Cumberland Council E-news 16 September 2016

New Cumberland Wide Heritage Study

Cumberland Council will be undertaking a comprehensive Cumberland Local Government Area (LGA) Heritage Study which will update our existing heritage lists as well as assess and recommend potential new sites for listing.
A Heritage Study has not been undertaken in the area that now makes up the Cumberland LGA in close to twenty years. Heritage places collectively demonstrate the unique history and achievements of the local people and act as physical links to Australia's past and safeguard and enrich our present and future.
Cumberland Council will also conduct a Precinct Heritage Study for Westmead. Current redevelopment, planning projects and investment in the Westmead Health Precinct and the surrounding area makes this specific area an immediate priority.
Tender proposals could be sought by the end of 2016, with a heritage consultant engaged to commence in January 2017. The comprehensive study is slated for completion in mid-2018. The Westmead Precinct Study will commence in December 2016 and be completed by May 2017.

Malcolm Ryan
Interim General Manager
Cumberland Council

Rookwood Cemetary is a current Heritage site in Cumberland

Council Meeting Report

Below are the highlights from the Council Meeting held on 7 September at Auburn Civic Centre:
Council makes tackling homelessness a priority...
Administrator, Viv May, advised residents of the many ways Council deals with this important issue including partnering with support services, providing facilities, subsidising key agencies and providing referrals to specialist support services.
Council to undertake a comprehensive LGA Heritage Study...
The study will update our existing heritage lists as well as assess and recommend potential new sites for listing. Council will also conduct a Precinct Heritage Study in Westmead. The study is slated for completion in mid-2018 while the Westmead Precinct Study will be completed by May 2017.
A Youth Needs Assessment Study will inform a new Youth Strategy for the Cumberland LGA....
The study will be joined by an audit of Council owned youth facilities to assist Council and other youth service providers to understand the needs, expectations and aspirations of young people, as well as identifying service duplication.
Belgravia Health & Leisure Group to manage Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre...
The contract is for three years and applies to the general management of the whole facility.
For more details on these topics,
see the minutes of the latest Council Meeting
Cumberland: Who are we?

The Cumberland Local Government Area is new to Western Sydney and data has now been collected to show exactly what makes up our new union of communities. You can find out the population, age structure, birth place, ancestry and the total makeup of the diverse people that make up Cumberland. The population figures have even been forecast to reflect 2016 figures which you can see by clicking here.
To see all the date on local demographics based on results from the 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996 and 1991 Censuses please  

Whats needed in Cumberland for youth?

If you're aged 16-24 then have your say on what young people need in the local Cumberland area. You can let council know what facilities are required, what kind of services should be prioritised and all the things that Council can do for Cumberland youth now and in the future.
Six 'Youth Consultants' will also be out and about collecting responses, as well as through Facebook, twitter and directly through school consultations.
All the responses will go towards developing the Cumberland Youth Strategy which will ensure that all young people have great local support through programs, services, facilities and more that they want!
If your aged 16 - 24 the please fill out this short survey.
Alternatively, local service providers can complete this survey .

School Holiday Activities & Care

There is plenty for kids of all ages to do in the local area over the September School Holidays. Your local library will be holding a range of fun activities for school aged kids such as story sessions, craft games and even an anime and popcorn night. Kids can go on excursions to go karting, laser skirmish or bush walking or participate in cooking and candle making programs; drumming workshops; movie marathons and games days one of their local Youth Centres in Auburn, Wentworthville, Guildford or Granville.
The Peacock Gallery will also be holding a number of creative workshops were kids of all ages can learn a range of skills to do with creative thinking and art.
Council will be operating five education and care services over the holidays where children from kindergarten to year seven can get involved in a number of fun programs including workshops, movies, rock climbing, workshops and skating.
For more information on everything above please

A Fathers Program: The Dad Shed

Council is seeking fathers or male role models to facilitate the Dad Shed program which will be a 3 hour event that focuses on the practical side of raising a baby and becoming a new parent from a father's perspective. The program aims to educate fathers on child development, infant communication, play, sleeping and the importance of being actively involved and confident in caring for their child. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences with other fathers.
If you believe you can play a part in this event please express your interest by contacting council on 9840 9904 or before 23 September 2016. Training will be provided for on Saturday October 8 from 10am - 1pm. 

$5,000 Grant for Litter Removal

Local groups and residents can apply for grants of up to $5,000 from Keep NSW Beautiful. After carrying out a litter audit of a local 'hotspot' (a litter problem area) groups will be reimbursed $500 and are then invited to apply for further $5000 in funding to implement an action plan to remove the litter, and prevent it from returning. For more information and to apply please click here.   

We are keen to get your feedback on the merger process. Click the box to the right to send us a message.