A love letter to the city of Penrith

Recently named Penrith's Citizen of the Year, Troy Dodds opens up about his love and passion for our city.

Opinion: How Dutton’s power play put him in election race

Peter Dutton's nuclear plan has not been laughed out of the room. This is why Anthony Albanese should be worried.

The golden opportunity Penrith missed with the Taylan May saga

"As a Penrith fan for more than 35 years, a club member and a resident in the community it represents, there’s one line in addition to the “no further comment” I’d like to see."

Our News. Your Voice. How you can support local, independent news.

The Western Weekender today joins publishers from across the nation in launching the 'Our News. Your Voice' campaign. Find out how you can support local news.

The incredible resurrection of Dylan Edwards

Five years ago, the career of Dylan Edwards was at a crossroads. Now, he's preparing to make his State of Origin debut for NSW. How he bounced back.

Respect for referees must start with players

The pile-on directed at NRL referee Kasey Badger in the wake of last Saturday’s clash between Canterbury and the Wests Tigers must be a line in the sand moment for the game.

A son lost in the ugliness of war: ANZAC Day offers a chance to reflect and remember

Ahead of ANZAC Day, Troy Dodds reflects on the horrors of war - and the impact on those left behind.

Social media companies, and their users, must look in the legal and moral mirror

Why does the public not hold social media companies and rogue users to the same standard as it does the traditional media? Troy Dodds ponders.

How a forgotten classic TV show has sparked an emotional trip down memory lane

A forgotten TV show. A hunt for its missing episodes. One giant trip down memory lane.

Everyone can play a part in saving Penrith’s restaurants

There's blame to go around, but we can all play a part in trying to save Penrith's dining scene.

Pull the other one: Let’s not pretend Labor will build a roof on Accor Stadium

Troy Dodds isn't buying the State Government's "serious consideration" of a roof at Accor Stadium.

Troy Dodds delivers his fearless NRL predictions for 2024

Somebody order the straitjacket! Troy Dodds delivers his 2024 NRL predictions.

This is Taylor’s world and we’re just living in it

Bigger that Beatlemania? You better believe it.

A broken promise, yes, but Albanese did the right thing on tax cuts

Is keeping a promise more important than delivering more money to those most in need? Troy Dodds says Anthony Albanese got it right on his tax cut adjustments.

15 years in Penrith’s best job

Troy Dodds reflects on 15 years as Editor of The Western Weekender.

A note from the Editor: Wrapping up a huge 2023

Managing Editor Troy Dodds delivers his annual end-of-year message to our readers.

Missing link brings Penrith closer to the city

In all the drama of the Rozelle Interchange, one element has been forgotten: the dream run now on offer from Penrith into the city.

Is Anthony Albanese a one-term Prime Minister?

Is the Prime Minister in a spiral he can't escape from? Troy Dodds on why Anthony Albanese's honey moon is over.

Penrith must embrace airport or risk being left behind

The new airport is coming - but is Penrith ready to embrace the benefits? Troy Dodds.

Jarome Luai faces a sliding doors moment. The end result doesn’t really matter.

Jarome Luai faces a fork in the road, but is likely not listening to any of the outside noise. Troy Dodds has his say.