Welcome to Penrith Council's monthly New West News. In this issue we dive into home-grown festivals, share the vision for a new green heart in Penrith's City Centre, invite you to help shape our City's future, and meet the local architect who designed a unique temple.
The very real benefit of events
This month, Penrith Made turns its focus to the significant economic and social benefit of festivals and events, including Council’s signature event, Real Festival and our new Penrith Producersevent.
In the first half of this year alone, Penrith hosted a wide range of events that injected $29 million into our local economy and brought more than 150,000 visitors to our city.
Fostering a broader and more robust economy is a key priority of Council’s draft Local Strategic Planning Statement which is currently on public exhibition (See our feature story here.)
It highlights Penrith’s tourism, arts and cultural industries and our night time economy as key elements to create a vibrant city with a diverse range of jobs and a healthy environment for business growth.
Pictured: Real Festival, Penrith's signature festival event, will be held on 1 & 2 November in Tench Reserve.
Bold vision on display
Penrith Council’s draft Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) is now on public exhibition.
This important document outlines Penrith’s land use vision for the next 20 years.
It addresses state, regional and local priorities and provides a vital bridge between our Community Plan and Penrith’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP). Read more.
Pictured: The LSPS is 20-year vision for the future of Penrith including land use, housing, infrastructure, community spaces and sustainability.
Park adds spark to city heart
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.
Council will invest $12 million in the city transforming development which will occupy a 7,500sqm site on the corner of Henry and Station Streets.
Once completed, the park will provide workers, visitors and residents with a large open refuge that will include majority green space. The concept for City Park includes mature trees, mass plantings, water play for children, an amenities building and public art. Read more.
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.
Local architect's designs on Hindu temple
Emu Plains business, DDC Architecture and Interior Design are the Australian architects for a $41 million Hindu Temple which will be built in Adlington Road, Kemps Creek.
DDC’s owner, Geoff Ferris Smith, says he is proud to tell people DDC is in Penrith.
“We’re as good as anyone in Australia at what we do, so why shouldn’t the jobs be here?” he said. “And, when you invest in your local area you don’t just create jobs you help create and build community.”. Read more.
Pictured: Early watercolour renderings of the Hindu Temple to be built in Kemps Creek, prepared by local architect Geoff Ferris Smith. The alignment of the buildings has since been altered.
All roads lead to skills
The Western Sydney Airport TAFE NSW Skills Exchange has been established on the Airport construction site.
Delivered under the Western Sydney City Deal, the facility will provide workers with the chance to be trained on the job.
In other Airport related news, Transport NSW is seeking community feedback on the M12 Motorway Environmental Impact Statement. Read more.
Pictured: Western Sydney Airport and TAFE NSW leaders try their hand at an excavator simulator at the new on-airport Skills Exchange.
Western Sydney Airport Chair Paul O’Sullivan, Lend Lease CPB Safety Coordinator Marlee Snowden, Lend Lease CPB Site Trainer/Assessor and Foreman James O’Reilly, Western Sydney Airport CEO Graham Millett, TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Michael Cullen and TAFE NSW A/Managing Director Kerry Penton.
Reinventing the corner store
Penrith communities will benefit from a new breed of shopping centre from as early as next year.
With an emphasis on place making and sustainability, Caddens Corner and the proposed Glenmore Village are positioning themselves as the “third place” – the place you go when you’re not at home or at work. Read more.
Pictured: An artist’s impression of Caddens Corner expected to open in Spring 2020.
Price reflects opportunity in St Marys
St Marys Village was sold by Mirvac for $68 million signalling high confidence in the retail market and in Western Sydney.
Set in an area to be connected to the Western Sydney International Airport by the North South Rail Link in 2026, the property drew well over the estimated $50 million on listing. Read more.
Pictured: Mirvac recently sold St Marys Village for $68 million to an Asian-backed company signalling high confidence in the region.
Report says Deal progress on track
The first Annual Progress Report for the Western Sydney City Deal details how construction of a new metro line to the Western Sydney Airport is on track to start in 2021, among other key achievements over the past 12 months.
The City Deal, signed in March 2018, has delivered a collaborative approach by State, Federal and local government to create world-class jobs and a great quality of life through 38 commitments to transform the Western Parkland City.
Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler OAM said the report was evidence that tri-government collaboration was key to the success of the Western Sydney City Deal and the Western Parkland City itself. Read more.
Pictured: The progress report indicates that the next 20 years will bring unprecedented growth and transformative change to our region.
On the drawing board
Council is considering plans for a $29.3million warehouse and distribution centre, the 3rd data centre project for Digital Realty in Erskine Park. Digital Realty offer a full range of data centre, co-location and interconnection solutions.
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'.