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  • 03-Oct-2013 12:12 | Anonymous
    Parramatta City Council - Jump on your bike for Ride2Work Day

    Leave the car at home and join thousands of workers across the country for Australia’s biggest celebration of bike riding, Ride2Work Day, on Wednesday 16 October 2013.

    Supported by the Lord Mayor’s Healthy Generations initiative, Ride2Work Day will feature a free breakfast for riders between 7am-9am at Prince Alfred Park, as well as a helmet hair repair station for those in need of that last-minute pre-work touch up.

    Cr John Chedid said Ride2Work Day is a great way to develop healthier lifestyles and reduce our environmental footprint.

    “Council hopes to encourage more and more people to ride to work – not only for Ride2Work Day but for the long term as well,” Cr Chedid said.

    “By hopping on your bike you can reduce pollution, avoid traffic and improve your health. It’s a simple, easy and enjoyable alternative for the daily commute.

    “The free breakfast also presents a good opportunity to interact with other cyclists who work or live in the community,” Cr Chedid said.

    To promote healthy riding behaviour, Parramatta is home to a number of cycle-friendly facilities including cycle ways and secure bike lockers.

    Some of the cycle routes in Parramatta include Parramatta Park, the Parramatta Valley Cycle Way in Ryde as well as the T-Way.

    Secure bike parking is also available in the Parramatta City Centre in two locations – Erby and Horwood Place car parks.

    For more information and to register for Ride2Work Day, visit www.ride2work.com.au.

    Media Enquiries:
    Catherine Orzinski, Communications Officer – Parramatta City Council
    Tel: 9806 5669 Email: corzinski@parracity.nsw.gov.au

     


     


  • 26-Sep-2013 12:14 | Anonymous

    Limited Edition Kluger Altitude arrives at Lander Toyota

    Introducing the new model Kluger Altitude available for a limited time only at Lander Toyota.

    The 2013 Altitude comes with standard specifications such as 6.1” LCD touchscreen, AM/FM radio, single CD player, Bluetooth handsfree with audio streaming, phonebook and message access and USB input. Additional features included are:

    • Tilt and slide moon roof
    • Roof rails
    • 19” alloy wheels
    • Front fog lamps
    • Roof mounted rear seat entertainment with 3 headphones
    • Satellite Navigation with 3D map display
    • Altitude badge (rear tailgate)

    Now in stock from $48,990 driveaway. Land a better deal at Lander Toyota.

  • 25-Sep-2013 12:14 | Anonymous

    You are cordially invited to The Melbourne Cup Tour, Charity Dinner and Auction - Fernhill Estate

    133 years after Fernhill produced the legendary horse ‘Grand Flaneur’, winner of the 1880 Melbourne Cup, the iconic trophy is returning to the Estate on Wednesday 2 October as part of the Emirates Melbourne Cup Trophy Tour in the lead up to “the race that stops the nation”. You are invited to join us for this historic occasion.

    “Become a part of our history”

    You are cordially invited to attend an evening at Historic Fernhill Estate with the 18-carat gold Melbourne Cup

    The function is MC’d by Jimmy Smith from Sky Sports and radio. Members of our distinguished panel include Ray Thomas, writer for Daily Telegraph and News Limited, and Malcolm (Miracle) Johnson, one of the most popular jockeys of any era and super star of the racing world. Des Gleeson is the ambassador from VRC and will also be involved in the nights activities.

    Entertainment is provided by Nordoff Robbins – it will be a great night out and a wonderful opportunity for networking. 

    Date: Wednesday 2nd October 2013

    Time: 6:30 – 10:30pm

    Place: Fernhill Estate, 1041 Mulgoa Road, Mulgoa

    Tickets: $165 per head

    RSVP: Friday 27th September 2013

    Email: events@fernhillestate.net.au

    Purchase tickets online at www.fernhillestate.net.au or call Angela Johnson 0405 551 119

    Beneficiaries: Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and NSW Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust

    The evening promises delightful entertainment, wonderful auction items, some very Special Guests, and more… all set against the beautiful backdrop of Fernhill’s historic sandstone mansion and ballroom lawns.

    Ticket numbers are strictly limited

  • 24-Sep-2013 12:16 | Anonymous


    Parramatta City Council - First Parramatta Square project gets approval

    The first stage of Parramatta Square, at 169 Macquarie Street, has been given the green light to commence after the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) granted approval for the project’s Development Application (DA).

    Leighton Properties won the development rights for the site, in July this year. The Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr John Chedid, said now that the project has been approved by the JRPP, the independent regional planning authority, construction could commence with the project targeting completion by late 2015.

    “What an exciting time to be leading Parramatta. Approval of Stage One marks the birth of Parramatta Square and the realisation of a vision Council set out to achieve almost a decade ago,” Cr Chedid said.

    “Parramatta Square is a $1.6 to $2 billion development, on three hectares of prime real estate at the centre of our rapidly expanding CBD.

    “This development will provide the foundation for growth in this City and create a future city based on good urban design that is sustainable, has vast, vibrant, beautiful public spaces and an effective integrated public transport system. Once completed, Parramatta Square in its entirety will accommodate up to 13,000 workers.

    “Stage One will offer 14-storeys and 25,000 square metres of office space that can accommodate about 2,000 workers,” Cr Chedid said.

    Mr Mark Gray, Managing Director of Leighton Properties said, “We are very pleased that this has been approved to proceed. It will be our fourth commercial building in Parramatta and on completion we believe it will set new benchmarks for the Parramatta CBD in terms of its architecture and sustainability initiatives.

    “We are currently in the process of pre-leasing the office space and are experiencing very strong interest due to the buildings high profile location, proximity to Parramatta Rail Interchange and its large floor plates. The design features a side core and central atrium which delivers on the key elements that businesses are now seeking in modern workplaces: efficiency, flexibility, connectivity and abundant natural light.

    “We have always had a strong belief in the evolution of the Parramatta CBD as both a desirable and growing commercial location. We see an ongoing need for quality, sustainable, A-grade office space for companies who are strategically choosing to base their operations in locations which are closer to their staff and provide more convenient transport options. The approval to progress this development is timely for these tenants given Parramatta’s already low vacancy and the current forecast that  A-grade vacancy will reduce further to be at historically low levels,” said Mr Gray.

    For artist’s impressions or interviews, contact:

    Anh Dang, Media and Communications Advisor, Parramatta City Council on 9806 5233/ 0400 971 844 or email adang@parracity.nsw.gov.au
  • 11-Sep-2013 14:55 | Anonymous
    Sydney's 'second city' is stepping up to - and loading - the plate with its burgeoning, vibrant and diverse culinary culture, asserting itself as a foodie hub.

    When Circa was handed the gong for best cafe at the Good Cafe Guide awards earlier this year, city dwellers raised eyebrows in unison: ''What is this malarkey, George? Quality coffee in Parramatta?'' Not only is there brill coffee, there's a bevy of other new happenings for those who like to eat and drink (that is, everyone). As local resident Arthur Tong, of artisan tea wholesaler Tea Craft, reports: ''It hasn't taken long for the food trucks to arrive here, and food events in laneways and unused buildings are now a regular feature. The Parra food scene has asserted itself as an important binding element of our community.''

    The farmers' market has been revamped with a focus on organic produce and, in the past year or so, there's been an increase in good cafes, including hole-in-the-wall espresso bars. ''The feeling lately here is quite electric,'' Tong says. ''We're on the brink of major change and the excitement is palpable. This is the first time locals are feeling like we're finally stepping up as truly Sydney's second city.''


    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/good-food/eat-out/restaurants-markets-and-food-trucks-parramattas-best-dining-20130907-2tbbs.html#ixzz2eXY3ty2m
  • 11-Sep-2013 14:53 | Anonymous

    Work on Parramatta Square continues to roll on, with Parramatta City Council and Alfasi Property Developments Pty Ltd lodging Development Applications (DA) with the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP), and Council set to launch a design excellence competition for two additional commercial towers.

    Designed by FJMT, the development is Stage Three of Parramatta Square, located at 153 Macquarie Street and will include new state-of-the-art, A-grade office and community facilities including a new library, community meeting rooms and Council chambers.

    The DA plans are for a 16-level, 22000 square-metre commercial tower to be developed by Alfasi and a separate podium building to be developed by Parramatta City Council for its new civic building and library. In total, the development will have 7000 square metres of public facilities, opening out onto the public domain.

    Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr John Chedid said he expected the DA for Stage Three to be approved later this year, with construction to commence early 2014.

    We’re confident we will be able to deliver these state-of-the-art facilities to the Parramatta community by late 2015,” Cr Chedid said.

    “Our residents, workers and visitors can look forward to vibrant and contemporary spaces and high quality amenity.

    “As part of Council’s $1.6 billion to $2 billion Parramatta Square development, Stage Three will contribute to helping the City realise its potential and bring economic, social and environmental benefits to Parramatta, Western Sydney and Greater Sydney.

    “As the design evolves, Council will be going out to the local community to seek their input on how these new public facilities should look, feel and be used,” Cr Chedid said.

    Parramatta Square is Council’s landmark urban renewal development that is set across three-hectares of Council-owned space and real estate in the heart of the Parramatta CBD. It will include generous public space, corporate centres, retail and dining options, new Council facilities, and strong connections to the Parramatta transport interchange.

    A design competition for the two remaining commercial towers with gross floor area of up to 130,000 square metres will commence this month.  The design competition will seek expressions of interest from international and national architectural firms from which four will be selected to prepare designs. 

    The design excellence competition for the remaining projects; the public domain and Stage Four, will commence later this year.


    The DAs for the first two stages of Parramatta Square were lodged earlier this year. With Leighton Properties confirmed as developer for 169 Macquarie Street, the DA is expected to be approved this year, construction to commence by the end of the year and the development completed by late 2015.

    The DA for a 90-storey mixed-use tower on the corner of Church and Darcy Streets is expected to be approved later this year.

    Parramatta Square Stage Three forms part of Council’s program to revitalise its public assets, including a new operations centre in Rydalmere and a Discovery Centre by Parramatta River.

    “The renewal of our public assets reflects Council’s commitment to delivering quality and efficient customer service to the community, operational efficiencies and facilities that will allow for expansion to meet the needs of our growing population,” Cr Chedid said.

    Parramatta Square Stage Three facilities will include:

    • Library
    • Community meeting, activity rooms and Senior Leisure and Learning
    • Customer contact centre for general, visitor and business information and development services
    • Foyer to include café, concierge wireless lounge area and self-help services
    • Technology or Innovation Centre
    • Council Chambers
    • Council Administration

    For artist’s impressions or interviews, contact:

    Anh Dang, Media and Communications Advisor, Parramatta City Council on 9806 5233/ 0400 971 844 or email adang@parracity.nsw.gov.au
  • 11-Sep-2013 14:51 | Anonymous

    Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr John Chedid, and the men who helped reinvigorate New York and New Orleans, this morning announced a major project to transform Church Street Mall, the gateway to the future Parramatta Square.

    Cr Chedid made the announcement with members of his Urban Activation Committee and internationally-renowned place making experts Ethan Kent, who is well known for his work on Times Square and Professor Ed Blakely, who helped rebuild New Orleans after the Hurricane Katrina.

    “Council will transform Church Street Mall, currently the most prominent public space in our City, into an active and vibrant space that attracts residents, workers, visitors and business,” Cr Chedid said.

    “This project will involve re-shaping the space, relocating the playground, adding water features, improving the lighting and connecting the space to the Town Hall and the future Parramatta Square.

    “We have already started trialling new attractions and activities to see how we can make the space work better.  The Farmers’ Markets and our Winterlight event are a good start in bringing more people to this part of the City, and we are working on plans to attract visitors throughout the day and evenings.

    “We are starting work on the design of the Church Street Mall project straight away, with the aim of delivering a revitalised space to the community by June 2014.

    We’re honoured to have such high-profile international experts be part of this project and the Urban Activation Committee.” Cr Chedid said.

    As part of the project, Council will be going out to the community to seek their views and feedback on what they want for their public spaces in the city.

    “These places will belong to the people, so it’s important that we ask them what they want for Church Street Mall, Parramatta Square and the River. We’ll be engaging the community through an online portal and displays in all our libraries,” Cr Chedid said.

    The Lord Mayor will co-chair, with Professor Blakely, the Urban Activation Committee which includes Deputy Lord Mayor, Cr Steven Issa and Councillors, Abood, Elmore, Lloyd, Makari and Shaw. 

    This Committee will guide the implementation of a revitalised Church Street Mall, the creation of Parramatta Square and improvements along the Parramatta River. 
                      

    Media contact:

    Anh Dang, Media and Communications Advisor, Parramatta City Council on 9806 5233/ 0400 971 844 or email adang@parracity.nsw.gov.au
  • 11-Sep-2013 12:22 | Anonymous
    Community to benefit from new civic facilities

    Work on Parramatta Square continues to roll on, with Parramatta City Council and Alfasi Property Developments Pty Ltd lodging Development Applications (DA) with the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP), and Council set to launch a design excellence competition for two additional commercial towers.

    Designed by FJMT, the development is Stage Three of Parramatta Square, located at 153 Macquarie Street and will include new state-of-the-art, A-grade office and community facilities including a new library, community meeting rooms and Council chambers.

    The DA plans are for a 16-level, 22000 square-metre commercial tower to be developed by Alfasi and a separate podium building to be developed by Parramatta City Council for its new civic building and library. In total, the development will have 7000 square metres of public facilities, opening out onto the public domain.

    Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr John Chedid said he expected the DA for Stage Three to be approved later this year, with construction to commence early 2014.

    “We’re confident we will be able to deliver these state-of-the-art facilities to the Parramatta community by late 2015,” Cr Chedid said.

    “Our residents, workers and visitors can look forward to vibrant and contemporary spaces and high quality amenity.

    “As part of Council’s $1.6 billion to $2 billion Parramatta Square development, Stage Three will contribute to helping the City realise its potential and bring economic, social and environmental benefits to Parramatta, Western Sydney and Greater Sydney.

    “As the design evolves, Council will be going out to the local community to seek their input on how these new public facilities should look, feel and be used,” Cr Chedid said.

    Parramatta Square is Council’s landmark urban renewal development that is set across three-hectares of Council-owned space and real estate in the heart of the Parramatta CBD. It will include generous public space, corporate centres, retail and dining options, new Council facilities, and strong connections to the Parramatta transport interchange.

    A design competition for the two remaining commercial towers with gross floor area of up to 130,000 square metres will commence this month.  The design competition will seek expressions of interest from international and national architectural firms from which four will be selected to prepare designs. 

    The design excellence competition for the remaining projects; the public domain and Stage Four, will commence later this year.

    The DAs for the first two stages of Parramatta Square were lodged earlier this year. With Leighton Properties confirmed as developer for 169 Macquarie Street, the DA is expected to be approved this year, construction to commence by the end of the year and the development completed by late 2015.

    The DA for a 90-storey mixed-use tower on the corner of Church and Darcy Streets is expected to be approved later this year.

    Parramatta Square Stage Three forms part of Council’s program to revitalise its public assets, including a new operations centre in Rydalmere and a Discovery Centre by Parramatta River.

    “The renewal of our public assets reflects Council’s commitment to delivering quality and efficient customer service to the community, operational efficiencies and facilities that will allow for expansion to meet the needs of our growing population,” Cr Chedid said.

    Parramatta Square Stage Three facilities will include:

    • Library
    • Community meeting, activity rooms and Senior Leisure and Learning
    • Customer contact centre for general, visitor and business information and development services
    • Foyer to include café, concierge wireless lounge area and self-help services
    • Technology or Innovation Centre
    • Council Chambers
    • Council Administration

    For artist’s impressions or interviews, contact:

    Anh Dang, Media and Communications Advisor, Parramatta City Council on 9806 5233/ 0400 971 844 or email adang@parracity.nsw.gov.au
  • 11-Sep-2013 12:21 | Anonymous
    Parramatta's best dining

    Sydney's 'second city' is stepping up to - and loading - the plate with its burgeoning, vibrant and diverse culinary culture, asserting itself as a foodie hub.

    When Circa was handed the gong for best cafe at the Good Cafe Guide awards earlier this year, city dwellers raised eyebrows in unison: ''What is this malarkey, George? Quality coffee in Parramatta?'' Not only is there brill coffee, there's a bevy of other new happenings for those who like to eat and drink (that is, everyone). As local resident Arthur Tong, of artisan tea wholesaler Tea Craft, reports: ''It hasn't taken long for the food trucks to arrive here, and food events in laneways and unused buildings are now a regular feature. The Parra food scene has asserted itself as an important binding element of our community.''

    The farmers' market has been revamped with a focus on organic produce and, in the past year or so, there's been an increase in good cafes, including hole-in-the-wall espresso bars. ''The feeling lately here is quite electric,'' Tong says. ''We're on the brink of major change and the excitement is palpable. This is the first time locals are feeling like we're finally stepping up as truly Sydney's second city.''



    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/good-food/eat-out/restaurants-markets-and-food-trucks-parramattas-best-dining-20130907-2tbbs.html#ixzz2eXY3ty2m
  • 11-Sep-2013 12:20 | Anonymous
    Do you love your local business?

    NSW Fair Trading’s I love my local business competition is back for 2013.

    It can be hard work running a great local business. That is why NSW consumers are being encouraged to nominate their favourite local business by telling Fair Trading, in 60 words or less, what they love about them and why. There are 6 prizes worth $250 to be won!

    The competition celebrates good business practice in NSW. Consumers can nominate a local business which goes out of their way to do the right thing by their customers. It might be because they respond positively to complaints. They might sponsor the local cricket team. Or it could simply be that they are really good on the tools or be the best real estate in town!

    All shortlisted entries will be promoted on our Facebook page, which has close to 20,000 followers.

    We’ve also created some resources for businesses to use to help them promote the competition to their customers, including a downloadable poster, web images and more. Go to the ‘I love my local business’ (link:http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/ftw/About_us/Our_services/Supporting_local_communities/I_love_my_local_business.page?) page on the Fair Trading website to find out more.

    The competition runs from Monday 2 – Monday 30 September 2013.

    For more information and to enter go to Fair Trading’s Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/FairTradingNSW

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