Local living – A Vibrant Liveable City
By putting people as the number one priority, I will focus on building participation and strong two-way communication that helps make Penrith a vibrant liveable place now, and in the future.
My Priority – It’s time to put Penrith People first
Complete Backlog of infrastructure projects to ease congestion in and around Penrith.
Why is this important?
There needs greater investment. Penrith is in desperate need to address the shortfall in infrastructure to support the current population levels.
The infrastructure has not been brought up to acceptable standards due previous under investment.
Urgent investment will boost the local economy.
You can achieve this by:
The funds could be used to renew existing assets, allow additional funding for parking, local public transport, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.
Apply pressure through people power to the NSW State Government to increase funding in the 2021/2022 budget for funding to fast track and support local infrastructure renewal programs.
It’s now 2021 and there is still an inequity in the established areas when compared to new developments in the local area.
Park and natural landscape areas are a key component of the landscape character of Penrith
Equitable distribution of quality open spaces which are integrated and connected into district wide open spaces and networks are key factors in making Penrith the best place to live work and play.
We need to create high quality landscape environmental for our established suburbs.
Residents deserve open space and recreational areas that are accessible, safe and useable so they contribute to healthy communities.
As a priority, create compatible community hubs and land uses that can be shared with public schools as well as childcare and aged care centers.
We need to be the leaders in promoting participation in active recreation among at-risk groups across the lifespan.
Council are in the unique position to develop programs that promote and maintain participation in recreation activities, especially during key life transitions and events such as leaving high school, changes in employment and changes in family structures; retirement presents a significant opportunity to promote engagement in sport and active recreation with increased available leisure time.
How we can get these delivered
Prioritise funding so we can develop public open-space policies and strategies to ensure residents have access to a range of opens spaces for active recreation within their neighbourhood.
When looking at neighbourhood renewal, Council needs to improve the integration of land use, transport and infrastructure planning to achieve compact, liveable neighbourhoods that are served by safe and clean public spaces, great public transport, walking and cycling infrastructure and other social infrastructure.
Future Designing for healthy, active and connected communities
Access to well distributed and connected open space influences the community use in terms of frequency and extent, feelings of safety and overall enjoyment.
Community and sporting events are increasingly being recognised as contributing to the liveability of an area.
The most important aspect is developing partnerships and community engagement and participation in the planning and design of local open spaces is a critical success factor in responding to the community’s aspirations.
Furthermore, it contributes to developing a sense of community ownership and pride of place, and encourages ongoing community use and civil participation.
Distribution, Access and Connectivity
The equitable distribution of open space sites and connections offer a diversity of experience and opportunities close to where people live and work.
Penrith established suburbs deserve, easy, safe and flexible access to local open spaces that can be accessed by walking, cycling and if they have a pram or wheelchair, cars and public transport.
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Planning to improve the night time economy
To improve the night time economy
Penrith Council needs to review, promote and facilitate ways in which to make it easier for businesses, to accommodate outdoor seating for dining along High Street,
install LED lighting and provide safe and efficient night time transport will go a long way in developing its full potential as one the unique places that could put Penrith on the map.
We don’t need developers to do this, actions can happen now!
Building a sustainable local economy will enable Penrith to fulfil its full potential.
It’s time for new ideas.
River Precinct can be better accessed by more Local transport Options.
So many people would love to visit this beautiful area, unfortunately unless you have a car, you are very limited in accessing this location. Shuttle Bus services from private operators picking up from the station and Panthers could quite easily build to a great service that will boost our local economy. Or Even a Bike Hire Company, so people can access the area, similar to what is available on the SouthBank in Brisbane.
Improve the Quality of neighbourhood design to foster healthy and safe communities
Create places here people of all ages can feel safe and take advantage of the accessibility to facilities and services.
There needs to be an immediate updating on all aging facilities, it’s not fair that residents in the older suburbs have been ignored. We deserve better, some of the facilities need urgent attention. They are the hub that creates and fosters healthy and safe communities.
Council need to create places here people of all ages can feel safe and take advantage of the accessibility to facilities and services.
These spaces engender social interaction, a sense of place and response to community needs.
We are committed to improving our community and dedicated to progress.