Western Sydney News

Original 1951 corridor to stay

After weeks of strong community opposition, the NSW Government has today confirmed it will use the already gazetted 1951 Castlereagh Corridor. The Castlereagh Connection corridor through Castlereagh, Cranebrook and Llandilo will revert to the 1951 corridor, saving residents’ homes. Member for Penrith and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres announced changes to the multiple proposed […]… read more

10 lunches under $10 in Penrith

Ever wanted to buy a cheap, delicious lunch for under $10? We’ve found 10 bargain lunches you’re sure to enjoy! The Australian Arms Hotel Every day from 11.30am until 3.00pm, come visit The Australian Arms Hotel in Penrith for a delicious lunch under $10. Stop by and get either a rump, schnitzel, beer battered fish, […]… read more

High-ranking OMCG member charged after firearm and drugs located

A high-ranking member of the Satudarah outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) will face Penrith Local Court today after being charged by Strike Force Raptor. As part of ongoing targeting of OMCG activity across NSW, officers from the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor served Firearms and Weapons Prohibition Orders on a 26-year-old St Marys man about […]… read more

Masked Panther: Huge blow for RCG

Panthers forward Reagan Campbell-Gillard looked devastated in the stands after a fractured jaw forced him from the field against the Roosters last Friday night. Campbell-Gillard will not only miss at least the next six weeks for Penrith, but has lost the opportunity to represent the Blues in Origin II and III. The big prop had […]… read more

Walking challenge has a great Point

It’s not quite 500 miles, but for 12 hours, the team at OnePointHealth will be walking 100km in support of the Great Walk Foundation. Physiotherapist Chelsea Carratt said the team are taking on the challenge to support Director and Podiatrist Trent Baker, who has tackled the walk from Bathurst to Blaxland for a decade. “In […]… read more

Man fined for terrible treatment of animal

A Penrith man has been ordered to pay almost $8,000 in vet fees after pleading guilty to animal neglect. When RSPCA officers seized Gary McDonald’s bull terrier in February this year, she was covered in fleas and severely emaciated. During his sentencing hearing at Penrith Local Court, Magistrate Geoffrey Hiatt was scathing, concluding there was […]… read more

The letters we wrote to Lindy

It’s the story that captivated a nation. A mother accused of murdering her child, her claim – that the baby was taken by a dingo – denied and discredited by zealous police and a flawed legal system. Filled with humour and heartbreak, ‘Letters to Lindy’ by award-winning playwright Alana Valentine, explores the public’s relationship with […]… read more

Proud Panthers on big stage

While much of the league will be enjoying a well-earned rest this weekend, a whopping 12 Panthers players will still be strutting their stuff in representative fixtures spanning from Campbelltown to Denver. It all kicks off Saturday afternoon at Campbelltown Stadium, with Panthers back Tyrone Phillips named in the Fiji Bati side to face Papua […]… read more

Fire crews issue winter warning

An unexpected change in the wind or one plugged in appliance too many can see a small flicker turn into a large flame. Now that the temperature has dropped and we turn to controlled fires and electrical appliances to keep us warm, local firefighters want to make sure you don’t put yourself or your family […]… read more

The silent disease crippling women

Severe abdominal and pelvic pain, throwing up, fainting and being forced to stay in bed – these are just some of the daily struggles Alicia Ferguson has lived with for 10 years. The St Clair resident is one of 176 million women worldwide living with endometriosis, a lesser understood disease where a tissue similar to […]… read more

In the cold for a cause

The winter weather has hit and while many of us are enjoying our cosy beds and heartwarming dinners, others in the community don’t have the same luxuries. To raise money and awareness for the Penrith Community Kitchen, locals are encouraged to get together for a Project Warmth Sleep Out, to support the less fortunate in […]… read more

State Budget: West a big winner, says Ayres

People across western Sydney are big winners in NSW Budget 2018 with the engine room of the NSW economy getting a turbocharged injection of billions of dollars for health, education and infrastructure projects, according to Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres. The Penrith MP said the 2018-19 Budget would continue to drive growth, create jobs […]… read more

State Budget: Government closes punting loophole

The NSW Government will introduce a 10 per cent tax on all wagers placed by NSW residents, regardless of the location of the wagering operator, closing a current loophole in wagering laws. The current NSW wagering tax on racing and sports betting is levied at the physical point of sale and does not capture most […]… read more

State Budget: Free apprenticeships confirmed

The NSW Government will invest $285 million to deliver 100,000 free apprenticeships, as part of a skills and training package that will allow the State to develop a skilled workforce that meets the needs of industry, and fuels continued job opportunities for the people of NSW. Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, Small Business and […]… read more

Rates just don’t add up for Mount Vernon locals

It’s the forgotten suburb of Penrith where residents are paying a premium in Council rates that they’re not seeing the benefits of. For Mount Vernon residents, some who have been in their family homes for decades, the creeping increase of rates over the past few years has reached breaking point. Elisa Todesco, like many of […]… read more

Santalab departs Wanderers

Popular striker Brendon Santalab has parted ways with the Western Sydney Wanderers. Santalab, a fan favourite and the club’s all-time leading goal scorer, spent five seasons with the Red & Black after joining the club in August 2013 from Chongqing Lifan. The Wollongong junior played in 117 matches for the club across all competitions, including […]… read more

Ayres’ plea: Judge me on my record

Penrith MP Stuart Ayres is banking on his track record to ensure he retains the seat at next year’s State Election and says he wants to be the Member for Penrith for the next 10 years. Today marks eight years since Mr Ayres’ landslide victory at the 2010 Penrith by-election. Since then he has risen […]… read more

Are our Selective schools doing more harm than good for our kids?

Recently we looked at some of the differences that exist between the Finnish and Australian Education Systems (Finland is ranked sixth in the world in mathematics, Australia by comparison is ranked 27th, on the OECD measured PISA test). One stark difference being that Finland has a totally homogeneous schooling system, there are no private schools […]… read more