5 September 2017
Don't forget to vote! Cumberland Council election this Saturday 

R esidents and ratepayers in the Cumberland area will go to the polls on Saturday 9 September to decide who will represent them in local government for the next four years.

Polling places will open from 8am to 6pm on Saturday.  If you are unable to vote on Election Day, you can vote early at pre-poll venues. Please see the Polling Venues Information Sheet for where you can vote.  

Remember: voting is compulsory for everyone enrolled in the Cumberland Council area.

Residents will be voting for 15 Councillors; three from each of five wards. You can find out more about your respective candidates here.

The NSW Electoral Commission is managing the election. For more information on the candidates and the election in general, visit  www.votensw.info  or call 1300 135 736. 

Malcolm Ryan
General Manager
Cumberland Council

Have your say on the future of Cumberland's pools

When Cumberland residents vote this Saturday, they will also be asked for their opinion on the future management of Council's swim centres. The following information will be provided and question asked:

Cumberland Council currently operates five public swimming pools in the Local Government Area. Each year the five pools expect to cater for a total of approximately 405,000 visitors. In 2018 it is estimated that the total operational costs of all five pools will exceed total revenues by approximately $2.15 million (which is 2.4% of Council's rates income), and it is expected that the shortfall) will increase in subsequent years. Council subsidises these pools by using other funding sources, such as rates to cover the shortfall. 

Do you support Council continuing to operate and subsidise all of these swimming pools?  YES / NO

For supporting information, maps and how the poll results will be used, click here .
Make your view count by participating in the Poll of Electors on Election Day.
National Meals on Wheels Day marks 60 years of service

National Meals on Wheels Day was held on Wednesday 30 August to recognise the contribution of local volunteers. In NSW the day had added significance as this year marked 60 years since the delivery of the first meal from the Sydney Town Hall in 1957.

Each week Council's  Meals on Wheels service delivers almost 500 nutritious and culturally appropriate meals to vulnerable or isolated residents. In doing so it enables people to live longer in their homes, where they are most happy and can maintain their independence. Last year this added up to  41,650 meals across Cumberland.

To volunteer or for more information about this service, please call 9840 9944.
   Local volunteers Diana and Robert load up the car with Meals on Wheels deliveries
Spring has sprung with annual garden competition

Council is inviting the youngest budding green thumbs through to the most experienced garden gurus to enter Cumberland's second Annual Garden Competition.  Entries opened on 1 September 2017 with six categories to choose from:
  • Open Garden
  • Native Garden
  • Commercial / Industrial
  • Small Garden (including balcony gardens)
  • Schools and Community Grounds
  • Senior Citizens' Garden
Entry forms can be downloaded from  www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au, mailed out upon request, or picked up from Council's administration centres at Auburn and Merrylands, as well as libraries and community centres across Cumberland. 

Judging will take place between 16 - 20 October with category winners awarded a trophy and a $100 gift voucher. A Grand Champion - chosen from all category winners - will take home a $500 gift voucher.
   Welcome the warmer weather by getting out into the garden.
Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival hits 90,000 visitors

Halfway through this year's Cherry Blossom Festival the kaiju (giant monster) epic "Shin Godzilla" was screened; a fitting tribute for a Festival that has grown from a modest flower fair into Australia's premier celebration of sakura (Cherry Blossoms) and Japanese culture more broadly. 

Last year 60,000 people attended the Festival over a two week period. This year that figure was exceeded by a massive 30,000 people, with more than 90,000 people visiting the Gardens over a 10 day period. Thanks to all who attended and made this year the biggest ever!
   For the first time visitors could enjoy the tradition of Yozakura, the night time viewing of Cherry Blossoms
What's on in Cumberland
Historic Cemeteries in Cumberland 

Come and hear the stories behind our local cemeteries and discover who lies buried there. The final talk in this series is presented by Friends of Mays Hill Cemetery.
Wednesday 6 September, 1pm - 2.30pm,  Merrylands Library.

"We are all affected" exhibition

A collective of Australian Muslim artists, curators and writers explore concepts of anxiety. 

Saturday 16 September -  Sunday 22 October,
Peacock Gallery, Auburn.
Author Talk with Dr. Lisa Murray

Dr Murray will talk about her new book "Sydney Cemeteries: A Field Guide". Whether you're interested in family history or exploring lesser known parts of Sydney, this comprehensive guide has something for you.

Tuesday 19 September, 6pm,  Merrylands Library.

Flavours of Auburn Cooking Class - Ethiopian Cuisine 

Experience Ethiopian culture and cuisine in a hands on cooking session. Discover the delights of Ethiopian food and coffee in a group of 10 people. The class includes all ingredients and drinks.
Friday 22 September, 6pm - 9pm, 
Auburn Centre for Community.
Mays Hill residents urged to opt into waste refund

Cumberland Council has written to former Holroyd City Council ratepayers in Mays Hill to let them know they're entitled to a $210 refund after waste services were contracted out. 

Cumberland Council awarded a tender to URM in June 2017 for the collection of kerbside waste, dumped rubbish and pre-booked pick up.  The new waste service, which started in August 2017, will deliver more than $18.8 million in savings over the next eight and a half years.

Outgoing Administrator Viv May explained the savings and security provided by the contract means that the former Council's waste reserve of $7m can now be returned to ratepayers. 

"Although Mays Hill does not fall within Cumberland Council's boarders, ratepayers did contribute to the reserve held by Holroyd City Council and therefore I believe it is only fair they too should share in the efficiencies achieved," Mr May said. 

Residents who have enquiries regarding the refund are encouraged to contact Cumberland Council's rates department on 02 9840 9700.
  If you are a resident in Mays Hill don't miss out on your $210 refund by contacting Cumberland Council now.
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