Community

Walking for mum

One Glenmore Park family is coming together to walk in support of their mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago. Sisters Lisa Shanley and Jo Svensson will be proudly marching alongside their other...

Little princess in the fight of her life

Seven-month-old Isabelle Rhind is fighting for her life after being diagnosed with a rare cancer last December, and the community is coming together to support her. Isabelle’s godmother, Jessica Blanch, recalls how the family’s world...

Luke Priddis Foundation opens new High Street learning space

The team at the Luke Priddis Foundation in Penrith proudly unveiled their brand new state-of-the-art sensory integration learning space on High Street this week. A long time in the making, the project was made possible...

Chance to have ‘Coffee with a Cop’

Officers from Penrith Local Area Command are inviting the community to come together to have a chat over a cup of coffee next week. On Thursday, February 23, local officers will come together at 10am...

World Cancer Day: Support is critical during tough times

At 27-years-old, Ali Monaghan went for a routine ultrasound to confirm her theory that she had a cyst in her right breast. Three days later, she had started treatment for breast cancer. In recognition of World...

Bowls day is a chance for community to get behind Penrith PCYC

Penrith Bowling and Recreation Club will host its annual Charity Bowls Day on Friday, February 24 to support Penrith PCYC. Following last year’s success of raising over $5,000, the one-day event offers the community a...

Tackling the ‘black dog’

Hundreds of bikers are set to roll through Penrith for this year’s ‘Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer’ on March 19, to raise money for Lifeline Western Sydney. Last year’s event saw just under 500 people...

Australia Day Honours: Passionate about Penrith, but proud of his heritage

Claremont Meadows resident Jim Tiberi was “flattered” to receive the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) this week as part of the Australia Day 2017 honours list. The 74-year-old was recognised for his service...

Crowing about the New Year

Chinese communities worldwide will welcome the Year of the Rooster at Chinese New Year celebrations on Saturday, January 28. From 10am to 12pm, Jordan Springs Town Centre will be hosting a family-friendly event to celebrate...

100 not out: Lovable ‘Becky’ celebrates a very special milestone

Humour and modesty are the traits that Thora Lillian Underhill, better known to friends and family as ‘Becky’, is most known for. And it was these traits that were celebrated on Monday at Mountain View...

Penrith provides perfect backdrop for top Castlereagh artist

Castlereagh artist Julie Simmons has won big at the 27th Combined Art Societies of Sydney (CASS) ‘Art of Sydney’ Awards Exhibition. Ms Simmons said she was very surprised and honoured to have her art recognised...

Ready for her proudest moment

Thousands of people from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and nationalities are set to become proud Australian citizens next week, including Oxley Park resident Catherine Bonne. The Philippine national will become an Australian...

Ready to ride: Local couple take on mighty challenge

Taking part in a mammoth 130km bike ride fundraiser is a challenge for anyone, but if you’ve never ridden a bike before it makes it that much harder. Cambridge Gardens residents Danii and Adam Leatherbarrow...

Sports centre granted air-con wish

Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre will no longer have to suffer through the heat with funding secured for air conditioning. Penrith Council will be donating $30,000 of the $95,000 that’s needed for the project after...

The burger that could save a life

It’s rare that a burger could save someone’s life, but Grill’d Penrith is offering that chance with this month’s Local Matters campaign. Teaming up with St John Ambulance Australia, Grill’d is helping raise funds for...

Brightening Christmas for those who’ve “fallen through the net”

Christmas is full of carefree quality time with family, but there are many others who don’t get a chance to escape their worries. Ross ‘Rossco’ Hutchison said the needs of the Penrith community are vastly...

Emu Plains Prison expansion plans dumped

The proposed expansion of Emu Plains Correctional Centre will not be progressing, Minister for Correctional Services, David Elliott, announced today. "I have today (Tuesday, December 20) confirmed the proposed expansion of Emu Plains Correctional Centre...

Celebrating a special Nanna

Christmas has come early for one deserving Nanna, Julie Albury, who has been recognised for her dedication to the community. For the past three and a half years she has volunteered for Nepean Food Services...

Bobby The Brave’s abuser sentenced for horrific bashing

Glenmore Park toddler Bobby Webber’s abuser has been sentenced to a maximum of 12 years and six months behind bars. Andrew Nolan appeared in Darlinghurst Courthouse today where he was handed a minimum sentence of...

Christmas lights have extra sparkle

The Christmas spirit has arrived early this year, as Colyton local Sharon Peach and her family fundraise for the community. Boasting one of the largest lights displays in western Sydney, the family is raising money...

Family room helps hundreds every day

Business representatives from the area were treated to a special tour of the Ronald McDonald Nepean Family Room this week as a thank you for the donations they put forward every year. The room, located...

Kingswood dancer takes home top award

Kingswood resident Hannah Reimer has beaten out a group of dancing’s rising stars to take out the Outstanding Female Dancer award at the recent Sharp Short Dance festival. The 17-year-old choreographed and performed a lyrical...

Londonderry author delves into mystery of time travel with new book

Local Londonderry author, John Peter Borgatti, has had his debut science fiction novel published. His book Time Paradox was released on Thursday and tells the story of a time travelling technician in a world teetering...

Meet Cambridge Park’s Mr Christmas

Cambridge Park resident Paul Mitchell is continuing his tradition of spreading Christmas cheer in his community, after starting his light decorations over 17 years ago. The 63-year-old and his wife have masses of people coming...

Friends take on a mighty challenge

One in three people live in poverty but a team of four from Penrith are determined to help change that in any way they can. Team Penrith are participating in Oxfam’s 100km Trailwalker next August...

Community transport visionary retires

It’s the end of an era for Helen Walker after serving the Penrith and Blue Mountains communities for more than 30 years through Great Community Transport. Volunteering has been in Ms Walker’s DNA from the...

Spreading festive cheer to troops

A local community group is spreading festive cheer all over the world by sending gifts to our Australian troops in time for Christmas. Nepean Wives of Vietnam Veterans Women’s Support Group has been operating for...

Great grandfather Ross Taylor proves you’re never too old to learn

Penrith great grandfather Ross Taylor is proving age is well and truly no barrier when it comes to trying new things. Last Friday morning the soon to be 95-year-old hopped into his car and drove...

Caitlin honoured for being a MATE

Penrith resident Caitlin Monaghan has been presented with a Premier’s Volunteer Recognition certificate for her mentoring at Western Sydney University. The Premier's Volunteer Recognition Program celebrates volunteering and acknowledges the desire to take part in community...

New group homes provide confidence and independence

Another seven AFFORD group homes were officially opened last week, housing 18 intellectually disabled residents. A partnership between AFFORD and the NSW State Government’s Family and Community Services – Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC)...

Emu Plains community lashes out over proposed maximum security prison

Over 100 furious residents attended a public meeting last night, regarding a NSW Government proposal to increase the number of inmates at Emu Plains Prison. "They're not happy at all," Labor Councillor Karen McKeown told the...

Community rallies behind brave Ziad

St Clair youngster Ziad Soltani will undergo life saving surgery next week to remove a fast growing brain tumour, with the community rallying behind him. Over $165,000 has been raised by more than 1900 people...

Fire rips through Llandilo and Cranebrook

Thick black smoke is swallowing the skyline, as a bush fire spreads through Cranebrook in the vicinity of Vincent Road and the Northern Road. Residents noticed the fire just after 2pm in bush land across...

Nepean Hospital patients grounded

High rise developments surrounding Nepean Hospital have caused the suspension of urgent life saving helicopter transfers to and from the already struggling hospital. Nepean Hospital confirmed the reports today, explaining that the close proximity of...

Music for Life makes a huge difference in fight against brain cancer

A cancer in your brain the size of a tennis ball is not the news anyone wants to hear, but former sufferer Ann Willmington and her family had to deal with just that. Eight years...

Footy Doubles program is more than just a bit of fun

It is a common call in the lead-up to a rugby league match at Pepper Stadium – “get your Footy Doubles” – but when you dig into your pocket, find some loose change and...

Even in his darkest days, Merv is thinking of others

A man who has given so much to the community keeps on giving, even in his darkest days. 59-year-old Merv Adlington was the founder of Penrith Community Men’s Shed, and has now used a devastating...

Your chance to vote for top cop

Now is your chance to vote for a deserving police officer in the St Marys region for Police Officer of the Year. The 2017 St Marys Police Officer of the Year Awards were officially launched...

Students turn history into reality

Five young Penrith locals are currently on the trip of a lifetime after taking off to walk the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea last Saturday. Out of the 10 applicants that were interviewed, 17-year-old...

Students show off acting skills in fun play

A room full of almost 60 excited 11 to 12-year-olds dressed as pirates isn’t everyone’s ideal mid-week experience, but there was something special about St Joseph’s Primary School students this week. They were getting ready...