Cumberland Council E-news 2 September 2016

Transition of Council services in the Woodville Ward
Granville Town Hall

As of 30 September 2016, Cumberland Council will be handed over responsibility for most of the Council services in the Woodville Ward, which is made up of the suburbs of Guildford, Granville and South Granville. This will include the maintenance of all major sporting parks and amenities and all major infrastructure assets such as roads, footpaths, stormwater and bridges.
I would like to officially welcome all our new residents to the Cumberland Council family and I look forward to working together with the community in reviewing and developing Council services in the area . I would like to assure everyone that this handover will not require residents to make any changes to their daily lives. 
There will be no changes to garbage pickup arrangements as this service will still be administered by the City of Parramatta Council until 2017. Information about changes to garbage pickup and rates will be provided to residents closer to the date of handover of those responsibilities.
Further announcements regarding community facilities such as Granville Youth and Recreation Centre, Town Hall and Libraries will be made in the near future.
For more information on what this means for you please call council on:
Merrylands Office: 9840 9840
Auburn Office: 9735 1222

Malcolm Ryan
Interim General Manager
Cumberland Council
PetFest 2016

Pet owners and animal lovers will enjoy a host of entertainment at PetFest, which returns to Holroyd Gardens on Sunday 11 September from 10am to 2pm.
Whether you're into snails, scales or wagging tails, this year's event will be bigger and better than ever, with high energy Jack Russell racing, a spectacular musical reptile show, fabulous working kelpie demonstrations and the gripping FlyBall competition. There will also be an alligator enclosure and an exotic reptiles of the world display.
Kids will love the free pony rides, animal farm, wildlife display and range of activities designed just for their enjoyment.
There will be competitions for the best dressed pet, most unique pet, best cat, best working dog, best pet party trick and the pet and pet owner who look most alike!
PetFest promotes responsible pet ownership and education. Come along to PetFest and a Council Officer can assist you to register your pet online. Entry is just a gold coin donation and all proceeds will be donated to local pet rescue organisations and programs.
For more details visit

Flexible Home Care for the Elderly

Recent Aged Care Reform has enabled Cumberland Council to provide the local elderly population with more options and flexibility when it comes to home care services. A number of free information sessions will be run in the near future for those who are curious to find out what:

-          Home care packages are available, now and in the future?
-          What is included in home care packages?
-          What is Consumer Directed care?
-          Where can I find out more?

Session Times:

Date: Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Time: 10.30am
Venue: Auburn Centre for Community, 44a Macquarie Road, Auburn

Date: Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Time: 1:00pm (presented in Mandarin) & 2:30pm (presented in English)
Venue: Cumberland Council Committee Rooms, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands

Refreshments will be provided and registration is essential. To register please contact the Service Development Coordinator on 9688 4751 or
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Berala Community Centre Open Day

Thousands of new Cumberland Council Residents enjoy Cherry Blossom Festival for free!

The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival concluded on Sunday and many thousands of residents of the new Cumberland Council enjoyed the entertainment, the blossoms and the food, in glorious sunshine at the Botanic Gardens. This year's festival set attendance records, with around 70,000 people coming through the gates over the two weekends.
"It was great to see so many Cumberland residents come and enjoy the Festival, taking advantage of the free entry offered to those living within the LGA ," Cumberland Council Administrator, Viv May said.
"This is one of the first opportunities for our residents to come together as one community and many families had a great time mixing with their new neighbours among the cherry blossoms.
"This year Council included a host of entertainers, traditional and modern, including Sumo Wrestlers which the children particularly enjoyed," Mr May said.

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