The City of Parramatta is upgrading the Bartlett Street Centre and Thomas Wemyss Park, Ermington as part of Council’s long-running Better Neighbourhood Program (BNP).
Thank you to everyone that provided feedback during the initial community consultation run throughout August and September 2020. We had strong community participation, with 279 contributions and 1774 page views. Of the 279 contributions, 207 were survey responses and 72 were provided via the quick poll tool. This feedback helped inform funding prioritisation and determine which inclusions were seen to be most desirable as part of the delivery of this project.
Council has worked hard to take community feedback and preferences into consideration in the draft concept plans prepared for the Bartlett Street Centre, the open space at Thomas Wemyss Park and the playground at Thomas Wemyss Park.
Click on the images below to enlarge and see more detail on each draft concept plan, or alternatively access via the resources section.
Phase Two Community Consultation
Feedback on the draft concept plans for the Bartlett Street Centre, the open space at Thomas Wemyss Park and the playground at Thomas Wemyss Park closed at 9am on Friday 26 February 2021.
Council will be reviewing all submissions provided as part of Phase Two Community Consultation and will be sharing key findings and recurring suggestions and comments with Council’s internal designers for consideration.
This will be used to help inform the next stage of this project (detailed documentation) where the scope of works for this project will be finalised. Following the completion of detailed design documentation for the improvements to the public domain at Bartlett Street Centre and the upgrades to the facilities at Thomas Wemyss Park, Council will secure a contractor/s to deliver the works which are anticipated to begin from May 2021.
Council would like to acknowledge that there may be several suggestions for improvements at Bartlett Street Centre and Thomas Wemyss Park that would be of benefit to the community, but not all of these are financially feasible given the available budget for this project. Council strives to deliver upgrades that can provide the most value and benefit for the community and additional improvements may be included as part of future works in the area, should additional funding become available.
Frequently Asked Questions - Thomas Wemyss Park Playground
Council is looking to upgrade the pocket park playground at Thomas Wemyss Park with new equipment that provides better function and play value. The upgraded playground will remain in the same location as existing.
The proposed upgrade will also include:
- Other improvements such as reconditioning of the playground retaining wall and inclusion of a park shelter and picnic table setting next to the space.
- Replacement of the existing artificial turf and softfall with new rubber softfall.
There is a medium level of shade offered by surrounding mature trees. Shade sails will be considered as part of a future stage to the playground upgrade and as part of another grant fund.
No fence will be provided as the existing retaining wall between the playground and Bartlett Street creates an effective barrier. Any money spent on fencing would be subtracted from the overall budget which would mean less money for playground equipment. Fences are therefore only included in local playgrounds when necessary.
No trees are proposed for removal.
No water play is planned for this playground as it is only to be installed in specially considered locations and is too expensive to install and maintain under a Pocket Playground budget.
No flying foxes or trampolines are planned for this playground due to space and budget limitations.
Outdoor exercise equipment is not designed for children and cannot be included in playgrounds. The budget has been specifically allocated to upgrade the playground and does not allow for additional items in the park. The sports court, pathways and open space within the park provide opportunities for passive and active recreation.
Yes, the playground will include two new seats.
Yes, the existing bin will be upgraded, and a bubbler will be installed.
The play surface around the play equipment will be made from a coloured porous rubber.
Frequently Asked Questions - General
Phase One consultation on Bartlett Street Shops and Thomas Wemyss Park took place throughout August and September 2020. A number of opportunities were provided for stakeholders and community members to provide their feedback, including conversations with each of the retailers and property owners, as well as an online survey. The opportunity to participate was promoted on Council’s website, via social media, as well as posters on site. There was a strong response to the engagement opportunity as summarised in the graphic below.
Respondents demonstrated a desire to retain the convenient nature of Bartlett Street Shops and see it modernised to become more welcoming and inviting for customers, especially those with families. Safety, cleanliness and increased activity also came through as important issues.
At Thomas Wemyss Park, respondents indicated that they enjoy the green and open space, however there is a concern that the park is unsafe with ageing facilities, in particular, the playground (which is currently closed). Community members expressed a desire for improved cleanliness, as well as more modern facilities which are welcoming, inclusive and accessible for users of all ages and abilities.
Respondents were also asked to select their three most desired inclusions for the upgrade from a list of options. The most popular options chosen were, ‘new play equipment’ (54%), ‘lighting’ (43%) and ‘shade structure’ (29%) with the least favoured choices being ‘new waste disposal bins’ (7%), ‘street furniture’ (7%) and ‘traffic and/or speed reduction features’ (4.35%).
To discover more about what we heard, please read the Bartlett Street Shops and Thomas Wemyss Park – Engagement Report.
The Better Neighbourhood Program (BNP) is a long-running and successful Council program that focuses on the capital upgrades of local centres outside of the Parramatta CBD. The BNP commenced in 1999 and delivers improvements to centres with the goal of enhancing safety, vitality and economic prosperity.
Between 2011 and 2019, Council has invested $11,761,333 in BNP projects, which consist primarily of:
- Capital upgrades to local, town and neighbourhood centres,
- Connecting Centres projects to improve access to local centres and neighbourhoods, and
- Complementary public domain improvements.
Every two years, City of Parramatta’s Place Services team audit the 45 centres situated within the Local Government Area (LGA) and score them based on several criteria including, but not limited to asset condition, accessibility, shade cover, potential for outdoor dining, vacancy rates etc. The centres determined to be ‘most in need’ at that point in time are prioritised for funding.
We anticipate construction will begin in the first half of 2021. Businesses and residents will be consulted throughout the design processes and be notified when new information is available. When dates for construction are confirmed, these will be promptly shared with stakeholders.