$22M Academy opens + Construction wins + New PDAP member

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$22M academy unveiled

A $22 million state-of-the-art Rugby League Academy built by the Panthers Group was unveiled on 30 March. The 3,400 sqm facility on a 40,000sqm site boasts two full-size all-weather training fields, gymnasiums, hot and cold plunge pools, an auditorium, medical rooms and recreational areas. It is now the full-time training and development facility for the Panthers senior and junior squads and houses Panthers rugby league administration. The Penrith Junior Rugby League competition is the largest junior nursery in the world, with more than 8500 participants every year. Panthers Chairman David O’Neill said: "The Panthers Rugby League Academy is indicative of our steadfast commitment to Penrith and to the game of rugby league, now and into the future."   Take a tour of the academy
Panthers Executive General Manager Rugby League Phil Gould AM says the facility is the best of its kind for all sporting organisations in Australia. He called on the NRL to “invest in the west”, which is the heartland of the game, and combat competition from soccer’s Western Sydney Wanderers and AFL’s Greater Western Sydney Giants. "We're the New West and this is the biggest growing area in the country,” he said. Click to read more

New West construction wins

Erskine Park-based wall building company Dincel Construction Systems appeared in national media in March following the release of job figures which show construction is one of the biggest employers in NSW, and particularly Western Sydney. Read the and SMH articles. Director Burak Dincel, pictured top left, has also been quoted in the Daily Telegraph saying his innovative polymer formwork for waterproof walls and columns is winning the fight against copycat products from China. Mr Dincel, who opened his $28 million manufacturing plant in 2013 is a New West success story. To cope with the increased demand for residential developments Mr Dincel has recently opened two new production lines at his factory. His inspirational story has also previously been featured in Construction in Focus. Meanwhile, the Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo is on in Penrith 15-17 April. Established in 2015, the event is designed to complement the Western Sydney construction boom and focuses on the latest advances in equipment and resources designed to increase performance and productivity in the industry. Get more information

Lobbying for the New West

Penrith Council is lobbying Federal and State Government representatives (and candidates) on six identified priorities:
  • Western Sydney’s missing link – a dedicated passenger rail line connecting the NW and SW growth centres and the Western Sydney Airport.
  • A national dedicated fund to address the infrastructure backlog in fast-growing outer suburbs and future-proof them, as they continue to grow.
  • Turning Regatta Park precinct into a regional destination and recreation space.
  • The release of the 3.66ha Multi User Depot site, north of Penrith Station, for urban and economic development.
  • Major arterial Mulgoa Road being expanded to six lanes between Glenmore Park and Andrews Road.
  • Equity in arts and cultural funding, including $4.5 to upgrade our existing Performing Arts Centre to offer 21st century cultural experiences.
Mayor Karen McKeown says: “By fully realising our potential as a Regional City, we’ll create a better Penrith, a stronger NSW and a more productive Australia.”

Latest Development Applications

To showcase the significant investor interest in Penrith New West, we're providing a snapshot in each newsletter of significant development applications received by Council:
  • $20.2M: 70 units with basement parking at 42-44 Lethbridge Street, Penrith (Mackenzie Architects impression above).
  • $9M: Units at Rodley Avenue, Penrith.
  • $4M: Town houses at Canberra Street, Oxley Park.

New Penrith property advisor

Angus Dawson is the new Penrith Property Development Advisory Panel member, replacing Sean O’Toole who has joined the Greater Sydney Commission.
Mr Dawson has worked in property development and commercial construction for 30+ years.
In the public sector he established the Growth Centres Commission and redirected the Honeysuckle Development Corporation to success.
In the private sector, he founded Lansdown Homes and achieved a $70 million profitable turnover in the company’s second operational year. He was instrumental in bringing the development division of Urban Pacific to profitability and has led projects such as Forest Lake and Silverpoint in QLD and Moverly Green and Harrington Court in Sydney.
Mr Dawson will use his extensive strategic property experience to help Council transform the City Centre and deliver jobs for the future.

The Australian division of the Royal Aeronautical Society is holding an online webinar on 22 April about the future Western Sydney Airport. The webinar titled “Sydney’s second airport: reality and myth” will be hosted by Aviation Safety Regulatory Review (ASRR) author David Forsyth. The panel of guests features Dr Warren Mundy from the University of NSW School of Aviation, Airservices executive general manager for air traffic control Greg Hood and Regional Development Australia Sydney committee executive officer Bob Germaine. Click for tickets
Penrith is entering the next exciting phase of its development as a Regional City. To ensure we maximise opportunities presented by major new infrastructure projects, new urban development and our status as a Fit for the Future council, a new organisational structure has been created. This has resulted in the creation of a number of new management and senior management positions. Click for more
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