24 March 2023
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Jessica Fox OAM Honoured with Plaque at Oympic Playground

Penrith’s own Jessica Fox OAM is a canoe and kayak world champion, an Olympic success story, an Aussie household name, and an outstanding ambassador for the City.  
Penrith City Council has acknowledged her achievements and contributions to the community with a plaque unveiling at Penrith Whitewater Stadium this week. 
“Penrith is proud of Jess – she is the most successful paddler in history and renowned as the greatest individual paddler of all time,” Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen said.
“Jess has been Penrith’s Citizen of the Year and Sportsperson of the Year - and has worked with Council to help market our City, drive library membership and has inspired many as a guest speaker at a variety of functions.  
“Jess continues to take time out of her busy schedule to attend civic events, promote Penrith and her sport.  
“So today, we unveil a plaque in honour of Jess - a permanent reminder of her achievements and dedication to a sport and community that respect and adore her.”   
The Penrith community will have the chance to see Jessica in action again when the City hosts the International Canoe Federation Canoe Slalom World Championships in 2025.  

Mini Makers

Get the kids out of the house these school holidays and head down to Triangle Park on Wednesday 12 April for a day of fun activities and entertainment. 

There will be arts and craft, hula hoop workshops, face painting and live music – and the best part, it’s FREE! 

Activities start from 10am.

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Local Celebration Awards

Shine a light on the dedicated, selfless and inspirational people in Penrith by nominating them for the 2023 Local Celebrations Awards.
We’re calling nominations for the Mayor’s Local Heroes Award, this award recognises the person or group who has made a significant contribution to Penrith and are involved in activities that help make our community and City a better place.
If this sounds like someone you know give them the recognition they deserve by nominating them for an award.
Pictured: Local Celebration Awards 2022 Mayor’s Local Heroes Awards recipients Lisa Harrold and Ditte Kozak, who were recognised for their work benefiting Landcare and Nepean Food Services, among other worthy causes.

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Active Gardening Club

Join Penrith Council’s Nursery and Active Care Network for the Active Gardening Club! The club is a great way for seniors to meet new people and get their hands dirty with a range of fun activities.
The Club is meeting twice in April.

Monday 3 April, between 11am-2.30pm at Bonyrigg Garden Centre
If you require transport to the location, please contact Coralie for more details.

Monday 10 April, between 10.30am-12pm at Penrith Council Nursery, 2151a Castlereagh Road, Penrith. This session will feature a Bunnings workshop.

Spots are limited, so book your place by contacting Coralie from the Active Care Network via phone 4702 1288 or emailing

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Binz Adventures

Looking for ways to make recycling simple and fun for your kids? The Binz Adventures education and activity guide breaks down the basics of how to sort correctly with easy-to-read stories and fun activities suitable for young children and families to complete together.
For more tips on how to recycle, download The Binz Adventures education and activity guide by following the link.

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Author Talks

Book lovers who love reading crime won't want to miss out on joining Penrith City Libraries and BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival for a great evening talking to Candice Fox about her latest heart-pounding thriller “Fire with Fire”.
🗓️ Thursday 6 April
⏰ 6.30-7.30pm
📍 Penrith City Library
🎟️ Tickets are $5 per person and include a light supper.
📚 QBD Books will be selling copies of Candice's books at this event.

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Twilight at Lewers

Welcome the weekend with art, music and tapas at Penrith Regional Gallery.

Explore the galleries brought to life with drop-in workshops for all ages and live performances from exhibiting artists. Enjoy live and local music and a pop-up artisan market in the picturesque garden while you catch up with friends over delicious drinks and tapas from Cafe at Lewers.

Twilight at Lewers is a FREE event every Friday evening from 31 March to 28 April. Bookings not required and walk-ins welcome.

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