Cumberland Council E-news 9 September 2016

Cumberland wide Youth Strategy to be developed

Council has committed to developing a Cumberland Wide Youth Strategy after recent community consultation raised the need for more facilities and services to support local young people. There is currently limited data and research painting a clear picture of the needs of young people across Cumberland. Council has now officially made it a priority to begin a Youth Needs Assessment Study which will address the needs, expectations and aspirations of local young people.
The study will gather data in many ways including through direct engagement with young people across Cumberland to hear their views on what Council's priorities should be. Six "Youth Consultants," aged 18-24 years old from a range of backgrounds across the area, will be tasked with meeting young people in the area and gathering their thoughts on what is needed in order to make Cumberland one of the most youth friendly place in Sydney. 
By engaging young people to find exactly what is needed, we are getting the right answers straight from the source, which will enable us to make a strategy that is perfect for the area.
The study will also include an audit of all current Council youth facilities and consultation with schools across Cumberland.
The strategy will ultimately direct all youth programs, services and projects run by Council in the future. For more information please click here. 

Malcolm Ryan
Interim General Manager
Cumberland Council

A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class at Auburn Youth Centre

What is your vision for the future of Cumberland?

As a new Council, Cumberland wants all members of the local community to let us know exactly what they want for their local area. Suggestions can be as broad or specific as you want. You can let us know your vision by visiting one of the four community forum's being held around the local area. If you can't make it to a forum you can simply comment on our Facebook page or send us your suggestions on twitter with #myvisionforcumberland.
All suggestions will go towards developing the Community Strategic Plan. For more information please click here.

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If so, then you are not required to vote at the NSW Local Government elections scheduled for 10 September 2016.
Elections for the new Cumberland Council will be held in September 2017.
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Cumberland Annual Garden Awards: Last Chance to Enter

Do you have a great garden? It's your last chance to enter into the Cumberland Garden Awards. Whether your garden is big or small, or whether you are a novice or pro-gardener, our judges love to see all the great gardens within Cumberland. Be recognised for your great garden and gardening skills by entering this year's competition. There are a number of categories to enter including open, senior, small, commercial and more.
To enter please click here

Sydney Sacred Music Festival underway

L - R: Aria Award Winner William Barton, Opera Composer & SInger Auntie Delmae Barton, Administrator Viv May & Chair of the Cumberland ATSIC Committee Uncle David Williams

The Sydney Sacred Music Festival was officially launched on Friday 2 September by a gathering ceremony which brought together the local community to acknowledge Marrong Reserve and Prospect Hill as significant places of culture for Aboriginal people.
The Festival has a variety of different musical pacts and performances and runs until 18 September. For more information please click here

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