Ayres appointment

Ayres appointment

Penrith MP Stuart Ayres has been appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads.

Premier Barry O'Farrell said Mr Ayres understood well how the community had been frustrated by lack of investment in public transport and roads.

Mr Ayres replaces John Ajaka, who has been promoted to cabinet.

Bridge gets a name

The bridge on the just-opened Erskine Park Link Road will be known as Bunda Bridge.

Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies unveiled a bronze plaque when she named the 80-metre bridge on Friday.

"Bunda Bridge is already benefiting the community by reducing travel times for road transport freight and reducing congestion for motorists on local roads," she said.

Uncle Gordon Workman spoke about the origins of the bridge's name and the history of the area.

The Dharug word Bunda, meaning apple gum tree, was proposed by the Aboriginal community for a native tree in the area. Aboriginal heritage artefacts were uncovered and preserved during construction.

How to go for grant

Penrith Council is inviting community groups and residents to a free grant-writing workshop to be presented by Dr Paula Abood at Penrith Library on Monday, September 2.

Participants are encouraged to apply for funds through the Magnetic Places, Neighbourhood Renewal Community Cultural Grants Program.

Visit penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/MagneticPlaces before applications close on Friday, September 13.

Details: 4732 8098 or cvandyk-dunlevy@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au.

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