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The Royce sees phenomenal program results By KeRRIE DAVIES


ast week was Dementia Week, so we chatted to the staff at The Royce about the condition. Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. Be Nguyen, CEO of Greenhill Aged Care, is also a Nursing Consultant who works closely with the residents at The Royce. Her role includes overseeing the clinical needs of the 47 diagnosed residents in the dementia ward. Ms Nguyen uses a range of programs designed to help with the challenges presented in managing the care of those with dementia. “The main challenges with diagnosed residents are behavioural concerns, such as wandering, and keeping residents engaged in activity for a better quality of life,” Ms Nguyen said. “We’ve had some great success with the programs we’ve been able to provide at The Royce.” A program that has finally arrived a few weeks ago, following delays due to lockdown, is the Tovertafel game console; an interactive game for dementia residents. Ms Nguyen said when she first heard about the product she did a few reference checks and found the feedback was extremely good, so the purchase was made. “The Tovertafel has given us some wonderful results, particularly in our residents who are in advanced stages of dementia,” she said. The typical social activities that appeal to seniors, such as bingo or happy hour can be quite a challenge for dementia residents with a shorter attention span. “We assess the residents on their social interests, and the time of the day that they’re routinely becoming restless,” Ms Nguyen said. “This occurs in the afternoon for many, as they’re thinking it is time to head home from work or school.” Ms Nguyen explained that the Tovertafel works in a similar way to the Wii game - it projects images to a surface allowing the residents and carers to play and interact. Some examples of the interaction include gathering leaves, catching fish and throwing a ball for a dog to fetch. “The progress has been phenomenal,” Ms Nguyen said, “Rather than just sitting and not engaging, we are seeing their faces light up and some big smiles. “The residents who would routinely become agitated at certain times are much calmer and settled, and we have less wandering as well. There’s a lot of laughter, it is giving them a purpose

to their day.” Ms Nguyen’s own mother has dementia, and that coupled with the fact that she speaks limited English is quite testing. “Mum has been at the facility for a while. Once we proceeded with playing with the leaves on the game, her demeanour changed; she’s smiling and she’s laughing. She tends to sit in a corner, but put Tovertafel on and she’s laughing like she’s 12 years old again.” Those in the earlier stages of dementia are benefiting from the program as well. “There’s a happy birthday game that is quite a favourite in the mornings. It is basically a deconstructed cake, and you have to construct it layer by layer. Once it is erected the happy birthday song plays and fireworks go off. It is a tune they all remember so they all clap and sing along. “Residents with dementia are in their own reality; they might think they’re back at school for instance. Validating their reality is part of the management,” Ms Nguyen said, explaining that there’s no benefit in telling them no, or that they’re really 84 not 14. “As many of our residents with dementia are female, they’ve been home-makers. They are focussed on preparing dinner or getting the housework done. Part of the program is to help them re-focus their attention.” The staff at The Royce regularly engage with Dementia Services Australia, and there are other parts to the program such as robot dogs and cats. These life-like companions were introduced during lockdown when the usual access to pet therapy became difficult.

“The robot pets also aid in managing resident’s agitation, and stimulates more engagement. They keep them with them and they become a great benefit, much like a security blanket.” Ms Nguyen explained that dementia is very hard on the relatives and spouses. “No recognition on the face of someone very close to you is extremely difficult. We like to reassure the family of our residents that their loved one is well cared for. We send photos to the family of them laughing and interacting and it alleviates their concerns. “I’ve been working in aged care for 31 years and the technology of today is a wonderful thing to see. The quality of life that it provides is exceptional. At the end of the day, that’s what is really important,” Ms Nguyen said. Who gets dementia? Most people with dementia are older, but it is important to remember that not all older people get dementia. It is not a normal part of ageing. Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65 years. People in their 40s and 50s can also have dementia. What causes dementia? There are many different forms of dementia and each has its own causes. The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular dementia, Dementia with Lewy bodies, Fronto Temporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), Huntington’s disease, Alcohol related dementia (Korsakoff’s syndrome) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Is it dementia? There are a number of conditions that produce symptoms similar to dementia. These include some

vitamin and hormone deficiencies, depression, medication clashes or overmedication, infections and brain tumours. It is essential that a medical diagnosis is obtained at an early stage when symptoms first appear, to ensure that a person who has a treatable condition is diagnosed and treated correctly. If the symptoms are caused by dementia, an early diagnosis will mean early access to support, information, and medication should it be available. Can dementia be inherited? This will depend on the cause of the dementia, so it is important to have a firm medical diagnosis. If you are concerned about the risk of inheriting dementia, consult your doctor or contact Dementia Australia to speak to a counsellor. Most cases of dementia are not inherited. What are the early signs of dementia? The early signs of dementia are very subtle and vague and may not be immediately obvious. Some common symptoms may include: • Progressive and frequent memory loss • Confusion • Personality change • Apathy and withdrawal • Loss of ability to perform everyday tasks. What can be done to help? At present there is no prevention or cure for most forms of dementia. However, some medications have been found to reduce some symptoms. Support is vital for people with dementia. The help of families, friends and carers can make a positive difference to managing the condition.

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ore than 6,500 people across Western Sydney have enrolled in TAFE NSW’s Lockdown Learning courses to upskill or retrain during the COVID-19 pandemic. Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said more than 25 fee-free online or virtual courses are available in areas ranging from food safety and hairdressing to small business and operating drones in agriculture. “The NSW Government, through TAFE NSW, is helping small business owners to upskill their staff, jobseekers to retrain and diversify their skills, and workers to enhance their job prospects,” Mr Ayres said. “It is vital we keep people employed, prepare for jobs growth as restrictions ease, and ensure Western Sydney and the NSW economy have the best chance to rebound and thrive.” Lockdown courses have proven popular, with short courses in construction and building already at capacity. Other sought-after skills on offer include mental health support, accounting, pharmacy, small business, and website design. TAFE NSW student Ana Poles from Western Sydney has completed a Statement of Attainment in Mental Health to get a taste of what study is like before starting a Diploma of Mental Health at TAFE NSW Mount Druitt in 2022. The 54-year-old said the Lockdown Learning course has also been beneficial for her role as a domestic assistant with Catholic Care. “When you work as a domestic assistant, you might not be providing mental health services directly, but you are indirectly,” she said.

“Some of the people I visit can be quite isolated and need someone to talk to or they may be experiencing grief due to the loss of a partner or loved one. This course has taught me how to listen better and given me the confidence to study next year.” Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said around 20,000 people have now enrolled in the TAFE NSW Lockdown Learning courses, and almost 10,000 people were studying with TAFE NSW for the first time. “The NSW Government is committed to providing customised, industry-led training to prepare our people and our economy for life after lockdown,” Mr Lee said. “We know that many industries are in hibernation due to the pandemic, so using this period to retrain or upskill is time well spent. NSW will benefit from these skills in the longer term with a workforce that is equipped for the jobs of tomorrow.” For more information about studying at TAFE NSW, visit or phone 131 601.

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o here we are in October and we’re been given a set of road maps by the NSW Government that will see us “out of lockdown and back to freedom,” as the Premier puts it.

It’s a three-stage process with various easing of restrictions at each phase; 70 percent vaccinated (likely 11th October) 80 percent vaccinated (likely towards the end of the month) and then basically a free for all come December 1. While it’s great to see some light at the end of a very long lockdown tunnel, there are more grey areas than there are on the heads of most who have had to go three months without a hairdresser. I don’t envy Gladys Berejiklian, her Ministers or the NSW Health team. This pandemic has been a minefield for them and they’ve had to make unpopular and lifestyle-changing decisions during the most unpredictable time in NSW history. What possible decisions could you make that would ensure you’re doing the best thing to keep citizens healthy, alive and away from contacting others, without devastating our economy? Allowing people to access crucial services and vital contact with family and friends without the risk of spreading the virus? Maintaining jobs and keeping people working without compromising our health system? Encouraging people to vaccinate while there’s constantly background noise in the form of misinformation? Providing a platform for businesses to safely re-open without compromising patrons or sending the income-starved businesses broke with continued restrictions? It is an astronomical task, and there’s no easy way forward that will please all of the people. The Premier has said over and over that it doesn’t bother her if people don’t like her or her decisions. Good call, because no matter what she does, there will be haters. It is not a time to bow down to fringe groups, play ‘please the media’ or sugar-coat things for the renegades. It is a time to make a call, stand by it and then provide clarity. I’ve spoken to lots of people this week, including tradies, emergency services, politicians and business owners. While all have expressed differing opinions on what is a good decision on what isn’t, the one thing they all want is clarity. The rules need to be clear. With the government’s prediction that cases “will go through the roof” when we open up, most people want crystal clear rules on what happens at venues once exposed to a positive case. Does it mean a deep cleanse? Will alerts still go out? Will the QR entry still be in place? Will the venue have to temporarily close? They want clarity on the support payments. It has already been flagged that those who’ve been impacted will be weaned off the payments, with employees joining the centrelink queue if they don’t return to normal work hours. But what happens with businesses who will do a staggered reopening? Will their assistance be cut off? The 4 and 2 square metre rules limits patrons, so of course that means they will limit revenue. Yet the overheads will likely be the same as if they were operating at full capacity. That’s a recipe for disaster. Businesses want clear rules on what they do about unvaccinated patrons. They don’t want to hear that it is the owner’s decision, they want the government to make the decisions so they can state that they are following the rules. They don’t want to be arguing ‘sovereign rights’ with the unvaxxed, and they don’t want the backlash from their vaccinated patrons who were expecting a fully vaccinated environment. They signed up to be small business owners, not the police. It is an incredibly challenging time for everyone, and I think if the government reads the room they’ll see that while there’s a lot of noise from minorities, most people go with the flow. They just need the flow to be black or white, not grey. On another note, set your clocks forward before bed this Saturday for the start of Daylight Saving! And set yourself up in front of the telly to watch the Mighty Panthers win the grand final!

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SW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced what she says is a “clear path to follow out of the pandemic and lockdowns” with the roadmap for easing restrictions at the 80 per cent double dose target revealing a brighter future for the community. From the Monday after NSW hits the 80 per cent (aged 16 and over) double dose vaccination target, eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated to have up to 10 people visit their home, participate in community sport, and access hospitality venues (where drinking while standing up will be allowed indoors). All premises will operate at 1 person per 4sqm indoors, and 1 person per 2sqm outdoors. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the 80 per cent roadmap will also remove the limit of fully vaccinated guests for weddings and funerals, and remove customer caps for personal services such as hairdressers. “I know people are counting down the minutes until we reach 70 per cent double dose and the freedoms that will provide, and today we are providing further certainty by announcing the 80 per cent roadmap and future settings,” Ms Berejiklian said. “Vaccination remains our ticket to freedom so we need to work even harder to get jabs in arms, to help stop the spread, minimise outbreaks and ensure people are protected when we open up.” Given updated health advice, adjustments have been made to

the 70 per cent roadmap. Regional travel will now not be allowed until 80 per cent (fully vaccinated only), and a booking cap has been introduced for hospitality venues of 20 people per booking. Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the NSW Government is considering changes to incoming international arrival caps, so more people can return home for Christmas. “The NSW Government’s 70 per cent roadmap lifts fully vaccinated people out of lockdown and when we reach 80 per cent, restrictions will ease even further,” Mr Barilaro said. “The key continues to be vaccination rates, so please do not hesitate and book in for your free COVID-19 vaccine today so we can reach these targets as soon as possible. “I must also clarify that travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW will only be permitted when the state reaches 80 per cent double dose. This change is necessary to give some regional areas the time they need

to increase local vaccination rates.” Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the milestone marked a shift in gear for the State’s economic recovery. “There’s a real sense of optimism returning to our community as our vaccination rates keep climbing and that’s giving businesses the confidence they need to reopen and for people to start returning to work and getting their lives back on track,” Mr Perrottet said. Health Minister Brad Hazzard thanked the people of NSW for their sacrifices. “Our health workers continue to rely on people to make smart choices, to keep a safe distance, not go to work when they are feeling unwell and to get tested when they show the slightest of symptoms. “It’s that dedication which allows us to ease some of the restrictions again and to begin the process of opening up the state,” Mr Hazzard said. The roadmap may be finetuned by NSW Health as we monitor the COVID-19 situation over the coming weeks. From 1 December further changes will be introduced including all venues moving to the 2sqm rule, masks will not be required indoors at offices, indoor pools and nightclubs can reopen, and unvaccinated people will have greater freedoms. If you are not booked in for a COVID-19 vaccine, please book an appointment as soon possible. For the latest information visit

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uolls, bettongs and the brush-tailed phascogale are just some of the locally extinct species making their historic return to a new National Park and feral predator-free area in western Sydney. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the 500 hectare site at Shanes Park between Penrith and Windsor will be one of the largest new National Parks in western Sydney in over a decade. “The pandemic has shown us how important our open public spaces are, they are critical to our mental and physical well-being,” Ms Berejiklian said. “This project will not only allow the people of western Sydney a new place to enjoy the outdoors but they will also get to access a conservation area and one of the nation’s best wildlife experiences.” Environment Minister Matt Kean said the new Shanes Park site will become a tourist destination and will allow visitors to see what the Australian bush was like over 200 years ago. “This is wildlife restoration on a grand scale and one of the biggest urban wildlife restoration projects in Australia’s history,” Mr Kean said. “No where else in the country is

the reintroduction of 30 species in an urban setting of over 500 hectares even being considered, let alone being delivered.” “Visiting Shanes Park will be like stepping back in time to see the Australian bush alive with native animals as it was before foxes, cats and rabbits had such a devastating impact.” Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said this project will be a welcome addition to the growing list of attractions bringing tourists to Western Sydney. “This will become a must see destination for visitors not only from

greater Sydney and across the state but also from interstate and around the world,” Mr Ayres said. “They will be able to see and experience some of our most unique, threatened and endangered wildlife and habitats right here in the heart of Western Sydney.” Shanes Park is one of seven feralfree areas either established or being established in NSW National Parks providing a conservation benefit to over 50 threatened species. “A network of predator-free areas is an essential part of our strategy to protect and restore our most vulnerable native species and this new project will bring the total feral-

free area in NSW national parks to almost 65,000 hectares,” Mr Kean said. Public access to the new National Park is expected by early 2023 which will include a one of a kind visitor experience including visitor facilities, interpretive signage and an education centre which will run nocturnal spotlighting tours. Establishment of the feral free area will begin with the construction of specialist perimeter fencing which is expected to begin in the next three months. The new National Park will be declared in early 2022 following consultation with Aboriginal groups on an Aboriginal name.

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Council’s got excess packaging waste sorted


ith traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ stores remaining closed during lockdown, the surge in online shopping is producing an unprecedented byproduct – packaging waste. For residents in the Penrith local government area, Penrith City Council is introducing two drop-off collection days over the coming weeks to dispose of cardboard boxes and paper-based packaging as a result of home deliveries. The service will be available at the Penrith Civic Centre on Mondays and Fridays between 2pm and 6pm. Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown OAM welcomed the drop-off collections which give equal access to all residents now that travel within the LGA is permitted for everyone. “This is a wonderful initiative in response to the community’s needs,” Cr McKeown said. “The surge in online shopping has meant that packaging waste is quickly

filling our yellow-lidded recycle bins and for residents who are quite active online shoppers we have a solution for them. “Many of the packages we receive are made from recyclable materials and by placing the packaging into

the yellow-lidded bins or by bringing them to our collection point, it ensures we keep the material out of landfill by processing it into another usable product,” Cr McKeown said. Residents can bring cardboard boxes and paper-based packaging to the Civic

Centre (601 High Street, Penrith) for collection. All materials will be sent to VISY’s ‘Super MRF’ facility in Smithfield which has a sorting capacity of 900 tonnes per day, with paper based materials processed onsite. Simply pack your cardboard boxes and paper-based packaging into the boot of your car and bring it to the Civic Centre on either Monday or Friday between 2pm to 6pm and our staff will unpack if from your boot in a COVID-safe way. This will mean your packaging waste will be disposed of in a responsible way. Recyclable Collection What: Bring your paper based packaging that is either too big to fit in your yellow-lidded bin or if you have run out of room in the bin prior to its collection. Where: Penrith Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith When: Mondays and Fridays between 2pm and 6pm starting from Monday 27 September.

467 million reasons to check the unclaimed money register More than $467 million of unclaimed money is sitting with Revenue NSW ready to make its way into the hands of NSW citizens. NSW Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope acknowledged many families across the state were struggling financially due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. “We know many people are doing it tough, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, with most households having to keep a close

eye on their budget. This is why I am encouraging people to check their eligibility on the Revenue NSW website to see if you are owed any money, you could have hundreds or thousands of dollars that you didn’t know about,” Mr Tudehope said. The forgotten money held by Revenue NSW includes share dividends, trust accounts, refunds, commissions, deceased estates and money from a range of other sources. “The largest single amount held on the unclaimed money register is more

than $1 million from a deceased estate in Cabramatta, while there are 10 amounts of more than $500,000 each, waiting to be collected by the rightful owners.” “There are also more than 255,000 unpresented cheques worth $108 million waiting to make their way to the proper accounts.” “Anyone can search for unclaimed money on the Revenue NSW website. It is a free service offered by the NSW Government to get money back into the hands of its owners.”

The unclaimed money register holds money that has not made it to the correct owner for any number of reasons, including a change of address or name, misplaced paperwork or has simply been forgotten. Revenue NSW periodically undertakes data matching activities and attempts to contact potential owners of new items received from enterprises. The unclaimed money register can be found here www.revenue.nsw.

Nsw Government invests in Tafe nsw teachers


he NSW Government is investing $1 million to fund training for industry experts who want to pursue a rewarding career change as a TAFE NSW teacher. The investment will allow 200 industry professionals across the State to upskill with guaranteed employment at TAFE NSW. This is in addition to $3.1 million from the NSW Government to fund 525 scholarships across the state since 2019. Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the scholarships will give those that have years of experience in their field the opportunity to grow the industries they love by training the next generation. “TAFE NSW teachers are highly experienced in their industries, and the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is the formal qualification which enables them to train the next generation,” Mr Lee said. “With the scholarship covering the fees, this will ensure the best and brightest in high-demand industries like engineering, plumbing, carpentry, electrotechnology, nursing, early childhood education and aged care consider a career as a TAFE NSW teacher, without needing to weigh up the cost. “What sets TAFE NSW teachers apart is that they not only pass on their knowledge and expertise, but

they have professional networks which are a vital connection to jobs for students.” “Teachers play an incredibly significant role in the lives of students. That’s why we’re investing in the best of industry to work at TAFE NSW and help us shape the future workforce. “This is a real commitment and real investment in TAFE as our comprehensive public training provider.”

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he NSW Police Force has officially announced the arrival of six new German Shepherd puppies who have been named by young patients from the Sydney Children’s Hospital. The four female and two male pups from the ‘C litter’ were born to Bonnie (mother) and Vegas (father) on Monday 21 May 2021. The Dog and Mounted Command asked for help from patients at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, to vote on their favourite names for the pups, starting with the letter C. The females have been named Cody, Carrie, Carol, and Cali, while the boys have been called Charger and Coops. The opportunity to name a puppy was a positive distraction for eightyear-old Alice, who unexpectedly needed to spend several hours in the emergency department. “I wanted to name the puppy Cody because my best friend’s name is Cody, and dogs are her favourite animal,” Alice said. Four-year-old Nate, a surgical patient at the hospital, voted for the name Charger. “I picked Charger because it sounded like a really good Police dog name,” Nate said. Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott welcomed the

latest furry additions to the police family. “These pups represent the next generation of the Force’s Police Dog team, one of the most highly-trained and respected in the world,” Mr Elliott said. “I join the children, who named the pups, in following the progress of the C-litter; I know they will achieve great things in the future,” he said. Superintendent Michael Rochester, Dog and Mounted Commander, said

the children had left a lasting imprint on the Dog Unit with the naming of the newest canine recruits. “Unfortunately, this year the kids weren’t able to meet the pups in person because of the pandemic, but we were very glad we could get them involved virtually,” Superintendent Rochester said. “If these pups are successful through their training, they’ll go on to help the community in many ways. Our dogs are used to find missing people, assist

in pursuits, detect drugs, explosives and other paraphernalia, and have a variety of other specialist functions which make them an invaluable law enforcement capability.” Andrea Fuller, patron of the Dog and Mounted Command, said it was only fitting that the children from Sydney Children’s Hospital named the new pups. “These are some of the strongest and bravest children in our community, so it seems natural for them to be given the opportunity to name our newest frontline heroes,” Mrs Fuller said. “The pups of ‘C’ litter are a very welcome addition to the Dog and Mounted Command and will no doubt continue to develop into a valuable law enforcement capability, as well as loyal friends to their handlers.” The pups are currently being exposed to new environments and experiences as they undergo their foundational training.

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Local man pockets prize of over a million dollars


Jamisontown grandfather admitted he was so mindboggled from discovering his division one win in Saturday Lotto that he spilt his morning coffee. The local player held one of the five division one winning entries in Saturday Lotto draw 4193, drawn Saturday 25 September 2021 – each entry pockets $1,303,213,75. So far in 2021, there have been 19 division one wins in the Western Sydney & Blue Mountains region, collectively worth more than $26.18 million. Confirming his win with an official from The Lott earlier this week, the man explained he’d checked his ticket over the weekend and made the exciting discovery. “I was absolutely gobsmacked. I spilt my coffee when I found out!” he laughed. “As soon as I woke up, I went to my computer to check the results and to see if I was going to work this week. It came to my surprise that I was a newly minted millionaire. “When I was checking the results, I thought to myself, ‘I’m not going to win’. I guess I was wrong!

“It’s made my life easier; I can live comfortably. “I always knew I was going to retire this year, but I didn’t expect I could retire so soon. This has brought my retirement plans forward. This is a great way to finish up. “I’m very happy.” With his division one lottery fortune about to hit his bank account, the merry man knew exactly what he was going to do. “Besides from retiring, I’m going to pay off some bills, go on a holiday and help out the children with their house plans,” he shared.

“My children have been wanting to purchase a house for a long time. This will help them significantly. “I can’t do much celebrating at this stage. The celebration plans might be put on ice until the restrictions ease. Hopefully we can have the family around to celebrate later in the year.” The life-changing 36-game Quickpick entry was purchased at Southlands Newsagency, Shop 8, Southlands Shopping Centre, 2 Birmingham Road, Penrith South. Southlands Newsagency owner Yang Xia explained she had been waiting for a major lottery win for a while now.

“It’s about time we’ve changed someone’s life! We’ve been patiently waiting. The last time we sold a division one winning entry was two years ago,” she revealed. “We’ve been telling every customer that has been coming into the store. They’re excited for the winner and for us. “On behalf of the team at Southlands Newsagency, a big congratulations to the winner and we hope they enjoy their windfall!” The winning numbers in Saturday Lotto draw 4193 on 25 September 2021 were 33, 29, 36, 40, 6, 28, while the supplementary numbers were 43 and 26. Across Australia, there were 5 division one winning entries in Saturday Lotto draw 4193 – two from Victoria and one each from New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 339 so far this calendar year, including 99 won by NSW Lotteries customers. In the 12 months to 30 June 2021, Saturday Lotto created 174 millionaires across Australia.

New $5 billion Westinvest fund to rejuvenate western Sydney communities and boost jobs


new $5 billion investment by the NSW Government will help secure a brighter future for western and south-western Sydney families and residents, helping build new and improved facilities and local infrastructure to help communities hit hard by COVID-19. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the new WestInvest Fund would focus on projects that make a real difference to quality of life, help create jobs in the process, and change the face of Western Sydney for the better. “The future of Western Sydney is bright and this announcement is a major first step along the road to recovery after a challenging year,” Ms Berejiklian said. “This is about helping to rejuvenate local communities with improved parks, better open spaces, giving town centres a boost and providing opportunities to grow.” The unprecedented boost was made possible by the State’s strong financial management and asset recycling strategy, with the NSW Government today announcing the sale of its residual 49 per cent stake in WestConnex for $11.1 billion. The new WestInvest Fund will allocate $3 billion for future projects across six areas: • Parks, urban spaces and green space; • Enhancing community

infrastructure such as local sporting grounds; • Modernising local schools; • Creating and enhancing arts and cultural facilities; • Revitalising high-streets; • Clearing local traffic. The remaining $2 billion will be reserved for high priority projects to be developed in consultation with

local communities. NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the local infrastructure and facilities drive would create jobs at a critical time, as NSW begins its economic recovery from the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Western and south-western Sydney is an economic powerhouse, but first and foremost there must

be places where families can have a great quality of life – that’s what this investment will achieve,” Mr Perrottet said. “No matter where you live, we want people to love living locally, and this investment will deliver better local facilities, open spaces and convenient services all close to home. “This investment is just the first stage of our economic recovery strategy which the Government is currently developing for release in October.” Minister for Jobs, Investment and Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the funding injection would be a game-changer and a catalyst for growth. “The pandemic has hit Western Sydney hard, and highlighted important opportunities to deliver new facilities and amenities that will make life better for locals now and into the future,” Mr Ayres said. “Sydney’s West is a rich mix of new and old, with a huge cross-section of cultures and people from all walks of life and this funding will help provide a big kick start as the region recovers. “From school upgrades to sporting fields, and clearing traffic to making town-centres shine, we want to revitalise and renew the region for the benefit of everyone who calls it home.”

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he NSW Government eased restrictions for the construction industry, by resuming full capacity at unoccupied construction sites with COVID-safe plans, and removing the cap on outdoor workers at occupied premises from last Monday, so long as vaccination requirements are met. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the construction industry was crucial to the NSW economy contributing around $46.8 billion each year and directly employing 380,000 people. “Construction is going to play a key role in our economic recovery and it’s vital we get tradies back on the tools as quickly and safely as possible,” Mr Perrottet said.

“The industry has shown the way when it comes to getting back to work and is a prime example of how our workplaces will progressively reopen as we reach vaccination targets and will provide a much-needed boost to the State’s economy.” From Monday 27 September, the cap on construction was removed completely for all unoccupied construction sites, and the cap on the number of outdoor workers at occupied sites was also removed. Workforce vaccination requirements and requirements for COVID-safe site plans remain in place. Workers from LGAs of concern who meet vaccination requirements are already permitted to leave their

LGAs for construction on unoccupied sites. From Monday 27 September, workers were also able to leave their LGAs to do outdoor work on occupied sites, provided they meet the current vaccination requirements for authorised workers. Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres said the easing of restrictions is an important step on the road to construction fully reopening in NSW and to keeping people in jobs. “The announcement comes in recognition of the effort made by the construction industry to put COVID safe practices in place and to get workers vaccinated in large numbers.

Those other measures will remain in place even once the cap is lifted,” Mr Ayres said “We would like to thank the industry for the work they have put in to get the right outcome for the industry and for the wider community.” “Getting vaccinated workers back on the tools as soon as possible is our priority, but we need to ensure it is done in a safe way to protect both workers and the community.” To ensure the safety of the community, all current restrictions on indoor work at occupied premises will remain in place. For the latest on COVID restrictions visit

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The champions of Qudos: Amanda Green brings it all together


ombining a background in nursing with management and operational expertise, Amanda Green is an invaluable piece of the puzzle at Qudos Bank Arena Vaccination Centre. As the deputy executive director to Dr Emma McCahon, Amanda provides operational and logistical oversight to ensure the state’s largest vaccination centre runs smoothly and safely each day. “It’s such an exciting time, whilst challenging. It really means a lot to me to be able to make a difference for our community,” Amanda said. “This is an opportunity for me to consolidate my nursing, clinical, management and operational experience together to be able to look at the clinical risks, and what systems and processes need to be in place from a governance and safety point of view to achieve a positive and safe outcome.

It’s all about how can we improve the health of our community and the patients that we provide care too.


Amanda joined the team at Qudos from the Pandemic Operations Centre at Western Sydney Local Health

forget, and I am so proud of everyone working together. “The more people who get vaccinated, the safer our community will be. We need to work together to keep our family and loved ones protected, and then we will all be able to enjoy the things we’ve missed.” WSLHD thanks our partners at the Qudos Bank Arena Vaccination Centre including NSW Police, NSW Transport, Baxter Healthcare, Western Sydney University, NSW Pathology and everyone rolling up their sleeves to get vaccinated. Amanda Green is the deputy executive director of Qudos Bank Arena Vaccination Centre.

District – meaning she’s no stranger to guiding a big team through a changing environment. The lessons she has learned from both roles are about the power of teamwork. “Western Sydney Local Health District can do pretty much anything that we set our minds to – but we can’t do it alone. It’s the strength of the partnerships we have here that make it a success,” Amanda said. “We’ve got a great team leveraging off everyone’s experience. Their willingness to help and make a difference is so inspiring. Everyone wants to do their bit, no one complains

and it’s a beautiful thing to watch everyone pull together for the greater good.” In addition to the teamwork, Amanda said she’s also been encouraged by the community support and cooperation. “I am so privileged to have had the opportunity to work in partnership with all our staff, stakeholders and community members in managing the issues that we have confronted throughout this pandemic,” Amanda said. “The community response and support for health workers is something in my career I will never

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ith the Panthers grand final preparations well underway, we are busy thinking about the big night. Alcohol, meat, snacks and of course COVID-safe requirements. Sharing a Grand Final barbecue in the backyard with the family, including the dog, is one of those times that you will always remember. But it’s important to know what types of foods are safe to feed around your dog and what foods could cause an adverse reaction to your pets. Alcohol: Sharing a cold beer or wine with your friends at a grand final celebration can be fun. Sharing one with your dog is not and can lead to significant health problems for your dog. Dogs have a relatively small liver and they have a hard time processing the alcohol in our favourite drinks. Liver damage to your dog can be fatal and ensuring that your dog doesn’t lap up a stray beer will make sure they stay healthy. Ribs and chicken wings: While meat is perfectly safe for your dog to consume, problems can arise when dogs are given cooked chicken wings and ribs to eat. The small bones contained within chicken wings can splinter and crack easily becoming lodged in your dog’s throat which can cause breathing problems and can even puncture the dog’s digestive tract.

Bone fragments can also become lodged in the small intestines, causing a complete intestinal blockage. If bone fragments travel down the gastrointestinal tract and reach the large bowel, they may collect and cause constipation. This is painful for dogs, as the bone fragments scrape the lining of the colon and rectum and lead to significant trauma. Ensure your cooked bones find their way into the bin rather than the garden where your dog will go hunting for them later. Onions: All members of the onion family, including garlic and shallots, contain compounds that can cause problems for dogs. These compounds cause complications for your dogs red blood cells causing weakness, fatigue and reluctance to move. While the

amount required to make your dog sick is significant, it’s best to not take the risk. Chips, Pretzels and Corn Chips: Chips are not considered a healthy food for humans and the same could be said for dogs due to the high sodium content. Too much sodium in your dog’s diet can cause vomiting and diarrhea, extreme thirst and urination problems. In extreme cases it can lead to sodium ion poisoning. So, when the bag of chips is spilt on the ground during your celebrations, don’t let your dog clean up. Desserts: Desserts are everyone’s favourite part of the BBQ, but they can be deadly for dogs especially if they involve chocolate, xylitol or alcohol. The compounds in both chocolate and xylitol can be fatal to dogs. The symptoms of chocolate poisoning include seizures, heart arrhythmias, and muscle tremors. Within thirty minutes of ingestion, xylitol will cause a fast, dangerous drop in blood sugar levels accompanied by disorientation and seizures. Some dogs can even develop liver failure, which may lead to death. Please enjoy your Grand Final celebrations and remember to include the whole family in your plans, including your fur family. If you need further information contact Greencross Vet Coreen Ave on 4731 3055.

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ur four-legged friends have been reaping the benefits of our extra time at home due to office and school closures with Covid – that’s more walks, more playtime, and most importantly, more belly rubs! As part of being a responsible pet owner, it’s super important that we prepare our dogs for what comes next. As restrictions start to ease and we inevitably go back into the office, school or uni, our four-legged friends must once again adjust to being by themselves at home for many hours of the day. This can be a huge adjustment for both us humans and our pets, but lucky for you our friends over at RSPCA NSW have come up with their top tips on

how to prepare your four-legged friend for life after Covid. 1. Stick to a routine Just like us, dogs are creatures of habit. Create a routine that includes enrichment, rest, exercise and alone time during the day. 2. There’s such a thing as too many walks Although we’re tempted to take our dogs out for extra walks, try to keep to an exercise routine that you’ll be able to keep up once you go back into the office or school. 3. Banish the bowl Make mealtime fun with creative feeding techniques like Kong toys and puzzle feeders. These feeding solutions will also keep your pup entertained while you’re away from home. 4. Gradually introduce alone time

Increase the time your dog spends alone in smaller increments and ensure they have a comfortable ‘safe haven’ where they can relax and rest. Our four-legged friends have done an incredible job in comforting us during our time spent at home, now it’s our turn to ensure they’re prepared for what’s to come life after Covid. RSPCA NSW is a not-for-profit organisation in Australia that cares for, treats, protects and rehomes animals across the state. As a charity, RSPCA NSW strives to maintain an open-door policy, so no abandoned, neglected, injured or surrendered animal is turned away or forgotten. With an ultimate goal of improving animal welfare education and keeping people and animals together, RSPCA NSW acknowledges the crucial role of humans in keeping our animals safe.

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risbane’s Suncorp Stadium will create history when it hosts the 2021 NRL Telstra Premiership grand final between Penrith and Souths - this will be the first time the title decider is held outside of Sydney in the competition’s 114th season. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Greater Sydney, the ARL Commission has reached an agreement with the Queensland Government to host the finals series after the NSW Government confirmed it would not be able to host the grand final because of the pandemic. The 2021 NRL grand final will be held on Sunday, October 3, kicking off at 6.30pm local time (7.30pm AEDT). The decider will be played between the Rabbitohs and Panthers, after they won their way through with preliminary final victories over Manly and Melbourne respectively. ARL chairman Peter V’landys said Queensland fans had long campaigned for a grand final and the Commission was delighted to reward that loyalty. “This year we will create history, playing the grand final in Brisbane for the very first time,” he said. “This will be an historic moment for the city and a reward for the support the Queensland community has given us throughout 2021. This year will always be remembered as the year Queensland hosted all of our major events; All Stars, Magic Round, three State of Origins and the grand final.”

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elcome to our special Nepean News Panthers Grand Final lift-out. Inside this lift-out you’ll find every page is about Panthers, the previous grand finals we’ve won, the current players in our 2021 super team with a glossy poster to hang on your wall and many, many pics of the sensational Panthers’ fan base. The Mighty Panthers and the South Sydney Rabbitohs will duke it out this Sunday to see just who is the best rugby league team on the planet. Here we go again!! The mighty Penrith Panthers have made their way, albeit the hard way, to this year’s big dance once more! In what can only be described as a ‘surreal’ feeling given the team are out of sight up in QLD, they are definitely not out of mind. It’s been a knock em down drag em out month for the Mountain Men. In the opening week of finals footy the Panthers were upset by their opponents this Sunday, the Rabbitohs, therefore turning the whole of the finals campaign on its head. That loss meant that the two best teams all year, Penrith and Melbourne, COULD NOT play each other in the grand final. Week two saw the Panthers take on their cross town rivals the Parramatta Eels. In what was another epic semi final the panthers prevailed to beat the gallant Eels 8-6. Next stop, the juggernaut of the Storm.

To tears of unadulterated joy in 1991 From tears of sorrow in 1990

For only the second time this season the Panthers started as outsiders, in fact if we are being honest with ourselves there was a gnawing feeling of “sh*t, Penrith have to play a near 100 percent game to topple the Storm”. And they did! Their defence from the get-go was on point and in Melbourne’s face, Pangai Jnr being the main antagonist. Nathan Cleary’s sublime cross field kick to an unmarked Stephen Crichton was clutch! Sure, he would have practiced it a hundred times at training but to do it in a prelim final at that point of play seemed to break Melbourne’s back. Losing Welsh and Smith to HIA’s didn’t help the Storm’s cause. But the pain of last year’s

loss on grand final day seems to be driving the Panthers this season! Their opponents this Sunday have created their own narrative in the build up to this Sunday’s game. Wayne Bennett’s last game as coach, their Skipper Adam Reynolds’ last game at his junior club, Dane Gagai heading to Newcastle, Jadyn Sua to the Dragons.. and so on. But narratives don’t win grand finals, actions do. As they say, it is not the dog in the fight you should be worried about, but the fight in the dog. In this case the Panther. They ooze respectful flare, they don’t seem overawed by the situation, there’s a youthful exuberance that is magnetic about the 2021 version of the Penrith Panther. This week in a rugby league player’s

career is the best. Not only have you made a grand final but you get a chance to celebrate it with your family, friends, and supporters. For this current team that might be a bit delayed. I experienced both a loss in a grand final and a victory in a grand final. The loss, I still don’t really remember much of the game, the victory is as vivid to me as the sky is blue. The memories I have from winning the competition with my best mates in 1991 stay with me solidly some 30 years later. Apart from getting married and having children it’s the best thing that has ever happened in my life. That’s how profound the memory of that final siren ringing and realising a dream are. This Sunday it all comes down to

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exactly how much either team really wants it. How much do you want to do for your best mate standing either side of you in that defensive line? The 2021 NRL season will indeed have an asterisk next to it. But it will be because this season, with every curve ball thrown and every hoop jumped through, will go down in history as the most unique season of all time. And the team that wins it will deserve the win like no other team has in history! Let’s go Panthers, you’ve done us proud all year, now go and show the world that come Sunday, you are indeed the best rugby league team on the planet! My grand final predictions. Score: Penrith 23 Souths 18 Clive Churchill medalist: Isaah Yeo

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Panthers clean up at Dally M awards By GREG YANDA


ENRITH’S outstanding National Rugby League season was officially recognised on Monday night with six Panthers named in the Dally M Team of the Year. Brian To’o was named on one wing alongside Manly’s Reuben Garrick. The man they call ‘Bizza’ is a real fan favourite and is expected to nurse his ankle injury into Sunday’s decider. Matt Burton was named in the centres with Melbourne’s Justin Olam, after a brilliant season where he was one of the game’s best defensive centres. Canterbury has got a good one coming next year. Despite missing out on the player of the year gong Nathan Cleary picked up his second consecutive halfback of the year award, on his way winning 16 out of 16 regular season games. Prop of the year went to James Fisher-Harris alongside Brisbane’s Payne Hass, a thoroughly deserved accolade for the big fish who has led from the front this year. Villiame Kikau was selected with Parramatta’s Isaiah Papali’i in the second row. Kikau’s destructive running was a highlight throughout the year and his combination with Jerome Luai on the left edge will be worth watching on Sunday night. Co-captain Isaah Yeo was recognised for his standout season in the middle of the field, awarded lock of they year. Yeo has made the shift from edge backrower to the middle of the field and has formed a potent combination with the halves and fullback Dylan Edwards.

Spark em up Panthers, 2021 is our year!


“You have to lose one before you win one” was a saying bandied about 30 years ago as we prepared to play the Raiders in the 1991 Grand Final. After losing the year before I was quite happy to run with that slogan. There is no disappointment in the game like losing a Grand Final, which lends to the reason why there is no greater motivator to get the job done. That’s if you can earn the right to have that chance. It’s such an accomplishment just to get to a decider - so much has to go right - in what is a long hard season with so many obstacles. That’s been evident with injuries, Origin, babies, COVID, quarantine and three absorbing, intense and exhausting edge-of-your-seat finals that this group had to endure to go through to play the Rabbitohs. Like we did 30yrs ago, our current team find themselves in the same position, having a chance to correct what went wrong the year before and create their own piece of history. While “that slogan” we were happy to run with doesn’t promise anything around the result, it definitely plays a part in the lead up to the match. In hindsight our first Grand Final in 1990 was our great accomplishment. After an epic, extra time win over Canberra we went straight through to the decider. A street parade down High Street during the week off might’ve just sealed our fate - or certainly had an impact on our mindset. In ‘91 after a heart stopping 2 point win over the Bears, it was the complete opposite. Happy to win and get to our 2nd successive Grand Final, this time it was all business. There was a job to do and to do it right. Last week’s win over Melbourne was, I thought. the most important in the club’s history apart from our 4 Grand Finals. It was like two seasons hung on the result of Saturday afternoon’s game against the Storm. With only 4 regular season losses across both years, it just couldn’t have ended without a chance to get the job done right. In front of them though was a fit, rested, full strength Storm. Their greatest challenge. No individual or team are deserved of anything the game offers. That right has to be earned and this 2021 team of Panthers has done just that. It’s Grand Final week 30 years on and I’m more than happy to run with that slogan “you have to lose one to win one”

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ur hometown Panthers have returned to the big dance and will seek redemption on Sunday night after having lost the 2020 NRL Grand Final to the Melbourne Storm. The victory over the Storm on Saturday afternoon will give the team a huge confidence boost. The game many predicted would be the Grand Final again this season came a week early and most experts gave the Panthers next to no chance. But on the back of some outstanding defence, particularly some scrambling efforts to save several tries they were able to eliminate the Minor Premiers. Looking ahead to the Grand Final against the Rabbitohs, and the story of redemption is not yet solved. The Rabbitohs defeated the Panthers in Week One of the Finals 16-10 to throw a huge spanner into how the Finals draw would proceed in the following weeks. The Panthers were rattled in this loss to the Rabbitohs, they lost composure, patience and their normal clinical execution. The Rabbitohs were outstanding, rolling through the Panthers middle with ease and were able to show a brilliant defensive resilience to repel the Panthers late raids and secure a famous victory. What advantages were gained for both teams from this experience? The Rabbitohs were shuffled onto the softer side of the draw and had a relatively easy Preliminary Final victory over Manly, who are not quite up to the elite teams in the competition. The Rabbitohs were also the beneficiary of the week off, which would have no doubt assisted them in their recovery and physical state. When looking at Round 25 the teams also took on different strategies, with the Panthers electing to

play their strongest team against the Eels and the Rabbitohs resting most of their stars against the Dragons. The Panthers have had no rest, and the Rabbitohs once they hit the field on Sunday will have had only two games in the last five weeks. Is the advantage in having had the rest? Or in the tough physical tests on a weekly basis? When looking at how each team like to attack, there are some stark differences. The Panthers play a very specific way, with Nathan Cleary moving to both sides of the field and Jarome Luai holding the left edge and Dylan Edwards down the right edge. The Panthers can play the ball on one sideline and hit you on the far sideline on the next play. They also have Isaah Yeo who can link to any of these key position players from the middle of the field. The Rabbitohs however are far more predictable, with a heavy left side attack. They will set up on the right post and then attack with a sweeping play to their left hand side with Reynolds, Walker, Taaffe, Koloamatangi, Gagai and Johnston. Cody Walker has the most try assists and line break assists in the competition, Alex Johnston was the competition’s leading try scorer for the second consecutive season. The key to victory for both the Panthers and Rabbitohs will be how play down this left edge is managed. If the Rabbitohs have time and space, they will score points. If the Panthers can get their defensive numbers correct and competently solve the Rabbitohs play with their right edge defence it will go a very long way towards winning this match. It is also important to remember in the Rabbitohs victory in Week 1 of the Finals, Dylan Edwards did not play and

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Stephen Crichton played at fullback. Edwards is far more experienced and competent in sorting the Panthers defensive line and getting their numbers correct on either side of the ruck. The Panthers defence only conceded 54 tries this season, with the Rabbitohs allowing opponents to cross the stripe on 84 occasions. The Panthers made the most tackles in the competition. An interesting statistic when you look at line breaks conceded compared to tries conceded with the Panthers conceding 85 line breaks but only 54 tries. Where the Rabbitohs conceded 104 line breaks and 84 tries. This I think points towards a statistic which is very hard to measure and that is effort and scramble defence. The Panthers save more tries and solve broken play better than any team in the competition. This will be a huge advantage in the Grand Final if they can produce it for another week. Prediction: The Panthers have been the best and most dominant team in the competition across the last two regular seasons. Their Finals record however stands at 4 wins and 2 losses during this same period. The Panthers will win this match if they have an even share of possession, with good discipline in minimising errors and penalties and with strong and effective defence. The lack of points recently in their attack does not concern me, they have built a culture on defence, it would not surprise me to see them score 30 points this weekend. Panthers 30 - Rabbitohs 12, Nathan Cleary to win the Clive Churchill Medal and Brian To’o to score the first try of the match. Enjoy the Grand Final!!!

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IFE doesn’t always give you a second chance and we all live with regret about something we wish we’d got right when we had the chance. Hindsight is a funny old thing. Fortunately for the Penrith Panthers, members, fans and the community, a second chance at premiership glory presents itself on Sunday at Suncorp Stadium….or in Townsville….we won’t really know until Sunday. Nathan Cleary knows the heartbreak of losing last year’s grand final and the pain was there for all of us to share in. Yes, losing the big one was painful, but not knowing if or when we’d be back only added to the despair. Some people I know haven’t celebrated a premiership since 1986 (wink wink). Despite missing out of the Dally M Player of the Year medal earlier in the week Cleary is confident the Panthers have learnt valuable lessons in the last 12 months. “I think it’s all about being process driven rather than worrying too much about the result,” he told Fox League during the awards night. “We probably fell into that trap a bit last year, we wanted to win so bad that you probably get side-tracked a bit and don’t stay present and focus on the moment. Each play is very important in a grand final and big games” The Panthers showed they are the best defensive side in the National Rugby League with their first two finals where they conceded just six points in each game. Remaining calm under pressure has been the corner stone of their defence, standing them in good stead against a South Sydney team aiming to be the first to win the premiership after conceding 50 points in a season. “I think we are very proud of how far we have come and really pride ourselves on defence and just turning up for each other and the belief we have in one another – it’s an absolute pleasure playing with these boys,” Cleary said. It’s time to bring home that third premiership!

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1. Dylan Edwards Another fantastic season for the Panthers custodian. Edwards has become a real focal point of Penrith’s attack and is an integral part of the team’s awesome spine.

Height: 183 cm Date of Birth: 10 January 1996 Weight: 94 kg Birthplace: Albury, NSW Age: 25 Nickname: Dyl Debut Club: Penrith Panthers Date: 10 July 2016 Opposition: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Round: 18 Previous Club: Junior Club: Bellingen Dorrigo Magpies

2. Stephen Crichton The “Mr Fix-It” in the Panthers backline has become adept at playing either centre, fullback, or on the wing. Having recently turned 21 a win on Sunday would be the best present ever!!

Height: 193 cm Date of Birth: 22 September 2000 Weight: 99 kg Birthplace: Apia, SAMOA Age: 21 Nickname: Critta Debut Club: Penrith Panthers Date: 09 August 2019 Opposition: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Round: 21 Previous Club: Junior Club: St Clair Comets

3. Paul Momirovski From being the first player ever to being part of the ‘loan deal’ to a starting spot in the Panthers backline. Momorovski’s defence has made him a real unsung hero of the Panthers march to back to back grand finals.

Height: 191 cm Date of Birth: 13 July 1996 Weight: 96 kg Birthplace: Sydney, NSW Age: 25 Nickname: Momers Debut Club: Sydney Roosters Date: 15 July 2018 Opposition: Gold Coast Titans Round: 18 Previous Clubs: Sydney Roosters, Wests Tigers, Melbourne Storm Junior Club: Alexandria Rovers


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4. Matt Burton In what will be his last game at the foot of the mountains before heading to the Bulldogs, the talented Burton capped off an amazing season by being named as one of the Dally M centres of the year.

Height: 190 cm Date of Birth: 14 March 2000 Weight: 96 kg Birthplace: Dubbo, NSW Age: 21 Nickname: Burto Debut Club: Penrith Panthers Date: 09 August 2019 Opposition: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Round: 21 Previous Club: Junior Club: St Johns Dubbo, Dubbo CYMS

5. Brian To’o The “Energiser Battery” of the Penrith Panthers whose tough carries out of dummy half from his own try line have become a vital cog in Penrith’s success. What a season the loveable larrikin has had!

Height: 182 cm Date of Birth: 18 August 1998 Weight: 97 kg Birthplace: Sydney, NSW Age: 23 Nickname: Bizzle Debut Club: Penrith Panthers Date: 17 May 2019 Opposition: New Zealand Warriors Round: 10 Previous Club: Junior Club: St Marys

6. Jarome Luai Another one of the “2770 Mt Druitt” fraternity who realised a childhood dream in playing state of origin this season. Luai’s grit and determination will be much needed this Sunday.

Height: 184 cm Date of Birth: 16 January 1997 Weight: 90 kg Birthplace: Sydney, NSW Age: 24 Nickname: Romey Debut Club: Penrith Panthers Date: 11 May 2018 Opposition: Newcastle Knights Round: 10 Previous Club: Junior Club: St Marys

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7. Nathan Cleary (c) The heartbeat of the Panthers has quite amazingly continued to improve his game from year to year. His skill has never been a question, and neither will his toughness ever be after soldiering on following a substantial shoulder injury whilst playing origin.

Height: 182 cm Date of Birth: 14 November 1997 Weight: 92 kg Birthplace: Sydney, NSW Age: 23 Nickname: Clez Debut Club: Penrith Panthers Date: 04 June 2016 Opposition: Melbourne Storm Round: 13 Previous Club: Junior Club: Brothers Penrith

8. Moses Leota Big Moses has become the “silent assassin” in the Panthers forward pack. A no-nonsense St Marys Junior who has developed into one of the best props in the competition.

Height: 182 cm Date of Birth: 20 July 1995 Weight: 107 kg Birthplace: Auckland, NZ Age: 26 Nickname: Moss Debut Club: Penrith Panthers Date: 12 June 2016 Opposition: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Round: 14 Previous Club: Junior Club: St Marys

9. Apisai Koroisau The only Panther to have won a competition. Ironically it was with the team he is opposing this Sunday the Rabbits back in 2014. Api has been a massive part of Penrith’s success this season.

Height: 172 cm Date of Birth: 07 November 1992 Weight: 88 kg Birthplace: Sydney, NSW Age: 28 Nickname: Api Debut Club: South Sydney Rabbitohs Date: 30 March 2014 Opposition: Canberra Raiders Round: 4 Previous Clubs: South Sydney Rabbitohs, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Junior Club: Berala Bears


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10. James Fisher-Harris The “Alpha Male” of the Panthers footy team. It’s not what JFH has to say that inspires his teammates, it’s his actions that speak way louder than words that they all love about him.

Height: 187 cm Date of Birth: 05 January 1996 Weight: 103 kg Birthplace: Rawene, NZ Age: 25 Nickname: Fish Debut Club: Penrith Panthers Date: 05 March 2016 Opposition: Canberra Raiders Round: 1 Previous Club: Junior Club: Whangarei Marist Brothers

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11. Viliame Kikau The Man Mountain will become “leagues most wanted” when he is free to talk to rival clubs from November 1. Common consensus has gone from “probably not” to “more than likely” he’ll remain a Panther. Which is fantastic news for the Penrith faithful.

Height: 195 cm Date of Birth: 05 April 1995 Weight: 116 kg Birthplace: FIJI Age: 26 Nickname: Bill, Kiks Debut Club: Penrith Panthers Date: 12 March 2017 Opposition: Wests Tigers Round: 2

12. Kurt Capewell Another who is playing his last game in Panther colours this Sunday. Capewell has had an enormous season with his defensive efforts last Saturday against Melbourne being top of the tree.

Height: 189 cm Date of Birth: 12 July 1993 Weight: 100 kg Birthplace: Charleville, QLD Age: 28 Nickname: Capes Debut Club: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Date: 10 July 2016 Opposition: Penrith Panthers Round: 18 Previous Club: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Junior Clubs: Charleville, North Ipswich Tigers

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13. Isaah Yeo (c) After being named co-captain with Nathan this year Yeo has gone next level! His performance in the blue jersey of nsw was epic, and his club form even better. For mine the Panthers best player this season. So so valuable.

Height: 195 cm Date of Birth: 06 November 1994 Weight: 106 kg Birthplace: Dubbo, NSW Age: 26 Nickname: Yo-ee Debut Club: Penrith Panthers Date: 08 March 2014 Opposition: Newcastle Knights Round: 1 Previous Club: Junior Club: St Johns Dubbo

14. Tyrone May Mr Versatile will play a major roll in the Panthers success this Sunday.

Height: 189 cm Date of Birth: 21 June 1996 Weight: 98 kg Birthplace: Blacktown, NSW Age: 25 Nickname: T-May Debut Club: Penrith Panthers Date: 14 July 2017 Opposition: New Zealand Warriors Round: 19 Previous Club: Junior Club: Minchinbury Jets

15. Scott Sorensen A real shining light of the Panthers this season after being thrown a lifeline after his time at the Sharks.

Height: 183 cm Date of Birth: 16 March 1993 Weight: 100 kg Birthplace: Sydney, NSW Age: 28 Nickname: Sorro Debut Club: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Date: 24 August 2014 Opposition: Canberra Raiders Round: 24 Previous Clubs: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Canberra Raiders Junior Club: Cronulla-Caringbah Sharks


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16. Spencer Leniu A powerhouse local junior who terrorises once unleashed into the fray.

Height: 183 cm Date of Birth: 08 September 2000 Weight: 108 kg Birthplace: Auckland, NZ Age: 21 Nickname: Debut Club: Penrith Panthers Date: 09 August 2019 Opposition: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Round: 21 Previous Club: Junior Club: Minchinbury Jets

17. Liam Martin Will probably start on Sunday with Kikau coming off the bench. Another wonderful year topped off by representing NSW.

Height: 183 cm Date of Birth: 05 March 1997 Weight: 103 kg Birthplace: Temora, NSW Age: 24 Nickname: Marto Debut Club: Penrith Panthers Date: 30 March 2019 Opposition: Melbourne Storm Round: 3

coach. Ivan Cleary Into his second grand final in a row with the Panthers . Has done a remarkable job with this young Panthers outfit to have them again playing in the last game of the rugby league season.

Age: 50 Joined Club: 2019 Date Of Birth: 01 March 1971 Previous Clubs: Warriors (2006-2011), Penrith Panthers (2012-2015), Wests Tigers (2017-2018) Birthplace: Sydney, NSW

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ntering the competition in 1967, the Penrith Panthers long awaited first grade premiership was achieved in 1991 after they had been defeated the previous year by Tim Sheen’s Canberra Raiders. Word was out that the New South Wales Rugby League would introduce two new teams to the Sydney premiership in 1967. There were three teams vying for the two proposed slots, Penrith, CronullaSutherland, and the Wentworthville Magpies. Cronulla-Sutherland had been assured of one place, leaving Penrith and Wentworthville to fight it out for the other place. The NSWRL eventually settled on Penrith due to their location and a win in the 1966 Second Division title. The Panthers reached their first semi final series in 1985 but it was 1990 when they would first perform at the big dance and they achieved the same 12 months later. 1991 was different to 1990, the players, coaching staff and fans had experienced the pain and heartache and they didn’t want to go through it once again. New attitudes and strategies were a part of the planning. The Panthers only lost four games in easily winning the minor premiership, with the Raiders finishing fourth having lost eight of their 22 games. Panthers Board Member, then skipper of the team, Greg Alexander said there was a definite change to the team focus in 1991. “We went through a lot of pain in 1990 and it’s as if we had grown up the following year,” he said. It wasn’t all smooth sailing though, Mark Geyer was sent to the sin bin when his team trailed early in the second half. “I thought I’d blown the grand final,” said Geyer. “I prayed that the Raiders didn’t run away with the game when I was in the sheds and I promised myself that I was going to make up for my mistake when I got back on the park.” So let’s rewind to the kick off. The Canberra Raiders were looking to complete a three peat, having beaten Balmain in extra time in 1989. They had an all star team, so impressive on paper they could have easily been a representative side on their own. Belcher at Fullback, Meninga in the centres, Daley and Stuart the halves, Clyde locking the scrum, Barnhill and Coyne in the back row, Walters at hooker with Lazarus and Todd up front. It was a highly intimidating outfit. Early in the first half Penrith went on the attack deep in Raider territory. Royce Simmons, scored one of the finest individual grand final tries after he stepped and spun his way past several defenders to score the opening four pointer. Alexander kicked the conversion for his side to lead 6–0. But it didn’t take long for Ricky Stuart to have a say. He received the ball a few metres into Penrith’s half and kicked over to the open left corner where winger Matthew Wood raced through to grab the ball and dive over in the corner to score. Meninga’s conversion attempt missed so the Panthers held their lead at 6–4. A Meninga penalty goal evened up the game at six all and an ensuing break from Brad clyde sent Matthew Wood over for his second. Meninga missed the conversion and it was the Raiders in front 10-6. Another Penalty goal just on half time and the Raiders went to the break with their heads held high at 12-6. Enter the moment when Panthers fans thought they had lost back to back grand finals. As the Raiders were trying to work the ball away from their goal-line, they knocked on, with Panthers’ winger Paul Smith getting the ball and diving over in the corner. However referee Bill Harrigan called the play back after touch judge Martin Weekes reported that Canberra’s Mark Bell had been taken out with a swinging arm. Geyer exploded and gave a mouthful to the touch judge and referee Bill Harrigan responded swiftly sending him to the sin bin for ten minutes. “It wasn’t one of my finest moments,” said Geyer.

“I calmed down whilst I was off the field and I knew I could make a difference when I got back out there. “The boys actually stepped up a gear when I was off and I owe a lot to them.” Later the Panthers appeared certain to score from close range through Brad Izzard but the Raiders’ lone defender Laurie Daley stripped the ball in a one-on-one tackle. Penrith’s unsuccessful scoring opportunities continued until finally, after a Mark Geyer inspired run and overhead pass saw Brad Izzard break free run 20 metres to the try-line to touch down behind the uprights. The scores were brought level at 12 all when Alexander kicked the extra two points. With just under seven minutes of the match remaining, and again having worked the ball into Canberra’s half of the field, the Panthers on the fifth tackle passed it to Greg Alexander who nailed a 40 metre field goal to give his side a one-point lead at 13–12. Penrith continued to enjoy the majority of possession and field position,and when the Raiders attempted a short line drop-out Geyer retrieved the ball in open space, passing it to 33-year-old Royce Simmons who scored in the corner and with Alexander kicking the conversion from the sideline it gave the Panthers their maiden premiership winning 19–12. The unofficial Man of The Match was Royce Simmons who claimed 2 tries and a premiership in his last ever game of football. “I love you all and I’m going to have a beer with everyone in Penrith tonight,” said Simmons. And that, he did, and still does to this day. Penrith Panthers 19 Tries: Simmons 2, Izzard Goals: Alexander 3/3 Field Goal: Alexander Canberra Raiders 12 Tries: Wood 2 Goals: Meninga 1/2, Wood 1/1 Clive Churchill Medal winner: Bradley Clyde (Canberra)


Penrith Panthers 1991 Premiership Team 1. Greg Barwick 2. Graham Mackay 3. Brad Fittler 4. Col Bentley 5. Paul Smith 6. Steve Carter 7. Greg Alexander (c) 8. Paul Clarke

9. Royce Simmons 10. Paul Dunn 11. Mark Geyer 12. Barry Walker 13. Col van der Voort 14. Brad Izzard 15. John Cartwright Coach: Phil Gould

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1991 - Breaking The Drought



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Beware the Underdog Number 2 in 2003



he number 37 might be unlucky for some but this wasn’t the case for the Penrith Panthers when they completed season number 37 in 2003, searching for the second ever premiership. At the conclusion of 24 rounds Penrith achieved minor premiership status with 18 wins and 6 losses in finishing two points clear of their seaside rivals, the Sydney Roosters.The Panthers won 8 matches in a row from 19 April - 7 June, which, at the time, were the most wins in a row in the club’s history. Penrith defeated sixth placed Warriors 28-20 whilst the Roosters accounted for third placed Bulldogs 28-18 to set up the 1 v 2 Grand Final. The Ricky Stuart coached Roosters were sent out short priced favourites and many thought the Grand Final was a foregone conclusion. With Brad Fittler as skipper and the likes of Adrian Morley up front it was hard to disagree. But no one had told the Panthers they couldn’t win, nor would they have listened anyway. Of all the Panthers players, only Luke Priddis had grand final experience, having defeated the Roosters with the Broncos in the 2000 decider. 81,166 spectators turned out at Telstra Stadium for the game with Bill Harrigan to be the referee for his 7th Grand Final. SO the scene was set, and the rain started to tumble down just on kick off. After thirty minutes of play, the Roosters’ defence was the first to give when Penrith hooker Luke Priddis made a long run from dummy half and into open space, finally passing to winger Luke Rooney coming through in support to cross untouched for the opening try. Ryan Girdler kicked the conversion and the Panthers led 6–0. No more points were scored for the rest of the half so the Panthers went into the sheds with a lead at half time. Eight minutes into the second half and after repeated sets of six the Roosters were on the attack with Jason Cayless crossing over underneath the posts but was found to be held up. On the very next play, the ball went through the hands out to Shannon Hegarty to score on the left hand side of the field. Craig Fitzgibbon converted from out wide to even the scores at 6–6. Eight minutes later and it was a decisive moment in play which now lies in rugby league folklore. Known as ‘that tackle’, Roosters winger Todd Byrne

received the ball on his own forty-metre line and ran into open space along the left edge of the field. Panthers lock forward Scott Sattler was chasing and twenty metres from the try line wrapped Bryne in a perfect boot lace cover defending tackle putting him over the sideline. It what would become one of the most famous plays in grand final history. In the sixty-sixth minute the Panthers had made their way up to within five metres of the Roosters’ try line where Luke Priddis again ran from dummy half and scored, stretching out of the tackle to touch down beside the uprights. Preston Campbell kicked the extra two points so Penrith were now leading 12–6. In the seventy-third minute. Panthers skipper Craig Gower attempted a field goal but it was charged down. Penrith re-gathered the ball and continued towards the Roosters line and four tackles later had reached perfect field-goal kicking position once again. But Priddis, at dummy half again, decided to dummy and run left, throwing a long cut-out pass to Rooney on the wing to score untouched in the corner. Campbell converted the try and the Panthers lead 18–6 with six minutes left to play. Against the odds the Panthers secured their second premiership with Luke Priddis named as the Clive Chruchill medalist for best on ground. Penrith Panthers 18 3 Tries: Luke Rooney (2), Luke Priddis 3 Goals: Preston Campbell (2/2), Ryan Girdler (1/1) Field Goal: Alexander Sydney Roosters 6 1 Try: Shannon Hegarty 1 Goal: Craig Fitzgibbon

Penrith Panthers 2003 Premiership Team 1. Rhys Wesser, 2. Luke Lewis, 3. Ryan Girdler, 4. Paul Whatuira, 5. Luke Rooney, 6. Preston Campbell, 7. Craig Gower (c), 8. Joel Clinton,

9. Luke Priddis, 10. Martin Lang, 11. Joe Galuvao, 12. Tony Puletua, 13. Scott Sattler. Interchange: 14. Ben Ross, 15. Trent Waterhouse,

16. Shane Rodney, 17. Luke Swain Coach: John Lang



Brian can pave the way for a Panthers Grand Final victory. (Photo courtesy


ere we are again, heading to the end of year party for the second year in succession. BUT, this time it’s different, the young, raw and inexperienced team of 2020 have now had another 12 months of football, and not just at an NRL level. The State of Origin series this year increased the confidence of the Panthers as a playing group. Yes they had to overcome the hurdles of playing Origin and what comes with it e.g injuries, higher game intensity, and extra playing commitments. It took a while but following last week’s win over Melbourne, the Panthers are back to their brilliant best. And for the record, I reckon they’ll do a job on the Bunnies on Sunday and I’ll be taking the $3.60 at 13 plus and $3.50 for Nathan Cleary to be the Clive Churchill medallist. I’ve come to this conclusion for a couple of reasons, but the major one is the return to form of Brian To’o. Brian came back from injury too early last month and was far from his best in the games that ensued. He was given the week off against the Eels. It paid massive dividends and he was back to running over 200 metres against the Storm. Nothing fazes Brian, he has a cult following for being one of the most genuine and likeable people you would want to follow or meet. If Brian plays the same game (and I know he will) as he did against the Storm it will put the whole Panther outfit on the front foot. It was no coincidence that Jarome Luai had his best game for a while last week based on Brian’s performance. Big Billy Kikau was fantastic as well. Nathan Cleary will no doubt test Rabbitohs youngsters Blake Taaffe and Jackson Paulo. The height of Stephen Crichton will trouble the Rabbitohs and expect many high balls to be sent in the direction of their back three. Taaffe struggled early in the Prelim final before making up for his mistakes later in the match. James Fisher Harris also had his best game last week and the same can be said for Isaah Yeo. I’m glad to see Spencer Leniu be given a Grand Final chance, he is one of the most promising footballers in the competition and has been starved of football this season. Sit tight Panthers fans, the game is there for the taking. The only way I see them losing, is if they beat themselves. Possession is key, hold the ball, complete at a high rate and the rest should take care of itself. Panthers 26-6

Stuart Ayres MP Member for Penrith

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We are all cheering the mighty Penrith Panthers onto a glorious Grand Final victory.

Go… Panthers!!

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PENRITH AND PROUD What a year! It has been the most challenging year in living memory, but the Panthers have excelled beyond belief. The Penrith community are behind you every step of the way. You’ve done us proud, boys.

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Bandwagon tickets are cheap By GREG YANDA


o what’s so special about grand final week? It’s just another game, right? Well for those who like to swing from winning team to winning team like Tarzan through the jungle, it’s peak tosser season. From the changing of Facebook profile picture frames to the deliberately antagonistic comments to anybody who supports the opposition. Grand final week for those folks means nothing, they’ve got no skin in the game. They are the blokes who have to tell you they are a Melbourne Storm supporter, when they’ve never been seen in purple because it’s a girl’s colour. They are the first to tell you Penrith are sh*t and you should go for another team, you loser! This tale is all too familiar if you, like me, was the only kid at school to “go for Penrith”, and it was tough in the mid to late 90’s. But you don’t give up on your team. You turn up week in and week out, sitting there in the rain and cold. Watching on as the side is booed off the ground because they lost to Souths and North Queensland a decade before Thurston, Inglis and the Burgess boys came along. You stuck solid with the Panthers even when future Panthers Hall of Fame inductee Craig Gower lost his first eight games as captain. You knew it would turn and in 2003 it did! Sunday night is the best opportunity for the Panthers to bring home the trophy for the first time in 18 years. To all of you who have been onboard for the journey through thick and thin, let’s enjoy this week because you never know when we will be back. It’s a time to reflect on just how far we have come and how much time, money and effort you have put in fuelling your panther pride. Sunday will be your pay off.

Nepean News journalist Greg Yanda

Penrith Council says Go Panthers

Penrith Councillors at Council’s Ordinary Meeting on Monday night showing their support of the Penrith Panthers.


enrith Mayor Karen McKeown OAM has thrown the City’s support behind the Penrith Panthers this weekend as they look to secure their third NRL premiership title.  “Penrith City Council and the Penrith community will be getting behind the Panthers and cheering them on in the Grand Final this Sunday,” Cr McKeown said.  “Despite the Stay at Home orders in place preventing us from gathering at our favourite local venues or having the usual grand final BBQ with friends, I’m sure all Penrith residents will be at home watching the game with family.” “The last three games have had us all on the edge of seats as we’ve cheered them on all the way and even though South Sydney got the better of us in

week one of the finals, I’m feeling confident knowing we’ve got quite a good record against South Sydney. “There are many similarities to the famed ’91 Grand Final victory with that team being denied the year prior, much like last year, before securing the title the next year. “It would be a fairytale for the ages if the team can go one better this year. And what a way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Panthers first grand final victory!” Cr McKeown added. “Good luck Panthers, the community is right behind you.”

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Penrith Conservatorium’s Individual Music Lessons - Now Online Suitable for all ages (beginner to advanced) Penrith Conservatorium is the leading place for music lessons in Western Sydney. Whether you’d like to learn for leisure, learn to write a song, or if you are determined to become the next piano prodigy, our quality teachers will bring out the best in you. The proven preferred delivery method for music lessons - one-to-one - allows the class to be tailored to your learning style, pace and preferences. Our experienced music teachers are qualified to prepare all students wanting AMEB and/or HSC examinations, through to top concert standard. Lessons are currently online, and will be face-toface at The Joan when it is safe to do so. Click here to enquire now.

Penrith Regional Gallery’s Term 4 Online Art Classes Starting 13 October Suitable for Ages 5 - 12 Unleash your creativity as you learn to draw, paint and sculpt! Sign up for the Gallery’s Wednesday Drawing School or Saturday Mixed Media classes. All skill levels welcome with new art making projects each term. We look forward to returning to face-to-face classes at the Gallery when it is safe to do so. Our online classes are delivered by tutors in real-time, so that students can ask questions, share their work and get tailored feedback from our tutors just like they would in our studio classes. Materials are not included. Our online classes have been designed to use basic art equipment that you will likely have at home. Creative Kids vouchers are accepted.

Studio Q Term 4 Workshops Starting 15 October Suitable for Ages 5 - 18 and for Adults 18+ Living with Disability Jam-packed full of exciting opportunities for young and emerging artists of all skill levels and abilities, Studio Q enables students to immerse themselves in the creative arts, have fun, develop their stagecraft skills, work as a team and make lasting friendships with like-minded participants. Over the course of Term 4, students will work towards creating an end-of-year presentation which they will perform as part of the annual Studio Q Showcase on Saturday 27 November. Q Theatre’s priority is to provide classes back at The Joan’s rehearsal rooms and stages. If health orders require otherwise, classes and performances will be adapted and go ahead in an online environment. An update on the Showcase format will be provided in early October. Creative Kids Vouchers are accepted.



Barbara Cleveland and Gina Mobayed InConversation 3 October at 2pm Free with Ticket Registration As part of the Barbara Cleveland | Thinking Business digital experience, join us online for a free and live in-conversation with curator, Gina Mobayed, and artist collective Barbara Cleveland.

Art Walks | Hearing Surface Free & On Demand Suitable for all ages Expand and enrich your daily exercise. We are excited to share our very first Art Walk, created by artists Sue Pedley and Phaptawan Suwannakudt from the Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, Line Work: Rivers of the Basin. Titled Hearing Surface, this Art Walk is open to all styles of movement, pace, and duration - everyone has their own way of moving through space. Follow the video and instructions on our website and socials to participate. Share your experience and response to the walk using the hashtag #homewithprg and don’t forget to tag us @penrithregionalgallery too! Please be sure to follow the latest NSW Health advice and guidelines when participating in Art Walks. Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre 597 High Street, Penrith Phone 4723 7600

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CROSSWORD 1991, 2003, 2021? Premiers

Go The Mighty Panthers Grand final wins are rare, some fans never get the chance, The start of every season we dream our boys are in the big dance. At the foot of the mountain are men who have twice reached the peak, Two very special days, each premiership team unique. 1991, that trophy was held high up by our team, Claiming that first premiership win, no longer just a dream. That team was led by Roycey and he led in so many ways, Two try hero into retirement, then lead the celebration for days. The 1991 roster had players with legendary fame, Like big fellas MG and Carty, Brandy and Freddy can all claim. Times then got tough and a winning season became sparse, Patience and hope required as over ten years did pass. Something very special occurred the season of 2003, A youthful, exciting playing roster and Minor Premiers they would be. Grand final day against Freddy’s Roosters, Gowy lead his team to glory, Priddo won the Clive Churchill that day adding to the Panthers story. A new breed of legends crowned, their names forever forged into stone, Wesser, Sattler, Girdler and Waterhouse, for generations they’ll be known. The town of Penrith still remembers what it felt like to be number one, 2020 another year of the Panther on their 18 and 0 winning run. But that year we missed our mark, came up short on grand final day, “Need to lose one to win one” like back in 1990 they did say. 2021 is a season like we have never faced before, Covid casts its shadow but we still heard the Panthers roar.

We are back in the grand final and it’s South Sydney we will play, Had to beat Parra then the Storm, we dug deep and found a way. The Cleary’s, Nathan and Ivan, have set the standards bar high, Another pride of youthful Panthers won’t let this chance go by. Best defensive team this year, our big men fierce and tough, Yeo, Martin, Kikau and Fish all made of the right stuff. Romy, Bizza and Critter add to the future of our club, A dynasty for many years, most experts have started to dub. I speak on behalf of thousands who are loyal fans to our team, A third premiership title shall no longer just be a dream. Go the Mighty Panthers ! 1991, 2003, 2021.

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I spoke with local people about being in a lockdown situation How has lockdown impacted you / your work? Lockdown has been challenging. It has impacted my mental health greatly. It has been a struggle to maintain motivation to do school work without the face to face interaction and also being at home with everyone else trying to do their work, has not allowed to me to do my learning effectively. Not being able to celebrate things such as birthdays or not being able to see our loved ones as often as we’d like have been hard to adjust to. Our level 4 plus restrictions in our LGA and the other 11 LGAs have also made it hard to go places such as follow up medical appointments. Not being allowed to do the simple things such as going to a local cafe to support local businesses and see familiar faces has impacted community interaction greatly. What are you looking forward to after lock down is over? After lockdown I’m looking forward to seeing my loved ones and friends in person once again. I’m also very eager to go to the beach once restrictions ease and being able to travel places is definitely on my list, especially the south coast, my second home. Zoe Aphrodite-El Chami Student

How has lockdown impacted you / your work? Work slowed down. In the last couple of months work has picked up and it is business as usual. Since my business is based at home, not much has changed as I am still supporting a lot of my clients the same way I did prior to lockdown. I only go out onsite if it can’t be fixed this way or if I am supplying new computers. I’ve supported quite a few individuals now as well by providing and setting up new hardware as they need laptops to educate themselves online or keep in touch with family or home schooling. There is a sense of calm or no rush. It’s given me time to tweak my daily routine and incorporate little things I’ve been wanting to for a long time. I’ve worked a lot on that work/life balance. I’m enjoying it at the moment. What are you looking forward to after lock down is over? Ease of making a simple decision to go out to dinner or grab a coffee from a café. Jumping in the car without thinking ‘am I allowed to do this?’ The norm has now become to have takeaway at home and not really go anywhere except to get groceries which is now becoming quite boring. Quite simply I am looking forward to no restrictions, Louise Xerri Director | IT Extraordinaire

How has lockdown impacted you / your work? With the closure of recreation and sporting facilities in line with public health orders it has been difficult to do training I needed to do in readiness for the physical aspect of Pool life guard and Swim Teacher Assessments. It has been handy to focus on new goals and ways they can be achieved post lockdown. This period of lockdown has allowed me the time to reflect on the future and what it might bring. It is important to be adaptable and have taken the lockdown as an opportunity for growth and new knowledge, in readiness for the future. What are you looking forward to after lock down is over? It will be lovely to finally be able to sit down have a meal, enjoy some live music and catch up with friends and just enjoy each other’s company. I am also looking forward to a good day out in the ocean snorkelling. It feels like it has been too long. Bree Daniels Student South Penrith

How has lockdown impacted you / your work? Lockdown has impacted many businesses in the Nepean region, the real estate industry has fortunately been able to service locals whether it’s buying, selling or leasing during lockdown. Inspections are limited to private viewings, one person at a time accompanied by an agent. Despite these imposed restrictions, the market continues to perform extremely well and the demand for real estate in our local area from owner occupiers, investors and tenants remains strong. So it’s business as usual in an unusual way. Lockdown is challenging as we are not able to gather with our close friends & family at home or enjoy a night out at our favourite restaurants. However the end of lockdown restrictions seems to be near, everyone I’m speaking with is happy about that. What are you looking forward to after lock down is over? We are really looking forward to gathering at local eateries, cafes, attending sporting events and eventually being able to travel post lockdown. Once lockdown restrictions are lifted in the real estate industry, I look forward to conducting open house inspections, public auctions and showing buyers & their extended family through a property. If all goes to plan this weekend I really look forward to attending the Penrith Panthers club post lockdown to celebrate the Panthers being 2021 Premiers! Nick Rigas Property Partner One Agency

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How has lockdown impacted you / your work? Lockdown was hard on everyone especially small business. Also my daughter contracted COVID 19 she was very sick but recovered well. To lift our spirits during COVID and considering we could not travel we would get together as a family we would do dinner once a week from a different country. Italy was first on the list so it was pizzas, Italian salads & Lambrusco. The following week we made it Germany so pork knuckles sauerkraut and German beer. We have been doing this for weeks. We are now up to Japan. This has given us something more than COVID to focus on. What are you looking forward to after lock down is over? First thing I will be doing straight out of lockdown is to hug my children and their babies. Vicki Vicary, Penrith

How has lockdown impacted you / your work? Our store has been able to open for the duration of the lockdown as we are considered critical retail. During this time we have offered our customers a call & collect service, as well as a home delivery service. This has been a great initiative and we’ve seen many customers take up the option (especially our customers who live outside the 5km radius. We’ve also seen lockdown impact the types of products people purchase. Many customers have been focused on looking after themselves and building up their immune systems. There has been an increase in popularity for vitamins & minerals and other immune related supplements and super foods. What are you looking forward to after lock down is over? From a business perspective, we look forward to welcoming back our customers who haven’t visited for a while due to restrictions, as well as meeting some new faces! Personally, it’s going to be great to catch up with friends and family once again and get back to doing the small things we can all sometimes take for granted. Ashley Bayssari, Rainbow Organic Penrith

How has lockdown impacted you / your work? As a community development worker being in lockdown has been challenging trying to provide support to communities working from home. Also, being disconnected from community, family and friends and being indoors most of the times have been quite isolating. But it has also been a great opportunity to learn how to slow down and rest, and focus on my mental, physical and spiritual health.

How has lockdown impacted you / your work? I’m one of the lucky ones that have been able to stay open. Although work has slowed down I’ve still had enough to do. It’s sad to see how many shops have closed. It has also been sad watching the gym next door who opened last year suffer in the way they have due to the restrictions. The COVID 19 pandemic has also impacted my health..

What are you looking forward to after lock down is over? I’m really looking forward to giving my friends and family a massive hug, and supporting local artists and the live music scene. Also, keen to reconnect with nature and going for a much needed swim at the beach! Liza Moscatelli Mosca Media Australia

What are you looking forward to after lock down is over? I look forward to going to the gym and look forward to seeing all other businesses re open and get back to doing well again. Dave Bennett Ranchee Automotive, St Marys

How has lockdown impacted you / your work? The lockdown has impacted us like most business especially our hospitality friends. Like 2020 we had to quickly adapt and transfer all of our efforts into takeaway format. Fortunately for us people do love pizza and pasta and we’ve been lucky for the support we have received over the course of this pandemic. What are you looking forward to after lock down is over? Honestly, I can’t wait to have customers sitting down in our restaurant again. I miss talking to customers new and old. I am looking forward to serving food on plates and seeing customers faces when you can see they are really enjoying themselves. I am also looking forward to having my full team together again on a shift and all of us having a chat or just hanging out together. Fanio Tins and Wood Restaurant Penrith

How has lockdown impacted you / your work? The lockdown has impacted my business quite a lot, it has been painful. We have been struggling to be open as we are in a shopping centre. Lucky we have some good customers who supported us with take away and the click and collect program. For our business to survive we need to open as soon as possible. What are you looking forward to after lock down is over? We cannot wait to see all our customers face to face and welcome them back. We are hoping that our business will be blooming again. Thank you Malama and Kerrie for inviting us to contribute to this edition of Nepean News as a lot of locals are in need of help like this. Truly appreciated. Alison for Cattie Floristea St Clair Shopping Centre

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How has lockdown impacted you / your work? My business is an essential service so we have been able to continue running relatively normal with the exception of introducing all relevant COVID safety measures. It has been good for family time; we have started doing lot of walks and try to have a movie night each weekend. The best part has been getting the kids in the kitchen to cook dinner. What are you looking forward to after lock down is over? I’m hoping to get out and spend some money to help those businesses who struggled over lockdown, go out for dinner, book in for a haircut. Most of all I can’t wait to see my family and friends, hopefully having a drink at the pub. Mark Chamberlin, Mulgoa Valley Bakehouse

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Blue Mountains tourism prepares to re-open By Ellen Hill


lue Mountains tourism businesses and locals have been encouraged to prepare for a huge surge in visitors when the long Greater Sydney lockdown ends. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state was expected to hit its 70 per cent vaccination goal on October 11, with the 80 per cent target due to be reached about two weeks after that. From the Monday after that milestone, fully vaccinated residents will enjoy a raft of freedoms, including travel anywhere in NSW, going to the pub, attending events (limited numbers), dining in restaurants and attending weddings. Unvaccinated people may join those freedoms from December 1. Since June 26, residents and businesses had experienced deserted streets, quiet bush tracks, a freeflowing highway and locals-only snow days for the first time in decades. Blue Mountains Tourism (BMT) president Jason Cronshaw expected a period of adjustment and encouraged businesses and locals to again prepare to share one of the most recognisable landscapes on Earth with thousands of visitors. “The past 18 months has been an emotional rollercoaster that started with the bushfires at the end of 2019,’’ he said. “International border closures at the start of 2020 locked millions of international guests out of the region, and the first lockdown impacted businesses for months.’’ Most Blue Mountains tourism businesses experienced a bumper Easter 2020 and sales continued for many until the latest lockdown. Not only did it slash revenue overnight, “the timing couldn’t have been worse’’ for businesses looking forward to a fantastic Yulefest season in mid-Winter sandwiched between the July and September school holidays. Some like Scenic World, tour guides and transport providers such as Mr Cronshaw’s now indefinitely parked Blue Mountains Explorer Bus,

have been hardest hit, only permitted to operate at reduced capacity but unable to attract the volume of domestic visitors needed for profitable business. While the end of lockdown was welcomed by tourism, businesses had many concerns, Mr Cronshaw said. “It’s not like the end of last lockdown. We have many unknowns with Covid vaccination requirements and ongoing restrictions for some parts of the population. “Business owners are worried about how they will juggle those elements.’’ He urged tourism business owners to focus on positive customer service

no matter the circumstance. “Everyone is a bit anxious and out of sorts at the moment – you, your staff and your customers. “However, the basic principles of tourism never change: be courteous and professional, give your guests a great experience and they will come back for more.’’ Business owners should keep up to date with evolving state and federal government and NSW Health notifications, know what is required of them and consider how their business could be impacted. “You must then train and support your staff, some of whom may be

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very young, inexperienced and/or not confident in their customer service delivery.’’ He also urged business owners to promote prebooking to ensure sufficient stock, help guests plan their visit and manage their expectations before they arrived. Equeva Group director Aviad Panta said he used lockdown to prepare his staff and properties (The Metropole, Blue Mountains Heritage Motel, Echo Point Discover Motel, Katoomba Town Centre Motel and Blue Lyrebird Co-Living Blue Mountains) for the return of visitors with spring cleaning, maintenance and training. With more than 180 rooms, the largest 3.5-star accommodation provider in the region hosted 120,000 visitors pre-Covid. While ``we are still learning to navigate this new way of life and business like everyone else’’ Mr Panta encouraged other businesses to make the most of the downtime and look forward to the inevitable surge of visitors. Blue Mountains Adventure Company manager Andy Mein said the Katoomba-based business planned to reopen on October 30. It would operate within government guidelines and had spent lockdown working on the company website and CovidSafe procedures such as replacing the hardcopy waiver with an electronic version which include Covid-specific questions. Mr Cronshaw also encouraged residents to welcome visitors to the Blue Mountains. As the second largest employer and economic driver of the region, tourism employed approximately 3000 people. “What a blessing it has been to be locked down in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area for three months surrounded by wilderness and fresh air, with 140km of bushwalking tracks and most of us living in freestanding homes with large yards and routinely meet native animals. “It is an honour to now share it with others not as fortunate as we are to live, work and play here.’’

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An Amateur Tramp By Lyn Forde – President/Research Officer of St Marys & District Historical Society Inc.


n 1928 William Freame was an avid historian who organised history walks to interesting places. He wrote about a very interesting walk from Doonside to St Marys commenting that Doonside was the first railway station west of Blacktown on the Great Western Line. The tour left the train at Doonside and walked directly south, the first place seen was “Hill End”, a comfortable old home belonging to the Crawford family (Robert James Crawford 1799-1848) who was one of the best of the pioneer families. Walking on to Prospect they came to St Bartholomew’s Anglican Church and Cemetery that was built by pioneers of Prospect with funds collected from 1837. In August 1838 tenders were called for the construction of the Church. The contract was won by James Atkinson of Mulgoa who was building three other churches at the same time - St Peter’s at Richmond, St Mary Magdalene at St Marys and St Thomas at Mulgoa. His contract was with the Trustees, William Lawson, Robert Crawford and Nelson Simmons Lawson. The original contract sum for the building was £1,250, half of which was by private subscription and half by the Colonial Treasury. Henry Robertson was thought to have been the architect for the building, although it is highly possible that William Lawson who was a trained surveyor was designer of the church and was buried there in June 1850. The Church was completed in 1841 in an area known for Aboriginal occupation and favourable camping locations along the Eastern and Prospect Creek catchments. The area was settled by Europeans by 1789 and the arrival of those first settlers prompted the first organised Aboriginal resistance to the spread of settlement in that area which started a violent frontier conflict that Pemulwuy and his Bidjigal clan played a central role. The Church was added to the NSW State Heritage Register in April 1999 and in 1975 the site leased to Blacktown City Council. Walking across the paddocks William reached Bungarribee (Bung meaning the ‘creek’ and garribee meaning cockatoo). The traditional owners of Bungarribee estate were the Warrawarry group of the Darug people. William described seeing a delightful old mansion with memories of the past, but sadly he said that it appeared doomed to ruin, but there remained sufficient old grandeur to enable him to realise the old romance that still lingered around it. He doubted that there was another old colonial home around, with a greater fragrance of lavender and old lace and if those old walls erected over 100 years ago could only speak, they would tell many a pretty story of generous festivities when scarlet coated officers made love to dainty young ladies from Parramatta and Sydney. Standing in the circular parlour (for the ballroom had disappeared), he could visualise many a bright and happy scene. All the ground floor rooms opened onto stone flagged verandas that were originally draped with trailing roses and multi-flowered creepers. On two sides was an old-world garden with carriage drives flanked by hedges and one side there was a little lawn in the middle that stood a sundial that lingered the perfume of roses and wisteria and at the rear of the little lawn the remains of the brick wall that separated the garden from the domestic quarters and the farm. In the middle was the great iron gate with its big bolt, reminiscent of the days when skilled blacksmiths were even more necessary then. He was talking about John Campbell who came free with his family on the “Lusitania” and was granted land in the area where he immediately began building a homestead suited to his status as a former officer and colonial gentleman. Between 1822-1824 he consolidated his landholdings and named the estate “Bungarribee”. John’s temporary residence was enlarged in 1825 and incorporated into his grand new home. The main portion of the house was circular with one room on the

ground floor and one above, both a full circle in shape making all windows, doors and mantelpieces curved. The difficulty of properly carrying out such accurate work with the labour available was a challenge but it was done and stood for over 100 years, a testimony to the skill involved, but the problems encountered during  Photo of William courtesy the construction of the estate were of Holroyd Council website considerable. In 1824 approximately one year after beginning work on Bungarribee he was in debt to his creditors who included Simon Levey and John Macarthur. William then left Bungarribee and continued to walk across paddocks until they reached the Western Road, where an easy walk took them to Eastern Creek, one of the oldest roadside villages in the State. Irish born Captain William Minchin was granted 1000 acres that he named Minchinbury. He was the first landowner who sailed to Australia as an Ensign of the NSW Corps on the female convict transport “Lady Shore”, the only convict ship to mutiny. After being set adrift as a castaway by the mutineers they reached Brazil and William made his way back to England where he was promptly reassigned back to NSW. He was in fact on duty as guard of Government House when William Bligh was arrested in the Rum Rebellion, but William was not prosecuted for his part in the rebellion and was given the job of taking reports of the rebellion back to England. Later he rejoined his regiment and served in Canada until he retired in 1817. When he returned as a free settler aboard the “Isabella” in 1818 William and his wife established the farm where his wife grew grapes from cuttings in a section of the farm that in later years was known for its Minchinbury Wine & vineyard. William Freame continued on to the next village of Colyton where in the coaching days it possessed four little public houses. The last to close its doors was Wainwright’s where William remembers much the same as it was when the bullock teams pulled up in front of it. The bar with its sanded floor and high-backed seats against the wall, and William thought travellers of 90 years ago (1838) were heavier drinkers than those of today because on average there was a pub a mile between Parramatta and Penrith and all the old roadside inns supplied good hearty meals, generally at a shilling a head and when William started his history walks some of the old-time roadside inns provided him with many a dinner. William remembered generous as to quantity but rather poor in variety being generally of cold corned beef with carrots and cabbage, pickles and roley-poley jam pudding. Both Eastern Creek and Colyton had among their earlier residents many good old colonists who were typically old-fashioned sons of the soil, honest, simple minded with all the characteristics of the British countrymen; some of them even retained their smocks. It was then onto St Marys where they caught the train home. Closely identified with the family of Governor King whose widow Anna Josepha King resided with their son Rear Admiral Phillip Parker King at his home “Dunheved”. William said that St Marys “possesses a picturesque past which in part is recalled by St Mary Magdalene, the old church and historic churchyard”. He died aged 65 in 1933. Sources: NSW State Heritage Register, National Library of Australia, James Broadbent Historic Houses Trust of NSW, Cumberland Argus and Fruit growers Advocate, Wikipedia, trove, William Freame (History Page 25/5/2020).

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Fox wins Extreme Slalom

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