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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. 
Open Studio Artists in Production with $15,000 Donation from Southlands
18 Jul 2018
Open Studio Artists in Production with $15,000 Donation from Southlands
Three emerging local artists are the recipients of the 2018 Southlands Breakthrough Award. 
Did You Know You May Already Have a My Health Record?
13 Jul 2018
Did You Know You May Already Have a My Health Record?
For the rest of Australia, 16 July marks the launch of the three month opt-out period for the Federal Government’s My Health Record expansion program. In the Nepean Blue Mountains region, most people already have a My Health Record that was created as part of the 2016 Opt-Out Trial. 
‘Days Like These’ Links City and Country and People of Diversity
13 Jul 2018
‘Days Like These’ Links City and Country and People of Diversity
A contemporary theatre production that blossomed in regional NSW returns home to Western Sydney with renewed spark and depth. 
Night Road Closures Along the M4 at The Northern Road
11 Jul 2018
Night Road Closures Along the M4 at The Northern Road
Motorists are advised of changed traffic conditions along the M4 Motorway from Friday 13 July to 10 August for continuing night road work to build a new interchange across the M4 at The Northern Road in South Penrith. 
Community Infrastructure Grants Funding Now Open to Penrith Groups
10 Jul 2018
Community Infrastructure Grants Funding Now Open to Penrith Groups
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith encourages local community organisations looking to build new or upgrade current facilities to apply for funding through the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program. 
A Month of Emerging Artists Across Theatre, Music and Art Led by Q Theatre
9 Jul 2018
A Month of Emerging Artists Across Theatre, Music and Art Led by Q Theatre
Q Theatre makes an impact in July, with three exciting new projects from young and early career artists creating a buzz of creative energy and offering a glimpse into our region’s artistic future. DECODED, Breakthrough: Open Studio and Mouth of the River have each been developed through Q Theatre’s Workshop series. 
Leading Men and a Leading Lady at The Joan
8 Jul 2018
Leading Men and a Leading Lady at The Joan
This month’s Morning Melodies at The Joan will take you on a journey through the best of Broadway and musical theatre with a performance by some of the best of Australia’s stage and on-screen talents. 
Young Historians Tour Battlefields of Europe
8 Jul 2018
Young Historians Tour Battlefields of Europe
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith has welcomed the launch of the 2018 ClubsNSW Anzac Ambassadors Program and encourages local high school students to take part in the essay competition. 
Time to Nominate Carers in Penrith
7 Jul 2018
Time to Nominate Carers in Penrith
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith has urged the Penrith community to nominate local carers or organisations supporting carers for the 2018 NSW Carers Awards. 
National Diabetes Week: 8th - 14 July 2018
7 Jul 2018
National Diabetes Week: 8th - 14 July 2018
The National Diabetes Week campaign "It’s About Time" aims to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and early treatment for all types of diabetes. 
Boating Gets Better at Tench Reserve
7 Jul 2018
Boating Gets Better at Tench Reserve
Work has begun on new upgrades to Tench Reserve which will benefit the local community. 
Environmental Trust Grant to Support ‘Tree Changers’ Land Management Skills
4 Jul 2018
Environmental Trust Grant to Support ‘Tree Changers’ Land Management Skills
Environmental Trust Grants Director, Peter Dixon, has announced $2 million from the State’s Environmental Trust would go towards improving the land management knowledge and skills of ‘tree changers’ who’ve bought rural small holdings and those new to farming. 
Childcare Relief for Australian Families
3 Jul 2018
Childcare Relief for Australian Families
More support for more families with the cost of child care starts from today. 
Protecting the Eastern Water Dragon
1 Jul 2018
Protecting the Eastern Water Dragon
On Friday Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith joined volunteers of Conservation Volunteers Australia to announce that the Eastern Water Dragons (EWD) habitat in Penrith will benefit from a conservation grant of $5,000. 
Applications For Water Safety Grants Open
30 Jun 2018
Applications For Water Safety Grants Open
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith is encouraging local organisations with water safety initiatives to apply for state government funding to help prevent drowning deaths in the community. 
Support for the Q Theatre’s Long Table
29 Jun 2018
Support for the Q Theatre’s Long Table
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith visited Penrith Performing & Visual Arts joining Nick Atkins, Director, New Work and Emele Ugavule, Associate Producer to announce funding support of $48,074 towards the Long Table. 
Nominations Now Open for Penrith to Acknowledge Its Inspirational Grandparents
27 Jun 2018
Nominations Now Open for Penrith to Acknowledge Its Inspirational Grandparents
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith encourages residents of Penrith to celebrate the grandparents and older people in their lives ahead of Grandparents Day this October, by nominating them for an award or getting involved in local events in the community. 
Ruby Productions Presents Arsenic and Old Lace
25 Jun 2018
Ruby Productions Presents Arsenic and Old Lace
Arsenic and Old Lace, one of the finest comedies of multiple murder, was the play that put black comedy well and truly back on the theatrical map. It tells the story of two charming and gentle old ladies who poison their poor, orphan lodgers to save them from the sorrows of this world. 
Can You Go Plastic Free This July?
25 Jun 2018
Can You Go Plastic Free This July?
Plastic Free July - by making some simple changes, we can make a difference. 
These School Holidays Get the Kids Out of the House and Let Them Unleash Their Creativity!
24 Jun 2018
These School Holidays Get the Kids Out of the House and Let Them Unleash Their Creativity!
Digital animation, charcoal drawing, clay modelling and hanging mobiles are all on offer these July School Holidays at Penrith Regional Gallery. 
Local Hospitality Apprentices Wanted
23 Jun 2018
Local Hospitality Apprentices Wanted
Would-be hospitality workers can receive 5-star training in the region’s top hotels for free after the State Government scrapped TAFE fees for 100,000 apprentices, saving students about $2000 per course in order to combat the national trades drought. 
Support for Local Project to Tackle Youth Unemployment
21 Jun 2018
Support for Local Project to Tackle Youth Unemployment
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith on Monday announced that Wentworth Community Housing of Penrith had progressed to the second stage of a $10 million NSW Government funding program to help tackle youth unemployment in the region. 
NSW Budget Delivers for Penrith Today, Builds for Tomorrow
20 Jun 2018
NSW Budget Delivers for Penrith Today, Builds for Tomorrow
Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said residents across Penrith will benefit from a wide range of measures delivered in the state budget set to deliver cost of living relief, unprecedented school investment and record hospital funding. 
Nepean Blue Mountains Service Providers Share in $159 Million Health Grants Program
19 Jun 2018
Nepean Blue Mountains Service Providers Share in $159 Million Health Grants Program
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith welcomes the news that two non-government organisations (NGOs) who provide important health services for the Nepean Blue Mountains community will receive a share of the $159 million NSW Government health grants program. 
Support for Emu Plains Junior Rugby League Football Club
17 Jun 2018
Support for Emu Plains Junior Rugby League Football Club
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith joined Peter Foster, President and Alan Harding, Vice President of the Emu Plains Junior Rugby League Football Club to announce a grant of $10,000. 
Penrith, It’s Time To Paint En Plein Air!  NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize Back for 2018
16 Jun 2018
Penrith, It’s Time To Paint En Plein Air! NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize Back for 2018
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith welcomes the announcement that the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is back for 2018 and encourages local artists to enter. 
Caravan Rego Reductions on the Way for Motorists
16 Jun 2018
Caravan Rego Reductions on the Way for Motorists
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith is encouraging grey nomads, families and adventurers to take advantage of a 40 per cent reduction in their caravan or camper trailers registration, following the NSW Government’s decision to ease travel costs for caravanners. 
Local Youth Organisations Encouraged to Apply for NSW Government Funding
15 Jun 2018
Local Youth Organisations Encouraged to Apply for NSW Government Funding
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith is urging local youth organisations to apply for a share of $1.5 million Youth Opportunities grant funding. 
Art Borne From the Night Skies!
11 Jun 2018
Art Borne From the Night Skies!
The universe is commonly described as beautiful by astronomers and gazed upon in wonder by many. From the smallest subatomic particles to the largest clusters of galaxies, the universe is both a hostile and beautiful masterpiece. 
Letters to Lindy - One of the Most Compelling Legal and Human Dramas of Our Time
10 Jun 2018
Letters to Lindy - One of the Most Compelling Legal and Human Dramas of Our Time
Filled with humour and heartbreak, this stunning work, Letters to Lindy, by award-winning playwright Alana Valentine (Parramatta Girls, Head Full of Love) explores the public's relationship with Lindy Chamberlain - one of 20th century Australia's most iconic figures. 
Penrith Preschools Benefit from New Funding
9 Jun 2018
Penrith Preschools Benefit from New Funding
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith has joined Mr Craig Butler of Penrith City Council during a visit to Tandara Children’s Centre to announce that they will benefit from $15,000 in funding to go towards enhancing the quality of their service. 
$1.5 Million in Grants to Improve Heritage Buildings’ Energy Efficiency
8 Jun 2018
$1.5 Million in Grants to Improve Heritage Buildings’ Energy Efficiency
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith has announced applications for $1.5 million in grants to make the State’s heritage items more energy efficient open today, Friday, 8 June 2018. 
Closing Soon –  2018 Community Building Partnership Grants
7 Jun 2018
Closing Soon – 2018 Community Building Partnership Grants
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today reminds community groups to apply for the 2018 Community Building Partnership program. 
Local Artists Exhibit at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest
7 Jun 2018
Local Artists Exhibit at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest
Winter is here and it is time to find more indoor activities to nurture our soul during the colder months. 
Penrith Home For NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
6 Jun 2018
Penrith Home For NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
Senator for Western Sydney and Minister for Defence Marise Payne today joined Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan in Penrith for the official opening of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Quality and Safeguards Commission. 
Winter Wonders For Kids And Their Adults!
5 Jun 2018
Winter Wonders For Kids And Their Adults!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and The 78-Storey Treehouse 
NDIS Open House Workshop to be held in Penrith and St Marys
3 Jun 2018
NDIS Open House Workshop to be held in Penrith and St Marys
The NDIS Open House Workshop is designed to help people with a disability, as well as their support networks get ready for their First Plan Conversation, understand how to implement their NDIS plan and learn how to prepare for their schedule review. 
Plans Accelerate for Jane Street and Mulgoa Road Infrastructure Upgrade
31 May 2018
Plans Accelerate for Jane Street and Mulgoa Road Infrastructure Upgrade
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today announced the Jane Street and Mulgoa Road infrastructure upgrade is moving ahead and today invites tenders to carry out the project. 
Malama Psarianos Recognised with Premier’s Volunteer Recognition
30 May 2018
Malama Psarianos Recognised with Premier’s Volunteer Recognition
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith yesterday presented Malama Psarianos with a Premier’s Volunteer Recognition certificate. 
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