NSW Government

Stronger Councils | Stronger Communities

Cumberland Council

The merger of Parramatta City*, Auburn City* and Holroyd City* councils


On 12 May 2016 the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, announced the newly formed “Cumberland” Council.

Cumberland Council includes the following wards:

  1. Greystanes Ward
  2. Wentworthville Ward
  3. Granville Ward
  4. South Granville Ward
  5. Regents Park Ward

Stronger more efficient councils will work harder for residents and deliver better services and infrastructure like roads, parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities.

  • Each new council will receive up to $15 million to invest in community projects like junior sporting facilities, playgrounds and library or pool upgrades.
  • Each new council will receive up to $10 million to streamline administrative processes and cut red tape. (Unspent funds may be redirected to community projects)
  • Ratepayers, in new council areas, will have their rates protected against future increases, meaning they will pay no more for their rates than they would have under their old council for 4 years.

Elections for new councils will take place on 9 September 2017. Details of the new council are contained in the proclamation.

Key information about the new council:

Population: 219,147

Area (sq Km): 72

Number of Wards: 5

Number of councillors per ward: 3


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Merger Benefits

Managing the implementation

An Administrator and Interim General Manager have been appointed to oversee the implementation of the council through to the new election.   

Name: Viv May

Interim General Manager
Name: Merv Ismay

For more information please call 1300 813 020 (This service is available 24/7)

Stronger Communities Fund 

With the funding provided by the NSW Government, the Council has funded community projects and major projects. Details of these projects appear below. If there are no major projects listed, this means that the Council has yet to finalise the projects that will be funded.

Projects for Cumberland Council

Major Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Granville Muti-purpose Community Centre, Library and Regional Gallery New purpose built multi-purpose community centre, library and regional gallery integrated with pool, park and outdoor recreational facilities at the Granville Memorial Park site. The total cost of the project is $20m with half to be funded by the Stronger $10,000,000
Auburn Botanic Gardens Entertainment Precinct and Duck River Regional All Abilities Playground Infrastructure to support major events including lighting and electricity in the gardens, entry gates/turnstiles, seating, carpark improvements and improved walkways. The project also includes a contribution to the upgrade of the existing playground. $1,000,000
Central Gardens All Abilities and Mixed Age Playground Upgrade of the exiting playground to a universally accessible and mixed age playground. $1,000,000
Replacement of Bridge Road Railway Overbridge Funding contribution toward the replacement of the railway overbridge.at Bridge Road. $500,000
Auburn District Library Expansion Auburn District Library expansion into the adjacent areas formerly utilised as Council Chambers, Exhibition Gallery and Councillor Meeting Room $1,000,000
CCTV Infrastructure and Lighting Upgrades The purchase of 30 mobile CCTV units and a number of priority lighting upgrades to improve safety in the former Holroyd area. $500,000
Community Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Islamic Relief Australia Addressing Domestic Violence through community-based action and engagement $49,800
Community Migrant Resource Centre Safer CALD Women Community Initiative $50,000
Shakti Migrant and Refugee Women's Support Group Women's empowerment porgramme $13,550
Cumberland Women's Health Centre Inc Employment boost - a better future for women $41,800
The Salvation Army Auburn Cumberland Together for Hope $48,984
Western Sydney Community Centre Multi-cultural health education $50,000
Affordable Community Housing Limited (trading as Evolve Housing for Youth) Mental health education, pathways and partnership project $50,000
Miracle Babies Foundation Ltd Survival Packs - advocacy, support and information for families $5,000
Australian Foundation for Disability Sensory, cooking, educational and sporting resources $9,995
Top Blokes Foundation Junior top blokes mentoring programme $35,294
Bicycle NSW Her cycling connections programme for unemployed women $50,000
Auburn Youth Centre Inspire - creative arts hub for young women $49,203
Mabeen Community NSW Soccer programme $20,000
Chinese Australian Services Society Ltd Community empowerment programme $3,400
Granville Men's Shed Healthy living and positive ageing initiatives $28,628
Burmese Community Development Collaboration Information management system development $20,000
Girl Guides NSW/ACT (Auburn-Lidcombe) Girl guides hall improvement works $9,000
Taste Cultural Food Tours Inc A taste of Cumberland $20,000
St Francis Social Services (trading as the House of Welcome) A pre-employment project designed to support asylum seekers $49,680
Guildford Soldiers Memorial School of Art Roof replacement $25,000
Epilepsy Association Epilepsy awareness and education $30,000
Friends of Auburn Library Services Creative Cumberland Children - story writing and competition $4,411
Horn of Africa Relief and Development Agency of Australia African and CALD Youth Soccer Tournament and Community Festival $17,540
Parramatta/Holroyd Family Support Inc. Building Bridges: Group work response to women and children impacted by domestic violence $48,100
The Northcott Society Achieving social inclusion and well-being with whole family respite $49,938
Multiple Sclerosis Limited MS Activities Program for people living with disabilities $48,661
Somali Welfare and Cultural Association The AfriBiz Hub Project - supporting Africultures festival food stallholders $31,590
Prosper (Project Australia) Connecting Fathers project $27,354
Hilltop Road Public School P&C Association Hilltop Road Connect-Ed $41,554
Information and Cultural Exchange The Auburn Digital Pod - English literacy skills training programme $45,230
NSW Multicultural Seniors Association Traditional Chinese performing arts program $18,388
Australian Tamil Seniors Association Increased circulation of ATSA newsletters and magazines $9,000