Macarthur Advocate May 2024

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Wollondilly’s popular visitor offerings on top agenda

TOURISM operators and businesses are sharing bright and innovative ideas to lure more tourists into the Wollondilly Shire’s attractions and historic precincts. About half a million people visit the shire annually, making Wollondilly a vibrant destination mostly for day-trippers, accounting for 83 percent of visitors from domestic and international tourism.

The new Wollondilly Tourism Connect gathering was hosted by the Wollondilly Shire Council and held at Razorback Ridge Wines, one of the favourites for tourists visiting the shire. It was a successful evening of networking, sharing ideas, learning about available services, and supporting Wollondilly’s tourism businesses, Mayor Matt Gould said. More page 3.


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TOURISM operators and businesses are sharing bright and innovative ideas to lure more tourists into the Wollondilly Shire’s attractions and historic precincts.

About half a million people visit the shire annually, making Wollondilly a vibrant destination mostly for day-trippers, accounting for 83 percent of visitors from domestic and international tourism.

The new Wollondilly Tourism Connect gathering was hosted by the Wollondilly Shire Council and held at Razorback Ridge Wines, one of the favourites for tourists visiting the shire.

It was a successful evening of networking, sharing ideas, learning about available services, and supporting Wollondilly’s tourism businesses, Mayor Matt Gould said.

Discussions were vibrant among guest speakers and representatives from Destination NSW, South West Sydney Tourism Taskforce Inc NSW, Service NSW Business Bureau, Camden Valley Inn, Wollondilly Tours, Wollondilly Performing Arts Centre and Visit Wollondilly.

Razorback Ridge Wines, a family-owned and run business by Richard and Pat Mason, who shared their experience as entrepreneurs how their boutique winery came to life from a hobby farm, establishing it in Menangle in 2000.

The Wollondilly Tourism Connect is the forerunner of the Wollondilly Tourism Association that initiated a successful series of Tourism After 5 networking events in recent years.

The Wollondilly Tourism Association has stepped down from hosting After 5 events, with Mayor Gould thanking them for their “hard work, advocacy and contribution to the shire’s tourism growth.”

TOURISM ENTREPRENEURS GATHER Drive to boost day trippers

“Here in the Wollondilly Shire, we have extraordinary natural beauty, vibrant heritage in our towns and villages, and fantastic tourist and visitor attractions to complement these assets,” Mayor Gould said.

“It is fantastic to have a new tourism industry event in Wollondilly, to bring the business community together to support each other, learn about each other’s businesses and visit new venues across the Shire.”

The shire’s visitors’ economy is highlighted by the townships’ natural stunning landscapes, agriculture and pastoral heritage beginnings, new agri-tourism ventures and thriving local produce from farms and markets.

You can find some of Australia’s earliest agriculture and pastoral heritage collections at local museums, the NSW Rail Museum at Thirlmere and visitors’ viewing areas of Sydney Dams such as Cataract and Avon.

The next Wollondilly Tourism Connect event will be held in July this year. Interested community members looking for opportunities are invited to join the networking night.

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Wollondilly Tourism Connect with tourism operators and business owners workshopping their ideas at Razorback Ridge Winery at Menangle. Photo supplied

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Thirlmere Autumn Festival returns

THE Thirlmere Festival of Steam is bringing the spectacular colours of autumn from daytime to sunset along with entertainment for everyone in this picturesque village.

Next weekend, come to town as the festival begins with plenty of activities and entertainment such as steam train rides while the iconic Huff n’ Puff Race is held on Sunday, May 26.

The popular annual festival was organised by the Wollondilly Shire Council in partnership with Transport Heritage NSW, operators of the NSW Rail Museum.

Visitors can look forward to steam train rides aboard the State’s operational heritage fleet, demonstrations from local artisans, and the colourful annual street parade.

This year, the festival will continue after sunset on Saturday May 18, with a steam train ride behind locomotives

3265 and 3001 from Thirlmere Station towards Picton and return.

The carnival rides, live en-

tertainment, and an amazing firework display at 9pm to top off the evening.

After the main festival weekend, runners will race a historic steam engine on Sunday, May 26 in the Huff n’ Puff Race with entries now open.

Participants will run a 6.7km route from Buxton Station to Thirlmere Station, or alternatively participants of all ages can take part in the 3.5km Family Fun Run from Couridjah Station to Thirlmere Station.

“We’re proud to be able to host the State’s premier steam event and one of the Shire’s favourite celebrations here in Wollondilly once again in 2024, and I look forward to seeing everyone get on board to take part in the fun,” Wollondilly Mayor Matt Gould said.

Transport Heritage NSW CEO Andrew Moritz said, “The annual Thirlmere Festival of Steam continues to go from strength to strength.”

“Record numbers of people have visited the NSW Rail Mu-

seum for the event since the start of our new partnership in 2022 and we expect this to continue this year.”

On Saturday May 18, the NSW Rail Museum will host a variety of steam train rides, driver’s cab visits, a steam and vintage park, mini-train rides and more.

Thirlmere Sportsground will feature the Family Carnival, with carnival rides and activities from midday until 9pm.

On Sunday, May 19, the

whole village will come to life with market stalls, a street parade including Ingleburn Pipes and Drums, live performances, as well as steam rides and activities at the NSW Rail Museum.

On Sunday, May 26 the Festival will culminate with the Huff n’ Puff race and Family Fun Run.

To find out more about the event and book tickets for the day or night train rides, visit www.

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Campbelltown youth program support

AGLAMOUS ‘Vegas Night’ gala dinner pooled

more than $40,000 shared by generous residents for an inaugural program to positively engage youths in Campbelltown.

The charity dinner at Ottimo House for ‘Feet on the Street’ program with Humanity Matters’ was hosted by the program’s top supporter, Campbelltown Mayor Dr George Greiss and his friends.

More than 200 benevolent business owners and residents joined Dr Greiss for the Mayor’s Charity Dinner to fund a variety of arts and sporting events that will connect marginalised local youths.

There are more than 34,000 young people aged between 10 and 25 who live in Campbelltown, almost 20 percent of the suburb’s population.

“As Campbelltown continues to grow and move forward, it’s important that we think about the young people who are the future of our city,” Dr Greiss said opening the event.

“Humanity Matters do a great job connecting

with young people who may be struggling with their mental health or who are disconnected from

Cthe mainstream.

“[The program] is giving them opportunities and pathways into education, employment and other services.

“This sort of youth engagement leads to better outcomes for their mental health so I’m excited to see a program like this starting in Campbelltown.”

Humanity Matters consists of experienced youth workers initiating extensive outreach ‘Feet on the Street’ programs that break down barriers for young people to positively connect socially.

“I would like to thank all our sponsors and all those who attended the evening and contributed their money to support this fantastic cause.

“Your generosity will make a real difference in the lives of young people in Campbelltown.”

The Mayor’s Dinner was supported by Gold sponsors Campbelltown Mall and Menangle Park by Dahua Group and Silver sponsors Cameron Brae Group, Marsdens Law Group and Saxon Developments.

Camden budget plan on show

AMDEN Council’s Draft 2024/25

Operational Plan, Budget and Capital Works Program are among documents now on public exhibition, after they were endorsed at last week’s Ordinary Meeting.

The $531M draft budget will see the delivery of several new key projects and vital maintenance work continue across the Camden area. Set to open later this year is the exciting

Oran Park Leisure Centre – a $63M project which will contain an indoor 50m competition pool, a separate water play area, four indoor basketball courts as well as a gymnasium, creche and caf?. The project is part of Council’s unprecedented investment in local community infrastructure through the continuation of the Community Support Package.

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exciting projects totalling $132M, secured through the NSW Government’s Western Sydney Infrastructure Grants Program. Earlier in 2024, Council released the preliminary concept design for the $10 million animal shelter and community education hub and $4M community nursery at Smeaton Grange.

Work has also begun on the Camden Civic Centre Renewal and Upgrade

project, which will give this important arts and cultural hub in the heart of Camden extra spaces for activities and improved functionality.

Mayor of Camden, Cr Ashleigh Cagney, said the draft Operational Plan was exciting for the entire community.

“Council is committed to delivering the best it can in every capacity and the draft budget truly has something in it for everyone,” she said.

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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


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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BABY Smash Cakes by Ange is ensuring that everyone can have their cake – and eat it too.

Founder Ange established her business after

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trying to find an allergy-free cake for her own son.

“I am a baker that caters for all dietary requirements and allergy needs,” she said.

“Being an allergy-friendly baker means the products I offer are delicious baked goods that everyone can eat.”

Products on offer include customised cupcakes, bespoke cakes and delectable brownies, all of which can be made to cater for allergies such as wheat/gluten, dairy, egg, soy and nuts.

Ange also offers classes for the local community which teach the tips and tricks needed to improve their own baking and decorating abilities for a successful baking session every time.

Caring for those in need

t Concept Care their vision is to emerge as the top-choice care provider within the community.

A spokesperson said Concept Care, which was established in 2019, stands at the forefront as a distinguished NDIS registered disability service provider, specialising in complex care and mental health.

“We are driven by an unwavering mission: to deliver unparalleled support to individuals with disabilities and the elderly,” the spokesperson said.

“At the heart of our operations lie our core values: a commitment to responsibility and accountability, the provision of person-centred care, fostering compassion and understanding, and a dedication to meeting the diverse needs and preferences of our clients.

“Concept Care ensures that every person under our care receives nothing short of exceptional support, fostering a sense of empowerment and well-being within our community.

“Our passion for delivering unmatched care is the

heartbeat of our success. Fuelled by the trust of our clients and support workers, we are driven by a commitment to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities.

“As we expand, our dedication remains steadfast, igniting positive change in our community and beyond.”

As client parent Kristina said: “Concept Care have been absolutely fabulous! They are very professional, caring and understanding. Since the very beginning they listened to our wants and our needs.

“We have the best support worker ever! We highly recommend Concept Care to anyone who may be reluctant to take the first step in seeking support/help. We couldn’t be happier with the support our son receives.”

“I wanted to ensure that people who would otherwise miss out on cake have an opportunity to enjoy a special treat,” Ange said.

“Coming from an extended family riddled with allergies, dietary preferences, and intolerances, I was often the family baker.

“Being able to provide members of the community an option to not only have a birthday cake for blowing out candles, but one that they could safely enjoy, is how the business was born.”

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Perfection at your fingertips

T Diamond World in Narellan, they can make you the ring of your dreams.

The talented team specialise in uniquely designed and handcrafted pieces and are dedicated to using ethically sourced diamonds and natural gemstones from across the world.

Established in 1997, Diamond World prides itself on providing exceptional customer service.

Whether it be to mark a special moment, a significant milestone - or something in between – they prioritise getting to know you as well as what you need for your own special design.

PMaster jeweller Jim Chohaili has a long lineage in the industry, stretching back 30 years to Persia. The love for jewellery, gems and precious stones runs in his veins.

An expert on rare and premium diamonds and the intricate settings of fine jewellery, Jim’s reputation proceeds him within the industry.

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Transforming the quality of disability living in Australia

NP Constructions are a multiaward winning, family-owned company that provides state-ofthe-art bespoke quality building and construction solutions for people with disabilities.

Co-founders Marcus and Eva Pavlakis bring more than 30 years’ experience to their business and believe every participant deserves customised design solutions tailored to their needs and lifestyle.

“Our expertise lies in crafting quality bespoke Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) that integrates highly accessible features and cutting-edge technology, empowering residents to live with greater independence and dignity,” Mr Pavlakis said.

“Our team of professionals offer expertise in design and build for NDIS Bespoke Complex Home Modifications and Specialist Disability Accommodation which thoughtfully consider our clients’ needs, rather than provide a general blueprint.

“Our success and various awards showcase our commitment to creating environments for people living with disabilities that are not just aesthetically pleasing but also inclusive and clinically accessible.”

At PNP Constructions they are passionate about highlighting the importance of creating spaces that empower NDIS participants because they believe quality construction should be a right, not a privilege.

“As a leading and well-respected NDIS provider in the disability sector, we go beyond conventional norms

and constantly raise the bar in search of innovative design solutions for our participants,” Mr Pavlakis said.“We lead with heart and value people without judgement. We are constructing a future where accessibility and quality are paramount, ensuring everyone, regardless of ability, can enjoy spaces that are professionally crafted with exceptional care and excellence in expertise.”

Their turnkey solution offers a complete team of talented specialists from architects, building designers, project managers, multi-trades, landscape and interior designers, occupational therapists, and access consultants. The team

about providing quality services to their customers across NSW.

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at PNP manage it all.

Everyone at PNP shares a commitment to social and environmental sustainability with the aim to reduce waste and design accommodation projects with reduced maintenance and operating costs.

“Our mission is to expand the range and scale of disability accommodation options available to people living in or at risk of admission to residential aged care,” Mr Pavlakis said.

“In addition, we consider the families with children living with disabilities and we design and build properties to suit the needs for future opportu-

nities to live together under one roof, where independence is prioritised.”

PNP is transforming the landscape of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) for NDIS providers and participants. Through their SDA B.O.O.T.STM Program PNP Constructions BUILD, OWN, OPERATE, TRANSFER & SERVICE state of the art, bespoke, fit for purpose Specialist Disability Accommodation properties that cater for the NDIS Providers and participants’ needs ensuring functional, independent, and comfortable living environments they can own and call home.

The company’s homes are designed for 2-3 participants with an additional carer room and spare room. All architecturally designed and built as Class 3 Rated Properties, with their very own individual and private courtyards.

“We prioritise accessibility without compromising on style or functionality and ensure that these properties appeal to a wide range of homeowners,” Mr Pavlakis said.

“Our commitment to quality and excellence translates into a substantial increase in property value over time, exceeding that of standard homes. With each property, we’re empowering residents to live with greater independence and dignity in an environment they can finally call home.”

To find out more about the SDA B.O.O.T.STM Program you can meet the PNP team at Macarthur Square on Saturday 1st June or at Narellan Town Centre on Saturday 8th June. For more information

Family business offers quality

Almost 10 years later it has grown from a one-man team into a widespread business made up of HVAC and air conditioning contractors. (TRADESMAN.)

Robert has more than 20 years’ experience in air conditioning and refrigeration services (industries), while his wife Julia has extensive experience in handling the day-to-day operations. Together, they are a powerhouse team that are proud to provide secondto-none HVAC and refrigeration solutions.

“Every client that works with us speaks directly to one of our directors,” Robert said. “We treat every project as if it was our own home or office and value high-quality workmanship that is tailored to our clients’ specific space and problem.

“We strive to be honest an have open communi-

cation with our clients while providing quality work. Australian owned and operated, we believe in providing reliable and trustworthy services which is why our clients continue to return to us time and again.”

Julia said it was quite a challenge to begin a business at the same time as looking after their growing family, but they were driven and passionate about what they were doing.

“Now, we look back and are proud to say that it was the best decision we ever made. Being able to support homes and businesses by providing great quality air conditioning and refrigeration services is a dream come true.”

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Hot tips to brew your own

WE are Southern Highlands Home Brewing, and we dedicate ourselves to learning, teaching, and supplying items for you to ‘Do It Yourself at Home!’.

Our main passion is Home Brew with a huge range of variants from simple Wort Kits through to Brewing with Grain.

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Keeping you healthy through physiotherapy

Our mission is clear: to empower individuals in our community to live life to the fullest by providing exceptional physiotherapy support and care.

The Healthy Body Company is a team of dedicated physiotherapists striving for excellence through professional development, ensuring we deliver the highest standard of service.

We hold true to our values of compassion, empowerment, integrity, and innovation, fostering a culture of collaboration and excellence in all aspects of our work and lives.

As qualified and licensed physiotherapists, we believe movement is the ultimate medicine, that’s why it’s our passion to help individuals overcome obstacles and achieve optimal health.

We also offer classes and do-it-yourself kits on a wide range of products you may be interested in making it yourself:

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Our business opened in 2017 and has grown from a casual open day shop

We have also established a second shop in Narellan to cater for a growing followers of home brewing many of them learning from classes we hold regularly.

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Got some questions for us or to join the classes, call us on (02) 7209 3346 or

If injury or limitation is hindering your quality of life, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Together, let’s unlock your body’s potential and embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Our clinic is located at Shop 2, Mount Annan Central Shopping Centre, 1 Raintree Way, Mount Annan NSW 2567.

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One stop shop for property

hree Kings and a Queen are your one stop shop for property solutions.

The small boutique real estate agency offers a range of services whether you’re a first home buyer, an investor, or a developer.

Licensee-in-charge Mira Tedjo said her team focuses on building a long-term relationship with their clients.

“By understanding your needs, we can tailor our service for you,” she said.

“We’re driven by results and a commitment to delighting you, our clients.”

The real estate business is also a project marketer for house and land packages, off the plan, new apartments, and rental management.

“We offer professional services from start to end with the help of our team,” Ms Tedjo said.

“We help you find the property that suits your requirements either as a first home buyer, an owner occupier or an investor and we help investors in managing their properties as well.

“Our panel of brokers and solicitors has helped many of our clients to enjoy a smooth property journey.

“A seamless process and honest communication remain our watch words.”

Ms Tedjo said the real estate agency was proud to have been chosen as a finalist for the Camden Local

Business Awards in 2022 and 2023 for the Outstanding Real Estate and Youth Award categories, along with being a finalist for Australian Women’s Small Business Championship Award 2022.

“We strive to help our clients above and beyond and we are keen to see people achieve their goals in their property journey,” she said.

To find out more you can visit the website at

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Fiji Bakery and coffee shop on the rocks is a bakery shop that prides itself on its commitment to handmaking everything fresh. Our Menu includes a wide variety of baked goods, such as cream buns, cakes and pastries as well as savoury items like Fiji style chop suey.

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AT Creative Nook Early Learning they aim to provide a warm, caring and safe environment where young children can thrive.

Their goal is to inspire children to create and explore by providing them with a variety of materials and tools that spark their curiosity and imagination.

Their educators are passionately committed to providing your family with the highest quality genuine childcare and pre-school program.

There are two separate playgrounds to ensure that the babies have a safe space to play away from the active preschool age children.

Their preschool program is designed to foster early literacy and numeracy skills and they focus on pre-writing skills, science and technology along with social development.

CQuality plumbing their promise

APITALLINE Plumbing their team of licensed professionals offers high-quality workmanship and expertise in handling any plumbing emergency or renovation project.

Transparency in pricing and the use of top-notch materials are the core principles that drive their business.

“By choosing Capitalline Plumbing, you can have peace of mind knowing that your plumbing issues will be taken care of with utmost professionalism and reliability,” a spokesperson said.

“Whether you require immediate

assistance or are planning a renovation, our specialised services are tailored to meet your specific requirements.

“Our prompt, expert, and specialized services are backed by transparent pricing, quality materials and a team of licensed professionals. Whether you’re facing a plumbing emergency or planning a renovation we can guarantee reliability, expertise, and peace of mind for all your plumbing needs.”

The experts at Capitalline work closely with their customers to design a bathroom that suits their style and

Children thrive under their care

A spokesperson for the centre said babies are provided with individual care and routine

to provide a home-

like environment.

Let them fence you in

“We follow the same routine that you have at home to ensure babies

EMANIA Fencing was established by the Nitto family in 2004.

Fast forward to today and the business has grown to become one of the leading fence installation companies in the region.

They supply top quality Australian made fencing products of the highest standard workmanship installed by qualified and licensed tradesmen.

“We are proud of our roots and remain committed to providing personalised service to each of our clients,” Dominic Nitto said.

“At Emania Fencing we value honesty, integrity and quality workmanship,” he said.

“We believe in treating our customers with respect and delivering exceptional service and we are committed to using only the best materials and techniques to ensure that our fences are durable and


Products on offer include Pool Perf, security fencing, Colorbond fences, tubular fencing, slat fencing, louvre fencing, sliding gates and retaining walls. They can also do landscaping and much more.

Pool Perf is custom-made aluminium perforated pool safe pool fencing and decorative pool fencing that has been tested to Australian standards and complies with council swimming pool regulations.

You can change your view with a perforated pool fencing design for privacy or choose the Pure Perf plain screen. Both not only allow fantastic breezes but are also super easy to clean.

“Our exclusive Pure Perf 63% open area pattern offers the best view and most airflow on the market of any perforated pool fence,” Dominic said.

“Imagine enjoying your pool views all year round


Their team of skilled professionals can handle everything from new construction development plumbing to gas appliance installations, fixture replacements, complete bathroom transformations, or repairs to leaks, blockages, and hot water systems.

And if there’s an emergency their quick fix plumbing team guarantees a response within four hours.

To find out more visit the website at www.

are nurtured and cared for accordingly,” the spokesperson said.

“We are a local childcare centre that considers local culture and diversity and our children are taught to respect the beliefs of others.”

The centre also has a recycling program where members of the community can dispose of their plastic. They work with organisations like Bin Chicken and Share Waste to educate children about sustainable living.

And there’s a Community Pantry where the centre’s families can get food and groceries for free.

“We know that children will learn best through their hand, heart and head,” a spokesperson said.

“If they love where they learn then they achieve so much more.”

Creative Nook Early Learning Centre is at 93 Saywell Rd, Macquarie Fields. For more information phone 9618 2252 or visit the website:

without the hassle of cleaning. When it gets a bit dusty just hose it off.”

To find out more about the full Emania Fencing range you can visit the website at

Bakery has recipe for success

T Fiji Bakery and Coffee on the Rocks in Campbelltown customers can enjoy a special treat that has been handmade fresh on site.

Operating since 2021 the bakery has established a reputation for supplying quality products at a reasonable price.

Their menu includes a wide range of baked goods such as cream buns and assorted cakes and savory delights like Fiji style chop suey.

A spokesman for the bakery said their team was dedicated to using high quality ingredients to create delicious treats that will delight your taste buds.

“We believe in providing our customers with a warm and welcoming atmosphere where they can relax and enjoy our baked goods, along with a cup of finest quality coffee or tea,” the spokesman said.

They also offer catering for corpo-

rate events.

“Our nomination for the business awards in Campbelltown is testament to our dedication to providing exceptional customer service. We hope to continue to serve the community with our delicious treats for years to come.”

You will find Fiji Bakery and Coffee on the Rocks at 6/9 Patrick Street, Campbelltown. You can phone 4626 4240 or visit their Facebook page.

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Create an event with style

ESTABLISHED in 2013, Hire For Style is owned and operated by event stylist and florist Bianca Daniel and her husband Scott Daniel.

But, says Bianca, there is more than one person behind the name.

“We are a team of people that love what we do, and it shows in our work,” she said.

“If you are simply looking to hire a product, we ensure the product will be clean and delivered as requested. If you are looking for us to style your event then we promise to give you high quality products and service.”

Most items are available for hire and others such as welcome signs, seating charts, table menus and fresh flowers can be purchased.

Hire For Style can also custom make items for special occasions such as arbours and stands if you are looking for something unique.

“We put a lot of pride into providing the best customer service we can,” Bianca said. “The customer that hires $20 worth of chairs is just as important to us as the one for whom we supply an entire wedding.

“We aim to make every customer happy. And when it comes to events, we always like to do a little extra where we can.

“We love the huge smiles and thanks we get from our clients after we have completed their event styling.

“Over the years we have a maintained our high rating by ensuring all orders and events are completed with the upmost efficiently and quality. Our purpose is to make event planning easy.”

To find out more you can visit the website at or take a look at their Facebook page hireforstyle

OClub caters for the family

MENANGLE Country Club combines country charm with elegant sophistication to create the ideal visitor experience.

The 1820s Menangle House and manicured grounds provide a historic backdrop to this modern restaurant and entertainment facility.

You can indulge in gastronomic excellence at their award-winning restaurant which features a delicious menu catering to all tastes.

To celebrate the arrival of autumn the culinary team has crafted dishes that capture the essence of the season, starting with the Slow Cooked Lamb Shank, a dish that speaks to the comforting flavours we crave as the weather cools.

MFor those who enjoy the rich, smoky tastes of barbecue, the Smoker Plate presents a satisfying feast of pork ribs and signature sides. Seafood lovers will find delight in the Whole Plate Ruby Snapper and the Aloo Bonda introduces a vegetarian choice that doesn’t skimp on taste or warmth. To finish, enjoy Apple and Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, a perfect expression of autumn.

Menangle Country Club is ideal for families, with a children’s playground, spacious lawns, the Mini-Trotters menu and a school holiday program.

The club features multiple dynamic spaces to host a variety of private events, from intimate gatherings to

award-winning weddings and celebrations.

The dedicated sports lounge is perfect for viewing live matches in an exciting and comfortable environment.

You will find Menangle Country Club at 170 Menangle Road, Menangle Park. To find out more you can visit the website at www.

Experts in the mortgage business

ORTAGE Choice has earned a reputation as a business that is dedicated to servicing its clients.

And that’s a reputation local franchise operator Kyle Thompson is happy to uphold.

Kyle and his business partner Brad Mallinson offer mortgage and finance broking with a specialty focus on complex lending including SMSF, company and commercial loans.

“When you visit our Mortgage Choice franchise, you can expect a high quality of customer service and dedication to you and your future needs,” Kyle said.

“We will give you comprehensive advice on your loan structures and help you identify opportunities for improve-

ARANGE of enjoyable and confi-

ment and diversity in your accounts.

“We pride ourselves on the fact that we take the time to get to know you and your needs.

“And once we have gone through that process with you, we can develop unique strategies tailored to your circumstances and objectives.”

Mortgage Choice have been helping Australians secure home loans for more than 30 years.

At Mortgage Choice you get expert support from a broker you can trust.

And they don’t charge a fee as your broker is paid by the lender once your home loan settles.

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Much more than dance

dence-building dance and performing arts classes from age two to adults are available at Triple T Dance.

At Triple T Dance, our students of all ages understand our values on inclusiveness, friendship, confidence, empowerment and the importance of family.

What we love most about our business and what we do is we are changing children’s lives.

What we do, it’s so much more than just teaching our students how to dance.

We are helping them to grow as confident and happy humans. In fact, we have so many success stories that aren’t even dance related.

Creating memories and a family environment that children love to come to is what we love most.

Come and join our dance classes, visit and Triple T Dance on Facebook.

For enrolment and other enquiries contact, director and manager Dionne Bailey on 0433

Children welcome at Open Arms

PEN Arms Early Education Centre is a family owned and operated childcare service in Ambarvale. The Centre Owners; Alyssa and Vanessa ensure that everyone feels a part of the Open Arms Family. The centre, established in 2020, has a strong focus on building relationships with enrolled families and the wider community.

Centre owner Alyssa said: “We ensure that we welcome all who walk through our doors”.

“At Open Arms we offer our exclusive K4K program for children attending the year before they journey to big school. It encompasses all aspects of the Early Years Learning Framework while also embed-

ding our local excursions, learning program and social events into daily practices,” Vanessa said.

“Our new Motivate2Move program has been developed in line with the Munch and Move; NSW Fundamental Movement Skills program and children of all ages participate in this each day.

“Our dedicated team ensure that our children are offered inviting play spaces, incredible learning opportunities and fun events; all while feeling a sense of belonging to the Open Arms Family.

“We are a busy, fun and innovative childcare centre where family is at the core of our philosophy and practices’ Alyssa said.

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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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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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JHeartful short term accommodation

EN 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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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

AHike 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.

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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


- 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. Words

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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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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?

SUDOKU ACROSS 1 Predictions (9) 6 Greek letter (5) 9 Quicker routes (9) 10 Mission (5) 11 Jot (4) 12 “Idiot box” (10) 14 Runway hub (7) 16 Facet (6) 18 Dark blue (6) 20 Manipulate (7) 23 Plant shelter (10) 24 Male elephant (4) 26 Jobs (5) 27 Contamination (9) 28 Finished (5) 29 Finds (9) DOWN 1 Intriguing (11) 2 Cockerel (7) 3 Domestic animals (4) 4 Scholars (8) 5 Method (6) 6 Accept reluctantly (9) 7 Exact (7) 8 Fitting (3) 365 79185 873 83 642 239 562 571 91 79 639 26 1534 37 6452 3821 74 1273 No. 029 No. 029
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”. E P D E N E G N I 9-LETTER WORD No. 029 11 words: Good 18 words: Very good 26 words: Excellent QUIZ 13 Holland (11) 15 Arranged (9) 17 Comforts (8) 19 Attired (7) 21 Insulting (7) 22 Jumped on one foot (6) 25 European currency (4) 26 Dead heat (3) HARD MEDIUM
4x4 WORD FIND No. 029 The leftover letters will spell out a secret message. ACROSS 1 Deeds 5 Floating ice 6 Scarce 7 Obligated DOWN 1 Hairstyle 2 Talon 3 Ripped 4 Pip ASGARD AXE BERSERKER CONQUEST EDDA ERIK FENRIR FREYJA JARL ODIN RUNE SAGA SKALD SLEIPNIR THANE THOR VALHALLA VALKYRIE YGGDRASIL Secret message:


No. 038

26 Chris O’Dowd and Rosamund Pike comedy series, State of the – (5)

28 Will Ferrell’s Christmas comedy (3)

29 This English actor won an Emmy for The Night Of, Riz – (5)


1 Comedy series starring Damon of 21-across (2,4,3,4)

6 Abbreviation for the Screen Actors Guild (1.1.1)

8 Adam – played Ben in Parks and Recreation (5)

10 Political drama (3,4,4)

12 Discovery channel reality show set in American wilderness (4,2,6)

13 2004 horror film (3)

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

Insert each number from 1 to 9 in the shaded squares to solve all the

18 Star of Chopper (2000) (4)

20 She walked into Rick’s gin joint in Casablanca, – Bergman (6)

Multiplication and division are performed before addition and subtraction.

21 US comedy family including Keenen Ivory, Marlon and Damon (6)

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

23 John Cho and Karl Penn Film series, – and Kumar (6)

25 Longest running Law and Order TV series (abbr.) (1,1,1)

27 Netflix series about Russian rulers (3,4,5)

31 US drama starring Australian-born Jesse Spencer (7,4)

33 Sylvester Stallone character (5)

34 Movie starring John Cusack and Cate Blanchett, Pushing – (3)

35 James Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan (3,7,3)


1 Restaurant “gotcha” reality show (7,6)

2 2003 horror starring Eliza Dushku (pictured), – Turn (5)

3 Paul Rudd’s superhero (3-3)

4 The Autopsy of Jane —(3)

5 Actor who plays Scott Evil in the Austin Powers movies, – Green (4)

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)

14 Musical starring the Jets and the Sharks (4,4,5)

15 David Schwimmer voices Melman the giraffe in this (10)

17 Star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Jason – (5)


19 2004 war movie starring Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett, The - (5)

24 Starred in Forrest Gump as the title character’s son, Haley Joel – (6)

30 Jennifer Lopez rom-com, – in Manhattan (4)

Director’s command (3)

McKellen, McShane or Ziering (3)


Solve all the clues and an eight-letter word will be spelled out.

1 Picture cards, between 10s and queens

2 Teenage Mutant — Turtles

3 Common summer treat: fish and — 4 Magpies are — and white


Book of family photographs

6 Opposite of winner

7 Chocolate cookies with creamy fillings

8 Another name for mirror ball: — ball

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

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW... WELL KN CODEWORD 12345678910111213 14151617181920212223242526 BO No. 029 983124675 479216853 847952316 726895134 631548927 162783549 514637298 258379461 395461782 465718293 682137459 527386914 291653748 159824637 836491572 378942165 743569821 914275386 SUDOKU MEDIUM SUDOKU HARD QUICKCROSSWORD QUIZ 1. Laughter 2. Blue 3. P.D. James 4. 24 5. Informal 6.  Strawberry Kisses 7. Kings Point8.  Break 9. MTR Midnight10.  Sun 4X4 ACROSS: 1. Acts, 5. Floe, 6. Rare, 7. Owed. DOWN: 1. Afro, 2. Claw, 3. Tore, 4. Seed.
Each number corresponds to a letter. Can you crack the code?
five reading across the grid
five reading down.
Insert the missing letters to make
words –
more than one solution may be
horizontal and vertical equations.
PUZZLES AND PAGINATION × ÷ = 35 × + + –+ = 6 × + + –+ = 10 = = = 60 15 18 H U M A N A S I D E F U N D S T A C E T S L E D S × ÷ = 35 × + + –+ = 6 × + + –+ = 10 = = = 60 15 18 WORDFILL CROSS MATH 5X5 5 4 3 1 7 6 8 9 2 0623

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