Administrator's Column

22 March 2017

Have your say on Council’s Cultural Discussion Paper

City of Parramatta has released its first-ever cultural discussion paper and we are keen to get the community’s feedback. The paper outlines Council’s goal of making Parramatta a truly world-class CBD with culture and creativity at its core.

The ‘Culture And Our City’ paper has been developed through direct conversation with over 400 artists, cultural organisations, community members and key industry stakeholders, and will directly inform the development of Council’s Cultural Plan.

Submissions will be accepted until Friday 7 April.  For more information, or to download the Cultural Discussion Paper, visit Council’s website -

Western Sydney Youth Orchestra

Parramatta’s growing reputation as a thriving arts and culture hub has been boosted by the establishment of the first-ever Western Sydney Youth Orchestra (WSYO).

The new orchestra is the result of an exciting new partnership between Sydney Youth Orchestras (SYO) and Riverside Theatres.  It will see some of the best young musicians from across Western Sydney rehearse and perform in a series of concerts in Parramatta throughout 2017.

Following on from Tropfest and our new Live and Local music program, Council is thrilled to welcome another important cultural initiative to Parramatta.  WSYO’s inaugural performance will take place at 2pm this Sunday, 26 March at Riverside Theatres. For tickets or more information visit

North Rocks Childcare Centre

Work on the new North Rocks Childcare Centre is progressing, with the Centre set to be completed in June this year.  The project was initiated by The Hills Shire Council in 2015 and continued by City of Parramatta after new local government boundaries were proclaimed by the State Government in May 2016.  Its construction is being funded using proceeds from  the sale of the existing pre-school site.

The pre-school was due to close at the end of June but will now remain open until the end of the Term 2 holidays on 17 July, to allow the operators a smoother transition to the new location during the holiday period.

The new preschool will include two classrooms, a library, craft room, gardening activity area, and rainforest and fairy gardens, complete with car park spaces and pick-up and drop-off amenities.

Wentworth Point workshop

On Saturday 25 March Council will host a workshop to seek public feedback on the internal design and services people would like to see in the new Wentworth Point Community Centre and Library when it opens in 2018.

The workshop will be held at The Pulse Function Room in Wentworth Point from 1-2:30pm and I encourage local residents to attend.  Places are limited, so if you would like to take part please call 9806 5528 or email by 5pm on Wednesday 22 March to RSVP.

People can also provide feedback by completing an online survey which can be accessed at

Earth Hour this Saturday

This weekend will mark the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour, an environmental initiative launched in Sydney in 2007 which is now celebrated around the world.

The initiative aims to raise awareness of climate change and is a small way people can show their support for our environment. Last year 1 in every 4 Australians took part and I encourage the local community to get involved by switching off their house lights for one hour from 8:30pm on Saturday night.

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