Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

16 December 2019

Merry Christmas Cumberland

It’s hard to believe that we’re a few days out from Christmas and getting ready to celebrate the end of another great year in Cumberland.

Christmas is such a special time to bond, reflect, celebrate and be grateful. I am certainly looking forward to spending the festive time doing just that with my beautiful wife Josephine and our twin girls Nicola and Isabella.

As Mayor of Cumberland, I would like to thank our residents for making Cumberland a great place to live. This is an exciting and festive time that I hope you enjoy and cherish with your loved ones.

I wish you a Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year. I’ll see you in 2020 for even better and bigger things for Cumberland.

Steve Christou



Mayor Steve Christou with his daughters Nicola and Isabella

Seniors Christmas lunch

I would like to thank the hundreds of seniors who have joined us for Christmas lunch across Cumberland. It has been an absolute pleasure to join seniors and share a meal, as our way of recognising your role and contribution to our local community.

At Cumberland Council we offer a range of programs to ensure all our residents can participate in community life. For further information on services available, please contact Council on 02 8757 9000.

Seniors at Christmas table
Mayor Steve Christou with Councillor Ned Attie and seniors in Regents Park

Direct train service must remain

I recently raised concerns about direct city services being cut as a result of the Metro City and Southwest line integrating with existing train services. More trains and frequent services is a grand promise and as a community, we’d like reassurance that commuters at stations west of Bankstown won’t need to interchange at Bankstown and then again at Sydenham or Central Stations - not if there’s a service that currently takes them to the city.

Our residents deserve reliable and efficient services. The NSW Government must quickly reassure residents that they won’t cut any direct service into the city when they launch this stage of the Metro.

Mayor at railway station
Mayor Steve Christou

Helping residents live safely

Cumberland Council has launched a new community safety campaign ‘Living Safely’, delivered in partnership with NSW Police. Protection against scams, home security, vehicle security and domestic and family violence are among the key priorities addressed by the campaign.

Improving community safety and reducing crime is a Cumberland Council priority. It is paramount that our residents feel safe and I am proud that action is being taken to address the needs and concerns of those living in our area.

Council has strong partnerships with community, business owners and NSW Police who work together to solve these issues. I strongly encourage community members to participate in this opportunity to learn and become more aware of how they can contribute to a safer Cumberland.

A series of interactive workshops will raise awareness about key crime and safety issues. To find out more please contact Teresa Russo, Crime Prevention Officer on 02 8757 9788 or email

Mayor with police and resident
Mayor Steve Christou with officers and a local resident at Merrylands Police Station

Volcano eruption in New Zealand

While we’re facing bushfire disasters here in Australia, it saddens me greatly to hear about the White Island eruption last week. My thoughts are with the victims and their families as well as the emergency personnel and staff at Whakatāne District Council who are responding to this tragic event.

New Zealand's White Island volcano
New Zealand's White Island volcano