City of Parramatta approves key future plans

City of Parramatta Council has defined the shape of its future – approving its draft Community Strategic Plan 2018-2038 as well as its Delivery Program 2018-2021 and Operational Plan 2018/19. These key documents have been developed over many months and have been shaped by extensive public consultation. City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said the documents will provide a roadmap to achieving a vision for the City, both short and long term, ensuring that Parramatta realises its full potential.

“This is an exciting time for our City, which continues to grow at extraordinary pace,” Cr Wilson said. “Parramatta is undergoing a dramatic evolution and that needs to be managed very carefully. It is crucial we deliver the optimum outcomes for all sections of our community and these documents seek to ensure that is exactly what happens.

“The City of Parramatta has a very bright future and by following the direction carefully laid out in these plans we will achieve our goal of making Parramatta ‘Sydney’s Central City – sustainable, liveable and productive’.” The Community Strategic Plan is an overarching document which outlines the community’s key priorities and aspirations over the next 20 years. Co-titled ‘Butbutt Yura Barra Ngurra’, which means ‘the heart of the people of eel country’ in the Darug language, this title acknowledges Parramatta’s ongoing connection to the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and waters of Parramatta, and recognises that our entire community is the living, beating heart of the City of Parramatta.

The Delivery Program is Council’s main business plan and ensures Council’s services and resources are well aligned and ‘in tune’ with community expectations. The Delivery Program covers the three years from 2018-2021 and outlines the delivery of major projects like:

the new Aquatic Centre in Parramatta
Parramatta Square
the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
the Escarpment Boardwalk

The Operational Plan features all of Council’s services and provides a focus on key activities that will improve community infrastructure, invest in local services and enhance the quality of life for our residents and businesses – including Council’s extensive capital and maintenance works program – for the 2018/19 financial year.

Cr Wilson said the Delivery Program includes a series of performance measures “to help us keep track of how we are moving towards our targets and we will use these to report back to the community on our progress”. This includes an operating surplus of $1.932 million and Capital Expenditure of $187.8 million. The Operational Plan also details Council’s fees and charges for the financial year.