Family day a chance for community
PENRITH Council will host a free family fun day in North St Marys on Saturday as part of the build-up to the launch of the North St Marys Neighbourhood Renewal program.
Residents, business owners, faith groups and services will form a team to develop strategies to improve the suburb.
The council has invited families from 11am-2pm to gather together at Wattle St Park for a day of fun and community building.
There will be a free barbecue, jumping castle, giant games, art and music.
Council neighbourhood renewal programs co-ordinator Heather Chaffey said the events would build towards a sustained, community-led project in North St Marys.
“My team has been running a series of small events,” Ms Chaffey said.
“Those are designed to meet residents and talk to them about setting up a local team. And that local team is a collaboration between residents, commun- ity services, faith groups, businesses and council and state agencies.”
Renewal projects are targeted at older, established suburbs that don’t always get the same injection of life that new suburbs get.
“The idea is whatever the things residents would like to see strengthened in the community, the positive things as well as things they want to see improved, become an agenda for them to work on,” Ms Caffey said.
On Thursday afternoon an art and games afternoon was held at the park, giving children a chance to play and parents a chance to tell the council about community needs.
At smaller events, residents have talked to Penrith Council about how important schools are as community hubs, having more free events and services for young families in the area, and ways to give a brighter future to young people.
“People are also interested in the shopping centre,” Ms Chaffey said. “The amenity of it and what’s available – they are very passionate about their shops.”
Heather Chaffey with St Marys North Public School students Riley Pollard and Jordan Sant.