2023 In Review: August – Conference Centre opens; Edwards signs new Panthers deal

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There was plenty to talk about in Penrith in August. Here’s what was making headlines…

Australia Post drops a bombshell by confirming it will close its iconic Westfield Penrith location in September.

NSW Health Minister Ryan Park officially opens Nepean Hospital’s new state-of-the-art pathology laboratory.

Police on the scene at St Marys. Photo: Megan Dunn.

Another woman is tragically murdered in our city, with Drew Douglas – a mother of four children including a newborn – killed at St Marys. Her partner is later charged, accused of the crime.

Former Penrith accountant Ben Carter, accused of defrauding clients to fund his gambling habit, is granted bail.

Indian restaurant Taj of the Valley confirms it’s closing its doors permanently.

The new Pullman Hotel and Western Sydney Conference Centre officially opens in Penrith, along with fine dining restaurant Marcel.

The Pullman Sydney Penrith.

Nordoff-Robbins CEO Belinda Leonard becomes the first woman to be on the Board of Panthers, after a landmark meeting at the club’s headquarters.

The Voice referendum is officially locked in for October 14.

Matildas mania sweeps Penrith, with live sites set up across the city to support the team during the World Cup.

The Penrith CBD Corporation celebrates its 10th anniversary with a special event at Panthers.

Penrith CBD Corporation Chairman Darren Latty. Photo: Megan Dunn.

Jarome Luai suffers a serious shoulder injury in Penrith’s loss to the Eels, putting him in doubt for the Finals.

The Panthers down Melbourne, Manly and Gold Coast, but fall to Parramatta as the NRL Finals loom.

Inaugural GWS Giants co-captain Phil Davis formally announces his retirement.

Dylan Edwards signs a new four-year deal with Penrith, keeping him at the foot of the Mountains until at least the end of 2028.

Dylan Edwards, his partner Nadine and their two kids. Photo: Megan Dunn.

One of the city’s longest-running traditions, the Penrith Show, is held at the Showground.

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