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Vol 12 No 23

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Capturing heritage through a lens

The winners of the 2009 Camden Heritage photography competition are: Patrick Stannard (Best Narellan Category), Angela Tween (Open Category) Alannah Warn (12-18 years Category), Roslyn Hodgins (Technical Excellence Category), Isaac Percy (Under 12 years Category). Photo by Olev Muska

The 2009 Camden Heritage photography competition attracted double the entrants and showcased a variety of works depicting the hidden treasures of the area - from the famous to the subtle. The first competition was held in 2007 as part of the Narellan@180 celebrations, and was only focusing on heritage in the greater Narellan area. The success of that event prompted organisers to widen the subject area and matter and by all accounts it's gaining popularity among photography buffs. Photography is medium that is often considered the poorer cousin of other art forms - but in the 21st century it is finding a wider audience and more appreciation. Pam Browne, one of the organisers of the earlier event was impressed with the increase in entries and the variety. "I was impressed by the breadth of the subject matter - ranging from built form to intricate architectural detail, natural heritage and memorabilia.

"The standard of the under 12s and 12-18 years was particularly outstanding." Ms Browne has her fingers crossed that the competition will become an annual event in the local government area's cultural calendar. She said the sub-theme for the 2010 competition will be 'Our Diggers'. "The organisers wish to thank the generosity of the competition sponsors - the councillors of Camden Council, Bruce Reilly, Rotary Club of Narellan, Narellan Town Centre, Camden Creative Studios, Handprint Photography and Vale Display Solutions," Ms Browne added. Professional photographer, Kylie Lyons from Narellan said there were some really "great works" on show. "Some of the under 12s have good photographer's eyes," Ms Lyons said. She said that a lot of thought and effort was put in by many of entrants and they really "looked for the hidden treasures".

Vandals destroyed a popular playground attraction at Picton Botanical Garden last week. Half of the pirate ship play equipment was damaged to the extent that it had been pulled off and discarded at the playground site. It is the latest in a series of attacks at the garden. Craig 'Podge' Davies, the park's foreman, is disgusted by the latest attack which happened some time on Wednesday night. The crew found the half of the boat ripped off. "It's very heavy, it must have taken at least three people to pull it off," Mr Davies said. He said the park and the playground is a popular destination for mothers and their children, walkers and anyone who enjoys a bit of time out. "On Friday, June 5, there was also a lot of damage in the garden - the bridge and seats were damaged with

plants and small trees thrown into the pond." It didn't stop there - the vandals struck again the following day. "Each time we tidied up the mess, it's a shame because the garden is starting to look really nice with all the plants," Mr Davies said. He said to fix the boat would probably cost around $5000. Wollondilly mayor, councillor Michael Banasik, is also outraged by the senseless destruction. He said it not only costs the council but also the community. For the money that will be spent on repairing the damage, the council could have built a new playground within the shire. While the mayor dismissed any notion of removing the play equipment, he said it would be a "sad day" if that had to happen.

Children’s pirate ship wrecked

Craig 'Podge' Davies, Picton Botanic Garden's foreman with Wollondilly mayor, councillor Michael Banasik angered by the vandalism at the park

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Intentional destruction What goes through the mind of a person who intentionally destroys playground equipment? One has to wonder. The latest vandalism attack at Picton Botanic Garden saw the popular pirate ship, which was a well used amusement at the playground torn and dumped. Of course the vandal/s who did this, did it under the cover of darkness, so as not to be seen - what a courageous thing to do. Let's hope whoever did this goes out and brags about their adventure and maybe they will get what they deserve when the police turn up at their door. This kind of act is a black mark on society. Not only has this action cost the council and ratepayers but also makes people wary of going into the park - and takes children's enjoyment. People should be able to feel safe and visit their local recreational areas - at appropriate times. In summer, it's a great way to enjoy daylight savings. Wollondilly Council is now looking at increasing lighting as a first step in ensuring against other vandalism attacks. According to the park supervisor, it was the third attack in a week, the other two times there was damage to the seats and bridge and plants ripped out and thrown in the pond. Unfortunately the community loses out when this type of action happens and the workers who put in time and effort to make the park look attractive also feel hard done by. In the bigger picture, this incident might be small, but respecting other people's and the community's property should be instilled from a young age - it is one of the things that makes a civilised society.

Focus on photography Congratulations to the organisers of the Camden Heritage Photography competition./ Let's hope this event becomes as popular as the Camden Art Prize. Unfortunately photography as an art form as taken a back seat fro many years - but with so many budding photographers out there and advances in technology - there is room in the local government area for a photography event.

Letters to the editor

Looking closely at spending

Camden Council admits that is has no comprehensive study into what "internal efficiencies" can be undertaken to avoid taking an extra 12,25 per cent off ratepayers. It is absolutely critical that the council openly publish a list of "internal efficiencies" it can undertake to cut costs to stay on budget before attempting to bleed ratepayers. The council states that it spent an extra $500,000 on salaries in2007/08 but cannot tell me how much extra it spent in 2008/09. The council's expectation of grabbing more money of each household and business has no concrete basis. It is simply an attempt to con ratepayers out of their hard earned money. Council claims its land (rather our land) in Smeaton Grange Industrial Estate was valued at $2.37 million in 2008. It does not mention its recent purchase of another investment property in Turner Road. Council will not disclose how much was paid for the land. Council refuses to tell its ratepayers how much it is spending. Sources estimate the purchase price is around $1.5 million. I challenge the council to publish the address of

all the land it owns so that ratepayers can do a drive-by and see where our hard earned dollars are going. Remember the excitement earlier this year about the proposed P&N soft drink factory to be built at Smeaton Grange with the potential to provide many local jobs. Unfortunately Camden council led P&N down the garden path encouraging the company to spend heavily of development costs. The council then at the last minute informed P&N that the soft drink facility could not be built. The 11 hectare P&N site is now up for sale. Why did Camden Council lead a major developer along with costly false expectations? The council has an expensive history of inviting manufactures to set up in Smeaton Grange without checking out the impacts. This professional failure by the council has cost ratepayers hundreds of hours in useless reports and hundred and thousands of ratepayer dollars. It is very clear that we need to look long and hard at the executive salaries of Camden Council. Greg Frawley Curran Hill.

Lee Abrahams, Editor If you would like to send a Letter to the Editor, please keep your letter to a reasonable length, 200 words is preferred. Letters can be edited for space or legal reasons. Address all correspondence To the Editor, The District Reporter, PO Box 116, Camden 2570.

Brian Stewart New Federal Government ministerial reshuffle Mark Latham's insensitive spray against our servicemen and women took the edge off an insightful view of Labor's largesse with taxpayer funds. Joel Fitzgibbon's tenure as Defence Minister was untenable after his indiscretions with his Chinese connections. Our senior strategists in the Defence Department are charged with assessing threats to our national security and ensuring we have the proper force structure and resources to meet them. They have a complex and costly role that includes a high level of risk for our nation. Kevin Rudd's selection of Senator John Faulkner as our new Defence Minister is a wise choice. Faulkner is highly respected for his personal and political integrity and his formidable forensic skills in Senate Estimates Committees. Even Mark Latham would have to acknowledge this. Faulkner will be assisted by Greg Combet as Minister for Defence Personnel, Material and Science. Although Combet is a relative newcomer to parliament his previous experience in the Trade Union Movement indicates that he is well suited for this job. The professional integrity of our Defence Force Chiefs and the Secretary of the Department, Nick Warner, are beyond reproach. Kevin Rudd should be congratulated for ensuring our Defence Department has the best of his team assigned to this important role. Mark Arbib is one of the big winners in the reshuffle. He has earned his stripes in the role he played in Labor's election to Government. He is young, intelligent and a professional exponent in the art of politics. The same can be said of Chris Bowen, who has been promoted to Minister for Financial Services. However his early statement that Australia should seek more investments from Muslim countries will have raised an eyebrow or two. There are still many who remember Gough Whitlam's politically fatal attempt to deal with a Pakistani money lender by the name of Tirath Khemlani in the early 1970s. The promotion of Jason Clare to Parliamentary Secretary for Employment is worth watching. Clare occupies former prime minister, Paul Keating's old seat of Blaxland and is widely recognised as one of Labor's rising stars. Having recently led a group of Lebanese Muslims and Cronulla surfies which was organised by Jason Clare and his Liberal counterpart, Scott Morrison, I can vouch for his ability. Kevin Rudd's election and his current standing in the polls have allowed him a degree of independence from Labor's tribal factions. His appointments in the reshuffle are based on merit which is a unique political experience for Labor. To use a Latham term - they are certainly not factional "meatheads". 2 The District Reporter Monday June 15, 2009

The resignation of the Minister for Defence, Joel Fitzgibbon, has highlighted the need for politicians to be extremely discrete in the way they use their position of power. The apparent use of his ministerial office by his brother to conduct business is clearly wrong and the Prime Minister was right to ask his ally and friend to step down. It is the first blemish to be recorded against the Rudd Government since taking office, regardless it would be fair to say that the Prime Minister has run a disciplined team performance relatively free of scandal in stark contrast to the early Howard years. The subsequent reshuffle has allowed the Prime Minister the opportunity to again reassert his will over his side of parliament and there are no surprises to see former ACTU Secretary, Greg Combet and former NSW State Secretary, Mark Arbib promoted to ministerial positions. They are both loyal to the Prime Minister and talented. The shuffle has also resulted in Senator John Faulkner taking over the Defence portfolio and this is a move which should send shivers up the spine of a few Defence Department staff that have not been loyal to the previous minister. While there are a few honourable hard working staff members within the department, there will also be some who will regret their recent treacherous behaviour which was never in the national interest and only served self interest. Our soldiers deserve better from its administrative staff which have performed below par, without distinction. John Faulkner is a formidable administrator and will continue the unfinished business of rationalising the department to improve efficiency. People will recall senate inquiries conducted by John Faulkner are robust encounters. This minister is intelligent, tough and incorruptible. He is respected by both his friends and enemies and he will quickly impose his position on the department. The Prime Minister's reshuffle showed confidence which is in stark contrast to his 'fair shake of the sauce bottle' comments last week. It seems someone is trying to turn the PM into a 'bloke' and that is something Australians will find hard to swallow. Kevin Rudd has an unusual manner of speech but, he is a very good communicator and his clumsy attempt to use colloquial language is simply embarrassing. Pretending to be someone he's not will only confuse voters and we can only hope that his advisors have already seen the errors of their ways. When Australians voted for Kevin07 they wanted a fresh face, a new start. The economy was already slowing and people were hurting and Kevin Rudd was able to pick up on those concerns. He has a wonderful ability understanding people in the street as did John Howard, but more importantly he has empathy for people and this is his great strength.

HOW MUCH AM I WILLING TO PAY TO HAVE THE MONEY I WANT? Last week's textbook technicality which rescued Australia's economy from recession didn't succeed in giving back jobs to the unemployed or recompensing suffering investors and superannuants: their global economic crisis (and ours) grinds on. The strange irony underlying this current financial hiatus is that its underlying problem isn't money. Money, after all, is neutral, inert; it's just another commodity. What this monetary downturn is really about are the lengths to which people have gone to get money, and what they've done with it after they've obtained it. The allure of money, and love for it, is beguiling: "One who thinks money can do everything is likely to do anything to get it," says an ancient Hasidic saying. Under its narcotic influence, the love of money blinds us to the true value of personal relationships and of work, pushing us towards (or keeping us in!) an unhealthy relationship or an unsatisfying career. The love of money morphs ambitious achievers into workaholics neglectful of family and friends, or into perpetrators of conduct which pollutes their souls and shames their families. Diminished individuals, their social worthiness and their financial worth occupy opposing hemispheres. It's one thing to desire money to escape poverty and provide for truly basic necessities. It's quite another to make money our primary motivation and measure of success, or to naively equate happiness or worthiness with wealth. "The money you have gives you freedom, but the money you pursue enslaves you" said the French philosopher, Rousseau. Our challenge is to put the value of money into perspective. Do it by answering this question: How much am I willing to pay to have the money I want? bstewart@ispdr.net.au


Court house opened for debate

Representing the affirmative - Camden High students - (left to right) Elodie Gooden, Jack Bennett, Amilia Booth and Tess Madeley with Jodie Grundy from Camden Council, Sergeant Grant Bicknell from Macquarie Fields Highway Patrol, Rachelle Barber from Wollondilly Council - Picton High students debating the negative - Emily Drescher, Kiernan Seymour and Trisha Glover.

Students from Camden and Picton high schools recently exchanged a few words in the local court house. The Year 10 students debated the hot topic of P-Plate restrictions with passengers. Melissa Schriever, the clients services librarian at Picton Library, said the event which

was staged during Law Week, saw three students from each of the schools battle it out at Camden Court House. Camden High debated the affirmative, while Picton High put up a good case against. "The Picton High students won the debate," Ms Schriever said.

"This is the first time the event was run, but it looks like it will become an annual event. "It was really successful with a lot of positive feedback from both students and teachers." Ms Schriever added it was also a worthwhile collaboration between the two local government area libraries.

Tranpsort issues on the right track

ty was the theme of the day and included showcasing the assets in the shire as well as what works well in other areas and exploring the possibilities for future directions. "The forum was a great success with many differing groups from the whole South West region. It was an important Forum for Wollondilly and hopefully there will be more to come," Wollondilly mayor, councillor Michael Banasik said. "Council will use this feedback received at the forum to create a transport document to be used as a tool to lobby for better transport services for our shire," he said.

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Camden Council Round up ... As observed by Michael Rees.

Platypus makes an appearance Last Tuesday night's council meeting got off to an unusual start to say the least. When I got there I was greeted by a very large platypus - councillor David Funnell was trying to make a point that for around a $280 hiring fee this type of costume, although ill-fitting, is very affordable as opposed to any other suggestions. It was the latest episode in the mascot saga. I couldn't help feeling that if Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck had been available; we could have made a 'Looney Tunes' cartoon. Maybe all this kidding around is just a cover for some other political agenda.

Decision won facts The Muslim School got a mention along with the legal cost of $150,000, which in this day and age does not seem to be an excessive amount for a matter which has been going on for 18 months. Cr Fred Anderson said he felt that the council won the case by the "skin of our teeth" with Commissioner Brown dismissing the bulk of the 3000 complaints that came to council. He went on to say that this shows that we have a deeply divided community. How could he come to these conclusions? I didn't see him at the court when Commissioner Brown delivered his judgment. Mr Brown may have chosen not to take into account some of the written submissions, but he knocked back the entire case for the school.

Signs to Oran Park Progress is just around the corner with the council approving the construction of an entry sign to the Oran Park Town development site on The Northern Road. Cr Greg Warren said that when this sign goes up it will be showing the way to the future.

Overhauling the pool act The council is going to undertake a review of the Swimming Pool Act. This overhaul will mean looking at the removal of existing exemptions for barriers, introduction of mandatory inspection of pools, require all councils to keep a pool register, increasing penalties for non-compliance and giving councils the power to undertake remedial work. With swimming pool drowning one of the major causes of infant deaths all the punters should get right behind the council and help to save the ankle biters from these tragic preventable accidents.

Extra community assistance The council also adopted the Department of Community Services and the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care annual funding agreements to support part time project officers to help the kids and oldies in the LGA.

That's all folks!

Children’s pirate ship wrecked

Left: Ship wrecked: After the attack on the playground equipment. Continued from page 1 ..... He knows of some councils, which have had to resort to such a solution. "There's a very small bad element out there. Some of the options we are looking at include increasing lighting in the area. "We are doing our best to stay on top of vandalism but we are fighting a losing battle. "We need the help of the residents of Wollondilly. As resi4 The District Reporter Monday June 15, 2009

dents we can report any relevant information to the police and hopefully as a community can work towards keeping our parks and gardens beautiful for us and our kids." "We want people to dob in these vandals," Cr Banasik said. It costs Wollondilly rate payers up to $50,000 per year for repairing vandalised equipment and this doesn't include the cost of staff removing graffiti or replacing signs. Indecent or offensive graffiti is removed as soon as the council is alerted.


Harry remains true to his job Harry Warner could be setting a record - he has already notched up 50 years in the same job and doesn't look like he will be slowing down anytime soon. The Camden Park employee, who also celebrated his 65th birthday last week, will probably be at work long after Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd's new retirement age of 67 kicks in. Mr Warner, started work at 14 years and nine months after the late Quentin Stanham found out the youngster wasn't keen on school. With Camden High School far behind him, he worked several jobs on the huge property and was referred to as "young Harry". "My father started work at Camden Park, when I was a child. We used to live at Belgenny Farm in those days," Mr Warner said. He said his father, who was a peanut farm, left Queensland in search of work and took odd jobs before settling at Camden Park. The family eventually moved to the property and Harry would also eventually marry and settle as his father and mother did. Young Harry worked at different jobs - from dairying, farming, and gardening to driving and working machinery including tractors and back hoes. "I love the country, outdoors, farming and animals," Mr Warner said. When asked if he ever thought of another job, he promptly answered not really. "I have been on the land all my life, I don't know anything else. "I don't think I could have coped with office work, looking out of the

window and watching the traffic go by." Mr Warner said each day has been different and challenging in its own way. "In the summer I am working the land and in winter making hay." Working on such a large and famous property has its perks as Mr Warner found out - he can list movies and television to his resume. He was child extra when the Australian movie 'Smiley' was being filmed at Belgenny Farm. Then there was the time he was on the six o'clock news when the new silo was built at Camden Park. When it's not work, Mr Warner enjoys riding his motorcycle and touring with the Ulysses group or helping out at the Rural Fire Services at Menangle. Mr Warner and his wife Frances have raised three children at Camden Park. "They have all done well. They all went to Camden High and are all employed in good jobs." Mr Warner and his wife were looking at eventually moving to the coast when the time came for him to retire. But his employer had other ideas and has rewarded Mr Warner for his work and commitment. "John Stanham [Quentin Stanham's son] and his family asked us to continue to live at Camden Park and provided us with a home. "The people I am working for are great. They looked after my mum and dad and now they are looking after me."

50 years and still lots to go - Harry ready for another day's work at Camden Park with his Jack Russell - Lulu-Liz, who is always by his side on the job

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The bridge to mental health (Book review) By Michael Rees 'On not knowing what to do' by J.K. Broodle is a different slant on the modern curse of stress. The author is not a doctor or medical profession, but is a person who has had problems in his own life and tells of how he got over these big hurdles and recovered. He was raised by his mother after his father shot through and lived with his grandparents. His grandfather was a bloke who propped himself up with alcohol and then on occasions took his frustrations out on his five kids and his grandchildren. On reaching adulthood the author married and three children came along. But as the years went on the marriage dissolved and he lost contact with his children. The downward spiral continued through alcohol and drug abuse until the author decided enough was enough and sought help. After much struggle he got back on track and started helping people who had gone down the same path. These experiences are the backbone of the book.

He lays the groundwork by describing the body's reaction to physical dangers as the "Guardians". He points out that these reactions are automatic and we have very little conscious control over them. He calls it distress. But when the danger goes away and our bodies return to normal our imaginations can kick in and conjuror up dangers that aren't there. This causes our "Guardians" to loose their way and we end up with ongoing stress. Time is also identified as a culprit and is described as a bridge being the present, upstream the future and down stream the past. The conclusion is drawn that if we stay on the bridge we can control stress. The book provides anecdotes and hypothetical situations to illustrate points. It is a different approach to the old problem of how to control stress in our lives in a simple but effective way. It points out that our imaginations maybe public enemy number one in the fight against stress and depression. This book is well worth a look at for anybody who feels that the modern way of living can get a bit too much at times. It's available at in Camden.

Walk for Sarah Get your walking shoes on and Walk for Sarah on June 21 at Camden Showground. Sarah Hilt from Werombi, who is a meningococcal disease survivor requires another prosthetic - this time an arm with moveable fingers. There is still time to register and money raised will help Sarah lead a normal life. Last year's event raised around $55,000. "There are two walks; people can take a shorter walk or the optional Hill Challenge," Sarah's father Gray Hilt said. "It starts at Camden Showground at 10am on June 21." The cost is $20 for adults and $40 for the family - there's also student and pensioner concessions.To find out more call 0404 852 772 or email: sarahhiltfoundation@hotmail.com.

Dare-devil's panoramic photos Adventurous American photographer Melvin Vaniman scaled multi-story buildings, dangled from tall poles and floated in gas-filled balloons to capture his extraordinary series of black and white panoramas of Australia. Vaniman Panorama, opening at the State Library on June 20, 2009 until late January 2010, presents 12 spectacular aerial views of Sydney and NSW in 1903 and 1904 displayed just as the 'acrobatic photographer' had intended - as enlargements. Born in Illinois, Melvin Vaniman (18661912) wore many hats in his rather eccentric life as an adventurer, opera singer, music teacher, electrician, farmer, balloonist and pioneer aeronaut falling quite by accident into the role of "daredevil" photographer. Vaniman shot his images from a range of unusual vantage points and even built his own camera which was able to record panoramic views on film up to two metres in length and 50 cm wide in a single shot. "Even with the advance in technology, 21st century photographic panoramas struggle to equal those taken by Vaniman over 100 years ago," Alan Davies, curator of Photographs, State Library of NSW said. The exhibition is free. For details call 9273 1414 www.sl.nsw.gov.au

What's new in the supernatural? Are you intrigued by the supernatural? Head to

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Narellan Library at 6pm, Tuesday, June 23 and have all your questions answered by Debbie Malone, author of 'Never Alone: A Medium's Journey'. Having been highly intuitive since childhood, Debbie Malone received confirmation of her gift after a miscarriage at the age of 28, when her unique psychic abilities were revealed. She knew then that her life would never be the same. This book takes readers on the roller-coaster ride of Debbie's journey from how she dealt will her newly found gift to how she began using it to help others. It also offers insights into the afterlife, as Debbie's several near-death experiences have brought her into contact with the other side. Booking are essential and there will be a $6 entry fee. Call Narellan Library on 4645 5039 or Camden Library on 4654 7951.

Making faces The June meeting of the Camden branch of the Australian Decorative Fine Arts Society will be exploring the art of portraiture. David F. Coke and art historian and curator will be discussing this topic from his point of view. The talk explores why artists paint portraits, what they are used for and what they convey. The many images include everything from the Egyptian mummy portraits to the Identikit. The talk is on Saturday, June 27, 4pm at the Undercroft, Camden Civic Centre and entry is $15. For details call 4658 0784.

Operatic splendor at St Paul's Operatic soprano, Amelia Farrugia will be performing arias from well known operas at this month's musical event at St Paul's Cobbitty. This is part of the regular fundraising efforts by the Friends of St Paul's to help restore and maintain the unique collection of historic buildings in the village of Cobbitty - these include Heber chapel, the church and the rectory. The annual concerts are well known for quality and the setting in the church is an ideal backdrop for an afternoon of fine music. There is limited seating so hurry and book for the June 28 performance at 2.30pm at St Paul's Cobbitty. Call James Warrand on 0412 667 621 for ticket details.


Talking Tax

Business and Home

The education tax refund by Les Coulcher The Tax laws Amendment (Education Refund) Bill 2008 applies from July 1, 2008 and permits eligible taxpayers to claim a tax offset for certain education expenditure incurred in respect of children undertaking primary and secondary school studies. This is not a tax deduction, it is a tax offset. A tax deduction means you do not pay tax on allowable expenditure. By including this expenditure as a deduction on your tax return, you get back the tax paid on that spend at your marginal rate, be it 15%, 30% etc. A tax offset means you get back 100% of what you spend. So at a marginal rate of 30%, a $100.00 deduction gives you $30.00 but a tax offset of $100.00 gives you a refund of $100.00. Now to see if you qualify. In order to qualify for this refund a taxpayer must meet certain criteria and if that criteria is not met then no refund is available. Broadly speaking, the tax offset is available to taxpayers who are entitled to a Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A payment from Centrelink (or certain other prescribed payments) and have one or more children undertaking primary or secondary studies, or are independent students receiving allowances such as Austudy, Youth Allowance or payments under the Labour Market Programs. The payment is to the person receiving the FTB, not the spouse. The schooling requirement is assessed for each half year in the tax year, ie from July 1 to December 31and then again from January 1 to

June 30. Eligible taxpayers are able to claim a 50% tax offset in respect of eligible education expenses incurred during an income year up to $750.00 for each primary school student and $1,500 for each secondary school student. This means that if you are eligible and spend $800 on a primary school student you can claim half of the maximum $750 which gives you a $375 tax refund. Likewise for a secondary school student if you spend $1,500 you can claim a $750 refund. The eligible expenditure, for which you should keep receipts includes: Computers; computer related equipment; computer software; home internet connection; school textbooks and stationery and prescribed tools of trade. Also included is the cost of repair to any of these items. NON ELIGIBLE items are school fees, school uniforms, tutoring costs, sporting equipment, school subject levies or the cost of school excursions. I realize these seem to be the biggest expense items and this is probably why the tax office excluded these items. One point of note is that if you spend more than the amount, for example a $2,000 computer for a secondary school student. You can claim half of $1,500 this year and half of the remaining $500 next tax year. However if the student is in year 12 and finished school in December then the claim is limited to half of $750 this year and nothing next year.

Talking Money

Recession? by John Jones Commenting on last week's financial data, Brian Thomas of Perennial Partners observes: What the GDP Number Really Means: "With many waiting to hear whether GDP growth for the first quarter of 2009 was negative, pushing Australia "officially" into recession? Well, yesterday it was announced that GDP was up 0.4% for the first quarter of 2009, after a fall of 0.6% in the December quarter. Does that mean Australia has averted a recession? Based on the technical definition that two consecutive quarters of falling GDP makes a recession, yes Australia has avoided recession, for now." On what are the key points that investors need to know about he says: \ "Let's face it, a more sensible look at the numbers tells us what we already know; the economy is in recession; Domestic demand has fallen 2.3% over the last two quarters and this sits against a 4.1% fall in the OECD area GDP over the same period. Like offshore countries, the unemployment rate has jumped up, but Australia has clearly weathered the storm comparatively better; and Business investment detracted 1.1% from growth. A thumping 2.2% contribution from net exports helped get the GDP number into positive territory." What Does this Mean for the Sharemarket? "Previously I have pointed out that historically equity markets often perform well while the economy stays in recession. This time appears to be no different. Equity markets are forward looking and there are signs that the interest rate sensitive sectors of the economy, like housing, are turning around. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is ready to step in with further monetary easing if required." As for the Future he says: "The overall economic story behind the headline GDP number is pretty much as expected. Business investment is retreating sharply, the consumer is sub-

dued, the pick up in housing approvals has yet to appear in the GDP data and the public sector is expected to boost growth, but this hasn't shown up in the data yet. Remember, it is not over yet. June and September quarter GDP readings could easily be negative before a more sustained recovery late this year." In regards to leading indicators he observes: "May continued a very important trend around the globe, with many significant indicators starting to trend up, particularly towards the end of the month, These included: In the US: The ISM manufacturing index rose to 42.8%; The New Orders Index increased to 51.1%, the first time above 50% since November 2007 (a reading of 50% or greater in these indices indicates an expansion); and Consumer confidence rose dramatically to an eight month high (off a very low base). In China z China's official PMI stayed above the 50% mark at 53.1%, slightly down from April z Retail sales were above expectation This is all great news and the global economy looks like recovering in the next 12 months. However, investors should remember that these indicators are in most cases coming off extremely low levels and partly show the normal re-stocking phase, as businesses start to re-build inventories after having factored in a very negative sales environment. The key questions for investors are: z What will we see after businesses have restocked? z Will these positive trends continue to improve as quickly over the next few months? With that in mind, markets may need to take a breath before the next phase of what is hopefully a sustainable bull market." We recommend you consult with a licensed financial planner before acting on any of the above information. We thank Perennial Partners for the above article. John is an authorised representative of Professional Investment Services AFSL# 234951 Whilst all care is taken in the preparation of this material, no warranty is given in respect to the information provided and accordingly no responsibility for errors or omissions, including responsibility to any person by reason of negligence is accepted.

The advice offered is of a generic nature and should be treated as such. Accordingly no responsibility can be accepted if this information is acted upon without professional advice relative to specific circumstances.

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Sport RUGBY

Angling for a catch find it ………….. As we slide into winter as the mornings become colder and the evenings chilly, the fishing in mist area has been very good. Even though air temperatures begin to drop, surprisingly the water temperature still remains steady thanks to the remnants of the east Australian current. This is a great time of year to head offshore, with predominant light north westerly winds in the morning easing to next to nothing in the afternoons. Yellow fin tuna has been spasmodic and you'll get them one day and nothing the next. However the ones in the know have been getting specimens to 25 kilogram in live baits as the fins tend to follow steady berley trails. Browns Mountains has been one of the better places as it can provide excellent catches on any given day. The Peak, which is the large underwater mountain approx nine miles off Maroubra has been the hot spot for kingfish to 95 centimetres, they've been taken on zest pilchard knife jigs around 160 grams to 200 grams in weight pending in the current and the main pinnacle has seen their luck on these exciting sports fish. Further south, the snapper have made a welcome appearance, no doubt chasing the cuttlefish which abound on the close reefs. The area between Stanwell Park and Bellambi has been excellent for fish up to 60cms. The best method has been by drifting Pater Noster rigs armed with cuttlefish, squid and large peeled royal red prawns in depths if 37 to 45 metres.

Spots which have been firing include the new bridge at Coalcliffe, Bellambi Reef and Spinsk Reef and the highly recommended Rangers Reef. Closer to home, the Hawkesbury River has been disappointing and remains a mystery on where the fish have gone. In Sydney Harbour, trevally and tailor remain the main stay. They've been boated in good quantities from the Sow and Pigs and Shark Island reefs at night. They're showing a preference for underweight pilchards. In the upper reaches, the ever reliable Hen and Chicken Bay continues to provide bream to 41cms to the ever increasing plastic throwers brigade. Botany Bay has been hard hit by the westerly influence and does not fish well during the lead and after the full moon. However, trevally alley at Molineaux Point can be relied upon to provide a feed of blurters. The highly powered Watts Reef remains the top spot in the bay and if you're prepared to brave the elements, big bream to 1.5 kg can be taken at night during the rising tide on live pink nippers. Georges River continues to be the premier possie around and will fish well over the next couple of months. The writer boated 20 whiting to 740gms, two school jenies, two trevally and eight bream to 45cms, fishing at night along Connells Pt cockle beds with bloodworms providing the spoils. Fishing classes are held F.O.C every Monday evening staring at 6.30pm and visitors are most welcome. Call Gabe at the shop on 4647 8755.

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Shamrocks power over Rams By Chris Ferry On an unusually still day at Ocean Park, Woonona, the Camden side were none the less still blown off the paddock by a young and enthusiastic Shamrock team that is currently dragging themselves steadily away from the bottom of the ladder. Coach Andrew Suffell rued lost opportunities and was at a loss to explain why his usually dynamic backs were unable to penetrate the defence and his forwards outmatched in every facet of the game. "We were a team that didn't turn up to play, and we were out enthused at the breakdown," Suffell said. The Rams continually gave the Shamrocks field position with poor kicking options and they were made to pay for their mistakes with two tries in each half with one particularly coach killer late in the first half, when a Shamrock back went through untouched from a simple set piece move. Camden were also ill-disciplined conceding two penalties to blow out the final score to 325. Thankfully mid-way throughout the second period after some strong lead up from the forwards, hooker Andrew Black powered over to get Camden on the board. Best for Camden in a defeated side were No 8 Clint Mclelland, lock Mark Morris and young prop Ed Whiteman, who weathered a baptism by fire. Camden will be looking for a much stronger performance next week against a strong Avondale team; otherwise it may be a case of déjà vu. Reserves thrilling show The continuing shining lights of the club, reserve grade, put some smiles on the faces of the Camden fans in a thrilling try fest 31-27 win. From the opening exchanges Camden

appeared dominant and laid on early tries to winger Wade Chandler and lock Mark 'Flo' Nightingale. However lapses in defence switched the momentum and kept Shamrocks in the game. Camden appeared to need to concede a try to bite back with intent. Centre John Nettle put Camden ahead again and things looked like smooth sailing. Shamrocks score again midway through the second half and the lead was exchanged again. With less than 15 minutes to go, Camden trailed 20-19 and continued to thirst for the match winner. No 8 Matt Searle sniffed a try and flew onto a short ball to crash over and take the score to 26-20 after a successful conversion from fullback Chris Ravlich and the game looked to be sealed up. Another twist as so often before and the Shamrocks snapped up the lead with a runaway try down the left flank and the clocked looked to be Camden's enemy. As Camden gained field position through pressure, cool heads prevailed and white line fever was erased for phase football and Nightingale arm-wrestled his way over for his second with only a minute to go and ensured victory for his team mates. He also got the 'best on field' points. Others who impressed were skipper and scrum half, Matt Dench, Searle, and Nettle. Third grade's score no points In the first game of the day, Camden went home empty handed in third grade, losing 12-0 to a top of the table Shamrocks and were resigned to working harder at training after conceding their second loss in succession. Camden scrapped throughout the game but could not consistently retain possession and enforce pressure onto their opposition to come away with the points. The first Shamrock try was scored after a lose chip kick in the defensive half and very late in the game Shamrocks scored out wide after some lazy line defence allowed the Shamrocks to find space. Camden's few strong performers were loose forwards Matt Ravlich, James Gatt and Tas Cranny who worked tirelessly all day.


LEAGUE

The Oaks put scare into Narellan By Michael Rees Last Saturday night saw a very entertaining match between The Oaks (Tigers) and Narellan (Jets) played out under the lights at Narellan Sport Grounds with the home team scrambling in with a 38-32 win. It looked like The Oaks were in for a hard night when they kicked off and put the ball out all the full. Narellan got the penalty, kicked deep into the Tiger's territory and before you could blink they were in for a try with their veteran fullback Jamie Newton racing over. Gavin Wilson kicked the goal and it was 6 blot.

The crowd had just settled down when Narellan were in again courtesy of their flying half back Ryan Crocker. Wilson converted and it was 12 blot. At this stage the Oaks hadn't even worked up a sweat but they rolled their sleeves up and got into and were rewarded when their big centre Jason Keays crashed over for a good try. But Narellan came back strongly through tires to Fred Misi and Ryan Crocker crossing for his second. The Oaks supporters were starting think hear we go again, when a loose ball from Narellan was snatched

up by replacement player Chas Embrdot who fought his way over the Jets line carrying a couple of would be defenders with him. It was then game on and the score board sea-sawed with each team launching attacks and counter attacks. With five minutes to go Narellan lead 34-32 with The Oaks hammering away at the try line with an upset in the wind but Jets flanker, Ben Baker, picked up a loose ball and raced the length of the field to score in the corner, putting the game out of the Tiger's reach. There were plenty of mistakes from both teams

but they provided great entertainment for their supporters. Narellan were best served by their lock forward, Brendon Lengholn, front rower, Fred Misi who scored three tries and half back Ryan Crocker. The Oaks centre, Jason Keays was the best player on the field having a hand in most of their attacking raids and providing some great defence out wide. Chas Embrodt also played a leading hand by scoring the try that got the Tigers back into the game and then scoring in the dying stages giving his team a sniff of victory.

Honing athletes' media skills

Academy Open Netball athletes honing their media skills with Captain Pat (Patrick McGeown) at the Campbelltown radio station. The South West Sydney Academy of Sport continues to provide quality skill based training and sports career educational opportunities to the region's junior talented athletes. The academy has recently developed a media partnership with C91.3FM to allow developing athletes understand and be able to react appropriately to the general media, and specifically the media in what maybe a stressful sporting situation. Long term academy supporter and C91.3FM's creative director, Patrick McGeown, spends many nights with small groups of academy athletes honing their media skills and explaining to athletes what the media is looking for in an interview, or story, and also explaining how a radio station operates. Each sport has developed a range of quality radio advertisements

including personal endorsements of the academy and identifying personal athlete experiences. These advertisements highlight three athletes at a time and have been continually aired over the past few months. "These young athletes are a credit to the academy and the Macarthur region. It is pleasing to see such fine young people who are keen to learn and improve themselves," McGeown said. "Developing media skills is an important part of an athlete's holistic development," academy executive officer, Gerry Knights said. "We provide excellence in coaching and education in order to enhance their development, maximise their full potential and provide a pathway through to NSW and National levels," he said.

"We provide off-season programs that complement athletes wishing to compete in their home competition and we add value to the athlete's current training and playing schedule. Academy programs also include high level skills and fitness components, plus a wide range of additional educational programs, such as drugs in sport, biomechanical analysis, sport psychology, motivation, nutrition, strength and conditioning," Knights said. These programs are supported by highly experienced guest speakers and expert lecturers in their respective fields and the academy is most grateful for the support provided by C91.3FM and its team of community focused staff members," Knights said. For more details on the academy go to swsas.org.au

Sport .... from the sideline by Billy Boots The Narellan Jets continued their successful season with a win against Picton a fortnight ago and backed it up with a close win against The Oaks on Saturday night. This sees the Jets sit in second spot half way through the season. The Camden Rams almost upset Thirlmere but ran out of steam with the Roosters scoring near fulltime to snatch victory. Billy is rubbing his hands in anticipation with the return clash of Narellan and Thirlmere coming up next Sunday at Narellan. With Thirlmere seemingly struggling of late with close calls and Narellan unbeaten since their first round clash, the Roosters will be nervous I'm guessing as remaining unbeaten for a season and a half is a tall order. I mentioned it previously that the longer they remain unbeaten the closer they get to a loss. In other games Oakdale defeated Thirlmere 22-14. The State of Origin went to the Queenslanders but the next clash hopefully will have the Blues debutantes ready to return fire after a nervous start to their campaign. The blooding of so many newbies was wrought with danger, but the biting of the bullet had to done with the future in mind and the start of a Blues dynasty in the selector's minds. Once again the referees somehow took the glory for all the wrong reasons, with blunders and controversial decisions taking the gloss off an exciting start to the three games. Once again AFL bad boy Ben Cousins has landed himself in trouble. Billy doesn't condone Ben's drug use or raising of the index finger, but the controversy over his last indiscretion is truly a storm in a media teacup. Most people would have seen his finger action as a disrespectful show of his disapproval of the intrusion into his personal life. Whether or not you agree with players being role models or sports stars etc, Ben was in the privacy of the dressing room getting ready for a game. As much as we like the closeness of the inner workings of a professional team, in some instances we get to see too much.

The Wests Tigers have gone from bad to worse with another loss last Friday night. Whilst entertaining to watch with Benji and Farah jinking and jiving, the results haven't been as forthcoming as supporters would like. Coach Sheens hasn't produced since 2005, and some still say that premiership win was a fluke. Already the knives are being sharpened with speculation he could be moved to make way for new blood and ideas, there are some whispers he might be heading over to the Roosters and join up with ex Tigers CEO, Steve Noyce. Whether or not the starting players support him remains to be seen, with talk a few of the fringe players aren't happy with their lack of opportunity.

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Hennings 75th year 75 years of fine jewellery and service Marking 75 years in the jewellery business in Macarthur - Hennings just seems to get bigger and better and with four generations behind the counter the business is enjoying expanding patronage. Ernest Hennings opened his first store in 1891 in Bathurst Street, Sydney after serving his time in watchmaking under a strict German watchmaker. He alter moved the business to Braidwood, Grafton, the Hunter region and Bathurst. His son William (Bill) was intent on making his own mark in the jewellery business just as his father Ernest had done years earlier and who also had a reputation as the finest watchmaker in Sydney. "My father Bill was working with my grandfather in Cessnock and the suppliers reps used to come around and visit," Peter Hennings said. "My father said to them that he was interested in expanding the family business and someone mentioned that Benny Hodge was intent on selling." From that conversation, Bill Hennings had his sights set on Camden. "My father saw the town of Camden as an excellent opportunity," Mr Hennings said. Bill Hennings and his wife Beatrice bought the business at the corner of Hill and Argyle Streets, which was made up of a front shop, workroom and rear storeroom. The workshop had an open fireplace which was lit in winter as a watchmaker needed warm fingers to work on the fine machinery. In 1935 he took over the running of the only jewellery store in town. On the first day of trade, Bill Hennings took in one shilling, which he promptly gave to a Salvation Army girl who was collecting donations. Despite the early start, the

Where it all began on the corner of Hill and Argyle Streets Camden business flourished. In those days the big sellers were alarm clocks and gifts. "There were only two places a husband could buy a gift for his wife - either from the jewellery or lingerie shops," Peter Hennings said. "A lot of dairy farmers needed alarm clocks. General jewellery was also available as well as engagement and wedding rings and men's and women's brush sets." In those days good alarm clocks sold for four and sixpence, pocket watches for eight shillings and sixpence and quality wristlet watches for 30 shillings. Diamond rings started from around three pounds. Mr Hennings senior transferred the business to his son

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Peter, who was the third generation to carry on in the trade. Peter and his wife Barbara took over in 1957 and the business was later moved from Hill Street to its present location in Argyle Street. Peter Hennings would stay up until the early hours of the morning building showcases, counters and cabinets which can still be seen today in the Argyle Street shop. The store was originally the Bruce Brown butcher shop. "The smell of meat was around for a while," Mr Hennings said. "The cool room became the store room." While he also learnt the craft of watchmaking and jewellery repairs, when the business began to flourish, Peter Hennings con-

centrated on the administration side. Just like his father, Peter carried a similar line of goods, and eventually expanded to trophies which were in demand. "We used to work until the early hours when the sporting season was nearing its end to engrave many cartons of trophies, silver cups and shields," he said. The town was steadily growing and so were the tastes of many of the consumers. The mining industry around Camden and Wollondilly took off like a wildfire and it was constant view of coal trucks rumbling through the main street. Watch repairs still accounted for 30-40 per cent of the business. "Our customers were mainly farmers and miners, who support-

ed Camden from the 1950s onwards," Mr Hennings said. Barbara Hennings family also had a jewellery background; her grandfather was as silversmith in Birmingham in the United Kingdom and had his own assay trade mark. While the jewellery business grew, so did the Hennings reputation. Mr Hennings said the jeweller in those days was regraded as a bank manager or a professional person - "skilled, reputable and trusted". "Handmade jewellery has remained a significant part of our industry," he said. While the Camden store catered for the locals, people in past years travelled from Campbelltown for their jewellery needs. This prompted the family to open more stores. The Macarthur Square store now services and the latest at Narellan. While Bill Hennings died just short of his 101 birthday, his family are indebted to his foresight. The fourth generation of Hennings is now behind the counter - and includes Simon, Anastacia and Natasha. Just like jewellery designs come in and out of fashion Hennings Jewellers know it has to keep up with the trends and its move into the Pandora jewellery line has been a success. "We have to continually renew ourselves and Pandora has been a great product and allows us to introduce ourselves to a new market," Peter Hennings said. Whether it's the younger or the more discerning buyer, Hennings have something for all tastes and knows that it has the right blend of experience and product to suit just about everyone in the market for fine jewellery.


in Camden Hennings' committed to the client and the community Hennings Jewellery is the only local outlet which sells the popular Pandora line and this product only adds to the well known family jeweller's exceptional reputation as a business of distinction. This year is the 75th year since Hennings Jewellers opened in Camden. Quality, service and honesty have been the basis of the business now being carried on by the fourth generation since opening its door. Making Macarthur's finest jewellery at very competitive prices, together with friendly and personal service has been a winning recipe for the family. It's the attention to detail that draws customers both new and

regulars to the three stores. Attractive stores are located in Camden, Macarthur Square and Narellan. The Narellan store is the new jewel in the crown of the Hennings family - a gala opening was held recently to mark the relocation of the business to a much larger and more prominent position at the Narellan Town Centre. Whether a customer is looking for that special piece of jewellery, ring design ideas, remodelling, fitted wedding rings or just a wonderful hand made dress ring - Hennings Jewellers will discuss your needs. As a member of the Showcase Jewellers Group, the largest in Australia, buying is

done in bulk allowing customers to reap the rewards. Hennings' prides itself in maintaining a high level of customer service and looks forward to serving the greater Macarthur well into the 21st century. The staff is highly trained with excellent product knowledge and after sales service. Hennings is also a strong supporter of local charities, associations and agricultural shows, sporting bodies and schools. Each year the family sponsors the Camden Show fireworks spectacular, which is the finale of the two day event and the most anticipated and watched highlight of the program.

Narellan store opening

The Hennings family at the opening of their Narellan store. L-R: Anastacia, Barbara, Natasha, Peter and Simon Hennings. On Wednesday 29th April 2009 Hennings Jewellers officially opened their new look Narellan store. Those attending included councilors, new and long-standing customers alike. “It was a terrific night and I was proud to speak at the official opening. I am fortunate to see a lot of Showcase members from towns and cities all over Australia and most certainly Peter and

Barbara Hennings commitment and enthusiasm to this industry is very well respected” said Michael Mishevski, CEO Showcase “I would like to thank everyone for attending on our special night, we have been around for along time and we remain totally committed and passionate about our local region” said Peter Hennings.

Mayor of Camden, Chris Patterson, Barbara & Peter Henning and Michael Mishevski, CEO of Showcase enjoy a light moment at the opening of their Narellan store. Monday June 15, 2009 The District Reporter 11


Talking Horses

Routine surgery gives 'Patrick' new lease on life Young Claudia Cochrane might have to miss the NSW Equestrian Games scheduled for next month - but she can take comfort in her horse 'Patrick' will be soon able to continue in eventing competitions, thanks to Cobbitty Vet Hospital. The 10 year-old horse, who had a splinter facture - a chunk of bone growing on ligaments in his right leg - was lame before veterinary surgeon Dr Andrea Bischofberger performed the now routine operation. "He'll be able to compete in eventing in about a month," she said. Dr Bischofberger, who is from Switzerland, is studying at Cobbitty as part of her ongoing training. She chose the vet hospital because of its speciality in horses and its reputation as a state of the art facility - which is quickly gaining world wide recognition. Dr Andrew Dart, the hospital's director said the facility caters especially for large animals such as horses. Dr Dart said the operation on the eventing

horse was routine, but an important procedure that guarantees the animal many more years of competition. For Dr Bischofberger, the bone callous which was just smaller than a golf ball, if left untreated could have caused the animal considerable pain and long lasting damage. "It's a pretty straightforward procedure and the outcome is very rewarding," she said. "I had to chisel out this piece of bone, without damaging the ligament, bone or vessels." The overseas vet is in Australia for the next few years and will be specialising in horses covering every aspect from physiology to its performance in sport. The treatment of the young girl's horse reminded Dr Bischofberger of her own childhood and her competition riding days. "Knowing that you have helped a little girl's horse is a good feeling." The advances in horse medicine and surgery now enable owners to have a choice in the treatment of their animals - a far cry from the past.

Dr Andrea Bischofberger with patient 10 year-old 'Patrick' recovering at Cobbitty Vet Hospital

Vet Chat Keeping pets warm Dr Steven Ferguson Have you noticed that the cold and clammy fingers of winter have started to slide under our shirt collars? While it's easy for us to throw on an extra jumper or two - for our pets it's a different story. So, how do we make pets comfortable in winter? Now is a good time to consider taking your pet to your vet for a winter check up. Older dogs and cats are especially prone to the adverse effects of winter. Arthritis is one of the most common winter conditions to cause pets discomfort. In cold weather, many dogs or cats have difficulty rising after snoozing for a while. Some pets are stiff and sore after exercising and many commonly have trouble going up and down stairs. To reduce the effects of arthritis, keep your pet warm but remember that medications play an important role in managing arthritis. To keep pets comfortable and warm at night why not give them a hot water bottle? Heat pads can be placed in a

pet's basket or bed to provide night time warmth. They are commonly used in our veterinary practices to keep animals warm after surgery. Ask us to order one in for you. There are also many styles of cosy indoor beds available that your dog or pussycat can curl up and snuggle into. We know that many spoilt pets prefer their owner's bed! Of course, you can also give your dog the latest in dog coats. Some older pets are quite lean and they really feel the cold as they have no fat layer to act as 'insulation'. For them, a dog coat can provide great comfort. A huge range of dog coats are available, including waterproof coats, parkas and the good old Aussie oilskins. If your dog sleeps outside then you should also have a warm kennel for it. A wooden kennel is suitable but it must have an elevated floor to keep your dog off the cold ground. Place thick bedding in the kennel for extra warmth. So while you're warm and toasty this winter, don't forget your pets.

Macarthur Veterinary Hospital Ph: 4655 7664

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District Diary District Diary is open to all non-profit community groups. If you have a community event that you would like advertised, drop us a line 10 days before the event - either by fax 4655 3897, email: news@tdr.com.au or send us a letter at The District Reporter, P.O. Box 116, Camden 2570. Green Thumbs Wollondilly Garden Club is meeting on June 16 at the Masonic Hall, Colden Street Picton at 10.45am. Guest speaker will be Heather Prior 'Iris Haven' speaking on Cottage Gardens. Members are reminded the July meeting will be held at 'Paolos' in Picton and numbers and money are to be bought to June meeting. New members are welcome. Camden Auxiliary Camden Hospital Auxiliary meets in the Heritage Auditorium on the third Wednesday (June 17) of the month at 10.30am. New members and visitors welcome. Details Robyn 46472083 or Helen 46559114. Hospital Awareness Friday June 19 there will be a Camden Hospital community information session at Camden Library 10am 12noon. Bradley Warner Operational Nurse Manager will talk on the In-patient and Outpatient services at Camden Hospital. Information sessions organised by the Camden Hospital Focus Group aim to raise community awareness of services available at Camden Hospital. Call Ros 4655 3895 or Lorraine 4655 4546. Christmas at Wirrimbirra Christmas in July at Wirrimbirra will be on July 4 at 7pm. Experience Christmas in winter in the beautiful bushland surrounds of Wirrimbirra Sanctuary, Remembrance Drive, Bargo (about half-way between Tahmoor and Bargo). Cost is just $25 per person, and $10 for kids under 13. There'll be a traditional Christmas dinner, with lots of fun and prizes throughout the evening. The fire will be going, and Santa will be calling in. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited - call 4684 1112. Pastoral Care Carrington Centennial Care is offering a free course in Pastoral Care training for people interested in becoming Volunteer Pastoral Carers at its Aged Care Facility in Camden. The next course begins on Monday, June 22. If you would like to gain some new skills and make a real difference in the life of others please call Donna Barnard (Pastoral Care coordinator) for details on 4659 0418 or email: dbarnard@carringtoncare.com.au. Sewing Guild Sewing enthusiasts of all levels and ages are invited to the Australian Sewing Guild's Camden/Narellan Day Group meeting at Harrington Park Community Centre from 10am to 3pm on Wednesday, June 24. For details call Mirella 4683 1716. VIEW Club Wollondilly Evening View Club will have councillor Cassandra Twarloh as its guest speaker on Monday, June 22 at Picton Bowling Club at 6.30pm The councillor will be talking about her vision for the shire. For details call 4677 0329. Camden View Club will meet at the Camden RSL Club on Monday July 13 at 11.30am for lunch to celebrate its 47th Birthday. Guest speaker will be Norm Stanton, speaking about Missing Persons New members welcome. Please ring Christine 46272035 for bookings. Picton School Fun Day Get along to Picton Public School, 27 Lumsdaine Street, Picton on Sunday, July 5 between 10am and 2pm for its annual fun day. There will be lots of interesting stalls, children's activities, fantastic food and check out the entertainment, including pony and carnival rides for the whole family. The fun day is the school's major fundraising event. Caring Hands Volunteers are needed to provide a little pampering to residents at Camden House through the Red Cross' Caring Hands on Program by provides hand massages and manicures. This is a free service to the clients. No experience required, full training provided. For more details call Cecilia 9822 2633 or Free Call 1800 352 220. Women's Church A church service just for women meets every Thursday during the school term from 9.30am. This term will look at 'Born to Do', Practical Living from the book of James, through inspiring talks, vibrant music and discussion groups. After the service, there is Cafe 31, for a chance to discuss the topic of the day in life groups. All welcome. Child minding available. Call 4655 1675 for more details.

Movie Chat Talking Movies meets the first Wednesday afternoon, 1.30pm at the Campbelltown Arts Centre Café, and then the last Friday evening of the month, 7.15pm at the Uniting Church, Allman St. Campbelltown. The group watches a film together on the Friday evening. See website for other details: www.talkingmovies.org or call Paul Mowen on 0415 055 717. Hone the Tones Are you afraid to speak in public - would you like to conquer that fear, painlessly and enjoyably? Camden Toastmasters Club can help you. The group meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Paling Court in the grounds of Carrington Retirement Village, Werombi Road, Grasmere at 7.30pm sharp. The club is very supportive and friendly. New members welcomed. Call George 4655 9622, Michele 0417 443 146, Ashlea 4655 3438. Oaks History Get along to Wollondilly Heritage Centre at The Oaks on the first Monday of very month to hear interesting speakers on various topics or share in 'show and tell' sessions or heritage films. Time 7.30pm with supper provided. For more information call secretary, Viv Allen 4657 1889 or president, Ben Lyon 4681 0472. Knitters Needed Camden Hospital Auxiliary needs ladies who love to knit baby wear especially booties as stocks are running low. Wool provided and pick up and delivery available. If you can help call Robyn 4647 2083. Fine Yarn Wool 'n' What Spinning Group meets in the Uniting Church, Thirlmere Way Tahmoor every second Friday 11am-3pm. Beginners very welcome and there is tuition within the group. Call Dianne on 46842086 or 0438423168. Your Move If you have a few hours of free time and would like to learn or play chess get along to Wollondilly Library every Monday and meet like minded people. The Chess Club meets every Monday from 10am in the library at Picton. To find out more call the library on 4677 8300. Camden Quota Quota International of Camden welcomes new members interested in active service club works. Dinner meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at Camden Civic Centre. Call 4657 1723 for details. Trefoil Guild Were you ever a member of the Girl Guides? If so, to keep in touch with guiding and all that it does for the girls of today, become a Trefoil member. The guild meets at the Camden Guide Hall, on the fourth Thursday of the month at 1pm. Contact Judy on 4655 8792 or Joan on 4646 1041, for more information. Women's Wellness The Wollondilly Women's Wellness Group meet each Friday fortnight and on the agenda is friendship, fun and learning to maintain active mind body and spirit. Call the Centre for Women's Health on 46333 777 or 1800 077 760 for more information. Volunteer Companions If you have some time to spare Narellan Congregational Community Services is looking for volunteers who can assist the frail aged and disabled in the area. This might include companionship visits, taking someone shopping or to do the shopping, transport is needed to appointments. Training and an orientation will be provided. A companionship visit only takes an hour of a volunteer's time and means a chat and maybe even a cuppa. Men volunteer visitors especially needed. Call Narellan Congregational Community Services for more details on 4658 1040. Spin and Weave Macarthur Spinners and Weavers meet every Friday 9.30am at CWA rooms, Cawdor Road, Camden. Beginners are made very welcome. Contact Raelene on 4651 2697. Bagpipes and Drums Have you ever thought you might like to play either bagpipes or drums, then the Ingleburn RSL Club and Campbelltown Community Pipes and Drums wants new members experienced or beginners. It is the only Scottish pipe band in the Macarthur area and has band practice on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Ingleburn RSL Club, Chester Road, Ingleburn from 7pm Call Beverly on 4655 9407 to find out more. Healthy Pins 'Steady Legs' exercise classes

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for seniors are on Fridays at 10am in the Cawdor Church Hall. There is no jumping, many exercises are done while sitting, but some while standing to improve balance. The cost is $5. Call Sally on 0418 417 993 for more details. Time for Bridge Macarthur Collegians Bridge Club meets Tuesday, 7.30pm; Thursday 10.30am; Saturday 1pm at Campbelltown Catholic Club. Call Tony on 0410 190 573. Parents Connect The Benevolent Society's Parents Connect provides an opportunity for parents with young children to meet, enjoy morning tea and the company of other parents and children in a happy and safe environment. Parents Connect is located in Ingleburn, Ambarvale, Mt. Annan and Tahmoor and operates during school terms. For details call 46274872. Pen to Paper The Camden Writers and Scribblers meet at the Narellan Library on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10am to 12noon. New members are welcome and there is no age limit. Call Grace on 4655 6064. MAG monthly The Macarthur Art Group meets every second Tuesday of the month at 7pm at the Salvation Army Hall, Supa Centre, Narellan Road, Narellan for discussion, painting, drawing and art demonstrations. The Sketch Group with Figurative, Portraiture & Life Drawing is now held on the last Saturday of each month at Narellan Library from 12noon to 2.30pm. An art demonstration is conducted by MAG members within the Library before the Sketch Group meeting. Visitors welcome. Call 4655 7473. Wollondilly's Over 55 Do you enjoy the company of others and are over 55? Wollondilly's Over 55 Social Group is inviting you to get along to its group - singles and couples welcome. Contact Louisa on 4680 8358 or Susan at Community Links Wollondilly 4683 3661. Giving Up Thousands have found the answer in Alcoholics Anonymous. Meetings are held each Friday at 8pm in the CWA Rooms, 13 Cawdor Street, Camden (behind Camden Central, Coles car park, entry off Cawdor Road). Helpline 9799 1199 (24 hours, seven

days). There is also a Wollondilly group which meets Wednesdays at 8pm the Shack in the grounds of the Catholic Church, Stratford Street, Tahmoor. Contact Ray on 4684 1410 for details. These groups are not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution. Hooks and Needles Picton Crochet and Knitting Group meet 10.30am every Wednesday at the Picton Bowling Club. All ages and skill levels welcome. Contact Clare for more details 0414 799 509. Heart support Macarthur Heart Support offers information, support and encouragement to people with heart conditions and their carers. The group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at the Campbelltown RSL at 7pm with guest speakers. Make new friends who understand. New members welcomed. For details call Lea (02) 9820 1161, Betty (02) 9605 2475, Margaret (02) 4625 7492. Lifesaving Deposit Liverpool Red Cross Donor Centre has new operating hours to encourage people to make a donation. The centre at 5-6/50 Macquarie Street, Liverpool is open on these dates: Monday, closed; Tuesday, 10am-7.45pm; Wednesday 8am-4pm; Thursday, 11am- 7.45pm; Friday, 8am - 4pm; Saturday, 8am-4pm; Every alternate Saturday call 96124000 for dates and details. Men's Shed Looking for a new challenge? Men with some free time can join the Camden Men's Shed which meets 9am Tuesdays at the Clubhouse Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park, enter from Exeter Street. Plenty of fellowship through some chit chat and light voluntary work on the Park. The common theme is about men feeling useful while contributing to the community, making new friends and enjoying a healthy lifestyle. For details call Peter Standen 0417 281 934. Movie Chat Talking Movies meets the first Wednesday afternoon, 1.30pm at the Campbelltown Arts Centre Café and then the last Friday evening of the month, 7.15pm at the Uniting Church, Allman St. Campbelltown. The group watches a film together on the Friday evening. See website for other details: www.talkingmovies.org or call Paul Mowen on 0415 055 717.

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The Camden Historical Society meets for lively discussions and guest speakers on the second Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm at the Camden Museum on John Street Camden. Interested persons and new members are most welcome. For further information call John on 4655 9210.

The routine Pacific mission that went wrong Ian Willis

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n November 1942 an aircraft from 32 squadron at Camden airfield went on a routine mission over the Pacific Ocean. It was investigating a sighting of an enemy submarine off the South Coast. If the crew of the Lockheed Hudson bomber sighted the enemy they were to attack with their four 250-pound bombs. While on their return to Camden airfield they got lost. The aircraft crashed into the escarpment west of Dapto (Bong Bong Mountain). The crew of four was killed: Sergeant Norman Clark, pilot; F/ Sgt Bernard Hubbard, observer/navigator; Sgt Geoffrey Rich, wireless operator/gunner; Sgt Joseph Iredell, wireless operator/gunner. The Wollongong coroner and eye witnesses stated that there was a low ceiling of clouds, with occasional breaks, intermittent showers and low visibility. On the night various witnesses related how they heard the aircraft about 9 o'clock flying south over the coast near Wollongong. The aircraft had been scrambled at 4.45pm from Camden airfield in the afternoon to investigate the sighting of a Japanese submarine off the South Coast. In a story by Cassie McCullagh in 2004 she stated that due to wartime secrecy the details were not released to the public and the 'tragedy became a little-known

footnote in the Australia's World War II history'. According to the Illawarra Historical Society Bulletin Japanese submarines had been menacing the east coast throughout 1942. Seven ships had been sunk including two BHP ships carrying iron ore. Just before the crash one witness stated that the aircraft apparently made a sharp turn to the north, 'possibly after the crew saw the hill-face loom up in front of them', according to McCullagh. A number of witnesses recalled for the coroner how the aircraft slammed into the mountain and exploded on impact. In 2002 Wollongong resident Brian Tate visited the crash site and concluded that "you'd walk through it and not know you'd been there… souvenir-hunters have taken it all away". There was a good deal of controversy surrounding the crash and there was terse correspondence between 32 Squadron and RAAF Headquarters at Point Piper "about the foolhardiness" of the mission on a stormy night, according to aviation journalist Bob Piper. This story had been largely forgotten. But thanks to the efforts of two members of Dapto Rotary Club, Norm Emslie and Alan Langbien, the story has seen the light of day; again. They encouraged the club to erect a memorial plaque at the Dapto War Memorial opposite the railway station. One reason for the loss of this

The plaque at Dapton in memory of those men lost from the 32 Squadron. Photo by S Larson story would be that the aircraft crew was not buried with other members of 32 Squadron, who had been killed in action while the unit was stationed at Camden airfield, in Camden War Cemetery. The aircrew of 32 Squadron has been remembered on recent Anzac Day memorial services with fly-overs and there have been a number of stories in the local Illawarra press. According to Rotary Down Under four streets in West Dapto have been named after

the aircrew and the Dapto Rotary Club has restored Clark's grave in Wollongong Cemetery. There is also a memorial plaque at Lockheed Reserve and a third plaque will be placed at the crash site. Graeme Iredell, the son of one of those killed, reminded people in the Illawarra press in 2004 that the physical signs of the crash have disappeared, but "other scars have not". He recalls that it had a terrible impact on his mother. He

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