Funding welcomed

Penrith mayor Ross Fowler has welcomed Prime Minister Tony Abbott's multibillion-dollar funding announcement for infrastructure upgrades for Western Sydney over 10 years.

"It is encouraging that the federal government has heard and responded to our calls for significant funding of an improved regional road network," Councillor Fowler said.

"It is especially pleasing to see the upgrades proposed for Bringelly Road, Northern Road, Elizabeth Drive corridor and improved interchanges connecting Northern Road and Elizabeth Drive with arterial roads.

"Many of these have been a top priority for council and will help build a stronger economy and create more jobs."

Football season starts

Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies was on hand to see the kick-off of the Nepean District's football season.

"I am impressed by the hard work and commitment displayed by all the volunteers, players and officials; in particular the officials from the newly formed Nepean Referees Group," Mrs Davies said.

This season in the Nepean marks the start of a new era in officiating for one of the largest organised recreational sports in our community with the Nepean Referees Group taking over responsibility for refereeing football in the district.

The 100th referee was signed up a few weeks ago and they hope to surpass 150 registered referees by the season's end.

This story IN BRIEF first appeared on St Marys-Mt Druitt Star.