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Federal Labor Promises Funding For Werrington Arterial Road


A Rudd Labor government will commit $7 million to the first stage of the long-awaited Werrington Arterial road.


Shadow Minister for Roads, Martin Ferguson and Federal Labor candidate for Lindsay, David Bradbury announced today that the Werrington Arterial, estimated to cost up to $15 million, would go ahead in partnership with the Penrith City Council which will fund the project from developer contributions.


The first stage of the Werrington Arterial involves the construction of east-facing on and off ramps connecting Gipps Street to the M4 motorway at Claremont Meadows and an upgrade to the intersection of the Great Western Highway and Werrington Road.


When all stages are completed the Werrington Arterial will connect the M2 and M4 Motorways, running north-south between the proposed M2 motorway extension and the M4 motorway at Gipps Street, Claremont Meadows.


The Werrington Arterial will provide an important connection between major western Sydney road networks for the Penrith region, linking the University of Western Sydney, the proposed Werrington Enterprise, Living and Learning (WELL) precinct and the Dunheved Industrial Estate.


“I am pleased to announce that a Rudd Labor government will contribute $7 million to start the Werrington Arterial,” said Mr Ferguson.


“The development of the WELL precinct, incorporating modern residential, education, employment and business opportunities, is a strategic regional project for western Sydney.


“Good transport and road infrastructure is vital for the project’s success.


“Thanks to the hard work of David Bradbury, we can make a commitment today as part of our Major Cities infrastructure program to kick start the first stage of the Werrington Arterial for the people of Lindsay.”


“Major roads like The Northern Road and Mamre Road are coming under increasing pressure from new housing developments,” said Mr Bradbury.


“By providing an additional connection to the M4, the first stage of the Werrington Arterial will alleviate much of the congestion currently experienced on the Northern Road and Mamre Road.


“Our local community has experienced massive growth over the last decade, but the investment in infrastructure has simply not kept pace with this growth.


“With the traffic already reaching unacceptable levels on Werrington Road, the continued development of the ADI site will only exacerbate this situation.


“With more than 5,000 new housing lots ready to be developed in the local area, and another 5,000 lots about to come on line, we need a Federal government that understands the importance of investing in infrastructure in western Sydney’s major cities like Penrith.


“The National Growth Areas Alliance, of which Penrith City Council is a founding member, has called for a funding commitment from the Commonwealth government to contribute to the construction of the Werrington Arterial.


“Federal Labor has made this commitment, recognising the need to invest in major local infrastructure to provide for the future growth of communities like ours and alleviate the pressure on our existing roads.”

http://www.alp.org.au/media/1007/mstran250.php
 

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I reckon stage 1 of the Project will certainly be beneficial, that area of Claremont Meadows, University of Western Sydney, Werrington, St Marys, Ropes Crossing won't have to rely on the very busy roads of Mamre Road and the Northern Road to get to the M4
 

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Just wondering does anyone have any more information about the Werrington Arterials Road (WAR) connecting the M4 to the M2 via Forrester Rd? I am not so sure because i recently moved to Cairns, North Queensland but i am interested to hear about the development in the area where all my family still resides and i grew up.

Just wondering if anyone has heard about this road extending from Forrester Rd between the suburbs of Willmot and Shalvey through Peter Van Hasselt Park and behind Bidwill and Dean Park to the M7? If not which way do they intend to connect this road to the M2??
 

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I would like to know the answer to this myself. The link to the M2 they speak of in this article connecting to the Werrington Arterial is a long standing project having been around for some 30 years. The reservation corridor for the project dubbed as the Castlereagh Freeway still remains, extending from the present M7 Motorway to Llandilo/Castlereagh north of Penrith.

Given that the Labor Party is reannouncing this project, it is their question to answer, as it would seem they are inflating their promise to include this very link, though the price tag of $15 million suggests otherwise.

More information: http://www.ozroads.com.au/NSW/Freeways/M2/m2.htm or search "Castlereagh Freeway".

Still its excellent news BTW.
 

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i guess the idea is that it would service all the new developments in and around the adi site aswell as penrith lakes. it would also be good to see the christie plan realised so that a rail line also heads out that way to reduce car dependance.
 

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I would like to know the answer to this myself. The link to the M2 they speak of in this article connecting to the Werrington Arterial is a long standing project having been around for some 30 years. The reservation corridor for the project dubbed as the Castlereagh Freeway still remains, extending from the present M7 Motorway to Llandilo/Castlereagh north of Penrith.

Given that the Labor Party is reannouncing this project, it is their question to answer, as it would seem they are inflating their promise to include this very link, though the price tag of $15 million suggests otherwise.

More information: http://www.ozroads.com.au/NSW/Freeways/M2/m2.htm or search "Castlereagh Freeway".

Still its excellent news BTW.

It would also form apart of the new crossing for the Blue Mountains which has been proposed for years!!!!
 

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http://www.penrithpress.com.au/article/2007/11/13/3420_news.html



An artist's impression of the artificial beach planned as part of the redevelopment at Penrith Lakes.


THE future for proposed housing, a beach and water parks at Penrith Lakes Scheme is looking uncertain following a change of ownership.

Lakes quarry company Hanson was taken over by German company Heidelberg Cement in May and Mexican company Cemex took over Readymix parent company Rinker in June.

Last week Penrith Lakes Corporation CEO Patrice Derrington resigned suddenly without issuing any statement.

A Penrith Development Corporation spokeswoman said: ``The Penrith Lakes shareholders are undergoing ownership changes and while they remain committed to the Penrith Lakes Scheme, a timetable for moving forward on the implementation of the scheme is yet to be determined''.

``With this change in circumstance and with her expertise in urban planning and development, Patrice Derrington has decided to not continue her role as CEO and will be pursuing other opportunities utilising her areas of expertise,'' the spokeswoman said.

Penrith Mayor Greg Davies said the new companies had ``put the housing development on hold'' while they ``had a look at it''.

``It's only the residential side that's being questioned,'' Cr Davies said. ``The quarries have to remediate the site when they finish, that's in the contract.

``The housing side has always been a proposal, it's between them and the State Government.''

In February State Planning Minister Frank Sartor visited Penrith to announce the new ``concept rooms'' for the housing proposal.

He said the 5000-home development could include water parks, an artificial beach and walking tracks.

Mr Sartor declared the project ``state significant'', giving him control of the project.

At the time he said the housing development would ``set new standards'' and provide ``lifestyle gains'' for the area.

Mr Sartor's spokeswoman said the Government ``was aware of reports that owners of the site were reviewing urban development plans''.

``The Government will await the outcome of the review,'' she said. A committee of 20 local people was recently established to guide the future development of the Lakes.

Penrith State Labor MP Karyn Paluzano said: ``It's important to realise that this decision to temporarily suspend planning is a business decision from companies around the world.

``The State Government remains committed to ensuring this site becomes home to a massive recreational open space for the benefit of the entire community of Western Sydney,'' she said.
 

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Looks like the concept plan has been pulled from the website. From what I understand the only bit in doubt right now is the 5000 houses to be built but all the good bits around the lakes, parks and recreation contractually must still go ahead. I suppose it's a pity about the housing because other than being a major flood zone it was a great place/mix to put housing.

Here's another article about the issue. I remember looking at the concept plan and calculating that at some points the biggest lake would be several km's across with 3 beaches. It seems that one of them will be at least as big as Bondi, the others in the plan didn't look much smaller. All they need now is a massive kick arse wave machine!

Penrith Lakes project stalled by takeovers
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/penrith-lakes-project-stalled-by-takeovers/2007/11/08/1194329413265.html

A SYNDICATE of multibillion-dollar international companies has gone cold on a 20-year-old scheme to flood Australia's biggest sand and gravel quarry and create a $2 billion resort-style lakeside development.

The Penrith Lakes development, first mooted in 1987, was deemed the perfect solution to a State Government ruling that the quarry be properly remediated when it was exhausted in 2011.

The Herald revealed in April that the Government was planning to allow the Penrith Lakes Development Corporation to build marinas, hotels and fun parks in areas zoned for open space.

But now the proposal to flood 700 hectares with 30 billion litres of water from the fragile Nepean River, and to develop almost 5000 lakeside homes by 2032, has hit the wall.

On Monday the corporation's chief executive, Patrice Derrington, walked away from what she earlier told The Australian was "the chance to create something that will endure and be of immense value for a very long time".

Dr Derrington, who oversaw the revitalisation of lower Manhattan after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, returned to Australia and took on the project last year.

Her departure comes after Readymix and Hanson - two of the three quarry companies that own the 1935-hectare site - came under corporate attack. Hanson was gobbled up by the German company HeidelbergCement in May, and the Mexican cement giant Cemex took over Readymix's parent company, Rinker, in June.

The Herald was told by the Mayor of Penrith, Greg Davies, who met with Dr Derrington and the corporation's chairman, Phil Anderson, on Monday, that the shareholders had temporarily suspended the project while a review was undertaken.

"[Dr Derrington] indicated to us that she came out to do this project, which was the development side of it, and given they've put it on hold, she said, 'That's my forte, that's what I want to do, so I'll look elsewhere,"' Cr Davies said.

But Mr Anderson denied the project was in doubt.

"The fact that Patrice is gone is something of regret for all of us, but she's moved on. The shareholders of Penrith Lakes, the three of the them, remain committed to the lakes scheme," he said.

Dr Derrington did not return calls yesterday. A spokesman later told the Herald this was because of a family emergency.

This year the Department of Planning was deep in negotiations with Dr Derrington about hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure levies to pay for roads, water and sewerage services for the site.

If the project was approved by the State Government, about 14,000 people would live on the lakes' edges, which would include three beaches - one the size of Bondi.

Should the corporation walk away from its ambitious plans, it will still be required under legislation to remediate the site.

"The lakes will be there, the parkland will be there. The only question of what's come up now is what's the position regarding any residential development," Cr Davies said.

In June, the corporation received approval to construct the $10 million pump and pipeline needed to extract water from the Nepean for the initial filling of the lakes.

THE STORY SO FAR

1986 A plan allows continued extraction at the site in return for remediation.


1987 Secret deed signed between PLDC and state allowing development.

2006 PLDC seeks approval from Planning Minister of concept plans.

2007 International take-over of PLDC shareholders.

November 2007 CEO resigns.
 

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Just out of general interest, does anyone know what's happening with the long-abandoned Pizza Hut on High St? I have wondered about this for some time. I believe it was auctioned off two years ago, but it has remained fenced off and boarded up for years now. Occasionally I see cars in the carpark there though.

Does anyone else feel as though that side of the CBD is particularly worn down?

Any info would be appreciated...

EDIT: I saw lights on today inside the Pizza Hut building.
 

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In regards to PGOB, my take is that the builder has encountered some serious latent conditions in regards to dewatering or similar as they have spent a looonng time in the ground... Now that shoring/piling looks complete and tower crane is up it should be time to get on with it although Christmas break won't help. I believe they will be desperate to make up for lost time and so expect records to be broken when the structure starts in earnest in the new year...

just my 2c....
 

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Yes, I agree this building is coming along very slowly.
If im not mistaken i think the construction phase has now been going for just under 12months. The POGB website says that the building will house the Sydney Catchment Authority, Department of Community Services, Office of Fair Trading and other Government agencies.
 

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Cr Kevin Crameri is objecting to plans to remove 2000 native trees to make way for an industrial estate.

ALLOWING the removal of about 2000 native trees, several threatened plant species and the filling in of a floodplain showed "inconsistency" by Penrith Council, according to councillor Kevin Crameri.

The council approved the next stage of Lend Lease's development of the former ADI site at its meeting on February 25.

The 30ha Dunheved Precinct, off Links Rd, St Marys, will be turned into an industrial zone meant to provide jobs for Ropes Crossing residents.

But Cr Crameri, a lone voice of dissent at the meeting, said Penrith residents had to pay a $30 fee and had "great difficulty getting one tree" removed.

"Are Lend Lease paying $30 a tree?"

Cr Crameri spoke of another resident he knew who had to build a protective garden around one endangered juniper-leaved grevillea found on his property.

However, the same plant was found on the Dunheved site, and Lend Lease was allowed to remove it.

The council report noted "the proposed development will result in the removal of all the native vegetation on site and the applicant's flora and fauna impact assessment concludes that proposed landfill and associated works are unlikely to have a significant impact on the exisiting fauna and flora or ecological communities". Cr Crameri said residents were not allowed to fill flood storage areas, as was happening on this site. "Developers will be loving this," he said.

"This council has talked about educating the community about the need to save remnant bushland in the past.

"There's a humungous amount of filling going in here that will affect flooding.

"It will come back to bite us," Cr Crameri said.

Cr Crameri said the expert's advice in the report was "not good".

Cr Pat Sheehy said Cr Crameri was "comparing apples with oranges" and his comments about the trees were "nonsense".

"Not many houses in Penrith would get built if this were the truth," Cr Sheehy said.

He said Cr Crameri was "seeing conspiracies" when he commented on expert's advice.

Cr Bradbury said the development provided the maximum conservation outcome in the shape of the regional park, and would provide employment for residents.

A council consent condition requires three trees be planted for each tree removed.

A council spokesman said the "vast majority of trees on the site are under Blacktown Council's jurisdiction".

"Other consent conditions to do with landscaping and so forth will probably result in this part of the site becoming greener after development than before," the spokesman said.

"Penrith City's side is quite sparse in comparison.

"On a larger scale, council was instrumental in ensuring that 900ha or about two-thirds, of important bushland in the former ADI site being preserved forever."
 
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