Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

28 May 2021

Social inclusion program success

I’m very proud of the social inclusion programs run by Council because I can see they are truly making a difference. It’s about rolling up our sleeves and looking out for vulnerable members in our community. We have a dedicated seniors and disability services team hosting a jam-packed calendar of events from bus trips to wellness activities and movie dates.

Just last week we hosted TV program Studio 10 at Afghan street food restaurant on Merrylands Road, AvaSana, who cooked up a delicious traditional feast for seniors at our Guildford Community Centre. It’s great when local businesses give back to their community. When we support each other, we make Cumberland City a great place to live.

For more information on our social inclusion programs, visit:

From left: Esmat Andari, Elias Ferozkohei, Daniel Doody (Studio 10 journalist), Mayor Steve Christou and Farhad Massudi at AvaSana restaurant. The team prepared food to share with seniors in council’s social inclusion programs.

Express train advocacy continues

Several years ago, the state government stopped express trains on the Granville line. What used to be an average 35 minute commute to the city now takes close to an hour. Council wrote to the government in 2019, but Transport and Roads ruled out reinstating express trains. This response is unacceptable, and our residents deserve better.

Last week, councillors supported me to push further on this issue and I’ve written to the state transport minister and our local state members, urging them to strongly increase advocacy efforts. This is an issue which firmly requires their advocacy.

I call upon our local state members to remain present and put the needs of this electorate above others. At a minimum, our residents deserve that level of service.

Mayor Steve Christou at Granville Train Station

Supporting small business

Some of my favourite projects to work on as Mayor include supporting small business and promoting physical activity. My visit to Loco Fit Gym in Stockland Merrylands does both.

They have a great space with world-class equipment, personal support, guided programs and a range of classes lead by qualified trainers. Whether you’re taking your first steps to a healthier lifestyle or if you’re after a fitness challenge, I encourage you to check them out at Shop 1099, 1 McFarlane Street, Merrylands.

Mayor Steve Christou with Loco Fit Gym manager Elias Moralles

An update on palliative care for Western Sydney

After putting forward a Mayoral Minute at last week’s council meeting, we’ve now started a petition on council’s website for a dedicated palliative care ward at Westmead. NSW Health Western Sydney Local Health District routinely describes itself as the biggest health precinct in the southern hemisphere so a dedicated palliative care unit is necessary.

Hospitals in Western Sydney have been systemically run down, under resourced, and unable to provide a full suite of medical services. More resources and funding are required from the state government to ensure our hospitals are up to scratch, appropriately staffed, and are adequate and fit for purpose.

I will vigorously lobby and advocate on this issue, starting with this petition which you can sign by scanning the above QR code. I will ask the health minister and local state members to support it. I call upon our local state members to remain present and put the needs of this electorate above others. At a minimum, our residents deserve that level of service.

Sign the petition now at:

Scan the QR code to sign the petition

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