Penrith welcomes Western Parkland City Liveability Program launch
Penrith has joined seven other councils within the Western Parkland City to welcome the launch of the $150 million Liveability Program, an initiative of the Western Sydney City Deal.
The recent announcement was made by NSW Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres and Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, Alan Tudge, who officially launched the program’s guidelines and call for applications.
Under the Deal, the Australian and NSW Governments will contribute $60 million each to the Liveability Program, with a further $30 million from councils.
The councils of Penrith, Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool and Wollondilly will now be able to submit proposals for projects that will provide high quality community infrastructure and public spaces, support healthy communities, and enhance liveability and amenity.
The Program will provide up to $18.75 million for each Local Government area to use for its approved projects. Read more.
Growing Penrith's role in the future NSW Food Economy
As the gateway to Sydney from the Central West, Penrith plays an important role in the growth of NSW's food economy.
The opportunity to develop a thriving agribusiness sector in Penrith is one of our City’s unique strengths. With large green-field spaces well connected by existing and proposed road and rail infrastructure, there are significant opportunities for investment by food manufacturing businesses and agri-parks.
In 2016/2017 almost 1,800 people were employed across the agriculture and food product manufacturing sectors in Penrith and there is enormous potential for this to grow into the future.
Penrith continues to build on its reputation as the home of world class events with The Australian Ballet and Football Federation Australia announcing their return in the coming months.
The Australian Ballet's successful Ballet Under the Stars performance, hosted in Penrith for the last two years, returns on Saturday 6 October, ready to dazzle audiences at Penrith Lakes with their world-renowned production of Giselle.
On Saturday 10 November, Football Federation Australia, in conjunction with Council, will bring the Westfield Matildas to Penrith for a clash against 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifiers, Chile. The match follows the Westfield Matilda's nail-biting victory over Brazil last year at Penrith Stadium.
In 2017, the ballet and soccer attracted over 25,000 people into the heart of Penrith and it's no surprise they're back for more.
Penrith has established a solid reputation as the adventure capital of NSW, backed by a beautiful natural environment with many exciting attractions on offer. With the Western Sydney Airport only 20 mins away and North South Rail committed by the State and Federal Government to be operational from day one, Penrith is on the cusp of many new opportunities including tourism.
For more information on upcoming events, arts, food and cultural experiences in Penrith, see visitpenrith.com.au.
Pictured left: NSW Sports Minister The Hon Stuart Ayers MP, Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic, midfielder Chloe Logarzo, and Penrith Council's Deputy Mayor Tricia Hitchen and Mayor John Thain.
Pictured right: Penrith Mayor, Cr John Thain; dancers from The Australian Ballet; Executive Director of The Australia Ballet, Libby Christie. Photo credit: Wendell Teodoro.
Costco distribution centre at home in Penrith
Costco is putting up the exterior frame of its impressive Kemps Creek distribution centre within the emerging Oakdale South Industrial Estate, located just 20 minutes south-east of the Penrith City Centre.
Costco joins leading companies such as Toyota, Sigma Pharmaceuticals and Briggs & Stratton at the estate which will benefit from the region's excellent connectivity to existing and future road and rail links.
Earlier this year, Costco Wholesale Australia’s Managing Director, Patrick Noone, said the Kemps Creek site was chosen as “an investment in Costco’s future in Australia” due to its prime location close to key motorways, the jobs hub of Western Sydney and the future Western Sydney Airport.
Costco's warehouse will be the size of 17 football fields and will service all of their national stores plus online shoppers.
Creating close to 1,000 local jobs, the $78 million facility will be completed in March next year with Costco going online soon after that. Read more.
Pictured: Aerial photo of the Costco Distribution Centre construction at Kemps Creek. Picture: Nine News.
New Community and Conference Centre Approved
A new $30 million conference centre in the heart of Penrith has been given the green light after recently receiving approval by the Sydney Western City Planning Panel.
The development, proposed by Panthers, includes a concept plan for a future 190 room four-star hotel and will be able to host large events, seating up to 1,000 people. The building, close to a range of Australian-first attractions including indoor skydiving, whitewater rafting and jet packing,will enhance the existing amenities within the Panthers Precinct and Penrith City Centre to create a unique entertainment and recreation destination for residents and visitors.
Stage 1 of Nepean Hospital's redevelopment is underway, with the first concrete slab poured for a new multi-storey car park. The construction marks the start of the NSW Government’s $1 billion commitment to the Nepean Hospital Redevelopment.
The car park will free up space to build a world-class hospital tower at Nepean that will deliver an expanded emergency department, over 200 overnight beds, more than 12 new operating theatres, 18 birthing suites and a new neonatal intensive care unit.
Five local Aboriginal high school students were onsite for the concrete pour, participating in a construction trainee program led by building contractors, CPB in partnership with Aboriginal learning organisation, Diz Footprints.
Complementing Council's plans to create 55,000 new local jobs by 2031, large scale government investment is providing opportunities for current and future workers, businesses and investors in Penrith.
Early planning for the second stage of the hospital’s redevelopment has begun and construction is expected to start prior to the completion of Stage 1. The car park is expected to be operational in mid-2019. Read more.
Pictured: First concrete slab being poured for the new multi-storey car park at Nepean Hospital. Picture: Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
Development in Penrith
Council has recently received the following development applications:
Demolition of existing structures and construction of a six storey residential flat building including 21 apartments and two levels of basement car parking, located at 36-38 Rodley Avenue, Penrith. The estimated cost of work is over $4.8 million (pictured left).
Demolition of existing structures and construction of a six storey residential flat building including 17 apartments and two levels of basement car parking, located at 1 Station Lane, Penrith. The estimated cost of work is over $4.7 million (pictured right).
Applications open to join Sydney and Regional Planning Panels
State panel members are appointed based on their expertise in either planning, architecture, heritage, the environment, urban design, land economics, traffic and transport, law, engineering, tourism or government and public administration. Together they ensure development decisions are made on technical merits, efficiency, fairness and transparency, with the added benefit of local knowledge.
Applications close on Sunday, September 30, 2018. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 9223 1855.
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'.