways at Woodville Golf Course. Additional drainage works will take place on holes 7 and 10 with the 10th hole being redesigned. Crews will also be maintaining the planting and mulching of garden beds.

Merrylands Swim Centre Roof Project

Council is in the process of replacing the roof at Merrylands Swim Centre. These works will cover the main entrance of the building and extend to the male and female amenities. Works are expected to be completed in early May 2023.

Let us know of any issues in your area by using the Snap Send Solve mobile app which can be found on Council’s website:

‘Under the Radar’ Road Safety Workshop

Monday 1 May, 6pm to 8pm
The Granville Centre, 1 Memorial Drive, Granville

This free workshop for drivers and riders explores the major types of traffic incidents and how to avoid them, the most misunderstood road rules, safe driving strategies and more

Booking are essential, book you place or find out more information:

Getting the Most out of your NDIS Plan

Thursday 27 April, 10am to 12noon
Guildford Community Centre, North Hall, 90 O’Neill Street, Guildford

Council is partnering with Uniting, an NDIS partner, to provide a free information session for residents, people with disability, parents and carers. Learn how to prepare for planning meetings and useful tips on maximising NDIS plans.

For more information or to register, visit:

Cumberland ClubGRANTS

Applications close: 4pm, Friday 28 April

Schools and community organisations supporting local projects and services that provide assistance to people in Cumberland are invited to apply for funding.

Funded by local clubs and administered by Council. Terms and conditions apply

For more information and to view the Guidelines and Online Application User Manual, visit: