19 March 2019
$5,000 for Cumberland schools to get healthy

Schools in Cumberland are invited to pitch a Healthy Kids project idea for a chance to win $5,000 to run the project at their school.
 
Mayor Greg Cummings invited schools to create their own video, up to two minutes long, pitching an idea for a program that promotes healthy lifestyles in their school.
 
"The best Healthy Kids ideas will be shortlisted and the schools will be invited to present their pitch to a selection panel where the winners will be picked. Council will then give three prizes worth $5,000 each to the winning schools to support the implementation of their ideas," Mayor Cummings said.

Council launches graffiti removal project

Cumberland Council has launched its Graffiti Removal Pilot Project offering free graffiti removal kits to local businesses to remove graffiti from their own shop fronts and buildings.
 
Mayor Greg Cummings said Council had heard the concerns of the community and business owners that increased graffiti and vandalism was contributing to negative perceptions of the community.

"By offering these free graffiti removal kits we want to empower business owners to remove graffiti as soon as it appears."

Maheswaran Varatharajah, of Impressive Cafe Pendle Hill with Mayor Greg Cummings removing graffiti outside his shop
Cumberland to mark Earth Hour

Cumberland Council is urging local businesses and residents to join with them by acknowledging Earth Hour on Saturday 30 March at 8.30pm.
 
Led by the WWF, Earth Hour is an annual global event where businesses and the general community are encouraged to switch off all non-essential lighting for an hour to show support for reducing carbon emissions.
 
Cumberland Mayor Greg Cummings said Earth Hour is a great opportunity for local business and the community to participate in an initiative that has global ramifications.
 

Swim Centre Modernisation Program update

As part of the Swim Centre Modernisation Program, we undertook a series of community consultations in late 2018 to find out the priorities of the community for Wentworthville and Guildford swim centres. This included six workshops where more than 80 pool users attended as well as online submissions via our  haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au page. 

Informed by these consultations, key upgrades as part of the $8.5 million  refurbishment  to Wentworthville Swim Centre will include:
  • Improved disability access
  • Installation of a brand new 25 metre six lane pool
  • Installation of a brand new splash pad
  • Change room upgrades
  • Upgraded kiosk facilities
Wentworthville Swim Centre will be closing for the winter season, in alignment with our normal operating hours, from 31 March 2019. The pool will remain closed in October 2019, when it would normally re-open, as we begin works on the upgrades.  Wentworthville Swim Centre is expected to  reopen  in time for the 2020- 2021 summer season. 

Guildford Swim Centre will remain open throughout winter 2019.

We will continue to keep pool users updated with the progress. Basic concept designs can be viewed on the Swim Centre Modernisation Program page on  haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au under the Document Library.
Community reading seats launched 

Cumberland Council celebrated Community Reading Week with the launch of brand new reading seats so children and families can enjoy reading in the great outdoors.
 
The initiative is part of our Paint Cumberland ReAD program, which aims to encourage reading and improve literacy skills throughout the community, but particularly for young children
 
Made of recycled soft plastics and sustainably made products, seats have already been installed in the wildlife area of Central Gardens, Merrylands and at the Auburn Centre for Community.
 
More installations are planned for community centres, parks and children's services throughout the rest of the year.


Council Children's Services staff test out the new community reading seats in Central Gardens Merrylands.

Have your say on the Freame Park upgrades
 
Cumberland Council is proposing an upgrade to  Freame Park in Mays Hill , to deliver high quality community facilities, connectivity, access and recreation opportunities. 



New Auburn South Community and Recreation Centre

Council is inviting the community to have their say on the development of a new multi-purpose community facility on the former Auburn RSL Bowling Club Site.
Interested members of the community can participate in community forums or have their say online. 


Children invited to have their say on strategy

Children and families are invited to attend a community forum to have their say on content for Cumberland's first Children and Families Strategy with children being asked for direct input. The strategy will focus on identifying ways to support and increase opportunities for families and children to fully participate in the community and Council services and programs.
  • Wednesday 27 March, 6 - 7.30pm at the Auburn Town Hall Auditorium.
  • Saturday 30 March, 10 - 11:30am at the Allan Ezzy Community Centre, Warwick and Lyn Tester Room.
Light refreshments will be provided so registrations are required. 



For further information please contact 8757 9540 or email christina.halligan@cumberland.nsw.gov.au
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Council meetings

The next meeting will be held on:

Wednesday 20 March 2019,  6.30pm
Merrylands Service Centre, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands

You can watch previous meetings or stream meetings live online via our website.
Night Market Youth Festival 

As part of 2019 Youth Week celebrations, Council will be hosting a night market for 12 - 24 year olds living in Cumberland. Ce lebrate Youth Week with music, food and information stalls for organisations that support young in Cumberland. Connect and make friends with other young people.

Friday 12 April 5 - 7pm
Auburn Centre for Community, 44a Macquarie Road, Auburn.

Google Business Solution Workshop

At this free workshop business owners can explore and discover techniques to increase their business's online presence.

Tuesday 2 April 9.30 - 11.30am
Berala Community Centre,  
98-104 Woodburn Road, 
Berala.




Business Bus is coming to Auburn 

The Business Bus travels across NSW visiting communities to provide information and advice about the support available from the NSW Government to help small businesses to start and grow. Supported by Council the bus will be in Auburn Central Forecourt on Tuesday 2 April. 

Find out about the Business Bus on the NSW Department of Industry website.


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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