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Local District Health Service
makes HISTory

A “bedside test” which predicts whether ‘flu patients may develop life-threatening complications has been granted its final major patent, paving the way for further development and commercialisation.

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District’s world-leading researchers developed the test which predicts with over 90% accuracy, which ‘flu patients may develop pneumonia or other secondary infections.

Associate Professor Benjamin Tang says the project, which began in 2009, is helping to establish a good model for Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District to translate research from the lab to the bedside.

“Ultimately what we would like to have is a bedside, or a point of care, test,” says Professor Tony McLean.

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District is a partner in The Quarter, Penrith’s health and education precinct.

The Quarter will become one of the largest of its kind in Australia - a unique international destination for investment and excellence in education, health services, research and related technology, creating around 6000 additional jobs in the next ten years.

The HIST breakthrough is typical of the innovative work delivered as a result of The Quarter’s collaborative approach. The research team includes: Tony McLean, Maryam Shojaei, Grant Parnell and Benjamin Tang and Sally Teoh.

Pictured: Maryam Shojaei, Benjamin Tang and Sally Teoh.
Global investor MHI visits Penrith
Global energy management company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) recently visited Penrith and the site of the proposed aerotropolis.
MHI is one of four Japanese companies which have signed an MOU with the NSW Government to promote investment opportunities in the region.
The four companies will invest in urban development, renewable energy, water, railway systems, defence, education and health technology.
MHI brings its expertise in energy management to a comprehensive development plan for Western Sydney. Its emphasis is on sustainable development which makes full use of advanced energy technologies.
More here.
The four Japanese companies are Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, the Urban Renaissance Agency and Hitachi. They will promote investment opportunities in transport, logistics and healthcare as well as in commercial, residential and community developments.
They are amongst ten companies and institutions investing in the aerotropolis.
Pictured: L-R: Economic Initiatives Manager Nathan Burbridge, MHI Australia Managing Director Shigeru Nakabayashi, Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler OAM, Penrith Council General Manager Warwick Winn, MHI Australian General Manager Wisman Bakir, MHI Australia Manager Yoshiko Mizokami, PCC Director – City Futures Kylie Powell.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

No it’s a passenger drone or a flying car, and it’s coming to an airport near you.

Western Sydney Airport will change the future of air travel in Australia, according to WSA chief executive Graham Millett.

According to Mr Millett, an air traffic control tower is a thing of the past, replaced by zoom cameras sending signals to a central point anywhere in the country to control aircraft movements. 

Better train links, autonomous cars and bike paths will remove the need for multi-storey carparks. Facial recognition will allow passengers to check in at major train stations and passenger drones and freight drones will be part of the life of the airport.

“I can’t say that they will be there on opening day, but we have a plan for it because at some stage …. they will be a reality,” Mr Millett told the Australian Financial Review.

Plans by Uber for small electric passenger drones are already under way in the US with testing to start in Los Angeles and Dallas next year. The aim is to begin commercial operations in 2023.

The Financial Review reports that Australia is on a shortlist of five countries for Uber Air flights.
Pictured: Passenger drone Alex Butterfield
Small is beautiful 

Penrith’s Thornton Estate is a good example of modern city land use, according to NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes.


Mr Stokes said it’s time to re-think traditional land use when planning contemporary housing in outer suburbs, saying front gardens are a ‘waste of space’.


He told The Daily Telegraph terraces and townhouses with smaller front gardens mean bigger backyards.


He cited Penrith’s Thornton Estate as a good example of future housing.


Pictured: Terraced house, Thornton Estate, Penrith
Investment in the growing New West

Development applications recently received
  • Ten Storey Mixed Use Development containing 141 residential units, one commercial premises, part at grade car parking and two levels of basement parking at 26 Lord Sheffield Circuit Penrith - estimated total cost of work $33.1 million
  • Section 4.55 Modifications Demolition of Existing Structures & Construction of Six Storey Residential Flat Building containing 49 Apartments & Two Levels of Basement Car Parking at 136-140 High Street, Penrith - estimated total cost of work $124.8 million.
Development applications recently approved
  • General Industry - New Warehouse with Offices at 5 Johnson Place, Cranebrook - estimated total cost of work $1.8 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.

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