The wins keep piling up for Parramatta, with Sydney’s central city set to house one of Australia’s premium stadiums, and leading bank NAB, taking up residency in the CBD as part of the Parramatta Square development.
Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue Chairman, Christopher Brown AM, said Lendlease’s winning bid for the design and build of the new $300m, 30,000-seat Stadium, was “world-class” and befitting of a region with such a rich sporting history.
“This is an area that has sport running through its veins, and to have such a cutting-edge design that incorporates new technologies and provides spectacular views from every angle, is something that the region is sure to embrace,” Mr Brown said.
“Credit to the NSW Government, and Sports and Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres for today’s announcement, which will set a new standard when it comes to the sports and entertainment experience in Western Sydney.
“The Lendlease bid includes features that make Parramatta Stadium one of the most intimate and interactive venues in Australia, and importantly, has been designed with respect to the nearby heritage precinct.
“Today’s announcement is also a win for those, who, like the Dialogue, have campaigned for a Western Sydney-first stadia solution, and once the refurbishment of ANZ Stadium is complete, the region will be further entrenched as one of the nation’s leading sporting hubs.
“And after a season of off-field drama, this deal might also signal the start of bigger and better things to come for the mighty Eels!”
Mr Brown added that in addition to the Stadium announcement, today’s confirmation that NAB had chosen the Walker Corporation’s Parramatta Square site as the new home for its 5600 employees, would further enhance the city’s ever-increasing commercial presence.
“The NAB’s commitment to Parramatta illustrates a growing private-sector confidence in Western Sydney, not to mention Parramatta Square, ‘Western Sydney’s Barangaroo’, which upon completion, will totally re-shape the heart of the CBD,” Mr Brown said.
“The new stadium, Parramatta’s growing commercial appeal, combined with a State Government that continues to invest in supporting transport infrastructure, such as Parramatta Light Rail and the Sydney Metro West, not only bodes well for the future growth of Parramatta, but the broader region.”