Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

13 November 2020

Remembrance Day

This week we commemorated the 102nd anniversary of the Armistice at Charles Mance Reserve in Merrylands as well as Auburn Memorial Park. As we observed one minute’s silence, we cast our minds back over the years, and reflect on the deep scars of war and long to prevent them from ever happening again.

One hundred and two years ago, on 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. Almost 62,000 Australians died in World War I fighting for our freedom and in service of our nation.

It is important that we commit ourselves to a course of action that honours this memory.

We must meet the needs of the living as well as honour the memory of the dead; we must support our returned service men and women as well as mourn the ones who didn’t make it home.

We have a very strong veteran history in Cumberland City and will continue to honour their legacy, to remember those who died or suffered for Australia’s cause in all wars and armed conflicts.

We will always remember those who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces. Lest we forget.

Councillor Greg Cummings, Mayor Steve Christou and Deputy Mayor Eddy Sarkis attend a Remembrance Day service

Great Southern Nights Music Festival

Council is very excited to bring the one-of-a-kind NSW music event, Great Southern Nights to The Granville Centre. With a star power line-up of feature artists confirmed for the month-long celebration of live music, 1000 COVID-safe gigs will take place across NSW this November.

Great Southern Nights will culminate in Australia’s premier music industry event, the ARIA Awards and bring hundreds of emerging and established artists to local NSW venues. The next live music event for Cumberland City is being held tonight and will celebrate NAIDOC Week with talented Indigenous musicians.

In line with NSW Health COVID-19 safety guidelines, registration is required upon entry to The Granville Centre and we ask all guests to adhere to social distancing while inside.

Great Southern Nights is part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 recovery plan and was created to kick start the bounce back of the live music, hospitality and tourism industries. We’re excited to host a Great Southern Nights gig and know how important this initiative is to get their industry back on its feet.

For more information, visit

Yulugi is one of the live gig performances for NAIDOC Week

Access to the historic Prospect Hill

I recently joined Minister Don Harwin, Dr Hugh McDermott and Council staff to inspect Prospect Hill in Sydney’s west. Prospect Hill is of significant cultural importance to the people of the Darug nation.

The current pathway to the Hill leads to a unique 360-degree view of Sydney however, it’s rundown. The site is frequently visited by residents and for educational purposes, so safe accessibility is important.

The vision for Prospect Hill is to interpret cultural heritage for future generations so watch this space for more updates on this project.

Mayor Steve Christou, Minister Don Harwin, Dr Hugh McDermott and Council staff are working to improve access to Prospect Hill

DAs available online

As a further way to make it easier for residents, development applications in Cumberland City can now be lodged electronically through the NSW Planning Portal that is managed by the NSW Government.

Further information on how to lodge applications on the portal is available on

For submissions on current development applications visit:

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