28 April 2020
Stimulus Package for Councils
Cumberland City Council recently called for a stimulus package, aimed at supporting  local councils and ensuring economic activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. We think the stimulus package announcement over the weekend from the NSW Government, is a great start.
The package will provide a three-month Council Job Retention Allowance to help retain council staff; a funding boost to help councils meet the 2020/21 Emergency Service levy and an increase in low-interest loans for infrastructure works provided through the NSW Government's borrowing function (T Corp).
We service approximately 240,000 residents and we, like many Councils, have had to suspend a number of events and services in order to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and keep our residents safe.  Council is often at the frontline when it comes to delivering services to the community. We want to keep delivering for our local community. We welcome this funding and we look forward to seeing how the Government's package translates and lessens the financial impact of Covid-19.
Warning on Illegal Dumping
While many residents and businesses do the right thing, illegal dumping is happening across Cumberland. We don't want to fine people up to $8,000 for dumping rubbish illegally but the reality is cleaning up illegal dumping comes at an expense to Council and ultimately ratepayers.
We know that with the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are spring cleaning. If you're a Cumberland resident, cleaning out your house and wanting to dispose of unwanted goods, please take advantage of our four free Council collections per year for up to two cubic square metres of items.
Council collections and illegal dumping can be reported to Council by calling 02 8757 9000.
Extra Cleaning across Cumberland
Public health and safety is our priority so if you're out and about in our community, you may see our Council staff wiping down services at bus stops and cleaning railings. This extra cleaning is part of our effort to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.
We know that this virus can remain on surfaces, so we'll do everything possible to keep you safe.
Good Neighbour Campaign 
I believe a sense of community is alive and well in Cumberland. We achieve this, in part, by being good neighbours and ensuring the most vulnerable community members of our community are not isolated.
With social distancing regulations and public movement restrictions, it can be hard to maintain relationships with those around you. But we're finding ways to stay connected with the Good Neighbour campaign.
Get involved by printing and filling out the Good Neighbour Calling Card and leaving it at the door of your neighbours in need.
Whether it's offering to help them with groceries or just having a friendly chat over the phone, let them know you're around if they need anything to help get them through. For more information on this initiative, please visit our website

When we finally emerge from this health crisis, we will remember that our neighbours were there, still checking on us and caring about our well-being.
Stay safe and stay healthy.
Borrow an eBook from our Libraries

Cumberland City Council Library Service has a wide range of free e-resources that residents can access from the comfort of their home. 

Explore the variety of ebooks, audio books, digital magazines, and research databases, for all ages and interests. To learn more vist our Library online database.

Follow the Library Facebook page for more information about our online resources and programs, including our Online Storytime sessions. 

Not a member? You can 'Join Online' today.
Poppy's StoryTime is now Streaming Live

We understand the impacts of COVID-19 has left you with everything from entertaining the kids to homeschooling. 

That's why we've created a whole range of online activities for kids, including Poppy's StoryTime. 

Stream it live from our webpage  and get that well-deserved break. The stories are updated weekly and so far include, 'Two Birds on a Wire', 'Three Little Pigs' and 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. Stay tuned for more!

Cumberland City Free Testing Clinics 

Last week NSW Health included Cumberland City as a key area for increased COVID-19 testing. 

The decision was made due to a number of community transmissions where the origin could not be identified.

Recent developments have indicated anyone who lives or works in the Cumberland area can be tested for free at a COVID-19 Testing Clinic. 

This includes whose without a Medicare card, such as visitors from overseas and Asylum Seekers.

For more information on where to find a testing clinic visit the NSW Health website.

For the latest information and where to get Emergency Assistance, Community and Business Support and more visit our website

Seniors Receive Books for Wellness
Last week Council delivered print novels to Seniors who would normally be attending their group Wellness Programs. 

To stay entertained and keep busy, Seniors expressed their interest in reading books during their welfare call checks.

In a collective effort, old books from our libraries were cleaned, repackaged and delivered to Seniors in isolation.

Phyllis and Sharon (pictured) appreciated the opportunity to go on an adventure without having to leave their homes.

For more information on our Social Inclusion programs please call 8757 9000. 

Our Mobile Recycling is Still in Service

Have you had a clean-out? Many at home are utilising their spare time to get to all the recycling, missed during Spring clean-out, out of the home.

You're in luck. Our Mobile Recycling service comes to you and picks up everything from, hazardous waste like paint to chemicals, e-waste, mobile phones and even batteries. 

So not to confuse with our 'Book a Clean-up' service, this 'Mobile Recycling' specifically deals with hazardous and problem waste. For more information, and to see what is accepted, visit our  website.

Looking to get rid of non-waste materials? Simply Book a clean-up online
What's On From Home
Employ Local 

Looking for a new job? As a service to our community, we've consolidated information on local businesses looking to hire.

For a list of businesses hiring or to list your business visit, ' Employ Local'.
 Art Awards 2020

Find a list of winners, support local artists and visit our online Exhibition. 

To visit the Exhibition visit our website. Don't forget to vote for your favourite artwork for the People's Choice Award
 Ramadan 2020

Wishing all those who celebrate a blessed start to the month. Embrace the spirit of the month by staying home, supporting local food businesses and more. 

Visit a range of ways you can involved on our website
Contact your Councillors

Cumberland City Council has 14 Councillors representing the five Wards of Granville, Greystanes, South Granville, Regents Park and Wentworthville. 

The primary role of a Councillor is to represent the people who live in their Ward. 

They are your local representative to Council. 

To find out who are the Councillors for your ward and their contact details please click here.

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