Weekly Community News

9 January 2024

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Hello and welcome to 2024!

I hope you had a wonderful time over the break and are feeling refreshed as we embark on another year together. 2024 is looking to be a very busy time for Council with a number of community programs, events and activities in the works that we cannot wait to share with you.

Beat the Heat Campaign

Last month I announced that Council would be implementing a heatwave response plan called ‘Cooling Cumberland’ to help residents beat the heat during the summer as temperatures soar. As part of the plan, Council has taken extra measures to ensure that the wider community stays safe this summer. As the weather continues to heat up, it is important that you are taking extra precautions to ensure that you and your families are well-prepared and informed during extreme heat events. Throughout this month Council will continue to provide more heat management options including extending opening hours for Libraries, Community Centres and Swim Centres. There will also be free pop-up splash parks for the community to cool down at and enjoy, every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm.

To find your nearest location or for more information, visit

One of the free pop-up splash park activations in Cumberland, every weekend in January.

Swim Safety During Summer

We are almost halfway through the summer season and many of you will be soaking up the sun at the pools, beach or water parks. A quick reminder that children need to be supervised by an adult at all times in or around pools, beaches, lakes and rivers. Adults are to be within an arms’ reach at all times and be ready to enter the water in case of an emergency or to prevent any water related accidents.

For more information on swim safety, visit

Summer School Holiday Program

The school holidays are in full swing and Council is gearing up to host an extensive program of activities and workshops for the children and youth of Cumberland. From Monday 15 January to Thursday 25 January (dates subject to change), children and youth can participate in a range of sports workshops including soccer, Zumba, lawn bowls, AFL and NRL as well as unleash their inner artist with a range of baking, craft and acrylic painting sessions. Bookings are required for each event.

To register or for more information, visit

‘Don’t Be A Clown, Just Slow Down’

As we continue to enjoy the holidays, I know a lot of residents will be on the road visiting their loved ones, friends and family during this time. I would like to remind drivers of Council’s ‘Don’t Be A Clown, Just Slow Down’ road safety campaign and to think smart, stay safe and slow down while driving in and around Cumberland. The NSW Police will be cracking down on people speeding these school holidays, so I encourage you to take your time on the roads and stay safe during this time.

For more information, visit

With Cumberland PAC Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Chief Inspector, Sean Gabin helping Council promote the road safety campaign

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Your Rates at Work

Roundabout Project

Council recently installed a roundabout at The Trongate and Membrey Street intersection in Granville. This project was fully funded by Council’s Capital Works Program.

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:

Have Your Say

Linnwood Estate Guildford - Proposed Grant of Licence

Council is seeking community feedback as the Trust Manager of the Linnwood Estate Reserve Trust, which proposes to grant a 12-month Licence Agreement to Sunnyfield in respect of the Linnwood Estate, located at Byron Road, Guildford NSW 2161, to provide support services to the community.

Submissions close: 5pm, Monday 22 January 2024

For more information, visit:

Expressions of Interest - Childcare Centre

Council is seeking expressions of interest from accredited and experienced childcare providers to commence operations in the “former Banksia Babes Childcare Centre” located at 27 Monitor Road, Merrylands NSW 2160.

Submissions close: Wednesday 17 January 2024

For more information or to submit a tender, visit:

Australia Day 2024

Council’s annual Australia Day event is returning to Holroyd Gardens in Merrylands on Friday 26 January 2024 from 6pm to 9pm. Celebrate Australia Day locally and enjoy the main stage and roving entertainment, guest appearances from Bluey & Bingo, sports and garden games, food and a spectacular fireworks display.

For more information, visit:

Granville Nights

Granville Nights is back at The Granville Centre for another big night of art, food and fun on Friday 19 January from 5pm to 9pm. Check out the ‘The Good’ exhibition by Anna Louise Richardson, get hands-on with the art workshops with FLENK Collective, enjoy the live music from Lamira, G Rebel and DJ Levins, and more!

For more information, visit:

This initiative is proudly supported by the NSW Government through the Culture Up Late Western Sydney program.