THE NORTH PARRAMATTA RESIDENTS’ ACTION GROUP
The North Parramatta Residents’ Action Group was formed in January 2015. This was in response to the public exhibition in November/December 2014 of the Parramatta North Urban Renewal [PNUR] Project proposal by UrbanGrowth NSW to rezone and effect changes to State and Local planning legislation relating to the Cumberland and Sports & Leisure Precincts contained within the PNUR Project site.
Members of the group quickly mobilised and organised a highly successful Public Rally held on February 2015. The event gained the media’s attention and was attended by local and State elected representatives, with addresses by historians, politicians and of course, local residents. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness to the broader community of the proposal and its implications and to seek a Pause from the State Government to enable further consultation with a view to creating a dialogue about alternative visions for this nationally significant site. We believe that such a genuine dialogue was never allowed to happen through the process undertaken by UrbanGrowth NSW last year.
The Association’s Aim is:
To promote the preservation and activation of Parramatta’s publicly owned parklands and public landscapes in order to enhance the historical, cultural, economic and social capital of our city, while showcasing it to the world.
The aim will be pursued via these objectives:
- Protect and enhance the historic buildings and sites of the Parramatta Local Government Area;
- Work to protect sites of Australian historical significance, and those listed as World Heritage sites;
- Oppose the over-development of Cumberland Hospital and Parramatta Park precincts;
- Support retention and public ownership of existing active and passive recreation sites, including Parramatta pool;
- Advocate for improved public transport commensurate with residential development;
- Ensure that heritage conservation takes priority over developer profits;
- Promote transparent and consultative planning processes;
- Provide information to members of the Association, and facilitate communications with external bodies and agencies when required;
- Support other organisations whose aims are consistent with NPRAG;
- Involve the Association with other specific activities, which may emerge from time to time, consistent with these objectives.
Since 2015, the group has engaged in the following activities –
Organisation of and presentation at Public Forums, submissions to Upper House Inquiry’s, 100,000s flyers hand-delivered, countless local and broadsheet newspaper articles, participation in community and ABC 702 radio interviews, TV coverage on Australia Wide, ABC commercial news channels, proposal awareness campaign. Presentations to community and business groups, implementation of site tours, hundreds of letter and emails sent in pursuance of the campaign and meetings with Ministers, Members of Parliament and the legal fraternity to argue our case.
In August 2015 we secured an extension of an existing Green Ban from the CFMEU on just 7ha of the Female Factory to cover over the entire 30 ha Cumberland hospital site. View the Press conference HERE
Individual members of NPRAG have supported the cause by writing to and having letters published in the local press, making submissions to the Department of Planning & Environment, attending media events and our meetings providing valuable input.
Our next campaign was to:
* Press Pause on UrbanGrowth NSW’s proposal currently that was approved by Department of Planning & Environment in November 2015.
* Obtain appropriate time for genuine, expert and independent consultation and to facilitate a forum that freely explores an alternative vision for the site that retains it in public ownership. In relation to the latter, NPRAG hosted the Fleet Street Heritage Precinct Symposium on Monday, October 12. Visit the Symposium page of this website.
* Continue to lobby for support across the political, public and business spectrum for creating a world class cultural, educational and tourism focused precinct that will provide ongoing social and economic benefits for our city.
Our Current Campaigns are
- Assist the Parramatta Female Factory Friends campaign to gain UNESCO World Heritage Listing to the Parramatta Female Factory
- Save Willowgrove and St Georges Terraces from demolition by State Government Powerhouse project
Suzette’s background is in the Design and Construction industry as a senior project manager for corporate and government clients in Sydney as well as large industrial projects for the Department of Defence. This has afforded her a wide experience of stakeholder engagement in project design and delivery outcomes. She also spent several years in Ireland working to deliver the national roll out and implementation of digital radiology systems within the public hospital system. Suzette is the third generation of her family born in Parramatta, and has a close connection to its parklands, people and its rich cultural past. She still lives in the area with her young family. Architectural and environmental heritage in her community, and indeed the world, is her passion. Making sure it remains in public hands for future generations to enjoy is paramount.
Suzette has been a volunteer committee member of NPRAG since inception in 2015 as well as a member of the Parramatta City Council Heritage Advisory Committee, and the Leadership Group of the Better Planning Network.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0412 990 880