NSW's first STEM School welcomed + Innovation takes centre stage + New West development

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NSW's first STEM school welcomed

NSW 's first dedicated STEM School will be built inside Sydney Science Park at Luddenham. Penrith Mayor John Thain joined NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Minister for Education Rob Stokes and Greater Sydney Commission Chief Commissioner Lucy Turnbull at the signing ceremony last week. The pioneering agreement between developer Celestino and the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta will deliver education opportunities across science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students from early learning through to post school.
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Innovation takes centre stage

Penrith Mayor John Thain welcomed ground breaking innovators in the fields of mathematics, health, science and education to the stage last week for the first of four events in the Penrith Talks: Innovation series. International key-note speakers David L. Burns and Aimee Kennedy from Battelle Education in the US spoke about the benefits of STEM education, former Young Australian of the Year and aubot CEO Marita Cheng discussed innovation and entrepreneurship and Professor Jamie Vandenberg covered pioneering advances in cardiac research. The night ended with panel discussions led by the ABC’s Bernie Hobbs. Read more
The next event in this series will profile innovation in business and leadership. Stay tuned for more information.
Pictured from top (left to right): guest speakers Marita Cheng, Aimee Kennedy, Dr David L. Burns, Penrith Mayor John Thain, Bernie Hobbs and Professor Jamie Vandenberg; Mayor John Thain opening the Talks and Dr David L. Burns discussing the importance of STEM education.

New West development

Council has received the following development applications:
  • An eight-storey commercial building at 46-50 Belmore Street (pictured top). The application, by Sandran Property Group, is valued at over $50 million and includes three levels of basement parking.
  • Modifications to two approved residential apartment buildings by Blue Sox Developments Pty Ltd in Jordan Springs. The developments, 35 apartments at 5 Cullen Avenue (pictured bottom left) and 23 apartments at 1 Caribbean Promenade (pictured bottom right), total over $17 million.

Penrith CBD attracts $59m investment

Three properties on High Street were purchased for over $59 million by urban renewal company URB Investments. Tom Millner, director of Contact Asset Management at URB Investments, told local news infrastructure investment in Penrith supported by the Western Sydney City Deals made extending its property portfolio to Penrith attractive.

Booming housing completions 

Sydney's new housing completions are at a 45 year high. The Department of Planning and Environment’s Metropolitan Housing Monitor shows over 34,000 houses were completed in Greater Sydney in 2016, 25% higher than in 2015. The Penrith Local Government Area has seen 1,443 completions in the past 12 months, representing 82% of all housing completions in the West District. Click for more

Rail for Western Sydney Airport on track

The process of delivering a Rail Feasibility Design on the Western Sydney Airport (WSA) site is underway, with the selection of a consortium lead by SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit. The study will inform the Federal Government on the construction, costs and preparation needed for a future rail service to the WSA. It is expected to be submitted by mid-2017. Click for more

Final call for West District Plan feedback

You have until Friday 31 March to have your say on the Greater Sydney Commission’s draft West District Plan. The draft proposes a 20-year vision for the West District, which includes Penrith, Blue Mountains and the Hawkesbury. Click for more on how you can help shape our region

'Solar Car Unlimited' screening

A free screening of the documentary ‘Solar Car Unlimited’ will be held tonight. The documentary follows the story of the Western Sydney University (WSU) Solar Car team, a group of WSU students who competed in the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The screening will be held at 6.30pm at Penrith City Library, followed by a Q&A.
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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'. 

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