Western Sydney News

Masked Panther: Brave Merrin to take on Knights

In the midst of Penrith’s horror injury crisis there is finally some good news: Trent Merrin will play against Newcastle tonight despite undergoing surgery on his injured finger just five days ago. Merrin posted an x-ray of a scan on Instagram, revealing two bones in his index finger completely misaligned. After the surgery, Merrin said […]… read more

Injury-depleted Panthers look to avoid back to back losses

The Panthers went down 26-20 to North Queensland in Bathurst last Friday night, blowing out their biggest losing margin of the season to six points. That’s right – the three losses Penrith have suffered this season have been by just two, four and six points. It’s an impressive record that proves Anthony Griffin has his […]… read more

Penrith Symphony Orchestra celebrates 30th birthday

Their first appearance at the 1988 Bicentennial Celebrations was not only an enjoyable performance for audiences, but it was also a moment that would go down in history as the day western Sydney’s classical musical scene was established. Now 30 years on, the Penrith Symphony Orchestra are polishing their flutes and tuning their bows as […]… read more

Salawu chases American dream

While she isn’t looking forward to a freezing cold American winter, Cambridge Park basketballer Binta Salawu can’t wait to head to the United States to begin her new life. The 18-year-old will move out of home this August, bound for America’s Midwest where she will play college basketball for two years with Iowa Western. Speaking […]… read more

Red Cross reveals generations of recipes

Locals were able to get their hands on some special family recipes earlier this week, thanks to the Australian Red Cross Penrith Branch and Penrith City Council. Officially launching their recipe book at Penrith RSL, as part of World Red Cross Day, Penrith Red Cross member Colleen Towle said that the recipes selected would allow […]… read more

Fighting Fish relishing healthy start to 2018

Kiwi bone rattler James Fisher-Harris is usually no stranger to injury, but in a year where Penrith’s injury crisis has been one of the worst on record, he’s been one of the lucky ones. Despite only appearing in 15 games last season due to various ailments, the man known as “Fish” has played in all […]… read more

On the road for charity

If someone told you they were driving a 1984 Subaru Leone across a distance of 3,800km, you’d probably think they were crazy, right? But that’s exactly what brothers Ian and Allen Gerritsen plan to do later this month as they participate in the annual Shitbox Rally. “I think we’ll be lucky if we do make […]… read more

History repeats as Penrith man wins $200,000 for the second time

A Penrith man has been left stunned by the revelation that he has won the $200,000 1st Prize in a Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot draw for the second time. The happy winner won the 1st Prize of Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot draw 1094, drawn today. He also shared that he won the same prize a […]… read more

Cornish calls for better system to name streets in new developments

‘Turn left on Femur Lane, then continue around the bend on Elbow Crescent’ might sound silly but they could be the directions you’re giving in a few years’ time under one Penrith Councillor’s idea. Independent Councillor Marcus Cornish believes that with the crops of new development suburbs popping up in the Penrith Local Government Area, […]… read more

All aboard for history lesson

Old and young train lovers alike are celebrating 150 years since the Great Western Railway Line through the Blue Mountains reached Mount Victoria. The Mount Victoria Great Train Weekend is taking place over the last weekend in May. Phil Mas of the Mount Victoria Community Association said locals can expect an exciting event that celebrates […]… read more

Injury curse: Leota latest Panther to go down

Penrith’s extraordinary injury crisis has worsened with news this morning that forward Moses Leota will miss the next eight weeks after suffering a partial pectoral tear. Leota, who has been enjoying his best year in first grade, suffered the injury during last Friday night’s game against the Cowboys in Bathurst. The 22-year-old will not require […]… read more

Third arrest in sex abuse investigation

A police strike force investigating allegations of historical, serious sexual abuse at a western Sydney boys’ home have made a major arrest on the state’s south coast. Strike Force Eckersley was formed by the Nepean Police Area Command in late 2016 to investigate a series of complaints referred by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses […]… read more

Gas leak sends three people to hospital

A gas leak at a home in St Clair has resulted in three people including a baby being transported to hospital. Fire Rescue, multiple paramedic crews and police all responded to the home on Kalambo Place at St Clair shortly before 6pm tonight after reports that multiple people from the home had been overcome by […]… read more

Parents urged to get kids’ eyes checked more regularly

Visit to the dentist? Check. Appointment at the doctor? Check. Meeting with the optometrist? Apparently not. While they help kids to learn about the world around them, new research by YouGov and Galaxy has revealed that 32 per cent of Aussie kids under 14 have never had an eye test. And with Myopia, or short […]… read more

It’s time to talk about death

Despite most people wishing to die at home, the stigma of talking about death is seeing more people dying in hospitals or emergency rooms. A Wentworth Healthcare report, Caring for People at End of Life, revealed important end-of-life care discussions are happening when it’s already too late. “What our report has highlighted is that people […]… read more

Masked Panther: Edwards gone but Mansour will return

There’s more bad news on the injury front for the Panthers with fullback Dylan Edwards requiring surgery on the shoulder he injured against the Bulldogs last weekend. It means the talented youngster will miss the rest of the NRL season. It’s better news for Josh Mansour who after having facial surgery last week has been […]… read more

Bowling is in the Zone

The AMF Bowling brand has enjoyed a long and rich history in Penrith for decades, but this week the popular ten pin bowling facility underwent a major name change. Thanks to new Australian ownership, all AMF Bowling locations across the country – including Penrith – will officially be known as Zone Bowling. Late last year, […]… read more

Bunton’s medal haul

Local artistic gymnast Chris Bunton broke down in tears after taking home a huge haul of gold medals at last month’s Special Olympics Australia (SOA) National Games in Adelaide. The 25-year-old, who was born with Down Syndrome, picked up six gold medals and one silver medal across two days of competition. Competing in the Level […]… read more