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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...

Local student takes home top public speaking prize

Vice Captain of Wollemi College in Werrington, Nathan Bartolo, has taken the top prize at the Catholic Schools Public Speaking competition. Last month over 700...

Woman threatened, car stolen in early morning robbery on Hope Street

Police are investigating an armed robbery in Penrith this morning. Emergency services were called to Hope Street, Penrith, about 7.30am, following reports of a robbery. Police...

Jail time for business and sporting identities

As part of National Youth Week, invited members of the community will be “doing time to stop youth crime” to raise funds for Penrith...

Autism Awareness Day aims to increase education in the community

Most parents find it hard to imagine the struggle of caring for a child with autism, but local mum Katie Gilbert experiences it every...

Clocks go back one hour on Sunday morning

As the clocks turn back this weekend to mark the end of Daylight Saving, local firefighters are reminding residents to check their smoke alarms. While...

Stabbing accused released into care

Clinton Walker, the man accused of stabbing his mother and girlfriend with a sword and machete at Emu Plains last year, has been granted...

Community’s incredible response to help Makayla

The Penrith community has done it again. Western Weekender advertisers and readers have produced an amazing response to our story yesterday on Makayla Gordon, left an...

Luck of the Irish: Talented teens to dance up a storm

Two students from the Penrith Gaels Maher School of Irish Dance travelled to Dublin this week to represent Australia at the World Irish Dancing...

Two assaulted during domestic dispute

A man will face court today after two people were allegedly assaulted during a domestic dispute at Werrington overnight. Just after 11pm last night, emergency...

Young girl left without parents, siblings as tragedy strikes again

A young girl who tragically lost her mother and sisters in a car accident five years ago has been left without a family after her...

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...

Mum and child escape unhurt as car bursts into flames near Westfield Penrith

A mother and her young child have escaped unharmed after their Toyota burst into flames in the Penrith CBD this morning. At around 11am, retired...

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...

Homeless man to spend time behind bars

A homeless man found with a replica pistol has been sentenced to 10 months behind bars. Expecting to meet someone armed, police swooped on Kenneth...

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...

‘Reluctant brotherhood’ shares funds

Residential aged care facilities in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District will feel an ease of pressure thanks to the generous support of...

Motorcycle rider dies after crash with truck

Police are investigating a fatal collision between a truck and motorcycle in Ropes Crossing this morning. Just before 4am today, emergency services were called to...

Offering support to those who’ve lost a furry friend

Grieving for a lost pet can be just as deep as a family member, according to counsellor Vicky Nonas. Offering pet counselling and pet loss...

Teacher’s trial delayed

Matthew Brunel George Thomas, the former St Marys school teacher accused of indecently assaulting four of his students, will have to wait another two...

Greatest of tributes to his mum

One Cranebrook teen has paid a touching tribute to his late mother by losing his luscious locks for the World’s Greatest Shave last Saturday. 15-year-old...

A $1000 car. A cross-country trip. What could possibly go wrong?

Glenmore Park’s Blues Brothers, Shane Kerr and Jason Chapman, will drive a run-down car across some of Australia’s most arduous roads – all for...

Praise for Wentworth as it opens new Penrith office

The newly renovated and expanded office for Wentworth Community Housing in Penrith was officially opened by Minister for Social Housing, Pru Goward and State...

End of an era as George Rabie shuts up shop after 40 years in...

One of Penrith’s oldest and most successful businesses, Little & Rabie Betta Electrical, is closing its doors at the end of the month. Owner George...

Emma’s cancer roller coaster is on the up after fresh all-clear

It’s been a whirlwind three years for Cranebrook’s Emma Dunlop after a hairline freckle left her unsure if she would live or die. Ms Dunlop...

Believing Facebook over science

Sometimes I think people protest or argue purely because they want to get angry about something no matter what it is. I think to...

Safer sleep for our homeless

After months of hard work and tireless fundraising efforts, WestCare Community Services’ 1000 Safe Sleeps project will launch next week. From Wednesday, March 29, the...

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...

Graffiti artist given chance to turn life around

A graffiti artist caught defacing a train has finally been brought to justice. London Fisher, 20, faced Penrith Local Court via video link last Thursday...

Man was carrying knives and a hammer in Penrith

Police have arrested a man at gunpoint after he was walking along streets in Penrith carrying knives and a hammer. At about 10.30am on Friday,...

Man assaulted after trying to break up argument at Cambridge Gardens

A 44-year-old man from Cranebrook has been robbed and assaulted after attempting to break up an argument. At about 8.40pm on Friday, March 17, the...

Sisters’ desperate bid to find a cure

Llandilo couple Teressa and Scott Weeks have gone through more heartbreak and pain than any family should have to experience. Not only did they lose...

Good behaviour bond for driver who hit trick-or-treaters

A learner driver who ploughed into trick-or-treaters at Jordan Springs last year has been handed a good behaviour bond. A woman, 27, and her eight-year-old...

Shotgun found after men flee police

A loaded sawn-off shotgun was found in a Kingswood park by police officers last night after two males fled from police. Officers attached to St...

Orchard Hills students come together as one to celebrate Harmony Day

Students at Montgrove College in Orchard Hills are breaking down cultural barriers today (Friday, March 17) as they unite to celebrate Harmony Day. Organiser Vengie...

Popular markets axed

Just days out from the first Thornton Markets of 2017, unexpected news from Penrith Council has forced the event to close effective immediately. The news...

Olympic icon may need cash injection to keep its head above water

Penrith Whitewater Stadium is rapidly losing its battle to stay open, with funding for marketing and upgrades decreasing over the last financial year. General Manager...

Panthers gives back: Club takes up the fight against cancer

Every day 12 Australian women will be diagnosed with cervical or ovarian cancer, and four of those women will sadly die. To help combat this...

No more chances: Habitual offender to serve jail time

An unlicenced mother-of-six caught driving while banned at North St Marys has been told the “time has finally come” to spend time in the...

Jill gives back to hospital

If you have been to Nepean Hospital in the past eight and a half years, you might recognise the smiling face of volunteer Jill...