26 November 2019
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Cumberland

Take a trip to the kingdom of Far Far Away at Auburn Botanic Gardens on Saturday 7 December from 6pm to 10pm as Cumberland Council presents a fairy tale Shrek-style Christmas event.

Join us for some free family festive fun including Christmas light displays, carols by local community groups, free rides, food trucks and Christmas activities including Letters to Santa.

The Shrek-theme will also involve an exclusive outdoor screening of 'Shrek the Halls' and 'Shrek Forever After' in an open-air cinema. You'll even get to meet your favourite Shrek characters in person - Shrek, Princess Fiona and Puss in Boots!

For more information, visit the Cumberland Council website.
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What can you do to help this fire season?

Regardless of whether you live in a metropolitan or rural area, there are simple things you and your family can do to help the emergency services in the peak of this bush fire season.

1.  Don't forget to talk to elderly residents in your local community who may not have access to online information or have the agility to do any garden maintenance.
2. The Bush Fire Plan template takes you through step by step information on how to make your home safer, understand fire danger ratings and what you need to develop a plan of action.  

3. Visit the 'Fires Near Me' website and App, and fact sheets for information on pet safety; advice for bush walkers, campers and holidaymakers, assistance available for disabled or elderly residents, and a whole lot more.
4. Prepare for a crisis by downloading the Emergency Preparedness App. Visit  our website for more details. 
Further information: NSW Rural Fire Service and the  NSW State Emergency Service.
Come along to our Volunteering Networking Forum

The Cumberland Volunteer Community Sector Networking Forum works to improve collaboration and build capacity of the volunteer organisations within the Cumberland Local Government Area.
This forum will provide information about working with children and children safety standards.
It will also build the capacity of volunteer organisations and provide practical ways to achieve child safe working and recreational environments.
Where: The Holroyd Centre - 17 Miller St, Merrylands
When: Thursday 28 November 2019, 5.30pm to 8pm
Cost: FREE
Free Local Business Safety Workshop

Cumberland Council is hosting a workshop for local business owners to understand best practice principles for preventing criminal behaviour such as burglary, shoplifting and vandalism. The workshop is delivered in partnership with Cumberland Police Area Command and SafeWork NSW. 
By attending the local business safety workshop, business owners may be eligible to apply for a $500 cash rebate from SafeWork NSW. 
Business operators will learn how to:
-        Reduce the risk of crime occurring or repeat victimisation
-        Detect counterfeit banknotes
-        Risk management including workers' compensation.
Date: Wednesday 27 November 2019
Time: 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Venue: Cumberland Council, Merrylands Service Centre, 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
Register today on Eventbrite. Bookings are essential. 
Cumberland takes a stand for 16 Days of Activism

Cumberland Council is partnering with the local Auburn and Cumberland Police Area Commands for 16 Days of Activism between 25 November and 10 December to take a stand against domestic violence.

The 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence originated from a petition that was circulated during the 1991 United Nations World Conference on Human Rights.

Almost three decades on, 16 Days of Activism is a widely recognised global initiative that signifies action towards ending violence against women and girls around the world.

According to the 2017 National Community Attitudes Toward Violence Against Women Survey, 76% of Australians would be bothered if they heard a male friend telling a sexist joke about women. 98% of Australians would be bothered if they heard a male friend insulting or verbally abusing a woman he was in a relationship with.

Do your part to call it out.
Visit 1800RESPECT.org.au or call 1800 737 732. For translation and interpreting services call 131 450.
Council online systems shutdown

As part of our commitment to providing the Cumberland community with better online services, Council will be upgrading its systems from 4pm on Tuesday 3 December until Monday 9 December 2019.

During this time, all online services including online payments, requests and lodgement systems will be unavailable. We encourage residents to make any payments, lodgements and applications outside this period.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Customer Service on 8757 9000 or visit the Cumberland Council website.
Come along and Meet Your Councillor

Come along and meet your local Ward Councillors, find out about Council services and what Council is doing in your local area.  
Granville Ward
Mayor Steve Christou, Councillor Joseph Rahme and Councillor Ola Hamed
Saturday 30 November
10am - 12pm 
Stocklands Mall, Merrylands (outside the food court on level 1, opposite YD)
South Granville Ward
Councillor Glenn Elmore, Councillor Paul Garrard and Councillor Tom Zreika
Saturday 30 November
1.30 - 3.30 pm
Dellwood Street Shops (near the grassed seating area), South Granville
Regents Park Ward
Councillor George Campbell, Councillor Kun Huang and Councillor Ned Attie
Saturday 7 December
1.30 - 3.30 pm
Berala Town Centre (outside Woolworths - on Woodburn Rd)
What's On in Cumberland
Nominate someone you admire

Nominations are currently open for Cumberland Local Citizen of the Year and Community Pride Awards 2020. If you know someone doing great things in the community, submit a nomination. 

To nominate, visit Council's website.

Flavours of Auburn: Middle Eastern Food Tour

Take a walking tour and discover more about Middle Eastern food and culture in Auburn. Receive a free Flavours of Auburn cook book, water bottle and shopping bag.

Book online today to secure your place.
  Free Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Basics 
Business Workshop

In this FREE SEO Basics workshop, we're going to show you that SEO is not a mystery. If you get it right it can make a huge difference to the visibility of your website. Register on Eventbrite today. Bookings are essential. 
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 local representative to Council. 

To find out who are the Councillors for your ward and their contact details please click here.