Lord Mayor’s Message 7 August 2020
5 Parramatta Square Sod Turning
Today I was proud to turn the first sod at 5 Parramatta Square (5PS), Council’s $130 million community, cultural and civic building in the heart of the new Parramatta Square precinct. I was joined by Council’s Director of Property & Place, Bryan Hynes, and Brett Mason, the Managing Director of Built which is constructing 5PS. I was honoured to unveil a commemorative plaque acknowledging the former City of Parramatta Councillors who, in 1996, committed to a vision of delivering a landmark community building in the Parramatta CBD. This plaque, along with a special ceremonial shovel engraved with today’s sod turning date, will be displayed in 5 Parramatta Square once construction is complete.
Not only will this one-in-a-generation project revitalise the Parramatta CBD it will become a central hub for our community – a place to study, work, meet and create. Scheduled for completion in 2022, 5PS will house a new state-of-the-art library, Discovery Centre, Research Lab, heritage collection, and creative and cultural heritage spaces. Today, I am excited to share with you what this facility will look like once complete. Take the 3D virtual tour, and see artist impressions of the inside of 5PS here.
Brett Mason, Managing Director of Built and City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer at the 5 Parramatta Square sod turning ceremony.
Local Government NSW Award Winners
Yesterday at the Local Government NSW Awards, Council won the LG NSW 2020 Planning Award for ‘Planning a 24-hour city: Parramatta Night City Framework 2020-2024‘ for culture change, innovation and excellence. The purpose of this framework is to diversify our City’s night-time experience for the community, and I am so pleased that it has been recognised, particularly during Local Government Week. Council provides a wide range of crucial services to our community, including our first-class community spaces, exciting development projects, parks, environmental protection, and much more. I’m proud that Council is able to service our community to such a high standard, making our City a brilliant place to live, work, and visit.
National Tree Day
Last week, Council recognised National Tree Day 2020 a little differently. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our much-loved community planting event was cancelled. Despite this, Council proceeded with planting 10,000 native trees, shrubs, and ground covers at Upjohn Park in Ermington – this year’s selected site. To celebrate this important day, we displayed signs with messages from the community describing what they love about nature and National Tree Day. This was a special way for us all to celebrate together while we remain apart.
Sign displaying community messages at the National Tree Day site.