Administrator's Column

24 July 2017

‘The Big Conversation’ workshop

Council took a further step towards the creation of a new Community Strategic Plan (CSP) by hosting ‘The Big Conversation’ event to seek community input on Saturday.

The CSP represents the highest level of strategic planning undertaken by a local council. All other plans developed by the Council as part of the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework must reflect and support the implementation of the CSP.  The CSP essentially addresses four key questions for the community:

• Where are we now?

• Where do we want to be in twenty years’ time?

• How will we get there?

• How will we know when we have arrived?

The CSP should identify the main priorities and aspirations of the community, providing a clear set of strategies to achieve this vision of the future.

More than 100 members of the community participated in Saturday’s workshop, which canvassed a whole range of issues and explored aspirations for Parramatta’s future.

It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm among the participants to address and discuss issues, challenges and opportunities for Parramatta as Sydney’s Central City.

The information gathered from the workshop will be used to produce the Draft CSP, which needs to be prepared and ready for the new Council to consider once the local government elections are held in September.

Further consultation on the CSP will take place after the creation of the draft document. The plan needs to be adopted by 30 June 2018.  

I encourage you to have a say and help inform the direction of the City of the Parramatta over the next 20 years.

For more information, visit

Parramatta Artists Studios’ tenancy program

Parramatta Artists Studios (PAS) is seeking artists from a diverse range of disciplines for its popular and highly-regarded tenancy program.

On offer are fourteen studios ranging in size from 15 to 35 square metres for tenures of six to 12 months.

PAS provides vital space for the best contemporary artists from Parramatta, Western Sydney and Greater Sydney to create their works. Since inception it has supported more than 100 artists through its Studio Tenancy program.

Artists use the spaces to make new work across a range of contemporary art forms, including painting, sculpture/installation, performance art, video art, literature and photography. Artists at different career stages and producing a variety of art forms are encouraged to apply.

Applications are open until 18 September 2017. To apply and for more information visit

Australia Day Award nominations

There are so many people who make significant contributions to our community and deserve to be recognised for their efforts.

You can now nominate someone you know for City of Parramatta’s Australia Day Awards. There are seven categories of achievement including: arts and culture; volunteering; sport; outstanding citizenship; and community group recognition.

For more information, visit

Spring Garden Competition

Council’s Spring Garden Competition is just around the corner and entries are now open across eight categories with a $3500 prize pool.

Prizes of up to $500 are on offer for the winning green thumbs across the following categories: front garden; balcony or small space garden; floral or ornamental garden; native garden; edible garden; community garden; school garden; and non-residential garden, which is open to hospitals, corporate/commercial, and educational institutions.

Entries can be submitted via an online form on Council’s website and close Monday 4 September 2017 at 5pm.

For more details, call Council’s Open Space Officer on 9806 8279.

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