The history of Parramatta extends over 60,000 years. For the Darug people, and then for European settlers as well, Parramatta was the last place of fresh water before the salt water of Sydney Harbour.
Chosen by Governor Arthur Phillip in 1788 as the colonial farming settlement, Parramatta has grown to become one of Australia’s largest economic centres.
From the days when Parramatta founded the Australian wool industry, Parramatta has been a centre of commerce and innovation.
Parramatta’s ingenuity and resilience has also seen it seize the opportunities that come with change, moving into fields such as healthcare, tourism and education – industries on which so much of the nation’s future relies. It also has become a hub for more government services and agencies.
Parramatta offers a lifestyle that is second to none, with a bustling CBD and cultural precinct, as well as parks, waterways and bushland that reflects our beautiful natural Australian heritage. It is easy to see why so many domestic and international visitors make their way here annually, and why an increasing number of Australians choose to call this place home.
Parramatta was once imagined as a capital city for New South Wales, and, indeed, is today known as the economic capital of Greater Western Sydney. It is the home of a strong local economy and a diverse, harmonious community.
I have no doubt that in the years ahead, Parramatta will continue to go from strength to strength.
The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister of Australia
7 August 2019
Set to transform the way people move around Western Sydney, by 2026 around 28,000 people will use the Parramatta Light Rail every day.
This important cultural facility will boost economic growth, creating new jobs and delivering world-class opportunities for education and research.
WESTERN SYDNEY AEROTROPOLIS
Opening in 2026, thousands of jobs and opportunities for businesses are expected to be created by Sydney’s state-of-the-art second airport.
With a train every two minutes, this transformative project will double Parramatta’s rail capacity, link link new communities to rail services and unlock housing supply and employment growth.
ENGINEERING INNOVATION CAMPUS
Arthur Phillip High will be the state’s first high-rise school. Along with its neighbouring primary school, this represents 10 per cent of the NSW Government’s major works budget.
Parramatta’s brand-new, 30,000 seat sport and entertainment venue has officially opened. Home to a variety of large-scale events, it’s bringing significant economic benefits to the area.
Investment in upgrading the Westmead health, education and research precinct will ensure Parramatta’s fast-growing population can access high-quality healthcare for years to come.
The new Parramatta Wharf is now complete and set to enhance the quality of ferry services overall, improving everything from safety and seating to signage and lighting.
Stretching along the riverbank to Parramatta Square a vibrant new public precinct will be an active public space and host major city events throughout the year.
The Parramatta Square development comprises six new buildings and a refurbished town hall in the heart of the Parramatta CBD. It's set across a prime three-hectare city block and linked by 6000 square metres of public space.
Characterised by rapid economic growth and a prosperous standard of living, Parramatta is transforming business investment in NSW.
A new Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences will open on the river foreshore in Parramatta in 2023 as the new centre of arts, culture and innovation. It includes the newly relocated museum and a revamped Riverside Theatres.