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.
Existing share pathway
Old King's Parade Ground/ Bayanami Public School
Parramatta River Foreshore
New Lighting

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.

The REF has given consideration to archaeology, acid sulphate soils, contamination, flora and fauna, heritage, geotechnical, traffic and access, noise and air quality, visual amenity impacts and waste management, including storage and disposal. Across these areas, potential minor impacts have been identified, along with their required safeguarding actions and mitigation measures to minimise impacts. Read more about the REF in the resource section of this page.


Council is now inviting the community’s feedback on the Old King's Foreshore Lighting Project proposed plans and the Review of Environmental Factors (REF). Feedback closes on Monday 24 August 2020 at 4:00PM.

Complete the 5 minute survey to have your say by scrolling down and clicking 'next':

Postal Submissions:

City of Parramatta Council
Attention: City Transformation
Subject: New Lighting along Old King's Foreshore Project REF
PO Box 32, Parramatta NSW 2124

Please state your full name, address and position of the project in the submission.

Due to the circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic we are unable to hold face-to-face information sessions.

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.

Submissions close on Monday 24 August 2020 at 4:00PM.

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