Parramatta tops NSW most livable suburbranking
BY ALLAN CLARKE AND MOHAMED TAHA
UPDATED FRI 28 FEB 2014, 5:47 PM AEDT
Parramatta in western Sydney has been named the most livable suburb in New South Wales in a new report.
It came out top in a comparison of 20 suburbs which looked at infrastructure, public transport and access to employment.
Parramatta's public transport interchanges,its close vicinity to major roads and growing retail sector were stand-outfeatures noted in the report by NSW's Urban Development Institute of Australia.
Parramatta was awarded 135 points out of apossible 170, ahead of Burwood, Pyrmont and Hurstville.
Brett Evans, who lives and works in the area,moved there two years ago for better access to services.
"It's vibrant," he said."It's exciting to live here, without inconvenience of having totravel."
Parramatta is the second largest CBD inSydney and the sixth largest in the country.
It also has the fastest growing night-timeeconomy, driven by a growing restaurant and cafe scene.
Mr Evans moved to the area with his wifeJennifer two years ago from Carlingford to have better access to services.
The 54-year-old worked in Parramatta for 10years before moving there.
"There are resources here, there's awhole range of restaurants and clubs," he said.
"It's vibrant here... It's relaxed andhealthier."
"A good walk to work every day isterrific."
'The city of the western suburbs'
Parramatta's Lord Mayor John Chedid saysthe city is no longer seen as the "poor cousin" of Sydney City.
"I think the old story of Parramatta being out west, I think that's disappeared," he said.
"People see us now truly as asustainable city, a city designed for the people."
The chairman of A-League side the WesternSydney Wanderers, Lyall Gorman, says Parramatta's growing sporting scene hasalso contributed to the team's emerging iconic brand.
"It's come to life from a lifestyleand entertainment point… and from a sporting point of view," he said.
"Once people come here they start to understand the Parramatta of 20 years ago is well and truly gone."
"The Parramatta 20 years into thefuture is a remarkably exciting place to be."
The Wanderers, which plays its home matchesat Parramatta Stadium, currently has 17,000 members.
Those on the streets of Parramatta, whetherold or young, also sing their city's praises.
"I like everything about Parramatta. I feel connected to this place. I don't feel left out or anything like that," said one.
"Parramatta has the shopping facilities, it has all the transportation you need, the atmosphere is great andthe people are very nice," said another.
"You've got everything here. Why would you want to go to the city?"