Cumberland Council E-news 24 June 2016

A new era of transparency for Cumberland Council

As a new Council, it is important to create a strong foundation on which to buil d for the future. That is why Cumberland Council will be reforming the way we engage with the community through our website. A number of new online engagement tools will transfo rm the way residents view and have their say on development applications, planning proposals and other projects within the local government area.
The new reforms will simplify the process of engagement, allowing residents to provide their input wherever they may be through their personal devices, smart phones or computers. With this reform, the days of residents having to physically visit a Council office to view a development application will be over. They will be able to view development applications, their associated details and plans, online. In additional, they will be able submit comments, and view other comments, in relation to these development applications.
This reform will encompass the whole range of Council's engagement activities and will ensure Council is held accountable by residents in all aspects of its service.
These changes will be rolled out towards the end of the year. To be kept informed about this project, and all other Council news, please sign up to Cumberland Council's weekly e-news at       

Malcolm Ryan
General Manager, Cumberland Council
Become a member of Cumberland Council's Audit Committee
Cumberland Council is seeking expressions of interest from independent external members to join its new audit committee. The Committee will act as an independent advisory body which will oversee and monitor Council's effectiveness in carrying out its responsibilities for accountable financial management, good corporate governance, maintaining a system of internal control and risk management, and fostering an ethical environment.
The committee will consist of 4 external members who will meet with the Administrator approximately four times per year. Council will pay an attendance fee to all external members who participate in meetings. The initial period of appointment will be up until the Local Government Elections in September 2017.
Applicants who have previous experience in a similar committee are being sought in addition to a person with the appropriate financial, legal or administrative experience and/or qualifications in a large organisation who will chair the meeting.
Expressions of interest close at 2:00pm on Thursday 7 July, 2016. To apply please visit or call 9840 9763. 

July Business Workshops

A number of free workshops will be held in July for people looking to start up their own small business or those simply interested in improving the effectiveness and reach of their own business. 
Start up your own Business
Receive a comprehensive, overarching view of what is involved in starting up your own business in Australia. Light lunch will be provided.
Date: Tuesday, 5 July 2016
Venue: Committee Rooms, Cumberland Council, Merrylands Office, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Marketing your Business
Learn about promotional strategies, branding and getting to know your customers to maximise your business potential and popularity. Light lunch will be provided.
Date: Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Venue:  Committee Rooms, Cumberland Council, Merrylands Office, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Motivate Me
This workshop will help you gain more confidence in your work and business. Learn how to deal with challenges and change as well as how to easily identify and define your personal goals business.
Date: Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Venue:  Committee Rooms, Cumberland Council, Merrylands Office, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Bookings are essential. Please contact Vanessa Wegener on 9840 9911 or email 

Guildford West Park upgrades       

Cumberland Council has conducted upgrades to two parks in Guildford West.
Princes Street Park is now home to a new picnic table setting, shelter, shade tree, boundary screen and added concrete pathways for easier accessibility. Guildford West Sportsground has also received a new playground with a varied range of climbing, balance and rope activities as well as a slide and swing set for children aged 0 - 11 years.
The upgrades will improve the open space facility capacity to cater for young families and the elderly and will improve the recreation experience for users and spectators visiting Guildford West Sportsground.

New playground at Guildford West Sportsground

Mobile Community Recycling Services     

The new Mobile Community Recycling Service makes disposing of your waste easy and sustainable. Simply book a pick up at, wait to receive your confirmation and then place your items out for collection the day before your booking. Only certain items will be picked up. For more information please call 9735 1310.

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