Growing ideas for the heritage precinct at Parramatta North
Growing ideas for the heritage precinct at Parramatta North

Growing ideas for the heritage precinct at Parramatta North

UrbanGrowth NSW today announced the list of community, academic, industry and government speakers for Sprout: Growing ideas for Parramatta North Heritage Precinct, a two-day public engagement event to discuss future uses of the historic site.

Presentations and panel discussions will cover the history of the site, place-making lessons from around the world and address a range of themes including health, education, technology, environment, community, cultural and heritage uses.

The event, which commences with a traditional smoking ceremony on Friday, November 11, will be moderated by former ABC presenter Deb Cameron and Natasha Lay, Western Sydney University’s Winner of the Young Women of the West Award 2016, at the Chapel, Normal Parker Centre.

NSW Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage and Assistant Planning Minister Mark Speakman and UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive David Pitchford will also participate in the public engagement event.

“Ideas generated from Sprout will be synthesised, developed and considered in the workshops and form part of a report on ideas that will inform the future uses for the heritage precinct at North Parramatta,” UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive David Pitchford said.

“Sprout is about responding to the rich heritage of the site that is so significant to Sydney, New South Wales and Australia. Having these conversations will help ensure that the future uses of the heritage buildings respect the incredibly important history of the site, and create new opportunities for current and future generations.”

Representatives from schools, universities, community groups, government agencies, not-for-profits, and major companies will all have the opportunity to share ideas and take part in panel discussions.

There will also be an on-site showcase featuring innovation incubator Launch Pad, the NBN “Sky muster” van, exhibitions by UTS Masters students and Parragirls, musical performances by Our Lady of Mercy College, and lighting displays by students from Parramatta Marist High School and Esem Projects.

A schools workshop will also take place at Sprout, with approximately 60 students participating from three local high schools, Arthur Phillip, Our Lady of Mercy College and Parramatta Marist High School. TAFE NSW students are assisting with photography and graphic recording, and are providing seedlings of native kangaroo grass for participants to take as thank you gifts.

“Parramatta is a vital growth area for Sydney, as well as the city’s second CBD, so it is important to get as many voices as possible involved in designing its future.”

“Work to repair important heritage buildings commenced in July, and now it’s time to start thinking about creative ways to repurpose and protect these buildings for current and future generations,” Mr Pitchford said.

“We are looking forward to working with Parragirls and other members of the local community who have an interest or connection with the site as we determine the future uses of the heritage buildings.”

Details for Sprout: Growing ideas for Parramatta North Heritage Precinct
Dates: Site tours and showcase Thursday 10 November
Sprout workshop Friday 11 November 2016
Times: Thur 10am – 3pm Site discovery and tours
Fri 8.30am – 5pm Workshops, discussions, presentations
Fri 5.30pm – 7.30pm Viewing and workshop
Venue: The Chapel, Norma Parker Centre, 1 Fleet Street, North Parramatta
Attendance: This is a public event, places are limited and participants must register to attend.

There will be an online forum commencing immediately after the conclusion of Sprout, for people to contribute their ideas online.

Speakers and panellists for Sprout include:

  • David Pitchford – UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive
  • The Hon. Mark Speakman – Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, and Assistant Minister for Planning
  • Sue Weatherly – City of Parramatta
  • Ben Hewett – Government Architect’s Office (How great urban design is no mistake)
  • Dr Sarah Barns – Western Sydney University (Activating spaces)
  • Ian Innes, Sydney Living Museums – (Making it work)
  • Inu Rana - Launch Pad catalyst activities
  • Parra Friends of Female Factory
  • George Mannix – City of Parramatta (Projects in the community arts space)
  • Kaia Hodge – Sydney Water (Importance of rejuvenation of Parramatta River)
  • Ben Robertson – Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers (Environmental law perspective)
  • Gay Hendrikson – Convict Women’s Research Association (History of site)
  • Richie Howitt – Macquarie University (Value of heritage in modern planning)
  • Sophia Kouyoumdjian – Parramatta Artists Studios (Cultural diversity of Parramatta arts)
  • Ian Innes – Sydney Living Museums (Experience of commercial aspect of heritage sites)
  • Donna Houston – Macquarie University (Experience of arts and culture in heritage precincts)
  • Associate Professor Beth Kotze – Director Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Office, Ministry of Health
  • David Borger – Sydney Business Chamber (Business opportunities for health and education sectors in Western Sydney)
  • Lucy Taksa – Macquarie University (Education sector adaptive re-use)
  • John McCann – Colliers (Property perspective on adaptive reuse)
  • Bruce McClelland – Western Sydney Business Chamber (Business models that support adaptive re-use)
  • Paul van Bergen – KPMG (Innovation and incubator models
  • John Scilly - NSW Department of Industry (NSW Government policies and plans re Western Sydney)
  • Andrea Boys-Turner – Women With Altitude (Experience supporting female start-ups)