12 June 2018
Ramadan Kareem and Eid Mubarak!

Cumberland Council is fortunate to be one of the most diverse Local Government Areas in Sydney with people from many different backgrounds living side by side.

Of the 220,000 people who call Cumberland home, nearly half were born overseas, more than 60 per cent speak a language other than English and our ancestors can be traced to over 150 countries. 

In Cumberland we welcome everyone. Cumberland's cultural diversity is something to be proud of and occasions such as Ramadan provide us a great opportunity to celebrate it.

Ramadan is a time for reflection, forgiveness and renewing faith. It is a time that families and neighbours come together to share the Iftar meal each day and a chance to connect with the community.

As a Council we are determined for Cumberland to be a place where everyone can belong. This is why we have commissioned banners welcoming Ramadan, as we will for other major religious and cultural festivals.

You may see these banners hanging around your community, just as you may have seen banners for Reconciliation Week, Easter and Diwali.

These banners are just one way we can use Ramadan to share community experiences and learn more about the cult ural traditions of many people who call Cumberland home.

Best wishes to everyone observing Ramadan.

Youth team, flower fest' win big at Local Government Awards

A ground breaking initiative that flipped the script by putting young people in charge of Council's youth strategy and NSW's largest flower festival are the two big winners for Cumberland Council at the Local Government Excellence Awards held on 7 June 2018.
Council's Youth Participation and Programs Team won the award for 'Innovative Leadership and Management' while the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival won the award for 'Local Economic Contribution'.
Council had five finalists at the 2018 Local Government Excellence Awards, including its Mobile Community Recycling Service, Fight the Dust Asbestos Awareness Campaign and Auburn Park upgrade.

Council's pioneering work with young people was recognised at the Local Government Excellence Awards.
Cumberland Community Grants Program 

Cumberland Council has invested almost $600,000 in the community, as part of the 2017-18 Cumberland Community Grants Program. 

The program provides grants to local individuals and not for profit organisations for projects that deliver a social, economic, cultural, recreational or environmental benefit to the Cumberland community.

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Remembering  Narelle Morris

A plaque unveiling was held at Volunteer Park in Merrylands on Friday 1 June, in honour of Cumberland resident and dedicated volunteer Narelle Morris, who passed away on Christmas Day 2017.

Mayor Greg Cummings said Narelle was a passionate and loyal person who dedicated much of her life to helping her Cumberland community.

"Narelle was a remarkable woman and a well liked member of our community. She joined Holroyd Community Aid as a volunteer in 2004 and very quickly took on a leadership role amongst the volunteers. Narelle was instrumental in improving the organisation's volunteer numbers and positive community outcomes," Mayor Cummings said.

"Narelle was well known especially around Merrylands and developed relationships with residents, business owners, service providers, Council staff and elected Councillors.

"People always spoke highly of Narelle and her life experience which gave her a strong sense of community spirit. In 2012 Narelle was awarded Holroyd Citizen of the Year in recognition of her outstanding and long term volunteer work for the community and in 2016 was recognised as Granville's local woman of the year.

"Cumberland will always remember Narelle and I hope others will continue to use her as an inspiration to make a difference in the lives of everyone we meet."

Help us improve our library services

Libraries offer so much more than just books; they're community hubs. 

We want to ensure the community is able to get the most out of the library resources available. 

That's why it's important for us to know how well we are doing now and how we can improve for the future. 

We are committed to providing great customer service and the results of the survey will help inform our Library Strategic Plan.
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Council meeting

An ordinary meeting of Council was held on Wednesday 6 June 2018. To view the minutes of the meeting or to watch the full video, please  click here. The next meeting will be held on:

Wednesday 20 June 2018,  6.30pm
Merrylands Service Centre, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands.
Soap Making Basics

Making your own soap is both a great way to save money and help the environment; it also makes the perfect gift. In this workshop you will learn the  basics of cold process soap making  and at the end take home your own natural soap.

Saturday 16 June 2018
10am - 12pm 
Auburn Centre for the Community, 
Corner of Macquarie Road and Hutchinson Street

Flavours of Auburn Food Tour: Turkish Cuisine & Culture

Take a walking tour to discover more about Turkish food and culture in Auburn. You will be led by a local tour guide who will share about the culture as you stop at local businesses to sample a wide array of delicious food. This tour will also include a special stop at Auburn's famous Gallipoli Mosque.

Saturday 16 June 2018
10.30am - 1.30pm 
Auburn Train Station

Cumberland Council is supporting the Activate Inclusion Sports Day which gives children aged 5 - 18 with learning difficulties, intellectual, sensory and physical disabilities the opportunity to try new sports. Register online early as places are limited. 

Wednesday 27 June 2018
9.30am - 1.30pm
Genea Netball Centre, 1 Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park 

Flavours of Auburn Cooking Class: Afghani Cuisine

Discover the delights of Afghani food in a small group. Learn and help with the preparation, and enjoy an amazing meal after the class. The class includes all ingredients and drinks.

Friday 29 June 2018, 6-9 pm 
Auburn Centre for Community
Corner of Macquarie Road and Hutchinson Street

Join Cumberland Council's Children's Services team for a fun morning of stories, songs and a visit from Poppy the Possum.

The Bush School delivers engaging play-based experiences to foster an understanding and appreciation of the environment through literacy. All are welcome, with no bookings necessary.

Monday 2 July 2018 
Bush School, Central Gardens, Paton Street, Merrylands

Fun 4 Kids 'Winter Wonderland'

Ice skating, an inflatable snow globe, a Frozen jumping castle and an Igloo Cafe are just some of the fun things that will transform  Central Gardens into a winter wonderland for the school holidays. 

Friday 13 July 2018,  10am - 3pm
Central Gardens, Paton Street, Merrylands