Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

10 September 2021

Don’t turn your back on us

I support LGNSW’s calls for the Premier to meet with the 12 mayors of the locked down LGAs. The webinar last week with ministers doesn’t make the grade – they were disengaged and not helpful. The Premier still refuses to sit down to a collective online meeting with mayors to discuss how both levels of government could support their communities. It’s alarming that this has fallen on deaf ears and shows the disregard the state pollies have for western Sydney.

On top of that, it’s a dereliction of duty that the legislative council won’t sit in September. No other employees in any other industry can abandon their post for months at a time at their own choice and face no consequences. Now is the time that leaders need to lead. People have had to endure unprecedented rules and regulations that impact their finances, mental health and loved ones. They claim that they understand the pain and impact in the LGAs of concern, but this isn’t reflected in their actions – they have no idea and it really shows.

If our elected representatives aren’t in parliament, it’s hard for our community to see decisions are being made in their best interests in a time of crisis. It’s a slap in the face. Our community is crying out for advocacy, a special western Sydney support payment, rent relief and solid health management. It’s impossible for decisions to be made and critical issues to be discussed and debated when parliament is not sitting.

The impact of the lockdowns and the response is being run by state, but they are not making the key decisions that need to be made as they aren’t even bothering to turn up to parliament. It’s a disgrace that we have to beg to be seen and heard, and even when we do that, there’s no response or action. Don’t turn your back on our community, I urge you to hear some of the issues residents are struggling with mentally and financially by the harsh lockdown. I’ll always advocate on their behalf until you see us and hear us. You need to pay attention, you cannot just disregard us. You do that at your own risk.

Hundreds more home delivered hampers on their way to Cumberland families in need

Hundreds of hampers brimming with food and essential items will support local families in need, thanks to the generous support of farmers and businesses. Thankful4Farmers marshalled the donated products from its partners and had them delivered to Cumberland City Council this week.

We’ll pack the fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, canned food and other essentials while council staff box and deliver and goodies with the help of NSW Police and ADF. Councillor Joseph Rahme and Thankful4Farmers collaborated with Robert Mackenzie from Macka’s Black Angus Beef to bring farmers together to help get food on the tables of those facing financial hardship caused by COVID-19. We’ve been so pleased by the support from donors – farmers, local business people, and local residents – it’s been amazing to see this community spirit alive and well.

The support from everyone has been overwhelming, so we’re now working with Thankful4Farmers who always support Australia’s regional and rural people and now want to help give back to the city. Thank you to our Australian farmers for their generous support towards the city during this difficult time and for helping us maintain it in the weeks of lockdown ahead. If you’re in need or can make a donation, fill in the form online and we’ll try to help.

Council staff packing fruits and vegetables into hampers for families in need

Limitless: outdoor exercise

I’m pleased that exercise will no longer be limited to one hour in the local government areas of concern, which is consistent with my advocacy on the topic. The curfew will still apply, but exercise is unlimited outside of those hours. You must stay within 5km of your home if you go out for exercise or to supervise a child aged 12 years or under who is exercising or playing.

You can exercise with 1 other person that you do not live with or your nominated visitor. If you live with more than 2 other people, you can all go out together for exercise. I hope you enjoy the chance to take in some fresh air for a little while longer now.

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