Lord Mayor's Column - 04 December 2013

Shaping Our City
Parramatta City Council is committed to securing the best possible outcomes for Parramatta as we steer the city through its current phase of exciting growth and development. We’re very fortunate to have some of the world’s most respected place-makers and urban designers assisting us. This week, we ran a series of public workshops hosted by internationally renowned urban designer Ethan Kent.

Each of the workshops was designed to confirm exactly what your ideas are for the future of the city. What you like and don’t like at present in Parramatta. And what you do and don’t want in your city centre. This is your city, and we’re committed to consulting with you about its future every step of the way. All feedback will help inform the brief Council will prepare for the Parramatta Square public domain design competition, which we plan to launch early next year.

Kids Christmas Concert
Lord Mayor Cr John Chedid and family enjoy the Christmas Tree lightingChristmas is a very special time for my family, and we celebrate the season as Christians do around the world – praising the birth of Christ. It’s a time for families to come together and give thanks, and for communities to join forces in peace and mutual respect. This is one of the reasons I’m so proud of our annual Kids Christmas Concert and the lighting of our Christmas tree in Church Street Mall. Each year, these joyous events attract young and old from all communities and cultures, and I’d like to extend a big thank you to the 2000-plus people who joined us last week for the occasion. We look forward to seeing you there again next year.

Celebrating Our Proud Lebanese Heritage
Around 1500 people joined the Lord Mayor Cr John Chedid to celebrate the Lebanese Day of Independence on the Parramatta River foreshore.How wonderful it was to see the large turnout for our annual Lebanese flag raising ceremony last Saturday on the Parramatta River foreshore. More than 1500 people joined us to celebrate a day that’s especially important to Lebanese communities around the world - the Lebanese Day of Independence. I was particularly proud to present a range of awards to members of the Australian Lebanese community who’d demonstrated a long term commitment to the city of Parramatta. A special thank you to our guests, including Parramatta Eels player Tim Mannah, who joined us for this special occasion. I was also delighted to see the large gathering that joined us for the free family fun day, with lots of rides, fun activities and food for everyone!