12 December 2017
Wrapping up 2017

This will be the final e-news update for 2017, with updates resuming on 9 January 2017.

The final Council Meetings for 2017 will be held on 13 December and 20 December. Council Meetings will resume on 7 February 2018.

Please refer to the timetable for Cumberland Council's operating hours over the Christmas and New Year period.

Spaces still available in School Holiday Program

It's not too late to book in for the December 2017 / January 2018 School Holiday Program! 

Council operates four education and care services catering for children in kindergarten through to Year 7. 
  • Parramatta West OOSH (Double Digits) - 57 Auburn Street, Parramatta West
  • Guildford West OOSH - 50 Princes Street, Guildford West
  • Ringrose OOSH - 18-36 Ringrose Avenue, Greystanes
  • Sherwood Grange OOSH - 50 Bruce Street, Merrylands
The program kicks off on Monday 18 December 2017 and runs until Monday 29 January 2018.  For more information, click here . To book a place, email info.schoolholidays@cumberland.nsw.gov.au.   

The aim of the program for 10-13 year old (called "Double Digits") is to provide a fun and relaxed environment with an emphasis on fun, free time, developing independence and problem-solving
Cumberland Giving Trees

Those who receive your gift may never get to thank you personally, but will surely be grateful.  Buy a gift, pick up a tag and place your present under any of the Cumberland Giving Trees before Thursday 21 December 2017.

Gifts donated will be distributed by:
  •         Holroyd Community Aid
  •         Pathways Community Care
  •         House of Welcome
  •         Cumberland Multicultural Community Services
  •         Parramatta Holroyd Family Support
Giving Trees are located at:
  •         Cumberland Council, Auburn 1 Susan Street, Auburn
  •         Cumberland Council, Merrylands 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands
  •         Rosnay Golf Club, 5 Weymouth Avenue, Auburn
  •         Guildford Bowling Club, 97 Bursell Street, Guildford
  •         Guildford Leagues Club, 25-55 Tamplin Road, Guildford
  •         Club Merrylands Bowling, Corner Oxford and Newman Streets, Merrylands
  •         Merrylands RSL, 14 Military Road, Merrylands
  •         Nelson Grove Retirement Village, 2 Newport Street, Pemulwuy
Please phone 8757 9000 for more information. 
Michael Beech and Tanya Bellenger from Guildford Bowling Club stand next to one of Cumberland's Giving Trees. Photo Credit: Torch Publishing
C alling for EOIs: Advisory Committees

Cumberland Council is inviting expressions of interest from community members to be part of the following Advisory Committees of Council:
  • Arts Advisory Committee
  • Companion Animals Advisory Committee
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Consultative Committee
  • Community Safety Committee
  • Library Committee
  • Youth Advisory Committee
  • Events Committee
  • Access Committee based at Merrylands (as a sub-committee of the Cumberland Access and Inclusion Panel)
  • Access Committee based at Auburn (as a sub-committee of the Cumberland Access and Inclusion Panel)
The above Committees act as advisory bodies to Council. The purpose of Council's Advisory Committees is to provide a consultative forum for the community to engage with and provide advice to Council, as well as inform Council's policy, program, and service delivery across the subject areas. Committees will meet at least quarterly and operate under Council's corporate governance framework, including the Code of Conduct.
Expressions of Interest for Cumberland Council's Advisory Committees are open until 4pm, Friday 19 January 2018. All former members of Advisory Committees are invited to express interest in resuming their involvement.
To find out more and to nominate for an Advisory Committee please visit: cumberland.nsw.gov.au/have-your-say.

Put your passion and expertise to use by expressing your interest in one of Council's Advisory Committees. 
Open Space and Recreation Strategy

Cumberland Council has set a new goal to make improvements to its open spaces and recreational facilities such as parks, sports fields, gardens, picnic areas, playgrounds and more.

The Open Space and Recreation Strategy will be a 10 year framework that activates Cumberland's outdoor destinations and recreation, while exploring new opportunities.  
But its most important that these improvements reflect what the community needs, so Council is asking for your help to create it!

Your feedback will give Council an understanding of how these spaces are currently used and managed, whether the current services and spaces meet your needs, and what you would like to see in the future.

Visit cumberland.nsw.gov.au/have-your-say and complete our online survey before 23 February 2018.

Have your say on the future of Cumberland's parks and open spaces.
What's on in Cumberland
Australia Day Awards
Hurry. Nominations close tomorrow!

Nominate your local hero in one of five categories, including citizen of the year, as part of Cumberland Council's "2018 Australia Day Awards". 

Extraordinary Council Meeting

Attend the Council Meeting in person at the recently refurbished Council Chambers or live stream proceedings from the comfort of your own home. 
Wednesday 13 December, 6.30pm,
16 Memorial Ave, Merrylands.
"Landscape" Art Exhibition

Explore physical, political, social and emotional landscapes that impact the world and the imagination. 
Saturday 9 December -  Sunday 28 January,
Peacock Gallery, Chiswick Road, Auburn.