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HE unique Nirimba Education Precinct at Quakers Hill is under threat of being sold off to developers for around $500M, says Blacktown MP Stephen Bali. Expressing his concern for the future of university education in Blacktown, Mr Bali has written to Western Sydney University (WSU) Senior Vice Chancellor and Provost, Professor Clare Pollock calling on the university to clarify its position on the campus. Mr Bali told The Blacktown News that be believed the Precinct's prime land was under threat and was estimated to be worth half a billion plus. More page 3.
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Education precinct future unclear HE unique Nirimba Education Precinct at Quakers Hill is under threat of being sold off to developers for around $500M, says Blacktown MP Stephen Bali. Expressing his concern for the future of university education in Blacktown, Mr Bali has written to Western Sydney University (WSU) Senior Vice Chancellor and Provost, Professor Clare Pollock calling on the university to clarify its position on the campus. “I acknowledge the role WSU has played iп the provision of academic courses in the Blacktown area but unfortunately rumours persist as to WSU's intentions for Nirimba campus,” Mr Bali said in his letter to Professor Pollock. Mr Bali told The Blacktown News that be believed the Precinct’s prime land was under threat and was estimated to be worth half a billion plus. “I have been previously informed Ьу WSU Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Glover АО that I ought to support the selling of the Nirimba campus so part of the funds may Ье invested into the Blacktown CBD campus. “Obviously, at the time, I could not see the benefit to the people of Blacktown City, receiving а potentially minimalist approach for tertiary education in our expanding region.
“The evidence is clear that over the past 15 years that there has been а dramatic drop in course offerings, student numbers and staffing arrangements at Nirimba campus. “Conversely, since 1995 and the establishment of WSU, Blacktown City's population grew Ьу more than 170,000, predominantly in the north-west area. Also, one cannot forget the closure of the pool which was part of the responsibility of the precinct and the university,” Mr Bali said The 65ha Precinct comprises Western Sydney University's The College, Wyndham College, Nirimba TAFE NSW, St John Paul II Catholic College and Wyndham College Many local residents in adjacent Quakers Hill purchased their properties because they were close to the Precinct
and it was promoted as a future powerhouse of education in the West. Nirimba, which means pelican, was previously an RAAF base in WW2 and a Naval Training Academy up until 1994. Mr Bali said the Education Precinct was established in 1995 with a vision of being a world-class educational community spanning senior secondary, TAFE and university sectors to provide a unique delivery of education and training through collaborative partnerships. “Western Sydney University (WSU) began in 1995 to offer undergraduate courses through to post-graduate degrees in a range of disciplines, while TAFE offered opportunities for apprentices and trainees in building and construction industries, business, social sciences and other disciplines.”
Mr Bali said the secondary schools had gone from strength to strength, but it was a different story for WSU and TAFE. “WSU began reducing degree offerings in 2004 and by 2007 announced the closure of degree courses forcing 2700 students to relocate to other campuses despite outcries by Blacktown City Council, State and Federal parliamentarians and the community, “he said. “To somewhat address the community outrage UWS College began in 2009 with the goal of Blacktown City residents having pathway courses to start their university education.
Thriving community of students “WSU College Nirimba was a thriving community of students as they began their university life through diplomas across arrange of disciplines. “Despite being a profitable business unit for WSU, the past few years have seen many courses being deleted without any community or student consultation. “Nirimba was once a thriving community of students numbering more than 10,000 but has turned into a ghost town.” Mr Bali said he was outraged at the treatment of the business college students. “WSU failed to fund the Nirimba pool for its upkeep and did not have the Continued on page 6
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HE uniqu e Nirim ba Education Precin ct at Quak ers Hill is under threat of being sold off devel opers for aroun to d $500M , says Blacktown MP Stephen Bali. Expressing his conce rn for the future of university educa tion in Blacktown, Mr Bali has writte n to Western Sydney Unive rsity (WSU ) Senio r Vice Chancellor and Provost, Professor Clare Polloc k callin g on the unive rsity to clarify its positi on on the camp us. Mr Bali told The Black town News that be believed the Precin ct's prime land was under threat and was estimated to be worth half a billion plus. More page 5.
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Park immortalises beloved principal DALLAS SHERRINGHAM ELOVED Blacktown Girls High School principal the late Ms Beryl Simes Smith has been immortalised in a brand new park just 500m from the CBD. ‘Beryl’, as she was known by all and sundry, devoted 40 years of her life to educating children and young adults. Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale officially opened the Beryl Simes Smith Park, on the corner of Fourth Ave and Prince St. Councillor Julie Griffiths, Blacktown MP Stephen Bali, Beryl’s relative Philip Smart, Blacktown Girls High Deputy Principal Zoe Van-Stolk, former Councillor Kevin Gillies and former students also attended the ribbon cutting to mark the park’s opening. The $2m park features an outdoor gym, volleyball court, play equipment and undercover picnic areas and is conveniently located near Blacktown Girls High School and Blacktown Mosque. Mayor Bleasdale said Beryl inspired generations of students during her four decades years in education. “This park is a wonderful tribute to the much-respected Principal, who made her mark on our local community as Deputy Principal and Principal of Blacktown Girls High from 1958-71. “Beryl is remembered as someone who instilled a strong sense of integ-
rity, perseverance and ethics in her students. “She was also a big believer in the importance of a well-rounded education and even opened a school garden. “Therefore, it is apt that this wonderful new park and meeting place be named after Beryl Simes Smith. “This playspace provides a much-needed open space and recreational facility for these residents,” Mayor Bleasdale said. “Families can come down here and have a picnic, watch their children enjoy the play equipment, or have a game of volleyball.” The park also includes new paved pathways and landscaping.
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Blacktown’s 20-year plan LACKTOWN City Council has delivered a record $809M balanced budget as the region undergoes massive growth. The Council has also released a 20year blueprint for sustainable development in the wake of two challenging years of COVID-19. Council adopted the draft budget for the 2022/23 financial year, including a major capital works program of $284M. This represents the largest-ever Council budget and follows the $656M budget delivered last year.
Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM said the budget ensured “our Council delivers the projects which are the foundation for the modern Blacktown City that our residents and businesses need”. “It comes after another 12 months of disruption and staring down ever-present challenges but shows that our commitment to delivering services for our community remains resolute. Council has allocated $16Mm in 2022/23 for the construction and
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Melissa Wu headlines Wexpo event LACKTOWN will have its own expo experience when WEXPO comes to the Blacktown Workers Club in October. WEXPO will showcase local businesses with more than 100 stalls and specialty workshops on subjects including: health, networking, property, networking, tourism, culture, charity, personal development, professional development and more. The full day of events includes a breakfast and lunch with two high profile guest speakers. Melissa Paige Wu has been confirmed as the breakfast speaker. Melissa is an Australian diver and silver medal winner at the2007 World
Aquatics Championships, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2008 Summer Olympics. She is an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder and recently competed on SAS Australia. WEXPO Blacktown will also feature two unique round table sessions where up to 100 hand-picked guests will experience presentations about health and infrastructure. The guests will then submit their feedback to the presentations which will be formulated into formal summary documents by Australian Catholic University Blacktown. Charity partner for the event is
the Better Foundation. The Blacktown News and Western Sydney Business Access (WSBA) are the official media partners. Event Patron, Stephen Bali MP, said Wexpo Blacktown is a unique opportunity for businesses and visitors to interact as we emerge from the impact of COVID. Event partner and gold sponsor Blacktown Workers Club has allocated the Diamond Room for stall holders plus three separate function rooms for workshops and seminars WEXPO will be held on October 24 at Blacktown Workers Club. More at www.wexpo.com.au
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foresight to discuss with Olympic sports such as diving and water polo whether they could work with the University in delivering pathway opportunities.” Mr Bali said the State Government had overseen trade and non-trade apprenticeships and traineeship commencements plummet by more than half in the past 10 years with dozens of TAFE campuses across NSW being either sold off or repurposed. “What is the fate of the Nirimba campus? Is the writing on the wall?”
“The site would easily be worth a half a billion dollars in its raw form to property developers and it may be too much for the NSW Government and WSU to ignore.” He claimed WSU failed to consult with anyone in 2007 prior to their degree closures, failed to consult with the pool closure, failed to consult with students when their diploma courses were relocated to other campuses. “This is a legacy educational asset for the people of Blacktown City. This is not a cash cow for the State or WSU to sell off to put money into ‘other’ projects outside Blacktown City.”
Mr Bali is calling for transparent and community consultation on the future of Nirimba. A spokesperson for WSU said Western Sydney University has a long and proud history at the Nirimba campus and the surrounding Nirimba Education Precinct. “Western Sydney University is committed to a strong educational presence in Blacktown – continuing to optimise its course offerings at Nirimba to ensure it best meets the current and future educational needs of the local western Sydney community,” the spokesperson said.
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Council honours construction giant LACKTOWN City Council has recognised the enormous contribution of well-known Blacktown City entrepreneur and giant of the construction industry, Bill McNamara OAM. Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM awarded the Key to the City to Bill for his role in shaping the landscape of Blacktown City over the course of 60 years. Mayor Bleasdale said: “Bill has played a pivotal role over many decades in helping transform Blacktown City into the modern city it is today. “Thanks to his knowledge and foresight, Bill led the way in the 1970s with the biggest single development in Blacktown, Westpoint Shopping Centre. “He was not only a businessman but a true community leader and gave generously of his time to his community. “As Mayor of Blacktown City, it is a great honour to present the Key to the City to Bill for his unparalleled innovation and community service.” The McNamara family has been part of Blacktown City’s history for the past century, when Bill’s family moved to Riverstone from Western NSW in the 1920s. Born in 1927, Bill attended Riverstone Public School before completing his secondary schooling at Auburn High School, where he received his Intermediate Certificate.
one of the first factories to be built in that industrial area. The McNamara Group delivered and was responsible for many large developments that have shaped both Blacktown and Western Sydney over the past 50 years. The McNamara Group was responsible for WestPoint Shopping Mall at Blacktown and Marketown Shopping Centre at Riverstone, Mount Druitt High School, Riverstone Schofields Memorial Club and Blacktown Aquatic Centre, which are landmark building projects in Blacktown City. Bill and his team also built the Del Rio Resort on the Hawkesbury River and many important buildings in Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM (right) with Key to the City recipient Bill McNamara OAM (centre) and Parramatta–the McNamara Councillor Julie Griffiths (left) at Blacktown Aquatic Centre’s 60th anniversary celebration. Centre, the Octagon, the five years with the Riverstone Meat Com- United Permanent building, the ParraBill recalls that it was during his matta Cultural Centre, the J.A. Fleming pany and attending Granville Technical school days that he wanted to become a Stand at Rosehill and the Riverside College. builder and remembered fixing strucTheatres. In 1950, Bill and his wife Pat built a tures and nailing iron onto fowl sheds Bill turns 95 this year and continues home at 22 Hunter Street, Riverstone. that had blown off in the wind. to work and serve the Blacktown City In 1953, the McNamara Group built an He became an apprentice carpenter community to this day. office and joinery in Riverstone Parade– at Riverstone Meatworks, signing up for
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MINISTER Michelle Rowland celebrates DALLAS SHERRINGHAM ichelle Rowland’s resounding win in the seat of Federal seat of Greenway was a result of “Communication and community concern” and “becoming a better me”.. Ms Rowland celebrated and claimed victory at the Blacktown RSL and is now Federal Minister for Communications in the Albanese Government. She led Liberal candidate Pradeep 48.8% to 29.8% at the close of counting, increasing her healthy margin by another 2.9% With her young family beside her at the lectern and surrounded by supporters from many ethnic backgrounds who voted for her, Ms Rowland said since 2019 there had been “a lot of soul searching, a lot of changes and a lot of growth in me personally.”
Ms Rowland, who has held the seat since 2010, said the ALP had succeeded with the way it communicated with people. She said groups who would not normally align themselves with the ALP in the past came together in a community led result. “We have done so to connect with people and make our community a better place,” she said. “We have had bushfires, floods and the pandemic and the toughest lockdown restrictions of just about anywhere else in Australia and that meant being a member of Parliament required you to be something new.” Ms Rowland became the “something new“ that the community of Greenway required. “The last three years almost to the day, I decided to become a better version of myself and I decided to put a different kind of effort into the people of Greenway.
“As a result, this result demonstrates that was the right decision.” “However that was not executed by me, it was executed by you,” Ms Rowland said pointing toward her supporters. Ms Rowland said rather than calling it a campaign, it was communication, and it was a dialogue, it was “a real sense of community concern.” “The final thing I would like to say tonight is ‘we have a mandate in Greenway to do things better’,” Ms Rowland’s main campaign policies included: • Creating a better future for all • Investments in secure, local Western Sydney jobs. • Better infrastructure. • A plan to make things here, in Australia. • Cheaper energy. • Better local living. • Enhanced mobile coverage. • Mmore affordable childcare.
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Sleepout support for women’s centre LACKTOWN Workers Club is hosting the CEO and Co Winter Sleep Out on June 23 to raise funds for the Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre (BWGHC). The goal is to raise $40,000 on the night. Not only is it a chance to raise much needed funds, but it is also the chance to enjoy a unique experience under the stars. BWGHC is a community-based centre which provides accessible health and wellbeing services for women and girls in Blacktown LGA regardless of their income.
They provide emergency crisis intervention and support for women and children, including domestic violence counselling and case management, emergency backpacks, food and overnight accommodation. The centre also provides transport to and from destination then back to the centre for further assistance. Women and children going through Domestic and Family Violence are at risk of homelessness which is a huge factor that may impact their wellbeing. You have to be registered to take part in the Sleep Out. All participants
will pay $50 and the donation includes a T-shirt and beanie to wear on the night. Throughout the night, you will learn about BWGHC and how they aid girls, women, and their children, especially those in need of emergency accommodation so they are not left homeless. There will be light entertainment and you will receive dinner, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Once the official proceedings have concluded, you will be left to experience the night in the cold.
Calvet re-elected WSROC President OUNCILLOR Barry Calvert (pictured), the Deputy Mayor of Hawkesbury City Council, has been returned for a fourth term as President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC. WSROC is the peak body representing councils in Greater Western Sydney, and advocates on key issues of value to Western Sydney communities. More than a million people live in the six WSROC council communities.
The WSROC member councils are Blacktown City Council, Blue Mountains City Council, Cumberland City Council, Hawkesbury City Council, Lithgow City Council and Liverpool City Council. Councillor Calvert was re-elected as at WSROC’s President at its Board Meeting held at Blacktown Civic Centre. As President, Councillor Calvert chairs the WSROC Executive which sets
region-wide priorities and strategies for the WSROC Board and provides organisational direction to WSROC’s Chief Executive Officer and staff. Councillor Calvert said he was delighted to be re-appointed as WSROC President and for the opportunity to continue the pursuit of WSROC’s priorities. “It is an honour to take on this role again, to work with the WSROC Executive and staff,” he said.
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Time to get out the skateboard EAUMONT Hills on the northern fringe of Greater Blacktown is to get a new $4m parkland beside the elevated Northwest Metro rail line. Among its features will be a skateboard park and a bike riding facility. The 1ha block adjacent to Windsor Rd and will provide a vital recreation area for residents of the rapidly growing region. Residents will soon have the opportunity to test out their training wheels, nail a couple of ‘kickflips’ or take a leisurely stroll, with the stateof-the-art park on its way. Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Artist impression of thje project. Anthony Roberts said the site on Windsor Rd was “The feedback has been invaluable in helping shape set to be transformed thanks to the $4m investment. what will soon be an incredible asset that is close to It is part of the NSW Government’s $150M program to secure and improve green space across Greater homes and community facilities, including the Caddies Creek Sports Complex,” Mr Roberts said Sydney.
“Along with plenty of space for recreation and play, the park will feature a new bike pump track, a skate plaza, public art and 60 new trees.” Member for Castle Hill Ray Williams said the new park would also incorporate the archaeological heritage site of the White Hart Inn. “Parks play an important part in people’s lives – they are places to gather, play and reflect, so we’re thrilled to be delivering what will be a diverse, community-oriented and resilient public space,” Mr Williams said. The new Beaumont Hills Park is one of eight being created or upgraded in Greater Sydney under the Parks for People program. Construction of the park will begin later this year in collaboration with The Hills Shire Council. For more information visit: www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/parksforpeople
Libraries launch book of lockdown stories LACKTOWN City Council Libraries has launched a special book compiling 50 stories of life during COVID-19 lockdowns, in partnership with a local author. Council worked with Quakers Hill storyteller Emie Roy of ‘The Stories Untold’, the Community Migrant Resource Centre and Westpoint to publish the book, The Light at the End of the Tunnel. Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM said the book docu-
mented an unprecedented time in history and its effects on the local community. “We know Blacktown City residents were hit especially hard by COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions for an extended period of time,” Mayor Bleasdale said. “I congratulate Emie Roy and all contributors for making this important project happen.” The book features anecdotes, reflections and experiences from
lockdown as well as hopes for a post-lockdown future and was officially launched at a special event at Bowman Hall last week, with more than 150 guests in attendance. Emie Roy said, “The Light at the End of the Tunnel has been released after 10 solid months of work and it is here that the journey of the book begins. The book is available to borrow from Blacktown City Council’s libraries.
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Shani backing female apprentices DALLAS SHERRINGHAM t Druitt plumbing apprentice Shani Staples is the face of a new campaign encouraging women to take up learning a trade through an apprenticeship. Shani and her fellow female apprentices want more women to try their hand in a traditional trade to increase women in the construction sector. Shani is studying a Certificate III in Plumbing at TAFE NSW Mount Druitt and is one woman paving the way for more females to break into trade industries. “The plumbing industry is incredibly rewarding and offers a hands-on environment which is fastpaced and no two days are the same,” Ms Staples said. “Many people are unaware of the scope of work that a plumbing trade covers, so if a trade is something you’ve ever considered, now is the time to give it a go.” Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said the NSW Government was investing in fee-free and low-fee apprenticeships and train-
eeships to help address industry needs, including Built for Women, a program designed to boost female participation. “We want to make it easier for women to access the skills they need for a first job, a new job, or a better job,” Mr Henskens said. “The NSW Government’s infrastructure investment is providing great opportunities for women to pick up the tools and enter a dynamic and rewarding industry.” Recently released data from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research shows that female apprentice and trainee numbers are booming across the state, with a 91% surge in commencements in the year to September 2021. Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said the Built for Women program had supported close to 5000 free training places for women in trade-related work, including construction, manufacturing, engineering, transport and logistics. “Greater diversity makes our workplaces stronger and a secure and fulfilling future awaits women who choose a career in trades,” Ms Taylor said. The two ministers visited Shani at work recently as part of the State Government promotion.
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Technology to reduce homelessness ECHNOLOGY is being used to better connect people in need with services as the NSW Government looks for new ways to reduce homelessness. A new custom-built mobile app is being rolled out to help match outreach workers with the homeless. Minister for Families and Communities Natasha Maclaren-Jones said the Journey on Home app
is an important initiative to tackle street sleeping acrossNSW. “The Journey on Home app means homelessness outreach workers have a client’s history in the palm of their hand,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said. “This enables outreach workers to connect people to services on the spot, which is critical to supporting the
homeless into more permanent accommodation. Staff will have visibility and information on hotspots and locations where there is evidence of people sleeping rough to help them better plan their patrols.” The app is part of a $2.3M investment in technology which is helping to deliver the Premier’s Priority to halve street homelessness by 2025.
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Blacktown’s a growth standout STEPHEN BALI lacktown City is one of the best kept secrets regarding economic activity. How often do we hear about the massive Government investment into Parramatta, Liverpool and Penrith council areas and Blacktown City struggles to get its fair share? Blacktown City’s economic growth over the past five years to June 2021, including the COVID lockdowns was 4.4% per annum. The annual growth over the past 5 years is a mixed story with preCOVID economic growth at 6.75% p.a., followed by a 1.1% contraction in 2020, with a rebound in 2021 of 1.5%. Comparing Blacktown City to the combined council regions of Penrith and Liverpool, the combined councils are economically larger by 12% but economic growth rate was at three-quarters the pace of Blacktown. Blacktown City is currently a $22.35B economy with almost 200,000 residents employed and 153,000 jobs located in the area with over 27,000 registered businesses. In twenty years, Blacktown City economy is expected to pass $52B with a population larger than Tasmania. The ingredients are all present for entrepreneurial success in Blacktown. Blacktown City has a booming population through the north-west growth area; the establishment of Australian Catholic University in Blacktown CBD and three TAFE colleges to improve skills and knowledge; and one of the fastest regional economic growth rates in the country. Where are the future business opportunities in Blacktown?
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The professional, technical, and financial service job opportunities has lagged in Blacktown compared to rest of Australia. Many people, whether growing up in Blacktown City or through professional migration programs find it difficult to obtain professional work in Blacktown and have to travel into Sydney for high value jobs. The recent pandemic and the growth in working from home will bring more high value jobs into Blacktown with the potential expansion of shared offices in the local area set to soar. Manufacturing continues to be a major employer in the region. From 2001
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to 2015 the industry has only marginally increased but since 2016 the sector grew over 20% in output with only 3% increase in jobs. Blacktown manufacturers are substantially improving productivity with innovative new technologies with a relatively stable workforce but there is a demand to improve workers
skills so the industry remains competitive. Healthcare and welfare sectors are set to increase substantially. Many factors contribute to this including population increase; improved health support services; the need to provide important mental health and welfare support services. Hotel accommodation supporting the visitor economy is set to grow with major hotel chains negotiating to commence new construction. Motor racing park, Sydney zoo, Featherdale, Sydney Coliseum at WestHQ; Raging Waters plus the new sport and recovery centre in Blacktown International Sports Park are set to transform the visitor economy in the coming years. Tertiary education is set to expand in Blacktown City with Australian Catholic University (ACU) anticipating to reach 5,000 students in the 5 years. ACU is providing local residents opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge for the future. ACU is offering courses in nursing, sports science, teaching, business, law and social science; all these areas will be the growth opportunities for the future. The place to maximise your future is right here in Blacktown City! Stephen Bali is State Member for Blacktown.
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Ayana’s experience Ayana is a qualified dentist with a five-year university degree that she earned in Ethiopia. But the barriers to entering her profession in Australia were substantial. The Australian employment agency, whose role is to assist migrants looking for work, sent her to work at a factory production line instead of helping her find the pathway to work in her field.
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Barber Baz cut above the rest 'D be honored to cut your hair and look after you but first it's a privilege for me to do it.' This is a motto that Baz Tastan and Tapered the Barbershop hold in the highest regard, also why Tapered and the wider Quakers Hill community have had such an endearing relationship. Tapered the Barbershop is now five years old and it recently won Best Barbershop in the Local Business Awards. Now, there is very much a two-way street in this business - you have a premium barbershop that has the highest quality of cuts, shaves and fades. It is as good as anything you'll get in the CBD, combined with a community that keeps coming back to support the business and sees the value in the service. As Baz said: ‘One needs the other to work’ Like all small businesses, there have been many difficult roads to navigate and no better example than the last two years of the pandemic when the business was closed for more than three months due to lockdown.
Unlike others however, Baz continued to be hugely active on social media where he has 8k followers. He constantly checks in on the community, staying positive and focusing on mental health issues and encouraging families and friends to look out for each other. It is that concept of giving back that has made Tapered the respected and loved business it is today. On top of this, Baz started his own mobile caravan barbershop with an aim to work more closely with mental health organisations. It has seen him on the last two Christmas Days show up and cut hair for the homeless and underprivileged, in Martin Place and Parramatta Park respectively. The caravan also serves as a private, after-hours barbershop for anyone that wants an out of hours appointment. Tapered The Barbershop is open Tuesday/ Wednesday/Friday 9am-5.30pm; Thursday 9am7pm; Saturday 9am-4pm; Sunday/Monday Closed.
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MARRIOTT COMMITS TO 200-KEY PROJECT
Aerotropolis lands first hotel $70M, 200-key Marriott-branded offering will be the first hotel to open in the Aerotropolis at the future Western Sydney International Nancy-Bird Walton Airport. Marriott International, Inc has signed an agreement with 1990 Developments Pty Ltd to open the Courtyard by Marriott Western Sydney Airport, expected to be complete in 2026 to coincide with the opening of the Airport in Badgerys Creek. It will be developed and owned by 1990 Developments Pty Ltd, which is controlled by the ASX-listed Maas Group Holdings and Gibb Group. The new-build will be designed Hassell Architects and feature an all-day dining restaurant, café and bar, fitness centre and 580 sqm of meeting and ballroom space. “We have been developing commercial, industrial and large format retail property for more than 12 years and are now very excited about being a new entrant to the hotel sector,” said Matt Gibb, Gibb Group managing director. “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Marriott International on our first development and look forward to expanding our involvement with this market-leading company.” CBRE handled the operator selection process. The 11,200-hectare Aetropolis region is expected to become a major economic and industrial hub. Logistics company DHL has bought 24 hectares of land in the precinct for $140 million, with plans to develop four warehouses worth $180 million. The land was bought from Roberts Jones Pty Ltd, which acquired 344 hectares of land last year for $499M and is developing 240 hectares into an industrial and logistics estate. Developer contributions will fund up to $1.1B in infrastructure in the region, according to Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts. Marriott International operates more than 500 airport hotels across the globe. Courtyard by Marriott is its largest
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brand, with more than 1,200 properties around the world, three open hotels in Australia, and five more in the local pipeline. “Marriott International is placing an important focus on expanding our footprint in greater Sydney, where we currently operate five hotels. We look forward to continuing to grow our footprint in the Sydney region,” said Sean Hunt, area vice president, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific for Marriott International. Marriott International currently operates 39 hotels across Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific. In Melbourne, Marriott has launched its new AC by Marriott Southbank and Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands.
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Modern, substantially larger Kombi gets ready to hit local showrooms MATT BROGAN OLKSWAGEN’s commercial vehicle division and Jayco have teamed up to create the Crafter Kampervan, a modern and substantially larger take on the Kombi that VW Australia says will become the halo of its evolving van range. The model will sit above the Caddy California and Multivan California as the brand’s flagship recreational offering Down Under. Alongside a five-year / unlimited-kilometre warranty, the Crafter Kampervan will be available in three grades when it goes on sale this July: Kampervan, Kampervan Style and Kampervan All-Terrain, the latter replete with a suite of Seikel off-road equipment. Measuring in at a generous 6.8 metres in length and 2.0 metres in width, the Crafter Kampervan range offers not only ample living and sleeping quarters, but seating for four, sleeping for three, multiple dining and seating areas, freshand wastewater tanks, a full bathroom with shower and toilet, full kitchen with two-burner gas cooktop, microwave, fridge and sink, reverse cycle air-conditioning, and diesel heating and hot water. The 4Motion-equipped Crafter Kampervan range is further equipped with a TV and DVD system with internal and external speakers, lithium in-house battery with additional solar array, LED internal and external lighting, App Connect, a Wi-Fi extender, plus an external awning. Volkswagen says the Crafter Kampervan has been “extensively tested” at the Anglesea Proving Ground in Victoria, showcasing not only the Australian engineering at work inside the vehicle, but – without elaborating – the “testing
and tuning that makes it perfect for local conditions”. The Crafter Kampervan will be offered in seven paint colours, including four two-tone schemes. Volkswagen has yet to announce available driveline specifications or pricing of its all-wheel-drive Kampervan, but it is expected the variant will demand a premium over the current Crafter 4Motion flagship, which sells from $76,990 (plus on-road costs). Brand director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle, Ryan Davies, said
the partnership with Jayco combines the expertise of two leading brands and presents “another milestone in our brand's collaboration with Australian auto building. “Just as Walkinshaw took the Amarok to the next level, Jayco (as the leading brand in its field) is making the Crafter Kampervan the perfect choice for those who want to drive a brilliantly engineered vehicle – then live and sleep comfortably across endless Australian destinations,” said Mr Davies.
Jayco motorised division national sales manager, Bruce Astbury, said: "Jayco is proud to be associated with Volkswagen and the touring lifestyle that both brands embody. This is a partnership that will enhance the depth of the Volkswagen range and continue to support local employment at our stateof-the-art, 50-acre, Dandenong South facility.” Customers may register their interest in the Volkswagen Crafter Kampervan at volkswagen. com.au/en/models/crafter-kampervan
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WORKING OFFICE ON THE ROAD
Joining the digital nomads DALLAS SHERRINGHAM
Top cities for digital nomads in Asia
e’ve all heard the term grey nomads, but a new group known as digital nomads has evolved as a result of the COVID pandemic By 2035 more than one billion people around the world are predicted to be living and working as digital nomads as advances in technology, remote working and workplace culture continue to grow. According to predictions, this global nomadic workforce, capable of plugging in anywhere in the world with a decent internet connection, will make up one in every three employees. There are already 35 million digital nomads worldwide, with the trend being driven by technology, growing demand for flexible workspace and the increasing adoption of hybrid work. I joined this growing movement in Australia recently, setting up my office in the annex of my caravan at Budgewoi Caravan Park. It is a fabulous way to work, but I have drawn up a list of essential ‘needs’ if you want to do it successfully.
What is a digital nomad? A digital nomad is a remote worker who travels and works simultaneously, visiting locations nationwide and worldwide, working from beaches, coffee shops and coworking spaces. Some digital nomads only travel for a few months and others do it for years. Research suggests that 80% of digital nomads prefer to stay in one location for three to nine months. Office advisory service Instant Offices has ranked almost 80 locations on affordability, weather, broadband speed and more to reveal the best places to be a digital nomad in 2022. Unsurprisingly, over half the cities analysed in the top 60 are in Asia. Cities like Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong offer captivating travel experiences, scenery and food alongside stellar connectivity, infrastructure and a manageable cost of living.
Bustling metropolises across Central, East, South, Southeast and Western Asia are perfect for digital nomads who want to explore some of the world’s most iconic business centres and enjoy a continent full of exciting travel opportunities and sights. Demand for flexible office space in places like Singapore and Hong Kong is high as more people look to new ways of using workspace, meaning you can easily find creative coworking spaces, meeting rooms and serviced offices to work from as you travel.
Seoul, South Korea
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Connectivity is also second to none. Singapore boasts the fastest average broadband speed in this ranking, at 256 Mbps, while Jakarta has more than 97,000 wi-fi hotspots across the city. Neighboring countries in Asia-Pacific also feature high on the list for digital nomads, with Australia and New Zealand both offering plenty of coworking space, delicious cuisine, travel opportunities and probably most appealing of all, unparalleled sunny weather.
Travel while you work Trends in commercial property reflect the general movement towards increased workplace flexibility. .As the role of the office changes and flexibility increases globally, more people will be able to travel and work virtually anywhere. Market forecasts show flexible workspace as a proportion of the total office market will grow from 5% to almost 13% by 2025
DAL’S TOP 10 TIPS • Good communications are vital at all times. Zoom for face-to-face meetings. • Make sure you have a portable wifi system. Caravan and accommodation wifi systems are notoriously bad. • A comfortable chair and a generous size foldup table if you are camping or caravanning. • If a laptop is not possible, use a portable keyboard with your phone screen. • Backup everything on a portable hard drive. • Download and backup photos from your phone and camera daily. • Extra batteries for your camera. • Small, portable printer is always useful. • Keep a handwritten diary of your trip and expenses. • Business cards for the journey – you never know when they will come in handy.
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$20M FOR ELECTRIC CHARGING STATIONS
Driving boast in electric cars P to 3500 electric vehicle (EV) chargers will be rolled out across regional NSW, with the NSW Government offering $20M in grants to establish Australia’s largest destination charging network. Treasurer and Minister for Energy Matt Kean said the co-funded grants, ranging from $2000 to $40,000 per site for EV chargers across regional NSW, would boost regional tourism and were part of a $171M investment in EV charging over the next four years. “EVs are growing in popularity and this will help ensure our regional areas have the charging stations needed to welcome EV-driving visitors,” Mr Kean said. The EV destination charging grants will be offered on a co-funded basis for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle (EV) chargers in regional areas, which can provide a top-up of up to 130km of range in an hour. A range of destinations across regional NSW can apply for the grants, including motels, wineries, cafes, restaurants, natural attractions, visitor information centres, museums and zoos. Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said a series of EV tourist drives would also be developed across the state to promote EV travel across regional NSW, following the rollout of the EV chargers. “This will grow local economies and support small businesses in areas impacted by Covid, bushfires and floods,” Mr Farraway said. The NSW Electric Vehicle Strategy aims to increase EV sales to 52 per cent of all new car sales by 2030-31, and the vast majority by 2035. Funding under the strategy also includes a $131 million investment for ultra-fast charging infrastructure and a $20 million investment in EV charging in commuter car parks, creating a world class charging network across the state. The EV destination charging grants can be used for the purchase and installation of select electric vehicle (EV) chargers as well as software to tap into
the smart capabilities of each charger. This includes: • 75 per cent towards buying up to four alternating current (AC) destination chargers per site location. • 75 per cent towards charger installation (capped at $1000 per charger). • 50 per cent towards a two-year charger software subscription. Eligible destinations can apply for the grants online https://www.energysaver.nsw.gov.au/ reducing-emissions-nsw/electric-vehicles/ electric-vehicle-destination-charging-grants.
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MAKING EXERCISING FUN
Motivation quick fix tips ADAM SIMPSON HEN it comes to exercising or training it is only natural to not be super motivated 100% of the time. But the key to long term results is being super consistent and getting your workouts done when you really can’t be bothered. Here are some quick fix motivational hacks that you can use to make sure you get that work out in. 1. Get a workout buddy – Call or text a friend and book that workout in with them. You are much less likely to skip that workout, if it means you are going to let someone else down as well. 2. Do something fun – If you have a structured program and you just really don’t want to do it. Go off script and do some other activity for the day that gets you moving. 3. Prepare your gym gear – If you train early in the morning get your gym gear out the night before and lay it somewhere so it is all ready to go. You will feel silly the next day if you don’t go and train and you have to put your gym gear back in the cupboard.
4. Do not go home after work – After a long stressful day at work, it can be easy to skip the gym. Whatever you do, do not go home. Pack your gym clothes and go straight to the gym. If you go home and sit down, you are not getting back up. 5. Buy new workout gear – If you are in a bit of a rut, go and buy
some new workout gear that you are excited to wear. It may be the little motivational boost you need to get you back on track! 6. Buy some exercise tracking technology – Myzone Bands, Garmin Watches, Fit Bits are all great tools you can use to track your exercise levels and give
you that little bit of accountability you need to get your next work out in. Put on some music that fires you up – Music is a great tool that you can use to get yourself in a certain mood. Find a play list that gets you pumped up, crank up your sound system and get yourself to the gym. Short workouts – Don’t overcomplicate it, if you are just not in the mood for an hour of exercise. Just commit to a 10 to 15-minute sweat session and call it a day. Fitness Pro’s – Jump online and watch some of your favourite fitness pro’s ripping into their workouts for inspiration. Quit making excuses – Just go and do it, you will feel so much better when you are done!!
Next time you are lacking that motivation you need, give one of these hacks a go. If you have any hacks that I haven’t mentioned that you currently use, I would love to hear from you! Shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org Adam Simpson is lead trainer and founder at Repetitions Group fitness and Personal Training. Visit: www.repetitionspt.com.au
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THE MAGIC POWER OF GOALS
It’s real, I’ve experienced it MINDSET | MARCUS WHEAN STRONGLY believe that goals have magic powers! Come on, magic powers, how so?, you might ask. I believe this because I have experienced it and when I truly understood and embraced goal-setting into my life, I have been able to not only better manage my own mental health but have been able to completely re-invent my life and experience myself and life as more fulfilled, happy and content. By having and working on meaningful goals you can not only feel like you’re surviving in life, but thriving! This is what I incorporate into my work with clients. First things first, though. We must firstly understand that we are all goal-directed. That is, we are setting and achieving goals albeit sub-consciously. Even when we are not actively working on goals or plans, like if we are avoiding such things, this is still a goal. These are avoidant goals. Many of us have and achieve avoidance goals all day every day. We might say we are not motivated, but to avoid things is still motivation. It is motivation to avoid. This pattern is obviously negative because it does not bring us the contentment and happiness we crave. It can bring immediate comfort
If you’re unsure of what goals to set, ask yourself what you value. What YOU truly value.” but ultimately it is not serving our health and life well. Negative behavioural patterns like avoidance goals reinforce negative belief patterns. These patterns when left unaddressed can lead to or exacerbate unhelpful stress and can affect your mental health. A famous psychologist once said: “That which remains unconscious is our fate”. This is where the magic power of goals comes in. We must get conscious about our goals. We must think about a vision for ourselves and our life.
This vision sets the tone for the goals we set. Our vision and goals must be based on positive intent, EG: Hhow do you want to be, what do you want to achieve?’; and not on negative intent. EG:. ‘How you don’t want to be’. For instance, you could have a vision for how you want to be, or what you want to be doing, in say, the next 12 months. We must give this some time and thought because we must get consciouss and clear on how we want to be because the old negative mind will likely be there fuelling negative thoughts on how not to be. If we don’t get clear on the positive, the negative thoughts can lead to fear of failure, which leads to that negative motivation pattern all over again (our fate). When you’re clear on your vision, it’s time to brainstorm goals. I usually suggest around 2 or 3. Maybe there’s one personal, one professional and one material goal. If you’re unsure of what goals to set, ask yourself what you value. What YOU truly value. By values I mean things you really like to do; values that are yours that make you, you. These values require little motivation or inspiration to do, but they also should be challenging and rewarding. They should require some effort. Because it’s in the effort and process of
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working on and achieving your goals, where the magic happens. When you have your 2-3 goals for the year, break those down into quarterly sub-goals, then monthly, then into weekly and daily plans. The weekly and daily plans require regular attention. We must make sure we’re staying accountable and on track. Get yourself a journal to write and review your plans weekly at least. This is great to build confidence and that sense of achievement. Giving our goals and the plans daily attention is akin to giving ourselves attention. If our goals are aligned with our values, and we value the things we are working on, then by implication we are valuing ourselves. Then as we progress and achieve our goals the reward is we not only value ourselves but feel great that we are actively working on ourselves and our life and no longer avoiding taking meaningful action in our life. It requires effort but it is, again, in the process of taking meaningful action where the magic power of goals lies and how we can not only survive but feel like we are thriving in life. Marcus Whelan is a Registered Psychologist and Mental Fitness Coachwith 10+ years’ experience in private practice. He holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in psychology and education. Visit: www.marcuswhelanpsychology.com.au
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Top Gun: Maverick – 5 Stars Pete Mitchell, callsign Maverick (Tom Cruise), has spent over 30 years as one of the Navy’s top aviators, doing exactly what he is best at–flying planes. ut it’s a new era, and the top brass ground Maverick when disobeys orders to test pilot a new high tech plane; that is, until his old friend Iceman (Val Kilmer) steps in, and selects him to go back to his old stomping ground of Top Gun. At the Naval Flight Academy, Maverick is tasked by Admiral Simpson (Jon Hamm) with a mission. An Iranian nuclear weapons base is on the verge of readiness, buried in a crater, surrounded by SAMs and fifth gen fighters. They have three weeks to destroy the base before the radioactive materials arrive, and the flight in and out is thought to be impossible. Maverick has to teach a new generation, one so reliant on technology, the skills he has learnt in a lifetime, in order to not just complete the mission, but survive it. In doing so, he will have to reckon with the mistakes, regrets and memories from his past, not least of which is his relationship with his old wingman Goose, whose son Rooster (Miles Teller) is in his class. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Top Gun: Maverick is the sort of movie that they just don’t make anymore, and you can feel it right from the opening credits. As the Paramount logo fades, a beautiful grainy sunrise-over-the-ocean shot is punctured by the distinctly not modern font displaying Miles Teller’s name, and the dulcet, rockabilly tones of Kenny Loggins classic Highway To The Danger Zone plays, the heart pumps a little bit faster. It’s right here that you
realize you’re feeling something you haven’t felt in the cinema for years–genuine excitement. Thus commences the 2-hour 11 minute magnum opus that is Top Gun: Maverick. From a plot perspective, it’s a genuinely ingenious way to bring back the magic of the first, while modernizing it for the modern era (and Cruise’s advancing age). The dialogue is slick for the most part, with a bunch of classically cheesy one-liners thrown in for good measure, but always aware of itself. It’s also surprisingly affecting in its emotionality. Scenes with Kilmer, who famously had his vocal box removed due to cancer, bring a tear to the eye, and Kosinski isn’t tokenistic with his representation of the actor; instead using him to deliver one of
the best scenes in the movie. The cast across the board is uniformly excellent. The newcomers looking for a place in the squad are, due to numbers and by necessity, largely one-dimensional, but that’s ok. The harder edges from the first installment that may not play well in the modern era, like any overt bullying, are rounded off without losing the chemistry, zest and rivalry. Miles Teller, who strikingly resembles Anthony Edwards Goose from the first movie, is absolutely fantastic, re-cementing his status as one of the best young actors on the scene after a few years of missteps. Jennifer Connolly is also spectacular, bringing some real vintage vibes to the piece. Ultimately, this is the Tom Cruise show though, and it doesn’t disappoint.
This is Cruise on his A-Game, his best performance in years. There’s a joy that shines through in his performance; a little smirk constantly playing behind the eyes, that seems to say to the audience that he, too, feels what they feel; the joyous nostalgia of being back in this world. The simple pleasures of a time gone by, when all you needed was a cracking soundtrack, a couple of planes flying around, and a game of shirtless beach volleyball to have a hit movie, instead of the modern requirement for hundreds of millions of dollars of CGI. Cruise is the lifeblood of this film, and indeed in the resurrecting of this character, and the delivery of a film that literally has to be seen in cinemas, he is the lifeblood of the modern theatrical experience. Top Gun: Maverick is the sort of film that, when first discussed, seemed like a terrible idea. You’d have been forgiven for thinking that surely, there’s no way they can do anything but harm the legacy of the original. Which is why it’s such a joy that, after you leave the cinema, having witnessed heart, pathos, some incredible action sequences, and a whole heap of sunset-drenched 80’s nostalgia in bomber jackets, you find that they’ve absolutely succeeded. This is the perfect sequel; perhaps even better than the original.
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Mothering Sunday – 3 Stars Beautifully shot, staged and acted, but ultimately unfulfilling period drama. ane Fairchild (Odessa Young) is a maid living in post-World War 1 England. She makes plans to secretly meet with the high-born Paul Sheringham (Josh O’Connor), whom she loves and has been having an affair with, for a romantic tryst before he leaves to marry another woman. Surrounded by the overwhelming sense of death, mourning and grief from the high-born families around her who have all lost children to the war, and interspersed with flashforwards to a future Jane who, successful in her writing, is in the midst of another loss, the film charts the final hours before a tragic accident; one that destroys the community Jane lives in, and both forces her and liberates her in the pursuit of writing. Mothering Sunday is a prime example of slow cinema. Fundamentally, the story charts pretty much a single afternoon, with admitted flashforwards and the occasional flashback interspersed amongst that afternoon. While it is definitely interesting and intriguing, and holds your interest, it would be a stretch to say that this piece captivates it. On the plus side, it is gorgeously shot and staged. The visuals in this film really
are incredible, and for the lovers of cinematography among us, it may be tough to resist a second visit to rewatch those elements alone, even if you didn’t care for the film as a whole. With gorgeous colours, beautifully shallow depth of field, and a penchant for focusing not on faces but on details (around lips, shoulders, hair and more), this really is stunning to look at. Be forewarned, however, this isn’t one to take the kids to nor a prickly mother-in-law;
our main duo are naked for probably 45% of the runtime, and they don’t shy away from anything. It is also a wonderfully acted film. Colin Firth and Olivia Coleman do wonders with small roles, completely swallowed by their pain and loss. The main duo are also extremely compelling, particularly Young, who has to play really three versions of the same character throughout; the naive young lover in flashbacks, the realist, desperate and last-ditch hopeful lover in the main timeline, and the cynical, but faintly hopeful and wistful one in the flashforwards. The scripting is also fairly admirable. The piece for most of the runtime works extremely well, and lines like Coleman’s biting remark to Young’s Jane, or Firth’s simple approval of her characters choice to move on, hit home and trust the audi-
ence to work with little wordage, and lots of performance. Where stems the issue then? Ultimately, Mothering Sunday feels empty, and that’s a problem. Sure, there are the occasional general missteps–chief among them a horrible reporters-at-the-door scene with a much much older Jane, which feels plucked from an entirely different film. But the issue with the film is more insidious than that. The whole thing feels bereft of weight, and import. It’s tough to pinpoint where exactly that happens. Perhaps the film is too slow cinema for its own good. Perhaps it is the arrangement of the scenes, or a characters lack of backstory. In the end, this is a story about the lingering effect of loss, and both its inhibiting effects and its catalysing ones. We’re looking at all of these characters feeling so much–so much pain, so much loss, so much grief–and yet we feel nothing. That’s why the film, despite being stunningly beautiful, is ultimately unsuccessful. Reviews by Jacob Richardson Creative Director | Film Focus www.filmfocusau.com
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Difficult choices for coaches BOB TURNER NJURIES can be a crucial factor in the success of any season, whether it is at the professional level or a local competition. Losing a key player puts pressure on an entire team to step up as well as test the depth of the overall team. Injuries in Rugby League, AFL, rugby and others are a regular occurrence which is why coaches are always looking to build the depth of their rosters. The depth at Blacktown City has been tested since the beginning of the season, but especially since Round 10 where our young Striker, Jordan Smylie, broke his foot. Smylie came to us from the Central Coast Mariners and was quickly making his mark scoring eight goals to be equal leader in the Golden Boot Award. His flare around the goal and hunt for possession was giving opposition defenses headaches. Losing a key striker like Smylie has been difficult to replace, especially as strikers are as important in football as a 30 point player is to basketball. For the injured player it is always a matter of how much time it will take to get back on the field or court. In Smylie’s case it may be the whole season. For the player called up it is Opportunity Plus as they get a chance to prove themselves. All too often that player steps up and
makes a return of the established player a difficult choice for the Coach. Again, at Blacktown City, this is the case for 17-year-old Goalie, Alex Robinson. Established Blacktown Goalie, Tristen Prendergrast, tore his shoulder prior to this season that required surgery. His back-up was unavailable for the first two rounds of the season leaving Coach Mark Crittenden with the decision to play Robinson, at the time 16 years old. Coming into Round 14 of the competition, Robinson, now 17, is still in goal and holding his own. Opportunity knocked and Robinson has taken full advantage. Who knows, he may turn out to be like another former Blacktown Goalie, Matt Ryan, current Socceroo Goalie and Captain.
Continuing their dominance After a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Sydney Olympic in Round 11 of the NPL 1 Men’s competition, Blacktown City FC bounced back the next week with a resounding win against formidable rival Rockdale 3-0. The loss to Sydney Olympic at home was a difficult one for Blacktown to swallow. In a game that had it all, including a saved penalty, it was a stoppage-time strike from Roy O’Donovan who sealed the points for Sydney Olympic. In Round 12, Blacktown City secured a huge 3-0 victory over Rockdale Ilinden at the Ilinden Sports Centre, with a Dakota Askew score and a clever Mitch Mallia strike settling the score as Mark
Crittenden’s men celebrated three massive points in the ‘Match of the Round’. Round 13 of the main Football NSW competition featured Blacktown City against archrivals Mt Druitt Town Rangers in the Blacktown Mayoral Cup. Blacktown took out the first leg of the Cup in Round 2 with a 4-2 victory at Blacktown City Sports Centre. The Rangers were out to square the series on their home at Popondetta Park and gave the visitors all they had. In the end it was a 1-1 draw with Blacktown once again retaining the Cup but gaining only one point on the championship ladder. Round 14 against Marconi on Saturday, June 4th, will be a huge test for Blacktown City as they play away to the hottest team in the competition – Marconi. The Stallions have a draw and four wins in their last five games with a 5-3 win last week against then League leading Sydney FC to elevate Marconi to the top position on 25 points. Blacktown and Marconi had a 2-2 draw in Round 3 and with the Championship race so tight a win is critical for both teams. If you cannot get to the game watch the action ‘Live’ on NPL.TV at 7pm. Unlike last season where Blacktown City led the League by ten points with five rounds to go, the Championship race for 2022 is one of the tightest in League history. The top six teams in the NPL 1 Men’s competition all have 7 wins with two points separating top place Marconi on
25 points. The win over Rockdale and draw with Mt Druitt elevated Blacktown to seven wins, two draws and four losses for 23 competition points. Sydney FC, Sydney Olympic and Manly all have records of 7-3-3 for 24 points and second spot on the ladder. Apia Leichhardt rest on equal points with Blacktown on 23, setting up a bumper clash with Blacktown on June 12th in Round 15. The Blacktown Under 20 Men continue to dominate their competition with an 8-2-1 record for 26 points. Wollongong is in second on 22 points. The success of both Blacktown Men’s team, results in Blacktown as clear favourites to win the Football NSW Club Championship. Currently on 144 points the nearest rival is Sydney FC and Sydney Olympic on 134. Blacktown Senior Women continue to develop with a solid win over Camden followed by narrow losses to St George and Marconi. Next Home Game for Blacktown City FC is Sunday, June 12th at Blacktown City Sports Centre. This game will be up against Apia Leichhardt in a Blockbuster Round. Game time is 3pm with the Under 20 Men at 1pm. Following Home Game is Sunday, June 26th in Round 17 Vs Northbridge so put the date in your diary. See you at the Park! Go Blacktown City! Bob Turner is Executive Chairman at Blacktown City FC. Visit www.blacktownfc.com
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WELCOME TO THE FUTURE
New sports era for Blacktown DALLAS SHERRINGHAM HE new Blacktown Exercise Sports and Technology Hub will be a major gamechanger for sports in the region when it opens next year. Called ‘BEST’ for short, Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale recently announced this exciting new era for sport and healthy living in the city. BEST will deliver world-class facilities, patient care and rehabilitation services alongside leading education and research programs, right in the heart of Western Sydney. Mayor Bleasdale said the hub was a unique, first-class resource for Blacktown City and Western Sydney, that BEST would take community health and sports innovation to a new level. “I’m excited to announce this next stage of this key Transformational Project from Blacktown City Council,” Mayor Bleasdale said. He said Blacktown City Council had partnered with the Australian Catholic University, Sydney West Sports Medicine, Went West and the AFL as well as the many teams that call the Sportspark home, to enhance performance across many sports. “BEST will build upon the established facilities at the Sportspark and boost our culture of healthy, active living and sporting excellence in Blacktown City by providing a home base for many generations to come. “Our partners are industry leading and will bring together skills and knowledge in education, injury management and rehabilitation and community health. “At BEST, you will have the opportunity to be your best self and build your best self.
Access to world class facilities “Blacktown is a proud sporting City and we are determined to ensure everyone in our community has access to world-class sport and health facilities, close to home. “BEST represents a $100m investment in changing lives for the better,
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through health and sports innovation. “Whether you are an athlete, a ‘weekend warrior’, a social team or family, or just a regular person wanting to move with more confidence, this facility will live up to its name and help you be your BEST.” Buildcorp Managing Director Tony Sukkar said the company was ‘delighted’ to be working with Blacktown City Council. “Buildcorp is honored to have partnered with Blacktown City Council to deliver the vision of the new Blacktown Exercise Sports and Technology Hub (BEST). “When developing our solution for the delivery of the project, we chal-
lenged ourselves to channel our own passion and considerable experience into finding the best way to bring the project to life. “We also used creative thinking to develop new opportunities for innovation and value creation, to deliver an award-winning architectural facility. “Buildcorp and our project team are passionately connected to the project’s core purpose of delivering a multisports approach to enhancing performance. The project remains in safe hands as our experience has been honed over 30 high-performance sporting infrastructure projects in our 32-year history. “We look forward to handing over the best centre of excellence for the
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Blacktown community and all who will enjoy it.” Located within Blacktown International Sportspark, BEST will offer great public amenities and technical facilities, including treatment rooms, a biomechanics laboratory, strength and conditioning facilities, plus an environmental chamber And, next door to BEST, The Lodge will offer affordable accommodation to teams, individuals and families within the Sportspark. A cafe will operate seven days a week, offering a place for a pre- or postgame catch up, or a pit-stop on a family cycle or walking adventure. Construction is well underway, with BEST to open in 2023.
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