16 April 2019
Cumberland Local Festival showcases diverse local stories

People from across Sydney and beyond are invited to experience the people and places of Cumberland during the six-week-long Cumberland Local Festival from 18 April to 26 May 2019.

Featuring a wide variety of community, cultural and cuisine-related local events, Cumberland Local Festival will kick off with the Try Sports Event at the Bathurst Street Park on Thursday 18 April and conclude with the Auburn Botanic Gardens Open Day on Sunday 26 May.

A notable feature of the event is Our Stories Granville, which sees Granville Town Hall and carpark become a cinema and event experience for one night only. The unique experience will be powered by mobile projection specialists Little Projector Company as featured at Parramatta Lanes and Australia's biggest light festivals including Vivid Sydney and Melbourne White Night. 

Granville Town Hall will be transformed into a canvas with large scale visuals inspired by the stories and places of the people of Granville all set to a live soundscape. T he short films, stories and visuals shown will be crowd sourced from the Granville community, with  contributions and collaborations from Arab Theatre Studio, River City Voices and Granville Poetry Slam. The audience c an interact with the display live.

The event will be held   from  5pm-9pm on  Saturday 25 May at the  Granville Town Hall and carpark.

Highlights of the Cumberland Local Festival include:
  • Try Sports Bathurst Street Park, Greystanes (Thursday 18 April)
  • Fun 4 Kids in Civic Park, Pendle Hill (Friday 26 April)
  • Heritage Tour of Rookwood (Saturday 11 May)
  • Sydney Writers Festival Poets and Writers Performance @ Auburn Town Hall (Wednesday 1 May)
  • Ramadan Street Food Festival in Auburn on (Saturday 18 May)  
  • Auburn Botanic Gardens Open Day (Sunday 26 May).

Civic Park at Pendle Hill to be transformed into kids utopia

Civic Park in Pendle Hill will be transformed into a kids' utopia with free activities for children aged three to 10 years on Friday 26 April from 10am to 2pm.

Free activities include:
  • Get Wild Animal Show - Check out the live shows with your favourite creatures, including a crocodile, invertebrates, frogs, bird species and a possum and/or sugar gliders!
  • Flying Elephant and Rockin' Rockets rides
  • Outdoor cinema - Luis and the Alien at 10am (PG) and Space Jam 12pm (PG)
  • Laser tag - Explore the depths of space but be careful, there's plenty of aliens about! For ages 3 plus
  • Inflatable jungle maze - Run the maze gauntlet, it looks easier than you think! Ages 3 plus
  • Dino Digs - Don your archaeological hat and go on a Dino dig, to uncover prehistoric Dino eggs. But be sure to watch out for the Roaming Raptor! Ages three plus.
  • Yummy food from gozleme to hot dogs, ice cream and more at an affordable price.
Ramadan Street Food Festival celebrates diversity

The Cumberland Local Festival will showcase a unique element of its community during the Ramadan Street Food Festival in Auburn on Saturday 18 May 2019.

Residents and visitors are invited to dine under the stars, when a one night only food festival rolls into Auburn, bringing a huge line up of food trucks and street food stalls, alongside famous Auburn eateries for an authentic Ramadan dining experience.

The festival takes place on Saturday 18 May, from 6pm to midnight along Auburn Road, between Mary Street and Beatrice Street. All are welcome. This is a family friendly event.

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Take a grave journey through Cumberland's famous necropolis

Residents and visitors can take a journey into the city that always sleeps during a tour of Cumberland's most famous necropolis Rookwood Cemetery on Saturday 11 May 2019.

A grave entry into Cumberland Local Festival, the Friends of Rookwood Heritage Tour will take participants throughout the cemetery visiting the final resting places of notable residents and the charnel mausoleums that characterise the iconic graveyard.

The tours include the following:
  • Friends of Rookwood Heritage Tour 1, 10am, 12pm
  • Friends of Rookwood Heritage Tour 2, 11am, 1pm
  • Rookwood General Cemetery Landmark Tour Landmark Tour, 10am, 1pm
The tours are free but bookings are essential.

Click here to book a tour

ANZAC Day 2019 services in Cumberland

A series of dawn services and memorial events will be held across Cumberland to commemorate ANZAC Day 2019, marking  101 years since the First World War ended.

While ANZAC Day is celebrated every year on 25 April, this year services are being held in Cumberland on Sunday 14 April and Thursday 25 April.

ANZAC Day Sunday Service:
  • Sunday 14 April 2019 at 10.15am, Charles Mance Reserve. For more information about the service and luncheon, visit the Merrylands RSL website.
ANZAC Day Dawn Services:
  • Thursday 25 April 2019 at 5am, Charles Mance Reserve. For more information, visit the Merrylands RSL website.
  • Thursday 25 April 2019 at 5am, Remembrance Park, Joseph Street, Lidcombe. For more information, visit the Dooleys website.
  • Thursday 25 April 2019 at 6am, Auburn War Memorial, corner of Station Road and Rawson Street, Auburn.
  • Thursday 25 April 2019 at 6am, Granville Diggers Club, corner William Street and Memorial Avenue.

Cumberland to celebrate women in sport

Cumberland Council will acknowledge the important role that women play in sport in the local community and across Australia at the Women in Sport Event on Tuesday 7 May 2019.

This event aims to highlight the important contribution of female sporting club volunteers, administrators, technical officials, coaches, managers and athletes to local sports.

Guest speaker at the event will be Australian Paralympian wheelchair racer Eliza Ault-Connell. 

The event will be held on Tuesday 7 May from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at The Holroyd Centre.

Entry is free and registrations essential before 4.30pm on Friday 3 May.

To register click here, or for more information call Council's Recreation Team on 8757 9000 .

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Have Your Say on Cumberland's Draft Operational Plan 2019-20
Cumberland Council is inviting you to Have Your Say on Council's Draft Operational Plan 2019-20 for Year 3 of our four-year Delivery Program, on public exhibition from 18 April 2019 to 15 May 2019.
The Plan outlines how Council plans to deliver on the expectations of the community in alignment with the Community Strategic Plan 2017-27. It details primary activities Council plans to undertake during the year, as well as the budget and other key financial components.
We are committed to planning in partnership with key stakeholders and encourage all community members to provide their feedback and help shape the future of Cumberland.
The draft Plan can be viewed here or in hardcopy at Council Customer Service Centres and Libraries.
How to have your say:
Any person wishing to have their say, must make a submission in writing on or before 4pm 15 May 2019 via:
Website: haveyoursay.cumberland.nsw.gov.au
Mail: General Manager, Cumberland Council
PO Box 42, Merrylands NSW 2160
For more information contact Corey Jones, Manager Corporate Planning and reporting at Cumberland Council on 02 8757 9894. 

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Council meetings

The next meeting will be held on:

Wednesday 17 April 2019,  6.30pm
Merrylands Service Centre, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands

You can watch previous meetings or stream meetings live  online via our website.

Circus Stories at Guildford Library 0-12 years

Join us at the Guildford Library for a for a circus themed storytime!

Thursday 18 April 2019 from 10:30am.
Guildford Library , Railway Terrace, Guildford NSW 2161
Free of charge
For ages 
0 to 12 years

For further information, contact Guildford Library by phone on 8757 9063.

Movie Fun at Merrylands Library for five to 12 years

Enjoy the afternoon watching a circus themed movie!

Thursday 18 April 2019 from 2:30pm.
Merrylands Library, Corner of Miller and Newman Streets, Merrylands NSW 2160.
Free of charge.
For ages 5 to 12 years.

For further information, contact Merrylands Library by phone on 8757 9065.

Try Sports Cumberland Local Festival

Kids are invited to come and have a go with some of Australia's most recognised sporting institutions such as NRL, NSW AFL, TENNIS NSW and Rugby Australia alongside Elite Australian athletes who have played for GWS Giants, Sydney Thunder, Wallabies Rugby union and Sydney Swifts!

Thursday 18 April 2019 from 9am to 2:30pm.
Bathurst Street Park - 51A Bathurst Street, Greystanes.
For ages 5 to 12 years.

Bookings are essential so click here to book.

Skateboarding with Skateology for five to 12 years 

Get to ourskateboarding class catering for all skill levels!

There are three one hour classes which is based on your child's class group. 

Tuesday 23 April 10am to 11am.
Monty Bennett Netball Courts - Cumberland Hwy and Greater Western Hwy, Wentworthville.
For ages five to 12 years.

Bookings are essential so click here to book.

To find out more about school holiday events in your area click here.

Contact your Councillors

Cumberland Council has 15 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 bridge to Council. 
To find out the Councillors for your ward and their contact details please click on the link below.

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