COVID-19 Support Package
A couple of weeks ago, the NSW Government announced its support package for small businesses impacted by the latest COVID-19 outbreak. I welcome this announcement and thank the government for listening to our calls for extra support for the thousands of businesses in the City of Parramatta that are heavily impacted by this lockdown. The package includes grants of between $5000 and $10,000, payroll tax deferrals, and changes to the Dine & Discover program to allow use for takeaway.
I encourage everyone in our community to continue to show their support for Parramatta businesses in any way they can, including by spending their Dine & Discover vouchers locally. Residents who are over 18 are eligible to receive $100 in vouchers. The offer ends on 31 August, so don’t miss out. To find out which City of Parramatta businesses are participating in the Dine & Discover NSW voucher program.
Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer with Tina Asarloglou, co-owner of Chook A Licious. Image captured in June (prior to current restrictions).
Granville Town Square Masterplan
Council developed the draft Granville Town Square Masterplan in consultation with the local community, many of whom told us they want more green, multipurpose open spaces. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that green open spaces in our neighbourhoods are vital for our health and wellbeing.
As Granville grows, this urban plaza will become a shared backyard for everyone, where people can meet and where markets, music, and outdoor dining can flourish – benefiting the community and local businesses.
I understand there are concerns about a potential loss of parking, however, I would like to assure the community that the 70 or so car spaces in the commuter carpark on Rowell Street will not be removed in the immediate future. The Masterplan is a long-term vision and Council is investigating alternative parking options as part of the process.
Council is also progressing an $8.6 million upgrade of nearby Good and Station Streets, which will include Smart City components to increase convenience, connectivity and safety. The look and feel of the streetscape will also be updated. Subject to Councillor endorsement, this upgrade will commence later this year.
Artist’s impression of the Granville Town Square.
Boronia Grove Community Centre Expressions of Interest
City of Parramatta Council has recently refurbished the Boronia Grove Community Centre into a multipurpose space. We are now inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from business owners to run a café that will provide coffee, light meals and refreshments in an existing vacant space within the building. It is important that any café operator has had experience running a café to ensure the facility will be up and running quickly.
Council is also looking for EOIs from operators to accommodate the existing two vacant office spaces within the building.
There will be two onsite inspections for potential applicants to view the available office and café space. For inspection dates and to find out more, visit
Council is inviting Expressions of Interest for the café and office spaces at the refurbished Boronia Grove Community Centre.
Active Parramatta Online Classes
As COVID restrictions continue, it is important that we continue to undertake physical activity to support our health and wellbeing. In addition to the beautiful parks, reserves, walking tracks and open spaces Parramatta has to offer, Council has a great range of free and affordable online fitness activities available.
These include restorative yoga, bodyweight training and the Active Parramatta Van’s Better Ageing Program for seniors.