Construction has started on the $88 million Western Sydney Community and Conference Centre and an adjoining 153-room hotel in Penrith.
The development has been described as a “game changer” for the western Sydney area, with the new centre to offer 1250sqm of floor space that will be able to host major events, trade shows, exhibitions, and seated functions for up to 1000 people.
A pre-function space opening up on two acres of landscapes gardens will also be available, while 1200sqm community centre will offer an outdoor terrace area.
The 153-room 4.5-star hotel is to be self-managed by the Penrith Panthers under a brand name yet to be announced.
“The thriving business community of western Sydney has long been in need of a modern, multipurpose conference centre, and Panthers is proud to be delivering exactly that,” said Penrith Panthers chief executive Brian Fletcher.
NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney and Penrith state MP Stuart Ayres said the new development will be a “game changer for western Sydney community groups and for the people of Penrith”.
“The conference centre will enhance Penrith’s reputation as a world-class event and tourism destination,” he said.