Council is moving forward with the second stage of upgrade works along Phillip Street, Parramatta, connecting the planned upgrades of Parramatta Wharf and Charles Street Square to the Eat Street Precinct and Bankwest Stadium.

The proposed works include the widening of the footpath on the southern side of Phillip Street between Smith Street and Charles Street to accommodate outdoor dining, as well as the installation of 'smart city elements' and an 'urban forest' of mature trees.

Proposed works

  • Widening the footpath to improve pedestrian accessibility and allow for outdoor dining
  • Planting of new plants and street trees for the provision of shade
  • Construction of a new pedestrian crossing at the corner of Phillip Street and Charles Street to improve pedestrian accessibility and safety
  • Installation of smart city elements including:
    • Condition-responsive lighting that will increase energy efficiency and enable Council to control lighting levels and timing
    • Street furniture with built-in USB charging ports
    • Smart irrigation
    • CCTV
    • Environmental monitoring
    • Parking sensors
    • Compactor bins with sensors
    • Kinetic pavers with the potential to create energy to power up other electrical equipment including lighting or USB charging ports
    • Digital screens displaying environmental data and other relevant data (e.g. next ferry arrival)
    • Water misting for temperature cooling.

The draft notification plan in the resources section provides further details.

The project is proudly funded by the NSW State Government in association with the City of Parramatta.

Community consultation and next steps

Feedback was welcomed on the second stage of proposed works for Phillip Street in the Parramatta CBD between Tuesday 21 September and 9am on Tuesday 5 October 2021.

After reviewing all feedback received during community consultation, Council will finalise detailed design and then proceed to construction. It is anticipated at this stage that construction should be complete by early-2023.

Frequently asked questions

This is a project listed in Council's Delivery Program and Operational Plan. The aim of this project is to deliver streetscape upgrade works, integrating multiple Council policies and strategies and addressing community feedback from CBD residents, workers and visitors wanting more outdoor dining, vibrancy, cafes, shade and seating along Phillip Street.

Council is aiming to commence works towards the middle of 2022. Further updates on the construction program will be provided soon.

Phillip Street will remain open and accessible during the delivery of works. Council will consult with property owners and tennants regarding driveway access to impacted buildings.

The construction of the pedestrian crossing will improve pedestrian safety and connection to Charles Street Square and Parramatta Wharf.