Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Parramatta: most liveable suburb

Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr John Chedid, today welcomed the release of a new Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) report which ranks Parramatta as the state’s most liveable suburb. 
The new report, “Building Up”, gives Parramatta a score of 135 points out of a possible 170 and highlights the City’s major public transport interchanges, close vicinity to major roads and vibrant retail opportunities as stand-out features.
“This is a very exciting time for Parramatta and Western Sydney as we build and grow this great City and region,” Cr Chedid said.
“Parramatta has a vibrant multicultural community, burgeoning food scene and an emerging arts hub.
“The City’s population is forecast to grow by over 40 per cent over the next two decades and Council is focused on planning for this growth and ensuring we have the best possible facilities and services to support it,” he said.
“This report shows Parramatta is truly stepping up as the business and economic capital of Western Sydney. We’re not interested in a ‘business as usual’ approach – we’re investing in the City’s infrastructure, reactivating the Parramatta River foreshore area and putting forward a long term vision for Parramatta.
“Our status as the state’s most liveable suburb can be boosted even further by initiatives such a Western Sydney light rail network. As Lord Mayor, I will keep lobbying for government and private sector support for this much-needed project.  
“Just this month, work commenced to complete a 12 kilometre off-road pathway between Westmead and Meadowbank. When that pathway is complete, a University of Western Sydney student living in Westmead can walk or ride on the off-road pathway all the way to the Rydalmere campus. The same goes for Parramatta workers who live on suburbs along the pathway. 
“The revamp of Church St Mall, the City’s most recognisable thoroughfare is also well underway, ensuring that residents, workers and visitors will get to enjoy a new modern public space by the end of this year. 
“As the UDIA’s report points out, Parramatta offers a prime example of strategic planning and we’re delighted this is being recognised.”


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