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Volunteer of the Year winner to push for more mental health support

Colyton’s Susan Robertson has taken home the top honour at the local Volunteer of the Year Awards for her role in progressing people’s welfare...

Man finds tank shell in backyard

One resident made an unexpected discovery when demolishing an outhouse over the weekend, uncovering a tank shell. At about 10am on Saturday, August 19, police...

Knife wielder to stay behind bars

An offender who repeatedly armed himself with a knife has been told “this is not the Wild West or the jungle” before being ordered...

Future of Masters site on Mulgoa Road becomes clearer

The former Masters site on Mulgoa Road is to be turned into a homewares and electrical needs retail centre and is set to open...

Cemetery battle a fight to the death

Penrith Council’s staunch opposition to a proposed cemetery at Fernhill Estate remains steadfast, despite recently meeting with a proposed developer. Councillor Ross Fowler said representatives...

Penrith Show promises to be bigger and better than ever in 2017

Now in its 174th year, the Penrith District Show is promising to be a weekend to remember for the whole family. Held at Penrith Paceway,...

How accepting help changed Christel’s life

Turning 81-years-old in September, Penrith’s Christel Fooks has spent her life looking after others, but now struggles to accept the help back in her...

Seniors encouraged to get active thanks to new sports program

Local seniors are being encouraged to take part in an exciting new low impact sporting initiative to help them stay active and connected in...

State Government to “come down” on rogue retirement village operators

Penrith MP Stuart Ayres joined local Glad Simonis to discuss the benefits of the new package of reforms for retirement village residents that were...

The Week: August 19

Troy Dodds is joined by Nathan Taylor and Kate Reid to look at the week that was and the week that will be in...

Horrors of war never forgotten

The years pass, but the memories rarely fade for those who experienced the bloody realities of war. Locals will pay their respects to those who...

Cyst on woman’s brain found only after her persistence

When 24-year-old Amy Flack from Jamisontown thought something was wrong with her health, she refused to take ‘no’ for an answer. Her intuition paid off...

Mayor slams Government’s DA changes

Penrith Councillors have slammed new State Government legislation stripping them of their powers to determine controversial development applications (DAs), claiming the “retrograde step” will...

Heartbreaking moment inspires Nicki’s new hit

Releasing her first single in five years, renowned local performer Nicki Gillis has returned with a bang as she climbs the UK music charts. Her...

DJ and pollie go head to head in fitness battle to encourage health

Federal Member for Lindsay Emma Husar and radio icon Wayne Willmington are going head to head in a fitness challenge. The pair aim to lead...

Strong demand for assistance as locals prepare for winter bill shock

This winter will be remembered as a costly season for Penrith residents following an energy price rise on July 1 coupled with consistent cold...

Stepping up to the challenge

Orchard Hills Rural Fire Brigade (RFB) firefighters Emily Dal Santo and Gage Pitt are stepping up to help raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease. On...

The Week: August 12

Troy Dodds is joined by Emily Newton and Kate Reid to discuss the week that was and the week that will be in Penrith...

Go-slow to continue at Wallacia

Frustrated motorists wondering when the speed freeze on Wallacia’s Blaxland Crossing Bridge will be lifted will have to sit tight after a neighbouring council’s...

Truck leaves trail of destruction

A truck has left a trail of devastation and debris along the Great Western Highway, destroying a parked car and crashing into the side...

Man injured in North St Marys house fire

A man has been rescued and a house in North St Marys has been destroyed following a suspicious house fire this morning. At about 8.45am,...

No sign of driver after truck crash

An investigation has commenced after the driver of truck fled the scene following a crash in Kingswood. Police and emergency services were called to the...

Council urged to save historic house

Pressure is mounting on Penrith City Council to rescue a historic piece of real estate currently under threat of destruction. Rodley House, a brick villa...

Bitcoin revolution comes to Penrith

You might have never heard of it before, but Downtown Brooklyn is pushing Penrith into the future by accepting Bitcoin as a payment method...

Brothers to appeal jail sentence over assault

A mother has been left reeling after her two young sons were jailed in a shock determination. Latrell Isaiah Harvey, 20, and Denzel Harvey, 19,...

25 years of invaluable advice

One of Penrith’s not-for-profit organisations is celebrating a quarter of a century providing expert parenting advice to families in the area. Tresillian Nepean, located on...

Car crashes into house in “possible domestic violence incident”

A man has been arrested after a car crashed into a home in St Marys this afternoon in what police are describing as a...

Trio guilty of horrifying gang rape

Three men have been found guilty of gang raping a teenage girl at a St Clair house party after footage of the assault was...

Turnbull is on the wrong side of history

Malcolm Turnbull was desperate to be Prime Minister. So desperate in fact that he stabbed a sitting leader in the back to get the top...

Cash for cans: Container Deposit Scheme a “game changer”

Penrith locals will soon be able to earn cash in exchange for their drink containers with the roll out of the Return and Earn...

Woman refused bail after police chase

A woman has been charged with high-range drink-driving after hitting a police car, then leading officers on a short chase. About 11am yesterday, an officer...

The Week: August 5

Troy Dodds is joined by Emily Newton, Nathan Taylor and Kate Reid for the latest edition of The Week podcast https://soundcloud.com/westernweekenderpenrith/the-week-august-5

Breathing new life into Queen Street

With the upgrade works nearing completion and summer approaching, it’s time to look at boosting Queen Street’s nightlife, two local representatives say. Penrith Councillor Aaron...

Exclusive: News Corp to close Penrith Press office; staff moved to Parramatta

News Corp will close the High Street office of the Penrith Press in a shock move that will see local staff relocated to Parramatta. The...

Calls for nine-hour parking limit at Woodriff Gardens car park to be axed

It was supposed to bring relief to commuters left stranded following the State Government’s temporary take-over of Penrith’s Belmore Street car park, or so...

Generosity comes full circle

Not all superheroes wear capes, and Michael Ball and the team at MBR Realty have been quietly helping the local community since January 2014. Since...

Finding a true Home on High

Construction on Penrith’s latest set of apartments is almost ready to begin, as local companies band together to make it happen. Located at the top...

No excuses: Free fitness classes prove a smash hit

With more than 14 million Australians either overweight or obese, a new fitness program in Penrith aims to tackle the problem head on. Last week,...

Girl power as legal world evolves

Female solicitors in Australia have reached record numbers, now outnumbering males for the first time. Of the total 71,509 practising solicitors in Australia, females make...

Commuters facing long trip home

Peak hour chaos is looming on the rail network with major delays on nine separate lines including the Western and Blue Mountains lines. The delays...