25 July 2017
Award winning "Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood" returns

Cumberland Council is delighted to announce the return of the award winning "Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood".  The simulated refugee camp will return to the Auburn Centre for the Community from Monday 31 July to Friday 11 August. 

The project   is a joint initiative of Cumberland Council and the Auburn community. It invites refugees and asylum seekers to lead tours through the camp and share their personal experience of seeking asylum with the wider community

Cumberland has one of the highest populations of refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. Over the past 25 years more than 20,000 refugees have settled in Cumberland.  This event offers personal insight into the experiences of these refugees, while creating  a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the contribution refugees make to our community.

The highlight of the week-long schedule is the Journey's Picnic on Saturday 5 August, 10am-4.30pm. You are invited to join with representatives from our diverse community, including refugees and asylum seekers, for a celebration of food, culture and games.

Malcolm Ryan
Interim General Manager
Cumberland Council
   Refugees and asylum seekers will lead tours through the camp and share their personal stories of seeking asylum.
Cumberland Community Gets a Say

Following the 5 July Meeting, Cumberland Council has put a raft of draft policies on public exhibition. These include:  
To have your say, please click on the links above or visit the Have Your Say section of Council's website. 
   Have your say by making a submission on the draft policies currently on public exhibition. 
Cherry Blossom Festival: Yozakura Movie Night

Tickets for the 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival are now on sale. A highlight is the Yozakura Movie Night. Yozaukura is the Japanese tradition of admiring cherry blossoms at night.  On Friday 25 August, 80 special guests will tour the Japanese gardens by moonlight before watching the 2016 cult classic "Shin Godzilla" . Hurry! Tickets are selling fast.  

The outdoor screening is just part of the larger festival, which includes food tasting with MasterChef Adam Liaw,  Silent Disco with Japanese superstar DJ Yui Kanna,  Sumo wrestling demonstrations, origami workshops, food trucks, Hello Kitty and more... 

 Visit Council's website to book your tickets and see the full list of activities. 
   Get your hit of Japanese cult cinema with a screening of "Shin Godzilla" under the cherry blossoms. 
Local Government Week 2017

Cumberland Council is inviting residents to explore the full breadth of Council's services by visiting an information stall during Local Government Week, 31 July - 6 August.  Council Staff will be available from 10am - 4pm each workday at the following locations:
  • Monday 31 July - Stockland Merrylands
  • Tuesday 1 August - Portico Plaza Shopping Centre, Toongabbie
  • Wednesday 2 August - Auburn Central
  • Thursday 3 August - Greystanes Shopping Centre
  • Friday 4 August - Lidcombe Centre
Council's furriest staff member, Poppy the Possum, will also be there. The lovable mascot of Council's early literacy program 'Paint Cumberland REaD' will hand out free copies of a new children's book exploring local government. Learn more
   Councils provide invaluable services to local communities, 365 days a year
Council Elections on 9 September: check your voting status

Cumberland Council elections are on Saturday, 9 September. It is the first time since the amalgamation that residents have the opportunity to vote for who will represent them on Council.  Voting is compulsory for everyone enrolled in the Council area so now is the time for you to check your enrolment details to make sure they are up to date.

Visit Council's website to find out exactly which ward you belong to and further information for voters, candidates and people interested in working at the election.  The NSW Electoral Commission is managing the election. To check your details and for everything you need to know about the election in general visit  www.votensw.info  or call 1300 135 736.
   Don't forget voting is compulsory for everyone enrolled in the Cumberland Council area- check your details now.
What's on in Cumberland
National Tree Day

Celebrate National Tree Day by planting a new tree in Cumberland. 
Sunday 30 July 2017, 10am - 12pm
Campbell Hill Pioneer Reserve, Guildford
Central Gardens, Merrylands

Balik Tanaw "Looking Back" exhibition

A new exhibition by Filipino-Australian artists looks at what gets left behind when moving to a new country. 
Saturday 8 July - Sunday 3 September
Peacock Gallery, Auburn
Riverfest 2017

Connect with the Duck River through art and music and hear Council's vision for transforming the Corridor into an outstanding green space. 
Saturday 12 August, 12pm - 4pm
Duck River Picnic Area, Auburn Botanic Garden 
Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

Australia's largest celebration of modern and traditional Japanese culture. 
Friday 18 August - Sunday 27 August
Auburn Botanic Gardens
Eid Breakfast marks watershed moment in Australian history 

Cumberland Council Administrator Viv May attended an Eid Breakfast on Saturday 15 July at Auburn Gallipoli Mosque. For members of Cumberland's Turkish community, this year's Eid celebration coincides with another important anniversary.  Forty years ago  Turkey became the first country outside of Western Europe to sign an assisted passage agreement with Australia. 

This was a defining moment in Australia's history. It helped transform Australia into the modern, multicultural country it is today. Speaking at the event Administrator Viv May said, "It wasn't always an easy journey. The Turkish community were the first post-war immigrants of non-Christian and non-European descent. But it was a successful one. Today there are around 60,000 Turkish-Australians living in Australia."

"Cumberland Council takes seriously the need for our diverse community to belong. Our new logo, made up of three interlocking c's, stands for connection, community and council. For each of these there is a corresponding principle: welcome, belong, succeed.  We welcome everyone, we work hard to foster belonging and from a position of strength in diversity, we succeed."
Cumberland Council Administrator (third from the right) with members of the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque. 
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