21 August 2018
Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival attracts record crowds

The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival had its biggest opening weekend ever with more than 26,500 visitors entering the grounds of the Auburn Botanic Gardens. Over the past six years the event has grown from a modest weekend festival attracting 5,000 people to the largest flower festival in NSW. 

The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival continues this week with Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis headlining today's Garden Day, Kid's Day on Wednesday and Senior's Day on Thursday. The Festival concludes with a final weekend of blossoms, Japanese cuisine and events on the 25-26 August.

The event remains free for residents of Cumberland and is the  perfect flagship for one of the most culturally diverse, vibrant and innovative Local Government Areas in NSW. For the full program click here. 

Sydney-siders hunt for the perfect shot of blooming Cherry Blossoms on Saturday 18 August.
Council donates $25k to drought-affected farmers 

Cumberland Council is donating $25,000 to The Big Dry Drought Appeal to support drought-affected farmers. A Mayoral Minute was unanimously carried at the 15 August Council meeting, which sees Cumberland match the contribution pledged by City of Parramatta and commit to lobbying State and Federal Governments to provide further financial support to rural farming communities.
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A Mayoral Minute by Mayor Greg Cummings to donate $25,000 has been unanimously endorsed by Council.
Possums at Prospect: twilight story telling showcase

Continued funding from Cumberland Council is supporting the regeneration of Prospect Creek in Smithfield. Learn more about the project on Wednesday 23 August 2018 at Possums at Prospect; a twilight story telling showcase hosted by Conservation Volunteers. 

Enjoy Cumberland's nightlife with an evening of story telling at Prospect Creek. 
Wednesday Wellness Program comes to Berala

The Wednesday Wellness Program is now available at the Berala Community Centre. Designed for Cumberland residents aged 65 years or older, or 50 years or older for residents identifying as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, the program runs from 10am - 2pm and includes a light-hearted mix of indoor sports, games, arts and craft, gentle exercises and cultural performances.  

Participants at the Wednesday Wellness Program with volunteers and Bollywood dancers.

Cumberland Culture and Activation Strategy
We're proud to be one of Sydney's most culturally diverse places and we believe our community are our greatest asset. We want to work with you to better understand and plan for this diverse community's vibrant cultural life.

We want to know where you experience culture across Cumberland through a number of different avenues such as arts, architecture, history, language, food, digital, music, education, leisure, religion, neighbourhoods, work and daily life.

Your contribution will help inform future planning of programs, services, operations and infrastructure in arts and culture.
More plans, policies and programs ...
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  • Proposed shelter improvement and future masterplan for Civic Park, Pendle Hill
  • Council's Draft Property Policy
  • New Glasgow Park Upgrade, Granville

Council meetings

An ordinary meeting of Council was held on Wednesday 15 August 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 5 September 2018,  6.30pm
Merrylands Service Centre, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands
Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
Now On

The annual Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival is now on at the Auburn Botanic Gardens. Tickets are now on sale for visitors or can be pre-booked online for free for residents.

Friday 17 August - Sunday 26 August 2018  
Auburn Botanic Gardens,    Chisholm Rd and Chiswick Rd, Auburn

Free household chemical cleanout

Safely eliminate unwanted chemicals in the household. Cumberland Council, in partnership with the NSW Environment Protection Authority, is hosting a free Household Chemical CleanOut.  

Saturday 25 August 2018, 9am - 3.30pm 
Cumberland Council Works Depot Foray Street, Guildford West

Free digital marketing master workshop

Do you currently use or plan to use social media to market your business? Learn the secrets that the digital marketing industry use to gain results for their clients on each social media platform.  

Wednesday 29 August 2018, 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Grevillea Room, Wentworthville Community Centre, 2 Lane St, 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.