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Hi everybody! 

Is Parramatta a regional city in NSW or it is one of the Sydney's suburbs? 

 

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It has it's own CBD etc but is only 15 km west of Sydney CBD and would be considered part of Sydney.

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I work there which takes about 30-35 minutes on the train from Central station in Sydney. Parramatta is undergoing massive redevelopment at the moment. It is just about the "true" geographical centre of Sydney being, I think, about the same distance west to Penrith as it is east to Sydney CBD and the Blue Mountains trains stop there which makes Penrith a quicker journey than on the normal western line trains.

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It's meant to be both, if you are thinking about big picture long term strategic development... The current government strategy for Sydney divides it into "three cities" - essentially an eastern one that includes the city centre, north south, east and Inner West, with the traditional Sydney city centre as its main centre, and a second one that includes the western suburbs beyond the Inner West, with Parramatta as its main centre. There's a third one further out west, focussed around the future airport development. So Parramatta is meant to be its own regional centre within the Sydney region - with its own concentration of jobs and a high rise CBD, etc.

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I imagine the question was more around Visa restrictions.

As in I know Sydeny is not a regional area, but can I use my 489/491 in Parramatta?

The answer to this is no, all of the Greater Sydeny Area (which extends way beyond Parramatta) is considered non-regional for vias purposes

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