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Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

27 April 2020


Stimulus package for councils

Cumberland City Council recently called for a stimulus package, aimed at supporting local councils and ensuring economic activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We think the stimulus package announcement over the weekend from the NSW Government, is a great start.

The package will provide a three-month Council Job Retention Allowance to help retain council staff; a funding boost to help councils meet the 2020/21 Emergency Service levy and an increase in low-interest loans for infrastructure works provided through the NSW Government’s borrowing function (T Corp).

We service approximately 240,000 residents and we, like many Councils, have had to suspend a number of events and services in order to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and keep our residents safe. Council is often at the frontline when it comes to delivering services to the community. We want to keep delivering for our local community. We welcome this funding and we look forward to seeing how the Government’s package translates and lessens the financial impact of COVID-19.


Extra cleaning across Cumberland

Public health and safety is our priority so if you’re out and about in our community, you may see our Council staff wiping down services at bus stops and cleaning railings. This extra cleaning is part of our effort to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.

We know that this virus can remain on surfaces, so we’ll do everything possible to keep you safe.


Warning on illegal rubbish dumping

While many residents and businesses do the right thing, illegal dumping is happening across Cumberland. We don’t want to fine people up to $8,000 for illegal rubbish dumping but the reality is cleaning up illegal dumping comes at an expense to Council and ultimately ratepayers.

We know that with the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are spring cleaning. If you’re a Cumberland resident, cleaning out your house and wanting to dispose of unwanted goods, please take advantage of our four free Council collections per year for up to two cubic square metres of items.

Council collections and illegal dumping can be reported to Council by calling 02 8757 9000.


Good Neighbour campaign

I believe a sense of community is alive and well in Cumberland. We achieve this, in part, by being good neighbours and ensuring the most vulnerable community members of our community are not isolated.

With social distancing regulations and public movement restrictions, it can be hard to maintain relationships with those around you. But we’re finding ways to stay connected with the Good Neighbour campaign.

Get involved by printing and filling out the Good Neighbour Calling Card and leaving it at the door of your neighbours in need.

Whether it’s offering to help them with groceries or just having a friendly chat over the phone, let them know you’re around if they need anything to help get them through. For more information on this initiative, please visit: www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/goodneighbour

When we finally emerge from this health crisis, we will remember that our neighbours were there, still checking on us and caring about our well-being.

Stay safe and stay healthy.


If you have any issues you’d like me to help you with, please contact me on phone 0419 651 187 or email steve.christou@cumberland.nsw.gov.au