In 2017 Parramatta Council in NSW convened its first citizens' jury to decide on a design and plan for its new civic building and library.
Problems and Purpose
Parramatta is a local government area in Greater Sydney. In 2017, the council convened a citizens' jury to help decide on the design and features of a new civic building which would include a library and council chambers.
Background History and Context
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Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Participant Recruitment and Selection
33 people participated in the jury. They were recruited through random selection and stratified to include representatives from all suburbs in Parramatta and to reflect the city's census profile demographically .
Methods and Tools Used
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
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Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
The City of Parramatta appointed a builder to begin construction on the new civic building in 2020 . Further clarification is needed to determine the extent to which the final design reflects the jury's recommendations.
Analysis and Lessons Learned
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 City of Parramatta (2017). The Jury’s verdict on Parramatta’s iconic Civic Building and Library. Available at: https://www.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/about-parramatta/news/media-release/the-jurys-verdict-on-parramattas-iconic-civic-building-and
 City of Parramatta (2020). City of Parramatta appoints builder for iconic new civic building. Available at: https://www.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/about-parramatta/news/media-release/city-of-parramatta-appoints-builder-for-iconic-new-civic