Weekly Community News

25 June 2024

Message from Mayor Lake

NSW State Budget 2024-2025

I am pleased to see that the State Budget has allocated funding to address the housing crisis and put people and their essential needs first. $5.1 billion has been allocated to build 8,400 social housing homes, including priority homes for victims-survivors of domestic violence. $8.9 billion will be going to build new public schools and fund school upgrades, and $1 billion for maintenance. $245.6 million has been allocated to supporting domestic, family and sexual violence victim-survivors. $188.8 million includes tax rebates for GP clinics to protect bulk-billing rates and improve access to quality healthcare. The budget also includes $35.6 billion for public transport projects across the state. This investment will fund three new metro lines, extend the Parramatta Light Rail, and introduce new Western Sydney bus services. $13.4 billion will be allocated to upgrade hospitals and health facilities across the State. All welcome announcements.

Cumberland Local Heritage Awards Ceremony

I was pleased to celebrate the people and heritage of our local Cumberland area at the Cumberland Local Heritage Awards 2024-25. The Awards demonstrate Council’s appreciation for those who have an active role in preserving and maintaining Cumberland City’s heritage or an interest in learning about local history. This year, the award for the Keeper of the Stone Children’s Colouring Competition, which encourages children to learn about and engage with heritage in our local area, went to Ayana. This year’s theme was “Connection – to celebrate the rich and diverse stories of Cumberland”, which celebrates all aspects of our heritage, including buildings, landscapes, sacred sites, artefacts and artworks, film, stories, people, groups and ceremonies. To learn more about the history of Cumberland, visit:

Refugee Week Wrap Up

Council held a Refugee Week event on Monday 17 June at the Auburn Centre for Community. Local residents engaged in gardening activities and tours to explore our beautiful Community Garden. Refugee Week this year focused on the strength of families and their resilience. Children enjoyed story time with Poppy the Possum and lawn games provided a fun way to explore staying active and fit. The poetry and cultural fashion displays in the main hall were a highlight and the delicious free community lunch was enjoyed by all. This celebration was also a great opportunity to connect with local services and community organisations that provide information, support and referrals. Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate diversity in Cumberland!

Holroyd Garden Club Presentation

It was an honour to attend the Holroyd Garden Club’s Christmas in July presentation on Wednesday 12 June in Merrylands. I presented the Club’s President Delores Meilak with the Ann Williams Lark Award from Garden Clubs of Australia. Ms Meilak has been a passionate gardener for 25 years, and is a member of at least 5 or more garden clubs, as well as the Maltese Club. She has also won many garden awards for the Holroyd Garden Club which has been running for 30 years for home gardeners.

With the Holroyd Garden Club’s President, Delores Meilak

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Your Rates at Work

Playground Upgrades

Council has completed works to Central Park in Lidcombe where the space underwent a full playground upgrade. As part of the project, new play equipment with a softfall surface and concrete pathways were installed.

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Have Your Say

Lidcombe Remembrance Park Playspace - Draft Concept Design

Council is seeking community feedback on the Concept Design for proposed upgrades to Lidcombe Remembrance Park which includes a central play shade structure, large multiplay formation, sensory play, native gardens, and active play zones featuring scrambling, jumping, rocking and spinning play elements.

Submissions close: 6pm, Friday 28 June

For more information, visit: lidcombe-remembrance-park-concept


To celebrate NAIDOC Week from 7-14 July, Council will be hosting a series of community events with a line-up of weaving workshops, tribal warrior cruises, bush school and more.

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LGNSW Pre-Election Candidate Briefing

This free information session will provide those interested in becoming a Councillor with a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities as an elected member of Council.

Thursday 27 June, 5:30pm to 8pm
Council Chambers, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands

For more information, visit: