Cumberland Council E-news 18 November 2016

Festival of All Abilities
The Festival of All Abilities (FOAA) is a program of events which mark Social Inclusion Week and International Day for People with Disability and promotes the social inclusion of seniors, people with disability and carers. From 24 November to 10 December more than a dozen activities will be available to everyone in the public including an All Abilities Sports Festival, a ThinkAbility Forum for advocates and professionals, Wheelchair Basketball Come N' Try, Disability Awareness Training, Cumberland Council 2016 IDPWD Art Exhibition and much more.
Spaces are still available for a free disability awareness training at Auburn Library on Tuesday 29 November for local residents, community workers and businesses in Auburn. To register and view the full program of events please click here.

How does planning and development happen in Cumberland? How can I get involved?

Planning and Development within Cumberland revolves around the Local Environment Plan which determines the land use permitted throughout all zones in relation to maximum building height, density, lot sizes, heritage potential and more. In simpler terms they are a blueprint of the capacity for development in an area.
A planning proposal is a document which explains and justifies an intended change to the Local Environmental Plan (LEP), such as rezoning of land. Changes to a LEP can only be initiated by the Council or the Minister for Planning. Council must first agree with the merits of a planning proposal before agreeing to amend the LEP.
Planning proposals are assessed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. The Department's process of determining proposals is called the Gateway. At the Gateway, the planning proposal may be approved, approved with conditions or refused.
Cumberland Council has just created a draft policy which aims to provide an opportunity for the public to have their say on all planning proposals at the earliest stage possible, prior to its assessment or submission to the Department of Planning and Environment for a Gateway Determination. Council is now calling for Cumberland residents to let us know your thoughts on the draft policy. Provide your input before Thursday 15 December 2016 by clicking here.
Sustainably dispose of your old electronic goods for free!


Get rid of your unwanted computers, VCRs, microwaves, phones, stereos and all other electronic goods by dropping it off at Cumberland Council's Guildford West Depot on 27 November 2015. 

Electronic Waste, also known as e-Waste, is growing at more than three times the rate of general waste. E-waste contains toxic materials that have an extreme negative impact on the environment. By disposing of your e-waste at the Council Depot, instead of through your kerbside collection, you will be ensuring the goods are sustainably dealt with and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

For more information and to find out exactly what products are accepted please click here. 

Christmas in the Gardens


Cumberland Council is throwing open the gates of Auburn Botanic Gardens for two special nights in December to host a family 'Christmas in the Gardens' celebration! Free for the community to attend, the event will include Christmas gift markets, food stalls and interactive children's activities. Then when the sun goes down, watch the garden light up with a magical light display and a free outdoor Christmas movie for all the family. Christmas in the gardens will run on the 9 and 10 December 2016 from 5pm to 10pm.

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