Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

2 October 2020

Survey finds 85 per cent of respondents oppose Crescent Parklands development proposal

Council recently conducted a survey which showed strong opposition to the Crescent Parklands development planned for Holroyd.

Our community is angry and very concerned about the congestion and overcrowding the proposed infrastructure would not be able to support.

Council has raised many objections to the development and to date, these have been ignored.

This huge development has not taken into account Council’s Government-supported Local Strategic Planning Statement and it ignores the huge adverse traffic impacts in the Merrylands area, where it will not only affect locals, but all Sydneysiders travelling on the heavily congested Parramatta Road and Woodville Road.

What also concerns us is that the location is isolated from public transport, with the nearest railway station being a 30 minute walk away.

Our residents, many of them mums with kids in strollers, or the elderly, will have to walk long distances to catch a bus or train and this would be dangerous as the developers have not given any priority or consideration to pedestrians who will have to walk on narrow footpaths, directly next to a high volume of traffic. It’s just not safe or smart.

While Council still maintains that the planning proposal should not proceed at this time, the final decision is with the Sydney Central City Planning Panel and out of our hands. Should the NSW Government decide to proceed, we have identified a number of requirements to mitigate impacts on our community. We intend to fight hard for you.

Granville Stadium gets first concrete pour

I’m very excited to announce that the first major concrete slab has been poured at the $10.74 million Granville Park Stadium, which will eventually see the return of the Western Sydney Two Blues Rugby Union Club to their home ground.

More than 20 trucks poured around 160 cubic metres of concrete last week. It’s the first of 3 concrete pours. The project will feature a new rugby field, multi-purpose rooms, kiosk, grandstand and carpark.

The field hasn’t received any upgrades in over 40 years and is under construction for a much needed renewed vigour. Community sport is a big part of our identity so I’m glad we can bring activity and passion for sports to life. Our sports clubs have pride in their local area and it’s great that they’re finally getting the facilities to match. This is an investment in the health and wellbeing of the local community.

This project is jointly funded by the Greater Sports Facility Fund and Cumberland City Council. The Stadium is scheduled to be complete by May 2021.

Mayor Steve Christou with Councillor Joseph Rahme

Merrylands Community Service Centre

The Merrylands Community Service Centre is available to connect residents with Council and raise their issues.

I am regularly approached on a range of topics from infrastructure upgrades to parks, schools, transport, housing, education and other issues where residents would like Council’s support. The Centre also provides justice of the peace services for our residents and no appointment is necessary.

This is Cumberland City Council’s way of servicing the local community and making ourselves accessible, particularly while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

Please visit the Centre (Shop 1/205 Merrylands Road, Merrylands) if you have any questions about Council projects or services or would like to raise issues where we may be able to assist.

The office is open 8:30am to 4pm.

Mayor Steve Christou

I would like to congratulate fellow Councillor, Tom Zreika on receiving the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Law, to Local Government and to the Community.

The achievement reflects his dedicated and longstanding service to the community as a lawyer, Councillor, and his humanitarian efforts as Co-Founder and Chairman of AusRelief.

His efforts in these roles are all about giving back and building bridges in our community to make this world a better and fairer place for all. His humble beginnings and hard work is not only inspiring but a testament to this win.

I am extremely proud of Councillor Tom Zreika’s accomplishment.

Thank you for your service.

Councillor Tom Zreika (OAM)

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