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ISSUE 15 APRIL 2018

TRENT MERRIN

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CHALLENGES YOU TO DANCE #MOVEOUTOFYOURHEAD

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Welcome

IN THIS

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Hi Readers, WE L C O M E T O O UR APRIL ISSUE!

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s you can see, our cover this month is Panthers player Trent Merrin. We choose Trent because we want to celebrate his recently launched project called #moveoutofyourhead. This project is all about shining a light on mental health, which at the moment is sadly a trending topic for all the wrong reasons. #moveoutofyourhead is a social media challenge that encourages the community to talk about mental health and eliminate the stigma attached to it altogether. You can support this challenge by: • Taking a video of yourself doing your favourite dance • Uploading it to social media (because it really didn’t happen if it’s not on social media) • Challenge a friend to do the same and tag #moveoutofyourhead and @trentmerrin

In other exciting news, we have partnered up with the Luke Priddis Foundation and we cannot be more thrilled to be working with this incredible team. After our first meeting I was left completely blown away at how much work, blood, sweat and, yes, tears go into running this foundation in order to give a much needed service to our community. I left feeling so inspired, knowing that I had learnt something that can really make a difference. We have asked the team to come on board each month to write an article to educate and raise awareness about Autism, so please make sure you keep an eye out for these articles. Hope you enjoy this issue.

FEATURE Trent Merrin Challenges you to Dance

Sam

To read more about Trent and the #moveoutofyourhead challenge, head to pages 22 and 23.

>> OUR TEAM Publisher • Kimberley Kennedy kimberley@roamingpanthermagazine.com.au Editorial • editorial@roamingpanthermagazine.com.au Creative Director • Kwang Tran Manager • Samantha Foley samantha@roamingpanthermagazine.com.au Magazine Co-ordinator • Mel Bevan mel@roamingpanthermagazine.com.au Sub-editor • Kristyn Levis Journalist • Cassandra Elliott

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>> REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS • Melissa Ferrari, Counselling & Psychotherapy • Melissa Browne, Accountant at A&TA & The Money Barre • Doug Ely, York Jewellers • Maria, Fellowes & Turner Travel Associates, Penrith • Sherrynne Dalby, Author of Star Parenting • Peggy Wilcox, Mooney Real Estate • Amanda Wyllie & Marianne Arthur, Insignia Hair & Day Spa • Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice • Trish Fehon, Online Influence • Joseph Grassi, Joseph Grassi and Associates

FOOD CSIRO Low-Carb Every Day

INTERIORS - Autumn Love

>> WITH THANKS TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS FOR THIS ISSUE • Simon Gould – Luke Priddis Foundation • Trent Merrin – Penrith Panthers • Freedom Penrith

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Local Roaming THINGS TO DO

DIESEL, DIRT & TURF EXPO

FITNESS FOR AUTISM

HAWKESBURY SHOW

13-15 APRIL PANTHERS PENRITH A family-friendly event with live demos, operator challenges and lots of giveaways. Hospitality area with live music. Face painting, Little Big Rigs live display and the motor cross show.

20-22 APRIL HAWKESBURY SHOWGROUND Step right up and experience a local show like no other! From stunning fireworks displays to exhilarating rides and thrills. There’s something for everyone at the 2018 Hawkesbury Show. With so much to see and do, ride and play, eat and shop - it’s three days of fun and excitement for all the family.

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hawkesburyshowground.com.au

RELAY FOR LIFE

29 APRIL JAMISON PARK, PENRITH Bring the whole family and join us for a walk, run and a picnic in the park, fitness activities, sausage sizzle, drinks, face painting and rides to increase Autism awareness in our community. Check in from 9:00am. lukepriddisfoundation.com

7-8 APRIL PENRITH PACEWAY, PENRITH Relay For Life is a chance for the Penrith community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and raise money for the Cancer Council to help save more lives. relayforlife.org.au

COLLECTOR’S PLANT FAIR 7-8 APRIL HAWKESBURY RACE CLUB Australia’s most treasured plant fair will be bigger than ever with over 80 specialist growers from all across Australia. There will be thousands of plants, pickles, pots, books, quality garden workwear and delicious food. collectorsplantfair.com

SUNDAY

15th

APRIL

FITNESS

YOGA @ THE MONDO

BOOK NOW COMING SOON!

BlueMountainsTheatre.com

4723 5050

104-106 Macquarie Road Springwood 8

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PENRITH LAKES PARKRUN

WEDNESDAY MORNINGS 7AM - 8AM THE MONDO, PENRITH PLAZA Located at the Mondo, between Westfield, the Library and The Joan. Enjoy free yoga classes.

EVERY SATURDAY PENRITH LAKES & NEPEAN RIVER Get fit, be outdoors and enjoy the best of Penrith. Anyone can join in, whatever pace! Register online to be timed, just bring along a printed copy of your barcode. On the river, it’s a timed event for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. Held at the Nepean River, Parkrun utilises the Jamison Road pathway and parts of Tench Reserve.

westfield.com.au

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Local Roaming LOCAL MUSIC

JOHN WATSON’S PIANO MAN SHOW

ZENRASA

THE TEN SOPRANOS

AN EVENING AT THE PROMS

BO CERRUDO

11 APRIL BLUE MT THEATRE & HUB Sydney’s legendary ‘Piano Man’ and his acclaimed band present a first-class entertainment of favourite piano songs and music. Relive the hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s and singalong.

15 APRIL BLUE MT THEATRE & HUB Be captivated in this Sunday afternoon concert grounded in traditional Japanese and Indian melodies and rhythms, ZenRasa seeks to awaken and liberate.

18 MARCH BLUE MT THEATRE & HUB Showcasing the talents of 10 vocally gifted singers, creating possibly the most powerful all female group in Australia. Led by multiaward winning acclaimed soprano, Penny Pavlakis.

5 MAY PANTHERS PENRITH Acclaimed violinist Ian cooper is joined by an array of performers to evoke the sheer exuberance of “An Afternoon At The Proms”, the famous BBC Proms Concerts of London’s Royal Albert Hall.

21 APRIL ROOTY HILL RSL A career spanning over 25 years, Bo Cerrudo has reinvented himself by going back to his musical roots and performing his own renditions of mainstream and classical music. Bo’s passion for romantic pop ballads and mainstream Top 40 music is evident through his live performances, fusing a touch of opera with his classical roots.

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penrith.panthers.com.au

rootyhillrsl.com.au

ANZACS FOREVER

AUSTRALIAN HAYDN ENSEMBLE

25 APRIL THE JOAN Special Anzac Show: Morning Melodies pays special tribute to the ANZACs with ANZACs Forever, a nostalgic stroll down memory lane. Be prepared for tears and smiles as war time favourites have you remembering legacies of the past.

20 APRIL THE JOAN The Australian Haydn Ensemble has rapidly claimed a place among Australia’s finest period orchestras and chamber music groups. A thrilling program of Handel and Mozart arias from Agrippina, The Magic Flute and Marriage of Figaro.

thejoan.com.au

thejoan.com.au

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Aussie Dolls 9am – 12 Midday Two Fires - Chisel Barnes show 5pm – 8pm

TWO UP 1pm – 4.30pm Castle Lounge

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THE ORCHID & THE CROW

Local Roaming LOCAL SHOWS

SERIOUSLY FUNNY STORIES AND SONGS JOHN WAITE

PLAYING AT THE JOAN FRIDAY 18 MAY 7.30PM BOOKINGS 4723 7600 | thejoan.com.au Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre 597 High Street Penrith

3 MAY BLUE MT THEATRE & HUB Direct from Vegas. This new multimedia concert will be presented in two parts and features all of the Bee Gees’ classic hits in a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

13 APRIL THE JOAN Take an exciting musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all time in this spectacular celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons! With a sensational cast of award-winning West End singers and dancers, complete with a live band on stage, you don’t want to miss this musical extravaganza!

penrith.panthers.com.au

bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au

thejoan.com.au

DAN SULTAN: KILLER SOLO TOUR

CHINESE WISTERIA – NATURE IS SPEAKING

27 APRIL BLUE MT THEATRE & HUB Just Dan Sultan, his piano and guitar, playing tracks from his three-time ARIAnominated 2017 album Killer alongside old favourites in a very intimate setting.

7 & 8 APRIL ROOTY HILL RSL Legacy, the world’s greatest tribute to the world’s greatest entertainer, MJ. A full-scale production with a live band, the dance, and the music. Starring William Hall as Michael Jackson.

14 APRIL PANTHERS PENRITH Free members show. The Huaxing Arts Group performs 13 dance works, in Chinese classical, folk and contemporary dance conveying the beauty of nature, and ties to humans.

thejoan.com.au

bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au

rootyhillrsl.com.au

penrith.panthers.com.au

Local Markets PENRITH REGION

BLUE MOUNTAINS REGION

THE WESTIES MARKETS

GLENBROOK ROTARY MARKETS

EVERY THIRD SUNDAY - 15 APRIL At the Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School Great Western Hwy, Emu Plains. Stallholders will be trading local produce, handmade, one off fashion items and homewares, freshly made ready to eat gourmet treats as well as delicious food to take home along with live music.

FARMERS MARKET • FIRST SATURDAY Local shoppers stock up on organic fruit and veggies, sourdough bread, home-baked cakes and biscuits, pickles, jams and honey and lots of other goodies.

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RICHMOND GOOD FOOD MARKET EVERY SATURDAY Featuring local fresh produce and food in Richmond Park, corner March and Windsor Streets, Richmond. richmondmarket.com.au

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MICHAEL JACKSON: LEGACY SHOW

3 & 8 MAY THE JOAN Anh Do’s stage show takes his bestselling book a step further, combining stand-up comedy with real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell his amazing story.

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NEW JERSEY NIGHTS

6 APRIL PANTHERS PENRITH On his first Australian tour, John Waite will be supported by Sarah Mcleod performing his catalogue of some of the most loved songs from the 80’s and 90’s hits from his career.

ANH DO – THE HAPPIEST REFUGEE

Daniel Tobias draws us into the inspiring tale of his near-death experience in a comedy about an atheist surviving cancer by finding God in Lance Armstrong with songs!

THE AUSTRALIAN BEE GEES SHOW

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


Local Roaming

Grounds AROUND THE

Western Sydney Wanderers

Round 26

A LEAGUE - SOCCER

YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SPORT THIS MONTH.

 Sat 7 Apr, 5.35pm  Wanderers v Roar  ANZ Stadium

Round 27

AUTUMN SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS AT THE JOAN

 Sun 15 Apr, 5pm  Wanderers v Adelaide  ANZ Stadium

GWS Giants

Penrith Panthers

AFL - FOOTY

NRL - RUGBY LEAGUE

Round 5

 Sun 8 Apr, 4.10pm  Panthers v Eels  ANZ Stadium

Round 3

 Sat 7 Apr, 7.25pm  Giants v Swans  SCG

Round 6

 Sun 15 Apr, 2pm  Panthers v Titans  Panthers Stadium

Round 4

 Sat 14 Apr, 1.45pm  Giants v Fremantle  UNSW

Round 7

 Sun 22 Apr, 4.10pm  Panthers v Sharks  Southern Cross Group Stdm

Round 5

 Sat 21 Apr, 1.45pm  Giants v St Kilda  Etihad Stadium

Round 8

 Fri 27 Apr, 7.50pm  Panthers v Bulldogs  Panthers Stadium

Round 6

 Sat 28 Apr, 4.35pm  Giants v Lions  Spotless Stadium

Round 7

 Fri 4 May, 7.52pm  Giants v Geelong  GMHBA Stadium

ANZAC DAY

The Joan Holiday Theatre Workshops (Ages 8 - 17) | 23 & 24 April Specialised theatre making workshops for young performing artists. This is an excellent opportunity for young artists to dive deep into their imaginations and explore techniques in performing arts creation, as well as sharing the experiences with new friends in the school holidays. Dates, times, prices and ages vary, please visit thejoan.com.au for more details.

SERVICES

Lest we forget CITY OF PENRITH RSL ANZAC SUNDAY MARCH & COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE  22 APRIL | TIME: 2:30PM  LOCATION | Castlereagh Street on to High Street and into Memory Park ANZAC DAWN SERVICE  25 APRIL | TIME: 4:30AM  LOCATION | Memory Park, Woodriff Street Penrith penrithrsl.com.au

RICHMOND RSL- SUB BRANCH ANZAC SUNDAY MARCH

ANZAC DAY SERVICE

 22 APRIL | TIME: 2:30PM  LOCATION | Commencing at West Market Street and Marching to War Memorial, Richmond Park for 3pm service.

 25 APRIL | TIME: 9:30AM

ANZAC DAY SERVICE

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 25 APRIL | TIME: 5AM  LOCATION | War Memorial, Richmond Park DETAILS: A breakfast will be held in the carpark for the public by Lions Club (gold coin donation) a breakfast will be held for veterans only at Richmond RSL Sub branch

richmondrsl.org.au

ST MARYS RSL ANZAC SUNDAY MARCH & COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE

ANZAC DAY SERVICE  25 APRIL | TIME: 5PM

 22 APRIL | TIME: 2PM

 LOCATION | St Marys RSL Memorial in the grounds of St Marys RSL Club.

 LOCATION | Commencing at Coachman’s Park, Queen Street St Marys, March concludes at Victoria Park, Great Western Highway.

RICHMOND CLUB

stmarysrsl.com.au

DETAILS: After the Services, all attending are invited back to St Marys RSL Club for light refreshments. After the dawn service all special guests and sub-Branch Members (and their family) are invited to breakfast in the club. The St Marys RSL Club Ltd will also offer a breakfast for all other attendees at a small cost. All in the community are invited to attend and participate in these commemorations.

 LOCATION | Richmond Club DETAILS: Anzac Day commemorative service featuring local schools. This service is for the elderly and those not attending dawn services. Followed by Two-Up, under the big top on the green.

GLENBROOK – BLAXLAND RSL SUB BRANCH (GLENBROOK PANTHERS) ANZAC DAY SERVICE  25 APRIL TIME: 5:30AM - Rum call with the diggers 6:00AM - Dawn service at the clubs war memorial

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Sydney Dance Company & The Joan Holiday Dance Workshops (Ages 8 - 16) | 23 - 27 April These workshops provide a fun and focused environment for young people to improve their dance technique and learn new routines under the direction of professional teachers and choreographers. They are designed for passionate young dancers - boys and girls - with some previous experience.

 LOCATION | Glenbrook Panthers

Dates, times, prices and ages vary, please visit thejoan.com.au for more details.

ANZAC DAY MARCH

BOOKINGS

 25 APRIL | TIME: 10AM

4723 7600 | thejoan.com.au Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre 597 High Street Penrith

 LOCATION | Clubs War Memorial DETAILS: Commencing in Park on South side of Highway and finishing at Glenbrook Panthers followed by a remembrance service at 10.30am

glenbrook.panthers.com.au

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School Holidays

School Holiday FUN

THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER. PLAN AHEAD WITH THESE ACTIVITIES WE’VE PICKED AND KEEP YOUR KIDS ENTERTAINED.

JOSEPHINE WANTS TO DANCE     

PENRITH ICE PALACE SKATING CENTRE     

27 April, 10am & 12pm Suitable for ages 4 – 9 Adult $25, Children $20, Family $76. Check for specials The Joan, 597 High Street, Penrith NSW 2750 thejoan.com.au

A story about dreams, believing in yourself and a dancing kangaroo. Josephine Wants to Dance is a brand new Australian musical based on the hugely popular picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley.

Check online for public sessions Suitable for all ages From $10 single entry to $70 family entry 7 Patty’s Place Jamisontown penrithicepalace.com.au

LAH-LAH’S 10TH BIRTHDAY PARTY     

Get ready for the colder weather, or escape the heat outside by heading down to Penrith’s Olympic sized ice skating centre and hop on the ice for some good old fashioned fun. With public sessions available throughout the holidays and Friday night discos, this is a great activity that the whole family can enjoy.

16 April, 10am Suitable for 2 - 7 year olds $26.50 - Children 12 months and under are free 104-108 Macquarie Road, Springwood NSW 2777 bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au

Come and party with the stars of ABC KIDS Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band as they celebrate their 10th birthday at Blue Mountains Theatre. It’s an hour of singing and dancing fun full of Lah-Lah hits and laughs. And don’t forget, everyone gets to meet the band, and the instruments, after the show. It’s going to be a great party, and you’re invited!

SEUSSICAL     

AUSTRALIAN PIONEER VILLAGE  Check online for dates  Suitable for all ages  Adults $5, School Kids $3 (Kids under 5 years - Free) Family $15 (2 adults and 2 school-aged Kids)

 Rose Street, Wilberforce NSW 2756  theapv.org.au Step back in time and see what life was like for Australians who lived here over 100 years ago. Walk down main street and visit the old stores or hop on the Miniature Train which operates every Tuesdays and Wednesdays during School Holidays. Visit the farm animals or take part in the special Colonial at the Village craft days, there’s something for all!

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13 April - 21 April: Multiple sessions available A musical for kids and all ages! Adult $40, Concession $35, Group (10+) $35 The Joan, 597 High Street, Penrith NSW 2750 thejoan.com.au

Enter the magical world of Seuss and experience an interactive performance that promises great fun for the family! Seussical is based on the works of Dr Seuss and weaves together his most famous tales and characters from at least 15 of his books. Traveling everywhere from the Jungle of Nool to McEligott’s Pool, some of the characters fall in love, some have desperate adventures, and some even save the world.

ART CLUB KIDS  For more information on booking and prices please go to website.

 145 Grose Road, Faulconbridge NSW 2777  artclubkids.com Come along and get crafty at Art Club Kids, where there will be two workshops held these school holidays - Harry Pottery and the Muggle mugs. Stay for a magical day of creative play. Using clay, you will make your own Dumbledores Dragons and a muggle mug to drink your potions from. We will have fun making a special wand to help the magic along. Come dressed in your favourite Harry Potter outfit and you could win a magical prize.


Spotlight

Baby et Lulu

Award nominated Baby et Lulu accompanied by their six-piece band return to the Blue Mountains Theatre for a show of gorgeous French music, full of joie de vivre, seductive harmony, and that Baby et Lulu je ne sais quoi!

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ara Goodridge (FourPlay String Quartet) and Abby Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride) combine their amazing talents in an explosion of French chic that will have you thinking you are in a Parisian Café. A heady combination of feminine couture – from elegant to va va voom, seductive and witty banter,

romantic chansons sung exquisitely in French, and the extraordinary musicianship of the band,  leaves audiences enraptured. It is no surprise then, that Baby et Lulu continue to attract new devotees at their festival appearances and sold-out shows across Australia.

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Just plain irresistible    The Music

EVENT DETAILS Baby et Lulu 

Saturday 28 April, 8pm 

Très charismatic pairing of sexy songstresses”

Adult $38 | Concession $36 

The Australian

It is impossible not to be charmed by the hypnotic voices of Baby et Lulu The Arts Hub

EVENT IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub  104 - 108 Macquarie Road Springwood 4723 5050  bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au 

Bosom Buddies

She is Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre. He is Australia’s favourite song and dance man. Together on stage, these two stars are brightly shining.

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ancye Hayes and Todd McKenney are pals, chums, bosom buddies. Both are multi award winners and true showbiz legends. In this new show, they reflect on their stage careers and their lives off stage as well as on! They sing, they dance, they reminisce – about the lows as well as the highs. They tell backstage stories never before told and they show video footage never before seen. This true story is, in turns, moving, poignant and hilarious. As part of each performance the audience is invited to ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask. Answers guaranteed!

Nancye Hayes is a master in keeping an audience riveted The Age

Kenney outshines the sequins on his shirts Herald Sun

EVENT DETAILS

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 Bosom Buddies

 4723 7600

 17 Apr 7.30, 18 Apr 11am & 7.30pm

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Spotlight

Roy Orbison & Johnny Cash THE MEN IN BLACK TOUR

Internationally renowned artist Dean Bourne and acclaimed Country singer Chris Callaghan will take you on a magical celebration of the iconic hits of superstars Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash Together In Concert in The Men In Black Tour. A must see show for anyone who wants to relive the sound, the voice and all of the magical hits of Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash in an exciting two hour concert experience that is much like the men themselves – unforgettable.

EVENT DETAILS

A must see show for anyone who wants to relive... the magical hits of Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash.

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 Roy Orbison & Johnny Cash: The Men in Black Tour

 Saturday 21 April 2018  Doors Open 7.30pm | Show starts 8pm  $59.90  EVAN Theatre 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith, NSW 2750  1300 PANTHERS OR 1800 061 991  penrith.panthers.com.au

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Community

Reawaken Your Spirit OF ADVENTURE

Penrith Council believes that ‘old’ is just a state of mind, which is why we hold the Reimagine Ageing Festival every year. This year’s Festival runs from April 4-15.

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he Festival is a free event for ‘seniors’ that will reawaken your spirit of fun and adventure, no matter how ‘old’ you are or feel.

Penrith Mayor Cr John Thain said this year’s Festival is taking the idea of ‘reimagining ageing’ to a new level. “The Festival program is focusing on the question ‘who says getting older means slowing down?’, which is great,” Cr Thain said.

“Age isn’t what it used to be. After all, 60 is the new 40 and I think it’s really important that we provide experiences, opportunities and adventure for ‘seniors’ that are creative and vibrant,” he said. We’re inviting the whole community to come to the Mondo greenspace (between Westfield and the Joan) to kick the Festival off with a bang on Wednesday, April 4 from 9.30am – 1.30pm with free food, activities, classes and entertainment. Whether you want to chill out and enjoy some music, get your groove on with some Brazilian drumming and dancing, challenge your friends to a game of tennis, be creative with cupcake decorating and the ‘Colours of Yesterday’ mural, or capture memories with your friends in a photobooth, there is something for everyone to enjoy. After the launch, there will be two weeks of free activities across the Penrith region, including lunch

discounts, tech classes, exercise classes, movie mornings, and a selfie event. Make sure you pick up a copy of the Festival booklet, which lists all the activities and events during the Festival and beyond! You can grab a copy from local businesses and organisations, including Council offices, the Penrith Library and Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest. JOIN US...

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WHY AND WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO OPEN THE LOANS SUITE?

I started TLS in September 2016, after working for 17 years in the banking work across three majors. I loved caring about my clients and giving good customer service. Being in the banks their focus is always on sales and the next dollar that you make. I found that working under the sales pressure was not being able to give the service I wanted to give. I love how I can help clients achieve their dreams and give my guidance along the way to make this happen. I work closely with my clients and will find them a solution, be it a first home buyer to a well-established investor, I am always on the lookout for the best solution to meet their financial needs. Our point of differecen is we look at the entire financial situation of our client and we then cater to their plans and their goals and their budget with how we can protect them, save them money and sometimes make them money! 2 HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING IN

THE INDUSTRY? I started in NAB in 1999 as a Teller at Silverwater Branch and travelled in and out of the city numerous times for position changes and to further my career with the bank. I then moved into Personal Lending, Private Banking and then over to Commercial banking for the last seven years of my career in the banks with CBA and ANZ. A quick stint at Mortgage Choice gave me the understanding of the Mortgage Broking world and opened up my eyes to endless opportunities where we are not restricted to one lender we can now offer many which really does work for the best solution for the client. 3 TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM

Myself and Daniel are based in Penrith (in the office of Bespoke Property Group in the Abcoe Centre). I also have established a client base and work closely with a real

estate in Shellharbour area and look after Illawarra clients along with Lee Conquest who is our Broker in Bowral, Southern Highlands. We have a admin support person who helps us with all the backend work and also looking at putting on a few new brokers under The Loans Suite brand in the coming months. We all work closely together and have a really good network of other businesses we recommend such as conveyancers, accountants and book keepers. 4 WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE AND

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOUR POINT OF DIFFERENCE IS? We look after all financing needs for our clients. For first home buyers, we hold their hand all the way along, Daniel is the specialist in this field. We do commercial and business lending, car and equipment finance, home loans and also work with our clients to get them ready for a financial planner to meet with them to go over their insurance needs, as this is something that people forget about is making sure that if a life event happened are they covered. I specialise in Self Managed Super Funds and property acquisition through the client's own SMSF fund. 5 WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT

YOUR WORK? Being able to help people achieve their financial goals and dream homes! There is nothing more satisfying than working with a client, to help them onto a budget and to work with them to help purchase their first home or buy a new home, even to save a self employed business thousands of dollars in restructuring their finances so that they have a more positive outcome. 6 ANY HIGHLIGHTS OR ACHIEVEMENTS THAT

YOU ARE PROUD OF? I am nominated for three awards at the Better Business Awards. My nominations are Best Newcomer, Best office under five, and Best customer service award - that alone is a major achievement. Another highlight for me, if you asked me 12 months ago where I saw myself now I would not have expected my brand to be growing like it is and to have brokers wanting to come and work at The Loans Suite.

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WHAT YOU DO? I think the most rewarding aspect is that I have the freedom to work around my children and family life and I can still satisfy my clients and get the testimonials that I can get. 8 HOW HAS YOUR BUSINESS GROWN OR

CHANGED OVER THE YEARS? In 18 months of starting out on my own in my study at home, we now have a few brokers and an office and a growing list of people wanting to be a broker with The Loans Suite. The growth of the business has been amazing and it is all down to being focused and hard work. One thing I tell all my business clients when starting up a business is to have a business plan, with your goals and plans for your future. I missed this part and didnt have a plan and just went into it to see where I would get to. Just going with the flow and evolving with the change, I always get asked where do I see myself in the next six to12 months and it's always the same response "whereever I end up making people smile along the way". I have no major plans just to keep going how I am and keep my family and clients happy. 9 WHAT IS THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS?

• Go with the flow, make it happen • GET IT DONE (our famous hashtag #GID) • Work hard, play harder • Be contactable and make your clients feel like they matter. 10 WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT

BEING PART OF THIS COMMUNITY? I love that we all get in and support each other whether it is business or personal. This community has such a supportive spirit! LET THE LOANS SUITE HELP YOU Contact The Loans Suite today on 4733 4417 to see how they can look after you.

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e spoke to owner Neville Anshaw about his business and we couldn’t believe that Hi-Craft has been trading in Emu Plains since 1959. He currently has over 40 staff that are from the local area. To say Neville likes to support local is an understatement! 1

WHEN DID THE BUSINESS START?

Hi-Craft Home Improvements is a family owned and operated company which started back in 1959 and the same family own and run it today at the same location in Emu Plains. We have come to be quite a landmark in the local landscape with our growing and changing showroom on the main intersection. 2 TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM AND THE

SERVICES YOU PROVIDE. We have a very proud and dedicated team with over 40 local staff including some that have been with us for over 20 years. Our design consultants have the best product knowledge in the industry and truly enjoy bringing homeowners' visions to life and transforming homes. Our established expertise sets us apart from competitors as well as offering a full scope of services to our customers from design consultation to planning

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YOUR WORK? It is so rewarding to hear back from customers once we have completed their new living space about how happy they are with the quality of finishes but even more so about how they are enjoying the new lifestyle it offers them. People love being proud to entertain at home as well as knowing the structure is an investment in adding value to their homes for the future.

6 WHAT IS THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS?

The biggest key to our success is our customer service and constant communication throughout the various processes so customers are always informed. All our structures are custom designed to suit the required needs and we treat each job as if it were our own homes and ensure the quality is of the highest standard. The true testament to our excellence is the number of referrals and repeat customers we have.

4 ANY HIGHLIGHTS OR ACHIEVEMENTS THAT

YOU ARE PROUD OF? It is very rare in today’s day and age to find a company that has stayed true to it’s original mission and we have! We have grown to be a large company in the industry and have set innovation in design but still are a local family business at the end of the day making homeowners dreams a reality. We are an Australian company who use Australian made products in our designs. It is important to us to have working relationships with Australia’s leading building material manufacturers.

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WORKING AND LIVING IN THIS COMMUNITY? We appreciate the local community giving us a home at Emu Plains and being a local company we employ local staff who all enjoy working where they live. We relish working with suppliers and customers who have like minded ethics and work together in this industry.

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CHANGED OVER THE YEARS? There have been many changes over the years – the way people live at home has changed as alfrescos have been integrated as an extension of living spaces and bring the outdoors in and we have adapted our designs to follow these trends. In terms of our processes, we used to sketch the structures by hand and now we are able to give customers a true to life drawing with 3D imaging. The manufacturing process

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WHY AND WHEN WAS LPF FOUNDED?

Established in 2006, the Luke Priddis Foundation was started by Luke and Holly Priddis when their third son, Cooper, was diagnosed with Autism. They discovered a lack of services and awareness of Autism in Western Sydney and wanted to build something that would support other families, like theirs, living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) . Luke, at the time a successful first grade Rugby League player with Penrith Panthers, used his public profile to start the foundation. 2

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING  WITH LPF?

I started with the Foundation in December 2013 as the events and corporate sales manager. In October 2014 I took over as general manager which is the role I still hold. 3

TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM.

It’s important to note that we all pitch in around here. Navigating the autism journey is a team effort. We have a skeleton team of full time staff supported by casual staff and volunteers. Clinically, we have qualified Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology and Psychology that conduct sessions and facilitate programs but aside from that, we pitch in and do whatever needs to be done. From cleaning to the toilet and vacuuming the floor, answering phones and representing the Foundation at events, everyone gets involved. I really couldn’t do half of what I do without all of them.

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WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE AND  WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOUR POINT OF DIFFERENCE IS?

We provide a whole range of services including Speech and Language Therapy, Autism-specific Occupational Therapy, Psychology and Diagnosis, Sensory Integration, Early Intervention, Behavioural Management, Social and Living Skill Development, NDIS Planning, Co-ordination of Supports and NDIS Plan Management. We have support groups for parents, safe space for kids and a huge point of difference is the emotional support we provide families. We’re building a community around those who need us. A place that’s there when it feels like no one else is, to lean on, to vent or to find some answers that doesn’t include google. 5

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT  YOUR WORK?

Even on the worst day, the hardest day, when nothing is going the way I thought it would, I can make a positive difference in someone’s life. It could be listening and providing emotional support, helping navigate an NDIS plan or fighting for acceptance in daily life, we make a real difference in the lives of people living with Autism. 6

ANY HIGHLIGHTS OR ACHIEVEMENTS THAT  YOU ARE PROUD OF?

Eighteen months ago the Foundation had four staff and we were in a small office at Mission Australia Kingswood. Make no mistake, it took an army of amazing supporters to get it that far, but since then we’ve built the LPF Centre for Autism, a purpose designed and built facility providing therapy services, parent support, social and living skills for people of all ages with ASD and we’re planning even bigger things this year. I’m immensely proud of what this team has been able to achieve.

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HOW HAS YOUR BUSINESS GROWN OR  CHANGED OVER THE YEARS?

The Foundation was initially conceived to provide support services to families dealing with the daily struggles of life on the Autism Spectrum. Over time we’ve morphed into a genuinely multi-disciplinary Autism-specific Centre, with a truly whole family approach in catering to people of all ages and at all stages of the spectrum. It’s been a wild and challenging ride but I wouldn’t have changed a thing. 8

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT  BEING PART OF THIS COMMUNITY?

Wow, where do I even start? As amazing as Luke and Holly are, and as dedicated and wonderful as this team is, we wouldn’t be where we are without this community. They never shy away from the tough issues. They ALWAYS step up when they’re needed and they are so deeply generous. I love everything about being part of this community. 9

HOW CAN THE COMMUNITY HELP YOU  CONTINUE YOUR INCREDIBLE WORK?

Get involved. Be aware. Come to our events. We have Fitness 4 Autism on April 29, the Luke Priddis Foundation Golf Day on May 11 and our annual Spring Ball on October 20 (tickets for all events are available on our website at www.lukepriddisfoundation.com). Most of all, think differently. When you see someone with a child having a meltdown, don’t automatically assume they're having a tantrum. Just ask yourself the question, I wonder if that person is ok? I wonder if that parent needs help. The world can be a scary place for people with ASD and what they need most is our understanding and our support.


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Young people don’t know where to get help for mental illness because it’s not a topic that we talk about often. I want to help change that.

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orn in Sydney, Merrin grew up in the inner west suburb of Sydenham until his teens, when his family moved to Wollongong. When he was 14, he weighed 110kg and was the recipient of bullying and constant teasing. At one point, he was not able to buy a school uniform that would fit him. This is something Merrin has never forgotten. “Everyone has their own hurdles in life. Experiencing what I did as a kid taught me how to overcome a problem and push through. I couldn’t do it by myself though; my parents helped me a lot. I was lucky that I had their support, I know not everyone has that,” said Merrin. Having the support of his family helped Merrin find the tools he needed to set and achieve goals. It also helped him find ways to cope with the pressure and criticism that comes with life and with playing professional rugby league. Merrin has gone on to achieve many of his goals. He debuted in the NRL in May 2009 for the St George Illawarra Dragons, coincidentally, against the Penrith Panthers. In 2010, he won a Premiership with the Dragons. In 2011, Merrin first represented New South Wales and to date he has played in 13 Origin matches. In 2015, he first pulled on the green and gold jersey and in 2016 he helped Australia claim the Four Nations title, scoring a try in the final. Merrin joined the Penrith Panthers in 2016. During this season, his leadership qualities were evident, both on and off the field and he was awarded the 2016 Merv Cartwright Medal. In 2017, he was recognised as the Penrith Panthers Clubman of the Year. For those who do not have a strong family support system and may be going through hard times, knowing where to go to get help can be a huge problem. According to the National Mental Health Commission, many issues that go on to develop into mental health problems in adolescence and adulthood can be identified, prevented and managed if help is received in childhood. The importance of knowing where to get help can improve adult mental health. Merrin, who is studying towards a Bachelor of Psychology, says he is very concerned about the high rate of youth mental health and youth suicide in Australia. “Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between five and 17 years old. That’s a horrific statistic that needs to change,” said Merrin.

Suicide stems from mental illness and one in five Australians will experience mental illness or a problem linked to mental health in their lifetime. Alarmingly, only one in four will receive professional help. “Young people don’t know where to get help for mental illness because it’s not a topic that we talk about often. I want to help change that,” Merrin said. To shine a light on where to get help, Merrin has designed a social media challenge entitled #moveoutofyourhead. The challenge encourages the community to film themselves doing a dance, upload it to their social media and then challenge a friend to do the same. Those who do not want to dance are encouraged to donate to Kids Helpline.

I really hope that this message, which is so important to me, can help change someone’s life for the better.

When Merrin needs to move out of his head, he finds dancing useful. His unique dancing style has become recognised after a number of post-game shed videos went viral on social media.

of anxiety, depression and clinical disorders. As well as those who feel bullied, alone, stressed, scared or who are struggling with pressure, sexuality, relationships, divorce, rivalry and abuse. Self-harm and youth suicide are also critical issues for young people today.

“I’m quite fond of doing a little dance to celebrate winning a game. I also love to dance when I need to move the energy from my head, down to my body. So I think this challenge is the perfect way to get this vital message across in a fun, interactive way,” said Merrin.

In the past year, 23 per cent of calls to Kids Helpline were regarding mental health, 18 per cent were about family relationships, 17 per cent about emotional wellbeing, 13 per cent were suicide-related, and 13 per cent were about dating and partner relationships.

The challenge has the support of Kids Helpline, which is Australia’s only free and confidential 24/7 phone, web chat or email counselling service for those aged five to 25. They provide a safe house for youth to call if they want professional help and advice.

“I really hope that this message, which is so important to me, can help change someone’s life for the better. I think this challenge is a fun way to help others. Just film yourself doing a dance, upload it to your social media using #moveoutofyourhead and challenge your friends to do the same," Merrin added.

Since it started 26 years ago, Kids Helpline has received over 7.5 million contacts from those needing help. Contact can be made with Kids Helpline by phone, email or web chat. For some young people, connecting with Kids Helpline has been a life-saving experience, while for others it is about practical help and emotional support at the critical moment they need someone to listen. The purpose of the helpline is to ensure young people know they are not alone. Kids Helpline CEO Tracy Adams said, “We work hard to put services in place to support those needing help, but this is an issue for the whole community. It’s great to see projects like ‘#moveoutofyourhead’ getting behind this issue, encouraging young people to speak up and get help when they need it”. Young Australians experiencing many challenges contact Kids Helpline. These challenges may include feelings

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INGREDIENTS 9 75g mixed salad leaves 9 1 cup mixed herbs (flat-leaf parsley, basil, chives, tarragon) 9 300g cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered 9 150g zucchini, cut with a vegetable peeler into long thin ribbons 9 Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon Mustard Tahini 9 2 tablespoons tahini 9 3 teaspoons wholegrain mustard 9 Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon Rissoles 9 600g lean beef, chopped 9 1 egg 9 150g beetroot, skin scrubbed, coarsely grated 9 150g carrot, coarsely grated 9 1 clove garlic, crushed 26 26

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METHOD 1 To make the mustard tahini, mix together all the ingredients with 2–3 tablespoons warm water in a small bowl (the mixture will be quite thick). Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper. Set aside until required. You may want to add a little extra warm water before serving if it has thickened further on standing. 2

To make the rissoles, place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until minced. Using slightly damp hands, divide the mixture into 12 equal portions and roll into rissoles.

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Meanwhile, toss together the salad leaves, mixed herbs, tomato, zucchini, lemon zest and juice in a large bowl. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper. Divide among serving bowls.

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INGREDIENTS 9 70g crustless mixed grain bread, lightly toasted, chopped 9 400g salmon fillet, skin and bones removed, flesh chopped 9 250g asparagus, trimmed, cut into 4 cm lengths 9 1 tablespoon olive oil 9 1 tablespoon Moroccan spice mix 9 50g mixed salad leaves 9 50g drained artichoke hearts in brine, quartered lengthways 9 250g cherry tomatoes, sliced into rounds Loaded Hummus 9 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 9 160g hummus 9 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

9 1 tablespoon drained capers in brine, rinsed and chopped 9 2 teaspoons sumac (see note) 9 2 tablespoons finely chopped basil

Add the hot salmon mixture and any cooking juices to the salad and toss well to combine. Divide among serving plates and serve with the loaded hummus.

Preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced) and line a large baking tray with baking paper.

Note: You can replace the sumac with sweet paprika if preferred.

To make the loaded hummus, mix together all the ingredients in a bowl and season to taste with freshly ground black pepper. Chill until required. Combine the bread, salmon, asparagus, olive oil and spice mix in a bowl and season to taste with freshly ground black pepper. Spread out over the prepared tray and bake for 10 minutes or until just cooked and golden. Meanwhile, combine the salad leaves, artichoke and tomato in a large heatproof bowl. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper.

MAKE IT PORTABLE Cool the salmon mixture completely before adding to the salad, then transfer to airtight container/s for transportation. Place the loaded hummus in a separate airtight container. Keep chilled.

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Haloumi & Chicken Frittata WITH ALMOND TOMATOES Serves 4

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8g Carb Per Serve

INGREDIENTS 9 1 tablespoon olive oil 9 600g lean chicken tenderloins, finely chopped 9 1 clove garlic, crushed 9 1 tablespoon thyme leaves, plus 2 teaspoons extra for sprinkling 9 300g button mushrooms, halved 9 300g yellow squash, sliced horizontally into rounds 9 8 eggs, lightly beaten 9 150g haloumi, chopped Almond Tomatoes 9 300g cherry tomatoes, halved 9 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 9 1 cup basil leaves 9 80g whole natural almonds, toasted and chopped METHOD 1 To make the almond tomatoes, mix together all the ingredients in a bowl and season to taste with freshly ground black pepper. Set aside until required. 2

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Reduce the heat to medium. Add the egg. Cook, shaking the pan and stirring gently for 1 minute, then continue to cook untouched for 5 minutes or until the egg is set around the edges of the pan, but still wet in the centre. Sprinkle over the haloumi and extra thyme, then cook under the grill for 2–3 minutes or until set and golden.

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Raspberry & Muesli Parfaits

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Serves 4

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INGREDIENTS 9 30g untoasted natural muesli 9 400g low-fat natural Greek-style yoghurt 9 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 9 ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon 9 200g raspberries 9 80g toasted mixed nuts (macadamias, almonds, pecans)

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Cook the muesli on the flat plate, tossing occasionally, for 3–4 minutes or until evenly golden. Transfer to a bowl.

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t the Luke Priddis Foundation we are very excited about our newly formed partnership with Roaming Magazine. Every month we’ll be giving you a sneak peek into what Autism really looks like. We will take you into a world of creativity, of astounding genius, of fun and so much LOL that you might actually pop a gasket! We’ll also show you a side of Autism that’s devastating, soul destroying and can feel like it crushes dreams and families. Both sides of Autism are a daily reality, often at the same time, and we’re going to give you an insight to what it means to be a family living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. They’re families just like yours and mine. They don’t have superpowers and they need a community around them that understands their challenges. Let’s start at the beginning. Imagine, for a minute, you’ve brought your beautiful new baby home. You’ve been waiting for this moment for months, maybe years! You’ve painted the nursery. You’ve built the cot (it

was from Ikea so it involved a lot of swearing and you had one bolt left over) and filled it with fluffy toys. You’ve celebrated with friends and family and re-mortgaged the house to afford that you-beaut stroller. You know the one, with suspension on the wheels, rain cover, height adjustable harness, leather handles, sunshade, storage pocket and a cup holder. Yeah, that one, the Fendi one from Saks Fifth Avenue online. It costs as much as a car but they’ll ship it to Australia for $10! You’ve even sussed out the local pre schools and started wondering if the apple of your eye will be a doctor, a mechanic, a lawyer or an electrician.

Fortunately the Luke Priddis Foundation, and other organisations like it, are there to pick up the pieces, to help build a community around these families, help guide them through the maze that is the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), help cushion the blows on bad days, help celebrate and laugh on good days and hold their hand on this wonderful, scary, heartbreakingly beautiful journey that is Autism. So come on the journey with us. Celebrate with us, cry with us and help us make a difference. Because Difference is magical!

Life is going beautifully, your baby is growing up, then someone delivers you the news that brings your world crashing down. They drop the ‘A-bomb’. They don’t tell you what Autism is, or really even what to expect, just that your beautiful child has it. They hand you some forms, shove you out the door and call in the next patient.

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Health

Trent Talks

TALKING HELPS YOU TO #MOVEOUTOFYOURHEAD Welcome to my first ‘Trent Talks’ column. Each month I’ll be sharing practical ways to ‘move out of your head’.

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f you’re like 99 per cent of the population, you have about 50,000 thoughts going through your mind every day. Not all of these thoughts are positive. Negative ones are in there too and sometimes they stay much longer than we’d like. Negative thoughts, if not dealt with have the potential to cause you a lot more grief down the track.

NEGATIVES OF NOT TALKING TIPS TO MOVE OUT OF YOUR HEAD I find it helpful to divide thoughts into two categories: 1

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WHO CAN I TALK TO? If you prefer not to talk to a friend or a family member, you can contact a helpline and chat confidentially. You don’t know each other, so there’s zero judgement and they are here to help.

For my bigger thoughts though, the ones I can’t just switch off from, I find talking to a close friend or my family helps me the most.

Help for adults: Lifeline also offers free, confidential advice 24/7. Call them on 13 11 14 or web chat.

BENEFITS OF TALKING Talking helps sort through feelings Explaining how you’re feeling to someone else helps to clarify your thoughts. Sometimes even saying something out loud can help simplify a thought and make it easier to understand. Talking helps put things into perspective The person you talk to may offer a new perspective on your thoughts. They may be more objective and offer solutions you may not have thought of.

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Keeping negative thoughts inside may cause confusion and the thoughts can get bigger than how they started out. Those thoughts can also easily turn into negative self-talk and an endless cycle of overthinking and worry that doesn’t get anywhere.

For small thoughts, I move out of my head by doing a dance. I break out in dance because I want to move the energy from my mind, down through my body and shake it off in a fun and less serious way. I’m a pretty ‘unique’ dancer, so more often than not, my dance moves help those around me move out of their head through laughter, which is fine by me.

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Beauty

Waxing vs Shaving When it comes to body hair removal, the ultimate question often boils down to – should you wax or should you shave?

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Shaving cuts hair off at the skin's surface, cutting off the tip of the hair (the finest part of the hair shaft), which therefore makes the hair feel and appear to be coarser. For the majority of women, shaving only lasts up to a few days before stubbles start coming back and for some women this can cause the skin to become itchy and irritated. Irritations such as razor rash and nicks from the razor are very common amongst shavers, as well as ingrown hairs. Plus, a lot of shaving creams contain ingredients that can break down the natural oils of the epidermis which can cause dry and itchy skin.

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Salon shampoos contain much higher quality ingredients and mineral based silicons that are water soluble therefore they do not strip colour or cause any type of build up/coating on the hair shaft.

Well there is, and as the old saying goes, 'you get what you pay for'.

Waxing can last anywhere from four to six weeks on the body and two to six weeks on the face depending on the individual’s hair. If you’re a newbie to waxing, you need to wait approximately two weeks after shaving for the hair to be long enough to wax and exfoliate the day before a wax to help prevent ingrown hairs.

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One question that is always on most people’s minds when it comes to their hair is what's the difference between salon professional products and super market brands? ur intuition always tells us there must be a difference between shampoos that have a price tag of $6 versus one that costs $30.

Waxing is a semi-permanent hair removal method that removes the hair from the root. With the hair being removed from the root, and especially when done repetitively, the hair grows back slower, finer, softer and, over time, sparser. This outweighs the benefits of shaving!

Professional shampoos help extend the life or your colour and the biggest bonus is not having to guess which product would be suitable for your hair because your professionally trained stylist will recommend the correct products that will suit your hair perfectly.

It is all about looking after your hair the best way possible in between salon visits, and purchasing salon products that are perfectly suited to your hair is the way to do it. Invest in your hair, it's the crown you never take off.

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Cut

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Relationships

STAYING SAFE IN THE

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Local Expert Melissa Ferrari Psychotherapist & Relationship Expert

Dating online can be a lot of fun but here are some cautions.

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ife can take many surprising turns, with unforeseen circumstances such as the breakdown of a relationship putting us back out in the dating world when we least expected it and suddenly doing things we never imagined – such as using dating apps or dating online. There are many happy stories of love, marriage and blended families which can result from the online world of digital dating. However, there are also a lot of important things to consider when it comes to protecting yourself physically and emotionally. HERE ARE MY TOP TIPS FOR ALL THOSE NEW TO ONLINE DATING:

• Be honest about your profile – e.g. no really old photos, false interests or embellished physical details. • Use photos for your profile that can’t be found elsewhere – e.g. not professional images that might lead to your work address. • Take a bit of time to get to know someone before taking it offline and meeting up.

• Don’t drink too much on the first date, daytime coffee dates are a great idea. • Look out for red flags, such as bad grammar if they say they went to university or a resistance to meeting up – if it seems too good to be true, it usually is. • Have fun – don’t take every non-swipe or lack of response too personally, and don’t invest yourself emotionally until you’re sure they’re a good match for you.

• Do a background check via google if you have enough details. • Don’t give money to anyone, even if they seem sincere.

• Don’t use dating apps or sites while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

• Meet dates in public places, preferably not in your neighbourhood, and don’t let them pick you up or drop you home.

• Never give out personal information such as your address or date of birth.

• Tell a friend where you’re going before meeting anyone and give them your date’s number and details.

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Travel

Eastern & Orient Express

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By Jenny Thomas

While many people have dreamed about the Venetian Orient Express, I recently had the opportunity to take the Eastern and Orient Express, a luxury train with private facilities and air conditioning, from Bangkok to Singapore.

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he train was an experience in itself. Our cabin, with its decorated wood panelled walls and two picture windows, was our home for three nights. Our steward from Bangkok was available 24 hours a day and served us breakfast and afternoon tea daily in our cabin. The elegant restaurant car was a place we looked forward to daily. We were served gourmet Eastern and European dishes prepared to order by our French chef. After our

late dinner (second sitting was 9:00 pm) we headed to the bar car to socialise with our fellow passengers from the UK, USA and South Africa. Here Peter, the resident pianist, played until the last person retired to bed. Being the only Australians on board, he played Waltzing Matilda whenever we entered the bar.

E&O is to ensure you have the adventure of a lifetime and I can guarantee you will. The memories I have will stay with me a forever. I look forward to sharing my travel experiences with you. There is a lot of the world to discover and no two days will ever be the same.

The observation car is a great place to sip a cocktail of an evening or while away the hours during the day watching the exotic landscapes and bustling towns go by. Along the way you gain an insight into the different cultures and ways of life. Included in the journey are a couple of excursions. These add to the experience and give you some time off the train. I would recommend the Local Flavours tour at the River Kwai. Sipping champagne while participating in a Thai cooking class on board a river barge is something you cannot do every day. I won’t lie, this is a very expensive trip but I can honestly say that we felt it was worth every penny. The aim of

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Pets

A Raw Deal

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Dr Erin Short Coreen Avenue Veterinary Clinic

The dangers of raw food diets for our pets.

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becoming stuck in the mouth. They can also cause life threatening intestinal obstruction, constipation, gastritis and pancreatitis. Raw food diets that are not complete and balanced can also cause nutritional deficiencies. The most common ones we see are related to calcium deficiency. Nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism is seen in young animals and causes weakened bones, mild to severe growth abnormalities and a higher risk of bone fracture. Eclampsia (hypocalcemia) is seen in nursing mothers and can cause sudden life threatening neurological disease. We recommend feeding good quality commercial food as the bulk of your pet’s diet. If feeding meat, try to make it a small proportion of the diet, use human grade lean meat and cook it. If feeding commercial fresh, frozen and dried raw diets, ensure they are complete and balanced. Use good hygiene practices when handling and thawing meat products. If you are going to feed a home prepared diet, do your research, ensure the meals are complete and balanced and ideally consult a veterinary nutritionist

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Property

Feminism L in Real Estate

ast month we celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) with a series of local events to highlight the achievements and selfless acts of various women within our community. IWD has been celebrated for well over a century and encourages unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action.

OR BASIC HUMAN DEC ENCY? Whilst we have come a long way with gender equality, we as a community are now faced with a whole new set of challenges to overcome.

Local Expert Peggy Willcox Property Expert Mooney Real Estate

So what does this have to do with real estate? As the housing affordability crisis reaches a new level, the losers are hands down our sisters, mums and grandmothers. If we don’t do something about this now, it will also affect our daughters. The number of women over 50 who are couch-surfing or sleeping in their cars has almost doubled in the past four years. More than 330,000 single women over 45 in Australia are living in conditions of serious economic stress.

to myself as a real estate agent or to my client as a landlord if we gave her an opportunity? What if this was your sister, mother or daughter? With a change of perception and a little education we were able to change her story. We had her approved for a rental property within 11 hours of meeting her. Our client (the landlord) is absolutely over the moon (this amazing landlord now has two stunning properties with two single mothers and he has never experienced any rental arrears or damage to his properties). It is without a doubt time that the real estate industry changes but we can’t do it without the community getting behind us and supporting us. If you want to champion for change please send me an email at info@mooneyre.com.au

Many women who have raised children and who have not been in secure paid employment have little or no superannuation in later years. This leaves them with reduced capacity to support themselves, particularly if they have fled family violence. On top of this, what little affordable housing that is available is further being held out of their reach due to ingrained stereotypes and the obstacles faced during the private rental application process. What if I told you that a single, working, anglosaxon woman with a $1.6 million dollar house was recently rejected for over 20 rental properties? Due to this, she had no choice but to stay in an abusive marriage. Do we just wait for her to become another statistic? What is the risk

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LOST RECEIPTS If you’ve thrown all your receipts out in a mad cleaning frenzy, you forgot to ask for one or your dog ate them – all is not lost! If you paid for the deduction on your debit or credit card, highlighting the expense on your bank statement can be proof of your claim. LOOK THROUGH YOUR CALENDAR Too many people sit opposite me at tax time and can’t remember what they did last year. Spend some time looking through your diary (or phone) to jog your memory around work related claims. This might include days working from home, trips made in your car or perhaps a work conference. MOTOR VEHICLE If you use your car for work but haven’t kept a logbook you can still use the cents per kilometre method. You simply need to justify how you arrived at the kilometres travelled. And don’t forget the extras such as parking and tolls. WORKING FROM HOME If you’re bringing work home (which is most of us), you may be able to claim for light, heat and internet. Light and heat is a cents per hour claim while internet is a percentage of your bills. You’ll need to keep a log for a month to prove your usage. YOUR PHONE So many of us are using our phone for work, even if it’s using the diary, keeping notes, using the camera or 42

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SUBSCRIPTIONS AND DIRECT DEPOSITS Rather than paying cash and forgetting to ask for a receipt, consider subscribing to your deductible magazines. Plus you’ll save money on the subscription. UNDERSTAND GOOD VS BAD DEBT We’re hard wired in this country to pay down our mortgage as fast as we can but if you have a mortgage on your own home then you’re almost always better off paying interest only on your investment loans.

HANDBAGS AND CARRY-ONS The commissioner delighted women when he said handbags might be claimable as a tax deduction. It’s important to understand the conditions including whether you’re using your bag exclusively for carrying laptops and work paraphernalia or if it’s a percentage of the cost. MEALS AND ACCOMMODATION If you travel overnight for work whether it’s seeing a client, studying or a conference, you can claim costs of travel which means your food and accommodation while you’re away. DONATIONS Unfortunately, the loose chain you throw in the bucket at the pub can’t be claimed but if the donation is deducted from your bank account or you obtain a DGR status receipt then you can.

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MAY BE YOUR MOST VALUABLE MARKETING TOOL Last month we looked at the way you can protect your great business ideas. This time we look at the next step – creating your trade mark, or making sure that the public can identify a certain quality and image with goods and services that bear your stamp.

• Every day language and vocabulary should be available for all to use; and • Granting monopoly rights with words such as geographical names, common surnames and trade expressions would stop others in the same industry having a right to use these words too. Here are some examples of words or phrases used on their own, that is, not with an accompanying logo or other words. There are also types of words that other traders could use and so would be very difficult to register as trade marks. • Descriptive words and phrases on their own such as THE BEST APPLES. Obviously other apple farmers could also say that they grow the best apples.

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• Short combinations of numbers and letters (such as QL 9 or F-55) are often used as serial numbers. Combinations of two letters (such as VP or HS) are often used as initials. Both would face great difficulty in being registered. Common acronyms (such as CD-ROM or LED) or abbreviations (such as AUTO BILLPAY) are also difficult to register.

NOT ALL TRADE MARKS CAN BE REGISTERED. • A trade mark cannot be registered if your goods or services can’t be distinguished from those of other traders in the marketplace;

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Horoscopes By Sherrynne Dalby

Aries

(22 MAR -20 APR)

Taurus (21 APR - 20 MAY) This can be an exceptionally busy time in your social calendar, especially for birthdays. Romance and relationships are definitely on your mind throughout April, especially late April/ early May birthdays. Emotions can run the full gamut, so be prepared. Allowing thoughts to spin like an old record achieve nothing other than sleepless nights. Obsessing over issues does nothing to solve them, so stop and develop a plan. Try to keep calm as much as possible and don’t allow yourself to be overcome by anger or other negative emotions. The best way to navigate any situation is with clear vision.

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Ruling Planet: Mars Sign:

The Ram

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Tuesday

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This is your annual time for renewal. Happy Solar return Aries. 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 Aries this year, that is from 21 March until 20 April and covers all those born under the sign of the Ram. The coming month will give you a snapshot of the year ahead. Pay attention to what is going on around your birthday for clues. March birthdays need to take extra care with communication in order to avoid misunderstanding. Emotions can be very intense, especially birthdays around the 24th. You may find yourself in an emotional tug of war between the need for stability and commitment and the desire for new and exciting, especially birthdays around the 30th. It can be a year of great achievement, following a few false starts. Perseverance is your keyword, particularly early April birthdays. Finally, a focus on relationships and finding the right balance in your life should be a goals, mid April birthdays take note.

Capricorn (23 DEC – 20 JAN)

You can be feeling a little stop-start early in the month. Akin to having one foot on the accelerator while the other is firmly pressing the brake. Best bet is to harness the energy and give it direction, which then has both working together for a common goal. Home and family continue to be a focus for you but there may be the need to return to a previous matter which has not been completely resolved. Mid month is ideal for implementing new ideas around home. You could go for a radical makeover at this time without a problem.

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Career opportunities abound following the trend begun last month. You may find the need to recross old ground and lay something to rest before moving properly forward. This may cause frustration early in the month but perseverance is what really pays off in the end. Mid month is perfect timing for a new start, so if you are looking at any major changes, this is the time. Now is also time for becoming more serious where relationships are concerned. For some this means solidifying a long term relationship while for others it could be making something casual more permanent.

Virgo (23 AUG -22 SEP) You need to focus a little more on finances at the moment. Things may not be turning out to be quite what you thought. Mid month is a good time for a new approach, even if it is not a comfortable choice. It needs to be sorted and requires a new approach. You may continue to feel that you are going backwards but be patient, you will see things moving forward by the end of the month. Although it may feel it, now is not a bad time. Consolidation and solid planning all help to create the stability you seek.

Scorpio (23 OCT – 22 NOV) Relationships are generally positive at the moment. Communication flows and stronger commitment is building. Health continues to be a focus and this can involve a recurrence of previous issues. Mid month provides opportunities to try different approaches to managing your health. It could be that you have been offered alternatives but not followed through. This is also perfect for commencing a new fitness or health regime. You may have been thinking about this for a while but any new plans implemented now have a far greater chance of success than previous attempts so be willing to give it a go.

Gemini (21 MAY – 20 JUNE) This is a busy time for you socially, whether you like it or not, you find yourself in demand. There can be a need now to look at consolidating debts and creating a more easily managed financial situation. Now can also see you feeling more moody than usual and you can feel as though you are on an emotional roller coaster with moods swinging faster than wind chimes in a cyclone. Going over the past can be useful if you are finding resolution. If not though then it is counter productive, let it go, as the song says.

Leo (23 JUL – 22 AUG) You continue to dream of far off places and travel. Mid month can be very productive for making solid plans in this area. A visit to your local travel agent may show you how you can make it a reality and stop dreaming. You can also be aiming high in other areas and the current mood is conducive to study and expanding your mental horizons, along with the physical. This period is ideal for commencing new projects that take you in new directions of thought as well as travel. Take off the bindings and explore. Open up your mind.

Libra (23 SEP – 22 OCT) Relationships continue to dominate. This is not unusual but things seem more intense or at least taking more of your time than you may like. You can really be feeling unnerved in the first few weeks of the month. It seems like you are just going through the motions, revisiting past issues. This can be productive if you work on finding resolution and not just repacking your problem. Financial issues and disagreements require attention around the 11th. Partners can be surprising from mid month and the opportunity to take a relationship to a new level shouldn’t be ignored.

Sagittarius (23 NOV – 22 DEC) Your finances have been undergoing a shake up for some time now, this is set to continue on and off for a while yet. This month sees rapid changes but with these also come opportunity for consolidation and setting long term financial goals. Enlisting the help of another party may help with decisions. You may be experiencing higher levels of frustration as your usual free and easy style is being impinged. Try using your creativity to find an innovative and original solution. Whatever happens it is always important to aim for balance in life. For you playtime is essential.

Aquarius (21 JAN - 19 FEB)

Pisces (20 FEB – 21 MAR)

Still having trouble sleeping? It is ultimately advantageous to find the cause but in the meantime working on ways to relax and sleep needs to be a priority. Warm milk, warm bath, massage, watching parliament question time. Whatever works to help you relax is fine but use it because you are useless when you are tired and stressed. If you are thinking of home improvements, or purchasing a new home, now is a good time to get started. It can be a good way to channel the current energy and relieve some of that stress.

Associates may be causing you grief at the moment. Communication may not be as smooth as you would like it. Don’t allow yourself to be dragged into other people’s dramas. You like to help but it is often not in your own best interest to do so as you are the one left battered or drained emotionally. By all means lend a shoulder or even sage words but try to keep your own space at the same time. Don’t lend money unless you are guaranteed its return. From mid month there can be opportunities to explore new income sources.


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