Council officially unveiled the highly anticipated future vision for Penrith's economic prosperity at the launch of Penrith New West – The Edge of Tomorrow. Held on 27 November 2018, speakers were joined by guest speaker Dr Tim Williams, Australasia Cities Leader at ARUP. The event was held at Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club, in Luddenham, a place that is set to transform in the coming years, located within Western Sydney’s economic growth corridor and next door to the new Western Sydney Airport.
The launch showcased Penrith’s unrivalled liveability, space, infrastructure, connections and investment opportunities that are available now and in the future. Attended by nearly 100 potential investors and people closely linked with the success of the New West, the crowd included representatives from The Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Goodman Group, and the NSW Department of Industry.
With 4,000ha of available land as part of the Northern Gateway, as well as over 47ha of Council owned land within the Penrith City Centre, the time is now for investment in Penrith. We are the economic heartland for the new Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis, and located at the centre of Australia's most significant economic corridors, Penrith is the Edge of Tomorrow.
Pictured: Dr Tim Williams presenting at The Edge Of Tomorrow Launch
Local Jobs Boost On The Horizon
An estimated 200,000 jobs are now a step closer with the appointment of the master plan architects for the new Western Sydney Airport's business park. Architectus—an Australian firm with a diverse range of projects across the country—won the contract after a rigorous procurement process undertaken by Western Sydney Airport.
As a part of the Federal Government’s commitment to local employment targets, at least 30% of employees during construction and 50% of employees when in operation will be residents of Western Sydney. With Penrith perfectly placed as the economic heartland to the new airport, and with a younger population than the Australian average, we would expect the workforce of the future business park to be sourced from the Penrith regional economic catchment.
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the business park will “open up unique opportunities for local employment and business.”
Pictured: Architectus Growth Area Schools Project, Victoria
Funding For Smarter Cities Flows To Penrith
Thanks to a mammoth combined effort, the Western Sydney City Deal councils have been successful in securing the funding for the Western Parkland City Sensor Network. The projects was 1 of the 32 submissions to be given funding under Round 2 of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.
The project will deploy a sensor network across the Western Parkland City to collect data that will be used to reduce congestion and increase efficient use of lighting and irrigation in public areas. Focused on the effects of heat, Penrith will install sensors to monitor heat and collect data on active travel patterns during extreme heat events.
With the expected influx of population and the increasing economic catchment Penrith is planned to experience over the next 10 years, this aggregated data will be key to improving the liveability of the area and preserve the ideals of what makes Penrith a great place to live and work.
Multi-Million Dollar Asphalt Plant Opened in St Marys
The NSW Minister for Planning and Housing, and Special Minister of State, Anthony Roberts and Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler OAM were on hand at the official opening of a new $20M asphalt plant in St Marys recently.
State Asphalts NSW’s high capacity St Marys plant was purpose built to cater to the huge infrastructure increase within the Western Sydney region, thanks in part to the integral role Penrith plays in context to the growth of the region.
Council is committed to preserving the lifestyle and environment that makes Penrith so unique, and commends State Asphalts NSW on their new facility which has been designed to be able to utilise recycled asphalt products.
State Asphalts NSW prides itself on ensuring production goals are achieved whilst meeting environmental best practice benchmarks and requirements, and as such the facility was designed to incorporate a unique underground conveyor system to deliver raw materials into the asphalt production process. This was incorporated to lower the emissions of plant and equipment required to move raw materials, minimise air pollution during delivery and ensures products and raw materials are not contaminated during the production process.
Pictured: State Asphalts NSW's St Marys plant
Ensitech's Export Success
Success is nothing new to manufacturing company Ensitech- inventors of a world leading surface finishing system for preparing, cleaning, and protecting welded and fabricated metal surfaces.
The Penrith-based company was recently recognised at the 2018 Premier's Export Awards, the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence, and the 2018 Optus My Business awards.
Located in the Penrith region for ten years, Ensitech benefits from this prime location. Access to local resources that help its product remain Australian msde, the high standard of local facilities and infrastructure, and the lower cost of operations in comparison to other major Sydney centres are important to their prolonged success.
Pictured: Ensitech CEO Clive White, Ensitech video case study
Opportunity Abounds On The Nepean River
Council’s work to activate the river and celebrate one of our City’s favourite places has seen a call for Expressions of Interest from recreational commercial businesses to operate from Tench Reserve on the Nepean River.
As the Adventure Capital of NSW, Penrith is uniquely suited to cater to businesses looking to enhance the appeal of the river by offering a vibrant mix of recreational activities. We are call on interested businesses to help us realise the potential of this popular local area by capitalising on the growth of local tourism. The progress and possibilities of Penrith in context to the major infrastructure investment in the region are endless.
Interested commercial businesses should lodge their Expression of Interest via the online form available here. Applications close Thursday 20th December, 2018.
Pictured: Real Festival 2018
Investment in the growing New West
Council has recently received the following development applications:
Lot consolidation, Demolition Works and Construction of 8 x Town Houses at Nos. 25 & 25 Park Avenue, Kingswood - estimated total cost of work over $1.9 million.
Demolition of Existing Structures and Construction of 6 x Town Houses and Strata Title Subdivision at No. 40 Jones Street, Kingswood- estimated total cost of work over $1.2 million.
Council has recently approved the following applications:
Demolition of Existing Structures and Construction of 5 x Town Houses & Associated Landscaping and Drainage Works at 109 Canberra Street, Oxley Park - estimated total cost of work $920k.
Torrens Title Subdivision x 2 Lots & Construction of Warehouse & Distribution Centre with Truck & Car Parking at 177-299 Lenore Drive, Erskine Park - estimated total cost of work over $14 million.
A city of pride and progress; a region of opportunity, connected to the markets and infrastructure of tomorrow. Penrith is the lifestyle and economic heartland for the new Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis. We are advancing industry and employment with unrivalled liveability, skilled workers and natural attractions.