State Politics

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...

Penrith leads the way on NDIS roll-out

Access to early intervention for disabled youth has arrived in Penrith, a year ahead of schedule. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), has opened the...

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...

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...

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...

Breathing life into western Sydney

Western Sydney’s unique environment remains a high priority for the Federal Government, with the commitment of $15 million to restore the critically endangered Cumberland...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

How schoolyard bullying taught Tanya Davies more about herself

Unlike many other candidates running for a seat in this weekend’s State Election, current Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies did not grow up near...

Scott pays tribute to Abbott

Lindsay MP Fiona Scott has paid tribute to outgoing Prime Minister Tony Abbott. "This morning many Australians have woken up to a new Australian Prime...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

PM talks up exporting during visit to Penrith

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has cemented western Sydney’s economic importance with a visit to convince local businesses to trade internationally. Mr Abbott addressed a seminar...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Reduced speed limits for The Northern Road, M4

Changed traffic conditions will be in place from this Wednesday while investigation work is carried out on The Northern Road and the M4 Motorway...

Budget a winner for west, says Treasurer

Penrith played host to NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian this morning at a special post-Budget breakfast. Politicians and business leaders gathered at Pepper Stadium's Chairman's Lounge,...

Students asked to help tackle domestic violence

The issue of domestic violence has made its way into our schools. From Term 1, 2016, NSW students from Years 7 to 10 will be...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Police shortage in Penrith, says Labor

Labor says Police in Penrith are being stretched to the limit with Penrith Police Station six officers short based on recent operational capacity figures. State...

Werrington Arterial construction begins

Passers by were pleased to see the first mound of soil turned at the site of the $70 million Werrington Arterial Road upgrade that...

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...

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...

Abbott visits Mulgoa Preschool as Budget sell continues

Prime Minister Tony Abbott spoke with parents at Mulgoa Preschool earlier today about the coming changes in the 2015-2016 Federal Budget. Accompanied by Minister for...

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...

Tanya Davies retains Mulgoa

Tanya Davies will retain the seat of Mulgoa for the Liberal Party - and may even increase her margin. Just before 8pm tonight, the Weekender...

Budget delivers for western Sydney

Families across western Sydney are set to benefit from a record State Budget injecting billions of dollars in health, education, environment and transport infrastructure...

Labor celebrating convincing win in Londonderry

The seat of Londonderry has fallen to Labor with its candidate Prue Car set to claim a convincing victory. Labor declared victory in Londonderry via...