Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

28 August 2020

Survey on impacts of the Crescent Parklands development

Now is the time for residents in Sydney’s west to have their say on the $525 million Crescent Parklands development planned for Holroyd. This massive development proposal will transform the site into more than 1,200 units, up to 28 storeys high – situated just off the already-congested Woodville Road and M4, and near Parramatta Road.

At Cumberland City Council, we assess every proposal on its merit and we support smart planning. We believe this proposal will create high-density development in the wrong location.

We understand there are plans by the NSW Government to upgrade Woodville Road and Parramatta Road at this location, and the developer is proposing an extra lane along Crescent Street, but it is unclear what improvement this will provide for existing and future traffic in the area. Having been to the site, I don’t see how adding an extra lane along Crescent Street will solve the traffic problems leading on to Woodville Road but I welcome further details around the analysis behind this idea and how it could work.

The State Government has given residents just 28 days to have their say on this proposal as part of community consultation, so we’re giving residents another chance to have their say with an online survey. The survey results to be included in our submission to the State Government in September.

Now is the time to have your say

To participate in Council’s survey or find out more about the proposal visit:

You can also make your views known to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment before Sunday, 30 August 2020 by email:

Crescent Street in peak hour

Council welcomes revitalisation of Wentworthville town centre

We are one step closer to delivering a major revitalisation of Wentworthville’s town centre, with the State Government rezoning complete to support an additional 1,800 dwellings in the town centre, a shopping centre, provision of a new 4,000 square metre full-line supermarket and public domain plazas to serve the local community.

The rezoning is supported by Council’s detailed planning controls and public domain plan.

The rezoning coincides with the lodgement of a development application for the revitalisation of the Wentworthville Mall site, which will undergo community consultation and a merit based assessment by Council. This will generate over 200 jobs during construction and 260 ongoing jobs within the commercial and retail component of the development.

Council has also received a $95,000 grant from the State Government to be allocated to a public domain demonstration project in Wentworthville. This grant will allow Council to pilot improvements for the town centre, with work to occur later this year.

We have a very constructive relationship with the State Government, and I’m pleased that we’re working together to get results for the people of Cumberland City.

Remembering cricket legend George Parry

Cumberland City Council extends its deepest condolences to Mr George Parry’s friends and loved ones following his passing. Mr Parry was a prominent member of Cumberland City during his lifetime. From captain of the school cricket team at Parramatta Boys High School to being inducted as a Legend of Shires Cricket in 2003, his dedication transcends his time here with us.

Mona Park Ground 1 was named in his honour under the former Auburn Council and the field is still known as George Parry Oval to this day. He will be remembered as one of the best all-rounders to have ever played Shires Cricket, but more importantly, he will be remembered as a great man who devoted himself selflessly to enhancing the lives of our community through sport.

Council observed a minute of silence to honour Mr Parry’s (1929 - 2020) life, contributions and achievements at a Council community meeting on 19 August 2020.

Local Auburn legends: George Parry and Dave Tribolet

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