Lord Mayor's Column
Wednesday 12 June 2019
Meeting the new Consul General of India in Sydney
Cr Pandey and I recently met the newly appointed Consul General of India in Sydney, Mr Manish Gupta, at Council offices in Parramatta. Formerly the Consul General of India in Istanbul, Turkey, Mr Gupta brings a wealth of knowledge and diplomatic experience to the role. Parramatta is home to the largest population of people of Indian descent in Australia, so I was pleased to formally meet and welcome Mr Gupta to his post. I look forward to working closely with Mr Gupta and discussing ongoing opportunities between the Consulate General of India and City of Parramatta Council.
Reconciliation Week in the City of Parramatta
Congratulations to all who contributed to making Council’s Reconciliation Week program a huge success. The program — which included heritage walks led by the Darug community, an incredible interactive installation in Centenary Square and a spectacular headline performance by Indigenous artist Archie Roach — was a fantastic way for everyone to come together and celebrate our Indigenous community and their culture. These exciting celebrations have paved the way for Council’s NAIDOC week activities, including Burramatta NAIDOC on Sunday 14 July.
City of Parramatta welcomes new international students
I recently welcomed Parramatta’s newest cohort of international students at a unique Council event especially for them. As Parramatta cements its role as Sydney’s Central City, the international student population is set to boom. Continued growth of the education sector is a vital part of the future for Western Sydney, and international students contribute enormously to the overall liveability and success of our global City. It was exciting to meet with our newest international students and hear what they love about living and studying in Parramatta. I wish them all the best for their stay in Parramatta, and encourage them to take every opportunity available.