$35.8 million for New West roads + Terrace houses head west

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$35.8m for New West roads

The $3.6 billion 10-year Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan (WSIP) is an economic windfall for the New WestAnother $35.8 million was this week allocated to local roads in Round Two of the $200 million Western Sydney Local Roads Package, which is part of the plan. This was more than half of what was on offer in this round.
The funding will cover:
•    Erskine Park Road & Peppertree Drive Intersection Upgrade ($11.3m)
•    Erskine Park Road & Bennett Road Upgrade ($7.5m)
•    Erskine Park Road & Coonawarra Drive Intersection Upgrade ($6.9m)
•    Erskine Park Road & Explorers Way Intersection Upgrade ($3.4m)
•    The Northern Road Intersections Upgrade ($6.7m).

Werrington Arterial Road Project

Premier Plant Hire Company Director Anthony Scarcella (pictured with Jake Scarcella and Darren Watson), who featured in a NSW Government update on the WSIP, said they had hired 10 new staff to work on the Werrington Arterial Road Project. This project, which got underway in March 2015, will be completed later this year. "It's great that we're part of delivering vital infrastructure for the local community. Our staff are residents of Western Sydney who will benefit," Mr Scarcella said.

The Northern Road upgrade

The $1.6 billion 35km upgrade of The Northern Road from Jamison Road, Penrith, to The Old Northern Road, Narellan, is being delivered in four stages as part of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan.

Stage 3 North about 10km between Penrith and Glenmore Park will get underway early next year.    Watch the video outlining this upgrade

Stage 4about 11kms between Mersey Road, Bringelly and Littlefields Road, Luddenham is expected to start late 2017. 

Proposals for these two stages were displayed for community comment in July and August 2015 and the
Community Consultation Report (pdf 15MB) is now available to download.  

The Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan will deliver 4,000 direct and indirect jobs during the 10-year lifetime of the project. About $18.2 million worth of contracts have so far been awarded to 65 western Sydney suppliers and contractors. One in every two sub-contractors working on the current Werrington Arterial Road project are from the region. Click to download the WSIP 2014/2015 Report Card

Terraces and townhouses head West

The NSW government is looking at new planning controls for medium-density housing such as terraces and townhouses. Sydney needs more than 600,000 new dwellings in the next 15 years, including an extra 30,000-plus in the New West. To meet these needs, the government has released a discussion paper on fast-tracking delivery of the housing options often referred to as ‘the missing middle’, under the state’s complying development assessment process. A third of homeowners surveyed by the Department of Planning & Environment last year said they would consider downsizing in the future. Download the discussion paper 
You have until 15 February to have your say
Rising property prices and a desire to be near shops and transport has increased interest in medium-density housing, like at UrbanGrowth’s Thornton. Western Sydney Business Chamber president David Borger, a former Housing Minister, said in a recent Sydney Morning Herald article terraces were an alternative to super high rise housing. Graham Collins, who lives at Thornton, said the estate "ticked so many boxes" and he snapped up the chance to downsize and live centrally. Click to read more
Property valuations go up - Penrith Council responds to latest valuations showing residential property across Penrith City has increased by an average 33% in the past three years.

City Centre EOIs - We have received six high quality Expressions of Interest for the Reserve Street site. The time to prepare submissions for the EOI for Union Road has been extended to 17 February.
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