Community

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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’...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...