Wednesday, 27 June 2018 13:14

Phillip Street Parramatta's new 'Smart Street'

Image of Smart Street concept on Phillip Street Image of Smart Street concept on Phillip Street City of Parramatta.

Phillip Street in Parramatta’s CBD will be transformed into a Smart Street and ‘urban forest’, enhancing one of the City’s main gateways to the river and cultural precinct. Wider footpaths lined with mature trees along the southern side of Phillip Street, with space for expanded outdoor dining areas, will form part of the $4.3 million first stage of construction between Church and Smith Streets.

Coloured lighting installations, sensors in ‘smart bins’ that advise when they are reaching capacity, more CCTV, and Wi-Fi capabilities will help make Phillip Street a ‘smart street’. The roll-out of fibre-optic cable will future-proof the street by allowing new digital services as technology evolves.

“Phillip Street is undergoing huge changes and will soon be home to more than 4,500 new residents,” Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said.
“CBD residents, workers and visitors have told us they want more outdoor dining, cafes, shade and seating along Phillip Street, and Council has listened.

“This is a gateway street for workers, visitors and tourists, sports fans, and ferry passengers and it’s an important road in Council’s ‘Parramatta Ways’ walkability strategy, connecting to the planned upgrades to Parramatta Wharf and Charles Street Square.

“Cr Martin Zaiter is to be congratulated on his initiative in bringing this proposal to Council.”

The funding for the Phillip Street project, approved by Council, will be allocated from the CBD Special Infrastructure fund. Stage 1 will span the southern side of Phillip Street between Church and Smith Streets.

“Future-proofing our City streets is essential for a modern, growing metropolis,” Cr Zaiter said.

The project will help expand Parramatta’s popular ‘Eat Street’ precinct beyond Church Street and enhance access points to the new museum, cultural precinct and river. Construction is expected to begin in the first half of 2019.