Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

2 July 2021

Granville Town Square sacrifices commuter car parks

Reducing car parks at Granville train station will spell disaster and frustration for commuters and locals alike. The City of Parramatta’s proposed Granville Town Square will eliminate more than 70 car parking spaces on the north side of Granville station that services commuters and hundreds of new apartments. It will create traffic havoc as drivers circle the suburbs to find parking. The southern side of Granville train station is in Cumberland City Council area, while the north side is City of Parramatta.

The proposed Granville Square Master Plan by City of Parramatta relies heavily on Cumberland City Council infrastructure, including car parking. City of Parramatta have promised to investigate extra commuter parking spaces in the longer term, but that is not good enough. It falls well below community expectations. We want to encourage locals to take public transport, but reducing commuter car parks will have the opposite effect.

I support the vision to create a new geographic and community heart for Granville. Cumberland City Council initiated that with the Granville Centre, swimming pool and open spaces. Having a complementary open plaza, residential, social and commercial opportunities on the northern side of the train tracks is a great step forward. We’re preparing a formal submission on the Draft Granville Square Master Plan to convey our concerns.

Aerial shot of the Granville commuter car park on Rowell Street.

Justice of the Peace services

You can still find a Justice of the Peace at our Merrylands Community Service Centre at Shop 1/205 Merrylands Road, Merrylands - Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4pm. You can also search the register to find a Justice of the Peace:

The current stay at home orders allow you to leave home to “undertake legal obligations,” so if that means you need a Justice of the Peace, you can find one in Merrylands.

Lights on for exercise

We’re turning on the lights in parks and ovals from dusk until 9pm daily to allow extra time for exercise and fresh air. We’ve selected ovals to provide a mix across the local government area. Remember a maximum of 10 people can exercise together. Stay active, healthy and safe.

  • Everly North
  • Granville Park
  • Greystanes Sports
  • Horlyck Reserve
  • King Park
  • MJ Bennett Reserve
  • Phillips Park
  • Princes Park
  • Tom Uren Park

For more details on how our services and facilities are impacted, visit

Mayor Steve Christou at King Park, Merrylands.

Merrylands Service NSW Centre

We need your support. Help us lobby the NSW State Government for the Merrylands Service NSW Centre they promised in 2019.

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Palliative care for Western Sydney

Western Sydney Local Health District routinely describes itself as the biggest health precinct in the southern hemisphere so a dedicated palliative care unit is necessary.

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