Western Sydney News

Soward: First 20 minutes is critical

After months and months of hype, the 2017 State of Origin series is finally here – and I can’t wait to see the teams battle it out in Brisbane this Wednesday night! Playing Origin at Suncorp Stadium – the Cauldron – is the absolute best. I believe running out in an Origin game is more […]… read more

Anti-Islamic protest takes place in Penrith

There’s been ugly scenes in the Penrith CBD this afternoon with around 150 people attending an anti-Islamic protest. Organised by the Party for Freedom, the protest was initially arranged to fight against a proposed Islamic school in Henry Street, but focused on wider issues after it became clear during the week that Council had asked for […]… read more

The Week: May 27

The latest edition of The Week is hosted by Troy Dodds, who is joined by co-host Nathan Taylor to preview the first State of Origin match on Wednesday night… The Week can be heard first on Vintage FM every Saturday morning from 8am.… read more

Double-dipping at play, Council claims

Penrith Councillors are furious at the State Government’s handling of the new Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL), saying reducing its contribution by 50 per cent but keeping Local Government’s contribution the same equates to a “disgraceful cash grab” and “double-dipping”. Prior to the current reforms that take effect from July 1, the Emergency Services […]… read more

Labor introduces M4 toll petition

Angry western Sydney and Blue Mountains residents have had their voices heard, with the NSW Opposition lodging a petition with over 10,000 signatures to Parliament against the reintroduction of the M4 toll. The new toll will cost motorists up to $4.56 each way, meaning five-day-a-week commuters face paying an extra $2,188 a year to travel […]… read more

Hero dog praised for bravery

A dog has been labelled a hero as it dove in front of a pram to protect a baby from two other dogs. On Sunday, May 21 a 27-year-old man from Penrith was walking along Evan Street with his wife, who was pushing a pram with their baby in it, and their pet staffy on […]… read more

Onlookers shocked as women fight in medical centre waiting room

EXCLUSIVE An Oxley Park woman who assaulted an acquaintance in front of stunned onlookers has been hit with a two-year good behaviour bond. Teraza Widom, 35, appeared before Penrith Local Court last Thursday charged with ‘common assault’ and ‘breach bond’ after she lashed out at the woman in what her lawyer submitted was an “opportunistic” […]… read more

Couple conspired to change evidence, court hears

EXCLUSIVE A Kingswood man who conspired with his girlfriend to recant her domestic violence statement to get him out of prison has been ordered to perform 400 hours of community service work. Police obtained 11 lawfully intercepted telephone calls between the man, 31, and the woman where they “hatched an agreement” to get the victim […]… read more

Desperate battle to save Taryn

A mother in Orchard Hills will move Heaven and Earth to save the life of her daughter, aiming to raise $200,000 in search of a cure for her epilepsy. Taryn McCaffrey, aged 19, was diagnosed with frontal lobe epilepsy when she was just five-years-old. Her mother Tracy McCaffrey is pleading for help to save her […]… read more

A life of fun and feathers

In 2015 Carlotta’s life was played out on the small screen by Jessica Marais in the ABC tele-movie ‘Carlotta’. Now the iconic woman herself is bringing her private life to the stage in her new show ‘Carlotta: Live & Intimate’. Kemps Creek Bowling Club will play host to the iconic Australian entertainer as she takes […]… read more

Friends pay tribute to teen killed in horror Llandilo crash

Friends of teenager Nathan Balzano have taken to social media to pay tribute to a “beautiful person”. The 19-year-old was killed last night when his beloved gold Holden ute left the roadway and crashed on Ninth Avenue at Llandilo. Ambulance Paramedics desperately tried to save him but their efforts were in vain. “Waking up to […]… read more

Teen killed on notorious road

A teenager has been killed in an accident on a notorious road in Llandilo. Just before 8pm last night, emergency services were called to Ninth Avenue, Llandilo, following reports a car had crashed into fence. A 19-year-old man was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics, but he died at the scene. It’s understood the teenager was […]… read more

Wallace out of Origin opener; set to miss six weeks

Penrith hooker Peter Wallace is officially a scratching from Origin I after scans revealed he’ll be out for at least a month with a groin injury. The Panthers say Wallace suffered a grade two adductor tear and could miss up to six weeks. Wallace suffered the injury in the first half of Penrith’s 30-20 win […]… read more

Now’s our chance to protect Lauren

Nobody was there to protect four-year-old Lauren Hickson when she was sexually assaulted and murdered near the Nepean River at Emu Plains in 1989. But 28 years later, we can do our best to protect her memory and ensure Lauren’s family does not have to endure any more pain. The putrid man who committed this […]… read more

Worrying figures about our eye health

Jean Kittson, like many her age, is facing one of the busiest times of her life. One of Australia’s most-loved performers, Jean juggles her family and work commitments and the welfare of ageing parents in their 90s. Research released today, commissioned by Macular Disease Foundation Australia, reveals that Jean isn’t alone. 75 per cent of […]… read more

Wallace’s Origin dream shattered

Peter Wallace was 24 hours away from ending an eight year State of Origin drought, but his Blues dream has been shattered. Scans tomorrow are likely to rule the 31-year-old out of Blues contention after he suffered a groin injury during Penrith’s 30-20 win over Newcastle today. Wallace left the field during the first half […]… read more

Shock local link emerges in Cassie Sainsbury drug case

There has been a stunning local development in the case of accused drug mule Cassie Sainsbury, with Nine News alleging she worked as a prostitute at a Kingswood brothel. Sainsbury, who is from Adelaide, was arrested and detained after she was found in possession of 5.8 kilograms of cocaine at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota […]… read more