CLUB PARRAMATTA OPENS – MAKING ITS MARK IN PARRAMATTA CBD
CLUB PARRAMATTA OPENS – MAKING ITS MARK IN PARRAMATTA CBD
Located proudly on the corner of Macquarie and O’Connell streets, in the heart of Sydney’s second CBD, the new Club Parramatta is now open – overlooking the World Heritage-listed Parramatta Park, and just minutes from Bankwest Stadium, Westmead Hospital, Westfield Parramatta and Parramatta Station.
The venue, which is brought to you by CHRG (formerly referred to as Castle Hill RSL Group), is a flagship $45 million hospitality, leisure and entertainment destination, that’s home to several exciting new dining concepts, a children’s play area, multipurpose function and events spaces, and a stylish open-air rooftop bar that’s perfect for hearing the roar from that stadium and watching
sports on the big screen.
Club Parramatta showcases a design concept like no other currently offered in Parramatta – with wall-to-wall windows creating an abundance of natural light and integration with the outdoors,
including the club’s 70 metre terrace that flanks the building. David O’Neil, Group Chief Executive Officer of CHRG, said the new Club is a remarkable venue that’s better integrated and connected with the community than ever before.
“We are thrilled to see our vision for Club Parramatta come to life – a hospitality, leisure and entertainment destination that will be welcome to all. Over the years, we recognised that it became
increasingly challenging to evolve Parramatta RSL in line with the evolving needs of the community, so being able to deliver a modern new place for the people of Parramatta, and visitors, is incredibly
exciting for us all.”
Before Club Parramatta’s opening on Friday January 23rd, over 1000 people visited the venue for a sneak peek and tour of the brand new 5,500sqm venue, where food, beverage and overall club
operations were put to the test and passed with flying colours!
“The feedback from the community has been overwhelmingly positive – from the mums with bubs, to the high-rise residents living on our doorstep, and corporate workforce across the road – they all
love it and expressed that they have been wanting and waiting for a venue of Club Parramatta’s quality for so long,” David added.
Club Parramatta is accessible via a pedestrian transit route to and from all major public transport interchanges. It’s also a designated ‘drop off zone’ for ride share and taxis during big stadium
The history of the club, site and its surrounds remain an important aspect of the redevelopment and operations – ensuring that it continues to support veterans and their incredible work for members
and the broader community.
Following a complete archaeological dig to identify and preserve the convict, colonial, indigenous and military history of the club and site, an extensive arts plan has been incorporated into the
design, in recognition of its rich history.
“We are committed to ensuring that our support of veterans and their families continues, which is why we have supported the Parramatta RSL sub-Branch with the relocation of their offices to provide them with greater exposure.
“Their new location, at 7 Macquarie Street, houses a dedicated Office and Administration area and a House of History and Memorabilia – showcasing decades of war relics and keepsakes for current and future generations to learn from. This is clearly a dedicated space for our City of Parramatta RSL sub-
Branch,” said Mr O’Neil.
The Ode of Remembrance Book, the Memorial and Eternal Flame, and Dedication Stones have been retained and relocated into a prime location. And a Tribute Fountain and other interpretive art is
part of the project’s Art Plan. “Interpretive art, which forms part of stage 1 and stage 2 of the project, captures the spirit of ANZAC and our veterans who gave their yesterday for our tomorrow. Importantly, the new Club is continuing with the Ode and providing dedicated spaces and support to Legacy, War Widows and other veteran welfare services and groups, including Swiss 8, within Club Parramatta,” Mr O’Neil added.
CHRG continues to fund City of Parramatta RSL sub-Branch administrative and welfare services, as well as provide dedicated spaces and support to Legacy, War Widows and a number of other
initiatives to support modern veterans and their families.
Key Features – Ground Floor
• Club Parramatta’s Main Bar, known for its favourably-priced Espresso Martinis, is sophisticated, edgy and unexpectedly bold, just like its signature drink. Craft beers, premium wines, spirits and cocktails are available – some of which will are served from 32 featured taps. It’s the perfect place to drop in for a quick drop after a long day at work, or the place to drop in for a quick drop before heading to the stadium, or on your way back from there.
• Wokafella, is Club Parramatta’s go-to for Asian street food, inspired by the flavours, smiles and authenticity found in Asian eat streets and hawker-style noodle, dumpling and soup houses.
• The Oven and The Barista produces rustic, wholesome and hearty food – offering all your club favourites, including pizza and gelato, with a fresh and modern twist. The family friendly menu caters from the first sip of coffee, through to a light breakfast, satisfying lunch, indulgent afternoon tea and memorable dinner.
• 70 metre long alfresco terrace space with open fireplaces, lighting and comfortable seating, where you’ll soak up the sounds from the nearby Parramatta Park and Bankwest Stadium.
• A brand new, large-format children’s play area, overlooking Parramatta Park. Weekly kids’ days and monthly themed kids’ days will entertain and amuse younger members, while weekly music and live entertainment, poker and trivia will interest the adult crowd.
Key Features – First Floor
• CP’s Upstairs Bar and Kitchen, is a stylish and contemporary rooftop bar and informal social space, offering big flavours, an exciting menu and a drink selection for any and every one.
• Giant screens make it the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere, while watching major sporting events.
• Five multi-purpose function and events rooms for 10-220 people, including open air rooftop areas. Club Parramatta was constructed in front of Parramatta RSL, which is set to become the site of an exciting complementary future facility that will also provide underground car parking for members of Club Parramatta.
“CHRG continues to grow from strength to strength – diversifying its asset portfolio and cementing the group’s profile and position as one of the leading hospitality organisations in the industry,” Mr
O’Neil, said. With the second largest economy in NSW, the city of Parramatta is fast becoming Sydney’s alternative central business district. Located just 24km from Sydney’s CBD, an increasing number of businesses and individuals are choosing to settle in the area and Parramatta’s population is booming.
Over the next 20 years, it is projected that the population will rise by almost 150 per cent, the biggest growth in the country, with 35,000 people expecting to call the suburb home by 2036, up
from just over 14,000.
CHRG (formerly referred to as Castle Hill RSL Group) owns and operates a diverse range of places – including Castle Hill RSL Club, Castle Hill Fitness & Aquatic Centre, Parramatta RSL, the new Club Parramatta, Lynwood Country Club and Lynwood Golf, on behalf of its Members. Our 50,000 members are people from all walks of life who visit our places to come together and share positive
experiences – from dining, live music and social events, to sports, recreation and educational programs. CHRG is committed to the provision of services that positively impact the communities in
which it operates and therefore supports a multitude of community services and activities – providing support for veterans, sponsoring youth programs, getting behind the arts, and providing grants to a number of local sporting and community groups. For more information, visit www.chrg.com.au.
For more information, please contact:
Andy Abey – Head of Corporate Affairs, CHRG | 0466 598 098