Message from Mayor Lake
Maltese Community Council of NSW
I attended an Australia Day event at The Holroyd Centre, held annually by the Maltese Community Council (MCC) of NSW. The event was held to celebrate the Maltese Australians who received Order of Australia Honours and to acknowledge the community’s contributions to Australia. There was a showcase of Maltese heritage with musical performances, traditional food stalls, arts and crafts exhibitions and family entertainment.
St John Ambulance Awards
I recently attended the St John Ambulance Granville Combined Division Annual Awards held at Regents Park. 14 people were recognised at the awards ceremony for their dedication, hard work and contribution to volunteering with the St John Ambulance service over the year. The awards included Adult of the Year, Cadet of the Year, Junior of the Year, and an External Special Appreciation Award. The St John Ambulance Granville Division has 150 members and will be celebrating its 110th anniversary this year. The unit has the biggest Junior program in NSW with some volunteers starting as young as eight years old. Congratulations to the award winners, and thank you to all the volunteers for your service to the community.
The Tamil Pongal Festival 2024
I recently attended The Tamil Pongal Festival 2024 at Pendle Hill, which hosted more than 60 Tamil Organisations across NSW. The festival, centered around Thai Pongal - Festival of thanksgiving to nature, has profound cultural importance as it signifies the first day of the Tamil Calendar. This unique festival not only highlighted the rich cultural heritage but also showcased cultural diversity, traditions, rituals and the spirit of togetherness within the Tamil community in NSW.
Council’s newly launched arts program, Granville Nights, was recently held at the Granville Centre Art Gallery on Friday 19 January with a night of art, culture and fun. The evening featured the art exhibition, ‘The Good,’ by Australian artist Anna Louise Richardson. There was also a range of art activities hosted by the FLENK Collective, workshops in the music studio and live music from local musicians. The next Granville Nights event will be held on Friday 2 February from 5pm to 9pm. For more information, www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/event/granville-nights
Your Rates at Work
Webbs Avenue Playing Fields
Works have been completed at Webbs Avenue Playing Fields in Auburn which included the returfing of field 1. Hybrid goal mouths were also installed in fields 1, 2 and 3. These works will assist with the playing surface and prepare the fields for the upcoming soccer season.
Let us know of any issues in your area by using the Snap Send Solve mobile app which can be found on Council’s website: www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/snapsendsolve
Have Your Say
Auburn Basketball Centre Wyatt Park Lease Parramatta Basketball Association Inc
Council is seeking community feedback on the proposal to grant an Agreement for Lease, Lease and carpark Licence agreement for a period of 21 years to Parramatta Basketball Association Inc.
Submissions close: 5pm, Monday 5 February
For more information, visit: https://haveyoursay.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/ auburn-basketball-centre-lease
Paint Cumberland REaD
Council is seeking community feedback on the Community Reading Boxes program. This early literacy program encourages reading at a young age with community reading boxes located around Cumberland City offering a small collection of FREE books for children and their families to borrow and read.
Submit your feedback before: 5pm, Monday 5 February
To complete the survey or for more information, visit: www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/paint-cumberland-read
Plan to Manage Bushfire Risk
Stay informed about bushfires and ensure readiness in the event of a fire by following the four-step NSW Bushfire Survival Plan.
For more information, visit: www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/plan-manage-bushfire-risk