Smart City, Future City

The City of Parramatta is meeting the challenges of the future by leveraging the opportunities using data, information and technology.

In August 2015, Parramatta became the first local government in New South Wales to adopt a Smart City Masterplan to better position the City to meet the challenges of the future and leverage the opportunities of data, information and technology to improve peoples’ lived experience of the City.

The Program 

Work continues on a range of activities including: 

  • Smart City projects that improve planning and decision-making by using data as a tool.
  • Future City projects that position Parramatta for future challenges and opportunities.

The program aims to build research, data collection and analytics capabilities to improve organisational efficiency and customer experience. 

Melrose Park: Climate Responsive Neighbourhoods

Architects rendering of the new developed Melrose Park.

Melrose Park: Climate Responsive Neighbourhoods

Smart cities and suburbs grant

The Melrose Park: Smart Planning for Climate Responsive Neighbourhoods project uses smart technology to capture, analyse and visualise local environmental data.

Approximately 70 environmental sensors have been installed throughout the construction site and surrounding residential streets to monitor conditions including temperature, humidity, air quality, noise and stormwater.

Smart Park

Illustrated is a digital sensor that looks like a Bee Hive hanging in the branches of a tree to capture, analyse and visualise environmental data including temperature, humidity, air quality, noise and water run-off. 

Smart Park

Management and maintenance automation

A range of sensors have been installed to monitor soil moisture, water and amenities usage, and the local temperature, humidity, and wind at Doyle Ground in North Parramatta 

The real time data collected over time will provide new insights that can help with future planning and operations.

Digitising Heritage in 3D

Image of the HMAS Parramatta Bell. Clicking the link at the bottom of the story redirects you to a 3rd party website where the historical bell can be viewed in 3D. Illustrated in the 3D rendering are the names of babies born to the crew.

Digitising Heritage in 3D

Stories of rare and unique artefacts

A critical pathway to evolving Parramatta into the future is understanding the past. Storytelling is of paramount cultural importance. Digitising some stories will promote greater awareness and preservation.  

Each item was selected based on the historical connection to Parramatta and the online storytelling opportunity. 

Benchmarking Urban Heat

Overview of Parramatta with an infrared filter showing the city's most heat dense areas in contrast with cool areas

Benchmarking Urban Heat

Environment monitoring of the City

The OATH (Outdoor Ambient Temperature Hierarchies of Parramatta) environmental monitoring project is a collaboration between Western Sydney University (WSU) and the City of Parramatta Council. More than 120 temperature sensors were installed to monitor variations in temperature. 

At the same time, City of Parramatta Council has planted more than 1000 trees on streets and in playgrounds. Live weather can be viewed as reported through a mini-weather station installed in Centenary Square.

CBD Parking FInder

Illustrated is the home page screen of the City of Parramatta Parking Finder. Users enter a destination and arrival time and the website returns nearby parking lots

CBD Parking FInder

Know where to go

The interactive Parking Finder helps people to locate potential parking spaces before they leave home.

The Parramatta CBD Parking Finder provides information about on-street and multi-level car parking in the Parramatta CBD including how long you can park and costs.

The Local Business Finder helps people find businesses in the Parramatta CBD with real-time updates on operating hours, services, and special offers. 

Safe School Parking Finder

Illustrated is a search results map for safe places to park around a school in Parramatta. Streets with safe parking are illustrated in green while those with with questionable safety are yellow and dangerous parking in red.

Safe School Parking Finder

Park safely and legally around schools

The Safe School Parking Finder is an online tool covering 60 schools in and around Parramatta. The interactive site is designed for pre-journey planning and shows parents and carers where they can safely and legally park around their child’s school.

The Safe School Parking Finder is a map-based website available in 15 different languages: Arabic, Armenian, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Dari, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian (Farsi), Punjabi, Tagalog (Filipino), Tamil, and Telugu.