Weekly Community News

26 March 2024

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Ramadan Street Festival

Over the weekend, thousands of people flocked to Auburn for Council’s annual Ramadan Street Festival. This annual event provided an authentic outdoor experience within Auburn’s main street, and showcased the cultures and traditions of Ramadan including a call to prayer and speeches from community leaders. It was a lovely opportunity for our community to come together in unity and embrace Cumberland’s diversity during this holy month.

Nazira Sowaid, Chairperson Western Sydney Community Centre and Dr Abdurrahman Asaroglu, President of Gallipoli Mosque at Ramadan Street Festival in Auburn

Youth Mental Health Community Consultation

Council recently held a Youth Mental Health community consultation session with young people to gain their insights and input on key themes that were identified at the 2023 Youth Mental Health Summit. Council is prioritising access to youth mental health support services and programs and will continue to work alongside young people, service providers and government bodies in this space. For more information or for resources on youth mental health, visit

With Clr Colman, community groups, school students and Council staff at the Youth Mental Health community consultation

Charles William Munnery OAM Memorial Service

I recently attended the late Charles William Munnery OAM memorial service held by the Merrylands RSL at the Merrylands RSL Memorial Garden. Charles was Life Member No 2 of the Merrylands RSL Club and was President for 14 years from 1960-1974. He was part of the Merrylands Football Club and a member of the Merrylands sub-Branch from 1948 and Honorary Secretary from 1960-1961. The service held on Sunday 17 March, would have been Charles’ 100th Birthday. It was an honour to be involved in this service and to pay tribute to Charles’ life.

Charles William Munnery OAM Memorial Garden

Happy Easter

On behalf of Cumberland Council, I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Easter. May this Easter be a time of hope and joy for you, your family and friends. I’d also like to remind residents to please stay safe on the roads and take your time while visiting family and friends

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Your Rates at Work

Alderson Park, Merrylands – Playground upgrade

Works are currently underway at Alderson Park, Merrylands where the space is undergoing a playground upgrade. As part of the project, new play space facilities, a half-court basketball court, and outdoor gym equipment will be installed. This project is expected to be completed by July 2024.

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:

Community Grants Program

Applications are now open for the third round of the Cumberland City Council Community Grants Program. During this round, advisory desk sessions and grant writing workshops will be available to those who need extra assistance. Submissions close: Thursday 4 April

To apply for a grant or for more information, visit:

Nature Play Week

Council is hosting a FREE Australia Minibeasts experience for children aged 3-5 years and their caregivers, in partnership with Travelbugs Mobile Minibeasts. Come along for this interactive hands-on session featuring stick insects, spiders, millipedes and more.

Tuesday 2 April, from 10:30am to 11:30am
Wentworthville Community Centre

For more information or to book, visit:

Easter Storytime Sessions

Council is holding Storytime sessions for children aged 3 to 5 years and their carers. Sessions start at 11am, no bookings required.

Wednesday 27 March

  • Greystanes Library
  • Lidcombe Library

Thursday 28 March

  • Granville Library
  • Wentworthville Library

For more information, visit:

Swim Centres Easter Trading Hours

Splash into the Easter Long Weekend! Council’s Swim Centres, including Ruth Everuss Auburn Aquatic Centre, will be operating under the following hours:

  • Good Friday, 29 March: Closed
  • Easter Saturday, 30 March to  Easter Monday, 1 April : Normal public holiday trading hours

For the opening hours at each Swim Centre, visit: