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. For interim safety, three (3) temporary lighting fixtures are being relied upon, however a more sustainable and permanent solution is required and is now under construction.


August 2022 project update

With further Aboriginal archaeological assessment completed and Heritage NSW approvals in place, work began on site in early May 2022.

Many of the lights are now in position, and further installation work continues. The project is expected to be completed mid-September 2022.


The works include the installation of twenty (20) new LED light poles along the existing pathway adjacent to the Old King's Parade Ground.

The new light poles will 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 new LED light poles will match the design recently installed at the river foreshore adjacent to The Lennox development (opposite Riverside Theatre).

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

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.

A range of technical studies and site investigations have been undertaken, and a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) has been prepared by an independent consultant.


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 will the feedback be 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

Works will be undertaken from early May to mid-September 2022 (subject to weather conditions).

The foreshore area will be open during construction, however there will be some diversions during the construction period where pedestrians and cyclists will be required to use the adjoining grassed area.

Traffic controllers will be in place during this time to manage any diversions to ensure the safety of the community.

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