2 October 2018
Cumberland Council elects new Deputy Mayor

Clr Glenn Elmore has been elected as Cumberland Council's Deputy Mayor following an Extraordinary Council meeting on Wednesday 26 September. Clr Elmore will serve as Deputy Mayor for a term of one year following the completion of Clr Eddy Sarkis' term.
Deputy Mayor Elmore said he was honoured to be elected Cumberland's Deputy Mayor and was thankful to his fellow Councillor's and the community for their support.
"I am passionate about Cumberland, a place where both my Grandparents lived, where my mother and father grew up, and where I have lived my whole life," Deputy Mayor Elmore said.

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(Left to Right) Mayor Greg Cummings welcomes Clr Glenn Elmore into the role of Deputy Mayor. 
Open Days offer Garden Parties and Multicultural Fun 

The Auburn Centre for Community and Berala Community Centre are rolling out the welcome mat these school holidays, with two family friendly but distinctly different Open Days.  Auburn Centre for Community will kick things off with a garden party on Friday 5 October, 11am - 3pm. Berala Community Centre will follow up with a colourful social gathering on Thursday 11 October, 11am - 3pm. 

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(Left to Right) Daya Withaneachi, Pat Sanchez and Muthanna Al-Badri  plant a hazelnut tree in the Friendship Garden ahead of the Auburn Centre for Community Open Day. 
October is Small Business Month 

Providing practical information, ideas and networking opportunities to help businesses start up and grow, Small Business Month celebrations will be held across Cumberland in October, supported by the NSW Department of Industry. In Cumberland, there are three free events to choose from.

Cumberland's local area economy contributes an estimated $11.7 billion to the NSW economy, with small businesses making a key contribution. 
Workshop promotes grassroots approach to domestic violence

Cumberland Council is organising a workshop called Recognising and Responding Appropriately to Domestic Violence in CALD communities, to empower community leaders to play an active role in responding to domestic and family violence within their communities.  This workshop is part of a broader Council program which includes workshops called Cultural Conversations, to support grassroots initiatives to stop domestic violence.
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Cultural Conversations volunteer Viji Dhayanathan, who runs a drop in service for South Asian women in Harris Park called "Chat and Chai" (pictured),  has seen firsthand the positive difference Council's approach can make.
Cumberland Local Heritage Award winners announced
The 2018 Cumberland Local Heritage Award winners have been announced at a ceremony at the Holroyd Centre, Merrylands.  Mayor Greg Cummings said valuing our  heritage is important to help us understand our story as Cumberland, our  identity, our people and our history.

(Left to Right) General Manager Hamish McNulty, Jina Lee and Mayor Greg Cummings. Jina was awarded the Keeper of the Stone: Children's Heritage Award for the second division (Years 3-4). 
Keepin'-A-Hive program 

Council is inviting members of the community to participate in its Keepin'-A-Hive program. The program is aimed at increasing biodiversity throughout Cumberland, by encouraging residents to host a hive in their backyard and planting native flowering plants for bees to forage on.
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Get some new 'neighbours' with Council's native stingless bee hive program.
Snakes spotted in Cumberland and surrounds

Snake sightings have been reported across Cumberland, prompting Council to remind residents of what they can do to minimise the risk of reptiles breeding in their backyards and what to do should they spot a snake.

Snakes are not naturally aggressive and always prefer to retreat.
Annual garden Competition in Full Bloom

Council is inviting the youngest budding green thumbs through to the most experienced garden gurus to enter Cumberland's third Annual Garden Competition. Entries are open until 2 November 2018 and there are six categories to choose from: Open Garden;  Native Garden; Commercial / Industrial; Small Garden; Schools and Community Grounds; and Senior Citizens' Garden. 

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The competition is open to individuals, families, schools, community groups and commercial organisations.

Employment Pathways Program Consultation
Are you aged 16-25 and live in Cumberland LGA? Have your say on how Council can offer internships, apprenticeships, volunteering and employment for young people. No experience necessary, just bring yourself! We need a range of different views.
More plans, policies and programs ...
Have your say on our ... 
  • Culture and Activation Strategy
  • Draft Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 
  • Development Applications

Council meetings

An Extraordinary Council meeting was held on Wednesday 26 September 2018. To view the minutes of the meeting or to watch the full video, please click here. The next meeting will be held on:

Wednesday 3 October 2018,  6.30pm
Merrylands Service Centre, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands
HSC Help Workshops 

Cumberland Council is offering free HSC workshops during the school holidays for local Year 12 students. The workshops provide personalised assistance and support from senior HSC teachers and markers in preparation for their exams.

3 October and 10 October 2018 
Granville Youth Centre, 3a Memorial Drive, Granville

School Holiday Program

Take flight with Quidditch. Challenge yourself on an elevated obstacle course. Find your groove in a hip hop workshop. Learn the basics of electronics. Whatever you're interested in, we have you covered with our extensive school holiday program. 

Multiple dates
Multiple venues
Flavours of Auburn Cooking Class: Sri Lankan cuisine 

Turmeric. Cardamon. Nutmeg. Cinnamon. Learn more about the culture and cuisine of Sri Lanka with a hand's on cooking class lead by our skilled community chef. 

Friday 12 October, 6pm - 9pm
Auburn Centre for the Community

Flavours of Auburn Food Tour: Turkish cuisine 

Take a walking tour to discover more about Turkish food and culture in Auburn. You will be led by a local tour guide who will share about the culture as you stop at local businesses to sample a wide array of delicious food. 

Saturday 13 October, 10.30am - 1.30pm
Auburn Train Station 

Diwali Street Festival 
Save the Date

Cumberland Council is celebrating Diwali (the Hindu festival of lights). Join us for an evening of live entertainment, roving and street performances, rides and cultural fun for the whole family! 

Saturday 17 November, 5pm - 9pm
Station Street, Wentworthville

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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