Environmental Strategy for Parramatta

Council’s community strategic plan, Parramatta 2038, sets out the long term-vision for the Parramatta Local Government Area. Within this plan, Council’s objective relating to the Environment states that “Parramatta will be an eco-efficient city that effectively manages and uses the City’s growth to improve and protect the environment.”

Council recognises that a rapidly growing population and increasing development in Parramatta requires a shifting focus on the environment. Whilst protection of natural assets remains a priority, strategies to address the efficiency of our built environment and manage environmental risks are also vital to ensuring a prosperous and vibrant city.

The key strategies are:

Natural Environment

To improve, protect and value our natural heritage and systems, including the extensive network of parks and bushland reserves; continue to protect biodiversity while improving connections between these areas and people; and focus on:

  • waterways rehabilitation
  • biodiversity and bushland management
  • local air quality
  • land and soil management

Built environment

To invest in and create a low-impact, eco-efficient urban environment that supports Parramatta as an area of significant jobs and residential growth; develop creative responses to improve the efficiency of the City, diversify the source of our resources and help manage increasing energy, water and waste costs; and focus on:

  • efficiency and adaptability of precincts and buildings
  • growth in green jobs and services

Risks and resilience

To minimise and manage environmental risks; increase resilience; improve recovery times; and focus on:

  • preparation for extreme weather events and/or other extreme events that disrupt food, water, energy or other resource supply
  • identification of risk and putting plans in place to better deal with events when they happen
  • flooding risk

Last updated on 17 May 2016