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Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

17 June 2020


Child care support

While the circumstances of families across Western Sydney vary, we are very concerned about the potential impact of the Federal Government’s recent announcement and what this means for families who use our long day child care facilities.

As Mayor, I would have liked to see current levels of support continue for at least another six months while the community navigates its way out of this pandemic. We’re also very cognisant of the fact, that a second wave of COVID-19 is quite possible.

Council is complying with the Federal Government’s requirements regarding the continuation of the provision of care at the fee rate currently being charged.

We will not be increasing our rates to the proposed fees until 27th September 2020.


Getting our ovals ready for community sports

Community sport competitions can restart from 1 July in line with the latest Public Health Orders.

Council has been busy preparing our sports ovals for these activities to resume, with the team working with ‘Kermit’, our line marking robot. Cumberland City Council was one of the first councils in NSW to use this kind of technology, which has provided significant savings for sports groups using our fields.

We look forward to seeing community sport start to take off from 1 July!


Merrylands CCTV rollout

Council is strategically placing CCTV cameras on Merrylands Road between Military Road and Treves Street, with the aim of improving security for the community, crime detection and prosecution action. They are licence plate equipped, and the aim is to centralise the camera systems in our local government area while also working together with NSW Police to help provide a safer environment for Cumberland City. Safety is our number one priority, expect this project to be completed this June 2020.


Wentworthville is getting a makeover

Earlier this year, Council approved the Wentworthville Centre Revitalisation Strategy which will see Wentworthville Town Centre revamped into a vibrant, urban landmark.

The strategy aims to facilitate the urban renewal and economic revitalisation of the area. It includes an additional 1800 dwellings over the next decade, a shopping centre and public domain plazas.

The new shopping centre will generate over 200 jobs during construction and 260 ongoing jobs within the commercial and retail component of the development. The Public Domain Plan developed by Council focuses on delivering high-quality public spaces for recreational use in the heart of Wentworthville. Keep an eye out for the next phase of this project as we continue to beautify Wentworthville.


Men’s Sheds

At a recent Council meeting, I moved a motion to waive all future lease charges for Men’s Sheds operating out of Council-owned buildings. I have recently visited some of the local Men’s Sheds and have witnessed firsthand the contributions they make to the community, especially during COVID-19. Whether it’s loss of livelihood, mental health or just needing a sense of belonging, these facilities save lives and provide significant benefit to our community. That’s who I want to support.


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