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Lord Mayor's Column 5 February 2020

Wednesday 5 February 2020

Lord Mayor’s Bushfire Appeal

It has been wonderful to witness the outpouring of support from people across the country for all of those who have been affected by the ongoing bushfire crisis. Inspired by the tireless efforts being made by our fellow Aussies, I am proud to announce that the City of Parramatta Lord Mayor’s Bushfire Appeal has been launched. Council has committed $50,000 to kick start the appeal with all funds raised to benefit the NSW Rural Fire Service. Over the next week, Council will be rolling out collection buckets across its libraries, pools, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Heritage Centre, and Council’s Customer Contact Centre providing an opportunity for the community to support the Appeal and the work of the NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers. I would like to encourage our local community to give generously to the appeal.

Carmen Drive Reserve Grand Opening and Family Fun Day

I am pleased to invite the local community to attend the grand opening of the Carmen Drive Reserve in North Rocks, between 10am and 2pm this Sunday 9 February. The $1.1m upgrades to the facilities will make a big difference to the community. There is a new car park making it easier to visit our local businesses, and a new playground providing a great new space for families to gather and have fun. The Reserve will open at 10am, followed by a Family Fun Day to mark the occasion. Families can enjoy a free community barbeque, 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 playground

Carmen Drive Reserve

Lunar New Year Postponed

The City of Parramatta has decided to postpone Lunar New Year celebrations on Friday 7 February, in response to performer and community concerns about the new coronavirus. It is unfortunate that we won’t be able to celebrate this week, however this decision was not made lightly. Council will continue to monitor the situation, and is consulting with performers, stallholders and community representatives, about rescheduling the event. I would like to thank our community for their continued support, and wish everyone a very happy Lunar New Year.

Jack O’Brien Garden Dedication

A memorial has been installed in Max Ruddock Reserve, Winston Hills, to honour local resident Jack O’Brien. A plaque and garden has been dedicated to Jack, who tragically lost his life at just 25 years old, on flight MH17 – alongside 38 other Australians. Jack was an active member of our community, and a long-time member of the Winston Hills Football Club. The memorial will stand as a reminder of his life, and of how people from around the world have been touched by this tragedy.

Jack O'Brien garden dedication

City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer with the friends and family of Jack O’Brien at the memorial in Max Ruddock Reserve.