Western Sydney Express October 2023

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Made in the West film festival returns


Growing the Hills with business opportunity

GONG local is the mantra for businesses to thrive and the economy to grow sustainably, says Hills Shire Mayor, Dr Peter Gangemi. Hills Shire Council has put together a draft economic growth plan and he encourages every business, small or big, in the Hills to read this plan. “We have a lot of business and residential growth happening here, we want to try and have the jobs here in the Hills that match the skills of our workforce,” says Mayor Gangemi. And it is here that the upcoming WEXPO Hills event will help fill in the gaps. “WEXPO is a great opportunity for people to connect, learn and grow – connect with other business, learn from the workshops and speakers and grow their businesses with the endless opportunities available at the event,” he said. More page 7.

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Coles Liverpool the Top Dog

COLES Liverpool took out the coveted ‘Top Dog’ Award for 2023 raising the highest amount, $830,000 for Guide Dogs charity that assists people with disabilities.

More than 900 Coles supermarkets and Coles Liquor stores across the country fundraised to help Guide Dogs breed, raise, and train puppies and adult dogs as companions for those with disabilities.

“Coles has a long and proud history with Guide Dogs, raising more than $14 million over 40 years through initiatives such as Donation Dogs, community bags and team member fundraising to help support Australians living with low vision or blindness,” Coles Group general manager Sally Fielke said.

“The Donation Dogs sit proudly in Coles stores across Australia as a reminder of the great work

Guide Dogs do in the community and we can’t thank our customers enough for keeping them well fed over the past financial year.”

Other winners from NSW are Coles at Broadway and Maroubra Junction.

“When I see our coin Donation Dogs in Coles stores, I realise how even just a small amount can have a big impact,” Guide Dogs Manager Eddie Sullivan said.

“People approach me to say their first experience supporting Guide Dogs was when their parents let them put coins at Coles. Many years later, they still support us.”

“It’s wonderful to know our Donation Dogs hold a special place in the hearts of Coles customers and team members. Thank you everyone.”

Survey: Just enough to survive

ASURVEY of 17 industries showed businesses are confident to weather the inflation storm.

More than 1,000 businesses across NSW took part in the business conditions survey conducted by Business NSW as interest rate rises paused.

The “temperature check” showed “uptick in confidence”, chief executive Daniel Hunter said, although some “expect business conditions to stop worsening or even begin to improve in the next quarter”.

“While worries about interest rates are subsiding, consumers’ reluctance to spend remains a key risk to the business outlook,” Mr Hunter said.

“Conditions are still tough, but the most common response from businesses is that they will have just enough to survive.”

The recent survey findings include:

85 percent believe they could raise emergency finance.

62 percent intend to keep same staff in the next three

months, while 23 percent are cutting down, and 15 percent hiring more staff.

36 percent experienced cyber incidents such as hacking in the past 12 months.

50 percent experienced online scam in the past 12 months

Mr Hunter urged consumers to support the local businesses in their communities because they are still recovering from the impact of the pandemic, particularly staff shortages.

As a result, employers are ‘staff hoarding’ while cutting operational expenses to remain profitable, with one in every four businesses laying off staff.

The survey was released as the federal government announced details of a new round on industrial relations changes that worried businesses, Mr Hunter said.

Business confidence index rebounded after gloomy years as multi-speed business environment emerged, he said.

For more business survey details, visit https://www.businessnsw. com/advocacy/surveys/businessconditions-surveys

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WEXPO Hills Workshops

Lee Ussher

Creating Attraction Marketing

Australia’s only authorised Grow with Google trainer guides her audience through techniques and strategies to maximise attraction marketing. Focussing on digital media and building audiences, Lee calls upon her vast experience as a teacher, mentor, and business founder to share practical techniques that will have an immediate positive affect on your business’s digital attraction.

Farid Zaki

The Recipe for Business Success

What is business success and how do we achieve it? The definition of success is broad. In this entertaining presentation by respected MD of Western Sydney based ATP Accountants Farid helps clients achieve greater profits, enjoy greater wealth, minimise tax, while maintaining steady cash flow. Farid is a long-term member of the Sydney Hills Business Chamber.

Marcus Whelan

Start From Where You Are At

It’s fitting that, in Mental Health month, performance coach and psychologist Marcus Whelan delivers a compelling presentation around calling time out conditions that could be holding you back – in business or personal life. Marcus is on a mission to help people grow and become the best they can be. His audience will take away useful insights to turn problems into opportunities.

Castle Grand, Castle Hill

& fellow Exhibitors

Katherine Hawes

Unpacking Legal Complexity

The principal at Digital Age Lawyers focuses on making legal information meaningful and actionable for small businesspeople and individuals. In this engaging session Katherine will lead her audience through key principles for creative solutions to everyday problems and discuss insights to common issues including social media, succession, contracts and property.

Tina Clark

Maximising finance for business growth

As the CEO of Laurentide and CAFBA Board Member, Tina Clark brings over 25 years’ experience in the business and equipment financing industry to guide her audience through the most effective paths to securing finance for business growth.

Eric Tjoeng

CEO and Founder, BusinessGrowth and Strategy Specialists

Achieving significant business growth and successful exit outcomes has a lot to do with strategic planning and successful implementation. Eric Tjoeng, Top10 Australian Business Strategist and Expert, shares with you the most effective approach to do so.

 Identify how to expand your business beyond the hills.

 Increase business growth by strengthening your connections.

 Access free information & expertise from government organisations & industry professionals.

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Made in the West returns

MADE in the West Film Festival returns this November for its 12th annual festival highlighting the outstanding talent in the Western Sydney film scene and cutting-edge films being made by independent and student filmmakers in the region.

Film submissions must be under 15 minutes and have at least one cast, crew member or location from Western Sydney.

Short films of any genre are welcome, including documentary, music video, animated films, drama, web series, sci-fi, horror and more. All emerging and established filmmakers, actors, animators, video and documentary producers are encouraged to submit their work for the chance to win prizes and awards.

Submissions close on Friday, October 27 at midnight. More information on submission criteria and how to submit a film can be found at www.madeinthewest.com.au

Four major awards will be presented on the night: Best in the West, Best Student Film, Best Music Video and the Audience

Choice Award. Individual category prizes for Best Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Sound Design, Lead Actor, Supporting Actor, Screenplay, Original Score, and Production Design will be awarded to outstanding local artists.

Films are judged by a panel of industry professionals. All finalists will feature in

the 12th annual screening with red carpet entry at Event Cinemas Liverpool, as well as reach a global audience as part of the summer-long online festival screening.

All are welcome to attend this red carpet event celebrating and uniting local filmmakers. Made in the West Film Festival will showcase Western Sydney on the big

screen on Saturday, November25 at Event Cinemas Liverpool.

Since 2012, Made in the West has attracted over 400 short film entries made by filmmakers across the greater Sydney region and screened over 250 of them. Here are some statistics we have gathered about our entrants and finalists.

All short films submitted to Made in the West feature cast, crew or locations from Western Sydney.

Submissions by residents from outside Western Sydney are growing (18.9%). This means that more cast, crew or locations from Western Sydney are being hired by filmmakers from the Greater Sydney region.

Submissions by Blacktown residents feature prominently (16%).

Submissions by Parramatta residents feature very strongly (11.3%).

Submissions by Penrith residents feature strongly and have grown since last year (9.9%).

Cumberland and Canterbury-Bankstown residents feature strongly (7.5%).

Cystic Fibrosis Centre open

ADULTS living with cystic fibrosis can now access state-of-the-art care in Australia’s first dedicated Cystic Fibrosis Specialist Service ward at Westmead Hospital.

NSW Health Minister Ryan Park was joined by Member for Parramatta Donna Davis to mark the official opening of the

$65m facility, which was fully funded by the Commonwealth Government.

Federal Minister for Health Mark Butler said the purpose-built ward in the Westmead Health Precinct would provide essential support and treatment for people living with this common genetic disorder, which impacts approximately 3,600 Australians.

“This dedicated facility will provide highly specialised care and treatment for adults living with cystic fibrosis,” Mr Butler said.

“There is no cure for cystic fibrosis but treatment has come a long way, and with an improvement in treatment comes an increase in the life expectancy of people living with the condition.

“On average, a person with cystic fibrosis needs to be admitted to hospital once a year which requires a high level of multidisciplinary care from doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and dietitians.

“This service will make a big difference to patients and their families.”

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ONE WEEK AFTER RETIREMENT… Markus make a comeback

AFTER embarking on three splendid careers prior to retiring, Your Energy Answers founder Markus Lambert only had a week off to savour retirement.

The following week, he was back in the 9-to-5 grind to lead the YEA team, missing out playing golf since then, but no regrets whatsoever.

The Western Sydney-based business he formed is a passion he couldn’t let slip by simply because he’s reached the magic age to hang up the boots.

“I had three careers so far, video productions and film making for a decade after migrating from Germany, then PR and marketing for a decade plus, and then renewables since 2006.

“This journey combines all of my past passions. I was retired for a week and cannot play golf.

“My son [Ethan] is working with us and some of his mates, so having young people involved in creating social and renewable content is something to enjoy, something to pass on one day.”

Mr Lambert is also preoccupied with family duties as the husband of popular MP for Fowler electorate, ex-journalist Dai Le, who stood as an independent candidate in the last federal election and stunningly won.

“I am getting very good at carrying the jacket, handbag and folders, without dropping the wallet and shake hands when meeting new constituents of Fowler and other people at the same time,” Mr Lambert said.

$80M annual turnover

Outside of family chores at their Cabramatta home, Mr Lambert runs the company engaging renewable energy

consumers to gain better understanding how it works.

As a former public servant, Mr Lambert has spent decades working on renewable energy policies before moving to the private sector to lead the LG Solar Team who’s estimated $80M annual turnover motivated him to pursue the business on his own.

“[We engage consumers] via entertaining short and medium long videos about solar energy as the electrification of the home will be, what we all have to do fast over the next decade using renewables for transport, hot water and heating as well as all other home comforts.

“It’s not just about renewable energy, its about how we are consuming energy. Energy is all around us, in the food we eat, the clothes we wear for example.

“We still make silly mistakes in building new homes such as black roofs in

Saving millions on energy

EIGHT Western Sydney councils have saved ratepayers tens of millions of dollars – and massively reduced carbon emissions – by working together on local sustainable energy projects and 100% renewable power purchase agreements with energy providers.

The latest annual report by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) – the peak body representing councils in Greater Western Sydney - reveals that under its Western Sydney Energy Program the eight councils managed to save ratepayers over $36M since 2019.

The scheme also reduced the councils’ combined greenhouse emissions by 535,714 tonnes — equivalent to taking 124,585 cars off the road each year.

“Contributing to the savings has been the rollout of modern high-tech LED

streetlighting across the eight council areas,” said WSROC President, Councillor Barry Calvert.

“By June next year, more than 100,000 streetlights will have been changed to LEDs, that alone saving $16.2M in estimated regional energy costs annually and reducing carbon emissions by 71,378 tonnes.”

The Western Sydney Energy Program commenced in February 2019 and is a collaboration between Blacktown City Council, Blue Mountains City Council, Camden Council, Cumberland City Council, Hawkesbury City Council, The Hills Shire Council, Liverpool City Council and the City of Parramatta Council.

“The member councils have made excellent progress in reducing energy costs and carbon emissions during the short life of the program,” said Councillor Calvert.

Western Sydney and no double glassing on units built next to major roads or facing north and west so they become heat sinks.”

So many ideas swirled while on a week of retirement and Mr Lambert said he felt that “educating the public about solar energy and batteries was a worthwhile project to pursue.”

“The issue with solar and batteries is that the current rebate structure favours cheap, poor-quality equipment, over long-term lasting solutions,” he said.

Working alongside potential young entrepreneurs from Western Sydney through YEA, Mr Lambert said returning to work “no longer feels like work at all” for he’s enjoying every minute of it.

Fresh take on build to rent

LEADING Australian housing provider, Coronation Property (‘Coronation’), has announced the launch of its subsidiary company, Nation, focused on operating a pipeline of vibrant new build-to-rent (BTR) communities across Sydney.

Nation will strive to create modern solutions for living by offering design-driven, customer-centric homes that offer sustainable, long-term rental solutions for those who value flexibility and convenience, without compromising on quality.

Joseph Nahas, Coronation’s Managing Director, said he was proud that Nation was already ‘on the ground’ and on track to be one of the largest BTR operators in New South Wales, with a projected 1,500 available across three key Sydney locations by 2025.

“We’ve established Nation as a standalone business to specifically meet the growing demand for secure, flexible rental solutions in a Sydney market which has become increasingly inaccessible for a vast number of renters”, said Mr Nahas.

Nation will soon launch its first two BTR communities commencing with the highly anticipated Charlie Parker in Harris Park designed by the award-winning architectural practice FJC (formerly FJMT) in Q4- 2023, shortly followed by

Mason & Main in Merrylands opening in early-2024. Mason & Main, designed by global architectural practice Woods Bagot, will become the largest BTR project in New South Wales with 450 spacious apartments complemented by an exciting retail and dining precinct.

Mr Nahas is focused on Nation becoming the ‘go-to’ operator for renters feeling disheartened by Australia’s current rental system,

“Nation will put consumers first, and give power back to renters by putting them in the driving seat with choice, security, and flexibility in the way they live. It will provide them access to brand-new homes without the need for a mortgage.”

In addition to the housing availability challenges experienced by everyday Australians, it has been widely reported that a growing number of essential workers are now unable to afford to rent quality homes in neighbourhoods close to their workplace.

“It’s unacceptable that essential workers are forced to travel over an hour to-and-from work each day. We are proud that Nation’s new BTR communities will provide frontline workers with secure, attainable rental options within access to major hospitals including Westmead, and Royal Prince Alfred (RPA),” continued Mr Nahas.

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GONG local is the mantra for businesses to thrive and the economy to grow sustainably, says Hills Shire Mayor, Dr Peter Gangemi.

Hills Shire Council has put together a draft economic growth plan and he encourages every business, small or big, in the Hills to read this plan – which is a vision of how they wish to grow the economy and support local jobs in the Hills.

There are four key elements that have been identified – healthcare, education, professional and advanced manufacturing. Also, one of the ways in which the Council wants to intervene is to connect people living in the area to local jobs.

“We have a lot of business and residential growth happening here, we want to try and have the jobs here in the Hills that match the skills of our workforce,” says Mayor Gangemi.

And it is here that the upcoming WEXPO Hills event will help fill in the gaps. “WEXPO is a great opportunity for people to connect, learn and grow – connect with other business, learn from the workshops and speakers and grow their businesses with the endless opportunities available at the event,” he said.

WEXPO facilitates face-to-face interaction, connection with exhibitors, option to attend the business chamber breakfast and jobs forum and in the opportunity unlock value for business owners and managers.

Mayor Gangemi is Patron of WEXPO Hills. He and his team are committed to growing the local economy and create jobs for the locals, and support business.

The Hills currently has 200,000 residents and is expected to grow to 290,000 residents by 2036. A look at the businesses in the Hills – 23,000 to grow by at least 20,000 businesses by 2041.

This environment translates to a huge potential for business, more so given the highly educated workforce in the area. 41% of the workforce in the Hills have a

bachelor’s degree and above and that offers significant opportunities to companies that operate in the region.

Rising costs and inflation

Mayor Gangemi identified rising costs and inflation as one of the major deterrents to the business community. A survey undertaken every year by the Council, points at how businesses are adversely affected given the rising costs and inflation.

“We have to offer significant value to our businesses here in the Hills. And I think we already do. We have a large population of highly skilled workforce, so businesses that are here have unparalleled access to talent compared to other areas of Sydney,” said Mayor Gangemi.

Add to that – events like WEXPO and stakeholders like the Sydney Hills Business Chamber, BNI, Mentor to Mentor and

there is great value and support for business from Council.

Mayor Gangemi thinks this engagement gives Council an advantage to meet challenges that the wider business community across Sydney are facing.

To assist businesses, there is an economic development team which meets with business, makes people aware of the many grants that are available, the services available statewide and the different resources available in the community including workshops to assist them.

Exponential growth in the Hills

The Hills Shire Council just released three precinct plans to open significant job growth through to 2041 and beyond. The first one looks at the Castle Hill Precinct, where the growth is tilted towards the hospitality sector (Eats Street and leisure-based entertainment).

The second one focusses on Rouse Hill, where the upcoming hospital will drive jobs in the health sector. Allied services around the hospital is expected to boost the job growth here.

At Norwest, it will be a mix of residential, business and commercial sector, concentrating on the two stations in Norwest Business Park. Then there are the industrial parks at Annagrove Road and Box Hill, which are also looking good to contribute to the job boost.

So, the rising population and the additional employment going into these employment precincts make up for endless opportunities for business in the Hills district.

WEXPO Hills is being held at Castle Grand on October 11, 2023 with 44 exhibitors, six FREE workshops and a Business Chamber breakfast. Visit www.wexpo.com.au

Tips for finding authentic success

BEING successful in business is as much about mindset as it is about skill.

In over a decade of clinical practice, success coach Marcus Whelan has seen the unfortunate effects of spiralling stress and burnouts on families, relationships, businesses, and the wider community.

He has some lessons for business owners and managers which he shares ahead of his presentation at WEXPO Hills October 11.

What key issue you mostly help business owners resolve and how?

I help business owners reduce stress due to poorly balanced lifestyle and lack of goals clarity. These are mostly due to their goals being externalised and not enough consideration of their implicit meaning of their life’s goals to ascertain what’s truly important. As we age, we are supposed to evolve, and often business owners do grow their business but personally managing themselves becomes a challenge because they have not given

enough attention to their own personal growth and evolution. My coaching is focused on helping them create goals that are deeply important and mentoring them with skills to work around blind spots such as mid-life crisis for example that keep them stuck.

What trend in your industry business owners need to be aware of and how can they prepare for it?

Stress and burnout among workers are on the rise post Covid. The workplace environment has changed, and we are in a process of normalising the new. People value belongingness and engagement along with meaning and purpose in their lives. Leadership is key, it must come from a place of self-awareness and insight but also engagement and collaboration with your team. People work better when inspired by authentic leaders who not only demonstrate authority but compassion. People want to be inspired so it isn’t about how much money they make. Companies are now being evaluated on their well-being programs and new studies showed those who value and incorporate well-being do better in terms of ROI.

What quote inspires you and why?

Wayne Dyer said, ‘When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change’. This reminds me that mindset and perception is our reality.

We can truly see ourselves and the world in an almost infinite number of ways. It allows me to remain open to experience and not attached to how things should be.

What is one habit business owners should adopt and why?

Put your health first. Mentors I have worked with say “always pay yourself first”. So, why not put yourself and your health first too? After all, if you’re not healthy and happy, whatever that means to you, then what’s the point of having a successful business? Call it healthcare, self-care, and personal development. We cannot buy time, but we can make it. I have 3 staples I practise every day – meditation, exercise and journaling. A total of 30-60 minutes a day. These are my own lived experiences because I care about stress prevention, staying focused so I feel good to go about my day with a better mindset, attitude and resolve.

Marcus presents his FREE workshop at 2.30PM at Wexpo Hills on October 11 at Castle Grand. Register at www.wexpo.com.au Mayor Peter Gangemi. Markus Whelan.
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Wexpo exhibitors have a unique opportunity to be interviewed by the Mayor of Hills Shire as part of the Small Business Month campaign. These conversations will be photographed and recorded, and once edited and approved by council, will be shared on social media as part of a series of local business stories for small business month. This provides Wexpo exhibitors unique marketing material to use, as well as wide exposure of their business services and products through the councils and our digital channels beyond the day of the event.

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44 exhibitors Sydney Hills Business Chamber Breakfast & Jobs Forum

6 FREE workshops & to make it through the day,FREE barista coffee!

For more details visit: wexpo.com.au

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WEXPO Hills Summary

October 11, 2023

Castle Grand, 12-14 Pennant St, Castle Hill IN THE HILLS

Tuesday, October 10

5.30pm - 7.30pm Bump in - Wexpo Exhibitors (Venue foyer and Pioneer Theatre).

Wednesday, October 11

7.00am Venue access for event staff only (including catering).

7.30 - 9.00am Chamber breakfast (Rebellion Room) - guests are not to enter the venue before 7.30am.

8 .00– 9.00am Bump in - Wexpo Exhibitors (Venue foyer and Pioneer Theatre).

9.00am WEXPO opens, exhibitors in place. Venue open to the public from 9am. Venue foyer and Pioneer Theatre.

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you to our Partners, Sponsors and Supporters.
Workshop registration and details
9.30 -10.00am Lee Ussher Workshop (Tribute room). 10.30 – 11.00am Farid Zaki Workshop (Tribute room). 11.30 – 12.00pm Tina Clark Workshop (Tribute room). 1.30 – 2.00pm Katherine Dawes Workshop (Tribute room). 2.00 – 4.00pm Jobs Skills & Youth Employment Pathways Forum (Rebellion room). 2.30 – 3.00pm Marcus Whelan Workshop (Tribute room). 3.30 – 4.00pm Eric Tjoeng Workshop (Tribute room). 4.00pm WEXPO finishes and Guests & Exhibiters bump out. Premium 1 Ability Choice Care 2 Plumlogic 3 Vodafone Business 4 UR DIGITAL 5 Buzz Web Media 6 ATP Accounting 7 BNI SYD NORTH WEST 8 Auscorp . Laurentide 9 The Hills Shire Council 10 Digital Age Lawyers 11 Sydney Hills Business Chamber 12 Vibune 13 Coutts Real Estate Pioneer Room 17 Aus Star Sports 18 Streamlined Organising 19 Guni SMS 21 Dalmata Marketing 22 Boutique HR & Consulting 23 Visionary Entrepreneurs Australia 24 Service NSW 25 TAFE 26 B Radio Network 27 Syd West TV 28 Parramatta Community College 29 Hilltop Hypnotherapy 30 Repetitions Gym 31 Marcus Whelan 32 SWR 99.9 33 Alive 905 34 Alive 905 35 Wellness 36 Aurelian Group 37 Nuance Group 38 Uma Panch Consulting 39 Captured by Kirri 40 Merindah Legal 41 Business Growth Exit Specialists 44 Viridian Advisory *Subject to change by event date. WEXPO Hills
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Be prepared say Govt experts

PREPARING for the unexpected and having your staff primed to react quickly are the key elements of business survival and success in 2023.

Before the pandemic, Future Business was all about technology and finding new ways of automating your system and making the most of data.

But many managers and owners now realise they took their staff for granted and while technology is essential, it doesn’t achieve the sales, the marketing and the personal touch that ‘good people’ achieve.

Three years later, businesses are converting back to looking after their human resources, hiring good staff and training them to react quickly to difficult situations.

With ongoing uncertainty due to the global pandemic, it’s a good idea to make sure your business continues to prepare for unexpected situations in 2023.

The Federal Government’s business. gov.au has some excellent, easy to read advice on business essentials.

There may be continued disruptions to supply chains due to varying border restrictions and labor shortage issues, particularly if you rely on imported goods for your business.

The site has Tips to prepare your business:

• Keeping updated with the latest information regarding supply chain disruptions that could affect your business and industry.

• Having plans in place for what to do in the event of a disruption to your supplies.

• Looking into alternate suppliers who can maintain your stock if

you’re unable to get it from your usual supplier.

• Get tips on how to prepare your business for an emergency before it happens.

The site also has advice on finding suppliers, negotiating contracts, building relationships and resolving disputes.

Mental health and wellbeing

Following the uncertainties and challenges of the past years, it’s become more important than ever to look after your and your staff’s mental health and wellbeing.

Having a mentally healthy workplace involves having:

• A culture that understands mental health is everyone’s responsibility.

• Plans in place to manage mental health risks.

• Staff that feel supported to talk about mental health. Tailored mental health support for you and your staff.

Hiring good staff

Just how much businesses are depending on staff is highlighted in the employment figures for last year,

In 2021, the number of small businesses increased by 14.2% from 2018. Hiring staff is a natural part of business

growth, allowing you to accomplish more in your business. Staff can also bring in fresh ideas and skills.

Before you employ someone, business.gov.au said you should make sure you are clear on:

• The tasks you need the employee to do.

The skills and qualifications they need to have.

How long and how often you will need them for eg full-time or parttime, a permanent or temporary position.


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Mental Health

We all have a Role to Play

Over the past few years, with COVID-19 to homeschooling, lockdowns to floods, Western Sydney has proven that when times are tough, our communities rally together to get through. Mental health has been one of the biggest challenges people have faced in our region though, and it’s important to keep checking in and making sure everyone has access to the best support possible.

The theme of this year’s Mental Health Month is, ‘We All Have A Role To Play’. So, whether you’re worried about a neighbour, or feeling a bit out of sorts yourself, now is the time to find out about free support services in your area and help change the stigma around mental health.

Six Tips to Boost Your Wellbeing

1. Socialise: spend time with friends and loved ones

2. Make time for yourself: play your favourite music, write a diary, meditate

3. Speak up and listen: talk to someone you trust, or be that listening ear

4. Get active: walk outside, do some yoga, join a free workout class

5. Feed the soul: nourish your body with some healthy recipes

6. Recharge: get enough sleep, practice mindfulness, and relax

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Did you know?

Last year, headspace centres in Western Sydney provided 10,969 face-to-face sessions to young people and 1,931 telephone sessions.

Support for Adults: Head to Health

If you’re not feeling OK, Head to Health provides free advice to help direct you to the best support networks. Head to Health Adult Mental Health Centre (AMHC) in Parramatta is open 9am to 9pm, Monday to Friday, and 3pm to 7pm on weekends and public holidays.

Their friendly team are happy to meet you at any stage of your mental health journey, whether it’s popping in for a quick cup of coffee to destress, finding a quiet space to calm down, chatting to a peer worker with lived experience, talking to a psychologist, or working with a coordinator to find the best local service to support your needs.

The service is free to access, close to public transport, and requires no referral, Medicare card, or previous mental health diagnosis.

You can get a free appointment by calling the national Head to Health line on 1800 595 212 (8:30am to 5:00pm weekdays) or dropping into the centre at Head to Health Parramatta, Ground Floor, Suite 1, 150 George St, Parramatta NSW 2150.

Support for Young People: Headspace

Getting mental health support early on can arm young people with the tools to build happier, healthier, more productive lives leading into adulthood. In Western Sydney, there are headspace centres located in Parramatta, Mount Druitt, and Castle Hill to help young people aged 12-25 years old get the support they need. The headspace teams provide counselling, GP advice, peer advice, work and study support, help with alcohol and other drug challenges, and Early Psychosis services.


Mature age caravan numbers growing fast

THE Australian caravan and camping industry has experienced significant growth over the past 10 years thanks to mature age baby boomers and it shows no signs of slowing down.

According to the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA), the industry has seen a steady increase in the number of caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, and tents being sold.

This growth is driven by a number of factors, including an increasing desire for Australian’s to travel and explore their own country, and a shift in consumer preferences towards more affordable and sustainable forms of travel.

One of the key segments of the caravan and camping industry that has seen significant growth over the past 10 years is the camper trailer market.

According to the CIAA, camper trailer sales have grown by over 30% in the past decade. This growth is driven by a desire for more affordable and versatile forms of travel, as well as the increasing popularity of free camping and off-road adventures.

“Camper trailers are becoming an increasingly popular choice for Australian’s looking to explore their own backyard,” says Jane Calvert, CEO of the CIAA.

“They offer a more affordable and sustainable form of travel, and they are perfect for those who want to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing comfort.”

The motorhome market has also seen significant growth in the past 10 years,

with sales growing by over 20%. This growth is driven by a desire for more luxurious forms of travel, as well as an increasing number of retirees and baby boomers looking to travel in comfort.

“Motorhomes are becoming increasingly popular with retirees and baby boomers who are looking for a more comfortable and convenient way to travel,” says Tim Allerton, Managing Director of the motorhome manufacturer, Avida.

“They offer all the comforts of home, and they allow people to travel in style and luxury.”

The tent market has also seen growth over the past 10 years, driven by a renewed interest in camping and the outdoors. According to the CIAA, tent sales have grown by over 10%.

“Tents are becoming increasingly popular with people who want to experience the great outdoors in a more affordable and sustainable way,” says Jane Calvert, CEO of the CIAA. “Camping is a great way to experience the beauty of Australia and to connect with nature.”

Looking to the future, the caravan and camping industry is expected to continue to grow in popularity. According to a recent report by IBISWorld, the industry is expected to grow at a rate of 3.5% per year, reaching a value of $4.5 billion by 2030.

The industry will be driven by an increasing number of retirees and baby boomers looking to travel, as well as a growing interest in sustainable forms of travel.

“The caravan and camping industry is set for significant growth in the coming years,” says Tim Allerton, Managing Director of Avida. “There is a growing interest in sustainable forms of travel, and the industry is well positioned to meet this demand.”

Overall, the Australian caravan and camping industry has experienced significant growth over the past 10 years and is expected to continue to grow in popularity in the future.

With an increasing number of Mature Age Australians looking to explore their own country and a shift in consumer preferences towards more affordable and sustainable forms of travel, the industry is well positioned to meet this demand.

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600Nm all-electric powertrain for under $60K

MG MOTOR Australia and New Zealand has announced pricing and details for its incoming MG4 XPower, the zesty all-wheel drive variant featuring a 320kW/600Nm all-electric powertrain – and enthusiastic 3.8-second 0-100km/h time – for just $59,990 plus on-road costs.

The variant is the most powerful MG in Australia to date and is available for preregistration via the MG public website from Friday, October 6.

MG’s high-powered, all-wheel drive and full-electric hatch is said to deliver “breathtaking power and dynamics” from its dual-motor driveline and boasts a series of “understated exterior design revisions” to differentiate it from the derivative line-up.

MG Motor Australia and New Zealand say the vehicle is “expected to fly under the radar in comparison to the usual high-powered hatchback offerings”, characterised only by orange-painted brake callipers, a two-tone black roof, new-look 18-inch alloy wheels with polished trim accents and Bridgestone Turanza tyres, and an exclusive new Hunter Green paint option.

Like the MG4 on which it is based, the MG4 XPower is underpinned by MG’s Modular Scalable Platform (MSP) and new dual-motor configuration. The front motor delivers 150kW and the rear 170kW, a “technological upgrade” claimed to “effectively distribute power and maximise driver engagement while cornering”.

The technology, dubbed Dynamic Cornering Control System, is offered for the first time on the MG4 XPower, combining an electronic locking differential and Intelligent Motor Control to allow torque vectoring between all four wheels. MG says the system gen-

erates maximum traction and outstanding composure across a wide variety of driving conditions.

Further, the MG4 XPower boasts a comprehensive range of suspension upgrades, including recalibrated spring and damper tuning, stiffer anti-roll bars and a sharper steering tune. MG says overall suspension stiffness is increased by 25 per cent, “meaning the MG4 XPower will build upon the acclaimed handling characteristics of the current MG4 range”.

Increased stopping power from four-wheel 345mm ventilated rotors is said to reduce the MG4 XPower’s 100-0km/h braking distance to just 33.9 metres.

The MG4 XPower features a familiar 64kWh battery which may be charged at a rate of up to 140kW (DC), topping the pack’s charge from 10 to 80 per cent in 26 minutes.

“The MG4 XPower has supercar performance packed with features including launch control and a track model-inspired lap timer showing that a compact EV can be affordable, practical and spirited to drive,” said MG Motor Australia and New Zealand CEO, Peter Ciao.

“We expect it will appeal to customers looking for a true performance car with plenty of technology and space to match. The MG4 XPower EV also retains the generous safety equipment levels, as well as practical hatchback features, of the award-winning MG4 range.”

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MG Motor MG4 pricing*: Excite 51kWh (a) $38,990 Excite 64kWh (a) $44,990 Essence 64kWh (a) $47,990 Essence 77kWh (a) $55,990 XPower 64kWh AWD (a) $59,990 New variant *Pricing excludes on-road costs.


A path to fitness and wellness

IN a world where high-intensity workouts and adrenaline-pumping exercises often steal the spotlight, yoga quietly emerges as a timeless practice that offers a unique blend of physical and mental benefits.

Beyond its serene surface lies a powerful tool for achieving and maintaining fitness. From enhancing flexibility to reducing stress, yoga has become a trusted companion for fitness enthusiasts seeking holistic well-being. In this article, we explore the manifold benefits of yoga to fitness.

1. Improved Flexibility

Flexibility is often a neglected aspect of fitness, but it is essential for overall physical health. Yoga’s various postures and stretches gently coax the body into greater flexibility. Regular practice helps lengthen muscles and increase joint mobility, which can reduce the risk of injuries during other physical activities.

2. Enhanced Strength

While yoga may not involve lifting weights or high-impact exercises, it is a potent tool for building strength. Holding poses like plank, warrior, and downward-facing dog require muscular engagement, especially in the core, arms, and legs. Over time, these sustained holds lead to increased muscle tone and endurance.

3. Better Posture

In today’s tech-centric world, poor posture is a common woe. Yoga helps correct this by promoting awareness of body alignment. Consistent practice encourages proper posture habits, reducing strain on the spine and preventing chronic back pain.

4. Balance and Stability

Many yoga poses challenge balance and stability, which are crucial for injury prevention and overall fitness. Poses like tree pose and eagle pose require concentration and coordination, helping improve balance. Enhanced stability can translate into better performance in other physical activities.

5. Stress Reduction

Fitness is not just about the body; it’s also about the mind. Yoga is renowned for its stress-relief benefits. Through controlled breathing and mindfulness, yoga calms the nervous system and reduces

the production of stress hormones like cortisol. Lower stress levels can improve sleep quality, aid recovery, and contribute to overall well-being.

6. Mind-Body Connection

Yoga encourages a deep connection between the mind and body. This heightened awareness can translate into improved performance in other forms of exercise. Athletes often turn to yoga to fine-tune their body’s responses and optimize their training.

7. Increased Energy

Contrary to the belief that intense workouts are the only way to boost energy, yoga offers a different perspective. By focusing on controlled breathing and gentle movements, yoga can invigorate the body, leaving you feeling refreshed and energized.

8. Weight Management

While yoga alone may not burn as many calories as high-intensity workouts, it plays a valuable role in weight management. The practice promotes mindfulness, which can lead to healthier eating habits and better self-control. Additionally, the reduction in stress hormones can prevent emotional eating.

9. Cardiovascular Health

Certain styles of yoga, such as vinyasa and power yoga, offer a cardiovascular workout. These faster-paced sequences elevate the heart rate and improve circu-

lation, contributing to a healthier heart.

10. Injury Rehabilitation and Prevention

Yoga is often recommended for individuals recovering from injuries. Its low-impact nature and focus on gentle movements make it suitable for rehabilitation. Furthermore, it aids in preventing future injuries by increasing flexibility, strength, and balance.

11. Enhanced Respiratory Function

Yoga emphasizes controlled breathing techniques, which can enhance respiratory function. Improved lung capacity and better oxygen utilization can benefit athletes and fitness enthusiasts by increasing stamina and endurance.

12. Longevity

Ultimately, yoga contributes to overall longevity. Its combination of physical and mental benefits can help individuals maintain their fitness levels well into their later years, ensuring a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Yoga is far more than a serene practice; it’s a powerful tool for achieving and maintaining fitness. Its holistic approach targets physical and mental well-being, making it a valuable addition to any fitness routine. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or just beginning your fitness journey, yoga’s benefits are accessible to all, offering a path to a healthier, more balanced life

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The Art of Relaxation

IN the hustle and bustle of modern life, the value of relaxation often gets overshadowed by the constant demands of work, family, and technology. However, taking time to unwind and relax is not a luxury but a necessity, especially when it comes to maintaining and nurturing mental health. In this article, we explore the profound impact of relaxation techniques on mental well-being.

Understanding Mental Health

Before delving into the importance of relaxation for mental health, it’s crucial to understand what mental health encompasses. Mental health refers to a person’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how individuals think, feel, and act, influencing their ability to handle stress, maintain relationships, and make choices. Just as physical health is vital for overall well-being, mental health plays a crucial role in our lives.

The Stress Epidemic

In today’s fast-paced world, stress has become an epidemic, affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Chronic stress can lead to various mental health issues, including anxiety and depression. It also contributes to physical health problems such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Therefore, managing stress is paramount for protecting and enhancing mental health.

The Role of Relaxation

Relaxation techniques serve as potent antidotes to stress and are invaluable tools for maintaining mental health. Here are some compelling reasons why relaxation is essential for mental well-being:

1. Stress Reduction: Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation, effectively reduce stress by calming the body’s stress response. When stress levels decrease, the risk of developing mental health disorders diminishes.

2. Improved Emotional Health: Relaxation fosters a sense of tranquility and emotional stability. It helps individuals gain better con-

trol over their emotions, reducing the likelihood of mood swings and emotional breakdowns.

3. Enhanced Cognitive Function: Chronic stress can impair cognitive function, leading to memory problems and difficulty concentrating. Regular relaxation practices can counteract these effects, improving mental clarity and focus.

4. Better Sleep: Quality sleep is fundamental to mental health. Relaxation techniques promote better sleep by calming the mind and body, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.

5. Increased Self-Awareness: Many relaxation practices, such as mindfulness meditation, encourage self-reflection and awareness. This self-awareness can lead to a deeper understanding of one’s thoughts and emotions, aiding in the management of mental health challenges.

6. Resilience Building: Relaxation equips individuals with the

tools to cope with life’s challenges. When stressors arise, those who regularly practice relaxation are better equipped to handle them, reducing the risk of developing mental health issues.

7. Enhanced Relationships: A calm and relaxed demeanor can improve interpersonal relationships. When individuals are less stressed and more in control of their emotions, conflicts are less likely to escalate.

8. Prevention of Mental Health Disorders: Regular relaxation practices can act as a preventive measure against the development of mental health disorders like anxiety and depression. They create a buffer against the negative effects of stress.

9. Self-Care and Self-Compassion: Engaging in relaxation is a form of self-care, an act of self-compassion. It sends a message to oneself that mental well-being matters, fostering a positive

self-image and self-esteem.

10. Overall Well-Being: Finally, relaxation contributes to overall well-being by promoting a sense of balance and harmony in life. It encourages individuals to find moments of peace amidst the chaos, leading to a richer and more fulfilling existence. Incorporating relaxation into daily life

To harness the benefits of relaxation for mental health, it’s essential to make it a regular part of daily life. Here are some practical tips for incorporating relaxation into your routine:

• Schedule Relaxation Time: Set aside dedicated time for relaxation each day, even if it’s just a few minutes.

• Choose Relaxation Techniques: Explore different relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, or progressive muscle relaxation, to find what resonates with you.

• Create a Relaxation Space: Designate a peaceful space where you can unwind without distractions.

• Practice Mindfulness: Incorporate mindfulness into your daily activities, bringing your full attention to the present moment.

• Limit Screen Time: Reduce the time spent on electronic devices, especially before bedtime, to promote better sleep and relaxation.

• Seek Professional Help: If you’re struggling with severe stress or mental health issues, consider seeking guidance from a therapist or counsellor who can teach you specific relaxation techniques tailored to your needs.

Relaxation is not a luxury but a vital component of maintaining and nurturing mental health. In a world filled with stressors, taking the time to relax and unwind is a powerful way to protect and enhance your emotional and psychological well-being.

By incorporating relaxation practices into your daily routine, you can reap the myriad benefits and enjoy a happier, more balanced life.

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Investment in koala protection

THE NSW Government is investing $80M to protect koalas and their habitat in south-west Sydney. This includes $48 million for a new National Park along the Georges River, adding over 1,000 hectares to the NSW national park system. Additionally, $26M will be used for koala-friendly crossings, while $5.7M will support koala care in the Macarthur area. This forms part of

a broader $172M commitment to koala conservation by the NSW Government.

Grants for seniors isolation

THE NSW Government has launched a $600,000 initiative called the Connecting Seniors grant program to enhance social engagement and skill development among seniors. Minister for Seniors Jodie Harrison announced the program, aiming to

Australia Post seeks workers

AUSTRALIA Post is seeking to hire approximately 3,000 seasonal casual workers in preparation for the busy Christmas season. The recruitment drive focuses on candidates with specific skills, experience, and licenses, especially those with valid forklift or truck licenses. Roles are available nationwide, with NSW, Victoria, and Queensland having the highest demand. These seasonal casuals will assist Australia Post in meeting the increased demand and ensuring timely holiday deliveries. Interested individuals can apply through the Australia Post careers website, with opportunities for longer-term employment beyond the holiday season. www.auspost.com.au/seasonalcasuals or the Australia Post careers website at jobs. auspost.com.au.www.auspost. com.au/seasonalcasuals

combat social isolation among older individuals, especially those living alone. The program has three categories, offering creation grants of $20,000 each to five innovative projects, enhancement/expansion grants of $30,000 each to 120 organizations, and local council grants of $40,000 each to five councils. These grants build on previous successful initiatives, focusing on reducing senior

isolation and loneliness. Applications close on October 25, with projects starting in early 2024.

Coles in fundraising campaign

COLES has initiated a one-month fundraising campaign across Australia for seven charities. The appeal aims to raise funds for various local causes, such as pediatric brain cancer research, school kitchen gardens, and children’s hospitals. Shoppers can purchase $2 donation cards or donate at the checkout in most states and territories, with WA offering support for Telethon until October 22. Hummingbird House, a children’s hospice in Queensland, is among the beneficiaries, with Coles marking ten years of partnership, having raised over $4.3M. Funds raised will also benefit other state charity partners.

Extent of mortgage stress


A NEW survey by finance platform MNY reveals that 75% of Australian mortgage holders or those living with a mortgage holder have been negatively affected by interest rate rises, leading to potential social issues. Since May 2022, the cash rate has risen 12 times, with mortgage interest averaging around 6.5%, causing financial stress. Nearly half (49%) report heightened stress and anxiety, while 29% experience mental health issues or sleeplessness. Additionally, 8% have worse relationships with family, and 11% with their partners. Young Australians aged 18 to 34 seem most affected, with 83% reporting negative impacts. Furthermore, 75% of respondents won’t trust RBA forecasts again.

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3 Netflix animated series about two bird women, – & Bertie (4)

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5 Aussie actor known for playing Logan in the X-Men franchise, – Jackman (4)

6 Plays Donatella Versace in American Crime Story, – Cruz (8)

8 Star of As Good as It Gets and Little Miss Sunshine – Kinnear (4)

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

1 Meals are served at the dinner —

2 Pedal that slows a car

3 Fruit for making cider or juice

4 Sweet substance stirred into tea

5 Wilt

6 Sportsperson who wears punching gloves

7 Waterhole in the desert

8 A type of ape


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27 Plays Alexandra Reid in Marvel’s The Defenders, – Weaver (9)

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9 Voices Aughra in Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, – Kimball (5)

Insert the missing letters to make 10 words –five reading across the grid and five reading down.

1. After school, what did Monk work as?

A. A flight attendant

B. A model

3. Which band’s music video did she feature in?

A. Blink-182

B. Foo Fighters

C. Nickelback

D. Linkin Park

13 English actor who plays Roy Silver on crime series Agatha Raisin, Mathew – (5)

C. A Marilyn Monroe impersonator

D. A singing teacher

NOTe: more than one solution may be possible


15 Actress (pictured) who played the title role in 2018’s Mary Queen of Scots (7,5)

2. What was the name of her all-girl pop group?

A. Sister2Sister

B. Bardot

C. Monroe

D. Young Divas


4. She didn’t have a role in which movie?

A. Just Go With it

B. Date Movie

C. Click

D. Spring Breakdown

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1. How many cricket World Cups did retired cricket player Aaron Finch win?

2. Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has been the third driver for which team in 2023?

3. What colour is the triple 19 on a standard dartboard?

4. In what sport is the term ‘a-frame’

5. What is the name of the Australian Women’s cricket team captain who took an extended break from the sport in 2022?

6. How many father-son captaincy duos has the Collingwood Football Club had?

7. Harry Souttar plays for which English Premier League side?

Travis Head has a world Test batting ranking of what?

What is the name of the new team that entered the NRL competition this season?

Which team did the Philadelphia Eagles beat to get into the 2023 Super Bowl?

Which Australian fighter was defeated by Islam Makhachev at UFC 284 in Perth?

Super Bowl LVII was held in which US state?

Xavier Cooks won the 2022–23 NBL Most Valuable Player Award playing for which NBL team?

14. The 2023 NBA All-Star Game is set to be held in which US city?

15. Former AFL player Ben Graham played for how many NFL teams during his career?

16. Which retired NBA great held the record for most career points scored, until it was broken by LeBron James?

17. How many total points did the aforementioned NBA great score in his career?

18. Which two Australian tennis players were known as ‘The Woodies’?

19. Which two NFL teams did former AFL player Saverio Rocca play for during his career?

20. Sam Waardenburg won the 2022-23 NBL Most Valuable Player Award playing for which NBL team?

21. Which team won the 2023 NFL Super Bowl?

22. Australian spinner Matthew Kuhnemann plays for which state?

23. Which AFLW team has won the most premierships?

24. Former AFL player Joel Selwood is now part of the coaching staff of which NRL club?

25. Which driver has won the last two Formula 1 Championships?

26. Quadball is another name for a sport that has its origins as which fictional game?

27. Spinner Todd Murphy took how many wickets in his Test debut against India?

28. In February, Channel Nine announced they had secured the broadcast rights for how many future Olympic Games?

29. How many combined Grand Slam singles titles have Serena and Venus Williams won?

30. In February this year, Kevin Durant was traded to which NBA team?

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CRANEBROOK STUDENT JEMMA EXCELS In best form for Little Athletics

WATCHING her two older brothers compete at Little Athletics inspired 14-year-old student Jemma Camilleri to pursue sports as one of promising junior javelin throwers in NSW.

Based on individual performances from among those born in 2009, Jemma, of the Cranebrook Little Athletics Centre showed record javelin throw from among students across Australia.

•Worried your current events are not meeting event objectives?

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At the recent 2023 Coles Australian Little Athletics Championship, the Caroline Chisholm College student took the sixth place from among tough competitors.

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She joins young athletes in the 2023 Coles Little Athletics National Performance Camp at the Gold Coast in Queensland next month.

Her proud parents are excited for their daughter who was just three years old when she was signed in for the Tiny Tots program.

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“Jemma trains hard to get the results she gets which are great. She looks up to her brothers, Lachlan is a runner and Toby is also a javelin thrower,” Michelle Camilleri said.

“Toby is ranked 1 in NSW and ranked 2 in Australia, she followed in her brothers’ footsteps.”

Olympic gold medalist Glynis Nunn OAM, the driving force behind the Little Athletics camp since it began 11 years ago, says: “I am always very pleased to be able to contribute to the development of up-andcoming Little Athletes and look forward to meeting them at the camp.”

Coles Little Athletics Australia chief executive Myles Foreman said they want to help the next generation of athletes “get extra training and mentoring they need to take them to the next level in their chosen event.”

“With the support of some of Australia’s leading coaches and presenters, our Little Athletes will leave the camp ready to set a new personal best.”

At the camp, athletes participate in training sessions,

workshops, recovery sessions, presentations, and social activities onsite.

For more information, visit www.littleathletics.com.au.

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