Lord Mayor’s Message 24 July 2020
Riverside Theatres Digital back for series two
I am thrilled that Riverside Theatres Digital will be returning this Sunday 26 July, for a second series of star-studded live digital concerts. After our hugely successful first season, the new series will kick off with An Evening with Todd McKenney. I’m excited to see the legendary Todd McKenney take to the Parramatta stage and perform a range of songs that shaped and inspired his iconic 40-year career, including those from his roles in Cats, West Side Story, The Rocky Horror Show, and Shrek. On Sunday 9 August, the much-loved children’s entertainer and Play School presenter Jay Laga’aia will delight families with his afternoon show Come Dance and Sing with Jay Laga’aia and Friends.
We were blown away by the huge support for our first series of Riverside Theatres Digital concerts. I am so pleased that we are able to once again bring world-class performances into the homes of people around Australia while our physical doors remain closed. I’m proud to be supporting our local creative community, and helping people to feel connected and entertained during this time.
Riverside Theatres Digital shows will be live-streamed via YouTube and tickets are ‘Choose What You Pay’. Tickets can be purchased on the website.
Stay tuned for further concert announcements over the coming weeks!
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer and performer Todd McKenney at Riverside Theatres.
This week, Council launched our new community engagement website ‘Participate Parramatta’. Participate Parramatta is our new central place where community members can find information and provide their feedback on Council’s latest projects and initiatives. This new platform will replace the previous Our Say website. There are a variety of tools the community can use to share their thoughts and ideas on Participate Parramatta including feedback forums, interactive maps, polls, and surveys. I’m looking forward to hearing from you all on Participate Parramatta, which you can visit here.
In addition, the name of our community panel Our City Your Say, will also be changing to Participate Parramatta. It’s free to sign up to the panel, and members have the opportunity to take part in online surveys, workshops, events or public meetings hosted by Council. Members can also share their views and win prizes! Sign up to the panel here.
City of Parramatta prepares for future growth
I am pleased that the Local Housing Strategy and Community Infrastructure Strategy were both recently endorsed. These strategies provide Council with a clear path for how we will continue to serve our communities that are set to double in size over the next 20 years.
- The Local Housing Strategy outlines where and when future housing growth will occur within the City of Parramatta, with a focus on those precincts that have already been identified as key growth areas. Council is on track to exceed its housing target, with 87,900 dwellings to be delivered by 2036, and has identified capacity for a further 46,000 dwellings beyond 2036.
- The Community Infrastructure Strategy outlines the requirement for more local indoor and outdoor facilities to support Parramatta’s projected population to 2041. It has identified the need for an extra 14,000 square metres of library space across new and existing sites; an extra 25,000 square metres of multipurpose community space; 30 new multipurpose indoor sport and recreation courts, as well as more local and district play spaces, sports fields, and other local infrastructure.
City of Parramatta Libraries has extended its services
City of Parramatta Libraries have extended access to its services in line with the NSW Government’s public health advice regarding COVID-19 restrictions. Customers can now reserve access to computer stations, study tables and books for collection, subject to terms and conditions. Limited walk-in access is also available for browsing. For more detailed information, please click here.