2023 In Review: December – A beach in Penrith, Luai lunacy

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It’s been a big finish to the year in Penrith. Here’s what got us talking in December…

The long-awaited Penrith Beach opens in Castlereagh, attracting huge numbers in its first days of operation. 

Lifeguard Charlotte Brown patrols Penrith Beach. Photo: Melinda Jane.

WSU Vice-Chancellor Barney Glover announces he plans to leave the position in 2024.

The hottest day of the year is recorded on December 9, as temperatures soar about 40 degrees in Penrith.

A major fire causes damage at a scrap metal yard in St Marys.

Photo: Fire & Rescue NSW.

A worker dies at Erskine Park Bakery in a pre-Christmas tragedy, with shoppers leaving floral tributes outside of the business.

Pink Up Penrith’s 2023 fundraising total exceeds $100,000.

Veteran doctor John Pardey announces his retirement, having delivered more than 10,000 babies across a 30-plus year career.

A fire forces the evacuation of Westfield Penrith, just a week before Christmas.

Teenager Jade Busst records Jamison High School’s best ever HSC result, achieving an ATAR of 99.10.

Jarome Luai mayhem rocks the NRL, with the star five-eighth confirming his intention to leave the Panthers at the end of 2024, reportedly agreeing to a deal with the Wests Tigers.

Jarome Luai.

James Fisher-Harris wins rugby league’s Golden Boot award.

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