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Charles Street Square Upgrade

Charles Street Square update

Charles Street Square, adjacent to the Ferry Wharf at Parramatta Quay, is the place where people travelling along the Parramatta River arrive at our city. It’s a gathering place for locals and visitors and has been that way for thousands of years.

The City of Parramatta has developed a draft concept design for the Charles Street Square upgrade that draws inspiration from the curved geometry of the river, the surrounding landscape, and the site’s unique history. The upgrade features new ramps and stairs, a wide riverfront walk, flood-resilient and sustainable design elements, and more trees for shade and a parkland experience.

Consultation update

At the City of Parramatta Council meeting held on Monday 11 May 2020, a report on the public exhibition of draft plans to transform Charles Street Square at Parramatta Quay was put forward for consideration. Councillors approved the concept design, including minor amendments in response to community feedback and stakeholder submissions. View the amended concept plan.

Public exhibition of the concept design occurred between 25 February to 16 March 2020 and it is estimated that communications regarding the project reached more than 880,000 people during this period. As a result of our engagement program, eight (8) email submissions and, 115 online survey responses were completed. The community also provided responses via social media and shared their views at our dedicated community drop-in sessions.

To find out more about our engagement activities and what we heard, please click here to read the Charles Street Square Upgrade Draft Concept Design Public Exhibition Consultation Report.

You may also like to visit Council's community engagement platform for further information.

Next steps

The project team will now progress the project through detailed design, planning and technical approvals, as well as documentation for the tendering of the construction works. Council will be undertaking an environmental impact assessment on the project to satisfy the requirements of Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. The Review of Environmental Factors will be placed on public exhibition. We will notify you when there is an opportunity to review and provide feedback on this document.

For more information, contact the Charles Street Square project team by calling the City of Parramatta on 1300 617 058 or email CharlesStSquare@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au