Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

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

9 December 2019

Bushfire Appeal a success

A few weeks ago, I launched a Bush Fire Appeal on behalf of Cumberland Council to support those affected by the country’s devastating bushfires. Council kicked off the appeal by donating $15 000.

This community knows how to roll their sleeves up and get behind a worthy cause. It was great to meet locals, man the grill and witness the generosity offered from our wards.

Our sausage sizzle fundraisers were delivered by Council with support from Lidcombe Shopping Centre, Auburn Central Shopping Centre and Woolworths Auburn and Granville.

It has been quite rewarding to see everyone’s efforts, particularly for the BBQ in my ward in Merrylands. I appreciate everyone who came out.

All funds raised will be donated to The Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief to assist communities affected by the devastating bushfires in NSW and Queensland.

I want to thank the people of Cumberland for their support.

Mayor Steve Christou (right) with Deputy Mayor Eddy Sarkis (centre) and manager of the Holroyd Centre, Dean Savetta

CCTV cameras in Guildford

I’m pleased to report that Cumberland Council has responded to calls for CCTV cameras to be installed in Guildford in and around the shopping district. A total of 36 relocatable cameras have been installed in hot spot areas across the Cumberland local government area, as identified by police, so we hope they will be a means of preventing crime and also helping police solve crime. At Council we’re committing to keeping our communities safe. Please report any emergencies directly to the Police and feel free to raise any concerns about crime with Council.

New Homelessness Project Officer for Cumberland

I’d like to welcome our new Homelessness Project Officer, Marsha Makary who started with Council last week.

Cumberland has the second highest number of homeless persons by Local Government Area in NSW, after Sydney CBD. In line with the trend across NSW, this includes persons living in severely crowded dwellings.

We know that urgent action is needed from all levels of government to deal with this growing problem and I’m pleased that we have Marsha on board to work with a broad range of stakeholders to address this important issue impacting our community.

Homelessness Project Officer Marsha Makary with Mayor Steve Christou

Call it Out

I’m proud that Council has taken in part in this year’s 16 Days of Activism ‘Call It Out’ campaign.

Council will continue working with the Auburn and Cumberland Police Area Commands (PAC) to bring awareness to the issue of family and domestic violence.

As the father of twin daughters, the topic is extremely important to me. Violence against women causes immense psychological harm to children and women who are involved.

We need to speak up against domestic and family violence and together as a community, we can end violence against women in Cumberland.

Cumberland Police Commander, Superintendent Darryl Jobson, Mayor Steve Christou and Detective Superintendent Phil Rogerson

Get ready for Summer

Summer’s here and Cumberland Council is encouraging families, friends and neighbours to have a conversation about being aware of and prepared for seasonal hazards. As a Council, we want our community to be disaster ready – so have a clear plan in place that hopefully, you’ll never need to use. Get Ready is a community preparedness program coordinated by the NSW Office for Emergency Management.

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