Construction has begun on an $88 million conference centre and hotel in Western Sydney, following three years of planning.
Set to open in late 2021, Western Sydney Community and Conference Centre (WSCCC) will be located at Penrith Panthers, offering 1250 square metres of event space for conferences, exhibitions and seated functions for up to 1000 people.
The venue will be serviced by a 153-room hotel, which will be operated by Panthers Group.
Penrith Panthers CEO Brian Fletcher said the conference centre and hotel is a much-needed asset for Western Sydney.
“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,” he said.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney and Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said the development, which is supported by government grants of $24 million, is part of Panthers’ ongoing commitment to providing world-class facilities for the community.
“Panthers are a cornerstone of the Western Sydney community and this new development will be a game changer for western Sydney community groups and for the people of Penrith,” he said.
“The many outstanding community programs and initiatives in the Penrith region will benefit from the community centre. While the conference centre will enhance Penrith’s reputation as a world-class event and tourism destination.”
Other facilities throughout the WSCCC include a pre-function space that opens out onto two acres of landscaped space, a double basement carpark, a hotel bar and restaurant with private dining rooms and community centre.
Panthers will begin accepting bookings for the conference centre in early 2020.