Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

25 September 2020

Granville Stadium on its way

I recently visited Granville Park in Merrylands and am delighted to say that work is underway to give the Granville Stadium a much needed upgrade and new lease on life.

The new sports facility will include new grandstand seating, upgraded carpark, lighting and irrigation and a reconstruction of the rugby field.

This is an exciting step in what will be the heart of community sports in the area. The field hasn’t had a facelift in over 40 years, and will become a place for our community and sports enthusiasts to bring activity and passion for sports to life and give our Two Blues Rugby Union Club a new revitalised field to play on.

We are extremely proud to be building the best facilities for our local community and I would like to thank the NSW Government for their contribution to upgrading this Park. This project is jointly funded by the Greater Sports Facility Fund and Cumberland City Council.

Councillor Joseph Rahme and Mayor Steve Christou

Small Business Month

As part of NSW Small Business Month this October, Cumberland City Council will be celebrating our local businesses and the role they play in driving economic growth. The devastating bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic has made this an incredibly challenging year for many businesses. Despite these tough times, it’s great to see businesses like Mr Peri Peri, coming to Merrylands.

Our Council is doing everything in its power to support local businesses in our community during these tough times and I want small business owners to know that they are not on their own.

Next month we will be hosting an online networking event and a series of webinars over the month and I encourage local businesses to take advantage of these resources and networking opportunities. They are a great way to increase their knowledge and be equipped with the resources to boost their financial position.

To find out more, visit

Deputy Mayor Eddy Sarkis, Mayor Steve Christou, Councillor Gus Balloot of Liverpool City Council and Imad Dirani (Mr Peri Peri owner).

Nominations are now open

Nominations for Cumberland City’s 2021 Local Citizen of the Year and Community Pride Awards are now open.

These awards aim to recognise and honour our local heroes who generously dedicate their time to help make Cumberland City a great place to live.

Please take the time to complete a nomination form and let us know who is a deserving Cumberland City candidate in one of this year’s 5 categories.

To download and fill out a nomination form and view nomination criteria, visit Nominations close on 2 November 2020.

DAs available online

As a further way to make it easier for residents, development applications in Cumberland City can now be lodged electronically through the NSW Planning Portal that is managed by the NSW Government.

Further information on how to lodge applications on the portal is available on

For submissions on current development applications visit or visit to check the status of specific developments.

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