New PM's innovation push + Airport campaign + Mayoral change

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PM’s push for innovation great for New West
New PM Malcolm Turnbull has put investment in innovation and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, as well as supporting startups at the top of his agenda.

The tech industry and commentators (BRW, SMH and AFR) this week applauded the news. StartupAUS CEO Peter Bradd said: “As Australia enters a new era of growth, technology-based startups have the potential to transform the economy and create the jobs of the future.”

Penrith Progression Project Director Craig Butler also welcomed the new agenda as it helps the New West's challenge of creating 40,000 jobs by 2031. “Penrith Progression – A Plan for Action released in February highlighted our plan to drive innovation to strengthen our economy,” Mr Butler said. “We will be a hub for jobs of the future, leveraging our strength in health and advanced education. Also, the early rollout of the NBN in Penrith means startups can capitalise.”
The Penrith Health and Education Precinct (PHEP), a specialised precinct for health, education and research, will potentially provide 13,000 jobs in the New West. Werrington Park Corporate Centre (pictured) will house the new Sydney Innovation Quarter or ‘Sydney IQ’, a state-of-the-art business hub that focuses on activating and growing technology and innovation orientated businesses. The Western Sydney Science Centre, to be established at WSU’s Penrith Campus, will also be crucial in attracting young people to careers in science, computing, engineering and mathematics needed to support the high-tech industries that will be created along the Innovation Corridor and around the Western Sydney Airport.
Read more about WSU's Innovation Corridor (4.63MB pdf)

Western Sydney Airport: Maximising benefits and minimising impacts
The following priority issues and actions are part of a new advocacy campaign by Penrith Council, regarding the airport at Badgerys Creek.  "This sets out a clear and concise program of advocacy which the community can rely upon us to focus on," a spokesperson said.
  • A seat at the table 
  • Connections - roads and trains
  • Looking after our health & environment
  • Hear us on noise
  • Show us the jobs & build our economy
  • Knowledge + skills = Opportunities
  • An airport of the 21st Century

Get the advocacy document (13.7MB pdf)
Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown (centre) this week met with a delegation from Mentougou District of Beijing and the new owners of Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club to discuss development and tourism opportunities.
(Pictured left to right) Mr Tommy Jiang (Chairman Global CAMG Media Group, Ostar International Media Group, The Australian International Golf Association), Councillor Greg Davies, Mayor McKeown, District Mayor Zhang Guilin Mentougou District People’s Government of Beijing and Deputy Mayor Ross Fowler OAM.
Councillor McKeown was elected Mayor of Penrith City on 21 September.

It is an honour to lead Penrith City – capital of the New West. The City is innovative, collaborative and committed.  We are well placed to meet our challenges and I am dedicated to making Penrith City a great place to live, work and invest. 

We are opening the door to new projects, capital investment and partnerships to revitalise our City Centre.  I also whole-heartedly support civic improvements to other parts of the City, including potential investment opportunities in St Marys.

Investment in the New West will:
·         Deliver jobs closer to home for Penrith’s 54,000+ commuting working population.
·         Provide opportunities for quality inner city living.
·         Create a strong day and night time economy and bustling City Centre, and
·         Attract people, jobs and retail spending to its heart.

Penrith is a vibrant regional City with a bold attitude and a bright future.  We’re open for business…

Mayor Karen McKeown

The vision for Penrith Lakes (watch the video) and news that theme park Wonderland will be built in Western Sydney (watch the video).

Councillor Ross Fowler OAM finished his duties as Mayor of Penrith City Council this week. He was elected Deputy Mayor for the next term. In his Year in Review report he said 'Penrith Progression - A Plan for Action' sparked major development in the City. "It's been gratifying to watch Penrith further cement its place as an important Regional City and emerge as the capital of the New West and Adventure Capital of Sydney. Council and our communities are uniting to carve out our unique place in Western Sydney," he said.

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