Mayor's Message

Message from John Faker,
Mayor of Burwood

G’day Burwood.

It’s hard to believe that we’ve almost reached the end of 2021.Christmas is a time for family and for reflection and I am sure we have much to reflect on in what has been an incredibly challenging year.

Sadly, this week with the emergence of the Omicron variant we have seen a spike in COVID cases across our community.

It’s an important reminder that we’re still in the midst of a pandemic and that we need to take precautions to protect our families, ourselves and our loved ones.

Please get tested if you experience any symptoms and follow the health guidance.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for entrusting me to be your Mayor again for another term.

With almost 72% of voters endorsing my re-election I am truly humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead Burwood once more.

I look forward to working with my fellow Councillors on working for the betterment of our community.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a wonderful and safe Christmas and would encourage you to pick up the phone and give your relatives a call, particularly those doing it tough in isolation.

Let’s hope for a better and brighter 2022.

Until next time, take care!

What's On 

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Celebrating 60 years of Australian/Korean Diplomacy

Visit the Digital Lounges in the Hub before 31 January 2022 to see a VR photographic exhibition celebrating 60 years of Australia and Korea’s diplomatic relationship. 

This interactive photographic exhibition is held to celebrate Australia and Korea's time-tested friendship and shared future, reflecting on the history of the relationship between our two countries, and looking forward to a prosperous and reciprocal ongoing relationship, at both the local and national levels. This exhibition consists of historic and modern photos of Australia and Korea's cultural exchanges on the national level in the last 60 years. Photos on display are provided by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Sydney.

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Christmas lights winners
For those lucky enough to take a drive through our streets after dark you would have been treated to an amazing array of entries into our 2021 Christmas Lights Competition. Thanks to everyone who entered for lighting up our spirits! 
Congratulations to our winners:
•    No7 and No9 Cobden Street (Joint Winners)
•    10a Brady Street Street (People’s Choice Award)
•    13 Milton Street and 26 Walsh Avenue (Encouragement Award)

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Have a great Picnic 

Thanks to everyone who entered our Burwood Eats, Let’s Shout You A Picnic competition over recent months. It’s great to see the photographic skills of everyone in our community, and of course supporting our favourite local eateries who have done it tough in 2021. 
Congratulations to the winners who received a voucher and a brand new picnic rug to enjoy all the best picnic spots!

-    Gloria Yoo @yoo.hungry 
-    Donguk Kang @quick_peepie
-    Leonardo and Andrew So @leonardo.lionau 
-    Ngit Chan Lye @milo_and_dilo_eats 
-    Kevin La @sydneyfoodboy 
-    Michelle Wong @miss_foodie_au 
-    Thuy Van Phan @vivifean 
-    Jennifer Chong @Sweetandyummie 
-    Jessica Tse @littleobesechildren

Council Christmas Operating Hours

Some Council facilities will be operating with different hours throughout December and January.

  • The Enfield Aquatic Centre closed at 4pm today and will be closed on Christmas Day. It will reopen on Sunday 26 December 2021
  • The Customer Service Centre, Burwood Library and Community Hub closed at 3pm today and reopens Monday 10 January 2022
  • Residents will be able to call the 24-hour customer support line during this period on 9911 9911.

COVID tests over festive season
Council's two COVID testing clinics will be open throughout the Christmas/New Year Period, and we urge anyone experiencing symptoms to come forward for testing. 
The Drive-Through rooftop clinic accessed via Wynne Avenue entrance is open daily from 10am to 4pm.
The Meryla Street Carpark Drive-Through and Walk-In Testing Clinic is open daily from 8am-4pm. The clinic provider confirmed that while they are accepting walk-ins at the Meryla Street Clinic the safety of the public and staff through social distancing is the highest priority. As a result of large crowds there are periods throughout the day when the clinic is only accepting vehicles to maintain the safety of everyone on-site.

 

 

Booster Interval Shortened 

Following advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), the Federal Government has confirmed significant changes to the eligibility program for booster jabs across the country. All adults over the age of 18 will become eligible for a booster 4 months after receiving their second dose from 4 January, with the interval to be slashed to 3 months from 31 January. 
This changing advice is a result of studies of the Omicron variant from overseas, and means that millions more Australians will become eligible earlier. A booster can be booked through a vaccination clinic, pharmacy or GP. Use the vaccine tracker or contact your health professional to book in your appointment now. 

 

Restrictions return
Masks are now mandated for all indoor non-residential settings, including for hospitality staff and in offices, unless eating or drinking. From Monday QR Codes will be compulsory for most retail and hospitality settings across the state. Catch up on what you can and can't do in NSW.

 

Council News 

New Council named

The NSW Electoral Commission has confirmed the results of the 2021 Local Government Elections. Mayor John Faker has been re-elected to lead Burwood for another term. He will be joined by fellow Councillors
Heather Crichton, Pascale Esber, George Mannah , Ned Cutcher,  David Hull and Hugo Robinson. The Councillors will be sworn in ahead of the first Ordinary Council Meeting early next year.

Santa's coming to town

It’s cloudy and hot but it’s looking like smooth skies ahead for Santa as he makes his way from the North Pole tonight. The Burwood LGA is right under his flight path with an expected arrival time of just after midnight. You can track the year’s most anticipated sleigh ride via a special tracker from Airservices Australia.

Drive carefully!

Just a reminder that double demerits are now in effect from today until 3 January inclusive. NSW Police will be conducting an operational blitz targeting bad road behaviour. Please drive to conditions, allow extra travel time and take plenty of breaks.

Alfresco Rebate

Eligible hospitality businesses
can register for a rebate of up to $5000 to establish new outdoor dining settings. This is open to the first 5000 eligible businesses that apply.

Citizen of the Year

Nominations are open for the 2022 Burwood Citizen of the Year awards. We will be honouring a Burwood Citizen of the Year (26+) and a Young Citizen of the Year (18-25). Recognise those who make our community great but hurry all entries must be submitted before COB on Monday 10 January 2022.

Have your say on Council's latest projects 


Public consultation on many of Council's Projects has finished for the year before moving into the next phase, such as further design or preparation to be tabled before Councillors in 2022. Track any of our wonderful projects now via Participate Burwood.

Capital Works 

Council is committed to delivering the best possible service to our residents with an intensive works program to restore and maintain our beautiful LGA. Stay up to date on what's happening and where through our digital interactive map.
You can also check out our current and recently completed projects.

Spotlight on Community Safety 

Prevent parcel theft by installing home security devices such as outdoor cameras or a video doorbell. While these types of devices are great for capturing the moment of theft, they aren’t usually enough to stop the crime from happening in the first place. You can submit the images to police for investigation or use them to prove your package was stolen, to a retailer.

Make sure you check out our community safety page with our new calendar, as well as our regular posts every Thursday for more tips.

Burwood Memories 

The road to lighting Burwood
The year was 1882. Australia was not yet a federated nation and Henry Parkes sat in the office as Premier of NSW. Cricket’s most famous trophy was created in August after a ragtag group of Australians put England to the sword in a battle for the ages which led to the burning of the stumps! And in December a rare transit of Venus saw hundreds of scientists descend on Australia to observe an astronomical event that wouldn’t be seen again until 2004. 
Change was afoot in the Burwood Municipality too, as this was the year that gas arrived. Previously, all of the village lights were powered by candles and kerosene but the arrival of gas mains saw 300 buildings lit by this new technology. By early 1883 Council was asking itself how do we light the street at night? The Electric Light, Power and Storage Company submitted a proposal that would use electricity to power the lights. This proposal was rejected and negotiations were entered into with another company who proposed installing lights at the eye watering price of 7 pounds, 10 shillings per lamp. 
Not wanting to be responsible for this cost, a public meeting was called to hear the wishes of the ratepayers. The decision was made to leave it up to Council to make the determination, after all, this is why they were elected! The first lights were installed on August 1 and 100 gas street lamps were shining brightly by the time the sun set on December 31.

 

 


Message from John Faker,
Mayor of Burwood
 

G’day Burwood.

Like many of you I am eagerly awaiting Monday when restrictions begin to ease and we are no longer an LGA of concern. It’s a moment that we’ve all been waiting for but it’s important that we continue to follow the health advice so that we can enjoy these new freedoms safely.

I am pleased to confirm that Council facilities including the Burwood Library and Community Hub, and the Customer Service Counter will reopen on Monday 18 October. All visitors must demonstrate they are fully vaccinated to enter. 

One of the joys of being Mayor is welcoming new citizens to our wonderful community. Due to the lockdowns we haven’t been able to hold these important ceremonies. Today I was fortunate enough to attend 4 services online. It’s a little different but still a magical moment for these new Australians.

Enjoy the weekend, let’s hope it’s our last in lockdown.

Until next time, take care!

 

COVID UPDATE 
 
With the 70% fully vaccinated target reached NSW will begin easing restrictions from Monday 11 October. There have been some tweaks to the roadmap of reopening. 

The key changes include: 
  • Caps at wedding and funerals has been increased to 100
  • Outdoor gatherings can be up to 30 people 
  • 10 visitors can be welcomed inside a home
  • Find out what you can and can't do at each stage of the latest roadmap
  • All students to resume face-to-face learning by 25 October. 
Changes to COVID Testing Sites in Burwood
The Meryla Street Carpark Testing Clinic will be closed on Saturday 9 October but will re-open on Sunday 10 October 8am – 4pm for drive-through and walk in testing. The site will be scaled up with larger capacity to accommodate the closure of the Westfield drive-through site at 6pm Sunday 10 October.

Burwood Residents can still visit the Westfield site until then. Council will announce a new drive-through testing site in coming days.
 
Making a Splash
Residents are making the most of their time at the recently reopened outdoor pool at the Enfield Aquatic Centre. A reminder that from Monday 11 October all adult visitors (16+) must be fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption. All visitors under 16 years must be accompanied by someone in their household who is fully vaccinated.

Swimming sessions must be pre-booked and customer access will be limited to 50 customers per one- hour booking sessions.  Find out how you can prove your vaccination status.
 
Multicultural Youth COVID-19 Champions Project
NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service is looking for multicultural young people to be part of a peer-based social media campaign. You will create short videos to promote vaccination and wellbeing messages through your social media platforms. And you will be paid for it. The deadline to apply is Monday 11 October for those aged 18-25. 
 
Empowering and Supporting Local Communities Grants
Eligible organisations are urged to apply for funding to deliver community-led grassroots projects supporting vulnerable members of our community before11am Monday 11 October. Find out more about the program
Super Sunday for Hospitality Workers
If you work in the hospitality sector and haven't yet been vaccinated, NSW Health is running a "first dose Pfizer" campaign at various locations across metropolitan Sydney. Book your appointment now! 

What's On 

Burwood Cares

Burwood Council cares about the health and wellbeing of our community and we are proud to play a central role in supporting local residents and businesses during the challenge of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Find out all the latest news and programs for our community. 

 

To support our local artists and to spread positivity in our community through music we’re delighted to launch ‘Burwood Beats’ as a weekly event for the next 2 months. Join us online on Council’s Facebook or Youtube Page each Wednesday from 6pm. 

Mental Health Month
October is mental health month and during this time of uncertainty it's more important than ever. To help raise discussions and bring the community together Council will be co-ordinating a number of activities throughout the month. 

Click on the below to find out more.

Get that Job! Interview Workshop
This free workshop will show you how to prepare for an interview, and teach you some interview techniques to help you shine with confidence. Join our online session this Monday 11 October from 6:30-8pm.

Speakers Corner Term 4

Many Chinese migrants have shown great interest in learning English. Although many organisations have provided various opportunities to help migrants in learning English, only a few provide the chance to practice spoken English with local people. 

For this reason, CASS & Burwood Council have jointly organised the English Speakers Corner Program by arranging volunteers from the local community to help improve their spoken English. Participants should have access to own electronic device. It will be held on Wednesdays 10am to 11am during school terms (online) Register now.

Calling all artists

Entries for the 2021 Burwood Art Prize have been extended until 5pm Monday 1 November. The exhibition will take place at the Burwood Library and Community Hub Friday 25 February until Wednesday 30 March 2022! This year we’ve boosted the funding pool to $13,500 with the competition free for those over 16 who live, work, or study in Burwood, Strathfield, Ashfield or Canada Bay LGAs. 

Online community programs

With the ongoing COVID restrictions we want to ensure the community is engaged as much as possible. Fortunately many of our programs have been transferred online. Visit our website for the full program list.

Click on the activity listed above to find out more about our programs and to reserve your spot today. 

Council News 

Welcoming new citizens 
It was a citizenship ceremony with a difference today as Burwood welcomed 45 new residents from 17 countries to our community. Mayor Faker performed the honours online in what was a first for Burwood Council.

Flockhart Gateway completed 

Entering our community by road just got more spectacular with completion of our new gateway signage at Flockhart Park near Croydon.
Revitalising signs on our borders and standardising the brand is something that Council is continuing to work on. Expect more signage news soon.

More trees for Wangal Park

Spring is the season of new beginnings with Wangal Park getting a boost with over 100 trees planted to enhance its canopy. Funded by Council investment and the ‘Greening our City’ Program the advanced native trees will provide more shade, keep our area cool and boost biodiversity.

Food drive ongoing

Residents wishing to donate long life pantry items and toiletries to support vulnerable members of our community can do so at special collection boxes located at Coles Westfield Burwood and IGA Enfield. Find out more about what you can donate and the charity groups involved.

School's back

Help keep students safe by:

  • Slowing down to 40km/h when bus lights are flashing
  • Looking out for children crossing the road near bus stops, in school zones or along bus routes
  • Giving way to buses when they merge back into traffic

 

Let us shout you a picnic!

As part of the Burwood Cares program we want to shout you a picnic. From Monday 11 October until  20 December we’re giving away a picnic rug and $50 voucher to two lucky winners each fortnight.

Entering is easy, simply purchase local food, tag their channels and post a pic of you enjoying a picnic to Council’s Instagram or Facebook page.

#Burwoodeats

Council Election 2021

The 2021 Local Government Elections have been postponed until Saturday 4 December. As a result, there have been changes to key dates. Councils should better reflect the areas in which they which reside. Young people, women, and multicultural leaders are urged to consider running for local government.

Have your say!

We’ve streamlined the way our community can engage with Council’s latest projects with the successful launch of our new engagement platform. ‘Participate Burwood’ is integrated into the existing website and contains important information, documents and timelines. Find out how to have your say and see the progress of projects from the planning through to the delivery.

Current featured projects include:

Places You Love Public Art ProjectWe've commissioned Inner West artist Georgia Draws a House to co-design with the community a new hoarding artwork for Burwood's Hoarding Artworks Program.

Placemaking: Bringing Streets and Public Spaces to Life - Tell us your vision for the future of our places.

Burwood After Dark - Have your say on opportunities and initiatives that enhance and activate Burwood by night.

Henley Park Amenities Building Murals - Council has commissioned artist Karri McPherson to create a series of abstract geometric murals on Council's newly upgraded Henley Park Amenities Building. 

Burwood Disability Inclusion Advisory Panel - Council is currently inviting expressions of interest from community members to be part of the Burwood Disability Inclusion Advisory Panel. Applications close 5pm on Monday 18 October.

When you're out and about, even if jogging or exercising, always carry your mobile phone or a phone card with you in case of an incident. Make sure you list key contact numbers under "ICE Numbers" (In Case of an Emergency) on your phone or phone card.
Make sure you check out our community safety page with our new calendar, as well as our regular posts every Thursday for more tips.

Burwood Memories 

Caring for our forgotten children
Did you know there have been at least 15 institutions caring for disadvantaged children across the Burwood area? Many  of these charitable organisations, mostly associated with various churches, operated orphanages in the Victorian era until the late twentieth century. 

Growing up in these institutions particularly in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century did have its challenges but they did do a lot to help those who society defined as orphans, neglected or destitute. 

Many of these children did go on to be adopted out and would go on to live successful and productive lives within the local community or further afield. 

Demonstrating the changing approach towards child care over time, several of these homes evolved into family group homes and foster care arrangements. 

Pictured - Cooinoo Home for Destitute Children on the corner of Emu Street and Liverpool Road, Burwood. Exact date of photograph unknown but the home itself operated from 1924-38. 

 

 

Message from John Faker,
Mayor of Burwood
 

G’day Burwood.

It’s been a really busy week which started when the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian finally agreed to a meeting. Although she gave no indication at the time, we then got the exciting news the ill-conceived curfew had been lifted.

It’s a start, but nothing less than Burwood being taken off the list of LGAs of concern is acceptable. This is a position that I made very clear during multiple media interviews this week and I was pleased my pleas are starting to gather support from the wider community.

Council is putting together plans to support our community during this tough time and I was delighted to be able to attend the launch of the food drive in support of our vulnerable residents earlier this week.

The library’s click and collect program is still going strong and I urge you to dip into the world of books for a great adventure!

To find out the latest information I urge you to keep an eye on our daily COVID update and follow me on Facebook
Until next time, take care!

 

NSW reached another significant vaccination milestone with 80% of the state’s adult population having received a first jab and almost 50% fully vaccinated. The Government announced a trial home quarantine system will come into effect later this month and that the current restrictions will remain in place until the health advice changes.

 
Current restrictions for Burwood
  • The 9pm to 5am curfew has now been lifted 
  • If you are fully vaccinated, you can go out for outdoor recreation in a public space with fully vaccinated members of your household, or with one other fully vaccinated person who is not a member of your household for up to two hours a day.
  • Unlimited exercise outdoors is allowed for up to 2 people
  • You can't leave home without a reasonable excuse
  • You must stay within 5km of your home and inside the LGA
  • You can't leave the LGA unless you're an authorised worker with at least one jab by 19 September or have evidence of a booking or a medical exemption
  • The NSW Government have put together a useful summary of the current restrictions in the Burwood LGA.
Burwood RSL clinic closes

Yesterday was the final day of the temporary vaccination clinic at the Burwood RSL. The health workers involved have done an enormous job vaccinating more than 7000 people. Burwood’s first dose rate is tracking towards 85% and is a fantastic response. The clinic will open its doors later this month for second jabs moving us towards greater freedoms.
 

Don't wait get your vaccine now

Children aged 12-15 are now eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. You can book an appointment for your child through theeligibility checkeor contact your GP. There has been an ongoing debate about whether Pfizer should be available for over 60s after Queensland, WA and SA made a policy this week to offer it to this demographic. NSW Health said that due to expected Pfizer shortages those 60 and over and unvaccinated should not wait but book an appointment now.

What's On 

Online community programs
With the ongoing COVID restrictions we want to ensure the community is engaged as much as possible. Fortunately many of our programs have been transferred online. Some of the activities that are taking place through the remainder of August and September include:

Click on the activity listed above to find out more about our programs and to reserve your spot today.

Burwood and Strathfield Councils, in collaboration with Word Travels, are inviting young people aged 12-18 years to participate in this year’s Australian Poetry Slam. If you live, work or study in Burwood or Strathfield Local Government Areas (LGAs) you’ll be able to enter the Burwood-Strathfield heat on 23 September. Find out more about some of the lead-in workshops and events. 

Speakers Corner Term 4
Many Chinese migrants have shown great interest in learning English. Although many organisations have provided various opportunities to help migrants in learning English, only a few provide the chance to practice spoken English with local people. 
For this reason, CASS & Burwood Council have jointly organised the English Speakers Corner Program by arranging volunteers from the local community to help improve their spoken English. Participants should have access to own electronic device. It will be held on Wednesdays 10am to 11am during school terms (online) Register now.

 

 

Little Bang Discovery Club

Do you have a little scientist at home? Burwood Library brings you Little Bang Discovery Club, a hands-on science discovery program- now available at home online, anytime!
Suitable for kids aged 3-5 years, there are four sessions to watch with your child, each covering a different fun-filled topic. Then use items from around the house to have a go at the activities together.

Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga is suitable for everyone and is especially programmed for seniors and less mobile.  The classes include a combination of seated physical postures, movements, breathing, acupressure and meditation for a holistic approach to being physically stronger, more relaxed and having a positive sense of wellbeing. Held every Thursday from 7 to 28 October it will be an online class from 12pm-12:30pm. Learn more and book your spot today

Capital Works Update & Council News 

Everton Road Pocket Park update
The Pocket Park on Everton Road looks absolutely fantastic with landscaping completed as well as the public artwork and table tennis table being installed. It’s an urban oasis for residents and just minutes away from the bustle of Strathfield Station.

Maintenance program continues

Council has recently completed asphalt replacement and re-sheeting on Arthur Street and Claremont Road. Pedestrians will now be able to safely enjoy this new work which will allow ease of access to local businesses.

Food drive launched

Residents wishing to donate long life pantry items and toiletries to support vulnerable members of our community can do so at special collection boxes located at Coles Westfield Burwood and IGA Enfield. Find out more about what you can donate and the charity groups involved.

Have you seen our signs?

As part of Council’s ongoing communications campaign to encourage the community to get vaccinated, the Community Safety Team have installed multilingual signage throughout the Burwood Town Centre and across the local centres of Enfield, Croydon, Croydon Park and Strathfield.

Sydney Councils unite on planning changes

Burwood Council has joined forces with 22 other Councils across Sydney to pen an open letter to the NSW Government raising objections to proposed changes to developers' levies which will impact on Council’s ability to deliver community infrastructure in the future.
Read the full letter.

Planning panel nominations open

Following the successful operation of the first 3-year term of the Burwood Local Planning Panel (BLPP) Burwood Council is seeking expressions of interest from new Community Representatives to join the panel before 20 September.

Calling local artists

Entries for the 2021 Burwood Art Prize have been extended until 5pm Monday 1 November. The exhibition will take place at the Burwood Library and Community Hub Friday 25 February until Wednesday 30 March 2022! This year we’ve boosted the funding pool to $13,500 with the competition free for those over 16 who live, work, or study in Burwood, Strathfield, Ashfield or Canada Bay LGAs. 

Council Services

Essential Council business is continuing during the lockdown period. We have put together this resource to assist in answering community questions regarding COVID-19.

Contacting Council 

Council facilities including the, Library and Community Hub and Enfield Aquatic Centre remain closed. The Customer Service Counter is open by appointment only. Call  9911 9911 or email council@burwood.gov.au for enquiries. 

Council Election 2021

The 2021 Local Government Elections have been postponed until Saturday 4 December. As a result, there have been changes to key dates. Councils should better reflect the areas in which they which reside. Young people, women, and multicultural leaders are urged to consider running for local government.

Have Your Say 

Many residents have taken a liking to bikes during lockdown. It's a great way to exercise and we want to know what matters to you to help inform planning for the area. Have your say about bike use in Burwood.

Burwood Council frequently has documents on exhibition for public comment. See what is currently open and Have Your say today.

Spotlight On Community Safety 

In our digital world identity theft is a major problem that has ramifications on the lives of victims. Learn how to protect yourself by following some of these simple tips:

  • Shred and discard documents with personal information
  • DO NOT place personal documents in a recycling bin
  • Keep your mail box secure and empty every day
  • Be cautious about providing personal information over the phone or on the internet.

 

Burwood Memories 

Burwood's proud Indigenous history

The indigenous history of what is today the Burwood LGA has been shaped and influenced by the geological makeup of the land. We know that place, country, and culture are incredibly important values to first Australians and this this area was inhabited by the Wangal Clan of the Darung Tribe. 

Located on a ridge between the Cooks and Parramatta Rivers this landscape was easily accessible to the local clans. Archaeological evidence reveals that Eucalypt trees and native grasses were once plentiful in the area and while it is not known for certain, it’s very likely that hunts for food such as kangaroos occurred due to the relative flat terrain.

The first recorded meeting between Indigenous Australians and European settlers near what is modern-day Burwood took place on February 5th 1788 at the very southern bank of the Parramatta River. The meeting was later described in a diary entry by Lieutenant William Bradley RN. 

Because of the early settlement by Europeans in the area and the lack of sandstone in the vicinity there are no relics visible in the Burwood LGA today. However, the area is still important land to the Wangal People, and Council pays its respect to the traditional owners by performing an acknowledgment of country at all public events.

Picture  - The above picture and information about local Indigenous history is sourced from a 1997 text called Aboriginal History of Burwood Municipality by Michael Guider. The image depicts a traditional kangaroo hunt.

Message from John Faker,
Mayor of Burwood

G’day Burwood.

It’s been a great week for our testing and vaccination stats with huge improvements in both categories. 

I had the opportunity to visit Burwood RSL to check out the progress of the temporary vaccination hub and it’s great to see that over the 3 days just over 1500 people accessed a jab.

This week we were able to confirm that the vaccination clinic will be extended with sessions next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. If you’re aged between 16-39, book now. While this is a pleasing development it’s not enough and I will continue to call on the State Government to establish a permanent walk-in vaccination hub in Burwood.

I have heard your views and this week I have also written to the Premier and Health Minister seeking urgent clarification on why we are an LGA of concern despite our low case numbers. Today I released a statement to the media.

To find out the latest information I urge you to keep an eye on our daily COVID update and follow me on Facebook

Until next time, take care!

covid update

What's On 

Online community programs
With the ongoing COVID restrictions we want to ensure the community is engaged as much as possible. Fortunately many of our programs have been transferred online. Some of the activities that are taking place through the remainder of August and September include:

Click on the activity listed above to find out more about our programs and to reserve your spot today.

tech savvy seniors

Do you have an older family member, friend or neighbour who wants to build confidence with video calling and online meetings? What better way to learn than a Zoom class for seniors? It's a safe space to experience and explore, as we learn over 2 morning sessions during September 2021.
This program is being run by Sydney Community College

 

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Burwood and Strathfield Councils, in collaboration with Word Travels, are inviting young people aged 12-18 years to participate in this year’s Australian Poetry Slam. If you live, work or study in Burwood or Strathfield Local Government Areas (LGAs) you’ll be able to enter the Burwood-Strathfield heat on 23 September. Find out more about some of the lead-in workshops and events. 

 

ask your local police

The Member for Strathfield Jodi McKay will be hosting this important forum for members of our community to seek guidance on the new COVID restrictions. Questions are welcomed but must be submitted in advance. Register at zoom.us/meeting/register/tJElcO6vpzwrHNw_Pjijk37NX3tRD1xqXTvT  

r u ok mandarin

Look after your Mental Health during COVID (Mandarin)
 

The outbreak of COVID-19 and the impact of lockdown restrictions can make us feel anxious, stressed and worried. Join us for a information session on Thursday 9 September between 10am and 11am which will be presented by an experienced clinical psychologist Noris Ma. Learn how to look after your mental wellbeing during this challenging time and where to seek professional support.

lockdown stories

Lockdown Stories 

We’re living in a very unique period and one day in the future historians will be looking at these stories and trying to understand what life under COVID was really like. Make a contribution by learning how to write your story at our free workshop.
Alternatively, if you’re more of a free spirit with the camera we are collecting #BurwoodAtHome images for the local history collection. Residents are invited to share images and stories to document this unique time, and to share via the Instagram hashtag or email to library@burwood.nsw.gov.au You can find out more about the project at https://www.instagram.com/p/CSxtPBcBuMD/  

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Little Bang Discovery Club

Do you have a little scientist at home? Burwood Library brings you Little Bang Discovery Club, a hands-on science discovery program- now available at home online, anytime!

Suitable for kids aged 3-5 years, there are four sessions to watch with your child, each covering a different fun-filled topic. Then use items from around the house to have a go at the activities together.

Tom Keneally Author Talk

One of Australia’s favourite authors Tom Keneally will be in conversation with Christine Dearness from Willoughby City Libraries with the support of NSW Public Libraries Association, at 12.30pm on Thursday 9 September, discussing his newest novel, Corporal Hitler’s Pistol. Find out more about the book and register now to get access to the zoom link.

Capital Works Update & Council News 

EAC pool for the future

Work has been completed on the $5.4 million revitalisation of the Enfield Aquatic Centre. The new indoor heated program pool with accessibility ramp is the highlight of the development. Further work to follow in the coming months, and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Henley Park amenities building completed

The $2 million upgrade and extensions to the building have been completed and include shaded outdoor areas, a commercial kitchen and canteen, community space and multiple large change rooms. Funded as part of the Australian Government – Local Roads and Community
Infrastructure (LRCI) program.

Everton Road Pocket Park

The Pocket Park is a welcome addition for residents and nearby commuters of Strathfield Station as a refurbished and urban area to share and relax in. Work is progressing well on this $110k project

Planning panel nominations open

Following the successful operation of the first 3-year term of the Burwood Local Planning Panel (BLPP) Burwood Council is seeking expressions of interest from new Community Representatives to join the panel.

Calling local artists

Entries for the 2021 Burwood Art Prize are now open! This year we’ve boosted the funding pool to $13,500 with the competition free for those over 16 who live, work, or study in the Burwood, Strathfield, Ashfield or Canada Bay LGA.
Get creative – all works must be submitted by 1 October.

Council Services

Essential Council business is continuing during the lockdown period. We have put together this resource to assist in answering community questions regarding COVID-19

Contacting Council 

Council facilities including the, Library and Community Hub and Enfield Aquatic Centre remain closed. The Customer Service Counter is open by appointment only. Call  9911 9911 or email council@burwood.gov.au for enquiries. 

Calling young snappers

Are you a budding photographer aged between 8 and 16 years old? Our Give us your best shot competition is your chance to show off your skills by sharing your top snap of your favourite local place.
Send us your entry between July and 1 August  for your chance to win.

Council Election 2021

The 2021 Local Government Elections have been postponed until Saturday 4 December. As a result, there have been changes to key dates. Councils should better reflect the areas in which they which reside. Young people, women, and multicultural leaders are urged to consider running for local government.

Last chance to win one of two $250 vouchers!
Help build a shared vision for the future of Burwood 2036.
Have input into developing a Community Strategic Plan for the Burwood area!
Take the survey before Sunday 29 August. Find out more.

Burwood Council in partnership with the Cooks River Alliance wants to know what you value about the Cooks River and Botany areas. Tell us what matters you to be in the draw for a chance to win a $100 voucher. Find out more about the project and take the the survey today.

Many residents have taken a liking to bikes. It's a great way to exercise and we want to know what matters to you to help inform planning for the area. Have your say about bike use in Burwood.

Spotlight on Community Safety 

Deciding what to wear when biking is a challenge especially if you’re undecided on the aerodynamic benefits of lycra! These safety tips can help get you started:

  • Always wear protective gear such as a high visibility vest or shirt and/or delivery bag.
  • Always wear closed-in shoes when riding.
  • Always wear a helmet approved for the type of vehicle you are riding that is securely fitted and fastened.
  • DO NOT wear a cap or anything else under the helmet.

Burwood Memories 

Burwood speedster challenged the world in 1924

Earlier this month we were treated to an outstanding Tokyo Olympics. This inspired us to look back at the story of one of the great careers in early Australian sport. Born in Burwood in 1899 Edwin “Slip” Carr was an extremely talented athlete from an early age. Educated at Sydney Grammar School he excelled at Rugby Union and made 4 appearances for the Wallabies in 1921.

But it was his pure speed that he was famous for, earning the nickname “slippery” and a boat ticket to the 1924 Olympics in Paris where he would etch his name in the history books carrying Australia’s flag. Movie buffs would know the film – Chariots of the Fire, well Slippery would live it!

He made it through to the semis racing eventual winner Harold Abrahams in the 100 metre heat. Unfortunately, he was placed in an exceptionally fast semi with Abrahams and the American duo of Charles Paddock and Chester Bowman. The plucky Aussie clocked 10.7 seconds for 4th place and missed the final because only the first three went through. Adding to his frustration his time would have earned him a place on the podium.

After the Olympics he would stay in Europe challenging the continent’s best sprinters winning 99 times from 102 starts. The sporting genes run deep in the Carr family. His brother Ernest was also a Wallaby and his son Edwin competed at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952 and was a Commonwealth Games representative. In the great circle of life the organisers of the Tokyo Olympics handed over the flag to Paris for the next Olympics, and who knows maybe the next Edwin Carr is living in Burwood?

 

 

 

 

 

Message from John Faker,
Mayor of Burwood
 

G’day Burwood.

It is with regret that I can confirm the NSW Government today announced that we are a declared area due to an increase in the number of COVID cases and as a result we have had additional restrictions placed upon us. 

For the safety of our community it is crucial that we obey the public health orders as we work to bring the infection rate back under control.

This doesn’t mean that we should abandon our goal of getting vaccinated. In fact, for our own safety as well as the safety of our loved ones and the wider community it’s time we take a stand. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get vaccinated! 

Until next time, 
Be safe. 

Burwood LGA becomes declared area
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has confirmed that as of 5pm Thursday 12 August the Burwood, Strathfield, and Bayside Local Government Areas have been added to the list of declared areas. This means additional restrictions will now be applied to the Stay-at-home order currently in effect until at least 28 August for Greater Sydney

Burwood residents are required to comply with these extra safety measures.

Residents who live in a declared area:

  • Cannot leave the declared area in which they live for the purposes of work, unless they are an authorised worker
  • Must only exercise within 5km of their home
  • Must only shop within 5km of their home (unless supplies/items are not reasonably available, in which case they can shop within their declared area, or if not available in the declared area in which they live from the closest place in Greater Sydney)
  • Must wear a mask at all times when outdoors (excluding when at home). General exemptions from mask wearing continue to apply
  • Additional rules also apply to the construction sector.

Vaccination update
COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia regardless of Medicare or visa status.
NSW Health vaccination clinics as well as participating general practices and pharmacies across the state are open for COVID-19 vaccination bookings. If you are aged 18 years or older you can book an appointment now.
To check your eligibility and book an appointment at a location near you, visit the Australian Government eligibility checker

Multicultural safety messages
Multicultural NSW have put together key safety messages in different languages including Mandarin, Cantonese, Greek and Arabic.
Additional videos are also available in multiple languages from NSW Health

Check in on your mental health
NSW chief psychiatrist Dr Murray Wright today reiterated the importance of taking the time to check in on your own mental health during this period of extraordinary stress.

Some of his top tips include:

  • Have a plan of how to manage stress, monitor and review it regularly
  • Keep track of how stress is affecting us and the people around us
  • Know how to ask for help when needed
  • Keep structure in your life where possible have a daily routine
  • Have regular exercise, good diet, limit alcohol consumption, get plenty of sleep
  • Check in with those closest to us by asking if they're ok 
  • Set daily goals

Learn more about the community support options available to you in Burwood and beyond.

COVID Testing Clinic

The community have really responded to the  pop-up COVID testing clinic in Meryla Street Car Park. It will continue to be open daily from 8am to 4pm. Drive-throughs and walk-ins are welcome. This has been established as a key testing facility however there are others in the area if needed. 

Call Crime Stoppers

For everyone's safety let's do the right thing! If you see someone doing the wrong thing please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. NSW Police will be out in force to ensure that the public are complying with the public health orders.

Council Services

Essential Council business is continuing during the lockdown period. We have put together this resource to assist in answering community questions regarding COVID-19.

Message from John Faker,
Mayor of Burwood

G’day Burwood.

The time has come for us to roll up our sleeves and get vaccinated. Each day we see the case numbers in our neighbouring suburbs continue to rise and while we only have experienced 10 cases at the time of writing we must continue to get tested.

The Premier has made it clear only a high vaccine rollout will help us get the freedom of getting out of lockdown. If we want to have those family moments, the enjoyable evenings of dining out or watching a concert or sporting event we need to get jabs in arms. 

While we don’t have definitive numbers for Burwood specifically, the whole of Inner Western Sydney – in which we are counted has only 22.8% of people with a first vaccination jab. Come on Burwood, we need to get that number up to at least 50% as soon as possible. The vaccine is now available throughout the LGA.

For everyone’s safety let’s continue to do the right thing. 

Until next time, take care!

News & Highlights

 Vaccinations a top priority  
COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia regardless of Medicare or visa status, and we're encouraging the community to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated.

Get vaccinated at locations including pharmacies, doctors, and health hubs.

Find your nearest location, check your eligibility, and remember if you have any concerns about your own heath circumstances please talk to your doctor.

COVID conferences in multiple languages 
To help ensure that multicultural communities are able to hear COVID messages in their own language SBS has committed to a pilot program of translating the NSW Government’s 11am daily press conference into Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, and Assyrian live on their respective Facebook Language Pages.

Additionally all written COVID related information is being translated into more than 60 languages. Find out more via SBS

Burwood venues added to transmission list
Due to an increasing number of exposure sites to COVID-19 across Greater Sydney, NSW Health have upgraded access this important information. Type in your postcode or suburb on the list to find out the venues of concern near you.

Testing rate still a concern
At time of writing we only have 10 known cases of COVID in the Burwood LGA. This may be the result of low testing rates which is why we're urging the community to get tested no matter how mild the symptoms. Residents seeking a COVID test are reminded that the pop-up clinic in Meryla Street Car Park is open daily from 8am to 4pm. Please visit our map for other clinics in the district.

Key Lockdown rules

  • Don't forget that during this lockdown people can only leave the house for essential reasons.
  • Do not have visitors in your home, even if they are family.
  • Masks must be worn in public areas of residential buildings, in shops, public transport and where it isn’t possible to socially distance.
  • QR codes are mandatory including places of work, parks, and public toilets

Council Services

Essential Council business is continuing during the lockdown period. We have put together this resource to assist in answering community questions regarding COVID-19.

 council services

Contacting Council 

Council facilities including the, Library and Community Hub and Enfield Aquatic Centre remain closed. The Contactless Customer Collection Service is available. Please call 9911 9911 or email council@burwood.nsw.gov.au to arrange.

 contacting council

Click and collect 

Our new Click and Collect service is a fantastic way to ensure our community can still enjoy the magic and adventure of books during these challenging times. Reserve up to 10 titles and pick up the next day in a contactless way during business hours. 

 click and collect

Calling local artists

Entries for the 2021 Burwood Art Prize are now open!
This year we’ve boosted the funding pool to $13,500 with the competition free for those over 16 who live, work, or study in the Burwood, Strathfield, Ashfield or Canada Bay LGA. Get creative – all works must be submitted by 1 October.

Pictured - Fan Dongwang winner of the 2020 Burwood Art Work of the Year with his work Pandemic Body 

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It’s Census time again

Where will you be on Tuesday 10 August? It’s an important question since its Census time again! The Census is a national count of every person and household in Australia. Find out more about your responsibility to ensure the Census is filled out correctly.

 census time

Mayor’s Commendation Awards

There’s still time for local businesses to nominate for the inaugural Mayor’s Commendation Awards. We’ve extended the application period until 31 August. Small business is the lifeblood of our community! 

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ARIC Committee Nominations

Council’s Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee (ARIC) provides independent assurance and assistance to Burwood Council. Nominations open until 23 August. Find out more about the role of the committee. 

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What's on 

Online Fitter and Stronger (50+)

A good way to challenge your total body fitness while you are having fun includes a warm-up, aerobics, strength exercises using resistance equipment and a cool-down with stretching and relaxation. It’s a great way to challenge your fitness, flexibility and strength. Available on Thursdays.Find out more about the program.

 fitter and stronger

Online Tai Chi classes

Discover how to create a new positive energy, challenge your mind and body and enjoy many health benefits including improved balance, range of movement and concentration with this ancient movement. Learn more today!

tai chi

Online Chinese art workshop

Date: 10, 17, 24, 31 August
Location: online
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Cost: $5.65 per person

Learn the basics of traditional Chinese brush painting. The workshop is suitable for any level of art competency. Beginners are welcome!  Register now   

 online chinese art

Online - Unique Healing Meditation & Movement Practice

Meditation is a fantastic way to relieve stress, anxiety and help increase our positive emotional health and wellbeing. Learn more about this ancient practice throughout August and improve your relationship with your inner-self.

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Armchair library travel

While travelling the world might not be possible right now you can still explore and enjoy all that the planet has to offer with some of our amazing digital resources. Explore different countries and cultures!

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Calling young snappers

Are you a budding photographer aged between 8 and 16 years old? Our Give us your best shot competition is your chance to show off your skills by sharing your top snap of your favourite local place. Send us your entry before 3 September for your chance to win.

 best shots

Council Election 2021

The 2021 Local Government Elections have been postponed until Saturday 4 December. As a result, there have been changes to key dates. Councils should better reflect the areas in which they which reside. Young people, women, and multicultural leaders are urged to consider running for local government.

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Have your say

 Towards Burwood 2023

Burwood is growing and we want your help to have your say on our future!
By 2036 the population of the Burwood area will be nearly double to 73,500. More people will require housing, transport, healthcare, services, parks, playgrounds and open space. Help us prepare by building a shared vision for the future of Burwood 2036. Have your say. Take our online surveyand go in the draw to win a $250 voucher! Survey closes 29 August. 

Cooks River Alliance Survey
We want know what you value about the Cooks River and Botany areas. Have Your Say in our survey for your chance to win $100 voucher! Participate now 

We're excited to hear your opinion about your experience at the Enfield Aquatic Centre to help us imporve our service. Take the survey before 9 August for your chance to win one of three $50 vouchers!

Check here  for the latest Development Applications received by Council

 cooks river alliance survey

Business Information

Support is available

There are different support packages available to micro-businesses, small to medium businesses, sole traders and small non-profits depending on your annual turnover. Please visit nsw.gov.au for more information or call Service NSW on 13 77 88

Micro-business Grants
For micro-businesses  with a turnover between $30,000 and $75,000 and experiences a decline in turnover of 30 percent, you may be eligible for a $1500 payment per fortnight during restrictions. Read more

COVID-19 Business Grants 
For small to medium businesses with a turnover of more than $75,000 and experiences a decline in turnover of 30 percent, you may be eligible for a one-off grant of $7,500, $10,500 or $15,000. Read more 

Business Support Webinars 
NSW Government is delivering three online sessions (August 5,6, & 11) to help small businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19 and help them to navigate information on financial grants including the 2021 COVID-19 business and micro-business grants, JobSaver payment, and highlight other government support available. Register now

 business information

Message from John Faker,
Mayor of Burwood
 

G’day Burwood.
I understand the disappointment and frustration that we are all feeling today as the NSW Government  confirmed the stay-at-home-order has been extended until at least  28 August. 

Right now our mental and physical health are important. Despite being unable to visit our family, friends and neighbours we should all take the time to check in with our nearest and dearest.
We’re all trying to make the best of these difficult circumstances and a simple phone call or online chat can make someone’s day.

As a community we all have a responsibility to play our part and we can do this by being tested even if we’re experiencing the mildest of symptoms. To make it easier the pop-up clinic in Meryla Street Car Park has been extended and there are plenty of other clinics in the area. 

The other step we can take is to get vaccinated as soon as possible. I recently had my first jab and it all went well and I would urge everyone to book in, and if you have any concerns please consult your doctor.

As you are aware there have been a number of exposure sites across Burwood, and our neighbouring suburbs, who are doing it tough right now. The venues transmission list  is updated daily by NSW Health. It's important to check it regularly and to follow the health advice.

I am so proud of the way the community has responded to this challenging situation and supported local business where we can by ordering take-away and other goods.

For everyone's safety let's continue to do the right thing.

Until next time, take care.

 Stay-at-home-order extended
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced that the stay-at- home-orders for Greater Sydney has been extended until at least Saturday 28 August. All residents in the Burwood local government area are required to stay at home unless you are essential worker:

There have been some changes to the public health order:

  • Residents from Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland and Blacktown local government areas are not allowed to leave their local areas for work unless they are on the list of authorised workers. From tomorrow that will be expanded to include the LGAs of Parramatta, Georges River and Campbelltown.
  • Some construction will be allowed to restart provided it in on unoccupied sites. Trades will be allowed to resume if there is no contact between households and workers. 
  • People can only shop in their Local Government Area
  • Face-to-face teaching for year 12 students is set to resume on August 16 with all other year groups to remain online 
  • From this Saturday residents living alone will be able to one to nominate one designated family member or friend who is allowed to visit their household
  • All current conditions and reasons for leaving home remain the same. Please remember exercise is only permitted in groups of two within 10km of your home. QR codes are now in place at all parks, dog parks and playgrounds across the Burwood area.
  • You may still leave the home for essential reasons including medical treatment, vaccination, providing care, and shopping for necessary goods and food. 


COVID-19 exposure sites throughout the Burwood Local Government Area and surrounding suburbs continues to grow. Visit NSW Health for the latest list of locations. 

Multicultural Safety Messages
Multicultural NSW have put together key safety messages in different languages including Mandarin, Cantonese, Greek and Arabic.

Buwood's own Father George Liangas from Saint Nectarios also became involved in the public health campaign. View his message to the Greek community.  

Additional videos are also available in multiple languages from NSW Health

Vaccinations

NSW Health are advising that any adult over the age of 18 is now eligible for vaccination. There are multiple venues now taking bookings and from Friday additional pharmacies will also be coming online. Please continue to seek guidance from your doctor if you have questions or concerns about vaccination. The Federal Government has put together this resource to answer some common questions with direct links to other languages,

 vaccinations

COVID Clinic extended

The community have really responded to the  pop-up COVID testing clinic in Meryla Street Car Park. It will continue to be open daily from 8am to 4pm. Drive-throughs and walk-ins are welcome. This has been established as a key testing facility however there are others in the area if needed. 

 covid clinics

Click and collect 

Our new Click and Collect service is a fantastic way to ensure our community can still enjoy the magic and adventure of books during these challenging times. Reserve up to 10 titles and pick up the next day in a contactless way during business hours. 

 click and collect

Call Crime Stoppers

For everyone's safety let's do the right thing! If you see someone doing the wrong thing please call  Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. NSW Police will be out in force to ensure that the public are complying with the public health orders.

crimestoppers

Lighting up our parks

To assist our residents in getting fresh air during the lockdown, lights in Henley Park and Blair Park are on from dusk until 9pm. Remember only two people can exercise together.

 lighting up our parks

Contacting Council 

Council facilities including the, Library and Community Hub and Enfield Aquatic Centre remain closed. The Customer Service Counter is open by appointment only. Call  9911 9911 or email council@burwood.gov.au for enquiries. 

contacting council

Council Services

Essential Council business is continuing during the lockdown period. We have put together this resource to assist in answering community questions regarding COVID-19.

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COVID Scams

Unfortunately there have have been a number of scams attempted on Australians during recent months particularly around vaccination programs and requesting personal details. Find out more about current scams.

 spot a scam

Domestic Violence

NSW Police have issued a reminder to the community that even with the ongoing strain and challenges caused by the pandemic there is never an excuse for violence. For further information, resources and how police can help click here   #noexcuseforabuse

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Election update

Voters will head to the polls 3 months later than planned after the Local Government Elections were postponed until Saturday 4 December due to COVID restrictions. 

 elections




Message from John Faker,
Mayor of Burwood
 

G’day Burwood.
It’s been another challenging week as we all adjust to life under the strict stay-at-home orders which have been extended until at least 30 July.

As you are aware there have been a number of exposure sites across Burwood and our neighbouring suburbs. I urge everyone to keep up with the venues transmission list updated daily by NSW Health and follow their advice.
We can play our part by getting tested even if we’re experiencing the mildest of symptoms. To make it easier the pop-up clinic in Meryla Street Car Park Burwood recently opened.

I am pleased to say that essential Council business is continuing throughout the lockdown. On 27 July we have the final Ordinary Council meeting of this term before we enter the caretaker period ahead of the September Local Government elections. It has been a privilege to serve with this group of councillors and to represent our fantastic community. 

I close by saying despite us being unable to physically see our family, friends and neighbours we should all take the time to check in with our nearest and dearest.

We’re all trying to make the best of these difficult circumstances and a simple phone call or online chat can make someone’s day.

Until next time, take care.

What's on

Information session on tax (Mandarin)

Date: Wednesday 21 July, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Online
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Join us online for our free information session regarding the tax system in Australia and how it has been impacted by the pandemic. Ask your questions and learn about the major changes for the 2021-22 Financial Year. This session is brought to you by the Australian Tax Office, the Chinese Service Agency and Burwood Library.

tax time mandarin

Armchair library travel

While travelling the world might not be possible right now you can still explore and enjoy all that the planet has to offer with some of our amazing digital resources. Explore different countries and cultures!

armchair travel.jpg

 Online Zumba Gold

Zumba Gold is ideal for older adults and beginners due to its easy-to-follow choreography, slower pace and shorter class length. Classes are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 12pm! Get involved today

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Online Fitter and Stronger (50+)

A good way to challenge your total body fitness while you are having fun includes a warm-up, aerobics, strength exercises using resistance equipment and a cool-down with stretching and relaxation. It’s a great way to challenge your fitness, flexibility and strength. Available on Thursdays. Find out more about the program.

 fitter and stronger

Online Tai Chi classes

Discover how to create a new positive energy, challenge your mind and body and enjoy many health benefits including improved balance, range of movement and concentration with this ancient movement. Learn more today!

 tai chi

Online Chinese art workshop

Date: Tuesday 20 July 6:30-8:00pm (ongoing)
Location: online
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Cost: $5.65 per person

Learn the basics of traditional Chinese brush painting. The workshop is suitable for any level of art competency. Beginners are welcome!  Register now   

 online chinese art

News and Highlights

 Residents seeking a COVID test now have a local option with the pop-up clinic in Meryla Street Car Park open daily from 8am to 4pm. Drive-through and walks ins welcome. Please visit our map for other clinics in the district.

COVID-19 exposure sites throughout the Burwood Local Government Area and surrounding suburbs continues to grow. Visit NSW Health for the latest information.

During this lockdown people can only leave the house for essential reasons. Masks must be worn in public areas of residential buildings, in shops, public transport and where it isn’t possible to socially distance. QR codes are mandatory including places of work.

Multicultural Safety Messages
Multicultural NSW have put together key safety messages in different languages including Mandarin, Cantonese, Greek and Arabic.

Buwood's own Father George Liangas from Saint Nectarios also became involved in the public health campaign. View his message to the Greek community.  

Additional videos are also available in multiple languages from NSW Health

Council Services

Essential Council business is continuing during the lockdown period. We have put together this resource to assist in answering community questions regarding COVID-19.
council services.jpg

Contacting Council 

Council facilities including the, Library and Community Hub and Enfield Aquatic Centre remain closed. The Customer Service Counter is open by appointment only. Call  9911 9911 or email council@burwood.gov.au for enquiries. 

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Lighting up our parks

To assist our residents in getting fresh air during the lockdown, lights in Henley Park and Blair Park are on from dusk until 9pm. Remember only two people can exercise together.

 lighting up our parks

Click and collect 

Our new Click and Collect service is a fantastic way to ensure our community can still enjoy the magic and adventure of books during these challenging times. Reserve up to 10 titles and pick up the next day in a contactless way during business hours. 

 click and collect

School crossings

A $555k grant has helped us improve crossings at Burwood Public School, Santa Sabina College, and Croydon Park Public School. Works will continue at additional schools. 

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New cricket nets 

“I can’t wait to summer comes.” So sang Dragon in 1989 and now local cricket tragics will surely be singing this same tune. Work is progressing nicely on the new nets at Flockhart Park. Time to stretch those shoulders for the new season!

 cricket nets

Calling young snappers

Are you a budding photographer aged between 8 and 16 years old? Our Give us your best shot competition is your chance to show off your skills by sharing your top snap of your favourite local place.
Send us your entry between July and 1 August  for your chance to win.

 best shots

Who is our top Aussie?

Nominations are open until 31 July for the 2022 Australian of the Year and its four categories. Put your thinking caps on and let’s celebrate members of our community who go above and beyond the call of duty.

 top aussie

Council Election 2021

The Candidate nomination period for the upcoming Local Government Elections will close at 12pm on 4 August. Our communities are made up of diverse people of age, experience, and backgrounds. Councils should better reflect the areas in which they which reside. Young people, women, and multicultural leaders are urged to consider running for local government.

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Have your say

Towards Burwood 2023

Help build a shared vision for the future of Burwood 2036.
Have input into developing a Community Strategic Plan for the Burwood area.
Take the survey and you could win one of two $250 vouchers. The survey will close on Sunday 28 August. Find out more

 A number of plans are open for public comment.

Henley Park and Blair Park Amenities Buildings proposed new fees and charges. Submissions close Monday 2 August.

A planning proposal to amend the Burwood Local Environmental Plan 2012 is on Public Exhibition until 28 July. 

Want to comment on any recent Development Applications received? Check here 

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Burwood Eats

Support your favourite eatery!

We have so many fantastic cafes and restaurants in our LGA who are doing it tough right now. Some however are still doing contactless home delivery services. Indulge in your favourite local dish and remember you can use your Dine and Discover voucher for takeaway and delivery at eligible businesses.

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Burwood Memories

Trip down memory lane

As the population of the Burwood municipality continued to grow through the latter years of the 19th century so too did local architecture. There were many examples of exquisite homes dotted throughout the landscape. One such one was Highclere which was located in Minna Street until the early 1920s. The extensive grounds were demolished and subdivided to create new building blocks along Wentworth Road, Minna Street as well as Genders and Highclere Avenues.

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Message from John Faker,
Mayor of Burwood

G’day Burwood. 

While we are all understandably concerned about impacts the new COVID restrictions announced today will have on our lives and businesses I would like to reiterate the strong message from the NSW Government that this is a crucial time as we battle to reduce the infection rate of the Delta strain. Responsibility lies with all of us.

Please stay at home unless it is for essential purposes. If you have to leave your residence for shopping or to provide care it should only be one person from your household assigned to this task. 

Mental health is important during this time and to facilitate this we have elected to keep our parks open with extended lighting hours in Henley Park and Blair Park for everyone to enjoy. Please use common sense and practise social distancing while in our parks to make sure you're complying with the current Public Health Orders. 

There have been a number of new Burwood venues listed as COVID exposure sites by NSW Heath. See these locations below and if you have visited any of them please  get tested and follow the health advice. 

Essential Council business will be continuing during the period of the lockdown.  The library has extended its home delivery service to vulnerable members of our community and confirmed a new 'click and collect' service where you can pick up titles during opening hours.

I close by saying please check in on your friends and family by phone, skype or zoom and a reminder if you’re experiencing any symptoms no matter how mild go and get tested. There's plenty of options to do so around our community and we have compiled a list of locations. 

Stay safe. 

 

Changes to stay at home order

Due to the growing number of infectious cases in the community the NSW Government has today confirmed a number of changes to current COVID restrictions. 

From 5pm today (9 July) additional rules will apply:

  • Outdoor public gatherings will be limited to two people (excluding members of the same household);
  • People must stay in their Local Government Area or within 10kms of home for exercise and outdoor recreation, with no carpooling between non-household members;
  • Browsing in shops is prohibited, plus only one person per household, per day may leave the home for shopping;
  • Funerals limited to ten people in total (this will take effect from Sunday, 11 July).

Update on Council facilities 
During this time:

  • While the Library and Community Hub and the Enfield Aquatic Centre will remain closed. There are arrangements for our Customer Service Counter to open during business hours by appointment only. Please contact Council on 9911 9911 or email council@burwood.nsw.gov.au for further information.
  • Community services programs cancelled or transitioned to online. Check our Facebook Page for updates
  • Venues for hire closed
  • Our parks, playgrounds and fitness equipment will still be open and outdoor exercise is permissible in groups of 2 only. Henley Park and Blair Park will have the lights extended to 9pm during the week. 
  • Council staff will continue to provide essential services to the community and are on hand to keep Burwood clean and safe and our 24/7 customer service number 9911 9911 will be available

Please be aware that NSW Police have increased their presence across Sydney will be enforcing these Public Health Orders.

Stay informed through  NSW Health

Venues of concern in Burwood LGA named

NSW Health has issued a COVID-19 alert for additional venues in our local area.  Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result, and call 1800 943 553 unless they have already been contacted by NSW Health:

*CLOSE CONTACTS*

  • Kathmandu Burwood, Shop 353/100 Burwood Rd, Sunday 4 July, 12.35pm – 1pm
  • Mehfil North Indian Cuisine, Westfield Burwood Shopping Centre, 100 Burwood Rd Burwood, Sunday 4 July, 1.05pm – 1.10pm
  • Myhealth - Shop 48, Burwood Plaza, 42 Railway Parade – Tuesday 6 July between 11:45 – 1pm    
  • Commonwealth Bank ATMs - 210 Burwood Rd – Monday 28 June between 6:50pm and 7:10pm and Friday 2 July between 5:30 and 5:50pm
  • MeatFish - Shop 15B/27-31 Belmore St, Emerald Square – Saturday 3 July between 12:15pm and 12:55pm


*CASUAL CONTACTS*
Anyone who attended Kmart Burwood on Sunday 4 July between  11.45pm – 12.35pm  or Evergreen Fresh World (Shop 39 Burwood Plaza 42 Railway Parade) on Saturday 3 July between 12:25 and 1pm   is a casual contact and must get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is returned. 

Transport routes impacted
There has been a number of public transport routes exposed to COVID-19 including busses and trains. The following bus routes that originated in Burwood have been classed as close contacts. if you have travelled on these services, you must get tested and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result. 

M90 Burwood to Liverpool Route

  • Friday 25 June 3:39 to 3:50pm & 10:10 to 10:17pm
  • Sunday 27 June 8:46 to 8:54am & 11:32 to 11:42am
  • Monday 28 June 8:36- to 8:42am & 4:52 to 5:01pm
  • Tuesday 29 June 11:51am to 12pm  & 5:20 to 5:33pm

450 Strathfield to Hurstville Route
Wednesday 30 June 11:21 to 11:24am

526 Burwood to Rhodes Shopping Centre Route
Saturday 26 June 9:33-9:44am

If you travelled on Route 530 Burwood to Chatswood service on Friday 25 June between 9:53 and 10:02am you are classed as a casual contact and must get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is returned. 

Any train passengers who were on the following services that transited through Burwood on the following dates and times have been classed as casual contacts and must follow the relevant NSW Health advice.

T1 North Shore & Western Line 

  • Sunday 27 June 8:54 to 9:20am & 9:09 to 9:17am
  • Monday 28 June 8:54 to 9:20am & 4:16 to 4:43pm
  • Tuesday 29 June 12:35 to 1:01pm, 1pm to 1:55pm, 3:55 to 4:22pm, 7pm to 7:55pm

T2 Inner West & Leppington Line 

  • Wednesday 23 June 11:4am to 12:20pm
  • Friday 25 June 11:59 am to 12:01pm, 12:31 to 12:51pm, 10:07 to 10:25pm
  • Saturday 26 June 1:17 to 1:36pm & 5:39 to 5:56pm
  • Sunday 27 June 10:39 to 10:49am 
  • Tuesday 29 June 4:31 to 4:36pm & 5:13 to 5:18pm

T3 Bankstown Line
Saturday 26 June 8:07 to 8:25am

T9 Northern Line 
Monday 28 June 4:18 to 4:47pm

Neighbouring suburbs experience surge
Many surrounding suburbs have also had a number of venues included on the COVID exposure site. Please familiarise yourself with the list that is frequently updated by NSW Health and follow all health guidance. 

Finding a COVID-19 testing site
Getting tested is an important step in managing the spread of COVID in our community. If you're experiencing mild symptoms please get tested. There are a number of facilities locally and residents are exempt from  the stay-at-home order for the purpose of undertaking a COVID test.

Find your nearest clinic
 

 

Message from John Faker,
Mayor of Burwood

G’day Burwood.

It’s been a challenging period for our community as we complete our first full week of lockdown at a time when many of us were looking forward to the school holidays and travelling throughout NSW for a break.

Unfortunately, that didn’t happen but I am so proud of the way our community has come together during this time. There have been a number of exposure sites across Burwood and our neighbouring suburbs and I urge everyone who attended these venues during these time periods to follow the health advice and self-isolate for the recommended time.

If you experience any symptoms no matter how mild, please get tested and remember we can only leave our homes for essential reasons.

I want to reiterate that the essential business of Council is continuing during this time and we are making the transition to online for many of planned holiday activities. This week we held our regular meeting via zoom technology and we have a lot to look forward to in the coming year with the passing of our 2021-22 Budget.

Remember you can still contact our customer service line and our staff are still out and about performing their essential roles. 

Kids' Chess Club

Date: Wednesday 7 July, 2pm – 4pm and Thursday 8 July, 10am – 12pm
Location: Online

Burwood Council are holding free Kids' Chess Club classes for children aged 5 to 12 years this school holidays. Practice your strategy and moves and don’t forget to have fun!

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Origami House Craft Workshop

Date: Wednesday 28 July
Location: The Makerspace, Burwood Library and Community Hub
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Are you aged between 9 and 13? Discover your inner designer and make your own origami house. In this workshop you will learn different origami and illustration techniques to create a cute foldable structure that can conveniently fold away into your pocket.

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Armchair library travel

While travelling the world might not be possible right now you can still explore and enjoy all that the planet has to offer with some of our amazing digital resources. Explore different countries and cultures!

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NDIS Information Hot Desk

Date: Every 2nd Tuesday each month
Location: Burwood Library
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm

Twice a month Council will be hosting a local area co-ordinator from Settlement Services International to help explain the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and how it can support you and your family. The service will be provided in English, Mandarin and Korean languages. Find out more 

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News and Highlights

NSW Health has advised a number of new venues of concern across the Burwood area.

Anyone who has been at the following venues during the time period is regarded as a close contact and must isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.

• Westfield Burwood Sushi Hub Kiosk - Saturday 26 June 4:45pm – 5:20pm
• Westfield Burwood Fresh Nails - Saturday 26 June 4:45pm – 5:20pm
• Westfield Burwood BWS - Saturday 26 June 4:45pm – 5:20pm
• Burwood Shopping Centre Footlocker - Saturday, 26 June 4:45pm – 5:20pm
• Midtown Barber Shop 92A Burwood Road - Saturday, 26 June 3:30pm – 4:45pm
• Burwood Hotel – 121-123 Burwood Road – Friday 25 June 11:25pm – Saturday 26 June 1:30m

Additionally, a customer of Stranded Deli Café in Croydon has subsequently tested positive to COVID-19. The brief visits occurred between 8:30 and 8:40am on Wednesday 30 June and 9:15 and 9:25am on Thursday 1 July. NSW Health have started the contacting tracing process and will advise impacted customers on their next steps. The café has been closed for deep cleaning.  

The venue of concern list from NSW is updated throughout the day. Please visit NSW Health for the latest information about COVID-19 in the state. 

Lockdown Continues

Greater Sydney will remain in lockdown to at least 11.59pm Friday 9 July. Only leave your house for essential reasons and remember masks must be worn at all indoor venues and on public transport. Please visit NSW Health to keep up-to-date on any changes to restrictions. 

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Plastic free July begins

Council has marked the start of plastic free July with the announcement of its Repurpose, Reuse and Recycle Program. Find out more about the program and the role our local scouts will play.

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Tree planting blitz continues

Council will be planting 500 more trees across our LGA thanks to the $210k grant from the Greening Our City program. This is addition to our 1,000 tree program that we’re committed to and highlights our desire to beautify our environment. Stay tuned for more information.

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Funding boost for community groups

Many local groups have stepped up to assist our vulnerable populations during the pandemic. As a gesture of thanks, Council is proud to offer additional support to 12 community groups with a total of $6,000 in donations. Find out more

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Burwood North work commences

Beautification works at the north end of Burwood Road recently kicked-off. These works include upgrading the existing concrete footpath areas with new pavers, installing new kerb and gutter, new planter boxes and new seating.

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Who is our top Aussie?

Nominations are open until July 31 for the 2022 Australian of the Year and its four categories. Put your thinking caps on and let’s celebrate members of our community who go above and beyond the call of duty. 

top aussie

Calling young snappers

Are you a budding photographer aged between 8 and 16 years old? Our Give us your best shot competition is your chance to show off your skills by sharing your top snap of your favourite local place.
Send us your entry between July and August 1 for your chance to win.

 best shots

Council Election 2021

The election of Mayor and councillors for Burwood Council will be held on Saturday 4 September 2021. Don’t forget to check your details with the Australian Electoral Commission and update if necessary. 

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Have your say

There are a number of Plans and Policies currently on public exhibition and we’re calling on residents to have their say! 

Planning Proposal to amend Burwood Local Environmental Plan 2012 

Want to comment on any recent Development Applications received? Check here 

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Burwood Eats

Eat local with dine and discover vouchers

Feeling hungry?

The NSW Government has confirmed a number of changes to the Dine and Discover Program. Vouchers have now been extended until 31 August and can now be used for takeaway and delivery through eligible restaurants

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Burwood Memories

Station revels in landmark status

Strategically positioned almost 11km from Central, Burwood Station today is a well connected part of the Sydney train network with regular services to multiple destinations across its 6 platforms. But did you know that it wasn’t the first train station in Burwood?

The original station opened on 26 September 1855 at a site at ground level on the west side of Burwood Road before relocating to its current site in 1892. 

Like many of its contemporaries it has been built up over the years with additional railway infrastructure added as well as changes to the buildings.

One key difference however is that the station itself would be just as recognisable to the locals of yesteryear as it is to today’s population due to the fact that some of its original architecture including its former post office survived. 

In 1999 the station was formally listed on the NSW Heritage Register ensuring that the station will continue to play its role at the heart of our community.

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Message from John Faker,
Mayor of Burwood

G’day Burwood. 

I have been watching the daily updates in regards to the latest COVID cluster. While it is a challenging time for our community as we readjust to restrictions I have great faith that we will weather this storm as we have done previously.

At Council our priority is the safety of our community. Staff are working hard to ensure that essential services are maintained as we adjust to the changing circumstances. Currently our Customer Service Centre, Library, Community Hub and the Enfield Aquatic Centre are closed, and I encourage the community to take advantage of our wonderful digital resources.

It's extremely important that we respect the advice and directions from NSW Health during this period and that anyone who is experiencing even the slightest of symptoms should get tested.

In 2020 we showed how resilient Burwood can be by supporting our local businesses during these challenging economic times. These businesses will once again need your support whether it's shopping local or getting delivery from your favourite restaurant.

I will continue to update the community as this situation  evolves over the coming days.

Stay safe. 

 

Positive Cases in Burwood LGA

NSW Health has issued a COVID-19 alert for additional venues in our local area. 

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result, and call 1800 943 553 unless they have already been contacted by NSW Health:

*CLOSE CONTACTS*
*Burwood – Yang’s Dumplings, Shop 9, 11/15 Deane Street: Thursday 24 June, 11am to 11.30am.

 7 Eleven in Croydon Park (342 Georges River Road and Burwood Road) 

  • Wednesday 23 June 2021      5:15am to 5:30am
  • Thursday 24 June 2021          5:15am to 5:30am
  • Friday 25 June 2021               5:00am to 5:15am


*CASUAL CONTACTS*
If you attended David Jones at Westfield Burwood at any time between 10am-6:30pm on Monday 21 June you are a regarded as a casual contact and should get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is returned. 

Finding a COVID-19 testing site
Getting tested is an important step in managing the spread of COVID in our community. If you're experiencing mild symptoms please get tested. There are a number of facilities locally and residents are exempt from  the stay-at-home order for the purpose of undertaking a COVID test.

Find your nearest clinic

Stay at home order now includes Burwood
The extended stay-at-home order effects Burwood residents and is in place until at least 11:59pm on Friday 9 July. 

During this time:

  • Our Council Customer Service Centre, Library and Community Hub and the Enfield Aquatic Centre will be closed
  • Community services programs cancelled
  • Venues for hire closed
  • Our parks, playgrounds and fitness equipment will still be open and outdoor exercise is permissible
  • Council staff will continue to provide essential services to the community and are on hand to keep Burwood clean and safe and our 24/7 customer service number 9911 9911 will be available.


The stay at home order means that people can only leave their homes  for essential reasons. These include:

•    Shopping for food or other essential goods and services
•    Medical care or compassionate needs
•    Exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer
•    Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

Please be aware that NSW Police have increased their presence across the state and will be enforcing these Public Health Orders.

Stay informed through  NSW Health
 

 

Message from John Faker,
Mayor of Burwood

G’day Burwood. The School Holidays are almost here and we’ve certainly been treated to some spectacular weather lately. It’s a fantastic chance to get out and spend some time in one of our parks. 

We’re very proud of the work we’ve done over the last 12 months beautifying them with trees, upgrading facilities, and of course our four-legged friends aren’t forgotten with the recent opening of Sanders Dog Park.

Welcoming citizens to our community at our formal ceremonies is one of the great privileges of my role. I attended two ceremonies this week and I am sure they are all going to make fantastic contributions to their new home. 

You may have noticed our staff out and about in recent weeks on the high streets of our community. They’ve been gathering data from businesses and the public that will enable us to better plan for the future of our city, emerging industries and traffic and transport needs.

This week we have seen several cases of COVID emerge across Sydney I would urge everyone to be vigilant about their health, continue to practise social distancing, stay home if sick, and obey any directions from NSW Health including wearing masks on public transport that has just been actioned. 

As always I like to hear your views on how we can make the community better. 

There’s something on offer for everyone!

Until next time, take care.

Backyard Composting & Worm Farming Workshop

Date: Saturday 19 June
Location: Fitzroy Centre, 22 Church Street, Burwood
Time: 10am – 11:30am

Did you know that food scraps and other organic wastes account for about half of the average household garbage bin? Composting and worm farming is a great way to significantly reduce your waste and can be a fun way for the whole family to participate and think about the environment. Register your interest for this free event.
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Creating Worlds Exhibition Senior Guided Tour

Date: 24 June (English)
Location: Burwood Library and Community Hub
Time: Exhibition is accessible during regular library hours and concludes 31 July

How does virtual reality and immersive technologies change the way we interact with the world around us and each other? It’s a profound question and we’re giving residents the opportunity to immerse themselves in the ‘Creating Worlds’ exhibition. Seniors can take part in our guided tours and take part in a craft activity to follow from 10am- 12 noon on June 24. 
Image credit Louise Zhang & Josh Harle

 creating worlds exhibition

Kids Holiday movie Screening 

Date: Tuesday 29 June
Location: Burwood Library and Community Hub
Time: 10:30am - 12 noon

Join us this winter and have an adventure with a new and exciting fun-loving prehistoric family that rocks! A recent release film that is light, bright and fun for all the kids. Book Now

Tax 4 Teens

Date: Thursday 1 July
Location: Burwood Library Amphitheatre
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm

Start the new financial year right with a session for teens and their parents to share what they need to know when starting their first job. Places are limited, book yours today

 tax

 

NDIS Information Hot Desk

Date: Every 2nd Tuesday each month
Location: Burwood Library
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm

Twice a month Council will be hosting a local area co-ordinator from Settlement Services International to help explain the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and how it can support you and your family. The service will be provided in English, Mandarin and Korean languages. Find out more 

 

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News and Highlights

COVID Outbreak 

This week there have been a number of COVID cases across Sydney. Visit NSW Health for updates about hotspots and on the vaccine rollout. 

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Changes to Mask Rules 

From 4pm today until Thursday 24 June, masks are mandatory on public transport across Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Wearing masks at indoor venues such as theatres, shopping centres and food retailers when not eating  shops is encouraged. Please visit NSW Health to keep up-to-date on any changes to restrictions. 

 mask covid

New citizens welcomed

We welcomed 60 new residents from diverse backgrounds into our community this week  after they received their Australian Citizenship at a special ceremony

 citizenship ceremony

Community Grants recipients named

The 2020-21 Community Grants recipients were unveiled this week with 18 organisations sharing in a total of $60,000 from Council. . Discover their stories and how they plan to make a difference. 

community grants

Beautifying Strathfield

Work has officially commenced on Strathfield Town Centre Beautification Project.
Worth $200k the project includes the replacement of benches and bins, upgrading of plantar boxes and landscaping.

 Beautifying Strathfield

Culture on show

Burwood RSL Club was the proud host of the Mosaic Festival delivered by Multicultural Care. Each individual bought a piece of their own cultural mosaic with them and together they created a vibrant day of performances, stories and experiences.

 culture show

Who is our top Aussie?

Nominations are open until July 31 for the 2022 Australian of the Year and its four categories. Put your thinking caps on and let’s celebrate members of our community who go above and beyond the call of duty. .

 top aussie

Calling young snappers

Are you a budding photographer aged between 8 and 16 years old? Our Give us your best shot competition is your chance to show off your skills by sharing your top snap of your favourite local place.
Send us your entry between July and August 1 for your chance to win.

 best shots

Running for council in 2021?

Registrations are now open for the “Thinking of becoming a councillor?” briefing event on June 30 from 4pm for all prospective candidates. Participants can attend the session in person at Burwood Council or request an online link.

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Have your say

Our Draft Operational Plan and Budget and Fees and Charges 2021-2022 document is open for comment until 23 June
Want to comment on any recent Development Applications received? Check here 

 have your say icon

2021 Australian Liveability Census

More parks or parking? Bike lanes or better footpaths? Playgrounds or nightlife? Place Score, with support from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resource, is running the 2021 Australian Liveability Census to find out what you value most in your ideal neighbourhood.
Have your say 

 liveability survey

Burwood Eats

Eat local with dine and discover vouchers

Feeling hungry?
Members of the community are racing to cash in their $25 dine and discover vouchers after they were extended until July 31. We’ve made it easier to know which local restaurants are participating in the program across our area.
Simply look out for the pink Burwood Eats poster in the window of your favourite eatery!

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Burwood Memories

Bradman’s greatest partnership 

His name, his numbers, and his legacy are legendary giving hope to a nation during the despair of the Depression era. He confounded opponents and thrilled thousands of fans. In fact, during one particularly memorable innings the news-stands announcing the headlines of the day simply read “He’s Out!” – There was no question of who “he” was.

During his career Sir Donald George Bradman played 52 cricket tests for Australia, scored 6996 runs with 29 centuries, had a highest score of 334, and his average of 99.94 became immortalised as the national post box number for the ABC.

But did you know of the Burwood connection in The Don’s life? Bradman was married to his wife Lady Jessie at St Paul’s Anglican Church on 30 April 1932 in what he always said was his greatest partnership. In the days before celebrities sold off the image rights to their weddings to protect their privacy Don and Jessie tried in vain to have a simple ceremony. Accounts published the next day said that more than 500 people showed up to try and catch a glimpse of the happy couple and that “while the zealous police did their best the women and children took charge and broke through the barriers.”

St Paul’s has held many weddings both before and after Bradman but that day like his life has gone down in history!

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Message from John Faker,
Mayor of Burwood

G’day Burwood. Winter is here and while the weather may be cooling down our work is speeding up as we race towards the end of the financial year.

In the last couple of weeks, I have had the opportunity to visit the Henley Park Amenities Block Upgrade and the Ann Street Wayfinding Mural as the finishing touches were applied.

I look forward to hearing the community's feedback on these and other projects as we continue to unveil them. 

With the season changing it’s important to remind everyone to be vigilant about their health, continue to practise social distancing, stay home if sick, and obey any directions from NSW Health. 

As always I like to hear your views on how we can make the community better. 

There’s something on offer for everyone!
Until next time, take care.

Creating Worlds Exhibition Senior Guided Tours

Date: 10 June (Mandarin) and  24 June (English)
Location: Burwood Library and Community Hub
Time: Exhibition is accessible during regular library hours

How does virtual reality and immersive technologies change the way we interact with the world around us and each other? It’s a profound question and we’re giving residents the opportunity to immerse themselves in the ‘Creating Worlds’ exhibition. Seniors can take part in our guided tours and take part in a craft activity to follow – 10am-12pm\

creating worlds exhibition

Image Credit Louise Zhang and Josh Harle

NDIS Information Hot Desk

Date: Every 2nd Tuesday each month
Location: Burwood Library
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm

Twice a month Council will be hosting a local area co-ordinator from Settlement Services International to help explain the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and how it can support you and your family. The service will be provided in English, Mandarin and Korean languages. Our next session is on Tuesday 8 June

Find out more 

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Hugh Mackay Author Talk – online event

Date: Thursday 10 June 2021
Location: Livestream
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Burwood Library, together with NSW Public Libraries Association, invites you to join author Hugh McKay as he reflects on the challenges we faced during the past year and discusses his book, The Kindness Revolution, via Zoom. 

Book now to receive the link

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Open Studios in the Hub

Date: Tuesday 15 June 2021
Location: Burwood Library and Community Hub
Time: 10:30am – 12pm

Are you working on a creative project such as podcasting, video editing, digital art or photography and require some extra support? Our next monthly open session at the Burwood Library and Community Hub Media Studio on June 15 is your chance to gain access to our amazing technical equipment. Places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance 

 

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Climate 101

Date: Thursday 17 June
Location: Burwood Library
Time: 6pm – 8pm

Learn more about the science of climate change and what the community can do to help at a free talk at the library. Bookings are essential
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Backyard Composting & Worm Farming Workshop

Date: Saturday 19 June 2021
Location: Fitzroy Centre, 22 Church Street, Burwood
Time: 10am – 11:30am

Did you know that food scraps and other organic wastes account for about half of the average household garbage bin? Composting and worm farming is a great way to significantly reduce your waste and can be a fun way for the whole family to participate and think about the environment. Register your interest for this free event

 

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Photogrammetry Workshop

Date: Saturday 19 June 2021
Location: Burwood Library and Community Hub
Time: 11am – 4pm

Visit the Hub for a free photogrammetry workshop on Saturday 19 June, and learn the science behind photogrammetry and create your own 3D portrait.  Photogrammetry is a technique which draws information from two-dimensional objects to create three-dimensional models. This workshop is for participants 16+, and all equipment is provided.Bookings are essential
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COVID vaccine rollout

There has been a lot of recent attention in the media regarding the continue rollout of the COVID vaccine across NSW. To find out how you can access it and other COVID updates visit NSW Health

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Award success for Council Programs

Two of our programs received acclaim at the Local Government Professionals Annual Awards in Sydney this week.
Find out more about the Highly Commended innovative, community driven projects.

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Nashos remembered

Our annual National Servicemen Commemorative Service was held on 28 May at Burwood Park. Ex-serviceman were in attendance to help us honour those who served alongside Australia’s fulltime defence force during the scheme between 1951 and 1972.

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Amenities upgrade nears completion

Henley Park is looking better than ever with the end in sight for the project. The upgraded amenities block boasts new change rooms, kitchen and community areas. We’re on target for an official opening later this month.

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Ann Street Mural points the way

We recently unveiled the Ann Street Park Wayfinding Mural created by the very talented artist Michael Black.  Find out more about our upcoming public art projects.

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Unity Place now official

Council has adopted the community’s choice Unity Place to replace the formerly named Hornsey Lane  Visit the space and view the three murals representing our past, present and future.

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Looking after our four-legged friends

Exercising our dogs is a great way to keep fit and healthy. Sanders Reserve has recently become the fifth off-leash area across the LGA and dogs can be exercised without one at all hours. Find out more about our other off-leash areas and tips for exercising your dog.

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Road resheeting program continues 

Residents in George, Parnell, Conder, Shelly, Portland and Belmore Sts, Park and Lyons Rds, Livingstone Lane and Wynne Ave will have their roads resheeted before the end of the financial year as part of the $1M NSW Local Road and Community Infrastructure fund.

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Council Election 2021

The election of Mayor and councillors for Burwood Council will be held on Saturday 4 September 2021.  Don’t forget to check your details with the Australian Electoral Commission and update if necessary. If you are interested in becoming a Councillor find out more 

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Have your say 

Our Draft Operational Plan and Budget and Fees and Charges 2021-2022 document is open for comment until 23 June

Want to comment on any recent Development Applications received? Check here 

The 2021 Burwood Library Survey is open for comment now, have your say and be in the running to win one of three $50 Westfield Gift Cards.

2021 Australian Liveability Census

More parks or parking? Bike lanes or better footpaths? Playgrounds or nightlife? Place Score, with support from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resource, is running the 2021 Australian Liveability Census to find out what you value most in your ideal neighbourhood. Have your say 

 liveability survey

Eat local with dine and discover vouchers

Feeling hungry?
Members of the community are racing to cash in their $25 dine and discover vouchers before they expire on June 30. We’ve made it easier to know which local restaurants are participating in the program across our area.
Simply look out for the pink Burwood Eats poster in the window of your favourite eatery!

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A peaceful place to ponder

Today Burwood Park is a place of tranquillity – a green space in which to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s also become a place of pilgrimage, a place to pay your respects and to remember those who served in foreign lands on Australia’s behalf with a number of memorial gardens, tributes and plaques. 

This tradition began almost a century ago when then first foundation stone of the Burwood Memorial Arch was laid by the then Mayor Alderman J P Whipp on November 11 1922.

Construction rapidly progressed with the arch officially bequeathed to the public the following Anzac day.

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Message from John Faker, Mayor of Burwood

G’day Burwood,
Welcome to our refreshed Burwood Cares Council Update where we have consolidated and streamlined information to keep you informed about what is happening at Council to go along with our new look.

It’s been a busy period for us all as we roll towards the end of the financial year. The Library and Community Hub has hosted a huge range of community activities and has welcomed more than 88,000 visitors since its opening last September and I’ve had the opportunity to get out and about to a number of events. Our community programs continue to be highly attended with something on offer for everyone!

As always I like to hear your views on how we can make the community better. 
Until next time, take care.

E-Waste, Whitegoods & Mattress Drop-Off

Date: Saturday 22 May 2021
Location: Burwood Council Operations Centre, 8 Kingsbury St, Croydon Park
Time: 8am – 12pm

Twice a month residents can drop-off  items such as fridges, washing machines, televisions, computers, and mattresses. It’s a great way to declutter ahead of winter. Find out more including eligible items and upcoming drop-off dates 

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National Servicemen’s Commemorative Service

Date: Friday 28 May 2021
Location: National Servicemen's Memorial in Burwood Park
Time: 11am-11:30am

Between 1951-1972, thousands of young Australian men were called up to serve alongside the regular Army, Navy and Air Force in the name of National Service. Join us at the Burwood National Servicemen’s Memorial Garden for a small service where we honour their sacrifice and commitment ensuring their stories aren’t forgotten.

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Creating Worlds Exhibition

Date: 1 May-31 July 2021
Location: Burwood Library and Community Hub
Time: Exhibition is accessible during regular library hours

How does virtual reality and immersive technologies change the way we interact with the world around us and each other? It’s a profound question and we’re giving residents the opportunity to immerse themselves in the ‘Creating Worlds’ exhibition. Explore alone or take advantage of a guided tour.

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NDIS Information Hot Desk

Date: Every 2nd Tuesday each month
Location: Burwood Library
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm

Twice a month Council will be hosting a local area co-ordinator from Settlement Services International to help explain the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and how it can support you and your family. The service will be provided in English, Mandarin and Korean language.
Find out more 

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Chinatown Public Art Project – EOI

We are calling for expressions of interest from an artist or collective to create a contemporary mural and light installation in the very heart of Burwood Chinatown.
This is wonderful opportunity to have your work featured prominently in the community. Council is working with Burwood Chinatown and with support from the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art to deliver this project
All submissions must be received before Thursday 17 June.
Find out more 

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COVID vaccine rollout

There has been a lot of recent attention in the media regarding the continue rollout of the COVID vaccine across NSW. To find out how you can access it and other COVID updates visit NSW Health

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Volunteer week wraps up with award recognition

It’s true what they say: volunteers are at the heart of our community and today we celebrated them in the best possible fashion at the 2021 Volunteer Recognition Awards. 
Find out more including our winners.

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No need for speed 

We’re committed to our road safety initiatives to improve conditions for all road users and reduce accidents. Recently the first of two speed radars was installed at Mitchell St, Croydon Park to help drivers be aware of staying in the speed limit.

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Volunteer Expo success

Burwood residents attending this year’s Expo at the Community Hub where able to chat with 15 organisations who had a booth at the event on how tobecome a volunteer.

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Wrapping for success

Congratulations to the talented Burwood Chapter of the Wrap with Love Group who celebrated their 11th birthday. Since their inception they have made more than 2,000 beautifully designed wraps for those in need here and around the world.
Find out how to join them.

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Thanks SES Volunteers

People across Australia turned a bright shade of orange this week to celebrate WOW (Wear Orange Wednesday) Day and acknowledge the fantastic work of the SES volunteers. A special shout out to our SES Burwood unit for the generous time they give to help communities during emergencies.

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Council Election 2021

The election of Mayor and councillors for Burwood Council will be held on Saturday 4 September 2021.  Don’t forget to check your details with the Australian Electoral Commission and update if necessary. If you are interested in becoming a Councillor find out more 

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Sustainable Burwood 

Council is currently developing a new Sustainable Strategy to ensure the Burwood Council area is implementing new projects and initiatives that will improve the sustainability of both Council operations and the community over the next four years. Have a chance to win one of four $50 vouchers by completing our online survey

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Revised Hoarding Policy and Public Art Policy

We’re committed to making public art part of the future of Burwood Community. To enable this, Council has endorsed a revised Public Art and Hoarding Policy and we’re inviting you to have your say on the changes.
View the polices and make your submission before Thursday 27 May.

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2021 Australian Liveability Census

More parks or parking? Bike lanes or better footpaths? Playgrounds or nightlife? Place Score, with support from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resource, is running the 2021 Australian Liveability Census to find out what you value most in your ideal neighbourhood.
Have your say 

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Eat local with dine and discover vouchers

Feeling hungry?
Members of the community are racing to cash in their $25 dine and discover vouchers before they expire on June 30. We’ve made it easier to know which local restaurants are participating in the program across our area.
Simply look out for the pink Burwood Eats poster in the window of your favourite eatery!

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A trip down memory lane

In the days before taxis and buses became an omnipresent sight on our streets and Uber was the sound you made when winded there was the good old horse and buggy!
Check out this fantastic image of local character Hughie Howie driving his four-wheel buggy. Hughie used to wait for his customers close to Croydon Station in Edwin Street and by all reports was kept busy throughout the day.
Unfortunately the date of the photo is unknown

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Mayor's Message 

G’day Burwood!

It’s been a busy time for the community with a lot happening in April. We have marked the contributions of both our oldest and our youngest citizens with the celebration of the NSW Seniors Festival and Youth Week, hosted a huge gathering in Unity Place (the former Hornsey Lane), and are continuing to encourage everyone to act sustainably.

In many ways April is also a time of remembrance. This week we honoured the life of Trooper Michael Tognolini who was a Burwood resident killed in the Vietnam War, while this Sunday we will pause to reflect on the service of our armed forces as the traditional Anzac Day Dawn Service returns. I encourage as many of you as possible to attend this COVID-safe event, but if not I urge you to pause and reflect on those who gave their life for their country.

Until next time, take care.

Community loves the space at Unity Place

On Saturday 17 April,  we threw a huge celebration to thank community who entered our “Name the Lane” competition. Unity Place looked amazing with a large crowd enjoying the music, magic, entertainment and food. To see the images from the day visit Council’s Facebook Page

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Council set to commemorate Anzac Day 2021

The traditional Anzac Day Dawn Service returns in 2021. Join us as we remember those who served in the armed forces from 6:30am this Sunday 25 April in Burwood Park at the Memorial Arch.

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Burwood Soldier Remembered

Trooper Michael Tognolini was a Burwood local who was sadly one of 520 young Australians killed during the Vietnam War. On the 51st anniversary of his death Council joined family members and survivors from his regiment to celebrate his life and remember his sacrifice at the memorial garden named in his honour.

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Eat local with dine and discover vouchers

Members of the community are racing to cash in their 4 x $25 dine and discover vouchers that are available for every NSW taxpayer to help stimulate the food and entertainment sector. Council has made it easier to know which local restaurants are participating in the program. Look out for the pink Burwood Eats poster in the window of your favourite eatery! Find out more

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Nominate a volunteer 

Burwood Council invites you to nominate a volunteer or team/group of volunteers for the 2021 Volunteer Recognition Awards. The awards acknowledge outstanding volunteers for their efforts within our community and also the wonderful organisations which embrace volunteers in their work. Nominate a volunteer here

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Artisan markets back in time for Mothers Day

Looking for a heartfelt gift to spoil your mother? Burwood’s favourite artisan market is back just in time for the big day. Visit the Woodstock Artisan Market on Sunday 2 May which will showcases designers and makers of unique, quality handmade homewares, fashion, accessories, children’s wear, art, ceramics, jewellery, curios and other specialty producers.

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2021 Council Election

The election of Mayor and councillors for Burwood Council will be held on Saturday 4 September 2021. 

If you’ve ever considered running for Council find out more about how to become a candidate.

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New palm trees intalled

Six Australian Cabbage Tree Palms were recently installed on Railway Parade. These Australian natives are over 5 metres tall and around 80-years-old. It’s the latest part of the $1 million Railway Parade East Upgrade. Find out more about the project.

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Seniors smile during annual festival

Council has been celebrating the contribution of seniors from across the LGA during the recent NSW Seniors Festival. The celebration which ran from April 13-24 included the sold out free lunch at Club Burwood RSL, visits to nursing homes, and saw many of our senior residents take advantage of free access to the Enfield Aquatic Centre.

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Local youth get a careers lesson

On Wednesday this week local high school students got the chance to get their first glimpse of the next step in the education and future work life at the careers expo. This was a great chance for them to engage in workshop activities, hear from education institutions and youth leaders, and take advantage of the technology at the community hub.

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Library events

Did you know Burwood Library offers a range of FREE innovative online and in-person events? Why not book in for the upcoming workshop to make a portrait postcard using creative technologies or learn the basics of video production. Find out more and book your place here.

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Scheduled council pickup

A scheduled council household  clean-up is a great way to get rid of those larger items. However it's important not to leave the items in the street before outside of collection times. Find out when your next scheduled pick-up is here 

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Green waste drop-off 

We love this autumn sunshine that is allowing us to get out and about in our gardens before the chill of winter sits in. To assist in the disposal of this green waste Council is throwing open its depot doors at Croydon on Saturday 1 May. Find out more about how to drop off your garden waste.

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Mayor's Message 

G'day Burwood!
 
As restrictions ease and the vaccinations continue to be rolled out across the country I've noticed that locals are much more active in our shops, enjoying our open spaces and embracing the community lifestyle which is fantastic to see.

It is important however that we continue to remain vigilant against the COVID virus and respect the advice received from the health authority.
 
I would encourage everyone to support our local businesses by using your Dine and Discover voucher. Our senior citizens can keep fit and healthy during Seniors Week this month (April 13-24)  by gaining free access to our Enfield Aquatic Centre.
 
Until next time, take care.

Eat local and save

The NSW Government’s Dine and Discover vouchers are proving a huge hit as locals use them to satisfy their tastebuds with some of the many scrumptious and diverse eateries across the Burwood LGA.
 
Every adult in NSW is entitled to 4x $25 vouchers which are designed to help kick-start the local dining and entertainment industries. Apply here for your vouchers 
 
To make things even easier, Council has partnered with participating venues to place a Pink Burwood Eats sticker in the windows of their establishment to let you know where the voucher can be used.
 
Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for our sticker and happy eating!

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Unity Place lights up ahead of celebration

After a community voting process to rename Hornsey Lane we're celebrating the people's choice.

Unity Place has lit up with art installations ahead of the community event featuring food, fun, music and activities for the whole family from 12pm-9pm on Saturday 17 April.

This project is supported by NSW Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment's Places to Love Program and Festival of Place Summer Fund. 

See the event program here 
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COVID-19 vaccination rollout continues

Plans for the ongoing vaccination program against the COVID-19 virus are continuing to be ramped up across NSW throughout April.

Burwood residents who have any concerns about  their suitability for the vaccine are advised to talk to their healthcare provider.

Visit NSW Health for updates

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Time to shine spotlight on Burwood’s volunteer


Burwood Council is calling on the community to nominate a volunteer or team/group of volunteers for the 2021 Volunteer Recognition Awards.

These prestigious awards is an opportunity to honour the fantastic and vital work that volunteers do throughout the area and to publicly thank them for their service.

Nominations are now open and the winners will be announced at the Volunteer Recognition Awards ceremony to be held at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, Burwood on Friday 21 May 2021.

 

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Seniors week to be a smash hit
 

The popularity of the annual seniors week shows no signs of abating with a number of activities set to be held throughout the community.

For the week of 13 to 24 April 2021, Council will provide free access to the Enfield Aquatic Centre for any senior residing in the Burwood.

Find out more about how Council is celebrating Seniors Festival this year.

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Kiwi travel bubble takes flight

Great news for Burwood residents wishing to scratch their travel itch as the New Zealand Government announced the resumption this week of quarantine-free travel between Australia and our neighbours across the Tasman.

The idea of a travel bubble has been kicking around since the closure of the borders and after several false starts the date of 19 April has been green lit. 

Say Kia-Ora to your Kiwi friends.

Visit Smart Traveller for the latest travel advice and COVID restrictions.

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Feel sick? Get tested

Our community has been doing a great job to help stop the spread of COVID-19. But there's no room for complacency. If you or anyone in your household is unwell, don't entertain or go out. Get tested immediately and stay home until you receive your test results. Finding your closest testing clinic is easy with our interactive map.

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Mayor's Message 
G'day Burwood,

This week Council adopted my Mayoral Minute to provide free access to the Enfield Aquatic Centre for our local seniors, and free access to rooms available for hire in the Burwood Community Hub for local seniors groups and not for profit community organisations, during the NSW Seniors Festival from 13 to 24 April 2021.

Read on to find out about the fantastic range of initiatives on offer for local residents from Dine & Discover, to our Name the Lane celebration event, and fabulous library activities.

There's something on offer for everyone!

Until next time, take care.

Dine & Discover in Burwood

As of 25 March 2021, Burwood residents are eligible for 4 x $25 Dine & Discover vouchers, to be used at participating businesses that are registered as COVID Safe. If you are a business owner that hasn’t registered, sign up here. If you are a resident applying for Dine and Discover vouchers view here.

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Name the Lane Celebration 

Council undertook a community competition to rename Hornsey Lane, the recently pedestrianised open space behind the Burwood Council and Library Building. An overwhelming 2,500 people voted for their favourite name with 90% of voters choosing Unity Place. To celebrate, we will light up Unity Place for 2 weeks from 6-20 April and host a day/night community event on Saturday 17 April. Find out more.

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Seniors Festival 

Take part in our activities to celebrate this year’s NSW Seniors Festival, with a wide range of activities on offer including your favourite seniors’ lunch, free movie sessions, a series of morning teas and more. Find out more and book your place here.

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New Indoor Pool 

The new indoor heated Learn to Swim 25 metre Pool at the Enfield Aquatic Centre is coming along with a leak test conducted recently. The works are scheduled for completion mid year. Once complete, it means more people than ever can learn to swim, as well as more fitness programs for everyone.

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Recycling Trivia Night 

You do it every day, but how much do you really know about recycling? This is the quiz for you. Team up or compete with friends and family for a fun evening of online trivia on Friday 9 April 7-8pm. Let's see who is the bin ninja at your home. Find out more and book your place.

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Composting Trial 

Council has just launched the first Apartment Composting Trial with residents at Clarence St. This important trial involves the separate collection and recycling of food scraps from residential properties. Through a shared system, it can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and return valuable nutrients back to the earth. Read more.

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Greening Burwood 

Nearly 100 native trees will be planted in Wangal Park as part of the Greening our City Program. The $325K project includes $163K in grant funding from the Local Government NSW, which has been committed to enhance the tree canopy. Read more

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Shopfront Improvement 

Council has approved over $20,000 funding for eight local businesses, with an increased subsidy of 100% under the revised Shopfront Improvement Program, to enhance their street appeal and beautify the Burwood CBD. Read more

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Urban Park and Cultural Centre Consultation 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the community engagement program and provided valuable input into the development of the Urban Park and Cultural Centre for Burwood. The Report on Community Engagement Findings is now available here.

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Library Events 

Did you know Burwood Library offers a range of FREE innovative online and in-person events? Why not book in for the upcoming workshop to make a portrait postcard using creative technologies or learn the basics of video production. Find out more and book your place here.

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No Room for Racism 

Following on from Harmony Day, we celebrate our cultural diversity and inclusiveness every day. There's no room for racism in Burwood because everyone belongs. View our anti-racism video here

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Development Applications

All Development Applications received and approved are available on Council's website. You can find out what’s happening in the area and have your say on new development applications here.

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Save the Date 

The 2021 NSW Local Government elections will be held on Saturday 4 September 2021. Please ensure your current details are up-to-date with the electoral commission as voting is compulsory. Further information regarding the election including key dates for potential candidates to enrol is available on the NSW Electoral Commission's Website.

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Urban Park and Cultural Centre

Don't miss your chance to let us know what you think about plans for a new Urban Park and Cultural Centre in Burwood. Feedback closes this Sunday (28 February). The project is a once in a generation opportunity to build a flagship piece of infrastructure in Burwood. Find out more and have your say.

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Council recognises Sarah Nelson

Burwood Council has voted to officially recognise Sarah Nelson – Burwood’s Earliest Colonial Settler. With so little recognition of our leading women, it is especially important the story of our earliest colonial settler is captured as part of the heritage of our local area. Read the fascinating story here.

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Business Commendation Awards

An inaugural Mayor’s Commendation Awards program will be launched by Council later this year to recognise and support local businesses in the area. The Awards will recognise small businesses that have made a significant contribution to Burwood’s sense of place. Read more.

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Heritage Conservation Areas

Burwood Council will conduct a review into the Heritage Conservation Area provisions contained in the Burwood’s Development Control Plan (DCP) and Local Environmental Plan (LEP) to improve future residential development proposals. Read more.

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Problem Waste Recycling Centre

Burwood Council partners with Canada Bay Council so you can dispose of your problem household waste at the Community Recycling Centre in Five Dock.
The Centre is open to ALL Burwood Council residents for FREE. Read more

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Certifiers put on notice

Council will investigate enforcement action in relation to private certifiers who authorise works not in accordance with the Development Consent. Mayor John Faker said Private Certifiers who authorise work not in accordance with Development Consents are having a significant impact on the quality of developments and are harming our town centres and residential areas. Read the full story here.

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Library events

Did you know Burwood Library offers a range of FREE innovative online and in-person events? Why not book in for the upcoming webinar on the Art of Romance Writing – Learn how to Live Well with Less and de-clutter with expert Professional Organiser – or find out how you can reduce food waste and make meal planning work for you. Find out more and book your place here.

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Youth Survey

Don’t forget to compete our Youth Survey before it closes on Sunday 28 February! If you’re aged between 12-24 and live in the Burwood Council area, tell us what you think and you could win one of five $50 Westfield gift vouchers. 

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Recycle Smart

Council has partnered with RecycleSmart to pilot a new subscription service to make recycling even easier. Sign up to the service, set and that’s it! The monthly power pick up includes soft plastic, textiles, ewaste and problem waste. These items will be picked up from your front door monthly on your scheduled day for $2 a bag. You can find the list of accepted items and sign up to the service here.

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Get DanceWise

Dust off your dance shoes! Our FREE DanceWise sessions kick off on Thursday 11 March and run every week from 12-12.30pm until 8th April. If you miss out on a limited COVID-safe booking place to attend in person you can join in remotely. DanceWise helps you loosen and stretch tight muscles, reduce stress, and improve circulation. Find out more and book your place here.

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Mobile PlayVan

Great news! Booking numbers for our popular Mobile Playvan have been increased back to 50 following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. PlayVan is a fun outdoor play group in the park for children (0-6 years old) and parents. Come along and meet other families while enjoying toys, craft and story time. You can find out more about the service and book your place here.

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Yoga: New Session Time

Yoga in the Park has a new session time! Yogis can now enjoy Yoga every Wednesday morning for 45mins from 9.15-10.00am with sessions running from 3 March to 31 March. The class is open level so everyone is welcome. 

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Development Applications

All Development Applications received and approved are available on Council's website. You can find out what’s happening in the area and have your say on new development applications here.

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Mayor’s message 

Thanks to everyone who responded brilliantly to the health messages to help keep our local community safe over the Christmas New Year period. If you managed to take some time off I trust you had a great break.

This year is set to be busier than ever at Council with major infrastructure and capital works projects taking place as well as our regular activities. We'd love to hear what you think about a number of projects taking place in the area. You can find out about them in this edition of the Burwood Update.

Until next time, Happy Lunar New Year!

New Urban Park and Cultural Centre

There are lots of ways to get involved and ‘have your say’ on this once in a generation project. Join us at one of our Community Consultation Sessions to learn more about the project. There will be a presentation by Council staff followed by a range of consultation activities. Bookings are essential due to Covid-19 restrictions.

•   Tuesday 9 February 2021, 4pm – 5.30pm at the Burwood Library and Community Hub, 2 Conder Street, Burwood.  Register here.

•   Thursday 11 February 2021, 10am – 11.30am at the Burwood Library and Community Hub, 2 Conder Street, Burwood. Register here.

Community Consultation Stalls - Simply drop by and provide us with your feedback. No bookings required.

•   Wednesday 10 February 2020, 5–6pm at Henley Park, Corner of Mitchell Street and Portland Street, Enfield.

•  Thursday 18 February 2021, 4-5pm at Burwood Park Pavilion, Burwood Park, 2 Comer Street, Burwood.

Can’t attend in person?  You can still ‘have your say’ online by completing the online survey by 28 February 2021.

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Lunar New Year update

Due to COVID-19, Burwood Council has cancelled its annual Lunar New Year event in Burwood Park in February, and will instead hold a Lion Dance parade in the Burwood Town Centre on Saturday 13 February from 11am-1pm starting and finishing in Burwood Park. While it is extremely disappointing we had to cancel the celebrations it is important we respond to the current health advice to keep our community safe.

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Australia Day Award winners

Congratulations to our local Citizen of the Year Bob Dong and Young Citizen of the Year Claire Huddy who were honoured at a special award ceremony today. Our Citizen of the Year Bob Dong is the long-standing president of the Burwood Asian Business Partnership (BABP) and dedicates his time and energy championing local businesses. Our Young Citizen Claire Huddy is a volunteer member of Council's Youth Advisory Committee, the Burwood Youth Advisory Group.

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Livingstone and Church Streets precincts LEP

Council is seeking feedback on a review of the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) for the Livingstone and Church Streets Precincts. The review builds on the vision for Burwood’s local government area set out in the Local Strategic Planning Statement which outlines how growth and change will be managed in the future.  You can find out more and have your say here.

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Woodstock Artisians Market

Woodstock Artisans Market will be held on Sunday 21 February 2021 from 10am-3pm at the heritage listed Woodstock Community Centre in Burwood. The Artisans Market showcases designers and makers of unique, quality handmade homewares, fashion, accessories, children’s wear, art, ceramics, jewellery, curios and other specialty producers. Find out more here.

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Waste calendar now available

The 2021 recycling and garden vegetation calendar is now available. Download a copy from our website here or pick one up at Council’s Customer Service Counter (2 Conder Street Burwood). You can also download the Burwood Council Waste App which has all the waste info you need including an A-Z list of materials and how to dispose of them. Download from App Store or Download from Google Play.

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Book now for Yoga in the Park

Don’t miss out! Book your place at our COVID safe Yoga in Henley Park Enfield. Sessions held every Monday morning 6.30-7.30am till 29 March. All ages welcome. Cost: from $12 per person. Find out more and book your place here.

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Youth Survey

Are you aged between 12-24 and live in the Burwood Council area? Let us know what you think about youth issues and you could win one of five $50 Westfield gift vouchers.

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Volunteering Program

Looking for volunteers or do you have some extra time this year and would like to volunteer? We can make it easier for you! Burwood Council's Volunteering Program matches volunteers to community organisations. Find out more and register your interest here.

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Author Talk

Everyone is invited to join us for a FREE virtual NSW Reads event with Andrew Pippos, author of Lucky's.

The presentation will be broadcast online using Zoom on Wednesday, 17 February 2021 6:30 -7:30pm. Book your place and we’ll send you a Zoom link to join the meeting (download and install from zoom.us if you haven't already). Numbers are limited for this free virtual event and bookings are essential.

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Community Hub available for hire

The Community Hub  is now available to hire! The state of the art space features expandable meeting rooms, interactive learning labs, and sound proof media rooms that are perfect for filming, rehearsals and recording. With beautifully crafted areas for study and reading, the Hub offers something for everyone. You can book the Hub or hire one of Council's other venues here.

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Stay in touch

There's lots of ways you can find out what's happening in our local area. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram for daily updates and news. You can also sign up for WeChat. 

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Hello Burwood, I hope everyone is safe and well.  

COVID-19 update

I’m proud of our community’s awesome response to keeping COVID-19 out of our area. People are social distancing, washing hands regularly and getting tested if they aren’t well. Council has made it easier to get tested with a map that shows where our nearest COVID-19 testing clinics are. View the map here

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COVID safe business

Want to show your commitment to being COVID safe? Why not get a COVID Safety Plan and register as a COVID Safe Business. Having a COVID-19 Safety Plan helps to protect your staff, customers and visitors, while being registered as a COVID Safe Business reassures them that you’re committed to protecting their safety. Steps to being a COVID safe business include: completing a COVID Safety Plan, training staff to be COVID safe, using contactless methods to collect customer details and updating your plan as rules change. Find out more

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New library and Council administration centre

The opening of the Burwood Council and Library is fast approaching. We’re planning an open day for the community (subject to COVID-19) but in the meantime, why not join me for a guided tour.

 

Enfield Aquatic Centre reopens

Swimmers rejoice! Enfield Aquatic Centre reopened to lap swimmers on Monday 20 July in line with Council's approved COVID-19 Safety Plan. Swimmers must pre-book for a 45 minute session. There is a limit of two swimmers per lane in the 25m indoor pool. Be sure to read the terms and conditions. Entry fees apply.

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Burwood Comes Alive with Music

Our fabulous Burwood Comes Alive with Music livestreams continued last Friday with Big Mama and the Hanged Men + Evie Tomic. It was a brilliant way to start the weekend and I can't wait for the next one. You can view all our past livestreams here https://www.facebook.com/burwoodcouncil/live

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Read all about it!

I love our new website. It’s the perfect place to go if you want to know what’s happening in Burwood. Or you can get the latest news and information from Council delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for the Burwood Update e-newsletter today. 

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Up for a challenge?

I’m excited to announce that the Burwood Challenger Obstacle Course in Grant Park is almost complete. The course is designed for climbing, balance and upper body strength. It also includes a timer so you can put yourself through your paces. Watch Council's website for more details.

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G’day Burwood. What weather extremes we’ve had lately! Pouring rain followed by glorious sunshine. I hope you get a chance to enjoy the great outdoors in the coming days.

Sandakan Memorial

This year marks 75 years since the terrible Sandakan Death Marches in Borneo towards the end of WWII. Usually Council holds a public memorial service at the Sandakan Memorial in Burwood Park but unfortunately we have had to cancel it due to COVID-19. A private memorial service will be held on August 2 to ensure our community continues the tradition of honouring the more the men who were so brutally killed as prisoners of war. More than 2000 Allied soldiers, including 23 from Burwood, lost their lives in the Sandakan marches. While our 27th public service had to be cancelled, I encourage everyone to pause for a moment to reflect on their sacrifice.

Woodstock playground upgrade

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On a happier note, work on our fabulous playground upgrade in Woodstock Park is complete and it is almost ready for hordes of little ones to enjoy. I visited the playground recently and it looks fantastic. There are swings, climbing frames, slides, a roundabout – and I thoroughly recommend the flying fox! There are also plenty of seats for mums, dads and grandparents to relax while the kids have fun. Follow us on social media to be among the first to hear when the playground is open. Find out more 

St Nectarios is 50

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Congratulations to Father George and our lovely Greek community on the 50th anniversary of St Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church in Burwood. Bishop Emilianos of Meloa officiated at a Hierarchical Liturgy on 26 July. St Nectarios’ parishioners are doing their part to help those less fortunate during COVID-19 by providing free meals every Tuesday. Well done, thank you and all the very best for the next 50 years. Find out more

E-planning is a huge success

Sensational results for our e-planning, which started on 1 January and has drawn praise from Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello. Burwood was one of the first 10 councils to start receiving all DAs via the NSW Planning Portal. Since we went live Council decreased the average processing time from 173 days in 2017-18 to 58 days (almost 300 per cent). Find out more

Burwood Comes Alive with Music

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Don’t forget to join me for our next fantastic instalment of Burwood Comes Alive with Music tonight. Local performers IrieMan featuring Pat Powell followed by Madi G will be live from 4.45pm. I can’t think of a better way to start the weekend than listening to these talented musicians. https://www.facebook.com/burwoodcouncil/live

Read all about it!

I’m pleased to say that Council’s 2020-21 Operational Plan and Budget were adopted at the recent meeting. Highlights include $5.4 million for the Enfield Aquatic Centre upgrade, $4.3m for roads, footpaths and street signs as well as $550,000 for parks and playgrounds. Find out more

Have your say

Remember that Burwood is our area and Council is there to serve us all, so it’s important to remember that your opinions are important. Our new website makes it easier than ever to keep up to date with what’s happening and to have your say. New items are constantly being added to the Public Notices and Exhibitions page and Council welcomes your feedback.

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Until next time, please take care, stay COVID safe and get in touch if I can be of any help at all on 9911 9916, or by email at mayor@burwood.nsw.gov.au.

 

 

 

G’day Burwood. I hope you’re all well. It’s an exciting time for us all as we prepare for the opening of our new Council and Library, admire the artistry of the murals in Hornsey Lane and look forward to a colourful spring as part of our 500 Trees program.    

Council and library reopening

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I can’t wait to share the new Council and Library with all of you when they reopen on Monday, 24 August. These colourful spaces have been designed to create a welcoming environment for the entire community. Libraries have long ceased to be silent places only filled with books. Our new library is a place that will bring everyone together to socialise, create, learn and share. Check out my video tour and come on down on the 24th to see it all for yourself. Read all about it

Hornsey Lane murals

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Our community’s proud history, strength and optimism are on display for all to see in Hornsey Lane’s sensational new murals. I’m incredibly proud of the artworks that capture our past, present and future. They are just part of the great community square we’ve created in Hornsey Lane, which is part of the Council and Library precinct. When finished, Hornsey Lane will include seating and plants that will result in a beautiful destination in the heart of our CBD. 

500 Trees program

As Mayor, I’m committed to the beautification of our area, which is why I’m excited to say that our 500 Trees program is more than half complete. So far we’ve planted 275 trees in neighbourhoods around the area. These will provide summer shade as well as beautiful native flowers that will add colour to our streets and help keep us cool.

If you want to know where we’re planting trees, keep an eye on our website or sign up for the Burwood Update e-newsletter to see the interactive map that’s coming soon. Find out more

Burwood Comes Alive with Music

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Sadly, last Friday we said goodbye to our Burwood Comes Alive with Music livestream. It was an incredibly popular event that we ran under the Burwood Cares program to support local musicians who were doing it tough during the COVID-19 lockdown. These great performers provided some amazing entertainment during our fortnightly livestreams and I’d like to thank and congratulate everyone who took part.

Thanks to everyone who joined me as we wrapped up the series with Mick O’Shea and Friends followed by Violeta Bozanic. Log in if you'd like to watch any of these great performers again.

Burwood Art Prize

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We have an incredibly creative community, as proven by our Hornsey Lane murals and the successful Burwood Comes Alive with Music livestream. If you’re a talented visual artist, think about entering the Burwood Art Prize. It’s a great opportunity to have your work seen by the public and possibly win some cash. This year’s judges are Jenny Cheeseman from the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Rhianna Walcott from the Artereal Gallery in Rozelle and award-winning international artist Lachlan Warner. Entries close on 30 September. Find out more

Sandakan Memorial

The recent Sandakan Memorial Service was, as always, an extremely moving experience. Gladys Barnes’ father was one of more than 2500 men who died during the forced marches in Borneo 75 years ago. Mrs Barnes (pictured left) is a member of the Sandakan Community Education Committee and laid a wreath at the memorial in Burwood Park during the private service. Lest we forget.

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Remember that I’m here to help, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 9911 9916, or by email at mayor@burwood.nsw.gov.au if I can be of assistance. Until next time, let’s all stay COVID safe and take care of one another. 

 

 

 

 

G’day Burwood. What a fantastic fortnight it’s been! The big news of course is that our sensational new Council and Library building is open.

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Our new Council and Library opened on to the public on 24 August and it’s been great to see the positive response from those who’ve popped in to see all the new and exciting features. Council is also based in the same building, so we have a convenient one-stop-shop. Please remember that you need to make an appointment to visit our customer service desk due to COVID-19.

It was a small opening, instead of the big community celebration that we’d hoped to hold, so why not check out the photos. Special thanks to Uncle Les McLeod who gave the Welcome to Country and performed a traditional smoking ceremony.    

All areas of the library are open and ready to explore, so why not come in and check it out for yourself.

The library is closed on weekends while we review our COVID-safe plan and the resources needed to maintain a safe environment and collection. It will reopen on weekends as soon as it's practical to do so. Time in the library is limited to one hour per person, but there are plenty of terrific items and activities and borrow online.

Hornsey Lane murals

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Hornsey Lane’s murals are now complete, as is the planting, and the street furniture is installed. This beautiful new community square next to the new Council and Library is the perfect place to meet friends (while socially distancing of course), relax with a book and/or coffee or just watch the world go by.  I look forward to seeing you all there!

COVID-19 testing in Burwood Park

So far we’ve been lucky when it comes to COVID-19. But the recent visit to our area by an infected person proves just how easily all our hard work can be brought undone.

We’ve had great uptake of people wearing masks, social distancing and observing personal hygiene. Unfortunately, Burwood has a low rate of people getting tested.

The great news is that NSW Health will have a walk-in clinic in Burwood Park next week to make it easier than ever to have a test, especially for those who don’t drive.

Mandarin, Cantonese and Korean cultural support workers will be there to help people complete paperwork.

If you’re not feeling well, don’t wait for the clinic to open, visit one of the other clinics in the area. Our map will help you find the closest one.

The walk-in testing clinic will be at the top of Burwood Park from Thursday, 3 September to Saturday, 5 September between 10am and 3pm. Please drop in and have a COVID test. Even if you’ve had one before, get tested again if you don’t feel well.

New cycleway open

I’m excited to say that the first of three new cycle paths is open. Council has received almost $800,000 from the State Government to build the cycle paths that will link our wonderful parks and even provide an environmentally-friendly travel option between us and Canada Bay.

With spring just around the corner, why not try it out for yourself this weekend. The path runs from Parramatta Road to Burwood Park via Neich Street and is a great opportunity to get out and about.

Find out more

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Remember that I’m here to help, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 9911 9916, or by email at mayor@burwood.nsw.gov.au if I can be of assistance. Until next time, let’s all stay COVID safe and take care of one another. 

 

G’day Burwood. Spring has sprung, our parks are looking fantastic, seniors are dancing in their living rooms and the weather has been sensational!

Family summer memories start at EAC

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Spring is here, and that means swimming season is on the way. Enfield Aquatic Centre has been Burwood’s summer home since 1933. It’s the place where local families have learned to swim and made memories for generations. We’d love you to help us plan the next steps in the staged reopening of this beloved local icon. Please take our quick survey to tell us what you want from the EAC and other possible services you’d like us to offer so we can ensure it remains  Burwood’s home of summer memories.  

COVID-19 testing in Burwood Park

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Thanks to everyone who attended the recent pop-up testing clinic at Burwood Park. NSW Health said the three day clinic was a great success.

Remember, if you’re not feeling well, get tested at one of the local testing clinics and self-isolate until you get your results. Our map will help you find the closest one. Above all, keep wearing face masks, social distancing and washing your hands regularly with soap. Keep up the great work everyone!

New cycleway and obstacle course open

Between COVID-19 and cold weather, we’ve probably all been cooped up more than we’d like. But now spring has arrived, why not get outside, get active and enjoy the warmer temperatures by going for a ride along our new cycle path or testing your ninja warrior skills at the Burwood Challenger Obstacle Course. Just remember to maintain social distancing.

Seniors Dancewise livestream

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Seniors! Have you got the moves like Jagger? It doesn’t matter if you don’t, you can still boogie with the best of them during our DanceWise livestreams. We’ve partnered with the Dance Health Alliance to deliver their online dance and fitness program for free every Thursday for four weeks.

The idea of the program is to give seniors a chance to get active and have fun. The first class was yesterday and it was great to have so many of our seniors join in.

DanceWise is an online low impact dance and fitness program for all ages. It is done from the comfort of your own chair at home and is particularly aimed at those who are less-mobile.

Taking part in the free Zoom session is as simple as registering here to get the online livestream link. Each session starts at 12 noon so why not register now and get dancing next Thursday.  

Taking a stand against racism

The pandemic has produced some outstanding examples of the decency and selflessness of our wonderful community. Unfortunately, it has brought out the ugly side of some people’s natures in the form of racism. Some people have been abused for wearing masks and false rumours have been circulated about the Chinese community.

That is why Council has taken a stand against racism in our community. We are looking into ways in which we can continue to promote the value of multiculturalism, harmony and diversity, remind the community of ways to report racism formally and informally, and investigate its local extent and impacts.

We will also examine potential projects and activities to help reduce racism and enhance community inclusiveness.

In the meantime, please remember that COVID-19 does not respect national boundaries or racial differences. It has affected every country on the planet, and the only way in which we can defeat it is to be united in our common humanity, care for and support one another, and not give in to our baser instincts.

I am gratified by the way in which the majority of our wonderful, culturally-diverse community has responded to this crisis with dignity and compassion for one another. Let’s be kind and keep up the great work, so that when we emerge from the pandemic we can look back on the way we coped with pride.

Council and Library opening

 

It’s been great to see so many people enjoying our new Library. The good news is that you no longer need to make an appointment to see our Council Customer Service team. Also, our Justice of the Peace service is back on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm. Due to COVID our JP service is still by appointment only. Call 9911 9911 or book online.

If you’re not well, or prefer to stay at home during COVID-19, remember that many of council’s services and information are on our great new website or give our friendly Customer Service team a call on 9911 9911 and they’ll do everything they can to help you.

Recycled glass in roads and paths

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Forget glass slippers – hopefully we’ll soon be walking and driving on glass footpaths and roads. The Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC), of which I am president, has released an open market tender to collect recycled materials, such as crushed glass, for use as road and footpath base across its 15 council areas.

The tender contract is set to become the largest local government-led procurement of recycled road-making materials in NSW history and will prevent almost 100 million glass containers a year from ending up in landfill. Find out more

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Remember that I’m here to help, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 9911 9916, or by email at mayor@burwood.nsw.gov.au if I can be of assistance. Until next time, let’s all stay COVID safe and take care of one another.

 

 

G’day Burwood.

Hornsey Lane is open to pedestrian traffic

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The official launch will be organised in the future, but in the meantime our residents and customers will be able to enjoy the wonderful new space and also use it as a shortcut to the Plaza! We partnered with Department of Planning Infrastructure and Environment on their Places to Love program to turn what could be a basic laneway into a cultural experience.

This includes the installation of three murals representing the past, present and future. The Past mural explores themes of Indigenous custodianship of Burwood prior to colonial occupation. The Present mural focuses on the coming together of the Burwood Community during the COVID-19 pandemic. And the Future mural reflects upon a childhood sense of imagination, creating a feeling of optimism for the future.

We'll know the project will be a success when we see the community coming into the space and spending time to stop and enjoy the place, and not just passing through.

I had the pleasure of showing off this great new space to officials from the Department of Planning, which provided $130,000 towards the cost of the beautiful murals, streetscaping and furniture. Check it out for yourselves when you get a chance!

Congratulations Councillor Chan

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I’m pleased to say that Councillor Ernest Chan was elected as the new Deputy Mayor on Tuesday night. Cr Chan is the Chair of our Multicultural Advisory Committee and very active with our emerging community groups. He will serve as Deputy Mayor for the next 12 months, up to the Local Government elections in September 2021.

New pool for the EAC

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I had a great time visiting the Enfield Aquatic Centre this week. The centre is geared up for swimming season and |I’d like to congratulate the team on the fantastic job they’ve done in keeping our home of summer fun COVID safe. So it’s with great pleasure that I announce a new pool will be built at the EAC that will help to cater for the growing needs of our community.

The EAC is running a survey to find out how we can further improve this facility that has served our community since 1933. Please take a moment to fill it in.

500 trees become 1000

I’m thrilled to say that our 500 Trees program has been so successful, that we have decided to expand it to 1000 trees. The trees include a mix of natives and exotics that will beautify our streets and help to cool our suburbs during summer. The beautiful cherry blossoms that were recently in bloom added so much colour to our streets, and they are now in leaf. By next year the display will be spectacular.

Burwood Cares to continue

Our response to Covid-19, Burwood Cares, has provided relief and support to members of our community and businesses since March. Given the ongoing pandemic, Burwood Cares and its associated community and business relief measures will continue.

Our focus over the coming months will be to ensure that relevant information, programs and activities are in place to support our vulnerable communities now and into the future.

But we will also continue to have a positive outlook on the future, and prepare ourselves to get back together and celebrate our community in spring and summer this year.

As a Council we will be working towards an even stronger activation of our already vibrant eat streets and shopping precincts, in partnership with our resilient local businesses and our creative community groups.

Together with our community I am confident we will continue to respond to the challenge and re-emerge stronger than ever.

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Remember that I’m here to help, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 9911 9916, or by email at mayor@burwood.nsw.gov.au if I can be of assistance. Until next time, let’s all stay COVID safe and take care of one another.

 

 

G’day Burwood. There's lots of exciting news to share this week.

The Woodstock Artisans Christmas Market is set to return in November, our popular Dancewise program for seniors will continue until December and Community Hub spaces will open for bookings from next week.

In other great news, Enfield Aquatic Centre is open to recreational swimmers, local businesses took home trophies from the Inner West Local Business Awards and we're about to trial a composting program for apartment buildings. 

Make some summer memories at the EAC

I’m happy to say that Enfield Aquatic Centre is open for lap swimming and family recreational swimming.

The 50m pool is open for the season, and we’re welcoming back recreational swimmers. To keep everyone safe, you’ll need to book a session and be allocated a marked area in the pool to ensure social distancing. Junior swimming lessons are back to ensure our kids are safe in the water.

Thanks to the more than 500 residents who completed our recent survey. We appreciate the feedback on how we can improve our services and make them more COVID-safe. 

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Henley Park upgrade underway

I had a great time visiting Henley Park recently, where work on the upgrade and extension of the amenities building is underway. When finished, it will provide improved facilities for park users and sporting teams. The $1.7 million project includes: additional public toilets, commercial kitchen, change rooms, match day operations rooms, kitchenette and referee’s room.

Community Hub spaces open for use

As of Monday 12 October up to 100 people will be able to use our fantastic new Community Hub and book spaces for use. The Hub has facilities that will benefit all our community, from students through to local businesses, including meeting rooms, learning labs and media rooms, as well as areas for passive use such as study and reading. As special shout out to our HSC students, if you need a quiet place to hit the books, come on in. And best of luck for 20 October when the exams kick off!

Find out more 

Magical Moon Festival

You can’t keep a good community celebration down – especially when it comes to the beautiful Moon Festival. (I love mooncakes!) Our wonderful Asian community celebrated this important family event recently, which focusses on the harvest and the autumn season (in the Northern Hemisphere) at the time of the full moon. I hope you all had a wonderful Moon Festival and look forward to next year when we can hopefully gather together for large public celebrations.

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Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of the recent Inner West Local Business Awards. I’m proud to say that businesses from the Burwood Local Government Area were among those who took home trophies on the night including Advance College Burwood (pictured).

Thanks to our new Deputy Mayor Councillor Ernest Chan, who represented me on the night and presented a few of the awards.

To say it’s been a tough year for business would be an understatement. It’s been a year of unprecedented challenges, from the bushfires that turned our skies red and choked us with smoke, to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our business people and their staff have faced it with strength and good humour – and it’s been inspiring to see how they have fought to keep their doors open against the odds.

Whether you received a trophy or not, you’re all winners in my eyes. Read the full list of finalists and winners here.

Keep on dancing

BUR1087 Burwood Cares_Dance Online 1080x1080.jpgOur Dancewise livestream has been so popularv with the community that we're extending the program until 3 December. Dancewise is part of our Burwood Cares initiative and aims to help seniors stay active in the safety of their own homes through an online dance class that can be done while sitting in a chair. It’s also huge fun! The classes are every Thursday at noon so registertoday and join the fun.

Christmas is coming!

 The Woodstock Artisans Christmas Market will return to Woodstock Community Centre on 15 November. It’s a great place to pick up lovely handcrafted gifts for family and friends. It’s also an great day out! Find out more

Composting trial program

There’s no doubt that composting is a better way to deal with kitchen scraps than sending them to landfill. But it’s not so easy for those members of our community who live in apartments. That’s why we’re seeking expressions of interest from apartment dwellers who’d like their building to take part in our Apartment Buildings Composting pilot program. Find out more

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Remember that I’m here to help, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 9911 9916, or by email at mayor@burwood.nsw.gov.au if I can be of assistance.

 

 

 

G’day Burwood. It’s been a great week and I have some exciting news to share, so let’s jump right in.

 

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Let us shout you lunch

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of Let Us Shout You Lunch. Christmas is coming, the weather is warming up and COVID restrictions are easing. That’s why I’m excited to launch our Burwood Eats campaign, so you can get out and about to enjoy all the wonderful restaurants and cafes that our area has to offer. If you post photos of your favourite eatery and dishes you're enjoying on Instagram, you'll go in the draw to receive a $100 voucher to eat out again. So let us shout you lunch! All you have to do is tag your favourite eatery and dishes on Instagram and/or Facebook, #BurwoodEats and also tag @BurwoodMayor and @BurwoodCouncil. Find out more

Places to Love

I was thrilled that Burwood is one of six councils in NSW taking part in the trial Places to Love program. Places to Love is a collaboration between the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and pilot councils to develop projects that improve walkable access to, and the amenity of, public space. Ours is the fabulous new-look Hornsey Lane. The demonstration projects will test how to make public spaces more vibrant and active through temporary changes. I was excited to take part in a video with the Department helping to explain the project.

Mayoral Street Meetings return

I’m pleased to announce the return of Mayoral Street Meetings from November. It’s a great opportunity for me to catch up with our local residents and business people and to hear what’s going on and how Council can better serve the community.

The street meetings will be on:

 Saturday, 14 November

  • 10-11.30am – Henley Park Enfield, in front of the EAC
  • 11.45am -12.30pm – Martin Reserve, Seymour Street Croydon Park

 

Saturday 21 November

  • 10-10.45am – in front of Burwood Library
  • 11am – 12.30pm – The Strand, in front of the old Post Office.

 

Community Grants applications open

Applications are open for our Community Services Grants program. Burwood Council makes funds available under its annual Community Services Grants Program to organisations and groups within the Burwood Local Government Area, or those working for the local community, to provide additional services and programs. Applications close Friday, 12 February 2021 at 5pm, but why not get your application in before things get busy in the lead-up to Christmas and the summer holidays. Find out more

 

 

 

 

Mayor’s message 

Hard to believe the countdown to Christmas has begun. It’s been a year like no other – and we’re working hard to support our local community. I hope you enjoy reading what we’ve been up to.

Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign

Next week Council is launching a Domestic Violence Campaign to remind the community that we all have a responsibility to look out for each other. With the increasing pressures in homes as a result of the pandemic, more than ever we all play an important role in supporting victims. If you know anyone who is in need of help take the step and call the Domestic Violence Line on 1800656463.

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Burwood Art Prize Winners

Congratulations to Fan Dongwang – the winner of the 2020 Artwork of the Year in the Burwood Art Prize for his work ‘Pandemic Body’. Congratulations also to Eleanor Dillon who won the New and Emerging Artist category. You can see their winning works and all the fabulous entries on public exhibition till 27 November in Burwood Library. You can also vote for your favourite artwork in the People’s Choice Award which will be announced at the end of the exhibition. You can see the winning works here.

Dongwang Fan for Pandemic Body

 

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Fan Dongwang - Pandemic Body 

Eleanor Dillon

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Eleanor Dillon  - Bush Reverie

At-home COVID testing now available

I’m pleased to report that vulnerable members of the community can now access at-home COVID testing. If you are eligible for the free service a self-collection kit will be delivered to your door and will guide you through the collection process. You will then receive your result by text, usually the next day. For more information go to covidtestsydney.com.au.

 

Christmas Lights Competition

Registrations are NOW OPEN in our Christmas Lights Competition. There’s some great prizes on offer thanks to Burwood Plaza. Register for your chance to win:  Judges Choice - $500 shopping voucher, People’s Choice (popular vote $500 shopping voucher) and two Encouragement Awards of $150 shopping voucher each. You don’t have to have your lights up yet to register.  Find out more and register here.

 Burwood Christmas Lights Competition

 

Burwood eats

It was great to meet up with our first #burwoodeats competition winner last week. Congratulations to Lyn who won $100 worth of shopping vouchers to spend on more yummy food and continue to support our local businesses. Find out how you can enter here.

 

Community Hub and spaces for hire

A reminder - rooms in our fabulous state of the art Community Hub are now available to hire.

There’s a great range of meeting rooms meeting rooms, interactive learning labs, and sound proof media rooms that are perfect for filming, rehearsals and recording. You can find out more about how to book the Hub or hire one of Council's other venues here. 

Shopfront Program: 

Local businesses who want to improve the appearance of their shopfront can apply for funding under Round 1 of the Shopfront Improvement Program 2020/21. The Program is designed to support local economic development. It aims to improve community safety and enhance the overall appearance of the local area. Applications close at 4pm on Friday 18 December 2020. Find out more or apply here

 

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And remember - I’m here to help, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 9911 9916, or by email at mayor@burwood.nsw.gov.au if I can be of assistance.

 

 

 

Mayor’s message 

While the year is fast coming to an end it seems there’s no slowing down with work being done by Council to improve the local area.  Huge news this week with two new exciting projects and a raft of upgrade works kicking off. Read on to find out all about it.

New Urban Park and Cultural Centre

A new Urban Park and Cultural Centre will be built in the heart of Burwood at the corner of Conder Street and Railway Parade, Burwood on the current Council carpark site in front of the Burwood Library. The project will be a flagship piece of infrastructure and create a defined civic and cultural precinct within the Burwood Town Centre for generations to come.  We want to hear your views on the project. Find out more and how to Have your Say here.

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Name the Lane!

Things change over time and a street name can often lose its relevance and connection to the community or sense of place, that’s why we are asking residents to make a permanent mark in history by renaming the lane to one which creates a community connection to the precinct. There's great prizes to be won! Find out how to enter here. 

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Multipurpose courts and carpark

Work on a $2.46million project to upgrade sporting facilities at Grant Park in Burwood is now underway. As part of the project, two new multipurpose courts are being built, new lighting, plantings and new car parking installed. The project is supported with $1 million grant funding from the NSW Government. Find out more about the project here.

netball courts

Railway Parade East Streetscape upgrade

Railway Parade East is getting a makeover as part of a $1M streetscape improvement program.  New wider footpaths will be installed, multipurpose poles erected that integrate street lighting, hanging baskets and banners, and new street furniture installed and plantings. Find all the details here.

railway parade

Groovability

To celebrate of International Day of People with Disability, this year (due to COVID) Burwood Council’s Groovability Festival 2020 went digital! Watch it online here to hear talks from a panel of people with disability, about their experiences and insights.

 

Enfield Aquatic Centre Upgrade starts

Work on an exciting redevelopment of the Enfield Aquatic Centre has started. The $5.4M stage two upgrade of the Aquatic Centre will include a new all-ages heated indoor Learn to Swim Pool. You can read about the upgrade here.
Enfield Aquatic Centre

Coming soon to Have Your Say

Keep your eye out for details about a plan to transform Enfield Village into a vibrant local centre to better cater to local business and the local community. More information on the project will be available soon on the Have Your Say section.

 Enfield Village

There's no Room for Racism in Burwood

Burwood Council has released an Anti-racism statement which aims to promote the value of multiculturalism, harmony and diversity. Anyone who has experienced racism is encouraged to contact the Anti-Discrimination Board or the Police. 

anti racism multicultural

Look Out Look UP!

Stay safe -  Look Out Look UP!. It’s easy to get distracted when you’re on your phone – be aware of your surroundings and Look Out and Look UP!  Wherever you are - on the street, shopping, waiting for a bus - stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings.

Pedestrian safety poster

Annual Report

Burwood Council's Annual Report for 2019/2020 financial year has been released. The report tells a tale of two Burwoods - before and during COVID - but presents a single success story of council working in unison to provide the best services and facilities for the community in good times and challenging ones. Read the report here.
annual report

Christmas Cheer

Live music and roving performers will be at Burwood Park and along Burwood Road every Thursday and Friday (from 4pm-8pm) and Saturday (from 10am-2pm) in the lead up to Christmas. And time is running out to enter our Christmas Lights competition – you don’t have to have your lights up to register you just have to have them ready to be judged by December 7. Find out more and register here.

Christmas elves

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Don’t forget to sign up to our monthly newsletter Burwood Update to stay up to date with everything that’s happening locally delivered straight to your inbox. And remember - I’m here to help, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 9911 9916, or by email at mayor@burwood.nsw.gov.au if I can be of assistance.