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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 and 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 Smart City vision will manifest through a range of key city projects. We are currently reviewing a range of new sensor options that will better inform decision making and management of city challenges including congestion, health, heat, transport, safety, activation, events 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, the Council will be actively supporting local technology-focused organisations and start ups and showcasing new digital and social media tools designed by local providers. By encouraging clusters of knowledge capital 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

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

Location Matters

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

Transporting Ahead

Parramatta's strategic and central location makes it easily accessible as a destination – with further improvements on the way.
 
Approximately 90,000 commuters travel daily between Parramatta and Sydney's CBD. The train station and bus interchange connects directly to Westfield Parramatta to allow an easy exit into core retail and business areas as well as interconnected transport modes.
 
An extensive road network sees major arterials such as M2, M4, M5 and the WestConnex project feed seamlessly into Parramatta. Once here, the City offers affording car parking options.
 
A free CBD shuttle bus connects key commercial, retail and recreational sites in the city. Operating on a continuous loop, the bus runs every 10 minutes, seven days a week and takes approximately 25 minutes to complete the loop. 
 
One of the most loved routes to Parramatta remains one of Sydney's oldest - the ferry ride. Today, two ferry services travel the calm waters of the Parramatta River. The scenic route showcases some of Sydney Harbour's most intriguing scenes along the relaxing 90-minute journey.

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.