PENRITH CITY COUNCIL COMMUNITY NEWS ISSUE 3
REanimate Penrith See Our City Come to Life This November
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WORDS FROM OUR NEW MAYOR I am humbled and excited to have again been elected as Mayor of our vibrant City. It’s both a serious responsibility and a great privilege to hold this position, especially given the critical moment we are in. 2020 has been a year unlike any other. Penrith City has been significantly affected by the impacts of the pandemic; our local residents, businesses and community organisations are enduring enormous strain. I plan to continue championing recovery efforts, particularly through the work of the Economic Recovery Taskforce and the Social Recovery Taskforce.
I intend to lead a Council which advocates strongly for the best outcomes for residents – especially attracting more jobs and new industries to our area. I wish to congratulate Councillor Trish Hitchen on being elected Deputy Mayor; I believe it’s the first time women have held both positions of Mayor and Deputy Mayor in Penrith. I think Councillor Hitchen will agree with me that the City is in very good hands over the next 12 months.
UPGRADES IN YOUR AREA
Cr Karen McKeown OAM
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PENRITH Throughout the month of November, ReAnimate Penrith is set to transform our City Centre into a wonderland of colour, art, exploration, technology and fun. Immerse yourself in an animated world as our City comes to life with street art, animated artworks and augmented reality (AR) experiences.
ReAnimate Penrith is an innovative new program that provides an opportunity for our community to reconnect, enjoy art and digital innovation, all while remaining safe and socially distanced. It’s also a fantastic way to support local businesses; as you make your way along High Street and its
connecting arcades, you’ll uncover 3D animations between the much-loved restaurants, cafes and bars our vibrant City has to offer.
TO BRING THIS IMAGE TO LIFE
0 Scan this QR code 0 Download the ReANIMATE PENRITH app 0 In the app select ‘AR FUN AT HOME’ and then ‘AR POSTER' 0 Point your device at the picture and watch the magic happen! •5•
Claire Foxton Le Grizz
Some of Australia’s most talented street and mural artists have been commissioned to create site-specific installations in the heart of our City. For the first time ever, the urban environment of Penrith will become an outdoor art gallery, featuring acclaimed artists whose works have been installed and exhibited around Australia and the world. You can actually watch the magic happen – all of the murals will be completed as live street art during ReAnimate, and two will have the added experience of AR.
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AUGMENTED Augmented Reality is an interactive experience where the real-life environment is transformed into a digital wonderland through your smart phone or device. Using the ReAnimate Penrith app, which can be downloaded for free onto your smartphone or tablet, you can become an AR explorer as you uncover amazing characters, and beautiful artworks brought to life with movement and sound.
Use the ReAnimate checklist as you uncover each animation and artwork, making your way down High Street from Triangle Park to Memory Park. The app can record images of you and your friends interacting with the artworks – perfect for sharing on social media.
For those experiencing the tasty food and beverage options our local businesses offer, the AR fun will be brought straight to your table. Use the app to scan your drink coaster and see a 3D animated character jump to life as you dine.
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Scan this QR code Download the ReANIMATE PENRITH app In the app select ‘AR FUN AT HOME’ and then ‘AR 3D COLOURING-IN' Point your device at your colouring-in!
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Sunday 1 November – Monday 30 November
WHERE: ARtWalk – High St, Penrith City Centre Street Art – Allen Place Car Park
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The fun extends to our homes and classrooms with printable colouringin activities. Head to reanimatepenrith. com.au to print yours, and watch it come to life once you or your little ones have decorated it. You can also try this out with the image to the left!
The colouring activity will also be supplied to local schools, encouraging everyone to take part in the artistic experience of ReAnimate Penrith. You can immerse yourself in ReAnimate at your own pace, in your own space. Residents are not bound by any set days or times; personal safety is paramount, and this program is designed to be experienced while safely social distancing.
Bunkwaa is an Australian comic book artist and animator. His art takes you on a kaleidoscopic journey of hyper-cartoon characters, worlds within worlds and faces within faces.
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Creation for your chance to WIN a $100 food/beverage voucher!
CREATE your animation masterpiece using the ReAnimate Penrith App
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SHARE a photo or video of your animation creation using #reanimatepenrith
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TREE PLANTING IN
ERSKINE PARK ADDRESSES URBAN HEAT
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340 trees were planted in the autumn and winter of 2020, in line with Chameleon Reserve’s Masterplan and Council’s Cooling the City Strategy. The mixture of tree species includes Australian native Narrow-Leafed, Broad-Leafed and Rough-Barked Apples; numerous Eucalyptus species such as Wilgas; Bottle Brush, Melaleucas and Kurrajongs; as well as spectacular Flame Trees, Jacarandas and Chinese Elms, among many others.
340 trees planted over autumn and winter
AT C H A M E L E O N R E S E R V E I N E R S K I N E PA R K , T H E M I C R O C L I M AT E I S ABOUT TO CHANGE.
The trees chosen are diverse and hardy. Some are deciduous, and will lose their leaves in the colder months, while the nondeciduous varieties will provide shade all year round. Parts of the park can become waterlogged, while other parts along the ridges can be very dry. Council’s landscape architects chose a variety of species which ensures the canopy will survive in rising temperatures and climate variations.
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The trees will create a framework of shade, cooling and amenity for users of future paths in the park. Heat mapping of the area was carried out as part of the 2015 Erskine Park Heat Assessment Report, which concluded that tree planting would have a cooling effect – not only on the park, but on surrounding residences too. Research from Western Sydney University has shown that green infrastructure such as trees, grass and other cooling features can help to reduce the ‘feels like’ temperature by over 15 degrees.
Propagating plants in Council’s nursery
Tree planting in Chameleon Reserve
The trees will be maintained for the next 12 months, to ensure they are established and thrive for years to come. Penrith Council was recently awarded funding of $150,000 under the NSW Government’s Five Million Trees for Greater Sydney Grant, towards the cost of planting and maintaining these new trees. Council is cofunding the remaining $150,000 for the project through funds derived from the Open Space Reinvestment Project,
which continues to improve open spaces in Erskine Park. This project builds on other recent works creating a cooler Penrith City, including the Living Places street tree project in St Marys, and numerous others aimed at increasing shade cover at sporting fields, playgrounds and recreational spaces across Penrith City.
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NURSERY TO ENSURE THAT PENRITH CITY IS SELF-SUFFICIENT IN PLANT PRODUCTION OF LOCAL PLANTS, TREES AND SHRUBS, COUNCIL IS REVITALISING ITS 35-YEAR-OLD NURSERY.
The site on Castlereagh Road supplies mulch, plants and trees for use in green projects across our City. Penrith Council plants in excess of 99,000 trees a year; creating shade at sporting ovals and playgrounds, increasing tree canopies on nature strips, boosting habitat in reserves, and contributing to bush regeneration efforts. Tree planting is an integral part of Council’s Cooling the City Strategy.
Upgrading the nursery will increase Council’s capacity to produce the volume and quality of plants needed across our City. Works to be undertaken will include the installation of gravel paved work areas and potting tables, new pathways, a refurbished glasshouse, an improved material store, new solar panels, a recycled water system and the undergrounding of power lines to improve safety and create more productive space.
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The small team also rescues plants from building sites or new developments, bringing them back to the nursery and caring for them. Special attention is given to plant species which provide food and habitat to local birds and insects. Propagating plants in Council’s nursery
THE DELICATE NOTES OF VIOLINS AND TINKLING OF PIANOS ARE ECHOING AROUND THE JOAN ONCE AGAIN.
Since July, the Penrith Conservatorium has resumed teaching its music students, albeit under entirely new circumstances. Face-to-face teaching involves measured physical distancing. Students can still study their instruments from beginner level through to Grade 8 and beyond to concert standard; but now they can be instructed online, if they don’t wish to make the journey to The Joan.
The students learn piano, violin, cello, saxophone, clarinet, guitar, singing and drums. Early childhood-aged kids can again take part in guided playbased sessions, experimenting with rhythm, singing and listening. Only now there are social distancing measures in place and strict hygiene and cleaning regimes to adjust to.
Learn more at penrithconservatorium.com.au
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Alannah Sullivan (Voice) – Penrith Conservatorium Scholarship Recipient 2020
EVEN IN TIMES OF COVID-19, THE SHOW MUST GO ON. O N LY N O W W E H AV E M O R E D I S TA N C E B E T W E E N U S .
Penrith Con, as it’s affectionately known, brings warmth and vitality into the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, a venue usually known for its large-scale theatrical and musical
performances. Also home to Q Theatre, The Joan is not only a place for Penrith’s community to watch the performing arts, but also a place to learn and practise them.
For 30 years, The Joan has played an essential part in our local performing arts scene. Now, we want to hear from you to help us evolve The Joan into the future. Share your thoughts in our survey between 26 October to 23 November and help us ensure there’s something for everyone at The Joan - yoursaypenrith.com.au
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MUSICIANS AGED 18–26 WILL BE TAKING PART IN POP-UP PERFORMANCES IN THE STREETS, LANEWAYS, ARCADES AND PUBLIC SPACES OF PENRITH CITY THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER.
An open invitation was issued in September for up-and-coming young musicians to apply for one of eight places in the Street Notes Mentorship Program,
which is open to instrumentalists, singers, composers, songwriters, music tech creators and performers of contemporary and classical music.
YOU’LL SOON BE HEARING STREET NOTES
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Street Notes is produced by Penrith Performing & Visual Arts through the Penrith Conservatorium. It gives emerging artists the opportunity to receive valuable guidance from seasoned performers and mentors. The successful students will undertake a residency at Penrith Con, coming together for an intensive period of mentorship, creation and rehearsal. Each student will plan their performance in collaboration with other artists in the group, with support and instruction from their musical mentors.
The pop-up performances will take place across Penrith and St Marys CBDs, creating an immersive experience for audiences that could not be achieved in The Joanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Concert Hall.
The entire process will be documented on film, capturing the growth of the students and their performances. The footage will then be presented on the audio visual wall at The Joan as well as online.
Interested in seeing the performances, or applying for Street Notes? Find out more at penrithconservatorium.com.au
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UPGRADES IN YOUR AREA
ST CLAIR LEISURE CENTRE Work has been completed on one of Council’s biggest upgrades of a community facility in a decade. St Clair Leisure Centre has now been refurbished to better serve local residents. Up-to-date, contemporary facilities include a new foyer
and kiosk, accessibility improvements and a fresh new façade. Another highlight of the upgrade is the use of innovative technologies, such as electronic louvers with in-built rain sensors. A new flexibility has been brought to the space, particularly by the new
motorised dividing curtain in the main hall. Despite the challenging conditions of recent months, this upgrade has successfully concluded and the Centre will now support the active residents of St Clair and surrounds for decades to come.
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SOPER PLACE REVITALISATION Soper Place in the Penrith City Centre is being transformed to provide 600 more car spaces, a mixed-use commercial development and community green space. This dynamic project will be delivered in Stages – Stage 1 (enabling works) and Stage 2 (construction) – and brings much more to Penrith than just extra parking. The new commercial space will attract businesses to our City and draft designs include a rooftop garden, playground, and cooling initiatives to combat heat. Stage 1 works to prepare the site by moving underground services began in August and will continue into early 2021. We’re working hard to minimise disruptions. yoursaypenrith.com.au/soperplacerevitalisation
OTHER UPGRADES IN PENRITH CITY
Four courts at St Marys Tennis Courts have recently been resurfaced and play has recommenced. A $1.9m redevelopment of the facilities at Mark Leece Sporting Complex in St Clair will shortly get underway.
STORMWATER AND RURAL DRAINS Council is undertaking maintenance of rural roadside drains, and has to date completed works in Llandilo, Berkshire Park, Orchard Hills, Castlereagh, Londonderry, Cranebrook and also Werrington. These works maintain the capacity of the drainage network to manage stormwater during significant rain events. Works undertaken so far include road shoulder grading, vegetation and silt removal, plus clearing in and around headwalls and culverts. The program will operate on a three-year cycle, with all drains inspected during that time and remedial works undertaken as required. • 19 •
LIBRARIES Library Staff Picks
A ROOM MADE OF LEAVES
By Tara June Wench
By Kate Grenville
This poignant story took home Australia’s top literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award. Its bite-sized chapters are short enough to quickly consume between meetings, school pickups or on your lunch break. Or, if you’re lucky enough to read uninterrupted, you’ll devour this book all in one go.
The figure of Elizabeth Macarthur is hidden in history behind her famous husband, John Macarthur, an important figure in 19th Century Sydney. But what if she kept a secret diary, which captured her innermost thoughts, and it was published today? A thrilling new historical novel.
CLARE, LIBRARY TECHNICIAN
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THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ By Heather Morris The year is 1942, and Lale has the grim job of permanently marking every new arrival at Auschwitz concentration camp with a tattooed number. Based on real events, this book has rocketed up the international bestseller lists – read it for yourself and find out why.
Penrith City Library is giving away an iPad in October and November, with winners drawn at the end of each month. To enter, simply sign up as a member with the Library. Membership is now free for all NSW residents, and everyone who joins will receive a free limited-edition calico library bag. To sign up online, visit library. penrith.city and click ‘Join online’ or phone 4732 7777.
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Our New Library App A quick way to access the library is through our new app. You can search the catalogue to find what you want, reserve and renew items, download eBooks and much more. It works on phones and tablets too – simply search Penrith Library in the App Store or Google Play Store on your device.
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OUR KIDS’ CARE DID YOU KNOW THAT PENRITH CITY COUNCIL CHILDREN’S SERVICES OFFER A VARIETY OF FREE PARENTING PROGRAMS TO FAMILIES IN OUR COMMUNITY?
One example is Tuning in to Kids, an evidence-based, emotion-focused group parenting program, which was developed in Australia in 1999. It’s a fresh way of supporting families to develop and enhance positive emotional connections with kids. The program aims to teach parents and carers skills in recognising, understanding and managing their own and their children’s emotions. It also helps to build emotional intelligence in
children, leading to better lifelong outcomes. Children’s Services have been running this program for two years, via the Children and Parenting Support Service (CaPSS) program. Groups are run at a variety of times convenient for parents and carers, with childcare provided at all face-to-face groups. Tuning in to Kids is currently running every term in an online format.
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Responses from parents and carers have been overwhelmingly positive. Some recent feedback includes:
“This has been the first time realising I actually need to learn about my own emotions. This course is greatly helpful to me in learning how to become a better parent” –F
“Learning I can work with my son to calm when he is ‘flipping his lid’, and that all behaviour has an emotion at its root, has helped me feel more equipped as a parent – thank you” –V
CHILDREN’S SERVICES ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLING FOR 2021. Please contact us to discuss your long-day, preschool and out-of-school-hours education and care requirements for next year.
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HAVE YOUR SAY WHAT IS IMPORTANT ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT AND GROWTH OF OUR CITY? Residents of Penrith City are invited to share their views and ideas about our City’s future, to inform the development of Council’s 12-year Community Strategic Plan (CSP). The CSP outlines our community’s vision for Penrith and identifies key social, economic and environmental priorities, as well as strategies to help us achieve them.
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HOW WOULD YOU LIKE COUNCIL TO PRIORITISE AND DELIVER SERVICES?
In conversations with residents earlier this year, we heard that safe and efficient roads, affordable housing, access to services, local jobs and protecting the environment are important priorities for Council to focus on.
We built on our findings and kept the conversations going during several online focus groups in September and October. During the sessions, we delved deeper into how we can strengthen Council’s relationship with residents, and learned more about how the community would like us to prioritise and deliver services to achieve a healthy, sustainable lifestyle in Penrith.
To learn more about the CSP and give Council your input and ideas, register at yoursaypenrith.com.au/mycity
NEW METRO LINE FROM ST MARYS TO THE NEW AIRPORT ON TRACK TO TRANSFORM OUR CITY Station locations announced last month indicated six new metro train stations at St Marys, Orchard Hills, Luddenham, the Airport Business Park, the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and the new airport terminal, as
part of the new metro line that will connect the airport to St Marys from day one of operations. The NSW Government has confirmed that construction on the stateof-the-art driverless train network will commence in late 2020 and support • 25 •
14,000 jobs. The announcement of these stations is another step forward in realising Penrith as a wellconnected City, with convenient transport to nearby employment hubs.
OUR PLACE IN HISTORY
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TODAY IT’S ONLY 85 HECTARES, BUT MAMRE HOMESTEAD WAS ORIGINALLY PART OF A VAST PROPERTY OWNED BY THE REVEREND SAMUEL MARSDEN. HE ESTABLISHED THE FARM IN 1799, NAMING IT MAMRE AFTER A BIBLICAL REFERENCE, MEANING ‘LAND WHICH IS PROMISED’.
The farm grew crops like flaxseed and hemp, but its most groundbreaking produce was wool – the first weavable wool in the colony, which Samuel took a sample of when he travelled back to England in 1807 and presented to the King.
By the 1820s, the farm was thriving, but needed a homestead: a country cottage to accommodate the people of the farm. A sandstone brick building was constructed, with a long gravel drive, and behind it a beautiful 20acre orchard, growing grapes, peaches, apples, nectarines, oranges and apricots.
Images courtesy of Penrith City Library – left, a photograph of the Homestead taken in the 1980s, and above, a more recent photograph taken in the 1990s. • 27 •
The outside walls of the Homestead were rendered in 1890, but apart from that no changes were made to the property until the 1950s, when a new staircase, chimney, boiler room, laundry, windows and shutters were installed. Having been standing for 130 years at this point, it’s no wonder a few repairs were required. A photograph of the Homestead taken in the early 1980s.
There have been many fascinating chapters in Mamre Homestead’s history – it was passed down through generations, with one daughter inheriting it over her siblings by drawing names out of a hat – and the house ultimately changed hands between different families. For a long time it was held by the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, and today is leased by CatholicCare Social Services. The Homestead’s historical integrity and charm remains unchanged.
Health and Ageing Population Snapshots If you’re interested in understanding our local health and social issues, take a look at Council’s community snapshots. The Health Snapshot covers issues such as healthy eating, mental health and alcohol consumption; while the Snapshot of the Ageing Population explores demographic changes within the older population in Penrith City. You can read them both at penrith.city/communityprofile
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W H O WA S THE REVEREND SAMUEL MARSDEN?
Samuel was happy in his life as an Anglican clergyman in late 18th Century England, and by all accounts it took a lot of persuasion for him to take up the role of assistant to the Chaplain of NSW. Eventually he agreed, married his wife, and the two set sail for NSW on a convict ship; Samuel’s young wife gave birth to their first child at sea, as a storm battered it off the coast of Van Dieman’s Land, now known as Tasmania.
Upon arriving in NSW, Samuel was stationed at Parramatta as a clergyman, but he also began developing a deep and lifelong interest in farming. Governor Phillip King called Samuel “the best practical farmer in the colony”, while Governor William Bligh was impressed he had made the “nature and soil” of the Sydney area “his particular study”.
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Sheep had been in NSW for as long as English settlers had; the First Fleet had 29 of them on board. But through his work at Mamre Farm, being among the first people to farm sheep for wool, Samuel became a pioneer of the local and international wool industry. He championed the new Merino breed, and was a visionary who predicted that wool could be a powerhouse fuelling the Australian economy.
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