City Landscape

City Landscape

City Landscape

People & neighbourhoods

Community
Strategic plan

Health and recreation

The City of Parramatta is working with our partners to help provide healthy lifestyle choices and access to services; focusing on healthy lifestyles (active living, healthy food and mental health) and health promotion (food safety and environmental hazards) and tackling major health issues such as being overweight or obese.

Improve the Health of Residents

48% of Parramatta’s residents undertake adequate physical activity (NSW 55%)

52.3% of persons in NSW aged 16 years and older are overweight or obese and rates among children are increasing

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City of Parramatta has partnered with NSW Health Western Sydney Local Health District to improve the health of Parramatta Residents.

Sport and Recreation
Statistics in 2014/2015:

Council spent $2.3 million on community sporting ground upgrades

Council spent $232,000 to upgrade community
playgrounds

Council spent $13.5 million to deliver recreational facilities and programs

73%
of surveyed residents were
satisfied with their lives

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Life Expectancy of Parramatta residents

Women
82.3 years (NSW: 82.8 years)

Men
77.6 years (NSW: 77.6 years)

Housing

The City of Parramatta is working to provide for a range of housing for people at various stages of life, whatever their aspiration or need; minimising homelessness; and focusing on social housing needs, affordable housing and the right mix of dwellings.

Improve housing diversity and minimise homelessness

2016 Homelessness Street count Parramatta Showed

70 people sleeping rough

284 people in temporary accommodation

Council seeks to raise awareness of homelessness, the factors that lead to homelessness and how we might take action to change this in the Parramatta region.

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2006-2011
Our housing types are changing
  • 2011
  • 2016

Separate House

  • 2011
  • 2016

Medium Density

  • 2011
  • 2016

High Density

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2011 Housing Stress

15% of households with a mortgage were in mortgage stress
(Compared to 12% in Greater Sydney)

27% of renters were in rental stress
(Compared to 27% in Greater Sydney)

Source: 2011 stats from Profile ID

Learning and Individual Development

The City of Parramatta has been working with the community, the education sector and Council’s libraries to improve access to quality learning opportunities.

Improve access to quality learning opportunities

Our community is well educated and has wisdom from many cultures.

26.2% of residents have a bachelor or higher degree

(compared to 24.1% in
Greater Sydney)

44.8% of residents are born overseas

(compared to 34.2% from
Greater Sydney)

However, some people in our community experience barriers to education or employment.

Children

57% of children aged 3 to 5 years attend
pre-school

Year 12

58% of school leavers complete year 12
 

Young unemployed

16.8% of young people in Parramatta are unemployed

2 people

9% of residents don’t speak English well
or at all

21.8% of children are developmentally vulnerable

(compared to 22% in Greater Sydney)

In 2014/15:

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To support older people and people with a disability, Council delivered 40,000 Meals on Wheels and mowed more than 918,000 square metres of lawn as part of our community assist program

Yoga position

The Over 55s Leisure and Learning Service had more than 400 members attend 968 activities such as yoga, line dancing, zumba, tai chi and arts and craft

A book

Our libraries welcomed over 10,000 new members and loaned out more than 715,000 items

The knowledge apple over a book

We cared for 352 children across our Early Learning Centres

Neighbourhoods and Belonging

The City of Parramatta celebrates the unique character of local centres, neighbourhoods and city precincts with a focus on: community safety, active citizenship, social networks, quality neighbourhoods and connecting local arts, culture, sport and community organisations

Improve pride, safety, belonging and connection in our neighbourhoods

62%

of residents are proud of
where they live.
Increased from 57% in 2013

Source: Parramatta Social Wellbeing Survey

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People speaking different languages
66.2%
72%

In 2015, 72% of residents felt their local community was welcoming of people from different cultures (66.2% in 2013)

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6%

In 2015, 6% of residents couldn’t ask for help from someone who doesn’t live with them. (A decrease
from 7.1% in 2013)

86%

In 2015, 86% of residents felt they had a say on issues that were important. (14% did not)

Perceptions of safety are improving

Source: PCC Safety Survey 2013, 2015

Percentage of people who think crime is high/very high in the Parramatta CBD:

59%
2013
54%
2015

Percentage of people who think crime is high/very high in Western Sydney:

34%
2013
29%
2015

55

In 2014/15, over 55 CCTV cameras were installed at key locations in the CBD

4,000 – 5,000 attendees at NAIDOC Day events

Parramatta has been home to the Darug people for some 60,000 years and they maintain an ongoing connection to this country. Since colonisation Parramatta has become home to many other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people who also have a unique and contemporary
relationship to the area.

Some health and wellbeing trend data is very slow moving – the effects of policies and other interventions can only be seen years, or even decades, after they are introduced. For example, life expectancy for Parramatta residents won’t change much year on year, but could change dramatically over a twenty year period.

Nonetheless, Council has a long history of taking action in this area. We work hard to improve the health of Parramatta residents by:

In 2015, 73% of surveyed residents said they were satisfied with their lives, compared with 71% in 2013.

Being a great City doesn’t just mean having a booming economy. Council conducts the Social Wellbeing Survey every two years to measure the social wellbeing and resilience of our community.

Many of Council’s housing indicators are based on Census data, which is updated once every five years. The information on this page indicates data from the 2006 and 2011 Censuses. The 2016 Census data will be available shortly.

Council plays an important role in improving housing diversity and minimising homelessness in the Parramatta community. Some of the things we already do include:

Being homeless means more than a lack of access to safe, secure and affordable housing. It also means a lack of connectedness to the community, reduced privacy, personal safety and security. It can also have an impact on people’s sense of belonging and self worth, their physical and mental health, and their ability to study or keep a job, and providing a stable environment for their children.

Council’s Homeless Policy and Protocols aim to reduce homelessness in our community.

The Homeless Street Count takes place every year, and provides invaluable data about the number of homeless people in Parramatta LGA, to inform policy and programs in our community.

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Rough Sleepers 81 70 33 25 24 43
Secondary count 251 284 284 257 249 260
Total 332 354 317 282 273 303

Participation in learning and individual development enhances the life experience, employment opportunities and community contribution of all Parramatta residents, regardless of age, ability or background.

Council works across a number of areas to improve the community’s access to high quality learning opportunities, so that our people can live well and wisely.
Some of the things we are working on at the moment include:

If we get things right in a child’s early years, we can expect Parramatta’s children to thrive in school and throughout their lives.

Council has been working on studies and resources to support provision of childcare and other services to assist children. You can find out more about children in Parramatta by:

Council is working on a number of projects to improve safety, supports and services and belonging in our CBD and neighbourhoods:

Being a great City doesn’t just mean having a booming economy. Council conducts the Social Wellbeing Survey every two years to measure the social wellbeing and resilience of our community.

2015 2013 Trend
62% are proud of where they live 57% are proud of where they live Improving
72% think their local community is welcoming of people from different cultures 66.2% think their local community is welcoming of people from different cultures Improving
6% couldn’t ask for help from someone who doesn’t live with them 7.1% couldn’t ask for help from someone who doesn’t live with them Improving, right direction
86% felt they had a say on issues that were important [14% did not] 91.5% felt they had a say on issues that were important [8.1% did not] Decreasing, wrong direction

However, if Parramatta LGA has a reputation for being more unsafe than other areas in Sydney, this is largely a reputation issue. Of the 17 major crime types, there are more that are stable (3) or trending down (7) than increasing (BOCSAR, 60 month trend data to June 2015).

In the past 12 months, Council has implemented a number of interventions to improve safety outcomes in the LGA, including:

Citysafe Program Stage One:

Parramatta Ways:

Public domain guidelines:

Centenary Square revitalisation. Restoration works included:

Installation of a state of the art water fountain, modern street furniture, an upgrade of public amenities, new paving, enhanced street lighting, CCTV and more open areas for outdoor events.

Every two years, Parramatta City Council runs a survey with local residents, workers and visitors to gauge perceptions of crime and safety in Parramatta. The survey was first conducted in 2013 and again in 2015. The information collected helps Councils and our community measure progress and evaluate the effectiveness of current initiatives, projects and strategies.

Perceptions of neighbourhood safety are improving in Parramatta. In 2013, 35% of people believed their neighbourhood had a low crime rate. In 2015, 58% believed their neighbourhood had a low crime rate.

You can find out more about safety in Parramatta by: