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MP Welcomes Australian Hearing Announcement
27 May 2017
MP Welcomes Australian Hearing Announcement
Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman, says the Federal Government’s decision to not proceed with the privatisation of Australian Hearing is a win for the Springwood and Blue Mountains community. 
How will the NBN Impact you in an Emergency?
27 May 2017
How will the NBN Impact you in an Emergency?
The NBN is frequently a hot topic as NBN and Internet service providers work hard to help Aussies connect to the new network as it is rolled out. 
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, the Original and Still the Best! One Night Only
26 May 2017
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, the Original and Still the Best! One Night Only
Buckle up Penrith, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting The Joan to deliver the freshest and funniest from Australia’s largest comedy festival! 
Public Forum: The Legacy of JFK – American Political Landscape and Foreign Policy
25 May 2017
Public Forum: The Legacy of JFK – American Political Landscape and Foreign Policy
Join us to hear Professor of History, James Curran, Research Associate, and Stephen Loosley AM, Visiting Fellow, US Studies Centre, University of Sydney as they discuss the American political landscape and foreign policy. 
Circus Oz is in Town! – Friday 26 to Saturday 27 May
23 May 2017
Circus Oz is in Town! – Friday 26 to Saturday 27 May
There is nothing better than the thrill of a family trip to the circus! 
Councils Explore Possibilities for $4 Billion Infrastructure Challenge
21 May 2017
Councils Explore Possibilities for $4 Billion Infrastructure Challenge
With combined assets valued at over $4 billion, the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith City Councils are working together to explore options for the future management of their infrastructure assets in the region, with exciting possibilities. 
Amazing Reading at Emu Heights Public School
21 May 2017
Amazing Reading at Emu Heights Public School
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith joined the Year 2 Library class at Emu Heights Public School to celebrate the school’s participation in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. 
Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest Exhibition Wins Prestigious National Award
20 May 2017
Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest Exhibition Wins Prestigious National Award
Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest has won a prestigious MAGNA (Museums and Galleries National Award) at the Museums Australia National Conference 15 May 2017. 
Faeriestorm Makes Family Life Easier
20 May 2017
Faeriestorm Makes Family Life Easier
Race home from work. Pick the kids up from school. Feed them afternoon tea. Get the washing off the line. Supervise homework. Take one child to music lessons, another to soccer training and a third to a play date. Bath the baby. Prepare dinner.

What if a fairy godmother did all that for you and all you had to do was enjoy your children? In your dreams right?

Wrong. 
Eat Sleep Scratch – Repeat or Not? Diary of a Wombat
19 May 2017
Eat Sleep Scratch – Repeat or Not? Diary of a Wombat
Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat. Now finally this iconic work by Australian Children’s Laureate (2014/15), Jackie French and Bruce Whatley comes to the stage at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday 30 May at 2pm. 
Fire & Rescue NSW’s Open Day - 20 May
18 May 2017
Fire & Rescue NSW’s Open Day - 20 May
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith is encouraging people to take the opportunity of the Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Open Day on Saturday, 20 May to meet local firefighters and learn about fire prevention. 
More Help for Vulnerable Energy Customers
17 May 2017
More Help for Vulnerable Energy Customers
Vulnerable energy customers in NSW have more access to help pay their bills with 342 community welfare organisations now able to issue $50 emergency vouchers. 
Dedicated Mental Health Triage and Assessment Centre Opens at Nepean Hospital
17 May 2017
Dedicated Mental Health Triage and Assessment Centre Opens at Nepean Hospital
People seeking urgent mental health care at Nepean Hospital are now able to receive help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at one of the state’s newest dedicated triage and assessment centres. 
Marching to the Beat of Their Drum The NSW Police Band
17 May 2017
Marching to the Beat of Their Drum The NSW Police Band
The NSW Police Band returns to the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre for a morning of fabulous music to entertain and delight you. With multi-award winning vocalist Belinda Adams, the NSW Police Band will take you on a journey through the big Broadway hits, movie themes, orchestral and timeless classics with this repertoire of favourites. 
Take Time Out - Sunday Sessions at The Joan
16 May 2017
Take Time Out - Sunday Sessions at The Joan
The Joan has stepped it up again this year, bringing you some of Australia’s most acclaimed jazz and world music artists in its 2017 Sunday Sessions. Put it in your diary and book your tickets now so you make the time to take time out for yourself! 
Winter Exhibition:  Richard Goodwin – Navigator
14 May 2017
Winter Exhibition: Richard Goodwin – Navigator
This Winter, explore the creative engagements of Richard Goodwin, Australian sculptor, architect, author and artist. For over 40 years Richard Goodwin has been at the forefront of Sydney contemporary art practice. 
New Ngurra (Belonging)
13 May 2017
New Ngurra (Belonging)
In a collaborative project between Indigenous artist Graham Davis King, architect Craig Johnston and contemporary artist Billy Gruner, The Joan’s light-filled Atrium Foyer will become home to an installation titled New Ngurra, a contemporary reconstruction of a Ngurra: an Indigenous camp, both a place to take shelter and to engage with culture. 
Penrith Commmunity Encouraged to Recognise Their Volunteers
11 May 2017
Penrith Commmunity Encouraged to Recognise Their Volunteers
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith is encouraging local residents to acknowledge the efforts of community members who give their time to help others, by nominating them for the Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program. 
Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest presents American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times
11 May 2017
Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest presents American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times
American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times is a window into the life and times of one of the most admired and charismatic figures of the twentieth century. 
Western Sydney’s Young Musicians Join With the ACO Ensemble in Celebration of Three Centuries of String Music
11 May 2017
Western Sydney’s Young Musicians Join With the ACO Ensemble in Celebration of Three Centuries of String Music
The thirty-two young Western Sydney musicians of the Penrith Strings program will take to the stage alongside their mentors from the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) and Penrith Symphony Orchestra (PSO), to present a concert together at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Sunday 21 May, 3pm. 
Give Mum an Experience to Remember This Mother's Day
10 May 2017
Give Mum an Experience to Remember This Mother's Day
On stage with pianist Andrey Gugnin.

We all love our mums and by gifting the experience of a live performance you'll offer her a precious time to share and remember - especially if you've bought a second ticket so you can accompany her! 
Stuart Ayres Congratulates Local Community on Milestone Reached in Effort to Build a New Crisis Shelter
10 May 2017
Stuart Ayres Congratulates Local Community on Milestone Reached in Effort to Build a New Crisis Shelter
Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres on Tuesday congratulated the Penrith community on reaching a key milestone in the effort to establish a new crisis shelter. 
Commencement of Emergency Management Volunteer Scholarship Program
10 May 2017
Commencement of Emergency Management Volunteer Scholarship Program
Across Australia, there are more than six million volunteers that selflessly give up their time every year to help their communities. As we mark National Volunteer Week (8-14 May), it is an appropriate time to thank our emergency management volunteers for the invaluable contribution they make during and after the ferocity of Australia’s many natural disasters. 
Penrith to Receive an Australian First For Mental Health Care
8 May 2017
Penrith to Receive an Australian First For Mental Health Care
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith recently announced that for the first time in Australia, vulnerable people in Penrith with mental illness will receive care from an innovative community-based program, made possible by a social impact investment. 
Nominations Sought for 2017 Resilient Australia Awards
5 May 2017
Nominations Sought for 2017 Resilient Australia Awards
Applications are now open for the 2017 Resilient Australia Awards.

Now in their 18th year, the awards celebrate innovation and best practice in disaster resilience and are open to all Australians with an interest in emergency management and natural disasters. 
New Police Officers Join the Penrith Community
3 May 2017
New Police Officers Join the Penrith Community
The Penrith and St Marys Local Area Commands this week welcome seven new probationary constables following Friday's Police Academy attestation parade of Class of 330. 
Ability Links Accelerates Independence
1 May 2017
Ability Links Accelerates Independence
Eligible members of the Penrith community will soon have access to free driving lessons thanks to a program inspired by the NSW Government’s $44 million initiative Ability Links. 
Looking for a Place to go? Friday Night Lights
1 May 2017
Looking for a Place to go? Friday Night Lights
Friday Night Lights is the Joan Sutherland performing Arts Centre’s pop –up lounge, a popular pre-show destination, providing a sophisticated and intimate setting for a drink, a bite to eat and a chance to catch up with friends before a Friday evening performance! 
Step Right Up, Step Right Up - Circus Oz is in Town!
30 Apr 2017
Step Right Up, Step Right Up - Circus Oz is in Town!
Soaring to new heights Circus Oz, is fired up to bring Model Citizens to the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 May, treating Penrith to its only Sydney shows on this tour. 
Jamison High Student Wins Premier’s Scholarship
29 Apr 2017
Jamison High Student Wins Premier’s Scholarship
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith welcomes the news that a student from Jamison High School will take part in the trip of a lifetime as one of the successful recipients of the 2017 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship. 
Nominations Now Open for the 2017 Telstra Business Women's Awards
28 Apr 2017
Nominations Now Open for the 2017 Telstra Business Women's Awards
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith is encouraging those in the Penrith community to celebrate the achievements of exceptional business women in the area, by nominating them for the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards. 
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