13 October 2020
Mayor Steve Christou (centre) with Scott Montgomery and Andrew Elsholz of Allied Pickfords Business Solutions, the 2020 winner of the Cumberland City Local Business Awards.
Image provided courtesy of EventPix.
Western Sydney celebrates local businesses

In the wake of devastating bushfires and COVID-19, we know this has been an incredibly tough year for local businesses.

This week in Western Sydney we had the opportunity to come together and acknowledge the contribution made by many as part of the 2020 Cumberland City Local Business Awards. 
On behalf of everyone at Council, I would like to congratulate this year's winners as well as those businesses who were nominated.

Our community is home to more than 23,000 businesses, employing nearly 10 per cent of workers in Greater Western Sydney and contributing an estimated $11.7 billion to the NSW economy.

Our Council is here to support our local businesses with free workshops, one-on-one advice and networking opportunities. We hope our Shop Local and Employ Local campaigns, webinars and support resources continue to help our business community during these troubling times.

I encourage businesses to find out more about available support by visiting our website
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Crescent Parklands development proposal update
 
A survey by Cumberland City Council has shown strong opposition to the Crescent Parklands development proposal.

The survey, initiated by Council, attracted 270 responses from residents living in Holroyd and surrounding areas. The message from residents was fairly clear with over 85% of respondents opposing the proposal and don't want this going ahead.

This huge development has not taken into account Council's Government-supported Local Strategic Planning Statement and it ignores the huge adverse traffic impacts in the Merrylands area, where it will not only affect locals, but all Sydneysiders travelling on the heavily congested Parramatta Road and Woodville Road.

The survey results showed that residents' main concerns included increased traffic, congestion and overcrowding. Existing infrastructure would also need to service a much larger population.

We will continue to advocate for our residents and have presented our survey results to the State Government.
Dedicated members working in the Friendship Community Garden at Auburn Centre For Community.
Keep Australia Beautiful Awards 2020
                                                                                                                         
After being named the most 'Sustainable City' in metropolitan NSW last year, Cumberland City has the honour of hosting this year's Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable Cities Awards. The Awards recognise projects or actions in a number of areas of environmental sustainability and social inclusion.

We look forward to seeing what work has been happening to keep communities clean and green and I encourage our residents to keep up the good work and continue to do whatever they can to reduce their impact on the environment.
Boost your business webinar

Get your business ready for the upcoming end-of-year and the new year sales season.

With public health still top of mind, customers will be more likely to vacation at home and #shoplocal. This is good news for businesses who have an engaging and attractive sales strategy ready to go this sales season.
 
Our speakers will give you tips on visual merchandising for both shop front and online, marketing and advertising specifics for the sales season and a special guest case study on building your brand by founder of RASHAYS®, Rami Ykmour.

Businesses attending the event will be invited to opt in to share their business contacts with other participants and enhance their network of contacts.
Businesses can also book a follow-up one-on-one advisory session (post event through survey link).

When: Thursday 29 October 2020
Time: 6:30pm - 8pm
Book now via this link.   
Granville Centre Art Gallery announces opening date

The Granville Centre Art Gallery, a new place of culture for the thriving Cumberland City community has today announced it will open on November 6 with a vibrant curatorial program of contemporary art. 

The exhibiting artists' cultural practices and artistic expressions range from weaving, ceremonial and contemporary dance, photography, installation, drawing, painting and ceramics. 

The Granville Centre Art Gallery is located at The Granville Centre (1 Memorial Drive Granville) and will open to the public with Ngaliya Diyam from November 6 with a community open day on November 7.
Chemical Cleanout

Cumberland City Council, in partnership with the NSW Environment Protection Authority, is hosting a free Household Chemical Clean Out on Sunday 8 November 2020 from 9am to 3.30pm, at Auburn Baseball Club carpark, Euston Road Auburn.
 
Residents may drop off household quantities (up to a maximum of 20 litres or kilograms of a single item) of the following items:
  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Floor care products
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Motor fuels
  • Fluorescent globes and tubes
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Smoke detectors
  • Paint and paint-related products
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Car and household batteries
  • Motor oils and cooking oils
For other household waste, residents have access to 4 pre-booked collections per year. Book now by visiting www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au or phone 02 8757 9000. 

Latest news from Western Sydney Health

The following update from Western Sydney Local Health covers COVID-19 cases up until 5 October 2020.

Self-isolate and get tested immediately (even if you have no symptoms) if you've been to the following locations: 

Artarmon:
 Artarmon Mazda Service Centre, 7.30am - 9.30am on 2 October.

Castle Hill:
 Castle Towers Shopping Centre, 12pm - 1pm on 5 October.

Jamisontown:
 Penrith Homemaker Centre, 11am - 1pm on 4 September.

Narellan: Kmart, Narellan Town Centre, 6pm - 7pm on 2 October.

Parramatta: Westfield Parramatta,9.30am - 11am on 5 October.

Penrith: Guzman y Gomez, 1.30pm - 2pm on 4 October.

Penrith: Home Co, 2pm - 2.30pm on 4 October.

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.
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