Cumberland Council E-news 8 July 2016

Cumberland Council Local Representative Committee 
holds its first meeting

The first meeting of the Cumberland Council Local Representative Committee was held on the 5th of July at the Merrylands office of Council. The Committee was established to provide insight on a range of local issues facing the new Council. In attendance were former Holroyd City and Parramatta City Councillors (former Auburn City Councillors will be appointed at the conclusion of the Public Inquiry) and community representatives.  

Malcolm Ryan
General Manager, Cumberland Council
Improving the safety and quality of our roads

Cumberland Council has published its first ever Draft Operational Plan for 2016/17 which includes a substantial investment in quality public infrastructure, particularly through the maintenance and upgrade of roads.
A subtotal of $77,750,239 will be invested into capital works in 2016/17. The majority of the infrastructure work will focus on improving roads with $12,315,216 being allocated for this purpose. This funding will cover a comprehensive collection of road upgrades including reconstructions, pavement resurfacing, minor and major patching, kerb and gutter replacement and drainage improvements.
The capital works plan includes a number of projects including: a $541,000 reconstruction of half a kilometre of road pavement on Park Road, Berala; $371,000 of reseal works at Veron Street, Wentworthville; and $433,000 of road pavement reconstruction at Church Street which will increase accessibility to the local sports precinct which includes Lidcombe Oval, Auburn Basketball Centre, PCYC Auburn and the Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre which is currently undergoing a major upgrade.

Park Road Berala to be upgraded

National Tree Day
Cumberland Council is hosting National Tree Day events at Central Gardens Park in Merrylands West and Auburn Botanic Gardens, Chiswick Road, Auburn. Gather family and friends together and enjoy this fun and free family event, while helping to improve our local environment and meeting like-minded people in our community.
Gloves, tools and light refreshments will be provided. Volunteers at Auburn Botanic Gardens are invited to stay for a BBQ and fauna display after the planting.
Both events will be held from 10am to midday on 31 July. To register for the event at Central Gardens please click here or to register for the event at Auburn Botanic Gardens please click here. For more information please visit
Cumberland Art and Photography Award winners
The winners of the inaugural       Cumberland Art and Photography Awards were announced on 2 July at the Peacock Gallery in Auburn.

Congratulations to Ilya Akhmedov, from Auburn, who was awarded $2500 for winning the Art  Award with his piece 'Hard Workers of Auburn' and Marian Abboud, from Granville, who won  the Photography Award and $2000 with her photograph 'The Secret Handshake 1'.

All entries will be exhibited at the Peacock Gallery, Auburn, until Sunday  31 July. Drop in and vote for your favourite works in the 'People's Choice' awards. The artist and  photographer with the most votes at the end of the exhibition will each win $100.  
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Asbestos Awareness

Managing asbestos can be complicated - there are lots of different laws and rules about who can handle it and how it should be done.
To help make sense of it all, Asbestos Answers was developed to provide information on asbestos disposal, as well as issues relating to renovations and development approvals. It also provides advice on what to do if asbestos has been dumped near you or you think someone in the neighbourhood is not handling asbestos correctly. For more information, visit

Learn to swim at Guildford Swim Centre
Guildford Swim Centre is a Gold level Austswim Recognised Swim Centre and provides high quality teachers. In addition, Cumberland Council is affiliated with Royal Life Saving and provides the Swim & Survive Program.
The Guildford Swim Centre is heated and classes are available all year round. Term 3 commences from 18 July until 25 September.

For more information call 9632 1491.

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