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Hi Readers, How exciting Spring is here!
September issue is easily my favourite issue so far. Why? Because I’m a huge football fan! I’ve played it all my life and when I heard the news the Matildas were paying us a visit I was so excited! It was a no brainier having Kyah Simon on our cover. I was lucky enough to be in her team for a brief moment when we played local representative soccer, plus she’s a Western Sydney girl and her accomplishments at 26 are truly inspiring. If you don’t have your ticket to the Matildas vs Brazil game on September 16, do yourself a favor and get one while you can. It’s going to be one of those games you cannot miss. In food this month we bring you recipes from My Kitchen Rules finalist Luke Hines’ latest cookbook, Healthy Made Easy.
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I couldn’t go past the guilt free “Twix” slice. Head over to page 28 for the how to. We also took care of the hard work when it came to planning what to do these school holidays over on page 20. Also in this issue we have new local faces writing for us. Welcome Rob Lees from Mortgage Choice, Rob will be writing our Lending section. Also welcome to Marianne Arthur - a passionate writer who also works as a beauty therapist at the fabulous Insignia Hair and Day Spa. Marianne will be covering everything beauty related. Enjoy our September issue!
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Issue 9 September 2017
Issue 9 September 2017
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PRADA’S PRISCILLAS 30 SEPTEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH Featuring Prada Clutch, this is a jam packed show with dazzling feathers, wigs, head pieces, costumes and performances. You will not forget this glittering drag spectacular. penrith.panthers.com.au
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15 SEPTEMBER ROOTY HILL RSL This is the farewell tour for Max Pellicano. Max’s first tour was in 1988 and he has been wowing crowds ever since. This concert will feature multi-media footage of his early performances and images taken throughout the years complemented by his very own live band and choir.
9 SEPTEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with the boys in the brand new show “The Secret Fantasies Tour”. Strap yourself in for their high-powered dance routines and amusing touches of humour.
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SPOKEN FOUR Bringing together some of the world’s best slam poets - with a DJ - to deliver back-toback sets of powerful verse, inspirational stories, provocation and humour.
MICHAEL JACKSON – THE LEGACY TOUR
ROMEO AND JULIET: RUSSIAN BALLET
29 SEPTEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH Direct from the USA and starring William Hall as Michael Jackson, this show is a tribute to the world’s greatest entertainer. This full-scale production brings the energy, the dance and the music that spans generations.
2 SEPTEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH Celtic Illusion is the Irish Dance and Grand Illusion sensation that is taking Australia by storm. This is a must see music event for the whole family.
22 SEPTEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH The Russian National Ballet is back and is bringing the forever romance, the hundred year old classic. Romeo and Juliet is the most heart-warming dancing you will see this year.
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THREE SIDES OF LOVE AND DEATH 10 SEPTEMBER THE JOAN This concert traverses the sacred and cultural traditions of the world and brings them together, to explore the universal themes of love and rite of passage through the culturally diverse stories and sacred music practices of the Chamber Orchestra musicians.
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LAH LAH HAVING FUN
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18 SEPTEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH Get ready to have fun with the stars of ABC KIDS Lah Lah’s Big Live Band. Having fun is the best way to learn and that is exactly what happens at a Lah Lah show – along with lots of singing and dancing.
EVERY DAY APPLE STORE, WESTFIELD PENRITH Apple is hostng free workshops everyday at Penrith in September, from learning tech basics to art inspired photo and sketch classes. Book online at Apple.com. au/today.
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Local Roaming LOCAL MUSIC
HEART OF THE MATTER – AN EAGLES TRIBUTE SHOW
23 SEPTEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH This tribute show is all about recreating those beautiful sun kissed vocal harmonies and unforgettable musical moments. Featuring five of Australia’s most accomplished singers and musicians paying tribute to this band.
1 SEPTEMBER ROOTY HILL RSL Shane is widely regarded as a major player in the Alternative Country field not only in Australia where he is the current CMAA Alternative Album of the Year recipient but also in the USA.
16 SEPTEMBER ROOTY HILL RSL Hailing from Hamilton, NZ. Katchafire has become a global roots reggae phenomenon. The all Maori reggae band brings their pure classic sound to music lovers, delivering one of the most authentic Reggae shows around today.
2 SEPTEMBER THE JOAN Soloist Waynne Kwon and guest conductor Sarah Penicka-Smith with Penrith Symphony Orchestra featuring classical works of dream-like and transcendental beauty.
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8 SEPTEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH James Reyne singing nothing but Australian Crawl, with possibly the best band on the planet bringing you all the songs you know and love.
16 SEPTEMBER BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & COMMUNITY HUB Two great pianists on two pianos in a performance where the jazz and the classical duck and weave in a way that feels just right. Tedeschi & Hunt return with a new program of irresistible classical and jazz works.
RUSSELL MORRIS 8 SEPTEMBER THE ROOTY HILL RSL Aria Hall of Fame inductee, number one selling platinum artist,King of Pop, Australian icon.Russell Morris shot to fame in the mid 60’s with Somebody’s Image. Russell had a string of hits including Hush and the Bob Dylan classic Baby Blue. rootyhillrsl.com.au 6 roamingpanthermagazine.com.au
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MONDAY – FRIDAY | 9:30AM - 10:30AM PENRITH PCYC Kinder Tots is a gymnastics class for little ones 12 months to three years old. Gymnastics training helps children develop both physically and mentally. PCYC run classes that suit most kids regardless of age or physical prowess. It’s a safe, fun environment where children can learn at their own pace.
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Issue 9 September 2017
kmal returns with his funniest show ever in the history of comedy. Paramedics will be on call to transport audience members to hospital as their sides split from laughter.
“I laughed so hard my eyeballs popped out of my head,” an anonymous audience said. Not recommended for people with weak sides or eyeballs. Or lawyers. NO REFUNDS. His return coincides with the unprecedented popularity of small men of Middle Eastern appearance that’s sweeping the country. Remember, if you go and see any other comedian, then the terrorists have won. Known for his incredible ability to deal with hot topics in a hilarious and slightly offensive way, Akmal promises this year to deliver a show that is punctual and jam-packed with words... some of which he will be using for the first time. One of Australia’s most respected and accomplished comics, Akmal draws on his Arabic heritage, his experiences immigrating
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to Australia at the age of 11, and his disillusionment with religion and the modern world to deliver a stand-up show that is fresh, honest and ridiculously funny. Akmal may even mention one of the biggest mistakes of his life when last year he agreed to appear on the reality TV show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. Saleh entered the world of comedy in 1990 under the alias Peter Saleh (“so people would think I was white,” he says). Since then he’s performed in movies, on TV and as a regular radio and talk show host, and has written a book about his journey from Egypt and his life as an Arab on the Australian comedy circuit. As a stand-up he’s performed at festivals all around the world including Edinburgh, and has won numerous awards, including an ARIA for his DVD Live and Uncensored. This year, for the first time in history, he’s promising to appear in high definition 3D (glasses not provided though).
Random, improvised and hilarious… www.crickey.com.au
No one wanted the show to stop… he seemed to own the stage Sydney Morning Herald
SHOW DETAILS Akmal – Transparent 22 September Show 8pm $46.90 Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub 104 - 108 Macquarie Road Springwood 4723 5050 bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au
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Hot on the heels of sell outs and new shows added in Wollongong and Port Macquarie, Puttin’ On The Ritz also adds a matinee show in Penrith. After selling out the evening show at The Joan in Penrith on the September 19, a matinee show is now on sale. Touring the country for the very first time this August and September, and starring Australia’s own golden boy Rob Mills, along with an acclaimed cast of West End stars direct from the U.K. Puttin’ On The Ritz is the must see premiere musical theatre event for 2017. The dazzling theatre spectacle Puttin’ On The Ritz brings to life the music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin. Cheek to Cheek, Alexander’s Rag Time Band, Birth of the Blues, Swanee, Night and Day, I Got Rhythm, Easter Parade, Puttin’ On The Ritz and so many more. The most famous songs of the Golden Age of Hollywood are recreated live on stage with award winning singers and dancers in glittering costume.
Puttin’ On The Ritz delivered a brilliant and nostalgic night out! The audience loved every single minute of this show. The singing was top class and the dancing even better.
Puttin’ On The Ritz 19 September | 2pm Matinee - NEW SHOW | 7.30pm Show - SOLD OUT Standard $89.90 | Concession (Pensioner and Student Only) $84.90 Child (2 to 15 years) $84.90 | Groups (10+) $84.90 The Joan thejoan.com.au
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Haydn Mozart & Friends TH E R E WI L L B E MUSIC IN T HE A I R THI S SPRI N G W H E N T HE AU ST RA L IA N B RA N D E N BURG O R C HE ST RA A RRIV E S IN PE N RI TH . They look at each other and smile, they laugh… there’s a warmth and sense of fun not often associated with classical performance.
asting back to the days when good mates, orchestra conductor Haydn and freelance composer Mozart would get together for pop-up gigs with brilliant results - two admiring friends, performing impromptu concerts together. Fast forward 250-odd years to two relatively new friends - a Belgian period horn player, Bart Aerbeydt and Australia’s leading baroque cellist, Jamie Hey. Witness the results when excellence from the two eras comes together. A chance to let brilliance shine. The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra musicians join Bart and Jamie and put their signature style on some glorious classics as they bring to life the original colours of Baroque and Classical masterpieces from centuries ago, with the beautiful sound of instruments of the period. The Brandenburg invites you to discover the exquisite music of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries in a whole new way. The orchestra, with the help of charismatic artistic director Paul Dyer, will take you back to a historical era full of passion, electrifying vitality and artistic excellence. FEATURING: Cannabich Sinfonia in E-Flat major | Haydn Cello Concerto in C major, Hob.VIIb:1 | Mozart Harmoniemusik of Die Entführung aus dem Serail | Mozart Concerto for Horn No. 4 in E flat major K495.
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Australian Brandenburg Orchestra - Haydn Mozart & Friends 16 September | 7:30pm Standard $70 | Concession $65 Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre 4723-7600 or visit thejoan.com.au
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Local Markets WANDER AROUND YOUR LOCAL MARKET
BLUE MOUNTAINS REGION
THE WESTIES MARKETS
RICHMOND GOOD FOOD MARKET
GLENBROOK ROTARY MARKETS
EVERY THIRD SUNDAY - STARTING 16 JULY The Thornton Markets have changed their name and location – The Westies Markets will bring the same variety of local produce, unique fashion and homewares, gourmet treats and, of course, live music. Come to our new market at Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School.
EVERY SATURDAY Featuring local fresh produce and food in Richmond Park, corner March and Windsor Streets, Richmond.
FARMERS MARKET • FIRST SATURDAY Local shoppers stock up on organic fruit and veggies, sourdough bread, home-baked cakes and biscuits, pickles, jams and honey and lots of other goodies.
WINDSOR MALL SUNDAY MARKETS
COBBITTY VILLAGE MARKETS
EVERY SUNDAY Located in the George St Mall. Quality handmade homewares, arts, crafts, fashion and fresh produce. Local bands and buskers offer great entertainment.
FIRST SATURDAY One of the west’s most popular markets – with good reason. Experience 150 stalls selling craft, gourmet foods and local produce. Located at Cobbitty Public School.
AUSSIE NIGHT MARKETS EVERY WEDNESDAY An international food market on the doorstep of the Panthers World of Entertainment. Bring your family and friends and give your taste buds an experience from around the world. aussienightmarkets.com.au
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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. rotaryrichmond.com.au
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
Living Ruff A COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM FROM
SPCA NSW recognises the complex social and emotional roles that companion animals play in our lives. For many people animals can be an inexhaustible source of comfort and support, particularly during times of challenge. Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world and whether a person has a permanent place to live or not doesn’t change this fact. It has long been our experience that people experiencing homelessness love their pets fiercely and we meet many people in our work that would choose to go without so their companion doesn’t have to. Pet owners experiencing homelessness can find accessing veterinary services challenging, will often not seek medical assistance for themselves as they have nowhere for their pet to go or may have access to short term accommodation that doesn’t allow pets. With these challenges in mind RSPCA NSW runs a Homelessness Program, the objective of which is to achieve an outcome where an owner and animal stay together. We also provide assistance on a needs basis for veterinary care either through RSPCA NSW clinics or local veterinarians. Eligibility for access to the program • Person experiencing genuine homelessness • Person is engaged with a human welfare service that is actively assisting to find accommodation • Willingness to have their pet desexed The Homelessness Program provides temporary accommodation for animal(s) while their owners access services or are temporarily staying somewhere that isn’t pet friendly. During the stay with RSPCA the animals are all vet checked, health issues managed and desexing is done if not already desexed. There is no up front charge to the owner. The intention is to facilitate a safe outcome for both owner and their pet but in order to provide the service sustainably to as many clients as possible there are reduced rate boarding fees and medical expenses that we ask the owner to contribute to (if possible) on flexible arrangements. The service is available across NSW and depending on location and RSPCA resourcing an animal may be accommodated at one of our facilities, a local vet, boarding kennel or foster care. Signing up to be program foster carer is a great way to assist us as being in a home environment can be a far less stressful option for a companion animal than a shelter or kennel. To find more info on signing up as a foster carer go to our website rspcansw.org.au and follow the links. We run several programs in Western Sydney in partnership with Coreen Avenue Vet Clinic. We have worked with the team for many years and have found them to have a strong social conscience. Together we have run several vaccination programs in areas of socioeconomic stress and a desexing program called Paw it Forward that subsidises the cost for people on pensions, low income or significant social challenge. We support the Penrith Homeless hub, again in partnership with Coreen Ave Vets and have assisted many people with managing issues with their beloved animals.
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Gai Hawthorn CEO – PENRITH CBD CORP By Cassandra Elliot
GAI HAWTHORN IS A PREVIOUS NSW LOCAL WOMAN OF THE YEAR NOMINEE, A MENTOR FOR STUDENTS, A DEVOTED MOTHER AND WIFE, AS WELL AS THE CEO OF PENRITH CBD CORP.
ith an ever-growing population, it’s surprising that the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that approximately 65,000 Penrith residents leave the city to go to work each day. How do we bring these jobs back into our local community?
By working with the Western Sydney Business Centre, they connect people to help local businesses thrive. Gai describes Penrith CBD Corp’s role as “keeping the doors open so that the property owners get their rent and we sustain and grow Penrith’s CBD”.
Enter Penrith CBD Corporation “Our role at the CBD Corporation is to encourage new business, inspire land owners and find opportunities for all stakeholders to create a vibrant and active city at the centre of unprecedented growth.” Gai is on call all hours to help those in her community thrive. “If you ask my husband I live here,” she laughs. “Basically, we’re a 9-5 office, but my mobile’s always on for any that need it.” Gai has twin boys, Jake and Ben, who’re 25, and Libby who’s 27. She says she met her “soul partner at 50” when they both worked in marketing. Gai says her husband Derek is also a workaholic, yet they all find time to help their community whenever they can, which she’s very thankful for. After 11 years of working in events and marketing for the Panthers she gained a lot of insight and connections in the community. While we tried to probe into her life a little more, she reminded us that “it’s never about Gai, it’s about Penrith - that’s where my passion is”. Gai helps the local community by mentoring young students, volunteering her time at events, and by connecting the local community through her work with the Penrith CBD Corp.
Our role at the CBD Corporation is to encourage new business... find opportunities for all stakeholders to create a vibrant and active city at the centre of unprecedented growth.
They’ve helped people develop business plans, manage their finances, generate referrals, advertise, or get funding to redo their shop. They’ve helped business owners up-skill through education courses, find temp staff, provided them with the administration, direction or assistance to set their business up correctly, and they’re even there in times of crisis.
Four years ago, Gai joined the business and has helped shape it into the Penrith CBD Corp.
“It can be hard when you’re starting a small business, because you don’t necessarily have all the support
“You know if they can’t pay the rent and life looks tough and you’re an isolated two-person small business, we’re here to help you get through that phase.” Gai says they host many networking events to bring the community together. “We run a coffee catch up once a month in the morning, we average about 50-60 local businesses turn up just for a quick coffee before work. We run it between 7.30 and 8.30 on the first Wednesday of each month.” They also host annual fundraising events in the lead up to the Christmas holidays to help those less fortunate. This will be their 10th year helping the Penrith Community Kitchen with their Christmas lunch. Through their work with local businesses and the RSL they get toys and gift hampers donated for those less fortunate.
The best part is, it’s free. “If you’re in the CBD it’s free, because we’re basically paid to look after you anyway,” she says. “We just need to find out more information about you [or your business] so that we can add you to the database and send you some information.”
Working with the local government, and run by a board of local community members and business owners, the Penrith CBD Corp receives rate money through a levy that goes through the local council. After they submit a business plan, they get allocated funding for three years. Gai describes it as “a very odd process”, and says it was created back when High Street had a mall. “Most of the businesses went broke, which prompted the creation of a committee started by property owners.”
you need and you can’t take that time away from the business.
Gai says, “I wish we had a catch phrase of what we actually are, but it’s too diverse”.
FIND OUT MORE You can find out more by visiting; penrithcbdcorp.com.au Penrith CBD Corporation
Local Business WE SPOKE TO THE TEAM AT CLEAR PATH ACCOUNTING, THE TAX AND ACCOUNTING WIZARDS THAT ALSO PRIDE THEMSELVES ON THE RELATIONSHIPS THEY HAVE WITH THEIR CLIENTS. TELL US THE STORY BEHIND CLEAR PATH ACCOUNTING. HOW DID IT ALL START? HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OPERATING? 1
After working for a local accountant for over 18 years, Suzanne Walker made the decision to start her own accounting firm. She could see that local small businesses wanted better solutions and more support. So she established Clear Path Accounting in January 2016, with the vision of empowering business founders and creators to build a business that best represents their vision. 2
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We currently have four wonderful team members. Suzanne Walker the principal CPA accountant; Sharon John our client services co-ordinator; Karen Warren our senior accountant; and Chloe Walker our chief bookkeeper and tax return wizard. 3 NAME THE SERVICES YOUR BUSINESS OFFERS AND YOUR POINTS OF DIFFERENCE.
We do more than just tax and accounting. We bring clarity and simplicity to the financial side of a business. We take the time to get to know you, gain insights into your specific needs, and find solutions to fulfil your goals. We also price our services upfront which means no surprise accounting fees. We find that many business owners do not understand how their business is performing. So after we
streamline compliance duties, we assess the current state of the business and make recommendations for improvements in key business areas such as cash ﬂow, revenue and profit. We then provide continual, proactive support. 4 WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK?
Definitely connecting with people, building lasting relationships and inspiring people to make positive changes. There is no doubt that having the right accountant can change your life. We believe that every business deserves to have an accountant that supports them, challenges them to improve, and provides honest, constructive and relevant advice. 5 ANY HIGHLIGHTS/ACHIEVEMENTS THAT YOU ARE PROUD OF?
Recently, we were honoured to be a finalist in the 2017 Women with Altitude Awards. It was great to receive that recognition, especially as a new business. WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT BEING PART OF THIS COMMUNITY? 6
The support that our community gives to local small businesses. We love seeing so many wonderful local businesses be the preferred choice for consumers. It builds community wealth, creates local jobs and promotes community involvement. We encourage everyone to ‘shop local’.
ANY ADVICE TO LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS?
Set goals! Every business should have goals and objectives that they can measure and monitor. We actively encourage and assist our clients to set business goals because it gives us a guide of what they need their business to achieve. Having goals gives your business meaningful direction and can set you on the path to success.
We do more than just tax and accounting. We bring clarity and simplicity to the financial side of a business.
LET US EMPOWER YOUR BUSINESS 02 4739 2700 Business Hours Mon to Fri 9.00am to 5.00pm (After hours and Saturday available by appointment) Suite 1, 13 Hope Street, Blaxland clearpathaccounting.com.au clearpathaccounting
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Return & Earn STUART AYRES MP, MEMBER FOR PENRITH HAS WELCOMED THE APPOINTMENT OF EXCHANGE FOR CHANGE AND TOMRA-CLEANAWAY TO HEAD NSW’S “RETURN AND EARN” 10-CENT CONTAINER DEPOSIT SCHEME DUE TO ROLL OUT IN DECEMBER.
eturn and Earn will be an environmental game-changer for the Penrith, Nepean and Blue Mountains environment,” Stuart Ayres said.
“This is the biggest initiative to tackle litter in the state’s history – it will be easy to use, accessible and good for the environment. It will make a huge difference to the amount of rubbish on our streets, parks and waterways across our community.” THE SCHEME’S MAIN FEATURES INCLUDE: More than 500 collection points across the state, including in remote towns of more than 500 people and at 270 sites across the Greater Sydney Region. The network will include more than 800 reverse vending machines across NSW.
The Scheme Coordinator will ensure the refund is paid through the Network Operator. The Network Operator will run a network of collection points across the state, including more than 800 reverse vending machines. The large-scale roll out of reverse vending machines is a first for Australia. The Queensland scheme is set to follow next year. NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said the Return and Earn scheme would be a convenient and rewarding system for everyone. “It will provide a fundraising opportunity for charities, schools, community and sporting groups, which share in millions of dollars every year in places where similar schemes have been running for decades,” Upton said.
The 10-cent refund will be provided as either cash, electronic transfer or a voucher for in store redemption.
FOR MORE INFOMATION
Eligible containers included most glass, cans, plastic and paperboard drink containers between 150 millilitres and three litres – those often found in the litter stream.
Eligible drink containers can be refunded for 10-cents from December 1 when Return and Earn commences. For more information visit: epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/container-deposit-scheme.htm
Free Fitness Classes BY THE R IVE R
LIVE LIFE GET ACTIVE LAUNCHED THEIR NEWEST FREE FITNESS PROGRAM IN JULY, AT TENCH RESERVE ON THE NEPEAN RIVER, PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY PENRITH CITY COUNCIL AND THE FUNDING PARTNER BANK OF QUEENSLAND PENRITH. The new program kicked off with an official launch, attended by Live Life Get Active CEO Amanda King, representatives of the funding partner, Bank of Queensland Penrith, Penrith Council and members of the community. Once the official proceedings concluded, 15 enthusiastic people took part in the first class – Active Boxing. Free fitness classes will run at Tench Reserve (opposite the Coffee Club Nepean River) at 9.30am Monday-Friday every week during school term. Council have confirmed these will be running for Term 4 2017 and also Term 1 2018. Classes include boxing, cross-training and yoga and are run by qualified professional trainers that cater for all fitness levels. Live Life Get Active is a social initiative that provides free fitness classes to help people be more active in an environment that is fun and motivating. They also offer free health, fitness and nutritional education online. Live Life Get Active have 95 ‘Active Camps’ around Australia with 31,000 members. REGISTER, BOOK, ATTEND. The classes are free and open to all residents aged 18 and over. To attend, people need to register online and then book into the classes they want to attend. livelifegetactive.com
WOM E N H E A LTH WEEK I S A NAT I ON A L E V E N T F R OM S EP T EMB ER 4 -8. By Joanne Wholohan – One Point Health
o promote this conversation a group of 60 local women met at OnePointHealth, Penrith for an evening of education and chat.
A panel of five professional women spoke on a variety of women’s health topics. The topics included pelvic ﬂoor, bladder and bowel health, nutrition, endometriosis, strength training, parenting – the positiveness of sleep, breast examination, PAP smear testing and mental health. Additionally, a special guest spoke about her personal journey through breast cancer and fertility. Too often women report not addressing their own health. They are juggling the demands of work and family life, putting the needs of others ahead of their own.
Many women are exhausted having difficulty getting enough sleep, having little energy or time to exercise often resorting to more processed foods, coffee and alcohol to keep their head above water. Women’s health issues such as bladder leakage or menopause are often normalised as part and parcel of being a woman. Sometimes subjects are just never discussed and any talk about the lady parts can be just too embarrassing. Women’s health week is about empowering women with knowledge on how they can better manage and monitor their own physical and mental health. Women need to know about their own bodies, the changes that occur throughout the various life stages and know what is normal and what is not.
It is vital women know how to identify any potentially abnormal health issues. Women should not be afraid to discuss these topics with their health professional whereby they can seek appropriate assistance.
Too often women report not addressing their own health. They are juggling the demands of work and family life, putting the needs of others ahead of their own.
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Local Business MEET JOHN MILLER – CRISPE JOHN OWNS AND OPERATES ABUNDANT LIFE & HEALTH AND THE APOTHECARY’S PANTRY IN PENRITH CBD. WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO YOUR INDUSTRY AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING WITHIN THE NATURAL HEALTH FIELD? I started working in the natural health field in 1990. I always had a strong interest in all things natural and organic. It was a natural choice to get deeper into what in essence was a passion for me. 1
YOU REALLY ARE THE ONE STOP SHOP FOR EVERYTHING NATURAL. TELL US MORE ABOUT THE CLINIC AND NATURAL HEALTH SHOP. The clinic was set up first and started as a general practice clinic basically seeing anything and anyone . 2
After telling my clients to purchase organic where possible and being asked where they could get this, I decided to open a shop to make it easier. One of the problems is that much of the so-called “healthy” products are often far from healthy. Unfortunately, people associate gluten free or vegan products with healthy. All too often the opposite is the case. Even “organic” products may still be unhealthy, after all organic sugar is still sugar and organic wheat is still wheat. The purpose of the shop was to ensure that we gave the best and healthiest available along with experienced advice. 3 WHAT SERVICES DOES THE CLINIC OFFER? WHAT WOULD YOUR POINTS OF DIFFERENCE BE? The clinic offers qualified advice on all health conditions from a tertiary qualified and very experienced Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, Nutritionist and Homoeopath. There aren’t many Naturopaths around who have as much clinical experience.
We can offer food sensitivity tests, heavy metal screening, hair mineral analysis to get a clear picture of the true mineral status of a person (blood and urine tests do not offer this). We also do other tests that allow a person some insight into how well their bodies are handling their lifestyles and help us to determine what is the best course of treatment. I have a wide range of experience in natural fertility and have been successful in helping couples to conceive, very successfully in most cases. The clinic can offer a lot of support for those with auto-immune conditions, especially hormone related conditions. We have a lot of success with women’s hormonal problems and we are particularly successful with gut related issues including Crohn’s disease and Colitis/ulcerative colitis. 4 TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM Here at Abundant Life & Health we have qualified staff. Our support staff, headed by Katherine Williams, has years of practical life experience living a natural health oriented lifestyle. 5 WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING ASPECT OF WHAT YOU DO? Perhaps the most rewarding thing is to see people get well after sometimes years of suffering. Some of our most satisfying results have been with children’s health. In some cases where they have been written off by the orthodox practitioners as untreatable, we have been able to get amazing results. Perhaps the best aspect of what we do is that our treatments only help, never harm.
6 ANY HIGHLIGHTS/ACHIEVEMENTS THAT YOU ARE PROUD OF? There are several cases that we are very grateful to have been a part of achieving. One young lady who had sudden blackouts every day and had all the scans and tests and medical treatments to no avail. In the end, she was told that it was a normal thing and not to worry she might grow out of it. Within one month of our care she was only having an occasional seizure and after three months no seizures. Eight years later she is still seizure free.
Some of the most gratifying cases are people who have had difficulty conceiving, some after a number of IVF cycles, we have been blessed in being able to help them conceive naturally.
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Lovin’ it local WHAT WE ARE LOVING LOCALLY THIS MONTH Local Café gets Facelift If you are yet to experience The Ori Café’s food then you are missing out. The Ori recently just completed a facelift and it looks fantastic. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s also the perfect place for coffee and cake. Cakes are made fresh in house! Contact 02 4751 7788
Your Local Concreting Experts
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S&L provides a range of high-quality concreting services for commercial and residential customers throughout Penrith and the Blue Mountains. So whether you require some paving slabs for a new footpath outside your house or you need to design a carpark for your commercial office space, S&L has the solution for you.
No better time like now to update the home. Adding plantation shutters or blinds can be an effective way to give your house that facelift it needs. Call Peter from Blue Sky Shutters on 0414706142 for a free quote
Call Shane for more info or for a quote 0411 704 302
JOHN MILLER-CRISPE, N.D. - Naturopath, Herbalist, Homeopath
Looking for herbal and dietary solutions to health problems? Don’t mask your health problems - treat them. We can help. Enjoy natural plant based medicines, nutritional supplements, and homeopathic remedies tailor-made to your needs. They’re the first medicines humankind ever used and there’s a reason why they’re still in use - they’re safe and effective. • Allergies
• Fertility & pregnancy
• Brain function
• Healthy ageing
• Children’s health
• Hormone issues
• Cancer support
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• Digestive issues
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Find herbal teas, and gorgeous, organic produce and products, at our Natural Health retail shop. • High quality organic products • First-class service • General health advice Shop 12 Tattersalls Centre, 510-532 High Street, Penrith 4721 0448 theapothecaryspantry.com.au @TheApothecarysPantry
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The Joan SUTHERLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
SURROUNDED BY MAJESTIC GREY GUMS, ANCHORING THE CIVIC AREA OF PENRITH, STANDS THE JOAN SUTHERLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE - THE ONLY CULTURAL CENTRE IN THE WORLD TO BE NAMED AFTER AUSTRALIA’S MOST FAMOUS OPERA DIVA. Long before the foundation stone was laid, Penrith supported a growing interest in the performing arts. Teachers and performers would travel from Sydney to conduct lessons or soirees in private homes. In the early 1970s a group of local musicians and advocates, including Allan Mullins, a surgeon with a huge passion for arts and a wonderful tenor voice; and Valda Silvy, still a central figure in the arts in Penrith, formed the Nepean District Musical Club and from St Mary’s Memorial Hall, music in the Penrith district ﬂourished. By the early 1980s student and audience numbers outstripped available rooms and a funding application for an acoustically designed and purpose-built musical performance centre and conservatorium was successful. The vision became reality and the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre opened for business in 1990. Dame Joan Sutherland was the embodiment of the new centre’s aspirations - the highest calibre of artist and a passionate advocate for musical education and excellence. “I know how important it is for young people to be given every chance to develop their talents, and the Performing Arts Centre has superb teaching and performance facilities which will encourage their
pursuit of excellence,” said Dame Joan Sutherland. A community celebration in March 1990 officially opened the centre, with hundreds of locals joined by parachutists, marching bands, dancers and arts companies. Dame Joan and her husband, pianist Richard Bonynge, added further ceremony with a gala performance later in the year. In the decade following its opening, The Joan had become overwhelmed by demand for its teaching and performance spaces, and a major upgrade in 2005 increased its versatility and capacity. The new improved Joan featured a 378-seat drama theatre - a home for the Q Theatre Company, which relocated after 27 years in its Railway Street location. To celebrate its new digs, the Q commissioned Tim Minchin and Kate Mulvany to write a musical specially for the region. The resulting work, Somewhere, celebrated the character of Penrith. “A veritable passing parade of all that is Penrith - the Plaza, Panther's World of Entertainment, Mulgoa Road, Glenmore Park, the Nepean River, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, the tank that Frank built at McDonald's - it has a ditty of its own - and the Q Theatre's evolution,” said a Sydney Morning Herald review
offer opportunities for artists and audiences, following the legacy of its founder Doreen Warburton, who dreamed of “a theatre of passion and ideas, that cares deeply about the human condition and the future of our children”. The Joan, through its programs of music, theatre, comedy, dance, visual arts, community activities, music and theatre education - creativity in all its forms continues to work to make this dream a reality, for a truly creative Penrith. EXPERIENCE THE CULTURE Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre 597 High Street, Penrith NSW 2750 4723 7600 BOX OFFICE HOURS Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm And one hour before each performance thejoan.com.au Visit or go online to see the showcase of top quality national and international performing arts.
Today The Q continues to produce new work and to
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Kids Local Roaming
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GET THE KIDS OUT OF THE HOUSE AND OFF THE DEVICES BY KEEPING THEM ENTERTAINED AND GIVING THEM AN EXPERIENCE WITH A DIFFERENCE THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS. UNREAL MINI GOLF Open 7 days all school holidays 9am Children $10 (Under 3s go FREE with paying adult) Adults $15 | Concession $12.50 (Students/Seniors) Family Pass $40 (2 Adults, 2 Children) Unit 10/69 York Rd South Penrith 4722 9229 unrealminigolf.com.au
DINOSAUR STOMP 27 September til 4 October | 1pm - 3pm Suitable for children 6 - 13 years Members $18 per child | Non Members $20 per child
A fun and exciting venue for all ages, offering you a choice of 18 holes with six themes (jungles, mad lab with ooze, the ruins of ancient Egypt and more) and Hollywood style special effects. After you’ve finished golf, enjoy the most amazing desert experience, Dippin' Dots Ice Cream or enjoy some arcade games.
GRUG & THE RAINBOW 29 - 30 September Children ages 1-5 Adult $20 | Child $16 Family $64 (four, at least one adult)
Visitor Centre, The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
597 High Street, Penrith NSW 2750
We’re going on a BIG adventure these holidays. Let’s stomp around the garden to discover megafauna and dinosaurs, and the plants they enjoyed eating. You will get to plant a dinosaur garden to take home and make your own delicious ancient plant snack: chocolate crackle Wollemi Pine bark. Yum!
A Windmill Theatre Company production, through exquisite puppetry and gentle storytelling this new show tells more stories based on the much loved picture book character created by Ted Prior. Especially created for the next generation of our littlest theatregoers.
SKYLINE DRIVE IN BLACKTOWN Check online for movies and session times. 1 Car - 1 person $12.50* | 1 Car - 2 people $25* 1 Car - 3 people $37.50* | 1 Car with 4 people $50* 1 Car - 5 people $62.50* | 1 Car with 6 people $75* Cricketers Arms Rd, Blacktown eventcinemas.com.au/Cinema/Drive-In-Blacktown
CAMPING AT CALMSLEY HILL FARM
Give the kids a movie experience with a difference. Step back in time and visit the 50‘s themed retro diner, with neon lights and vintage artwork. Serving all American diner food plus cinema staples such as popcorn and choc tops.
Available everyday, all year round. 10.50am - 4.30pm $95 per person Starting and finishing at Faulconbridge Railway
7 October Adults $85 | Children $55 Family (2 Adults, 3 Children) $265
ABORIGINAL BLUE MOUNTAINS WALKABOUT
Station platform, Blue Mountains
31 Darling St, Abbotsbury NSW 2176 9823 3222 | calmsleyhill.com.au
A great idea for the whole family! Something the kids will remember for a lifetime. Camping out in a paddock in front of grazing Kangaroos, Wallabies and Emus. Explore the farms with the friendly farmers as the sun sets. Up close and personal animal encounters and you can even help with morning animal feeding.
A mesmerising experience of our Aboriginal culture and the wild Australian bush. Discover a lost world of amazing Aboriginal sites and ancient wisdom of our local Darug culture by actually experiencing what our life used to be like. Find secret places. Hidden wonders that you will not see on any other walk or tour.
*Plus $1.20 online convenience booking fee per vehicle.
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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KYAH SIMON With the arrival of the Matildas, this mo nth we chatted to Western Sydney girl, Kyah Simo n. By Cassandra Elliot
I don't think you ever forget where you come from and I think that's important in life in general.
Photography credits | Jeff Lambert Penrith Panthers
AT ONLY 26 SHE HAS DONE IT ALL, FROM REPRESENTING HER COUNTRY AT 16 TO PLAYING IN THE OLYMPICS AND WORLD CUP.
Why football? There are a lot of positives about playing and it’s formed who I am today. I think the game encompasses a lot of different skills. It takes up most of my life as well and all the opportunities that I have received have been through football. It's competitive and I love that it’s a team sport as well. I've met some of my best friends through the game. I love being around people playing on a team and I'm very goal driven as well. It's given me the opportunity to represent my country and it’s the world game which is great because we get to play against the best countries in the world, and compete at world cups. Football has given me a lot of enjoyment and there's a lot of things that I wouldn't have had or been able to experience without it.
Gro wing up I grew up in Quakers Hill, so I'm a Western Sydney girl. It only took a couple of sessions to really fall in love with the game. It was my childhood best friend who introduced me to the game and invited me down to play at our local soccer club. I don't think you ever forget where you come from and I think that's important in life in general. Quakers Hill is still very much close to my heart and Quakers Hill Soccer Club as well.
Family I come from a very sport-orientated family. I’m the second youngest and my three siblings and I all played several different sports growing up. I was the only one who ended up pursuing one. It was a massive focus in our family to be involved in sport in some way, to keep active and healthy and do something with our time as well. I live out of home, but when I get the chance to visit we spend a lot of time together. We’re a close-nit family. I probably don't see them as often as I'd like, but they know that my work is travelling the world and always touring so they’re used to it. It's been going on for a good nine years now, so it's kind of just the norm.
For me, it’s a privilege to be able to give back to them and show that all those hours of driving, and my siblings sitting on the sidelines watching me practice as a young girl was all worthwhile. My family now come to World Cups and Olympics and support me on the world stage. I wouldn't be where I am today without their support, so I'm very thankful for that as well.
Setbacks There's been a few major setbacks for me in my career. I tore my ACL in 2013 when I was 22. I broke my leg when I was 15 and then now, going through the double shoulder reconstruction. Obviously, it'd be nice to go through your whole career without having any setbacks and major injuries, and some players are lucky to do that, but others face these challenges. I think it’s made me mentally tougher and challenged me, not just with my football, but I’ve been able to gain a lot of resilience out of that. I just really appreciate the things that you can take for granted sometimes as an elite athlete. Some of the things that we live by daily, when that’s taken away from you, you really appreciate it again, and I think that’s the silver lining in any kind of major setback, which for me has been injuries. I try to look at it in the most positive way possible, it hasn’t been an easy road. When I get back on the pitch fully fit and 100 per cent that’s what makes it all more worthwhile.
Memorable moments When I first represented my country at the highest level, as a 16-year-old that's a memorable moment for me. Going to my first World Cup and first Olympic Games. Rubbing shoulders with the best athletes in the world and being in the Olympic Village was pretty special to me. You know the world’s best athletes from every single country are in the one place at the one time, and I think nothing will ever replicate that. I think those moments you can never really forget, so they're probably up there for my top three.
I think it (major injuries) has made me mentally tougher and challenged me, not just with my football, but I’ve been able to gain a lot of resilience out of that.
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My advice to young girls is to set some goals and work hard ...set your goals high, and don't limit yourself with low expectations. Young girls in sport I'm a big goal setter, so my advice to young girls is to set some goals and work hard and hopefully you’ll achieve your dreams. I’d also like to say, set your goals high and don't limit yourself with low expectations. Anything's really possible if you put your mind to it. It started off as a fun thing for me and it kind of turned into a dream. Whether it's football or anything in life, I think the main thing is find something that you love, that you're passionate about, and as soon as you love something, the success follows on from that. So, grab a friend and head down to your local club and give it a go, and hopefully you fall in love with the game as much as I did as an eight-year-old girl when I first started.
Women in sport Women in sport is slowly getting the recognition that it should have been getting for a long time now, but there is that discrepancy between the two games, and monetary is only one factor. There's so many other factors that are incorporated about being an elite sportsperson, it is moving in a positive direction though, but it still has a long, long, way to go. As sportswomen, there is that inequality where we would like to be recognised for all the effort and work that we put in and be remunerated in the same way as our male counterparts. You get that with females in sport no matter what the code is around the world and that’s slowly changing, I think. We're trying to do as much as we can and hopefully pave the way for future generations that come through, so they might have better conditions as female athletes. The bigger picture is for the future of females in sport and women in sport in general, all around the world.
Touring I was just in LA with the Matildas for the Tournament of Nations, which we won! We played the final against Brazil and came off with an incredible 6-1 win which makes us excited for the 24
games at Penrith and Newcastle in September when we face Brazil again. The Tournament of Nations win will boost us up the world rankings. This really puts us in great form for the upcoming 2018 Asian Cup and 2019 World Cup.
Upcoming games Next are the home games against Brazil on September 16. Following that is the Asian Cup at the start of next year I think it’s going to be massive to play international games on home soil and definitely out at Penrith. In the western suburbs of Sydney there is a huge interest in females in sport, especially female football, and I think it will be a great opportunity for us to showcase what women's football is all about. Also, it’s a great opportunity for a lot of the Australian public to come out and actually be able to witness a game firsthand and be able to appreciate it by watching it in real time and in person. Speaking on behalf of the team, I know we're all excited and there is nothing we love more than playing in front of a home crowd, on home soil. Hopefully we pack out the stadium and put on a good spectacle for everyone.
Will you be playing in September? I’d love to, obviously. We rarely get home games and opportunities to play in front of our family and friends. So, for me, especially being in Sydney, I'd love to have my family there and for them to be able to watch me in my game coming back from these shoulder reconstructions. I'm super excited and that's kind of what's keeping me focused and motivated to ensure I do all I can to be back for those games in September. That's my focus, just getting myself fit and healthy and getting back into football. It's what I miss the most at the moment, so I can't wait to be back 100 per cent fit and healthy and back on the park playing alongside the girls.
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Prawn and Pork Paella Have you ever walked through a street market and seen a big traditional paella being made? The aromas are incredible and the ﬂavours just divine! Many of the recipes out there call for all sorts of seafood, but I wanted to strip this Spanish sensation back and make it a little simpler for you to recreate in your own home. SERVES 4
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1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, plus extra to serve 500 ml (2 cups) chicken or fish stock 2 pinches of saffron threads 12 raw king prawns, peeled with tails left intact, deveined Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 bunch of ﬂat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and roughly chopped 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Juice of ½ lemon
1 head of cauliﬂower, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter 100g rindless bacon rashers, roughly chopped 200g chorizo, cut into 2cm chunks 1 onion, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 tomatoes, roughly diced 1 red capsicum, deseeded and roughly diced 9 1 long red chilli, deseeded and finely diced
Place the cauliﬂower in a food processor and whiz down to fine, rice-sized pieces. Set aside.
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Melt the coconut oil or butter in a large, deep frying pan over medium heat. Add the bacon and chorizo and cook, stirring and tossing the pan as you go, for 5–6 minutes, until the meat has rendered its fat and is nicely caramelised and crisp. Add the onion, garlic, tomato, capsicum, chilli, tomato paste and paprika to the pan and sauté for
3–4 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened. Pour in the stock, stir in the saffron threads and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, add the prawns and cook for 2–3 minutes, until cooked through. Add the cauliﬂower and cook, stirring, for a further minute, or until softened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the paella into a serving dish and scatter over the parsley leaves. Drizzle generously with the oil, squeeze over the lemon juice and sprinkle with another pinch or two of smoked paprika. Enjoy!
Although I’ve kept it pretty simple, you can get as creative as you like with your choice of seafood here. Clams, mussels and pipis all work really well, as does calamari. And for those willing to really think outside the paella pan, try it with chicken thighs – you won’t look back!
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The ‘TWIX’ I think all of us can remember enjoying one of these from the corner shop after school during childhood. Just because we choose to eat clean doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy those famous ﬂavours we know and love, as these ‘Twix’ biscuits prove. MAKES 6–8 INGREDIENTS Base 9 100g (²⁄³ cup) coconut ﬂour, pinch of sea salt 9 2 tablespoons maple syrup 9 125ml (½ cup) coconut oil or 120 g butter, at room temperature Caramel ﬁlling 9 125g macadamia nut or almond butter 9 3 tablespoons maple syrup 9 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted 9 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped 9 Generous pinch of sea salt Chocolate topping 25g (1 cup) Rad Raw Chocolate 9 1 (see recipe to the right) 9 Pinch of sea salt (optional)
METHOD Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a 20cm square baking tin with baking paper. To make the base, combine the coconut ﬂour and salt in a bowl. Stir in the maple syrup until fully combined, then add the coconut oil or butter and mix together with your hands to form a smooth dough. Using your ﬁngers, press the mixture ﬁrmly and evenly into the base of the prepared tin, then bake for 10–12 minutes, until golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. For the caramel ﬁlling, melt the ingredients together in a saucepan over medium–low heat, stirring gently, until nice and runny. Pour the ﬁlling over the cooled base, transfer to the fridge and leave for 30 minutes, or until chilled and set. To make the chocolate topping, melt down the rad raw chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring as you go, until thick and creamy. Once the caramel ﬁlling has set, pour the melted chocolate over and smooth the surface. Sprinkle over the salt (if using) and return to the fridge for 30 minutes for the topping to set. To serve, remove from the fridge and cut into ﬁngers with a warm knife.
Rad Raw Chocolate An easy and delicious raw chocolate is such a great thing to have in your clean-treat repertoire. It’s a really versatile little staple that can be turned into a multitude of delicious bites! MAKES 350G (2 CUPS) INGREDIENTS 9 220g (1 cup) cacao butter 9 120g (1 cup) cacao powder 9 3 tablespoons maple syrup 9 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped METHOD Stir all the ingredients together in a saucepan over low heat until lovely and runny. Use it in its melted state to top or dip desserts, or pour over a baking tray lined with baking paper and set in the freezer for about 30 minutes for a basic chocolate slab. Store in a suitable airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
3 TIPS TO
Spring Clean Relationship YOUR
Local Expert Melissa Ferrari Psychotherapist & Relationship Expert
lthough most of us wish we could have relationships that feel connected and loving, most of the time our busy lives tend to get in the way. Instead of nurturing a relationship we can find ourselves bickering about household chores, finances or children. Not only are we slowly but steadily drifting apart and disconnecting from our partner, but worst case, this can in the long run lead to resentment. Here are three simple relationship tips you could consider committing to today, to help you strengthen your relationship and keep you connected with your partner on a daily basis. 1 Sleeping and waking together
According to research, about three and a half years into a relationship, couples tend to stop going to bed at the same time – which is a big mistake, in my opinion. Talking about your day and cuddling before you go to sleep is one of the most intimate moments in a couple’s day. So try to stay on the same sleep schedule and go to bed together so you get the chance to connect. In the morning, set your alarm five minutes early so you can wake up and cuddle, which will give a great start to your day. 2 Compliment each other at least once daily
It is easy to take each other for granted especially if you have been together for quite some time, but train yourself to get in the habit of praising your partner every day. Not only will it make your partner feel appreciated, but it keeps the intimacy alive and it shows that you are a team. Another bonus of giving each other compliments is that it boosts the number of overall positive interactions you have. Research shows the strongest couples have a ratio of five positive interactions to one negative. 3 Do things for each other
Whether it’s helping with chores, making your partner’s coffee in the morning or sending them a cute text message when they’re at work, commit to every day doing things that you think will make your partner happy. This will boost their wellbeing as well as your own.
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Issue 9 September 2017
Reasons Belly Fat WHY THAT
IS STICKING AROUND
When you set out to live a healthier, better life, part of your goal was to shed that belly fat that has plagued you all these years. However, try as you may, it sticks around like a bad habit. By RJ Tierney from Pure Fitness
hile extra belly fat is a deterrent to your self-confidence, it comes with an array of serious health dangers as well. From increased risk for cancer to heart disease to diabetes, unwanted belly bulge puts your life at risk every day.
IF YOU’VE BEEN STRUGGLING TO KISS IT GOODBYE, IT MAY BE FOR ONE OF THESE FIVE REASONS. 1
Your Mediocre Workout
As long as you can remember, medical experts have recommended you get at least 30 minutes of exercise a few days a week. And for good reason. Much of the industrialised world has cut movement out of their lives in many ways, making it necessary to hit the gym in order to stay fit. However, if you think 30 minutes of light jogging on the treadmill three days a week is going to get rid of that belly fat, think again. To burn the flab, you’ll need to add strength training to your routine. Doing this will add muscle to your frame, which will help burn more fat. It will also put your muscles where they belong, which helps your belly look flatter. 2 Your Fork
Getting rid of belly fat can’t only be done in the gym. It requires a lifestyle change that includes being very cautious of what you put in your mouth. That means cutting out the processed foods, saturated fats, and whatever else is likely to cause fat to cling to your midsection. In case you’re curious, that includes too much healthy food also. Remember everything has calories, and if your body doesn’t use it, it’s got to go somewhere, and your waistline is a likely candidate. But your fork isn’t the only thing that matters. Not drinking enough water is a sure recipe for belly fat. After all, there’s a reason a pudgy front is called a beer belly. 3 Your Stress Levels
When you feel stressed, it’s because something in your life is going wrong and you simply can’t let go of it until it’s resolved. Unfortunately, when you don’t let go of stress, fat doesn’t let go of you. It’s due to the chemical cortisol, which is released by your body when you’re facing stress. Harmless as a hormone may seem, this one kicks your appetite into gear and may even make it harder for your body to shed fat. So relax and help your waistline slim down. 30
4 Your Sleep Habits
Going to sleep is not exciting. Doing it feels like you’re doing nothing. But when you’re in the battle against the belly bulge, getting quality sleep every night is key. How important is it? When researchers concluded 16 years of research into the health of nearly 70,000 women, they saw that the women who slept five or fewer hours every night were at a 30 per cent increased risk for gaining 30 kilos than those who got seven hours of shuteye on a nightly basis. 5 You’re Aging
This one is the hardest to accept, because there is nothing you can do to avoid getting older. With age, your metabolism drops, making it harder to burn off calories while at rest, but your appetite may not take a plunge. Making weight gain even more likely is the drop in estrogen and progesterone in women and testosterone in men. But don’t think aging means you have to simply accept weight gain. By sleeping well, eating healthily, working out right, and cutting out stress, you can beat the odds and lose the belly fat that has taunted you, no matter your age.
WHO ELSE WANTS TO BE HEALTHY AND
Live A Long Active Life?
John Miller-Crispe N.D. - Naturopath, Herbalist, Homeopath Abundant Life &Health
We have all been conditioned to believe that we wear out as we get older and old age means disease, pain and misery – who wants that?
ell apparently nearly everyone! How can I say that? Well we seem hell bent on making it happen. We seem to believe that eating a healthy diet and living a healthy lifestyle is miserable so everyday we do the things that guarantee we will end up having a miserable time in later years – and we do not get out of life what we could along the way.
ageing process is one of degeneration. It does not have to be this way. However, the sooner you start taking good care of yourself the better your chance of success. It is easier at 25, much harder at 65.
Wellness is not the absence of symptoms. Wellness is feeling the very best you possibly can – ALL the time; enjoying life now and having a great life in your twilight years.
Would life be miserable if you had to give up soft drinks, excessive alcohol, sugar and fast foods? If you had to eat a nutritious diet of tasty enjoyable foods, get a moderate amount of exercise and eight hours restful sleep?
We have been conned! Advertising, movies, TV shows and medical advertising are aimed at convincing us that the
You can have a great life now AND a great life in your elder years!
For a great life now and into your senior years, seeing a good Naturopath is the best place to start. I am not saying that you will not slow down as you advance through life because you will. We know that what you can do when you are 18 you can’t at 80 or even 65. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. You can avoid most of the pain of ageing but the earlier you start the better. Even though you may have advanced through the years a bit it is never too late to start to improve your life and wellness.
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Issue 9 September 2017
Spring Skin BODY EXFOLIATION & WRAPS
Marianne Arthur Beauty Expert Insignia Hair and Day Spa
A LOT OF US MIGHT STILL BE FEELING THE IMPACTS OF THOSE DREADED WINTER BLUES; DRY SKIN, DULL TONE, SKIN SO SCALY IT FEELS MORE REPTILIAN THAN HUMAN, THE LIST GOES ON.
hose lower humidity levels from Winter lead to water evaporating from our skin, which results in our skin being deprived of moisture and dissolves the skin's protective barrier.
So, it’s time to give our skin that much needed hydration boost and step into Spring with a body that’s smooth and radiant from head to toe. A full body exfoliation and wrap does exactly that! A body scrub is a fantastic treatment that manifests instantaneous results. An abrasive salt-based product is gently rubbed onto your skin, giving you a full body dermal exfoliation. This treatment rids your body of any dead skin cells, which then allows the skin to breathe and encourages cellular turnover, resulting in a more even toned and glowing skin. The rubbing action of the scrub increases circulation and blood flow, which also helps to drain your lymph nodes in which the primary function is to keep the fluids equalised throughout your body. If you want to de-stress as well as tightening, toning and helping with excess fluids and fatty deposits, then a body wrap is the treatment for you, you can even opt to have this after you have had your exfoliation treatment. Let’s face it, we all experience some stress from time to time. When we are stressed, high levels of cortisol remain in our blood and the cortisol raises our blood sugars and causes fat cells to grow larger. By adding body exfoliation and wraps as well as sunscreen into your skin routine you will have Spring-ready skin in no time.
By adding body exfoliation and wraps as well as sunscreen into your skin routine you will have Spring-ready skin in no time
GOODBYE WINTER BLUES,
Hello Spring Hues! Think fuchsia, yellows, greens and reds. By Marianne Arthur
The 80’s Shoulder Statement- 80’s shoulders seem to be taking prominence right now with accentuated shoulders all round. Whether it be off the shoulder, the cold shoulder, one shoulder and even structured shoulder blazers. If it highlights your shoulders, it’s in high demand!
abrics such as satin, velvets, metallics and sheer panels are set to stay as they continue to be the coveted choice.
Spring is that time of year where we start to warrant the transition of bleak into chic. This season there’s a fusion of trends to spring forward with. The Modern Romantic- with soft, feminine frills and laces, sporting hues of blush and white. The Bohemian- flowy silhouettes, exaggerated blouses, wrap skirts and paisley prints. The Tropicana- bright shades that just scream ‘springtime’ contrasted with colour blocking, large floral prints and bold stripes.
Another 80’s saga that’s coming back in full force are ruffles. From tiered skirts to asymmetrical dresses. We say the more ruffles the better (just for the frill of it). A perfect antidote to recover from the dreary Winter is the timeless and aesthetically pleasing array of florals in all forms. Florals are a great springtime wardrobe staple, with the options of florals this season almost endless.
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From black diamonds, two tone or custom design there is a wedding band suited to every personality.
our wedding day will be the most exciting and memorable day of your life. From music to flowers, it is a wonderful celebration that all couples look forward to. One of the most important things to organise for your wedding day is your wedding rings. Your wedding ring is the one feature of your wedding that you will have with you every day of your life. More than just for your special day, your wedding band will commemorate your marriage for the rest of your life.
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For this reason it is important you view your wedding ring as the special investment that it is. As with all long-term purchases, it is important that you consider quality. Selecting the right materials for your wedding rings will ensure that they last throughout your lifetime. 18ct gold is one of the strongest and most reliable materials when it comes to jewellery. Despite the myth that 9ct gold is harder, 18ct gold will wear much better over time. As gold is a malleable material, it is capable of absorbing any impacts it may endure. The higher the gold content, the better it is at absorbing these pressures. As 18ct gold is 75 per cent pure gold, it is the most suited to long-term wear and therefore the perfect choice for your wedding band. For ladies, current fashion is in favour of celebrating you and your personal style. The traditional technique of having a wedding band to match your engagement ring is as popular as ever. However, for those of you who like to explore different styles and celebrate your
uniqueness, mixing and matching wedding bands is very popular right now too. The combination of rose gold and white gold is a stunning new twist to traditional two-tone rings. For men, you canâ€™t go past the classics. To put a new twist on the old classics we can incorporate diamonds or gemstones into the wedding band as well as mixing metals and patterns. A fresh new avenue for adding some unique detail is the option to include black diamonds in your wedding ring. Black diamonds offer a way to incorporate the eternal element of diamonds while adding some edge to show off your own style. At York Jewellers we have a broad range of wedding rings in stock for you to view and try on. We also have a team of renowned designers and jewelers who are able to make your wedding bands if you have something specific in mind. Whatever your dream wedding rings, York Jewellers can help ensure you have the perfect symbols to celebrate your marriage.
Selecting the right materials for your wedding rings will ensure that they last throughout your lifetime.
Best Value AUSSIE WEBSITES
As I am a Savvy Shopaholic, I always love a bargain. At least once a week, I get asked which websites can give sensational value for money. By Jo Munro from The Savvy Shopaholic
his question is a loaded one. My response is usually “it depends what you are looking for”. I know that sounds like I am avoiding the question. So to answer the question with a question 'what do you think is great value online?' When I say "it depends" here are some contributing factors I believe make a fabulous website experience (and some example websites too). I love a website with quality products, great pricing, quick postage and is easy to navigate. That is just the start. If I am purchasing fashion items online the return policy is key. How much will it cost to send the item back if it doesn’t fit? How long will I have to decide? Key questions that can add unwanted expense if you don't know the terms and conditions. In the fashion stakes, two websites come to mind that answer those questions. The Iconic (www.theiconic.com. au) offers 100 day return policy so you have plenty of time to decide (even if what you bought is a gift). They have a variety of shipping options including three hour delivery
in some regions. Their range of product is broad and they feature sales regularly. They have up to 70% off clearance sales where you really can bag a bargain (perhaps for last minute Father’s Day). No doubt one of my favourite general bargain sites is Ozsale.com.au. They have such aggressive pricing and such a stunning range of name brand products. It really is my 'go-to' site for buying presents (did I mention Christmas is coming? Not long now). I am often asked about homewares sites and I must say I really love the value of Kmart homewares. I recently refreshed my sunroom with occasional chairs for $39, cushions for $8 and my cats were thrilled with the throw rugs I added for $12. Their homewares are all colour coordinated so everything goes beautifully together. The quality and the pricing is really unbelievable. Why spend more? I have many hungry mouths to feed so ensuring I get a bargain and can click and collect or get home delivery inexpensively is a must.
Check out the Woolworths website and app. In some locations you can order online and pickup items within hours. Choose a recipe from Foodiful.com.au and it will fill your woolies shopping list with the ingredients. That is very handy when you are trying to decide what you are having for dinner. Check out the Coles site too for their ‘Drop & Go’ free delivery option. They will deliver free between midnight and 5am. So when shopping discounted sites do remember to check out their returns policy, cost for shipping, how quickly you will receive the item and what else they offer. That is what I mean when I answer “it depends”.
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Educational Apps FOR KIDS
FIND SOME QUICK INSPIRATION FROM SOME OF THE BEST EDUCATIONAL APPS FOR EARLY YEAR CHILDREN TO PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS. We’ve assembled a selection of six fab apps for you. From our favourite book turned app, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, to useful maths and music apps. By The Carousel
Early Years – Play Based Learning
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This app is designed to spark your child’s creative exploration, cultivate imaginative thinking and encourage artistic expression. Your little ones will love exploring and experimenting with shape, colour and texture, inspired by the creator of the world’s favourite caterpillar.
With this app you can play together with your kids and experiment with sounds, beats and rhythms in lots of fun ways. Choose from 16 different cool characters – each with their own unique quirky sound and musical rhythms. Put your band members on stage to get the music started – then move them around and see what happens
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy
This app is an interactive book that lets kids run fingers over the text to hear the story and touch any word to hear and see it spoken and spelt. You can even colour in pages of the story and record your own voice. This is not only a marvellous story, but a superb aid for early learning and literacy development.
Carmen Sandiego Returns
This app is a global spy game where kids learn geography and problem solving while chasing international criminal Carmen Sandiego. Kids learn about geography as they travel the world, decipher clues and capture the elusive villains in adrenaline-filled missions.
Quick Maths Pack
This app bundle contains four apps from the award-winning Quick Maths series - Arithmetic & Times Table, Fractions, Maths+, Clocks – Telling Time. With a focus on mathematical fluency, the “Quick” series is a perfect learning tool for those still developing their arithmetic skills, and an excellent practice tool for those needing a refresher.
This app is a new and one-of-a-kind way to learn the guitar. This app makes learning every chord a fun challenge, and it removes the tedium that can come with music learning by making it a game! Perfect for beginners of all ages. All you need is a guitar.
Why Health Retreats
SHOULD BE ON YOUR TO DO LIST
Kerrie & Lynette Maria, Fellowes & Turner Travel Associates Penrith
ONCE UPON A TIME, VISITING SUCH A RESORT WOULD ONLY BE FOR THE RICH AND FAMOUS - OR IF YOU WERE A HIPPY STILL LIVING OUT THE 70’S. BUT IN THIS DAY AND AGE, HEALTH AND WELLNESS RETREATS HAVE BECOME AN EXTREMELY POPULAR HOLIDAY CHOICE.
ealth and wellness centres have been around for a very long time but are now becoming the “in thing” as more of us are becoming conscious about our wellbeing.
As do most resorts, they will vary on facilities they have to offer. My (Lynette) first real experience in a health retreat was in Bali. Now I’ve got to say the location of the property will play an integral part of your overall experience and is a must to get right when considering the right retreat. The property I stayed in was in a secluded location perched high up on a cliff nestled in a clearing of the jungle near Ubud and overlooking the River Ayung. The setting was not only breathtaking but also very tranquil. I really felt like I was somewhere else. After checking in, I had a wellness consultation with the Ayurvedic doctor and resident dietician that went for an hour. Together we tailor-made a plan for my stay. My aim was for a bit of detoxing. Not surprising if anyone knows me! Now that did not mean that I had to starve or only eat what they instructed and not drink any alcohol. Instead they actually created a menu for me which I got to chose from at meal times. The food was out of this world and I was never left feeling hungry. I must add that all the fruits and vegetables came straight out of the resort’s garden. My mornings would include a variety of activities to chose from such as Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Swimming, Cycling, Hiking and Tennis. Then after an amazing lunch I would enjoy some pampering so a relaxing massage of sort was always in order. Imagine getting a massage every day! You have no choice but to leave your holiday feeling completely revitalised. Whatever the reason for going to a health and wellness retreat, be it to lose weight, detox or just clear your mind, there will be a retreat with an unforgettable experience to meet your needs. You can find many great health and wellness retreats all over the world to treat yourself. However, if you want to know where the best ones are, you will need to chat to us.
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Creative NOW THAT SPRING IS HERE, SPRING FEVER HAS YOU FEELING THE URGE TO SPRUCE UP YOUR HOME FOR THE SEASON. WITH ALL THINGS HANDCRAFTED MAKING A BUZZ IN INTERIORS TODAY, THERE’S NO BETTER TIME TO GET CREATIVE.
ulux Design Effects Collection helps you add those special details that make a home unique. Create a statement wall, highlight an architectural feature or add a luxurious finish to home accessories. Dulux have launched a further six effects; Copper, Metal Shimmer, Stainless Steel, Gold and Concrete effect. It was hard to choose what effects to cover but we could not go past the Concrete, Metallic and Gold effect. Concrete Styled by Steve Cordony | Photo by Amelia Stanwix
Concrete Effect Enjoy the refined modern industrial textural effect of polished concrete. Set the scene for a modern luxe look with a textural concrete strip. Styled by Steve Cordony for Dulux Design Effects Collection using Dulux Concrete Effect in Pale Elements. Interior Stylist, Steve Cordony used Dulux Concrete Effect to create a graphic wall strip. Steve says, “The beauty of this finish is that you can make it as soft or as richly textured as you like. With no experience and just a few coats of paint, you can create the look of a beautifully textured concrete wall.”
Gold Effect A luxurious finish that creates the look of shimmering gold. Ideal for feature walls, trim areas or furniture. Touches of gold on a stunning mural wall add glamour and fun to a child’s room. Styled by Little Liberty for Dulux Design Effects Collection using Dulux Gold Effect in Gold Vintage. Nicole Rosenberg of Little Liberty transformed a little girl’s room into a more grown-up space by creating an eye-catching mural wall with Dulux Gold Effect in Gold Vintage with four co-ordinating Dulux colours. Nicole says, “Gold is perfect for adding a touch of glamour. The key is to use small doses and balance it out with soft colours and simple furnishings.”
Gold Effect Styled by Little Liberty Photo by Amelia Stanwix
Metallic Effect Creates the look of glimmering metal on interior feature walls, doors, trim areas and furniture. A dash of metallic transforms a medley of second-hand vessels into a stunning, on-trend display. Styled by Ivy Muse for Dulux Design Effects Collection using Dulux Metal Shimmer Effect.
Metallic Styled by Bree Leech and Health Nette | Photo by Mike Baker
You don’t have to spend a fortune to create sophisticated and unique pieces. Alana Langan and Jacqui Vidal of Ivy Muse Botanical Wares Studio say, “For this project, we had great fun scouring our local op shop for cheap second-hand pots, which we transformed with Dulux Metal Shimmer Effect. We love the subtle, refined colours – they have a gentle shimmer that’s best appreciated up close.”
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Issue 9 September 2017
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT
Buying a Property
Lending Expert Mortgage Choice Blaxland and Penrith
urchasing a home can be a daunting process, one that requires plenty of research and planning. Regardless of whether you are a first time buyer, an upgrader or a seasoned investor, there are bound to be things about the property buying process that you don’t know or don’t understand. That’s why it is always good to partner with a professional – someone who knows the ropes and can take the stress out of the whole process for you. A mortgage broker can do all of the legwork for you and help you successfully navigate the home loan maze. That’s because they know a lot of things you might not. So what are some of the things you might not know when it comes to buying property?
You may not realise it, but when you buy a home there are a lot of additional costs you must consider. 1
YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE A 20% DEPOSIT
Many lenders are happy and willing to lend up to 90–95 per cent of the value of a property. If you don’t have a 20 per cent deposit, you may be required to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance. However, the Lenders Mortgage Insurance can be capitalised onto your loan.
YOUR HOME COSTS MORE THAN THE PURCHASE PRICE
You may not realise it, but when you buy a home there are a lot of additional costs you must consider. Additional costs can include pest and building inspections, moving fees and stamp duty to name a few. For first home buyers, there is some good news: if you buy a home worth $650,000 or less, you will not have to pay stamp duty, which can amount to significant savings.
YOUR CREDIT SCORE IS CRITICAL
Your credit score plays a pivotal role in determining whether or not your finance application is approved. A bad credit history filled with late payments and loan defaults can stop you from obtaining finance. Similarly, many failed loan applications can also affect your credit history. Too many failed loan applications will make you look risky to a lender. A professional mortgage broker can work with you to ensure your credit score is healthy and any eventual applications for finance are approved first time. 40
NON-TAX DEDUCTIBLE DEBT IS BEST TO PAY OFF FIRST
As a general rule of thumb, you should always pay off your non-tax deductible debt first. Non-tax deductible debt includes any credit cards, car loans, personal loans and home loans you may have. Of course, not all non-tax deductible debt is equal and there are some debts you should pay off before others. Where possible, it is good to pay off the debts with the highest interest rates first, like your credit card. This will help you free up your cash ﬂow.
YOUR CURRENT LENDER MAY NOT BE THE BEST
When it comes to getting a home loan, it pays to shop around. Just because you have banked with one particular lender all your life doesn’t mean they are going to give you the best possible rate. Your mortgage broker can search through hundreds of home loan products from a wide range of lenders to find the most competitive home loan solution for your needs.
ADD VALUE AND
Attract Top Quality Tenants
Local Expert Peggy Willcox Property Expert Mooney Real Estate
TO YOUR INVESTMENT PROPERTY
THERE IS A FINE LINE BETWEEN GAINING MAXIMUM RENTAL RETURN FROM YOUR INVESTMENT PROPERTY AND PROVIDING A HOME THAT WILL ATTRACT QUALITY, LONG TERM TENANTS.
he granny ﬂat epidemic is a fantastic example of this. Sure, in theory squeezing a second income from your investment is a great idea. In practice, your pool of tenants will be restricted for both properties, you will likely experience longer vacancy periods and you could end up attracting tenants who are only looking for a short term housing solution. Below are our top tips for attracting your ideal tenant and KEEPING THEM! 1
PUT YOURSELF IN THE SHOES OF YOUR IDEAL TENANT My number one rule in business is to treat my clients the way that I would like to be treated as a consumer. It is a simple, common sense concept that can be applied to your “business” of property investing.
Treat your tenants with respect and dignity, treat them as you would like to be treated and I guarantee you that you will receive the same in return from them. This includes keeping up to date with repairs and maintenance. I can assure you that if the tenant feels like they are always fighting an uphill battle to get problems fixed they are unlikely to renew their lease agreement. 2 OFFER THE HOUSE IN THE WAY YOU WOULD LIKE IT KEPT THROUGHOUT THE TENANCY
Yes, we know you are not selling but it is just as important if not more so important to hand over your investment property neat and tidy. Remember the way your tenant moves in to the property is the way your tenant is obligated to hand your property back (less fair wear and tear).
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NEED TO BE REMARKABLE
Melissa Browne Money & Business Strategy Expert
IF THERE’S ONE THING WE CAN GUARANTEE AS BUSINESS OWNERS, IT’S THAT TECHNOLOGY IS SPRINTING AND CHANGE IS HAPPENING AT A LIGHTNING PACE.
ur competitors are no longer just down the road or in the next suburb, they’re in India or the Philippines or the UK. Whole industries and businesses are under threat from disruptors such as Amazon, Airbnb, Uber, Fiverr and Netﬂix. I mean, does anyone even know if video stores exist anymore? Which means in today’s climate, being safe is now risky. We can’t afford to bury our heads and just be busy. To ignore what’s happening in our industry or to not embrace technology. In fact, it’s no longer enough to simply be good in business. Or even great. Instead, we need to become remarkable. But what does that even mean? What does it look like? Is it just something else you need to be doing when you’re already overwhelmed by simply being in business? It’s important to understand that what is remarkable to you isn’t necessary remarkable to your clients. If you’re going to be average to them, you’re going to be forgettable. So, make sure what you’re choosing to be remarkable at doing in your industry and then just as importantly, what you’re going to be poor at.
Huh? Yes you read right. What you’re going to choose to be poor at. Because here’s the secret. You can’t be remarkable at everything. It’s exhausting. Mcdonalds doesn’t choose to be remarkable in how its food tastes. I’m sorry, it just doesn’t. But it does choose to be remarkable around consistency and the experience it provides for families with young kids around speed and entertainment. What about you? In your business you can fade away or you can be the disruptor. This means spending time on strategy, spending time figuring out what you should be doing more of and less of. BUSINESS STRATEGY WORKSHOP If you want to figure out how to be remarkable, to develop strategy and shake up your business make sure you sign up for Mel’s workshop on doing just that. How do you do that? In this workshop Mel will share with you the steps she takes with her business each year to shake it and see if there’s anywhere it can be disrupted. She’ll share with you how you can ensure that you’re taking advantage of your nimbleness by preparing for what’s next (or even by you becoming what’s next). l
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My Pet Ate What? FOREIGN BODY INGESTION, A COMMON LIFE-THREATENING CONDITION.
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Like with most things prevention is far better than cure.
any dogs will swallow non-food items like toys, socks, underwear, batteries and ear plugs. Cats typically ingest string foreign bodies like cotton and wool, often after playing with them. Many ingested items are covered with food or contain food. For example, bones, corn cobs, fruit stones and food packaging. Lately we have seen multiple cases from a cat that ate an almond to a dog that swallowed a needle and thread. Many items can be swallowed and passed into the stomach with ease but as they move through the intestines the diameter is much narrower and they will become lodged and cause an intestinal obstruction. This prevents saliva, ﬂuid and food from passing. Gas and ﬂuid accumulate and cause pain, vomiting, inappetence and dehydration. Harmful bacteria within the gut will often proliferate and cause septicaemia. Pressure from the foreign body and gas distension cause damage to the gut that can lead to perforation and cause peritonitis. Large, firm items will typically cause a complete obstruction. Smaller and softer items may cause a partial obstruction. String foreign bodies will often catch at one edge of the intestines and cause it to bunch up. The string acts like a fine saw and can cut through the bowel. Some items can lodge in the oesophagus and not pass into the stomach at all. How is a foreign body diagnosed? Animals will often present with the typical signs of not eating, vomiting or retching and abdominal pain. Some foreign bodies are large enough to detect with abdominal palpation. Most require imaging with radiographs, ultrasound or endoscopic examination.
What do I do if I know my pet has swallowed something? Always seek vet attention if you know your pet has swallowed something. If the item has been recently ingested we can often give a medication to make the pet vomit it back up. If there is a risk of damaging the oesophagus by doing this we may elect to perform imaging to see where the item is. Some items may be small and soft enough to pass through the gut with minimal to no damage. Others may require medical therapy during this time like IV ﬂuids and medications to control nausea and repeat imaging to monitor the item’s progress through the gut. However, most foreign bodies require endoscopic or surgical removal. Even after the foreign body is removed life threatening complications can occur. These include wound breakdown, perforation, gut stasis, scarring and narrowing of the gut and septicaemia. Many animals require ongoing IV ﬂuids, antibiotics, pain relief and gut stimulants until they recover.
HOW DO I PREVENT A FOREIGN BODY BEING INGESTED? Treat animals like small children, prevent access to anything that is small enough to be swallowed and cause an obstruction. Do not allow access to bins with food scraps and packaging. Like with most things prevention is far better than cure.
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Matildas vs Brazil 16 Sept, 3pm Pepper Stadium
Junior Nepean FA Cup Penrith RSL vs Glenmore Park 7 Sept 6pm. Cook Park, St Marys
Matildas vs Brazil 19 Sept, 7.30pm McDonald Jones Stadium
Women’s Nepean FA Cup Emu Plains FC vs Richmond Ex – Servicemans Club 5 Sept 7pm. Cook Park, St Marys
Men’s Nepean FA Cup St Marys Band Club vs Hazelbrook FC 7 Sept 7pm. Cook Park, St Marys
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Issue 9 September 2017
Horoscopes By Sherrynne Dalby
(23 AUG -22 SEP)
Libra (23 SEP – 22 OCT) You have had a lot on your mind lately and not feeling much like being sociable. Unfortunately that will continue for a few more weeks yet and you may find yourself withdrawing even more before you feel it is time to come back into the light. Think of it as a metamorphosis. Just like the butterfly spending time in its chrysalis as it transforms into something spectacular. Take time by yourself to find the answers, which are likely to come from unusual places. You find inspiration and the energy to move forwards towards the latter part of September.
Sagittarius (23 NOV – 22 DEC) You find self discipline comes easier throughout September. While this may be something you struggle with at times, this is less so right now, perhaps you have greater incentive now. This also makes a perfect time for pursuing higher education goals. This can take many forms, not only academic. Higher education is anything that opens the mind to a level it hasn’t reached before. Open your mind to new possibilities. Career opportunities open up mid month. This can be both an opportunity for greater responsibility and higher rewards. The one doesn’t necessarily include the other but both are possible.
Scorpio (23 OCT – 22 NOV) You may have been putting large amounts of energy into career or status related matters of late. It is important to find and refine your place in the world but like anything it is not good when life becomes unbalanced. You will be defined by who you are in the end, and not the facade you try to project. There is far more to you than even you are aware of. Why not try using your energy on discovering more of your inner self, rather than just remaking the outer? Friends can help you unlock your potential from mid month on.
Capricorn (23 DEC – 19 JAN) You can find yourself challenged in more than one way this month. Take heart, this is not a bad thing but a chance for growth. You will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with a variety of others throughout the month. Some of this exchange may have you thinking about people and places far away. This is a great time to be planning that big holiday you have been thinking of. You may not normally like travelling too far from home but now could be the time for a little more adventurousness. Career opportunities arise late month.
Ruling Planet: Mercury Sign:
Navy blue, dark brown, green
This is your annual time for renewal. Happy Solar return Virgo. 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 Virgo this year, that is from August 23 until September 23 and covers all those born under the sign of the Maiden. The coming month will give you a snapshot of the year ahead. Pay attention to what is going on around your birthday for clues. Birthdays early in the month will have greater focus on relationships. There is also a general increase in energy levels. Birthdays around the ninth will be working on self empowerment, while those around the 14th can be looking at making a commitment and dealing with authority figures. The late sign birthdays can experience pleasant surprises where others are concerned. Overall a busy month ahead involving others, which translates to a similarly busy year. Keep your feet on the ground, even when your head is in the clouds.
Gemini (21 MAY – 20 JUNE) So much happening around you at the moment. If it’s not family it’s neighbours. You have projects of your own you wish to get working on but it seems everyone wants their pound of flesh first. Things should improve for you mid month as you begin to reclaim your castle, your space and your time. Career matters may require more of your time later in the month, especially if your birthday is May or early June. Later in the month is perfect for getting those projects happening. Projects started now are almost certain to succeed and be completed.
Aquarius (20 JAN – 18 FEB) Finances will be your primary area of concern for the next little while. It looks like either yourself or someone around you may be in a bit of a financial pickle. Whoever it is, you are the one sorting it out. There has been confusion somewhere along the way, either simple errors, or someone may have been deliberately misled. It should all be sorted by month’s end. Do be careful when it comes to money at the moment and don’t leave anything to chance. Double check that your bills are paid on time or you may end up paying more than you bargained for.
Aries (21 MAR -19 APR) Try looking for a creative approach when trying to solve day to day problems. It is possible you have been following incorrect advice when trying to break habitual behaviour. If what you are doing now isn’t working look for untried alternatives. This is the time for laying new foundations when it comes to your health and well being. You have experienced changes over the past few years on an inner level. Remember to keep contact with your inner child and set regular time aside for play. Romance blossoms for May born Aries. Keep a balance with work/career.
Cancer (21 JUN – 22 JUL) Hopefully you are making the most of any opportunities to improve your finances. If you haven’t yet, don’t stress, mid month provides opportunity to improve your position and hopefully monetary rewards in the workplace. It may not be what you were looking for but you will be pleasantly surprised nonetheless. Energy shifts from mid month. Turn you sights to environments, the wider community, your neighbourhood and finally your personal space. Are they all conducive to your well being? Short of moving, the only one you can really influence is your personal space, so focus your energy there.
Pisces (19 FEB – 20 MAR) Well it’s that time of year again, hay fever and relationships. Seems both occur together for you. Spring fever gets your relationships moving most years. Great time for spicing up existing relationships. Plan a romantic getaway or at least a special evening. Not currently in a relationship? Perfect time to explore some of those fantasies. Might just be you finally meet that dream partner. Fantasies aren’t just for singles. No matter how long you have been together, letting your imagination loose can do wonders. Could be that your relationship may go to another level, time to get serious?
Taurus (20 APR - 20 MAY) Creativity is high on the list for you now. This is especially so when looking for new ways to solve perennial problems around the home. Creating a haven with the peace and tranquillity that eluded you last month becomes easier, as you put a little more beauty in your surrounds. Remember, the simple things can often have the greatest impact. Cushions, a rug, curtains, plants etc., are all inexpensive items that quickly brighten your surrounds and lift your mood. The new Moon on the 20th signals a time to explore your creativity, remember to make time to play.
Leo (23 JUL – 22 AUG) Your personal make over continues throughout September but your focus is slowly shifting to more practical matters. You may find yourself re-evaluating what really matters. What is really important to you and what can you shed because you have either outgrown the belief, or it was never yours in the first place? We all grow up within an ideology and many continue in that belief system without question. Every now and then we are prompted to question, September is that time. Beware of charlatans and snake oil salespeople. Let your imagination free but don’t be hoodwinked.
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