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Lord Mayor’s Message 28 May 2020

Warami 2020

I was excited to see our digital Warami festival launch earlier this week, to celebrate and commemorate Indigenous culture here in Parramatta. Warami – which is a Darug word meaning ‘good to see you’ - will run online until 5 July.

The online program features a digital series of events including National Sorry Day, National Reconciliation Week, and Burramatta NAIDOC which will conclude with the WARAMI Live: Burramatta NAIDOC Live Music Sessions.

Warami is a wonderful opportunity for us to learn about and experience the art, music, and culture of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. While we cannot physically come together for the Warami events this year, I encourage our community members from all backgrounds to explore this wonderful digital program at home.   

Access the online Warami festival here.

Warami 2020.

IMAGE: Warami 2020.

Riverside Theatres Digital

I am looking forward to the launch of Riverside Theatres Digital this Sunday May 31. The series of specially-produced live digital performances will bring high quality entertainment to the community while Riverside’s physical doors remain closed.  The concerts will stream live on Sunday evenings at 5pm.

The series commences this Sunday with the first concert You’ll Never Walk Alone, with a range of musical theatre hits. The following week on Sunday 7 June, tune into a light hearted and fun performance from The Wharf Revue’s Jonathan Biggins and Phil Scott as they present No Cabaret for Old Men.

Riverside Theatres Digital programs have ‘choose what you pay’ payment options, where you can choose the amount you would like to contribute to support this event. Ticket prices start at just $12.

I am very much looking forward to experiencing the magic of Riverside Theatres in my own home. I encourage our community to enjoy the shows and support our local theatre and its artists during this tough time. For years Riverside Theatres has provided our community with an escape from the daily stresses of life, and now it’s time for us to return the favour where we can.

For more information and to book your tickets, click here.

Image of Jonathan Biggins and Phil Scott in No Cabaret for Old Men as part of Riverside Theatre’s Digital

IMAGE: See Jonathan Biggins and Phil Scott in No Cabaret for Old Men as part of Riverside Theatre’s Digital

Federal Stimulus Package

I would like to acknowledge and thank the Federal Government following the announcement of $0.5 billion of additional funding to be shared by Council’s across Australia. This funding will be vital in stimulating local economies, keeping Local Government staff members in jobs, and allowing much-needed infrastructure projects to continue. Communities all around the country who have suffered from the detrimental economic impacts of COVID-19 will greatly benefit from this funding. I am very pleased and grateful that we are taking this brilliant first step on the road to a locally-led recovery.

The passing of former City of Parramatta Councillor Paul Han

On behalf of the City of Parramatta I would like to offer sincere condolences to the friends and family of former Councillor Paul Han, who passed away at the weekend following his long battle with cancer. My Council colleagues and I are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague. We will all be forever grateful for his contributions to our City, and his strong advocacy for the people of the North Rocks Ward. He will be greatly missed, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very difficult time.

May he rest in peace.

Former Cr Paul Han pictured with his wife Shirley, and his three children – Anthony, Eric and Angela in 2017.

IMAGE: Former Cr Paul Han pictured with his wife Shirley, and his three children - Anthony, Eric and Angela in 2017.