The City of Parramatta recently commemorated Foundation Day with the premiere of a five-piece mini-documentary series called Parramatta Foundations. The series takes viewers on a journey of discovery through our rich Indigenous and colonial history, and unearths our City’s history and heritage through a range of local stories about pandemics, legends, food, buildings, and more.
As Australia’s second oldest City, Parramatta has so many stories, cultures, and personalities to explore. I encourage you to delve into our City’s past and present by watching the series.
This Wednesday 11 November is Remembrance Day – an important day of commemoration, to remember the men and women who served and lost their lives in all wars and armed conflicts.
Due to the impacts of COVID-19, there will be no public memorials held this year, however, Parramatta RSL sub-Branch will be live-streaming their memorial service so that the community can watch online. The livestream will be available to view on the City of Parramatta website, from 10.45am - 11.15am on Wednesday 11 November. You can access and watch the live-stream on this page.
I encourage you to watch the service, pause for a minute’s silence at 11am, and pay your respects to the brave Australian troops who paid the ultimate sacrifice. You can also access a range of content about World War I on the Parramatta History and Heritage website.
Roger Gregory Playground is officially open
Last week, I attended the official opening of Roger Gregory Playground in Winston Hills. It is great to see that local families have somewhere they can play and enjoy the outdoors now that the new playground has been completed.
This $180,000 project was part of the North Rocks Ward Councillor’s Priorities for 2020. This fantastic playground includes new swings, play equipment, seating, and decorative sandstone structures.
This week, the City of Parramatta is celebrating Burramatta NAIDOC Week with a rich online program of arts, culture, music, and dance – recognising that our City always was and always will be an important gathering place. NAIDOC Week is a wonderful opportunity for us all to pay homage to the culture and achievements of our City’s past and present Indigenous population.
To access the range of activities and videos that are available as part of our digital program from 8-15 November, visit Discover Parramatta.