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Hi Readers, Happy last month of Winter!
I can’t tell you how happy I’ll be to see the back of the chilly season. I know it’s brilliant for cooking but Spring is by far my favourite season! But I digress. We have so much going on in August – strap yourselves in and get ready! First up, we’d like to introduce local V8 racecar driver James Courtney. From go-karting in Western Sydney and Europe to winning a V8 Supercar Championship, James’ life is very much a success story. He’s not only proud to be from Penrith, but also the loveliest bloke you’ll ever meet! Read all about him on pages 22-24. If you haven’t locked August 19-20 in your diary, now is the time. It’s the Annual Penrith Spring Home Show at Panthers. Make sure you come down for some inspiration and, most of all, see what your local businesses have to offer. And given that we all love a good feed, we’ve actually been able to bring you some tasty extracts from the latest cookbook by local chef and food writer, Ross Dobson. “Tuck In” is his 15th book and they just keep getting better. Check it out on page 26 and 27. As always, if there’s something you want to see more of, please send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org Enjoy!
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KOKODA: THE SPIRIT LIVES
DAFFODIL FESTIVAL 2017
JEANS FOR GENES DAY
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29 AUGUST PENRITH RSL A feature documentary taking viewers on a fascinating and modern telling of the Kokoda story, its signiﬁcance in the Paciﬁc War and an exploration of the enduring spirit which sustained the Kokoda Diggers and still inspires Australians today. (All monies raised from sales are to be donated to the Kokoda Track Foundation Ltd for use in its programs in Papua New Guinea.)
19 – 27 AUGUST BLUE MOUNTAINS BOTANIC GARDEN Enjoy a picnic, take some photos or simply enjoy the mass plantings. View a variety of cut ﬂowers in the Visitor Centre, and buy some to take home.
4 AUGUST GO ONLINE TO GET INVOLVED Jeans for Genes Day raise much needed funds for the Children’s Medical Research Institute to help treat and prevent childhood diseases. Please donate!
26 – 27 AUGUST PENRITH PACEWAY This is the 174th year of the Annual Show. There will be Arts & Crafts on display as well as ring events, including a variety of horse events. Don’t forget the spectacular ﬁreworks show.
21 AUGUST GO ONLINE TO GET INVOLVED Fight animal cruelty with cupcakes! RSPCA Cupcake Day gathers bakers from across the nation to make a stand for animal welfare. So you better get your cake on.
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11 AUGUST THE BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & HUB The song writing genius of David Bridie combined with the glorious strings of Helen Mountfort’s cello and Hope Csutoros’ violin are high in the curious collision of elements that have made My Friend The Chocolate Cake a big concert draw. A multi-dimensional mural of modern Australia, a parade of the year’s most memorable characters and the moments they’d prefer to forget.
5 AUGUST PENRITH RSL Voted 2012 Australian Psychic of the year, Ezio could help you learn what the future holds or connect you to a loved one on the other side.
5 AUGUST THE BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & HUB Mosaic Muse are an ensemble featuring some of the finest voices performing together in Australia. Be thrilled with their exquisite vocal renditions of British favourites including British pop music hits, highlights from British musical theatre, movie themes including Chariots of Fire and James Bond, classics like Jerusalem, Danny Boy and the Dam Busters theme. There will be something for everyone!
19 AUGUST BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & HUB Experience all the hilarity of James Valentine’s Afternoon radio program from ABC Radio Sydney – but after dark! And in a theatre.
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31 AUGUST THE JOAN A Sydney Theatre Company production. An all-new, up-to-the-minute, fibre-to-the-node dose of side-splitting sketches and rib-tickling songs.
5 AUGUST THE ROOTY HILL RSL The House Of Fun Comedy Night featuring some of the best comics Australia has to offer is back! Featuring comics like Peter Berner, Mick Meredith and Jimeoin, this is a not to be missed monthly experience!
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6 AUGUST EVAN THEATRE, PENRITH PANTHERS This show strings together all Cash’s greatest hits and signature tunes. Woven through this rich musical journey is a fascinating glimpse into the darker side of his life.
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.
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.
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18 AUGUST PENRITH PANTHERS Boys In the Band: Jackson 5, Backstreet Boys, Take That, Human Nature, Beatles and Bee Gees. This international hit show celebrates the world’s greatest hits from the most iconic bands of the 20th century. Backed by their sensational live band The Players.
11 AUGUST PENRITH PANTHERS Peter Byrne with a 30 piece Sydney international Orchestra bring Neil Diamond’s greatest live album of all time to Panthers along with other favourite classic songs of Neil’s.
12 AUGUST THE BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & HUB Since debuting with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at age 13, Andrea is renowned worldwide having performed with the world’s leading conductors.
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18 AUGUST THE ROOTY HILL RSL Harrison Craig delivers an intimate experience of Old Vegas in all its 4am glory. An intoxicating cocktail of swing, glamour, cool and the thrill of anything goes!
5 AUGUST THE JOAN Western Sydney’s favourite tenor, Lorenzo Rositano, and Swiss opera star, Noëmi Nadelmann, in one of her first concerts in Australia, are the featured soloists on this program of opera classics.
JOHN WILLIAMSON 2017 26 AUGUST THE ROOTY HILL RSL One of the most in-demand live performers in Australia, his unofficial anthems, tributes to legends and unsung heroes and tender ballads have captured the spirit of the nation in song unlike any other. His songs are synonymous with the country that inspires and connect him with his countrymen regardless of age, sex or creed.
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here is no person more synonymous with the Australian comedy scene than Dave “Hughesy” Hughes. Hughesy has already had a huge 2017 – owning TV’s night of nights with his killer TV WEEK Logie Award’s opener and performing to sold out shows in the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival. No one loves stand-up comedy more than Hughesy and now he is bringing his new show Deluded to Penrith! As fans would know, life is never dull for this comedian and 2016 was his busiest yet. A father of three young kids, he continued to co-host the hit national drive show, Hughesy and Kate (Mix 102.3,97.3 FM and KIIS FM). However, not happy to be far away from the stand up stage, he also toured his live show, Sweet, to sellout crowds around the country, was invited to perform at the invitation-only Just For Laughs Festival in both
Montreal and Sydney and had his own TV special, Hughes the Boss, air on Channel Nine. If that wasn’t enough, he co-hosted Australia’s Got Talent as well as appeared as a regular guest on The AFL Footy Show – both on Channel Nine. He also had key spots on Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Big ThreeOh! stand up series and its Oxfam Gala. During the year, he was named as one of Australia’s Top 20 Most Influential Men On Air by Radio Today and, with his radio co-host Kate Langbroek, was listed in Who magazine’s Sexiest People for 2016. And yes, there are photos to prove it! Oh and if you type “Hughesy” into your iPhone it autocorrects to “Highest”. While you take a moment to ponder the significance of that, you should also book your ticket before they sell out once again.
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Richard Goodwin PE N R I TH RE G I O N A L G A LL ERY & THE L E W E R S B E Q UE ST.
his Winter, step into the world of Australian artist Richard Goodwin at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest. Navigator brings together select artworks, sculptures, drawings and models produced over the past 25 years.
View Goodwin’s real and imagined architectural models, exploding bikes and cars. Large scale drawings positioned alongside alien machine constructions. Visions of the future and the past, the porous and parasitic, habitable and inhabitable space, machines and the human form.
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. He describes his gallery practice as existing between public and private space and calls into question our relationship with built environments.
At times confronting Richard’s work is profoundly political. His artworks construct a world-view which both disturbs and compels us to look beyond the heroic versions of self and city. Throughout the artist is provocateur, biographer and navigator.
“Marcel Duchamp gave artists the ‘readymade’. I owe my art practice, at least in part, to this device, which enables me to radically transform the meaning of objects with little or no physical intervention. Thus something can become something else.” – Richard Goodwin, 2016.
In Goodwin’s major work, The Ulysess Suite, five large mixed media panels are positioned alongside a modified beast-like racing bike. Entitled Dedalus’s Prosthesis for a Minotaur, the artwork feasts on the carcass of James Joyce’s epic novel Ulysses. Richard created this suite while reading and re-reading Ulysses and the Greek classic, Homer. The result is a mash-up of autobiographical
references to a life lived within and alongside a particular history of western art and architecture. Goodwin’s major prizes include The National Sculpture Award 1985, The Sculpture by the Sea Prize 2003, Helen Lempriere Award 2004, the Blackett Award for Architecture in 2004, and the Wynne Prize from the Art Gallery of NSW 2011.
Navigator - Richard Goodwin On exhibition until August 20 | Daily 9am to 5pm FREE Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest 86 River Road, Emu Plains penrithregionalgallery.org
he Joan is bringing award-winning Australian choreographer, Shaun Parker, to Penrith to present Blue Love, a poetic and satirical take on the clichés of pop culture, romance, coupledom and suburbia. This quirky, character-based work combines multi-media with physical theatre and comedy. From a fantastic place where TV soap meets art-house film, Blue Love’s protagonists, Glenn and Rhonda Flune, take the audience on an expedition in search of the perfect relationship.
Infused with intense movement, film and dance, Blue Love is inspired by famous works of art, theatre, music and film; all of which deal with the concept of love. Glenn and Rhonda draw on and reference all of these art forms, parodying the lip-service given to love and its incarnations. SHOW DETAILS Blue Love 19 August at 7.30pm - ONE SHOW ONLY S tandard $55 | Concession $50 Or subscribe & save! T he Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre 597 High St, Penrith thejoan.com.au
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reference film, dance, text and song in playing out their relationship.” Originally created as an award-winning short film, Blue Love was then developed into a full length physical theatre and dance work which has now been performed internationally and toured widely around Australia. Shaun Parker & Company is an exhilarating and bold Australian dance company that has exploded onto the international dance scene, focusing on integrating choreographic forms, storytelling, diverse musical styles and theatrical invention.
Parker wanted to create work about romantic love, saying “I was inspired by how romantic love runs rampant through all art forms, both popular and high-art, and provides such juicy thematic fodder for artists and audiences alike. It’s a topic that everyone knows only too well. In romantic love the cliché becomes the poignant and vice versa. “Enter our characters, Glenn and Rhonda Flune. They believe that they are the perfect couple, and in believing so become the tenuous, sometimes fabricated, sometimes real storyteller of Blue Love. They and their ‘sketchedout’ living room become the canvas for our story as they Issue 8 August 2017
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EVERY WEDNESDAY Penrith’s only weekday market has approximately 250300 stalls selling products ranging from plants, fruit and vegetables, clothing, lingerie, tools, craft supplies, car supplies, pets, bric a brac and much more.
FIRST SUNDAY Located at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium YMCA, 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.
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.
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THIRD SUNDAY Craft, art, fashion, jewellery, accessories, health and wellbeing, sweet treats, plants, homewares and fresh produce items.
EVERY SUNDAY Located in the George St Mall. Quality handmade homewares, arts, crafts, fashion and fresh produce. Local bands and buskers offer great entertainment.
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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.
FOURTH SATURDAY Come down to McQuade Park and check out the community markets – you’ll see plenty of stalls selling old and quality new products, with everything from vegetables to handmade jewellery.
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 FOURTH 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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PENRITH COMMUNITY RAISES $25,000 FOR
Local Charity Emma Husar’s generous contribution to the new local shelter
The Penrith community has raised an extraordinary $25,000 in just over a month to fund the creation of an urgently-needed shelter for women fleeing domestic violence or suffering homelessness, to be known as The Haven – Nepean Women’s Shelter.
he effort, supported by Women’s Community Shelters, is a response to overwhelming levels of demand that have resulted in half of local women being turned away from crisis accommodation because of a lack of capacity at existing shelters. The board of The Haven is now calling on the local community to assist with locating a property that can house the shelter, with the aim to have the doors open by November this year. “We set a target of raising $25,000 to provide the seed funding to get this new women’s shelter off the ground,” The Haven chair, Sharon Levy, said. “None of us expected the extraordinary outpouring of support from the Penrith community that resulted in the full amount being donated in little more than a month. “Penrith has a critical shortage of available crisis accommodation, resulting in one in every two women who are fleeing family violence or experiencing homelessness being turned away because shelters are at capacity. “The Haven is an attempt to address this urgent need, which is why we want to have the doors open by November, ahead of the ‘peak season’ for family violence which generally occurs around Christmas.”
The board of The Haven is now calling on the local community to assist with locating a property that can house the shelter Levy said The Haven was searching for a property with at least six bedrooms and multiple bathrooms that is close to public transport and shopping facilities. “As well as financial assistance we have been overwhelmed with offers of support from the community, especially from people willing to volunteer their time and skills, but the next step is to locate a property that can house The Haven.” Women’s Community Shelters CEO Annabelle Daniel said there was a desperate need for additional accommodation to shelter women and children fleeing domestic violence. “Based on our past experience, and the level of demand in the local community, we expect that The Haven will be full within a week of the doors opening,” Daniel said. “That is why it is so important for more community initiatives like this one to get off the ground and provide safe, supportive places for women fleeing violence to go.” YOUR ASSISTANCE IS WELCOMED Anyone wishing to offer assistance with locating appropriate premises to house The Haven is encouraged to contact the board by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Emu Plains brings artisanal goods to the Penrith region this winter.
enrith’s popular art and design market returned in July with a new name at Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School in Emu Plains. The Westies Market – Emu Plains, previously known as The Thornton Artisan and Farmers Market, gives visitors the opportunity to purchase local produce, original handmade homewares and fashion, and locally made honey, tea, smallgoods and sweets. The market enjoyed great success after launching in April 2016 as Thornton Artisan and Farmers Market at Thornton Green in Penrith. The market will now take place at Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School in Emu Plains. It features local makers from the Penrith and Blue Mountains region under one roof, providing a special shopping experience for the community and visitors. After launching on Sunday, July 16, 9am-2pm, the market will take place on the third Sunday of every month. Not-for-profit organisation The Westies is the vision behind the markets. Run by Penrith native Katrina James, The Westies mission is to bring quality community events to Western Sydney while showcasing the region. The Westies Market gives local makers and suppliers a platform to sell their goods and provides an accessible event for the growing local community and visitors. "We are super excited to be relaunching the markets that received so much community support. Clearly this is something the area wants and deserves," says James. “Support from the community is what motivated us to find a new venue
so that we can continue to support the makers and creators in the area. Strong communities are connected communities and beyond shopping this is what the market is a platform for – connecting." The Westies acknowledges the wonderful support of its major sponsor Mooney Real Estate along with foundation sponsors, Chris Lawler Building, Hilary Nathan Photography, Emu Plains Podiatry, Savvy Cakes, Parties from the Attic, Western Sydney Business Centre and Mrs Nargar and Co. COME CHECK IT OUT Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School, 15-119 Great Western Highway, Emu Plains
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Drop in Centre FOR VE TERANS
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith joined Mick McConnell, president, and Brian Cartwright of the City of Penrith RSL Sub Branch to announce funding of $2,500 to assist in furnishing the new drop in centre for veterans. “It is my pleasure to announce this funding that will go towards furniture and amenities to make it comfortable and welcoming,” said Ayres. “Many veterans are young men and women in their 20s and 30s and this centre will provide a safe haven for them to have a chat and a cuppa in a non-threatening environment,” said Ayres. Cartwright welcomed the funding saying the drop-in centre will be utilised, and to some extent run, by the veterans themselves and will also be a space available to Homes for Heroes as part of their community engagement program. The new centre will have its own entrance in an alcohol free zone separate from the RSL Club itself. It will also assist homeless veterans to re-engage positively with the community. FOR MORE INFORMATION 4728 5225
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here is no doubt our city will look different in the future; we will work closer to home, have more affordable housing, more access to world class education and more efficient transport connections. Already we have international sporting and cultural events in our city and in the future we will have many more,” said Penrith Mayor John Thain. “However, growth and transformation does come with challenges. We recognise that public transport, parking and traffic are current challenges. We are working with government to make sure that Penrith becomes a connected city now, as well as working for the delivery of roads, transport and vital lifestyle opportunities to support future population growth.
Today things are moving quickly and we need to keep up, to make sure we get the best for our community and to sustain Penrith as a great place to live.
“Delivering more and better services for our community is essential for the future transformation of our city. That’s the reason we are pushing hard for a north south rail connection between Campbelltown and Marsden Park,” said Mayor Thain. "The Sydney Science Park, the Western Sydney Airport, the potential for more jobs, future commercial and retail growth and residential development, give us the prerogative to demand better infrastructure, some is needed immediately, and some to support and enhance the Penrith City of the future.” Adoption of the Sydney Science Park Precinct Plan at Luddenham has demonstrated Penrith Council’s commitment to a thriving future for Penrith. When completed, the 280ha, $5 billion Sydney Science Park will create an internationally recognised epicentre for research and development in the heart of Western Sydney, a fully integrated community, more than 12,000 knowledge based jobs, 10,000 students and will become home to more than 10,000 residents. In the centre of Penrith, Council has also embarked on an innovative approach to providing quality accommodation for older Penrith residents. Plans for independent living apartments, 24 hour aged care, community and medical services will be delivered in Reserve Street, Penrith by Greengate Developments. A second key site in Union Road Penrith is being explored to deliver transformational development and to provide more choices for present and future residents. “Planning is not new," said Mayor Thain. “The facilities we now have in Penrith didn’t just happen, they were planned, we are an evolving city. Today things are moving quickly and we need to keep up, to make sure we get the best for our community and to sustain Penrith as a great place to live.”
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ROAMING SPOKE TO LOCAL AND TRUSTED VETS, COREEN AVENUE VETENTARY CLINIC, WHO HAVE BEEN SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY FOR THE LAST 21 YEARS.
Medical examinations for all pet ailments, routine pet care, on site radiology, pathology, ultrasound and endoscope services, orthopaedic surgery, dental surgery, grooming, boarding, hydrobath services, emergency and critical care, access to 24/7 veterinary and nursing care.
Over the past two years we have; • Attended six Homelessness Hub Programs to provide free health checks, vaccinations and desexing and follow up care
We also offer quality over-the-counter flea, heartworm and tick preventatives.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST OPEN YOUR DOORS? Coreen Avenue Veterinary Clinic (CAVC) opened in February 1996 and Western Sydney Cat Hospital (WSCH) opened in 2009.
Our commitment to delivering quality loving care has resulted in the clinic to often deliver care and services that is above and beyond.
• Co-ordinated five Vaccinations Days with RSPCA to provide free health checks and vaccinations to help reduce the incidence of the deadly virus Parvovirus in our community
2 TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM
CAVC and WSCH is owned and operated by three partners who have worked together for over 25 years. We pride ourselves on being a family-friendly practice where clients become a part of our extended family. We, Dr Nicole McMillan, Dr Lynn Mathison and Kellie Tickner, operate the business as a partnership. Our team is made up of 10 Veterinarians, 18 nursing staff and an office manager as well as a whole lot of furry, scaly, slimy (and sometimes stinky) friends. Our team is encouraged to ‘go the extra mile’ and treat every client on their individual needs in accordance with practice policies and protocols. The culture of CAVC is very family-orientated. Clients become our extended family and feel a genuine sense of belonging. 3 NAME THE SERVICES YOUR BUSINESS OFFERS Our services include everything that you would expect from a veterinary hospital including;
• Attended six Microchipping days with Penrith City Council to provide free health checks and vaccinations
• Assistance in raising $15,000 for an assistance dog
4 WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING ASPECT OF WHAT YOU DO? We love that our clients see us as their extended family and we are rewarded every day by the trust that they have in us.
• Assistance to RSPCA programs – Living Ruff (homelessness program), POOPS (elderly client/pets program) and emergency boarding of pets for clients experiencing domestic violence
We pride ourselves on excellence in delivery of high customer service and walking in our clients' shoes.
• CAVC/RSPCA Paw-It-Forward Program to assist people in our community with financial constraints with routine pet care while educating them along the way.
5 WHAT ARE SOME ACHIEVEMENTS AND HIGHLIGHTS YOU ARE PROUD OF? A few of our highlights include: • 2006 Winner of the Australian Veterinary Association Pfizer Practice of Excellence Award
• 2004 – 2014 Winner of nine local business awards
6 ANY ADVICE TO LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS?
We believe that recognising the importance of staff, clients and community is central to the success of a local business. It generates word of mouth referrals and trust from the people of Penrith.
• 2013 – 2016 Winner of three Australian Small Business Champion Awards for Outstanding Pet Care • 2014 – 2016 Winner of two Women with Altitude awards
WE'LL LOOK AFTER YOUR LITTLE FRIEND
Another huge highlight for us has been the establishment of our various community projects.
Coreen Avenue Veterinary Clinic is a modern, centrally located Veterinary Practice in Penrith. There is ample parking and disability access. We are located in the Petbarn complex, where all your pets’ needs are catered. Consultations by appointment only 02 4731 3055 Consultation Hours Monday to Friday: 9am to 9pm Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 6pm Public Holidays: 10am to 12noon Our Location Unit 2/117 Coreen Avenue, Penrith NSW 2750 c avets.com.au
MEET TRAVEL EXPERTS KERRIE AND LYNETTE FROM MARIA, FELLOWES & TURNER TRAVEL ASSOCIATES, PENRITH. 1 HOW LONG HAS YOUR BUSINESS BEEN OPERATING? We opened our doors just over three and a half years ago in December 2013. 2 TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM Our team of four at Maria, Fellowes & Turner Travel Associates are avid travellers who have seen much of the world. Between us we have over 80 years experience in the industry so we know a thing or two about travel. 3 WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE INDUSTRY? Lynette – I wanted to be an air hostess growing up so I had an interest in travelling from an early age. Mum and dad took me on my first international flight when I was six months old and from then on we would travel each year to somewhere different. Having grown up with lots of travel experience in my 20s I decided that it just made sense to become a Travel Consultant, so off to TAFE I went and did my Cert III in Travel.
Kerrie – I was blown away by the experience I received booking my first overseas holiday. I loved the consultant – she was so passionate about planning my trip and I thought I can do this. So here I am 20 years and 39 countries later and the bucket list is still full!
6 WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING ASPECT OF
WHAT YOU DO? Kerrie – The memories that I help create for my clients by sending them to so many wonderful countries. Lynette – Giving people an experience that will impact them (in a good way) forever. Creating unforgettable memories that have an everlasting impression is rewarding for me. 7 ANY HIGHLIGHTS/ACHIEVEMENTS THAT YOU
ARE PROUD OF? Kerrie - I’m proud of my whole journey in the travel industry, the most memorable would be opening the doors of our Travel Associates office in December 2013 and the support we have received from our loyal clients (fans). Lynette – It’s the relationships and the connections I share with people that are what I am most proud of. When I receive a thoughtful card or flowers I know I've done my job right. 8 TIME TO BRAG, HOW MANY COUNTRIES HAVE YOU BEEN TO, ANY FAVOURITES? Kerrie – I’ve been to 39 countries in total. Favourite would be swimming with the dolphins and turtles in Hawaii and also watching the Formula One Grand Prix in Spain.
Also India – a truly wonderful country rich in culture and history. Lynette – I’ve been to 32 countries. My favourite places are usually those that have lots of flora and fauna to offer. Borneo and South America would have to be right up there as the best I have seen.
4 NAME THE SERVICES YOUR BUSINESS OFFERS We offer a range of services but not limited to; premium offering on airfares, accommodation, river cruising, ocean cruising, specialist holidays, group travel, unique experiences, travel insurance and visa service.
9 WITH BOOKING TRAVEL ONLINE BECOMING HUGELY POPULAR TELL US WHY BOOKING WITH AN EXPERIENCED AGENT IS STILL YOUR BEST BET? Booking travel online has become much more popular than ever before.
5 WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK? Kerrie –The relationship I have with my clients. They instil a high level of trust in me to create amazing holidays for them.
However, what you are missing out on when booking online is the knowledge and experience of a travel advisor. When dealing with a business like ours, all of our consultants have travelled extensively and have first hand knowledge of most destinations.
Lynette – I still get blown away with some destinations. I am forever learning about people and cultures that we are so far removed from and it really is fascinating.
clients to chase more unique and rewarding experiences is at the core of what our brand is about. 10 WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT BEING PART OF THIS COMMUNITY? Both of us work and live in Penrith, this has helped us develop strong relationships and partnerships with our customers and also the business community. There are so many good-hearted people in the area. 11 ANY ADVICE TO SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS? Do not go trying to recreate the wheel. Look for something a little unique or different and have a point of difference to your competitors. Get one thing right first and absolutely nail it before you move onto the next.
Always value and look after your clients. Stay positive, believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to dream or travel! LET US GUIDE YOU ON YOUR TRAVELS Call Us FREECALL 1800 040 744 O pening Hours Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm Our Location 14 Macquarie Avenue, Penrith, NSW 2750 travel-associates.com.au/mariafellowes
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Lovin’ it local WHAT WE ARE LOVING LOCALLY THIS MONTH Your one stop – For Natural Health Abundant Life & Health located in Penrith CBD has been operating for 26 years – 16 of which in Penrith. You're guaranteed to be in the most knowledgeable and capable of hands. They also have their Health Food Store – The Apothecary’s Pantry. theapothecaryspantry.com.au abundantlifeandhealth.com.au
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There’s not time like NOW to start thinking about Christmas holidays and your next family getaway. Contact Kerrie and Lynette From Travel Associates for all your travel needs – even if you just need some holiday inspiration. Contact 1800 040 744
Our friends at E-Smart Solar will be at the Penrith Spring Home Show @ Panthers, August 19-20, Saturday and Sunday. Visit them at the show for your chance to win an efergy® engage solar kit valued at $229.95. If you are interested in saving money and going green call E-Smart today. 1800 375 278
Have you tried Skinny’s yet? If not, now is the time. They have just re-opened with an exciting new menu. You can expect Low Carb Burgers, Low carb Pizza and Low Carb BROWNIES, the menu is endless! It’s perfect for date night or family dinners. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 62 Batt Street, Jamisontown (Across from AMF Bowling) skinnysgrill.com
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Penrith Local Business Awards – have you entered? Want a (totally unfair!) advantage? Awards Agency, Australia’s premier business awards specialists, is holding a business awards workshop specifically designed to walk you through developing a kick-ass submission for the Penrith Local Business Awards. Learn: • What the judges are looking for • What evidence is needed and how to use it • How to present your information, and more! You’ll also have the opportunity to work with one of Australia’s leading awards writers to actively develop your submission. Email email@example.com to register your interest and we’ll let you know as soon as dates are confirmed.
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PENRITH REGIONAL GALLERY &
The Lewers Bequest A PLACE OF IDEAS AND INSPIRATION.
ife, food and art have long been integral to 86 River Road, Emu Plains. For more than seven decades the garden and home have echoed with the sound of parties, lively debate and creative passion and today – as Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest – it provides a vibrant program of exhibitions and activities and a place for visitors to discover, share and enjoy. The site was once a small rural holding on the banks of the Nepean River, and part of the early settlement of the Nepean district. The original house, now known as Lewers House, was built in 1905 and in 1942, Margo and Gerald Lewers – two leading artists in the development of modernism in Australian art – bought the property and made it their home and studio. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s it was known as a place of style, innovation and hospitality. As Patrick White wrote: “ideas hurtled, argument ﬂared, voices shouted, sparks ﬂew … It was a place in which people gathered spontaneously”.
The isolation of the house enabled Gerald to work on his sculptures - especially the larger carved stone pieces without fear of disturbing the neighbours. The placement of Gerald’s sculptures within the garden is a subtle but significant design element, and something that visitors can enjoy today, along with examples of Margo’s work; including paintings, mosaic tiles, and Corkwall, a significant piece of Modernist design comprising a cupboard and display unit that can be seen in Ancher House. The garden played a pivotal role in the creative and artistic life of Margo and Gerald Lewers, in family life, and in entertaining family and friends – especially people also involved or interested in modern art and design. Today it is maintained by a Heritage Gardener in keeping with Margo’s original intent that it be a living work of art. In 1956 architect Sydney Ancher remodelled elements of Lewers House to create a Modernist living room (today known as the Lounge Room Gallery), opening onto a new courtyard space with brick wall and nearby succulent garden. Ancher went on to design a second
house on the site, known as Ancher House. Now housing the Gallery’s Modernist Research Centre, this is the only example of Ancher’s work in Western Sydney and was a true collaboration between artist and architect. Interior decoration and detailing, including extensive mosaic work, was completed by Margo. Following Gerald’s death in 1962, Margo continued to live and work at Emu Plains until she died in 1978. In 1980 the Lewers daughters, Darani and Tanya, donated the site, buildings and gardens to Penrith City Council, together with a substantial collection of art including works by Gerald and Margo and their contemporaries. Their vision was to create a centre of excellence for the presentation and appreciation of art for the community. All of this on our doorstep: a unique local Gallery, with a fascinating artistic and architectural heritage, an enchanting garden and a sensational café. If these walls could talk, oh the stories they would tell.
COME VISIT AND DISCOVER Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest 86 River Road, Emu Plains NSW 2750 4735 1100 OPEN DAILY 9am - 5pm ADMISSION FREE penrithregionalgallery.org
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Penrith Schools SECURE BUDGET FUNDING
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith, joined Rob Stokes, Minister for Education, to announce that Penrith Public School will be upgraded and a new environmental education centre at Penrith Lakes will be built with funding provided through this year’s NSW Government Budget. The upgrade at Penrith Public School will considerably increase the number of teaching spaces allowing greater capacity for the school community. A new hall for Kingswood High School is also planned and a new primary school will be built at Jordan Springs. These projects are a part of the NSW Government’s record commitment to education across the state, which will see a record $4.2 billion invested into new and existing school projects over the next four years, including $2.2 billion worth of new projects commencing in the next two years. Since coming to ofﬁce in 2011 the NSW Liberal-Nationals Government has announced a new environmental education centre and two major school upgrades in the Penrith electorate alone.
Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres welcomed the funding for the projects to meet the needs of local students. “These projects will help provide the education facilities our community needs and deserves,” Ayres said. “I’m pleased the NSW Government is delivering these muchneeded resources for the education of our children.” Education Minister Rob Stokes said NSW public schools are expected to enrol an additional 164,000 students by 2031, and these school projects will provide improved and expanded learning environments for the growing student population. “These projects will ensure students and staff have the resources they need to succeed in the 21st century,” Stokes said.
“The NSW Government is working hard to provide high-quality education facilities for students and their communities now and into the future.” Early planning will begin in the coming months on the scope of works for the projects. Final funding for the projects will be confirmed after the tender process for works has been completed. COME VISIT AND DISCOVER
More details can be found on the new School Infrastructure NSW website also being launched today at: schoolinfrastructure.nsw.gov.au
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PARENTS WIN AND KIDS GET ACTIVE IN RECORD $401 MILLION SPORT BUDGET
amilies are the big winners from this year’s record $401 million sport budget, with parents in NSW eligible for a $100 rebate to cover sporting club fees, including swimming lessons, for every school-aged child.
Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said an ‘Active Kids Rebate’ is the centrepiece of this year’s sport budget, with $207 million allocated for the program across the next four years to increase participation in sport. “Quite simply, this budget will lower the cost for every school child to play sport, playing sports more accessible and delivering back to families by reducing barriers to healthy activity,” Ayres said. "The biggest sport and recreation budget on record will tackle childhood obesity, encourage active lifestyles and invest in both our major and community sporting facilities." Penrith Mayor, Councillor John Thain, said that the timing of this announcement coincides with the 10 year strategy Council is currently developing to prioritise and invest in our valuable sporting, recreational, play and open space assets.
Issue 8 August 2017
JAMES COURTNEY Lo cal Born Penrith Bo y Living his Dream By Cassandra Elliot
FROM RACING GO CARTS IN PENRITH AS A BOY, TO DRIVING FOR THE BEST ALL OVER THE WORLD, V8 SUPERCAR DRIVER, JAMES COURTNEY HAS ALREADY ACHIEVED A LOT IN HIS 37 YEARS.
Being a young bloke from Western Sydney... I was always told that I was wasting my time and I'd amount to nothing... so to prove all those people wrong and sort of reach your dream, and be paid to do what you love is probably the icing on the cake of it all.
hile he took his family dog, Diva, out for a walk, James spoke to Roaming about his life.
His dad “mucked around a little” with go carts, which is how he got into the sport. “I started go carting when I was eight. We raced all around Sydney as a young chap,” he says. “Like the majority of the field, I think starting in carting is the first step," James says, “I raced carts here in Australia until I was about 14-15, then I moved to Europe and started racing there.” At 15, a European team selected James to join them in Europe. “Carting is very big in Europe. Europeans always used to come out to race and I was the first guy to beat the Europeans, so they said to my dad, ‘I think you should come and do world championships’. So I did and I won it. Then they said you could stay in Juniors, or you can go back with your parents. That's when I stayed there." He says it probably wasn’t easy for his parents to let him go at such a young age, but they did, and it’s proved to be a smart decision. "It was a bit of a shock to the system. At that age your parents do everything for you. I was living by myself in a foreign country where I couldn't speak the language." Living in an apartment owned by the team, James spent a lot of time travelling around Europe driving for the carting team. He had his meals cooked and his washing done by the lady in the restaurant below him. “We used to fly and race in Asia as well. They would send me to America a lot because of my English and I'd do a lot of stuff all over America and South America," he says. James says that although all other sports took a back seat to his driving growing up, he considers himself as a “crazy Panthers supporter”.
He says he would get smashed if he played sport because he wasn’t big enough, but that’s been one of his strengths as a driver. “They don't want us to be really massive, because then that's weight in the car, and that's slower," he says. “A lot of people think it's pretty easy, everyone can drive. It's not that strenuous, but in the car for us, it's really quite violent. The temperature's typically between 55 and 60 degrees inside the car, so it's really, really hot," he says. “We have to be able to deal with the heat and still make rational decisions over long periods of time.” James mostly does heat tolerance and endurance training. He has a full gym at home, and to imitate driving conditions, he turns the heater on in the gym before training. Training in these conditions “shows the ability to still make good decisions while you're hot and bothered”. “The last thing you need at the end of the race, when you're doing 300kms an hour, is to have a lapse in judgement and crash, so it's pretty important." Hydration is very important when driving, and James explains that drivers go through two three-litre drink bottles which are re-filled at pit-stops. "It’s about 2.8 kilos an hour weight burn, because you're sweating, [from] the amount of heat in the car," he says. To combat this, drivers wear a cool suit in the car. "It's like a little vest that pumps through dry ice back through little pipes over your vital organs so they don’t fail," he says. One thing James struggled with as a young driver is having the mental strength to push through the heat. “When you’re hurt or tired, you have that ability to block it out and keep going," he says, which is a real strength to have.
James says the hardest part of his job is simply "time away from the kiddies".
“You sit down to work, how hard can that be?," James laughs.
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“I've broken my leg, my elbow, my hand,” he lists, but James has also been injured when he’s not in the car. “There was an aerial display at a race and a helicopter came too low and debris hit me in my chest,” he says, “it broke seven ribs, punctured my lungs and put me out for three months.” Despite enduring these conditions, injuries, and time away from family, James still loves the sport and says his career highlight so far has been getting all the way to Formula One. “Being a young bloke from Western Sydney from a working-class family, I was always told that I was wasting my time and I'd amount to nothing at school, so to prove all those people wrong and sort of reach your dream, and be paid to do what you love is probably the icing on the cake of it all.” James has a very busy schedule, travelling, racing, and meeting with sponsors. He says his wife Carys manages his calendar very well. ”Three kids she's got to look after,” he laughs, alluding to the fact that his wife looks after him. He describes their meeting as “a little fairytale”. They knew the same people growing up in Sydney’s Western suburbs, but only met as adults. “We like looking at all of her old photos, you can see me in the background, which is pretty funny. But we had never met until a drunken night in Sydney, when I was 21,” he says. Together the couple have two young children, Zara and Cadel. When asked if any of his children would be following in his racing footsteps, James says Zara fancies herself a singer, and Cadel is still deciding
I've always tried to be very grounded and normal... I just want to be a normal bloke like everyone else, but I get paid to do something pretty cool for a living.
if he’s going to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona. James says the hardest part of his job is simply “time away from the kiddies”.
same for others. “I get the buzz out of it because it's good, and I still can't believe I do what I do, and I’m grateful for it.”
Throughout his career so far, James has won the karting world championship twice - once in juniors, once in seniors. “Then I won the British Formula Ford Championship, which is the first category in car racing. Then we moved to Japan, with Toyota. I did all the Toyota F1 engine development and raced sports cars, in Japan, all over Asia and America and then came back here. Now I’m racing for HSV."
James says he’s thankful he doesn’t have to get a real job just yet, and he gets to continue doing what he loves. He knows this career has allowed him more opportunities than most, and he says some memorable moments are the people he's met.
“I won this championship, the V8 Supercar championship, the Japanese Formula 3 championship, and I think we were second in the Super GT championship. So, there's been a few things," he says. In motor sports, the teams always keep the trophies. “The only thing I've got is all my helmets, there's 56 of them, so they've all got a little story to tell,” he says. James says there’s one big race that’s alluded him so far in his career, and that’s Bathurst. “I suppose, a Bathurst on my resume would be lovely to have.” Thinking back over his illustrious career, James says, like anything, your family make sacrifices for you. “My sisters, they had to spend a lot of time at go cart tracks as young girls, and I'm sure they didn't wanna spend their time there," he laughs, "so, [as a shoutout, I’ll say] sorry to my sisters.” Outside of racing, James started his own carting company and fund because he says he received a lot of support early in his career and wants to pay it forward. He wants to keep it all going by doing the
“I've done a lot of cool things. I've met the Beatles, Jamiroquai, a lot of big celebrities”, like Jen Hawkins and Nicole Kidman. “High profile people that, if I was working in the family carpet-laying business, I never would've met." He says for his 21st birthday, he received phone calls from Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. However, a highlight for him was being able to extend this access to his daughter. Two weeks ago he took Delta Goodrem for a ride in the race car and Delta called Zara. His daughter sung Delta a song. “Not too many parents are able to do that for their kids, so that's probably a rather large bonus of what I do," he says. Being that he is a high-profile name himself, people ask to have their photo taken with him, which James says his kids think is weird. “For me, I've always tried to be very grounded and normal. I think coming from humble beginnings, and Western Sydney, I just want to be a normal bloke like everyone else, but I get paid to do something pretty cool for a living."
Local chef and food writer Ross Dobson gives Roaming exclusive access to two recipes from his book and we couldn’t go past the pasta recipes. Enjoy!
Pasta with Tomato, Chilli and Pancetta By any other name, this is pasta all’amatriciana, Rome’s most iconic pasta dish. The original recipe, from the hillside town of Amatrice, calls for spaghetti, but in Rome it’s usually served with bucatini, a thick, hollow spaghetti-like pasta. This messy-to-eat pasta might flick you in the face, but that only adds to the enjoyment. I usually like to add a big handful of spinach leaves to the bowl; it’s a sneaky way of eating salad and the flavours work well together, too. INGREDIENTS 200g piece pancetta, cut into 1cm chunks 60ml olive oil 1 red onion, coarsely chopped 400g tin crushed tomatoes ½ teaspoon chilli flakes 400g bucatini or perciatelli 1 00g (1 cup) grated pecorino, romano or parmesan cheese 9 4 large handfuls baby English spinach 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
METHOD Put the pancetta in a large saucepan with the oil and fry over low heat for 15 minutes, or until all the fat has been rendered out and the meat is very crisp. 26
Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onion to the pan and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the tomatoes, then stir in the chilli flakes. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened slightly. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of cold water to the boil and add a generous pinch of salt. When the water returns to the boil, add the pasta and cook until al dente; this will take 9–12 minutes, depending on the brand. Ladle about 125ml (½ cup) of pasta water into the pan with the sauce. Drain the pasta. Add the drained pasta and pancetta to the sauce and stir for 30 seconds, or until well combined and heated through. Remove from the heat and stir in half the cheese. Put a handful of spinach into each of four serving bowls. Serve the hot pasta over the spinach and scatter the remaining cheese on top.
No pancetta? Simply substitute with bacon or ham. A dollop of fresh ricotta cheese on top of the pasta would be pretty great, too.
Tuck In Available at all good bookstores RRP $39.99 Local skilled Chef and Food writer Ross Dobson has 15 books to his name. His new book “Tuck In” is the latest book to add to his collection and is available now.
Penne Rigate with Bacon, Cauliflower and Gorgonzola All the tube-shaped pastas, such as penne, rigatoni, ziti and even fusilli, do like a good baking. Their hollow shapes can be delicious hiding spots for sauce and they make for easy eating. It is common to see baked pasta, or pasta al forno, with a tomato-based sauce. Not in this recipe. There is an indulgent group of ingredients here, combining to make a really comforting and delicious meal. INGREDIENTS 9 300g penne rigate 9 300g cauliflower, broken into bite-sized pieces 9 100g butter 9 4 bacon rashers, thinly sliced 9 3 tablespoons plain (all-purpose) flour ⁄ teaspoon ground nutmeg 9 500ml (2 cups) milk 9 150g gorgonzola cheese 9 60g (1 cup) fresh breadcrumbs
METHOD Preheat the oven to 180°C. Bring a large saucepan of cold water to the boil and add a generous pinch of salt. When the water returns to the boil, add the pasta and cook for 7 minutes. Add the cauliflower to the pan and cook for a further 5 minutes, or until both the pasta and cauliflower are tender. Drain well and then tip the pasta and cauliflower back into the pan. Set aside. Heat the butter in a saucepan over high heat. Add the bacon and cook for 4–5 minutes, until golden. Add the flour and nutmeg and stir to combine. Gradually add the milk to the pan and cook until the milk thickens. Remove from the heat. Break the cheese into smaller pieces directly into the hot sauce and stir until just combined. Stir the cheese sauce into the pasta until combined. Transfer to a large baking dish, sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the top, then bake in the oven for 15–20 minutes, until the breadcrumbs are golden and crisp.
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Kerrie & Lynette Maria, Fellowes & Turner Travel Associates Penrith
ALL IN THE FAMILY
From mum and dad and the kids travelling with grandparents; to aunts and uncles, cousins, and in-laws joining a holiday to celebrate a special occasion; multigenerational family travel is on the rise. For extended families that may live far apart, it’s a way to come together and spend some quality time. 1
It's easy to keep the whole family entertained on a beach getaway. The Whitsundays is certainly a hot favourite or it could be a tropical location or an island escape. There are so many wonderful places to choose from – Fiji, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Maldives, Hawaii and the list goes on. 2
In the last few years, cruise lines have been steaming ahead when it comes to multigenerational cruising, and many now provide facilities to cater directly for family members of diverse ages and interests. Some have a new generation of staterooms perfect for multigenerational family groups. Family Connected Suites allow families to share time together, while also allowing everyone to have their own spaces, separate bedrooms and bathrooms. Along with a multitude of activities from a circus school, bumper cars, roller-skating rink, full-size basketball court, indoor sky diving and surfing simulator, there’s something to keep the whole family entertained. Cruises also offer value for money, with all meals included from a range of dining options, catering for even the fussiest eater. 3
EUROPE BY WATER
It’s not just large ocean liners that cater for family groups. Some cruise companies offer European river cruises that are specifically designed for multigenerational families and are an excellent way to introduce young travellers to Europe. Shore excursions and on board activities on particular sailings are tailored for different age groups. Departures are conveniently scheduled during summer and winter school breaks. 4
For at least half the year, it is winter somewhere in the world, and for skiing enthusiasts that means a ski holiday is almost always on the agenda. However, one doesn’t need to be a skier to enjoy a winter holiday. Even non-skiers can find the welcoming winter spirit invigorating when travelling to the world’s most breathtaking snowy mountain retreats. 28
Once the family has had a taste of having their own private chef, it’s likely to be something that must tick the box for every family holiday. A private villa in Bali, Fiji or Thailand, with multiple rooms, its own private chef, private swimming pool and local culture provides a relaxing getaway for all the clan to come together for a special occasion such as a milestone anniversary or birthday. 6
BIG CITY LIVING
A big trend for multigenerational travel in cities like London, New York or Paris, is to rent centrally located apartments or houses rather than hotels. We have access to some of the finest luxury private homes in these cities. 7
Safari operators are also embracing the trend with the African continent, a destination that appeals to everyone no matter their age. Exploring massive African wildlife parks such South Africa’s Kruger National Park or Tanzania’s Serengeti will bring those David Attenborough documentaries to life, and create special moments and memories that everyone will be talking about for years to come.
It’s said that the family that plays together, stays together, and there is no doubt that travel with your loved ones has the greatest potential to bring families together through extraordinary shared experiences.
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10 Tips Better Sleep TO
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and wellbeing throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health and quality of life.
ed is a haven for you to escape to. After a busy day, your muscles deserve to rest, recover and recharge your body for another day ahead.
HERE ARE 10 SIMPLE TIPS TO ASSIST YOU TO GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP 1
Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine that will allow you to unwind and send a “signal” to your brain that it’s time to sleep.
2 Maintain a regular sleep-wake cycle, even on
weekends. The temptation may be to sleep in, but a regular waking time in the morning strengthens the circadian clock and can help with falling asleep at night.
3 Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine
and alcohol in the late afternoon and evening. Caffeine and nicotine can delay your sleep, and alcohol may interrupt your sleep later in the night.
4 Exercise regularly, but do so at least three hours
7 Make sure your mattress is comfortable and
supportive. The one you have been using for years may have exceeded its life expectancy – about nine or 10 years for most good quality mattresses.
8 If you can’t go to sleep after 30 minutes, don’t
stay in bed tossing and turning. Get up and pursue a relaxing activity, such as listening to soothing music or reading, until you feel sleepy.
9 Your bed is made for sleeping - avoid taking work
to bed with you, or watching TV.
10 A call to a doctor is another alternative.
However, while over-the-counter medicines may help with sleep, these should be taken with caution. Your doctor can help inform you about the different types of medications available and which would be most effective for you.
The bottom line is this: Adequate sleep is as essential to health and peak performance as exercise and good nutrition.
5 If you have trouble sleeping when you go to bed
don’t nap during the day, since it affects your ability to sleep at night.
6 Consider your sleep environment. Make it as
pleasant, comfortable, dark, cool and quiet as you can.
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PE N R I T H SU PE R T O R E
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
Naturopaths and Medical Doctors? Local Expert
John Miller-Crispe N.D. - Naturopath, Herbalist, Homeopath at Abundant Life &Health
am often asked “what is the difference between Naturopaths and Medical (orthodox) Doctors? The answer is both simple and complex. Naturopaths focus on the overall health of the patient. We seek to help our patients to understand how diet and lifestyle impact their health and wellbeing. We seek the cause of symptoms first, in order to obtain a cure – wellness. Symptoms are only a result of a disease process and treating them without treating the cause will not effect a cure and we seek cure not simply the management of symptoms. Doctors rarely see their patients until some symptom is sufficiently annoying to motivate the patient to pay a visit to them. As the symptom is so strongly motivating and finding the cause of the problem can be time consuming and the Doctor has limited time available; the symptom is what is treated, not the cause. Over time the medical profession have come to see and believe that the symptom is the disease when in fact symptoms are really the result or outward manifestation of the real disease. In short, Doctors manage symptoms (disease), they do not cure. Naturally there are certain things that each profession do better than the other. I would not expect anyone to visit me as a Naturopath if they had just had a serious accident, or a heart attack or stroke. For such life threatening events a Doctor, surgeon and hospital are the best place to be. Also a complicated pregnancy and premature birth need
good medical care. However, once the emergency is over and the recovery has begun, Naturopaths are far better at restoring true health. After any operation, a qualified Naturopath is better at getting the patient back to full health, again because we focus on the whole person and that includes the, diet, lifestyle, spiritual and social interactions that the patient has. If we lived in a perfect world, one where egos were not allowed to get in the way, Doctors and Naturopaths would work together for the best good of the patient. This will happen at some point in the future. Remember there was a time when a Doctor would not soil his hand with messy operations and referred them to a breed of Barber Surgeons who were looked down upon as being the lowest of the low. Now a Surgeon is considered a Specialist and up there with the gods. Even now we occasionally get a referral from a Doctor and often where there is no referral a patient has been told by their doctor to see a Naturopath. It will come, but like any change will be resisted by the mainstream until it becomes a self evident truth. INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE? John has over 25 years experience within the health field. Call 4721 3198 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Issue 8 August 2017
Microdermabrasion The only treatment you need for your skin this Winter! By Marianne Arthur
Just because we may have the Winter blues, doesn’t mean our skin should suffer too.
n Winter, the cold winds, central heating and low humidity can all dry out the skin, depriving your complexion of its much needed moisture. The drier the air, the more moisture it sucks from your skin, and it’s those lower humidity levels that lead to water evaporating from our skin. Even hot baths and showers can wreak havoc on the skin which also leads to dryness. We need an even balance of both water and oil in the skin for our skin to function properly, and our skin can’t soak up moisture with dead skin cells in the way. Microdermabrasion can help your skin beat those Winter blues!
Winter is the ideal season to have a microdermabrasion treatment as we end up with the most dead skin build up, resulting in that dull skin look. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that exfoliates and removes the superficial layers of the skin.
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A therapist performs this treatment with the aide of a machine that has an attachment that glides over the face to help slough off the dead skin cells. You will feel a slight abrasive/scratchy like sensation that lifts up the dead skin particles, as well as a suction like feeling that then vacuums the loose skin cells from the face. The treatment is not painful at all, but some may experience a bit of flushness in the skin for a short period afterwards, due to the microcirculation of the skin. Microcirculation is a process that stimulates the blood flow through the skin and helps supply the cells with both oxygen and nutrients. The circulation in the skin can be slowed down due to the build-up of dead skin cells and clogged pores, so the microcirculation process is important to promote healthy skin cells. Once the dead skin cells are exfoliated off, it then encourages new skin cells to come up to the surface, resulting in a smoother, brighter, more youthful looking skin. The best thing about microdermabrasion is that it gives instant results! Microdermabrasion treatments can be done as a one off to give your skin a buff and polish, or even two to four weeks apart as a regular maintenance regime and regular micros will also help with fine lines and pigmentation. The treatment can be for almost all skin types, especially favouring those with dry, dull and congested skin. Just remember, the skin is the largest organ we have, so let’s look after it!
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or thousands of years diamonds have been universally recognised as the symbol for eternal love. As nature’s most precious natural material, they are the perfect choice. The process of a diamond forming and making its way into modern jewellers is far more complex than most customers realise. Diamonds form over millions of years, under extreme heat and pressure beneath the earth’s surface at a depth of more than 150km. In fact, most diamonds formed over a billion years ago and through a series of crustal movements, found their way to or near to, the surface. As the hardest natural material on earth, diamonds have withstood unimaginable pressures over time and emerged as the most precious, beautiful gemstone on earth. It is no wonder that couples chose to celebrate forever with a diamond. At York Jewellers we are proud to be Penrith’s diamond destination. We have a unique range of diamonds and precious stones available in store and access to some of the most rare diamonds in the world.
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Passion8 Diamonds, Pink Kimberley and Argyle Diamonds are all brands that offer access to exclusive diamonds that cannot be found around the world. Less than one per cent of diamonds in the world are of high enough quality to become a Passion8 Diamond. Passion8 Diamonds are cut with precision to perfect proportions, meaning that they will sparkle two to three times brighter than any other diamond on the market. Pink Kimberley Diamonds are a small range of the most rare pink diamonds on earth. The natural hues of pinks and purples set them apart from other diamonds and their limited number means that they are genuinely rare.
Our one of a kind range of Argyle Diamonds not only provides access to Australian grown and mined diamonds, but it also uses Australian gold, promising that this product is entirely home grown. Between Passion8’s perfect sparkle, Pink Kimberley’s flawless natural colours and Argyle’s Australian roots, we have the right diamond for every couple to celebrate their love with forever. We understand that every story is different, which is why we also have a full range of precious gemstones available for design and purchase. Gemstones offer an unlimited array of brilliant and individual colours as well as different shapes and sizes. From sapphires to tourmalines, we can help you create the perfect piece for you. An important factor to consider when selecting your gemstone is the everlasting nature of jewellery. Not only is your diamond ring a symbol of the connection between you and your partner, but it will be passed down through your family, ensuring that your love will be celebrated always and forever. Meet with us in store at York Jewellers to begin your jewellery journey.
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Issue 8 August 2017
LAUNCHES FAST FLAT-PACK KITCHEN, THE XPRESS RANGE
is delivered to the customer’s door just 10 days after final payment. It also comes out of the box as ready to assemble, with pre-dowelled components – saving time and money on installation.
to your door and the ready to assemble components allowing for faster installation. We see our target market as renovators on a budget or those renovating for profit, without skimping on quality details.”
The Xpress range has been created to complement the existing Wholesale Kitchens designer range.
“The new Xpress range from Wholesale Kitchens is an exciting solution for a significant portion of the renovation market," says Wholesale Kitchens’ Julie Hanover.
The Xpress range includes a choice of either laminate or Silestone benchtops, and cabinetry comes with a seven-year warranty.
Differentiating itself with competing flat pack kitchens available off the shelf, purchase of an Xpress kitchen includes a free design consultation, and the flatpack
“Xpress comes with many features as standard which you won’t find in other flat pack brands, from the design consultation to the soft close doors and drawers, delivery
holesale Kitchens, Australia’s leading manufacturer of affordable kitchens, has announced the launch of a new flat pack kitchen: the Xpress range, providing a fast kitchen solution for those looking to renovate on a budget or flip for profit.
6 Tips For Your DIY Kitchen 1 HAVE A CLEAR DESIGN OBJECTIVE
Is this a flip project or a forever home? A small kitchen for a couple or a large family entertainer? Know who the end users will be and the design aesthetic you wish to achieve, bound by the project timeframe. This will determine your budget and help you make appropriate decisions before you DIY, starting with the right ready to assemble/flat pack kitchen. Stylish, fast and affordable, an Xpress Kitchen can be delivered to your door just 10 days after final payment.
design appointment such as the one included by the Xpress kitchen range is an invaluable way to ensure peace of mind when planning your layout and making style selections. The measure and site check will provide peace of mind around your design plans, before you roll up your sleeves. 3 DO A QUALITY CHECK
Not all ready to assemble and flat pack kitchens are created equal. Look for a complete solution that has been manufactured using high quality materials, and design features that you don’t want to compromise on. Among many features and benefits, the Xpress kitchen range comes standard with soft close drawers and doors, highly moisture resistant cabinetry, strong ABS edging to avoid chipping, and adjustable commercial grade polymer legs.
2 SEEK THE EXPERT ADVICE OF A
DESIGN CONSULTANT This may be a do-it-yourself project, but there’s no need to go it alone at the design stage. An expert
LOOK FOR A LONG WARRANTY
When you take on a DIY project, you want to safeguard yourself as much as possible, so look for
Customers can download the Xpress range catalogue now from the Wholesale Kitchens website, or visit a showroom located within select Good Guys stores: www.wholesalekitchens.com.au/showroom.
products that back themselves with a long warranty in alignment with Australian standards. Xpress kitchens come with a seven-year warranty, and peace of mind. 5 HAVE THE RIGHT TOOLS AND ENLIST THE
HELP OF A BUDDY Most of your kitchen job will be faster, easier and safer if you have the right tools at hand - and an extra pair of hands to help. 6 KNOW WHEN TO USE A QUALIFIED
TRADESPERSON There are going to be some jobs that you (and your buddy) just won’t be able to do on your own. When bumping out an old kitchen and installing new appliances, any plumbing, gas and electrical work must be carried out by a qualified tradesperson. Be sure to hire certified electricians and plumbers and ask to see their certificate of compliance – that way you’ll know that their work will meet Australian standards.
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Issue 8 August 2017
AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 25, EDDIE DILLEEN NOW OWNS NINE INVESTMENT PROPERTIES. By Cassandra Elliot
oney was always tight in my family. I guess it was why I was so interested in property myself. My relatives never actually bought a house of their own.”
“I grew up in a pretty tough neighbourhood in Western Sydney. My family was always renting or in a housing commission," he says. When Eddie was still at school and working for $11 an hour at McDonalds he saved $20,000 in two years. Shortly after turning 19 he purchased his first property for $138,000, and in the last five years that property has doubled in value. Eddie is the youngest of two siblings, and the first to own property in his family. To do so, he sometimes saves, which might means working three jobs at a time, and other times he refinances the properties. By splitting how he attains the deposits, he’s not using all the equity and leveraging himself too high. “It’s all about having a strategy that allows you to continue building the portfolio," he says. “It is a longer-term goal. They are actually paying themselves off at the moment.” Although he owns property in various states, Eddie says he always does research first. “It comes down to fundamentals. I don’t purchase far away. All the properties are in a relatively close distance to the city.” Eddie says he reads a lot of finance, property investment, and self-development books. In the current market, owning a home may seem unattainable to some. Although for anyone looking to break into the property market, Eddie says it comes down to learning how to manage your finances. If other young people are looking for advice, he says, “it’s important to be prepared to do a lot of research, like where and how to buy”. From the property investing perspective, he says wanna-be investors have to make sure the property has good yield, cash flow, or return on the property. "The rent surpasses all the expenses of that property. You have to think of the mortgage, council rates, water rates, management fees, insurance, strata fees all these kind of things." Although Eddie’s currently renting and has never lived in one of his own properties, he’s setting himself up for the future. “It is all about the long term for me. I have always rented every single property I own, over time the rents increase and property grows in value. It’s a buy and hold strategy.” He wants others to know that property ownership is a realistic goal no matter where you come from. Eddie is looking to purchase his 10th property sometime in the next year with his fiancé, Francesca.
Eddie says it (owning a home) comes down to learning how to manage your finances... it’s important to be prepared to do a lot of research, like where and how to buy.
A “NEW PHASE” IN THE
OR A TEMPORARY BLIP?
Local Expert Peggy Willcox PROPERTY Expert
AFTER A FEW GREAT YEARS OF TRADING, THERE HAS BEEN PLENTY OF SPECULATION THAT THE GOOD TIMES WOULD SOON COME TO AN END. LENDERS HAVE BEEN TIGHTENING THEIR BELTS FOR SOME TIME AND HOUSING SUPPLY HAS BEEN INADEQUATE TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF BUYERS.
e seem to have ﬁnally crossed the threshold where buyer numbers are dwindling at the same rate as stock levels are rising. The sellers market that vendors have enjoyed for the last few years may be a thing of the past.
In the last eight to 10 weeks we have seen some realigning in the market as well as some price sensitivity. While offers are still being made, they are more conservative and sellers have not yet come to terms with having potentially “missed the boat” on achieving their dream prices. While no-one has a crystal ball, it appears we are shifting from a strong vendors market to a more competitive buyers market. Over the last two winters our saving grace was the temporary boost generated from interest rate cuts. All speculation is now preparing us for interest rate hikes so I think it is reasonably safe to say that 2017 will not follow suit.
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Melissa Browne Money & Business Strategy Expert
YOUR EASY GUIDE TO INCREASING YOUR TAX REFUND THIS YEAR Looking to get your tax done and wondering how you can maximise your refund? Here is my cheat sheet for some simple ways to help you get a few more bucks back when you complete your tax return this year.
LOST RECEIPTS If you’ve thrown all your receipts out in a mad cleaning frenzy, you forgot to ask for one or your dog ate them – all is not lost! If you paid for the deduction on your debit or credit card, your bank statement can be proof of your claim. This means playing detective and looking back through your online transactions and spotting any expenses you can claim as tax deductions. LOOK THROUGH YOUR CALENDAR Too many people sit opposite me at tax time and can’t remember what they did last year. Spend some time looking through your diary (or phone) to jog your memory around work related claims. This might include days working from home, trips you made in your car, tolls you paid for but forgot about, fares you paid for or perhaps a work conference that they paid for but you paid for food, drinks and travelling to the airport. MOTOR VEHICLE If you use your car for work but haven’t kept a logbook you can still use the cents per kilometre method. You simply need to justify how you arrived at the kilometres travelled. And don’t forget the extras such as parking and tolls. WORKING FROM HOME If you’re bringing work home (which is most of us), you may be able to claim for light, heat and internet. Light and heat is a cents per hour claim while internet is a percentage of your bills. You’ll need to keep a log for a month to prove your usage. YOUR PHONE So many of us are using our phone for work, even if it’s using the diary, keeping notes, using the camera or checking emails. This means you can potentially claim a percentage of your calls, your data, the phone plan, accessories and apps. Because a phone isn’t just a phone anymore. SUN PROTECTION Whether you’re driving, sitting under ﬂuorescent lights or working outside, chances are you’re affected by UV which means you can claim for sun protection. This means you might be able to claim sun glasses, hats and sunscreen remembering that your moisturiser and foundation may be sunscreen if they include an SPF factor. HANDBAGS AND CARRY-ONS The commissioner delighted women last year when he said handbags might be claimable as a tax deduction. It’s important to understand the conditions including whether you’re using your bag exclusively for carrying laptops and work paraphernalia or if it’s a percentage of the cost. 38
MEALS AND ACCOMMODATION If you travel overnight for work whether it’s seeing a client, studying or a conference, you can claim costs of travel which means your food and accommodation while you’re away. DONATIONS Unfortunately, the loose chain you throw in the bucket at the pub can’t be claimed but the monthly amount deducted from your bank account, the regular amount deducted from your pay or the annual amount you donate electronically can all be claimed. SUBSCRIPTIONS AND DIRECT DEPOSITS Rather than paying cash and forgetting to ask for a receipt, consider subscribing to your deductible magazines. You’ll save both money on the subscription and guarantee yourself a tax deduction. UNDERSTAND GOOD VS BAD DEBT We’re hard wired in this country to pay down our mortgage as fast as we can but if you have a mortgage on your own home then you’re almost always better off paying interest only on your investment loans.
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Relationship Off Track? IS A LITTLE
Relationships can be difficult at times. If you want to keep your relationship on track with key elements of safety and security I have five ways to help if navigating your relationship love map has led you AWOL.
Local Expert Melissa Ferrari Psychotherapist & Relationship Expert
1 GET TO KNOW WHAT “TRIGGERS” YOUR PARTNER NEGATIVELY Most of who we are is shaped in relationship by our parents and/or caregivers. As an expert on your partner, it’s your job to know something about his or her history and how this has shaped who they are today. This will help you decipher when their anger, upset or distress is about you or whether it’s about a childhood experience. Understanding this can help your partner get through it with your support. 2 BE CONSCIOUS OF YOUR FACIAL EXPRESSIONS When you walk in the door try to be aware and put a smile on your face, even if it’s just a tiny one. The brain is always searching for what feels safe and secure, facial expressions play an important part here. Being positive when coming through the door will impact the rest of your evening positively. 3 GAZE AT YOUR PARTNER LOVINGLY EVERYDAY When your partner gazes at you with a loving look or a look of appreciation the important neurochemicals of love and romance are stimulated such as dopamine, oxytocin, vasopressin and other neurochemicals that promote feeling good, safe and secure. 4 BE YOUR PARTNER’S GO TO PERSON Making your partner feel excluded by not letting them know that they are the ﬁrst person you think of and want to tell when you have some good or bad news can make your partner feel insecure. Always make your partner your ﬁrst go to person. 5 HELLOS AND GOODBYES Hellos and goodbyes are important throughout the day. Separations and reunions are important for couples to consider. Be conscious of how you say goodbye and greet your partner.
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Savvy Room Makeovers ON A SHOESTRING By Jo Munro from The Savvy Shopaholic
Finally, it is the last month of winter and I must admit I am counting down the days until spring bursts onto the scene. I really can’t wait for longer, lighter days, blossoms and colour. However, August need not be colourless and grim when you can give your rooms an effortless makeover on a budget.
one are the days when designer inspiration cost a bundle and the thought of making over your living area or bedroom made your piggybank frown. With just a little planning and, of course, knowing the right place to shop, you can have all of the colour and energy of spring to enliven any room in your home. I absolutely love designer pieces. I love it even more when I can get that expensive luxe look for less. There are so many fabulous homewares stores to shop, both online and locally. There is no excuse to let the end-of-winter blues get you down. So let’s check out some of my favourite ways to add some warmth and energy to your home. THE LITTLE OR NO COST MAKEOVER There are some tricks to changing the way a room feels even without spending a cent. Changing the lighting and moving the furniture is a great place to start. I am not a big fan of overhead lighting particularly at night. I like to have more ambient lighting and a really easy way to achieve that is by changing the wattage of your bulbs, using table lamps or candles (the LED ones are safer around littlies). You will be surprised how much this will change the feel of the room. Spring cleaning is also a way to declutter and refresh for no cost, just a little elbow grease.
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Ikea have a couple of options. The “NOT” with a ﬂoor uplighter/reading lamp in white is just $19.99. Adding some colour is a great way to change the feel of a room. A throw rug, some cushions, a side table and some ﬂowers and you will feel like you have a new room. Both Target and Kmart have an amazing array of beautiful cushions starting from as little as $8, throws from $20, side tables from $20 and even a ﬂoor rug for $49. I do love the Target folding tray table for $29. Pop a candle and some fresh ﬂowers for instant chic. They make a ﬂexible bedside table, too. Perfect for breakfast in bed!
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Local Roaming Pets
Household Toxins AROUND YOUR PETS
HIDDEN DANGERS IN AND AROUND YOUR HOME
Dr Erin Short Coreen Avenue Veterinary Clinic
Many products we have in and around our homes can cause life threatening disease in our pets. They include baits, food, medications, fertilisers and chemicals. The two most common toxicities in pets are rat bait and snail bait but they act quite differently.
your pet. Nurofen poses a risk to dogs and cats as it can damage the kidneys, bowels and liver. Cats are particularly susceptible as their bodies metabolise drugs differently to humans and dogs. Even something as simple as paracetamol can be fatal to cats even in tiny amounts.
at bait kills by interfering with the ability of the body to produce clotting factors, by abolishing the recycling of vitamin K in the body which is a vital step in the clotting cascade. This means that as soon as vitamin K reserves are depleted over several days, there can be no clotting in the body. Even the smallest trauma like a small cut can lead to life threatening bleeding. This may present as bruising, overt bleeding, coughing and lethargy.
There are many foods that are toxic to pets even in small amounts. These include chocolate, onions, garlic, avocado, macadamia nuts, raisins and grapes. Feeding fat trimmings (such as from chicken or steak) can also be dangerous and lead to a condition called pancreatitis. Xylitol is a sugar substitute used as a sweetner in products such as chewing gum, some toothpastes and food products. While it is safe for humans, it is metabolised differently in dogs and can lead to low blood sugar resulting in tremors, seizures and even death. It is estimated that xylitol is 100 times more toxic to dogs than chocolate! It is best to stick to pet foods and a mixture of cooked lean meats and vegetables.
Snail bait, however, acts immediately. Only a very small amount needs to be ingested. Signs begin quickly with tremors, progressing quickly to seizures and potentially death. The muscle contractions that occur with tremors and seizures can raise the body temperature to dangerous levels. Other signs include vomiting, diarrhoea and respiratory distress. Liver failure can also occur days after initial ingestion.
We also often see sick dogs after they eat various types of fertiliser products. In general, fertilisers tend to cause mild to moderate gastrointestinal irritation and can result in excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and lethargy. Some fertiliser types such as blood and bone meal have large amounts of bacterial and fungal ingredients and can cause severe gastrointestinal upsets.
Many human medications are highly toxic to animals and it is important that you never self medicate
Cleaning products can cause gastric irritation and ulceration of the mouth and gut if ingested. Cats
often ingest products inadvertently when they groom themselves after their feet or bodies come in contact with a caustic substance. Antifreeze (ethylene glycol) is broken down in the body into many dangerous metabolites that affect the gut, nervous system and kidneys. It is quite sweet and dogs can drink large amounts of it. The most dangerous toxin is the unknown. Unfortunately, many pets present with clinical symptoms that suggest intoxication but the cause may not be known. Most toxins are treated by supportive care but some have speciďŹ c antidotes. Being aware of potential toxins and restricting access is vital. If your pet has ingested a toxic substance contact your vet immediately.
The most dangerous toxin is the unknown... Being aware of potential toxins and restricting access is vital.
Tips to Avoid Buying a Lemon
These days it’s easier to buy a car via the many online sales sites available. But how do you know you’re getting what you pay for? Who can you trust, how do you know the car’s history and how do you not get caught out with a lemon or someone else’s debt? Ultimately, how do you ensure you don’t get ripped off? Story by TheCarousel.com Motoring Writer Janelle Gonzalez
1 DO THE BACKGROUND CHECKS The best comprehensive car history check on the market is revs.com.au. For $37 you’ll receive a full background check including:
Any current ﬁnance Whether it’s been stolen or reported in an accident
Market value Current and valid registration Potential odometer rollbacks
THE FINISH LINE The key is being prepared. Before you inspect, do the proper background checks, have ﬁnance ready to go, take someone with you, and inspect in broad daylight to ensure you can make an accurate assessment. Book a mechanical vehicle inspection and ensure you properly deal with any outstanding debt when you make your offer, and you’ll be well on your way to getting a good deal rather than a lemon.
If the report reveals anything dodgy, such as an accident history or a higherthan-market value, you can discuss this with the owner prior to wasting your time organising an inspection, or you may decide to avoid it altogether. 2 TAKE SOMEONE WITH YOU Four eyes are better than two and there’s also more power and safety in numbers. This is especially true for private sales, women and younger car buyers. 3 INSPECT AT THE RIGHT TIME Dark or wet conditions are misleading and make it easier to miss problems with the car, be sure to book an inspection on a clear day. 4 GET A MECHANICAL VEHICLE INSPECTION At this point you’ve done your background research and know what you’re willing to pay. But how do you know that the car is mechanically sound?
I recommend booking in a vehicle inspection. Spending $200-$300 for a qualiﬁed mechanic to inspect the car prior to purchase could save you thousands in the long run. 5 CHECK FOR OUTSTANDING DEBT Your REVS check should have revealed whether there is ﬁnance on the car or not. If there is ﬁnance on the car, you deﬁnitely don’t want to hand over all the cash to a private seller straight away. Instead, follow these steps to make sure you’re protected:
Ask the seller to obtain a payout ﬁgure in writing from the ﬁnancier. Make sure you hold on to your REVS check with the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) certiﬁcate. The PPSR is an Australian government registry that holds information on all vehicle ﬁnance. This will protect you from repossession due to ﬁnancial interests that have not been registered with PPSR. Make two separate payments. One direct to the ﬁnancier for the total payout ﬁgure, the other being the outstanding balance to the seller. Never pay the total amount to the seller as you have no way of guaranteeing that they’ll pay out the ﬁnance. Ask both the ﬁnancier and the seller for a receipt. Make sure these are made out in your name. Also request a copy of the letter of discharge from the ﬁnancier made out in your name, conﬁrming that they no longer have interest in the vehicle. Keep this letter and your receipts with your PPSR certiﬁcate.
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My Game Guru app has partnered up with the Nepean Football Association to make your weekend games a whole lot easier.
Nepean Football Association will be utilising the app as a key form of communication during the 2017 Season, especially during periods of wet weather. All players and parents are encouraged to download the app and follow their respective football team. Once draws are loaded into the system, you simply need to ‘Add a team’ to receive all relevant notiﬁcations. My Game Guru is a welcome partner and the support for this great tool for our football community looks set to make a big impact.
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Boots for Cambodia Springwood United FC’s Club Chaplin, Damon Dreves, organised for Springwood club members to donate old/pre-loved football boots to hand out to kids while he travelled to Cambodia. In total, Damon took a whopping 120kg of football boots.
Your guide to what’s happening in sport this month.
With some hot and cold performances of late, the Panthers are hovering around the eight. Get behind them as they go in the hunt for finals footy come September.
The GWS Giants are in the battle for the top of the table. Can they make history and become minor premiers? Get into Giants fever and cheer them on!
Sunday 6 Aug, 4pm Panthers v Tigers Pepper Stadium
Saturday 5 Aug, 1.45pm Giants v Demons UNSW Canberra Oval
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Saturday 12 Aug, 7.30pm Panthers v Cowboys Pepper Stadium
Friday 11 Aug, 7.50pm Giants v Western Bulldogs Etihad Stadium
Sunday 20 Aug, 2pm Panthers v Raiders GIO Stadium
Saturday 19 Aug, 4.35pm Giants v West Coast Spotless Stadium
Sunday 27 Aug, 4pm Panthers v Dragons Pepper Stadium
Sunday27 Aug, 12pm Giants v Geelong Spotless Stadium
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RUGBY UNION (SHUTE SHIELD) It’s the last round of the Shute Shield so lend your support to our Penrith rugby club as they close out the season.
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Issue 8 August 2017
Horoscopes By Sherrynne Dalby
(23 JUL – 22 AUG)
Virgo (23 AUG -22 SEP) August is relatively quiet for you, so make the most of it before things get busy again in September. Like your Gemini cousins, communication hiccups can be a problem from mid month. Take precautions by backing up equipment and don’t leave mobile phones lying around. The 10th is good for romance, perfect for a quiet romantic dinner with someone special. Sleep can be problematic and it is a good idea to develop a bed time routine that is more conducive to sleeping. Allow an hour before bed to wind down, with no electric screens and a warm, caffeine-free drink.
Scorpio (23 OCT – 22 NOV)
Orange, gold, rich yellows, royal purple.
Flower/tree: Sunflower, marigold, calendula, Laurel tree.
This is your annual time for renewal. Happy Solar return Leo. 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 Leo this year, that is from July 23 until August 22, and covers all those born under the sign of the Lion. Your birth sign experiences two new moons and two eclipses this year, making it a very significant birthday and year ahead. New moons indicate new beginnings, great for new projects or directions. This year they affect birthdays around July 23 and August 22. The August New moon is also an eclipse, making it even more significant. A lunar eclipse affects birthdays around the eighth, shining the light on others. Time to re-evaluate how you do all relationships. The coming month and year has an abundance of energy for all Leos, great for new starts and relationships. Birthdays around the 14th have greater staying power, while those around the 21st are looking for positive change.
Taurus (20 APR - 20 MAY) Home is where the heart is but this month you may have difficulty finding the level of peace and relaxation you look for in your own domain. There is much coming and going through August. You are in high demand socially and can find your schedule overwhelming at times. Juggling career and family matters can also be more demanding than usual and two eclipses this month will highlight any deficiencies in these areas. It is a time for redefining priorities and working out a plan that gives you the balance and subsequent peace of mind you seek.
A busy time generally, with two eclipses hyper energising us all. The energising is focused on your career and what you see as your place in the world, your identity. Now is a time for consolidating and reassessing long term goals. Everything is on display, with nowhere to hide, moving you way out of your comfort zone. Use the energy to recreate yourself, shed anything that is holding you back and begin moving forward again. Birthdays around the eighth can find relationship changes, around the 14th, focus on long term goals while 20-24th need to take the road less travelled.
Capricorn (23 DEC – 19 JAN) It’s all happening around others. It is difficult to escape, as these others are connected to you. Life feels like a roller coaster, especially toward the middle of the month. Sometimes all you can do is hang on and try to enjoy the ride. You like to be a little more in control, so this may prove difficult. Use it as an exercise in developing faith in something or someone outside yourself. Financial matters require attention but you have greater control here. Decisions made now can have long term ramifications, be cautious in commitment and take care of debts.
Pisces (19 FEB – 20 MAR) You may be glad to see this month over and done. Not for anything negative, unless you are allergic to hard work, but you are likely to be expending quite a bit of extra energy. The associated drive around you is perfect for an early start to the annual ‘get fit for summer’ campaign. You have an abundance of energy aiding in your endeavours, so make the most of it by laying down the foundations for a healthy change. You will actually enjoy it once you get started. So what are you waiting for? Get up and get moving.
Gemini (21 MAY – 20 JUNE) You like a chat and finding things to talk about is not usually that hard for you. August, however, may see some difficulties in this area. You need to gather your thoughts before sharing them. It is also important to be clear when expressing thoughts and ideas. Wires can become crossed very easily and confusion is the result. Problems are more likely to occur among family members or neighbours than in the workplace but taking a little extra care in all situations is a good idea. Also back up hard drives and check phone batteries. Being prepared can minimise problems.
Libra (23 SEP – 22 OCT) Early August sees a change of direction career wise. You are shining and the right people are finally seeing you. It doesn’t indicate radical changes initially, although later in the month could see sudden moves. Make the most of opportunities. Networking is still beneficial, finding an older or more mature mentor could give you the edge you are looking for. Mid month is best for this. Take notice of new people entering your life, they may have a few new tricks to teach you. Around the 21st is great for adding spice.
Sagittarius (23 NOV – 22 DEC) August is a time to expand your horizons, both mentally and physically. The timing is perfect for enrolling in any form of higher education, learning new skills or taking things you have mastered to another level. Not only intellectual pursuits but anything that helps expand your abilities or way of thinking. Also ideal for planning a trip to far off or exotic locations. You are yearning for something more and wish to explore the world on many levels. This is not new for you as you often feel the wanderlust but how often have you acted on your desires?
Aquarius (20 JAN – 18 FEB) Relationships take up much of your time over the coming weeks and continue for much of the year ahead, due to a lunar eclipse in your sign. This has greatest impact for birthdays around the 10th. It is necessary to lift your game somewhat and actually make an effort where others are concerned. This can involve work relationships as well as romantic or intimate. Try a different tack than usual and remember you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Be cautious of over indulging around the 17th, this could be one time where boring routine serves you well.
Aries (21 MAR -19 APR) Fun and creativity are highlighted for August, so indulge your inner artist in whatever form that takes. As last month, you are again busy around the home but this is where you enjoy being at the moment. You have excessive energy and are happy using it to improve your immediate surrounds. Home is definitely where the heart is at the moment and not just relaxing in your castle. Now is the time to complete all those half finished projects you have in the shed, garage, workroom, kitchen, bathroom, I think you get it. Expect the unexpected towards month’s end.
Cancer (21 JUN – 22 JUL) August is busy and a time when you are more self focused than usual. It is good to stop and review every now and then, give an overhaul or upgrade to our self. Be careful not to go too far, especially birthdays around the 15th. It is time to take stock of what you really consider of value, not monetarily but real value. What beliefs are really yours, and which are those you have merely inherited and possibly never questioned? Finances require attention, time for a financial plan. Also back up computers and have the car serviced.
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