26 May 2020

We're almost halfway through the year and I want to acknowledge what an unprecedented and challenging year we have had so far. Cumberland prides itself on its community spirit and being accessible to residents, so I hope the way we have been shifting our services during COVID-19 helped our community better navigate these times.
From offering online resources for families in quarantine, hosting a pop-up flu clinic for our homeless population and providing support for residential and business ratepayers, Council is here for its community.
I would also like to wish our Islamic community a Happy Eid, marking the conclusion of the Holy Month of Ramadan.  I hope you enjoyed celebrating over the weekend, Cumberland is proud to be a city that is home to many cultures and faiths. 
It looks like we're surely yet slowly recovering from this pandemic. Our parks, ovals, pools and libraries are beginning to open in June with physical distancing and stringent cleaning measures in place. 
Please use these facilities with caution, this will only work if we are vigilant. We hope to see you on the other side of this pandemic. 
Merrylands Community Service Centre
  L ocal  residents are invited  to visit our new Community Service Centre (Shop 1/205 Merrylands Road, Merrylands) if you have any questions about Council projects or services or would like to raise issues where we may be able to assist.
The office is open 9am to 4pm or by appointment. This is Cumberland City Council's way of servicing the local community and making ourselves accessible to local residents, particularly while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

The intention is now to roll out these Centres in each of our wards and ensure we are accessible to the local community.
  Granville Multipurpose Centre on the way
  The Granville Multipurpose Centre is just a few short months away from opening its doors. 

Last week, Mayor Steve Christou joined fellow Granville ward Councillor Joe Rahme to inspect progress on the new facility.
Featuring a Youth and Recreation facility, library and community spaces, the Centre is expected to be completed and open to the community in late August 2020.

Changes to Council Services

In line with the latest State Government guidance, Council will be reopening some services with new measures in place.

All Cumberland City Parks and Gardens are now open. 
If you are feeling unwell, please think of the vulnerable communities who will be in open spaces and stay home. 

Squad training for pools
From 29 May 2020, Guildford Pool will reopen for squad training. 

Training at sports ovals
From 29 May 2020, Council will be accepting bookings for training sessions of up to 10 people at our sports ovals. To make a booking, please contact Emma Higgins on 8757 9621.  For seasonal hire or all other enquiries please contact the Bookings Team on 8757 9000. 

Libraries and galleries
In line with the latest State Government guidance, the Auburn and Merrylands Libraries will be on 1 June 2020 for collections and returns with new measures in place. This will include:
  • Physical distancing protocols 
  • Regular cleaning and disinfection of surfaces
  • Hand hygiene facilities available at the door
Group activities will be temporarily suspended. Books returned will also undergo a new quarantining for 24 hours.

The Peacock Gallery will also be reopening from 3 June 2020. 
Twenty Years of Reconciliation

As part of Reconciliation Week 2020, Council has a range of activities to help foster Aboriginal and Indigenous history, culture and identity in our communities. In the wake of COVID-19, this year's theme is 'In This Together'.
Cultural Awareness Training

Council is a running a free Cultural Awareness Training webinar on Friday 29 May 2020 from 10am to 12pm.

To register, visit the Council website. Places are limited.
Virtual Movie Screening

Join us for a virtual screening of 'In My Blood It Runs'. Support the First Nations' people from the comfort of your own home on Wednesday 3 June, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. 

To secure your spot, register on Eventbrite
Important Update from Local Health
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested at a COVID-19 testing clinic. Symptoms include cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath or fever. 

Other reported symptoms of COVID-19 include loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite.

A new drive through clinic has opened at Stocklands Merrylands.

The clinic is open from  9am to 4pm Monday to Friday on level three of the Stocklands Merrylands car park. 

This new clinic in Merrylands will also have interpreter resources to assist the culturally and linguistically diverse community.

Local health authorities have said it is safe to go to doctors and hospitals. Visitor restrictions still remain in NSW hospitals. 

Breastscreening has also recommenced at Auburn Hospital. IVF services are also now available again by some providers. 

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms contact your doctor (GP), a COVID-19 Testing Clinic or call the 24/7 hotline 1800 020 080.

For updated advice, visit the NSW Health website
Samsung Washing Machines Safety Recall

Do you own a Samsung washer manufactured between 2010 and 2013?

Samsung is seeking community assistance to help locate certain models of its top loader washing machines due to a factory recall. 

Cumberland City has been identified as a region with these Samsung models. It is important to contact Samsung if you own one of these washers as they have been flagged as faulty, and could cause smoke, or fire. 
For more information on how to identify these machines, see the pamphlet, or the Samsung Product Safety Hotline on 1800 239 655. 

What's On From Home
Virtual Art  Exhibition

Local artist Ghasan Saaid's 'Resistance' is a culmination of  multi-media art installations. His art aims to raise awareness of torture and trauma.

To enter the exhibition, visit the Council website.
 'CREATE' with our Libraries 

For Library and Information Week running 25 May - 31 May, Council have a range of fun activities for you and the family. 

Get involved! Visit the Council  website .
Have Your Say

Provide your feedback on a range of Council projects, plans and policies that are currently on exhibition.  Help shape the future of Cumberland City. 

Visit the Have Your Say 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.