10 March 2020
Mayor Steve Christou with local resident Julie, who Council has been assisting with housing matters.
Public consultation starts on Draft Local Housing Strategy

A draft Local Housing Strategy has been released by Cumberland City Council to help meet the future housing needs of the community.
The Strategy considers existing housing supply and demand drivers for additional housing opportunity based on the analysis of the demographic trends. The Strategy also identifies a range of opportunities to address the issue of affordable housing. This includes providing incentives for housing providers to offer affordable housing.
"We want to hear from the community on what they think of our draft Housing Strategy and where they think housing should be provided in the future." said Mayor Steve Christou.
Residents are invited to provide submissions by Tuesday, 31 March 2020. For more information visit haveyoursay.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/local-housing-strategy.
Cumberland to celebrate Ramadan

Auburn is set to be transformed into a vibrant food festival over one big night as thousands of people celebrate Ramadan.
"This food festival allows us to celebrate faith, reflection, hospitality, generosity and coming together as one community," said Mayor Steve Christou.
"It's an incredible celebration for the residents of Auburn, it's a beautiful atmosphere and it's also extremely good for our local economy. Last year's event attracted thousands of people to the streets of Auburn. We expect the event will be bigger and better this year. We encourage local residents to come down and see what Ramadan is all about."
When: Saturday 9 May 2020 (5pm to 10pm)
Where: Auburn Town centre, including Auburn Road, Mary Street, Harrow Road, Queen Street and Auburn Central
Getting there: The festival is a 2 minute walk from Auburn Train Station. Limited parking is available at Susan Street Carpark.

A recent Healthy Kids session with Merrylands Public School and representatives from the Western Sydney Wanderers.
Being active and healthy pays off for kids

A huge thank you to year five and six students from Granville Public School and Merrylands Public School for participating in the Women in Sport Roadshow, which forms part of our Healthy Kids program.
These sessions wouldn't be possible without the support of groups like Women NSW and Little Athletics NSW. We would also like to thank professional athlete and ambassadors Tay-Leiha Clark and Ella Mastrantonio for their support and helping us get kids active. 

Other VIPs who participated in recent sessions include Western Sydney Wanderers Women's League head coach, Dean Heffernan and his assistant, Michael Beauchamp.
"The kids of Cumberland are our future generation so being healthy and playing sport, has never been more important," said Mayor Christou. "We are working with some big advocates for women's sport and it's a real honour to have them mentoring young people in our community."

Mayor Steve Christou and Parramatta Lord Mayor Bob Dwyer.
A friendly match of cricket skills

Cumberland City Council and City of Parramatta Council will play in a friendly cricket match at George Parry Oval, Mona Park.
Commenting on the upcoming match, Mayor Steve Christou said: "While it's a friendly match there is definitely a very competitive atmosphere between the two sides. This match  has an old tradition between the former Parramatta and Holroyd Councils.

In a recent meeting, Parramatta Lord Mayor, Bob Dwyer, suggested that the losing side should suffer a consequence. 
"I think that Parramatta should be required to give up their side of Granville if they lose! Parramatta is quietly confident of a win but we shall see", said Mayor Steve Christou.
How to win a Stockland Mall voucher

Cumberland City Council is running a competition for residents to support Neighbour Day, 29 March 2020.

Simply write in 250 words or less how you will be getting together with your neighbours on Neighbour Day. Whether it's a tea party, picnic or lunch we want to hear from you.

The top 5 selected entries will receive a $100 Stockland Mall voucher and will feature on Council's  FacebookInstagram and  LinkedIn pages.  The competition closes 16 March 2020.

Winners will be announced on Facebook and Instagram by 23 March 2020.

Send us your online entry using our short questionnaire.
Artistic impression of the Granville Centre, opening 2020.
Hire a space at the Granville Centre

Cumberland City Council are inviting you to register your interest and provide feedback on what you want to see and do at the Granville Centre.

The Centre will include a fully furbished 1000 square metre library, arts and cultural hub and the largest community centre in Cumberland City.

Space for hire will also be available, including residential space, consulting rooms, a hall accommodating up to 300 people, two studio spaces, a lounge and the largest commercial kitchen in Cumberland City.

The Centre is expected to be completed in the second half of 2020. The project is jointly funded by Cumberland City Council and the NSW Government's Stronger Communities Fund.

To express your interest visit the Cumberland City Council website
Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood 2020 

Refugee Camp in My Neighbourhood is a simulated refugee journey set up in the grounds of Auburn Centre for Community between 27 July and 7 August 2020. Tour guides, who are former refugees or currently seeking asylum, guide participants through the interactive exhibition.
This project is delivered annually, offering school excursions and professional development opportunities. Participants will discover the stories of local residents and experience second-hand what it's like to flee your country in search for safety. 

Bookings are open to schools to express their interest. Hurry as places are running out.

You can book using the following methods:
  • Book here
  • Phone: 8757 9796
  • Email: refugeecamp@cumberland.nsw.gov.au

Sign up to the Refugee Camp in My Neighbourhood quarterly newsletter for more information.

What's On in Cumberland City
 Rising Star Sport Award

This grant aims to celebrate and support the achievements of local residents who are pursuing excellence in the field of sport. For more information, or to apply, visit the Cumberland City Council website.

When:  Applications close 31 March 2020.
Flavours of Auburn: Pakistani/Iranian 
When: Friday 10 April 2020, 6pm - 9pm. 

Where: Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Rd, Auburn.  

Book online today. 
Electrical Repair Cafe

When: Saturday 14 March 2020, 10am to 12pm.

Where: Berala Community Centre, 98/104 Woodburn Rd, Berala. 

For more details, visit the Cumberland City Council 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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