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Innovation is Parramatta’s north star in becoming a global City 
Major pathway gets a green light in the City’s west

Innovation is Parramatta’s north star in becoming a global City 
Parramatta is forging ahead with its vision to become a global City with a new Smart City and Innovation Strategy (2024-2033), providing a blueprint for projects that enhance innovation and connectivity across the City. 
The strategy, which was endorsed at this week’s Council meeting, provides a framework to create a vibrant, sustainable and connected City that promotes innovation and ideas in the heart of Greater Sydney.  
Parramatta was one of the first councils in Australia to adopt a Smart City Master Plan in 2015. 
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Pierre Esber said the community has a strong desire to be a leading smart city.  
“This strategy will guide initiatives to create a City that is connected, sustainable and with state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of Greater Sydney,” Cr Esber said.  
“We are laying the foundations of a truly connected City for our community now and in the future. 
Environmental sensor at Melrose Park
“At Melrose Park, we completed a pilot using about 70 environmental sensors to capture and analyse local environmental data to monitor different conditions such as air quality and noise. We will continue to roll out sensors across the City to help us to make better decisions for our community.
 “In the heart of the CBD at Phillip Street, we’re moving forward with the stage two proposed works featuring smart city elements such as environmental monitoring, condition-responsive and energy efficient lighting, smart irrigation.”
PHIVE’s cutting-edge, sustainable design has been recognised by international and national awards, including a six-star Green Star Design rating. 
“We want Parramatta to be a leading smart City in the eyes of the world,” Cr Esber said. 
“This is all part of our bold vision to transform Parramatta into a global City by 2050.” 
Draft Parramatta 2050, Council’s long-term vision for the future of the City, is on public exhibition until Friday 19 July 2024. = 
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Parramatta CBD Planning Proposal approved after nine years
Major pathway gets a green light in the City’s west
Connectivity is set to further increase around Parramatta with Council endorsing the plans for a major pedestrian and cyclist spine that will provide a long-awaited connection between Toongabbie, Westmead and the Parramatta Aquatic Centre. 
Running alongside the Main Western Railway line, the proposed new pedestrian and cyclist paths will allow people in the west of the Parramatta area to more easily connect with the CBD, train stations, schools, parks and other regional walking and cycling paths. 
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City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Pierre Esber is passionate about providing better access for everyone in the City of Parramatta. 
“Parramatta is moving on up with the best pedestrian and bike paths” Cr Esber said. 
“In recent weeks, we’ve announced the raised crossing at Brodie Street in Rydalmere, the next stage of the Alfred Street project connecting the M4 to the river, construction funding for the first stage of the Finlaysons Creek Nature Trail in Shannons Paddock, as well as a design grant for paths connecting Doyle Ground with a local school in the City’s north. 
“Now the City’s west is getting its share of pathways. Rather than always jumping in the car, walking or riding outside in the fresh air is great for physical and mental health. 
“With the Parramatta Bike Plan we will have plenty more pathways for pedestrians and cyclists over the next few years, connecting the north, south and west to our CBD.”
The draft Toongabbie to Westmead pedestrian and cyclist corridor was on public exhibition with thousands having the opportunity to comment. A quick poll found an overwhelming 79 per cent of respondents supported the plan, with only 8 per cent opposed.   
This corridor was initially identified in the 2017 Bike Plan and is also included in the updated Parramatta Bike Plan 2024, recently adopted by Council. 
The Toongabbie to Westmead Pedestrian and Cyclist Corridor Study was funded by the NSW Government’s Get Active NSW program.


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