Cumberland Council E-news 1 July 2016

Cumberland Council to deliver quality places, roads and programs in 2016/17

Cumberland Council has published its first ever Draft Operational Plan for 2016/17.

In excess of $77 million will be invested into capital works in the coming financial year. A feature of those works will be a $23,000,000 upgrade to Merrylands Town Centre which inculdes the development of a new city square, new roads for better access and maneuverability and increased car parking and drainage. Other major works include a $3,000,000 upgrade to the Berala Village Town Centre, as well as a $2,700,000 upgrade to Auburn Park.

The majority of the infrastructure work in the local government area will focus on improving roads with $12, 315,216 being allocated purely for this purpose. The plan also details the exciting community events and programs taking place in the Cumberland area in the upcoming year including the Cherry Blossom Festival and PetFest.

The Draft Operational Plan 2016/17 is now on public exhibition. You can have your say by visiting clicking here and filling out the feedback form.

Malcolm Ryan
General Manager, Cumberland Council
Community Priorities for the Stronger Communities Fund and Events in Cumberland

Cumberland Council recently announced the Stronger Communities Fund - a $1 million community grants program established by the NSW Government to ensure the delivery of projects that improve community infrastructure and services as part of the 'Fit for the Future' reform program.

Local incorporated not-for-profit community groups within the Cumberland Council area will be able to apply for community grants of up to $50,000 for projects that meet eligibility criteria and community priorities set by Council. 

Council is now developing detailed guidelines for the funding program and is seeking feedback from community groups/organisations to help identify community priorities to inform future grants and events programs.

To have your say, please complete this online survey before 22 July 2016.  

School Holiday Activities and Care
There is plenty for kids of all ages to do in the local area over the July School Holidays.
Local libraries will be running fun activities like party games and short story writing and the Peacock Gallery will be running creative arts based activities for some hands on fun. Local Youth Centres will also be holding various activities like excursions to Luna Park, indoor soccer competitions, movie marathons and more. Five education and care services will also be operated over the holidays for parents seeking day time holiday care for children from Kindergarten to year 7.

To see the full school holiday program please click here. 

Celebrate Naidoc Week 

NAIDOC Week celebrations will be held across Cumberland Council this  July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities which support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to develop your understanding and appreciation of indigenous culture. 


During the week you can:

  • Spend time with family and friends at the Central Gardens with indigenous arts, history, culture and activities.
  • Learn about the distinct history of the Darug people at a language and culture class.
  • Enjoy yourself with country and bush games and stories at Guildford Community Centre.
  • Experience Indigenous culture hands on in guided excursions to Bowral and the Blue Mountains.
  • Visit the Talk The Change/Change The Talk Exhibition Art Exhibition.
To find about the full range of events taking place in your local area please click here. 

Bower Household Collection & Rehoming Service

Do you have household items, furniture, hardware and electronic appliances that you no longer need or want? Would you like to recycle them?

If your items are in good condition and you would like them to be reused, repaired and recycled - then please call the Bower on 9568 6280. The Bower's Collection & Rehoming Service is an environmental charity that offers a free collection service of some unwanted household items to Auburn residents. Not all items can be collected, so it is a good idea to call first and discuss. For more information, please visit

Girls Get Active at Merrylands Oval

Council partnered with Womensport NSW to host the Girls Get Active Event on 15 June 2016. 


Local schools were invited to the event where you women were introduced to different sporting codes heard some inspiring stories from three prominent local female sports people about their careers in the sporting industry. This was followed by a Q&A where a candid discussion was had about pursuing a sporting a career and the role of gender in sports.


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