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WESTFIELD Penrith has a new tenant - the ANZ bank - but what sets it apart from other branches is that it is combining supreme customer service with the very latest in digital technology. Anita Anita (that’s not a misprint, she has a very pretty name) is the Branch Manager of the new world-class ANZ banking facility, and it is located in the ground floor where Supre used to be, in the original Westfield building. And although the digital aspect of the branch will ensure that all your transactions are streamlined, you’re not alone if you’d like to talk to someone about your needs. There is an abundance of staff ready to help with your every day banking needs, financial management and even home loans. Ask about a home loan and you’ll likely be

greeted with a familiar face, as reported in the last edition of Nepean News, former Panthers star Nigel Plum is the Home Loan Investment Manager. Cr Greg Davies officially cut the ribbon and opened the new branch last week, and along with saying how impressive the new branch looks, he spoke very highly of Nigel. “Nigel Plum is a great recruitment incentive bonus. Nigel always put in 110 percent when he was on the footy field, and I’m sure he’ll do the same at ANZ. It is a great coup to have someone of that calibre to speak with customers,” he said. So when you join the hustle and bustle of Christmas shoppers at Westfield this year, ANZ has made sure that you at least have one less headache to deal with; your banking needs will be so much easier! Call in and say hello!

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by Kerrie Davies THE St Clair community, in which I am part of, suffered a great loss in September this year - that being the passing of family doctor, Dr Elizabeth Torrance, or “Dr T” as she was affectionately known, to brain cancer. Dr T was a brilliant and shining gem in the world of medicine; and she could have written the tutorial on bedside manner, as she touched the heart of every patient who went to visit her. I was lucky enough to be one of those patients, as were my three children. She not only gave sound medical advice, but she followed up with love and concern for every patient she saw. In our changing world full of medical centres, where few get to really know their family doctor, Dr T was the exception to the rule. Her patient books were full to capacity, and the surgery rooms packed to the rafters on any given day, with those who felt that indeed Dr T was well worth the wait. And not only did Dr T remember every patient’s name, she remembered what they did for work, the names of their kids, and basically any information they’d ever shared with her. She was certainly one in a trillion. Local residents Melissa Dykes Dunlop, Debbie Brown Meier and Dr Torrance’s nieces Natasha and Miriam floated an idea that a local park be named in honour of Dr T. Following talks with Penrith Council’s John Gordon and my other half, Cr Greg Davies, that dream has now become a reality, after being unanimously supported by Councillors on Monday night. You can read more about it on page 11 of this edition. St Clair residents will now have a place in which to visit and reflect on the wonderful doctor, mentor and friend who played a major part in many of our lives. RIP beautiful Dr Elizabeth Torrance, we hope you knew how loved and adored you were by an entire community.

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PENRITH is part of the Resilient Sydney project. Sydney was selected to be part of the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) project. 100RC, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, partners with cities around the world to help them become more resilient to the social, economic and physical challenges that face us in the 21stcentury. The program looks at the shocks (short term events) and stresses (long term issues) most likely to impact our City and how we can plan ahead and be prepared for them. This includes everything from the economy to health, climate change and security. The City of Sydney is hosting the program, collaborating with the State Government, businesses, communities and the metropolitan

councils of Sydney – including Penrith City Council. Penrith Mayor Councillor John Thain expressed his excitement about the program and the opportunity for Penrith to be involved. “Future-proofing our City is one of the central goals of Council,” Councillor Thain said. “This program is a fantastic opportunity for us to work with our communities and surrounding councils to generate fresh, innovative ideas and contribute to the best possible future for Penrith. “Our General Manager Alan Stoneham is on the Steering Committee for the program. He will be helping to drive the project, and building important partnerships with the other metropolitan councils. “Alan spoke at the recent Resilience Roundtable that was held in Sydney, and highlighted the issues that are most important to Western Sydney, and the need for all council’s to work together to achieve the best outcome for Sydney as a whole,” he said. Phase one of the program has already been completed, which involved a comprehensive assessment of Sydney’s existing resilience. Phase two, planned for 2017, will involve developing a strategy to make Sydney more resilient. This phase will include extensive community engagement, as well as engagement with Government and private sectors. Penrith Council has also resolved to establish our own Resilience Committee, to ensure we are fully engaged and make the most of this opportunity for our community.



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Premier commits $550 million to Nepean Hospital By Keegan Thomson

NEPEAN Hospital will receive a $550 million upgrade under a new plan announced by Premier Mike Baird, who joined Heath Minister Jillian Skinner, Stuart Ayres MP and Tanya Davies MP at the hospital this week. During an announcement, Premier Mike Baird said he was dedicated to creating a hospital that will last for years to come. “We will be delivering a world-class hospital here in the Nepean that will continue to serve the catchment across western Sydney,” Premier Mike Baird said. The Premier paid tribute to Stuart Ayres, MP for Penrith, the local community and the Nepean hospital doctors for fighting for the upgrade. “It has been a long fought campaign,” the Premier said. “I do want to pay particular tribute to the local member, the local community and all of the staff that are determined to get the best possible facilities we can to provide the health care that is needed right here.” Mr Ayres echoed the Premier’s comments about the upgrades being a win for Penrith. “This redevelopment of Nepean hospital will mean we can cater for more patients in a world class hospital with more doctors and nurses,” he said. “This redevelopment will meet the health needs of this rapidly growing region.” Some of the upgrades included in the more than half a billion dollar upgrade is a new clinical service block, an expanded emergency department, at least 12 new operating theatres, 200 overnight beds and a new helipad. The Premier said the state government was delivering the biggest hospital rebuilding program in the State’s history. “The population of Western Sydney is due to rise significantly in the next 20 years and our major

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 Stuart Ayres MP, Health Minister Jillian Skinner, Tanya Davies MP and Premier Mike Baird at Nepean Hospital this week.

investment will ensure we meet the healthcare needs of the region,” Mr Baird said. Immediate works will commence to upgrade the Emergency Department with a paediatric assessment and treatment area, establishment of a safe assessment room, and the upgrade of the mobile duress systems and CCTV.

Medical oncology services will also be boosted shortly with the doubling of chemotherapy chairs from 15 to 30. Planning for a third radiotherapy bunker and an additional linear accelerator, the replacement of the hospital’s MRI, provision of an additional birthing suite and some expansion of day surgery will also be progressed.

Hospital upgrade but still no helicopters THE current helipad at the hospital, and the lack of helicopters landing on it, has been a point of contention for the state government. Last month it was revealed there hadn’t been any helicopters landing on the hospital’s helipad since October, with the blame being placed on the large amount of cranes around the Penrith CBD, particularly the crane in Derby street.

A spokesperson from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority told Nepean News there would be “no operations for the foreseeable future as long as the cranes are in their current location,” fueling speculation that the redevelopment of the hospital would only hinder the helicopters further. Currently the state government is rushing to find an alternate landing pad for helicopters

delivering critical patients to Nepean Hospital, but until then all helicopters are being diverted to Westmead hospital. An updated helipad will be a part of the new Nepean hospital upgrades but it might not be operational until all the crane work and other construction work is finished, which might not be until 2021.

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1. What was your first paid job? Trainee Hairdresser 2. What is your guilty pleasure? A nice glass of red wine 3. What is your biggest fear/phobia and why? Snakes 4. What is your worst habit? Taking on too much! 5. Best advice you have ever been given? If you watch every cent, then the dollars will look after themselves 6. If you only had $50 left in the bank, how would you spend it? To treat my family 7. Favourite holiday destination and why? Vietnam as I appreciate the history and loved the food 8. Do you have a favourite sporting team? Go the Panthers 9. Name one reason that you love Western Sydney? The people are salt of the earth, it is a great place to bring up a family and we have some of the most beautiful natural environment. 10. In three words, describe your perfect Sunday? Lazy-lunch, friends and family

THE Lions Club of Emu Plains held their Youth of the Year Quest dinner and speech last month at Emu Sports Club at Leonay. The students entered were required to prepare and deliver a five-minute speech, as well as provide answers for two minutes to two impromptu questions. Representing St Pauls Grammar School was Madeleine Bishop, McCarthy Catholic College was represented by Kiara Auddino and Elayna D’Ermilio and representing Penrith Anglican College was Nicola Crabb and Brittany Reeves. The school mentors were Catherine Stacker, Daniel Conway and Charles Merz respectively. The night followed an interview on the previous Sunday, before an illustrious ‘local’ judging panel which consisted of Jacqueline Koob (Principal of Concord High), Brendan McKeown (MD and owner of Click Media, Penrith) and Wayne Willmington (Owner of Vintage FM & Penrith Council’s Citizen of the Year). The winner of the Public speaking section and overall winner was Brittany Reeves, who will progress to the next level of competition in March 2017. Brittany Reeves is a compassionate, determined and intelligent student who has just started year 12 at Penrith Anglican College. Brittany was thrilled and surprised when she was announced the winner and moves onto the next stage of the Quest. “I was so surprised that I was nominated by my

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Mates mentor receives Premier’s recognition STUART AYRES MP, Member for Penrith has presented Caitlin Monaghan of Penrith with a Premier’s Volunteer Recognition certificate for her mentoring at Western Sydney University. The Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program celebrates volunteering and acknowledges the desire to take part in community life across all ages. “Volunteers like Caitlin do so much to make our local community stronger and it’s important we offer our thanks and recognition,” said Stuart Ayres. Caitlin has been recognised for her volunteering as a Mentoring and Transition Equals Success (MATES) mentor. MATES is a mentoring and transition program that supports commencing students in their first session at Western Sydney University. MATES mentors are experienced, successful students who meet with new students once a week for the first 8 weeks of University and act as friendly advisers and offer the students guidance and support. MATES Program Coordinator, Michelle Gillard said Caitlin has participated as a mentor for approximately 2 ½ years and has helped many new students settle into life at Uni. “It’s great to see young people like Caitlin committed to volunteering

and making a difference in our community,” added Stuart Ayres. More information on the Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program for students can be found via the Shape

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Chameleon Reserve improved CHAMELEON Reserve Erskine Park is putting on a new face for sporting users, spectators and the community with a new amenity and storage building alongside the existing netball courts. The amenities block consists of two toilet units, an accessible toilet, a unisex ambulant facility, a small service area and a store room. Resurfacing work has also started, and will improve the quality of the netball courts. Penrith Mayor John Thain said that the new amenities will attract and encourage players wanting to participate in sporting or recreational activities at the ground. “Chameleon Reserve Erskine Park has long served the local community as a recreational area, with Erskine Park Eagles Netball Club playing there for more than 24 years,” Cr Thain said. Funding of $150,000 was provided under the Public Open Space Reinvestment Project, as well as through s94 Developer Contributions. The club was successful in attaining a $25,000 grant from the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation.

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Penrith students in the spotlight with Victor Chang MORE than 20 Year II students from schools across Penrith were presented last week with a Victor Chang School Science Award for their excellent achievements and passion for science. The talented students were recognised in a local ceremony hosted by the Mayor of Penrith John Thain at Penrith Civic Centre. “Penrith City Council is proud to continue our long partnership with the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, and to support the 2016 Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute School Science Awards,” Clr Thain said. Mr Scott Kesteven, Senior Heart Researcher at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute was also there to congratulate the students and give some insight into why they should continue studying science. “A career in science can be hugely fulfilling, but you need to be passionate. Science is about trying to understand and solve nature’s problems, no matter how big or small. “The best part is that it allows you to contribute newly discovered knowledge to the world, which can directly better society,” Mr Kesteven explained. The Victor Chang School Science Awards were established over a decade ago to honour bright, young students excelling in the subject, with the hope that they would consider a career in the field. Since 1992, there has been a steady decline of students choosing to study science in their senior years.; It has also been estimated that 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations require science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills and knowledge.

“In order for our country to be prosperous and to be at the forefront of innovation and medical advancements, we need to encourage our young people to pursue science. If you’re a naturally curious person who loves to solve puzzles and understand the world, science is for you,” added Mr Kesteven. The Penrith students will join more than 200 winners from across NSW who are also being invited to tour the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and learn from our world class researchers. Recipients from Penrith City Council: Cambridge Park High School - Toby Clarke Caroline Chisholm - Sian Johnson Colyton High School – Afif Ali Cranebrook High School - Patrick Kamlade Emmaus Catholic College- Justin Buhagiar Erskine Park High School- Ben Bannister Glemnore Park High School- Curtis Moore Jamison High School – Brynn Hinton Kingswood High School – Tamara Memory McCarthy Catholic College - Jorge Hormovas Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School Kaitlyn Rentzsch Penrith Academic Selective High School - Zakiyah Ullah Penrith Anglican College - Nicola Crabb Penrith Christian School – Jarrod Morley St Clair High School – Elizabeth Farlow St Dominic’s College – Ethan Doyle St Marys Senior High School – Jathu Shanmugam St Paul’s Grammar School – Yotong Chen The Lakes Christian College - Angelique Mackenzie Wollemi College - Mark Estoque Xavier College - Gideon Chia

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Park named in honour of much-loved Dr Torrance

 Cr Greg Davies at the site that will ensure that Dr T is never forgotten. Photo: Conner Lowe

By Keegan Thomson

COUNCIL has voted unanimously to name a park in St Clair in memoriam to much loved local GP, Dr Elizabeth Torrance. The reserve on the corner of Feather Street and McIntyre Avenue, St Clair will be named Dr Elizabeth Torrance Park after the late doctor who passed away in September. At the time of her death she was described as a ‘brilliant and shinning gem of the medical world’

who dedicated her life to not only delivering the best medical care but also the best personal care of her patients. East Ward Councillor, Cr Greg Davies said Dr Torrance had touched the hearts of thousands over her many years service to the community. “It is great to see that we can recognise someone who has done so much for the community and who dedicated their life to the help of others,” Cr Davies said. “It is a chance to honour her on behalf of the people of St Clair,” he said.

A spokesperson from council said it was only fitting that a tribute be made in honour of the late doctor. “Given the significant contribution that Dr Elizabeth Torrance made to the health and well-being of the St Clair community over a 32 year period it is considered appropriate that a park located in the proximity of her surgery in Cook Parade, St Clair be named in her honour,” they said. Dr Elizabeth Torrance served the St Clair community for 32 years and was known lovingly as Dr T or Dr Liz. Dr T was well know for the level of care, often seeing patients well into

the night. One former patient said they would drive from Canberra to receive their annual check-up from Dr T. She always offered bulk billing and never took appointments, she was open to all in the community and the community certainly misses her. Around 1000 people attended her funeral with many expressing their feelings in writing and via online tributes. An application will be made to the Geographical Names Board for the official gazetting of Dr Elizabeth Torrence Park.

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MP opens up about violent past By Keegan Thomson

FAMILY violence is a hard topic to talk about at the best of times, but Lindsay MP Emma Husar has used White Ribbon day to open up about her personal experiences with domestic violence. Speaking to Parliament, Ms Husar told of her family’s battle with domestic violence over her lifetime. “The first 13 years of my life was marred with physical domestic violence, committed towards my mother, at the hands of my always drunk-when-abusive father,” she said. “Whilst the blows that landed on my mother during my childhood didn’t land on me physically – they may as well have. The trauma inflicted was the same. I recall it vividly and in great detail,” Ms Husar said. In her emotional address to Parliament Ms Husar outlined the cycle of domestic and family violence that affected her family and personal life for “29 out of my 36 years” of her life. “My father had been raised in a house where violence was the accepted norm and at a time when society said these were private matters,” she

said. “Each episode of this violence over my 13-years was different but the aftermath was always the same: Dad would apologise, promise to be different, and that would work for just a short time.” She spoke about the countless nights spent in police stations as her mother would detail the abuse and the numerous hotels rooms and women’s refuges that her family would escape to on nights when the risk of staying at home was too great. Even though the physical violence eventually came to an end, Ms Husar said other abusive behaviours and tendencies came to light within her family. “There were 13-police cars the last

time physical violence affected my childhood. But this was the end of the physical violence, once and for all. Whilst the physical part ceased other abuse around finance and control ramped up.” Speaking from her first-handaccount Ms Husar said victims often don’t speak up simply because there isn’t a loud enough conversation surrounding domestic violence and that the emotional response to the violence is to fall in on yourself. “Sometimes in my experience I have found that, mostly, victims don’t talk about domestic violence because other people don’t talk about domestic violence,” she said. “For many years I was embarrassed



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and ashamed. I know that I shouldn’t be but I am,” Ms Husar said as she fought back her tears. One of the hardest things Ms Husar’s family had to go through was the circle of blame that often comes with domestic violence situations. She said the backlash her mother received did not help their situation. “I hope that the blame that was launched at my Mum during the 90’s for not leaving, is no longer part of the ‘solution’ around domestic violence – and I hope the questions of ‘why doesn’t she just leave’ quit being asked,” she said. After her speech Ms Husar was given a standing applause and was comforted by her fellow Labor MPs.


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Tackling an issue by talking about it By Keegan Thomson

PENRITH has been talking about domestic violence and it is all for a special reason. November 25 marked the beginning of 16 days of national action to help stop the relentless and needless violence that kills hundreds of Australian women each year. To help start the conversation a forum was organised by the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. The forum featured a panel of local faces and front line workers helping to stop the scourge. Heading the forum was Dr Maria Nittis from the Forensic Medical Unit based at Nepean hospital, Natasha McGing a local social worker, Nepean hospital ambassador Mark ‘MG’ Geyer and Detective Chief Inspector Grant Healey from the Penrith local area command. According to the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research there were 1037 reported incidents of domestic violence across Penrith in the 2015/16 financial year. Mark Geyer looked physically shaken when he responded to these stats. “I feel well out of my depth here,” MG said. “This isn’t the Penrith that I know and love, and it makes me sad to hear this.” “It blows my mind that there might be someone down the street, might be someone next door even, who is bashing their spouse,” he said. When asked about the stats DCI Healey said Penrith has a higher rate of domestic violence assaults because of two reasons.

 Natasha McGing, Dr Maria Nittis, DCI Grant Healey and Mark Geyer. Photo: Kennedi Geyer

“One of the reasons why we have these numbers is because of the socio-economic situations of a lot of people here in Penrith,” DCI Healey said. He said in other wealthier areas offenders might abuse their partners by controlling their finances and social behaviours but in lower socio-economic areas the “skill-set” of an abuser involves more physical and violent means. “Another reason why we have a larger number of reported assaults is because people are more open in Penrith, we often talk to one and other,” he said. “If we see or hear about someone bashing their missus then we speak up and make sure they know that it isn’t ok.” He said if we want to change mentalities towards domestic violence then we need to speak up. “If your mate is belting their partner and you know that it is wrong then you need to speak up because mates don’t let mates bash their missus,”

DCI Healey said. Before the forum Dr Maria Nittis spoke to Nepean News about the importance of having a forensic unit at Nepean hospital. “We document the injuries, we have doctors and nurses who have forensic training so they can take the time to document even the minor injuries, and then we can write an expert certificate with photos so that we can help the judge and the court understand these injuries,” Dr Nittis said. “When we did some research on our patients we found those who’d seen us at the Forensic Media Unit, when the case went to trial, there were more convictions and better outcomes for the victims,” she said. The 16 days of change ends on Saturday December 10.

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Be quick or miss out! By Kerrie Davies

WITH Christmas just around the corner, many would agree there’s nothing quite like the smell of a “real” Christmas tree to make the oncoming silly season feel “real”. The Lions Club of Emu Plains will be selling freshly cut Christmas trees for $35 from 6:30-11:30am on Saturday 10th December at Lions Park, Great Western Highway near the Melrose Hall at Emu Plains. The Club orders the trees from Oberon and this year will receive 80 trees. Jim Devine said based on previous years, it pays to get there early to ensure you don’t miss out. “All proceeds from the sale of Christmas trees goes to Our Community Cares,” Mr Devine said. “Our Community Cares aims to increase the level of patient care in the outpatient services of Nepean by providing funds for equipment beneficial to the patients’ well-being. “They collaborate with the management of the outpatient medical services to determine priorities of the required resources. “Our Community Cares aims to assist the needy and aged by providing support to enhance their quality of life.” Later on December 10, the Lions Club will be manning the ‘donation buckets’, seeking a gold coin for car parking at the Emu Sports Club at Leonay, where Carols on the Course will take place, with the fun starting around 5:30pm with a jumping castle, carols, Santa and also a traditional Lions BBQ (where again the proceeds go to Our Community Cares) capped off with a great fireworks display happening about 8pm. It’s always great family fun, so mark it in your calendar!


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A day in the life of... A nurse By Keegan Thomson

IN A HOSPITAL nurses are quite often overshadowed by doctors but if you’re sick and end up needing treatment the one person who mainly looks after you is a nurse. They’re the ones bringing medication, cleaning up, checking up, helping you in and out of bed and the rest, but how come they never seem to receive the same gratification as doctors? Kate Win is a cancer care nurse and she says it isn’t about gratification but instead it’s about the personal touches you get after a solid day’s work. “For me I love it because of the care, it is talking to the patients and their families,” Nurse Win said. “Being able to walk away at the end of the day and think, yep I’ve helped somebody and I’ve made a difference, and it all sounds cliche but that is what it really is,” she said. Nurse Win said she’d always wanted to be a nurse but it wasn’t until after she had children that she decided it was the path for her. “When I first left school I wanted to do nursing but all my teachers told me my marks were too good for it so

I ended up doing an environmental science degree,” she said. “I hated working in the field so after I had children I retrained as a nurse.” In all jobs there are challenges but Nurse Win said there are moments where you need to surpass these challenges and simply get on with the job. “You need to have empathy and you need to understand that you’re not just caring for a patient, you’re caring for their whole family, which can be an issue sometimes but that is what it is all about,” she said.

After the medical knowledge, the most important skill to have on the job is compassionate interpersonal skills. Nurse Win said all good nurses need to have good communication skills but there is also room to learn on the job. “You can’t be a good nurse and not be authentic,” she said. “You might come into the job caring and empathetic but on the job you’ll learn how to be empathetic but not condescending because patients will sniff you out when you’re not genuine and authentic.” Nurse Win said the physically

strenuous aspects of her job are also very demanding. “The physical side of nursing is huge, there is lots of ending, lifting, pushing, stretching,” she said. “That can impact upon your family life because sometimes you just want to go to bed after a long day, but it is often overshadowed when you reflect on the people you’ve helped across a day.” “As the nursing workforce ages it is going to become difficult for nurses who want to continue into their old age because of all the strenuous and physical aspects of the job,” she said. Nurse Win gave some sound career advice to anyone looking at entering the nursing sector. “Be authentic, don’t enter the profession with rose colour glasses,” she said. “There is still the perception that the nurse is the doctor’s handmaiden like it was in the 50s and the 60s, but it is a lot more hands on.” “Make sure you do your best at uni because Ps don’t get degrees, you should be aiming to do your best because if you needed care you’d want the best looking after you,” she said. “Also never ever forget the human side of the job because that is what makes this job.”

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Get fire ready this season WITH summer just around the corner and fires already happening across Sydney, now is the time to get bushfire ready and plan for emergency situations for your family and pets. It is important that anyone who lives near bush or grassland prepares a bushfire survival plan. Bushfires are often accompanied by electricity and water disturbances so plan ahead to keep safe. Preparing for the season Make sure your pets are ready for a fire before disaster strikes – always ensure pets have an ID collar with phone numbers and they are also microchipped in case they become lost during an emergency. Try and include a second or emergency contact on your pets ID or microchip in case you are not contactable in an emergency. It is most important that your animals microchip details are current, the NSW pet registry is now available online – you are able to make a profile and change your contact details by visiting www.petregistry. Decide whether you will keep your pets with you or move them to another location on days of high

fire risk. It is best to have a plan with someone who does not live in a high bushfire risk area. Make a list of friends/relatives that can take care of your pets or local kennels. If you decide to keep your pets with you on high risk days, it is important to keep them inside so you won’t have to search for them if you need to leave in a hurry. Sometimes fire can strike without warning and it is important to have a bushfire relocation kit stored for your pets and ready to go. Pet bushfire relocation kit If you need to relocate your pets make sure they are secured with a collar & lead or confined in a carry cage. Your bushfire relocation kit for pets should include: • Food and water • Bowls for each pet • A supply of pet medications • Proof of vaccination in case of emergency boarding

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Awareness, understanding and acceptance IN December, Penrith City Council will host two events to celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). IDPwD is a United Nations initiative, which is celebrated around the globe. It’s designed to increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability. Penrith Mayor Councillor Thain said few events in the Penrith calendar are as important as International Day of People with Disability. “One in five Australians have a disability, so this is something that effects a huge number of people in our community, and every community,” Councillor Thain said.

“Paralympic swimmer Karni Liddell, who is the event patron this year, said she believes the most disabling thing is other people’s assumptions about what people with disability can and can’t do.” “This really captures the essence of IDPwD. It’s about breaking down assumptions and barriers, celebrating

the contributions of people with disability, and building a more inclusive community for all,” he said. Penrith will be celebrating with two events; an open day with No Boundaries Art Group on Saturday 3 December, and a CD launch party with Club Weld on Monday 5 December.

Both events are free and open to all, and are sure to be a wonderful celebration. The events will also be accessible but if you have any specific needs, please contact our Disability Inclusion Officer on 02 4732 8081. Come along to the events to enjoy the celebrations and join the conversation.

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 One of the acts Club Weld who will appear at the CD launch party on 5 December.

ST MARYS Rotary Club members and their partners have had a busy week. They’ve all dedicated their time towards preparing 30 Christmas gift bags full of food and drink for the less fortunate in our area. The bags will be distributed by St Marys Salvation Army within the next few weeks.

Armed robbery Penrith POLICE from Penrith Local Area Command are investigating the circumstances surrounding the robbery of a pizza shop on Monday night. About 10.30pm (Monday 28 November 2016) two employees were in the process of closing the York Road business when two men entered the store and jumped the counter. One of the men was armed with a large machete and both began yelling at the two employees demanding money from the till. The staff handed over the nights takings and the two men ran from the store. Police were called and a crime scene was established. Detectives from Penrith will continue the investigation and would like to speak with anyone who may have information that could assist.

Iconic character birth certificates STUART AYRES MP, Member for Penrith welcomes the news that the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages has released a new range of commemorative birth certificates. The designs feature some of Australia’s most iconic characters from children’s books and television including Play School, Blinky Bill and Gumnut Babies. “Many of us grew up listening to the stories of these characters and watching these shows so it’s great to see they still entertain our children today,” said Stuart Ayres. The certificates coincide with the 100th anniversary of May Gibbs’ first book Gumnut Babies, Play School’s 50th birthday and come just one year after Blinky Bill celebrated his 75th. “The birth of a new baby is a significant milestone in any parent’s life and having one of these beautiful certificates is a perfect memento of the occasion,” said Stuart Ayres. The new range of certificates follows the roll out earlier this year of NRL-themed birth certificates featuring all 16 teams. A further four designs are continued in the refreshed range: ‘Handprint’ (Pink & Blue), along with ‘Fauna’ and the indigenous-themed ‘Be Blessed’ designs. For further details visit: visit news/2016/australian-classics.aspx


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Slip, slop, SLACK leaves us red-faced By Kerrie Davies

I WAS fortunate enough to grow up on the beach, being both born and bred in Bondi. We moved to neighbouring Clovelly beach when I was ten, where I lived until I was an adult. Being a kid in the 70’s and 80’s meant education on sun exposure was pretty much non-existent. As ludicrous as it now sounds, the extent of sun protection was a clump of greasy zinc on the end of your nose. Furthermore, the “beach culture” did nothing to ward off damaging sun rays; in fact it encouraged them. As teenagers we judged each other by the level of tan achieved. If you were lily white you got the dreaded “westie” tag, and in the 80’s, nobody who resided within a bull’s roar of the ocean wanted that tag. As embarrassing as it is now to admit it, we’d lay in the sun all day on weekends, with baby oil on (can you believe it?) in order to acquire the soughtafter tan. Not many in my group of surfie buddies had particularly olive skin, so the hours spent baking usually resulted in a deep red with freckles that only lasted a day or two before the peeling started. So now, in my 40’s, I’ve started noticing some dots and spots on my skin that weren’t there before. I was terrified of seeing a skin cancer doctor because the memories of laying on a banana chair covered in baby oil would make all the blood drain from my face. So I kept putting making an appointment off. I put it off so many times that when I eventually decided just recently that I really, really should, I convinced myself that I’d have stage 4 skin cancer that couldn’t be fixed, and I’d only have mysef to blame for putting it off. By the time my appointment came up, I’d spent so many sleepless nights and when my name was called my legs were two pieces of jelly that could barely carry me into the consulting rooms. I went to Affinity Skin, located in High Street Penrith and Dr Kotz was amazing. Thankfully I got the all clear and I can tell you I never thought I’d be so elated to hear that I have an “age spot”. So considering all the damage rays I have encouraged to prey upon my skin, I’m incredibly lucky to have escaped with just freckles. But I will ensure I now stick to regular check ups and cover up each and every time I am exposed to sunlight. And anyway, a spray tan or tinted moisturiser

gives you a much nicer colour that the red / pink/ peeling / freckled look! Cancer Council research released last month shows fewer NSW adults are using hats to protect themselves from the sun and getting sunburnt on their face, head, ears and nose as a result. The data from Cancer Council’s National Sun Protection Survey reveals that just 42 per cent of NSW adults wear a hat when exposed to UV on summer weekends, down from 47 per cent in 2003. In light of the findings, Cancer Council and the Australasian College of Dermatologists came together during National Skin Cancer Action week to remind Australians to remember to be SunSmart and slip, slop, slap, seek and slide. Rory Alcock at Cancer Council NSW Greater Western Sydney region, said that with 199 people in Nepean Blue Mountains expected to be diagnosed with melanoma this year, and 28 deaths expected, the results show that too few adults in NSW are understanding the importance of a combination of sun protection measures. “A five per cent drop in hat usage over the past ten years may sound small, but any downward trend

is a concern. This latest decrease shows that more than 240,000 people in NSW have stopped wearing a hat to protect themselves when exposed to UV on weekends. “Fewer than 1 in 5 adults in NSW used three or more sun protection measures during summer, which is a real worry given the prevalence of skin cancer in NSW and across Australia,” continued Mr Alcock. “Yet most skin cancers are preventable by the use of comprehensive sun protection. There can be a tendency for many adults in the Nepean and Blue Mountains area to slop on some sunscreen and think they are protected all day long. But sunscreen isn’t a suit of armour. It should be your last line of defence – a hat, clothing, sunglasses and shade are also key to protecting your skin. ” The data also showed some worrying trends indicating that the lack of broad-brimmed hats was translating to the places on the body where people across Australia are sunburnt. “The national research also shows that the face, head, nose, or ears are the most common places on the body that Australians get sunburnt, alongside the arms and hands,” Mr Alcock said. “There’s no doubt that by neglecting a range of sun protection measures, including slapping on a broadbrimmed hat, all Aussies are putting themselves at risk of a potentially deadly skin cancer.” Australasian College of Dermatologists’ President, Associate Professor Chris Baker, said that dermatologists regularly treated skin cancers that could have been easily prevented through proper sun protection. “Dermatologists see a lot of skin cancers on the face, ears, head and neck” Associate Professor Baker said. “These skin cancers are particularly concerning because they can arise quickly and are more difficult to treat. Surgery is the most common treatment, with visible scarring often unavoidable. Other treatments include topical therapy for some early skin cancers through to radiotherapy and chemotherapy for more advanced cancers. Sadly we don’t always get them in time.” He also urged Australians to keep a close eye on their skin, know what normal spots they have and to keep a watch for any changes. “It’s important to remember that skin cancer can be prevented and, if detected early, can often be successfully treated. If you notice any changes in size, shape or colour of an existing spot, or the development of a new spot, you should get it checked as soon as possible.”

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Legends of the Nepean By Garion Thain

NOT many residents get to enjoy the achievement of having part of a place they spend so much of their time named after them. But Bill Borg, secretary of the St Clair Comets Junior Rugby League Club, now has a field named after him at Peppertree Oval, a place he’s spent years of his time coaching, supporting and strengthening countless kids and young adults who have gone on to make him proud.

Mr Borg has been awarded a lifetime membership with the St Clair Comets thanks to his dedication with the club, a 27-year involvement in the capacity of club secretary alone. For him it’s a family commitment, first becoming involved with the club because of his young son, then going on to be involved in an official capacity with his wife Karyn, who among other things wrote the weekly club magazine for eleven years. Mr Borg has been a part of tremendous growth for the club in his tenure. By 1993, the club had grown from the 18 teams in play in 1989 to 43. He’s been around to see the best for the Comets at large, including a first ever Grand Final win for the A-grade rugby team this year, but he’s also put his face out there when he’s seen the worst, including – once again earlier this year – defacement and vandalism of Peppertree Oval and its fixtures, which he vehemently and publicly shamed and opposed, to raise awareness for the bill Penrith Council had to keep paying for the reckless actions of others. Mr Borg graciously offered some of his time to accept a Legend of the Nepean nomination from Councillor

Greg Davies and shared why he still to this day holds such close involvement with the Comets, and how he feels knowing there’s a field that bears his name. Mr Borg said his involvement with the club started as just a regular Dad. “Like most people that get on committees, I started out cooking on the BBQ when my son was playing,” said Mr Borg. “I was asked to go to an AGM back in 1989, and was told to put my hand up when nominations were called for a Club Secretary,” he continued. “I have been doing that job ever since. 27 years as club Secretary is a long time, but I have enjoyed my involvement. “I’ve made many, many friends over the years and have had many an argument over this time of my involvement with Junior league.” Mr Borg called it embarrassing, albeit very humbling to have an oval named after him. “When our Mini field at Peppertree Reserve was named The Bill Borg Mini Field I was overwhelmed by the whole process,” he said. “Nobody goes on a committee with a plan on how long they are going to be

there, or with a pre-conceived notion of what they will get out of it,” Mr Borg elaborated. “It is not about one person, it is about the commitment of many people who devote so many hours into the running of our Club.” Mr Borg and his wife Karyn have been St Clair/Penrith residents for over 30 years and despite “being close to retirement age,” have no intention of moving anywhere. The achievements of the club and the growth of its members is a facet Mr Borg describes as among the most rewarding. “It is very rewarding knowing that we as a committee have made a difference to so many of the kids that have come through our Club,” said Mr Borg. “It is amazing to see these kids that started playing when they were four years old grow into mature young men, with a great work ethic and a number of them even running their own businesses. “The discipline of playing in a team sport for some of these boys has been life changing,” he asserted. Mr Borg heralded the services JRLC’s provide to their local


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community, and commented on it with a request to the reader, “I encourage people to get involved and join the committee of your local Rugby League Club,” he said.

Mr Borg is a genuine bloke, very receptive and clearly a great contributor not only to his community in St Clair, but our region at large. Thanks for answering my questions mate.

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Navigating New York City

By Ben Cranney

IF you can’t experience it in New York City, you probably can’t experience it anywhere. At least, this was my impression. Our first experience, after the bumper to bumper traffic, was at our first accommodation in Chelsea, Manhattan. It was a big old building on a street of red brick and outdoor fire escapes that made us feel like we were in a NYC movie. The place had some interesting qualities, including nude sunbathing on the rooftop so that guests could enjoy more than one view. It was snowing, so we declined. Our second accommodation was

a share house in Williamsburg. Advertised as Brooklyn, we didn’t realise that this area had a reputation as the murder capital of NYC until we got there. Thankfully, this didn’t fit with our experience, with everyone quite friendly. We started sightseeing by climbing to the top of the beacon of NYC, the Statue of Liberty. The view from the top is amazing, and to look down on the gigantic tablet that Lady Liberty holds was very special. Book your tickets well in advance, as you can’t get them on the day. This would be very frustrating if you turned up after navigating one of NYC’s great cultural

pastimes, the security queue. They are incredibly security conscious, and there was something ironic about passing strict government controls to visit a symbol of freedom. This level of security was typical, so factor in extra time for the sights. The people make NYC, and with up to 800 languages spoken, there are plenty of them, but something well worth doing is aimless wondering on a Sunday morning. The city was so empty, it may as well have been ours. We enjoyed the same experience in Central Park, sharing it with only a few squirrels as my wife danced down the pathways before going back

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THE team at The Joan is extremely excited about kicking off the 2017 Kids and Family season! With some of the best international and locally grown theatre for children, during school holidays and some weekends during terms The Joan will offer a colourful, high-energy line-up shows for kids of all ages- and there’s always plenty for their grown ups too! In 2017, for the first time ever, The Joan is offering a subscription option, giving busy families big savings plus the benefit of forward planning. Families purchasing Subscription Packs will also become part of the Kids at The Joan Subscriber Club, meaning they’ll be first in the know when it comes to additional school holiday workshops that pop-up (and sell out fast!) throughout the year. A Family Subscriber 3 Pack - $192 - is a great way to save. Get a family pass (four tickets, at least one adult) to whichever three shows (except Circus Oz)

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The Rat Pack from Vegas.. in Penrith! By Kerrie Davies

as he headed to the airport to board his flight down under. It was easy to tell, even over the phone, that the charming charisma needed to portray Sinatra is something that Robbie himself already has naturally, so he already had a great head start. Capturing the essence of Frank Sinatra is a work of art, and Robbie has studied his character and his ability to emulate him is uncanny. “There’s a lot of character studying involved, the voice, the look and the mannerisms all need to be perfected,” Robbie said. And perfection certainly has been achieved; Robbie stands apart from a look-a-like.sounda-like entertainer. He works the audience with the same charisma as Old Blue Eyes himself. Robbie said audiences can expect much more than the timeless music of the Rat Pack. “We put on a compete show, the music, the history and a lot of jokes,” he said. Each performer on stage brings a variety of talent, which when combined together brings back to the days of old when the Rat Pack ruled Las Vegas. All the songs, all the fun and laughter are brought centre-stage as audiences will be taken on a nostalgic trip back in time. Not to be missed! Friday 9th December - EVAN THEATRE, PENRITH PANTHERS Bookings: (02) 4720 5555.

DIRECT from a sell-out tour of the U.S and the U.K comes the Encore Australian Tour 2016 of “THE RAT PACK FROM VEGAS”, a spectacular live concert production that takes you on a journey to the music of the most legendary trios in the history of entertainment. Simply known as The Rat Pack, these guys would be as prominent an influence to aspiring performers today as they were throughout their incredible careers. Audiences both young and, ahem.. more mature, are just as fascinated and intrigued today by the music of The Rat Pack members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. It was this love of the music and the respect and admiration for the men behind it that brought a trio of multi-talented performers together as one to recreate an era long passed. But the music still remains very much alive today thanks to the efforts and talents of Robbie Howard, who portrays the Chairman of the Board Frank Sinatra, plus original cast mates Johnny Edwards, who portrays the always charming King Of Cool Dean Martin, and Nicholas Brooks who portrays the multi-talented Candy Man himself, Sammy Davis Jr. I spoke with Robbie Howard by phone






Minted rockmelon, baby tomato and prosciutto salad ... Serves 6 SUMMER is here and those amazing juicy, zesty and sweet flavours we’ve all been waiting for have finally arrived. Check out your local fruit and veg market and you’ll simply tell the season has changed because of all the bright and colourful seasonal produce. I’ve pulled this recipe out of the cook books not only because it is delicious but also because it looks bloody fantastic. This salad is so easy you can simply whip it up in no more than 10 minutes flat.

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Drag like you’ve never seen it before!

THE Drag queens from Dragalicious are back to spread Christmas cheer and joy with their brand new Christmas show JINGLE BALLS! It promises to be a hilarious show, full of standup comedy, live singing and miming of some of the biggest party hits and favourite Christmas songs too. Feel free to dress up in your Christmas gear or come in drag if you like. Great for the office Christmas get together or a night out with friends it will be a party to remember. WARNINGthis show is ADULTS ONLY and will contain STRONG language and offensive themes. Dinner is available at the club bistro and refreshments from the bar all of which can be bout

into the show. Doors open half an hour before showtime. Tickets $25 when you book online or $ 30 at the door. 2pm and 7pm. 7pm sold out! Only tickets available for 2pm. Hurry and don’t miss out! Sat 17th December Ticket price is - $25.00 (limited seating available). To book tickets for the show go to To reserve seats phone (02) 47355422. “DRAGALICIOUS – JINGLE BALLS” will be performed at Emu Sports Club, 1 Leoany Parade; Leonay.

All you need is love.. and the Beatles

DIRECT from a record breaking national tour with the Australian Symphony Orchestra, the World’s premier ‘Beatles’ band returns to present the Beatles No1’s. They were the Number One rock & roll band of all time. They had the most Number 1 hit records of all time. Now, all the Beatles Number 1 hits in one sensational two hour concert presented by the ‘Fabulous’ Beatle Boys. Relive the magic of Beatlemania, as today’s Fab Four take you back to those incredible days when the Beatles dominated the music charts with as many as 7 songs in the Top 10 starting at No1. Audiences will hear every classic Beatles song that ever made No 1 and relive the magic and unique sound that made the Beatles the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band the word has ever known. No less than 35 chart toppers that made the four ‘mop tops’ so much a part of our lives back in those heady

days of the 60’s . Help, A Hard Day’s Night, Can’t Buy Me Love, Yesterday, Love Me Do, She Loves You, Eleanor Rigby, Hey Jude, Let It Be, and many more; brought to Australian audiences with love from the Fabulous Beatle Boys to you. The ‘Fabulous’ Beatle Boys are as close as it gets to the original four lads from Liverpool as they play all the chart topping classics from 1963 to 1970. “The Fab Beatle Boys impress with their deft grasp of the Fab Four’s entire span.” – Glenn A Baker “Absolutely fabulous re-enactment of the Beatles” “So believable, it’s freaky” “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” Catch the show featuring the Fabulous Beatle Boys at Workers Blacktown Saturday 10th December, 2016 – 8pm Tickets $25 members; $30 visitors Phone 9830 0600.


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Battle for your place in a movie

By Keegan Thomson

LOCAL movie maker, and rock n roll diehard, Heath Davis is giving unsigned western Sydney bands and musos the chance to have their music played up on the big screen. Over the next four weeks Mr Davis is running a battle of the bands contest at Australian Arms Hotel in

Penrith with the winner’s music to be played in his upcoming movie, Book Week. Mr Davis said he was keen to showcase the flavours of the west. “We have some of the best talent out here and by showcasing it we’re able to give a leg up to some of the best unsigned artists,” Mr Davis said. He said there was a lot of bands showing a lot of potential. “We’ve had heaps of great acts so

far,” he said. “There has been such a diverse mix of artists as well. We’ve had people play from 15 year olds to 50 year olds, and the genres have been mixed too.” The rules are that each band needs to have at least one original song, but they can play covers during their half hour set in the battle of the bands comp. Advocating for the west, Mr Davis said his film, Book Week, would be

showcasing the best around western Sydney. “We’re going to be filming in western Sydney and the Blue Mountains with a crew that’s made up of western Sydney locals,” he said. Any fresh locals wanting to throw their hat into the ring for the battle of the bands can send Mr Davis an email at or they can go to his facebook page www.

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by Patsy Moppett | Editor of the Heritage Newsletter of the Blue Mountains | Association of Cultural Heritage Organisations Inc

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 Elizabeth Grant (nee West)

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E married a second time, to Elizabeth West, in 1833 and bought the property adjoining “Moyne”, “Lowther Park”, in 1839 from John Wood. Wood had been accused of murdering a female servant and burying her body in the cellar. He sold the property and left the district. Grant lived at “Lowther Park” until 1859, making frequent visits to his considerable holdings on the Belubula, particularly “Merriganowry”. He died in 1866 and was buried on the western property. Grant had made his will in 1852 when he turned 60. Grant owned a lot of land, capital and possessions and he wanted to provide for Elizabeth and his ten surviving children. In his will, Grant provided for Elizabeth and seven of the children, the older three being adults and married. His personal possessions were left to Elizabeth, and the lands and capital assets were divided between Elizabeth and the children. One land parcel was 39 ¾ acres at Emu Plains, which would have contained the inn. The inn site passed to Grant’s son John, who retained it until his death in 1906. It was then transferred to his daughter Ellen (Coghlin) who sold it in 1914. A number of other families have had an association with the building – Beatson, Turnbull and McKellar.

Old Post Office, Emu Plains The building is described in detail by Gyford as having timber floors, three fireplaces on the ground floor, 7 rooms on the ground floor and 6 rooms on the first floor. The core of the ground floor has stone walls, and the remainder, added later in 1880-1890, is mostly weatherboard, with some brick. Further changes were made to the buildings verandahs and chimneys in the 1920s. There were also three slab buildings on the site, a well, fodder stores, silos, cow bails and kitchen gardens. Over time the building has been painted over with stucco and whitewash, operating as a post office for some 53 years. In 1967 it still functioned as a post office, run by Miss McKellar. She still owned the building in 1974. A fire in the building caused damage and although the building has was restored, it has been vacant ever since. It has belonged to Penrith City Council since 1983. SPECIAL VISITOR TO THE INN Robert Beatson’s great, great, great granddaughter, Helen Evans and her husband, visited the inn last month on a fact finding trip to track down the history of her ancestor.

References: Emu Plains and Thereabouts, Joan Steege, Brenda Niccol and Gifford Eardley 1988. Hotels & Inns of Penrith District, Lorna Parr 2003. Arms of Australia Inn, Barbara Higginson, 2011. Inventory Sheet, Australian Arms Inn (former), NSW Dept. Environment & Heritage, 2000. Australian Arms Inn/ Old Post Office, Emu Plains, GFB Gyford 1984. Emu Plains, Joan Steege 1977. Providence, Jacqueline Grant 1994

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Fundamental drivers of the property market are starting to change With Steve Beard Select Mortgage Broker

LAST month, I wrote about the high and “crazy” demand for local real estate and how this demand is pushing prices higher and higher. If you are thinking about trying to buy a property I have some good news for you. The fundamental drivers of the market are beginning to change. Let me explain. One key driver is the supply and ease of obtaining finance. In response to the federal government’s pressure, lenders have been tightening lending criteria. They have been reducing the loan to value ratio required which means that you need a greater deposit or equity to get a loan. Most lenders have also removed lending to foreign nationals. Reports in the media this week are talking around 30,000 Chinese national buyers may have difficulty in getting finance to settle on properties already purchased off the plan. If

they can’t settle then the buyers need to trying to find a buyer very quickly so they don’t lose their 10 percent deposit. If they can’t find a buyer to take over the contract, then the developer requires a new purchaser to step in. When you have distressed sellers, this can quickly lead to a situation of more stock than buyers and prices usually decline. It has also been reported that there are more cranes in residential developments in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane than all the major cities of the USA! These three cities will see a big increase in the supply of units. If demand from buyers decrease, then prices may easily fall in the unit market. Over the last week, a few major lenders have raised their fixed interest rates by 0.15 to 0.30 percent. A few minor lenders have increased their variable interest rates as well. These are the first increases for many years. If more lenders increase their rates, this will have an effect on buyers’


confidence as well. As I wrote last month, very low rent returns in Sydney should be reducing demand from investors but it appears this is not happening yet. It is also worth repeating that “It always comes down to supply and demand, confidence and ease or difficulty in obtaining the deposit and the finance”. These changes to the fundamentals that change the drivers of the market are just starting to appear. They may take weeks, months or even longer to grow and then hopefully change the market to a more balanced situation that should allow buyers to make more reasonable purchases, without competing against dozens of other desperate buyers for each property. If you are looking to sell, my advice would be putting your property on the market as soon as you can and cash in on the current crazy demand and low supply situation. The balance of power may start to move shortly and quickly due to the current elongated

period of extremely high demand that is overdue to come to an end. First home buyers have never had it so hard to get into the market. They are the most disadvantaged group of buyers as well. My own children are wanting to get their piece of Australia but currently can’t compete with investors and existing property owners. If the next generation can’t get their own place to call home, then that is a sad state indeed. Hopefully history will repeat itself very soon and transfer to a more balanced market where older, smaller properties are cheap and affordable so people can get into the market. This information is of a general nature and you must consider your own circumstances before making any decisions. Please do not hesitate to contact me on 4739 4500, 0403 166207 or if you what to discuss your situation, any financial matters or have any Home Finance questions that I can assist you with.

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A Plus Property Group is now giving you the opportunity to purchase one of the best townhouses to come on the market in the St Marys and Penrith district. This boutique development is a selection of 6 townhouses which all feature a generous layout, 3 bedrooms, 1 Study, 2 car spaces and European style kitchens with smeg appliances as standard. Western Sydney is one of the fasted growing economies in Australia, creating new benchmarks in building-infrastructure, construction and technology. The Western Sydney Airport will be the first new international airport built in Australia in over 50 years and is set to bring major infrastructure upgrades, skilled jobs and economic growth. Penrith Council is setting the pace as a City of the Future’. More features include: • Timber flooring in living and dining areas • Main bedroom with En-suite and Walk-in robe • Daikin Ducted reverse cycle Air-Conditioning • 2.5 Bathrooms • Quality building materials used throughout

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All your real estate questions answered, with Darren Latty ~ WHEN our clients are ready to sell we’re keen to help them get their property on to the market asap. But there are some things that can cause delays, so make sure you consider the following when planning: 1. Ordering the contract. You will need to instruct the solicitor to prepare a contract for sale and allow enough time for them to gather the various information that needs to be included. Properties cannot legally be marketed until the listing agent has a contract so this one is important!

2. Tenants need to be notified. If the property is leased the tenant needs to be notified in writing at least 14 days before any marketing begins. Tenants also need to be given 24 hours notice before each open home. 3. Photography Excellent photos are vital for a property to attract attention, but photographers need to be booked and you’ll need time to get the property looking it’s best. 4. Swimming pool safety certificate If you have a pool at the property you are now legally required to attached a safety compliance

certificate to the contract. This can be issued by council or private suppliers, but many pools need changes in order to comply. 5. Building and pest pre-inspections. This isn’t something you have to do, but there is a growing trend for properties owners of older properties to get a building and pest inspection prior to sale, just so they are aware of anything that might impact the transaction or affect the sale price. Your agent should be able to support you with all of the above – just make sure you choose a good one!


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DURING a game in our role as coach we have the chance to influence our players during short breaks in play for a few minutes. So why then at training do we constantly stop the session to influence our players? The training environment needs to replicate that which the players will face during a game. On the field they need to think for themselves and be able to understand how to adapt to different situations which arise without the coach walking them through it step by step. This needs to come from their own ‘intrinsic’ motivation which is what motivates them as an individual. ‘Extrinsic’ motivation that comes from external sources around them including the coach is important however it will not help them on the field and it is not the reason they play and enjoy sport. When creating a training environment as coaches our number one objective should always be to promote and allow learning to occur. You cannot do this without structure so you need to be organised. Be aware of how many players you will have at each individual session because numbers will naturally fluctuate. Be aware of the amount of field space you have in which to train. Always have a plan of your session and tailor it to the number of players you have in attendance. It may seem simple but the simple is often what is ignored. We need then to provide an environment in which players can learn, become empowered and challenged. Most coaches I have collaborated with in regards to implementing game mechanics into a training session often become

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confused and don’t know where to start. Very simply these are the essential elements: USE GAMES: As much as possible use games on small, large, wide and long grids to teach core skills. Create your own drills to suite what you want to teach your players. Create rules to ensure the players are using the skills or strategies you want them to practice. Boring drills with stop and start elements bore players and do not get them thinking or engaged. Make sure the drill or game is continuous and the players are always reacting to defenders, challenges or an obstacle. Remember we want to place game like scenarios into our training drills to best prepare our players for the scenarios they face on the field. CREATE GOALS: Every game or drill you create needs to have a goal or a win condition. Do the players need to complete a series of skills or tactics to win? Or do they need to complete the task in a certain time, achieve a certain number of points? In any great game the goal is always clear and the rest of the systems are created by the players reacting around that in order to accomplish the goal of winning. CREATE OBSTACLES: Create challenges and obstacles to make the game as difficult as possible. Easy games are not engaging or fun to play. Your players need to work out how to overcome these obstacles or challenges in order to be successful. It is the same in any competitive game your players need to work out how to best break down the

opposition team and decide what tactics work along with identifying strengths and weaknesses and how best to score points and win the game. Without overcoming obstacles and challenges winning does not mean much, foster that environment at training. It will place your players in a much better position once the next game rolls around. COLLABORATION or COMPETITION: All games are created with two basic fundamentals. In one style of game winning is determined by defeating another player or team through competition. This style is the most common when we create games at training. The second style revolves around players competing to beat the game itself. As coach you set up a challenge or obstacle which determines success and failure. This forces your players to collaborate and think in order to work out how to overcome the challenge or obstacle in order to win. Remember to always design your games to make them engaging for your players. Create as much competition as possible and reward the behaviours and skills you are seeking. Games always favour their creators so as coaches create them to model the types of skills, tactics and techniques in which you want to see from your athletes. Reward your players early and often and try not to be negative, although at times that is going to be unavoidable but make sure your message is delivered in a positive manner and always give constructive feedback which gives your athlete the ability to self-correct their errors.


Strengthen your weakness with Scott Lewis I KNOW we are a month away from the New Year, but it is always a great thing to be PERPARED! You know what they say “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!” Many determined people set health and fitness goals in the New Year, and a few weeks in, things start to waiver. LETS NAIL IT ON THE HEAD NOW SO IT DOESN’T HAPPEN! What I have found, when the above occurs, you have most likely stepped into one the many traps hidden along the path to health and fitness (which is extremely common.) Luckily, you can easily free yourself and get back on track toward achieving your goals, and be that much smarter for doing it. Let’s look at what I think are a few of the most prominent and important, and how to overcome them in the most simplistic of ways: 1. YOU’RE DOING TOO MUCH TOO SOON: You’re trying to make drastic lifealtering habits overnight or in the short term. A big one here is for those who implement excessive dieting or intense cardio for those who have never dieted or exercised before.

Any wonder reaching your goals felt so distant, you tried to reprogram yourself literally overnight! SOLUTION: Make small, realistic changes. Small changes over time can add up to big improvements and help ensure you stick to these changes over the long-term. 2. LACK OF ENTHUSIASM: Most of us have the best intentions and motivation is at an all time high either at the start of a New Year, or at the beginning of newly implemented workout program. It’s about this time, a couple of weeks into a program that you may start to ask questions whether or not if what you’re doing is working and should

you stick it out or not. Many will lose that motivation and enthusiasm that was beaming out of you weeks ago. You may not see the results you anticipated, and question whether what you’re doing is right, or barriers may get in the way to what you want to achieve. SOLUTION: Write down your goals! And more importantly, remember why you started! When certain days feel like a grind (and trust me they will,) you can find motivation by referring back to your goals. Seeing your goal written down in physical form can help you visualize what you must do to overcome the various barriers ahead. 3. READING AND LOOKING INTO THINGS TOO MUCH: One of the biggest reasons people fail to stick to a plan isn’t a lack of will power or not knowing enough, it’s from actually knowing too much information, which can lead to paralysis by analysis. Reading too much information results in confusion and talking to others and trying to incorporate some of what they are doing into your health and exercise program will often leads to the derailment of your own overall health and exercise plan/ program.

SOLUTION: Most health and fitness programs administered by a professional will work if adhered to. Many approaches can work and can be adjusted when and if needed. You need to find something that you can stick to for an extensive period and not derive from it. Even if the program isn’t perfect, you’ll still be more successful following it to the letter than trying to follow a blend of different approaches. 4. YOU DON’T WANT IT BAD ENOUGH: It may sound harsh, but most likely it’s the truth! And we all know the truth hurts. SOLUTION: Achieving something great takes sacrifices, and it’s not always fun. If you value your health and well-being, you have to want it and be willing to work for it. It’s inevitable that you will stumble at some point, but the ability to get back on track is what will set you apart and make achieving your goals attainable! Follow ‘Wild Panther Fitness’ on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (@ wildpantherfit.) For any enquiries: Until next time “STRENGTHEN YOUR WEAKNESS!”

Panthers win state selection By Noel Rowsell

PENRITH Basketball Association (PBA) Youth League centres Ella Tofaeono and Natalia Beaumont have both won selection into the NSW Under 20 Women’s team, which will contest the 2017 Australian Under 20 Championships in from February 1218 in Bendigo, Victoria. Both players were key figures in Penrith’s title success in the 2016 Waratah Division One Youth League Women’s competition, with Tofaeono also winning the Karen Dalton Junior Female Metro Player of the Year award. Penrith Under 18 representative Tylah Mundine has also been selected as a reserve. The PBA has also announced its three Youth League teams for 2017, with the full list of players chosen as follows: Division 1 Men: Ben Zalac; Corey Wright; Gabrielle Alvarez; Joel Klein; Josh Kalwy; Kevin Achampong; Kevin Rutemba; Mark Isichei; Noman Massimino; Sean Weekes Division 2 Men: James Cabban; Warren Cabban; Andrew Slan; Jack Mills; Jordan Wagenfeller; Josef Flores; Joshua Wagenfeller; Nathan

 Ella Tofaeono and Natalia Beaumont in action for the Penrith Panthers Youth League Women’s team earlier this year. Photos courtesy of Noel Rowsell (

Vella; Robert Ingleton; Josh Shepherd; Samuel Alvarez; Zabian Mamo; Josh Lillas (Development); Stephen Hanna (Development) Division 1 Women: Abbi Williams, Dominika Offner, Teiarna Offner, Ellie Holland, Emily Potts, Georgia

Blair, Meg Creanor, Sarah Creanor, Natalia Beaumont, Tatiana Beaumont, Meg Jefferson, Binta Salawu St Dominics (Kingswood) will be represented by two teams at the upcoming Schools Sports Australia Basketball Championships, being the

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Under 20 Men Senior Division One and Under 17 Boys Junior Division One. Penrith’s Natalia Beaumont will play for Westfields Sports High School in the prestigious Championship Women’s Division.

Second Consecutive Title in Penrith

By Conner Lowe

THE Nepean district hockey association has always enjoyed success over the years with many teams competing in the state championships. This year the U/13’s boys team were the highlight of the most recent state championships with an undefeated run throughout the tournament. The U/13’s Nepean team was filled with mainly younger players who were playing up an age group to represent the Nepean district in the championship. Damon Arapa who coached the boys and excelled them to win the state championships spoke about how he always believed in them and although they won, it was about having fun as well. “The state championships were always going to be challenging for the boys, but what I wanted more than the win was for them to have fun. They were great throughout the whole championships and watching them have fun at the same time allowed me to enjoy the experience even more,” he said. The boys were able to go through the whole tournament undefeated and won the division three title. The boys are also looking strong to defend their title next year at the state championships as they will only lose

three players who move up an age group at the end of the year. “Considering that there was only one player remaining in the team from last year the boys managed to hold their own in the tournament especially with the majority of the team being younger than 13,” said Damon. Damon was fond of the experience with the team and if given the chance he would coach the team again in the next state championships. “It was an absolute privilege to coach the boys and I would do it again next year if I am given the same opportunity.

“This was the first time I have coached a team on my own, although I have been an assistant coach to many other teams this was the first time I was given full responsibility of a team and it was an incredible experience,” he said. The Nepean district always does very well in the indoor hockey state championships with the open women’s team finishing 2nd in their division one competition and the U/13’s girls also finishing a very respectable 3rd at the same competition held in the Central Coast.

MELBOURNE based Annabel Luxford went back to back at IRONMAN® 70.3® Western Sydney (Penrith) last weekend while Brisbane-based Dan Wilson claimed his first 70.3 title. Luxford produced a dominant performance exiting the swim with Natalie Van Coevorden over two minutes ahead of a chase pack that included Kirralee Seidel. Onto the bike she was never headed and rode, then ran, away to a win by almost six minutes, Van Coevorden faded on the run to finish third with Seidel snatching second. “Really happy to come back today and grab the win it’s never easy to come back and get the win again, but you couldn’t have asked for better conditions, it started to get warm towards the end. The crowd support was fantastic, the other athletes pushed me, I’m really happy,” Luxford said.

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 Walk n Talk at Pemulwuy

SUNDAY the 20th of November I took part in an amazing initiative called Walk ‘n’ Talk. It’s the brain child of ex Manly footy player Shannon Nevin who lost a mate to suicide (we are all getting touched by this way too much of late) and decided to do something about it. So he organised a ‘movement’ called Walk n Talk. The aim is to get as many people as possible to take a leisurely stroll whilst simply chatting to each other. Another thing in a ‘device riddled’ world we do far too little of. Shannon started them off on the Northern beaches and I was contacted by a mate, Dale Walker, to see if I wanted to be involved in the first Walk n Talk out West. “Sure do,” I said when he rang. So did six of my mates and my oldest son Logan and three of his mates. We met at 8.30am at Pemulwuy (a new suburb of Greystanes) had a brief chat and took off for a 6km walk. Once over, a bbq and music played for the 140 who turned up to walk. I was so impressed I am now going to organise a Walk ‘n’ Talk in Penrith around March next year. For more details check out the Walk ‘n’ Talk Facebook page. Last Thursday evening I was invited along to a public forum at Panthers to discuss the ever-growing problem of domestic violence. The event was organised by the Nepean Blue Mountains local health district, in

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particular Monique Wakefield. I was invited to sit on a panel of four and discuss ways to prevent the ever growing epidemic. I know the word epidemic is a very strong one, but if you’re reading this and live in the Nepean district I’m afraid to tell you that we have the unwanted title of the second worst rate of domestic violence in the state!! I felt ashamed. We must lift our act people - it’s simply not good enough. If you are aware of it taking place tell someone, if you’re a victim of it you SHOULD NOT be. Freedom from violence is a basic human right and no man, woman or child should have to put up with it. And another thing... On a lighter note, last Friday we had an inaugural cricket fundraiser with proceeds going to the Great Walk Foundation. Mike Whitney and Dougie Walters were the guest speakers with the day hosted by yours truly and the Shepperd brothers Brock and Lewis. Troy ‘TK’ Kennedy was our auctioneer and the 120 people in attendance had a fantastic day of fun and frivolity. Thanks to Stuie Mathie and his band ‘No Secrets’ for playing on the night also, and a bigger thank you to the Penrith people who continually turn up to help local causes.

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11 home games a big win for fans despite draw flaws: Fletcher By Stewart Moses @TheRiffMarn

PANTHERS Group CEO, Brian Fletcher, says the 2017 NRL draw is a win for Penrith fans despite some question marks over certain aspects of the draw, made worse by the NRL’s inability to consult with the club first. In what should prove to be a wellreceived decision, Fletcher has confirmed to Nepean News that the five year deal to play a home game in Christchurch has ended after just one year, declaring that competition points not dollars, is the club’s prime concern given the club’s sound financial position. The decision means Panther fans will in 2017 have the opportunity to watch eleven games at Pepper Stadium, which for members is an even bigger bonus, given membership pricing is based on the club playing ten home games, as explained by Fletcher. “What pleases me is that we’ve been able to withdraw the game at Christchurch and bring that back to our members and fans at Penrith,” Fletcher states. “That financial relationship is over. After talking to the chairman, myself, Phil Gould and the coach Anthony Griffin, we’ve put more value on two competition points then the dollars. “We’re looking long term not short term. Fortunately at the moment, the club is in a financial position that we can forego the financial benefits from Christchurch. “Penrith people want to watch a good football side and they want to watch as many games as they can at home so to bring this one back home is a bonus. “We’ve sold our membership packages for ten games and now there’s eleven at no extra cost. Fletcher was less impressed about the draw itself, questioning the NRL’s decision to not have Penrith play their biggest drawcard at home, Parramatta along with the allocation of a home game against the Knights on the new but contentious Friday 6pm timeslot. The Panthers CEO was even more disappointed that the club was not given an opportunity to respond to such fixture allocations before the release of the draw. “The draw’s the draw. You’ve got to work to it but it’s disappointing that you don’t get any real input into it before it’s finalised,” Fletcher declared. “There’s a couple of things we probably could have helped them with the draw. “For instance, it’s a major disappointment that’s our biggest money game of the year crowd-wise, against Parramatta won’t be played at Pepper Stadium. “Surely from the league’s perspective, their statistics should tell

 Penrith are not happy to have lost their biggest drawcard game v Parramatta in 2017. Credit: 77 Media.

them that and that they would factor that into their business model. “Yet we’re playing St George and Newcastle twice so to me it doesn’t make sense that we’re not playing Parramatta twice over one of those two sides. “Also us playing (Newcastle at home) on a Friday night at 6pm doesn’t make much sense when many of our fans have got to make the trip in peak-hour up the M4.” One game which raises eyebrows is the timing of the 2017 Bathurst game, which has moved away from its traditional Saturday 3pm timeslot, instead to be played against Canberra at 5:30pm on the June long weekend, when conditions are expected to be much cooler. Although Fletcher confirmed the club would have preferred to have played this fixture in Bathurst by early April, the time allocated meant coach Anthony Griffin chose to play Canberra once again. “We tell them what we want in relation to that game and we tell them early April,” Fletcher said. “But the draw came back and we got to say to the coach, there’s the draw now, which team do you want to take there and that was the game he decided should go. “I know Bathurst are delighted with the game. “It’s the Queen’s Birthday weekend and you might have the two grand finalists playing there in 2017, which is a real possibility, giving Bathurst a real quality game. “We’ve got a club in Bathurst too so it’s good to take one game there plus we get a lot of players coming down from there to play in our junior grades so it’s nice to give something back. “All we ask is for the town to come to the game and support us.”

PENRITH’S DATES WITH DESTINY IN 2017 Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8 Round 9 Round 10 Round 11 Round 12 Round 13 Round 14 Round 15 Round 16 Round 17 Round 18 Round 19 Round 20 Round 21 Round 22 Round 23 Round 24 Round 25 Round 26

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PENRITH’S FALL FROM GRACE CONTINUES, LOSING THREE STRAIGHT PENRITH is now 12th and in danger of having their once-promising season, go into free-fall unless the Black Cats can find a way to arrest their form slump against competition front-runners, Gordon in a two-day game at Howell Oval, starting this Saturday. Penrith as they have so often this season, batted first and again were left struggling to post a decent score after the top order again misfired with only Jona Sammut (57) and Tim Cummins (42) making any decent contributions. It was left to in-form skipper, Matthew Halse (59) and Jake Wholohan (49), to combine with a seventh wicket partnership of 94, that enabled to the Black Cats to post a somewhat competitive score of 280 runs. But it was to no avail as the Penrith bowling attack, which has taken just ten wickets between them in the midst of this three-game losing streak, were no match for the new competition leaders, who won easily by eight wickets. Coach Steve Small was left to lament yet another loss. “Obviously not ideal but all credit to Northern Districts today, they were all class,” said Small. “Their batsmen are accomplished players and to both make hundreds on our home ground is testament to why they are up the ladder. “We didn’t play that badly today even though we only took two wickets despite bowling and fielding really well but the batsmen were that little bit too good.” Small conceded that that the top-order batsmen are on notice having again failed to get the side off to a strong start and would not rule out making changes. “All the batsmen will be on notice, they’ll be needing to convert,” Small stated. “As I said two blokes from the opposition make a hundred on our home ground and the medicine they got today is really good medicine for our batsmen. “If they don’t learn from that then there will be some tough love (from the selectors).” Skipper, Matthew Halse echoed his coach’s sentiments, saying that despite the team’s efforts, the lack of runs produced by key batsmen is putting a lot of pressure on the bowling attack. “I can’t fault the effort which was pretty good today,” Halse said. “But our top order needs to do more, we were probably about 70 runs under par, same the previous game. “The bowlers would like to be getting more wickets but it works both ways, they need more runs to bowl at. “Tommy (Kohler-Cadmore) by his own admission hasn’t had a great start to the season and Hoppa’s (Michael Hopkins) probably a bit down on form and confidence as well. “But they’re good players, they’ll turn it around hopefully with a bit of hard work.”

Cummins’ selection comes on the back of another impressive performance in the recent Futures League clash against the ACT where he took 3/39 and 1/18. Meanwhile, Ryan Gibson has made the most of his re-call to the NSW Sheffield Shield team, scoring an unbeaten 65 in just his third innings at this level, despite batting down the order at number seven.

 Despite the best efforts of Jake Wholohan (left) and skipper Matthew Halse, Penrith’s total of 280 was again was short of the mark. Credit 77 Media.

Ironically Josh Lalor, was set to finally play again for Penrith last Saturday, but for an injury (quadstrain) suffered at training during the week. But having missed several weeks of grade cricket before this injury, Lalor concedes that it is frustrating not playing regular cricket, especially for Penrith. “It’s difficult when there’s not consistent cricket,” said Lalor. “The Futures League takes precedent every now and then. “It rules us out of different days depending on our workloads, which makes it hard to get that consistent cricket as you want as a bowler, which is a little bit frustrating.” Lalor remains hopeful of playing Gordon this Saturday, provided he can get through another two sessions this week, before departing for Brisbane to fulfil BBL commitments with the Heat over the coming weeks. Things didn’t get any easier for the Black Cats as they lost their fifth game in a row in all forms of cricket, losing their second consecutive game of the T20 competition by seven wickets at the hands of local rivals, Hawkesbury. Batting first, a quick-fire 33 for Tom Kohler-Cadmore got Penrith off to a flyer but his dismissal saw the rest of the Penrith batsmen struggle to score runs quickly, including Cameron Weir, who recovered to score an unbeaten 50 in the Black Cats’ below-par total of 5/126. But Hawkesbury were never really troubled and chased down the target with eleven balls to spare. In some good news for the club, Pat Cummins’ comeback continues to gather momentum, having been picked to play for Australia in the upcoming one-day series against New Zealand, starting this Sunday.

Penrith’s Under 21 Poidevin-Gray Shield side, has maintained its unbeaten start to the season after four rounds, having easily accounted for Hawkesbury, led by skipper Cameron Weir, who scored a second century in as many games. The competition now goes into recess until early January. After Round Six, the Black Cats have slipped back to sixth in the club championship, having won just the one grade this round (fifths). Apart from first grade, second grade find themselves in 15th position while thirds (6th), fourths (5th) and fifths (1st) all remain inside the top six. While much of the buzz has surrounded the Breakers debut of Penrith women’s captain, Mikayla Hinkley, Naomi Stalenberg continues to impress for the Breakers having scored 63 off just 53 balls in their recent match against Victoria and comes into the WNCL finals in good form. In other news, the Lady Cats’ first grade side has moved to fifth after splitting the fortnight with a win and a loss, while the women’s second grade team continues to go from strength to strength, with their unbeaten winning streak stretching to six matches. The Lady Cats’ find themselves placed in second position, despite being without captain Hannah Darlington, who at just 15, was picked to play with the Cricket Australia Invitational XI in the Under 18’s tournament in Hobart. Both teams will now play in the first / second grade T20 competition over the coming weeks with games coming up over the next two Sundays at Raby Oval and Bill Ball Oval. Finally a reminder that this Sunday’s T20 doubleheader at Howell Oval against Blacktown and the Central Coast, represents Back to Penrith Day for all ex-players and officials, coinciding with Pink Panther day for the wives, girlfriends and mothers who all devote time to support to their cricketers. #LoveTheCats

(With Thanks to 77 Media)

After four weeks on the road, the Black Cats returned to mother Howell to take on Northern Districts and so too did the cameras of 77 Media.

Matt Halse is kept on his toes, turning this shot away on leg.

Jake Wholohan cuts loose during his innings of 49.

Ryan Smith took an early wicket on Day Two and was one of Penrith’s best

As did Jake Wholohan, before the batsmen got themselves set.

A virtual batsmen’s view of Michael Collins steaming in to bowl.

But despite the strong fielding effort by the likes of Ryan Hackney, the Black Cats chased plenty of leather.

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Hinkley sets sights on a T20 home-coming after re-signing for Thunder By Stewart Moses @TheRiffMarn

PENRITH’S women’s first grade cricket captain, Mikayla Hinkley, has capped an amazing few weeks after her re-signing with the Sydney Thunder was announced at the franchise’s launch of a WBBL double-header to be played at Penrith’s Howell Oval. Hinkley, who recently made her debut for the NSW Lend Lease Breakers in the Women’s National Cricket League, couldn’t be happier to have re-signed with the defending WBBL champions, having knocked back a lucrative offer from an interstate franchise in the process. “It’s very pleasing to be signing again with the Thunder after a successful season last year which was an awesome experience,” Hinkley confirmed. “It will be good to be around those girls again and chip in here and there. “Whilst there was another offer, it wasn’t a hard decision for to go with the Thunder once I got their offer. “The opportunity to continue learning from the likes of our captain Alex Blackwell, is just incredible.” But whilst a move interstate is out of the question, Hinkley is open to the possibility of playing overseas at some point in the future.

 Mikayla Hinkley receives her debut cap for the NSW Breakers. Photo: Supplied.

“I think there’s a lot to learn if you to move outside your comfort zone, which for me is going overseas, playing county cricket and learn what it’s like to live a world away,” Hinkley admits. “Sometimes there’s only so much you can learn in your current environment so my interest is to perhaps in the future, go overseas and experience cricket in a different environment.” But in the meantime, the 18 yearold cricketer says that despite making just 18 and 8 against Victoria and ACT respectively in her first two games for the Breakers, the opportunity to achieve a goal she concedes was probably another season away, has fuelled her desire to secure a contract. “That was definitely one of my goals over the next two seasons,” Hinkley stated. “But before I knew it I have played two games and there was only a day in between.

“It all happened so quickly but looking back now it’s another kind of weight off my shoulders. “I’ve got that goal ticked off and I can focus on pushing to grow as a player and play continuous games and be contracted to the Breakers next season or the season after.” Whilst the former Penrith Anglican School student concedes she is unlikely to feature for the Breakers in the upcoming WNCL finals, Hinkley’s focus remains firmly on doing whatever she can do to assist the team reclaim the title they lost last season. “Whilst I probably won’t play in the WNCL finals, my role is to be there and support them for this week and to win against Queensland is kind of my mind set now,” Hinkley declares. “I’ll be training hard with the Breakers leading up to their final and supporting them whether I’m on the field or off the field.”

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GREVSMUHL’S SUDDEN RELEASE TAKES LEAGUE WORLD BY SURPRISE Chris Grevsmuhl, the forward Phil Gould tried to sign on more than one occasion before finally getting his man initially for 2017, before gaining an early release from Souths to play 14 NRL games for the Panthers in 2016, has been given an immediate release to deal with personal issues. The release were confirmed by the club late last Friday after rumours gathered momentum throughout last Thursday that the former North Queensland Cowboys junior was set to be released. No sooner had the news been announced, several news outlets were suggesting that Grevsmuhl was home-sick and was looking to return home to North Queensland to fill a vacancy in the playing roster created by the retirement of prop, Ben Hannant. But Panthers Group CEO, Brian Fletcher has scoffed at those suggestions, confirming to Nepean News that while the club will provide all the assistance it can for Grevsmuhl, it will be up to the NRL to determine if and when the forward will be fit to resume his playing career. “We had no prior knowledge before coming here but he’s got some family issues and other issues that has seen him hit rock bottom,” Fletcher confirmed. “But hopefully we can get the young kid back on the road and get him back to doing what he does best and that’s playing football. “He’s under the NRL rehabilitation program so hopefully he can come through the end of that and then they’ll assess him and see where he’s at and give him permission to play again in the NRL competition.” Although the club has confirmed that Grevsmuhl’s departure will create some salary cap space, Panthers Executive General Manager, Phil Gould has stated that the club is unlikely to go out to the market at this stage, instead suggesting that the club will give one of any of their promising young forwards coming through the grades the opportunity to become a Top 25 squad member. In some better news for the club, Josh Mansour’s knee reconstruction surgery has been deemed a success with Brian Fletcher stating that the winger could be back as early as late April – early May or no worse than late May. “Josh is hoping early May, worse-case scenario late May,” Fletcher confirmed.

Titans in what will be prove to be a difficult group to progress from. Whilst on the Nines, while the club has confirmed no additional NRL jerseys in 2017, the club has confirmed there will be a special Nines jersey.

 Chris Grevsmuhl has been granted an unexpected release by the club. Credit: 77 Media.

“Josh is a very good healer and is very good in terms of attention to detail with all his injuries. “If six months is run of the mill, then Josh could be back in five months. “He’s been operated on last week and its now coming up to December so his five months comes up at the end of April.” “We be hoping that he is back by no later than the end of May around State of Origin time and be right for the right end of the season.” Meanwhile, one player who is making every post a winner in the early stages of pre-season training in a bid to secure that vacant wing spot, is none other than Dylan Edwards. Edwards, who played much of 2015 in Holden Cup on the wing, had a stellar season in 2016 when given the opportunity to play fullback in both Holden Cup and Intrust Super Premiership, culminating with a NRL debut earlier this year on the wing. Not only has Penrith’s 2017 Draw been confirmed but details of their trial games have also emerged. Penrith will play the Bulldogs at Belmore on Saturday February 11 before backing up the following Saturday with a Battle of the West Trial at home against the Eels. The Draw for the Auckland Nines which takes place on the first weekend in February, has also been announced with the Panthers drawn in Pool Waiheke alongside the Sharks, Bulldogs and

As we go to print, over 8,500 members are eligible to attend Penrith’s members only Christmas Party this Sat from 11am-1pm in the Backyard at Panthers Leagues Club where they can meet the playing roster and staff. As an added bonus, all members that renewed before November 26, will receive their membership packs before Christmas, which is welcome news for a membership base that has traditionally been made to wait post-Christmas. Contrasting fortunes for our Panthers involved in the Four Nations Final with Trent Merrin scoring his first try as an international player in Australia’s comprehensive 34-8 win over New Zealand at Anfield, that had all three Kiwi Panthers sitting on the sidelines, including Te Maire Martin who was overlooked as Thomas Leuluai’s replacement in the halves, in favour of back-rower Tohu Harris. Some big announcements out of the NRL in the past fortnight with the 2017 City v Country fixture in Mudgee to be the last, while in even bigger news, the Holden Cup will be scrapped in 2018, replaced by a revised state-based reserve grade competition. There could be even bigger news coming out of League Central in coming days or weeks with the push by 14 NRL clubs including Penrith, to oust current ALRC Chairman, John Grant, following revelations that the game despite the record TV deal, can no longer offer clubs the funding agreement which stipulates clubs are to be funded 130% of their salary cap. This isn’t the only grievance clubs have with the ALRC, but instead it’s the last straw for clubs that have long been dissatisfied by the excess spending that has taken place. See you at a game in 2017. #PantherPride

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Leonay Golf Club signs female professional By Noel Rowsell

GOLF Professional Corinne Kelleher is the new face in the Pro Shop at Leonay Golf Club, having taken over the full management of the facility on 30th October. The Pro Shop had been run in recent years by Professional Col Banham, working under the ownership of the Emu Leonay Sports Club. His tenure had followed the departure of long-term Professional Wayne Worthy, who had also run the Pro Shop as his own business. The wheel has now turned the full circle, with Kelleher taking full responsibility for bookings, equipment repairs and sales, along with coordinating golf events, assisted by Trainee Evan Kelleher has an impressive resume, having recently worked for the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation as Regional Development Officer for Sydney West and the Blue Mountains. During that time, Corinne also worked as Assistant Professional at Dunheved GC.

Corinne Kelleher is set to revamp Women’s and Junior golf at Leonay GC. Photos courtesy of Noel Rowsell (

Kelleher began playing as a 14year old at the Eden GC, on NSW east coast and served her Traineeship years with Brad Saunders at Mona Vale GC (one year) and Jonathan Green at Penrith GC (two years) before becoming the Assistant Professional to Green at Penrith. Her first-ever win as a trainee Professional was at Leonay, where

she shot 4-under par in a Trainee event. A veteran of tournament golf, Corinne has also played full time in Europe, Scandanavia and Asia, winning the New Caledonian Open and finishing second (in a playoff) in the Castle Hill ALPG Tour event. Corinne also competed for several

years in the Australian Open and Australian Ladies Masters. Corinne’s plans for her tenure at Leonay include a desire to provide a welcoming environment for all golfers, including great customer service. She also wants to grow participation in golf, particularly with women and junior golfers.

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