20 February 2018
Community Reading Box Project 

Council is launching a Community Reading Box Project, which involves the installation of easily accessible community reading boxes throughout Cumberland, designed and built by Granville Men's Shed.
The project, which is an initiative of Council's Paint Cumberland REaD program, supported by a Clubs Grant, will go live in March. The aim is to encourage reading and improve literacy skills throughout the community, but particularly for young children. 

Paint Cumberland REaD mascot Poppy the Possum will be encouraging people to 'Take a Book, Leave a Book' at easily accessible locations; in parks, outside childcare centres and around other community facilities.

The first of the boxes will be installed in the wildlife areas of Central Gardens in Merrylands and Auburn Botanic Gardens. To launch the project, simultaneous children's story-time events will be held at both venues from 10am on Monday 12 March with Poppy the Possum.
Bookings are not required for these free events, open to all.

Poppy the Possum and Mayor Greg Cummings lend a helping hand at Granville Men's Shed.
Help shape the future of Cumberland

Cumberland Council is asking people who live, work or study in the area to have their say on how they want to be engaged during the development of Council's future plans, policies and programs.

Councillors endorsed a draft Community Engagement Policy for Public Exhibition. The draft policy is now available for review and comment on Council's website until 9 March 2018.

Results of the public exhibition period will be reported back to Council later in the year, and help inform the development of a Community Engagement Strategy.

Cumberland Community Grants Program

Applications for t he Cumberland Community Grants Program close at 4pm on 26 February 2018.
Cumberland Council's Community Grants Program provides grants to local not for profit organisations and individuals for projects which aim to develop a more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive community.

Applicants can get free support from Council to develop and submit their grant application.   

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Council Meeting - 7 February 2018

An ordinary meeting of Council was held on Wednesday 7 February 2018. To view the minutes of the meeting or to watch the full video, please click here

The next Council Meeting will be held from 6.30pm on Wednesday 21 February 2018 at the Merrylands Service Centre, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands.

What's on in Cumberland
Poppy in the Park

Story-time sessions (including music and craft activities) for children aged 0-5 years, every second Tuesday.
30 January - 10 April, 10am - 10.45am,
Blaxland Riverside Park Kiosk, Jamieson Street, Sydney Olympic Park.


Locale is an arts and c ultural festival celebrating the people and places of Cumberland
16 March - 25 March, v arious times and locations.
Seniors Week

The festival celebrates the role seniors play and the contributions made to the NSW community.

4 April - 15 April, various times and locations.