Whereas cities once concentrated commercial development in a single urban core, or central business distinct, with outer rings of residential sectors, today many cities are embracing a polycentric urban model with regions organized around political, social, or commercial clusters. This model allows cities to grow without unchecked sprawl and keeps essential amenities within close distances to one another. Although Parramatta is as old as Sydney itself, it has seen profound growth in the 21st century, emerging as a viable urban cluster to contrast against Sydney’s CBD. This growth has, in part, been facilitated by the expansion of the Parramatta railway station as well as a consolidation of government offices in the area. This session will examine the history of Parramatta in order to draw conclusions on the concept of polycentric urban clusters. A tour of Parramatta will complement and contextualize the discussion on polycentrism.
Venue: City of Parramatta Office at 126 Church Street, Parramatta
Capacity: 30 Delegates
Wednesday 1 November Schedule:
|8:45 am||Arrival & Coffee|
|9:00 am||Welcome by City of Parramatta|
|9:15 am||Presentation 1|
|9:40 am||Coffee Break|
|10:00 am||Walking tour of Paramatta ending at Ferry Wharf|
|11:20 am||Take ferry back to Sydney CBD|
|1:00 pm||Delegates arrive back at Circular Quay|
Note: Please provide 40 minutes for personal travel time to arrive at Parramatta Town Hall by train, as driving is not recommended. The walking tour will conclude at the Ferry Wharf and a ferry ticket will be provided for the return trip, arriving at Circular Quay at 1:04pm. It is recommended to purchase lunch at the wharf to eat on the return trip.