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Community invited to Open Day at Parramatta North

15 May 2017

A glimpse of the past, as well as a vision for the future, will be on display at the Parramatta North open day this May, to help mark National Archaeology Week.

The free event on Saturday 27 May will give the community an opportunity to see for themselves what happens on an archaeological dig site, and learn more about the precinct’s heritage and urban renewal program.

“This is an ideal opportunity to learn first-hand about Parramatta North’s past and its exciting future,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Head of Western Sydney Projects, Matthew Beggs.

“Experts will be on hand to explain the history and heritage of the site, and visitors can ask questions about how the area will become a vibrant new precinct over the coming years.”

The public will have guided access to various locations across the site, including the Recreation Hall, the sports oval and Pavilion, the grey-headed flying fox colony as well as viewing the repair works currently underway to heritage buildings.

“Every day we are learning more about the site’s rich heritage and history and gathering ideas about how this can be remembered, interpreted and cherished,” said Mr Beggs.

“UrbanGrowth NSW is making a significant upfront investment of more than $310 million over the next 7–10 years to enable the delivery of this new precinct, which will have heritage conservation at its core.”

“This is a really exciting time in the area’s transformation and we want to give the public the opportunity to hear directly from our program team.”

The event is open to all ages between 10am and 4pm on the day, and is designed for local residents and the wider public, community organisations and history buffs. People are also encouraged to bring a picnic lunch or purchase food and drink on the day.

Visitors will be required to register on arrival to receive a site map and induction. Enclosed, comfortable flat shoes are advised. People can pre-register online.

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