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ITY of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer has called on the NSW Government to ramp up its support for businesses impacted by Parramatta Light Rail construction after announcing it would continue works over summer.

Transport for NSW has revealed it will no longer halt construction on Church Street for a three-month ‘grace period’ from 1 November, following consultation with businesses. “We understand many local businesses support an earlier finish to major works and we hope this

fast-tracking helps minimise impacts for them,” Cr Dwyer said. “However, Eat Street is a vital dining and retail district in Parramatta and these businesses have been doing it tough because of COVID-19 and Parramatta Light Rail construction.” FULL STORY: 9

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Powerhouse design gets roof-top makeover As unions vow to stand in-front of bulldozer  ELIZABETH FRIAS HE architects designing the $780M Powerhouse Parramatta has presented to Infrastructure NSW an improved design to include rooftop spaces which images revealed a sweeping view of the city and its river. The Australian and French architects, Moreau Kusunoki and Genton, according to Architecture AU latest report, has submitted the improved design that reduced the size of the building but with an “inclusion of a new rooftop pavilion.” The riverfront space of the museum has been reduced by six metres to “allow for a more generous public domain on the northside of the building facing the riverfront.” On the front entry side of the museum facing the CBD has been increased by six metres to provide a bus stop and drop-off points on Phillip St. With the reduction of the estimated 18,000sqm exhibition spaces for thousands of prized artefacts within the museum, “a rooftop pavilion” in the eastern side of the building will be used as a “multi-functional indoor-outdoor space for education, community and event activities,” the report said.


It is understood Infrastructure NSW has responded to the architects’ submission, which is included among the 1,303 submissions on the Powerhouse Parramatta plans for a significant development in the state expected to usher an estimated two million visitors to Sydney’s second largest city. This latest development on the museum has been welcomed by Powerhouse chief executive Lisa Havilah saying, “I am excited by the progress being made on this extraordinary design.” Ms Havilah also said they welcomed the NSW Government’s recent decision to relocate Willow Grove to North Parramatta because it will mean “improved access to this much-loved building bult also deliver it in a much better setting.” However, critics of the move include the National Trust, who all say that Willow Grove cannot be moved without significant damage. President of the Museum Trust, Professor Barney Glover AO, said the completion of the world-class museum will “contribute to the expansion of the visitor and nighttime economies of Parramatta while also being a place that importantly reflects the cultural diversity of Sydney.” “The project will transform the riverfront area into an active public domain

with improved pedestrian connections and deliver part of the ‘Civic Link’ which connects the heart of the Parramatta CBD to the river”, said Professor Glover. The architects said their “latticed structural exoskeleton” and “seven column-free exhibition spaces” design gives “lightness and transparency of the structure, along with the in-between spaces created, will connect the visitors to the surrounding landscape and enhance a unique Museum experience.” While tenders have gone out for the building work, the North Parramatta Residents Action Group president Suzette Meade said there needed to be a reassessment of the whole project, given the changes to the original approved design. ‘’They are not minor tweaks we’ve had along the way, with the closing of the undercroft for non-exhibition times, changes to the setback and now the rooftop terrace, so it needs to go back to the community,’’ Mrs Meade told the Times. NPRAG remains opposed to the current site of the Powerhouse and the demolition or re-siting of Willow Grove. A green ban from the construction union, the CMFEU remains on the Willow Grove site, with members vowing to ‘’stand in front of the bulldozers’’ if necessary.

Above: the Powerhouse design and below the concept that didn’t make the cut.

“Jarring” design that keeps heritage ITH all the controversy surrounding the Powerhouse Museum in Parramatta, we revisit the only design on the shortlist that retained the heritage properties Willow Grove and St George’s Terrace in Phillip St. So, would this have been more palatable to opponents who say the planned building would be flood-prone and comes at the price of irreplaceable heritage which they say will not survive the NSW


Government’s solution of move to another site? The architects of this rejected design Steven Holl Architects (US) and Conrad Gargett (Australia) envisioned “an anthropological vessel touching the earth lightly’ – a homage to Mandjabu fish traps. The jury, made up of a panel of leading architects and builders, praised the “courage and ambition” of the team’s design and said the key objectives of maximizing

public space, aiming to achieve net zero emissions, and concentrating the museum functions were considered to be excellent starting points for the design. The jury ultimately found, however, that the scale of the building was not appropriate for the site, and that the juxtaposition between museum and heritage buildings would be “jarring.” Moreau Kusunoki and Genton ultimately won the design competition with its

controversial museum with a latticed “hyper-platform” design in December, but the other short-listed designs were not released until after the decision was made. Since then, the design has been tweaked a couple of times, but not so Willow Grove can be saved on its present site. - DI BARTOK

Little India precinct planning begins LANNING for the promotion of Harris Park as Little India is now underway with the formation of an informal working group, made up of Parramatta Council officers, Rosehill Ward councillors and Indian businesses. The group will meet monthly for the next three months to discuss ideas for promoting Harris Park as Little India and then report to Parramatta Council within six months. Councillors had agreed to set up the working group to talk about dubbing


and promoting the restaurant precinct in Harris Park as Little India because of the renowned excellence of the Indian eateries. The plan had been originally proposed by former Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson in August 2019 as a way of activating culinary tourism in Parramatta. A report to council showed that there was unanimous support in the Harris Park Indian business community. A Little India would be widely promoted to draw more visitors to Parramatta.

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MORE than 100 small businesses and community groups across the City of Parramatta have been awarded with over half a million dollars in grants as part of Council’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. Council has provided 36 local not-for-profit and social enterprises with Community Resilience Grants, totalling over $380,000, to help them adapt and diversify during the COVID-19 pandemic. An additional $150,000 was provided to set up the new Small Business COVID-19 Response Grant program, which has aided 85 businesses to pivot, expand, or digitise their operations amid public health restrictions.

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WHO said there were no turkeys in Parramatta – at least not the feathered kind? Wrong! Brush turkeys have been spotted all over the place, from the ferry wharf to suburbia. Oatlands resident Gary Carter found this one at the bottom of his garden. “You might expect to find them in suburban areas but I was surprised to hear one had been spotted down the stairs at the ferry wharf,” Mr Carter said. Perhaps for a ride down the river. So far no turkeys of the brush kind

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NATIONAL Carers Week 2020 gives the Parramatta community a special opportunity to celebrate those who sacrifice so much to look after loved ones who need intensive help. The NSW Government is launching the NSW Carers Strategy 2020-30 to support more than 850,000 carers across NSW. The strategy aims to provide carers with more support and recognition to improve their wellbeing. Dr Geoff Lee, Member for Parramatta said National Carers week is an important time to recognise the significant contribution unpaid carers make in our community. Visit

Vehicle sanitisation station opens ENHANCED safety measures for point to point transport and government vehicles, including taxis, hire vehicles, rideshare and emergency service vehicles, has rolled out in North Parramatta with the opening of a free vehicle sanitisation station. Dr Geoff Lee, Member for Parramatta said the NSW Government continues to support the industry and is committed to keeping drivers and passengers safe during COVID-19. The service is available for free to all point to point transport vehicles, who can visit the new vehicle sanitisation station located at 90 Victoria Street, North Parramatta twice daily. The North Parramatta vehicle sanitisation station will be open between 7am and 7pm Monday to Saturday.


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Budget spend for Parramatta projects More than $20M allocated for infrastructure works  DI BARTOK ARRAMATTA and Cumberland Councils have scored more than $20M in the 2020-21 Federal Budget for infrastructure projects. The Investment in Parramatta/Cumberland infrastructure includes: • Parramatta City Council will receive over $7.6 million and Cumberland City Council will receive over $7 million under an extension of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program; • $3.5 million to local councils under the Roads to Recovery Program; • Cumberland City Council will receive $500,000 for the Stage 1 upgrade of Granville Swimming Centre; and • Upgrading the intersection of Woodville Road and Parramatta Road under the Pinch Point Program. Citizens and businesses are set to benefit from lower taxes and business incentives.


Under the 2020-21 Budget, more than 11 million Australians will get a tax cut backdated to July 1 this year. Lower and middle-income earners will, this year, receive tax relief of up to $2,745. To calculate how much of a tax cut taxpayers will receive, residents can use Treasury’s tax relief estimator: https://bit. ly/2Ib7ss5. The Government will expand the Instant Asset Write-Off, allowing 99 per cent of businesses to deduct the full cost of depreciable assets in the year they are installed, and allowing companies with a turnover of up to $5 billion to offset losses against previous profits on which tax has been paid. The government was supporting young people to get back into work through the new JobMaker Hiring Credit. The $4B JobMaker Hiring Credit will be payable for up to twelve months and immediately available to employers who hire those on JobSeeker aged 16-35. It will be paid at the rate of $200 per week for those aged under 30, and $100 per week for those aged between 30-35.

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Flowers bloom from family’s tax cut  ELIZABETH FRIAS HE Budget will make life easier for small business owners Charles and Joy Lukasik, even as Covid-19 remains a concern. The Northmead flower shop owners are more hopeful of the future after learning what Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s Budget has in store for businesses and workers. As a family running a small business, the Lukasiks and their employees would be among the 11 million Australians who would benefit from the tax cuts contained in the national budget that was overwhelmingly passed in Parliament the next day it was announced. The tax relief package in the budget will reduce the personal income tax of the couple’s two young employees on their low-income tax offset increased to $700 from $445 and backdated from July 1 this year. The Lukasiks stand to gain back the full cost of assets they purchased from June 30 this year for their florist business as well as a claim on tax losses from last year so they can have more cash on the till. Those workers earning $45,000 and below annually will not be slugged with tax from their reported income to the Australian Tax Office beginning this financial year. These tax relief packages for individuals and business were part of the Morrison government’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery


Budget family 3-4 – Charles and Joy Lukasik pictured with their staff, Marie and Anzjuli, among the bunch of flowers they sell at their shop on 2 Campbell Street, Northmead.

Plan to create 1.5 million jobs and rebuild Australia’s suffering economy ravaged by the pandemic. Small business owners like the Lukasik family can get a share of the $105M new tax concessions so they can give more working hours to their employees.

We are very blessed “We are very blessed and optimistic that things will continue to improve,” said Mr Lukasik, 52, who started Floral Expressions in 2003 with a $30,000 investment. “I think the government is getting

better on what it’s doing now to help us get over this pandemic,” said Mr Lukasik. The Lukasiks “panicked” when the coronavirus pandemic hit Australia and non-essential businesses were ordered to shut their doors to avoid mass infections and deaths that have now risen to nearly 900 as of October 10. “It was on a Sunday night when we rang our staff not to come to work because we didn’t know what was going to happen on the lockdown order,” Mr Lukasik recalled. “But my wife, Joy and I came to the shop the next day and we did it ourselves day by day and kept operating even when our suppliers were closing down.” They decided not to apply to avail of the initial $1500 per employee JobKeeper scheme which amount is now reduced to $1200 per fortnight for their two employees. The scheme is due to end in March next year and those who lose the benefit and unable to find employment can apply for JobSeeker. By simply giving it their best shot, the Lukasik family were able to earn enough to pay the weekly rent on the shop on Campbell Street and soon after their two employees, Marie and Anzjuli, were back on board. “I am waiting for the borders to open so that we get back to normal,” he said.

Taxing time continues for small businesses HE best part of the 2020 Federal Budget for small businesses has been the tax incentives for innovation but may lead to less employment in the long term, Parramatta Chamber of Commerce president Schon Condon said. And, for cafes and other businesses that relied on foot traffic, the effects of Covid-19 outweigh any government program such as JobKeeper. ‘’Having that tax break for investment in technology is good for small businesses but could ultimately lead to the need for less staff,’’ Mr Condon told the Times. ‘’ With people working from home, in a CBD like Parramatta that means less


customers for the cafes, but also for businesses like dentists and doctors that had been visited by workers in the city. People working from home are likely to go to those businesses close to them. ‘’JobKeeper was good but it is unsustainable long term. Many small businesses such as cafes, with less customers, have been calling in their family to help out.’’ And with less people working from offices, Christmas parties - the restaurants’ dream in good times - are off the agenda. ‘’One major restaurant in Parramatta told me that he has just one Christmas booking,’’ Mr Condon said. ‘’Even if people return to the office,

an employer is not likely to want to put a whole lot of them together for a Christmas lunch.’’ With many small businesses unable to pay rent being evicted, Mr Condon would like to see the government set firmer rules about rent relief coming from landlords. ‘’The government put up guidelines for landlords but should have had blunt rules, rather than have small businesses having to do their own negotiation over rent.’ Mr Condon said full recovery for small businesses can only happen when people returned to their offices and were again patronising local cafes, restaurants and service industries in Parramatta.

Schon Condon.



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Melrose Park with its technology features.

City leading to smarter suburbs Technology provides feedback on local conditions  DALLAS SHERRINGHAM NEW cutting-edge initiative by the City of Parramatta will change the way new Australian suburbs and cities are designed, constructed and managed in the future. Council has launched the new initiative as a blueprint for ‘smarter’ future suburbs. The rollout of state-of-the-art technology across a 25ha development site in Melrose Park will provide an immense amount of feedback from the site. More than 70 environmental sensors will monitor and collect data on local conditions, including temperature, humidity, air quality, noise and stormwater, as the area is redeveloped. The information gathered will be analysed and used to understand the impacts of


development on the area and will improve the area’s livability in the long term. It will also inform council on future planning for other new areas . The collaborative smart project is a first for Local Government in Australia. “We are not only creating the Central River City, we are creating a great Australian city that people want to live, work and invest in,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said. “By using state-of-the-art technology to monitor the environment in and around Melrose Park throughout the construction process, we will be able to make more informed decisions in the planning of future suburbs.” The $1.142m project, which has been delivered in partnership with property developer PAYCE and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), received a $571,000

grant from the Australian Government as part of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. Other project partners include M Projects, The Urban Institute and ESRI Australia.

Environmental sensors In addition to the environmental sensors, a buoy has been placed in the Parramatta River at Ermington Bay to monitor water quality. A digital windsock, which displays real-time local weather data including wind speed, temperature, humidity, air quality, noise, rainfall and UV index data, has been installed in the area. Information is also available via a community dashboard on Council’s website. The findings and lessons learnt from this project have been published in a

Blueprint for Climate Responsive Neighbourhoods. “What we learn from the data collected throughout the construction process at Melrose Park will serve as a blueprint for future developments,” Cr Dwyer said. “It’s a smart approach to managing the growth of a Smart City and has the potential to be applied to other locations and development precincts.” UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures Senior Research Consultant Andrew Tovey said the project was one of national significance. “The close collaboration with City of Parramatta, PAYCE and the local community gave us a really unique view of the benefits and challenges of implementing smart sensor technologies on and around an urban development site,” Mr Tovey said.

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Kissing Point Rd Bridge.

IX new bridges will be built and another five bridges modified in the Greater Parramatta area, as part of the Parramatta Light Rail works. The bridges at Westmead, Parramatta, Camellia, Rosehill and Dundas will support dual-track light rail as well as an active transport link. Work on the 11 bridges across the Parramatta region includes (see map attached):


• A former rail bridge at Kissing Point Road in Dundas converted to active transport alongside a new three-span bridge for light rail; • Replacing the James Hardie Underpass in Camellia with a new bridge for light rail and the active transport link; • Encasing support structures for Victoria Road Bridge and Pennant Hills Road Bridge in concrete for protection; • Modifying the Adderton Road Bridge, Telopea, to support active transport;

• Replacing Vineyard Creek Bridge and Leamington Road Underpass, both in Dundas and recently demolished, with new bridges for light rail and active transport; • Building a new two-span bridge for light rail and active transport across Parramatta River alongside the existing Bridge Road Bridge in the Cumberland precinct; • A new 417-tonne steel arch bridge over James Ruse Drive at Rosehill (the biggest bridge construction on the project).

The light rail will be incorporated into a number of historic bridges, with the 1839 Lennox Bridge in Parramatta’s CBD to support light rail and pedestrians instead of car traffic, and the Parramatta River Bridge at Camellia, built in 1895 and modified in 1995, widened to accommodate an active transport link.The Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia and is expected to open in 2023.


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COVID-19 traced from Parramatta  ELIZABETH FRIAS ET tested for COVID-19 is key message for the Parramatta council area from NSW Health with Minister Brad Hazzard urging the public “to be truthful” as 11 new cases have emerged across Sydney. The latest NSW Health COVID-19 guideline include those who live, work or visiting Parramatta and nearby suburbs and recently attended the following venues to go for immediate testing and remain in isolation until they are found negative: • Ace Tutoring, 25 George St, Parramatta on Saturday, 10 October from 9.30am to 1.20pm; • Fitness First, Pennant Hills Rd, Carlingford on Saturday, 3 October from 8am to 9.15am; • Chemist Warehouse, Rawson St, Epping on Tuesday, October 6; and • Westfield Shopping Centre, Church St, Parramatta on 5, 6 and 7 October. The confirmed cases took public transport at public transport stations on the following time and date: • Parramatta Train Station on Saturday, October 10 at 1pm-1.40pm. • Parramatta Train Station on Tuesday, October 6 at 4.50pm to 5.02pm. • Parramatta Train Station on Sunday, October 4 at 2.41pm to 3.31pm. • Parramatta Train Station on Saturday, 3 October from 7.13pm to 8.04pm. • Bus No. 550 on Tuesday, October 6 at Epping Station on Beecroft Rd from 5.08pm to 5.41pm.. NSW Health is contacting those who


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The bus stop at Parramatta train station.

attended the Fitness First Pilates class at Carlingford because they were considered close contacts and must immediately get tested. Nearby suburbs with confirmed cases included Auburn where a person has tested positive after attending the Al-Jabr mathematics tutoring class at 37 Queen St on Thursday, October 8 from 4.30pm to 8.45pm and on Sunday, October 11 between 10am to 2.30pm.

Get tested At Westfield Mt Druitt on Carlisle Avenue, a case was confirmed on Monday, October 12 with the infected person attending the venue from 11.30am till 1pm. Mr Hazzard said there are concerns over a drop in the number of people going for tests and appealed to the community

to come forward and “be truthful” even for the mildest symptoms to prevent an outbreak. “To try and manage COVID-19 on behalf of our community we really need the entire community to be with us in this journey,” Mr Hazzard said. ‘One of the ongoing problems we have is that people are not telling us the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” Testing on Tuesday, October 13 recorded only 15,802 persons and 16,021 persons on Wednesday, showing a drop of over 200 persons when health officials are expecting increased testing numbers as new cases are confirmed. Mr Hazzard said the NSW government would consider easing restrictions further but the public must cooperate with testing to assess the infection spread.

Outdoor gatherings for up to 500 people for entertainment purposes has been allowed under Public Health Order No. 5 taking effect on October 12. Western Sydney has 12 confirmed cases and 38,372 people has been tested since the start of the pandemic. On August 12, one person has tested positive after attending the Parramatta Local Court which was immediately cleaned out and the person’s close contacts identified. On August 17, NSW Health has identified six cases traced at Our Lady of Mercy School in Parramatta. Another positive case was confirmed at Our Lady of Lebanon Church at Harris Park. The case has been identified as a family member of one of the priests at the church which has remained closed for services.

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Mayor calls for business support As Light Rail construction continues over summer ITY of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer has called on the NSW Government to ramp up its support for businesses impacted by Parramatta Light Rail construction after announcing it would continue works over summer. Transport for NSW today revealed it will no longer halt construction on Church Street for a three-month ‘grace period’ from November 1, following consultation with businesses. “We understand many local businesses support an earlier finish to major works and we hope this fast-tracking helps minimise impacts for them,” Cr Dwyer said. “However, Eat Street is a vital dining and retail district in Parramatta and these businesses have been doing it tough because of COVID-19 and Parramatta Light Rail construction. “Now is the time for the NSW Government to ramp up its support for Parramatta’s restaurants, cafes and retailers – es-


pecially since foot traffic has taken such a huge hit. “I am calling on the NSW Government to match City of Parramatta Council’s own funding commitments to keep businesses, and our City, buzzing.” Council has written to Transport for NSW asking that it provide additional support for local businesses in lieu of the grace period, including: • Matching Council’s offer to invest up to $70,000 in a Church Street marketing campaign; • Matching Council’s offer to invest up to $250,000 in our new initiative which provides free parking at the Riverbank and Eat Street car parks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights to help restaurants; • Stopping construction on Church Street at 5pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday so businesses can maximise dinner dining trade;

Light Rail construction along Eat Street.

• Improving pedestrian access on Church Street by installing midblock crossings; • Installing high-quality hoardings to help reduce noise and dust; • Installing new signage on key roads and intersections to direct people to Church Street; • Offering Church Street businesses

rent support. “Council has long advocated for a world-class light rail network and when completed, Parramatta Light Rail will transform our City,” Cr Dwyer said. “Council looks forward to continuing to work with the NSW Government to connect our City while supporting local businesses.”

Eat Street Light Rail works fast-tracked AJOR light rail construction on Parramatta’s ‘Eat Street’ dining strip will be fast-tracked for completion in mid-2021, returning the precinct to sophisticated outdoor dining as quickly as possible. Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said amending the construction schedule in response to COVID-19 would see work continue through a planned three-month construction break, bringing forward the completion of major construction. “Following engagement with local businesses, the feedback is clear – they want us to get on with the job. Due to the disruption of COVID-19, the foot-traffic is not there to sustain a long break in construction when we could be


fast-tracking these infrastructure works,” Mr Constance said. Transport for NSW consulted with the Parramatta Light Rail Business Reference Group and the Eat Street businesses on whether to postpone the grace period activation, which was scheduled to begin on November 1, and of those who voted, 90% were in favour of fast-tracking the work. The activation, known as ‘Eat Street Uncovered’, will now take place from August 2021 before the second phase of light rail works, installation of light rail stops, testing and commissioning, begins. Member for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee said this was an example of Transport for NSW and the Parramatta Light

Rail project working with local businesses to support them. Parramatta Chamber of Commerce President Schon Condon said the local business community had made the choice to press ahead with major works and to postpone the three-month construction grace period until later in 2021. Infrastructure works to be completed on Church Street, also known as Eat Street, between George and Market Streets in the Parramatta CBD, this summer include the laying of light rail tracks and the powering of streetlights. The Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia and is expected to open in 2023.



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Business of people’s personal lives Removalist discovers the real toll of COVID-19

David Amaneddine.

 ELIZABETH FRIAS N the 15 years David Amaneddine has run a removalist business, it will be the year 2020 he will remember most. In the worst time of the coronavirus pandemic, his company, AAA City Removalist (a Parramatta Chamber sponsor) has operated non-stop helping distressed families and individuals relocate and sort out their lives as they grapple with job losses and family breakdowns. “It has been heartbreaking when they share their stories with us and that’s how we got the pulse on how things were going with them as the pandemic eats into our lives,” says Mr Amaneddine “It has been an incredible experience having to move people and their personal belongings from Sydney and everywhere so that they can amalgamate with their families, or go live with relatives or friends to have a roof over their heads. “Others have downsized to cheaper houses due to divorce and separation so it was an incredibly emotional and distressing time for them.” By May and until last month, as many businesses have gradually reopened under a COVID-safe workplaces, Mr Amaned-


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dine’s company has moved thousands of families locally and at least 300 families and individuals, packing and loading boxes of their personal belongings and pieces of furniture into trucks as they look forward to a new lease of life somewhere out of Sydney. The removalist industry – around 130 of them operate in Western Sydney alone – has been classified as essential service during this pandemic.

Families are struggling Mr Amaneddine said his business operated under strict compliance with health experts’ instructions which included physical distancing, wearing masks, and gloves and other ways to prevent any spread of the coronavirus to their customers and staff. Due to the increased workload on the 50 permanent crew members, Mr Amaneddine immediately hired 10 extra staff to ensure their operations were running efficiently. Professional removalists are considered as an essential service and are permitted to cross the borders to Queensland, South Australia, and Victoria because customers were able to prove that the relocation was a necessity either based on

their economic circumstances or simply just moving. Most customers that Mr Amaneddine’s company has assisted were workers who lost their jobs in Sydney and had no other option but to move in with their families or friends within NSW or interstate for they could no longer afford to pay rent or repay mortgages. Some families have sold their homes to downsize and bought cheaper properties outside of the Sydney metropolitan centres to try their luck in country towns and find a way to survive the economic losses brought by the pandemic. “It’s easy for me to see why many people are struggling from this pandemic and as a businessman, I think we need to do more to get people back into employment, keep taxation simpler for businesses and for the national education system to better prepare the youth to adapt to the ever changing trends and needs of the modern business environment,” Mr Amaneddine said. “I feel fortunate that my business didn’t have to close down or slow down and have even made our operations stronger as an essential service,” Mr Amaneddine said. In the recent 2020 Western Sydney Business Awards, Mr Amaneddine was

among the judges for the Outstanding Business Leader of the Year category and was amazed by the personal qualities of the nominees. As a businessman who directed his own company and turned it into a multi-million-dollar enterprise in Western Sydney, Mr Amaneddine has offered some advice to help businesses having a difficult time to recover or keep afloat. “Make sure your business is recession-proof and save money during the good times because you will always need cash flow. If they do these things like I did, they would be able to pass through this pandemic and come out wiser and resilient. It’s allowed me to do well.” Mr Amaneddine said he has admired fellow business owners who have “a big heart”, contributed to their community, and engaged themselves in “extra-curricular activities outside of the daily running of a business.” Mr Amaneddine said government subsidies flowing onto businesses and furloughed workers to stimulate the economy would end eventually and it will be the job of the industries and businesses working together to ensure the economy is back to full speed and he would like to help.

City launches gift card program Go Local campaign aims to kick start business ITY of Parramatta Council has launched a new gift card program to encourage people to discover the City’s offerings as part of a ‘Go Local’ campaign featuring famous Australians. The AT PARRAMATTA Gift Cards can be redeemed at more than 50 outlets across the Parramatta Local Government Area from today, with dozens more businesses joining each week. Former Parramatta Eels player Tim Mannah and comedian Rob Shehadie also star in a promotional video encouraging people to dine, drink and eat locally. “The City of Parramatta is the centre of global Sydney and small businesses are the backbone of our local economy − but they have been doing it tough during the pandemic,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said. “We’re calling on our community to get behind the City’s many cafes, restaurants and retailers, including on our famous Eat Street, whether by buying an AT PARRAMATTA Gift Card or dropping in. “We also invite local businesses to participate in this fantastic gift card initiative.


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Not only is the program free of charge, it’s a great way to get customers through your doors.” The AT PARRAMATTA Gift Cards can be of any value up to $1,000 and redeemed at participating businesses using EFTPOS. Council’s successful ‘Go Local’ campaign aims to support the 27,000 businesses

across the City through promotions and marketing material. Council has profiled local businesses in Go Local videos such as independent music store Beatdisc Records, hair salon Hair by Phd, fitness centre Capax CrossFit, professional tailor House of Albert, Latin dance school Urban Salsa and Mexican food outlet Fireworks Foods.

These initiatives are part of Council’s $3M COVID-19 Community Resilience and Economic Relief Package to help support local businesses impacted by COVID-19 and construction. The Relief Package also includes: the COVID-19 Local Business Finder, an interactive website that lists businesses and nearby parking; a Small Business Grants Program, offering eligible businesses $2,000 in assistance; more short-term parking in the Parramatta CBD; and signage to let people know that businesses are still open. Parramatta Chamber of Commerce President Schon Condon welcomed Council’s ‘Go Local’ campaign. “The Chamber encourages everyone to get behind the wonderful ‘Go Local’ campaign initiative by City of Parramatta Council,” Mr Condon said. For more information about the gift card program and to register, visit: Local businesses are also invited to sign up to the ‘Go Local’ online directory to promote their offerings. To register and view Council’s promotional videos, visit:

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Warning about public scams

Man charged with intent and affray A 34-year-old male has been charged with Armed with Intent and Affray after an incident occurred at a Parramatta Shopping Centre over the long weekend. About 6.40pm on Monday 5th October 2020, a male has approached a group of youths where it is alleged, he made an inappropriate comment. The group and the male became involved in an argument with the male making his way to a nearby supermarket where he has entered the stationary aisle. The youths have followed the male into the store where the male has picked up a pair of scissors opening the packet. It is alleged the male has brandished the scissors in a reverse grip pointing the scissors at the group. Staff at the location have intervened standing in between the group and the male. Police have attended a short time later where they have arrested the male and conveyed him back to Parramatta Police Station. The matter is to be heard before the Parramatta Local Court on the 17th November 2020.

POLICE would like to further remind the public that there are numerous scams currently in circulation and to exercise a high level of caution prior to transferring money, gift cards or iTunes cards to people online or over the phone. On the 5th October 2020 a 24-year-old woman has lost $1000 to unknown persons after being told she owed the money in unpaid Taxes. The caller had all the woman’s details so believed it to be legitimate. The woman was told Police had an active warrant for her arrest and local police would be in contact with her soon. She was

Kurrajongs man returns a positive reading ABOUT 12.30am on Sunday 4th October 2020, a 24-year-old East Kurrajong man was stopped by Police in his vehicle at a stationary RBT Site on O’Connell Street, Parramatta. The male was subjected to a roadside breath test which returned a positive reading. The male was arrested and conveyed back to Parramatta Police Station where he completed a breath analysis returning a mid-range reading. His licence was suspended, and he was charged with mid rang PCA. The matter is to be heard before the Parramatta Local Court on the 4th November 2020.

Woman loses control of car at Toongabbie ABOUT 4.30pm on Tuesday 6th October 2020, a 49-year-old Toongabbie woman was driving a silver Nissan X-Trail east along Fitzwilliam Road, Toongabbie, when she lost control and struck a traffic island. The impact caused extensive damage to the front left side of the vehicle, which ultimately came to a stop in the first of the two east bound lanes. Police were called and attended a short time later to find the woman still seated in the driver’s seat. The woman was breath tested and returned a positive indication to alcohol. Police placed the woman under arrest and took her back to Parramatta Police Station to undergo breath analysis. The woman returned a reading in the mid-range,


called by someone she believed to be Police saying she had an outstanding warrant for unpaid taxes and the debt would have to be paid. A payment plan was devised for the woman which

had her licence suspended and was issued with a court attendance notice to appear before the Parramatta Local Court on the 21st October 2020.

Man had knuckle dusters in pocket A 31-year-old Eastwood man was charged by Police for the possession of a prohibited weapon on Friday 9th October 2020. About 4:00pm that date, officers attached to the Parramatta Police Area Command Bicycle Unit were conducting patrols near Noller Parade and George Street, Parramatta when they saw an Eastwood man exchange an item with another male. Police approached and searched both males, locating a set of ‘knuckle dusters’ in the side pocket of the Eastwood man’s bag. The Eastwood male was issued a court attendance notice to appear before the Parramatta Local Court later this month.

would involve her purchasing $1000 worth of iTunes gift cards and sending them to a mobile number. The woman has done this and after speaking with her family realised it was a scam.

Man punched in the head at bus stop ABOUT 5.45pm on Thursday 8th October 2020, a 65-year-old West Pennant Hills man was seated at a bus stop on the corner of Phillip Street and Charles Street, Parramatta. The man sneezed into his arm, at which point an unidentified male approached and punched him to the head. The man tried to question the unknown male, but he walked off without saying anything. Police were called and attended a short time later but were unable to locate the unknown male. The unknown male is described as Pacific Islander in appearance, weighing about 105 to 110 kilograms, of stocky/ muscular build, with black hair fading on the sides and spiky on top, wearing a dark blue coloured T-shirt and dark blue pants. Anyone with any information about the incident, is asked to contact Paramatta Police Station on 02 96330799, or alternatively Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Teenage rebel now respected councillor  DI BARTOK ROM teenage rebel to a valued deputy Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Michelle Garrard feels well-equipped to help run a major city – thanks to the life-long mentorship of her father, former Lord Mayor (and now Cumberland councillor) Paul Garrard. Michelle was elected to council in 2017 on the Our Local Community ticket. OLC was founded by her father, a 45-year local government veteran 1.Congratulations on being re-elected as deputy Lord Mayor for a record-breaking fourth term. How have you grown over your time in the role and what have you learned? This term has been challenging as there is a lot going on in Parramatta at the moment. Having been involved in Council prior to being elected has given be a strong grounding and understanding of major projects. I have been able to provide the necessary support to Lord Mayors as their Deputy given my experience and understanding of council. 2.Learning about local politics at your father’s knee, when did you realise that you wanted to follow in his footsteps? I became active locally in 2012. Having watched many councillors come and go I formed an opinion I could represent our community better. I knew it was time as my children got older and I was able to manage the commitment. 3. What were you like growing up – an obedient, quiet child or a bit of a rebel? It could be said I was a bit of a rebel. As most teens I butted heads with my parents. However, I believe all my journeys have made me the person I am today. 4.How much does your father influence your decisions and your way of thinking?


Some people have hobbies, I have Council.” – Michelle Garrard.

All in the family: Paul and Michelle Garrard.

My dad Paul Garrard is my mentor. Dad has more than 45 years’ experience and played a major role in Parramatta having been Lord Mayor six times. He is always there to listen and provide continuity on issues in Parramatta (he is a history book), but we are both busy and probably don’t talk enough. 5. As a mother of two teenage girls and a son, how do you balance, work, parenting and council work? Being full time working mum it has been a balancing act. But all three of my children have been fantastic and completely supportive. I have found being organised is the secret.


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6. How can we encourage more women to enter local government? I think it is hard for women to make the decision to get involved in Local Government. Many of us are full time working mums/wives and council adds another layer to an already busy life we all have. However, I would strongly encourage women to consider running for council as it is very rewarding. I think women have a lot to offer as most of us are very community focused and are already involved in community through kids sport and school. Council is about community. 7. What is the most common question people ask you about council?

Well, they are surprised to find out that councillors are not full time and have to balance their council work with jobs. 8. Is there anything you think is missing in Parramatta that you want to work on? Currently Parramatta is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities. This is an exciting time. However, I don’t want the State Government to lose sight of what is important to the Parramatta community. The transition of Parramatta should not be at the expense of our history. A major issue currently is the museum development of our riverbank. The riverbank is not an appropriate location, and I will continue to support the community’s objection regarding the location of this project and to protect the heritage building impact by the proposed plan. Additionally, I would like to focus on local infrastructure needs and upgrades particularly relating to ur parks and sporting fields to compliment the growth and investment in Parramatta. 9. What are your interests away from council matters? As I work full time, Council is my interest. Some people have hobbies, I have Council.

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Opportunity has been missed in latest Budget




Julie Owens Bulletin Help for young people Young people in our community are bearing the brunt of the unemployment crisis. At the same time, they’re being asked to make big choices about the future. I’ve put together a ‘youth kit’ that covers education, employment, finances, and health and wellbeing to help young people (school leavers - 25) navigate this exciting, but often challenging time of life. If you’d like a copy, visit or phone my office on 9689 1455 and we’ll post one out to you.

…and seniors!

 JULIE OWENS MP WANT you to imagine for a moment that you’re the Treasurer. You’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest to get through the pandemic, stimulate the recovery and lay the groundwork for what comes next. What would you do? I‘m asking this question because I think the Morrison Government missed a real opportunity with this Budget. On the Labor side we recognised the need for cooperation to pass some important measures. But we do have concerns – particularly as Parramatta and other parts of Western Sydney are some of the hardest hit by COVID-19 in the country. Despite spending over $200B dollars during the pandemic and increasing debt to one trillion dollars, the Government is withdrawing support too early. This risks slowing our recovery - and there’s no real plan to invest in the future. The Budget includes some generous support for businesses – but they can only get it if they’re in a strong enough position to employ new people and invest in new equipment. Struggling businesses like travel agents, arts companies, bus companies and restaurants are left to rely on JobKeeper, which has already been reduced and will be cut altogether in March. Businesses that are able to hire will only receive the wage subsidies (JobMaker) and apprentice support for a maximum of one year. Obvious places to invest public money for long term gain like social housing, aged care and childcare – what has become known as the ‘Care Economy’ - are missing from the mix, as is the fastest growing group of people on unemployment benefits, women over 50. And there is nothing to address climate change, or insecure work, or to reverse savage cuts to the public sector.


Donate and Deliver Meanwhile, in our community, more and more people are putting their shoulder to the wheel to donate and deliver food to the many people left out altogether like international students, temporary and skilled visa holders. Soon they’ll be joined by the over 12,000 people in the Parramatta electorate relying on unemployment support, which will revert to $40 a day on January 1. And who knows how many of the estimated 30,000+ local workers on JobKeeper will need relief when their payments are cut a few months later? There are some that will be helped by the budget, but I fear for the many once-viable businesses that have been effectively shut down; families that had been financially solid, now facing increasing debt; and residential property investors facing real loss of rental income. I really hope that this plan to drive growth through encouraging businesses to employ and invest at this rather uncertain time works. I really do. But there could have been so much more. There is nothing in the budget that is a surprise. No vision to re-shape our economy or communities. It really is business as usual – just on a bigger scale – and these are not normal times So – if you were the Treasurer how would you invest to build the community, society and economy that you want your children to grow up in? I’ve added a survey to my website asking this question, and I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please scan the QR code on the left and let me know what you think. Julie Owens is Federal Member for Parramatta.

I’ve also updated my ‘seniors kit’ with information about coronavirus and local services that can help you get through this difficult time. If you’d like a copy, please phone my office on 9689 1455 and we’ll post one out to you.

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Western Sydney Airport stations named ď Ž DALLAS SHERRINGHAM HE station locations for the new Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis line have been named. The stations for the new Sydney Metro project will service Greater Western Sydney and will provide a multitude of new business opportunities for the region. The project also set to deliver a multi-billion dollar boost to the region’s economy. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Transport Andrew Constance and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres announced the station locations at the site of the future Western Sydney Aerotropolis Station. “The Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project will support 14,000 jobs, including 250 apprentices and inject billions of dollars to the NSW and Australian economies,â€? Ms Berejiklian said. “Where we are standing today will become a major new transport interchange, right in the heart of the future central business district for the Western Parkland City.â€? Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said construction would start this year on the around $11bn mega-project that would deliver economic support and local jobs. “This city-shaping investment is being fast-tracked to help our economy recover from COVID-19 and deliver a major stimulus right in the heart of Western Sydney,â€? Mr Tudge said. “Western Sydney residents will reap the benefits of this investment well before the first train leaves the station.â€? Exact station locations have now also been confirmed on the 23km driverless railway line at St Marys, Orchard Hills, Luddenham and two stations at the airport.


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Long tender process The St Marys station will be beneath the existing St Marys station. NSW Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the tender process had also started to deliver 10km of twin Metro railway tunnels, with the call for registrations of interest. “Construction starts later this year on a project that will become the transport spine for the Western Parkland City,� Mr Constance said. “The new railway will link residential areas with jobs hubs, and connect

travellers from the new airport with the rest of Sydney’s public transport network.� NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the project would be a game changer for the region. “This will provide the backbone for the economic and broader development of the Western Parkland City,� Mr Ayres said. Federal Member for Lindsay Melissa McIntosh said the Australian and NSW Governments were working together in

preparation for the airport opening for passenger services. “The huge investment in Western Sydney Infrastructure projects is creating an interconnected city that will enable innovation, support growth and create jobs to build an exciting future for Western Sydney,� Mrs McIntosh said. Supporting the airport and Aerotropolis is a key part of the Western Sydney City Deal – a 20-year agreement signed in March 2018 by the Commonwealth Government, NSW Government and eight Western Sydney councils.

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The new Mini Countryman.

Mini’s new Countryman is here with new styling and more electric range for hybrid  CALLUM HUNTER IVE months after it was debuted to the world, Mini Australia has detailed the pricing and specification levels of its updated Countryman compact SUV line-up with the range now kicking off from $44,500 plus on-road costs for the entry-level Cooper. Marking a $2300 increase in entry price, the new Countryman has been treated to a subtle styling makeover front and rear and gained a few extra bits of standard gear while retaining most of the same engines. We say most because Mini has opted to drop the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder mill in favour of hybrid powertrains as global emissions regulations become increasingly stringent. On the subject of electrification, the all-electric range of the hybrid Countryman – formerly the S E ALL4 PHEV – has been extended from 40km to between 55 and 61km thanks to a new 9.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack (up from 7.6kWh). Back on the styling front, the headlines here are a new radiator grille, new front and rear bumpers along with Union Jack tail-lights as per the rest of the Mini range. A new 5.5-inch digital instrument cluster leads the charge in terms of interior changes, while Apple CarPlay and an “expanded suite of Mini Connected features” can be accessed via an 8.8-inch infotainment screen. In terms of specific variants, the $44,500 Cooper comes as standard with LED front and rear lighting, leatherette sports seats, comfort access, automatic tailgate, aforementioned digital instrument cluster and infotainment system, Mini Connected services, wireless phone charging, Apple CarPlay and adaptive cruise control with stop and go function. The whole package then rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels while standard safety gear includes city crash mitigation with pedestrian detection, park distance control with rear camera and reversing assistant as well as dynamic traction control. Power comes courtesy of the same turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine as the outgoing model, still good for some 100kW of power and 220Nm of torque, all of which is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Above the Cooper is the sportier Cooper S ($52,900) which ditches the tiny threebanger in favour of a 141kW/280Nm 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder mill. In addition to the kit included on the regular Cooper, the Cooper S scores three


drive modes – sport, mid and green – piano black headlight surrounds, bezels around rear lights, front grille frame, door handles and badging, 18-inch alloy wheels with run-flat tyres, John Cooper Works steering wheel, leather cross punch sports seats, piano black interior, forward collision warning and braking pre-conditioning. Priced $8000 north of the Cooper S in the range is the Hybrid which boasts virtually all of the same standard kit as its traditionally powered cousin – apart from the black exterior trim. Power in this instance comes from a hybridised version of the base Cooper’s 1.5-litre petrol mill (100kW/220Nm) paired with a 65kW/165Nm electric motor.

Results speak for themselves he other mechanical change of note is the move to a six-speed automatic transmission rather than the seven-speed DCT automatic used in all other variants, with power sent to all four wheels. While Mini does not quote a combined output, the results speak themselves, with the new Hybrid outstripping the Cooper S from 0-100km/h by 0.7s (7.5s vs 6.8s). With an all-electric driving range of up to 61km, Mini claims the Hybrid Countryman will sip 2.4 litres of fuel per 100km and emit just 54g of CO2 per kilometre. Sitting at the top of the Countryman range is the John Cooper Works ($67,818)

and John Cooper Works Pure ($61,915), a new variant designed to offer all of the performance with only some of the frills found on the absolute flagship – just like parent company BMW does with its M range. Powered by the same 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine as found in the M135i hot hatch, the JCW duo are good for 225kW of power and 450Nm of torque, resulting in a 0-100km/h time of 5.1 seconds. Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed ‘Steptronic’ automatic transmission, also pinched from the M135i. In classic JCW style, the flagship duo is adorned with a chunkier, more aggressive body kit and styling cues including a roof-mounted spoiler, central twin exhaust tips and unique alloy wheels. Standard equipment on the top model largely mirrors that of the Cooper S but adds a few extra goodies here and there including adaptive sports suspension, 19inch light-alloy wheels, high performance brakes, Anthracite headliner, head-up display and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. The Pure meanwhile goes without a few of these features, swapping out the leather cross punch sports seats for leather/Dinamica units and going without the head-up display, adaptive damping, 19-inch wheels or premium sound system. Instead, the JCW Pure rolls on unique 18-inch alloys.

“The arrival of the new Mini Countryman will bolster the strong momentum we’ve enjoyed in Australia thus far in 2020,” Mini Australia and New Zealand general manager Brett Waudby said. “We anticipate strong interest in the new Countryman, a clear favourite in the Mini range, and look forward to delivering signature British charm, go-kart thrills and value-added practicality for our Mini fans.” Mini Australia has sold 584 new Countrymans so far this year ending August, accounting for 5.4 per cent of the $40,000plus small SUV segment.

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Amazing Whitsundays rank with world’s greatest islands  DALLAS SHERRINGHAM oing back to the wonderful Whitsundays is like going back to a special place to meet a long lost friend. I often go the Whitsundays in my dreamtime - sailing sparkling blue waters under warm skies that stretch forever. Once again I explore the pine clad islands that are sprinkled out across the bluest seas, lie on the golden beaches under swaying palms and chat with happy wanderers all sharing the same dream as me. Well, dream no more! Recently it all came true again: I had the chance to go back and spend a week in the Whitsundays as a guest of the best regional tourism organization in Australia. I consider myself an aficionada of islands and I have had the chance to visit most of the world’s great tourist island groups. Let me tell you, nothing quite compares with the Whitsundays for a complete island experience. While Airlie Beach and surrounds is on the mainland, it is the Gateway to the Whitsundays and has a real island feel about it. I visited with my wife Sharon on a Lets Go Motorhome tour of Queensland and stayed at the Big 4 Whitsunday Adventure Resort at Cannonvale. What a place? It is so good, I am going to devote a section on it in a future edition.


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Five “must do” things in the Whitsundays: * Take a day tour out to the Great Barrier Reef with Cruise Whitsunday. You can scuba dive, snorkel, swim or just sunbake and take some photos. The Reef on a sunny day is nothing else you will ever see in your life. The Cruise Whitsunday had plenty of friendly crew on board and expert assistance is provided during every step of your adventure.


* You also have to do a Crocodile Adventure tour on the Proserpine River. This trip was a real shock to me. I had heard rumors of crocs in the area but I saw more big crocs in one day than I saw in all my tours of Kakadu and the Kimberley’s. It included a nice barbecued lunch and friendly hosts, So do yourself a favor and make sure you do this tour. * Have breakfast at the Fat Frog Beach Café at Cannonvale. You are best to book a spot as this café draws in the locals and

tourists in their thousands. I was on a health kick, but discovering a yummy pile of pancakes with ice cream and maple syrupy on the menu, I had to rip up the diet one more time. * Take an overnight trip to one of the resort islands. I stayed on the revamped Daydream Island which was flattened by Cyclone Debbie. While the service still needs tweaking, the resort itself is stunning. An amazing tropical themed atrium and the fascinating walk through aquarium


full of big stingrays and reef sharks and fish. *Walk the Bicentenial Boardwalk for 4km from Cannonvale to Airlie Beach. Stop along the way for a snack at the many food outlets. The walk is good any hour of the day, but the sunsets are especially stunning. You can see turtles if you are patient.




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Former asylum rich in history and now mired in controversy

Mentally ill convicts were kept within this gaol which was located where Prince Alfred Square exists today on the corner of Church Street and Victoria Road.”  TERRY SMITH N the early part of the 19th century, one of the issues that caused consternation for colonial governors was the care and management of increasing numbers of mentally ill people. Governor Macquarie had converted the former barracks on the government farm at Castle Hill into an asylum in 1811, but not before he appointed Australia’s first formal carer of “lunatics” Patrick Cullen, a warder at the Parramatta Gaol in 1810. Mentally ill convicts were kept within this gaol which was located where Prince Alfred Square exists today on the corner of Church Street and Victoria Road. The Castle Hill Asylum had become so dilapidated by 1825, it was decided to close it and convert a building once used as a courthouse at Liverpool into the colony’s new asylum. Within a few years the problems associated with the care of the mentally ill in a converted and essentially ill-suited building became evident, not least because an increasingly class conscious colonial society didn’t want “free” citizens forced to mix with the convict class, even in health care. Convicts who became mentally ill could not be released into society, and if they didn’t recover they remained as “convicts” all of their lives. In 1837 Governor Gipps began the construction of the colony’s first purpose-built asylum at Tarban Creek (later Gladesville Hospital). However by 1845 the new asylum was heavily overcrowded and another solution was needed to manage the problem of


increasing numbers of mentally ill people in the colony. With the cessation of convict transportation to the colony in 1839, former convict establishments were being closed. At Parramatta, the convict prison known as the Female Factory had begun to wind down in 1842 with most of the women given their Tickets of Leave. However, there were a number of women who were “Invalid” (chronically ill or infirm aged) and “Lunatic” remaining at the institution. In 1846, twenty one lunatic female convict patients were transferred from Tarban Creek Asylum to the Female Factory – this was the beginning of change of the Factory’s role as a prison into an asylum. In March 1848, the Female Factory was of-


ficially gazetted as the “Asylum for Lunatic and Invalid Convicts” and males began to be admitted. This allowed for the separation of convict patients from those who were free settlers, at least for a short time. On December 31 1849, the former Female Factory was gazetted as the “Lunatic Asylum Parramatta”, thus becoming the colony’s second public asylum and a role the site continued to fulfil until very recently as Cumberland Hospital. Cumberland Hospital today is very much smaller than when it was at its largest in the early 201th century. From once being 1800 beds it is reduced to less than 250 all of which are now located on the western side of the Parramatta River. The oldest and most historically

important eastern campus is where the Female Factory was located. The place today is mired in controversy. Historians and heritage advocates would like to see the colonial buildings turned into a major tourist attraction for Parramatta, after all it is older and more intact than Port Arthur in Tasmania! Arguably it is a much better site for the new “Powerhouse Museum” utilising the beautiful sandstone buildings with room for additional structures. However, the State Government has flagged plans to offer the site up as a “business hub” thus limiting tourism potential and public access to the area, perhaps forever? Terry Smith is a local historian.

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Catnap will get you through How a coffee and sleep can improve attention ď Ž DALLAS SHERRINGHAM AVING a catnap and a coffee on nightshift can be good for you, according to a new report. Now, we have known about the coffee bit from time immemorial, but the catnap idea was always a “no noâ€? because the general consensus was that it did not help and actually made you sleepier. But it seems now a simple coffee and a quick catnap could be the cure for staying alert on the nightshift as new research from the University of South Australia shows that this unlikely combination can improve attention and reduce sleep inertia. In Australia, more than 1.4 million people are employed in shift work, with more than 200,000 regularly working night or evening shifts. Lead researcher Dr Stephanie Centofanti from UniSA Online and the Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory at UniSA said the finding could help counteract the kind of sleep inertia that is experienced by many shiftworkers. “Shift workers are often chronically sleep-deprived because they have disrupted and irregular sleep patterns,â€? Dr Centofanti said. “As a result, they commonly use a range of strategies to try to boost their alertness while on the nightshift and these can include taking power naps and drinking coffee – yet it’s important to understand that there are disadvantages for both. “Many workers nap during a night shift because they get so tired. But the downside is that they can experience ‘sleep inertia’ – that grogginess you have just after you wake up – and this can impair their performance and mood for up to an hour after their nap.


Showing a marked improvement “Caffeine is also used by many people to stay awake and alert. But again if you have too much coffee it can harm your overall sleep and health. And, if you use it to perk you up after a nap, it can take a good 20 to 30 minutes to kick in, so there is a significant time delay before you feel the desired effect. “A ‘caffeine-nap’or ‘caff-nap’ could be a viable alternative – by drinking a coffee before taking a nap, shiftworkers can gain the benefits of a 20 to 30-minute nap then the perk of the caffeine when they wake. It’s a win-win.� The small pilot study tested the impact of 200 mg of caffeine (equivalent to 1-2

regular cups of coffee) consumed by participants just before a 3.30am 30-minute nap, comparing results with a group that took a placebo. Participants taking a ‘caffeine-nap’ showed marked improvements in both performance and alertness, indicating the potential of a ‘caffeine-nap’ to counteract sleep grogginess. Dr Centofanti said this showed a promising fatigue countermeasure for shift workers. She said the next move was to test the new finding on more people. FOOTNOTE: I have been telling our Editor-in-chief that going to sleep on the job can actually be good for you, but he does not tend to agree during the daylight

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Tickets on sale for hundreds of Great Southern Nights Gigs ORE than 2,500 artists and 300plus live music venues across NSW are primed for the Australian-first music event, Great Southern Nights, with tickets for over 900 gigs now on sale. A NSW Government initiative, Great Southern Nights has been created to kick-start the recovery of the live music, hospitality and tourism industries in a COVID-safe environment. Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said Great Southern Nights would provide music lovers from across the country many reasons to get out in NSW this November. “NSW will come alive with great Australian music in November with gigs taking place in many of the state’s best music venues, pubs, bars, bowling clubs and wineries,” Minister Ayres said. “With 2,500 artists performing in 300plus venues across Sydney and more than 130 NSW towns, there is a gig spanning every genre and destination – check out the gig guide for details, book your tickets and start planning your Great Southern Nights adventure now.


“Shows range from Jimmy Barnes playing The Sydney Coliseum in Western Sydney, Tones And I performing at the Civic Theatre in Newcastle, Ian Moss at Lizotte’s Restaurant, Matt Corby embracing the North Coast vibe at Brunswick Heads and Shannon Noll rocking out in Deniliquin. “The NSW Government is proud to be getting artists, roadies, venues, hospitality staff and tourism businesses back to work through this ambitious initiative and now it’s over to the public to show their support by booking tickets to a gig or two, or more.”

Top line up of artists Joining the feature artist line-up are Lime Cordiale, Jessica Mauboy, Vera Blue, Hoodoo Gurus and Ruel, keeping company among Australian music champions Kasey Chambers and Troy Cassar-Daley, The Angels, Thirsty Merc and Kate Ceberano. Great Southern Nights will comprise 1,000 individual COVID-safe gigs across NSW during Australian Music Month in November.

Sneaky Sound System.

Alex the Astronaut.

Music lovers can book tickets to a show via the gig guide at Tickets are now on sale for over 900 gigs with more coming online daily. Great Southern Nights is delivered by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW in partnership with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). ARIA CEO Dan Rosen said the Great Southern Nights program was coming at a critical time for the industry. “This is an extremely important moment for the Australian music industry,” Mr Rosen said. “Great Southern Nights is an innovative and effective way of getting artists back on stages safely and ensuring money starts flowing back through the live music ecosystem – to artists, venues, agents, tour managers and sound and lighting crew. “We can’t wait to see the shows getting underway from November 5.” See the gig guide and buy tickets at

Richard Clapton.

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How are contracts affected in COVID-19? end upon the happening of the frustrating event, with the parties discharged from further performance. In New South Wales, the Frustrated Contracts Act 1978 deals with the financial implications of frustration (for example, adjusting any payments already made under a frustrated contract).

 LEGAL with PHILLIP BROPHY HEN times are good often there is no need to look at the fine print of contracts as the job gets done and people get paid. However, as we all know things can come out of the blue and the latest example of that is COVID-19. Matthews Folbigg Lawyers has been receiving a lot of enquiries from clients seeking advice in relation to contracts with a view to either getting out of their contracts or alternatively, seeking to enforce their contracts. Contracts can be oral (the main exception being that land contracts must be in writing) or written but in both cases the questions are what are the terms of the contract and, if there is any ambiguity or uncertainty, what did the parties intend when they were negotiating the contract? The impact of COVID-19 has meant a lot of contracts cannot be performed or there is a significant delay in performance. Often in these situations a deposit has been paid and there is a supplier who needs the work and a frustrated customer who wants to get out of the deal. Alternatively, the customer may not have the money or loan finance to pay for the goods or service. So that is why the terms of the contract are critical. What does the contract say about timeframes for performance and payment? Often a refund of deposit to the customer or forfeiture of deposit to the supplier will be dependent on the termination of the contract by one party because of default by the other party. In the absence of clear terms, two relevant legal concepts are force majeure and frustration.


Words of warning

Force Majeure Force majeure is a French term meaning “superior force”. Many contracts contain a force majeure clause, the key features being: • A set of defined events referred to as an “event of force majeure” – this could include war, terrorism or natural disasters, but could also include events relevant to COVID-19, such as epidemic, pandemic, or acts or restraints by government authorities • Typically, the force majeure clause will provide that where a force majeure event is preventing, restricting or delaying performance under the contract, the parties that are affected by the force majeure event will be excused from performing under the contract for the duration of the force majeure event • In some cases, the force majeure clause will allow an affected party to terminate the contract if the force majeure event continues for a certain period of time (eg, 3 months)

• The parties are usually required to take steps to mitigate the effects of the force majeure event It is important to note that a force majeure clause is a creature of contract – it must be expressly written in the contract to be binding (and will be construed according to those express terms). Force majeure clauses are not implied.

Frustration By contrast, frustration is a common law doctrine – it arises by operation of the law and is not based on the express terms of the contract. Frustration has three key elements: • A supervening event occurs. • Which was not caused by the parties and which is outside of their control, and • Which renders performance of the contractual obligations impossible in the circumstances (such circumstances being radically different from those contemplated by the parties when they first entered into the contract) The consequence of frustration is that the contract automatically comes to an

It is vital that you seek legal advice before varying or terminating a contract or walking away from your obligations. Unlawful termination of a contract could amount to repudiation and may expose you to a damages claim. The individual circumstances of each matter must be looked at. We see that many contracts have been prepared by parties with little attention to formal or standard type clauses such as the force majeure clause which are usually found towards the end of the contract. Whilst it is understandable that people pay more attention to the clauses that reflect the commercial deal, these difficult and unusual times should remind us that all of the contract should be carefully prepared and reviewed before signing.

More information Please contact our commercial law team at Matthews Folbigg Lawyers on 9635 7966 if you would like our advice regarding your contractual rights and obligations or for contract preparation or review before signing. Phillip Brophy is senior commercial lawyer at Matthews Folbigg. Visit:

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Exciting outdoor dining precinct opens Walker Corporation’s Parramatta Square project taking shape HE outdoor dining precinct at Parramatta Square is open, offering an exciting range of dining options. Walker Corporation’s $3.2B redevelopment of Parramatta Square is one of Australia’s largest urban renewal projects. The precinct will act as the meeting point and hub for the city, transforming Parramatta into one of Sydney’s fastest-growing regions. Parramatta Square will see some of


Sydney’s largest names in the hospitality industry make the move to Western Sydney for the first time. The precinct has already welcomed Australian cult burger shack, Betty’s Burgers, and the Japanese inspired salad bar, Fishbowl, having both opened their doors last month. On Wednesday, October 21, the public domain saw Bondi’s neighbourhood Osteria, CicciaBella open their second venue and first in Western Sydney.

Restaurateur / Entrepreneur, Maurice Terzini said: “Parramatta Square is an incredibly exciting development, revitalising the city centre and creating a new culinary experience in Parramatta.” The team behind Surry Hills’ Nour, Henrietta and Cuckoo Callay (Newtown & Surry Hills) will also be opening their first venue in Parramatta, LILYMU. Rivareno Gelato will also open its doors in the precinct. Hailing from Bologna, Italy, Rivareno Gelato is an intense, creamy and




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Importance of the Business Plan ď Ž DALLAS SHERRINGHAM E all are familiar with the term “business planâ€?, but what is a good business plan and how do you write one?


I remember my first attempt at a young age: ‘start the business, sell x amount of products every week, make a million!’ I guess I left out a few important things like how and where the finance is coming from, who is doing what, where the products are coming from, how I would deliver them, what tax I would pay‌.well, you get the picture. It wasn’t a business plan at all, but rather a mission statement. And I had done economics at high school, but they never taught us about business plans. Business plans don’t guarantee success, as much as a cricket bat doesn’t guarantee you’ll be the next David Warner, but you have to have a good one to get started. So, here we go. I learnt all this from the Federal Government business site:

Getting Started on a Plan Before writing your business plan, it is recommended that you honestly evaluate yourself and decide if your business idea has a good chance of success. And be realistic, because honesty here can save you a fortune and years of disappointment. Analysis can help you anticipate any challenges you may face and help you overcome them. It can also help you set the goals for your business in your business plan. Things to consider before writing your Business Plan: • Analyse your business idea – Is your business idea viable? Is there a market for your proposed product or service? Is your business idea worth investing your time and money into? • Analyse yourself – Are you ready to venture into business? Do you have what it takes to be an entre-


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preneur? Do you have the skills needed to run your business successfully? Are you ready to put in the hard work? I would add in here to analyse the opposition, success and failures. It’s easy to read why a business succeeded but less so when a business failed. Find people who know more about the field than you do. And you can never do too much internet research: Knowledge is Power!

Preparing Yourself For Business 1. Determine who your plan is for Does your business plan have more than one purpose? Will you use it internally, or will you involve external parties, such as an investor or bank? Deciding what your purpose is, can help you develop your Plan for the right audience. If the Plan has been developed for third parties, you will need to determine what they will be most interested in. Do not assume they are just interested in the financial part of your business. They will be looking at the whole package. 2. Do your research You will need to make quite a few decisions about your business including its structure, marketing strategies and finances before you can complete your plan. Research can help you develop goals and targets, as well as a better understanding of where your business should be heading. It is important to make sure your research is up-to-date and accurate before presenting to lenders or investors as market conditions can change over time.

3. Update your finances Lenders and investors need to know your finances are in order and your business is in a strong financial position. Both lenders and investors will want to know how much money you currently have, how much money you need and how much you expect to make in the near future. While a bit of extra funding will help you ensure you are covered for unexpected costs, be realistic and avoid asking for more than you need. Pay off credit card debt. 4. Write your summary last Summarise the main points of your business plan using as few words as possible. You want to get to the point but not overlook important facts. This is also your opportunity to sell yourself, but do not overdo it. The summary should include details about your business, market, goals, current financial position, how much finance you are seeking and what it will achieve. 5. Get help Do not leave your business plan to the last minute. It takes time, research and careful preparation to develop an impressive Plan that can sway investors and lenders. If you are not confident in completing the Plan yourself, you can enlist the help of a professional to look through your Plan and provide advice. There are a number of government and business group services available to help you plan, start or grow your business. These services can provide general advice, work-

shops, seminars and networking events and can even match you with a mentor or business coach. Consider talking to a business adviser to help you through your process. 6. Review regularly Review your Plan regularly. As your business changes many of the strategies in your plan will need to change to ensure your business is still heading in the right direction. Having your Plan up to date can keep you focused on where you are heading. It is a good idea to keep a record of each version of your Business Plan as they may contain some important historical information as well as your intellectual property. 7. Protect your plan Having an understanding with third parties when distributing a Plan could be enough protection for some businesses. However, others who have innovative business practices or products or services may wish for each person to sign a confidentiality agreement to protect their innovations. It may also be a good idea to include some words in your Plan asking the reader not to disclose the details of your plan.

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Eels bow out, rebuild for 2021 OR the third time in four NRL seasons, Parramatta has been knocked out in the second week of the top 8 finals series. The Eels went down last Saturday night at Bankswest Stadium, 38-24, after leading 18-8 at halftime, against South Sydney. The Bunnies hopped along in the second half scoring 30 points, with their ‘’machine gun’’ style ‘’rat a tat tat ‘’ attacking style which has been a feature of their play the past eight weeks, too much to overwhelm the Eels in the second half. Parramatta has reached the second week of the finals in 2017, 2019 and this year _ but couldn’t progress to the grand final qualifying stage again this weekend. The Eels, under coach Brad Arthur, did finish third after this year’s 20-round premiership _ but lost consecutive finals to Melbourne and Souths _ to depart the competition.


Two of the club’s best The loss of wingers Maiko Sivo and Blake Ferguson (both with knee injuries) and the shock suspension of star centre Michael Jennings, on the morning of the game, for allegedly failing a drugs test, threw a big spanner into the works, dramatically affecting the Eels’ personnel. Jennings’ future remains clouded as he and his management, the Eels and the NRL await the results of a B sample, for performance enhancing drugs. Jennings said in a prepared statement he will fight to clear his name. In the heart-breaking loss to Souths, inspirational skipper and fullback Clint Gutherson was outstanding and so too was mighty prop Junior Paulo – they were two of the club’s best all season.

Clint Gutherson leads his team out and below, David Gower.

NSW State of Origin coach Brad Fittler has named Gutherson, Paulo, Nathan Brown and Reagan Campbell-Gillard, in a provisional squad for next month’s interstate series versus Queensland. The quartet deserve their selection. Gutherson could be used as a right centre. While Gutherson loves fullback, he started as a winger at Manly, he can centre and five-eighth too, making him the ideal utlity player for NSW. In other news, the Eels have cut 11 players from their squad for next season. Several of the departures have signed elsewhere the others didn’t have their contracts renewed.

The 11 Eels exiting are: veteran forward David Gower, Peni Terepo, Kane Evans (New Zealand Warriors), Jai Field, Stefano Utiokamanu,(Wests Tigers), Andrew Davey (Manly), Rys Davies, Jaeman Salmon, Brad Takairangi, and Watson Heta and Kyle Schneider. Gower has retired and is taking up a job with the Eels in welfare and wellbeing development. Terepo hasn’t not played for three months and is considering his future as he has battled health issues for most of the season. Kane Evans joins New Zealand Warriors in 2021 and Andrew Davey has signed with Manly for the next two years.

Eels football manager Mark O’Neill said all departing players had made positive contributions to the club.

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