2023 In Review – January: Holiday tragedy, Critter declares he’s out

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We look back on the stories that were dominating the headlines in January 2023…

Glenmore Park’s Vanessa Tadros is among those killed in a tragic helicopter crash near Sea World on the Gold Coast. Her son Nicky Tadros is left with catastrophic injuries.

28-year-old mother Dayna Isaac is found dead in a Penrith unit on Colless Street. Paul Sultana is later charged with her murder after being arrested at Cranebrook.

Labor declares it will build a high school at Jordan Springs if it wins the March election. The Coalition later matches the commitment.

Stephen Crichton. Photo: Melinda Jane.

Premiership-winning Penrith centre Stephen Crichton confirms he’ll depart the club at the end of the 2023 season. He signs a rich deal with Canterbury.

Belinda McWilliams is confirmed as One Nation’s candidate for Penrith at the State Election.

Belinda McWilliams. Photo: Melinda Jane.

Penrith’s Chilli Jam Thai restaurant closes its doors, with the business labelling it “the end of an era”.

NSW Labor Leader Chris Minns announces plans for a hospital in the Aerotropolis if the party is elected in March.

Premier Dominic Perrottet confirms Stuart Ayres will return to his front bench if the Coalition wins the 2023 election.

Local footy icon Bill Borg and his wife Karyn are recognised for their contribution to rugby league, each being awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2023 Australia Day Honours.

Karyn and Bill Borg have received Australia Day Honours.

Stunned onlookers help foil a dramatic robbery at Glenmore Park’s shopping centre.

A man is killed in a tragic accident at Orchard Hills, when his van crashes and flips on the M4.

The new Nangamay Public School in Mulgoa Rise is officially opened by Education Minister Sarah Mitchell.

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell speaks at the opening. Photo: Melinda Jane.

The Coalition Government promises to build a $106 million sports arena at Claremont Meadows, in a move celebrated by local clubs.

Labor locks in Garion Thain – son of veteran Penrith City Councillor John Thain – to contest the seat of Badgerys Creek at the State Election.

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