Parramatta Times - March 2021

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BEST IN CLASS LOCAL emergency medicine specialist, Dr Chris Cheeseman, will be one of the first doctors in Australia to fly to patients in need of emergency medical care in CareFlight’s new world-class helicopter. PAGE 3

Westmead's Dr Chris Cheeseman, centre, with the CareFlight crew.



ITH International Women’s Day for this year just passed, defenders of Parramatta’s dwindling heritage buildings are reflecting on the sustained attack on female history in Sydney’s burgeoning second CBD. The debate between development to take Parramatta forward and retaining the Cradle City history that belongs to the nation was always going to be heated – on both sides. PAGE 5


Drive-In comes to Bankwest: 20 POLICE: Shop-lifting charges: 12 Govt must act on aged care: 13

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Local specialist delivers critical trauma care OCAL emergency medicine specialist, Dr Chris Cheeseman, will be one of the first doctors in Australia to fly to patients in need of emergency medical care in CareFlight’s new world-class helicopter. Launched at Sydney Opera House last week, the Airbus H145 is one of the most advanced aeromedical helicopters in the world and the first aeromedical aircraft of its kind in Australia. The helicopter will be housed at CareFlight’s Westmead base and will carry an emergency specialist doctor and NSW Ambulance intensive care paramedic to the scene of accidents where the difference between life and death can be measured in minutes. Research completed both in Australia and internationally provides clear evidence that the faster the patient gets medical treatment from a specialist doctor, the better the outcome. The new helicopter gets the medical crew to the scene of trauma fast so they can


The Careflight helicoptor.

immediately assess and commence clinical treatment. For patients who are critically injured or ill this gives patients the best chance of survival. “This is one of the best pre-hospital helicopters in the world. It has a remarkably fast start-up and we can lift off in less

than three minutes of an activation call,” explains Dr Cheeseman. “Not only is it fast (it can reach speeds of up to 250km/hr) but with its advanced avionics and safety features means we can land in small and uneven landing sites as close to the patient as possible.”

Having worked as an emergency medicine specialist at Westmead Hospital’s emergency department for the last 10 years and CareFlight for seven years, Dr Cheeseman brings a high level of expertise and experience to his role as Medical Director of CareFlight’s Rapid Response Helicopter Service. “During any given shift with CareFlight, I might have to put a patient under anaesthetic or use an ultrasound to diagnose internal injuries. We’re even equipped to give blood and plasma transfusions,” says Dr Cheeseman. “Working on a helicopter I work alongside a highly trained and specialised NSW Ambulance paramedic. I have to use my resourcefulness to provide the best level of care for my patient.” CareFlight has provided a high level of emergency care to people of greater Sydney for 35 years. With the new helicopter, together with experienced doctors like Dr Chris Cheeseman, access to lifesaving treatment has just got even better.

Four million download Service NSW app HE NSW Government’s Service NSW app has been downloaded more than four million times, approximately 75 per cent of NSW’s adult population. The app has been used by patrons across the State for more than 117 million COVID Safe check-ins. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the technology has been a game changer for businesses and customers during the pandemic, while keeping the community safe.


“I want to thank the people of NSW for downloading the Service NSW app more than four million times, accounting for around half the State’s population, which continues to keep our community safe from COVID-19,” Ms Berejiklian said. “We are using technology to enhance the user experience and prioritise public safety, and these figures show that citizens have embraced our digital solutions. “The app has not only provided an easy solution for businesses and customers for

checking in, but it also importantly assists NSW Health and the contact tracing team in the event of an outbreak.” Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said more than 80,000 businesses are actively using the check-in feature, with 94 per cent giving it the thumbs up. “We want the customer to be at the centre of everything we do, which is why we are constantly bolstering the app in response to feedback,” Mr Dominello said.

“We have recently updated the app to enable customers to save the details of their dependents and soon the check-out will be easier for customers, with a new reminder notification around the corner. “You can also use the app to download a Digital Driver Licence, renew registrations and find out the latest COVID advice.” Further information on Service NSW is available at

Vasco’s Charcoal Chicken named champion takeaway ASCO’S Charcoal Chicken from North Parramatta has been named Champion Fast Food/Takeaway Store at the Australian Small Business Champion Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremonyin February at the ICC Sydney, with around 1,000 guests in attendance. Recognised as the ‘Oscars’ for small business the Australian Small Business Champion Awards is the only national recognition program for Australian small businesses. The program aims to recognise outstanding Australian small businesses and encourage high standards of excellence in small business practice. “The Australian Small Business Champion Awards is a way to recognise the efforts of small businesspeople whose efforts contribute to the prosperity and vitality of communities across Australia,” said Steve Loe, Managing Director of Precedent Pro-


ductions and founder of the awards. “As a small business owner myself, I know the vision and dedication to excellence required to succeed. These traits have been displayed in abundance by all of our 2020 Small Business Champions.” Representatives of Vasco’s Charcoal Chicken received an award statuette, certificate and gained national recognition as an industry leader. Small businesses from across Australia delivered an impressive array of entries, with winners representing a broad range of industries from all states and territories. Vasco’s owner, Angela Vassallo thanked her team for their dedication and commitment. The Awards are proudly presented by Precedent Productions, a small business in its own right, and supported by Major Sponsors, NOVA Employment, Castaway Forecasting and Big Clean.

Angela Vassallo and members of the Vasco’s team receive their award.

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ARRAMATTA Chamber of Commerce held its annual Culture & Wellbeing event in Parramatta Parklands on Wednesday February 17, declaring it a success. Ignited by a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony, attendees shared stories and experiences with each other and cultural facilitator Stuart McMinn from the Dharug and Waka Waka Nations. Parramatta Chamber proudly collaborates with Gone Bush Adventures and City of Parramatta on this unique Culture & Wellbeing event. Attendees enjoyed amazing connections throughout the morning walk and talk with wholesome homemade morning tea.


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You can park for free at Parramatta DINERS and shoppers in Parramatta can park for free as part of a joint initiative by the City of Parramatta and Transport for NSW to encourage people back into the CBD and support local businesses. Until 30 April 2021, visitors who spend $20 or more at participating venues will receive a parking voucher for Council's City Centre and Eat Street carparks. Free parking is available from 11am on the date of purchase until 3am the next day, Monday to Saturday. “It’s wonderful to see our City coming back to life, and I hope the incentive of free parking ensures both residents and visitors come and enjoy the many retail and culinary offerings available in Parramatta,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said. “These small businesses and the people behind them are the heart and soul of our City, and they have faced a particularly challenging year with the pandemic and Parramatta Light Rail construction. We want to ensure they’re still around at the end of all of this, so we are doing what we can to help support them.” Dr Geoff Lee, Member for Parramatta said Parramatta

is an exciting cultural hub in the heart of a growing Western Sydney – a place to access arts, theatre, sports, and many local restaurants and cafes. “It was fantastic to see so many people take up the initial free parking offer, and we want to see more people continue to visit and support their favourite local business,” said Dr Lee. Four hours of free parking is already available at Council’s carparks on Sundays. A flat rate of $10 is charged for stays over four hours. For more information and a list of participating businesses, visit au/free-parking.

Battling an illegal practice WOMEN who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting are working side-by-side with Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) to battle the illegal practice. February 6 marked International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM/C) – and Multicultural Health team members are eager to spread the word about the NSW educational program on FGM/C. The program has provided health education and support for

communities at risk since 1996 using help of bilingual community educators. Recruited by the District because they’re well-respected in their communities, the educators have first-hand experience with this harmful practice. Some have even undergone FGM/C in their home countries.

Westmead emergency moves down the road THE Adults’ Emergency Department at Westmead Hospital has relocated within Westmead Health Precinct. Patient dropoff for the new Emergency Department moves a few hundred metres further down Hawkesbury Rd towards the CASB. Motorists are advised to follow all signage and directions. If parking, use the P5 carpark. Preparations to relocate the current Emergency Department (ED) at Westmead Hospital have been underway for several months with training, simulations and tests to gauge equipment and new spaces. Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) chief executive Graeme Loy said the relocation was designed to offer an even better health service for its communities.


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Heritage debate was always heated Defenders of Parramatta’s dwindling heritage buildings are reflecting  DI BARTOK ITH International Women’s Day for this year just passed, defenders of Parramatta’s dwindling heritage buildings are reflecting on the sustained attack on female history in Sydney’s burgeoning second CBD. The debate between development to take Parramatta forward and retaining the Cradle City history that belongs to the nation was always going to be heated – on both sides. The threat to the sensitive Female Factory site with a planned business “hub”, not to mention the protracted push for World Heritage status, and the imminent “relocation” of Willow Grove – once a maternity hospital – to make way for the Powerhouse Museum throws a light on a disregard for female history in Parramatta, leading women leaders feel. Ever since the winning design from Moreau Kusunoki that necessitated the demolition of Willow Grove in Phillip St was announced, there has been community outcry. In answer to that, the NSW Government has announced a “relocation” of the 1870s Italianate villa to an unconfirmed site – with the Fleet St heritage precinct a distinct possibility – and the retention of at least part of St Georges Terrace. Suzette Meade from North Parramatta Residents Action Group finds it ironic that the wiping or disregard for the history of female pioneers in Parramatta is happening under the State’s first elected female Premier, Gladys Berejiklian.


Strong female connection “Willow Grove was built by a woman Annie Gallagher in the late 1870s as a private villa. She was a local business owner but the house had been attributed to her husband, who was a Parramatta councillor,” Ms Meade said. “Later it became a maternity hospital, so another place with a strong female connection. “And the Female Factory in Fleet St, where women worked and were the mothers of our nation, is also under threat. With government plans to build a business hub, using the heritage buildings rather than the newer buildings on site will hinder moves to have the Factory becoming a World Heritage site.” Labor Parramatta councillor Donna Davis also decries the amount heritage that has had to make way for development.

Suzette Meade, Willow Grove and Female Factory.

“During the Carr government, when the justice precinct was being built, Brislington House, in Marsden St, was preserved for a medical museum, yet they can’t preserve the history of Willow Grove,” Cr Davis said. Brislington House, a two-storey Georgian building, is the oldest existing dwelling in the inner city of Parramatta. It was constructed in 1821 for ex-convict John Hodges. By 1949, it was quarters for nurses at Parramatta Hospital. It has operated as a nurses’ museum, staffed by volunteers since the 1980s. Standing steadfast amid Parramatta’s soaring business towers, it is testament to colonial history – or, rather, herstory. However, the Powerhouse, or rather Museum of Applied Arts, is considered a boon for Parramatta, by Lord Mayor Bob Dwyer and David Borger, Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber as well as the wider business community. Mr Borger is on record as saying abandoning the Powerhouse Parramatta project would be “a blow to Western Sydney”. He has dubbed Willow Grove as a “not particularly significant or unique” building that is outweighed by the benefit of the $840mill Powerhouse to Parramatta. Cr Dwyer, while upset over the reloca-

$20M boost for driver program will be spent over the next five years helping more people get behind the wheel with the expansion of the Driver Licensing Access Program (DLAP). Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the program’s investment had been doubled and is aimed at increasing opportunities for 10,000 individuals including people from Aboriginal communities, vulnerable youth and refugees. “Getting a driver’s licence is life-changing. It brings new opportunities for employment, education, training and medical treatment,” Mr Constance said. “The program works by partnering volunteers with some of our more vulnerable members of the community, giving them access to licensing, safe and legal driving. “Since the program started in 2015, more than 4,500 participants have gained their Learner Licence and over 3,000 have achieved their Provisional Licence.”


The program helps participants to navigate the Graduated Licensing Scheme (GLS). It includes preparing for the driver knowledge test to gain their Learner’s Licence, assistance accumulating 120 hours on road supervised driving experience as well as the costs in getting a licence. Mr Constance said the statistics show unauthorised drivers are four times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash and twice as likely to be in a crash causing injury. “Last year’s road toll was 297. This toll isn’t just a number – it’s people, a loved one, a family member or a colleague,” he said. Transport for NSW has worked with Multicultural NSW to identify communities that would benefit from the expanded driver assistance program. These will include Fairfield, Liverpool, Bankstown, Parramatta, Holroyd, Bankstown, Wollongong, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Armidale, the Riverina and Murray. Vision:

tion of Willow Grove, feels the Powerhouse is favoured by most people in Parramatta, even at the price of heritage. The Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union {CFMEU} has imposed a green ban on demolition or relocation of Willow Grove. Heritage defenders are prepared to chain themselves to the gates to hinder demolition, expected to start in a few months time.

Two of the state’s largest unions – the NSW arm of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association – have placed a green ban on the house, effectively preventing its demolition. The house stands on Darug land and the land is sacred to local indigenous groups.



Pickleball serves up a winner Parramatta is in the middle of a pickleball boom  LAWRENCE MACHADO ICKLEBALL anyone? The name is certainly a conversation starter – especially as the name came from a dog. This entertaining cross between tennis, table tennis and badminton is now the pastime for many who thought their sporting days were behind them. It is credited with improving your mental and physical wellbeing. It is touted as a sport for all ages with Pickleball NSW keen to see it introduced to schools and athletes with disabilities. Pickleball is played with a paddle and a lightweight ball with holes on a badminton-sized court. Games are 11 points. Tennis, badminton, basketball and netball courts can be used while the net is slightly lower than in tennis. Rules are geared to make it an even playing field. Parramatta is in the middle of a pickleball boom, thanks to the council's support, and new venues keep popping up.


I joined their session The sport, which started in Seattle in 1965, is played in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and WA, with the third Nationals set for Newcastle later this year. According to the legend, the sport is named because Pickles the dog, belonging to the owner of the property where the game first originated, used to chase the balls. ‘To find out more about this sport, I joined their session at Old Toongabbie's Binalong Park, which along with Auburn Basketball Centre, are regular venues in western Sydney. My coach Jackie Robinson patiently took

me through the basic rules before partnering me against Peter McGovern and Mira Soucek, who knew how to make me run. Anyone with a background in racquet sports should take easily to it, and I was easily hooked on it. For pickleball aficionados, it is pretty competitive with the sport boasting professionals in the USA. American-born Jackie Robinson, 72, said the game, which takes about 10 minutes to grasp, is good for all ages. “In 2006, I went to Ohio for a visit and because I needed some recreation, I Googled for possible events and saw pickleball,” said Mrs Robinson, of Castle Hill. “I started playing with my sister-in-law before the family joined us; it is incredible and there is a lot to it than you realise. “And I was taught by an 86-year-old man!” Officially, the game was first played in Sydney in December 2017 at Ryde YMCA, with around 14-17 players turning up. “Through word of mouth, the sport has expanded and by 2018, the NSW Pickleball Association was formed,” Mrs Robinson said. “We now have have more than 30 venues around NSW.” “The Ryde Council has been supportive.” Patrick McGovern, Linda Gibson-Langford and Linda Steiman are among those promoting the game, saying they love the social side too. They are among the many who will gladly show you the ropes. Alex Turton, 82, from Blacktown, a tennis player for 50 years, said he enjoyed his first game of pickleball. “It is splendid and I love it,” he said. Details: 0466 982 000 or

Parramatta Lord Mayor, Bob Dwyer playing pickleball.

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Greens set for Council elections HE Parramatta Greens have presented their team for the September 4 council election – ahead of the Liberal and Labor Parties or any Independent. In fact, rumour has it that the Liberal Party may not endorse candidates for any NSW council, but that is yet to be confirmed. The Labor Party has always endorsed local government candidates but the Liberals have only done so since the late 1970s. At present, Phil Bradley is the only Greens Parramatta councillor, representing Parramatta ward. He is one of the three lead candidates just announced. Mr Bradley will be joined in the election by Franceska Strano for Rosehill ward and Greg Edwards in North Rocks ward. Parramatta Greens co-convenors Judy


The Greens team in Parramatta.

Greenwood and Ernest Jilg said the team would “strive for Parramatta to lead the way as one of the most sustainable and liveable local government areas in Australia.” The team would also oppose over-de-

velopment in Parramatta, especially any threatening heritage buildings. Mr Bradley said he would continue to promote better planning with an emphasis on community consultation and protection

of Parramatta’s outstanding Aboriginal, multicultural, natural and built heritage. The Parramatta Times will profile all candidates closer to the election.

Helping dads through fatherhood From Western Sydney Local Health District PROGRAM that helps new and expectant fathers through the physical, mental and emotional challenges of parenthood, launched last year, will continue throughout this year in Western Sydney. The ‘Focus on New Fathers’ program sends texts to dads, offering valuable health advice and links into pathways to ensure support options are available. Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Focus on New Fathers project coordinator Brendan Bennett said the program is a ‘game changer’ whether you are expecting your first or fifth child.


“As a father of two girls, I love being a dad and wouldn’t change it. But some days and nights are pretty tough,” Mr Bennett said. “Being a dad is about being the best you can be for your children and your partner. Focus on New Fathers reminds dads that they are not an island – that they don’t have to fix everything themselves or pretend to know everything about how to be a dad.” For more information, go to au/public/Pages/focus-on-fathers.aspx

Dads and dads-to-be are sent text messages with tips about looking after themselves and supporting their partner, reminders of how their baby is growing, and tools for parenting. “This program is about letting fathers know they’re not alone and there is support for them when they need it,” Mr Bennett said. Men living in Western Sydney can sign up if they are over the age of 18, and their partner is at least 16 weeks pregnant or their baby is up to six months old. They need to have a mobile phone capable of receiving and sending text messages. The pilot, which is being delivered by


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the University of Newcastle in partnership with NSW Health, is running in four regions: Western Sydney, Northern NSW, Northern Sydney and Murrumbidgee local health districts.

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ON YOUR BIKE: new path for Parramatta ARRAMATTA locals will be encouraged to get fit and active on a network of walking and cycling paths currently being built as part of the Parramatta Light Rail program. Dr Geoff Lee, Member for Parramatta said construction has begun on the ‘active transport link’ that will encourage different transport modes between key destinations including Carlingford to Camellia and in the Cumberland Hospital Precinct. “We’re encouraging people to put their health and wellbeing first and embrace this purpose-built walking and cycling pathway when it opens in 2023,” said Dr Lee. “From the active transport link, you will be able to connect easily to the light rail network and other types of public transport, including taking your bicycle on the tram.”

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The largest section, spanning five kilometres, will run parallel to the light rail corridor between Camellia and Carlingford. A shared walking and cycling path will also connect the Cumberland Hospital Precinct to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and a third will run along Tramway Avenue in the Parramatta CBD. Dr Lee said 19per cent of the active transport link has already been constructed, with more than 2300 metres of retaining walls and960 metres of path built alongside the light rail alignment. Adderton Road, Telopea, was closed for a month over the holiday period to enable an underpass to be constructed beneath the existing bridge. “These works involved the installation of 13 culverts weighing 14 tonnes each and the pouring of 350 cubic metres of concrete. The new underpass will give pedestrians and cyclists safe passage underneath busy Adderton Road,” said Dr Lee. “We thank the community for its patience during this lengthy road closure.” The $2.4B Parramatta Light Rail is expected to open in2023. For more information, au/walking-and-bike-riding.






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Woman charged with shop lifting BOUT 3pm on Friday, February 19, a 28-yearold Prospect woman entered a Paramatta department store where she has selected several items of women’s clothing before taking them to the change room. Once inside the change room it is alleged the woman has placed all the clothing in a bag then walking out and exiting the store onto Argyle Street making no attempts to pay for the clothing. Security have approached the woman where she was detained and escorted back to the store. Police attended a short time later where the woman was arrested and conveyed back to Parramatta Police Station and charged with shoplifting along with another outstanding matter. She was bail refused and is due before the court later this week.


Man struck in the back of the head ABOUT 6.45pm on Wednesday, February 24 a 44-year-old Oatlands man entered a Parramatta Carpark from Macquarie Street whilst using his mobile phone. He started walking up the ramp to the first level of the carpark when he was struck to the back of the head. Turning around he saw an unknown male standing in front of him wearing a black face covering, positioning himself in a fighting stance. The unknown male demanded property from the man. They both became involved in a heated argument before the unknown male rode away on a small bicycle, having

failed at his attempt at obtaining property. The Oatlands man exited the carpark attempting to contact emergency services when he saw the unknown male ride back towards him. The unknown male swung the bicycle at him before riding away again. If anyone has any information about the incident, please contact Parramatta Police on 96330799 or alternatively call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Woman walking and pushed to ground ABOUT 6.10pm on Saturday, February 27, a 37-year-old Parramatta woman was

walking on the pedestrian walkway under the O’Connell Street bridge listening to music through earphones connected to her mobile phone. As the woman walked down the stairs, she noticed a male walking behind her. She continued along when it is alleged the unknown male pushed her causing her to fall to the ground. He then hit her to the head several times before taking her phone. The woman was assisted by passer-by’s and police were called. The unknown male is described as 30-40 years of age, having tanned skin and wearing a navy polo shirt and pants. If anyone has any further information, please contact Parra-

matta Police on 96330799 or alternatively call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Man pays with counterfeit notes ABOUT 9pm on Saturday, January 30, 2021, a Parramatta resident advertised his mobile phone for sale through an internet site. He was contacted by an unknown male who wanted to meet up and buy the phone off him. The two men arranged to meet up and he was paid a sum of $2100 handing over the phone. After the unknown male left, he realised the $2100 he had been given was in fact counterfeit notes. The man was unable to give details of the unknown male to Police.

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Julie Owens Bulletin Stop unfair pay cuts Under the cover of COVID-19, the Morrison Government is trying to push through changes that will make it easier to cut pay and undermine job security.

Government must act on the Aged Care report  JULIE OWENS OOK around. More than half of all Australian women you see, and about a third of the men will end up in residential aged care and they’ll stay there for an average of 2-3 years. That means in your lifetime you will most likely either live in aged care or love someone who does. So, we should all be concerned at the findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, which handed down its final report last week. When you read the report and its 148 recommendations it’s absolutely clear that our aged care system is in crisis. The Royal Commission has highlighted the tragic outcomes of this crisis, including up to half of all aged care residents being malnourished and 60% of residents being prescribed strong psychotropic medication thought to be justified in just 10% of cases. It told us stories of aged care residents with maggots in open wounds or left to lie in urine and faeces for days because their home has rationed incontinence pads. It also shone a light on the long, “cruel and discriminatory” wait for home care packages which are designed to enable older Australians to continue living at home. Older Australians needing the highest-level home care are now waiting more than two years for care they have been approved for. Some are waiting almost three years.


This is cold comfort When the Royal Commission was called 100,000 older Australians were on this waiting list. Years later 100,000 older Australians are still waiting, including 2,425 people in Western Sydney. And over the past three years more than 30,000 Australians have died waiting. In response to the Royal Commission’s interim report, the Morrison Government said it would fund another 10,000 home care packages. Then they committed to another 23,000 packages over four years in last year’s Budget, including just 2,000 high level (level 4) packages. This is cold comfort to people in our community like Anna*, whose 94 year old mother had no choice but to go

into residential aged care after a long wait for a home care package. Like Zahra’s* mum who, despite being approved for a level 3 package in her 80s, was told she would need to wait 2 years for the bathroom and home modifications and domestic assistance that she urgently needs. Or Bob* who endured a long wait to be approved for the essential home help, only to be told no local service providers were available. The great tragedy of the Royal Commission is that hardly any of this is new information. The families and carers of the 1.3 million Australians in aged care knew how cruel and harmful this system was long before the Royal Commission was called. They’ve told their stories in letters, in the media, and in the 21 reports on the aged care system presented to the Government since 2013. But the government – which provides more than 75 per cent of the funding for the aged care system and is 100 per cent responsible for the quality and safeguards of the system – failed to act and, during Scott Morrison’s time as Treasurer, cut aged care funding by $1.7 billion. The 1.3 million Australians in aged care – and the millions more who will need aged care in the decades to come – need real policies backed up by real funding for more home care packages, more workforce development and training and more oversight of quality and safeguards. The Morrison Government will be measured on its response to the Royal Commission’s final report. It’s clear that Australians need a government that can deliver – and not simply announce – systemic change. I’m committed to raising voices in our community on this issue and will keep pressuring the government to act. I’ll be hosting a seniors forum so you can tell what matters to you – call my office on 9689 1455 or sign up at and we’ll send you an invitation. If it’s not safe for you to attend in person, there will be options to attend by phone or Zoom. *Names have been changed. Julie Owens is Federal member for Parramatta.

Workers in Parramatta who were hardest hit in the pandemic like those in the retail and hospitality sector will be among those worse off. Scan the QR code to sign a petition calling on the Morrison Government to scrap these changes.

Parramatta Seniors Forum I’ll be hosting a seniors forum so you can tell what matters to you – call my office on 9689 1455 or scan the QR code to register and we’ll send you an invitation as soon as the date is confirmed. If it’s not safe for you to attend in person, there will be options to attend by phone or Zoom.

JP services on Tuesdays Coronavirus office closures have caused a shortage of JP services in Parramatta. My office is organising COVID safe JP services at Club Parramatta on Tuesdays between 10:30am and 1:30pm. Bookings are essential – please call us on 9689 1455 to make an appointment. Scan the QR code for a list of other JP services currently available in Parramatta on my website. Demand is pretty high, so if you’re a local JP who can help, please contact my office on 9689 1455.

Sign up for my bulletins I share useful information like this in three regular email bulletins – one for small businesses, one for community groups and a general bulletin for locals. Scan the QR code to sign up – you can unsubscribe at any time.

Julie Owens MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR PARRAMATTA If I can be of any help please phone me on 9689 1455 or write to 1/25 Smith St, Parramatta NSW 2150 or email Authorised by Julie Owens MP, Australian Labor Party, 1/25 Smith Street, Parramatta.



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2021 International Women’s Day Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world  PRISCELLA MABOR HE global UN Women’s theme for International Women's Day (IWD) 2021 is “Women in Leadership This theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future. The Community Migrant Resource Centre (CMRC) has navigated many waves to arrive in this new COVID-19 world. As an essential service CMRC remained open for business throughout COVID, supporting refugees and migrants through resettlement, arm in arm with a global pandemic. Women were clearly identified early on, as cornerstones to the COVID journey and recovery as frontline workforce impacted were predominantly women; as key decision makers in supporting health measures to combat the pandemic, as home school parents and as micro-peak bodies within the home, when forming key health decisions related to vaccinations. So IWD on March 8 focuses once again on where do women sit in leadership roles, inside and outside the home. Two of CMRC’s frontline staff have been reflecting on this. Manal Abzakh arrived in Australia from Jordan in 1989 and discovered straight away that family values instilled in her the power of leadership, but that this would mean a move away from the family business. “Back home, I was a pharmacist because there was no choice. It was our family business, and I did it as a favour to my father. But arriving here, I realized it was not my passion,” Manal said. So, Manal enrolled at TAFE and pursued a career in the community sector. But it was her mother, who provided the ballast to her desire to pursue higher aspirations. “My mother shaped who I am. She was always a positive and responsible person. My attitude and values are from her.” Parastoo Khosronejad remembers her tears at Tehran Airport as a 24-year-old young woman, standing with her parents waiting for the plane to take to them to Australia. “I never wanted to come. It was my parents who wanted to come here. I was an accountant, I had a good job, I had a boyfriend and friends.” But of course, upon arriving here, Parastoo was surprised to see the freedoms allowed here. “My mother and I grew up where we all had to be covered but one of the first things we learnt was, we didn’t need to wear our headscarf here, and keep ourselves totally covered. This was so new for us,” she said.


Manal Abzakh and Parastoo Khosronejad.

Learning about career choices Parastoo also learnt that there were career choices for women here. “In Iran there was no choice. I had good grades, so as a female there were not many courses you could study. So that is why I went into accountancy. But I love counselling and that is what I pursued in Australia.” Manal and Parastoo support newly arrived women from Syria, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan as they navigate the cultural, language, social isolation and financial hurdles of resettlement in a new country. Since their own arrival, they have seen the impacts of what happens when women do break the glass ceiling and have a seat at the table, in decision making roles. Manal said: “I would like to access leadership within my community and professionally through my career. Now we don’t

have equal opportunity for women from Arabic-speaking backgrounds. For example, there is a lack of female leaders, there are gender stereotypes and sexism still. There needs to be more women mentors. Society expectations are still based on gender roles.“ Parastoo agrees: “Dduring COVID everywhere we went you could see women are the frontline workers in the community sector, and in the hospitals. But often these same women are not recognized as leaders. Many of them are also mothers, and they can be called on more to educate families and societies during a pandemic. Where is more recognition for these women.” PRISCELLA MABOR is Inclusion Strategy & Innovations Manager at the Community Migrant Resource Centre.

In Iran there was no choice. I had good grades, so as a female there were not many courses you could study. So that is why I went into accountancy. But I love counselling and that is what I pursued in Australia.” – Parastoo Khosronejad.

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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Constitution Hill SPECIAL FERATURE


The many features of Constitution Hill.

More to retirement than accommodation HERE is much more to retirement communities than simply purpose-built accommodation. Constitution Hill Retirement Community aims to enhance an overall sense of wellbeing for residents by supporting community connections, offering physical activities and accommodating a variety of hobbies and interests. Located in Northmead, Constitution Hill offers a range of one, two and three-bedroom single storey units with views over native bushland or landscaped gardens. With a private balcony or terrace, there's space to grow herbs and flowers for you to enjoy. Most units also have a lock-up garage or an allocated car space. The community centre is a hub of social activity and events. Residents can be found enjoying a good book in the library, getting into some friendly competition on the full-size bowling green, taking a dip in the heated pool or socialising with friends over a barbeque. As your care needs change over time, have peace of mind knowing that a variety of services* are available to make life comfortable and convenient while supporting you to maintain your independence. From housekeeping to health checks, we’ve got you covered. Or if you ever need a higher level of care you’re in the right place with our Aged Care facility on site.


Call 1300 294 519 or search Constitution Hill Retirement Community to find out more.

Constitution Hill Retirement Community Wednesday 24th and Saturday 27th March 11.00am–3.00pm Discover the relaxed lifestyle and the range of one, two and three-bedroom, retirement living units available at Constitution Hill. Attendees must comply with COVID-safe procedures and industry guidelines.

Open house

Bookings are essential, RSVP to Zuzana Nevidal 1300 294 519 1 Centenary Avenue, NORTHMEAD NSW 2152 Australian Unity Retirement Community homes at Constitution Hill are sold under a loan lease arrangement. You will have to pay a departure fee when you leave this village. You will have to share any capital gains received with the operator of this village. For more information please email us at: or call us on: 1300 160 170. AU1617_210217



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Broken Hill has a silver lining The city was given a national heritage listing in 2015  DALLAS SHERRINGHAM EXPLORES THE VERY FAR WEST OF NSW S a young student of Australian history many years ago, one of my favourite books was “The Silver City” by Ion Idriess which told the story of Broken Hill. I made a couple of flying visits to the city in subsequent years, but it was only recently that I was able to enjoy an extended stay and do some exploring. First up, a little bit of history. Charles Sturt noted the “broken hill” when he passed through in 1844 but it wasn’t until 1883 that boundary rider Charles Rasp found silver ore at the spot. He thought it was tin, but it turned out to be the world’s largest silver deposit. Mining began in earnest with thousands of people pouring in. Unlike many mining towns, substantial houses and public buildings were erected along with parks and gardens and properly surveyed, wide streets. Today, the city is a living history lesson and was giving a national heritage listing in 2015. Now, visiting such an historic city meant looking for traditional style accommodation and I chose The Lodge Outback Motel which is within walking distance of the CBD. The Lodge Outback Motel is in part located in an impressive historic building that has significant heritage value to Broken Hill with its architecture and social history. The main building was one of the first to be built of stone and tin


Historic Broken Hill.

roof for the mining capital’s resident GP, Doctor William MacGillivray, his family and staff. It was built in 1904 in the style of ‘South Australian Cottage’ in an L-shape with verandahs on two sides and enclosed turret. The architectural style is characterised by its corrugated roofing, double-hung sash windows, stone sills and thick masonry walls to retain the heat in the winter. Inside, each room

have individual designed tin-pressed ceiling, crafted by Ernest Wunderlich.

Taking pride of place I stayed in a period decorated heritage room and the friendly staff helped me plan an itinerary for exploring the city. First up was a trip to the top of the famed “Hill” which is topped by mining tailings and affords a wonderful view of the city. Then it was on to the main drag,

Argent Street, which has markers featuring historic pictures of what the area was like 100 years ago. Taking pride of place is the 1889 Palace Hotel which gained fame through Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Broken Hill had a city tramway in its halcyon days, powered by uniquely designed Sydney steam trams which towed Continued on page 17


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Continued from page 16 dummy passenger cars behind them. Each day they conveyed thousands of miners to work and home again, bouncing along at an impressive rate with white steam and black smoke belching from them. Broken Hill also had its own railway which linked the city with the South Australian system. Called the Silverton Tramway, it had massive locomotives capable of moving big loads of ore. Sulphide Street Railway Museum is the original tramway station and features a display of locomotives and rolling stock from the golden, or should I say, silver age. Then it was off to Pro Hart’s gallery in Wyman Street, a “must see” for visitor to the Hill for many years. The most famous of Broken Hill’s prolific artists, the gallery features many

of his famous works, a theatrette featuring his life story and his original studio. Upstairs is a display of the many forms of art he mastered. No visit to Broken Hill would be complete without a drive out to Silverton, 20 minutes west. It is known worldwide as the setting for more than 200 feature films including mad max. The Silverton Hotel is the heart of the town and I enjoyed afternoon tea by the fire before taking a look at the extensive collection of photos depicting the movie crews and stars. Finishing off my visit to the Hill was a tour of The Living Desert Sculpture Park 9km north of the city which featured impressive sandstone sculptures. Broken Hill is cheap to visit, easy to get around and is unique. Every Australian should see The Silver City at least once in their lifetime.

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with Lord Mayor BOB DWYER

Our resilient city bounces back Hospital Pavilions, The Dairy & Rangers Cottages, and more. Take the online tour at

 BOB DWYER FTER the challenges of 2020, it is wonderful to see our resilient City and community bouncing back and returning to a new normal. Restaurants, bars and shops are welcoming the return of patrons and customers, theatre shows and sports matches have audiences again, and many workers are returning to the CBD. While the cooler autumn weather is just around the corner, there’s still plenty to do and see in our vibrant City in the coming weeks and months.


Free Parking Diners and shoppers can park for free in Council’s City Centre and Eat Street Carparks until 30 April, as part of a joint initiative by the City of Parramatta and Transport for NSW. This initiative aims to support our community and local businesses after what has been a particularly challenging year. All you need to do is spend $20 or more at participating retailers and ask for your free parking voucher when you pay. Free parking is valid between 11am and 3am the next day, Monday to Saturday. Go to au/free-parking to find out more and see a list of participating businesses.

Parramatta Nights I’m excited to announce the City of Parramatta is hosting Parramatta Nights, a series of COVID-safe events across various locations in the Parramatta CBD. Relax to the sound of live jazz music in Parramatta Square, watch a movie in the open-air cinema or take a spin around the roller-skating rink at Prince Alfred Square. You can also enjoy live music performances with a backdrop of the Parramatta CBD skyline, DJ beats, family entertainment and food stalls. With so much on offer over 12 fun-filled nights, there’s something from everyone. Make sure you don’t miss it! For more information, including dates, line-up and event locations, and to book tickets, visit parramattanights. Bookings are essential.

Parramatta, Where It’s At For sports fans, autumn in Parramatta has a lot to offer. Head to Bankwest Stadium to cheer on the Western Sydney Wanderers and Parramatta Eels, or pay a visit to Giants Stadium and support the GWS Giants.

Council Meetings

Wanderers fans. For sports fans, autumn in Parramatta has a lot to offer. Head to Bankwest Stadium to cheer on the Western Sydney Wanderers (and Parramatta Eels

The season also sees the return of the Autumn Racing Carnival at Rosehill Gardens, which kicks off on 13 March with Chandon Ladies Day, followed by the popular Longines Golden Slipper Day on 20 March. If sport is not your thing, check out a show at Riverside Theatres, or spoil your tastebuds with dinner and drinks at one of our City’s many incredible bars and restaurants. For more on what’s happening in Parramatta, visit and sign up for the Discover Parramatta e-newsletter.

Parramatta Virtual Tour Experience a bird’s-eye view of Sydney’s Central River City and its neighbourhoods with our new Parramatta Virtual Tour. This online tour allows visitors to explore our incredible City from the comfort of their own home. Check out the Parramatta CBD, Parramatta Park, North Parramatta, Harris Park and Rosehill, the Parramatta River Valley Way, and Sydney Olympic Peninsula, and learn about each area. You can even get a sneak peek inside some of our muchloved heritage buildings, such as Brislington Medical & Nursing Museum, Colonial

Council Meetings are typically held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6.30pm. From 8 March 2021, members of the public will be able to attend Council Meetings in person. A COVID Safe QR code will be displayed at the entrance of the Chamber, for the public to check in prior to entering and will be requested to verify that details have been recorded. All persons will need to maintain social distancing in line with NSW Government rules. Meetings will also be available via the live-stream video link on Council’s website. For more information and to access the live-stream link, visit You can also find my Lord Mayor’s message online on the City of Parramatta website:




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Female Factory supporters reflect on 200 years of history  COMPILED FROM FRIENDS OF FEMALE FACTORY WEBSITE WO hundred years ago, the Female Factory, for “unassigned” convict women, opened in Fleet St Parramatta. A few weeks ago, supporters of the Factory, which stands intact, gathered to celebrate the milestone, while impatient over moves to have World Heritage status bestowed on the site. Governor Lachlan Macquarie opened the purpose-built facility in February 1821 after the first factory that was in what is now Prince Alfred Park closed. The colony’s first architect Francis Greenway designed the new buildings initially for 250-300 women who had not been assigned to work on arrival in the colony, or who had committed felonies after arriving. By 1842, there were 1200 women and more than 200 children. The Factory closed in 1848. The Factory was really a place where free settlers could find servants or wives, but many women remained there for most of their lives. Life in the Factory varied according to the period of time the convict woman was in there. The influences of the different governors impacted on the experiences. The nature of the staff also had an effect. At times there was significant corruption and unrest. Five riots are evidence of this. The Parramatta Female Factory was multi-purpose with a hospital, which could claim the first dedicated female health service in Australia; assignment bureau – the factory provided a service for assignment throughout the colony; marriage agreements. Women were selected and given the opportunity for marriage. A man would apply to the Factory and well behaved first class women were selected. Both the man and the prospective ‘bride’ had to agree. Staff included Samuel Marsden, George Mealmaker, Francis Oakes, William Tuckwell, Elizabeth Falloon, Matron Anne Gordon. Matron Leach and John Clapham. Marsden was the head of committees for the first and second Parramatta factories. He disliked the women but is to be acknowledged for his advocacy for better Factory conditions through his association with Quaker, Elizabeth Fry. Others were also involved in the factory such as followers of Elizabeth Fry like


A model of the Factory, with a photo of the still-intact building.

Charlotte Anley and the Sisters of Charity who came to the Colony specifically to work with the Female Factory women. Sister Xavier Williams in particular was appreciated by the Factory women and they made her an appliqué from factory cloth to celebrate communion at the factory. The Factory’s hospital was open to resident and free women. Among the illnesses listed in 1827 were fever, pneumonia, dysentery, cholera, convulsions and asthma. In the first Parramatta factory there were no classes. The first distinction was made in 1821. By the 1830s the Factory was split into 3 classes with the intent to better control the women. 1st class was mainly for women waiting for or returned from assignment. 2nd class consisted of women who committed minor offences in the colony. The 3rd class was for offences such as prostitution, pregnancy, bodily harm or theft of property with high value. Second

Dressing the part to celebrate the bicentenary of the Female Factory in Parramatta.

class women who were frequently insolent could also be demoted to 3rd class.

Classes were separated The classes were separated within the factory. They ate, slept and worked separately. Early years in the second factory in all classes the women could keep their children until they were 3 years old or weaned, at which time they were forcibly removed ‘from the corrupting influence of the mothers’ and sent to orphanages. At Parramatta the girls went to the Female Orphan School and the boys to Cabramatta. Some women never saw their children again. Also if the women were sent on assignment from the factory they may not be able to take their children with them. It was at the discretion of the master. As transportation increased in the 1830s and 1840s children stayed longer with their

mothers, sometimes up to the age of 9. By 1842 nearly 200 children were recorded at the Factory. The women were involved in a wider a range of work: spinning, straw plaiting, Factory duties (housekeeping and working in the hospital), sewing, laundry and weaving in the 1830s and 1840s. The third class also broke rocks and picked oakum. The weekly returns detail the work done. A weekly return by Matron Anne Gordon In 1831 described the women’s work as: monitresses, laundresses, needle women, wool pickers, carders, spinners, winders, weavers, servants, flax spinners, portresses, straw plaiters and cloth sewers. Riots were common at the Factory, there were notable ones in 1827, 1831, 1833, 1836 . For rioting the women were punished locally and then sent to Newcastle and after Newcastle closed, Port Macquarie and Moreton Bay.



How COVID launched Drive-In at Bankwest

RIVE-In movie theatres were a huge hit in the 1970s and they made a comeback in 2020 as a COVID-safe site for collective entertainment. So popular was the Disney+ Drive-In at Bankwest Stadium, it is making a return to the Stadium precinct this month. From March 31 until April 29 the Western Sydney community will once again be able to experience all their favourite Disney, Pixar and Marvel classics from the comfort of their cars thanks to Bankwest Stadium and event promoter Pedestrian Group. With most live events on pause last year, the Disney+ Drive-In movie theatre at Parramatta’s celebrated stadium became COVID spring’s go-to venue. Thousands of families tuned in to the movies on the big screens in the northern carpark of the Stadium from the comfort of their cars. A new twist to the programming this autumn will see some fresh arrivals with the launch of Star – Disney+’s new general entertainment content brand. Fans can expect an exciting variety of films such as Deadpool, The Lion King, Jojo Rabbit, Aladdin, Titanic, The Greatest Showman Sing-Along, Romeo + Juliet, Pretty Woman, Moana Sing-Along and many more. Bankwest Stadium CEO Daryl Kerry is excited to welcome the wider community back to the Stadium. “The Disney+ Drive-In was one of the truly unique event experiences of 2020 and we are delighted to have it back at Bankwest Stadium in 2021,” said Mr Kerry. “Bankwest Stadium has quickly become part of the social fabric of Western Sydney and these events continue to show the venue as a valuable community asset.” Rachel Tikey, Commercial Director of Pedestrian Group, said: “The continuation of Disney+ Drive-In is a testament to the success of the truly standout 'IRL' brand experiences that Pedestrian Group creates and we are delighted to have our partners Disney+ and Doordash onboard for this second iteration of Disney+ Drive-In.” DoorDash has come on board as an exclusive food delivery partner, so ticket holders can satisfy their cravings by ordering their favourite cuisine straight to the comfort of their car. Bankwest Stadium and Pedestrian Group/Openair Cinemas, in consultation with NSW Health, will operate with a commitment to a COVIDSafe environment under a full COVIDSafe Plan.


Disney+ Drive-In is located at the Northern Private Carpark of Bankwest Stadium. Entry is via Gate 2 off O'Connell Street. Ticket enquiries visit: sydney

The Drive-In has made a Bankwest Stadium.

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NEXT PLACE Sell it, List it FASTER

Prospective buyers at Melrose Park.

Melrose Park sets sale benchmark RBAN renewal project Melrose Park North has continued to set sales benchmarks for off-the-plan apartments in Sydney, with 103 selling on Saturday at the launch of the latest stage, Melrose Park Village. The AJ+C designed Melrose Park Village includes six buildings and 411apartmentsoverlooking a 4000-square metre private park, along with a small-format supermarket. Melrose Park Village also features health and wellness services, including gym, yoga room and infrared sauna, along with a work from home business hub. More than 600 apartments were sold in the first three stages located at 659 Victoria Road, despite the previously sluggish property market. Sekisui House Australia Project Director Simon Adams said the strong sales reflects the demand for well-designed and planned projects. “Melrose Park Village is the landmark stage and particularly attractive to buyers given the retail, large park and wellness facilities,” he said. The first stage, known as One Melrose is complete, with residents moving in last year, while the second stage, The Residences is due for completion in the third quarter this year and work has started on the third stage Pulse &Pavilion. Late last year, Sekisui House Australia increased its investment in Melrose Park North taking sole ownership and development commitments for the first phase


of the project, including Melrose Park Village. Sekisui House and PAYCE are continuing to work as Joint Venture partners on the second phase of the urban renewal on the adjoining 25-hectare site which will include approximately 5000 apartments, parks, community facilities and a town centre. Boston Marketing Director Rhys Morgan, who is selling the project on behalf of Sekisui House, said the Melrose Park Village sales launch had exceeded expectations. “We knew there was a lot of interest in Melrose Park Village apartments, but the sales result is beyond our expectations.” “Everything you need to live a balanced life is at your door-step and the convenience of retail services close by is a big plus.’’ Buyer feedback also included the following key attributes: • Opportunity to buy early into Sydney’s biggest urban renewal project. • A developer with a proven, longterm track record in delivering high-quality projects. • Award-winning design by architects AJ+C. • Affordably priced apartments. • A location benefiting from significant infrastructure investment. Work on Melrose Park Village is expected to commence in late 2021, with completion scheduled for late 2023.

Artist impression of the latest stage.

767A-769 MERRYLANDS ROAD, GREYSTANES $6,500,000 – 2 LARGE BLOCKS SIDE BY SIDE Its rare to find this sized lot in this part of Western Sydney. Vendors are committed to sell if the right offer is tabled. Sale is by way of Expression of Interest meaning that once you have done your preliminary inspections you will put your best offer forward in writing. The

site is made up of two neighboring properties with a house on each, the sale is for both and will not be split. Zoned R2 low density. Site inspections, contact Tony Zorzo on 0414 694 338


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New-generation Renault Captur small SUV brings a $6,200 entry price hike  CALLUM HUNTER ENAULT Australia has revealed the pricing and specification of its second-generation Captur small SUV with the range starting from $28,190 plus on-road costs for the entry-level Life. Armed with an updated look, an all-new platform and more standard equipment than ever, the new Captur has risen significantly in price compared to its first-gen predecessor which used to start from $21,990 for the manual, or $25,990 for an automatic. With first deliveries expected to commence in April, the new Captur is just the second model from the brand to be underpinned by the new Alliance-developed CMF-B platform which Renault says has resulted in an increase in space and practicality. Compared to the old model, the new one offers a claimed 17mm more rear legroom as well as an extra 81 litres of cargo space (now 536L), no doubt thanks to the 110mm of extra body length (now 4227mm) and the sliding second row (160mm of adjustment).


Three variants will be offered Down Under, all powered by the same turbocharged 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine good for 113kW/270Nm sent exclusively to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission – fuel consumption is pegged at 6.6 litres per 100km on the combined cycle while emitting 149g of CO2 per kilometre. Opening up the range is the previously mentioned $28,190 Life which comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB+ digital radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, paddle shifters and power adjustable door mirrors. Spending an extra $2600 and opting for the Zen ($30,790) meanwhile adds a heated leather steering wheel to the equation along with climate control, keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers and wireless phone charging. At the top of the range, the $35,790 Intens brings a marked improvement in standard equipment, boasting a bigger 9.3-inch infotainment screen paired with a Bose premium sound system, power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, electric park brake, LED cabin lighting, ‘flying’ centre console, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 360-degree camera, illuminated vanity mirrors, 7.0-inch digital driver display, three drive modes, satellite navigation, black leather upholstery, chrome exterior highlights, privacy glass and 18-inch alloy wheels. Standard safety equipment on all models includes emergency brake assist, autonomous emergency braking, hill start assist, dusk-sensing lights, rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring, forward collision warning, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning and lane-keep assist with other features including rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring offered on the higher-grade variants. Renault says it is opening its order books for the new model from the beginning of March.

2021 Renault Captur pricing* Life (a) $28,190 Zen (a) $30,790 Intens (a) $35,790 *Excludes on-road costs



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Boss Level – 3 Stars Boss Level is a hell of a lot of fun. OY Pulver (Frank Grillo) is stuck in a time loop. Every morning, he wakes up and fights off a series of assassins sent by the dastardly Colonel Clive Ventor (Mel Gibson) to kill him. No matter what he does, though, he always dies. In many respects, Roy doesn’t care. You see, his wife, Jemma (Naomi Watts) was killed the day before, so he has no reason to live. That is, until he finds out that maybe there’s a way to save her. No longer intent on either resigning himself to being assassinated, or methodically despatching hitmen, Roy is now single-minded in saving his family. Boss Level, directed by Joe Carnahan, is a hell of a lot of fun. Cheesy, ultra-violent, and frequently very funny, the film knows exactly what it is and hits it out of the park in that respect. The jokes are dry, well-timed and well-written. The script is tight, and the dialogue believable in the context of the film. One of the most impressive things in the film is the acting. This cast is stacked to the brim with incredible talent, from Naomi Watts to Annabelle Wallis, Ken Jeong and Mel Gibson. Gibson, who we’ve seen recently in a number of 2020 and 2021 releases, really levels up his performance here, and delivers a character that feels suitably fun and evil at the same time. The real star of the show though is Grillo. Reportedly, Carnahan developed this idea 8 years ago, and wouldn’t make the movie without Grillo as the star – and thank god he fought for that casting choice, because Grillo is note perfect in every scene of this movie. Whether he’s cracking one-liners, looking like an action


star, looking like a drunk, pulling his own teeth out or delivering a tender moment with his son, every second of his performance is exactly what this movie needs. The action is tight, varied and violent. A mix of widely vicious kills – from harpoon guns to samurai swords, gunshots and car crashes – leads to a continued engagement with the by nature repeated story beats infused throughout the film. In many respects, this film won’t surprise you. Largely, the plot is pretty self-explanatory, with barely explained

mcguffins and a series of reveals we have seen before in movies like Palm Springs and Groundhog Day (albeit with a lot more action, blood and fun here). The colour grade, too, feels cheap and desaturated, which is interesting given the stunts, CGI and staging all nod towards the films significant budget. What is surprising, though, is that you are actually driven to care about these characters in this film. Some of the work between Frank Grillo and his on-screen son is really powerful, and genuine emotion wells.

In the end, this movie isn’t going to blow your mind, the box office or the award season. But there’s no denying – it is incredibly fun. Boss Level is perfect for what it intends to be. An incredibly fun, funny and action-packed time at the cinema. Reviews by Jacob Richardson Creative Director | Film Focus

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Judas and the Black Messiah – 5 Stars A blistering, emotive and utterly engaging movie. ILL O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) is a car thief, caught by the FBI. He strikes a deal with FBI Agent Mitchell (Jesse Plemons) and J. Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen) to keep himself out of prison – in return for his freedom, he is tasked with infiltrating the Black Panther Party, and specifically getting close to Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), a man described by Hoover as a Black Messiah figure. As Hampton ascends in popularity and influence, uniting other disaffected groups in his wake and falling for a fellow revolutionary in the process, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. Judas and The Black Messiah shines a light on a figure that isn’t as prevalent in the social conscious as that of other Black revolutionaries (like Martin Luther King or Malcolm X). Fred Hampton’s tale is a heartbreaking one, and a compelling one. However, director Shaka King correctly recognises that while, as a figure, Hampton is an incredible human who served the cause well, the real complexity in the story comes from Bill O’Neal – a man who ultimately sold out his friend, his race and the cause. The film intersperses towards the end some footage of the real O’Neal maintaining that he was a Panther and part of the cause right up until the release of a PBC documentary highlighting his betrayal, and in many respects one almost believes him. He is a complex character, who will betraying that same cause also aided it immensely. By focusing on Bill, as opposed to Fred, we are both grounded in a more complex tale, and given an outsider’s perspective on Fred’s magnetism. The film is perfectly paced – never feeling overly long, or outstaying its wel-


come. Right from the off, with Bill dressed Bogart-esque as he runs a scam on some bar-goers, the film sucks you in, and it never lets you go. Whether it’s the romance between Fred and Deborah, the bromance between Bill and Fred, or the sinister relationship between Bill and Agent Mitchell, the movie grips you from the very first minute, and is as entertaining and interesting as they get. It’s also a beautifully shot movie. DOP Sean Bobbitt (who has also done films like 12 Years A Slave, Hunger, Shame, The Place Beyond The Pines, and OldBoy) knocks it out of the park with this one. The colour palette is gritty yet romantic, and there are a number of standout shots – O’Neal fleeing

the Panther stronghold springs to mind, as does the opening sequence and Hampton’s speech post his prison stint (more on that later). The supporting cast is uniformly spectacular, withPlemmons, Sheen and Dominique Fishback all giving compelling performances. LaKeith Stanfield in the lead role captures the duality of this character’s nature with aplomb, delivering an outstanding performance that is grimy, ratty, heroic and intriguing all in one. He is both hateable and lovable at the same time. The real standout, though, is Daniel Kaluuya. Kaluuya delivers a real powerhouse of a performance. Every second on screen is immersive and incredible. In

particular, the scene where he returns to his congregation post his brief incarceration, and delivers his ‘I am a revolutionary’ speech, is incredible. Coupled with the up close cinematography, and the shots between Plemmons and Stanfield, Kaluuya’s performance is utterly hair-raising and inspiring. It’s a scene that will stay with you for a long, long time. This is a tale that needs to be told, listened to and understood, and it’s told in a way that is not only admirable, but utterly inspiring. This is unmissable cinema. Reviews by Jacob Richardson Creative Director | Film Focus



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CouriersPlease at Rosehill has grown during COVID.

Courier firms reaps COVID advantage Technology solutions minimalise delays for clients  DALLAS SHERINGHAM PARRAMATTA courier franchise is riding the crest of the wave of deliveries to homes and businesses which has been a positive aspect of the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. CouriersPlease at Rosehill has invested millions in technology to minimise delays in in peak periods. The lockdown forced the conversion to online trading to accelerate in 2020 with courier services reaping the benefit. Since the shutdown, CouriersPlease, experienced 80% growth in deliveries nationally – and a 150% increase in Victoria. It responded to the growth in delivery volumes by increasing its franchisee network by more than 40%, its staff by 30% and hired hundreds of extra drivers. All of this has been implemented while strict safety controls and social restrictions have been mandated across its operations. From its humble beginnings as a small metropolitan courier business in Brisbane with 30 staff, CouriersPlease (CP) has grown into a major parcel delivery service and is now one of Australia’s largest franchise businesses. In its 37th year, the CP network geographically covers 95% of Australia and processes an average of 120,000 parcels a day. CP has become an essential service for millions of Australians and thousands of businesses during the enforced restrictions this year. Between March and October 2020, deliveries across the network grew dramatically – by the massive 80% compared with the same period last year. CP responded to the growth in delivery volumes by increasing its franchisee networ – it opened six new facilities in NSW, Queensland, WA and ACT to improve processing capabilities. The company also improved its technologies to minimise potential delays and enhance the delivery experience.


Unprecedented times Like all local logistics companies, CP has been operating in unprecedented times. The situation is extremely fluid as retailers struggle to accurately predict actual volumes; however, CP has worked closely with its customers and forecasts a 35 to 50% growth in deliveries in the lead up to Christmas on top of existing volume growth. While the company experienced its strongest growth to date last year, it has not been without its challenges. CP was required to deal with border closures and social distancing restrictions, which delayed delivery times early on. As a result, CP invested millions in technology – introducing new ones and

refining existing products – to minimise delays, particularly with peak period around the corner. Specifically, there was significant investment in sortation technology designed to boost efficiency for franchisees and get parcels in the hands of consumers much quicker. Additionally, CP rolled out its new driver app, CPGo. This technology provides optimum route planning and prioritisation and gives consumers visibility and control of the delivery experience. In response to the challenge of reverse logistics, CP launched its self-service returns platform, Boomerang, which enables retailers and consumers the choice to return unwanted or faulty items via

a contactless pick-up from home or by dropping items off at one of 1700 plus drop points. This was provided through its partner Hubbed – an Australian parcel pick-up and drop-off network. CEO of CP Mark McGinley said CP had been extremely fortunate and privileged to continue operating as an essential service during the pandemic. “We have been able to help millions of Australians access goods online while the retail sector on the ground was constrained by the pandemic,” he said. “We were quick to implement improvements across the business when we experienced the first spike in volumes and forecasted that the growth would continue.”

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Brad Arthur prepares for 8th season On talent alone, Eels should make the finals

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ELS coach Brad Arthur is preparing for his eighth season in charge when the NRL 2021 season kicks off on Friday, March 12, against Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium. The Eels had their final hit out, a 16-6 trial game loss against Penrith on Saturday at Panthers Stadium. Last year's grand finalists, Penrith were solid in defeating the Eels in a hard-fought trial. Arthur, 46, took over as Eels head coach in 2014, and from 176 NRL games, has a 50 per cent win record, 88 wins and 88 losses. The experienced mentor, has taken the Eels to three of the past four finals series, 2017, 2019-2020. Last year the Eels made the top four but were knocked in successive games in the finals series, losing to premiers Melbourne in Brisbane, and Souths at Bankwest Stadium. Parramatta, a rugby league heartland and their legion of fans, are hungry for premiership success. The Eels last won the title in 1986, under coach John Monie, 4-2, over Canterbury, in a tryless grand final. In 1986, Bob Hawke was Prime Minister of Australia, At Talaq won the Melbourne Cup and Ronald Reagan was the US President. Times have moved on and changed in the world. But one thing for sure is, the thirst needs to be quenched by Eels fans. The last time they reached a grand final was in 2009, losing to Melbourne Storm. Coach Arthur has stated in the media in recent weeks, the squad has prepared well and trained with desire this off season. Arthur is under contract for another two years. The Eels mentor said he was satisfied


with the effort by his squad as he rotated plenty of players in the trial against Penrith, after the local derby clash. ''I think both teams were real tired at stages and the quality of our attacking shape was off at times,'' Arthur said. ''But i think that was because of the speed of the game. ''We had a plan to get the players off a lot earlier than we did, but I thought they needed the match fitness.''

Blend of youth and expeerience The coach conceded his starting 13 versus the Broncos was pretty much settled. He said he is finalising his four interchange players on the bench and will do so next week when official team selection is announced. Eels forward Marata Niukore (correct spelling) played in the trial but he is suspended for the opening round and is not available for selection.

The Eels once again will rely on skipper and fullback Clint Gutherson, halfback Mitchell Moses, five-eighth Dylan Brown, and their mobile and forceful pack, led by Nathan Brown and Junior Paulo again in 2021. The squad boasts a good blend of youth and experience. Moses has said in recent days throughout various media reports he wants to become a dominant play maker and enjoy a lengthy and successful time at the Eels. Moses switched to Parramatta mid-season from the Wests Tigers in 2017. On talent alone, they should make the finals, and coach Arthur, will be under the pump if they do not reach the top eight. In the off season the Eels have shed 14 players from their squad last year, some have retired, the rest have joined rival NRL clubs or the British Super League. New recruit Bryce Cartwright, the former NSW and Penrith forward and Gold Coast Titans player, had been impressing

all and sundry at the Eels in the off-season, until a fortnight ago, but he broke his jaw in a training mishap, and is out for six weeks. Cartwright was granted a lifeline by the Eels after being shown the door by the Titans. Arthur said it is a shame Cartwright is out injured, as the coach said he was pressing for selection in round one. The Eels have recruited eight new faces in 2021. And as always the Eels boast one of the biggest junior league talent nurseries in the country, where they source players through the junior representative system into grade. Match kick-off again the Broncos is 8.05pm, NSW time, and Channel Nine will televise the game. The Eels' opening home game is round two, versus defending premiers Melbourne, on Thursday, March 18, at Bankwest Stadium at 8.05pm.


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