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Lord Mayor's Column 19 February 2020

Wednesday 19 February 2020

City of Parramatta honours Oatlands victims 

Our hearts go out to the families of siblings Antony, Angelina, and Sienna Abdallah, and their cousin Veronique Sakr, who were killed in a tragic accident on 1 February. Council, in consultation with the victims’ families, will install a permanent memorial to honour the children.

Council has also listened to the community’s feedback since the accident and has resolved to introduce traffic-calming measures in the area. These include the installation of a pedestrian guardrail along the section of Bettington Road where the incident occurred and a roundabout at the intersection of York and Bettington Roads. While police have not identified the road condition to be a factor in this, these measures have been identified by Council as appropriate ways to help reinforce the area’s 50km/h speed limit and ease community concerns about pedestrian safety along Bettington Road. Council will consult the community about the installation of a roundabout, which will be subject to approval through the Parramatta Traffic Committee.

Rescheduling of Carmen Drive Reserve Family Fun Day

The Carmen Drive Reserve Family Fun Day, which was postponed due to bad weather, has been rescheduled to Sunday 23 February, from 10am-2pm. Come along and check out the $1.1m upgrades to the reserve, including a new playground, carpark, and renovated shop frontage. At the event, families can enjoy a community barbecue, live music by local artists, kids activities and workshops, a bubble show by Bubble 07, and an opportunity to meet the firefighters from the NSW RFS North Rocks Brigade and sit in a fire truck.

Carmen Drive park

IMAGE – Carmen Drive Reserve

Fiji Festival 2020

I had a wonderful time attending Fiji Festival 2020 earlier this month. It was a pleasure to see so many people celebrating the rich heritage, traditions, and cultural customs of the Fijian and Pacific Islander members of our community. The City of Parramatta is home to more than 2,000 residents of Fijian or Pacific Islander ancestry. These residents contribute to all aspects of life in our City and are an influential part of Australian society. The City of Parramatta is honoured to support the festival through our Community Events Program, and help foster and celebrate a friendly and welcoming sense of community. I commend the Fiji Festival team for their efforts in hosting a brilliant event and for their continued commitment to growing and improving the festival each year.

LM attending the Fiji Festival Day

IMAGE – City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer Councillor Dwyer at the Fiji Festival event with His Excellency Fiji High Commissioner Luke Daunivalu, Pacific Trade Invest Australia Commissioner Caleb Jarvis, Fiji Airways Regional General Manager John Nickel, Australian South Sea Islander Association Chair Emelda Davis, Wantok Association President Steven Gagau, Housing with a Purpose CEO Ballina Gee, YouPlus Finance Director Christine Lata, Fiji Youth Pacific Initiatives and Event Mangers Sevu Waqa and Thelma Thomas with community members and business owners.