Welcome to Penrith Council's monthly New West News. In this issue learn how Penrith is transforming into an international destination for investment in health services, education, research and related technology.
Brimming with health – The Quarter comes to life
Penrith’s multi-million dollar health and education precinct The Quarter, is beginning to take shape with plans for Cornerstone, a one-stop health destination, the expansion of Nepean Private Hospital and a specialist medical centre, Somerset, underway. All three will complement the $1 billion redevelopment of Nepean Hospital.
One by one these projects are bringing The Quarter vision - to become an international destination for investment in health services, education, research and related technology - to life. Penrith will soon have one of the largest health and education precincts in Australia, aiming to create an extra 6000 jobs over the next ten years. Health and education is the highest-growing employment area in Penrith with 21,877 jobs or 25.50% growth in the sector over the past five years.
The Quarter will serve a region where the population is growing and demanding more choice and opportunity, without having to travel. The simultaneous growth of both private and public hospitals will significantly strengthen health services in the region.
And with unprecedented levels of new infrastructure and investment including a new international airport, a new North South Rail corridor and major road upgrades, there’s significant support for future growth in The Quarter. Read more.
Pictured: The new Nepean Health Hub will offer increased health services for local residents.
We have lift off
An important milestone in the $1bn redevelopment of Nepean Hospital took off this month with the opening of the hospital’s helipad. The helipad plays a critical role in the treatment of trauma patients and crowns the hospital’s 600-space multi-deck carpark, which also opened this month. Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard joined local members Stuart Ayres and Tanya Davies at the opening. They also inspected work on the site of the new clinical building. Read more.
Pictured: The first stage of Nepean Hospital’s $1bn redevelopment, a new carpark and helipad, opened this month.
Specialist centre to tackle cancer
Construction is well underway on Penrith’s newest specialist centre, further demonstrating the strength of The Quarter as a dedicated health and education precinct.
Pictured: Somerset Specialist Centre is a new addition to The Quarter, Penrith’s health and education precinct.
Positioned to become an international agribusiness hub
How Western Sydney is well positioned to become an international agribusiness hub was the focus of the inaugural Fresh Conference hosted by the Sydney Business Chamber. Read more.
Pictured: Penrith Council’s Economic Initiatives Manager Nathan Burbridge presenting at the inaugural Fresh conference
Export workshop on going global
One of Penrith’s exporting success stories, Ensitech, will feature as a case study at an upcoming export workshop. Hosted by the Australian Government’s Export Finance Australia, in conjunction with Austrade, registrations are now being taken for the workshop on August 15. Read more.
Pictured: Register now for an upcoming workshop on exporting for local businesses
Aerotropolis set to get smart!
Western Sydney’s aerotropolis will become a smart, sustainable city from the ground up, after an MOU was signed between the Western City and Aerotropolis Authority and SUEZ, an international resource management company committed to minimising environmental impacts.
SUEZ will advise on the use of technology for sustainable management of resources from recycling and reuse to energy creation and smart water networks. Read more.
Pictured: The signing took place on 1 July at the Australian Embassy in Paris, hosted by Australian Ambassador to France, His Excellency Brendan Berne. Signatories included SUEZ’s global Chief Executive Officer Bertrand Camus, Chair Dr Jennifer Westacott AO and Deputy Chair Geoff Roberts AM of the Western City & Aerotropolis Authority.
First glimpse at new airport
Community groups now have the opportunity to hop aboard the Western Sydney International Airport Shuttle bus for a firsthand look at the construction of one of Australia’s biggest infrastructure projects.
Major earthworks are currently underway, preparing for the future airport site, leveling the ground in some areas by 41 metres from the highest point to the lowest. One of the first priorities has been the site for the future Airport metro station, part of the transformative North South Rail Link. Read more.
Pictured: Group touring the Western Sydney Airport site
Penrith wins on infrastructure spending
Billions of dollars are pouring into Penrith with a number of major infrastructure projects announced during the recent State and Federal election campaigns. The city can now move forward with vital infrastructure projects such as upgrades to Mulgoa and Mamre Roads and improvements to community facilities and open spaces including Tench Reserve. Read more.
Pictured: NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet took part in a panel discussion at the Budget Breakfast in Penrith.
Mechanic turns bus company full circle
The wheels on this company’s buses will keep going round now that there’s a new driver on the route. Scott Dunn took only a few short weeks to rebuild what is believed to be the State’s only full-scale bus manufacturing business and the workforce that goes with it, located in St Marys, where they recently completed their 100th bus. Read more.
Pictured: Custom Buses St Marys is one of our City’s many manufacturers
Hart's Landing a winner all round
Evolve Housing, who worked to develop Penrith’s Harts Landing, a mix of public and private housing in Lord Sheffield Circuit, has won three awards at the NSW Professional Excellence in Housing Awards, run by the Australasian Housing Institute. Evolve owns 128 properties in Harts Landing, all of which were tenanted in less than eight weeks. The company wants to extend the opportunity for affordable housing to the broader community. Read more.
Pictured: Federal Minister for Housing the Hon. Michael Sukkar (left) and Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh toured Hart’s Landing at Penrith recently with new Evolve CEO Lyall Gorman, CEO of the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) Nathan Dal Bon and NHFIC board member Tony De Domenico OAM.
Long history sets scene for transport hub
Always moving forward, St Marys’ history as a transport milestone will culminate with its evolution into a major interchange with the North South Rail line. It’s a long way from when horse-drawn wagons stopped to rest at St Marys in the 19th Century. Read more.
Pictured: St Marys has a long history as an important transport hub, particularly through its links to the Bennett wagon, that will continue when it becomes the interchange with the new airport metro rail link in 2026.
Penrith's own Who's Who
Knowing and understanding our community allows Council to better plan and deliver services. Penrith Council’s Community Profile allows us to track changes and developments in our population. It’s our social snapshot of who makes up our population. This helps us plan for services, seek investment and prepare for the future. Find out more about who’s who in Penrith. Read more.
Pictured:Knowing our community helps Council plan for the future
On the drawing board
Development applications recently approved or being considered.
Council is considering plans for; a residential flat building at 2 Lord Sheffield Circuit, an apartment block at 26 Lord Sheffield Circuit and a seniors’ housing development for Reserve St, Derby Street and Woodriff Street, Penrith. Read more.
Pictured: Development applications recently approved or being considered
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'.