Community partnership to help shape heritage core
Local groups with deep connections to Parramatta North will play a key role in advising government on the management, care, and activation of the heritage core under a new collaboration agreement.
UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation invited five groups that have significant cultural, historical, and community links to Parramatta North to enter a Collaboration Framework Agreement. They include the City of Parramatta Council, Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council, Parragirls, Parramatta Female Factory Friends and Parramatta District Men’s Shed.
“We want to draw on the significant experience of the participants to see how we can achieve great outcomes for the people of Parramatta,” said UrbanGrowth NSW CEO Barry Mann.
“This agreement formalises the partnerships that we have developed with individual groups over the past four years, and we look forward to regularly meeting with all the participants as we continue our work at the site.”
The participants in the Collaboration Framework will consider a set of principles that will guide how decisions on the future of the heritage core will be made, and assist in preparing a management plan for the area.
They will also consider ways to promote and maintain a key linkage between the heritage core and the old Parramatta Gaol through the oval, as well as the precinct’s broader connectivity to Parramatta and other local heritage sites. They will also participate in the development of an annual events program and strategies to promote interest in the area.
Mr Mann said the framework would enable regular, constructive discussions to take place, and ensure there is a coordinated, collaborative approach to how the NSW Government recognises, commemorates, and highlights the site’s rich heritage.
“We are building on the feedback we received from our community open days like Sprout, and the Archaeology Open Day, to ensure that the stories and legacies of Parramatta North are recognised appropriately and not lost for future generations,” said Mr Mann.
“We have more listening to do, and this agreement sets us up to achieve better outcomes.”
UrbanGrowth NSW is finalising $18m of conservation repair works and archaeological investigations on the site that will ensure the buildings are safe, secure and watertight, with works undertaken by a range of specialty heritage trades. This includes structural repairs and waterproofing for the Norma Parker Centre, Recreation Hall, Laundry building, and the cricket pavilion.
Temporary activation in the heritage core may be subject to heritage and development approvals, with the next round of heritage repairs to enable the adaptive reuse of the heritage buildings.
“We look forward to working with the framework participants as we strive to achieve the best outcomes we can at Parramatta North for the local community and for Sydney.”