6 March 2018
Taste of the Deep South out west

To celebrate the people and places of Cumberland, Council has coordinated Locale; an annual arts and cultural festival that invites Sydneysiders, whether they are local or live further afield, to explore and discover new experiences.

Now in its second year, Locale has expanded its program to provide a whole lot of entertainment and adventure across even more locations between 16-25 March 2018. 

One of the event highlights will be  Soul Food; a huge celebration of the best gospel and blues music from across western Sydney coming together for one day only in Cumberland, headlined by Australian blues legends Isaiah B Brunt and Pat Powell.
This musical feast will be matched with some of Sydney's best food trucks offering up a feast of southern inspired food for everyone to enjoy on Saturday 17 March at Holroyd Gardens in Merrylands.  Think ribs and wings, brisket and burgers, hot dogs and char-grilled corn sizzling on no less than 22 barbecues.

Soul Food is headlined by Australian blues legends Isaiah B Brunt (pictured) and Pat Powell.
Council replaces stolen Weeping Cherry Blossom 

Sad to read young Berala couple Tristan and Rebecca Kirk had recently woken to discover their Weeping Cherry Blossom  had been stolen from their front yard, Cumberland Council has replaced the tree.

"It had deep sentimental value, as it was given to us four years ago as a wedding gift - and a symbol of our love that was to grow with us," Tristan told the Auburn Review.

Mayor Greg Cummings gifted the couple with a replacement Weeping Cherry Blossom tree from Auburn Botanic Gardens; renowned for its annual Cherry Blossom Festival which last year attracted more than 90,000 people from across Sydney. 

Mayor Greg Cummings gifts a Weeping Cherry Blossom tree to Berala resident Tristan.
Help design Council's first Community Engagement Strategy 

Council is calling on the community to help co-design Cumberland's first Community Engagement Strategy by participating in a short online survey at haveyoursay.cumberland.nsw.gov.au.

We want to know why, when and in what way you want to engage. 

Ultimately the goal is that Council's plans, policies and programs better reflect the interests and concerns of the community, and that we promote sustainable decisions by recognising and communicating the needs and interests of all participants.

Internal Ombudsman Shared Service team appointed

The communities of the City of Parramatta, Cumberland and the Inner West now have an independent ear at their local councils, with the finalisation of staffing arrangements for a shared internal ombudsman service .

Members of the community, members of staff and Councillors can contact the Internal Ombudsman Shared Service by calling  8757 9044 or  emailing   internalombudsman@cumberland.nsw.gov.au.

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Council Meetings

An ordinary meeting of Council was held on Wednesday 21 February 2018. An extraordinary meeting of Council was held on Tuesday 27 February. 

To view the minutes or watch the meetings, click here

The next ordinary meeting of Council will be held from 6.30pm on Wednesday 7 March 2018 at the Merrylands Service Centre, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands.
Cumberland joins National Cities Power Partnership

Cumberland is one of 70 councils nationally to join the Climate Council's Cities Power Partnership; a program that celebrates and accelerates the pollution reduction and clean energy successes of Australia in towns and cities.

We've already made significant inroads in sustainability and energy efficiencies, in alignment with the environmental goals set in Cumberland's Community Strategic Plan and Delivery Program 2017-27. Read more about these and the partnership here.

Poppy in the Park

Story-time sessions (including music and craft activities) for children aged 0-5 years, every second Tuesday.
30 January - 10 April, 10am - 10.45am,
Blaxland Riverside Park Kiosk, Jamieson Street, Sydney Olympic Park.

Community Reading Boxes launch

Simultaneous story-time session/s with Poppy the Possum.
Monday 12 March,  10am,
Wildlife Area, Central Gardens, Merrylands Road and Cumberland Highway, Merrylands West and  Wildlife Area, Auburn Botanic Gardens,  Chisholm and Chiswick Roads, Auburn.
Locale Festival

Locale is an arts and c ultural festival celebrating the people and places of Cumberland
16 March - 25 March, v arious times and locations.
Seniors Week

The festival celebrates the role seniors play and the contributions made to the NSW community.

4 April - 15 April, various times and locations.