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ISSUE 36 | March 2024 TrUSTED LOcaL NEWS WWW.grEaTErbLackTOWNNEWS.cOM.aU Blacktow N XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX St Hedwig Village 134–140 Reservoir Road, Blacktown Display suites open Monday–Friday 10am–2pm Visit or call 1300 191 472 to find out more St Hedwig Village An enriching retirement community is now open in Blacktown! SPECIALFEATURE

Family history and a strong connection to St Hedwig led Barbara and Brendan to move to the village — it’s proven to be the best decision they have ever made.

“At our previous home our friends were moving away and the quiet, friendly neighbourhood was changing … we had been on the list at St Hedwig since 2016 and while we looked at other retirement villages, St Hedwig was the one that ticked all of our boxes. All of the things we lost in our old neighbourhood we have re-discovered at St Hedwig.

For us, St Hedwig has always felt like home. Both of my parents lived in the village between 1987 and 2010. We were able to visit as often and whenever we wished and they received tremendous care at the aged care facility on site. My parents and I have been connected with this community since it was first established, so moving to St Hedwig has been a homecoming of sorts.

The best decision we ever made was choosing St Hedwig.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of living at St Hedwig is the friendly community. Where else do you have the pleasure of meeting people and having chats while sitting outside enjoying the sun and gardens? There are also lots of fun social events, and plenty of opportunities to reminisce and share life experiences.

The beautiful friendships we’ve made is also an incredibly special part of living at St Hedwig. A sense of camaraderie is woven through the fabric of the village. We have been welcomed in by all of the other residents and have even booked holidays with some of our newfound friends.

The biggest challenge living here? It takes half an hour to check the mailbox because of all of the chin-wagging that happens along the way!”

Showcasing apartment #55 at St Hedwig Village

With 50% of apartments already sold, you’ll need to be quick! Call us on 1300 191 472 or visit and make an appointment to view an apartment at the village today.

This is an apartment with stunning views — inside and out! Featuring three bedrooms and two bathrooms, along with two balconies that overlook the village and offer views of the neighbouring bushland. Contemporary and spacious, apartment # 55 is elegantly designed and thoughtfully appointed with quality finishes and premium amenities throughout.

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 City 415,000 population 4% average economic growth 153,160 local jobs 27,247 registered businesses $22 billion economy $ SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY LUNAR NEW YEAR Nurragingy Reserve, Knox Road Doonside lion and dragon dance cultural entertainment roving performers #InspireInclusion International 2024 Nominations for Blacktown City WOMAN OF THE YEAR are now open Do you know someone inspiring and empowering, who makes an outstanding contribution to our local community? Nominate them now for 2023 Blacktown City Woman of the Year: Nominations close 11.59 pm, Sunday 18 February 2024. PROUD TO SPEAK YOUR MOTHER LANGUAGE
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A RESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE APARTMENT SPOTLIGHT Residents of retirement villages will need to pay fortnightly 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 ($475,000) is based on the starting price of a one bedroom apartment as at January 2023 and is subject to change.

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Forum tackles healthy lifestyles in Blacktown


BEST, acronym for Blacktown Exercise, Sports and Technology Hub, is a $100M program introduced by the Blacktown City Council to support residents of all ages step up their own health and well-being. Council recently hosted its annual forum on BEST to advance the conversation with grassroots sporting clubs, community groups and organisations currently involved or wishing to take part in a BEST program. Speaking at the forum, Plumpton High School teacher Tahlia McKenzie said students are actively embracing opportunities offered through BEST. Photos above: Forum panellists (from left) Stuart Ford of Delaware North, Councillor Brad Bunting, ANU Professor David Greene, Nikki Lodge of Sydney West Sports Medicine, WentWest CEO Michelle Quinn, Plumpton High School teacher Tahlia McKenzie, Australian Sports Foundation chief officer Ryan Halloway, and Dr Neil Gibson of the Blacktown International Sports Park and BEST.

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Walker Corporation has announced Blacktown Quarter, a $2.5 billion investment into

We encourage residents and businesses alike to have your say in the design of Blacktown Quarter.

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Upcoming community events

Until Friday 5 April during operating hours

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

The 2024 Blacktown City Art Prize exhibition is open! Discover a stunning display of works across sculpture, painting, 3D printing, drawings and more.

Alongside, you can also view the 2024 Young Artist Prize exhibition, with works by Blacktown’s young rising stars responding to the theme of ‘Creating Cooler Cities’.

2 ISSUE 36 | March 2024 BLACKTOWN’S TRUSTED LOCAL MEDIA VOICE Read the digital edition 24/7 at our website Blacktow N ISSUE 36 | March 2024 How to get The News The Blacktown News is available at strategic locations throughout Blacktown LGA. To find a location near you visit our website. Digital edition Each edition of The Blacktown News can be viewed and downloaded in digitalf ormat at our ISSUU platform: www.issuu/communitybroadcastnetwork Contacts Editorial Admin and General Editor Michael Walls Advertising sales Julie Jackson Linda Miller Platinum Media Partner The Blacktown News is platinum media partner for the Greater Blacktown Business Chamber Support Partner The Blacktown News is the official media partner of Blacktown FC. Exclusive media partner XXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXX 24 Newsbytes We Support Michelle Rowland 27 28 30 MIchELLE rOWLaND Our part in addressing the cost of living. WEXPO at Blacktown Workers Club Details coming soon for our 2024 event. 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 City Blacktown Snapshot 415,000 population 4% average economic growth 153,160 local jobs 27,247 registered businesses $22 billion economy $ Saturday 23 March Noon – 6 pm Mikhelson Reserve, Maslin Cres, Quakers Hill Quakers Hill Festival of Colour (Holi) THE COLEBEE IS OPEN FOR BOOKINGS! We are thrilled to announce that The Colebee is open for bookings! This premium function centre is nestled in Nurragingy Reserve, with stunning lake views and surrounded by 63 hectares of natural bush and beautifully manicured gardens. Whether you’re looking to host a wedding, a corporate event, a school formal, a cultural event or life celebration, this impeccable venue provides the perfect blank canvas for every occasion. Our staff at The Colebee are experienced and dedicated to making your event truly unforgettable, from the early stages of planning, right through to the completion of your event, they are there to assist you. For more information and to book a tour of the venue,
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WESTINVEST = WESTSHAMBLES Grants program slammed by review

THE NSW Government is accepting all the recommendations made by the NSW Auditor-General in her damning review of WestInvest grants scheme.

The Auditor-General’s performance audit investigated the integrity and design of the $5B WestInvest program established by the previous NSW Liberal/National Government.

The report found:

• The areas of focus for WestInvest were decided by Ministers and their staff without advice from agencies.

• Funding advice from the WestInvest steering committee was not followed by the then Treasurer.

• Justifications for key funding decisions were not documented.

• Multiple projects were allocated funding despite being assessed as ineligible or unsuitable.

• The process for assessing applications was not agreed between government agencies and the then Treasurer.

The Perrottet Government created WestInvest to purportedly stimulate economic recovery in the Western Sydney local government areas most affected by COVID-19 lockdowns.

The money used came from privatising the WestConnex motorway. Then Treasurer Matt Kean oversaw administering the program.

NSW Labor went to the last state election promising to redirect $3B from the government projects stream towards rebuilding Western Sydney schools and hospitals but said it would not make changes to the $2B community and council streams of the program.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Prue Car said: “The former government’s process for

allocating funding obtained from the sale of WestConnex was rushed, lacking in oversight and inequitable.

“We are directing $3B of this funding to rebuilding Western Sydney schools and hospitals as we promised to do before the election, in the best interests of the community.

“While the process was poorly managed by the former government, we remain committed to honouring the remaining $2 billion in community and council grants awarded to local organisations who followed the process.”

Member for Riverstone Warren Kirby MP said: “Our area is lacking critical infrastructure to support

the massive uplift in population because no funding has been allocated and now we have proof the Liberal Government redirected money from Westinvest based on political advantage rather than community need.”

Member for Blacktown Stephen Bali said, WestInvest funding was created through the selloff the West Connex leaving Western Sydney residents with escalating tolls for the next 40 years.

“Community organisations and councils spent money and resources within a very limited time to put in a detailed proposal. We now find that the former Liberal government didn’t follow due process or any transparency in the selection process.”

Premium land release coming soon

March 2024 | ISSUE 36 | 3 NewS @oranparktown Set in one of the fastest growing LGAs in Australia, Oran Park is a thriving, peaceful, master planned community of new homes, wide open spaces, exceptional new schools and expanding dining and retail precincts. Premium land is scheduled to release soon and there’s a lot to fit every budget and lifestyle. • Well positioned near the rapidly expanding Oran Park Town Centre • Close proximity to award-winning parks, green spaces and waterways • Easy build lots ranging from 300m 2 to 600m 2 Visit the Sales Office today and discover all Oran Park has to offer. Scan the QR code to register your interest to be informed about future land releases.
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SECTIONS 4 ISSUE 36 | March 2024 Editor's Picks BLACKTOWN’S TRUSTED LOCAL MEDIA VOICE Read the digital edition 24/7 at our website Blacktow N ISSUE 36 | March 2024 How to get The News The Blacktown News is available at strategic locations throughout Blacktown LGA. To find a location near you visit our website. Digital edition Each edition of The Blacktown News can be viewed and downloaded in digitalf ormat at our ISSUU platform: www.issuu/communitybroadcastnetwork Contacts Editorial Admin and General Editor Michael Walls Advertising sales Julie Jackson Linda Miller Platinum Media Partner The Blacktown News is platinum media partner for the Greater Blacktown Business Chamber Support Partner The Blacktown News is the official media partner of Blacktown FC. Exclusive media partner ISSUE 36 MARCH 2024 TRUSTED LOCAL NEWS WWW.GREATERBLACKTOWNNEWS.COM.AU B N • 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 BEST, acronym for Blacktown Exercise, Sports andTechnology Hub, is a $100M program introduced by the Blacktown City Council to support residents of all ages step up their own health and well-being. Council recently hosted its annual forum on BEST advance the conversation with grassroots sporting clubs, community groups and organisations currently involved or wishing to take part in a BEST program. Speaking at the forum, Plumpton High School teacherTahlia McKenzie said students are actively embracing opportunities offered through BEST. Photos above: Forum panellists (from left) Stuart Ford of Delaware North, Councillor Brad Bunting, ANU Professor David Greene, Nikki Lodge of SydneyWest Sports Medicine,WentWest CEO Michelle Quinn, Plumpton High School teacherTahlia McKenzie, Australian Sports Foundation chief officer Ryan Halloway, and Dr Gibson of the Blacktown International Sports Park and BEST. Forum tackles healthy Forum tackles healthy lifestyles in Blacktown lifestyles in Blacktown BEING OUR BEST SUPPORT FOR BLACKTOWN QUARTER CAUSE FOR MULTI- LINGUAL CELEBRATION 2024 SENIORS SHAPINGFESTIVAL UP GRANTS FOR PREVENTIONSUICIDE LINGUAL Full story: page I’m proof of resilience, says Simone. reducing wait times in EDs. Virtual property expo is coming. 24 11 12 News 3 Stephen Bali 7 Blacktown Workers Club 8 Newsbytes 12 Senior’s feature 16 Michelle Rowland 22 Magazine 24 Healthy Western Sydney 25 Travel 27 MIchELLE rOWLaND Western Sydney deserves better. Visit any time from any device. Register at March 27 and 28 FREE to attend 24

An upgrade to St Agnes Catholic High

THE NSW Government will deliver a $3,183,484 grant to St Agnes Catholic High School, Rooty Hill for the refurbishment and construction of school facil ities.

The funding is part of the Government’s Building Grants As sistance Scheme (BGAS), which is designed to help local schools build, extend or upgrade facilities to provide more student places in growing communities and areas of greatest need.

The BGAS scheme is in addition to the Government’s record $8.8B investment in new and upgraded public schools over the next four years.

ciation of Independent Schools of NSW and the Catholic Schools NSW Block Grant Authorities.

Member for Mount Druitt, Mr Edmond Atalla said: “This funding is designed to help growing schools deliver high quality infrastructure, and I am delighted that St Agnes Catholic High School, Rooty Hill will benefit from this significant investment.”

SydWest welcomes new board members

BLACKTOWN based SydWest Multicultural Services has welcomed Sandra Casinader and Kim Heng to its Board of Directors.

Sandra is the Group Head of Enterprise Learning and Capability for the Westpac Group where she is accountable for the organisation’s learning strategy, capability frameworks and learning governance as well as enterprise-wide data and digital programs.

The St Agnes Catholic High School, Rooty Hill community is helping to fund the $4,547,834 project which includes:

• Refurbishment of heritage administration and staff building.

• Construction of staff facilities, student wellbeing facilities and covered walkways.

The NSW Government funded-BGAS is administered by the Asso-

Principal for St Agnes Catholic High School, Jeanette Holland said: “St Agnes is thrilled to receive capital assistance from the NSW Government that will go towards our long-term vision to improve educational offerings and amenities for students in Rooty Hill.

We are committed to ensuring our learning environments support the best learning and teaching opportunities for our community and this grant, in addition to our current works awaiting DA approval, will enable us to deliver upgraded teachers’ facilities, improved accessibility provisions, outdoor learning areas and wellness facilities by the end of 2025.”

Her background spans strategy, culture change, transformation and customer-facing roles, and she has more than 25 years’ experience in financial services. She is also a former Board Member of Participate Australia, which merged with SydWest last year.

Kim Heng brings to the board expertise in technology and operations with an extensive background in leading business transformations.

Currently the Chief Operating Officer of Wilson Asset management, Kim’s career spans both the private and government sectors where she has helped drive modern practices to organisations to boost efficiency and effectiveness.

SydWest CEO Elfa Moraitakis

has welcomed the new appointees while thanking outgoing board members Naveen Jayavarapu and Matt Pancino for their service.

‘We are very grateful for the expertise Matt and Naveen have contributed to our organisation, particularly during our merger last year,” Ms Moraitakis said.

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SydWest CEO Elfa Moraitakis. MP Edmond Atalla.

SUPPORT FOR THE NEW BLACKTOWN QUARTER Community consulted over vision

LOCAL MPS and business have backed the community consultation by Walker Corporation for the recently announced Blacktown Quarter.

Walker Corporation has revealed their Blacktown city centre redevelopment will be called Blacktown Quarter alongside the launch of a series of community surveys to be undertaken in NSW’s largest city.

In the announcement, Walker managing director and chief executive officer, David Gallant paid tribute to their late founder Lang Walker AO, whose vision will transform Blacktown into a new world-class city centre for Western Sydney.

“Lang was passionate about Walker delivering a new town centre for Blacktown linking people-friendly spaces with thousands of new jobs, healthcare and learning opportunities and his vision has become our reality,” Mr Gallant said.

Member for Blacktown Stephen Bali has been a strong advocate for transforming Blacktown with pioneering initiatives such securing Australian Catholic University multi-faculty campus, redevelopment of Warwick Lane precinct, BEST and animal rehoming facility.

Mr Bali said: “Blacktown Quarter has the opportunity for our city to continue the transformational journey and I welcome community consultation.

“Every area has its own local unique qualities and characteristics which can be realised through comprehensive community consultation.

“Blacktown Quarter can be the gateway development for a futuristic inspired central living district for our city.”

Blacktown residents will have the opportunity to have their say in an online survey to provide input into what they want their future city centre to look like.

President of the Greater Blacktown Business Chamber, Trevor Oldfield said Blacktown is a growing city and the Blacktown Quarter development will create a vibrant and dynamic community that will attract visitors from all over the region.

“The business community, along with council, backs this development.”

Opportunity to transform our city

Mr Oldfield said he wanted the business community to be fully in the picture as the development progressed.

“It is important that the business and general community are updated on the progress of the develop ment, so it meets everyone’s needs,” he said.

Over the coming months

Walker and Blacktown City Council will collaborate to deliv er a series of popup community feedback sessions in the CBD, along with selected locations through out the wider city, to enable hundreds of thousands the opportunity to contribute

to this important initiative.

Blacktown City Council Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM said the Council is thrilled to welcome Blacktown Quarter to their city centre.

“We know Blacktown Quarter will transform and energise our city centre, bringing huge economic and social benefits for the people of Blacktown and Western Sydney,” Mayor Bleasdale said. “Local businesses will flourish and thousands of jobs will be created. We encourage everyone to look and add your voice as Walker Corporation helps us build a brighter future for our

revealed a new

artist’s impression of the future CBD which will mix premium commercial office space, education and health with restaurants, retail and the largest public domain in Sydney.

“The Walker and Blacktown City Council teams have been working hard on our vision for Blacktown Quarter to create vibrant, energised spaces through great architecture, careful placemaking and state-of-the-art facilities,” Mr Gallant said.

Blacktown consists of 54 residential suburbs, home to over 395,000 people, making it the largest city by population in NSW and representing around 188 birthplaces and 182 different languages. Half the population is under 35 years of age.

The Blacktown Quarter development will deliver more than 1,000 construction jobs over five years and permanently add more than 4,500 jobs and over $1B annually to the city’s local economy.

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MP Stephen Bali. Artist impression of Blacktown Quarter. Chamber president, Trevor Oldfield. Mayor Tony Bleasdale and the late Lang Walker.
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I’m proof of resilience, says Simone

AFAMILY life fraught with heartaches and violence left Blacktown resident Simone Cunningham jobless for many years.

She recently turned 40, beaming with news of her first ever grandchild on the way from one of her six children.

And this brave woman is telling everyone she meets that anyone can get out of the rough, she’s a proof.

Ms Cunningham opened up about her horrific experiences following the release of the Centre for Western Sydney Bridging the Divide Report which found less than half of Blacktown’s adult women can qualify for jobs in rapidly changing workplaces today.

IThe report revealed women in 13 suburbs in Western Sydney, including Blacktown, has the lowest proportion of women or 47.1 percent having a Certificate 3 or higher educational attainment compared to 61.8 percent across Greater Sydney.

Fairfield has the lowest at 29.4 percent or one in every three women residents has held Certificate 3 or higher educational attainment making it harder for them to compete in the job market, the report said.

Ms Cunningham has been looking for a job that not only pays the bills, but she can proudly share her hard-earned educational qualification to turn her future better than what it was.

“I was unfortunately sexually assaulted at the age of 13, and at the age of 15, I got into my first violent

relationship,” Ms Cunningham said.

“In those relationships, I was never allowed to do anything or go anywhere. I was not allowed to go out and seek employment on my own accord if my partner

It’s a fitness movement

N the suburb of Dean Park, a new fitness centre is helping locals get their body and mind back in shape.

They’re not a typical gym, but more of a movement and recovery centre that fitness coaches Norman and Ayling Darjani created to lend their combined passion and wealth of experience in fitness training.

One more reason the dynamic couple’s Fitness Fanatics centre is well-liked among the suburb’s less than 4,000 locals is members and non-members can enrol their children in a variety of Kids Program to keep them fit as well.

“At Fitness Fanatics, our commitment is to provide a secure and supportive environment for all our community members to come together in their pursuit of health and wellness,” Mr Darjani said.

“As a pioneering centre at the heart of Blacktown area, and potentially Western Sydney, our centre distinguishes itself by not merely being a gym, but rather a Movement and Recovery Centre.

“The Blacktown area is flooded with gyms, but we had a vision after serving the community for over 12 years, to create a safe space where everyday people like us can go into fitness training without being judged no matter their fitness state.”

Mrs Darjani said she and Norman share an “unwavering dedication to imparting our knowledge to support the transformation of individuals into their optimal selves.”

Those who are new entrants to a fitness program may find it daunting but at Fitness Fanatics’ centre, Mrs Darjani said every person turning up first time and unsure how to use the range of equipment are coached by skilled trainers.

“Gyms can be a lonely place, and some feel intimidated and uncomfortable, but we have mature caring coaches at every class who hold your hand in the beginning months to

ensure you’re doing the exercises correctly, and you feel comfortable at all times,” Mrs Darjani said.

The centre caters for small or large group training, select fitness workshops for all ages, variety of kids’ programs, nutrition tips and life coaching.

It also opened a state-of-theart recovery area for members to immerse in hot and cold therapy, to experience traditional hot stone sauna and ice bath, not being offered anywhere in the area.

Concerned local parents were offered solutions such as having their children training for physical activities that are also fun to do such as martial arts, calisthenics, strength training and mobility.

“Our goal is for all in our community to have access to an affordable fitness facility so they can reach their best selves,” Ms Samaras said.

For more information about the programs and to enrol, visit.

didn’t want me to.

“It wasn’t until I got out of the controlling relationships that I finally got to go out on my own, seek education and employment, and be my own person.

Ms Cunningham enrolled at Macquarie Community College as an adult learner to sharpen her skills after receiving a Year 9 leaving certificate. She is now among the 85 percent of women students at the college which offers a range of courses designed to upskill its 5,000 students for jobs industries need, especially women, so they can compete in roles that require skills level at Certificate 3 and above.

After completing the Certificate 3 in Individual Support in Ageing and Disability, Ms Cunningham said she quickly found a job at Home Care that ticked her training

Being our BEST healthy selves

BEST, acronym for Blacktown Exercise, Sports and Technology Hub, is a $100M program introduced by the Blacktown City Council to support residents of all ages stepping up for their own health and well-being.

Council recently hosted its annual forum at BEST to further the conversation with grassroots sporting clubs, community groups and organisations currently involved or wishing to take part in a BEST program.

Speaking at the forum, Plumpton High School teacher Tahlia McKenzie said students are actively embracing opportunities offered through the BEST program to look after their own health.

“Kids are coming to BEST, they are out here playing, taking opportunities that they have been given to support their mental health and well-being,” Ms McKenzie, director of Super 6 High Performance group told the forum.

“They have been given, as part of the community, an easy access to high quality facilities that they want to spend hours using. BEST means that good sports facilities are inclusively available to all.”

Bill Owen, Blacktown District Soccer Football Association chairperson, said having BEST puts Blacktown City on the map.

“Council should be commended for building BEST it puts the City on the map in terms of how sport is supported,” he said.

“Council’s historic vision and passion for community sport is complemented by BEST and what it offers for the future for both players and sports clubs.”

In his opening speech, Blacktown Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM said: “Council shares our community’s passion for sport and an active lifestyle. Community sport plays a huge role in the health and well-being of our residents. We want everyone in our community to be more active more often.”

course from the college among the essential job requirements.

“I have always been passionate about supporting and helping people. I know that working with the elderly and people with a disability would be something that makes me feel fulfilled as I’m helping people who are vulnerable and need assistance the most,” Ms Cunningham said.

Ms Cunningham has been nominated to receive the Community Education Student of the Year Award from among thousands of students enrolled at Macquarie Community College campuses across Sydney.

The MCC started in Sydney in 1950 as an adult community education provider in English language and literacy and has expanded into a registered career training centre for jobseekers and employers.

While sports clubs encourage residents of all ages to participate in activities at all levels, Mayor Bleasdale said, Council is enabling these clubs to utilise the BEST facility along with services offered by program partners on the site.

BEST has provided world class sporting facilities available to all, education and treatment facilities, accommodation and an award-winning playground, he said.

Blacktown International Sports Park director Dr Neil Gibson said BEST is the “model for the community centre of the future” integrating essential services in education, health, and physical activity conveniently located under one roof.

General manager of Delaware North Stuart Ford said their company took part in the BEST program to provide accommodation and food options, including the café next to the children’s physical literacy playground.

For Lisa Soames of the Minchinbury Little Athletics, she attended the Forum to keep updated on BEST and see how the Council is continuing to support local community sport.

“It’s great to hear first-hand from Council about what is going on,” Ms Soames said.

“Council is looking after the sporting fields the community uses, upgrading lighting and fixing issues often before we have to ask.”

The forum also heard more future on BEST from Professor David Greene of the Australian Catholic University’s School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, exercise physiologist Nikki Lodge of Sydney West Sports Medicine, WentWest and Western Sydney Primary Health Network CEO Michelle Quinn, and Australian Sports Foundation’s chief partnership officer Ryan Holloway.

To know more about BEST, visit https://www.

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Blacktown resident Simone Cunningham is nominated for the Community Education Student of the Year Award this year. The well-attended opening day on Sunday, February 11, 2024, formally introduces the fitness centre to residents in the Dean Park community. The BEST facility.

Reducing wait times in EDs

LAST week marked the inaugural meeting of NSW’s Emergency Department (ED) Taskforce, uniting clinical experts to address lengthy wait times in the state’s bustling EDs. With over three million attendances annually and rising serious cases, the Taskforce aims to ensure timely, quality care for NSW residents. Priorities include refining care models, optimizing workforce strategies, and reducing avoidable ED visits. The Taskforce, chaired by Dr. Trevor Chan and Professor Matthew Daly, will engage regularly with stakeholders to drive improvements.

Theory about conspiracy theories

MANY individuals embrace conspiracy theories, but a study led by Dr. Mathew Marques from La Trobe University dis-

pels notions of a growing ‘pandemic of misinformation.’ Surveying nearly 500 Australians and New Zealanders over six months, researchers found beliefs remained relatively stable over time.

Participants considered theories ranging from 9/11 to COVID-19, revealing some rare converts and apostates. Despite occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic, belief in microchip-laden vaccines remained low. The study underscores the nuanced nature of conspiracy belief formation, challenging the notion of a rapid descent into conspiratorial thinking.

Doctors back anti-smoking drug

THE Royal Australian College of GPs (RACGP) backs a new smoking cessation drug, Cytisine, as it awaits approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration. RACGP President Dr Nicole Higgins emphasizes its potential impact amid upcoming removals of nicotine replacement therapy options from public schemes. Highlighting Cytisine’s proven efficacy and minimal side effects, she urges support for its scheduling. With concerns over rising nicotine use, especially among youth, Dr Higgins advocates for expanded cessation tools while encouraging individuals to consult their GPs for tailored support in quitting.

Defibrillator access on country trains

REGIONAL passengers now have easier access to potentially life-saving healthcare with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) available on all NSW TrainLink coach services. Following a successful trial, the NSW Labor Government completed the rollout in partnership with St John Ambulance NSW. These devices,

accessible to all without prior training, significantly improve survival chances during emergencies, particularly in remote areas with longer response times. This initiative aims to save lives and offers peace of mind to passengers.

Action to reduce harm from gaming

AS concerns over late-night gaming and its associated harm rise, the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) has revised Guideline 16 on late-night gaming applications. With a focus on minimizing gaming-related harm, ILGA assesses applications under the Gaming Machines Act 2001. Evidence highlights risks, especially after 2 am. ILGA Chairperson Caroline Lamb emphasises the need for effective measures by venues and ILGA’s authority to impose conditions to mitigate harm.

Railway crossings set for improvement

NSW railway crossings are set for improvements through the Australian Government’s Regional Level Crossing Upgrade Fund (RLCUF). With a focus on enhancing safety and reducing crashes, the $160 million commitment aims to fund upgrades across regional areas. The NSW Government’s allocation of $28 million will support projects such as retro-reflective boom gates and updated signage. Detailed information on the fund and project guidelines is available on the Department of Infrastructure’s website.

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Multi-lingual cause for celebration

AS one of the most diverse cities in Australia, Blacktown has a large proportion multi-cultural residents that collectively are fluent in about 180 languages.

And that is why every February 21 the International Mother Language Day is celebrated here with pride, Blacktown City mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM said.

“Nowhere in Australia is the promotion of diversity of language and culture more important than in Blacktown City,” Clr Bleasdale said in his speech at

Cthe Village Green’s gathering for Mother Language Day.

“Language is so often the centre of our cultures and by retaining our Mother Language we retain the links to our Mother culture.

“We celebrate our diversity and enjoy our differences through our food, stories, art and dance, and so often the common thread linking all those things that distinguish our cultures is our Mother language.”

The mayor also urged his audi-

ence “to give a particular focus on the preservation of First Nations languages” because the Indigenous people are significant to the country’s identity and history.

The internationally recognised day aims to promote the preservation and protection of all ‘home’ languages used by communities across the world.


A violent conflict in Dhaka, Bangladesh on February 21, 1952, sow the

seeds for the world’s celebration of International Mother Language Day since 2000.

Four students were killed, and many people were injured while campaigning against the imposition of Urdu as national language.

The protesters demanded the official recognition of their native Bangla language by the then Government of Pakistan.

The day was formally recognised by UNESCO in 1999.

Grants for suicide prevention

OMMUNITY groups undertaking activities which reduce stigma and enhance help seeking to reduce the risk of suicide are encouraged to apply for Southwestern Sydney PHN’s current round of Suicide Prevention Grants.

Grants of between $50,000 and $200,000 are being offered under

the Targeted Regional Initiatives for Suicide Prevention program to eligible groups across Southwestern Sydney.

Initiatives delivered through the grants will engage with individuals and/or groups from priority populations to reduce their risk of suicide through early interventions which

improve mental health, give a better understanding of suicide, reduce stigma surrounding suicide and build community resilience.

Target populations include men, First Nations peoples, individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+, recent refugees, people culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, veterans, people

living in semi-rural and rural areas and those experiencing financial hardship.

The funding period of the grants is 1 June 2024 to 31 December 2025.

Applications are open now and close 5pm on March 25. Detailed guidelines and the Expression of Interest form are available on SWSPHN’s website.

Council’s asbestos assurance message

IF asbestos is identified in any of Blacktown City Council’s 800 plus parks and 5,000 facilities, an immediate investigation by authorities will be conducted for community safety.

The urgent action from the state’s largest council comes as more than 24 sites, at least six are situated in Western Sydney, have been identified at risk or possibly at risk of asbestos debris.

The taskforce initiated by the NSW Environmental Protection Authority, Department of Health and Department of Education is conducting the assessments.

Four schools, a hospital, a shopping centre and a park owned by Transport NSW located in Western Sydney are currently undergoing testing by the taskforce with results to be made available on the EPA website.

“If asbestos is identified anywhere in Blacktown City, Council staff [will] promptly investigate,” a council spokesman said.

“Any discovery of asbestos on a Council owned site puts into place a process where the site is closed, and Environmental Health Officers investigate.

“We utilise a list of contractors that includes Occupational Hygienists and licensed asbestos removalists to deal with any asbestos.”

Since 2020, the spokesman said, Council has specifically instructed their suppliers that mulches for its facilities must originate from tree-based material and supplier company certified by the EPA prior.

When council conducts ongoing tree maintenance across its 54 suburbs, the spokesman said council also generates its own mulch supply.

The procedure is being done to “avoid use of material that is sourced from building or construction waste or other waste

like wooden pallets.”

Asbestos testings are taking place at Westmead Christian Grammar in Westmead, St Luke’s Catholic College in Marsden Park, Penrith Christian School in Orchard Hills, Mt Annan Christian College in Mt Annan, St John of God Hospital in North Richmond, Woolworths in Kellyville and a Transport for NSW park area at Wiley Park.

The EPA said it is providing this advice to keep everyone concerned abreast of developments particularly parents and students at those schools and the public connected to those sites so they can keep their communities safe.

St Luke’s Catholic College in Marsden Park was closed day while those schools that remained open are advised to keep students and staff away from garden beds and around the site following testing results of bonded asbestos presence in some sites.

EPA testing officers are on the ground,

and they are under supervision of the NSW Government Asbestos Taskforce which includes experts from NSW Health and NSW Department of Education.

EPA has advised landowners around the identified sites to put in place measures to prevent anyone accessing their site and to begin removal of the contaminated mulch.

EPA will advise what further actions can be taken, but parents of students in identified schools are advised to contact their school directly for updates on the situation.

All positive sites will be updated on the EPA website by visiting, au/working-together/community-engagement/ updates-on-issues/rozelle-parkland-asbestosinvestigation

For more information on asbestos investigation or to report concerns to contact EPA Environment Line on 131 555 or

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The festival celebrates the role and contributions of older adults to our local communities. It’s the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, with over 500,000 people attending each year. The NSW Seniors Festival will run from 11-24 March 2024.

2024 festival shaping up

THE 2024 NSW Seniors Festival is shaping up to be bigger and better, with the theme ‘Reach Beyond’.

Minister for Seniors Jodie Harrison said the NSW Seniors Festival is the biggest gathering for seniors in the state and provides an opportunity for older Australians to celebrate and connect.

“The NSW Government is looking forward to delivering a festival that embraces everybody and recognises the important contributions seniors play in our community,” Minister Harrison said.

“We want to see NSW seniors taking advantage of the many activities, that include the popular signature events – the Premier’s Gala Concerts and Expo.

“The NSW Seniors Festival is a great time for older Australians to ‘reach beyond’, to seek out new experiences and make new friends by participating in the festivities.”

Next year’s NSW Seniors Festival will run from 11-24 March 2024, with the Expo and Gala concerts taking place between 13-14 March. Each year the festival provides a full program of events and entertainment, with a huge variety of exciting activities across the state.

Discounted early bird applications for prospective Seniors Festival Expo

stallholders are now open and will run until 22 September 2023. Prospective Seniors Festival Expo exhibitors can visit,

The Premier’s Gala Concerts will be live-streamed so people can watch no matter where they are. Further details on the Premier’s Gala Concerts will be announced later this year.

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.

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Introducing Macarthur Memorial Park

SYDNEY will welcome an exceptional memorial park catering for our diversity of faiths and beliefs opening in March 2025.

Macarthur Memorial Park is an innovative, sustainable parkland destination, designed to honour life, culture and community for generations to come.

MorethanaMemorialPark,thisstunning spaceembraceseveryoneinthecommunity.

Visitors will enjoy the scenic beauty of the landscape, a world class Reflective Sculpture Walk, native gardens and forests, water features, boardwalks, cafes and living chapels.

A further feature is the fully restored heritage homestead buildings, stables and vineyard. Spanning an impressive 113 hectares, this visionary parkland destination secures Sydney’s memorial space for all generations to come.

Discover this world-first memorial park today.

For further details, contact us at 1300 086 689 or visit www.mmpark. to explore the possibilities

Time to downsize or rightsize

AS a former financial planner, real estate agent and auctioneer, I established my business, Time to Downsize, to help Sydney residents.

Working with a range of clients, from people in their 50s right through to people in their 90s, I act as a guide helping you or your loved one establish a downsizing or rightsizing plan aligned with your individual needs.

As a downsizing consultant, I help clients plan their living and lifestyle arrangements for their later years, mapping out key milestones.

I make it my responsibility to stay educated and informed on government or legislative changes.

Importantly, my relationships with local developers and retirement villages put my clients in the best position for early access and priority placements.

Former clients praise my patience, unwavering enthusiasm, strong communication skills and down-to-earth attitude.

My sense of humour can help diffuse difficult discussions and my objective is always to lighten the load.

If you or your loved one has reached the Time to Downsize, please get in touch.

You can leave me a message at any time on 0433 517 660 or au. I’ll be back in touch right away. Craig Robinson is a downsizing consultant at

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If you would like more information, or a confidential chat, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 0499 326 192 or send an email at insideout.recov-

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WESTERN SYDNEY DESERVES BETTER Tax cuts right for our times

WESTERN Sydney is as vast and dynamic as it is diverse and interesting.

It’s enormous, encompassing communities that have unique experiences and challenges.

I’m very critical of commentators who ham-fistedly try to describe Western Sydney as if it’s one uniform place.

Blanket statements and generalisations don’t capture the diversity of the West.

But forgive me for breaking my rule to say there’s one uniform statement that rings true: Western Sydney deserves to keep more of what it earns.

Western Sydney will be boosted by the Albanese Government’s legislationwhich passed the lower house of Parliament this week - to give every taxpayer a tax cut – an estimated 902,000 of them.

Nearly 9 in every 10 taxpayers in Western Sydney will receive a larger tax cut than under Scott Morrison’s proposal from five years ago.

The tax-cut for a worker on $80,000 would be worth more than $1,670 a year.

Tax cuts for workers in disability, retail, and transport sectors.

For health and aged-care workers. For accountants, teachers, software programmers and tradies – for every taxpayer.

While our plan is responsibly targeted to boost support for hard working families, it delivers for every taxpayer –right up and down the income ladder.

An early educator, aged-care worker or a cleaner earning $50,000 will now receive a tax cut worth over $900 a year.

Under the Coalition’s alternative, many workers — often working parttime with families — would have got nothing. Not a dollar.

All our wonderful nurses and transport workers will get a tax cut –with over 95 per cent of those taxpayers getting a larger tax cut because of Labor’s plan.

Australians earning over $150,000 a year will also receive a tax cut of at least $3,700.

These are just a few examples of how our plan will make a meaningful difference to workers and households across Western Sydney grappling with cost-of-living pressures.

Levels of mortgage stress

I know – because I represent a community in North-West Sydney with high levels of mortgage stress.

Residents – many of whom are economic migrants who moved to Australia for opportunities for themselves and their children – are asking for Government to do more to help.

To say to Western Sydney families there’s nothing Government can do would be a furphy.

The Federal Government is in a position to help – without making the economic situation worse by adding to inflation.

Our bigger tax cuts for more Australians deliver on that objective.

It complements our work to deliver electricity bill relief, cheaper childcare, medicines and GP visits.

We have increased rent assistance, delivered fee-free TAFE places, and

extended free broadband for school children with no connectivity at home.

Labor has also launched an ACCC inquiry into supermarket prices and allegations of price gouging, the first of its kind since 2008.

Helping Australians with the cost of living is our number one priority because if the cost of essentials rises too fast, people can’t plan or save for the future.

Unlike the relentlessly negative Coalition, the Albanese Government is saying yes to supporting Western Sydney families to keep more of what they earn.

As Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says, our new tax cuts are the right decision at the right time, for the right reasons.

That’s why this Government listened to families in Western Sydney – and acted.

To estimate your tax cut, use the calculator @ https://treasury.

Tax cuts to help with the cost of living |

Michelle Rowland is Minister for Communications and Federal Member for Greenway. Visit:

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things property ONLINE

TIME is our most valuable commodity and in our busy lives virtual EXPOS emerge as a game changer offering unique benefits for exhibitors and visitors alike.

The virtual expo format has been around for years but is only now making an impact in the business world.

Online marketplaces have become increasingly popular among Australian consumers in recent years, offering a wide range of goods and convenience.

More than 80 per cent of Australians shop and source goods and services online and 3 out every 4 Australians spend an average of 4 – 5 hours per week online shopping and searching. That includes men and women.

he Virtual Property EXPO (VPE) run by WEXPO is the first of its kind in Australia and is being managed in part-

nership with The Disrupter Virtual EXPO.

Scheduled for March 27 and 29, the VPE is designed to showcase property businesses to thousands of potential clients. Businesses like real estate agents, lenders, consultants, and many more will host their virtual exhibitor space.

What’s a virtual exhibitor space?

A virtual exhibiter space or stall is a digital replica of a real physical exhibitor space at an expo that you might drive to and walk around exhibitor halls.

Virtual exhibitors can upload brochures, a video, business logos, contact details, set appointments, list social channels and more – much like a physical stall. The expo organiser will assist in building your virtual exhibitor space.

In the digital expo environment visitors use their computer mouse to do the walking. You get a drone view of 22 stalls in each virtual hall and can click on the one you want to visit.

Upon signing in, visitors receive a virtual briefcase which they can use to download information from stalls and upload later to their computer for viewing in their own time.

Stall holders receive a notification on their phone every time someone visits their stall and after the event each exhibitor receives a spreadsheet with contact details of every visitor to their stall – ideal for follow-up.

Exhibiting at the VPE puts your business face to face with potential clients who are seeking convenient access to information about all things property.

Exhibitors can also network virtually with other exhibitors. Confirmed exhibitors at the 2024 VPE include real estate agents, property consultants, boutique builders, data experts and more.

A comprehensive social media and email marketing campaign commence from March 1st to promote the event.

Two speakers have been confirmed the VPE, and these are: Kahla Gerard: Common mistakes people make when investing in property and how to avoid them.

Kahla is director of Visionworks Property Consultants. With training in financial planning and lending and a family background in development Kahla provides a road map for investing in property including understanding the three grades

of residential property, real value of location, importance of goal setting and the things to do before investing in property.

Joseph Rossi: Techniques to using data to make good property buying decisions.

Joseph is National Sales & GTM Director of the National property Group. He has over 25 years’ experience in the real estate industry around property data systems refining products and their uses within the real estate, finance, and investor industries. Joe provides insights to using data for making property buying decisions; around valuations, accessing the best data and applications for mum and dad investors.

Kahla Gerard - 2pm March 27 |

Joseph Rossi - 11am March 28


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Blacktown Workers Club

An unforgettable night of live entertainment, auctions & a three-course meal.

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Raising vital funds to support Blacktown & Mount Druitt Hospitals.

the largest stadium in the world?

6. Lewis Hamilton recently made a bombshell announcement that he was departing Mercedes and moving to which team?

In which year did Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson first retire from the WWE?

In which year were full-body swimsuits banned from competition, due to providing an unfair advantage?

The film

The Iron Claw tells the tragic true story of which wrestling family?

Which American state are the Kansas City Chiefs based in?

Australian Molly Picklum compete in?

14. Ex-supercars team owner Roland Dane said which team had a 'toxic workplace', resulting in Brodie Kostecki's request to leave?

15. Which retired cricketer has agreed to coach America’s Major League Cricket franchise the Washington Freedom?

16. Which team has won the most A-League Men’s Championship titles?

17. Teams based in which New Zealand and Australian cities will join the A-League Men’s competition in 2024-25?

18. 1960 marked the only year Australia had a team qualify for what event at the Winter Olympic Games?

19. The Brisbane Bandits and Adelaide Giants are teams in what Australian sporting league?

20. Which retired Australian swimmer has said he will come out of retirement for the proposed upcoming Enhanced Games?

21. How many AFL teams will be taking part in the season’s Opening Round?

22. The Perth Wildcats hold the record with how many NBL titles?

23. Which team are the reigning champions in the NHL?

24. WWE wrestler Dakota Kai is from which country?

25. The Australian U19 Men’s cricket team have won the World Cup how many times?

26. The Emeralds play what sport for Australia?

27. How many NFL teams have never made it to the Super Bowl?

28. Which sport is the oldest at the Winter Olympics?

29. Who is current captain of the Fremantle Dockers?

30. VAR in soccer stands for what?

1. Sydney and Melbourne 2. South Korea 3. India’s Narendra Modi Stadium 4. Ice hockey (NHL) 5. Melbourne Rebels 6. Ferrari 7. 2004 8. 2010 9. The Von Erich family 10. Missouri 11. Lauren Jackson 12. Qatar 13. Sur ng 14. Erebus Motorsport 15. Ricky Ponting 16. Sydney FC (Five titles) 17. Auckland and Canberra 18. Ice Hockey 19. Australian Baseball League 20. James Magnussen 21. Eight 22. 10 23. Las Vegas Golden Knights 24. New Zealand 25. Four 26. Baseball 27. Four 28. Figure skating 29. Alex Pearce 30. Video assistant referee
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New State-of-the-Art Neighbourhood Health Hub

Healthicare is a new health service located at the Blacktown Exercise Sports and Technology hub (BEST) that aims to help people in Western Sydney. It is supported by WentWest in partnership with the Mt Druitt Medical Practitioners Association

Healthicare uses a new way of working together called a “neighbourhood-based model of care”. This means that GPs and other health professionals work together to provide better care for people who need it most. This includes people who are very unwell and have many health problems.

What services are available?

In addition to general GP services, Healthicare provides patient-activated services to help you navigate problems with your health from a new perspective and empower you to improve your wellbeing.

These services include:

• Minor injury management and referral to radiology and allied health

• Referrals to service providers and social services such as housing, welfare, employment services, addiction support and domestic violence support

• Shared antenatal care with Westmead and Blacktown Public Hospitals

• In-house podiatry

• Psychologist support

• Childhood, adult, and travel vaccinations

• Skin checks

• Comprehensive chronic health management

• Exercise plans and nutritional guidance

• Diabetes education

• Minor surgery

• Clinical pharmacist in-house medication reviews and education

• On-site pathology

Healthy Western Sydney is delivered by WentWest, the Western Sydney Primary Health Network. Healthicare’s core team consists of: GPS PRACTICE NURSES PRACTICE SUPPORT TEAM


• Adults, children and families who require health care services

• Community members who don’t have a regular GP

• Neighbouring GPs who may wish to refer their patients

All eligible services at Healthicare are bulk-billed for patients with a valid Medicare card. How

Call 1800 828 828 (free call) or visit to book an appointment. No referral is required. Healthicare is open Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm.

For more information visit

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TRAVENGERS - EXPLORE THE WORLD Travel for 15-35 year olds

AGNES knows how much young people love to connect, have a good time and travel, despite any hidden disability they may have so she founded group travel company, ‘Travengers’.

Travengers is for 15- to 35-year-olds who want to get out and explore the world. “They see other young people sightseeing and having a good time and they want to do it as well. Travengers is like Contiki but with support”, Agnes says.

So far Travengers has 36 trips under its belt, including New Zealand, Japan, Europe, New York, London, Paris and Florida.

Trips are well-thought out and include a meet and greet zoom call pre-trip to iron out any pre-trip issues and nerves. “We have support guides specialising in PTSD and anxiety, we sort out who needs a single room and who needs someone to share a room with, who needs more space in the transport”. This is the future of accessible travel and what a wonderful gift to young travellers. Get in touch at www. to find out more.

Rooftop Bars of Sydney

What an incredible city to enjoy the weather. Have a staycation this March and visit some of the city’s fun rooftop bars.

Cabana Bar

Part of the 25 Martin Place precinct, the Cabana Bar feels like a holiday in Bali and is the perfect place for a margarita on a Saturday or a pre-theatre dinner. With it’s green hanging baskets and wicker nooks and crannies it’s a great spot for a fun date. Every Saturday Cabana bar has a bottomless brunch at 11.45am and 2pm for 2 hours. $89 includes

a 2-hour seating with margaritas, spritzes, selters, mimosas and a shared style menu.

The Astor, Intercontinental, 117 Macquarie St

A stylish bar open from 4pm to midnight with a minimum $60 spend. The perfect spot to look out over the cityscape on a special occasion.

Dean and Nancy’s, Level 22, 2 Hunter St Sydney

With a very 1950s New york feel, this bar is a great choice when it’s cool outside. If you love the sound of the piano playing as you sip on a wine, come Thursday nights 5 -8pm. For DJ beats come Thursday to Sturday from 9pm. The location is next to some significant construction happening in the CBD, so finding the entry is part of the fun.

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IT’S time to start thinking about your snow travel because accommodation, in particular, gets booked up in advance. Snow travel is not a last minute thing because there are many moving parts that can make or break a trip. This snow travel section will be your monthly go-to so watch this space, it will have tips on snow play, driving in snow conditions and buying and hiring gear. If you have a question you’d like answered please email In the meantime check out the accompanying Snow Holiday Master Planner’ graphic and start planning your attack. Perisher

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and Thredbo are NOT the only resorts for skiing, snowboarding and snow play and in next month’s travel column I will delve into these more cost-effective and beginner- friendly alternatives.

Snow Action Magazine

Head to for snow updates, amazing competitions, features on overseas and Australian resorts, tips on travelling to Japan and Canada and more.

Warren Miller Ski Movie

Every year the famous USA ski film tours Australia and New Zealand from

May. For tour dates and locations head to

“Warren Miller’s ALL TIME is bringing 74 years of filmmaking reimagined to a theatre near you this May. And this season, it’s all about good turns and good snow on good hills with good people. Narrated by Jonny Moseley, ALL TIME dives deep into elements that Warren himself first identified as the stuff of which snowy dreams are made”.

Snow podcast

If you love listening on-the-go as you fold laundry, drive or you’re out in the garden check out Loving the Snowlife

on iTunes or Spotify. It’s a podcast that helps families get ready for their next snowtrip, where to go and what to do when you get there.

I am co-host and co-founder and over 4 years our podcast topics include: Solo travel, first time snow holiday DO’s and DON’Ts, kids snow holiday logistics, how to choose a season pass, weather forecasting, skincare and makeup at the snow, getting your body ready to stay injury-free, plus size snow clothing, travelling with babies and toddlers, sustainable ski brands and more. Head to Spotify or iTunes and search ‘Loving the Snowlife’ to download episodes.

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Fitness benefits of gardening

IN a world where modern conveniences often lead to sedentary lifestyles, finding enjoyable ways to stay active is paramount for maintaining overall health and well-being.

Gardening, often seen as a leisurely pastime, offers a multitude of fitness benefits that can contribute to a healthier lifestyle.

levels, reduce anxiety, and improve overall mental well-being.

Whether planting flowers, cultivating vegetables, or simply enjoying the beauty of a well-maintained garden, individuals can experience a sense of tranquility and inner peace while engaging in gardening activities.

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The chase for glory begins


BLACKTOWN City started their chase for the 2024 Championship with a statement game, defeating the 2023 Premiers, Apia Leichhardt 6-3 in front of a jubilant home crowd.

Blacktown head of Football Mark Crittenden could not ask for a better way to start the season as his side let all know they will be a force this season.

Leading 6-1 with ten minutes to go, Blacktown let two loose goals find the back of the net to take some shine off the win.

Playing without Captain Mario Shabow and star Danny Choi, Blacktown hit their paces twenty minutes into the match to lead 3-1 at the halftime break.

Jak O’Brien, the second leading goal scorer in the competition last season, continued his hot form with two first half goals.

O’Brien picked up his hat trick in the second half with another goal to give Blacktown a 4-1 lead.

Joey Gibbs, the all-time second leading goal scorer for Blacktown and back home after three years playing overseas, was in the thick of it from the start proving a handful for the reigning Premiers.

Late in the second half he set up a goal for his long-time running mate Travis Major, to take an unassailable 6-1 lead.

Major, the all-time leading goal scorer for Blacktown City, showed the combination will be not only exciting but lethal for opposing teams.

Last week, Blacktown travelled away to play newcomers to the NSW Premier League, St George FC.

As predicted, Blacktown dominated the game but the goal scoring flurry dried up as the team could not find the back of the net.

St George’s tactic to pack the defensive end of the field was proving to be successful as numerous attacks on goal proved fruitless.

In the end, St George was happy with the one point from a 0-0 draw while Coach Crittenden was frustrated his side let three points slip by.

Blacktown City is back at home on Saturday, March 2nd hosting their archrivals Sutherland Sharks.

Sutherland are coming off a hotly contested 0-0 draw against NWS Spirit FC last week in a game that saw three red cards issues.

Blacktown and Sutherland are always a heated contest and Saturday will be no different as Blacktown looks to get back to winning football games and the Sharks look for their first win of the season.

It will be a tough week for Blacktown City as they will back up on

Wednesday, March 6 in an away fixture with Manly before coming back home to host Wollongong in their first Sunday game of the season on the March 10.

The mid-week fixture is to accommodate the reintroduction of the playoffs by Football NSW. Game time for the Sunday fixture on the 10th will be 3pm.

Blacktown will also host Sydney United on Sunday, the 31st of March. As always this will be a fiery encounter.

Blacktown City Women get their 2024 campaign off the mark when they host Nepean on Sunday, March 3rd at Landen Stadium.

New head coach, Michael Hawthorne, said at the Season launch that he felt his side can be a top four contender in 2024 and chase the goal of elevation to NPL 1 within three years.

Details for upcoming games:

• Home Game - Blacktown City FC Men VS Sutherland Sharks – Saturday, March 2, 7:00pm, Landen Stadium, 5 Quinn Avenue, Seven Hills

• Home Game – Blacktown City FC Men VS Wollongong Wolves – Sunday, March 10, 3pm, Landen Stadium, 5 Quinn Avenue, Seven Hills.

• Home Game - Blacktown City Women Vs Nepean FC – Sunday, March 3, 4pm, Landen Stadium, 5 Quinn Avenue, Seven Hills.

Bob Turner is the Executive Chairman of Blacktown City FC. Visit:

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1 Follow (7)

5 Tiny fish (7)

9 Social exclusion (9)

10 Doesn’t pass (5)

11 Gradually (6)

12 Categorise (8)

14 Put in (6)

15 Devoted followers (4)

19 Gem (4)

20 Patch of water (6)

24 Leaping (8)

25 Self-absorption (6)

27 Prohibited (5)

28 Made clear (9)

29 Ingredient (7)

30 Ratify (7)


1 Partner (6)

2 Natural fibre used in clothing (6)

3 Allowing (8)

4 Platform (4)

5 Likeness (10)

6 Deny (6)

7 Hostile (8)

8 Author of short pieces (8)

13 Defendant (10)

16 Small warship (8)

17 Worth a lot of money (8)

No. 039


1 Who is the presumed author of the Iliad and the Odyssey?

2 The Indian Pacific train journey goes through which three Australian cities?

3 True or false: all worker bees are male?


18 Lazy person (8)

21 Blow (6)

22 Victor (6)

23 Soil (6)

26 Vaulted recess (4)

4 Who released the 2020 album Batflowers?

5 Rafael, Xiomara and Petra are characters on which US drama/comedy?

6 How many wives did Henry VIII have?

7 And how many were called Catherine?

8 In what year was The Sims 4 released?

9 Which university did Victorian premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) attend?

Which university did former Victorian premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) attend?

10 On what date did Queensland become the first Australian state to ban conversion therapy?


1 Crust of blood (4)

5 Infinitesimal amount (4)

6 Hebrew prophet (4)

7 Representations of an area (4)


1 Former name of Thailand (4)

2 Extended unconsciousness (4)

3 At the top (4)

4 Low pitch (4)


The leftover letters will spell out a secret message.

No. 039

Secret message:

961 8 1 683 81 42 23 9 517 2 3 461 68 1 84 15 589 23 97 435 81 9 96 372 241 75 49 5
No. 039
Using the nine letters in the grid, how many words of four letters or more can you list? The centre letter must be included, and each letter may only be used once. No colloquial or foreign words. No capitalised nouns, apostrophes or plural words ending in “s”. O E L E R P L P R
11 words: Good 16 words: Very good 22 words: Excellent
No. 039







2 Kids’ series about a girl and her successful web show (6)

4 Studio behind classics like The Little Mermaid and Cinderella (6)

8 Actor who plays president Bartlet in The West Wing (6,5)

9 Thespian (5)

26 Animated penguin (5)

27 Macaulay Culkin’s family classic, Home – (5)

28 4-across’ Hamlet adaptation (3,4,4)

29 Law & Order: SVU detective Olivia – (6)

30 Lead in Grey’s Anatomy, Ellen – (pictured) (6)

No. 048

15 Clark Kent’s alter ego (8)

17 Directed the 2019 film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Quentin – (9)

19 Eighties heartthrob known for Parks and Recreation and The Outsiders (3,4)

20 2015 comedy starring Amy Poehler and Tina Fey (7)

22 American playwright, Preston – (7)

23 Actor who plays the ringmaster in Dumbo, Danny – (6)

25 Late Star Trek film actor, – Yelchin (5)



10 Acting sisters Elizabeth, Mary-Kate and Ashley (5)

11 Cold country in which Trapped is set (6)

12 – Bonham Carter played Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech (6)

14 French actor who played Philippe in The Intouchables, François – (6)


15 — Osbourne, panelist on The Talk (6)

16 Animated series, –: The Last Airbender (6)

18 Game show, Catch– (6)

21 Ricky Gervais comedy series (6)

24 Setting for Frasier (7)

No. 015

1 English actor who plays Chief Worth in Tin Star (3,4)

2 Star of Luther and The Wire (5,4)

3 Ygritte in Game of Thrones, Rose – (6)

4 Sarah Rafferty’s character in Suits, – Paulsen (5)

No. 014

5 Kerry Washington plays a fixer in this (7)

6 8-across’ birth name, Ramón – (7)

7 Criminal Minds and Grandfathered actress, Paget – (8)

13 Alison Brie in Community (5)

14 Quiz show, The – (5)

1 Edge of a pizza

2 Late mum of William and Harry

3 Impoverished

4 Small broken piece of cookie

5 Mistake

6 Thing to sit on

7 Save for a — day

8 Stadium

Ki RSte N Du NSt

1. In which year was Dunst born?

A. 1979

B. 1982

C. 1985

D. 1988

2. Which film made her a childhood star?

A. The Piano

B. Romeo + Juliet

C. Cool Runnings

D. Interview with the Vampire

3. How many Sofia Coppoladirected movies has she starred in?

A. Three

B. Two

C. None

D. Four

4. Dunst starred in a music video for which Aussie band?

A. Savage Garden

B. Powderfinger

C. Jet

D. None of the above

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JUMPING FOR JOY: LOCAL YOUTH WORLD CHAMP Our Nicolas takes world title

KELLYVILLE Ridge youth Nicolas Ballas is bouncing his way into the record books.

The talented athlete was named World Champion in the 15-16 Men’s Synchro Trampoline - along with his jumping partner Brock Batty from Victoria - at the 2023 Trampoline World Age Group Championships held in Birmingham, England last November.

Nicolas has been involved in trampoline gymnastics since the age of five and currently trains at the Sydney Gymnastics and Aquatics Centre in Rooty Hill.

He had a stellar season throughout 2023, taking out the State and National Championship titles and ending the year at the World Championships where he competed in Individual Trampoline, Double Mini Trampoline and Synchronised Trampoline.

Synchronised trampoline consists of two gymnasts on two separate trampolines performing the exact same routine of 10 skills at the same time.

Each gymnast is judged on execution, time of flight (how long they are in the air), degree of difficulty, horizontal displacement (where on the trampoline they land) and on the level of synchronisation.

This was Nicolas and Brock’s third time competing as a pair on the international stage.

Proud mum Argyro Ballas said what made the championship win even more special was the fact the boys can’t train together because they live in different states.

“They only got to train together in the two to three days immediately prior to the competition when they arrived in Birmingham,” Ms Ballas said.

“Plus, they only just managed to make it into the final because when

they managed to complete a routine in the qualifying rounds they were slightly out of synch in the first half, which compromised their score, and saw them qualify in eighth position. Only the top eight go through to the finals, so they were very lucky.”

But when it came to the finals the pair pulled it together and completed “the most amazing routine”, Ms Ballas said.

That took them straight through to the top and they held onto first place right through to the end of the competition.

“The final competitors were the team from France who completed a beautiful routine themselves, so waiting for their score to pop up on the screen felt like an eternity. They knew they had won a medal by that stage,

but the French score would determine whether they got gold or silver.

“Nicolas had a gut feeling they would hold on to the top position because their degree of difficulty was higher than the French, but because the synchro score plays a big role, he held his breath.”

When the scores were finally revealed, the French had won bronze, which meant Nicolas and Brock maintained the gold and were named World Champions.

“Their emotions just poured out,” the proud mum said. “They are the best of mates so for them to experience this

together, especially after the hiccups of their previous attempts, was the best feeling in the world.”

A Year 12 student Nicolas manages to find a balance between school work, his job as a junior gymnastics coach and four training sessions a week.

He was named the Gymnastics NSW Jr International Trampoline Athlete of the Year at the recent Gymnastics NSW annual awards presentation where he paid tribute to his coaches Jessie Tulett and Tom Holman as well as the head coach of the trampoline program at the Sydney Gymnastics and Aquatics Centre, Belinda Cox.

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Nicolas Ballas (third from left) takes the gold medal, along with his partner Brock Batty, at the Trampoline World Age Group Championships. Nicolas Ballas was named the Gymnastics NSW Jr International Trampoline Athlete of the Year at the recent Gymnastics NSW annual awards presentation. Nicolas Ballas and his team mate Brock Batty fly high at the Trampoline World Championships.
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The importance of personal home care

If you choose to stay at home (including within a retirement community like St Hedwig Village), receiving the right services for ensuring an independent life is crucial — which is why personalised home care plans are so important.

Personalisation recognises the uniqueness of each individual — their life history, likes and dislikes, health needs, and future aspirations. By focusing on personalisation, home care transforms into an effective support system, enhancing quality of life and offering comfort, independence, and joy in the familiar surroundings of one’s own home.

This approach also allows individuals to make their own decisions about how they want to live at home, acknowledging that each person’s care journey is unique and deserving of attention, respect, and dignity.

Collaboration is a cornerstone

An effective home care plan involves an inclusive approach where care recipients, family members, healthcare professionals, and aged care workers come together to discuss, plan, and implement a package that best fits the individual. For instance, before creating a home care plan at Catholic Healthcare (who own and operate St

Hedwig Village), our dedicated team will contact clients to determine if care needs have changed since the initial assessment with My Aged Care.

This also allows for a flexible approach to care, where services can be adapted as needs and circumstances evolve, ensuring that the support provided continues to align with the individual’s requirements.

How to personalise your home care

Set clear goals: Define what you hope to gain — from health and mobility to fostering social connections or pursuing hobbies.

Research and consult: Explore the services offered and consult with professionals to understand how they can meet your needs.

Consider the whole person: Consider how services can also support mental health, emotional well-being and social life.

Adjust when needed: Be open to feedback and ready to adjust the services to remain aligned with the individual’s preferences and needs. To find out more about how you can benefit from a personalised home care package, call 1800 225 494 to speak to a friendly advisor.

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From the moment you walk through the door of your brand new apartment at St Hedwig Retirement Village, you’ll know the meaning of comfort and quality.

With apartments featuring thoughtful layouts, generous rooms and quality appliances, St Hedwig Retirement Village is a place you’ll feel proud to call home.

Call 1300 191 472 to arrange an appointment and view our display apartment, or visit to find out more.


Choose from a variety of exceptionally crafted one, two and three bedroom apartments from $475,000*, in vibrant Blacktown, just a short stroll to everything you need.

Live surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and enjoy lifestyle and amenities in a welcoming community, where every detail has been designed for your wellbeing.

Come home to St Hedwig Retirement Village and discover the secret to your perfect retirement.

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