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Lord Mayor and Councillors

Lord Mayor's Message

Community Events Grants now open

I am excited to announce that Council’s 2021 Community Events Grants program is now open. Community groups and not-for-profits are invited to apply for a share of up to $70,000 in funding to run low-cost or free events that will help revitalise our City and attract new visitors.

It is fantastic that we can welcome back the diverse range of events that our great City is renowned for, after a year of tough COVID-19 restrictions. Through this grants program, we hope to provide residents and visitors with more opportunities to connect.

Previous events to receive funding include the Matsuri Japanese Festival, Little India Fair, Parramatta Pride Picnic, Fiji Day and Epping Carols in the Park. 

If you’re organising a community event in Parramatta, I strongly encourage you to explore this grant offering. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 30 April.

Performers at little india fair
Apply now for Council’s Community Events Grants program.


John McClymont History Prize

Last week, I was pleased to present Prisca Lam, graduate of Tara Anglican School for Girls, with the annual John McClymont History Prize. This award is presented to a student from the Parramatta Local Government Area who has received the highest academic achievement in the previous year's Higher School Certificate Modern History course. The award is named in honour of the late John McClymont, a local historian and former president of the Parramatta & District Historical Society. I pass on my congratulations to Prisca for this fantastic achievement, and send my best wishes to our local 2021 HSC students.  


Left to right: City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer, Prisca Lam, winner of the John McClymont History Prize, and Ken Smith, Vice President of the Parramatta & District Historical Society.
Left to right: City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer, Prisca Lam, winner of the John McClymont History Prize, and Ken Smith, Vice President of the Parramatta & District Historical Society.


Riverside Theatres’ School Holiday Fun

If you’re looking for fun things to do these school holidays, make sure you head down to Riverside Theatres.

Western Sydney’s premier performance space is offering a huge range of family-friendly shows including Peter Combe’s Greatest Hits Show, Just Romeo & Juliet, and Brass Monkeys. Find all the details and book your tickets on the Riverside Theatres website.

People also have an incredible chance to step behind the curtain and learn all about the magical world of Riverside Theatres with a backstage tour. Watch how the performances work, hang out in the Green Room, and discover the different theatre and workshop spaces. 


Parramatta shows its resilience

This month, a number of areas in our City were inundated with water following days of heavy rainfall. I was deeply humbled by the community’s resilience, as well as the dedication of front line workers who braved harsh conditions to keep us all safe.

In particular, I would like to thank Council staff who worked day and night to respond to localised flooding, clean up debris and fallen trees, fix roads and pot holes caused by the rain, monitor dams and detention basins, and support emergency services. Flash flooding is not an unusual event for Parramatta and Council is well-prepared for it. It’s a timely reminder for the community to sign up to Council’s fantastic free flood warning service, FloodSmart, which helps you understand flood risks in your area and keep you up-to-date with live alerts.


Happy Easter

On behalf of Council, I would like to wish everyone a very happy Easter. For many of us, this is an important time to be close to the people we love and reflect on the things we are most thankful for. I hope everyone is able to enjoy the long weekend with friends and family, and have a well-deserved break. Please remember to stay safe on the roads if you are travelling. Happy Easter, Parramatta!