North Parramatta Residents Action Group (NPRAG) has proposed an alternative concept design for a redeveloped Parramatta Stadium precinct.
It comes after the state government unveiled the new design for the redeveloped 30,000 seat venue on Thursday. Lendlease won the tender to design and build the redeveloped stadium.
The community group’s aim is to show the state government that a new 30,000 seat stadium and Parramatta War Memorial Pool can coexist.
The pool will close in March for demolition to make way for the redeveloped stadium.
NPRAG resident Suzette Meade fears Parramatta is under threat from being “Bangarooed” by Lendlease.
“Premier Mike Baird has defiantly ignored that that the 60 year Olympic standard swimming centre is on Crown land leased from Parramatta Park Trust,” Mrs Meade said.
“This means the land is owned by the people of NSW – not for the government to privatise. It must be used for public recreation and not for commercial purposes The government’s claims that this is an either or decision is very short sighted. If the state government’s real agenda is to provide a world class facilities for the people of Parramatta then they would have included the community in the consultation. But they failed to do this.”
NPRAG hired the original pool architect’s son Stephen Figgis to show how this precinct can be transformed into a community precinct that includes affordable public recreation and a world class stadium.
The alternative vision will be on display at the Parra Matters public rally this Sunday (December 11) at Parramatta’s Centenary Square at 11am.