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Lord Mayor's Column 9 October 2019

Wednesday 9 October 2019

International Day of Non-Violence

Last Wednesday, the City of Parramatta hosted an event in recognition of the International Day of Non-Violence and 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Mahatma Gandhi. It was wonderful to see so many people from the local community come and celebrate a day that aims to promote a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence. It is events like these that bring our community together and make our City a great place to be. I would like to thank the Darcy Road Public School students, Gayatri Bharat vocalists, Utsav Dance Academy, Swastik Dance Academy, and all of the other performers and speakers who made this an event to remember.

Image: City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer speaking at the International Day of Non-Violence evented hosted by City of Parramatta.

Parramatta Small Business Breakfast Forum

I was proud to attend the Parramatta Small Business Breakfast Forum last week, as part of NSW Small Business Month. It was inspiring to hear from some of our City’s leading entrepreneurs during an informative and insightful panel discussion. The City of Parramatta is home to more than 26,000 local businesses, which are the backbone of our economy and a source of innovation for the community. Council is committed to supporting local businesses and building a pro-enterprise and pro-productivity environment to ensure that entrepreneurs can thrive in our City. For those interested in taking part in any of the other great events that are being run throughout NSW Small Business Month, please visit the Small Business Month website.

Image: Left to Right:  The Coffee Emporium Co-Founder John Ayoub, Jo Kelly Facilitation Founder Jo Kelly, City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer, Parramatta Chamber of Commerce President Schon Condon, Senior Manager Small Business NAB Judy Sharpe, The Coffee Emporium Co-Founder Sam Ayoub, ALEX&Co Managing Director Alex Aslan.

Parramatta Lanes

It is exciting to see the City gearing up for the award-winning Parramatta Lanes festival, which returns next week from 15-18 October. Over four huge nights, 14 laneways across the CBD will come alive with more than 50 different food stalls, five bars, and an incredible program of live music acts and commissioned art installations. Parramatta Lanes is a huge celebration of food and culture, and I am proud to see our City hosting such a diverse and popular festival. I would like to invite all residents and visitors to come and experience everything that this unique event has to offer. To see the full program visit the Parramatta Lanes website. 

Image: Parramatta Lanes