Weekly Community News

16 January 2024

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Granville Railway Disaster Memorial

This week, Thursday 18 January marks the 47th Anniversary of the Granville Railway Disaster where 84 people tragically lost their lives and over 200 people were injured. The historic incident happened in 1977 when an overcrowded commuter train derailed and struck the Bold Street Bridge near Granville Railway Station. This remains Australia’s worst rail tragedy. On this day we remember those who lost their lives, those who lost family members, the survivors, and the brave men and women who risked their lives to save others.

Aerial view of the scene of the Granville Train Disaster, 18 January 1977. Photo source: Granville Historical Society

2024 Australia Day Celebrations and Citizenship Ceremonies

As part of our Australia Day celebrations, Council will host a special Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony and Awards at The Holroyd Centre in Merrylands on Friday 26 January. Every year on this day Council welcomes many new residents into our community who now officially get to call Cumberland home. An Australia Day event will also be held at Holroyd Gardens from 6pm to 9pm. The event will feature live entertainment, a Bluey and Bingo Live Interactive Experience, backyard games, a variety of food vendors and a spectacular fireworks display. Australia Day gives people from all walks of life an opportunity to come together and celebrate what it means to be Australian, and I hope to see you all there.

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Bluey and Bingo performance

Budding Artist Art and Craft Display

It was great to attend the Budding Artist event held at the Wentworthville Community Centre recently. Organised by True Handcrafts in partnership with The Tamil Arts Development Centre, the event was part of an Ayush Health Food Mela Event, aimed at empowering children and young people in creative thinking and expression. Children aged 5 to 18 years submitted their artworks which were on display at the event. It was lovely to be involved in this event and hand out certificates to the children and young people involved. Well done!

With children at the Budding Artist Art and Craft Display

Granville Nights

Granville Nights is returning to The Granville Centre for another big night of art, food and fun this Friday 19 January from 5pm to 9pm. ‘The Good’ by Anna Louise Richardson is on exhibition and there is also a range of artist led art workshops with FLENK Collective, live music and DJs, food trucks, pop-up food stalls and more!

Mayor Lisa Lake
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Your Rates at Work

Holroyd Sportsground Carpark Extension

Council has recently expanded the carpark parking capacity by 70%, increasing the available car spaces from 34 to 58 spaces.

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Expanded carpark at Holroyd Sportsground carpark

Have Your Say

Pemulwuy Community Garden - Proposed Extension to Licence Agreement

Council is seeking community feedback on the proposal to grant Pemulwuy Community Group Incorporated an extension for an additional 4 years to their current 12-month licence agreement, for the purpose of establishing and operating a community garden on the land at Nijong Drive, Pemulwuy NSW 2145

Submissions close: 5pm, Monday 5 February 2024

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Cooling Cumberland

Beat the heat this Summer by taking advantage of Council’s programs specifically developed to support the community during the anticipated heatwaves. To provide relief from the heat there will be FREE Pop-up Splash Parks every weekend in January, extended hours of Council’s Community Centres and Swim Centres and water refill stations available across Cumberland.

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Dive into Aqua Aerobics

The full program is back with classes every Tuesday and Thursday at the Granville Swim Centre.

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