Invitation to partner + Property boom + WoW Awards

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Penrith is New West

Launch: Invitation to partner 

Yesterday we unveiled the 'New West - Invitation to partner' to developers and stakeholders at Penrith Civic Centre. Mayor Karen McKeown, who opened the event, said the document distils the Penrith Progression vision and calls on investors to: Come and build Penrith with us. She said: "Penrith is here. Our time has come." Penrith Property Development Advisory Panel Chair Sean O'Toole and Council's Assistant General Manager Craig Butler also addressed the audience. Click to download the document (11.9MB pdf)
The median house price for Penrith has grown an average of 17% per year since 2012, including a 28% increase in 2015. St Hilliers and First Point Projects will take Penrith’s skyline to new heights, with the launch of unprecedented penthouse living at Thornton. St Hilliers Executive Chairman Tim Casey says the 10-storey Sheffield (pictured) delivers a new level of residential living for young buyers in Sydney's west. Read more  Also, land purchases within Eastern precinct 'Greenwood' of Lend Lease's award-winning community Jordan Springs will be finalised tomorrow. Read more  And observers predict property in St Marys will boom in 2016, thanks to Western Sydney Airport and associated infrastructure. Read more

Women of the West (WoW) Awards 

Would you like to pay tribute to an extraordinary Penrith woman who contributes to Western Sydney?

Nominations are now open for Western Sydney University's Women of the West (WoW) Awards. There are two categories - Women of the West and Women of the West (aged 18-28 years).

Nominations close on 13 December. Get more information on how to nominate or download an application form.

Melissa Radjenovic and Grace Fava, the Young Women of the West and Women of the West for 2015

Western Sydney Airport update

Brendan McRandle, Western Sydney Unit Executive Director of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, spoke to 100-plus guests at Penrith Chamber of Commerce's Business Matters event on 27 November about next steps for Western Sydney Airport. Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown, who also spoke, welcomed the State Government’s Western Sydney Priority Growth Area, which will fast-track jobs and development around the airport site. Cr McKeown said it was heartening the State and Federal Governments had responded to Council’s calls to link the airport with the Western line at Penrith and is now investigating the future of rail in Western Sydney. Penrith Council joined other Western Sydney Councils to fund an independent review of the recently released Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Read EIS Peer Review Report - Part A (4.93MB pdf) and EIS Peer Review Report Part B (6.73MB pdf). Report findings will be considered by Council at an Ordinary Meeting on 7 December.
The exhibition period for the Draft Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement closes on 18 December. Click here to find out how to make a submission
Question time: Smart jobs in Western Sydney.
Last week Member for Lindsay Fiona Scott asked Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Question Time how the government's agenda for innovation, infrastructure and cities will create smart jobs in Western Sydney. Watch the video
Congratulations to Director of the Centre for Western Sydney Professor Phillip O’Neill, who has been awarded the 2015 McDonald Holmes Medal for Geographical Education. Professor O'Neill is overseeing a new initiative to forge partnerships with government and the local community to address the region's growing research and policy needs. Congratulations also to Western Sydney University student Taylor Macdonald, who has been named the Lawyers Weekly Student of the Year. Click to read more
Small Business Friendly Council - Penrith Council has committed to a number of initiatives to improve business processes and assist small businesses, as part of its inclusion in the Small Business Friendly Councils (SBFC) Program.  
Penrith's tourism push - Destination NSW has praised Council's promotion of Penrith as the Adventure Capital of NSW. Mayor McKeown joined representatives from Council to present the tourism strategy at Destination NSW's Board meeting in Penrith last month.
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