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Lord Mayor’s Message 26 June 2020

Phillip Street transforming into a ‘Smart Street’

I am excited to see initial work is underway on the transformation of Phillip Street in the Parramatta CBD into a ‘Smart Street’. Linking Parramatta Wharf to Eat Street and the Justice Precinct, Phillip Street is undergoing a $4.3 million revamp that includes widened footpaths on the southern end to accommodate more outdoor diners and an urban forest of mature trees.

‘Smart City’ elements are also being installed such as condition-responsive lighting, street furniture with built-in USB charging ports, smart irrigation, CCTV, environmental monitoring, parking sensors, compactor bins with sensors, and water misting for temperature cooling.

Residents, workers and visitors told us they wanted want more outdoor dining, shade, greenery, and seating in the CBD and I’m proud that Stage One of this fantastic project is being rolled out. It is projects like these that will improve the community’s experience of our City and put Parramatta at the forefront of global innovation.   

City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer on Phillip Street.

Council facilities reopening

It has been wonderful to see Council’s facilities beginning to reopen – we know how important they are for the whole community.

Here are the latest facilities that have reopened in line with the NSW Government's easing of COVID-19 restrictions:

  • Council halls, meeting rooms, and community centers are now taking bookings from the public.
  • Sports grounds are open for outdoor sporting competitions.
  • Visitor numbers at Council's pool facilities will be increased to 18 at Epping Aquatic Centre and 12 at Macarthur Girls High School.
  • The Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre has reopened for limited hours - 10am to 2pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Council is continuing to follow advice from the state and federal governments in the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Please continue to practice good hygiene and social distancing so that we can keep each other safe.

For more information on Council’s response to COVID-19, please click here.