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Fox Going for Gold

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JESSICA FOX made history when she was named as Australia’s youngest Olympic slalom paddler in winning selection in a fourstrong canoe slalom team for the London Games. The French-born teenager from Leonay will turn 18 during the games and could hardly ask for a better birthday present than an Olympic medal. Jessica hails from kayaking royalty with her parents Richard and Myriam both having won a swag of world titles and Olympic medals for both Great Britain and France. Since becoming the inaugural K1 youth Olympic champion in Singapore in 2010, Jessica has gone onto make her mark on the international slalom scene as a junior and a senior in all disciplines of the sport. Last year she won women’s C1 team gold at the canoe world championships in Slovakia. She also went on to win back-toback C1 gold medals at two World Cup regattas. Canoe slalom will run from Sunday, July 29 to Monday, August 6 at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, 30km north of London.

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With the bi-centenary of the crossing of the Blue Mountains next year, and the building of Cox’s road across the mountains the following year, the Arms of Australia Inn Museum, Great Western Highway, Emu Plains will be holding its William Cox Festival and Open Day on Sunday, July 15 from 9.30 am to 3.00 pm. As in previous years, the NSW Corps of Marines will be taking charge of the proceedings, which will include a display of musketry, trials and floggings of miscreants, and re-enactments from the life and times of the early colony. This year the country will come to Emu Plains with a sheep shearing and sheep dog exhibition. Children can try their hand in the old school room, pet animals in the animal farm, jump to their heart’s desire in the jumping castle, get their face painted or ride on a pony and much more. Continued pg 4...

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From the Editor Get ready! Get set! Go for all the action of the Olympic Games commencing July 27. Keep all your fingers and toes crossed for our very own local Olympians, Leonay resident Jessica Fox, competing in the canoe slalom and Hockeyroo Jade Close from Penrith. Here’s hoping the girls can bring back the gold! In keeping with the spirit of the Olympics, I’d be very interested to hear tales of your greatest Olympic sporting moments. Perhaps you were a volunteer at the Sydney Olympics, a spectator or even a competitor. Maybe you’re lucky enough to be heading to London to watch these Games. The readers are keen to hear from you, so drop me a line. All the sporting action is likely to work up an appetite so check out the “What’s Cooking?” segment on page 8. Many readers were delighted to report that last month’s recipe (my secret Yummy Slice) went down a treat. (If you overindulged, you may need to check out the ad on page 8 – bottom right!!) This month I’ve included a hearty winter casserole to keep you warm during the frosty month of July, courtesy of my mother, Lorraine. We hope you enjoy it! And of course the school hols are here again (how did that happen??) so kids, don’t forget to send me more photos, picture or poems of your exciting holiday adventures. I’ll print them in the next issue. Our readers loved the last holiday contributions! Enjoy reading your local community news and stay warm as you snuggle up in front of the TV for some marathon sports viewing! Vicki

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Emu Heights Celebrates 40 Wonderful Years! Built in 1972 with an initial enrolment of only 72 children and 3 teachers, Emu Heights Public School celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. With its relentless focus on literacy and numeracy, state-of-the-art technology, interactive whiteboards instead of chalkboards, incredible range of sport, performing arts and student welfare programs, the school is a very different place to 1972. To celebrate 40 years of education, a Family Fun Day is being held on Saturday 1st September 9am to 3pm. Featuring rides, stalls, a showcase of local entertainment, games, historical talks, arts ‘n crafts and food stalls, the day promises to be a wonderful family event. Just for the Adults! A Dinner Dance for past students, parents and teachers will also be held at the Emu Sports Club on the 7th September. Tickets can be ordered from the school at $45 per person. “This is a wonderful opportunity not only for the school itself to celebrate 40 years of education, but also for our surrounding residents to get involved and celebrate a wonderful school community” said P&C Fundraising co-ordinator, Nicole Davis. “We have a great team of volunteers

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William Cox Festival It will be action aplenty at the Arms of Australia Inn Museum in Emu Plains on Sunday, July 15 at the William Cox Festival and Open Day – 9.30 am to 3.00 pm. On show will be the Nepean District Historical Society’s horse drawn wagons and carts. Sydney Antique Machinery, whip and saddle makers exhibition, and the Sporting Shooters Association will have their van for visitors to try their hand at competition shooting. Live entertainment includes music from Tall Timbre Country and Western Band, the Nepean School of the Performing Arts and the Penrith City Show Band. The Australian Heritage Dance Company will perform dances of yesteryear, and the Ukrainian Women Dancers and Band will entertain with a program of song and dance. Both adult and junior teams will try to beat last year’s winners of the biggest tug-of-war in the Nepean Valley. There will be plenty of displays, food, music, stalls and entertainment galore for all! From pg 1...

Scouts Honour The Emu Plains Scouts have been meeting at the small Glenbrook Scout hall for several years. They now have renovated their hall in Lapstone which is much bigger with better facilities. Group Leader Mark Belcher says, “It is wonderful to have our own hall again and the committee have done a fantastic job on the old building. It was in a very poor state of repair and had been earmarked for demolition. “We have some fantastic leaders and the scout units are growing again. There are a record 12 Scouts attending the Jamboree in January 2012 and plenty of camps and outdoor activities organised.” At the recent opening of the hall the plaque was unveiled by Miles Stepniewski who started as a Cub with the Emu Plains unit and went on to achieve his Queen’s Scout award in 2011. The former Venturer Leader Phil Gane was awarded with his Silver Arrow Head and a certificate of merit for his leadership during his many years with the group. Phil has been a fantastic role model for so many young people over the years and has helped them to realise their potential as well as enjoying the challenges on the way. The Joey unit for the 6 – 8 years old is starting soon and additional leaders are required. All enquiries – Mark 0422 477 247.

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Savvy Lena Takes the Cake Lena McKechnie, cake decorator extraordinaire, can thank her twin daughters for her new career direction. “The first cakes I ever created were buttercream covered butterflies from a Women’s Weekly Cake book for my daughters’ 1st birthday,” Lena said. “ My mum had suggested I learn to do it myself as the girls’ birthday is over the Christmas period when a lot of places are closed for holidays.” Three birthdays and much cake-making later, Lena is now reaping the benefits of her home Cake Decorating business. She registered her business name, Savvy Cakes, 12 months ago and is working from her newly renovated home kitchen. “This way I can work my own hours while still being a stay at home mum, particularly when my daughters start Kindergarten next year.” Since her move to Emu Plains from the Central Coast 8 years ago, Lena has well and truly established herself in the Emu Plains community and is enjoying focusing on the delights of motherhood and her new cake decorating business. In July of 2010 Lena did her first beginners course at the Planet Cake School of Decorating in Balmain. She has since worked her way through the Planet Cake Basics series to become an advanced student and this month she will attain recognition as a Basics Master from Planet Cake. “To achieve this status I will be creating cakes with things like inverted and topsy turvy tiers where I am only limited to my imagination,” Lena said. She has also been fortunate enough to work alongside Planet Cake decorators in their production kitchen on party favours for the launch of their TV show on the Lifestyle Food Network. 3D cake and Styrofoam carving, figurine and flower making, creating things such as a high heeled shoe, a backpack, an owl, bride and groom figurines and giant flowers are just some of the projects Lena has tackled thus far. “I am constantly looking for new ways to challenge my skills and would like to further pursue the avenue of novelty cakes.” There, mums! The answer to your birthday party prayers! If you have any cake making challenges for Lena, give her a call on 0410 135 865. Lena is proud to be donating a cake to the Kirsten Levy Foundation. “I once had the pleasure of meeting Kirsten through a mutual friend and am proud and very excited to be helping out such a worthy cause.” 35-year-old Kirsten Levy, mother of two, collapsed last Christmas and has been diagnosed with a very rare autoimmune disease called non-paraneoplastic limbic encephalitis (NPLE) that triggered Kirsten’s immune system to react against itself, causing antibodies in her blood to attack her brain tissue. A benefit night will held at Panthers on 28th July to support Kirsten and her family.

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Check out the action packed July school holiday program – it’s full of opportunities for your children to create, think, make and get involved. A range of workshops are on offer that explore the Art of Paper. Children should wear clothes suitable for a workshop environment and bring a snack for morning tea. Bookings are essential 4735 1100. For more information please visit our website Wednesday 11 July Print a Pop Art Poster · 10am - 12noon · 9 - 12yrs · $15 Make a Marble Ink Card· 10am - 12noon · 5 - 9yrs · $15 Thursday 12 July Make a Paper Clay Sculpture· 10am - 12noon · 5 - 8yrs · $15 Make Paper Characters ·10am - 12noon · 5 - 9yrs · $15 Friday 13 July Make a Paper-Tile Mosaic· 10am – 12noon · 8 - 12yrs · $15 Teenagers Still Life Watercolour Workshop ·12 – 3pm ·15 - 18yrs · $35 A must for high school art students – receive expert advice from art tutor Rose Salib on the complex art of creating a still life using watercolours.

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Cochran Saves the Greens Leonay Golf Club has been successful in luring noted greenkeeper Wesley Cochran to restore the local golf course to its former glory. Cochran has been signed to both maintain and improve the par-67 course, as part of a long-term development and beautification program for the local club. The Leonay Golf Club’s website states “Leonay Golf Club offers an enjoyable 18 hole, par 67 course at the foot of the Blue Mountains. Tight tree-lined fairways and challenging greens demand accuracy and test the skill of golfers of all levels. Positioned adjacent to the Nepean River, a readily available supply of water ensures the fairways enjoy a lush cover of grass all year round’ The course has however looked patchy at times in recent years but under the guiding hand of Cochran, has already sprung back into life. Cochran leads a team of five groundsmen, working seven days a week with a goal of bringing the course back to pristine condition. Cochran’s credentials make fascinating reading. After graduating from both Richmond and Meadowbank TAFE colleges respectively with Certificate 111 Horticulture (Green Keeping) and Certificate 1V Turf Grass Management, moved into his first full-time role at Blacktown City RSL. Cochran subsequently moved to Ohio University in the US (Internship in turf grass management), where he was selected to assist in course preparations

for the Fedex St. Jude Classic in Southwind Memphis, Tennessee in 2002. Returning to Australia later that year, Cochran took up a two-year post as Greenkeep at Avondale Golf Course (Pymble), followed by two years at Sea Temple Golf & Country Club in Port Douglas (Qld) and two years at Eastlakes Golf Club in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. In addition to the Fedex St Jude Classic, Cochran has prepared two other major events, including the AAMI Australian Women’s Open at Concord in 2004 and the Centenary Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club in 2004. In cooperation with the Leonay Golf Club and Emu Plain Sports & Recreation Club, Cochran has designed a five-year plan for the golf course and has enlisted the growing army of Veterans (over 50’s) at the club to assist with the beautification program. The Vets are totally sold on Cochran’s plan and dedicate their services on the first Tuesday of each month.

The recent Goshin Ryu National Championships proved yet again that the Emu Plains Goshin Ryu Karate Club is going from strength to strength. The Nationals, held at the Whitlam Centre, Liverpool on June 2, attracted a huge field of competitors from all over the country, so it was particularly impressive that every one of the eleven competitors from the Emu Plains club won at least one trophy. The junior club members packed the biggest punches on the day. 9-year-old Finlay McAuley brought home a swag of trophies. He won both 9-10 years kata and 9-10 years sparring titles, placed 2nd in the demonstration event, and came 3rd in junior synchronised kata. Two new junior members of the club were delighted to participate in their first karate tournament. Chloe Kericopolas, aged 7, and 6-year-old Declan Supple won medals for competing in various skills events for kids. They both particularly enjoyed the event where the kids had to focus their kicking and punching powers to break boards. Karate is a fantastic sport for children. It teaches discipline and respect, as well as developing confidence, and physical attributes of strength, stamina, coordination and flexibility. Senseis Brian and Madeleine McCabe run classes at Emu Plains Public School in Emerald Street on Wednesday evenings. For more info about classes, phone Madeleine on 0411 136 237.

Olympic Debut Penrith’s Jade Close has earned a ticket to London with the Hockeyroos squad. The 24-year-old is one of nine players on the team making their Olympic debut. Jade was a ball girl at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 when Australia defeated Argentina for gold, and she’s hoping her team can repeat that winning performance this year. “I am overwhelmed, stoked, excited and proud,” said Jade. “From the word go (being a Hockeyroo) has always been something I wanted to do.” The team are currently training in Perth before flying to London on July 17. The Women’s Hockey preliminary rounds commence on July 29, with the Gold Medal match scheduled for August 10. Fingers crossed Jade will be playing on the 10th!

July 2012


Love your local library to score an iPad3 Celebrate the National Year of Reading with Penrith City Library and you could win an iPad 3. For your chance to win, borrow an item from any Penrith City Library branch and place your date due slip in the competition barrel. By entering, you could also add to your home book collection with $50 Dymocks voucher monthly giveaways from now until December. Penrith Mayor Greg Davies said the prizes rewarded residents who were connecting and reconnecting with their local libraries. “By heading to your nearest branch and borrowing a library item, you could score a $50 Dymocks voucher. If your competition slip isn’t drawn first time round, you remain in the draw to win the grand prize of an iPad 3! “Now is a great time to take advantage of what’s on offer at Penrith City Library. There’s free wireless on trial until the end of July. “Be sure to enquire about the library’s ever-popular school holiday activities too,” Councillor Davies said. The borrowing competition runs until 21 December 2012. Members also have a bonus chance to win an iPad by sharing their wish-list of what they’d like to see happen at their local branch. Pick up a survey form at any Penrith City Library and share your thoughts between now and 7 September to go in the draw to win an iPad 3! For more details, call 4732 7891 or visit and select the Library tab.

Winners are Grinners! Western Sydney Pools on Russell St, Emu Plains, recently ran a guessing competition for all customers who purchased a winteriser kit for their pools. Stuart and Melissa McIntosh from Mt Riverview were delighted to be the best guessers in town. The family won an $800 Zodiac T5 pool cleaner by guessing that the jar contained exactly 639 jelly beans. The McIntoshes were very excited as they didn’t previously own a pool cleaner and “we never win anything”.

Michael Ekert (CEO of Emu Plains Sporting & Recreation Club) accepting a cheque on behalf of Barnardos from Wendy McKean (Captain), Dawn Young (Secretary) and Lynne Cupples (President)) of Leonay Ladies Golf.

Ladies Golf Charity Day Leonay Golf Club’s Lady Golfers held a Charity Golf Day on Wednesday 30th May to raise money for the Barnardos Charity. Lady golfers from local and Blue Mountain Clubs, including Dunheved, Glenmore Heritage, Wallacia Panthers, Twin Creeks, Blackheath, Lithgow, Oberon, Penrith and Leonay participated in the day’s event, raising a total of $3500 for Barnardos. Nett winners on the day were Leonay players Herta Eisbacher, Bev Wakefield, Pam Karbe and Noelene Braid with a total of 88 points. The winners of the scratch event were Lynne Cupples (Leonay), Kaye Murdoch (Leonay), Judy Watson (Dunheved), Lorna Bourke (Dunheved).

Winners - Coby, Melissa, Byron (with the jelly beans) Stuart & Summer in dad’s arms

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Brain Strainer! Marty Jones: We can rule out Fred from our investigations as he was the victim. Brian Martin owns a green car. The murderer owns a black car, so Brian Martin is not the murderer. The suspect who owns a black car was wearing blue shoes. The suspect who weighs 190 pounds was wearing blue shoes. The suspect who weighs 190 pounds is not the one who has red hair. Therefore, one suspect was wearing blue shoes, owns a black car, weighs 190 pounds, and is not the one who has red hair. But Bill Edison was wearing brown shoes, John Fox has red hair, Larry Smith weighs 210 pounds, and Brian Martin owns a green car. Therefore, the only suspect who could be this suspect is Marty Jones. Since this suspect, Marty Jones, owns a black car and the murderer owns a black car, he is the murderer.

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Fortnightly Events

Glenbrook Toastmasters


meet at the Blaxland Library Short St, Blaxland 7.30pm 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month Enquiries: Peter – 0408 692 770

Emu Plains Lions Club

Meet at Emu Plains Sport & Recreation Club

7:00pm 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Enquiries: 4735 5120

Lower Blue Mountains Men’s Shed

Blue Mountains Woodcrafts Centre, 19 Calver Ave, Mt River view 9am - 12 noon... 1st & 3rd Monday of the month 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month Enquiries: Ramon 4751 6819 www.lmshe

WANTED! WANTED! WANTED! Garage Memorabilia, Oil Bottles & Tins, Garage Signs, Old Tools and Petrol Bowsers to name a few. If you have any unwanted items like this lying around in your shed, give Guy Smith a call. Ph. 4739 8127

Monday July 16

Nepean Evening VIEW Club Nepean Evening View Club will be holding its Dinner meeting at Panthers Penrith on 16thJuly 2012. Women of View (Voice,Interests and Education of Women ) support Smith Family’s Learning for Life projects. Cost $23. New members and visitors are welcome for a night of fun and friendship. Details and bookings to Frances 024721293. Thanking you on behalf of Nepean Evening View Club. Phyllis Cowan Publicity Officer. 47366898

Every Tuesday

MIGHY MIGHTS Playgro up 10am-12pm Meet other mums & prescho olers at Emu heights Community Centre

Ph: Bronwyn 0413 269 930

Every We dnesday

NEPEAN GIGGLES Playgroup 9.30am-11.30am Meet other mums & preschoolers at Emu Heights Com munity Centre Ph: San dra 0403 326 017 or Chris 0425 222 035

FREE listing for local events and meetings Send your details to:

Ever y Saturday

FREE Tai Chi lessons Sat urdays at Dukes oval, Emu Pla ins 8.30am Check with crispeny@ bigpon

1st Emu Plains Scout Group will be hosting the 2012

Jamboree Market Day At Explorers Road, Lapstone Opposite the Tennis Courts

Saturday 28th July 9am until noon, BBQ will stay open until 1pm. Come and visit your Party Plan favourites including Tupperware, Enjo, Lorraine Lea Linen, Mary Kay Cosmetics, LeReve Perfume, Aromatherapy, Nutrimetics, Oasis Homewares and more....

Sausage sizzle, soft drinks, coffee and tea available Fundraiser for Scout Jamboree 2012. Please come and support young people making a difference.

Meet the Scout Leaders. the Cubs and the Scouts and find out why they have so much fun. Boys and girls from 7 ½ -15 years old Enquiries to Mark 0422 477 247

July 2012


Your Local BUSINESS DIRECTORY Advertise your business here and online for just $25 (single) per month $50 (double) per month Phone: 0417 267 690 email:



Building S er vic M MT Maintenance e &

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Gary Campbell CPA Accountant & Registered Tax Agent Meeting the Financial Management & Taxation needs of our Community since 1976 COMPLETE RANGE OF TAXATION & ACCOUNTING SERVICES

Daytime & Saturday Appointments 52 Old Bathurst Rd, East Blaxland

Phone: 4739 3653

30 Years Experience Lic No. R76576

Home & Building Services from Roof top to Underground

For all your air conditioning & gas central heating needs Phone 4735 3300 4/84 Old Bathurst Rd, Emu Heights Lic No. 148730C





Digital Antenna Guys

AMAZING AWNINGS & DECKS • Carports & Patios • Flat, dome & gable roofs • Free measure & quotes • Qualified licensed tradesmen Call Mark on 0404 163 158

Antenna Supplied and Fitted Digital Set Top Boxes, Insurance Work, TV Data & Phone Outlets, Home Theatre Installations, Receive Wollongong Channels.

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Bill McLean


Air Conditioning & Electrical

Helen & Dianne

Safety switches • Smoke detectors

No Job Too Small EC34090


Balloon Decorators

4735 3976 0409 125 697

0408 667 916 0437 970 513


All roof repairs, flashing, roof vents, guttering, downpipes, plumbing, all carpentry work & maintenance, decks, pergolas, skylights, retaining walls and odd jobs Credit cards welcome

Call Ross

0403 815 398 Silverdale BUILDER BUILDER

- Extensions / Renovations - Decks / Pergolas - All Carpentry - Bathrooms - Insurance work Free Quotes All Suburbs 30 Yrs Experience

Chris 0405 107 506 Licence 238922C

CARPENTRY Mathew Pearson Carpentry

• Renovations • Pergolas • Decks • Floating floors • Built in wardrobes • Hang doors • Skirting • Architraves • Gyprocking/Plastering • General household maintenance & much more!

FREE QUOTES Contact Mathew on 0439 322 498 or Licence No: 195360C




Lic No 67245c

Quality Bathroom Renovations • Customer discounts given • Rotted timber repairs • Mobile bathroom available • All work guaranteed • Free quotes

4773 8700 or 0417 417 556

Advertise your business here! $25 (single) per month $50 (double) per month Phone: 0417 267 690

Established Over 25 Years All Aspects of Airconditioning Refrigeration • Electrical Contracting


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CARPET CLEANING Advertise your business here! $25 (single) per month $50 (double) per month Phone: 0417 267 690

ARGYLL Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Tile & Grout Cleaning Locally owned & operated. On time, every time. Quality work at competitive prices.

1300 557 548 or 4774 9618




Reflections To Share, Celebrancy Services

Weddings Namings Celebration of Life: Funerals

0447 778 870

‘Ensuring you a personal and sincere service’

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Emu Plains Cluster

Long Day Care, Before And After School Care Vacation Care Meeting your child care needs from 6 weeks to 12 years of age

Phone 4735 4233 Happy Kids Care and Learning Penrith City Children’s services co-operative ltd


JRF Electrical

where the gift of giving is delicious

gorgeous and unique chocolate bouquets for every occasion (Sydney wide delivery to your door) Also available at Emu Florist, Centro Lennox Try Our

Chocolate Spoons 7 delectable flavours to choose from

High Quality Work at Fair Prices Domestic, Commercial, Industrial For Free estimates call Jason Lic. 174994c




PH: 0411 810 061

1300 664 661

Chantal’s Cleaning Service Mould Free quotes After Cleaning Pensioner Discount Party Service 10 years experience Clean Up Call Chantal

0405 003 847

Half head of Foils, Shampoo, Cut & Blowdry

any kind of function

$65 (excludes Saturdays)

Passion in Cleaning to Perfection CLEANING WINDOW & EXTERIOR CLEANING

Gold Medal Service for your home or business!

*Regular Window cleans *High Pressure Cleaning *All Exterior, Eaves, Gutters *Driveways, Pool Surrounds FOR A FREE QUOTE

Phone Peter 0414 614 062 or Free Call 1800 1 5263


95/97 Great Western Hwy, Emu Plains

EXCAVATIONS building services pty ltd

Excavation & Tipper Hire MINI EXCAVATOR RUBBER TRACKS ROCK BREAKER & 2 TONNE TIPPER • Trenching & Footings • Post & Pier Holes Concrete & Soil Removal • Driveways • Retaining Walls • Land Clearing • Rock Excavation • Drainage • Removal of Fill • Licensed and Insured • All General Excavation • Free Quotes EXCAVATION - Buckets 300 to 450 - Mud buckets -Tight Access Specialist - 700mm wide able to fit through door - Hammer & Ripper - Conveyors

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David La Rosa Mobile: 0418 286 147 Office: 4733 4466

Licence 62100C

• Stencil, Stamp, Coloured and Spray On Concrete • Driveways, Patios & Shed Slabs • All general concreting Lic No 179227C

Ph: 0410 474 366 or 9673 5725


G lemma &




Call Emma on 0429 140 792 by appointment only

Formal or Bridal Make up * $65 Spray Tan $20 Mobile Spray Tan $35 Hair Extensions (REMY)

* mobile availability



Reflections Funerals

Joe’s Ultimate Handyman Services

At Reflections we offer care, support and understanding to provide a compassionate Celebration of Life.


4735 4004

Reflections is a local, family owned company offering your family the best service and value, 24 hours everyday.


• 4732 4440 • All Suburbs

All Aspects of Building and Building Repairs

BUILDING Concrete Footings, Bag Rendering, Block Work, Window Repairs, Saw Cutting, Stone Walls, Decorative Stone Laying, All Brickwork BUILDING REPAIRS Tiles, Plastering, Carpentry, Doors & Locks, Painting, Fly Screens, Leaky Taps GENERAL JOBS Lawn Mowing, Rubbish Removal, Garden Care, Property Maintenance

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‘Service with a smile’ All work guaranteed

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Southern Cross

• Pre-sale Property Maintenance • Roofing • Repairs • Roof inspections • Guttering • Handyman • Pressure cleaning.... and any other jobs you can think of • Free Quotes

Martin 0420 975 050

Lic 29201C





Ron Hallesy

Licence No. 223594C

Gardens, Decks, Retaining Walls, Turfing, Irrigation, Paving & Garden Maintenance Call Ben


* Parts extra Must present coupon

Countryside Plumbing Lic. 225162C

Phone Nicholas McLeod

0431 253 543


CHEAPER HOTWATER Piping Hot Plumbing lic 195703c




Call Steve 0407 467 462

Gold Medal Service for all your lawn & garden needs! • Lawns mowed & edges • Weeding, mulching & pruning • Fertilising, rubbish removal • Prompt, Professional, Friendly

LAWN CARE Save water with Coochie and enjoy a healthy green lawn Complete balanced liquid lawn fertiliser Weed Control eg. bindi, clover etc Beetle, grub and army worm control We treat all types of lawns. Talk to us about our lawn care program.

Fabian Gemin 0401 701 322 Freecall 1800 245 955

LAWNS & GARDENS Call Vince 0405 429 928

Lawn Mowing • Garden Care • Odd jobs • Gutters Cleaned Fully Insured • Reasonable Rates • Friendly & Reliable

Friendly professional service Young & hardworking


0449 134 772

Enquire about a Free Consultation Come and visit our showroom at

p: 4732 4566

U19/29 Coombes Dve Penrith

f: 4732 4588

Open 7.30am-4pm Mon-Thurs 7.30am-2pm Fri 9am-1pm Sat


‘ Designing & creating what you dream’ Custom Kitchens, laundries, wardrobes, vanities & furniture ‘Domestic & Commercial’


0413 160 544 14


Call Andrew

KITCHENS Quality Affordable Kitchens

July 2012

All painting work domestic & commercial Fully Licensed & Insured Free Quotes - No Obligation

Paul Kowalczuk Lic No. 191875C Mb: 0408 741 548

PET CARE A home away from home... Clean,large individual walk in pens Cosy living areas Access to huge play area (7 areas) Heated Living quarters Short and long term stays We Love Cats - Lots of TLC!

• from $14 a day • Pensioner discounts

Contact Sylvia: 4787 6541

PET GROOMING PET CARE CARE – - GROOMING Your Dog Clean, Flea-Free & Smelling Great... OR IT’S FREE

0404 369 369 369 0402309 885482 518 or or 1300 1300 369


Ph: 0408 259 994

Southern Sun Painting & Decorating

Hydrobath in warm Hydrobath in warm clean clean waterwater usingusing environmentally friendly friendly products, Brush, Brush, Nail clipenvironmentally products, Nail ping, Ear & Cleaning, Drying, Deodorise, clipping, EarEye & eye Cleaning, Drying, Deoderise, Doggy T reat, Phone Sue Doggy Treat,Aromatherapy Aromatherapy Phone Aaron

0419 233 465 / 4774 9942

All Brands of Hot Water Systems Replaced All Hot Water Problems Solved


Your Lawn Care Specialists

ALL AREAS 24/7 SAME DAY SERVICE Call Graham for local service


4735 5477

0448 844 314

Repairs / Replacement of all brands Pensioner discount/Guaranteed work


Ring Ron for a Quote Over 30 Years experience

Gas Room Heater Servicing Early Bird Special

• We cover all makes and models of natural gas and LPG room heaters • Also repairs & services to gas appliances

Painters & Decorators

Trade Certificate in Landscaping & Horticulture


Nepean Grasshopper Quality Lawn Mowing Services Fully Insured Liability & Accident Reliability Assured Call Gordon for an obligation free quote Mob 0403 776 636 Home 4773 8955


Nepean Mountains Dog Grooming Established 1990 Special care with older dogs 4735 2558 0427 352 558 Unit3/14 Smith St, EmuPlains

PET CARE – GROOMING * * * * * *

Clean, warm Hydrobath Full Grooming Flea & Tick Control Eye & Ear cleaning Nails Clipped Free Quote

Mobile -We Come To You

Email :

Call Leah 0416 646 022




Get Western Cleaning Solutions to do it for you! Western Cleaning Solutions use a specialised steaming machine that steams at 170 degrees to ensure that the best possible results are achieved


Dog Grooming Salon and Pet Boutique


Unit 39, 38-40 Abel Street, Penrith

* Extreme oven conditions may incur an extra charge Loyalty Discounts Can Apply

Open Mon to Fri 9–6 and Sat 9 – 3

Call Bob – 0417 262 706 or 4774 0026 (AH)

4722 9492


Dial A Minder Pet & Home Care

Personally tailored pet care & home care solutions to suit you & your pet’s every need. - No more kennels or catteries! - Act NOW!



Melina 0412 971 110 or 4733 2453




E&M Tiling

All Wall & Floor Tiling 20+ years experience 4732 4298 or 0418 250 293 Licence No. R97930


HOT WATER SPECIALIST Experts in Plumbing

Silver Service Tiling

Specialising in Gas, Electric and Solar Hot Water Systems Lic No. 225 162C

All aspects of Tiling, bathroom renovations, repair work

Contact: Nicholas McLeod

0431 253 543

Licensed Plumber, Drainer & Gasfitter Lic: 224647C All aspects of plumbing maintenance and new installations. Specialising in BATHROOM RENOVATIONS.

Shane 0418 439 992

a/h 4774 2511


Amazing Tiling Services Quality Workmanship Guaranteed

We service/replace all makes and models of Hot Water Systems SAME DAY HOT WATER Free Quotes and Pensioner Discounts available

Does your plumbing flow right? on 0468 994 776 Email:

Contact Daniel on: Mobile: 0430 793 669 Office: 8883 0094 Email: Lic No: 245 011C




Call your local plumber Paul

All aspect of tiling which include: • Ceramic, Marble, Mosaic • Waterproofing

Western Sydney Pool Services

pool SHOP

Washers, Dryers & Dishwashers

quality sales & service

Plumber Drainer Gasfitter 24 Hours—7 Days Bathroom Renovations Extensions Maintenance Blocked Drains Hot Water Broken Pipes

For friendly & reliable service contact Simon Parnell on 0410 421 573

Family Business Est 40 Years


ly Service with a smile! Friend ! rs Competitive Prices! e n w O Convenient location! Pool testing while you wait! Call in to today – Paul & Anne are happy to help with all your pool needs!

Shop 2/133 Russell St Emu Plains

4735 5322


ROOFING Accredited Pink Batt Specialist


4773 8242 / 0417 657 410 YOGA Nurture your mind, body and soul with Hatha yoga We cater for all ages and levels of experience

24 hour Maintenance on Plumbing & Drainage - Blocked drains cleared with electric eel - Taps & Toilets no job too small - Hot water services quoted & guaranteed - Water jetter services - Camera inspections Contact Paul on

0405 184 516

See current timetable online at Lic No 86216C

• New roofs • Roof repairs & restoration • Supply & fit fascia & guttering • Bonded asbestos removal • Supply & fit insulation Phone Greg 0418 446 590 or 4773 8634 or call Tracey on 0419 292 420

First class is free! Want to advertise your business? THIS could be YOU here! $25 (single) per month $50 (double) per month Phone: 0417 267 690

July 2012


Heart of our community making a difference Penrith’s people are what makes the City great. That’s especially true of the many hundreds of volunteers who help out in so many ways, from delivering meals to the elderly, helping people research their family tree or making sure kids can play sport on the weekends. Penrith Mayor Greg Davies said the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours list which recognised the work of a number of volunteers, acknowledged the difference their time makes to the community. “While not everyone can be recognised by the Queen, the simple act of helping out is a reward in itself,” Cr Davies said. “Our community is a generous and caring one and it’s volunteers who give so much that helps keep this community spirit alive and well – I’m proud to be part of a community where people care enough to put up their hand to help, whether it be at a local school or sporting group or helping a charity.” According to Volunteering Australia, the number of volunteers doubled between 1995 and 2010 with one in three people giving unpaid time to a group or organisation. “It really makes a difference. If you don’t volunteer already please consider putting your hand up. I recently went to an open day for Nepean Food Service and found out first hand how critical the support of work of the volunteers is. They help around 200 Penrith residents stay in their own homes and maintain a level of independence and dignity. These volunteers do much more than deliver a meal – they provide a friendly face and a caring gesture to some of our community’s aged and isolated people,” Cr Davies said.

To find out about volunteering at Nepean Food Services please contact Jenny Gillespie on 02 4733 7200 For enquiries about other local volunteer opportunities please contact Nepean Volunteer Services 02 4731 6523

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For Prompt Professional & Friendly Service, call James’ Locally Owned & Operated 16

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