Western Sydney News

Cornish confirms State tilt

Penrith City Councillor Marcus Cornish has confirmed that he will stand as an Independent candidate for the seat of Penrith at the upcoming State Election in March. Cr Cornish said he has been asked by many individuals in Penrith and the Blue Mountains as well as several political parties to run for the seat and […]… read more

One Nation to run Penrith candidate at State Election

A new spanner has been thrown into the works ahead of the State Election in March with One Nation to run a candidate in Penrith and the outspoken Mark Latham to play a critical role in the campaign. Mr Latham was in Penrith last Friday to announce that security trainer Carl Halley would be One […]… read more

Temperatures to soar in Penrith this week

Penrith is preparing for a week of scorching conditions with temperatures to soar above 40 degrees for five consecutive days, starting tomorrow. It’ll top 35 degrees in Penrith today but that’s simply an entree for what’s to come. It’ll be 40 degrees on Tuesday, 41 on Wednesday, 42 on Thursday, 43 on Friday and 42 […]… read more

Reflecting on a massive year

And just like that, 2018 passes us by. What a year it has been. Here at the Weekender, we’ve brought you more than 2000 stories this year ranging from the heartbreaking to the inspiring, from the incredible to the almost unbelievable. For me the toughest and saddest story of the year came in September when […]… read more

Santa reveals what kids are asking for this Christmas

Santa has been checking his list twice as hundreds of Penrith’s tiniest residents eagerly line up for photos at Westfield Penrith. Santa revealed what locals are asking him for the most this Christmas and noted that although high-tech gadgets are popular, some of the classics are still going strong. Sitting in his chair every day, […]… read more

Goats killed by dogs at Mulgoa

An American staffy has been euthanised after mauling a number of goats on Littlefields Road in Mulgoa. On Monday, December 17 two American staffy dogs gained entry to the property which had 21 goats on the field area. Of the 21 goats, 13 were killed, five injured and three remain missing. The most aggressive dog […]… read more

Santa brightens the day during Children’s Ward visit

For most children, the lead up to Christmas is full of excitement, anticipation and most importantly, a visit to Santa. But while some line up for hours eagerly waiting with their wishlist, others are stuck in hospital, too sick to make it out for the festive celebrations. Local Santa legend George Asciak paid a special […]… read more

Daley promises timetable review

State Opposition Leader Michael Daley has made his first visit to Penrith since replacing Luke Foley last month. He used one of the busiest shopping days of the year last Sunday to speak to locals at Westfield Penrith alongside Labor candidate for Mulgoa, Todd Carney and Labor candidate for Penrith, Karen McKeown. In an exclusive […]… read more

Man airlifted to hospital after incident at water park

A 27-year-old man has been airlifted to hospital in a stable condition after becoming unconscious while wakeboarding in Penrith this evening. It is understood the man was knocked unconscious when he fell and impacted the water while riding at Cables Wake Park. CareFlight’s rapid response rescue helicopter was tasked to the waterpark just after 6pm, […]… read more

Preparing for the worst: New signage to help in floods

A network of 150 new signs have been installed across the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley as part of a state-first regional approach to flood evacuation. The signs, which will help guide residents along key flood evacuation routes and out of the floodplain, have been distributed throughout the Penrith, Hawkesbury, Hills and Blacktown council areas. Penrith MP Stuart […]… read more

The Joan promises a huge 2019

In 2019 The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre is presenting a plethora of works across the spectrum of performance, whisking audiences away on a captivating journey through the performing arts: from symphonies to circus, puppetry to stand-up and stories. The Joan’s 2019 Season explores the finest in music, both contemporary and classical, and features some […]… read more

Yeo hopes Panthers go to next level

After Ivan Cleary gave him his NRL debut back in 2014, Panthers backrower Isaah Yeo is thrilled to be linking up with the former Tigers coach for a second time. In the opening round of the 2014 season, Cleary debuted the then 19-year-old from Dubbo, who was a relative unknown in rugby league circles at […]… read more

New cameras to crack down on illegal phone use

Drivers on the M4 Motorway who illegally use their mobile phone will be busted thanks to new cameras. The State Government has confirmed that world-first technology capable of catching drivers illegally using mobile phones will be piloted at two locations in Sydney. After a successful testing phase, the State Government has selected Australian company Acusensus […]… read more

End of an era as hospital canteen changes ownership

The canteen at Nepean Hospital is farewelling some of its long-time staff members who over the past two decades have been putting a smile on the faces of visitors and patients. Veteran Manager Noeleen Vella, who has been working at the canteen for almost 25 years, is parting ways with the kitchen as they go […]… read more

Drug addict jailed over horrific bashing

A heroin addict who bashed and robbed a man at a Kingswood unit last year has been sentenced to a minimum three years in jail. Paul Henderson, 31, and an unidentified male co-accused set upon the man in an “opportunistic” attack, punching him in the face and fracturing his knee with a cricket bat before […]… read more

Penrith gets into Christmas spirit

Christmas is just around the corner, so grab your friends and family and let the Weekender take you for a ride with the best Christmas lights in town. We’ve been checking our list twice to ensure we have all of the must-see homes in the community and to help you find out where the man […]… read more

Huge blow for women’s AFL

Women’s AFL in western Sydney has taken a major hit after the Penrith Ramettes were denied inclusion into the AFL Sydney Women’s Premier Division competition. The Cranebrook-based club were vying for a spot in the top women’s AFL competition in Sydney next year but missed out by the skin of their teeth. Instead relative newcomers […]… read more

Jamisontown couple’s surprise Christmas gift

Just like any other Wednesday, Jamisontown resident Suzanne Bradford got dressed and ready for work, but what happened next was no ordinary morning. As she was getting into her car to leave, she was met with a faint meowing sound, which her husband helped her to investigate. After searching high and low in the garage, […]… read more