Weekly Community News

5 December 2023

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

16 Days of Activism Women’s March

As part of the annual 16 Days of Activism campaign, Council hosted the Western Sydney Women’s March which started at Merrylands Oval and finished at Merrylands Civic Square. The theme this year is “UNITE! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls”. It was great to see community members, local organisations and service providers attend the march, alongside Councillors, NSW Police and staff to show that we are united against this scourge and to help plead with State and Federal Governments to help combat domestic violence.

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With Clr Garrard, Clr Hughes, Deputy Mayor Hamed, Clr Colman with members from community organisations at the 16 Days of Activism March.

'The Cottage’ Opening

I recently attended the official opening of The Cottage, this vital support service is operated by Open Support which is a community service of the St Vincent’s Clinic, providing outreach for the most vulnerable members of our community. This crisis accommodation facility will provide eight self-contained units for women and children experiencing family and domestic violence. The Cottage can accommodate up to 32 families or 102 individuals per year.

If you or someone you know needs support regarding domestic, family or sexual violence, call 1800 RESPECT / 1800 737 732 or visit

With the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Justine Elliot, Sister Margaret Guy from the Congregational Member Sisters of Charity and CEO St Vincent’s Clinic, Katie Viviers.

Civic Park and Pendle Hill Wetland Improvement Project

Civic Park in Pendle Hill is one step closer to opening with the construction on track for completion in March 2024. The upgrades include a new nature play space, outdoor fitness facilities, picnic areas, half-court basketball court, carpark, upgrades to pathways and lighting and also improvements to the Pendle Creek Wetlands. The final stages of the project include the renewal of carparks off Civic Avenue and Parkland Avenue and landscaping works.

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This project has been jointly funded by Cumberland Council and the NSW Government’s WestInvest program.

Christmas in the Gardens

The spirit of Christmas will be returning to the Auburn Botanic Gardens with a FREE Christmas in the Gardens event on Saturday 9 December from 5pm to 9pm. The gardens will be decked out with Christmas lights, and will feature a line-up of festive carols, songs and entertainment, there will be a special visit from Santa Claus and the Gingerbread Man, a range of children’s art and craft activities, plus a range of vendors serving food, drinks, showbags and more!

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Mayor Lisa Lake
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Ruth Street Park Upgrades, Merrylands West

The upgrades include a new playground with inclusive play equipment, bench seats, a drinking water fountain, shelter and fencing, new garden beds, newly planted trees and new footpaths.

This project has been jointly funded by Cumberland Council and the NSW Government’s Everyone Can Play Program.

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Ruth Street Park

Cumberland Lego Roadshow

Council is bringing a LEGO extravaganza to a Community Centre near you!

To celebrate, the upcoming LEGO Roadshow is giving away a special golden ticket and gift to children aged 4-12 years. To enter the competition, fill out an online entry form and tell us what you love most about living in Cumberland!

Entries close: Wednesday 20 December 2023

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2024 Winter Sports EOI

Council is seeking expressions of interest from sporting clubs for the upcoming 2024 winter season.

Learn more about the upcoming season at the Sports Forum on Wednesday 13 December 2023.

Applications close: Monday 22 January 2024

To register and stay up-to-date on all sporting news, information and events, visit the Cumberland Sports Clubs Portal:

Merrylands Christmas Night Markets

The Christmas Night Markets will be taking over Merrylands Civic Square on Friday 15 December from 5pm to 9pm!

Snap a photo with Santa and his elves, enjoy the live entertainment and roving characters including; unicycling fairies, snow princesses, roller-skating Christmas Candy Canes and more!

Browse through the 20 vendors featuring a range of food, jewellery and accessories, handmade art and craft items and more!

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