Opinion

2003 Grand Final: A night we’ll never forget

As the Panthers prepare to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 2003 Grand Final triumph, Troy Dodds reflects on a special night in the club's history.

Why many will feel flat after Tuesday’s Federal Budget

Troy Dodds on why not everyone is cheering about the Budget being back in black.

Hey city folk, western Sydney is thriving and winning – even if you’re oblivious...

Troy Dodds says the west offers a lifestyle those in the city and east are completely oblivious to.

A son lost in the ugliness of war: ANZAC Day offers a chance to...

The first telegram arrived some time around May 1942.

Where $300 million stadium plan will likely land

Why the Penrith Stadium re-build is likely to blow up.

Unpacking the State Election bloodbath

Troy Dodds unpacks a State Election that has left the Liberal Party with plenty of soul searching to do, and the state with a new era under Chris Minns and Labor.

Does NSW really need a “fresh start”?

Is it all over for Dominic Perrottet? The final word on tomorrow's State Election with Troy Dodds.

A life ban isn’t the answer in the Latrell Mitchell racism drama

Racism in sport is unacceptable, but banning a teenage kid for life over the comment he directed at Latrell Mitchell is not the answer, writes Troy Dodds.

Troy Dodds delivers his fearless predictions for the 2023 NRL season

So it begins: the wild ride of an NRL season. Eight games a week, impossible to escape coverage. The odd bitten fingernail.

Dahl’s words are being changed, but is it really cancel culture?

When I first read the headline “Roald Dahl books rewritten to remove offensive language” this week, my first reaction was an eye roll.

Could Penrith house an NBL expansion team?

Is Penrith ready to house another major sporting team?

Penrith’s High Street cinemas: 30 years since final curtain fell

It’s 30 years this week since the Hayden Cinemas on High Street in Penrith closed for the final time.

Box ticking exercises and virtue signalling only create more division

Australia Day will be celebrated next week and you can expect the usual barrage of news stories, social media posts and divisive commentary about us daring to smile on January 26.

A message from our Editor: Reflecting on the year that was

Friday marks the final print edition of The Western Weekender for the year, while our online news service also takes a break; the curtain coming down on our 32nd year covering news in this city.

Scoff if you must, but Penrith is changing – for the better

Penrith is only going to get better.

Special tribute to Barry’s legacy in Penrith

A special tribute has been unveiled to Barry Leavett-Brown.

Twitter’s elite throw their toys out of the cot

As if they were at an airport or a train station, a host of celebrities have announced their departure from social media platform Twitter in recent weeks.

It’s time for Dominic Perrottet to prepare for Opposition

Is there a path to victory for the Coalition in New South Wales? Troy Dodds doesn't think so.

Sport’s modern conundrum as money and ethics collide

Sport and money were always destined to collide. That’s just how things roll.

Party on, boys: Panthers deserve to celebrate how they choose

This Penrith team’s humility, pride and attachment to the community is evident to anyone who is close to it.