24 July 2018
Meet your Councillors during Local Government Week 

Cumberland Council is launching a new Meet Your Councillor program as part of Local Government Week 2018 Councillors will be available at the below locations on Saturday 4 August 2018 from 10am - 12pm.
  • Greystanes Ward: Allan Ezzy Community Centre, Pemulwuy 
  • Wentworthville Ward:  Banksia Room, Wentworthville Community Centre
  • Granville Ward: Room 1, Granville Town Hall 
  • South Granville Ward: Progress Park Sports Centre, South Granville 
  • Regents Park Ward: Berala Community Centre 
"Cumberland Council is committed to engaging with our community. This is why we are launching our brand new  Meet Your Councillor  program, which will provide a Ward based face-to-face forum for the community to meet with their Councillors," Mayor Greg Cummings said.  

Front Row (L-R): Clr Suman Saha, Clr Tom Zreika, Clr Eddy Sarkis (Deputy Mayor), Clr Greg Cummings (Mayor), Clr Ross Grove, Clr Ola Hamed, Clr Steve Christou.  Back Row (L-R): Clr George Campbell, Clr Ned Attie, Clr Paul Garrard, Clr Joseph Rahme, Clr Kun Huang, Clr Lisa Lake, Clr Michael Zaiter, Clr Glenn Elmore .
Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival in Auburn Botanic Gardens: win a trip to Japan 

Cumberland residents can win one of six return airfares to Osaka, Japan when they pre-book tickets online to the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival thanks to Scoot; major sponsor of NSW's largest flower festival and Australia's premier celebration of Japanese culture and cuisine.
The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival is a giddy 10 day celebration of the meeting of Japanese and Australian cultures.
Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood

Refugee Camp in My Neighbourhood (RCIMN) returns in 2018 from  Monday 30 July - Friday 10 August on the grounds of Auburn Centre for Community. The interactive exhibition simulates the journeys of refugees, with tours being led by former refugees and local residents currently seeking asylum. 
RCIMN is a unique opportunity to meet people from refugee communities who call Cumberland home.
Free asbestos collection a model initiative 

Council's free asbestos collection has been held up as a model initiative for other councils to follow in a case study prepared by the Australian Government's Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency. The featured program offers residents a lawful, convenient disposal solution for small quantities (maximum 10 square metres) of asbestos.

Located in the middle of the "fibro belt", asbestos removal is a key priority for Cumberland Council .
Plastic Free July is child's play in Cumberland 

The kids in Cumberland are showing the grown-ups how it's done this Plastic Free July . Council's education and care centres like Gumnut Grove, Merrylands have introduced reusable Boomerang Bags and soft-plastic collections; and are working with suppliers to find alternatives to plastic bags. While Plastic Free July is drawing to a close, you can learn more about recycling when Council's Resource Recovery Team visit the below venues as part of Local Government Week.

  • Auburn Central, Tuesday 31 July, 9am - 4pm
  • Stockland Merrylands, Friday 3 August, 9am - 4pm

Téa from Banksia Babes and Jonah from Gumnut Grove recycle their household soft plastic .
Take flight at the Peacock Gallery 

The Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio are hosting two exhibitions located in the Auburn Botanic Gardens.  'In flight' by Lisa Woolfe and 'Makes Sense Together' by Hayley Megan French and Carla Liesch are now on exhibition until Sunday 2 September from Tuesday to Sunday, 11am - 4pm.

Artist Lisa Woolfe's sculptures and charcoal drawings present a study of aerial movement.

Greater Sydney Outdoors Survey

Council is working with NSW Planning to plan for better public outdoor space to support the Cumberland community. You can help by telling us how you use our great outdoors by completing this five minute survey. 

Whether it's riding your bike, playing at the park or enjoying a coffee while your dog runs around, we want to hear from you! Have your say before Saturday 4 August 2018 for your chance to WIN an Apple iPad or a $50 eftpos voucher! 

Council meetings

An ordinary meeting of Council was held on Wednesday 18 July 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 1 August 2018,  6.30pm
Merrylands Service Centre, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands
Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

The annual Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival returns from Friday 17 August - Sunday 26 August 2018 at the Auburn Botanic Gardens. Tickets are now on sale for visitors or can be pre-booked online for free for residents.

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

National Tree Day

Council is working towards a cleaner, greener Cumberland and this year will focus its National Tree Day efforts on Duck RiverWe will provide trees, tools and water refill stations. There's no need to register and all are welcome.

Sunday 29 August 2018,  10am - 12pm 
Corner Mackay Road and the Duck River, South Granville