Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

An insight into what's happening around our local community.

10 February 2020

Meet your Mayor

It has been fantastic to meet with so many residents in our community and answer their questions about Council projects and services.

Last Thursday we completed another fantastic Meet Your Mayor session. I was happy to be able to discuss fitness in the Local Government Area with Fortitude Fitness For Women Owner Eliza and Head Coach Karen.

We talked all things from my involvement in athletics as an Accredited Athletics Australia Coach to the Healthy Kids Initiative and Rising Star Sports Award.

I have been invited as a special guest to their International Women’s Day event on March 8. I look forward to attending this important event accompanied by my twin daughters Nicola and Isabella.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates and information on Council’s Meet your Mayor sessions.

Residents are also free to make appointments to meet with me to discuss any concerns or ideas during business hours. To make an appointment, please contact me on 0419 651 187 or email

Get Creative, Get Active

With 80 percent of Aussie kids not getting enough physical activity and only 2 and a half percent eating enough fruits and vegetables, we need your help.

In 2018, I launched the Healthy Kids Initiative which encourages children to eat right and get moving. The program has now expanded and reaches at least half of all schools in Cumberland City.

Cumberland City Council is encouraging students and local schools to create and pitch their ideas for getting active and adopting healthy eating habits as part of the Healthy Kids Initiative. Schools with the best ideas have a chance to win $5000.

For details about how you can get involved visit the Healthy Kids initiative.

Mayor Steve Christou with netballer Paige Hadley and his daughters Nicola and Isabella.

Councillor, Tom Zreika awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM)

Last Wednesday Council held its first meeting for the New Year.

A Mayoral Minute was read as part of the proceedings, congratulating Councillor Tom Zreika on being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.

The achievement reflects his dedicated and longstanding service to the community as a Lawyer, Councillor, and his humanitarian efforts as Co Founder
and Chairman of AusRelief.

Mayor Steve Christou with Clr Tom Zreika OAM, in front of Cumberland City Council Chambers in Auburn.

4 Useful recycling tips

Last year, Cumberland City Council won the Keep Australia Beautiful Award for Most Sustainable City.

To reduce waste and preserve natural resources, we need to be making sure that recyclable material is put in the right bin. That’s where you come in.

1. Keep it loose
Place your recycling loosely in the yellow lid bin – never in plastic bags.

2. To rinse or not to rinse
No need to rinse containers before putting them in the recycling bin. They just need to be empty and dry.

3. Soft vs hard plastics – do the ‘scrunch test’
If you can scrunch your plastic into a ball easily, it can’t go in your yellow lid bin. Hard plastic packaging that keeps its structure or bounces
back when you try squashing it goes in your recycle bin.

4. No to clothes in the yellow lid bin
Clothing, textiles and shoes don’t go in the recycling bin. If you think these could be reused, donate to a charity – never use the recycling bin. I’m looking forward to an even greener Cumberland City in 2020.

Mayor Steve Christou with Shivaan Kumar during National Recycling Week.