Parramatta Times - September 2021

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NO GREEN BAN Campaigner Suzette Meade.

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HE three-year community battle to save historic Willow Grove from “relocation” to make way for the Powerhouse Museum in Parramatta has ended in defeat- but nearby St Georges Terrace has been saved. The lifting of the green ban imposed by the CFMEU, the builders’ union, has allowed the NSW Government to go ahead with its “dismantling and relocation” of the 140-year-old Phillip St house that is connected to women’s history in Parramatta, having been built by local draper Annie Gallagher in 1891 and later becoming a maternity hospital. More page 3.

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Willow Grove on the move Deal to save St George Terrace hits resident’s group  HERITAGE | DI BARTOK HE three-year community battle to save historic Willow Grove from “relocation” to make way for the Powerhouse Museum in Parramatta has ended in defeat- but nearby St Georges Terrace has been saved. The lifting of the green ban imposed by the CFMEU, the builders’ union, has allowed the NSW Government to go ahead with its “dismantling and relocation” of the 140-year-old Phillip St house that is connected to women’s history in Parramatta, having been built by local draper Annie Gallagher in 1891 and later becoming a maternity hospital. In negotiating with the CFMEU, the Government has agreed to save nearby St Georges Terrace, the two storey terrace houses built in 1881. But the loss of the battle to save Willow Grove, which was set on a serene block of land backing on to the river, has hit the North Parramatta Residents Action Group and supporters hard. Led by tough battler Suzette Meade, the group garnered a lot of support Sydney-wide and led to the normally-Domain based May Day March to move to Parramatta for the first time. Unions and heritage lovers joined the march to declare their support for Willow Grove. NPRAG even went as far as to challenge the government's procedures leading up to the Powerhouse plan in the Land and Environment Court, but ultimately lost that battle. While Ms Meade is disappointed the green ban was called off, she understands

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it would have been difficult to implement with current lockdown restrictions. “On behalf of NPRAG and thousands of community members we would like to thank the CFMEU and its members for its principled stand to support the community over the past 18 months in our battle to stop the NSW Government from demolishing Willow Grove and St George’s Terrace/” Ms Meade said in a statement. “Your unwavering strength has given our community the willpower to stand up to the government and demand better for Parramatta’s heritage. Moving the May Day march from its traditional CBD route to Parramatta this year to support the Willow Grove green ban was a proud day for everyone.” Ms Meade said the campaign has laid the foundations for future struggles against “corruption in planning and the alienation of community voice by elected representatives”

Meanwhile, The Western Sydney Powerhouse Community Alliance has applauded the lifting of the green ban. “This is a great outcome for the city of Parramatta and the communities of Western Sydney with a common-sense path forward to preserve Willow Grove and deliver a world-class museum,” said Christopher Brown, Chair of the Western Sydney Powerhouse Community Alliance.

“The agreement between the NSW Government and the CFMEU will provide Willow Grove with a new home and renewed purpose while allowing the construction of Western Sydney’s first major cultural facility.” The NSW Government has not formally announced where a rebuilt Willow Grove will be established, but it is expected to be near the old Parramatta Jail.

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Northmead club a testing station S many clubs look at how to help during the current lockdown NBC Sports Club has worked closely with NSW health to open a drive-through COVID testing site. The drive-through has been open in the club’s car park for just over a week and is proving to be a practical solution for many local who require these facilities. General Manager Peter Swaby said that since the site was announced on the club’s Facebook page it had reached over 8,600 people and received many positive comments from both members and non-members. “We have

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received many positive comments about the practicality of the location as well as the Club helping out where it can, and we are happy to do what we can during these difficult times,” Mr Swaby said. President Trevor Oldfield advised that since the testing site was opened over 4,000 swabs had already been taken. “We are happy to be doing a little bit to help the community and hopefully get clubs and our economy re-opened soon,” Trevor said. The drivethrough is open seven days a week from 8am to 4pm and can be easily accessed from Windsor Road.

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Parramatta Square’s newest dining hotspots ESTERN Sydney’s world-class dining precinct, the $2.7 B Parramatta Square, is set to welcome two new eateries as City of Parramatta Council launches its search for innovative food and beverage entrepreneurs. Expressions of interest are now open for experienced operators to run a café in Council’s iconic new community, cultural and civic building, 5 Parramatta Square, and a restaurant with al fresco dining in the refurbished Town Hall, known as 7 Parramatta Square. New images offer a first look at the soon-to-come dining hotspots, which will serve up healthy, modern cuisine to thousands of workers, residents and visitors each day. “Parramatta Square is a bustling dining precinct in the heart of the CBD, boasting some of the best restaurants in Australia, and the food offerings at 5 & 7 Parramatta Square will be just as fantastic,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said. “We’re looking for exceptional food and beverage operators to transform 5 & 7

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Parramatta Square into foodie destinations, dishing out healthy meals and memorable dining experiences in the centre of global Sydney. “We are excited to partner with gutsy and dynamic food entrepreneurs to create vibrant, accessible and welcoming spaces where people from all walks of life can meet and eat.” 5 & 7 Parramatta Square are set to open mid-2022.

The $130M 5 Parramatta Square will contain a state-of-the-art public library, cultural spaces, and community meeting rooms. The ground-floor café will offer a healthy menu throughout the day, with a mix of full service a la carte, fast table service, counter service, and grab and go. The revitalised Town Hall will feature a new function and event space, meeting rooms, and an upgraded Main Hall. Serving a creative menu, the restaurant in Jubilee Hall

will offer all-day al fresco dining in a heritage setting, with the potential for a licensed bar. Parramatta Square is a three-hectare precinct in the Parramatta CBD with award-winning architecture, commercial towers, premium-grade office space, civic facilities, retailers, first-class restaurants, and a large welcoming public domain. Submissions close 5pm Monday 13 September. Access the EOI through Council’s Tenderlink page.

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Parramatta Leagues new CEO'S vision...

Eels Lane development a priority ARRAMATTA Leagues Club Interim CEO Chris Dimou has won the coveted role of permanent CEO after a rigorous search by the PLC Board. His appointment followed an extensive six-month appraisal of candidates by the seven-member board led by PLC President Greg Monaghan. Mr Monaghan announced the appointment to members in August. Parramatta Times editor, Mike Walls, sat down with Chris to ask him some questions. Read on.

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Chris – You've taken over a key role in the Parramatta and broader Western Sydney community. Congratulations. How does it feel? And can you give our readers a sense of your professional background leading up this appointment? Thank you, it’s a great honour to be appointed CEO of this iconic club. I have over 20 years’ experience in the Hospitality and Club industry and have worked in senior roles at two of the biggest Western Sydney Club. In my more recent roles at Parramatta COO and Acting CEO has given me a strong understanding of what is important in leading an iconic Parramatta organisation. I am looking forward to working with our strong skills-based board which is a major strength for our Club as we look to grow over the next few years. What do you see as your priorities for Parramatta Leagues, short and longer term? Expansion, consolidation plans? Our immediate focus is re-opening the club safely after lockdown and ensuring our staff are all vaccinated, and members can return safely. Strategically our focus will be on executing our strategic plan and

Parramatta Leagues Club has been using their kitchen to prepare and package meals for community partners including Ronald McDonald House, Parramatta Mission and PCYC.

growing our engagement with members and the local community. We are also continuing to work on the club’s masterplan vision which include gaining approval for our hotel and our Eels Lane Development. This vision is about trying to build on the clubs geographic position next to Bankwest Stadium, the growing Parramatta CBD and the future Parramatta North precinct. What have been the effects of Bankwest Stadium on the overall success of the club? The Leagues Club has a natural and long-term relationship with the stadium precinct that has been forged over many decades – Eels members and fans consider the Leagues Club to be part of their natural overall gameday experience and this has now expanded beyond just Eels games –

the Elton John and Cold Chisel concerts were some of the biggest event days at the Leagues Club. We want to build on that link even more but importantly we also want the entire precinct to be a destination in its own right – one that provides dining, entertainment and events for our members and customers The club's a key business in the Parramatta CBD. What are your views on the development and progress of the CBD? We are very supportive of the work being done by the council and the State Government in enhancing the Parramatta CBD – the Parramatta CBD framework approved by the council, the focus on the Night-time Economy, the new Powerhouse Museum and Parramatta Square are all major steps forward which will enhance the ability for the CBD to become a major desti-

nation. But in addition to the focus around jobs and residential we need to have a complimentary vision of creating hubs for dining, entertainment and experiences so that people in Western Sydney can work, live and enjoy life within their own area. Can you describe your vision for club members in the sense of adding value to their membership? Plans, initiatives. We launched our strategic plan recently and there were a few key areas that will be central to our organisation. The first is that we want to be an organisation that brings our community together and supports local sport, charities and of course the Parramatta Eels – these things are important to our members and the more successful we are as business then the more Continued on page 7

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Continued from page 6 support we can provide. We also want to increase the experience of our members and customers through the enhancement of facilities and making sure there are options for everyone – for instance Eels Lane is our new alfresco development which we think will be a great addition to our dining options. At a group level we also want to develop a network of premium hospitality, entertainment, sporting, complementary businesses across Western Sydney – even with the current challenges of COVID we are in a good financial position, and we think its time to grow our business to ensure that we can offer more for our members and customers. COVID has affected all businesses. How has PLC handled it? Like all businesses COVID has been challenging however our major focus has been on our staff, our members and supporting our community. We have been offering takeaway and online bingo for Members and guests and making calls to Members to just check in and see how they are going. In addition, we have sent care packages to our members especially in the LGA’s of concern. We have also been using our kitchen to prepare and package meals for our community partners including Ronald McDonald House, Parramatta Mission and PCYC – this goes to our role as a community asset and something we believe is a core function to who we are. From a club view we look forward to working with Government on a safe reopening plan – we have had good discussions with Government and other Western Sydney stakeholders, and we think that through this dialogue we can have a strong plan to not only reopen safely but drive a strong recovery for Parramatta. It’s important that we work collaboratively to ensure all businesses can regain confidence over the next few months. You work closely with the Eels. Can you give our readers a sense of how this relationship works?

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The relationship between the Leagues Club and the Eels is very strong. Both the Eels and the Leagues Club have benefited from the governance reforms put in place that mean we now have strong stability at the Board and management level. The strong financial performance of the Eels is helping the Leagues Club by providing more opportunities to invest back in our business. However, we are always there to support the Eels – it’s in our DNA and I am sure we will be working even closer together going forward Your leadership style. How would you describe it? And your team, how many etc.

We have a high performing leadership team of eight, which look after over 200 employees over both venues at Parra Leagues club site and Vikings Sports Club in Dundas. The most important asset in any organisation should be its people, and I believe this is true at Parra Leagues. My leadership style is collaborative, and I encourage everybody to have a voice and share ideas so that we can work together towards our key goals. I also believe that as a leader my role to ensure we maintain a strong focus on our strategic future and managing the change that is needed to make us a better organisation.

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Parra’s Jared stars in SBS show  LITERACY | DALLAS SHERRINGHAM EET Jared from Parramatta who is about to star in the brand new SBS TV show ‘Lost For Words’. Jared will be given the chance of a lifetime on the ground breaking documentary series which challenges our nation’s staggeringly low adult literacy rate. Lost for Words follows eight brave Australians taking on a life-changing opportunity to transform their lives in an intensive nine-week adult literacy program. Hosted and narrated by literacy advocate Jay Laga’aia said it was an empowering and uplifting observational documentary that confronted Australia’s adult literacy void. It premieres on Wednesday, September 22 at 8.30pm on SBS and SBS on Demand. The show demonstrates that 43% of

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Australian adults don’t have the necessary literacy skills needed for everyday life. That’s about seven million Australian adults. Many of them are not able to read a text message, to decipher the destination of a train or bus or to use the internet. In this three-part documentary series, the participants take part in intensive tailored classes. They also embark on challenging real-world tasks to put their newfound reading, writing and spelling skills to the test. It is an emotional and confronting journey, as the participants face and overcome shame and stigma that they have battled for many years. From a mother who wants to be able to read a children’s book to her daughter and son, to others’ dreams of completing a driving test or being able to order from a menu for their partner, all eight participants are

driven by different motivations to improve their reading and writing skills. The group is also joined by special guests–renowned Indigenous chef Mark Olive, award-winning author Jackie French and actor, writer and director Marcus Graham–during various phases of this life-changing journey. “Working on this project made me realise how important words truly are,” host Jay Laga’aia said. “They raise not only your confidence but also your sense of worth. Not being able to read or write stigmatises a person for life and they hide their little secret, fearful that society will dismiss them. “The fact that seven million Australians struggle with literacy issues in their day-today lives makes me excited to witness the journey that our participants have taken to be where they are today. “Lost for Words is an inspirational tale

of how a bunch of strangers came together to face their fear of going back to the classroom. It documents their trials and tribulations. “It’s honest, raw, uncomfortable and challenging and you can’t help but cheer for your favorite in the group and at the end of this journey, a bunch of strangers become a family. “They are brave beyond measure and they are you,” Jay said. SBS Head of Documentaries Joseph Maxwell said it was an inspiring and uplifting series that shone a light on a huge issue within Australia. “It showcases how great documentaries can be both deeply emotional as well as surprising and entertaining.” Lost for Words will be subtitled in five languages, streaming on SBS On Demand in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean.

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Putting a face to the name!  WSABE 2021 | LUKE MAGEE SABE as its affectionately known, is the flagship event founded by the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce in 1990. It is the prestigious platform that prides itself on its credibility and ability to share success stories across the region. But over the past few years, more than ever, I have learnt that WSABE is so much more! The awards platform showcases the perfect blend of strong sponsor relationships that firstly bring the program to life. Then those same sponsors and partners enable the planning that is required to run the program and eventually bring the experience to fruition with the crowning celebration. The buildup is the journey, and the burst of pride is the gala. But when you dig a little deeper, you ask what is behind all that? And where does it come from? The answer is Western Sydney. It comes from grunt and hussle, it comes from hard work, sweat and tears. It comes from recognising opportunities and having the courage to go for it, even if the capital runs short of the vision. Last year WSABE taught me more about the true significance of WSABE and what it represents in these challenging times. When you have a flagship event, you can’t just sit back, there is no choice but to lead from the front. And that’s what we did. In 2020, in the face of unprecedented challenges of epic global proportions, WSABE 2020 delivered a unique hybrid covid-safe event in line with government restrictions.

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and remain positive and determined to do all that could be done to avoid celebrating WSABE via zoom! WSABE 2021 is proud to stand by the Greater Western Sydney business community and once again deliver a program that offers a voice to the many businesses, professionals and leaders throughout the region and more than ever, showcase their extraordinary resilience, innovation and drive. WSABE 2021 gala evening will be held on Wednesday 24 November 2021 at the beautiful Rosehill Gardens. Come along as we lift the mood with an uplifting celebration of business success in Greater Western Sydney.

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Launching students to job market IGH school students will gain skills to seize job opportunities in the growing health and aged care sectors, thanks to new virtual TAFE NSW courses on offer as part of the HSC in 2022. With the Australian Aged Care sector expected to grow to one million workers by 2050, the NSW Government is delivering in-demand skills training to Year 11 and 12 students with courses in Care in Ageing, Health Administration, and Allied Health. Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the virtual Schools Launchpad courses are designed to build the sector’s future workforce and allow students to step straight into jobs after school. “The new virtual courses give students an opportunity to complete their HSC with highly relevant and real-world skills that employers are looking for,” Mr Lee said. “Students will finish high school with a head start in their career, as they will be qualified to work in a variety of in-demand roles including as a Personal Care Worker, Allied Health Assistant, and Medical Records Officer.” Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the TAFE Launchpad courses are an important part of school curriculum reforms.

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“The new curriculum is about ensuring students are prepared for in-demand jobs, including in growing industries like health,” Ms Mitchell said. “Our curriculum will truly be world leading, and importantly create incredible opportunities for all our students to achieve their best and have rewarding careers in their future.” TAFE NSW Head of Health, Wellbeing and Community Services Skills Team Anne Barrow said students studying the virtual Care in Ageing course will learn workplace communication skills, WHS, infection control policies, and the practices of person-centred support. “They’ll also gain a First Aid Certificate and learn how to provide individualised support to clients with diverse needs, including people with dementia.” Chief Executive Officer of Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT) Helen Emmerson said the courses connect students with a range of career opportunities in the sector. "These virtual courses give local high school students the chance to learn about the career paths available for carers in aged care in their local communities,” Ms Emmerson said. “It’s such a rewarding industry with so many job opportunities.” Students who complete the virtual courses will graduate with a nationally recognised VET qualification that forms part of their HSC and contributes to an ATAR. Expressions of Interest are now open for all Schools Launchpad courses. Students can express their interest via their school Career Counsellors. For more information, visit www.tafensw.edu.au/launchpad.

Lights on a dark pathway HE NSW Government is investing more than $600,000 to improve lighting along a dark stretch of a popular pathway linking Bankwest Stadium and the Parramatta CBD. Member for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee said the new multi-function light poles were being installed in partnership with City of Parramatta. “We are installing 20 new multi-function lights to light up a path between the stadium and CBD, making it safer for walkers, runners and commuters after dark,” Dr Lee said. “The poles will double as power outlets which makes it possible to activate the area with events, music and markets and also enable installation of CCTV cameras.” Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the project will be delivered under the $16 million Greater Sydney Crown Land Open Space Activation Program which helps activate government-owned Crown land to deliver more quality green, open public space. “Crown lands can provide good quality green open space for the community whether that be the parkland reserves, foreshore precincts or civic spaces,” Mr Stokes said. “This program allows councils to work in partnership with Crown land managers to activate and revitalise land while creating local jobs at the same time.”

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$670M Parramatta office tower

Arist impressions of the completed project.

HE concept plan for a 47-storey office tower above Westfield Parramatta, which will add thousands of square metres of new commercial space and support hundreds of construction jobs in Sydney’s second CBD, has been given the green light by the NSW Government. Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes has approved an increase of 22 storeys to the original proposal which equated to an extra 105,000 square metres of commercial floor space.

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“Parramatta’s status as Sydney’s second CBD will be further enhanced by this development. It will bring jobs to Sydney’s west and capitalise on city-shaping projects like Parramatta Light Rail and Sydney Metro West,” Mr Stokes said. “As Minister for Planning, it is my goal to ensure we have the right development in the right place at the right time, and this proposal does that. It will add to the exciting mix of developments that are reshaping Parramatta’s skyline, such as those in Parramatta Square.

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“Since 2020, the NSW Government has approved 19 State Significant projects in the Parramatta LGA, generating more than $7.9B in capital investment value and more than 5,500 jobs.” Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said the Westfield development was perfectly positioned near the train station and would provide 700 construction jobs and 2,200 operational jobs. “This $670M project is a major boost to the Parramatta economy and will provide close to 3,000 jobs at a time

Council is also offering a range of free and affordable online classes for those who would prefer to work out at home. The Over 55s Leisure and Learning program has moved most of its activities online, including Chair Yoga, Fun Latino Dance, and Strength and Balance, while Active Parramatta is offering Pilates, Zumba, circuit training and yoga. Registrations open on Monday 6 September. Visit cityofparramatta.nsw.gov. au/recreation/active-parramatta

COVID-19 Support Package As the current lockdown continues, Council is doing what it can to support the community – including announcing a support package worth up to $2.9 million for local households and businesses. Our top priority remains the safety and wellbeing of our community, so we’re delivering targeted and immediate support to households and businesses as soon as possible. This support package reinstates various measures that Council first brought in last year, such as parking concessions and rates relief. It also introduces a new childcare gap-fee waiver.

Stay active in Parramatta As we spend more time at home to curb the spread of COVID-19, it can be challenging to find ways to stay fit and healthy. But now more than ever it’s important that we keep moving. Regular exercise can make a real difference to our physical and mental wellbeing. I encourage you to venture out and enjoy the many amazing parks, riverside walks and bicycle paths in the City of Parramatta, while following the Public Health Orders.

when NSW is moving to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Lee said. “This is part of Parramatta’s post-lockdown pandemic future. More office workers will mean more money for local businesses who are doing it tough right now. The applicant will now need to hold a design competition for the tower. Detailed public domain street designs will be finalised after a development application is lodged.

Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for updates on Council’s response to COVID-19 and refer to NSW Health for the latest health advice. City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer participates in an Active Parramatta workout at home.

Please note: Since printed copies of many of our local newspapers are no longer available, all Development Applications (DAs), items on exhibition, and public notices will now be available via Council’s website: cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au Council Meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6.30pm. In line with the NSW Government’s COVID-19 restrictions, the public can not currently attend in person. To view the live stream visit cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/councilmeetings

To find out more, visit cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/ covid-19

You can also find my Lord Mayor’s Message online on the City of Parramatta website: cityofparramatta.co/lord-mayor-message

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Sharing Circles and Colour Coding Life in Afghanistan circa September 2021  AFGHANISTAN CRISIS | PRISCELLA MABOR HE Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Alex Hawke MP announced the formation of an Advisory Panel, in the wake of Australia’s resettlement of 3,000 Afghan nationals, which was announced the week earlier. The Community Migrant Resource Centres’s CEO Melissa Monteiro, is the Chairperson of the Settlement Council of Australia who are represented on the panel. It is now three weeks ago that the world woke up to the news that the Taliban had secured control of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Once a country steeped in fidelity to family and faith, yet sitting on a trillion dollars of mineral resources that has brought only misery in the form of poor governance, corruption and foreign invasion. Wave after wave have escaped the long arm of cyclical conflict, be it with Russia, Pakistan, the US and its allies, the Taliban or ISIS, to Australia. Millions have joined the diaspora of Afghans marooned outside their home country. CMRC has been supporting Afghan communities resettle in Sydney for over 20 years- including Pashtun, Tajik, Uzbek, Hazara, Almak. There are now about 15, 000 Afghans living in Sydney today. When the news broke about the ascendancy of the Taliban, shock set in but also an equal determination to respond and most importantly reach out the hand of inclusion by letting the community know they were not alone. CMRC’s Sharing Circles started within a week. It brings together three Afghan Hazara women–Farzana, Layla, Sani – of different ages, with different lived experiences and different periods of time living in Australia. We catch up over Zoom this week, after they all finish their regular walk around the block for mental relief. They now facilitate six Circle therapeutic sessions with Afghan women weekly, traumatized by the immediate danger of family overseas whilst hibernating in a cruel cocoon of lockdown restrictions. There is a common theme that starts with the women who flocked to the circles, “How can I propose or sponsor my husband / my sister in law / my fiancée / my sons to come to Australia?” There are 45 minute phone calls, where women can hardly breathe before they launch into a

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harrowing story of their husband who has been missing for 8 days. Layla says: “There is a mother, who had to speak to her sons’ school as they boys cannot concentrate on study now. They sit in front of the computer but just stare at the screen. “ Inevitably a crisis illuminates some shocking truths that lie behind our migration processes in Australia. For many women, when they arrived here they often came with only half their children. Apparently, it is not unusual when a family arrives, that any child aged 18 and over, is not usually granted a visa. So in the Sharing Circles, there appears to be many women who have two children here and two children overseas.

Desperate to be rescued When I ask what is the age that a young person in Afghanistan is considered an adult, and I am met with furious fits of laughter. Farzana explains: “Sometimes a person is never considered an adult. For example, a boy can marry and be a father but he may still live in the family home. He may call home every day, as all decisions may still be made by his parents.”

So, it did dawn on me, that there could be thousands of Afghan youth, hiding out in Kabul, Kandahar and Jahari, desperate for their parents to rescue them. However communications are compromised, with phone networks down and the Hawala system of money transfer through the shops at a standstill as all the banks are closed and the currency rate is plummeting. In Sani’s first Circle, she was meeting the women on the morning after the ISIS– KR suicide bombing at the airport. “They were overwhelmed. Their English is low and some have husbands who are very busy working. So, they are desperate for help to rescue their children trapped overseas.” Farzana heard from a woman whose son-in-law was killed by the Taliban just over year ago. “ Her daughter and sister are there and now in Malestan in the Ghazni district, the Taliban are already taking young girls who are 12 years old for the Jihadists. “ Australia did process about 400x visas for ADF interpreters this year. The wife of one interpreter who arrived here in May, is now faced with survivors’ guilt. They just

escaped in time but all of their family and friends remain trapped. The three women on the Zoom are starting to morph into Superwomen in front of my eyes. How do they stay sane and centred and strong, in the midst of such horror. There are some diversionary tactics already being shared – from watching Pakistan dramas to Turkish horror series to baking Persian cupcakes. When I ask about the next few weeks and months, I hear about the Colour Coding system. The Taliban have a colour coding system to identify which houses contain those who betrayed them: : “Those worked with the US and its allies”- and also which houses contain girls who have turned 12 years of age. No wonder that 50,000 applications were lodged in the last two weeks to attempt to rescue loved ones from such a clear and present imminent danger, where a colour coded house could literally mean life and death. Priscella Mabor is Inclusion Strategy & Innovations Manager at Community Migrant Resource Centre based in Western Sydney. Visit: www.cmrc.com.au

Community Migrant Resource Centre (CMRC) is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation established in 1996. CMRC is a leader in the provision of specialised support services to newly arrived migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants. CMRC works within a community capacity building framework to encourage individuals and multicultural communities to identify and address their own issues. It works in collaborative partnerships with a great number of agencies to provide services which have both an immediate and long term benefit for the community. CMRC employs over 60 full time, part-time and casual multi-lingual staff. Paramatta office Level 4, 1 Horwood Place Parramatta, NSW 2150 Ph: (02) 9687 9901 Monday – Friday: 9AM – 5PM

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Paramatta's legal porecinct.

Coalition formed for legal hub bid

Realising our vision for an expanded Justice Precinct in the CBD will be gamechanging, attracting more than 2,200 permanent legal jobs, boosting the local economy by $350M a year, and tripling the annual number of cases heard to 75,000.” – Cr Bob Dwyer Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer.

OP law firms, universities and business groups have joined City of Parramatta Council’s bid to transform the Parramatta CBD into a leading legal hub. City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer, NSW Member for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee MP and other members of the new Parramatta Legal & Justice Coalition will begin advocating for a permanent Supreme Court presence, new law school, and more jobs in the Parramatta CBD. “Parramatta is a rapidly growing powerhouse in the centre of global Sydney and we have brought together this powerful coalition to transform the CBD into one of the country’s largest and most influential justice and legal precincts,” Cr Dwyer said. “The people of Greater Sydney deserve equal access to legal and justice services. We will work closely with our partners to advocate for a permanent Supreme Court presence in Sydney’s Central River City, as well as a new law school and start-up innovation hub to nurture local talent. “Realising our vision for an expanded Justice Precinct in the CBD will be game-changing, attracting more than 2,200 permanent legal jobs, boosting the local economy by $350 million a year, and tripling the annual number of cases heard to 75,000.” NSW Member for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee said: “Being the geographical centre of Sydney, Parramatta is ideally located to service the legal needs of Western Sydney. “Western Sydney will grow by another million residents over the next 20

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years which will require expanded legal services,” he said. “Whilst Parramatta is the largest legal precinct outside the Sydney CBD, there is now the opportunity to plan for its future. I commend City of Parramatta Council for recognising and promoting the legal hub.” Parramatta & District Law Society President Steve McAuley was elected Chair of the Parramatta Legal & Justice Coalition at its inaugural meeting, recently held online. Coalition members include representatives from the University of New England Law School; law firms Coleman Greig Lawyers, Lachlan Macquarie Chambers, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers, Frank Law, and Shephard & Shephard Solicitors; the Parra-

matta & District Law Society; and business groups Parramatta Chamber of Commerce, Business Western Sydney, and Property Council of Australia. Shephard & Shephard Solicitors is Parramatta’s oldest continuous family-operated law firm, opening its first local office in 1908. The firm’s principal Michael Shephard said: “I have watched the dramatic growth of the Parramatta legal precinct with great pride over the last 50 years. That growth is understandable given the precinct’s more relevant and convenient location for the people of Greater Sydney and the whole of NSW. I am keen to assist the Council’s new coalition in making the precinct even more relevant and useful.”

KEY FACTS • Parramatta is the second largest legal centre in NSW and its courts hear 25,000 cases a year. • Over the next 20 years, court matters in Parramatta are expected to increase by 30%. • Greater Sydney has 5% of the state’s legal jobs compared with 71% in the Sydney CBD. • Between 2016 and 2036, the number of legal services professionals living within 30 minutes of Parramatta will nearly double. • If the Parramatta Supreme Court had a permanent judge, it could hear an extra 4,000 matters a year.


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Demand for buyer’s agents soars  BUYING | PIA LENARDUZZI Jacque Parker, Director of House Search Australia.

HE COVID lockdown may have crippled bujsinesses in Western Sydney, but local buyer’s agents say they have never been busier, with demand for their services increasing throughout the pandemic. Latest data from CoreLogic shows that property values rose by 1.5% for the month of August. This rise was higher than average, but the slowest monthly rise since January. “Lockdowns are having a clear impact on consumer sentiment, however to date the restrictions have resulted in falling advertised listings and, to a lesser extent, fewer home sales, with less impact on price growth momentum,” CoreLogic's Research Director, Tim Lawless said.

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“It’s likely the ongoing shortage of properties available for purchase is central to the upwards pressure on housing.” Jacque Parker, Director of House Search Australia, said buyer’s agents are making it easier for prospective buyers in COVID hotspots to secure homes in a market where stock is limited. “This latest lockdown hasn’t had a huge impact on the market, given there is still strong demand,” Ms Parker said. “Not as many vendors are listing, which is the biggest change that we’ve noticed. “We are definitely giving our clients the edge, particularly those that live in local government areas (LGA) of concern, where their movement is limited. “We can get out and inspect a property on their behalf, which is saving them a lot of time and helping them secure their home off-market or at online auctions.”

According to Domain, Sydney auction clearance rates in August remained above 80%, compared to 61% this time last year. “In Western Sydney, particularly the Hills District, a free-standing house with decent land size is still important to buyers, as well good school catchment areas and proximity to transport,” Ms Parker said. “There are still opportunities for first home buyers to get into the market, but for free standing houses under the $1million mark, we’re seeing people searching further afield out of Sydney and considering other areas, including the Blue Mountains and Central Coast.” Pia Lenarduzzi is studying Media and International Studies at UNSW and holds a Certificate of Registration in Real Estate. Linkedin : Pia Lenarduzzi

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BEST GIFT SINCE THE OPERA HOUSE POWERHOUSE Parramatta CEO Lisa Havilah is more interested in the flood of excitement over the controversial $920M project than any flood-waters that may lap at its riverside approach. After the recent devastating rains that saw Parramatta River break its banks between the ferry wharf and the site of the museum, Ms Havilah is adamant that the building and its exhibits will not be affected.

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We Carry Your Weight Flash Line Transport is a privately-owned full temperature controlled, Refrigerated and Ambient transport company operating since early 2010. Our network runs every day across the entire Sydney, Newcastle and the South coast areas and extends our services to ACT and VIC. We are immensely proud to hold ISO 22000 & NSW Food Authority License. We specialise to cater for all forms of temperature sensitive and regulated food and ambient products using our own growing fleet. Being a 24/7 service provider, we are always ready to render prompt and safe deliveries and meet our customers’ expectations. Moreover, our fleet is closely monitored and tracked at any instant with the assistance of state-of-the-art Satellite GPS to assure our runs are always meeting ETA’s with back up trucks ready to go. We always utilise the logbooks and implement procedures to ensure that our trucks are in excellent condition to deliver.

Contact details: 1300 352 745 / www. flashline.com.au Quality services We are committed to provide our customers with dependable and safe transport services. To meet our goal, we offer following services: Transport temperature-sensitive food & Ambient food products Door-to-Door Service (Home & Office Delivery) Multi-drops Deliveries DC Deliveries Refrigerated same day Direct Courier. Warehouse Facility for Chiller & Dry goods storage (3PL)

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We are logistic partners with Major Supermarket - DC/Stores & Online Chains Fresh Food / Grocery Suppliers Fast Food chains Aged Care Facilities School Canteens Airlines Organic Produce Suppliers Food Eatery (Restaurant, Pubs, hotels and many more) Independent Grocery Stores

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INDIAN MULTI CUISINE RESTAURANT DOSA HUT HARRIS PARK 2019

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BIG FIRM CAPABILITY SMALL FIRM PERSONALITY Sharon Hewitt, an accountant with over 20 years’ experience, has been a partner of Robert Bates & Co since 2010. Having been mentored throughout her career by Robert Bates, she continues the tradition of providing quality accounting and taxation services to our long term client base of small and medium businesses together with individuals’ taxation requirements. Sharon is a Registered Self Managed Superannuation Fund Auditor and has become a specialist in the area. As an authorised representative of SMSF Advisers Network Pty Ltd she is licenced to provide limited financial advice to SMSF’s. The team at Robert Bates & Co work together with small businesses to achieve their goals and identify and reduce their pain points. We offer a comprehensive suite of business services for all our clients in many different industries. Whilst the team work hard they do adopt a work life balance so they can spend time with their families and beloved pets.

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Driven to exceed client expectations, the reputable sales and property management teams at McGrath Parramatta Real Estate Agency continue to provide the market knowledge and commitment to deliver a comprehensive service tailored for each individual’s needs. They specialise in the sale and lease of properties for the entire region, offering a wealth of experience in the local market and backed by the strength of the McGrath network nationwide. Their clients will appreciate the attention to detail, as well as the superior standard of marketing resources that have been cleverly designed to leave a lasting impression.

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We teach we listen we Learn Get Set Grow Early Learning Centre Phone: 02 8377 3615 Address: Suite 1-4 Building A, 81-86 Courallie Avenue Homebush West 2140 Email: enquiry@getsetgrow.com.au Website: www.getsetgrow.com.au Facebook: facebook.com/GetSetGrowEarlyLearning/

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Parramatta Local Business Awards 2021 HONOUR ROLL - All FINALISTS Category Name

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Automotive Services

Oldtimer Centre

Automotive Services

MJ Auto Repairs

Automotive Services

Ken Stokes Smash & Mechanical Repairs

Automotive Services

C & S Automotive Repairs

Automotive Services

Schmicko Mobile Car Detailing & Car Wash

Automotive Services

Carlingford Mechanical

Automotive Services

AutoCraze

Bakery/Cake Shop

Just Cakes

Bakery/Cake Shop

Sergio’s Cake Shop

Bakery/Cake Shop

Watch Your Fingers Patisserie

Bakery/Cake Shop

Profiterole Patisserie

Bakery/Cake Shop

Patisserie Avenue

Beauty Services

Browtique Sydney

Beauty Services

Body Sculpting Clinics

Beauty Services

Ywax

Beauty Services

Madina Rejuvenation Clinic

Beauty Services

The Body Space

Beauty Services

Dermaclear Clinic

Beauty Services

Nailed By LaRouge

Beauty Services

Indian Beauty Lounge

Beauty Services

Piafs of Parramatta

Beauty Services

CK Beauty in the Hills

Cafe

Two Chiefs

Cafe

Qube Kaffine & Kitchen

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Leaf Cafe & Co Wentworth Point

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Lab Kitchen - Marina Square Shopping Centre

Cafe

The Smelly Cheesecake - Marina Square Shopping Centre

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Soul Bowl Parramatta

Cafe

Double Mac

Cafe

The Shed Cafe Parramatta

Cafe

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Early Childhood Centre

Reggio Emilia Early Learning Centre Gladstone Street

Early Childhood Centre

Reggio Emilia Early Learning Centre Gladstone Street

Early Childhood Centre

North Parramatta Montessori Academy Child Care

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Fitness Services

Xtend Barre - Parramatta

Fitness Services

Fernwood Parramatta

Fitness Services

Kicks After School

Fitness Services

Martial Arts Spirit Parramatta

Fitness Services

F45 - Sydney Olympic Park Ray’s Florist and Gifts

Early Childhood Centre

Tiny Scholars Childcare and Preschool

Florist

Early Childhood Centre

Munchkin Manor ELC

Florist

Dots Flower Shoppe

Early Childhood Centre

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Drone view of Bankwest Stadium.

Let’s get the party started Bankwest to host food, wine festival  EVENTS | STAFF REPORTERS FOOD and wine festival in the Bankwest Stadium precinct is being planned to showcase the best produce in Western Sydney. With Western Sydneysiders having endured a long and difficult lockdown, the Western Sydney Forage may be just the tonic as we slowly get back to doing the things we love. Bankwest Stadium will become a centre of celebration for Western Sydney culture on Saturday, March 26 as the festival

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features more than 60 wineries, breweries, distilleries and food vendors from the west on a jam-packed day full of fun and flavour. The Stadium’s western precinct will be transformed into one of Greater Sydney’s biggest Food & Wines shows with a host of stalls and outdoor dining at the event, which will also feature entertainment headlined by chart-topping ARIA Award-winning artists Sneaky Sound System. The Western Sydney Forage will be a community event to bring back the joy to Greater Sydney, post-COVID lockdown. The event will run in full compliance of NSW

Public Health Orders at the time with an approved COVID Safe protocol. The day will run from 11am to 6pm with tickets to go on sale soon. Bankwest Stadium Business Development Manager Jordan Kerry said: “We’re looking forward to bringing people back together again in a COVID Safe environment as we welcome some of the best food and wine producers in Western Sydney to the venue. “Because it is Australia’s most culturally diverse region, Western Sydney features an amazing array of flavours and delicacies. “There will be an exciting range of food

and wine that highlights the flavours of local operators in the community, promotes local providores, and showcases NSW growers, producers and winemakers. ”We want this to be an opportunity for Greater Western Sydney to move forward and to embrace everything that is great about the region.” Western Sydney Forage is delivered by the minds behind the highly successful Capital Food & Wine Festival, Capital Promotions Group. For more information head to www.westernsydneyforage.com.au.


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Tips for training during lockdown  ADAM SIMPSON ITH gyms still closed it can be easy to have fallen out of your exercise routine, I completely get it. It’s just not the same training within the same four walls that you eat, sleep and work in every day. On top of that, with limited equipment and no one to push you along its understandable that you aren’t as motivated as you were back in June. I think it’s important to remember that you just need to lower your expectations for the moment or refocus your training goals. Anything you can do right now is going to be great for not only your body nut your mental health as well. Here are my top tips so that you can maximise your training during lock down: 1. Choose challenging exercises – Strength training can be quite challenging if you are limited with equipment, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t make strength gains. Choose challenging body weight exercises where you don’t need a lot of weight to progress. Exercises like chin ups, 1 legged squat’s, 1 armed push ups are a great way to make simple exercises harder. 2. Get Creative – Try and use house hold items or things around your area instead of gym equipment. For example, you could fill a back pack with books to act as a weight to hold while squatting and lunging. You could use playground equipment for chin ups and inverted row variations to train your back muscles. In addition, you could use a member of your house hold to push against you and

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provide you with some resistance while you do any regular dumbbell exercise. You are only limited to your imagination. So why not, see what you have lying around the house and think about how you could use it to replicate your regular gym exercises. 3. Refocus your goals – Why not use this time to chase some new goals, get out and go for a run. Pick a distance that you want to run, whether that be 2, 5 or 10km then time yourself and try and beat your time every few days. If you don’t like running, get out and give it a go anyway you might fall in love. 4. Use Technology – Using technology to track and monitor your exercise is a great way to increase your motivation. There are so many great bits of technology out there that you can track your exercise with. Heart Rate monitors, running and cycling apps are an awesome way to gamify your workouts. Having a score to try and beat is going to be far more motivating then just going for a jog. 5. Stay Connected – Get your friends and family involved in what you are doing. Set each other challenges, have virtual races, make your exercise fun. By getting more people involved you are going to be far more likely to stick to your training plan then if you do it alone. If you are in a bit of a funk right now, get up and start something today. I guarantee you will feel better for it, so stop putting it off and go get it done ☺ Adam Simpson is lead trainer and founder at www.repetitionspt.com.au


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ENTERTAINMENT CENTRAL West HQ’s CEO recounts how it evolved into reality  MAJOR PROJECTS | JADE HOBMAN F you had the choice to invest $18M or $100M of your business capital into a bold new venture, rife with critics, what would be your pick? West HQ’s CEO Richard Errington chose the latter, and hasn’t looked back, citing the recreation hub’s Sydney Coliseum as being a much-needed entertainment boon. “We have built a theatre for the people of Western Sydney, who would have never gone to the arts, never gone to the city to see a live production, and we have given that opportunity with not one cent of government money, for such a big community,” Mr Errington said. Before the theatre idea was conceived, Mr Errington and the management at the formerly named Rooty Hill RSL, had already taken the view that the club needed to evolve into something bigger. A recent IBISWorld market research report said RSL clubs have faced significant challenges, even within the last five years–from regulators, bars, pubs, online sports betting companies, and declining alcohol consumption. “If we just remained a small suburban licenced club we were going to become irrelevant to future community needs,” Mr Errington said. “And we knew entertainment would be relevant to all ages, and all nationalities.”

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Barangaroo So a ‘Barangaroo of Western Sydney’ dream started with a premise of what the community needed, in a meeting at the Rooty Hill RSL in 2012. The team had been inspired by the former disused container terminal, turned top eatery, and arts hub, Barangaroo on the western waterfront of Sydney’s CBD. Mr Errington said they were impressed about how quickly it transitioned into the go-to destination it has been. And so they wanted to do the same revamp for the west, adding extensive key services to their business in Rooty Hill, including brand restaurants typically found at Barangaroo–plus entertainment. So from what started out as an $18M, 1000-seat entertainment expansion idea eventually extended into a $100M, 2000seat plan, as the club realised, via talks with industry insiders, how much Western Sydney lacked a large entertainment area to that scale. “We found that west of the Anzac bridge, there was nothing that had 2000 seats, excluding Homebush,” Mr Errington said. “The ability to have things like opera, Sydney symphony, Australian Ballet, musical theatre, bands – the design and our vision expanded and grew.” Construction of the theatre and the Barangaroo-inspired restaurants was

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complete by the end of 2019, with the new theatre offering a vast range of entertainment, including space for large banquets and corporate events.

Criticism Now all these activities at the club site were not going by unnoticed. The entertainment industry was enthusiastic with hope, but the plans also faced a large degree of scepticism. Mr Errington said opposition, and uncertainty arose from a range of groups: media, promoters, and other licensed clubs. “We were ridiculed by the industry … there were doubters, who said the people of Western Sydney wouldn't pay the amount of money to go to the theatre,” Mr Errington said. “We had to believe that there was a growing population in Western Sydney, who didn’t want to travel into the city.”

“We identified that if we built this, no one in the west would compete or be able to match it, that we would have the ability to become the ultimate entertainment destination.” In 2017 a media report said the project was funded by poker machines, highlighting the social cost for problem gamblers. Mr Errington told the Sydney Morning Herald that the club would eventually dilute revenue away from poker machines– something he says they were on track to doing before the pandemic hit. “Our aim, through building and diversifying, was taking our reliance off gambling, away from poker machines. We achieved that in the first month–but then we were disrupted with Covid,” Mr Errington said. “Because we were increasing our revenue in more entertainment space, gambling became less of a relevance to our business model.”

The pandemic When Covid hit in 2020 the West HQ venue went from being a bustling hub–with four million visitors annually, to a ghost town–and the theatre was closed for six months. Then after reopening, the business started to slowly recover, and they were managing up to a 60 percent recovery. Now that has been thwarted again with the current lockdown affecting Greater Sydney, now in its seventh week. “We have lost profitability to reinvest, because we have had to call on our reserves to keep us liquid,” Mr Errington said. “It has put our plans back two years, and affected us financially, but because we are large and diverse, we are able to weather the storm.” Despite the misgivings, there are still plans and hopes for future expansion at West HQ, with an idea for a large-scale indoor family entertainment, and plans for a 300-room Pullman Hotel, in preparation for the airport opening at Badgerys Creek.

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Regional Australia offersmany popular travel options.

In love with our own backyard  DALLAS SHERRINGHAM NE positive aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the seismic shift in Australians rediscovering their own country. A national survey has found NSW is a top 10 dream destination for an outdoor adventure and revealed locals want to spend time exploring their own backyard. When overseas holidays disappeared literally overnight and cruise ships stopped running, Aussies took to the road in record numbers. Caravan and motorhome manufacturers struggled to meet demand and good second hand caravans were at a premium. Now a Great Outdoors National Survey by Great Northern brewing has revealed 80% of NSW travellers have committed to keep up their camping and caravanning adventures even after international borders reopen. More than half said they would like to spend more time outdoors this year. When asked where they would travel if they could choose anywhere in Australia, NSW respondents nominated holidaying at home with Northern NSW their top spot followed by Southern NSW and the NSW Central Coast.

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Great Northern Great Outdoor National Survey top 10 destinations were: 1. Cairns/Far North Qld. 2. Whitsunday region. 3. Sunshine Coast/Noosa region. 4. Uluru/Alice Spring, southern Northern Territory. 5. Kakadu Northern Territory. 6. Gold Coast region. 7. South Australia. 8. Central Victoria and High Country. 9. Northern NSW. 10. Outback Queensland. Ian Giles of Great Northern Brewing Co said the survey results showed the tough circumstances had inspired Australians to get out and really immerse themselves in the natural beauty Australia had to offer. “NSW has some great spots to explore – and the local pubs serve great beer,” Mr Giles said. “The Great Northern survey shows Australians have a renewed interest in their own backyard and we hope this will eventually translate to a financial lifeline for towns across NSW. “We know businesses, pubs and clubs across the state have done it tough so Great Northern Brewing Co has been working to drive tourists back to Australia’s tourism hotspots since international borders closed.

“To get people motivated, we are giving away $26mn worth of BCF vouchers to help fund their passions to get out into the great outdoors. “Camping or caravanning is a great boost to the place where you pitch your tent but along the way travellers stop to buy fuel, pick up groceries, sightsee, enjoy lunch – it’s all the places along the journey, not just the destination, that benefits.” The national survey also revealed NSW

respondents were not only keen to get out and about but wanted to squeeze more activity in with a third of locals wanting to go camping and fishing more often. “Almost 43% of NSW respondents spent between up to $2000 on outdoor equipment, with 22% of that expenditure on camping and fishing gear,” Mr Giles said. “Every person we get out and about, whether it’s a local or a visitor, we hope will pour dollars into the local economy.”


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Time is now to prepare for demand OR the ailing visitor economy to claw back lost ground this Summer, businesses, destinations and governments need to plan now, says NSW Tourism Industry Council. “Spring is in the air and with a significant increase in vaccination rates across NSW, due to hit the seven-million-mark, this signals to the visitor economy it’s time to plan and get ready to reopen, just before the traditional holiday season,” said NSW Tourism Industry Council Executive Manager Greg Binskin. “The latest consumer sentiment report shows people are busy researching and preparing to take a break during the summer holiday periods.” Mr Binskin said. “Now is the time for destinations to prepare and get ready to service the pentup demand created by travel restrictions and border closures. “Destination management is key to success, this will require a collaborative recovery effort with State and local governments, tourist associations, small and large business to work together so they don’t miss the opportunities that will be presented. “Consumers are looking to reconnect with family and friends while dining outdoors, experiencing our natural environment and national parks, take a swim in lakes and rivers, surf at hundreds of east coast beaches or visit the vast array of attractions dotted throughout the state. “With local government playing a major role, will businesses have the flexibility, policies and planning in place to provide outdoor dining opportunities so cafes and restaurants have the additional space to allow people to physically distance and make patrons feel comfortable? Will Councils work in partnership with event organisers to host major events to attract visitors back to the regions in a COVID Safe way?

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“Will the enabling infrastructure be ready for full operation, the supply chain of goods and services, road works complete, cycling ways ready, directional signage, accommodation refreshed, beaches safe and ready? Most of all will the visitor economy have the staff levels and customer service skills ready to handle the pent-up demand and reach consumer expectations? “Now is the time to reach out to the local communities and the pending crop of school leavers to get them trained and ready to welcome visitors with local knowledge, warmth and regional hospitality.

“The time is now to prepare so the customers’ expectations are exceeded, they will spread the word and build repeat visitation back to regional NSW again and again. Don’t get caught flat-footed and wait until it’s too late,” Mr Binskin said.

About NSW Tourism Industry Council Powered by Business NSW, the NSW Tourism Industry Council helps businesses operating in the Visitor Economy maximise their potential to ensure New South Wales remains the number one tourism destination in Australia.

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Budget-minded Hyundai Kona Standard Range twins drop price, power and range  CALLUM HUNTER YUNDAI Motor Company Australia (HMCA) has doubled the size of its local Kona electric portfolio with the addition of two new ‘Standard Range’ variants to complement what are now known as the ‘Extended Range’ duo. With prices now starting from $54,500 plus on-road costs for the Standard Range Elite and $58,000 for the Highlander, the Kona Electric’s entry price has come down $7500, making the range, as Hyundai puts it, “more accessible than ever”. Consistent with the lower price and new nomenclature, headline figures of the Kona Electric Standard Range have been reduced compared to Extended Range variants, which were previously known as just Kona Electric. Instead of the familiar 64kWh battery, 150kW/395Nm outputs and 484km claimed range, the Standard Range variants are powered by a 39.2kWh battery and a 100kW/395Nm electric motor, resulting in a reduced range of up to 305km, according to Hyundai. As a bonus, HMCA has also reduced the pricing of Extended Range variants by $1500 for the Elite and $2000 for the Highlander to now start from $60,500 and $64,000 respectively. HMCA chief executive officer Jun Heo said this is just one of the ways the brand is “leading Australia’s charge towards a greener transport future”. “The new Kona Electric Standard Range gives customers zero-emissions electric motoring in an attractive, sporty and practical small SUV, and at more accessible price,” He said.

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Leadership for eco cars “It is Hyundai’s intention to establish leadership for eco cars in Australia. We already have the most diverse range of electrified vehicles including Kona Electric, NEXO our hydrogen-powered SUV, and the soon to launch game-changing Ioniq 5.” While the Standard Range Konas may feature lesser mechanicals to their more expensive counterparts, no features have been omitted from the equipment list. For the Elite grade, this means both the Standard and Extended Range versions come with 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, a 10.25-inch digital cockpit and infotainment system, eight-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system, wireless phone charging, satellite navigation, climate control, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and leather appointed upholstery, among other features.

As before, the Highlander nameplate ups the ante with a head-up display, LED head- and tail-lights, glass sunroof, ambient lighting, heated and ventilated front seats with power adjustment, a heated steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Standard safety tech on all Kona Electrics is accounted for by the SmartSense suite, comprising of blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, driver attention warning, forward collision-avoidance assist, lane following assist, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist, rear occupant alert, safe exit warning and adaptive cruise control.

HMCA launched its facelifted Kona Electric earlier this year and nudged the price up accordingly given the extra standard gear included and the 35km range improvement. So far in 2021, the brand has sold 8858 Konas (petrol and EV) as of July 31, accounting for 11.5 per cent of the sub$40,000 compact SUV segment.

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric pricing* Standard Range Elite (a) $54,500 Standard Range Highlander (a) $58,000 Extended Range Elite (a) $60,500 Extended Range Highlander (a) $64,000 *Excludes on-road costs


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All-new Mitsubishi Outlander arrives in November, PHEVs to follow early next year  CALLUM HUNTER ITSUBISHI Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) has announced the pricing and specification highlights of its new-generation Outlander SUV ahead of its local showroom arrival in November, bearing a starting price of $34,490 plus on-road costs. Riding on a new platform, flaunting a radical new look and powered by a new engine, the MY22 Outlander will following its predecessor’s tyre tracks and be offered in both five- and seven-seat guises, each with the option of all-wheel drive. Nine variants will be on offer to begin with before the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions touch down early next year. The nine variants are spread across five trim levels, starting with the ES and stretching up to the flagship Exceed Tourer ($49,990), comprising two five-seaters, five AWDs and a septuplet of seven-seaters. All-wheel-drive versions carry a $2500 premium over the two-wheel drives, with all variants sharing the same 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, developing 135kW/245Nm. Irrespective of the drive type, power is sent to the road via a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with eight pre-determined ratios on hand for when drivers want to take matters into their own hands via the paddle-shifters. Fuel economy across the range varies from 7.5L/100km in the two-wheel-drive ES up to 8.1L/100km in the Exceed and Exceed Touring on the ADR cycle. Riding on 18-inch alloy wheels as standard, the ES trim level comes with fabric upholstery, a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7.0-inch TFT driver’s display, dual-zone climate control, five or six drive modes (FWD vs AWD), reversing camera, hill descent control, adaptive cruise control and an electric park brake with auto hold function. Stepping up to the better-equipped LS adds silver bumper garnishes, rear prvacy glass, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry, wireless phone charging, powered tailgate, auto-diming rearview mirror, automatic headlamps, LED fog lamps, rain sensing wipers and heated wing mirrors.

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Went several steps further Building on everything mentioned previously, the Aspire roll on 20-inch alloys and features Microsuede/synthetic leather upholstery, powered driver’s seat adjustment, heated front seats, a 12.3” digital instrument cluster, head-up display, adaptive self-levelling headlights with and a 360-degree camera.

Towards the top of the tree, the Exceed goes several steps further with leather upholstery, memory function for both front seats, a panoramic sunroof, a Bose premium sound system, tri-zone climate control, integrated rear sun shades and colour-coded exterior front, side and rear lower garnishes. The Exceed Tourer’s kit list reads much the same as the Exceed, but adds a two-tone exterior body colour, two-tone high-grade leather upholstery and massaging front seats. Describing the new Outlander as “the best-equipped vehicle the company has ever sold in Australia”, MMAL said it was “was crafted under the design language of

‘I-Fu-Do-Do’, which means ‘authentic and majestic’ in Japanese”. “Mitsubishi’s all-new flagship boasts a newly developed platform and powertrain, bold and distinctive exterior styling and a refined and serene interior with high-end finishes and thoughtful engineering touches throughout,” a local spokesperson said. “Outlander also features more standard driver connectivity and driver assistance features and a re-engineered, upgraded version of the brand’s signature Super All-wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system.” In addition to the extra surety of the all-wheel-drive system – on some vari-

ants – all Outlanders come with the latest suite of airbags and driver assist systems including driver attention alert, forward collision mitigation with cyclist detection and junction assist, blind spot warning with brake assist, emergency lane change alert with brake assist, trailer stability assist, lane departure warning and lane departure prevention with more features added at each trim level. A few extra safety gismos are added to the mix on the LS, including rear automatic emergency braking and rear cross-traffic alert, which are also included as standard on the higher grades. Despite being a bit long in the tooth now, the current Outlander has continued to find favour with new SUV buyers, accounting for 8.9 per cent of the sub$60,000 mid-sized segment with 8264 sales so far this year ending July 31.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander pricing* ES 5-seater (a) $34,490 ES 5-seater AWD (a) $36,990 ES 7-seater (a) $35,490 LS 7-seater (a) $37,990 LS 7-seater AWD (a) $40,490 Aspire 7-seater (a) $41,490 Aspire 7-searer AWD (a) $43,990 Exceed 7-seater AWD (a) $47,990 Exceed Tourer 7-seater AWD (a) $49,990 *Excludes on-road pricing


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Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – 4 Stars A new phase for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is heralded by a fun new hero, a strong villain, an exciting film and a hell of a lot of cool action.

HAUN (Simu Liu) and Katy (Awkwafina) are valets in San Francisco, but their normal life is interrupted when Shaun is attacked on the bus by a group of assassins on the hunt for his pendant. Katy is stunned to discover that Shaun is actually Shang-Chi, the son of Xu Wenwu (Tony Leung)–a 1000-year-old power broker, who runs a nefarious organisation with the help of ten magical rings that give him both immortality and unique powers. Shang-Chi, trained to be an assassin by his father after his mother died when he was 7 years old, hasn’t seen his family in years after running away at age 14. But the assassins arrival indicates that his father is on his path, and when he finds out he is also gunning for his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Shang-Chi and Katy travel to Asia to track her down and protect her–

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only to discover that Wenwu’s plans are much more dangerous and destructive than they ever thought. As the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film with an Asian-American lead, Shang Chi is a really exciting piece of cinema that is well acted, serviced by the casting and the scripting. Simu Liu, who campaigned very publicly for the role, is magnetic as Shang-Chi, and solidly defines himself as an ‘above the marquee’ title star. Awkwafina is hilarious as Katy, and her performance (along with the strong script writing in her department). Perhaps the most impressive performance on display though is in the villain department. Many of the MCU films have been criticised for middling antagonists, but Tony Leung, who is an incredibly wellknown thespian in Asia, tackles the role

with aplomb, creating a lasting legacy as the real Mandarin that is impressive and constantly engaging. The script gives these actors plenty of moments to flesh out the actual emotionality of the story, and bring real pathos to some of the action scenes. But it’s not all talk–Shang Chi also brings the action, in new and exciting ways when compared with the rest of the MCU ilk. There’s a hell of a lot of incredible kung-fu style action on display here, and it feels new and refreshing in a franchise that too often deals with CGI monsters fighting CGI heroes. It’s great to be able to see some exciting stunt work on display. The visuals also complement the action. The set decoration, the costuming, and even the CGI is fresh and vibrant, with a mix of exciting colours and patterns, as well

as some whimsical and amazing creatures. It’s a beautiful film to watch, and that sucks you into this world all the more. Faults only appear in terms of the story and the structure. For a franchise that is moving towards the exciting possibilities offered by the multiverse, there are elements of this film that seem played out–there’s a lot of Thor’s DNA here for example. Then again, there’s something nice about the comfort of seeing a story we love told again well, and with diverse new faces. Shang-Chi is a welcome big screen gem from Marvel, that will breed excitement for where the MCU goes post-Avengers.

Reviews by Jacob Richardson Creative Director | Film Focus www.filmfocusau.com


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Joe Bell – 3 Stars A semi-biopic that tugs on the heartstrings, while not necessarily practicing what it preaches. OE Bell (Mark Wahlberg) is walking across America–end destination; New York. Accompanying him seems to be his son Jadin Bell (Reid Miller), as he journeys across the country spreading an anti-bullying message at town halls, schools and AA meetings. As the movie unfolds, however, we discover that Jadin took his own life. Joe’s walk of penance is murky in its reasoning, his wife Lola (Connie Britton) asking him the point of all of this and him being unable to explain what exactly he is trying to achieve. The film, therefore, is an exploration of Joe’s own reckoning with his guilt, and his redemption. Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, Joe Bell is short at 93 minutes and snappy–it never drags, and always holds your interest. It’s also relatively compelling. Our emotions are adeptly pulled at and tugged on in all the right ways throughout the piece, to create a genuine connection with the story and the material. Structurally, the piece intersperses two time periods rather than functioning linearly, which again adds an element of both pathos and intrigue, although outright surprise will be avoided by anyone who has seen the over-expositing trailer. The issues with Joe Bell stem from the story itself, and indeed the title gives it

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away–as much as there is a tragedy in the death of Jadin, the story is fundamentally Joe’s story. Which is counterintuitive to the extreme, given that the film itself has Wahlberg literally lament making Jadin’s story in his lifetime all about Joe, while simultaneously making his afterlife (and this film), all about Joe. Then again, the story necessitates this because the only thing uncommon about this tale is the walk across America from the title character. The fact is, suicide, bullying, and discrimination are all too common to make a feature film out of, and that lends this movie a distinct air of sadness that we need Joe to craft a story out of Jadin. Nevertheless, this is a tight story told with feeling. It features a strong performance from Wahlberg, reminding us that he can act and not just run and shoot guns. It also introduces us to Reid Miller, who is magnetic on screen. Joe Bell does everything right in portraying grief on screen–it’s just a shame that focus is pulled from the tragedy.

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 DALLAS SHERRINGHAM F you are having trouble finding and developing the right staff it may be that unconscious bias is stopping you from achieving your best. In Australia’s multicultural, multilayered community, it is all too easy to label people you ‘don’t’ want to employ. You set out to find the perfect new staff member to employ and promote based on your own perceptions. And this can be extremely detrimental to achieving your optimal business performance. Could be, you are making a big mistake because the best applicant for the job may be passed over by this personal bias. A new report claims business leaders should base recruitment and promotion decisions on objective assessment data, not their own superficial perceptions. The report from Questionmark, the online assessment provider, argues that leaders should test the skills of workers so

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Unfazed Eels in knockout final ARRAMATTA journey to Rockhampton this Sunday, September 12, to tackle Newcastle, in a knockout final, in the 2021 NRL finals series. Finalists for the past three years, the Eels finished sixth after the premiership rounds, Newcastle, were seventh. Beaten 40 to 6, by Penrith, last Friday night, in the final round, Eels coach Brad Arthur, was unfazed. He rested a stack of players before the finals as the Eels could not have improved their position on the ladder. "I thought the effort was great tonight," Arthur said in the post-match press conference. Arthur said without many starting players it was the right call with the finals the main goal. Arthur is confident his team will be ready for Newcastle.

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Skipper Clint Gutherson was out with a minor knee injury, but he will take place in the knockout final against Newcastle. And powerful prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard, out for the past six weeks with a groin injury, is subject to a fitness test this week. Coach Brad Arthur said the big prop, will come under selection consideration if passed fit.

Ryan Matterson returns The Eels will as well be bouyed with the return of second rower Ryan Matterson, from suspension. Matterson orovides thrust in attack on the fringes of the rucks with his athletic running game. Coach Arthur said in media interviews in recent days he should have a near full strengh squad this weekend.

His star hooker Reed Mahoney, who is out following shoulder surgery, until next season, is a man he would love to have available, but he is not. Arthur will be seeking big performances from NSW State of Origin prop Junior Paulo, lock Nathan Brown, in the Knights clash. The pair have been among the Eels best this season. Interchange forward Bryce Cartwright, who has been a strong impact payer from the bench, is an attacking weapon in the Eels' arsenal. Class halfback MItchell Moses will be a key man in the finals. Match kick-off against the Knights on Sunday is 4.05pm. The loser bows out of the competition, the winner progresses to the second week of the finals.

Brad Arthur.

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