Cumberland Council E-news 5 August 2016

Th e scores is on the door at Khoder's Pizza Cafe

Cumberland Council General Manager, Malcolm Ryan 
with Khoder Farhat of Khoder's Pizza Café

Cumberland Council General Manager, Malcolm Ryan, recently presented a 5 Star Scores on Doors certificate to local café owner, Khoder Farhat of Khoder's Pizza Café in Granville.
Cumberland Council is proud to participate in the Scores on Doors program, which uses the results from Council's regular food safety inspections to generate an easy to understand food hygiene rating system for consumers. Council will provide food businesses with an official certificate which they can display in their premises, and consumers are encouraged to look for this certificate when selecting somewhere to eat.
Khoder's 'Excellent' 5 star rating means his café has the highest expected level of hygiene and food safety practices.
"Congratulations to Khoder's Pizza Café for achieving the 5 Star rating. They have set a very high standard for food hygiene and we are proud of their achievement," Cumberland Council General Manager, Malcolm Ryan said.
With Scores on Doors, consumers can enjoy eating out, knowing that cafes and restaurants are striving to achieve the highest possible rating. 

Malcolm Ryan
General Manager, Cumberland Council

Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood

The Minister for Local Government, the Hon Paul Toole MP, visited Cumberland Council's powerful and interactive learning experience Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood, which opened in the grounds of the Auburn Centre for Community this week.
Minister Toole is pictured discussing the exhibition with Council's Community Capacity Building Coordinator and Winner of the NSW Local Government Excellence Awards 'Next Gen Emerging Leader', Adama Kamara. More info here

Helping out in the neighbourhood - volunteers construct a basic shelter.

Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood - tour guides prepare for the camp.

Cherry Blossom lovers rejoice!

The season of cherry blossoms is almost upon us and everyone is invited to Cumberland Council's viewing party at the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival, occurring over two weekends in August (20-21 and 27-28) at the Auburn Botanic Gardens, Chisholm Road, Auburn from 9am to 5pm daily.
Introducing spring to Auburn, the pink clouds of cherry blossoms will line the pathways of the Japanese gardens, providing a beautiful backdrop for superb spring selfie or perfect panorama.
Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival has organised a massive party in the gardens offering two stages of free entertainment.
The Kyoto Stage, situated on the Peacock Gallery lawns, presents traditional Japanese performances such as sumo displays, ikebana presentations, martial arts and taiko performances.
The Harajuku Stage in the Botanic Gardens, will host Japanese turntablist DJ Naiki, rising indie folk favourite Garrett Kato, and The Voice's Kiyomi Vella, not to mention heaps of J-pop, karaoke and hula hoop workshops.
The Peacock Gallery will also host an art exhibition, and free origami and calligraphy workshops will be held on the lawns.
In Japan, thousands of people fill the parks to hold feasts under the flowering trees as part of the modern Hanami tradition. So too, Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival will host some of Sydney's favourite Japanese food trucks including J-Burger, Tsuru, Sakura on Wheelz and a variety of international food stalls to create the perfect picnic for festival goers.
Entry to the festival is free to LGA locals, children under 16 and people in cosplay and kimono costumes. To secure a guaranteed express entry, festival goers are encouraged to purchase tickets online as tickets are limited and will sell out fast.
A free shuttle bus will operate between Auburn Station and the Botanic Gardens from 9am to 4.30pm.
For more details and to buy tickets visit the Cherry Blossum Festival page.

The Minister for Local Government, the Hon Paul Toole MP and Cumberland Council Administrator, Viv May, enjoy the the first blooms of a Flowering Cherry.  The Minister visited Auburn Botanic Gardens as part of Local Government Week and to preview plans for the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival.

Helping hands dig in for National Tree Day

Over 200 people participated in National Tree Day events held at Central Gardens Park in Merrylands West and Auburn Botanic Gardens, Chiswick Road, Auburn, on Sunday 31 July.
This year National Tree Day's theme was '10 Minutes Outside Can Heal An Online Nation' and of lots of local families were keen to join in, greening their local environments and enjoying time in nature.

Take a class to prep for the driver knowledge test

Auburn Library is collaborating with Auburn Diversity Service Inc. to support people from a non-English speaking background prepare for their driver knowledge test.
Every Saturday from 6 August until 8 October, the library will facilitate a class to interpret and explain the Road Users Handbook. Classes are free but bookings are essential as places are limited. 

For more information and to register call 9735 1250. 

Objects in space

Residents are invited to 'Objects in Space: Artists in the Gardens', an exhibition exploring the influence of nature and Japanese ideals on contemporary art, at the Peacock Gallery, opening Saturday 6 August and running until 23 October.
Curated by Glenn Barkely, the exhibition was inspired by a quote that describes Japanese gardens as a demonstration of 'the relationship between objects in space'. Accordingly, exhibition pieces extend beyond the gallery into the Auburn Botanic Gardens, bringing the garden into the gallery space and the gallery space into the gardens.
Peacock Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 11am to 4pm.   Admission is free. 

For more details visit the Peacock Gallery and Arts Studio.
Open and Transparent

As part of Local Government Week celebrations, Minister for Local Government, the Hon Paul Toole MP and Cumberland Council Administrator, Viv May, visited the Peacock Gallery, in the grounds of Auburn Botanic Gardens.
Minister Toole was impressed with the entries in the Cumberland Council Art and Photography Awards, especially an acrylic on perspex artwork entitled Open and Transparent by local artist Shirley Jenkins. Ms Jenkins said the work was inspired Mr May's comment at the first council meeting in Granville Town Hall, where he called for an open and transparent council.

Minister Paul Toole with Shirley Jenkins and  Cumberland Council Administrator, Viv May.

Shared stories, better learning, stronger communities

During his visit to the Peacock Gallery, Minister for Local Government, the Hon Paul Toole MP joined in on an origami class with students from Lidcombe Primary School. The class excursion to the Peacock Gallery tied in perfectly with this year's Education Week theme - shared stories, better learning, stronger communities.
Held from 1 - 5 August, Education Week is a celebration of public education, and the Minister was happy to join in the fun!

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