Community

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...

Western Weekender celebrates 25 years

The Western Weekender today officially celebrates its 25th birthday. The first edition of the Penrith-based publication was released on Friday, March 15, 1991. The Weekender...

‘Buddy bench’ has an important message

Cambridge Park High School installed a ‘buddy bench’ this week in the hopes it will promote a happier playground environment for children at the...

Expo gives local women what they really want

Everyone wins at this year’s What Women Want Expo, where women really get what they want while contributing to a great cause. Held on both...

No cabin fever for these old mates

Penrith resident, Peter Scott, and his friend, Reg Armstrong, will embark upon a 1,500 kilometre 4WD adventure in April, and head from beach to...

Hundreds walk for heart research

Penrith residents took up the challenge of walking 6.5 kilometres along the Nepean River with the Anytime Fitness team last weekend in support of Heart...

Taleigha-Rose keeps defying the odds

Five-year-old Penrith girl Taleigha-Rose Musico has battled more than most of us do in a lifetime after she was born with half a heart. The...

Providing a real community connection

Crowds were flowing into the hallways of the Community Connections building in Henry Street last Wednesday, for the launch of western Sydney’s newest multicultural...

Local teens mix it with music’s best

It’s centre stage for two local teenagers, who will be working alongside some of the biggest names in music this Friday. Two 17-year-olds, Cameron Arnold...

Special cover helps our furry friends

Every household in western Sydney will notice the adorable pet on the cover of their new 2016 Yellow Pages directory. However, there’s a deeper story...

Brave Jayden is the face of Bandaged Bear Appeal

After defying the odds several times over his life, Penrith resident Jayden Bourke couldn’t be more excited to be the face of this year’s...

Leap of faith to celebrate life

Londonderry resident Cheryl Turner will be taking a leap of faith on Valentine's Day when she skydives to mark her 10 year anniversary since...

New Group Homes making a huge difference

Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka visited Group Homes in Emu Plains on Wednesday to see how residents have settled in since moving in...