Monday, 04 April 2016 01:40

Council brings meetings to the community

Parramatta City Council will take its regular meetings to its neighbourhoods providing a chance for communities to meet their Councillors and witness democracy in action.

The next meeting will be held at the Reg Byrne Community Centre in Wentworthville on Monday 11 April when residents will have a chance to mingle with councillors and enjoy a free sausage sizzle from 5.30pm.

Caroline Chisholm and Arthur Phillip Ward Councillors will be on hand to discuss local projects and ward issues before the Council meeting commences at 6.45pm.

“I am very pleased that we have the opportunity to take our Council meetings to the neighbourhoods. At the end of last year I called for 2016 to be dedicated to ‘Our Community, The People We Serve’ and this is part of fulfilling our promise to focus on our neighbourhoods and the issues that are important to our residents,” Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Paul Garrard said.

“I encourage you to come along and meet those who serve your community, learn about what Council is doing to improve your neighbourhood, tell us what you would like to see in your suburb and ask any questions you may have about issues in your area.”

Council meetings have been held at a temporary location at Granville Town Hall since the Council Chambers building closed in December in preparation for the development of a new world-class civic and community building in Parramatta Square.

Upcoming Council meeting locations:

Monday 11 April - Reg Byrne Community Centre, Wentworthville
Tuesday 26 April - Granville Town Hall
Monday 9 May - Riverside Theatres, Lennox Theatre
Monday 23 May - Ermington Community Hall
Tuesday 14 June - Dundas Community Hall
Monday 27 June - Granville Town Hall
Monday 11 July - Granville Town Hall
Monday 25 July - Granville Town Hall

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Saturday, 13 February 2016 11:33

Eat Street Vibes Saturday Series

The markets will feature live music, kids’ activities, and a host of independent stallholders offering a range of Australian handmade products including fashion and homewares, jewellery and accessories, unique art, craft and giftware.

The Valentine’s Day market is one of a series of craft and handmade markets being held from 10am to 3pm every Saturday, with the exception of March 26. The activations are part of Parramatta City Council’s “Eat Street Vibes” program, developed following consultation with businesses and customers.

Eat Street will be closed to traffic on market days from 7am to 5pm, between Phillip and Market Streets. Parking is available at nearby Eat Street and Riverbank car parks off Phillip Street.

Eat Street Vibes Saturday Series:
Saturday 13 February – Valentine’s Day handmade market (fashion, homewares, décor, jewellery, photography and art)
Saturday 20 February – Green garden market (flowers, eco-friendly gardens, nurseries, recycled goods, succulents and outdoor homewares)
Saturday 27 February – Babies and toddlers market (handmade family products and quality re-used baby goods)
Saturday 5 March – Craft market (sewing, quilting, general handmade products, knitting and other crafts)
Saturday 12 March – Recycled goods market (high quality reused and recycled items, including treasured vintage items, trinkets and collectibles)
Saturday 19 March – Easter market (Easter related gifts, art and gift hampers)
Saturday 2 April – A bumper market showcasing the most popular stalls in the series

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Parramatta City Council will host a summit of international Smart City experts and local industry leaders aimed at positioning Parramatta as one of the country’s future leaders in the field.

The summit is being held on Tuesday 10 November and will feature speakers from Amsterdam and Chicago exploring leading-edge technologies and innovations that can be incorporated in Parramatta’s future planning.

The conference will be opened by The Hon. Victor Dominello, the State’s first Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, and the Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Paul Garrard.

Guest speakers include Amsterdam’s Smart City Senior Strategy Advisor for Low Carbon and Connected Urban Planning Frans-Anton Vermast, City of Chicago Former Chief Technology Officer and PostivEnergy President John Tolva and Meld Strategies Director Bruce Duyshart.

Council is partnering with Future Cities Collaborative, a strategic policy and research support unit, to host the event which is being held on the same day as the opening of a new technology ‘Launch Pad’ initiative by Western Sydney University and KPMG.

“The Summit is designed to spark discussion about how Parramatta can transform into a globally recognised Smart City where clever design and innovation become part of the fabric of our community,” Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Paul Garrard said.

“It’s about fostering an environment of collaboration where we can work together to uncover solutions to improve the City’s liveability and to encourage investment into the region.”

John Tolva and Frans-Anton Vermast will also take part in a panel discussion with Baxter Asia Pacific Information Technology Director Marise Hannaford and ParraConnect Chairman Cr Steven Issa, led by Future Cities Collaborative Founder and Chair Professor Ed Blakely.

Parramatta Councillor Steven Issa, who is chairman of the ParraConnect Committee that has been driving a number of smart city projects, said now is the time for Parramatta to plan for a digital future and ensure high-tech initiatives are incorporated in new developments across the City.

“The summit is an important step in our Council’s journey to becoming a Smart City. It is about working collaboratively to solve our City’s ongoing challenges, to make the city more liveable and shape our future identity,” Cr Issa said.

Parramatta City Council adopted a Smart City Masterplan in August this year and appointed a Strategic Smart City Officer to guide the integration of leading-edge technologies and planning across the City, including major urban renewal projects such as the $2 billion Parramatta Square development.

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Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Paul Garrard has welcomed Sydney Water’s decision to put the sale of Caloola Road Reserve in Constitution Hill on hold.

“This site is of vital importance to the city’s and the nation’s heritage and I am pleased that Sydney Water is reassessing their decision to sell off the site,” Cr Garrard said.

“We will now be exploring our options in relation to the site and investigating whether a long-term lease should be re-established.

“I welcome Sydney Water’s commitment to undertake restoration works on the site to ensure it can safely be used by the community.”

Following a Council vote, letters were sent to Sydney Water and relevant ministers expressing disappointment in the decision to sell the site.

“I have also approached the State Member to organise an urgent meeting with the Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet.”

“We will continue to advocate for the community to ensure that this important piece of land remains as open space and that its heritage significance is preserved.”



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Alice Coote                                                               Terry Aylett

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