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Police Cottage to Be a New Exciting Riverbank Dining Experience

Stuart Ayres Shane & Belinda Simpson Tricia Hitchen

Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today congratulated local couple Shane and Belinda Simpson on securing the tender to operate an iconic new dining venue at the refurbished historic Police Cottage at Emu Plains.

“Penrith City Council, as the Crown land manager of the site, has selected Shane and Belinda, who operate 2773 Café Glenbrook, to open an exciting new café and restaurant at the soon-to-be refurbished Police Cottage,” Stuart Ayres said.

“Modern Australian casual dining and takeaway, focused on local sustainable produce, will blend history with contemporary hospitality to provide a great experience on the banks of the Nepean River.

“This is a great example of how we can preserve and celebrate history on Crown land, while supporting business and providing new community facilities.”

The NSW Government is partnering with Penrith City Council to revive the 113-year-old Police Cottage, while enhancing the riverfront Regatta Park recreation and entertainment precinct.

Work on the $3.2 million project includes:

  • Restoring the façade;
  • Replacing the verandas and roof;
  • Services upgrades; and
  • Internal refurbishment.  


Stuart Ayres said the restoration work will start early next year and be completed by the end of 2022.  

“The Police Cottage will provide a highly sought-after dining venue on the Great River Walk,” he said.

“It will be an ideal place for family, friends and visitors to eat, meet and relax, while soaking up magnificent views of the river.”


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