Sydney Science Park + Rail coverage rebuttal + DA snapshot

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Penrith is New West

Sydney Science Park a step closer

A multi-billion dollar development which will cluster world leading organisations focused on food, energy and health science is a step closer. 
​A planning proposal for the rezoning of 287 hectares of land at Luddenham, for Sydney Science Park, has been given the tick of approval by the community following public exhibition.
The Celestino development, which will create 12,000 smart jobs and 3,400 dwellings, is an Australian first. It will also include:
  • A vibrant town centre with 30,000 sqm of retail space
  • 340,000 sqm of commercial office, research and development space
  • 100,000 sqm of education space for 10,000 students
  • New roads and infrastructure, and
  • Landscaped open space, sporting fields and parks.
Baiada, which owns Celestino, will start Sydney Science Park by building its own food and research laboratories – establishing at least 200 jobs in the first stages of the development. It is anticipated the first commercial building will be occupied by 2018.

Watch a video by Celestino on Sydney Science Park
Click to download the planning proposal (181MB pdf)
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has sought feedback on eight route options for the proposed M12 Motorway that will provide access to the new Western Sydney Airport and the Western Sydney Priority Growth Area. The M12 Motorway is an east-west motorway that will extend about 15-17km (depending on the route option) between the M7 Motorway at Cecil Hills and The Northern Road at Luddenham. Penrith Council endorsed a report earlier this month that stated a recommendation on the preferred option could not be made until additional investigations are completed by RMS. Click for more information, including route options

Rail coverage rebuttal

"I would like to respond to recent media coverage of comments made by the Prime Minister about his commitment to improved rail in Western Sydney.

Firstly, we applaud his announcement because we have long advocated for this. But we are concerned that the PM’s comments have been misinterpreted by some media, so as to characterise it as being support for a high speed rail connection that will run between the proposed airport, to Parramatta and Sydney City. By our reading of his precise words, this is not what has been proposed and a scoping study of the Western Sydney Airport’s long-term rail needs is still to be completed.

It is our view, and that of the major growth councils, that the real priority is a north-south connection for our one million residents and the significant and major landowners in this growth corridor. The economic productivity and the value uplift that could be generated by an agglomerated outer metro growth arc is just exceptional.

We will continue to promote the great potential of north-south rail and advocate for this to be brought forward, sooner than later."

- Craig Butler, Penrith City Council Assistant General Manager
10,000 emails have already been sent to politicians in Canberra, just seven weeks after the ‘Fund our Future’ campaign was launched. The campaign, which calls for a dedicated national fund for fast-growing outer suburbs, is being run by the National Growth Areas Alliance and is supported by Penrith Council. NGAA chair Glenn Docherty said: “We plan to use that momentum to spur us on to get even more community support and make the voices of those in outer growth areas heard.” Click to sign the petition

Development Application snapshot

To showcase the significant investor interest in Penrith New West, we'll be providing a snapshot each fortnight of new development applications received by council that are valued between $5-$20 million:
  • $13 million mixed use development including commercial and residential at 342-346 High Street.
  • $6.1 million community facility including a hall, meeting rooms and multi-purpose spaces at Cullen Avenue, Jordan Springs.
  • $15 million development including apartments and basement car parking at Lethbridge Street, Penrith.
We’d like to announce the winner of our Adventure Capital of NSW competition, conducted at the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) National Congress earlier this month. Brendan Massy from Wolter Consulting Group in Newstead, QLD, has won a $300 Flight Centre voucher, two night’s accommodation at Mercure, dinners at Hux Grill and Outback Steakhouse and the following adventure activities to enjoy with a partner – indoor skydiving at iFly and jetpacking with JetPack Adventures. Congratulations Brendan! We’d like to thank all those who supported our booth at the UDIA Congress. We enjoyed showcasing our region and spreading the 'Invest in New West' message.
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