Blacktown News - May 2024

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ISSUE 38 | MAY 2024 TRUSTED LOCAL NEWS WWW.GREATERBLACKTOWNNEWS.COM.AU B N SPECIALFEATURE St Hedwig Village 134–140 Reservoir Road, Blacktown Visit or call 1300 191 472 to find out more St Hedwig Retirement Village now open!

For new resident Sue, St Hedwig Retirement Village has become much more than a home—it’s a place where friendships form and flourish.

After living in Blacktown for more than 30 years Sue made the decision to move into a retirement village.

“The house I lived in before coming to St Hedwig had a lot of steps and a very steep driveway. I knew that it was time to make the decision to downsize. I had watched the new apartments at St Hedwig being built. It was the first village I looked at and I fell in love with it immediately. I was even the very first depositor!”

Sue had some initial concerns around leaving old friends behind but she shouldn’t have worried! Strong bonds have already been forged with many of the other residents and her social calendar has never been busier.

“We enjoy many social outings and events together and I even went away on a holiday with some new found friends”.

“I love the location and my beautiful new apartment. The friendships that I have made since moving here are what sets this village apart and make it a real home”.

It was the first village I looked at and I fell in love with it immediately. I was even the very first depositor!
Sue Dawson
Resident at St Hedwig Retirement Village

Showcasing apartment #52 at St Hedwig Village

Apartment #52 is an impressive example of the architecturally designed and exceptionally crafted two bedroom apartments now available at St Hedwig Retirement Village.

With 60% 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.

Featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open plan living and dining area and a study nook, this apartment enhances space and natural light throughout. The stylish, modern kitchen includes generous bench and cupboard space along with premium inclusions, and is the heart of this stunning home. Apartment #52 delivers the retirement lifestyle that you have been looking forward to.

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 2024 and is subject to change.
of retirement villages will need to pay fortnightly recurrent charges during their time at the village. You may have to pay

Blacktown City


The non-residential rolls provide people who are non-resident owners, occupiers, and rate-paying lessees of rateable land within the council area an opportunity to have a say in who is elected to council at the September 2024 elections.

There are 2 types of non-residential rolls:

•the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land, and

•the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees.

These two rolls are combined with the residential roll to form the roll of electors for a council area, which is used during an election.

The residential roll is the list of people who live in the council area and are eligible to vote in elections.

To find out more about the non-residential roll, or for more information on how to complete an application form, visit

Blacktown City Medieval Fayre

Saturday 18 May and Sunday 19 May from 10 am to 4 pm

Nurragingy Reserve, Knox Road, Doonside

Head back to the middle ages at the spectacular Blacktown City Medieval Fayre.

Be immersed in the medieval culture through the feathered friends show, medieval displays, combat artillery, handmade arts and crafts, a working Blacksmith and Woodturners village, and medieval-themed food.

Tickets are $10 per person including booking fee.

Sweet Indulgence Dessert Festival

Thursday 23 May from 4 pm to 9 pm

Village Green/Civic Plaza, Flushcombe Road, Blacktown

Oh sugar, it’s back! The dessert lover’s paradise Sweet Indulgence is returning to Blacktown Festival!

Sugar lovers will flock to the Village Green to satisfy their sweet tooth with mouth-watering creations from some of Sydney’s top, hand-picked dessert vendors

Streets Alive & Parade Day

Saturday 25 May from 9 am to 4 pm

Blacktown CBD, Main Street, Blacktown

Music, colour, food, dance, and entertainment will take over the streets for everyone to enjoy in addition to free amusement rides, arts and crafts, and market stalls. See Bluey and her little sister Bingo during their live interactive experience at the Bowman Hall! Bookings are essential.

The street parade will travel through the CBD at 11 am, showcasing Blacktown’s multiculturalism, history, emergency services and local groups.

For more information, and to view all of our upcoming events, visit

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LOCAL SPOTLIGHT ON WOMEN’S HEALTH Forum focus on diabetes crisis

DID you know women are more than twice as likely to ignore, skip or delay disclosing their health issues to a health care professional than men?

You can learn more about the world of women’s health at a free forum called “Women’s Health: What Men Should Also Know” on Thursday, May 9 from 6.30pm-8.30pm.

It will be presented by community group Healthy Living Toongabbie (HLT) which was formed four years ago - in collaboration with Western Sydney Diabetes - by a group of passionate Toongabbie health professionals, businesspeople and residents concerned at the high number of people in their community with Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes.

The group is dedicated to educating the community about diabetes, pre-diabetes and healthier food options and lifestyle.

Type 2 diabetes is a condition where a person either becomes resistant to insulin or their pancreas is no longer able to produce enough insulin to counteract the food eaten.

If untreated, high glucose levels can damage blood vessels and nerves, resulting in long term health complications including heart, kidney, eye and foot damage.

This year the group’s main focus is also on women’s health.

According to the World Health Organ-

isation, non-communicable diseases are a leading cause of death for women, accounting for three out of every four fatalities each year.

About 56 per cent of Australian females have one or more of the 10 selected chronic conditions.

HLT President Dr Mani Manoharan, an endocrinologist at Liverpool Hospital, said this includes diabetes, osteoporosis, chronic kidney disease, heart disease, stroke and vascular disease.


• There are 13.26 million males and 13.44 million females in Australia.

• The percentage of the female population is 50.33% compared to 49.67% men. Australia has 178k more females than males.

• The Sex Ratio in Australia in 2024 is 98.67 males per 100 females.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

“This is where men should be aware of women’s risks and their vulnerable stages in order to assist them to access health care,” Dr Manoharan said.

Dr Manoharan will be presenting a talk on the night called “Post-delivery weight gain: Cardiovascular impact and tips for weight loss”.

She said obesity in women, especially during pregnancy, contributed health risks to themselves and their children. “This then amplifies health inequities across generations,” she said.

Other experts presenting include Kidspsych psychologist Poonkulali Govintharajah who will discuss “Women and Mental Health: Vulnerable Stages and Prevention Strategies”; and Dr Danendran Krishnan, Liverpool Hospital obstetrician and gynecologist, who will present “Menopause: Myths about the Hormone”.

The Western Sydney Diabetes (WSD) initiative is led by Western Sydney Local Health District and Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WentWest) to address the Western Sydney diabetes hotspot.

The forum will be held at Toongabbie Sports Club, 12 Station Road, Toongabbie from 6.30pm to 8pm. To register go to: https://www. or for more information visit www.

Premium land release coming soon

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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Residents in war against graffiti

RIDDING their streets of eyesore graffiti is one of the ways residents at Glenwood is keeping their city tidy and pretty.

Holding a graffiti clean-up day with help from Blacktown City Council, the residents are reclaiming public spaces near their homes looking better.

More than 8,650 types of graffiti have been removed around the city by council staff who are also showing concerned residents how they can do it themselves.

Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM said council has been allocating its resources remove graffiti reported by concerned residents as they see them.

It is a constant challenge, the mayor said, and its also costing ratepayers more that $1M annually to clean up graffiti in public spaces and residential streets.

Council staff have been regularly inspecting public spaces to carry-out graffiti removal tasks throughout every financial year.

“Everyone can play a part in keeping their neighbourhoods beautiful,” Clr Bleasdale said.

“I encourage people who see graffiti to report it to

Council for removal. Staff will respond promptly so we can all continue to be proud of where we live.”

Glenwood residents have responded to the council’s call and teamed up with council staff to learn how

Mto use graffiti removal tools, repaint walls and fences littered with graffiti.

The residents brought their children along and cleaned up and repainted the unsightly walls of the community centre at Alwyn Lindfield Reserve.

Concerned residents can request the council to assist them remove graffiti by clicking the Council’s webpage: or by calling customer service on 02 5300 6000.

During Graffiti Clean Up Day, Council also runs other prevention and removal programs, including awareness days held at local schools.

About 15,000 local primary school students have participated in the council program, ‘Respect It, Don’t Wreck It.‘

A free graffiti removal service also available for residents and owners of Blacktown CBD properties.

Council staff have planted native shrubs along fence lines to screen out graffiti and run preventative projects to help young people participate in art murals that are not classified as graffiti.

More local bulk billing

ORE GPs are bulk billing patients in Greenway because of investment by the Federal Government to make it easier to see a doctor.

In the month before the bulk billing incentive was tripled on 1 November 2023, 94.6% of all GP visits were bulk billed in Greenway. Over the next five months the bulk billing rate increased by

0.5 percentage points to 95.1% in March. This means an estimated 1,615 additional trips to the GP were bulk billed in Greenway in the five months to March.

Residents are also seeing savings thanks to the Government’s commitment to delivering cheaper medicines, following the largest reduction in the PBS co-payment in the history of the PBS and the

introduction of 60-day scripts. Residents in Greenway have saved $2,527,088 on 213,325 cheaper scripts since January 2023. The Albanese Government’s $6.1B investment in strengthening Medicare, including the largest investment in bulk billing in Medicare’s 40-year history, has given GPs the confidence to build sustainable businesses, particularly

in regional and rural Australia, where Medicare payments for a standard bulk billed GP visit have increased by 50%.

Minister for Communications and Federal Member for Greenway: “Thanks to the Albanese Government there is more bulk billing in Greenway which is delivering significant cost of living relief for people in North-West Sydney.”

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Blacktown Council staff demonstrates to a group of Glenwood residents how they can utilise tools to remove graffiti in their neighbourhood.


Chris is a mission for good

AS more local young people experience mental health difficulties, one Blacktown father is changing the way he is contributing to make a real difference in their lives.

Six months ago, Chris Barton formed Step Into Action, a small group of avid long-distance walkers like himself raising awareness on mental health impacting youths, at the same time pooling funds to help youths learn much needed life skills.

“Mental health had impacted my family, too, but it is bigger than that for me,” Mr Barton said.

“In Australia, we know one in five young people in ages 12 to 17 and one in four among 16 to 24 struggled with mental health challenges like anxiety and depression.

“Suicide in the age group 16 to 24 is among the causes of death of our young people and in Western Sydney we know the numbers are bleak.

“For me, this is not good enough so that’s what motivates me to make a difference and make an impact [on their lives].”

Step Into Action has created a website for people who want join

their Walk for Youth Mental Health events with all funds raised goes to a range of youths training programs run by BREED Australia.

BREED runs the School and Community Learning Program to mentor young people on emotional intelligence, resilience, and how to achieve their goals in life in partnership with schools and community groups in Western Sydney.

Last month, Mr Barton and many other walkers clocked 200 kilometres for 30 hours in a Blacktown athletic field, “pushing my absolute physical and mental limits to fight for a brighter future for our young people.”

“This was the farthest I have walked non-stop. Last year I walked from Katoomba to Manly non-stop which was 130 kilometres,” Mr Barton said.

“I have now done four of these walks in the last seven years and plan to continue to do more.

“I chose BREED Australia as a local charity as they directly put the money raised into local programs in Western Sydney positively impacting our young people.”

Mr Barton’s four walking events raised at least $20,000 so far for BREED program, and more events

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are in planning stage for those willing to do the long walks with them.

“Step Into Action is a movement about building resilience built around our walking experience,” Mr Barton said.

“Together I believe we can build a community where shared stories, connection and acts of resilience can pave the way for a better future for our young people.”

Anyone interested to find out more about Mr Barton’s group and to join them can express their interest by visiting https://www.stepintoaction.

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To find out more about BREED Australia program for youths, visit learning-for-good/.

Long-time Blacktown resident and father, Chris Barton, urges volunteers to join Step Into Action supporting young people learn life skills. Photo supplied.

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BLACKTOWN CITY Delivering Cost of Living Relief

More than 1000 first home buyers have already saved thousands of dollars, paying no stamp duty under the new First Home Buyers Assistance Scheme. A $60 Weekly Toll Cap to make it cheaper to drive on Sydney’s roads.

Our Government is providing private rental assistance through programs including Rent Choice, Advance Rent and Bond Loan to help eligible people get intoormaintainarentallease

into or maintain a rental lease.

The Pensioner Concession Rebate Scheme provides up to $250 on ordinary council rates and charges for domestic waste management services to eligible pensioners, jointly funded by councils.

A new program of $500 fee relief per child, will help with the costs of 3-year-olds in long day care at eligible preschools.

The Family Energy Rebate and Seniors Energy Rebate will both increase to $250.

The Low-Income Household Rebate and Medical Energy Rebate will rise to $350. And we’ll cover rising costs of equipment under the Life Support Rebate.

We are a government with a clear focus – managing our finances responsibly so we can provide support when you need it most and improve the essential services that we all rely on, now and into the future.

working for you WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU & YOUR FAMILY HUGH McDERMOTT MEMBER FOR PROSPECT Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney General (02) 9756 4766 2/679 Horsley Drive Smithfield STEPHEN BALI MEMBER FOR BLACKTOWN Parliamentary Secretary for Planning & Public Spaces (02) 9671 5222 Shop 3063 Westpoint Shopping Centre Flushcombe Road Blacktown EDMOND ATALLA MEMBER FOR MT DRUITT Parliamentary Secretary for Police & Counter-terrorism (02) 9625 6770 Suite 201 Westfield Shoppingtown Carlisle Avenue Mount Druitt WARREN KIRBY MEMBER FOR RIVERSTONE (02) 8883 3499 Shop 20 2 Sentry Drive Stanhope Gardens Authorised by Stephen Bali MP, Edmond Atalla MP, Hugh McDermott MP & Warren Kirby MP. Funded using parliamentary entitlements May 2024.


Tributes flow for Tony Bleasdale AOM

SINCE Tony Bleasdale’s early days as Blacktown City councillor in 1996, he focused his service to everything that uplift the lives of residents in Sydney’s west, his fellow councillors said.

“Tony always wanted to make a difference for the people of Western Sydney, as we are always the forgotten people, so he was always fighting for Blacktown to get its fair share,” Councillor Brad Bunting said.

Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM, who died while aboard a Qantas flight back to Sydney from Shanghai on Friday, May 3, after a 10-day official study tour of China and South Korea, was a successful business owner prior to leading the state’s biggest council in 2019.

A Labor Party stalwart, Clr Bleasdale, a bricklayer and later owner of a construction hire business, blazed local politics sharing his talent, energy and vision and mentored many aspiring politicians, including Clr Bunting.

“We ran together in Ward 5 in the 2016 council election, and he was my mentor. He taught me a lot while working alongside him,” Clr Bunting said.

“The best thing I’ve learnt from Tony is to always listen to the commu-

nity, always be humble and always do the right thing. There are many great community achievements that Tony has had, he didn’t need to go into politics to be known.

“He is a self-made man, very successful in his business and could be simply living a full happy life with his wife and family and friends but he decided to give back to his community that he loves so much.

“I’ll always remember Tony’s greatness making a huge difference in our

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community…we’ve lost a true champion, it’s a sad day for us all.”

On the official tour of Blacktown City’s Sister Cities, Daegu City in South Korea and Laiocheng City in the Shandong Province of China, Mayor Bleasdale was accompanied by his wife Nina Bleasdale and two of their grandchildren.

Mayor Bleasdale led the delegation consisting of councilors, community leaders, members of Indigenous community performers and council staff.

Clr Bunting and Ward 2 Councillor Julie Griffith were among the delegates on the tour with the late mayor.

“On this study trip, Tony was able to extend our friendships with these cities, it was a successful visit to our Sister Cities in South Korea and China and was able to speak with dignitaries,” Clr Bunting said.

Serving as deputy mayor for three terms with Mayor Bleasdale, Clr Griffith said: “Tony was the finest and the best mayor that this city has ever had being a true people’s person.”

“He was a stalwart respected in all levels of government and who loves Blacktown’s multicultural community and always welcoming everyone who comes to live in our city with open arms,” Clr Griffith said.

“When Tony meets people, he would always ask them, ‘are you happy here’ and was always bringing joy in the life of the people in Blacktown.

“People who knew Tony well know that many of those disadvantaged people in our community ended up living a good life in Blacktown.

“Tony had a good eye for details and had a strong vision for this city that he wants to see prosperous and now it is up to the rest of us to see his goals happen.”

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Invitation for Registrations of Interest – Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment – Huntingwood Data Centre, Blacktown LGA

EMM Consulting Pty Ltd (EMM) consulting has been commissioned by LEHR Consultants International (Australia) Pty Ltd to undertake an update of an existing Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment (ACHA) for the proposed installation of a data centre at 6 Honeman Close, Huntingwood, NSW (Lot 5 DP 1238504). EMM is undertaking the update to address clarifications and new information identified during the assessment process.

Contact details for the proponent are: Gary Lyle, LEHR Consultants International (Australia) (A: Level 4, 73 Walker Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060; T: 02 9157 0570; E:

Registrations are invited from Aboriginal individuals and organisations who hold cultural knowledge relevant to determining the significance of Aboriginal objects and/or places in the area, and who wish to be involved in the consultation process undertaken as part of the assessment.

The purpose of consultation is to assist the proponent in: 1) assessing the Aboriginal heritage values of the area; 2) to assist NSW Government in the assessment of Aboriginal heritage reports prepared for this project; and 3) to support any future applications or approvals for the project sought under Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and/or National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Registrations of interest should be provided by no later than 17 May 2024 to Alan Williams, EMM Consulting Pty Ltd, 20 Chandos Street, St Leonards, NSW 2065; T: 02 9493 9500; E:

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“We want to thank all the staff at Qantas for the fantastic assistance they provided the Bleasdale family, especially Tony’s wife, Nina, and their children in these difficult times,” Clr Griffith said.

Clr Bleasdale was born in Liverpool, United Kingdom and survived by his wife Nina Bleasdale and their four children.

Long serving Western Sydney businessman and charity worker Dr Jim Taggart OAM said: “Tony Bleasdale was a person of vision and action; people gravitated to Tony because he was able to create confidence, hope, and a genuine belief in building a better world; he certainly has done this as a legacy, not only because of his own skills and commitment to our community but because of his very deep conviction, to helping other people personally, and his community; our community is a better place because of Tony Bleasdale and his beautiful family.”

Owners of the Dek Rio resort at Wisemans Ferry, Bill and Pat McNamara had a long history with Tony and his family and issued this statement: “We are so pleased to call Tony Bleasdale, one of our closest friends, not only in our business but personally; his family and our family have grown up together, and it is through the activities of business and family that our bond has been put together forever. We are very fortunate that Tony came into my life and together we have at various times continue to build our own personal and collaborative vision for western Sydney, and particularly Blacktown. I am deeply saddened by his loss and know that this will be a heavy burden on his family at the same time we are so humbly grateful that Tony Bleasdale came into our lives and played an important and immeasurable part in our wonderful family and business. Tony Bleasdale we thank you and our hearts are broken because of the loss of you and the impact on your family.”

Premier Chris Minns said Blacktown had lost a great servant and favourite son, Tony Bleasdale OAM.

“Tony was the Mayor of Blacktown since 2019 and a councillor since 1996. He was born in Liverpool, England, the son of a dockworker. At the age of 15, he sailed to Australia and a new life, as part of the Big Brother movement.

“Here in Australia, he enjoyed a long and varied career, as a bricklayer, union official, and successful business owner. “Always grateful for the oppor-

tunities he received here, Tony spent much of his life giving back.

“As Mayor of Blacktown, he worked tirelessly to develop Sydney’s West, with a particular passion for helping his disadvantaged constituents.

“He was a generous man with a big heart. His legacy is written across Blacktown, the city he loved, or as he called it – ‘the jewel in the crown of Western Sydney’.

“Our thoughts and love are with Tony’s family, including his beloved wife, Nina.

Property Council of Australia’s Western Sydney Regional Director Ross Grove said Blacktown CBD and the wider local government area are all the better for his leadership. A proud Blacktown local, Tony Bleasdale spent three decades serving Blacktown City Council in the roles of Councilor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor. In his mayoral term, Councilor Bleasdale made significant contributions to the future development of the Blacktown CBD, finalising the Warrick Lane redevelopment, and utilizing the city’s property portfolio to promote investment and position Blacktown as a centre for jobs in Western Sydney,” Mr Grove said.

Greater Blacktown Business Chamber President Trevor Oldfield said Mr Bleasdale had worked tirelessly for the people of Blacktown for three decades, and for the broader labour movement his whole working life.

“It should be noted that his sudden passing occurred as he was working on his great passion, providing opportunities for the people of Blacktown,” Mr Oldfeild said.

“The support Tony gave the Blacktown Chamber was nothing short of outstanding. His vision for Blacktown included the growth of the business community and he did his utmost to invest in all that our Chamber stood for. We will be forever grateful for his genuine and unwavering commitment.

“Tony was a larger-than-life character who made a positive impact everywhere he went. Countless Western Sydney lives were touched by his efforts. Tony was a man of great integrity and decency matched only by his work ethic. Western Sydney has lost a great warrior.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with Tony’s wife Nina and their children. They have lost a loving husband and father, and we say thank you for sharing him with us.”


A life well lived

West Tradies Club (Dharruk)

• Director since 2007.

• Long serving Treasurer

Service to the community

• Sponsor of many community/charitable organisations. Often providing accommodation in Queensland as a first prize for charitable raffles.

• Member of Blacktown Ponds Lions Club.

• Supported the Better Foundation (Blacktown & Mt Druitt Hospital charity).

• 2010 received order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.

• Personally sponsored Mt Druitt Town Rangers Football Club & Western Sydney Wanderers.


• Rose to the ranks of Assistant Secretary of Building Workers Industrial Union BWIU in 1980s.

 Tony was the organiser on a number of job sites representing workers safety, wages and conditions.

 Locally, Tony looked after both the Mt Druitt hospital and Parklea prison site.

 He boasted how he was one of the first officials to secure a flea allowance at a worksite when there was an insect break out on the Mt Druitt hospital construction site.

• After leaving the union he worked for several years with Bill McNamara as the industrial relations manager.

• Started his construction industry labour hire agency that has grown to become a major provider of construction workers across civil and building sites across Australia. Now a family-owned business run by his children.

Blacktown Council

• Frist elected in 1996 -1999. Re-elected 2004 and served till 2024.

• Deputy Mayor 2011-12 & 2016-19.

• Significant strong supporter in defending Blacktown City during Mayor Bali’s term;

 2015 Struggle Street documentary aired on the SBS;

 2016 changing the name of Blacktown.

Stephen Bali MP said “on both occasions Tony provided strong support to defend the integrity of the local community. He did not waiver as many others wanted a low-key response. He was immense support for me as mayor, council and the community.”

• Led Council through the COVID pandemic being a vocal advocate against the lockdowns, provision of more vaccines and more financial resources to support the community.

• Council recommended a 20% rate increase in 2023 but Tony over turned the decision midway through the community consultation when he heard that cost of living crisis was hurting people and they couldn’t afford the rate increase.

Interesting to note

• Tony was a friend of comedian legend, Jerry Lewis, and he visit Jerry his home in New York and supported Jerry’s visits to Australia. Jerry suffered occasion anxiety attacks before going on stage as he had high expectations of himself, and Tony provided the calming support for him before Jerry went on stage in Sydney shows.

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Embracing hybrid vehicles

MOTORISTS in outer suburban areas are embracing the federal government’s discount for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, per latest data from NALSPA. Suburbs like Werribee, Tarneit, Kellyville, Riverstone, and Baulkham Hills rank among top ten for novated leases of BEVs/PHEVs since the discount started. EV uptake spiked after the government applied the EV fringe benefit tax exemption in July 2022. NALSPA estimates over 40% of new BEVs/PHEVs are bought through novated leases. The discount makes EVs fi nancially viable, particularly for everyday Australians. PHEVs are popular as a transitional choice

Breast cancer drug support

BREAST Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) supports the recommendation for government subsidy of the breast cancer drug Enhertu, yet urges AstraZeneca to lower costs. The drug is inaccessible to many due to high co-payments. BCNA calls for swift PBS listing. Enhertu targets HER2-low metastatic breast cancer, offering crucial treatment options. Patients face financial burden and delays. System reform is needed for faster access.

Men’s violence action urged

RELATIONSHIPS Australia NSW (RANSW) urges urgent action from the NSW Government following the tragic murder of Molly Ticehurst, emphasizing the need for sustained funding to tackle men’s violence against women. RANSW CEO Elisabeth Shaw stresses the importance of adequately funding domestic violence services and Men’s Behaviour Change Programs (MBCPs). With 235 men on waitlists, immediate action and long-term funding are vital to combatting this pervasive issue.

Drop in lower rentals

SUBURBTRENDS analysis reveals a sharp drop in rentals below $400 per week, posing challenges for low-income earners nationwide. Founder Kent Lardner warns of an impending economic crisis as affordable options dwindle. This trend not only strains finances but also disrupts communities and essential services. Kent advocates for immediate solutions like emergency accommodation while pursuing long-term strategies to combat rising construction costs and ensure housing affordability for all Australians.

Unions want knife action

NSW unions urge the government to grant police non-invasive knife search powers. Dubbed “wanding” searches, these would allow metal

detector use without warrants. Inspired by Queensland’s ‘Jack’s Law,’ the measure aims to curb knife-related crime. Unions stress the importance of safety for frontline workers and the community. They call for proactive measures to prevent incidents and ensure public safety.

Need for remote work

THE rising cost of living in Australia strains household budgets, especially with commuting expenses soaring. The Australian Commute report indicates an average annual cost of $5020 per person for commuting. With Opal fares up by 3.7%, the strain on workers intensifies. Experts advocate for remote work options to alleviate financial burdens and improve work-life balance. However, urban sprawl and city infrastructure challenges complicate commuting efficiency and affordability, necessitating hybrid work models for sustainable solutions.

Warning to dog owners

WITH home ownership declining and living costs rising, young people may overlook home and contents insurance. However, as dog owners, insurance is crucial to avoid legal and financial troubles. Peter Mileto from Slater and Gordon Lawyers highlights the lack of mandate for dog owner insurance, leaving them vulnerable to liabilities from dog attacks. He urges dog owners to consider insurance to protect themselves and potential victims.

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A STRONGER SERVICES AUSTRALIA Better support for residents

FOR too long, our community, along with others, felt the repercussions of previous Coalition Government’s decisions to cut vital staff from Services Australia.

The introduction of the flawed and illegal Robodebt scheme and severe staff reductions led to unnecessary hardships for many Australians, often at times when they needed support most.

Under the previous Government, essential payments like JobSeeker, the Disability Support Pension and Age Pension were delayed by weeks or even months.

This was more than an inconvenience: it was a barrier to living with dignity for those who needed help. The Coalition’s oversight before and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbated these challenges, leaving Services Australia understaffed and underfunded.

However, with the election of the Albanese Labor Govern-

ment, we’ve turned a corner. Recognising the urgent need for action, the Government has onboarded more than 3,000 new permanent staff members to process critical Medicare and Centrelink claims.

Their impact has been pro-

found and swift, achieving a dramatic reduction of 500,000 claims to Services Australia’s backlog in just 10 weeks.

For North-West Sydney, this means that residents are receiving support faster, ensuring more financial support gets to Australians dealing with

cost-of-living pressures. The recruitment of new staff has also supported the agency to reduce claims by nearly 40%, including slashing Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) claims on hand by almost 60%.

This progress is encourag-

ing, and it’s just the beginning. With the continued work of these dedicated new employees, Services Australia’s backlog is on track return to normal levels by mid-year. Services Australia staff are on the frontline of governments service delivery, and their commitment – including by training and integrating these new recruits – will mean that more Australians can access simple, helpful, respectful and transparent support in a timelier way.

I am confident that the changes we are implementing will ensure a stronger, more responsive Services Australia that can better serve Australians -- including those in North-West Sydney.

Michelle RowMichelle RowlandMichelle 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 landMichelle.Rowland.MP@aph.

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Reducing early stage hospitaliation

APIONEERING project is set to transform healthcare for older individuals in Sydney’s western suburbs using the power of artificial intelligence (AI).

Recent data shows that many Australians aged 65 and older present to Emergency Departments (EDs), with up to 41% seeking immediate medical care. Of concern, close to half of these cases end up with hospital admissions, putting seniors at greater health risks. However, studies suggest that a significant portion of these visits could be avoided.

With these statistics in mind, the Sydney Health Partnership for Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE), a research Translation Centre whose focus is to transform healthcare, has funded an AI project which aims to revolutionise care for older people by detecting those people at risk of hospitalisation at an early stage.

“Using AI algorithms, the project identifies older adults who can receive effective care within the community, thereby diverting unnecessary ED visits and hospital admissions,” explains the project leader, Western Sydney University Associate Professor, Genevieve Steiner.

“The overarching goal of this research being run by SPHERE’s Age and Ageing Clinical Theme is to enable older people to maintain independence, functionality, and diminish disability and deterioration by delivering timely and appropriate care,” A/Professor Steiner said.

“Recognising that the Emergency Department may not always be the most suitable setting, the project employs artificial intelligence (AI) to develop an algorithm that identifies older people at risk of preventable ED presentations who can be effectively

cared for within the community. The outcomes will inform early intervention approaches, fostering empowerment and integration within community and primary care.”

Crucial to the success of this project is the robust collaboration across universities and local health districts. The project includes experts from Western Sydney University, University of NSW, South Western Sydney Local Health District, South Western Sydney Primary Health Network, South East Sydney Local Health District, HammondCare, Carers NSW, and Ambulance NSW.

“The team includes lived experience experts, neuroscience, data science, software development, machine

learning, health economics, knowledge translation, implementation science, innovation, change management, models of care for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, and a diverse clinical team,” says A/ Professor Steiner.

“What truly distinguishes this initiative is its innovative use of AI-driven machine learning models. These sophisticated algorithms delve into a multitude of factors and data from a range of sources to tailor interventions to individual needs. By considering cultural backgrounds, care settings and community resources, the project aims to deliver personalised care that promotes independence for older residents.”

SPHERE Executive Director, Professor Chris White explains that the implications of this project extend far beyond healthcare delivery.

“It represents a shift in how we approach aging and healthcare management in our communities. Through early intervention and promoting integration within primary care settings, the initiative holds the promise of enhancing the quality of life for elderly residents in Sydney’s western suburbs,” he explained.

Linda Music is Communications Officer, at Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE).

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The health benefits of swimming

SWIMMING isn’t just a refreshing way to cool off on a hot summer day; it’s also one of the most effective full-body workouts available. Whether you’re doing laps in a pool, gliding through open water, or taking part in water aerobics, swimming offers a multitude of fitness benefits that can improve both your physical and mental well-being. Let’s dive into the depths of these benefits and explore why swimming is an excellent choice for anyone looking to enhance their fitness routine.

1. Cardiovascular Health: Swimming is a cardiovascular exercise that gets your heart pumping and blood flowing, similar to running or cycling. The resistance of the water provides an added challenge, making your heart work harder to deliver oxygen-rich blood to your muscles. Regular swimming can help improve your cardiovascular endurance, lower your blood pressure, and reduce your risk of heart disease.

2. Full-Body Workout: Unlike some forms of exercise that primarily target specific muscle groups, swimming engages nearly all of the major muscle groups in your body. From your arms and shoulders to your core and legs, each stroke works to strengthen and tone different areas. Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly

all offer unique benefits, ensuring a comprehensive workout that builds strength, flexibility, and endurance throughout your entire body.

3. Low-Impact Exercise: Swimming is gentle on the joints, making it an ideal form of exercise for people of all ages and fitness levels, including those with arthritis, joint pain, or other musculoskeletal conditions. The buoyancy of the water supports your body, reducing the impact on your bones and joints while still providing a challenging workout. This low-impact nature also makes swimming an excellent option

for cross-training or as a rehabilitation tool for those recovering from injuries.

4. Improved Flexibility and Range of Motion: The fluid movements required in swimming help improve flexibility and range of motion in your joints. As you reach, stretch, and rotate your body with each stroke, you lengthen and strengthen your muscles, increasing your overall flexibility. Over time, this can lead to better posture, reduced risk of injury, and enhanced athletic performance in other activities.

5. Stress Relief and Mental Well-Being: Swimming has been

shown to have a calming effect on the mind, similar to meditation. The rhythmic breathing, repetitive motion, and sensory experience of being in the water can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Many people find swimming to be a therapeutic activity that allows them to clear their minds, focus on the present moment, and achieve a sense of relaxation and tranquility.

6. Weight Management and Calorie Burn: Swimming is an excellent way to burn calories and manage weight. Depending on the intensity and duration of your swim session, you can torch a significant number of calories while building lean muscle mass. Plus, swimming continues to burn calories even after you’ve finished your workout, thanks to its ability to boost your metabolism.

7. Enhanced Respiratory Function: Swimming requires controlled breathing techniques that can improve your respiratory strength and endurance over time. By learning to synchronize your breathing with your strokes, you can increase your lung capacity and efficiency, leading to better oxygen intake and delivery throughout your body. This can be particularly beneficial for athletes or individuals with respiratory conditions such as asthma.

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New Directory of Health Services Launches in Western Sydney

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Healthy Western Sydney is a free service directory of health services in Western Sydney, delivered by WentWest, the Western Sydney Primary Health Network.

Healthy Western Sydney currently offers information on palliative care, aged care and dementia services and there are plans to expand to include other services in the future.

Easy-to-read information

The directory contains information on services that is easy to read and user friendly, so that you receive a snapshot of the services offered including:

• Service location and contact details

• Opening hours

• Service delivery mode (i.e. in person, online, over the phone or in-home)

• If there is a cost involved

• Referral information

• If a booking is required

Access other resources

You can also use the directory if you are looking for services such as financial support, transport services, home care mobility and carer support networks, particularly useful if you are caring for a family member or friend.

The directory includes links to additional helpful resources such as the , which is a comprehensive, national directory of health services and the practitioners that provide them.

Services tailored to specific community groups

The directory includes search functionality so you can find services for specific community groups such as First Nations or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community members.

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Heartful short term accommodation

JEN Clark had a vision, what would it look like to have access to sustainable and inclusive properties for everyone?

Jen has experience running a shortterm accommodation business but with an autistic son with ADHD, Jen and her partner noticed a distinct lack of accessible accommodation available catering to neurodivergence. “It was glaringly absent and according to a report conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers less than 4% of listed accommodation catered to an accessible travel market,

Polestar, smooth and fast

WHAT a car to drive! This smooth and soundless ride has up to 400kW of torque and can manage 0-100km/h in 4 seconds. With gold seatbelts and breathable soft grey interior this Swedish design is the new ride. The battery pack sits below the cabin and you can feel the low centre of gravity and even weight distribution as you round the corners. Despite the one pedal system (it brakes gently when your foot is off the accelerator) it’s a very

forgiving drive. Caution, on a long car drive to prepare your trip well in advance, you will need to download apps for using the charging stations, they are not free to use, you will also need to build in extra time to your trip

for charging and if you charge at home charging may take longer so charge the vehicle overnight. The Polestar showcase is in Sydney’s Alexandria and the cars come in gold, black and white. 37-41

O’Riordan St Alexandria.

whilst 46% of the population has a chronic illness and or more than one disability”. Thinking about travel needs from this perspective, lighting, smells and sensory factors Jen realised this was a massively underserviced market so set about changing the situation by creating a directory of inclusive and sustainable properties initially called Hosting With Heart. As the concept became popular, Jen added a booking service, expanding to the service it is today, known as Heartful. Jen’s mission of 2023 was to raise funds and design this project

and she’s excited to launch it in July as a modest directory starting with 130 properties but with cheaper rates than Airbnb (4% commission rate compared to about 15%), it’s set to do very well and predicted to grow. Accommodation providers may consider signing up after meeting certain requirements to be a part of this incredible directory, so reach out on Instagram to learn more. Jen is host of the Hosting with Heart podcast and has a large online community, you can find Heartful Travel on social media as well as Heartful Travel website.

Staycation at the Skye Suites

WHAT a fabulous oasis in the heart of Parramatta are the Skye Suites, why not have a staycation not too far from home. Entering the lobby is like reaching an oasis of cool and calm after bustling hunter St. Rooms are generous sized suites with kitchen facilities for families to cook and hang out in the lounge room, if you don’t feel like going out and an Ezymart is located on the ground floor interior of the hotel. You don’t need to go anywhere at all with the 25 metre pool to swim

laps in or just sunbathe on the pool-side lounges. Duck into the sauna or spa or bring your shoes and active wear for the gym. On the rooftop is a gorgeous cocktail bar with views as far as the eye can see and a great snacks and bites menu to

accompany some fun cocktails. Staff are friendly and helpful with cool day trips within walking distance such as Misc restaurant in the nearby park, the archeology exhibition on the ground floor and Riverside theatre close by.

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Parramatta Skye Suites. Jen Clark. The Polestar.

WHAT started off as a spontaneous day hike to ‘The Castle’ took an unexpected turn, scrambling up vertical cliff faces with no harness and putting our trust and life into the hands of a rope that we were unsure of its age and whether it would hold our weight. We


Hike up nature’s great castle

drove 3 hours into Morton National Park, NSW and slept in the back of the car ready for the early morning rise. The alarm was like a toddler pestering us for breakfast at an unreasonable morning hour and the fog covered the car like an ominous greeting. Feeling very underprepared and blissfully unaware of morning conditions, we only had shorts and thin tops to keep us warm in the 10 degree morning, whilst watching experienced hikers pass with walking sticks, waterproof boots and long pants. At 7am we started the 13km journey into the unknown and 100m in we stripped down to cross a knee deep flowing river, instantly numbing our legs and increasing our uncertainty about this hike. We continued up for 2 hours, taking a

few wrong turns then coming face to face with a rope and a very intimidating rock face. We started the vigorous, challenging climb to the top, the track only getting steeper. We held on for dear life and tried not to look down at the 3200 feet drop, reaching the top where everything became flat and silent. Butterflies dancing a parade around us, directing our vision to the breathtaking 360 views of the valley and grand mountains. What at first seemed an intimidating landscape transformed into an arena of beauty and power. It was a hike that taught me that with challenge comes great reward to keep persevering despite the unknown. Take a daytrip today and experience this for yourself.

Even more to be discovered

RICH culture, strong accent and fierce mountain ranges is a glimpse into NZ’s raw and powerful beauty. It is a country of adventure and spirit, where nature and culture become a symbiotic force. On my recent Kiwi adventure I considered Milford Sound the heart of New Zealand’s spiritual connection, breathing life through every organism allowing it to flourish. The Southern Discovery boat tour through the Piopiotahi lake is beyond magical, gliding through the veins of Milfords majestic mountains,

showered by a swarm of waterfalls. It is a truly humbling and once in a lifetime experience. If you weren’t already aware, New Zealand is a sanctuary for hikers, and the best way to spot a local is the Salomon hiking boots, Patagonia fleece vest and the big YETI drink bottle. And what better way to discover the authentic scenery by local knowledge so don’t be afraid to ask a local on your morning coffee run, they will always be happy to help. However a lot of the tracks such as; the Rod Roy Glacier track, Mount Aspiring trail

Riding the Wave Festival

IF you haven’t visited the picturesque coastal town of Port Macquarie for a while, consider a visit to the relaxed beaches, it’s an easy destination to walk around and very family-friendly with skate park and bike facilities right in town. April Port Macquarie played host to a yearly event hosted by the Make a Difference (MAD) foundation with a focus on feeding those in need. The east coast downpours did not dampen the spirits or keep the masses away, the event headed by Xaviar Rudd this year is part of a festival, renowned for an eclectic line up of local and national artists. Rudd’s mastery of many instruments, didgeridoo included, made for the perfect sonic conclusion to the event which also featured skate and surf comps. All ticket sales for Riding the Wave Festival went directly to MAD, the festival food selection is amazing with a wide variety of eats and a fun food truck atmosphere, with the MAD meals stall showcasing the great food provided to those needing a hand. It’s a well-organized event that makes a big impact on this community. Rex airlines has flights from Sydney and the Mercure hotel is right in town, consider a visit for next year’s festival, it will be a blast.

and the Hooker trail at Mount Cook are only accessible by a trusty 4WD car to go off roads and explore. New Zealand can be unpredictable, so roads can be extremely rocky. Sometimes you’re driving on the side of a narrow cliff, gripping the door handle as you hug the mountain around, so a bit of outdoor driving experience might be useful. If you’re an Aussie no doubt you have experienced weekend off road camping adventures. New Zealand is only a little bit more dangerous and adrenaline pumping so just a little tip is

NZ’s raw beauty.

- don’t go taking a fancy white car with no suspension and then you will be ready to go, I totally recommend adding this region to your bucket list.

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1 Guffaw, titter and cackle are all words meaning what?

2 The hottest part of the flame is what colour?

3 The 2006 movie Children of Men was based on a novel by which British author?

4 How many letters are there in the Greek alphabet?

5 Is colloquial a word meaning informal, around the neck or feathered?

6 Released in 2001, what was singer Nikki Webster’s first hit single?

7 Horse racing is often referred to as the sport of what?

8 Johnny Utah is the main character of which 90s film?

9 What’s the name of Hong Kong’s metro system?

10 Twilight author Stephanie Meyer (pictured) released what follow-up novel in 2020?

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28 Will Ferrell’s Christmas comedy (3)

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6 Abbreviation for the Screen Actors Guild (1.1.1)

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10 Political drama (3,4,4)

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13 2004 horror film (3)

16 Comedy starring Jim Carrey as a man who can’t say no (3,3)

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22 Scarlett Johansson’s sci-fi thriller (4)

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6 Series in which Meghan Markle played Rachel Zane (5)

7 An acting job (coll) (3)

9 Jane Burnham in American Beauty (5,5)

11 Director of Rushmore and The Darjeeling Limited, – Anderson (3)

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7 Chocolate cookies with creamy fillings

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1. In what does Cohen have an honour’s degree?

A. Law

B. History

C. Psychiatry D. Accounting

2. What was his series about character Ali G called?

A. Ali G Indahouse

B. The 11 O’Clock Show

C. Da Ali G Show

D. Ali G, Aiii

3. His character Brüno is a:

A. Rapper

B. Eco warrior

C. TV presenter

D. Fashion model

4. In which comedy did Cohen play a role?

A. The Simpsons

B. Eastbound and Down

C. Curb Your Enthusiasm

D. All of the above

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Mayor Tony Bleasdale

THE city of Blacktown lost its Num-

ber One advocate on the weekend and Blacktown City FC lost one of its great supporters. The passing of Mayor Tony Bleasdale is a tragic loss for his family and the city he passionately pursued for recognition and support for its citizens. A true Leader for his City!

Mayor Bleasdale was a fervent football man and greatly assisted the likes of West Sydney Wanderers, BDSFA and of course Blacktown City FC. He welcomed me to the Blacktown football world when I joined Blacktown City in 2021 and was on the field at Comm Bank Stadium to help raise the 2022 Championship trophy. He then led the way for his Council to partner Blacktown City FC in the promotion of the city.

His passion for all things Blacktown and that infectious smile and welcoming nature will be sorely missed but not forgotten. The Blacktown City FC Board, coaches, players and fans all salute a giant of a man and paid homage to him at the home game on Saturday night with a tribute and a minute of silence. Thankfully, the team did the right thing and made sure they secured a 3-1 win in his honor.

Blacktown City FC have had their share of difficulties in the past few weeks but in true Blacktown spirit have hung tough under the leadership of Mark Crittenden. Suspensions to Captain Mario Shabow and Martin Fernandez, as well as injuries, in particular the latest to ace defender Lachlan Campbell have put the pressure on Blacktown to continue its winning ways.

A real positive has been the play of Mitch Mallia in the last few weeks and the emergence from injury of Danny Choi. ‘Mitch has been steadily gaining his game back after missing the entire 2023 season’, said Coach Crittenden. ‘The same applies to Danny Choi who also missed last year with an ACL injury. If both can get continue to find their legs and confidence, we will be in a solid position for the second half of the season’, he added.

Approaching the halfway mark of the 2024 season, the leader Board is full of the usual culprits with Rockdale (92-2), Apia (9-1-3), Marconi ((9-1-3) and

Sydney United (8-2-3) in the top five places. Despite dropping the last two matches, West Sydney Wanderers top the table with ten wins and three losses. Blacktown is currently in sixth spot with a 7-4-2 record and play Marconi this Sunday at home in a critical match.

Blacktown City Women have continued to show improvement. Their two narrow losses to League Leaders Hills United were tough 1-0 encounters. Hills have yet to lose a game while Blacktown had only the two losses before last week losing to Bankstown, 3-1. Blacktown Women’s coach Michael

Hawthorne is successfully guiding his team in only the third season for the Blacktown Women. ‘We played the top side, Hills, twice in three weeks and the signs of our ability to take it right up to them shows our determination and confidence is growing’, said Coach Hawthorne!

Blacktown City Women are back at Landen Stadium on Sunday, May 26th when they host Camden. Blacktown City Men will have two more weeks at home commencing with Marconi this Sunday, the 12th of May. Game time is 3pm.

Home Game - Blacktown City Men Vs Marconi– Sunday, May 12th, 3pm, Landen Stadium, 5 Quinn Avenue, Seven Hills

Home Game - Blacktown City Men Vs Hills – Saturday, May 18th, 5pm, Landen Stadium, 5 Quinn Avenue, Seven Hills

Home Game - Blacktown City Women Vs Camden – Sunday, May 26th, 4pm, Landen Stadium, 5 Quinn Avenue, Seven Hills

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

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First village Open Day is full of smiles

To celebrate the opening of St Hedwig Village, visitors and their families joined us on April 20 for our first Open Day.

The Open Day included tours of the landscaped grounds, modern amenities and brand new 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. It was exciting to see such a great turnout on the day, and the observations around the presentation of the village were extremely positive.

Many people remarked on the spaciousness of the apartments, the high standard of finishes, the ambience of the village and the quality of the amenities along with the convenient proximity to local shopping and services. Safe to say there are lots of interested buyers who are now considering St Hedwig as the retirement living option that they have been searching for!

A sense of community St Hedwig has always embodied a true sense of warmth, caring and shared experiences, which shone through on the day with many residents attending the Open Day, welcoming guests and showing the genuine connection and sense of belonging that the St Hedwig community offers.

Members of the Home and Community Services team were also at the village on the Open Day to discuss social activities, health and well-being initiatives and other optional services** that are available to provide support for a fulfilling and enriching lifestyle at St Hedwig.

The Open Day provided visitors an opportunity to experience retirement living first hand along with information to help make wellinformed decisions around moving to St Hedwig Retirement Village.


Apartments are selling fast Since the Open Day, interest is very high and you will need to act quickly to secure your beautiful new home. Over 30 residents have already moved into the village and there are very limited 1 and 2 bedroom apartments remaining.

Blacktown’s premiere retirement destination is here — ask for your info pack today Call 1300 191 472 or visit and make your appointment to tour the village today St Hedwig Village 134–140 Reservoir Road, Blacktown Visit or call 1300 191 472 to find out more Photos clockwise from top: The Home and Community Services team were on hand; Maria and Rudi provide a warm welcome; the village doors are open! *You may have to pay a departure fee when you leave this village.
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St Hedwig Retirement Village is now open! Apartments are selling quickly — starting at just $475,000*

Catholic Healthcare is delighted to present St Hedwig Retirement Village — the premiere seniors living community in the heart of Blacktown.

With prices starting from $475,000* and over 60% of apartments already sold, the time to make your move into this exceptional retirement village has arrived!

Call 1300 191 472 or visit for more information.

St Hedwig Retirement Village is now open and features brand new and thoughtfully appointed one, two and three bedroom apartments. Social amenities, a range of health and well-being initiatives and a welcoming community combine to create a retirement lifestyle to which you will aspire.

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.

*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 2024 and is subject to change.

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