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Diwali Fest to ‘light up’

BERALA commuters want the State Government to give back direct train services to the Sydney CBD.

Describing the existing services as “overcrowded” and “a big step backwards” from where services used to be, commuters told the Review that the service had been working well before rail timetables were amended and called for them to be reinstated.
“It’s idiotic. It’s plain crazy. We need a direct service,” said commuter David Mack.
With Hinduism being the third most popular religion in the LGA, Cumberland is gearing up for its annual Diwali Street Festival – which last year attracted over 9,000 residents – on Saturday, October 26.
Offering a night of live entertainment, performances and street stalls, the festival will take place along Station Street in Wentworthville from 5-9pm.
In a first, the festival will end with a bang thanks to an end-of-night fireworks display that will light up the sky.
Mayor Steve Christou says the festival highlights the council’s commitment to cultural diversity and everyone is welcome to come along and take part in the celebrations.
“As a young council, we are committed to making Cumberland – Australia’s next great community,” he said.
“It’s a free event and we would love people to come down, dress in traditional attire if they like and contribute to the amazing atmosphere of lights, free entertainment, performances and activities on offer.”
Visitors can experience cultural performances, free Bollywood dance classes, face painting, kids rides, activities and Rangoli art workshops or enjoy some delicious Indian cuisine.
Parking is available at Wentworthville Library or the train station car park, however, residents are encouraged to use public transport where possible. The festivities are an easy two-minute walk from the station.
For full event details, visit cumberland.nsw.gov.au/diwalifestival.