16 February 2017
Cumberland's Fresh New Look
Many residents may have noticed that Cumberland Council has a new visual identity. The final artwork is the result of months of engagement and hard work by all involved, including community members.  
All of the work on the new brand was about finding out the community's hopes for their new Council. The final brand is a declaration of Cumberland's identity and aspirations for the future. The vibrant colours represent Cumberland's potential, diversity and ambition.
The Colours of the logo are also informed by the legacy organisations and the 'C' represents the importance of the community as much as Cumberland Council itself.
We will now steadily rollout this new visual identity over the next few months. You can already see changes on our website and our Facebook page.

Malcolm Ryan
Interim General Manager
Cumberland Council
$20 Million Community Centre for Granville
A new multipurpose community centre, library and regional arts facility is being built in Granville, due for completion in 2019. The $20 million project will receive $10million from NSW Government's Stronger Communities Fund, with an additional $10million coming from Council savings.
The community centre will be built at the Granville Memorial Park site and feature a 1500m2 multipurpose community centre, 1000m2 regional arts facility and 1000m2 library. The community centre addresses the clear shortfall of community spaces in the Granville area.
Another investment of $4 million will also fund: upgrades to the Auburn Botanic Gardens and Central Gardens in Merrylands, including playgrounds that will feature water play equipment offering a free, accessible place for kids to cool down in summer; a replacement bridge in Westmead; an expansion of Auburn library and 30 mobile CCTV units in the former Holroyd area.
Artists impression of the Granville Multipurpose Community Centre, final design may vary
Cumberland is here to stay
Council welcomes the State Government announcement that de-merging is off the agenda for Cumberland. Council can now continue with  important reforms, saving money and providing better and cheaper services for residents.

Cumberland has come a long way in nine months and there is much work to do prior to Council Elections in September 2017, including generating more savings for residents.

Savings of $45 million over the next 10 years have already been identified and r esidents will benefit through reinvestment of these savings in either expanded services or new infrastructure.

For the full media release and list of Council's achievements since proclamation please click here. 
Citizen of the Year Winner Trevor Simpson
Local hero Trevor Simpson has been awarded Cumberland Council's citizen of the year. The ju-jitsu master and director of Wenty Leagues has spent over fifty years teaching young people "discipline and respect" through martial arts. A recipient of the OAM, he was nonetheless taken aback with the latest honour. "It was a very big surprise. I felt very humbled, over excited and giddy. It's a highlight of my life."
When not teaching ju-jitsu, Trevor and his wife volunteer at Wentworthville Public School, teaching students to read. He attributes his strong social conscience to his upbringing. "I came from a poor family so when I saw people who had less than me, I thought, gee, I might be able to help." Trevor hopes the award will encourage more people to volunteer in the local community. "It's so important. We need more volunteers."

Trevor Simpson with Council Administrator Viv May and Australia Day Ambassador Sharni Williams  
Seniors Festival 2017 
Get Your Dancing Shoes On!
Three events exclusively for seniors are being held in early March as part of Cumberland's Senior's Festival.
  • Dance the night away at Granville Town Hall to music from the golden age of Jazz and swing. (3 March/Free)
  • Take a luxurious coach tour and explore Central Gardens, before a bistro lunch at Wenty Leagues and afternoon tea at Auburn Botanic Gardens. (7 March/$20) 
  • Enjoy good company and great entertainment at the ever popular Seniors Festival Concert at Dooleys Catholic Club Lidcombe. (8 March/Free)

Tickets are only available by ballot entry. Ballots are available online here.

For more information on each of the above events please click here.
Bigger, better events for Cumberland
Cumberland's first events as a new Council were highlighted by record numbers, most notably the 60,000 people that flooded to the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival last year. Meanwhile nearly 7,000 people streamed into the Auburn Botanic Gardens for the Christmas lights show and open air cinema, while Holroyd Gardens reached capacity with 15,000 people for the inaugural Australia Day celebrations.
Council's events program is built on strong community partnerships and is committed to getting everyone involved, with more events in more places. Building upon these successes, Council has drafted a new events plan that will go before Council early this year. Initiatives like free event transport (trialed so successfully on Australia Day) will be expanded. Stay tuned for a full calendar of events. 

Get food delivered to your door

During last weekend's heat wave Cumberland Council's Nutrition Services Unit helped people beat the heat by including free water and hand held fans with all home delivered meals. The welcome addition was part of the Council's Meals on Wheels program, which serves nutritious meals to those who cannot prepare meals themselves and their carers.


Any person regardless of their income can receive meals, even if it's only for a short period, like post-operative recovery. All meals are nutritionally balanced, prepared fresh on-site daily, delivered hot or frozen and can cater for special dietary needs. For more information or to start receiving meals, contact the Nutrition Services Coordinator on 9840 9944.  

Merrylands resident receives some resources to help deal with the sweltering heat on the weekend
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