News Washington Park Open Day Draws Big Crowds

Monday 21 July 2014: The Community Open Day held at Riverwood North’s Washington Park residential precinct last Saturday (19 July) was an outstanding success, attracting over a thousand local residents who enjoyed a day of community entertainment, attractions and refreshments.

The day was organised and coordinated by the newly-formed residents group, Residents Organisation at Riverwood (ROAR), and supported by leading Australian property company, PAYCE.

ROAR member, Neale Owen said it was wonderful to see so many local people getting involved and working together to make the Open Day a success.

“I was really impressed that we were able to organise it so well in just three weeks and it was fun to work with such a fantastic bunch of people,” she said.

Another ROAR member, Senka Poletanovic said she was all for the changes that are happening at Washington Park.

“I really hope there are more changes to come in the future as it’s definitely been good for the area,” she said.

PAYCE’s General Manager, Dominic Sullivan said the day exceeded everyone’s expectations and demonstrated what a wonderful community spirit exists in the district.

“It was great to see so many families and friends taking advantage of the fine weather and joining in the activities that were available in and around the new Garden Plaza,“ he said.

The day started with an official opening by Lakemba MP, Robert Furolo and the National Anthem energetically sung by pupils from the Riverwood Public School.

Popular band, Pacific Sunsets kept the crowd entertained throughout the day with their toe-tapping music and many joined in when the local YMCA demonstrated some healthy, fun exercises to keep fit.

Other entertainers included My Youth duo, Samantha Terepai and Markita Galea; the Riverwood Air League Band, the Hornets; dancers and choir from Hannans Road Public School, the Riverwood Church Youth Singers; the Chinese Dancing Group and a demonstration by Manny Mansour’s Taekwondo School students.

Mr Sullivan said the Open Day brought people of all ages and cultures together and demonstrated how the design of Washington Park works well in bringing local residents and the Riverwood community together.

“There were activities for all ages, with two of the most popular being the petting zoo and pony rides, where many kids had their first experience of handling rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens or being on horseback,” he said.

“The overall atmosphere around the Garden Plaza was fantastic all day and the feedback from residents was extremely positive, with many commenting on how well the formula works of having a mix of social and private residents living side by side.”

PAYCE’s Managing Director, Brian Boyd said the Open Day was a great example of how urban renewal projects such as Washington Park could revitalise an area and bring communities closer together.

“In the three years PAYCE has been in Riverwood, we have been fortunate to have partnered with a number of local bodies, including the Riverwood Community Centre and Riverwood Public School to deliver real results in community renewal and social inclusion,” he said.

“PAYCE is committed to helping and empowering communities to realise their own potential in all its projects and the Washington Park and Riverwood communities have certainly embraced that objective.

“On behalf of PAYCE, I want to thank everyone involved with the Open Day, especially the community groups, the entertainers and volunteers for making the day a fantastic success all round,” Mr Boyd said.

Related Posts

News Building new communities and corporate philanthropy

13 September 2018 – Leading property and investment company PAYCE has forged many successful partnerships with community groups while undertaking urban renewal. So it was a natural step forward for PAYCE to establish its own […]

Read More.

News Smart Cities Can Deliver a Better Quality of Life

6 September 2018 – Smart technology can not only solve the challenges of growing cities but can also significantly improve the quality of life of residents, PAYCE Director Dominic Sullivan told guests at this year’s […]

Read More.

News Harts Landing Wins Another Award

27 August 2018 – Integrated residential project Harts Landing, developed by PAYCE in collaboration with leading community housing provider, Evolve Housing, has won another award, this time recognised by PowerHousing Australia. PAYCE and Evolve received […]

Read More.

News PAYCE Launches Vivid at South Village

24 August 2018 – PAYCE today announced the sales launch of Vivid at South Village – a key element of its urban renewal project at Kirrawee in the city’s south. Boston Marketing director Rhys Morgan […]

Read More.

News Sydney Street Choir Corporate Challenge thrills city lunch-time crowd

7 August 2018 – The Sydney Street Choir and eight corporate choirs lifted the spirits of a large city lunchtime crowd in Martin Place amphitheatre today with their performances in this year’s Sydney Street Choir […]

Read More.

News Washington Park Wins Social Infrastructure Award

6 August 2018 – PAYCE’s highly-acclaimed Washington Park urban renewal development has been awarded winner in the Excellence in Social Infrastructure category at this year’s Urban Development Institute of Australia (NSW) Awards announced in Sydney […]

Read More.

News PAYCE Finalists in The Urban Developer Awards

3 August 2018 – Three PAYCE projects and the PAYCE Foundation have been named Finalists in the inaugural The Urban Developer Awards. The Awards celebrate leadership and success in the industry and showcase the people, […]

Read More.

News Harts Landing Wins Urban Taskforce Award

27 July 2018 – Integrated residential project Harts Landing, developed by PAYCE in collaboration with leading community housing provider, Evolve Housing, was named best affordable housing development at last night’s 2018 Urban Taskforce Development Excellence […]

Read More.

News Parramatta well-placed to become design capital

25 July 2018 – Parramatta, with its large number of urban infill sites, could set a new design standard for new neighbourhoods, the director of property development company PAYCE Dominic Sullivan said on Wednesday. Mr […]

Read More.

News Strong Turnout for PAYCE Sutherland2Surf

23 July, 2018 – More than 5,500 participants faced the starter’s gun for this year’s PAYCE Sutherland2Surf Fun Run & Walk, the 47th running of the Shire’s popular community event. PAYCE continued its proud association […]

Read More.

News PAYCE named Design Champion at Sydney Design Awards

18 July 2018 – PAYCE has been named Design Champion and Best of the Best at this year’s Sydney Design Awards presentation event organised by DRIVENxDESIGN. The top award acknowledges the company whose work has […]

Read More.

News PAYCE congratulates Telopea Fair poster competition winners

16 July 2018 – For the third year, Telopea Public School students participated in a poster design competition to promote the upcoming Telopea Community Fair, an annual event supported by PAYCE. The competition is divided […]

Read More.

News PAYCE Sutherland 2 Surf – Achilles Sydney team ready to participate

18 June 2018 – One team well into its training regime for this year’s PAYCE Sutherland 2 Surf is a group of competitors with physical disabilities representing Achilles Sydney. Achilles Sydney president Ellis Janks said […]

Read More.

News PAYCE projects scoop up five Sydney Design Awards

7 June 2018 – PAYCE projects have won major awards in five categories covering architecture, marketing and graphic design in this year’s Sydney Design Awards. Three PAYCE projects, Jewel/Pierside at Wentworth Point, Harts Landing at […]

Read More.

News Harts Landing Officially Opens

29 May 2018 – Marked the official opening of Harts Landing an integrated development that will be home to more than 500 people in the centre of the vibrant Penrith CBD. The development was officially […]

Read More.

News Re-balancing the City: Town Centre Renewal For Sydney

1 May 2018 – Local town centres could be given a new lease of life through new ‘Renewal Deals’ and a Challenge Fund, according to a new report published by the Committee for Sydney. Town […]

Read More.

News Washington Park Wins Place Leaders Award

15 March 2018 – Place Leaders Asia Pacific is pleased to announce that Washington Park, Riverwood developed by PAYCE is the recipient of the 2018 Place Leaders Asia Pacific Award for Large Scale Place Project. The judge’s […]

Read More.

News Melrose Park Gateway Bridge

12 March 2018 – PAYCE and the City of Parramatta Council have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the delivery of a new bridge spanning the Parramatta River from Melrose Park to Wentworth Point, […]

Read More.

News Close Finishes at PAYCE Shark Island Swim

4 February 2018 – A total of 514 swimmers took to the waters off Cronulla Beach on Sunday 4 February, 2018 to compete in the PAYCE Cronulla Shark Island Swim and the shorter PAYCE Fun Swim […]

Read More.
Happy Swimmers

News Introducing Tropnest: Western Sydney’s New Film Hub

22 November 2017 – Tropfest Australia, supported by foundation partner CGU Insurance, today unveiled plans for TropNest, a groundbreaking creative hub for filmmaking, collaboration, workshops, screenings and events in Western Sydney, thanks to a new […]

Read More.

News Transitional Housing Project Launched

21 November, 2017 – An innovative tri-partite partnership between a leading charitable foundation, the PAYCE Foundation, community housing provider, Bridge Housing Limited and Women’s Community Shelters will provide transitional housing for women and their children […]

Read More.

News Royal Shores playground wins national award

26 October 2017 – Halvorsen Park playground, delivered by PAYCE and Sekisui House Australia at the award-winning urban renewal development Royal Shores beside the Parramatta River at Ermington, has won a national award for the […]

Read More.

News Royal Shores wins Sydney Design Award

29 August 2017: Royal Shores, Ermington was announced as a Silver Award winner for Architecture – Residential – Constructed in this year’s Sydney Design Awards. Now in its seventh year, the Sydney Design Awards have recognised […]

Read More.

News PAYCE Foundation supports The Big Issue

28 August 2017 – The PAYCE FOUNDATION has signed up with a number of other corporate organisations around Australia to support a worthy initiative of The Big Issue magazine to provide homeless women with an […]

Read More.

News Sydney Street Choir Corporate Challenge 2017

10 August 2017 – Martin Place was treated to a special event this month when the Sydney Street Choir teamed with choirs from Sydney’s corporate world to perform at the inaugural Sydney Street Choir Corporate […]

Read More.

News 46th PAYCE Sutherland2Surf 2017

24 July 2017 – Great weather conditions this year and strong community support paved the way for another successful running of the PAYCE Sutherland 2 Surf. This year marked the 46th year of the event […]

Read More.

News Royal Shores Wins Urban Taskforce Best Urban Renewal Development Award

21 July 2017 –  Royal Shores, Ermington was announced as the winner for Best Urban Renewal Development in this year’s Urban Taskforce’s Development Excellence Awards. The award-winning urban renewal project is a joint venture between […]

Read More.

News Light Up St Pat’s features in Parramatta’s Winterlight Festival

27 June 2017 – St Patrick’s Cathedral will join in the festivities at this year’s Winterlight Festival in Parramatta with a spectacular Light up St Pat’s sponsored by PAYCE light show and performances by local groups. […]

Read More.

News Kick Start Café trainees celebrate their graduation

3 July 2017 – Three young trainees who joined the Kick Start Café in Riverwood North last year have found jobs in the hospitality industry after successfully completing a 10 month long industry program. Locals, Ravin […]

Read More.

News PAYCE Sutherland to Surf Run or Walk for a Cause

17 May 2017 – Wanda SLSC and Wesley Mission charity partners working together to save lives With online entries now open for this year’s PAYCE Sutherland 2 Surf (PAYCE S2S), held on Sunday 23 July […]

Read More.

News Save Our Sons team walk the bay for DMD

3 April 2017 – After 11 days on the road the Walk to Save Our Sons 2017 Edition team arrived in Melbourne’s St Kilda today to be greeted by hundreds of enthusiastic families and supporters […]

Read More.

News Riverwood Packed Out for Harmony Day

22 March 2017 –  It was standing room only at the Riverwood Community Centre as locals celebrated this year’s Harmony Day with a showcase of vibrant mix of cultures. More than 200 people filled the […]

Read More.

News Chats for Change: Impact Tales, Straight from the Horse’s Mouth – Coming Soon

Chats for Change is a conversation series promoting social innovation and thought leadership. We want to engage people from all generations, backgrounds and industries in a conversation about our society’s most complex social issues and […]

Read More.

News Greater Sydney Commission Awards Recognise Washington Park

24 February, 2017 – At the Inaugural Greater Sydney Commission Awards held at the QBV Tea Rooms on Thursday 23th February, 2017, Washington Park was awarded commendation for ‘Great Integrated Planning Project’. This award reflects […]

Read More.

News Washington Park awarded Commendation at UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence

5 August, 2016 –Washington Park at Riverwood developed by PAYCE Consolidated Limited, has been awarded a commendation from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW in the category of Masterplanned Communities at their annual awards […]

Read More.

News PAYCE congratulates NSW Community Housing Provider of the Year Award winners

29 July 2016 – Leading Australian property development and investment company, PAYCE today congratulated Evolve Housing and Pacific Link Housing on winning the NSW Community Housing Provider of the Year Award at the Affordable Housing Conference […]

Read More.

News Washington Park awarded Best Masterplanned Community Development

28 July 2016 – Washington Park in Riverwood North has won Best Masterplanned Community Development in this year’s Urban Taskforce Development Awards announced at the Four Seasons, Sydney last night (27 July 2016). Washington Park is […]

Read More.

News 2016 PAYCE SUTHERLAND 2 SURF attracted strong field

25 July 2016 – Good but chilly conditions prevailed for this year’s PAYCE Sutherland2Surf fun run and walk from Sutherland to Wanda Beach, Cronulla on Sunday, 24 July 2016. The event is in its 45th […]

Read More.

News Fast PAYCE Racing Team Revs up for 2015 F1 in Schools Competition

Four students from Engadine High School have formed the Fast PAYCE Racing team to compete in this year’s 2015 F1 in Schools Challenge, an international competition open to high school students around the globe. The […]

Read More.

News PAYCE Projects Scoop Up Six 2015 Sydney Design Awards

5 August 2015: All six PAYCE projects shortlisted in their respective categories in this year’s Sydney Design Awards have received major placings in the final judging announced today, across the categories of Architecture-Residential-Constructed, Urban Design, […]

Read More.