Council

Council opens adult change facilities in Penrith CBD

Penrith Council continues to move the city forward with the opening of a new adult change facility in the CBD. The widely supported idea came from Deputy Mayor of Penrith, Tricia Hitchen, who has an...

Crameri wants re-think on roads

Penrith Councillor Kevin Crameri has demanded a re-think on street parking in Jordan Springs and other newly established housing estates. “Planners should be looking at what they’re creating, there’s not enough room to move,” the...

Chance to drop off old computers, TVs

Grab your old, broken and unwanted electrical items and bring them down to Jamison Park for Council’s Electronic Waste Drop-Off Day. Electrical waste can be recycled for free from 9am – 3.30pm on Sunday, February...

Council to celebrate Re-imagine Ageing festival

Penrith is celebrating the Re-imagine Ageing festival in March. The festival is a chance for the community to get together and enjoy an exciting range of activities. Our community is ageing but remaining healthier and...

Reserve Street parking to be closed off

Geo-technical testing of the temporary car park at Reserve Street, Penrith will close the car park between Monday, January 30 and Friday, February 3. The testing is part of site investigations for its future redevelopment. Penrith...

Cornish wants to give power to the people

Independent Penrith Councillor Marcus Cornish is hoping to get power points installed at local parks to encourage more people outdoors. Cr Cornish addressed Penrith Councillors at Monday night’s Council meeting asking for a memo to...

More parking available in Thornton

More than 200 extra parking spaces are now available to commuters in Thornton estate, North Penrith. Penrith Council has temporarily removed 4-hour and 2-hour parking restrictions in two streets of Thornton, and made them all-day...

Crameri demands safety upgrade

Penrith Councillor Kevin Crameri has asked for an urgent report from Council to investigate getting two right hand turning lanes along The Northern Road at Fifth Avenue and Seventh Avenue, Llandilo. As a firefighter for...

Parking permits may be on the way for Thornton locals

Penrith Council will investigate why the residents of newly-established Thornton Estate haven’t been provided with residential parking permits. Penrith Councillor Kevin Crameri has asked Council to look into getting the parking permits after numerous complaints...

Reserve to be named after much-loved St Clair doctor

St Clair doctor, Liz Torrance, will be remembered by the community with a special memorial to be dedicated to her at a local reserve. Dr Torrance died on August 24, a day before her 62nd...

Council overturns plan to change DA process for places of public worship

Development applications (DA) for places of public worship and community centres will no longer have to wait until monthly Council meetings to be dealt with. A decision made in June this year to bring all...

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 not happy at all," Labor Councillor Karen McKeown told the...

Lakes plan angers Crameri

A proposal to allow trucks to enter the quarry at the Penrith Lakes Scheme from 6am has revved up Penrith Councillor Kevin Crameri. "That means they will be starting an hour earlier than they are...

Waste facility still causing smelly concerns

A smelly waste facility on Elizabeth Drive in Kemps Creek is on the radar of Penrith Councillor Mark Davies and Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies. A report was brought to Council at the request of Cr...

Pensioners could be slugged $250 a year more for rates

Pensioners could be paying $250 a year more in their rates, if the State Government adopts a recommendation to replace a concession with a deferral scheme. The deferral scheme would mean that a current $250...

Erskine Park residents prepare to cool off

Erskine Park residents will be able to cool off in a new 'splash pad' at Phoenix Reserve this summer. The 'splash pad' will be operational by November and follows the successful installation of a similar...

Fortnightly collection is just rubbish, residents say

Glenmore Park resident Suzi Tracey is fed up with overflowing bins and littered streets, and is demanding Penrith Council increase the frequency of garbage collection from fortnightly to weekly. Ms Tracey began a change.org petition...

Emu Hall set to be given new life

Weddings on the banks of the iconic Nepean River could soon be a reality, with a brand new riverfront function centre proposed for Emu Hall. Emu Hall was built in 1852 by a vibrant local...

Thain elected Mayor, Hitchen Deputy

Labor's John Thain has been elected as the new Mayor of Penrith for the next two years. The veteran Councillor was elected unopposed at tonight's Council meeting. Liberal Councillor Tricia Hitchen will be his Deputy. “It’s been...

Old and new faces combine on new-look Council

After a week of crunching the numbers and speculating who was in or out, our 15 new Penrith Councillors have officially been declared. The final position in North Ward was taken by independent Councillor Kevin...

Crameri secures final spot on Council

Independent Kevin Crameri has secured the final undecided spot on Penrith City Council. Cr Crameri was in a tight contest with Liberal candidate Glenn Gardiner for the final position in North Ward. This morning, Cr Crameri...

Council to improve CBD drainage

Council is about to invest $5 million in important drainage works near the Penrith City Centre to minimise the risk of flooding and property damage. The works will provide additional capacity for stormwater runoff. The improvements...

New Council takes shape

Less than two days since the polling booths closed, it's safe to say Penrith Council will consist of seven Labor Councillors, and at least five Liberal Councillors. Two of the three remaining Councillor positions are...

Council’s class of 2012 says goodbye

Goodbyes are notorious for being difficult, but when you’re saying farewell to 21 years of service like Councillor Jackie Greenow did on Monday night, it’s completely acceptable to get choked up. Monday night saw the...

Council Election: 35 candidates contest South Ward

The new airport at Badgerys Creek remains a hot topic in South Ward heading into the Council Election next weekend. Council has kept the airport at the front of mind when dealing with both State...

Council Election: Changing dynamics create uncertainty in North Ward

Three of Council’s most experienced campaigners in the shape of John Thain, Kevin Crameri and Ross Fowler are again contesting North Ward at next week’s Council Election. North Ward has seen a huge increase in...

Council Election: East Ward provides smallest number of candidates

There’s still some familiar faces contesting East Ward at next week’s Council Election despite the departure of a veteran independent Councillor. East Ward covers key western Sydney suburbs such as St Marys, that has seen...

Driving home important message

Not everyone has a pool, but everyone has a driveway, and that’s why Penrith Council candidate Sue Day is pushing for driveway safety to be a Council focus. Ms Day is running in South Ward...

Mayor: Taxi zone a “ridiculous outcome”

Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown has blasted Transport for NSW over its decision to convert a long-standing 15 minute parking area at Penrith Station to a taxi zone. As reported by the Weekender on Saturday, the...

Glenmore Park residents concerned over housing plan

The residents of Wargon Crescent in Glenmore Park are taking on the Padre Pio Parish, who are part of the Diocese of Parramatta. Many residents, including Neil Alchin, have lived in the quiet street since...

Goldfinch won’t contest Council election

EXCLUSIVE Liberal Councillor Ben Goldfinch has confirmed he won't contest September's Local Government Election. Penrith Council is one of 81 NSW Councils that will be holding an election on September 10, after it proved it was...

Historic church set to house new restaurant

From the north to the south, what’s old could soon be new again, after applications were made to Penrith Council to turn heritage buildings into restaurants and cafes. Council has seen two separate development applications...

New solution to Penrith’s parking puzzle

More than 100 car spaces above Trade Secret could be re-opened, if Penrith Council approves the development of new ramps in the car park behind Skiptons Arcade, Welsh Place Car Park. The car spaces above...

Signs of trouble after advertising crackdown

Penrith Council’s recent crackdown on variable message signs (VMS) has been costing local businesses money, according to Peter Rech from Penrith Light and Sound. Mr Rech said with Council’s ban on business advertising on private...

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 the contract when it was independently rated as financially sound,...

Council backflips on circus ban

Penrith Council has backflipped on its decision to prohibit circuses with exotic animals from operating on Council land. In a meeting on Monday night, eight Councillors voted to revoke the original decision made in March,...

Cornish quits Liberal Party

Controversial Councillor Marcus Cornish has announced his resignation from the Liberal Party. Cr Cornish, who was already suspended from the Liberals after he circulated an email criticising the party and Lindsay MP Fiona Scott, has...

You can almost hear the train coming

The Federal Government has committed millions to the design of rail around the future western Sydney airport, a decade before it’s set to open. Released in the Federal Budget on Tuesday night, $115 million was allocated to preparation work for the...

Thousands of units planned for Penrith

The face of Penrith is changing, with Penrith Council approving the development of hundreds of units in the CBD in the last two months, with thousands more planned. Millions of dollars worth of high density...

Land of opportunity

Ever wondered what is going on with those large blocks of land around Penrith that sit there, empty and unused? To move away from Penrith’s rural, slow-moving past toward a prosperous future, Penrith Council and...