Cumberland City Council nominated for 2020 A R Bluett Memorial Award
Cumberland City Council has submitted an entry for this year's A R Bluett Memorial Award which has been awarded annually since 1945. The Award is contested each year by Councils in NSW and recognises their achievements. As a Council, we're always striving to be innovative and responsive to the needs of our community.
Highlights of Council's submission include:
Council's response to COVID-19
Council created new programs like Shop Local and Employ Local to support financially affected businesses in the LGA and introduced relief measures for ratepayers. With a focus on protecting our most vulnerable residents, seniors received a range of services such as welfare checks, Meals on Wheels deliveries and shopping assistance.
Cumberland City has an ambitious capital works plan underway with new infrastructure delivering outstanding recreational facilities and public spaces. Council's new state-of-the-art Granville Centre is progressing ahead of schedule and is on track for completion by September this year. The Centre will include a library, arts spaces, large hall, youth facilities and multi-sports courts and playground.
"This building addresses a shortfall of community spaces in Granville and will give residents a modern venue where they can come together as a community," said Mayor Steve Christou. "The revitalisation of Merrylands and Wentworthville CBD and the Central Gardens All Abilities Playground are among many other capital works that support residents and local businesses across Cumberland City."
Council is identifying opportunities to improve efficiencies and reduce emissions. Key initiatives include carpark lighting that uses 60% less energy, installation of 21 energy efficient hot water systems across Cumberland City and replacement of 940 old mercury vapour streetlights with energy efficient LEDs.