6 August 2019
Detox mind and body at Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
Straight from the evergreen forests of Japan, the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival is inviting Sydney-siders to put away their screens and digital distractions and try the Japanese practice of "shinrin yoku" at the Auburn Botanic Gardens.  Inspired by ancient Shinto and Buddhist practices, "shinrin yoku" is translated into English as "forest bathing" from:
  • shinrin = "forest"
  • yoku = "to bathe, shower, bask in"
The idea is to conscientiously spend time in a forest or woods and let nature enter the body through all five senses, including taste.  The benefits, supported by nearly four decades of research in Japan, include lower blood pressure, strengthened immune system and better mental health outcomes.  The practice is officially backed by the Japanese government as a preventative health program and has spread overseas as countries grapple with an epidemic of lifestyle diseases. One hour forest bathing experiences will be offered on select days of the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival. 

For more details and the full program visit on our website. 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artist call out

Are you an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artist or curator seeking to display your work in one of Sydney's finest centres? We have an exciting opportunity for you to permanently feature your work along the ceiling entrance of the Granville Centre, due to open in 2020. Submissions are now open to feature YOUR work! Applications close 19 August. 

Visit the Granville Centre for more details. 
Local Government Week: Cumberland Council is #YourCouncil

Last week Cumberland Council celebrated Local Government Week by shining light on the wide range of services offered across the Cumberland local government area. From child care pick ups through to aged and disability services with the Social Inclusion team, our council works with pride to accommodate to the needs of a thriving community. 

Visit our website  today to discover a variety of events, services and community centres available to you. 

Help shape the future of Cumberland - how to get involved

Cumberland Council is undertaking community consultation regarding our Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) for 2030. This will set out the direction and priorities for strategic planning over the course of the next decade . The community are encouraged to add value by providing input on areas of importance. This includes planning and development, going greener, roads and waste as well as parks and community. The next community feedback stall will be held on Tuesday August 13. We hope to see you there.

Details: LSPS 2030 Stall
Tuesday 13 August 
11am - 1pm
Auburn Centre for Community

Alternatively you can have your say online with just a few clicks. Help shape the future of Cumberland.
Running a café, small bar or restaurant just got easier 

Supporting and growing our local business economy is a priority for Council. We are delighted to partner with Service NSW and the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner to launch Easy to do Business in Cumberland.
Through one online portal you will receive step-by-step guidance and support across local, state and federal government requirements, to open and grow your business. 
With streamlined forms and one phone number for assistance when opening a café, small bar or restaurant, you can spend less time on paperwork and more time on your business. And, for added assurance, you will be supported by a dedicated personal Business Concierge through the process.

For more details visit the  Cumberland Council website.
Free plant give away at Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

You can never have enough greens in the home. That's why Cumberland Council will be providing local residents with three FREE plants per household this year the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs from August 17 - August 25. Council is working towards a cleaner, greener Cumberland and residents are invited to collect a young tree or shrub to plant in their own garden to help increase the local government area's green canopy. Be quick as there will be a limited number of plants available to give away. 

Register online today to add to your greenery!
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.
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.
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.