Natural environment

The City of Parramatta has been enhancing our natural areas including parks, bushland and waterways.

Improve Water Quality

The City of Parramatta undertakes long term strategic planning and is investing in a range of actions to deliver clean and healthy waterways for the community to enjoy now and into the future.

Lake Parramatta was officially opened for swimming and water recreation activities in 2015 for the first time in 74 years.

Swimmers in the lake

Make the Parramatta
River swimmable
by 2025.

A swimmer in the water

Increase vegetation cover

The area of remnant bushland being actively managed through a bushland regeneration program:

187 hectares
(2014/15)

Tree Canopy Cover across Parramatta

24.6%(2012)

Shading trees

Land under bush regeneration (HA).
 

  • 2010/11
  • 2011/12
  • 2012/13
  • 2013/14
  • 2014/15

Number of Bush Care
Volunteers/Hours per year

  • Volunteers/Hours 2012/13
  • Volunteers/Hours 2013/14
  • Volunteers/Hours 2014/15

Services to the community

62,500
tonnes

Wastes in a bin

152,000 bins were collected with
62,500 tonnes of waste (2015/16)

$1.26
million

Bushland reserves

Funds spent on 12 bushland
walking tracks in 2015/16

Built environment

The City of Parramatta has been investing in an eco-efficient urban environment that supports Parramatta’s jobs and residential growth.

Increase energy and water efficiency

Parramatta’s rapid growth coupled with a ‘business as usual’ approach to resource use is unsustainable over the long term. The City of Parramatta undertakes a range of actions to reduce its own energy and water use and also supports residents and businesses in becoming more efficient.

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Parramatta Square –
A Green Star Community

Registered under the Green Building Councils Green Star Communities ratings tool, the redevelopment of Parramatta Square will target a five star rating.

Electricity

A comparison of the average consumption of Electricity in the local area with the total of Endeavour Energy Customers Area throughout 2014/15 (MWh/customer)

Residential

  • 5.8

    Parramatta

  • 6.4

    Endeavour Energy Area

Commercial

  • 27.3

    Parramatta

  • 27.2

    Endeavour Energy Area

Industrial

  • 1947.6

    Parramatta

  • 1747.5

    Endeavour Energy Area

Gas

A comparison of the average consumption of Gas in the local area with NSW throughout 2015 (GJ/customer)

Residential

  • 19.3

    Parramatta

  • 22.5

    NSW

Business

  • 379.9

    Parramatta

  • 381.9

    NSW

Water

A comparison of the average consumption of Water in the local area with the total of Sydney Water area througout 2014/15 (KL/customer)

Residential houses

  • 221

    Parramatta

  • 219

    Sydney Water Area

Residential units

  • 179

    Parramatta

  • 160

    Sydney Water Area

Commercial

  • 1113

    Parramatta

  • 997

    Sydney Water Area

Industrial

  • 1977

    Parramatta

  • 1242

    Sydney Water Area

Solar Electricity Generation

Small Generation Unit Solar (Solar) – Deemed Rated Output in the local area

2011
14,993kW
2012
20,802kW
2013
24,280kW
2014
29,288kW

Increase waste diversion from landfill and improve resource recovery

Our Target
(Year 2021)

An arrow in a target
70%

Current Levels of Waste Diversion
(2014/15)

42% Parramatta

52% Sydney Metro

The City of Parramatta, along with partner Councils, is working to increase resource recovery, divert more waste from landfill and prevent illegal dumping. We are achieving this through a combination of:

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Education

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Regulation

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Provision of necessary infrastructure

The future development of an Alternative Waste Treatment (AWT) facility is being explored to service the region, in order to meet the NSW Government’s waste diversion target of 70% by 2021.

Waste per household per annum
(kg/HH/yr)

  • 2011/12
  • 2012/13
  • 2013/14
  • 2014/15

Risks and Resilience

The City of Parramatta is minimising and managing environmental risks and recovery times.

Improve community resilience to environmental risks

Extreme Heat Trends 1976- 2014
(Number of days 35*C and above- rolling 10 year average)

  • 1976
  • 1980
  • 1984
  • 1988
  • 1992
  • 1996
  • 2000
  • 2004
  • 2008
  • 2012
  • 2014
  • 2015
A thermoter

Overall
Hot days are
increasing.

As Parramatta grows and the CBD comes under increasing pressure from development, there is the potential for more of the population to be at risk from extreme weather events.

A shield against bad weather

Parramatta has established a range
of programs and strategies to minimise
the impacts of extreme weather events.

Cool Parramatta

In December 2015, Council launched Cool Parramatta, a program to assist the community to prepare for and respond to extreme heat.

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Floodplain Risk
Management Planning

A barrier against floods

Catchment
Modelling

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Drainage Construction
and Maintenance

The Community of Parramatta is committed to caring for its Environment.