14 January 2020
Mayor Steve Christou has successfully lobbied for Cumberland to get a city status.
Cumberland gets city status

'Cumberland Council' will be renamed as 'Cumberland City Council'. As the fifth largest Council in NSW, Cumberland is situated in the Greater Sydney Region and is an area that is changing in terms of its economic landscape.
"On the night I was elected as Mayor, I promised that Cumberland would get the city status it deserves and I'm pleased to say that we're achieving that city status in 2020," says Mayor Steve Christou.
"As a region, we're contributing significantly to the regional economy and new opportunities are on the horizon for industry, culture and city planning. Getting a city status will strengthen our position as a Council, but also how others see us. This will in turn benefit of our local economy and community."
Mayor Steve Christou and Deputy Mayor Eddy Sarkis at Wentworthville pool .
Revitalisation of Wentworthville

The redevelopment of Wentworthville pool is moving full steam ahead with the construction tender for the $8.8 million-dollar upgrade announced.
The project will see the construction of a new program pool, new change rooms and a café. A lift will also be installed to allow people with disabilities to use the existing 50 metre pool.
"I know this new pool is eagerly awaited by swimmers in our local community. Our residents deserve facilities that are modern," says Mayor Steve Christou.
"As Mayor, one of my main priorities is to rejuvenate Wentworthville and this multi-million dollar upgrade goes a long way to fulfilling that commitment."
The pool is expected to be ready in time for next summer.
Mayor Steve Christou and Councillor Joe Rahme at the site earmarked in Granville.
'Council looks to Granville as its new home' 

Following the amalgamation of the former Holroyd, Auburn and parts of Parramatta Council in 2016, Council has been maintaining two administration buildings in Auburn and Merrylands.
This is one of the reasons why Council is exploring the possibility of centralising its headquarters in Granville, in a move that will bring around 600 staff under the one roof. Customer service functions will remain in Merrylands and Auburn to ensure continuity of service.
Commenting on the relocation, Mayor Steve Christou says: "Granville is in the heart of greater Sydney and it makes sense that businesses, including Council would look at this area as their potential home".
The relocation proposal will now be the subject of a detailed feasibility and planning process.  
Australia Day Celebrations at Holroyd Gardens
Cumberland Council is inviting you to a family fun-filled Australia Day at our iconic Holroyd Gardens from 6pm to 10pm on Sunday 26 January.

Be entertained by live acts from the likes of Wiggles music writer John Field, The Voice Australia's Carlos C MAJOR and star dancers from Australia's Got Talent Kookies n Kream.
The day will also offer carnival rides for kids and adults, a wide range of delicious food stalls, show bags, face painting and henna art.

For a full schedule of the evening, directions on how to get there, please visit the Cumberland Council website.
Lunar New Year: The Year of the Rat

Come along and celebrate  Lunar New Year this year at Auburn Town Centre on Saturday 1 February from 5pm to 9pm.

Enjoy an evening of free entertainment and activities to celebrate the start to the Year of the Rat. The Rat sits at the beginning of all zodiac animals and is considered by in Chinese culture to be associated with the Earthly Branch.

Meet Kung Fu Panda and his friend and see his on-stage show while experiencing the vibrant New Year's lion dance and much more.

For a full schedule of the evening, directions on how to get there, and further information, please visit the Cumberland Council website.
Changes to Mulching Services

Cumberland Council will be ceasing its mulching services located at the Guildford Depot as of Monday 3 February 2020.

Council encourages the use of in-house clean green garden bins for recycling garden waste.

Alternatively, for larger amounts of garden waste, register for a Book a clean-up service. Residents can book up to four times a year for free!

For more information, please visit the Cumberland Council website.
Council is offering the Rising Star Sport Award

The Rising Star Sport Award aims to celebrate and support the achievements of local residents who are pursuing excellence in the field of sport. 

The Rising Star Sport Award will provide one off financial assistance to individual local athletes of any age who have been selected to represent their sport at a state, national or international level.

This year, the grant opportunity will be open all year round. Applications close on the last Monday of every month.

For more information, please contact Susana Perez on 8757 9618 or email susana.perez@cumberland.nsw.gov.au.
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Call out for volunteer drivers to help ill children

Little Wings is a Council-supported children's charity who provide free, safe and professional flight and hospital services for seriously ill children from rural and regional NSW.

Little Wings are calling on volunteers from the Cumberland local government area to assist with providing vital services and giving back to the community.

The role will include volunteer drivers working closely with the flight operations team to provide efficient transportation of families between Bankstown Airport and the Children's Hospitals at Westmead and Randwick.

To express your interest, please email Gina Foong at gina.foong@littlewings.org.au. 
What's On in Cumberland
Flavours of Auburn: Congolese Zimbabwean Cuisine

Details: Friday 14 February 2020,
6pm to 9pm.
Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Rd, Auburn.  
Book here today.
Sports for Seniors

Are you over 55 years old, looking to get active and live in the Cumberland area? Register now for Masters Games - 17 to 25 February - for sports including table tennis, pickle ball, lawn bowls, walking netball and walking football. 

To register email Susana.perez@cumberland.nsw.gov.au or call 8757 9618.

Get active at Cumberland

Book or register for one or more of the activities and classes on offer. From yoga and fitness classes through to cooking, singing, learning a new language.

For more information, please visit the Cumberland Council website

Contact your Councillors

Cumberland 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.