2023 In Review – April: Penrith falls silent, tragedy at Nepean Hospital

The ANZAC Dawn Service in Penrith. Photo: Melinda Jane.
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As we continue our look back on 2023, here’s the stories that made headlines in April…

Two women are killed in a tragic incident near the car park at Nepean Hospital. The 55-year-old driver of a vehicle and a 59-year-old pedestrian die despite the best efforts of paramedics to save them.

Firefighters work for almost four hours to contain molten glass leaking from a malfunctioning furnace in a factory in Penrith.

A woman who pleaded guilty to neglecting three horses at Orchard Hills walks free from court after being allowed to serve her jail sentence in the community.

There’s high emotions at Memory Park in Penrith and at St Marys RSL, with the local area falling silent on ANZAC Day.

The ANZAC Dawn Service in Penrith. Photo: Melinda Jane.

Andrew Moore is appointed the new General Manager of Penrith City Council.

Plans are revealed for a major upgrade of Hoyts Penrith, as part of wider changes to Westfield Penrith.

Westfield Penrith and Nepean Village Shopping Centre are both on a long list of locations placed on alert after an infant was diagnosed with measles.

New Penrith State MP Karen McKeown conducts her first one-on-one interview with The Western Weekender, outlining plans for her inaugural term.

Journalist Emily Feszczuk chats with Karen McKeown. Photo: Melinda Jane.

After years of fighting, the battle to conserve the rows of trees known as Grey Gums along Mulgoa Road is lost as the chainsaws began to cut them down.

It’s confirmed former St Dominic’s College student Akoldah “AK” Gak will remain in the NBL next season after signing with the Cairns Taipans on a two-year deal.

The Panthers suffer back-to-back defeats to Souths and then lowly Wests Tigers as the club’s Premiership defence starts to look shaky.

The Panthers dejected after defeat in Bathurst. Photo: NRL Images.
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