Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

26 November 2019

Christmas comes to Cumberland, Shrek style

Cumberland Council will celebrate Christmas, with a Shrek-themed event in Auburn Botanic Gardens on Saturday, 7 December (between 6pm - 10pm).

Christmas is a magical time for families and young people in particular and a time to focus on coming together as a local community.

There will be Christmas carols by local community groups as well as rides and activities. Residents can meet characters like Shrek, Puss in Boots and Princess Fiona or enjoy an outdoor screening of Shrek the Halls and Shrek Forever After. It’s free so I invite local residents to come along and take part in this very special evening.

A free shuttle bus will run between Auburn Train Station and Auburn Botanic Gardens during the event and can accommodate accessible and pram requirements. Auburn Botanic Gardens has public parking available on Chiswick Road. Limited accessible parking is available.

Last year’s Christmas in the Auburn Botanic Gardens

Council opposes high-density development proposal planned for Holroyd

I recently voiced concerns about a planning proposal, which could see up to 1,200 apartments constructed up to 28 storeys at 1 Crescent Street in Holroyd.

At Cumberland Council, we support smart planning. We believe this planning proposal, however, is essentially going to create high density development in the wrong location.

It’s the sort of development you may consider if it was next to a train station or major transport hub, but it’s slated for a site that was industrial and is sitting next to a major motorway. It’s not smart planning, it’s going to put pressure on existing infrastructure and that’s why Council would never support it.

The proposal for a mixed-use development on the site was supported by the Regional Planning Panel and a Gateway Determination was issued by the State Government in July this year. We are at a loss to understand why the State Government would support the planning proposal to rezone this site and open the door to high density residential development in this area.

This proposal is still required to undergo community consultation before the rezoning is finalised by the State Government. Should the rezoning proceed, development applications would then be lodged for the mixed use project.

If this is a proposal that you don’t support, I encourage you to make your views known to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, before further decisions are made about development on this site.

Mayor Steve Christou with Deputy Mayor Eddy Sarkis and Councillor Paul Garrard at the site in Holroyd

Nominate now for the Citizen of the Year Awards

In Cumberland, we are known for rolling up our sleeves, working together and getting behind a worthy cause for the common good – this is what makes us strong as a community. With this in mind, we are calling for nominations for the area’s Local Citizen of the Year Awards.

The Local Citizen of the Year Awards recognise and honour those people who selflessly devote their time and energy to making Cumberland, Australia’s next great community.

The winners will be named on Australia Day 2020 across four categories: Local Citizen of the Year; Local Senior Citizen of the Year; Local Young Citizen of the Year; Community Pride Award (individual); and Community Pride Award (school/group/organisation).

Please nominate someone you think is worthy of this recognition. Nominations forms and criteria are available on the Local Citizen of the Year and Community Pride Awards page of this website. Nominations close on 8 December 2019.

Mayor Steve Christou with new citizens