Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

11 December 2020

Cumberland City celebrates cricket win over Parramatta

Cumberland City Council is enjoying a win over Parramatta City Council following a friendly cricket match at George Parry Oval, Mona Park last weekend. Following the council amalgamations in 2016, this has been the first match between Cumberland and Parramatta. This friendly match is quite the tradition for our two Councils, particularly for the former Holroyd Council and Parramatta.

While winners are grinners, I would like to thank the Parramatta side for a good match, some great sportsmanship from their Councillors and for sharing our love of cricket.

Cumberland City Council victorious over Parramatta City Council in a friendly cricket match.

Keeping kids active in Western Sydney

This year has been a very difficult year for everyone, particularly for school kids and their parents. The year has been on and off with remote learning in place and many events and sporting competitions cancelled. As a Council we want to do all we can to encourage the health and wellbeing of our local kids, who are the future of our community.

This year we will be offering all local year six students a one-time twin pass to a swimming pool of their choice within the Cumberland City local government area, or a one-hour free access pass to The Granville Centre synthetic court.

We will continue to support the fitness and wellbeing of local youth particularly through Council programs like Healthy Kids, which has reached over 4500 students since its inception in May 2019.

Community garden reopens in Merrylands

The Merrylands Community Garden at Byron Park has reopened with COVID-safe protocols in place. Community gardens are places where people come together to grow fruit and vegetables, enjoy healthy exercise, meet new people and share fresh food. It is a great opportunity for people to connect with nature and participate in their local community. Council is currently looking at offering programs to local schools and TAFE students so watch this space.

Opening hours:

Monday: 8am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm

Wednesday: 8am to 10am

Friday: 8am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm

For more information contact Council on 02 8757 9000.

Happy gardening!

DAs available online

From 31 December 2020, anyone lodging a development application will be 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:

To check the status of specific developments visit:

If you have any issues you’d like me to help you with, please contact me by: