Mayor's Weekly Message

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

19 November 2019

Wentworthville pool upgrade on the way

It’s full steam ahead for Cumberland Council’s $8.8 million upgrade of Wentworthville swimming pool.

The project will see the construction of a new program pool, new change rooms and a café. A lift will also be installed to allow people with disabilities to use the existing 50 metre pool.

When I first got elected as Mayor I stated that one of my main priorities were the redevelopment of Wentworthville and significant infrastructure upgrades in the area. This multimillion-dollar upgrade of Wentworthville pool goes a long way to fulfilling that commitment.

I know this new pool is eagerly awaited by swimmers in our community. Our residents deserve facilities that are modern and this $8.8 million upgrade at Wentworthville pool delivers just that.

Demolition works at the site are complete and the site is ready for construction work to begin. We hope to have the pool completed in time for next summer.

Deputy Mayor Eddy Sarkis and Mayor Steve Christou

Remembrance Day

Last week I attended the Remembrance Day Memorial Service in Merrylands.

At the service, I was joined by Councillor Paul Garrard, Councillor Greg Cummings and Councillor Lisa Lake to lay wreaths on behalf of Council and the local community.

This year marks 100 years since the first Remembrance Day. We will always remember those who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces.

Thank you to Merrylands RSL Sub-Branch Management Committee and members along with the staff and students at Cerdon College who led this moving service of remembrance. ‘Lest We Forget.’

Mayor Steve Christou at the Memorial Service in Merrylands

Get ‘job ready’

Cumberland Council is holding a workshop on Wednesday, 20 November to help local job seekers find employment, training or volunteer roles in the community.

Cumberland’s unemployment rate sits at about 9.5% compared to 6% across greater Sydney and we are committed to improving this.

We are building a community where no one is left behind. We must boost jobs in the area and address unemployment figures. 

The Job Ready workshop is all about helping Cumberland residents to find a job, volunteer position or low cost training. This workshop will help residents to develop the skills that employers are looking for and put their best foot forward and find work.

Council has been working with several businesses and non-government organisations to deliver two sessions in this month.

Jamal Fayyaz, (Connect to Work), Callum Daniel Symes (Council Volunteer), Mayor Steve Christou and Faiza Shakori (Council Officer)

Bushfire Appeal

Cumberland Council will host a series of fundraising barbecues to support those affected by the country’s devastating bushfires. As Australians we band together in a disaster, we unite and as a Council and a community, we can do our bit to help get bushfire-affected communities through this.

The fundraising events will be held locations including Merrylands, Granville, Greystanes, Regents Park, South Granville and Wentworthville. All funds will be provided to the Salvation Army to support evacuees and emergency personnel and the sustained effort required through the recovery and rebuild phases to come.

Meet your local Councillor

Council will be holding pop-up ‘Meet you Councillor’ sessions across the five wards between November and December. For the Granville Ward, I’ll be available on Saturday, 30 November (10am to 12pm) at Stocklands Mall in Merrylands. For other wards see more details on this website in the ‘what’s on’ space.