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Free fall for fools By Kerrie Martin

THE next time your teenagers say they’re going up the Blue Mountains, it might be a good idea to double check what they’re planning on doing – because just when you thought people couldn’t get any sillier, activities like these spring up. An incredibly dangerous activity has been attracting thrill-seekers to Hanging Rock at Blackheath, with one participant lucky to have escaped serious or fatal injury at the weekend. Inspector Peter Scheinflug, NSW Police Blue Mountains Duty Officer, said the extremely dangerous activity consists of rope being tied to a tree on Hanging Rock point and people jumping off a nearby cliff escarpment to free fall until stopped by the rope and pendulum swinging. People were risking their lives using the giant swing system on Sunday - and the lives of the people who have to rescue them when accidents happen – when one participant plunged eight metres, possibly breaking several bones. “Police have been told the 32-year-old took the jump and dropped about eight metres onto a ledge, fracturing both of his ankles and possibly his pelvis,” Insp Scheinflug said. “He continued to swing and came to a stop about 50 metres from the top of Hanging Rock where others extricated him to the top of Hanging Rock as NSW Police Rescue arrived.

“A short time later Ambulance Special Casualty Access Team attended. He was carried a short distance and winched out by their rescue helicopter and flown to Westmead Hospital for treatment “It is shocking people take such risks and need to be warned about the obvious dangers. They are not only risking their own life, but the lives of those whose job it is to rescue them.” A ranger from NSW National Parks and Wildlife attended and is investigating the alleged breach of their legislation (engage in activity risks safety of self /others).

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by Kerrie Martin AS I flicked through facebook earlier this week, one post in particular caught my eye. Posted by Craig Kelly, Federal Member for Hughes, it was a link to a story in the SMH about a mother, a retired nurse and a sheikh who will face court next month over the alleged genital mutilation of two girls - aged six and seven - at a Sydney home. Mr Kelly wrote: “No young girl in Australia should be subject to female genital mutilation, for any excuse. We also perhaps need to educate new migrants specifically on this issue; that this is a most heinous, barbaric and medieval crime, and anyone that aids or abets this crime in any way, will spend a long, long time in jail. And where are the leftist women’s rights groups – the ones that went into meltdown over our Prime Minister winking back at radio host – why are they so silent on this issue?” Although I could barely take in the details of this horrendous practice without vomit rising in my throat, I decided to read up on it a bit more. The World Health Organisation states that FGM is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and 15 years old, has no health benefit whatsoever, yet has been performed on more than 125 million girls across the globe. Surely there is no greater example of a violation of the human rights of girls and women than this cruelest form of torture? Although there are various reasons cited across African and Middle Eastern cultures for doing it, every one of the reasons reflect deep-rooted inequality between the sexes and discrimination against females in the most vile form imaginable. And with over 125 million females having had their genitals sliced in order to serve the sexual interests of men, chances are another little girl has been “cut” while you’ve been reading this column. Makes you wonder why we’d waste so much oxygen rabbiting on about a wink, doesn’t it? Your thoughts? kerrie@nepeannews.com.au

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MACKILLOP Family Services is urgently seeking more foster carers in the Nepean region to open their homes and hearts to some of New South Wales’ most vulnerable children. Foster carers Sharon and Jess Armbrust from St Marys are a mother and daughter team who opened their home and hearts for the first time earlier this year. They are currently caring for a young boy with special needs. “Becoming foster carers together has had a huge impact on our lives in a really positive way,” said Sharon. “I was in foster care as a child, so I have always wanted to be a carer. When MacKillop suggested taking on a child with higher needs it didn’t faze me. I believe all kids in care have had a hard time but I was drawn to helping a child who needed extra care.” Sharon and Jess are part of MacKillop’s Foster Care Plus program, which is run across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Foster Care Plus provides therapeutic care for children with higher emotional, behavioural and/or physical needs. Foster Care Plus carers are treated as part of a professional team and receive comprehensive training, increased financial support and regular

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A HISTORICAL display currently on show at the Penrith Civic Centre celebrates the bicentenary of the first European crossing of the Blue Mountains. Crossing the Barrier includes images of historical documents, early colonial paintings and maps. Mayor Ross Fowler OAM said it helps tell the story of the crossing and its significance and impact on both the indigenous population and the early colonists of NSW and Australia. “The Blue Mountains’ crossing was an important milestone in our local and national history and this display will go some way to help people to learn more about the history of our City,” Councillor Fowler said. The free exhibition funded by the federal government will be on display in the Ground Floor Foyer of the Penrith Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith, in May and June 2014. Penrith Civic Centre is open 8.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Go to penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/Our-City/ History/ for more information.

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, Minister for Veterans Affairs and Fiona Scott, Federal Member for Lindsay are pleased to announce the Penrith RSL SubBranch and local Veteran community will benefit from funding through the latest round of the Veteran and Community Grant programme. The grant for $10,130 will help Penrith RSL Sub-Branch improve social services and support for local veterans and their families. “Penrith RSL Sub-Branch is a vital part of our local veteran and defence community. I am pleased this funding will help the day club purchase new equipment and enhance its important community and social engagement programs,” Fiona Scott said. “The dedication and hard work of organisations like Penrith RSL Sub-Branch ensure veterans and their families are provided with community care, access to resources and social interactions through programmes such as Day Clubs and Men’s Sheds, or simply providing a place to spend time with mates.” Neville Barnier, Chairman, Penrith RSL Club welcomed the funding and ongoing support of local member Fiona Scott.

“This funding will go a long way in improving the activities and programs which support our veterans. Our Day Club meets regularly and encourages seniors – including veterans and nonveterans to remain active and engaged in the local community. This funding will allow us to build and grow our network and support more seniors and veterans across Penrith,” Neville Barnier said. Senator Ronaldson was pleased to visit Penrith RSL to make the announcement and also take a tour of the Afghanistan and Memorabilia displays. “Since 1999, the Veteran and Community Grants program has helped ex-service organisations continue to provide high quality services and support to the veteran and defence community and their families,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“The Australian community is justly proud of the service and sacrifice of our veterans and those currently serving in the Australian Defence Force. Each of these grants is a show of our appreciation and gratitude to our sailors, soldiers, airmen and nurses, past and present.” Ex-service and community organisations, veteran representative groups and private organisations that contribute to the health and welfare of the veteran community are all eligible to apply for funding through the Veteran and Community Grants programme. For more information about the Veteran and Community Grants programme visit www.dva.gov. au/grants or contact your nearest Department of Veterans’ Affairs office on 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.

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STUART Ayres MP, Member for Penrith welcomes the announcement that Penrith Council will receive $448,474 in funding from the NSW Government to improve waste and recycling performance as part of the $465.7 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative. Rob Stokes, Minister for the Environment said the funding for the $70 million dollar four-year Better Waste and Recycling Fund designed by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will support councilrun waste and recycling projects in the state’s waste-levy paying area. “This is the first year of funding under the Better Waste and Recycling Fund and totals $17.2 million across all participating councils including Penrith,” Rob Stokes said. “This is in addition to the $145 million that has already opened in Waste Less, Recycle More grants since June last year to applicants including councils. “In total NSW councils will receive $222.8 million exclusively and have access to a further $133.9 million in contestable grants, under the five year Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.”

Stuart Ayres said the funding package will make a significant contribution to improving our waste infrastructure and recycling rates. “The grant will be used to support projects that reduce waste generation and improve recycling and community engagement,” he said. “It can also be used to tackle litter and illegal dumping in local communities and assist us to achieve our ambitious state-wide waste and recycling targets. “This could include council initiatives such as recycling education, bin inspections, composting programs or installing public place recycling in parks and community areas. “It is up to each council to identify the best way to use this funding to provide enhanced waste services that will help to reduce waste to landfill and increase recycling initiatives in their local government area.” Penrith Councillor, Bernard Bratusa said this is an excellent initiative by the NSW government which will assist Penrith City Council in planning its future strategies to reduce waste and increase recycling. “As a Regional City and a major growth region within Western Sydney,

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A twin, I am pictured above with my sister Judith As a child I had polio and had to wear calipers, but I was one of the lucky ones While I spent some time in my early childhood at Bogan Gate, I later attended Penrith High My first job was opening a makeshift paper shop near Penrith railway

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Dora explores St Marys DORA the Explorer will visit Coachman’s Park on Sunday 28 June to join the festivities at the Queen of Hearts monthly markets. Features of the market include rides, stalls, face painting, sausage sizzle and free giveaways. Queen of Hearts is a non-profit fundraising event organisation. Funds raised from Coachman’s Park markets will go directly to Springfield Cottage Sexual Assault Service, Penrith. Springfield Cottage provides specialised support, counselling and information to adults, young people and children who have experienced sexual assault. The service provides crisis and ongoing counselling, information and support for nonoffending caregivers/family, court preparation support, and support/ access to medical or forensic examinations. Michele Ellery of Queen of Hearts says, “Penrith has the highest number of convictions for child abuse in greater Sydney and there is a backlog to provide victim services. It takes the whole community to raise awareness.” Queen of Hearts also supports Red Kite and Braveheart, raising

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Good food, fine wine, great shopping! WITH over 30 stalls and a multitude of things to do and see, Penrith Regional Gallery’s annual winter market is on this Sunday and is not to be missed! There’s wine tasting by Dusty Buzzard and a live music performance by The Blue Mugs the Blue Mountains entertaining Ukulele band who are guaranteed to make you smile and perhaps even get you dancing in the garden! The Forage & Feast Market is an annual fun family day out with live music, kids’ activities, free exhibitions, delicious food and a variety of stalls. Stalls will sell art, craft, jewellery, plants, vintage collectables, food, fashion, home wares, candles, up cycled designs and curios. The Gallery provides an idyllic space for artisans to showcase their wares and for shoppers to have a local enjoyable retailing experience in the great outdoors. Cantina, one of the city of Sydney’s food trucks will be heading west for some fine Mexican cuisine and creating a true street fair atmosphere, some gourmet Jaffles from the Jafe Jaffles mob will be

there and there’ll also be special winter treats from Café at Lewers to warm you up. If your sweet tooth needs attention then the Cookie Jar Cupcakes or Moreish Macarons stall will help certainly you out. The Gallery has historically been a place of makers being the home of artists Margo and Gerald Lewers. The Lewers bought the property in the 40s, making it their permanent home and studio from the 50’s. So continuing this tradition the market allows the contemporary makers to showcase and sell their wares at this very special Forage & Feast event. Don’t miss the opportunity to find a special hand-crafted gift as well as the opportunity to meet the maker. So put a big circle around June 1 on your calendar, and don’t miss this opportunity for a great day out and a chance to support your local artists, designers, crafters and retailers at the Forage & Feast Market! Located on the Emu Plains side of the river, Penrith Regional Gallery is easy to find: if you’re coming from the Penrith side, just go straight over the bridge, hang a left into River Road and look for the Gallery sign.

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100 km push ON the 20th and 21st of June Nathan Pentecost, Ambassador for Mama Lana’s Community Foundation, will push 100kms in his wheelchair around the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith. The push-a-thon will end on Sunday 22nd of June with a fundraising luncheon at Lakeside Restaurant at the Regatta Centre. All funds raised will be donated to MLCF which provides long term care and support for the homeless and those needing a caring hand. Mama Lana’s Community Foundation was founded by Lana & Roger Borg to provide hot homemade meals, toiletries and assistance to the homeless and disadvantaged people in our community, as to advance their well-being and prospects for their future independence. The charity relies totally on donations from the public to keep running. To become a lap sponsor or attend the luncheon please email Nathan Nathan_pentecost@ yahoo.com.au or Lana - lana@ mamalanas.com.au

Zombie Apocalypse Strikes Penrith

By Kirra Corey

IT was a tear-stained face and weary eyes that greeted my father when he arrived to pick me up on the Friday evening earlier this month. Given that Dad and I scarcely ever see one another, it is safe to say I had been cheerfully anticipating completing the inaugural after-dark eight kilometre Running Scared obstacle course with him ever since being informed of it. Little did I know what was in store for me that evening, however, and little did I know I would experience one of the very best nights of my mortality. Dejected from falling out with a long-term childhood friend just moments prior to his arrival, Dad hurriedly distracted me with frightfully exhilarating thoughts of

exactly who we might be hunted down and heartlessly pursued by that night - whether flesh-eating zombie, chainsaw-wielding masochist, disturbing clown, cultured vampire, or even Freddy Kruger. The possibilities were endless. Needless to say, my previous dilemma was soon left in the shadows. Then again, any period of relentlessly running for your very life from a bunch of ghastly ghouls and supernatural psychopaths with heart hammering, adrenaline skyrocketing, blood pulsating, and thoughts cloudy is enough to make anyone forget a fallen friendship, and instead prioritise only the human condition and essentially how to preserve it. Sydney’s preliminary Running Scared event was the precise

antithesis of a disappointment. Quite on the contrary, for just moments after having breathlessly accomplished it, my father and I solemnly swore to make our initial debut of the challenging - yet far from impossible 15-plus obstacle course - an annual father-daughter tradition. With proceeds going towards a vital and noble cause, Cancer Council NSW, and specifically designed to cater for every fitness level, Running Scared didn’t only just take the cake; it took the entire jack-o-lantern, corpse, brain, limb, heart and blood bath! A unique opportunity, as well as an easy means to get fit, meet new people or paranormal entities, and embrace your inner demeanor, Running Scared while not for the faint of heart, can certainly only be on the up and up from here.

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Relocation welcomed PENRITH Progression welcomes the relocation of NSW Sport and Recreation to Penrith now that the move has begun in earnest. “Penrith Progression has more than 400 developers, businesses, investors, government agencies, academia, not-for-profit organisations and the community sharing ideas for renewing Penrith’s city centre,” Penrith Progression Project  Penrith Progression Project Director Craig Butler said. Director Craig Butler “The department moving to Penrith underpins the rationale for the Penrith Progression. Our goal is to bring to life our collective vision to revitalise the Penrith city centre, attract investors and create thousands of local jobs. “Residents tell us they want jobs close to home, better infrastructure and services, and clean and safe public spaces; they want Penrith to be vibrant and active. “Together we are working to identify and test new projects, partnerships and plans for increased investment and development in the city centre. We will identify the most important new key activities, initiatives and projects to achieve this. “The NSW government wants to lease about 5000 square metres of office space as an anchor tenant. It is a perfect fit to have this government department in our city. We firmly welcome another 200 jobs and the benefit and growth they will bring to our community and local businesses,” Mr. Butler said. The State Government is calling for Expressions of Interest up until 10 June for office space to house the department. For further information www.penrithprogression.com.au.

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THE top cops in the NSW Police were among a host of officers from the Thin Blue Line who attended last month’s St Marys Local Area Command (LAC) Police Officer of the Year (POTY) Award dinner. Among the 200 who attended the gale evening at St Marys Leagues were Commissioner Andrew Scipione, Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas and Assistant Commissioner Denis Clifford along with the St Marys and local superintendents. At a recent meeting of St Marys Rotary Club at Twin Creeks Golf Club, members were informed that $9000 was raised on the night through donations by sponsors and a huge raffle. All proceeds are to be directed to Police Legacy.

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Ann is a treasured gift By Kerrie Martin

EVERY now and then you come across someone who is so truly inspirational that they touch your heart in a way that makes you feel proud to be part of the human race. Vintage FM’s Ann Willmington, wife of Wayne Willmington, mother of Clare and Jack, is one such person. Ann was diagnosed with a brain tumour seven years ago that very nearly claimed her life. Given just a ten per cent chance of survival, Ann underwent a sixhour operation to have it removed – and defied all the odds. Without paying too much thought to needing recovery time, Ann threw herself into raising funds for Music For Life – because she felt motivated to find a cure for brain cancer so that little children didn’t have to go through the ordeal that she did. Then in early 2012 the unthinkable happened – during an annual check up Dr Charlie Teo delivered the unfortunate news that another brain tumour had grown. Ann underwent surgery to remove the tumour and once again, thankfully, the operation was a success. I spoke to Ann a week after her second major surgery, and I was amazed to hear

that the most important thing she had on her mind was organising that year’s Music For Life function. Fast forward to 2014 and there’s no pinning this girl down, she’s at again! This year’s fundraiser for Dr Charles Teo’s Brain Cancer Foundation will be

held on Friday the 13th of June at the Panthers Pavilion. The theme this year is a Red and Black Masquerade Ball (Yee-haaa my colours, baby) so be sure to choose a mask that defines your personality and goes with your glad rags. Oh and make sure you have your dancing shoes on because the Enormous Horns and DJ Sax will be rocking us through the night. Masks can be prepurchased from the official mask supplier, Behind The Mask Costumes by choosing from the website www. musicforlife.net.au and your mask will sent with your ticket or can be collected at the ball. The proceeds from the masks also go to curing brain cancer. The Ann Willmingtons of the world are a treasured gift to our community. Please help this amazing and courageous lady realise her dream of helping those – including small children – who are diagnosed with brain tumours. Tickets to the event can be purchased by calling 4731 1876.

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IT is with great sadness that we report the sudden loss of Veteran Gary Fizzell, from St Marys Outpost. Gary passed away in his sleep on Sunday night. As funeral arrangements had not yet been made at the time of going to print, please contact the St Marys Outpost for details by contacting 9833 4711.

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Rotary: Having fun helping others LOCAL Rotarians from across Penrith will join more than 18,000 Rotary club members from all over world for the humanitarian service organisation’s 105th International Convention, which will be held at Sydney Olympic Park during 1 - 4 June. President of the Penrith Valley Club, Don Mackenzie said local Rotarians were looking forward to catching up with their international

counterparts and attending a number of special events at Sydney’s Olympic Park. “The Convention will provide Members with a great opportunity to share success stories, exchange ideas and renew acquaintances,” Mr Mackenzie said. “Rotary’s International Convention is often described as a “mini-United Nations” because of its

global scope and cultural diversity of its members.” “A major portion of the Convention will be devoted to Rotary’s top priority, the global eradication of the crippling disease polio. However projects such as Rotary Youth Leadership Award and charity events such as Penrith Carols by Candlelight will also be discussed. “This past year we are proud to fundraise and donate in excess of $50,000 to local and overseas charities and causes. This includes Little by Little, the Charity attached to Kurrambee Special School in Werrington and Books in Homes, a literacy and reading initiative for local Primary School children,” Mr Mackenzie added. The public is encouraged to get involved in several events during the Convention, including an attempt to break the record for the most people on a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb on May 30 and End Polio Now—Make History Today 3K Walk which will be held at Sydney Olympic Park on May 31. “The Convention is expected to inject an estimated $60.5 million into the Sydney and broader NSW economy. Tourism will also gain a major boost, with international Rotarians being encouraged to explore Penrith Valley and the Blue Mountains before and after the Convention,” Mr Mackenzie said. People interested in finding out more about the Convention and Rotary should visit the website www.rotary2014.com.au or contact their local Rotary Club.

Up, up and away at the Regatta By Greg Martin

MAN, oh man, the models on display at the Regatta Centre last Sunday weren’t of the Elle McPherson or Miranda Kerr variety but, by crikey, they were good sorts. Sleek with all the right curves and movements! These particular models were quarter-scale model planes, all belonging to members of Rise Off Water model seaplane club which has members scattered all over Sydney. More than a dozen members turned up on Sunday for their monthly flying day and were met by absolutely perfectly conditions. Clear blue skies, water as smooth as glass and all seaplanes turned out in sparkling order. Organiser, Tim Nolan, who has a thriving business making and selling model planes worldwide, described conditions as: “made to order by The Man himself”. “Normally we have around 25-30 pilots on these flying days – those who missed out on these superb conditions will rue the day they decided to keep their planes in their hangers,” Tim said. However Tim says he expects every member to be in attendance on the big model day at the Regatta on Monday, June 9. “As well as the seaplanes, other model enthusiasts will be bringing along and showing off their model cars and a huge variety of boats including steamships, warships and tugs,” Tim said. The event runs all day and there’s music and food and refreshments stalls – cost of entry is just $5 for a wonderful day out.

 Pilots on the jetty, either piloting their seaplanes or preparing them for take-off

Tim Nolan’s Anderson Kingfisher and its reflection make a wonderful sight as it skims over the water. All photos courtesy the Prince of Snappers, Noel Rowsell www.photosofexcellence.com.au

 Pilots and ground staff have just backed their seaplanes out of their mobile hangers


AHHH the Joys and the pitfalls of giving birth…… your wonderful bundle of joy has turned 18 and guess what? You as the doting parent have been asked (told, informed, directed) that it is your duty to throw a party in honour of them getting to this milestone. Now, I will inform you of something before you even order the cake or write the short invite list with Aunt Myrtle and Uncle Bob and a few second cousins. It’s already on the social media hitting about 2000 people that are (salivating) more than happy to gate crash your house

and trash it for the occasion. So what do you do? My answer is control, control, control. Take the party away from your house; hire a hall - it’s controlled by a finish time. Write a list and send out invitations, and be strict, no invitation - no entry (Sorry Grandma Jo). Access control, hire security to check off lists and hand out wrist bands and let them deal with the uninvited. The youth of today do like a drink and some are like fish drinking water, never know when to stop. My suggestion is that if there is going to be alcohol, have it

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controlled and no, not by grandad that has had 15 beers already and can’t stand up, telling war stories. A designated bar attendant (controller) and preferably someone with RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol). Oh also just a hint, the head of the party should also stay sober, I don’t know how many times I have spoken to the hall hirers that can’t even string two words together. (Not a good look…seriously now… come on). Another suggestion is just hiring a venue that can do all of this for you. Relax! Music is very important so

playing kungfu fighting at midnight when you are trying to clear the joint out is not a good idea. Try Beethoven’s greatest hits, in extended version So there you have it ….control is the answer. Your child may hate you for embarrassing them in front of their friends , however the party was a success (tick), no one was hurt (tick) your house wasn’t trashed (tick) your child will get over it (tick) and now you have time to organise the 21st. Good Luck! Oh and don’t forget to tell the local Police you are having an 18th.

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Legends of the Nepean By Greg Martin

THIS is not a perfect world but having citizens such as Cranebrook’s Geoff Brown being a

part of the jigsaw puzzle takes us a small step closer towards achieving that perfect world goal. Down through the ages, people power has lifted the living standards of a multitude of generations.

Geoff has long had an affinity for standard-bred horse racing and breeding.

I’m sure back when Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble were kids, a group of Neanderthals banded together to insist the clan leader give them a fair share of the fresh meat from a recently slaughtered mammoth. Without people power, just about every nation on earth would still be living under a feudal-type system with the landed gentry, the rich and kings, queens, caliphs and whatever, keeping the spoils and the serfs and peasants left with the scraps. Yes, people banding together to improve their lot in life or some system which isn’t giving a ‘fair go’. (And if you don’t know who were Fred and Barney – back under yer rock!). Geoff Brown is the president of the Western Sydney Conservation Alliance. WSCA is a not-for-profit volunteer group which seeks to protect Western Sydney’s (fast) dwindling natural heritage by opposing what they see as inappropriate development through lobbying politicians, community education and fostering initiatives such as bush care. The very-fit 50-year-old has always

had a passion for the environment and the bush despite growing up as city slicker at Kingswood. “As young children and teenagers, my sisters and I and the rest of the neighbourhood kids would spend countless hours playing in Kingswood Park which was just a large expanse of bushland – it was a wonderful playground,” Geoff recalled. “One afternoon after school I rode my bike into the park with a group of mates and we noticed all these white pegs – we knew then that our days playing in the bushland were numbered. “Sure enough, within months, the bush had been bulldozed entirely and houses were being built. “Of course I had been aware of the public campaign to stop the damming of the Franklin River (in Tasmania) which had generated attention nationally and worldwide but it was the decimation of our Kingswood Park which was the real catalyst for me becoming involved in conservation.” As a young man, Geoff purchased his first home which backed on to the 1535ha Australian Defence Industries (ADI) site between St Marys and Penrith.

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GEOFF BROWN A tract of land left in its natural state for all to enjoy one of the last remaining pieces of Cumberland Plain in the Sydney Basin! A small mob of emus are still on the site – Lend Lease wants them relocated but Geoff believes the animals should be allowed to stay and live out their lives on a space to be shared with humans enjoying a stroll through the bush. “The Environmental outcome I’m most proud of is leading the campaign to save the 181 ha former Air Services Australia site at Vincent Rd Cranebrook,” Geoff says. “This site was an ecological hotspot yet the Federal Government studies said the site had little conservation value. ”So I threw myself into saving this land and spent the next four years of my life lobbying all levels of government to stop development.” The Cranebrook site is now Sydney’s newest Nature Reserve. But there’s more to Geoff Brown than conservation. The very-fit 50-year-old and his long-time partner, Lidia, are father and mother to six children between them.

Of course fighting for the environment and his fellow citizens take up a lot of Geoff’s time, but the man has to earn a quid and in doing so he operates a gardening maintenance business. Through his father, Geoff developed an interest in breeding and racing harness horses – an interest which has continued to the present. “A filly we bred called Tomorrow’s Dream was our best pacer - she won 14 races including at Harold Park and Albion Park in Queensland,” Geoff said. “She’s currently in foal to a leading stallion called Sportswriter so we are hoping her progeny turn turns out to be as good as her.” Geoff also finds time to play lead guitar in practice sessions with a group of fellow musicians who have formed a rock n’ roll band. “We are currently in the process of putting together a show called Innovators of Rock which is a sort of history of rock ‘n’ roll,” Geoff said. “We play everything from the early days of Elvis and Chuck Berry, through to the Stones, the Beatles, Credence and Jimmy Hendrix. “We’re having fun doing it and

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“I rented out the place for a while before moving in myself,” Geoff said. “It was a wonderful home in which to live – looking out over the back fence to watch emus and kangaroos going about living their lives. “So it really rocked me when we heard that Lend Lease was to develop much of the site into housing precincts and that these amazing animals were to be culled. “I attended my first meeting of the ADI Residents Action Group back in 1996 – I was very shy and didn’t say a peep but as my knowledge increased along with my organisational and communications skills, I became more and more involved and gradually I took on leadership roles. “We understood that development had to take place on the site but we also believed that there was enough space to provide a home for a smaller number of animals as well as bush tracts for people to enjoy.” Geoff and his fellow members are now currently fighting a decision by the State Government to establish a Regional Park (ie: playground) on a 900ha area of land on the ADI site – they would prefer it to be a Nature Reserve.

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 ‘ello, ‘ello, ‘ello! Geoff Brown is interviewed by police during one of his environmental campaigns.

hopefully when we get to perform, so too will the audiences!” Geoff learned to play the guitar at 16 years and has been involved “in a number of bands” for over 30 years. “Music will always be a major part of my life,” he said. And so too will be continuing to take up the cudgels to improve the lot of his fellow citizens!

Geoff Brown was nominated as a Legend of the Nepean by Kerrie Martin. If you know a local legend, send us a nomination at greg@nepeannews.com.au

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Preserving our heritage Family finds grave The Australian Government is inviting all residents of Penrith and St Marys to have a say in the future of our nation’s heritage. Fiona Scott, Federal Member for Lindsay said the Government had released a draft Australian Heritage Strategy for public comment until 9 June 2014. “It’s an opportunity for all Australians to discuss which heritage icons should be protected, and how best to manage and maintain these places,” Fiona Scott said. “The aim of the Strategy is to provide outcomes, priorities and actions that effectively recognise, manage and celebrate Australia’s unique heritage. “Every day, residents across the Nepean devote their time and energy to preserving our heritage. The draft Australian Heritage Strategy contains a range of commitments and proposed actions that recognise this work and aim to support and strengthen community engagement with our heritage,” Fiona Scott added. The draft Strategy is built around a central vision of our natural and cultural heritage being valued by all Australians, protected for future generations and cared for by the community.

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On May 16 in the cemetery of St Mary Magdalene Anglican Church at St Marys, there was a commemoration held for the 100th anniversary of the burial of John Frederick Turner. The grave of John was previously unmarked and unknown from 1914 when he died until the new headstone was placed on his grave especially for this commemoration by his descendant, Brian Turner and the Turner family. Brian planned the day from his home in Perth with the help of Lyn Forde, Vice-President of the St Marys & District Historical Society, who arranged the festivities from the St Marys’ end. The day was well attended by the descendants of the Turner family as well as the Society members – Caroline Volkiene and Lyn along with Tom and Norma Thorburn who dressed in 1914 costume. The weather couldn’t have been nicer; the religious service by the Reverend of the Church, and the family information on John Frederick Turner and the Turner

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family produced and presented by Brian Turner was very interesting and well presented. The church was opened for the families to enter and then an invitation to afternoon tea at the “Chambers” was arranged by the Historical Society. John Frederick Turner died at his residence in Orchard Hills in 1914 at the age of 73 years. He was suffering from heart problems and died suddenly in the arms of his wife who had been warned by Dr Higgins that this might eventuate. He worked for the railway and was believed to receive one of the first superannuation pension from the Railway Department. He was married twice and had 16 children. Mrs John Price was in charge of the funeral arrangements.


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Have a laugh IT’S that time of year again, when the ultimate comedy road trip - the Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow rolls into The Joan at Penrith. From Hobart to Hong Kong and back, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is a comedy odyssey, bringing a raft of the world’s best comics to one big show for a raucous night out. Be prepared for the cast of ribtickling travellers to have you bellylaughing, as the Roadshow travels to eager comedy fans across the nation. Every year audiences are wowed by the incredible line-ups, and this year is no exception, with a mix of local heroes and international stars as well as the hottest newcomer-discoveries of the Festivall! Roadshow enjoyed enormous success in 2013, performing a staggering 109 shows in over 60 regional towns and cities across Australia, before concluding the tour with a sell-out international leg visiting Singapore, Hong Kong, and India. The 2014 Comedy Roadshow stars acclaimed award-winning comedy great, Cal Wilson as the MC; and features Greg Behrendt (co-author He’s Just Not That Into You) and recognised worldwide as ‘That Guy From That Thing!’; Beau Heartbreaker (Selina

Jenkins), winner of Best Cabaret - Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals; Ronny Chieng, winner Best Newcomer award 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival for his debut stand up show,The Ron Way; and Rhys Nicholson –2009 RAW Comedy finalist and winner of the 2012 Time Out Award for Best Newcomer at the Sydney Comedy Festival. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is renowned for being one of the best nights out! The show at The Joan, will be the Comedy Festival Roadshow’s ONLY Sydney performance. Tickets are selling fast, so book now. Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow at the Q Theatre, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High Street, Penrith,Wednesday 4 June, 8pm. Tickets: $27 - $32. For bookings phone: 4723-7600 or visit: www.jspac.com.au Warning: Performances may contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older. Running Time: Approximately 2.5hrs including 20 minute interval.


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A ROCK and roll life can be an exciting one. But the pitfalls too can sometimes be the stuff of which legends are made… This is the life story of Stevie Wright, considered by many to be one of Australia’s greatest front men, and of his band The Easybeats. Of Stevie’s rise and fall –and his rise again – to stardom, along with the highs and often tragic lows of a life of fame. Stevie Wright has lived in the shadows of his fame for many years, but this new compelling stage musical brings his legacy back to life, for generations both past and present. Hit after hit – over two hours of truly iconic Aussie rock n’ roll, and a fascinating tale to tell, with real life historic footage plus interviews with some of Australia’s greats who worked, lived, and loved with Stevie. The story is important on many levels. It’s important not only because it’s a part of Australian rock n’ roll

history that will reignite the fond memories of the baby boomers, but it can engage and educate a younger generation as well. Scott McRae and a five piece band star in this gripping ‘Rockumentary’ musical featuring the hit songs Evie, Friday on My Mind, Sorry, I’ll make you Happy, Good Times, and many more. Told for the first time, it’s a story that will be sure to rock your heart and soul! “The incredible exploits of Little Stevie and the incredible Easybeats are part of our national cultural fabric. To see it all come alive on stage, with obvious affection, is a rewarding experience”. Glenn A. Baker. STEVIE at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High Street, Penrith. Season 13 & 14 June. Tickets: $30 - $49. Bookings: 4723-7600 or visit: www.jspac. com.au

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Is this the Budget we had to have?

He Says........................... .........................She Says GOT to give it to Hockey and Abbott, they have managed to convince the general public that there is a budget crisis in order to bring forward their Liberal ideologies. Economists from various sectors including NAB and Standard & Poors who gave us the AAA rating are not saying there is a crisis, but let’s not let facts get in the way of political ideology. So we start from a premise that is wrong, but a great sell job done. Now we hammer everyone with additional taxes based on this wrong premise. Let’s look at the taxes; increased fuel levy. It may not sound much when you talk about a cent a litre, but it effects every person and business, pushes up the transport costs and all these costs get put back on consumers. It is the single most inflationary item that any government can introduce. Now let’s look at the Medicare co-payment. Of the $7 charge, $2 goes to the Doctor and $5 goes to a medical research fund. An admirable ideal but I cannot fathom how the increased revenue can have any effect whatsoever on the budget when it is going to be paid out as collected. Net budget effect, zero, nil, nothing. Why don’t they just drop the spin and call it for what it is. It is a deterrent to make people think twice about visiting the Doc. If two million Aussies have one less annual

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doctors visit that is a saving of over 50 million dollars. That’s the true reason for the charge. Have the guts to say so. The proposed dropping of the carbon levy - given the scientific evidence of the catastrophic effects we can look forward to from climate change - is just very short term or no vision. By the way, hands up all the people who think that energy charges will be reduced from axing the tax? The so called $550 dollars that this was supposed to cost householders that was offset with tax breaks will not disappear but the additional budget taxes will hit a lot harder than this with no compensation payable. Hopefully in a furture edition I can look at some other parts of the budget, like the $80 million the states lose or the $4-5 million Council will lose. In the meantime think about the costs to households to protect Liberal party philosophy.

YES it is, unless you think it makes sense to continue to pay $30 million per day in interest. When we voted Labor in in 2007 the country was debt free. In six short years they managed to rack up staggering amounts of debt in the hundreds of billions! Think back to Budgets handed down by Swan, the Coalition kept warning us, every man, woman and child will have to repay the debt. Did you listen? Now we’ve voted Labor out, and, we are in the situation that arises each and every time following a Labor governing period; it’s time to fix the debt, it’s that simple. There is a bright side at least we voted sensible fiscal managers in now imagine how many more billions the other mob would have added to the debt if they’d had another term! So we’ll pay an excise at the pump, we’ll get slung $7 when we visit the docs and high income earners will have to throw some more cash to the tax man. And that’s only if the Budget

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manages to get through the Senate because here’s the corker - the mob who created the mess are trying to block fixing the mess! If you believe what you read by the massive amount of “victims” ranting about it on social media, the poorhouse is going to be chockers with hard done by people who can’t possibly survive if they have to part with $7 to go to the doctors or an extra cent per litre at the bowser. Funny how they’re all able to access mobile phone plans and computers to tell their sorry tales. First world problems peoples! I say we load the whole lot of them on a boat and send them off to say, The Sudan? A few weeks of scavenging for their next meal and clean water might make them think twice about their attitude towards having to part with a whole seven dollars to see a professional dedicated to keeping them healthy! Australia was built on people pulling together, a lot of hard yakka and we were never tagged as whingers. We are bloody lucky to live in such a great country with so much opportunity and services available. If this Budget has made life so impossible for you here, there’s a seat on that boat with your name on it. Get on it before you starve to death! (Or your mobile phone plan runs out before you can check in on facebook).

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Step back in time EVENTS

1453 - Fall of Constantinople: Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih captures Constantinople after a 53-day siege, ending the Byzantine Empire. 1660 -  English Restoration: Charles II is restored to the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland. 1798 -  United Irishmen Rebellion: Between 300 and 500 United Irishmen are massacred by the British Army in County Kildare, Ireland. 1886 - The Pharmacist John Pemberton places his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, the ad appearing in The Atlanta Journal. 1914 - The Ocean liner RMS Empress of Ireland sinks in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence with the loss of 1024 lives. 1919 -  Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity is tested (later confirmed) by Arthur Eddington and Andrew Claude de la Cherois Crommelin. 1942 - Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra record Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”, the best-selling Christmas single in history. 1953 -  Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on Tenzing Norgay’s (adopted) 39th birthday.

BIRTHS 1903 - Bob Hope, English-American actor, singer and producer (d. 2003). 1913 -  Tony Zale, American boxer (d. 1997). 1917 - John F. Kennedy, American naval lieutenant and politician, 35th President of the United States (d. 1963). 1939 -  Al Unser, American race car driver.

DEATHS 1500 1942 1951 1993 1997 2010

-  Bartolomeu Dias, Portuguese explorer (b. 1451). -  John Barrymore, American actor (b. 1882). - Fanny Brice, American singer and actress (b. 1891). - Billy Conn, American boxer (b. 1917). - Jeff Buckley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Gods and Monsters) (b. 1966). - Dennis Hopper, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1936).

JOKES

Bob Hope, KBE, KCSG, KSS, was an American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, author, and athlete who appeared on Broadway, in vaudeville, movies, television, and on the radio. The great entertainer was born on this day in 1903 (d.2003). 1. I asked my good friend, Arnold Palmer how I could improve my (golf) game, he advised me to cheat! 2. I have performed for 12 presidents and entertained six.” 3. I have a wonderful make-up crew. They‛re the same people that restored the Statue of Liberty. 4. One sailor told me the pretty nurse on his ward really knows her job. She takes our blood pressure and then deducts twenty points for “white dress” syndrome. 5. It‛s so cold here in Washington, D.C., that politicians have their hands in their own pockets. 6. Ronald Reagan is not a typical politician because he doesn‛t know how to lie, cheat, and steal. He‛s always had an agent do that. 7. Everything Reagan does, Gorbachev does him one better. Reagan wears the flag of his country on his lapel. Gorby wears the map of his country on his forehead. 8. When they asked Jack Benny to do something for the Actor‛s Orphanage - he shot both his parents and moved in. 9. A James Cagney love scene is one where he lets the other guy live. 10. Be happy you guys. Be proud! You know what you are: you‛re God‛s frozen people. - To GIs based in Alaska. 11. Please don‛t stand up on my account. - To a group of amputees. 12. People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy.

CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 Paces (9) 6 Not behind (5) 9 A hydrocarbon gas (7) 10 Leaves (7) 11 Pious (7) 12 Fitting inside one another (7) 13 In another manner (9) 15 Vista (5) 16 Vapors (5) 19 Buyers (9) 22 8th planet of the solar system (7) 23 Ruffled (7) 25 Avid (7) 26 A standard example (7) 27 Athletic endeavor (5) 28 Surmised (9)

DOWN 1 Exhausts (5) 2 Flightless bird (7) 3 Disperse (7) 4 Each and all (5) 5 One more than 16 (9) 6 Charges (7) 7 Tie together (7) 8 Differs (9) 13 Coordinates (9) 14 Makes larger (9) 17 Female singing range (7) 18 Old Scottish for “Salmon” (7) 20 Use (7) 21 Burbot or guffer (7) 23 Worries (5) 24 Fearful anticipation (5)

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Museum unveils local aussie icon By Keith Ward

THE distinctive “NEPEAN MILK” signage which once proudly adorned railway wagons and dairy factories in the west of Sydney has been reborn, and is now alive and well in the Blue Mountains! Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum has recently revealed a wonderful newly restored exhibit to the public. Known colloquially as the “Ice Van”, the Bogie Refrigerator Van MRC 25706 has a high level of historical significance primarily due to its rarity as only a few remain of the 250 built. The roof of the wagon has six rectangular compartments into which large slabs of ice were placed. (How cool is that!) As the ice melted, the cold water ran down into the hollow walls of the wagon, keeping the contents (meat, or in this case, milk) cool for up to several days if necessary….the original “Esky” on wheels! Ted Dickson, vice chairman of the Museum and project manager, hosted the unveiling and complemented the dedicated volunteers who have collectively put in over 8,000 hours of labour into the restoration, which took four years to complete. Built in 1948, this wagon was in

regular use on the Blue Mountains line until the 1960s, carting milk in “churns” (look that up if you’re under 40!!!) up to Katoomba and carried the markings of the “NEPEAN MILK” factory at Penrith (now the site of National Foods). The signage has been reinstated as part of the painstaking return of the wagon to its former glory, and the rails for hanging sides of meat (although never used for this purpose in this actual wagon) are still visible through the massive hinged side doors (opened on request). Similar wagons were used for many years to transport meat from the central west of the state, enabling new abattoirs to be opened and to have their product delivered quickly and hygienically to Sydney markets. This unique exhibit, along with many others, is now ready for all visitors to enjoy on the Museum’s regular open days, usually held on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month. Also on offer are unlimited rides on a Heritage Sydney Steam tram, dating from the 1880s, and the opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of rail transport over the last 100 years. A marvellous new, 5 metre long, model layout, complete in every intricate detail, shows the site as it was in the 1950s. At this great family venue, you

 Newly restored “Ice Van” catches the morning sun on the turntable at the Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, following four years of careful restoration by volunteers.

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Heavens Above with Reverend Ross Hutchison

Have you ever kept a running diary? There are times I wish I could share some of the other sides of my Ministerial encounters, the ones that would make the hair on the back of your neck bristle and make your blood boil. I am very blessed by a terrific team who work with me in making a difference in people’s lives. I don’t often speak of the RH Foundation in this column (if ever), but events of this past week has made me think about what “makes me tick” a thing we should all often do. We can all say “Somebody should do something for or about....this and that.” But that “something” can be done by “you and your team” Even if it is to assist other teams do what they are good at - with worthwhile projects they have identified that make a positive difference in other’s lives. I remember saying in a previous column (probably last year now) that the real meaning of life is about developing what ever talents we have! It’s what we do with those talents to benefit and bring joy to others is what it’s simply all about! I am grateful for the challenges of the past weeks. Because of experience and a belief that that’s what makes what we do work - and I give thanks for that! It also makes me aware of our Aussie kids being relatively safe, able to run, jump and play and most of all laugh.

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Tips for selling your property COLLEEN Prestedge from First National Claremont Meadows has an extraordinary 33 years of experience that includes owning her own real estate business in Glenmore Park, local and Commonwealth Government property sectors as well as residential real estate and land sales in the area. During this period Colleen has developed a reputation for outstanding results, with a calm demeanor. Colleen shared with us First national Claremont Meadow’s tips for selling your home for the maximum price. A Tidy Home Ensures An Open For Inspection Is ‘Welcoming’ Your home should be kept neat and tidy during the period of inspections. The home should create an inviting atmosphere by ensuring the arrangement of furniture is in a comfortable position. Utilise fresh flowers, indoor plants or paintings as they always brighten up a home. Repairs Can Make A Big Difference Make sure that all minor repairs are completed. Sticking doors and windows, loose doorknobs, faulty plumbing, peeling paint or faulty flywire may affect your sale.

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ROAD FROM EMU FORD (Part 1) Cox - the Man By Anne-Maree Whitaker

As a great-great-granddaughter of William Cox, and convener of the William Cox Fellowship, I am delighted to have been asked to contribute a series of three articles to the Nepean District Historical Society Chronicle to mark the bicentenary of Cox’s Road. The road was commenced from Emu Ford on 18 July 1814, and its centenary in 1914 was regarded as the foundation of Penrith. William Cox began his career as a clockmaker in Devizes, Wiltshire, England. Perhaps foreseeing the demise of traditional crafts due to the Industrial Revolution, he joined the army and was rapidly promoted. He first arrived in New South Wales in 1800 as paymaster of the NSW Corps. However he was recalled to England due to financial difficulties and returned to Sydney in 1810, less than a fortnight after Lachlan Macquarie was sworn in as Governor. Cox was soon made a magistrate at the Hawkesbury, much to the satisfaction of the local residents. There he earned the reputation of being more humane both as an employer and as a magistrate than many of his contemporaries. His freely issued leave passes, known as ‘Captain Cox’s Liberties’ later incensed Commissioner John Thomas Bigge. At the same time as he was building up his farms, he also took a number of commissions to build much-needed public facilities in the Hawkesbury district. In October 1811 he accepted a commission to fence the Windsor burial ground, a measure aimed at excluding roaming stock. A year later he undertook to build a new verandah and make repairs to the Windsor courthouse, and this work was completed in early 1813. With successful completion of these small projects, William’s next commission in 1813 was construction of a glebe house (or parsonage) at Castlereagh, to house the Reverend Henry Fulton who had been one of the political prisoners transported on the Minerva in 1799-1800. He also built a new schoolhouse at Richmond in 1813. The crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1813 by Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson, was a private expedition. Then Governor Macquarie sent George William Evans, the deputy surveyor-general, to survey the route and continue further than Mount Blaxland where the three explorers had turned back. Evans was a neighbour of Cox and had the adjoining land grant to Clarendon. Evans set out in November 1813 and successfully accomplished his task, reaching the Macquarie

River some 42 miles (68 km) beyond Bathurst, and was thus the first European to cross the Great Dividing Range. Evans recommended to the Governor that a road be built as soon as possible. Somewhat optimistically he expressed the view that ‘12 men might clear a good road in 3 months to enable a cart to travel over’, although Macquarie later stated that anyone other than Cox would have taken three years! Clearly Cox’s previous contracts had been performed to the satisfaction of the Governor, and now more was expected of him. On 14 July 1814 Governor Macquarie wrote instructions to Cox to superintend the work of building a serviceable road over the Blue Mountains.

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Local fans could lift Panthers THE Penrith Basketball Association will be hoping local fans turn out in force this Saturday, to help inspire their two senior teams to find their best form in round 10 of the 2014 Waratah Championship League (WCL) competition. The ‘Davlin Security’ Panthers women and ‘Pioneer Tavern’ Panthers men both face teams from Hills District and will be underdogs in both games. Sydney Flames WNBL forward, Casey Samuels, led the Hornets to a 10-point win over the Panthers in round 8 and the high-scoring youngster is unlikely to find the change of venue a hindrance this Saturday night. Penrith are likely to enter the game without young superstar Tahlia Tupaea, who is expected to be named in the Australian under 17 women’s team which will compete in this year’s World Championships. The Panthers however have been in good form, without winning, in recent weeks and will be hoping WNBL stars Rohanee Cox and Alicia Poto can get the local team over the line. Hills District also won the men’s clash back in round 8 and are one of the form teams of the competition. In stark contrast, Penrith are all over the shop game by game, as typified by

 Ben Kearins in currently playing in China with the Sydney Kings NBL team. The classy Kearins is expected to be back in action for the Panthers this weekend. Photo courtesy Noel Rowsell www.photoexcellence.com.au

their results last weekend. A 108-68 runaway win over Hornsby Spiders on Saturday night showed the Panthers at their best but an 87-68 loss to the bottom-placed Illawarra Hawks on Sunday was among

their worst performances this season. A big home crowd may be just the tonic the Panthers need for their clash with the Hornets, whilst combo-guard, Ben Kearins, will also hopefully be back from his tour of China with the

Sydney Kings NBL team. Kearins’ absence was perhaps hardly noticed in last Saturday’s big win but his non-stop energy was definitely needed to avoid Sunday’s embarrassing loss.

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THE final for the Penrith City Women’s Bowling Club Ladies Singles was played last Thursday and Mandy Snow defeated Ruth Woods by the barest of margins, 25 to 24. Congratulations, for game played in a true sportsmanlike manner by both ladies. And in Penrith Men’s Bowling Club news, here are the results from the semi-finals in the club fours played on May 18. A Severs, M. Middleton-Myers, R. Pittaway, J. Myers 17 defeated B. Wood, D. Cooke, T. Spain, S. Williams 13; G. Webster, D. Colyer, B. Gould, L. Davis 32 defeated W. Allen, S. Martin, G. Chandler, G. Adnum 13. Then in the final A. Severs, M. Middleton-Myers, R. Pittaway, J. Myers 19 tossed G. Webster, D. Colyer, B. Gould, L. Davis 16. Congratulations to both teams for a terrific final. This was the second consecutive year that Mick Middleton-Myers has won the fours and the third consecutive year that John Myers has won the fours final. Great work! Now onto Penrith’s round 1 results from the Men’s Club triples played last Saturday. D. Jory, G. Chandler, J. Lord 24 defeated T. Gostelow, E. McLeod, T. Whittingham 13; N. Philp, P. Lauer, R. Fitzgerald 22 defeated T. Sommerville, T. Spain, S. Martin 19; T. Sharp, P. Hughes, P. Horsley 20 defeated B. Walker, D. Parr, J. Benton 10; J. Burns, A. McCann, N. Annesley 31 defeated K. Merriman, B. Wood, S.

With Col Crossingham

 The men and women representing Maroota Transport and Vermont Sands had a bottler of a tournament at Wisemans Ferry last Saturday.

Philp 12; M. Greene, G. Linehan, L. Bell 24 defeated P. Clarke, N. Selby, R. Taylor 20. Round 2 Results: S. Williams, R. Pittaway, G. Adnum 18 defeated E. Ness, J. Harmer, D. Davis 17; D. Colyer, G. Felton, L. Davis 28 defeated M. Weate, S. Weate, G. Patterson 27; M. Taylor, M. O’Hare, E. Burrell 20 defeated D. Latty, D. Cooke, G. Webster 16. THE annual Maroota Transport (Wisemans Ferry) versus Vermont Sands (Pitt Town) bowls game was played at Wisemans Ferry Bowling Club on Saturday in brilliant sunshine and a very friendly atmosphere. Five rinks of men and one rink of women vied for the annual trophy which was eventually taken home by Pitt Town. THE Nepean District Over 65 Singles started on Wednesday, May14 at Wallacia BC. Section winners to progress to

the next round were: Section 1 John Burke (G Panthers); Section 2 - Gordon Petterson (B City); Section 3 - Ron Kennewell (B Workers); Section 4 – Bruce Chamberlin (Wallacia); Section 5 - Mal Cameron (St Marys RSL); Section 6 - Bob Harris (Springwood); Section 7 – Joe Scott (Penrith); Section 8 - Vince Morgan (Springwood); Section 9 - Ian Sullivan (Springwood); Section 10 John Phelps (B City); Section 11 - Ted Sommerville (Penrith); Section 12 Bill Thorn (Windsor). FINAL results of the Bendigo Bank District Pennants are as follows: Grade 1 – Austral 44, G Panthers 42.5, Penrith 31, Blacktown Workers 28.5, Blacktown City 18, Wallacia 10 – 2014 Champions – Austral. Grade 2 – Penrith 29.5, St Marys RSL 28.5, Austral 27.5, Springwood 22.5, Kingswood 12 – 2014 Champions – Penrith. Grade 3 – Blacktown Workers 42.5, Glenbrook Panthers 34.5,

St Marys RSL 31.5, Penrith 27, Windsor 22.5, Springwood 22 – 2014 Champions – Blacktown Workers. Grade 4 – Penrith 40.5, Springwood 39, St Marys RSL 32.5, Blacktown City 26.5, Pitt Town 23.5, Glenbrook Panthers 18 – 2014 Champions – Penrith. Grade 5.1 – Blacktown City 34.5, Windsor 29, Penrith 26.5, Kingswood 20, Wallacia 10. Grade 5.2 – Blacktown Workers 31, Wisemans Ferry 29.5, Austral 21.5, St Marys RSL 19.5, Glenbrook Panthers 19.5. Blacktown City played Blacktown Workers in the playoff and were defeated. 2014 Champions – Blacktown Workers. Grade 6.1 – Kingswood 37, Springwood 34, Glenbrook Panthers 31, Austral 30, St Marys RSL 26.5, Penrith 21.5. Grade 6.2 – Blacktown Workers 39, Richmond 36.5, Penrith 17, Windsor 16.5, Glenbrook Panthers 11. Kingswood played Blacktown Workers in the playoff and were successful - 2014 Champions – Kingswood Grade 7.1 – Blacktown City 43, Windsor 39, Glenbrook Panthers 33, Austral 30, Penrith 22, Blacktown Workers 13. Grade 7.2 – Blacktown Workers 52, Richmond 37.5, Kingswood 36, Glenbrook Panthers 25, Penrith 16, Windsor 13.5. Blacktown City played Blacktown Workers in the playoff and were successful - 2014 Champions – Blacktown City. Good luck to all teams in the Zone Finals on June 14-15.

Bill and Barry’s fabulous venture By Greg Martin

GENTLEMAN and ladies, please fill your glasses to the brim and drink to the health of two terrific fellas – Bill Buckley and Barry Costa. These two wonderful blokes – members of (St Dominic’s) Brothers Junior Rugby League - are doing a tremendous job in giving kids less fortunate than ourselves the opportunity to play rugby league. Their innovative “Try Time” concept enables boys and girls, men and women with intellectual disabilities to participate in the Greatest Game of All. Inspired by the success of a similar program which has been run by Wentworthville Leagues Club for the past four years, Bill and Barry are organising a local competition. Brothers are already on board with a team which has been learning

all the skills associated with the sport since mid-March in Sunday morning training sessions. “Barry tells me he is amazed by the way in which the players have taken on board the rules and basic skills such as drawing a man and passing, tackling techniques and evasive skills. “We have been contacting all the local clubs and many of them have expressed interest in getting up teams for regular matches,” Bill said. “Quakers Hill and Minchinbury are as keen as mustard and are already well along the path to fielding teams.” Brothers’ Sunday morning sessions have been uplifting for all concerned in the Try Time venture. “The players – kids from as young as seven and blokes in their mid-20’s – have taken to the game like a duck to water,” Bill said. “Their joy out on the paddock is matched by their parents and carers

 Outta my way. A young bloke blazes past a tackle bag on his way to the tryline.

 Kids line-up for their turn to carry the ball at the tackle bags.

on the sidelines – in fact I think they are more excited than the kids and those under their care!” The Sunday morning sessions include a 30-minute training session, team chat and then a 30-minutes game of footy. Try Time has the full backing of Panthers and the Penrith District Junior Rugby League and NSW Autism – the body is “over the moon” with the venture. Bill says it is hoped that a few competition matches can be played at

Sportingbet Stadium as a prelude to a Panthers NRL fixture. The competition will be split into two grades – children 7-11 years who will play accompanied by a parent or carer, and open age in which the coach will be allowed on field to provide instructions and help. While you still have fluid in your glass, raise it again in salute to Try Time’s two major sponsors, Pete and Dave at Battery World Penrith, and McDonalds franchisees Ian and Kathryn Garton.

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90 Alex McKenzie ~ Future Financial Services

84 Cameron Faico ~ Property Central

82 Dave Seager ~ Seager Financial Services

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100 John Thain ~ Penrith Councillor

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94 Tim Reynolds ~ O’Donoghues

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Two teams fail to deliver SHAPE up or ship out! All schools, players and teachers knew at the beginning of the Mark Geyer Cup season that the players had to meet several criteria to be able to represent their school in the competitions. Unfortunately members of two teams failed to meet those benchmarks and subsequently the school and their fellow players and students have been unfairly penalised by being forced to withdraw from their respective competitions. Both teams are in the under 16’s competition – Erskine Park and Riverstone. The coaches of both sides met with Mark Geyer Cup organiser, Mark Bohan, the National Rugby League’s Game Development OfficerSydney West, and informed him of their decision to withdraw the teams and their reasons behind the move.

“I then contacted Mark and discussed the situation with him – both of us agreed that we fully supported the teachers’ decisions to withdraw their teams,” Mark Bohan said. “Their teachers strongly expressed their regret at the decision but as they explained to us, ‘rules are rules’ and must be abided.” Among the criteria listed to all players which had to be met if he could pull on a jersey to represent his school were: • Excellent attendance figures. • Neat dress. • Respect of fellow students and teachers. • Completion of homework. Not a big “ask” by any stretch of the imagination! Still, the great old game goes on!

 MG and man of of match in the Kingswood-Jamison highs opens fixturein round one, fleet-footed centre, Mati Tamaki.

 Action from one of the under 16 years matches.

 Let the game begin!

UNDER 14 YEARS ROUND 1 MAY 6 Pool A Erskine Park 24 Glenmore Park 28 Chifley Mt Druitt 30 Jamison 0 Cranebrook bye Pool B Hawkesbury 12 Nepean 34 Blaxland 32 Riverstone 20 Xavier bye ROUND 2 MAY 13 Pool A Erskine Park 0 v Chifley Mt Druitt 40 Cranebrook 14 v Glenmore Park 18 Jamison bye Pool B Hawkesbury 18 v Blaxland 26 Xavier 12 v Nepean 6 Riverstone bye ROUND 3 MAY 27 Pool A Erskine Park v Cranebrook Glenmore Park v Jamison Chifley Mt Druitt bye Pool B Hawkesbury v Xavier Nepean v Riverstone Blaxland bye ROUND 4 JUNE 3 Pool A Jamison v Cranebrook Glenmore v Chifley Mt Druitt Erskine Park bye Pool B Riverstone v Xavier Nepean v Blaxland Hawkesbury bye ROUND 5 JUNE 10 Pool A Erskine Park v Jamison Chifley Mt Druitt v Cranebrook Glenmore Park bye Pool B Hawkesbury v Riverstone Blaxland v Xavier Nepean bye SEMI-FINALS JUNE 17 Pool A winner v Pool B runner-up Pool B winner v Pool A runner-up GRAND FINAL JUNE 25 St Marys Stadium Winner semi 1 v winner semi 2 UNDER 16 YEARS ROUND 1 (MAY 8) Pool A Erskine Park 16 Chifley Dunheved 20 Chifley Mt Druitt 22 Jamison 16 Xavier v Glenmore Park Pool B Cranebrook 16 Nepean CAPA 0 Hawkesbury 16 Riverstone 0 Winmalee 22 Richmond 16

ROUND 2 MAY 15 Pool A Xavier 18 v Chifley Dunheved 10 Jamison 12 v Glenmore Park 10 Chifley Mt Druitt bye Pool B Cranebrook 12 v Hawkesbury 36 Winmalee 4 v Nepean CAPA 6 Richmond bye ROUND 3 MAY 29 Pool A Glenmore Park v Chifley Mt Druitt Jamison v Chifley Dunheved Xavier bye Pool B Cranebrook v Winmalee Richmond v Hawkesbury Nepean CAPA bye ROUND 4 JUNE 5 Pool A Jamison v Xavier Chifley Mt Druitt v Chifley Dunheved Glenmore Park bye Pool B Cranebrook v Richmond Hawkesbury v Nepean CAPA Winmalee bye ROUND 5 JUNE 12 Pool A Chifley Dunheved v Glenmore Park Xavier v Chifley Mt Druitt Jamison High bye Pool B Nepean CAPA v Richmond Winmalee v Hawkesbury Cranebrook bye SEMI-FINALS JUNE 19 Pool A winner v Pool B runner-up Pool B winner v Pool A runner-up GRAND FINAL JUNE 25 St Marys Stadium Winner semi 1 v Winner semi 2 OPENS ROUND 1 MAY 7 Kingswood 20 Jamison 16 Winmalee v Richmond TBP ROUND 2 MAY 14 Kingswood 16 v Winmalee 0 Jamison 18 v Richmond 14 ROUND 3 MAY 28 Kingswood v Richmond Jamison v Winmalee ROUND 4 JUNE 4 Kingswood v Jamison Winmalee v Richmond ROUND 5 JUNE 11 Kingwood v Winmalee Jamison v Richmond ROUND 6 JUNE 18 Kingswood v Richmond Jamison v Winmalee GRAND FINAL JUNE 25 St Marys Stadium 1st Overall v 2nd Overall

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TALK THE TALK – WALK THE WALK

LAST Saturday I got back from a charity walk from Bathurst to Blaxland. It’s the 7th time the walk has taken place and it’s the third time I have made the trek. The journey travelled over a five day period is close to 170km. No wonder it is called the Great Walk! The Great Walk Foundation is the brainchild of local Penrith golf pro, Johnathan Green, and his great mate, lawyer, Mark Mulock. Over a beer (or 8) one sunny afternoon Greeny suggested that he could run from Penrith to Bathurst. “Mules” in his wisdom suggested that if Greeny walked the journey and had a start and finish point to go from then he’d do it with him. Hence the birth of the “GWF”. In the first year we undertook the walk back in ‘08 we went from Blaxland to Bathurst in driving rain and with limited resources. The following year it was decided that we’d start from Bathurst and inch our way back to Blaxland with the rationale that every step taken is one closer to home. What started off as a mere dare has now turned into an amazing charity that has raised over $700,000 for local charities over the past seven walks. There has been many and varied charities that have felt the generosity of the walk’s proceeds with the main one being Nepean Hospital’s Children’s Ward - a ward has been named after the Great Walk Foundation. Other local charities that have also benefited from the blisters accumulated are the following:

 MG leads his hardy troupe on the last leg to Blaxland.

Great Community Transport, Penrith Community Kitchen, Springwood Hospital Aged Care, Riding for Disabled, Lifestart, Sailability and St Johns Ambulance. When we went on the inaugural walk there were five of us and the late, great Jimmy Small and Ronny Fort as our road crew. There are now 10 walkers and four road crew that helped in obtaining the unbelievable amount of money for the much-needed resources the intended charities need. The reason I started in the first two walks and the reason I went on this one just completed is the fact that EVERY cent donated from the walk goes to the charities. But not in dollars. The great walk foundation buys the charity exactly what it needs.

 Tim Briggs with MG. tim put on a terrific night for the walkers at the Lapstone Hotel on Saturday night.

For example the Nepean kids ward need a humidity crib, the charity buys it. The Penrith Kitchen needs new ovens, the charity buys them. The Springwood Hospital needs a new bus, the charity buys it. Every single cent made goes to the major recipients. The walkers pay their own way. From meals, to beverages, and any other costs that may arise. Sure there are some great folk who put us up in their pubs along the way like Scotty from the Knickerbocker in Bathurst, Shaz from the Parkside Motel in Lithgow, and Joel from the Gardeners Inn at Blackheath, and Timmy Briggs who gave us a great coming home shindig at the Lapstone Hotel. But the walkers foot the bills for any costs that may occur throughout

the walk. Now onto the 2014 walkers! They are all local businessmen who give up their time to give back to the town that has been good to them. Remember the names! Rob “Wearny” Wearn (local businessman),Trent “T Bags” Baker (podiatrist) Dave “Crossy” Crossman (businessman), Tony “Doc” Bowden (doctor), Cameron “Cam” McInnes (physiotherapist), Greg ‘Nelly’ Nelson (businessman), Graham “Andrew Denton” O’Kell (banker) and the two men I mentioned earlier plus myself . We also had numerous participants that walked a leg or two of the trip with us as well who we’d all like to thank for inspiring us when it was most needed. The Great Walk Foundation is for local charities that need help. It is something that aids those that need it. It is also something that we hope will still be going strong long after the current walkers have moved on. Lastly I’d like to thank the organisations that also helped us along the way: Penrith Waste Services, Mulgoa Quarries, Glenmore Park Plumbing, Equip Trade, Nepean Podiatry, Rebel Sports, Skins, Schweppes and Nepean Valley Pure Water. And last but by no means least our amazing road crew who kept us comfortable along the way Jeff Townsend, Nick Shaw, Brett Lockett and Flav (whose real name is unknown) but he runs the Coco’s Cellars at Emu Plains. Thanks men, see you all same time, same place next year!!

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Nepean News 29 May 2014 Issue 125

BARRIER RISE

with Tony Brassel

LOT to like out of recent barriers trial and I’ll be very surprised if we don’t give a real boost to our bank accounts over the next few weeks. So here we go with this edition’s lot. AROUSED: Winner of six from 12 so far and there’s more to come following a Gosford trial romp. From Alan Denham’s Wyong camp. BENNETTA: Beautiful mare from the Graham Begg camp and stretched out in fine style when fourth at the recent Randwick trial session. BEAUTY IS: A Redoute’s Choice blueblood out

of Absolute Glam. The Gai Waterhouse approach is working wonders with two trial wins so far. CAESAR AUGUSTUS: Trainer Les Bridge has given this New Approach youngster time to mature. Cruised home for fourth in a trial recently. ISLES OF WONDER: Gai Waterhouse often ships youngsters to the provincial trials. This filly looked smart winning a Gosford heat, her second trial win. MANHATTAN ISLAND: Strapping Manhattan Rain gelding from the Kevin Moses stable. Sped

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

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HARPO’S MARKS

C CAROL Nissila – remember the n name! Carol’s a mate of mine from over in the Hawkesbury – she and her partner Rod team up with me several nights a week to do the Blitz training program. Blitz is an initiative of boxing buddies Jason Lewis and Mark Hardman who conducts the popular Box ‘n’ Burn sessions at Penrith, Richmond, Mt Druitt and Castle Hill. Blitz sessions involve lots of punching on the pads and heavy bags as well as push-ups, sit-ups, lunges, squats and lots of other stuff guaranteed to work up a sweat and burn off the calories. I’ve been doing it since Christmas and have shed 14kg of ugly fat. No, my head is still there! I met Carol on my first night at Blitz and was amazed at the woman’s fitness. I’m even more amazed now after learning what this marvellous woman did at the Hawkesbury Relay for Life fundraiser at Hawkesbury

Showground last Saturday. As you know, people walk lap after lap around the oval to raise money to fund the fight against cancer. Well, Carol put in above and beyond the call of duty during her stints out on the track. I spoke to Carol just before the starter’s gun on Saturday morning and asked her how many hours she’ll put in walking and did she have a tent in which to sleep during the long night ahead. “Oh, I won’t sleep,” she quipped. I thought she was joking! This wonderful woman, despite carrying a nagging ankle injury for several weeks now, somehow managed to complete 260 laps of the oval – that’s 80km in 24 hours. Mark Hardman was there to witness this feat of endurance and was “gobsmacked”. “She just kept hobbling away, lap after lap, hour after hour – stopping only for a quick bite to eat and the occasional brief toilet break,” Mark told me. “Everyone in our Box ‘n’ Burn team has nothing but the highest

admiration for Carol – she’s a champion!” And so say all of us! THIS business with the State of Origin upsetting a host of line-ups in the National Rugby League is ridiculous. Why can’t these soft – er, roosters –play a game of footy on a Wednesday night and then backup for their clubs on the weekend. In the not-too distant past, we had footballers participating in mid-week knock-out matches and then backing up a few days later in the competition proper. Fair dinkum, all these blokes do is train and play football. They have medical staff to rub their bodies (and their egos) to get them right for a game of footy. HIGH MARKS: Carol Nissila – if she was from Amazonia, she’d be a true Amazon. As it is, Carol’s a real true blue! LOW MARKS: Third bloke flopping in tackles. Gimme, the Magnum .44, just gimme the gun!


Nepean News 29th May 2014