Penrith Panthers is delighted to confirm construction will soon begin on the Western Sydney Community and Conference Centre (WSCCC) - a $47.9 million state-of-the-art facility located in the Panthers precinct in Penrith.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack was today joined by Senator Marise Payne, Penrith MP Stuart Ayres, Panthers Chairman David O’Neill and Panthers CEO Brian Fletcher to turn the first sod, marking the official start of the largest infrastructure project in Panthers history.
The WSCCC will enhance Penrith’s reputation as an event and tourism destination while further transforming the Panthers precinct into a modern hub for engaging and entertaining the residents of Western Sydney and beyond.
The State and Federal Government have each committed $12 million to the WSCCC project as it delivers on their shared goal of attracting infrastructure investment and renewal projects to Western Sydney.
“We are delighted that Panthers’ vision for the WSCCC is becoming a reality with generous support from the State and Federal Governments,” Panthers Chairman Dave O’Neill said.
“The thriving business community of Western Sydney has long been in need of a modern, multi-purpose conference centre and Panthers is proud to be delivering exactly that.
“The many outstanding community programs and initiatives in the Penrith region will also have a state-of-the-art facility available to them in the form of the community centre.
“I would like to thank our State and Federal Governments for their support in ensuring that this project is delivered to Western Sydney.”
The conference centre will feature 1,250sqm of flexible floor space and be equipped to host major events, trade shows, exhibitions and seated functions for up to 1000 people.
The community centre will become the new home of the Panthers on the Prowl Community Development Foundation while also providing modern facilities for other local charities and community programs.
Both centres will be serviced by a new basement parking facility which will cater for more than 500 vehicles.
Mr McCormack said the WSCCC would boost the Penrith economy by supporting more than 130 jobs during construction while creating at least 100 ongoing roles upon completion.
The first stage of construction is scheduled to commence in October this year.