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Liberal trifecta

 Liberal success: Senator Marise Payne, incoming Prime Minister Tony Abbott and new member for Lindsay, Fiona Scott at a visit to St Paul’s Grammar earlier this year.

By Kerrie Martin

THERE were still votes to be counted at the time we went to print, but one thing that had already been established was that the three people pictured here had a very successful night last weekend. New Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott cycled in as former PM Rudd zipped out, Senator Marise Payne enjoyed massive support from voters to keep her in the senate and the new MP for Lindsay Fiona Scott was elected to the

House of Representatives. While the swing was not quite as big as many had expected, the Coalition claimed a convincing victory relatively early on polling night - their victory was apparent well before 9pm. The Labor Party lost at least 15 seats, the most senior being Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury who lost the seat of Lindsay to Fiona Scott. With approximately 82 per cent of the votes in Lindsay counted, Ms Scott had a lead of over 5,500 votes on the primary vote. Read more about the election locally on pages 10-11.

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SO the election is finally over and as predicted, Fiona Scott is now Fiona Scott MP and Tony Abbott is now Prime Minister. And while Mr Abbott and Ms Scott obviously received the majority of votes, as with all elections there will still be plenty of people from different camps who are probably not overjoyed at the results. But in the interests of optimism, can I say to those who are in that boat, how about giving them a go before you scoff? You’re simply in the same position now as voters in past elections who didn’t support the winning candidates. The sky didn’t fall in, our country didn’t go up in flames and we lived to tell the tale. Sure, the policies and style of governing didn’t suit everyone, but that delightful little bird named democracy flew in and picked us all out of the nest on polling day so we could tell them it just wasn’t good enough. No leader, MP or political party can possibly write policies that will please all of the people, but the beauty of democracy is that we get to choose who will please most of the people. Let’s judge on what actually happens instead of making silly unfounded assumptions that Mr Abbott will sack the entire public service, double the GST and send women back to the kitchen. Let’s judge on fact, not fantasy. If we don’t like what he does, that little bird will come calling for us again. Imagine living in a country where you don’t have that option, where having a different view to the leader could result in that bird coming to visit you and pecking you to death for daring to differ. Your thoughts? kerrie@nepeannews.com.au

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St Marys most honoured citizen By Kerrie Martin

IF you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting local resident Chris Miller, you will know the exuberant personality that beams out of this tireless community-minded gentleman. And now the community has recognised and honoured this happygo-lucky fellow by naming him the 2013 St Marys Citizen of the Year. An engineer by profession, Chris has worked in several countries around the world and is now enjoying his retirement. Not that retirement means putting the feet up and relaxing for this bloke - Chris has such an active lifestyle in retirement it makes me feel exhausted just writing about it! He joined St Marys Rotary Club in 2007 and his first directorship was youth, so he quickly became immersed in organising young people to attend various Rotary youth programs. His talents were quickly recognised and he became President of the club in 2010-2011. During his time in Rotary, he set up the Police Officer of The Year awards which is now in its fifth successful year. If that wasn’t enough to keep the

man busy and out of trouble, he also set up the South Creek (St Marys) Probus Club, which enjoys an everincreasing membership with Chris as the Publicity Officer. Chris somehow also found time to lend a hand in combining with Mt Druitt Rotary Club to establish the Ropes Crossing Markets, held once a month and have been a great success. Perhaps we should rename him Chris Midas Miller as everything he touches turns to gold! A Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary, Chris also recently received a Service Above Self award from Rotary. “It was quite a surprise and an honour,” Chris said reflecting on his new title. Why does he do all that he does, I asked him? “Because I’m stupid,” he deadpanned, in typical Chris Miller style. “In all seriousness, I can’t resist a challenge. I wanted to do something to help people in retirement and I’m always willing to take on projects.” A St Clair resident for the last 30 years, Chris and his lovely wife Margaret have two sons, Wayne and Martin.

 Tony Biddulph with Chris Miller at the ceremony

Being named the Citizen of the Year will now add to the highlights in Chris’ retirement years which include riding on the Bennett Wagon (as the Citizen of the Year at St Marys Spring Festival) and organising the breakfast at the Bicentenary celebrations of the crossing of

the Blue Mountains earlier this year. ‘I suppose I’ve done alright for an import whose only been here 30 years,” Chris quipped. And what a gift this country received when Chris Miller arrived on these shores and called it home!


Those were the days By Kerrie Martin

WE all have fond memories of going on holidays as kids and packing the family car up to the point where the wheels could barely carry it. And if you’re as old as me or older, prior to seat belt laws coming in, enough space was probably left in the back of the station wagon to fit the kids as well. The Entrance, Forster, Port Stephens and Batemans Bay - sunny, salty destinations just waiting to accommodate the influx of Sydney families to arrive at holiday time even if the locals who didn’t own small businesses weren’t! I remember my holiday bag in the late 70s would consist of the barest essentials in clothing to make room for the monopoly board, the roller skates, invisible ink Yes & Know books and a couple of sets of jacks (or knucklebones if you were politically correct). The boot would be full of surfboards, bikes and skateboards, eskies and plenty of cans of the obligatory aerogard and pink zinc. If you were holidaying in Australia in the 1950s-70s, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest is on the hunt for photos showcasing fun family holidays for a slide show as part of their upcoming Holiday & Memory exhibition. The Gallery is doing a call out to the community for Holiday snaps for our Holiday & Memory slide show running 16 November – 23 February. The main gallery will house the visual

art exhibition, Lewers House will be turned into a Summer Holiday House and Ancher House will be transformed into a lounge room commemorating the holiday slide night of old for a fulsome Holiday suite. Holiday & Memory investigates the annual holiday experience of midtwentieth century Australia. Dark nights, caravans, winding roads and oversized pineapples loom large upon the horizon, summoning memories of romantic sunsets and eerie shadows. Memories of fun in the sun, surf and bush retreats are accompanied by recollections of Vinyl car seats, cries of ‘are we there yet’ dripping ice creams, flies and Aerogard; all typifying that

beloved long, hot Australian summer. Make this year a memorable ‘hot Australian summer’ and join us at the Gallery for some summertime fun. The exhibition will be on show from 16 November – 23 February. All exhibitions are free to enter, Gallery open Daily 9-5pm. The exhibition seeks to include the work of artists who are concerned with holiday, leisure, sensual experiences of the body when at leisure, iconic holiday places and experiences. Themes include travelling to place, sites such as beaches, holiday houses, and caravan parks. Holiday is where many of us experience the great outdoors in a sustained way. Holiday

activities around water, bush, sand in our toes, swimming, fishing, train trips, sunbaking and more. The exhibition takes a social history approach to the topic of Holiday and Memory. It includes artwork, ephemera, and supporting photographs and documentary text. Email or deliver to the Gallery for scanning, all original material will be returned. Submissions close on 1 October. Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest is located at 86 River Road Emu Plains and they are on 4735 1100. Email your pics to dmullane@ penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

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Ask and you shall receive...

THERE was excitement in the air on Thursday evening a few weeks ago at Kingswood Station Car Park. Over 120 people milled around in chilly weather, waiting for the hot dinner provided weekly by Christ Mission Possible. Dinner was delayed on this occasion as word was out that A Current Affair was paying a visit and they had a surprise in store. As we were soon to discover, some very generous people had watched ACA’s segment on Christ Mission Possible and proceeded to donate equipment sorely needed by CMP to continue their work. The first surprise came from the Chrysler/Fiat Group with the donation of a new DUCATO Van, with

Leichhardt Fiat Alfa providing free service for a year. The second surprise came from Civil Engineers Keller Australia. CEO Mark Kliner presented a new Baoli Forklift, donated with the cooperation of Linde Material Handling who provided the forklift at import cost price. Last week Bill Lovett Transport Botany donated a new HiAce to CMP. Pastor Marty Beckett would like to thank all his supporters including Minchinbury Fruit Market, Oz Harvest, Food Bank, Osso’s Bar and Grill, Outback Steakhouse, King Henry’s Court, Penrith RSL, Baker’s Delight Penrith, The Good Guys and Penrith Junior NRL.


McCarthy students Ignite the Future By Annette Thain

A GROUP of nine Year 8 students from McCarthy College have demonstrated remarkable resourcefulness by initiating and organising the inaugural Ignite Student Leadership Conference, held on Friday 6 September, 2013. The entire event was organised by the students including catering, special guests, sponsorship, graphics and presentation, audio/visual, and interschool participation. Student groups from nine other schools participated in the conference; Xavier College, Bede Polding College, Caroline Chisholm College, St. Columba’s College, Emmaus College, Gilroy College, Cerdon College, Delany College and the youngest participants, Year 6 from St Joseph’s Primary. Keynote speakers at the conference were former Lindsay MP David Bradbury and UNICEF Youth Ambassador Philip Chan. David Bradbury commented that his first leadership role was as Captain of the under 8’s football team. “Being good at something doesn’t always

 David Bradbury addresses students at McCarthy College

make someone a good leader”, said Mr Bradbury. “Leadership is about inspiring people, bringing out the best in people and helping people meet their own challenges.” Mr Bradbury said that his parents have always been his greatest role models, “they taught me to stay true to myself and what I believe to be the right thing.”

The theme of UNICEF Ambassador Philip Chan’s address was the power of one. He believes this generation will end poverty. “We have the resources, the ability and the willpower,” said Philip. “The circumstances of our birth should not dictate our future,” he said and encouraged students to speak up for

the voiceless. The Ignite Conference comprised eight leadership workshops in the areas of Business, Music, Community and Cultural Development, Graphics and Design, Armed Forces, Science and the Environment, Hospitality, and Performing Arts. The afternoon concluded with The Great Debate.

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Lindsay Federal Election: the voters decide

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Federal Election 2013

Team David Bradbury

By Annette Thain

THE darkness closed in and the mossies were swarming after a long, hot day on the polling booth. Reality shifted as I entered The Twilight Zone for the vote count at Llandilo Public School. The good folk from the Australian Electoral Commission seemed intent on setting a new record for the slowest count of the smallest booth in the electorate of Lindsay. Several hours and a few expletives later, it was off to The Band Club where we True Believers gathered for the verdict of Election 2013. I was greeted at the top of the stairs by the Bradbury children and their Grandfather. “We’re waiting for Dad,” the eldest said, “we lost.” It was plain by the look on their faces that they too had entered The Twilight Zone. Inside, a somber sea of blue shirts lined up to form an honour guard to the podium, the faces of many weary from weeks of arduous campaigning and a long day. Some looked shocked, others disappointed and some surprised the swing wasn’t worse.

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David entered the room to a round of applause and cheering with media cameras and bright lights blazing, microphones everywhere. It somehow seemed like an intrusion on a private moment amongst good friends but that’s politics for you; every moment, good or bad, is public property. David Bradbury was composed and pragmatic in his concession speech. “I’m proud of everything I’ve achieved as the member for Lindsay over the past six years,” he said. “I’m confident that no previous member has done more for the people of Lindsay.” In particular, Mr Bradbury noted the upgrades of Nepean Hospital and the improvements to local schools. “I have no regrets and will sleep soundly tonight,” he said. David thanked all his supporters and staff who were infatigable in their campaign efforts which were instrumental in defying poll predictions and maintaining Lindsay as a marginal seat. He finished with a quote from Winston Churchill that aptly surmised the current position of The Labor Party, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

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Lindsay Federal Election: the voters decide

Team Fiona Scott

By Kerrie Martin

AS I headed up the escalator to the function room holding Fiona’s after party at Penrith Panthers last Saturday, there was a beat in the air; it had a thump, thump, thump to it - much like heading into a grand final. And in many ways, that’s exactly what it was - a political grand final where the prize was the seat of Lindsay. When I arrived in the room, media from every publication that has ever seen the light of day were there, along with approximately 30 volunteers. The campaigners were wearing Fiona Scott t-shirts and faces that were tired and flushed from a marathon day at the poll booths - but all bore steadfastly hopeful expressions. As the minutes ticked on I watched as more and more volunteers filled the room to capacity, and it was then that I realised what the thumping beat was. It was the collective heart beating in anticipation after a six-year wait to reclaim the seat of Lindsay for the Liberal party. And it wasn’t long before that dream began to unfold. Pooling booth results began coming in, and those who were

seasoned campaigners who knew the usual booth trends were able to smell that victory was imminent. Results in electorates Australiawide played on the big screen, and deafening cheers rang out with each seat that showed a Coalition gain was unfolding. The crowd didn’t have too long to wait for their local star performer to arrive, and when Fiona entered the room, along with also-elected-Senator Marise Payne, the cheers reached a crescendo that left my ears ringing for a good 24 hours later! “The people of Lindsay have not just shown faith in me, but faith in our Liberal team,” Fiona said in claiming the seat. “I haven’t had a day off in about three months and I’ve worn through six pairs of shoes,” Fiona laughed. “It was nerve-wracking waiting for the results, but I’ve got an amazing team with me and I’ve had an amazing team support me, and we’re here now.” The room was abuzz with revelers celebrating well into the wee hours of the morning - a victory that has been anticipated for much longer than the campaigning period of the last few weeks.

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Tiny Aimee’s very big battle By Kerrie Martin

NICOLE Smith’s dream of becoming a mum turned into a nightmare when her baby daughter was delivered almost three months early, but thankfully her little fighter battled on, proving she had a large ticker in her tiny body. The local mum now wants to do what she can to help raise money for other mums and families who will face the same challenges with premature newborn babies. “I found out I was pregnant in November 2012, like any first time mum I made plans to get ready for the birth of my little one at the end of July this year,” Nicole said. “What happened however I could never have planned for. On May 1, I went to an appointment with a headache I couldn’t shake. I didn’t go home - within 72 hours I was having a life-saving caesarian and delivering my 505g baby Aimee. “She was 12 weeks and two days early. What followed was a life-saving 98-day journey at Nepean Hospital before I finally took baby Aimee home on August 8.”

What Nicole found most difficult was having to leave Aimee every day to the care of the Doctors and Nurses. Strangers who become familiar and trusted care givers that saved her life. “What I also saw was how many tiny humans went through a stay of their own and I began to try and find a way to give back,” Nicole said. “With my sister and a couple of good friends we came up with Family Fun Day. A morning to relax and have some fun as the title suggests. “Also a way to give back through the NNICUPS. The event is a Family Fun Day and will be open to all and will feature entertainment, activities for the whole family, a photography auction and lots more between 10 and 1pm. “This will all be free of charge to families once they have purchased a ticket which is tax deductible.” Nepean Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Parents Support (NNICUPS) is a group dedicated to the relief, care and treatment of premature and sick new born babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Nepean Hospital. Funds are raised to provide practical support to parents, equipment for the Unit, funding research and education for nurses. With the support of the local

 Leaving hospital! Aimee with nurses Ashlie Dippel, Emma Kavcic and Paige Waller

community NNICUPS has contributed some of the following items to Nepean’s NICU since 1992. - electric breast pumps and oxygen saturation monitors - fully furnished parents room with breastfeeding rooms - sponsorship of research into probiotics for pre term babies - assistance in furthering specialist training for NICU nurses

On September 14, the fundraiser will be held at St Mary’s Band Club in the hopes to raise enough money to purchase much needed items for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Nepean Hospital and the Ronald McDonald Parents room. Tickets can be purchased for just $20 or $60 for a family of 4 - online at trybooking.com/dlsp or you can contact Nicole on 0416 048 054.


Hear them roar

 Chocolate Wheel at Penrith Plaza

By Annette Thain

MANY readers will recognise the familiar faces of those who run The Chocolate Wheel every Saturday morning at Penrith Plaza. They are members of The Lions Clubs of Penrith, Emu Plains, Winmalee and Cambridge Park. Over 2012/2013 this group raised over $30,000 for charities and individuals in need. “While we do support several Lions Club Foundations, well over 80 per cent of funds raised go to local people and organisations,” said Charles Kennaway of Cambridge Park branch. Some of the organisations to benefit from The Lions Club fundraising this year include Mamre House, Erskine Park Scouts, Nepean Hospital Children’s Ward, Penrith Community Kitchens, Nepean Prostrate Support

Group and local schools Cambridge Park High, Cambridge Park Primary and Kingswood Park Primary. The Lions Club also volunteer to assist many emergency Appeals such as bush fires, floods and tsunamis. The largest single fundraiser resulted in the purchase of a $15,000 wheelchair for local resident Ben Marshall who has Tourette Syndrome, a neurological disorder. The Lions Club International is the largest serving club in the world with 1,368,683 members active in 205 countries. Membership is open to all people over the age of 18 and local branches are calling out for new recruits. “We would love to resurrect the Lions Youth Exchange Program here in Penrith,” says Mr Kennaway. “This involves hosting foreign exchange students and vice versa.” For membership enquiries contact Charles Kennaway on 0412 706 938.

Samuel’s milestone

LITTLE Samuel Morris, the toddler from Cranebrook who sustained a hypoxic brain injury following a near drowning incident in 2006, has reached a major milestone - he’s just turned ten years old! To celebrate the occasion, dozens of friends gathered at the Peachtree Hotel to sing happy birthday to Samuel and reflect on him reaching double digits.

Samuel and his family, parents Jo-Anne and Michael and sisters Tanja and Taylor have had a rollercoaster ride with Samuel’s health since the accident, but this year has been one of the most difficult. The Morris family take every opportunity to remind other families of the importance of pool safety. To read more about Samuel’s story go to www.samuelmorrisfoundation.org.au

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Fatal stabbing in St Clair

Escapee arrested in Shalvey

A MAN has been arrested following a fatal stabbing incident at a building site in St Clair on Monday. Emergency services were called to the site on Bode Place about 7.20am (Monday 9 September) following reports of a dispute at the location. Officers arrived to find a man, aged in his 40s, with multiple stab wounds. They attempted to revive him; however he died at the scene. Detectives from St Marys Local Area Command are in attendance and have established a crime scene at the location, which will be examined by specialist forensic officers. They are being assisted by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad. The deceased man has not been formally identified or his next of kin notified. A man attended Campsie Police Station the same day and was arrested. He is currently assisting detectives with their inquiries and investigations into the incident are continuing. Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident and has not yet spoken to police, or has information that could assist investigators to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https:// w.gov.au/. www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.

A MAN who escaped from a custodial treatment centre at Parklea has been arrested in Shalvey. Prior to his re-arrest, the 20-year-old man was last seen about 4pm on Tuesday, September 3, in a secured perimeter section of the Sentry Road facility. The facility is nearby, but not part of, the Parklea Correctional Centre. He was reported missing shortly after 5pm, and a search was launched. Following his escape, the man was allegedly involved in a number of pursuits with police in western Sydney. About 7.40pm last Friday police were called to a home on Piccolo Way at Shalvey, after reports the man had been sighted at the location. Officers attached to Mount Druitt Local Area Command attended the residence and arrested the man. He was taken to Mount Druitt Police Station, where he was treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics for cuts to his leg and arm. The man was charged with a number of drivingrelated offences including drive in a manner dangerous, police pursuit (Skye’s Law), drive whilst disqualified and not provide particulars after collision. He was also charged in relation to an outstanding warrant that was issued following his escape.

Penrith farewells boss

HUNDREDS of dignitaries, members of the police force and the public gathered at Penrith Panthers last week to give Commander Supt Ben Feszczuk a send-off after serving the local community for the past 45 years. Mr Feszczuk said he will miss the job very much but is looking forward to spending time with his wife and family and devoting more time to his favourite hobby - fishing.

Secret debate

FEDERAL ELECTION LECTION WAS WASH SH UP He Says........................... .........................She Says WELL, as Federal Elections go it is all over for another three years. (Was that a cheer I heard?) The so-called expert pollsters got it nearly right in that Abbott is our new PM. They were a bit astray in their margins though. Congratulations to all the winners and commiserations to those the were unsuccessful. This is the great thing about Australia, everyone is entitled to have a go without the threat of being shot for their views. To our locals Fiona Scott, Chris Bowen and Ed Husic well done all. It is unfortunate that in elections we sometimes lose dedicated and deserving sitting members, I don’t think anyone would doubt the great work David Bradbury has done for the people of Lindsay and his Penrith Passion. To Fiona, congratulations again, it is a great honour to

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be elected to represent your community and I wish you the best for your term. You have some big shoes to fill and I look forward to seeing results on the board in the upcoming years. Spare a thought for all those that were employed by David as they now are on the unemployment list. It is hoped that opportunities will come along that they deserve for their dedicated work also. Spare a thought also for those hard working campaigners from all sides, who put their lives on hold for the lead up days and were out there all day Saturday to help support the candidates they believed in. If there is one message out there for all pollies it is that disunity is death and the negativity from all sides is not appreciated by voters. The informal vote will prove my point on this.

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AUSTRALIA has spoken. Congratulations to our 28th Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, and new member for Lindsay, Fiona Scott. Farewell to Big Kev and his even bigger ego fronting a party of total disunity and trying to flog it off as good governing. Now you know what the voters of Australia thought of your antics and let it be a lesson for any future narcissistic leader it’s not all about you Kevin! Even when he was giving his 22-minute speech conceding he had lost the election he looked for all the world like a man enjoying himself while the spotlight was still on him. He couldn’t wipe the smile off his silly dial - the man is a nut! Lindsay’s David Bradbury learned the hard way that voters judge disloyalty harshly, and disregard the fact that they don’t particularly like who he had to pick from either. I think it’s a great thing for our

WHO’S WINNING Who will win the Federal Election?

nation to return to stable leadership and I have every confidence that Tony Abbott will make the right decisions on our economy, our borders and infrastructure. To those declaring on social media that they feel like moving because we are now an Abbott-lead country, I say to you - do you need help getting your ticket out of here organised? Syria is lovely at this time of year I hear. If I do have a gripe it’s that I believe political party branches do need to think a little beyond factional gains when choosing candidates. There’s no point in picking someone with a sole purpose of boosting faction numbers if that candidate is then going to have a “Diaz” moment and blow up all hopes for a good result in that seat in a ten minute interview. Choose good candidates who have great passion for their local area and their country, not their own political careers - or yours.

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AS a small business owner planning a trip away from the ball and chain (the business) can have as much planning as an expedition to Antarctica, climbing a mountain with a toothpick and living on a chocolate bar for 90 days. However, I was blessed enough to have grabbed a whole 24 hours away from the business (Yippee) and fly to Melbourne not so long ago. Now those who know me are aware that I do suffer a mild type of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and packing my clothes (100 times) in order, and colour coded happens to be one of those OCD moments that I do cherish and most people around me love ( Not). As a previous security officer at the airport myself (Many many moons ago) I know how the x-ray machines work and can I tell you, you can see how much money someone has in their purse, they are unbelievable. I once told a lady that I loved her crystal glasses in her bag and the etching was divine however she was not impressed as she had not unwrapped the present yet. Okay, blonde moment - thank you, I am allowed - I have the peroxide to prove it.

I know terrorists don ‘t have to dress or act a certain way, but I do find that it is always lucky old me that is the chosen winner to have the swab test done and of course my ( well packeted) clothes including my granny undies thrown all over the conveyor belt for further inspection. They are just lucky it’s not the trip home or there would be an undie alert and evacuation of the airport. (Just sayin). What about the metal detector, seriously that thing beeps just because it hates me, I think next time I am just going to go to the airport naked and say hit me with ya best shot metal detector, knowing my luck, my earrings will go off. The most intelligent thing that I do find is that they search for the tiniest scissors like eyebrow trimmers with blunt ends to take from our bags ( because we may stab an ant to death). Nothing explosive (such as underarm deodorant) is permitted to get through because we, mortal citizens could blow up the plane. However you walk into the airport chemist and they sell travel packs of (oh my god) shampoo, conditioner, hairspray and (what do I see) underarm deodorant (but its mini)

With Gina Field, Nepean Regional Security

so we will only blow up half the plane or maybe the back toilet area. What about the array of (expensive) French perfumes that we can buy before boarding the plane that is higher in alcohol content than a metho drinking party or an alcohol swab. Sorry it’s Chanel that doesn’t count. People who buy Chanel couldn’t be a terrorist. The scary part about it is that there may be some dude who will be on a half a million dollars a year, sitting in a lush office with a view of the world (without any security experience at all) to make all of these security decisions, and here I am a mere woman from Penrith with a small security company that has just picked holes in the system. (Don’t thank me yet folks it gets better) trust me. So here we are in business class, with all the airs and graces such as Sir, Madam, a newspaper in 75 different languages and more alcohol available than a Dan Murphy’s store on a clearance day. The first thing they hand me is of course a (metal) knife and fork. As the cockpit door flies open, I am blessed to see not only the captain but the other fella that flies the plane when

the captain faints (like in the movies); they are both only about a spit’s throw away from me, with more knobs than a door convention and as many lights as a bad LSD trip. Okay so, let me get this straight, we are in business class so we get metal everything and the economy class gets the plastic everything, but they are further away from the cockpit than business class but we get the real glass and real knife and forks. So…. 20 minutes before boarding the plane I was a suspected drug mule and terrorist and now I am in business class with money so I can’t possibly want to stab, kill anyone or blow anyone up because its business class ( just gets better and better) right? I think I’ll have one of those many free drinks now please (with the glass bottle none of that cheap plastic crap)! The only security tips I have is to go naked to the airport on each and every trip (tick), pack your dirtiest undies just in case you get drug tested (Tick) and don’t pack any explosives or sharp objects in your carry on just wait till you get through X-rays then get it all then, at airport prices of course which is a down side (Tick).

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Legends of the Nepean By Greg Martin

 Young love! Bob and Ruth Moore pose for the birdie just before their engagement in 1965.

WITH apologies to whomever wrote Genesis 1: The Creation: .. ..Let there be light – and Bob Moore ensured there was light. The great idea that illuminated for Bob Moore occurred back in 1977 when the budding businessman decided to take a new tack in his working life. Born, raised and educated in the working-class suburbs of Campsie and Condell Park, Bob had worked as a parcel delivery driver for his father, Jack, storeman and secondhand furniture and electrical goods salesman. But then came the revelation! “It’s a long story but I bloke I knew had suggested we open a lighting business and I went along with the idea,” explained our Lord of Light. “The other fella dropped out but my wife, June and I decided to bite the bullet and go it alone - it was a decision which changed our lives forever. “We opened Bob Moore Lighting at 560 High Street in Penrith and moved from the inner-city out to a new home at Castlereagh.

“Our business thrived and so in early ’84 we relocated up the High Street hill to our current, larger premises at 191-199,” Bob said. “In 1981 we had opened another store in Baulkham Hills but the linking with Panthers as a major sponsor in 1984 coincided with a boom in our business and later that year we opened another store in Bankstown and a year later, yet another in Carlingford. “During the period until mid ’94 we operated the four businesses which had a staff of 35 and turned over $12 million annually but we eventually decided to consolidate and sold off the other three outlets. “The success of the business provided us with financial security but more importantly it introduced us to Penrith and its people. “Of course ‘I had lived a life’, as they say, prior to moving out here – I was 31 at the time – but to Ruth and I it seems that our lives really began when we relocated to the Nepean. “All our friends, apart from one or two older acquaintances, are those we have met since ’77.” Those multitude of friends were made through business and Bob and Ruth’s fervent support of the Penrith

Panthers. Bob laughingly says he “was bit of a wuss” when he played soccer as a kid. “Lack of speed and skills cruelled any chance of me becoming the White Pele!” But he always loved following rugby league and firstly supported Penrith Rugby League Club as a fan and then for nearly two decades from 1984, Bob Moore Lighting was a Gold Sponsor with the Panthers. Bob says that in becoming a Gold Sponsor many doors were opened on both the business and friendship fronts. “We ran a successful business with quality goods and wonderful staff but after linking with the Panthers, Bob Moore Lighting gained a much higher profile which resulted in a lot more business coming our way.” But for Bob and Ruth, the new relationships formed were equally important. “Because of the Panthers, we formed lasting friendships with our fellow sponsors and many of the footy players themselves,” Bob said. Bob became a father-figure to the likes of Royce Simmons,

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BOB MOORE Terry Heidtmann, a legend in local real estate, was on the board of directors when Bob Moore Lighting came on board as a Panthers sponsor and the pair forged a close friendship through both footy and business. Jimmy Small, who owned Penrith Mitre 10, in particular became a great friend. The two men were similar, not only in stature but in temperament and he and Bob were virtually inseparable when they tore themselves away from running their businesses. “Ruth and I have been blessed to have become members of the Penrith community – it has given us so much that we have always endeavoured to give something back in return,” Bob said. As well as supporting the Panthers in voice and with sponsorship dollars, Bob Moore Lighting has been a long time sponsor of Penrith Golf Club and for many years gave generously to any fund-raising ventures initiated by the Nepean Rescue Squad. These days, Bob and Ruth split their time between a unit in Penrith and their holiday home home on on Woy Woy Bay Bay. “We’re very fortunate to have such

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Greg Alexander, Mark Geyer, John Cartwright, Col Bentley and Brad Fittler to name but a few of the Panthers who called the Moore’s Castlereagh property their sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the football limelight. “Simmo, Gently Bentley and Brandy (Alexander) regularly had dinner with us the night before a match,” Bob said. “They just wanted to relax, forget about football and just talk about anything bar that. “Ruth and I loved fussing over them. “As well as being classy footballers they were intelligent and caring people and we really looked forward to spending time with them.” Those Panthers have all hung up their boots but the bonds formed back then continue to this day. As are friendships with fellow Panthers sponsors. “Being a sponsor introduced us to successful business people and ardent Panthers supporters like accountant to the stars, Brien Tracey, car dealers Jack Cowan and Dave Crossman and the late Terry Heidtmann and Jimmy Small,” Bob said.

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 Strike a light! Bob Moore has an abiding love for Penrith and its people. Photo: Kieren Tilly.

a knowledgeable man as Brendan Jude managing the shop for us – we could not live the life we lead without him. “Ruth and I come down for a couple of days during the week to put our heads in at the shop and I always manage to get in 18 holes out at Penrith Golf Club,” Bob said. “We’ve got the best of both worlds – living in on the water at Woy Woy where we fish, water ski and just enjoy the beauty of the place and then

coming back here each week to see old friends and new.” That brings our tale to an end. Please turn off the light on your way out.

Bob Moore was nominated as a Legend of the Nepean by Dennis Coffey. If you know a local legend, send us a nomination at greg@nepeannews.com.au

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The role of a father in the lives of children By Dean Smith Head of Junior School, Mamre Anglican School

MY favourite time as a little boy with dad was accompanying him and my brothers to Bear Park each Sunday to watch the North Sydney Bears play rugby league. Inevitably, the Bears would lose and while the drive home was spent recreating how they could have played better, and how we could have contributed to them winning, the best part for me was the time spent together as brothers with our dad. And while some things have changed somewhat; yes my brothers and I have grown, and the Bears are no longer part of the competition, what remains is the bond forged between us all during those times. Research on this topic is very clear; good fathering matters in the life of children. Good fathering matters to girls. It has been linked to higher confidence levels in girls. A

father (or father figure) who is present, available and attentive affords a sense of security to a girl which is necessary for healthy development. Good fathering matters to boys. First lessons regarding manhood are learnt from their dad and young boys thrive in spending a great deal of time with their fathers (or father figure). Steve Biddulph, author of Raising Boys describes this phenomenon as ‘father-hunger’ and believes dads need to be around their sons in the primary school years so they can ‘download the software’ of how tom be male. It’s important that men maintain an emotional attachment to their kids; do their best to know what’s going on in their children’s lives; and respond appropriately to the developmental imperatives of their children.

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WESTERN Sydney and the Blue Mountains now have a fully staffed 24-hour Veterinary Hospital. This means no more hunting through the phone book looking for a vet to wake up to help you in an emergency. We have also built St Clair Animal Hospital, a brand new, state of the art

facility for the pets of St Clair, Erskine Park and Greater St Marys. Nepean Animal Hospital has established the Western Sydney Veterinary Emergency Service. Located in Nepean Animal Hospital at 50 Mulgoa Road, we are looking after Western Sydney’s unwell pets right through the night. With the facilities and training to make sure your pet is given the best care all night long. All night monitoring for patients of other local hospital is also a service we offer, and we have been contacted by a number of the better hospitals in the area who also want the best for their patients overnight. Put this number in your phone now: 4733 3456 or simply drive directly to the hospital and knock on the door. We will be here, looking after the areas pets.

In addition a brand new hospital has been built at 1 Olliver Cresent called St Clair Animal Hospital. Catering to those who want the best care for their pets. The hospital is open for tours, so feel free to drop by. Our brand new facility is a far cry from the veterinary hospitals of old. With almost 30 vets and nurses, committed to round the clock care for your pets, we have named our group of practices WellPet Vets. This group includes Mountains Animal Hospital, Nepean Animal Hospital, St Clair Animal Hospital, and the Western Sydney Veterinary Emergency Service. All the hospitals in the group are continuously investing in improving our facilities and training, so that we can remain the best place for you and your pet to go for veterinary care.

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490 BC: Battle of Marathon: The conventionally accepted date for the Battle of Marathon. The Athenians and their Plataean allies, defeat the first Persian invasion force of Greece. 1609: Henry Hudson begins his exploration of the Hudson River while aboard the Halve Maen. 1919: Adolf Hitler joins the German Workers Party. 1930: In cricket Wilfred Rhodes ends his 1110-game first-class career by taking 5 for 95 for H.D.G. Leveson Gower’s XI against the Australians. 1940: Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France. 1953: US Representative John Fitzgerald Kennedy marries Jacqueline Lee Bouvier at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island. 1974: Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, ‘Messiah’ of the Rastafari movement, is deposed following a military coup by the Derg, ending a reign of 58 years. 1977: South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko is killed in police custody. 2001: Ansett Australia, Australia’s first commercial interstate airline, collapses due to increased strain on the international airline industry, leaving 10,000 people unemployed.

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THE 12th annual Wild About Waratahs Festival will take place at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden between Saturday 21 September and Sunday 29 September. Celebrating our stunning state floral emblem and aiming to inspire a love of waratahs in the wild, this annual festival has a vibrant program of events and last year attracted a record 13,000 visitors! The highlight of the festival is the waratah blooms competition with commercial waratah growers from across the state competing for the title of ‘Champion Bloom’. The blooms will be publicly judged on Saturday 21 September and on display for the duration of the festival. The festival has some amazing things to see and do for people of all ages, including a treasure hunt, an Aboriginal Heritage tour, Waratah walk, Gadara Wildflowers Farm Open Day and much, much more! Entry to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is free. Call: (02) 4567 3000 www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/tomah

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Are you game to be hypnotised? By Annette Thain

BOOK early for your chance to see Peter Powers, world renowned hypnotist, at The Evan Theatre on Friday 11 October, 2013. Peter Powers has made over 60 television shows, broadcast in 20 countries, including 29 shows made in Australia. Always pushing boundaries, Peter has set several records, including the world’s fastest hypnotic induction where he hypnotised 12 people individually, in one minute. Another record was the world’s longest hypnotic sleep, where his subject lay sleeping in full public view, for eight continuous days. Aside from his amazing talent, it is Peter’s wicked sense of humour that makes him so entertaining. “I’m always trying to amuse myself,” says Peter. “People always surprise me with their reactions, it’s just like being at a party; some people are more outgoing than others.” His uncanny ability to read personalities makes each show different. Peter spends half his time on stage assessing the audience and choosing his subjects, “I can do the same routine 100 times and have different results,” said Peter. “I don’t stick to a script, every individual is different and I follow the subject’s lead; spontaneity is the key.” Peter believes each culture has its own sense of humour, “Australian’s are mildly sarcastic and a little bit cruel,” he says. Well recognised for his audacious, adult themes, I asked if Australian audiences can expect

to witness subjects believe they were experiencing their most intense, mind blowing orgasm. “Absolutely!” said Peter. Viewing Peter’s videos are hilarious and a little scary; he has no qualms embarrassing people. In 2008, he hypnotised Big Brother housemates and more recently hypnotised Geelong players Allen Christensen and Billy Smedts on The Footy Show. This gave me pause to wonder, what type of man is Peter Powers? Well, he also uses his talent for the greater good - quite the dichotomy. In The Netherlands, Peter has made several TV shows where he regresses and counsels trauma victims. Peter began hypnotising people at the age of 12, hypnotising on his younger brother, eventually hypnotising him to feel no pain when a flame was held under his hand. Unfortunately, Peter’s talent was not appreciated by his family who objected on religious grounds. Convinced that Peter’s gift was demonic, they held a ritual burning of books and forbade the practice. Peter said he couldn’t stop, “Hypnotism fitted me like a glove, it was like I had found myself.” On his 16th birthday, Peter was told to leave home and for 20 years Peter was exiled from his family. Today he is on friendly terms with his parents, although they never allude to his chosen career. “It’s quite strange,” Peter said. If you fancy being hypnotised, or you’d prefer to laugh and be entertained, then don’t miss this show on Friday 11 October. For tickets call The Evan Theatre on 4720 5555.


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Jamberoo Action Park

JAMBEROO Action Park, where you control the action!, is located just over an hour south of Sydney and opened every day from 10am-5pm. Set amongst 40 hectares of landscaped gardens and parklands, it’s the perfect setting to relax while the kids enjoy slipping and sliding throughout the many water rides and attractions within the park! Jamberoo Action Park reopens the weekend of 7th & 8th September then EVERYDAY from the 14th September until 27th April 2014, from 10am – 5pm, except closed on 10 & 25 December 2013. Now you can enjoy 226 days of thrills and spills at Jamberoo Action Park when you purchase a 2013-2014 Season Pass. Get Unlimited Entry, Buy Online and Save with a Season Pass being ONLY $89.99 Per Pass. You can also purchase a Season Pass at the Front Gate, at $99.99 per pass. So this season don’t miss a day of action pack water adventure and excitement. “Get Bitten by the Funnel Web”, the longest, biggest and most exhilarating water thrill ride in the World!!! Dare to enter the Funnel Web’s burrow with three of your friends for a heart stopping 30km an hour exciting ride where you’ll dart in and out of darkness! You’ll experience multiple zero-gravity moments as your CLOVERleaf™ raft travels up and down

the funnel, being sucked deep into the burrow, only to re-enter the darkness for one final twist and turn before splashing out “free at last” into the landing pool. Banjo’s Billabong is a four storey, 760sq mtr Australiana themed interactive area with over 198 different water features crowned by a huge bucket, which tips 1200 litres of water over the structure every 10 minutes. Banjo’s Billabong is a ‘handson’ adventure for everyone containing multiple-level platforms, water slides, valves, cranks, water cannons, bridge climbs & spray features. It’s the greatest family fun for all ages where you control the action! Also if you forget to bring anything then have a look in the Surf Shack, it’s got the latest Ocean n Earth, Jetpilot, NRG and 2 Chillies, and Sanuk Sandals all at very affordable prices! The Souvenir Shop stocks everything including film, batteries, toiletries, sunscreen, goggles, floaties, lollies, drinks and a huge range of Jamberoo merchandise for that special memento of your day! There’s so much to see and do so why not make a weekend of it and stay overnight in one of the many quality accommodation venues that offer Jamberoo Action Park packages, check www.jamberoo.net or telephone 02 4236 0114 for all the details.


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Sweet love for Morris By Kerrie Martin

IN N the late 70’s 70’s, when hen I was as abo aboutt eight years old, my parents decided to split. It was of course, all very traumatic and my father moved out of our house. At night our house phone would ring and it would be Dad on the other end, calling continuously, playing the song “Sweet, sweet love” into the phone for my mother. Sometimes my brother or I would answer the phone and listen for a bit before calling out “Mum, it’s for you!” If you don’t know the song, it has the perfect lyrics to tug on the old heart strings during a relationship breakdown: “To a girl like you, I don’t know what to say. A guy like me becomes all tongue tied. Hello, I love you doesn’t seem so right. Sweet, sweet love. It will last” Long story cut short, my parents reunited and the song became a tune that regularly filled the narrow walls of our old terrace house – blaring from the old record player with huge speakers. I thought I’d share that story as the background as to why I was very excited to have the opportunity to interview Russell Morris, who made the song a top ten hit in Australia back in 1971. “I’m so glad you shared that story with me,” Russell said when I told him of the song’s significance to me, “Because that’s what it is all about for me – creating something that people can connect to emotionally.” Russell Morris, who is now in his 60’s, shot to national fame during the late 60’s and 70’s, churning out five top ten tunes including the massive hit “The real thing” in 1969. The real thing was written by

Johnny Young and produced by Molly Meldrum – two big names that in those da s spelled ssuccess ccess for an dding days any bbudding Australian artist. Russell has released albums in every decade since, not just here in Australia but also in the UK and the USA. Fast forward to 2013 and he’s been touring the country and is making his way to the Hawkesbury in October to feature at the Sydney Blues & Roots festival. Bound to thrill the audience, Russell will be playing a mixture of the old hits and some of his new stuff, from his latest album entitled “Shark Mouth.” Shark Mouth is a delightful cd, combining the blues with tales of Australia’s most colourful gangster characters, including Squizzy, and some of our most famous claims to fame in the sporting arena including boxer Les Darcy and the forever-loved Pharlap. “I think it is important to stay close to your Australian roots,” Russell said. “Noone’s ever done it this way. They have only ever done it in a country or a bush music way.” Russell grew up in Richmond, Melbourne and said he’d always wanted to do an album on the elusive Australian characters, stories and legends. “My grandmother lived to the ripe old age of 93, and during her lifetime she would always regale me with stories about her youth and what things were like ‘back then’. The songs (on Shark Mouth) are an attempt to capture the characters and events over the years,” he said. Let the dulcet tones of Russell Morris take you “back then” – don’t miss the opportunity to see his mindblowing performance at the Blues and Roots festival in October.


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OUR GREAT WINES FROM UTIEL-REQUENA SPAIN! The very mention of that place makes most of us want to pack our bags and fly there, at least in dreams, to eat tapas and do wild impetuous dances in a small bar (much to the amusement of the locals). It’s such an inspiring place to visit. Old and New Spain, turbulent history and present, are hard to separate. Like France, north across the Pyrenees, the territory of Spain is a sizeable chunk of Western Europe with the Roman Empire (Hispania) on top of Celtic civilisations, then came the Visigoths, then in Southern Spain flourished the largest Muslim Arab empire in Europe (Al Andalus) stretching into the fourteenth century until the Catholic Reconquista. After, a powerful country, gradually unifying under Castile and Aragon. In 1492 King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella sent Columbus to discover the New World-he brought back gold and about half the vegetables we eat today. King Philip II married Mary of England; soon religion and trade caused great rivalry. Spain and England battled at sea throughout the world as Spanish language and culture spread over most of South America. Spain’s decline, as its New World colonies broke away, led to despond and weak government in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; finally a ferocious civil war last century which was sealed over by General Franco in 1936. The Celtic

fringes of Spain have reasserted themselves in the post Franquista era, when censorship and strict laws have been thrown to the wind. Now, unbridled pleasure dances a wild fandango with national debt. Amidst this, a great leap forward in food and wine- a most fantastic warm climate in the south, and a cool temperate north produce all sorts of mouth watering delicacies and beverages. We threw our own hat into the ring in mediaeval twin towns Utiel Requena near Valencia and started importing from Vera de Estena a family estate of Felix Martinez. His wines have found favour with Pinyin and other Spanish wine authorities. The Bobal is the local red grape defying genetic categorisation. Felix also grows other more familiar varieties. Every morsel of food you eat between sips of these wines, tastes alive and sexy. As you receive your box of this Spanish Special, you can almost hear clicking castanets and stamping feet and wild guitars!!! Salud!!!

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So much to see and do!

SO much to see, explore and learn! Time spent at Penrith’s Museum of Fire, one of Sydney’s major tourist attractions, is time well spent. The museum, which has operated for more than 30 years, is a not-forprofit, registered charity and a trueblue community museum. All profits raised go to educating families to the dangers of fire and preserving the heritage of the communities’ bravest. Spend a few hours or pack your lunch and make a day of it with the large picnic grounds and let your kids run wild with their imaginations. The museum, which has recently undergone a huge facelift in which several more attractions were installed,

was recently voted Penrith’s No 1 attraction by tripadvisor.com.au, the world’s largest travel site. Explore the drama and danger of fire and fire fighting at the largest Museum of Fire in Australia. Learn about the history of fighting fires from the earliest times right up to the challenges of present day fires. The museum is also the leading fire safety education facility in the country, so you will have fun exploring the history of fire fighting and also learn what to do if there is a fire or you catch fire. Themes covered by the museum are bushfires, dialling 000, burn prevention and treatment, and fire fighting since the early days of European settlement

with fire engines and fire fighting equipment used since then on display including the original switch room from fire headquarters in Sydney. Tours are available for all groups and bookings are essential. Worksheets and activities for school groups are available and the museum has a fully equipped 120-seat theatre. The museum is open seven days a week, 9.30am to 4.30pm – it is closed only on Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. For more information: www. museumoffire.com.au We loved the experience “We took our three little boys and they were beside themselves with excitement as they played in the trucks,

tried on the uniforms and hopped on the computers to do activities. There were lots of fun activities to keep them busy in the Junior Firefighters section. We also found the exhibits really interesting and informative.” “The littlies will just love the fire engines and a chance to put on the uniforms. The oldies will be fascinated by the history of fire in Australia.” “The kids loved dressing up as a fireman and playing in the mock trucks. A fun couple of hours.” “The curators and managers ensure that aside from the displays, there are annual shows and exhibitions which attract visitors and members of the community, especially families during the school holidays.”


Arthur Edgar Breyley (1867-1946) with Rachel Wong, NDHS’s Research Officer.

3rd Regiment Band, Penrith c1895 by A.E. Breyley

Kingswood Cricket Club 1914-1915 by A.E. Breyley

OUR Museum has a wonderful collection of photographs by A.E. Breyley, Kingswood. A selection of these photographs will be displayed in Penrith City Library for the History Week 2013 exhibition. Arthur Edgar Breyley was the son of William and Hannah Breyley. Arthur was born in Muswellbrook. The family moved to the Nepean district in 1882 when his father came to teach at the Emu Plains School where he remained until his retirement in 1906. Three of the Breyley children were pupil teachers at the school – Walter (1885-1889), Herbert (1889-1890) and Mary (1892-1897). Arthur was very active in the district. Like his father, Arthur was interested in music and was said to be a good violinist. He took part in many musical concerts held in the district and played the trombone in the 3rd Regiment Band, Penrith. Arthur and his trombone are in this photograph of the band. Arthur also taught the boys in the drum and pipe band at Penrith Public School. At St Philip’s Church, Kingswood, he played the organ whenever the usual organist was away. Arthur was interested in cricket and played in the Kingswood Cricket Club. In the Sands Directories and Electoral Rolls, Arthur is listed as an Orchardist in Cambridge Park and Kingswood. He was highly regarded as a photographer as is seen by the following reference. “A.E. Breyley … was a very active commercial photographer … in the Penrith area and documented many social events” (quote from Historic Photographs). He is also listed as an early photographer in two Photographic directories as practicing in Bathurst from 1887-

88 and in Emu Plains 1895-97. Although many of his photographs in our collection are undated, we have early photographs as well as his later ones. Arthur never married. At the time of his death, his home was in Victoria Street, Kingswood. He was 78 years old and was buried in the Church of England section of Penrith General Cemetery. This framed photograph of the Kingswood Cricket Club with the signatures of all the players of the club is also in our collection. It was presented to Ald. W. Millen who was the President of the club. William Millen was well known in the area. He established a tannery in Kingswood in 1895, belonged to many organisations and was an alderman of St Marys Council for many years. References: Historic Photographs of the city of Penrith featuring material from the Arthur Street Collection by Stephen Gibbs and Arthur Street; ‘ Death of Mr. Arthur Breyley’ in Nepean Times, 14 Feb, 1946 p.5; ‘The late Mr. W. Breyley’ in Nepean Times, 1 Dec 1917, p2; research by Paul Wheeldon; ‘Australians behind the camera: directory of early Australian photographers, 1841-1945’ by Sandy Barrie; ‘The Mechanical Eye In Australia – Photography 1841-1900’ by Alan Davies & Peter Stanbury’; ‘Early History of the old Emu Plains School’ in Timespan, No.34, March 1989; Kingswood Public School Centenary 1892-1992; Sand Directories; Electoral Rolls.

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Generation Y as it was to their parents. As a result, the Index claims this age group - commonly associated with living in the moment and spending like there’s no tomorrow - might be better suited to the name “Generation Sensible”. So, why are young Australians making a decided effort to plan for the future? The Co-op Future Leaders Index suggests it could be the global financial crisis (GFC) that has encouraged Generation Y to take this approach. Or it could be that we just live in an “age of uncertainty”. If you are interested in buying investment property, whether through your self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) or not, you may want to get in touch with a property consultant at ZAC Investments. They will discuss your SMSF property options with you, and equip you with the knowledge necessary to enter the Australian property market.

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Awards are just rewards PENRITH’S brilliant young basketballer, the amazingly-talented Tahlia Tupaea, has been chosen in the Australian under 17 Women’s team to contest the 2014 Oceania Basketball Qualifying Series against New Zealand. Her selection caps a memorable year for the young lady and adds further merit to the standard of basketballers in our neck of the woods. Despite not figuring in the Waratah Basketball League’s men’s and women’s playoffs, Penrith players also fared well at the recent league awards night. Two current Penrith players and two former Penrith juniors were honoured in the annual awards over the weekend. That plus Sudanese giant, Chier Maker, was recognised for an outstanding debut season for the Mt Druitt-based Blacktown Storm Youth League Men’s team. The Panthers Ben Ellsworth and Ben Kearins both had sensational seasons and were justly rewarded at the awards. Ellsworth was named as forward in the All-Star Five team and also

 Outta my way! Ben Kearins beats a defender on his way into the key. Photo courtesy Noel Rowsell www.photoexcellence.com.au

snared the Best Defensive Player award, while young Kearins was named Under 12 Player of the Year. Kearins’ performances have not gone unnoticed by the Sydney Kings who have invited the fleet-footed youngster to attend all of the Kings official training sessions. Interestingly, the Parramatta

Basketball Association has been expelled from the auspices of NSW Basketball so both Jane Warren and Goran Veg will be at the top of Penrith’s recruitment efforts during the off-season. Veg and Warren, who also featured strongly on awards night, had tremendous seasons for their

respective Wildcats teams and you can bet London to a brick that the Panthers will do their utmost to lure them up to the base of the mountains. Waratah Championship League Men Best Defensive Player: Ben Ellsworth (Penrith Panthers). All-Star Five Forward: Ben Ellsworth (Penrith Panthers). Under 21 Player of the Year: Ben Kearins (Penrith Panthers). Leader in Blocked Shots: Goran Veg (Parramatta Wildcats). All-Star Five Centre: Goran Veg (Parramatta Wildcats) Waratah Championship League Women Leader in Total Rebounds: Jane Warren (Parramatta Wildcats). Leader in Defensive Rebounds: Jane Warren (Parramatta Wildcats). Leader in Offensive Rebounds: Jane Warren (Parramatta Wildcats) All-Star Five Centre: Jane Warren (Parramatta Wildcats) Waratah Youth League Men Rookie of the Year: Chier Maker (Blacktown Storm) All-Star Five: Chier Maker (Blacktown Storm)

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Penrith District Junior Rugby Oh brother, they were good

 We are the champions. Brothers’ premiership-winning C Grade division 1 champions  The under 10 (division 3) game between Brothers and St Patricks, just like all the other grand finals involving the little ones, was a thoroughly entertaining fixture which delighted all fans. Brothers ended up victors 24-4 but really the victors were every player on the field plus those who witnessed the match.

A HUGE crowd packed into the western stands at Centrebet Stadium on Sunday, September 1, to witness the senior PDJL senior sides in action on grand-finals day. It was a very warm day and all the players did it tough under summery conditions. Perhaps the best game of the day was in the first division C grade match which brought together fiercely-competitive arch-rivals St Domincs Brothers and St Marys Leagues. For the record, the young Brethren got the bikkies 26-12 but the victors had to pull out all stops to win the premierships. The game was thrilling from go to whoa, featuring some terrific tries, powerhouse running and rugged defence. Brothers virtually won the match by taking a dominant 18-0 lead into the sheds at halftime. Workaholic centre, Fairouz Elkander was best on the field – he was in the thick of the action with and without the ball for the duration. He was well supported by quicksilver fullback, Zachary Green, pivot Logan Geyer, hooker Tom Harris and second rower Ryan Jeffery while the Saints were best served by rugged prop David Vaega’au.

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NEVER COACHED BEFORE? – NOT A PROBLEM! YOU HAVE NO KIDS PLAYING? – NOT A PROBLEM! NEVER BEEN INVOLVED WITH JUNIOR RL? – NOT A PROBLEM! We are looking for men and women who are interested in coaching rugby league from under 6’s and up for the 2014 season. Do you have an interest in coaching junior rugby league but never had the opportunity – now is the time. Training is normally for 1 hour twice a week and the games are on Saturday from April to August. Visit our website www.colytonmtdruitt.leaguenet.com.au and down load an application

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League grand finals action Hot-shot Saints victorious

Comets outlast Quakers Hill

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 Sizzling Saints! St Marys D Grade (div 1) outfit went through the season undefeated. Photo: courtesy nbpphoto.com.au

SIZZLING Saints! St Marys D Grade (div) outfit went through the season undefeated. Photo: courtesy npdphoto. com.au ST Marys Leagues’ star-studded D Grade first division outfit maintained their unbeaten record throughout 2013 with a scintillating 32-0 win over Emu Plains. The team’s coach, Terry Teremoana, couldn’t wipe the smile from his face as he witnessed his outfit’s clinical dissection of the Emu Plains attack and defence. It was a just reward for the young outfit who dominated their competition

from the opening kick-off of the 2013 season. This really is a hot outfit with every member of the squad asked to trial for the Penrith Panthers 2014 SG Ball representative team. Two players, Soni Luke and Peter Patatia, have already been snapped by to campaign in the Panthers Under 20’s next season while Jamie Hill has been contracted to run around in the same grade with Wests Tigers. Saints captain, Cameron Collins, led by example and he totally dominated in the rucks with his solid defence and ground-making darts from dummy-half.

Coaches Required for Teams from Under 6s to A Grade

Official applications are available at the St Marys League Football Office (cnr Boronia & Forrester Rds, St Marys). Alternatively you can download the application from St Marys Rugby Leagues Club website

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Doug Falconer - Rugby League Administrative Officer (02) 9833 3957 or Mob 0409 037 699 (During Office Hours) Applications close at 5.00pm Monday 7th October, 2013 Applications are to be addressed to: ADAM PRZYBYLA ST MARYS RUGBY LEAGUE FOOTBALL MANAGER ST MARYS RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB CNR FORRESTER & BORONIA RDS ST MARYS NORTH 2760

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 2013 St Clair Comets C Grade Premiership winners

BLOCKBUSTING prop and captain, Darwin Jaksa, led from the front in steering St Clair Comets C Grade (division 2) side to a heart-stopping 14-10 victory over Quakers Hill. Ably assisting their skipper were skilled halfback pairing, Mitchell Newtown and Jay Xuereb. Jay’s kicking game in general play went a long way to the Comets winning. Twice in the second half, with

his team in trouble and deep in their own half, he kicked 40/20s to send play deep down into opposition territory. It was a cliff-hanger from start tom finish – comets led 10-0 deep into the first half but conceded a try late to take a 10-4 lead into lemons. Comets went ahead 14-4 soon after the resumption but Quakers reduced the margin again soon after to close the scores to 14-10 to set up a nail-biting finish in which defence on both sides was outstanding.

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FUNNY MAN THAT RON WILLEY WITH the semi-finals of the NRL upon us I must confess this time of the year brings back vivid memories. It’s one of the only times of the season when I wish I could go back and put the boots on for a sec. My first semi-final campaign was in 1988 - it ended with a loss to the eventual grand finalists, the Balmain Tigers, at the Sydney Football Stadium. But let me take you back to the start of that season! Ron Willey had just been appointed coach, taking over from Panthers legend, Tim Sheens. We players didn’t know much about Ron except he loved big, hard and tough forwards. He christened me “Mountain”. In one of his first addresses to me he said: “Mountain, I want you to be the bloke in our defensive line that no-one wants to run at.” Being an impressionable 20-year-old, I just nodded. In another address to the entire squad, Ron’s chat was also forthright. After going through different aspects of what was required from we players he finished with a puzzling statement. “Lastly boys, I forbid any of my players to chip kick in their own half of the field,” he said before walking off. We looked at each other, bewildered. In one of the early games of that year we played the Parramatta Eels at Parramatta Stadium. About 15 minutes in, I noticed their fullback, Neil Hunt, was extremely deep. I called for the ball on the third tackle, shouted to Brad Izzard: “Wizz, it’s on.” “What’s on?” he shouted back. “Look where Hunt is – I’ll chip for you,” I replied. “MG no, have a look where you are,” Wizz retorted. I was a bare two metres inside our own half. “C’mon - you’re a given,” I said Prophetic words! I called for the ball, chipped for Wizz and it was

a fait accompli that he’d score. The ball took a shocking bounce, went away from Wizz and straight the hands of Neil Hunt’s who then raced away and scored untouched. I was hooked from the field! This was back when there were only two reserves and once you were replaced, that was it. To say Ron was p---ed off was an understatement. In fact after giving it to me deluxe for my brain explosion he never spoke to me again that season. I would find out I was in first grade from the manager or by reading the papers. BACK to that semi-final against the Tigers. Because it was such a distance to the city back then, we stayed the Saturday night before the game at a motel in Bondi. On the day of the game we went for a morning walk along Bondi Beach. I was kicking stones, wishing the season to be over so I could potentially hook up and play with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs for season ‘89. After about 10 minutes I heard: “Hey Mountain, come here.” I thought one of the boys was gee-ing me up but I turned to see it was Ron. The first words he’d uttered to me in six months! “How ya going, Mountain?” he asked. “I’m OK, Ron,” I answered. “Come here mate, I want to show you something,” he said. We walked together while the rest of the team continued on. As we strolled alongside each other he made a detour to a park bench. On the bench was a homeless bloke who was using newspaper as a blanket. I started to wonder what Ron was up to. “Mountain, you see this poor bugger here, mate?” Ron said. I nodded. “Well, Mountain, this bloke used to chip kick in his own half!” I smirked and realised I’d just been taught a valuable lesson and never, ever chip kicked in my own half again.

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I think of this story lots around this time of the year. The weather is warmer, the spring air has ‘that’ smell about it, and the footy intensifies. It’s September, where dreams become reality.......

TALKING footy at the local rubbity the other day when a few of my drinking companions –“Spooks” and “Charlie Sheen” – asked me who I thought were the players of the year in the NRL. I didn’t need to spend much time over the question! My player of the year is Cronulla hard-man, Andrew Fifita who has had a break-out seasons in 2013. He’s a modern day Artie Beetson! A giant of a man with big motor, a ton of speed and like Big Artie, possesses the ability to offload in tight situations. The other men who came readily to mind were Sonny Bill Williams and Greg Inglis. Both men are true superstars and can win games on their own – SBW certainly showed that last Friday night!

THIS promises to be a very exciting semi-finals series – I won’t be missing a match. Following are my tips for the opening matches in the series. Qualifying Final: Rabbitohs to beat Storm (ANZ Stadium) - Friday 7.45pm. Elimination Final: Cowboys to beat Sharks (Allianz Stadium) - Saturday 4pm. Qualifying Final: Roosters to beat Sea Eagles (Allianz Stadium) - Saturday 7pm. Elimination Final: Bulldogs to beat Knights (ANZ Stadium) - Sunday 4pm.

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ON THE MAT BIG fortnight for local results with action a-plenty on the district’s bowing greens. The Bowls NSW Inter Zone Sides Championships were played in the Nepean District over last weekend. This is the largest event on the state calendar and involved 256 players plus managers and supporters from all over NSW. There were five bowlers from Nepean District playing - Gavin Holburn (Glenbrook Panthers), Henry Bielderman (Springwood), Steve Wilcock (Austral), Matt Slager (Blacktown City) and Trent Whittingham (Penrith). Sectional play was spread over three clubs being St Marys RSL, Blacktown Workers and Blacktown

City which hosted the semi-finals and final. Many thanks must go to the club officials and the many volunteers on hand at each club ensuring that all things ran smoothly. Zones competing were Zone 1 – Far North Coast, Zone 2 – Newcastle, Zone 3 – North West NSW, Zone 4 – Mid Western NSW, Zone 5 – Central Ranges, Zone 6 – Hunter Manning, Zone 7 – South East NSW, Zone 8 – South West NSW, Zone 9 – Sydney Northern, Zone 10 – Sydney North West, Zone 11 – Sydney Central, Zone 12 – Sydney South West, Zone 13 – Sydney South, Zone 14 – NSW North Coast, Zone 15 – Central Coast and Zone 16 – Illawarra. After 3 rounds the section winners

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were Zone 13, Zone 5, Zone 16 and Zone 8. Semi-finals were played on Sunday morning with Zone 13 up against Zone 5 and Zone 16 to fight it out with Zone 8. When the dust settled the semifinal winners were Zone 13 and Zone 16, the same finalists from 2012 at Tamworth. Zone 13 (Sydney South) led for nearly the entire match and were the eventual winners. The Zone 13 team contained former Nepean District players, Carl Healey, Ashley Mitchell and Alex Lee. BRIAN Hunt held his President and Officers Day at Glenbrook Panthers Bowling Club on Saturday, August 31.

 This obviously delighted group was on hand for the sod-turning ceremony for a new bowling green at Blacktown Workers.

PENRITH Women’s Minor Singles Final was played on Thursday, August 29 with Elaine Lord defeating Chris Scolari 25-14. It was a great game was played by Elaine chasing Chris’s tail only to come back and take out the final. Contributor – Jill McDonald. SOME results from Wallacia Bowling Club. Erris Shiels and Vic Carnevale have won the Men’s Minor Pairs. The runners-up were Brian Garten and Beau Pallister while Sue Ashurst won the Ladies Major Singles from Kerrie Quinn. Contributor – Kerrie Quinn.

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FOLLOWING last edition’s report on the Bowls NSW Rookies event, players ventured down to Picton in the Southern Highlands for the Zone 5 playoffs. The Singles were played on Saturday and Austral’s Matt Dunn was victorious over David Hearns from Lawson. The Pairs were played on Sunday and Matt Dunn combined with his club-mate Matt Lacey to win the title. Well done to Matt Dunn for winning the double. The two Matts will now travel to Raymond Terrace to compete in the state playoffs.  Dunn fine! Matt Dunn (right) having already won the rookies singles, combined with Austral club-mate, Matt Lacey, to snare the rookies pairs at Picton.

Following a sumptuous luncheon, Brian nominated the following bowlers for RNSWBA and NDBA awards. The RNSWBA Merit Badge was awarded to John Harris and Brien Tracey, the RNSWBA Tie Bar was awarded to Neil Baudinet and Bede Thornton and the RNSWBA Ladies Brooches were awarded to Helen Tracey and Susan Hammond. All of the RNSWBA awards were presented by Mick Gilfoyle, State Councilor for Zone 5. The NDBA Most Valuable Member Badge went to Colin Robertson and Rod Jacka. The NDBA awards were presented by Neil Workman, Acting President, NDBA.

ISN’T it a shot in the arm to see one of our clubs expanding! The new green at Blacktown Workers started with the first sod being turned on September 4 and is scheduled to be finished by April next year. Blacktown Workers will be one of the first clubs to have this new grass called AUSTUFF. This new grass has been developed between a Tiff dwarf and couch. Officials on hand for the sod -turning ceremony were Kay Kelley, Maureen Mackey, Terry O’Loughlin, Neale Vaughan and Jim Buckley who are members of the Blacktown Workers Club Board of Directors, Gary Allan (green keeper), Jan Layton, Maureen Herald, Marie Farmer and Margaret Elliott who are members of the Ladies Bowling Club and Ray Clegg and Peter Pye who are members of the Men’s Bowling Club. Contributor Ron Schultz.


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HAVE always hhad a soft spot I H som somewhere in my ticker for the South Syd Sydney Rabbitohs. Souths legend, Bernie Purcell, was wri writing a column for the Daily Mirror whe I joined as a copy-boy in March, when 1968, and he was always in the office, having someone ghost-write his piece or playing euchre with the likes of Bill Mordey, Pat Farrell, Ken Irvine, Ken Callander, John Holloway and Peter Frilingos. Crikey – Bernie’s gone and so too are ‘Blue Gum” Mordey, “Mungo” Irvine and “Chippy” Frilingos – all great people and wonderful mentors But I digress. After getting my cadetship, I covered matches involving the great Souths sides of the late 60’s and early 70’s and down the years got to know most of those champion players very well. So, yeah, I love the Rabbitohs and I love that they are back as one of the NRL’s most powerful clubs.

But after watching them in last Friday night’s crunch match against the Roosters, I don’t think they can win the competition. Especially if they repeat that woeful performance! The kicking game was absolutely abysmal – Douglas Bader could have done a better job and he was legless! But more importantly, their defensive line was something akin to the one the Allies put in place against the Japanese along the Straits of Johor on the northern end of Singapore. Time and time again around the ruck, the lazy bastards refused to get up off their own 10 metres and meet the ball-carriers. We all know that the easiest yards you make on a footy field are those before you run into the defensive line. Easy ground and in the end, the Rabbitohs were easy meat for the Roosters. And another thing!

That Sam Burgess really is a loose cannon. There’s every chance during the semi-finals the big Pommy’s brainsnaps will result in his side playing a man short. And what about him crucifying two laydown misere tries against the Roosters! Twice he drew the last line of defence and died with the ball as unmarked players trotted alongside. Burgess is a terrific player and he looks as though he inspires his fellow Rabbies but he’ll really have to lift his game if the Rabbies are to have any hope of breaking their 43-year premiership drought. LOW MARKS: Watching the Rabbitohs self-destruct with the minor premiership on the table. HIGH MARKS: Did you see Atlantic Jewel’s comeback win the other week. She annihilated a brilliant field. Love to have seen her line-up against Black Caviar. What a race that would have been.

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