Western Sydney News

Susan honoured for community commitment

Emu Plains resident Susan Gallagher has been honoured for her work in the local community. She was presented with a 2019 NSW Seniors Local Achievement Award by Penrith MP Stuart Ayres. “I offer my congratulations to Susan on receiving this award and say thank you to all of the seniors who make invaluable contributions within […]… read more

Elderly man charged over sexual abuse of boys

An 83-year-old Cranebrook man has been charged following an investigation into historical sexual abuse of two boys while in his care. In July 2016, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a 15-year-old boy had been sexually abused by a male carer earlier that year. As part of […]… read more

Jessica Fox back on top

Australia’s Canoe Slalom paddlers kicked-off the 2019 Olympic qualification season in style winning one gold, two silver and one bronze medal at the 2019 Sydney International Whitewater Festival in Penrith over the weekend. Dual Olympic medallist and 2018 double World Champion Jessica Fox took home the win in the women’s C1 on Sunday, continuing her […]… read more

Premier announces major health boost

In the largest workforce boost in the history of Australian healthcare, patients will gain an extra 5000 nurses and midwives under a plan announced today by the State Government. Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who announced the plan at Nepean Hospital, said the unprecedented workforce rise over four years was a huge boost. “We are investing $2.8 […]… read more

Fox sisters impress on opening day of Canoe Slalom Australian Open

2018 World Champion and greatest individual slalom paddler of all-time Jessica Fox (NSW) led the charge in the women’s C1 on the opening day of the 2019 Sydney International Whitewater Festival, taking home the win in the qualifying race. Sister Noemie Fox also impressed after finishing third in the C1 and fourth in the women’s […]… read more

Penrith’s Vintage FM put on the market

Penrith could be losing its local radio station. Vintage FM owner Wayne Willmington is looking to sell the station due to personal reasons and is hoping new local owners will take control. Since starting on January 1, 2009 the Jamisontown-based station has grown covering Penrith, the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Blacktown and all the way to […]… read more

Council’s circle of love

Local businesses and tradespeople vying for Penrith Council contracts will now receive a competitive advantage after Council endorsed a policy giving local suppliers preferential treatment. Businesses based in the Penrith Local Government Area (LGA), or those employing permanent staff operating within the LGA, will now receive a five per cent “weighting” for quotes valued between […]… read more

Expo to give mature aged workers a boost

As our population ages, more residents are needing to work for longer. That’s why the IRT Foundation and the Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to launch Penrith’s first career check-up expo for mature aged locals. Minister for Ageing and Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies joined Minister for Western Sydney and Penrith MP Stuart […]… read more

Spain on his mind

Athletes from all around the world have converged in Penrith for the start of the 2019 Whitewater Festival this weekend. To be held at Penrith Whitewater Stadium, the event will be the largest international whitewater event in the Asia Pacific since the 2000 Olympics. Over 350 of the world’s greatest paddlers from over 30 countries […]… read more

Bus drivers feel the heat

Local bus drivers and passengers have been feeling Penrith’s summer heat more than most this year. Despite temperatures regularly soaring above 40 degrees during the summer in Penrith, buses not fitted with air conditioning are still being used for some services. A Busways spokesperson said that 80 per cent of their services in the western […]… read more

Council defers decision over lot sizes

Penrith City Councillors have deferred a decision to reduce residential lot sizes for parts of the planned Central Precinct of St Marys, requesting the developer provide further information. If adopted, the changes will reduce the standard lot size for detached dwellings from 270sqm to 225sqm, making it, and other proposed amendments, the in-force planning controls. […]… read more

Mums on the run

For mums, dedicating your life to your children can take quite a toll on both your body and your friendships. One simple initiative, Running Mums Australia (RMA), is helping local women keep fit and meet new people by connecting one another online to go on walks or runs in the community. Glenmore Park resident Lisa […]… read more

Hair salon fined for underpaying apprentice

The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured more than $77,000 in penalties against the operator of a Penrith hair salon for underpaying a teenage apprentice in her first job more than $14,000. The Federal Circuit Court has penalised Jakoub Abboud $7873.20 and his company Hair-Rass Me Pty Ltd, which formerly operated a salon of the same […]… read more

Police make seventh arrest in boys’ home investigation

Detectives, investigating Royal Commission claims of historic child abuse at a Sydney boys’ home have arrested and charged a former high-ranking juvenile justice officer. The Nepean Police Area Command established Strike Force Eckersley in late 2016 to investigate the alleged sexual and physical abuse of boys at the now-closed Daruk Training School at Berkshire Park […]… read more

Man jailed over attacks on step daughter

  A man found guilty of sexually assaulting his step daughter in their Llandilo home has been sentenced to six years in jail. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty by way of jury of two counts of ‘aggravated indecent assault’ and one count of ‘aggravated sexual intercourse’ against the […]… read more

Man denied bail over glassing

  A Kingswood man who allegedly glassed a woman to the face after he was asked to leave a Penrith hotel has been denied bail. Jaydan McBain-Brown appeared before Penrith Local Court charged with ‘reckless wounding’ and ‘assault police’. The court heard McBain-Brown was allegedly heavily intoxicated and had been asked to leave when he […]… read more

Pat Cummins wins Allan Border Medal

Penrith’s Pat Cummins has won the prestigious Allan Border Medal at tonight’s Australian Cricket Awards. The 25-year-old, who first played first grade cricket for Penrith in 2010, had a strong summer for Australia and recently achieved his career-best Test ranking. Cummins edged out Nathan Lyon and Aaron Finch to claim Australian cricket’s top honour. “As […]… read more

Man stabbed with glass bottle in Penrith CBD

A man will face court today after another man was allegedly stabbed with a bottle at Penrith yesterday. Emergency services were called to Station Street just after 6.30pm last night where they found a man suffering stab wounds to his chest and shoulder. The 45-year-old has been taken to Westmead Hospital, where he is expected […]… read more