29 May 2018
Ambassador Program shows off pride of Cumberland

Council has launched the Cumberland Ambassador Program by welcoming aboard three young athletes with a history of success; 12 year old hurdler Latecia Lolohea from Greystanes, 17 year old volley baller Angelina Smerdely from Auburn and 20 year old volley baller Deepak Harish from Granville.  
The Ambassador Program celebrates the achievements of local residents in the fields of sport, community service, academia and cultural activities. Ambassadors receive a $1,000 grant to support their endeavours and in turn volunteer at Council's civic and community events, while acting as role models and spokespeople for their community. 

"The Program is about people. Ask anyone who has lived in Cumberland for a while and they will tell you the best thing about living here is the people. The Ambassador Program is a way for us to introduce just some of our amazing residents to the wider community and the world," Mayor Cummings said. 

(R to L) Angelina Smerdely,  Latecia Lolohea, Mayor Greg Cummings and Deepak Harish
Library Customer Satisfaction Survey

Council wants your help to improve our libraries. Council maintains a network of eight libraries with a wide range of resources available for all ages. Take the Customer Satisfaction Feedback Survey and tell us what you love; what you don't; and what you want to see more of in the future.  

Congratulations to Art and Photography Award Winners

The winners of the 2018 Cumberland Art and Photography Awards were announced on Saturday 12 May at the Peacock Gallery in Auburn.  Lux Eterna took home the Cumberland Art Award with her piece 'Birch Tree Study' while Rebecca Elijah won the Cumberland Photography Award with her photograph 'Gathering Momentum'.

Locally based artist Lux Eterna was awarded $2,500 for her winning entry 
Make a difference ... volunteer

With the celebrations for National Volunteer Week (21 - 27 May) wrapped up, there's never been a better time to volunteer with Council. A range of roles and opportunities are available and hours are flexible.  

Volunteer Yuvarani Sondron (right) helps Tuhfah 'Janet' Sousou with groceries
Biggest flower festival in NSW wins top honour

The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival has been crowned 'Major Event of the Year' by peak body Parks and Leisure Australia. The Festival has grown from a modest weekend event into  the nation's premier celebration of Japanese culture and cuisine; attracting over 90,000 visitors in 2017 and adding an estimated $3.8m to the local economy. 

The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival runs for 10 days in Auburn during the spring bloom period of the trees

Closing in six days

Council is inviting residents to have their say on the Draft Cumberland Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan, on public exhibition until Sunday 4pm, 3 June 2018.

The aim of the draft plan is to improve community safety and reduce crime in Cumberland, by outlining strategies and actions to address the needs and concerns of local residents, businesses, staff and stakeholders.

More plans, policies and programs ...

Have your say on our ...
  • Library Customer Satisfaction Survey
  • Draft Petition Guidelines
  • Media Policy 

Council meeting

An ordinary meeting of Council was held on Wednesday 16 May 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 6 June 2018,  6.30pm
Merrylands Service Centre, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands.

Join Cumberland Council's Children's Services team for fun mornings of stories, songs and a visit from Poppy the Possum.

The Bush School delivers engaging play-based experiences to foster an understanding and appreciation of the environment through literacy. All are welcome, with no bookings necessary.

Monday 4 June 2018 
10.00am - 11.00am
Bush School, Central Gardens Merrylands, Paton St Entrance

Soap Making Basics

Making your own soap is both a great way to save money and help the environment; it also makes the perfect gift. In this workshop you will learn the  basics of cold process soap making  and at the end take home your own natural soap.

Saturday 16 June 2018
10.00am - 12.00pm 
Auburn Centre for the Community, 
Corner of Macquarie Road and Hutchinson Street

Cumberland Council is supporting the Activate Inclusion Sports Day which gives children aged 5 - 18 with learning difficulties, intellectual, sensory and physical disabilities the opportunity to try new sports. Register online early as places are limited. 

Wednesday 27 June 2018
9.30am - 1.30pm
Genea Netball Centre, 1 Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park