Western Sydney News

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

Costco to build new warehouse in Kemps Creek

Retail giant Costco Wholesale has chosen to call NSW home, with plans to build its first Australian warehouse distribution headquarters in western Sydney, estimated to create up to 1000 jobs. Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the NSW Government had given Costco the green light for its $77 million project in Kemps Creek, near the site of […]… read more

Podcast: Penrith Panthers 2018 Season Preview

The NRL season kicks off this week and for the Penrith Panthers it couldn’t be a bigger start – a local derby against arch rivals Parramatta. In this Weekender podcast, Troy Dodds and Nathan Taylor have an in depth look at Penrith’s chances in 2018 plus the storylines that will define the season. Penrith’s leading […]… read more

Big rigs and country music at Truck Show

They’re big, powerful and often cost more than the average Australian home, and this weekend some of Australia’s finest rigs will be out on full display. Returning for its 31st year, the Penrith Working Truck Show is set to once again attract thousands, as the Transport and Fire industries put on what has become to […]… read more

The re-birth of Sam McKendry

Since he debuted in the NRL a decade ago, Sam McKendry has always been a hard player to interview. Not arrogant or disinterested, just your typical softly spoken Kiwi forward. Every word, every sentence, seemed hard to deliver. But in recent months, there has been a change in McKendry. He has a newfound confidence and […]… read more