Priority Growth Area + $100M freight hub + New West innovation

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Western Sydney Priority Growth Area

Opportunities for new jobs, homes and services around the planned Badgerys Creek Airport will be investigated as part of a new Western Sydney Priority Growth Area.
The announcement that the NSW Government will work with Penrith City Council and Liverpool Council to prepare a draft Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy was welcomed. Read coverage by UDIA NSW, Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue and News Limited.
But Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown said the glaring omission from plans is a commitment to the much needed airport rail link.
The draft strategy will be released for community consultation. Register to get updates and information on how you can get involved

The Draft Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement was released this week. Download the Executive Summary (11.6MB pdf)
There is a 60 days public exhibition period. Find out how to make a submission
For more information go to the Western Sydney Airport website or get information on community information sessions in your area.

Innovation: Spotlight on Launch Pad

Twenty-plus education, technology and finance industry representatives were part of an innovation roundtable held in Western Sydney last week.
The meeting covered ways to invest in research, skills training and business support to supercharge Australia’s economy in the digital age.
Minister for Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne said he expected a new industry agenda to be finalised before the end of the year. Read coverage of the roundtable in AFRNews Limited and Business Insider.
Stephen Brinks – a local entrepreneur who designs and builds 3D printers – met PM Malcolm Turnbull when he visited Werrington Park Corporate Centre to host the innovation roundtable. Watch their conversation above.
Stephen is a Western Sydney University Launch Pad success story.
Werrington Park Corporate Centre has over 5,500sqm of commercial office space as well as a business incubator to support new and developing businesses. Read more about WSU Launch Pad.
“The work that is going on here at the Western Sydney University, here at the WSU Launch Pad, is absolutely critical... to the future of Western Sydney, but also to the future of the whole nation." - PM Malcolm Turnbull

$100M freight hub for New West
Asciano announced this month it plans to build a $100 million intermodal terminal at St Marys. Watch coverage by Channel 7. The company needs development approval to build the freight hub, but already owns the land at the proposed site. The development, part of a national approach leveraging Patrick’s port and Pacific National’s rail operations, will handle up to 300,000 shipping containers a year. The New West investment is the biggest of a three-part plan to develop a 'constellation' of intermodal facilities around Sydney’s western fringe, servicing the existing freight distribution centres. The move to shift freight from roads to rail will ease congestion on Sydney roads. The Australian Logistics Council said Asciano’s new strategy was critical to Sydney’s freight future.
Read more about Asciano's plans...
This week the Western Sydney University solar car, a 150kg carbon fibre vehicle designed and built by students, is racing from Darwin to Adelaide at speeds of up to 130 kilometres per hour. The 2015 World Solar Challenge, which has 30 contenders from across the globe, wraps up on 25 October. Watch the video about WSU's inspirational Solar Car Team. Their car, UNLIMITED, uses the same amount of energy as a toaster when at full speed!  It was 10th in the Challenger Class after Day 4 of the race.
Get live updates and pictures here
Fit for the futurePenrith has been named in the one third of NSW Councils deemed Fit for the Future by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART). To be assessed as fit, councils must have demonstrated they have sufficient scale and capacity and are financially sustainable. Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown welcomed the Tribunal's confirmation that Penrith was in a strong position and had a clear vision of how to manage the challenges of future growth

The New West Invitation to partner, formerly called the Investment Prospectus, is nearly complete. It will outline opportunity precincts and sites in Penrith City and our commitment to investors. Email us to pre-order a copy.
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