Penrith Council has unveiled the framework that will help deliver up to 55,000 new local jobs by 2031. Council's Economic Development Strategy (EDS) was presented to local business owners at a Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce event on 14 February. The plan centres on the sectors of health, education, tourism, arts and culture, advanced manufacturing and advanced logistics. Penrith Mayor John Thain (pictured) said: "The job target is bold but can be realised through focused action and partnering with industry, business, governments and the community."Read more Click here to read the full EDS
(Pictured from top) Penrith CBD Corporation CEO Gai Hawthorn, Derek Hawthorn and Joe Grassi. Penrith Council Executive Manager Environment & City Development Wayne Mitchell, Executive Manager City Economy & Planning Kylie Powell and Executive Manager City Assets Brian Steffen. Karen Plumpton, Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce General Manager Kerrie Reeder and Jan Pastuck.
Western Sydney Airport Summit
Penrith Mayor John Thain spoke at the Western Sydney Aerotropolis Summit on 23 February, saying the airport alone will not create the jobs the region needs. Cr Thain acknowledged the benefits of the future airport, but called on the State and Federal Governments to commit to a north-south rail corridor while the land is still undeveloped. “We see two opportunities that will fundamentally transform Western Sydney,” Cr Thain said. “The first is the north-south rail link – a corridor committed as a matter of priority and open by the time the airport commences operation. The second is having Local Government at the decision-making table for the Federal Government’s City Deal – this is integral to the future productivity of the New West.” Anthony Albanese MP: Getting planning right for Western Sydney Airport
‘Ecosystem for innovation’
Penrith Council’s Assistant General Manager Craig Butler (pictured), who attended an Innovation Districts event on 9 February, said he is confident an ecosystem for innovation (along the Western Sydney north-south corridor) was possible. “The framework is there – from the Penrith Health and Education Precinct to the $5 billion Sydney Science Park and the Western Sydney Airport. We just need to join it up.” The keynote speaker, Julie Wagner, said all levels of government must work together to create the right environment for innovation. Fast and reliable public transport was noted as the key to creating innovation districts. Ms Wager is the co-author of “The Rise of Innovation Districts”. Click to read more
Dr David Burns, Director of STEM Innovation Networks at Battelle Education (Columbus Ohio), is the keynote speaker at Penrith City Council’s first Penrith Talks – Innovation event on 14 March. Thought-leaders at the forefront of science, mathematics, health and education will present at the series of talks, to be held at Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre’s Q Theatre. Stay tuned for more!
New development applications
Council has received the following development applications:
A subdivision plan for stages 5 and 6 of Legacy Property's Caddens Hill development at the corner of Caddens Road and O'Connell Street. The application proposes 183 residential lots and totals over $7.5 million. Click for moreThere has been strong interest in the 55 lots which have been released in the new Caddens Hill development.Click to read more
Seven food and drink premises at 2229-2231 Castlereagh Road, Penrith. The application is valued at $5 million.
25 town houses in Werrington – 12 at the corner of Lethbridge Avenue and Victoria Street and 13 at 97-99 Princess Street. The applications, by Pretech Pty Ltd, are valued at $4.6 million.
Dining in the New West
Burger Head (on Henry Street in Penrith) is the first burger bar run by fine-dining talent to open in Western Sydney. Opened last month by chefs Richard Borg, Timothy Rosenstrauss and Michelin-trained Joshua DeLuca, Burger Head brings quality, inner city style food and vibes to our doorstep. Between them, the three chefs have worked at highly regarded restaurants across the world including Mathias Dahlgren (a two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Stockholm) and Sydney’s Momofuku Seiobo, Quay and Master. DeLuca and Borg both grew up in Western Sydney. Click to find out more