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 back on February 2019.
– The community is shocked when 32-year-old Shannan Rushworth is left fighting for life after being attacked by five men in the car park of a fast food restaurant on Mulgoa Road. Initially the offenders are on the run, but police make quick arrests.
– Residents of Waterside Estate call for their suburb’s name to be changed, unhappy they are considered part of Cranebrook.
– In a one-on-one interview with the Weekender, Premier Gladys Berejiklian speaks confidently about her chances of retaining government at the March State Election. She also confirms a new school will be built at Mulgoa Rise.
– A former juvenile justice officer is arrested as police continue to investigate alleged historical abuse at the Daruk Training School in Berkshire Park.
– A new Service NSW Centre is promised at Glenmore Park, set to take the pressure off the Penrith site.
– Labor’s candidate for Mulgoa, Todd Carney, calls on sitting MP Tanya Davies to resign as drama continues to engulf the future of the Wallacia Golf Club.
– It’s revealed that one in five western Sydney bus services runs without air conditioning during Penrith’s stifling summer heat.
– The State Government acquires Hadley Park Estate from the Penrith Lakes Development Corporation, assuring it will be protected.
– Labor leader Michael Daley visits the local area to make a $158 million commitment to help eradicate domestic violence, ahead of the March State Election.
– Penrith’s Pat Cummins wins the prestigious Allan Border Medal.
– Penrith Whitewater Stadium comes alive for the Festival of Whitewater, the largest whitewater event in Penrith since the 2000 Olympics.
– The Panthers play their first NRL trial of the year against South Sydney at Redfern Oval.
– Popular local radio station Vintage FM is put on the market, with expressions of interest sought for its purchase.