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Daily Telegraph | ‘Activate Parramatta’ launched to save businesses

Lessons have been learned according to Transport for NSW when it comes to light rail. The shut down of the Sydney CBD during the construction, which started in 2015, has left businesses along George St reeling, but TfNSW said they will now do things differently.

The Parramatta light rail project has developed an activation business case, to keep the CBD alive while work is carried out on five key areas.

The business case suggests live entertainment, pop-up parks and interactive street installations in Westmead, Parramatta North, the Church St strip and the area from the Parramatta CBD and Camellia to Carlingford.

The activation will also involve one-on-one support for businesses, but Small Business Party leader Angela Vithoulkas said the plans will do little to keep the doors open.

“This state government is incapable of learning any lessons from the past,” Ms Vithoulkas said.

“The small business owners along the Parramatta route have been ignored from day one, and that hasn’t changed with this latest spin that Transport is trying to sell.”

 

To read the full article – head to the Parramatta Advertiser.