Council Meeting

 Wednesday, 19 June 2019   at   6:30pm


Cumberland Council Chambers

Merrylands Service Centre, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands



Councillor Contact Details



Granville Ward

Clr Steve Christou

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Clr Ola Hamed

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Clr Joseph Rahme

0418 995 471

Greystanes Ward

Clr Greg Cummings


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Clr Ross Grove

0418 987 241

Clr Eddy Sarkis

0418 306 918

Regents Park Ward

Clr Ned Attie

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Clr George Campbell

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Clr Kun Huang

0418 911 774

South Granville Ward

Clr Glenn Elmore

(Deputy Mayor)

0418 459 527

Clr Paul Garrard

0414 504 504

Clr Tom Zreika

0449 008 888

Wentworthville Ward

Clr Lisa Lake

0418 669 681

Clr Suman Saha

0419 546 950

Clr Michael Zaiter

0418 432 797





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Council Meeting

 19 June 2019


Council Meeting – 19 June 2019

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MM06/19-6    Mayoral Minute - Queen's Birthday 2019 Honours List......... 3



Council Meeting

 19 June 2019



Item No: MM06/19-6

Mayoral Minute - Queen's Birthday 2019 Honours List

Author:                                      Mayor Greg Cummings

File Number:                              SC486  





The 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honour, was bestowed upon two of our own local community members:


·    The Honourable Laurie Donald Ferguson, for service to parliament, politics and the community; and


·    Mr Ralph Edward Heness, for service to the community of Auburn.


Mr Ferguson was elected to the New South Wales Parliament as the Member for Granville from 1984 until 1990. He was then elected to Federal Parliament in 1990 as the Member for Reid, being re-elected in 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004 and later served as the Member for Werriwa. 


Mr Ferguson has worked tirelessly on immigration and multicultural issues for the community and assisted many constituents by attending community events, visiting schools and welcoming community members to have an appointment directly with him to discuss their concerns. 


Mr Ferguson has served on many local committees and continues to support countless local organisations and community activities. His work with new migrant families and refugees has not only led to positive outcomes for those affected, but has also strengthened our culturally diverse community in Cumberland.


Mr Heness was a resident of Auburn for many years and was a valued and very active member of the community. Mr Heness has been a volunteer with the Auburn-Lidcombe Lions Club since 1961 and a life club member of the Regents Park Cricket Club where he was an A-Grade cricketer for 33 years. During his time with the Auburn-Lidcombe Lions Club he worked on many projects to assist the community, including the Freedom Across Australia project, which provides rehabilitation opportunities for children with a disability. 


Mr Heness also served as a member of the Auburn Community Pride Taskforce and worked hard to minimise dumped rubbish in the Auburn area. He also delivered Community News on Flame FM and was the Chairman or the radio station.


Both Mr Ferguson and Mr Heness have received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the General Division of the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them both for the wonderful work they have undertaken in the Cumberland community over many decades.



That a letter be sent to the Honourable Laurie Donald Ferguson and Mr Ralph Edward Heness, congratulating them on being recipients of an Order of Australia Medal in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.