Western Sydney Express - March 2024

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Amar’s call for donations to meet food relief

OUTGOING Australia’s Local Hero of the Year, charity founder Amar Singh expressed his disbelief donations are dying up from typically generous people while soaring prices of goods leave struggling families depending on their help. “We didn’t expect this year to be as busy since we started our food relief during the bushfires, floods and pandemic that there’s a lot out there travelling as far as Campbelltown and Blacktown to sustain their families,” Mr Singh, Turbans 4 Australia founder said. “We do get a lot of requests from people on limited income because they’re not earning enough and can’t support everything they need." More: page 7.

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Company to operate viral vector facility

Lifesaving therapies at Westmead


Viral vectors are a key component of many cell and gene therapies, and vaccines, which are increasingly being used to treat cancer, genetic diseases and infections.

Viral vector technology uses viruses that are harmless to humans to carry genetic therapies to the target organs and systems that cause significant human diseases.

Establishing a commercial company with an agile, responsive operating model will provide a strong base for the sustainable,

long-term success of the Viral Vector Manufacturing facility.

Stage 1 of the facility is operational for use in gene therapy research with the first clinical trial anticipated to commence in 2025 using vectors from the facility.

The Stage 2 facility is currently under construction and once completed will provide NSW with a commercial-scale viral vector manufacturing facility capable of meeting the growing demand for viral vectors.

Completion of construction works is expected by the end of 2024, with Good Manufacturing Practice certification to follow soon after. The company is to be registered as Viral Vector Manufacturing Facility Pty Ltd. It will manufacture the vectors and supply them to

specialised healthcare staff, who will deliver the therapies to patients.

Overall, the NSW Government has committed $134.5 million to establish the Facility and to manufacture viral vector products for research and clinical trials.

Minister for Health Ryan Park said: “My priority as health minister has been to embrace innovative initiatives in improving health outcomes for our community.

“I am so proud that NSW Health is at the forefront of this world leading treatment.“Today’s announcement will have real life changing benefits for people suffering from genetic diseases, cancers and viral infections.

“These therapies are expanding rapidly,

targeting more and more genetic diseases, cancer and infections – significantly increasing the number of patients who can and will benefit from viral vectors.

“This expansion in potential applications, treatments and patient benefits is not however matched by current manufacturing capacity, either locally or globally, which is causing a delay in us achieving these benefits.”

Member for Parramatta Donna Davis said: “The facility is an important part of the Westmead Health and Innovation Precinct here in western Sydney.

“I am so proud that Parramatta is home to this facility which is at the cutting edge of medical research and treatment.”

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Historic Locomotives on the Move Home for NSW’s rail history in GWS

NSW Railway’s historic locomotives and carriages have found a new home in the heart of Western Sydney.

THE $9.4M Chullora Heritage Hub is a centralised storage facility for 50 of the state’s 220 heritage locomotives and carriages.

The historic trains have travelled by road and rail to the former Tank Annex Building at the Chullora Railway Workshops from three separate sites at Eveleigh, Thirlmere and Broadmeadow.

The building has received a thorough upgrade to ensure the protection and preservation of the historic collec-

tion with environmental, security and fire safety improvements delivered.

While the new location is not open for public viewing due to its function as a maintenance facility, it will give volunteers from Transport Heritage NSW the space they need to work on these one-of-a-kind engines.

The site at Chullora has been an important location for railway maintenance for more than a century. It was first established in 1913, and many of the buildings within the precinct date from the 1920s, with the Tank Annex building operating as part of the maintenance facility until 1994.

Among the rollingstock moving into the new building are: Locomotive 1219, this locomotive and its class dominated express and mail train services in the late 1800s, with many hauling branch line services right up until the 1950s.

• Locomotive 5096 was one of 280 introduced from 1890. This was the largest class of locomotives used anywhere in Australia and hauled goods trains more than two million kilometres until its retirement in 1965.

• Locomotive 2606 was one of 20 tank locomotives manufactured by Scottish company Dubs and Co. Introduced from early 1892, they were supposed to assist engines travel up the mountain from Penrith to Katoomba. Limited water tank capacity and problems negotiating the numerous curves hindered their work, so they were reassigned to hauling coal trains to Waterfall and Newcastle. Before its retirement in 1970, 2606 spent its later years shunting carriages into position at Central Station.

Another 70 locomotives and carriages will remain at the NSW Rail Museum in Thirlmere, including operational assets like the famous 3801.

The museum is open to the public 7 days a week, with heritage train rides operating every weekend on the newly refurbished Loop Line.

All historic trains are operated by Transport Heritage NSW.

For more information, go to thnsw.com.au/chullora

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Tram testing in Parramatta CBD Light rail new milestone

THE Parramatta Light Rail project has reached a major milestone in the heart of Western Sydney overnight, when the first tram rolled through Parramatta CBD as testing ramps up ahead of services beginning later this year.

The 45-metre-long light rail vehicle travelled slowly under police escort on its inaugural 6.6-kilometre journey from the stabling facility in Camellia, through Parramatta Square, along Church St, through the hospital precinct, to its final stop at Westmead.

Parramatta locals and visitors can look forward to seeing more tram trials through the city, during the day and night, with more than 2,000 hours of testing to be completed before it’s given the green light to take passengers.

When the light rail is in service, more

than 16,000 people are expected to use the Church Street stop each day to connect to more than 60 local eateries, shops and businesses.

Last night’s test also marks the first time a 63-tonne tram travelled over the new Bidgee Bidgee Bridge in Rosehill, which allows vehicles to cross James Ruse Drive without disrupting traffic.

The bridge, named after the famed leader of the Burramattagal clan of the Dharug People, is the largest of six new bridges built for the project.

The community is reminded to be alert for trams when walking, riding or driving near the light rail, and to follow signs and traffic directions. A comprehensive safety campaign continues to be rolled out in line with the testing program.

Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 connects

Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia.

The Parramatta Square light rail stop will connect to the future Metro West station, due to open in 2032, and Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2, which has now been granted NSW planning approval.

The NSW Government’s investment into public transport infrastructure will ensure our growing city is more connected than ever before, while supporting much-needed housing.

NSW Premier Chris Minns said:

“I am delighted to mark this milestone with a tram travelling through Parramatta CBD for the first time in over 80 years – giving us a glimpse of what the future of public transport will look like

in Western Sydney.

“This is another exciting milestone in our commitment to making sure Parramatta Light Rail is on track to service tens of thousands of passengers by mid-2024.

“The light rail will breathe new life into Western Sydney, boosting local businesses, connecting key precincts and servicing an estimated 28,000 passengers each day in our west.

“The people of Western Sydney deserve reliable public transport, and that is what we are delivering.”

For more information visit parramattalightrail. nsw.gov.au. For information on how to stay safe around the Parramatta Light Rail during testing, visit parramattalightrail.nsw.gov.au/safety.

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New service centres to open Northwest residents benefit

THE NSW Government is expanding access to Service NSW Centres for the residents of Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains, with a new Service NSW Centre officially opening at Glenmore Park today.

Close to 50,000 customer visits are expected at Glenmore Park Service Centre in the first year, with communities in Glenmore Park, Jamisontown, Emu Plains, Glenbrook and surrounding areas set to benefit the most from the new Service NSW Centre.

The new centre offers a third option for people living in the foot of the Blue Mountains alongside the Penrith and Springwood Service NSW centres, with team members able to assist customers with a range of transactions such as licence renew-

als, Working with Children Check renewals and Owner-Builder permits.

It follows the opening of the Macquarie Fields Driver Testing Centre in December, which provides about 300 driving tests a week and supports overseas licence holders converting to a NSW driver licence.

Meanwhile, a new Service NSW Centre set to open in Tallawong this year will provide an additional option for people living in Sydney’s north-west.

Driver testing will also be accommodated at the Glenmore Park Service NSW Centre, with about 80 tests available each week.

The centre is located on Level 1 of HomeCo. Glenmore Park Town Centre at 33 Town Terrace and is open Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5pm and Saturday 8:30am – 12:30pm.

Minister for Western Sydney Prue Car said: “I am pleased to see the people of Glenmore Park and the surrounding communities, including Emu Plains and Glenbrook, will now have a Service NSW Centre right on their doorstep.

“Western Sydney is home to many busy, hardworking families, and it is so important that our mums and dads have the services they need where they live.

“Opening facilities like this in growing communities means families are not spending unnecessary time away from one another while doing things like getting their licence renewed.”

Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Jihad Dib said: “Glenmore Park is one of many fast-growing suburbs in Sydney’s west and this new

Service NSW Centre will help ensure locals can easily access government services and transactions.”

“The one-stop-shop Service NSW is about making people and business owners’ lives easier, whether it’s accessing cost-ofliving support or applying for a Seniors Card.”

“Customer service is a priority at Service NSW Centres, with visitors greeted by a concierge and guided to the support and assistance they need, so they can complete their transaction more quickly and get on with their day.”

For more information on the Glenmore Park Service Centre, visit https://www.service.nsw. gov.au/service-centre/glenmore-park-servicecentre

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Reducing wait times in EDs

LAST week marked the inaugural meeting of NSW’s Emergency Department (ED) Taskforce, uniting clinical experts to address lengthy wait times in the state’s bustling EDs. With over three million attendances annually and rising serious cases, the Taskforce aims to ensure timely, quality care for NSW residents. Priorities include refining care models, optimizing workforce strategies, and reducing avoidable ED visits. The Taskforce, chaired by Dr. Trevor Chan and Professor Matthew Daly, will engage regularly with stakeholders to drive improvements.

Theory about conspiracy theories

MANY individuals embrace conspiracy theories, but a study led by Dr. Mathew Marques from La Trobe University dis-

pels notions of a growing ‘pandemic of misinformation.’ Surveying nearly 500 Australians and New Zealanders over six months, researchers found beliefs remained relatively stable over time.

Participants considered theories ranging from 9/11 to COVID-19, revealing some rare converts and apostates. Despite occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic, belief in microchip-laden vaccines remained low. The study underscores the nuanced nature of conspiracy belief formation, challenging the notion of a rapid descent into conspiratorial thinking.

Doctors back anti-smoking drug

THE Royal Australian College of GPs (RACGP) backs a new smoking cessation drug, Cytisine, as it awaits approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration. RACGP President Dr Nicole Higgins emphasizes its potential impact amid upcoming removals of nicotine replacement therapy options from public schemes. Highlighting Cytisine’s proven efficacy and minimal side effects, she urges support for its scheduling. With concerns over rising nicotine use, especially among youth, Dr Higgins advocates for expanded cessation tools while encouraging individuals to consult their GPs for tailored support in quitting.

Defibrillator access on country trains

REGIONAL passengers now have easier access to potentially life-saving healthcare with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) available on all NSW TrainLink coach services. Following a successful trial, the NSW Labor Government completed the rollout in partnership with St John Ambulance NSW. These devices,

accessible to all without prior training, significantly improve survival chances during emergencies, particularly in remote areas with longer response times. This initiative aims to save lives and offers peace of mind to passengers.

Action to reduce harm from gaming

AS concerns over late-night gaming and its associated harm rise, the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) has revised Guideline 16 on late-night gaming applications. With a focus on minimizing gaming-related harm, ILGA assesses applications under the Gaming Machines Act 2001. Evidence highlights risks, especially after 2 am. ILGA Chairperson Caroline Lamb emphasises the need for effective measures by venues and ILGA’s authority to impose conditions to mitigate harm.

Railway crossings set for improvement

NSW railway crossings are set for improvements through the Australian Government’s Regional Level Crossing Upgrade Fund (RLCUF). With a focus on enhancing safety and reducing crashes, the $160 million commitment aims to fund upgrades across regional areas. The NSW Government’s allocation of $28 million will support projects such as retro-reflective boom gates and updated signage. Detailed information on the fund and project guidelines is available on the Department of Infrastructure’s website.

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Headspace opens at Hawkesbury Mental health a local concern

THE new headspace Hawkesbury centre was officially opened on Friday March 1 by Emma McBride MP, Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and Assistant Minister for Rural and Regional Health, together with Susan Templeman MP, Member for Macquarie.

Headspace Hawkesbury is federally funded through Wentworth Healthcare, the provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network, who commissioned Uniting NSW.ACT to establish the service.

The full-service centre provides free early intervention support to young people aged 12-25 years across mental health, physical health, work and study, and alcohol and other drug needs.

The official launch welcomed stakeholders from across the region who played a part in helping to secure and establish the centre, including young people from the community.

It was an opportunity for people to come together to celebrate the successful opening of a new service to benefit young people in the local area.

Lizz Reay, CEO of Wentworth Healthcare, said they have worked closely with Uniting NSW.ACT to deliver a service that addresses the increasing mental health needs of the Hawkesbury region, where anxiety and depression are two of the top five most prevalent diagnoses.

It is estimated that of those aged

5-17 years in the Hawkesbury, over a quarter have mental health needs or are affected by a mental health disorder.

“We are passionate about improving the mental health of our local communities and know there is a real need for ongoing services in the Hawkesbury. headspace services play a vital role in supporting young people and their mental health, as well as their family and friends,” said Ms Reay.

“Young people in the Hawkesbury have been through so much over the past few years, from drought to bushfires, a pandemic and multiple floods. Early intervention programs such as headspace are critical as they not only impact young people’s lives in the present but can influence the whole community as these young people mature into adulthood,” she said.

“Together with the community, we have been advocating for over seven years for additional youth mental health services in the Hawkesbury and are proud to finally open this headspace centre.

“The addition of headspace Hawkesbury means that our region now has a headspace in every local government area, adding to headspace Katoomba, Lithgow and Penrith,” said Ms Reay.

To meet the needs of the region, the headspace centre has been co-designed by the community creating a space designed by young people, for young people.

Through the planning process, Uniting NSW.ACT conducted a series of focus groups, interviews and surveys to gather information from 129 young people across the Hawkesbury area, as well as parents, carers and others, like teachers, school counsellors, psychologists and youth officers.

This information helped inform all aspects of the centre, from the floorplan, furnishings and colours to the ways that headspace information is presented to young people.

With the help of community consultation, the service is also providing permanent outreach in Windsor. This is in addition to outreach services still being provided in North Richmond through Flood Grant Funding.

Chantal Nagib, Head of Recovery at Uniting NSW.ACT, said they are thrilled to see the new permanent headspace site in Hawkesbury open its doors.

“Our dedicated team is committed to working with Wentworth Healthcare to provide the mental health support this community so desperately needs.

“With our experience in operating headspace 2 Wentworth Healthcare Limited (ABN 88 155 904 975) provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains PHN. 5/03/2024 Katoomba and Penrith in this region, and recent outreach services in the Hawkesbury, we are well placed to deliver this new headspace centre,” said Ms Nagib.

Jason Trethowan, headspace CEO, said: “Nearly 40 per cent of young people in Australia aged 16 to 24 have experienced a mental health disorder in the previous year. That’s why the work happening at headspace Hawkesbury, and at headspace centres across the country, is so important.

“Providing young people with a place where they can get friendly and inclusive mental health services is at the core of all we do at headspace.

“Young people are resilient and, with support from organisations like headspace, they can and do weather tough times to get back on track.”

Located behind the Richmond Mall complex at 120 Francis Street, the centre provides young people with easy access being close to transport, parking and shops.

The headspace centre is open 9 am – 5 pm weekdays, except public holidays.

Afterhours appointments can be made from 5 pm – 6 pm by individual arrangement. Outreach is provided every Thursday at North Richmond Community Centre from 10 am – 5 pm and every Friday at Old Hawkesbury Hospital, 6 Christie Street, Windsor from 9 am – 5 pm, except public holidays.

Young people can walk-in at any of these locations during their opening hours. No appointment or referral is needed.

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Above: mental health is an issue in the Hawkesbury, from left: Emma McBride, Lizz Reay and Jason Trethowan.

Multi-lingual cause for celebration

AS one of the most diverse cities in Australia, Blacktown has a large proportion multi-cultural residents that collectively are fluent in about 180 languages.

And that is why every February 21 the International Mother Language Day is celebrated here with pride, Blacktown City mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM said.

“Nowhere in Australia is the promotion of diversity of language and culture more important than in Blacktown City,” Clr Bleasdale said in his speech at

the Village Green’s gathering for Mother Language Day.

“Language is so often the centre of our cultures and by retaining our Mother Language we retain the links to our Mother culture.

“We celebrate our diversity and enjoy our differences through our food, stories, art and dance, and so often the common thread linking all those things that distinguish our cultures is our Mother language.”

The mayor also urged his audi-

ence “to give a particular focus on the preservation of First Nations languages” because the Indigenous people are significant to the country’s identity and history.

The internationally recognised day aims to promote the preservation and protection of all ‘home’ languages used by communities across the world.


A violent conflict in Dhaka, Bangladesh on February 21, 1952, sow the

Grants for suicide prevention

COMMUNITY groups undertaking activities which reduce stigma and enhance help seeking to reduce the risk of suicide are encouraged to apply for Southwestern Sydney PHN’s current round of Suicide Prevention Grants.

Grants of between $50,000 and $200,000 are being offered under

the Targeted Regional Initiatives for Suicide Prevention program to eligible groups across Southwestern Sydney. Initiatives delivered through the grants will engage with individuals and/or groups from priority populations to reduce their risk of suicide through early interventions which improve mental health, give a bet-

ter understanding of suicide, reduce stigma surrounding suicide and build community resilience.

Target populations include men, First Nations peoples, individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+, recent refugees, people culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, veterans, people living in semi-rural and rural

seeds for the world’s celebration of International Mother Language Day since 2000.

Four students were killed, and many people were injured while campaigning against the imposition of Urdu as national language.

The protesters demanded the official recognition of their native Bangla language by the then Government of Pakistan.

The day was formally recognised by UNESCO in 1999.

areas and those experiencing financial hardship.

The funding period of the grants is 1 June 2024 to 31 December 2025.

Applications are open now and close 5pm on March 25. Detailed guidelines and the Expression of Interest form are available on SWSPHN’s website.

Amar Singh’s plea for charities

OUTGOING Australia’s Local Hero of the Year, charity founder Amar Singh expressed disbelief that donations are dying up from typically generous people while soaring prices of goods leave struggling families depending on their help.

“We didn’t expect this year to be as busy since we started our food relief during the bushfires, floods and pandemic that there’s a lot out there travelling as far as Campbelltown and Blacktown to sustain their families,” Mr Singh, Turbans 4 Australia founder said.

“We do get a lot of requests from people on limited income because they’re not earning enough and can’t support everything they need.

“After paying rent or mortgage, spending on fuel and medicines and other basic bills, its food on the priority bills that falls behind.

“They compromise on food because they need to put fuel in the car and pay the kids’ tuition fees, so the struggle is very real for them.”

Mr Singh’s charity based in Clyde, Western Sydney has volunteers across NSW and other states and territories aiming to meet the needs of an estimated 1.2 million

disadvantaged and low-income families with children.

Mr Singh said his charity is concerned about the staggering food insecurity findings that at least 70 percent of these struggling families are missing out on proper meals at least once a week, and half of them won’t have a meal for a whole day.

They recently partnered with DoorDash to deliver food and basic goods to disadvantaged people who cannot travel to their warehouse at Clyde.

The warehouse on 14 Matha Street, is often sufficiently stocked with hampers that Mr Singh and his band of volunteers hand out every Sunday at midday to a queue of people.

But now, the usual $50 to $100 worth of goods donated by benevolent people are no longer coming in regularly.

“Every kind family that usually donate to us are also struggling with high cost of living so donations have dropped off,” he said.

“A lot of charities like us are doing it tough, too, because they are struggling as well.

“That’s one of our main concerns right now and we are finding ways to address this because it is impacting our operations.

“It seems the government is not thinking the same way as communities are.”

DoorDash is among the companies that recently lent a hand donating $15,000 worth of gift cards for disadvantaged young families, seniors and people with disabilities.

“It is evident these food reliefs are working, we know that having access to meals, essentials, and other items can make a difference for these groups,” DoorDash director Rachel Murphy said.

“We are looking out for more people and businesses who can give us a helping hand in this current situation,” Mr Singh said.

For more details and to donate, visit https://www. sydneycommunityfoundation.org.au/turbans4australia/

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Afghan Women of the Move stall. Photo supplied by the Blacktown City Council The team at Turbans 4 Australia. Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM addressing the International Mother Language Day celebrations. Photo supplied by Blacktown City Council

Support for the new Blacktown Quarter Community consulted over vision

LOCAL MPS and business have backed the community consultation by Walker Corporation for the recently announced Blacktown Quarter.

Walker Corporation has revealed their Blacktown city centre redevelopment will be called Blacktown Quarter alongside the launch of a series of community surveys to be undertaken in NSW’s largest city.

In the announcement, Walker managing director and chief executive officer, David Gallant paid tribute to their late founder Lang Walker AO, whose vision will transform Blacktown into a new world-class city centre for Western Sydney.

“Lang was passionate about Walker delivering a new town centre for Blacktown linking people-friendly spaces with thousands of new jobs, healthcare and learning opportunities and his vision has become our reality,” Mr Gallant said.

Member for Blacktown Stephen Bali has been a strong advocate for transforming Blacktown with pioneering initiatives such securing Australian Catholic University multi-faculty campus, redevelopment of Warwick Lane precinct, BEST and animal rehoming facility.

Mr Bali said: “Blacktown Quarter has the opportunity for our city to continue the transformational journey and I welcome community consultation.

“Every area has its own local unique qualities and characteristics which can be realised through comprehensive community consultation.

“Blacktown Quarter can be the gateway development for a futuristic inspired central living district for our city.”

Blacktown residents will have the opportunity to have their say in an online survey to provide input into what they want their future city centre to look like.

President of the Greater Blacktown Business Chamber, Trevor Oldfield said Blacktown is a growing city and the Blacktown Quarter development will create a vibrant and dynamic community that will attract visitors from all over the region.

“The business community, along with council, backs this development.”

Opportunity to transform our city

Mr Oldfield said he wanted the business community to be fully in the picture as the development progressed.

“It is important that the business and general community are updated on the progress of the develop ment, so it meets everyone’s needs,” he said.

Over the coming months

Walker and Blacktown City Council will collaborate to deliv er a series of popup community feedback sessions in the CBD, along with selected locations through out the wider city, to enable hundreds of thousands the opportunity to contribute

to this important initiative. Blacktown City Council Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM said the Council is thrilled to welcome Blacktown Quarter to their city centre.

“We know Blacktown Quarter will transform and energise our city centre, bringing huge economic and social benefits for the people of Blacktown and Western Sydney,” Mayor Bleasdale said. “Local businesses will flourish and thousands of jobs will be created. We encourage everyone to look and add your voice as Walker Corporation helps us build a brighter future for our

Walker Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer David Gallant revealed a new

artist’s impression of the future CBD which will mix premium commercial office space, education and health with restaurants, retail and the largest public domain in Sydney.

“The Walker and Blacktown City Council teams have been working hard on our vision for Blacktown Quarter to create vibrant, energised spaces through great architecture, careful placemaking and state-of-the-art facilities,” Mr Gallant said.

Blacktown consists of 54 residential suburbs, home to over 395,000 people, making it the largest city by population in NSW and representing around 188 birthplaces and 182 different languages. Half the population is under 35 years of age.

The Blacktown Quarter development will deliver more than 1,000 construction jobs over five years and permanently add more than 4,500 jobs and over $1B annually to the city’s local economy.

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MP Stephen Bali. Artist impression of Blacktown Quarter. Chamber president, Trevor Oldfield. Mayor Tony Bleasdale and the late Lang Walker.


The festival celebrates the role and contributions of older adults to our local communities. It’s the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, with over 500,000 people attending each year. The NSW Seniors Festival will run from 11-24 March 2024.

2024 festival shaping up

THE 2024 NSW Seniors Festival is shaping up to be bigger and better, with the theme ‘Reach Beyond’.

Minister for Seniors Jodie Harrison said the NSW Seniors Festival is the biggest gathering for seniors in the state and provides an opportunity for older Australians to celebrate and connect.

“The NSW Government is looking forward to delivering a festival that embraces everybody and recognises the important contributions seniors play in our community,” Minister Harrison said.

“We want to see NSW seniors taking advantage of the many activities, that include the popular signature events – the Premier’s Gala Concerts and Expo.

“The NSW Seniors Festival is a great time for older Australians to ‘reach beyond’, to seek out new experiences and make new friends by participating in the festivities.”

Next year’s NSW Seniors Festival will run from 11-24 March 2024, with the Expo and Gala concerts taking place between 13-14 March. Each year the festival provides a full program of events and entertainment, with a huge variety of exciting activities across the state.

Discounted early bird applications for prospective Seniors Festival Expo

stallholders are now open and will run until 22 September 2023. Prospective Seniors Festival Expo exhibitors can visit, https://seniorsfestival.info/be-exhibitor.

The Premier’s Gala Concerts will be live-streamed so people can watch no matter where they are. Further details on the Premier’s Gala Concerts will be announced later this year.

Carevan Blacktown is a non-remunerated local charity operating in the Blacktown LGA since 2011, serving the community’s most socially and financially vulnerable, without question, criteria, or cost. Run by a group of dedicated volunteers, Carevan Blacktown provides a welcoming weekly meal and food support service at the Lalor Park community hall every Tuesday night. We create a welcoming environment for all to attend, facilitating a connection between a benevolent community and an ever-growing number of people experiencing poverty, loneliness and other social challenges, people most in need of this kindness and care. Visit us at exhibitor space C13 in the diamond Room. www.carevanblacktown.org.au

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Introducing Macarthur Memorial Park

SYDNEY will welcome an exceptional memorial park catering for our diversity of faiths and beliefs opening in March 2025.

Macarthur Memorial Park is an innovative, sustainable parkland destination, designed to honour life, culture and community for generations to come.

More than a Memorial Park, this stunning space embraces everyone in the community.

Visitors will enjoy the scenic beauty of the landscape, a world class Reflective Sculpture Walk, native gardens and forests, water features, boardwalks, cafe and living chapels.

A further feature is the fully restored heritage homestead buildings, stables and vineyard. Spanning an impressive 113 hectares, this visionary parkland destination secures Sydney’s memorial space for all generations to come.

Discover this world-first memorial park today.

For further details, contact us at 1300 086 689 or info@mmpark.com.au. visit www.mmpark. com.au to explore the possibilities

Time to downsize or rightsize

AS a former financial planner, real estate agent and auctioneer, I established my business, Time to Downsize, to help Sydney residents.

Working with a range of clients, from people in their 50s right through to people in their 90s, I act as a guide helping you or your loved one establish a downsizing or rightsizing plan aligned with your individual needs.

As a downsizing consultant, I help clients plan their living and lifestyle arrangements for their later years, mapping out key milestones.

I make it my responsibility to stay educated and informed on government or legislative changes.

Importantly, my relationships with local developers and retirement villages put my clients in the best position for early access and priority placements.

Former clients praise my patience, unwavering enthusiasm, strong communication skills and down-to-earth attitude.

My sense of humour can help diffuse difficult discussions and my objective is always to lighten the load.

If you or your loved one has reached the Time to Downsize, please get in touch.

You can leave me a message at any time on 0433 517 660 or craig@timetodownsize.com. au. I’ll be back in touch right away. Craig Robinson is a downsizing consultant at www.timetodownsize.com.au

Do you live with excessive clutter?

INSIDE Out Recovery is a specialist service that supports people living in extremely cluttered environments. Their aim is to help restore the functionality, health and safety of a home through therapy based and a capacity building researched based support that can include:

• Counselling.

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sellor in Australia in the NSW Enablement Awards in 2022 and 2023.

Deb also won The Most Outstanding Addiction Behaviour Counsellor in the World in the Global Enablement Awards in November 2022

If you would like more information, or a confidential chat, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 0499 326 192 or send an email at insideout.recov-

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When life happens and it's time to downsize. 0433 517 660 craig@timetodownsize.com.au timetodownsize.com.au WHEN LIFE HAPPENS ITS TIME TO D OWNSIZE Time to Downsize specialises in helping the over 55's plan for their next 30 years. With TIME TO D OWNSIZE you gain the advantage of having one provider help you with •Financial Modeling •Buying and Selling Property •Government Entitlements •Aged Care Placement EMAIL OR SMS US FOR YOUR FREE DOWNSIZING WORKBOOK CHECKLIST
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www.accessnews.com.au March 2024 We’d love to hear from you. Care and support for a brighter future Introducing Macarthur Memorial Parktomorrow’s legacy today. Macarthur Memorial Park is the largest greenfield memorial park to be built in Sydney since Rookwood in 1867. Discover the beauty of meticulously landscaped gardens, native flora and waterways set among meandering pathways at Macarthur Memorial Park. More than just a park, it’s an innovative, sustainable, and inclusive destination honouring life, culture, and community. Contact us on 1300 086 689 | E: info@mmpark.com.au | www.mmpark.com.au With carefully designed spaces for all, it stands as a timeless tribute, ensuring a legacy that resonates for generations to come. Due for completion in early 2025, now is the time to find out more about memorial space options at Macarthur Memorial Park.
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Meet the Vinh Hair Artistry team Awardwinning hair stylists

VINH Hair Artistry has been crown jewel of Cabramatta’s hair scene since opening in December 2018.

Their commitment to excellence as a hairdressing salon was recognised by winning First Place at the Fairfield Local Business Awards in 2023.

INH Hair Artistry offers precision haircuts and a welcoming atmosphere designed to put you at ease.

Their skilled stylists, each with their own unique techniques, cater to diverse hair types and cultural preferences.

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They are located at 4/225 Cabramatta Road, Cabramatta NSW 2166.

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Angel Properties famous for service Fast growing in Norwest

ANGEL Properties is a renowned real estate company based in Norwest that has been providing exceptional real estate services to clients for the past few years.

The company has become famous for its customer-oriented approach, great results and dedication to walking the extra mile for customers.

The team at Angel Properties understands that every client is unique, and they take the time to get to know each customer individually.

This personalized approach enables them to understand their clients’ needs and ensure that they provide them with the best possible service.

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They work tirelessly to ensure that their clients secure the best deals when buying or selling properties.

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Ashish is an accomplished businessman who has travelled and done business in six continents around the globe.

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Everyone should experience belonging

AT MNM Creating and Performing, they believe that everyone should experience the wonderful feeling of belonging.

That’s why they’ve embraced a set of core values that reflect their identity and guide us in everything we do at our studio. Believe, Sparkle Family, Education and Passion.

MNM Creating and Performing’s commitment to small class sizes ensures that children receive the individual attention they need to thrive.

With a fantastic teacher-to-student ratio, MNM Creating and Performing empower every student, whether they’re just starting out or have experience, to develop confidence and unleash their creativity.

When you step into the studio, you’ll immediately sense the joyful and nurturing atmosphere we’ve cultivated.

Find blooms for all seasons

AT every turn of season, discover an ever-changing range of delightful blooms at Sydney Plant Market in Annangrove.

Catering for every avid gardener’s needs with seasonal varieties, it is a popular destination for hedging plants, fruiting trees, annuals, palms, perennials and indoor plants, including pots, garden features and homewares.

Located on a 9-acre site in Annangrove, explore the retail site for best prices on all your gardening needs and look at the capacious production areas for plant species such as Buxus, Photinia, Viburnum,

Gardenia, Murraya and many more varieties.

The new owners have transformed the site into a onestop nursery open seven days a week from 7am to 5pm providing Sydneysiders with everything they need to improve their gardens whether residential or commercial. Qualified horticulturists and experienced staff are on-site daily to provide the right advice and most of all, make your shopping experience for your garden a fantastic day out with plants!

For all enquiries, call us on (02) 9679 2606 or info@ sydneymarket.com.au. Sydney Plant Market is located at 184

They all about creating a sense of belonging, where you’re not just a student; you’re part of our dance community.

MNM Creating and Performing is more than just a dance studio; it’s a second home.

The team has crafted an experience that’s not only about dance but also about building lifelong friendships.

They keep things simple for families by offering multiple programs under one roof, making it convenient for everyone to explore their interests.

Ask about the trial pack for the months of March and April 2024 for Primary and High school aged students only.

Enrol now at www.mnmcreatingandperforming. com.au. Get in touch: 0410 589 780 or info@ mnmcap.com.au

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2024 Virtual Property Expo Is Coming All things property ONLINE

TIME is our most valuable commodity and in our busy lives virtual EXPOS

emerge as a game changer offering unique benefits for exhibitors and visitors alike.

The virtual expo format has been around for years but is only now making an impact in the business world.

Online marketplaces have become increasingly popular among Australian consumers in recent years, offering a wide range of goods and convenience.

More than 80 per cent of Australians shop and source goods and services online and 3 out every 4 Australians spend an average of 4 – 5 hours per week online shopping and searching. That includes men and women.

he Virtual Property EXPO (VPE) run by WEXPO is the first of its kind in Australia and

is being managed in partnership with The Disrupter Virtual EXPO.

Scheduled for March 27 and 29, the VPE is designed to showcase property businesses to thousands of potential clients. Businesses like real estate agents, lenders, consultants, and many more will host their virtual exhibitor space.

What’s a virtual exhibitor space?

A virtual exhibiter space or stall is a digital replica of a real physical exhibitor space at an expo that you might drive to and walk around exhibitor halls.

Virtual exhibitors can upload brochures, a video, business logos, contact details, set appointments, list social channels and more – much like a physical stall. The expo organiser will assist in building

your virtual exhibitor space.

In the digital expo environment visitors use their computer mouse to do the walking. You get a drone view of 22 stalls in each virtual hall and can click on the one you want to visit.

Upon signing in, visitors receive a virtual briefcase which they can use to download information from stalls and upload later to their computer for viewing in their own time.

Stall holders receive a notification on their phone every time someone visits their stall and after the event each exhibitor receives a spreadsheet with contact details of every visitor to their stall – ideal for follow-up.

Exhibiting at the VPE puts your business face to face with potential clients who are seeking convenient access to information about all things


Exhibitors can also network virtually with other exhibitors.

Confirmed exhibitors at the 2024 VPE include real estate agents, property consultants, boutique builders, data experts and more.

A comprehensive social media and email marketing campaign commence from March 1st to promote the event.

Two speakers have been confirmed the VPE, and these are:

Kahla Gerard: Common mistakes people make when investing in property and how to avoid them.

Kahla is director of Visionworks Property Consultants. With training in financial planning and lending and a family background in development Kahla provides a road map for investing in property including understanding the three grades

of residential property, real value of location, importance of goal setting and the things to do before investing in property.

Joseph Rossi: Techniques to using data to make good property buying decisions.

Joseph is National Sales & GTM Director of the National property Group. He has over 25 years’ experience in the real estate industry around property data systems refining products and their uses within the real estate, finance, and investor industries. Joe provides insights to using data for making property buying decisions; around valuations, accessing the best data and applications for mum and dad investors.

Kahla Gerard - 2pm March 27 |

Joseph Rossi - 11am March 28

REGISTER FREE at www.wexpo.com.au

To exhibit contact us here: events@wexpo.com.au

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New State-of-the-Art Neighbourhood Health Hub

Healthicare is a new health service located at the Blacktown Exercise Sports and Technology hub (BEST) that aims to help people in Western Sydney. It is supported by WentWest in partnership with the Mt Druitt Medical Practitioners Association

Healthicare uses a new way of working together called a “neighbourhood-based model of care”. This means that GPs and other health professionals work together to provide better care for people who need it most. This includes people who are very unwell and have many health problems.

What services are available?

In addition to general GP services, Healthicare provides patient-activated services to help you navigate problems with your health from a new perspective and empower you to improve your wellbeing.

These services include:

• Minor injury management and referral to radiology and allied health

• Referrals to service providers and social services such as housing, welfare, employment services, addiction support and domestic violence support

• Shared antenatal care with Westmead and Blacktown Public Hospitals

• In-house podiatry

• Psychologist support

• Childhood, adult, and travel vaccinations

• Skin checks

• Comprehensive chronic health management

• Exercise plans and nutritional guidance

• Diabetes education

• Minor surgery

• Clinical pharmacist in-house medication reviews and education

• On-site pathology

Healthy Western Sydney is delivered by WentWest, the Western Sydney Primary Health Network. Healthicare’s core team consists of: GPS PRACTICE NURSES PRACTICE SUPPORT TEAM


• Adults, children and families who require health care services

• Community members who don’t have a regular GP

• Neighbouring GPs who may wish to refer their patients

All eligible services at Healthicare are bulk-billed for patients with a valid Medicare card. How

Call 1800 828 828 (free call) or visit healthicare.org.au to book an appointment. No referral is required. Healthicare is open Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm.

For more information visit healthicare.org.au

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Travengers - Explore The World Travel for 15-35 year olds

AGNES knows how much young people love to connect, have a good time and travel, despite any hidden disability they may have so she founded group travel company, ‘Travengers’.

Travengers is for 15- to 35-year-olds who want to get out and explore the world. “They see other young people sightseeing and having a good time and they want to do it as well. Travengers is like Contiki but with support”, Agnes says.

So far Travengers has 36 trips under its belt, including New Zealand, Japan, Europe, New York, London, Paris and Florida.

Trips are well-thought out and include a meet and greet zoom call pre-trip to iron out any pre-trip issues and nerves. “We have support guides specialising in PTSD and anxiety, we sort out who needs a single room and who needs someone to share a room with, who needs more space in the transport”. This is the future of accessible travel and what a wonderful gift to young travellers. Get in touch

at www.travengers.com.au to find out more.

Rooftop Bars of Sydney

What an incredible city to enjoy the weather. Have a staycation this March and visit some of the city’s fun rooftop bars.

Cabana Bar

Part of the 25 Martin Place precinct, the Cabana Bar feels like a holiday in Bali and is the perfect place for a margarita on a Saturday or a pre-theatre dinner. With it’s green hanging baskets and wicker nooks and crannies it’s a great spot for a fun date. Every Saturday Cabana bar has a bottomless brunch at 11.45am and 2pm for 2 hours. $89 includes a 2-hour seating with margaritas, spritzes, selters, mimosas and a shared style menu.

The Astor, Intercontinental, 117 Macquarie St

A stylish bar open from 4pm to midnight with a minimum $60 spend. The perfect spot to look out over the cityscape on a special occasion.

Dean and Nancy’s, Level 22, 2 Hunter St Sydney

With a very 1950s New york feel, this bar is a great choice when it’s cool outside.

If you love the sound of the piano playing as you sip on a wine, come Thursday nights 5 -8pm. For DJ beats come Thursday to Sturday from

9pm. The location is next to some significant construction happening in the CBD, so finding the entry is part of the fun.

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IT’S time to start thinking about your snow travel because accommodation, in particular, gets booked up in advance. Snow travel is not a last minute thing because there are many moving parts that can make or break a trip. This snow travel section will be your monthly go-to so watch this space, it will have tips on snow play, driving in snow conditions and buying and hiring gear. If you have a question you’d like answered please email travelwellwithemma@gmail.com. In the meantime check out the accompanying Snow Holiday Master Planner’ graphic and start planning your attack. Perisher and Thredbo are NOT the

Snow travel 2024 Start planning NOW

only resorts for skiing, snowboarding and snow play and in next month’s travel column I will delve into these more cost-effective and beginnerfriendly alternatives.

Snow Action Magazine

Head to www.snowaction.com. au for snow updates, amazing competitions, features on overseas and Australian resorts, tips on travelling to Japan and Canada and more.

Warren Miller Ski Movie

Every year the famous USA ski film tours Australia and New Zealand from May. For tour dates and locations head

to www.warrenmiller.com.au

“Warren Miller’s ALL TIME is bringing 74 years of filmmaking reimagined to a theatre near you this May. And this season, it’s all about good turns and good snow on good hills with good people. Narrated by Jonny Moseley, ALL TIME dives deep into elements that Warren himself first identified as the stuff of which snowy dreams are made”.

Snow podcast

If you love listening on-the-go as you fold laundry, drive or you’re out in the garden check out Loving the Snowlife on iTunes or Spotify. It’s a

podcast that helps families get ready for their next snowtrip, where to go and what to do when you get there.

I am co-host and co-founder and over 4 years our podcast topics include:

Solo travel, first time snow holiday DO’s and DON’Ts, kids snow holiday logistics, how to choose a season pass, weather forecasting, skincare and makeup at the snow, getting your body ready to stay injury-free, plus size snow clothing, travelling with babies and toddlers, sustainable ski brands and more. Head to Spotify or iTunes and search ‘Loving the Snowlife’ to download episodes.

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Powerful hybrid Artura Spider joins McLaren range, Coupe variants

MCLAREN has revealed its Artura Spider this week, the model joining the three-year-old Coupe in the British supercar marque’s range.

McLaren’s first hybridised convertible packs an additional 15kW – for a total of 515kW and 720Nm – matching the Coupe’s uprated 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine and electric motor combination in being capable of accelerating to 100km/h in just 3.0 seconds.

McLaren says the model can accelerate from standstill to 200km/h in 8.4 seconds and 0-300km/h in an astonishing 21.6 seconds.

Existing MY24 owners will be offered the 15kW uptick in power at no extra cost.

As a challenger to the likes of the now-defunct Ferrari F8 Spider and the Lamborghini Huracan Evo, the 1560kg Artura Spider boasts an electronically limited top speed of 330km/h and a class-leading power-to-weight ratio of 353kW per tonne.

Joining the power increase the Artura range in cludes a newly revised eight-speed SSG transmission (with shift speeds now 25 per cent faster), updated driveline mounts, faster act ing dampers, newly styled alloy wheels, and a re-engineered exhaust system.

It also boasts a stronger carbon-ce ramic braking system with improved cooling, an increased electric-only driving range of 33km (+3km), and an “extended palette of exterior colours”.

speeds up to 50km/h. Optionally, the roof is available with the electrochromic panel.

Inside the cabin, the Artura range now includes Clubsport seats, an inductive mobile phone charging pad while the Spider scores a Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system.

Safety equipment includes a lengthy inventory of driver assistance technologies, with lane-departure warning and traffic sign recognition joining those features offered previously.

Further, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are now available optionally.

“The new Artura is absolutely the complete next-generation supercar, whichever model you choose,” said McLaren Automotive CEO Michael Leiters.

“We have upgraded the powertrain and the chassis systems to deliver more power, more dynamic performance, and even higher levels of connection with the driver, without any compromises in everyday driving.

McLaren says the Artura Spider’s single-piece retractable roof may be deployed in as little as 11 seconds and at

mension of open-air McLaren supercar exhilaration to our range.”

The 2025 McLaren Artura Coupe and Spider are due in Australian showrooms in the third quarter of this year. Pricing is listed below.

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2025 McLaren Artura pricing*: Coupe (a) $477,210 (+$27,810) Spider (a) $525,010 New variant

Try something different Fitness benefits of gardening

IN a world where modern conveniences often lead to sedentary lifestyles, finding enjoyable ways to stay active is paramount for maintaining overall health and well-being.

Gardening, often seen as a leisurely pastime, offers a multitude of fitness benefits that can contribute to a healthier lifestyle.

time in green spaces can lower cortisol levels, reduce anxiety, and improve overall mental well-being.

Whether planting flowers, cultivating vegetables, or simply enjoying the beauty of a well-maintained garden, individuals can experience a sense of tranquility and inner peace while engaging in gardening activities.

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25 Self-absorption (6)

27 Prohibited (5)

28 Made clear (9)

29 Ingredient (7)

30 Ratify (7)


1 Partner (6)

2 Natural fibre used in clothing (6)

3 Allowing (8)

4 Platform (4)

5 Likeness (10)

6 Deny (6)

7 Hostile (8)

8 Author of short pieces (8)

13 Defendant (10)

16 Small warship (8)

17 Worth a lot of money (8)

No. 039


1 Who is the presumed author of the Iliad and the Odyssey?

2 The Indian Pacific train journey goes through which three Australian cities?

3 True or false: all worker bees are male?


18 Lazy person (8)

21 Blow (6)

22 Victor (6)

23 Soil (6)

26 Vaulted recess (4)

4 Who released the 2020 album Batflowers?

5 Rafael, Xiomara and Petra are characters on which US drama/comedy?

6 How many wives did Henry VIII have?

7 And how many were called Catherine?

8 In what year was The Sims 4 released?

9 Which university did Victorian premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) attend?

Which university did former Victorian premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) attend?

10 On what date did Queensland become the first Australian state to ban conversion therapy?


1 Crust of blood (4)

5 Infinitesimal amount (4)

6 Hebrew prophet (4)

7 Representations of an area (4)


1 Former name of Thailand (4)

2 Extended unconsciousness (4)

3 At the top (4)

4 Low pitch (4)


The leftover letters will spell out a secret message.

No. 039

Secret message:

961 8 1 683 81 42 23 9 517 2 3 461 68 1 84 15 589 23 97 435 81 9 96 372 241 75 49 5
No. 039
Using the nine letters in the grid, how many words of four letters or more can you list? The centre letter must be included, and each letter may only be used once. No colloquial or foreign words. No capitalised nouns, apostrophes or plural words ending in “s”. O E L E R P L P R
11 words: Good 16 words: Very good 22 words: Excellent
No. 039





No. 048

15 Clark Kent’s alter ego (8)

17 Directed the 2019 film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Quentin – (9)



2 Kids’ series about a girl and her successful web show (6)

4 Studio behind classics like The Little Mermaid and Cinderella (6)

8 Actor who plays president Bartlet in The West Wing (6,5)

9 Thespian (5)

26 Animated penguin (5)

27 Macaulay Culkin’s family classic, Home – (5)

28 4-across’ Hamlet adaptation (3,4,4)

29 Law & Order: SVU detective Olivia – (6)

30 Lead in Grey’s Anatomy, Ellen – (pictured) (6)

19 Eighties heartthrob known for Parks and Recreation and The Outsiders (3,4)

20 2015 comedy starring Amy Poehler and Tina Fey (7)

22 American playwright, Preston – (7)

23 Actor who plays the ringmaster in Dumbo, Danny – (6)

25 Late Star Trek film actor, – Yelchin (5)



10 Acting sisters Elizabeth, Mary-Kate and Ashley (5)

11 Cold country in which Trapped is set (6)

12 – Bonham Carter played Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech (6)

14 French actor who played Philippe in The Intouchables, François – (6)


15 — Osbourne, panelist on The Talk (6)

16 Animated series, –: The Last Airbender (6)

18 Game show, Catch– (6)

21 Ricky Gervais comedy series (6)

24 Setting for Frasier (7)

No. 015

1 English actor who plays Chief Worth in Tin Star (3,4)

2 Star of Luther and The Wire (5,4)

3 Ygritte in Game of Thrones, Rose – (6)

4 Sarah Rafferty’s character in Suits, – Paulsen (5)

No. 014

5 Kerry Washington plays a fixer in this (7)

6 8-across’ birth name, Ramón – (7)

7 Criminal Minds and Grandfathered actress, Paget – (8)

13 Alison Brie in Community (5)

14 Quiz show, The – (5)

1 Edge of a pizza

2 Late mum of William and Harry

3 Impoverished

4 Small broken piece of cookie

5 Mistake

6 Thing to sit on

7 Save for a — day

8 Stadium

Ki RSte N Du NSt

1. In which year was Dunst born?

A. 1979

B. 1982

C. 1985

D. 1988

2. Which film made her a childhood star?

A. The Piano

B. Romeo + Juliet

C. Cool Runnings

D. Interview with the Vampire

3. How many Sofia Coppoladirected movies has she starred in?

A. Three

B. Two

C. None

D. Four

4. Dunst starred in a music video for which Aussie band?

A. Savage Garden

B. Powderfinger

C. Jet

D. None of the above

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