2019 In Review: January

Mark Latham in Penrith. Photo: Melinda Jane
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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 back on January 2019.

– Controversial Penrith City Councillor Marcus Cornish confirms he’ll contest the March State Election, claiming Penrith needs a “clear voice”.

– One Nation’s Mark Latham visits Penrith to launch the party’s State campaign alongside Penrith candidate Carl Halley.

– 33-year-old Wadie Andrawis from Kingswood is tragically killed after suffering a heart attack while snorkelling on the NSW South Coast.

– The community is up in arms when the Weekender reveals that the traditional ANZAC Sunday community service will be cut.

– Thousands attend Australia Day celebrations at Jamison Park.

– Penrith resident and disability support worker Farah Madon is crowned Citizen of the Year at Penrith Council’s Australia Day Awards ceremony.

Farah Madon with Mayor Ross Fowler

– Penrith Council alongside the State and Federal Governments confirm a $24 million overhaul for Regatta Park in Emu Plains.

– NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian visits York Public School to announce a major recruitment initiative that will put more teachers in schools.

– As part of the Australia Day 2019 Honours List, Penrith resident Vincent Le Breton and St Marys local Maree Johnson are highlighted for their outstanding contribution to the Penrith community. Both receive an OAM.

Maree Johnson and Vincent Le Breton. Photo: Melinda Jane

– The Western Sydney Wanderers’ poor summer continues, as their A-League Finals hopes slip away.

– The State Government promises a major upgrade of Jamison Park.

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