The transformation of the suburb of Jordan Springs, 7km north east of Penrith City Centre, is evident in these photos by Nearmap. Taken in October 2009, August 2012, September 2014 and May 2016 – they paint a picture of the extent of development in the Lendlease community in six years. On completion the suburb will include 2,500 homes and about 6,500 residents. Land Release 3 at Woodland Plains goes on sale from 10am Saturday 18 June. Go to the Jordan Springs website for more information.
Go ahead for proposals
Blue Sox Developments Pty Ltd will build 35 residential apartments, costing $10.35 million, at 5 Cullen Avenue Jordan Springs.
The Jordan Springs Community Resource Hub is to be built at 2-6 Cullen Avenue. The $6.1 million building includes a 120-seat hall, meeting rooms and multi-purpose spaces. Construction is expected to start later this year.
New development applications
Development applications have been recently received for:
Four residential apartment blocks at Lakeside Parade Jordan Springs, totalling $33 million (pictured). The applications, by La Land Pty Ltd, include 164 apartments and associated car parking.
Also, a six storey hotel costing $18.7 million is proposed for the St Marys Rugby League Club site, on Boronia Road. The application, prepared by Urbis, states the 123-room hotel will provide tourist and visitor accommodation and employment opportunities.
An apartment block costing $9.2 million is also proposed for Lethbridge Street, Penrith.
Outer Western Sydney growth
Councils like Penrith are helping to develop, transform and strengthen Western Sydney, according to Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown, who participated in a recent Developing Greater Western Sydney Local Government panel. “Western Sydney is more than Parramatta,” Cr McKeown said. “We are pleased by the rise of Parramatta but it’s worth noting there is another capital city equivalent beyond Parramatta and that’s the high growth arc of Outer Western Sydney. Two of our biggest challenges – two things that are holding Western Sydney back from being more productive and an even greater contributor to the state’s economy – are the lack of jobs for residents and the time spent getting to and from work. The most important role we have is to continue to work with State and Federal Governments to transform the region and realise its potential. Our Council, and others, need to think regionally and develop strategic alliances to achieve the best outcomes for our growing population.”
Day of action documented
The inaugural ‘National Nightmare Commute Day’ on 7 June documented the morning commutes of dozens of residents in Western Sydney. The day highlighted chronic road and public transport problems around the country and was organised by the National Growth Areas Alliance. NGAA NSW spokesperson and Penrith Deputy Mayor Ross Fowler OAM says: “People are sick of spending countless hours in the car, or waiting for trains. Successive governments have failed to fund and build the infrastructure that fast-growing suburbs like ours need and deserve.”
As the election nears, community pressure is mounting on politicians to back the Fund our Future campaign for a dedicated national infrastructure fund for fast-growing outer suburbs. More than 60,000 emails have been sent to politicians in Canberra, with many coming from the City of Penrith. Go to www.fundourfuture.info to sign the petition.
Proposed commuter car park
The planning proposal for a new commuter car park north of Penrith Station, which will provide 350 extra spaces, is on public exhibition. The new multi-storey car park will sit alongside the existing deck and replace the current at-grade car park. Construction is expected to start in late 2016. Council has been advocating to the State Government for more commuter parking to be provided. Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown says: “As Penrith grows we have to be smarter about car parking. We know we need to find the balance for commuters, shoppers and workers in and around our City Centre.” Click to have your say on the proposal
New in the NSW Adventure Capital
SkyPeak Adventures, in St Marys, is the region's newest adventure activity. The world-class aerial playground has been custom built around a 28-metre tall Red River Gum tree. With five courses to choose from and over 100 different challenges to explore, including aerial crossings, free falls, tree climbs and zip lines, SkyPeak Adventures promises the ultimate outdoor adventure for people of all ages. Penrith Mayor Councillor Karen McKeown says it’s exciting to have another world-class attraction to offer visitors. “SkyPeak Adventures is a wonderful addition to our growing suite of adrenaline attractions and further cements our reputation as the Adventure Capital of NSW.” Book your own adventure here