Ideas begin to sprout at Parramatta heritage core
UrbanGrowth NSW today released a community engagement report that captures a range of ideas on the potential future uses of the heritage core at the Parramatta North urban transformation site.
Hundreds of ideas were generated during Sprout – Growing ideas for the Parramatta North heritage core, a two-day engagement forum held in November 2016 that heard from cultural groups, community members, university and high school students, heritage experts, Western Sydney business leaders, and state and local government representatives.
“The community is clearly excited about the future of this historic precinct, and continues to work with us to achieve the best possible outcomes for current and future generations,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Head of Western Sydney Projects, Matthew Beggs.
“We’ve received many unique and exciting ideas that have been collated into this report, which will help guide future discussions over the next few years.”
Ideas ranged from cultural uses like artists’ studios, museums, and an outdoor cinema, to the development of an innovation hub, education opportunities and heritage centres.
“These are great ideas that will be considered by the project team and help keep the conversation going as we plan for the site’s future,” said Mr Beggs.
More than 100 people participated in tours, panel discussions, presentations, and workshops. Local schools also participated in Sprout, with more than 50 students from Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta; Arthur Phillip High School, Parramatta; and Parramatta Marist High School, Westmead.
Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber David Borger said, “Sprout was a fantastic initiative by UrbanGrowth NSW to engage the community in exploring possible future uses for the site at Parramatta North.
“The Western Sydney Business Chamber is particularly excited about the possibility of an innovation precinct or a start-up hub to nurture Western Sydney’s smart tech jobs of tomorrow.”
UTS Masters of Business Administration student Damian Amamoo, who presented at Sprout following a group research project on the precinct, said, “I would just like to thank UrbanGrowth NSW for having the courage to work with the university.
“It has been an excellent learning opportunity for us as students. I think they’re a very forward thinking organisation that are engaging right across the community and I think they’ll make a success of the site.”
Presenting at Sprout on innovation, KPMG’s Paul Van Bergen noted the passion shown by participants for the future of the precinct.
“The large, diverse group at Sprout brought energy to create and discuss ideas about what could be achieved. The Parramatta North heritage precinct has the opportunity to become a dynamic place that delivers creativity, innovation, knowledge development, and jobs.”
The report can be found online here.
Key elements of the report include:
- Organisations involved in Sprout (page 9)
- Sprout participant ideas (page 21)
- Other ideas (page 44)
- Next steps (page 49)
- Program timeline (page 50)