Weekly Community News

27 February 2024

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Pippita Rail Trail

The first look at the proposed Pippita Rail Trail is now open to the community to review and provide feedback. The design project, funded by Transport for NSW’s Get NSW Active program, proposes an improved and accessible walking and cycling link between Lidcombe Train Station and Sydney Olympic Park. Council is also hosting a community pop-up session at Lidcombe Station on Saturday 2 March, allowing residents the opportunity to view the design and provide their thoughts in person. I invite and encourage all community members to take some time to look over the masterplan and concept designs, as your valuable feedback will help shape this exciting project. Submissions close: 6pm, Sunday 10 March 2024.

For more information, visit

With NSW Transport Minister, Jo Haylen at the unused bridge which was once the Abattoir Branch line on Parramatta Road.

Clean Up Australia Day

This Sunday (3 March), I will be joining the community effort for Clean Up Australia Day. Council will be hosting a number of community events to mark Clean Up Australia Day. The annual day is one of the largest community-based environmental events that encourages local communities to come together to clean up their local area. Together we can make a difference by cleaning up our local parks, creeks, and rivers across Cumberland. Residents can sign up to events in Pemulwuy, Merrylands, Lidcombe, Wentworthville and Chester Hill. Don’t forget to stay back and enjoy the free BBQ afterwards. All equipment will be provided.

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Council Major Events

Get excited for a busy month ahead, with Council holding a line-up of major events that will bring the community together in celebration and unity. On Saturday 9 March, Council’s Easter Celebrations will be taking over Central Gardens Nature Reserve in Merrylands, from 10am to 2pm. Explore the grounds with a day of fun-filled activities and grab a photo with the Easter Bunny. The Ramadan Street Festival will be returning to the streets of Auburn on Saturday 16 March from 7pm to midnight. This cultural event provides an authentic Ramadan outdoor experience, allowing thousands to come together, dine under the stars and explore the local food and culture. Lastly, Nowruz celebrations are coming to Merrylands on Saturday 23 March from 7pm to 10pm. Join us for an evening of festivities with live entertainment and performances, discover the traditional haft-sin table arrangement featuring 7 symbolic items, grab a bite to eat from a range of food vendors and take part in the cultural activities.

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Happy Mardi Gras

Cumberland is home to a range of diverse people and as a Council we strive to create a place where everyone living and working within Cumberland feels that they are welcomed, have a sense of belonging and are supported to succeed. As we approach Mardi Gras this weekend, I would like to acknowledge our LGBTQIA+ community and wish all celebrating, a Happy Mardi Gras, may you celebrate with pride!

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Your Rates at Work

Auburn Park Cricket Nets

Council has completed works to the cricket nets at Auburn Park. This included the installation of a new slab foundation, works to the sprinkler system and the framework for the cricket nets.

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:

Auburn Park Cricket Nets

Have Your say

245-247 Great Western Highway,
South Wentworthville

Council is seeking feedback on a draft Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) for land at 245-247 Great Western Highway, South Wentworthville.
Submissions close: 11:30pm, Tuesday 5 March 2024

For more information or to register for one of the sessions, visit:

Child and Families Survey

Council is seeking your feedback on priorities and activities provided by us for families in the past 4 years. Your feedback will be used to inform areas for Council to focus on relating to the safety and wellbeing of children and their families.

Submit your feedback by 31 March and enter the draw to win 1 of 6 x $50 vouchers! Terms and Conditions apply.

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Seniors Festival 2024

Seniors, it’s time to celebrate! Council will be hosting its annual Seniors Festival featuring a range of free activities, events and workshops.

Book now or to find out more information, visit:

Nowruz EOI