The next step in developing Nepean River’s historic new dining venue

The historic Emu Plains Police Cottage on the Nepean River is set for a new lease of life as a unique waterfront-dining venue thanks to funding from the Penrith City Council and the NSW Government, and there is currently a call out for hospitality operators to run it. 

Originally built in 1908, the Police Cottage has become an important local heritage site and it’s revitalization will see it open to the public for the first time in the building’s century-long history, ensuring it remains conserved and celebrated for generations to come. 

The building will be sensitively restored, blending heritage, nature and modern conveniences across 240 square metres of retail space, with outdoor seating and magnificent views of the Nepean River.

Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown OAM said the transformation of the Police Cottage is part of a vision to revitalise Penrith and improve the city’s connection to the Nepean River. 

“The revitalised Police Cottage will be the crucial link in the growing dining circuit along the Nepean River, playing an important role in enhancing our greatest natural asset and improving the gateway to the new Regatta Park precinct,” Cr McKeown said.

The revamped Police Cottage is expected to not only attract more visitors to the area, but also celebrate and conserve a piece of local history. 

The Development Application for the refurbishment of the Police Cottage has been submitted, with construction set to commence in late 2021. 

Who will occupy the premises?

Penrith Council is currently looking for an innovative food and beverage operator to operate at the site. They’re after somebody that will be a hero of showcasing local and sustainable produce and materials, and will provide a premium casual dining experience and quick service takeaway.

This will be a unique opportunity for an operator looking to help visitors make the most of their time at the river. 

Those interested can submit a Request for Tender until 5 July 2021 via the following link – eTendering – WSROC – Current Tender Detail View – RFT20/21-39.

And, those looking to find out more about the development of the Police Cottage can visit

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