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Hands on Reptile show Walkabout Reptiles, a hands on show. for the kids these holidays. Location: Hornsby Libary Time: 1pm - 2pm Date: 16 January Cost: $10.00 Contact: 9847 6565

 Chinese New Year Festival Year of the Dragon, Markets, Twilight Parade and Dragon Boat Races Location: Around Sydney City Date: 20 Jan - 5 Feb 2012 Contact: 9265 9333

 Australia Day in Hornsby Free sausage sizzle, Animal farm, and Face painting. Location: Hornsby Mall Time: 10am - 2pm Date: 26 January 2012 Contact: 9847 6739

 Australia Day in Ku-ring-gai The Outback Aussie show, Diramu Dancers, Murrumbidgee Rattlers Band, Fallon and the Aussie Rock Legends, Fireworks and plenty of activities for

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The Northern Exposure Community News, has been established by a collaboration of community members, with the vision to provide articles relating to; local news, cultural & lifestyle events, and reviews for the community. We intend to cover stories that affect our community, and provide helpful information. We invite you, our reader, to contribute to this monthly publication, by submitting stories, that are affecting you, your family, your street, and your club, anything that is news worthy. We also invite any budding writers, young or old to contribute. This is your newsletter, coordinated by a like minded group, who want to read more about the news and events, happening in their local area.

MAN CHARGED  Police investigating a spate of alleged break-ins across the state have charged a man in northwestern Sydney. Following inquiries, warrants were issued for the arrest of a man in relation to break-in offences in Epping and Beecroft, as well as for similar alleged offences in Galston, Coffs Harbour, Dungog, and Stanwell Park. Shortly after 8.30am Thursday 5 January 2012, a 51-year-old man was arrested in Hannah Street at Beecroft. He was taken to Hornsby Police Station where he was subsequently charged with 16 break and enter offences. The man was refused bail and was due to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Friday 6 January 2012.

We will also provide helpful tradie tips for computers, plumbing, electrical etc. This publication is about sharing information, good and bad, allowing you the community to be informed about the happenings, in STRANGE BUT TRUE STORY It is reported that among the items left behind at your local area. Osama bin Laden's headquarters in Afghanistan To contribute email: were 27 issues of Mad Magazine. Al Qaeda submissions@northernexposurenews.com.au members have admitted that bin Laden was an avid reader. We look forward to receiving your emails soon.

6th near-drowning response this year … A young girl escaped drowning in a backyard pool in Dural on the 7th January. Emergency services responded to a “000” phone alert shortly before 3pm. A helicopter landed beside the pool on the property to allow the CareFlight doctor to take over from the mother who was treating her daughter. The CareFlight doctor said her mother found the three-year-old floundering just below the surface of the pool and immediately rescued her. As a precaution the girl was taken by road ambulance to the Westmead Children’s Hospital for observation. This near-drowning brought the tally to six attended by the CareFlight trauma team in the the first week of 2012.

Did you know........ A war memorial is set to be demolished in Castle Hill to make way for the North-west rail link.

Location: Bicentennial Park, West Pymble Time: 5pm - 9pm

Most people accept this is the kind of tough decision that is required by government to provide urgently needed infrastructure. Further it is expected that another memorial will be erected in its place.

Date: 26 January 2012 Contact: 9424 0000

 Valentines Day 14 Feb Have you booked / arranged something special for that someone special? It’s time to start planning!

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What is surprising is the line taken by certain people who are supportive of this correct action of the state Liberal government. Many of the same people sing a different tune across the border in Hornsby Shire concerning the much-needed Hornsby Aquatic Centre which will require the demolition of a publicly-owned hall which has been used by the CWA.

At the end of the day we want all governments to get on with the job and provide the infrastructure and facilities the community urgently needs.

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Employing people with a disability is part of good business By Alissa Crawford, Ability Options Communications Coordinator In the New Year, many businesses are hiring and are keen to find the right person for the job. For many of these positions, a person with disability could be the one that fits the bill — bringing a range of skills, talents and abilities to the workplace.

can offer employers an untapped pool of talent. Studies also show that people with disability also have lower rates of accidents at work, have higher retention rates and are often cost less to recruit. Employers who are unsure of how to go about employing someone with a disability should talk to a Disability Employment Service. They can help with training, can organise workplace modifications and provide ongoing support to both employee and employer—all without cost to the employer. If you are interested in recruiting a person with a disability or have a disability and are looking for work, please contact Ability Options Employment on 1800 447 427 or visit www. abilityoptions.org.au. Ability Options is a disability not-for-profit organisation providing support to more than 3,000 people with disability and is one of the largest providers of disability employment services in NSW.

In addition to broader economic benefits, employing a person with disability is good for both employees and employers. In Australia, approximately one in five people have disability. Many are valued employees, working in all industries and varied roles and, as a result, experience greater independence and a better sense of wellbeing. With the workforce ageing and with many industries experiencing a skills shortage over the next 10-15 years, people with a disability

Planning Approval Lodged for North West Rail Link The NSW Government announced on the 12th December that documents would be lodged with the Department of Planning for approval of the North West Rail Link, including eight stations and an extra 1000 commuter car parks. The private sector will be called on to present innovative and exciting ways to deliver the North West Rail Link.

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“The North West Rail Link is the biggest transport infrastructure project in this state since the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge – and the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is absolutely committed to delivering on this,” Mr O’Farrell said. “We’ve delivered on our commitment to start geotechnical drilling this year, and now as promised, we provide the plans. The people of North West Sydney can rest assured this rail line will be built, with $314 million allocated in this year’s State Budget alone.”

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The expanded North West Rail Link is likely to feature a four-kilometre futuristic elevated railway to be known as the Skytrain.

Geek Speak

Ms Berejiklian said the rail link between Bella Vista and Rouse Hill was expected to be built above-ground on a Skytrain structure to minimise impact to roads and pathways, ensuring the local community was not dissected by the line. “The $7.5-$8.5 billion rail link is expected to deliver some CBD commuters travel time savings of up to three and a half hours a week – or 30 per cent,” she said.

Welcome to the first edition of Geek Speak where I, your resident geek, will keep you up to date with what’s happening with all things IT.

The population of the North West is expected to grow by more than 200,000 to more than 600,000 over the next 40 years. Planning approval will be sought for stations at Cudgegong Road, Rouse Hill, Kellyville, Bella Vista, Norwest, Hills Centre, Castle Hill and Cherrybrook. The rail link will connect underground to Epping Station. The project will link with Sydney’s CityRail network and fares will be determined in the same way as other fares on the network. More than 29 million customer trips a year are expected on the North West Rail Link within five years of opening.

The Golden Kangaroos

By G Byte

The year 2011 was a big one for the IT world which saw a battle for the domination of the mobile market between the Androids and Apple, the continued rise of “the Cloud” into the mainstream and a very sad goodbye to Steve Jobs. The year 2012 promises to be just as big with the pending release of the Windows 8 OS, the iPhone 5 and the continuing patent battles between Apple and HTC which could have dire consequences for all Android products.

(Hornsby Concert Band) welcomes I’ll scour the World Wide Web for the latest and new players of all ages and abilities. greatest “must have” gadgets out there, and I’ll In particular, beginners are invited to provide you with little hints and tips to make your join our new Discovery Band starting online life easier, safer and much more enjoyable. You can also send me your questions for help mid-February.

and assistance with those nagging little IT issues

Golden Kangaroos bands rehearse that you just can’t seem to solve. at Cheltenham on Mon and Tues

For further details ring Annette on Shop 5A 993 Pacific Hwy Berowra, NSW 2081 9868 3289 www.goldenkangaroos.org.au Phone: (02) 9456 0900 Website: www.thepoolshop.com.au

See you all on the next edition of Geek Speak! Email your questions to: geekspeak@northernexposurenews.com.au

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LIFE REFLECTIONS

I’d like to pay By Rev Karina Kreminski

In the middle of the mayhem of the Christmas season that has just passed I heard a simple story that gave me greater hope in humanity. At Castle Towers amidst the noise, holiday music, busy shoppers buying gifts, food, trinkets for the coming celebrations a woman tried to get a little bit of rest and a pick me up to carry on with her shopping. She saw the nearest McDonalds and headed straight over to get a cup of coffee that would give her the buzz she would need to compete with the hyper crowd at this mecca of modern day consumerism for the northwest.

Bar Island Wins Clean Beaches Award

She lined up to ask for her coffee. She reached the counter to place her order then to pay when she was approached by a little girl. The little girl’s father stood nearby watching. ‘Excuse me I’d like to pay for your coffee’. The surprised woman asked if they knew one another. ‘No’ said the girl. ‘But I’d like to buy your coffee’. The woman smiled and said she was fine and that she didn’t need for her coffee to be paid. But the little girl persisted. The woman asked why she was doing this. The little girl said ‘Because it’s Christmas and this is what I want for Christmas. I’d like to pay for your coffee’. And she smiled. In the end the woman accepted the little girl’s kindness and got her coffee for free that day. I like this story. Imagine the way this random act of kindness gave

Community Life Church Cherrybrook. Gatherings are held at Cherrybrook Technology High School at 9:15am and 6pm Sundays.

TXT MATE txt in your concerns, grievances and ideas about how or what you think our council should be doing to serve us better! Simply TXT - 0458 072 499

Mayoral Column I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday period and enjoyed relaxing with family and friends.

The Hawkesbury River’s Bar Island has taken out three Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beaches Awards. The Friendly Beach Award recognises Council’s recent construction of a new jetty, allowing visitors to safely access the island by boat and explore its historic cemetery, church ruins and bushland. The Green Corps volunteers were also recognised for their role in restoring the island’s bushland and foreshore being highly commended in NSW and also as the Sydney region winner of the Young Legends Award. It also acknowledges the island as a recreation spot and kayaking location for young people.

this woman hope for the day. Imagine the joy the little girl felt as she was able to do a generous act for a stranger. I wonder how our community would be transformed if each of us made kindness a normal part of our daily lives.

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Over the next year we have many new and exciting projects planned which will be funded through your Council rates. Among the works planned for the coming months are new footpaths in Berowra, Brooklyn, Cherrybrook, Hornsby and Galston and road improvement works in Berowra Heights, Hornsby, Hornsby Heights, Pennant Hills and Wahroonga. We also plan to start work on the redevelopment of Hornsby Aquatic Centre early this year and will undertake upgrade works at Galston and Epping Aquatic Centres.

We also have a busy calendar of community events throughout this year including our popular free Movies Under The Stars program, which returns in February with outdoor movies in the Shire’s parks in Berowra, Epping, Westleigh and Asquith. We’re also partnering with 1st Cherrybrook Scouts and John Purchase Public School to offer a free outdoor movie in Cherrybrook in early March.

“These awards recognise the close partnership between Council and the community in preserving Bar Island,” said Hornsby Mayor Nick Berman.

The first ever Hornsby Shire Healthy Living Festival will take place from 18 March to 22 April, with the celebrations to be launched at the OneWorld Multicultural Festival in Hornsby Mall on Sunday 18 March.

Bar Island which is located just west of Mooney Mooney is open to the public and can be accessed by private boat or water taxi.

Make sure you celebrate Australia Day in Hornsby Shire on Thursday 26 January at Hornsby Mall and Fagan Park in Galston. We are also giving away a limited number of tickets for Hornsby Shire residents to visit Koala Park on Australia Day. To register for tickets, visit Council’s website, www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au.

Get your stories in! Email: submissions@northernexposurenews.com.au

We are always pleased to receive your feedback. We also encourage you to report problems or issues requiring maintenance. To get in touch, call us on 9847 6666, visit www.hornsby.nsw. gov.au or drop by our Administration Centre (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm). On behalf of Hornsby Council, best wishes for a successful year ahead.

A lot has been said about the community’s position in relation to the Hornsby Aquatic Centre. Most people who want the pool built are still respectful of the contribution the Country Women’s Association have made to the community. Equally how many people who claim to want the building currently used by the CWA retained if it means delaying the construction of the new aquatic centre by at least a year, plus an additional cost of $2.2 million? It is time all residents are given the chance to have their say in a straight forward way. QUESTION - Which option do you prefer? 1. The current plans for the Hornsby Aquatic Centre (as displayed at www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au) to proceed at a cost of $22 million, estimated to be completed by September 2013. TEXT “Option 1” to 0458 072 499 OR 2. Construction of the Hornsby Aquatic Centre to be delayed by at least twelve months at an additional cost of $2.2 million (total $24.2 million) which would be completed late 2014 or some time in 2015. TEXT “Option 2” to 0458 072 499 You can also email your response to surveys@northernexposurenews.com.au The results will be published in the next edition.

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Montview Oval BMX Facility A reference map was prepared for the BMX facility at Montview Oval, and was placed on public exhibition until 1 December 2011.

It was endorsed by Council at the Ordinary Meeting on 24th August 2011, as part of the Open Space Assets Program for 2011/12-2012/13 and in the Community Plan 2010-2020. Alternative sites were considered during a preliminary assessment of BMX and mountain bike trails, after which Montview Oval was considered the best site in the area for a BMX facility. Eight written objections were received from the residents in Koala Place, Hornsby Heights, after which an on site meeting was held with the residents, where they voiced a number of concerns. These mainly related to impacts on their privacy, as the proposed facility would attract more anti social behaviour after hours, and that the additional use would reduce privacy for the residents, due to the edge of the oval overlooking their properties. During the site meeting, the residents asked for a fence to be put along the edge of the site, to prevent access down the slope at the rear of some of the properties in Koala Place. It was instead suggested by the councillors present, that a mound could be placed at the edge of the flat mown area to the south, which would then be planted out with robust shrubs to deter people from approaching nearby residences via the park, and would be increasing their privacy. Temporary fencing would also be provided around the mound until the shrubs were established. This amended plan, is now under consideration by the councillors, and should no objections be received by the 1st February, then the project will be able to proceed. ADVERTISE WITH US

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Healing the nations 2012! Impact Nations is an organisation led by Steve and Christina Stewart. They have been involved in church planting, prayer, and healing ministries in Canada, and across the globe for 20 years. Impact Nations is a network of organisations and volunteers, working together to rescue lives. They also partner with local people, to set up micro enterprise businesses, that assist people to provided income for their families, thereby breaking the cycle of poverty.

Hornsby gets funding to tackle congestion As part of the NSW Government’s $200 million injection of new funding, to tackle congestion and road safety, over $12 million in new funding has been allocated to the Hornsby area. "The NRMA has been campaigning hard for improvements to local roads in the area, this is a great result for our Members," NRMA Director Mr Toovey said. Funding for Hornsby roads include: •

$5.4 million for routine and minor maintenance work on state roads.

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$1.35 million to install a truck barrier between Galston Road and Calderwood Road. $1.2 million for maintenance of traffic lights, signs and road markings. $116,000 for grants to councils to maintain their local traffic facilities. $113,000 for school crossing supervisors.

$14,000 for road safety officers.

Birthday Wishes Tahnee of Berowra will be 26 on 3rd Feb, her family would like to wish her the very best for her special day.

Steve and Christina will be speaking at Community Life Church Cherrybrook, on 5th February.

Adam of Pymble will be 35 on 3rd Feb, another great year to come. Love the family. Mark of Hornsby Heights will be 41 this month. Many kisses and hugs from Helen, James & Jenny.

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2012 Sports Registration Days

Add your registeration day here by emailing: submissions@northernexposurenews.com.au or Txt: 0458 072 499 Football / Soccer Mt Colah Football Club

28th Jan & 4th Feb

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Hornsby RSL Football Club

28 Jan

Westfield, Hornsby

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Berowra Soccer Club

4th Feb

Berowra Soccer Clubhouse

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Brooklyn Soccer Club

28 Jan & 4 Feb

Brooklyn Oval

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Hornsby Heights Netball Club

3rd & 4th Feb

Montview Oval Club House

6pm-8pm (3rd) 9am - 3pm (4th)

Normanhurst Netball Club

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