You have until midnight on Friday 29th October to voice your say on the future of Parramatta Park! The state government is giving you the chance to provide feedback into the draft of a proposed bill.
Under a proposal from the New South Wales state government, the UNESCO listed Parramatta Park could fall under new management. Rather than being managed by the Parramatta Park Trust, the state government wants to see all of greater Sydney’s major park lands managed by one super agency. This agency would control major environment spaces and parks including Western Sydney Parklands, Centennial and Callan parks along with Parra Park.
In addition to a number of open green spaces, Parra Park is also home to Australia’s oldest surviving public service building in Old Government House, one of Australia’s oldest colonial sites in the Dairy And Ranges Cottages and also has a natural amphitheater in ‘The Crescent’ which regularly hosts stage events.
“There aren’t many spaces around Parra that you can have a barbecue or picnic, exercise or just enjoy the outdoors while escaping from the city. It would be a shame to lose just one inch of the park”Jessica M, North Parramatta
Those opposing the bill prefer to have individual trusts overseeing these parklands, managing the recreation spaces and educate the community on the green spaces and heritage on site. There are major concerns that parts of the park could be developed into high rise building commercial or retail buildings as Parramatta continues to develop vertically.
Of the parklands included on the bill, Parra Park is the only one on the UNESCO World Heritage Register.
You can read more on the bill proposal and have your say here.