Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

20 November 2020

Council hosts Keep Australia Beautiful Awards

After being named the most ‘Sustainable City’ in metropolitan NSW in 2019, Cumberland City Council had the honour of hosting this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable Cities Awards at the newly built Granville Centre.

The Awards recognise projects or actions in a number of areas of environmental sustainability and social inclusion. I believe Councils can lead behavioural change by engaging the community to continuously improve the environment.

As a young Council, we are working towards a clean and green Cumberland City. From waste reduction to improved infrastructure and community focused programs, we are delivering a wide range of initiatives to ensure long-term sustainability of Cumberland City’s natural environment. We’re extremely proud of Council’s environmental team who were ‘Highly Commended’ for Council’s ‘Benchmarking Heat Across Cumberland’ project and a finalist in the Overall Award. It’s all about making our community a great place to live.

It was also terrific to meet Her Excellency, the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales, who attended the event.

I congratulate all the finalists and winners for keeping NSW beautiful. Council’s General Manager, Hami

Council celebrates winners of Healthy Kids Pitch competition

It was fantastic to recognise the winning schools of the Healthy Kids Pitch, with a prize of $5000 at the Council Chambers this week. The competition aims to help roll out a healthy initiative idea at the participant’s schools.

I am very proud to congratulate St Peter Chanel, Beresford Road Public School, Westmead Christian Grammar School and Guildford West Public School for their projects. We had a range of innovative pitches, including community gardens, online fitness videos and sports buddy programs. I would like to thank all students and schools who submitted an entry.

Around 80 percent of Australian school kids don’t get enough exercise and only 2 percent eat enough fruit and vegetables, so the aim is to turn those statistics around by working closely with our schools and young people.

To date, the Healthy Kids initiative has reached over 4500 children in Cumberland City, through workshops and clinics supporting children’s health and wellbeing.

A special thank you to Dooleys and Lidcombe Shopping Centre who sponsored these prizes.

Pedestrian crossing for Duck River

I was recently joined by fellow Councillor Paul Garrard to inspect a new pedestrian bridge along Duck River in South Granville.

The bridge incorporates the latest technology in recyclable materials to better conserve the natural environment.

We’re delighted that Council is able to deliver new facilities that are environmentally friendly and provide better and safer access for residents.

Councillor Paul Garrard and Mayor Steve Christou at Duck River.

Have your say on proposed planning framework for Woodville Road Corridor

Cumberland City Council is encouraging residents to have their say on land use planning for the Woodville Road corridor. This corridor and future planning for this space is considered to be important to securing future housing in Cumberland City with good access to local and regional jobs, as well as meeting the needs of the community.

Following early consultation, submissions will be considered by Council to inform a draft Local Environmental Plan amendment (planning proposal) and draft Development Control Plan for the Woodville Road corridor.

For more information visit the haveyoursay webpage at

DAs available online

From 31 December 2020, anyone lodging a development application will be 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:

To check the status of specific developments visit:


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