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Lord Mayor’s Message 15 May 2020

Friday 15 may

Aquatic and Leisure Centre

I am pleased that Parramatta is one step closer to getting a new state-of-the-art aquatic and leisure centre after Council lodged the Development Application for new works yesterday. I’m really excited to see this project coming together, it’s going to be a wonderful addition to our City. I know that many people in our community are keen for this significant facility to be built, and Council is working hard to deliver it as soon as possible.

Stay up-to-date with the latest news on the aquatic and leisure centre here.

Council’s response to COVID-19

City of Parramatta Council is dedicated to supporting the safety, health, and wellbeing of our local community as we face the COVID-19 pandemic together. Our $3-million-dollar Relief and Recovery Package is helping to ease some of the financial burden faced by local businesses, residents, and community groups. In addition to this package, we have been working hard to adapt our services in order to continue serving the community throughout this tough time.

We have also been developing a great range of digital programs, so that you can enjoy the best of what our City has to offer from the safety of your own home. From increasing our Cleansing Services, to assisting the vulnerable with Meals on Wheels deliveries, and continuing to provide childcare in our Early Learning Centres, check out some of the ways we have been supporting the community in the video below: 

 

Council begins reopening facilities

I am pleased to announce that City of Parramatta Council is reopening our playgrounds, outdoor exercise equipment, and skate parks from today. These facilities can now be used by the local community in accordance with social distancing requirements. Council’s tennis courts have also been open since April 23, in line with advice from the Office of Local Government. In addition to these facilities reopening, Council will also resume taking bookings for outdoor weddings in parks and reserves from today, with a limit of 10 guests. 

The last few months have been tough for many people, and I would like to express my sincere thanks to our community for their support and compliance in adhering to the health restrictions, and being so vigilant in practicing social distancing. Your efforts are why we are able to start reopening some of our facilities again. Please remember to take personal responsibility under the easing of these restrictions – let’s continue keeping each other safe by practicing good hygiene and practicing social distancing. 

Council is continuing to follow all advice from our state and federal governments, regarding the operation and reopening of our facilities. For all of our latest COVID-19 updates, please click here.

Westmead School Proposal

Last week, the City of Parramatta formally objected to the proposed plans to build a new primary school, church and early learning centre, as part of a major redevelopment site in the centre of Westmead. 

The size of the Westmead Catholic Community Education Campus will negatively impact traffic in the surrounding area and will reduce the amount of open space and recreational facilities that are so important to our community. Council supports the role the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta plays in the growth of our City, and welcomes the expansion and creation of school facilities to meet increasing demand. However, the concentration of activities on this site with limited accessibility has undesirable consequences that we cannot support. 

We are privileged to have world-class health and education services in Westmead, and it is important that any supporting development does not impact on our existing facilities. Council is keen to work with the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta to explore alternative options that will address our concerns, and create a positive outcome for the Westmead community.