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, the Parramatta CBD and the Bankwest Stadium.

A risk assessment of the area undertaken by Council identified that the current lack of lighting and visibility poses a potantial public safety risk. For interim safety, three (3) temporary lighting fixtures are being relied upon, however a more sustainable and permanent solution is required.

The proposed 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.

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.

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:

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. Feedback received told us that the new lighting along the Old King’s Foreshore is a welcomed addition to increase visibility along the route with 98% of respondents support the project overall.

  • 72 people provided feedback via the survey online
  • 90% of respondents selected that they live within the City of Parramatta Local Government Area
  • 90% voting ‘yes’ they do believe this project will increase visibility for pedestrians and cyclists along this path
  • 65% advised ‘yes’, the draft Review of Environmental Factors (REF) has provided appropriate safeguarding actions and mitigation measures to minimise these impacts

You also had some great suggestions about future improvements for safety in the area. Such as:

  • Path upgrade
  • More signage for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Activation (events, pop ups cafes, etc) along the route
  • Update the under-bridge area
  • Mirrors for tight corners

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, and
  • the poles are cabled and configured to permit a future CCTV installation.

If you have any questions relating to the new lighting along Old King's Foreshore project or the REF, please email the project team via or call 1300 617 058.

Frequently Asked Questions

Construction is anticipated to commence in late 2021.

Construction has been delayed due to Heritage NSW have recently advised they reuired further Aboprigianl archeological assessment of the installation.

*This is subject to change.

The foreshore area will be open during construction, however there will be some diversions during the estimated 4-week 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 would you like information supplied in another language or format, please call 1300 617 058 or email