Lord Mayor's Christmas Message 2020
Night Time Economy Activation Grants
This week, I was excited to see Council launch our $50,000 Night Time Economy grants program. These grants are being offered as a way to encourage our local businesses, groups, and individuals to develop projects and trial new and interesting concepts that will bolster Parramatta’s local night time sector.
Parramatta has the third largest night time economy in New South Wales, valued at over $1.1 billion. The night time economy has been hit hard by the impacts of COVID-19, and this grants program will help our City to recover and take another step towards becoming a thriving 24-hour destination.
There are a range of different projects that are eligible to apply for a Night Time Economy grant, including: night time creative performances, costs associated with trialling later evening trade, pop-up night time events and activations, capital improvements to facilitate night time activities, or costs associated with trialling new night time experiences in existing businesses or venues.
Grants of up to $10,000 per application are available. Applications are open now, and will close at 5pm on Friday 22 February.
These grants are a fantastic opportunity for our community and local businesses to contribute to the growth and diversity of our City’s night time economy.
Spring Garden Competition Winners Announced
Last week we were delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 City of Parramatta Spring Garden Competition. Each year, Council call on our local green thumbs and gardeners to beautify the streets and suburbs of our City in celebration of spring. The competition is a wonderful opportunity for gardeners of all ages to showcase their gardening skills and passion.
I would like to pass on my congratulations to the 10 prize-winners for making their homes and suburbs more beautiful. I would also like to thank all of our entrants, we all benefit from your efforts to keep our City blooming.Garden at Melrose Park Public School, joint winner of the School Garden category.
Beat the heat this summer
January can get very warm here in the City of Parramatta, so Council has implemented a range of measures to help our community become more resilient during periods of extreme heat.
Some of these measures include Council’s participation in the Western Sydney Cool Roads Trail, where we are testing out a new road-surfacing product called Cool Seal to help reduce the build-up of heat in our suburbs.
In the last year, we have also planted 2,700 trees in our streets and parks, as well as 100,000 plants in our bushland reserves to provide extra shade and help our City stay cool.
We also have some great water play parks in various locations around our Local Government Area, where the whole family can enjoy some outdoor summer fun.
It is important that our community is aware of the health risks posed by extreme heat, so that we can all stay safe and healthy during our warm summer months.Phillip Ruddock Water Playground in Dundas Valley.
Australia Day 2021
The City of Parramatta has made the tough decision to postpone the ‘Summer Nights’ event series, including the live Australia Day concerts. We were hoping to be able to celebrate summer and Australia Day with our community during this unique events program, however, we have had to postpone due to the current COVID-19 concerns.
We want everyone in our community to be able to come and enjoy our fantastic events, and that is unfortunately not possible under the current restrictions. We will work closely with NSW Heath and other relevant bodies to explore how we can safely hold our Summer Nights festival in the near future.
Australia Day is all about supporting each other during the tough times, so lets work together to keep or community safe by adhering to the restrictions and health advice from the State and Federal Governments.
Seeing the devastation that COVID-19 has caused around the world makes me feel luckier than ever to live here in Australia. I hope that you all have a wonderful Australia Day, as we celebrate this very special country.
If you are looking for things to do on the day, Epping Pools and Lake Parramatta will be open for a swim, and Lancer Barracks and Museum will be open for tours.
I will be celebrating by welcoming over 30 new Australian Citizens in our Australia Day Virtual Citizenship Ceremony. Here in Parramatta, we are proud to welcome all nationalities to our inclusive and multicultural City.