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Administrator's Column 2 November 2016

Loy Krathong festival less than two weeks away

On Saturday 12 November Council will host its 2016 Loy Krathong Thai Water Festival on the banks of the Parramatta River. A strong focus of this year’s event will be a commemoration of the life of Thailand’s King Bhumibol who passed away last month. City of Parramatta sends its condolences to the local Thai community and the people of Thailand. As in previous years, the festival will give people an opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and traditions of Thai culture on the river foreshore, culminating with the magical spectacle of Krathongs being set afloat on the water as the sun sets. This year’s event will also feature special musical performances honouring the life of King Bhumibol. For more information visit the ‘What’s On’ page of Council’s website www.parracity.nsw.gov.au

Have your say on proposed meeting changes

Changes to the way City of Parramatta conducts its meetings are currently under consideration, with Council seeking public feedback on an updated Code of Meeting Practice, which would include a move to monthly meetings. The proposed change from fortnightly meetings follows the creation of an Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP). The City of Parramatta IHAP holds its own separate monthly meetings which are open to the public. It considers all planning proposals, along with development applications subject to numerous objections and those that have been determined to be in the public interest. Planning is also underway to introduce webcasting of Council meetings which could be viewed live or downloaded later from Council’s website. If you would like to view the proposed changes to the Code of Meeting Practice and share your thoughts, visit the ‘Have Your Say’ section of Council’s website. You can also view the documents at City of Parramatta’s Administration Building at 126 Church Street, Parramatta. Public submissions on the proposed changes will be accepted until Wednesday 16 November 2016.

Be part of Council’s Committees

Expressions of Interest are also being sought by City of Parramatta from community members interested in being part of Council’s Access, Heritage and Cycleways Advisory Committees. Council’s goal is to have a diverse range of voices from across the City of Parramatta, including our youth, helping to shape our City. I encourage anyone with the appropriate skills and knowledge to apply. If you’d like to know more visit www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/live/ my_community/advisory_committee

Ermington resident honoured with park renaming

The outstanding contribution to the community of a well-known local resident was acknowledged in Ermington last week when the Hilder Road Reserve was renamed Ken Newman Park in honour of the late Kenneth Robert Newman, at a special ceremony in the park with Ken’s family and friends. Mr Newman, who passed away in 2015, was a member of the volunteer park committee and had a keen interest in the reserve that now bears his name. He was a 40-year resident of the local area and very well respected. Council is happy to be able to pay tribute to his memory in this way.

Nominations now open for Australia Day Awards

A reminder that nominations are currently being accepted for Council’s 2017 Australia Day Awards, which will be presented at a special ceremony on 26 January. Awards will be presented in seven categories, including Citizen of the Year. Nominations will be accepted until 20 December 2016. To find out more visit www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/ausday_awards