Western Sydney News

Masked Panther: Cleary goes the extra mile

Here’s the picture that shows you why Nathan Cleary is something extra special. Captured by the Weekender on Tuesday, this photo is taken well after training had concluded. As rain pours and the rest of the squad gets showered and heads home for the day, Cleary remains out on the fields of the Academy. Alone, […]… read more

27 reasons you should read the Western Weekender

Today marks the Western Weekender’s 27th birthday, and we’ve come a long way since March 1991. We thought we’d have a bit of fun, and remind you of 27 great reasons why you should be reading the print edition of the Weekender each week! 1. Prizes! From movie tickets to concerts, DVDs and awesome new […]… read more

Mi-Sex back on stage 35 years after calling it a day

With their last album released in 1981 prior to the passing of lead singer Steve Gilpin, many fans had given up on hearing new music from 70s band Mi-Sex again. But 35 years later, Mi-Sex returned in 2016 with the album ‘Not From Here’. Keyboardist Murray Burns said it was the arrival of former Noiseworks […]… read more

Help make Isaac’s dream come true

As one Mulgoa boy prepares for brain surgery, he dreams of meeting his idol, Bruno Mars. The now 13-year-old Isaac Villanueva was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, Cystic Pineocytoma, at just 10-months-old, resulting in brain surgery and two years of chemotherapy. Now he’s preparing for another surgery after the tumor has grown. Close friend […]… read more

Penrith returns to Waratah Championship League

Penrith will make their long-awaited return to top flight basketball this weekend when they battle Central Coast in Basketball NSW’s Waratah Championship League (WCL). Penrith haven’t fielded teams in the Championship Division since the 2015 season after pulling out due to high costs. Late last year, the Penrith Basketball Association confirmed they would be re-entering […]… read more

Independent first to raise hand for tilt at by-election

Independent candidate Sue Day has confirmed she will run in the South Ward by-election to be held on Saturday, May 12. After lobbying and advocating for better services in Penrith for years, Ms Day came close to being elected in 2016, ultimately being beaten by the now resigned Joshua Hoole. “My message to the people […]… read more

Train backdown: Redfern stop restored on some Blue Mountains Line services

Customer outrage has forced Sydney Trains to reinstate Redfern as a stop on some Blue Mountains Line express services to and from the City. Penrith and Blue Mountains commuters were fuming when Redfern was removed as a stop on the services when a new timetable was introduced in November last year. Transport Minister Andrew Constance […]… read more

Is the ‘Great Australian Dream’ dead and buried?

It was once what so many of us strived for, but it appears that the ‘Great Aussie Dream’ may have seen its day. Last year, a poll conducted by the Australian National University found that 74.7 per cent of Australians believed owning a home was ‘part of the Australian way of life’. However, new research […]… read more

Jamie Soward: Local derbies mean so much

There’s no better way to kick off a new season than with a good old fashioned local derby. I don’t care what sport you play, a local derby always brings out a player’s best. One of the most memorable local derbies of my career was when Penrith played the Eels at Parramatta Stadium a few […]… read more

Woolies gives back to the community through school program

Aussie schools and early learning centres are set to receive more than 300,000 vital education resources over the next few weeks, all thanks to the Woolworths ‘Earn and Learn’ program. Since starting in 2011, the program has delivered over $50 million in educational resources including sporting, mathematics, arts, science and technology equipment, to schools all […]… read more

New use for old plastic bags

They are one of the biggest contributors to pollution in the world, but as The Creative Fringe in Penrith recently discovered, plastic bags can also do a whole lot of good. After the success of the ‘Think Outside the Square’ challenge last year, which saw people from all over Australia crochet blankets for Mama Lana’s […]… read more

Penrith’s feeling green for St Pats

There will be plenty of green energy on the streets and Guinness in the glass next weekend as the Penrith community gets into the Irish spirit for St Patrick’s Day. Whether you celebrate the luck of the Irish or not, expect a big day on Saturday, March 17 with O’Donoghues Marketing and Events Manager James […]… read more

Tamou promises to repay the faith

Even James Tamou admits he didn’t quite live up to the hype many Panthers fans were expecting of him last season. The Cowboys Premiership winner was meant to be that missing piece of the puzzle, the big time player for a Penrith side on the brink of something special. Tamou was Penrith’s marquee signing for […]… read more

Time to give dead a voice

As the popularity of tracing family history increases, more people are going searching to find where loved ones or ancestors are buried. Local councils across Australia are adopting online cemetery registers for people to look up the location of their buried loved ones, but according to Councillor Marcus Cornish, Penrith Council has fallen behind. “I […]… read more

Dean Whare to miss season opener

Titans-bound Tyrone Peachey has been named in the centres for Penrith’s opening round clash with Parramatta on Sunday, with Dean Whare ruled out through injury. It’s understood Whare is hopeful of being back to take on Souths next weekend. The only other surprise in Penrith coach Anthony Griffin’s side was in the second row, where […]… read more

Panthers yet to renew Wallacia lease

The new owners of Wallacia Golf Club say it faces an uncertain future and potential closure because of ongoing uncertainty over the site’s future. Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (CMCT) confirmed this week that Panthers Group has yet to renew its lease to continue running the club and golf course, which expired on February 28. CMCT […]… read more

Bridge reaches important milestone

Work is ramping up on the Nepean River Bridge with another major milestone achieved as the structure reaches halfway across the river. Penrith MP Stuart Ayres said the Penrith community will soon be able to enjoy the new pedestrian and cyclist bridge, with more than 70 per cent of work now complete. “Crews have already […]… read more

Popular author to speak in the Mountains

In his first public event since being announced as the new Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018 and 2019, Morris Gleitzman will be appearing in conversation at The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba this Saturday. The children’s author, who has been writing for over 30 years, is best known for his novels that so cleverly weave more […]… read more