2019 in Review: July

Business Person of the Year Amanda Little
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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 July 2019…

– The community is shocked and shaken by the death of Rita Camilleri in St Clair. Her daughter, 25-year-old Jessica Camilleri, is charged with the horrific murder.

– Local police officers declare “enough is enough”, as they put grubs who assault police on notice.

– Lawyer Amanda Little wins Penrith’s Business Person of the Year Award at the Penrith Local Business Awards.

– The St Marys Rembrandt Dutch Club faces an uncertain future, with confirmation the centre is likely to be demolished to make way for a warehouse development.

– Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh makes her maiden speech in Parliament.

Melissa McIntosh making her maiden speech in Parliament. Photo: APH Live Stream

– An inquest into music festival deaths hears that there was a lack of medical staff at the Defqon.1 festival in Penrith in 2018, where two people died.

– New Labor leader Jodi McKay visits Penrith, promising to hold the recently elected Coalition government to account.

Greg Warren, Jodi McKay and Prue Car speaking with shoppers. Photo: Megan Dunn

– The Independent Planning Commission dramatically refuses the highly publicised cemetery development at Wallacia Golf Club.

– Penrith City Council blocks Westfield’s planned $10.5 million expansion.

– Local vegans say tough restrictions imposed on protests won’t stop them “exposing the truth” to Penrith residents.

Natasha Anderson is unhappy with restrictions placed on protests. Photo: Megan Dunn

– A Penrith paramedic is tragically killed during a freak wind storm in the Blue Mountains. Friends and family remember Dearne Fulcher as being “confident and dedicated”.

– Former Lindsay MP Emma Husar and BuzzFeed settle their defamation case out of court.

– A former St Marys priest is jailed for the third time over sex crimes.

– The Western Sydney Wanderers play their first match at Bankwest Stadium, taking on English club Leeds United.

– James Maloney confirms he will leave the Penrith Panthers at the end of the NRL season.

James Maloney addressing the media. Photo: Megan Dunn

– There’s heartbreak for Penrith netballer Paige Hadley when Australia loses the World Cup final to New Zealand by a point.

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