Lord Mayor's Message
Council awards $530,000 to local community groups and small businesses during COVID-19
The City of Parramatta is proud to have provided more than 100 small businesses and community groups across the LGA with over half a million dollars in grants as part of Council’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. Council awarded 36 local not-for-profit and social enterprises with Community Resilience Grants, totalling just over $380,000, to help them adapt and diversify during the COVID-19 pandemic. An additional $150,000 was provided to set up the new Small Business COVID-19 Response Grant program, which has aided 85 businesses to pivot, expand, or digitise their operations amid public health restrictions.
These local community organisations and small businesses contribute so much to our City and community, and I am glad we have been able to give back to them and provide support when they needed it most.
One of the recipients of a $20,000 Community Resilience Grant was the Hindu Council of Australia, whom I visited recently. Check out the video below to find out more about the work that they do, and how the funding from the grant helped them continue providing their services to vulnerable members of our community throughout COVID-19.
Community Resilience Grant - Hindu Council of Australia
AT PARRAMATTA gift cards now available
I was excited to see Council launch its new gift card program earlier this week, to encourage residents and visitors to discover our City’s diverse offerings and help support local businesses. The AT PARRAMATTA Gift Cards can be used at more than 50 outlets across the Parramatta Local Government Area, and I am pleased that many more businesses are choosing to join each week. The AT PARRAMATTA Gift Cards can be of any value up to $1,000 and redeemed at participating businesses using EFTPOS. I encourage everyone to get behind this great initiative and support our local businesses, restaurants, and cafes during this challenging time.
Eastern Foreshore separated cycleway
On Tuesday I attended the opening of the Eastern Foreshore separated cycleway, which used to be a shared path through Eric Primrose Reserve. Council has now constructed a one-kilometre stretch of separate walking and cycling paths along the Parramatta River, as part of the Stage 2 works of the Ermington River Foreshore. This project been fully funded by the NSW Government through the Transport for NSW Active Transport Program. Nearly half a million people used the old shared path in the last 12 months, so this new separated path will be safer for the many pedestrians and cyclists who travel through our City.City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer at the new Eastern Foreshore separated cycleway with Acting Minister for Sport, the Honourable Geoff Lee MP (right), contactor for Devcon Civil Pty Ltd, Birat Tiwari (left), and contactor for Devcon Civil Pty Ltd, Phinu Mathew (back).