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  • We're creating the future of Penrith through advocacy and planning - a place with good jobs and good connections, supporting the people who live in one of Australia's fastest growing regions. Council officers work with other levels of government, elected representatives and local community groups to secure investment and improved services for our City. Community support and awareness of Council’s advocacy priorities is essential to their success.

    Advocacy priorities 2017

    Ahead of the 2016 Federal election Council lobbied all candidates on a range of projects.

    In 2017, a new North-South rail line remains Council’s flagship advocacy priority and, along with neighbouring Councils and landowners, Penrith is working across many levels to make the case for this game changing infrastructure.

    Council made a detailed submission to the State and Federal Government’s Scoping Study into rail needs in Western Sydney. Council’s submission calls for prompt action to preserve a corridor and ensure rail is in place when the Western Sydney airport opens and outlines how Option 6 (North-South rail) is the only option that will:

    • Create a new, connected 30-minute outer metropolitan growth city
    • Add $44.7 billion to the economy (from 2024 – 2040) reaching $3.6 billion per year by 2040
    • Support and improve access between the Growth Centres, the Western Sydney Priority Growth Area (including the proposed Western Sydney Airport) and the Regional City Centres of Penrith, Liverpool and Campbelltown
    • Provide an unrivalled catalyst for employment, innovation and economic growth in the region to deliver the jobs of tomorrow
    • Integrate with current rail plans to form an orbital network, supporting the existing east-west corridor with Penrith as the gateway between Sydney and the Central West, and
    • Reduce the >90% reliance on motor vehicle for journeys to work in Western Sydney, significantly reduce commuting times and improve quality of life.

    For more go to our North-South Rail page.

    City Deal for Western Sydney

    Council is also working with neighbouring Councils to set out a program to transform the region through collaboration with the State and Federal Government through the City Deal for Western Sydney. Key priorities for councils in the West District and South West District include increased road and rail infrastructure, better access to new and diverse jobs and improved social and health outcomes. Work is continuing to develop a shared vision, with more specific elements of the City Deal expected to be announced later in 2017.

    Advocacy successes

    Successful outcomes of Council’s recent advocacy activities includes:

    • A City Deal for Western Sydney, which will see State, local and the Federal Government collaborating to create a 30 minute City
    • $100m to widen stage 1 of Mulgoa Road between M4 and Blaikie Road
    • $5m makeover for Tench Reserve, under the Our River Masterplan vision
    • A new decked carpark which will provide an additional 400 commuter spaces at North Penrith (expected completion late 2017).
    • $1 billion for a Western Sydney Rail Upgrade Program to improve the current network and provide additional and faster services for the T1 Western Line including Penrith and Parramatta.
    • Allocation of $500,000 under the ClubGRANT program for audio visual and theatre lighting at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.
    • No point merge for Western Sydney Airport and a commitment to share noise from the proposed site
    • A Federal commitment to rail from day one of airport operations at the new airport
Penrith City Council (02) 4732 7777 (02) 4732 7958 council@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au 601 High St Penrith NSW 2750 Australia