Night City

Roxy Carpark at Parramatta Lanes Festival

Sydney’s Central City – open late for business

This is an exciting time for the City of Parramatta. We are experiencing an unprecedented level of resident, worker, student and visitor population growth, and a record level of investment into Sydney’s Central City.

While we are already the second largest night time economy by turnover in Greater Sydney and the third largest in New South Wales, we need to do more to ensure the long term prosperity and continued investment in our night time economy and ensure that our CBD and our centres are delivering a diverse night time offer that meets the needs of the emerging 24/7 economy.

We need to lay the foundations to transition our CBD to a true 24-hour centre, supplemented with later trading strategic and town centres with a greater mix of things to see, do and explore, meeting the emerging and future needs of our communities.


From August to October 2017, the City exhibited the Night Time Economy Discussion Paper, which brings together research, experiences and ideas from our community and stakeholders to shape the future of Parramatta’s night life. Our community told us they want our night city to be safe, well-designed and accessible, deliver a diversity of businesses and offerings and celebrate our unique identity and diverse community. Our community wants us to incubate discovery, curiosity and activity in a city of creativity, live music and events. 

Draft Parramatta Night City Framework 2020-2024

On 8 October 2019, Council resolved to endorse a draft 5-year night time economy strategy for the City of Parramatta, the Parramatta Night City Framework 2020-2024 (PNCF). The PNCF contains over 70 actions for Council across 6 focus areas; planning and regulation, business and cultural development, research and advocacy, infrastructure, community safety and engagement & marketing and promotion.

The strategic direction of the PNCF is guided by 6 night city goals:

  • A night city that is safe, well-designed and accessible
  • A thriving night city of diverse businesses and offerings
  • A night city that celebrates our unique identity and diverse community
  • A night city that fosters creativity, live music and events
  • A night city that responds proactively to challenges and change
  • Parramatta – a leading night city

Exhibition of Draft Parramatta Night City Framework 2020-2024

We want to know how we can meet the needs of our community and businesses at night; to deliver a night city that is safe, diverse and vibrant, while celebrating our unique identity. We welcome and encourage your feedback on the draft PNCF.

The draft PNCF is currently on public exhibition for 28 days.

Have Your Say

Council is keen to receive community feedback on the Draft Parramatta Night City Framework (PNCF).

Visit our engagement portal where you can read the full Draft PNCF or a summary version and complete a survey to provide views on aspects of the Draft PNCF that are important to you.  Submissions close 5pm, Monday 11 November 2019.

Visit City of Parramatta's Engagement Portal

Copies of the Framework will be available at each of Council’s libraries and at Council’s Customer Contact Centre, Ground Floor, 126 Church Street, Parramatta.

Submissions can also be made via email or post.

Email: Please include ‘Draft Parramatta Night City Framework’ in the subject line.

Post: Beau Reid – Project Officer Economic Development
City of Parramatta Council
PO Box 32
Parramatta NSW 2124

For more information, email the Night Time Economy Project Manager at

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