Cumberland Council E-news 12 August 2016

General Manager's Message

As a newly formed council, Cumberland Council is committed to genuine community participation.

We want to engage with our community on decisions and issues affecting their lives and consult with residents to maximise community awareness and participation.

Council is currently working on a Community Strategic Plan and we would like residents to contribute their ideas and aspirations for the future of the Cumberland area by completing a short survey (see the following article). There will other opportunities to provide feedback, with a series of community forums planned for September. Your feedback is important to ensure we are moving in the right direction and working to achieve results that reflect community values.

There are a number of events planned for the coming weeks including the
Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival at Auburn Botanic Gardens, on 20-21 and 27-28 August and PetFest at Holroyd Gardens on Sunday 11 September. 
I encourage residents to enjoy these fun, family friendly events, offered right here in our own Cumberland community - they are sure to be spectacular and will certainly attract crowds from outside our local government area.

Malcolm Ryan
General Manager, Cumberland Council
Have your say on Cumberland's future

As a newly formed Council, Cumberland wants to build a clear and progressive vision for the future. Council is currently seeking input from all stakeholders to develop the new long-term plan for the City's future - the Community Strategic Plan.

Establishing a central vision for Cumberland and a series of supporting long-term strategies and targets, the Community Strategic Plan balances a commitment to social and cultural cohesion, the local economy, our natural and built environments and all members of the Cumberland community.

The vision created by this plan flows down throughout Council's operations to drive progressive outcomes, high performing services and positive initiatives. Gaining input from a wide cross section of Council's residents, businesses and groups is vital to identifying key priorities, ensuring we are moving in the right direction and creating results that benefit our community.

Council is seeking your involvement by inviting you to complete a short survey . This survey asks questions about your vision and aspirations for the future of the City.

Thank you for your support - there will be further opportunities to get involved in building the future of Cumberland over the coming months. If you would like more information please contact Council's Corporate Planning team on 9840 9840 or 9735 1222.

Cumberland Council registers as a NDIS Provider
Cumberland Council has registered as a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Provider, under the name 'Cumberland Leisure and Lifestyle Links'. The decision to register guarantees that the current disability supports and services offered by Council will continue and transition into the NDIS.
Council's programs offer advocacy, peer support, social inclusion, meals and transport to assist people with disability to remain active and connected to their community, and in control of their lives.  
To find out more about the NDIS and Cumberland Leisure and Lifestyle Links, contact Cumberland Council's Disability Services Officer, Paul Spiteri  on 9840 9913.
Local resident, Belinda Fisher, enjoys the outdoors with friends on the Canal Reserve bike track
No elections until 2017 

Residents enrolled to vote in the Cumberland Council Local Government Area, including the former Auburn Council area, the former Holroyd Council area and the former Woodville Ward of Parramatta Council, are not required to vote at NSW local council elections scheduled for 10 September.
Elections for newly merged councils, including Cumberland Council, will be held in September 2017.
Cumberland Council encourages residents to check their voting status here.
Remember, voting in local government elections is compulsory and fines apply for not voting.
Cumberland Annual Garden Awards

Do you have a great garden? Enter the Annual Cumberland Garden Awards for a chance to win fabulous prizes and be recognised for your hard work and flair in the garden! There are lots of categories to enter:
Open Garden
Private residents, garden of any age. Must include front garden. Back garden is optional.
Native Garden
Private residents, garden of any age, Australian native plants and those local to the Cumberland area.
Small Garden
Within confined space such as home unit, balconies and town-house courtyards.
Commercial/Industrial whole or part as nominated, including front viewing where applicable.
Schools and Community Grounds
Schools, retirement villages, churches, childcare centres and scout halls. Judged on best garden or plot's overall appearance.
Senior Citizens' Garden
Private residents. Judges will consider age and physical ability of person/s maintaining garden. Whole or part area.
Residents can enter multiple categories. A Grand Champion will be selected from the category winners. All gardens entered must be located within the Cumberland Council area and must be accessible between Monday 19 September and Friday 23 September 2016 for judging. Participants will be invited to a special afternoon tea where the winners will be announced.
To enter, complete the online entry form and send to

Entry forms are also available from Council offices at Auburn and Merrylands, or from your local library.
Entries close 4.30pm, Friday 2 September 2016. Late entries will not be accepted. For more details visit here.

Food, music and culture at Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival, held at the over two weekends in August (20-21 and 27-28), will provide a feast of Japanese food, music and culture - all amongst the beautiful Auburn Botanic Gardens and flowering cherry blossoms.
The program for this year's Festival will combine traditional Japanese culture with modern, edgy interpretations. This cultural and musical duality will come to life on two stages:
The Kyoto Stage (situated on the Peacock Gallery lawns) will present traditional Japanese performances such as sumo wrestling, ikebana presentations and martial arts. Highlights include a Shakuhachi Japanese flute performance, the Satsuki Koto Odamura Ensemble and taiko drumming.
The Harajuku Stage (in the Auburn Botanic Gardens, Hanami picnic area) will host Japanese turntablist DJ Naiki, rising indie folk favourite Garrett Kato, and The Voice's Kiyomi Vella, not to mention heaps of J-pop and karaoke. Other highlights include Noriko Tadano (direct from a recent tour of Japan), Swordshapes ft Yuux and Shiho Sparkle Hooper with her hoola hoop workshops.
There will be an amazing assortment of traditional and modern Japanese delicacies to try, including sashimi and noodles from the team behind Sydney's Masuya Japanese Restaurant, Takoyaki balls from Syoku Samurai, pork belly buns and Japanese themed burgers by the team at Tsuru and J-burger, and Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes) from Modern Yaki.
Festival tickets cost $5 but entry is free for LGA locals, seniors card holders, children under 16, and people in cosplay and kimono costumes. A free shuttle bus service will operate between Auburn Station and the Auburn Botanic Gardens from 9am to 4.30pm.
For more details visit here.

The Satsuki Koto Odamura Ensemble and Shiho Sparkle Hooper will perform at the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival.
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

Clean out your household chemicals the right way

The NSW Environment Protection Authority holds a series of Chemical CleanOut events in partnership with local councils each year to allow residents to dispose of chemicals safely and free of charge.
Chemical Cleanouts will be held in the Cumberland area from 9am to 3.30pm on:
Sunday, 14 August
Auburn Baseball Club car park
Euston Road, Auburn
Saturday, 27 August
former Holroyd Council works depo
enter via Foray Street, Guildford West
You can drop off the following items for disposal:
From your garage:
From your home:
pool chemicals
ammonia based cleaners
hobby chemicals
floor care products
pesticides and herbicides
fluorescent globes and tubes
gas bottles
solvents and household cleaners
acids and alkalis
paint and paint related products
From your car:
Car batteries
fire extinguishers
Motor oils, fuels and fluids
Only household quantities (up to 20 litres or 20kg of any one item) will be accepted. Remember to handle and transport chemicals carefully.
For more details, call the Environment Line on 131 555 or visit

Educational Programs for Local Schools

Cumberland Council offers a range of exciting educational programs for local schools, including mock council simulations, local Aboriginal history workshops, waste and recycling workshops, bush care, visiting an art exhibition and art (including Japanese crafts) workshops at the Peacock Gallery, and Children's Book Council of Australia Book Week performances in schools. For more information or to make a booking, please take a look at our  Term 3 School Program.
Students' names L-R: Suhayb, Hadi, Ali, Omar, Eman, Zahra, and Rima.

These year four students from Al-Faisal College (pictured above) participated in a workshop with Council staff in term two, sharing their vision for their community and learning about the difference services Council offers to residents. This group of students were concerned about keeping their local environment clean, and would like to see beautiful spaces for recreation in our area such as pools, parks and gardens.

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