Tunnels will keep walks on the level
Plans to tunnel through Parramatta's heritage-listed Lennox Bridge were approved by council on Monday.
The approval comes despite opposition by heritage advocates and the project's cost blowout to over $8 million.
Council papers say the portals on either side of the bridge arch will open up the foreshore and link it to planned nearby developments.
At Monday's council meeting Cr Scott Lloyd said the portals would improve the ease of riverside walking. "These gateways will enable the city to be opened up . . . this [project] is moving the city forward."
Cr Lorraine Wearne said the look of the bridge would not be altered.
"We're not going to see great big holes sticking out . . . there's been a total misunderstanding of what will actually happen," she said.
Cr Andrew Wilson argued against the project saying future generations would thank them if the bridge was preserved. Council officers revised the project's cost to $8.25 million.
Just under $7 million of that is covered by state and federal grants and section 94 development contributions.
Script, prop, lights, cameras, action, sound, edit - in 48 hours
Budding filmmakers will compete to create the best short film within a 48-hour timeframe next month.
The 48-hour Film Festival will begin on October 11. Contestants will be allocated a film genre and assigned a character, prop and line of dialogue that must be included in their four-minute to seven-minute film. The films, which will be judged on artistic and technical merit and adherence to the assignment, must be submitted two days later by 7.30pm.
Riverside Theatres will host a screening and awards night and announce the winner on December 7. The state’s winning film will go on to compete in the US.
Scholarships for six of the best
A new program will offer six $2000 scholarships to support the area’s young professionals.
The Lord Mayor Scholarship will be offered each year to three university entrants and three TAFE entrants.
Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said it was an opportunity to provide motivated students with support during their first year of tertiary studies.
A hall to call their own
Plans for the establishment of a Winston Hills Community Hall have made progress. Cr Bob Dwyer nominated Timbergetters Reserve on Junction Road as the preferred site at Monday’s council meeting.
The council will discuss a community partnership arrangement with the Winston Hills Sports Club.
Council papers show a medium-sized hall would cost about $1.6million to build.
Lovely lettering honours crew
A Freedom of Entry Scroll, to be presented to the captain and crew of HMAS Parramatta, will give the Navy the right to walk through the city’s streets with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, bands playing and ensign flying.
The scroll will be produced by calligrapher and illustrator Heather Courtis and presented to the ship’s company before the Freedom of Entry parade on October 8 at 12.30pm.