7 July 2020
Greater regulation needed for food delivery riders

While delivery riders seem like an easy way to get food orders from one location to another, the realities of their presence is less impressive.

I have been approached by a number of residents who have expressed their concern in relation to the increased number of incidents related to these riders.

Our footpaths are being overtaken with bikes and riders obstructing access for residents, wait staff, and pedestrians, who in some cases, have been knocked over by careless riders.

As Council's powers to fine riders is fairly limited, I urge all Councils and businesses to look at the regulatory and enforcement environment for how these riders operate.

Small businesses play an important part in our local economy. I encourage food delivery services and businesses who use these services to have conversations with riders about compliance with the rules for the safety of customers and the broader community.
Express trains should be trialled
I am seeking the NSW Government's support to trial express train services at Granville, Auburn and Lidcombe Stations. 

As part of the More Trains, More Services program, the NSW Government changed train routes available to commuters in Sydney's west and south west. This ultimately cut the number of express train services stopping at Granville, Auburn and Lidcombe Stations.

As Greater Sydney works its way out of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe that now is a good opportunity to review the train timetable to better meet the needs of our community. 

Our Council would support a trial of express train services at Granville, Auburn and Lidcombe Stations. 

The trial can rely on existing infrastructure and make it easier for our community to travel to work and spend more time with their families.

We look forward to working with the NSW Government to progress work on a 
trial of express train services at key locations.
Works to start on Granville Park upgrade
I'm delighted to confirm that construction is about to kick off at Granville Park Community Sports Pavilion.

This is important work that we can deliver when Councillors work together for the community putting aside their political affiliations.

Councillor Joe Rahme and I have a strong record of working together for the benefit of our local community. 

This sportsground is a place for community and sports enthusiasts to bring activity and their passion for sports to life.

This is an exciting step in what will be the heart of community sports in the area.

The new sports facility will include a new grandstand, multipurpose rooms, kiosk, upgraded carpark and rugby field. The total value of the project is $10.74 million. 

Cumberland City Council has received a $2.74 million grant from the NSW
Government Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund. 

The upgrade is expected to be complete by May 2021.
Council consults on rates harmonisation
In other news, Council staff are seeking your feedback on a proposal to adjust rates across the Cumberland City Local Government Area. 

Since Cumberland City Council was established in 2016, there have been three different rate structures operating across Cumberland City. 

Since the boundary changes, Council has been providing services for 40,000 extra residents and has been responding to increased costs and loss of income resulting from the merger process. 

It is important for our Council to look at options to make sure we remain financially sustainable and continue to provide and maintain community facilities and services.

Council will be looking to stage the harmonisation over a number of years to minimise the impact on ratepayers. 

We encourage residents to provide their feedback on potential options.
To view the Rates Harmonisation options and for more information, visit the Have Your Say website
Lease a community space
Council is opening expressions of interest for community spaces in Auburn and Guildford. 

The space is open to community organisations and service providers looking to use an office space. 

To be eligible to apply, an organisation must meet the following requirements: 
  • Be an incorporated, not-for-profit organisation
  • Be covered by public liability insurance (up to $10 million)
  • Be able to demonstrate their ongoing financial viability and capacity to pay licence/lease fees and/or fit out costs and meet the ongoing running costs of the facility (if required)
  • Have read and understood the guidelines and conditions of occupying the space.
Applicants must complete the Expression of Interest Application Form which can be submitted in hard copy, or electronic format, attention Community Centres' Coordinator, Cumberland City Council.

Hard copy: Merrylands Administration Centre, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands NSW 2160 or to Auburn Administration Centre - 1 Susan Street, Auburn NSW 2144

By post: PO Box 42, Merrylands NSW 2160

All applications must be received by 4pm, Friday 7 August 2020. For more information visit our website
Cumberland City joins Plastic Free July
Cumberland City Council is joining forces with Plastic Free July to bring focus on reducing single-use plastics.

Winners of NSW Most Sustainable City in 2019, Cumberland City Council aim to keep their sustainable status and encourage residents to continue working towards a cleaner, greener city.

Cumberland City Council has been hosting a range of educational, plastic reduction initiatives, including 'Boomerang Bag Making Workshops' and 'Kids Clothing and Toy Swap'.

This year Cumberland City Council is encouraging residents to sign up to the challenge and choose to avoid, refuse or replace as much single-use plastic this July.

To register, or for more information, please visit our website
What's On 
Online Book Club

Wednesday 15 July 2020, 7pm to 8pm.

Register and join fellow book lovers to discuss a selected title each month, via Zoom

For more details visit our website
School Holiday Care - July School Holidays 

Bookings are now open for School Holiday Care in July 2020. Programs run from Monday 6 July to Friday 17 July 2020.

For more details visit our website

 Free Tax Webinars 

Business owners are invited to attend a series of webinars covering 5 general areas of small business tax obligations - presented by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

To book your spot visit our website
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.