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WELCOME TO OCTOBER ISSUE. Last month I attended the Pink Up Penrith Sportsman’s Lunch to launch Pink Up Penrith. Part of a ‘pink up your town’ initiative by the McGrath Foundation, Pink Up Penrith aims to raise money for much-needed breast care nurses. Via the McGrath Foundation, these amazing nurses make life a little easier for individuals and families experiencing breast cancer. It’s a fun and inclusive month-long event. Throughout October, local businesses and individuals are asked to host fundraising events or ‘pink up’ their workplace to raise funds for the Foundation. It was a great day; money was raised for the Foundation, and I was lucky to meet the man himself, Glenn McGrath. I also had the pleasure of meeting Sydney Swifts netballer Paige Hadley and Olympic silver medallist Cameron Girdlestone.

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Event in the Spotlight The Bavarian Penrith Oktoberfest

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Roaming Feature Ann Willington & Music for Life

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Food The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet

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The day also included an incredible talk from local Bec Tucker, who featured in our September issue alongside her husband Russell. She spoke beautifully about her battle, having been diagnosed with breast cancer only days before giving birth to her son. She talked us through the ups and downs, about why self-awareness is critical in early detection, and why raising money for a foundation like the McGrath Foundation is so important. Thank you Bec for your honesty – there was not a single dry eye in the building. Now to our October issue. As always, it’s packed with everything happening in the area. This includes Oktoberfest, where a huge five-week celebration is being held at The Bavarian Penrith. The main event will be their exclusive Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday 20 October – fit for the whole family! Honestly, where else would you want to celebrate this exciting day than at an authentic German pub? Check out page 12 for more details. Hope you enjoy our October issue.

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Local Roaming LOCAL SHOWS WE WILL ROCK YOU 20 OCT - 4 NOV BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & HUB Based on the songs of Queen with a book by Ben Elton, who fashioned this hilarious futurist comedy that takes place in the future on a planet once called Earth. The planet is now controlled by a mighty corporation with rock music and all musical instruments banned. The hope of breaking free rests with an unlikely resistance - an alliance of rebel Bohemians.

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13 OCTOBER THE JOAN Accompanied by a live band, this dance and music showcase celebrates the momentous occasions that we may experience as we journey through life. thejoan.com.au

BJORN AGAIN – THANK ABBA FOR THE MUSIC

27 OCTOBER PANTHERS PENRITH Legends, laughs and larrikins all on stage in one huge night of hilarity. Join James Rochford, Nathan Hindmarsh, Bryan Fletcher and Brett Finch as they talk about all the stuff the boys weren’t allowed to show on air. It’s an over 18’s show so people with a weak constitution may be offended. Don’t miss the Professor Live!

14 OCTOBER PANTHERS PENRITH Elvis, an American Trilogy is the complete story that sees three of the world’s leading Elvis tribute artists star in one of the most spectacular live concert productions, taking you on a journey through the music of the ‘The King’.

19 OCTOBER PANTHERS PENRITH Bjorn Again is back, touring Australia in 2018 on their national Thank ABBA for the Music Tour. They’ll be performing all the biggest ABBA hits, so grab your best 70’s outfits and get ready to party!

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ELVIS AMERICAN TRILOGY

A LIFE’S JOURNEY

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THE RAT PACK FROM VEGAS

26 OCTOBER PANTHERS PENRITH A Comedy Cabaret show that is a classy, stimulating, seductive, vulgar and a weird production of interesting and entertaining characters. A show full of interaction throughout the entire production.

13 OCTOBER THE JOAN A spectacular night of dance, food and colour celebrating the vibrant cultures of the Indian subcontinent! Up to 100 performers will come together to perform music and dance showcasing their unique and vivid traditions.

13 OCTOBER PANTHERS PENRITH The Rat Pack are back down under to inject their own brand of swing in Australian venues. These Kings of Swing are famously known for their swingin’ sounds and hilarious improvised comedy routines. Their six-piece swing group promises to deliver the sound, the comedy and the spontaneity that they made their own throughout the 60’s and 70’s.

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PRADA’S PRISCILLAS: AN ALL-MALE REVUE

UNITED NATIONS COMEDY GALA

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6 OCTOBER THE JOAN Flanked by gorgeous men, Australia’s six-foot something songstress Prada Clutch and her ‘girls’ take you on a journey from where it all began... with Les Girls in the 60’s, across the Aussie outback with Priscilla Queen of the Desert in the 90’s, and into 2018 with a celebration of today’s music icons.

3 NOVEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH Prepare yourself to witness a comedy show for the ages. Six comedians in a two-hour comedy gala spectacular that promises to have your belly shaking throughout the show!

12 OCTOBER PANTHERS PENRITH With her powerhouse band and dancers, multi-platinum pop sensation Veronica is a big stage, high-energy performer who will excite, enthral and entertain you with a musical journey.

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20 OCTOBER ROOTY HILL RSL Emerging from the success of winning The Voice 2017, fans will be treated to new material as well as a slew of Judah’s favourite covers and tracks from his debut album, Count on Me.

9 NOVEMBER PENRITH RSL Jack’s back! After more than a decade in America, Jack Jones has returned home to embark on a solo tour. Don’t miss him performing at Penrith RSL.

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13 OCTOBER ROOTY HILL RSL Australia’s #1 country rock band, The Wolfe Brothers, is heading your way on the Country Heart Australian Tour. To help celebrate the release of their fourth studio album, Country Heart, The Wolfe Brothers are bringing along a huge international line-up to rock out with them, including Canada’s #1 male country artist Gord Bamford, and New Zealand’s #1 female artist Jody Direen. This is a must-see night of country music. Come and celebrate with The Wolfe Brothers and experience their brand new show, featuring tracks from their milestone new album plus all of the hits from what is now becoming one of Australia’s favourite country rock catalogues.

CASH UP FRONT: THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW

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24 OCTOBER THE JOAN Cash Up Front will take you on a journey through the highlights of Cash’s career, and the golden age of hits that redefined a genre and have stayed with so many generations for decades.

26 OCTOBER THE JOAN Direct from America comes a 1940’s theatrical musical revue show presenting a retro look at the life and times of a great generation - enjoy fabulous singers, hypnotic swing dancers, and a Big Band orchestra.

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Local Roaming LOCAL MUSIC

BEATLES TO BUBLE

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YELLOW YELLOW SOMETIMES BLUE A Q THEATRE PRODUCTION BY Noëlle Janaczewska

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A brand-new play mixing stories, politics and drinks for a raucous party of modernist mischief inspired by the history of Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest.

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FEELIN’ GROOVY - THE 60’S SHOW

ADAM HARVEY – THE NASHVILLE TAPES

7 OCTOBER BLUE MT THEATRE & HUB Experience the Sydney Male Choir with Alana Conway perform Beatles, Michael Buble, Queen, Leonard Cohen, and other greats of the time.

10 OCTOBER BLUE MT THEATRE & HUB Be entertained with timeless classics with this fabulous tribute to the decade of the 60’s, presented by the very hip five-piece band Cool River and the most energetic go-go dancers you’ve ever seen!

12 OCTOBER ROOTY HILL RSL The Nashville Tapes is a sweeping, personal celebration of the sounds that defined a generation in Nashville’s 1970’s Golden Age, from the legendary outlaws to the first wave of global country megastars.

2 NOVEMBER ROOTY HILL RSL Iconic Aussie country rock band Stars is back again, reunited after 40 years with the original lineup of Mick Pealing, Mal Eastick, Glyn Dowding and Roger McLachlan. Catch Stars with Nick Charles on guitar.

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THINGS TO DO FEARAPHOBIA SCREAM PARK 18-20, 25-27 OCTOBER HAWKESBURY SHOWGROUND It’s a blood-curdling collection of scare attractions guaranteed to leave you terrified, and even give you a bit of a laugh. With seven haunted attractions and full of Halloween entertainment, it’s not suitable for children.

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9 OCTOBER BLUE MT THEATRE & HUB A story about dreams, believing in yourself... and a dancing kangaroo. An Australian musical based on the hugely popular picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Perfect for young audiences from four to nine and their families.

EVERY TUESDAY THE BAVARIAN Come down to The Bavarian for dinner on a Tuesday after 5pm and enjoy two of their great tasting schnitzels for the price of one!

6 OCTOBER SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL REGATTA CENTRE This year’s Ballet Under the Stars will include a fulllength production of the timeless, romantic ballet classic, Giselle. Bring your family and friends, a rug and a picnic, and enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the Sydney International Regatta Centre while experiencing this spectacular ballet, filled with breathtaking dancing and flowing white tutus.

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REAL FESTIVAL 2-3 NOVEMBER TENCH RESERVE, NEPEAN RIVER The riverbank comes to life with spectacular stage performances, live music, street theatre, captivating art displays, interactive workshops, outdoor adventures, delicious food trucks, family-friendly attractions, artisan markets, and more. visitpenrith.com.au

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RICHMOND GOOD FOOD MARKET

SPRINGWOOD GROWERS’ MARKET

EVERY WEDNESDAY Penrith’s only weekday market has approximately 250-300 stalls selling products ranging from plants, fruit and vegetables, clothing, lingerie, tools, craft supplies, car supplies, pets, bric a brac, and much more.

EVERY SATURDAY Features local fresh produce and food in Richmond Park, corner of March and Windsor Streets, Richmond.

FOURTH SUNDAY Located at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub. Proudly hosting over 50 local growers and producers. Local, fresh food and products.

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AUSSIE NIGHT MARKETS WEDNESDAY NIGHTS An international food market on the doorstep of Panthers. Bring your family and friends, and give your tastebuds an experience they won’t forget.

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WINDSOR MALL SUNDAY MARKETS EVERY SUNDAY Located in the George St Mall. Purchase quality handmade homewares, arts, crafts, fashion and fresh produce, while local bands and buskers entertain. www.hawkesburyaustralia.com.au

EVERY THIRD SUNDAY Held at the Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School, Great Western Hwy, Emu Plains. Stallholders trade local produce, handmade, one-off fashion items and homewares, freshly-made and ready to eat gourmet treats, as well as delicious food to take home. All with live music and friendly faces.

RICHMOND ROTARY MARKETS FOURTH SATURDAY Come down to McQuade Park and check out the community markets – you’ll see plenty of stalls selling old and quality new products, with everything from vegetables to handmade jewellery. rotaryrichmond.com.au

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MARKETS

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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. 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

THINGS TO DO KIDS EAT FREE SUNDAYS EVERY SUNDAY: 11AM – 3PM THE BAVARIAN Sunday is family day at The Bavarian, so bring the entire family down. Kids under 12 not only eat free when accompanied by a full-paying adult, but also receive a free kid’s activity pack!

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THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD 2&3 NOVEMBER THE JOAN If you loved The Gruffalo, don’t miss the sequel, which returns following previous sellout Australian tours – and now in a new West End production! Join the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in this magical musical adaptation of the muchloved picture book. One wild and windy night, the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warnings about the Big Bad Mouse and tiptoes out into the deep dark wood. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he? thejoan.com.au

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Spotlight

The Bavarian Penrith

EVENT IN THE SPOTLIGHT

There’s no better place to celebrate Oktoberfest than at The Bavarian Penrith.

locals. Kicking off at midday, we’ll have a lively and spirited oompah band providing live entertainment throughout the day and into the evening. A series of games and competitions will follow, including pretzel throwing, sausage eating and German bier pong. We also encourage guests to don their finest lederhosen or dirndl for the Best Dressed of Okotberfest competition.

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ome of Penrith’s only German Pub, huge biers and massive schnitzels, we spoke to Daniel Micallef, General Manager, about what’s in store for this year. FIRST OFF, WHERE IS THE BAVARIAN LOCATED? You’ll find us in the heart of Penrith’s bustling town centre, sitting just below Westfield along the corner of Riley and Jane Streets. Our Bavarian restaurants, which include Munich Brauhaus and The Bavarian Beerhaus, can also be found in 20 other locations around the country. EXPLAIN TO US WHAT YOUR OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATION IS ALL ABOUT. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT? For us, Oktoberfest is all about bringing people together for a good time while celebrating fantastic bier and delicious food! Every year, each of our restaurants give diners an authentic taste of the festival, which is world-renowned. The atmosphere at each restaurant is lively, dynamic and entertaining. Oktoberfest really is a one-of-a-kind experience; you won’t know how much fun it is until you try it. Diners can expect five weeks of traditional Oktoberfest feasting and entertaining food challenges. We’ll also have five limited-edition Oktoberfest biers on rotation each week. The Bavarian Penrith is holding an exclusive Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday 20 October for 12

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Diners also have a chance to win a trip to Munich. To go into the draw, guests must complete five Oktober Boss food and drink challenges. Oktober Bosses earn themselves a limited-edition Oktoberfest t-shirt, one of The Bavarian’s signature steins, and a VIP invitation to the closing party pre-drinks at Munich Brauhaus in The Rocks on Saturday 27 October. IS THIS CELEBRATION FOR YOUNG ADULTS OR IS IT A FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT? Our Oktoberfest celebrations offer something for everyone and are definitely family-friendly – we encourage everyone to get involved, no matter how old or young. Our Penrith celebrations on 20 October are allinclusive; we really want the entire family to get involved. The opening weekend street party at Munich Brauhaus in The Rocks is also a fantastic family day out, giving the whole family a chance to get dressed up and enjoy a colourful parade of performers and oompah bands, as well as child-friendly entertainment. There’s also a ‘Dogs of Oktoberfest’ competition, which the kids will love. The children’s menu at all Bavarian restaurants, including Penrith, features chicken schnitzel, The Little Brat hot dog, a grilled chicken wrap, grilled cheese sandwiches, and a lovely selection of house-made gelato. We’ll also turn up the family fun every Sunday throughout Oktoberfest, with pencil colouring packs and a free meal for children under 12 available with every adult meal purchased. The little ones can also embrace the Oktoberfest spirit with free face-painting between 12pm and 3pm on Sundays.

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL ITEMS BEING ADDED TO THE FOOD AND DRINKS LIST FOR THE EVENT? All of our Bavarian restaurants, including The Bavarian Penrith, are offering three special Oktoberfest menus. These include a 3-course menu for $45 per person, a 4-course menu for $60 per person, and a shared feast menu for $64 per person featuring platters loaded with dips, pickles, cheese and ham alongside classic German dishes such as schnitzel, pork knuckle, pork belly, sausages and sauerkraut. We’ve also imported five limited-edition Oktoberfest biers, brewed in Bavaria especially for the occasion. Bier lovers can try all five at The Bavarian Penrith, with each on rotation over the five weeks of Oktoberfest celebrations. Lowenbrau is first up, followed by Hofbrau Munchen in week 2, Paulaner in week 3 and Spaten in week 4. Hacker-Sschorr will be the final Oktoberfest bier on offer during our last week of festivities. SHOULD WE BOOK A TABLE IF WE WANT TO JOIN IN? We do welcome walk-ins and always aim to accommodate guests who join us last minute, but we highly recommend a reservation to secure a table for Oktoberfest lunch or dinner celebrations! To have your table guaranteed, call us on 9259 5600.

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EVENT DETAILS

Oktoberfest 2018 At The Bavarian Penrith  September 22 - October 28  From 11am - Late Penrith Westfield, 585 High St,  Penrith NSW 2750 9259 5600  thebavarians.com/venue/penrith 


Spotlight

Spring Holiday Workshops FOR BUDDING LITTLE ARTISTS

From funky spunky sculptures and Claymation though to collage and drawing, your little artists will be enchanted.

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pring is all about growth and bloom, so Penrith Regional Gallery is celebrating Spring holidays with workshops designed to let creativity run wild!

Celebrate all things clay with Clay Gnomes, where students will create their own magical mini-world fit for a teeny, tiny clay gnome. In Funky Spunky Sculptures, they’ll create their own sculpture inspired by artist Paul Hopmeier using acetate, contact paper, wood, glue and a series of colourful translucent papers. The incredibly exciting Claymation explores both sculpture and animation techniques. Using playdough,

participants will create a short animation inspired by the Gallery's garden sculptures. In Legomation, they’ll create their own funky Lego sculpture and animate it using the Gallery’s iPads. French-inspired workshop, Drawing Plein Air, will have students learning about perspective using simple drawing tools and experimenting with line, tone and composition. The finished drawing will then be framed, ready to hang at home. In Print and Paste, participants will create a series of prints inspired by the garden before using materials like clay, foam, ink and paint to create a colourful, layered concertina book in the studios. There’s no better time of the year for kids to combine outdoors with creativity - and all skill levels are welcome. Be sure to wear old clothes and bring a snack!

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8 – 12 October 2018, 10am – 11am / 12pm  For kids ages 3 – 12. Cost: $12 – $30 per class  Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest,  86 River Road, Emu Plains Bookings Essential: 4735 1100  penrithregionalgallery.org 

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School Holidays

SCHOOL

Holiday Ideas

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS? HERE ARE OUR TOP PICKS. FOOTGOLF  The Colonial Golf Course Lot 1 Werrington Road, Werrington

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KYLIE'S CALAMITY - GARDEN THEATRE FOR CHILDREN  11 & 12 October, 10:30am  $12. Bookings essential  Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

It’s taking the world by storm and you can play it at the Colonial Golf Course in Werrington, one of only a handful of accredited courses in NSW. FootGolf is the result of combining the popular sports of soccer and golf, with players kicking a soccer ball from the tee to the hole. The cups are significantly larger than golf, bringing a fun and unique twist to both traditional games.

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Luddenham Raceway offers Go Karting for the entire family! And if your kids are aged between eight and 14, bring them along to enjoy the excitement of the rookie circuit in the Raceway’s specially-developed kid’s karts. With nine flowing corners, all specifically designed for a range of kid’s driving abilities, it will be a fun race experience for all!

Kylie the Kangaroo is a hoarder who loves to explore the treasures left on the roadside by humans. But when her paw is cut and her friends the Echidna, the Swift Parrot and the Green and Gold Bell Frog are affected, Kylie looks for help. The performance looks at litter and illegal dumping, and the impact it has on wildlife specific to the Blue Mountains. There are plenty of interesting facts and interactive opportunities for the audience to be involved in solving the issues of illegal dumping and litter.

JOEY PRESTO  11am, Thursday 4 October  FREE (tickets available at Reception)  Evan Theatre, Panthers Penrith 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith

 penrith.panthers.com.au These school holidays the incredible Joey Presto, Sydney’s leading kid’s magician, will be performing at Panthers!

WHITEWATER RAFTING @ PENRITH WHITEWATER STADIUM  Minimum Age: 12 years. It’s recommended that participants are physically fit, strong swimmers, and very confident in the water.  Check website for pricing  Penrith Regatta Centre, McCarthy's Lane, Cranebrook  penrithwhitewater.com.au For the more adventurous, why not take the older kids (12+) to experience the rush of whitewater rafting on a guided tour at Penrith’s purpose-built whitewater course? Both you and the kids will love this action-packed introduction to whitewater rafting! All trips begin with a safety briefing, followed by flatwater instruction before you venture out onto the water. Each raft (with up to eight crew) is guided by an experienced river guide.

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Bringing amazement and wonderment to his acts, Joey Presto offers a fun-filled show that will entertain the young and the old. The magic show is interactive, big and colourful, with loads of surprises throughout. He’ll even delight the kids when they see him make a gorgeous, fluffy, live bunny magically appear from nowhere!

KIDS FLICKS @ PANTHERS  Both movies start 10am – Doors open at 9.30am  FREE (tickets available at Reception)  Evan Theatre, Panthers Penrith 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith

 penrith.panthers.com.au With fewer and fewer activities these days that are free, it’s great to see Panthers offering to show much-loved kid’s movies for no charge during these school holidays. Enjoy Cars 3 on Wednesday 3 October, and The Secret Life of Pets on Wednesday 8 October.


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Lah-Lah’s 10th Birthday Party

t’s going to be a great party, and you’re invited! Help celebrate Lah-Lah’s 10th birthday with an hour of singing and dancing fun. Enjoy all of Lah-Lah's hits and meet the band (and the instruments!) after the show.

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EVENT DETAILS Friday, Oct 12 2018, 11am  Suitable for ages 2 – 7 years 

Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre  597 High Street, Penrith 4723 7600  thejoan.com.au 

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Circus Workshop

ave your children ever dreamed of joining the circus? Here’s their chance!

Panthers are holding a performance workshop on October 5. Starting at 10:30am, it’s run by trained performers who will help teach the children a variety of circus skills. Juggling Balls, Spinning Plates, Twirling Poi and Ring Master Drama, anyone?

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EVENT DETAILS Friday 5 October 2018  10.30am, Doors open at 10am $12 Children | $17.10 Adults  Evan Theatre, Panthers Penrith  123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith 1800 061 991  penrith.panthers.com.au 

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Community

Westfield Matildas Return to Penrith HEADLINING A WEEK OF SPORTING ACTION Penrith Council has again partnered with Football Federation Australia to bring the Westfield Matildas to Penrith for a clash of international proportions.

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he Westfield Matildas, who defeated arch rivals Brazil in a nail-biting victory in last year’s match at Penrith Stadium, will take on 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers Chile on Saturday 10 November. Former Penrith Mayor, Cr John Thain, said the announcement is a major coup for the city and has again proven Penrith is the home of world-class events in Western Sydney. “By securing the Westfield Matildas and Chile match, Council has delivered on its commitment to provide headline events for locals to enjoy in their own backyard, and cemented Penrith’s reputation as the home of major events and sporting action in Western Sydney.”

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The Westfield Matildas vs Chile match will headline a massive week of sporting action in Penrith. This includes the NSW Golf Open Championship (5-11 November) and the Veterans Cricket Australian National Championship (10-15 November). The impressive sporting line-up is expected to attract thousands of visitors to Penrith, providing a substantial economic boost to local businesses in the hospitality and tourism sectors. “The exceptional quality of Penrith’s accommodation, dining, outdoor, adventure and cultural experiences will ensure visitors want to stay after the sporting action is over, injecting valuable tourism dollars into the local economy,” Thain said. “With a reputation for hosting internationally renowned events and with so much for visitors to see and do here, it’s easy to see why Penrith was a natural choice to host this thrilling clash between two proud sporting nations.” Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic will be using these two matches as part of his team’s preparation for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be held in June next year in France.

“Chile is an emerging nation in international women’s football and has qualified for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time in its history,” said Stajcic. "They had a fantastic Copa America this year and have showed a great level of technical proficiency, as we would expect from a proud South American footballing nation. “For us to prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup we need to play against a diverse range of opposition, and Chile will be great challenge for us. “The atmosphere at our matches in Penrith and Newcastle last year was amazing, and I know that the players are looking forward to running out in front of a large, vocal home crowd,” concluded Stajcic.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW Tickets for the Westfield Matildas vs Chile are now available at matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/tickets


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Real Festival 2ND - 3RD NOVEMBER

Real Festival is back with its best program yet, set to once again transform the Nepean River with world-class entertainment, activities, and experiences from 2-3 November.

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enrith Mayor Ross Fowler said this year’s event brings together Australia’s best creative minds, and audiences can expect plenty of jaw-dropping stage performances, captivating artworks, and more opportunities to get hands-on, active, creative, and inspired.

the Adventure Zone, make something amazing in the Create Space, and learn something new in Enviro World.

“Real Festival is a standout feature on our region’s calendar of events, and we’ve lifted the bar even higher this year,” Cr Fowler said.

“Sydney’s best food trucks will be there to dish up delicious cuisine from around the world, and there’s also a riverside bar and live music performances to add to the atmosphere and provide the perfect accompaniment to your outdoor dining experience,“ Cr Fowler said.

“Headlining the program is internationally-renowned outdoor theatre group Stalker, who have wowed crowds globally and will light up the stage with their fusion of circus, aerials, dance and acrobatics over both nights at Real.

“Famous faces joining us this year include Australia’s favourite gardener, Costa Georgiadis, who returns with hints and tips to get your garden growing, while lovable children’s book character Grug will encourage playful fun and an interest in reading.

“We’ve also got surprises and fun planned at every corner of the riverbank; challenge yourself in

“It’s going to be a fantastic event, and best of all it’s free to attend. I encourage everyone to save the date,

connect with the event on Facebook for news, and head to the website to start planning their time at Real Festival. You don’t want to miss a moment,” Cr Fowler said.

EVENT DETAILS  Real Festival 2018  5-10pm Friday 2 November & 2-10pm Saturday 3 November 2018  Tench Reserve, Nepean River  realfestival.com.au  @realfestivalpenrith

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ROAMING FEATURE

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Written by Cassandra Elliott

HOW LOCAL WOMAN ANN WILLMINGTON TURNED HER FIGHT AGAINST CANCER INTO A COMMUNITY’S BATTLE AGAINST THE DISEASE.

Sitting in a busy café on the Gold Coast, Ann and her husband Wayne speak to Roaming while waiting for their food to arrive.

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verhearing their conversation, a waitress approaches Ann. ‘Her husband’s just been diagnosed and he’s under Charlie, same as me, so I’ve just been talking to her,’ Ann explains. ‘They’re only young, they’re not old like me.’ This interaction is normal for Ann, who spends her time talking with strangers and listening to their stories of fear amidst diagnosis.

‘Sometimes all they need is someone who understands. We need to find a cure,’ she says, her passion evident. Because Ann isn’t just another charity advocate; she’s a survivor. For her, finding a cure is very personal. At the age of 45, busy with two kids and three businesses, Ann Willmington was unaware of what lay ahead as she visited the dentist in 2008. ‘The day before I got told, I just had a toothache. I’d had root canals done and was still in pain, so they sent me for an MRI and that’s where it showed up.’ When she got the initial diagnosis, Wayne was in the office with her. ‘He’s always with me,’ she says in that endearing tone enjoyed by long-term couples. ‘I just shut down and let those two do the talking, I didn’t really want to know anything about it,’ she says, prompting Wayne to explain the finer details for her.

much about it, but because of the MRI he saw the tumour.’ Ann initially saw Dr Nair. ‘He came in and saw me on a Friday, told us everything, and said, “now go home and think about it, and come back on Monday morning and we’ll work everything out”. So we went home. I rang my parents, we told them, and they stayed with us.’ Ann and Wayne’s children, Clare and Jack, were 17 and ten at the time. ‘We found out on Friday and then told the kids on Sunday. It was my son’s birthday, so we gave him a big birthday because I wasn’t sure if I was going to come through. ‘I wanted to see him enjoy his birthday because the next day was the day I went in and had my first operation at Penrith.’ ‘It was a big change,’ says Wayne. ‘I didn’t realise how serious it was — it was a toothache. She was more or less told she had a maximum of 18 months to live.’ He pauses. ‘It was such a big shock... lifechanging.’ Ann recalls the changing family dynamic. ‘The kids had to get stronger you know, and we’re very lucky we have a nephew and his wife right next door; they were like the best parents for our kids… and my parents, they always stayed with Wayne down at the hospital when I was having my operations. So we’re very lucky to have them.’ Wayne says that, after the first operation, Dr Nair realised the tumour was far too big. He explained that, ‘there’s only one person in the world that can actually do anything.’ Ann was quickly referred to Dr Charlie Teo.

‘Yeah, what happened was we got told by this specialist dentist that because she had a root canal and she still had pain, that she had a brain tumour.’

‘We were lucky he’s in NSW,’ says Wayne. ‘We were lucky he could see Ann. Within two days of seeing her, she was operated on.’

‘He’d organised to get a neurosurgeon to come in and actually explain what it was all about because he didn’t know

‘Everything came in quick,’ he recalls. ‘She had the first operation, I think it was within a week of the diagnosis, and

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Dr Nair realised the tumour was far too big. He explained that, ‘there’s only one person in the world that can actually do anything.’ Ann was quickly referred to Dr Charlie Teo.


Ann Willington - Music for life

then a couple of weeks later she was back in with Charlie for her second operation.’ ‘He’s very straightforward,’ Ann says of Dr Teo. ‘But once you’re with him, you’re his friend, his family. When I went to him, I said, “Charlie, I don’t want to know what you gotta do, you just do it.” And he says that’s the best thing he likes to hear because he can do the worrying and you go enjoy your life.’ After three surgeries, MRIs, a surprise seizure, and chemo and radiation treatment for a cancerous brain tumour, Ann is now back living her busy life. ‘Health-wise, she’s pretty good. Sometimes she puts some of her words together wrong and she can be repetitive and has trouble remembering and spelling and that, but she’s certainly much better than what the averages are,’ Wayne explains. ‘I think brain cancer is one of the most feared diseases out of all of them,’ he says. ‘All the other cancers, the survival rate is up about 99%. Brain cancer is still only sitting at about 20%.’ The Charlie Teo Foundation tells us that, ‘Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease, yet the survival rate has increased just 1% over the past 30 years. Compare this with advancements made in other cancers, with the survival rates increasing 20% or more.’ After collaborating with Dr Teo, Ann founded Music For Life. It’s an annual event that raises money for research to find a cure and realise Dr Teo’s dream of ‘a world without brain cancer’. At the first event in 2011, ‘we had just over 100 people and we raised $33,000,’ Ann says proudly. ‘All the money we raise goes back into research. That’s the only way I wanted to do this.’ The first gala sold out and it’s been a success ever since. ‘It’s considered the premier ball in Western Sydney,’ says Wayne. ‘This year we’ve called it A Night to Remember because everybody that goes has a great night because of our top-shelf entertainment. It’s also a night to remember

After collaborating with Dr Teo, Ann founded Music For Life. It’s an annual event that raises money for research to find a cure and realise Dr Teo’s dream of ‘a world without brain cancer’.

MUSIC FOR LIFE This year’s ball is happening on Saturday 27 October. For more information visit musicforlife.net.au or call 02 47311876.

those who are no longer here because of brain tumours.’ Music For Life has successfully raised over $422,168 since its inception. The name came from their shared love of music. ‘We’ve been running the local radio station for over ten years,’ explains Wayne. ‘It’s one of the major sponsors. And whenever [Dr Teo] does his operations, he always has music going, so we tied that into what makes our event different. It’s the entertainment — the music.’ Whether it’s the buskers outside, the three-course meal, the opening act, the auction or the headliner, ‘the whole thing’s about having fun, but it’s very much anchored by the music.’ This year’s headliner is the Never Ending 80’s, voted for by the guests who, Ann says, are mostly people affected by brain cancer. ‘They’re pleased to hear that what we’re raising is actually being used for research and not just for wages.’ The annual ball is run by those who can donate their time, money or services. ‘If we can get it, we do it,’ Ann says. ‘Channel 9 has come in as a really helpful sponsor, they’ve given us wonderful people in the past. Cameron Williams is going to be our MC for the night, while Dr Teo will be the guest speaker.’

THE CHARLIE TEO FOUNDATION The Charlie Teo Foundation was officially launched in March this year to shake up the way brain cancer research is funded in Australia. Charlie Teo is a global neurosurgeon, in demand across all continents for his willingness to offer surgery to those who have been given no hope. He devotes three months of every year for pro bono surgery in developing countries. His determination and inspiration to make a difference comes from his patients; every day they teach him extraordinary hope and courage. Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease and more Australians under 40 than any other cancer, yet the survival rate has increased just 1% over the past 30 years. The Charlie Teo Foundation is working hard to change those numbers by running a low-cost, lean and efficient charity. Charlie thinks outside the box to maximise the funding of innovative brain cancer research that has not traditionally been funded or supported. Together with Charlie’s incredibly loyal community of supporters, the Charlie Teo Foundation is fundraising big in the fight against brain cancer. MAKE A DONATION OR GET INVOLVED To donate or find out ways you can help, visit charlieteofoundation.org.au

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Food

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Slow-Roasted Lamb Shawarma

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Serves 4

PREP TIME: 25 mins COOKING TIME: 2½ hours, plus potato cooking time

INGREDIENTS 9 2 teaspoons ground allspice 9 2 teaspoons sweet paprika 9 3 teaspoons dried Greek-style oregano 9 Pinch of ground cinnamon 9 1 × 800g boneless butterflied lamb leg, all visible fat trimmed 9 Olive oil spray, for cooking 9 600g chat potatoes, steamed, lightly crushed and chilled overnight 9 Juice of 1 lemon 9 200g salt-reduced low-fat feta, crumbled or diced Broccoli, Cucumber and Pea Salad 9 ½ small head broccoli, broken into florets 9 150g frozen peas 9 1 baby cos lettuce, base trimmed, leaves washed, dried and shredded 9 1 Lebanese cucumber, halved lengthways, seeds removed, then thinly sliced on the diagonal 9 2 spring onions (green tops only), finely chopped 9 2 teaspoons lemon juice 9 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C fan-forced). 2 Combine the allspice, paprika, 2 teaspoons of the oregano, the cinnamon

and some freshly ground black pepper in a small bowl and rub all over the lamb, coating well. Place in a ceramic baking dish. Pour in enough water to come 2cm up the side of the lamb, taking care not to pour it over the lamb. Spray the lamb with olive oil, then cover the dish tightly with foil. Roast for 2½ hours, checking the water occasionally and adding more if necessary. The lamb should be tender and easily shredded with a fork.

3 When the lamb has been cooking for 1½ hours, place the crushed potatoes

in another roasting tin and pour the lemon juice evenly over the top. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1 teaspoon of oregano, then roast for 1 hour, turning occasionally, until golden and crisp.

4 Meanwhile, to make the salad, cook the broccoli in a saucepan of

simmering water for 3 minutes, then add the peas and cook for another 2 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender. Drain and rinse under cold running water then set aside.

5 Just before serving, combine the broccoli, peas, cos, cucumber and spring

onion in a bowl. Whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil, then add to the salad and toss to combine.

6 Shred the lamb with a fork, then serve 200g per person with one-quarter

each of the roast potatoes, salad and feta.

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Food

Antipasto Barbecue Chicken Serves 4

PREP TIME: 20 minutes COOKING TIME: 10 minutes, plus standing time

INGREDIENTS 9 2 tablespoons garlic-infused olive oil 9 2 teaspoons mixed dried herbs  00g chicken breast fillet, cut on the 98 diagonal into thick slices 9 1 eggplant, sliced into rounds 9 4 zucchinis, sliced on the diagonal 9 4 roma tomatoes, halved lengthways

9 ¼ cup (60ml) balsamic vinegar 9 100g pitted kalamata olives  00g salt-reduced Greek feta, 91 crumbled  small bunch flat-leaf parsley, 91 leaves picked, stems finely chopped

METHOD 1 Preheat a barbecue chargrill plate and flat plate to high heat.  2 Place the olive oil, herbs, chicken, eggplant, zucchini and tomato in a large bowl, 

and toss until well coated. Using tongs, transfer the chicken to the barbecue chargrill plate and the vegetable mixture to the flat plate. Cook, turning the vegetables occasionally and the chicken only once, for 10 minutes or until the chicken is golden and cooked through. Transfer the chicken and vegetables to a large bowl, cover loosely with foil, and rest for 3 minutes.

3 Add the remaining ingredients to the chicken mixture and toss gently to combine. 

Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper and serve immediately.

TIP

If desired, you can serve this meal with 2 cups (370g) of cooked quinoa (this will add 1 unit of breads and cereals and 3g fibre per serve).

Banana & Oat Pikelets WITH YOGHURT

Serves 6

PREP TIME: 15 minutes, plus soaking time COOKING TIME: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS 9 ¹⁄ ³ cup (50g) raw (natural) rolled oats 9 Up to ¾ cup (100g) green banana flour 9 1 teaspoon baking powder 9 ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 9 1 cup (250ml) high-calcium, lactose-free skim milk

9 1 egg, lightly beaten 9 2 bananas, mashed 9 2 large bananas, extra, sliced 9 Olive oil spray, for cooking 9 600g lactose-free natural yoghurt

METHOD 1 Place the oats in a food processor. Process until finely chopped to a flour texture. 

Transfer to a measuring jug and add enough green banana flour to make 1 cup total (100g) flour.

2 Place the flour mixture in a large bowl, add the baking powder and nutmeg, and 

whisk to combine. Whisk in the milk and egg to form a batter, then fold in the mashed banana.

3 Heat a large non-stick heavy-based frying pan over low–medium heat and spray 

TIP

You can use the same amount of potato starch in place of the green banana flour if you like.

with olive oil. Working in batches so as not to crowd the pan, add 1 tablespoon of batter for each pikelet and cook for 1–2 minutes until bubbles start to appear on the surface. Carefully turn over and cook for another 1–2 minutes until golden. Transfer to a heatproof plate and repeat with the remaining batter, spraying with a little more oil if needed. You should have enough batter to make 24 pikelets.

4 Serve the pikelets with the sliced banana and yoghurt. (Any leftover pikelets can be 

stored in a single layer in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 day.)

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Supporting women via the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute at Blacktown and Mt Druitt, Michelle talks us through the realities of breast cancer. 1

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A MCGRATH BREAST CARE NURSE?

I’ve been a McGrath Breast Care Nurse since 2016 and a registered nurse since 2003. I have a Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice), a Graduate Certificate in Cancer & Haematology Nursing, and am currently completing a Master of Cancer Nursing with a focus on breast cancer. 2 WHAT QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE DO

YOU NEED TO BECOME A MCGRATH BREAST CARE NURSE?

BREAST CHECK LOOK - at the shape and appearance of your breasts and nipples in the mirror with your hands by your sides. Raise your arms above your head and have another look. FEEL - all of your breasts and nipples, looking for anything that isn't normal for you. Feel from your collarbone to below the bra-line, and under your armpit too. LEARN - what's normal for you! Breasts come in all different shapes and sizes, so get to know your normal. See your doctor if you notice any changes.

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All McGrath Breast Care Nurses have relevant postgraduate qualifications in breast care nursing or cancer nursing. You must have at least five years’ post-registration experience in either surgical or medical oncology and, ideally, at least three years’ experience in cancer nursing or as a breast care nurse. You also need a genuine desire to make a difference to families by providing them with physical, psychological and emotional support. 3 WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME

A MCGRATH BREAST CARE NURSE? I started in Paediatric Oncology before taking a position at the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute in 2015. I’d read Jane and Glenn McGrath’s book and was really inspired by their story and the Foundation. I was motivated by the idea that one person, a nurse, could have such an incredible impact on someone’s experience of, and coping mechanisms with, breast cancer. The McGrath Breast Care Nurse role was one I aspired to, always such an elite position to hold. When the role came up in 2016 I applied and was fortunate to be offered the position. It’s wonderful to be part of the collaboration between the McGrath Foundation and the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute, as well as knowing we’re providing such vital, much-needed support for free.

on michelle.rosano@health.nsw.gov.au. You can get in touch without a referral and for free. I support both public and private patients, and there’s no charge associated with my care. 5 WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE

FOR YOU? No two days are the same. I spend time with people experiencing breast cancer, answering questions and clearing up misconceptions about their treatment. I can also attend medical appointments to ensure patients feel supported. I coordinate patient’s care to ensure they’ve got the right appointments when they need them, and help support their families. I provide this care from diagnosis all the way through to treatment and beyond, so I’m a familiar face at an overwhelming time. 6 ARE THERE ANY STAND-OUT, UPLIFTING

MOMENTS YOU CAN RECALL? There are so many rewarding parts of my role, it’s hard to pick just one. Some of the most rewarding aspects are being able to help make the hard things a little less difficult, the ability to build ongoing relationships with those I support and their families, and helping those I support to make the most of the life they have. A lot of people affected by breast cancer long to get back to their ‘normal’ life but, after treatment, ‘normal’ has often changed, so I enjoy helping people manage that transition. It also helps me keep everything in perspective, adding meaning to the saying, ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’. 7 WHAT ADVICE DO YOU GIVE TO THE PUBLIC

WHEN IT COMES TO EARLY DETECTION? Early detection is important when it comes to breast cancer. BreastScreen is a free service providing women from the age of 40 with a mammogram every two years, with reminders sent to women between the ages of 50 and 74 years. Self-checks are another important part of breast health, and women of all ages should be checking their breasts. There’s no right or wrong way to check, as long as you’re checking. Women should also become familiar and comfortable with what’s normal for them. Some key things to consider are what their breasts look like and how they feel. If anything changes, women should seek guidance from their GP.

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I’m based in Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospitals, and can be reached through the McGrath Foundation website or

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ITB Friction Syndrome Let’s talk about ITB Friction Syndrome. This painful and irritating condition is commonly seen in runners, cyclists, and even military personnel.

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nd what exactly does ITB mean? ITB stands for Iliotibial Band. This is a long, thin band of fascia that runs down the outside of your thigh.

At the top of the thigh it is attached to the Tensor Fascia Latae muscle and the Gluteus Maximus. It runs all the way down to your lower legbone, also known as the Tibia, and the Femoral Condyle on the lower outside portion of the thigh bone. This band can become irritated and painful due to poor biomechanics. Your biomechanics can become altered by many factors, including different training techniques which can lead to muscle weakness, fatigue and general muscle imbalances.

ITB FRICTION SYNDROME CAN COMMONLY BE CAUSED BY: • Poor running technique • Weak hip rotators • Weak inner quadriceps • Weak core muscles • Weak hip/gluteal muscles • Old running shoes that are no longer suitable • A sudden increase in training/marathon training, and • Running downhill excessively. SOME OF THE WARNING SIGNS OF ITB FRICTION SYNDROME INCLUDE: • Swelling over the outside of your knee • Pain when bending your knees, especially at the start of the bend • A sharp or burning pain just above the outer area of your knee • Pain that continually progresses when completing repetitive movements, and • Pain that interferes with sport or routine activities, and which persists.

Kris Caloia & Karl Thornton Physiotherapy Experts, Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy

The good news is that physiotherapy can bring relief and successfully manage this painful condition. Your physiotherapist will get to the cause of your ITB Friction Syndrome and work out a progressive treatment plan, with many patients feeling better only a few weeks after commencing treatment. Regular physiotherapy will reduce your acute pain and inflammation, as well as strengthen your hip, knee and leg muscles. De-loading your Iliotibial Band, and assistance with modifying your training, will also help manage the condition.

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Design & Colour If you have any questions or queries about ITB Friction Syndrome, contact the Progressive team today. The St Paul’s crest represents the centrality of the cross to the Christian faith and thus mission of our school; profiled by the get your physio assessment today rising sun symbolising our hope and future in Christ. The crest is made up of the central logo Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy has of anthe with the name and motto school around the diameter.

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ave you ever wanted to run away to a secluded island in the middle of the ocean? To a place where you can relax and unwind, enjoy a little adventure, soak up the sunshine and enjoy the view? Then a holiday to the Maldives is what you’re looking for. The Maldives is a tropical archipelago comprising 188 inhabited islands out of 1,190 islands set in 26 natural atolls in the Indian Ocean. Over 115 uninhabited islands throughout the area have been transformed into luxurious resorts. Guesthouses have been built on inhabited islands, giving tourists a wonderful chance to experience the Maldivian side of life. The Maldives has everything you want in a holiday; we guarantee you’ll to want to return. Enjoy adventure sports, ranging from para-gliding to underwater scooters. You can

cruise for a week-long safari on a Liveaboard vessel to dive, discover marine life, explore islands, swim with mantarays, and watch dolphins at play. If luxury and relaxation is your forte, you’ll fall in love with the white sandy beaches, swaying coconut palms and pristine blue lagoons. Being on the Equator where the sun is hottest, you’ll enjoy beautiful sunny days year-round. Daytime temperatures average 30 degrees Celsius, dropping to around 23 degrees at night. It rarely rains but, when it does, it’s warm and tropical. The Maldives really is the perfect tropical destination. There’s so much to do, with snorkelling and scuba diving through to deep sea fishing and other lagoon-based activities available at all resorts. Enjoy hook and line fishing from the side of a dhoni sail boat and have the resort prepare your catch for dinner. Experience windsurfing, para-gliding, water-skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing. Resorts can arrange dolphin spotting cruises and visits to local islands to see the traditional Maldivian way of life, or even organise a picnic on a sandbank. There are also spas, offering Yoga and a variety of wellness treatments. Some resorts organise lessons in cookery or

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Pets

Allergies in Pets WHY IS MY PET SO ITCHY? As we welcome the warm weather, we start to see many issues related to the change in season. One of these is allergies.

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Dr Erin Short Greencross Vets Coreen Avenue

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nimals can develop a range of allergies, with problems not limited to itchy skin and dermatitis. Allergies can also cause hot spots, ear infections, conjunctivitis and sneezing. Signs are often worse in spring and summer. Flea allergy dermatitis, affecting both cats and dogs, is intensely itchy. It typically causes hair loss and scabbing on the rump. The allergy is to the flea saliva, so even a single flea bite can cause intense clinical signs. Fleas in large numbers can cause anaemia and they carry tapeworms.

cured but can be managed. Dermatologists can perform allergy testing and develop desensitising vaccinations, and there are effective allergy medications to help. Allergies will always be a recurrent issue, but management is aimed at reducing the severity of signs and frequency of recurrences.

Mosquitoes typically cause scabbing and itching on the ears of dogs and the face of cats. They also carry heartworm.

Allergies can’t be cured but can be managed.

Plant allergies typically cause an itch on feet, armpits, groins, chests and bellies. Depending on the offending plant, they may be more allergenic at different times of the year. Grasses are often more allergenic when freshly cut or wet. Atopic dermatitis refers to allergies that are caused by inhaled allergens, like pollens and dust mites. Food allergies are not normally seasonal. They’re generally from large proteins (beef, chicken, pork and lamb), with grain an uncommon allergen in dogs and cats. Gastric signs like vomiting, diarrhoea and inappetence can be seen in conjunction with skin disease. Skin allergies are one of the most upsetting and frustrating issues for pet owners. Allergies can’t be

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Beauty

It's Formal Season... ARE YOU READY? Slay at your school formal with fab hair, makeup and skin!

Local Expert

Marianne Arthur Beauty Expert Insignia Hair and Day Spa

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he most sought-after hair styles of the moment are vintage waves, voluminous pony tails, and relaxed boho braids.

Vintage waves create a chic and sultry look that’s fantastic for medium to long hair (they absolutely rock with a smokey eye and nude lip – or a bold power pout if you dare!). The soft voluminous ponytail is another popular style that screams ‘party’ but gives a touch of class. It’s also uber-feminine and easy to recreate at home. This is where volumising products and dry shampoo become your new BFF. Offering so much versatility, braids are still very much the coveted choice for formals. Boho braids, combined with a loose up-do, are a simple yet graceful style that’s increasing in popularity.

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WITH YOUR MAKEUP, THERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER: 1 What colours are your dress and accessories?

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products out there for all types of skin). Exfoliate a few times a week to remove the build-up of dead skin and even out your skin tone. Give your skin a boost by having a deep cleansing facial treatment a couple of weeks prior. Brow maintenance appointments in the lead-up to the big night, as well as a lash tint (and even a lash lift if you want to add some ‘wow’ to your eyes – trust me, you won’t regret it!) will have you turning heads like nothing else. Now – go slay! INSIGnia has got you covered

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Jewellery

PROT EC T ING Y O U R

Precious Possessions

Is your jewellery insured? And we’re not talking home and contents insurance. Jewellery is the third most commonly stolen item in Australian household robberies. And as a general rule, home and contents insurance only covers up to $5,000 worth of jewellery.

POLICIES THAT PROTECT YOU Australia has a premium jewellery insurer; Q Report. Q Report offers international cover for the loss, theft or damage of your insured jewellery. Their policies include an agreed value, payment cover of 125%, and a fixed $100 excess. They also provide annual revaluations and adapt the policies accordingly to ensure your pieces remain correctly insured.

You also need to provide proof of purchase and proof of value to make an insurance claim on lost or stolen jewellery. A valuation certificate defines the materials in your jewellery, the type and style of your piece, and its current market value. These are vital for insurers to guarantee the value of the product they’re replacing. SOME PIECES ARE INVALUABLE

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Let’s look at engagement rings as an example of why you should insure your jewellery independently. The average engagement ring costs between $5,000 and $10,000. This makes it one of the highest-ticket, single-purchase items in your life. Being small and highly valuable, it’s prone to loss, theft or damage. If anything was to happen, the likelihood of replacing your ring for the same cost, like for like, is extremely low. A moving market, the influence of time on value, and changes in trends can all affect availability, demand, and the cost of materials.

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Relationships

Relationships A & Mental Illness

ccording to the World Health Organisation, one in four of us suffers from some form of a mental health issue. So if you’re sensing that something may not be quite right with your partner, there is a strong possibility that mental health may be at play. As mental health week approaches this October, it’s a good idea to begin thinking about how we can help those we love to deal with the issues they may face.

Are you in love with a partner struggling with their mental health?

Local Expert Melissa Ferrari Psychotherapist & Relationship Expert

Mental health issues in a relationship can be incredibly tough. They impact not only the person suffering, but often those closest to them, including partners and children. Often overlooked, mental health can potentially have relationship-ending consequences for the twosome that has been created. It can be torn apart by constant arguing and the subsequent emotional outbursts.

brain that picks up threat signals such as dangerous words, phrases and voices. If you can keep your approach positive, using a gentle voice, kind words, a smile or an expression of appreciation, then you’re soothing that part of the brain. While this may ease some of the stress on your relationship, the most important thing you can do is seek help. Find a counsellor you’re both comfortable with and work together on tackling the cause. Be strong. By facing this issue together, and with the right support, there’s every chance that the love and light that brought you together in the first place will be the supportive environment that your partner needs to heal.

In the end, there is only so much strain a relationship can take before breaking. If the mental illness goes undetected as the conflict rages and you split, the issue is likely to repeat in a future relationship. So, if you find yourself in relationship with someone you deeply love and who is clearly struggling with their mental health, what can you do? Firstly, keep in mind that located deep within the brain is a part called the amygdalae. This is the part of the

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Finance

Spending Prevent You From Refinancing? WILL YOUR

Local Expert Melissa Browne Money & Business Strategy Expert Accounting & Taxation Advantage

Regardless of whether you’re an investor, borrower or first home buyer, the game has changed when it comes to lending.

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PRA now expects banks and other lending institutions to undertake a new serviceability assessment when there are material changes to loan conditions.

What does this mean for you? Let’s take your living expenses. Last year it may have been perfectly adequate to use income and expense estimates for the purposes of assessing an applicant’s capacity to repay. The higher of the Household Expenditure Method (HEM) and customer declared living expenses were accepted in the serviceability assessment.

There are now 12 categories of living expenses that borrowers must provide a detailed response on, and a rough estimate of living expenses is not acceptable.

There are now 12 categories of living expenses that borrowers must provide a detailed response on, and a rough estimate of living expenses is not acceptable. Expenses are verified with a mandatory three months of the borrower’s most recent bank transaction account and credit card statements. If there are items in the statements that do not support declared living expenses, borrowers will need to provide adequate justification. Betty Preshaw from Mojo Mortgages talks about a client who, after providing three months’ worth of bank and credit card statements, had to explain individual transactions. One transaction was an evening course (paid in full), with the bank wanting proof it was completed. Declared clothing expenses of $200 per month were questioned because a $500 debit from David Jones appeared on her credit card. If you know banks will be looking at three months’ worth of transactions to prove serviceability, start making conscious choices about whether your spending will impact your ability to secure a loan. If it will, then consider deferring your purchases or going without. It will make it so much easier knowing you have a spending history that the banks will be happy with, rather than having to justify individual purchases that don’t match up with what you’re declaring to be your spending pattern. We’re in a new era of responsible lending, so if you’re even considering a rate change, loan swap, comparing banks, buying an investment property or purchasing your own home, work with your broker. Understand the changes and ensure that your income, assets and spending align with the criteria required for you to obtain funding.

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Budget

Christmas B Shopping

efore kids, I used to be a Christmas Eve shopper. Now, though, my gifts are purchased and wrapped by November – and I always come in within budget. How? I shop the bargains throughout the year.

ON A BUDGET 'Spending money to save money’; I don’t say that very often, but Christmas shopping is one of those spends that can’t be avoided.

Here’s How to Deliver Christmas on a Budget

You may have noticed that, in the last month, shops such as Target, Kmart and BigW, as well as many others, have so many sales. Last week I picked up girl’s leggings for $1. Although they may not be worn until Winter 2019, I pop them in my daughters ‘presents’ tub ready and waiting for the right time to gift them.

• Only purchase items that don’t need to be returned, as the 30-day money back guarantee will have expired • Buy the gift with a person in mind • Don’t just buy something because it’s cheap; instead think, ‘Would they really like that?’

I now have three large tubs that I’ve written each of my kids’ names on, as well as one for the rest of the family. Month by month, they’re filled with items I see when out and about. This way I can spread out the cost, as well as be super-organised and spend less.

• Make a list of everyone you need to buy for (I even include birthdays), and keep it in your bag. It's always handy to re-jig your memory if you see a great deal • Buy your gift wrapping in January when it's 80% off, and wrap as you buy (or when you have a spare minute).

Local Expert

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Lending

Interest Rates

WHAT ARE INTEREST RATES?

WILL THEY GO UP OR DOWN?

If you’re buying a home or paying off a mortgage, interest rates matter. After all, every movement either costs or saves you money.

Local Expert Peita Davies

Home Loan Specialist realestate.com.au Home Loans Penrith

The interest rate is a crucial part of your home loan. Put simply, interest is the amount you pay on your loan in addition to any payments you’re making to pay off the property. WHAT HAVE INTEREST RATES BEEN DOING LATELY? While interest rates have moved up and down over time, as of late 2018 they’re relatively stable and at historical lows. In fact, the RBA’s official cash rate has been sitting at 1.5% since August 2016.

A variable rate will go up and down in line with interest rates. Benefits often include the ability to make extra repayments, as well as redraw facilities and offset accounts. A fixed rate means you’ll know exactly how much you’ll pay on your home loan for a certain period. This could be a good option if you think rates will go up. If you’re unsure, you could also choose a split rate loan. This gives you some degree of certainty by letting you fix part of your home loan, while also allowing you all the benefits and features of a variable rate loan.

WHICH WAY ARE INTEREST RATES FORECAST TO MOVE NEXT? After a long period of unchanged interest rates, some of the ‘Big 4’ lenders recently began moving theirs up. While it’s impossible to accurately predict what all lenders will do, many believe that interest rate rises will be gradual and considered, rather than rapid. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR MY HOME LOAN? Whenever you’re thinking about taking out a home loan, you should always factor in a potential interest rate rise. You want to ensure that you have the capacity to meet your ongoing repayments. Beyond that, whether you believe interest rates will rise or fall could impact your decision to go with a fixed, variable or split rate loan.

Looking for a great interest rate? Peita Davies Local home loan specialist 0452 214 202 Peita.davies@realestatehls.com.au 1B Castlereagh St, Penrith NSW 2750 Peita Davies is a credit representative (399495) of BLSSA Pty Ltd ABN 69 117 651 760 (Australian Credit Licence 391237).

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Property

Liquidate a Rental Property WHEN TO

Local Expert

Sharon Mudiman Property Expert Bespoke Realty Group

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As first home-buyers can attest, the Australian dream of owning your own home is becoming harder and harder to achieve.

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ith so much focus on this demographic, it’s easy to forget that current homeowners also have issues to contend with that require constant review and assessment. Often the tone of the media is to vilify investment property owners. However, a large percentage of regular families bought into the idea of stretching themselves financially to purchase a rental property under the advice of never, ever selling it. Yet, as with all of life’s journeys, they often come with roadblocks, detours and speedbumps along the way. So... is there ever a good time to sell an investment property?

investment property owners because, for example, if you want to sell your property because you’re struggling with, say, 40% of your income going to mortgage(s) but you’ll owe Capital Gains Tax when you sell, how are you supposed to know what to do? It’s simply a numbers game. What’s often not addressed, though, is an additional factor that’s worth considering. To put it frankly, banks don’t like you to think about the cost of money. This means that, in simple terms, when you have a mortgage you’re paying to use the bank’s money. If you have an investment property with a $300,000 mortgage at 3.9% interest, it costs you $11,700 per year to hold that mortgage. Ask yourself - is your property increasing in value at a rate of $11,700 a year? If so, you’re onto a winner and should do everything in your power to hold.

Naturally, it’s important to speak with a financial advisor before making any big moves. If the question of whether to hold or sell keeps popping up, though, it may be time to consider the variables to determine whether to stay the course.

On the flip side, overextending yourself financially can cause distress for families who thought buying a second property was the answer to their financial ambitions. Finances are important, but moments and memories are the key to happiness. If financial pressure is undermining your lifestyle, this also holds considerable merit when deciding whether to hold or sell.

The two well-known considerations that receive a lot of airtime are the incurrence of Capital Gains Tax from the sale of an investment property, and management of the 30% mortgage stress threshold. This can be conflicting for

So, with a complicated issue comes a complex solution. Reviewing your family’s key priorities and long-term financial and emotional goals on a regular basis will ensure you make an informed decision when the timing is right.

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Interiors

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Legal

Local Expert

Tag & Drag? The majority owner – the one doing the dragging – must give the minority shareholder the same price, terms and conditions as any other seller.

One protects and the other forces – are they covered in your company’s constitution to avoid shareholder disputes?

This protects the majority shareholder. Some buyers want complete control of a company, so the drag along rights help remove minority owners and allow 100% of a company’s securities to be sold to the buyer.

TAG ALONG RIGHTS (PROTECTING)

This control over the transfer of shares means that, generally, the rights of traditional shareholders when transferring shares, such as rights of first refusal, are recognised. Management should consider each transaction carefully to avoid jeopardising an exit opportunity for the private equity (PE) investor.

...are an obligation, under contract, to protect a minority shareholder, usually in a venture capital deal. This means that if a majority shareholder sells a stake, then the minority shareholders have the right to join the transaction and sell their stakes in the company.

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These rights are crucial if, for any reason, the PE company is not prepared to exercise its rights of first refusal. When shareholders sell their interests to a third party, tag along rights enable PE investors to co-sell their stakes in the company under the same conditions as the selling shareholders. It is important that these rights are included in a company’s constitution or a Shareholders’ Agreement and are able to be enforced if there is a dispute. These rights should be considered when you propose to invest in a company. When in doubt, consult your legal adviser.

Tag along rights are appealing to PE companies which hold a minority stake in a company and do not want to become a majority shareholder. These rights allow them to co-sell their stake when the majority shareholder or the key officers want to sell theirs, without being obliged to stay in the company with a new third party or without the key individuals who manage the company.

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Horoscopes

Horoscopes By Sherrynne Dalby

Libra

(23 SEP – 23 OCT)

Scorpio (23 OCT – 22 NOV) This should be quite a positive time for you. There is certainly plenty to be thankful for. Not feeling it yet? Sometimes you need to be reminded of how good life can be. We all need to stop and take time occasionally to smell the roses. It’s so easy to get caught in the negative and, once in the loop, it becomes harder and harder to see the positive. So if you aren’t feeling it, now is the time to stop and count your blessings. The more positives you create in your life, the less room there is for the negatives.

Capricorn (22 DEC – 20 JAN)

Ruling Planet: Venus Sign:

The Scales

Gemstones:

Opal

Colours:

Lemon, pale blue, pale green, pink

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Friday

Number:

Six

This is your annual time for renewal. Happy Solar Return Libra! The saying ‘Many Happy Returns’ is a reference to the sun returning each year to the same area in the sky that it was at the time of birth. For Libra this year, that is from 23 September until 23 October and covering all those born under the sign of the Scales, the coming month will give you a snapshot of the year ahead. Pay attention to what is going on around your birthday for clues. September birthdays will find their year focuses on relationships. Time to become more serious in the way you deal with others. Some will end, others will begin. Early October birthdays are looking to make changes both internally and externally. You are looking to shake things up and this can have you on edge at times, especially so for birthdays around the 9th. There can be much activity around financial matters for all Libras. As long as you have a plan and clear vision, it will all work out in the end.

Cancer (21 JUN – 23 JUL) Relationships continue to dominate but now you also have the complication of juggling home and family with career. Stop and take a breath. You are being reminded that life is not easy. We are complex beings with complicated lives. As the saying goes, ‘man is not an island’. While at times we need to make decisions and act on our own, there are always ramifications. Others in our lives are affected by our choices and, as such, there are some decisions that just shouldn’t be made alone. Late month provides opportunities for R&R; leave work and have fun.

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You are slowly adjusting to the changes currently afoot in your world. It can be that you feel you are being dragged kicking and screaming rather than guiding the change. Remember, you are always in charge of your own life, even if it is only in the way you respond or react to events. You are currently working with some fairly major shifts that are reverberating through all levels of your life. You are looking for more stability and realising this can equate to letting things go. It is time to prioritise - what is really important?

Pisces (19 FEB – 21 MAR) While you may be content to just hang at home most of the time, October can be the time you finally spread your wings and take flight, literally. It’s the perfect time for heading to new places and exploring new worlds. Not interstellar travel, but it will be somewhere new for most Pisces and can be as exciting. For others it will be returning to somewhere that feels like home. As with any holiday or travel, the big thing is paying for the fun time. Keep close tabs on your spending or you may find yourself paying for it much longer than planned.

Sagittarius (22 NOV – 22 DEC) Overall, October should be a relatively quiet month (the key word being relatively). Use the time to follow up leads and explore a little networking - this doesn’t just apply to workers, we all need allies. It can also be useful for making home renovation plans. You can be inspired at the moment, but try to keep your dreams a little real. It can be easy to get caught up in all the things we would like to do but, often, our budgets don’t match our desires. Dream big by all means but remember to look at them in the harsh light of reality.

Aquarius (20 JAN – 19 FEB) You continue to plod along, although that plodding has picked up a pace or two. In fact, you should have felt quite a rush of energy. Hopefully you are now converting that energy into something useful. Generally, career matters should be quite positive and, as long as you have a clear vision, forward motion should be easy to achieve. This can require some sacrifice where home and family are concerned but, if you are looking for long-term gain, sometimes shortterm pain is necessary. It is important to discuss the options with all who will be affected to ensure support.

Aries (21 MAR – 20 APR) Finances, or perhaps lack thereof, can be a major focus for you throughout October. It can be that you may need to bide your time as it can feel a little like you are moving further backwards before there is any sign of moving forward. Friends can be well-meaning with their advice, but think twice before you act on it. How successful is the advice giver in that area of life themselves? Relationships can be a little up and down, and it is essential to keep communications open and clear in order to avoid misunderstandings.

Taurus (20 APR – 21 MAY)

Gemini (21 MAY – 21 JUN)

October is a big month for you where relationships are concerned. There is the need to revisit a situation in order to clear the way and move forward. Things may have been stagnating for a while now and you are really looking to shakes things up. Mid-month is a good time to talk things through with someone. Even though it is important to clear the air, and this may require revisiting painful memories, use it positively and resist getting caught up in it. As Elsa said, ‘let it go’ - this is the purpose of the revisit.

Health issues from the past can resurface over the next few months. No need to be overly concerned, but do keep an eye on things and have a check-up as needed. Health and fitness may feel in overload later in the month; it’s a light shining so you can clearly see where change is necessary. This is a time for you to relax and enjoy life, taking time out for trying a new hobby. Perhaps there is something you have always wanted to try or master possibly art classes or learning an instrument? If so, now is the perfect time.

Leo (23 JUL – 23 AUG) October can be quite a busy time as you find yourself expending more energy than usual on others. Communication is key, along with being organised. With extra demands on your time it is easy to accidentally double-book or forget appointments, so write everything down and create reminders. Juggling career and family becomes more of an issue late in the month, so be sure to have backup plans. There can be a feeling of de ja vu as you find yourself revisiting issues around the home that you thought had been finished some time ago.

Virgo (23 AUG – 23 SEP) You may find yourself short of ready cash early October. This is a situation you should be able to rectify quite quickly but it will require some sensible budgeting. Mid-month may show some new ways to either earn a little more or make what you have stretch further. It can be that, after sorting your finances, you can afford that holiday you have been dreaming of. Book early and pay it off before you go. You may find yourself going over old ground, but don’t get bogged down in it. Deal with it and move forward.


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