Western Sydney Express - February 2024

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THE Hills Shire councillor who voted against a motion stopping spending ratepayers’ monies on local LGBTQI+ events expressed concerns some residents now feel “afraid and isolated” in their own community.

In an ordinary council meeting on February 6, a majority, or 10 of the 13 shire councillors rejected the Local Government NSW mo-

tion by Sydney City Council carried out in late last year’s conference urging its 128 member councils to help promote LGBTQI+ events in their communities. After the council meeting on February 6, Clr Mila Kasby, of the NSW Greens Party who voted against the motion by Liberal Party Clr Jerome Cox, said LGBTQIA+ residents were “visibly upset, some were crying." More page 5.

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Chef hat goes to The William Inglis Hotel

The Newmarket Room tops in Oz

The Wlliam Inglis otel’s popular restaurant,The Newmarket Room, in WarwickFarmm is proving itself to be among Western Sydney’s premier dining destinations.

It’s paddock-to-plate theme with modern Australian take on a range of dishes have been described simplistic yet delectable, resulting in the restaurant being awarded the Australian Good Food Guide Chef Hat for 2024.

The Newmarket Room is popularly known for its steak tenderloin fillets paired with rocket and pear salad, chimichurri and potato sticks, and it’s one of the elegant hotel’s signature dishes that anonymous AGFG judges scored for the coveted chef’s hat.

“We’re very excited to announce The Newmarket Room has been awarded an AGFG Chef Hat for 2024,” the hotel statement said.

“This award places our venue in the top restaurants in Australia and is a testament to the hard work of our chefs and friendly Newmarket team.

“The AGFG has been identifying the best restaurants in Australia since 1977 and its inspectors dine anonymously, with their reviews, alongside opinions of the public, determining the results.

“It is an honour to receive this award

and we are proud to be spreading the word.

“Our food Philosophy is centred around a paddock-to-plate menu, providing simplistic, comforting and authentic flavours.

“Teamed with an extensive wine selection and cocktails that resonate the story of Inglis, it is a culinary experience like no other.”

The historic hotel on Governor Macquarie Drive in Warwick Farm, just

a 35-minute drive from Sydney CBD, has been inspired by more than a century of the Inglis family’s horseracing dynasty.

Its operations come under its operations come under the Accor Mgallery hotel collection., each has restaurants whose chefs have been known among the best.

Vice President Operations for Sofitel, MGallery and Emblems Hotels Pacific Marcus Hanna Said: “We are extremely proud to see these chefs recognised by the country’s most respected rating authority.

“Our hotels are laser-focused on providing exceptional dining experiences and these awards are testament to the passion and creativity of our chefs who take the best local ingredients and use those flavours to design menus that delight our guests.”

The Newmarket Room isl ocated on theground floor of The William Inglis Hotel,which showcases Australia’s equine, and adjacent is its alfresco dining at the Terrace where guests and diners can bring along their pets on weekends, overlooking an exquisite garden and the Riverside Stables.

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MP leading charge for revamped town centre

The masterplan for Riverstone

RIVERSTONE is set to get a new lease of life with a plan to revamp the town centre.

Member for Riverstone Warren Kirby said input from the community began last month and was now well under way.

The Town Centre Masterplan is a collaborative process with residents, community groups, the Member for Riverstone, the Department of Planning and Environment, the NSW Reconstruction Authority and Blacktown City Council.

“I am thrilled that Minister Scully has welcomed my proposal, as the local MP, to commence a local community engagement process so we can get cracking on developing ideas for a new Riverstone Town Centre Masterplan,” Mr Kirby said.

“This marks a pivotal moment for our community, and I am committed to working closely with the Minister, our residents and other stakeholders to develop a masterplan that revitalises our town centre.

“The aim is to create a thriving hub where people can live, work and enjoy all that Riverstone has to offer.”

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Paul Scully, welcomed Mr Kir-

by’s windows.

He said community engagement will be a cornerstone of the new masterplan’s development.

“Warren Kirby, your local MP, is making sure that the voices and perspectives of Riverstone’s residents are heard and will be incorporated into this planning process,” Mr Scully said.

Mr Kirby said opportunities for the community to provide feedback began last month and would continue throughout 2024.

They will include workshops, surveys and public meetings.

The Riverstone Town Centre Masterplan will consider a range of critical factors including:

• Anticipated growth in Riverstone’s population;

• The evolving needs of the local community;

• Opportunities for economic development and job creation;

• Preserving and enhancing the town’s rich heritage; and

• Ensuring the new Masterplan complies with current planning regulations.

“I wholeheartedly encourage all Riverstone residents and businesses to actively participate in the community engagement process that I am starting and contribute their valuable insights into shaping the future of our town

centre,” Mr Kirby said.

“This is an opportunity to work together and create a Riverstone we can all be proud of, a place that reflects our community’s aspirations and embodies the spirit of our town.”

The community engagement

phase for the Riverstone Town Centre Masterplan is expected to continue for approximately three months.

To find out more you can email riverstone@ parliament.nsw.gov or phone Mr Kirby’s office on 8883 3499.

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Riverstone MP Michael Kirby speaks to residents at a community meeting about the Town Centre Masterplan.

Cost of living hits home Energy workers strike in Parra

WORKERS at two of the country’s largest energy providers, Endeavour Energy and Transgrid, walked out for 24 hours recently.

They staged the strike at Parramatta Square talking on microphone expressing frustration over wages that have not kept pace with skyrocketing living costs since the pandemic.

They are seeking eight percent more annually over the next three years or 24 percent overall which Endeavour Energy has rejected.

An Endeavour Energy substation staffer on strike, Mick McGuire told WSE they intend to down the tools for longer until their big corporate employers and politicians hear them out.

“I can’t speak for everyone, but I know many younger sparkies out here with families and kids who are having a tough time keeping up with high inflation, so we just want fair wage increases for what we’re doing,” he said.

“We may not all be on the same boat with [impacts on our] pockets because my kids are now in their twenties, but no matter what stage in life we’re in, we should be getting a fair share when you see these executives getting big pay rises.

“We are essential workers in this industry, we go out in rain, hail or sunshine to keep the supply on for consumers.”

The Endeavour Energy workers said their wages have risen by 10.5 percent since 2019, while Transgrid workers had eight percent over the same period, however their wages were thinning with skyrocketing prices of basic needs and housing.

The workers claimed inflationary rate is realistically at 18 percent and not seven percent according to Reserve Bank calculations because of evidence

of excessive costs on housing, groceries and other basic financial obligations they spend on since the pandemic in 2019.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics December 2023 consumer price index showed inflation up by 3.4 percent with insurances at its highest to date at 8.2 percent, alcohol and tobacco at 6.8 percent, housing at 5.2 percent and food and non-alcoholic drinks at 4 percent.

Roy Morgan also released its findings last December revealing 1.5 million mortgage holders or 30 percent of borrowers are under financial strain since

2022 when the RBA began interest rate increases now at 4.1 percent since last October.

An Endeavour Energy spokesperson confirmed they offered an upfront $1,000 extra pay, then 5.25 percent from July 1 this year, 3.25 percent from July 1 in 2025, and 2.75 percent from July 1 in 2026.

“Our discussions on the enterprise agreement continue and we are committed to working constructively with our employees throughout this process,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said the ETU demand was not sustainable because “they add significant costs to the business without productivity or efficiency improvements”.

On top of the eight percent annual increases, the spokesperson said, there were 65 other working condition demands but she did not elaborate on the claims.

Endeavour Energy is partly owned by the NSW government, and it operates the electrical network from Ulladulla in the NSW Shoalhaven region, up to Waterfall and Western Sydney.

TransGrid was privatised in 2015 and whose owners are the Utilities Trust of Australia, Spark Infrastructure, and Tawreed Investments.

Transgrid has been contacted for comment.

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Endeavour Energy and Transgrid workers gathered at Parramatta Square on Thursday, February 8, 2024, for a 24-hour strike as they sought 24 percent pay rise for the next three years to meet high cost of daily living.

New $390M Penrith Stadium Venue mecca opens in 2026

THE new look $309M makeover of Penrith Stadium was shown for the first time with football star Nathan Cleary joining the announcement on by state and sporting officials.

Penrith Stadium will be undergoing a significant transformation after the end of the 2024 NRL season, as construction begins to make it into a premier sporting and entertainment venue.

The modern sporting and entertainment precinct within the Penrith CBD has been promised for the city by the Minns Labor government in last year’s state election.

The significant stadium upgrade set for completion in 2026 has been designed to improve the gameday experience for fans and players.

It is also set to attract visitors from far and wide, creating a superior venue for sports events, live music and entertainment.

“I am delighted to see the upgraded Penrith Stadium brought to life in these exciting new designs,” deputy premier and minister for Western Sydney Prue Car said.

“This is a very welcome upgrade to a stadium that has been well-loved by the passionate Western Sydney community.

“I cannot wait to see the seats filled as fans come roaring in to enjoy Pan-

thers’ games in the upgraded stadium.”

The redevelopment included a new western grandstand and significant changes to the eastern grandstand meant to increase the ground capacity for 25,000 more.

Grandstands have been reconfigured to maximise seating with premium views between the try lines to be steeper to bring fans closer to the action.

“When complete, Penrith Stadium will be a first-class sporting and entertainment venue for everyone to enjoy,” sports minister Steve Kamper said.

Penrith MP Karen McKeown said they must “thank the 3,000 fans and families who provided their input to the design process.”

“I, along with every fan of sport, am so excited to see that the iconic hills at either end of the ground have been saved,” she said.

There will be new scoreboards, sound systems and upgraded lighting as shown in the artist’s impression when the stadium is hosting live entertainment at night.

New player facilities including four new changerooms will help grow female representation in rugby league and other sporting codes.

According to the design, the hills at the northern and southern end of the playing field will be retained, reflecting feedback from over 3,000 fans, families and community members whose input was acknowledged by Ms McKeown,

a former Penrith mayor and currently serving as a councillor.

The training field to the west of the stadium will be remodelled to create a stadium precinct with quality open space for outdoor community, sporting and entertainment events.

The project is expected to boost for Western Sydney’s local economy with jobs during the construction phase and one operational.

Once completed, Venues NSW will operate the stadium, in addition to its management of Accor Stadium, the SCG, Allianz Stadium, McDonald Jones Stadium, WIN Stadium and CommBank Stadium.

For more details, visit https://www. infrastructure.nsw.gov.au/penrith-stadium-refurbishment.

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Penrith Panther’s rugby league star Nathan Cleary with NSW deputy premier and minister for Western Sydney Prue Car, NSW sports minister Steve Kamper, Penrith MP Karen McKeown and sporting executives at the site of the new
Stadium on January 24, 2024. Artist’s impression of the Penrith Stadium redevelopment as premier venue for sports and entertainment in Western Sydney.

Govt takes over Hawkesbury Hospital

THE NSW Government will assume responsibility for the provision of healthcare at Hawkesbury Hospital after St John of God Health Care advised it would not renew its contract to provide services at the facility.

As a result, services provided by SJHC will transition to Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD. It is expected the transition of Hawkesbury Hospital to the NSW Government will be completed by 30 June 2024.

The NSW Minister for Health Ryan Park says patients at the Hawkesbury District Health Service – known as the Hawkesbury Hospital – can rest assured they will continue to receive high quality, safe, and compassionate care.

The Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District will ensure the skill, knowledge and expertise of the hospital’s staff will be absorbed under the new arrangements with the NSW Government.

NSW Health will work with staff and their relevant unions to transition their employment from St John of God to the public health system.

The hospital will remain open throughout the entirety of the transition period.

This will include its 24-hour emergency department, operating theatres, community health services and outpatients’ clinics.

Public patient appointments and clinic hours will not be impacted.

Asbestos testing at GWS sites

ASBESTOS testing has commenced in four schools, a hospital, shopping centre and a park across Western Sydney and they have been closed for further testing by a taskforce.

Inspections are taking place at Westmead Christian Grammar in Westmead, St Luke’s Catholic College in Marsden Park, Penrith Christian School in Orchard Hills, Mt Annan Christian College in Mt Annan, St John of God Hospital in North Richmond, Woolworths in Kellyville and a Transport for NSW park area at Wiley Park.

The EPA said it is providing this advice to keep everyone concerned abreast of developments particularly parents and students at those schools and the public connected to those sites so they can keep their communities safe.

St Luke’s Catholic College in Marsden Park have been closed this Friday while those schools that remained open are advised to keep students and staff away from garden beds and around the site.

This development comes as the EPA have confirmed there are 24 sites across Sydney that have returned positive results for bonded asbestos since the discovery at Rozelle Parklands and other Sydney sites.

Asbestos testing has also started this Friday at Allambie Heights Public School in Allambie Heights, International Grammar School in Ultimo and North Sydney Public School in North Sydney.

The NSW Health has advised the asbestos initially found were “low risk to public health, and one site for friable asbestos.”

EPA testing officers are on the ground, and they are under supervision of the NSW Government Asbestos Taskforce which includes experts from NSW Health and NSW Department of Education.

These schools and sites in Western Sydney have been identified as having mulch from the same manufacturer that has supplied mulch to the 25 other sites that tested positive for bonded asbestos, the EPA said.

All landowners around the identified sites have been advised to put in place measures to prevent anyone accessing their site and to begin removal of the contaminated mulch.

Once testing results are finalised, the EPA will advise what further actions can be taken, but parents of students in identified schools are advised to contact their school directly for updates on the situation.

All positive sites will be updated on the EPA website by visiting, https://www.epa.nsw.gov. au/working-together/community-engagement/updates-on-issues/ rozelle-parkland-asbestos-investigation

For more information on asbestos investigation or to report concerns to contact EPA Environment Line on 131 555 or info@epa.nsw.gov.au.

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Bradfield masterplan on exhibition

PLANNING for one of the biggest economic development projects undertaken in Australia, the Bradfield City Centre, has taken a major step forward with the draft Master Plan now available for community feedback.

The Bradfield City Centre Master Plan sets out a framework for future development within the new 114-hectare city, five times the size of Barangaroo, at the heart of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

The Master Plan will position Bradfield City Centre as a centre for innovation, education, and skills development in the heart of Western Sydney.

It is expected to deliver 20,000 direct jobs and is positioned to emerge as Australia’s premier hub for advanced and emerging industries. It is expected

to also create up to 10,000 new homes for the people of Western Sydney.

The proposal contains all key areas for a new city, including homes, streets and roads, city blocks, parks and open space, commercial and retail precincts, and, crucially the strategies to deliver the required infrastructure.

The development is backed by a more than $1B investment from the NSW Government and is anticipated to unlock billions more in private investment.

If approved, the Master Plan will outline a staged approach to more than two million square metres gross floor area of development across the city centre, located on the doorstep of the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.

While the Aerotropolis and new Metro line are substantially underway, the draft Master Plan for Bradfield City Centre marks a significant milestone after a lack of coordination and years of inaction under the previous Liberal National Government.

Despite the previous government’s lack of planning, development has now begun in Bradfield with construction underway including the first stage of a new Advanced Manufacturing and Research Facility (AMRF), with electronics giant Hitachi, an advanced industry hub, due to open this year.

This exhibition represents the government “getting its skates on” to provide the vision to establish and grow Bradfield into a world-class city in line with the planned opening of

WSI metro reaches new heights

WORK is powering ahead on the Western Sydney Airport Metro line with nearly one kilometre of a new bridge (viaduct) located between Orchard Hills and Luddenham completed.

The bridge, consisting of 36 piers, one every 28 to 40 metres, and 308 concrete segments will be 3.5-kilometre long as part of the new Western Sydney Airport metro line.

The foundation for the new metro station at Luddenham is also complete, ready for work on the station build to commence next month.

Situated up to 13.5 metres above ground, Luddenham Station will be the only station on the new line located on a viaduct.

Work on the remaining part of the metro line is also in full swing, with four tunnel boring machines excavating the 9.8-kilometre tunnels and earthworks underway to complete sections of the railway at ground level.

The Metro line’s six new stations will also become a crucial connection for workers and travellers making their way to Western Sydney’s new international airport and

surrounding areas.

The NSW Government has already approved a number of major projects in the region including data centres at Huntingwood and Kemps Creek, each worth over $1B. Significant investment is also being driven into the area surrounding Luddenham Metro Station with Sydney Water nearing construction completion of an Integrated Water Recycling Hub.

The government continues to work to cut red tape imposed by the former government on development, further driving the creation of jobs in this growing region of Sydney.

For more information about Luddenham Station: sydneymetro. info/station/luddenham-station

Western Sydney International Airport in 2026.

Following the exhibition period and if approved, the Department expects that finalisation could occur by mid2024.

Acting Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Prue Car said: “Western Sydney is the third largest regional economy in Australia, with one of the most rapidly growing populations.

Bradfield City Centre could deliver 10,000 new homes in coming years, making a significant contribution to more, and more diverse, housing supply in Western Parkland City.

For more information and to have your say, visit: www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/draftplans/ exhibition/bradfield-city-centre-master-plan

Providing training for young locals

PEMULWAY resident Elena Sevdimbas attended a site visit at Western Sydney International Airport (WSI) which created the motivation for her to apply for an Internship at WSI.

The 20-year-old has completed a Diploma of Criminal and Community Justice at Western Sydney University and is currently studying a Bachelor of Criminology, also at WSU.

Ms Sevdimbas said that as someone who was born and raised in Western Sydney and comes from a multiicultural background, she felt a connection to WSI and wanted to have an impact, which was the motivator for her to apply for the Internship.

“I am a part of the Community Engagement and Social Impact team at WSI, so my role mainly consists of supporting and engaging with various relevant communities in the area”, said Ms Sevdimbas.

Currently there are more than 4,000 people working on site at WSI. Half of the project’s workforce live in Western Sydney and around a third are learning new skills on-the-job.

Once the airport becomes operational in late 2026 there will be significant new job

opportunities directly with the airport and with local businesses supporting the new airport.

Katy Hannouch, General Manager – Community Engagement and Social Impact at WSI said that the Internship Program equips students with practical skills, combined with formal education, to build capability and employment pathways for the community in Western Sydney.

“The Intern Program is aimed at university students in their second or final year of study and the Interns work in a six-month paid program, part time”, said Ms Hannouch.

“WSI supports the student’s academic studies, and the interns work on specialist projects, along with a staff mentor.”

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Artist impressions of Bradfield. Work on the metro line. Elena Sevdimbas.

AUSTRALIA’S REMOTE WORK CONDITIONS Why we rank 25th in the world

THE Global Remote Work Index, has revealed what it takes to be a top country when considering a remote working destination.

Turns out the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark lead the list. However, daydreaming about a winter escape and jumping straight into summer does not necessarily have to be a fantasy.

Australia ranked 25.

Growth of the digital nomad and workation concept

Workations (work+vacation) are steadily growing in popularity. According to research, 93% of workers worldwide say they want the flexibility to choose where and when they work. Google searches for the term “workation” worldwide reached an all-time high in the last week of August 2023.

Regarding digital nomadism, such lifestyles continue to gain popularity despite the growing global office mandate.

Workations or digital nomadism really can be a mood, money, and, in some cases – a cybersecurity saver. That is the reason why cybersecurity company NordLayer decided to look at 107 countries and make a list of the best countries to work remotely in terms of cybersecurity, infrastructure, and economic and social safety.

Carlos Salas, a cybersecurity expert at NordLayer, comments: “Technologies allowing people to have more flexibility are among the greatest innovations, but they are also a challenge.” He adds: “Cybersecurity shouldn’t be forgotten when planning an individual or business trip. Being careless might sour the experience and end up being expensive.”

Infrastructure is the best in Australia

In the GRWI, Australia is number 25 and ranks six places lower than last year’s data. The nation excels in digital and physical infrastructure (18), including a top-tier e-government system (7) and physical infrastructure (12).

However, challenges include a cyber safety ranking of 35th and a high cost of living (92). Social safety is in the 24th place, with concerns about personal safety (53). Addressing these areas could further enhance Australia’s economic and social safety standings.

What do you need to have a perfect and safe workation?

Don’t let cybersecurity matters wander off when considering New Zealand or Australia as a spot to work and relax. Since Oceania is not the start of the cybersecurity realm, more precautions are needed.

Carlos says, “As you pack your sunscreen, don’t forget to protect what’s happening on your computer’s screen. Public Wi-Fi, weak passwords, and even passwords saved in the browser can expose you to hackers, and they never take a day off.”

Here are tips that will help protect your network no matter where you work from:

• Consider cloud technologies. Cloud cybersecurity will give an additional layer of security for remote workers and enterprises by helping to protect your files and passwords, as well as by limiting who can access specific documents or tools.

• Think before connecting. Avoid using public Wi-Fi without a trustworthy VPN app, and avoid plugging in any devices — be it a USB flash drive on your desk or a public charging station — to your device.

• Take care of your device. Do not leave your working computer unattended. Always lock it and use secure passwords.

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MyMedicare: Strengthening Health Care in Australia

At the end of last year, the Australian Government introduced MyMedicare, a voluntary registration system that aims to help you build stronger relationships with your general practice and the primary care teams that support your health.

Seeing the same general practitioner (GP) regularly can lead to better health outcomes. Now, through MyMedicare, you can nominate your preferred GP to gain access to more care options.

Why Register for MyMedicare?

When you register for MyMedicare, additional funding is provided from the government to your selected general practice and preferred GP so that they can deliver better care. For you, this means:

9 Access to longer telehealth appointments with your GP

9 Better continuity of care within your nominated practice

9 Bulk-billed, longer telehealth consultations for children under 16 and Commonwealth concession card holders

More benefits will be rolling out throughout the year, including more regular visits from your GP for those living in residential care homes and better care planning.

As part of your MyMedicare registration, your chosen practice and GP will appear on your My Health Record (if you have one) so that all health professionals you see, for example, if you visit a hospital, know who to contact about your ongoing regular care.

You can change your preferred GP at your registered practice or withdraw from MyMedicare at any time.

Healthy Western Sydney is delivered by WentWest, the Western Sydney Primary Health Network.

How do I Register?

There are three different ways to register for MyMedicare.

Online through your MyGov Account at my.gov.au

Through the Medicare Express Plus mobile app

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Going from foamie to fibreglass

SURFING sounds fun but learning can be daunting, particularly upgrading from a safe foam board (foamie) to the traditional fibreglass surfboard.

To master standing on a fibreglass board can be very rewarding and that feeling of standing on a wave is noted as one of life’s finer moments.

To help you out with this transition, we’ve enlisted James Cheal, founder and owner of Chilli Surfboards to give us his best tips to get you going. Good luck.

Moving from a foamie to a fibreglass. James’ three tips:

T“You are not ready for a fibreglass board, unless you can transfer from your belly to your feet on a foamie.

Once you can stand 8 out of 10 times on a foamie then you will definitely be able to stand up on a fibreglass board”.

If getting a fibreglass board for the first time after using a foamie, don’t get something thin or narrow, stick closely to the dimensions of your foamie.

If learning to surf is on your bucket list and you’d like to skip the foamy surfboard stage, be cautious when walking into a secondhand shop for the first time as you can get it really wrong.

“You have to be honest with your ability and give them your correct weight and height. If you’re 95 kg, but you think you’ll lose some weight and get to 90 in summer just tell them you’re 95 kg”.

Chilli Surfboards has a range of cheaper second-hand fibreglass surfboards to start learning on. Head to Chilli Surfboards (shop online) www. chillisurboards.com

44 Darley Street Mona Vale, 0466188844 chilli@chillisurfboards.com. Open Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm Saturday - 8:30am4:00pm

Day out in the Southern Highlands

HE train is loud in Bundanoon and has been for 150 years. It’s a sweet town if you haven’t popped in for a while and worth a visit. Bundanoon’s highlights can be visited in one day if you don’t want to spend a night but it’s a lovely town to take your time and enjoy the sights of local gardens.

Suggested itinerary:

Start with breakfast or brunch in Bundanoon and meals and cafe at the Morton Cafe served all day are great. There are several cafes down the main street (opposite the train station). Catching a train is a great alternative to driving. It does take longer but pops you straight out on the main drag with shops, cafes and restaurants.

Enjoy the original and historical building facades, walk north along Railway avenue and find little boutiques or plan your trip for the artisan Makers

market, 1st Sunday of the month at Bundanoon public school or 3rd Sunday of the month at the Soldiers Memorial hall

Bundanoon is the gateway to the Morton National Park. There are a couple of nice day walks here, bring a picnic lunch, sunscreen, proper footwear for walking and some water, there’s an IGA in the main street to get food and snacks.

Head to the Bundanoon pub with its beer garden out the back after your walk, and if you’re staying until nightfall, bring a torch for the walk down into the valley to see the famous glow worms that make their home in this area. Entry is via William St.

Thai dinner at Little Jacks Style 12 noon - 9.30pm Tues-Sun is very good or pop into Sally’s Corner wine to purchase mementos of the area on your way home if driving. Open Sat- Sun 10.30am - 4.30pm.

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Travelling with pain?

MELINDA and her family never expected to have to consider accessible travel until a playground accident left her son, Cooper with a chronic pain condition in his foot which can leave him bedbound for days,

tralia full time in a caravan, visiting the best of Australia.

Travelling for this family relies on the use of a wheelchair to be mobile, they tell us which resorts and holiday areas do accessible travel well. During 2024, the column will focus on some solutions for travelling with pain, as it’s something any of us may face at any time so we want accessible travel to be as excellent as we can get it.

Get involved to improve

Attention hotels, motels and holidays parks

Here are the top three issues you need to get onto for 2024. - It’s go time!

1. Footpath width

Check your paths meet the Australian standard for accessibility AS 1428.1. You may think your path is wide enough, smooth enough and entries compliant but Melinda and her family assure us they DON’T. “The danger of a wheelchair user going over the edge of walkways to accessible bathrooms is real. Cooper fell one night (at a big name caravan park) and repairs to the

chair were $2800 and the pain flare left him bedbound”.

2. Ramps

These are easier for your property to update as many ramps are mobile and easy to install or build. Entry to doors, reception, pool and playground areas and toilets also need to be smooth because travelling with chronic pain can result in uncomfortable jarring through vibration.

3. Maintenance Team

Find the funds to do a full Australian standards

compliance check. Not only is it a good thing to do, but accessible travel is also a big growing sector so you’re sure to make back in new business whatever funds you outlay.

Accommodation that does wheelchair access well: Treasure Island holiday park on the Gold Coast, Ups and Downs Farm Stay, near Roma QLD, Awesome Anglers, Cairns and Ambitions NQ Cairns (provide exceptional support services and full access fishing activities).

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Battery electric Mini Countryman E, SE due here from Q3 this year priced from $64,990

MINI has detailed pricing for its all-electric Countryman E and SE range ahead of the model’s local launch in the third quarter of this year.

The electric duo – which are offered in multiple grades – will join internal combustion engine powered Countryman variants and are built upon an architecture shared with the current BMW iX1.

Pricing for the range will begin at $64,990 plus on-road costs for the entry E Core front-wheel drive and top out at $77,990 + ORC for the flagship SE All4 JCW Sport – or approximately $15,000 more than the equivalent petrol-powered range.

Rivalling the likes of the BMW X1, Kia Niro, and Volvo C40, the Mini Countryman measures 4444mm long, 1843mm wide, and 1661mm tall, and rides on a 2692mm wheelbase. Luggage capacity ranges from 460 litres in fiveseat mode through 1450 litres all told.

Countryman E variants feature a 150kW and 250Nm single electric motor and 63.8kWh lithium-ion battery which can deliver a driving range of up to 462km. A 0-100km/h time of 8.6 seconds is quoted.

Countryman SE variants add a second electric motor on the rear axle to deliver all-wheel drive and offer 230kW and 494Nm, the same battery pack, and a range claim of 433km. The model is three seconds faster in the sprint to 100km/h (5.6sec).

Charging for both models is listed at 29 minutes against the standard 20 –80 per cent measure.

The Core grade offers as standard 18-inch alloy wheels, dusk-sensing LED headlights with auto high beam, LED tail-lights, hands free and powered tailgate functionality, the choice of body-coloured or Jet Black wing mirrors and roof, a 9.4-inch OLED infotainment cluster, wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, inductive smartphone charging, Mini personal assistant, a six-speaker/100-watt audio

system, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, a sport steering wheel and seats, and choice of grey/ blue or black/blue cloth upholstery.

For Classic variants Mini adds a panoramic glass sunroof, augmented reality satellite navigation, heated front seats, and (on SE grades) All4 exterior styling elements.

Moving onto Favoured variants we find 19-inch alloys (20-inch on SE grades), UV glazing, a 12-speaker/365-watt Harman Kardon audio package, Anthracite headlining, JCW front seats with electric adjustment, and a choice of Beige, Dark Petrol or Vintage Brown Vescin upholstery.

Finally, on JCW Sport variants, we find 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels, body stripes in Jet Black or Chilli Red, adaptive suspension, JCW brakes and exterior styling elements, paddle shifters and a JCW steering wheel, and JCW Black Vescin/Cord upholstery.

Across the range, the electric Countryman is fitted with a detailed range of safety equipment, including AEB,

blind-spot monitoring, exit warning, front and rear parking sensors, intelligent emergency alarm, and a reversing camera.

Classic grades and higher add adaptive cruise control, auto speed limiter, drive recorder (in-built dashcam) and interior camera, parking assistant, and a 360-degree surround-view camera.

2024 Mini Countryman

E and SE pricing*:

E Core (a) $64,990

E Classic (a) ............................ $67,990

E Favoured (a) $70,990

SE Classic All4 (a) $72,990

SE Favoured All4 (a) ............ $75,990

SE JCW All4 (a) $77,990

*Pricing excludes on-road costs.

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IN the quest for better health and fitness, we often associate exercise with dedicated gym sessions or structured workout routines.

However, adopting a holistic approach to physical activity involves recognizing that every daily activity can be an opportunity to exercise.

From household chores to commuting and leisurely pursuits, integrating movement into every aspect of our lives can significantly contribute to overall well-being.

Redefining Exercise: A Holistic Perspective

Exercise doesn’t have to be confined to a gym or a specific time of day. It’s about moving your body consistently and making physical activity an integral part of your lifestyle.

Embracing this holistic perspective allows individuals to break down traditional barriers between exercise and daily life, transforming routine activities into opportunities for physical fitness.

1. Commuting Creatively

For many, commuting is an inevitable part of daily life. Rather than viewing it as a sedentary task, consider it an opportunity to incorporate movement. If feasible, choose active modes of transportation like cycling or walking. For those who rely on public transportation or driving, make a conscious effort to take the stairs, park a bit farther from your destination, or stand during your train or bus ride. These small adjustments can

accumulate into significant physical activity over time.

2. Turning Chores into Workouts

Household chores are often viewed as mundane tasks, but they can be transformed into effective workouts. Vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping engage various muscle groups, providing an excellent cardiovascular workout. Squats can be iяncorporated while loading or unloading the dishwasher, and lunges can be performed while folding laundry. The key is to approach these activities with mindfulness, ensuring proper form and posture to maximize their fitness benefits.

3. Deskercise for the Office Worker

Sedentary office jobs can lead to a host of health issues. Combat the negative effects by incorporating “deskercise” into your work routine. Simple stretches, seated leg lifts, and neck rotations can be performed discreetly at your desk. Consider using a stability ball as a chair to engage your core muscles, or set a timer to remind yourself to stand up, stretch, and walk around for a few minutes every hour.

4. Playful Workouts for Families

Family time doesn’t have to be limited to sitting in front of the TV. Engage in activities that involve movement, turning playtime into a

family workout. Outdoor games like tag, hideand-seek, or frisbee are not only fun but also excellent cardiovascular exercises. Consider hiking, biking, or even dancing together to make fitness a shared experience that promotes bonding while staying active.

5. Gardening for Physical and Mental Health

Gardening is a therapeutic activity that offers physical and mental health benefits. Digging, planting, and weeding engage various muscle groups and contribute to flexibility and strength. The rhythmic nature of gardening also promotes stress reduction and relaxation. Spending time outdoors and tending to a garden is a holistic approach to well-being that combines physical activity with the calming effects of nature.

6. Mindful Walking and Running Errands

Walking is a simple yet effective form of exercise. Make a habit of incorporating brisk walks into your routine, whether it’s during your lunch break, while running errands, or in the evening. Choose stairs over escalators and elevators when possible and consider walking or cycling for short-distance errands instead of driving.

So, the next time you engage in routine activities, remember that each step, stretch, and movement is a step toward a healthier and more active life.

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C. An architect

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D. Boston Red Sox

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Innovation Insights looks at clever ways to do business, grow enterprises and engage with your community. Business practitioners, agencies, leaders and celebrities share insights in a series of filmed interviews with broadcaster and journalist Suzy Michael. Hosted permanently at www.sydwest.tv and transcribed for publication in print via Access News, II is an entertaining and informative resource for business, enterprises and leaders to garner tips for success.

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Newtown’s La Petite Fauxmagerie

VIBRANT Newtown has become a beacon of café culture and diverse culinary delights.

Established in October 2020, La Petite Fauxmagerie located on South King Street, swiftly rose to prominence as Sydney's top artisanal vegan cheesemonger, gourmet delicatessen, small restaurant, and retailer in the bustling Inner West.

Since opening its doors in January 2021, La Petite Fauxmagerie has delighted cheese enthusiasts with its array of Australian made vegan cheeses, catering to various dietary needs including dairy-free, lactose-free, gluten-free, and plant-based preferences.

Customers are drawn not only by its retail offerings but also by its inviting café ambiance, ideal for intimate gatherings.

La Petite Fauxmagerie's product range includes nut, nut milk, soy milk, and tofu-based cheeses, with a unique twist: many of their savory and sweet offerings feature their own artisanal cheeses, ensuring a truly distinctive culinary experience.

Beyond being a popular retail

destination, La Petite Fauxmagerie has evolved into a community hub, advocating for health, sustainability, and ethical treatment of animals through their dairy-free alternatives.

Their menu showcases freshly made sandwiches, tempting toasties, mini cheeseboards, and Apertivo Hour plates, all sourced from local artisan producers.

Among their sought-after offerings

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is the plant-based High Tea, a luxurious experience complete with exquisite tableware, delectable made from scratch mini sandwiches, sweet and savoury pastries, tarts and scones.

La Petite Fauxmagerie's dedication to culinary education is evident through their collaborative in-store events and quarterly cheese tasting experiences, which highlight the diversity of local flavours and artisanal offerings.

This commitment to excellence has not gone unnoticed. Founders Michelle van Rensburg and Carl Coyle, both passionate vegans, have put Newtown's little faux cheese shop on the map, earning accolades in the last three years in the Inner West Local Business Awards as winners of the Best Delicatessen/Gourmet Food category.

To find out more about their range of vegan products and vegan cheese tasting events, visit https://www.lapetitefauxmagerie. com.au/. Contact them directly at info@lapetitefauxmagerie.com.au or call 0406 101 707.

Spreading happiness and wellbeing

PATIENTS often walk into Ashfield Pharmacy feeling average and so we know the best we can do is make sure they leave our store with a smile.

“It is seeing they were happy with smiles on their faces and hearing how grateful they were for the service are the rewards for a business like us, who simply wants to give back to the community that nurtures our sense of purpose,” a spokesperson said.

“Since opening our doors, patients and customers have described us in many ways.

“The ‘Disneyland of Pharmacy,” their ‘favourite place,’ ‘happy place’ amongst others. Our customers make us smile, too.”

Ashfield Pharmacy gets letters from patients thanking them for making them feel like they are family.

The team came to realization that the pharmacy is not just a source of income, rather, they see it as s sense of purpose.

“And we are proud to say that our customer service is defined by this

principle, of giving back the best service and price to our customers.

“Although we are local, we are part of Pharmacy 4 Less chain of over 100 discount stores across Australia that has been meeting customers’ health care needs since 2007.

“Our foundation is built on professional expertise and excellent personal service and valued customers know

what we stand for, ‘More Care 4 Less Cost’.”

Ashfield Pharmacy is an accredited member of the Quality Care Pharmacy Program and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

Stay up to date with the best prices for pharmacy products in our store, visit www. pharmacy4less.com.au.

Maxiron are investment experts

MAXIRON Wealth is a Managed Investment Fund, located in Burwood in Sydney. They specialize in mortgage investments for everyday Investors.

“We pride ourselves on offering high and consistent return rates for all investors,” a spokesperson said.

“Our team has a combined experience of more than 100 years in finance, investments and the mortgage industry.

“The team at Maxiron provides a

top-notch investment experience to all investors. We are all committed to maintaining high ethical standards and transparency in all our business practices.

“With our expert management, we aim to help our investors achieve their financial goals. We welcome the opportunity to help you secure your financial future with our investment fund.”

Contact details: Phone- 1300 118 112. Email: investor@maxironwealth.com.au

a long way

SAN Valentino Pasticceria opened five years ago and has quickly developed a loyal following.

The business is proud of their first ever award, the Outstanding Bakery/Cake Business category in the 2023 Inner West Local Business Awards.

San Valentino Pasticceria is a husband-and-wife team who love what they do, and although at times challenging, it is satisfying to see how much they have accomplished since opening our cake shop and patisserie.

The owners have been blessed with a wonderful and dedicated team, both in the shop front and behind the scenes where talented chefs prepare an extensive selection of delicious treats.

Five years ago, they opened San Valentino with a dream to bring to the community traditional homemade and fresh Italian style cakes and pastries.

They started concocting our range of delectable cuisine inspired by their traditional root and developed along the way a modern twist to sweets and savouries.

Local customers have enjoyed an extensive range of products, along with many other customers coming from far and wide.

Customers share an appreciation of the products and for the outstanding service that our professional staff provide.

The business at Haberfield experienced growth, so the team has branched out to the Centrepoint Tower in Sydney CBD where the San Valentino brand has become even more popular.

They have improved their premises in Haberfield, more spacious and comfortable, enticing patrons to sit down with friends and families in tow, enjoying sweets, ice cream or anything they can fancy from our vast menu.

Find out more about our best cakes, sweets and savouries inspired by our generation and catering services at great prices.

Shop locations:

119 Ramsay St, Haberfield NSW 2045 phone (02) 8094 8778 open 7 days, including Christmas Day, from 6am to 7pm and closing 8pm on Fridays and Saturday.

Level 5, Westfield Sydney, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000 phone (02) 8072 8000 open 7 days, including Christmas Day, from 8am to 6pm and 5pm on Fridays.

Browse San Valentino Pasticceria’s mouthwatering cakes, pastries, sweets and savouries including the world-famous cannoli, visit https://sanvalentinopasticceria.com.au/.

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San Valentino Pasticceria. The winning team at La Petite Fauxmagerie. Customer happy zone: Ashfield Pharmacy.

Inner West Local Business Awards

Where forever love lives on


QUATRE Café opened in July 2022 to honour Veronique Sakr who was tragically killed, along with her three cousins - Antony, Angelina and Siennah Abdallah – on a fateful night on February 1 2020 at Oatlands by a drunk and drugged driver.

Quatre is a French word for ‘four’ and we made it as a placename to remind us of Veronique’s love and passion for cooking, eating and engaging with people.

Our Love Wall inside the Café is dedicated to these four children we deeply love but lost in horrific circumstances beyond our belief.

The Love Wall also allows our community to honour the loved ones they too have lost in similar or other circumstances by pinning a photograph of their loved ones on the wall.

Through the Love Wall, we can continue the bonds between us beyond physical death because we believe heartfelt love lives on forever.

The Café has also become a

gathering place where people come together to share a coffee and quality meals with their family, friends and neighbours in a friendly, relaxed and warm environment.

Some of the profits from the Café are directed to supporting Bridget Sakr’s charity called Heartfelt, which is an online community created to support people experiencing grief and loss.

The Veronique Sakr Scholarship at Santa Sabina College where Veronique was a student, has been initiated through funding from the Café to support the education of a young girl at the College.

This year, we are proud to announce that Deanna Miloni is the scholarship recipient.

For more information about Bridget’s charity, visit www.heartfelt.community.

To order from Quatre Café menu, follow us on Facebook and Instagram or call (02) 8068 3080.

Quatre Café is located at 7 Cave Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 and opens daily from 6am. Place your order from the menu through Uber Eats and Menulog.

McGrath Strathfield leads by putting people first

BEST known for their integrity, innovative marketing strategies and client-focused approach, McGrath Strathfield leads by putting people first, ensuring each and every client receives first class customer service.

Consisting of young, driven and visionary agents steered by two young achievers, Principals Tarun Sethi and Michael Murphy whose strong ties to the community allow them to give unique insights which led the company to a period of remarkable growth in their markets.

Responding to market demand and their loyal client’s needs, the team expanded with a dedicated Property Management Department and added more skilled professionals in the Sales and Support Departments, resulting in a thriving and dynamic workforce surpassing expectation.

From a staff of seven to 30 and still growing, in less than a year of operation, McGrath Strathfield sold close to 200 properties with gross real estate value just under $500M which reinforces the trust and support received from communities they serve.

Every year, the REB

releases the national rankings to recognise the real estate agents who have gone above and beyond their tasks to meet the needs of their clients and are well regarded in their local markets.

The agents’ rankings are determined according to key metrics such as number of properties sold, total dollar value of properties sold and average sale price over the last 12 months of their business operations.

McGrath Strathfield’s managing director, Michael Murphy, a born and bred Strathfield local, was ranked among REB Top 100 Agents while co-principal and also a longtime Strathfield local, Tarun Sethi was ranked among REB Top 50 Agents.

More recently, The Daily Telegraph named NSW’s top property young guns for 2023: bestselling agents under 35, where threeof their agents were included. Tarun Sethi secured a spot as the 4th best sell-

ing real estate agent in the whole of NSW while Michael Murphy & Jessy Antaky also secured a spot in the under 35 top 50 agents of NSW.

Throughout the year, the agency continuously supports local community events including sponsorships of sporting clubs such as Strathfield Raiders, St Patrick’s Jr Rugby Club and St Patrick’s Football Club.

The popular areas they serve; Strathfield, Concord, Burwood, Wentworth Point, Lidcombe, Belfield and surrounding suburbs, are among sought after localities situated no more than 30-minute drive to Sydney CBD.

For more details on McGrath Strathfield current listing of properties for sale or rent in these growth suburbs, visit https://www.mcgrath.com. au/offices/384-strathfield.

McGrath Strathfield is located at 44 The Boulevarde, Strathfield NSW 2135 or phone (02) 9457 9339 for enquiries.

True industry knowledge you can trust

TITLES Strata Management (TSM) is a boutique firm located in the heart of Drummoyne and providing services all over Greater Sydney region.

The business specialises in residential, commercial, mix schemes and community associations, including complicated strata matters, building rectifications, upgrades and tax returns.

TSM is proud to have grown over 45 years of industry experience, starting way back in 1973, but many of the names and faces have remained the same.

They believe being a leader in the industry is about paying attention to detail and providing the best quality customer service.

Over the years, TSM continues to move forward and educate ourselves, then pass on that knowledge to clients.

TSM takes time to get to know clients, the specifics of your building and develop true local knowledge.

Experience has taught the team all client’s needs are different to anyone else.

That’s why the business invests our time to understand the needs of your executive committee, tenants, owners,

investors, your property, the issues you face and everything we can about your neighbourhood.

TSM grows relationships of trust. The business works closely with clients to deliver reliable and prompt services locally grown, which gives you greater value.

Through our experience and reach, TSM knows how to get things done fast and save you money.

To enquire about our services, visit https:// tsmstrata.com.au/ To make an appointment, email hello@tsmstrata.com.au or call 1300 173 553.

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Michael Murphy. Tarun Sethi. Love is in the air at Quatre Cafe.
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The Western Sydney Express is again proud to support the Liverpool Local Business Awards as media partner. Voting for the 2024 awards is now open - until March 26. To vote for your favourite business simply scan the QR code on the advertisement to be linked to the businesses’ voting page. www.thebusinessawards.com.au | www.accessnews.com.au
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Modern and traditional tattoo art


SHADOW Ink Liverpool provides tattoo and body piercing experience not to be forgotten.

Combining both modern and traditional techniques, we aim to achieve the best tattoo art and body piercing experience as possible.

Saif Al Amir established Shadow Ink in 2019 in Liverpool with Nawar Al Rasam as manager and Head Tattoo Artist.

Together, we maintain the quality of our service, all our needles and equipment are of the highest quality available.

We offer our clients a friendly, clean and professional environment in which to enjoy an exceptional tattoo experience from the first consultation, right through to the healed piece.

With a small team of focused, passionate and highly skilled resident tattoo artists, we aim to create outstanding tattoos and provide helpful, honest and informed artistic advice.

For enquiries and booking, contact Shadow Ink on 0422 376 088 or email Shadow.ink2170@ gmail.com.

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Memorable stay at The William Inglis

CELEBRATING Australia’s inspiring racing history and the Thoroughbred industry, The William Inglis is a boutique equine themed, MGallery Collection five-star hotel in the heart of Western Sydney.

The William Inglis is a luxurious destination that exudes rural soul and a passion for equine culture.

The property highlights heartfelt hospitality for generations in the making and is the ideal location for a relaxing retreat.

Boasting 144 uniquely themed accommodation rooms, elegant dining spaces and an exciting variety of culinary experiences The William Inglis caters to every mood and special

occasion, offering an exceptional stay for every guest.

Discover the Inglis Day Spa and Chiltern.

Roof top pool on level nine, overlooking Warwick Farm Racecourse. The Wellness centre has a selection of beauty and wellness rituals by highly qualified therapists making sure you return home recharged, energised and revitalised.

Located at 155 Governor Macquarie Drive, Warwick Farm NSW 2170.

For bookings call (02) 8324 3460 or email HB042@accor.com.

For more details visit www.williaminglis.com.au

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Introducing THE THREE D D


OUBLE amputee Dwayne Fernandes, 38, was born without his fibulas and some toes and fingers, which affects his balance.

Before he was 3 years old, he had five surgeries and at age 11, Dwayne decided to replace his legs with prosthetic limbs.

Dwayne receives disability supports from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which help him to live his life in Western Sydney.

“I’m a high-energy amputee so I need good technology behind my prosthetic legs to get the most out of them. The prosthetic legs the NDIS funds mimics anyone else’s legs – I can walk up a hill, or I can run around with my five-year-old daughter,” Dwayne said.

Dwayne also uses his NDIS plan to access support to build on his mobility and strength.

“I’m all about mobility. I know eventually I will use a wheelchair in the future, so I want to maximise every opportunity I have.”

Dwayne describes himself as a double amputee, world record holding tower climber, husband and father of two.

But Dwayne is also one third of the brains behind Minds at Play, a Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) online program to teach young people who live with a disability how to communicate and socialise.

Dwayne’s love for D&D began eight years ago when he needed an outlet for some stress in his life.

“My godchild has autism and I wondered if D&D would help give him the tools to engage in social situations while playing a game. I did some research and found there’s lots of benefits of playing D&D for people with autism,” Dwayne said.

Running the first D&D session online in June 2020, Dwayne and his business partners, Dan Papallo and Jeff Ozog had no idea starting their side business in the middle of a pandemic would have a silver lining.

“We started with 4 players, now we have over 530, and 40 employees,” Dwayne said.

“Part of our initial success was because of COVID. We played online and our players never left their safe space which meant they were open to trying more things.”

Ruth Jansen’s son Jacob has autism and is among many kids who have ben efitted from Minds at Play.

“It was beneficial having Jacob involved with such engaging personali ties. Dwayne does a fantastic job of cre ating teams of kids with their various strengths and abilities,” Ruth said.

“Jacob learned how to listen to the input of others and how to work with his team to achieve outcomes.

“Social skills and boundaries are one of the greatest hurdles for Jacob and that safe environment helped him develop those skills, which will help him in the long run.”

Progress like Jacob’s is why Dwayne is excited to watch Minds at Play grow and diversify. Their sessions are growing more popular and new programs are adding value to the autistic community.

“At Minds at Play, anyone can come play, learn and make some new friends,” Dwayne said.

Explore support options in GWS

WE SUPPORT empowers individuals with disabilities, the aged and people of all ages in need of support to explore brighter fu-

Path to greater independence

THE NDIS provides funding to eligible people with disability to gain more time with family and friends, greater independence, access to new skills, jobs, or volunteering in their community, and an improved quality of life.

The NDIS also connects anyone with disability to services in their community.

This may include connections to doctors, community groups, sporting clubs, support groups, libraries and schools, as well as providing informa-

tion about what support is provided by state government.

The NDIS supports over 500,000 Australians with disability to access the services and supports they need.

This includes supporting about 80,000 children with developmental delay, ensuring they receive supports early so that they achieve the best outcomes throughout their lives.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

The NDIA makes decisions about whether someone is eligible

to become a NDIS participant and, if so, how much funding they will receive.

Early childhood partners

The early childhood approach helps children younger than six who have a developmental delay or children younger than nine with disability. Early childhood partners deliver the early childhood approach.

Early childhood partners employ early childhood educators and allied health professionals who help children and their families access supports and services that are tailored to the child’s individual needs and circumstances.

Early childhood partners also help with connection to other appropriate supports such as community health services, playgroups and educational settings.

Local area coordination (LAC) partners

Local area coordination partners are community-based organisations that help deliver local area coordination services in some parts of Australia.

Local area coordination partners work with people with disability aged nine to 64. For most people in this age range, a local area coordinator will be their main point of contact for the NDIS.

Local area coordination supports people with disability to create and work towards their goals, build capacity to make their own decisions and choices and access the supports they need to live the life they choose.

Remote Community Connectors

Remote Community Connectors, also known as NDIS Connectors, play a key role in helping to deliver the NDIS in remote and very remote communities.

This includes First Nations people with disability and those from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background.

NDIS Connectors work together to improve the lives of people with disability, their families and community.

Find a NDIS provider near you

The provider finder tool can help you connect with your closest registered providers based on your suburb and postcode. The tool allows you to search based on where you are looking for services, provider name, and types of services or providers you are looking for. Visit www.ndis. gov.au

TheField.jobs is a job site, built by and for people with disability, which connects people with disability with jobs from inclusive employers. Tap to find your next opportunity visit: www.thefield.jobs/Job/Home

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IN 2017, Kylie Crambrook started Mypower Foundations as a sole trader to assist people with disabilities residing in the Blue Mountains.

She quickly discovered that the enormity of services local people with disabilities sought was some-

Mypower says: live a life they want

thing that she could not fulfil on her own.

Thus, Mypower Foundations was born as Kylie employed and carefully selected a few fully trained disability care support workers to work alongside her.

Today, MPF has 60 professional care workers providing services to approximately 100 families across the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Nepean and Blacktown areas.

Kylie said: “People with a disability often experience limited choices and control, restrictions on personal autonomy or decision-making, leading to a lack of independence.

“Mypower Foundations make sure you take the lead on deciding how to spend your days and we focus on active support to meet your goals.”

Having expanded services, MPF assists people with

Superior care services sets Stone apart


AT Stone Community Care, we are a family-run business whose commitment to excellence in aged care and disability support sets us apart.

As a registered NDIS provider, we are proud of our many years of experience offering specialised care to those in need.

Our focus is not just on being a service provider, but on being a reliable and professional partner for your journey. Our team of highly skilled professionals is dedicated

to enhancing the quality of life for individuals living with disabilities and the elderly.

We understand the importance of dependable support and the difference it makes in your daily life.

Our services are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual, ensuring that your well-being and comfort are always prioritised.

We believe in providing care that respects your independence while offering the support you need, and when you need it. Our approach combines professional expertise with a personal touch, creating a balanced environment where you can thrive.

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disabilities and their families and carers in the following areas of their daily living:

• Participate in community-based activities.

• Foster social inclusion and build a supportive community.

• Increase independent living skills with daily activities.

• Develop a tailored support plan.

• Receive ongoing support and monitoring to ensure your support plan meets your evolving needs.

“Our team is dedicated to empowering you to live the life you want,” said Kylie.

For enquiries, email MPF friendly team on support@ mypowerfoundations.com.au or call (02) 4711 3144.

We can care for you 24/7


ST Therese is a registered NDIS provider located in Blacktown and ready to help with your desired services.

We have expertise in Mental Health Care, Community Nursing Care, Domestic Support, Personal Care Support, Assist in transport and appointment, support independent living and respite care.

At St Therese, we provide the right care and service with compassion and wholehearted service to the person in need to live a healthy, cared for, comfortable and happy life.

Help is close at hand 24/7. Our primary expert care services include: Mental Health Care Coordination and Support

Navigate mental health journey with coordinated care, emphatic support. Find hope, healing and growth. We

have the expertise and experience to help achieve a brighter path to your mental well-being.

Tracheostomy Care and Management

We provide expert tracheostomy care. Breathe easy with our comprehensive management. Precise techniques, compassionate support. Elevate comfort, minimise risks. Trust us for optimal tracheotomy wellbeing. Your health is our priority.

Enteral Feeding and Management

Nourish and thrive. Simplify enteral feeding with our expert management. Seamless solutions,

personalised care. Empowering health, ensuring comfort. Choose us for superior enteral feeding support and wellness.

Catheter Management

Elevate comfort and confidence. Our catheter management offers precision and care. Expertise you can trust, dignity you deserve. Experience hassle-free living with our dedicated support. We are St Therese Care Group, and we can care for you.

For more information about our services, visit https://www. sttheresecaregroup.com.au/ or contact us on 0450 545 016 or email st.theresecare@gmail.com.

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Join us at Stone
Care, where your care is our priority. Together, we strive to make every day better, ensuring that you receive the support and respect you deserve. For more details, visit https://stonecommunitycare.com.au/ Stone Community Care is located at 117 Aiken Road, West Pennant Hills NSW 2125.


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PROCARE Aged & Disability Services is a registered NDIS provider empowering and assisting the elderly and people with disabilities in all facets of daily living in the comfort of your home.

Experience a commitment to provide you comfort, respect, and unwavering support with your health and dignity at the forefront of our mission.

Trust us to prioritise your well-being and journey towards optimal living and streamline your daily living needs with a personal assistant.

We provide personalised care in your home, from simple tasks to organising your complex daily activities, we have got you covered.

Our dedicated team is committed to ensuring your well-being, providing attentive and tailored support, making your home the heart of your health.

Our Gardening NDIS

Service reconnect you with the therapeutic wonders of nature, fostering growth and well-being. You can explore, connect, and savour extraordinary experiences, and every destination is within reach when you embark on a journey to life’s possibilities with us.

Ease the burdens, embrace shared living and experience

the beauty of community support and togetherness.

Together, we support you navigate life’s challenges and celebrate its joys.

Effortlessly embrace daily living and reclaim independence, one step at a time.

Our support is designed to make each step purposeful and empowering. Elevate your journey towards independence with us.

Empower yourself by learning new skills, reach your goals and potential through continuous growth and achievement.

Our expert therapists and psychologists offer guidance, making us among Sydney’s trusted NDIS choices. You will love the way we care.

For more information about our services, visit www.procareservices. com.au or contact us on 1800 710 021 and by email on info@ procareservices.com.au.

Promoting independence and dignity


YUVAN Care Provider is a caring service in Western Sydney that understands unique individual, assistance requirements and support so that every client live a comfortable and fulfilling life.

We are a professional, compassionate, and dedicated team of care providers, offering high-quality service and support for the elderly and people with disabilities.

Our team is highly trained and are experienced professionals who are passionate about the work they do.

We understand each person’s needs are unique and work closely with our clients and their families to develop a care plan that meets their individual needs and choices.

Our services are designed to promote independence, dignity, and quality of life, while ensuring the safety and well-being of our clients.

We take great pride in the relationships we build with our clients and their families, and we are committed to providing the highest level of care and support possible.

Our values of respect, dignity, and empathy are at the core of everything we do, and we believe that everyone deserves to live their lives to the fullest, regardless of their age or ability.

If you are looking for a local care service that you can trust, come in and meet our team at Yuvan Care Provider.

Our team is here to support you and your loved ones every step of the way, and we look forward to serving you.

For more details and to contact Yuvan Care Provider, visit https://www. yuvancareprovider.com.au/

Yuvan Care Provider is located at 13 Enfield street, Jamisontown NSW 2750.

To book an appointment call 0426 499 001 or info@yuvancareprovider.com.au.

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Prioritise your optimal wellbeing

Commitment to nurturing our people


LOOKING after the health and welfare of people with varying degrees of disabilities is more than a challenge for every service provider with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

But when a service provider goes beyond and above duty of care to ensure the well-being of a person with disability, it is always an amazing story to tell.

Among finalists in the 2023 Central Coast Local Business Awards, 2023 Business NSW Regional business Awards for Outstanding startup Sarah also Being Nominated for Leadership by the international leadership for disability Staff Recognition Awards 2023 is 247 Care Services nominated for its holistic approach to caring for people with disabilities.

“At the heart of our business lies an unwavering commitment to nurturing and uplifting the well-being of people with disabilities living in our community,” said 247 Care Services director Sarah MacRae.

“We understand that our success is intricately linked to the well-being of the people in the neighborhoods we call home.

Since opening to provide services in the Central Coast and Lake Macquarie, Ms MacRae’s company strives to foster local economic growth by employing staff and sourcing supply and materials locally.

“Our engagement goes beyond fi-

nancial transactions because we actively address social causes that matter most to our community.

“From organizing food drives to partnering with shelters for people facing homelessness, we take concrete actions to tackle pressing challenges in our community.”

One of the company’s principles is promoting the health of their environment, ensuring the company is contributing its share in sustainable practices.

“From eco-friendly packaging to local clean-up initiatives, we always aim to positively impact our community’s ecological health,” Ms MacRae said.

To enquire about the company’s services and enrol in programs, email info@247careservices.com. au or call (02) 4067 5287. For more details about the company, click on https://247careservices. com.au/ and their Facebook page on @24/7 Care Disability Services and Activity Hub.

Matching needs with support


CLARO is a leading provider of aged care & disability services across Australia.

Claro takes a person-centred approach to providing disability supports, partnering with individuals and their support networks to design a roster of care that meets your needs, preferences and funding.

This means we take the time to get to know you and understand your goals.

We aim to match you with a support team who will enable you to achieve those goals, while building a trusted relationship.

We partner with NDIS Support Coordinators, Plan Managers, Social Workers and Hospitals to ensure you are able to access the disability supports needed to live a bright future.

Our customer experience team works closely with you to co-design innovative service solutions spanning social, economic and community participation, as well as assistance with daily life.

Claro has availability of experienced and dedicated support workers in the Paramatta area. We’re here to support you achieve your goals and live the life you choose.

Get in touch with the dedicated Claro team on 1300 303 770 or via intake@claro.com.au.

www.accessnews.com.au WESTERN SYDNEY EXPRESS February 2024 40 ABILITY CHOICE CARE Ability Choice Care is a care provider in the disability service industry in Australia. Ability Choice Care is an NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) approved Care provider. If you have an NDIS approved care plan and allocated funding we can help you as we offer multiple services to cover all your needs. 0410 791 607 | 0404 941 622 info@abilitychoicecare.com.au abilitychoicecare.com.au STAND 8 Get in touch with us! CALL: +61450545016 EMAIL US: st.theresecare@gmail.com WE CARE FOR YOU We provide the right care and ser vices with compassion and” wholehearted service to person in need; for them to live a Healthy, Care for, Comfortable and Happy life Support services in GWS
Claro client Laura, with her disability support worker Naraya, who supports Laura both in her home and to get out into the community and participate in activities including dog walking, art classes and picnics.
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1. The games between AFL teams Sydney Swans and GWS Giants are colloquially referred to as what?

2. A player must get to how many points to win one game of table tennis?

3. Surfing made its first appearance at the Summer Olympics in what year?

4. Australian NBA player

5. Show Me The Money is a TV show focused on which part of the AFL?

6. True or false: the NFL is split into two conferences?

7. Which Australian men's cricket player scored their maiden Test century in India last year?

8. In what year did Adam Simpson begin coaching the West Coast Eagles?

The Perth Inferno play in which Australian sporting

Cayla George captains which WNBL side?

Which team does soccer star Aiden O’Neill play for?

12. Which city is Aussie NBA player Patty Mills

At what age did Olympic swimmer Cate Campbell make her debut at the

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14. Which WNBA star announced their retirement from the game at 41 years old after previously unretiring?

15. Which AFL coach was criticised for his audio that was leaked in the coaching box?

16. Who received the number one spot on the Top 10 Influential Women in Australian Sport list by the media?

17. Cricket star Shaun Marsh announced his retirement after how many years in first class cricket?

18. Who is the captain of the Dolphins rugby league team?

19. Which US tennis star was penalised for being sick during a match?

20. What is the mascot of Fremantle Football Cub?

21. Which NRL team has a costumed mascot named Phinny?

22. The ex-wife of retired NBA player Scottie Pippen is reportedly in a relationship with the son of which retired NBA player?

23. How many national teams took part in the 2023 World Baseball Classic?

24. Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja was born in which South Asian country?

25. The final of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup was held in which Australian state capital city?

26. Australian swimmer Kaylee McKeown recently set a new world record in which event?

27. Jayne and Christopher are the first names of which English former champion ice dancing duo?

28. Kayln Ponga last played for which NRL team?

29. In what round of their WBO super welterweight title bout did Tim Tszyu defeat US boxer Tony Harrison by technical knockout?

30. Sydney Kings basketballer Xavier Cooks signed a four-year contract with which NBA team?

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