Parramatta Council chatter

Friday night’s all right

The Twilight Friday Nights event will see the green space under the jacaranda trees in Erby Place transformed into a pop-up bar with music and a selection of locally produced brews. Craft beers from Parramatta micro-brewery Riverside Brewing Company and Batlow Cider will be on tap and gourmet food trucks will offer plenty of menu options.

Details: Fridays in March, 4.30pm to 9.30pm.

Details: 88393311.

Work starts on new pathway

An off-road pathway for pedestrians and cyclists between Westmead and Meadowbank is under way after surveying and fencing began in late February.

The new 750-metre path over the Baludarri Wetlands will improve public access to one of the Parramatta region's largest wetlands, allowing pram and wheelchair access to the river foreshore.

When complete, the 12-kilometre pathway will link Westmead, Parramatta Park, Parramatta CBD, Sydney Olympic Park and Meadowbank.

The trail will join existing riverside paths from Rangihou Reserve at Morton Street to the UWS campus to the east of James Ruse Drive. Construction is due for completion by mid-year.

Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said the project would maximise Parramatta's central and unique river location by activating the waterfront and providing better access for commuters.

"Providing better links will give access to employment, services and recreation and improve amenity and convenience for commuters," Cr Chedid said.

Call for volunteers

The council’s Neighbour Aid program needs volunteers. It provides companionship and support for older or frail people with disabilities to help them remain independent and be active.  Granville Neighbour Aid covers areas including Parramatta (south of the river), Harris Park, Rosehill, Granville and parts of Guildford. Dundas Neighbour Aid covers areas including Parramatta (north of the river), Dundas, Telopea, Ermington and Rydalmere. Details: 9806 5121.

Let’s get physical 

The council will host a range of events as part of Seniors Week (March 15 to 23). There will be a senior’s film festival on March 15 and 16 at 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm at Riverside Theatres. Tickets: $6 a film. Book: 88393399. 

On March 18, 20 and 22, at 10.30am, a guide will host a free walk along the river to explore the stories of the foreshore. Bookings: 88393311. Other events include a free hearing screening, golf tournament, an introduction to croquet and gateball, Men’s Shed open day, tai chi, and more. Full list: 98065018 or parracity.nsw.gov.au.

City is most liveable

An Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) report which ranked Parramatta as the state’s most liveable suburb has been applauded by lord mayor John Chedid. The Building Up report gave Parramatta a score of 135 out of 170 and highlighted the city’s major public transport interchanges, close vicinity to major roads and vibrant retail opportunities. He said the region’s status would be further boosted even by initiatives such as a western Sydney light rail network.

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