Smart Cities Plan + $27M high-tech TAFE hub + Arts boost 

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Smart Cities Plan welcomed

The Federal Government unveiled their Smart Cities Plan in the lead up to this week's Federal Budget.
The plan proposes a range of solutions for challenges facing Australian cities, including the use of an infrastructure funding model that ties funding for projects to the economic growth the projects can deliver
The model, which Penrith Council in collaboration with NGAA and the Committee for Sydney has been advocating for some time, has been welcomed widely by the industry. Read more
Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown says: “We welcome the fresh approach to funding that supports more productive, accessible, liveable cities and creates jobs.”

Download the Smart Cities Plan (6.61MB pdf)
Have your say on the plan

Urban Taskforce Australia issued a call to make the Western Sydney jobs precinct the first City Deal. CEO Chris Johnson says: “It is good news that the Federal Government has developed a Smart City Plan and that they will sponsor City Deals to drive development. The Western Sydney Priority Growth Area meets all the fundamental elements outlined in the Smart Cities Plan.” Click to read more
The Australian Government pledged $115 million in the Federal Budget this week to fund preparation work for the Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek. The funds include $26 million to develop a concept design for rail access and $89 million to undertake critical preparatory work at the site. The Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement and Airport Plan are both expected to be finalised in coming months following the review of nearly 5000 public submissions. Click to read more on the 2016-2017 Budget

TAFE's high-tech learning hub 

The $27 million state-of-the-art Health Services Centre at the TAFE Western Sydney Kingswood Campus was officially opened on 29 April. It provides a modern training facility and simulated work environment for the booming healthcare sector. It will also cater for needs arising from the Penrith Health and Education Precinct, which is set to be a world leading specialised centre for Tele-Health, Translational Medicine and Preventative and Primary Healthcare. TAFE Western Sydney’s Institute Director Rob Shreeve says: “As the major provider of employment related skills in Western Sydney, we are excited to be developing practical course delivery methods that enable those who study at TAFE Western Sydney to be job-ready.”
Watch the WSI TAFE promotional video
The centre, which can train 1000 students at a time, incorporates innovative teaching technologies including the next generation of Laerdal Medical Simulation.  It’s also trialling an avatar program where interactive robots are used so students off campus can interact in classes.

Watch the Ten News story

New West opera boost

The Western Sydney Opera company has its launch performance at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on 7 May. Company founder and lead tenor Lorenzo Rositano (pictured) says: “We have the only cultural institution named after the late Dame Joan Sutherland in the world. She was a singer of international renown, so it makes perfect sense that Penrith, and the west, should have its own opera company.” Penrith Council contributed $6000 to help form the company and fund its first two productions. Mayor Karen McKeown says creating opportunities for the region’s artistic community and capturing a more equitable share of Government funding were two of the priorities identified at the Mayoral Arts and Cultural Summit held late last year.  Download the Summit Report (8.06MB pdf)
Celestino, which is developing Sydney Science Park, and Penrith Performing & Visual Arts (PP&VA) are also working together to develop Western Sydney through creativity. The “future-facing partnership” includes an ensemble program and access opportunities for students, provided through subsidised tickets. Celestino CEO John Vassallo, a long-time supporter of visionary projects, says: “This partnership underscores Celestino’s firmly held desire to offer a raft of great cultural opportunities to the local community.” Read more

Planning proposal for City Park

A Planning Proposal, seeking to rezone land for the future development of a City Park in the Penrith City Centre, is on public exhibition this month. The development of a City Park has been considered an important component in the transformation of the Penrith City Centre for some time. Extensive community engagement for Penrith Progression revealed a wide range of stakeholders wanting a centrally located "city heart". Penrith Council Assistant General Manager Craig Butler says: “This administrative process is another step in enabling a future contemporary public space, surrounded by a mix of housing and specialist retail opportunities, which will revitalise the City Centre. It will foster redevelopment of private land and service a wide range of cultural and civic needs for residents, workers and visitors. We are committed to delivering innovative and remarkable results for our growing community.”  Get more information

Development Applications snapshot

We received these development applications in recent weeks:
  • $19.8 million serviced apartments at Thornton, North Penrith (artists's impression above). St Hilliers and First Point Projects are making a $650 million investment which will see the transformation of North Penrith into a vibrant, urban village style precinct. This DA is for a site within Precinct One of the overall masterplan.
  • $8.9 million warehouse development, at Tyrone Place Erskine Park, for repair and manufacture of pallets. 
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