Penrith Beach confirmed to return this summer

Lifeguard Charlotte Brown patrols Penrith Beach last summer. Photo: Melinda Jane.
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The State Government has confirmed that Penrith Beach will return for the upcoming summer.

The Government will invest $2.5 million to ensure the popular attraction returns.

“When we opened Penrith Beach last season for the first time, I said it was an issue of equity for the people of western Sydney because they deserve to have swimming facilities without driving for hours,” said Deputy Premier and Londonderry MP, Prue Car.

“I could not be more thrilled to announce we have put money aside to fund it for next summer season.

“More than 200,000 people made Penrith beach their location of choice when it came to cooling off last summer, and we want to make that possible again.

“Your postcode shouldn’t matter when it comes to accessing great places to cool down and have fun on or near the water, and the Minns Labor Government has made it a priority to unlock this fantastic site for public use.”

Kids enjoy Penrith Beach. Photo: Melinda Jane.

More than 200,000 people visited the beach during its inaugural season from December to April.

Research from the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure shows that residents from the Penrith and Blacktown LGAs were the most frequent visitors to the site last summer.

“Penrith beach is the size of Bondi but much more vital to our long-suffering locals and visitors who really need somewhere to cool down during the hotter summer months,” said State Penrith MP, Karen McKeown.

“It’s not a stretch to say we are the envy of the rest of Sydney with our stunning natural setting providing one of the most unique swimming outlooks in all of NSW.”

The State Government will open discussions with Western Sydney Lakes around the specific opening times for the upcoming summer.

Safety and accessibility will be top priorities at Penrith Beach next summer with the continuation of trained lifeguards from Royal Life Saving Society NSW who will patrol every day, monitoring and providing first aid services to visitors.

Tragically, one man lost his life in a drowning incident at the beach last summer.

Londonderry MP Prue Car speaking at Penrith Beach. Photo: Melinda Jane.
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