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‘Get Ready’ for Bush Fire Season
19 Sep 2018
‘Get Ready’ for Bush Fire Season
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith announced that local Rural Fire Services will open their doors to the community this weekend to help people be aware and prepare for bush fire risks this summer. 
Senator Payne Announces New Funds for Local Community Safety in Lindsay as Deadline Looms
19 Sep 2018
Senator Payne Announces New Funds for Local Community Safety in Lindsay as Deadline Looms
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne has called on community organisations and Penrith City Council to apply for a share of up to $1 million in funding through the Safer Communities Fund. 
Come and Celebrate Lah-Lah's 10th Birthday at The Joan!
17 Sep 2018
Come and Celebrate Lah-Lah's 10th Birthday at The Joan!
Sing and Dance for Lah-Lah’s 10th Birthday at the Joan! Gather up your little ones, pull out your best stripy gear and get ready to celebrate at the biggest party around! Pre-school musical favourites Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band are turning 10 and are celebrating at The Joan on Friday 12 October as part of their national tour.
 
Spring School Holiday Workshops at Penrith Regional Gallery
16 Sep 2018
Spring School Holiday Workshops at Penrith Regional Gallery
Be enchanted these Spring school holidays with Sculptures in the Garden; a fun and delightful series of workshops that celebrate the fantastic garden at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest - perfect for spring!
 
Investigation Works Begin at Glenbrook, Kingswood and Hazelbrook Stations
15 Sep 2018
Investigation Works Begin at Glenbrook, Kingswood and Hazelbrook Stations
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith on Friday announced that early investigation work has now commenced at Glenbrook, Hazelbrook and Kingswood stations as part of planning work for accessibility upgrades being delivered through the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program. 
New Funding to Improve Liveability Across the new Western Parkland City
15 Sep 2018
New Funding to Improve Liveability Across the new Western Parkland City
Eight local councils across the future Western Parkland City will share in a $150 million Liveability Program to provide high quality community infrastructure and public spaces, as part of the Western Sydney City Deal. 
First Artists Announced for the 2019 Blue Mountains Music Festival!
15 Sep 2018
First Artists Announced for the 2019 Blue Mountains Music Festival!
The 24th annual Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk Roots and Blues (BMMF) returns to scenic Katoomba on March 15, 16 and 17 in 2019, with an incredible line-up of local and international artists. 
Leura Gardens Festival 2018 - New Format
15 Sep 2018
Leura Gardens Festival 2018 - New Format
Planning is well underway for the 2018 festival which will have a new format this year. 
Lee Kernaghan Announces Final 2018 Dates on his Massive 25th Anniversary Boys from the Bush Tour
14 Sep 2018
Lee Kernaghan Announces Final 2018 Dates on his Massive 25th Anniversary Boys from the Bush Tour
With a string of dates in November and December, Lee brings to a close an incredible almost two-years celebrating his seminal outback club album. 
New Regional Tourism Campaign: ‘Wake Up With’ the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith
12 Sep 2018
New Regional Tourism Campaign: ‘Wake Up With’ the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith
The Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith are showcased in a new cooperative tourism marketing campaign, developed by Destination NSW in partnership with the Regional Strategic Alliance. 
Grants Funding Now Open for Penrith Groups
8 Sep 2018
Grants Funding Now Open for Penrith Groups
Penrith community organisations looking to build new or upgrade current facilities are encouraged to apply for funding from the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program. 
Western Sydney Artists Premier New Theatre Work at Sydney Fringe Festival
7 Sep 2018
Western Sydney Artists Premier New Theatre Work at Sydney Fringe Festival
This year The Sydney Fringe Festival has partnered with Q Theatre in Penrith to provide more opportunities for Western Sydney based indie artists through the creation and presentation of two fantastic shows. 
An Atmospheric Journey from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons to New Australian Music
6 Sep 2018
An Atmospheric Journey from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons to New Australian Music
Coming soon to The Joan; an entire concert dedicated to the sounds of the seasons matched with brand-new Indigenous dance in Four-Colour-Season presented by The Song Company and The Thomas E.S Kelly Project on 28 September. 
Why You Need to Switch to the NBN
4 Sep 2018
Why You Need to Switch to the NBN
The National Broadband Network (NBN) has prompted national conversations over the last few years, and much of the time the view has been negative. It was heralded as a revolutionary high-speed Internet service before being labelled as a political disaster and repurposed to use much of the existing phone network. This backflip, combined with lots of technical jargon like hybrid fibre-coaxial, CVC and POIs, has left many Aussies feeling confused and frustrated. 
Blue Mountains Endorses City Deal Liveability Projects
4 Sep 2018
Blue Mountains Endorses City Deal Liveability Projects
Blue Mountains City Council is nominating six key projects for up to $15 million of funding under the Western Sydney City Deal Liveability Program. 
From 31st to 5th in Australia – A Great Place to Work
4 Sep 2018
From 31st to 5th in Australia – A Great Place to Work
Local Business Invest Blue recognised as a Best Place to Work in 2018 at the national awards night in Sydney. 
Black Spot Program Funds Set to Save Lives in Penrith
2 Sep 2018
Black Spot Program Funds Set to Save Lives in Penrith
Some of Penrith’s accident hot spots are set for a safety upgrade thanks to funding provided through the Morrison Government’s Black Spot Program. 
World Record Set at Speed Week 2018 for the Fastest Blind Person Riding a Motorbike
2 Sep 2018
World Record Set at Speed Week 2018 for the Fastest Blind Person Riding a Motorbike
He has no sight, but he has a throttle, he has steering, he has balance and he has loads of grit. That is what it took 2018 Nepean Disability Expo ambassador Ben Felten to break the World’s Fastest Blind Man record earlier this year. 
40km/h Around Stopped Emergency Vehicles
1 Sep 2018
40km/h Around Stopped Emergency Vehicles
From 1 September 2018, a new road rule will commence to improve the safety of emergency workers when they are stopped on the road. 
Spill or Be Spilled! The Joan Presents: The Wharf Revue 2018
1 Sep 2018
Spill or Be Spilled! The Joan Presents: The Wharf Revue 2018
The Wharf Revue is back for another year of hilariously accurate political satire at the Joan – and what timing! 
First Concrete Poured for New Nepean Hospital Car Park
31 Aug 2018
First Concrete Poured for New Nepean Hospital Car Park
Nepean Hospital’s $576 million Stage 1 redevelopment is underway with the first concrete slab poured for the new multi-storey car park. 
Penrith to Celebrate Our Grandparents
29 Aug 2018
Penrith to Celebrate Our Grandparents
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith joined Councillor Brian Cartwright to announce that Penrith City Council (PCC) has received a $10,000 grant to bring Grandparents Day to life in the local community for 2018. 
Journey to the Tiwi Islands with B2M: Mamanta
28 Aug 2018
Journey to the Tiwi Islands with B2M: Mamanta
As the turn of the season approaches, the Joan will host seven-piece band from the Tiwi Islands, B2M (Bathurst to Melville), in their nationally touring show B2M: Mamanta on 1 September. 
Qantas Announces Further Evidence of Importance of Western Sydney Airport
26 Aug 2018
Qantas Announces Further Evidence of Importance of Western Sydney Airport
Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, Paul Fletcher welcomes reports this week that Qantas and Jetstar will operate from Western Sydney Airport. 
Ballet Under The Stars 2018 - Giselle
24 Aug 2018
Ballet Under The Stars 2018 - Giselle
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith announced that The Australian Ballet will return to Penrith for the popular Ballet Under the Stars. 
Western Sydney Airport Jobs Predictions Questioned
23 Aug 2018
Western Sydney Airport Jobs Predictions Questioned
Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman MP has welcomed a new report released by the ‘Jobs for Western Sydney’ Group at their official launch on Saturday. 
Funding Boost for Hockey Facilities in Western Sydney
23 Aug 2018
Funding Boost for Hockey Facilities in Western Sydney
Hundreds of Western Sydney hockey players are set to benefit from $1.2 million worth of upgrades at hockey fields at Kingswood and Narellan which will increase the quality and capacity of facilities and bring them to international standard. 
Penrith Volunteers Help Make Disability Expo a Success
22 Aug 2018
Penrith Volunteers Help Make Disability Expo a Success
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith and Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams announced that NADO will receive $1,500 to provide a shuttle bus to support people with disability attend the Nepean Disability Expo. 
18 New Police Officers for Nepean/Blue Mountains Local Area Commands
21 Aug 2018
18 New Police Officers for Nepean/Blue Mountains Local Area Commands
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith announced that 18 new recruits will join the Nepean and Blue Mountains Local Area Commands following on from their recent graduation from the Goulburn Police Academy. 
Western Sydney Airport Preparing for Take-off
20 Aug 2018
Western Sydney Airport Preparing for Take-off
Western Sydney Airport has reached another major milestone, with companies now invited to bid for a major contract to undertake the mammoth task of clearing and levelling the site. 
Spring Exhibition Suite at Penrith Regional Gallery
17 Aug 2018
Spring Exhibition Suite at Penrith Regional Gallery
The Curtain Breathed Deeply - an expansive new commission by Sydney based artist Justene Williams – will open at Penrith Regional Gallery on Saturday 25 August. The exhibition will transform the entirety of Penrith Regional Gallery’s Main Gallery space into an intentionally chaotic, immersive and interrelated sequence of installations. Her largest and most ambitious undertaking to date, The Curtain Breathed Deeply will seduce visitors into and through a series of hypnotising sets and video installations abounding in sensory overload and cacophony. 
My Supports Receives Grant Funding to Expand NDIS Services
16 Aug 2018
My Supports Receives Grant Funding to Expand NDIS Services
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith has announced grant funding of more than $1.4 million for My Supports to create 22 new Neighbourhood Teams including a new Nepean Blue Mountains Team who provide a range of local support for people with disability under the NDIS. 
Penrith Volunteers Praised
15 Aug 2018
Penrith Volunteers Praised
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith and Minister responsible for Volunteering, Ray Williams announced the Nepean Community and Neighbourhood Services (NCNS) Breakfast Club will receive $4,000. 
Sing Along to the Hits of Elvis, John Lennon & Dusty Springfield at The Joan!
12 Aug 2018
Sing Along to the Hits of Elvis, John Lennon & Dusty Springfield at The Joan!
This month’s Morning Melodies at The Joan will take you on a journey back in time to celebrate Yesterday’s Heroes; hit songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s by Elvis, John Lennon, the Rolling Stones and more! 
Strong Community Support for My Health Record in the Nepean and Blue Mountains Region - A Model for the Rest of Australia
11 Aug 2018
Strong Community Support for My Health Record in the Nepean and Blue Mountains Region - A Model for the Rest of Australia
Residents and healthcare providers in the Nepean and Blue Mountains region are actively using My Health Record, showing the benefits for all Australians. 
Invictus Games Spirit to Conquer Penrith Classrooms
10 Aug 2018
Invictus Games Spirit to Conquer Penrith Classrooms
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today announced public school students in years 5 to 12 across Penrith will learn about the importance of resilience, service and inclusion as part of an initiative helping to share the spirit of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. 
Mental Health Boost Gives Long Term Support to Older People
9 Aug 2018
Mental Health Boost Gives Long Term Support to Older People
The NSW Government will spend $15 million over 10 years in three partnerships between mental health services and aged care facilities to support older people who have been in hospital for long stays. 
Marking Western Sydney Airport Co’s First Year in Business
8 Aug 2018
Marking Western Sydney Airport Co’s First Year in Business
Today marks one year since the Australian Government established WSA Co, following through on its equity investment of $5.3 billion to build and operate Western Sydney Airport. 
Penrith Households Save on Energy Bills
8 Aug 2018
Penrith Households Save on Energy Bills
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith encourages eligible community members to take up the offer to replace an old TV and old fridge to reduce their power bills through the NSW Governments “new for old” appliance replacement program. 
Penrith Regional Gallery Summer Studio Residency 2018/2019
6 Aug 2018
Penrith Regional Gallery Summer Studio Residency 2018/2019
Applications for 2018/2019 residencies are now open. 
Is Your Airbag Safe?
5 Aug 2018
Is Your Airbag Safe?
There have been many news articles in recent years about faulty Takata airbags, and the fact that specific vehicle makes and models are being recalled for airbag replacement. Working out whether your car is affected can be confusing, as many people don't know the exact year model of their car and looking it up can easily slip down the 'to do' list.

Help is at hand: A new website will now tell you in seconds. 
Boost for Aboriginal Mental Health Services at Nepean Hospital
3 Aug 2018
Boost for Aboriginal Mental Health Services at Nepean Hospital
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith welcomes the announcement that new frontline staff to make mental health care more accessible and culturally inclusive for Aboriginal people will be recruited in the Nepean Blue Mountains region, thanks to almost $140,000 from the NSW Government. 
Blue Mountains Meet The Orchestra
1 Aug 2018
Blue Mountains Meet The Orchestra
Winmalee local and Concertmaster of Western Sydney Youth Orchestra (WSYO), violinist James Parbery, will be performing three concerts on Saturday 1 September as part of the Meet The Orchestra concert series presented by Sydney Youth Orchestras (SYO) at Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub. 
A Grand Affair at The Joan! Eight Grands: An Orchestra of Pianos
30 Jul 2018
A Grand Affair at The Joan! Eight Grands: An Orchestra of Pianos
The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre is preparing for a piano spectacular of rarely seen magnitude. On 18 August the majestic Concert Hall stage will hold not one, not two or three – but EIGHT - grand pianos. 
Do You Work With Any Young People into Dance, Music or Hip-Hop?
29 Jul 2018
Do You Work With Any Young People into Dance, Music or Hip-Hop?
MMAD have just recently launched MMADness for the second half of 2018 and are calling for any young people who would benefit from being in a creative, supportive and positive environment in our Music, Dance and Mentoring programs. 
Update on Changed Traffic Conditions on M4 at South Penrith
27 Jul 2018
Update on Changed Traffic Conditions on M4 at South Penrith
Motorists are advised of changed traffic conditions on the M4 Motorway at South Penrith as part of ongoing work to build a new interchange at The Northern Road. 
Local Support for People Experiencing Personality Disorders
27 Jul 2018
Local Support for People Experiencing Personality Disorders
Adolescents, adults, and their families and friends in Penrith and the Blue Mountains will have better access to mental health support for personality disorders as a specialised clinic and staff training is set to be implemented in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. 
Penrith Community Encouraged to Discuss Organ Donation
26 Jul 2018
Penrith Community Encouraged to Discuss Organ Donation
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith is encouraging Penrith community members to let their family and friends know their wishes when it comes to organ donation. 
Reducing Winter Air Pollution
25 Jul 2018
Reducing Winter Air Pollution
With winter well and truly in full swing, residents can assist in reducing winter smoke and ensure their fires are burning correctly. 
Local Digital Mentoring Volunteering Opportunities
24 Jul 2018
Local Digital Mentoring Volunteering Opportunities
Give people the power to be online and use technology! Become a Digital Mentor today. Everything is going online; without the skills to use technology, people are becoming more and more excluded from the modern world and all it has to offer. 
Political Art and Artists in the Digital Age - Free Public Forum
21 Jul 2018
Political Art and Artists in the Digital Age - Free Public Forum
Penrith Regional Gallery will close its Black Mist Burnt Country exhibition with a forum of artists, curators, thinkers and activists to discuss the role and scope of political art in the digital age. How has social media changed the political landscape and artist commentary? 
Changed Traffic Conditions on M4 at South Penrith
19 Jul 2018
Changed Traffic Conditions on M4 at South Penrith
Motorists are advised of changed traffic conditions on the M4 Motorway at South Penrith. As part of work to build a new interchange over the M4, night time work hours have been extended by one hour from 4am to 5am tomorrow. 
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