Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

28 September 2021

Food hub opens in Cumberland to support locals in need

A three times weekly food hub began last week in a landmark collaboration between Cumberland City Council and OzHarvest.

OzHarvest will deliver food hampers to our community centres in Merrylands, Wentworthville and Berala which are open for ‘click and collect’ for those in need.

The ‘click and collect’ model works well for emergency food distribution – it aims to get essentials to the people who need it most while minimising contact among staff and recipients.

Councillors voted to re-allocate $50,000 in advertising funds to this food initiative, plus the use of council venues and staff. While the food hampers are provided by OzHarvest, council will purchase personal hygiene and household cleaning products, which are in high demand.

This includes toothpaste, toilet paper, body wash, deodorant, feminine hygiene items and household cleaning products. Those items will be available from 27 September.

It’s the first time OzHarvest have worked with a council to do a ‘click and collect’ service.

Library staff will also add books, coloured pencils and activity packs for young children.

Initially, there will be 300 hampers a week available from the new food hub. This is in addition to the 200-300 OzHarvest hampers we are home delivering from our Auburn depot every Thursday and in addition to OzHarvest’s Hamper Hub which from this week is located at Granville Town Hall.

Residents can find out more on this website or phone the call centre 02 8757 9000.

Mayor Steve Christou and Councillor Joseph Rahme (left) prepare for locals collecting hampers at the Merrylands Community Service Centre

Swimming pools and gardens to reopen

Hello warmer weather! We opened our outdoor pools this week. Granville, Wentworthville and the Ruth Everuss pool at Auburn have reopened with new entry conditions and opening hours. Check our website for more details.

If the Auburn Botanic Gardens is in your 5km radius, you can now enjoy a stroll or picnic in the gardens. The garden space is open, but the animal enclosure remains closed.

Creative Competition for Kids

Calling all creative kids and young people! Child protection is an important issue and, as a first in NSW, we invite local children and young people to submit their artwork to feature in our upcoming Child Safe signage for display across Cumberland City.

We value the input and contribution of all children and young people and invite you to help capture some important child safe messages. We want to see your drawing, painting, photograph or original graphic design.

Entries close 17 October.

Help us spread important child safe messages in a state - first creative competition

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