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Issue 2 March 2017

Hi Readers, Welcome to our March issue. I want to start by thanking everyone who took the time to send in feedback to our first issue, I was overwhelmed by the amount of emails I received over this past month. And congratulations to our prize winners –  thank you for getting involved with Roaming Panther. In this issue we have so many good reads, including a moving story about a local Penrith woman who tragically lost her mum, and how that drives her to participate in the annual Relay for Life event. Remember, if you can make it down please do, it’s such an extraordinary event to be a part of and it’s supporting a cause that will touch us all at some time in our lives. Relay for Life starts on Saturday, April 1 and finishes Sunday morning. A shout out to our fellow foodies; we have mouthwatering recipes that I know will be a big hit with family and friends. I can’t go past the Ultimate Beef and Mushroom Burger, wait until you see it on page 31. Speaking of fine food, I visited a hidden gem in Orchard Hills called Cucina Casareccia for the very first time and I was amazed to find that this restaurant operated out of a family home! That’s right – this little treasure is a genuine salute from Italy, and what made it even more authentic, was that the ingredients they used were sourced right from their very own garden. As if that’s not enough, they even make their own pasta. I highly recommend the experience, and if you want to book, check for details on page 25. Finally, keep all feedback coming, we want to hear from you. I welcome your ideas, thoughts and suggestions. As you already know, Roaming is best consumed with a coffee or a glass of wine in hand, so without further ado, please enjoy issue two.





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PENRITH REGIONAL GALLERY Features drawing and animation works resulting from the artist Rochelle Summerfield’s recent Summer Studio Residency.

PENRITH REGIONAL GALLERY Curated by Andrew Christofides, this exhibition brings together some of Australia’s finest exponents of abstract painting and non-objective art.

PENRITH REGIONAL GALLERY Features paintings, drawings, new media, ceramics and photographs from the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.

JOAN SUTHERLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE The composers of two principal works provide examples of early and fully developed, romanticism in nineteenth century music.

JOAN SUTHERLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE Join the authentic rock star of the violin, the true alpha male of the fiddle, Alexandre Da Costa, for a night of musical fireworks.

ROOTY HILL RSL CLUB The kids’ entertainment group is on tour. “Do the Propeller” or “Dial E for Emma”, say g’day to Lachy’s friend Ponso the Pony or play “Simon Says” and heaps more fun.

30 MARCH - 8 APRIL JOAN SUTHERLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE Emele Ugavule and Ayeesha Ash explore a vision for what it means to be a woman of colour in modern day Australia.








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THE HENRY LAWSON THEATRE COMPANY Don’t miss this sometimes funny, sometimes heart wrenching but always entertaining show that will make you feel better about life!

BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & HUB Watch the screening of the fabulous, all time favourite Rocky Horror Picture Show. The most screened movie in history!

WINDSOR LEAGUES CLUB Australian heavyweight champions of Blues-rock shred Chase The Sun as they tear up the east coast on their ‘Live It Up’ single launch tour, with very special guests 19 Twenty and Colin Jones & The Delta Revue.Celebrating 10 years together in 2017, Chase The Sun established themselves from the get go as crowd favourites at festivals all over the country.










ROOTY HILL RSL Peter Powers the, World’s funniest hypnotist, performs his Naughty Naughty Hypno Show. You’ve seen him on the Footy Show, now see him LIVE.

BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & HUB Damien Leith is gearing up to revisit the music of his idol in 2017 for a special The Hall of Fame Tour.

BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & HUB A tribute concert production that delivers a captivating show from start to finish, recreating the synonymous country rock sound Eagles.

O’DONOGHUES Sydney’s favourtie cover band, Old School band, plays all the great hits from the 80’s. Starts at 9pm, free entry.

ROOTY HILL RSL The Viper Creek Band delivers an exciting new sound and high energy, seamless live performances to Australian country music. 6

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THE BLUE MOUNTAINS BOTANIC GARDEN, MOUNT TOMAH Every day during autumn. Suitable for children 6 – 13 years. The kit includes all materials.

SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL REGATTA CENTRE Catch and release fishing program. Supervised by NSW Department of Primary Industries Fish Care volunteers.

SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL REGATTA CENTRE The Sydney International Rowing Regatta (SIRR) is Australia’s premier rowing event.




PANTHERS EXHIBITION MARQUEE Yes, you most certainly can seek companionship in reptiles as pets, contrary to belief and the injudicious stigma that is still attached to these scaly creatures. According to pet ownership statistics from Animal Medicines Australia, approximately 415,000 reptiles were kept as pets in Australia in 2016, with 34 per cent of all reptile owners stating that their reasons for acquiring reptiles were for companionship.


CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY 2017 5 MARCH PENRITH Inspiring communities to clean up, fix up and conserve their environment. Get involved or donate to help support communities to save our environment. SITE 1 River Rd, Emu Plains Meeting Point: Car park near amenities block Time: 9.30 AM – 1.00PM Site Coordinator: Beth Hazell email: SITE 2 Lord Sheffield Circuit Meeting Point: Cricket Pavilion Time: 8.00 AM – 12.00PM Site Coordinator: Brian Hart email:



TENCH RESERVE, PENRITH This wonderful family occasion is part of Penrith City Council’s ‘By the River’ series of events. Bring family, friends and a picnic blanket. There will be a delicious array of cuisine on offer from food stalls. 1300 736 836

EVERY SATURDAY DURING MARCH PENRITH LAKES & NEPEAN RIVER Get fit, be outdoors and enjoy the best of Penrith in the The Penrith Lakes Parkrun and Nepean River Walk. At the Penrith Lakes Parkrun, participants run for their own enjoyment. Anyone can join in whatever pace! Register online to be timed, just bring along a printed copy of your barcode. Catch up with others after the run for a coffee. On the river, it’s a timed event for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. For your timed result to be recorded, register once for free and bring a copy of your unique barcode with you when you turn up to parkrun. Held at the Nepean River, Parkrun utilises the new Jamison Road pathway and parts of Tench Reserve.

Whether it be a slithering snake, a Bearded Dragon, Gecko, or even a turtle – all of these critters are far less messy than your average cat or dog. There’s no need to walk or groom them and they are quite content to be left at home all day as they don’t crave affection. A low maintenance pet with no malting or fur balls to clean up – now that sounds appealing! Local reptile breeder and owner Mick Arthur from Pristine Reptiles keeps and breeds a variety of Bearded Dragon morphs and Carpet Pythons, and knows just how rewarding and gratifying keeping reptiles can be. “Bearded Dragons make fantastic pets, especially for a first time or novice reptile owner as they are the most tolerant reptile to handle and they will actually seek out interaction with his/her owner,” Mick said. With a little bit of TLC and some basic care requirements, your scaly vertebrate friends can keep you company for quite some time, with snakes having an average life span of 20-40 years and Bearded Dragons from 10-15 years. A reptile licence is mandatory to keep a reptile as a pet in Australia and can be purchased online on the Office of Environment and Heritage website. With the increase of reptiles as pets on the rise in Western Sydney, the Hawkesbury Herpetological Society hosts an annual reptile expo right here in Penrith. People can come and check out an extensive array of reptiles on display, as well as being able to purchase reptiles on the day from a myriad of breeders. The members of the Hawkesbury Herpetological Society are individuals with a fascination for reptiles and amphibians and they help support and mentor others with a similar passion. They conduct monthly Society meetings at the Penrith Regional Sport Centre every second Friday of the month, and will be having a stall at the expo to answer any questions as well as membership information. It’s a great day out for the whole family with Dinosaur and fossil displays, reptile supplies, live reptile shows and more. Issue 2 March 2017 7



REVIEW BY MATTHEW CURREY Genre: Based on a true story/Drama In 1962, America stopped to watch as John Glenn became the first American to successfully orbit the Earth and return safely through the NASA program. This film is a behind-the-scenes view of how three pioneering African-American female mathematicians overcame adversity and played a vital part in the mission’s triumph. Taraji P. Henson (TV’s Empire, Larry Crowne), Octavia Spencer (The Insurgent Series, Fruitvale Station) and Janelle Monáe (Moonlight, Rio 2) in the roles of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, respectively, convey on screen the determinations of each woman who just wanted to do their jobs and be respected for their work in early 1960’s segregated America, but were frowned upon by dominant white people and law. Seeing this played out on screen shows that times have changed, but also sadly haven’t. The co-stars, Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves), Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia), Jim Parsons (TV’s The Big Bang Theory) and Mahershala Ali (TV’s Luke Cage), add to the roles of the leading white characters who would become involved with Katherine, Dorothy and Mary on their journey and bear witness to change and acknowledgement in the workforce. Director Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent, 2014) plays down the forced emotions of some true stories and showcases the work these three pioneering women did. The film emphasises the power of intellect and that a brilliant mind can come in any form.

LA LA LAND ( 2016)

With the sets and very little use of CGI, the period and feel of 1960’s America is authentic and takes the audience on a nostalgia-filled viewing.


At times throughout the movie there are moments where it unfortunately feels like a made-for-TV movie, but overall the story is undeniably enriching and very characterbased rather than plot driven.

Genre: Romance/Musical Drama

>> Recommended Viewing. Watch if you liked Apollo 13 (1995), Selma (2014) and The Help (2011, also starring Octavia Spencer).

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“The power of Jazz can bring dreams to life and help you follow them.” That is one of the running themes on Damien Chazelle’s follow up to his surprise 2014 smash hit debut Whiplash, which delves into the genre of Jazz music but is very different to his predecessor. La La Land is a whimsical love story musical of two dreamers, Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) who have an intersecting and chance meeting. Through song and dance (which isn’t every single line of dialogue, by the way) the audience is taken on a dreamlike adventure of following these two on their paths of love, careers and heartbreak.

The musical numbers in the film are written with heart and passion and the sets are immaculate, showing the ‘jive’ side of Hollywood. Reuniting Gosling and Stone, who both appeared as lovers in 2011’s Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad (2013), is wonderful casting as their onscreen chemistry is flawless. Under the direction of Chazelle, their unrealised and unseen talents on screen of singing and piano playing, (Gosling played the piano and Stone sang, which she already showcased in Easy A, 2010) shows the sheer determination of what both want and can bring to this movie. Additionally, there is another reunion in La La Land. J.K. Simmons, who starred in Whiplash and won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his chilling and furious portrayal of the music teacher Terrance, appeared as a club owner who interacts with Sebastian. If you haven’t seen Whiplash, watch it, even if it’s just for J.K. Simmons’ role and Chazelle’s earlier work. Although this movie has had incredible praise for direction, acting and music, the movie itself is a ‘love or hate’ film. It is understandable why some modern viewers may scratch their heads and not be involved as this isn’t like a generic film. For one it’s a musical and the story isn’t ham fisted, but I do urge audiences to watch it, even if it’s just for the cinematography. It is visually intoxicating and there is little to no cuts of scenes, meaning the movie is seamless in particular parts.

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Taking inspiration from the ‘Golden Era’ (pre 1940’s) of Hollywood through to the most popular musicals, e.g. The Jazz Singer (1927), 42nd Street (1933), Top Hat (1935), Singing in the Rain (1952), Kiss Me Kate (1953), and Chicago (2002), the director has clearly done his research for this movie, especially for the music, using inspirations from Jazz pioneers such as Sidney Bechet, Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz.

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>> Recommended Viewing Watch if you liked Singing in the Rain (1952) Nine (2009), A Star is Born (1954), and of course, Whiplash (2014).

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TODD MCKENNEY SINGS PETER ALLEN 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR 22 APRIL BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE AND COMMUNITY HUB 2017 marks 20 years since Todd McKenney immersed himself in the colourful musical patina and life of the late, great Peter Allen, assuming his character in the legendary musical Boy From Oz. Todd was warmly embraced by Peter’s family as he prepared for the role, and they’ve remained lifelong friends. His contribution to the memory and legacy of Peter Allen is enormous and so over the years he has continued to play musical homage to this great entertainer. This association spawned the live event, Todd McKenney Sings Peter Allen, and it has continued to sell out, season after season. A revamped and updated 2017/2018 version of his show features more Peter Allen songs than ever before, plus plenty of new stories and laughs along the way. Todd McKenney Sings Peter Allen, 20th Anniversary Tour showcases Todd’s incredible talents. You’ll laugh, you might cry and you’ll certainly be entertained by one of the nation’s best-loved performers, a multi-talented star who donned his dancing shoes at the tender age of three. It was when he landed the role of Peter Allen in Boy From Oz 18 years ago that he found his true passion. The original 1998 production of Boy From Oz made Todd McKenney a household name. He’s the all singing, dancing, Aussie stage sensation with a wonderful acerbic wit and irreverent sense of humour. This show is not only Peter Allen’s hits, Todd also includes songs from some of his earlier musical theatre performances and you’ll hear stories and anecdotes of Peter, as well as those from Todd’s time on national television and the entertainment circuit.

During the show if you have a question, shout it out. Todd may just answer you back! You’re most welcome to score Todd’s performance, in fact why not bring your score cards with you, but please do be kind. A gentle warning, be careful, as he can give as good as he gets!


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When the Nepean turns Green ST PATRICKS DAY 2017

By Cassandra Elliott Last year, as I headed out to join the swell of green festivities, a conversation behind me piqued my interest, ‘who is Saint Patrick, and why does he have a whole day?’ I thought to myself, I have no idea, yet there I was, wearing green, outside a bar in Penrith, ahead of a big night, in honour of some Saint from Ireland. So, this year I decided to investigate why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and drop some knowledge on the page as you don some green this March. 1. Saint Patrick was the Patron Saint of Ireland who spent most of his adult life converting the Pagans of Ireland to Christianity. 2. The March 17 is a cultural and religious celebration, marking the day of his death and entrance to heaven. 3. Saint Patrick wasn’t Irish. It’s believed he was born in Scotland around 375 AD.


4. The traditional colour of Ireland was blue and it’s believed that over the years, the colour green has been more closely associated with the country because of the vast, green countryside. 5. The shamrock, which is now a symbol of hope, love and faith, was used by Saint Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity. The father, the son and the holy ghost, being three separate entities, yet one in the same. While the cultural and religious reasons behind the day may no longer be as evident as the partying and abundance of green we now associate it with, the day is still one of celebration worldwide.

May we bestow upon you an Irish blessing ahead of Friday. May the Irish hills caress you. May her lakes and rivers bless you. May the luck of the Irish enfold you. May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

WHERE TO CELEBRATE ST PAT’S DAY O’DONOGHUES IRISH PUB FROM 8AM Live entertainment all day, breakfast from 8.00am and free shuttle bus.

PENRITH GAELS FROM 10AM Live music, Irish dancing, Irish food and the craic.

PANTHERS PENRITH ALL DAY Celebrate St Patrick’s Day the true Irish way at Panthers Penrith, including the Eireborne Show.

Local Markets


PENRITH REGION PANTHERS MARKET THIRD SUNDAY Craft, art, fashion, jewellery, accessories, health and wellbeing, sweet treats, plants, homewares and fresh produce items.





THIRD SUNDAY Western Sydney premium market with organic produce, handmade, one-off fashion items and homewares, fresh treats, delicious food, live music, performers and workshops.

EVERY SUNDAY Located in the George St Mall, includes meat, vegetables, fruit, craft products, live music, specialty shops and more.

FOURTH SUNDAY Located at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub. Proudly hosting over 50 local growers and producers. Local, fresh food and products.



FOURTH SATURDAY McQuade Park, Windsor

FARMERS MARKET• 6 FEBRUARY Local shoppers stock up on organic fruit and veggies, sour dough bread, home baked cakes and biscuits, pickles, jams and honey and lots of other goodies.




THIRD SUNDAY A new community market set on the picturesque Jordan Springs lakeside pathway. Bring around your family and pets for a look at this new local market.

EVERY WEDNSEDAY Enjoy the last days of summer at the night markets from 5.00pm at the grounds of Penrith Panthers.

THIRD SATURDAY Governor Phillip Park George Street, Windsor. Fashion, homewares, art, craft, photography, jewellery, food, fresh produce, music, kids zone and more.

GENERAL MARKET • 29 FEBRUARY Quality jewellery and crafts with plenty to spoil yourself. Gardeners can delight at the array of flowers and plants.




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Shaylee Wilde & Irish Dancers




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Chris Stretton 8.00pm-11.00pm

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BARNES Working Class Boy




n 2016, Jimmy finally told his tale in an autobiography (Working Class Boy) that has sat doggedly at the top of the literary charts.

James Dixon Barnes of Glasgow via Adelaide was just 16 when he joined the band Cold Chisel in 1973. Raised on tough soul music and gutsy rock, Jim bought his monumental passion and a versatile vocal style to Chisel. The five-piece band quickly established themselves as a raw, bare bones rock & roll outfit. By the time they signed with Warner Brothers in 1977 they were the most powerful live act in the heyday of Australian pub rock. A big part of Chisel’s appeal was the fury, wit and danger that Jimmy brought to the stage every night. Fuelled on drugs and vodka, Jimmy was capable of anything on stage. As they say, at the end of the night he had left nothing on the table. Cold Chisel released a series of classic albums including, East, Circus Animals and Twentieth Century. Many of their songs – Khe Sanh, Choir Girl, Cheap Wine, You Got Nothing I Want, Flame Trees – are virtually national anthems. The hits, as they say, kept coming with Freight Train Heart, Barnestorming, Two Fires, Flesh and Wood, (all number one debuts) and of course Soul Deep – an album of R&B classics that sold almost a million copies. The rewards were great but the cost was phenomenal paid in booze and drugs and an out of control lifestyle. The wildness that Jimmy brought on stage was nothing compared to what was in his head in those years.

My job, he says, is to turn every night of the week into Saturday night for people. It’s the best job there is.

At the top of his game, by 1993 Jimmy was burned out. He and the family moved to Europe where he concentrated on writing and playing and regrouping. These were difficult years, struggling with his career and raising a family. The Barnes’ came back to Australia in 1996 and went back into the charts with the Best-Of set (Hits Anthology) that featured the hit single Lover Lover written with wife Jane. A brief Cold Chisel reunion tour and album (The Last Wave of Summer) followed in 1998. Since then he has gone from strength to strength with critically acclaimed solo albums and his take on the classic songbook. Then in 2009, Cold Chisel reformed and found the magic for two more albums.


Jimmy’s 2014 album 30:30 Hindsight celebrated 30 years as a solo artist and featured international artists including ‘Miami’ Steve Van Zandt, Keith Urban, and Journey alongside local chart-toppers such as Bernard Fanning, The Living End, Tina Arena, Troy Cassar-Daley and many others. The following year Jimmy road tripped through the South, down to Memphis, Tennessee where he recorded the album Soul Searchin’, the fourth in a series of soul tribute albums recorded and released over a 25-year period.


Then in October 2016, Jimmy launched his first book – Working Class Boy. If a book could be more raw that Jimmy Barnes in full flight, well, this is it. It’s the harrowing story of Jimmy’s childhood in Glasgow and then in Adelaide. It’s a tale of bad love, booze, domestic violence and sexual abuse. Jimmy writes with an unfettered emotional honesty. He tells what is often a dark story with as much light and shade, humour and honesty as possible. In these vivid stories of growing up we glimpse some of the forces that turned Jimmy into such an incredible performer. Jimmy has never been afraid to put his hands up for causes he believes in and works with a number of charities. Given his own experiences of domestic abuse and alcoholism, he has been very vocal on these subjects when it’s appropriate. Through it all there has been touring – across Australia with his rock band and again with a soul band, acoustic shows and dates through Europe keep him playing for months every year. It’s the wildness of it all that keeps Jimmy Barnes grounded.

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JOAN SUTHERLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE Jimmy Barnes will deliver an intimate performance, blending stories from his troubled childhood and delinquent adolescence with some key songs drawn from his earliest years. An Evening of Stories and Songs will see Jimmy leaving behind the arenas and rock gigs where he’s blazed a trail for decades. Instead he will now be telling his life story for the first time on theatre stages across Australia. For those who have previously enjoyed his Flesh & Wood acoustic gigs, this tour will be a treat with lots more storytelling providing a real insight into the events that shaped Jimmy’s life and his music. “Just like the book, this live show will tell the story of an imperfect childhood that has led to me becoming an imperfect adult,” explains Jimmy. “I spent most of my life running from my childhood and now it seems like my time to face it. So this is the story of a lifetime spent running away. Running from fear. Running from shame but at the same time running from hope. I’m not running anymore.” This unique live theatrical production is a companion piece to the eagerly anticipated first volume of his memoirs – Working Class Boy. The book was written entirely by Jimmy Barnes. It tells the raw and confronting story of fleeing the poverty of Scotland only to endure violence and abuse as an immigrant in the suburbs of Adelaide. The book explains what drove Jimmy to ultimately escape everything via rock & roll and its associated lifestyle. Fittingly, the childhood memoir ends with an 18-year-old Jimmy and the fellow members of his new band, Cold Chisel, fleeing South Australia in the back of a truck full of musical equipment.

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Aussie Elders

“Many Australian families are looking for new solutions to ageing successfully,” Buttrose said. “The Five Good Friends program allows people to have more say and better control on the way they age and complements the recent aged care reforms by the Government with their focus on consumer-directed care, allowing an individual to decide what care they want rather than being told what care they will receive.”

Five Good Friends will spark a fundamental change in the way older people are cared for in Australia by helping them lead engaged, purposeful and dignified lives. I’m excited to be part of this groundbreaking approach to delivering inhome aged care. Ita Buttrose Research shows that as people age, they rely on the assistance of family and friends to enable them to remain in their homes, in the familiar surrounding they love. Yet the traditional aged care model often doesn’t recognise the major desire of people to remain at home and in their communities. Five Good Friends co-founder, Simon Lockyer, said in many cases, current solutions lack the transparency, efficiency and continuity of service that families look for when entrusting the care of their loved ones to outside carers. “We believe technology has a role to play in changing the way things are done which is why we have developed the Five Good Friends app. It offers a cost effective, quick and easy program that ensures everyone is contactable – most importantly, the elderly client through to the helper, the community manager and family members,” Lockyer said. “This easy-to-use technology is combined with skilled and caring people to deliver the very best in-home care and peace of mind for the individual and their families. What’s more, our carers have the experience to adapt to a person’s changing needs as they grow older.”

Carers: Kiah Smith, Mansfield; Sharon Taylor, Fairfield; Phoebe Rutter, Ashgrove; Bianca Evans, West End.

A recent Blue Zones study into factors determining longevity, found that Friendship is an important component of a long life and that the world’s longest-living people have a circle of five or six good friends who enrich their lives – hence the organisation’s name, Five Good Friends.


Five Good Friends charges a membership fee and a flat rate of $35 per hour for services. Members receive a personalised plan designed by a skilled community manager and reviewed every six months, with services delivered by the best verified and vetted local helpers. “Our aim is to enhance the quality of our members’ lives and that of their families, so they can stay in their homes as they age and enjoy the company of their friends in the community where they’ve always lived,” Lockyer said. >> For more information, visit

NEPEAN VALLEY RSL DAY CLUB SENIORS READY FOR ANOTHER FUN FILLED YEAR Nepean Valley RSL Day Club is a club for all seniors which meets every Friday from 10am to 2pm at Penrith Valley Seniors Centre in Station Street. It provides mental and physical stimulation by means of gentle, fun exercise, quizzes and activities normally on a themed basis, speakers monthly and the occasional outing. Our Club is run entirely by volunteers and we are always looking for physically fit people to join our transport, catering or program teams. The Club is full of fun and everyone goes home with a smile on their faces. Seniors can join us as a member or volunteer, please phone Jan Eaton, Club Coordinator. PHONE 02 4704 8506 14



Re-imagine Ageing

Penrith is celebrating the Re-imagine Ageing Festival in March. The festival is a chance for the community to get together and enjoy an exciting range of activities. Our community is ageing but remaining healthier and more active for longer. Age is not the barrier it used to be. We can have fun and learn new skills at any age and stay connected with family, friends, neighbours and the wider community. This year’s theme is ‘inclusive communities’ and we’re inviting everyone to come along to the festival launch on Friday, March 3 at 9.30am on the Mondo (between the Joan and Westfield Penrith). Penrith Mayor Councillor John Thain said the Re-imagine Ageing festival is another example of Penrith’s fantastic community spirit. “This festival is a unique event that gives our community a chance to come together and participate in interesting and, sometimes challenging activities, and to celebrate the contributions of our ‘village elders’,” Mr Thain said. “We work hard to make sure no one in our community is left behind and that is a rare and special thing.” “Re-imagine Ageing is a great opportunity for our ageing community and everyone else to get involved and try something new, and to keep us all connected.” HEADING SECOND LINE “The festival program booklet is being distributed throughout the community DATE now. Make sure you get your copy and plan your event to make the most of this fantastic festival,” he said. VENUE Maequit quam,will quod dit. Vilica amdieme The festival be held from diena, March ducivat 3-12. Start your festival fun and participation tabus, nelaunch nonclem in Itanduc onsimmovis corum at the on tatque the Mondo greenspace between Westfield and the Joan, and diorei actus, suli inihiliciis cons the sentem annual free concert, “ShareCastem the Beat”, atautes! the Joan on March 3. Intursu pio Activities and events will be happening all over the local area throughout the festival week. So whether you want to get back on a bike at the free bicycle workshop or create your own masterpiece at the Lewers Regional Gallery, hop on the bus and tour our Neighbourhood Centres or try out the new fitness equipment at Thornton – there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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KIDS IN CRISIS Why are our most vulnerable children turning to crime?? Researchers at Charles Sturt University have been awarded a national grant to investigate why the Australian welfare and justice systems are turning some of the most vulnerable children into criminals. Dr. Kath McFarlane is working with Dr. Emma Colvin and Associate Professor Alison Gerard from the CSU Centre for Law and Justice and Dr. Andrew McGrath from the University’s School of Psychology, to examine why children in out-of-home care become involved in crime. “Children in residential care in particular are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system in NSW, Australia and internationally,” Dr. McFarlane said. “Recent research shows children in care are more likely to enter the justice system at an early age, than other children.” Dr. McFarlane said that research showed police are called daily to residential care facilities to manage disputes that are largely minor offences. The troubling aspect was that it would be unlikely to attract the attention of police if these same offences occurred at home. “We now need to find out how and why this happens, and how to prevent this care-to-crime pathway. It is completely unacceptable that these children are much more likely to go to jail than to go to university. “It is not good enough to just blame the young people, when we know that our welfare and justice systems are actually leading them into crime,” Dr. McFarlane said.

Dr. McFarlane has examined the care to crime pathway for her PhD studies at the University of NSW. She has continued this work since joining CSU, where she and her colleagues have conducted research with care providers, police officers and lawyers in Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo, as well as in metropolitan areas. As part of her latest project, the research group will interview magistrates and judges who deal with vulnerable children to identify reasons for their involvement with the justice system and investigate what can be done about the problem. Interviewees will come from the Central West, Central Coast and Western Sydney regions in NSW. The team will also review past cases and view current proceedings as part of the study. A report is due to be published in 2018. In addition, Dr. McFarlane will travel to the United Kingdom to interview judicial officers, carers and child advocates to gain an international perspective on the criminalisation of children in similar circumstances. “We are grateful that the Criminology Research Advisory Council has recognised the importance of this research. We owe it to children in out-ofhome care to understand what drives them into the justice system, so that we can do whatever is necessary to break this wasteful, unnecessary pathway,” Dr. McFarlane said.



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n September 2016, the NSW Government announced a $1 million reward for information that led to the recovery of William Tyrrell. On Friday, September 12, 2014, William, then aged three, was playing in the yard of his grandmother’s home on Benaroon Drive, Kendall, when he disappeared. Within a few short hours, hundreds of local residents and emergency service workers combined to search the rural township, looking in forests, creeks and paddocks for the boy. The speed and coordination of that local search allowed police to form the view very quickly that William had been kidnapped.

CAN YOU HELP? Police are urging anyone with information about the disappearance of William Tyrrell to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page at Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. “This is a unique reward, it does not require the charge and conviction of any person(s), it relates to the recovery of William Tyrrell.”

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad established Strike Force Rosann to investigate the suspected kidnapping. Commissioner Andrew Scipione welcomed the reward and thanked the NSW Government for their ongoing support and assistance to police investigations. “This is a unique reward, it does not require the charge and conviction of any person(s), it relates to the recovery of William Tyrrell.



former refugee and an ordained pastor, Mr. John Moi arrived in Wagga Wagga in 2006. Today, he is hailed as a man of courage and a wise leader and has since received his postgraduate degree from Charles Sturt University. Moi received a Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) during a recent graduation ceremony, in spite of postponing his own education for his family. Dr. Bill Anscombe said that John’s story is one of great courage. “The completion of his postgraduate degree in 2016, despite suffering a stroke during one of his work placements, is just part of that courage.” By 2015, his contribution to the community was so comprehensive that he was awarded the NSW Premier’s 2015 Multicultural Community Medal. “John was the leader and co-founder of an organisation for Wagga Wagga citizens of African origin, WAFRICA Inc. He’s also a long-serving board member of the Wagga Wagga Multicultural Council.” Moi delayed his own study until his family members had settled in Australia and completed their tertiary studies. His wife and two of his four children are all university graduates of business, social work and social welfare. His family was present at the ceremony to celebrate his graduation.

Able to communicate in Swahili, Ma’di, Acholi and Arabic, “If you know something, there are a million Moi was employed as a bi-lingual aide to assist young reasons to come forward. I have refugee people particularly from Africa for several years complete faith in the Strike Force from 2007. This Rosann team, and urge those who NEPEAN MULTICULTURAL ACCESS INC.(NMA) assistance included know what happened to William to helping young nonget in touch with police now. Don’t English speaking NMA is an independent, incorporated nonwait for us to come to you,” the refugee students profit organisation. Their aim is to assist and Commissioner said. adjust to high school support migrants and refugees settled in the in Australia. Strike Force Rosann is one of Nepean Area. It’s managed by a voluntary the largest investigations ever undertaken by the NSW Police Force and involves a team of full time investigators and analysts. “Remember, two years has passed. William is now five-years-old and highly unlikely to be wearing a Spiderman outfit,” Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin said.

Dr. Anscombe said, “He takes on the role of a translator of language but more importantly as a translator and interpreter of cultures. In many ways John has been the cultural guide to those in the school community who would have had little knowledge of the issues and traumas that these students bring with them.”

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“Someone knows what happened. You might not be the one who took him, but you know, and you might not be the only person who knows.” Detective Chief Inspector Jubelin said the Strike Force Rosann team will not give up until they bring William home to his family.

John embodies an understanding of trauma and disruption and serves as a role model that these events do not need to define you for the rest of your life. “He is positive and carries the respect of a community elder that needs to be listened to and valued.” He has made a very significant contribution to the Anglican Church in Wagga Wagga and has engaged in preaching and teaching in the city and surrounding areas. “John and his family are really quite exceptional and are great assets to Australia, to regional NSW and Wagga Wagga,” said Dr. Anscombe. Issue 2 March 2017 17

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Doggy Diet

8 Best And Worst Foods For Your Pooch By Victoria Webster, Lifestyle Writer Veterinarian Dr Alistair Webster gives an insight into which foods we absolutely can’t feed to the dog under the table, and just what would happen if we did. Foods that we love and are healthy for us aren’t necessarily healthy for our dogs. Why? Because animals have different metabolic systems and break down food differently to us humans. 1. MILK/DAIRY: YES AND NO Some dogs, like humans, are lactose intolerant. So while feeding your dog a healthy probiotic-rich food like yoghurt may seem like a great idea, if you find your dog is suffering from excessive flatulence, diarrhoea or vomiting, he or she could be lactose intolerant. Try small servings and play it by ear – at the first sign of a gastrointestinal issue, steer clear from lactose products. 2. CHOCOLATE: NO! This one is a big no-no. Every year, around the holiday season, numerous dogs make visits to vets having become ill after sneaking into the chocolate stash. The blame can be laid on the compound theobromine, found in chocolate, which is unsuitable for dog digestion and which can cause a range of symptoms from vomiting to diarrhoea. Always consult a vet if your dog has consumed chocolate, simply to be on the safe side. 3. BONES: YES AND NO Dogs love to chew on bones and they make wonderful treats! However, be careful to only supply your dog with raw bones, as cooked bones can splinter easily and if digested could cause real damage. Avoid chicken bones at all costs.

4. LEFTOVERS: NO The metabolism of a dog is very different to a human and therefore they don’t easily digest the foods we give them as leftovers. Human foods that are typically oily and fatty may lead to unwanted side effects such as diarrhoea and vomiting. Feeding your dog scraps can also develop dependence which may lead to them rejecting pet food specifically formulated for them.

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5. PEANUT BUTTER: YES BUT OCCASIONALLY Peanut butter makes a great treat for dogs – putting it inside one of their chew toys can give them a great challenge as they try to lick it out. Full of heart healthy fats and proteins, natural peanut butter (no added salt or sugar) can be an excellent energy boosting snack for your dog. It is important though to feed it in moderation. 6. EGGS: YES Scrambling an egg is a clever way to give your dog a protein boost, particularly if they’re active. Dog’s will see it as a treat and you’ll be making sure they’re getting a great source of protein and riboflavin. 7. APPLE SLICES: YES Apples are a good source of Vitamin A and C and can actually help to clean residue from your dog’s teeth, assisting with bad breath! Make sure you’ve removed the core and the seeds, as these are potential choking hazards.

8. OMEGA RICH FOODS: YES Dogs can benefit from omega rich foods as much as humans. Fish like salmon and chia seeds, or even omega supplements designed for dogs, can help reduce joint swelling and inflammation experienced by older dogs. Your dog deserves a balanced diet just as much as you do! Take care to make sure they’re receiving

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Parvovirus is a deadly, highly infectious viral disease of dogs. The virus is shed in the saliva, vomit and faeces of infected dogs. It can survive for long periods and be transported on clothes, people and soil. Parvovirus attacks the gastrointestinal and immune systems. Clinical signs are seen within days of oral exposure. They include vomiting, haemorrhagic diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Complications like pneumonia and septicaemia are common. To detect parvovirus infection, a simple test that takes only minutes to perform is available. The virus cannot be killed in infected dogs. Intensive, supportive treatment in isolation is required until the virus is fought off by the dog’s own immune system. Treatment can be lengthy and expensive and includes IV fluids, antibiotics, pain relief and anti-nausea medications. Plasma transfusions may be required. Most dogs will survive if treated, but sadly not all dogs can be saved. The best protection from parvovirus is vaccination. The vaccination is highly effective but puppies require a series of vaccinations and adult dogs require regular boosters to maintain adequate immunity. Our mission is to have the Penrith Region free from Parvovirus by the year 2020. This can only be achieved by increasing vaccination rates. Through ongoing support from the RSPCA and our staff volunteering their free time, we have developed community service programs to assist eligible owners, including the Paw It Forward program coordinated by our practice manager Kellie Tickner. Please call the clinic to discuss your dog’s vaccination requirements.


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Karen Copeland ALANA SPICER SPURRED ON BY HER MUM’S SMILE DURING THE ANNUAL RELAY FOR LIFE. My mother was a beautiful, inspiring woman, and she was diagnosed in 2012 with pancreatic cancer. Sadly, she passed away in 2015. But she never let it beat her. Karen Copeland was a woman known for her community spirit, a real ‘salt of the earth’ person who lived, worked and breathed Penrith.


3.3.1960 to 30.6.2015 “My mum’s smile will be in every step I take at Relay For Life, she is the brightest star, the birds at dawn, she is in the sunrise and she is at Relay every year, taking the steps with me.” ALANA SPICER


Cancer affects a lot of people and takes too many lives. The Cancer Council helped us get through the confusion we felt when we first received my mum’s diagnosis, including the subsequent chemo sessions that we faced. They provided us with a network of support groups, information about nutrition and explained that the money and resources they raised was going into research to find a cure. The biggest reason for my choice to take part in Relay For Life, was because I wanted to do something to help; to make a difference by raising money, it was the only way I knew how. Unfortunately, like many families, cancer didn’t just affect one of my family members, my grandfather also passed away in 2013 from bowel cancer.

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My mum taught me to never give up and to keep pushing on regardless of the outcome. She walked three relays herself during her fight against cancer. She loved the Relay. I think mainly because she felt supported and not so alone. Even though we were always with her, I could see it was a lonely journey walking in those heavy shoes of cancer. But when the Relay was on, she related to hundreds of people who were all feeling the same as her, at the same time. The first Relay was tough on me emotionally, so I can’t imagine how she was feeling. Despite all the raw emotion, her mindset was such, that she was coming up with ideas for the following year and not focusing on her plight in that moment. I remember one year, she was too ill to make the relay so she decided she would do ‘virtual laps’ from her hospital bed and we Facetimed her lap after lap. Seeing her smile at all those people was a priceless memory that I will cherish forever. That beautiful smile could light up a room and despite her diagnosis and prognosis, she always smiled. That is what motivates me to walk the Relay each year, the light of her smile lives on in me and that can never be extinguished from my heart, and as far as I’m concerned, cancer has never beaten her because of that.



I participated in my first relay in 2013 and haven’t missed one since. Relay has taught me that it isn’t just about the disease, it’s about community spirit whether they are family or not, you never give up. You fight for one another despite your different stories and you give each other hope.



The first time I participated in the Relay, I was invited to join a beautiful group of primary school friends who had also been touched by cancer in their lives. It was exactly what I needed. Following that, we decided to start our own team and in 2014 the Kaped Crusaders was born. Our team began with around 15 members and quickly expanded to a little over 30. There’s one certain thing that the Relay does for me; it gives me a feeling that I’m never alone, no matter if it’s family, friends or complete strangers, we’re all in this fight together. To see people supporting each other through some of the toughest times of their lives is indescribable. It’s inspiring to see a community fight for one another – complete strangers that are united against this disease. Once strangers to me, I was contacted by a young family whose mum was also diagnosed with the same kind of cancer as mine. At the time of their family’s diagnosis, they were able to draw strength from an interview my mum did about her own battle. Today this beautiful lady continues to fight on and is doing well. Every year at the Relay now, we camp side by side. You can’t get more community spirit than that. Not everyone has to physically participate in the Relay For Life. A show of support can be in the form of a donation, buying merchandise at the event, or simply by turning up and cheering on. Relay For Life is about rallying around those going through the cancer journey, so when you support one team, that support really means you’re helping all the teams.



My second favourite part of Relay For Life is the preparation. It begins the day before. We put up our tents, set up a stall and get all the last-minute things we need. There is an awesome mix of anticipation, achievement and excitement.


That beautiful smile could light up a room and despite her diagnosis and prognosis, she always smiled. That is what motivates me to walk the Relay each year, the light of her smile lives on in me and that can never be extinguished from my heart, and as far as I’m concerned, cancer has never beaten her because of that.

RELAY FOR LIFE >> DONATION To make a donation visit find the DONATE button, then TEAM and enter KAPED CRUSADERS. Penrith Relay For Life is a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. >> START Saturday April 1 at 9.00am >> FINISH Sunday April 2 at 9.00am >> WHERE Penrith Paceway >> ONLINE REGISTRATION is now open au/event/relay-for-lifepenrith-2017 >> YOUR DONATIONS

> $5 can help us give a newlydiagnosed cancer patient important support and information resources to help them through their cancer journey. > $10 can help offer free exercise programs that assist cancer patients in building strength and fitness during and after treatment. > $25 can help transport cancer patients to and from hospital for treatment.

> $50 can help the Cancer Council 13 11 20 provide free and confidential information and support on all aspects of cancer. > $100 can help provide free accommodation for cancer patients, their families and carers during treatment. $500 can help pay an overdue electricity, phone, gas or rates bill for a cancer patient who has not been able to work. $5000 can help fund ground-breaking research into new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

On the day of the Relay, it’s an early start so we get to the Paceway at 5.30am and unload all our pictures. The Relay For Life committee is made up of dedicated volunteers and it’s these people that make the whole event joyful and inspiring. The opening lap starts at 10am and it’s a lap dedicated to cancer survivors and their carers. As the Relay progresses throughout the day, local acts are pumping out great beats and that really helps to keep you going. At 6.30pm there is a special candlelight ceremony. It’s raw, emotional and reflective. Its meaning is to honour lost loved ones, to remember and reflect through their powerful stories and it’s done in a lap of silence. It’s an eerie reminder that this terrible disease takes too many people. It doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t consider your age, gender or ethnic background. It affects everyone; your best friend, son, daughter, parent, grandparent. And yet somehow despite this, it brings the best out in you. But it’s no time to get soft, the Relay continues for a full 24 hours and concludes at 9am the next day with a closing ceremony. So many fun and beautiful things happen in the morning, and it marks the end of another Relay for Life. And though we’re tired and somewhat spent, we’re already thinking of ideas for next year’s Relay, even before the current one is done.



The most rewarding part for me is the knowledge that I’m making a difference no matter how small it may seem. The men and women of our community are unlike any other. Penrith has shown me how it stands in solidarity to support and encourage each other when times get tough and it’s this village that has made all the difference in my family’s life. Although Relay For Life is not just about those who we have lost, I feel like it’s also a celebration of strength and determination. It’s about hope, love and caring. The money raised in Relay For Life directly contributes to the support of those living with cancer right now and gives resources to their support networks. It provides much needed information during a time of great confusion and desperation, not to mention the funding for research that will one day find a cure for cancer. For me, nothing is more rewarding than knowing that I have contributed in some way to helping another person like my mum – I’m paying it forward.





There’s been many highlights, not just one. Seeing people dancing, walking, running, doing push-ups, star jumps, laughing, crying and hugging. The first year I did the Relay, I also shaved my head at a separate Cancer Council event. I guess it was a way of taking back some control at a time when I felt powerless and helpless. I’m proud of my team and their strength in being able support me and this amazing cause.



Relay For Life is important to our community because in our lifetime everyone will know someone directly that has been effected by cancer. It’s a unifying force that the entire community of Western Sydney can be proud of. Support and solidarity is one of the greatest gifts we can offer each other when we’re going through grief and desperation. This event isn’t just about raising money, it’s about a community coming together to support its own. It’s telling our peers that you can fall because ‘WE’ as a village will catch you. From the medical teams that help patients in their most vulnerable moments, to the researchers who work tirelessly to advance cancer treatments, to the stranger that walks besides you and whispers ‘keep going’ when you’re struggling in a lap, it’s that unity, it’s our beautiful community – it’s Penrith coming together to say “I will not be beaten by cancer”.

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s a design and visual communications student at the University of Western Sydney, Jason Dundas was known for his style and infectious smile. Although he did not seek out fame – “I was extroverted with my friends but introverted in front of large crowds,” he explains – it was obvious he was a natural in front of the camera. Presenting a university graduation video, he was surprised how “easy and natural” it felt. A month later, Jason’s big break came. An avid viewer of the television network MTV, the 21-year-old jumped at the opportunity to enter a competition which awarded the winner their own show. Determined and excited, he worked back late at a Parramatta graphic design firm, where he was employed part-time, to prepare his submission. “I designed a jar of fake prescription medication that was tailored to MTV. It had a photo of me on it with the words ‘Happy Beans. Take these and you will be guaranteed everlasting happiness’. I also designed this detailed pamphlet outlining what I could bring to MTV. For the video submission, my mate Peter Shaw filmed me at a driving range putting off wearing a lady’s suit.” Not long after, Jason returned home one day to a massive surprise – an MTV film crew was there announcing that he had won the competition. “It was such a surreal moment, it changed my life,” he says. “MTV felt like such a natural fit. I knew everything about the brand and funnily enough, they also offered me a job as a designer as well so I was an MTV graphic designer during the day and at night I’d host shows for them a couple of days a week.” In his element, Jason immersed himself in work and went on to create a television program, MTV Sport, which he produced, filmed and edited. He sold the show to MTV who then sold it to a brand. By then, Jason had given up his degree but it didn’t matter – there were bigger opportunities on the horizon. “The MTV job changed the trajectory of my life forever but while I was there I wanted to work at Getaway,” he says. “It was kind of the hardest job in the world to get but I had it in my sights for the longest time. I ended up travelling the world with Billabong and MTV, making travel-style shows from all the world’s surfing locations and put a huge amount of emphasis on making those shows look and feel like a younger version of Getaway.” Selling himself to Channel 9 executives as an “adventure traveller” who could surf, skateboard, abseil, ski and snowboard, Jason finally landed his dream job and filed reports from more than 100 countries. Among the highlights was joining in the 22

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celebrations at Rio’s Carnival. “It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever been a part of,” he says. “There’s this electricity and rhythm among the people that’s just so authentic and great. And it sounds weird but as you continually travel – we were on the road 200 days a year for five or six years – borders become blurred and languages become irrelevant and you learn how to communicate with just a smile and by being honest, open and kind. Learning how to break down international barriers and cultures was a huge thing that I learnt and something I take with me now.” Having moved to Los Angeles and eager to make his mark in the US entertainment industry, Jason landed an enviable gig as a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight in 2015, where he interviewed the likes of Johnny Depp, Beyoncé, Jennifer Aniston and a memorable Madonna. “She was three hours late for the interview and when I walked in she was laying upside down on a chair singing some kind of nursery rhyme,” recalls Jason. “During the interview she said ‘Are you trying to propose to me?’ and I was like ‘Sure. I can do that’ and the interview got really interesting. At the end she was like ‘You’re being a pussy, you’re asking me wimpy questions’, so I asked her some pretty controversial questions and her publicist ran over and cancelled the interview and said ‘You’ve got to get out’. Before I left I said to Madonna, ‘Can I take a photo?’ and she said ‘Yeah, sure, but you’ve got to sit on my lap’.” In the US, Jason co-hosted 400 episodes of VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live which was broadcast live from Times Square in New York City. A keen entrepreneur, he has also developed the DundasFit clothing brand – a 12-piece collection that is sold in David Jones stores across Australia. Staying fit is important to Jason who surfs, swims, plays tennis and enjoys walking his cavoodle. Moving to Los Angeles from Australia was a tough time and he says being active helped immensely. “There was a low point where I kind of ran out of money and my Getaway contract was almost up. I had no mates over here and I had a horrible agent and it was hard to get meetings – it was just a slog. But the only way to get through that is to stay positive and keep your eye on the prize and keep yourself occupied and I think being physically fit and eating healthy was a huge defining factor for me.” Jason purposely moved across the road from tennis courts where he played every day, along with sessions at the gym. He attended classes to socialise and read a lot of biographies. “I read biographies from guys like Warren Buffet, Richard Branson, Michael Bloomberg, Bill Clinton, David Beckham, Tom Cruise and Steve Jobs,” he says. Issue 2 March 2017 23

“I like big-thinkers and people who think outside the box and was inspired a lot by them to make choices and navigate through ideas. Growing up, guys like Michael Jordan were the pinnacle for me. Americans gravitate toward people who have big ideas and want to roll the dice so that kind of culture really inspired me from a young age.” Although he is based in the US, Jason is fortunate to also work in Australia where he has hosted The Big Adventure on Channel 9 and The X Factor on Seven.

“On The X Factor, having singers like Isaiah Firebrace, who won last year, was absolutely incredible. Being there for his first audition and watching him all the way and awarding him the prize was amazing. At the end of the day, I just love meeting people, learning their stories and engaging with them. Being creative really drives me and to be in a position where I can interact with inspiring people and get their stories out there - and be creative at the same - is a dream come true.” Jason is clearly living the dream and loving every minute of it but he also remains firmly grounded, never forgetting his roots and those who helped shape him. The former South Penrith Primary and Jamison High School student returns to his hometown whenever he is in Australia and enjoys reliving “amazing” childhood memories. “My mates and I used to ride our bikes down to the BMX bike track at Panthers,” he recalls. “We’d jump out of trees, go bass fishing at Nepean River and surf the canals on our body boards. We’d get fish and chips at Smith Street shops and cheese and bacon rolls from Southlands after school. On weekends, we’d have parties that would spill into local parks. Life was good.”

Jason says he wasn’t “spoon-fed” growing up but raised in an area where you could “choose your own adventure”. He says being persistent and enjoying what you do is the key to success. “Never give up, persistence will get you everywhere. For me, whenever I’ve failed it has fuelled me to do better next time and outdo my competition to get to the end goal. “Identify what your skill set is, who you are and what you represent and be authentic to yourself. If you want to do a travel show, start on YouTube for free with your mates in your local area and let it snowball. But start small - don’t think about the end prize too soon. Also, if you want to do something in life, only do it if you want to give it 100 per cent. If it’s a chore, it’s not right for you. You’ve got to be passionate and you’ve got to be all in.” 24

As for the future, Jason has recently established a production company, Dundas Media, which produces global television content, plus he has his eye on more high-profile presenting roles. “I want to host a late-night show and a big American show like The Bachelor or Dancing With The Stars - something of that calibre,” he says. “I want to talk to the biggest audience in the world and convey positivity, energy and enthusiasm to 100 million people.” If his accomplishments to date are anything to go by, there is no doubt this boy from Penrith will succeed.

“Learning how to break down international barriers and cultures was a huge thing that I learnt and something I take with me now.”

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$3 billion airport has been signed-off by the Prime Minister, with the first major work for stage one set to begin at the end of 2018. Badgerys Creek has been chosen as the site for the new Western Sydney Airport. Catering for up to 10 million passengers a year, the airport is planned to commence operations by the mid 2020’s. Not everyone is happy about this development. There are concerns about connectivity, traffic congestion and the environmental impacts it will have on the area. Member for Chifley, Edham Nurredin, says plans for the airport are incomplete. “They do not have any of the major carriers out there. They do not have any way around the transport of fuel. We still have no idea of how that is going to be done. It will all be done by surface transport, not rail. They have answered none of those questions. Again, I make the point that this is not delivering the infrastructure that Western Sydney really needs. This is about what east of the city wants to see. This is not right and this is why it is my biggest concern.” In 2013, the Liverpool City Council conducted a survey about the proposed airport. It indicates that employment and economic growth are the main reasons residents were happy for the airport to go ahead; with environment and noise concerns being the main reason against the development.

priority, providing a direct connection to the airport from Sydney’s rail network. Finalised plans, however, don’t include any rail links in stage one.

passenger journeys, not having a planned connection between the airport and the existing road network is worrying to MP for Macarthur, Dr Michael Freelander.

There have been reports of an underground rail link being built, but it would not be operational in time for the airport’s opening. However, the Government says the airport will be connected to Sydney’s road network as a part of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, which already has road projects underway.

“It is unthinkable that Western Sydney Airport might open unsupported by an integrated and fully functioning rail network.”

Stage one will consist of building a single runway around 3.7kms in length, cargo and maintenance facilities, a public transport hub and areas for public and business parking. With plans to build a main public access road to the airport that’s equipped with two to three trafficable lanes, a bus lane, a shoulder in the direction of the carriageways and an estimated driving speed of 8090km per hour, depending on the road. There is also the option of upgrading the M12, if needed. Later stages of the development state that a rail link is necessary for the future. With an increase in population and demand for

Dr Freelander says the Government does not seem to understand the necessity of a rail line. He explained that Infrastructure Australia see a rail-link as a ‘nobrainer’ and the Avalon Airport in Melbourne failed because it didn’t have the infrastructure to go with it. If the only connection to the Western Sydney Airport is through the road network, the already-existing congestion on Western Sydney roads will get worse. The Government’s finalised plans for the airport state that upgrades to the existing road network will support anticipated airport demand for at least a decade after operations commence. If these road upgrades are enough to support Western Sydney traffic for the next 10 years, do we need to build this airport, or will increasing the flight frequency at the current airport suffice?

>> WESTERN SYDNEY AIRPORT STAGE 1 (INDICATIVE) Photo Credit: Courtesy Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Andrea Grieve is a resident in the area and the president of the group, No Badgerys Creek Airport. She agrees that the Government should consider expanding Sydney’s existing airport instead and says that a report conducted by the Sydney Airport Corporation has been overlooked. She says the Sydney Airport Corporation run the airport and know their tourist numbers and they’ve said that Sydney doesn’t need another airport until at least 2050. “Even though they’re bringing through more passengers, they’re arriving in bigger planes, so they can bring more in at a time.” Grieve also says other airports are being run to their full capacity, but Sydney is not.



Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

“When you start looking around at the numbers, Heathrow is a two-runway airport, similar comparable amount of land. It does 72 million passengers, it does 470,000 flights a year and that was in 2013. When you look at comparable figures for Sydney Airport right now, they’re only doing 395-odd thousand and they can go right up to 80 flights every hour. You can push it right out to 496,000. So, there is capacity there to double the number of passengers without needing a new airport what-so-ever in the current area.” The Liverpool City Council conducted the survey in 2013 that took to understanding priorities and concerns for Western Sydney residents. The Council then submitted The Western Sydney Draft Airport Plan and Draft EIS, which was released to the public in 2015. Inside the submission, it is strongly recommended that a rail network be operational in time for the Airport’s opening. The plan suggests a rail line extending from Leppington Train Station as the top

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Despite these objections and concerns, Paul Fletcher, Federal Infrastructure Minister, says the Turnbull Government is fully committed to this project and it’s moving forward.


The Prime Minister said the airport is going to be a great economic driver for the area and the Government expects the airport to generate nearly 9,000 jobs in the early stages, with employment opportunities growing with the project’s development. By 2063, approximately 60,000 direct jobs are expected to be generated from the new airport.

The Government has finalised the plans for the airport, but there are still concerns surrounding the job numbers that are being thrown around and the impacts to residents and the environment around Badgerys Creek.

Job opportunities have been a major argument for the project throughout the planning stages, but Mr Nurredin says, these jobs are irrelevant for the next several decades.

The announcement to move the project forward in December, prompted the peak local government body, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) to release a statement.

“It is worth bearing in mind that the bulk of the jobs at this airport do not come until the second half of this century. If we want to increase economic activity in Sydney, why aren’t we lifting the Government imposed restrictions on Sydney Airport to allow more flights, more tourists and more spending power in Sydney? But they will not do that. They basically want to have this airport as the way to do that.”

WSROC president, Councillor Stephen Bali says if the airport is to go ahead, maintaining quality of life in Western Sydney is essential. “Unlike Kingsford Smith, Western Sydney Airport has no specific operation limitations, no noise abatement strategy and no insulation or noise sharing programs.” Noise complaints from the flights are one of the highest concerns among residents. A spokesperson for the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development says, shortly after the airport is up and running, the noise zone won’t be affecting residents. “The noise assessment in the EIS estimates that in the year 2030 no residents will be living within the 30 ANEC noise zone – the areas where the highest levels of noise impact are predicted.” “The final flight paths will take a number of years to complete but will be approved well before operations commence in 2026.” The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) doesn’t outline what noise-mitigating processes will be undertaken when finalising flight paths, but it states that they will consider all practicable opportunities. Mr Bali says, “This does not seem like an adequately strict or enforceable condition”. The location of the new airport is close to the Blue Mountains and there are concerns about the environmental damage the regular flights will have on the area.


The Liverpool Survey indicates that most people in favour of the airport are looking forward to the employment opportunities it will bring to the area.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

A spokesperson for the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development also says, “The comprehensive EIS found that the Western Sydney Airport would not have a significant impact on the Greater Blue Mountains area, including its World Heritage values”.

It is evident that the Government are going ahead with this project. The next step is for the Sydney Airport Group to either accept or reject the Notice of Intention (NOI) within the next four months. The NOI comprises legal documents which specify the Commonwealth’s terms for developing and operating the Western Sydney Airport. This will become the terms of the contract if accepted by the Sydney Airport Group. All costs for building and operating would be met by the Sydney Airport Group in return for the economic benefits of ownership of the airport over 99 years. If they reject the NOI, the Government will be able to offer the opportunity to other private sector companies, or opt to develop and operate the airport itself. We will know whether the Sydney Airport Group accepts the Notice of Intention by early April 2017. If accepted, earth-moving works will commence by late 2018 and the airport will begin operations by 2026.

HOW WILL YOU SHOW UP? One of the perks of the gig I have co-hosting a program on radio 2UE is the amazing people I get to interview and learn from each week. The show is called Talking Relationships and one of the many fascinating guests that recently influenced my thinking was Dr Adam Fraser, a peak performance researcher. In our interview, Adam spoke in an inspiring way about his book The Third Space which explores the many and varied in-between spaces we experience every day as we transition from one role or task to another. He says they represent an opportunity we should take up, and I agree. Adam points out that we need to put more emphasis on these in-between spaces by thinking in advance about the question “how will I affect the new space I walk into?” Put another way, Adam says we need to mindfully ask ourselves “how will I show up?” When you think about all the transitions you are making every day in all the different roles we play, it’s a very good question to ask in that it helps us focus. These transitions can be the simple ones like moving from one phone call to another or the more complex ones like the transition from work to home, from one work meeting to the next or that sometimes difficult (and usually rushed) transition from work or home to pick the children up from school. It’s this space between places and situations that Adam calls “The Third Space” or the space where we can potentially change our mindset and one study even shows that attending to what the researchers called the ‘three Rs’ can improve measures of mood by as much as 41 per cent.

The so-called three Rs include: Reflecting - on what went well today. Resting - doing something that makes you still and present. Resetting - thinking ahead about how you will show up when you walk through that door. So, how are you going to turn up when you walk through the door today? Here are some suggestions for what you could be doing in ‘the third space’ and they just might change things dramatically for the better:

>> Do a quick centering meditation or even a few minutes of trance-like state before leaving work at the end of the day. >> Prepare for your partner. Decide to spend some quality time with no electronics and be in the role of partner or parent even if it’s just consciously for an hour or two a night. >>Take a shower and change clothes then go greet the family. >>Take the dog to the dog park as soon as you get home.

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>> Listening to your favourite music in the car and reflect on your day on Psychotherapist & the way home. Use Relationship Expert the time in the car to process what has happened during the day with a goal of leaving it behind. >> Exercise a half hour to 45 minutes at the gym after work. >> Give some thought to what needs some attention when you arrive home tonight and prepare yourself for that time you will be spend doing it (e.g. homework with the children, a promise to cook dinner with your partner tonight). >> Throw a ball around for a while, back and forth with a member of the family just chatting as soon as you walk in the door.

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Roasted Flat Mushrooms with Goats Cheese, Baby Spinach and Pine Nuts ANDY BALL PREP 15 MINS COOK 10 MINS SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS 8 large flat mushrooms, stalks removed 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil 4 sprigs thyme 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 150g goats cheese 40g baby spinach, finely shredded 2 tbs chopped flat-leaf parsley 2 tbs pine nuts, toasted 2 panko breadcrumbs (see tip) 30g butter, melted Toasted sour dough bread and lemon wedges, to serve DIRECTIONS > 1. Preheat oven 200°C fan forced. Place the mushrooms, stalk side up on a baking tray and drizzle a little olive oil . Season with salt and pepper and scatter over thyme and sliced garlic. Roast for 5 minutes or until almost tender. Remove from the oven. > 2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl mix the goats cheese, spinach, chopped parsley and pine nuts together and then check the seasoning. Spoon evenly among the mushroom and then sprinkle with panko crumbs. Drizzle a little melted butter over the crumb and then return to the oven for a further 5 minutes or until golden on top. > 3. Serve with toasted bread and lemon wedges.


Panko breadcrumbs are coarse Japanese-style breadcrumbs available from specialty food stores. You can make your own coarse white breadcrumbs from sourdough.

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The Ultimate Beef and Mushroom Burger PREP 10 MINS COOK 15 MINS SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS 350g beef mince 150g Button Mushrooms, chopped 2 tbsp chopped tarragon 2 tsp Dijon mustard 1 egg, lightly whisked 100g aged cheddar cheese, sliced 4 (100g) rindless bacon rashers 4 Portabella Mushrooms 4 (80g) burger rolls 4 iceberg lettuce leaves, torn 2 vine ripened tomatoes, sliced ¼ cup whole egg mayonnaise ¼ cup tomato chutney DIRECTIONS

Best Ever Mushroom Sauce INGREDIENTS 30g butter 2 tbsp olive oil 1 large brown onion, finely chopped 200g cup mushrooms, trimmed, quartered 200g Swiss brown mushrooms, trimmed, quartered 2 tbsp plain flour 1 1/2 cups beef stock (or veg stock) 2/3 cup thickened cream 1 tsp Dijon mustard 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley DIRECTIONS > 1. Heat butter and oil together in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until soft. Add mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes, or until softened. Sprinkle over flour. Cook, stirring for 1 minute. > 2. Add stock, stirring constantly. Bring to boil. Simmer, uncovered over a medium-low heat, for 5 minutes. Stir in cream and mustard. Simmer, stirring occasionally for a further 8-10 minutes, or until thickened slightly. Stir in parsley. Season. Serve


> 1. Place mince, mushrooms,

tarragon, mustard and egg in the bowl of a food processor and blend until combined. Remove from the bowl, season with salt and pepper and form into 4 patties. > 2. Pre-heat an oiled char-grill pan or BBQ over medium high heat. Cook burger patty for 3-4 minutes, turn and top with sliced cheese. Cook for a further 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted and patty is cooked to your liking. Set aside to keep warm. > 3. Cook bacon for 2-3 minutes each side or until golden and crisp, set aside to keep warm. > 4. Add mushrooms to pan or BBQ, turning until mushrooms are grilled on both sides and warmed through. Remove from the heat. > 5. Spread base of burger rolls with mayonnaise, top with iceberg lettuce, Portabella Mushroom, tomato, beef patty, bacon and drizzle with tomato chutney to serve.

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10 great ways to serve mushroom sauce > 1. Over pan-seared beef steak. > 2. Over jacket-baked potatoes. > 3. Add to cooked pasta with a handful chopped flat leaf parsley and grated pecorino. > 4. Serve over chicken or veal schnitzel. > 5. Spoon into centre of cooked omelette, fold over to cover the sauce then topped with diced tomato and finely chopped green onions.

> 6. Use as the creamy layer when making a lasagne. > 7. Thinly slice chicken breast fillet and sauté until golden. Add mushroom sauce and serve over mashed potato or couscous. > 8. Add shredded barbecue chicken. Spoon into ramekins and top with puff pastry lid. Bake until golden for quick and easy pies. > 9. Add sauce to your regular Bolognese mixture, serve over large cooked shell pasta. >10. Serve over barbecue beef, chicken or fish skewers. Issue 2 March 2017 31

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Souvlaki Mini Pork Wraps

Yes, says Despina. Bring the meat out of the fridge and bring it to room temperature before you place it on the grill. Even better, buy meat directly from your local butcher and start cooking straight away. Keeping meat at room temperature enables the fibres to stay relaxed during the cooking process, keeping the meat tender. On the other hand, if you leave meat out too long you are at risk of bacteria.

PREP 10 minutes (plus marinating time) COOK 1 hour 30 minutes SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS

1 pork scotch mini roast 4 tbsp olive oil 2 lemons, zested and juiced 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 tbsp oregano leaves, finely chopped Mint leaves, finely chopped



6 small pita breads 1 cup tabouleh 2 cups lettuce, shredded 2 small Spanish onions 6 slices tomato ½ cup hommus dip Mint leaves for garnish

No. Lids are used for roasting, slow cooking meat and keeping the barbecue food warm. If you prefer to cook with the roasting hood down, never cook with the burners on high. Best results can be achieved by keeping the burners on low to medium heat within the desired cooking area.



1. Pre-heat oven at 160°C or slow cooker. 2. Combine olive oil, lemon zest and juice, garlic, oregano and mint in a large non-metallic bowl and marinate the pork roast for up to 24 hours. 3. Place the pork into a shallow baking dish and pour over marinade. 4. Slow roast the marinated pork in the pre-heated oven at 160°C for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Remove from oven, cover with foil and allow to rest 20 minutes. 5. Pull pork apart using forks. 6. Serve pork on warm pita bread with salad, hommus and mint leaves.


Use tortilla wraps as an alternative to pita bread. This pork roast is also ideal for cooking on the BBQ.

Thicker vegetables should be parboiled first. Boil potatoes and sweet potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes before grilling on the barbecue. Small vegetables or bite-sized portions are best placed on skewers or placing on a grill tray. Corn on the cob grills quicker if the silk and husk is removed. Turn them frequently and grill for 8-12 minutes.





Many cheaper barbecues are made with poor grade materials that can rust over time. An expensive barbecue will have higher grade materials such as top grade stainless steel and porcelain coated enamel that can withstand intense heat and will stand up to an onslaught of grease and flames. Expensive barbecues should have robust iron burners, a larger number of gas jets and have thicker better quality hotplates.

Fool Proof Roast Pork Belly PREP 10 minutes COOK 1 hour 10 minutes SERVES 4


Even on the cleanest of grills, lean foods can often stick when placed directly on the rack. Reduce the risk of sticking by oiling your hot grill with a vegetable oil soaked paper towel using tongs. Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill. A trade secret used by many professional chefs are Teflon liners. They prevent marinades from drying out and sticking and give a professional finish to a marinated barbecue meal. BeefEater BUGG® Teflon liners, RRP $19.95 per pack of two.

INGREDIENTS 1 kg Australian pork belly 2 cups boiling water 2 tbsp oil 2 tbsp flaked salt Freshly ground black pepper to taste

6. DOES FREQUENT FLIPPING OR POKING STEAK HELP? Avoid turning and handling steaks too many times when cooking. Preheat the barbecue and cook the steak on medium to high heat for 2-3 minutes each side until it is cooked to your liking.

DIRECTIONS > 1. Preheat oven to 220°C. > 2. Using a sharp Stanley knife or scalpel, score the skin of the belly carefully so as to not cut all the way through. > 3. Place the pork belly rind side up in a large plastic container and cover with the boiling water. Allow to stand for 2 minutes before removing and patting dry with paper towel. > 4. Place the pork belly onto a baking tray. Rub in the oil and sprinkle over the flaked salt. > 5. Roast in a pre-heated oven for 30 minutes at 220°C and then reduce temperature to 180°C for a further 30 minutes. Remove and allow to rest for 10 minutes prior to slicing and serving.

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Yes. Not only does it stop them from burning, it produces a delicious tasty flavour. Add only a little beer to golden brown onions with a dash of mustard and reduce the heat until they are thick and rich.


Yes, says Despina. For best results and flavour, season meat just before cooking to prevent any salt drying out the juices.

9. SHOULD WE LET OUR MEAT REST AFTER BARBECUE COOKING OR GET STUCK INTO IT STRAIGHT AWAY? Let finished meats rest on a clean platter, tented with foil for about 10 minutes before carving to allow juices to redistribute evenly.


Pork belly may be cooked prior to serving and re-heated when required.


Despina recommends removing all food off the barbecue and turning the burners on high to carbonise all food remains. Once this is done, turn off the barbecue and remove all the scraps and spray olive oil with a wire or scrubbing brush.

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Beat the heat recipes WHILE THE WEATHER IS STILL WARM, TRY THESE DELICIOUS, EASY AND HEALTHY RECIPES, WITH NO COOKING REQUIRED! Green Kiwi Immune Boosting Smoothie Lola Berry, the nutritionist, TV host and author, says green smoothies are a massive part of her diet. This one is zesty and full of the good stuff. 2 handfuls of baby spinach 2 kiwi fruit (skin on if organic) 1/2 cup chopped frozen mango 2 pitted medjool dates (or your choice of sweetener) grated zest and juice of 1 lime 1/2 avocado 2 cups coconut water Pop all the smoothie ingredients into a blender and process until lovely and smooth.

To Serve Cover the bottom of two serving glasses with granola (I love doing this as it makes a lovely a surprise, though you’ll need a spoon to get to the last bit), then pour over the smoothie. Top with kiwi, lots of pretty edible flowers and a last sprinkle of granola, then away you go.

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Berry Thang Sensational Smoothie Nutritionist Bannie Williams and author of The Smoothie Manifesto reveals her go-to breakfast smoothie recipe from her debut book. “I love a berry smoothie and this recipe is simple, delicious and nourishing. Packed full of vitamin C for a healthy immune system and calcium for strong bones, it is sweet, creamy and classic.”


1 banana, chopped 1 cup frozen blueberries 2 tablespoons natural yoghurt 1 teaspoon chia seeds ½ cup preferred milk Blend until smooth and serve in a glass. Top with 1 tablespoon of frozen raspberries if desired.


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No Bake Dark Choc Cherry Cheesecake A typical slice of cheesecake will give you somewhere around 2500 kilojoules and over 30g of sugar. That’s fine if it’s a very occasional treat, but it had better taste awesome to be worth it! This version has less than half the kilojoules, has far less sugar and is super easy to make as it requires no cooking. Ingredients 80g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), plus 1 extra square to garnish 1 ½ cups Freedom Foods Rice Puffs 2 tbsp unhulled tahini 250g full fat cream cheese 1 cup regular fat Greek natural yoghurt 1 tbsp pure honey ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract (or scrape the seeds from 1 vanilla pod) Juice of ½ lemon 1 cup cherries, pitted and halved

Method 1. Grease a 20cm spring form tin with a little extra virgin olive oil and line the bottom with baking paper. 2. Break the dark chocolate into squares and place in a small glass bowl. Bring a small saucepan of water to simmer over moderate heat on the stovetop and place the bowl over the simmering water to melt the chocolate. Stir occasionally and make sure no water comes into contact with the chocolate. (Alternatively you can melt the chocolate in the microwave). 3. Once melted remove the bowl from the saucepan and mix through the rice puffs and tahini. Press into the prepared tin and then using a sheet of baking paper over the top, press down firmly with the back of your fingers to make the cheesecake base. Pop the tin into the freezer to set for at least half an hour.

4. Beat the cream cheese in an electric mixer (or you can do by hand with a wooden spoon). On a low to moderate speed add the yoghurt, honey, vanilla and lemon juice. Beat until well combined and there are no lumps. Pour this over into the tin over the base and bang the tin on the bench a couple of times to evenly spread. Pop the tin back into the freezer to set overnight. Alternatively, you can set in the fridge for a softer texture. 5. Once ready to serve, top with the cherries and grate over a square of dark chocolate. Cut into slices and serve.

>> Serves 8

Energy 1150kJ (275 Cals), Protein 7g, Fat 19g, Carbohydrate 18g (of which sugars 12g), Fibre 2g

DR JOANNAIssue MCMILLAN 2 March 2017 33 Nutritional Advisor for Freedom Foods

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Healthy Diet

Ditch the Dim Sim and learn to love food


RESEARCH HAS FOUND A BASIC HEALTHY DIET CAN COST UP TO AROUND A THIRD OF SOME FAMILY’S INCOME SUPPORT PAYMENTS, SHINING NEW LIGHT ON FOOD STRESS IN WESTERN NSW. The research examined how easy it was for people to buy enough food to meet their nutritional requirements for good health. The results are based on a 2014 survey of grocery and fresh fruit and vegetable stores across Murrumbidgee, Western NSW, Far West Local Health Districts and the New England section of the Hunter New England Local Health District. CSU lecturer in nutrition and dietetics Jackie Priestly, said, “We surveyed the stores for the availability and cost of basic items from the Victorian Healthy Food Basket and the top 10 selling vegetable and fruit varieties in Australia. “The research found people could buy on average 29 different loose and bagged choices of the top 10 selling fruit varieties in Australia and 50 choices of the top 10 selling vegetable varieties in Australia. “Grocery stores were open an average of 6.8 days per week and had on average 2.4 items missing from the 44 items in the Victorian Healthy Food Basket*. “This basket of healthy food for a family of four for two weeks cost an average of $466.79, equal to 34 per cent of Centrelink Income Support Payments for the family.”

*The Victorian Healthy Food Basket survey is a tool that assesses the affordability of a healthy diet for four common household types for a fortnight. It includes basic healthy foods including branded items and collects non-special prices. Results for individual stores are not available. Jackie Priestly is based at CSU’s School of Dentistry and Health Sciences in Wagga Wagga.

“THIS MIGHT BE ONE REASON WHY LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS MAY SUFFER FOOD INSECURITY, WHERE THEY MIGHT RUN OUT OF FOOD AND GO HUNGRY UNTIL NEXT PAY DAY, SAID PROJECT CO-LEADER, POLLYEMMA ANTEES, FROM NORTH WEST NURTITION.” Priestly said it may also point to why some low-income households might need to buy cheap foods and may have less healthy diets. “These issues need to be tackled to help reduce rates of chronic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” Priestly said. “We hope that this research will raise awareness and encourage people to consider ways to help people in their own family and community to eat a healthy diet.”

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Weekend Warrior

AT LAST SOME POSITIVE HEALTH NEWS FOR THOSE OF US WHO STRUGGLE TO SQUEEZE IN MORE THAN ONE OR TWO WORKOUTS EACH WEEK. A study of more than 60,000 adults in England and Scotland found that ‘weekend warriors’ – those who only exercise at the end of the working week – lowered their risk of death by a similar margin to those who spread the same amount of exercise over seven days. “Millions of people enjoy doing sport once or twice a week, but they may be concerned that they are not doing enough,” says Gary O’Donovan, a physical activity researcher and author on the study at Loughborough University. “We find a clear benefit. It’s making them fit and healthy.”In the study, those who met the physical activity target by exercising through the week had a 35 per cent lower risk of death than the inactive adults, with cardiovascular deaths down 41 per cent and a 21 per cent lower risk of cancer death. But the weekend warriors also saw substantial health benefits if they met the physical activity target too. Their overall risk of death was 30 per cent lower than the sedentary adults, with the risk of cardiovascular and cancer deaths lower by 40 per cent and 18 per cent respectively. “Weekend warriors are people who meet the recommended volume of physical activity each week through only one or two sessions. There are doing a large proportion of vigorous exercise and that makes you fitter than moderate exercise,” adds Gary. Men and women benefited equally, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Internal Medicine. The results are based on medical data gathered for 63,591 adults aged 40 and above between 1994 and 2012. Nearly 9,000 of the study participants died in the period. For those who have resolved to get fit in the New Year, Gary recommends to start with moderate exercise, such as brisk walking and then to set realistic, incremental goals to boost confidence without running the risk of setbacks due to injury. “A middle aged or older person should do as much as 12 weeks of moderate exercise before introducing vigorous exercise,” he says. Australia’s Department of Health says doing any physical activity is better than none. Ideally, it recommends adults aged 18-64 are active most days and should accumulate 150 to 300 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity, or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous intensity activity, or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities each week.

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A HEALTHY DIGESTIVE SYSTEM IS PARAMOUNT TO GOOD HEALTH, INCLUDING REGULAR ELIMINATION VIA THE BOWEL. TRADITIONAL AND ORTHODOX MEDICINES BOTH RECOGNISE THE IMPORTANCE OF REGULAR BOWEL MOVEMENTS, NOT ONLY TO RID THE BODY OF WASTE, BUT ALSO FOR PERSONAL COMFORT. WHAT IS THE LARGE BOWEL / COLON? The colon is a muscular structure, approximately five feet long that moves digested food and waste along by a muscular wave motion known as peristalsis. If bowel movements are not regular, the waste products and toxins can accumulate. Sluggish bowels, poor elimination and constipation clog the colon and allow reabsorption of toxins – the metabolic wastes that would normally be expelled from the body with regular bowel motion. This can contribute to many problems including headaches and skin disorders. Straining due to constipation can also aggravate haemorrhoids and varicose veins. Constipation regularly affects approximately 15 per cent of the western adult population. There are many varieties of laxatives available, however natural herbal laxatives, can offer an effective solution without harsh side effects.

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>> Drink water! Note: This does not include the water contained in tea, coffee and soft drinks! Water means water. Water helps to keep the stool bulky and soft. One to two litres per day is recommended. >> Natural herbal laxatives Senna is one of the most commonly known herbal laxatives, as it is highly effective but can be harsh on the digestive system when used alone. It should be combined with herbs such as Dill which reduces wind and bloating and liquorice root that has a soothing action on the bowel. >> Eat plenty of fibre Especially gel-forming fibres such as oats and psyllium and make sure the daily diet includes plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. >> Chew food thoroughly Digestion begins in the mouth, the more thoroughly food is chewed the less the strain on the rest of the digestive system. >> Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar Gastric acid production can be affected by stress and poor eating habits. Undigested food may contribute to constipation and/or diarrhoea. Taking lemon juice in water or adding lemon to food, or a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar before meals can help improve digestion by boosting gastric acid production. >> Abdominal massage Massaging the abdomen in a clockwise direction helps move wind and faecal matter through the bowel and can prompt peristalsis (contractions that promote passing a stool). >> Exercise including stretching and yoga Exercising daily to promote muscle health and blood circulation goes a long way to assisting regular bowel motions.


> Carrots or carrot juice > Rhubarb > Prunes and prune juice > Tablespoon of olive oil in the morning and evening

> Spinach juice > Pitted dates soaked in hot water

> Raw salads

“It is the intestinal system that has to be cared for first before any effective healing can take place.” Bernard Jensen, PhD

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Fashion & Beauty

Side Hustle Secrets Photos: NBN



Jiawa Liu admits her day job as a busy Perth lawyer is as polar opposite to her role as the creator of minimalist style blog Beige Renegade as you can get.

The study shows that 80 per cent of Australians are looking for fulfillment outside of work, with one in four admitting to already having a side hustle up and running.

But she says both satisfy different parts of her personality – the law her methodical approach to everything in life, and the fashion, a side to her that always craved a creative outlet.

“Fortunately, we’re not limited to our day job to feel challenged and fulfilled in life,” says Christian Stenta, the How To Find A Job You Love faculty leader at The School of Life.

“I never felt torn as such because I always viewed “Fast broadband provides a platform for us to the two sides as co-existing, rather than mutually seek inspiration, pursue dreams and even make exclusive,” says Jiawa, one of a growing number some extra cash on the side.” of Australians embracing the “The research shows that Side Hustle, the pursuit of a Australians are obsessed with passion or part-time business having a better lifestyle and “I never felt torn as online outside of your day job. looking for ways to find fulfillment such, because I always “I started small just by outside of work,” adds Christian. viewed the two sides as sharing casual images and co-existing, rather than “For those looking to make a side stories from my life, but as I hustle their New Year’s resolution, mutually exclusive.” delved more into the online access to a high speed online community, I gradually network could be the answer.” improved the quality of my The Side Hustle Report also revealed that over content and strengthened my brand.” one in three Australians have made money Although she’s happy with the balance she has now, using the internet, and almost half (41 per cent) Jiawa says the speed and grunt of the new NBN is a of those connected to a network are already “game-changer” for future growth. bearing fruits from their side hustle. “The possibility to work in the cloud with fast In the long-term, Jiawa hopes she too can broadband has brought about incredible efficiencies use the Beige Renegade as a base for a more for instant sharing of content,” says Jiawa. traditional business model. “And access by viewers to fast internet means Meanwhile, her advice to others toying with that there are no longer the traditional concerns the idea of realising their online dream is to just about loading time as a barrier to publishing higher jump in and get started today. volumes and higher quality media.” “Of course, as with any endeavour, online or Jiawa is not alone in her exuberance over the world offline, perseverance is the key to success,” that the high speed online network is opening up. she cautions. A recent report called The Side Hustle, revealed “But with so many online-based business that the global trend is taking the nation by storm. models that require little, if any start-up capital, you really have nothing to lose.” For info on Jiawa at 36

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Jiawa’s secrets to success


HAVE A PLAN, ANY PLAN The biggest struggle for a side hustler is a limited time outside business hours and weekends to run their business. Therefore, it is so important to have some kind of plan of where you want to go. This will enable you to identify the most important goal. For me, I often set a series of short term goals from time to time, for example, ‘reach 20,000 followers on Instagram’.






For bloggers, the world is increasingly recognising the immense power of social media, so charging a fee for advertising products on our platforms is our bread and butter. How much brands will be willing to pay will depend heavily on how many followers you have and how much engagement you receive on your posts, so building a strong following is a top priority.

In business, an interpretation of the 80/20 rule is that 80 per cent of results come from 20 per cent of the activities. In other words, there are a small number of key activities that generate the greatest benefit for your business, and when time poor, these are those that you need to concentrate on. As I mentioned above, social media following yields, by far, the most significant benefit for a blogger, and therefore I allocate a lot of time to planning and creating content for social media and engaging with the community. As such, whether my house can access fast broadband via the NBN was a key deciding factor when house hunting.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TECHNOLOGY For a blogger, get yourself good photography equipment that takes perfect photos every time, a powerful computer that can handle image processing without lag, and of course, fast internet. I am always surprised how many of my peers haven’t taken up cloud storage. As I back up my entire business to cloud, I can access it anywhere, and can instantly transfer my content to any of my devices to, for example, post an image taken on my DSLR to Instagram.

Fashion & Beauty



The first time you lay eyes on Jacki, I know you’ll agree, she’s not - well, your conventional ‘Myer-type’ retail person. But don’t let looks deceive you, beyond her amazing body art, and incredibly styled dreadlock beehive, her uncanny ability to unearth a curious item of clothing or accessory is nothing short of – a marvelous bazaar. Q. What attracted you to this industry? A. I worked in a wonderful vintage shop in the mountains for many years which unfortunately closed. Q. How was your business founded? A. When that one closed, I decided that I wanted to start my own business. I began by doing local weekend markets, then one day my daughter noticed a shop for lease in Penrith. I took a leap of faith and The Very Bazaar has been here in Elizabeth Arcade in High a Street for just over two years now. Q. What services does your business offer? A. The Very Bazaar sells recycled clothing, I shop every second Saturday and I find pieces at great prices, which means I can re-sell at great prices. Q. What is the key to your success? A. I make sure that my stock has a very high turnover. In addition to fashion, shoes and accessories, I also sell candles cards and jewellery made by local artists. Q. What do you love most about your work? A. Personally, I have always bought second hand clothing, because of its affordability and the uniqueness of buying something that you won’t see in a chain store. More recently, I love that it’s an ethical way of buying clothes. Six thousand kilos of fashion goes into landfill in Australia every 10 minutes. I like to think that I’m helping to minimise that in some small way.


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In many ways, there are unique advantages of being a side hustler, because of the skills and resources you can import from your day job. For me, as a lawyer, I am more confident in navigating the regulatory and legal environment of the creative industry. The general professional skills and experience that come from my day job, such as communicating professionally and persuasively have been invaluable.

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Fashion & Beauty

Beauty Rituals THE ANCIENT RITUAL OF CRYSTALS BY SAMANTHA SARGENT NATURAL HEALTH AND SKINCARE EXPERT What’s fascinating is crystals are making a comeback. What a beautiful thing it is that we’re embracing – the return to what our ancestors knew, respected and gained benefits from.  If you’re keen to use crystals in your daily skin care rituals there has never been a better time - as more and more artisan skincare makers are choosing to incorporate crystals into their manufacturing process. One brand that I particularly love is AEOS energised organics, as they work with an alchemist who takes up to 12 months to transform the actual solid crystal rocks into a liquid tincture that is then added to each product so that the ‘crystal’ can be absorbed by the skin, and then in to the bloodstream for assimilation. Adding crushed crystals is not the same as the fine grains would simply sit on top of the skin. What the lab has found over years of honouring this alchemical spagyric process that the Ancients such as Hippocrates used to adhere to, is that the liquid crystal tinctures (while having an effect on the emotional mind) also have an effect on the skin. I have visited the lab where this all takes place several times and it is mind-blowing. It’s like stepping back in time to a long forgotten world of alchemy, mystery and wonder. AEOS has adopted a truly unique approach to making the benefits of crystal healing available for those who use their products.

Bringing to life the art of ancient beauty rituals from around the globe APSU offers a selection of luxury body products, formulated using the highest quality ingredients possible. Combining influences from the East and West, APSU’s boutique products offer a unique experience in traditional bathing rituals. Having developed two exquisite product collections, Funaya and Varanasi, APSU is creating the ultimate in luxury body products. The FUNAYA range incorporates traditional Japanese practices and ingredients into a series of contemporary, luxurious spa products, designed to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. APSU has created the Funaya range using three core ingredients, Yuzu, Green Tea and Hinoki Oil.

Green Tea Massage Candle RRP $39.00 Green Tea Hand Lotion – RRP $29.00

The VARANASI range delivers Eastern culture in a Western spa style, drawing from Hindu culture and inspired by the golden goddess Annapurna, Queen of Varanasi. The hero ingredient of this collection is 24ct gold, which has been crafted to nourish the body, mind and spirit through this range of luxury products.

From Left to Right AEOS Gentle Cleansing Lotion Pink RRP $84.80 AEOS Gentle Exfolionat Pink RRP $61.10

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7 Crystals and how they impact your wellbeing, from skin to soul EMERALD provides anti-ageing benefits ROSE QUARTZ helps to reduce redness AMETHYST helps to improve moisture retention TURQUOISE helps to activate water balance and is particularly beneficial for dry skin, eczema and psoriasis QUARTZ has a cleansing and detoxifying effect on the skin OPAL supports the formation of red blood cells BLUE CHALCEDONY has a moisturising effect on the skin that helps with regenerating dehydrated and congested skin 38

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Fashion & Beauty HAIR LOSS IS A GROWING ISSUE AMONG WOMEN, PARTICULARLY YOUNG WOMEN AND MUMS. According to Jenica Bahun, founder of Jenica Hair, hair loss is a big issue among many women in particular, young women and mums.   Jenica Hair is a hair accessories company that sells a broad range of high quality low cost hair extensions including volumising and lengthening extensions as well as pony tails.  “Hair loss is a growing issue for many women and I want them to know that they should not feel isolated about speaking out,” Bahun said. “Most of the time, hair loss is a temporary issue and one which can be addressed but women need to get to their doctor to work out why they are experiencing hair loss. 

“There are a number of reasons for this and the key issues are diet, hormones and stress.” “So many women have told me they are suffering from hair loss and they don’t know what to do about it. I can help them to hide their thin hair and create the image of volume, but I encourage them to see a doctor. “Some of the mums I speak with are so tired and run off their feet, they are completely run down. Many young women are dealing with anxiety and other mental health issues. This is a major contributor to hair loss.

“The problem is that when they notice they are experiencing hair loss, this causes more stress for them which contributes to the problem.  “A lot of young women are also not eating meat. Hair is made of protein, so it makes sense that if you are not getting enough protein, your hair will suffer. Many young women are choosing to boost their hair volume through the use of hair extensions. “It doesn’t solve the underlying problem, but it helps them to cope with how they look and feel about themselves when they are around other people.” 


Hair extensions are not what they used to be 

Jenica Hair  launched in 2016 and is one of the fastest growing hair accessories companies in Australia.  Jenica Hair’s products are less than half the price of other products and are delivered directly to your door.   

Jenica Hair extensions are made from human hair and can easily be clipped in. The clip system is so good the hair extensions don’t move around or come loose. They look completely natural - so natural, that no one knows you are even wearing hair extensions. “Our products also come in a range of different colours and they are multi-tonal which means the hair blends with your natural hair colour.“ Hair extensions have been considered for many years to be a glamorous way to style your hair, but for many young women and busy mums, it is a way to hide thinning hair. “I feel very honoured to be able to assist so many women with such a difficult issue. Not only do hair extensions cover up hair loss, they also make you feel like a glamour queen when you are wearing them. Helping people to improve their feeling of self worth is a wonderful experience.”


The Argyle Diamond Tender is an annual collection comprised of the most beautiful coloured diamonds mined each year from the Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia.

Jewellery With DOUGLAS ELY Jewellery Designer

We are so lucky in Australia to have access to these rare gems. Argyle is actually the largest producer of pinks in the world with a huge 90 per cent of the global supply of pink diamonds being mined right here in our own backyard. These pinks can often be worth over 50 times more than a white diamond of a comparable size. To put the rarity of these stones into perspective, on an annual basis, Argyle is fortunate to find just half a teaspoon of violet diamonds, a teaspoon of red diamonds and a small teacup of rare pink diamonds. Each year the Argyle Pink Diamond Tender is available to view by invitation only. These diamonds travel the


world and draw the interest of collectors, investors, jewellers and merchants, who place sealed bids on these precious gems. Even then they may not win the stone as they can be outbid! This year 63 Tender diamonds were mined in Western Australia. This included the largest Blue-Violet stone ever mined in WA. As the largest Violet diamond ever unearthed in Australia, this beauty features a unique combination of size and colour. The 2.83ct oval is an impossibly rare find and is already taking its place in history among the worlds rarest and most notable diamonds. It’s been said that there may only be a few years left to find these coloured diamonds in the Argyle mine, in which case the price of those already discovered will more than likely sky rocket. If you are looking to invest in a pink diamond it doesn’t necessarily have to be a tender stone. However, you must keep in mind the potential to resell it. Size, shape and, of course, colour come into play but so does brilliance. Our international relationships, as well as our relationship with Rio Tinto, allow us to source these beautiful stones. Combined with this we have a fantastic range of Pink Argyle Diamond jewellery and white argyle diamond jewellery here at York Jewellers. We are able to assist you whether your goal is a stunning piece featuring a rare diamond for your own enjoyment, or you are looking to invest. Issue 2 March 2017 39

Local Property

Local Expert Jim Aitken & Partners Real Estate

THE STABILITY OF THE HOUSING MARKET IN THE GREATER PENRITH AREA As we know Penrith is a region that has great history but most of all it has a great future. Penrith City Council forecasts our population for the city will be over 206,000 for 2017 and will reach 256,000 by 2036.This is an increase of over 24 per cent. There are many factors that influence this growth but NSW has become a more attractive destination for many as the mining states have lost their lustre with the end of the mining boom.

With the Economic Development Strategy for our city, which was endorsed by Council at the end of 2016, the future of job growth in our area looks extremely promising. The aim is to deliver up to 55,000 new local jobs by 2031 in sectors such as health, education, arts and culture, tourism, advanced manufacturing and logistics. Penrith’s location, land, infrastructure and increasing diversity make it a wonderful area to invest. We have seen property prices move upwards over many years. In fact, the statistics show a trend where property in our region had doubled approximately every 10 years over the last 40 years. With this in mind we are extremely optimistic about the future long term growth for both owner occupiers and investors alike.

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The solar benefits of a

sunburnt country


The recent heatwaves broke weather records, especially here in Penrith where we saw the mercury climb as high as 46.9. Luckily for us though, we managed to avoid the blackouts that hit other areas. But it could so easily have been us who were left without the comfort of air conditioning, fans or even cold water from the fridge. And when you consider that we’re usually the ones with the highest number on the nightly weather map (as well as our friends over in Richmond), it’s scary. What’s really frightening is that our hottest summer on record is unlikely to be a one-off. This means that all of us – from entire families through to the elderly – will no longer be able to classify things like air conditioning as a ‘luxury’. It’s becoming a necessity, but one that will continue to cost us an arm and a leg. Or will it? Turn on the sun to beat the heat The extreme heat of our wide brown land may be a problem, but also brings its own relief. As individuals, we can harness the forces of nature for our benefit thanks to modern technology. How? Solar power. We all know how huge power stations are. Even the average sub-station in suburban Kingswood is about the same size as neighbouring homes. But it’s 2017, and thanks to photovoltaic panels (best known as solar panels to us normal folk) and solar storage batteries, every house can be its own power station.


When being a “Westie” is wonderful Australia isn’t called the sunburnt country for nothing. Our country averages more solar radiation per square kilometre than anywhere else in the world. In fact, it’s 10,000 times more energy than we use. Bad news for vampires. Very good news for the rest of us, especially in the warm west. So for us Penrith folk, we can really get a great return from our system. Tell the power company where to go Politely, of course! Seriously though, it’s a great feeling not to be beholden to a faceless entity that supplies something that’s a necessity, not a luxury, but ups the price whenever they feel like it and can’t even guarantee supply. Solar panels and batteries give us financial independence from big companies and, after set-up costs, provide free power. And if we sell back to the grid, they can reduce our overall electricity costs even further! Going… Going… Gone! Home buyers are increasingly attracted to properties that are energy and water efficient. Some even make it a pre-requisite when listing the features they are seeking when briefing real estate agents. So installing solar panels, especially if you go the whole hog and have storage batteries, gives your home a positive selling point. And, of course, solar will undeniably add to its value.

Solar power has come a long way since the very first (and very expensive!) solar hot water heaters started to emerge on Australian roofs more than 60 years ago. Panels that could be hooked up to power everything in the house, from the TV and lights though to the fridge and microwave, hit the market late last century. But, of course, what was generated on the roof wasn’t what fired up the average household appliance. Instead, it was fed back into the power grid. This same power then came back into the property in the normal way. Fast-forward to today and solar panels are not only an affordable option but they also provide significant advantages. Not only is the power you generate from your roof used to power your home, but the excess can also be sold back to the electricity company. And thanks to the ability to store that same power in the new breed of solar batteries on the market, we can use our own power as needed. No more reliance on the grid, no more expensive bills. It’s a game changer. THE INCREDIBLE BENEFITS OF SOLAR Prices are decreasing as us Aussies embrace the tech Australians lead the world as early adopters of new technology. (Smartphone anyone?) In fact, The Climate Council predicts that half of all households in Australia will adopt a solar system, with battery storage, over the next 10 years. We’re already far ahead of the rest of the world, with 27.4 million solar panels (and counting) having been installed as of January this year. And as more and more people put solar panels on the roof, the more the price falls. The same goes for the relatively new solar storage batteries, pioneered by Tesla. The more we buy, the less they’ll cost.


Even if you don’t plan to move any time soon, installing a solar power system can reduce your carbon footprint. Unlike traditional electricity sources, solar energy is green, clean and renewable. The panels don’t release greenhouse gases and don’t pollute the air. Yes, electricity is used to make them, but it’s minimal compared to the power you can save and pollution you prevent by having them. I know I’m a bit of a greenie at heart, but I really am committed to proactively improving the sustainability of our planet for our children and their children – one energy-efficient solution at a time. H2GO Water, another scarce resource on the world’s driest continent, is another resource we’re all incredibly conscious of conserving. With Warragamba Dam just up the road, its water levels (and safety) have been a big part of the Penrith community psyche for decades. Changing over to solar energy greatly reduces the water consumption used to produce other forms of energy, making sure it’s available for the things we really need it for, like drinking. In an age when everyone is concerned about reducing pollution while also being conscious of spending, solar power plays an important part. Its production generates no waste and doesn’t even create noise. In the end, solar is very much a part of Australia’s energy future. And as more and more people seek to free themselves of the rising costs and inevitable unreliability of grid dependence, our sun drenched Nepean shores will prove to be our greatest asset.

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Local Living

LoveYour Home

Photo: Freedom Furniture

Small details can take your home from a place you live in to a place you love coming home to - something as small as a woven rug that softens the tone in your living room, or textural layers in the bedroom that make you feel like you never want to leave the house again.   Interior Decorator, Rachel at the Penrith Freedom Furniture Store, is an expert at bringing a vision to life through getting to know you and your space properly by asking questions and giving you personalised solutions.  

To book an appointment with Rachel or find out more, ask in store at Freedom Penrith 82 Mulgoa Road, Penrith Ph: 02 9046 9440


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Style tips from The Block JUDGE NEALE WHITAKER SHARES HIS BEST TIPS ON STYLE AND RENOVATING Kitchens are increasingly the hub of the home, so they need to be spacious and well-equipped with plenty of natural light.

Style tips for outdoor areas



What tips do you have for home improvement beginners who want to do some work on their homes?


Style tips for kitchens

Concealed appliances are still the best way to go and butler’s pantries are now very much on the kitchen bucket list. Don’t be tempted by fashion fads – kitchens are long-term investments.


Just keep it relaxed, comfortable – and safe. There is an amazing choice of outdoor furniture now but the top priority is shade. We have an enviable climate in Australia for enjoying outdoor living but we also have the most dangerous climate in terms of UV exposure. Think of a vertical garden in addition to pots and planters. There are plenty of affordable, low-maintenance options around now.

Plan, budget then plan again! Never underestimate the importance of careful planning and realistic budgeting. Always budget for more than you think you will need. Also have a realistic game plan. Are you renovating to live in the property or are you renovating for resale? In both cases keep an eye on the long-term benefits of the renovation you’re planning. Knocking those two bedrooms into one might seem like a great idea now but it could potentially knock hundreds of thousands of dollars off the resale value of your home. Think of a vertical garden in addition to pots and planters. There are plenty of affordable, low-maintenance options around now.

Local renovating advice

>> Zac Homes

Custom Home Builder Penrith Phone 1300 350 793

>> Woodford Homes

Custom Home Builder Lawson Phone 02 4751 9577

My High Street WRITTEN BY MARIANNE ARTHUR The next time you meander down this historical street, treading the same path as your ancestors had once done, stop and look around at just how far this ‘westie’ town has come. High Street in the 1800’s was thought to be like an Old English Provincial town, with its churches, schools, hotels and grocery stores mimicking that of Mother England.

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Penrith City Council Library Archives

The name ‘High Street’ itself is said to be based on a common practice in England where the main street of a village was called the ‘High Road’. This now hustling and bustling street, adorned with a multitude of eateries, banks and at least 14 arcades, was once known as the main thoroughfare of the Great Western Road en route to Bathurst. It was here that the main business places on High Street used to provide hitching rings on their veranda posts so that customers could tie their horses. High Street was a blossoming township with many a dray and sulky hustling for position in the central artery. It was also known to be home to a main water trough that was situated just in front of Memory Park, which eventually disappeared and the street was sealed.

Perhaps not so well known, and in contrast to today’s business centre, one third of High Street was made up of private homes during the 1800’s. One of the earliest buildings constructed on High Street can still be visited in all its glory; the heritage listed St Stephen’s Church, erected in 1837. And the history of Penrith cannot be acknowledged without a mention of the old Temperance Hall, Penrith’s foremost meeting place, until it burned to the ground one Wednesday night in 1923. But what’s a town without a drinking hole? The historic Australian Arms Hotel was established in the mid 1800’s, and although it was knocked down and rebuilt in 1940, it was re-established on the same site. The next time you knock back a brew, spare a thought for our forefathers who, on one night or another, would’ve undoubtedly been sent barrelling home at the end of a broomstick – maybe from that very chair. Fast forward a century or two and High Street has certainly evolved over the years. What could be called a thriving metropolis today makes this street, High Street – my street – one of the best in the west. Issue 2 March 2017 43

Roaming Business

Q & A

Lisa Gorman Founder and CEO of

Life Learning Co. Lisa Gorman is a master communicator and facilitator who has turned her skills into an emerging, well connected business. Roaming talks to Lisa about business and life


HOW LONG HAS YOUR BUSINESS BEEN OPERATING? I’ve been in business for 20 years as a sole trader, Life Learning Co. is now 15 months old and just as fascinated with life as a toddler can be.



Photo: Kirsten Flavell Photography

WHEN/HOW WAS IT FOUNDED? It was founded after a weekend retreat with three other spectacular women who spent time learning about each other’s gifts and talents. We went on to discuss how a creative and fun adult learning community could also impact hearts, minds and bodies – and to understand ways we might collaborate in that space.


HOW MANY STAFF DO YOU EMPLOY? Life Learning Co. has a growing number of staff providing services in specialist fields. We have collaborative partnerships across our expanding community, in NSW and Queensland.


WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE INDUSTRY? I’ve been facilitating programs and coaching leaders in large corporates, the public sector and in not for profits for 20 years. This work is deep in my soul, it is who I am and who I am becoming. It is a way of sharing something of me and revealing to others their deep capacity for learning and teaching as I believe all of us are seekers and teachers in our own right.

Q NAME THE SERVICES YOUR BUSINESS OFFERS. Life Learning Co. is a diverse community of seekers and teachers who work with both fun and creative learning experiences that positively impact the hearts, minds and bodies of people, expanding personal wisdom and collective consciousness. In this adult education space, we offer ways to learn that are formal and informal and our content spans personal development, professional development and organisational development. These offerings are provided as programs, coaching, events, online connections and learning resources.


YOUR WORK? I love meeting people where they are and offering something that might spark their curiosity, stimulate personal insight and ignite the courage to transition to change.



OF WHAT YOU DO? Celebrating life with others who are learning to truly live. In programs this means to always finish on a high, appreciating and verbally acknowledging the strengths and gifts of others and the learning gained. In events this means connecting with new people and allowing the magic of groups to lift and inspire each other. In coaching this means witnessing individuals demolishing real blocks and moving on to achieve better results.


ARE PROUD OF? I left school in year 10 like many of my friends who became secretaries or bank tellers or retail assistants. I’m very proud that I completed my Master of Education (Leadership) in 2016.


Yes! Late last year I was disconnected from someone who is very dear to me, who was highly supportive of Life Learning Co. and who truly provided me with so much energy and momentum. This person’s ‘stepping away’ confused and challenged me and I was lost ‘in it’ for weeks and weeks. Since, I’ve searched for the meaning behind this and discovered this has allowed me to powerfully lead myself and bring in my vision without looking for affirmation from others. This has also given my friend the space she needs to lead her own life more effectively. It feels like a win-win to me.


As a facilitator and coach working with leaders, business owners and high potential staff for the past 20 years, I’ve worked in Australia’s capital cities, rural NSW, Chile, Indonesia and New Zealand. Life Learning Co. is now allowing me to build a local community (Blue Mountains and Western Sydney) of adult learners who gain support and connection via the exploration of ‘whole of life’ issues. I’m collaborating with and inviting in community members to share their stories so that the getting of wisdom can be more easily accessed. We’re creating deeply personal learning experiences (a few hours, to weekends and week-long retreats) for women and look forward to embracing men’s learning in the future.

Q WHAT IS THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS? Prioritising love and choosing joy; knowing that anything is possible when I lead with my strengths.


I’m most grateful for the heart connections that bring me (and others) to life and sustain me (and others) when life is sharp.

Roaming Money

How I

Made a Fortune From Being A Shopaholic


Today we are seeing an increase in the number of singles choosing to live alone. The challenge for singles (and all of us) is to ensure we are making the most of our situation, whatever it may be and for however long we may walk it. So how do you enjoy the single life and still look after your future self? The trick is not to be single, fabulous but broke and not to spend what you earn and hope that Mr or Ms Right will charge up on their white horse and secure your financial future. Instead, become your own superhero by taking control of your finances, managing what you spend and making sure you are accumulating assets. Without a partner to help with the cost of homeownership and sharing bills you might need to consider other options or become more flexible. That’s because if your rent or mortgage repayment is taking up the lions-share of your income, it doesn’t leave much for other opportunities. You might consider taking in a boarder for a period of time until you can manage rent or a mortgage on your own, buying an investment property (or two) instead of buying your own home and renting instead or perhaps living in a cheaper apartment instead of a home. Insurance is also incredibly important because the buck quite literally stops with you. So while you may not be at the single threshold for private health insurance (currently $87,000) you should have a plan for what might happen if you are injured. This might include private health insurance or a pot of cash as well as income protection insurance so you’re able to continue paying rent or your mortgage in case something happens to you while you’re riding your bike on the weekend. If you’re investing you don’t have the luxury of splitting any gains with a partner who may be on a lower income than you. You can, however, still take advantage of lower tax rates by considering investing in alternative structures such as a Discretionary Trust or a Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF). A Trust will potentially allow you to stream investment income to family members on lower incomes while an SMSF already has a lower income tax rate of 15 per cent. That way your hard earned investment gains won’t be added to your taxable income which is particularly relevant for higher income earners.


am a self-confessed shopaholic. I love shopping online, I love shopping at sales and I love shopping overseas. I can explore for hours looking for fabulous trinkets, not even realising how much time is passing in the process.

Yes, I truly am a shopaholic but not in a destructive way. I am a savvy shopper. Why savvy? I discovered a wonderful formula that allows me to focus all of the elements of my shopping prowess to actually make money instead of just maxing out credit cards on a regular basis. I used to hear the men I worked with talking and playfully complaining about their wives’ and girlfriends’ shopping habits. After developing my Savvy Shopping skills my reply to those men has been to tell those gorgeous girls they can still shop ‘til they drop but turn that shopping into warm, delicious cash. All of the skills it takes to be a fabulous shopper are assets. The magic happens when you know how to apply them. I am passionate about helping others learn how to hone that desire for shopping into a golden goose, too. Over the coming weeks I will share with you the tips, tricks and insider secrets to doing just that.



>> 1. Selling online is an accessible way to start a business for anyone. It started for me when I was constantly bombarded with reports of how much money was being spent and made online in Australia. Online businesses seemed to be going from strength to strength. Online retail remains a growing business and the best news of all is that anyone can do it.  In great Aussie fashion I decided to “have a go”.  After being impressed by some very

SAVVY SHOPAHOLIC HOT TIP IS THE ITEM ON SALE THE BEST PRICE? Download the eBay app on your smart phone: search in this app using the barcode scanner. Scan the barcode of the product on sale. It will show what the comparison pricing is on eBay. You will know if you are getting the best price at the sale. If it is cheaper than the pricing on eBay you have a wonderful bargain!

successful eBayers I decided I would apply my business knowledge and shopaholic prowess to my new venture utilising the eBay platform.

>> 2. Sellable products at discounted prices are available everywhere. Let me put that another way for you. You have probably bought something in the last couple of weeks you could have sold online for a tidy profit. In the beginning I started by selling some unwanted items I had around the house while mastering the online skills. Then it dawned on me while I was out shopping.  When finding a ‘great buy’ I often bought one for me and one for my sister etc so why not buy a couple of extra items for my fledgling online store? It was a hit! I was purchasing sale items at low prices adding them to a bundle and selling them for profit. As a new online retailer I could often purchase product in sales at such aggressively discounted prices I doubted I could do better buying wholesale. Shopping the sales and buying product that was in demand is still to this day one of the tried and tested ways I source products for my businesses.

>> 3. Trending products are a cash machine for online sellers.

It was serendipity when I sourced some products that were trending. It was an accident. As my online store lit up with orders it really started me thinking of how to duplicate this phenomenon. I added the ‘trend tracking’ criteria to my Savvy Shopaholic Formula and sourced products that were already in demand and being advertised heavily. Let’s dig a little deeper into ‘trend tracking’ in the coming weeks. As a shopaholic you intuitively know what makes a great buying experience. I designed the shopping experience for my customers that I wanted to have. I bundled wonderful items with free bonuses and sensational value. My shopping skills have informed every part of my business. I now also shop internationally and import custom goods manufactured for my stores. If you want to make an additional $200 a week to have some extra play money or you want to set up a serious five or six figure income it is all possible in the wonderful world of selling online. Your fabulous shopping assets will fuel that business every step of the way. Let’s refine them together with my articles here at Roaming Panther. Issue 2 March 2017 45

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We review the Samsung Gear wearable watch


The Samsung S3 Gear is my first experience with a smart watch and, after a few weeks, I already realise I can’t live without it. Smart watches are clearly still a novelty, in the sense that it’s not quite a ‘must have’ in the same way a smartphone tends to be. But, once you’ve used one for a while, it feels difficult to let it go. For starters, it looks and works like a real watch, but it does so much more. Samsung describes the S3 as a ‘forward thinking smartwatch that offers a touch of luxury’ and that pretty much sums it up. The S3 has everything you could wish for: a GPS, a high res OLED screen, an altimetre, storage for your music and – best of all – a long battery life. My only issue is the size – it only weighs 59g but it does feel quite heavy, particularly for a person like me with slim wrists. (In comparison, the Apple Watch 2 weighs 45.6g and the Samsung S2 weighs 42g). One of the main features of the smartwatch is the stainless steel rotating bezel, to navigate your way around. If you spin it left or right, you’ll be able to scroll through to select apps and go through lists. 46

>> Fast wireless charging: just set it down on the wireless charging dock for a fast charge >> In built microphone and speaker

I really liked the heart rate button which lets you track your heart rate – great for those trying to get fit and it’s also helpful to see your heart rate slow down as you’re resting. It’s quite incredible what Samsung has been able to fit into such a small and stylish package.

The Gear S3 | Credit: Samsung

The Gear 3 Classic | Credit: Samsung

The S3 features a stylish metal frame for the 1.3 screen, with two buttons on the side, which are the Home, Apps and back keys. It takes a bit of time to get used to the way it works; you swipe the bezel rather than clicking the actual buttons. The 1.3-inch Super AMOLED screen is fabulously clear and bright, one of the best I’ve seen.

All the essential apps are present on the Gear S3 including a messaging app, weather, reminders, calendar, alarm, contacts etc – along with thousands of other apps available from the app store.

>> Long lasting battery

>> Built in GPS

While there’s no service for music streaming, you can load your music in the internal storage and play it through bluetooth or via the S3 integrated speaker. If you’re not using a Samsung smartphone, you’ll need to install the Gear S plugin and Samsung Accessory service app, as well as the S Health app. If you want to set up Samsung Pay, you’ll need to do that through an Android app but, once again, if you don’t have a Samsung phone you can set it up through the Gear app. Obviously, it’s easier if you have a Samsung phone to begin with. One thing I love about the S3 is that I’m using my smartphone less and, instead, relying on my watch.

>> Water resistant up to 1.5 metres >> Advanced fitness tracking

BUY IT LOCAL >> Samsung Westfield Penrith

Westfield Penrith Level 1, 585 High St Penrith

>>Answer a call, turn up the volume, turn off your alarm, scroll through apps…all by turning the bezel

Roaming Motoring






echanics have gotten a bad rap over the years. There are loads of stories of mechanics intentionally ripping customers off by up-selling and repairing components that don’t actually need fixing.

Then there are the mechanics who simply don’t know what they’re doing; misdiagnosing problems and causing you big, costly, drawn-out drama. Unfortunately, this has caused many people to label the entire industry as “untrustworthy” – which isn’t the case. It’s just about spotting the dodgy mechanics and avoiding them.



>> 1. Charging for work not performed It’s not uncommon for dodgy mechanics to charge for parts they haven’t actually replaced and work they haven’t performed.

>> 2. Bring forward parts replacements Loads of parts in your car will eventually need to be replaced. The trigger is either the number of kilometres your car has driven or time. A mechanic who wants to bump up your bill will often bring forward these major parts replacements unnecessarily.

Go Local ! Local knowledge goes a long way to finding a trustworthy mechanic.

>> Repco Authorised Car Service Penrith Car service in Jamisontown Address: 25-27 Abel Street, Penrith Phone 02 4731 5419 >> NRMA Car Servicing Penrith Committed to good, honest car servicing and repairs Address: 71 Union Rd, Penrith Phone 02 4749 4699  >> Ultra Tune Penrith Address: 4/160 Station St, Penrith Phone 02 4722 8204

For example, if a part should be replaced at 100,000km, some mechanics will start recommending replacements at 70,000km. This is also commonplace at roadside assistance operations where staff are incentivised to sell parts, like batteries. These guys will often replace any batteries that are over two years old (even though the normal life cycle is three to four years) regardless of whether the problem was actually the battery or it just needed recharge. Ultimately, these mechanics are not thinking about you as a customer for the long term, they’re just trying to make the most out of every service.

>> 3. Create phantom repairs Here’s where things get really dodgy. There are some mechanics who will create repairs out of thin air in order to upsell you. Worse still, because there wasn’t a problem in the first place, they don’t actually do any work for the extra charge. For example, the mechanic will spray WD40 on your suspension struts. They’ll then bring you in to show you that you have an oil leak and the suspension struts need replacing. You authorise the work, they then go ahead and clean up the WD40 and paint the suspension struts black. When you return they show you your new shiny suspension struts with no oil leak. That will be $1,200, thank you.

>> 4. Lure you in with a cheap service With thousands of mechanics, workshops and dealerships, the automotive repair industry is super competitive. One of the most common tricks to get customers in the door is to advertise a cheap service. They lure in first-time customers with a bargain headline rate for a service, as low as $99. While this may sound appealing, the problem is that the mechanic just isn’t making any money. With the cost of parts, plus their business overheads, they’re not paying themselves. To counter this they’ll upsell you a bunch of things you don’t need. The strategy is to get you in the door and then bump up the bill. If you see a cheap service, be prepared to drive out with a much larger bill. A good benchmark is a minimum of $180 for a basic service for a standard, non-European car.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT? The thought of questioning your mechanic can be a tad scary. The prospect of speaking to a mechanic in greasy overalls using complex car language is daunting enough, let alone questioning what they’re telling you. Sometimes it’s easier to stick your head in the sand and hope the problem goes away. But if you follow a few simple rules you can quickly figure out whether or not you’re getting ripped off.

Unfortunately some mechanics are simply not very good, or just plain dodgy. Luckily, once you know the tricks and mistakes to look out for, it’s much easier to avoid getting ripped off.

1. Stick to your maintenance schedule. 2. Avoid cheap services, $120 is cheap, $180 is average. 3. Get everything in writing. 4. Keep records, your logbook, a maintenance journal and keep track in your calendar of what’s due and when. 5. Know your car. 6. Check your brake lights. 7. Ask questions and ask for your old parts back. 8. Get a second opinion. Issue 2 March 2017 47

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Tomkins makes her mark with the Giants


he inaugural NAB AFL Women’s season is here and no one is more excited than Renee Tomkins who was drafted by the Giants from the Penrith Ramettes. The former soccer player, who represented the Western Sydney Wanderers in W-League and the Marconi Stallions in the NSW Premier League, was thrilled to learn she had been selected. “I was at home with Mum and we were watching the live stream,” says Tomkins. “When my name popped up I got up and jumped around all excited. Everyone has been so supportive, telling me I could do it, so now it’s time to get in there and prove them right.”

“We’re getting to know each other and are wellgelled at the moment. We’re all feeling strong and positive and it can only get better from here on in.” Tomkins’ love affair with AFL came after her friend Justine Vella invited her to watch the Penrith Ramettes play and she ended up joining the team. “My soccer team relegated down a league so I got leave to play AFL,” explains Tomkins. “My first game was very exciting. Compared to soccer, it’s a 360-degree game, there are balls coming from everywhere and you’re kicking goals and getting to tackle people.” With a surge in the number of girls and women playing AFL across Australia, there has been a lot of news and interest in the AFLW. Tomkins says it’s encouraging to see because it paves the way for younger grades to move up. However, some still believe that AFL will remain a sport for men. “There are still a lot of people that think that but we’ll sure show them that girls don’t hold back,” she says. “It probably won’t be the same as the men’s game but we will try our best to get there.”

>> THE PLAY March 12 Collingwood v GWS Giants Olympic Park Oval 11.05am March 18 Western Bulldogs v GWS Giants Manuka Oval 7.10pm


Photo: Adam Trafford

A tall defender known for using her height and athleticism to outreach and outrun her opponents, 30-year-old Tomkins says the team has bonded well under the direction of coach Tim Schmidt.

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