Month: December 2020

Catholic education turns 200 and it all started at Parramatta

THIS year is the bicentenary of Catholic education in Australia – and it all began in Parramatta, in a humble school in Hunter St. And, in the Parramatta diocese, that stretches across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains, Catholic schools continue to flourish. “An innovative and forward-thinking organisation, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta continues to …

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Boy from Dundas Valley to Lord Mayor: Bob’s heart has always been in the suburbs

LORD Mayor of Parramatta Bob Dwyer is proud of his City, with its dynamic development, and exciting projects such as Parramatta Square, the Powerhouse, light rail and a new swimming pool complex coming to fruition. But the Boy from Dundas Valley still has his heart in the suburbs. He takes a trip down memory lane, …

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Council adopts CBD tree policy: Path cleared for more shady trees

A COUNCIL resolution calling for an inventory of the existing number of cooling canopy trees within Parramatta CBD has been passed and will pave the way for ramping up plans for planting more. The aim of the Parramatta Council resolution is to increase the number of canopy trees planted in the booming central business district, …

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WSABE 2020: Stories of triumph, resilience and determination

The following is an edited extract by Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Women, Liberal Senator for New South Wales to Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence delivered on November 29 2020 in Parramatta. 2020 been like no other year in our lifetimes. The impacts of the health and economic …

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SCAM ALERT: Authorities’ Christmas warning over COVID fraud

AUTHORITIES has lifted the lid on scams triggered by COVID-19 and warned against fake online shopping websites particularly this Christmas, phishing for personal information, and superannuation or taxation fraud. According to Scamwatch, sophisticated digital technologies are favored tools by scammers to steal money or personal details from vulnerable people. Since January, more than 5,000 incidences …

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Guy Sebastian and Human Nature headline online concert

AUSTRALIAN music legends Guy Sebastian and Human Nature will lead a star-studded line-up for The Sebastian Foundation’s spectacular free online concert, Carols from Parramatta. Hosted by Guy and Jules Sebastian on Friday, December 18 from 7 pm, the streamed festivities will feature fantastic performances by Chris Sebastian, Samantha Jade, Johnny Manuel, Sam Moran, Mark Vincent, Chynna Taylor, and Mark Furze. The yuletide …

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Iconic Ampol calls Parramatta home: Northmead site the first of many outlets

AUSSIE iconic service station Ampol is back, this time in partnership with supermarket giant Woolworths. Founded in post-Depression 1936 as Australian Motorists Petrol Company, and through the years and one world war popularly nicknamed Ampol, it recently came back to Western Sydney at Northmead. The suburb is proudly claiming the first returned Ampol Homebase, certainly …

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