Community News Update

31 May 2022

Message from Mayor Lake

Mayor Lisa Lake

Cumberland Council is thrilled to be able to bring the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival back to the Auburn Botanic Gardens this August after a two year hiatus. Known as one of Australia’s most photographed, natural and instragrammable cultural events, the festival pays homage to Japan’s traditions, music, pop culture and food, all while capturing the hearts of thousands as the cherry blossoms burst into colour across the garden. Council is currently seeking Expressions of Interest for suitable food stallholders and mobile food vehicles to participate in the event. If you are a vendor and are interested in being part of this great festival, register your details by visiting

Next week on 1 June, Cumberland Council and Greater Sydney Landcare are teaming up to create more green spaces in Cumberland with a free tree planting event at Marrong Reserve in Pemulwuy. I will be there to help plant trees to increase habitats for birds and other wildlife and to make our recreational spaces more enjoyable. I encourage you to come down, say hi and join us for the free BBQ. You can register your interest by visiting

There’s still time for you to win a $100 shopping voucher when you take part in our Community Wellbeing Survey. If you’ve wanted to voice your concerns or pitch your ideas on parking, walkability or new places in the community, now is the time to share your input. All participants will go into the draw for a chance to win 1 of 10 shopping vouchers, each valued at $100. The survey closes on 5 June, scan the QR code to visit Council’s website and have your say.

Lastly, Council is seeking your feedback on the number and locations of alcohol-free zones in Cumberland. Council has already established 46 alcohol-free zones throughout the area, in line with the Local Government Act 1993, and is proposing to renew these existing zones. The consultation period will close on Thursday 23 June, so submit your feedback by scanning the QR code.

Mayor Lisa Lake
8757 9856 |

Lifestyle and Leisure Links

Join our Lifestyle & Leisure Links program starting Thursday 16 June, for inclusive opportunities for people with disability to achieve fitness, health & wellbeing goals, art and crafts workshops, a bowling competition with other peer groups and much more!

This NDIS funded program has a proud history of developing social networks and establishing meaningful friendships for local adults with disability.

To find out more and how to join please visit:

Plastic Shopping Bags Banned from 1 June 2022

From 1 June 2022, the supply of lightweight plastic bags will be banned in NSW to help protect the natural environment. The NSW Government’s ban includes shopping bags made from biodegradable, compostable or bio-plastics and applies to all businesses and community organisations.

Remember to bring your own bags when shopping as shops will not be providing these.

Find out more information and get advice at:

Have Your Say on the Community Engagement Strategy

Whether you live, work, study or play in Cumberland City, we want to know your thoughts about our new Community Engagement Strategy, which will outline the guiding principles and approach to ensure the community has an opportunity to provide feedback in a meaningful way.

Submissions close: Thursday 30 June

For more information about this consultation and to download a copy of the Draft Strategy visit:

Violence Against Our Staff - It’s Not OK

It’s not OK to abuse Council officers. Council is making a stance against violence, rolling out a new campaign to curb attacks and assaults towards our staff. The campaign will also look to build on other Council initiatives, including licence plate recognition technology, dashcam and bodycam technology, staff training and police support. We’re asking the community to please be respectful to our staff.

For more details visit:

Creating Canopies in Cumberland City

Tree Planting Day and Free BBQ Lunch

Wednesday 1 June from 9am to 1.30pm
Marrong Reserve, Pemulwuy

Register to volunteer or find out more information:

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