Community News Update

7 June 2022

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Cumberland Council was recently nominated as a finalist in several categories for the 2022 NSW Local Government Awards. I am so pleased that our Community Development team took home the win for Council’s COVID-19 Community Support Hubs project. The Community Support Hubs were established to meet the ever-growing demand for food relief in the Cumberland Local Government Area during the pandemic. Over 3,700 hampers were distributed to community members in need, providing food relief to families in isolation or who had lost employment. Furthermore, Council was also highly commended in the category of Partnerships and Collaboration for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programs - Staff & Community Safety Project. Congratulations to all the dedicated staff on their hard work and achievements on these projects. You are all winners!

In other news, Cumberland Councillor, Glenn Elmore, was elected as Vice President - Central City of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) at its board meeting held on 26 May. The WSROC is the peak body representing councils in Greater Western Sydney and advocates on behalf of communities on key issues including urban infrastructure, transport, economic development, waste and resources, and culture and arts.

Council hosted the 2022 Cumberland Housing and Homelessness Forum last week to discuss measures to help reduce homelessness within our local area. Whilst Cumberland has the second highest number of homeless persons by Local Government Area in NSW, this is a growing problem that needs to be addressed at all levels. The forum was a great opportunity for organisations to collaborate, share ideas and workshop actions that will help address the homelessness crisis and assist in ensuring that everyone has a home.

I also had the pleasure of attending the Zero Barriers Business Excellence Awards last week. This was a night that acknowledged the work of local businesses and services who have made changes to the way they do business to eliminate barriers for people with disability. Cumberland Council has been working closely with Zero Barriers to ensure that we create a more social, accessible and inclusive environment in our local area. I would like to congratulate all the nominees and winners for doing their part in helping us work towards zero barriers and making Cumberland a better place to live.

Lastly, I would like to highlight the Anti-Violence Against Staff campaign which Council developed and implemented to help curb aggression and violent attacks against our staff. The purpose of this campaign is to create a safer environment for our staff by raising awareness about this concerning issue. Our staff are here to serve and keep the community safe. So, let’s all be respectful of Council’s officers. Violence is not ok!

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Lidcombe@Night - Wyatt Park

Round up your family and friends and enjoy a fun night under the stars with an outdoor cinema, food and community stalls with clinics hosted by local sports organisations and clubs.

For more details visit Lidcombe@Night event page

Have Your Say on the Community Engagement Strategy

We welcome any feedback you may have on the draft Community Engagement Strategy that will assist Council when engaging with the local community, businesses and stakeholders

Submissions close: Thursday 30 June

For more information about this consultation and to download a copy of the Draft Strategy visit:

Refugee Talk

11am, Wednesday 22 June, Merrylands Library

To help us celebrate Refugee Week, we have invited Simon Shahin, a former refugee from Syria, to share his story of how he came to be a refugee and finally settle in Australia in 2015. This is a free event, but registration is essential.

Register now or find out more information:

Organised in collaboration with the Refugee Council of Australia

Studio Workshop Program

We are inviting emerging artists with disability to join our exciting 14-week Art Studio Workshop Program, running two days a week, starting from July to November. Network and connect with other professional artists in our community within a supportive environment.

EOI submission close: 5pm, Friday 17 June

For more information visit:

Ageing Wiser Info Sessions

Learn more about the services that can help you stay healthy, active and connected at the Ageing Wiser and Healthier Information Sessions for seniors. There will be free information, demonstrations and morning tea will be provided.

Book now or find out more information: