Community News Update

12 July 2022

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Council’s NAIDOC Week celebrations continue this week, and it has been great to have so many residents register and attend these programs. The NAIDOC Family Storytime and Crafts are being held at Merrylands Library tomorrow, Wednesday 13 July, and I encourage you to join the fun by booking your spot via Council’s website

Council’s sports fields and golf courses are currently closed due to torrential rain and localised flooding. Council staff will continue to monitor our sports fields and golf courses and aim to reopen these once they are safe to use again. Council staff are also actively patrolling our local area to assess the full extent of the damage and are attending to potholes and blocked stormwater pits as quickly as possible. Council’s Waste Service has not been impacted and will continue without any interruptions.

If residents are experiencing issues resulting from damaged roads or footpaths, I encourage you to report this by calling Council’s Customer Service Team on 8757 9000 or via the Snap Send Solve App. Residents are also encouraged to contact SES on 132 500 if they are affected by any storm damage or flooding.

Coming up next month, Council will be hosting a series of health information sessions for women. The Women Growing Older Talks is a FREE eight-week series of women’s talks, held in three different languages; Arabic, English or Mandarin. I’m really pleased that Council has recognised that women’s health is an important issue in Cumberland. I encourage women to join the program and learn different ways to take care of your health through nutrition, exercise, and preventative healthcare as you grow older. To find out more visit the website

Cumberland Council is joining forces with Cricket Australia to roll out a new program for daughters and fathers. The Daughters and Dads Cricket is a nine-week program that allows fathers and daughters (including father figures) to connect and strengthen their relationships as they learn about cricket. Council is running this program in Cumberland, and will offer eight weekly themed sessions made up of educational and practical activities. These sessions are designed to develop practical skills, resilience and self-control all while enhancing the father-daughter bond. To find out more about this program or to book your spot visit

Lastly, I’m delighted to announce that after a two year hiatus, Council will once again be hosting the iconic Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival at the Auburn Botanical Gardens from August 20 - 28. This year’s festival theme is centred around ‘Love, Peace and Blossoms’ and will feature a huge line up of entertainment including crowd favourite Hello Kitty. To make each visitor’s experience as enjoyable and relaxed as possible, the number of visitors allowed into the Cherry Trail area will be limited to prebooked time slots. This is to ensure each visitor can enjoy their time wandering through the Cherry Trail and comfortably soak up the atmosphere and blossoms during their alotted time. The rest of the Auburn Botanical Gardens and activities will be accessible over the course of the entire day. Tickets go on sale today and I encourage you to book your tickets in advance to avoid missing out. For more information visit

FREE Hearing Tests at Libraries

Are you worried about your hearing? Visit one of our Cumberland City libraries for a free hearing test provided by Hearing Australia. Bookings are essential. 

These tests will be available from 10am at:

Auburn Library on Monday 18 July
Merrylands Library on Tuesday 19 July
Wentworthville Library on Wednesday 20 July
Granville Library on Thursday 21 July

Book now or find out more information:

Emergency and Safety Planning Workshop

Wednesday 13 July from 9am to 12:30pm
Redgum Function Centre
2 Lane Street, Wentworthville
Cost: Free, registrations essential

Are you prepared for an emergency or if you had to leave your home or business in a hurry? Join this practical workshop where you can learn more about Emergency & Evacuation planning. We can even help you develop your safety plan. Morning tea and refreshments will be provided.

Register now:

Free Community Information Service

Do you need a hand filling out forms, or know someone that might?

Council has a range of Form Filling Assistance and Information and Referral services available to all Cumberland City residents. Translating and interpreting support is available as well as face to face support from bilingual volunteers from a variety of language backgrounds.

Simply bring all relevant information, documents or forms to one of these venues:

Auburn Centre For Community
44A Macquarie Road, Auburn
9:30am to 3pm, Monday to Friday

Guildford Community Centre
367 Guildford Road, Guildford
9:30am to 3pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Berala Community Centre
98-104 Woodburn Road, Berala
9:30am to 3pm, Monday and Thursday

This program is volunteer run and coordinated. For that reason, participants are advised to contact the individual Council facilities before attending to ensure the service is running.

Find out more information visit: