Community News Update

26 July 2022

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Tickets for the 2022 Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival are officially on sale with the event set to take over the Auburn Botanic Gardens from 20 August until 28 August. This is one of Council’s biggest and most iconic festivals. To make the experience more enjoyable and ensure everyone can grab a great selfie, tickets to the cherry blossom viewing area must be pre-booked from allocated session times.

Summer sport is only just around the corner and Council is seeking expressions of interest from sporting clubs for the upcoming season. The Summer season runs from Saturday 17 September through to Sunday 19 March. With applications closing Monday 1 August, don’t leave it too late to register your club’s interest. For more information visit

I recently toured Duck River with Councillor Greg Cummings and Councillor Mohamad Hussein where we explored the river’s eco-system and grasslands through the neighbouring suburbs of Granville, South Granville and Auburn. It was a good opportunity to explore Council’s central green corridor and appreciate the importance of the river and surrounding parklands.

Cumberland Council is committed to improving the health of the Duck River to enhance our green spaces and parklands for the local community and the wider region of Sydney. This is also part of the Duck River Masterplan, which is a strategic plan that outlines future projects, ideas and interventions to ensure that the Duck River remains the “green heart” of Cumberland.

Council has reached another milestone in Merrylands, finishing a part of the construction works on the Neil Street precinct. The concrete barriers have now been removed, connecting Dressler Court to Pitt Street and Neil Street.

While we are all trying to warm ourselves this winter, it’s important to stay cautious when warming your home to reduce any risk of fire and burns. Never use outdoor heaters inside, keep everything one meter from the heater, check electric blankets for frayed cords and other damage and always make sure you have working smoke alarms inside your house to keep you and your family safe.

Lastly, it was a pleasure to join the Holroyd Garden Club at their Christmas in July event recently. The Garden Club celebrated 28 years since the not-for-profit was established in Cumberland. Some of the beautiful gardens we have in Cumberland can be attributed to the dedication and hard work of club members, who have passionately worked on beautifying their front yards and adding charm to our residential streets over the years.

Mayor Lisa Lake
8757 9856 |

Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
20 to 28 August 2022 | Auburn Botanic Gardens

Sydney’s favourite Japanese inspired festival is back this August! Book your tickets now to avoid missing out. To ensure everyone can grab a great selfie in the cherry blossom viewing area, spots are limited to one of eight sessions each day, with the rest of the festival open from 9am to 5pm.

  • Join Hello Kitty at her Garden Party
  • Explore the Food Village serving up Japanese fusion food
  • Play a round of mini golf
  • Enjoy the main stage entertainment

Book your tickets now:

Chemical CleanOut

Saturday 30 July, 9am to 3:30pm
Cumberland City Council Works Depot,
167 Fairfield Road,
Entry via Foray Street, Guildford West

Cleaning out your garage or backyard?
Drop off unwanted chemicals for free.

For more information visit:

eSafety Webinars for Parents & Carers

Keep your kids safe online and register for these FREE webinars with sessions on popular social media apps including Tiktok and Instagram and online sexual harassment and image-based abuse.

Register now or find out more information:

Bushcare Volunteering Open Day

Saturday 6 August, 9am to 12 midday
Auburn Depot Carpark, 96 Chiswick Road, Auburn

Are you interested in Bushcare Volunteering? Find out all the information, meet other volunteers and join us for morning tea.

Register now:

Establishment of Alcohol-Free Zones

Cumberland City Council has established Alcohol-Free Zones pursuant to Section 64A of the Local Government Act 1993, effective for a four-year period between 1 August 2022 to 1 August 2026.

To view all Alcohol-Free Zones, visit: