23 July 2019
Family friendly tours give an eye-opening insight into refugee stories

Meet Hanan. She's one of the many extraordinary volunteer's for Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood. This is her story: 

"In Syria I was a mechanical engineer. When I first started studying there weren't many women mechanical engineers. It was my responsibility to look after grain silos. I would visit them and ensure they were structurally sound; not too rusty or letting in water. Afterwards I became a teacher, teaching young boys mechanical engineering. I enjoyed this a lot. You had to find ways to make the subject matter interesting and work with the class. I liked being a teacher. What do I miss about Syria? I miss everything. Everything. The people, the food, the language, the culture, the cities. But I am safe here."

Bring along the family for a FREE life-changing experience at Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood. Family friendly tours are open from 9am to 5pm on Saturday 3 August.

Bookings are essential. Visit,  https://bit.ly/2RcYfQg  today!
Boundary Adjustment Proposal: We need your say

Cumberland Council is undertaking community consultation regarding proposed boundary changes for Granville and Mays Hill.  The change would reverse the 2016 decision by the State Government to divide both suburbs in half while drawing boundaries for the Cumberland Local Government Area.  The proposed boundary adjustment would extend Cumberland Council's boundary at Granville out to either Parramatta Road or the M4 and at Mays Hill east along Steele and Pitt Street.
Have Your Say today! Get involved for the future prosperity of Granville and Mays Hill

Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival 
Food | Flowers | Feel Good 

Set against the made-for-Instagram canvas of the Japanese Gardens, the festival runs from Saturday 17 August - Sunday 25 August 2019 at the Auburn Botanic Gardens.
This year the festival will celebrate Japan's rich culinary traditions and cultural exports, the splendor of the Cherry Blossoms and Auburn Botanic Gardens and Japan's unique contributions to health and well-being with workshops led by accredited experts in Shinrin-yoku "forest bathing" to bring you back to nature and have you feel good. The themes this year includes food, flowers and feel good and will be encompassed through the food stalls, activities and tours.

Every day will offer a difference experience, with a day for Seniors, kids, serenity, and
gardens with 2019 Logie winner Costa. 

Get your tickets for NSW's largest floral festival today!

Explore the culinary and cultural richness of Turkey 

Flavours of Auburn invite you do come on a journey through the magical wonders of Turkey. Stop off at the exquisite Gallipoli Mosque, try spices and food along the way and be led by a local tour guide. The next tour commences on Saturday 17 August. Don't miss out. Bookings are essential! 

Book today for an unforgettable experience. 
Strategies to keep residents and workers safe

If you plan to leave the office at a later time when it is likely to be dark, arrange to walk with a colleague who plans to leave work at the same time so that you can walk together.  If you have cars parked in different locations, perhaps think about walking together to one of the cars and then driving onto the other car.  Or find a colleague who is available to walk with you to your car with an offer to drive them back to the office if they plan to continue working. 
Other strategies include moving your car closer to your office location once the demand for parking in the immediate surrounds starts to subside towards the end of the day. You can find more about Cumberland Council's Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan 2017-2027 here. 
Reporting safety concerns
If you notice any issues in the immediate surrounds of your work location, please report them by either phoning 8757 9000, lodging an online request or emailing council@cumberland.nsw.gov.au.

Communtiy Grant Program (Round One) opens 5 August
Council's Community Grants Program provides grants to local not-for-profit organisations and individuals to help deliver services and programs across Cumberland's community. Round One opens soon on Monday 5 August 2019.
The programs supported by this funding are diverse and deliver social, economic, cultural, recreational and environmental benefits to the community. To keep up-to-date with the latest grant opportunities, sign up to the monthly Cumberland Council Grants Bulletin.
Further information:  Cumberland Council Grants team, 8757 9276.
Artists call out: Looking for your next exhibition?

Are you an artist or curator seeking to display your work at an exhibition?  Two rounds of applications are currently now open! 

1. 2020 Exhibition Program at the Peacock Gallery: We are looking for high quality artist or curator led projects to present in spaces available at the gallery. Applications close August 4 Visit Arts in Cumberland  for more details.

2. Exciting opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Submissions are not open to feature YOUR work at the Granville Centre 2020. Applications close 19 August. Visit the Granville Public Art Centre for more details. 
Discover Cumberland: Free tour at your service

Discover Cumberland allows your to take a free bus tour across Council facilities and services as well as some awesome local landmarks! Sign up today and get to know the Cumberland neighbourhood.

When: Wednesday 14 August
Where: Meet at Merrylands Service Centre

Bookings are essential. Visit,  https://bit.ly/2Gjtx3F to get your pass today.
Get rid of your unwanted Chemical this Saturday

Have you taken out your unneeded household quantities yet? This Saturday, recycle the right way! Cumberland Council, in partnership with the NSW Environment Protection Authority, is hosting a free Household Chemical Clean Out.

When: Saturday 27 July
Time: 9am - 3.30pm
Where: Guildford Depot, Enter via Foray Street, Guildford West

For more details on what waste is accepted and future collection opportunities, visit  https://bit.ly/2O1Rq6i today.
"Plant a tree, watch it grow"

Cumberland Council and Planet Ark are inviting all residents to be inspired by nature and make a positive difference by attending a National Tree Day this Sunday.  Alongside the tree planting, this year's event will include fun activities for families and friends:
  • Sustainable living workshops
  • Kids painting activity
  • Interactive Animal display
  • Free vegetarian BBQ
When: Sunday 28 July
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Where:Lytton Street Park, Wentworthville

To register, or for more information, visit www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au  or phone 8757 9000.

Contact your Councillors

Cumberland Council has 14 Councillors representing the five Wards of Granville, Greystanes, South Granville, Regents Park and Wentworthville. The primary role of a Councillor is to represent the people who live in their ward. They are your bridge to Council.  To find out the Councillors for your ward and their contact details please click here.