The core of North Parramatta Heritage Precinct is a special place with many layers of history and memories including some very traumatic experiences by people who have inhabited this site.
For a long time, many of the heritage buildings have been closed to the public. This discussion paper puts forward a concept to bring new life to this precinct through the development of a Western Sydney Cultural & Creative Industries Hub.
The Chamber believes the continued use of these delicate heritage buildings for government offices is suboptimal and a variety of uses are needed to activate the precinct.
These uses include the potential for museums, start-up businesses, cafes and museums. This proposal illuminates the concept for creative and cultural industries to be co-located in some of these buildings. This idea would see cultural entities and creative enterprises share space in one of Sydney’s most historic sites.
It will support and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, boost cultural and social development as well as employment at a regional level. The hub would be flexible and suitable for many types of activity such as meetings, networking, hack events, private working, group working, discussion-based events, training, mentoring, incubation and acceleration of projects or firms, collaborative making and research ideas.