A new report has crowned Parramatta as the state's most liveable suburb.
Building Up by the Urban Development Institute of Australia gives the suburb a score of 135 out of a possible 170 points - allowing Parramatta to finally drop its "Sydney's poorer cousin" title.
The report compared 20 suburbs. It looked at infrastructure, public transport and access to employment - and Parramatta, which has Sydney's second biggest CBD, ticked all the boxes.
Parramatta mayor John Chedid said the report shows Parramatta is truly stepping up as the business and economic capital of western Sydney.
“This is a very exciting time for Parramatta and western Sydney as we build and grow this great city and region," Cr Chedid said.
“Parramatta has a vibrant multicultural community, burgeoning food scene and an emerging arts hub.
‘‘The city’s population is forecast to grow by over 40 per cent over the next two decades and council is focused on planning for this growth and ensuring we have the best possible facilities and services to support it.''
The mayor would like to boost the area's status even further by lobbying harder for initiatives such as a western Sydney light rail network.
“We’re not interested in a ‘business as usual’ approach – we’re investing in the city’s infrastructure, reactivating the Parramatta River foreshore area and putting forward a long-term vision for Parramatta,'' he said
North Parramatta resident Paul Right is not surprised by the survey's findings.
"It's a great area to live. Parramatta is like the city but smaller,'' he said.
''I find I'm able to access every part of Sydney every half an hour through all the major motorways.
''I love the fact that Parramatta council has become very progressive taking the city into the future.''
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