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Invest in New West + Station upgrade + Cities for the Future

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Penrith is New West
We are committed to making Penrith a great place to live, work and invest.  We're inviting you to partner with us, to help build Penrith's future.       Download the New West - Invitation to partner (11.9MB pdf)

Major upgrade for Penrith Station

The NSW Government has released its future plans for Penrith Station. The upgrade will include a new station concourse, new stairs and canopies, accessible amenities and an improved interchange area.  Download planning documents from the Transport for NSW website. Subject to planning approval, construction is expected to start in 2016. You have until 17 November to have your say on the proposal.
Congratulations to the WSU Solar Car Team, who came 10th in the Challenger Class in the 2015 World Solar Challenge. We are so proud! The team were featured on Mashable Australia amongst the top contenders. Click to see some of their celebrations after the race.
We need more than planes: Each day more than 65,000 people leave Penrith City to go to work, sitting on congested roads and crowded trains. We believe the new airport at Badgerys Creek on its own will not create the increase in jobs we need. Connecting Penrith and the Western train line to the airport, and servicing the Broader Western Employment Area and the North and South West Growth Areas, will provide more jobs within an easy commute. Help us make the case for a rail link connecting the new airport with the Western line.
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UDIA NSW: Cities for the Future

The 2015 UDIA NSW State Conference was held last week. Titled Cities for the Future, it assembled the biggest players in the development marketplace and explored how to create cities that are more liveable, affordable and connected.
 
Barrie Barton – Strategy and Insights Director of Right Angle Studios, a progressive and transformative agency engaged in urban renewal projects in Australia – spoke about shaping the culture and commerce of our cities.  “Get emotional and be remarkable,” he said. “The future is unwritten.”
 
Jamie Briggs, Federal Minister for new portfolio Cities and the Built Environment, launched the event.
Read his speech

$6.7M St Marys City Centre upgrade - A 10 month project to upgrade Queen Street, St Marys, is underway. "Council is investing in the St Marys City Centre to help boost economic development and shopper satisfaction," Mayor Karen McKeown said. "We will also develop 'Special Places', which will create inviting, welcoming and fun places that make all of us want to spend more time on Queen Street."
Penrith City Centre parking - Council is conducting a licence plate survey to assess the current parking supply. Data captured will provide a snapshot of current parking trends and help Council review timing and distribution of parking spaces across the City Centre. 
Special Rate Variation Penrith Council is currently talking to the community about how to fund future services and assets. Mayor McKeown said: "The proposed SRV forms part of Council's steps to ensure we are in line with the NSW Government Government's Fit for the Future reforms and it will enable us to finance major infrastructure such as decked car parking in the City Centre." Council is asking for community feedback on three future rating proposals in addition to any rate peg set by IPART. The community consultation period finishes on 11 December.
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