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With little budgets but huge hearts, this will hopefully give them a chance to educate and inspire us all.

Welcome to our June issue – and it’s an exciting one! First and foremost, we want to welcome (and celebrate!) our first local female to grace our cover. Meet Melissa Browne, a local entrepreneur who’s breathing fresh air into business. Her approach is completely and utterly out of the box – from accounting and financial services through to childcare, she’s completely redefining traditional perspectives on these industries. And if she looks familiar, there’s a reason why – she not only features on Channel 9 and Channel 7, but she’s also a regular columnist in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Melbourne Age. You can read more about our home-grown business superstar on pages 22 and 23. You’ll also see we’re providing a voice to two amazing charities in this issue – Blue Datto and the Homeless Winter Appeal (supported by the incredible team at Penrith CBD Corp). Our area is so inspiring that we’re now dedicating at least one page an issue to a local charity.

The colder weather is well and truly here. There’s no better way to welcome Winter than enjoying brekkie in bed. Enjoy our delicious selection of recipes from Dr Joanna McMillian on pages 24 and 25. And in keeping with the Winter theme, update your home to match the season! Our property expert Helena Crumpton has written a great article about the importance of tweaking the appearance of your home if you’re wishing to sell. Combined with our 2017 Winter colour trends on pages 36 and 37, it’s sure to inspire. As always, I love receiving your lovely feedback on the magazine! If there is something you want to see more of, please send me an email at Enjoy!




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Local Roaming LOCAL MUSIC SHOWSTOPPERS 28 JUNE JOAN SUTHERLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE We’ve searched high and low to bring you the bestof-the-best entertainers on the circuit and Showstoppers is the very special result. Multi award winning ‘piano man’ Joey Fimmano, the talented and utterly delightful vocalist Belinda Marks, and – making his first appearance at The Joan – Princess Cruises’ Performer of the Year, Nathan Foley.




10 JUNE BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & COMMUNITY HUB Johnny Cash: The Concert stars Australia’s own Man in Black, Daniel Thompson and Australian Country Guitar Legend Stuie French.

17 JUNE BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & COMMUNITY HUB With widespread recognition for excellence as Australia’s pre-eminent string quartet, don’t miss The Goldner String Quartet.

23 JUNE O’DONOGHUE’S The 80’s Flashback is a vibrant high energy, fivepiece Retro/Rock band that performs all the Big 80’s hits. More importantly they perform totally live. No backing tracks allowed!



10 JUNE PENRITH RSL The One Hit Wonders (OHW) - the band that plays songs by other bands that had – you guessed it – one hit!

9 JUNE O’DONOGHUE’S The Endless Summer Beach Party delivers the sounds of the coastline and classic 60s, blending it with retro songs of the 70s and 80s and spicing it up with current chart hits.

Blue Mountains Theatre presents

Melinda Does Doris

Local Movies


Starring 6 time Golden Guitar winner Melinda Schneider This nostalgic celebration includes such timeless hits as Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps; Que Sera, Sera & Everybody Loves a Lover

Sunday 2 July 2pm Tickets $49 / $46 $3.30 booking fee may apply

Bookings 4723 5050 / 106 Macquarie Road Springwood


HOYTS GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT 14 JUNE PENRITH HOYTS They say nothing good happens after 2am but if you’ve ever ended up with a bunch of friends dancing, eating or walking home in the early hours, you’re well aware that unplanned nights often make the best memories. The new edgy comedy, Rough Night, is all of this and more, as five college friends reunite for a bachelorette party. Get your friends, family, brides and bridesmaids together for HOYTS Girls’ Night Out and experience it first on Wednesday June 14.










24-25 JUNE PANTHERS EXHIBITION MARQUEE Western Sydney’s largest annual Bridal Exhibition with amazing discounts and packages available during the event. Our biggest and best yet!

9 JUNE NEPEAN BOAT RAMP A great opportunity to get together with friends and have some fun. Local psychics from Basically Crystals will be on board for the curious for a 10-minute reading. Must book.

18 JUNE JOAN SUTHERLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE Ex-Wiggle, Murray Cook, returns with one of the finest works ever written to introduce young people to the orchestra.

25 JUNE OAKS FIRE TRAIL, WOODFORD Hundreds of keen runners and cyclists will make their way through scenic bushland in Blue Mountains National Park in support of CareFlight.

EVERY SATURDAY PENRITH LAKES & NEPEAN RIVER Participants all run for their own enjoyment. Anyone can join in whatever pace! Register online to be timed. Catch up with others after the run for a coffee.

EVERY SATURDAY JAMISON AVE & TENCH RESERVE, PENRITH Parkrun is a free, weekly 5km timed run for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. Register online to be timed. A relaxed friendly activity for all.



18 JUNE PENRITH PANTHERS EXHIBITION MARQUEE A fun day of craft, dolls and collectables.The stall displays are a delight with plenty on offer for everyone from the collector of antique, vintage and modern dolls, collectable bears and toys.

EVERY MONDAY & THURSDAY PENRITH WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTRE Join our fun classes and dance your way to better fitness! Low impact routines, designed for everybody and suitable for all abilities.


Dolls, Bears, Craft & Collectables Show Sunday 18th June 2017 10.00am - 4.00pm

PANTHERS PENRITH CONVENTION CENTRE, MULGOA ROAD  Wheelchair Access  Ample Parking for cars and coaches Entry Adults $6.00 | Children $2.00 Refreshments available Doll and Bear Competitions Valuations • Antique Dolls • Doll Repairs Dolls Furniture and Accessories • Artist Dolls and Bears Miniatures and Accessories, Lace, Ribbons and Materials Craft Supplies and Scrapbooking Doll & Bear Competition Val Newman (02) 9602 2242 Daytime Enquiries Trader Enquiries Lily Cowen (02) 4739 5696 Gail Ladner 0407 498 021 Jan Hartley (02) 4735 2515 All raffle proceeds to the Leukaemia Foundation

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World Music

16-17 JUNE JOAN SUTHERLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE Here’s your chance to see a new adaptation of one of Australia’s most important plays, created 20 years ago and still speaking volumes today. One of Australia’s most exciting young actors, Chenoa Deemal, spins poignant stories of different people from different mobs — tear-streaked tales of tragedy side by side with joyful celebrations of simple survival. Funny, devastatingly sad, and as important as ever, The 7 Stages of Grieving traverses the phases of Aboriginal history, inviting us to face hard truths, join hands and grieve together. The 7 Stages of Grieving opens a dialogue about the issues that separate and unite Indigenous and nonIndigenous people in Australia today. This will be a truly memorable night of theatre.

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6 JUNE JOAN SUTHERLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE Get on board, grab your mates and get giggling as the ultimate comedy roadtrip rolls into town!

14 JUNE BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & COMMUNITY HUB Broadway Baby takes you back to the glamour of New York in its hey-day, when jazz was alive and musicals lit up the stage.

24 JUNE BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & COMMUNITY HUB Celebrating a woman who exploded onto the music scene, becoming the queen of rock ‘n’ roll and mother of thrift shop vintage funk.

10 JUNE EVAN THEATRE, PENRITH PANTHERS One of the biggest shows to grace the art lovers, an assortment of artists across Kerala, brought together to bring the very best of south Indian Entertainment.

SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE You can subscribe to all three shows in this series for just $120 (Adult) $105 (Concession) or take in two for $90 (Adult) $80 (Concession)






9 JUNE EVAN THEATRE, PENRITH PANTHERS The highs, the lows and everything in between. Scott McRae stars in this one and only, original tribute to the ultimate frontman Stevie Wright

24 JUNE EVAN THEATRE, PENRITH PANTHERS A non-stop, full throttle show with all the bells and whistles brings one of the world’s most premier entertainers right to your door, P!NK.

17 JUNE EVAN THEATRE, PENRITH PANTHERS The Starliners Dinner Show focuses on that magical and perhaps beautifully naïve period in the 60’s. From the pioneering stand out individuals to the wonderful harmonising singing groups of that era. Audio radiance recreated by dazzling voices.








FIRST SUNDAY Located at the Penrith RSL, an indoor market offering free entry with over 50 stallholders catering to baby, kids, parents, “soon to be” and the general public. A mix of handmade, new, services and fun for the kids.

EVERY SATURDAY Featuring local fresh produce and food in Richmond Park, corner March and Windsor Streets, Richmond.

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

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

WINDSOR MALL SUNDAY MARKETS EVERY SUNDAY Located in the George St Mall. Quality handmade homewares, arts, crafts, fashion and fresh produce. Local bands and buskers offer great entertainment.

GLENBROOK ROTARY MARKETS FARMERS MARKET• FIRST SATURDAY Local shoppers stock up on organic fruit and veggies, sourdough bread, home-baked cakes and biscuits, pickles, jams and honey and lots of other goodies.

SPARK the warmth this winter during your lunch breaks in thethe CBD. SPARK warmth this winter during


EVERY WEDNESDAY An international food market on the doorstep of the Panthers World of Entertainment. Bring your family and friends and give your taste buds an experience from around the world.


FIRST SATURDAY Located at Cobbitty Public School, Cobbitty Road. With 150 stalls selling an exciting range of craft, gourmet foods and local produce.

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

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Local Roaming

Time Out TAKE

SU NDAY S E SSI ON S AT THE JOA N SHOW DETAILS KATIE NOONAN & KARIN SCHAUPP  Songs of the Latin Skies 11 June  Adult $55 | Concession $50 | Child $15  High Street Season Subscribers* Adult $44 / Concession $40 Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre  597 High Street, Penrith



he Joan has stepped it up again this year, bringing you some of Australia’s most acclaimed jazz and world music artists in its 2017 Sunday Sessions. Put them in your diary and book your tickets now so you make the time to take time out for yourself! Tapping into the laidback Sunday vibe, these concerts all start at 5pm and will ignite your senses and leave you buzzing ready for the week ahead (but not home too late!). It’s the complete package: Brilliant entertainment taking you from late Sunday afternoon into evening, in a laid back environment with the chance to mingle with the artists and like-minded music fans over a drink or two after the show.

Take time out to explore hard grooves and modern jazz; a chamber orchestra like no other and the powerful fusion of classical guitar and voice for music with a Latin flavour. The Series opens on Sunday, June 11 with Songs of the Latin Skies performed by songstress Katie Noonan and classical guitarist Karin Schaupp.

Katie and Karin have an intuitive musical connection. Continuing their acclaimed and successful collaboration, these two much-loved artists team up again and explore Latin-inspired music. Songs of the Latin Skies features some of Latin America’s best Classical, Folk, Jazz and Pop songs. These songs will be arranged for the intimate combination of Noonan’s angelic and versatile voice and Schaupp’s lyrical and fiery guitar. Katie Noonan has received four ARIA awards and has seven platinum album sales to her name and Karin Schaupp has been internationally lauded as one of the best classical guitarists of her generation. “Katie Noonan has a voice like warm honey being decanted into melting snow. It is such a thing of beauty that finding a vessel to hold it can be difficult. Happily, in the music of acclaimed German-born classical guitarist Karin Schaupp, Noonan has found the perfect companion.” THE AUSTRALIAN A feast for lovers of all styles of music!

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Band Night


’Donoghue's Irish Pub introduced Friday Froths Locals Night on April 28.

They invited four local and upcoming bands from around the Lower Mountains to come and play at the club. The pub partnered with Newtown brewers Young Henrys, who featured their seasonal beers in a tap takeover including Dune Rats Lager and their Summer Hop Ale. The pub invited local artist Shannon Boyd to provide some art to be raffled off to anyone who purchased a

Young Henrys product on the night. He did a portrait of Australian hit artist Tash Sultana and also an Irish themed skateboard incorporating Young Henrys logo. The first night of Friday Froths Locals Night was hugely successful with the beer garden jam packed with local music and beer lovers. The bands on the night were The Modern Glitch, Brody Jarrett and the Doyle Brothers, Marina Mitchell and The Marquis. Like O’Donoghues Facebook page to keep up do date with upcoming shows/bands.



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Local Community



With development progress well and truly underway, it’s the perfect opportunity to update our local community.


oles state general manager, Thinus Keeve, said Coles was delighted to be developing a new supermarket at Glenmore Park to offer a convenient shopping experience to local residents. “We are excited to be opening a new supermarket later this year at Glenmore Park, which will employ around 100 team members in the community and feature an extensive range of products at great value to meet the needs of local shoppers,” he said. Glenmore Park shoppers can also look forward to ALDI’s award-winning products and exciting bi-weekly Special Buys, as well as fresh fruit, vegetables and bread delivered daily. ALDI Glenmore Park will also be supported by a team of 15-20 permanent full and part-time employees, providing rewarding career opportunities in the local community.

An exciting restaurant precinct, overlooking the park, includes a mix of international flavours of Italian, Mexican and Asian dining experiences. The food court will also offer casual dining options such as a Sushi Train, Soul Origin and sit down cafes such as The Coffee Club and Coffee Emporium. Another feature of the new building includes a national carwash operator, conveniently located in the carpark, which will enhance the shopping experience. Medi Advice Pharmacy will be relocating to a new building, a larger premise, which will give consumers greater product choice. Additional retailers to be excited about also include a Plus Fitness Gym with 24 hour access for customers. With a vast range of general retail and services, a large variety retailer offering shoppers discounted goods from

homewares to party supplies. Travel and communications services will also be available to meet with market needs. There are still some fantastic key franchise opportunities available for retailers such as Wraps, Gozleme along with services such as florists and general merchandise. Facilities of the new building will also include over 350 undercover car spaces, amenties, travellators and consumer lifts, all perfectly positioned to provide a pleasurable shopping experience. GLENMORE PARK TOWN CENTRE


Located at 1-11 Town Terrace, Glenmore Park. Further information can be found on Glenmore Park Town Centre’s Facebook page.


Growing Charity

A food forest has taken root in Springwood, thanks to the inspiration of a group of local young people who will donate the fruits of their labour, literally, to people in need.



upported by Blue Mountains City Council, the ‘Food Forest’ youth project is putting the foundations in place for their community garden located behind the Mountains Youth Services Team (MYST) building in Manners Park, Springwood town centre. The project is one of four community development projects borne from the 2016 Project NOW Youth Congress in collaboration with OzGreen and the Blue Mountains Youth Council. Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill said, “This is a wonderful initiative by local young people who are motivated by their selfless interest in sustainability and strengthening community. I’m looking forward to seeing the project develop.” The Food Forest group will plant a selection of rare and unusual plants including Jaboticaba, a Brazilian tree which produces fruit similar to a grape; Panama Berry which produces small, red caramel-flavoured fruit; and an Arnold Blood Orange. The harvest will be donated to local charities. The ‘Food Forest’ youth project acknowledges the support of Bunnings Valley Heights for kindly providing high-quality soil to fill three large garden beds.

Photo: Strengthening sustainability and community (L-R) Adam Tjoelker, Paul Mukhin, Jordan Goehner-Drewe, Hugo Scott and Tara Shiels are the team behind the Food Forest community garden in Springwood.


Local Community


Care & Education FOR YOUR CHILD


ocal families are being encouraged to consider formalised childcare, as research shows getting the right foundation is vital for a child’s development.

“Council runs some of the best centres in the region. Every one of our centres has highly trained and qualified staff that meet or exceed the national education standards.

Studies into child development show that children who participate in a quality early childhood education program experience improved social, cognitive and emotional development.

“And our centres are not-for-profit, which means all our focus and energy goes into providing the absolute best care and education for the children in our community,” he said.

Penrith Council owns and operates 26 childcare facilities across the region, catering for children aged 0-12, across childcare, long day care, preschool, out of school hours and occasional care services.

Council are also able to keep our prices affordable for families, and most of our centres have an allinclusive fee, meaning there are no additional or hidden costs with all nappies, blankets and food provided at no extra cost.

Penrith Mayor Cr John Thain encouraged parents to look to formalised, quality childcare services to help their child get the best start to their education for life. “The right care and education early on boosts development, social and emotional maturity and self-esteem and confidence, so the benefits are significant and far reaching for the next generation,” Cr Thain said.


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Local Business



utrition Station can be found in North Penrith and Emu Plains, but they have also expanded nationwide and can also be found in five states.

yet I noticed little to no supply of health food options. There was a distinct gap in the market that drew me in. 3. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOUR MISSION IS? We believe in clean food for a clear conscience. Great tasting health food should be accessible to everyone at all times. At Nutrition Station our number one goal is to ensure that each and every time you enter one of our cafes you never leave feeling guilty.

The cafe caters to everyone, offering premium café food and protein shakes as well as fresh meal plans and catering services.

4. WHAT STYLE OF FOOD DO YOU SERVE? Truly healthy food. We don’t sway from our core product. We serve everything from protein shakes to protein pancakes, breakfast to dinner, meal plans to catering.

1. HOW LONG HAS YOUR BUSINESS BEEN OPERATING AND WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED? Nutrition Station first opened its doors as a protein shake kiosk in 2012. After five years, we have developed into a full-service health food café across five states in Australia. We have always been based out in Penrith and don’t have any plans to relocate. Working and living locally works well for me.

5. TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHEF. WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR COOK? Finding a great chef is like finding nemo. It takes a while, you come across plenty of clowns yet you eventually find him. Our executive chef has a fantastic attitude, passionate about the brand and consistency across the board.

2. WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THIS INDUSTRY? There is, and always has been, huge investment and focus on exercise and training. There are gyms on every corner

6. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK? The fact that the business is genuinely bettering the community. I love that you can eat there every day

without feeling guilty. I love that with every new store that opens, thousands more have access to healthy food every day. 7. HAVE THERE BEEN ANY CHALLENGES YOU HAVE OVERCOME? Of course. Like any business, there are going to be constant challenges along the way. From the beginning, hospitality was a whole new ball game for us. Remaining nimble and open-minded has been the key to overcoming challenges. 8. WHAT IS THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS? Hard work and culture. We have a dynamic, young and hard-working team. We believe that there is always a ‘yes’ hiding behind a ‘no’, so we keep pushing until the job is done. 9. WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT BEING PART OF THIS COMMUNITY? It is a very positive community. Everyone, whether it be staff or customer, is bettering their health when they eat well. The local community has been so supportive of Nutrition Station.

HUNGRY? Visit your local Nutrition Station Café


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Local Business


Local Business



hat makes this cafe so unique is that guests can observe the chocolate making process as well as purchase the bars and an assortment of delicate hand-made confections. 1.HOW LONG HAS YOUR BUSINESS BEEN OPERATING? We opened Zokoko in 2009. Morgans’ Coffee Roasters was established in 2004. 2.HOW MANY STAFF DO YOU EMPLOY? We employ nine staff across both the chocolate and coffee businesses. 3. WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THIS INDUSTRY? I love delivering a ‘moment of deliciousness’ to our customer’s day. 4.NAME THE SERVICES YOUR BUSINESS OFFERS. Zokoko is a bean to bar chocolate maker – meaning we make our chocolate from scratch, souring the beans, roasting, winnowing, gridning, refining, conching, tempering and wrapping our chocolate bars. We make pure origin chocolate bars, flavoured chocolate bars, chocolate for chefs and all our sweet treats served in our café. We've been roasting coffee under our Morgans’ Coffee Roasters brand since 2004. 5. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK? The challenge to always make the best product I can.



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6. WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING ASPECT OF WHAT YOU DO? Sharing our quality products and our philosophy about why we do what we do is always rewarding. The ‘lightbulb’ moment customers have when they realise the difference between our chocolate and a mass produced product. 7. ANY HIGHLIGHTS/ACHIEVEMENTS THAT YOU ARE PROUD OF? Being invited to the Solomon Islands Chocolate Week as a guest judge along with other international chocolate makers in April this year. Winning a Gold medal and Best Dark Chocolate bar for our Tranquilidad bar at the International Chocolate Salon. 8. WHAT IS THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS? Doing something that I love means it is more a way of life than work. 9. WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT BEING PART OF THIS COMMUNITY? Providing a friendly place for locals to enjoy world class chocolate and coffee.



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Local Pets

Positivity FOR PUPPIES



ocialisation is the process of developing positive relationships with people and other animals. The most important time for socialisation is very early in your puppy’s life, the first three to four months. To prevent antisocial behaviour, fear and aggression it is best to provide frequent positive social experiences in a wide variety of situations during this time. Start with calm introductions to one or two people or pets at a time. If your puppy handles this well then increase the number of people, noise level and activity level. Puppy preschool, visiting friends and family with vaccinated animals are great safe socialisation options. Sometimes people are told to keep their puppy home until they have finished their vaccination course. This is important to discuss with your veterinarian as risks do exist but the window when dogs are most receptive to new experiences is often over before the course is finished. At different stages of the vaccination protocol more outings are allowed. The risk of puppies developing behavioural problems from lack of socialisation is more common than diseases in the general population. To maintain good social skills continued exposure is still required as they age.

During exposure to new people, pets or experiences encourage calm behaviour by distraction with pats and treats and keeping sessions short. Puppies may be scared of new things especially those that make a lot of noise like car travel, traffic, power tools, people riding bikes or scooters and children. Children are normally more noisy, active and unpredictable than adults. Being safely exposed to these will help puppies remain calm and learn they are not scary. During exposure to new people, pets or experiences encourage calm behaviour by distraction with pats and treats and keeping sessions short. It is important to not overwhelm your new puppy and ensure experiences are not negative. If you cannot calm them in a new situation, something is very scary or they display an unwanted behaviour then do not force them. They may not be ready for a room full of excited children, a dog park full of dogs or to have all their nails clipped. Praise calm behaviour by saying they are good in a quiet whisper. Try to avoid situations that result in unwanted behaviours like barking, jumping or biting. Do not use punishment or correction. It is a common misunderstanding that when an animal reacts to punishment, a raised voice or correction they look guilty and they know what they have done wrong. They are simply reacting to your tone and body language and it will increase anxiety. Puppies are like us, they learn better when they are calm not stressed. Rather than punishment or correction, try an alternative way of dealing with the situation. For example, if a puppy jumps up when greeting new people, get the puppy to sit and have the new person give them a treat. If a puppy bites a lot, redirect this onto toys and avoid playing with their heads and mouths with your hands. If a puppy struggles when you try to hold them to cut their nails, try getting another person to distract them with treats and pats, then without holding the puppy gently touch only one foot at a time. You can even start with just cutting a single nail and trying again later. If they get over excited or scared when seeing a new dog on a walk, cross the street and give them a buffer zone or you can get them to sit and give them treats and praise as the other dog walks by. Puppies do not need to come into direct contact with another person or animal, seeing them at a distance is still socialising. Think about what you would like your puppy to do and positively encourage that. 16

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Local History



NEPEAN RIVER 1 5 0 TH A N N I V E R S A R Y By Lorraine Stacker



here were a number of early floods, varying in severity. The first flood on record – apparently, a small occurrence – was in 1795.

Others followed in 1799, 1806 and 1809. In 1810, after a series of major floods on the Hawkesbury, Governor Lachlan Macquarie proclaimed the ‘Macquarie Towns’ of Windsor, Richmond, Wilberforce, Castlereagh and Pitt Town in an attempt to ensure that development was restricted to higher ground, free of flooding. The devastation caused by flooding in February 1817

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The 1867 flood depicted in the Sydney Morning Herald on 24 June 1867.

prompted Governor Macquarie to issue a notice exhorting settlers, in the strongest possible terms, to build their residences above the established flood levels. The biggest flood that devastated the Nepean River occurred in June 1867 – 150 years ago! The Nepean River being estimated to have reached a height of about 13.4 metres in the river, and 27.47 metres on land. This flood carried away the approaches to the recently rebuilt Victoria Bridge. Emu Plains, Castlereagh and the lower parts of Penrith were all under flood, causing immense loss of property. Many houses were carried into the river by landslides. Many residents were forced to take refuge in public buildings such as the Penrith Hospital and the public schools. A major flood such as that of 1867 caused inundation of over 16,000 dwellings and damage costing in the order of $1.4 billion.

KEY Flood Extent (Temporary inundation) Penrith City Council Area River Extent of available flood data




Kilometres Map produced by NSW State Emergency Service

EXTENT OF THE 1867 FLOOD OVER THE PENRITH COUNCIL AREA Note: floods larger than the 1867 flood are possible. This map does not show the upper limit of flooding. For specific information about your area, contact your local council.




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Local Loves

Lovin’ it local

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Local cat hospital Did you know Corren Avenue Vets have a hospital dedicated your furry feline? Western Sydney Cat Hospital was established with the aim of providing high quality medical and surgical facilities for cats in the Penrith and greater communities.  For a look at all the services available at the Cat Hospital visit

Local Loves

#GETSHARING #TO #WIN As we all know Penrith is the place to be, so let’s start bragging about this wonderful city. Share your favourite spot, thing to do, restaurant or event on your social media. Include the hashtag #braggingrights and #visitpenrith to be in the running to win some amazing prizes. Prizes include; • 1x Go Pro Pack with Drone • 1x Samsung Galazxy S8 • 25x $100 Westfield Gift Vouchers 

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Penrith Women’s Health Centre offers an array of services to the women in our community. One service that we are loving is Massage Therapy. Available Tuesdays and Thursdays, a massage will set you back $20, a small price to pay for some relaxation time.  Call 4721 8749 to make an appointment

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Local Business

#PROJECTWARMTH Homeless Winter Appeal _�_�_�_�_�_� Imagine a concrete floor or no roof over your head. This is how people who have become homeless in our local Penrith community spend their nights out in this winter weather. Watching the news recently, it seems that our housing crisis is growing and everyday people from all walks of life have to live in their cars or camp out while waiting for safe and affordable housing. With this in mind Penrith CBD Corp again launches this year’s Winter Appeal in conjunction with ANZ Bank and Wentworth Housing.

Please Donate _�_�_�_�_�_� We encourage our Penrith businesses and wider community to donate NEW items: to help put the warmth back into the lives of our homeless or underprivileged this winter







Donations can be dropped at the following supporters businesses:  ANZ Bank Penrith, High Street & Westfield  Stuart Ayres MP, 510 High St,  Penrith CBD office, 488 High St or,  Emma Hussar MP, office 333 High St

SUPPORT THE KITCHEN • $200 buys a day’s lunch or • $600 a week’s rent to keep the kitchen open • All donations big or small are greatly appreciated

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Local School


Ian Wake


Ian Wake is Principal of St Paul’s Grammar School, married with two young daughters and a passionate educator.


an has worked in education for 27 years and this is his second year as Principal at St Paul’s Grammar, in Cranebrook. "It's a unique, innovative school in many regards,” he says. "We really seek to identify and educate individual kids.” St Paul’s is an inclusive Christian Grammar School, with students enrolled from all faith denominations and cultural heritage. Many families choose St Paul’s for the values, the sense of community and strong academic record. An ‘International Baccalaureate (IB) World school’ with sister schools in China, St Paul’s hosts international students from around the world. They have their own onsite Rural Fire Service cadet unit - the current national champions - but what most excites Ian is the

learning framework, incorporating NSW curriculum and the IB. The IB is embedded throughout the whole campus, from Pre-K to Year 10, with the option to continue into senior school. Ian considers that the blend of curriculum creates well-rounded students, setting up options for future study and developing qualities that employers look for. “We want our students to be creative, to be independent learners, to know how to access knowledge, to be critical thinkers and global citizens.” He says, while St Paul’s academic results are excellent, “it’s important to remember we aren’t just about academics: we believe in the whole child”. Beginning his career as a Science teacher, Ian now teaches two other subjects, alongside being Principal.

He enjoys the connection in the classroom, and takes his role as an educator seriously. “It can be the case that as Principal you become quite isolated from the student body. You can be stuck in the office, swamped by paperwork. I think it's really important to remember that the reason we're here is the kids.” A Principal’s work schedule involves long hours, often after-hours, managing school commitments. To maintain his strong family life, Ian tries to incorporate quality time with his family into the schedule, where possible. He says, the only way to do it is with the support of the family, and “to really believe in the job”.  To find out more visit

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Lo cal



elissa Browne says she’s “very much a local girl”. Moving around Penrith as a child, she was raised, and still lives in the Blue Mountains, although now she has a home in Sydney too.

Growing up in Western Sydney in the 80s, she imitated what was around her, and says watching LA Law made being a lawyer look glamorous. She liked arguing so she studied law at the University of Sydney. After a few years, Mel decided it wasn’t for her, much to her dad’s dismay, as he hoped to have a lawyer in the family. Her dad was an accountant, and pointed out to Mel that accounting has some law in it, so she started studying that instead. Mel grew up thinking there was a plan for her life to follow. She was to be married at a certain age, have two kids by 28, and so on, because, well, that’s just what you did. While she was young, Mel studied her bachelors, masters and got most of the way through her MBA, although she describes the Mel in that part of her life as being “super young”. Marrying at 20, she says, “thankfully I realised it was wrong early on” and by the time she was 33, the marriage had ended, giving Mel new challenges and new direction. She opened an accounting firm called A&TA. “I started my own business at 28, not because I wanted to change the world or anything interesting, I just thought this was a way that I could earn a bit more money while I study something else,” she says. “I was only 33 when I divorced from my then-husband. I had very, very low confidence, I was a very anxious person, and I think I worked out if I could leave someone, despite knowing that my parents would probably turn their back on me. My friends wouldn’t understand. If I could do that,” she says, “…then perhaps I could do more.” Mel describes this moment in her life as a time when she re-assessed everything, even questioning if she wanted to continue working in finance. Diving into reading, it was a book called Good to Great, by Jim Collins that made her realise, “perhaps it's business that I'm that really in love with?” “I started to apply his business precepts to my business and realise that ‘hey, this works.’ Because he's very research-based and very, 22

I really wanted to find my voice, I wanted to get back to things I loved

“There is also a whole generation … they actually need your help now,” she says. “If you make a difference in Gen X and Y now, where they’re at, you can make a huge difference to them financially. We have a product called the mini bar where we coach and help you become financially literate, and it’s so much fun.” No matter which business, the message of financial literacy and transformational change is threaded throughout. Mel wants to move you from where you are, to where you’d like to be. She says, at Thinkers.inq “we want to create that transformational change in our little ones, in A&TA, it’s transformational change in business owners, in The Money Barre, it’s transformational change in moving Gen Y and X from this inability to handle finances to the ability to financially adult.”

very much a storyteller, and I started to read more books and started to look at what other really innovative people were doing in their business, that weren't accountants, and tried to work out, ok, what could I bring back to my business? “So I tried to do that and the more I did it, the better my business grew,” she says. During this process, Mel started writing. “I really wanted to find my voice. I wanted to get back to things I loved, like writing, so I started a blog on fashion and wardrobes and business, and I wondered if somehow, they could join.” At a time when there weren’t many female accountants, Mel was starting out and trying to fit in. She learned that even if she wore the same clothes as the men, and went to work in her “ugly work shoes,” she’d still be different. “I'm blonde and I'm six foot tall, and there's no getting away from that,” she laughs. “It was about figuring out that I didn't have to be two separate people, the more that I was who I was the whole time and wasn't scared to be unashamedly feminine, someone who loved shoes and clothes and had a feminine side, the more I embraced that, the more it really started to come out in my business and actually helped me be more successful both in business but also as a businesswoman,” she says.

for the trivial, rather than the basics. "What my title meant to show was make it more money for shoes rather than more money for groceries, because more money for groceries is what women are actually working for at the moment.” “This is how I write about money,” she says, “I write in a way that's appealing and interesting and I write particularly for women. I write mainly about finance, but also about business, and also about women's issues, being a woman, women in business, leadership, all that sort of stuff.”

I think we really need to stop ourselves sometimes and say, hey, who am I not to do those things?

Today, Mel’s not only a financial planner and advisor, she’s an author, an entrepreneur, who successfully runs three very different businesses, and a finance expert who has a column in the SMH, spots on TV and regularly writes for magazines.

After the success of her first book, Mel wrote a second one, titled Fabulous, but Broke, a book that contains 13 financial fairy tales, inspired by her time around children at her school Thinkers.inq.

Amidst all her success, Mel says she still experiences the inequality towards women in business, and through finding her voice in her writing, she’s learned that it’s quite feminine, which is what’s working for her.

In talking with a friend about how naught to five is a pivotal time of a child’s life for their brain to develop, Mel was inspired.

“Women are starting businesses faster than men, and not as successfully, and also women aren't picking up business books and reading them. They aren’t managing their finances well. Our super is well behind blokes, our investings, our savings, our willingness to have conversations, so I just wanted to write in a way that offered a genuine alternative, where it's actually, not about beauty, it's just about embracing something that I enjoy,” she says. And More Money For Shoes was born. Mel’s first book, which was released in 2012, and explains building a business the same way you would build a wardrobe. She knows her audience are women, and while she’s been accused of being sexist or stereotyping women in business by use of this title, Mel says, it’s about working

Couple this with her love for writing, and you have Unf*#k Your Finances, her newest book, which is coming out in August and aimed at this generation. She says talking about money is easy for her, which is why she gets excited about having this voice in finance. Mel refers to herself as the accidental entrepreneur, and says, although she’s shy, and has her weaknesses, she is on her way to designing the life she loves, just as she tells others to do. Her advice is not to let opportunities pass you by, by worrying about how you might be perceived. “There was a moment when I was like ‘I’m a Western Sydney bogan, what the hell am I doing here?’ and I think we really need to stop ourselves sometimes and say, ‘hey, who am I not to do those things?'," she says. “And to get out of your own way, because that’s the main thing I’ve fought with for most of my life, …everything from the cover of this magazine to 100 other different moments, you’ve got to get out of your own way and ask if your mission and your passion are big enough and important enough, then are you prepared to do it?”

“If we could actually create thinkers at that young age, we could actually create entrepreneurs and philosophers and artists at that age, so that when they move through the school system they’re not put into this sausage factory, they can actually just navigate their way through beautifully and come out of the other end, still with that beautiful ability to think. So that’s what the preschool is. It creates thinkers,” she says. “Ultimately, I want to change the school system.” Along with this new approach to education, Mel has a company called The Money Barre, that’s designed to equip Gen X and Millennials with the skills to be financially independent.

Issue 6 June 2017


Local Food

5 Delicious Brekkie in Bed


By Dr Joanna McMillan, Nutritional Advisor for Freedom Foods

When the weather takes a turn for the chillier, and after a long week, there’s nothing better than snuggling down into bed and indulging in a delicious breakfast! Dr Jo, Nutritional Advisor for Freedom Foods, has got you covered with ďŹ ve delicious ideas, so you can say bye-bye to soggy toast and hello to something totally scrumptious, plus will keep you feeling full and nourished all the way to lunch!


Local Food

Swag THE


id you know as a nation we throw away $8 billion worth of edible food every year? Out of this figure, an enormous $2.67 billion is fresh produce!

Local Sydney mother and entrepreneur Peita Pini, created The Swag, a non-toxic, eco-friendly produce bag designed to keep fruit and veggies fresher for much longer and to combat this extortionate amount of wastage.

1. Bircher Muesli with Apple & Berries The night before place ¼ cup Freedom Foods Porridge oats, a small handful of chopped mixed nuts, a pinch of ground cinnamon and a sprinkle of pepitas and chia seeds into small bowl and pour over ¼ cup almond milk. Cover and place in the fridge overnight. In the morning serve topped with a dollop of Greek yoghurt, grated or sliced apple and fresh berries. For an extra treat drizzle with a touch of maple syrup.

2. Acai Smoothie Bowl Blend a packet of frozen acai pulp with ½ cup of frozen raspberries, the juice of an orange and ¼ cup Greek yoghurt. Pour into a bowl (it should be a nice thick consistency that you eat with a spoon) and sprinkle half the bowl with Freedom Foods Crafted Blends Clusters (any flavour variety you like), then layer a row of fresh berries, sliced bananas or any other fruits, nuts and seeds.

3. Quinoa Porridge with Rhubarb, Pear & Toasted Coconut Heat a cup of milk (or almond milk for a dairy free alternative) with a cinnamon stick in a small saucepan. Wash ¼ cup of Freedom Foods quinoa in a sieve under running water – do this until any soapy looking bubbles disappear. Add the washed quinoa to the pan and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid and cook for about 30 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. Turn off the heat, leaving the lid on. Meanwhile chop a stalk of rhubarb and ½ apple and stew in a small pan over

moderate heat with a little grated ginger, 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange juice and a little honey or maple syrup. Toast a tablespoon of shredded coconut in a nonstick frying pan. Serve the quinoa porridge topped with the stewed rhubarb and toasted coconut.

4. Buckwheat Pancakes with Berries Whisk together a cup of buckwheat flour, ¼ cup brown rice flour and 1½ teaspoons of baking powder with 1 cup buttermilk, 2 eggs and a teaspoon of vanilla paste. Add a little milk if the mixture is too thick. Allow to sit for 20 minutes and then heat a non-stick frying pan, drizzle with a touch of extra virgin olive oil and pour in ¼ cup of the pancake mixture. Tip the pan to spread the mixture into a thin even circle. Cook for a couple of minutes or until bubbles start to appear on the surface. Flip the pancake and cook for a couple of minutes on the other side. Keep warm while you cook the remaining pancakes. Serve topped with your choice of Greek yoghurt, fresh berries, sliced banana, toasted nuts or seeds.

5. Crunchy Muesli Greek Yoghurt ‘Parfait’ In a glass layer Greek yoghurt, fresh sliced strawberries, raspberries, kiwi fruit and Crafted Blends Muesli with Nuts. Repeat until the glass is full, finishing with the fresh berries on top. Perfect for eating in bed!

The Swag has unquestionable benefits; reducing your food wastage considerably, saving time and money, and reducing the dire consequences of toxic plastic bags to our health and the environment. The Swag is made from three unique layers of 100 per cent natural, unbleached, unseeded cotton to extend the life of fresh produce while being environmentally friendly itself. This reusable, washable produce bag will not only add days, if not weeks onto the life of your fruit and veggies, it will revolutionise the way Australians store their fruit and veggies and prevent households wasting $1,036 worth of food each year. This saving would pay off approximately six months of the average electricity bill! GET STARTED To get started on The Swag Movement, a range of products are available online, prices from $16.95.  Visit





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Local Charity


Charity BLUE DATTO When and why did you establish Blue Datto? Blue Datto Foundation Limited (Blue Datto™) was formed to promote safety programs for students, their parents and the wider community. The Foundation was developed by the family of Philip Vassallo, a 17-year-old renowned for his blue Datsun, who died in July 2014 in a motor vehicle crash in which both drivers had red ‘P’ plates. The family saw a need for further education resources and programs focused on year 10 students, as pre-drivers and to ensure those who left school at the end of year 10 went through these courses. Are you only in Penrith or have your grown this charity state/nationwide We are currently targeting the young drivers and passengers in Penrith, Hawkesbury and throughout Western Sydney. In addition, we are in the process of launching our programs on the Central Coast, and aim to expand to provide our programs through regional NSW. We eventually hope to run our programs state wide. Do you have any special ambassadors? We are thankful to have the support from our incredible ambassadors and patrons. Our ambassadors consist of netball champion, Liz Ellis as well as Mark Geyer, former professional rugby league legend and current Triple M Grill

Community Involvement Blue Datto also attends a variety of fundraisers and events across Western Sydney. Some of these events include the Penrith Truck Show, Hawkesbury Show, The Western Sydney Business Dialogue, the Nissan Datsun Day, B Street Smart, as well as many other community events. At these events, our marquee provides a mixture of educational and promotional items, all of which include interactive activities, with an overarching theme of raising awareness of individuals and the community about road safety and what they can do to make a difference. How can the community help you? Where can people donate? The best way to help Blue Datto would be to host a program, as either a school or community group such as sporting club or youth organisation. Businesses can also opt to sponsor a local school or community group to assist in the running of a program. Parents can attend our new ‘Helping Learner Drivers

Team presenter. Our patrons include Christopher Brown AM from Taylor Street Advisory; Betty Klimenko, owner and manager of Erebus Motorsport; and Boyd Cordner, rugby league player for Sydney Roosters and NSW and Australian representative.

They commit a pledge to road safety which is sent to them every year for five years to reinforce the messages of the program. They also create their own personal safety plan so they’ll be prepared when dealing with difficult and unsafe driving situations.

How many people help run this organisation? We currently have a very strong and loyal group of approximately 25 staff members. We are extremely fortunate to have such tremendous support from the local community, who also assist the foundation though volunteering, fundraising and donations.

 Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers - This is a program for parents, guardians, friends, new and future drivers and grandparents.

Tell us about your programs? The Blue Datto Foundation provides two programs:  Keeping Safe® - This program won the Australian Road Safety Awards best program for Schools in March this year. Keeping Safe is about changing attitudes and behaviours – not driving skills. The program is based on a whole car approach, highlighting that every person in the car has a role to play: the driver, their driving teacher, and the passengers. Students participate in interactive workshops, presentations and talks on young driver facts and a real life case study.

Become Safer Drivers’ program aimed towards young drivers and their role models. Local community can participate in fundraising or community awareness events. School fundraising ideas may include creating a blue-ribbon fence or blue slushy day. Visit our website at for more fundraising and community awareness ideas. Donations can also be made to Blue Datto. This can be done to support one student or a group of students to participate in one of our programs, or perhaps even in memory of someone you know who has been injured or killed as a result of road trauma. Best contact details Any questions or enquiries can be sent to or simply call us on 02 8999 8005 or 0434 208 823. Further, feel free to send us a message via our Facebook page.

This program is an initiative supported by the NSW Government, and is aimed at young drivers and their passengers address the learner driver process, while providing the audience with tips to ensure both learner driver and supervisor get the most out of the learning experience. The program runs for approximately two hours. We are providing this program for the first time on May 24, 2017, and further programs are being run in the coming months. They are free and interactive, and we encourage all people to come along. Please check our website to see the locations and times, and to register for our programs.

Upcoming events With a large list of exciting upcoming events and programs, we need your support to make these a success!  We will be running a one-off community program at Windsor RSL, aimed at young drivers and passengers between the ages of 15 and 18. This will be a FREE program run on Saturday June 3, between 4pm and 8pm, with light refreshments provided. Register to get your FREE tickets for you and your friends, online by following the links on our website.  With the recent launch of our ‘Helping Learner Driver to Become Safer Drivers’ program for young drivers and their role models, we have just released a list of the areas in which we will be presenting the FREE program. For more information, follow the links on our website.  Annual Gala Dinner on the October 21, 2017 at the Hawkesbury Race Club, Clarendon. With more details to come.  Blue Datto will be running a Short Film Competition aimed at addressing the theme: ‘Keeping Your Mates Safe’. This will be announced in the coming months. Follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter for more information.


#Yes You!

The 2017 Altitude Awards

Meet your Finalists! Women with Altitude are thrilled to announce your finalists for the 2017 Altitude Awards, recognising the achievements of local entrepreneurs, social enterprises and change-makers. Back in January, we asked our communities to nominate an amazing woman that you know, or an outstanding business. This year saw record entries, with so many women sharing stories of coyrage and determination. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on June 9th. Below are this years categories and finalists.

Soaring Solo

Climb Every Mountain

The Change-Maker

Digital Dynamo

Best Micro Business Sponsored by A&TA Finalists: Art by Derryn Inspired Chang Mount Vic and Me SN Photography Forever Hair Removal Mountains Pilates Studio Canberra Wise Women

Best Small Business under 5 Sponsored by Western Sydney Podiatry Finalists: Australian Tapping Institute Towns Conveyancing Services Lime Ladder Café Telopea Services Conveyancing Smart Forever Hair Removal

Business Disruptor award Sponsored by Two Red Shoes Finalists: Unity Studios Wellbeing Hub Helpful Love Health HQ Global Inspiring Coach Origin Fitness Luke Priddis Foundation

Online Business of the Year Sponsored by WSBC Finalists: Impressa Enterprise Pty Ltd Gratitude™ Baby Stitch Paudha Healing Koly’s Dog Treats

On My Way

Through the Woods

The Revolutionary

Young Entrepreneur

Best New Business Sponsored by UMI Real Estate Finalists: MinuteMan Press Wild Blue Studio Paudha Healing Blue Mountains Love Let’s talk Teeth Excel to P’s Clear Path Accounting Empowering Health

Best Business 5+ years Sponsored by The Gap Consultancy Finalists: BEAUT-T-FUL BAGS Informed Health Pty Ltd Angus Car Service Robyn Atkins Property The Day spa @ Jorja James Coreen Ave Vet Clinic

For 20+ years industry contribution. Sponsored by Woodford Homes Finalists: NOVA Employment Diva Transformations Vintage FM Kumon Education St Dominic’s College

Young Entrepreneur under 30 Sponsored by Choice Home Loans Finalists: Peggy Wilcox Alicia Windeisen Macy Hope Elisha Crismale Jelena Giles

Business Legacy

Two Peas Partnership

Purpose Driven Entrepreneur Purpose Driven Business & Community Contribution Sponsored by Gratitude Finalists: Nepean Tutoring Let Love Bloom Luke Priddis Foundation Cancer Wellness Support Mind My Marketing The Stress Less Coach Spirit Harmony

Marketing Magician Award Best Marketing/Creative Social media campaign Sponsored by Awards Agency Finalists: Mooney Real Estate GRATITUDE™ Two Red Shoe Sydney Hills & Hawkesbury Living Business School for Mums Punch Love Women’s Fitness Richmond Good Food Market

Retailer of the Year

Strategic Connector Generous, influencer. Giver to others for all to win Sponsored by Women with Altitude Finalists: Barbara Callan Jane Tweedy Julie Bargenquast Michelle Locke Robyn Atkins Vanessa Hanna

Favourite Local Business 20+ years Sponsored by

Western Weekender

Finalists: Nepean Belle Dreamtime Native Arts & Crafts Bush Babies Child Care Natural Health Society

Pay it Forward

Best Charity/Non Profit Finalists: KARI NADO Adele House Dragons Abreast Penrith Luke Priddis Foundation Zonta Club of Nepean Valley Queen of Hearts Foundation

Best Business Partnership Sponsored by Joos Productions Finalists Angus Car Service RAMS Home Loans Found and Captured BEAUT-T-FUL BAGS Punch Love Women’s Fitness

Favourite Retailer Sponsored by Mooney Real Estate Finalists: BEAUT-T-FUL BAGS Soap de Villa Embalm Skincare

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Local Health


Healthy Headspace There are a number of ways young people can look after their mental health and wellbeing every day. It can be easy and simple tasks, activities or actions which help to keep this a top priority.


hen a young person may be experiencing challenges or changes in life, it can often mean their self-care gets lost which can impact in day-to-day life. Friends and families can play a part in ensuring that their loved ones know that help and support is available to them – whether that is through a local GP, a headspace centre or online and telephone support at eheadspace. Vikki Ryall, Head of Clinical Practice at headspace, shares top tips for maintaining a healthy headspace.  GET INFORMED Understanding more about what a young person is going through is an important first step. Information on how to make good decisions about relationships, school, finances and seeking help is available in a number of ways. Reading pamphlets, articles or fact sheets, listening to podcasts, watch videos about others who have had similar experiences, read trusted websites for information, or ask a trusted adult for advice.  EAT WELL Eating well doesn’t only reduce the risk of physical health problems, like heart disease and diabetes, but it can also help with sleeping patterns, energy levels and general health and wellbeing. Young people may experience mood changes, which can affect appetite and food intake. A good balanced diet with less of the bad things (e.g. junk food and lots of sugars) and more of the good things (e.g. vegies, fruit, whole grains and plenty of water) will provide all of the vitamins and minerals to ensure optimal body and brain function.  SLEEP WELL Getting a good night’s sleep will help a young person feel energised, focused and motivated. Adolescence is a time when a number of changes to the “body clock” impact on sleeping patterns and they are more likely to have problems

with sleep. Developing a sleeping routine can help improve sleep. To do this try waking up around the same time each day, and going to bed around the same time each night.

tackle those problems, rather than giving up hope. The more we work on our self-talk the more it will bring confidence and control.

 PHYSICAL ACTIVITY Physical activity is important for everyone’s health and wellbeing. If a young person is feeling down or finding things are difficult, physical activity may be the last thing they feel like doing. But even small activities like walking around the block can help relieve stress and frustration.

 RELAX There are many ways to relax and different relaxation techniques that can be used to overcome stress. Try focusing on your breathing. Focus on breathing in slowly for four seconds, holding your breath for two seconds and breathing out slowly for six seconds.

 REDUCE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE Some people make the mistake of thinking that taking drugs and/or alcohol can help get them through tough times. While it may help people to cope temporarily, drugs and alcohol are one of the leading causes of harm to young Australians and can contribute to, or trigger, mental health problems over time. Being responsible and reducing alcohol and other drug use can improve health and wellbeing.

 BE SOCIALLY ACTIVE AND GET INVOLVED Social relationships are really important to your general wellbeing. It is okay to take time out for yourself but friends can provide support when you’re having a tough time.

 SET REALISTIC GOALS Small, realistic goals can be a great way to work towards feeling well – everyone has to start somewhere! Work towards eating well, getting more active, sleeping better and also think about working towards long-term life goals. Setting and achieving realistic goals can be incredibly motivating and can help build self-confidence.  CHANGING SELF-TALK Self-talk is the way we talk to ourselves – the voice inside our head. It can be positive (e.g. “I can make it through this exam”) or negative (e.g. “I’m never going to be able to pass this subject”). There are a number of things that can help to change the direction of self-talk. First, listen to that inner voice – is it helpful or harmful? Next, try to replace those negative thoughts with more realistic ones. Try to look for a more rational spin on the situation or think of strategies to

 HELP AND BE KIND TO OTHERS Do something to help someone else. Acts of kindness help other people but also provide a good feeling. Giving a compliment, offer to help someone out or volunteer either on a once off project or an ongoing basis and allow yourself to feel good for making someone else feel good.  SEEK HELP A problem can sometimes be too hard to solve alone, even with support from friends and family. Be honest about when it might be best to seek professional help. Finding help might feel scary at the start but it gets easier over time. Getting support can help to keep on track with school, study or work, and in personal and family relationships. The sooner help is accessed, the sooner things can begin to improve. Any young person aged 12 -25 can access help through one of our 99 headspace centres in metro, regional and remote areas of Australia, which can be located on our website, along with mental health and wellbeing resources. Advice and support can also be accessed via providing online and telephone support between 9am-1am (AEST), seven days-a-week. YOUR CLOSEST HEADSPACE  606 High Street, Penrith NSW 2750  02 4720 8800



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Health Expert Emily Macgregor

Fight Winter Nasties

Naturopath and Marketing Manager for Blooms Health Products



Daily tips to battle cold and flu viruses • Wash and dry hands thoroughly periodically during the day. • Try to avoid touching your face when in public places or around sick people. • When possible, open windows to allow fresh air to circulate, and get outside into direct sunlight for a few minutes each day. • At work and at home, regularly disinfect commonly used surfaces. • Ensure the diet is high in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and seeds, lean meat, organic chicken and fish.

• Start taking appropriate nutritional supplements just prior to winter. • Limit your alcohol consumption. • Reduce stress by practicing relaxation techniques, exercising, or listening to music. • Get plenty of regular exercise. Aerobic exercise speeds up the heart, increases breathing and oxygen transfer and stimulates sweating – all of which increases the body’s natural viruskilling cells.

ASTRAGALUS Astragalus membranaceus has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years. It was often combined with other herbs to strengthen the body against disease. Astragalus has immunostimulant, antioxidant and antiviral properties and has become one of the most popular of the traditional Chinese Medicinal herbs now used to support immunity. It has both a general stimulant effect on the immune system, and specific antiviral activity which helps protect against winter colds, coughs and flus. Astragalus is effective taken as a single herb, but when in a formula with other immune supportive herbs can cover a wider range of symptoms. GARLIC It is world renowned for its immune boosting properties as both a medicinal herb and a food. Garlic has antimicrobial activity to help fight off the bugs which can cause colds and flu and also aids in the relief of congestion and sinus symptoms. Garlic is one of the few herbs that can be found across the three major traditional healing systems in the world - Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Traditional European Medicine.

More lifestyle tips to boost immunity MEDITATE OR RELAXATION TECHNIQUES If stress suppresses the immune system, then anything that reduces stress boosts your body’s ability to heal itself! Lowering levels of cortisol in the blood can improve sleep, and boost the immune system. This can easily be achieved by meditation or other relaxation techniques.

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Meditation need not be intimidating – just relax and strive to quiet your mind for five to 15 minutes a day. Other possibilities include listening to a guided meditation tape, focus on all the positives in your life, or just watch your thoughts and practice ‘letting go’. SLEEP IN Fatigue increases your susceptibility to illness. A lab experiment at the University of Chicago proved this by limiting test subjects’ sleep to four hours and then giving them a flu vaccine. Their immune systems only produced half the normal number of antibodies. Like stress, insomnia can cause a rise in inflammation – and similarly an increase in cortisol. Clearly a great way to boost your immune system is to get seven to nine hours of sleep every night.

Supplements can help VITAMIN C Fads in natural health come and go, but good old Vitamin C has been there for us for over 80 years since it was officially discovered in the 1930s. And for good reason! Vitamin C is an ‘essential’ nutrient, which means the human body does not produce it and needs a dietary source. This fact was highlighted when thousands of sailors’ lives were affected by the dreaded disease ‘scurvy’ in the 1700s due to a dietary lack of Vitamin C. Vitamin C has been shown to stimulate the production and function of white blood cells and help protect against viral infections such as colds and flu. Vitamin C is necessary for maintaining a healthy respiratory tract and may protect us against the effects of allergens, irritants and viral infections. Good food sources include capsicum, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, papaya, broccoli, tomatoes, sweet potato, kiwi fruit and spinach. However, supplementation is often advisable to reach a good, therapeutic dose for maximum immune protection. ELDERBERRY Dark purple in colour, the bioflavonoids and other proteins in the berry juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. Elderberry has fast gained a following especially during the winter months for its ability to protect against, and reduce symptoms of colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis.

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Issue 6 June 2017


Local Shopping

Most Wanted



By Jo Munro from The Savvy Shopaholic

As a passionate shopaholic who helps others make money online I am constantly asked what is selling, what is being searched and what are the emerging trends. If you have some of these items lying around the house why not cash in?


hannel 9’s Today Extra asked me those same questions recently, and here is what the latest research about the most wanted items on eBay is telling us.

 FASHION A handbag sells on eBay every two minutes in Australia. We Aussies love our brands so if you have items that are gathering dust you might want to move them on and bank the cash. The Aussie fashion brands most searched are Country Road, Zimmerman, Kookai and Witchery to name but a few.  TOYS Once your littlies are done playing with toys, rather than hoard them in the garage, list them on eBay. You will be surprised what the top searched key words are for “preloved” items. If you still have the packaging expect even a better sales result. Some of the top items that are in demand right now on eBay Australia are: • Thomas the Tank Engine • Beanie Kids • My Little Pony • Pokemon No surprises that Pokemon is trending on the most wanted lists. It is a great example of how to take advantage of what is all the rage. Pokémon Go has been sweeping across Australia and the rest of the world. Even if you have some old Pokémon goodies, you may want to get them up on eBay to make the most of this latest craze.  COLLECTIBLES Coins are trending and the silver coins in particular. A friend of mine in the US, when visiting Australia just about bought the Mint out of silver coins. He has a massive eBay coin business in the US and knew he would quadruple his investment when he got home. The same is true in Australia, coins are trending but they are not the only collectibles on the most wanted list. Other interesting trending items are: • Lego sets, especially the older sets • Die cast vehicles, such as Hot Wheels • Action figures like Star Wars – always Star Wars - it is a staple! A Star Wars figure sold in January for $15,000 • Radio control cars Yes, even the men are shopping their way through eBay 30

feeding their hobbies. I was speaking with a gorgeous man today who was telling me how he buys movie memorabilia online. I couldn’t help myself, I suggested he use his knowledge to also sell items. His eyes lit up. It is a great way to financially support your passions and hobbies. Vinyl is certainly doing well online. Remember you can bundle several LPs of the same artist together to make a more attractive bundle. Of course, do your research and check what items are selling for. This will help you set the price before you list. If you have Beatles or other hard to find albums, they will certainly reap some rewards. But you can do well with a cleverly bundled group of LPs too.  TECHNOLOGY Most people immediately think of selling new technology when considering selling on eBay. Surprisingly, one of the trending categories is RetroTech. The nostalgia for our technology of the past kicks in and as they say in the classics – everything old is new again! Cameras both film and polaroid are being snapped up. Music players like iPod first generation are selling for around the $200 mark. The limited edition versions like the U2 iPod are selling for thousands. With the change of season, take time to de-clutter the home and fill your wallet. NEED MORE INFO? Want to know more on how to successfully sell items on eBay. Check out Jo’s book The Savvy Shopaholic. See her FREE book offer in this issue.


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Local Expert Melissa Ferrari Psychotherapist & Relationship Expert

COUPLES ARGUE AND DISAGREE, BUT WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON? “In the context of couples, research in this area suggests how we as partners can manage one another’s highs and lows. We don’t have to remain at the mercy of each other’s runaway moods and feelings. Rather, as competent managers of our partners, we can become expert at moving, shifting, motivating, influencing, soothing and inspiring one another.”

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- Dr. Stan Tatkin – Author “Wired For Love”

Very often I am asked why couples fight even if they love each other madly. Well firstly navigating relationships is difficult. It can be hard to know exactly what's going on when we disagree yet at the same time know we don't want to lose the person we love. We all know breaking up is hard to do! With these difficulties in mind it’s important to recognise we can help each other turn an argument around. Here are nine points to consider next time you and your partner find yourselves in a fight? 1. We have a roughly almond-shaped mass inside the brain that is involved with the experience of emotions. It is called the amygdala. This part of the brain is used to scan the environment very rapidly to see if it is safe and that there is no threat. If we experience threat we go into fight/flight response which stops our ability to communicate in a way that is effective with our partner. Partners can subtly create threat for each other that can trigger this part off. 2. This fight/flight response or threat can be triggered by facial expressions, tone of voice, words, jerky movements like slamming cupboard doors, body language, someone getting to close, someone walking away, someone ignoring, someone yelling and the list goes on. 3. There are five common things Dr. Stan Tatkin describes that couples argue about. They are time (spent together), money, children, sex and mess. These may be areas of disagreement that need negotiating but often they are not the primary "cause". The "cause" can lie a lot deeper and it's often because someone is feeling threatened or the amygdala has been set off into flight/fight. 4. Fights can often be about bids for "connection" from one partner being ignored overtly or covertly. Bids for connection that are ignored or rejected can threaten your partner and leave them wondering if this relationship will even last. 5. Stop and look into your partner’s eyes or do so after 20 minutes when you have both calmed down. When we look into our partner’s eyes up close we don't see a clinched fist, or a back turned or hunched shoulders which can spark off arguments because it has triggered a negative response. Up close we can see our partners hurt, love, tears or upset in their eyes which can create an empathic response and de-escalate an argument rapidly. It can soften us. If you can see their genuine upset, tears or pain that says they don't want to argue with you because they care and love you it can be very helpful. Couples that can learn to read their partners better by watching and observing rather than reacting can de-escalate arguments quiet rapidly. To learn to be able to do this can be a gift to your relationship and can undo damage from past hurts when you weren't so good at it. Arguments are often not what they seem and following the nine points above can point you both in the right direction. For a great Ted-Ex Talk to watch: Relationships Are Hard, But Why? by Stan Tatkin scan the QR code 

WARNING: Any reference made to "fights" or "arguments" in this article refers to every day differences between a couple. If you are in a relationship with Domestic Violence it is very different and you need to get help or get out of the relationship. To get help go to ReachOut. com or Queen of Hearts Foundation in the Penrith area. If you are in immediate danger call 000. For more information and referrals to support services near you, call the 24 hour NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63. For the 24 hour Australia-wide Domestic Violence Line, call 1800 RESPECT.

Issue 6 June 2017


Local Beauty


Glowing, Radiant Winter


 FIONA TUCK Skin and Nutritional Medicine Practitioner   Fiona is a nutritional medicine practitioner, skin expert, yoga teacher and popular wellness media commentator. She has appeared on Channel 7’s The Morning Show, The Daily Edition, Sunrise, Network Ten’s Studio 10 and is a weekly wellness expert on talking Lifestyle radio 2UE.

As the cooler months draw in we can begin to notice a change in our skin. Dry, flaky skin accompanied by redness and sensitivity can often occur during the colder winter months. Switching to gentler skincare products and a richer moisturiser can help to protect the external barrier of the skin. However, what we eat during this time can play a huge role in how our skin responds to the seasonal change.


he beauty industry tends to promise us eternal youth with a new product or super hero ingredient. However, the most important factor to healthy skin is ensuring that it is being fed the right nutrients. If we lack certain nutrients in our diet, eat junk food or have malabsorption or digestive problems, our skin is the first organ of the body to suffer. Nutrients nourish the skin inside and out, making it appear radiant, glowing and healthy all year long. The following nutrients are among the very best to consume for healthy, radiant skin:

1. Vitamin B: B is for Beautiful Vitamin B is essential to skin health. The B vitamins work synergistically together, if you are low in one, you tend to be low in all of them. Vitamin B is easily destroyed by food processing, stress, medications, poor digestion so a daily supplementation may be required for deficiency risk individuals. Vitamin B is contained in foods such as green vegetables, beans, peas, meat, fish, and dairy products. So eat up! Vitamin B deficiency signs: Brown or white skin discolouration, redness and irritation in the skin, particularly around the nose and mouth, cracks at the corners of the mouth.

2. Silica: S is for Strong Silica is a trace mineral that strengthens the body’s connective tissue; muscles, tendons, hair, ligaments, nails, cartilage, and bone, and is vital for healthy skin. It helps you have strong healthy nails and bones – so it’s very important for you to feel healthy from the inside out. Food sources of silica include: leeks, green beans, garbanzo beans, cucumber, mango, celery, asparagus and rhubarb. Silica deficiency signs: Weak, brittle hair and nails, skin lacking elasticity and firmness.

3. Zinc: Z is for Zest The mineral zinc is an important component of healthy skin, especially for acne, open pores and stretch marks. In fact, acne itself may be a symptom of zinc deficiency. Zinc acts by 32

controlling the production of oil in the skin, and may also help control some of the hormones that create acne. Zinc is also required for proper immune system function, tissue repair, as well as for the maintenance of vision, taste, and smell. Foods rich in zinc include fresh oysters, pumpkin seeds, ginger, pecans, Brazil nuts, oats, and eggs. Zinc can be purchased in supplement form, in both liquid concentrates and tablets. Zinc deficiency signs: White flecks in the nails, acne, purple marking in the skin after breakouts or trauma, Stretch marks.

4. Fatty Acids, Omega 3: F is for Fat If you have dry, inflamed or devitalised skin or you suffer from the frequent appearance of whiteheads or blackheads you can benefit from supplementing with Omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFAs). EFAs are responsible for skin repair, moisture content, and overall flexibility of our cells but because the body cannot produce its own EFAs, they must be obtained through the diet. The typical Australian diet is overabundant in pro inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids found in baked goods, cooking oils and grains, and lacking in omega-3s. Omega 3s are found in cold-water fish such as salmon and mackerel, as well as vegetable sources such as flaxseeds. Simply balancing the intake of omega-6s with omega-3s by increasing your fresh fish consumption can result in smoother, younger-looking skin. EFAs are also available in supplement form – such as fish oil capsules or flaxseed oil – and are effective at assisting to treat a wide range of disorders, from depression and cancer to arthritis and heart disease. Fish oil supplements come in varying degrees of purity and quality and I would recommend staying away from large bargain tubs of lesser quality oil. If you find you suffer from reflux after consuming fish oil supplements, it may be a sign that you have poor quality oil that has been exposed to oxidation or rancidity. Look to purchase oils from a reputable practitioner or health food store and keep your oils in a fridge to prevent rancidity.

Good sources of omega-3 oils include chia seeds, flaxseeds and, for non-vegetarians, wild-harvested fish oils. EFA deficiency signs: Dandruff, dull skin, dehydration and dryness, sensitivity, keratosis pilaris (chicken skin appearance on the backs of the arms and legs).

5. Vitamin C: C is for Collagen Vitamin C is highly effective at reducing free radical damage, such as that caused by overexposure to the sun or pollution. Free radicals consume collagen and elastin – the fibres that support skin structure – and can cause wrinkles and other signs of premature aging. Vitamin C is especially effective at protecting the skin from premature ageing especially when combined with vitamin E. Foods high in vitamin C include berries, oranges, kiwis, lemons, red and green peppers, citrus fruits, kale, parsley, collard greens, turnips, and broccoli. Vitamin C deficiency signs: Premature ageing, brown marks, dull skin, dilated capillaries and highly vascular conditions. Ditch the processed foods over winter and start to include a variety of these healthy foods such as vegetable soups, slow cooked stews, vegetable curries, bone broth, baked fish and warm water with lemon and honey and your skin will be sure to thank you for it.

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ne of the many things that we love to do for our clients at York Jewellers is help them with the design process. I myself have designed hundreds of custom made pieces for our clients and can honestly say that no two pieces are the same. That’s the beauty of it! Whether it be the special task of creating a beautiful one of a kind engagement ring, transforming well loved pieces of jewellery into future family heirlooms, using gems with meaningful memories from many years ago, or designing a customised wedding band to sit alongside one of our stunning engagement rings. Each and every concept is important. The process to have something designed and hand crafted can take time versus choosing something ready made, but the end result is well worth the wait! We make the process very enjoyable, exciting, easy and pressure free for you. You will be invited to come into the store and consult with a designer about what you would like to do. Common requests often include engagement rings, wedding bands, combining diamonds or gemstones from family heirlooms to create a new piece, gifts for loved ones and refreshing older designs as the taste of the wearer evolves. Sometimes our clients bring in images of things that they like, or point out something in the cabinet that catches their eye and we can work from that. We will discuss your wants and needs, profession, preferences and make suggestions based on what’s important to you. Our team of designers work so closely with the workshop we will be able to give you a great understanding of what can and can’t be done, and how to create the look and feel that you want to achieve. We then begin sketching by hand right in front of you to bring your concept to life. What looks to be a simple design can sometimes be quite complex when it comes to the manufacturing process, depending on what needs to be done.

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Local Motoring


By Johnny Kennedy, Century Yuasa Batteries


s the days get shorter and temperatures starts to decline, like us the battery goes through changes that can affect the starting performance of your vehicle.

These cold conditions increase friction around the engine components and an increase in oil viscosity creates higher demands on the engine that requires additional cranking power to start the vehicle. To add more stress to the situation, a fully charged battery at 25°C has approximately 100 per cent of its power to crank the engine. At 0°C, the battery’s ability to deliver the same amount of power is reduced by around 35 per cent. There is a common belief that colder temperatures kill batteries when in fact heat and hotter temperatures is what causes damage to a battery. Cold brings out the damage that the heat has caused. In hotter temperatures, the water inside the battery evaporates, the higher the temperature the higher the rate of water loss. As the water escapes from the electrolyte within the battery the acid becomes more corrosive, eating away at the battery’s internal components causing damage and ultimately battery failure. It is this damage that cold weather brings to the forefront and why winter is often the peak period for battery replacement, especially when we consider that you need twice as much power when starting a vehicle at -18°C compared to 18°C. So how do we prepare? Regular maintenance of your battery and battery components will go a long way in preventing being one of the 600,000 motorists stuck on the side of the road in need of a new battery. If

you get your vehicle maintained from a qualified Automotive Technician, check that battery servicing is included. Most entry level car servicing plans do not have this included. There are a number of simple tips that can be followed to help avoid the inconvenience of battery failure. These include checking the State of Charge indicator located on top of the battery, checking the battery case for obvious signs of damage or warping, ensuring the cables are not damaged, corroded and that the terminals and battery top are free from dirt and grime. If these steps cannot be carried out it is good practice to pop down to your locally battery specialist and ask for a free battery check. It takes a matter of minutes, will help identify any potential issues with the battery or the vehicle with a print out of the results often provided. On a final note, it is also worthwhile investing in a good quality automatic battery charger that you use on the battery at regular intervals to prevent undercharging and improve battery performance and life. IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE WITH YOUR CAR BATTERY? We recommend Ivan Brown Electrical. They have a highly skilled team. Tell them Roaming Magazine sent you.  4736 4752



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Local Technology



he revolutionary design of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ begins from the inside out. Samsung rethought every part of the phone’s layout to break through the confines of the smartphone screen. So all you see is pure content and virtually no bezel. It’s the biggest, most immersive screen on a Galaxy smartphone of this size. And it’s easy to hold in one hand. BOUNDARIES REMOVED The infinity display has an incredible edge-to-edge screen that spills over the phone’s sides, forming a completely smooth, continuous surface with no bumps or angles. It’s pure, pristine, uninterrupted glass. And it takes up the entire front of the phone, flowing seamlessly into the aluminum shell. The result is beautifully curved, perfectly symmetrical, singular object. A CAMERA BUILT FOR EVERY MOMENT Capture life as it happens with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ cameras. The 12MP rear camera and the 8MP front camera are so accurate and fast that you won’t miss a moment, even in low light. CAPTURE THE NIGHT The dark is no match for the Galaxy S8 and S8+’s rear camera. The bright F1.7 lens and large 1.4μm pixels bring in more light when there’s not enough around. So what you see is what you’ll get in the shot. And enhanced multi-frame image processing keeps all the selfies crisp and clear.

SELFIES DONE RIGHT Turn on the selfie camera and take photos that everyone will want to share. Smart Auto Focus tracks faces, so whether you use your arm or a selfie stick, everyone in the shot will be in focus. READY FOR ACTION When you’re quick enough to capture the moment, you need a camera that’s just as fast and focused – like the Galaxy S8 and S8+ camera. It focuses as swiftly as your eyes do using its Dual Pixel sensor, bright lens, and wide aperture, delivering photos that are crisp and vivid. RAIN OR SHINE, IT WORKS You can get stuck in the rain without an umbrella and still find your way home. And you won’t lose your cool when you spill water all over your phone. Because the Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature the same IP68-rated water and dust resistance you’ve come to expect from Galaxy phones. SO FAST, SO POWERFUL The Galaxy S8 is Samsung’s first phone capable of downloading at speeds of up to 1Gbps. That means it’s capable of quick downloads, less buffering and fewer interruptions. It also features a revolutionary 10nm chipset – helping to give you more power while using less battery. Now you can do more, for longer. MORE SPACE FOR EVERYTHING If you need additional storage, you have the option to extend the capacity by up to 256GB* *MicroSD card required and sold separately.

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Issue 6 June 2017



Adding a Concrete Effect with its cool hue balances out warmer textiles.

OFFERING A LUXURIOUS TAKE ON THE INDUSTRIAL TREND, LEADING PAINT COMPANY DULUX PREDICTS THAT A MOODY PALETTE WITH WARM METALLICS WILL DOMINATE INTERIORS DURING THE COMING COLDER MONTHS. • Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Styled by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King for Dulux • Dulux Tirau Double, Panda Pod and Ahoy • Vessels, book end, silver vessel and black tray, Top 3; Art, Bree Leech; chairs and tables, Living Edge; Sofa, Mezai; Rug, Halcyon; Small pencil holders, Remodern.


The refined, modern industrial effect of polished concrete is perfect for making a statement in the home whether it be on a living room wall or even a bedroom or home office.



This mid-toned versatile colour is a muted blue with a greyish, cool undertone. It provides depth and can infuse a relaxed, soothing atmosphere into your space.






This deep and alluring blue is a great scheming choice to accompany spaces painted in a greige, cool white, metallic or Concrete Effect. Ahoy is fabulous in any living, bedroom or formal space and looks incredible when paired with natural elements such as timber and granite or composite stone.

An underlying, slightly warm grey with a hint of a red undertone which can be used for main walls and living spaces, this is the perfect hue to create a beautiful contemporary space. Reckless Grey schemes well with many other colours such as darker greys and cooler whites.

A soft grey with a silver undertone, this colour can be used in any space in the home. Tirau Double can be combined with brighter and deeper hues or, for a simple tona effect, pair with crisp cool whites.

This elegant greige has a natural stone appearance and will introduce a sense of versatility into any space. Winter Terrace allows almost any colour to successfully shine when paired together and create the perfect haven for homeowners.

This wonderfully neutral mid-based grey is the perfect balance between a cool white and a dark charcoal. By combining deeper or brighter colours with Panda Pod, homeowners are able to bring a sense of harmony and poise to their space.


Introduce the beautiful luxurious warmth of copper with this Dulux Design Effect. This paint creates a sophisticated balance when paired with Construct’s blues, greys and Concrete Effect and provides a lively perspective to a predominantly cool palette.

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romoting raw, pared back beauty, this winter’s colour palette is derived from the 2017 Dulux Colour Trends’ Construct theme. Inspired by the renewed interest in Brutalism combined with the influence of the geometric shapes of the Bauhaus period, Construct offers a minimalist look with a focus on natural materials, structure and form. Dulux Colour Expert Andrea Lucena-Orr says that the key paint colours including Reckless Grey, Tirau Double, Ahoy, Winter Terrace, Five Fingers Peninsula, Panda Pod, Concrete Effect and Copper Effect can make any space in the home feel modern and contemporary. “These colours are very diverse and can be used in most interior spaces. Being predominantly neutral, they are extremely accessible, from the lightest variation, Dulux Winter Terrace, a soft greige, right through to the darkest hue, Dulux Ahoy, which is an alluring deep blue,” says Andrea. While homeowners may not naturally gravitate to deeper colours, according to Andrea these neutral shades are easy to incorporate without overwhelming a space. Darker hues can create a dramatic backdrop to really highlight furnishings and accessories and truly make a statement. These deeper colours can also be balanced perfectly when paired with lighter schemes.

Style Tips • Minimal styling can still have maximum effect. To achieve this, feature interesting bold shapes and a mix of materials such as concrete and metal to create your chic minimal space. • Art is an important styling element in any home and the Construct trend uses it to reinforce the colour scheme, playing on shapes that draw inspiration from the influences of the Brutalism and Bauhaus movements. • Use copper details for a luxurious, rich highlight to juxtapose Construct’s cool colour scheme. It’s okay to mix metal finishes such as silver,

With tactility being a key element in the Winter palette, balancing textures and layering accessories will create a perfect scheme and add another dimension to the space. “Concrete is a multipurpose material that is no longer reserved just for floors or the outdoors.” Adding a Concrete Effect with its cool hue balances out warmer textiles while hints of Copper Effect can create a harmonious and welcoming space.

Don’t overlook adding art. It is an important styling element.

“Incorporating textured surfaces such as Copper Effect adds further dimension and creates focal points in a predominantly minimalist colour space. This touch of copper is ideal for highlighting architectural details and can also be applied to home accessories,” says Andrea. A somewhat understated colour palette, Construct allows homeowners to experiment with different neutral colour combinations paired with textures to add interest to a room. “The dark blues in this palette such as Dulux Ahoy contrast beautifully against a concrete surface whether this be an entire wall, a fireplace or an upcycled piece of furniture. It’s important to remember that these paint colours can be used on a lesser scale too, even the smallest changes can transform a room,” says Andrea.

Use copper details for a luxurious, rich highlight.

• Photographer: Lisa Cohen. Styled by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King for Dulux • Dulux Reckless Grey, Tirau Double and Five Fingers Peninsula • Art, Stefan Gevers from Paper Empire; Bench Seat, Click On Furniture; Pot, Fenton & Fenton; Rug, Loom Rugs; Black Arch & Light, Top 3.

FOR WINTER 2017 BY BREE LEECH, CREATIVE CONSULTANT AND STYLIST FOR DULUX platinum and copper - just use a light hand when adding them to the space so they remain a feature finish that enhances but doesn’t take over. • Layer minimal furniture choices with practical side tables, keep to the colour scheme and incorporate forms that work with the architectural style. • Concrete and Copper Effect can be used on furniture details as well as walls to create unique bespoke pieces. Just make sure that if you are upcycling furniture such as a table that you add a glass top to safeguard the paint.

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Issue 6 June 2017


Local Finance


Business Tax Tips


Local Expert

Melissa Browne Money & Business Strategy Expert

can’t believe we’re in the final month of the financial year. If you’re worried about how much tax your business needs to pay this year make sure you take the time to do something about it. If you’re like me and would rather spend your money on shoes than taxes, then here are some easy tax hacks to save, well, tax. 1. Embrace the cloud: Here the good news is you don’t need to keep paper receipts and all of your deductions can be stored safely in the cloud. If you’re a business, consider a cloud based solution such as Xero and Receiptbank. 2. Incur or pay for deductions prior to June 30: This one seems obvious but every year I meet so many people who simply forgot about buying a briefcase, upgrading their mobile phone or making a donation until after July 1 when it’s too late. 3. Buying assets: If you’re a small business (turnover up to $10 million) you can write-off in full any asset costing up to $20,000. If you know you are needing to buy equipment or computers in the next few months, consider bringing forward the expense before June 30. 4. Delay invoicing before June 30: If you’re a small business and you know a customer pays you promptly, consider delaying invoicing until July 1. If you’re a large business on the accruals system you might consider deferring some invoices until after June 30 as well. 5. Incur expenses: Many small business owners think they need to pay for an expense in order to receive a tax deduction but all you need to do is incur it. This goes for both large and small business. 6. Prepay expenses: If you’re a small business you might consider prepaying expenses such as rent or insurance for up to 12 months. 7. Stock on hand: If you have slow-moving stock, consider writing it off prior to June 30. For the rest of your stock, you have the choice of valuing it at actual cost, replacement cost or

market value so make sure you choose whichever will give you the lowest price. 8. Pay super: If you have staff, pay their superannuation before June 30 to receive a tax deduction this year and make sure you pay super for yourself. Too many business owners risk not having enough super upon retirement. 9. Revisit your structure: Is your business in the most tax effective structure? If you are a sole trader then you have no choice but to pay tax on all the profits of the business whereas this is not the case for other structures such as partnerships, companies or trusts. 10. Log books: Make sure your log books are up to date (less than five years old). If you’re in a Company or Trust structure and you own cars in that entity, consider keeping a log book as changes to FBT now means the number of kilometres travelled is irrelevant to the percentage your FBT is calculated on. 11. Look into your crystal ball: If you know that next year you’re going to drop income you might want to look at your tax deductible expenses. That’s because it may be worthwhile in this year to prepay expenses while your income is higher. 12. Selling your business: If you’ve sold your business this year it’s incredibly important to tax plan now. That’s because if you’re a small business you may be entitled to small business capital gains concessions, some of which you need to act on prior to June 30. 13. Claim everything you are entitled to: Make sure you educate yourself and know what you can claim. If you’re unsure keep the receipt and ask. Saving tax is a little like trying to find the perfect pair of jeans - it requires research and a little bit of legwork but if you’re willing to put in the effort you will have a great result. If you don’t then you really can’t complain.

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Make it Beautiful



ime and again I see it over and over – we have wonderful ideas to improve our homes but we don’t do it until we are about to sell. Even I am guilty of this myself. We paint, repair and decorate to increase the value of our homes and to make it attractive to the next buyer. Constantly, my clients regret that they didn’t do their homes up earlier while they could enjoy it themselves.

Local Expert

Helena Crumpton PROPERTY Expert

One of my clients whom I helped to re-decorate her home before selling said, “you have made me fall in love with my home again”. How sad we didn’t decorate it years earlier so she could have had the pleasure of spending time in it. We make it look its best as we depart the home and generally have remorse that we never got to enjoy the beautiful new environment we created. So make yourself a promise as you move into your new home. Decorate, paint and create those special spaces you want to live in. When your home is beautiful it gives you freedom. Freedom to entertain, freedom to relax and the freedom of knowing the job is done. Then sit back and enjoy the haven you have created.




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Issue 6 June 2017


Local Sport



Loving what he’s doing


enrith is currently sitting 14th on the NRL ladder, and Panther’s Forward, Trent Merrin, is optimistic about the future for the team.

Having spent seven years playing for St George Illawarra, Merrin transferred to the Panthers in 2016 and says he’s grown to love the area because of the people. “The thing I enjoy the most is the team,” he says. “You come in every day and you get to spend all day with your mates. We have a lot of laughs and we work really hard as a group and we get to play rugby league, and whenever you get to do what you love for a job, I think every day’s enjoyable. “I hadn’t spent pretty much any time out here before I signed at the club, and I didn’t know what to expect but I definitely love it here. Just the community, how they get behind us as a team. “Meeting new friends here as well, they’re all humble people and easy to get along with, so I think that’s the biggest thing I enjoy about Penrith,” he says. Merrin says the community welcomed him and helped him step out of his comfort zone and while he enjoys cafes on High Street, his favourite spot in Penrith is the academy because they’ve got the best facilities in the NRL, which is very exciting. He’s always had a love for rugby, but says he never really thought of it as a career until he got older, and he credits his family and friends for their support in helping him get


By Cassandra Elliott

where he is today. Merrin says their understanding has made living the life of a professional athlete a lot easier. “I never made a rep team, or anything like that when I was a youngster coming through. I always got knocked back, I was overweight as a kid, but always worked hard and opportunities didn’t arise until I was older,” he says. “When those opportunities came my way, I got it over those players that didn’t work as hard. They thought that their talent would get them to wherever they wanted to go, and at that stage in your life, hard work overtakes talent and that’s one message I could definitely give to kids that are coming through, or anyone in general. Nothing beats hard work.” Merrin says NRL is not easy, but the Panthers group share the same vision as him. “It’s just like me growing up, you’ve got people that doubt you and are against you, but I can see that us, as the Panthers group, all the way through the staff, to the officers, to the players, we know that there’s belief there,” he says. “We know what we’re capable of doing. Sometimes you don’t get it right straight away, but it’s not failing, it’s learning. We had a great win on the weekend and we’ll learn what to do and what not to do from that, but we’ll never stop working hard.” Connect with Trent:  

Photography credit: NRL Photos

Local Sport



Your guide to what’s happening in sport this month

Penrith Panthers RUGBY LEAGUE

Don your guernsey and get out to or tune into the local mighty Panthers when they hit the park this month, and cheer them on as they look to make their way up the ladder!

Round 13

Round 14

Round 15

Round 16

 Sunday 4 June, 4pm  Panthers v Bulldogs  ANZ Stadium  Saturday 10 June, 5.30pm  Panthers v Raiders  Carrington Park, Bathurst

GWS Giants AFL

Get behind the table topping GWS Giants as they move from strength-to-strength, building upon their stellar start to the season.

Round 11

 Saturday 3 June, 4.35pm  Giants v Essendon  Spotless Stadium

Round 12

 Sunday 11 June, 3.20pm  Giants v Carlton  Etihad Stadium

Round 13

Bye round

Round 14

 Saturday 24 June, 4.35pm  Giants v Lions  The Gabba


Don’t forget to barrack for your GWS Giants Netball team as they start their final series campaign in their inaugural Suncorp Super Netball season. Get behind them as they seek to make history.

Finals Series starts Saturday 3 June  Visit for full details 


Bye round

 Saturday 24 June, 3pm  Panthers v Cowboys  1300smiles Stadium

Penrith Emus


Western Sydney Wanderers Kids Soccer Clinics SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

The Penrith Emus need your support to will them on towards a much needed win. Show them your support, win, lose or draw in the game they say is played in heaven.

Round 10

 Saturday 3 June, 3pm  Emus v Randwick  Coogee Oval

Round 11

 Saturday 10 June, 3pm  Emus v Northern Suburbs  Nepean Rugby Park

17 June

Week Off

Keep your kids active and off the couch these school holidays by signing them up to your nearest Kids Soccer Clinic. A great opportunity to get up close and personal and learn from some of the best from the Western Sydney Wanders. Don’t miss out, sign-up now to avoid dissapointment - spots are limited.

BLACKTOWN h 3 DAY CLINIC - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced  Wednesday 5 July - Friday 7 July, 9am -12pm  Cost: $175 - $225  Blacktown Football Park, Eastern Road, Rooty Hill

NEPEAN Round 12

 Saturday 24 June, 3pm  Emus v Warringah  Pittwater Rugby Park

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Issue 6 June 2017


Local Horoscopes

Horoscopes By Sherrynne Dalby


(22 MAY – 20 JUNE)

Cancer (21 JUN – 22 JUL) The first half of the month can be plagued with emotional communications and crossed lines. Speak less, listen more to reduce misunderstandings. Confusion with regards to your current direction may simply be a holding pattern to allow time for gathering further information. There can also be intense emotions around family issues, bringing up ghosts affecting relationships. Be honest, this is not the time for coverups. The 24th on calls for a refocus for Cancer and there can be big changes relating to issues from the past for birthdays 27 -30.

Virgo (23 AUG -22 SEP)




The Twins


Agate and all multi coloured stones.


Multi coloured, colours mixed together, yellow.





Flower/tree: Lavender, Lily-of-the-Valley, all nut bearing trees

This is Gemini’s annual time for renewal. Happy Solar return Gemini. The saying ‘Many Happy Returns’ is a reference to the sun returning each year to the same area in the sky that it was at the time of birth. For Gemini this year, that is from May 21 until June 21 and covers all those born under the sign of the twins. Overall, the year ahead should be one of expansion. A reasonably fortunate period, provided you take advantage of the opportunities as they arise. Many Geminis will find the year ahead is a time of new beginnings, a time to try the path less trod. Early June Geminis should be very pleased with the year ahead, don’t let luck slip through your fingers or expect that things will just fall into your lap. You have the opportunity this year to make your own luck. Birthdays around 8-16 can feel there are obstacles preventing achievement but it is always a good idea to look at the role we are playing in these situations. We are often our own worst enemy. Birthdays towards the end of the sign can benefit through study over the coming year. The month ahead is a positive time overall for Gemini, this is your time to shine.

Pisces (20 FEB – 21 MAR) You generally tend to be family and home oriented, sometimes to your detriment. June is a time of added focus in this area, especially those born late February. It is a good time for beginning home improvement projects you’ve put aside. Don’t be afraid to enlist the assistance of others. You may be pleasantly surprised with the response. Issues around children can take precedence later in the month. What may initially appear a mountain can be whittled to a mole hill. But be calm and keep the channels of communication open.


Where others are concerned, you may have had the wool pulled over your eyes for some time, leaving you feeling confused and uncertain. It is time to wake up and take responsibility for your own part in the subterfuge. This month can include significant change in your career. This is reflective of the direction you have been heading internally for a while and not a spur of the moment decision. Finances come under scrutiny toward month’s end which may require a major reshuffle and the temptation to borrow form Peter to pay Paul.

Scorpio (23 OCT – 22 NOV) Relationships improve after what may be a rocky start to the month. Communication is important particularly for you at the moment. Say what you feel but do so with diplomacy. Remember you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. You may face a form of crisis of faith towards the end of the month, this may not just be regarding your beliefs and values but also your self. This is a challenging time but you are meant to be challenged. The choice is yours as to how you face the challenge and what you take from the experience.

Capricorn (23 DEC – 20 JAN) June is for reinvesting in your physical wellbeing. Do something to improve your current state of wellness. You have increased energy supplies, so put them to good use. The focus shifts from you to those you share space with late in the month. More particularly how you relate to each other. Tensions can take the elastic band to breaking point. The trick is to be able to diffuse the situation before that happens. Express without accusing the other. Write down how you feel and let it sit for a while. Then broach the situation with a clear head.

Aries (22 MAR -20 APR) You have been paying closer attention to yourself these past few weeks - exactly how it should be right now. Venus travelling through the house of self is the perfect time for selfindulgence. This focus is coming to an end and can involve an unexpected shift around the third, especially for those born mid April. There can be turbulent emotional waters mid month. Late June can see you with a burst of energy where the home is concerned. Family can be your focus as the month draws to a close and this can involve some challenging moments.

Leo (23 JUL – 22 AUG) The end of May saw a focus on social gatherings, this is now replaced with a focus on personal relationship. There is the opportunity to shine and be noticed in the public domain, the consequences may result in the need to make difficult choices where close personal relationships are concerned. Health checks could be important later in the month and it is important not to be complacent in this matter. Take charge and improve your overall wellbeing. The end of the month sees you turning inward and beginning a period of introspection.

Libra (23 SEP – 22 OCT) Spice up relationships early in the month. You can receive a pleasant surprise where a special one is concerned. The middle of the month can be a little tricky, with emotional volatility throwing you off balance. Changes in career are possible. You approach these matters with renewed vigour and enthusiasm. The latter part of the month may have you feeling like a fire juggling tight rope walker. You feel there is pressure coming from all sides which can deplete your energy unless you take charge. Try to prioritise and keep the balance.

Sagittarius (23 NOV – 22 DEC) It is easy for you to lose yourself in others early in the month. This is a time for forging new connections and revitalising existing ones but don’t lose yourself in the process. Keep lines of communication open in any relationship. This is definitely true for you right now. Finances can be challenged later in the month. This is not necessarily a bad thing as you can come out in a far better position than you went in. Be cautious about over committing and whatever choices you make need to be carefully examined. Stay away from impulse buys.

Aquarius (21 JAN – 19 FEB) Be careful with money early in the month. Spending on things you don’t need could leave you short for the things you do. Explore your creative side. This can take any form. Spending time with children can also be productive in contacting your inner child and remembering how to have fun and create, just because you can. This is also a good time to focus on your physical wellbeing, while working on the emotional and mental side. It is the perfect time for giving up some of those bad habits and moving into a new and healthier direction.

Taurus (21 APR - 21 MAY) June highlights a need for you to pay closer attention to finances. Try new approaches to old problems. Mid month shines a light here and you may find there is not quite as much in the cupboard as you thought. Be cautious of overspending as you may not be getting what you think you are paying for and end up in a deeper hole. Work on finding your voice and expressing yourself as the month unfolds. Try not to be too forceful with your opinions. You may undergo a crisis of faith but this is only temporary and part of an ongoing process.

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