Blacktown News - June 2024

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Delivering health care for growth areas WARNING OVER HOUSE FIRES

THE community has its first look at the $700M Rouse Hill Hospital, the first major adult hospital built in Western Sydney in over 40 years. Despite promises being made to local residents over three elections, no progress was ever made by the former Government. The NSW Labor Government is delivering the 300-bed hospital set to deliver much needed contemporary health care facilities for the growing North West community. thousands of families are moving into the North-West growth area, with the Blacktown Local Government Area (LGA) population expected to grow to almost 500,000 by 2041. The new hospital will bring healthcare closer to communities around Rouse Hill, Tallawong, Schofields, The Ponds, North Kellyville, Riverstone and Marsden Park.

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• important community announcements • upcoming events • transformational projects • school holiday activities • community award programs • competitions • much, much more... Keep up to date with the latest news in and around Blacktown! Get your monthly community e-newsletter today. MINISTER AT NEW LOCAL SCHOOLS MEDIEVAL FAYRE ATTRACTS 30,000
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Artist impression of the hospital.

Blacktown City

2024 HSC Study Help series at Blacktown City Libraries

Preparing for your HSC Exams this year? Join us at our HSC Study Help series at Blacktown City Libraries!

Throughout June, we will be hosting several lectures at Max Webber Library Function Centre, including:

• HSC English essay writing skills

• HSC CAFS revision lecture

• HSC English Paper 1: Texts and Human Experiences Standard and Advanced

• Preparation for the Mathematics Standard 2 HSC examination

• HSC PDHPE preparation lecture.

Bookings are required for all lectures and are just $10 per person (with an accompanying teacher or parent free).

We will also host free HSC stress management classes, presented by headspace.

To find out more or book your spot, visit

Have your say on Council’s plans and budget for 2024/25

Blacktown City Council has updated its planning documents for the future wellbeing of the City.

We are seeking community feedback on the following:

• draft Delivery Program 2022-2026 and Operational Plan 2024/25

• draft Works Improvement Program 2024/25 (our capital works)

• draft Goods and Services Pricing Schedule 2024/25 (our fees and charges)

• draft Long Term Financial Plan 2024-2034.

For more information and to make a submission visit,

Submissions will close at 5 pm on 11 June 2024.

Exhibition points are also located at Blacktown Administration Centre and all Council libraries.

Reconciliation Walk and Gathering

Saturday 1 June from 10.00 am to 1.30 pm

Dawson Mall, Ayres Grove, Mount Druitt

2024 marks the 27th anniversary of the Reconciliation Walk and Gathering.

There will be activities for the whole family including stage entertainment, stalls, Dreamtime stories, cultural workshops, art displays and stalls. The Reconciliation Walk will commence at 11 am from Dawson Mall.

Riverstone Food Market

Saturday 8 June from 5 pm to 9 pm

Bambridge Lane, Riverstone Riverstone Food Market is back in June at Bambridge Lane. Welcoming back our favourite food trucks and enjoy local entertainment, delicious food, free kids activities PLUS watch the live screening of the NRL.

Parking is available at Riverstone Market Place.

Nursery Open Day

Saturday 15 June from 9 am to 1 pm

Blacktown City Council Nursery, Kent Street, Blacktown Nursery Open Days are provided for residents who can’t pick up their annual allocation for the Nursery Giveaway Program during weekdays. These take place throughout the year.

Please note, these are not additional plant giveaways.

Residents can collect two plants per property from a selection of native and exotic species. Nursery staff will be onsite to assist residents in selecting plants that will be appropriate for their garden.

Djiriyay and Revolution with Jayne Christian

Until Saturday 29 June within operating hours

The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre, 78 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown

See Baramadagal woman Jayne Christian’s first solo exhibition. Featuring woven pieces made in collaboration with her mother, aunts and cousins, alongside photographs by Serge D’ignazio, the exhibition examines the relationship between protest and Indigenous cultural practices.

Email us: Visit us: 62 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown Call us: 5300 6000 Mail us: PO Box 63, Blacktown 2148 Blacktown City Council acknowledges the Darug people as the traditional owners of the land on which Blacktown City was built. Blacktown Snapshot 435,000 population 4% average economic growth 136,102 local jobs 30,543 registered businesses $22.6 billion economy $ For more information, and to view all of our upcoming events, visit Upcoming community events WHAT’S ON

NEW MAYOR CAME AS KING Bumper crowd at Medieval Fayre

BLACKTOWN City’s new mayor Brad Bunting is not only settling in well on the top job at the state’s largest council, also taking time to rub shoulders with his community, garbed in a scarlet King coat and gold crown at a colourful medieval themed pageantry.

At the two-day Medieval Fayre at Nurrangingy Reserve, Councillor Bunting on his first social event Mayor, joined spectators and a bumper crowd not seen since the pandemic.

Mayor Bunting was elected by his fellow councillors following the unexpected passing of Tony Bleasdale OAM, who died while on his way home from a trip to Korea and China last month.

More than 30,000 people of all ages came to the event, which council organisers said was their biggest number since staging it to showcase the residents’ fascination with the Middle Ages.

The mayor, along with the crowds, were captivated by the sights of knights mounted on handsome horses, noblemen and well-dressed princesses during the parade and sounds of cracking lancets drew gasps from onlookers.

Swordsmanship displays, the birds of prey show, medieval arts and crafts, and blacksmith and woodturners demonstrating their skills at the makeshift village all proved popular to the audience.

The record number of entries for the Best Dressed competition was a sign of enthusiastic participation from the city’s locals and visitors.

The daytime jousting competitions, displays and parade with knights, princesses and gothic characters of the Middle Ages drew the greatest number of audiences.

Arriving in royalty attire with gold-trimmed crown, Mayor Bunting joined the Saturday night banquet at Colebee Reserve where he congratulated the perform-

ers, community and Council’s events team on a “successful weekend.”

“The Blacktown City Medieval Fayre continues to go from strength to strength and has firmly entrenched itself as a favourite of our community,” the mayor told the crowd.

“Blacktown City offers such a diverse range of events and it’s great to see people making the most of what we offer.”

Since elected to the council in 2016, Mayor Bunting served

as deputy mayor and chair of committees on Sister Cities Advisory and Sports and represents the council in policy discussions on the Floodplain Management Australia, Hawkesbury River Council and as Director of Western Sydney Academy of Sport.

To honour the wishes of the late Mayor Bleasdale who represented parts of the council areas of Mount Druitt, Mayor Bunting said he would prioritise rebuilding Mount Druitt

city centre and actively consult with community groups to improve their quality of life in the city.

“This will be a legacy of Tony Bleasdale. In the centre of Mount Druitt, we will create a network of attractive, activated, safe public spaces. We shall see a thriving commercial and residential town centre,” he said.

“We are proud to be home to a large population of First Nations people, and our Council must continue to play a valuable role through our partnership with the Dharug [people].”

Mayor Bunting and his wife Norma and their children are lifelong residents of Mount Druitt.

The Medieval Fayre was part of the year-round Blacktown City Festival highlights which included this month’s Sweet Indulgence Dessert Festival and the Streets Alive and Parade Day.

For more highlights of the festivals and upcoming events at the city, visit

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Blacktown City Council new mayor Brad Bunting came dressed in a scarlet robe fit for a Medieval King and welcomed everyone who came for the Medieval Banquet at Colebee Reserve.

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BIG W opens at Stanhope Gardens

BIG W launched its new Stanhope Gardens store promising low prices and bulk-buy on everyday household items amid skyrocketing living cost concerns by consumers.

Since opening its largest Northwest Sydney shop, the company announced shopping conveniences such as drive-up bays, cheaper health and beauty products range and a bulk-buy department for budget-conscious shoppers, especially families.

At the heart of its offer to consumers, BIG W manager director Dan Hake said, the store has been “designed to provide convenience and value on most trusted brands” that families in the local community are stocking up on to save.

"Our new Stanhope Gardens store brings a new level of shopping convenience and value on brands they trust to the local community,” Mr Hake said.

“At BIG W, we are committed to providing quality products at low prices to our customers, and we’ll

continue to explore new ways to enhance their shopping experience.”

TAt least 50 new employees will be working the store, with more staff coming in as the company continue to be a hub for local employment opportunities, Mr Hake said.

Greenway MP and federal minister for communications Michelle Rowland attended the opening along with Blacktown City Council deputy mayor Chris Quilky and Riverstone MP Warren Kirby.

“The addition of BIG W to Stanhope Village is exciting news for shoppers and families right across North-West Sydney,” Ms Rowland said.

Mr Hake said the store displays a fresh and inspiring new home products range, an extensive books and technology department and the much-loved party products such as made-to-order balloon inflation for those special family moments.

Mr Hake said BIG W utilises energy-efficient LED lighting and the use of trolleys and baskets made from recycled milk bottles.

High litter cost prompts new plan

HE peak body representing councils in Greater Western Sydney, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has been awarded $450,000 in grant funding by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) through the Litter Prevention Grants Program.

The funded initiative supports the coordination of the new ambitious Western Sydney-wide litter reduction effort.

WSROC and seven participating Western Sydney councils will team up

to action the Western Sydney Regional Litter Prevention Plan 2023-2027 for maximum coordinated effect.

The seven participating councils are Blacktown City, Cumberland City, Fairfield City, Hawkesbury City, The Hills Shire, Liverpool City, and City of Parramatta Councils.

Litter costs Western Sydney residents more than $31M each year, with councils cleaning up and disposing of truckloads of littered items across the region.

“The most littered locations are roadsides, carparks, recreational parks, shopping strips, and train stations. However, our creeks, rivers and other waterways are also seriously impacted by littering,” said WSROC President, Councillor Barry Calvert.

“Along with cigarette butts, food packaging, and takeaway containers, including coffee cups, are the most littered items in Western Sydney.

“Only 55 percent of waste disposed

in public places was correctly disposed, leaving councils to clean up 45 percent of rubbish littered in our region.”

“This new Western Sydney Regional Litter Prevention Plan responds to the needs of our seven participating councils, who serve Australia’s most culturally diverse and fastest growing region with a population of over 2.6 million people and more than 191,000 businesses spread across approximately 9,000 square kilometres,” said Councillor Calvert.

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BIG W managing director Dan Hake at the ribbon cutting with Greenway MP and Minister for Communications Michelle Rowland MP, Blacktown City Council Deputy Mayor Chris Quilky, State Member for Riverstone Warren Kirby and Stanhope Gardens store manager Tim Wren.

WHERE WATTLES ONCE GREW Two new schools rise up

IT wasn’t long ago Melonba was a vast empty paddock near M2 motorway, sandwiched between Shanes Park and Marsden Park, and accessed via old Richmond Road.

But nowadays, its Blacktown City’s fast-growing suburb, it is home to about 1,500 residents and growing - mostly families, 66 percent employed fulltime averaging around $1,800 weekly income.

Melonba, a Dharug name for the bright yellow flowering Wattle native plant abundant in all seasons at this suburb, is also the site of two new highrise schools the state government has prioritised to cater for about 3,000 more students.

It’s a key milestone to have two highrise schools for Blacktown, Member for Londonderry and Deputy Premier Prue Car said.

“It has been fantastic to see the permanent Melonba High School and Melonba Public School coming to life,”

Ms Car said on her recent inspection of the construction progress at site.

Along with Melonba High School Principal Leon Weatherstone and Melonba Public School Principal Larissa Maraga, Ms Car visited highest floor of the high-rise school to scale the sweep-

ing landscape in this part of Western Sydney.

Ms Car grew up not far from Melonba and she is the MP representing nearby Londonderry electorate.

“We are committed to delivering world class schools for the hardworking families of Western Sydney,” Ms Car said.

“Delivering these schools is part of our long-term plan to repair the state’s public education system, and I am delighted to see that thousands of students will soon be able to attend these schools

in their local area.”

Ms Car said these new schools are part of the Minns government’s commitment to addressing the school infrastructure backlog in NSW, with record $3.5B investment set aside for 24 new and upgraded primary and high schools in Western Sydney alone.

Ms Car inspected the works on the high-rise schools with roofing and walls already installed on several of the buildings.

Once completed prior to the start of first term next year, Melonba High

School, will have 97 classrooms catering for up to 2,000 students from Year 7 to 12.

The state-of-the-art learning facilities include specialist classrooms for science, wood and metal workshops, performing arts, textile, hospitality and kitchen spaces, multi-media and visual arts classrooms and three specialist support classrooms.

Everything the students need as they learn are built such as a new library, canteen, administration facilities, hall, outdoor activity areas and shared on-site parking for high school and primary school staff.

More than 100 new students have been enrolled this early at Melonba Public School from Kindergarten to Year 6.

The school will cater for up to 1,000 students with 44 classrooms, three specialist support classrooms, a new library, canteen, administration facilities, hall, outdoor covered activity areas, sports courts, landscaped outdoor learning areas and on-site staff parking.

Principal Leon Weatherstone said: “Our students in Years 7 and 8 have demonstrated remarkable adaptability to school routines and show genuine enthusiasm for their education. The progress on our permanent school site is nothing short of astounding,” Mr Weatherstone said.

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NSW Education Minister Prue Car at the opening of the new school.
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Better healthcare for locals

THE community has its first look at the $700M Rouse Hill Hospital, the first major adult hospital built in Western Sydney in over 40 years.

The NSW Labor Government will deliver the 300-bed hospital set to deliver much needed contemporary health care facilities for the growing Northwest community.

Thousands of families are moving into the North-West growth area, with the Blacktown Local Government Area (LGA) population expected to grow to almost 500,000 by 2041.

The new hospital will bring healthcare closer to communities around Rouse Hill, Tallawong, Schofields, The Ponds, North Kellyville, Riverstone and Marsden Park.

Rouse Hill Hospital is expected to include:

• An Emergency and Urgent Care Department.

• In-patient beds and a day surgery unit.

• Short stay medical assessment services.

• Pathology, pharmacy, and medical imaging services.

• Outpatient and Ambulatory Care services including paediatrics, renal, maternity services and women's health.

• A health hub for virtual care and hospital in the home services.

• Prehabilitation, rehabilitation, and lifestyle medicine.

Artist’s impressions of the new Rouse Hill Hospital show wards with views to the mountains and a multi-storey car park, all near public transport.

The new hospital will be one of the first sites to adopt the NSW Labor Government’s full campus model which incorporates health worker accommodation and childcare services.

Planning and design is underway with community feedback being considered ahead of further consulta-

Carevan Blacktown is a non-remunerated local charity operating in the Blacktown LGA since 2011, serving the community’s most socially and financially vulnerable, without question, criteria, or cost. Run by a group of dedicated volunteers, Carevan Blacktown provides a welcoming weekly meal and food support service at the Lalor Park community hall every Tuesday night. We create a welcoming environment for all to attend, facilitating a connection between a benevolent community and an ever-growing number of people experiencing poverty, loneliness and other social challenges, people most in need of this kindness and care. Visit us at exhibitor space C13 in the diamond Room.

tion with health professionals and the community planned for this year.

Construction of the hospital will support an estimated 1,200 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs throughout the life of the project.

The new Rouse Hill Hospital is part of the NSW Government’s $3B investment for new and upgraded hospitals and health services across greater western Sydney, one of the largest investments in the region’s health infrastructure in recent years.

Other investments include:

• $1.3 billion to build the Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital on a new site, the first major investment since the two hospitals merged in 1997.

• $550 million for Fairfield Hospital, in its first major redevelopment since it opened in 1989

• $350 million in the Canterbury Hospital Redevelopment

• $120 million investment to expand bed capacity at Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals

Premier Chris Minns said e veryone deserves world class healthcare no matter where they live.

Member for Riverstone Warren Kirby said: “Rouse Hill and northwest Sydney is home to a growing number of young families and the new Rouse Hill Hospital will provide world-class care and great job opportunities right on their doorstep.

“The new Rouse Hill Hospital will provide a significant boost to the economy during and after construction.”

WSLHD Chief Executive Graeme Loy said: “The new Rouse Hill Hospital will demonstrate new ways of integrating hospital services with urgent care and preventative services to keep people well and preferabley out of hospital, thereby reducing the amount of time patients need to spend in hospital when they require care.


Optus and Vodafone plan to upgrade the telecommunications facilities at the below mentioned address with the addition of new 5G equipment: Harvey Park, Benalla Crescent, Marayong NSW 2148 (RFNSA: 2148013)

The proposed 5G upgrade will consist of:

= Replacement of the existing mount with a new spoke mount headframe; = Replacement of three (3) existing panel antennas with three (3) new panel antennas for both Optus and Vodafone (each not more than 2.8m in length);

= Installation, reconfiguration and relocation of ancillary equipment, including:

8 Replacement of six (6) existing Mast Head Amplifiers (MHAs) with nine (9) new MHAs for Optus;

8 Reuse and relocation of three (3) existing MHAs, and installation of three (3) new MHAs for Vodafone;

8 Installation of underground conduits and pits for additional feeders and hybrid cables;

8 Installation of an isolation switch on the monopole

8 Installation of (6) new Remote Radio Units (RRUs), GPS antennas, mounts, feeders, cabling, combiners, and other associated equipment;

= Internal works within existing equipment shelter; and

= Strengthening of the existing monopole.

Optus and Vodafone regard the proposed installation as Exempt Development under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Transport and Infrastructure) 2021, based on the description above.

In accordance with Section 7 of C564:2020 Mobile Phone Base Station Deployment Code 2020, we invite you to provide feedback about the proposal. Further information and/or comments should be directed to: Vanessa Wan at Service Stream Limited, 0447 240 015, or Zenith Tower B, Level 3, 821 Pacific Hwy, Chatswood NSW 2067 by 5pm, Wednesday 26 June 2024.

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Artist impression of the new hospital.

Hedwig Retirement Village!

Join us to celebrate the opening of St Hedwig Retirement Village. Visit us today for a tour of our display suites, apartments and amenities.

Defined by comfort and quality and with prices starting from $515,000*, discover the new home that awaits you at St Hedwig.

Visit us on site today! The village is located at 134–140 Reservoir Road, Blacktown and our display suite is open Monday–Friday between 10am and 2pm. Call 1300 191 472 or visit for more information.

Featuring brand new, thoughtfully appointed one, two and three bedroom apartments combined with social amenities and a range of health and well-being initiatives — priced from just $515,000*.

Experience the joy of living in a retirement village that provides you with the freedom of independence along with the benefits of belonging to a warm and welcoming community.

Enjoy the opportunity to share life experiences with other like-minded residents, form new friendships and appreciate the true sense of community and belonging that exists at St Hedwig Retirement Village.

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*Residents of retirement villages will need to pay monthly recurrent charges during their time at the village. You may have to pay a departure fee when you leave this village. The advertised starting price ($515,000) is based on the starting price of a one bedroom apartments as at May 2024 and is subject to change. Over 60% of apartments now sold

Celebrating 11 bllion returns

RETURN and Earn in NSW has celebrated recycling 11 billion bottles, cans, and cartons since its 2017 inception. The scheme has returned $1.1B in refunds to the public and raised $54M for charities and community groups. It has helped alleviate cost-of-living pressures and supported organizations like Little Wings. The initiative, partnered with TOMRA Cleanaway and funded by the beverage industry, contributes significantly to Australia’s circular economy.

Surgical wait list reduced

The NSW Government is reducing the surgical wait list by embracing short stay and same-day surgeries. The Same Day and Short Stay Joint Replacement Program allows patients to go home the day after surgery when appropriate. Based on research, this program supports home recovery with prehabilitation and post-operative care. Early results show promising increases in same-day surgeries, improving patient experience and hospital capacity.

The pilot aims for faster recovery and reduced hospital pressure.

Urgent servicescaredeliver

SINCE mid-2023, NSW’s Urgent Care Services have had over 55,000 visits, reducing emergency department pressure. By April 2024, there were 10,628 visits to GP-led services and 44,555 to Local Health District-led services. The NSW Government has opened 16 Urgent Care Services, with

plans for 25 by mid-2025. Gregory Hills Urgent Care Service, open since February 2024, has had 580 visits, offering non-emergency treatment daily.

Pay rise for ATFE teachers

TAFE NSW teachers will receive their largest pay increase in two decades with a 4% salary and allowance rise, following the NSW Labor Government’s removal of the public sector wages cap. Starting salaries will increase from $88,842 to $92,396, and top-scale salaries from $105,362 to $109,576. This one-year agreement begins February 2024 and aims to address the skilled worker shortage and enhance TAFE NSW’s attractiveness for industry professionals.

Call for review of hardship

THE Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) supports ASIC’s call for lenders to better assist customers facing financial hardship. ASIC’s report highlights lenders’ shortcomings in providing adequate hardship support. AFCA’s data shows a 25% increase in financial difficulty complaints in 2023, with a third related to home loans. AFCA urges lenders to offer individualized assistance and avoid “cookie cutter” responses. AFCA continues to monitor these trends to address systemic issues.

Seatbelt rules camera enforced

STARTING July 1, 2024, Transport for NSW will enforce seatbelt rules using mobile phone detection cameras. A new advertising campaign

launching Sunday will remind drivers of this change. Secretary Josh Murray emphasizes the serious consequences of not wearing seatbelts, citing 150 fatalities between 2019 and 2023 due to improper restraint. The campaign will highlight correct seatbelt use and the importance of driver responsibility for passenger safety.

Pizza Hut fined $2,502,500

PIZZA Pan Group Pty Ltd, trading as Pizza Hut Australia, was fined $2,502,500 for breaching Australian spam laws by sending over 10 million unauthorized marketing messages from January to May 2023. An ACMA investigation found that Pizza Hut sent 5.9 million messages to customers who had not consented or had withdrawn consent and 4.4 million without an unsubscribe option. Pizza Hut has committed to a three-year compliance review and regular reporting to ACMA.

Coles top ranked for inclusion

COLES Group has been ranked number one in the Access and Inclusion Index 2023 by the Australian Disability Network for its commitment to closing the disability inclusion gap. Coles’ initiatives include expanding Quiet Hour, implementing Disability Confidence Training, and launching an Autism Support Hub. With 7.6% of its 120,000 employees identifying as disabled, Coles continues to enhance workplace inclusivity and accessibility for customers and employees with disabilities.

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Giving generously to local hospitals

ON May 31 Blacktown came out to support the Better Foundation’s fundraising Carnivale Gala Dinner at the Workers Club Blacktown, and helped raise more than $50,000 in much-needed funds for Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals.

More than 500 guests attended the Better Foundation’s Carnivale Gala Dinner focused on raising funds for Blacktown Hospital’s Cardiology Unit will the purchase of new vital medical equipment to provide life-saving treatment to people experiencing heart failure, stroke, and heart attack.

Guests were treated to an unforgetta-

ble evening of award-winning internationally acclaimed Australian entertainment including the return of one of Australia’s finest comedians, Tahir as Master of Ceremonies, as well as the world’s fastest Speed Painter, Brad Blaze and multiaward-winning showband, Jellybean Jam and celebrity guest, ABC Media Presenter/ Personality, Carole Ferrone.

Stephen Bali MP, State Member for Blacktown and Better Foundation Board Chair thanked sponsors and guests for their support, and keynote speaker, Michelle Rowland MP, Member for Greenway and the Minster for Communications acknowledged “our

local healthcare’s amazing work and commitment to the City of Blacktown”.

Dr David Burgess, Head of Cardiology at Blacktown Hospital said: “All the cardiology team here tonight are overwhelmed by everyone’s generous support”.

“Our team is dedicated to providing Blacktown and Mount Druitt with world-class cardiology care, and people living their best healthiest lives in Blacktown and Mount Druitt”, said Dr Burgess.

Other highlights of the evening included the live auction of an internationally acclaimed First Nation’s artist, Uncle Danny Eastwood’s Possums

painting artwork.

Kerrie Powers, CEO of the Better Foundation thanked the event's major sponsors including: platinum sponsor – Workers Lifestyle Group; gold sponsors – Lander Toyota, WESTPOINT and BINGO Industries; Silver Sponsors – ALLAM Property Group, Australian Catholic University, Signature Group of Companies, Novo Nordisk, Vladimir D’Jamirze and media partners Blacktown News, Buzzweb Media and SWR FM.

To donate to Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals visit

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Scenes from the event.

Demi joins Workers Club board

FILLIPINO Demi Robinson won a seat in the Board of Directors of the Blacktown Workers Club Ltd at the recent highly contested elections.

Demi is a highly respected professional and leader in the Filipino community and successfully swept through the recently concluded Club elections with the highest number of votes. This assures her tenure of office of three consecutive years.

“This win is not only for me but also for the Filipino community,” she said.

For more than a decade, Demi has given her time to the service of the community. In the spirit of volunteerism, she has held executive positions in various community organisations namely: civic, women, cultural and

Bsporting groups. She was the former VP External and Treasurer of the Philippine Community Council of NSW. She is currently the Business Manager/Treasurer for the Sydney Sonata Singers Inc., Treasurer, Bicol Communities League Inc and PRO/Public Officer for Ateneo Alumni Association of Australia.

In recent years, she has stretched herself outside the community and has joined mainstream organisations. Her tireless work ethic, social responsibility and commitment have seen her active participation in the Blacktown Workers Women Lawn Bowling Club, the Blacktown City Council Seniors Advisory Committee and the Blacktown Seniors Choir, “Simply Voices”.

The Blacktown Workers Club has grown from its humble beginnings to become one of the largest and successful hospitality and lifestyle organisations in Sydney. It is a favourite of the Filipino community in the west.

With a membership of over 55,000, the club prides itself with a strong sense of community and commits to over $3.5M annually in support of various charitable and sporting clubs.

“This win means being able to serve the wider community and I’m looking forward to it,” said Robinson.

This is also a testimony of her hard work, perseverance and integrity. Demi Robinson is happily married to Leslie Thomas Strong.

New bus shelters are in your area

LACKTOWN City Council have recently built five new bus shelters, with another five completed in the next six months, to keep up with demand from commuters wanting shade and protection from all weather conditions.

They are located at:

• Richmond Road, Quakers Hill (opposite Alford Street).

• Richmond Road, Dean Park (to the rear of Kenneth Crescent).

• Riverbank Drive, The Ponds.

• Lucretia Road, Seven Hills.

• Pully Drive, Ropes Crossing (works in progress).

• Sentry Drive, Stanhope Gardens.

• James Cook Drive, Kings Langley.

• Huntingwood Drive, Huntingwood

• Wilson Road, Acacia Gardens.

• Carlisle Avenue, Mount Druitt

Blacktown City Council said they are “looking after the health and safety of its community by installing 10 new bus shelters to provide shade and protection from the sun and harsh weather.”

The shelters include seating, cover

from the elements and tactiles for people with visual impairments.

Council received funding for five of the bus shelters through the federal government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.

Providing local bus shelters are among the responsibilities of councils as a local government, in addition to maintaining and improving public infrastructure.

The funding and provision of the bus shelters were negotiated by the council during the term of the late

mayor, Tony Bleasdale OAM. Council said the shelters were guided by feedback from community consultations.

Blacktown is among council areas in Western Sydney that submitted its current and future transport infrastructure needs in last year’s NSW Parliamentary Inquiry.

As the city’s population constantly grows, Council said in its funding submission that they needed to “meet financial demands on providing basic infrastructure and services.”

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Blacktown a house fire hot spot

FIREFIGHTERS, NRL stars and other top athletes are urging households across NSW to make sure they have working smoke alarms fitted in their homes, as Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) launches its annual Winter Fire Safety Campaign.

New figures reveal that last winter, nearly half (49 per cent) of the 1,080 homes that were impacted by fire did not have a working smoke alarm, or any alarm, in place.

Blacktown ranked highly among most residential fires last winter 228, with kitchen fires the most common.

Winter in 2022 was particularly deadly for house fires, with a record 17 deaths – more than four times the total of the previous winter – and 87 people injured. During that season, exactly half of the 959 houses that caught alight did not have a working smoke alarm.

FRNSW is amping up its efforts to warn people about the dangers of smoke alarm complacency, enlisting the

help of sports stars in a social media campaign to better connect with communities and establishing its own awareness day, Smoke Alarm Action Day.

Sports stars including netball star Maddy Turner

(NSW Swifts/Australian Diamonds) and a range for players including Tom Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Jaydn Su’A (St George Illawarra Dragons), Stephen Crichton and Georgia Ravics (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), and Suia Wongand Keeley Davis (Sydney Roosters), will feature in social media video messages encouraging households to fit a smoke alarm in their home or have their existing alarm checked.

Get together with friends and family and enjoy a great day out, with plenty of kid-friendly tracks, trails and activities to suit everyone.

FRNSW will hold its inaugural Smoke Alarm Action Day on June 1 to kick off the agency’s Winter Fire Safety Campaign and mark the commencement of a dangerous period for house fires.

FRNSW also conducts community outreach programs to engage culturally and linguistically diverse communities in smoke alarm and fire safety messaging.

Residents can book a home fire safety visit when firefighters can install smoke alarms free of charge and find further advice on the FRNSW website at Member for Riverstone Warren Kirby said: “In Sydney’s growing Northwest, it’s essential that every household has a working fire alarm.”

“We have some of the best local firefighters. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need any assistance installing your alarm. Riverstone is home to the most young families in New South Wales. It’s crucial that we keep each other safe.”

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Don’t do this. NRL star Tom Burgess with a faulty fire alarm.

AJ Bush calls time on Riverstone plant

FAMILY and Australian-owned

retail and wholesale butchers and meat by-product rendering com-

pany, AJ Bush & Sons, is winding down its Riverstone protein recovery plant after 70 years, due to urban encroachment and a difficult economy.

Head of Rendering at the plant’s operating company Bush’s Proteins, Cameron Bush, said a build-up of residential development and the impending release of land in the area for more housing make it impossible for it to remain.

“The facility in Sydney’s north-west is now losing a substantial amount of money,” Mr Bush said.

“In fact, aggregation of by-products alone at the Riverstone site is now costing the business up to $100,000 per week.

“These financial pressures have only increased since we voluntarily reduced operations in December last year, due to


will be made redundant, along

with impacting some subcontractors who will lose our business after working with us for many years.”

All AJ Bush’s collection, aggregation and processing was phased out in May, and the site’s processing equipment will be decommissioned and removed.

“It’s a difficult decision for a family company to make as we’ve been a part of the community since the 1950s, but Riverstone is no longer a semi-rural fringe suburb,” Mr Bush said.

Mr Bush said there would be no impact on other parts of the group, and some of the processing equipment could be utilised at its other meat by-product protein recovery plant in Beaudesert, Queensland.

Bush’s Proteins will continue to work with the Environmental Protection Agency to responsibly manage the wind down.

Demerit point rewarding local drivers

OTORISTS in the Mount Druitt

MElectorate are reaping the reward of their safe driving through the NSW Government’s demerit point return trial.

Data broken down by Postcode shows 7317 drivers in the 2770 postcode have seen a demerit point removed from their licence for maintaining a 12-month spotless driving record.

In the Blacktown Local Government Area, a total of 52511 drivers have had a demerit point wiped – a meaningful reward for families and community members who depend on their cars.

More than 1.2 million drivers qualified for the demerit point reward for maintaining a clear record during the initial 12-month period up to 16 January 2024.

The demerit return trial has been extended for a second year as the NSW Government continues to sharpen its focus on road safety in 2024 amid a rising road toll.

Member for Mount Druitt, Edmond Atalla said: “Earning the removal of a demerit point can mean a lot, especially to motorists who rely on their cars to drive the kids to school or to get to


“It’s great to see drivers rewarded for their safe driving. Our community knows how important road safety is and this program is driving that message home.

“With the demerit point return trial extended for another year, let’s keep the momentum going and ensure we’re focusing on driving safely every day.”

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TWO YYEARS ON AND THE RESULTS ARE CLEAR We’re building a better future

THE 22 of May marked two years since the Albanese Labor Government came into office. During this time, we have focused on supporting Australians by addressing the cost of living and building a better future.

The Albanese Government is committed to easing pressures faced by many Australians right now. In communities across the country – including in Northwest Sydney - we have provided relief through cheaper childcare, fee-free TAFE, and efforts to boost wages.

Our government is proud of the progress we’ve made in strengthening Medicare. We’ve opened 58 free Urgent Care Clinics nationwide, with more to come, and we’ve invested in bulk-billing and reducing the cost of medicine.

Labor is dedicated to supporting all Australians, especially those in need community who need our help most. We’ve increased Rent Assistance, Jobseeker, and the

Single Parent Payment. We’re also working to make housing more affordable by building more homes in Northwest Sydney and across the country.

I’m also particularly proud of the $1.9B invest ment the

Albanese Government has made to upgrade and build roads in Western Sydney. This includes $260M for Richmond Road and $220M for Garfield Road East, helping to support our community’s growth and

reducing commute times. Equality for women is central to our work. We have provided more support for women escaping violence and have worked to reduce the gender pay gap to its lowest level ever.

Australians voted for action on climate change, and we’ve responded by committing to net zero by 2050 and investing in domestic solar panel production.

There’s still more to do, and the 2024 Budget builds on our progress with:

• Tax cuts for every taxpayer.

• $300 off energy bills for every household.

• 29 more free Medicare Urgent Care Clinics.

• $3 billion in student debt relief.

• A freeze on PBS medicine costs.

• Superannuation on paid parental leave.

Serving as your Federal Member in Greenway is a privilege, and I will continue to work hard every day to deliver for you, your family, and the community.

Michelle Rowland MP is the Federal Member for Greenway and Minister for Communications. If you need assistance with any Federal issue, you can contact Michelle by phone on 02 9671 4780 or by email at

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Transforming the student experience

CUTTING-edge technologies for 21st century teaching has caused a school in Western Sydney dramatically grow its enrolments.

Australian Christian College in Marsden Park recently unveiled its high-tech learning hub wing with the latest features delighting its 650 secondary students who will be taught how to utilise them.

The hub has two film production studios where they can shoot and edit footages, two podcast studios, a Virtual Reality lab, separate Robotics and Mac labs – where students are shown every tech tool they need to produce media genres used in today’s world of digital technology.

Opening the hub is meant to upskill the students even before they start an arts or STEM degree at university, making the school attractive to families with enrolments “incredibly growing” three times since 2019, ACC principal Brendan Corr said.

“These new facilities put us in an ideal position as educators to prepare our students for the rapidly changing workforce they will enter,” Mr Corr said.

“They’ll have access to a teaching environment that will engage, challenge and delight them.”

The hub comes at a time when the world of education is embracing 21st century innovative teaching methodologies and integrating technology as tools into the classroom, Mr Corr said.

The school’s new hub became a reality through the Building Grants Assistance Scheme program funded by the NSW government.

At the opening, Mr Corr invited the NSW minister for education and early learning, Prue Car, Blacktown City Council members, school officials,

teaching staff and the excited students with their families to celebrate the opening.

Mr Corr toured them to the three-storey high-tech learning hub fitted out with a range of learning facilities to accommodate over 650 students enrolled in the secondary school section of ACC which caters for students from Kindergarten and Primary school levels.

The new hub building will accommodate secondary students and even younger students whose interests are include the innovative technologies at the school.

“While the Secondary building will

accommodate over 650 students, both are welcome additions to the community and will continue to ensure that students are well known, well-loved and well taught,” Mr Corr said.

“We’re thankful to the State Government for the funding assistance to provide our school community with these campus enhancements.

“Students will have access to the buildings immediately, getting their hands on high-tech equipment and brand-new classrooms with the support and oversight of fulltime industry professionals.”

The school applied for the grant to upgrade their teaching facilities follow-

ing the wishes of parents in Western Sydney surveyed by McCrindle Research in 2019, Mr Corr said.

More than 73 percent of parents whose children are enrolled in various schools in Western Sydney are “looking for the integration of technology and critical thinking skills into their child’s education,” Mr Corr said.

The school in Marsden Park is among the 13 campuses run by the ACC across the country which also accepts students enrolling in distance education pathways.

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8 tips for home workouts

STAYING fit and healthy doesn’t require a gym membership or expensive equipment. With a bit of creativity and commitment, you can achieve and maintain fitness at home, in your neighborhood, or even at the office. Here are several effective ways to stay fit without setting foot in a gym.

1. Embrace Bodyweight Exercises:

Bodyweight exercises are a fantastic way to build strength, flexibility, and endurance without any equipment. Exercises such as push-ups, squats, lunges, and planks can be done anywhere and provide a full-body workout. Start with basic variations and gradually increase the intensity by adding more repetitions or trying advanced versions of these exercises. For instance, progress from regular squats to jump squats or from knee push-ups to full push-ups.

2. Incorporate Cardiovascular Workouts:

Cardiovascular exercise is crucial for heart health and overall fitness. You don’t need a treadmill or elliptical machine to get your heart pumping. Simple activities like brisk walking, running, cycling, or jumping rope can effectively improve your cardiovascular fitness. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week. If you’re short on time, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) can be a highly effective alternative. HIIT involves short bursts of intense activity followed by brief recovery periods and can be done with exercises like sprinting, burpees, or mountain climbers.


Utilize Home Fitness Videos and Apps:

There is a plethora of fitness videos and mobile apps available that offer guided workouts for all fitness levels. Platforms like YouTube, fitness streaming services, and mobile apps provide access to workout routines ranging from yoga and Pilates to kickboxing and dance. Following a structured program can help keep you motivated and ensure you are working out effectively.

4. Practice Yoga and Pilates:

Yoga and Pilates are excellent for building strength, flexibility, and mental focus. They require minimal equipment—just a mat and some comfortable clothing. These practices emphasize bodyweight resistance and controlled movements, making them ideal for home workouts. There are many online classes and tutorials available that can guide you through various routines, whether you’re a beginner or more advanced.

5. Engage in Outdoor Activities:

Outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, kayaking, or even gardening can provide a great workout while also offering the benefits of fresh air and nature. These activities often engage multiple muscle groups and improve cardiovascular health. Plus, spending time outdoors can boost your mood and reduce stress.

6. Stay Active Throughout the Day:

Incorporating more movement into your daily routine can significantly impact your fitness levels. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk or cycle to work, or do quick stretching exercises during breaks. Even small changes, like standing instead of sitting while working or walking during phone calls, can add up to improved fitness over time.

7. Create a Home Workout Space:

Designating a specific area in your home for exercise can help you stay committed to your fitness routine. This space doesn’t need to be large—a corner of a room will suffice. Equip it with a mat, resistance bands, dumbbells, or any other small fitness equipment you have. Having a dedicated space can make it easier to stick to a regular workout schedule.

8. Stay Accountable:

Finding ways to stay accountable can help you maintain your fitness routine. Consider working out with a friend or family member, joining an online fitness community, or keeping a workout journal. Setting specific, measurable goals can also keep you motivated and track your progress.

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in Western Sydney Lowering your D ABETES RISK

Western Sydney is a known diabetes hotspot with rates far higher than the NSW average. The region is home to over one million adults, and NSW Health estimates 13% of them are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and 38% are at high risk of developing diabetes1

Western Sydney Diabetes (WSD) is a collaborative initiative led by the Western Sydney Local Health District, Western Sydney Primary Health Network, Diabetes Australia, and the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure.

This year WSD is celebrating 10 years and is dedicated to enhancing diabetes prevention and management efforts through a series of partnerships and innovative programs. The WSD team provide educational resources to educate the community on the high rates of type 2 diabetes in Western Sydney, prevention and how they can detect it early.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose (blood sugar) in the blood. This is normally due to low insulin levels or ineffective insulin which normally helps break down the glucose. Over time, high blood sugar levels can cause long-term damage to your heart, kidneys, eyes and feet.

If people with prediabetes lose 2kg and keep it off, then one in three people will not progress to getting diabetes.

If people with diabetes lose 10% of their bodyweight, in the first six years of diagnoses, 80% of them can achieve remission.

The haemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) is a blood test used to assess how well your glucose has been controlled over the previous few months. If people with diabetes can keep their HbA1c levels less than 7% and other heart risk factors low, they can reduce their risk of complications from the disease, similar to those without diabetes.

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Lowering Your Risk

More than half of Western Sydney’s population could be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It is important to be aware of things you can do to lower your risk of developing diabetes. You can lower your diabetic risk if you:

9 Eat a balanced diet of whole foods

9 Exercise regularly

9 Manage your weight

9 Limit consuming processed sugars and fats

9 Avoid smoking

9 Have regular health check ups

Are You at High Risk of Diabetes?

If you fit any of the following criteria, you should go to your GP and consider getting tested for type 2 diabetes:

9 Have a family history of diabetes

9 Have an inactive lifestyle

9 Are overweight or obese

9 Had diabetes during pregnancy

9 Have a Pacific Island, Indian subcontinent, African, Asian, South Asian or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island background

Healthy Living Options for Western Sydney is a guide to free or inexpensive programs which aim to help Western Sydney community members stay fit and healthy.

Resources and Education

WSD has produced numerous educational resources, including 100 videos delivered by staff specialists about diabetes impact on hearing, feet, also diabetes prevention, diet and different diabetes medicines. They have also developed multicultural videos delivered in Chinese and Tamil.

Visit the WSD resources page to watch these videos.

Ongoing Activities

Workers Blacktown run free weekly line dancing classes on Wednesdays from 2:30pm . No partner is required, this is a great way to get active and have fun whilst meeting new people.

National Diabetes Week

During National Diabetes Week the WSD team will spend a week at Workers Blacktown promoting early diabetes detection and prevention from Monday 15 to Friday 19 July.


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Bathrooms are kitted out with sustainable and local Snowy Mountains Soap Merchants products and your host is friendly and loves to share info on where to ski, hike, shop or dine. Breakfast sourdough is

sourced from the local Snowy Mills bakery with freshly made bircher muesli and homemade puddings. Graband-go breakfasts (bacon and egg wraps, fruit, muffin and juice box) are also ready for early-bird skiers. It’s a relaxed fireside family environment, great for children but it’s also good for a romantic getaway and if you’re not skiing the chalet’s book-filled lounges are the perfect place to relax and it’s just a 5 minute walk to the heart of town.

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Lonely Planet book Epic Snow Adventures of the World

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Best snow transport to Perisher, Thredbo

LEAVE your car at home in winter as the mountain shuttle bus up to Thredbo and Perisher resorts ($10 each way) has a bus stop directly across the road from Chalet Alpina. Alternatively drive to Jindabyne’s

Station Resort and leave your vehicle there while you enjoy the snow. Buses come regularly and are just $10 per person one way. This means you save on National Park fees and you get to relax on the bus and enjoy.

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Women in boating and yachting

DID you know only 7.9% of the 216,317 boats registered with NSW Maritime are registered to females and only 14.7% of boat licenses are held by females?

Fortunately, incredible progress is happening and if you’re keen to learn about career pathways or recreation in the marine industry and meet exciting changemakers in person, head to the Sydney International Boat Show 1- to 4 August 2024 at Darling Harbour.

There will be stage speakers and panels during these four days, as well as opportunities to check out the vast range of boats. Lisa Blair is an Australian adventurer who recently set two new World Sailing Speed Records for the fastest time Sydney to Auckland and first woman setting a solo monohull record.

and those keen to get more involved.”

Nic Douglass, ‘Sailor Girl, is a threetime Open World Champion in fleet sailing with two Olympic Grade Ones in Match Racing and feels hopeful women’s participation in the marine industry will improve. “We had the first female, Elizabeth Hovey, win the America’s Cup this year. I think if you see it, you can be it. We must have open and inclusive conversations and say –hey come along? Or – have you ever thought about doing this? (sailing or boating in some capacity)”.

Little Piece of France on Sydney Harbour

TAKE a drive to Sydney’s Harbour’s hidden destination, L’Heritage Chowder Bay or catch a water taxi from the CBD. This gorgeous renovated French bistro will transport you to France with its elegant decor, excellent selection of wines and one hat status. Frenchborn chef Julien started his career in busy Parisien kitchens and has worked side by side with leading French chefs and is passionate about his menu of classic French dishes and new creations. L’Heritage has a Sunday Roast deal with a glass of wine and mid-week three course specials, bookings essential 99681658.

Tracy Souris, Marina Manager of Sydney’s largest Dry Stack Facility and Marina, Sydney Boathouse, also sits on the Boating Industry Association Board and Chairs the Women in Boating Committee, will be at the show and says, “This committee was established to promote female involvement in recreational boating and provide career pathways into what has been traditionally a very male-dominated space. The key is visibility, seeing women at marinas, on the water, getting involved and having a go.

“Working towards a value mindset, will see the industry valuing women’s contribution regardless of experience, position or achievement. The committee hopes to build better connections between people already in this industry

David Kurchee from Freedom Boat Club (FBC) is thrilled to see female memberships slowly growing (75,000 members in 415 locations worldwide including Sydney). “Women are not just sitting beside their husbands anymore but driving the boats and enjoying the experiences.

I think because the process is made so simple, you join through the app and just show up and make memories out on the water. We help with everything from getting a boat licence to training, you don’t even need to clean up!” FBC has a stand at the Sydney International Boat show, so come and have a chat.

Adult tickets to the Sydney International Boat Show are $25 + booking fee (pre-booked early bird till July 17th) or $29.50 + booking fee from July 18th (children under 16 with a paying adult are free) and tickets go on sale on June 5th. Early bird ticket purchasers also have the chance to go into the draw to win AUD$10,000 in ‘Boat Show Dollars’ to spend with an exhibitor at the Show. Visit:

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1 The Hoysala Empire ruled in the south of what country between the 10th and 14th centuries?

2 In the children’s cartoon Tom and Jerry, what sort of animal was Jerry?

3 US singer/songwriter Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr was better known by what name?

4 True or false: elephant seal bulls can grow to 7m long?

5 The Scandinavian Peninsula covers which three countries?

6 Which Australian band released a remix of the ABC News theme song in 2010?

7 Before Mick Malthouse, who was the coach of the Collingwood Football Club?

8 In Roman mythology, who was the god of love?

9 In what year did Frank Sinatra (pictured) release the song My Way?

10 Not including Australia, how many countries have a flag that is only red, white and blue?

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4 2014 British drama starring Max Irons, – –Club (3,4)

9 John Ford classic starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara (3,5,3)

11, 25-down British actor and comedian behind fictional radio and TV star Alan Partridge (5,6)


12 Dystopian series based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, The – – (9,4)

29 Actor who plays Neil Armstrong in the 2018 bio First Man (4,7)

30 Actor who portrays Dryden Vos in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Paul – (7)

31 Superhero played by Paul Rudd (3-3)


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2 Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway’s (pictured) 2015 comedy (3,6)

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15 The voice of King Julien XIII in the Madagascar films, Sacha Baron – (5)

16 Jim Carrey’s 1997 fantasy comedy (4,4)

18 2013 drama starring Naomi Watts and Xavier Samuel (9)

20 Action movie starring Bruce Willis and his daughter Rumer (7)

21 Actor (pictured) who plays old school tycoon Reuben Tishkoff in the Ocean’s film series, –Gould (7)

23 Debate forum hosted by Jenny Brockie (7)

24 Star of the title role in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Michael – (4)

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27 Actor who played Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight – Eckhart (5)


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17 Star of Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, – Swank (6)

19 Star of 8-down, –Judd (6)

22 Australian TV presenter and sports commentator, – Meadows (6)

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3 Acting siblings Patricia, David, Richmond, Rosanna and –Arquette (6)

5 Series starring Esme Creed-Miles, based on the film of the same name (5)

6 English comedian, actor and author, – Brand (7)

7 Nigerian-born star of cop show Shades of Blue, Dayo – (7)

8 Musical biopic based on the life of Cole Porter and starring 19-across (2-6)

10 Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch’s crime drama, Black – (4)

14 American musician who plays Cinna the stylist in the first two Hunger Games films, – Kravitz (5)

1. In which year was Cumberbatch born?


2. Which prestigious school did Cumberbatch attend?

Harrow B. Eton C. Westminster D. None

3. For which series did Cumberbatch win an Emmy Award?

A. Sherlock B. Parade’s End C. Patrick Melrose D. None

4. Which animated character did he voice on film?

A. Simba B. Buzz Lightyear C. The Grinch

D. Mowgli

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CURRENT Socceroo Captain, Maty Ryan, will journey back to Blacktown City next Friday, June 7th, for a meet and greet with all the Blacktown City FC Juniors.

Blacktown City is where it all started for Maty Ryan who commenced his football journey in Under 11’s for Blacktown City (see photos below).

His Junior career was boosted as an Under 15 when current Blacktown City Head of Football, Mark Crittenden, defied some criticism to stick with his young goalkeeper as he sensed something special in the youngster. Maty Ryan made his Senior debut with Blacktown City in 2010 and was quickly signed by the Central Coast Mariners the following year.

A true Blacktown City Junior, the Socceroo Captain is scheduled to meet all the Blacktown City Juniors at the Hudson Hotel from 4:30 to 6pm on the 7th Australia Cup 2024 - Blacktown City qualified for the Final 32 of the 2024 Australia Cup with a resounding 5-1 win in Round 7 over Inter Lions on Tuesday night. Danny Choi is working his way back into form with two goals on the night. Grant Lynch, Joey Gibbs

Maty Ryan returns to Blacktown

and Jak O’Brien also scored. Football Australia will announce the fixtures for the Main Round in late June once all other preliminary rounds are played.

“One of the goals for 2024 was to qualify for the final 32 of the Australian competition and despite a number on injuries we have done that”, said Coach Crittenden. “The next task is to keep progressing and duplicate our form in 2017 where we defeated the Central Coast Mariners before losing out to the West Sydney Wanderers in the final rounds”, he added.

Waratah Cup – The win over the Inter Lions also keeps Blacktown in the running of the Waratah Cup, which determines the NSW Champion. Still in contention is Apia, NWS Spirit, Rockdale City Suns, Marconi, Phoenix and Sydney United.

Back to Blacktown Day – Sunday, June 23rd will signify a ‘Back to Blacktown Day’ for all former Senior players of the club. All current Blacktown City Juniors will also be in attendance to witness the Senior Men host rivals and current NSW Premier Leaders, Rockdale. Game time is 3pm with Under 20’s at 1pm.

Blacktown City VS St George FC, Sunday, June 2nd, 3pm – Blacktown City Senior Men continue their 2024 Premiership campaign this Sunday with a Round 17 game against St George FC. After a tough 3-1 loss to Apia last week, Blacktown Coach Mark Crittenden will look to get a win and keep pace with the Premiership leaders - Round 17 Preview - NPL Men's NSW - NPL Men's NSW (

Blacktown City Women – Blacktown City Women continue to power through their third season in Senior competition. Two weeks ago the women settled for a 0-0 draw with St George FC before pounding Camden last week 6-0. The Women are on the road this Sunday to Nepean.

Home Game - Blacktown City Men Vs St George FC – Sunday, June 2nd, 3pm, Landen Stadium, 5 Quinn Avenue, Seven Hills

Home Game - Blacktown City Men Vs Manly– Wednesday, June 12th, 7:30pm, Landen Stadium, 5 Quinn Avenue, Seven Hills

Home Game - Blacktown City Men Vs Rockdale – Sunday, June 23rd, 3pm, Landen Stadium, 5 Quinn Avenue, Seven Hills

Home Game - Blacktown City Men Vs St George City – Saturday, June 29th, 7pm, Landen Stadium, 5 Quinn Avenue, Seven Hills



1. Which other WNBL team did Shyla Heal join midseason after leaving the Sydney Flames?

2. How many WNBA Most Valuable Player Awards has Lauren Jackson won?

3. Which Australian Baseball League team did the Adelaide Giants defeat to win the 2022-23 ABL

4. Australian skier Danielle Scott competed in the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup season in which discipline?

5. Which US state hosted the 2023 NHL All-Star Game?

6. Australian skier Matt Graham competed in the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup season in which discipline?

Travis Kelce plays for which NFL team?

NBA basketballer Kyrie Irving was born in which Australian state capital?

Jason Kelce plays for which NFL team?

10. Cooper Connolly plays for which Big Bash League team?

11. In February, which WNBL team hosted a match that had a leaguerecord attendance of 7,681?

Jack Wighton plays for which NRL team?

13. Perth Scorchers batter Nick Hobson also works as what profession for his day job?

14. Olympic gold medalist Jakara Anthony was born in which Australian state?

15. How many tests did the Australian cricket team play on their tour of India in February and March?

16. How many Big Bash League titles have the Perth Scorchers won?

17. How many NBA teams has LeBron James played for?

18. Who coached St Kilda in the 2023 AFL season?

19. How many games do teams play during the regular season of Major League Baseball?

20. Who did the new NRL team Dolphins play in their inaugural match?

21. The 2023 NRL season has how many more rounds than the 2022 season?

22. Which two teams played the first game of the 2023 AFL season?

23. Sandown racecourse is located in which state?

24. Are the World Table Tennis Championship team events held on even or odd numbered years?

25. What does the position GA in netball stand for?

26. Played with a ball and net, Sepak Takraw is similar to which other sport?

27. In February, Kyrie Irving was traded to which NBA team?

28. The Sydney Kings basketball team logo is typically what colour?

29. Kabaddi, a contact team sport, is which country’s national sport?

30. Earlier this year, a shortage of alpine ash in Victoria affected what sport?

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