16 May 2017
National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs from 27 May - 3 June. These dates mark two important steps in Australia's reconciliation journey: The 1967 referendum and the Mabo decision.

A lesser known step took place on 3 May. On that day in 1805 three Aboriginal women brokered a peace meeting between Aboriginal leaders and Europeans on Prospect Hill.

This meeting helped bring an end to violence in the area and is  the first recorded act of reconciliation in Australia. Annual commemorations have been held on the site since 2010.
At Cumberland Council we are determined to be a place where everyone, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, can belong. Celebrating National Reconciliation Week is one way we can work towards this.

Malcolm Ryan
Interim General Manager
Cumberland Council

School students join with Indigenous elders this year  to remember the historic event that occurred over 200 years ago on Prosepct Hill.
School students join with Indigenous elders to remember the historic event of 1805 on Prospect Hill, Pemulwuy.  
Auburn Botanic Gardens 2017 Open Day

The Auburn Botanic Gardens is a 9.2 hectare sanctuary in the heart of Western Sydney. The 2017 Open Day is an opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens for free. The day includes free horse and carriage rides, live music acts, food stalls, prize giveaways and more.

As part of National Reconciliation Week, a series of Indigenous performances and art workshops will be held. Local Aboriginal elder Uncle Lex will also make a Coolamon (a traditional wood/bark container), leaving behind a 'scar tree' in the gardens.

Auburn Botanic Gardens 2017 Open Day | Sunday 28 May | 10am-4pm | Free

Lose yourself in a blaze of yellows and reds at the Auburn Botanic Gardens 2017 Open Day.
Cumberland Community Gets a Say

Cumberland Council will put on public exhibition a new Dividing Fences Policy from Tuesday 23 May. The policy will allow residents experiencing financial hardship and living next to Council land to receive financial assistance of up to $1,000 to repair, replace or construct a boundary fence.
Under the Local Government Act and the Dividing Fences Act 1991 Council is not required to make a financial contribution. However, under the new policy, where a boundary fence is deemed necessary and a resident is unable to maintain or erect a fence, Council will make a financial contribution.  Learn more

Council will make a contribution of up to $1,000 to maintain or erect boundary fencing for residents experiencing financial hardship.
Author Visit: Simon Gillard

Merrylands Library invites you to take an intimate look at post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with former police officer Simon Gillard. The author of 'Life Sentence' will tell how he went from chasing murderers and breaking up paedophile rings to suffering severe PTSD, which forced him out of the career he loved.

Life Sentence: A police officer's battle with PTSD
Monday 25 May | 6.30pm-8pm | Merrylands Library | RSVP here

Simon Gillard has spent the last two years advocating for change and working to remove the stigma of PTSD.
$572,000 Skate Park confirmed for Cumberland

Cumberland Council has responded to the community's calls for a neighbourhood skate park in the Greystanes Ward, putting aside $572,000. The decision follows extensive community consultation and site inspections. Three sites have been found suitable:
  • Bathurst Street Park
  • Greystanes Sports Park
  • Dirrabari Reserve
Council will now undertake a second round of consultation with local young people and the wider community about the location and design of the Skate Park. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin by the end of 2017, subject to DA approval. Read more

A pop up Skate Park at the youth event 'Parkside' was a popular way to engage young people about a proposed Skate Park in the Greystanes area.

Council Meeting Wrap Up - 3 May 2017
Complaints Management Policy adopted...
A single, effective approach to managing complaints will replace the three polices of the legacy organisations.  

Auburn Botanic Gardens Reflection Pool...
Current works are on hold until a master plan is developed to guide future developments in the Auburn Botanic Gardens. 

New Skate Park in Greystanes area...
Three potential sites have been identified: Bathurst Street Park, Greystanes Sportsground or Dirrabari Reserve. Further community consultation to follow. Learn more

$1M in funding allocated to community groups...
32 successful applications received a total of $1,001,101.21 under the NSW Government's Stronger Communities Fund Community Grants Program, with Council covering the approx. $1000 shortfall.

Section 355 Committee model discontinued...
All Section 355 Committees will wrap up by 30 June, allowing for a one month handover process to Council by 30 July (excluding Wentworthville Community Garden). Learn more

Traffic Committee Quarterly Reported tabled...
Two face to face meetings of Council's Traffic Committee were held on 1 February and 5 April. Issues arising were noted.

Compliance and Enforcement Operational Guidelines...
Guidelines in the works for Development Compliance, Parking Patrol, Environment Protection and Environmental Health.

Berala Village Streetscape Upgrade...
Statewide Civil Pty Ltd awarded the tender for the upgrade to Berala Village.

Dividing Fence Policy on public exhibition...
Council has developed a consistent approach to handling enquiries and requests for contributions towards boundary fencing i.e. where private or commercial property adjoins Council land. Learn more

Financial Sustainability Policy adopted...
The policy was adopted with one amendment, which will replace the Holroyd City Council Policy - Loan Acquisition Policy (1994).

Monthly Investment Report...
The Monthly Report was received with investments continuing to perform well. 

Work Program and Strategic Planning Priorities adopted...
The key projects and priorities for Council's Strategic Planning team over the next two years were adopted. 

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