18 November 2022
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Historic Police Cottage restored for riverside dining

Penrith City Council has today unveiled the restored historic Police Cottage at Emu Plains. The $3.2 million upgrade means more residents and visitors to our City will be able to enjoy the riverfront, with the café set to open in January 2023. 

Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen said it’s fantastic to see Council’s innovative idea and the joint vision of Council and the NSW Government to bring the former Police Cottage back to life as a restaurant coming to fruition. 

“Both Council and the NSW Government wanted to celebrate and conserve the City's heritage, while also ensuring the community can enjoy this historically significant site for many years to come,” Cr Hitchen said. 

“The Police Cottage was originally constructed in 1908 as a purpose-built police station and residence for Emu Plains until the 1950s, then later served as a private residence until 2015. 

“Now refurbishment and enhancements are completed inside and out, I’m thrilled to see the Police Cottage reopen to the public for the first time in over 70 years, with the new restaurant soon to offer a memorable dining experience alongside the beautiful Nepean River,” Cr Hitchen said.  

The refurbishment of the Police Cottage was proudly funded by the NSW Government and Penrith Council, with $1.5 million stimulus funding from Crown Land and a further $1.7 million from Council.  

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Have your say

Have your say on Council's Community Engagement Policy, Community Engagement Strategy and Community Participation Plan 2022-26. In the documents, you can read about our guiding principles and methodology to understand what good engagement looks like and how you can be involved in shaping the future of our City. 

The documents will be on exhibition from 15 November to 12 December at  

Hard copies are available to the Penrith Civic Centre, St Marys Business Office and Library, Penrith City Library and St Clair Library. 

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Ripples wins!

The hard work and dedication of Ripples Hydrotherapy – Exercise Physiology and Dietitian Services has been recognised with their win at the St Marys/Mt Druitt Local Business Awards in the Outstanding Health Improvement Service category.

Ripples Health Services provides a range of rehabilitation and dietetic services to all members of our community. They are a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider, and all allied health professionals are registered to deliver services under NDIS, Medicare, Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), WorkCover and My Aged Care.

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Urban bicycling survey

Researchers at UNSW are conducting a survey about urban bicycling – who rides and who doesn’t; where people ride, and what people think about different kinds of bike infrastructure.
They are looking for people who want to take part in the survey and who are residents of Greater Sydney and the Illlawarra Region.

The survey closes on 30 November, 2022. 

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World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Each year, WHO and the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration encourages us to pay homage to those who have died on the world’s roads, advocate for better support for victims and bereaved families and promote action to save lives.
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on Sunday 20 November is a high-profile global event to remember the millions who have been killed and seriously injured on the world’s roads and to acknowledge the suffering of all affected victims, families and communities.

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Library - International Day of People with Disability events

Penrith City Library’s celebrating International Day of People with Disability (Saturday 3 December) with a special exhibition of art works created by attendees of their “All Abilities Art Sessions” — a series of art workshops for adults with disability.

The exhibition is free and will be on display at Penrith Library from Thursday 24 November until Sunday 11 December during the Library’s opening hours. Make sure you stop by and check out the artwork!

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