Support Sydney Festival at Riverside Theatres this January. This year’s festival features a diverse range of shows including H.M.S. Pinafore, a hilarious sequin-spangled operetta; True West, a celebration of Western Sydney Artists; FNL… Alive & Unlocked, a comedy cabaret, and more!
Don’t forget to lock in your tickets for the smash hit rock musical We Will Rock You in February. Featuring more than two dozen Queen hits, it’s one the whole family will love. Book here.
Happy New Year, and welcome to the January edition of ePULSE, where you will get the inside scoop on the latest news, events, and initiatives in the City of Parramatta. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to enjoy all our City has to offer this month and throughout the year.
There are lots of exciting things coming up in Parramatta in January, including the return of Active Parramatta for Term 1, fun activities for the whole family at our libraries, world-class shows at Riverside Theatres, and more. Find out all the details right here.
While enjoying our great City, please remember to help keep our community safe by following the advice of NSW Health.
Active Parramatta Term 1 Health and Fitness Activities
Face-to-face programs are back on in Term 1 with registrations now open! There is an exciting range of online and onsite activities being delivered across the Parramatta Local Government Area (LGA), including circuit training, Pilates and outdoor fitness training. The Active Parramatta Van is also offering free Mums N Bubs Fitness sessions. Register by 24 January to take advantage of early bird pricing.
Registrations for the Active Parramatta Van’s free Better Ageing programs for seniors open at 9am on Monday 18 January.
Pictured above: beach-themed artwork by artist Keith Stanley will be painted on site at Parramatta River foreshore.
Parramatta Light Rail update – new temporary art installations add appeal to our City
This summer, explore temporary art installations in two city locations. Part of Transport for NSW’s ‘Activate Parramatta’ campaign, Parramatta River foreshore will host a beach-themed artwork by artist Keith Stanley. At Riverside Theatres, Indigenous artist Geoff Sellmen’s work will highlight the journeys of eels and connections of people through time. The artworks have ‘augmented reality’ elements that come to life with moving parts when viewed through the ‘Activate Parramatta’ app on your smart phone. Download the app and delight in exciting new features when you visit the artworks on site until 1 February 2021.
Beat the heat in our City this summer
January can get very warm here in the City of Parramatta, so Council is implementing a range of measures to help our community become more resilient during periods of extreme heat. A great way to keep your family cool this summer is to head down to one of Council’s water play parks located across our LGA. Visit our website to find a full list of water play park locations and find out other ways Council is helping the community to stay safe in the heat.
Spring Garden Competition Winners Announced
Winners of the 2020 City of Parramatta Spring Garden Competition have been announced. Check out images of the winning gardens and the full list of winners on our website. Thank you to all of our entrants, who have all contributed to making Parramatta a more beautiful place for our community.
City of Parramatta wins grant to ‘green our City’
The City of Parramatta has been awarded $500,000 as part of the Greening Our City grant program. Proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Local Government NSW, the program aims to increase tree canopy and green cover across the Greater Sydney region by planting one million trees by 2022.
Council will be matching the funding to plant more than 2,000 trees in areas including Constitution Hill, Granville and Epping. These areas have been identified as some of the most vulnerable to the impacts of urban heat in our LGA and the most likely to benefit from additional tree canopy.
Pictured above: open green space with pathway in Arthur Phillip Park, Northmead
Have Your Say
We welcome your feedback on the latest projects and decisions that shape our City below.
Binalong Park Masterplan
Council is developing a draft masterplan for Binalong Park in Toongabbie ‒ a 20-year vision that will help determine future works at the park. We want to hear your ideas for improvements. Have your say by 4pm on Thursday 4 February and go into the draw to win one of five $50 AT Parramatta Gift Cards.
Arthur Phillip Park Masterplan
Help shape the Arthur Phillip Park Masterplan Renewal in Northmead. Your input will guide improvements over the next 10-15 years. Share your ideas before 4pm on Thursday 4 February and you can go into the draw to win one of five $50 AT Parramatta Gift Cards.
John Wearn Reserve is now open!
Throw on your khakis and get ready for a spot of wildlife watching at John Wearn Reserve in Carlingford, with the newly upgraded park’s exciting safari-themed playground. The $5.2 million refurbishment features a dog park, amenities block, car park, skate park, fitness station, multi-use court, barbecue facilities, and picnic shelters. A stage with amphitheatre seating will be installed in the final phase of construction. Head down to the park and enjoy the fantastic new facilities for a day of outdoor fun.
City of Parramatta Council’s 2021 Annual Community Grants open soon
Council’s annual Community Grants provide a fantastic funding opportunity for not-for-profits, community groups and services, social enterprises, sports clubs, and more, located in the Parramatta LGA.
Applications will be open from 1 February until 9am 22 February.
Details for information sessions about the Community Grants program will be available on the City of Parramatta website shortly.
Let’s Dine Out
“Let’s Dine Out” is a service provided by City of Parramatta Food Services and tackles isolation and loneliness in the community by inviting social interactions.
This program provides flexible options of dining with a group of people from your local area, with family, friends or unaccompanied ‒ the choice is yours!
Vouchers for participating food venues can be purchased from $7.65 and can be redeemed to the value of $15.
More trees and shade in the City of Parramatta
Each year, Council and the community plant thousands of trees and shrubs to provide our City with shade, and also give our local wildlife a place to call home. Council’s tree planting and bushland restoration actions are part of the Environmental Sustainability Strategy, which aims to improve our natural environment as our City continues to grow and develop.
Check out the video below to learn more about Council’s tree planting efforts.
Church Street – We’re Open!
Church Street is the heart of Parramatta’s dining precinct. The bars, restaurants and cafes have long been a place for our community to go for a quick bite before a footy game, a drink after a show, or on a fun night out with family and friends. Church Street is open for business, so make sure you head down and enjoy all that it has to offer and show some support to local businesses. Free parking is now also available for eligible Church St diners (Terms and Conditions apply).
What’s On at City of Parramatta Libraries
Parramatta Libraries have a range of programs happening this month, including:
Summer Daze: Out & About Online
Join the Library’s children’s team as they bring the fun of reading outdoors to their ‘Summer Daze’ video.
Date: 22 January
Time: 10.30am – 11am
Age: 2-12 years
Tune in here.
Virtual Harry Potter Trivia
Calling all Muggles to join our virtual Harry Potter trivia and compete to win the title of ‘Most Magical Muggle’!
Date: Wednesday 20 January
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Age: 8-16 years (parental supervision is required)
Bookings are essential. Book here.
All About Books – summer edition
Welcome to the summer edition of our reading suggestions guide, packed full of new books!
Download your copy here.
Council’s Free Child Restraint Fitting/Adjustment Voucher Program
It is vital that all children are safely fastened in the correct car seat for their age and size. As part of the Local Government Road Safety Program, City of Parramatta Council runs a free child restraint fitting/adjustment program, which provides the opportunity for residents to obtain a voucher to have their child restraint fitted and adjusted for free (funding is limited and conditions apply).
Centenary Square Fountain Upgrade January to March 2021
Following damage to the water play fountain during a recent flood, City of Parramatta will soon start an eight-week repair program to return the fountain to full working order.
Work will include replacement of hydraulic and electrical equipment, an upgrade of the water treatment plant, and lighting restoration. Access to Centenary Square and surrounding shops will be maintained. The much-loved fountain will return as a dynamic, fun and colourful attraction in early 2021.
Connect with Nature Video Series
Council has created the Connect with Nature video series to provide you with interesting information about our local bushland. Check out the episode below, where a local resident, Sally, demonstrates how you create your own habitat garden. Follow the Livable Parramatta Facebook page to watch the other videos in the Connect with Nature series and stay up-to-date with Council’s other environmental and sustainability projects.
Please note: since printed copies of many of our local newspapers are no longer available, all Development Applications (DAs), items on exhibition, and public notices will now be available via Council’s website.
Council Meetings will typically be held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:30pm. Due to impacts of COVID-19 members of the public are not able to attend Council Meetings in person at present, but can watch the meetings through the live stream video link on Council’s website. For more information and to access the live link, visit: cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/council/council-meetings.