23 April 2021
Anzac memory lives on
Before dawn on 25 April 1915, the first soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on the shores of the Gallipoli peninsula. They were some of at least 130,000 soldiers on both sides who lost their lives at Gallipoli.
April 25th is not about military victory. Instead, it’s a commemorative day when the loss of war first scarred the conscience of Australia. The loss was felt across the whole community.
Anzac Day has become an occasion to honour all who have worn our country’s uniform in service. It is a day of gatherings of veterans, of reunions, of services, of community involvement, of reflection and appreciating our forebears.
In Cumberland City, we have a strong veteran history. Anzac Day is of great importance to me and honouring and respecting the memory of our fallen soldiers and those who have served our great nation will always be of great priority to Cumberland City Council.
I will ensure we will continue to honour their legacy with monuments across the region dedicated to those who have served.
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 will continue to honour their courage and continue to support and encourage our local RSLs with all resources available to us.
Supporting small business
I met with the team at Lloyds Enterprise last week in my ongoing effort to support thriving small business.
Lloyds Enterprise engages high-net-worth individuals and provides them with an array of professional services. From business advisory, corporate finance, management consulting to large project consulting, Lloyds Enterprise assists its clientele in growing their business to a successfully sustainable entity with increased wealth opportunities.
At Cumberland City Council we take pride in supporting our local businesses.
We will continue to support our residents and local businesses to the best of our abilities with every resource available to us.
Meet Your Mayor success
Every week I take a couple of hours to meet with community face-to-face at shopping centres, train stations and community centres in what I’ve called “Meet Your Mayor” sessions. It’s an opportunity for me to listen to issues and concerns.
I’m proud to announce that over 300 enquiries have been raised at my weekly “Meet Your Mayor” sessions since this initiative began. To date, 86% of issues raised have been resolved to our residents’ satisfaction.
My approach has always been accessibility to residents so I am glad we are able to achieve outcomes together.
It’s important to look at the way we service the community, and these face-to-face sessions have been a real game changer offering insight into what residents have come to expect from Council.
I am regularly approached on a range of topics from infrastructure upgrades to parks, schools, housing, immigration, health, waste, traffic safety, and other issues where residents would like assistance.
I’m delighted that residents have taken us up on the offer to connect and I am extremely pleased with our success rate.
We’re here to help so please come and visit me at one of my “Meet Your Mayor” sessions in Stockland Merrylands and other locations.
If you are unable to attend a session, please contact Council or myself to arrange a time to visit me or alternatively I am happy to meet at your residence.
For more information on “Meet Your Mayor”, visit http://www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/meet-your-mayor
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