New artist impressions offer a first look at the proposed Sturt Park revamp, set to be completed in early 2022.
Council is upgrading Sturt and Acacia Parks in Telopea. These upgrades will provide the community with continued access to quality recreation spaces and areas for relaxation in open green spaces.
Click on each item below for detailed information on what we heard from the community regarding these upgrades.
We had a very positive response to the consultation on the Draft Concept Designs prepared for Sturt and Acacia Parks.
At Sturt Park, we heard that play should be appropriate for all ages, with requests for a full basketball court, many new skate park features, as well as toddler-appropriate play. We also heard that there should be lines-of-sight between those spaces. Feedback on the proposed new location of the amenities block and new lighting design was generally good, but you also told us that there still are safety concerns to consider.
At Acacia Park, we heard that you are excited about a beautiful, relaxing landscaping, but that access into the park and around it is still a concern. There were also lots of different ideas about which play themes and features are best! We will be working to incorporate as many of your preferred elements as we can during detailed design and also be adding detail to wayfinding and signage, especially for The Ponds Walk.
Please see the Sturt and Acacia Parks Draft Concept Designs - Infographic in the Resources section for more detailed information on what we heard.
Council has used your previous feedback to further develop and refine plans for the park upgrades. Throughout late June and early August 2020, the community provided feedback on the concept designs for the proposed skatepark to be located at Sturt Park. Check out what it could like in the ‘Telopea Skatepark Upgrade Draft Concept Report’ in the Resources section.
Council received 35 submissions on the proposed Skatepark Concept Design during the consultation period with respondents indicating that they were supportive of the bigger space and open area as well as various street obstacles that are being considered. To see more of what we heard, please click here.
Throughout September 2020, Council will incorporate feedback into the detailed design with construction anticipated in mid-to-late 2021.
During late 2020, Council conducted consultation on the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) prepared for the proposed upgrades at Sturt Park and Acacia Park.
The REF is an assessment of the potential environmental impacts of the park upgrades, both during construction and after completion. The REF identified a range of environmental safeguards and mitigations to protect archaeology, heritage (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) as well as flora and fauna. This is a planning process known as Part 5 under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
As part of the REF, Council needs to fully assess possible environmental impacts, and then look at mitigations to limit any negative impacts. The REF prepared for Sturt Park and Acacia Park determined that the works will not have a significant impact on the environment (subject to implementation of mitigation measures) and therefore an Environmental Impact Statement was not required.
Public exhibition of the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) closed at 9:00am on Monday 16 November 2020. Council received two submissions.
To look at Council's response to these submissions, please refer to the Review of Environmental Factors - Post Exhibition Report in the 'Resources - Review of Environmental Factors' section of this page.
New artist impressions offer a first look at the proposed Sturt Park revamp, set to be completed in early 2022.
Check out the concept plans and timeline here
Construction is complete and the newly refurbished Acacia Park is now open!
Check out the improved Acacia Park features here
If you have any questions, or you would like information in another language or format, please contact the Place Services Team via 1300 617 058 or email@example.com.
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.
A review of environmental factors (REF) is a document that is prepared to demonstrate due diligence and comply with the requirements of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act (1979). Typically, it applies to construction activities which do not require consent under the act. Instead, the proponent (in this case, the City of Parramatta) must clearly demonstrate it has identified all environmental impacts of the proposal, along with mitigation measures to minimise those 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 the nature and extent of impacts and mitigations.
An independent planner was commissioned to prepare this REF. The planner integrated the advice and findings of all specialist designers and engineers who prepared the design for the upgrade and associated works. This was supplemented by reports commissioned for the project from heritage specialists, archaeologists and ecologists.
The City of Parramatta is committed to implementing the mitigations and safeguards identified in the REF.
Sturt Park and Acacia Park are important assets for our local community, but they are in need of an upgrade so that they are safer, better connected and state-of-the-art.
The Sturt and Acacia Parks Improvement Project will help to future proof and enhance these green spaces, ensuring they remain great, loveable parks well into the future. The improvements will strengthen our connection to the natural environment and ensure that the local community continues to have access to quality active and passive recreation spaces close to where they live.
Council received a $5 million grant from the NSW Government under the Precinct Support Scheme. This grant provides an opportunity to undertake major upgrades to parks within the Telopea Urban Renewal Precinct. The funding will be put towards improving Sturt and Acacia parks which are the two key open spaces in the local area.
The Sturt and Acacia Parks Improvement Project is a separate project and not dependent on the timeline or funding for the Telopea Urban Renewal Masterplan. The Telopea Urban Renewal Masterplan project identified the importance of upgrading these large, local green spaces.
For more information on the Telopea Urban Renewal Masterplan, please visit the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and NSW Department of Family and Community Services’ Communities Plus websites.
The Sturt and Acacia Parks Improvement Project is funded by a $5 million grant from the NSW Government under the Precinct Support Scheme and Council is committed to delivering as many improvements as possible within this budget. Our first round of community consultation on the draft concept designs highlighted the need for improved safety and including elements for many ages and abilities.
Council will continue to work closely with the community to understand the needs, aspirations and priorities for each park.
See the respective Project Timelines for Sturt Park and Acacia Park on this page for more information.
City of Parramatta acknowledges the Traditional Owners of this land, the Darug people. For over 60,000 years, the area comprising present day Parramatta has been occupied by the Burramattagal people who played a significant role in the parks’ current locations including Ponds Creek. Council will be completing a heritage report for the parks during the design phase. The report’s findings will be reflected in designs that celebrate, respect and work around the heritage of the sites as appropriate and following Council and State guidelines.
Part of Sturt Park’s heritage value lies in the large Blue Gum Trees that formed the original bushland before Dundas Valley was cleared for farming and housing, and are now critically endangered within the Sydney basin. These significant trees will be protected in the future designs for the park. In line with Council’s ongoing commitment to restore urban bushland and waterways, Council aims to protect all significant remaining trees across the park and restore and rehabilitate the Ponds Creek.
Sturt and Acacia Parks will continue to be owned and maintained by Council.
If you are deaf and/or find it hard hearing or speaking with people who use a phone, please contact the National Relay Service at relayservice.gov.au and provide them the City of Parramatta contact number, 1300 617 058.
Community Engagement Team
1300 617 058
City of Parramatta Council acknowledges the Dharug people who are the traditional custodians of the land of Parramatta. Council pays respect to the Elders past and present of the Dharug nation and extends that respect to other First Nations people visiting this site.
This website privacy statement describes how Harvest Digital Planning Pty Ltd (ABN: 12 148 958 927) (“Harvest”) collects, protects and uses your personal information through its online software applications (the “Software”) through the website [https://participate.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/] (known as “Participate Parramatta”) licensed to the City of Parramatta Council (ABN 49 907 174 773) (“City of Parramatta”).
We take your privacy seriously
The City of Parramatta values the privacy of individuals who visit and use https://participate.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/ and the City of Parramatta associated websites and services. This privacy statement outlines how we deal with your personal information.
The City of Parramatta and Harvest are subject to the New South Wales Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002. These Acts give people some control over the personal information they provide to an agency and the right to know how it will be used.
What is personal information?
Personal information includes any information or opinion about an individual whose identity is apparent or can be readily identified from the information or opinion. For further information visit the NSW Information and Privacy Commission website.
Links to external websites
This website contains links to external websites not owned or operated by the City of Parramatta. The City of Parramatta is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.
“Participate Parramatta” uses social media sites to share and promote information resources and services. The City of Parramatta abides by the privacy policies and terms of service of third-party social media providers we use. We will not share personal information when we post to social media. We remind users to be mindful not to post any personal information that they do not wish to be made public, and to seek consent before posting the personal information of others.
Collection of personal information
“Participate Parramatta” will only collect personal information which you provide to us and will only use it for the purposes for which it was collected. We keep the collection and retention of personal information to the minimum required to support our functions. The provision of personal information is voluntary; however, some services are only available to registered users or where certain information is provided.
At all points of collection, we will inform you of what personal information we need, why we need it, and any specific conditions around the collection and use of that information. Personal information collected by “Participate Parramatta” will be treated within the terms of the New South Wales Government's privacy responsibilities and obligations.
Anonymous information is also collected for statistical purposes, to monitor usage of our site and services, and to gather information to help us see how we can make future improvements.
Personal information collected by third parties
This website provides access to services and functionalities which are delivered by third-party vendors, whose websites are not owned or operated by the City of Parramatta, e.g. Eventbrite for event bookings. When you use these functions, you do so on these vendors’ websites, and the personal information you provide will be used, disclosed, transferred and stored in accordance with their privacy policies. The City of Parramatta is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these websites. We will endeavor to inform you where you have left “Participate Parramatta” website and we encourage you to read the privacy policies of all third parties before providing any information to them.
Our third-party partners may provide “Participate Parramatta” with your contact details if required to resolve any service issues. Non-identifiable data will also be used by Harvest for analytical purposes.
The provision of personal information to third-party providers is voluntary, however some services can only be made available to identified users.
User registration on the website
The City of Parramatta uses the third party community engagement platform owned by Harvest to handle registrations and logins on “Participate Parramatta”. This platform allows for limited profile sharing across the website. This includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn).
Registering with the website is voluntary; however, some services may only be available to registered users.
Feedback from users
We collect your feedback to understand your views on projects, which shape the City. Providing personal details is required for feedback forms and submissions. Any information you choose to give us is used to understand community views and to inform decision-making. Information such as ideas and views on projects may be released under the Government Information Public Access Act (GIPA) that is de-personalised.
If you provide your contact details, you may be contacted to provide further feedback.
Photographs of users
Photographs and video may be used to document “Participate Parramatta” events for reporting and promotional purposes.
An individual must give consent for the use of their photograph or video image for an event. If consent is not provided no identifiable, photos or videos footage of you are taken.
Metadata collected about website visits
We automatically collect certain information when you use our website, including
This information is then aggregated and evaluated, and may be published in reports that show “Participate Parramatta” usage patterns and identify popular areas of the website. This helps us to improve and develop the website and its services.
For security reasons, Harvest also uses some visitor data to detect and respond to criminal activity. We use software programs to monitor network traffic and identify unauthorised attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage to our organisation.
Use of personal information
Any personal information collected by the City of Parramatta through this website will only be used for the purpose for which it has been collected, which includes to properly consider your feedback and submissions and to communicate with you further about these matters, if required.
The City of Parramatta will only publish personal information on the website if it has been collected for this purpose with your knowledge and consent.
Any personal information collected can be accessed by you and may also be available to third parties in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998, Council's Access to Information Policy and Privacy Management Plan.
You may contact City of Parramatta at 126 Church Street, Parramatta to access to, and correct, any personal information you have provided. Enquiries concerning this matter can be addressed to City of Parramatta’s Privacy Contact Officer, by contacting City of Parramatta on 1300 617 058. City of Parramatta’s offices are located at 126 Church Street, Parramatta, NSW, 2150.
Except for when required by law, the City of Parramatta will not disclose your personal information to any third party unless you have authorised us to do so. Under no circumstances will the City of Parramatta sell or receive payment for licensing or disclosing your personal information.
City of Parramatta is subject to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA). Applications to access information are considered under (GIPA) in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.
Personal information may be disclosed under services contracts entered into by the City of Parramatta as a service provider in connection with the specific customer service provisions of “Participate Parramatta”.
Access to aggregated website data is restricted to a limited number of authorised staff who analyse and report on the success of the website in order to meet the City of Parramatta’s communication and access objectives. In the event of an external investigation, a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect the “Participate Parramatta” logs.
The “Participate Parramatta” website has security measures in place to protect against loss, misuse and alteration of information by Harvest. Harvest meet legislative requirements and follow industry best practice to ensure the security of the website and the information systems behind it.
Access, accuracy and remove
You have the right to access and correct personal information about you held by “Participate Parramatta”.
The City of Parramatta will take reasonable steps to ensure your personal information is accurate, complete and up to date. Should you wish to access or amend this information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you no longer wish to receive any communications, or want to be removed from “Participate Parramatta”, or would like to request data deletion, please contact email@example.com.
“Participate Parramatta” content is retained in accordance with the State Records Act.
Where can I find more information?
If you have any questions about this Web Privacy Statement, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information on NSW privacy law can be found at the NSW Information and Privacy Commission website.
This Statement is regularly reviewed and updated.
Date of last revision: September 2021
The following Terms and Conditions govern the use of Participate Parramatta (“the site”). The software platform is owned by Harvest Digital Planning Pty Ltd (Harvest) and operated by us, the City of Parramatta Council.
What are the conditions with a user’s account?
We are not responsible for the content on the site that has been provided by the users of the site. Any content posted by you is subject to the rules of our Moderation Policy. Your contribution to the site may be edited, removed or not published if we consider it inappropriate (refer to Moderation Policy). Contributors should also be aware that their posts may remain online indefinitely. Where practical, you may choose not to identify yourself, deal with us on an anonymous basis or use a pseudonym.
What do we require from our users?
You must understand and agree that, without limitation:
Can your account be suspended or terminated?
We may terminate or suspend access to your site and/or account immediately, without prior notice, including without limitation if you breach the Terms. We may immediately deactivate or delete your account and all the related files and information in your account. After your account has been terminated, the content you have posted may also remain indefinitely on the site.
If you want to terminate your own account, please send an email to email@example.com
These Terms shall be governed in accordance with the laws of New South Wales, Australia, without regards to its conflict of law provisions.
The City of Parramatta Council, its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, licensors and other partners are not responsible for any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including legal fees, made by any third party due to or arising from a breach of this agreement and/or any breach of your representations and warranties set forth above.
What content do we own?
This website contains the copyrighted material, trademarks, patents, trade secrets and other proprietary information (“Intellectual Property”) of the City of Parramatta Council and its suppliers and licensors. The City of Parramatta Council owns and retains all proprietary rights in the intellectual property. All intellectual property in the content of this site including without limitation to text, software, source code, pages, documents and online graphics, photographs, sounds, audio, video and other interactive features are owned by or licensed to us.
Any original content that you submit or post on our site may be made available to the public and allows users to share your content (with the end user acknowledging your contribution) under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 Australian License.
Except for Intellectual Property which is in the public domain or for which you have been given written permission, you may not copy, alter, transmit, sell, distribute any of the Intellectual Property on this site.
We are not responsible for your communications or dealings, including payment and delivery of goods or services, with a third party found via our website. Any loss or damage incurred from those communications or dealings are solely between the user and the third party.
Disclaimer and Warranties
Users must agree that use of the site is at your own risk. We make no warranty that the site will meet your requirements or be uninterrupted or error-free. Any material that the user downloads through the site is done at their own risk and we are not responsible for any damages to their computer system or loss of data.
What happens if these Terms change?
We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to modify or replace these Terms at any time without notice. The most recent version of the Terms can be seen on this page. By continuing to access or use our site after those revisions become effective, you agree and will comply to the revised terms. If you do not agree to the revised terms, please discontinue using our site.
If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, your account has been created.
Completing the questions below helps us better understand the diverse range of people who contribute their ideas. The questions are optional.