Future transport corridors + work begins at Sydney Science Park + Youth unemployment drops as jobs grow

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Penrith is New West
Future transport corridors will keep Western Sydney moving

The State Government has announced four future transport corridors for Western Sydney. The corridors include; North South Rail, Outer Sydney Orbital (OSO), Bells Line of Road Castlereagh Connection, and the Western Sydney Freight Line.

The State Government is seeking feedback on the proposed corridors until 1 June 2018. There are several ways to provide feedback and have your say:

Council will review the details of the recent announcement, assess the local impact of the four proposed corridors, and make a submission to the State Government to ensure our community's needs are considered before the corridors are formalised. 

For further information on the proposed transport corridors visit

Pictured: St Marys train station and Town Centre
Work begins at Sydney Science Park
Preparatory work has started on the Sydney Science Park site at Luddenham, with the removal of existing out-buildings and fencing to make way for future construction.

Once completed, the $5 billion Sydney Science Park will create over 12,000 knowledge based jobs, just 20 minutes away from the Penrith City Centre. It will also educate 10,000 students in key scientific and technological disciplines and be home to over 10,000 residents. Find out more about Sydney Science Park here.
Pictured: Site preparatory works commence
Youth unemployment drops
as jobs grow

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows young people are benefiting from the increased employment opportunities being created across Western Sydney. The region’s youth unemployment rate has dropped to 9.9 per cent - its lowest level in almost 20 years. Read more.

Investment in Western Sydney infrastructure projects will further boost employment opportunities and supports Council's efforts to create up to 55,000 new local jobs by 2031. These projects include the government's commitment to a North-South Rail Link and the Western Sydney Airport which will open Penrith up to the jobs and opportunities of the future. 

Council's Economic Development Strategy provides the strategic framework for how Council can best support economic development, foster greater investment and grow jobs in Penrith.

High Street to receive a face lift
Council is upgrading and transforming the heart of the City Centre with a city-shaping project about to start that will renew High Street, delivering benefits to residents, workers, visitors and local businesses.
The upgrade to High Street will inject new life by improving and increasing outdoor dining spaces, making shops easier to access and making Penrith's City Centre more enjoyable. The works will create an attractive and inviting place, somewhere everyone can access easily, and provide more opportunities for businesses to thrive in a 24-hour economy.

For more information and to view the detailed project plan, visit Council's High Street Upgrade Project page.
Pictured: Artist impression of the High Street upgrade
First Stage of Northern Road upgrade complete
The first stage of the $1.6 billion Northern Road upgrade between Narellan and Oran Park, has officially been completed. 

The entire project includes the upgrade and construction of 35km of major highway that will connect Narellan and South Penrith to the new M12 Motorway, intercepting at the front door to the new Western Sydney Airport when it opens in 2026.

Local businesses are also capitalising on the major roadworks underway in Western Sydney, with a total of $174 million worth of contracts awarded within the local community. Read more.
Pictured: An overview of the first stage of the The Northern Road upgrade (photo: Daily Telegraph)
The New West is growing
Council has recently received the following development applications:
  • Construction of a mixed use development at 634-638 High Street and 87-91 Union Road, Penrith. The proposed development includes two residential towers of twelve and fifteen storeys; ground level retail premises; 187 residential apartments; basement, level 1 and level 2 car parking; and related public access road construction. The estimated value of the project is over $63.5 million (pictured bottom left).
  • Construction of a 100 bed residential aged care facility, ancillary services including fellowship centre and chapel, car parking and site preparation works at 8 Troy Street Emu Plains. The estimated value of the development is over $29.3 million. (pictured top).
  • Construction of a nine storey mixed use development including seven ground level retail tenancies; 48 apartments; and parking located at ground level, level 1 and level 2. Located at 15 Engineers Place, Penrith, the proposed development has an estimated value over $18.3 million (pictured bottom right).
Penrith is transforming, with lots of exciting growth happening across our City. Forward this eNewsletter on to someone you think may be interested in keeping up to date with all that’s happening – they can click here to subscribe.
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'. 

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