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A Message from Mayor Steve Christou

A weekly insight into what's happening around our local community.

19 February 2021


Lend a hand for Clean Up Australia Day 2021

Cumberland City Council is gearing up to get into the spirit of Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 7 March.

As a Council who has been named one of the state’s most ‘Sustainable Cities’ in recent years, we work all year round to create a cleaner and greener Cumberland.

Clean Up Australia Day is an event that Cumberland City Council supports every year and we encourage residents to participate too.

Join us at our official site in Holroyd Gardens, Merrylands, where we’ll clean up litter and then thank you with a free BBQ (halal and vegetarian options available).

  • Clean up 8.30am to 11am
  • BBQ from 10.30am to 12pm

To get involved and for more details, visit cumberland.nsw.gov.au/event/clean-australia-cua-day, or register for an event near you at cleanupaustraliaday.org.au

Mayor Steve Christou, Deputy Mayor Eddy Sarkis, Councillor Paul Garrard and Clean Up Australia Chairman, Pip Kiernan at last year’s Clean Up event.

Grant given to support migrant women

It was an honour to meet Rosemary Kariuki, Australia Day NSW Local Hero 2021 and approve her program with a $5000 grant (the maximum grant allowance). The project connects families in regional NSW with migrant women in Sydney.

The initiative sees migrant women experience Australian hospitality and share cultural stories with their hosts.

Many of these women reside in the Cumberland City LGA and I’m delighted the project has given them the confidence to seek work, make friendships and establish their identities.

It’s great that we can make all groups in our community feel empowered. Cumberland City Council has a diverse community and I am happy to support such a worthy cause. It was a pleasure to award her the grant.

Rosemary Kariuki was awarded the Mayoral Community Fund Grant on behalf of Cumberland City Council.

Meet Your Mayor

I make it a priority to be readily available to Cumberland City residents.

If you have some feedback on how we’re performing as a Council, or have an issue you would like assistance with please visit me at a Meet Your Mayor session, which takes place every Thursday at Stockland Merrylands from 10am to 1pm.

The next session will take place on Thursday February 25 and will have a particular focus on Customer Service.

At our Council, we place a huge emphasis on doing the basics well and this includes being responsive to ratepayers about our services and projects. I encourage you to drop in and share your thoughts and let me know if there’s a matter I can assist you with.


DAs available online

Anyone lodging a planning application is required to upload their application electronically through the Planning Portal that is managed by the NSW Government.

As a result of these changes, applications can no longer be submitted to Council over the counter or by email.

Further information on how to lodge applications on the portal is available on www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au

For submissions on current development applications visit


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