Parramatta CBD Planning Proposal
Earlier this week, the NSW Government endorsed Council’s Parramatta CBD Planning Proposal for public exhibition – marking a significant and exciting milestone in the transformation of our City. This plan will unlock Parramatta’s CBD and strengthen its position as Sydney’s Central River City, allowing for 50,000 new jobs and 14,000 additional dwellings. At its heart, the proposal seeks to expand the CBD’s boundaries and change land use controls to increase capacity for further commercial opportunities, residential development, and more public space.
Council initiated this game-changing proposal to help us realise our vision for the Parramatta CBD – an economic leader with a thriving commercial centre that attracts world-class businesses and offers incredible lifestyle opportunities for our community. I am excited to share these City-shaping plans with you, and look forward to receiving your feedback during the upcoming public exhibition period.
Council adopts its draft Operational Plan and Budget for 2020/21
City of Parramatta Council this week adopted its draft Operational Plan and Budget for 2020/21, securing the delivery of key community projects and services for the next 12 months. The plan details how Council will implement its core services, activities, programs and projects, as well as the budgets, fees and charges to support their delivery.
The plan includes a $227.1 million capital expenditure budget, so Council can deliver major projects for our community including: Parramatta Square, the Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Parramatta Park, the Epping Aquatic Centre redevelopment, stage one of the Phillip Street Smart Street transformation, the Parramatta Urban Amenity Improvement Program, and the City River Works Program to revitalise the Parramatta River. It is wonderful to see Parramatta forging ahead with its incredible transformation, and continuing to support our diverse and growing community. It is crucial that Council manages the delivery of projects and services responsibly and effectively, particularly as we navigate our way out of the COVID-19 crisis.
Local Government exclusion from National Cabinet
Following endorsement from my fellow Councillors at this week’s Council Meeting, I will be writing to the NSW Premier and all local Federal and State MPs to express Council’s disappointment that Local Government is not represented on the newly-formed National Cabinet and seek their support to review the decision. Local Government needs a seat at the table and a voice in discussions about issues of national significance, not only to flag the impact of federal policies on Councils and the communities they serve, but to help shape our nation’s future.
Getting it right on the ground is Local Government’s area of strength, and would be beneficial to the decision-making of the National Cabinet. I am hoping that my communication with our State leaders will be heard, and that support will be shown for the Australian Local Government Association membership of National Cabinet.