Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

20 April 2020

Cumberland child care centres to remain open

Following some serious lobbying of State and Federal Governments by myself on behalf of Cumberland City Council, and also the efforts of all our parents and carers who contacted the relevant ministers, I am pleased to confirm that the suspension of our education and care services has now been lifted.

We made our views clear and we were heard. Cumberland City Council played a critical role in securing funding from the State Government to allow all Councils across NSW to continue to operate vital services for the families who rely on us.

I want to thank all our families for your patience and your support while we worked together to resolve the anomaly created by the Federal Government’s Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package. As a result of our combined efforts, all those families who rely heavily on our education and care services can continue to work and support our community. I know from the many parents who have contacted me about this issue that it was a stressful time and that they are very relieved following a positive outcome.

This has been another example of our local community working together to get an outcome that works in the best interests of Cumberland City residents and I am very proud of what we were able to achieve together. Thank you.


ANZAC Day (Saturday, 25 April 2020) is a significant day for all Australians; commemorating the Gallipoli campaign during the First World War. It’s a day that we remember the Australian troops who fought and sacrificed, and the tens of thousands who lost their lives in World War 1. 

It has been over 100 years since the First World War ended. But these Australians paved the way, for the freedoms and values we cherish today.

We honour the memory of those who gave so much.

The day also belongs to our service personnel and the veteran community. It’s a time for us to acknowledge the 1.5 million Australians who have defended our country not only in subsequent battles but in peacekeeping times.

I want to thank the men and women who have selflessly served in the Australian Defence Force, in the past and those who are actively deployed.

This year’s Anzac Day is a little different to previous years. As you would be aware, public gatherings and traditional services won’t take place, in line with public health guidance with the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s also not possible for us to come together, to lay a wreath or to enjoy each other’s company over a game of two-up.

This doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t remember can’t commemorate Anzac Day. Instead we’ll be in our home with our loved ones, and listening to these services or broadcasts remotely.

ANZAC will always be a celebration of people and the values they held and the values that shape who we are today. We will continue to honour their courage and sacrifice.

We will remember them. Lest We Forget.