Council

Council rates likely to increase

Will you pay just over $1 per week to increase Council’s services in your area? Residents could see their rates increase an extra $55 in...

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,...

The changing face of High Street

The changing face of Penrith continues unabated, with Council giving the nod to another high-rise apartment block. Soon, two single storey dwellings at 134-140 High...

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...

Desperate bid to preserve our history

The race is on to protect two of the region’s most important historical sites. Penrith Councillor Karen McKeown is leading the charge to have Castlereagh’s...

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...

Council gives green light to Jimmy Barnes concert at Fernhill

Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes is set to play in our own backyard when he performs in a boutique-style concert at Fernhill Estate this...

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...

Safety concerns surround Judges Car Park

Safety concerns over the state of Judges Car Park have resurfaced, with Councillor Mark Davies requesting Council look at ways to clean up the...

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...

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...

Council rubbishes plan for incinerator

A number of Penrith Councillors are against the development of a proposed ‘waste to energy’ facility at the back of Erskine Park. At Monday night’s...

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...

Fernhill Estate could be home to Sydney’s newest cemetery

Throughout Australia, many cemeteries are predicted to reach capacity in the next 20 to 30 years. With Australia’s population continuing to grow, this is...

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...

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...

Our dirty little secret

More than a dozen legal brothels are currently operating in the Penrith Local Government Area (LGA). Penrith has 14 registered brothels operating, seven behind Parramatta...

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...

Nasty smell forces residents indoors

We’ve all been there; returning home from a day at work or trip away only to be greeted by the smell of rotting food...

Locals want shopping centre to stay open

Penrith Councillor John Thain is leading a 2500-strong army who have petitioned against the complete closure of the Cranebrook Village Shopping Centre while it...

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...

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...

New signs aim to Make Healthy Normal

Signs encouraging more physical activity have been installed at playgrounds throughout Penrith. Penrith Council and the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) have teamed...

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...

Cornish wants more bite from Council

There are calls for greater policing of dogs after a number of canines were recently spotted off leash along River Road. By law, a dog...

The suburb without a name

The final name for the Central Precinct between Jordan Springs and Ropes Crossing is still up for discussion, after Penrith City Council deferred the...

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...

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...

Public to have its say on Islamic school proposal

Residents will get to have their say on the proposed development of Penrith’s first Islamic School, with Council confirming it will host a public...

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,...

Cranky Kev: Councillor angry after safety suggestion is ignored

A denied request for white line markings on a hazardous portion of road has left one Penrith Councillor fuming, after it was deemed there...

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...

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...

Crameri sin binned as airport debate gets heated

Debate over Western Sydney Airport has flared again, with one of Penrith’s longest serving Councillors given a ‘time out’ this week after claiming Council...

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...

Court orders PBA to hand over financial records

Supreme Court consent orders have been made granting Penrith Council access to Penrith Business Alliance’s (PBA) financial records, amid concerns public money given to...

Clogged roads frustrate locals

Many Penrith residents face long daily commutes of over two hours each day even if they work in other parts of western Sydney. The surprise...

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...

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...

Tree policy needs review, says Councillor

Penrith Council has been asked to reassess its tree policy in the wake of a spate of fallen trees. Councillor Kevin Crameri requested Council re-examine...