Time Out (Sydney) - - WEST IS BEST -

IF PAR­RA­MATTA WERE a cap­i­tal city it would be the fourth largest in Aus­tralia. This year’s pop­u­la­tion es­ti­mate is 236,272, and it is fore­casted to grow to 397,339 by 2036. The first peo­ple to live in the area were the Bur­ra­matta clan of the Darug peo­ple. ‘Burra’ means eel and the im­por­tance of the eel to the first peo­ple has con­tin­ued to the nam­ing of places, sports teams and fes­ti­vals in Par­ra­matta to­day. Ev­ery­where you look in Par­ra­matta there is an­other de­vel­op­ment to the sky­line. How­ever, if you’re plan­ning to up sticks and move to Syd­ney’s ge­o­graph­i­cal cen­tre you may be too late: the av­er­age house price is over a mil­lion bucks – and de­mand isn’t slow­ing. To cope with the ex­tra bod­ies, the NSW Gov­ern­ment is propos­ing a Par­ra­matta Light Rail to be­gin op­er­a­tion in late 2017.

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