Cooling Cumberland – Beat the Heat

Get Ready for Summer.

Beat the Heat this Summer

Council is providing several services to support the community during heatwaves. Information brochures with tips for coping with adverse weather will be distributed to libraries and community centres, and to seniors, people with disability and carers throughout Council’s services and programs.


Council has eight libraries which provide the community with a place of refuge during the heat.

View library locations and opening hours

Council Swim Centres

Council Swim Centres are open daily (except for Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day)

  • Granville Swim Centre
  • Guildford Swim Centre
  • Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre
  • Merrylands Swim Centre
  • Wentworthville Memorial Swim Centre

For more details visit our Swim Centre page

Community Centres open 12 noon to 5pm

Council Community Centres will be open to provide relief from the heat, the following centres will be open one day each week

  • Monday - Toongabbie Community Centre - 11 December to  29 January
  • Tuesday - Auburn Centre for Community  - 2 January to 30 January
  • Wednesday - Regents Park Community Centre - 13 December to 31 January
  • Thursday – Berala Community Centre -  14 December to 1 February
  • Thursday - Wentworthville Community Centre - 14 December to 25 January
  • Friday - Merrylands Oval Hall – 15 December to 2 February

Cooling Cumberland Splash Parks

Council has arranged free water slides for the community to cool down and enjoy every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of January from 10am to 4pm.

  • Lytton Street Park, Lytton Street, Wentworthville
  • Wyatt Park, 49 Church St, Lidcombe 
  • Greystanes Sports ground, Merrylands Road to Bolaro Avenue, Greystanes
  • Campbell Hill Pioneer Reserve, 67 Campbell Hill Road, Guildford
  • Granville Park, 2 Montrose Avenue, Merrylands 

Water Refill Stations

Cumberland Council has partnered with Sydney Water to install eight water refill stations across the LGA, helping residents stay hydrated, cool and reduce environmentally unfriendly plastic drinking bottles. The water refill stations can be found at outdoor venues across Cumberland and are signposted in community languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Filipino Hindi, Nepali, Persian and Turkish.

The water refill stations are located at:

  • Central Gardens, 71 Paton Street, Merrylands West
  • Granville Park, 2 Montrose Avenue, Merrylands 
  • Pemulwuy Playground, 22 Watkin Tench Parade, Pemulwuy 
  • Campbell Hill Pioneer Reserve, 67 Campbell Hill Road, Guildford
  • Auburn Botanic Gardens, 99 Chiswick Road, Auburn
  • Merrylands Park, Burnett St, Merrylands
  • Wyatt Park, 49 Church St, Lidcombe 
  • Guildford Park, 15 Marian St, Guildford

Seniors and Disability Services

Council’s Seniors and Disability Services will be tailoring their services and programs to assist seniors and people with disability and carers during the heatwave. As part of Council’s seniors program, staff will be providing welfare checks.

To sign up to the program or to find out more information visit our Seniors Support page

Have a Plan

Prepare yourself

  • Prepare yourself and your home before the heat arrives
  • Know where you can go to stay out of the heat
  • Know who to call if you need help.
  • Follow your doctor’s advice if you have any medical conditions.
  • If you feel unwell, seek medical advice from your doctor or nearest hospital.
  • Explore the Heat Smart Toolkit

For further information, visit NSW Health

Drink plenty of water

  • Drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty 
  • If you go outside, carry a bottle of water with you
  • Stock your fridge with cold water and freezer with ice

For further information, visit NSW Health

Keep cool

  • Wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothes made from natural fibres like cotton
  • Stay out of the sun.
  • If you must go outside, apply sunscreen, wear a hat.
  • Plan your day around the heat – avoid being outdoors between 11am and 5pm.

For further information, visit NSW Health

Take care of others

  • Visit or telephone elderly friends, neighbours and relatives, at least once a day.
  • Check that they have water in the fridge.
  • Consider taking them to a cool place
  • Never leave babies, children or animals alone in a car even if the air-conditioner is on.

For further information, visit NSW Health

Heatwave Response Translations