State Politics

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...

Focus on small business continues

After big announcements for small business in the recent Federal Budget, Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson visited Penrith on Tuesday to speak with...

Students to be issued Opal cards

More than 420,000 school students will be provided with an Opal card at the start of the 2016 school year so they can travel...

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...

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...

Huge funding commitment for war on domestic violence

Domestic violence initiatives are front and centre in today's State Budget. More than $350 million will be spent over four years to provide greater protection...

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...

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...

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...

Problem gamblers get more help in Budget

The NSW Government will provide up to $18 million for the Responsible Gambling Fund to address the risks of problem gambling and associated harms...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Exclusive: Jordan Springs school construction to begin within two years

Construction on a new primary school at Jordan Springs will begin within two years, according to the NSW Education Minister. Rob Stokes joined Member for...

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...

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...

State Government denies plan to cut peak hour rail services

The State Government has denied it has a plan to slash peak hour rail services in Penrith, with State MP Stuart Ayres describing such...

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...

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...

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...

Homes to go as part of Mulgoa Road upgrade

Mulgoa Road is set to expand alongside Penrith’s population, with a corridor upgrade expected to cut travel times through Penrith to the M4 Motorway. 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...

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...

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,...

Foley: Ayres could lose his seat over M4 toll

Over 10,000 western Sydney residents have voiced their anger about the reintroduction of tolls on the M4 between Parramatta and Homebush by signing a...

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...

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...

Labor introduces M4 toll petition

Angry western Sydney and Blue Mountains residents have had their voices heard, with the NSW Opposition lodging a petition with over 10,000 signatures to...

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...

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...

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...

State Government delays Levy introduction

The State Government will delay the introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL), it was confirmed today. Currently, the Emergency Services are funded through...

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...

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...

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...

Sports rebate will help parents

Thousands of school children across New South Wales are set to benefit from a new $100 rebate for sporting and fitness related costs, with...

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...

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...

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...