Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

7 May 2021

Trolley blitz in Cumberland City

We’ve been on a trolley blitz in Cumberland City to get abandoned shopping trolleys off our streets.

Dumped trolleys are an eyesore and pollute our community and waterways. If we were a north shore council, I bet we would not be experiencing this problem with retailers.

Cumberland City is not a ghetto and shouldn’t be treated as such.

Since 30 January, we’ve collected 1497 trolleys. So far 726 have been crushed and recycled for scrap metal.

This is not just a matter of retailers meeting their responsibilities to collect trolleys - it’s about having a sense of community pride. In the last fortnight, retailers have paid over $15,000 in impound fees and those trolleys have been returned to their rightful owners. We’ve now been contacted by the retailers wanting to urgently address this issue - something they’ve refused to do in the past.

The impound fees will be given back to the community, including for an Iftar dinner next week, with the remaining donated to charity.

I encourage residents to do the right thing and not take trolleys outside of their shopping precincts. Let’s all work together to keep our streets clean.

Funding should reflect our residents

Funding for councils should reflect the socio-economic status and population density of residents. In western Sydney, and particularly in the Cumberland City Council area, there are both new migrants and established Australians moving to our area.

The state government is reviewing council rates to reflect population growth. But, it’s not just about population growth as a whole, but the socio-economic status and number of people per household.

We have a high density of people in each household which means we need to provide upgraded stormwater, waste services, more parks and community buildings.

The average Australian household is 2.6 people, while the average household size for the Cumberland local government area is 3.2 people.

We’ve spent $25m on community buildings and $30m on stormwater projects to enable population growth in the past couple of years.

Our population is expected to increase by 50,000 to 60,000 people by 2036.

We aim to provide quality and consistent services and renewed infrastructure to support economic growth and prosperity, so the support from other tiers of government and our rates base needs to reflect that.

I look forward to working collaboratively with other levels of government to service our community.

Mayor Steve Christou with local residents at a recent seniors luncheon.

Hip hop classes coming to The Granville Centre

I am passionate about encouraging local businesses and active lifestyles for youth.

That’s why I’m pleased that the Intricate School of Hip Hop, owned and directed by Jessica Nakhoul, combines both.

It was an honour to visit their first lesson last week and welcome them to the newly built state-of-the-art Granville Centre.

Mayor Steve Christou with students and instructors from the Intricate School of Hip Hip.

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