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ADVOCATING FOR OUR FUTURE

A key role of the Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce is to advocate on behalf of its members. To be the voice for local businesses that will support and encourage policy and projects that provide tangible commercial and community outcomes for our growing City.

As projects start and finish, the issues will continue to change and as our city evolves, new priorities will emerge. We are committed to remaining fluid, however, these are the areas we are advocating for at the moment.

Advocacy Committee, PVCC


1. Parking

Parking in our CBD has been, and continues to be, a problem for commuters, shoppers and business owners. While we are enormously supportive of plans to reduce our reliance on cars into the future, in the interim there needs to be more focus on this issue. Whether it’s park and ride from the outskirts of Penrith CBD, improved CBD based public transport options or more parking spaces that can be converted to office/retail/ residential space later on, we will continue to advocate for improvements in this area.


2. DESTINATION NEPEAN

Local tourism and a proper tourist info centre. Our region has enormous Tourism potential with assets such as the beautiful Nepean River, access to the stunning Blue Mountains, adventure activities such as Whitewater Stadium, iFly and Skypeak Adventures along with a vast array of dining and accommodation options. The absence of a dedicated Tourist Information Centre should be addressed and we would like to see more regular marketing campaigns undertaken to promote Penrith as a tourist destination.


3. NIGHT-TIME ECONOMY

So much great work has already been done, now is the time to really take advantage of the foundation that has been laid. High St has been reinvigorated and some exciting promotional videos have been made. An info pack for local businesses outlining exactly what they can and can’t do, and all the necessary contact details they will need, would help them take advantage of the resources that have been created for them and start creating nightime experiences of their own.


4. COMMITMENT OF GOVERNMENT JOBS

A commitment has been made to locate the Western City Aerotropolis Authority in Penrith. This was a welcome announcement prior to the last NSW State Election. We would now like to see an update and some timelines for the realisation of this commitment. This department is the sort of anchor tenant that will help secure the A grade office space Penrith needs.


5. PENRITH LAKES

There has been much discussion about the future of Penrith Lakes with little or no forward progress. We will continue to ask questions about the planned use of this key part of our City and advocate for some final decisions to be made.


6. NEPEAN BUSINESS PARK

This is 49Ha of light commercial land adjacent to Penrith Lakes. The proposed development if planned and executed in a responsible manner will deliver affordable commercial and light industrial land for new and existing local businesses. It will also create as many as 18,000 jobs and will complement the development of Sydney Science Park. We are calling for this development to move ahead, but in such a way that it is respectful of the environmental nature of the rest of the Lakes area


7. CBD HIGH RISE AND CITY PARK

Proposed development at 57 Henry St and the plans for City Park have the potential to elevate the profile and character of Penrith CBD. A-Grade office space is required to entice bigger companies to decentralise their operations to areas like Penrith and useable green space, such as City Park, is essential to create a city where people want to work and live. These two developments will help deliver a city for the future and as such they have the full support of the Penrith Chamber.


8. HEALTH AND EDUCATION PRECINCT

The Quarter Health and Education Precinct will be a key development in delivering jobs in Western Sydney specifically in the areas of education and technology. While this project already has widespread support, The Chamber of Commerce is committed to using it’s voice to help continue the growth of the Quarter.


9. REGATTA PARK REDEVELOPMENT

The recent announcement of the $24Million jointly funded initiative by NSW State Government and Penrith City Council, was an exciting step forward for the redevelopment of Regatta Park. Following further community and stakeholder engagement this project is expected to commence in 2020. As a part of the Cities Deal and an important development for the residential and business community we will be following this project closely.


10. PROMOTING OUR LOCAL CULTURE

Penrith and it’s surrounds are full of culturally significant areas. We have Aboriginal paintings along he Nepean River shoreline, Penrith Regional Gallery home of The Lewers Gallery (bequested to the people of Penrith by the family of Margo and Gerald Lewers), a wonderful performance art space at The Joan and more indigenous heritage at Muru Mittigar. These are important assets and deserve support from all levels of Government to help educate residents and visitors to our area as well as to attract tourists.


11. DECONGESTING OUR ROADS AND CBD

Upgrades to The Northern Rd and Mulgoa Rd are progressing and will help with decongesting the roads around Penrith. However access to Penrith CBD from the North side of the train line by road remains limited. The footbridge over Penrith Station was a welcome addition, however an extension of Lawson St would create a much needed road link from the growing community of Thornton.


12. ST MARYS RAIL FREIGHT HUB

Removing heavy transport from our roads is key to reducing congestion, improving commuting times and reducing the environmental impact of vehicular transport. The planned Rail Freight Hub in St Marys proposes to address this by removing as many as 10,000,000 truck kilometres from Sydney roads each year while creating 150 full time jobs upon completion. We are advocating for the approval of this development.

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