Old King’s Foreshore lights up!

Following extensive community consultation, planning and design, Heritage NSW approvals, and a construction program delayed by unseasonal heavy rains, the Old King’s Foreshore lighting project is now complete.

The Old King's Foreshore holds cultural, historical and social significance at local, state and federal levels. The foreshore is also a popular recreation area and forms a part of a high-traffic pedestrian corridor linking key destinations, namely the Parramatta CBD and Commbank Stadium.

A risk assessment of the area undertaken by Council identified that the current lack of lighting and visibility poses a potential public safety risk. Twenty (20) LED light poles have now been installed along the shared pathway, adjacent to the Old King's Parade Ground between O’Connell Street and Marsden Street.

The new light poles provide consistent, high-quality lighting of the foreshore path and the connecting link to O’Connell Street, making the trip between the Parramatta CBD and CommBank Stadium brighter and safer for pedestrians and cyclists.


The new light poles provide consistent high quality lighting of the foreshore path and connecting link to O’Connell Street to a standard suitable for urban parklands and shared use by pedestrians and bike riders.

The light pole design has been selected for its suitability as a standard fixture for use throughout the city river corridor, in a range of settings and has the capacity to integrate other services, such as power, water and data, reducing the visual clutter of separate service cabinets these would otherwise require.

The new LED light poles match those installed adjacent to The Lennox development (opposite Riverside Theatres). The lights, and new landscaping, bring an understated contemporary style to the Parramatta River foreshore.

Artist illustration of the lighting plans installed on the Old King's Foreshore.

Community engagement

In mid-2020, the City of Parramatta consulted the community on plans to install permanent pedestrian lighting along the shared path between Marsden Street and O’Connell Street. The community supported the proposal and minor amendments to the design have been informed by the community and stakeholder feedback.

What did we hear?

Thank you to everyone who participated in the consultation on the Old King's Foreshore Lighting Project proposed plans and the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) in late 2020. Check out what we heard below:

How has community feedback been used?

The technical issues raised in submissions have been reviewed to confirm the design as exhibited provides high quality lighting to an appropriate standard whilst minimising light spill.

  • The switchboard has been relocated to a more discrete location away from O’Connell Street and closer to Marsden Street where it will no longer potentially impact pedestrian sight lines, as noted in one submission.
  • A number of suggestions about improvements for safety in the area are noted for consideration as part of future improvement works.

Further to this, it is noted the current lighting project anticipates two of these potential future improvements in its design.

  • The luminaires have been located and specified to ensure a future widened path will still meet the lighting standard.
  • The poles are cabled and configured to permit a future CCTV installation.

Frequently asked questions

A review of environmental factors is a document that is prepared to demonstrate due diligence and comply with the requirements of the EP&A Act (1979). Typically, it applies to activities for which development consent is not required under the Act. Instead, the proponent (in this case City of Parramatta) must clearly demonstrate it has identified all environmental impacts of the proposal and mitigation measures to minimise impacts. The REF needs to be appropriate to the nature and scale of the proposal and often draws on specialist studies to reach a conclusion on nature and extent of impacts and mitigations.

For the preparation of this REF, an independent planner was commissioned to prepare it. The planner integrated the advice and findings of the lighting designers, electrical engineers and civil and structural engineers who prepared the design for the works. This was supplemented by reports commissioned for the project from heritage specialists, archaeologists, geotechnical engineers and ecologists.

The City of Parramatta is committed to implementing the mitigations and safeguards identified in the REF.

Council is committed to making sure everyone can access the information they need in a format that is right for them.

If you need assistance, or you would you like information in another language or format, please contact Ron Pidcock, Portfolio Manager on 0466 286 167 or email RPidcock@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au.


If you need assistance providing feedback, or you would like information supplied in another language or format, please contact Council's Community Engagement Team via 1300 617 058 or participate@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au.

If you would like to speak to someone over the phone in another language, call TIS National on 131 450 for a free interpreting service. Let them know you want to speak to City of Parramatta Council and your chosen language and they will connect you.


市议会致力于确保每个人都能获得所需要的信息。如果您需要以其它语言或格式获取信息,请致电 1300 617 058 或发送电邮至 participate@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

如果您希望以其它语言进行电话交谈,请致电 131 450 联系 TIS 全国服务中心获取免费传译服务。告诉他们您想与 Parramatta 市议会通话和您选用的语言,他们就会为您接通。

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