A Message from Mayor Steve Christou

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

19 March 2021

Getting abandoned trolleys off our streets

At Cumberland City, we’ve been on a trolley blitz to get abandoned shopping trolleys off our streets.

Dumped trolleys are an eyesore and pollute our community and waterways.

We approached supermarket retailers 12 months ago to work with us on this issue but there was no positive response. It was time to take matters into our own hands so we gave them 30 days to pick up their trolleys.

If this was the North Shore or Eastern suburbs, there would be no need to address this issue.

Cumberland City is not a ghetto, and we won’t let them treat it like one.

Over the course of 5 weeks, 800 trolleys have been collected and are being crushed at Council’s Guildford depot. Any other dumped trolleys we find will suffer the same fate.

This is not just a matter of retailers meeting their responsibilities to collect trolleys. It’s about having a sense of community pride.

I also encourage residents to do the right thing and not take trolleys outside of their shopping precincts.

Council has installed discreet cameras across our City and fines apply.

Let’s all work together to keep our streets clean.

Empowering women to lead

While women contribute greatly to the workforce, they are substantially underrepresented in leadership roles. It’s with this in mind that we’ve awarded a Mayoral grant to support the Merrylands Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Empowering Leadership’ event, which will be held at the Holroyd Centre on Monday, 29 March 2021 from 6:30pm-9:30pm.

I look forward to being a part of this great event and encourage residents and businesses in our community to connect and have conversations that amplify women’s leadership roles in a transformational way.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to come together and learn about why it’s so important to support women at every level.

The grant will help facilitate the event, which will include a panel of leading female speakers followed by an upskilling course, ‘Skilling for Recovery,’ presented by the Department of Education.

I take pride in supporting an initiative like this because when women succeed, our communities succeed. We are all inspired by your work and achievements.

For more information and to register, visit

Mayor Steve Christou with Rosemary Kariuki, Australia Day Local Hero and event panellist.

Healthy Kids program returns

I’m excited to announce that the Healthy Kids initiative program is back in full swing at our local schools across Cumberland City.

As part of the program, leading female athletes like Olympic gold medallist Chloe Dalton, Sydney Roosters player Hannah Southwell, Paralympian Tyan Taylor and GWS Giants netballer Tilly McDonell partnered with Council to deliver the Women in Sport Roadshow experience.

As the father of twin girls, I am very proud that this initiative inspires young females to try new sports and engage with positive female role models. Granville Public School recently participated in the program, with 60 girls given the opportunity to engage with GWS Giants Netballer Tilly McDonell.

The program is set to be extended to the community through the upcoming April school holidays with activities such as tennis, badminton and skateboarding.

These community sporting clinics give our local youth the opportunity to try new sports, get out and get active!

Mayor Steve Christou with netballer Paige Hadley and his daughters Nicola and Isabella.

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

For submissions on current development applications visit

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