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Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

23 June 2020


Cumberland City needs its state member

As Mayor of Cumberland City Council, I represent one of the most disadvantaged and diverse communities in NSW. The challenges facing our local residents are many, and range from unemployment to housing, and rental stress, as well as a lack of opportunities.

During this time of a worldwide pandemic created by the COVID-19 crisis, it is vital that Mayors are able to work with their local State Members to achieve outcomes for the people we jointly represent.

We have two major projects underway, costing over $32 million (the Granville Centre, which is nearing completion and the redevelopment of Granville Park). These two very large infrastructure projects will benefit our community for decades to come. It is important that our State Member, Julia Finn is focused on assisting council with these projects.

These ongoing negative media distractions in regard to the local State Member have been less than ideal. I hope these issues are sorted out very soon, in the best interest of our residents.


Swimming pools reopen

I’m very excited that we are returning to some sense of normality here in Sydney’s west. We’re responding to new COVID-19 guidance from both Federal and State levels of government as restrictions continue to ease.

Our swimming pools and Learn to Swim programs are back and running in some capacity with time slots, stringent hygiene routines and physical distancing measures in place.

Council’s libraries continue to reopen while operating at restricted times and numbers, however children’s activities remain suspended.

We appreciate the community’s patience as Council facilities continue to reopen and get back to full strength, operating in a way that is safe for the community.


Illegal dumping in Cumberland City

We have seen a significant surge in levels of illegal dumping since lockdown began. Council had 780 cases of illegal dumping in May, which is up 60% compared to May last year, and it’s just not acceptable. We don’t want to fine people up to $8,000 for illegal rubbish dumping but the reality is cleaning up illegal dumping comes at an expense to Council and ultimately ratepayers.

Council has identified hotspots across Cumberland City, and our team is setting up cameras at undisclosed hotspots to catch offenders.

I strongly believe that keeping streets clean and green is everyone’s responsibility and it’s certainly not something Council can do alone. This is our home and it’s our duty to look after it.

If you want to get rid of unused items and you are unsure of what can and can’t be recycled, Council has staff who can assist you and provide information and advice.

The app to book a free Council collection can be accessed at: www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/bookacleanup


Boarding houses

Cumberland City has a number of registered boarding houses in our local government area. I think that while authorised boarding houses do have a place in providing affordable housing for our most needy, it’s important that these developments are in areas that are appropriate. I know that many residents don’t want these developments next to their home, situated in close proximity to schools or in areas that already have limited infrastructure.

We will assess boarding houses development applications on their merit and ensure they comply with requirements under the State Environment Planning Policy. We also encourage other LGAs to consider having these kind of facilities in their communities.


If you have any issues you’d like me to help you with, please contact me on phone 0419 651 187 or email steve.christou@cumberland.nsw.gov.au