Recognising the strength of Penrith's strategic location and transport connections, Toyota Australiahas officially opened its largest and most innovative parts warehouse at Kemps Creek.
Joining other major businesses within the Oakdale South Industrial Estate, including Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Costco, Iron Mountain and Nolan’s Transport, the new Toyota facility will benefit from its location close to key motorways and the new Western Sydney Airport, linking it to customers across Australia.
From start-ups to established companies, Penrith has the space to provide businesses with the room they need to grow now and in the future.The Toyota warehouse features more than 50,000m2 of total work area within a 6.4 hectare site, which allows the company to house more than 128,000 parts and ship approximately 27,000 parts daily.
In an innovative first, the warehouse also uses a fleet of autonomous intelligent vehicles to reduce the manual carrying of parts by its 150 employees.
Pictured: The new Toyota Parts Centre (picture: Western Weekender).
New and improved Nepean Hospital
Plansfor the new 14 storey Nepean Hospital clinical services tower have been released, showcasing a central element of the $1 billion redevelopment.
The clinical services building, or Tower 1, will house a new and expanded emergency department, at least 12 new operating theatres, 18 birthing suites, a new neonatal intensive care unit, more than 200 additional overnight beds and a new helipad.
The hospital upgrade is one of the largest investments in health infrastructure in NSW and follows the recent $2.4 million revamp of Nepean Hospital’s emergency department and a $139 million expansion completed in February 2014.
Supported by unprecedented levels of new infrastructure and investment including a new international airport, major road upgrades, and significant spending on major hospitals like Nepean, Penrith is well positioned to service the growing population across the coming decades.
Pictured: Artist's impression of the new Nepean Hospital tower.
Penrith's growing digital industry
Penrith's digital connections and technology infrastructure continue to grow with the recent opening of a next generation data centre at Erskine Park.
Digital Realty's new 7,000 square metre facility connects to the company's existing Erskine Park premises and provides world leading data storage and management solutions to local, domestic and international businesses.
The company's continued investment and growing presence in Penrith makes sense as the City becomes a hub for the thriving, modern digital economy. Digital Realty has also acquired more land nearby with plans to add a third centre in the future.
Penrith is attracting more investment and generating a diverse range of knowledge jobs in major developments like the Sydney Science Park, being built at Luddenham, and the growth of The Quarter - Penrith's award-winning health and education precinct.
Pictured: Digital Realty's new data centre at Erskine Park.
The $500 million East Side Quarter is another bold and innovative development that's transforming Penrith, bringing with it significant positive change for the City.
In less than a decade, the site will hold a convention centre, a senior living precinct, vast food and dining experiences, tourism facilities, elite training centres, community facilities and hotels; all in a magnificent parkland setting with connections to the beautiful Nepean River andPenrith City Centre.
Penrith is entering a period of unprecedented growth and progress, and the East Side Quarter sits perfectly within Council's vision for Penrith as a vibrant, sustainable and highly liveable City.
Pictured: Artist's impression of the East Side Quarter development.
Export Workshop supports local business
Committed to providing meaningful support to local business, Penrith Council recently drew over 40 new and aspiring exporters to an Export Capability Workshop, coordinated by Regional Development Australia Sydney (RDA Sydney).
Helping local businesses grow and become export ready, the workshop provided valuable case study discussion and tips for export planning, resourcing, marketing and visiting target markets.
The export market offers significant opportunities for local businesses aspiring to grow. With the new Western Sydney Airport set to target freight exporters and ongoing government investment in rail and road infrastructure connecting our region like never before, Penrith is perfectly placed for new and existing businesses to build their export capability.
Pictured: Sanket Purohit from Jobs for NSW speaking to participants about grant opportunities.
Sydney Markets look to Aerotropolis
A new fresh food precinct could be created within the Western Sydney Aerotropolis following the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the NSW Government and Sydney Markets.
The expansion of Sydney Markets into the Aerotropolis would stimulate and enhance the agri-business, freight and logistics opportunities available in Penrith; which already plays an important role in the growth of NSW's food economy as the gateway to Sydney from the Central West.
With large greenfield spaces well connected by existing and proposed road and rail infrastructure, Penrith offers significant opportunities for further investment by food manufacturing businesses and agri-parks.
In 2016/2017 almost 1,800 people were employed across the agriculture and food product manufacturing sectors in Penrith and there is enormous potential for this to grow into the future.
New Western Sydney Aerotropolis Authority established
The design and delivery of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis is taking shape with the establishment of the Western City and Aerotropolis Authority (WCAA), led by CEO Sam Sangster, former head of Health Infrastructure NSW.
Penrith Council, together with the seven other Council's of the Western Sydney City Deal, will have a key role within the new WCAA, planning the use of strategic sites across the Western Parkland City that kick-start development of the Aerotropolis and support the region's growth, creating vibrant and connected places to work and live.
Investment in the growing New West
Penrith's position as a leader in education, research and medical excellence was strengthened this month when the City hosted the inaugural Together - achieving better health conference, attracting some of the best medical minds in the country.
The conference was preceded by a networking breakfast coordinated by stakeholders from The Quarter - Penrith's award-wining health and education precinct. Also in attendance was Greater Sydney Commission District Commissioner Western City, Elizabeth Dibbs.
Penrith provided the perfect location for the two events, with a well established reputation for excellence in medical research and health care. The conference marked the first time leading medical innovators have assembled in the region to discuss the future health and growth of Penrith and Western Sydney as a priority.
Pictured (right to left) Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler OAM; The Hon Peter Collins AM QC; Chair of The Quarter Greg Allchin; Greater Sydney Commission District Commissioner Western City Elizabeth Dibbs; Sydney Business Chamber Western Sydney Director David Borger.
Investment in the growing New West
Council has recently received the following development applications:
Construction of a warehouse and distribution facility and related site works, including access road construction and bulk earthworks, located at 128 Andrews Road, Penrith. The estimated cost of work is over $37.9 million.
Demolition of existing structures, construction and strata subdivision of ten town houses, located at 27 and 29 Adelaide Street, Oxley Park. The estimated cost of work is over $2.9 million (pictured top).
Council has recently approved the following applications:
Construction of an integrated housing development comprising 25 three storey dwellings, 24 one bedroom studios and Torrens Title subdivision of 25 residential lots, two residue lots and associated road construction, landscaping and drainage works. The proposed development is located at 1 Charlotte Street, Jordan Springs and has an estimated cost of work of over $7.9 million.
Penrith is a place of limitless opportunity. It is located at the point where Sydney’s north-south growth arc, Australia’s most significant future economic corridor, crosses the east-west connection. Penrith is the heart of this Growth City, which we call the 'New West'.