Parramatta Times - November 2020

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IT’S just not cricket. You can imagine Richie Benaud, cricketing legend and Parramatta boy shouting at organised recreational cricketers using pitches booked by district clubs.

Recreational cricket games out of control Council appoints cricket patrol to police grounds

It may not have happened in Benaud’s day but has now hit Parramatta Council and district clubs for six. Now council has bowled over ther non-club players, sending out inspectors to make sure they make way for the booked cricketers and is encouraging the district clubs to report the miscreants. As Benaud might say to the these players: “It’s just not cricket”.




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HEADLINING the inaugural Sydney SuperFight event at Bankwest Stadium on December 16 will be a Trans-Tasman bout between up and coming Australian star Tim Tszyu and New Zealand’s Bowyn Morgan. Page 39.


CHRIS Hekeik elevates companies to the future from a stone cottage in Parramatta that harks back to our colonial past and was once a bakery. See page 10

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Backyard cricketers vs pro clubs Council patrols to keep the peace at sports grounds  DI BARTOK OWZAT! Organised recreational cricketers playing on Parramatta sports grounds have just been bowled over following complaints from district cricket clubs. Problems have arisen when cricket clubs, who have booked grounds for their regular weekend stints, have encountered the organised recreational players reluctant to leave the pitch. “Organised recreational” cricket groups refer to teams of registered players who play regularly in teams, dressed in their whites, with umpires. They are not part of traditional district cricket clubs that pay council for the hire of sports grounds. The main problem is at Doyle Ground in North Parramatta,but is known to happen at other sports grounds within the Parramatta LGA. “They think they’re playing Test cricket, all in their whites and their teams,” Lord mayor Bob Dwyer told the Times. “Often, they’re arguing with the booked cricket club players when they turn up. So they’re chased off only to go to another ground.” But not anymore, if Parramatta Council can help it. Council has resolved to patrol the grounds, look at putting up signs and encourage cricket clubs to report unauthorised use of pitches. There will be a review in six months’ time.


They think they’re playing test cricket, all in their whites and their teams.” – Lord Mayor Bob Dwyer.

Backyard cricketers and inset, Richie Benaud.

Concerns over flying cricket balls Council officers reported to councillors the crux of the problem: “The current seasonal and casual hirers of Doyle Ground, and other similar sportsgrounds in the LGA, are required to go through a rigorous application process to obtain their seasonal licence or undertake a casual booking, including the provision of public liability insurance. This process seeks to ensure sports participants are sufficiently

protected and that risk is appropriately managed for the community and Council’s assets.” Council makes $13,809 a year from sports clubs hiring grounds for regular weekend play and $3266 from casual hirers. That includes a range of sports – cricket, touch football, AFL, hockey, fitness training and school sport during winter and touch football, cricket, fitness training and school sport during summer.

Doyle Ground is also popular with individuals and families for informal recreational activities because of the circular walking track, fitness equipment, playground and wide-open spaces. Cr Dwyer said that, apart from the loss of potential revenue to council, he was concerned that people using the park for recreation and enjoyment could be injured by flying cricket balls. “People dribbling a soccer ball around is fine but playing a full-on game of cricket is more dangerous to other users of the park,” he said. What would Parramatta boy and cricket legend, the late Richie Benaud say? No doubt he would not find the situation “marvellous” in any way.

What the future holds for our smart city One of the developments will be a phone app where people can access the location of CBD parking spots. “This will mean people who don’t know the city won’t have to drive around to find where the parking spots are. About 30 per cent of our traffic congestion comes from people driving around looking for parking,” Cr Issa said.

 DI BARTOK HEN it comes to the smarts, Parramatta is streets ahead in ways that most people would find mind-boggling. As part of the new technology, council will be keeping an eye on people movement – but not in a Big Brother way. Chair of the Smart City Committee Steven Issa said monitoring of where people go, how long they stay along the way will help plan the city. “This is all about helping our city planners to make the city easier to move around. It will not be able to recognise people or use personal data. We are not Big Brother,” Cr Issa told the Times. “We are making Parramata one of the smartest cities in the State if not the country. “We are now in the greatest position to change the perception of Parramatta – we’ll have the Metro, the Powerhouse, health


Accessible parking areas

Steven Issa helps to drive the smart city. Cartoon by Anthony Bartok

and education precincts, all working harmoniously together.”

Parking Finder is a first for NSW that shows all on-street accessible parking spaces, complete with photographs and rating, and provides entry heights for multi-storey carparks. But perhaps even more exciting are the plans for Phillip St, which links the wharf and the justice precinct. Plans include condition-responsive lighting, street furniture with built-in USB charging points, smart irrigation,

environmental monitoring, compactor bins with sensors and water misting for those hot days. Parramatta was the first local government area in NSW to adopt a Smart City Masterplan back in August 2015. Lord Mayor Bob Dwyer said Parramatta, with a population set to double in 20 years, needed to be smart about how it managed that growth. “A key part of this is integrating Smart City technology into planning and design to improve the community’s experience of Parramatta and its precincts,” Cr Dwyer told the Times. “With Parramatta Square, council is creating a remarkable public space in the heart of the city. Over the next two years we’ll continue rolling out world-class Smart City projects to create a seamless experience for people in Parramatta Square. “Parramatta will become a greener, cooler, safer and more liveable urban environment.”

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ISSUE 4 | November 2020 Helping kids transition to school

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AS children around NSW start preparing for their transition to school, the NSW Government has developed resources to support early childhood educators. The resources include a Transition to School Guide for Early Childhood Education that was developed in collaboration with early childhood teachers, primary school principals and kindergarten teachers. It assists early childhood educators to deliver educational programs that develop the skills and attributes children need for a successful start to school. A storybook featuring native Australian animal characters, ‘Daisy’s First Day,’ has also been developed to help children learn about what they might experience in a typical school day. The resources will be available on the NSW Education Department’s website and will also be provided to all long day care and community and mobile preschools across NSW.

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THE heroic efforts of NSW healthcare workers who this year faced the challenges of bushfires, drought, floods and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have been recognised at the 2020 NSW Health Awards. Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said the extraordinary circumstances of the past year made it more important than ever to acknowledge the achievements of healthcare workers in NSW. Among this year’s winners is an elite team of NSW Health Pathology researchers who established highly specialised COVID-19 testing capabilities at the onset of the pandemic. The team of experts at the Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research Westmead successfully grew the virus from NSW patients, a much-needed step in understanding and containing the virus.

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MADE in the West Film Festival is busily preparing for their 9th annual gala awards night and short film festival on November 21, celebrating the work of Western Sydney filmmakers. Artistic Director Ross Page founded the festival in 2012 after an impromptu screening night for Western Sydney University graduate films attracted over 120 people to the event at the Roxy Hotel in Parramatta.

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Made in the West brings the glamour of an industry awards night to Western Sydney filmmakers, with red carpet interviews, cast and crew photographs, networking opportunities, and this year a larger festival program than ever before with 28 short films included in the festival line-up. Manager Misty

McPhail, says that this year’s festival will have social distancing measures in place, and with a smaller audience and split-cinema format, they’re confident they can keep everyone safe. Almost 11 per cent of this year’s entries are from Parramatta LGA (see chart).

Parramatta mum dreamt of $2M Lotto win A PARRAMATTA mum has admitted she’d been dreaming about what she’d do if she ever won the lottery just days before discovering she scored $2M in a recent Saturday Lotto draw. The woman held one of the 10 division one winning entries nationally in Saturday Lotto draw 4099 drawn on October 31. Each entry won a division one prize of $2M. Confirming her win the overwhelmed woman explained she’d just made the life-changing discovery. “Thank you,” she eventually managed. “I just checked my ticket on my phone and called in straight away. I can’t believe it. “I was just dreaming the other day about what I’d do if I ever won the lottery.”


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Meals now takeaway for needy Parramatta Mission pivots its traditional service  DI BARTOK T used to be the place for the homeless, rough sleepers and the lonely to come together for two meals a day and some social interaction. But now Covid-19 has forced Parramatta Mission to stop its five-day-a-week sitdown meals at its Macquarie St Parramatta headquarters having takeaway instead. There are usually 70 seeking breakfast and 100 for lunch each day. Meals Plus will operate as a takeaway service until the Covid crisis is over. That of course raises social well-being issues, a concern for Parramatta Mission which has been even busier with counselling and outreach services. So, where do the homeless take their meals? According to


Parramatta Mission’s popular Meals Plus at Parramatta.

the Mission’s acting chief executive officer Mark Newton, some still congregate together around the Mission’s church Leigh Memorial or find other places in the CBD. “The trouble is, there is so much construction going on in the city, it is often overwhelming for people,” he said.

Keeping tabs on needy Mr Newton said the Mission kept tabs on those who came for meals - and those who have not turned up - making sure they were coping with life. “We still run our usual range of services, with personal interviews while observing safety requirements, or online,” Mr Newtown said. The demand for Parramatta Mission’s services have skyrocketed since the pandemic hit in March.

Domestic violence, marriage breakdowns, alcoholism, joblessness and homelessness have all increased, placing an extra burden on services like Parramatta Mission. The Mission is seeing people who had never asked for help before - those who had been secure in their jobs and considered well-off. But one of the biggest demands has come from international students, stuck in Australia with little financial help. With tougher times, the Mission needs volunteers and donations more than ever. “We receive no government assistance, relying on corporate or individual donations,” Mr Newton said. If you would like to donate or volunteer, go to www.parramattamission.

Parramatta Council sailing through ITY of Parramatta Council CEO Brett Newman (pictured) has maintained that Council is in a strong financial position and raised concerns with the analysis cited in recent media reports about the ‘productivity’ of NSW councils. “The City of Parramatta has undergone an extraordinary transformation over the last few years and Council has worked hard to continue to deliver high-quality services and infrastructure to our growing community,” Mr Newman said. “Not only is Council in a strong financial position, we are forecasting to spend more than $600M over the next four years on capital projects that will benefit the community. “It’s no secret that COVID-19 has impacted all councils across NSW. However we’ve continued to offer our residents and local businesses the support they deserve,


including through our $3M COVID-19 Community Resilience and Economic Relief Package, funding grants, online cultural programming, and by fast-tracking shovel-ready projects to stimulate the local economy. “This has been a tough year but we have maintained service levels and full-time staff while budgeting a $13.3M operating loss due to the decline in revenue. “We have also identified future savings and productivity improvements, and are forecasting a cumulative net surplus over the following three years in excess of $30M. Mr Newman said the third-party analysis of Council’s financials was flawed due to its limited measure of productivity. “The analysis only measured productivity as a ratio of operating revenue over operating costs – using theoretical values and ignoring several other factors central

to local government operations. It does not accurately reflect the value Council is delivering for ratepayers,” Mr Newman said. “Using 2016 as the base year for the calculation is flawed for many reasons, including that Council’s result for that year only included 10-and-a-half months of costs due to the timing of amalgamations. Further, all councils at the time had reduced spending while awaiting the resolution of the NSW Government’s amalgamation plans.” Mr Newman said if 2017 were used as a benchmark instead, the suggested $113.5M ‘productivity loss’ would have been a ‘productivity gain’ of $14.2M. “As reported in our annual financial statements, Council continues to exceed all but one key benchmark – that being due to Council’s decision to not pursue debtors during the COVID-19 crisis,” Mr Newman said.

Cooling trees a hot debate Motion for a city tree report blocked by Lord Mayor  DI BARTOK OOLING trees became a hot debate among Parramatta councillors at a recent council meeting. A earlier motion by Cr Sameer Pandey, backed by Cr Donna Davis, for staff to prepare a report on the number of trees in the LGA and what needed to be done to improve the tree canopy was rescinded in a motion from Lord Mayor Bob Dwyer and Crs Steven Issa and Andrew Jefferies. The original motion had been carried by most councillors with Crs Dwyer, Issa, Jefferies, Martin Zaiter and Bill Tyrrell against. Last week, the council was split 7-7, with deputy Lord Mayor Michelle Garrard, deputising for the Lord Mayor, using her casting vote to carry the rescission motion. The original motion from Cr Pandey asked for council to prepare a report including a target and timeframe, to prioritise tree canopy increase in the CBD in particular, improve protection of trees in heritage areas and implement an education program on the important role of trees in cooling the city.


Well-treed Galloway St had fewer days above 40 deg than nearby streets.

Comparison of heat Cr Pandey presented a comparison of heat between well-treed Galloway St and tree-poor nearby Dakin St, North Parramatta.

“Last summer, Galloway St experienced five days of temperatures above 40 degrees while Dakin St had 13 times above 40 degrees,” he said. Cr Patricia Prociv said she “could not

understand and the community will not understand” why half the councillors did not want to improve the tree coverage of the LGA. Cr Donna Davis lamented that the issue had become “a political football”. She said that there was room for improvement in council’s tree planting policy. But Cr Dwyer said council had a good record of tree planting, although he conceded that planting more trees in the CBD would be difficult given the high density. “Council has planted 502,000 trees throughout the LGA in the past five years,” Cr Dwyer said. “And we give trees to residents twice a year.” He also said that a strict policy on tree removal on residential properties would thwart young homeowners from realising the home of their dreams. Cr Issa quoted from a report from Associate Professor John Hunter from the Centre of Urban Research that named Parramatta as a “standout” council among councils across the country for balancing an increase in “grey space” with an increase in “green cover”. Cr Pandey said he had “only been asking for a report” and was disappointed that his vision to cool Parramatta in a time of rising temperatures had been thwarted.



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Funds to upgrade Hunts Creek culverts  LAWRENCE MACHADO HE Federal Government is working with the City of Parramatta to replace the ageing Hunts Creek culverts with a single span bridge. The government will provide $2M under round five of its Bridge Renewal Program, which is expected to make travel safer for commuters and pedestrians. Western Sydney Liberal Senator, Marise Payne said the federal government was investing in the important infrastructure that Parramatta requires, “future-proofing local roads and supporting local jobs”. “This funding will upgrade Hunts Creek culverts to a single-span bride and make it safer for commuters travelling between North Parramatta and North Rocks,” Ms Payne said. The $2M will help the council replace two ageing culverts with a more robust


Hunts Creek.

bridge that will make it safer for heavy vehicles to travel on the key arterial road and improve water flow underneath North Rocks Road at Hunts Creek. According to Michael McCormack, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the latest rounds of funding worth more than $290M, will support 350 projects across Australia. “With nearly 80 per cent of this funding going to local councils, the outcomes of these rounds will support local workers, households and businesses through a difficult time and position the Australian economy for a strong recovery,” Mr McCormack said. “Now more than ever, the continued roll out of road infrastructure projects is important to support local jobs, underpin economic growth and ensure all Australians can reach their destinations sooner and safer and communities can rest assured that’s exactly what our Government is doing.”

Locals shine in safety awards ENTWORTHVILLE Leagues Club, Kellyville Soccer Club and Action Insurance Brokers are the Western Sydney stars in the 2020 Safework NSW Awards. The three diverse businesses each took out Highly Commended in their categories in the annual awards that recognises outstanding achievements in workplace safety across a range of government and non-government businesses. Wenty Leagues (pictured) came out shining with its proactive and consistent approach to Covid safety for workers and patrons with fastidious contact tracing, astute Covid marshalls making sure patrons


and staff were observing social distancing, and hand sanitising. Action Insurance Brokers, with offices in Penrith and Bella Vista, had as many workers as possible working from home and were fastidious in taping the floors for safe movement of customers and installing safety screen guards to minimise contact between staff and customers. But Kellyville Soccer Club appears to have been more proactive than others by becoming pandemic safe way back in March when most people were only learning about the disease. Doing their own research on the coronavirus, the club instigated various

Wenty Leagues Club.

measures that were well-accepted by all. They included minimising physical contact between players on and off the field, making sure everyone was using hand sanitisers and putting up Covid-safe-

ty banners around the field for players and spectators. Club committee members attended every training session and game to make sure precautions were being heeded.

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Mode Media brings stories alive HRIS Hekeik elevates companies to the future in a stone cottage in Parramatta that harks back to our colonial past. A place of significant stories. But that is an incongruity that says so much about Chris, the founder of Mode Media, which has become “the largest branding agency in Western Sydney”. In looking forward, the son of immigrants has not forgotten his past, or Parramatta’s past either. “My parents came from Lebanon and I am one of four boys, growing up in Parramatta,” Chris said. “My parents instilled in us passion and drive to succeed, they always have encouraged us to work hard and be the best.” As a branding expert with a dream 22 years ago to give a range of companies a holistic solution to building their brands, Chris and his team have ridden the wave of ever-changing technology to sweep their clients to success. “When I started out 22 years ago, I realised we had to provide a holistic solution to building brands that companies could find in one place,” Chris said. “Back then, it was about brochures and print advertising, but with the world wide web, we are now into digital media. But what has not changed is that it is all about story-telling.” They call him Mode Media’s “chief storyteller” and his team of creative people are imbued with the same gift. They can deliver a range of services to advance brand awareness in the crowded marketplace for a slew of businesses, mostly


in the corporate, retail and hospitality sectors. Apart from designing distinctive logos that bring brands to life, Mode Media puts the pizzazz into websites and are proudly ahead of the game when it comes to that essential tool of marketing and communication – the video presentation that tells a company’s story in a way that other media cannot. As you would expect, Mode Media’s website is full of information and examples of their beautiful work, on an easy-to-navigate site. The main message is that everyone has a story, but when it is told “spell-bindingly”, your story can cut through crowded markets. “Every brand we cultivate has a story at its core – a tale of striving, struggle, creativity and hope. This is where business branding intersects with the human factor – and creates something truly, wonderfully new, something memorable” the website reads. It almost sounds like the story of Parramatta, Australia’s second city, where remnants of the colonial past intersect with the bright, busy present and future. Even cities as great as Parramatta need a branding boost, so Chris’s team was happy to help with Parramatta Council’s recent Light Rail website and a video series that celebrates the past of the colony’s food bowl and, for a time, seat of government. Check it out at Mode Media is at 8a Grose St Parramatta, phone 9648 8111. Website:

The heritage listed Parramatta building known as Bakers Mews that serves as headquarters for Mode Media and right, Chris Hekeik.

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ParramattA ChambeR


Imagine you were born in 1900 Parramatta Chamber President Schon G Condon RFD shares a unique perspective in his history piece and reflection at our recent Business After 5 event. S the world deals with COVID-19, we should remember that humans have faced many challenges just in the last 100 years or so. I am inspired by a piece I saw on the Internet recently. If you were born in 1900, you would have started life in the last year of the Boer War (1898- 1901). Oblivious as a child, your parent’s talk of the likelihood of war as a world-wide naval arms race grows exponentially. At age 14, the 1914 the world is sunk into conflict with the commencement of World War 1 which ultimately concludes in 1918 with 22 million dead. At age 18, the 1918-1920 Spanish Flu occurs with a further 50 million dead. But times change and still in your youth at age 25 you see a great and promising future and are partying at the height of the “Roaring 20’s”. However, by age 29 in September of 1929, ‘Wall St Crashes’ and begins the Global Economic Crisis that would ultimately become known as the “Great Depression” which caused inflation, widespread unemployment and famine. Again, conversations begin to talk of war again. At age 33, in March 1933 the Nazi Party comes to power in Germany and talk about war takes a dramatic increase. Finally, at age 39, it eventuates with World War 2 commencing in September 1939 which ultimately encompasses the whole world and results in 60 million dead. The Holocaust alone killing six million Jews. Revelling in the fact that war is over in 1945 after six long years at age 47 the Cold War begins, and you begin to understand the world as two very distinct camps.


A small change in our perspective can generate miracles. Most importantly we should be thankful that we are alive. We should do everything we need to do to protect and help each other.” – Schon G Condon. At age 52 in 1952, those Superpowers play a small side game called the Korean War. Thus, pitting those camps against each other on the world stage, strange new rules come to play, and nuclear bomb testing continues to see who can build the biggest bomb. Life continues and at age 64, the old French Indo Chinese actions that had been running since 1945 escalate during 19641975 as the Vietnam War now essentially being driven by the United States and continues the perception of the world under two powers.

In your seventies and eighties there come numerous humanitarian actions dealing with various national skirmishes. Life is however improving and economies across the world are growing. But, in your lifetime, you saw powered flight, radio, television, telephones, a plethora of household appliances, space flight, computers, the World Wide Web, and much, much more. A child born in 1985 thinks their grandparents have no idea how difficult life is; but, in reality, they have actually survived unbelievable hardships. None of the technology and instant gratification of our wants and needs existed back in those days, they just got on with it and tried even harder. Notwithstanding humanity survived


all those circumstances and never lost the joy of living, nor lost sight for the hope of a better future. A small change in our perspective can generate miracles. Most importantly we should be thankful that we are alive. We should do everything we need to do to protect and help each other. At least in business that is what the Parramatta Chamber is all about; building, strengthening, and supporting Businesses from Parramatta and well into the Greater West. We will all see a better future; we must simply work towards it … together. We as a Chamber believe it is our responsibility in the field of business that the Chamber is about building, creating and reinforcing a positive future.


CityscapeS with Lord Mayor BOB DWYER

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Parramatta is Where It’s At this Summer  BOB DWYER UMMER is almost upon us, and the City of Parramatta has a host of great things to do and see during the warmer months. Summer is the perfect time to explore our City and tick off the adventures on your Parramatta bucket list. We have something for everyone in Sydney’s Central River City – from retail precincts, al fresco dining experiences, to nature walks and cycling paths, diverse arts and culture programs, and so much more. There is no doubt that Parramatta is the place to be this summer.


Events and festivals Each summer City of Parramatta Council hosts an impressive variety of activities for young and old, and this year is no different. We will be bringing you all of your favourite events – however, due to the challenges presented by COVID-19, the format has changed a little. On 2 November, our annual Foundation Day celebrations are going online with a mini documentary series exploring the City’s heritage, past and present. It will be available via the Discover Parramatta website. To commemorate the Bicentenary of Lancer Barracks, the City of Parramatta is hosting an online experience via the Parramatta History and Heritage website. Council and Macquarie University Archaeological students have collaborated on a student initiative to create 3D images of Council’s collection of archaeological artefacts that were uncovered from a dig at the Lancer Barracks. These items will be available for the community to explore from November 16. Our popular Parramatta Lanes festival will also be presented online, with an

exciting digital program streamed nightly from 17-21 November via the Parramatta Lanes website and Facebook. Those looking to experience the event in person can order and indulge in the culinary delights from the comfort of their own home, or go out and enjoy live music at select local venues.

Supporting our businesses City of Parramatta Council recognises that small businesses have been hit hard in 2020 and it is doing all it can to provide some extra support. The good news is that with Christmas around the corner, new shops and restaurants in Parramatta Square open for business, and Parramatta Farmers Markets returning in late November, now is the perfect opportunity to show get behind our small businesses and shop local.

To help bring people into the City, Council is running an exciting marketing campaign, promoting Parramatta as an ideal summer destination. “Summer Where It’s At” showcases all the great things to do and see around Parramatta this summer - watch the races at Rosehill, explore Sydney Olympic Park, delight in the gourmet offerings of Eat Street, discover history in Harris Park and North Parramatta and enjoy some retail therapy in the CBD. And when you need a break from shopping and sightseeing, you can pack a picnic and relax by the calming waters of Parramatta River or Lake Parramatta. The campaign follows a range of Council initiatives in support of local businesses, including free parking for Eat Street diners on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights; our new AT PARRAMATTA gift card pro-

gram; and our handy online parking and business finder. It has been a challenging year for many, but as a long-time resident and now Lord Mayor, I am proud of the resilience and determination shown by the people of Parramatta. I look forward to more festive times ahead!

Council Meetings Council Meetings are typically be held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6.30pm. Due to impacts of COVID-19, however, the public is currently unable to attend in person. You can watch the meetings through the live stream video link on Council’s website. For more information and to access the live link, visit Bob Dwyer is Lord Mayor of Parramatta.

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Hyundai collides with a concrete barrier ABOUT 5.30am on Saturday, October 24 2020, police attended a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Church and Palmer Streets Parramatta after receiving a call that a Hyundai Elantra had collided with a concrete barrier. Upon approaching the vehicle, police observed the 36-year-old male driver asleep at the wheel. Police woke the male and he was subjected to a breath test which returned a positive indication to alcohol. The male was arrested and taken to Parramatta Police Station where he underwent a breath analysis and returned a mid-range alcohol reading. The male had his licence suspended and was issued with a court attendance notice to appear before the Parramatta Local Court on 25th November 2020.

Man punched in the face after leaving club ABOUT 6.00am on Friday, October 23 2020, a 39-year-old Fairfield man exited a club in Parramatta followed a short time later by another male. The second male approached the man and punched him in the face, causing him to fall to the ground, before running away. Police attended a short time later and collected evidence of the assault. The investigation remains underway.

Woman loses control at Constitution Hill A 27-year-old woman was charged by Police after she lost control of a Toyota Aurion on Dorothy Street Constitution Hill.


Police urge planning as Summer Safe launched NSW Police, together with Transport for NSW, are urging residents to plan ahead and to expect a different holiday experience during the summer months of 2020-2021, as they launch the Western phase of their summer-safety campaign. Operation Summer Safe is a high-visibility operation which commenced in Western Region on November 1 to increase community engagement with the public during summer months in regional NSW. Operation Summer Safe will focus on policing licensed premises, public spaces and entertainment precincts with the intention to decrease anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related violence, while also ensuring adherence to current Public Health Orders and increased messaging regarding safety when using our inland waterways. About 1000am on Sunday, October 16 2020, emergency services were called to the scene following reports a vehicle had crossed the roadway, mounted the eastern kerb and collided with a tree. After being assessed and cleared by paramedics, the driver was subjected to a breath test which returned a positive indication to alcohol. The driver was arrested and taken back to Parramatta Police Station where she underwent a breath analysis and returned a high range alcohol reading. The driver was issued with a notice of suspension and a court attendance notice to appear before the Parramatta Local Court on 9th December 2020.

Police appeal after M4 truck crash POLICE are appealing for public assistance after a truck crash. About 8.30pm on Monday, November 2 emergency services were called to the M4 Motorway, near the Church Street off ramp, Parramatta, following reports a truck had rolled. Police were told a dark coloured SUV was travelling east along the Motorway when a mattress being carried on the roof of the vehicle fell into the path of a Pantech truck travelling behind. After hitting the mattress, it’s alleged the wheels of the truck seized and it rolled, trapping the driver

and causing his load of fruit and vegetables to spill onto the roadway. The SUV had left the scene before police arrival. Emergency services worked to free the male driver, aged 63 before he was treated and taken to Westmead Hospital with minor injuries. Officers attached to Cumberland Police Area Command established a crime scene and commenced an investigation. As inquiries continue, police would like to speak to the driver of the SUV who may be able to assist with inquiries. Anyone with information about the crash – or anyone with dashcam vision – is urged to come forward. Inquiries are continuing.

HOW YOU CAN HELP WITH POLICE ENQUIRIES If you have any information about the incidents covered on this page, please call Parramatta Police on 9633 0799 or alternatively contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Julie Owens Bulletin Youth Forum Young people have borne the brunt of this crisis and they will probably feel the effects of the Government’s response more than any other age group.

How businesses can find some some relief  JULIE OWENS HE Morrison Government’s budget leaves many businesses behind, but those that are in good enough shape to employ or invest may find some assistance. As I write this, there’s not much information available on how you can actually access these measures – so I’ll explain what we do know, and how you can stay up-to-date as details emerge. Loss Carry Back: the Abbott Government abolished Labor’s Loss Carry Back for Business scheme when they were elected in 2013. The Morrison Government has brought it back with some limitations. Eligible businesses that make a loss from FY19-20 to 21-22 can claim a refund from taxes paid from FY 18-19 to 20-21. Only incorporated entities will be eligible, so sole traders, partnerships and trusts miss out. And while it applies to the last financial year, the ATO is yet to confirm how to claim it, and it appears that you won’t be able to claim it until you lodge for 20-21. For the latest, visit and search ‘Loss Carry Back’ Instant asset write-off: the Government has lifted the cap on the existing program, allowing eligible businesses with turnover of less than $5 billion to write off the full cost of new assets bought and put to use from 6 October 2020 until 30 June 2022. Again, there’s no information on how you can claim it. Latest: and search ‘Instant Asset Write Off ’ JobMaker: businesses will be able to claim a wage subsidy of $200 per week when they hire a new employee, who is aged 16-29 and receiving JobSeeker, to work 20+ hours per week. This falls to $100 per week for employees aged 30-35. The subsidy is available for 12 months from 7 October, and businesses can claim it for a maximum of 12 months. ‘JobMaker’ isn’t actually law yet. There’s no information on how businesses can claim the subsidy, but we know the Government doesn’t plan to start paying businesses until February 2021. Businesses can only claim for new employees, and there will be no support for existing employees when JobKeeper ends in March 2021. Latest: and search ‘JobMaker’ (one word). Apprentice wage subsidy: businesses that take on a new apprentice or trainee between 5 October 2020 and 30 September 2021 can claim a wage subsidy of up to 50% during this period. Contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider to find out if your business is eligible and how to apply. Support for manufacturing: the Government has announced $1.5 billion in funding to boost manufacturing – but they’ve since confirmed that only $45 million will be spent this financial year, and most of the grant component of the $1.5 billion will be allocated to around 10 companies. They are still consulting and there is little information available. As you can see, there’s not a lot of detail in these announcements. There are a few things you can do if you want to stay up-to-date: • Visit and subscribe to the newsletter. • Go to and subscribe to the updates for businesses • Subscribe to the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce newsletter at • You can also sign up for my regular small business bulletin by scanning the QR code on this page or visiting au/bulletins.


As always, if you need more information, or your concerned about what these measures will mean for you, please contact me on 9689 1455 or email Julie Owens is Federal Member for Parramatta.

I’m hosting online youth forums to give young people in our community a platform to have their say on these issues. I’ll be co-hosting the first one with the Shadow Minister for Youth, Amanda Rishworth at 7:00pm on Tuesday 24 November. To register for the forum, visit au/youth

Request a kit I’ve put together a ‘youth kit’ that covers education, employment, finances, and health and wellbeing to help young people (school leavers - 25) plan for the future. I’ve also updated my ‘seniors kit’ with information about coronavirus and local services that can help seniors get through this difficult time. If you’d like a copy of either kit for yourself or a loved one, please phone my office on 9689 1455.

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Straight-shooter for the community LORRAINE Wearne, Parramatta’s longest-serving councillor, celebrates 25 years fighting for the community. So, what drives this amazing woman?  DI BARTOK FTER a record-breaking 25 years as a Parramatta councillor, Lorraine Wearne shows no sign of slowing down. Not even cancer and removal of a lung can hold back this formidable woman. Now cancer-free and feeling fit – she is proud that she does not take any


I had never seen myself as a politician, but I decided to run to represent my area after council had decided to put speed humps in my street with no real consultation.’’ - Lorraine Wearne.

medication – the 74-year-old is as feisty as ever. Known for calling a spade a spade, Lorraine does not suffer fools gladly – and, as anyone who has followed Parramatta Council over the years knows, she has encountered a few in the chamber and in state politics. At a recent council meeting, councillors supporting a Lord Mayoral Minute that lauded her service gave a nod to their own head-butting with the long-standing councillor that inevitably led to their unabiding respect for her commitment and knowledge. The message was: Lorraine is strongwilled for the right reasons. Representing her beloved Epping and neighbouring suburbs since 1995, Lorraine says she did not set out to be a ‘’politician’’. ‘’I had never seen myself as a politician but I decided to run to represent my area after council had decided to put speed humps in my street with no real consultation,’’ Lorraine told The Times. Fired up, Lorraine ran a low-cost campaign with her family’s help in letter-boxing the area with simple pamphlets. Running as an independent, Lorraine was swept into office where she, as a reluctant politician, has remained.

Better off without party politics Lorraine remains the only councillor not attached to a party and feels councils would be better off without main party politics.

She laments the preponderance of high-rise in the suburbs, blaming the state government, which she has said ‘’lied to the people’’ about restoring planning controls to local government. While Lorraine had not attended a single council meeting or read an agenda before becoming a councillor she was a fast learner – becoming Sydney’s first female lord mayor in 2000-2001 and again in 20012. But, then, Lorraine had already proved herself as a fast learner when she obtained her law degree in her 30s, having left school before she was 15. Coming from a working-class background and bored with school, Lorraine worked in a legal office before realising she had what it took to be a lawyer. Running her own small solicitor’s business from Epping, Lorraine still has had the energy to raise a daughter, help out with two grandchildren – oh and look after her marriage to the cheery Derek, who often accompanies her to official functions. So how does this ‘’reluctant politician’’ relax? ‘’A good bottle of wine and movie helps,’’ Lorraine said. ‘’Derek and I like to go away when we can. And I like to spend time with my daughter and grandchildren.’’ But Lorraine is not done yet. She will be contesting the next council election next year. Still independent. Still fierce.

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Health workers in caring workplace ď Ž FROM WESTERN SYDNEY AREA HEALTH O you know your colleagues well? Can you talk about personal matters? A dedicated team at Westmead Hospital decided to ask these types of questions – and took action. Outpatient pharmacy staff tackled mental health at work by forming a ‘Women Empowerment’ group in late 2019. The main purpose was to support personal and professional growth. One of the founders, investigational drug pharmacist Elizabeth Tran, said her team witnessed a series of positive results ever since. “All of us have become more committed to work and our fellow team members. It’s such a pleasure to watch everyone blossom,â€? Elizabeth said. The group started regular outings and continued having ‘online parties’ after the COVID-19 pandemic hit Australia. “Very often employees of such big organisations get busy with work and stop noticing their peers. It’s important to see, acknowledge and nurture each other’s talents,â€? Elizabeth said. “In the office we regularly ask each other ‘R U OK?’ We make time to laugh and chat about things other than work. We actually think that we’re pretty hilarious.â€? Elizabeth came up with the idea for the staff support group from a charity she is involved with. “If you are under pressure or unhappy – speak about it. Never bottle it up. “We celebrate great ideas and encourage each other to pursue dreams – no matter how big or small.â€? Since the creation of this small but


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powerful union, relationships within the team transformed into strong bonds. Pharmacy technician and co-founder Diana Esapour-Noori said she is now looking forward to every new day at work. “We bring out the best in each other. No matter how busy or stressful it gets – I know I will always have support,� Diana said. “We have given nicknames which we call out to each other, to cheer up our moods and brings smile to everyone’s faces, including our patients.� Elizabeth has become a patron of various cultural institutions. She said it would not have happened without the reassurance of her support group.

Bringing out the best “I have always been lucky to be surrounded by such beautiful souls. The idea of this support group came from my charity work experience,� Elizabeth said. “This involved forming a group with the staff of a non-government organization that provided educational assistance to girls living in underprivileged communities in rural Vietnam. “I wanted them to become role models for the young girls. It was a success, so I decided to do the same at work. “It was the best thing I could do for my team. “For anyone feeling down, this message is for you: You are talented. You are special. You are loved!�

Western Sydney Local Health District offers wellness support for its employees. Staff can attend wellness group sessions and meditation, individual sessions and drop-in centres. To access other resources, staff can click on support for staff and managers can visit support for managers. Enquiries can also be made by calling 9840 3637 or emailing WSLHD-OD& For 24-hour crisis services, please contact: Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 | Lifeline: 13 11 14 | Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636 | Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511 The Parramatta Times would like to hear from other workplaces that have staff mental health initiatives. Email


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Forget cruising - caravans rule My first experience caravanning was one to remember  DALLAS SHERRINGHAM E have all made solemn vows not to something, only to break it one day and have the time of our lives when finally, did try it. Such was my dismissal of caravanning as a holiday - I tried it once as a teenager, crowded into a tiny family caravan at Terrigal while it poured rain – and I vowed never to do it again. The onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic changed all that for me and million other Aussies who normally go cruising every year. Suddenly our yearly adrenaline rush was cut off and we sat around gloomily contemplating life without Deck Chairs, Island Night, Gourmet Meals and Days Ashore. My wife Sharon came up with the light bulb idea of hiring a motorhome and heading off around Australia. We arranged a Jayco model from Lets Go Motorhomes, the new startup company which is attracting a lot of business due to very competitive long term rates. It cost us a bit over $5000 to rent a motorhome for seven weeks, which was compatible with our cruise fares each year. Motorhome and caravan rentals and purchases in Australia have boomed in recent months as the nation contemplates a future without international travel and cruising. We packed it up with far too many clothes and lots of extras we really didn’t need and headed north, scraping into Queensland two days before they shut the border. Our destination was Broome, but daily checks of the news told us WA was out and the Territory was unlikely.


Our Jayco Motorhome at stunning Camp Kanga, Proserpine.

Australia is taking to the road in record numbers.

So, we changed direction at Winton and headed for Palm Cove for three nights. It was so much fun, we stayed nearly weeks at the NRMA Caravan Park, right on the beach. It was a real learning experience. Caravanning, like cruising, is a social experience where people mix freely with no pretensions. We made a lot of friends along the way and if you are thinking of taking up caravanning and staying in van parks, you need to be able to mix socially. Now, a warning: some caravan owners love nothing better than discussing their latest adventures over an hour or two and others like to discuss the “mechanical” side of caravans and will tell you with your Jayco has the wrong tyre pressure or the “bolts of the fandangle need attached to the bomboogle”. It’s all gobblygook to me, but I just agreed with whatever they said and got on with it.

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The motorhome seemed restricted in size when we first started out, but after a few days we were used to the setup and the annex made it so much easier. Let’s Go Motorhomes supplied two foldup chairs and a table and they made our holiday so much more enjoyable. Setting up each day involved connecting the electricity to the mains, the water inlet on to a tap and the wastewater outlet into a pipe. We had it down to about two minutes at the end after a ridiculously silly start on the first day at Gunnedah. Now I am a caravanning convert, and I should have been enjoying it all these years. And to top it all off, I came back to the Central Coast and bought myself a secondhand caravan and booked a month in Palm Cove next year. Details:

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Rebooting tourism in 2020 It’s time to explore a “playcation” find experiences within three hours’ drive of a selected location, or zoom in to street level to see links to even more tourism businesses ( • A series of new Sydney ‘playcation’ itineraries highlighting the luxury, family, outdoor adventure, foodie, culture, romance and wellness experiences on offer across the CBD and Greater Sydney ( com)

 DALLAS SHERRTINGHAM WO thirds of Sydney and Central Coast holidaymakers will take a road trip in the coming months as Domestic holidays take over from Cruises and Bali, according to the latest State Government research. The dramatic switch brought about by COVID-19 restrictions will result in the biggest bonanza in Australian tourism since the Golden Days of two weeks in Terrigal or Sussex Inlet. If you were really cashed up, you would head for a flash place like Port Macquarie or Katoomba…or the ultimate…camping at Coolangatta! Well, those lovely places are now back on the agenda, but I would also encourage you to head further west to Bathurst, Orange, Wellington and Dubbo this summer. Then return by Gulgong and Mudgee. The Government wants all NSW residents to be a COVID safe tourist in their own backyard and support local businesses by booking tours and Popular Terrigal Beach. visiting attractions. Why not treat yourself Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said NSW residents could help reboot “Treat yourself to a ‘playcation’ around the state’s visitor economy by hitting the Sydney and NSW – take a guided tour, book road for a short-break, taking a Sydney a hotel stay, dine at a special restaurant, or ‘playcation’, or even making the most of a visit a local attraction. day trip. “We all want to make a difference by “There’s something special about bestaying and spending locally, so let’s enjoy ing a tourist and giving yourself permisall corners of NSW and jam-pack our itinsion to enjoy experiences that we usually eraries with NSW’s finest experiences. reserve for holidays,” Minister Ayres said. “You’ll be rewarded with the diversity


and beauty of our state and make a huge difference to our tourism businesses that are doing it tough.” The NSW Government is releasing two new tools to inspire holidaymakers and help them ‘value-add’ to their stay:

• An interactive ‘Love NSW’ map that allows travellers to search for and identify tourism experiences based on theme. Users can also

Trends in holiday planning show that the top three types of holiday Australians will take in the next 12 months are a road trip, 68%, a trip to visit friends and family, 66% and a trip to the countryside, 65%. “Recent research shows that, compared to pre-COVID, travellers are 76% more likely to support local businesses and communities and 68% more likely to visit parts of Australia they haven’t been to before,” Mr Ayres said. “We’ve all had our lives on hold for six months or more, now’s the time to get out there, enjoy our NSW stories, landscapes and experiences and turn 2020 around together. “Now’s the time to support our local tourism operators but it’s not a time to be complacent.” Holidaymakers are encouraged to phone ahead to confirm bookings and check local conditions with business operators. For more information www. *Dallas Sherringham is the Access Travel Editor and is Editor of Australian Travel Magazine and Mature Traveller.



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Ford Mustang Mach 1 pinches from Shelby and is headed here  CALLUM HUNTER UST five days out from the Bathurst 1000 and 73 years to the day since Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, Ford Australia has confirmed that the Mustang Mach 1 is headed Down Under, albeit limited to just 700 units. Designed to bridge the gap between the regular Mustang GT and the high-end Shelby variants, the Mach 1 nameplate can be traced back to 1969 when it was launched to celebrate Mr Yeager’s record-breaking flight. Once again back to offer more Mustang performance but without the Shelby badge, the new Mach 1 will arrive in Aussie showrooms next year featuring more aggressive styling and additional firepower. The extra grunt comes courtesy of the same tweaked 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine as found in the Mustang Bullitt, meaning peak power is rated at 345kW while maximum torque is rated at 556Nm – 6kW more than the standard GT. Unlike the Bullitt however, the Mach 1 will be available with the familiar line-up of Mustang transmissions, those being a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic, however both units have been upgraded with parts borrowed from the US-only Shelby GT350. Visually, the Mach 1 brandishes a series of retro-inspired styling cues including a redesigned front grille with faux lamp elements, a more aggressive lower chin and intake combination with two new side grilles, low-gloss Mustang pony badge,


unique darkened body and bonnet decals and more aggressive aero features designed to increase downforce. Under the skin meanwhile, the borrowing of Shelby parts has continued with the Mach 1 also scoring the rear axle cooling system and lower diffuser from the GT500 as well as a new underbelly pan, stiffer sway bars and front springs, recalibrated steering system, stiffer subframe bushings and an enhanced brake booster. According to Ford Australia president and CEO Andrew Birkic, the new Mach 1 still channels the spirit of the original and is a worthy successor. “Achieving Mach 1 for the first time was a significant human feat,” he said. “That spirit and determination to

keep pushing, never settling and always trying to go further is what the Mach 1 Mustang was all about – and it’s fitting that we can bring Australian customers, who’ve made Mustang part of our motoring landscape, a 2021 Mustang Mach 1 of their very own.” Mach 1 Australian ambassador Rick Kelly meanwhile described the new model as a “unique opportunity for fans and customers” and said he was “pumped” to see the car arrive next year. Local pricing, specification and exact timing are all yet to be detailed by Ford Australia, who has sold 2174 new Mustangs so far this year ending September, accounting for 49.8 per cent of the sub-$80,000 sportscar segment.

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Great Wall takes aim at SsangYong and LDV with competitive Ute driveway price  CALLUM HUNTER all Motor (GWM) has revealed the initial driveaway pricing for the most affordable of its new Ute variants, with the entry-level Canon set to be priced from $33,990. Pricing for the rest of the three-variant range – including RRP – remains unknown but is expected to be revealed in around two weeks along with the full specification details. Australia-bound Utes will be powered by GWM’s own 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine producing 120kW of power and 400Nm of torque, placing it at the lower end of the 4x4 pick-up segment in both respects. Transmission duties will be taken care of exclusively by an eight-speed auto courtesy of ZF. “We firmly believe that the new GWM Ute offers a compelling all-round package that will make Australian buyers think differently about their next ute,” GWM Australia head of marketing Steve Maciver said “The $33,990 entry price point for the 4x4 Dual Cab Cannon AT is quite exceptional given the high level of features buyers can expect. “We understand both the competitiveness and the opportunity in the ute segment and as such, it was important that we come in with a strong product offering and unbeatable value.” In terms of power and price, the Ute can be seen more as a rival for the SsangYong Musso and LDV T60 than the


all-conquering Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger, besting the Korean on price and the Chinese offering on both power and torque. For reference, the equivalent Musso ELX automatic costs $32,490 plus on-road costs and generates 133kW/420Nm from its 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine. The T60 Pro meanwhile can be had in automatic guise from $32,621 driveaway, with its 2.8-litre turbo-diesel mill producing 110kW/360Nm. As previously reported by GoAuto, the Ute will come as standard with ‘all-terrain technology’ courtesy of Bosch to help make it as capable as possible off-road with the whole package riding on independent front suspension and heavy-duty leaf springs at the rear to maximise payload carrying capacity. While standard equipment lists are also yet to be detailed, GWM has revealed all variants will come with plenty of safety features including lane keep assist, seven airbags and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Mr Maciver added that GWM is expecting “to see increased customer interest in showrooms over the coming weeks” as the brand works towards the Ute’s national launch later in the month. The Chinese firm has sold 1358 vehicles so far this year ending September, 106 more than it managed over the same period last year. 2021 Great Wall Ute driveaway pricing Canon (a) $33,990 Canon-L (a) TBC Canon-X (a) TBC



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Calling on the next generation How they will help families thrive in the New Reality ď Ž TOM MCGINNES N the fall of 2019, the Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) Project Global Consortium released the 2019 Global Family Business Survey, to which KPMG Private Enterprise contributed its insights. The report probed how family businesses throughout the world are dealing with succession and governance challenges in light of changing social demographics. We didn’t realize the degree to which those challenges would be amplified in the coming months as the head-on impact of COVID-19 led many family business owners to seek new ways to sustain the legacy of their companies. For many, succession and governance issues and the need to draw on innovative, multi-generational ideas for the future came to the forefront. Regardless of the family business situation at any particular point in time, one principle holds true: there will (and should) always be questions about what comes next, including who will take over when it’s time to retire. Many family business CEOs want the next generation to continue building on the foundations they laid. But how might those foundations need to change for the new reality ahead? And how can you be sure the next generation is ready to take the business in that direction? The results of the 2019 Global Family Business Survey offer valuable ideas and insights about planning for this transition in your business. Additional in-depth interviews with family business leaders across the globe provided us with firsthand and profound perspectives on many succession issues. I encourage you to learn about their personal views and succession experiences when these family stories are published in a series of articles on the KPMG website beginning in October.


Why succession planning is needed now One finding was that 15 percent of all North American family businesses are led by CEOs from the “Silent Generation� born between 1925 and 1945, and more than double the global average. Given that the youngest CEOs in this cohort are in their mid-70s, succession planning should be an urgent priority for these family businesses, particularly given the uncharted and challenging territory that lies ahead in the New Reality. The survey also revealed that 70 percent of current family business leaders admit that they do not have a succession plan, even though 45 percent say there is a high likelihood that the family business will stay in the hands of the family in the future. This sentiment is particularly strong among Silent Generation and Baby Boomer CEOs. The good news is that the results of

the survey show that Millennials are ready to step up and take over family businesses. Many are already doing so with great success around the world. We see rapid changes in operating models and business innovations emerging from family businesses that tackled COVID-19 head-on.

The good news? Millennials are ready to deliver Far from being lazy and entitled, as popular stereotypes sometimes assume, a 2016 workplace study conducted by the World Economic Forum suggests that Millennials are the most likely group to be workaholics. Compared to older generations, they’re also less likely to use all of their vacation time. It shouldn’t be surprising then, that family businesses led by Generation X or Millennial CEOs show higher levels of performance in the STEP Project Global Consortium survey than family businesses led by the Silent Generation and Baby Boomers, with CEOs from those older cohorts experiencing a fall-off in performance over time.

Different styles, different outcomes It should also not be a surprise that the STEP Project Global Consortium survey

found notable differences in generational outlook between Silent Generation/Baby Boomer CEOs and their Generation X/ Millennial CEO successors. While 60 percent of CEOs in Europe and Central Asia and 40 percent in North America plan to retire after age 70, most Millennial family business leaders worldwide plan to retire before their 50th birthday. The 2018 Millennial Impact Report also found that this group tends to favour social issues over institutions, is frequently influenced by the actions of their peers, and cares about how their actions can make positive changes in their world. All of these traits can affect the way Millennials run a family business.

Millennials can lead the new reality revolution Silent Generation and Baby Boomer CEOs should feel reassured by the results of the survey when it comes to concerns regarding the next generation’s readiness and ability to lead the family enterprise. Millennial family business leaders may have different priorities and leadership styles than earlier generations, but they are a highly educated cohort of potential CEOs who are eager to make their mark. Indeed, a 2018 study shows that 29 percent

of Millennials are already in management or executive positions in family businesses, with 23 percent holding positions on the board. Millennials around the world are leading family firms to new heights, with family firms led by younger CEOs performing better than those that have not yet transitioned to new leadership. Taking all of these considerations into account, family business CEOs should not delay planning. This is especially true for Silent Generation and Baby Boomer CEOs, who must consider the importance of work-life balance for younger generations and, in particular, the desire of Millennials to retire decades earlier than their predecessors. By putting a formal, timely and professional succession process in place that reflects changing demographics and evolving leadership styles, family business CEOs can help ensure the future of their family business. The good news for family business leaders looking to hand off their business to the next generation? They’re ready. First published by Tom McGinness: Partner, Global Leader, KPMG Private Enterprise Family Business Centre of Excellence, KPMG International on on 1 September, 2020

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Apoartments VS houses: research shows strong growth in both areas.

New spike in home sales Surprise research shows apartment interest soaring  DALLAS SHERRINGHAM HILE the dream of building a home on a ‘quarter acre block’ remains a strong driver in home buying, new research shows that many people are happy to move into an apartment or unit. A report by the Master Builders Association revealed the number of building approvals for new homes jumped by 15.4% in seasonally-adjusted terms thanks to the continued success of the Federal Government’s HomeBuilder scheme. CEO of Master Builders Australia Denita Wawn announced details of the report and said during September, there was a 9.7% increase in private sector detached house approvals. “Approvals for apartments and units did even better, jumping by 23.4% up from August,” she said. “These positive figures are mirrored by lending data showing a 25.3% surge in the number of loans to owner occupiers for new home construction,” Ms Wawn said. “Even prior to the start of the Covid-19 crisis, new home building activity in Australia had been in the advanced stages of downturn. The Federal government turned that around dramatically. “The introduction of HomeBuilder has


certainly turned things around. Approvals for new detached houses are now 20.7% up on this time last year,” she said. “The recovery in residential building will benefit the whole economy. Every $M in residential building activity supports nine jobs right around our economy,” Ms Wawn said. “The upturn generated by HomeBuilder is helping claw back some of the jobs lost as a result of the pandemic,” she said. “Extending HomeBuilder until the end

of 2021 will maximise the benefits of the scheme will be fully maximized. “It will mean the renewed momentum in the housing market to reach its full potential over the course of next year and provide even more benefits to our whole economy in terms of restoring employment,” Ms Wawn said. As the first woman appointed CEO of Master Builders Australia in 120 years, she is encouraging more women into the building and construction industry.

Master Builders Australia marked the last International Women’s Day by announcing Ms Wawn as its new chief executive and voice for the 32,000 - mostly male - workers in the $200M building and construction industry. Ms Wawn, who spent 14 months as the industry group’s operations manager, previously headed Brewers Association of Australia and New Zealand and has held senior roles at the Australian Hotels Association and National Farmers’ Federation.

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Situated within Sydney Olympic Parks Pierside Shopping Centre. Moments away from Wentworth Point Public School, walking distance to Olympic Park Wharf and within close proximity to Silverwater Road & M4 Motorways. With great exposure to passing foot & road traffic and within the hub of multiple high end residential apartment blocks as well as cafes, restaurants, medical and many more facilities. Features of this property include: • Currently leased with a 5 year lease and a 5 year option to renew which commenced April 2018 • Currently leased to T Dumplings returning $80,000p/a(gross) • Modern design built in 2018 • Basement car space

Silverwater Rd, Parramatta Rd & M4 Motorway. • Modern warehouse with good internal clearances via one (1) roller shutter door, office fit-out with meeting room, first floor office is carpeted, air-conditioned & staff amenities. • Roller door width 4m & height 5.10m • Warehouse minimum height 5.83m & maximum 6.67m. • Clear span warehouse, secure complex & secure on-site basement parking for 2 cars. • Sale price exc GST • Lease in place to 2023



• This property provides a well positioned location in Silverwater, quick access to Silverwater Rd, Parramatta Rd & M4 Motorway. • Modern warehouse with good internal clearances via one (1) roller shutter door, office fit-out with meeting room, first floor office is carpeted, air-conditioned & staff amenities. • Roller door width 4m & height 5.10m • Warehouse minimum height 5.83m & maximum 6.67m. • Clear span warehouse, secure complex & parking for 4 cars. • Sale price exc GST • Leased until 2021

High quality office space located in this exciting Technology Park. Walking distance to Newington Marketplace with cafes, restaurants, Woolworth's and banking facilities. This unit offers showroom, office and storage with ground and mezzanine levels that are fully carpeted, ducted air-conditioning, alarmed staff amenities and kitchenette. First floor includes separate server room, kitchen, blinds, curtains & double doors out to balcony. Front door access, plus one bi-fold glass panel door. Parking on-site for three (3) cars with two (2) being covered. Property has 24 hour on-site security. Listed sale price excludes GST. The area advertised is the approximate gross lettable area (GLA). Available now. E |

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The women behind the bars

“Behind every successful man there is a woman running the show.”

 GARY J CARTER HIS was certainly the case in the early days of Parramatta farms and inns. In the early 1800s a great female Parramatta pioneer and currency lass named Jane Watsford (1796 1886) was leading the way. Jane and her husband James were valued helpers on John and Elizabeth Macarthur’s properties in Parramatta. In 1815, they were given the opportunity to run one of John Macarthur’s farms in Camden Park. This area was considered wilderness and the local Aborigines were not that welcoming. In 1816, James was speared in the back when heading back to the farm, around the same time Jane was hiding their child in a trunk, bolting the door and firing warning shots over the heads of attacking natives. When this failed, she scampered up the chimney to hide, but unfortunately lost her footing and exposed her legs. This resulted in a spear through her leg and a limp through life. The attackers were chased off by other shepherds and the Watsfords had to be taken to Parramatta for treatment of their injuries. They stayed in Parramatta and became big players in the business of beer, rum, and horse carriage services. Jane showed great courage and spirit in her 90 years. She gave birth to 12 children and was a remarkably successful business lady. From 1820, the Watsfords were running the Coaches and Horses Inn in Church Street. This was followed by the


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Union Inn from 1836. James died in 1845, but Jane and her sons went on to run many of the other inns in Parramatta. Jane was one of many lady publicans in Parramatta with most applying for licences following the death of their husbands. In 1826, Hannah Walker managed the Red Cow Inn, Eliza Smith managed the Cross Keys, and Anne Andrews managed the Straggler.


Even the wife of John Williams, the first Mayor of Parramatta Borough Council got into the pub game as she was the proprietor of the famous Woolpack in1862. Coaching services was also deemed an acceptable business for woman. After her husband James death in 1845, Jane was a successful proprietor in her own right, together with her sons, ran Inns, stables and the Lion Coach services from Parramatta. An advertisement in the 1845 Parramatta Chronicle said: ‘Cheap travelling, then go by Watsford’s four horse coach, one shilling from Parramatta to Sydney coaches from Parramatta at 7:30 pm and 8:30 am from Sydney at 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm’. Footnote: James Watsford (1787- 1845) arrived in Australia in the Ship Guildford in 1812, transported for life for horse-stealing and he was pardoned in 1826 when he married colony born Jane Johns (1797 - 1886). James Snr owned the first stagecoach in Australia and carried the first regular mail from Parramatta to Sydney. While Jane and their sons looked after hotel interests and other coach services in Parramatta, James Snr went on to become one of the first Royal Mail pioneer coachmen in NSW. On 6 April 1832 he pioneered the first mail coach run from Parramatta to Bathurst via Mt York via the Hartley Valley and the treacherous downhill run to the Vale of Clwyd, attaching logs to drag behind the coach and slow it down. The mail route over the Blue Mountains followed from there. GARY J CARTER is a local historian.

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Prepare, summer storms are coming  DARRYL MCALLISTER OVEMBER is the start of the electrical storm season in Sydney, so it’s important at this time to check that your computer system and related communications equipment are well protected.


Electrical storms have the potential to cause both power cuts and power surges, so your power protection policy must consider both eventualities. As part of your Business Continuity Planning you need to consider the following five factors:

#1 - Install a Quality UPS Device An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is your primary defence system against a sudden power outage. Every UPS includes a battery that will immediately take over in the event of a power loss and keep connected devices operational. We recommend each server in your computer room is connected to its own UPS to maximise uptime in the event of an extended power outage. NetCare recommend HP UPS devices for tower-based servers and APC branded UPS devices for rack mounted servers. Both these UPS brands include alerting software that allow NetCare engineers to monitor the UPS for outages and battery life.

#2 -Check that Your UPS Battery is Up to the Task A vital feature of any UPS is that it can power down the server after a set amount of time. This ensures the server is

completely off in the event of an extended power outage that causes the UPS battery to run flat. Our recommendation is that the software begins to shut the server down for any outage that lasts longer than 15 minutes. This is based on our experience in the Sydney area that outages are either very short (say 5 minutes or less) or very long (say over 2 hours). In the first scenario, 5-minute outages mean the server stays operational the whole time and there is no remediation work required - when the power comes back on, the UPS automatically switches back from battery to mains power. With any power outage that is longer than 15 minutes, the UPS software triggers the server to automatically shut itself down “gracefully”. A graceful shutdown protects all your applications, folders and files from data corruption and data loss. NetCare recommends the UPS battery be tested every year and/or replaced every 3 years. Both the HP and APC models we recommend allow batteries to be replaced for a cost-effective price.

#3 - Consider Protecting Your Server by Installing 2 Internal Power Supplies NetCare has been providing the HP ProLiant range of servers to clients for over 20 years and we are in no doubt that they the most reliable servers on the planet. Part of the reason is that HP servers provide space for a second power supply to be installed and thus protecting against the sudden failure of one from crashing the server. In NetCare’s experience, the two main reasons for a power supply failure are

due to either a power spike or an overheated power supply due to dust build-up. NetCare recommend any server that is running an Exchange email system and/ or a SQL database should have dual power supplies installed. One power supply cable is then connected to the UPS and the other directly to the mains (preferably via a secondary power filter). Why not connect both to the UPS? We’re mitigating loss against the sudden failure of the UPS - your server will stay up if the UPS fails.

#5 - Consider Connecting Your Network Devices to Your UPS

firewalls and switches operational during an outage as well. Business decisions like this require careful load estimation from a skilled engineer to ensure the extra power protection provided to more devices isn’t traded off in markedly reduced battery life. Just because a UPS allows 5 or so devices to be connected to it doesn’t mean its ok to do so. For situations where multiple devices in a server room need to be protected we recommend the installation of 2 or more UPS systems. A “smart” one for server connection and lower cost ones for network and communications devices that stay running until the power comes back on, or until the batteries run flat. Protect your Computer System with a Comprehensive Power Protection Assessment November and December always means a few exciting thunder and lightning events in Sydney and many of these electrical storms seem to be overnight or on the weekend. This means it’s important for your business continuity that you review the power protection solutions currently in place at your premises. For all NetCare clients, we will be double checking on your behalf that you have adequate power protection solutions in place. And for any other Sydney based business concerned about their current power protection strategy, we are offering a free no-obligation power protection assessment to the first 10 businesses that regist.

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#4 - Ensure You Have Power Filtering Measures in Place Electrical storms not only mean power cuts because of downed lines, they can also cause power surges from lightning strikes. Its therefore important to ensure you have power filtering devices in place to protect your computer’s power supply. Low cost power filters are available from any electrical or hardware store and NetCare recommend their use for any important office or home computer, as well as to protect critical network devices like your router, firewall and switch. For servers, a higher level of power protection is required and fortunately this is provided by the installation of a good quality UPS which also includes power surge protection. Both the HP and APC UPS models that NetCare recommend include excellent power filtering features.


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Liam Neeson in Honest Thief.

Honest Thief – 2 Stars Liam Neeson sleepwalks through this unsurprising action flick. OMEST Thief follows Tom (Liam Neeson); a notorious bank robber, well past his prime, who is colloquially known as the In and Out Thief amongst the community. As his relationship with Annie (Kate Walsh) gets more serious, he wants to go straight and lead an honest life. To that end, he turns himself into the FBI, intent on giving back the $9 million he stole, but he is double crossed by the FBI agents assigned to his case. Agent Nivens (Jai Courtney) and Agent Hall (Anthony Ramos), in an ever more desperate downward spiral of criminality, try to kill Tom and take his illicit funds for themselves, but come up against both fellow Agent Meyers (Jeffrey Donovan) and Tom’s ingenuity. Honest Thief is an almost aggressive-


ly standard movie; a paint-by-numbers corrupt cop thriller that struggles to assert its reason for existence. That is not to say, however, that it doesn’t have its perks. Visually, a lot of the cinematography in this movie feels very professional and creatively engaging, giving it a sheen of quality that helps smooth some of the jagged edges from the performances and script. Even the disingenuous and boring scenes of Tom on the phone in a hotel room are shot in a way that it feels intriguing. On top of that, Donovan and Courtney do admirable work performing with some weak material. Courtney in particular brings a villainous streak that feels over the top and fun, and you may wind up wishing the film itself took more of that tone.

Then there are the cons. The plot is absolutely as bland and staid as possible, and you can pick it right from the off. There isn’t a single twist or turn that will shock you here, and you’ll find yourself easing into a somewhat dissatisfied and unengaged rhythm with the film. As plot beat after plot beat unfurls in line with a million other similar movies, boredom begins to set in. Coupled with the story is the dialogue, which is incredibly cheesy. With a little bit of pizazz, this could be a fun send up, full of one liners and over the top banter, but Honest Thief never truly transitions into this type of movie. That too is where we run into the biggest problem of the film; the performance from Liam Neeson.

Neeson famously proclaimed a movie in 2019 as his last action film, but here he revisits the genre, and his tiredness with it is on full display. He mumbles, fumbles and sleepwalks his way through this material. Certainly, Neeson is a natural with this sort of content, so even sleepwalking there is a certain thrill to his work. However, this material needs an enthusiastic touch, to elevate it from bland unbelievability to engaging B-movie cheers, and Neeson seems like he mandated a one take rule – everything he does feels like he doesn’t want to be there. This is a standard movie with little enthusiasm from the creatives behind it. It is easy to watch,and washes over you with a distinct sense of unsatisfying familiarity. Honestly, a disappointment.

Radioactive – 3 Stars Rosamund Pike plays the famed Marie Curie in this biopic about the discovery of radioactivity. ARIE Curie (nee Sklowoska) (Rosamund Pike), travels to Paris to pursue science at the Sorbonne from her home in Poland. Frosty, prickly and obsessed with her independence and her science, she doesn’t win any favours from the male dominated heads of the Sorbonne, and winds up without a lab. Pierre Curie (Sam Riley) takes a shining to Marie, and offers her space in his lab. Together, they investigate a radical idea of Marie’s: that unstable uranium particles emit ‘rays’ of energy independently, that can transform and release unbelievable power. As their romance grows, so too does their scientific acclaim, and they are lauded for their discovery of new elements. Yet things start to unravel as the negative impacts of radioactivity are revealed – both close to home for Marie and her family and echoing throughout time in some of the most historic moments in modern history. Radioactive will give you whiplash with its rapid creative tonal changes, and flash forwards to the historically seismic impacts of Marie and Pierre Curie’s groundbreaking early 20th century research. Director Marjane Satrapi, in the most mainstream of her five features to date, struggles to settle on a single tone, and as such Radioactive cuts from historically accurate period imagery to oddly animated uranium chunks, from seyances to brutal horse tramplings. That’s before even considering the odd interludes with the historical ripples from the discovery of radium. The film cuts from early 20th century Paris to Hiroshima and the dropping of the bomb, to Chernobyl, to the nuclear tests in deserted stretches of mainland USA and to the first uses of radioactivity to cure cancer. These tonal shifts are also compounded by the fact that when Satrapi cuts to later points in time, we are watching worse reenactments of these moments than seen previously in recent pop culture – the incredible tv show Chernobyl being a perfect example. That being said, despite the weird and eclectic tone, there is a lot to like here. From a cinematography per-


Rosamund Pike in Radioactive.

spective, there are flashes of brilliance, and Director of Photography Anthony Dod Mantle plays well with the Paris landscape and the ominous green glow of radium. Rosamund Pike gives a brave and pioneering scientific mind in a patriarchal system full form with a compelling performance, and when coupled with the truly intriguing real life story of this scientific breakthrough, Radioactive still comes off as an interesting period piece. Sam Riley is a strong supporting presence, and Satrapi balances the competing condemnation of the system and

prevailing attitudes of the time with a genuinely enjoyable romance plot. Radioactive is a strange, hard to pin down film, but the incredible true story of this historical pioneer and the performance from Rosamund Pike make this a worthy time at the cinema. Reviews by Jacob Richardson Creative Director | Film Focus



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Most important Mo you’ll ever grow USTRALIA’s leading men’s health organisation, Movember, is reminding Aussies that in 2020, it will be the most important Mo you’ll ever grow. In what has been a tougher year than most, the charity is calling on Mo Bros to unite, farewell the follicles and shave down on October 30, to raise funds that will stop men dying too young. Now in its 17th year, the annual Mo-growing campaign encourages ‘Mo Bros’ and ‘Mo Sisters’ across the country, to rally in support of Movember’s cause areas; men’s mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Movember’s APAC Country Director Rachel Carr said: “If there’s ever been a time to embrace Movember and shed those lockdown beards, it’s now, in 2020. It’s been an incredibly difficult year for men, which makes this year’s campaign our most important, yet. “Research conducted by Movember shows us the effects of the pandemic on men’s mental health in particular, is concerning, and is still far from over. Job losses, relationship stresses and social isolation are taking a toll. We’ve been working hard to fast-track digital mental health resources, to address the need. “Every donation, no matter how small adds up. Signing up for Mo-season is also great way to stay connected within your own social circles, it’s been shown that supporting others can improve your own wellbeing. “With the help of our community, Movember will continue funding and applying research to prevent our fathers, brothers, partners, sons and friends, from dying prematurely,” she said. Figures released earlier this year by Movember, as part of a global study carried out by the Social Research Centrei found that:


• Over half of Aussie men (52 per cent) said no one asked how they’re coping during the COVID-19 pandemic • % of men said their mental health had worsened in the first six weeks of the pandemic, with 30% noting increased feelings of loneliness • Older men are the group most likely to have experienced poorer social connection, with 61 per cent of men aged 45+ years reporting they feel less connected to their friends since the COVID-19 outbreak • In Australia, calls to Lifeline in-

Movember’s Global Director of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Brendan Maher said: “Not surprisingly, our research confirmed that the impact of COVID-19 has hit men pretty hard, in Australia and globally. The statistics show us men are anxious and uncertain about the future. Where the money goes, 2020 initiatives: • Digital mental health tools, including Movember Conversations, a free online ‘conversation simulator’ to kick start conversations with the men who might be struggling.




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• $3.7M into the Social Innovators Challenge, designed to fund projects aimed at creating social connectedness and mental wellbeing in men. • $3.2M for the Social Connections Challenge to engage with innovative, crowd sourced digital or technology ideas, to better connect men amid isolation. • Mental health grants for Veterans and First Responders initiatives with an initial investment of $6.34M over the next two years (supported by DGR). Visit:

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Medical depot staff, 1919 influenza pandemic. Source: NSW State Archives and Records


Government House Parramatta, 1805. Painting by George William Evans. Source: Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW

City legends revealed in documentary series THE legendary people and events that have shaped Parramatta’s unique – and sometimes surprising – history take centre stage in a quirky new documentary series to mark Foundation Day. From pioneers buried in Australia’s oldest marked graves to the legacy of the 1919 Spanish flu pandemic, City of Parramatta Council’s Parramatta Foundations short videos uncover gritty local stories. “As Australia’s second oldest city, Parramatta is an incredible melting pot of stories, cultures and personalities,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said. “Our Parramatta Foundations documentaries take viewers on a journey of discovery through the Indigenous and colonial history of Parramatta – the centre of global Sydney.” The fascinating five-part series features local Darug people, historians, health experts and ecologists in locations across Sydney’s Central River City. Popular filmmaker and comedian Dan Ilic, who grew up in Parramatta, presents four of the videos. His mother, Gwen Ilic, received Parramatta’s 2020 Australia Day Local Award for Senior Citizen of the Year. “Parramatta not only is pivotal in the story of the country’s foundation but it is part of my foundation, too,” Mr Ilic said. “I grew up doing 11 years of the ‘Gang Show’ at the Riverside Theatres. My uncle was a tow truck driver at the Speedway and he’d sneak us into the pit. My father was a solicitor and as a kid I’d escort him to Parramatta District Court and he’d call me his ‘clerk’. It’s what made me the performer I am today. “Making these videos made me realise the incredible stories, people and place that Parramatta has in Australian history. I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I did making them.”

Historian Judith Dunn and Dan Ilic in St John’s Cemetery, Parramatta

Parramatta Pandemics unmasks the impacts of the 1919 Spanish flu pandemic – and its timely lessons – with Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre archivist Michelle Goodman. In Dead Set Legends, local historian Judith Dunn reveals the eye-opening stories of Parramatta icons buried at Australia’s oldest cemetery. Uncle Chris Tobin shows how his Darug ancestors caught eels in the Parramatta River and we find out about the colonists’

crops at Experiment Farm in Parramatta’s Pantry. We dig into the geology and palaeontology of Parramatta going back 300 million years to when Australia was still attached to Antarctica in Deep Foundations in Deep Time. And in a special documentary by ABC Radio Sydney’s Parramatta-based producer Dayvis Heyne, the Female Orphan School’s impact on Australia’s social history is explored.

Foundation Day marks the settlement of the Parramatta area by British colonists led by Governor Arthur Phillip on November 2, 1788. Council commemorates the day annually with events throughout Parramatta, including at the North Parramatta Heritage Precinct. This year, Council is taking its celebrations online due to COVID-19.

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Live music to cut through Covid pain IVE music is set to ease the pandemic pain of Parramatta restaurants and pubs that have outdoor dining. From November 1 to the end of March 2021, Parramatta Council is removing restrictions on outdoor dining to make it easier for pubs, bars and restaurants to operate live music outside. This is for venues with outside dining that were previously prevented from having live music. “Many businesses have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as long as social distancing measures are in place, they will continue to be impacted,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said. “In the absence of major live music events due to current restrictions, we wanted to bring entertainment to the streets in a safe and manageable way. It will not only give people a great reason to visit the City and support local businesses, but also provide a boost for local musicians and artists who have also had it tough during the pandemic.”


Council will kick-start the pilot and contribute $10,000 towards entertainment at venues across the City, in addition to its popular events and festivals program. The trial aligns with Council’s recently endorsed Parramatta Night City Framework 2020-2024 and will be voluntary for small businesses with existing outdoor dining approvals. “Parramatta has always been a great place for a bite to eat and drink over summer – and now with al fresco dining and live music on offer, why would you go anywhere else?” Cr Dwyer said. “This program is a win-win-win – for businesses who are looking for new ways to bring in customers, for artists looking for work, and for the community keen to reconnect after months of being in lockdown.”

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Tszyu vs Morgan in SuperFight HE NSW Government has continued its winning streak, securing another high-profile sporting event for Western Sydney. Headlining the inaugural Sydney SuperFight event at Bankwest Stadium on December 16 will be a Trans-Tasman bout between up and coming Australian star Tim Tszyu and New Zealand’s Bowyn Morgan. Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres welcomed the COVID-safe event, estimated to deliver over $1M to the visitor economy, as another major win for Western Sydney and NSW. “Sydney SuperFight joins an impressive list of major sporting events that have been secured for our state through the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. “With Sydneysider Tim Tszyu, son of Australian boxing legend Kostya Tszyu, in the ring against the Kiwi champion, this will be a contest that boxing fans won’t want to miss, and I have no doubt Sydney SuperFight will be a sellout. Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee (pictured) said the recent easing of restrictions made this even better news for fans. “We can now have up to 15,000 spectators taking in the blockbuster program at Bankwest Stadium in a COVID-safe way,” Mr Lee said. “Major events like Sydney SuperFight are key to the recovery of our state and we look forward to welcoming the contestants, officials, support staff and their fans to Western Sydney for another big night on the NSW sporting calendar.” The Sydney SuperFight program is packed with entertainment including undercard bouts such as the highly anticipated clash between former NRL star Paul Gallen and former UFC star Mark Hunt. Tickets for the Sydney SuperFight went on sale at 10am on Monday, November 2 via Ticketek.


Mark Hunt, Tim Tszyu and Pail; Gallen at Bankwest Stadium.



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