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Lord Mayor's Message - 20 July 2021

Community Grants Program

 A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of announcing the recipients of Council’s 2021 Community Grants program.  

Council awarded more than $385,000 in funding to 30 not-for-profit groups, social enterprises, creative organisations and artists to support the delivery of their programs, which increase social connectedness, cultural wellbeing and economic resilience in Parramatta.

These grants will enhance our City’s social fabric and strengthen a huge range of grassroots programs and initiatives, from sewing lessons for refugees to workshops nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs. Projects such as these bring incredible value to our community and I am extremely proud to support so many of them through this grants program.


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Members of the community using a sewing machine

Social enterprise The Social Outfit received one of 30 grants awarded by Council as part of the 2021 Community Grants program. Photo: Taj Minter Naughton


Good luck to our local athletes

I would like to wish all the Australian Olympic and Paralympic athletes, especially those from the City of Parramatta, the best of luck as they prepare to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Their commitment and dedication are to be commended following the one-year postponement of the Games, as well as disruptions to competitions, qualifying opportunities, and access to training venues.

I look forward to watching our athletes compete on the world stage and seeing them make Australia proud.

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Man cycling

Wishing local Para-cyclist Stuart Jones all the best at the Tokyo Games. Photo: Paralympics Australia.


Keeping the City clean

I’m pleased to announce that Transport for NSW has extended its Memorandum of Understanding with Council to December 2021 for the sanitisation of five locations in the Parramatta CBD: Parramatta Square, Centenary Square, Transport Interchange, Fitzwilliam Street and Smith Street.

The Parramatta Transport Hub and CBD High Touch Point Mobile Sanitisation Service has been employed to sanitise high-traffic areas of the Parramatta CBD for the added protection of our community during the pandemic.

The health and safety of our community is Council’s top priority, and I thank Transport for NSW in helping to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and providing our community with an increased level of comfort and confidence when moving about the CBD.

COVID19 Sanitaisation van

Parramatta CBD Sanitisation Service

Naming of new local landmark

Transport for NSW is inviting all City of Parramatta residents to help name the iconic new bridge that has been erected over James Ruse Drive at Rosehill.

Weighing 1425 tonnes and spanning 64 metres, the bronze-coloured steel arch structure was installed in May as part of Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail project. The bridge, which stretches over six lanes of traffic, is the state’s second longest steel arch bridge span.

I encourage everyone to have their say in naming the new bridge. The name should recognise and celebrate the area’s rich culture, history and social connections.

Submissions close 30 July.

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Bridge at James Ruse Drive

Iconic new bridge across James Ruse Drive