Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

24 February 2020

Time to tackle housing crisis

In my brief time as Mayor it has become very clear to me that Cumberland is under housing stress.

Our public housing wait lists are growing, with more than 140,000 people waiting across NSW. This figure does not include people who are really struggling and sleeping rough or are living in low-income households.

Over the past 10 years median household income in Cumberland has increased only 11 percent, while median rental costs have increased by 77 percent. The NSW Centre for Affordable Housing has identified Cumberland as having a high need for affordable rental housing. Our problems with social and affordable housing are coming across loud and clear during my Meet your Mayor sessions with many people voicing their unfortunate experiences and telling me they feel under-represented on this issue.

We need greater investment in social and affordable housing by the NSW State Government and we need to ensure that Cumberland is not only a place where people want to live, but a place where people can live comfortably. You’ll be hearing more from me on this issue.

Mayor Steve Christou talks housing

Improving our streets

It was terrific to join Deputy Mayor Eddy Sarkis, Cumberland City Council in Greystanes last week, to inspect progress on Taylor Street.

Council’s team has been busy re-sheeting the road and replacing kerbs and gutters where needed.

This work is part of a series of activities planned for the area and broader Cumberland City community to ensure ongoing maintenance for our roads and streets.

This is what Council is here for. We are going back to basics and addressing the issues that will improve our local communities and the quality of assets and amenities.

Mayor Steve Christou and Deputy Mayor Eddy Sarkis inspecting road and gutter upgrades in Greystanes

It’s a wrap on Seniors Week

It was fantastic celebrating Cumberland City Council’s Seniors Festival, which saw seniors participate in over 70 events last week.

From sing along concerts and golf days to Sydney Harbour lunch cruises and aqua fitness classes, there was something for everyone to enjoy.

I even participated in a little karaoke myself at the sing along festival in Lidcombe!

Seniors make an enormous contribution to our community.

I’m very pleased that Cumberland City Council is in a position to offer a wide range of programs that enable their continued activity and participation in community life.

Mayor Steve Christou and Councillor Paul Garrard with David, Ward one of the winners at the seniors golf tournament

Meet your Mayor

I am regularly approached by residents on a variety of issues from footpaths and swimming pools to issues like housing, transport and health where residents would like Council’s support. It’s very important that as the Mayor, I’m accessible to ratepayers and hearing your concerns.

Stay tuned to Council’s Facebook page for updates about these sessions as times and locations will vary in the coming weeks.

Residents are also free to make appointments to meet with me outside of this designated time. To discuss any concerns or ideas you can contact me on my mobile 0419 651 187, or contact Council on 02 8757 9000.

Mayor Steve Christou with local resident Steven at Meet Your Mayor