State Politics

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...

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...

Cows coming back to Penrith

Cows will be returned home to Emu Plains in the middle of this year. After cows were taken away as part of the preparation for...

Labor wants new-look M4 to be free

Penrith residents are being urged to make submissions to an upcoming inquiry into road tolling in NSW, with locals about to pay up to...

Tanya Davies elevated to Cabinet

Penrith MP Stuart Ayres has retained his position as Minister for Sport, while his Mulgoa colleague Tanya Davies has been elevated to Cabinet. Mr Ayres...

Ayres welcomes Berejiklian as Premier

State Penrith MP Stuart Ayres says Gladys Berejiklian will be an "outstanding Premier" and has praised her leadership in securing important projects for Penrith. Ms...

Berejiklian is Premier, what now for Ayres and Davies?

Gladys Berejiklian has officially been chosen to lead New South Wales. Ms Berejiklian was elected unopposed by her colleagues this morning to lead the Liberal...

Shock resignation: Mike Baird calls it quits as NSW Premier

New South Wales politics has been rocked by the shock resignation of NSW Premier Mike Baird this morning. Mr Baird is stepping down after just...

Funding to help drug addicted mothers-to-be

Pregnant women across the Nepean region battling drug addiction will have more help to get clean after the announcement of $1.7 million in funding...

Emu Plains Prison expansion plans dumped

The proposed expansion of Emu Plains Correctional Centre will not be progressing, Minister for Correctional Services, David Elliott, announced today. "I have today (Tuesday, December...

Nepean Hospital to undergo major upgrade

A $550 million redevelopment will transform Nepean Hospital and bring a state-of-the-art healthcare facility to the region, NSW Premier Mike Baird and Health Minister...

Car park construction begins at station

Construction on the new multi-storey commuter car park at Penrith Train Station began this week, with a 10 month wait until it's complete. NSW Transport...

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...

Nepean Hospital patients grounded

High rise developments surrounding Nepean Hospital have caused the suspension of urgent life saving helicopter transfers to and from the already struggling hospital. Nepean Hospital...

Exclusive: “Game changer” for busy intersection

The M4 overpass at The Northern Road will be demolished to make way for the construction of a brand new 10 lane bridge. It’s the...

Teachers to be sacked under reforms

Three teachers at Emu Plains Correctional Facility are being sacked under new reforms by the State Government, prompting a rally outside Penrith MP Stuart...

Commuters asked to be patient during car park construction

Negotiations are underway to ensure no net loss of commuter parking surrounding Penrith Station during the construction of a second 350 space multi-storey car...

Service NSW reduces trading hours at Penrith centre

When former NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell first announced the launch of Service NSW centres, he said longer opening times would “make it easier for...

Bassett “solicited political donation” from property developer

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has found that former State Londonderry MP Bart Bassett "knowingly solicited a political donation from a property developer". However,...

Labor commits to Nepean Hospital upgrade

The next State Election is three years away but Labor has already signalled it plans to make Nepean Hospital a key issue. Opposition Leader Luke...

Greyhound ban passes parliament

The greyhound racing ban has jumped its last major hurdle after being passed by the Lower House of Parliament in the early hours of...

Labor rallies the troops on health funding

Labor is hoping hundreds of people will attend a rally this Sunday and help put pressure on the NSW Government to fund upgrades for...

Pre-election education promise questioned

Jordan Spring residents are furious there is still no funding allocated for a primary school, claiming they were told the school would be completed...

Dam wall to rise

The State Government will spend $690 million to raise the wall of Warragamba Dam by 14 metres. NSW Premier Mike Baird has confirmed $58 million...

Schools face huge maintenance backlog

Chifley College Dunheved Campus at St Marys is one of 65 schools in the Penrith area that are together experiencing a $21 million maintenance...

More parking needed at St Marys

St Marys commuters have the choice to either pay for new tolls on the M4 or pay for increased transport fares – that’s if...

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...

Station upgrades to begin this weekend

Major works on the transformational Penrith Station upgrade will begin this weekend, May 14 to 15. Local commuters and passers-by will see demolition work, excavation...

Nepean River Green Bridge construction to start in July

Expect to start seeing works for the Nepean River Green Bridge by July, now the State Government has announced who will construct the $49...

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,...

Hey Stuart, where’s our bridge?

It seems 2016 is not the first time the absence of a bridge along the Nepean River has been a concern. On Tuesday, Member for...

Labor angry at Mike’s Brookie handout

The State Opposition is accusing Premier Mike Baird of ‘quietly’ funding upgrades to Manly’s Brookvale Oval, and not informing other local grounds such as...

Walking and cycling boost for Penrith

A $500,000 State Government grant will boost walking and cycling connections in Penrith. The funding is part of the State Government's $39 million state-wide investment in...

New stadium still planned for outer west

The State Government still plans to build a new sports venue in outer western Sydney as part of its long-term stadium strategy. While there's been...

Approval close for ambulance superstation

Penrith Council has suggested that the planning proposal for a new ambulance ‘superstation’ in Penrith could be approved this week. The superstation is part of...

Prue Car promoted to Labor’s front bench

State Londonderry MP Prue Car has been promoted to Labor's front bench. Opposition Leader Luke Foley has confirmed that Ms Car, who was elected at...

Seniors could pay more for public transport, Opposition says

It seems a lifetime of successfully saving for retirement could end up costing western Sydney seniors more to access public transport. The Independent Pricing and...

M4 travel is about to take its toll

The free ride on the M4 Motorway is coming to an end. The $2.75 toll was removed back in 2010 but tens of thousands of...

Commuters could return to their cars: WSROC

Local residents could ditch public transport and return to their cars if proposed changes to the Opal card go ahead. The Western Sydney Regional Organisation...

Snake Pit upgrade welcomed

The St Marys community will soon be able to have a BBQ in the shade at Monfarville Reserve’s ‘Snake Pit’ skate bowl. $35,000 worth of...