Merger Update

Cumberland Council has come a long way since the merger proclamation on 12 May achieving a great deal and continuing to ensure that all existing services are being delivered.

Since proclamation, Cumberland Council has:
  • Appointed Malcom Ryan as the General Manager
  • Established the Cumberland Council Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (CIHAP)
  • Announced the $1million Community Grants Program
  • Established the Local Representative Committee
  • Established a new web site for Cumberland Council - content between the old websites will be merged
  • Established a new Facebook page - posts on the new page have already reached 40,000 people
  • Received over 70 Development applications
  • Received a large increase in inquiries from the public to our customer service centres. Staff have been exchanged between the two centres to assist with service continuity
  • Currently distributing newsletter to 75,000 households welcoming residents to the new Cumberland Council
  • Held the Autumn Colours Festival on 29th May with free entry to all residents of Cumberland Council
  • Hosted the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley as he officially opened the PCYC at Auburn, the largest facility of its type in Australia.
Council will continue to provide updates to the community about the merger on a regular basis.

To learn more about any of the above please click here. 

Official Opening of PCYC Auburn

Administrator Viv May joined the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley, and a number of other dignitaries to officially open PCYC Auburn, the largest of its kind in NSW.

"The growing concentration of young people in our local community will benefit enormously from being able to access the PCYC Auburn. There is certainly no better place or no community more deserving of this facility" said Mr May.

The new centre offers a number of facilities, programs and activities including soccer, gymnastics, Parkour, Gym, dance and boxing. To see the full list of attractions, and to sign up for a membership, please visit 

PCYC Auburn is located at Wyatt Park, Church Street, Lidcombe.  

$1 Million Dollar Community Grants Program Announced

Viv May, Administrator of Cumberland Council, has announced a $1 million community grants program for community, sporting and cultural organisations within the local government area.

Cumberland Council is home to many local community groups and organisations who will soon be able to apply for grants of up to $50,000. Funding for the program will be sourced from the $15 million provided to Cumberland Council by the State Government `to invest in community projects'.

Stay tuned to e-news and Council's website for instructions on how to apply for the community grants. 
New General Manager, Malcolm Ryan, 'off and running'

General Manager Malcolm Ryan and Administrator Viv May at Guildford Library with local residents
Malcolm Ryan got off to a running start in his new role as General Manager of Cumberland Council. His first few days on the job were spent visiting staff and residents in Auburn, Guildford and Merrylands. 

His first priorities included visiting Council's current offices at Auburn and Merrylands, meeting staff and getting acquainted with the current status of Cumberland Council. He also visited Guildford Library to inspect the new facilities there and speak with some local members of the community.

"I have been welcomed openly and I have been impressed by the commitment of staff," Mr Ryan said. 
Council's Achievements in the Third Quarter of the Operational Plan 2015/16

Some significant achievements were made by Cumberland Council in the third quarter of the Operational plan for 2015/16 including:
  • Reaching in excess of $1.7 billion in Development Assessment approvals for the financial year.
  • Commencement of the Mobile Community Recycling Service for Problem Waste for the residents of Cumberland Council.
  • Delivering on the Special Rate Variation projects as scheduled in the works program.
  • Installation of a well at Auburn Memorial Park as part of the 'Sonic Wells for Gallipoli' temporary public art project. 
  • Completion of designs and final construction plans for all three of the Blackspot Program projects.
  • Commencement of the energy efficiency upgrade project to replace the lights in the Susan Street car park, Auburn, with energy efficiency LED technology and motion sensors.
"Council has made some terrific achievements over the last quarter in a range of categories which will see substantial benefits for the broader community and Council.  As evidenced by this report, it is business as usual; Cumberland Council is committed to the continuing delivery of all services during the ongoing merger process," Administrator of Cumberland Council, Viv May, said.
Cumberland Council will deliver the last quarter of the 2015/16 Operational Plans of the two former Councils in July before moving on to its 2016/17 Operational Plan, the first plan comprehensively created to meet the needs of the new Cumberland Local Government Area.

We are keen to get your feedback on the merger process. Please tell us if you are encountering any problems accessing services. Click the box to the right to send us a message.