Administrator's Column

12 April 2017 

Pool funding

Over the last week there has been some debate about the funding of Parramatta’s new aquatic leisure centre. I assure you that the community has not been short changed. 

Both Council and the State Government estimate that the cost of building a like for like pool is approximately $30 million, hence the value of the Government’s grant to Council.

We know through the consultation process, that many in the community expect that the new aquatic leisure centre will have new features which would have additional costs.  This is why I have asked the Council to consider how it would finance expenditure of up to an additional $30 million if required, depending on further consultation and the final business case.

It is also why it is important for the community to join the conversation about the new pool’s facilities, so that we can get the balance right between community needs, aspirations and cost. To share your views visit Council’s website, sign up for regular updates at poolupdate@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au or email me at administrator@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au.  

Strategies on exhibition

City of Parramatta Council is seeking community feedback on eight important strategies that will help shape the liveability and productivity of our City.

The strategies are on exhibition until Monday 8 May. You can view the documents on Council’s website cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/on-exhibition, at the Customer Contact Centre, Ground Floor 126 Church Street Parramatta and at all branch libraries. There will also be drop-in sessions held on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 April, 10am - 2pm at Parramatta Town Hall.

I encourage you to have your say on these important strategies that will help to shape the future of the LGA.

Draft Councillors’ Expenses and Facilities Policy

At Monday night’s Council meeting I endorsed the Draft Councillors’ Expenses and Facilities policy for exhibition.

The policy, which was last reviewed in 2012, relates to the payment of expenses and provision of facilities to Councillors.

Councillors require a level of support to carry out their civic duties and the draft policy seeks to provide this in a fair and equitable manner with community expectations in mind.

To have your say on the draft policy visit Council’s website: cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/on-exhibition and complete a survey. Written submissions can be made to the Interim General Manager.

All submissions, which will be treated as confidential, should be submitted by 5pm, Monday 22 May 2017.

ANZAC Day workshops

A number of events have begun in Parramatta this week in the lead up to Anzac Day commemorations on Tuesday 25 April.

Poppy making workshops will be held daily in Centenary Square from 10am to 1pm up until 13 April, and then from 18-21 April. There also be a workshop on Level 3 Westfield Parramatta (outside Lush) on 24 April from 11am to 2pm and on the same day and time at North Rocks Shopping Centre (outside Priceline).

They will be used to create a river of poppies at the Royal Memorial Gates in Centenary Square.

Large-scale audio and visual projections, showcasing the stories of local ANZAC soldiers, will be shown on the façade of St John’s Cathedral from 5.40pm to 12am daily until 24 April. On Anzac Day the projections will be displayed from 12am to 6.30am and again from 5.40pm to midnight.

For more information about the workshops and the local Anzac Day Services visit cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/anzacday  

Easter

I would like to take the opportunity to wish you and your families a safe and enjoyable Easter break.

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