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Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

12 May 2020


Surge in rubbish dumping and graffiti

Last week, I was inspecting maintenance works in South Granville and noticed that since COVID-19, there has been a significant increase in dumping of rubbish as well as graffiti. Cumberland City is not a ghetto and keeping our streets clean is everyone’s responsibility.

We’re installing mobile cameras at undisclosed hotspots and will be enforcing fines for any offenders who are identified.

We also encourage residents to dob in illegal dumpers.

For enquiries about Council services or to report illegal dumping, please contact Council on (02) 8757 9000.


Free flu vaccine to protect Cumberland’s homeless

Cumberland City Council, in partnership with the Local Health District, has hosted a two day pop-up flu clinic at the Holroyd Centre in Merrylands in Sydney’s west.

Cumberland has the second highest homeless population across NSW and Council wanted to further extend its support in a time when it is needed most by providing access to basic healthcare services.

The clinic offered screening and vaccination for members of our community who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness including those who are sleeping rough, and those in temporary accommodation or overcrowded housing as well as those on temporary visas.

We are fast approaching the cold and flu season and we want to protect and look after those who are most vulnerable and at-risk. These are just some of the vulnerable populations here in Cumberland facing a range of barriers due to their current circumstance.

It’s very important that we look after the most vulnerable members of our society. We’re all in this together and we will keep supporting the community so we can come out the other side of this pandemic.


Press for help initiative for eligible seniors

Our Council has begun allocating personal alarms as part of its ‘Press for Help’ project that provides subsidised mobile personal alarms to socially isolated or ‘at risk’ seniors and people with disability (who are seniors) in Cumberland City.

This is a fantastic initiative for our senior community considering that more than 15% of the city’s population is over the age of 60, and that’s set to grow over the next decade.

The personal alarms can be programmed with up to 5 contacts of your choice. If you ever have a fall, become lost or are having any other personal emergency where you need help, pressing the SOS button will immediately send your GPS location to your nominated contacts.

The project was funded through ClubGrants provided by Wenty Leagues to purchase the personal alarms.

Please contact Council’s Access and Inclusion team on (02) 8757 9577 for more information and to find out if you or someone you know is eligible.


Recipes for Ramadan

The world is facing great disruption right now, so we understand that Ramadan might feel a little different this year. This is a revered month in the Islamic calendar filled with faith and reflection, and usually family gatherings and community congregations in mosques. This can’t happen at the same scale this year so we’ve partnered with Recipes for Ramadan and invite Muslims and non-Muslims to a virtual Iftar in the form of recipe sharing and story telling.

Council has provided a $5,000 Mayoral grant to support this project.

We encourage families to celebrate identity and culture through the food we put on our tables and the conversations we have at them. We look forward to connecting with your food and families online.


If you have any issues you’d like me to help you with, please contact me on phone 0419 651 187 or email steve.christou@cumberland.nsw.gov.au