Western Sydney News

Fire destroys hair salon, damages florist

An early morning fire has completely engulfed a hair salon in Emu Plains, causing damage to surrounding businesses. A spokesperson for Fire and Rescue NSW said crews were called to the fire on the Great Western Highway at Emu Plains just before 2.30am today. “Firefighters arrived to find a shop totally engulfed in fire. Crews […]… read more

Lennox Village dumps unlimited parking

Local shoppers at Lennox Village were confused to see their car park now has two-hour timed parking. Councillor Karen McKeown was among the shocked locals struggling to understand why the centre, which almost always has parking spots available, has introduced a time limit. “All we know is that these new signs went up on the […]… read more

Emus could be in fight for survival

Penrith Emus President Jim Hook has hit back at reports the local rugby club is battling for its immediate survival. Last weekend it was reported that the Emus had three months to prove they were worthy of a place in the Shute Shield competition or risk being kicked out. Sporting News reported Penrith had to […]… read more

Killing off cemetery myths

While many Wallacia residents remain skeptical about proposed cemetery developments to the Wallacia Golf Course, a community session held on Tuesday night helped to clear up some misconceptions around the development. By 7pm, the community consultation session had already seen about 40 people walk through with different questions, many of which were directed to Catholic […]… read more

Why Carl has Penrith buzzing

Without the humble little bee, it would only take three years before humans would begin to perish. That’s what Carl ‘The Bee Man’ Skinner wants us to understand as he spreads his message to ‘save the bees’. “I’m a qualified horticulturist by trade, I’ve been doing that for about 15 years,” he said. “As times […]… read more

Tackling depression one motorcycle at a time

Everyone knows someone who has been visited by the black dog – depression. That’s why local motorcyclist Jason Kennedy is one of hundreds taking part in the annual Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer next month. Mr Kennedy sees the ride as a great way to get people talking about mental health without fear of stigma. […]… read more

Damien Leith’s new direction

He’s no stranger to stages here out west, having played numerous sold out shows over the years, but for Damien Leith, the Blue Mountains are more than just another stop on the road. “One of my favourite memories is in the Blue Mountains, it was the first place my wife took me to on one […]… read more

Damien Leith’s new direction

He’s no stranger to stages here out west, having played numerous sold out shows over the years, but for Damien Leith, the Blue Mountains are more than just another stop on the road. “One of my favourite memories is in the Blue Mountains, it was the first place my wife took me to on one […]… read more

Local trio to wear green and gold

Three softballers from Penrith City Softball Association will swap out their club colours for the famous green and gold after they were each selected to represent their country. Jacob Donaldson and Jarred Garland will represent the Australian U19 Men’s team at the Junior Men’s Softball World Championships in Canada this July, while fellow local Taylah […]… read more

Local trio to wear green and gold

Three softballers from Penrith City Softball Association will swap out their club colours for the famous green and gold after they were each selected to represent their country. Jacob Donaldson and Jarred Garland will represent the Australian U19 Men’s team at the Junior Men’s Softball World Championships in Canada this July, while fellow local Taylah […]… read more

Cooking up a storm on reality TV

Ropes Crossing’s very own Pat Senteleky is making western Sydney proud as she battles it out on Channel Seven’s hit cooking series ‘My Kitchen Rules’. At 61, Ms Senteleky has been a fan of the reality series since it first aired, with her appearance a tick off her bucket list. “I’ve been saying it for […]… read more

Panthers name strong squad to tackle Bulldogs in final trial

Penrith have named a strong team to take on Canterbury in this Saturday’s NRL trial at Belmore Oval. Peter Wallace, Josh Mansour and Reagan Campbell-Gillard have been added to the squad that beat the Roosters last weekend. Waqa Blake and Corey Harawira-Naera will also play their first minutes as they return from their respective shoulder […]… read more

Council rocked: By-election in two Wards

Penrith residents will be forced to the polls this year with confirmation that dual by-elections will be held following the resignation of two Councillors. Penrith City Council confirmed this morning that South Ward Liberal Councillor Joshua Hoole and East Ward Labor Councillor Ben Price have resigned. Both are currently 18 months into their first term […]… read more

Dancing up a storm for Penrith Community Kitchen

There’ll be costumes and hairspray and lots of excitement when six western Sydney dance schools come together later this month. But unlike most dance events it won’t be to compete, instead the dancers will be joining forces to help a local cause. The ‘Community NOT Competition’ fundraising event will help to raise much-needed funds for […]… read more

Man injured and three houses struck in Emu Heights shooting

A man has been shot in the leg on Hillcrest Road in Emu Heights this morning. Police say they were called at about 4.35am to a home following reports of a shooting. Police from Nepean PAC found a man in his 30s, who had suffered a minor gunshot wound to his leg. The man was […]… read more

Penrith shines at ZEST Awards

Penrith’s unsung heroes were in the spotlight tonight at the 8th Annual ZEST Awards, celebrating exceptional people and projects that make a difference in the community. Led by Western Sydney Community Forum, the ZEST Awards showcase some of the region’s most inspiring stories, drawing over 100 nominations from across Sydney’s Greater West. The winners were […]… read more

Council GM Alan Stoneham to retire

EXCLUSIVE After a decade leading the area through immense growth as Penrith City Council’s General Manager, Alan Stoneham will be stepping down at the end of June. A Council spokesperson has today confirmed that Mr Stoneham will not be seeking a renewal of his contract that expires on June 30, 2018. Penrith Mayor John Thain […]… read more

Technology changes the house building game

New technology that allows people wanting to build a home to virtually walk through home designs and customise floor plans on screen is helping to ease the stress associated with building a new home. With research revealing that stress and unexpected costs were the primary barriers to building a new home, the new virtual home […]… read more