Community News Update

6 September 2022

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

I recently attended the Western Sydney Jobs and Skills Summit to discuss the issues, challenges and future of employment in Cumberland. I was joined by Federal Member for Parramatta, Dr Andrew Charlton MP and representatives from local business, agencies and not-for-profit groups. The Summit was a good opportunity to address the need to boost national productivity, promote skills and training as well as developing strategies for employment opportunities. This information is being presented at the National Jobs and Skills Summit and I will keep you informed of the progress of these ideas as they evolve.

This year for the first time, Council will be hosting a Mid-Autumn Festival, a harvest festival celebrated in East and South East Asian cultures. It’s held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar each year. The family friendly event will feature entertainment, music, dance, food and of course mooncakes! The festival will be held on Saturday 10 September at Auburn Central Forecourt from 6pm to 9pm and I encourage everyone to attend. For more information visit our website

Crews from Fire and Rescue NSW recently hosted their annual Firefighter Championship at Granville Park. The day was an opportunity for FRNSW Firefighters and other fire services to put their skills to the test and demonstrate their abilities in a competitive and safe environment. Congratulations to all the winners and participants who competed in the championship.

History week this year will be celebrated from 3 to 11 September. As part of this week, Council’s team of dedicated historians will be delving into Cumberland’s past and exploring our local collection of books and resources. You can also learn more about your own family history by using resources at our libraries. A free history event will be held at Merrylands Library on Friday 9 September from 9:30am to 5pm. For more information visit

Spring is finally here, a perfect time to get out and about and into the sunshine. It’s also a good time of year to get active with our free senior outdoor Tai Chi classes held this month. Council is teaming up with Bridge Housing to host these classes which are open to senior residents and people with a disability aged 18 years and older and their carers. Sessions start at 10am and will be followed by a light morning tea. Bookings are essential, so book your place by visiting

Lastly, I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who got their hands dirty at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Tree Planting event hosted by the Parramatta Climate Network. I was joined by our Federal Member for Parramatta Dr Andrew Charlton MP, State Member Julia Finn MP and volunteers as 300 native trees in Cumberland were planted. These species will help support our wildlife and nurture our local environment. Despite the wet weather, it was a lovely day to take action on climate change and celebrate our open spaces in Cumberland.

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Mid-Autumn Festival

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

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Have Your Say

Prospect Pipeline Corridor - Draft Strategic Masterplan

Help us guide the development of a continuous, publicly accessible, commuter and recreational corridor between Prospect Reservoir in the west and Potts Hill in the east.

Submit your feedback before: Monday 12 September

Cumberland City ATSIC Committee - Expression of Interest

Apply to express your interest in joining Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Consultative (ATSIC) Committee, to provide advice and make recommendations to Council on key indigenous topics or matters central to Cumberland City Council.

Submit your EOI Form before: Friday 16 September

Planning Proposal - 80 Betty Cuthbert Drive, Lidcombe

Comment on a planning proposal to facilitate the redevelopment of the site for a mix of health, education and residential uses.

Submit your feedback before: Wednesday 5 October

To find out more information visit:

Your rates at work

Council crews are still working to repair potholes across the local government area. Council has completed heavy patching works in Girraween, Toongabbie and Woodpark. Our teams are also marking out sections of road which require heavy patching, and these works are being programmed with our contractor to ensure our roads are as safe as possible.

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: