29 January 2020
Mayor Christou gathers with local residents for the memorial service.
Granville Train Disaster Remembered 43 years On

I attended the 43rd anniversary of the Granville train disaster last Saturday 18th January. Along with my wife, Josephine, members of the Granville Train Disaster Association and local residents, we remembered the 84 lives lost, the hundreds that were injured and those who were affected by the day.

Cumberland City Council was given life membership by the Granville Train Disaster Association for our ongoing support of the memorial event.

The tragedy continues to be the worst rail disaster in Australia's history.
Mayor Christou with his daughters and young local residents.
All Abilities Playground opens in Central Gardens

The All Abilities Playground at Central Gardens in Merrylands West is nearly complete. Works at the playground include the installation of a water hand pump for water play, shade sails, accessible foot paving and new planting. 

There are also existing BBQ picnic areas and animal enclosures in the area.
My girls, Nicola and Isabella, gave the swings and slide a test run, alongside some of our young residents. 

The All Abilities Playground can be enjoyed by everyone no matter what their abilities are. That makes Cumberland an even more inclusive city.

The All Abilities Playground was funded by the NSW Government Stronger Communities Fund and the Everyone Can Play Grant Programme.              
I'm looking forward to this playground being complete and ready for the official opening in February.
Mayor Christou at Pendle Hill.
Commuter Parking in Pendle Hill

Commuters need more parking near the train station in Pendle Hill and, as the Mayor, it's my job to take issues like this to a state level and advocate on behalf of our community when it's needed.
Council have been in discussion with Transport for NSW since 2015 to increase parking spots for commuters at Civic Park carpark and to build a new commuter carpark on Council owned-land in Civil Avenue and Billabong Street in Pendle Hill.
After three and half years of consultation, however, Council has been informed that Transport for NSW is now walking away from this project.
I would urge transport authorities to reconsider their decision around parking in Pendle Hill.

Commuters need this parking, the State Government promised more parking in Pendle Hill as an election commitment, and our Council is ready to move forward with this.
Cumberland City Council Is On WeChat

Are you a WeChat user? Why not s ubscribe to the Cumberland City Council WeChat for all the latest information on Council events and services.

WeChat is a Chinese multi-purpose messaging and social media app used by a large population of Chinese-Australians.

Council encourages Chinese-Australian residents to sign up for bi-lingual updates.

Cumberland is the most multicultural region in NSW, with Chinese-Australians making up more than 10% of its population. 

To subscribe to the Council WeChat, simply find us by searching 'cumberlandcouncil' and clicking the subscribe button. 
Lunar New Year: The Year of the Rat

Come along and celebrate  Lunar New Year this year at Auburn Town Centre on Saturday, 1 February 2020 from 5pm to 9pm.

Enjoy an evening of free entertainment and activities to celebrate the start to the Year of the Rat. The Rat sits at the beginning of all zodiac animals and is considered by Chinese culture to be associated with the Earthly Branch.

Meet Kung Fu Panda and his friends and see his on-stage show, while experiencing the vibrant New Year's lion dance and much more.

For a full schedule of the evening, directions on how to get there, please visit the Cumberland City Council website.
2020 Seniors Masters Games

As part of Seniors Week running 12-23 February, 2020. Council is providing free sports programs for active seniors over 55 years. 

You do not need to be a highly tuned athlete to compete. In fact, you can still join in, even if you have little mobility.

Sports include table tennis, pickle ball, lawn bowls, walking netball and walking football. 

Registrations are essential. Registrations close 4.30pm, 7 February 2020. 

Book online at the Cumberland City Council website today.
Marketing Sales Training

Do you have a wonderful business with great products and services that you want everyone to know about? This  Marketing and Sales Training workshop ensures that your promotion efforts are well directed.

In this 2 hour session, we will cover the basics of marketing and sales, planning out your marketing and sales strategies so your effort and investment is rewarded.

Attendees should prepare for the session by identifying key goals in regards to sales and their key target markets. 

Date: Wednesday, 5 February 2020
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: Guildford Community Centre, 90 O'Neil Street, Guildford
Book via  Eventbrite. Registrations are essential. 

Changes To Mulching Services

Cumberland City Council will be ceasing its mulching services located at the Guildford Depot as of Monday 3 February 2020.

Council encourages the use of in-house clean green garden bins for recycling garden waste.

Alternatively, for larger amounts of garden waste, register for a Book a clean-up service. Residents can book up to four times a year for free!

For more information, please visit the Cumberland City Council website.
Call Out for Flavours of Auburn Cooks

Flavours of Auburn is looking for community cooks and cooking class facilitators, who would like to share their love for food and culture with others. 

Flavours of Auburn offers a welcoming and colourful journey of flavours from around the world by introducing participants to the cuisines of small and emerging communities in the Cumberland area. 

Cooks are employed on a casual basis.

Applications close 5pm, 20 February 2020. 

Apply online today.
What's On in Cumberland
Flavours of Auburn: Afghani Cuisine

When: Friday 6 March 2020, 6pm - 9pm. 

Where: Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Rd, Auburn.  

Book online today. 
Boomerang Bag Share Point
When: Wednesday 26 February 2020,  1 1am - 11:30am.

Where: Berala Community Centre, cnr Woodburn Road and Tilba Street, Berala.

Book online today. 

Discover Cumberland Seniors Bus Tour

When: 19 February 2020, 10am - 2pm.

Where: Meet at Cumberland Council, 16 Memorial Ave, Merrylands

Book online today. Bookings are essential.

Contact your Councillors

Cumberland City Council has 14 Councillors representing the five Wards of Granville, Greystanes, South Granville, Regents Park and Wentworthville. 

The primary role of a Councillor is to represent the people who live in their Ward. 

They are your local representative to Council. 

To find out who are the Councillors for your ward and their contact details please click here.