State Politics

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Labor demands: Show us the money

Motorists in Colyton will face continued congestion and traffic issues after a promised $1 million intersection upgrade was left out of the State Budget. The...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Opposition wants timeframe on Kingswood Station upgrade

Despite the need for a lift, Member for Londonderry Prue Car said the Baird Government has no plans to provide vital upgrades to Kingswood...

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...

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...

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...

Ayres labels Labor’s TAFE campaign dishonest

Labor has launched a petition to save Kingswood TAFE and stop Government cuts. State Member for Londonderry, Prue Car and Shadow Ministers Adam Searle and...

It’s on: Leadership ballot to take place tonight

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's leadership is on life support and could well be terminated as early as tonight. In an extraordinary day in Canberra, Communications...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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: Baird has failed west

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has blasted the State Government, claiming Premier Mike Baird has failed to deliver on his western Sydney jobs promise. It...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Tackling the ‘ice’ epidemic

Lindsay MP Fiona Scott has welcomed the interim report from the National Ice Taskforce, which the Prime Minister presented to the Council of Australian...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Labor wants plastic bags banned

A spontaneous trip to the shops could be a little harder if the NSW Government passes a ban on single use plastic bags. Labor will...

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...

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...