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Local JP Honoured for 50 Years of Service
17 Nov 2018
Local JP Honoured for 50 Years of Service
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith congratulates Mr Gerard Buchtmann of Emu Plains, for 50 years of service to the community as a Justice of the Peace. 
2019 at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
16 Nov 2018
2019 at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
Theatre, performance, music and comedy - shows that'll captivate you, make you think, smile and laugh out loud in The Joan’s fun, classic and adventurous line-up of 2019. 
Have Your Say on the Glenbrook Station Upgrade
15 Nov 2018
Have Your Say on the Glenbrook Station Upgrade
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today invites the local community to have their say on the proposed accessibility upgrade at Glenbrook station that will be delivered through the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program. 
Penrith Seniors to Get Tech Savvy
14 Nov 2018
Penrith Seniors to Get Tech Savvy
Older people in Penrith have the opportunity to increase their digital skills to stay connected through the NSW Government’s popular Tech Savvy Seniors program. 
Penrith South Public School Students Win with New Fitness Area
13 Nov 2018
Penrith South Public School Students Win with New Fitness Area
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today visited Penrith South Public School to officially open their new fitness equipment area. 
Cinema Celebrates 50 Years with Festival and Gala Event
12 Nov 2018
Cinema Celebrates 50 Years with Festival and Gala Event
Since 1968 Glenbrook Cinema has been showcasing quality films for the local community. To mark this special 50 year milestone Glenbrook Cinema is inviting you to help celebrate this remarkable achievement by experiencing the magic of Glenbrook Cinema with some classic movies returning to the big screen in their Festival of Favourite Films. 
Penrith Youth Orchestra to Perform with Australian Chamber Orchestra
10 Nov 2018
Penrith Youth Orchestra to Perform with Australian Chamber Orchestra
The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), The Joan and Penrith Symphony Orchestra (PSO) are thrilled to present a performance by the Penrith Youth Orchestra (PYO) on Sunday 25 November. 
Funding Boost Announced for Financial Assistance Services Across Western Sydney
10 Nov 2018
Funding Boost Announced for Financial Assistance Services Across Western Sydney
Australians experiencing financial hardship will benefit from $50 million in funding in the first of three Financial Wellbeing and Capability Activity grants announcements under the Liberal-National Government. 
Penrith Property Professionals Upskill on Real Estate Rights
8 Nov 2018
Penrith Property Professionals Upskill on Real Estate Rights
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today announced that residents have the opportunity to learn about consumer rights and trader responsibilities next week when NSW Fair Trading is in the region. 
Memorable Send-Off Aboard River Icon
6 Nov 2018
Memorable Send-Off Aboard River Icon
A new business partnership between two Penrith mates has created an opportunity for local residents to celebrate the life of a loved one aboard the iconic Nepean Belle paddlewheeler. 
Jamison High School Student to Tour WWII Battlegrounds
6 Nov 2018
Jamison High School Student to Tour WWII Battlegrounds
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith joined history students at Jamison High School to announce that the school has been selected via a ballot to participate in the 2019 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship. 
Signed, Sealed & Delivered: Upgrades to Grassroots Penrith Sport Facilities Completed
5 Nov 2018
Signed, Sealed & Delivered: Upgrades to Grassroots Penrith Sport Facilities Completed
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced the successful completion of upgrades to key sporting facilities in Lindsay following over $1 million in funding being provided for the projects by the Liberal-National Government. 
Capstone Editing Announces Two Grants to Support Indigenous High School Students and Mid-Career Researchers
5 Nov 2018
Capstone Editing Announces Two Grants to Support Indigenous High School Students and Mid-Career Researchers
An Australian business established to support students and academics is offering two grants to ease the pressures of two vastly different groups: Indigenous high school students and mid-career researchers. 
Upcoming Fashion Parade at Penrith Regional Gallery Hosted by Stafford Fashions and Friends of the Gallery
4 Nov 2018
Upcoming Fashion Parade at Penrith Regional Gallery Hosted by Stafford Fashions and Friends of the Gallery
The Friends of Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest are proud to host a special morning tea showcasing Stafford Fashions’ Spring/Summer range with a fashion parade held at the Gallery on Monday 19 Nov at 10.00am. 
Clubs Across the Region set to Benefit from World T20 Tournament Funding
4 Nov 2018
Clubs Across the Region set to Benefit from World T20 Tournament Funding
Local cricket clubs and grounds across the Penrith and Blue Mountains regions are set to benefit from improved facilities and programs, as part of the $1.96 million NSW ICC World T20 Cricket Legacy Fund. 
Get Amongst the Fun This Weekend!
3 Nov 2018
Get Amongst the Fun This Weekend!
Real Festival takes over the Nepean River this weekend, bringing Australia’s best theatre performers, artists and creative minds together in one stunning outdoor location. 
Fishing Enthusiasts, Apply Now for a Recreational Fishing Trust Grant
3 Nov 2018
Fishing Enthusiasts, Apply Now for a Recreational Fishing Trust Grant
Do you have a great idea for improving fishing in the local area? Then now is the time to apply for a grant from the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust. 
Mallard Calls on Labor to Get Behind Western Sydney Airport
1 Nov 2018
Mallard Calls on Labor to Get Behind Western Sydney Airport
Blue Mountains based government member of the NSW Legislative Council Shayne Mallard MP has called upon Labor MPs and Councils to get behind the new Western Sydney airport and Aerotropolis. 
Mulgoa Road/Castlereagh Road Upgrade Striding Ahead
31 Oct 2018
Mulgoa Road/Castlereagh Road Upgrade Striding Ahead
Construction on the Mulgoa Road / Castlereagh Road upgrade, between Union Road and Museum Drive in Penrith, is set to kick off in late 2018, with the major work contract awarded to McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd this week. 
Queen of Hearts Foundation to Close
30 Oct 2018
Queen of Hearts Foundation to Close
Penrith-based child sexual abuse and domestic violence support service Queen of Hearts Foundation will close. 
Book a Cost of Living Appointment With Service NSW and See If You Can Save Before Christmas
30 Oct 2018
Book a Cost of Living Appointment With Service NSW and See If You Can Save Before Christmas
Residents in the Mulgoa and Penrith electorates can now make an appointment for help to access more than 40 NSW Government rebates and savings from around 12 separate agencies under the one roof. 
Academy Singers - Peace and Remembrance
30 Oct 2018
Academy Singers - Peace and Remembrance
Directed by Paul Terracini, this is a special concert in recognition of Armistice Day with a selection of inspiring choral music. 
Q Indie 2019
28 Oct 2018
Q Indie 2019
New Artist Opportunities To Develop Work Via Residency At The Joan 
Senator Payne Announces Headspace Funding Boost to Help Support Youth Mental Health in Lindsay
27 Oct 2018
Senator Payne Announces Headspace Funding Boost to Help Support Youth Mental Health in Lindsay
Mental health care for young Australians is set for a $51.8 million funding boost. 
Blue Mountains Historical Society - Meeting and Public Talk
27 Oct 2018
Blue Mountains Historical Society - Meeting and Public Talk "The Battle of Hamel"
With Armistice Day fast approaching, a talk on The Battle of Hamel will be presented by retired Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Peter Sweeney. 
Second Last Show of Morning Melodies Series - Oliva Newton John & Peter Allen Tribute - Nov 28
25 Oct 2018
Second Last Show of Morning Melodies Series - Oliva Newton John & Peter Allen Tribute - Nov 28
Side By Side: Olivia and Allen
Starring Donna Boyd and Simon Gillespie, the Greg Hooper trio and Dancers
 
Nepean Hospital to Receive $1.5m for Mental Health Infrastructure Upgrades
25 Oct 2018
Nepean Hospital to Receive $1.5m for Mental Health Infrastructure Upgrades
People receiving care at Nepean Hospital mental health inpatient unit will soon see physical improvements, as statewide upgrades and refurbishments get underway. 
Classic 80s Movie Now a Penrith Musical
24 Oct 2018
Classic 80s Movie Now a Penrith Musical
Originally opening on Broadway in 1996, Big The Musical received five Tony Award nominations. Since this time, the show has been revised and refined over the years and is well received by audiences young and old. Penrith Musical Comedy Company is excited to bring this magical musical to life for Australian audiences to enjoy. 
City Deal Delivers $5 Million Kick Start for Western Sydney Businesses
24 Oct 2018
City Deal Delivers $5 Million Kick Start for Western Sydney Businesses
Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres announced a new $5 million Western Sydney Investment Attraction Fund to supercharge fast-growing small to medium sized enterprises (SMES) in Western Sydney. 
Jon Stevens Releases Charity Single for Drought-Stricken Farmers
23 Oct 2018
Jon Stevens Releases Charity Single for Drought-Stricken Farmers
RAIN DOWN ON ME – AT RADIO FRIDAY 26TH OCTOBER 2018

Coinciding with the Hay Mate: Buy A Bale – A Concert For The Farmers concert, Jon Stevens is releasing a charity single, Rain Down On Me, with all proceeds going to help the drought-stricken farmers. 
New Nepean River Bridge to be Named Yandhai Nepean Crossing
23 Oct 2018
New Nepean River Bridge to be Named Yandhai Nepean Crossing
As final preparations for the opening of the new pedestrian and cyclist bridge across the Nepean River at Penrith are completed, the name of the new Western Sydney landmark can now be revealed. 
The Future is ‘ROSI’ for Key Southern Roads
21 Oct 2018
The Future is ‘ROSI’ for Key Southern Roads
The 10-year, $3.5 billion Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative, will see significant investment in key road freight and tourism corridors, as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver game-changing productivity improvements across Australia’s supply chains. 
Scouts NSW/ACT Youth Development Award
21 Oct 2018
Scouts NSW/ACT Youth Development Award
The Scouts NSW/ACT Youth Development Award recognises young people who assist in the development of others. They provide inspiration, role modelling, teaching, mentoring and confidence. Nominations close in 2 weeks and we don’t want you to miss out! 
Major Milestone as NDIS Marks 200,000 Australians Receiving Support
20 Oct 2018
Major Milestone as NDIS Marks 200,000 Australians Receiving Support
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has reached a major milestone, welcoming its 200,000th Australian receiving support through the Scheme. 
Support for Fast-tracking of Tax Relief for Small and Medium Businesses in Lindsay
20 Oct 2018
Support for Fast-tracking of Tax Relief for Small and Medium Businesses in Lindsay
The Liberal-National Government will deliver additional tax relief to over 13,000 small and medium businesses in Lindsay, five years earlier than planned. 
Lights, Camera, Action! Tropfest Opens 2019 Submissions
18 Oct 2018
Lights, Camera, Action! Tropfest Opens 2019 Submissions
The world’s largest short film festival, Tropfest Australia, supported by foundation partner CGU Insurance is encouraging submissions from amateurs and pros alike. Filmmakers with a burning passion for storytelling are invited to enter their films, with submissions opening 17 October 2018. 
Restoration and Rehabilation Grants Program for Environmental Sustainability Now Open
18 Oct 2018
Restoration and Rehabilation Grants Program for Environmental Sustainability Now Open
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today announced that applications for grants under the NSW Environment Trust’s Restoration and Rehabilitation Program are open for community and government organisations to create more sustainable management of environmental assets and services. 
Round Table to Give Banking and Superannuation Victims a Voice
17 Oct 2018
Round Table to Give Banking and Superannuation Victims a Voice
A retired RAAF Wing Commander and pilot says there are many residents silently suffering financial hardship as a result of their Commonwealth superannuation, yet the Federal Government refuses to allow the issue to be heard by the Banking Royal Commission. 
More Opportunities for Children in Penrith
17 Oct 2018
More Opportunities for Children in Penrith
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith on Tuesday joined Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell to announce that preschools in Penrith can apply for a share of a $10 million investment to improve the learning environment of their service. 
Penrith Organisations – Apply Now for Incubator Event Fundng
14 Oct 2018
Penrith Organisations – Apply Now for Incubator Event Fundng
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith is calling for organisers of all new events planned to be held in Penrith from January to June next year, to apply for grants of up to $20,000 to help attract more visitors and boost local economies. 
Tall Stories’ Magical Musical Adaptation of the Gruffalo’s Child
13 Oct 2018
Tall Stories’ Magical Musical Adaptation of the Gruffalo’s Child
CDP presents Tall Stories’ magical musical adaptation of The Gruffalo’s Child

The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should
Ever set foot in the deep dark wood... 
Active Kids Team Hit Penrith
11 Oct 2018
Active Kids Team Hit Penrith
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith reminds parents of school children across Penrith to take advantage of the $100 ‘Active Kids’ rebate for sporting and fitness related costs. 
Save the Date for the New Nepean River Bridge Opening
11 Oct 2018
Save the Date for the New Nepean River Bridge Opening
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today announced that the new Nepean River Bridge will hold its grand opening on Sunday, 28 October 2018. 
Senator Payne Announces Funding Boost for Penrith City Council
10 Oct 2018
Senator Payne Announces Funding Boost for Penrith City Council
The Coalition Government has made the first quarterly payment of more than $1.3 million to Penrith City Council under the 2018-19 Financial Assistance Grant Program. 
Date Night at The Gallery
10 Oct 2018
Date Night at The Gallery
Art, Music, Fun 16+ 
WSROC Welcomes New and Re-elected Mayors
9 Oct 2018
WSROC Welcomes New and Re-elected Mayors
The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed newly elected Mayors following a string of elections this month. 
West Awaits Funding Boost After $9.26bn Sale
7 Oct 2018
West Awaits Funding Boost After $9.26bn Sale
The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called on the NSW Government to boost public transport in Sydney’s West following the 51 per cent sale of Sydney Motorway Corporation. 
Penrith Students to Experience the Invictus Games
6 Oct 2018
Penrith Students to Experience the Invictus Games
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith announced that students from the 3 local Penrith schools will attend the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 this month, enjoying the benefits of workshops on adaptive sports and inspirational insights from competitors. 
Grants Funding Open to Local Groups
5 Oct 2018
Grants Funding Open to Local Groups
Community organisations looking to build new or upgrade current facilities are encouraged to apply for funding from the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program. 
Senator Payne Announces New Funding to Support Students in Lindsay
3 Oct 2018
Senator Payne Announces New Funding to Support Students in Lindsay
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, has encouraged students, researchers and professionals in the Penrith region to apply for new grant funding as part of the Liberal-National Government’s $118.9 million Endeavour Leadership Program. 
Stem Grants Open for Students in Lindsay
2 Oct 2018
Stem Grants Open for Students in Lindsay
From creating robots to attending space camps and events such as the International Science and Engineering Fair, students in the Penrith region now have the chance to live their dreams. 
$56 Million Retirement Community to Open in Penrith
1 Oct 2018
$56 Million Retirement Community to Open in Penrith
A new $56 million state-of-the-art, retirement community is on schedule to open in Penrith early in 2019. 
Mobile Black Spot Funding - Call for Locals to Identify Mobile Reception Blackspots By 11 October
30 Sep 2018
Mobile Black Spot Funding - Call for Locals to Identify Mobile Reception Blackspots By 11 October
Some of the Blue Mountains' most bushfire prone areas are again being excluded from eligibility under the Federal Government's latest round of Mobile Blackspot funding. 
Blue Mountains Botanica: Where Art Meets Science
30 Sep 2018
Blue Mountains Botanica: Where Art Meets Science
There are just two weeks left to discover the world of Blue Mountains Botanica and learn about the journey from those that explored our unique region. 
Share the Mental Health Journey this October
30 Sep 2018
Share the Mental Health Journey this October
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today encourages locals to ‘Share the Journey’ by getting involved in Mental Health Month this October, with the NSW Government calling for people to come alongside family, friends or colleagues who are living with mental illness or having mental health issues. 
Extension of Temporary Track Closure: Giant Stairway, Katoomba
29 Sep 2018
Extension of Temporary Track Closure: Giant Stairway, Katoomba
Please note the Blue Mountains National Park Katoomba has extended the temporary partial closure of The Giant Stairway walking track. 
400,000 Australians to Access Lifesaving Medicare Scans
29 Sep 2018
400,000 Australians to Access Lifesaving Medicare Scans
More than 400,000 Australians will now be able to access lifesaving scans for cancer, stroke, heart and other medical conditions with a $175 million investment from the Morrison Government. 
Penrith, Share the Mental Health Journey This October
27 Sep 2018
Penrith, Share the Mental Health Journey This October
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith encourages locals to ‘Share the Journey’ by getting involved in Mental Health Month this October, with the NSW Government calling for people to come alongside family, friends or colleagues who are living with mental illness or having mental health issues. 
Local Schools Prepare for Remembrance Day with Mail-out
26 Sep 2018
Local Schools Prepare for Remembrance Day with Mail-out
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, is pleased to announce that schools will soon be receiving their annual educational kits in preparation for Remembrance Day, this year marking the centenary of the First World War Armistice. 
Enova Community Energy Expanding Across NSW
25 Sep 2018
Enova Community Energy Expanding Across NSW
NSW households and businesses will soon be able to join the community-led renewable energy revolution with Australia’s first community owned energy retailer, Enova Community Energy, looking to expand across the state.
 
Bell Shakespeare Presents: Julius Caesar - a Masterpiece of Intrigue and Treachery showing at The Joan
24 Sep 2018
Bell Shakespeare Presents: Julius Caesar - a Masterpiece of Intrigue and Treachery showing at The Joan
Loved by the people, Caesar’s power is growing – which is dangerous if you live in a world driven by ego and idealism. Those who rise too fast must be dealt with. For the good of the country. For the good of those who wish to be rulers themselves. 
Christian Women Leaders United in Historic Visit to Canberra Advocating for Global Concerns
23 Sep 2018
Christian Women Leaders United in Historic Visit to Canberra Advocating for Global Concerns
Women leaders from across the denominations of Australia’s churches and Christian organisations have come together for an historic visit to Canberra. In addition to advocating for policies of justice and care for the world’s poor, the cohort will meet with Senior Ministers and Members of Parliament from both political parties, including some women MPs, to thank them for their public service and to encourage them to lead Australia in continuing its commitment to creating a just world. 
Keep Informed of the New Nepean River Bridge Opening
20 Sep 2018
Keep Informed of the New Nepean River Bridge Opening
Work is continuing to surge ahead on the new pedestrian and cyclist bridge across the Nepean River at Penrith with the bridge on track to open later this year. 
‘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. 
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