19 August 2020
COVID-19 Restrictions
I was disappointed that the Member for Auburn, Lynda Voltz recently chose to use parliamentary privilege to deliver a speech, attacking my stance on the NSW State Government allowing 400 worshippers to gather in a Mosque in Auburn recently. I did raise concerns in a Council statement about the lack of consultation that occurred on an exemption being granted for Auburn Gallipoli Mosque.

I note, however, that a subequent speech from Ms Voltz included a number of misguided comments, including my approach to consulting those who run places of public worship. 

She also mistakenly described the Deputy Mayor Eddy Sarkis of our Council, as a "Liberal Councillor." He's not. She also asserted that the Deputy Mayor moved a motion to introduce "restrictive land use controls on houses of worship". In fact, when a motion was moved and Council debated and made a decision on land use controls, the Deputy Mayor was not even present in our Council chambers.

It's a shame that rather than speaking on issues, which are key to her electorate like housing, education or hospital upgrades, Ms Voltz chose to focus on my position on this issue.

We continue to have COVID-19 cases emerging across our Local Government Area so it's never been more important for us to ensure guidelines are followed by everyone, whether they be places of worship, business or local residents. It's about having a consistent approach for everyone.
I'd encourage any residents who have a view on this, to contact Ms Voltz's office by phone 02 9737 8822 or email auburn@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Wentworthville pools concrete pour  
Last week I inspected progress on the Wentworthville Pool upgrade and I'm pleased to say Council's team is working hard and are at the concrete pouring stage. The upgrade has been long awaited by residents and I'm glad it's in the works.

The project will see the construction of a new program pool, new change rooms and a café. A lift will also be installed to allow people with disabilities to use the existing 50 metre pool.

I know this new pool is eagerly awaited by recreational and competitive swimmers in our community. Our residents deserve facilities that are modern and this $8.8 million upgrade at Wentworthville pool delivers just that.
It's all about delivering for local residents. Construction is moving onsite, residents are going to see works happening and I'm looking forward to the pool opening in time for summer.
Justice of the Peace (JP) service at Merrylands Community Service Centre
JP services are now available at the new Merrylands Community Service Centre.  A JP can witness a document signing if you're making a statutory declaration and to certify copies of original documents. In addition to JP services, the Centre provides prompt assistance with general inquiries as well as advice from a duty planner. The Centre is located at Shop 1/205 Merrylands Road, Merrylands and is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4pm.
Truck blitz continues in Cumberland City

It's no secret that we're on a truck blitz here at Cumberland City Council and we're not putting up with trucks parking illegally on our streets. It's a danger zone, it's obstructive and it takes up unnecessary carpark space.

Late last year, Council received hundreds of complaints about trucks parking illegally. Many of these complaints related to trucks using on-street parking for extended periods of time in residential areas and creating safety issues. Council has issued over 1700 fines in recent months in response to complaints and as part of proactive monitoring activities.
Book a space at the Granville Centre

Cumberland City Council is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the use of the bookable spaces at The Granville Centre for all private, community and/or business activities, programs and functions/events both regular or casual bookings.

"This new $25 million centre is Council's largest community facility at over 2000m2 across two floors, and is designed to be a vibrant meeting place of community activity supported by the co-location of Council services and programs," said Mayor Steve Christou.

The Granville Centre is located at 1 Diamond Avenue.
Important dates:
  • EOI opens: Monday 10 August 2020
  • EOI closes: Wednesday 26 August 2020, 4pm
  • Booking commencement date: Week 2, September 2020 to 30 June 2021
  • Mandatory induction date: Tuesday 1 September 2020, from 2pm
Applications will be assessed and applicants will be notified. To submit a booking application and to view the spaces on the Council website.
Volunteer Program Reopening

Cumberland City Council is reopening its established Volunteer Program with positions open to anyone interested in contributing to Council's initiatives and activities.
Positions commencing include:
  • Library volunteer services
  • Community Centres volunteer services
  • AC4C Friendship Garden volunteers
  • Parks and Environment volunteers
To apply visit the Council website.
For further inquiries contact Council's Volunteering Employment Pathways Officer on 02 8757 9252 or email volunteer@cumberland.nsw.gov.au
Upcoming Business Webinars

1. How to Prepare a Business Loan Application
Tuesday 25 August 2020, 5:30pm to 6:45pm
Register online
2. Creating a YouTube Video and Channel
Thursday 3rd September 2020, 6pm to 8pm
Register online
Latest news from Western Sydney Health

Anyone who attended the following venues during the dates and times below are advised to isolate, monitor and get tested if they have even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms, such as a runny nose or scratchy throat.
  • Parramatta Local Court on Tuesday, 11 August and Wednesday, 12 August between 8.30am and 12.30pm
  • Woolworths Metro North Strathfield on Saturday, 8 August between
  • 12.50pm and 1.15pm
  • DFO Homebush on Saturday 8 August between 10:45am and 12pm
  • Parramatta Westfield on 5 August between 4pm - 5.30pm and 8 August between 12pm - 1pm
    Castle Towers Shopping Centre on 7 August between 3.30pm - 5pm. Post for sharing.
  • Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club 5pm on 7 August to 1:30am on 8 August.
To find a testing clinic near you, visit the NSW Health 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.