Lord Mayor's Column

Wednesday 15 May 2019

Family Fun Day at George Kendall Riverside Park

On Sunday 19 May, I will be heading to George Kendall Riverside Park where I will formally naming the sports pavilion after the late Greg McKay, a former Parramatta Council Alderman. Greg was a strong advocate for accessible open spaces and parks in the region – so I am delighted to name this excellent new facility in his honour. This will be followed by a free event to celebrate recent upgrades to the park’s facilities. Kicking off at 10am, the reserve will be bustling with a range of family-friendly activities, including a jumping castle, community barbecue, sporting games, face painting, balloon artists, live music and local stallholders. It is vital for communities to have access to parks and free recreation spaces, and with new upgrades including a state-of-the-art playground, refurbished tennis courts and multi-use courts, the George Kendall Riverside Park is sure to have something for everyone. I hope to see you there!

2019 Mother’s Day Classic

Hundreds of early-risers converged on Parramatta Park on Sunday to participate in Western Sydney’s 13th Mother’s Day Classic. The walk and run event, which is held annually, raises money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Since 1998, the Classic has raised a total of $35.3 million and funded 64 breast cancer research projects across Australia. With many dressed in the Foundation’s signature bright pink, participants completed either the 4km or 8km walk or run through the park. It was inspiring to see so many local members of the community come together to celebrate Mother’s Day in such an impactful way, and to contribute to the national 2019 fundraising goal of $2.1 million. 

City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson with Mother’s Day Classic Foundation board member Rob Pickering.
Photo: City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson with Mother’s Day Classic Foundation board member Rob Pickering.

Fire and Rescue NSW Annual Open Day

This Saturday 18 May, Fire and Rescue NSW will open the doors to hundreds of stations across the state for the FRNSW Open Day. The Open Day is an excellent opportunity for people across the state to visit their local fire station and learn more about the incredible work undertaken by Australia’s largest urban fire and rescue service. The Parramatta Fire and Rescue Station – located in Harris Park – will be open from 10am-2pm, with firefighters on site to chat to community members about what they do every day. There will also be educational tutorials, so residents are encouraged to come along and learn how to keep their families safe from fire this winter.

City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson with firefighters Shaun Gerber and Andrew Ryan, and Inspector Craig Easy.
Photo: City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson with firefighters Shaun Gerber and Andrew Ryan, and Inspector Craig Easy.