Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

11 June 2021

Merrylands CBD upgrade underway

The $30 million Merrylands infrastructure upgrades have started, setting the stage for a CBD refresh.

It includes replacing stormwater drains, construction of new roads and other utility improvements.

This project aims to transform the Merrylands CBD into a modern and vibrant centre by creating future development opportunities, improved infrastructure and public amenities. It will also reduce flooding.

Stormwater drainage is being expanded and replaced in Treves Street, McFarlane Street carpark, Merrylands Road and selected surrounding streets.

Works on Neil Street are due to finish in June, (weather permitting). Minor works in McFarlane Street carpark have already started.

Major works should begin in July and this will require complete closure of the carpark.

Keep updated via our social media channels and website. It’s all part of council’s investment to set Merrylands up for growth.

Mayor Steve Christou and construction staff on site at the infrastructure upgrades on Neil Street.

ePetition: Sign now

We need your support. Help us lobby the NSW State Government for the Merrylands Service NSW Centre they promised in 2019. I call upon our local state members to remain present and put the needs of this electorate above others at all times. At a minimum, our residents deserve that level of service.

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Free event for golfing amateurs and juniors

Get ready to tee off at a Golf Pro-Am tournament at Woodville and Rosnay golf courses next month in a two-day free event that aims to showcase Cumberland City Council’s incredible golf courses. The tournament is for both amateur and junior golfers and includes lunch, prize money, gifts and more. It’s a great opportunity for amateur adult players and juniors to play alongside professionals.

A $950,000 irrigation system was installed at Woodville Golf Course last year, which now waters the entire golf course from tee to green, keeping it in tip top condition. We’ve also laid over 10,000 m2 of new turf and significant path works at Woodville.

Council has obtained more than $50,000 in sponsorship for this event, which means we’re outlaying very little resources. We thank our platinum sponsor Statewide Civil and our gold and silver sponsors for making this event possible.

To register your spot visit:

Pros, amateurs and juniors will come together for two days at council’s newly refurbished golf courses.

We welcome 1000 citizens

Up to 1000 people will become Australian citizens this month– the largest number ever welcomed in any month by us at Cumberland City Council.

It’s great because the ceremonies are clearing a backlog of people waiting for their important day. During the pandemic, we limited the number of people who could attend in person, so now we’ve fully caught up and it’s full steam ahead.

With international border closures, it’s more important now than ever for our residents to have certainty in their citizenship status. Conducting citizenship ceremonies is one of the happiest and most important parts of my role as Mayor. I wish everyone the best and welcome them to our local government area, our home.

Our diversity and multi culturalism is our key strength and what makes our area an amazing place to live.

On 7 June, 450 people from 42 nationalities became citizens. They are between 3 and 62 years and in 61 family groups. Up to 600 people will become citizens on 28 June.

Mayor Steve Christou and Deputy Mayor Eddy Sarkis with the Samineni family.

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