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Global partnerships + Connecting the NW and SW + 100 jobs in 100 hours

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Penrith is New West

Global partnerships

The owners of the Twin Creeks estate at Luddenham visited the New West on 17 February to discuss future plans for the strategic site, near the future Western Sydney Airport. The Twin Creeks Development consortium purchased Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club last year and have plans to provide accommodation and conference facilities in Penrith. Twin Creeks Development Chairman Dr Lam Yin Lok is pictured with Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown (top).

Meanwhile, India’s Acting Consul General Dr Vinod Bahade (also pictured with Cr McKeown) attended an event, hosted by the NSW Business Chamber’s International Trade Department, on 15 February. The ‘Make in India’ event was held to develop partnerships between global industries and governments. Penrith Chamber of Commerce President Gina Field, Australian Business Senior Manager International Trade Ian Bennett, NSW Business Chamber Western Sydney Regional Manager Michelle Caruso, Penrith Council Assistant General Manager Craig Butler, Ernst & Young Director Kylie Bell and NSW Business Chamber Business Development Manager Camil Gereis also attended.

Connecting the NW and SW

Infrastructure Australia’s first 15-year Infrastructure Plan, released last week, highlights particular needs in outer growth areas. It quoted the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) submission calling for a dedicated approach to population hotspots.
Penrith is a member of the NGAA and has joined the 'Fund our Future' campaign to push for a policy shift and a dedicated fund to fix infrastructure problems in the fast-growing outer suburbs now and into the future. 
Penrith is perfectly positioned to serve both North West and South West Growth Centres.
In line with NGAA's advocacy, the 15-year Plan called for governments to increase funding to address gaps in access to passenger transport on the outskirts of Australian cities.
In Western Sydney this would include a rail link between the new airport and the Western line that would also connect the North West and South West growth centres. Sign our petition

Property developments

PRDnationwide Penrith launched a new Property Development Hub at Shop 3, 320 High Street on 17 February. Managing Director Darren Latty (pictured top) said: “Here people can familiarise themselves with our beautiful City and gain knowledge of the many and varied projects underway and in planning." PRDnationwide Penrith has also joined with Devcon Partners, Astina Group and Morson Group Architects to release Home on High – a development that stretches from High Street to Barber Avenue, in Penrith’s City Centre. Click for more information and to watch a video that outlines the development, as well as Penrith’s exciting future.

100 jobs in 100 hours

NSW Business Chamber training group, Apprenticeship Careers Australia, tackled youth unemployment head on in Penrith on 11 February. ACA NSW Manager Luke Radford said the 100 Jobs in 100 Hours initiative connected local youth with local jobs. “People who have attained higher educational qualifications are more likely to be employed, and what better way to achieve those qualifications than by earning and learning with an apprenticeship or traineeship?" he said. "We're committed to addressing youth unemployment across Australia to build a better Australia."        Watch the 7 News clip 
The TAFE Western Sydney Skills Barometer, released in October 2015, revealed a significant skills shortage in Greater Western Sydney. Industry round tables, held across the region, will inform a series of Industry Skills Deficit Reports outlining industry-centric issues relating to training and skills. They will also propose solutions and actions that industry, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and government agencies can undertake to reduce the skills gap and meet demands of predicted growth in the Greater Western Sydney economy. Click to watch the video on the Skills Barometer

City Centre EOIs

We’d like to thank all those who contacted us regarding the Expression of Interest for City Centre sites Reserve Street and Union Road. We are thrilled by the number of strong submissions we received and are currently assessing proposals. Selected proponents will be asked to prepare more detailed proposals – as part of the next stage of the process. Stay tuned!
We would also like to welcome all our new eNewsletter subscribers! We are delighted to have had a 25 per cent increase in subscribers in 6 months. Click to have a look at some of our past editions - they outline the amazing developments taking place across the New West. We are uncompromising about our aspirations and excited about maximising our City's potential...
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