31 October 2017
Diwali banners line the streets of Cumberland

Diwali banners will line the town centres of Cumberland throughout October as Cumberland Council joins with its substantial Hindu community to celebrate the special holiday, which is also known as the Festival of Lights. New census data reveals that Hindu is the third most popular religion in Cumberland with 22,025 identifying with the religion, equivalent to 10.2% of the population.

The banners are a part of Council's pledge to help everyone within Cumberland, visitors and residents alike, feel welcome, belong and succeed. Diwali joins other major cultural and religious celebrations such as Christmas and Eid to be celebrated by Council.

Major events and festivals bring to life the personality of our neighbourhoods while strengthening connections between residents.  Our diversity is one of our greatest assets. Nearly half of our residents were born overseas and trace their ancestry to over 150 countries.

Keep  an eye out for the  different  banners and  decorations   around  your local town centre. 

Malcolm Ryan
General Manager
Cumberland Council
Mythologies of the Discarded 

The Peacock Gallery is currently holding an exhibition featuring local and international artists that explores mythology and our relationship with nature, sustainability and transformation.

Each artist has redefined discarded materials to create items of beauty, sacredness and power. The works highlight the human experience in precarious times, exploring the ecological crisis on earth, consumerist habits and the burden on our resources. 

The exhibition aims to take you on a transformative journey, from a place of decay to rebirth, restoring the balance so that mother nature can thrive again.

The exhibition will run until Sunday 26 November at the Peacock Gallery, Corner of Chiswick and Chisholm Roads, Auburn.

For more information click here. 

Jody Graham
Dawn from the Discarded, 2016-17
Mobile Immunisation Clinics 

Free Immunisation Clinics at Merrylands, Wentworthville and Pemulwuy are making it easier for parents to safeguard their children from vaccine-preventable diseases. 

The Immunisation Clinics are held four times each month and are staffed by friendly nurses accredited by NSW Health. Both day and evening clinics are available.

All parents need to do is bring along their little blue immunisation record book to a clinic at a time and venue convenient to them. Council will do the rest.

For more information about the service including dates and times, please call 9840 9814.

Local Family at an Immunisation Clinic in Merrylands
Deal with potential asbestos on your property

November is Asbestos Awareness Month and there are plenty of opportunities for you to learn more about the problem and organise inspections and pick ups at your property.

Council will be holding two Asbestos Information Sessions in Merrylands and Berala where people can learn how to safely identify, remove and dispose of asbestos. All participants will receive a free asbestos removal kit valued at $100 which includes safety gear and all the information you need to carefully remove asbestos sheets under the size of 10 sqm.

If you're not sure whether your home has asbestos, then Council can conduct a free household inspection to ease your mind. 

Council also offers free safe collection and disposal of up to 10 sqm in asbestos sheeting. To book a collection in November please call 8757 9000.

For more information and to get involved click here. 

Organise a free inspection and collection of asbestos on your property
Council Meeting wrap up
18 October 2017

Council nominated 11 delegates to vote on motions at the Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Conference...
A total of 10 Councillors will also vote on the LGNSW Board Elections.
A Draft Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy was placed on public exhibition for a period of 28 days...
A number of changes are proposed by Councillors relating to the expansion of professional development opportunities, carers allowance and more. 
The draft Terms of Reference were adopted for the Heritage, ATSIC, Floodplain Risk Management and Cumberland Council Local Traffic Committees...
Councillors were also nominated to a range of strategic committees.
A number of amendments were made to the Draft Code of Meeting Practice allowing easier interaction with the community during Council meetings...
The Draft also suggests an increase in Council Meetings to two a month. 
Council will begin investigating adding the title 'City' to Cumberland Council...
Within this motion Council also requested a report on the process behind the creation of the Cumberland brand.

Councillors request a report be provided investigating the current status of CCTV and Alcohol Free zones around Cumberland...
The report comes about to combat concerns about safety in Guildford and the expiry of alcohol free zones around the local area.
Council will investigate traffic congestion at school zones across Cumberland...
The report will explore causes of congestion and seek to address the issues.
Council requested a report exploring increasing Council Pick Up/Kerbside Collections from four to eight a year...
The report will also investigate a program that replaces damaged household bins with new ones 'on demand'.

View the full agenda and minutes from the meeting here. 
What's on in Cumberland
Council Meeting

Attend the Council Meeting in person at the recently refurbished Council Chambers or live stream proceedings from the comfort of your own home. 

Wednesday 1 November, 6.30pm,
16 Memorial Ave, Merrylands.

"Mythologies of the Discarded" Art Exhibition

Local artists bring together discarded objects to explore myth and memory.   
Saturday 28 October -  Sunday 26 November,
Peacock Gallery, Auburn.

Bring along your laptops, smartphones, and tablets to share your knowledge and solve problems together in a friendly group environment. No bookings required, just turn up! 
Friday 3 November,
Wentworthville Library