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The evolution of Penrith City + Designing great places + Exports boost local economy

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'Penrith is evolving'

"More than $1 billion of investment was made in the past 12 months, signalling increased interest in our City.  A marked upswing in applications for apartments, units and town houses reflects a growing demand for inner-city style living and mirrors Council’s commitment to providing housing diversity for our current and future residents. Penrith is evolving and Council is evolving with it. Through our ongoing advocacy we secured:
  • $70 million for the Werrington Arterial Road project,
  • $25 million for the first stage of the pedestrian bridge across the Nepean River,
  • $100 million for upgrades to Mulgoa Road,
  • a commitment to upgrade 35 kilometres of the Northern Road,
  • a commitment for 300 additional parking spaces at Penrith Station and 10 additional, express services on the Western line between Parramatta and the City, and
  • a partnership with Telstra to launch free Wi-Fi in key areas.
We look forward to continuing to work with our residents to deliver the lifestyle and services they want and need.” 

- Alan Stoneham, Penrith City Council General Manager
  End of Term report 2012-2016
St Marys, in the Penrith Local Government Area, is undergoing an incredible transformation. Penrith Council's $6.7 million two-stage upgrade of the Town Centre will be completed in 2017 and private investors are contributing to the suburb's revitalisation. Click to read this week's 'News Local' story for more

Innovative green bridge underway

Construction of the Nepean River pedestrian and cyclist bridge has begun. On 29 August Penrith MP Stuart Ayres turned the first sod at the site on Memorial Avenue and Seymour Whyte Constructions have started the piling foundations for the bridge’s two permanent abutments that will hold 600 tonnes of steel. The green bridge will be Australia’s longest uninterrupted single span shared user bridge. It is expected to be open by mid-2018.  Read more
Penrith Council Assistant General Manager Craig Butler was a panellist at Committee for Sydney’s ‘Not by Accident: Designing Sydney’s Future’ on 6 September. The event, which brought together high-profile Sydneysiders to discuss their favourite places in Sydney, was a celebration of Sydney’s best examples of urban design and place-making. Mr Butler spoke about his favourite place in Sydney – Penrith.  He spoke about the role of imagination and the creative capacity of communities to plan a city and define their future, like Penrith is. He cited local examples where design has been the winner, like the new Nepean River Bridge.

Unique exporter a Penrith gem

Sun Masamune Sake Brewery, Australia's only sake producer, is based in Penrith close to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. The team of 10 make products using only Australian ingredients and have had so much success, they now export 80 per cent of their sake to Japan. The rice wine, sold in major national retail chains across Australia, is also shipped to South Korea, China, the United States and Italy. Managing Director Allan Noble (pictured) says the Penrith brewery is 20 years old but its parent company, Konishi, is the world’s oldest commercial sake brewery. “The DNA of this company is 466 years old,” Mr Noble said. “It’s the oldest sake in the world.”  Western Sydney University food science students have been attending lectures at the brewery for 6 years. The public can get a tour, and tastings, by appointment. Click for more
In 2014/15, Penrith exported $540 million worth of goods and services. This was an increase of $46 million, compared to the previous year. The largest exporting industry is manufacturing, exporting $321 million. The transport, postal and warehousing industry exported $82 million, while education and training exported $77 million. These three industries account for 88.8% of Penrith’s total exports.

Approved development

Council recently approved two seven-storey residential apartment blocks at 19-27 Rodgers Street, Kingswood (pictured). The development totals over $35 million and will include 132 apartments and car parking.  The applicant is Regent Pacific Capital c/o Pact PM.  Council has also approved:
  • A six-storey residential apartment building at 41-43 Barber Avenue, Penrith. The application, by J S Architects Pty Ltd, totals over $13 million and includes 45 apartments and basement car parking.
  • A six-storey residential apartment building, totalling over $9 million. The application, by Morson Group for 50-54 Rodley Avenue Penrith, includes 42 apartments and basement car parking.
  •  A five-storey residential apartment block at 12-14 Hope Street, Penrith. The development totals $6.77 million and will include 27 apartments and 2 levels of basement car parking.

Recent development applications

Development applications have been submitted to Council for two six-storey residential apartment blocks in Penrith. One is at 136-140 High Street, costing over $12.4 million and proposing 49 apartments and 2 levels of basement car parking. The second is at 13-15 Vista Street (pictured), costing $5.5 million and proposing 26 apartments and 2 levels of parking.
Western Sydney University has recorded a big leap in the latest QS World University Rankings, confirming the University's rising global profile and renewed focus on research with international impact. WSU's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barney Glover, says the result is an endorsement of the University's renewed focus on global engagement and research with impact. Click for more
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