The Minister for Urban Infrastructure, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, emphasised Penrith’s strategic importance to the future Western Sydney Airport when he gave a detailed update on its progress, hosted by Penrith Council and the Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Penrith Mayor John Thain welcomed the Minister and acknowledged the significant role Western Sydney councils are playing alongside the Federal Government in ensuring the best outcomes from the airport.Read more.
Pictured: Minister for Urban Infrastructure The Hon Paul Fletcher MP with Penrith Mayor John Thain
Aerotropolis to boost industry activity
Speaking at the recent Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue 'Boomtown 2017' property and infrastructure summit, the Minister said Western Sydney Airport could be the core of an “aerotropolis,” stimulating economic activity and bringing new industries to the region. Read more.
The latest edition of the Western Sydney Airport Community Newsletter is now available (Spring 2017), providing the latest news from the Federal government on the Airport project. Read the update here.
Fed Labor's commitment to NSR
Federal Labor’s Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, told the Australasian Railway Association’s annual conference the new Western Sydney Airport offered the opportunity to recast the economic and social equation in Western Sydney.
“To achieve this vision the airport must be more than just a terminal and a runway… Getting it right requires construction of a North-South Rail Line in Western Sydney,” Mr Albanese said.
Penrith Council, alongside the Western Sydney Rail Alliance (WSRA), continues to call on both sides of politics to commit to a North-South rail link. Connecting the north and south via a rail link will open up Penrith to new jobs and more housing, easing congestion on our roads and cutting travel time.
The heads of Industry Super Australia met in Penrith last week in a move highlighting the importance of Penrith to the future prosperity of Western Sydney and beyond.
Council hosted the Industry Super Australia Board to encourage discussion on opportunities for collaboration that can deliver new infrastructure and sustain new jobs growth across the region. Read more.
Glenmore Park Town Centre opens
The highly anticipated new Glenmore Park Town Centre was officially opened by Penrith Mayor John Thain this week. The $30 million upgraded centre is home to over 60 specialty retailers, helping to boost the area’s economy and cater to the suburb’s growing population. Read more.
Pictured (L-R): Penrith Mayor John Thain officially opens the new centre, Glenmore Park Town Centre (photos Western Weekender)
Greater Sydney Commission talks infrastructure
Penrith is a vital part of a wider region that’s moving and growing quickly. The next online conversation with the Greater Sydney Commission will take a look into Sydney’s future growth and the essential role the delivery of infrastructure will play in accommodating it. To join the live online conversation from 6-7pm on Tuesday 5 December, visit the GSC Facebook page.
Penrith draws major brands
Home Consortium Penrith, located on the old Masters site at 72-82 Mulgoa Road, continues to attract major brands looking to expand their presence in Penrith. Homewares and electrical stores are keen to open shop as the region rapidly expands with new homeowners and a growing population. Read more.
Development across Penrith
Council has received the following development applications:
Development of ten industrial units at 9 Severn Street, St Marys, valued at $2.3 million.
Development of five houses, private access road and Torrens Title subdivision at 264-270 Mt Vernon Road, valued at over $7.2 million (pictured).
A development by Hillsong Christian Life Centre for a place of public worship containing an 89 place child care centre, associated earthworks, road construction and landscaping works, at 1 Water Street, Werrignton, valued at over $29.3 million.
Council has approved the following development applications:
Construction of an industrial building with car parking and landscaping at 2-16 Leland Steet, Penrith, valued at over $3 million.
The staged Torrens Title subdivision of 65 residential lots, 1 public reserve lot and public roads, located at Shale Hill Drive and Forestwood Drive, Glenmore Park, valued at $3.5 million.
Call for community reps for local planning panel
Council is looking for local residents interested in being a community representative on a new Penrith local planning panel, to help determine certain applications for local development.
Under recent changes to the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Local Planning Panels become mandatory for all Sydney councils from 1 March 2018.
The criteria for membership includes being a current resident of Penrith LGA and having knowledge and awareness of issues of concern to the local community. Positions are paid part-time roles, for up to three years. Councillors, property developers and real estate agents are not eligible to apply.
Penrith is a place of limitless opportunity. It is located at the point where Sydney’s north-south growth arc, Australia’s most significant future economic corridor, crosses the east-west connection. Penrith is the heart of this Growth City, which we call the 'New West'.