2019 in Review: December

The fire at Cranebrook. Photo: Megan Dunn
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It’s been quite a year in Penrith and The Western Weekender has been there to cover all the big moments.

Here’s our look at December 2019…

– An Emergency Level fire threatens homes at Cranebrook and Londonderry, but is brought under control by firefighters.

– Plans are revealed for a towering 46-storey building in the Penrith CBD.

– Penrith swelters through skyrocketing and unprecedented December temperatures.

– 14-year-old Prudence Tuiti is tragically killed just a week out from Christmas after being hit by a car at Colyton.

– A new medical foundation is launched, aiming to attract the best doctors and researchers to Penrith.

– Garton Group McDonald’s donates $100,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Tim Hempel, Ian Garton and Zoran Radisavljevic from Garton Group with Amal Maait from RMHC. Photo: Megan Dunn.

– Penrith City Council announces it will start fining retailers over abandoned shopping trolleys.

– Castlereagh Road is closed over Christmas, to allow a new rail bridge to be installed.

– The Penrith Panthers axe long-time ground announcer Scott McRae.

Panthers ground announcer Scott McRae. Photo: Megan Dunn.

– The Panthers announce the signing of Roosters premiership winner Zane Tetevano on a two-year deal.

– Steven Coniglio is confirmed as the stand-alone captain for the GWS Giants ahead of the 2020 AFL season.

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