International Women's Day
International Women’s Day was celebrated yesterday on Monday, 8 March. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements of women in our local community, as well as those across Australia and around the world. This year’s global theme was ‘Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world’, which recognises the impact the pandemic has had on women and girls, and the tremendous efforts made by women in shaping a better future.
In celebration of International Women’s Day 2021, Council is spotlighting six local women who are have shown exceptional leadership in their personal and professional lives. The Lady Mayoress and I were delighted to meet some of these women at an afternoon tea last week and learn about the challenges they have faced, as well as their accomplishments. I encourage you to read their inspiring stories.
I would also like to recognise and congratulate Amanda Rose, Alison Covington, and Chris Cleary who have been nominated in the NSW Women of the Year Awards for their support and service to the Parramatta and Western Sydney communities.Left to right: Gillian Kayrooz, City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer, Lady Mayoress, Christine Lam, Maeve Brown and Sue Hardman.
Edwin Ross Reserve official opening
Last week, I was pleased to officially open the new $200,000 playground at Edwin Ross Reserve in Carlingford, alongside Epping Ward Councillors Bill Tyrrell and Donna Davis.
It was wonderful to celebrate this vibrant new facility that local community members can use for leisure, recreation, and exercise. The playground features nature-themed play equipment, a multi-use sports space, a street library and more.
I would like to say a special thank you to the students at Carlingford Public School and the local residents who contributed to the design of the playground. Their feedback has helped ensure that this new facility meets the community’s needs.Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer (centre) and Epping Ward Councillors Donna Davis (left) and Bill Tyrrell (right) officially opened the new playground at Edwin Ross Reserve in Carlingford.
Wentworth Point Community Centre and Library shortlisted for award
I was excited to hear that Wentworth Point Community Centre and Library has been shortlisted for the 2021 Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Library Design Awards. These awards are presented every two years and highlight the achievements of Australia’s leading architects, designers and libraries.
Wentworth Point Community Centre and Library has set a new standard for multi-purpose public facilities in Western Sydney. The state-of-the-art library, community centre and creative hub was designed specifically to meet the needs of the growing Wentworth Point community – and it has been a huge hit with local residents.
Council is honoured to have this incredible facility shortlisted among the country’s best library designs, and I pass on my congratulations to all of the other finalists. The winners will be announced next Thursday, 18 March.
GPT 32 Smith St completion tour
Last Thursday, I attended a completion tour of 32 Smith Street, a new world-class landmark office tower that has changed the silhouette of our City. 32 Smith Street is a terrific example of Parramatta’s architectural future - where design excellence and environmental sustainability are at the centre of development.
I would like to thank the owner and developer, GPT Group, along with their partners at Richard Crookes Constructions and Fender Katsalidis, for being a part of Parramatta’s exciting future. I look forward to welcoming new workers to 32 Smith Street, and our great City, in the near future.