30 April 2019
Cumberland Photography Award winner Serkan Ogdum for 'Gum Flower'

Cumberland Art and Photography Awards winners announced

Following an extremely talented field of entries from all corners of the community, Cumberland Council and the Peacock Gallery are delighted to announce the winners of the 2019 Cumberland Art and Photography Awards (CAPAs).

The winners:

Cumberland Art Awards:
  • Cumberland Art Award - Mehrdad Mehraeen for 'Water, Soil, Wind'
  • Community Art Award - Gillian Kayrooz for 'You Going Parra-Late-Night?'
  • Sustainability Award - SJ Allen for 'Are We a bunch of Galahs?'
  • Auburn Arts Studio Award - Svetlana Panov for 'Pure Joy'
  • Merit Award - Tao Cheng for 'They Cycle of Life'
  • Merit Award - Nonna Myndreskou for 'Venus Di Matrix'
  • Merit Award - Maurice Fernandez for 'Levitation'
Cumberland Photography Awards:
  • Cumberland Photography Award - Serkan Ogdum for 'Gum Flower'
  • Community Photography Award - Tao Cheng for 'Home'
  • Parks, Gardens and Natural Areas Award - Trish Jean for 'Reflections: Japanese Lake, Cherry Blossom Festival, Auburn Botanic Gardens'
  • Merit Award - Abhijit Choudhry for 'The Yellow Brick Wall' & 'The White House'
  • Merit Award - Nic Marotta 'Storm Approaching on Platform 3'
  • Encouragement Award - Patrick Maye for 'Urbanflow'

Family Fun Day for Cumberland locals

Cumberland Council is hosting its first ever Family Fun Day, in partnership with Cricket NSW and Bowls Australia, on Sunday 19 May 2019. 

Activities will cater to different levels of fitness, mobility and skill, so absolutely everyone can join in. Free shuttle buses will be running from Auburn train station, and from Merrylands train station, to Civic Park all day.

The morning will kick off with family games run by the team at GeckoSports, who specialise in fun and interactive fitness for kids.

Council will be giving away free tote bags, and providing free fruit and water to everyone taking part in the day.

The Family Fun Day is free and will be held  Sunday 19 May from  10am - 3pm at  Civic Park, Targo Road, Pendle Hill.

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Ramadan Street Food Festival celebrates diversity

The Cumberland Local Festival will showcase a unique element of its community during the Ramadan Street Food Festival in Auburn on Saturday 18 May 2019.

Residents and visitors are invited to dine under the stars, when a one night only food festival rolls into Auburn, bringing a huge line up of food trucks and street food stalls, alongside famous Auburn eateries for an authentic Ramadan dining experience.

The festival takes place on Saturday 18 May, from 6pm to midnight along Auburn Road, between Mary Street and Beatrice Street. All are welcome. This is a family friendly event.

Verse and rose of interplanetary travel at Auburn Writers Group

Writers and poets will be exploring why a one way trip to another planet is a good idea
during the Cumberland Local Festival.

On Wednesday 1 May, The Auburn Poets and Writers Group will host a workshop titled 'We Might As Well Be From Mars', a multilingual group performance presented in
verse, story, sketch and song, as part of the Sydney Writers Festival.

The group will explore the theme described as the following:

"When modern life on earth robs individuals of their identities, and the spread of
corporate power threatens our ever-warming globe, what happens when a new probe
lands on Mars? Suddenly, Elon Musk's fanciful one-way trip to the red planet doesn't
seem like such a terrible idea."

The event will be held Wednesday 1 May from 7.30pm to 9pm at the Auburn Town Hall
- 1 Susan Street, Auburn.

It is a free event recommended for ages 15-plus. Bookings are essential. 

Take a grave journey through Cumberland's famous necropolis

Residents and visitors can take a journey into the city that always sleeps during a tour of Cumberland's most famous necropolis Rookwood Cemetery on Saturday 11 May 2019.

A grave entry into Cumberland Local Festival, the Friends of Rookwood Heritage Tour will take participants throughout the cemetery visiting the final resting places of notable residents and the charnel mausoleums that characterise the iconic graveyard.

The tours include the following:
  • Friends of Rookwood Heritage Tour 1, 10am, 12pm
  • Friends of Rookwood Heritage Tour 2, 11am, 1pm
  • Rookwood General Cemetery Landmark Tour Landmark Tour, 10am, 1pm
The tours are free but bookings are essential.

Wentworthville Community Garden impresses at Easter Show

The Wentworthville Community Garden has scored a number of wins at the Royal Easter Show with 10 first prizes, two seconds and five third places among a talented field this year.
The team also won two additional ribbons, the Champion root vegetable and Champion Vegetable Exhibits, which are among the highest honours to be awarded.
Congratulations to all of the volunteers involved in maintaining the garden to such an exceptionally high standard.

Web chat to assist Cumberland Council customers

Cumberland Council will implement a new web chat program to assist customers with their enquiries from 1 May.

Web chat will help our customers complete their business online and assist with their enquiries in a simple and easy interface through Council's website. This new communication channel will provide all the services the customer contact team provides over the phone in real time.

The new web chat  is efficient and will be a great benefit for those who are time poor and do not have the luxury of making phone calls during work hours but require quick answers.

Clr Ola Hamed, Clr Suman Saha, Mayor Greg Cummings, General Manager Hamish McNulty and Clr Steve Christou attended the Anzac Day dawn service at Merrylands.

Mayor Greg Cummings, Clr Suman Saha and Clr Lisa Lake attended the Fun 4 Kids event on Friday 26 April at Civic Park in Pendle Hill.

Have Your Say on Cumberland Heritage Centre Proposal
Council is encouraging the community to have its say on the feasibility of a new Cumberland Heritage Centre. 

This is proposed to be located in the existing Granville Library at 8 Carlton Street, Granville following the relocation of the Library to the new Granville Multipurpose Centre in 2020.

For more information email nicole.byrn@cumberland.nsw.gov.au or phone 8757 9481.

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Council meetings

The next meeting will be held on:

Wednesday 1 May 2019,  6.30pm
Merrylands Service Centre, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands

You can watch previous meetings or stream meetings live  online via our website.

Fiddler on the Roof

Enjoy this popular musical from 3-11 May 2019 , presented by the Holroyd Musical and Dramatic Society.

Friday 3 May to Saturday 11 May 2019 - multiple days/session times available.
The Redgum Centre - 2 Lane Street Wentworthville.
Concession $30, Adults $35 - group discounts available.
For bookings and further information visit the Holroyd Musical and Dramatic Society website.

Workplace Tragedy Memorial Service

Cumberland Council, in partnership with Workplace Tragedy Family Support Group, will commemorate the International Day of Mourning with a special dedication service at The Workplace Tragedy Memorial Ceremony.

Saturday 4 May 2019 at 10am.
The former Goodlet and Smith Brick pit site on Brickworks Drive in Holroyd
For further information or to request a name plaque to be displayed on The Wall of Memory phone Council's Manager HR Services on 8757 9000, email: helen.connell@cumberland.nsw.gov.au or make a request online.

Art Exhibition at Peacock Gallery

Come along to the Peacock Gallery Art Art Exhibition opening on Saturday 4 May 2019.
  • Gallery 1 - Grace Kingston 'Deep Down'
  • Gallery 2- Rebecca Gallo 'Lifted'
Saturday 4 May 2019 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.
Peacock Art Gallery, situated inside the Auburn Botanic Gardens. The entry and parking is located on the corner of Chisholm Rd &, Chiswick Rd, Auburn.

Bush School Storytime at Central Gardens

A morning of stories and songs with special guest, Poppy the Possum.

Held outdoors under trees, this natural learning environment is an enjoyable experience for parents, carers and their children.

10am to 11am 
Monday 6 May and Monday 3 June
Bush School Central Gardens, Patron Street entrance. 

For more information about these events or to book your a Workshop, please contact Cumberland Council's Children Services team via email on  children.services@cumberland.nsw.gov.au

Berala Community Centre Open Day

A day of food, multicultural performances and art to connect with your Cumberland Community.

Berala Community Centre - 104 Woodburn Road, Berala.

For further information contact Moana or Kusuma from Berala Community Centre by email  beralacommunitycentre@cumberland.nsw.gov.au or phone 8757 9026.

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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