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Sod turned on serviced apartments + Progress for Western Sydney Airport + Western Sydney councils working together 

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Sod turned on serviced apartments

Construction on a new hotel in Penrith started this week. Penrith Mayor John Thain was on site at Lord Sheffield Circuit Thornton, to mark the turning of the first sod. Expected to open in late 2018, Quest Penrith will include 68 serviced apartments, a conference room, gym and parking. Quest chose Penrith for its location, land, infrastructure, diversity and opportunities to trigger economic development.
Pictured above (left to right): Quest’s Senior Construction Manager Chad Doran, General Manager - Growth James Shields, Penrith Mayor John Thain and Senior Project Manager Michael Rae.

Progress for Western Sydney Airport

A rail link to service the Western Sydney Airport (WSA) is a key priority for 2017 according to the Federal Government’s latest WSA update. Council is calling for a north-south rail link, connecting the North West and South West Growth Centres, via the WSA. A north-south line is the only route that will allow real transformation to occur in outer Western Sydney. The joint Scoping Study of Rail Needs for Western Sydney will be released in mid-2017, following over 1,000 responses and submissions.
Click to read Council’s powerful push for North-South Rail
Work continues on the WSA site, the Federal Government has issued a Notice of Intention (NOI) to Sydney Airport Group detailing the development and operational terms of WSA. In the coming months, work at the site will include groundwater monitoring and relocation preparation for part of The Northern Road and high voltage power lines.
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Western Sydney councils working together 

Western Sydney mayors and senior staff met last week to ensure the region works together to achieve the best outcomes from the Federal Government's Western Sydney City Deal. Global cities expert Greg Clark spoke at the event, saying each Local Government Area (LGA) should focus on collaboration and specalist skills to complement, not compete with their neighbours. Assistant General Manager Craig Butler is pictured above at the City Deals meeting.
It’s not enough to have jobs in the Sydney CBD – Sydney needs jobs where the majority of Sydneysiders will live in the next 20 years, according to Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor. In an interview on Tuesday the Assistant Minister said the Western Sydney City Deal will focus on jobs, roads, rail links and environmental planning in Western Sydney to make the region more productive. 
Listen to Angus Taylor on the ABC (8:50-21:00)
The Assistant Minister also said the City Deal will tackle housing affordability. In a recent Sydney Morning Herald article he said: "In the decade to 2015, Sydney should have been building 35,000 homes to keep up with population growth...but was building 17,000,” he said. 
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Innovation in Penrith New West

The first Penrith Talks Innovation event will be held on Tuesday 14 March. Part of an exciting four part series, this first event will feature thought leaders and ground breaking innovators at the forefront of mathematics, health, science, education and technology sectors. Dr David Burns, Director of STEM Innovation Networks at Battelle Education (Columbus Ohio), will be the keynote speaker. Click to register
A city's innovation drives economic growth, new jobs and thriving communities, according to a report entitled Growing the Australian Innovation Economy. Between 2006 and 2011 start-ups added 1.44 million jobs to the Australian economy. Click to read the full report

Digital readiness for small businesses

An event on digital readiness for small businesses will be held on 20 March. The Small Business Digital Readiness event, part of the NSW Government’s Business Connect program, is an opportunity for small businesses to learn from industry leading experts. Monday March 20 at WSU’s LaunchPad, at the Werrington campus, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
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Penrith business leader wins

Gina Field, President of the Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce, was announced 2017 NSW Business Woman of the Year yesterday. Ms Field was nominated for her work in the Penrith and wider NSW community. She owns the highly awarded Nepean Regional Security. Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Women Tanya Davies presented Ms Field with the award. Click for more
Penrith is a place of limitless opportunity. We’ll shortly be advertising the position of Economic Initiatives Manager. If you're interested in joining a progressive City Council, which is delivering a community-endorsed vision to build a City for the future, we encourage you to apply. Penrith’s success will reap benefits well beyond our boundaries! Keep an eye on
Council’s website over the coming days for more information.
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