Community News Update

7 March 2023

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Youth Mental Health Summit

Council hosted its first Youth Mental Health Summit at the Holroyd Centre in Merrylands last week. I attended the summit along with Federal Members of Parliament; Assistant Minister for Mental Health, Emma McBride and Federal Member for Parramatta, Dr. Andrew Charlton, Federal Member for Reid, Sally Sitou, as well as State Members; Member for Auburn, Lynda Voltz and Member for Granville, Julia Finn. Not-for-profit agencies and fellow Councillors were also in attendance with Clr Colman providing a keynote speech. The summit laid the foundations for a Youth Mental Health Action Plan and addressed concerns for young people, including identification of gaps in services. Key services and programs were also outlined including the introduction of youth mental health first aid programs. Council is prioritising access to youth mental health support services and programs and will continue to advocate for more resources and funding to support our young people.

Participants in the Youth Mental Health Summit at the Holroyd Centre
Participants in the Youth Mental Health Summit at the Holroyd Centre

International Women’s Day

This week Council, along with millions of people around the world, will be celebrating International Women’s Day, a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Council will be embracing the day with a number of events. Throughout the month of March, Council will also be holding a range of sporting activities including gymnastics, dance, yoga, gardening and more for girls aged 5 to 12 years. These activities are designed to encourage girls to get active and take care of their health and wellbeing. 

Sri Durgadevi Devasthanam Annual Festival

I recently attended the prayer service at the Sydney Sri Durga Temple in Regents Park which officially marked the first day of the Sri Durgadevi Devasthanam Annual Festival. The festival spans across 10 to 12 days in February and March each year.

During the festival, thousands of attendees participate in prayer, in a flag hoisting ceremony of the Hindu flag and received blessings from the Goddess Durga. It was a pleasure to have attended and I enjoyed experiencing the Sri Durgadevi Devasthanam Annual Festival.

Community members receiving blessings at the Sydney Sri Durga Temple
Community members receiving blessings at the Sydney Sri Durga Temple

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Your Rates at Work

Works undertaken at Council parks and open spaces:

  • Maintenance works at 234 parks including mowing, garden bed maintenance, bush regeneration and litter collection.
  • The construction of the new footpath for hole 7 at Woodville Golf Course. This allows golfers a clear thoroughfare to fairways, whilst ensuring surrounding vegetation is maintained.

New Sweeper Trucks

Council has acquired two new sweeper trucks to increase Council’s capacity to sweep streets, clear gutters and assist in preventing localised flooding. The trucks will also collect and dispose of litter that would otherwise end up in local waterways and help maintain the amenity of our Council area.

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:

Community Grants Program

Applications are now open for the third round of the Cumberland Council Community Grants Program.

During this round, one-on-one advisory desk sessions will be available to those who need extra assistance.

To apply for a grant or for more information, visit:

Customer Services Near You

Did you know you can see a Justice of the Peace (JP) at Greystanes?

Visit the Customer Service Centre inside Greystanes Library located at 732 Merrylands Rd, between 9:30am to 11:30am, every Tuesday and Thursday.

For more information, visit:

 Nowruz 2023

Celebrate Nowruz with Cumberland Council.

The Granville Centre | Saturday 18 March, 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Enjoy an evening of festivities with live entertainment and performances, discover the traditional haft-sin table arrangement featuring 7 symbolic items, grab a bite to eat from a range of food vendors and take part in the cultural activities.