Welcome to Penrith Council's monthly New West News. In this issue we find out about a tech business incubator that's launching great ideas, visit the future Regatta Park, talk skills and take a look at what's on the drawing board.
Launching business success
Every successful business in our city started with an idea. How that idea was nurtured and shaped into a business is part of the Penrith Made story.
Since opening its doors in 2015, Launch Pad has supported 150 new jobs and added $130 million value to the region. Along the way, they’ve quite literally launched a wide range of businesses from mineral exploration to VR social gaming, health data analytics and more.
In this issue, we talk to two startups who have benefited from the Launch Pad program, STEMTera which creates hi-tech learning tools and bVitra whose wellness products are striking a chord with consumers. We also meet one of Launch Pad’s tenants, Aquacell whose award-winning water recycling systems are making a splash in Silicon Valley. Read more
Pictured: Launch Pad matches business founders with a mentor who offers specialised advice to turn an idea into a thriving enterprise.
From the Mayor: Penrith 2026 vision
Penrith’s Mayor, Ross Fowler, is leading a conversation on the future of our city.
Presented through a series of articles, the vision ties together a number of key priorities and how Council is working to prepare for growth and change in our region. Read more.
Pictured: The future Penrith Business Park will help generate a range of jobs close to the city centre and allow for improvements to the Great River Walk
Summit tackles skills challenge
More than 30 senior business leaders from industry, small business, universities, the training sector and government came together to collaborate at the recent Mayoral Skills Summit.
The summit, convened by Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler OAM, was a targeted discussion that allowed Penrith to position itself in the face of emerging challenges and opportunities confronting the skills and local job sector.
Cr Fowler said he was impressed by the quality of ideas and the actions proposed for Penrith to capitalise on jobs in the next decade. Read more.
Pictured: Attendees at the Inaugural Mayoral Skills Summit
Future Regatta Park a crowd pleaser
Plans for a major upgrade to Regatta Park will continue to improve amenity and access to the Nepean River and attract more visitors to Penrith.
Council is developing the $24 million Regatta Park as part of the Western Sydney City Deal’s Liveability Program. The program, which is delivering $15 million to the project, is designed to create neighbourhoods that are liveable, sustainable and healthy and is jointly funded by the NSW and Australian governments.
The upgraded park will include event and festival areas, river terraces, a children’s playground and playing fields. Read more.
Pictured: A $24 million upgrade will transform Regatta Park into an activated destination for events, recreation and leisure.
Council applauded by NGAA and PIA
Penrith Council received two awards and a commendation for leadership at the recent annual congress of the National Growth Area Alliance (NGAA) held in Western Australia. Council was also acknowledged for excellence in planning by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) NSW for its Open Space Reinvestment Project in Erskine Park.
The Penrith Health Action Plan was recognised with the Partnerships – Building Communities award, while Council’s advocacy improvement journey won the Advocacy Award. Council’s Economic Initiatives Manager Nathan Burbridge was awarded highly commended in the Leadership in Growth Areas category. Read more.
The PIA Awards were in the categories of Best Planning Idea – Small Project and the Hard Won Victory categories. Read more.
Pictured: Andrew Moore, Council’s Director Corporate Services and Amanda McMurtrie, Property Development Program Manager were presented with the PIA NSW Best Planning Ideas – Small Project Awardby NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Group Deputy Secretary Alex O’Mara.
Council development leads by example
Penrith City Council’s Soper Place development sets the pattern for others to follow, says Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler OAM.
“At Soper Place you will be able to park on site, go to work, have a great meal, chill out in the roof top bar, sit under a tree, play with the kids in the park or even have a game of basketball,” Cr Fowler said.
“Think of it as a building with two characters – the low rise section has space for play, performance, markets and music.
“In the main building, there is commercial space, community meeting space as well as an 11th floor roof top venue with stunning views for dining and entertainment.
“In addition, the 820 car parking spaces – that’s 600 extra spots – means everything is easily accessible. Read more.
Pictured: Architects Durbach Block Jaggers's winning design of the proposed Soper Place development.
Local students help shape terminal
Students at Western Sydney University’s School of Built Environment will be involved in the design process for the Western Sydney Nancy Bird-Walton International terminal. The news follows an announcement earlier this year that Qantas and Virgin will be closely involved in designing the best possible airport. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce visited the WSA site earlier this month.
The concept artwork for the $5.3 billion project’s terminal was released last month when the Federal Government announced London-based Zaha Hadid Architects and Sydney’s Cox Architecture as the successful applicants.
Western Sydney Airport CEO, Graham Millett, said the 40 firms that took part in the terminal precinct design competition were required to outline how they planned to involve university students with a link to Western Sydney in the design process. Read more.
Pictured: A design team has been chosen for the Western Sydney International terminal. The two architectural firms are working with WSU students to refine their concept.
New lots release opportunity
Council is considering a staged subdivision in the urban release area of South Werrington Urban Village that will be determined by the Sydney Western City Planning Panel.
Plans for the new community include 265 residential lots, 14 industrial lots, open space lots and 17 residue lots. Read more.
Pictured: Proposed land subdivision for South Werrington Urban Village
Big interest in outdoor dining
Council has received development applications from both Westfield Penrith and Vicinity Centres (who manage Nepean Village) to create outdoor dining precincts. The proposed developments would increase opportunity for hospitality businesses to establish a presence in Penrith’s city centre. Read more.
Pictured: Proposed upgrades to Westfield and Nepean Village would expand Penrith’s dining repertoire.
Penway Place on its way
Property Group Toga has secured approval for the first stage of its apartment project in Penrith.
The residential developer lodged its application for the $63.5 million Penway Place project in May last year.
Construction will start next year. The first stage of the development will include 81 apartments within two residential towers atop a three-storey podium with ground level retail and car parking. Read more.
Pictured: Proposed apartments.by Toga Property Group
Tap into local talent
The 2020 Greater Western Sydney Careers Markets will be held in Cambridge Park in May.
Exhibitors will have the chance to connect with thousands of High School students, from years 9 to 12, and Careers Advisors as they explore career and further education opportunities. Read more.
Pictured: The Greater Western Sydney Careers Markets connects industry to talent.
City Park: Have Your Say
An iconic urban park in Penrith’s City Centre is a step closer with widespread community consultation underway to reflect the Penrith community’s aspirations in the final design. The concept for City Park on the corner of Henry and Station Streets includes mature trees, mass plantings, water play for children, an amenities building and public art.
Don't miss your chance to have a say on what you would like Penrith City Park to look like. Visit the Council's Your Saypage to view the videos, upload photos of examples, and provide your input into help inform the design. Submissions close on 13 December 2019.
Read moreabout the City Park project, as reported in the October edition New West News.
Pictured: Council is calling on the community to help shape City Park – a green space in the heart of Penrith that will revitalise the city centre and reenergise the local economy.
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'.