Western Sydney News

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

Lifting standards

Could abolishing private schools and respecting teachers more help lift education standards? Does the Finland education system have answers for the rest of the world or is their world class performance just some aberration? Firstly we have to look at the results and see if their many differences attribute to these results. Finland is out […]… read more

Australia’s performance in the classroom

Australia may be rocking the world sporting stage, but there’s concerns about our performance in the classroom. What can we learn from other countries about our education standards? I have been very fortunate in my life in that I have been given opportunities to work with mathematics students in China, Korea and Vietnam. This experience […]… read more

Testing in the education system

Testing is a huge part of the education system in Australia and around the world, but are we taking the wrong approach when it comes to examinations? Schools and tests are a way of life that begins with reading tests in kindergarten and finishes at the Higher School Certificate at the conclusion of regular schooling. […]… read more

Police search for missing boy

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a boy last seen at Penrith last night. Blake Spiteri, aged 14, was last seen at Penrith Railway Station about 6pm on Saturday, June 16. He failed to return home to the Blue Mountains and officers from the Blue Mountains Police Area Command were notified and […]… read more

Confirmed: Campbell-Gillard out of Origin

Penrith forward Reagan Campbell-Gillard is out of the rest of the State of Origin series as the Panthers’ horror 2018 injury crisis got worse at Allianz Stadium last night. It’s been confirmed that Campbell-Gillard has suffered a fracture of his jaw and will be out for at least a month, but probably longer. He will […]… read more

State Government’s cool announcement

In the coolest announcement in the lead up to next week’s State Budget, half a billion dollars is blowing into classrooms for air conditioning. Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Education Minister Rob Stokes joined Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres at Penrith Public School today to spruik their record investment into schools. “I’m proud […]… read more

Dolls and more on show

If you’ve already made plans this Sunday, you might want to reconsider because the annual Dolls, Bears, Craft and Collectables Show will be rolling into Penrith. Running for more than 20 years, the event will showcase dolls and bears of all shapes and sizes, bringing the community together for a fun day out. Organiser Gail […]… read more

More train cancellations as network continues to struggle

Frustrated train commuters are putting up with more delays and cancellations on the Western Line this morning. Two usually packed peak hour services – the 7.21am Penrith to Central service and the 7.25am Penrith to Central service – were both cancelled this morning. It is the second time in three days the 7.21am service has […]… read more

Masked Panther: Waqa set to return

Strike centre Waqa Blake is set to return for Penrith’s next home game against Manly on June 30. At a pinch he probably could have played against the Roosters tomorrow night but the club’s coaching staff will give him a little longer to recover from the ankle injury he suffered back in April. Also set […]… read more

The Preatures are just getting started

They have earned a reputation as one of Australia’s most exhilarating and hard-working live bands and The Preatures aren’t about to slow down anytime soon, in fact they’re just getting started. Catapulting from Sydney’s worst kept secret to Australia’s freshest music export, the four-piece band have gone from strength to strength since their 2013 hit, […]… read more

Locals up in arms over boarding house plan

Residents that call the quiet street of Grazier Crescent in Werrington Downs home fear what might happen to their suburban dream if an application for a 19-room boarding house is approved. The community and State Member for Londonderry Prue Car are alarmed at how the development would impact the safety and lifestyle of the street, […]… read more

Personal experiences drive passion behind new book

A Cambridge Park author has turned his experiences growing up in a refugee camp into a coming-of-age novel, demonstrating the immense power hope can have in the face of war. Born in South Sudan, Majok Tulba was forced to seek refuge after his village was attacked by the Sudanese government army after it was presumed […]… read more