Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

18 September 2020

Council joins Supertee in fight for kids in hospital

This week I joined Council staff members along with local Greystanes resident, father of three and founder of Supertee Jason Sotiris at the Granville Centre for a day of packaging boxes for kids in hospital.

The boxes contained a Supertee, a medical garment disguised as a superhero costume for kids in hospital, particularly kids with severe illnesses who are frequent visitors of the hospital.

Council staff wrote messages to the children and packaged more than 480 boxes, which were delivered to Auburn Hospital, Westmead Children’s Hospital and other hospitals around NSW.

At Council’s Christmas party last year, Council purchased one-hundred Supertees which were able to be packaged as part of Supertee Day.

I commend Jason on the Supertee initiative and encourage residents to learn more about how you can help support this incredibly worthy cause. For more information, visit

Children’s Medical Research Institute

It was an absolute honour to recently tour the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) in Westmead, which boasts more than 150 scientists working on cutting edge research in areas ranging from cancer to stem cell therapy, gene therapy, genetic eye diseases and much more.

It was an opportunity to see some of the key labs at the CMRI including the worldfirst cancer facility ProCan and the newly created and fascinating Stem Cell and Organoid Facility, which uses our own cells as regenerative medicine.

CMRI is known in the public for its Jeans for Genes fundraising campaign. To invest in Australian research, being done right here in Western Sydney, please donate to

Survey results for Crescent Parklands development

A survey by Cumberland City Council has shown strong opposition to the Crescent Parklands development proposal with over 85% of survey respondents indicating they don’t want it to go ahead.

The Crescent Parklands development proposal would entail 1200 units up to 28 storeys high, located on Crescent Street in Holroyd.

It’s the kind of development you may see happen next to a major train station but it’s going to happen just off Woodville Road and M4, near Parramatta Road, an area that is already heavily choked with traffic.

We will continue to advocate for our residents and we will be presenting our survey results to the State Government when Council makes its submission this month.

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 or visit to check the status of specific developments.

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