Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

16 October 2020

Healthy Kids winner announced

As part of our Healthy Kids initiative, Cumberland City Council held a competition where local youth had the chance to pitch a sports program they would like to have run at their school. I would like to express a big congratulations to Jacob from St Joseph the Worker Primary School whose submission won him the four-week soccer program he wanted to rollout for his peers!

The entire school was able to participate in the soccer program run by Western Sydney Wanderers W-league head coaches, Michael Beauchamp and Dean Heffernan. I was happy to hear how surprised and excited Jacob was after seeing his efforts pay off for his school community. The school also received a $500 equipment pack as an additional prize.

Our Healthy Kids project has reached over 4000 children in Sydney’s west since its inception in March 2019.

The initiative has seen a series of workshops and sporting clinics that support children’s health and wellbeing. We are glad to promote activity and nutritious lifestyles for young ones in Cumberland City. Kids spend a lot of time at school so it’s great that they can adopt habits that will benefit them well into adulthood.

Cumberland City is a great place to be for active and healthy kids. We’re fortunate enough to have more than 800 hectares of open green and recreational space available as well as our wonderful community and swim centres.

Mayor Steve Christou joins Healthy Kids winner Jacob, his brothers Bailey, Benji and their Mum, Charmaine.

Have your say on bushfire-risk maps

We are encouraging residents to have their say on maps we’ve developed for bushfire-prone areas in the Cumberland City community.

We want to do everything we possibly can to avoid a repeat of last New Year’s Eve grass fire in Pemulwuy, which came within metres of peoples’ houses and property.

This is an initiative I’ve been pushing for, in partnership with Deputy Mayor Eddy Sarkis. We want this area, along with other fire prone areas in our community to be classified in a way that allows us to work with the Rural Fire Service and carry out hazard reduction activities.

We encourage residents to view the draft maps and let us know if they believe any changes should be made.

For more information on the maps and the consultation process, visit:

Celebrating small businesses in Cumberland City

Small Business Month is still buzzing with activity in Cumberland City. I have been meeting with key local businesses and am extremely proud of their contributions to our community.

I recently visited the Rashays Headquarters in Chester Hill where I had the chance to see some of the behind-the-scenes action, and I also met with Juris Australia Lawyers in Granville who are experts in legal advice and representation.

As part of Small Business Month, we’ll also be hosting an online business networking event and a suite of specialised webinars. Be sure to book your spot via

Mayor Steve Christou with Ejaz Kahn of Juris Australia

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:

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