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More than one million turn to library’s online reading services

AN astonishing one million avid library users clicked online to use the Parramatta city’s library services forced to close its doors for nearly six months while transitioning into a COVID-Safe facility. The eight libraries in Carlingford, Constitution Hill, Dundas, Epping, Ermington, Parramatta, and Wentworth Point introduced a 24-hour click-and-collect service that enabled residents to borrow …

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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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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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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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Council rents prime space to Govt for $1, detractors slammed as disgusting politics

IN a move that will cost Parramatta Council an estimated $60,000 over six months, the NSW Government has been granted a peppercorn rent of $1 to occupy office space in Macquarie St. In a heated confidential session behind closed doors, councillors were divided 7 to 7 on whether to grant the government’s request for the …

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Backyard cricketers are taking over – Council to police our sports grounds

HOWZAT! Organised recreational cricketers playing on Parramatta sports grounds have just been bowled over following complaints from district cricket clubs. Problems have arisen when cricket clubs, who have booked grounds for their regular weekend stints, have encountered the organised recreational players reluctant to leave the pitch. “Organised recreational” cricket groups refer to teams of registered …

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