Community News Update

28 June 2022

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

I had the pleasure of attending the Lidcombe@Night community event on Saturday 18 June, where over 400 residents joined us at Wyatt Park in Lidcombe for a family fun night out. The event was a huge success as residents enjoyed the outdoor cinema and took part in the sporting clinics hosted by the Sydney Wanderers and the Western Magpies. It was great to see these open spaces being embraced by the community and I look forward to many more of these events in the future.

I would like to thank the residents who had their say and provided feedback on Council’s draft Operational Plan for 2022/23, earlier this year. This plan has now been adopted by Council and outlines the projects and services that Council will be embarking on during this period. The plan’s key strategies are designed to meet the needs of our rapidly growing population and secure the sustainability of this Council. It also provides details of the annual budget, including an increase in the Community Grants Program to $500,000.

Also at the last Council meeting, plans for the recently established advisory committees were finalised. I look forward to these important meetings commencing shortly.

This month, I received great feedback from our senior residents about the terrific bus trips Council has been hosting, along with Bridge Housing. To date, seniors have been to Port Hacking for a boat cruise, the radio museum in Kurrajong and Panorama House, on the hill overlooking picturesque Wollongong. The group also attended Vivid at Sydney’s Darling Harbour. These trips have proved to be so popular that Council will be holding more of these outings in the future.

Finally, the Cumberland Youth Strategy 2022 – 2026 is currently on exhibition. This strategy sets the direction for Council’s provision and development of youth programs and services over the next four years. It also provides a collaborative plan that supports better outcomes for young people in Cumberland by addressing their growing and changing needs. It’s important that young people feel supported to learn, be safe, belong and connect. I encourage you to provide your feedback by visiting

Mayor Lisa Lake
8757 9856 |

Ageing Wiser Info Sessions in Arabic

Delivered in Arabic: Thursday 30 June, 10am to 12noon
Guildford Community Centre, South Hall

Find out how you can access organisations, services, programs plus resources and information to help prevent falls. There will also be a Zumba presentation and morning tea will be provided.

Register now:

Bushcare Volunteer Open Day

Saturday 2 July, 9am to 12noon
Auburn Depot Carpark, 96 Chiswick Rd, Auburn

Are you interested in becoming a Bushcare Volunteer?

Join us for morning tea where you can meet other volunteers and find out more. If you arrive early enough, you can even get your hands dirty while giving bush care a try!

Register now:

Let’s Talk About Dementia

7, 14 and 21 July, 10am to 11am
Merrylands Library

Join us as we explore dementia, strategies to reduce the risk of dementia and ways to create a dementia-friendly community. Each week, we cover a different topic. Check our website for more details. Sessions are free to attend but registration is essential.

Register now:

NAIDOC Week 2022

Register your place or find out more information:

Celebrations with Darug Elder Uncle Chris

Tuesday 5 July, 2.30pm to 3.30pm at Merrylands Library

Experience traditional Darug culture with, Uncle Chris Tobin, as he shares his indigenous culture with children and parents. Learn about the traditional activities practiced in Darug culture including painting from natural materials.

Seniors NAIDOC Week Film

Wednesday 6 July, 10am to 2pm at Guildford Community Centre

Seniors are invited to join us celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture with a film on the big screen, complete with movie snacks and a sausage sizzle lunch! Limited transport available, bookings essential. Terms and conditions apply.

Book now: 8757 9031

Seniors Coach Trip to NAIDOC Week Celebrations

Thursday 7 July

Come along on a coach trip out to Jamison Park, Penrith. Enjoy performances from Aboriginal artists, explore the indigenous artworks and browse the range of stalls. Terms and conditions apply.

Book now: 8757 9031

Painted River Project

Saturday 9 July, 10am to 1pm at Auburn Botanic Gardens 

Cumberland City Council and Western Sydney University are joining forces to host a free painting and art marking event at Duck River.