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HOP TO IT! Have you noticed that as soon as Christmas is over, the stores start filling their shelves with Easter Eggs? As if we need reminding how quickly the years are passing! But alas! Easter is upon us again and almost every aisle of the supermarket is filled with cartons, packets and boxes of chocolate delights. Come Easter Sunday, all the bunnies in the neighbourhood will be hopping into action to help the Easter Bunny deliver thousands of kilograms of eggs. Laura and Alex Crambrook of Blaxland have been grooming their rabbits in anticipation of Blackie and Nibbles being called up for Easter Egg service. The Crambrook rabbits have been enjoying the extra attention leading up to Easter. They’ve been on a strict high-carrot, low-fat diet, so they’ll have lots of energy for the hectic morning of egg deliveries. Laura and Alex are hoping the bunnies won’t forget to make a delivery to their own house this year. Alex said he loves having rabbits as pets. “They’re lots of fun and we get to play with them a lot. We used to take them for walks but they kept trying to run away.” Let’s hope they don’t run away with all the eggs on Easter Sunday!
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From the Editor Welcome to the Easter edition of your local community news! Easter not only means eggs and going to church (see page 5 for Easter church services), it also marks the beginning of the school holidays. Gosh, where did that first term go?? To keep you occupied over the Easter break, we have a few Easter brain teasers for you on page 10. And for the kids, here’s a special holiday challenge for you. Draw a picture, take a photo, or write a short story or poem. The theme is “My Easter Holiday”. Send them to me before the end of the holidays (see contact details top left) and I’ll print the best masterpieces in the May edition. (Here’s my bunny masterpiece below - I’m sure you kids can do better!) Check out The Local Forum on page 4 for a St Patrick’s Day laugh. Many thanks to the contributors for your very amusing anecdotes. The topic for the next forum is “April Fool”. If you were on the giving or receiving end of an April Fools prank, the readers would love to hear about it– could be this year or a story from your distant past. Oh, and have a look at Fit Facts on page 8 – chocolate is the new health food. Get stuck into those eggs! Wishing all our readers a safe and happy Easter break. Take care on the roads if you’re travelling! Vicki
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Nepean High Students Sign Up for a Brighter Future “I willingly commit to achieving personal success through Nepean Creative & Performing Arts High School’s Wider Choices Real Futures Program. I will pursue a positive pathway in further education, training or employment.” These are the words on the charter agreement signed by Year 10 students at Nepean High on March 8th. Parents and guests from the local business community were also invited to sign the charter as a gesture of support for the students. Nepean Creative & Performing Arts High School is one of 140 schools across Australia to embrace the Beacon Foundation’s Wider Choices - Real Futures program. The school has been part of this highly successful program for nine years now. Last year, the school won an award for Business Engagement and on the day of the Charter signing this year, over 60 businesses were represented, showing their commitment to the school and the future of young Australians. The Beacon Foundation has a vision of an Australia in which our young people have the desire, the motivation and the opportunity to reach their full individual potential. Their mission, to influence the attitudes and culture of Australians, so that each young person develops an independent will to achieve personal success through gainful activities, for themselves and their community. “Through self-help and enterprise we aim to achieve our vision at the community level.” In her address to the audience, Beacon Foundation representative Melissa Skeers said, “We have an established track record of helping inspire and motivate students to either stay in school and increase their educational engagement and attainment or choose a positive pathway that enables successful transition to employment, further education or training.” Guest speaker Martin Rogers, from Mul-T Security, espoused the many benefits of higher education and training. Choices, he told the audience, become available to those who set goals and work
Nepean High School Beacon Leaders Simon Preuss-Kearney, Ashleigh Powell and Katherine Pettit signinng the Wider Choices Real Futures charter
hard to achieve those goals. Choices of vocation, choices of where to live, what new car to buy, where to go for your next holiday, all become available to those who study and work hard now to secure a positive future. Nepean High School’s Wider Choices Real Futures program is all about that – helping students, with the aid of the local business community, to set career goals and work towards that path. Beacon Coordinator at Nepean High School, Denise Charlier, is full of praise for the program. “I think the program is received very positively by the students. We always have the charter signing at the beginning of Year 10 to get them thinking about their future career pathway. They sign a public charter as a personal committment and are making a pledge to pursue further education, employment or training.” The signing of the Charter is followed up throughout the year with many career activities. Two weeks after the charter signing, the Year 10 students
were privileged to have leaders from 16 different businesses talk to the students about various career opportunities. Next term the students do work experience and then in term 3 they’ll participate in a program called Polish, which is all about personal presentation, and practicing some mock interviews. Mrs Charlier said, “As a result of the program, the majority of our students make the choice to further their education.” On the day of the Charter signing, parents and business representatives were treated to a fine example of the many talents being bred within the Creative and Performing Arts school. Caitlin Burgess and Aidan Tuaimou-Gadson performed a beautiful contemporary dance routine, and the audience was serenaded by the brilliant guitar quartet of Ben Accary, Nathan Scott, Brad Shipley and Dean Tuckwell throughout the Charter signing. The future is looking bright for the talented students of Nepean High.
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The Future Superannuation and the Self Employed... Placing money into superannuation if you are self employed can be difficult. Money always seems to be directed to other projects, debtors etc., which are important in the near future and very little gets put away for your future. I have seen many self employed clients reach retirement with low superannuation balances and struggling to achieve a reasonable income in retirement. As it stands Superannuation is still one of the most tax effective investments with earnings and contributions taxed up to 15%. After age 60 there is can be no tax liability at all. Reducing Tax... Making a contribution to super for most self employed people is fully tax deductible1. Several strategies utilising this can be implemented. Where a person sells an asset with a Capital Gains Tax Liability, the self employed partner may be able to reduce the overall tax by reducing their taxable income for that year and therefore their CGT liability. Self Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF) and the Self Employed... Self employment does not necessarily mean you have to do everything yourself. In fact, in many cases the planners and accountants are the only ones who benefit from a SMSF structure (Yep - more fees!) Everybody is different and a detailed analysis is important to ensure that this is the best structure for your future savings. SMSF’s are ideal when you are involved with commercial property. Life Insurance... Self employed persons have the ability to structure their Life Insurance premiums to be tax deductible, effectively reducing the cost of insurance by your marginal tax rate. Business expense insurance and Income Protection insurance can also be tax deductible protecting you if sickness or injury strike. Much has been written about the risk of superannuation and the losses incurred in recent times. Most Super funds have portfolios ranging from 100% Fixed interest to 100% growth assets. The art is trying to match your level of comfort (ie you want little volatility) with your desire for growth (ie you need the volatility to get better returns). This allows you to select the level of risk that you feel comfortable taking with your money. If you are thinking about your superannuation and how it will get you through retirement, Mondy Walpole Financial Services may be able to assist. We can also help with Personal Insurance, Business Insurance and Investments. Call Adam today on 0431 517 455 to make an appointment. 1Age based contribution limits do apply. Please note- This information is of a general education nature and should not be acted on. Individual financial circumstances vary and a tailored solution, specific for your financial situation, should be developed in consultation with your financial planner.
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Luck of the Irish! Saint Patrick’s Day (Lá ‘le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig), is the feast day celebrating Saint Patrick (386-493), the Patron Saint of Ireland, on March 17. In many parts of the world expatriate Irish, those of Irish descent, and evergrowing crowds of people with no Irish connections but who may proclaim themselves “Irish for a day” also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, usually by drinking alcoholic beverages (lager dyed green, Irish beer and stout, such as Murphys, Smithwicks, Harp or Guinness, or Irish whiskey, Irish Cider, Irish Coffee or Baileys Irish Cream) and by wearing at least one article of green-coloured clothing. While testing the green ale at O’Donoghue’s, Sean shouted to his mates, “There are many good reasons for drinking, one has just entered my head. If a man doesn’t drink when he’s living, how in the hell can he drink when he’s dead?” Down the other end oof the bar, Oisin bellowed, “Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold beer and another one!” Brian from Emu Plains was following a group of men dressed as leprechauns around the golf course on St Pat’s Day. They were carrying green eskys and singing bawdy Irish ballads between shots. Apparently the eskys were much lighter by the end of 18 holes, and the singing somewhat more raucous! Liz from Leonay reported that she had a friend come over to do some Irish tap dancing. He fell down the sink!! And now, for all the readers, a good ol’ Irish blessing... May luck be our companion May friends stand by our side May history remind us all Of Ireland’s faith and pride. May God bless us with happiness May love and faith abide.
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World Education Games Forget the Olympics. Children at Emu Heights Public School have already flexed their muscles competing at the World Education Games. The online games required children to complete Maths, Spelling and Science questions at speed across three days competing against an estimated 5.5 million children from over 200 countries and territories around the world. With live competition available 24 hours a day during the games some children decided to use their school provided passwords to compete both at school and “burn the midnight oil” at home. It’s not every day you see children excited about how many Maths and Spelling questions they can do in one night! Hope our Olympic team is as successful!
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THE PICK of the Gallery The Pick is a year long exhibition programme where ‘guest curators’ from our local community are invited to take their pick from the Gallery’s wonderful art Collections, and work with Gallery staff, to develop an exhibition that reflect their different tastes and ‘takes’ on art. Shayne Roberts, the Gallery’s expert Heritage Gardener, ventured out from the compost and into the collection area to have his ‘pick’. Shayne has selected works from Gerald Lewers and Frank Hinder which display the hands on and homely side to the history of this amazing gallery. The Gallery’s acting Director Victoria Harbutt states Shayne’s pick of the Collection highlights the natural beauty of the original Lewers family property and surrounds and the committed and constant art making activity done on the site by the Lewers family and their friends – as sketched and painted in the mid 1940s by their exceptionally talented friend and artist Frank Hinder. Shayne Roberts was appointed Heritage Gardener in 2006. He is responsible for the conservation, care, maintenance and management of the Gallery’s heritage gardens. The Pick is intended to open up the Gallery’s very significant and valuable art Collection to new eyes and interpretations, and will be democratic and open in form, intention and focus. The project will also enable the Gallery to display works that may not have been exhibited previously or recently. Margo and Gerald Lewers were accomplished artists, both active in the Sydney art scene from 1940s to the late 1970s. They were involved in establishing the Sydney branch of the Contemporary Art Society and were passionate advocates for the development of experimental ideas and practices within the visual arts. Their move to Emu Plains in the early 1950s created an artistic hub in the Penrith area to which many young and established artists visited. Much art was made and much collected. Over the course of the years it became important to Margo that this growing legacy benefit Penrith, the region and the public at large by enabling and encouraging the on-going creation, experience and study of visual arts. In 1980, after Margo’s death and in honour of her wishes, the Lewers’ daughters bequeathed the site, buildings, Aboriginal rock carvings, furniture, artworks, books, publications, photographs and printed ephemera to Penrith City Council. This generous gift forms the nucleus of a Collection that continues to grow in the spirit and intent of the original Bequest. The Pick opens up this wonderful Collection to new eyes and interpretations by inviting guest curators into the Collection storage area to make their selections and work with staff to develop exhibitions that reflect their particular tastes and ‘takes’ on art. The Pick 15 March – 22 April 2012. FREE ENTRY Open daily 9-5pm
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Meanwhile, Erin, the new full time veterinarian, is settling in well and is enjoying meeting all of our clients and their furry friends. Erin is enjoying our friendly workplace and has already become an integral part of the Orchard Hills team. After 2 years of study at TAFE, Eden has successfully completed her training to become a fully qualified veterinary nurse. Eden received ‘Distinctions’ in all of her subjects. We congratulate her on her studies and her eagerness to learn. Open Day – Coming Soon Last year’s Open Day with Dr Chris Brown was such a great day and everyone had such a good time that we are making the Open Day a yearly event. Watch this space for the date of our Open Day this year. Who will be the special guest??? You will have to wait and see! Please feel free to pop in anytime and meet the team at Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital. Call 4736 2027 to make an appointment.
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Photo exhibition celebrates our colonial history Photos are a way of capturing a moment and ensuring our memories of this time, place or person can live on forever. Photos also preserve our past and can be a fascinating and important record of our local history. As part of the National Trust Heritage Week Festival, a free photographic exhibition of colonial buildings in and around Sydney will be on display at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre from 14-29 April 2012. An initiative of Council’s Heritage Advisory Committee, the exhibition is themed ‘Amazing Stories: Innovation and Invention’ and features a collection of Max Dupain’s photographs of NSW Colonial Buildings. Penrith City Mayor Greg Davies says this collection of photos displays some of the most elegant buildings produced during colonial NSW and sends an important message to the community. “This exhibition highlights the need for people to take care of their built, natural and cultural heritage and ensure buildings of historical and architectural value are around to admire and enjoy for many generations to come,” Councillor Davies said.
About the photographer Maxwell Spencer Dupain AC (4 April 1911 – 27 July 1992) was a renowned Australian modernist photographer. His iconic photographs which depict Australians and their relaxed way of life still retain their popularity and relevance today. His photographs of the colonial buildings in and around Sydney remain an important record of buildings in the early years of the colony of NSW. They continue to appear in guidebooks and architectural histories, allowing architects to appreciate the wealth of Colonial Georgian buildings that survived on the Cumberland Plain.
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Green Pool Syndrome? Sydney has experienced one of the worst storm seasons in years with the Penrith area getting more than its fair share. For those of you with a pool, you may have recently woken up after the storms to see your pool a little more green than usual. This dreaded incidence has most likely been caused by the forces of nature with a combination of an unprotected pool. In most cases the green pool syndrome is the effect caused by excess nutrients in the atmosphere delivered to your pool by rain and garden water overflow. Your first reaction is to dump as much chlorine as possible into the pool hoping it will clear up returning it back to its formal glory. Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy. A sick pool can be compared to a sick person. When you’re not looking after yourself, you leave yourself open to host of sicknesses that can make you feel even worse. Like us, pools also get sick and can display symptoms like green water, black spot and murky or cloudy water. Using the wrong treatment may make the pool worse. To get your pool back to a healthy condition, these are the three key steps we recommend you follow: 1. Balancing Your Pool 2. Protecting Your Pool 3. Perfecting Your Pool
1. Balancing Your Pool. This means preparing your pool water so that the protective products you use in the next step will work more effectively. To do this, you need to ensure you keep your pool water at a balanced pH level of between 7.2 and 7.6 2. Protecting Your Pool. Once you’ve balanced your pool, you need to add the right products to protect it from unwanted, harmful organisms like bacteria and algae – the kind of creatures that can make your pool sick and not suitable for swimming. 3. Perfecting Your Pool. Now that you’ve balanced and protected your pool, you should look to achieve perfection by creating a healthy and sparkling water environment to swim in. The best approach using the three steps as a guide is to take a water sample in a clean container to your local pool store. Western Sydney Pool Services are the pool care experts who have all the latest machinery to test your poolwater and prescribe the correct quality Zodiac chemicals and dosages tailored specifically for your pool. With years of experience, you can trust Anne and her team at Western Sydney Pool Services on Russell Street to get your pool back its original condition and help maintain it for many years to come. Call in today for a free pool water test and pick up a free copy of our pool water guide.
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Here’s some great news that might help ease your guilt of Easter egg consumption... dark chocolate is good for your heart. Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. These benefits are from flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries). Flavonoids also help relax blood pressure through the production of nitric oxide, and balance certain hormones in the body. A small bar of it everyday can help keep your heart and cardiovascular system running well. Two heart health benefits of dark chocolate are: Lower Blood Pressure: Studies have shown that consuming a small bar of dark chocolate everyday can reduce blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure. Lower Cholesterol: Dark chocolate has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) by up to 10 percent. Other Benefits of Dark Chocolate – the most obvious being it tastes good; it stimulates endorphin production, which gives a feeling of pleasure; it contains serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant Mmm. I feel better already!
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THIS SPORTING LIFE Our Lady of the Way Swim Stars Nine representatives from Our Lady of the Way, Emu Plains, did the school proud on Friday March 2nd, representing the Nepean zone at the Diocesan Swimming Carnival at Mount Druitt Pool. The weather was downright miserable, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the competitors. Despite the wet and miserable conditions, the students recorded many personal bests. OLOW Junior Girls and Junior Boys relay teams both finished in first place, ahead of a very strong field, earning the right to compete at Homebush on March 26th in the MacKillop Trials. Keisha Chilmaid, Alyssa Procter, Shae Healey, Laura Patterson swam to victory in the Junior Girls team. Justin Cooper, Reece Crutch, Noah Pancyzk and Brock Healey swam for the Junior Boys winning team. Keisha Chilmaid was named Junior Girls Runner-up for the carnival and made the Parramatta Diocesan Swimming team. Justin Cooper was the Junior Boys Runner-up, placing in six events. He was also named in the Parramatta Diocesan team. At the MacKillop trials, Keisha swam in the 50m freestyle, backstroke, Jnr IM and Jnr Relay. Justin had a very busy day, swimming in six events – the 50m free, back, breast and fly, Jnr IM and Jnr relay team. Mrs. Anne-Maree McKeon, teacher at OLOW, said that the whole community was very proud of the children’s achievements.
OLOW Swim stars (Back L to R) Noah Panczyk, Brock Healey, Reece Crutch, Justin Cooper (Front L to R) Laura Patterson, Keisha Chilmaid, Alyssa Procter, Shae Healey
Karate Club Packs a Punch Emu Plains Goshin Ryu Karate Club cleaned up at the recent ISMAL (International Super Martial Arts League) tournament at Blacktown. Each of the eight competitors from the Emu Plains club walked away with a trophy - no mean feat, since the competition was very tough. Eight-year-old Finlay McAuley, the club’s youngest competitor, won first place in Kata and kumite (sparring), plus 3rd place in the Junior synchronised kata. Ezekiel Singh won the 14 years sparring; Zoe Tomlin won the Under Brown Belt Women’s kumite, narrowly defeating teammate Ashleigh Birkett in the finals. Ashley also placed 2nd in the Under Brown Belt Kata. Loren Thompson placed 2nd in the Open Women’s Kata, while her mum Julie finished 2nd in the Open Women’s Kumite. Madeleine McCabe finished 3rd in the Veteran’s Kata. Current National Synchronised Kata champions Julie, Vicki and Sensei Madeleine continued their winning streak to win the Open Synchronised Kata yet again. Coach Brian McCabe said, “I’m so proud of our entire Emu Plains team. We’re becoming a force to be reckoned with.” The club trains on Wednesday nights at Emu Plains Public school and they welcome new participants. Enquiries, phone Sensei Madeleine on 0411 136 237.
Dangers of Exercise! Sally Phoebus and Kylie Burns were enjoying the delights of exercising in the great outdoors the other day when a gigantic bunya pine cone came crashing down mere centimetres from their heads! Their workout camBeing gluttons for punishment, they went back for more exercise the following week, happy to find that the council had barricaded the offending tree. The girls made use of the pine cone for some added resistance training!
Emu Plains Goshin Ryu Karate Team (Lto R) Ashleigh Birkett, Ezekiel Singh, Finlay McAuley, Loren Thompson, Vicki McAuley, Madeleine McCabe & Julie Thompson
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Across 7 For adding up and found in Malaba customs. (6) 8 Rotate again or come back? (6) 9 Flex in the cab endways... (4) 10 Some coat can turn, becoming unconscious. (8) 11 Con lies to approach and surround his victim? (5,2) 13 Brag during a game of Squash... (5) 15 It’s in your head and sounding like a racing boat... (5) 17 What’s strange about the United Nations, the United States & Uganda Air Lines? (7) 20 Does it create a powerful agricultural smell? (4,4) 21 Weaken and lose enthusiasm. (4) 22 She wildly shares her big scissors... (6) 23 The name Linda conjures up a hard white substance.... (6) Down 1 Is able to come down by rope? (6) 2 Corrosive drug of the 60s? (4) 3 A tipsy chicken having a paranormal sense.... (7) 4 A pleasant bouquet? (5) 5 Toss a tin for large sheep farms... (8) 6 Forcibly seizes periods of relaxation... (6) 12 Is it found in a green pub? (5,3) 14 Adversaries of mine, see clumsily (7) 16 It starts between the bishop and the castle. (6) 18 Please convert to a drowsy state.... (6) 19 Mexican sauce from colossal salts and minerals (5) 21 “Come again?” (4)
Easter Teasers! 1. If a rooster laid an egg on the top of a hill, which side would it roll down? 2. Two chocolate bunnies were sitting on a bench, one had his ears bitten off. One bunny said, “Happy Easter”. What did the other bunny say? 3. Why can’t a rabbit’s nose be 12 inches long? 4. How does Easter end?
Foster Carers Needed Is it possible to trust when you’ve always been let down?
We believe it is.
Cryptarithm Solve the following cryptarithm, by substituting each letter with a numeral so that the resulting mathematical expression is true. (The same digit is always represented by the same letter or symbol)
J E S U S + R I S E N E A S T E R March Solutions ... T R O O P F A H I N F E R E T R S I R E N E T C U R R I G G A L L A I L N I N E R T S E T E N T I R
A D O R E S C O O C G U S T O N O U M E U C H A R T E R H T S Y P O W D E R O R B O T T E R N T A N O I T I G H T E N O L A G C Y C L E S E
Who? What? How? My life: a candle Four men: Because they were all married and not single. What is: the letter M. Wuzzle 1. Eyes in the back of my head 2. The stakes are high 3. All in All
YOU CAN HELP THEM to believe it too by becoming a foster carer.... Barnardos Temporary Family Care (TFC) Program, Penrith urgently needs Short Term and Weekend Carers for children 0 – 12 years in the Blue Mountains, Penrith and Hawkesbury areas.
For more information phone 4729 1211
Community Noticeboard SING AUSTRALIA Penrith In response to an ever-increasing number of intereste d people, Sing Australia, Penrith, which is part of an Australia-wide network of singing groups, is moving. Co-ordinator, Doreen Prowse, said: “We started in October 2010 with a handful of people and today we have weekly attendances in the sixties!” The group is open to anyone who ‘loves to sing’, there are no auditions and no previous singing experience is necessar y. Sing Australia meets each Thursday 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Senior Citizens Centre, 86 Station St Penrith. Sing Abba, Beatles and more. The emphasis is on fun. There are no auditions, you do not need to read music and new members are always welcome. Details: Doreen 4721 2841. Every Wednesday
Sunday March 11
Family History Fair at Penrith City Library 10.am to 4pm Entry is by gold coin donation. On the day there will be free access to the great resources of Findmypast, GenesReunited, Scotslan ds People & Ancestr y; great prizes to be won; informative talks, trade tables and help with your research questions. Everyone is invited to come along and enjoy the day. Further information – www.nepeanfhs.org.au
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AH Meeting CW rith en P t, Tin dale S n Hearing r: Australia ke ea p S st Gue elco me. & visitors w All members 9.30am ilable from Coffee ava 23 9789 – Diane 96 s il ta de r e Furth
MIGHY MIGHTS Playgro up 10am-12pm Meet other mums & prescho olers at Emu heights Community Centre
Ph: Bronwyn 0413 269 930
Monday April 16
Nepean Evening VIEW Club (Voice, Interests and Education of Women) are holding their Dinner Meeting at Panthers Penrith commencing at 7.00 pm - cost $25. Women of VIEW support the Smith Family’s Learning for Life project. New members warmly welcomed.
Details and bookings by 9 April 2012 to Frances on 0422 151 477 (if unavailable, please leave name, number and message).
meet at the Blaxland Library Short St, Blaxland 7.30pm 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the mont h 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 d.org
Bridge Club St Finbar’s Parish Hall 6.30pm for 7pm start
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
“Knott” the Sitters Club
Ph: 4735 6048
Ever y Saturday
FREE Tai Chi lessons Saturdays at Dukes ova l Emu Plains 8.30am Check with crispeny@bigpon d.net. au
• Are you in need of a night out? • Would you like to go see a movie without the kids? • How about a doctor’s appointment without children in tow? • Maybe you have recently moved into the area and would like to meet some new families? The Club is based in the Penrith area and has been establishe d for about thirty years. We are looking for more families to join our club. We cater for families with children of all ages, there is no money involved as we operate a debit/credit hours system. We mind each other’s children in their own home. If you would like to find out more please ring Ann Panitz Ph: 0419 219 572.
Penrith Regional Gallery
Kids Autumn Festival
Sun 22 April 10.30am – 12.30pm
$10 per child (Adults don’t pay but must stay) Bookings essential 4735 1100 Pay by credit card over the phone Come along to an autumn kids festival inspired by ‘Hello Dollies’ Join in art-making in the studio, take part in fun games and activities in the garden including a ‘super sleuth’ detective trail and win an Easter egg prize, once you ‘crack’ the code. Go to the Gallery web site for a preview of upcoming exhibitions www.penrithregionalgallery.org
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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:email@example.com
• Accounts Payable & Receivable • Payroll • Bank Reconciliations • BAS & IAS Preparation • Registered BAS Agent • Onsite/Off-site/Once off/Rescue Jobs
Contact – Faithe 0410 650 924
Digital Antenna Guys
Builders Licence 238922C
FREE QUOTES 0410 513 630 Talk to our friendly technicians today
Let us use our extensive rental property experience to take care of your TAXATION needs
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
Air Conditioning & Electrical Safety switches • Smoke detectors
4735 3976 0409 125 697
Established Over 25 Years All Aspects of Airconditioning Refrigeration • Electrical Contracting
Call David 0424 945 859 Fax (02)4737 9929 LIC 211838C AU21673
0408 667 916 0437 970 513
BUILDER / REPAIRS
Building S er vic M MT Maintenance e & 30 Years Experience Lic No. R76576
Home & Building Services from Roof top to Underground All roof repairs, flashing, roof vents, guttering, downpipes, plumbing, all carpentry work & maintenance, decks, pergolas, skylights, retaining walls and odd jobs Credit cards welcome
“Quality Service at Affordable Prices”
• Air conditioning repair and service • Preventative maintenance schedules • Supply and fit all brands • Warranty agent selected brands • Heat pump hot water repair • Finance available for approved applicants
Helen & Dianne
WE DESIGN. WE INSTALL. WE GUARANTEE.
Chris 0405 107 506
AIR CONDITIONING AIR-CONDITIONING
Lic No. 148730C
30 years experience Free Quotes ~ All Areas
Unit 2/129 Russell Street, Emu Plains email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.lmac.com.au
For all your air conditioning & gas central heating needs Phone 4735 3300 4/84 Old Bathurst Rd, Emu Heights
BUILDER Philway Constructions • New homes • Decks / Pergolas • Extensions / Renovations • Frames / Carpentry
Antenna Supplied and Fitted Digital Set Top Boxes, Insurance Work, TV Data & Phone Outlets, Home Theatre Installations, Receive Wollongong Channels.
No Job Too Small
‘Keeping your records up to date’
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 www.whalebathrooms.com.au
0403 815 398 Silverdale 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 email@example.com
Licence No: 195360C
CARPENTRY M AND C SAUNDERS CARPENTRY For all your carpentry needs, including, hanging doors, decks, renovations, pergolas, no job too small, over 40 years experience.
Phone Mick on 0411 726 057 LIC:R84600
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
CELEBRANT Pamela Noal
CMC DipCel JP
Reflections To Share, Celebrancy Services
Weddings Namings Celebration of Life: Funerals
0447 778 870
‘Ensuring you a personal and sincere service’
CHILDCARE 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
All Custom P/L Local licensed electrician for 20 years
Neat work and fair prices • Fans • Pools • Power points • Garages • Safety switches • Extensions
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
s& d paritp e e t n a Guar orkmansh w
7 delectable flavours to choose from
1300 664 661
Mobile: 0403 773 364
Penrith City Children’s services co-operative ltd
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
Power on Electrical
For all your electrical needs
Competitive rates, Free quotes Quality guaranteed
Makes & Fixes Costume Jewellery Custom designed to match your outfit
0412 877 927
Call Scott 0415 873 103
HAIR & BEAUTY
building services pty ltd • Stencil, Stamp, Coloured and Spray On Concrete • Driveways, Patios & Shed Slabs • All general concreting Lic No 179227C
Ph: 0410 474 366 or 9673 5725
McCaffery’s DRIVING SCHOOL 4735 4368 0451 262 494 Qualified Driver Instruction Automatic car only
One hour lesson $55
One hour lesson = 3 log book
Student and package Discounts available ELECTRICIAN
JRF Electrical High Quality Work at Fair Prices Domestic, Commercial, Industrial For Free estimates call Jason Lic. 174994c
PH: 0411 810 061
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
Quality Services at an Affordable Price Servicing all Areas
David La Rosa Mobile: 0418 286 147 Office: 4733 4466
Formal Upstyles from $40 Spray Tans $20 NEW Amazing Hair Tape Extensions 95/97 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains
HAIR & BEAUTY Shop 7 Lennox Centre Emu Plains
With every colour receive 10 FREE Foils!
HAIR & BEAUTY
Lush hair, nails & beauty
At Reflections we offer care, support and understanding to provide a compassionate Celebration of Life.
Makeup – Acrylic Nails – Waxing – Facials Spray Tanning – School Formal Packages Weddings (in salon & mobile)
Reflections is a local, family owned company offering your family the best service and value, 24 hours everyday.
• 4732 4440 • All Suburbs
For all your hair and beauty needs
Spend up to $100 and receive a 10% discount Spend over $150 and receive a 15% discount
89 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains
Advertise your business here! $25 (single) per month $50 (double) per month Phone: 0417 267 690 firstname.lastname@example.org www.emuleonaygazette.com.au
KITCHENS Quality Affordable Kitchens
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• 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
Enquire about a Free Consultation
Come and visit our showroom at
p: 4732 4566
0422 765 397
All work guaranteed
Lic No: R84571
CHEAPER HOTWATER Piping Hot Plumbing lic 195703c
Repairs / Replacement of all brands Pensioner discount/Guaranteed work
ALL AREAS 24/7 SAME DAY SERVICE Call Graham for local service
0419 233 465 / 4774 9942 HOT WATER We service/replace all makes & models of
Gas, Electric & Solar Hot Water Systems SAME DAY HOT WATER Free Quotes and Pensioner Discounts available
Contact: Nicholas McLeod
0431 253 543
Lic No. 225 162C
HOT WATER HOGAN HOT WATER All Brands of Hot Water Systems Replaced All Hot Water Problems Solved GAS • SOLAR • ELECTRIC YOUR LOCAL HOT WATER SPECIALIST
Ph: 0408 259 994 14
HATE CLEANING YOUR OVEN?
Get Western Cleaning Solutions to do it for you! Western Cleaning Solution use a specialised steaming machine that steams at 170 degrees to ensure that the best possible results are achieved NO FUMES • NO HARSH CHEMICALS • NO FUSS
Call Bob on 0417 262 706 or 4774 0026 (AH) *Extreme Oven Conditions May Incur An Additional Charge. Loyalty Discounts Can Apply
HERITAGE LANDSCAPES & PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
Licence No. 223594C
Gardens, Decks, Retaining Walls, Turfing, Irrigation, Paving & Garden Maintenance Call Ben
Painters & Decorators Ring Ron for a Quote
0448 844 314
Over 30 Years experience
LAWN & GARDEN CARE
All Aspects of Building and Building Repairs
‘Service with a smile’
Open 7.30am-4pm Mon-Thurs 7.30am-2pm Fri 9am-1pm Sat
f: 4732 4588 www.jandlkitchens.com
Joe’s Ultimate Handyman Services
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
U19/29 Coombes Dve Penrith
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
Southern Sun Painting & Decorating
All painting work domestic & commercial Fully Licensed & Insured Free Quotes - No Obligation
Paul Kowalczuk Lic No. 191875C Mb: 0408 741 548
Coochie HydroGreen Lawn Services Organic Soil Conditioning Liquid Fertilisation & Greening Soil Moisture Retainers (Wetters) Lawn Insect Pest Control Grass & Broadleaf Weed Control Lawn Disease Monitoring & Treatment Fabian Gemin 0401 701 322
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
firstname.lastname@example.org • www.coochie.com.au
Contact Sylvia: 4787 6541 www.megalongvalleycattery.com.au
LAWNS & GARDENS
PET CARE – GROOMING
Love Thy Lawn Property Maintenance
Nepean Mountains Dog Grooming Established 1990
• Lawn Mowing & Slashing • Fully Insured • Garden Care • Reasonable Rates • Odd Jobs /Gutters Cleaned • Friendly & reliable
Call Vince 0405 429 928
LAWNS & GARDENS Friendly professional service Young & hardworking Call Andrew
0449 134 772 Trade Certificate in Landscaping & Horticulture
Quality Lawn Mowing Services Fully Insured Liability & Accident Reliability Assured Call Gordon for an obligation free quote Mob 0403 776 636 Home 4773 8955 Email : email@example.com www.nepeangrasshopper.com.au
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 Call Leah 0416 646 022
PET CARE – GROOMING Dog Grooming Salon and Pet Boutique Unit 39, 38-40 Abel Street, Penrith
Open Mon to Fri 9–6 and Sat 9 – 3
PET CARE – MINDING
Dial A Minder
STRESS FREE PLUMBING
Pet & Home Care
Personally tailored pet care & home care solutions to suit you & your pet’s every need.
No call out fee Quote up front
SMASH REPAIRS Lic No 181864C
LPG, natural gas Hot water systems
Melina 0412 971 110 or 4733 2453
Tel: 4729 3441 Mob: 0432 823 021 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PLUMBING - GASFITTING - DRAINAGE
PLUMBING HOT WATER
- No more kennels or catteries! - Act NOW!
HOT WATER SPECIALIST Experts in Plumbing Specialising in Gas, Electric and Solar Hot Water Systems Lic No. 225 162C
Contact: Nicholas McLeod
0431 253 543
We service/replace all makes and models of Hot Water Systems SAME DAY HOT WATER Free Quotes and Pensioner Discounts available
Licensed Plumber, Drainer & Gasfitter Lic: 224647C All aspects of plumbing maintenance and new installations. Specialising in BATHROOM RENOVATIONS.
Does your plumbing flow right? Call your local plumber Paul
on 0468 994 776 Email: email@example.com
Western Sydney Pool Services
pool SHOP 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
New ly Friend ! rs e n w O
Service with a smile! Competitive Prices! Convenient location! Pool testing while you wait! Call in to today – Paul & Anne are happy to help with all your pool needs!
EMU PLAINS SMASH REPAIRS PTY LTD 15 SMITH STREET, EMU PLAINS PHONE: 4735 4811 INSURANCE AND PRIVATE WORK
All Wall & Floor Tiling 20+ years experience 4732 4298 or 0418 250 293 Licence No. R97930
Silver Service Tiling All aspects of Tiling, bathroom renovations, repair work
Shane 0418 439 992 TILING
Amazing Tiling Services Quality Workmanship Guaranteed
All aspect of tiling which include: • Ceramic, Marble, Mosaic • Waterproofing Contact Daniel on: Mobile: 0430 793 669 Office: 8883 0094 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Lic No: 245 011C
Washers, Dryers & Dishwashers
Shop 2/133 Russell St Emu Plains
Family Business Est 40 Years
Accredited Pink Batt Specialist
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
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 www.completeroofing.com.au
a/h 4774 2511
DISHWASHERS INSURANCE CLAIMS PENSIONER CONCESSIONS
4773 8242 / 0417 657 410 YOGA Nurture your mind, body and soul with Hatha yoga We cater for all ages and levels of experience See current timetable online at
www.yogaembrace.com.au or call Tracey on 0419 292 420
First class is free!
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PENRITH 4725 6590 Cnr Coreen Ave & Castlereagh Rd www.heartland.com.au DL 18044
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OPEN 6 DAYS Closed Tuesday
Shop 1, 71 Great Western Highway Emu Plains 2750 16