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Cherry on top for local author

When Penrith’s Stephanie May wasn’t getting the acting work she was searching for, she took matters into her own hands. Instead of being in front...

How tragic loss is now helping others

When the daughter of Celeste Cannell's best friend was tragically lost to suicide at just 16-years-old, it affected her profoundly. Through her grief, she created...

Mother of two starts hot new career

With the threat of an early fire season this year, the region is getting prepared by welcoming three new firefighters to the area. After graduating...

Legacy helps lighten the load for Gavin family

It’s been almost six years since Lance Corporal Luke Gavin died in Afghanistan, and every day brings a new challenge for his St Clair...

Restoring dignity for women in need

Every month, vulnerable and at risk women without access to proper sanitary items experience unthinkable indignities during their period. Kirstie Munn, a local volunteer of...

Students build kennels for local animal charity

Six students from Cambridge Park High School have given back to the local community by putting their hands to good use. Community Liaison Officer, Kaylene...

Volunteer of the Year winner to push for more mental health support

Colyton’s Susan Robertson has taken home the top honour at the local Volunteer of the Year Awards for her role in progressing people’s welfare...

Penrith Show promises to be bigger and better than ever in 2017

Now in its 174th year, the Penrith District Show is promising to be a weekend to remember for the whole family. Held at Penrith Paceway,...

How accepting help changed Christel’s life

Turning 81-years-old in September, Penrith’s Christel Fooks has spent her life looking after others, but now struggles to accept the help back in her...

Stepping up to the challenge

Orchard Hills Rural Fire Brigade (RFB) firefighters Emily Dal Santo and Gage Pitt are stepping up to help raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease. On...

Generosity comes full circle

Not all superheroes wear capes, and Michael Ball and the team at MBR Realty have been quietly helping the local community since January 2014. Since...

Walking tall despite challenges

When cancer survivor Emma Dunlop set her sights on walking the Great Wall of China, it was something she desperately wanted to do. Now...

Stepping out of the shower and onto the stage

A group of local men from all walks of life and age groups have come together with their shared love of a cappella singing...

Knitting challenge exceeds expectations

This winter, The Creative Fringe set a challenge to locals to knit a square to go towards warm blankets to help our homeless. In true...

Sleeping rough for a good cause

Two St Marys business owners will sleep rough for a night to raise money for the fight against local homelessness. Michelle Latham from Heavenly Celebrations...

Darts Challenge back for fourth year

Penrith Panthers legend Mark Geyer is encouraging darts enthusiasts to ‘target early symptoms with a bullseye’ at the Pioneer Tavern in Penrith on July 21. Geyer...

Locals urged to get behind Red Nose Day this Friday

More than 3000 Australian families experience the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child every year. Red Nose is fighting for a future...

Cold weather prompts call for clothing donations

With the temperature dropping and winter creeping in, Penrith CBD Corporation has launched its annual Homeless Winter Appeal. This year’s appeal, #ProjectWarmth, has Penrith CBD...

How a tragedy drove Murray Scanlan to look out for others

A local hero, Murray Scanlan has been recognised for his commitment and outstanding work as a NSW Ambulance educator across the Penrith and Blue...

Thornton’s lost market finds new home in Emu Plains

The beloved artisan market that was axed in Penrith earlier this year is rising from the ashes with a new name and location. The Westies...

Pushing for Cooper

Inspirational Penrith athlete Nathan Pentecost will once again take on the enormous challenge of pushing his wheelchair for 100km around the Sydney International Regatta...

Rossco’s story is only just at the beginning

If you’ve ever had a conversation with Penrith legend Ross ‘Rossco’ Hutchison, you know he’s lived a prosperous, meaningful life. With stories from careers in...

Desperate battle to save Taryn

A mother in Orchard Hills will move Heaven and Earth to save the life of her daughter, aiming to raise $200,000 in search of...

Walking for the Greatest of causes

Battling blisters, bloody socks and steep inclines, 10 men are tackling the 170km trek from Bathurst to Blaxland all in the name of charity. At...

Brightness in times of heartbreak

A Jordan Springs family’s world was turned upside down after an MRI scan saw their young son, Cameron, urgently admitted to Westmead Children’s Hospital. Dean...

Penrith ready to Relay this weekend

Fran Cini’s family have experienced their fair share of cancer, with her sister, mother and husband all having fought the battle. It was her husband’s...

Penrith’s youngest fundraiser isn’t slowing down any time soon

Every night, 11-year-old Brooke Jones goes to sleep under her life motto that sits above her bed, ‘if you can dream it, you can...

Film project focuses on mentorship and support

Penrith Regional Gallery is offering filmmakers who identify as living with a disability a chance to refine their skills and tell their stories. The Five...

Grant will result in more meals for homeless

The thought of making 100 hot meals a night might be exhausting for some, but Lana and Roger Borg of Mama Lana's Community Foundation...

Jail time for business and sporting identities

As part of National Youth Week, invited members of the community will be “doing time to stop youth crime” to raise funds for Penrith...

Luck of the Irish: Talented teens to dance up a storm

Two students from the Penrith Gaels Maher School of Irish Dance travelled to Dublin this week to represent Australia at the World Irish Dancing...

Greatest of tributes to his mum

One Cranebrook teen has paid a touching tribute to his late mother by losing his luscious locks for the World’s Greatest Shave last Saturday. 15-year-old...

A $1000 car. A cross-country trip. What could possibly go wrong?

Glenmore Park’s Blues Brothers, Shane Kerr and Jason Chapman, will drive a run-down car across some of Australia’s most arduous roads – all for...

Panthers gives back: Club takes up the fight against cancer

Every day 12 Australian women will be diagnosed with cervical or ovarian cancer, and four of those women will sadly die. To help combat this...

Jill gives back to hospital

If you have been to Nepean Hospital in the past eight and a half years, you might recognise the smiling face of volunteer Jill...

New science school for Luddenham

Luddenham will be home to the country's first STEM-focused school which will be built inside Sydney Science Park. Officially announced today by NSW Premier Gladys...

Ripples on the rise

Ripples Leisure Centre is making waves after winning the AUSTSWIM NSW Swim Centre of the Year Award. Aquatic Programs Coordinator Tania Khamhom said the award...

Sod turned for Quest Penrith

Thornton Estate in Penrith will be given a brand new hotel with construction officially commencing today, Friday, March 3. The development of Quest Penrith is...

Cows coming back to Penrith

Cows will be returned home to Emu Plains in the middle of this year. After cows were taken away as part of the preparation for...

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...