Penrith Council has welcomed the state government's infrastructure strategy saying it recognises some positive outcomes, while acknowledging that challenges remain.
"The flood mitigation plan and associated investment for the Hawkesbury-Nepean is welcomed and will give thousands of people in the area better peace of mind," mayor Mark Davies said.
"The work on the extension to the M4 will help ease some of the congestion many of our residents face every day.
"A great solution is to develop the 10,000 hectare Western Sydney Employment Area stretching from Erskine Business Park to Badgerys Creek, which can provide 50,000 jobs."
Penrith Council will be a finalist in two categories at the 2012 NSW Tourism Awards in November.
The Penrith Visitor Information Centre will compete for the title of Best Visitor Services in NSW while Penrith City Council is a finalist in the Local Government Award category for its Penrith is Here campaign.
Tourism Research Australia said tourism is worth $231 million every year to the Penrith economy. The Penrith is Here was designed to instil pride and promote the area's uniqueness and attract more investment.
Mayor Mark Davies said Penrith deserved to emerge victorious in both categories on the night.
In addition, the Penrith Visitor Information Centre is also a contender for the prestigious People's Choice Award. To cast your vote go to www.nswtourismawards.net.au. Voting closes on 12 November.
The NSW Tourism Awards recognise outstanding tourism businesses and organisations throughout the state. To find out more visit nswtourismawards.com.au.