The future of planning is smart and Penrith is leading the way, building a smart city from the ground up.
Sydney Science Park recently hosted top transport and technology providers to ensure the $5 billion greenfield project combines the smartest infrastructure and facilities.
Developer Celestino plans a new city of 10,000 residents, but with a focus on education, research development and technology and at the forefront of aged care and healthcare technology. The 280-hectare site is just three kilometres north of the planned western Sydney airport and will create more than 12,000 knowledge-based jobs.
Think: smart roads that collect water, traffic lights coordinating driverless cars, smart communications between aged care and hospitals, drones delivering medicines to sick residents and sensors monitoring them for triage by artificial intelligence.
Duncan Challen, Sydney Science Parks General Manager for Business Development believes Penrith offers a unique opportunity to create interconnected spaces offering the highest standards of livability and amenity.
“We want to transform urban development by thinking about infrastructure, data, liveability and telecommunications,” he told the Financial Review.
"You don't get many opportunities in Australia or any first-world countries to build a city from a greenfield site," he said.
Pictured: Sydney Science Park, artist's impression.
Penrith exporters meet free trade officials
Ahead of the opening of the new Western Sydney Airport and its global opportunities, Penrith is already home to a large number of exporters and recently hosted a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) seminar at Penrith Panthers.
The Austrade forum focused on how to get the best out of FTAs with countries such as China, Japan and Korea, and those which form the Trans Pacific Partnership.
Local exporters heard directly from Government and industry experts on the practical benefits of international exports.
Panellists included Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Mark Coulton MP and Assistant Secretary, Regional Trade Agreements Division with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Lachlan Crews.
Penrith continues to build Western Sydney’s future in international trade.
Pictured: Speakers at Free Trade Agreement seminar, Penrith Panthers.
Rejuvenation of Nepean River driving local tourism
We love our river and Council wants to make sure the river and its surroundings are healthy for locals and visitors.
The river continues to transform and improve under Council’sOur River Masterplan, drawing ever-more visitors to this popular precinct. As a result, Council has made water quality a priority with a new Recreational Water Monitoring Program.
Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler OAM, said the program collects data on water quality to ensure the safety of river users.
“Ideally what we want to achieve is a grading system for the Nepean River similar to the NSW Beachwatch beach grading system,” Cr Fowler said.
“Our Recreational Water Monitoring Program gives the community accurate information on water cleanliness so people can make informed decisions about river recreation.”
River users will soon have a range of new choices for an afternoon on the river with an upgraded boat ramp and new dining precinct at Tench Reserve and a restaurant and function centre planned for Emu Hall.
The first new restaurant on the western (Regatta Park) side of the river – café Xs Espresso - opens in August. This follows a number of new restaurants recently opened on the eastern side at Tench Reserve, with more to come. Top this off with the redevelopment of Regatta Park and soon river users will have a range of new and accessible opportunities to enjoy the city’s waterfront.
Pictured: Victoria Bridge, Nepean River.
Parking takes pole position
A new high-tech parking management system is being rolled out across the city centre.
It includes state-of-the-art in-ground parking sensors which will be installed in many Council-owned on and off-street parking areas.
The parking sensors will detect how parking spaces are used, providing information on turnover and frequency of use, helping Council better understand parking use and supply across the city centre.
Chief Executive Officer of Penrith’s CBD Corporation Gai Hawthorn, says local businesses and retailers will benefit from this new parking system.
“Having car spaces available for customers is vital to our local businesses and this new parking system will improve turnover in designated short-term spaces so customers can access our shops and services when and where they need it most,” Ms Hawthorn said.
High-tech parking means Penrith is ready for the traffic management challenges of the future and is just one of the innovative solutions adopted by Council to ensure a thriving business community.
Pictured: Penrith City Council car park
Investment in the growing New West
Council has recently approved the following development applications:
● Warehouse & Distribution Centre and associated workshop, truck wash bay, fuel bowser and drivers quarters & amenity building at No. 129 Ottelia Road Kemps Creek - estimated total cost of work $28.6 million.
● Warehouse & Distribution Centre at No. 177 - 299 Lenore Drive Erskine Park - estimated total cost of work $11.4 million.
● Construction of a Two Storey Group Home and Associated Works under the Provisions of SEPP (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 at No. 2 Qualmann Street Llandilo - estimated total cost of work $1.5 million.
A city of pride and progress; a region of opportunity, connected to the markets and infrastructure of tomorrow. Penrith is the lifestyle and economic heartland for the new Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis. We are advancing industry and employment with unrivalled liveability, skilled workers and natural attractions.