Construction starts on Penrith Community Conference Centre

Monday, 25 February 2019
The first sod was turned on the $47.9 million Western Sydney Community and Conference Centre at the Penrith Rugby League Club today, marking the official start of a project that will offer residents state-of-the-art facilities and boost tourism in the Western Sydney suburb. 
New South Wales Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said the new centre will help grow the visitor economy and make it easier for Western Sydney residents to attend community events and exhibitions.  
“This new centre will encourage a range of special interest groups to come together and deliver important outcomes for their stakeholders in a comfortable, purpose-built facility,” Mr Ayres said. 
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the Centre was a game changer for Western Sydney and when complete, would be a world-class hub for community groups and activities.  
“Having worked across Western Sydney for over 20 years, I know that our region is home to some of most hard working community organisations in our nation, yet all too often these organisations are hamstrung because they need more office space or enhanced facilities to help them carry out their important work,” Senator Payne said. 
“This Centre will include flexible community spaces, like a dedicated public exhibition and art space, an office and a convention hall. 
“As our region grows, it’s important that there is the right infrastructure in place to keep up with these demands.  
“Today’s sod turn is about investing right back into the organisations that keep our Western Sydney community vibrant and strong.” 
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is investing $12 million in the project. 
“These works will support more than 130 jobs during construction and create another 100 ongoing jobs, which provides a very healthy boost to the local economy,” Mr McCormack said. 
Penrith Rugby League Club Limited Chief Executive Officer Brian Fletcher said the conference centre is Stage 1 of a larger project to deliver a hotel and serviced apartment building, including a function centre. 
“We are very excited about the benefits that the greater Penrith and Western Sydney community will enjoy through increased cultural, education and tourism opportunities and their flow-on effects for employment in our community,” Mr Fletcher said.  
This project is jointly funded with the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government investing $12 million, the NSW Government $12 million and the Penrith Rugby League Club Limited $23.96 million.



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