$3.6M medical grant + Skills audit + Cooling the City

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$3.6M grant: Global clinical trial
Associate Professor Ian Seppelt
A Nepean Hospital intensive care specialist has been awarded the Highest Ranked Project Grant at the National Health and Medical Research Council Research Excellence Awards.

Associate Professor Ian Seppelt (pictured left) and his team have received more than $3.6 million to conduct a clinical trial to try and reduce the risk of infection for critically ill ventilated patients. The trial will involve about 23,000 patients in intensive care units in Australia, NZ, Canada and the UK.
Read more about Dr Seppelt’s research...

Skills audit: Western Sydney

The current and future skills needs of employers in Western Sydney is outlined in an audit released this week.

The Greater Western Sydney Skills Barometer 2015, compiled for TAFE Western Sydney and Western Sydney Business Connection, surveyed 456 businesses in the region.

It identifies severe technical skill shortages in business, finance and management, building, electro technology, engineering and manufacturing. There is also a shortage of funded training for managers, sales workers and clerical and administrative workers.

The audit provides industry insights on how to address these shortages.

Download the audit (1.77MB pdf)

Chairman of Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue Christopher Brown says he'd like to see legacy training partnerships on every major infrastructure project in the region, including Badgerys Creek Airport and its road links and Sydney Science Park, to address the skills gap.

“We need many more programs like the Barangaroo Skills Exchange, where Lendlease and TAFE have formed a remarkable partnership to train workers in modern construction methods, using on-site ‘pop up’ classrooms and mentors,” he said. “Many of these workers live in Western Sydney and the skills exchange program is setting them up to be ready for the massive wave of infrastructure projects... coming our way quickly."
Jordan Springs is one of Sydney’s top performing buyers' markets, with the latest property data showing the suburb has a median house price of $610,000 and an annual growth rate of 21.5%.
Watch News Limited and Property Central Penrith representatives, in Local Agent Insights, describe why three-quarters of Penrith City suburbs are outperforming the Sydney market.

Cooling the City: Greencover Strategy
Greencover Strategy for Penrith was presented at Council's second annual Developer's Forum. The strategy identifies ways to cool the City and region to improve liveability. 

Penrith Council is viewed as a leader in its approach to this issue.  A case study about Council's actions was included in a recent publication produced by 20:20:20 Vision, City of Melbourne and the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (download the document 19.82MB). There has also been positive media interest about Council's approach, including articles in the Sunday TelegraphAFRSMHPenrith Press and Daily Telegraph.

Penrith’s New Mayor talks about greening the city
Destination of choice: Penrith Council continues its campaign to attract intrastate and interstate events. An Event Prospectus has been released in response to a growing number of requests to hold events in the City. Penrith welcomes more than 1.3 million visitors annually, which is about a $22.5 million injection into the local economy. 
More jobs in Penrith: While neighbouring local government areas face rising unemployment, Penrith's jobless rate is lower than the state average. Latest figures show the jobless rate in the Penrith LGA fell from 6.6 to 5.4 per cent.

The New West Invitation to partner, formerly called the Investment Prospectus, is nearly complete. It will outline opportunity precincts and sites in Penrith City and our commitment to investors. Email us to pre-order a copy.
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