Community News Update

30 August 2022

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

September is only a few days away and to mark the start of spring, Council will be celebrating national biodiversity month. Every year biodiversity month is held to help promote the importance of protecting, conserving and improving our local environment. Council will be showcasing its programs and hosting a photo competition as part of the celebrations. The biodiversity photo competition encourages residents to get out and about and capture a photo in Cumberland. There are three categories to choose from to submit your photo; plant, animal or eco-system and there will be one winner selected from each category. The competition opens on Monday, 5 September with entries closing on Sunday, 25 September. To find out more or to submit your photo visit

Council has partnered with Paint Auburn REaD, an early literacy project that raises the importance of reading to children from birth onwards, to host a Father’s Day event at Auburn Centre for Community. The free family event will host activities including bingo, board games, arts and crafts and lucky door prizes, with Council’s mascot Poppy the Possum also making a special appearance. I encourage you to join us as we celebrate all the special father figures, at Auburn Centre for Community on Saturday, 3 September from 10am to 12noon. Registrations are essential, so reserve your place by visiting

Council is seeking expressions of interest for members to join its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Consultative (ATSIC) Committee. The committee plays an important role by providing advice to Council and making recommendations on key topics and issues affecting the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Successful candidates will be members of the Committee for the remainder of this Council term until September 2024. If you would like to find out more or express your interest, visit

Lastly, Council’s Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival has wrapped up for the year and what an amazing nine days it was. Hundreds and thousands of people travelled far and wide from all parts of Australia including Perth, Tasmania and Queensland to see the beautiful cherry blossom trees in bloom at the Auburn Botanic Gardens. The festival was a hit among foodies with a great range of Japanese inspired food, and of course, our special guest Hello Kitty was also a crowd favourite. This annual event is inspired by Japanese culture and traditions and is an important cultural event for our community and Greater Sydney. A big thank you to everyone who came out to the gardens and supported the event. It was lovely to see such a great turnout and so many people enjoying our hidden gems and local attractions in Cumberland.

Mayor Lisa Lake with festivalgoers at the 2022 Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
Above image: Me with festivalgoers at the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Mid-Autumn Festival

6pm to 9pm on Saturday, 10 September 2022
Auburn Central Forecourt
Corner Queen and Harrow Streets, Auburn

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Vaccination Hubs Near You

Western Sydney Local Health District are hosting local Vaccination Clinics across Cumberland City.

The Granville Centre, 1 Memorial Drive, Granville
every Friday 11am to 5pm, every Saturday 9am to 3pm
Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna

Guildford Community Centre, 367 Guildford Road, Guildford 29 August, 5 and 26 September - 11am to 5pm
Vaccine: Pfizer only

The Holroyd Centre, 11-17 Miller Street, Merrylands 31 August, 14 and 28 September - 11am to 5pm
Vaccine: Pfizer only

No booking required - Just walk in!

Book now or find out more information:

Have Your Say

Prospect Pipeline Corridor - Draft Strategic Masterplan

We want to hear your thoughts on Cumberland City Council’s new Strategic Masterplan to guide the development of a continuous, publicly accessible, commuter and recreational corridor between Prospect Reservoir in the west and Potts Hill in the east. The vision is to enhance and extend the water pipeline corridor to provide pedestrian and cyclist access to nearby parklands and shopping precincts.

Submit your feedback before: Monday 12 September 2022

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Your rates at work

Council crews are currently working on renewing play equipment at Guilfoyle Park in Regents Park. There is also work underway at Granville Pools with the relocation of the plant room. Both of these works are anticipated to be finished by the end of September.

Let us know of any issues in parks or reserves by using the Snap Send Solve mobile app which can be found on Council’s website: