Western Sydney News

Reflect and remember

The local Vietnam veterans’ community is set to gather this weekend to pay their respects, remember old friends and reflect on what was some of Australia’s darkest days. Originally known as Long Tan Day, Vietnam Veterans Day is held each year on August 18, to commemorate those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice in […]… read more

Confirmed: 248 flu cases in local area

It’s official, just a few weeks out from spring, NSW Health has announced that the flu season is officially upon us. Starting two months later than last year, the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) has already had 248 confirmed influenza cases this year. But it’s not all bad news, with the number of […]… read more

Masked Panther: Barrett comeback not on

Despite Trent Barrett’s likely departure from Manly at the end of the season, he won’t be anywhere near Penrith in 2019. The Panthers aren’t interested in a Barrett comeback, although I understand he did make contact with the club when he heard Anthony Griffin had been let go. You can also keep Wayne Bennett off […]… read more

Keeping it in the family

It was the song that filtered through your TV, on your drive home, and even at the dentist while getting your yearly check-up. And now four years after Melbourne band Sheppard released their infectious multi-platinum hit ‘Geronimo’, the band’s music is once again getting stuck in the heads of people all over the world. Continuing […]… read more

Super Cooper inspires his classmates

Living life legally blind can be difficult at the best of times, but a local primary school is breaking down barriers and embracing their students’ abilities, one Braille Club at a time. Emu Plains Public School has been running a Braille Club for three terms, which legally blind Year 3 student, Cooper Campbell, helps run. […]… read more

Patient indecently assaults nurse at Nepean Hospital

A man has been charged with indecent assault after attacking a nurse at Nepean Hospital. The incident happened last Thursday, August 9. The 50-year-old man was a patient at the hospital. It is alleged that the man, whilst being attended to by the nurse, indecently assaulted her and then produced a knife that he had […]… read more

Peachey wants sweet farewell

Tyrone Peachey has enjoyed many spectacular moments at Panthers Stadium during his five-year career at Penrith, but this Saturday afternoon the NSW Blues utility will play his final game there as a Panther. The 27-year-old excitement machine will be aiming to pull out one more scintillating performance on home turf before he links up with […]… read more

Changing lives one page at a time

Three local students have embarked on a quest and are helping those living with multiple sclerosis (MS), one page at a time. Lily Morris and her brother, William, have joined forces with friend, Charlotte Hodges, to participate in this year’s MS Readathon. Starting on August 1, the Readathon encourages students around Australia to read as […]… read more

Penrith Show celebrates 175th year

Old and new are set to collide next weekend as the Penrith Show celebrates a milestone year. For 175 years the Penrith Show has been bringing people from far and wide together to celebrate Penrith’s rich agricultural history, and this year is expected to be its biggest yet. Chief Executive Officer of Penrith Paceway, Lorraine […]… read more

The Lindsay jigsaw puzzle

Mystery surrounds the seat of Lindsay in the wake of Emma Husar’s decision to stand down at the next election, with both major parties without a candidate. Lindsay is one of the country’s most marginal seats, held by Labor by just 1.1 per cent, and is now considered seriously winnable by the Liberals in the […]… read more

World class indoor winter sports complex proposed for Penrith

Local developer and resident Peter Magnisalis has unveiled plans for an Australian-first ‘Winter Sports World’ in Penrith featuring an indoor ski slope designed to be one of the top 10 of its kind in the world. The $200 million centre is proposed for a 2.35ha site at the corner of Jamison Road and Tench Avenue […]… read more

Panthers search for 80 minute effort

Well, at least they’re consistent. For three weeks in a row now, Penrith have come from behind to win in dramatic circumstances when it appeared that all hope was lost. This is not sustainable, we keep saying. And yet every week, the Panthers defy belief. They find a way to win, and perhaps against the […]… read more

Service to help close the gap

Penrith is set to become the home of a new primary health care service that will help to address the health needs of the local Aboriginal community. Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (WACHS) recently announced the opening of the new Penrith Aboriginal Medical Service clinic, which is set to help fill the gap in the […]… read more

Dust up over circus visit

Stardust Circus is coming to St Marys but not everyone’s ready to snap up tickets and celebrate. Animal activist group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), says the Circus visit shouldn’t go ahead. The group, which has more than 6.5 million members, is calling on Penrith Council to ban exotic animal shows. In […]… read more

Do or die for Giants

In order to make next weekend’s Super Netball Grand Final, Giants Netball will need to overcome the team that broke their hearts in last year’s thrilling decider. The Giants will take on Sunshine Coast for a place in next weekend’s Grand Final after they went down to the West Coast Fever 63-57 in last Saturday’s […]… read more

Man’s pizza order escalates into slew of criminal offences

A Jamisontown man’s determination to eat pizza has landed him in strife after he racked up a slew of offences when his online order fell through. Penrith Local Court heard Geoffery John Gray had consumed eight schooners of full strength beer at a nearby watering hole before he walked home and unsuccessfully tried to order […]… read more

Woman blames cultural ignorance for assault on daughter

A Samoan woman who slapped her teenage daughter to the face multiple times in an attempt to discipline her has been convicted of common assault. The woman’s lawyer argued her client acted out of “the goodness of her heart” and “overstepped the mark” out of cultural ignorance when she feared her niece, whom she had […]… read more