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Lord Mayor’s Message 17 July 2020

Parramatta By Foot

I am pleased to see the Parramatta By Foot art project coming to life. Council has commissioned Western Sydney’s best artists to install vibrant artworks on footpaths around the Rosehill Ward. The project, curated by Parramatta Artists’ Studios, is an initiative of Rosehill Ward councilors Steven Issa, Patricia Prociv, and Andrew Wilson. We developed Parramatta By Foot as a way to help the local community feel connected while they’re social distancing, providing residents and visitors with interesting street art to explore while they’re outdoors.

I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to artists Nadia Odlum, Kalanjay Dhir, Penelope Cain, Leanne Tobin and Jason Wing who are creating amazing footpath artworks. I am proud that the City of Parramatta can support our local artists with a fantastic opportunity to showcase their work in a new and exciting way.

Find a list of the artwork installations and their locations by clicking here.

Nadia Odlum installs her artwork ‘I’ll meet you here again’ in the Wentworth Point Community Centre and Library forecourt.

Traffic Congestion in Westmead

At the 9 June 2020 Council Meeting, I raised my concerns about the high level of traffic congestion in the Westmead Health and Education Precinct in a Lord Mayoral Minute. As a result, Council resolved to advocate for improvements to traffic in, and access to, to this crucial precinct. Council has contacted relevant NSW Government Ministers and Members of Parliament about the congestion issues and also contacted the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Parramatta, regarding the pedestrian safety concerns on Darcy Road. In addition, Council has conducted transport and traffic site inspections.

Council’s next steps are to liaise with Cumberland City Council and Transport for NSW to address other traffic issues in the area, and for our Traffic and Transport Services to continue investigating the Westmead Precinct.

It is my hope that City of Parramatta’s response will help improve the traffic in Westmead and make a positive difference to the local community.