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Smart City

In August 2015, Parramatta became the first local government in New South Wales to adopt a Smart City Master Plan, seeking a strategic approach to its future, inspired by some of the world’s greatest cities. The plan explores how Parramatta will leverage the foundations of good urban planning, transparent governance, open data and enabling technologies to create a vibrant, people-centric, connected and economically prosperous city.  

Our current program and key projects aim to build research, data collection and analytics capability within the city to improve service delivery, customer service and organisational efficiency.

Our Smart City vision will be implemented through key city projects delivered with partners - to build practical solutions based on effective research. One example involves working with Western Sydney University and UNSW to look at ambient air temperature variations to inform heat mitigation strategies.  

Such technology will inform better predictive modelling, decision making about urban materials, tree planting and resilience planning for extreme heat.    Other projects involve better management of city challenges including congestion, population growth, parking, heritage, open space planning and management, flooding, transport and community cohesion.

The Council is committed to developing the city's digital economy, currently focussing on adaptable, expandable foundation elements with long term public benefit.  In partnership with Western Sydney University and Sydney University, the Council is interested in supporting local technology-focused organisations and start-ups that showcase new digital and social media tools that can be of benefit to the City.

By encouraging clusters of knowledge capital within the local community and digital specific technologies, the City of Parramatta aims to attract a greater number of high- skilled roles to the region, develop supportive partnerships and attract targeted investment to develop our innovation precincts.

Location Matters

The City of Parramatta is located 25 kms west of the Sydney CBD. It is at the international crossroads of Global Sydney and only a 30 minute train ride from Town Hall Station. Accessible to 2.3 million people within 45 minutes by either car or public transport the City is fast becoming the engine of the NSW economy. The greater Parramatta region is a $23b economy fuelled by population and jobs growth. As a geographical, commercial and cultural capital, Parramatta is the new central.

Location Matters

The City of Parramatta is located 25 kms west of the Sydney CBD. It is at the international crossroads of Global Sydney and only a 30 minute train ride from Town Hall Station. Accessible to 2.3 million people within 45 minutes by either car or public transport the City is fast becoming the engine of the NSW economy. The greater Parramatta region is a $23b economy fuelled by population and jobs growth. As a geographical, commercial and cultural capital, Parramatta is the new central.

Transporting Ahead

Parramatta Light Rail is set to link and integrate the region's web of strategic residential, employment, cultural and educational precincts.  
 
A world-class light rail that connects its community, visitors and CBD workers will increase opportunities for new businesses, retailers and hospitality providers. It will activate new and existing precincts, as well as encourage a more diverse night time economy. Stage One is expected to be completed by 2023.

In October 2017 the NSW Government announced the preferred route for Stage Two from Camellia to Sydney Olympic Park. The nine kilometre route will have 10-12 stops with travel times of around 25 minutes from Olympic Park to Camellia and a further eight minutes to the Parramatta CBD.

Future Transport

Although Parramatta is already considered well-connected, the future of a liveable and sustainable city is one in which transport is the critical link. Connecting Sydney’s Eastern CBD to Parramatta’s Central City is a key concept of future development. Smart, multi-modal transport solutions are being considered and progressing to planning stage that will transform the joint futures of both Sydney and Parramatta metro regions.

Future Transport

Although Parramatta is already considered well-connected, the future of a liveable and sustainable city is one in which transport is the critical link. Connecting Sydney’s Eastern CBD to Parramatta’s Central City is a key concept of future development. Smart, multi-modal transport solutions are being considered and progressing to planning stage that will transform the joint futures of both Sydney and Parramatta metro regions.

Fast Train

Sydney Metro West addresses Sydney’s rapid growth by offering a direct connection between the Sydney and Parramatta CBDs, and integrating with plans to service Western Sydney Airport. Capable of moving 40,000 people an hour in each direction, the project will link communities not previously serviced by rail and create new ones.

An extra 420,000 people are anticipated to move into the corridor between Greater Parramatta and Sydney CBD, with more than 300,000 jobs created in this area by 2036. To be built largely underground, Sydney Metro West will offer faster and more frequent services to support more people and jobs.

Western Sydney Airport

Located 36 kilometres from Parramatta CBD, Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek will shape the development of region’s future. 

Western Sydney is home to nearly half of Sydney’s population. However, around 30 per cent of workers living in the region commute outside the area. An airport would provide widespread opportunities, allowing Western Sydney residents to work closer to home.

The proposed airport, to be built by the Federal Government, will align with current and future infrastructure and land investment. It will stimulate the local economy, particularly in aviation, tourism, retail, transport and logistics, and professional services. Additionally, it will direct population and employment growth towards Western Sydney, helping to rebalance economic activity across the metropolitan area.

Green City

In 2015, Parramatta became the first city in Australia to register for the Green Building Council of Australia's Green Star Communities rating tool. One of the world's first independent, transparent, national schemes, it assesses and certifies the sustainability of community level projects. The urban renewal project, Parramatta Square, will become a landmark precinct that will be a catalyst for best practices in a smart city. 
 
Part of Parramatta's smart city agenda is to see the city grow with technology that not only manages the growth and supplying energy, but using that more efficiently to improve and protect the environment.

The rapidly growing population and increasing development in Parramatta requires a shifting focus on the environment. While protection of natural assets remains a priority, strategies to address the efficiency of our built environment and managing environmental risks are also vital to ensuring a liveable and vibrant city.