Parramatta's rich history continues with new Portals

Media Release

WT284/2015

11 September 2015

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

Cr Scott Lloyd

Lord Mayor, Parramatta City Council

Arthur Sinodinos

Senator for New South Wales

Geoff Lee

Member for Parramatta

Parramatta has added a fresh layer to its history with today's official opening of the Lennox Bridge Portals, which have been built on either side of the bridge's arches to create a cycle and walkway, along the northern Parramatta River foreshore.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government's had contributed $3.75 million towards the Parramatta River City Renewal project. 

“We are working hard to deliver social and economic infrastructure that creates long term benefits for all Australians,” Mr Truss said.

Senator for New South Wales Arthur Sinodinos said the project had revealed evidence of the changing face of Parramatta.

“Last year, excavation works uncovered remnants of Lennox Bridge's original sandstone wall, as well as one of Australia's oldest bridges dubbed the ‘Gaol’ Bridge that crossed the Parramatta River to the Gaol from 1802,” Senator Sinodinos said.

“As part of the new work, the original bridge's pier has been conserved under the floor of this new tunnel for future generations to appreciate. The new continuous east-west line will also provide greater foreshore access for work and leisure activities in the Parramatta City Centre, revitalising the riverfront and repositioning it at the centre of community life.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay said the state government provided $11.7 million towards the Parramatta River Cities Renewal Program, which includes the Lennox Bridge Portals project.

“The new link is the result of collaboration between all three levels of government, to deliver this significant link for the benefit of Western Sydney residents and visitors,” Mr Gay said.

Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said the project had improved connectivity along the river foreshore.

“It has created a more user friendly pathway that better connects pedestrians and cyclists with our parks, gardens, waterways and the city,” Mr Lee said.

“Great cities have interconnected pathways, not just for cars, trains and buses, but for pedestrians and cyclists and I commend Council on their efforts to open up the river foreshore.”

Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Scott Lloyd said the council undertook the project to maximise Parramatta's unique riverfront location, contributing more than $3 million to the construction of the portals.

“Our city is the only major CBD in Sydney situated on the river and we want to make it easier for residents and visitors to enjoy this wonderful part of Parramatta.  We thank the State and Federal Governments for their support of this project, which is a key part of our vision to revitalise the waterfront while preserving the city's rich heritage,” Cr Lloyd said.