Community News Update

7 February 2023

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Lunar New Year Celebrations

Over the weekend, Council celebrated the Lunar New Year with a number of events across Lidcombe, Auburn and Berala. The festivities began with a film screening of Disney’s ‘Turning Red’ on Friday night, a spectacular concert that featured a range of cultural performances on Saturday and a community day at Berala Community Centre on Sunday, to round out the weekend. This cultural event has a very long history in Cumberland and is symbolic to many in our community. It provides a great opportunity to learn and experience Chinese, South-Eastern and Eastern Asian culture

Seniors Festival

The Seniors Festival has been in full swing over the last week, with many of our senior residents participating in the fun, which included a bus trip to the Walkabout Wildlife Sanctuary in Calga and a picnic in the park at Auburn Botanic Gardens. It has been such a pleasure to see so many of our seniors getting together to make new friends, learn new skills and engage in an enticing program of events and activities. The Festival is still on and will end on Sunday 12 February. 

Toy Library Launch

Council recently launched the revamped Toy Library at Wentworthville Library, following its closure two years ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was great to see so many members of our community attend the reopening and enjoy the upgraded and improved program which included the unveiling of the newly branded Borrow Bags and Toy Library Member Cards. For more information about our Toy Library, visit

Native Plant Giveaway

This month, Council will be giving away over 2,000 native flowering plants to residents in Cumberland as part of the Native Plant Giveaway. This initiative is a wonderful opportunity for our community to contribute to keeping Cumberland green, and supports our vision of a clean environment for current and future generations. The wide selection of plants includes various species of Grevillea, Acacia, Banksia and Bottlebrush. Residents can collect up to two plants per household, sign up now as registrations are essential and stock is limited. 

Mayor Lisa Lake
8757 9856 |

Your Rates at Work

From 23 - 27 January, Council crews successfully:

  • Swept 1,248 km of roads
  • Collected 110 tonnes of clean-up bulky waste
  • Collected 22 tonnes of illegally dumped rubbish

Footpath renewal works completed:

  • Beemra Street, Auburn – 200 metres
  • Elayne Place, Guildford – 175 metres

Works undertaken at Council Parks and Open Spaces:

  • Maintenance works at 134 parks which included mowing, garden bed maintenance, bush regeneration and litter collection.
  • 64 playground safety and compliance inspections.
  • Grounds returfed at Remembrance Park, Lidcombe (pictured).
  • Line marking and field preparations at Lidcombe Oval for pre-season rugby league trial matches.

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:

Library Programs

  • Baby Rhyme Time 0 to 12 months Introduce your baby to stories, songs and rhymes.
  • Toddler Time 1 to 3 years Join this active session of stories, songs and rhymes for wriggly toddlers.
  • Preschool Time 3 to 5 years Includes stories, songs and simple crafts. A different theme will be explored each week.

For more information and the dates and times of these programs, visit:


Summer Water Safety

Children aged 0 to 4 years are at high risk of drowning as they are naturally curious and attracted to water but don’t understand the concept of danger.

The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia’s Keep Watch Program is aimed at preventing children from drowning by promoting these four simple actions

  • Supervise. Actively supervise children around water
  • Restrict. Restrict children’s access to water
  • Teach. Teach children water safety skills - Visit our website to view all children and adult classes available at your local Swim Centre:
  • Respond. Learn how to respond in the case of an emergency

For further information about the Keep Watch Program, please visit: