Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

23 March 2020

Council staff get special leave for self-quarantine

Council staff will get an extra 10 days special leave if they are required to self-quarantine for coronavirus.

It’s absolutely vital we ensure the health and well-being of our staff and the wider community, during this outbreak.

We have a number of staff who are overseas or have recently returned from travel and will be required to follow the Federal Government’s self-quarantine rules to limit the spread of Coronavirus.

If our staff are affected, we don’t want them to be worse off by having to dip into their personal or holiday leave during this stressful period.

We are also guaranteeing the payment of shifts to any casual staff member who is quarantined which will ensure Cumberland City Council employees do not face financial hardship.

All Council programmed events and services, which involve contact with the public, are currently under review and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Please listen to health advice from the authorities and be sure to look after yourselves and each other during this difficult time. Council will ensure our essential services continue to operate and that we’re meeting your needs.

Granville Multi-purpose Centre on its way

I have been inspecting progress on the Granville Multi-purpose Centre, which is now 60 percent complete.

With an ambitious program of capital works planned or in progress for Cumberland, this project is one of our biggest. The Multi-purpose Centre will also include a library and arts facility.

The project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2020.

Mayor Steve Christou inspects progress at the Centre

New Footpath Works

I have been out and about across Cumberland inspecting progress on footpath work, an issue raised by residents.

The Eastern side of Bligh Street, Guildford is now complete with Council workers now completing the Western side.

We’re also developing a new footpath on Nyrang Street in Lidcombe from Frampton Street to Hastings Street.

Last week I was at Regents Park’s Nottinghill Road where Council is filling potholes and fixing drainage.

It’s all about going back to basics and delivering for our local community.

Mayor Steve Christou inspects footpaths in Guildford

Meet your Mayor

Our face-to-face sessions have been temporarily suspended due to public safety surrounding the Coronavirus.

To discuss any concerns or ideas you can still contact me on my mobile 0419 651 187 or contact Council on 02 8757 9000.

Mayor Steve Christou with local resident Mary at a recent Meet Your Mayor session

Council gets back-to-basics

I have recently been out in Granville’s Memorial Drive, with Council working on stormwater upgrades in the area.

We have identified flooding in the area and with the new Granville Multi-purpose Centre nearing completion, we need to provide the infrastructure needed.

We know ratepayers work hard. It’s all about getting bang for buck. The money you provide needs to be going back to proper infrastructure and resources for our community.

Mayor Steve Christou inspects Council works

If you have any issues you’d like me to help you with, please contact me on phone 0419 651 187 or email