Small Business Month: Light rail initiatives for small business

SMALL businesses along the Parramatta Light Rail will receive an additional boost of support with free giveaways to attract local customers as part of NSW Small Business Month throughout March.

Minister for Transport and Veterans David Elliott said the local campaign celebrates the diversity of businesses across the 12-kilometre alignment, following the challenges of COVID.

“This is the second year the project has supported NSW Small Business Month, and it is now more important than ever to back small businesses and local jobs across Greater Parramatta,” Mr Elliott said.

“With more than 95 per cent of track installed, the $2.4B Parramatta Light Rail project continues to enhance local culture, drive foot traffic, and promote businesses through these customer-focused initiatives.

“The latest campaign is one of the project’s many initiatives as part of ‘Activate Parramatta’ – a plan to support and promote businesses before and during Parramatta Light Rail construction,” Mr Elliott said.

“More than 200 local businesses have already received free business support, expert guidance and resources through Realise Business, Transport for NSW’s business advisory partner,” Mr Elliott said.

The new campaign will involve free giveaways at participating businesses – shoppers simply need to check the Parramatta Light Rail Facebook page regularly to take advantage of the offers up until the end of March.

Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail, which will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD, is expected to operate services for customers in 2023.

More information about how we are supporting businesses can be found at



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