8 August 2017
Vale Pat O'Brien

The strength of local government is proportionate to the involvement of its residents. Few people illustrated this dynamic better than Patricia (Pat) Ann O'Brien, who passed away recently at the age of 73. 
Pat is well known in our community thanks to her work with the many historical groups in the area. She was an active member of the Holroyd Family History Group, 'Save Linnwood Hall Action Group' (now 'Friends of Linnwood') and formed the Holroyd Local History Research with friend Dorothy Warwick.
She is perhaps best known for her restoration work at Mays Hill Cemetery. In the 1990's she discovered her grandparents were buried there and worked closely with the former Holroyd City Council and local residents to restore the heritage site. Both Council and the community benefited from her tireless service.
On behalf of all the Council staff who had the pleasure to know and work with Pat O'Brien, I would like to extend my condolences to her friends and family. 

Malcolm Ryan
Interim General Manager
Cumberland Council
Pat O'Brien (right) with friend and collaborator Dorothy Warwick (left) at Linnwood house in 2015.
Credit: Parramatta Holroyd Sun |
Gene Ramirez 
Cherry Blossom Festival: tickets selling fast

The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival is Australia's premier celebration of all things Japanese, celebrated in the Auburn Botanic Gardens. It's also one of the most popular events in Sydney, with tickets to the first Yozakura movie night selling out in six days. Don't miss out on your opportunity to see:
  • Food tasting with MasterChef Adam Liaw
  • Silent Disco with Japanese superstar DJ Yui Kannan
  • The Garden Clinic with Graham Ross
  • Ex-pro sumos at Stadium Sumo
  • Origami workshops, food trucks, Hello Kitty and more...
Tickets on sale now. Visit  Council's website to book your tickets and see the full list of activities.
   See the big men of Sumo beneath the blossoms at Stadium Sumo. 
Family History Month 2017 

Family History Month is an opportunity to learn the stories before yours. Discover who your ancestors were and what mattered to them. To help you with your own detective work and to deepen your understanding of the local area, Cumberland Libraries will host:
  • A series of talks on the historic cemeteries in Cumberland - multiple dates
  • Family history research assistance day - Monday 21 August
  • Author talk with Sydney cemeteries expert Dr. Lisa Murray - Tuesday 19 September 
For more information or to book visit Council's website
   Meet your "extended family" in August and September with Family History Month and Cumberland libraries. 
What's on in Cumberland
Historic Cemeteries in Cumberland 

Come and hear the stories behind our local cemeteries and discover who lies buried there.
Wednesday 23 August, 1pm - 2.30pm.  Merrylands Library
Friends of St Bartholomew's Cemetery

Wednesday 30 August, 1pm - 2.30pm. Merrylands Library
Friends of St John's Cemetery

Wednesday 6 September, 1pm - 2.30pm. Merrylands Library
Friends of Mays Hill Cemetery

Balik Tanaw "Looking Back" exhibition

A new exhibition by Filipino-Australian artists looks at what gets left behind when moving to a new country. 
Saturday 8 July - Sunday 3 September
Peacock Gallery, Auburn
Riverfest 2017

Connect with the Duck River through art and music and hear Council's vision for transforming the Corridor into an outstanding green space. 
Saturday 12 August, 12pm - 4pm
Duck River Picnic Area, Auburn Botanic Garden 
Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

Australia's largest celebration of modern and traditional Japanese culture. 
Friday 18 August - Sunday 27 August
Auburn Botanic Gardens
Council Meeting Wrap Up
Ordinary Council Meeting, 2 August 2017 
Council will write off debts (excluding rates and annual charges)... 
Debts $10,000 or above will be written off when it's inappropriate, overly expensive or uneconomic to keep pursuing them. 
Management of flashing school signs in former Holroyd area...
Management will be transferred to Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).  Negotiations with flashing-sign provider are ongoing.
Breach of bus shelter contract by Overexposure Urban Pty Ltd...
Council will enforce its legal rights and look towards harmonising bus shelters across the three former Council areas.
Mayor and Councillor remuneration package adopted...
Mayoral Fee for 2017-18 fixed at $66,653; Councillor's Fee fixed at $24,664.

Code of Conduct and supporting policies adopted...
The new code and policies will replace the codes and policies of the three former Council areas, with the exception of the Code of Meeting Practice - Administrators version. 

Former Oriole Park Baseball Club structure faces wrecking ball...
The decision puts exciting new possibilities into play, including an open space corridor along Duck River and the establishment of an expansive new outdoor recreational area.  Learn more

Fourth basketball court at Wyatt Park in the wings...
Council is looking at leasing the Wyatt Park basketball facilities to the Parramatta Basketball Association (PBA) for 20 years, subject to development consent and approval from Crown Lands for the construction of a new structure.
Merrylands RSL Youth Club to enter into 20 year lease...
The agreement will be put on public exhibition for comment. 

6-28 Board Street, Lidcombe to be closed...
The closure makes possible the sale of land to Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club for approx. $5m after the costs of closing the street are shared.

Expressions of Interest for commercial and trade waste services sought...
Following tender to URM Group for domestic waste collection and the sale of Council's fleet, Council must act now to meet obligations to trade and commercial waste customers. 

Council wins $290,000 for Metro Greenspace Program 2016-17...
The money adds to another successful grant application, which taken together will add $490,000 for green spaces and recreational facilities in Cumberland.  Learn more

Bathurst Street identified as preferred venue for skate park...
After extensive community consultation, Bathurst Street has been chosen as the site for a new skate park in Greystanes. Council will work closely with park user groups, park neighbours, young people, local businesses and other stakeholders in the design stage.  Learn more
Resourcing strategy adopted...
The four components of the resourcing strategy are: Long Term Financial Plan; Workforce Management Plan; Asset Management Strategy; and Cumberland Digital Strategy. Together they will position Council well over the next decade. 
Procedure for notification of 'significant' development applications changed...
Council's emphasis on community engagement at the strategic planning stage, the establishment of a new "e-planning" system to review DA's online and greater resourcing into the frontline planning unit means the current notification procedure can be discontinued.
Draft Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) for 190-220 Dunmore Street, Pendle Hill...
Council given greenlight to finalise VPA subject to minor amendments.
Delivery of high quality design outcomes for tall buildings guaranteed... 
In a first for Cumberland, an independent panel of design experts will be established to review applications and award incentives.  Learn more
Cumberland Local Heritage Rebate Program 2017...
$19,924 was allocated to successful Rebate Program applications.

Exhibition of new street and road names in Pemulwuy...
The area's Indigenous history is celebrated with names coming from the Darug language, chosen by Council's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Consultative Committee. 
Cumberland Local Heritage Awards crowns new 'Keeper of the Stone'...
The Awards recognise outstanding work in restoration and preservation and aims to increase appreciation of Cumberland's history through the primary school's 'Keeper of the Stone' colouring in competition.  Learn more
Draft Mobile Food Vending Vehicle Policy on exhibition....
The policy will enable Council to appropriately assess and encourage mobile food vending applications at public spaces in the area. 
Waste and Recycling Streams of Cumberland Council...
The report provides information on how Council's current waste and recycling streams are treated. Council continues to move in a greener, more sustainable direction.
Investment Report June 2017...
Council's investment portfolio has a current market value of $135,993,735.
Council to pay off internal S94 debts...
Council is currently developing a new S94 plan and appointing a special project team to implement new accounting practices and reconcile all current funds collected by S94 plans. 

Council Meetings have relocated to the Holroyd Centre, Merrylands while refurbishments are carried out in the Council Chambers. 
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