Cumberland Council E-news 26 August 2016

Supporting community initiatives with ClubGRANTS

On behalf of Cumberland Council, I would like to congratulate the 57 community organisations that were the recipients of the 2016 ClubGRANTS scheme at a recent presentation ceremony at Wentworthville Leagues Club. Together the groups received over $600,000 for a variety of projects that will contribute to the welfare of our local community.
ClubGRANTS is a shared State Government and club industry program, administered by Cumberland Council. This year a total of $605,785.80 has been awarded to local grass roots initiatives.

There is still time to have your say on Cumberland's future. Council wants to build a clear and progressive vision for the future based on the many voices of our community. Residents are invited to the Inclusive Cumberland Future Forums happening throughout September in Granville, Merrylands and Auburn:
Tuesday 13 September, 6pm - 8pm
Auburn Town Hall, 1 Susan Street, Auburn.   Click here to register.
Thursday 22 September, 10am - midday
The Holroyd Centre, 17 Miller Street, Merrylands.   Click here to register.
Wednesday 28 September, midday - 2pm
Granville Town Hall, 10 Carlton Street, Granville.   Click here to register.
For more information or to register by phone, call 9735 1246. Interpreters can be provided in some community languages upon request.
Can't make it to a forum? You can still have your say - complete our online survey.

Remember that entries to the Cumberland Annual Garden Awards - a great community event that showcases our best gardens ­- close Friday 2 September, with judging will take place between Monday 19 September and Friday 23 September.
Don't forget to take advantage of Cumberland Council's award winning problem waste collection service, the Mobile Community Recycling Service. This service comes to you to collect items that shouldn't be placed in your bin, like paint, batteries and oils.  See the information that follows...
Malcolm Ryan
General Manager, Cumberland Council
Mobile Community Recycling Service wins award for Innovation

Cumberland Council was the recipient of the Innovation Award (New Product) at the recent Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo for our Mobile Community Recycling Service.
The Mobile Community Recycling Service is available to residents of Cumberland Council and City of Parramatta Council. The service aims to provide an easy and convenient way for residents to recycle or safely dispose of household problem wastes including gas bottles, fire extinguishers, paint, batteries, oils, fluorescent lights and smoke detectors. Visit to book a pick up online, or call Council on 9849 9840.
The project also has a social enterprise aspect - employing people who are experiencing disadvantage or barriers to work, and providing them with training and mentoring. See a short video about how the service works.
The project is a collaboration between Cumberland Council, City of Parramatta, Resource Recovery Australia and the NSW EPA. 

The Gathering Ceremony at Marrong - Sydney Sacred Music Festival 2016

Residents are invited to the opening of the Sydney Sacred Music Festival 2016, at Prospect Hill, Marrong Reserve, Pemulwuy on Friday 2 September from 2pm. The festival features internationally acclaimed artist, William Barton playing Yudaki/Didgeridoo.
Marrong is the land of the Darug people, and is the highest land mass in the Sydney Basin. It has been a place of ceremony for thousands of years, so it's fitting that the Gathering Ceremony will be held there, bringing together the local community to acknowledge Marrong Reserve and Prospect Hill as significant places of culture for Aboriginal people.
Come and see Sydney in a 360 degree panoramic view and be part of The Gathering Ceremony! To book your place, please RSVP by Monday, 29 August 2016 on 9840 9851 or via email

Local Citizen of the Year Awards

Do you know someone in our local community who spends countless hours as a volunteer, is a sporting super star or is an inspirational role model for the Cumberland community?
If you do, Cumberland Council is calling for nominations for the 2017 Local Citizen of the Year Awards, which will be announced on Australia Day 2017. You can even nominate a great community event!
Complete a nomination form, or for more details visit the Local Citizen of the Year page.
Nominations close Friday 14 October 2016.

From a Child's Perspective

Cumberland Council Children's Services proudly presents From a Child's Perspective - a collection of images celebrating the colours and wonders of nature as captured on camera by local children.
The photographs showcase our children's understanding, interest and curiosity as they discover and explore their natural world.
The photographs are on display in Council's foyer - Merrylands branch, 16 Memorial Ave, Merrylands until 21 September.

Pretty Flower by Penelope (Ringrose OOSH) at Merrylands Community Garden

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