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Lord Mayor’s Message 19 June 2020

Council calls for State government support for shovel-ready projects

Earlier this week, Council called on the NSW Government to support a range of ready-to-go projects that will help stimulate Sydney’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and create more jobs. Our City is currently going through an unprecedented period of growth, which puts Parramatta in a unique position to lead the economic recovery for Sydney.

We have a long list of construction and infrastructure projects already underway, from Parramatta Light Rail to Parramatta Square, and many more in the pipeline that will benefit not just Parramatta but Sydney as a whole.

To do this, however, and help get all of Sydney back on its feet, we need assistance from the State Government to commit to public investment and prioritise approvals to encourage private investment in our City. You can find a list of Council’s shovel-ready projects here.

Make Music Day

I am looking forward to Make Music Day this Sunday 21 June. Make Music Day is an international celebration of music, which will be hosted in 750 cities and 120 countries across the globe this year. The City of Parramatta, in partnership with Sydney Olympic Park Authority, is putting Western Sydney artists and venues on the world stage as part of a digital Make Music Day program.

The free event, which runs from 11am to 6pm, will be live-streamed from a number of well-known venues across the Parramatta Local Government Area, including Qudos Bank Arena, the Olympic Cauldron at Sydney Olympic Park, Old Government House, Riverside Theatres, and Western Sydney University.

COVID-19 has had a detrimental impact on the arts industry, so it will be fantastic to see some of our local artists get back on the stage and share their passion and talents with audiences near and far. As part of Make Music Day, Ngaiire: Take Over, will be the final live-streamed concert for the Riverside Theatres Digital program, starting at 5pm.

Riverside Theatres Digital tickets can be booked here.

For the full Make Music Day program, please click here.

Virtual Citizenship Ceremonies

I am proud to announce that the City of Parramatta has welcomed its first new Australian citizen since March via a virtual Citizenship Ceremony. COVID-19 has impacted our ability to run Citizenship Ceremonies in person, so I am pleased we have found a digital solution that will allow us to continue providing our residents with Australian citizenship. 

It was wonderful to declare Parramatta resident Morteza Najafi, originally from Afghanistan, the City’s newest Australian citizen since the COVID-19 restrictions were put in place. Seeing someone receive their Australian Citizenship is always such a joyous occasion and it’s heart-warming to play a part in such a special moment in someone’s life. It feels like a particularly momentous occasion now, as we start to come out of a global pandemic and slowly return to normal. 

The next virtual Citizenship Ceremony will take place on Tuesday 23 June, with a ceremony then to be held every fortnight. While the Federal Government is now allowing small in-person citizenship events to take place where it is safe to do so, Council will continue to host online ceremonies until larger public gatherings are allowed. Learn more about our virtual Citizenship Ceremonies here