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Lord Mayor's Message 7 October

Storybox Parramatta a must-see

This week I was proud to officially launch Storybox in Parramatta Square - Australia’s first-ever interactive digital storytelling box that streams visual stories, sketches, videos, poems and artworks about Parramatta’s past, present and future.

Storybox Parramatta is a two-metre, multimedia cube that invites you to think outside the box about life in Parramatta and how our City and people have helped shape the nation. Council is proud to be a key partner in Storybox, which is being led by ESEM Projects in collaboration with ABC Content Ideas Lab, Western Sydney University, Story Factory, FORM Dance Projects, Sam I Am and Curious Works.

The community is invited to contribute their stories as part of the ‘Tiny Stories’ series. You can visit the installation from 7am to 10pm daily until 30 December 2020.

Find out more and share your story.

City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer at Storybox Parramatta
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer at Storybox Parramatta


Active Parramatta School Holiday Program a great success

I had a lot of fun helping to referee a Games and Sports session at Arthur Phillip Park in Northmead this week as we wrapped up Council’s Active Parramatta Spring School Holiday program.

The kids enjoyed a huge variety of activities during these school holidays, including rugby league, basketball, and tennis clinics, as well as other fun initiatives run by the Active Parramatta Van. 

Council is proud to be the largest provider of free school holiday programs in NSW. More than 2,000 children registered to participate in various programs and workshops across the Parramatta Local Government Area during the Spring break.

To stay up to date with Active Parramatta’s School Holiday programs.

City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer helping to referee a Games and Sports session at Arthur Phillip Park in Northmead.
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer helping to referee a Games and Sports session at Arthur Phillip Park in Northmead.


Council’s Prioritisation Assessment Program

I am pleased to announce that Council has today launched its Prioritisation Assessment Program. This program is one of the first of its kind in NSW and will enable Council to prioritise the assessment and progression of development projects that will contribute significantly to the recovery of the City of Parramatta economy from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in an opportunity for early assessment, provision of feedback, review and determination of qualifying development applications and planning proposals, I encourage you to submit an application to become a part of this program.

Find out more and apply online.