Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

27 November 2020

Australia Day celebrations to go ahead in Cumberland City

Australia Day gives people from all walks of life an opportunity to come together and celebrate what it means to be Australian. That’s why Cumberland City Council is encouraging residents to celebrate Australia’s rich cultural heritage and come together at the Holroyd Gardens to celebrate Australia Day on 26 January 2021.

It’s disappointing that some Councils have decided to cancel the event. To deny your residents a COVID-safe Australia Day celebration is completely unacceptable and unpatriotic in my view.

At Cumberland City, we have been planning a COVID-safe program, to ensure we mark an important day for all Australians in line with public health regulations. Crowd control management measures on entry and exit, compulsory registration and promotion of good hand hygiene, have been included as part of delivering a COVID-safe event.

Some of the key highlights will include a twilight cinema, fireworks, food and live music. The Citizen of the Year and Community Pride Awards held in conjunction with a special Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony will precede the free Australia Day event from 6pm to 9pm at the Holroyd Gardens.

The event has been assisted by the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council.

Council backs Red Bench Campaign to end domestic violence

To mark the start of the international campaign, 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, Council has unveiled a red bench at Merrylands Park. The Red Rose Foundation launched the Red Bench Project to offer a reminder that domestic violence occurs within all communities.

As the world retreated inside homes due to the lockdown measures introduced to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, reports showed an alarming increase in domestic violence. This is a simple but powerful step we can take as a community to raise awareness about domestic and family violence and the impact it has on so many lives.

A red bench is a permanent visual reminder that we all must work to change the ending and call out abusive behaviour in our families, neighbourhoods and broader communities. With this simple gesture, it is hoped the red bench will be a place that inspires conversations about domestic violence and raises awareness and opportunities for this important issue to remain visible.

Our residents can expect to see more benches dedicated to this important project, across Cumberland City.

International Day of People with Disability

As Chair of the Cumberland City Access and Safety Committee, I’m proud to say we make accessibility a priority.

This International Day of People with Disability (3 December) we are celebrating the achievements and contributions of people with disabilities.

Cumberland City Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 guides Council in its responsibilities to ensure people with disability have full and equal access to the facilities, programs, services and information that Council provides. This plan sets forth strategies to positively shape Council practices over the next four years to ensure greater inclusion of people with disability, their carers and families.

Whether it’s through their participation in Council’s Lifestyle Leisure Links program, or our resident’s voices when it comes to equal access, Cumberland City is a great place to live, for everyone.

DAs available online

From 31 December 2020, anyone lodging a development application will be required to upload their application electronically through the Planning Portal that is managed by the NSW Government.

As a result of these changes, applications can no longer be submitted to Council over the counter or by email.

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

For submissions on current development applications visit:

To check the status of specific developments visit:

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