The Parramatta North Heritage Precinct could soon be home to artists, start-up businesses, museums and cafes under a bold new proposal put forward by the Western Sydney Business Chamber.
In its discussion paper, the Western Sydney Cultural and Creative Industries Hub
, the Chamber presents a new concept idea to breathe new life into the heritage precinct.
“While it is a beautiful, historic precinct, many of the heritage buildings have been closed to the public for many years and it is long past time that we find a new and innovative use for this remarkable site,” said David Borger, Director of the Western Sydney Business Chamber.
“The Chamber has come up with a new way to revitalise this precinct by inviting and encouraging artists, creative industries and start-ups to be located in the precinct.
“Great cities need great cultural precincts and Western Sydney currently does not have a home for its growing creative industries,” Mr Borger said.
“The precinct is a special place for many members of our community and contains traumatic memories for the people who have inhabited the site, from our first Australians to recent times, and they need to be honoured and remembered. This idea is a way we can recognise this history.
“The paper explores a number of national and international examples that have nurtured the cultural life of great urban places and that could inspire new activities in the Parramatta North Heritage Precinct.
“This is just one way to open the site to the community and honour the past as well as address the critical shortage of community and arts space in Western Sydney and keep the buildings in public ownership.
“Our region has a vibrant arts and cultural community and we need to embrace this growing sector and this is one idea we have explored in order to share this wonderful and unique precinct with everyone,” Mr Borger said.
UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation CEO Barry Mann said Parramatta North’s potential would soon be realised.
“Together with our partners and community, we are developing a shared vision for the heritage core that is future focused and respects the indigenous, colonial and institutional stories of Parramatta North,” Mr Mann said.
“We recognise and welcome the high calibre of cultural organisations, artists and individuals represented in this discussion paper and look forward to working closely with cultural and creative industries and the Western Sydney Business Chamber to better understand the opportunities of the region,” Mr Mann said.
UrbanGrowth NSW is leading the activation, urban renewal and economic development of land within the Parramatta North Growth Centre, which includes the heritage core.