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Place Management

Brodie Street Upgrade, Rydalmere

Concept art of the new Brodie street upgrade in Rydalmere

Brodie Street, Rydalmere has received a $670K upgrade as part of City of Parramatta’s Better Neighbourhoods Program. The aim of this project was to provide a major capital upgrade to the Brodie Street shopping strip in Rydalmere to tie in with the potential future light rail route, to provide better pedestrian and active transport connectivity and to be the catalyst for economic activation to improve the liveliness and safety of the area. There has been footpath widening to allow for outdoor dining, granite footpath paving, a 40 metres bespoke mural by Australia Artist Claire Foxton which showcases native flora and fauna, new street furniture, new ‘smart’ solar compacting bin, new bike racks, and WSUD (water sensitive urban design) rain gardens with native planting.

Click here for more information about the plans: Brodie Street Upgrades Proposed Concept Plans 


Before photo of Brodie Street, Rydalmere


Rydalmere shops after upgrade
Rydalmere shops after upgrade
Rydalmere shops after upgrade
Rydalmere shops after upgrade
Rydalmere shops after upgrade

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the Better Neighbourhood Project?

The Better Neighbourhood Program (BNP) is a long-running and successful Council program that focuses on the capital upgrades of local centres outside of the Parramatta CBD. The BNP commenced in 1999 and delivers improvements to centres with the goal of enhancing safety, vitality and economic prosperity.

Between 2011 and 2019, Council invested $11,761,333 in BNP projects, which consist primarily of:

  1. Capital upgrades to local, town and neighbourhood centres. Examples of projects delivered include streetscape upgrades at Ermington, Toongabbie, Carlingford, Mobbs Lane and Tintern Avenue shops.
  2. Connecting Centres projects to improve access to local centres and neighbourhoods; and
  3. Complementary public domain improvements.

Areas are prioritised for upgrade based on a number of factors, including the condition of the centre, its vibrancy, and its connectivity. The community voice also plays an important role and nearly 400 local residents provided feedback to prioritise projects in 2018/19 and 2019/20.

How are centres selected for upgrades?

Every two years City of Parramatta’s Place Services team audit the 45 centres on the local government area and score them based on asset condition, accessibility, shade cover, potential for outdoor dining, vacancy rates etc. The centres that are determined to be ‘most in need’ at that point in time are prioritised for funding.

Will there be less parking?

To ensure that the current pedestrian crossing meets Australian Road standards there will need to be no stopping restrictions both before and after the crossing. This may reduce in some parking loss, but this will be detailed as the design progresses.

Who do I contact for more information?

For more information about this project please contact the Place Services Team on (02) 9806 8188 or email

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