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Precinct Development

Parramatta North Precinct

Overview

Parramatta North is a place of compelling stories that honours history from the times of First Peoples to present. It is a site of living history and memory for many people, particularly those with connections to the numerous institutions that operated on the site.

Covering 42-hectares of Government-owned land, the Parramatta North Precinct is a whole-of-government, major urban renewal initiative and an essential enabler in achieving the NSW Government’s vision for the Westmead Health and Innovation District.

Parramatta North will deliver a diversity of education, research, commercial, cultural and residential outcomes and provide key social and community infrastructure. It is set to become a thriving innovation and arts and cultural precinct with collaborative spaces for artists and innovators alike.

The Precinct will also celebrate and enhance the significant collection of heritage, cultural and environmental assets on site and provide improved connectivity to surrounding parklands, stadium and cultural precincts, to deliver exceptional place outcomes for the Central River City.

What’s happening now?

On 1 December 2021, the NSW Government announced it is investing $53.8 million to progress the restoration and activation of the National Heritage Listed North Parramatta Heritage Precinct, to bring innovation, jobs and visitors to Western Sydney.

The Heritage Core is ‘Forever Country. A place where past lessons fuel future opportunities’. The stories of Parramatta North date back thousands of years for First Nations people, to whom it remains a site of immense cultural meaning.

The Parramatta North Heritage Precinct includes stunning significant colonial heritage buildings, some dating back to the 1820s, that are listed on the National Heritage Register, including the Female Factory.

In addition to work currently being undertaken at North Parramatta, the funding will enable:

  • Conservation and upgrade of a further 11 heritage buildings, as part of a 10-year program of work to 31 buildings across the Heritage Core.
  • Preparation of Business Cases to establish cultural facilities and an Immersive Museum experience centred around the Parramatta Female Factory.
  • Repair and maintenance to Keller House to facilitate delivery of a Stolen Generations Keeping Place, as supported by Aboriginal Affairs NSW and led by survivors and the Stolen Generations Council.
  • Upgrade of 2 hectares of open space for public use, as part of a 10-year program to upgrade almost 6 hectares across the Heritage Core.
  • Finalisation of the Registration of Interest (ROI) process commenced by UrbanGrowth in 2019, for the temporary activation and long-term tenancy of buildings and open spaces - including provision of subsidised accommodation under the Create NSW Infrastructure Support Policy.

Works are continuing for the Western Sydney Start-Up Hub and café and the Parramatta Girls Memorial and Garden will be officially opened in early 2022.

For more information, view the $54m to secure future of Parramatta Female Factory and develop arts and cultural precinct media release.

Expressions of interest invited – Western Sydney cafe operators

Western Sydney Café operators are invited to express interest in opening a contemporary and stylish café-bar in North Parramatta’s stunning heritage precinct, right next to the Western Sydney Startup Hub which is expected to open mid-2022.

Click here for more information and to express your interest.

The EOI will close at 2:00PM on 24 January 2022. Short-listed respondents will then be required to complete a request for proposal (RFP) in early February.

Stay informed

The NSW Government will be working closely with the community to create, refine and bring the vision to life. We invite the community to register for future updates and community consultation.

Contact us
precinctdevelopment@property.nsw.gov.au

Please email us for more information or to register for updates.