The City of Parramatta is exploring ways to grow and diversify its night time offerings with the release of a draft framework and $50,000 in grants.
The draft Parramatta Night City Framework 2020-2024, which goes on public exhibition on Monday 14 October, provides a vision for how the City can become more vibrant after 5pm and cater to everyone from young families and students to professionals and seniors.
It explores ways Council can attract new and diverse businesses and offerings; make the City safer and easier to navigate at night; as well as foster creativity, live music and events. It also aims to celebrate Parramatta’s unique identity.
“Through the Night City Framework, Council is aiming to make it easier for businesses to trade and for events and entertainment to be offered across the City after hours,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said.
“This will benefit not only the many businesses in the Parramatta CBD, but also the suburbs across the LGA. Whether it’s through dining, live music, sporting events, family activities or retail offerings, Council wants to boost the City’s night time economy and make Parramatta a thriving late-night destination.”
From Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 October Council staff will be outside Bourke Street Bakery in Centenary Square asking the public what they think the 24-hour Parramatta of the future looks like and inviting them to share what they would like the City’s nightlife to include.
This feedback will be incorporated into a temporary art wall that will be created by local artist Michael Black live in Centenary Square on Friday 18 October from 5pm to 10pm.
In conjunction with the framework, City of Parramatta Council has established a Night Time Economy Diversification Grants Scheme to support and encourage local performers and businesses to help expand and enrich the City’s night time economy through new activities and events.
There will be five $10,000 grants across five different categories on offer: Live Music; Small and Pop-up Bars; Arts, Culture and Performance; Retail and Services; and Local Centres. The grants will enable individuals and businesses to trial new services and offerings in the City.
In 2018, City of Parramatta’s night time economy was valued at $1.1 billion, and through both the Night City Framework and the Grants Scheme, Council is hoping to bring even greater economic, social and cultural benefits to the City.
The draft Parramatta Night City Framework 2020-2024 can be found online at cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/haveyoursay and hard copies are available to view at Council’s Customer Service Centre (126 Church Street, Parramatta) and all City of Parramatta Library branches. Submissions regarding the draft Framework must be received by Council by Monday 11 November 2019.