The Baiada family group of companies has announced plans to construct a multimillion dollar Science Park at Luddenham in Sydney’s west.
A branch of the Baiada family – E.J Cooper and Son (EJC) have been in preliminary discussions with Penrith City Council to construct the 250 hectare site which would accommodate the new Baiada national headquarters, Baiada national food science laboratories and research facility and the University of Sydney Poultry Research Foundation, the Western Weekender reports.
The development has the support of mayor Ross Fowler who says that the Science Park will attract invaluable economic benefits to the area.
“They are talking about creating 10,000 jobs, which is a huge project and boost for Penrith. It is a huge vote of confidence in Council and a huge vote of confidence in western Sydney and will greatly complement the work already being done with the Penrith Health and Education Precinct,” said Fowler.
The Department of Planning is currently in discussions with major service providers to assess the infrastructure requirements, and re-zoning development applications of the area are expected to be submitted early next week.
“The Science Park would become a leading international centre for research and development in the fields of food, energy and health. This means high quality job opportunities for Penrith residents as well as significant investment in the LGA by major industry leaders,” said a Science Park project spokesperson.
“In the coming months we hope to work closely with Council and the community to deliver this vision for a world-class Science Park in the heart of western Sydney.”