Parramatta as a second CBD for Sydney.
The new state plan for Sydney’s metropolitan region is A Plan for Growing Sydney (PGS).
Within the goal 1 of the PGS, action 2 and 3 are specific to Parramatta as a strategic second CBD. With respect to the previous plan, Parramatta is acknowledged as a “capital” for Western Sydney, and given a more central role.
The Plan recognises that Sydney Metropolitan Area has two Central Business Districts (CBDs): Sydney/North Sydney and Greater Parramatta.
The importance of Parramatta’s role as Sydney’s second CBD will grow. Parramatta CBD will also integrate with the surrounding precincts of Westmead Health, North Parramatta, Rydalmere Education, and Camellia.
Our two CBDs will be supported by a network of Strategic Centres and Transport Gateways, which will also be a focus for economic activity. NSW Government Website
GROW GREATER PARRAMATTA – SYDNEY’S SECOND CBD
• Grow Parramatta as Sydney’s second CBD by connecting and integrating Parramatta CBD, Westmead, Parramatta North, Rydalmere and Camellia.
• Grow the specialised health and education precincts at Westmead and Rydalmere.
• Renew Parramatta North to create a vibrant mixed-use precinct.
ESTABLISH A NEW PRIORITY GROWTH AREA – GREATER PARRAMATTA TO THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA
• Establish a new partnership to manage renewal of the Greater Parramatta to Olympic Peninsula Priority Growth Area.
• Identify and deliver enabling infrastructure to support growth and urban renewal.
• Deliver priority revitalisation precincts.
• Grow the knowledge economy as part of the extension of the Global Economic Corridor.
TRANSFORM THE PRODUCTIVITY OF WESTERN SYDNEY THROUGH GROWTH AND INVESTMENT
• Improve transport links and create a new services centre and industrial precinct to support the growth of Badgerys Creek Airport.
• Develop new strategic employment corridors along transport infrastructure investments that will service Badgerys Creek Airport.
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The PGS also introduces the Sydney Green Grid, a project which Parramatta will be piloting pilot).
The Green Grid for Parramatta proposes planning and development of an interconnected system of natural landscapes, local open spaces and strategic parks within major commercial, employment and residential precincts (NSW government, 2014:87).
The PGS envisions Parramatta as a cultural hub for Western Sydney.
ACTION 3.4.2: GROW THE ARTS AND CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES IN PARRAMATTA TO INCLUDE STATE-LEVEL FACILITIES
Providing a hub for arts, culture and entertainment in Parramatta will boost the profile of Western Sydney and provide a significant focus for growth in these activities.
In the longer term, the Government envisages a Parramatta Cultural Precinct which could have:
• a major new exhibition facility such as a new museum or art gallery as an anchor facility and a destination in its own right – Western Sydney’s own Guggenheim, MONA or Questacon;
• restored buildings for use as arts administration, performing arts rehearsal space, dance studios or an art gallery;
• enhanced outdoor events space suitable for use by the Sydney Festival;
• a Western Sydney artists studio; and
• space for local arts companies such as ICE (digital media), FORM (dance), UTP (theatre), Accessible Arts and Ausdance NSW.
The hub would be a major drawcard for the local community and tourism and would create significant momentum for people and business to relocate to the west.
A first stage in the development of this hub is a consideration of options for a revamped Riverside Precinct – part of an entertainment and leisure precinct around the Parramatta River. This precinct will make Western Sydney more attractive to international music acts, international productions and conferences for the fast growing and diverse population of Western Sydney.
Options to be explored in the short-term include Vivid events, such as the annual light festival run by Destination NSW, drawing on the large number of heritage buildings in Parramatta. Installations for such events could be positioned along the river and around the Riverside Theatre area. The potential to re-locate the Powerhouse Museum (the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences) to Parramatta will also be investigated.
The Precinct will complement planning work by Parramatta City Council to expand the Riverside Theatre to include two new theatres, new rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, expanded backstage areas and an expanded two-level foyer with restaurants and shops.
The Government will:
• continue to invest in arts and culture in Parramatta through a dedicated grants program and the Arts and Cultural Development Program;
• work with Parramatta City Council to explore options for a new arts and culture precinct for Western Sydney, including the site of the Old King’s School at Parramatta;14
• work with Parramatta City Council to plan an entertainment precinct at Parramatta to serve the wider Western Sydney community;15 and
• work with Parramatta City Council on its plans for a new Riverside Retail and Public Space, which could be similar in style to Darling Harbour.
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NSW Government (2014). A Plan for Growing Sydney.