Bold plan to put Parramatta on the map by 2050

Lord Mayor Pierre Esber said 'Parramatta 2050' is unlike anything Council has ever done before.
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From becoming a festival city to delivering Australia’s first Aboriginal university, Parramatta’s bold new vision for 2050 promises to put the city on the global stage.

City of Parramatta has revealed the first look at its draft long-term strategic vision for the city in a report titled ‘Parramatta 2050’.

Lord Mayor Pierre Esber said it’s unlike anything Council has ever done before.

“It charts a course for Parramatta’s transformation designed to survive successive Councils and State and Federal Governments and has the potential to be this Chamber’s single biggest legacy to our community,” he said.

“Some will question why it’s important to our community to have a presence on the world stage.

“It’s important because it brings a world of opportunity to our doorstep and ensures our kids and grandkids grow up knowing that in Parramatta, anything is possible.”

As part of its vision, City of Parramatta has revealed six “game changers” that intend to elevate Parramatta’s status to a global city.

It includes becoming the most globally-connected university city in the nation and establishing Parramatta as western Sydney’s jobs engine, creating at least 150,000 new jobs by 2050.

By delivering Broadway-level experiences through its cultural institutions and reopening the much-loved Roxy Theatre as a live music venue, Parramatta aims to become the “epicentre of creativity.”

It also seeks to lay down the foundational framework for Dharug People and Council to become world leaders in First Nations and Local Government collaboration.

As part of this partnership, Council said it will focus on delivering critical pieces of First Nations cultural infrastructure within Parramatta, including an aspiration to become home to Australia’s first Aboriginal university.

It’s a vision that’s been welcomed by Dharug elder Aunty Ross Fogg.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Dharug people and Parramatta Council, as outlined in the 2050 vision, to move forward and towards true reconciliation and demonstrate how a progressive Council could set a high standard for other Councils to follow,” she said.

A plan for Parramatta to become the home of festivals, sports and entertainment also takes centre stage in the report. It includes developing new venues for large-scale festivals and curating a dynamic cultural calendar, which will see events happening 365 days a year across five districts.

Parramatta is hoping to become a festival city by 2050. Photo: Jason Nichol.

Sydney Fringe Festival CEO and Festival Director Kerri Glasscock said she is supportive of the vision.

“There is an immense opportunity here to leverage Parramatta’s key assets, including the Parramatta River, the historic buildings and its parklands for events and festivals,” she said.

“Parramatta is simply waiting to be the festival capitol of NSW.”

Council said it will also advocate for the development of state-of-the-art infrastructure, including exploring opportunities for a multipurpose indoor arena catering to esports and other indoor sports, and hosting river-based sports like rowing and swimming in the Parramatta River.

The report also reveals Parramatta is striving towards becoming an “unrivalled river city,” with Council saying the development of the Central River Parklands, a green and blue network serving as a hub for recreation, ecological resilience and connectivity, is central to this vision.

To achieve this vision of Parramatta in 2050, Council said securing transport infrastructure like a metro connection from Westmead to the new airport and an additional Metro West station within Camellia-Rosehill and stop at for Silverwater is imperative.

The report will now go on public exhibition for 60 days, with members of the community encouraged to provide their feedback.


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