12 July 2017
Waste Service contract to deliver better value, more services

Cumberland Council has awarded a tender to URM for the collection of kerbside waste, dumped rubbish and pre-booked pick up.  The new waste service was awarded at Council's 28 June Meeting and will deliver more than $18.8m in savings over the next eight and a half years. This represents a 25 per cent reduction on existing service costs.
Residents will also benefit from additional services, including a green bin for plant waste at no extra cost and the removal of reported dumped rubbish within one working day. Council will shortly release details of an app that will allow residents to report dumped rubbish 24/7. 
The savings and additional security built into the contract means that Council will no longer need to maintain the large waste reserve of the former Holroyd Council. Therefore all 34,992 residential properties in the former Holroyd area will be refunded $210. Check your rates notice or visit  www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au for more information.    
URM will start in August 2017. Over the coming months residents will be able to opt in to receiving their green bin. More information will be published on Council's website as it becomes available.

Malcolm Ryan
Interim General Manager
Cumberland Council
   The new waste services contract will deliver more savings and new services,  including a free green bin.
Cherry Blossom Festival: Tickets on sale Friday

Last year 60,000 Sydney-siders enjoyed the Cherry Blossom Festival in the Auburn Botanic Gardens. The 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival promises to be the biggest yet, with:
  • Food tasting with MasterChef Adam Liaw
  • Silent Disco with Japanese superstar DJ Yui Kannan
  • The Garden Clinic with Graham Ross
  • Movie night screenings: "Your Name" and "Shin Godzilla"
  • Sumo wrestling demonstrations, origami workshops, food trucks, Hello Kitty and more... 

Tickets go on sale Friday 14 July 2017. Visit www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au to book your tickets. 

   Rediscover the magic of Spring with Australia's largest Cherry Blossom Festival.
Locale Festival 14-24 July

The inaugural Locale Festival celebrates the people and places of Cumberland. Local residents and guests from across Greater Sydney are invited to:
  • Discover Cumberland's Aboriginal heritage and try Bush Tucker in Pemulwuy-14 July
  • Bring your skates, BMX or scooter to a pop up skate park in Greystanes-16 July
  • Live 'La Dolce Vita' for a day with the Italian community in Berala-19 July
  • Get a taste of Ottoman night life at a night Bazaar in Auburn-22 July
  • Dance your way through a Bollywood street party at Regents Park-23 July
 For the full program info click here.
   Take a walking and bus tour of the cultural and historical sites significant to Aboriginal people in Cumberland.
Support local democracy- work on election day 

In just under two months local residents will elect 15 new Councillors to represent the five wards of Cumberland: Regents Park, South Granville, Granville, Greystanes and Wentworthville.  Elections are a major logistical exercise with millions of NSW electors (or voters) casting their vote at thousands of polling places across the state. For this to run smoothly, the NSW Electoral Commission hires casual staff to work on election day. 

The NSW Electoral Commission is currently looking for people to work on the day of the NSW Local Council Election, Saturday 9 September 2017.  This will be n ot only an enjoyable day but a unique opportunity to experience Australian democracy firsthand.  If you are interested in working on election day, please submit your Expression of Interest .
   Play your part in supporting local democracy by working for the NSW Electoral Commission on election day.
Auburn Park re-opens to fanfare

Auburn Park re-opened with fanfare on Saturday 8 July, 2017. Local residents enjoyed a free barbecue lunch, face painting, cup cakes, Zumba and skills workshops with the GWS Giants. The revamped park boasts new:
  • Roads, paths and solar-powered lighting
  • Amenities building
  • Outdoor fitness space and equipment
  • Shade structure and park furniture
  • Cricket pitch and net
  • New, eye-catching water feature
  • Landscaping, including trees, shrubs, groundcovers and turf
  • Expanded playing fields
Neighbouring Bardo Park will have its re-opening on Saturday 22 July 2017. More information is available here.
   The revamped Auburn Park will give residents living in high density units the very best in outdoor green spaces.
What's on in Cumberland
Bardo Park Open Day

Celebrate the upgrade of your local park with free outdoor Zumba, face painting, cupcakes and coffee.
Saturday 22 July 2017, 12pm - 1.30pm
33-37 Station Road, Auburn Library

Balik Tanaw "Looking Back" exhibition

A new exhibition by Filipino-Australian artists looks at what gets left behind when moving to a new country. 
Saturday 8 July- Sunday 3 September
Peacock Gallery, Auburn
Council Meeting Wrap Up - 5 July 2017

Draft Hardship and Pensioner Rebate policies to go on public exhibition... 
A decision making framework to fairly assess hardship cases and offer financial support to residents that qualify and a single, whole-of-Council rebate program for Concession Card holders. Have Your Say

Cumberland Dividing Fences Policy adopted...
Council will pay 50 per cent of the cost of fencing to cash-strapped residents when their fence adjoins Council's operational land.

Review of historic Linnwood Estate...
A review is needed before a roadmap is developed for the future of the historic estate in Guildford. The Administrator indicated a preference to demolish derelict McCredie House to improve the curtilage of the 1891 built Linnwood House.

Future of pools goes to the poll...
Residents will answer a yes/no question about the management of Council's five pools at the upcoming NSW Local Council Elections. An engagement campaign including letterbox drop will be rolled out ahead of the election.

Suite of draft community and culture policies adopted...
The following policies were adopted without amendment: CCTV in Public Spaces, Seniors' Units for Independent Living, Access and Equity and Art and Cultural Collection. The Volunteer's Policy was adopted with amendments.

Tenders awarded...
DWP Australia was awarded a tender for $772k for architectural services for the Granville Multipurpose Centre and Axis Construction was awarded a tender for $1.8m to build a new amenities building at Guildford Park.  

Follow up from Auburn Public Inquiry...
Street closure applications will be treated by the Cumberland Local Traffic Committee, with affected residents being given the opportunity to make a submission to the Committee beforehand. A policy is being prepared limiting helicopter landings on Council land for emergencies only. 

Transport for NSW request to run double-decker buses on Council Roads...
Council has no objection to double-decker buses running on the M92 bus route through Lidcombe, with residents to benefit from increased seating: 100 seats compared to 65 on a single deck bus.

Council begins reform of Section 94 developer contributions...
Residents will benefit from increased investment in infrastructure and better handling of developer contributions after Council adopted reforms to Section 94 (S94) contributions. Learn more

Council tackles affordable housing in Cumberland...
Interim affordable housing will set five per cent target for affordable housing in new residential developments.

Planning Agreements to boost affordable housing, revitalise Duck River...
The new policy encourages developers to set aside a five per cent target for affordable housing in new residential proposals and allocate at least five per cent of the value of agreements in 'value adding developments' to fund the revitalisation of Duck River. Learn more

Reclassification of public land in Wentworthville...
The reclassification of The Kingsway Carpark site and the Lane Street Community Facilities site, Wentworthville have been deferred until a new facilities management strategy document is prepared.

Change to the Holroyd Development Control Plan (DCP) 2013...
The text of the DCP was made clearer and Council officers were given greater discretion when it comes to notifications around minor developments.
Neil Street Precinct Planning Proposal endorsed... 
Following consideration by Cumberland IHAP the proposal was endorsed, the development controls for the Neil Street Precinct was adopted and minor adjustments were made to zoning boundaries.

Duck River Master Plan...
Council has a once in a life opportunity to transform the Duck River corridor into world class green space. Council will receive (non-monetary) support from Canterbury Bankstown Council; conversations with the City of Parramatta Council are ongoing. Council is determined to go-it alone if necessary.

Draft Outdoor Dining Policy to go on public exhibition...
Outdoor dining space limited to approved food businesses with sufficient space to avoid obstruction to pedestrians. Have Your Say

May Monthly Investment Report...
Council's investment portfolio has a current market value of $152m. So far in 2017 Council's portfolio earned $4.6m in interest, which is $280k higher than budgeted.
Merrylands Revitalisation Expenditure...
Council has spent $27m on land acquisitions and $2.5m on legal/consultancy fees for the Merrylands Revitalisation Project.
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