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Local Roaming LOCAL EVENTS
THE RADIATORS + MENTAL AS ANYTHING
EMBRACE LIFE™ FESTIVAL
14 JULY EVAN THEATRE, PENRITH PANTHERS The Radiators, who have carved a niche in Australian rock history, have shared the stage with all the great Aussie acts such as AC/DC and Rose Tattoo, are now performing with Mental as Anything, with nearly 40 years of recording and non-stop touring. The Rads and Mentals are still at it. Don’t miss with these classic Aussie rockers when they hit Penrith!
21 JULY THE BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE Buckle up, because the Justice Crew tour is coming live and direct, and bringing special guests Beatz, so this is going to be a huge night!
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16 JULY PENRITH PANTHERS Celebrate Penrith and its amazing community. This boutique festival is about creating experiences, so you can explore, immerse and connect with what is available in your community in the area of health, wellbeing, creativity, personal development and spirituality. Get the kids involved as well with activities especially tailored for them.
22 JULY THE BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE The name “James Morrison” is known throughout the world for his sheer brilliance as a jazz musician and an all round entertainer. By anybody’s standard, he is a virtuoso in the true sense of the word. Experience this genius play.
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ovesongs, sex, algorithms, chimps, clowns and psychics, everything is getting ‘smashed’. Leave the kids at home unless you fancy them getting a real Flanagan style education.
Kitty Flanagan is one of Australia’s best known comedians. She has played all over the world and now tours Australia relentlessly, determined to bring her awardwinning stand up shows to every regional arts centre and theatre around the country. If she hasn’t been to your town, and you have a stage of some sort then please drop her a line and she’ll be there shortly. Kitty is a writer and performer and can be seen as herself on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (ABC) and not as herself in the Working Dog series Utopia (ABC). Previously she appeared in her own segment on The Project every Tuesday night. She also shows up regularly on the comedy news quiz program, Have You Been Paying Attention?
…layer upon layer of magic, making this show a joyful, side-splitting wonder (yep that is five stars!!) Herald Sun Melbourne
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SHOW DETAILS Kitty Flanagan: Smashing 28 - 30 July $49.90 - $54.90
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EVERY THIRD SUNDAY - STARTING 16 JULY The Thornton Markets have changed their name and location – The Westies Markets will bring the same variety of local produce, unique fashion and homewares, gourmet treats and, of course live, music. Come to our new market at Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School.
EVERY SATURDAY Featuring local fresh produce and food in Richmond Park, corner March and Windsor Streets, Richmond.
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.
WINDSOR MALL SUNDAY MARKETS
EMU PLAINS WINTER 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.
EVERY SECOND SATURDAY - STARTING 8 JULY Located at Regatta Park, River Road, this market is an exciting new event coming to Emu Plains! Loads of stalls to choose from, ranging from food to candles to jewellery.
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FIRST SATURDAY Located at Cobbitty Public School, Cobbitty Road. With 150 stalls selling an exciting range of craft, gourmet foods and local produce.
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.
GENERAL MARKET • THIRD SATURDAY Quality jewellery and crafts with plenty to spoil yourself. Gardeners can delight at the array of flowers and plants. glenbrookrotarymarkets.com.au
SPRINGWOOD GROWERS’ MARKET SECOND SUNDAY Located at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub. Proudly hosting over 50 local growers and producers. Local, fresh food and products. blackcastleevents.com.au/markets
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LOCAL SHOWS OH BOY - BUDDY’S BACK WITH FRIENDS
Kids & Families at The Joan
22 JULY ROOTY HILL RSL Oh Boy – Buddy’s Back with Friends show has been entertaining audiences nationally and internationally since 1990. A two hour variety cabaret show that portrays the music of Buddy Holly and a range of artists from the 1950s era ranging from Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, Bill Haley, Roy Orbison, Dion, Paul Anka to name a few! A tight, theatrically presented performance with something for everyone.
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STAND UP FOR OUR SOLDIERS COMEDY SHOW
STAND UP FOR OUR SOLDIERS COMEDY 28 JULY PENRITH RSL Proudly supporting Soldier On, Australia. Seven comics for one great cause, featuring international comedy star Julia Wilson!
10 – 12 July
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STU HUNTER: THE MIGRATION
7 JULY EVAN THEATRE, PENRITH PANTHERS Brilliantly observed, everevolving stand-up from acclaimed star of Live at Apollo, Royal Variety, Channel and Sunday night at the Palladium.
30 JULY JOAN SUTHERLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE A soul-searching response to life, love and cultural complexity from the exhilarating frontier of modern Australian jazz.
20 -22 JULY JOAN SUTHERLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE A thrilling new adaptation of Emile Zola’s landmark novel. Over 150 years after it was written, Zola’s gothic thriller Thérèse Raquin – a story of murderous starcrossed lovers – is a carnal, cruel and corset-filled masterpiece of French realism. Think Downton Abbey to the max!
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SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL SHOWCASE
THE UMBILICAL BROTHERS - SPEEDMOUSE
15 JULY ROOTY HILL RSL The crème de la crème of the 2017 Festival right to your doorstep. Featuring some of the hottest acts all live on stage for an incredible two hours of hard hitting laughter.
29 JULY JOAN SUTHERLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE Based on the book for kids by David Walliams (Little Britain). A touching, twisted, hilarious and very smelly tale. Hold on to your nose!
7 JULY THE BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE Australia’s most beloved comedy duo, The Umbilical Brothers, are bringing their legendary live show “Speedmouse” to the Blue Mountains Theatre. Full of the stuff you love best “Speedmouse” is a live action, fast paced, rewind, slow motion, frame-by-frame adventure where two men created the impossible out of a microphone and a unique physical ability that has no equal.
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LOCAL FITNESS WINTER EXHIBITION: RICHARD GOODWIN – NAVIGATOR EVERY DAY UNTIL 20 AUGUST PENRITH REGIONAL GALLERY & THE LEWERS BEQUEST Step into the world of Australian artist Richard Goodwin with an exhibition that brings together select artworks, sculptures, drawings and models produced over the past 25 years. Architect, artist, author and Professor of Sculpture at UNSW Art and Design, Goodwin’s practice has long concerned architecture and technology, machines and the human form, calling into question our relationship with built environments. View Goodwin’s real and imagined architectural models, exploding bikes and cars. Large scale drawings will be positioned alongside alien machine constructions, promising danger and speed. Visions of the future and the past, the porous and parasitic, habitable and inhabitable space, machines and the human form.
AMERICAN VISIONARY: JOHN F. KENNEDY’S LIFE AND TIMES
ZUMBA GOLD FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART EVERY MONDAY & THURSDAY PENRITH WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTRE Head to Penrith Women’s Health Centre and dance your way to better fitness! Low impact routines, designed for everybody and suitable for all abilities.
PENRITH LAKES PARKRUN
NEPEAN RIVER PARKRUN
EVERY DAY UNTIL 20 AUGUST PENRITH REGIONAL GALLERY & THE LEWERS BEQUEST A window into the life and times of one of the most admired and charismatic figures of the 20th century. As part of the centennial celebrations of the birth of the 35th United States president, John F. Kennedy, this exhaustively researched exhibition contains 77 photographs of JFK, from childhood through to his untimely death in 1963.
EVERY DAY UNTIL 31 JULY JOAN SUTHERLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE In a collaborative project between Indigenous artist Graham Davis King, architect Craig Johnston and contemporary artist Billy Gruner, The Joan’s light-filled Atrium Foyer will become home to an installation titled New Ngurra, a contemporary reconstruction of a Ngurra: an Indigenous camp, both a place to take shelter and to engage with culture.
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.
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Andrey Gugnin FIRST PRIZE WINNER OF THE SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
or the first time at The Joan, the audience will experience a thrilling once-in-a-lifetime piano experience. Get up close and personal with the winner of one of the most iconic piano competitions of today! The Sydney International Piano Competition is one
of the world’s most anticipated events, where talented young pianists compete passionately for international recognition, delivering performances that will define their career. From hundreds of pianists worldwide, 32 virtuosos were selected to battle it out in Sydney through a stunning series of competitive performances. Only one of them wins first prize. As part of winning first prize, the winner will perform in this special recital at The Joan. Having received a first class musical education in both Russia and now Italy, Andrey is quickly notching up performance credits with some of the world’s leading orchestras in some of the globe’s famous concert halls and we’re delighted local audiences will now have the opportunity to experience his sublime musicality in the magnificent acoustics of the Richard Bonynge Concert Hall right here in Penrith.
Andrey Gugnin 22 July Standard $50 | Concession $45 High Street Subscribers $40 / $36 Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre 597 High Street, Penrith NSW 2750 02 4723 7600 thejoan.com.au
Radiators + MENTAL AS ANYTHING
LIVE IN EVAN THEATRE Starting with The Radiators who have carved a niche in Australian rock history. They have shared the stage with all the great Aussie acts such as AC/ DC, Rose Tattoo and INXS with over 4,000 shows to their credit. The Radiators have played the music to an estimated three million people in Australia. They have recorded over 100 original songs with two albums being awarded platinum status, two achieving gold and with a host of good selling records with sales totalling over one million units.
AND... Mental As Anything with nearly 40 years of recording and non stop touring, 25 top 40 hits in Australia. Sustained international airplay and Mentals are still at it. Martin Plaza and Greedy Smith are always writing songs. They cant stop! SHOW DETAILS The Radiators plus Mental As Anything 14 July | Doors Open 7.30pm | Show 8pm From $22 Penrith Panthers EVAN Theatre 123 Mulgoa Rd, Penrith NSW 2750 penrith.panthers.com.au
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Playtime FOR PENRITH FAMILIES
Introducing a new playgroup called Playtime. Playtime is a free local service put on by Christ Church at Penrith Anglican College starting at 9am -10.30am every Wednesday of school term in the Lighthouse Theatre in Penrith Anglican College. The play group is run each week for little ones aged 0-4 years old and warmly welcome mums, dads, grandparents and carers from the Penrith and Greater Nepean region to connect with other local families and enjoy some PLAY. You can expect storytime, singing and dancing, arts and craft, babychinos and, of course, free play with the popular slide and push bikes. Don’t worry they have not forgotten the adults – free lattes for all! TIME FOR PLAYTIME E very Wednesday 9am - 10.30am during school terms FREE
Village Cafe FOR THE OLDER GENERATION
Penrith Council, Community Junction and the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District are proud to launch the Village Café, promoting good health and happiness as we age.
“Our vision is that older people across NSW enjoy opportunities to participate in, contribute to and be included in their communities. Programs like The Village Café will help us achieve that vision and support older people in NSW to live longer and healthier lives,” Davies said. All are welcome, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, as well as people caring for family members are warmly encouraged to attend. The Village Café is funded through the NSW Government’s Liveable Communities grants program, and is one of the projects of the Health Action Plan Council recently signed with Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network.
The project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of North St Marys residents, aged 50 or older. The Village Café is a fortnightly pop up café, with good coffee and fresh produce, an arts and exercise program. The first Village Café was held on Thursday, June 8 from 9am at the Parklawn Place shops in North St Marys. Local residents were able to pick up some free fruit and veg for the week, and enjoy a cuppa and a chat. The Village Café will be held every second Thursday, following the launch, at the Parklawn Place shops, North St Marys from 9-11.30am. Penrith Mayor Cr John Thain said that the project is much more than a pop up café. “While the promise of a great cup of coffee is an important part of the project, there’s so much more to it than that,” Cr Thain said. “It’s a fantastic initiative that is trying to connect with people in the North St Marys community and support greater access to preventative health services. “We want to find out what the community needs, and then work together, services and the community themselves, to keep our older residents healthy for longer,” he said. Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies commended Penrith City Council on their innovative program which encourages people to more actively engage in their communities. 12
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THE VILLAGE CAFÉ Every second Thursday 9am - 11.30am (Next one on 6 July) Parklawn Place shops North St Marys
Community COURAGE, COMPASSION AND TRUE GRIT:
THE 2016 POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR
Photography credit: Penrith City Gazette
When you think of the term ‘Police Officer of the Year’ you think courage and commitment. You think tenacity and compassion. And you think bravery.
aid support, Constable Myers showed compassion and care to both persons involved in the incident. The former, having died from his injuries, some days later’.
Constable Lisa Myers has these in droves. But interestingly, the 2016 Police Officer of the Year has only been out of the academy for two years. Despite graduating in December 2014, she’s already received a Commissioner’s Commendation for courage and was nominated for the prestigious Officer of the Year award in recognition of the way she responded to two separate events.
It was at the 10th Penrith Rotary Club Gala Dinner, designed to recognise policing excellence, where Lisa was named the 2016 Police Officer of the Year.
The first incident was a shooting at Nepean Hospital where she played a pivotal role. The commendation reads, ‘for outstanding courage and devotion to duty during the arrest of an armed offender at Penrith in January 2016’. The second was a fire in Emu Plains, where compassion was needed as she attempted to save the life of a man with burns to over 90 per cent of his body. The award reads, ‘having been diligent in evidentiary requirements and rendering first
She says the award is humbling, but “it’s a silver-lining”. And she was surprised to win, having already received the Commissioner’s Commendation. She wants to thank everyone who showed her support over the past year and says she owes her life to her off-siders at Nepean Hospital. “I’m honoured to receive the award but, at the end of the day, I think any of my colleagues would have done the same thing – it’s all a part of policing,” she says. “You don’t join the police force to have all these accolades. While it’s an honour to have them, that’s not why we do these things. It’s to keep everybody safe”.
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GET THE KIDS OUT OF THE HOUSE AND OFF THE DEVICES BY KEEPING THEM ENTERTAINED THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS WITH THESE ACTIVITIES WE'VE COLLECTED.
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Skate, eat and play at Winterlight, where magic happens. Get your skates on at the SmoothFM Ice Rink, Sydney’s biggest open-air rink! With so much on offer, including Sydney’s only ice slide, a dedicated kid’s rink, a brand new snow play area, and an illuminated ferris wheel, Winterlight is the place to be these July school holidays!
Ages 5-10 Thurs - Fri, 6-7 July at 10.30am and 1pm A dult $25 Child $20 Family $80
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Yulefest (Christmas in July) is an annual Blue Mountains tradition. Kids get to go into one of the fabulous caves to see Santa and receive a present and grownups enjoy that Christmas feeling.. It’s something that the kids will always remember!
Prokofiev’s PETER AND THE WOLF is one of the most famous pieces of music ever written. CoisCéim Dance Theatre – an award-winning contemporary dance company from Ireland – takes this timeless story of courage and imagination as inspiration and here the story is told through the eyes of the wolf.
CRAFT DAY PLASTER FUNTIME Mon 10 July at 10.30am $22
TC’s Sports Bar, Panthers Penrith penrith.panthers.com.au Let your kids get creative, decorating and painting a variety of plaster moulds. It'll keep them occupied for ages.
JOEY THE MAGICIAN
Wed 5 July at 9.30am Adult $8 Bingo | $13 Bingo & Meal
Wed 12 July at11am FREE
Why not play Bingo and then enjoy a kid’s meal?
Joey’s magic show is very interactive, big and colourful with loads of surprises throughout. He'll even delight the kids when they see him make a gorgeous, fluffy, live bunny magically appear from nowhere. The kids will love every minute of the magic show and cherish the memories for a lifetime.
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SHADOW PUPPET ANIMATION WORKSHOP Ages 8 -12 Mon 10 July 10am - 12pm $30 enrith Regional Gallery & P The Lewers Bequest penrithregionalgallery.org Create a movable shadow puppet and then develop a short shadow puppet animation. Have fun creating your character inventing your story and learning about animation.
KIDS GLOW DISCO
Thur 13 July at 10:30am $10 EVAN Theatre, Panthers Penrith penrith.panthers.com.au
Ages 5 - 8 Tue 11 July 10am - 12pm $30
Let your kids loose with this cool, fun, and vibrant Kids Glow Disco at the EVAN Theatre, giving you the opportunity to get out from the house, relax, and let the kids have a good time.
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Local Business MEET GRATITUDE FOUNDER DEBORAH SHEPHERD.
ounded in 2011 Gratitude™ is the world’s first co-operative movement that provides marketing tools and support for a community of professional, purpose driven businesses in order to create campaigns and activities to service the conscious consumer in an informative, centralised and engaging way. 1. TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM Gratitude™ is a Co-operative Movement of purposedriven entrepreneurs. Gratitude is best described as a community. The community is a combination of local ambassadors, mentors, purpose-driven business owners, charity partners, collaborators and volunteers. 2. WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO YOUR INDUSTRY? Initially it was my own journey towards my own wellbeing and then becoming motivated to bring an awareness of what people could access for themselves on a daily basis while supporting the businesses that provide products and services. Business models are changing. Purpose driven businesses look to find a balance between profit, people and purpose, creating a force for positive change in the world. While a growing market of conscious consumers seek to engage with businesses who share these values, Gratitude™ aims to be the meeting place. 3.NAME THE SERVICES YOUR BUSINESS OFFERS. Services include our Embrace Life Festivals that are held across various NSW locations, our online summits,
Gratitude – The Magazine, soon to be launched online platform - The Conscious Marketplace and various marketing forums. 4.WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK? Connecting with purpose-driven business owners that want to positively make a difference in the world and, more importantly, their community 5.WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING ASPECT OF WHAT YOU DO? What started as a dream is now a reality. The people I meet along the way have become family and we are sharing a vision to bring happiness, love and gratitude into each other’s lives while building our own individual businesses. 6. ANY HIGHLIGHTS/ACHIEVEMENTS THAT YOU ARE PROUD OF? We have received several business awards acknowledging our business model and how we are effectively changing the way our industry is viewed but the biggest achievements are when a returning customer shares the impact we have had on their lives. 7. WHAT IS THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS? The key to our success is in our common held vision to bring an awareness and understanding to our communities on what they can do for theirs and their families' health and wellbeing, it is a model that acknowledges and supports each other while also giving the space for people to shine and it is in the way we
hold an intent to always see each day, both joys and challenges, through the eyes of gratitude. On a practical perspective, I also believe my 20 years in corporate/business has given me the skills to execute the vision, for an industry that I am passionate about and believe people are seeking. 8. ANY ADVICE TO SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS? Take the time to appreciate the good times, often we can forget to honour even the smallest of achievements. When you are faced with challenging times, remember that this will pass. Often I have found after this period my business will have shifted, or even expanded to the next level. When you are faced with what can feel the darkest hours be prepared to be open, willing to listen and flexible to change but also know when the time will require you to hold strong to the vision.
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PURRING IS ONE OF THE MOST ENDEARING AND UNIQUE QUALITIES OF DOMESTIC CATS. MOST PEOPLE CANNOT RESIST SMILING WHEN THEY HEAR A CAT PURR AND WILL HAPPILY SIT WITH A PURRING CAT BESIDE THEM OR ON THEIR LAP.
urring is normally regarded as a sign of a pleasure or being content, however cats will also purr when they are stressed or in pain. Purring is used to communicate between mothers and kittens, between cats within social groups and as a means of communicating with us. Kittens can purr before they open their eyes. It has been suggested that purring may have evolved as a means of communication that cannot be heard by predators.
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It is often reported that only domestic cats purr, but this is not correct. All cats belong to the Felidae family, consisting of two subfamilies, the Pantherinae and Felinae. The Pantherinae subfamily contains the big cats including the tiger, lion, leopard and jaguar and they have evolved to roar. They can purr when exhaling but the vocal cords are used for roaring and cannot be used for a true constant purr. The Felinae subfamily contains cats that vary from the domestic cat, lynx, ocelot up to the puma and cheetah. These cats produce the constant purr we hear from our domestic cats. The Guinness Book of Records loudest purr from a domestic cat belongs to a cat in England, Merlin, whose purr reached 67.8db, this is higher than normal conversation between humans. There is still confusion about exactly how a cat purrs. The purr is made up of both noise and vibration. It is thought to originate from a central nervous signal that causes oscillation of the vocal cords. The frequency of purring is very constant, normally at a range of 25-150 hertz. Vibrations in this range at low decibels have been regarded as beneficial for healing. It is believed that the frequency of vibration that occurs when a cat purrs may not only have calming effects but also healing qualities. Purring during birth may reduce the pain and help with post partum healing. Several studies on the effects of purring have shown a reduction in stress and a positive effect on wound and bone healing. Purring has been shown to reduce stress and blood pressure in humans. Purring has many more powerful properties than just displaying pleasure.
It is believed that the frequency of vibration that occurs when a cat purrs may not only have calming effects but also healing qualities.
Issue 7 July 2017
CELEBRATING LOCAL KID
THIS IS A STORY WE HAD TO TELL! ROAMING SPOKE TO PROUD LOCAL MUM AMANDA JONES. AMANDA’S 11 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER BROOKE STARTED HER OWN CHARITY CALLED BROOKE’S CAR RALLY.
1. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT BROOKE, Brooke is 11 years old and is a Year 6 student and prefect at Surveyors Creek Public School and lives in Glenmore Park. 2. TELL US WHY BROOKE WANTED TO START HER OWN CHARITY? Brooke was running an errand with her dad, he was delivering a package to the Nepean Cancer Care Centre. Brooke also has joined me in trips to the centre as I was a patient there. Brooke started her own charity because she felt she 'needed to do something to help' after seeing the patients at the centre. In June 2013, Brooke declared she would be holding a raffle to raise funds for the patients. However, after some discussion, we decided something a little bigger was needed. It was here the idea of a car rally was discussed and Brooke's Car Rally was founded. Her first event was held just four months later. With a goal of $300 in mind, Brooke set about approaching local businesses for donations towards her raffle prize pool and many offered cash donations. With this amazing support, Brooke smashed her goal and raised $7,209.75. Anyone can join us on the car rally as it is held on sealed public roads and is suitable for all vehicle types. Starting from a designated area in the Penrith area, participants are given a series of questions to answer, directions to follow, items to collect along the way, and clues to decipher in order to arrive at the final secret destination. At the final destination, we have our BBQ, proudly donated and supplied by Outback Steakhouse Penrith.
SOME OF BROOKE'S ACHIEVEMENTS
Last year, among everyday cars participating, we had a 1975 Bedford Bus and giant dog car join us.
2014 - Awarded the Lindsay Community Spirit Award by Fiona Scott MP
3. HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE A PART OF RUNNING THIS ORGANISATION? Brooke is the boss! Myself and husband Gary help Brooke where we can, driving her to appointments, meetings, etc. However, Brooke makes the appointments herself and addresses prospective sponsors to discuss her requests and charity. On the day of her event, Brooke has a team of approximately 10 volunteers helping to run the day.
2016 - Awarded the Mulgoa Encouragement Award by Tanya Davies, MP
4.HOW CAN THE COMMUNITY HELP AND WHERE CAN WE DONATE? Brooke's event for 2017 will be held on Sunday, November 12 and she is hoping to raise over $10,000 to bring her total raised to over $50,000 in five years. As this is her fifth event, she is hoping for her biggest year yet and has some surprises in store for the participants on the day. It promises to be another great family day out for people of all ages.
2017 - Named Literacy Planet's "National Community Legend" Winning $10,000 worth of resources for her school
Registrations for the event will be accepted from July 1. Register at www.brookescarrally.com Registrations are $15 per vehicle.
2017 - Named Lindsay's Junior Woman of the Year by Emma Husar MP
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PENRITH’S VERY FIRST TOURIST ATTRACTION, THE NEPEAN BELLE PADDLEWHEELER, IS TURNING 35 IN NOVEMBER, AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO HELP CELEBRATE.
he ‘Belle’ as she is affectionately known, was launched on the Nepean River on October 21, 1982, and welcomed her first passengers on board with a charity gala day on November 14 the same year. Originally going to be named ‘Explorer Princess’, the Western Sydney icon was the dream of John Wakeling and his wife Helen who moved to the Nepean area in 1976. John’s design for the Belle was based on the Mississippi sternwheelers, and the hulls were the last built by De Havilland Marine at Homebush Bay. The Wakelings owned and operated the paddlewheeler for over thirty years, before selling it to local couple Chris and Carol Bennett in November 2013. Chris and Carol have continued the boat’s proud history, running regular cruises throughout each week, as well as lunch and dinner cruises every weekend. “It is largely due to the tenacity of John Wakeling that Penrith has the Nepean Belle,” said current co-owner and captain Chris Bennett, who worked as a deckhand on the boat as a local schoolboy. “John held on to his dream despite immense opposition and initially not even being allowed to put her on the water.” The NSW Department of Environment and Planning originally refused approval for the slipway on the Nepean River, but it was eventually approved in March 1982, subject to some modifications. “The Nepean Belle is the gateway to the magnificent Nepean Gorge, providing access for people who don’t have a boat and wouldn’t normally be able to see this amazing natural attraction,” said co-owner Carol Bennett. “The Belle is not a floating restaurant, it is an experience that also happens to serve great food.”
The Nepean Belle has witnessed many momentous events in the life of the local community since 1982, with many families having fond memories of occasions such as weddings, baptisms and naming ceremonies, birthdays, even wakes and spreading of ashes. One local resident chose to be married on the Belle because it was a way to be close to her late father, whose ashes had been scattered in the Nepean river. “We have been privileged to be part of some really special and important events,” Carol said. “Over the past few years we have seen lots of marriage proposals (which we love helping with if we have advance notice), milestone birthdays, and other special events. “However, having only been involved with the Belle for the past four years, much of her history is unknown to us, so we would love to hear from members of the community who have photos, memories and stories from earlier times. “We have had people come on a cruise who tell us they have memories of going on the Belle when they were children and they are now bringing their own children on to experience it. “We want to be able to compile more of her extensive history from over the years, to make this 35th birthday a really special celebration of what the Nepean Belle has meant to the people of Penrith,” Carol said. “These days we have social media to share photos and experiences such as a cruise on the Nepean Belle, but there must be many people who have private memories of being on board over the past 35 years, and we would love to hear from them.”
John (Wakeling) held on to his dream despite immense opposition and initially not even being allowed to put her on the water.
BEST PHOTO MEMORY COMPETITION There will be prizes for the best photo, memory and story of the Nepean Belle’s history. People with something to share are invited to contact owners Chris and Carol Bennett on: (02) 4733 1274 email@example.com.
Issue 7 July 2017
GEYER OUR RANDOM WESTIE
HEâ€™S BEEN THE AMBASSADOR FOR MANY CHARITIES, MADE APPEARANCES ON TV AND IN MAGAZINES, AND HAS A VOICE THE NEPEAN REGION WOULD RECOGNISE. KNOWN TO MANY AS MG, WE SPOKE TO MARK GEYER ABOUT HIS LIFE.
orn and raised in Western Sydney, Mark attended Whalan Primary School, where he excelled at English and Physical Education. He lived in Whalan for 21 years, before moving to Penrith, where he’s lived with his wife and five children for the last 25 years. Previously known for his time playing with the Penrith Panthers, this NRL player made headlines when he helped the team win their first premiership in 1991. NRL Mark was recruited for the Penrith Panthers early on, where he played in their 1987 Reserve Grade Grand Final win. After fighting off numerous injuries and suspensions from his ‘bad boy’ persona on the field, his career excelled. Mark went on to help the Panthers win their first premiership with a 19-12 defeat over Canberra, despite being penalised during the game. He says his contribution to the win is infamous because he was sin-binned, which was a repeat of the year before, against Canberra. “Very rarely, you get to one Grand Final, let alone two, and I could feel it slipping away because I thought that the officials were against us,” he says, “and I called one of them a cheat, and the referee, Billy Harrigan, sent me to the sin bin for saying as much." Mark says he thought his behaviour had lost the game for the team, but having that time out gave him an extra burst of energy that they needed to win. He says it was a “euphoric type of situation” that involved “a great team effort”. “I was lucky enough to be a part of Penrith's first ever premiership."
FAMILY Along with a successful NRL career, Mark has also been lucky in love, having met the love of his life at a young age. In 1986, Mark met his future-wife, Meagan, when they were both just 18 years old. Meagan’s the sister of two other Penrith players, Greg Alexander, and the late Ben Alexander. When asked what the key to a successful marriage is, Mark says, “I’ve learned over the years, that there's only one boss, and that's the wife. Happy wife, happy life," he laughs. Together the couple have five children; Logan, 22, Montanna, 21, Kennedi, 18, Mavrik, 16, and Rafferti, 10. All the kids are active, he says, “both boys play rugby league and the girls play netball and Oz tag”.
I like to give the little man a voice, and I suppose that's why I love being on the radio.
LIFE AFTER NRL After retiring from Rugby League in 2000, Mark had to find a new direction, which he says was a bit of a struggle at the start. “I didn't really have a plan B so I started with selling jerseys out of the back of the car," he says. "I was working for an ex-Panther called Lou Zivanovic, he gave me a lot of support, and for that I’m eternally grateful to him. He's the man who gave me a bit of hope," he says. “It was a lifeline.” “I had three kids at the time, and I just said to myself, I’m not going to say no to anything that comes my way." And he didn’t. He says, “little things in the media started coming. People asked me to be on that show and be a guest
commentator here and do a column there, and I just didn’t say no to anyone, and eventually I got a permanent job on Saturday mornings with Dead Set Legends in 2006, on TRIPLE M". THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Early on in his media career, Mark was referred to as ‘the voice of the people’ - something that makes him laugh now. “I think it came from my signature on my email which says 'random westie'. I like to hear what people are saying,” he says. “I like to give the little man a voice, and I suppose that's why I love being on the radio. It can help so many people, even just with a shout-out to a sick kid, or a business that's struggling.” He takes pride in being the only person living in the western suburbs who’s on the radio. “I think a lot of people might have started in the west and then moved, but I’ve been in the west for all of my 48 years, so I think I’m up to date with what people need and want.” Mark likes to hear what the locals are trying to say and translate that into whatever medium he can. Finding writing cathartic, and having written for different publications for 10 years, he gets a lot of joy out of writing. “I’m not the best wordsmith in the world, but I speak from the heart and I think there's no better place to speak from,” he says. MG ON THE RADIO Triple M “were auditioning for a new breakfast show in 2009 and I got the call, had the audition and got the job," he says. “So, hopefully we get the 10 years, which will be in 2019, and that might do me, I think, for breakfast radio, it is a hard slog." Issue 7 July 2017
‘Strive to achieve’ was on the coat of arms at Whalan Primary School, which Mark still remembers, and tries to live by every day. Even though Mark’s been traveling hours to and from work every morning for the last eight years, he says he wouldn’t move from western Sydney because he knows how lucky he is to live there. “While the rewards are great, you permanently feel jetlagged,” he says, which is unfair to his five active kids who always want to do things. Working at Triple M is a big part of who he is, he’s loved every minute of it so far, and right now, he couldn’t imagine his life without it. LEGENDS OF LEAGUE CHARITY MATCH In 2011, after seeing news about a young victim of the Queensland floods, Mark felt helpless. The story of Jordan Rice really affected him and he wanted to help. “Jordan was swept away in the flood waters with his mum,” Mark says. “He basically told the rescuers to save his little brother, before they saved him, and unfortunately, Jordan lost his life, and I just wanted to do something to, I don't know, help the devastation that was Queensland at the time." “So, I pulled a few favours from a few buddies and TRIPLE M got right behind the concept and decided to come up with the Legends of League, which had 20,000 tickets sold out in an hour. We raised half a million dollars for the flood victims.”
"Everyone rallied, it was an amazing moment from people who were touched. We've had a rivalry in State of Origin since 1980, and we're meant to hate each other around this time of year, but when the floods hit up there, it was time for us to come together in a big way, and we did.” “It was something that will live in a lot of people's memories," he says, “and I hope the Rice family who lost their son and their mum, remember it [the match] forever in a good way”. CHARITY INVOLVEMENT Mark’s drawn to non-government charities, saying, “now I’ve got a voice, I should use that voice in a positive way”. He’s currently the ambassador for The Cancer Council, The Great Walk Foundation (GWF), Epilepsy Action Australia (EAA), and Blue Datto. All of which he’s very passionate about. Mark has two daughters who were diagnosed with epilepsy, so trying to find a cure is a “no-brainer” for him, which is why he’s an ambassador for EAA. Blue Datto is also a charity close to his heart. The charity was established in memory of Philip Vassallo, who tragically lost his life on the road. Aiming to raise awareness for learner drivers and improve road safety, Mark finds this cause very relevant to him, currently having four kids with licences. The
GWF is in their 10th year, and hopes to hit the $1 million mark this year, with total funds raised for local Nepean charities. MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA When Mark was awarded an OAM in 2013, for service to NRL and the community through a range of charitable organisations, he dedicated it to his wife. “She's been my rock," he says. “You don't get an Australian Order Medal if you haven't got somebody beside you to share the good and bad with, and she's always been that person.” "It's always nice to be recognised I suppose, even though that's not why we do things. I think most things that you do, should really go unnoticed if you're true to your word, and I think it's what I work by.” ‘Strive to achieve’ was on the coat of arms at Whalan Primary School, which Mark still remembers, and tries to live by every day. WHAT’S NEXT FOR MARK? He’s not sure what he wants to do next, although he says he wouldn’t mind dabbling in local politics. “I think if you're gonna talk the talk, you may as well walk the walk and try to really make a difference.”
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Issue 6 June 2017
THE DELICIOUS WORLD OF
Red Curry Sauce
Eating more meat-free meals is good news for animals, the planet and your health, and plant-based foods can give you all the nourishment you need and more. Here are three recipes for you to try - find out more in Animals Australia's 'Taste for Life' recipe book!
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Vegie Stir-Fry with Coconut Red Curry Sauce SERVES 4 There are no hard and fast rules here. Feel free to choose your favourite rainbow-mix of ingredients; just be sure to add more robust vegies such as cauliflower and carrot early, and delicate ones like snow peas in the last minute or so of cooking. The other trick to a good stir-fry is to make sure your vegies are dry before adding them to the hot pan, otherwise they’ll steam and lose their fresh, crisp texture. Serve with steamed brown rice or noodles for a quick mid-week meal. 9 2 teaspoons rice bran oil 9 1 teaspoon sesame oil 9 ½ cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets 9 1 carrot, julienned or very thinly sliced 9 1 head of broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets 9 6–8 cups delicate greens (such as wombok cabbage or bok choy), cut into 3cm pieces 9 ½ red capsicum, seeded and cut into thick slices
9 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger 9 Zest of ½ lemon 9 200g snow peas or sugar snap peas 9 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar 9 ½ cup roughly chopped coriander (optional) 9 4 fresh kaffir lime leaves, very finely shredded, to garnish (optional) 9 1 lemon or lime, cut into wedges, to serve 9 Crispy fried shallots, to serve (optional) RED CURRY SAUCE 9 1 tablespoon vegan red curry paste 9 1 cup coconut milk 9 ½ cup vegetable stock (or water) 9 4–6 fresh kaffir lime leaves, very finely shredded 9 Juice of 1 lemon To make the red curry sauce, warm a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat, then add the curry paste. Let it fry, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute, before adding ½ cup of the coconut milk. Stir well, then let the mixture simmer and reduce for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn’t stick.
Add the remaining coconut milk, stock and lime leaves, and mix well. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and let the sauce bubble away and thicken while you prepare the vegies. Just before you are ready to serve, stir in the lemon juice. Heat a wok over medium–high heat. When it is hot, add the rice bran and sesame oils. Add the cauliflower and carrot and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly to make sure the cauliflower florets cook evenly. Now add the broccoli and continue to stir. When the broccoli, carrot and cauliflower are tender, but not too soft, add the cabbage or bok choy, capsicum, ginger, lemon zest and snow peas. Toss well to combine, and fry for a mere minute or two, until the cabbage is just wilted and the peas have turned bright green, but still retain a bit of bite. Immediately remove from the heat and sprinkle with the vinegar. Serve with steamed brown rice or noodles, drizzled with the red curry sauce, sprinkled with chopped coriander, crispy fried shallots and shredded lime leaves if desired, with a lemon or lime wedge on the side.
‘Sausage’ Rolls MAKES ABOUT 40 MINI ROLLS These bite-sized crunchy, golden rolls of filled pastry are a perennial favourite of kids and grown-ups alike. 9 5 sheets of frozen dairy-free puff pastry 9 100g pecans 9 4 slices of bread (about 100g) 9 1 brown onion, roughly chopped 9 1 teaspoon garlic powder 9 1 teaspoon onion powder 9 ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 9 1 teaspoon vegan beef-style stock powder 9 1 teaspoon dried thyme 9 1 small bunch flat-leaf parsley 9 1 tablespoon soy sauce 9 250g silken tofu 9 A splash of soy milk 9 Sesame seeds 9 Sweet or smoked paprika (optional) 9 Tomato sauce, to serve (optional)
French Toast SERVES 4 Sweet, custardy, crunchy ... and a brilliant way to use up a slightly stale loaf. It’s best to use a nice dense bread for this – a light rye or sourdough works particularly well. Make sure your slices are lovely and thick to soak up all the spiced milk. 9 8 thick slices of bread 9 1 cup soy milk, or any dairy-free milk 9 2–3 teaspoons brown sugar 9 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 9 A pinch of ground nutmeg 9 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 9 1 tablespoon cornflour 9 1 tablespoon self-raising flour 9 A pinch of salt 9 2 tablespoons neutral-tasting oil, such as rice bran, for pan-frying 9 Maple syrup, to serve 9 Fresh berries or sliced banana, to serve 9 Sifted icing sugar, for dusting
Preheat the oven to 230°C conventional, or 210°C fan-forced. Line two baking trays with baking paper. Remove the pastry sheets from the freezer to thaw. Briefly blitz (just a second or two) the pecans in a food processor, leaving them a little coarse for a bit of texture; be careful not to over-process or they will turn into a paste. Set aside in a bowl. Process the bread until it turns into crumbs, then add to the nut mixture. Blend the onion, spices, stock powder, herbs, soy sauce and tofu until combined, then add to the nut mixture and mix well. The pastry sheets should be thawed by now. If not, separate the sheets and place on a flat surface and they will thaw very quickly. Cut each pastry sheet in half to make two long pieces. Put a line of the nut mixture, 2–3cm thick, 2cm in from the pastry edge. Fold the pastry over the mixture and press down. Use a fork to seal along the edge, then roll up into a tube. Cut each long roll into four mini rolls. Brush the tops with soy milk and sprinkle on a few sesame seeds. You could also sprinkle on a pinch of sweet or smoked paprika. Place the rolls on the baking trays and bake for 30 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown. Serve warm, with tomato sauce if desired.
If your bread is fresh, give it a quick turn in the toaster to stop it falling apart when you dip it in the milk mixture. Meanwhile, whisk together the soy milk, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, cornflour, flour and salt, then pour into a wide, shallow bowl for ease of dipping. Melt the oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium–high heat. Dunk both sides of a few slices of bread in the milk mixture, then transfer to the hot pan. Cook for a few minutes, until the underside is nicely browned, then carefully flip the slices over and brown the other side. Remove from the pan and cook the remaining slices in the same way. Serve immediately with maple syrup, fresh berries or sliced banana on the side, and a dusting of icing sugar. VARIATIONS 1 Try coconut milk for a tropical flavour and top with cubed mango and a sprinkling of
coconut flakes. 2 Use chickpea flour (besan) instead of plain flour, for a more savoury flavour that
works a treat with Smoky tempeh strips (page 85) or smoked tofu and maple syrup.
For a special treat, sauté banana slices in 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1–2 teaspoons brown sugar. When starting to caramelise, add a tablespoon of rum and cook for a few seconds. Serve with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon.
Issue 7 July 2017
Winter Warming Soups
French onion soup with cheesy toast French onion soup is like an old friend; you may not see them all the time but when you do it’s automatic nostalgia. The combination of sweet onions, stock and cheese is magniﬁcent. To make my version a little more special, I love to include dijon mustard for piquancy and port for nutty sweetness. SERVES: 4 PREP: 20 minutes COOK: 1 hour 30 minutes Freezer friendly.
These hearty soups are sure to keep you nice and warm this winter. Justine Schofield shares two of her quick and tasty recipes with us from her book 'Simple Every Day'.
9 1.5kg onions 9 2 tablespoons olive oil 9 50g butter 9 4 thyme sprigs 9 Salt ﬂakes 9 1 tablespoon plain ﬂour 100ml port 9 2 carrots, ﬁnely chopped 9 3 celery stalks, ﬁnely chopped 4 garlic cloves, ﬁnely chopped 1 bay leaf 9 2 thyme sprigs 9 1 x 400g can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed 9 2 litres chicken stock 9 1 x 400g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 2 zucchini, diced 9 3 silverbeet leaves, stalks separated and shredded, leaves shredded 9 Salt ﬂakes 9 Freshly ground black pepper 9 2 egg noodle vermicelli nests (about 100g) PISTOU 9 1 small garlic clove, peeled 9 Pinch of salt 9 Large handful of basil leaves, small handful of ﬂat-leaf parsley leaves 9 40g parmesan, grated 9 100ml extra-virgin olive oil
For the pistou, using a mortar and pestle, pound the garlic and salt to a paste. Add the basil and parsley leaves and pound until bruised. Work in the parmesan, then slowly mix in the oil. Stir until emulsiﬁed and a thick paste forms. Set aside.
Chunky minestrone with pistou Minestrone, with its combination of everyday vegetables, may be a humble soup, but I love that every mouthful is made exciting by the fusion of ﬂavours. If you would like to make this vegetarian, simply leave out the pancetta and swap the chicken stock for vegetable stock or water. SERVES: 4–6 PREP: 25 minutes | COOK: 1 hour 10 minutes Freezer friendly. Lunch box friendly. 9 3 tablespoons olive oil 9 200g pancetta, ﬁnely chopped 9 1 onion, ﬁnely chopped 9 1 long red chilli, deseeded and chopped 28
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the pancetta, onion and chilli and cook for 4–5 minutes to soften the onion. Add the carrot, celery, garlic, bay leaf and thyme, turn the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10–15 minutes until all the vegetables are soft. Now increase the heat to medium, add the crushed tomatoes and cook for 1 minute before adding the stock, cannellini beans, zucchini, silverbeet stalks and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and gently simmer for 45 minutes. To ﬁnish the soup, add the vermicelli to the pan and cook for 2 minutes, then add the silverbeet leaves and simmer for 3–4 minutes until the vermicelli is al dente. Spoon the minestrone into shallow bowls and serve with a big dollop of pistou.
The silverbeet can be swapped for other greens, such as rainbow chard, cavolo nero or English spinach.
(or sherry or Madeira) 9 2 tablespoons dijon mustard 9 2 litres beef or vegetable stock CHEESY TOAST 9 4 slices of sourdough bread 9 2 tablespoons dijon mustard 9 Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg 9 150g Gruyère cheese, freshly grated Peel and thinly slice the onions or, to speed up this process, slice the peeled onions using a food processor. Heat the oil and butter in a large pot over low heat and add the onion. Stir to coat the onion with the butter and oil, then add the thyme and season with salt. Cook, with the lid on, for 40 minutes, stirring regularly until golden in colour and soft. Stir in the ﬂour and cook for a further minute. Pour in the port and bring to the boil before adding the mustard and stock. Cook, covered, over low heat for a further 40 minutes. In the meantime, prepare the toast. Heat the oven grill and line a baking tray with two pieces of foil. Place the bread slices on the prepared tray. Spread a thin layer of mustard on each slice of bread, sprinkle over the nutmeg and pile the cheese on top. Place under the grill and cook until the cheese is melted and golden. Spoon the soup into bowls and place the cheesy toast on top just before serving.
Don’t be concerned about the large quantity of onions – they will cook down by more than half.
10 Things About Travel Insurance
Kerrie & Lynette
YOU NEED TO KNOW
eing the well-travelled people that we are and working in the travel industry, we have come across many situations where clients have taken out travel insurance and needed to claim. It doesn’t happen a lot but it’s nice to know that our clients are protected in the event of something unforseen occurring. Here is a list of 10 things you need to know about Travel Insurance: 1
MAKE SURE YOU ARE IN SAFE HANDS
Ensure your insurance provider has its own in-house emergency team to provide assistance. The emergency assistance team are able to assist with medical treatment, payment of medical bills, bringing you home if and when it’s appropriate after hospitalisation and helping with changing travel plans as a result of an emergency. 2
DON’T LEAVE IT TOO LATE
Some travel insurance policies will cover you for cancellation. It’s a good idea to take out your travel insurance at the time of booking so that you are covered for cancellation in the event of something unexpected happening.
ASK YOUR TRAVEL AGENT
Your travel agent is an experienced traveller and will be able to assist you in finding the right product to suit your needs. 4
CHOOSE A REPUTABLE INSURER
Choose a company with a good reputation. They know how to look after you in your time of need. 5
NOT ALL POLICIES ARE THE SAME
Travel Insurance products can vary greatly. It’s important to read the fine print and find the policy that is right for you. Some examples are: If you are travelling on a domestic cruise – you need to purchase an international policy, which has sufficient cover, should you need to be evacuated or need medical assistance on board the ship. Many insurers require customers to take out the highest level of cover if they’re spending more than 72 hours in the Americas or Africas. With others they only require this if your stay in this area is less than 20 per cent of the entire duration of the trip, which means you could be entitled to a saving. You need to ensure that your travel insurance provider will provide you with a high level of medical cover in a hospital that its of equal standard to what you would receive in Australia. Some hospitals overseas are not of the same standard as in Australia and may not give you first world care.
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LOWERING THE PREMIUM
To save on the upfront premium, look for a policy with a variable excess option. 7
EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Avoid delays in your insurance purchase by looking for a provider that offers an immediate assessment service. 8
DON’T GET CAUGHT OUT
Credit card policies have restrictions for coverage, so make sure you read the policy wording. 9
SHOULD YOU NEED TO CLAIM
Keep hold of any reports or receipts in the event you need to claim. 10 DO NOT EVER CONSIDER TRAVELLING OVERSEAS WITHOUT TRAVEL INSURANCE
As the government website smartraveller.gov.au states, “If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel”. FOR YOUR TRAVEL NEEDS Contact Maria, Fellowes & Turner Travel Associates on 1800 040 744, enquire online at travel-associates.com.au/mariafellowes or visit us at 14 Macquarie Avenue, Penrith. Issue 7 July 2017
SHOPAHOLIC TEST DRIVES
The Latest Socially Aware Products By Jo Mu nro from The Savvy Shopaholic
As an enthusiastic consumer, I love new and interesting products. I am always on the hunt for innovation and hearing how inspired products come to market. I also like my ‘voice’ to be heard by the buying choices I make.
remember the impact buying ‘dolphin free’ tuna made on the industry when the consumers said enough is enough and stopped buying brands that refused to adopt humane fishing techniques. I like to vote with my purchasing power. Socially aware companies that support communities and use environmentally friendly production and ingredients are
Essentially Keto Founders Edit Whitelaw and Cam Burns, friends of 10 years, have set out to fill the void in the Australian market for high-fat low-carb snacks. Yes, I said high-fat! The genius behind the delicious recipes, Edit, is a private chef to one of Australia’s high profile millionaires. Her delicious blends are more like wizardry than recipes. Imagine an eating program where you are never hungry, losing fat, eating delicious food including chocolately energy bars and feeling fabulous. Welcome to the Essentially Keto way of eating. The diet industry programed me well to believe fats were my enemy and I should be eating the leanest, low calorie diet. Well, that was until I met the gorgeous dream team from Essentially Keto. This dynamic duo has made making the move to a Keto diet a joy. The beauty is that this program includes many of those foods you thought you would never eat again.
Luvme Baby This Australian owned and run Eco Family business was created five years ago and has continued to have amazing success with their quality Luvme Bamboo Eco Baby Products! There is no doubt that disposable nappies take tens of years to breakdown and are troublesome in landfill. Enter entrepreneur and eco mum Kendall, who wanted something better for her baby’s skin and sustainable for the environment. Voila! Eco Baby was born. “Our Eco family dream is to offer mums a quality product without the organic price tag.” Luvme range is a growing success with quality organic natural bamboo products at affordable prices!
always of interest to me. There are so many clever Aussies making the difference and leading the way. Their stories are as fascinating as their products so I thought I would raise the awareness of some of my favourite socially conscious products that are leading the way, shaking up the status quo and giving back.
When I first heard that I would be off carbohydrates and sugars I was skeptical and a little panicked. Their Ketogenic Energy Bars are the reason I am not suffering through the cravings I have experienced on other diets. They are made with fabulous ingredients, taste sweet and chocolatey (cacao based) so of course there’s no feeling of missing out. The hit from smart fats will satiate and energise. “Chew the fat” today and see why everyone is talking about Essentially Keto. The bars are lovingly made with only the best organic ingredients. The best thing is they are easy to pop in your bag for energy on the run. Test drive results: I have been eating Essentially Keto for a week and have lost five kilos. It has been the most enjoyable diet I have ever been on. I’m looking forward to the next five kilos melting away. Start with a delicious starter pack to decide which are your favourites. Perhaps I am greedy but I love them all. essentiallyketo.com.au
Test Drive results: Eco Baby Wet Wipes. I don’t have children but I do love these in my bag and my car. Naturally moistened with aloe vera and vitamin E, fragrance and alcohol free, sustainably produced from 100 per cent pure bamboo. littleshoppers.net.au
CAN MATHEMATICS BE A KEY FACTOR TO
Improving Relationship? YOUR
Local Expert Melissa Ferrari Psychotherapist & Relationship Expert
Using the ratio of five to one in love can be very helpful, researchers say. Five positive interactions to one negative can be a key factor to not only improving your relationship, but also avoiding the divorce courts.
ou can work consciously in your relationship by saturating your relationship with positives. We’re not talking grand gestures, but instead, small things you can do often and even daily such as compliments, praise and expressing gratitude. These small interactions will help you achieve long-term happiness and a lovely connection with your partner. By getting a little creative you can make life run a whole lot smoother and easier. We know that when our relationships are running more smoothly life just works a whole lot better. MY TOP FIVE SUGGESTIONS: 1 TO THE LETTER
Handwrite a note with loving words and put it in your partner’s lunchbox or bag. Not only will it be a nice surprise when he/she finds it, but it will be a nice reminder that you are thinking of them. 2 GET DIGITAL
Many people criticise technology for making people drift apart, but you can use it to your advantage! Send a text or a funny selfie to your partner to show that you are thinking of them when you are apart. 3 GIVE COMPLIMENTS
Does your partner look good in his new shirt? Does your wife look hot with her new hairdo? Tell each other! Complimenting each other daily will make both of you feel appreciated. 4 UNBURDEN THEM
If your partner is feeling stressed, help them without being asked. It can be little things, such as offering to do the cooking or running errands. By doing so, you are supporting your partner and showing you are a team. 5 EMBRACE GRATITUDE
Say ‘thank you’ to your partner for doing things you might take for granted, such as doing the household work or driving the kids to school. Showcasing gratitude gives your partner feelings of value and validation. For more information on Melissa Ferrari visit melissaferrari.com.au Issue 7 July 2017
A TRULY PERMANENT
Last year, Linley opened Forever Hair Removal after her own experience in struggling to find a permanent solution to her unwanted hair. She decided to specialise in something completely missing from the Greater West – galvanic electrolysis.
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wenty years ago, electrolysis was what people did for permanent hair removal. Unfortunately it all but disappeared from the market with the rise of modern ‘hair reduction’. What I’m offering is right there in my business name - total and permanent hair removal”
“Everyone deserves to feel confident in their own skin and I can help them achieve that. Forever Hair Removal can help people no matter what their skin or hair pigment is and, at the moment, I’m focused on spreading the message and letting people know it’s still out there, and it’s close to home.”
Linley is keen to point out this isn’t just a cosmetic service. Client concerns range from wanting to be rid of a few strays, to women with menopause facial hair, white whiskers, PCOS hair, ingrown hair problems, folliculitis, and much more in both men and women.
Forever Hair Removal is open by appointment only. Call today to book in and ask Linley about the new customer discount.
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Winter Wellness Could you or your family be at risk of a vitamin D deficiency? By Fiona Tuck
et out the winter woollies, light the fire and snuggle up with a cup of chai, it is official, winter has finally arrived. With the lack of sunny summer rays our vitamin D levels can fall by up to a whopping 30 per cent in winter. Vitamin D is produced when our skin is exposed to ultra-violet light (UVB) from sunshine. We are therefore more prone to Vitamin D deficiency in winter or if we hardly ever expose our skin to UVB rays. Vitamin D is an important vitamin for our general health and wellbeing. It helps the body absorb calcium
and keeps teeth and bones strong. It also plays a crucial role in keeping our immune system strong and is thought to assist prevention of autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis and even some cancers. The best source of Vitamin D is daily exposure to sunlight. If our levels of vitamin D are already low going into winter it is likely that our levels will drop during the cooler months and supplementation may be required. Small amounts of vitamin D can be obtained through the diet by cod liver oil, salmon (with bones), sardines,
mushrooms and dairy. If you store your mushrooms in a sunny spot after purchasing this can help to increase their vitamin D content! The only way to diagnose a vitamin D deficiency and if you need supplementation is via a simple blood test. Detecting symptoms of low vitamin D can be tricky, however there are some signs and symptoms to be aware of. If any of these seem familiar it may be wise to get your levels tested.
Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency
A Low Fat Diet
Flat or Depressed Mood
Dark Skin Tone
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means if you do not include fats in your diet you will absorb less fat soluble vitamins. Malabsorption leads to gut conditions. This includes gut conditions like Crohnâ€™s, IBS, and celiac disease can also result in vitamin D deficiency.
Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with a low mood and depression. When vitamin D levels drop we can feel flat and sometimes even more teary or emotional than usual. The brain chemical Serotonin that helps us to feel good increases with exposure to sunlight and decreases when there is a lack of sunlight. This may be why many people feel sad in winter and happier in summer.
The pigment in your skin acts as a natural sunscreen. The skin requires sunlight to manufacture vitamin D so if your skin has more pigment, the more your skin is protected from the sun and the longer you need to be in the sun to make adequate amounts of vitamin D.
Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia type symptoms such as tiredness, aching bones and muscles can be symptoms of vitamin D deficiency.
A classic sign of vitamin D deficiency is excess sweating, particularly a sweaty head or hands. This can occur in children and adults.
Low vitamin D levels can be hard to detect
Vitamin D helps the bones absorb calcium. If there is a deficiency of vitamin D the bones can become weak resulting in aching bones.
Deficiency signs are easily missed, a blood test is the best way to check vitamin D levels. If low, a supplement may be recommended until your levels raise to a satisfactory level. Most vitamin D supplements are animal derived so if you are vegan speak to your healthcare professional or local pharmacist for a vegan friendly alternative.
Issue 7 July 2017
Winter-proof Your Skin
FIONA TUCK Skin and Nutritional Medicine Practitioner fionatuck.com firstname.lastname@example.org 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 seasons change so does our skin. Cooler climates can affect the way our skin reacts so it may be wise to revamp your skincare routine before the cooler weather gets its little woollen mittens on your skin.
Top tips to winter-proof your skin 1. BE GENTLE Winter is a time when your skin needs gentle products that will help to seal and protect the skin from trans epidermal moisture loss or skin sensitivity and dryness. Choose a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin with harsh surfactants or hydroxy acids. Choose a cleanser that contains additional skin strengtheners such as antioxidants and vitamin B3 that revitalise your skin while restoring its natural moisture. When it comes to moisturisers you may find that you need a slightly richer cream or night oil during the winter months. Applying moisturiser while your skin is still damp after cleansing or showering maximises the amount of moisture absorbed. 2. KEEP HYDRATED Keeping hydrated is especially important in the colder months because we naturally tend to drink less cold water and increase the things that potentially dehydrate the skin such as drinking more dehydrating hot cups of tea, coffee and red wine. When we don’t drink enough fluids our skin can become devitalised and lose turgor. We also tend to have the heating on high to keep us warm which can dehydrate the skin even further. Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go to encourage you to stay hydrated and choose non caffeinated herbal teas. 3. USE SUNSCREEN Sunscreen UVA ageing rays are present all year round so applying a face SPF 50 is important to keep wrinkles at bay. Do apply SPF around thirty minutes before stepping out in the open to ensure adequate coverage and protection. If the sunscreen causes your skin to itch, use a sunscreen with additional moisturising and antioxidant ingredients to hydrate the dry patches. 4. AVOID HARSH CONDITIONS No matter how tempting it is to bathe with hot water, it is best to avoid exposing the skin to extremes in temperature. Really hot water can damage and sensitise the skin. Use lukewarm water for bathing and try adding a couple of drops of relaxing and calming essential oils such as camomile or lavender for an aromatherapy soak. Always rug up if you are out in cold winds, and give your skin extra nourishment by using a protective oil or richer cream to prevent moisture loss from the skin. Eat and drink well to keep your system in order, foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are good for calming the skin and will reinforce the protective barrier function of the skin keeping it soft and hydrated while nourishing winter soups and stews provide the necessary nutrients the skin needs to stay fit and healthy. Including flaxseeds, walnuts, salmon and also high quality protein in your diet will help to increase natural oils in your skin and hair. 5. VISIT A PROFESSIONAL Winter is a perfect time to try out new skin treatments such as lasers, skin needling and microdermabrasion when the skin is less exposed to sensitising UV rays. A professional skin therapist can choose the perfect treatment for your skin to ensure you stay radiant, hydrated and glowing all winter long. 34
andcrafting jewellery, perfected over thousands of years with countless cultures across the world contributing different methods and techniques, is a dying art in the modern world. Handcrafted pieces are made of higher strength metal which makes the piece more durable for everyday wear. The pieces will be heavier and have a more luxurious finish. Having your jewellery handcrafted gives you the ability to incorporate your own style into the design and allows you to use materials you may already have, such as gold and precious stones that may have been passed down through your family. For many, a piece of jewellery is often the third most expensive purchase in your lifetime. They become important possessions that you will keep forever, such as an engagement ring and wedding band, or handcrafted jewellery as an heirloom. Today, consumers have the ability to shop around to search for the â€˜best dealâ€™, usually determined purely by price. As with many products, price does affect the quality of the jewellery. Those produced by machinery will often be cheaper, as production costs are lower and can be mass-produced. Handcrafted jewellery means that your item is manufactured from scratch by a professionally trained jeweller. Considering the time and labour involved in this process, it can demand a slightly higher price. With this in mind, I often use this practical analogy to help customers put their purchase into perspective. When building your home, would you choose inferior materials? Or employ an under-qualified tradesman who could not provide you with the high quality service? This same idea applies when you are buying jewellery - you deserve the best! Quality, service and trust are the most important factors that influence your shopping experience, and should not be based on price alone. It is also very important to find a jeweller that you can trust. Located in the heart of Penrith for over 40 years, York Jewellers is known as a dependable family business. We provide free regular services to clean and polish your jewellery and ensure that it is not suffering irreparable wear and tear.
Jewellery With DOUGLAS ELY Designer | Jeweller
As the Head Jeweller at York, I am able to handcraft many custom pieces of jewellery myself. I feel great pride and satisfaction when a client takes home their new piece of handcrafted jewellery. Our clients are always welcome to have their jewellery serviced with us, and there is nothing I love more than helping regular customers create another new piece to celebrate their important milestones.
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nterior decorator Rachel from Freedom Penrith thinks it’s time to embrace the cool-down and welcome the opportunity to retreat and snuggle up in a space that’s invitingly warm and oh-so cosy. Now’s the perfect time to create your ultimate haven with our “A Cool Change” collection, designed to reflect how Australians love to live through the cooler months.
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SMART USE OF
Your Tax Refund Local Expert
Melissa Browne Money & Business Strategy Expert
The EOFY has passed and by now many of you are considering your juicy tax refund and how you might spend it! Which at an average of just over $3,000 per refund is quite a nice chunk of change. In my experience, that tax refund is often already spent. It has been nominated for bills, credit cards, mortgages, holidays or occasionally a new pair of shoes. It’s frequently met with a huge sigh of relief and a month later it’s as though it never existed. Tax refunds are like the white bread of the financial world – not long after it disappears you’re hungry again. But what if you tried a different strategy this year? After all, this is unexpected money. It’s not money you were potentially relying on. You didn’t have to do a whole lot for it and if you’re smart with it, you might find yourself being able to create a savings plan that involves more than just hope and the inheritance of a long lost relative. Below are three different options you might consider when it comes to your tax refund from paying down debt to leveraging your refund with good debt. 1. SORT OUT YOUR CREDIT CARD. If you struggle with paying down your credit card then this is your opportunity to sort yourself out. You might start with paying your refund onto it and then contacting your bank and reducing your credit limit. The result? If your card limit was $15,000 and you pay your $3,000 refund onto it each year and reduce
the limit after you do, you’ll end up saving more than $2,500 in interest by the time you get it to nil. 2. INVEST IN A MANAGED FUND. You don’t really have any debt but you don’t really have any savings either. Your tax refund may be your opportunity to start with a small windfall that you weren’t budgeting for and to continue to add to this with future refunds. The result? If you invested your $3,000 every year for 10 years you’d end up with almost $50,000 at conservative growth rates. All without a single coffee or cocktail forgone. 3. LEVERAGE YOUR REFUND. If you’re not scared of a bit of risk, you might consider leveraging your refund. Essentially this involves using the same strategy as investing in a managed fund but in year two and onwards, you would borrow an additional $3,000 each year to add to your investment. The result? You could borrow more if your risk profile allowed but borrowing even $3,000 each year combined with the $3,000 you’re going to tip in from your refund would increase your investment worth to almost $90,000 in 10 years time which again makes the whole exercise suddenly very attractive. Sure, you might be in a situation where the refund hits your bank account and it’s immediately consumed by the many bills you’ve been juggling. However, for many of us the average tax refund represents a windfall that could really give us some financial options if we choose to be a bit smart with it.
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LIKE MANY OF TODAY’S FIRST HOME BUYERS THAT I MEET, I WAS NOT BORN WITH A SILVER SPOON IN MY MOUTH. I WORKED HARD FOR EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE AND BUYING MY FIRST HOME WAS NO EXCEPTION.
y only saving grace was the first home buyers grant. My partner and I were able to get our foot in the door by purchasing a modest two bedroom unit in Werrington (which I now proudly manage for its current owners). Without this grant, we would not be where we are today. Even a four-year delay in purchasing would have changed the path of my life by missing out on the incredible capital growth that we experienced. The first home buyers grant changed my family’s future. Relief is once again in sight for first home buyers when the NSW Government grants a full stamp duty exemption on property purchases up to $650,000 (both existing and new builds are now eligible) as well as concessions on purchasers up to $800,000. Foreign buyers will instead be slugged with eight per cent stamp duty, this is double what they were previously paying, as well as facing an increase in annual land tax surcharge from .75 per cent to two per cent. Ultimately these increases can only be positive to first home buyers with a reduction in competition pushing prices up.
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Issue 7 July 2017
ATHLETE IN THE SPOTLIGHT ATHLETE: JAKE STEIN SPORT: AUSSIE RULES CLUB: GWS GIANTS (NEAFL)
Exciting local prospect Rising star Jake Stein talks about how he earnt his GWS Giants Guernsey.
t’s October, I’m standing on Tom Wills Oval and I’m scared. I’ve felt nervous before but not scared. I knew I could kick. I knew the past two months of working on my handballing and marking had me ready. But at this moment I feel like I’m blowing the opportunity of a lifetime. Giants coach Leon Cameron, his assistant Luke Power and academy director John Quinn are all watching my every move. A Category B Rookie list contract and a chance to become a professional footballer is on the line. The session finishes. I feel terrible because in the months of training before this moment, I know I’ve performed better than this. In my mind I’m thinking that I’ll be playing park football in Penrith with my mates by the end of the week. But Leon is happy and says that signing me up is a no-brainer. A month passes before it’s made official. I am a GIANT.
I’d never given AFL a thought until last year. I’d played rugby league and soccer as a kid but AFL had never really been an option for me. Athletics had dominated every waking moment for me in recent years. This is how I got to know John Quinn as he was working with me as part of my decathalon training as my sprints coach. Quinny was also working at the Giants and through him I was introduced to a number of the players and made regular visits to the club. I started to get interested in AFL, went to Giants games and within three years I was hooked. I’d watch almost every game each weekend and was obsessed with the game. I’d been approached by NRL clubs to try my hand at league given my background in the sport but I was never really tempted to leave athletics until the Giants came along. Five tough months after my successful trial I’m playing in my first game in the NEAFL against the Gold Coast Suns Reserves. I’m nervous and excited, and I’m getting caught out of position. I’m getting caught in the moment of the occasion. I’ve competed at the Barcelona Olympic stadium in junior competitions and that doesn’t compare to this. Competing at the Commonwealth games in front of 40,000 people has nothing on this. The game is fast paced and ferocious, just like the games I’d watch on TV before. I get my hands on the football a few times and we win. It’s a tough start to my career in football but also a fun one. 40
A few weeks later I find myself running around the hallowed turf of the SCG playing against the Sydney Swans Reserves. There weren’t many people watching the game but the ground’s presence is intimidating. Midway through the game I take a mark that is later nominated for the NEAFL’s Mark of the Round. It was incredibly satisfying as not only was I doing something special in front of my family and friends but I’d pulled off something we’d been practicing during the week. In football - like athletics - you have a split second to make a decision and that’s why practice is so important. I felt so good taking that mark as I’d just achieved something I’d been working so hard to perfect. Mentally and physically the change has been tough. The new structures and workloads have been hard but I love the change. I am so grateful for the opportunities and the people I met through athletics, but if someone was to ask me if I miss decathlons or athletics I’d say no. I’m not missing it. I played a NEAFL game at Spotless Stadium, 500m from the Athletic Championships and I didn’t give it a second thought. I don’t enjoy watching athletics anywhere near as much as I used to. At the moment I’m relishing the opportunity to play for the Giants and proudly represent Western Sydney every time I pull on that orange and charcoal jumper.
Competing at the Commonwealth games in front of 40,000 people has nothing on this.
Your guide to what’s happening in sport this month.
Western Sydney Wanderers
The Backyard Sports Clinic Penrith Panthers
As the Western Sydney Wanderers start training for their preparation of the A-League 2017/18 season, so too the Gunners are working hard to build their team as they look towards the beginning of the English Premier League. Although an international club friendly, this is a game you need to watch as the Wanderers take it to one of the best clubs in the world. Get behind your red and black and show your support in numbers!
Regardless if your child is an amateur or a pro at any sport, there is always room for improvement – especially from the professionals! Panthers Penrith, with the help of Netball NSW, NRL, Springwood Scorchers and Sydney Thunder, are hosting a two-hour Sport Clinic, covering:
ARSENAL TOUR - SYDNEY 2017
Saturday 15 July, 8pm Tickets start from $70.35 ANZ Stadium wswanderersfc.com.au
Rugby League / Netball / Basketball / Cricket Don’t forget, the kids will be on holidays – so this would be perfect to get them out of the house and outdoors this school holidays! Panthers Penrith are also hosting plenty of events and activities for the kids during these school holidays.
Friday 14 July, 10am - 12pm Cost: $10 (Purchase/Collect tickets from Reception) The Backyard @ Panthers Penrith penrith.panthers.com.au/sports-clinic-july-school-holidays/
With half the season behind us the GWS Giants have signaled their intentions as finals contenders. Barrack for your GWS Giants as they seek to continue this amazing form .
RUGBY UNION (SHUTE SHIELD) As the Emus’ hard fought season draws to a close get behind them as they look to give their supporters something to cheer about and finish on a high note.
Penrith Panthers RUGBY LEAGUE
The Panthers are back in business with a flurry of wins and hovering around the top eight. Cheer them on as they look to carry on their momentum.
Saturday 1 July, 7.25pm Giants v Geelong Spotless Stadium
Saturday 1 July, 3pm Emus v Gordon Chatswood Oval
Sunday 2 July, 4pm Panthers v Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium
Saturday 8 July, 1.45pm Giants v Hawthorn Aurora Stadium
Saturday 8 July, 3pm Emus v Parramatta Nepean Rugby Park
Saturday 8 July, 5.30pm Panthers v Sea Eagles Pepper Stadium
Saturday 15 July, 7.25pm Giants v Swans Spotless Stadium
Saturday 15 July, 3pm Emus v West Harbour Nepean Rugby Park
Friday 14 July, 6.00pm Panthers v Warriors Mt Smart Stadium
Sunday 23 July, 1.10pm Giants v Richmond MCG
Saturday 22 July, 3pm Emus v Southern District Forshaw Rugby Park
Saturday 22 July, 3pm Panthers v Titans Pepper Stadium
Saturday 29 July, 2.10pm Giants v Fremantle Spotless Stadium
Saturday 29 July, 3pm Emus v Manly Manly Oval
TBA Panthers v Bulldogs Pepper Stadium Issue 7 July 2017
Horoscopes By Sherrynne Dalby
(21 JUN – 22 JUL)
Leo (23 JUL – 22 AUG) July is the time of year when Leo goes within. A time of general reflection and renewal prior to your rebirth. It is important for you to clear your mind, sooth your soul and refocus. Finding peace and relaxation may be more difficult at the moment. Your mind is running on high. Try to take some quiet time whenever you can, even five minutes is better than nothing. If you have never tried meditation now could be a good time to begin. Even something as simple as focussing on your breath can help. Birthdays around the 23rd face a busy year ahead.
Libra (23 SEP – 22 OCT)
Sea green, silver, white, opal and iridescent hues
Flower/tree: White rose, lily, geranium, white flowers
This is your annual time for renewal. Happy Solar return Cancerians. 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 Cancer this year, that is from June 21 until July 23 and covers all those born under the sign of the Crab. The year ahead will see you energised, especially if your birthday is July. Extra energy can also mean a tendency to accidents, so take a little caution. Home renovations or expansions are on the cards. Decisions need to be made which may not be easy and will involve past events. It is time for letting go and no matter how painful, take time to withdraw and sit in the dark as needed, but become the phoenix and rise from the ashes. Be cautious of pushing your own agenda too hard in relationships, business or personal. Financial challenges call for creative solutions. Keep close tabs as things can be overlooked creating unexpected shortfalls.
Aries (22 MAR -20 APR) July opens with the possibility of heavy duty home renovations. You feel inspired, flooded with new possibilities to turn your home into a castle or vice versa. Mid month is ideal for indulging the special person in your life. If you’re saying there’s no one special, look in the mirror. Enjoy being in your own space at the moment. Home gives a certain comfort that is unavailable anywhere else. Make the most of your creative energy as it inspires you throughout July with sometimes unexpected results towards the latter part of the month.
Far away places and people can be calling you. In fact it can be so strong that it feels more like yelling at you. This can be a good time to start turning dreams into reality. At least begin making preliminary investigations. Higher education is also a possibility and if you have been thinking of expanding your mind, now is positive for that also. Work commitments can put a dampener on your reverie, so utilise time management skills. Friends may hold some of the answers you seek and networking is a positive use of time and energy now.
Sagittarius (23 NOV – 22 DEC) Relationships will be a focus of your energy this month. Planning a romantic getaway or even extended holiday is on the cards mid month. Unfortunately it could be that your plans and bank account don’t quite align. Don’t despair, if you are with the right person a quiet romantic dinner at home or a leisurely bushwalk can be just as enjoyable as an expensive night out or trip. It really is all in your head. The end of the month heralds an influx of fresh energy to your thinking, especially those born late November. Great for study.
Aquarius (21 JAN – 19 FEB) Sleep may be elusive during the next few weeks. Try to clear your mind before heading to bed rather than trying to sleep with a movie playing on repeat in your head. Times like this require a de-stressor. Now is the perfect time to put yours into practice. Meditation, a warm bath, knitting, a good book, walking, or my favourite, escaping with the Doctor. Whatever is your favourite thing, do it as often as needed and go to bed feeling relaxed. Explore your creative side, another road to relaxation. Relationships take off from the 23rd.
Taurus (21 APR - 21 MAY) You are entering a ‘feel good’ period with a little more self focus, so listen to your inner voices. Home and family also require your attention and energy, so keep a balance. There could be minor disruptions involving children and this could lead to unexpected changes around the home. Don’t be stuck in the same old routines. Think outside the box as you are being asked for creative solutions this time around. The middle of the month is good for financial decisions especially around the 19th. Be careful not to overspend as the month ends.
Virgo (23 AUG -22 SEP) You are becoming somewhat of the social butterfly with plenty of invitations coming your way early in the month adding to those carried over from June. July is time to switch to more cerebral pursuits and can be a very productive time for study or sorting through ideas. With the brain being so active, it is important that you take care not to allow thoughts to become obsessive. Remember to take breaks, no matter what you are working on. Share your worries and concerns with someone you trust. Late July sees possibilities to make ideas manifest.
Scorpio (23 OCT – 22 NOV) Career matters require extra attention throughout July. Beware of Chinese whispers around the office. If you want to know the facts, go directly to the source. There is a tendency for communications to be misunderstood, so check before reacting. Changes are afoot later in the month and if you are looking for a change of direction or total shift, this is more likely to happen from the 20th onward. If you are in the market for a loan or have other financial dealings, the 19th is ideal. Prior to that, just like the office Chinese whispers, double check everything.
Capricorn (23 DEC – 20 JAN) Time to improve your surroundings, whether at work or at home. You are looking to surround yourself with more comfort and a little style. Just because you have commitments, the daily drudge doesn’t mean you can’t add pleasure to your location. It is often the little thing that has the greatest impact. The right pictures, cushions, music etc can be all you need to have a positive environment. Although it may seem frivolous, taking care of your mental state usually results in more effective and productive output, so actually time well spent.
Pisces (20 FEB – 21 MAR) You can be quite creative when it comes to your home right now. You are finding pleasure within your own four walls and appreciate the solace and comfort your own space provides. No matter if it’s a room or a mansion, it’s yours. You may be tempted to spend a little more than usual at the moment. By all means go ahead, but don’t go overboard. You still need to pay the piper at the end of the month. Opportunities arise to shake things up in the work place late in the month, but only by doing things differently.
Gemini (22 MAY – 20 JUNE) You may have been slightly withdrawn of late, taking time out to recharge your batteries. Time to come back. July sees you renewed and invigorated and this could show outwardly with an external makeover to match the internal changes. Beware of creative differences at work. If you find yourself in a stalemate look for creative solutions. Feel free to indulge yourself mid month, a little pampering is always a good thing but be careful not to go overboard, as there may be unplanned expenses that will need attending to before the end of the month.
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