ISSUE 10 OCTOBER 2017
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Hi Readers, It’s official – October is the month to be out and about! We’ve assembled the best of the best in Local Roaming, showcasing all that’s on in the Penrith and Lower Blue Mountains areas. I guarantee it will keep you and the family incredibly busy! Speaking of enjoying this wonderful weather, head to our outdoor living spread on pages 30 and 31 brought to you by the wonderful team at Freedom Penrith. It’s sure to have you wanting to change things up and create a space you can entertain family and friends. In food this month we’re bringing you mouth-watering recipes using mangos, passionfruit and bananas. What I love is all these fruits are now in season so you can also bag a bargain at your local supermarket.
I’d like to extend a warm welcome to local lawyer Joseph Grassi who has come on board as our Local Law Expert and also welcome to Trish Fehon who is joining the team as our Local Digital Expert. Once again, thanks so much for your positive feedback about Roaming – we try! And as always, if there’s something you want to see more of, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy this issue – and the sunshine!
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Local Roaming LOCAL MUSIC
MELINDA SCHNEIDER SINGS GREAT WOMEN OF COUNTRY
NEIL DIAMOND’S HOT AUGUST NIGHT
28 OCTOBER PANTHERS PENRITH Featuring 22 classic country tunes, Great Women of Country the Concert, is Melinda’s heartfelt homage to the songs, the songwriters and the singers who have helped shaped Melinda’s hugely successful solo career.
7 OCTOBER ROOTY HILL RSL 1814, who have been performing their take on Kiwi flavoured Reggae since 2004, are back in Oz and performing their latest tour “Spring Vibes”. The upbeat tones and vibes are a reminder of beach side BBQs and sunny days.
6 OCTOBER BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & COMMUNITY HUB Peter Byrne, together with his world class 30 piece orchestra brings you “Hot August Night” 45 years after Neil Diamond performed one of the greatest epic live albums of all time.
THREE SHADES BLUE TRIO
STRAUSS, GERSHWIN AND CARMEN
8 OCTOBER BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & COMMUNITY HUB Come and delight in the incredible musicality of Kristin Berardi with this unique and beautiful trio. Kristin, musicians Dave McGuire and Joel Gregory perform music ranging from old school blues and jazz to sublime acoustic folk.
28 OCTOBER BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & COMMUNITY HUB The ever popular Overture to Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II leads us into this festive evening of orchestral music. Together with one of Australia’s most loved pianists, Simon Tedeschi appears with PSO as soloist.
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Local Roaming THINGS TO DO
DAISY MOON WAS BORN THIS WAY Puberty Blues for the Gaga Generation
29TH ANNUAL DOLL BEAR & CRAFT FAIR
GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY
WAKEBOARD NSW SUMMER SERIES
28 & 29 OCTOBER MUSEUM OF FIRE Hosted at The Museum of Fire, 110 stalls featuring teddy bears and making supplies, wooden toys and furniture, dolls and accessories, doll houses and supplies, jewellery and craft, reborn dolls, and unique handmade products.
29 OCTOBER VARIOUS LOCATIONS It’s time to take ownership. It’s time to be proud. It’s time to Love Where We Live by taking part in Graffiti Removal Day! Call 1300 665 310 or go to the website to participate.
14 OCTOBER HAWKESBURY RIVER Governor Phillip Park, Windsor hosts this action packed wakeboarding tournament. All abilities welcomed and encouraged to participate, or come along, sit back and enjoy.
IWA PRO WRESTLING LIVE
GREMLINS & CREEPSHOW
SAILABILITY – COME AND TRY DAY
13 OCTOBER PANTHERS PENRITH IWA is the physical embodiment of comic book superheroes and villains. All the glitz and glamour of wrestling’s yesteryear presented in a fresh, familyfriendly format.
13 OCTOBER BLUE MT. THEATRE & COMMUNITY HUB Make Friday the 13th even creepier by watching two epic horror movies, starting with Gremlins at 6:30. If you haven’t been scared enough stay to watch Creepshow.
8 OCTOBER ROOTY HILL RSL Sing along to your favourite nursery rhymes and interactive songs as Big Ted sets off to find a castle with assistance from Humpty, Jemima, Little Ted and friends.
8 OCTOBER PENRITH REGATTA CENTRE Come ’N’ Try sailing! Located at Boat Shed 3, Sailability has one, two and four person yachts for group hire and can even accommodate people with a disability.
FREE FITNESS CLASSES BY THE RIVER
YOGA ON MONDO
21 OCTOBER PENRITH REGATTA CENTRE Miss Muddy is an awesome 5km female fun run with colour, foam, inflatables, music, obstacles and plenty of mud. Designed to suit all fitness levels for participants aged 13 and over. Miss Muddy is untimed and non competitive with a focus on fun and inclusion rather than being tough and intimidating.
EVERY WEEKEND AT 9:30AM DURING SCHOOL TERMS TENCH RESERVE, PENRITH Register online and enjoy yoga, cross-training or boxing. Run by pro trainers. For all levels of fitness.
WEDNESDAY MORNINGS 7:30AM THE MONDO, PENRITH Located at the Mondo, between Westfield, the Library and The Joan. Enjoy free yoga classes. This offer will run all summer long. No booking required.
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Local Roaming LOCAL SHOWS
WALK LIKE A MAN – THE LION’S DEN
SONGS IN THE KEY OF MOTOWN
25 OCTOBER THE JOAN Experience this high-energy, feel good showcase, featuring music from the boy bands of the 20th century with amazing harmonies and stunning choreography of everybody’s favourite hits!
20 OCTOBER ROOTY HILL RSL Direct from the U.S.A. comes a journey through Motown live in concert. The all-singing all-dancing Songs In The Key Of Motown is coming back to Australia! Two of the best and biggest Las Vegas soul shows are coming together again and bringing with them the best in soul and Motown music.
blue mountains musical society presents
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE - BELL SHAKESPEARE 6 & 7 OCTOBER THE JOAN Bell Shakespeare, one of the world’s most foremost producers of Shakespeare’s work, turns convention on its head and takes the audience to surprising places in this politically charged modern day interpretation. This production explores the tense relationship and prejudices between those that have and those that don’t. Dark in its humour, The Merchant of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice. thejoan.com.au
THE LITTLE MERMAID MUSICAL
THE AC/DC STORY
- NOV 5 21 OCTOCT - 521 NOV SAT 21 8 • SUN 22 2 BLUE FRI* 27MT. 8 • SATTHEATRE 28 2 & 8 • SUN 29 2& FRI 3 8 • SAT 4 2 & 8 • SUN 5 2 COMMUNITY HUB BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE Venture104-108 under theSpringwood sea with Macquarie Road, Ariel and her colourful TICKETS ON embark SALE NOW!on friends as they Phone: 02 4723 5050 • Online: www.bmms.org.au In Person: Blue Mountains Theatre Hub the adventure of a& Community lifetime. Brought to you by the Blue Mountains Musical Society.
6 OCTOBER PANTHERS PENRITH Enjoy a three-hour long tribute concert and biography, including photos, footage and moments the band experienced during their rise to fame.
LOCAL ART EMU ISLAND: MODERNISM IN PLACE 26 AUG – 19 NOV PENRITH REGIONAL GALLERY Celebrating 75 years of Modernist art and living. This exhibition highlights the cultural significance of the Gallery’s history and site to Modernism in Australia and showcases the work of the Lewers and their immediate contemporaries over the four-decade period of their residence (19421978). In this place, artists and friends gathered and were inspired by the energy and experimentation of the Lewers home, and beyond, by a rapidly changing world. penrithregionalgallery.org 8
IAN MILLISS: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
26 AUG – 19 NOV PENRITH REGIONAL GALLERY 2017 artist in residence, a digital and text based exploration of a worker’s history in place.
26 AUG – 19 NOV PENRITH REGIONAL GALLERY Young contemporary artists continue the investigations of Modernism, including: Emma Beer, Kieran Butler, Terrence Combos, Mason Kimber, Sanne Koelemij, Nadia Odlum, Elena Papanikolakis, Helen Shelley, Kael Stasce and Kate Tucker.
Local Markets WANDER AROUND YOUR LOCAL MARKET
BLUE MOUNTAINS REGION
PENRITH SHOWGROUND MARKET
RICHMOND GOOD FOOD MARKET
GLENBROOK ROTARY MARKETS
EVERY WEDNESDAY Penrith’s only weekday market has approximately 250-300 stalls selling products ranging from plants, fruit and vegetables, clothing, lingerie, tools, craft supplies, car supplies, pets, bric a brac and much more.
EVERY SATURDAY Featuring local fresh produce and food in Richmond Park, corner March and Windsor Streets, Richmond.
FARMERS MARKET • FIRST SATURDAY Local shoppers stock up on organic fruit and veggies, sourdough bread, home-baked cakes and biscuits, pickles, jams and honey and lots of other goodies.
WINDSOR MALL SUNDAY MARKETS
MARKETS AT PANTHERS
EVERY SUNDAY Located in the George St Mall. Quality handmade homewares, arts, crafts, fashion and fresh produce. Local bands and buskers offer great entertainment.
THIRD SUNDAY Craft, art, fashion, jewellery, accessories, health and wellbeing, sweet treats, plants, homewares and fresh produce items.
RICHMOND ROTARY MARKETS
JORDAN SPRINGS LAKESIDE MARKETS THIRD SUNDAY A new community market set on the picturesque Jordan Springs lakeside pathway. Bring your family and pets for a look at this new local market.
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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Issue 10 October 2017
ACT IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Spoken Four WORLD’S BE ST SLAM POE TS HEA D TO PE NRI TH
PHILIP WILCOX (AUS) | IAN KETEKU (CANADA)) | SUKHJIT KAUR KHALSA (AUS) ARIELLE COTTINGHAM (USA)) | DJ
here’s something about hearing a poem performed that feels like listening to music: the delivery, pitch, and rhythm are tailored to hit you in a specific way. Whether it’s first love, the worst job, death, social injustice, global peace or gender inequality – the themes are endless but the fact is slam poets use language and voice like no one else. Spoken Four is a cutting-edge and exciting event that happens at The Joan on Friday October 13, 7.30pm. It brings together some of the world’s best slam poets, right here in Penrith! Spoken Four is hosted by Philip Wilcox, multi awardwinning poet and Australian Poetry Slam Champion 2015 – and true believer in “the microphone only tells the truth”. He has slammed in major events including Sydney Writers’ Festival, Wollongong Writers’ Festival and Newtown Festival where he performed for a crowd of over 8,000. Wilcox will challenge the audience with his strong mix of humour and political insight, steering distinctly clear of the didactic or prescriptive. 2010 World Poetry Slam champion, two-time Canadian slam champ, poet, author, artist and musician Ian Keteku headline’s Spoken Four. Keteku has showcased his poetry and art all over the world and shared stages with some of the biggest names in music and literature. He uses his voice to inspire messages of peace, action and critical thought. His poetry is an articulation of a generation’s heartbeat.
Can art really bring about positive social change, help break down barriers, and raise awareness about local and global issues? Keteku sure thinks so. Melbourne-based Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a spoken word artist, educator, workshop facilitator, actor, producer, MC and human rights reformer. Born and brought up in Perth, Khalsa is a first generation Sikh storyteller of raw honesty who won the hearts of Australia when she appeared on Australia’s Got Talent with her poetry slam tackling core social issues like gender inequality, identity crisis and feminism. Arielle Cottingham is a poet and performance artist, now based in Melbourne and current Australian Poetry Slam Champion. Behind the mic her poetry ranges from raw vulnerability to provocative politics, exploring how the personal influences the public and vice versa. In addition to writing and performing, Cottingham is one of the creative producers for Slamalamadingdong. Be uplifted by this vital and energetic form of selfexpression. Be part of it - not only as literary or performative masterpiece, but also as a political event. Come and listen as these poets reach out to you by relating what they say to how you might have felt but never had the courage to say.
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre 597 High Street, Penrith NSW 2750
Show. 12pm (Schools) | 7.30pm General public
$18 Students and general public (1 teacher free per 10 student tickets purchased)
AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2017 - LIVE IN CONCERT
ONEY M (Feat. Maizie Williams) are back performing all of their Greatest Hits across Australia. With multiple sellout shows and rave reviews from their last outing, the Euro Pop superstars bring with them their incredible run of chart-topping singles that are sure to have you on the dancefloor. Their high energy, sing along shows feature outrageous costumes and a wicked live disco-funk backing band. This makes a Boney M live show an out of this world and unmissable experience.
BONEY M’s insanely catchy songs gave them an amazing run of chart success in Australia. Their first single “Daddy Cool” went to number five and the follow up “Sunny” made the Top 40. “Ma Baker” gave them another Top 10 in 1977. The following year they went on to achieve a remarkable feat - two Number 1 hits! The double A-side “Rivers of Babylon” with “Brown Girl In The Ring” and the disco stomper “Ra-Ra-Rasputin” (aka Russia’s Greatest Love Machine). BONEY M became massive in the clubs, at parties and all over the airwaves. They were bigger than KC and the Sunshine Band, Earth Wind and Fire and Chic! Their Australian chart domination continued with three more Top 40 singles -“Gotta Go Home”, the huge worldwide Christmas Number 1 “Mary’s Boy Child”, and sing along anthem “Hooray! Hooray! It’s a Holi-Holiday”.
Always fun and perfect for the dance floor, BONEY M are one of the most beloved bands to emerge from the iconic Disco era. So strap on your dancing shoes Australia, BONEY M are back bigger, better and more outrageous than ever. This Greatest Hits Tour is guaranteed to deliver an experience you don’t want to miss.
Boney M 12 October | Door 7.30pm | Show 8pm Dance Floor $89 | Seated $79
BONEY M are one of the premier disco supergroups of all time
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Sci-Fi LAB AT THE JOAN
ult classic movie nights mixed with art and science exploring earth, space and the beyond! Be entertained and indulge your love for the out of the ordinary this October. Sci-Fi LAB - four compelling Friday nights of sci-fi cult classic film screenings followed by cutting edge research, guest talks, performances and installations to keep the tradition of sci fi alive. Be part of the speculative fiction as you join our guest scientists and artists to explore the themes and “what if” of sci-fi. Grasp the relevant futuristic, scientific or technological impacts as well as the societal, historic, economic implications for the human race as Sci-Fi LAB explores all the dreams, fears and anxieties that come with sci-fi: • • • •
The threat of invasion; extra- terrestrial intelligence in our universe, Sci-fi meets reality; unravelling DNA, genetic engineering The fragility of the planet; Earth unravels Hostility and control; engineering challenges in space
Whether you’re a hardcore sci-fi geek; a newbie beginning to explore this galaxy of wonder, or have no idea at all, bring a gang of friends each Friday in October from 7- 9pm to Sci-Fi - LAB and do as Dr Who said “hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!” Movies include;
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Friday 6, 13, 20 & 27 October | 6:30 for 7pm - 9pm
Come along before the show and enjoy a drink at the bar.
Friday Friday Friday Friday
6 Oct - The Fly 13 Oct - Moon 20 Oct - Wall-E 27 Oct - The Day The Earth Stood Still
$15 Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre 4723-7600 or visit thejoan.com.au
Be entertained and indulge your love for the out of the ordinary this October. Issue 10 October 2017
Local Expert Trish Fehon
Digital Expert Online Influence
Website NEEDS AN UPDATE
How do you know it’s time to update your website? Here are five top signs that a refresh is overdue. 1
YOUR PHONE NUMBERS ARE NOT “CLICKABLE”
You ﬁnd the website you want, but when you click on the phone number to call the business it doesn’t work. Sound familiar? Remember, 80 per cent of Australians access the internet through their smartphone. If they can’t click-to-call, they’ll move on.
YOUR WEBSITE IS NOT MOBILE RESPONSIVE
Mobile searches overtook desktop searches two years ago. And, today, more than 80 per cent of Australians’ primary internet source is their smartphone. If your site is unwieldy, you’ll lose potential customers. 2
YOUR WEBSITE IS SLOW TO LOAD
Did you know 53 per cent of visits are abandoned if a site takes longer than three seconds to load? After ﬁve seconds, 90 per cent of users bounce to the next site. Speed matters.
FULL OF STOCK IMAGES
If your website is stock image heavy it’s time for a makeover. Images are powerful tools but they need to be genuine and be part of your story – when they are, they add to your social proof. UPDATE YOUR WEBSITE NOW!
NO SOCIAL PROOF
Consumers want to do business with someone they “know, like and trust”. Links from your website to your Facebook, Instagram and other social media accounts are vital and give the “social proof” that you’re a legitimate business. Be real. Share your story on your About page and include testimonials to prove others “know, like and trust” your business.
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New & Improved
Penrith PCYC By Manisha Foley
ou may have noticed a fair few changes to the large brick building on Station St, Penrith that has been a stalwart supporter of youth, activity and a safe and positive alternative to the streets for 45 years. Already one of the largest youth organisations in Australia, PCYC Penrith thought it was time to undergo a revamp and spread its great message further into the community and providing a fresh and modern space to get active and healthy. “By renovating, we are bringing a whole life to our community and club, explained club manager," Leann Dobbin. “When I first came to the club over a year ago, I had a meeting with the management team at looking at renovating the building. I felt this was the best move for Penrith so it would be a centre for all ages and the community.”
“The staff and volunteers have been speechless at the transformation and it will bring a vibrant feel to the CBD. With these improvements we will be able to offer something for every member of the family.” PCYC will be featuring new host of classes which will include group fitness, martial arts, kids after school programs and school holiday programs, gymnastics, boxing, a fully functional gym, sports competitions and driver education training. And they are set to reopen their doors to the public on the October 16, 2017. “I’m looking forward to having the Penrith community experience our new-look club while getting active and having fun at the same time,’’ says Leann. ‘’We can’t wait to welcome the families of Penrith to our amazing new space!”
So far the building has acquired a brand new roof, brand new bathrooms with changing and showering facilities and, most importantly, air conditioning.
FIND OUT MORE For more information on PCYC Penrith and their activities please visit: www.pcycnsw.org.au/penrith/
Penrith Women's Health Centre
C ELEBR ATE S 30 YEA R S
By Cassandra Elliot
he Penrith Women’s Health Centre (PWHC), for over 30 years, has supported women and children in the community. We have had an array of wonderful, dedicated, passionate, skilled workers who have provided that support for our community and we hope we’re around for another 30 years doing what we do and doing it so well.” Jane Gold has been the centre manager for the last six years. In the lead-up to their community celebration on September 20, we spoke to Jane about why the centre’s been so well received by the community. Jane says it’s all about reputation. “Women feel safe here, they trust us and they tell their friends and family to come down and see us." “It’s a safe space for women," she says. “It doesn’t matter what issue they come in with. They may be a sex worker, homeless, have mental health issues, experienced domestic violence, or have drug and alcohol problems. There’s no judgement here, we just do our very best to provide a safe space for them to get the support they need.” The PWHC offers an array of services for women in and around Western Sydney. They have massage therapists,
counsellors, case workers, and doctors and nurses on site to provide women with anything to do with their health and wellbeing. “Wherever there’s a need, we do our best to help them ourselves or link them to a service provider that can help them," Jane says. “On the whole, the services are free," she says. All the medical appointments are bulk billed. “I think we really do provide a very holistic, feminist, safe place for women to come and seek whatever they need." The PWHC has supported women in the community for the last 30 years. To celebrate this milestone on “September 20, we took over the driveway and celebrated the centre’s 30 years”. Jane says the day was for the community, “anyone who passed by, even the fellas!" The day included activities, entertainment, and food, it was an incredible day.
FIND OUT MORE If you’d like to know more visit penrithwomenshealthcentre.com
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ederal Member for Lindsay, Emma Husar MP, brought some Possum Magic to the Penrith City Library when she read Mem Fox’s book to children at story time. Ms Husar donated a signed copy of Possum Magic, one of Australia’s most famous children’s book. Mem Fox, AM is an Australian writer of over 40 children's and adult books and an educationalist specialising in literacy. “It was a great thrill to meet Mem Fox at Parliament House last week. Mem is one of Australia’s greatest children’s authors and I was privileged to have a copy of her book signed and donated to the Penrith City Library,” Ms Husar said. Mem’s latest book, I’m Australian Too, is also at the Library and everyone is encouraged to read it to their children. “I know Mem would love parents and children to read and embrace the book as it will spark spirited discussions about Australian-ness,” Ms Husar said. “It will create an awareness of Australian immigration over our last two centuries, and begin a more calming discussion on racism in this country.”
Issue 10 October 2017
Local Business MEET PETER ZACCAZAN, OWNER AND OPERATOR OF ZAC HOMES. A WESTERN SYDNEY LOCAL WITH OVER 30 YEARS’ BUILDING INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE, DESIGNING AND BUILDING CLIENTS THEIR DREAM HOME. HOW DID ZAC HOMES START AND WHEN DID YOU FIRST OPEN YOUR DOORS? We started the business in 1994 mainly doing extensions and renovations while working on the odd house here and there. Word of mouth travelled fast and before we knew it we had 15-20 jobs going at once. We expanded our team from there and this year we will build 180-200 homes. 1
2 WHAT SERVICES DOES ZAC OFFER AND WHAT
WOULD YOUR POINTS OF DIFFERENCE BE? At Zac Homes we pride ourselves on quality. If I wouldn’t live in it then we wouldn’t expect one of our clients to either. We specialise in everything from granny flats, duplexes, to knockdown rebuilds even luxury custom homes. 3 TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM.
We have a great team here working at Zac. We have a great sales team that work very hard with our colour and client service departments. We also have an in house design team that have some very creative vision.
Our supervisors have attention to detail and pride themselves on only handing over quality products. 4 WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING ASPECT OF
WHAT YOU DO? The most rewarding part would definitely be having the opportunity to speak to our happy clients after they have moved into their brand new Zac home. 5 ANY HIGHLIGHTS/ACHIEVEMENTS THAT YOU ARE PROUD OF? The thing I am proudest of would have to be our team, from reception to maintenance we are like one big happy family. We regularly have team events and I want to keep that good vibe there for my own family to someday be part of. 6 WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT BEING
PART OF THIS COMMUNITY? The thing I appreciate most is the chance to give back. We sponsor various great events and charities throughout the area and the best part is seeing other businesses do this too.
7 WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR ANYONE WANTING TO START UP THEIR OWN BUSINESS? My best advice would be to just remember there is always light at the end of the tunnel. It’s just that some tunnels are longer than others.
FIND OUT MORE TODAY 1300 350 793 Business Hours 8.30am to 5.00pm Our Location Unit 6, 119 Coreen Ave, Penrith zachomes.com.au @ZACHomes
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INTRODUCING LOCAL REAL ESTATE GURU ANDREW REEVES. A VERY FAMILIAR FACE IN THE AREA, ANDREW IS THE PRINCIPAL AND OWNER OF ONE AGENCY REEVES PROPERTIES, PENRITH AND BLAXLAND. WHEN DID YOU FIRST START WORKING IN REAL ESTATE AND WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO OPEN YOUR OWN AGENCY? I started my real estate career as a sales consultant back in 1999. I decided to start my own agency 4.5 years ago as I felt it was the right time of my life to put in place my vision of how I thought a real estate agency could operate successfully. 1
2 OTHER THAN REAL ESTATE SALE SERVICES, WHAT OTHER SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE AND WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOUR POINT OF DIFFERENCE IS? One of our points of difference is that we offer Garage Sale signboards and flags for the community when any property owner wishes to conduct a garage sale. This is a free service. We have found it is a more professional and effective way to advertise the sale than the traditional way of writing on a piece of cardboard.
We also advertise on our Facebook and Instagram business pages to promote their garage sale. You can find this service on our website at: www.oneagencyreevesproperties.com.au/garage-sales TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM. We have an amazing team comprising of 17 staff. I am very proud to say we have a team that has a natural care towards our clients. All the staff bring different 3
levels of skills and experience but our absolute focus is delivering a high level of customer service. 4 WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING ASPECT OF WHAT YOU DO? The most rewarding aspect of what I do is knowing that we can make a difference in people's lives. We are incredibly fortunate to be involved in the selling, purchasing and management of people's largest financial assets and there is no better feeling knowing that you have helped to make a positive difference to their financial lives. I also love to see my staff grow and become more confident people. 5 ANY HIGHLIGHTS/ACHIEVEMENTS THAT YOU ARE PROUD OF? I am very proud of our strong growth as a business. We have opened our second office at Blaxland under the leadership of an exceptionally talented local agent named Chris Rayner. We are also very proud of some of our recent awards:
Rate My Agent 2017 Awards • Andrew Reeves - Agent of the Year for NSW 2017 •#5 Agent in Australia • #1 Agent in Sydney • #1 Agent in Emu Plains • #1 Agent in Emu Heights • #1 Agent in Kingswood • #99 Agency in Australia • Chris Rayner #1 Agent in Blaxland
One Agency Australasian Award 2016 • Andrew Reeves - Selling Principal of the Year • Best Large Business Metro • Exceptional Marketing Innovation • Best Metro Property Manager - Rebecca Taylor 6 WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT LIVING AND WORKING IN THIS COMMUNITY? I really appreciate that this is a community where people stick together and look out for each other. I have found in my many years in real estate there is a true loyalty and trust in the community that appreciates quality, service and care.
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Issue 10 October 2017
Girls' Night In HOST A GIRLS’ NIGHT IN AND SUPPORT WOMEN AFFECTED BY BREAST AND GYNAECOLOGICAL CANCERS
GETTING INVOLVED IS EASY Simply call 1300 65 65 85 Visit www.girlsnightin.com.au Register and get your free Girls’ Night In host kit. Visit www.pinkribbon.com.au to register your Pink Ribbon Fundraiser. @cancercouncilaustralia
enrith and Blue Mountains residents are encouraged to register to host a Cancer Council Girls’ Night In or Pink Ribbon Fundraiser this October and help beat women’s cancers. Every day in Australia, about 65 women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer. With your support, Cancer Council NSW will fund important research into breast and gynaecological cancers, prevention and advocacy programs, awareness and support services.
The Penrith and Blue Mountains community can show its support for women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers and their families by: • Registering to host a Girls’ Night In or Pink Ribbon Fundraiser. Girls’ Night In is a great opportunity to get your favourite ladies together and raise funds for a great cause. • Donating to Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon this October. Big or small, your donation will help us beat breast and gynaecological cancers.
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Enjoy Exquisite Dining at your Local Cafe The family owned and operated Ori Cafe just had a makeover, now with a fresh look and an even fresher menu. Our newly renovated cafe offers mouth-watering menu at affordable prices. Dine like a star and enjoy with friends and family. INCREDIBLE DISHES • BEAUTIFUL ATMOSPHERE • FAMILY-FRIENDLY
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Ballet UNDER THE STARS
THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET RETURNS TO WESTERN SYDNEY FOR A FREE OUTDOOR EVENT, BALLET UNDER THE STARS, WITH A DAZZLING EXCERPT FROM THE SLEEPING BEAUTY.
he Australian Ballet will return to Western Sydney for its annual outdoor community program, Ballet Under the Stars, presented exclusively in Penrith at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, on Saturday November 4, 2017. The free performance is proudly supported by Strategic Sponsor Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. Ballet Under the Stars is further supported by major partners Celestino and Penrith City Council, and will feature highlights of The Australian Ballet’s repertoire selected to showcase the company’s dancers and delight audiences. It will include a special excerpt from The Australian Ballet’s magical and highly acclaimed production, The Sleeping Beauty, which has enjoyed sell-out seasons in 2015 and 2017. Ballet Under the Stars has become a highlight in The Australian Ballet’s annual calendar following last year’s sell-out program, which attracted 6,000 attendees, 66 per cent of whom had never seen the company perform. Commenting on the program, executive director of The Australian Ballet, Libby Christie, said “Our free Ballet Under the Stars performance is an important event in our company’s calendar, enabling people of all ages to experience world-class ballet, many for the first time. As Australia’s national ballet company, we are committed to reaching new audiences across the country and giving them the opportunity to enjoy the transformative power of ballet.” “Ballet Under the Stars is our chance to provide this community with a high-quality arts experience and we’re thrilled to return to Western Sydney with this exciting new program in 2017,” Christie added. 22
Photography credits | Hero image on page 22: Wendell Teodoro | All images on page 23: Kate Longley
Ballet Under the Stars is our chance to provide this community with a high-quality arts experience and we’re thrilled to return to Western Sydney with this exciting new program in 2017.
Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said the event has been secured for Western Sydney until 2018 through Destination NSW. “Set against the stunning backdrop of Penrith Lakes, Ballet Under the Stars brings world-class ballet to Western Sydney for locals and visitors to enjoy. This is a brilliant showcase for Penrith and I encourage visitors attending this spectacular event to spend the weekend exploring the fantastic community in Western Sydney,” Minister Harwin said. An excerpt from The Sleeping Beauty will be a highlight of this year’s event. The classic story, which has been lavishly reimagined by The Australian Ballet’s artistic director, David McAllister, is sure to captivate audiences with its cast of royals and courtiers, fairies and wood nymphs, bluebirds and storybook characters performing in exquisite costumes designed by internationally renowned designer Gabriela Tylesova and accompanied by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score. McAllister said, “We’re delighted to return to Western Sydney to perform an excerpt from The Sleeping Beauty. Dancing amidst the beautiful scenery of Penrith Lakes will be an extraordinary experience for all. Our Gala program will showcase the artistry, athleticism and beauty of our dancers.” “Ballet Under the Stars is a perfect family event and this year’s free performance is sure to dazzle as the sun sets over this magical natural setting,” McAllister added.
Dancing amidst the beautiful scenery of Penrith Lakes will be an extraordinary experience for all. Our Gala program will showcase the artistry, athleticism and beauty of our dancers.
Ballet Under the Stars Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith FREE event for everyone PRE-REGISTRATION: australianballet.com.au Register early. Due to high demand and limited capacity, we recommend you register on the waitlist to be the first to secure your free tickets. Tickets required to secure entry. 4 November Gates open at 4:00pm for a 7:30pm performance.
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In Season? PASSIONFRUIT, MANGOES AND BANANAS ARE DEFINITELY A CROWD FAVOURITE AND ARE NOW IN SEASON. THE BEST THING ABOUT COOKING WITH SEASONAL PRODUCE IS YOU GET THE VERY BEST FLAVOURS. THERE IS PLENTY OF STOCK WHICH ALSO MEANS YOU COULD BAG A BARGAIN! HERE ARE OUR PICKS.
Spiced Chicken & Mango Salad SERVES 2 | PREP 10MINS | COOK 10MINS INGREDIENTS 9 1 large free range chicken breast (preferably with the skin on) 9 1 teaspoon of Chinese five spice 9 Drizzle of olive oil 9 2 spring onions, washed, trimmed and finely sliced 9 Small handful of freshly picked coriander, washed, dried and roughly chopped 9 ½ ripe mango, peeled and cut into chunks 9 Juice of one lime 9 Small handful of macadamia nuts, roughly chopped 9 Handful of pea shoots or watercress 9 1 little gem or small iceberg lettuce, washed and roughly chopped METHOD 1 Cut the chicken breast into bite sized pieces and pop into a bowl with the five spice, mix so the spice covers all of the chicken. 2
Heat the olive oil over a high heat in a medium sized pan and once hot add the chicken and cook until browned all over. Once cooked remove the chicken from pan and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl bring together the spring onions, coriander, mango, lime juice, macadamia nuts, pea shoots (or watercress) and finally the cooked chicken.
Toss to combine and serve immediately.
Passionfruit, Mango and Strawberry Pavlova Roll
SERVES 8 | PREP 15MINS | COOK 20MINS INGREDIENTS 9 4 egg whites 9 ¼ cup (165g) caster sugar 9 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 9 1 teaspoon white vinegar 9 1 teaspoon cornflour 9 ½ cup (25g) flaked coconut 9 300ml greek style yoghurt 9 3 medium mangoes, thinly sliced 9 12 medium strawberries, thinly sliced 9 1 tablespoon passionfruit pulp METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to moderately slow (160°C/140°C
fan-forced). Grease a 25cm x 30cm Swiss roll pan and place a piece of baking paper so that it covers the base and extends over the two opposite sides of the pan. Beat the egg whites in a small bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form; gradually add the sugar,
beating until dissolved between additions. Fold in the vanilla, vinegar and cornflour. 2 Spread the mixture into the prepared pan; sprinkle with
the coconut. Bake on the lower shelf of a moderately slow oven for about 20 minutes or until the meringue is browned lightly.
3 Meanwhile, cover a wire rack with a sheet of baking
paper. Invert the meringue onto the paper, then remove the lining paper. Allow to cool, coconut-side down.
4 Spread yoghurt over the cooled meringue. Top with
5 Roll the meringue firmly from the long side, using
baking paper to guide the meringue as it rolls. Serve sliced and drizzle with passion fruit pulp and extra mango slices.
Recipe can be made six hours ahead
Lamington Bananas SERVES 6 | PREP 10MINS | COOK 0 MIN Delicious twist on a true Aussie classic. Forget the baking, simply dip banana pieces into chocolate and coconut to enjoy. INGREDIENTS 9 200g milk chocolate, chopped 9 4-5 bananas (Lady Finger or Cavendish) 9 1½ cups desiccated coconut METHOD 1
Place the chocolate in a clean, dry, heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir with a metal spoon for 3-4 minutes or until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
Peel and cut bananas into 4cm-thick rounds. Spread coconut into a shallow dish.
Dip the banana pieces, one at a time in chocolate, turning to coat all sides. Allow excess to drain then roll in coconut to coat. Transfer to a tray lined with baking paper to set. Repeat with remaining banana, chocolate and coconut.
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Variation - You can replace the coconut with hundreds and thousands or a mix of both
Mango Cheek Steps
STEP 1 Cut the cheeks from one mango. STEP 2 Use an acrylic glass to scoop the flesh from the skin. STEP 3 The cheeks can be sliced into thin strips to use in desserts, salads or other recipes.
Mango Cheek Steps
STEP 1 Remove mango cheeks one at a time with a sharp knife by slicing as close to the stone as possible. STEP 2 Score 3 or 4 lines vertically down each cheek and 3 or 4 lines horizontally to form a hatched pattern. Take care not to cut through the skin. STEP 3 Firmly hold both edges of the fruit and turn the cheek inside out. STEP 4 The cubes can then be sliced off and used in drinks, salads, desserts and other recipes. Let your imagination run wild!
Issue 10 October 2017
Signs of Bullying A ND H OW T O HELP IF YOUR CHILD IS EXHIBITING SIGNS OF ANXIETY, CHANGED EATING AND SLEEPING PATTERNS, MOOD SWINGS AND AVOIDING SOCIAL SETTINGS OR DOES NOT WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL, BULLYING MAY BE A POTENTIAL CAUSE. By Dr Anna Cohen from The Carousel
e all know that conflict or fights between peers is a normal part of relationships and as they grow and mature, children need to develop a different set of skills to manage these conflicts. But we must be clear that these types of conflict are a normal part of growing up, and that relentless bullying requires a totally different response. There are telltale signs that your child is a target. Below, are some pieces of advice to parents on how to spot the signs of bullying and how to help. 1
Identify the issue
If your child is showing signs of being bullied, attempt to discuss it with them in a calm environment and be aware that your child may not realise that what is happening to them is bullying. Bullying is a daunting topic for any child. Ensure they know it is important to talk to someone, and acknowledge that they are doing the right thing by talking to you about the issue. You may have to take a back seat to allow your child to say what they want. If parents overact, it may discourage them from discussing the issue further. 2 Supervise
If your child is being bullied, it is important that this is not being brought home with them. It may be necessary to supervise their online activity in relation to their social
channels such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, or have them switch off screens to give periods to disconnect with others outside of home. Also, be aware that these social channels have strict policies on cyber bulling and can take action in regard to any issues. 3 Seek help
It may be necessary to approach the school if you are concerned your child is being bullied. This provides the opportunity for strategies to be formulated with teachers to avoid escalation or further problems. It may be as simple as moving seats in a classroom, possibly closer to the teacher for easier observation. Your child’s teacher generally will have more of an idea about their interaction with their peers. Your child’s school will have a strict policy on how to respond to a child being bullied. In serious situations that pose a risk to your child’s safety, it may also be necessary to contact the police. 4 Connect with them
Ensure that your child knows they are able to discuss any issues with you and that you are offering them a safe and supportive home environment. If your child has come to you with concerns over bullying, make sure you are actively listening by taking note of body language and their tone of voice. This may provide insight into the severity of the issue and how it is affecting them. Your child needs to know that they are valued and that you are interested in what they are saying. Too often they just want to be heard!
5 Encourage positive relationships for your child
Try to help your child improve their social skills by organising playdates with their friends and other social activities such as sport. This will help your child develop closer friendships and make them more capable of tolerating and cooperating with others. Those close peer friends can support your child if they are being bullied, or in some cases may challenge the bullying, or even report the bullying when your child is reluctant to say something. As a parent, knowing the difference between being supportive and overacting is essential in helping your child deal with bullying. In understanding this, you will be more prepared and attentive to your child’s needs and be able to gain a better understanding of the extent they are being bullied. The most crucial strategy is to ensure that your child knows they have someone there to talk about the issue with. For more information visit www.bullyingnoway.gov.au
Attempt to discuss it with them in a calm environment and be aware that your child may not realise that what is happening to them is bullying.
It's Snake Season THE SUN IS OUT AND SNAKES ARE ABOUT
Dr Erin Short Coreen Avenue Veterinary Clinic
s the weather warms up, snakes become more active and snake bites in pets are seen more often. Snakes are not normally aggressive but if disturbed or feel threatened they will often bite. Snakes are seen more in rural areas or those yards that back onto bush. Snakes will tend to hide but are often disturbed when travelling to ďŹ nd food and water or when inquisitive animals disturb them in hiding. The two most common snakes that cause snake bites in our pets in the Penrith area are Brown Snakes and Red Belly Black Snakes. Typically, a Brown Snake causes neurological disease, collapse and rapid death from respiratory distress. Red Belly Black Snakes tend to cause more red blood cell break down, but clinical signs may not be evident until hours to days after a bite. However, there can be variety in the clinical signs and both snakes can cause both clinical signs. Some patients can have an initial collapse episode and then appear to recover, only to become sick again soon afterwards. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY PET HAS BEEN BITTEN OR I SUSPECT IT HAS BEEN BITTEN? Even if you did not see the bite it is best to take your pet to the vet asap. The sooner treatment is started the higher the chance of survival. Taking a photo of the snake can help identify the snake species. It is very important to not try to catch the snake as bites to humans can also be fatal. Avoiding direct contact with suspected bite sites on pets and avoiding handling dead snakes is also vital to ensure no contact with the toxin.
HOW IS A SNAKE BITE TREATED? The main treatment is snake antivenom, which is very expensive. Stabilisation with IV fluids and medications to treat shock are also required. Animals may need 24 hour monitoring and ventilation. Unfortunately, some pets will die despite treatment. HOW DO I PREVENT SNAKE BITES? Reducing the risk of petâ€™s contact with snakes is the best action. This may include housing dogs indoors or in safe enclosures in high-risk areas. Reducing hiding places for snakes like wood piles, clutter around the house and cutting long grass can be helpful. It is important to be aware that areas that attract mice and rats will in turn attract snakes. For example, feed sheds, chicken coupes and aviaries.
As the weather warms up, snakes become more active and snake bites in pets are seen more often.
Spring Outside SPEND
FREEDOM IS TAKING THEIR INSPIRATION INTO THE GREAT OUTDOORS TO MAKE THE MOST OF THOSE EXTENDED DAYLIGHT HOURS.
heir new outdoor collection caters for the compact balcony to the sprawling backyard, and everything in-between. This season's range highlights natural elements, quality craftsmanship and clean, modern designs that perfectly reflect the effortless way us Aussies love to live! We picked three ranges to feature. For more ranges, head to Freedom Penrith to see more.
Adelphi Range Making al fresco entertaining a breeze, the easy to please Adelphi collection has the versatility to cater any social event. Adelphi two-seat modular in white $1,050 each, Madras Flower round rug 250cm in natural $699.00, Summer Grove cushion 50x50cm in multi $34.95, Weekender Stripe Cushion 50x50cm in charcoal and white $34.95, Fiddle Leaf tree 180cm $269.00.
Wicker and Timber Ranges Drawing inspiration from natural elements, this season's outdoor entertaining collection heroes the timeless appeal and weather-resistant qualities of timber, hand-woven wicker and smooth solid concrete. Havelock outdoor dining table in concrete/natural $1,999.00, Ponte outdoor armchair in grey/with taupe cushion $350.00, Ponte outdoor carver chair in grey/with taupe cushion $350.00, Lanton lantern in blue $34.95, Karim floor rug 160x230cm in natural/grey $599.00, Karim floor rug 200x300cm in natural/grey $899.00, Lanai dinner plate 27cm in matte grey $16.95, Lanai side plate 20cm in matte grey $12.95, Lanai salad bowl 19cm in matte grey $12.95, Kauai goblet 20cm clear $9.95.
Interiors Milford Range From backyard barbies to sunset soirees, the affordable Milford range was designed with alfresco relaxation and entertaining in mind. It features the durability of eucalyptus and the comfort of cushion seating. Milford four-piece modular sofa package in balau $2,649.00, Summer Grove cushion 50x50cm in multi $34.95, Weekender stripe floor cushion 65x65cm in charcoal/white $79.95, Madras rug 120x180cm in natural $129.00, Bell Basket ceiling pendant 60cm $149.00, Oyibo Vessel 18cm in cream $29.95, Oyibo Vessel 22.5cm in cream $39.95, Oyibo Vessel 40cm in cream $49.95, Milford three-piece dining package in balau $1,199.00, Piped square cushion 50x50cm in charcoal $34.95, Dorian cushion 50x50cm in carbon $17.95.
Issue 10 October 2017
Property Expert Mooney Real Estate
recently spoke to one of my tenants about their experience and found out that the company managing the property had only inspected the property once in her 12-month tenancy (legally up to four inspections per annum can be undertaken). She continued by telling me that the pile of rubbish I walked past in the front yard was inherited from a prior tenant and that the response to most of her repair requests was simply "you are welcome to repair it yourself". It is the great Australian dream to own property, but just like your own home you need to regularly invest time and money into your investment to keep it up to a standard that is worthy of habitation. If you have an investment property ask yourself these simple questions:
IS YOUR PROPERTY MANAGER RECOMMENDING GENERAL MAINTENANCE ITEMS ON TOP OF REPORTED REPAIRS? 1
Recently I inspected a property where a faulty toilet was replaced with a smaller unit leaving an unsightly peach halo on the otherwise neutral coloured wall. At what point does this non urgent cosmetic issue get rectiﬁed when your agent only attends the property once in a 12-month period? And can you even be sure that upon inspection it will be noted as a concern and brought to your attention?
that they may be terminated or treated poorly as retribution. If your agent is not attending the property regularly they could very well be oblivious to issues that will devalue your property, cost you more the longer it is left, and could easily become an OH&S issue. 3 DO YOU HAVE SUFFICIENT CASH RESERVES TO ADEQUATELY MAINTAIN YOUR INVESTMENT PROPERTY?
2 IS YOUR PROPERTY MANAGER PHYSICALLY ATTENDING YOUR PROPERTY REGULARLY?
I recommend that you hold at least two per cent of your property's value at all times. Not only will you be able to pay for repairs as required you will also be able to allocate a budget annually to keep your property fresh and attractive to both tenants and purchasers should the need arise.
I think a common misconception is that a routine inspection is purely to check up on your tenants. There is a common fear with tenants that if they inform their agent of a problem
If your answer to any of these was no then you may need to sit down and rethink your strategy or investigate the option of ﬁnding another property manager.
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HAVE YOU HELD A MORTGAGE FOR A FEW YEARS? ARE YOU CONSIDERING RENOVATING YOUR HOME? OR PERHAPS YOU’RE LOOKING TO GET A BETTER DEAL. GETTING YOUR HOME LOAN REGULARLY CHECKED SHOULD BE A PRIORITY.
Borrowers who have had a mortgage for some time without refinancing should consider taking advantage of the competitive rates currently on offer.
t is easy to become complacent when it comes to your mortgage but a ‘set and forget’ attitude could take a toll on your ﬁnances. The Reserve Bank of Australia has kept the ofﬁcial cash rate on hold at an historically low rate for over a year. However, lenders across the country have been making some signiﬁcant changes to the interest rates on their suite of owner-occupier and investment home loan products. Borrowers who have had a mortgage for some time without reﬁnancing should consider taking advantage of the competitive rates currently on offer. Depending what type of product you’re in, you could stand to save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in repayments. WHY YOU SHOULD REFINANCE? • To secure a lower interest rate or switch between variable/ﬁxed. • You may want to access additional features which were not included in your original home loan such as an offset account, redraw facility, ﬂexible rate options or loan portability. • In order to access equity. Using the equity in your existing home may allow you to renovate, pay for a holiday or upgrade to your dream home. • To consolidate your debt which could potentially reduce the overall interest you pay. Keep in mind that if you do this, you may want to consider making extra repayments. WHAT WILL YOU NEED TO GET STARTED? • Recent payslips and statements from your existing loan. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? • Once your new loan is approved, your new lender will pay out your current loan on your behalf and you can commence repayments on the new loan.
WHY YOU SHOULD SEE A BROKER? The mortgage market is becoming increasingly complex, with lenders frequently tweaking their policy and pricing in line with their appetite for business. Borrowers looking to reﬁnance may limit their options by going straight to a lender, as they will only have access to that lender’s products. Brokers specialise in the area of home loans and have access to a variety of different products from different lenders, meaning you could have your pick of the right product for your needs. Also, the right broker will take the time to assess your situation and analyse your short and long term needs to make sure you’re getting the best possible deal.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE
Property Bubble Local Expert
Melissa Browne Money & Business Strategy Expert
he excitement around whether we are in a housing bubble is reaching fever pitch. With weekend auction outcomes listed like horse racing results and monthly house prices continuing to climb, it’s all contributing to mounting tension around when and if the bubble is going to burst. But here’s the thing, picking whether we are in a bubble, how big the bubble is and when it might eventually pop is akin to picking who will win race two at Nowra this weekend. Which can be paralysing for some investors, frightening for ﬁrst home buyers and cause you to consider cashing in your own property. This is why I think we need to go back to basics. • DON’T SPEND MORE THAN YOU CAN AFFORD This should be obvious but unfortunately it’s not. That’s because we can become caught up in the hype and we’re so desperate to purchase that we push the limit of what we’re able to comfortably repay which strips us of options.
• MAKE SURE YOU CAN AFFORD TO REPAY YOUR MORTGAGE AT 8% When I suggest this to clients they often scoff and tell me interest rates will never reach eight per cent again. Really? I’d love access to their crystal ball which is guaranteeing them that information! • SPREAD YOUR RISK If you are still contemplating investing in property (which is many of us) and if you want to take advantage of negative gearing rules or the ability to purchase in your Self Managed Superannuation Fund then consider spreading your risk. Too many people buy where they know which is around the suburbs where they live. This means if their region drops in price then they’re going to be affected more intensely. • THINK CREATIVELY Consider Fintech solutions such as BrickX which allows you to buy bricks in houses, look at purchasing a property with friends using structures such as a Unit Trust and owning the Units in a Self Managed Super Fund.
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THINK ABOUT BANKRUPTCY – AND FAST
or most people bankruptcy means ﬁnancial ruin, social stigma and oblivion, but the laws have been designed to give bankrupt people (could this be you?) a chance to “clear the slate” and start anew. The objectives of bankruptcy include: 1 Distributing property to creditors; 2 Not having to pay your debts prior to bankruptcy; 3 Investigating your dealings prior to bankruptcy to ﬁnd
the reasons for the bankruptcy and to see if there has been any improper conduct on your part; and 4 Preventing a reckless bankrupt from continuing to trade.
If you go bankrupt you remain a bankrupt for three years - sometimes longer if any objection against your discharge is accepted by your trustee. There are many debt-restructuring companies around which make money by re-structuring your creditor arrangements but they may not be working in your best interest.
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Bankruptcy is administered under the Federal Bankruptcy Act 1966.
1 Personal Insolvency Agreement: This sanctions
You can be made bankrupt in two ways:
2 Debt Agreement: This is a binding agreement between
1 Being made bankrupt: A creditor must serve a
Bankruptcy Notice on you saying that you have committed “an act of bankruptcy”. 2 Bankrupting yourself: You can present a declaration of
an intention to present a Debtor’s Petition but not if a Creditor’s Petition has already been presented against you before you do that such a declaration is ineffective. Once the Ofﬁcial Receiver accepts the declaration the creditor cannot enforce the debts for 21 days. This buys you some time to sort things out. Once you are made bankrupt, all proceedings against you to recover debts issued by creditors cease. There are two main ways you can come to terms with your creditors if you do get into trouble.
arrangements between a debtor and the creditors. a debtor and the creditors whereby creditors agree to accept a sum of money which the debtor can afford. Both of these occur outside the bankruptcy process and can protect you from the stigma and rules of bankruptcy. Before venturing down the bankruptcy path or engaging a debt restructuring company, do get legal advice so you can make an informed decision about your ﬁnancial future – it affects your whole family so don’t delay. The sooner your ﬁnancial problems are dealt with the less painful the solution. It can happen to anyone including you, so act now. This article is for general information only, and is not intended as legal advice. If you need speciﬁc help contact your solicitor.
THINKING ABOUT GETTING
esearch says that couples wait an average of six unhappy years before getting counselling. Often in relationships built-up resentment has by then become too overpowering and one person may have already given up. Relationship counselling works but, ideally, it shouldn’t be a last-minute resort. I often recommend that couples conduct an annual evaluation of their love lives. We organise yearly health checks with doctors and dentists, so why shouldn’t we take our relationships just as seriously? Once a year take some time together to reﬂect on and discuss your relationship – are you happy, what should you be doing more or less of? So many couples end relationship prematurely when a couple’s counsellor can help solve issues before they turn into big problems and stop a separation down the track. Here are a list of the most common relationship red ﬂags:
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YOU KEEP HAVING THE SAME ARGUMENTS Do you have the same disagreements on the same issues over and over again? Therapy can help you not only understand why you keep having reoccurring issues, but help you resolve them. YOU’VE STOPPED BEING INTIMATE Intimacy is considered a barometer for your relationship. Couple counselling can help uncover the real reason behind the lack of physical closeness, and help reignite the ﬁre. YOU FIND FAULT IN EVERYTHING YOUR PARTNER DOES Do you criticise your partner for everything they do and don’t do? With help, both parties can get the right tools for overcoming bitterness and rebuilding a healthy relationship. YOU HAVE FINANCIAL FIGHTS Money is the cause of many relationship breakdowns and divorces. We ﬁght over ﬁnancial matters because we tend
to have different, deeply rooted beliefs about the best way to use money. Relationship counselling can help you understand your partner’s differing point or perspective. YOU FEEL LIKE YOU PARTNER DOESN’T LISTEN TO YOU Do you feel ignored by your partner? No matter how many times you’ve said something, he/she doesn’t listen? Communication is key in happy relationships. Couples counselling can help you both improve your communication skills. YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT HAVING AN AFFAIR Social media has made it easier than ever to cheat, so if you ﬁnd yourself sending ﬂirty messages to co-workers, friends or even strangers, you may be one step closer to having an affair. Couple therapy can help work on the problem if you cross that line.
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Issue 10 October 2017
THE FOUNDATION FOR
Great Sleep Some of us change where we live or what we drive more often than we update our mattress or pillows, even though your bed plays a major role in the quality of your sleep and lifestyle. Physical discomfort can make falling asleep more difficult and leads to a restless sleep.
oes your mattress provide the support you need? Do you wake with your back aching? Is there enough room for you and your sleep partner? Do you sleep better, or worse, when you sleep away from home? These are the questions you should consider carefully when looking at updating your mattress. Most mattresses in Australia are made of innersprings. However, specialty bedding can be made with a foam or air core.
WHAT DOES YOUR BED MEAN TO YOU? If you can fall asleep easily on your sofa or chair, and it is difficult to fall asleep in your own bed, you may be associating your bed with everything but sleep. Do you use your bed for work? Read your iPad while propped against the pillows? Watch television there? These are all ways to tell your body to be alert in bed, rather than to go to sleep. Learn to use your bed only for sleep and follow a regular wake-up schedule. You can restrict your time in bed, initially, to the number of hours you actually sleep. As you begin to sleep regularly during these hours, increase your time in bed by 15-30 minutes per night until you’re getting an adequate amount of sleep each. RECLAIMING YOUR BED FOR SLEEP • • • •
Use your bed for sleep only. Choose a mattress that is comfortable and supports your body. While in bed, don’t dwell on not sleeping or your anxiety will increase. Think relaxing thoughts: picture yourself soothed in a tub of hot water, or drifting to sleep, each muscle relaxed. SLEEP DEBT CAN COST YOU
Does it often take you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep at night? Do you wake up frequently during the night or too early in the morning, and have a hard time going back to sleep? Do you feel groggy and lethargic when you wake in the morning? Do you feel drowsy during the day, particularly during monotonous situations? You may have a “sleep debt” if you answered “yes” to any of these questions. Sleep debt can affect you in ways you don’t even realise, and you aren’t alone. According to research conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, a majority of adults experience sleep problems. However, few recognise the importance of adequate rest. In addition, most are unaware that effective methods of preventing and managing sleep problems now exist.
Tips for a Good Night Sleep Here are some tips for a good night’s sleep many people, just like you, have found to be useful: • A void caffeine and alcohol in the late afternoon and evening. Caffeine can delay your sleep, and alcohol may interrupt your sleep later in the night. • Exercise regularly, but do so at least three hours before bedtime. • D on’t nap during the day if you have trouble sleeping when you go to bed, since it affects your ability to sleep at night. • C onsider your sleep environment. Make it as pleasant, comfortable, dark, cool and quiet as you can. • E stablish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine that will allow you to unwind and send a “signal” to your brain that it’s time to sleep. • If you can’t go to sleep after 30 minutes, don’t stay in bed tossing and turning. Get up and involve yourself in a relaxing activity, such as listening to soothing music or reading, until you feel sleepy.
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John Miller-Crispe N.D. - Naturopath, Herbalist, Homeopath Abundant Life & Health
Contrary to popular thinking our brain is not the only part we use to think and reason.
do their job, then things break down. This reality, which Naturopaths have taught for ages, is now being recognised by the orthodox medical people. Recently medical scientists have stated that Parkinson’s most likely is caused by imbalances in the gut. However, it is not just Parkinson’s but all auto-immune disease including autism and mental illnesses.
rain health or mental health is linked to our gut as well and it is also affected by our immune system and affects our immune system. How we think/see things affects our digestive system. It is an intricate interlinked system. What affects one affects them all. Have you ever had what you would call a “Gut Feeling” about something only to find out that the gut feeling was the right choice? This is how your body and mind work. We pick up signals from non-verbal communication, such as body language, gestures, intonation which may give an entirely different interpretation to the words spoken. The ancients called this “being aware”.
For many years, it was thought that depression was the result of a lack of Serotonin. This came from the use of a drug for other diseases which seemed to create an increase in inappropriate euphoria. The drug was providing serotonin. However, when given to depressed persons only 30 per cent received any benefit and that only after a number of weeks. When tested, their serotonin levels did increase but by the time the so-called benefit kicked in those levels had gone back to what they were before, so serotonin was not the answer. We now
Much of what affects us mentally starts in the digestive system. If you don’t give your body the right nutrients to provide what is needed for cells to be made and
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his Spring racing season, be a winner in the fashion and beauty stakes with the latest hair and make-up trends to bestow an eminent photo finish.
This racing season, crowns and halos are the front runners in choice of headwear, with sophistication and elegance being the two key elements when deciding on your look.
To be truly race ready it’s all about the make-up trifecta- lashes, lips and brows!
Hair should be an extension of your millinery, so choose a style that compliments your headwear without over doing it, keeping it simple, classy and feminine.
To get your eyebrows on ﬂeek, first use an eyebrow brush or comb to tame your brows, then apply a brow powder with an angled brush to add some shape and definition.
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Styles such as loose curls, braids, side buns and even vintage waves are all trending right now and give an effortless, yet touch of class to your attire. And if opting for a DIY style to last from the first sound of the hooves until the last sip of champagne, be sure to use a dry shampoo in your hair to add volume and texture. For race day ready skin from head to toe, make sure you prep by exfoliating and moisturising to keep your skin looking smooth and fresh, and if opting for a mani and pedi (which I personally think is non-negotiable), shellac is a great option as it won’t chip. 40
LIPS! To dress your lips, bold, bright hues of reds and pinks as well as neutral matt lipsticks are a race day favourite, keeping in mind that if you decide to go heavy on the eyes, you should go light on the lips and vice versa. LASHES! If you’re not so blessed in the lash department, try some falsies for that extra ‘wow’ factor to amplify your look.
Your wedding day will be one you cherish forever as you embark on your marriage with a wonderful celebration. One of the most important things to organise for your wedding day is your bridal jewellery.
ll jewellery carries sentiments; jewellery represents relationships, bonds and memories throughout your life. Your bridal jewellery will be no different. In fact, your bridal jewellery is one of the few permanent keepsakes from your wedding day that you will take away and have for the rest of your life. Diamonds have long been considered a symbol of eternal love. They have a timelessness that ensures they will match every detail of your wedding, from your dress to your ﬂowers. The elegance and beauty of diamonds combined with the subtlety of a tennis bracelet or drop earrings would ensure that you shine on your wedding day.
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Issue 10 October 2017
T H E 1 2 W EEKS OF
Christmas How to have a credit card-free Christmas
By Jo Munro from The Savvy Shopaholic
etting organised for Christmas in October does sound a little obsessive. However, imagine you could have a relaxing, organised Christmas where all you have to do in the last week is relax, enjoy and celebrate. Better yet, imagine you have spread the cost of Christmas over 12 weeks so there is no need for the last minute hit to your credit card. Is it possible? Absolutely, with a little planning. Can you do it? If I can, you certainly can and I will guide you through the 12 Weeks of Christmas. The next weeks will be the making of your Christmas if you take up the challenge. To start, make a list of the key areas you spend for Christmas; gifts, entertaining and decorations. Make a list of the events you will be hosting. Christmas Eve drinks, Christmas Day lunch, boxing day test BBQ etc. List the catering requirements. This will help you stagger the shopping over the coming weeks particularly when you see sales on costly items like celebration wine. Next write a Christmas gift list. Identifying who you need to buy for and what the budget per gift is, will make it easy to spot excellent gift ideas. Buy a gift or two each week or pop the money away to so you can take advantage of the upcoming sales.
If you love to shop online, November has a fabulous array of sales for you to get the best bang for your buck. Alibaba has a one day sale called Singles Day on November 11. The bargains are so good, last year the world spent $23.39 billion on that one day. Aussie website ClickFrenzy.com. au sale then follows on November 14. US sale Black Friday (November 24) and Cyber Monday (November 27) have really been adopted by Aussie retailers and this year is expected to be better than last year.
A great place to find inspired gifts is Aldi Special Buys which launch Wednesday and Saturday each week.
Christmas Decorations? Yes, start now. My hot tip on buying beautiful and cost effective decorations is to head to Costco soon. They have gorgeous decorations, wrap, bon bons and lights for a song!
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River Cruising 5 World Heritage Sites to Explore on a Rhine River Cruise.
A Rhine river cruise oﬀers a ﬂawless recipe for blending old-world travel, modern creature comforts, world-class destinations and like-minded wanderers from all over the world.
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he United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has honoured the preservation of culturally rich destinations along the banks of the Rhine with its World Heritage Site designation.
“World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world,” states UNESCO, “irrespective of the territory on which they are located.”
The star-shaped fortified town of Neuf-Brisach was originally built to defend the border between France and the Roman Empire.
A Rhine river cruise offers a ﬂawless recipe for blending old-world travel, modern creature comforts, world-class destinations and like-minded wanderers from all over the world.
The red-roofed villas of the Old Town are encircled by impressive earthworks laid out in a star pattern that date back to the end of the 17th century.
This cultural mosaic of a city is proclaimed for its serene clash of cultures that includes inﬂuences of the periods of Roman Antiquity, Rhineland Renaissance and French 18th century classicism.
Upper Middle Rhine Valley Visually dramatic and culturally entrenched, the entire Rhine Gorge section of the river in Germany earned an emphatic UNESCO nod. Known as the “romantic Rhine”, the river has played the leading part in a timehonoured drama of battles and alliances between the civilisations of ancient Europe. The walls of the gorge rise over 400 feet from the placid waters of the river, which give away no secrets of the powerful forces of nature that once carved the deep canyon. The steep banks are lined with folkloric castles, medieval villages and enchanting vinecovered terraces. One particularly awe-inspiring feature is the Loreley Rock, a massive slate monolith that has inspired legends and myths still present in German culture today. Cruising through the past along the River Rhine, one can’t help but feel miniscule in the scale of the enormous geographic and cultural forces at play here.
The fortress was the final masterpiece of the military engineer Vauban, whose group of 12 works makes up the Fortification of Vauban World Heritage Site.
The French-built Grande-Île (historic centre) is distinctively unified with the German-designed Neustadt (new town) which surrounds it. The result is a delightfully intriguing maze of stone alleyways, ﬂower-trimmed canals and halftimbered little houses that you could swear have risen straight from the pages of a fairytale.
Cologne, Germany – Kolner Dome
One of the region’s oldest cities, the streets of Speyer dance with the stories of Celtic settlers and Roman residents.
Cologne, from renaissance spires to avant-garde museums, the city is the cultural heart of the Rhineland.
Watching steadily over the merry town is the Kaiserdom – the Speyer Cathedral that is noted by UNESCO to be “historically, artistically and architecturally one of the most significant examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe”. The unique red sandstone walls of the cathedral were the burial place of Holy Roman and German emperors and house sculptures that date back to its origins in 1030.
One of Germany’s most iconic landmarks, the World Heritage Site of the Kölner Dom cathedral, was constructed without changes in design over a lengthy stretch of seven centuries. The wildly magnificent Gothic basilica protects the shrine of the biblical Magi - the Three Wise Men.
Issue 10 October 2017
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When was the last time you looked at the insurance policy on your car? Have you obtained a renewed quote in the last 12 months? Have you done any shopping around at all since your initial insurance policy? By Janelle Gonzalez – thecarousel.com
he truth is, most people don’t. When it comes to car insurance they just set and forget, not realising that they could be saving themselves hundreds of dollars a year – potentially even for a better, or more suitable policy!
I fully understand the real costs associated with car ownership, and they can be significant, so I’m a big believer in making sure you’re getting the best deal every step of the way. When it comes to insurance, I’ve put together the following tips which, according to Canstar, will save the average person approximately $350 per year! 1
If your car is a few years older than on your last insurance quote, you may be surprised what others are willing to offer. Take the time to shop around each year. 2 PAY YEARLY, NOT MONTHLY
Most insurers will charge a little extra for the administration of billing monthly, rather than annually. It may not seem like much, but all of this adds up to real savings. So plan ahead and save. 3 PURCHASE ONLINE
In an incentive to use less customer service and sales staff, most companies, including insurers, offer a discount for self-serving your policy online. In many cases, it can be as much as $50 a year. 4 VARY YOUR EXCESS
This one isn’t for everyone, however if you’re not prone to many incidents it could be a great cost-saver for you. Basically, you choose to pay a larger excess should you make a claim, which lowers your annual premium. 5 PACKAGE YOUR INSURANCE
If you have home and contents insurance, or a partner or spouse with insurance, most insurers will offer a discount if you bundle it all with the same provider. If you haven’t already, ask your current or prospect providers for a discount based on all of your insurance being with them. 6 DRIVERS OVER 25 ONLY
Again, this isn’t for everyone, if you have kids or friends under 25, or you’re under 25 yourself this isn’t an option. However, if individuals under 25 don’t drive your car you could get a greater discount. Since drivers under 25 are perceived to be at greater risk, many insurers will offer a further discount if you declare that no one under 25 years of age will be driving your vehicle. 44
7 TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR PARENTS’ INSURANCE
A little known fact is if you previously had your name on your parents’ policy and it’s now time to take out your own, many insurers will recognise your years of no claim bonus and add that onto your new policy — potentially saving you plenty — so be sure to ask. 8 CHOOSE EXTRAS CAREFULLY
All those little extras, like one excess-free windscreen repair, hire cars and towing, are great options, but they also add up. Consider which options you really think you’re likely to need and ditch the rest to save on the premium. 9 ADD SECURITY
Fitting an alarm, immobiliser or always parking in a garage all help reduce the risk of theft or vandalism and hence usually reduce your premium. Running a car can quickly become expensive; maintenance, insurance, fuel, registration – the list goes on! Saving a few hundred per year on just one of those items can make a massive difference over the lifetime of your car to how much dosh you fork out.
If your car is a few years older than on your last insurance quote, you may be surprised what others are willing to offer. Take the time to shop around each year.
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All Stars! By Vanessa Sullivan – Southlands Shopping Centre
outhlands Shopping Centre is proud of our association with our local community. Our “All Stars” promotion is a community-based sponsorship program that not only rewards individuals for their achievements and passion, but also provides a ﬁnancial reward to many local clubs and associations. Over the next 12 months we are calling for nominations from individuals and groups within the local community. We are looking for individuals that are passionate about their sports or hobbies. We are looking for a true “All Star”. We have not limited this sponsorship program to talented sportspeople. Of course. we welcome them to apply, but we are also encouraging nominations from individuals in the community who have a passion for creative and performing arts, drama, ﬁlm and music. The beauty of this program is that each month a winner is chosen to receive $250 to help them pursue their passion. Their nominated club, group or association also receives $250 from Southlands as a sponsorship. Our ﬁrst
winner is a very worthy “All Star”. Chelsea Sutton is a South Penrith local who is very passionate about her netball. Extremely talented, Chelsea has been playing with the St Nicholas Netball Club since she was just four years old. She is now a member of the Penrith Representative State Age Team. Chelsea is talented and also a wonderful role model, volunteering as a netball umpire and giving back to the sport she loves so much. Chelsea was presented with her award by Panthers Captain, Matt Moylan. At Southlands Shopping Centre we understand that these sporting groups are the heart of the community. We are so pleased that we can give back to these groups to assist in their fundraising endeavours. In addition to our “All Stars” program, we are also pleased to announce that we have embarked on sponsorship campaigns with the Penrith Junior Cricket Association, Penrith Summer Soccer, York Public School and Jamison High School. We hope that our contribution makes a difference.
We are looking for individuals that are passionate about their sports or hobbies. We are looking for a true “All Star”.
SO UTH L AN D S S H O P P I N G CE N T R E
NOMINATIONS OPEN NOW!
ARE YOU THE STAR WE ARE LOOKING FOR? We are looking for kids who love to play sport, dance, act or sing. The search is on and we want to find a superstar. Whether you kick a footy, swim, shoot hoops or twirl and kick we are looking to reward you. With a monthly prize of $250 available for you and $250 for your club, school or association, we are celebrating the many talents of our local community. Head to www.southlandsshoppingcentre.com.au for details on how to enter and full terms and conditions.
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Issue 10 October 2017
Horoscopes By Sherrynne Dalby
(23 SEP – 22 OCT)
Scorpio (23 OCT – 22 NOV) You can feel as though you have the weight of the world on your shoulders at the moment. Feel is the key word in that sentence. Perhaps it is all in the mind, it often is. Try to shift your thinking, change your head space and then look again. You should have a clearer view now, which makes it easier to find a solution. Friends can play a key role, so don’t dismiss their ideas, they may hold hidden truths. Remember it is sometimes necessary to knock down the old in order to create the new.
Capricorn (23 DEC – 20 JAN) Hopefully you booked that holiday last month because you will really be looking forward to it. Despite your best efforts this month, career matters will be requiring much more of you than you would probably like. You enjoy and revel in challenges and love to use your problem solving skills. You would probably prefer that you didn’t need them quite so much at the moment. Networking becomes important later in the month, giving the opportunity to share the load. Delegate, you aren’t the only one capable of dealing with the situation, no matter what you think.
Sagittarius (23 NOV – 22 DEC) Your position in the world continues to be under the spotlight. The question is, what do you really want? Is career and status really giving you the satisfaction you thought it would, or is it all feeling a little hollow at the moment? You are realising now, more than ever, that there is more to life than continually following that elusive target. Time to find more balance. The best thing for now is to take time out wherever you are able, reach out. Spend time just hanging with friends and loved ones and reconnecting with yourself.
Aquarius (21 JAN – 19 FEB) Now is time for you to catch your breath. Step out of the hustle and regather your energy and thoughts. Finances should be improving slowly and situations that aren’t completely resolved have a solution in sight. You may even be able to count on a little luck helping out with career matters later in October that can change things around. Start thinking again about that holiday that you have thought of for some time. Thought is only the beginning of a process, you now require action. This can be the goal you have been looking for.
Ruling Planet: Venus Sign:
Lemon, pale blue, pale green, pink
This is your annual time for renewal. Happy Solar return Libra. 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 Libra this year, that is from 23 September until 22 October and covers all those born under the sign of the Scales. The coming month will give you a snapshot of the year ahead. Pay attention to what is going on around your birthday for clues. The year ahead has a general focus on relationships. September birthdays watch health to prevent feeling rundown. Early October birthdays can find new creativity, to soothe the nerves, while mid month may find periods of frustration when plans are stalled. Stay calm, it all works out in the end. Be willing to take chances as you are likely to have lady luck on your side over the next year and life may take you in different and unexpected directions.
Cancer (21 JUN – 22 JUL) Often known as a homebody, that is certainly the case at the moment. You prefer being in your own castle, whatever form that takes. Commitments elsewhere, however, may be throwing a spanner in the works. Trying to create a balance between matters outside the home and those within can be the major challenge for you throughout October. It may require a new approach, possibly something you have thought of in the past but dismissed. Sometimes radical is the way to go. Life becomes easier later in the month and you’ll be able to find more time to enjoy life.
Pisces (20 FEB – 20 MAR) Relationships continue to be the focus for you and can really heat up around the full moon. You can be inspired later in the month with an innovative new direction for financial benefit. Perhaps you have a business idea that is looking for a partner, it may be worth exploring now. Now can be the ideal time for enrolling in a course that will bring you both self fulfilment and the opportunity in the future for the career you are looking for. You have your sights set on something new, now you need to follow through.
Taurus (21 APR - 20 MAY) Your creative theme continues and may even become more intense. Relationships can flourish as you open yourself to new experiences. There is an abundance of opportunity in this area, so remember to open the door when it comes knocking. You have been challenged to relax, play a little and connect with your inner child. Life doesn’t have to be that serious. You have others around you at the moment who would be only too happy to help and it can be a great way to advance relationships. Luck is on your side but that can be magnified when you share it.
Leo (23 JUL – 22 AUG) You may find yourself continuing to work through financial challenges. A solution is likely to be just around the corner. It can be as simple as assets that have been overlooked. You should have what you are seeking by mid month. Higher education, even just opening your mind to alternative thinking, becomes a possibility later in the month. If you have been contemplating enrolling in a course, or perhaps taking a holiday to a new destination, now is the time. Anything that challenges your thinking and takes you in a new direction is now possible.
Aries (21 MAR -20 APR) Continuing from last month’s theme of refocussing habitual behaviour, October kicks off with the opportunity for you to kick that annoying habit. Help should be forthcoming, as those around you are probably even more keen than you to see it go. Relationships can be a great source of strength and support and this is even more so now. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need. Now is perfect for consolidating relationships that are positive and supportive. It is also perfect for ending those that aren’t. They are likely to self implode as you seek more independence and self expression.
Gemini (21 MAY – 20 JUNE) Home is the source of most of your action at the moment. While at times the effort may seem a drag, it can also be a source of great creativity and insight. Perhaps taking time out from the usual hustle and bustle of daily life and just enjoying your surroundings can also help silence the constant chatter in your head. Your urge to leave the daily grind behind and explore something more creative grows stronger as the month unfolds. You are looking for something new and exciting to spice up your life. Maybe you need to just look deeper inside yourself.
Virgo (23 AUG -22 SEP) Your birthday may have been the springboard for a new direction, perhaps even a new you. Your urge to merge can be quite strong around the full moon, associated with romance for a reason. This can be great for shifting a current relationship up a gear or for finding miss or mister right (at least for now), for the singles. Just make sure you keep your eyes wide open as your desires can overrule your normally good logic. Watch your money towards the end of the month as your financial situation can undergo a shake up.
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