Cumberland Council E-news 16 December 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
Council  opening  hours over the festive season

In the last edition of Cumberland's e-news for 2016 we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays from all the staff at Cumberland Council. It has been a year of development for the Cumberland area and your new Council will continue building a modern, forward thinking council in 2017 that all its communities are proud of.
Council's opening hours will be changed over the festive season from 23 December 2016 to 3 January 2017. To view the changed hours for customer service centres, all libraries and swimming centres please click here.

Cumberland Council's Christmas in the Gardens event last week
Summer Reading Club at your Local Library 
Read your way to Great Prizes! 

Adminstrator Viv May with local students Anthony Matter, Zoe Matter, Lucas Etemadi and Nicholas Etemadi at Merrylands Library.

An exciting new Summer Reading Club being held over all the Libraries in the Cumberland Council area gives those between the ages of 5 to 18 the chance to win some great prizes while reading and competing in various other competitions. 

As part of the club every book borrowed becomes a stamp on your bookmark. Every 5 stamps results in a lucky dip. Every 10 stamps results in an entry into the major prize draw, so the more stamps the more chances of winning!
A range of prizes are up for grabs such as board games, DVDs, books and craft packs with the major prize being an XBOX ONE!
Other competitions include a Book Review Comp and an Art Competition, all with prizes involved. 
Entries for all competitions close on Sunday 22 January 2017.To sign up to the club just visit your local library branch and ask to join the Summer Reading Club.
For more information please click here.  
Important Rates Information for Granville, South Granville and Guildford
All property and rates information for the Woodville Ward (Granville, South Granville and Guildford) has now been transferred to Cumberland Council and all property and rates related matters will now be handled by Cumberland Council. This includes:
*          Change of name and address
*          Pension Concession Rates Applications
*          Change of ownership
*          Sub divisions, consolidation, creation new properties etc
*          Certificates
*          Rates payments (Note: new billing number and assessment numbers will apply)
Previously, rate payments for your property were paid to the City of Parramatta Council. From the 16 December 2016, Parramatta Council will stop processing rate payments for Woodville Ward properties. If you have an outstanding rates payment this should now be made to Cumberland Council. Cumberland Council will start processing these rates payments from 19 December 2016.
If you have not paid your last rates notice, due on 30 November 2016, please wait until you receive a new notice with new payment details which  include Cumberland Council's bank details with a new billing code and your new assessment number.
From now on all rates notices will be issued by Cumberland Council. Please be mindful of these new payment details when you receive your next rates notice.

Your rates will not go up during the current financial year as result of this change.
For more details on the hand over including pensioner rebats and direct debit details please see our FAQs by clicking here.

Learn a new skill, take an exercise class or get involved in creative activities locally!
Cumberland Council's Lifelong Learning Program offers a wide ranging schedule of over 30 exciting classes, and many are free!
You can take an arts class, get involved in Zumba and Pilates, join a book club or knitting club, get gardening and much more including classes specifically for children and seniors.
Take a look at our Term 1 Program which kicks off in January to find the activity that's perfect for you!
See the full program, enrol or sign up to the Lifelong Learning Newsletter by clicking here.

Volunteer at Cumberland Council
Cumberland Council held an appreciation ceremony this week to thank all the volunteers who contributed over 33000 hours in 2016 alone! This type of immense effort is a driving force behind all local government across Sydney, and adds up to millions of dollars of savings for Council and ratepayers.
Not only do volunteers make many community programs and events possible, they provide home-grown input and making sure what Council provides suits what the many communities of Cumberland want.

You can volunteer at Cumberland as well. Simply call 9735 1209 to find out how to get involved or click here.

Cumberland Council Volunteers at this weeks appreciation ceremony
Local Clubs contributing to the community

The Administrator, Mr Viv May attended a ceremony this week where Dooley's Lidcombe Catholic Club donated $30,000 to Westmead Children's Hospital.
Local clubs can have a great impact on the local community through a number of different initiatives and programs. Recently Merrylands RSL got involved in the 21st Century Skills Partnership program, a program which engages local youth, increasing their educational and employment potential, and providing them with pathways to success.
Congratulations to Merrylands RSL and Dooleys on their recent local impact and Cumberland Council looks forward to working with them in the future to deliver more positive results.

Pursuit of Excellence 2016

The Administrator, Mr Viv May and members of the Local Representative Committee have been attending a number of Pursuit of Excellence 2016 presentations across the Cumberland area, most recently of which was the Farewell celebration for St Anthony's Catholic Primary School on Monday 12 December.

Cumberland Council would like to thank the members of the Local Representative Committee who attended over 30 of these presentations over the last two months. 

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