Prime Minister, The Hon Scott Morrison MP, described Western Sydney Airport as a “game changer” when he turned the first sod earlier this week, giving the signal for earthmovers to roll in and start site preparations for construction.
“This is the biggest game changer, I think, for the city of Sydney since we built the Harbour Bridge – that's how big a deal this is,” he said.
The initial earthworks phase of construction is expected to take until the end of 2019. It involves moving around 1.8 million cubic metres of earth, which is the equivalent of about 720 Olympic swimming pools.
Located only 20 minutes from the new airport, Penrith is uniquely positioned to capitalise on the job opportunities that will flow from its construction and operation. A workforce of around 180 people will carry out the initial earthworks and over the course of the airport construction project, 11,000 jobs are set to be created, with a target of at least one-third coming from Western Sydney.
The Prime Minister, The Hon Scott Morrison MP, launches the start of digging for the construction of the Western Sydney Airport. Picture: Richard Dobson, The Australian.
Penrith is the place to turn big ideas into reality
Council has recently received the following development applications:
Construction of a two storey laboratory building including associated office and storage facilities, located at the Sydney Science Park, 565-609 Luddenham Road, Luddenham. The estimated cost of work is over $27.5 million (pictured top).
Demolition of existing structures and construction of five town houses and associated strata subdivision into five lots, located at 28 Hobart Street, Oxley Park, with an estimated cost of work of $2 million (pictured bottom left).
Council has recently approved the following development applications:
Modification to the approval of the adaptive re-use of Emu Hall, located at 2-16 Great Western Highway, Emu Plains, as a restaurant including the construction of function centre and commercial kitchen, with an estimated value of $2.6 million (An aerial photograph of Emu Hall pictured bottom right).
Export success in Penrith
Penrith's key location is part of the recipe for success for sake manufacturer Sun Masamune-which exports a million litres of sake to Japan each year from their purpose-built Go-Shu Sake Brewery.
Managing Director of Sun Masamune, Allan Noble, says that the company's decision to move to Penrith in 1996 was made easy for investors by the “very business-like approach” of the Council during the development application process. But essentially the decision was all about “location, location, location.”
“It’s all here,” says Allan. “We’re supported by good infrastructure, are very close to Sydney’s geographic centre of Parramatta and the M4 and our suppliers from Leeton in Central West NSW don’t have to hit traffic when they come down the mountains.”
The brewery is a place where Japanese tradition and technology meets the Penrith entrepreneurial spirit and the best of what our natural environment provides.
Pictured: Go-Shu Sake Brewery, Penrith.
Export workshop to unlock global opportunities
With a new international airport to open in 2026, Penrith will be increasingly well placed to compete in global markets. While many local companies are already selling their goods and services overseas, a free workshop to be held in Penrith in October will help local businesses explore opportunities to grow their export capability and investigate new markets.
Hosted by Penrith Council and Regional Development Australia, the Building Export Capability for Small to Medium Enterprises Workshop will be held at Penrith Council on 19 October 2018. The workshop will provide businesses with valuable case study discussion and tips for export planning, resourcing, marketing and visiting target markets.
• When: 9am to 1pm, 19 October 2018 • Where: Nepean Room, Penrith City Council, 601 High Street, Penrith • Cost: Free (however places are limited) and light lunch provided • Registrations open until 15 October 2018. Find out more.
Destination NSW partners with region to showcase Penrith
Increased overnight visitation to Penrith is the goal of a new campaign developed by Penrith, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury Councils and supported by Destination NSW.
The 'Wake up With' campaign showcases the wide range of attractions and experiences available in Penrith and encourages people from the Greater Sydney area to visit, stay overnight and explore the region.
With spectacular outdoor adventures, thrilling adrenaline activities, a rich history, diverse arts and culture, a thriving dining scene and fun family activities, the campaign highlights Penrith's unique offering.
With the Western Sydney Airport only 20 mins away and North South Rail committed by the State and Federal Government to be operational from day one, Penrith is on the cusp of many new growth opportunities including tourism.
Pictured: Kayaking on the Nepean River. Photo credit: Destination NSW.
Hidden gems in the Penrith City Centre
Penrith’s High Street is transforming. New cafes and restaurants are opening and breathing new life and energy into Penrith’s main street.
The arcades which connect to High Street are a treasure trove of specialty and hobby shops, and hidden gems like Notion Café. Its plant filled, polished space is home to experimentation, great food and great coffee and exemplifies the innovative and entrepreneurial culture of Penrith. Notion focuses on turning fresh produce into delicious meals, drinks, preserves and dry-goods with everything made in house, fresh from the markets and seasonal. Notion Café also pickle's and ferment's their own produce and bakes a great selection of sweets.
Penrith’s popular Alive After 5 event returns this Friday bringing local businesses and the community together to enjoy the vibrant after-hours atmosphere of the City Centre, with food, drinks and live music from local eateries and musicians.
The event is part of Council’s work to enhance and grow the Penrith City Centre after hours economy by partnering with local businesses and the community by creating new opportunities to socialise, eat and relax.
Guided by our award winning Night Time Economy Strategy, Council is building a city of the future and developing spaces that are busy and diverse, bringing the City Centre to life after dark.
Not only is it a record nomination for the NBMLHD, but the greatest number of finalists from the same district. The NBMLHD, one of 10 stakeholders in The Quarter, has finalists in five of the 11 categories that honour the 52,000 nurses and midwives working across the NSW public health system.
The Quarter Chair, Greg Allchin, said the six finalists are an example of the outstanding people working in Penrith’s growing health and education precinct.
“The Quarter's reputation for excellence is the result of the hard work and the contribution made by people such as these,” he said.
Penrith is a place of limitless opportunity. It is located at the point where Sydney’s north-south growth arc, Australia’s most significant future economic corridor, crosses the east-west connection. Penrith is the heart of this Growth City, which we call the 'New West'.