Lord Mayor's Column

Wednesday 17 July 2019

Community Grants Presentation

Council’s Community Grants program directly invests in our communities through nearly $500,000 in funding each year, which delivers real, local benefits. Last Tuesday, the 2019 Community Grants presentation took place at the Holiday Inn, Parramatta. At the event, Council presented grants to support local not-for-profit community groups, social enterprises, sports clubs and services. The event celebrated the 41 new projects that will be delivered across the five categories of the Community Grants Annual Round, as well as seven Preventing Violence Against Women Grants. Congratulations to all grant recipients and thank you for your hard work and dedication to making a difference to our community.

Photo: Deputy Lord Mayor Cr Michelle Garrard and Councillors Sameer Pandey, Donna Davis, Phil Bradley and Patricia Prociv with grant recipients.

Burramatta NAIDOC Day celebrations

On Sunday I attended the Burramatta NAIDOC event at Parramatta Park – a vibrant celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Indigenous comedian Steph Tisdell took to the stage as MC and kept the audiences laughing with her hilarious stand-up set. There was an abundance of outstanding music and dance performances, market stalls, and plenty of activities and workshops for the whole family. It was exciting to see so many people getting involved. The 2019 Burramatta NAIDOC Community Awards were also presented on the day – congratulations to all the recipients. As Parramatta has been home to the Aboriginal community for thousands of years, it’s wonderful to have a local annual event that honours our Indigenous people and their achievements.

Photo: City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Chairperson John Robertson.

Cumberland Gang Show turns 50

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Cumberland Gang Show, an annual live theatre extravaganza put on by the Greater Western Sydney Region Scouts. Featuring a cast of more than 180 scouts and guides, Cumberland Gang Show is a fun-filled musical variety show complete with singing, dancing, comedy and a 20-piece orchestra. The show has special ties to Parramatta as it was one of the first stage performances at Riverside Theatres when they opened in 1988. I was overjoyed to attend this year’s event and encourage you all to go along and support these talented young performers. Cumberland Gang Show runs until Saturday 20 July. For more information or to book tickets, visit the Riverside Theatres website.