Community

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...

Veteran firefighter Phil Marsh calls it a day

Station Commander at Regentville Fire Station, Phil Marsh, has hung his helmet up and taken off his bright yellow uniform for the last time...

Shoppers see Red at new Op Shop

Penrith is getting its first Red Cross Op Shop, with the official launch being held today. All purchases made today will be greeted with a...

Inspiring others through tragedy

After the loss of both her daughters and her husband, Julie Cini will be visiting Penrith next month to spread awareness about Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the topic...

Stopped in its tracks

Popular Penrith fitness event ‘Parkrun’ could be at risk of shutting down after access to ‘Gate D’ at the Sydney International Regatta Centre was closed off. Over 300...

Local member disheartens LGBTI community over gay marriage stance

Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies, has disappointed the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community. Responding to queries raised by the Weekender after controversial reports one of her campaign...

11-year-old’s push for skate park may become reality

Thanks to 11-year-old Brock Jurd, Penrith Council is looking into providing a skate park behind Cambridge Gardens Public School. It comes after the young Cambridge...

Australian Ballet brings free performance to Penrith

The magic and the beauty of ballet is coming to Penrith with a free outdoor performance at the picturesque Sydney International Regatta Centre. On Friday,...

Award for humble man after a decade of selfless service

After 10 years volunteering at the Nepean Food Services and a role as Chairman, Scott Wheeler has been awarded the 2016 Mulgoa Senior Achievement...

Cuteness Alert: My first Mother’s Day

Glenmore Park resident, Erin Daniela, said while she is excited for her first Mother’s Day, she is happy to just spend time with her young family. The mum of...

New approach to healthcare launched in Penrith

The Penrith region is the home of an innovative new approach to healthcare, that now offers a range of health services all under the...

Podcast shows west’s pride

Former McCarthy Catholic College school teacher turned NRL referee Grant Atkins has released a popular podcast series highlighting the incredible achievements of western Sydney...

Panthers treat NADO to a night at the footy

Panthers have treated 50 deserving people to an experience they’ll never forget with a special night out at the footy. Last Saturday evening four Nepean...

New opera company set to hit a high note

Get a taste for the future of opera in western Sydney, as the newly formed Western Sydney Opera company treats Penrith to their first...

Beauty of a budgie: St Clair bird lover takes home Easter Show honours

Decades of passion for James Matthews has paid off after he won Reserve Grand Champion Budgerigar at the Sydney Royal Easter Show this year. But...

Eggstra special celebration for Easter

Extravagant is an understatement, as Emu Heights Public School celebrated Easter a little differently with their Easter Extravaganza. Every class from Kindergarten to Year 6...

Easter treat for Shirley

Glenmore Park resident Shirley Jenkins has won one of the most prestigious awards on offer at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show. Specialising in arts...

Raising funds to fight Melanoma

It hasn't been an easy ride for Emma Dunlop, of Cranebrook, after she was told she had stage four Melanoma. Ms Dunlop is now hoping...

Callum captures his future

A simple email provided 15-year-old Callum Meney with the opportunity to snap up prime position on the front page of Australian Wildlife Magazine’s latest...