Weekly Community News

30 May 2023

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Rental Assistance

I was pleased to see the Federal Budget include some support for those in need, including an increase in Commonwealth Rent Assistance. The Premier of NSW, Chris Minns, announced plans to reform rental laws in the state by appointing a rental commissioner and introducing legislation to stop secret rental bidding to create a fairer rental market. It is hoped that these measures will help rebalance the housing market and ease pressures on families. I know that renters are facing a challenging time with the cost of rent and living expenses soaring amid high inflation. If you are facing difficulties, don’t struggle alone. There is a range of Council support as well as external services providing assistance which can be found at

National Reconciliation Week - 27 May to 3 June

National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and how to work towards reconciliation in Australia. The theme this year is ‘Be a Voice for Generations,’ which encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation through our everyday lives, such as where we live, work and socialise. To find out what events are happening near you during National Reconciliation Week or to find out how you can contribute, visit

Mayoral Summit on Waste

I recently attended the Mayoral Summit on Waste, held at Sydney Town Hall on Thursday 18 May. Mayors and representatives from metropolitan councils in Sydney attended the summit which discussed the role councils play in waste management and explored the challenges in resource recovery. This included the growing costs of waste management and the need to increase infrastructure capacity. Council currently has a waste and resource recovery strategy which outlines our approach to help residents reduce waste and increase recycling in our Local Government Area. For more information, visit

Norford Park Memorial Plaque

A new plaque honouring Joe Dougall OAM, Reg Norford and Lloyd Newman has been installed at Norford Park in Chester Hill. This plaque acknowledges the significant people who founded this park and who contributed to the local community. Norford Park was opened in 1981 and provided a new venue for rugby league matches. It initially consisted of a single playing field, an amenities block, goal posts, spectator embankments and a canteen. Today the park has been extended to include two fields and is fitted with more facilities including floodlighting for training at night and updated toilets and amenities. For more information about Norford Park, visit

Me with Clr Glenn Elmore and  Lloyd Newman at Norford Park
Me with Clr Glenn Elmore and Lloyd Newman at Norford Park

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Your Rates at Work

New Speed Humps 

In the interest of safety, Council has installed three new speed humps along Campbell Hill Road in Guildford.

Lower Prospect Canal Cycleway

Council has cleared and removed the build-up of debris from the cycleway at the Lower Prospect Canal in Greystanes. This provides residents with a safe passage across the entire stretch of the cycleway. 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:

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:

Have Your Say

Pendle Hill Public Domain Plan

Council is seeking your input on planning for the future of Pendle Hill at a Pop-Up Information Stall, where residents can find out more information, express their concerns and meet local Councillors.

Thursday 8 June 2023, 4:30pm to 6pm Pendle Way in Pendle Hill (opposite Pendle Hill Train Station) Submissions close: Wednesday 21 June 2023

For more information on these projects, visit:

Cumberland Jobs and Youth Expo 2023 - Trade Up to a Better Future

The Cumberland Jobs and Youth Expo will inspire and motivate you to pursue your career goals! Meet employers, explore education and training options, attend seminars and workshops, get assistance with resume writing and how to job search, access valuable services and resources and discover job opportunities available in the local area.

Tuesday 13 June 2023, 9:30am to 3pm The Granville Centre, 1 Memorial Dr, Granville

For further information visit:

2023 Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival Stallholder EOI


Sydney’s most Instagrammable and favourite flower festival is returning to the Auburn Botanic Gardens this August.

Council is inviting food vendors who specialise in Japanese food or Japanese influenced food, and retail vendors to join the 2023 stallholder lineup.

Applications close: Sunday 4 June 2023

To apply or to find out more information visit: