This consultation closed at 5pm on Friday 23 December 2022. Thank you for your feedback. Please follow this page for future updates.
In 2021, City of Parramatta commissioned a concept plan for improvements to the Lake Parramatta swimming area and began the process of applying for NSW Government grants to fund the project.
The aim of the project is to:
- Improve user safety
- Improve swimming capacity
- Improve access to the designated swimming area
- Reduce Council's ongoing yearly maintenance costs
Council's grant application was successful, and the concept plan was approved under the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) ‘Places to Swim’ Program 2021/22.
What features are included in the draft concept plan?
There are two zones in the drawings:
- The onshore section is the main element of the project and stage one in terms of construction. The
proposed design includes:
- New concrete retaining walls that double as seating
- Shade umbrellas
- New concrete pavement at water level to provide improved water access
- Separate water entry point with steps and handrails
- A new underwater retaining wall to be filled with imported smooth fine rock to create an even ‘beach’ surface making it easier for people to enter and exit the water
- Native groundcover infill planting and mulching embellishment.
- The proposed offshore section includes:
- An overwater pontoon for bathing and swimming subject to available funds and risk assessment.
Both zones will be subject to a 'Review of Environmental Factors' (REF) under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 which is currently being prepared for public exhibition.
Draft concept plan
The Lake Parramatta Swimming Area Upgrade project was open for consultation from Monday 5 December 2023 to 5pm on Friday 23 December 2022. Thank you to everyone who participated.
The draft concept plan was viewed 3,413 times on Participate Parramatta and 370 submissions were received.
- 233 people indicated they were happy with the draft concept plan (via Quick Poll) and 25 supporting comments were received.
- 51 submissions indicated strong opposition to the proposal (20 via Quick Poll and 31 via Comments)
- 22 submissions indicated they would like to see some changes to the draft concept plan and 27 'neutral' comments and requests were received.
- 12 submissions were found to be invalid (multiple entries made in error).
The top three topics mentioned in comments were:
- Preserving the natural quality of Lake Parramatta
- Suitability of the pontoon
- Parking and congestion at the site and in surrounding streets
Feedback also raised the question of providing a ramp into the water.
Council is reviewing all feedback and will provide a report to a Councillor workshop in March.
Please follow this page for future updates and engagement opportunities.
Investigations are ongoing regarding construction methodology options due to the difficulties associated with underwater construction and access constraints. We look forward to updating you.
Frequently asked questions
Geotechnical investigations at the Lake Parramatta Swimming Area are proposed between 5 and 8 December 2022. These investigation are necessary to inform the swimming area upgrade works.
During this time swimming will be closed to the public.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
We aim to improve the amenity, safety and environmental health of this area.
Please be aware of changed conditions and accessibility during this period, and ensure care is taken to protect your own safety.
For enquiries or feedback, please contact: 9806 5050 and/or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Concept plan was commissioned in August 2021 and completed in November 2021. The Places to Swim grant application was submitted to DPE in March 2022 and was finalised through contractual agreement in June 2022.
The proposed design includes:
Still to be confirmed and dependant on the completion of the geotechnical investigation, but we hope for it to be made public in May/June 2023.
Construction is proposed to commence March 2023 and must be completed by December 2023, however we are aiming for the project to be completed by the commencement of the 2023 swimming season in October.
The design will need to be flexible to generally work within the existing site topography and landform constraints such as large sandstone rock outcrops, mature trees and native vegetation where possible.
It is not known if any tree removal is required at this stage of the investigative and design process however it is Council’s intention to retain as many trees as possible whilst meeting the project objectives.
The concept plan is indicative only and subject to further site investigations and detailed design.
Council spends approximately $17K per year to top up the beach area with sand and gravel to maintain safe entry. This will not longer be required once the project has been completed.
Approx. 40,000 to 50,000 per year visit Lake Parramatta.
Yes, in the immediate vicinity of the swimming area through improved access and vegetation planting.
This project aims to create an even ‘beach’ surface making it easier to enter and exit the water. It will also provide an optional entry point with steps and handrails.
The swimming area opens October each year for the summer and is closed April the following year.
If you need assistance providing feedback, or you would like information supplied in another language or format, please contact Council's Community Engagement 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.
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