Administrator's Column

22 May 2017

Draft Operational Plan on exhibition

Council is seeking feedback on the draft Operational Plan 2017-18 which is now on public exhibition.

I encourage everyone to have a say in shaping the future of your neighbourhoods and the City of Parramatta. It sets out the scheduled actions, projects and services that Council will deliver for the community, as well as the proposed rates, fees and charges for the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

The Plan includes the delivery of more than 40 quality services, the introduction of service improvements, investment in new community facilities and infrastructure renewal to maintain community assets. A $70.2 million new capital works program is proposed, along with a $36.5 million capital renewal program.

The key service improvements proposed include: online lodgement of development applications via a partnership with the NSW Government; seven-day a week public domain cleaning in the Parramatta, Epping and Harris Park CBDs; new waste collection system and enhanced resource recovery services; increase in Regulatory Service resources to help manage growth areas; and the introduction of a new Healthy and Active Communities Program to encourage healthier lifestyles.

The Plan also scopes major projects such as the completion of a feasibility study and concept design for a new Aquatic Leisure Centre in Parramatta and the appointment of an independent internal ombudsman to investigate complaints.

To have your say join us Thursday 25 May at the laneway between Rawson St and Beecroft Rd, Epping from 9am to 1pm or at Northmead Shopping Centre in Campbell Street from 3pm to 6.30pm, or any of the other upcoming sessions.

For a list of drop-in sessions and to view the documents visit www.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/on-exhibition and provide your comments by Monday 19 June 2017.

Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week 

Friday 26 May is National Sorry Day and this year the day marks the 20-year anniversary of the release of the Bringing Them Home report from the National Inquiry into the policies of forced separation of children.

On Friday, Council will be holding a flag ceremony in Centenary Square from 9am to 10am to mark Sorry Day. The ceremony will include a Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony, speeches and dance performances.

Following Sorry Day is National Reconciliation Week which marks the 50th Anniversary of the referendum that saw more than 90 per cent of Australians vote to give constitutional recognition to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) peoples.

The end of the week also marks 25 years since the landmark Mabo decision in the High Court of Australia.

Council is proud to mark these significant anniversaries. Council recently exhibited its draft Reconciliation Action Plan. The plan is being updated to reflect feedback and it will be presented for adoption at an upcoming Council meeting.

Affordable Housing Plan

On Thursday Council is releasing an Affordable Housing Discussion Paper.

Housing affordability is an important issue for our community with serious social and economic impacts.

We are seeking your feedback on the discussion paper by 15 June 2017.

To view Council’s Affordable Housing Discussion Paper, visit www.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au.

Please email your comments to housingaffordability@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au or via post to Manager Social Outcomes, City of Parramatta Council, PO Box 32, Parramatta NSW 2150.

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