Industrial precinct will get an upgrade

Grand plans: Dunheved Business Park Committee secretary David Trist hopes this parcel of rail corridor will be subdivided and developed for new businesses. Picture: Gary Warrick

Grand plans: Dunheved Business Park Committee secretary David Trist hopes this parcel of rail corridor will be subdivided and developed for new businesses. Picture: Gary Warrick

IT WON'T happen overnight but the revitalisation of Dunheved Business Park will happen.

Penrith councillors approved a revitalisation strategy for the industrial precinct last week.

More than 200 Dunheved businesses were surveyed as part of the strategy.

It proposes infrastructure upgrades for roadworks and drainage improvements, signage, street lighting, electricity and communication services.

An agreement between the council and land owner Lend Lease for a link road to create direct access between the northern and southern sides of the precinct is expected to be signed this year.

The council will continue to work with the Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce and Penrith Business Alliance to revitalise the precinct.

Dunheved Business Park Committee secretary David Trist has spent 30 years on the case.

"A very clear plan has been put forward to make it a more modern and vibrant area," he said.

"It's taken many years to reach this stage but we will get there in the end.

"It will be a catalyst for the federal and state governments to provide funding to boost employment."

Mr Trist said improved infrastructure would entice businesses to move there, particularly with the recent confirmation of a second Sydney airport to be built at Badgerys Creek.

"Dunheved is located between the north and south-west growth centres so it's a strategically placed employment precinct," Mr Trist said.

"Extra productivity will add value to the economy and increased business efficiency will benefit the wider community."

Penrith councillor Jackie Greenow welcomed the strategy.

"It's a little tired and in need of an uplift," she said.

"It's close to everything, including transport, so there's a lot of potential to bring it back to life," she said.

What needs to be done to revitalise Dunheved Business Park? Comment at stmarysstar.com.au.

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