Penrith is a local government area located in Sydney’s outer west. Its total area is 407 square kilometres but its population is only 180,000. By 2040 the population is expected to have grown to 220,000. The City is distinguished by its natural setting, with its western edge defined by the flow of the Nepean River and the rising backdrop of the Blue Mountains. Historical rural landscapes and natural bushland areas characterise the City, and surround its urban neighbourhoods. Penrith has kept its identify and sense of place as it has grown.
The past 30 years have seen Penrith evolve from its traditional rural origins on the fringe of metropolitan Sydney to a dynamic regional city in its own right, home to proud and involved communities.
In 2005 the NSW State Government named Penrith as one of three Regional River Cities in its 25 year planning framework. This recognised both Penrith’s traditional role in catering to a population catchment well beyond our geographic boundaries, and the enormous potential the City has in supporting the future needs of Sydney’s biggest growth corridor.
Penrith City will need to accommodate 25,000 new dwellings and 40,000 new jobs within the next 25 years to meet the needs of its growing communities. Council’s priority is to ensure this growth is accompanied by investment in infrastructure to ensure all the attributes that attract people to Penrith are protected or enhanced, and future growth is supported by good public transport and community facilities.
Penrith residents choose to live here for the lifestyle benefits of our vibrant, passionate communities, organised sports, major facilities and services, health and educational opportunities, clean air and large areas of native bushland, parks and reserves for passive and active recreation. We’re only 55 minutes from the City but a lifestyle apart, offering friendly residential neighbourhoods and an increasing range of cultural and entertainment experiences alongside essential facilities such as a respected university, major teaching hospital, substantial retail sector and growing commercial development and businesses.
As the City has matured as a place, its communities have also developed and diversified. Today we are a large and vibrant community in a beautiful natural setting, with an egalitarian culture that embraces and encourages self reliance, responsibility and new ideas. The coming years, with well-managed growth, will see the City flourish as a creative, dynamic, diverse place – a magnetic place of first choice for residents and visitors alike in Sydney, able to compete on a national stage.