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Local Roaming LOCAL MUSIC
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BEN PORTSMOUTH – THE KING IS BACK
20 DECEMBER THE JOAN Starring Bernard AWalz, Kerryn Grant, Al Showman and The Greg Hooper Trio. Bernard brings his trademark musical ﬁreworks, formidable technique and dynamic entertainment style back to the Joan while he takes you on a whirlwind tour through his musical world of classics, pop, ﬁlm and stage and a touch of Christmas. So untangle your tinsel, get your festive spirit ﬁring and celecrate Christmas with us.
8 DECEMBER ROOTY HILL RSL The 1 Louder Tour arcs 11 years of touring for this super group. It’s a high octane two-hour show with Australia’s biggest 80s hits, sung by the guys that sang them back then.
JOEY FIMMANO’S MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS
28 JANUARY PANTHERS PENRITH Ben, a multi-talented musician, singer and song writer internationally renowned as one of the best Elvis Tribute in the world will bring his unique style and charisma to Panthers.
13 DECEMBER BLUE MT. THEATRE & COMMUNITY HUB An entertaining morning of instrumentals, singing and dancing to classics that we all know and love that will leave you cheering for more. Also featuring the beautiful Grace Rizzo and Tenor Graeme Wright.
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DINNER WITH SANTA
AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS
GINGERBREAD HOUSE MAKING WORKSHOP
BIKES AND BULLS
CINEMA IN THE PARK
8 DECEMBER PENRITH RSL Join us at Monkey Mania for dinner and disco with Santa and his helpers. There will be dinner, face painting, kids disco, prizes, games and so much more.
26 JANUARY JAMISON PARK, SOUTH PENRITH Bring the family down to Jamison Park where we'll be celebrating Australia's heritage, diversity and traditions with a family fun day in the heart of our City.
2 DECEMBER THE CREATIVE FRINGE Come along for a fun evening making your very own fantastic gingerbread house creation just in time for Christmas for only $60! More information and bookings at the website.
13 JANUARY HAWKESBURY SHOWGROUND The Bikes and Bulls Unleashed Tour is all about heart-stopping, action-packed family entertainment.
2 DECEMBER REGATTA PARK, EMU PLAINS Penrith City Council is hosting another feature in the Cinema in the Park series at Regatta Park. It's always a great night out for the whole family, so head down with a picnic rug and enjoy! Entertainment and activities start from 6pm with movie (title to be announced) commencing at dusk. Food and drinks will be available to purchase on the night.
FAMILY CHRISTMAS CONCERT
3 DECEMBER THE JOAN Starring Penrith vocal sensation Brittanie Shipway and featuring your favourite Christmas classics. Co-presented by Penrith Symphony Orchestra and Penrith City Choir. A special guest from the North pole is also rumored to appear.
23 JANUARY THE JOAN A Summer Holiday Festival of Music and Film - Just for Kids (and their adults)! Tunes, film festival for kids and food to fill those hungry tummies.
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Local Roaming LOCAL SHOWS
BJORN AGAIN – ABBA TRIBUTE SHOW
ONE NIGHT STAND
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPO
30 DECEMBER ROOTY HILL RSL Bjorn Again, the world’s leading ABBA show return to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of ABBA’s Australian 1977 Tour by performing all the biggest hits.
9 DECEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH Ft Russell Morris, Mental As Anything, Daryl Braithwaite and The Badloves. This event brings together music royalty under one roof performing iconic hits on the one stage. Get in quick!
15 DECEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH The boys are back for Straight Outta compo – starring Rob and Joe Tahir, George Kapiniaris, Rob Shehadie and joe Avati himself. These outstanding comedians will deliver a packed show full of stand up, sketches, songs, videos and the usual surprises.
A VERY KRANSKY CHRISTMAS 6 DECEMBER BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE AND HUB Cloistered in the old rickety family house in their home town of Esk in Queensland, the musical sisters’ traditional Christmas festivities have until now been shrouded in secrecy. For this very special season they let you into their world of eggnog, panty-hose and painted chokos. From Enya to Silent Night, Daft Punk to The 12 Days Of Christmas, these dysfunctional sisters take family get-togethers to a new level. Come and join these off-the-wall siblings as they turn your Christmas into a stuffed ham. With their unusual array of instruments from cheese grater to toilet brush, tuba to musical saw, settle in for what could be your kookiest Christmas party yet.
EVERYTHING ELVIS WEEKEND
ROCKIN COUNTRY CHRISTMAS PARTY
ABBA-SOLUTELY FABULOUS - FEATURING RHONDA BURCHMORE + LARA MULCAHY
5 – 7 JANUARY ROOTY HILL RSL Three days of Western Sydney’s home of entertainment showcasing the King of Rock 'N Roll! Come along and join the fun with events from various artists.
16 DECEMBER ROOTY HILL RSL Golden Guitar winner Christie Lamb teams up with crowd favourites The Viper Creek Band as well as Multi Award winner Troy Kemp. Join them for a Christmas party like no other.
1 DECEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy present their hilarious new concert, ABBA-SOLUTELY FABULOUS! They’ll have audiences dancing in the aisles as they sing their way through ABBA’s hits. Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Take a Chance, Ring Ring, Money Money Money, Fernando and more, it’s the ultimate party night out!
FREE 2 FLOW MOVEMENT AND STRETCH CLASS WITH MARK LATHAM
PENRITH LAKES PARKRUN
FREE FITNESS CLASSES BY THE RIVER
YOGA ON MONDO
NEPEAN RIVER PARKRUN
6 AND 13 DECEMBER SHARON BURRIDGE HALL, BLAXLAND COMMUNITY CENTRE Mark Latham believes that the only piece of equipment you need in order to feel and function better is your own body; and no matter what your barrier to exercise (injury, level of fitness, motivation) you should be able to do something that suits you. Eastern and Western well-being traditions creating holistic experiences. Bookings required.
EVERY SATURDAY PENRITH LAKES & NEPEAN RIVER Participants all run for their own enjoyment. Anyone can join in whatever pace. Register online to be timed. Catch up with others after the run for a coffee.
EVERY WEEKEND AT 9:30AM DURING SCHOOL TERMS TENCH RESERVE, PENRITH Register online and enjoy yoga, cross-training or boxing. Run by pro trainers. For all levels of fitness.
WEDNESDAY MORNINGS 7:30AM THE MONDO, PENRITH Located at the Mondo, between Westfield, the Library and The Joan. Enjoy free yoga classes. This offer will run all summer long. No booking required.
EVERY SATURDAY JAMISON AVE & TENCH RESERVE, PENRITH Parkrun is a free, weekly 5km timed run for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. Register online to be timed. A relaxed friendly activity for all.
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Local Markets WANDER AROUND YOUR LOCAL MARKET
THE WESTIES MARKETS
RICHMOND GOOD FOOD MARKET
EVERY THIRD SUNDAY 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.
WINDSOR MALL SUNDAY MARKETS
COBBITTY VILLAGE MARKETS 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. cobbittymarkets.com.au
A YEAR OF TREATS & TREASURES JANUARY
EVERY SUNDAY Located in the George St Mall. Quality handmade homewares, arts, crafts, fashion and fresh produce. Local bands and buskers offer great entertainment.
TAPESTRY – VIKA BULL & DEBRA BYRNE SING CAROLE KING
STAR OF X FACTOR AND EUROVISION MARCH
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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
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.
BACK TO BACK: Q THEATRE
FRESH NEW WORK X 2
NANCYE HAYES & TODD MCKENNEY
New Year's Eve
THE ORCHID AND THE CROW
SERIOUSLY FUNNY STORIES AND SONGS JUNE
THE ORIGINAL AND THE BEST COMEDY AUGUST
LOCA L C ELEBRATI ONS
ONE NIGHT IN VEGAS – NEW YEAR'S EVE
NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY FUN & FIREWORK
31 DECEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH Walking into Panthers on New Year’s Eve will be like walking into Vegas – spend your New Year’s Eve in style.
31 DECEMBER ST MARYS LEAGUES This family event will be held at St Marys Leagues Stadium and will commence at 5pm. Fantastic ﬁreworks at 9pm
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A MOTHER’S LOSS, A NATION’S OBSESSION SEPTEMBER
DAYS LIKE THESE
WHAT KIND OF DAY IS TODAY? SEPTEMBER
WHARF REVUE 2018
PUMPING TIWI ISLANDS RNB
SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY
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PENRITH RSL – IRON LION
SO FRESH – O’DONOGHUES
NEW YEAR'S EVE MASQUERADE PARTY
PARRAMATTA NEW YEAR'S EVE
31 DECEMBER PENRITH RSL 9pm start with Iron Lion performing, plenty of cocktails, fun and glow sticks in abundance.
31 DECEMBER O’DONOGHUES So Fresh is back as a big one off carpark party to bring in 2018! Giveaways and prizes. Book online.
31 DECEMBER MADE BY THE HILLS Western Sydney’s most stylish and sophisticated New Year’s Eve bash. Strictly 18+. Book online.
31 DECEMBER PARRAMATTA PARK The skyline will sparkle with lights and colour, and a host of entertainment and activities.
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PE NR I TH'S C OMMUN I T Y- FU ND E D
Safe Haven for Women Domestic violence can happen to anyone. All races, all religions, all income and education levels. Written by Melinda Leyshon
These women and children need a safe haven from the torrent of physical, verbal and psychological abuse that hangs over them, day and night.
t happens anywhere, and to anyone. And with Penrith having the second-highest number of domestic violence incidents in NSW, it’s terrifying to realise that one of those women is possibly your daughter. Your sister. Or your friend. THE FACTS AS WE KNOW THEM Between January and February this year – a single month – around 55 women and close to 100 children in Penrith made the heart-wrenching decision to leave home and escape domestic violence. Only they were turned away. Our local shelter just didn’t have the room. These women and children need a safe haven from the torrent of physical, verbal and psychological abuse that hangs over them, day and night. A NEW SAFE SPACE Thanks to a committed group of locals and the support of the Nepean community, we’ll soon have additional crisis accommodation in Penrith: The Haven – Nepean Women’s Shelter.
WE N E E D TO RA I S E $4 00, 0 00 A YE A R T O R UN T HE H AV E N
Would sponsor a Case Worker for a full year (helping approximately 40 women and 90 children).
Committee Members of The Haven
Forming part of a network of shelters opened in partnership with Women’s Community Shelters, The Haven will provide up to three months’ crisis accommodation for up to six women and their children at any one time who are at risk of homelessness or experiencing domestic violence. With the funds raised to date, a property has been leased and is currently waiting development approval from Penrith Council to operate as a group home. The next steps? Painting, cleaning, furnishing, and then opening. It’s expected the Haven will be full within a week of opening. Yes, you read that right. A week. THIS IS HOW THE HAVEN WILL HELP Because domestic abuse doesn’t discriminate, The Haven can’t either. So whether women need help with work or education, or they have a career and accreditations, they’ll receive 24-hour care and the help they need.
And of course, The Haven team will help the children with homework and routines, their medical needs, and support them with specialist counselling. A safe place. A place that feels like a home. A place to laugh and cry, and to work with someone to plan the next steps. WE DON’T HEAL IN ISOLATION, BUT IN COMMUNITY The Haven will be a shelter largely funded by the ongoing fundraising efforts, goodwill, and charitable support of the Penrith community. Keep an eye out for upcoming fundraising events, and if you’d like to offer some assistance please call Sharon, the Chair of The Haven, on 0499 774 224. Because a house where a woman is unsafe is not a home.
This might be support to attend appointments with doctors and counsellors. It might be helping find transitional housing for when it comes time to leave the shelter. Or it may be English classes, professional resume writing, or support for their wellbeing.
Would support a part-time Case Worker to help children with their own case plans and support them to just be kids in a safe, loving environment.
Would buy a car to take women and children to appointments, and look for new homes and jobs.
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ACT IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Ballet Theatre THE R USSIAN NATI ONA L
The Russian National Ballet Theatre will present two separate performances at the Blue Mountains Theatre - The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet.
he Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded by renowned Russian ballet dancer, Sergei Radchenko of the Bolshoi Ballet, in 1989 to give people worldwide the opportunity to experience classical Russian ballet. With its wide repertoire of classical ballet masterpieces, high standards of performance, the dancers, their costumes, the scenery, stage and set design and respect for the traditions of Russian ballet, performances by The Russian National Ballet Theatre are enjoyed and praised by critics and audiences throughout the world.
SHOW DETAILS The Nutcracker or Romeo and Juliet Adult - $89 Concession (ID Required) - $79 Child Under 15 - $69 Full Time Student (ID Required) - $69
Romeo and Juliet Sunday 10 December, 7.30pm
The Nutcracker Saturday 9 December, 2.30pm and 7.30pm
The forever love story, the hundred year classic, the most heartwarming dancing you will see this year. The Russian National Ballet Theatre is coming back to Australia and they will bring the world’s greatest classic ballet Romeo and Juliet this time.
After the Swan Lake success in touring Australia last year, The Russian National Ballet Theatre returns to bring the world’s greatest classic ballet The Nutcracker.
The seamless choreography by Evgeny Amosov based on the Prokofiev ballet in three Acts and classical music. The Russian National Ballet Theatre will bring audience into a antiquity tradition of tragic romances story. ‘For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo’ – William Shakespeare.
Christmas would not be Christmas without The Nutcracker. Come and celebrate the holidays with us, joining the magical adventure of Clara, Fritz and the Nutcracker as they battle the evil Rat King. Take all your family to enjoy the exhilarating and magical journey of The Nutcracker this Christmas.
Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy about two young starcrossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. This dramatic ballet stays loyal to Shakespeare’s original tragic ending. The romantic pas de deux, taut fight scenes and the festive street dances will leave you awe-inspired.
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The Russian National Theatre Ballet is a cut above.
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Up in the Sky
Race, place and identity. Contemporary artists respond to Tracey Moffatt’s 1997 photographic series Up in the Sky.
n the 20th anniversary of Tracey Moffatt’s work Up in the Sky, Penrith Regional Gallery will exhibit this seminal series in its Lewers House Gallery. Produced in 1997, this photographic series may be read as black and white film stills, set in an iconic outback Australian landscape. Moffat’s landscape is peopled, with an open-ended narrative that is provocative of questions of personal, cultural and political histories, both remarkably Australian and global. Headlining the Gallery’s Summer Exhibition Suite, in the Main Gallery, a curated exhibition – Landing Points – will, along with commissioned essays, look to Moffat’s work as a starting point in
Image credit: Cigdem Aydemir. The Ride, 2017 (detail) Proximity Festival, Perth Courtesy of the artist
consideration of the last 20 years of race, place and identity in Australia.
SUMMER EXHIBITION SUITE
Ten artists (established and early career) will produce new works for the show, across the mediums of painting, performance, photography, film, installation and blogging. These artists are:
Up in the Sky | Landing Points 2 December 2017 – 4 March 2018 Open daily 9am - 5pm Admission FREE
Tim Johnson, Jason Wing, Alana Hunt, Caroline Garcia, Victoria Garcia, Carla Liesch, Nicole Monks, Mark Shorter, Cigdem Aydemir, Hayley Megan French.
Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest 86 River Road, Emu Plains NSW 2750 02 4735 1100
The artists will respond to the cultural complexities layered in the Australian landscape and our relation to it.
THE BOSS EXPERIENCE The No 1 Springsteen Show in Australia. SHOW DETAILS Glory Days – The Boss Experience Saturday 13 January 2018 Doors Open 7.30pm | Show 8pm Members $17.05 | Visitors $22.15 Evans Theatre - Panthers Penrith 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith, NSW 2750 1800 061 991 penrith.panthers.com.au
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lory Days – The Boss Experience encapsulates all that is Bruce, as it presents classic hit singles including radio hits like “Born To Run” “Glory Days” and “Dancing In The Dark”. Springsteen has sold more than 64 million albums in the United States and more than 120 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. He has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award as well as being inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. He is ranked No. 23 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
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Christmas Carols Guide
Christmas Carols GUIDE
Get into the Christmas spirit and out to your local community Christmas Carols to celebrate the festive season in full voice with all your favourite songs.
Penrith City Carols
Hanna Park Carols
Carols in the Park by Candlelight
10 December Penrith Paceway, Penrith visitpenrith.com.au
23 December Hanna Park, North Richmond hannaparkcarols.org
16 December Glenbrook Park, Glenbrook bluemts.com.au
Annual Carols by Candlelight held at the Penrith Paceway, bringing families together, and supporting local charities. Bring your own picnic basket or purchase food from Club Paceway. Event will begin at 6pm and conclude with fireworks at 9pm. Electric candles will be available for purchase.
Hanna Park Carols in 2017 is once again going to be a huge, amazing event not to be missed by anybody! We're gearing up for another great year of celebration together. Come and enjoy this family friendly event, with free food, drinks, rides, and entertainment!
Bring the family and a rug or a chair and help to support the Christmas Bowl Appeal by joining in and celebrating this Christmas season with the Blue Mountains Concert Band at Glenbrook Park as they perform all your favourite Christmas carols by candlelight.
Carols in Glenmore Park
Richmond Park Carols
Carols by Candlelight @ Saints
20 December Blue Hills Oval, Glenmore Park penrithaustralia.com.au
17 December Richmond Park, Richmond discoverthehawkesbury.com.au
17 December St Marys Leagues Club, St Marys stmarysleagues.com.au
Carols at Glenmore Park will held at Blue Hills Oval and starts at 5pm. With carols commencing at 7pm. Plenty of activities for the kids, with four different bouncy castles (with unlimited use for a few dollars), face painting and balloon sculpting (FREE!), food stalls and a mini-market hosting some of the best local produce and talents. Carols commence from 7pm so bring your best singing voice. For details, phone 0416 018 429.
Bring your blanket and your picnic and join in the fun at the Richmond Rotary Carols by Candlelight in Richmond Park. 6pm-9.45pm.
St Marys Leagues Club proudly supporting The Salvation Army will be hosting carols along with food trucks and entertainment or the kids topped off with fireworks. Gates open at 5pm so bring your family, chairs or a blanket and plenty of Christmas cheer. Candles available to be purchased and all proceeds will go the Salvos.
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WITH THE LONG FESTIVE BREAK AHEAD OF US GIVE THE KIDS SOME VARIETY THESE SUMMER HOLIDAYS TO KEEP THEM ENTERTAINED. KIDS CHRISTMAS DISCO
WATER ROCKETS - KID'S SCIENCE FUN!
20 December. Arrive early at 10.30am for 11am start. Children 2 -16 years Tickets $10 per child. $1 per adult. St Mary’s Leagues Club 9677 7777 stmarysleagues.com.au
St Mary’s Leagues club is having a disco to celebrate the end of the year and the upcoming silly season. Tickets include DJ/Disco with games and prizes, inﬂatable snow globe, photo booth with free Santa photos, roving Xmas characters, face painting, balloonist and a free showbag for each child.
CABLES WAKE SKI PARK
13 January Suitable 8-12 years $20. Bookings essential at the website. Visitor Centre, The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au
Open all school holidays All ages and skill levels welcome. Visit website for pricing Panthers Leagues Club, 123 Mulgoa Rd, Penrith cableswakepark.com.au
What better way to escape the heat this summer than to learn to wakeboard. During school holidays there will be an inﬂatable obstacle course over the lake that little and big kids alike love. If wakeboarding is not your speed enjoy a nice lunch on the deck from the café or bring your own food and have a BBQ while the kids enjoy a relaxing day where the kids can play in the playground with the huge jumping pillow.
Join our Garden Science Educator at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, to discover why stuff happens, what makes things work. Make gadgets, mix up chemical compounds, build and test models and investigate with scientiﬁc equipment.
AMF BOWLING PENRITH Open 7 days per week. 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Sunday and Holidays.
PRICES FROM $16.90 Adults | $13.90 Concession 62-72 Batt St, Penrith NSW 2750 amfbowling.com.au
FEATHERDALE WILDLIFE PARK
9am - 5pm Daily. Closed Christmas Day Check website for pricing 217-229 Kildare Road, Doonside featherdale.com.au
Enjoy a great day out in a natural location hand feeding native animals, including friendly kangaroos, cuddly koalas and fascinating reptiles, and interacting with some cuddly farm babies. One of Sydney's largest private collections of native Australian animals and bird life.
Spend the day with the kids enjoying some action-packed entertainment: bowling, stateof-the-art sound systems, arcade games and amusements. Have a game of bowls or laser strike and then you can enjoy a great lunch at their café. Get into life in the fast lane these school holidays with AMF Bowling Penrith.
MUSEUM OF FIRE Open 7 days per week. 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Sunday and Holidays.
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purchase of their first home, upgrading into their dream home, financing the purchase of a business, or guiding them through a separation. Even simply helping to consolidate debts that might be causing financial strain. 5 ANY HIGHLIGHTS OR ACHIEVEMENTS THAT YOU ARE PROUD OF? While I’m grateful that we have been given a number of awards over the past eight years, I would have to say that I’m most proud of my team, the service they provide and, importantly, the growth of the business. We are excited to announce that we will soon be opening a retail space in the new shopping centre at Glenmore Park, which will be our third location.
For the record, Rob is regarded as a “High Flyer” within the Mortgage Choice network, and has received numerous awards for ‘Business Services’ and ‘Excellence in Small Business’ at both the Blue Mountains Business Awards and the NSW State Awards. 6 WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE ABOUT WORKING AND LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY? I have lived in the Blue Mountains for the past 22 years and enjoy the wonderful sense of belonging and community spirit that comes with living here. A number of my staff also live in the Penrith and Glenmore Park regions and they too enjoy being able to live and work amongst their local community. You could bump into any one of us at your local shopping centre, sporting field or café and we are more than happy for you to come and say hello!
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T HI S C HRI STMAS IN PE NRI T H C B D Penrith is the next food and retail precinct. Written by Manisha Foley – Penrith CBD Corp
f you want personalised service, a dining establishment that knows your order as soon as you walk in the door and access to specialty shops and services, then Penrith is set to become the next destination to provide all of this and more.
Shopping local has been encouraged within our community for a very long time. Penrith residents are extremely loyal to their trades and services and enjoy a shopping experience that is personalised. There are so many businesses that are unique to Penrith alone; it begs to differ why you would need to shop anywhere else. Penrith’s Shop and Dine Local campaign kicked off earlier this month and will reach high gear in the lead up to the Christmas season. In addition to the branded enviro bags that are sponsored by the Penrith Bowling Club, Penrith CBD Corporation also released their ‘Shop Local’ Christmas Booklet that featured 48 local businesses in and around the city centre. This booklet was set to be distributed to over 60,000 residents and in turn gives each trade, service, retail and dining outlet enormous exposure. This recent growth in retail hasn’t gone unnoticed either. Earlier in November, Premier Gladys Berejiklian along with Stuart Ayres MP paid a visit to Penrith to present Penrith CBD Corporation with a $10,000 grant to boost local shopping and dining in the lead up to Christmas in addition to providing a festive vibe to the town.
“Local businesses are at the heart of their communities and we are so pleased to offer this support,” Ms Berejiklian said. “The range of shops in Penrith are incredible, and new and exciting ones are opening on a frequent basis. It’s so great to see that business owners are choosing Penrith to expand their trade and services,” says Gai Hawthorn, CEO of Penrith CBD Corp. “We’re also constantly updating our app as well, which is a directory of all the stores in the Penrith CBD. It’s so handy to have on your phone when you’re around town. And if you’re trying to make a decision on where to dine, it will have all the foodie options available to you at a click of a button,’’ says Gai. Speaking of dining establishments, Penrith is seriously upping its food game of late. The demand for quality eating and drinking venues has increased and there are gems popping up all over the place. From incredible burgers, gourmet cafés, to a hip new bar opening up at the end of November, we can all grab a quality meal right on our doorstep. “It’s taken us a while to get here, but the rapid developments in town are here to stay," says Gai. Supporting local means we can live and work local, which is advantageous to our ever growing and evolving city. So grab your free enviro bag this Christmas at several of our CBD outlets and Shop Local this Christmas.”
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Penrith Council has partnered with Sydney Thunder to bring a thrilling game of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) to Penrith just in time for the summer school holidays.
he second round game of the WBBL will see Sydney Thunder take on the Melbourne Stars at Howell Oval on Saturday, December 16. The match is part of a free family-fun day which includes meet and greet opportunities, face painting and giveaways from 12pm.
The Sydney Thunder team features talented local cricketer Naomi Stalenberg, who was instrumental in their run to the WBBL title last season. This year, Naomi is joined by Penrith Cricket Club teammate Lisa Griffiths. Penrith Mayor John Thain is encouraging everyone to be part of the action and join in the fun. “What better way to kickstart the summer holidays than with a game of world-class cricket in our own backyard. I’ll be there to cheer on Sydney Thunder and I hope cricket fans and local players will join me,” Cr Thain said. According to figures released by Cricket Australia*, cricket participation has grown more than nine per cent in the past year to 1.4 million players nationally. Nearly 400,000 of these players are female, an increase of 80,000 on the previous year.
GAME DETAILS WBBL Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars Howell Oval – Station Street, Penrith 22
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Cr Thain said it’s wonderful to see more women and girls participating in cricket. “Council is a strong supporter of women’s sport and in particular cricket, with our collaboration with Sydney Thunder now in its third year. This event recognises the achievements of female players and has become an annual celebration of women’s sport in Penrith.”
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Issue 12 December 2017
THE PENRITH COMMUNITY KITCHEN CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
EVENT INFORMATION Penrith Christmas Luncheon
Doors open at 11.45am – 1.30pm
• Penrith CBD Corporation Suite 3/488 High St Penrith. P: 4722 5556
Friday December 22, 2017 Donations: If you would like to donate your time, items or cash please contact Penrith CBD Corporation for more information. • Suite 3/488 High St, Penrith • E: firstname.lastname@example.org • P: 4722 5556
• ABCOE 5/69 York Rd, Penrith P: 1300 122 263 • Penrith Community Kitchen’s 20th Anniversary Contact PAWS Studios P: 4721 3750, www.pawstudios.com.au/contact/ • Giving Tree: Penrith RSL 8 Tindale St, Penrith NSW 2750 P: 4728 5200
Providing the Christmas Community Luncheon... gives hope, dignity and generous spirit to those in need and awakens community passion.
Photographer: Simon Gould
Written by Manisha Foley – Penrith CBD Corp
Regional homelessness has been a growing issue over the last few years. Feeding the soul and stomachs of Penrith’s underprivileged and homeless community.
ake a cup of compassion, a tablespoon of generosity and a bucketful of spirit. The result is a wholesome and nourishing event that fills up the bellies and hearts of the Penrith community. For many of the underprivileged and homeless, the Christmas season can trigger feelings of loneliness, hunger and helplessness. The Penrith Community Kitchen along with Penrith CBD Corporation can’t imagine a reason as to why anyone should feel this way or go without and that is the reason why the Christmas luncheon is a yearly event. Together with the local community, the luncheon has fed, nurtured and reignited the Christmas spirit into the hearts of individuals, families and children that otherwise would have missed out. Regional homelessness has been a growing issue over the last few years and the most vulnerable are families, single adults, couples and young people. What the Penrith Community Kitchen provides on a regular basis is a safe haven for people who are facing troubled times and some respite in the form of a hot meal along with the support they need to connect with vital services. Week to week, the Penrith Community Kitchen feeds approximately 500-800 people in the kitchen at the back of the PCYC hall. The underprivileged or homeless are given a home-cooked hot lunch and perhaps a takeaway meal. The kitchen is powered by volunteers who selflessly give their time to prepare and cook meals Monday to Friday. It is the generosity of these women who ensure that no person leaves hungry. And it is the support and funding from a local club grant and community donations that keep the kitchen running. “Penrith’s passion for helping is simply amazing, especially each Christmas when we ask our local businesses and community to come together for this yearly event,"
says kitchen board member Gai Hawthorn. “Now in its 10th year, we are blown away by the support. The Penrith Rotary Club, Penrith RSL, ABCOE, Panthers, Outback Steakhouse, Hogs Breath, to name a few, all band together to make this event what it is today,” Gai explains. A generous array of dishes that grace many a festive table is also replicated for everyone who attends the luncheon. The tables are also dotted with treats that sadly many miss out on. It’s just one small way that helps individuals attending feel part of a warm and inviting family. In addition to the delicious two-course meal, the Community Kitchen also hands out relief shopping hampers as they are aware of the limited services available during the Christmas period and public holidays. Added each year is a personal toiletry gift bag for males and females with a few supplies to get them through the end of the year. Local Penrith business, ABCOE in a combined effort with Penrith CBD Corporation are in charge of putting together these hampers every year. Donations of items to these hampers can be made in the CBD office and go towards filling each hamper with essentials, non-perishables and some special Christmas treats. Alternatively, just spending $25 in ABCOE will buy a family a relief hamper. And what is Christmas without the gift of giving? Thanks to Rotary Penrith and Penrith RSL, a ‘’Giving Tree” is set up in the RSL foyer where people can donate a gift for children and teenagers. These gifts are then distributed to kids attending the luncheon. Any items left over are generously offered to The Women’s Refuge, Wentworth Housing and Nepean Hospital children’s ward. “If you know of a family doing it tough, then it’s as simple as contacting us at Penrith CBD Corporation or the Community Kitchen and we will ensure that they are looked after at this time of the year,” says Gai. “Imagine not having a home to enjoy a Christmas feast, no presents under the Christmas tree and no special time with family and friends celebrating," says Gai. “The thought of families and children not being able to experience this special time is unthinkable, and that is why we do what we do.”
Everyone who donates their time also guarantees that the food isn’t the only festive thing that is provided. The PCYC Hall is festooned in Christmas decorations, a tree is put up, Santa comes along to give each child a gift and local dance and performing studio PAWS come along to fill the air with joyous carols throughout the lunch. PAWS studio owner, Rebecca Liu-Brennan has recently joined the Penrith Kitchen Board and is working with other local dance schools to plan a major event that will celebrate the Kitchen’s 20th anniversary in 2018. So how can you help? If you are a local business or just someone in the community that would love to get involved there are plenty of things that you can do. • Volunteers on the day of the luncheon • F ree Face Painter - If you are a face painter or are a business that is happy to book one for the day then please contact the Penrith CBD Corporation. • T able and Chair Hire – If you are a business that provides these, can cover the cost or can volunteer to set up the day before (Thursday December 21, 2017 at 5.00pm for one hour). • D onations of the following items: 9 Non-perishable tins with ring pull lids 9 Tea/Coffee/Sugar 9 Cereals 9 Long life milk/Soft drinks/juice 9 Pasta/rices/grains/sauces 9 Christmas goodies like chips/lollies/biscuits 9 Lucky Door Prizes • If you would like to donate cash, then they can be made at the Penrith CBD Corporation office, Suite 3/488 High St, Penrith during business hours Monday – Friday until the December 21. Providing the Christmas Community Luncheon is more than just the food put on the table. It gives hope, dignity and generous spirit to those in need and awakens community passion. Feeding the stomach and the soul can only be a good thing.
Issue 12 December 2017
Chocolate Movement THAT
World hunger and chocolate aren’t usually associated with each other. But in the Penrith Valley, Emma is busy filling 10,000 chocolate bar orders to help feed the world’s hungry children. Written by Cassandra Elliott
er enthusiasm and passion became obvious as Emma Bailie, chocolate entrepreneur and philanthropist told us about That Chocolate Movement. In 2014 she volunteered in the Philippines in the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan, and after seeing a local organisation feeding under-nourished children, she became inspired. “As someone who gets involved in donating to causes myself, I recognised that there’s an issue with donorfatigue, so I knew I wanted to start a social enterprise, sell a product, and use part of the funds to continue doing great work in areas of need.” Emma believes chocolate is the world’s favourite food. “It’s one of my favourite foods, and as a vegan who loves experimenting with food, I thought it would be great to bring another vegan chocolate to the market that was even better than what was already around.” All her chocolate-making experiments needed a workspace, so, Emma turned to her parents, and together they converted their garage into a mini chocolate factory. “My family still live in the same house that I was born in 35 years ago. They've not only been helping me out, they've given me a piece of their house, which is amazing,” she said, laughing. “So, this is all happening in a backyard in St Clair.” It started with a simple Kickstarter page and a great idea, then with the help of family, friends, and the local community, That Chocolate Movement exceeded their ﬁrst target of $33,000. “We've had people volunteer from the public, which has really helped bring the project to life. I’ve been really lucky, not only with my family, but with other members of the community that I didn’t even know before this, offering to help as well.” Allowing the community to feel like part of the team helped them create a movement, not just a brand. “I think it’s been done effectively enough that people really got on board and people spread the word, and 535 backers later, we're totally launched, which is awesome.”
The chocolate making process had its challenges, “when you're trying to make an indulgent chocolate that is healthy, then you have a lot of hurdles to get over”. It took a lot of experimentation and loads of bad batches, to ﬁnd the right balance of ingredients. “I think the big problem was trying to develop something that felt as creamy and rich on the tongue as regular chocolate, while still keeping it emulsiﬁer-free and vegan, but we deﬁnitely got there in the end,” she says. “One bar equals one meal," says Emma. “It's a very real way for someone to see the impact they're having on someone else.” The amount donated and cost of meals will ﬂuctuate as the project moves to different areas, but Emma says it will always remain a one for one model. The ﬁrst project for That Chocolate Movement is the Philippines, using Emma’s already-established connections to a charity there. To ensure maximum impact on the ground for undernourished children, she plans to continue working with other grassroots organisations in different communities, like other areas of Asia and indigenous Australia. “The number one mission of this brand is to bring food security to kids living in poverty.” For the next couple of months Emma’s going to be “chained to the factory”. “Our main goals are ﬁlling our Kickstarter orders, getting our online store launched, getting our kids products out, and then developing new ﬂavours for the regular-sized bars.” “I’m excited and looking forward to it, and I smell like chocolate all the time, which is deﬁnitely a nice side effect of the job."
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Roaming brings you the Cancer Council’s festive cookbook, offering healthy alternatives to favourite dishes this holiday season.
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he Christmas season has traditionally been seen as a time to over-indulge. However, the end of year celebrations don’t have to be this way. Making a few healthy swaps to the traditional Christmas menu can still bring Christmas cheer to all while making the festive period that little bit healthier. This is just what Aussies can expect this Christmas with Cancer Council NSW’s Festive Cookbook. The Festive Cookbook is full of tips and tricks to ensure you don’t fall behind when it comes to eating healthy while enjoying the holidays.
The Festive Cookbook contains over 30 recipes offering all the Christmas favourites, including roast dinners, seafood platters, summer salads and, of course, a Christmas pudding for dessert.
Fennel and Apple Roast Chicken
Preheat the oven to 160°C fan forced.
Melt butter in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add the leek and fennel and cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant, stirring. Transfer to a medium bowl and add breadcrumbs, apple, pine nuts and herbs. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well.
Fill chicken cavity with stufﬁng. Use kitchen string to truss chicken, securing legs and enclosing the ﬁlling. Rub with oil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer chicken to a large roasting tray. Roast for 1 hour. Place extra fennel and apple around chicken. Cook all for a further 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and fennel and apple are tender.
Serve chicken, fennel and apple with gravy.
Serves 4 PREP 20 MINUTES | COOK 1 HOUR 35 MINUTES INGREDIENTS 9 10g salted butter 9 1 leek, trimmed and chopped 9 1 medium fennel, coarsely grated, plus 2 extra cut into wedges 9 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs 9 1 medium green apple, coarsely grated, plus 2 extra, quartered 9 ¼ cup chopped toasted pine nuts 9 2 tbsp chopped parsley 9 1 tbsp chopped chives 9 2kg whole chicken, cleaned 9 1 tbsp olive oil 9 Gravy to serve
Fig, Pear & Goats Cheese Salad Serves 6 PREP 15 MINUTES | COOK 10 MINUTES INGREDIENTS 9 ¼ loaf of Turkish bread, thinly sliced 9 Olive oil spray 9 1 tbsp fresh orange juice 9 ½ tbsp white balsamic vinegar 9 2 tbsp olive oil 9 2 cups of ﬁrmly packed baby kale salad leaves 9 6 ﬁgs, torn in half 9 1 small pear, halved and thinly sliced 9 ¼ cup hazelnuts, roasted and chopped 9 50g ash goats cheese to serve METHOD 1
Preheat the oven to 160°C. Spread slices of bread in a single layer on a large oven tray. Spray lightly with oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden.
Combine juice, vinegar and oil in a large serving bowl and whisk to combine. Add kale, ﬁgs, pear and hazelnut and gently toss through. Scatter toasted bread through salad and crumble goats cheese over to serve.
Replace baby kale leaves with your favourite salad leaf. Alternatively, you can omit orange dressing and drizzle pomegranate molasses over the salad instead.
Issue 12 December 2017
Berry Trifle Serves 8
The filo layers are delicate and can't support the weight of the fruit for too long. Prepare all the components and assemble right before serving. This also keeps the pastry from going soggy.
PREP 35 MINUTES | COOK 20 MINUTES (PLUS OVERNIGHT CHILLING) INGREDIENTS 9 1.5 litres cranberry juice 9 1/3 cup caster sugar 9 2 tbsp powdered gelatine 9 500g raspberries 9 ¼ cup ﬁnely chopped pistachios 9 2 tbsp caster sugar 9 ½ tsp ground cinnamon 9 10 sheets ﬁlo pastry
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75g butter, melted 600ml thickened cream 1 tbsp pure icing sugar, sifted ½ cup raspberry jam 2 tbsp boiling water 250g strawberries, hulled and sliced 250g blueberries Mint leaves to serve
In a medium saucepan, combine juice, sugar and gelatine and stir over low heat until dissolved. Cool for 15 minutes before pouring into a 20cm wide straight sided triﬂe dish. Scatter half the raspberries in and refrigerate overnight or until set.
Meanwhile, combine pistachios, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix. Brush 5 sheets of ﬁlo lightly with butter, sprinkle with pistachio mixture and layer without pressing down. Fold ﬁlo stack in half. Cut an 18cm disk from the ﬁlo and place on a baking tray. Gently crumple the ﬁlo. Repeat with remaining ﬁlo, butter and pistachio mixture. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Carefully peel layers apart and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream and icing sugar to ﬁrm peaks.
In a small bowl, combine jam and boiling water and mix until smooth.
Layer ﬁlo sheets, whipped cream and remaining mixed berries in two layers on top of the jelly. Drizzle with jam and scatter mint leaves over. Serve immediately.
Grilled Prawns with Mango Salsa PREP 5 MINUTES COOK 5 MINUTES INGREDIENTS 9 12 green tiger prawns, peeled, tail on, deveined 9 Rice bran oil spray 9 ½ small mango, peeled and ﬁnely diced 9 ¼ Lebanese cucumber, deseeded and ﬁnely diced 9 ¼ small red onion, ﬁnely diced
Warm a grill plate over high heat. Spray prawns lightly with oil and add to grill plate. Grill for 2 minutes each side or until cooked through.
In a small bowl, combine mango, cucumber and onion. Mix and season with salt and pepper.
Serve prawns topped with mango salsa.
Goats Cheese and Mushroom Tarts PREP 5 MINUTES COOK 10 MINUTES INGREDIENTS 9 12 button mushrooms, stalks removed 9 100g goats cheese 9 12 sprigs of thyme
Preheat the oven to 200°C.
Place mushrooms, cup side up on an oven tray, crumble goats cheese onto each and sprinkle with thyme. Season with salt and pepper and bake for 10 minutes or until cheese warms. Serve immediately.
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John Miller-Crispe Health Expert Abundant Life & Health
It’s the Season of Good Will. The time to get merry and often over-indulge. It’s party time and often things are done and said that maybe should not be. But hey, it’s Christmas.
f you want a guilt-free time and still enjoy yourself, you can. Over indulging in both rich sugary foods and lots of alcohol leads to unpleasant side effects both in health and relationships. Recognise that if you eat too much of the wrong things you will suffer consequences. It makes sense to take precautions. Before you go where you will be eating rich foods, why not eat a light meal before you go out? That way you will not be tempted to stuff yourself because you start out hungry. Take the edge off and you won't want as much and you won’t feel stuffed and uncomfortable. Pace yourself when drinking alcohol. Have a glass of water every other drink. That way you won’t feel like drinking too much. Even with the best intentions many will still over-indulge. One good habit is to make sure you drink at least a full glass of water after a drinking session. A large part of a hangover is dehydration of the brain. Drinking water can minimise the unpleasant after effects of the night before, but sensible eating and drinking lets you enjoy the festivities much more.
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Here, we’re looking at some of the most well-known health trends and diet fads and how they can actually sabotage your success.
any of us are guilty of falling victim to a health trend or fad diet at some point. With the rise of social media and digital inﬂuencers, there are so many sources of nutritional and health-related information out there claiming to be correct. It’s hard to draw a conclusion on what’s correct and what’s not.
carbs but the banana would give you a much greater chance of weight loss, not to mention it’s a nutritional powerhouse. Cutting carbs will only work if you are cutting the bad carbs and replacing them with wholesome, nutritious foods and enough good fats and protein. Studies have shown that weight loss through the notorious ketogenic diets is more likely attributed to a lower caloric intake and general satiety rather than just the fact you are not consuming carbohydrates. MYTH 2: DOES EATING FAT MAKE YOU FAT?
MYTH 1: CUT CARBS = LOSE WEIGHT? Not necessarily. It’s one of the most widely discussed diet trends of the decade but does cutting carbs actually lead to weight loss?
This one has been getting a lot more attention since the rise of eating trends including the paleo and ketogenic diets but the bottom line is, fat does not make you fat.
It’s not so much eating carbs that’s the problem, but the type of carbs you’re eating. You could have a banana and a mufﬁn that are similar calories and
Fats are vital for healthy brain function, energy production and a high metabolism. The key to taking advantage of the fat trend is educating yourself on
how to incorporate good fats into your diet and use them to your advantage. Fats including wild salmon, olive oil, nuts, and avocado are all fantastic daily additions to support your health and ﬁtness goals, it’s knowing how much you need. MYTH 3: WEIGHT LOSS IS ALL ABOUT DIET – NOT EXERCISE Diet is deﬁnitely the biggest factor in long-term weight loss. However, when done properly, exercise can fast-track your results incredibly and the beneﬁts are far greater than just weight loss. Many studies have shown the endless beneﬁts of incorporating a diet and exercise program that go hand in hand. Results lie in achieving balance through a combination of diet, exercise, and lifestyle – not in following the latest diet fads or health trends.
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Protect your Hair & Skin THIS SUMMER Summer! My favourite time of the year - sun, swimming and Christmas!
ne thing I don’t like about summer is the damage that swimming can do to our hair and skin. We all know that UV rays can damage our skin, but did you know they can also damage our hair? Prolonged exposure to the sun can damage the cuticle of the hair (the outermost part of the hair shaft), causing discolouration, dryness, thinning and split ends. Chlorine in pools might be great to kill any harmful bacteria in the water, however, it can also wreak havoc on both our hair and skin, stripping out its natural oils and killing any good bacteria.
Both chlorine and saltwater draw out moisture from the hair and skin and, contrary to belief, both can cause discolouration. It is chlorine's interaction with mineral deposits and metals in the water that can tint the hair, giving the appearance of that not-so-ﬂattering green hair.
Marianne Arthur Beauty Expert Insignia Hair and Day Spa
When saltwater is mixed with the sun, it produces a chemical reaction which can have a bleach like effect and lighten your hair despite whether it has been coloured or not. This may sound like a great cost-effective way to lighten your hair, but the damages come at a greater cost.
Saltwater, on the other hand, can be a great detox for the skin but if too much is absorbed it can still cause dryness.
PREPARE YOUR HAIR AND SKIN To help combat this, there are a few things we can do pre and post swimming to protect our hair and skin: • Rinse your hair and skin prior to swimming. Both hair and skin are less likely to absorb water from pools once they are already wet. • Wash hair after swimming with a specialty shampoo that’s designed for sun exposure and use a deep moisturising conditioner and/or treatment. • Use a UV protector oil in your hair prior to swimming to protect your hair from the elements and create a barrier between your hair and the chlorine and other chemicals. • Always use an SPF on your face and body • Try using an antioxidant serum on your face every morning (such as Vit C) to give that extra layer of protection. • Use a body scrub to help slough away dead skin cells and moisturise both face and body every day.
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What Swimsuit IS BEST FOR YOU When buying a swimsuit, it can be at times a stressful process. Here are some tips that will help you find the perfect swimsuit that is best suited for your body shape. Written by Marianne Arthur
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PEAR - (CURVY AT THE HIPS AND THIGHS AND SMALLER ON TOP) Opt for bold colours or patterns on top to accentuate your upper half and minimise the bottom half. Avoid boy leg shorts and thick banded bottoms as this will only draw attention downwards. APPLE - (CARRYING WEIGHT MOSTLY IN THE MID-SECTION) High waisted bottoms minimise the muffin top look and gathered fabrics create a bit of definition in the waist. One pieces and deep V necks will help elongate your body and are most ﬂattering for an apple shape. LARGE BUST If you’re more well-endowed on top, then support is the fundamental goal here. Underwire or moulded cups not only give support, but also lift your bust too, with thicker straps giving more support. For the bottom half, try thicker waistbands, boy shorts and high waisted briefs to balance your larger top. Avoid rufﬂes and ruching to help minimise the focus up top. SMALL BUST
The positive with this body shape is that it requires less support, so you can pretty much wear any style. ATHLETIC - (STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN MINIMAL CURVES) The objective we are trying to achieve is to create the illusion of a curvier silhouette. Styles with less coverage and bold prints and rufﬂes give the appearance of more curves, as do monokinis with strategically placed cut outs. Stripes are great to enhance any curves as well as tie side bottoms. Avoid boy shorts and straight across bandeaus. CURVY If you are wanting to highlight your curves, then try a monokini or bottoms with thicker ties. If you want to try minimising your curves, then go for a style that will help elongate your shape such as horizontal stripes, high waisted bottoms and asymmetrical swimsuits. HOURGLASS - (EVENLY PROPORTIONED WITH THE WAISTLINE BEING THE NARROWEST MEASUREMENT) If you have this shape, then lucky you! An hourglass shape can wear just about anything.
The aim here is to create the illusion of a larger bust. Halter tops and padded push ups create more cleavage and scalloped edges create the optical illusion of curves.
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Issue 12 December 2017
Christmas Hacks ‘Tis the season to be shopping! The big question is online or instore? Written by Jo Munro from The Savvy Shopaholic
ere are my top tips for shopping and bagging a bargain too. What if I could give you Christmas shortcuts to zipping through your shopping tasks in record time? Free postage and a one stop visit to shop for all of your presents. MASSIVE SAVINGS If you are shopping online, save a mint on postage by taking up the latest offer by our friends at Australia Post. They have a fabulous initiative called Shipster which is currently free (https://auspost.com.au/shipster) and then subscribe for $6.95 a month and get free shipping from the top Aussie online stores. Just another way to save this Christmas. WHERE TO ‘ONE STOP SHOP’ What if you could go shopping where you are guaranteed to get amazing pricing on quality brands with unique items you don’t see in every store you walk into? Add fresh stock of thousands of new items weekly and huge range of homewares, fashion, pets costumes
and even gorgeous wrapping paper all in one store. Can you guess my new ‘go to’ store for amazing gifts and Christmas supplies? TK Maxx is my new shopping crush! I found so many wonderful presents including quality items for $10 - $20 for some of those obligatory gifts required this time of year; School teacher, the swimming coach or the office Kris Kringle.
NEED TO SPREAD YOUR PURCHASE PAYMENTS? Consider downloading the Afterpay app. Afterpay will help you budget by spreading your purchase payments over four installments. Afterpay is available online and in store at good retailers. Very savvy shopping! I have some more to buy for Christmas. You know my shopping motto - ‘Tis the season to be shopping and some of those presents might just be for me. Have a very savvy, safe and fun filled Christmas and holiday season.
Christmas is a highly emotional time of year. There’s much excitement, anticipation and, unfortunately, stress.
Avoid Conflict Christmas C Time AT
ouples and relatives often spend a lot more time together than usual too. It’s no wonder it’s also the most popular time of year for relationships to break up, and fall-outs with family members and friends to occur. So how do you avoid this conﬂict and keep your holiday season as happy and harmonious as possible? Try these simple tips. 1
Local Expert Melissa Ferrari Psychotherapist & Relationship Expert
Understand that people might be more stressed than usual and give them a bit more allowance for this. When people are busy or anxious they might come across the wrong way and unintentionally instigate conﬂict, so recognise it for what it is and don’t take the bait. 2 SET EXPECTATIONS (ESPECIALLY FOR CHRISTMAS DAY)
Clarity creates calm so discuss beforehand where you’ll be, what you’ll be doing, who’s driving, who’s cooking and how many presents everyone will be getting. This way there’ll be no mixed messages between couples, and children will also know what to expect from the day. 36
3 SHARE THE LOAD
Don’t just let one person be responsible for all tasks. Allocate jobs and get everyone involved in the planning and organisation (even kids). It’s much more fun this way, and a whole lot fairer! 4 SUPPORT
If your partner or a family member is anxious about seeing a relative, be there for them and let them know you’ve got their back. This alone can be extremely reassuring. After all, Christmas is a time for people to come together. 5 COMMUNICATE
Remember to bring up any concerns you have around the holiday before they become an issue. Don’t forget to let your loved ones know how excited and happy you feel and how much you love them – good vibes are contagious! 6 APPRECIATE
Acknowledging those less fortunate is an easy way to feel gratitude for your own relationships and circumstances, which will make you less likely to argue or become upset. This is particularly beneficial for children too with activities such as donating gifts and volunteering at shelters. So don’t forget to holiday-proof your relationships this Christmas for a fantastic festive break, with memories that are unforgettable for all the right reasons.
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As we head into our 43rd Christmas as Penrith’s local jeweller, we understand that our customers view this time of year as an opportunity to show their friends and family how much they are loved and appreciated. Jewellery is the perfect gift to show those closest to you how much they mean to you. At York Jewellers we have the perfect gift for everyone. Diamonds are a classic choice to ensure this year sparkles. Our Passion8 Diamonds, which sparkle two to three times brighter than regular cut diamonds, are an eternal way to show someone you love them. Among our exclusive range of jewellery you will find rare gemstones and one of a kind pieces. We have unique, handcrafted jewellery available for purchase as well as being able to offer custom makes. This jewellery ranges from diamonds and coloured gemstones to pearls; from rings to earrings and necklaces. We are also proud of our high-class range of watches. With chic brands such as Oozoo, or intricate Swiss made watches such as Claude Bernard, we have a watch to suit every style.
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User (UX) Experience
While User Experience (UX) is an online term, it makes me think of a footpath near Westfield and The Joan.
Local Expert Trish Fehon Digital Expert Online Influence
hy? Well, UX is about getting to know the wants and needs of your customers and distilling them into a website.
My “user experience path” cuts across an area of grass beside The Joan to High Street. It’s a well-maintained walkway, but no one uses it. Instead, countless pedestrians have worn a more convenient, diagonal path through the grass. The town planners didn’t factor in their “customers” wants and needs. The result? Their customers found another way. And, if you don’t meet potential customers wants and needs with a good user experience, they too will find another way – to another business. WHAT IS USER EXPERIENCE? While UX is about usability and accessibility, it’s also about perception and feelings like familiarity, trust and even delight. We all want our websites to look good. But if your site’s gorgeousness overrides practicality, slows the customer down or confuses the process, delight will quickly turn to frustration.
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The potential dangers of Christmas time for your pets.
he Christmas season is normally a very busy period for veterinary clinics as there are many potential dangers for pets at this time of year.
During Christmas there are many things that can be ingested and cause obstructions. These include Christmas decorations, toys and tinsel. Both cats and dogs like to play with small items like decorations and toys, many of which are small enough to be swallowed and cause intestinal obstruction. Glass ornaments are particularly dangerous if they are swallowed and can also cause trauma if they are broken. Cats like to play with shiny mobile objects and tinsel is very inviting. Tinsel is very dangerous when ingested as it can cause the intestines to bunch up and be sliced from the inside. Christmas cake is another major danger. It not only contains raisins which cause kidney failure but often have alcohol in them. Alcohol is very toxic to animals, it does not make them drunk. It can cause neurological signs, cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest.
The Christmas ham is another potential danger. A lot of people will feed their pets leftovers. While small treats are normally safe, high fat foods like ham can cause gastric upsets and are a very common trigger for pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is a serious, painful and potentially fatal disease. Care must be taken when feeding leftovers to animals. They can get food poisoning just like us if foods are not stored correctly or have reached their expiry date. If you wouldn’t eat it don’t feed it to your pet. Cooked bones are also very dangerous as they can break down into sharp shards. They can cause obstructions and injure the gastrointestinal tract. Another potential danger is real pine trees. If animals ingest pine needles or cats scratch the tree and then lick their paws and are exposed to the sap they can get gastric upsets. As with most things prevention is better than cure so please watch your pets closely. Avoid potential dangers and have an enjoyable festive season.
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Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Escapade Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen Dulux colours used: Wall – Dulux Lexicon Quarter, Doorway - Dulux Cuticle Pink, Inlet - Dulux Soft Fresco
Summer Ready RE-ENERGISE YOUR HOME WITH TROPICAL-INSPIRED ACCENTS.
This summer, interiors will be eclectic, with visually interesting combinations of colour and patterns paired with crisp white prevalent. Individuality and personal expression will be key, with lashings of colours that reference 80s glamour and luxury hotels in exotic destinations.
scapade is one of the key palettes identified in 2018 Dulux Colour Trends’ ‘Balance’. Featuring a medley of playful, tropical colours, such as pale mint and soft pink, this palette is guaranteed to stimulate the senses and add a sense of energy and fun to any neutral space. “This palette is about pure happiness. It’s about creating that holiday feeling all-year-round,” says Pip Brett, Dulux Colour Trends Contributor and owner of homewares store, Jumbled. “It has a retro 1970s and 1980s vibe, while still managing to be thoroughly modern.” “The summer palette for 2018 is quite a departure from the cocooning neutrals and deeper tones of last year,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Colour Expert.
“This season’s colours are all about balancing the different parts of ourselves – our passion for our homes, our lust for adventure, our love of retro glamour, and fascination with technology. Summer will be filled with palm prints, positive vibes and visual delights. Incorporating uplifting colour and prints in a white space can be transformative, lifting the soul and making you feel more dynamic and creative,” she says. Homeowners can breathe new life into a neutral scheme with accents of Dulux Cuticle Pink or Soft Fresco, says Andrea. “These shades go beautifully with many of the Dulux Most Loved Whites. We’ve highlighted Lexicon® Quarter, as well as mid-toned timbers and sumptuous velvets in rich jewel shades.
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“If you’re hesitant to dip into colour, fear not. Even small doses of these exuberant shades can have a huge impact. Create fun, eye-catching accents in unexpected places, such as doors, the inside edge of a wall or door frame, along a staircase or adding an element of surprise in a storage nook. “Complete the look by painting one or two smaller pieces of furniture in the same striking hue, and then add in tonal accessories, such as coloured glassware, bold artworks, patterned cushions and bedlinen. For the rest of the walls choose a cool white – our hugely popular Lexicon® Quarter is the perfect pairing.” For a richer and more decadent look, says Pip, another appealing colour combination to consider from the Escapade palette is Dulux Cuticle Pink with the deeper pink Carmen and Solution, a mid-base blue. “It’s a colour combination that would work equally well in summer and winter,” she says. “To really make the combination pop, you could then add in splashes of mustard in soft furnishings and artwork.” “Colour is nothing to be afraid of,” says Andrea. “Introducing new schemes can be transformative, lifting the soul and making you feel more positive and productive. And the beautiful thing about paint is that if you decide on a new colour down the track, you can simply paint over it.”
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Issue 12 December 2017
Loans Self-employed FOR THE
Are you self-employed and looking for a mortgage? If the answer is yes, then listen up.
Local Expert Rob Lees
Lending Expert Mortgage Choice Blaxland, Penrith and Glenmore Park
n today’s home loan market, self-employed people often have to jump a few extra hurdles if they want to have their mortgage application approved.
Thankfully, there are few easy steps that all self-employed people can take to help speed up the home loan process and ensure their home loan application is approved every time. 1
GET YOUR FINANCES IN ORDER
In the first instance, it is critical that you get all your paperwork and financials in order. As a self-employed person, your lender will want to see your two most recent tax returns. While some lenders are happy to deal with borrowers who have been self-employed for only one year, most want to see that you have been successfully operating your own business for at least two years. This is just so that they can make sure you have the ability to service your ongoing debt. That said, if you have been self-employed for less than two years, don’t despair. There are still lenders who will happily look at your loan application. When your lender receives your tax returns, they will check to make sure they’re signed and certified and backed up by notices of assessment. This is a simple fraud check to make sure that these are the tax returns you lodged with the Australian Taxation Office. 2 DON’T FORGET ADD-BACKS
As a self-employed person, you would be acutely aware of the fact that the taxable income shown on your tax return isn’t necessarily the same as your actual income. 42
Thankfully, your lender is also aware of this fact and, as such, will ‘add back’ any expenses that you incurred that reduced your taxable income and/or aren’t an ongoing expense. By adding back expenses, you can increase your assessable income and your borrowing power. Add back expenses can include any additional superannuation commitments you made throughout the last financial year. In other words, if you made a lump sum superannuation payment, it can be ‘added back’. In addition, one-off expenses like a new piece of machinery can often be added back. To find out what else constitutes an ‘add back’ it is important that you speak to a mortgage professional.
• Evidence that your income has been registered for GST for a minimum of 12 months; and • You may have to show your transaction account history for the past few months. If you can provide your lender with the above, then you could potentially qualify for a low doc loan. It is important to note, however, that the interest rates charged on these loans are sometimes higher than the interest rates on other, more traditional, home loans. So, there you have it. While it can sometimes be a little tougher to secure a mortgage as a self-employed borrower, it is certainly not impossible. In fact, most lenders are happy to deal with self-employed people, so it pays to speak to a mortgage professional who can help you find the right loan solution for your needs.
3 CONSIDER YOUR HOME LOAN OPTIONS
As a self-employed borrower, you may not have all the documentation required to apply for a traditional home loan. Of course, that doesn’t mean to say you will never achieve your home ownership goals. Some lenders offer ‘low doc’ home loans which are mortgage products that allow self-employed people who don’t have all the required financial statements or tax returns to obtain finance. To qualify for a ‘low doc’ home loan, you will have to (in most instances) provide your preferred lender with the following items: • Your ABN and/or Certificate of Incorporation; • Your Business Activity Statements for the past 12 consecutive months, verified by the Australian Taxation Office;
By adding back expenses, you can increase your assessable income and your borrowing power.
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The spring selling season has come to an end. However, there are still plenty of great properties on the market.
ecember and January are historically the quietest months in real estate with the majority of buyers choosing to hold off on their property search until the end of the school holidays.
If you are serious about buying, do yourself a favour and look when the rest of the market isn’t. If you are lucky you may even bag yourself a bargain due to the lack of competition. Keep in mind that the process is likely to be dragged out considerably as brokers and conveyancers are enjoying their holidays. Ensure you negotiate an extended cooling off period to cover you until businesses re-open and you can fulfil all of your due diligence. If you are a landlord or tenant make sure you are aware of when your real estate is closing over the holiday period and who to contact should an emergency arise. If something is going to go wrong at a property it always seems to happen on a Sunday or public holiday when service rates are highest and real estate agents including strata managers are largely uncontactable.
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Throughout my career I have seen all types of emergencies over the Christmas period, from ceilings collapsing to unit blocks flooding, all of which can be incredibly stressful for not only the tenant but also the landlord. As always, Mooney Real Estate is contactable 24/7 even on Christmas day should an emergency arise. If your agency does not offer this service, then I encourage you to make a quick phone call or email to confirm who your emergency repairers are or who your emergency contact is within your agency over the Christmas period. Lastly, we wish you a safe and happy Christmas and look forward continuing to service the Penrith region is 2018.
Celebrating 135 Years Lamrocks Solicitors of Penrith are currently celebrating 135 years of continuous legal practice.
he firm was established in 1882 as a branch office of Darwin Waldon Solicitors, a large Sydney firm. In 1926 Arthur Stanton Lamrock acquired the practice. In 1937 his son Brian Stuart Lamrock joined the practice which then became known, for many years, as A S Lamrock & Son. In the 1980s the firm incorporated and became Lamrocks and Brian worked actively in the firm well into his late 80s, when he retired. The current directors of the firm are Steve Groves and Arthur Fogarty. Steve has been with the firm since 1981 and Arthur since 1988. Lamrocks recently organised a reunion of present and former staff. The reunion took place on Sunday,
November 12, 2017 at the Lakeside Restaurant at the Regatta Centre in Castlereagh. Around 150 present and former staff members of the firm attended the reunion, some travelling from interstate. Employees who had worked for Lamrocks from as long ago as the 1940s and 1950s attended the reunion, and there were many stories, nostalgia and much catching up done at the very successful reunion event. A S Lamrock was one of the founders of the Penrith Chamber of Commerce. Lamrocks are currently a patron of the Chamber, being the only existing business that was a founding member of the Chamber, 90 years ago.
Apart from being Penrith’s oldest legal firm, Lamrocks is currently Penrith’s largest legal firm in terms of legal practitioners and has solicitors who are Law Society Accredited Specialists in Real Property, Wills and Estates and Personal Injury law, as well as solicitors who specialise in Family Law disputes. Lamrocks have been providing legal service and assistance to the people of Penrith and the Nepean community for 135 years, and plan to continue providing that legal assistance for at least the next 135 years.
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HOW TO TURN YOUR
New Year’s Resolution Reality INTO
I don’t know about you, but I don’t do New Year’s resolutions.
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erhaps it’s because New Year’s resolutions are usually made while under the inﬂuence of many champagne cocktails or in the grip of a raging hangover the next day. Either way, I don’t believe they’re a real recipe for success.
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Of course, just because I’m a New Year’s resolution knocker doesn’t mean I don’t applaud goal setting. Some goals, like committing to wear more heels, discarding tracksuits, being able to pay yourself a regular wage in your business or beginning your first investment are worthy goals and should be taken seriously. What I do know is that it’s what you do once you have that notion of a goal or a resolution that’s important. I call this the difference between a wish and a plan. One is a vague notion of an idea and the other involves steps and actions that can turn that resolution into reality. SO, ABANDON YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION AND START PLANNING WITH THESE SEVEN EASY STEPS:
1 Is your goal speciﬁc and measurable? Wearing heels more often or making more money in your business is too wishy washy. Wearing heels Monday to Friday and paying yourself a weekly wage of $1,000 can be tracked. 2 Does your goal get your juices going? If you aren’t inspired to achieve your goal, you probably won’t bother. Think about how it will make you feel, pop a picture on your fridge or the screen saver on your phone to remind you what you’re aiming for.
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3 What steps do you need to take to achieve your goal? Maybe you need to download a free money tracking app (head to the Moneysmart website for a great one), buy a how-to book, enrol in a course or hire an expert. 4 Is your goal realistic? If your goal is to make sales of $1 million in six months
and your last year’s sales were $5,000 then you may need to sit down and do the maths to see if it is achievable. 5 When is your deadline? Are you going to achieve success within a month, a quarter, six months, a year? Set a date and mark it in your calendar.
6 Tell people. Nothing makes you stick to a plan like having to front up to people and tell them you’ve quit. Tell your partner, your family, your friends, your colleagues or post it on social media. 7 Celebrate. Setting the goal is the easy part but seeing it through can be tough so when you do achieve that milestone make sure you take a moment and celebrate.
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After all the huff and puff of deadlines, the Christmas party is a welcome relief - a time to relax, let go and have fun.
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2. RESPONSIBLE SERVICE OF ALCOHOL The employer is responsible for the actions of staff, and this includes serving alcohol at a work function. Courts have held that employers can be responsible for what their employees do - even if the employee is drunk especially over negligence and injury. For example, drunk employees who fall down the stairs and injure themselves may be able to hold the employer liable.
ut it can all be soured by legal issues - bullying, sexual or other harassment, unprofessional behaviour, misconduct and workplace health and safety.
4. IF THERE’S A COMPLAINT, FOLLOW CORRECT PROCEDURES One of the most common grounds for unfair dismissal is that the employer did not follow procedural fairness in dismissing the employee. Correct procedure includes allowing a support person into meetings with the employee and giving the employee a chance to address any misconduct allegations. 5. SOCIAL MEDIA
The employer must recognise the risks and put policies and systems in place to minimise them. Being sued by an employee over an incident at a Christmas party is not a great way to start the new year.
3. SUPERVISION An incident happening outside work hours and at another non-work location may not relieve the employer of responsibility. There are exceptions to “out of hours” conduct which may also constitute grounds for unfair dismissal, such as:
These steps may not eliminate the incidents but will go a long way to reducing them.
• Conduct which can cause or contribute to serious damage to the relationship between the employer and employee; • Conduct that can damage the employer’s interests; or • Conduct that is incompatible with the employee’s duty.
1. PUT POLICIES IN PLACE Everyone wants to enjoy the party without feeling scrutinised, but a clear policy avoids misunderstandings. Employees need to know what is and isn’t acceptable, and the employer must always act consistently and reasonably.
Party banter often continues after the event, with shared recollections and photographs. Emails, Facebook and Twitter are used in post-party chat, but employers should be aware of any inappropriate conversations. Harassment and bullying claims can often occur online and employers should ensure that all employees are clear on - and reminded about - company policies over social media, even if the staff are not at work. Have a Merry Christmas.
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Travelling Solo DOESN’T HAVE TO BE LONELY….
One of our local travel experts, Kerrie Fellowes, tells us about the amazing experience travelling solo in India.
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hether travelling alone by choice or circumstance, it can be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do.
About 12 months ago I had a vision – I was looking for something and wasn’t sure what it was. As a busy working mother and the hectic pace of the life we live these days, I had an idea that I needed to take some time out. I stumbled across a trip on Facebook that captured my attention – it read “Soulful India” Escapes for women. After reading the details I thought wow – India is not somewhere that has been high on my list of places to visit but everyone I know that has been has absolutely loved it. So with my husband’s blessing, I paid my deposit and locked in my spot. The itinerary was fabulous and I was excited, scared and nervous all at the same time about travelling with a small group of 10 women who I didn’t even know. But most of
all I was proud that I had made the decision to go and do something out of my comfort zone. The trip was amazing and we visited some wonderful cities and sights. From the crazy rickshaw ride through the narrow lane ways of Delhi, to the touching Artes Ceremony on the banks of the Ganges river. It was hard to choose one favorite, but a few of the standouts for me were seeing the Taj Mahal in all her glory at dawn and dusk and the hot air balloon ride over Jaipur. However, the one thing that will stay with me forever was being a part of Holi Festival and the celebrations that go with it. Holi is a traditional Hindu festival that celebrates the end of winter and the beginning of spring. We visited a local family’s house for a few hours eating the food they prepared for us and also had a ball playing around with the coloured powder and water soakers like we were kids again. India certainly has left me with a love to go back and explore more of this wonderful country and to also
start organising small escapes / retreats for women to other countries that they would never have thought of travelling to themselves. It was time for me, my heart, my soul and my mind. It was an amazing way to take time out of everyday life and to experience a country with other like minded women. India is a country rich in colour, heritage, values and beliefs. I was able to learn so much about the Indian way of life and the gorgeous people while learning so much about myself. I’m forever grateful to have been able to share in such an amazing experience. Travelling solo as part of a small escorted group can be one of the best ways to travel with like minded people from all walks of life. These trips can be to specific countries or they can be targeting a special interest or hobby. If you are thinking about travelling alone or would like to explore some of the beaten track destinations, we can certainly find the perfect trip for you.
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Congratulations to our October ‘All Star’ Matt Alcock.
hat an amazing young man Matt is. A South Penrith local and Year 12 student at Jamison High School, Matt is balancing his Year 12 studies with his heavy training schedule ( a crazy 28 hours a week)! Matt and his partner are members of the National gymnastics squad and recently emerged as Champions from the National Clubs competition. They are working towards qualifying for the Youth Olympics in Barcelona next year. Thanks to the inspiring Jessica Fox - Canoe Slalom Athlete who came in to present Matt with his award. Congratulations Matt and we wish you all the best for your upcoming selections. REMEMBER Nominate your favourite “All Star” and they could win $250 to help with their training and $250 for the club or association. For terms and conditions and to nominate, head to: www.southlandsshoppingcentre.com.au
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Horoscopes By Sherrynne Dalby
(23 NOV – 22 DEC)
Capricorn (23 DEC – 20 JAN) While you may not be the grinch, the festive season doesn’t excite you as much as it does others. You don’t mind catching up with family and sharing fine food and drink but all the other fuss can be a pain. So enjoy what you enjoy and leave the rest to others. There may be delays in finalising deals, documents etc. Instead of becoming frustrated use the extra time to relax a little. Everything will move forward again in the new year and no matter how much you fume, it won’t change. This time of year is perfect for practising relaxation.
Pisces (20 FEB – 20 MAR)
Ruling Planet: Jupiter Sign:
The Archer (Centaur)
Dark blue, purple and violet
This is your annual time for renewal. Happy Solar return Sagittarius. 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 Sagittarius this year, that is from 22 November until 22 December and covers all those born under the sign of the Archer. The coming month will give you a snapshot of the year ahead. Pay attention to what is going on around your birthday for clues. November birthdays may feel a little disillusioned, make sure you understand the situation fully to prevent misunderstandings. Early December birthdays may find romance easier to navigate in 2018. Make sure you take off the rose coloured glasses though. Mid December birthdays have the opportunity for new beginnings. When opportunity knocks make sure you open the door and then choose the road less travelled. Overall an exciting and creative year ahead for Sagittarius, just keep your eyes wide open and your feet on the ground.
Virgo (23 AUG -22 SEP) Home and family is where your heart and energy are at the moment. You revel in company while spending time in your castle now. You may not be the life of the party but you are enjoying what is going on around you. Although you can be the shy retiring type, that is not so appealing right now, so make the most of your current mood. You may find yourself going over old ground at times and while this may be annoying or even painful for you, it is necessary in order to look at life through a different lens.
As 2017 comes to a close, things are really heating up on the career front. If you have been lucky enough to snag some time off, make the most of it and give a thought to your colleagues. It could be that you are being asked to upgrade your qualifications either due to operational changes or you have been tagged for promotion. The only one who doesn’t have faith in your abilities is you. Make the most of these opportunities and prepare to head into new uncharted waters. Take a deep breath and dive in. You’re Pisces, that’s what you do best.
Taurus (21 APR - 20 MAY) The past few months may have been a struggle, especially where partners are concerned. You are learning a lot about yourself through others at the moment and while it may be uncomfortable, self discovery is ultimately a way of gaining lasting contentment. Your resolve grows stronger now as you are recognising your own inner strength. April birthdays may still be dealing with opposition but it can lead to positive outcomes. You will be feeling generally happier with life and within yourself around Christmas. Use that to build a positive start to the coming year. A real, lasting positive.
Cancer (21 JUN – 22 JUL) Health continues to be an overall focus for you, not necessarily your own, but the last few years may have seen you dealing with health issues. This could be simply in the form of you taking more responsibility for your health and taking preventative measures. This month’s new moon gives a helpful boost in this area. Your mind is now looking to strengthen and consolidate relationships. The next few years see this focus shift unfolding. This is overall a positive time but can also involve letting go. Leaving behind people or objects that are no longer in your best interest.
Libra (23 SEP – 22 OCT) Busy social butterfly, luckily most of the action is close to home. Always good when neighbours are also friends. You have found yourself with a little extra energy over the past few months and hopefully you utilised it well. Your energy is now moving toward financial matters and financial security will be a focus for most of the coming year. The next few months will see you laying down the foundations for that. Purchasing real estate may be a large part of that security and with the changing housing market, choosing the right time and location makes all the difference.
Aquarius (21 JAN – 19 FEB) You always seem to be extra busy at this time of year, everyone wants a piece of you, or that’s how it feels. That can certainly be the case at the moment. You don’t really mind though and are quite enjoying the social side of things. Even work and career seem to be flowing, even if somewhat hectic. Luckily you believe the saying ‘plenty of time to rest when you’re dead’. In the meantime you want to get on with living. Just be cautious of communication breakdowns, especially when juggling multiple invitations. There is the chance things can get confused, so write everything down.
Aries (21 MAR -20 APR) News on the career front may be delayed until the end of the month and perhaps even into the new year. Be patient, some things just can’t be rushed. In the meantime, it is a good use of your time to check your qualifications, if found lacking, now is the perfect time to sign up. Showing you are serious can go a long way in reaching your goal. You are looking to get serious around Christmas, and the coming year sees you laying down solid foundations for the future. New year’s resolutions can have real meaning this year.
Gemini (21 MAY – 20 JUNE) December tends to be a busy month for you but this year it feels like overload. At times you aren’t sure if you are coming or going. Use those around you to help rather than just seeing them as a hindrance. Relationships receive a boost throughout December and you may be surprised by your partner’s romantic advances. Try to take time out to slow down and smell the roses, as otherwise your hectic pace could leave you running on an empty tank as the year draws to a close. Be careful with communications and try to reduce misunderstandings.
Leo (23 JUL – 22 AUG) December is generally a positive time for fun loving Leo. Few get into the spirit more. Your generous spirit is in its element, making, purchasing and giving gifts, even if it means spending the next year paying off the credit card. Your urge to play and be creative is very strong but you still need to take care of business. Work first, play later. It will take a lot to dampen your spirits. Fed up with New Year resolutions that go in the bin with the party hats? This year choose long term plans for improving health and then stick to it.
Scorpio (23 OCT – 22 NOV) As Mars traverses through your sign, you should find yourself with a new lease on life. Energised, on top of your new found optimism, you can be unstoppable. Your financial situation is looking fairly positive overall but be cautious of overspending, especially this time of year. New ideas for adding to the coffers should be explored now, as it is the perfect time for putting new financial plans into action. This favours ideas that are close to home or working from home. Be careful to read the fine print and sign nothing unless you understand totally what you are signing.
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