Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

17 February 2020

Merrylands Service NSW Centre

When the NSW Government introduced the Service NSW Customer Service Centres, they described them as a ‘one stop shop’ for residents, bringing frontline government services under one roof, including the services provided by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

The former RMS branch in Merrylands subsequently closed its doors and in February last year, Service NSW announced that its footprint would expand across Sydney with 10 new Service Centres. Merrylands was named as one of the 10 locations.

In September last year, I raised a motion as a Councillor, asking when the Service NSW Centre in Merrylands would be delivered. Media reports have since indicated the Centre may not be delivered until before the next State Election in 2023. Frankly, I don’t think asking our residents to wait another three years is good enough.

There needs to be more active representation on this issue. As one of your elected representatives, I can assure you that this is a fight I will not relinquish until an adequate outcome is achieved.

It’s time for the State Government and for Service NSW to consider the needs of our residents and keep their election promise.

Mayor Steve Christou at the former RMS site

Clean-up following storms and wild weather

Following the recent heavy rain and wild weather, Cumberland City Council has been responding to reports of flooding and fallen trees.

Last week I inspected a number of sites as our staff assessed damage and commenced clean-up activities, including clearing drains.

The pool at Guildford was temporarily closed due to a fallen tree in the nearby area that cut power to the facility. I’m pleased to advise that power has been restored and the pool has since reopened.

In the event of storm or flood emergencies, please contact the SES on 132 500 or if the situation is life-threatening, call Triple Zero (000).

Mayor Steve Christou inspects clean-up activities

Celebrating our seniors

More than 15% of the Cumberland City population is over the age of 60 and this is set to grow over the next decade. With this in mind, it’s good to see such a significant part of our population getting into the spirit of our Seniors Festival and attending our program of events. From sing-along concerts and golf days to Sydney Harbour lunch cruises and aqua fitness classes, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Seniors make an enormous contribution to our community and Council is pleased to offer a wide range of programs that enable their continued activity and participation in community life.

For more information on Seniors Festival bookings, accessibility, transport and events near you visit Cumberland City Seniors Festival

Mayor Steve Christou with Norm at our seniors sing-along concert. Happy birthday Norm!

Cumberland City to deliver its first UV- smart playground

I’m pleased to announce that Merrylands Memorial Park will be retro-fitted with UV smart materials to help build resilience during warmer temperatures.

In partnership with Cumberland City Council, Western Sydney University has been conducting research on playgrounds across the suburbs of Cumberland City.

Project lead Dr Sebastian Pfautsch, from the University’s School of Social Sciences, said research he conducted found communities in western Sydney experience extreme heat more frequently than previously known.

“The UV Smart, Cool Playground project has brought together government, industry and research partners to develop Australia’s first prototype playground to address increasing temperatures which are leaving our playgrounds unplayable,” said Dr Pfautsch.

The UV Smart Playground is expected to be ready for next summer.

Mayor Steve Christou with Dr Sebastian Pfautsch from Western Sydney University