The Hon Mark Butler MP
Minister for Climate Change
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water
The Hon David Bradbury MP
Federal Member for Lindsay
$13.5 million for new Penrith development opens up local jobs
Joint media release
23 July 2013
New employment and industry opportunities have been given a boost with $13.5 million in Federal Labor Government funding to support the development of the Werrington Park Corporate Centre in Penrith.
Construction work on the $29.5 million project officially began today with Federal Environment Minister, Mark Butler, turning the first ground on the new development at the University of Western Sydney’s Werrington South Campus alongside Member for Lindsay David Bradbury.
The project is jointly funded by the Federal Government and the University of Western Sydney through the Suburban Jobs Program, with support from the Penrith City Council and the Penrith Business Alliance.
Mr Butler said it was great to see construction underway for this innovative development.
“Labor has delivered $13.5 million to get this project off the ground to delivers jobs for Western Sydney in well paid industries like e-health, research, digital communications and engineering,” Mr Butler said.
“The Werrington Park Corporate Centre will be a cutting edge employment, business incubation and research hub in Western Sydney.”
The new facility will provide 5,500m² of office space for businesses and will include sustainable design features that will minimise the environmental impact and running costs of the building in the future.
Mr Bradbury said the growing population of Western Sydney currently around 2 million people, it was important to invest in new business activity that will provide good jobs locally, relieving residents of long commutes across the city each day.
“After fighting to secure funding for this fantastic employment and innovation project, it’s great to see construction getting underway,” Mr Bradbury said.
“The Werrington Park Corporate Centre will bring enormous employment opportunities to our local community, providing 200 jobs during construction and 350-400 professional jobs based in the centre once it is operational.
“This is another significant Labor investment into our local community to help ensure the Penrith region becomes a centre of innovation, employment and education.
“This project builds on Labor’s commitment to create more jobs in Western Sydney, recognising that over two thirds of local residents in my community commute out of the Penrith city for work each day.”
The Werrington Park Corporate Centre will offer open areas, communal meeting spaces and hot desks to encourage tenants to interact and share ideas consistent with some of the world’s most innovative workplace designs to increase productivity.
Construction is now underway and is expected to be completed in early 2015.
More information about the Suburban Jobs Program and the projects being funded through the program can be found at http://www.environment.gov.au/sustainability/suburbanjobs.