And the outlook for Blacktown is ...

BREAKING news: Blacktown is on the map!

Nine News recently became the first to include Blacktown on its weather forecast.

Residents can thank councillor Tony Bleasdale, who originally pushed for the idea at a council meeting late last year.

With the help of the council's media team, he convinced Channel Nine to adopt the idea.

"We are the biggest city in western Sydney," Cr Bleasdale said.

"Half of Sydney's population is west of Parramatta. Campbelltown, Liverpool, Penrith, Parramatta, Kellyville and Richmond are included in the weather forecasts. We're right in the middle but never get a mention. It could be raining in Penrith but sunny in Blacktown at the same time. We need to protect our residents against gales and high fire dangers so they can put safety precautions in place if they need to."

Cr Bleasdale said the move was recognition Blacktown existed and was on the map.

"People will no longer be asking 'where the bloody hell is Blacktown?' This is great for the people of Blacktown, who need to know what the weather will be tomorrow."

Independent Russ Dickens described the move as "down-to-earth thinking."

"This is where the action is," he said at last week's council meeting.

Community feedback has been very positive, a council spokeswoman said.

Residents have welcomed the move.

"You never know to go off Parramatta, Penrith or Richmond so this is good for us," Victoria Sinka wrote on the Sun's Facebook page.

Cr Bleasdale's job isn't finished yet: he wants other television stations to follow suit.

"I now expect the same respect from the other channels," he said. "Nine News should be congratulated on putting a city that has 320,000 people on the map. The other channels need to understand that we do exist in Blacktown and that our residents need to be informed."

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