A Message from Mayor Steve Christou

A weekly insight into what's happening around our local community.

1 April 2021

Wentworthville Memorial Swimming Centre reopens after $12.2 million upgrade

The wait is over for families and competitive swimmers after Council opened the doors to the newly renovated Wentworthville Memorial Swimming Centre on Monday.

The Centre has been a construction site for several months as workers carried out a $12.2 million upgrade of the facility.

The Centre offers a new heated program pool, a leisure pool with beach entry, café and new change rooms. A lift has also been installed to allow people with disability to use the 50-metre pool.

When I was first elected Mayor, one of my main priorities was the redevelopment of Wentworthville and this multimillion-dollar upgrade of the Centre goes a long way to fulfilling that commitment.

This Centre was traditionally one of Western Sydney’s most popular swimming spots prior to the revamp, and based on the Centre’s new look and improved amenities, I expect it will be even more popular with residents and families in our local community.

With the Parramatta pool being closed four years ago, this is a fantastic opportunity for our surrounding communities to enjoy the facility also.

The Centre will open for four weeks during the Easter holidays before closing for winter. I invite everyone in Wentworthville and across Cumberland City to squeeze in a few laps before then.

For opening hours and further information, visit

State planning rules impact on family-owned childcare providers

It has been brought to my attention that owneroperated childcare centres are bearing the brunt of open market competition, where corporates or developers are building large child care centres in constrained sites across Cumberland City.

The NSW Government has a State Environmental Planning Policy and Guideline on childcare centres. These planning rules override Council’s local controls, making it difficult for decisions to be made that reflect the needs of our local community.

As an example, there are currently no restrictions in the State Policy on the distance between the location of current and proposed child care centres. This means that child care centres are being approved in the same streets or areas, even though supply and demand data indicates that these centres are not required.

Local childcare provider, Crayons Childcare Centre (Long Day Care) in Greystanes has been operating as a family-owned business for over 20 years. I want to see their business along with others in the same boat thriving and succeeding.

I am committed to taking this issue on board to support our local families and businesses that contribute to our region and make Cumberland City a great place to live.

Mayor Steve Christou with local childcare providers.

Infrastructure projects for Cumberland City

As Mayor, my approach is ‘back to basics’ and investing in infrastructure assets that the community can enjoy and benefit from.

Just this week we opened the doors to the refurbished $12.2 million Wentworthville Memorial Swimming Centre which has been eagerly awaited by the community.

Granville park is next, with a $12 million upgrade of the Stadium nearing completion.

The home ground of the Western Sydney Two Blues will be transformed into a multi-use community sport pavilion, with a state-of-theart function centre that residents and sporting groups can use all year round.

Along with the $25 million Granville Centre that opened last year with joint funding from the State Government, we’re using our resources to give back to our local community.

Mayor Steve Christou, Councillor Paul Garrard and Councillor Joseph Rahme at Granville Stadium.

DAs available online

Anyone lodging a planning application is required to upload their application electronically through the Planning Portal that is managed by the NSW Government.

As a result of these changes, applications can no longer be submitted to Council over the counter or by email.

Further information on how to lodge applications on the portal is available on

For submissions on current development applications visit

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