North South rail submissions + New City development + Don't miss Penrith's inaugural Real Festival

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Making the case for North-South rail

A Deloitte and Arup report that detailed the city-shaping and economic opportunity presented by a North South rail corridor, was cited in Penrith City Council’s submissions for the State and Federal Government's Rail Scoping Study.  Council was party to two submissions - its own and the submission by the Western Sydney Rail Alliance. Council stated a North to South rail line (Option 6) was the only route that would:
  • Create a new connected 30-minute outer metropolitan growth city.
  • Add $44.7 billion to the economy (from 2024 – 2040) reaching $3.6 billion per year by 2040.
  • Support and improve access between the Growth Centres, the Western Sydney Priority Growth Area (including the proposed Western Sydney Airport) and the Regional City Centres of Penrith, Liverpool and Campbelltown.
  • Provide an unrivalled catalyst for employment, innovation and economic growth in the region to deliver the jobs of tomorrow.
  • Integrate with current rail plans to form an orbital network, supporting the existing east-west corridor.
  • Reduce the >90% reliance on motor vehicle for journeys to work in Western Sydney, significantly reduce commuting times and improve quality of life.
We are thrilled by the response to our community campaign for the Rail Scoping Study. More than 900 people supported our call for a North South rail line. “We have a highly employable and motivated workforce who deserve jobs closer to home," Mayor John Thain said.

New City development

Council has received the following development applications:
  • A residential apartment building at 50 Lord Sheffield Circuit, Penrith (pictured). The application was submitted by Urban Link Pty Ltd and totals almost $22 million.
  • A warehouse and distribution facility at 585-649 Mamre Road, Orchard Hills. The application, by Rams Customer, totals over $15 million. This development site falls within the Western Sydney Employment Area, which will become the single largest employment space in NSW.
The Jordan Springs Community Hub is the first public building in NSW that will use carbon-neutral cross-laminated timber. The geothermal heating and cooling system will reduce carbon emissions by 50%, performance glazing in all windows and doors will reduce energy use by 15% and light coloured roofing, solar panels, low volatile organic compound internal materials and packaging re-purposing will all lessen the Hub’s environmental impact. It will be finished by late 2017.
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Our voice on global stage

Penrith City Council has committed to the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of local government dedicated to addressing climate change.
As part of the program, Council has committed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, involve the community in strategies addressing climate change and track and regularly report progress. By participating in the coalition, Council widens its pledge to environmental sustainability and reinforces its ongoing commitment to climate action. Penrith is one of only three NSW councils partaking in the program.

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Western Sydney University (WSU) will showcase their 2015 solar car at Penrith City Council’s inaugural Real Festival this weekend. The WSU team are currently designing a car for 2017’s Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. New design rules mean the car has to perform well, over the 3,000kms, with less solar cells. Click for more

City Deal welcomed

Penrith City Council welcomed the news the Australian and NSW Governments have committed to a ‘City Deal’ for the West and South West Districts of Sydney. The nation’s largest ever planning and investment partnership will tie funding for projects to the economic growth projects can deliver. We look forward to the mayoral roundtable that will be held in coming weeks for the ‘City Deal’. Click for more
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