Community

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

More than $85,000 raised for homelessness project

WestCare Community Services is working towards ending homelessness in the Penrith area, with over $85,000 raised at their annual fundraising dinner last week. The focus...

Shondelle wants to be the UGLY-est

Far from ugly, the Milestone Hotel in Kingswood’s Shondelle O’Connor is trying to be the best UGLY bartender there can be. 31-year-old Ms O’Connor is...

A place to call home

The first residents of the newly built Australian Foundation for Disability (AFFORD) Penrith group houses moved into their new home last week, ready to...

Mural turns heads at Nepean High

By plucking the colours of Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School’s surrounds, Bali-based contemporary muralist Brad Eastman, aka Beastman, has created a building-sized...

St Clair boy one of just nine in the world with rare disease

A six-year-old St Clair boy is one of just nine people in the world battling an extremely rare and degenerative disease where he can’t...

Age no barrier in City2Surf

The young in age and young at heart will be representing our region in the upcoming City2Surf this Sunday, August 14. From a determined young...

Kangaroos could be saved from cull

Penrith Anglican College (PAC) is set to bow to public pressure and relocate 15 large male kangaroos instead of killing them and burying them...

Incredible display of mateship

A chance meeting has led not only to a life-long friendship but will give Penrith local Anthony Lobo a new lease on life when...

Driving home an important message

Fusion Western Sydney will host ‘Sleep in Your Car’ for the fourth year, an event that’s run as part of National Homelessness Prevention Week. To...

Queen Street upgrades future uncertain

The future of Queen Street is up in the air, now the company contracted for its upgrade has gone into receivership. Council awarded Hargraves Urban...

‘Poppy Smurf’ retires after 40 years of helping others

He’s delivered 85 babies, survived near-death experiences and pretty much seen it all as far as triumph and tragedy is concerned. Now, after a 39...

St Marys Spring Festival cancelled

The annual St Marys Spring Festival has been cancelled due to the ongoing streetscape works on Queen Street. The Festival has run for more than...

Community gets behind brave Bobby

A Gala Ball will be held for Werrington County toddler Bobby Webber next month, as he continues the fight of his life despite doctors...

Inspiring our leaders of the future

It’s young women like 16-year-old Courtney Toon that you want to see strive to excel and never give up on their dreams – no...

Still running: Community event saved

Over 300 people that take part in Penrith Lakes Parkrun are celebrating after confirmation the event is here to stay. The weekly 5km run, held...

Little Big Dash returns to Penrith

Little Big Dash is returning to Penrith this August, offering an exhilarating obstacle adventure which puts the fun into physical activity for more than...

Going red for a good cause

SIDS and Kids are urging locals to get behind the 28th Red Nose Day this Friday, June 24. Products for purchase this year are looking...

Pain for voters at Penrith pre-polling

"Australians can start pre-poll voting in the 2016 Federal Election, but not if you have a disability," according to local man David Currie. Mr Currie...

70 years of wedded bliss

A massive milestone will be reached for North St Marys couple May and Jerry Townsend when they celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary next Saturday,...

Historical trip of a lifetime

Two local residents will join Nepean Legacy to walk in the footsteps of the ANZACs later this year. Melissa MacCulloch, 25, and Stanley Massam, 22,...

Cops roll up their sleeves to urge blood donations

Superintendents across four police Local Area Commands (LAC) came together at Nepean Donor Centre last week to donate blood as part of the Emergency...

New hub of excitement in Jordan Springs

Designed by the community, for the community, the new Jordan Springs Community Resource Hub has now been approved by Council. Construction is expected to commence...

Every step counts for charities

Nine eager walkers have just returned from a strenuous five-day trek from Bathurst to Blaxland, the ninth annual walk for the Great Walk Foundation...