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Green bridge go ahead + Students shaping cities + New West updates

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Green bridge go ahead

Preparatory work will get underway for Australia’s longest shared bridge, to be built across Penrith’s Nepean River, in July.  The tender has been awarded to Seymour Whyte Constructions, who took out the 2015 Australian Business Award for Innovation. The new world-class bridge will provide a 257 metre shared path for cyclists and pedestrians with viewing platforms, canopies and a terrace to take in the picturesque views of the Blue Mountains and historic Victoria Bridge. It will link Penrith and Emu Plains and provide a key link in the Bridge to Bridge Walk, a favourite for locals and tourists. Design changes were made during extensive industry consultation, to provide a straighter crossing. The NSW Government will fund the full cost of the bridge, which is $49 million. The build is expected to be completed by 2018. Get more information

Celebrating 'Our River'

Penrith City Council is lobbying the State and Federal governments to help turn the Regatta Park precinct, on the Emu Plains side of the Nepean River, into a regional destination and recreation space. This would capitalise on the delivery of the Nepean River green bridge. Around $19 million is needed to deliver on Stage 1 of the Our River Masterplan (12.5MB pdf) including relocating River Road to provide a safer and more useful community space.
The vision for the area includes a café/restaurant, regional play facility along with a floating stage and a terraced riverbank viewing area.
Download Our Future City - Advocacy Priorities 2016 (1.1MB pdf)
A 1km shared pathway will be built along the Nepean River, as part of a State Government initiative to support walking and cycling. The path, which will cost $500,000, will link Tench Reserve with the Nepean River bridge and path at Memorial Avenue. Click for more

Students to help shape cities

Western Sydney University students – especially those in the faculties of urban planning, architecture, social sciences, business and technology – will contribute to innovative city transformation projects thanks to a new landmark agreement. WSU is one of six universities that has signed the Universities Framework Agreement with UrbanGrowth NSW. The multilateral agreement is a commitment to work collaboratively on innovative research, interfacing with industry and establishing the City Transformation Data Hub. The initiative came from a 2015 University Roundtable discussion aimed at creating innovative approaches to long term engagement with the university sector. It recognises that “a commitment to collaboration is critical for the delivery of innovative approaches to urban transformation”. 
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Penrith Council is inviting feedback on a planning proposal seeking to include an Incentives Clause for 11 Key Sites within the City Centre. It would permit a managed departure from current building heights and floor space controls, in return for a Public Benefit. Council is working hard to find a balance between development viability and remarkable outcomes for its growing community. The proposal represents a key milestone for Council in delivering on the Penrith Progression vision for the City Centre. Get more information

New West updates

Work is about to begin on Penrith's new ambulance 'super station' (pictured), at 141-152 High Street. It will sit at the heart of the new Penrith Paramedic Response Network cluster and will help meet the projected demand on Western Sydney's paramedic resources. Read more  A major upgrade of Penrith Station is underway (pictured). The work - part of a $150 million State Government investment to improve six key Western Sydney stations - includes a new concourse, new lifts and platform entries, new accessible amenities and improved interchange area. Read more
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