Our huge Parramatta Nights events series kicks off on Thursday 25 March, transforming the Parramatta CBD into a buzzing entertainment hub for 22 nights. This will be the largest in-person event that we’ve had in Parramatta since the pandemic hit.
Running until 18 April, Parramatta Nights will feature live music acts, an open-air cinema, outdoor roller-skating rink and carnival rides, across three locations including Prince Alfred Square, City Centre Car Park rooftop and Parramatta Square.
Our City is renowned for its iconic events and I am thrilled that we can welcome back our local community and visitors in a COVID-safe way. Parramatta Nights has something for everyone to enjoy, with plenty to entertain the kids while they’re on school holidays. Make sure you book your tickets now. Tickets range in price from free to $10.
It’s going to be a busy season for us – Parramatta is where it’s at this autumn.
Advocating for Eat Street
Eat Street is one of Sydney’s most iconic dining and retail districts but many of the small businesses have been doing it tough because of Parramatta Light Rail construction. I speak to these business owners regularly and I see that their situations have been made worse because the NSW Government has not been adequately communicating with them about the future of their outdoor dining space.
Council staff recently visited Eat Street businesses and 84 per cent said Transport for NSW (TfNSW) hadn’t informed them of their proposed design for outdoor dining and umbrella structures, including plans to cut outdoor dining capacity by 70 per cent. If the current plans are delivered, 10 businesses will lose on-street dining all together.
Council has offered to work with TfNSW to liaise with businesses and look at ways to reduce the impact of Parramatta Light Rail on on-street dining. I’m happy to say we have had fruitful conversations with TfNSW in the last week about how we can work together. We look forward to the development of a comprehensive package of proposals that businesses can get behind.
Seniors Festival Concerts
Book your tickets now for my free Seniors Festival Concerts taking place next month. Join me and watch a special ‘Salute To The ANZACs’ performance, showcasing the hit songs and stories from World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War.
Council recognises the important role that seniors play in our community and these concerts are a wonderful opportunity for us to get together and celebrate NSW Seniors Festival in a COVID-safe way.
All residents and ratepayers 55 years and over within the Parramatta LGA are invited to book a free ticket.
- Venue: Riverside Theatres, Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
- Date: Monday, 12 April
- Time: Two shows - 11am or 2pm
- Tickets: Free of charge. Book your ticket now from the Riverside Box Office by calling 8839 3399.
Graffiti Removal Day
I encourage our community to get involved in Graffiti Removal Day coming up on Sunday 28 March. This special event takes place all over NSW and aims to highlight the impacts of graffiti vandalism, as well as remove and prevent graffiti in our local areas.
The theme for this year is ‘Love where you live’ and it is all about taking pride in our community. Local Rotary Clubs like Carlingford and Parramatta City are conducting Graffiti Removal Day activities, and you can get involved by volunteering or nominating a site. It would be wonderful to see as many people as possible volunteer a few hours.