Urban Living Lab launch + ‘We can fix the unfair cost of living’ + Plans for $210 million development

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Urban Living Lab launched

The launch of Sydney Science Park’s Urban Living Lab last week, to be created in partnership with CSIRO, has received widespread accolades. The lab, a first for the nation, will host Australian and international innovators as they create and test their inventions in the $5 billion Sydney Science Park's unique urban development. Celestino CEO John Vassallo said: “We could see people creating new ways to harness solar energy in the workplace and developing novel ideas to store heat and keep homes cool. New sustainable transport solutions will also be encouraged... the possibilities are endless.” Celestino thanked Penrith Council for its leadership and enthusiasm for innovation, at the launch event. An artist's impression of Sydney Science Park's first building, due to be completed by 2018, is pictured. Read more

Thornton development approved

Development applications for two six-storey apartment buildings at 41 and 192 Lord Sheffield Circuit, Thornton, have been approved (pictured).
The developments, totalling almost $34.5 million, include 126 apartments, ground floor retail and commercial tenancies and basement car parking.

Mayor: 'We can fix the unfair cost'

The unfair cost of living for Western Sydneysiders was canvassed this week in a Sydney Morning Herald opinion piece, by Penrith Mayor John Thain. “More than 300,000 travel out of Western Sydney every day for work… In 2036 two out of every three new Sydneysiders will make their home in Western Sydney... The Bureau of Transport reported that our congested roads already costs NSW $5.1 billion each year in lost productivity. In the end, what's good for the west is good for Sydney.”
Clr Thain called for a passenger rail line linking the North West and South West Growth Centres, via the Western Sydney Airport, so real transformation could occur in outer Western Sydney. 
Click here to read the Mayor’s opinion piece in full
Penrith Mayor John Thain will tell a Western Sydney Aerotropolis Summit on 23 February that the airport alone will not create the jobs the region needs and that the State and Federal Government should commit to a north-south rail corridor while the land is still undeveloped.

Current development applications

A 275-room resort hotel has been proposed for 2-8 Twin Creeks Drive, Luddenham. The 11-storey development, totalling almost $99 million, features a lagoon pool (pictured). It is part of staged development plans for Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club.
Council has also received a Proposed Concept Plan for stage one of a $210 million development at 46-66 O'Connell Street, Caddens. The plan, submitted by Caddens Versatile Pty Ltd, establishes a subdivision plan, density projections and infrastructure layout.
Council has also received an application for a storage warehouse and office at 2101-2113 Castlereagh Road, Penrith, totalling almost $13 million.

More than Sydney’s second airport

Western Sydney Airport is a once in a generation opportunity to foster an environment where there is greater diversity of jobs and greater social opportunities in Western Sydney centres like Penrith, according to Deloitte partner Theo Psychogios. “Successful airports are nodes that collapse time and space in a way that connects their home region to a world of innovation, investment, goods and services,” he said. “Western Sydney Airport has the potential to plug the 1 in 10 Australians living in the region directly into the frontiers of the global economy, but only if it is well connected with the region around it, both in terms of travel time and transport modes.” Read the full article

Have your say on draft District Plan

The Greater Sydney Commission is calling for feedback on the draft West District Plan. If you'd like to have your say on how the region should be shaped, make a submission by 31 March.
Click here to learn more
Penrith Council will unveil its new Economic Development Strategy at an event next week. Stay tuned for more. Do you know anyone interested in all that’s happening in Penrith New West? Forward this eNewsletter to them, or click here to submit their email address!
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