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This issue is absolutely jam-packed with so many incredible local events! The first is the Centenary of Armistice event at Penrith Paceway. This is a wonderful family day that evokes so much emotion and has so much meaning. I know how much work has gone into planning this event – it will be one to remember. And with the iconic Poppy Park being reconstructed, definitely mark it as a family day out on the calendar. The event marks 100 years since the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. Our cover for this issue is of women and children celebrating in the streets of Sydney after they heard the news that the war was over.
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Our next must-attend event is the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. This year we’ll be lighting up Memory Park – the High Street upgrade will be complete and our cafes will remain open to tempt us all with their delights. You’ll see we’ve also snuck in a Christmas Colouring Competition this month. There are some awesome prizes to be won, so send in your entry before the cut-off time to be in the running! Finally, you may notice a new addition to the magazine. In response to your requests, we’ve introduced a puzzle section. Take time out and enjoy! It’s this kind of feedback that I love receiving. If you think of ways we can continue to improve Roaming, please keep the emails coming!
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Local Roaming LOCAL SHOWS ARJ BARKER – WE NEED TO TALK 10 NOVEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH Hey, you got an hour? Look, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about… us, and where we’re headed. This isn’t easy, but I need to be 100% honest with you, even if what I say makes you laugh, very, very hard. You had better sit down for this… Australia’s adopted son of comedy returns to Australia with his brand new show, We Need To Talk.
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LEE CHILD – AUTHOR TALK 19 NOVEMBER THE JOAN Lee Child is the internationally bestselling author of The Jack Reacher series. With over 100 million books sold worldwide, Lee will be discussing his heartstopping new book, PAST TENSE, the 23rd novel in The Jack Reacher series.
23 NOVEMBER BLUE MT THEATRE & HUB From Enya to Silent Night, Daft Punk to The Twelve Days Of Christmas, these dysfunctional sisters take family get-togethers to a new level with their unusual array of instruments, from cheese grater to toilet brush.
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26 NOVEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH World Series Wrestling returns to Panthers with International Assault – THE ELITE TAKEOVER! Direct from the USA, Cody and Brandi Rhodes will be joined by all of your favourite World Series Wrestling Stars. penrith.panthers.com.au
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BOWIE UNZIPPED 1 DECEMBER BLUE MT THEATRE & HUB Nothing says ‘dance party’ like David Bowie, and no-one does David Bowie like Jeff Duff. Join Jeff for a night of spectacular music, dancing and good times. With a dance ﬂoor area, you’re free to dance ‘til you drop!
THE 91-STOREY TREEHOUSE 5 & 6 DECEMBER THE JOAN Andy and Terry’s Treehouse has reached 91 Stories! Find out why its more fantastically dangerous and challenging than ever, with a deserted island, whirlpool, and giant spider! thejoan.com.au
“TO BE OR NOT TO BE” A VARIETY CONCERT 7 DECEMBER THE JOAN The talented and versatile students from Lee Windon Dancers will present a variety concert of song and dance filled with high-energy entertainment. Experience a performance featuring original choreography and truly beautiful costumes.
LAWRENCE MOONEY 9 NOVEMBER BLUE MT THEATRE & HUB Malcolm Bligh Turnbull is often ridiculed for being out of touch, aloof and humourless. It’s time to discover the real Malcolm Turnbull – witty, charming, erudite and sexually explosive. This show has strong language and content that may offend.
THE BROTHERS GIBB – THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF THE BEE GEES 14 NOVEMBER BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & HUB This stunning show takes the audience down memory lane, from the Bee Gees’ humble beginnings in Manchester England to the dizzying heights of world-wide acclaim with the release of Saturday Night Fever. Featuring all the hits you would expect to hear, enjoy a blast from the past as a bevy of top musicians recreate the unique sounds of the Bee Gees. bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au
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30 NOVEMBER BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & HUB Don’t miss the chance to see Lior in this one-off intimate solo show. Known for his dynamic and moving performances, Lior has earned a reputation as one of Australia’s finest live performers. He is part of a rare breed of artists that has achieved a great degree of success and critical acclaim while maintaining an independence and individuality in their craft.
2 DECEMBER THE JOAN Messiah is Handel’s best-known work in opera in the Italian style, and has been a fixture on the concert stage ever since its premiere in Dublin in 1742. Don’t miss it.
30 NOVEMBER O’DONOGHUES Thirsty Merc will be bringing all their hits, such as Someday, Someday and In the Summertime, to a packed beer garden for a huge one-off (and awesome!) show!
BRAHMS & DVOŘÁK 10 NOVEMBER THE JOAN Sadaharu Muramatsu makes a welcome return to conduct the PSO in two of the greatest works of the orchestral repertoire. Dvořák’s ninth symphony is one of the most popular symphonies ever written. thejoan.com.au
SIMON TEDESCHI SOLO PIANO RECITAL 10 NOVEMBER BLUE MT THEATRE & HUB Simon Tedeschi is often described by respected critics and musical peers as one of the finest artists in the world. He is one of the most sought-after pianists in Australia, renowned for championing non-standard repertoire for piano.
A LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE 30 NOVEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH With the British super group famously refusing to reunite following the death of John Bonham in 1980, NO QUARTER has stepped into the breach. They keep the band’s fans satisfied and the spirit alive all the way from Seattle, US.
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THE SCREAMING JETS 7 DECEMBER O’DONOGHUES We’re welcoming The Screaming Jets to O’Donoghues for a huge night to celebrate the launch of their new album, Gotcha Covered. This is the Jet’s 8th full-length album, and they’ll be looking to bring the house down in their typical high-intensity style!
LEE KERNAGHAN 1 DECEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH One of the indisputable all-time greats of Australian country, Lee Kernaghan has announced select Encore 25th Anniversary shows for 2018 following his Boys From The Bush Tour. The concert will cover 25 years of smash hits and feature songs from Lee’s new 25th Anniversary Album. Fans are encouraged to book tickets early - secure your place to celebrate with Lee at what will be a very special musical event. penrith.panthers.com.au
AUST. FLEETWOOD MAC SHOW 8 DECEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH Running in the Shadows will pay homage to the superstar band. The sixpiece rock band explores Fleetwood Mac’s extensive back catalogue, covering all the classic ballads, blues and rock songs from their five decade plus career.
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Local Roaming Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
THINGS TO DO
FUN | CLASSIC | ADVENTUROUS
SUN RISING The Songs That Made Memphis
18 & 19 JAN
ORAVA QUARTET with Greta Bradman
GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL
8 & 9 MAR
CHRISTINE ANU In Conversation and Song
I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS
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CONCERTOS ON FIRE
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TAIKOZ The Beauty of Eight
2 & 3 AUG
11 & 12 SEP
ECHOES OF THE JAZZ AGE Simon Tedeschi & John Bell
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8 – 11 NOVEMBER TWIN CREEKS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB See golf at its best! Walk the fairways with the stars of the PGA Tour of Australasia at Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club. After the action enjoy a host of other activities perfect for the entire family.
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10 NOVEMBER PANTHERS STADIUM Westfield Matildas return to Penrith for a clash of international proportions when they take on the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers, Chile, at Panthers Stadium this November. It’s a great day out for the whole family, and offers up-and-coming local players a once in a lifetime chance to experience an international match right on their doorstep.
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11 NOVEMBER, 10:30AM – 11:30AM MEMORY PARK, PENRITH This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914 – 18). Honour the memory of those who served our great country and lost their lives during WWI.
EVERY MONDAY AFTER 5PM THE BAVARIAN Grab a delicious roasted chicken dinner - half a chook with chips and slaw - all for $10! After your meal stick around and join in the Brains and Beer Trivia that starts at 6:30pm.
24 NOVEMBER SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL REGATTA CENTRE Calling all kids aged 7-13! Become an IRONKID when you complete the kid’s-only version of the IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney at the Penrith Regatta Centre. Do the triathlon by yourself or get a grown-up involved. With an emphasis on safety, fitness and fun, it’s a great day out for all. There’s a random prize draw afterwards, and each finisher will receive an awesome medal and shirt.
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ALL NOVEMBER GET INVOLVED - GO ONLINE FOR DETAILS Calling all men! November is time to ‘Grow a mow and save a bro’. Men are facing a health crisis and dying too young. Grow a mow this Movember to raise funds for men’s health and help tackle prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
EVERY SATURDAY PENRITH LAKES & NEPEAN RIVER Open to all, walk/run for your own enjoyment and at your own pace. Register online to be timed, and catch up with others for a coffee afterwards.
WEDNESDAY MORNINGS 7AM - 8AM THE MONDO, PENRITH PLAZA Enjoy free yoga classes at the Mondo, located between Westfield, the Library, and The Joan.
NETWORKING EVENTS WOMEN WITH ALTITUDE
22 & 27 NOV @ 8.45AM. VISIT ONLINE FOR LOCATIONS We are an eclectic community of women, from women in business through to mums finding new ways to thrive, who are passionate about creating a fulfilling life. Our intention is to connect more women supporting women. We uplift, inspire, educate and advocate for prosperity in business, career and personal life. womenwithaltitude.com.au
PENRITH CBD CORP - MONTHLY COFFEE CATCH UP FIRST WEDNESDAY - MONTHLY 7.30AM – 8.30AM. RED COW INN The Penrith CBD Corporation would like to extend an invitation to you to join us at our next Coffee Catch Up. It’s a great way for you to meet your fellow Penrith Business Owners in a relaxed get-together while enjoying your hot morning coffee (which we pay for!). penrithcbdcorp.com.au
PENRITH VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHAMBER CONNECT – 13 NOV, 6 - 8PM. WESTERN SYDNEY UNIVERSITY Discover how your business can access the latest technology and expertise at Chamber Connect (the Maker Space at Western Sydney University Kingswood Campus). Enjoy drinks and canapes, and see the latest in 3D printing (including metal printing), the design of educational spaces, lasers cutters and more! penrithchamber.org.au
Side by Side i T he music of two of Australia’s most enduring showbiz legends, Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen, is brought to you by two of Australia’s finest cabaret stars. Donna Boyd and Simon Gillespie will take you on a captivating journey through the triumphs, tears, hits and heartaches of these two adored Australian icons.
OLIVIA AND ALLEN EVENT DETAILS Wednesday, 28 November 11am
Standard $20 (includes a delicious morning tea served from 10am) Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre 597 High Street, Penrith 4723 7600 thejoan.com.au
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Christmas Twilight Markets 7 DECEMBER 5-9PM THE AUSTRALIAN PIONEER VILLAGE A very popular and well-known event, The Australian Pioneer Village Christmas Twilight Markets offer so much to see and do! Enjoy a magical night under twinkling lights while you browse through over 40 Christmas-themed variety stalls, including luscious food and the village’s unique speciality shops that will be open all night. And don’t forget to visit the snow tent or get your family photo taken with Santa and Mrs Claus! THEAPV.ORG.AU
Glenmore Park Christmas Market 8 DECEMBER GLENMORE PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE Glenmore Park Christmas Market will showcase craft, food, plants and clothing items, many of which are handmade and most of which are local. There are over 30 gorgeous stalls and food vendors for your enjoyment. @GLENMOREPARKMARKET
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SCENIC WORLD PRESENTS
dinosaur valley Millions of years ago dinosaurs roamed our Jurassic forest. Now, they’re back.
inosaur Valley is coming to Scenic World this summer, bringing the ancient rainforest to life with prehistoric dinosaurs from November 1to January 28.
In the first event of its kind in the Blue Mountains, Dinosaur Valley will take you back through time. Explore the fascinating world of dinosaurs among the towering Jurassic rainforest. Whether you’re four or 104, you’ll love meeting life-sized dinosaurs up close during daily ‘Meet and Roar’ events (joined by friendly Dinosaur Rangers, of course!). The kids will get a thrill out of the exciting trail guides, take-home Junior Ranger Packs, and the chance to pat and take photos with a baby dinosaur. With a range of free or discounted events on offer, from dress-up days to free movies (locals can even book a twilight tour and movie screening), you’ll want to go more than once.
Whether you’re four or 104, you’ll love meeting lifesized dinosaurs up close during daily ‘Meet and Roar’ events
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“Dinosaurs have continued to capture our imaginations for centuries and we hope to tap into that curiosity in creative ways that leave a lasting impact on our guests,” said Alana Silk, Scenic World Events Manager. It’s the perfect excuse for a summer weekend getaway; make the most of the accommodation packages available and, if you’re stuck for Christmas gift ideas, this could be just the ticket! Dinosaur Valley is free with your entry to Scenic World, with tickets now available. So… are you ready to travel back in time?
EVENT DETAILS Scenic World presents Dinosaur Valley November 1 to January 28
Adults: from $39 Children under 14: $21 Family Pass: $99 (Two adults and up to five children). Enjoy unlimited travel on the Scenic Railway, Skyway, Cableway and Walkway. A range of exclusive accommodation packages are available online. 1 Violet St Katoomba NSW dinosaurvalley.com.au
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New Nepean River Bridge
NAMED YANDHAI NEPEAN CROSSING Alongside the opening of the new pedestrian and cyclist bridge across Penrith’s Nepean River, the name of the new Western Sydney landmark is revealed.
The word ‘Yandhai’, used to describe the river, means walking in the path of past and present. It’s reﬂective of stories describing the past use of the river by the Darug Yura (people).
The community was encouraged to think about names which best described the bridge or had geographical, historical, community or local Aboriginal significance. They provided a wonderful range of suggestions.
The word ‘Nepean’ identifies the location of this amazing bridge, and ‘Crossing’ signifies the purpose of the bridge and the use of the location along the river as a significant crossing.
A naming committee was formed, which spent many hours deliberating on the best fit for such an iconic piece of infrastructure.
tuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith, said the name was selected after thorough consultation with the community and in time for the official opening, which occured on Sunday 28 October.
“There’s an almost spiritual connection between Penrith residents and the Nepean River, so to be able to bring the history of two great cultures together in the name of this new bridge is very special,” said the Minister.
“I’m pleased to announce the new pedestrian and cyclist bridge across the Nepean River has been named ‘Yandhai Nepean Crossing’,” Minister Ayres said.
He said NSW Roads and Maritime Services called for name suggestions in July this year ahead of the bridge opening.
“This name signifies the language of the Darug people who have strong traditional and historical ties to Western Sydney and the Nepean River, as well as providing a clear geographical location of the bridge.”
Minister Ayres said the new pedestrian and cyclist bridge will encourage the community to get active and make further use of the excellent walking routes in the region. “The NSW Government has worked hard to deliver this project for the community, and the ‘Yandhai Nepean Crossing’ will be a local landmark for the Nepean region for years to come,” he said.
“There was a strong response from the community, with more than 300 submissions received in less than a month.
“I thank the community for their excellent suggestions.” (* Yandhai is pronounced Yan-di)
“It’s not often the community gets the chance to suggest names for new bridges, so this was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many people,” he said.
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Designed for leisure and business travellers, the arrival of Quest transitions the Penrith region to Sydney's third major city.
uest Penrith has opened its doors, capitalising on Sydney’s transforming economic landscape. Quest Penrith franchisee, Phil Willey, said he was looking forward to welcoming guests after months of preparation. The property features 115 apartments over seven levels, comprising studio, one and two-bedroom configurations, and includes onsite parking, a conference room and gym. The hotel is located adjacent to Penrith Railway Station, within close walking distance to Westfield Penrith. With Penrith transitioning from a regional centre to the state’s third major city, it's no wonder the State Government has identified it as a key corridor
for future economic development, urban renewal and infrastructure. PENRITH – IN DEMAND With overnight visitation to Western Sydney having increased by 59% over the past five years, the demand for accommodation is already here. And with the wider Penrith region positioned to be a major beneficiary of the $59 billion Western Sydney Airport development via long-term employment opportunities, this will only increase. “Opening Quest Penrith provides an opportunity for strong business growth, with the region’s target of creating 25,000 new dwellings and 40,000 new jobs by 2031,” said Quest Apartment Hotels General Manager (Growth), James Shields. CHECK IN AND CHECK US OUT For more information visit questapartments.com.au or call 02 9136 1100.
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Issue 22 November 2018
Local Business WE SPEAK TO ALLEN AND LYN OF WOODFORD HOMES ON WHY THEY DECIDED TO RUN THEIR OWN BUSINESS, AND THE LESSONS THEY’VE LEARNT DOING IT. WHEN DID WOODFORD HOMES FIRST OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO RUN YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
Manager, who is also co-owner of the business and the person with whom they signed their contract, sets us apart and makes us more accountable.
Allen and I started Woodford Homes in July 1998. We had $5,000 in the bank, a very old ute, and a very young family. We started the business in our back rumpus room with a desk and an old computer. I had to print our quotes at my friend’s house until we could afford a printer.
Several of our main competitors target a niche market, but Woodford Homes is highly experienced in all building styles. We’re also one of only a few local steel frame specialists – a competitive advantage in bushfire-prone areas.
Our drive to create Woodford Homes was to give people the opportunity to own a quality home like we had. We built our own home in 1994 and still live there today (many renovations later). The view is to die for. 2 TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR TEAM.
We’re so lucky to have a wonderful team! One of our Head Carpenters started with us working on weekends and during school holidays where he cleaned up sites and moved bricks. He’s also now completed his Diploma in Building. We have three Apprentices, four Head Carpenters, an Administration Assistant, a Building Supervisor, and a Production Estimator. I’m the Company Manager and Allen is the Client Services Manager.
4 BEING A LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER, YOU
WOULD KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY?
Woodford Homes gives back to the community by employing local people, keeping jobs here in the Blue Mountains and Penrith areas, and training apprentices to become skilled tradesmen. Allen has also been involved with the Springwood Rotary Club for 10 years. We’re involved in the Schools Industry Partnership and provide work experience for school students studying construction. Woodford Homes is also a sponsor of the Women with Altitude Awards, and members of the Blue Mountains Business Chamber, Women with Altitude, and MAN Altitude. We sponsor awards and events with local charities.
3 WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOUR POINT OF
DIFFERENCE WOULD BE? Unlike most of our competitors, we offer a complete, start to finish, service. We plan, design and build new homes and major renovations and extensions. The fact that our clients deal directly with our Client Services
5 ARE THERE ANY ACHIEVEMENTS YOU’RE
PARTICULARLY PROUD OF? We’re proud that we’re still in business, creating spaces for people that love them. We look back at the desk in the back room and here we are today with our own
premises, a great team on board, and having helped so many clients over the years. 6 WHAT IS THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU’VE
LEARNT OWNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS? Allen believes in being totally transparent with everything you do, and making it a priority to help the client; don’t make it your own agenda. I believe in staying true to who you are, and caring about your team and clients. For other business owners, one major lesson is that it’s important to make time for yourself. I never knew how hard you could work until we owned a business.
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A DAY TO REFLECT
Remembrance Day Service 2018
100 Years MARKING THE END OF WWI
Written by Cassandra Elliott
From 1914 until 1918, at a time when our population was less than five million, 416,809 Australian men enlisted in the war. More than 60,000 of them were killed.
November 2018 marks the Anniversary of the end of World War I. The Penrith CBD Corporation is working with three sub-branches – Glenbrook Blaxland, Penrith, and St Marys – to organise the Centenary of Armistice Day. This will be held at the Penrith Paceway Arena from 8am to 3pm. Gai Hawthorn, CEO of Penrith CBD Corp, explains that the day is about respect for the ANZACs. ‘It’s an honour to work for the sub-branch and legacy, and to provide the community with an event that is going to be so special,’ she said. THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY ARMY PRESENTATION
‘The morning will start with the Freedom of the City Army presentation, and that is where the Mayor and the Army have a parade. They will leave the Penrith Paceway and walk through the streets of the town to the memorial site. The police will meet them there,’ explained Gai. ‘Brett McFadden is the Superintendent of the PN Area Police Command, and they will challenge. They do a Freedom of the City – a challenge – so it allows the Army to do the ‘come in and look for volunteers and go off to war’ type thing. So, it’s an old tradition. ‘The Council will be working with the Police and the Army on that one, and they will come back into the Penrith Paceway.’ Following extensive planning, it is hoped that numbers will again be significant. ‘We have invited 85 schools, and anyone that’s connected with the RSL and sub-branches, so we could have 800 people marching,’ Gai said.
The Swing Cats (who will be performing on the day)
‘At 11am we have a ﬂyover, thanks to the Richmond Airbase, which will be very special.’ RECONSTRUCTING POPPY PARK For the two days leading up to the event, the Penrith CBD Corp will be reconstructing Penrith’s Poppy Park. Poppy Park was first constructed in 2015 with extensive community engagement. Consisting of 102,805 individual poppies, forming the shape of one giant poppy, the vision was truly humbling. ‘Soldiers either fought in the war or died in the war for Australia, and a poppy was placed for every single person. Every one of those poppies has a soldier’s name on it, their rank, and a little bit about their birth and death.
‘We have 40,000 poppies left that weren’t sold to the general public across Australia. So, we’re rebuilding Poppy Park.’ Although the day is about remembrance, there will also be fun, insightful and educational experiences for the whole family to enjoy. These include a real-life Matilda Tank driving back and forth, the building of a genuine Army bridge, war fitness activities for kids to participate in, roaming characters to meet, and even a time capsule. ‘We’ve made a bunker, so the kids can experience what a bunker was like back in WWI,’ said Gai. ‘There will also be a special guest, and memorabilia for sale with proceeds going back to Legacy.’
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE The City of Penrith, St Marys, and Blaxland/Glenbrook RSL sub-branches are hosting a Remembrance service on Sunday 11 November. The schedule is as follows: 8am - 3pm Sunday November 11, 2018. 8am - Freedom of the City by 5th Engineer Regiment at the Club Paceway, Station St, Penrith. 10am - march by school and community groups, sub-branches, ESOs and military units. 10.30am - Remembrance service with a ﬂyover by RAAF Richmond at the Club Paceway, Station St, Penrith. Entertainment and food vans will follow the service until 3pm. (The Service is being run by the Penrith CBD Corporation in conjunction with the City of Penrith, St Marys and Blaxland/Glenbrook RSL sub-branches.)
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PENRITH PACEWAY ARENA | 8AM TO 3PM With special Freedom of the City Army Presentation
Gates Open 8am – 3pm Special Remembrance Service and Fly Over 10.30am Poppy Park Re-build Community Entertainment Matilda Tank, Vintage Cars Stall Displays & Food Trucks
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Christmas Tree Lighting
Written by Cassandra Elliott
Be prepared – a few cheeky elves are posed to create some fun before Santa’s arrival at the annual lighting of the tree.
n 30 November, the City of Penrith is holding its annual Christmas Tree Lighting event. Gai Hawthorn, CEO of Penrith CBD Corporation, says it’s definitely going to be one to bring the family out for. This year’s panto is ‘Elf on the Shelf’. ‘We’ve got cheeky elves coming out,’ she laughs. ‘We also have roaming characters, food trucks, a large gingerbread town, animal farms and face painting for the kids, and a beautiful selfie area where you can come down and have your photo taken to make your Christmas cards,’ she explains. ‘The Selfie Elfie area will be like the North Pole, with Santa and the elves there to be your props for photos.’ The big man in the red suit arrives around 8pm. And with music, choirs, local dance groups and the surrounding cafes being open, there will be so much to see, do and eat. ‘Last year we had about 12,000 people attend, which was beautiful. It’s a lovely community-feel night,’ Gai said.
It’s a lovely community-feel night Part of the recent CBD upgrade included extending some of the footpaths to enable outside dining. This enables our cafes to be open on the night for dinner alongside the restaurants and food trucks - so there’s no need to eat beforehand! ‘You can roam along the CBD, which has just been beautifully upgraded thanks to the Penrith Council, and share the atmosphere with the community,’ said Gai. ‘It’s about bringing awareness and support back into the CBD for the small businesses so they can grow, and the community knows what great shops we’ve got around the area.’ The event is also a great opportunity to pick up some early, and truly unique, Christmas gifts. ‘We invite the Men’s Shed down and they make wooden toys by hand, and the Orchard Hill guys are amazing. They just come up with all these toys that you can’t buy in shops anymore, giving people the opportunity to buy them – and they’re really affordable.’ ‘The whole event is really about involving and welcoming the community,’ says Gai. ‘The spirit of Christmas really starts that night too.’
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PREP TIME: 15 minutes COOKING TIME: 10 minutes
INGREDIENTS 9 500g chicken thigh ﬁllets, cut into 3cm pieces 9 1 tablespoon cornﬂour 9 1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil 9 1 brown onion, halved, cut into thin wedges 9 2 garlic cloves, ﬁnely chopped 9 200g sugar snap peas, sliced in half diagonally 9 100g baby corn, halved lengthways 9 110g (²/³ cup) roasted unsalted cashews 9 Steamed rice, to serve Sauce 9 2 tablespoons light soy sauce 9 2 tablespoons oyster sauce 9 1 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry 9 2 teaspoons cornﬂour 9 1 teaspoon yellow rock sugar, ground using a mortar and pestle (or raw caster sugar) 9 ¹/8 teaspoon ground white pepper METHOD 1 To make the sauce, place all the ingredients in a small
bowl, add 125 ml (½ cup) water, and stir to combine.
2 Combine the chicken and cornﬂour in a bowl and toss
to lightly coat.
3 Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok over
medium –high heat. Add the chicken and cook, tossing, for 5 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Transfer to a bowl.
4 Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring,
for 2 minutes or until starting to colour.
5 Add the sugar snaps and baby corn and cook, stirring,
for a further 2 minutes. Pour in the sauce and cook for 1 minute or until starting to thicken.
6 Return the chicken to the pan and toss to combine.
Stir through the cashews and serve with steamed rice.
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Ice Cream Profiteroles Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 9 100g caster sugar 9 300ml pouring cream 9 200g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), ﬁnely chopped 9 18 scoops good quality vanilla ice cream Choux Pastry 9 290g butter 9 ¼ teaspoon salt 9 90g plain ﬂour 9 3 large eggs METHOD 1
Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
2 To make the choux pastry, combine the butter, salt
and 180ml water in a small saucepan and bring just to the boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and add the ﬂour. Cook, stirring constantly
PREP TIME: 40 minutes COOKING TIME: 40 minutes
with a wooden spoon, for 2–3 minutes or until the mixture comes away from the side of the pan. Take your time doing this. 3 Remove from the heat and set aside for 3 – 4
minutes to cool slightly. 4 Add the eggs one at a time and, using electric
beaters, beat well after each addition until the dough is thick and glossy. This could also be done by hand and gives nice deﬁnition to your forearms. 5 Use a dessertspoon to scoop up about 1 tablespoon
of the dough, then use another spoon to help shape it into a ball. Transfer to the prepared tray. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the balls about 3cm apart. You should get about 18 balls. 6 Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Push
a skewer gently through each proﬁterole, then return to the oven and bake for a further 2 – 3 minutes (this will allow the moisture inside to escape).
7 While the proﬁteroles are baking, make the sauce.
Place the sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook for a few minutes until the sugar begins to melt and turn brown. This will happen around the edge ﬁrst, so give the sugar a swirl to even out the colour, then leave until all the sugar has dissolved and turned golden brown. Remove the pan from the heat and add half the cream (be careful as it can spit). Stir over low heat until smooth and combined. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate until melted and combined, then add the remaining cream and stir until silky and smooth. Return to the heat for a minute to warm through when you are ready to serve. 8 Cut the proﬁteroles in half and ﬁll each one with
a scoop of ice-cream. Place three proﬁteroles on each serving plate and pour over the hot chocolate sauce.
If you prefer perfectly-shaped proﬁteroles, use a piping bag to pipe the balls onto the tray. Proﬁteroles can be baked ahead of time. Cool completely, then store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days, or freeze for up to three months. Thaw at room temperature. If they feel a little soft, place them on a tray and crisp up in a preheated 200°C/180°C fan-forced oven for ﬁve minutes.
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The Best BBQ Corn Ever Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 9 4 corn cobs, husks on 9 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 9 150g ﬁnely grated parmesan 9 1 handful coriander leaves, ﬁnely chopped 9 2 limes, halved
PREP TIME: 10 minutes COOKING TIME: 35 minutes Chipotle Mayo 9 125g (½ cup) good quality whole-egg mayonnaise 9 1 tablespoon sauce from your jar or can of chipotle in adobo sauce 9 Finely grated zest and juice of ½ lime
METHOD 1 Preheat a barbecue with a lid to high to get it really cranking. 2 To make your chipotle mayo, combine the mayonnaise, chipotle sauce, lime zest and
juice in a small bowl.
3 Gently pull back the corn husks and remove and discard the stringy silks. Pull the husks
back over the corn, and dampen the cobs and husks with a splash of water.
4 Place on the hot grill. Put the lid down so you get a steam and burn action going and
cook, turning occasionally, for 4 minutes on each side or until evenly cooked through.
5 Using a tea towel, very carefully pull back the husks until the corn is exposed (for fancy
presentation, tear off thin strips of husk and use these to tie back the husks). Remove any silks still attached. Barbecue the corn cobs for a further 4 minutes each side or until charred.
6 Take the corn off the grill and smother with the chipotle mayo. Sprinkle with the paprika,
parmesan and coriander, then squeeze over the lime halves and serve.
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aralysis ticks are small, blood-sucking parasites that produce a potentially fatal neurotoxin. It typically takes a few days for enough toxin to be transmitted to cause clinical signs. The animal doesn’t notice the tick as it numbs the area as it attaches. The toxin causes progressive paralysis of the limbs. It also affects the muscles of swallowing, toileting, breathing, and the heart. Symptoms normally start with slightly wobbly hind legs, inappetence, panting and vomiting. The paralysis progresses to affect all four limbs. Respiratory distress develops due to ﬂuid build up in the lungs and aspiration pneumonia. Diagnosis of tick paralysis is made by the presence of a tick in an animal with typical clinical signs. However, sometimes a tick is not found, and an animal is treated on suspicion of tick paralysis.
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Is Stress Hiding Relationship
Local Expert Melissa Ferrari Psychotherapist & Relationship Expert
It’s an interesting phenomenon. When you ask a couple to identify the main source of stress in their lives, in many cases they point everywhere but towards their own relationship.
Even when stress leads to ill health, as research has clearly shown it can, they will continue to point to outside factors. So, how can you identify whether stress is a factor in your relationship? Well, my mentor, the fabulous Dr Stan Tatkin, outlined these signs in his book, Wired for Love. 1 Do you or others in your family have frequent and
unexplained physical ailments?
hey will nominate the kids, work, in-laws, ﬁnances, cost of living and even trafﬁc, yet when it comes to their own relationship, they’re completely unaware of it placing stress upon them. If we’re in a relationship in which harsh words are regularly spoken and threats are made, like threatening to walk on the relationship, then we see that as simply the way the relationship functions. Despite the stress building, couples can remain oblivious to a primary cause of their stress. This is a common occurrence for many couples and families where stress has become the ‘normal’ part of life.
Breaking such behaviour is never easy given the obvious sensitivities and emotions, so I strongly recommend doing so with the support of a relationship counsellor with whom you’re both comfortable. Most couples ﬁnd that once they can be honest about what’s creating the stress, they’re empowered to put change into action. This is not only productive, but also creates liveliness within the couple or family once again.
2 Are you or others in your family suffering from
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perceived as threatening?
4 Do you and your partner ﬁght frequently?
These are, of course, very difﬁcult questions to answer. If you answered yes to the above, then there is a strong likelihood that stress in your relationship is having an impact in your life. Once identiﬁed, the next step is to put an end to the cause of the stress, which is the threatening behaviour within the relationship.
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2018 On 28th behalfOctober of my team, Friday 26th October – Sunday 2018I’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy end to 2018. Here’s to will bring!
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Issue 22 November 2018
Last week, I had a laugh out loud moment when I read this quote: ‘Save a fortune in Xmas presents by falling out with friends and family. Lay the groundwork now so it doesn’t look like it’s about presents.’
Local Expert Melissa Browne Money & Business Strategy Expert Accounting & Taxation Advantage
ith only a month left until Christmas, this may be a tempting strategy. But it got me thinking... why not have a no-cost Christmas without needing to fall out with everyone you love (or are related to)?
Here are my steps for how this can work. 1 Open a separate bank account called your ‘No-Cost Christmas’ account (you can’t
use any monies from your normal income for Christmas spending).
2 Figure out how much you’d like to spend over the silly season
(including food and gifts).
3 Write a list of everything you could do to ﬁnd more cash, such as selling clothes,
shoes, bags, toys, gadgets or anything else that’s lying around and cluttering your house or wardrobe. You might become an uber driver or delivery rider, rent a room on Airbnb, complete online surveys, walk or wash dogs, mow lawns, tutor, babysit, or even take a part-time job. Perhaps you could sell your skills on one of the many marketplace sites, such as Fiverr, Airtasker or Upwork.
4 Pop every dollar made into your No-Cost Christmas account. Sometimes it’s helpful
to create a visual chart (on the phone or the fridge) and plot where you’re up to, how many weeks are left, and the minimum and maximum amounts you want to reach.
5 When you spend over Christmas, only use your No-Cost Christmas bank account.
If you don’t have enough money in it, then get creative (or regift!).
6 If you do have money left over, it’s up to you what to do with it. You might donate
it to charity, splurge on yourself, start an investment, or divvy it up and do all three.
The only thing left to do is gloat to anyone who’ll listen about how the silly season has cost you absolutely nix. So this Christmas, rather than grumbling (or stressing) over the cost of the silly season, why not take up the No-Cost Christmas Challenge and give yourself the gift of a (ﬁnancially, at least) stress-free Christmas. MELISSA BROWNE Melissa Browne is CEO of accounting firm A&TA and financial planning firm The Money Barre. Her latest book, Unf*ck your Finances, is instore now at all good bookstores.
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There’s a secret tool I use that keeps my pantry and freezer tidy, and saves me time and money with shopping. Any ideas?
ot long ago I wrote about the beneﬁts of meal planning, including the money you can save. Knowing your prices, buying only what you need, and shopping around are the best ways of achieving these beneﬁts. Both myself and my followers have been using my unique meal planners for a while now. They’re a combined inventory, meal plan and grocery list on one page. Listing everything you have in your fridge, pantry and freezer gives you a guide as to what meals you can make using ingredients you already have. This means you only add those ‘extras’ you need. The result? Eliminating buying foods you don’t immediately need, clearing what you have in the freezer, and saving those hard-earned dollars.
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Just ask yourself one question… how long has the longest piece of food been in your freezer for? Longer than three months? If so, I know you can save money on your grocery bill using my unique approach. I personally spend around $90 per week on our shop for two adults, one child and one baby. Once I’ve ﬁlled out the inventory, I then become my own chef creating all these wonderful meals using just what I have listed, with the extras I need going onto my list. I also leave space so I can freehand other requirements such as breakfasts, lunches, items I need to bake, and ‘other’, such as nappies, toothpaste, cleaning products and the like. If you’d like to give planning a go, let me know. My exclusive planners are only $9 and I offer FREE delivery around the Penrith area. It’s a 50-page A4 notepad printed on 100gsm quality paper. Just think about how much you’ll save! Not only that, but your freezer and pantry will remain manageable, too. You can make an online purchase through my Facebook shop, or email email@example.com for more details on how to purchase.
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Issue 22 November 2018
Summer Staging C HA NG E TH E VI BE T O SU I T TH E SEASON
Sharon Mudiman Property Expert Bespoke Realty Group
Home staging is the art of decorating a home for sale with the intention of making it as visually appealing as possible. But is it worth the investment?
say yes. Financially, staging is an investment that can have a significant impact on the sale price of your home. Market trends indicate, on average, a 5-10% higher sale price for homes that are staged compared to those that aren’t. It’s an investment to ensure your property stands out for all the right reasons. Whether you feel you have the skills to stage your home yourself (keeping in mind that budget or cheap furnishings may, unfortunately, have a negative effect), or you hire a professional, one of the main factors to consider is, in fact, season. Key to any successful sale is provoking buyers to ask, “Can I see myself living here?”. If buyers attend your property but can’t visualise themselves in the space, you have a problem. For this reason, it’s said that decluttering and removing personal photos enables buyers to more readily imagine themselves in your home. And this is where the influence of season can make an impact. With summer nearly here, what is the 36
likelihood that buyers will imagine curling up with dark velvet cushions and wrapping their cold toes in thick throws? Beautiful? Yes. Visually distracting? Also yes. But are they more likely dreaming of a home where they can entertain with a colourful cocktail in hand while enjoying long daylight hours and cool summer breezes? Vogue Living Australia encourages thinking ‘outside’ the box; quite literally outside. Imagine a soft, breezy colour palette from our beautiful native landscape, the pops of colour from an ice-cold gelati, the natural hues of seagrass and organic fabrics, beautiful botanic prints and paintings, and window coverings that let the summer sun in. So pack away your winter woolies and throw open the doors to a light, summer vibe.
NEED MORE INFORMATION? BESPOKE REALTY GROUP CAN HELP Sharon Mudiman, Licensee and Principal of Bespoke Realty Group (formerly Glenmore Park First National), has been negotiating the sale of property for over 25 years in the Greater Penrith Region. Get in touch with Sharon today on 4737 9977 or visit bespokerg.com.au.
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Considering a Renovation? LET’S CRUNCH THE NUMBERS
rom remodelling inside to extending up, out or even under, the options are (almost) endless. But before you commit, really take the time to consider your needs - both now and in the future - and identify your ‘must haves’ and ‘nice to haves’. This will help you work out whether the renovations you can make to your existing home will ﬁt your requirements. But one of the most critical elements to consider is the ﬁnancials. IS THE HOUSE WORTH IT?
Be informed about the actual condition of your home and the renovation costs that you’ll incur. Often renovators will pay more because of unexpected surprises found when walls, roof and ﬂoorboards are removed, or when excavation begins. To help avoid surprises, do your research by: • Consulting professionals such as builders, electricians, building inspectors and pest inspectors to ﬁnd out the actual condition of your home, and
If you love the location of your current home but it’s no longer meeting your needs, you may want to consider renovating. • Thinking beyond the future ﬂoor plan and assessing those hidden necessities including wiring, plumbing, the condition of walls, and the foundations. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE COST OF YOUR RENOVATION Costs add up before construction even begins. Think through your pre-start expenses, which include having plans drawn up, architect, surveyor and/or engineer fees, and the cost of council applications. You’re also unlikely to get a ﬁxed contract for a renovation. It’s wise to take the estimated cost of the renovation and build in a 20 percent buffer to allow for unexpected costs that may arise.
Local Expert Peita Davies
Home Loan Specialist realestate.com.au Home Loans Penrith
Be guided by researching comparable renovated properties in your area and the sales prices they’re achieving. This will help you work out where to pitch your renovation. Overcapitalisation may be less relevant if you’re going to stay in the property for seven years or more. This is because you’ll get to enjoy the advantages of your renovated property. Finance undeniably plays a signiﬁcant role in the whole ‘renovation versus relocation’ decision - it’s critical that you gather the facts. And when you’re ready to talk through all the numbers, give me a call!
DON’T OVER CAPITALISE Overcapitalising means spending more on the property than you could recover from selling it.
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Issue 22 November 2018
Home Improvement Feature
IMPROVE YOUR HOME SPRING INSPIRES CHANGE. FOR SOME, THAT STOPS AT A SPRING CLEAN. FOR OTHERS? IT'S TIME TO RENOVATE.
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Issue 22 November 2018
Home Making You Stressed?
Interior Design Expert Nepean Inner Designs
Clutter creeps up on us over time. Although we regularly clean, there are always those items that we just ‘shuffle’. So how do we keep on top of it? CLUTTER CREEP AND OUR MENTAL STATE As mess accumulates, it creates anxiety. Clutter suggests you’re disorganised, which can be stressful. The best way to lift the weight off your shoulders? Allocate some time to de-clutter your entire home. You’ll feel lighter and refreshed, and will free up some headspace. START IN THE LIVING AREAS The cleaning: Start with the basics – polishing furniture, vacuuming the lounge, and thoroughly cleaning the ﬂoor and ﬁxtures. Move any items from your furniture into a separate space for evaluation.
The arranging: Rearranging your furniture can help reset a state of order. My take on classic furniture placement is to bring furniture off the walls and create an area for conversation. You can do this by having lounges face each other or sit adjacent to one another. Add a rug in front of the main lounge (2.3m x 1.8m is ideal), sit a coffee table on top (making sure it’s within reach for drinks), and add side tables on the ends of lounges for lamps.
Use the 12-month rule – if you store it in boxes or haven’t used it recently, there is a high chance you don’t need it. ‘Stuff’ has a way of accumulating. So set aside some time with the change of season to remove the things you don’t use anymore. Your head and heart will feel lighter, and your home will thank you.
The decluttering: Have a good look at your accessories. Arrange them in a more modern, collective way – you don’t have to buy new things, you just need to rearrange what you have. If you have too many photo frames, think of culling. Another idea is to have them reframed in the same colour and develop a photo collection on a wall. SHOULD I KEEP IT? When you work through cupboards and wardrobes, you’re inevitably going to face the ‘Should I keep this?’ question.
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Long Road Trip
HOW TO PREPARE A CAR FOR A
A road trip can be fun for you but a serious test for your vehicle. How do you know that it’s ready to hit the road? Here are a few tips to ensure you remain safe.
Steve Jennings Motoring Expert Trivett Classic BMW Penrith
IS YOUR CAR SAFE TO TAKE ON A TRIP? We recommend having a qualiﬁed mechanic or dealer to inspect your tyres, brakes, steering, suspension, driveline and other components. You may also like to have an oil change, tyre rotation and multi-point mechanical inspection done. TIP: Book this well in advance so you have time to make any required repairs before the journey. ARE YOUR LIGHTS AND OTHER ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT WORKING? Check the horn, as well as the headlights and tail lights. A spare headlight bulb is useful on a long trip in case one burns out. TIP: Dim headlights make it very hard to see the road at night, compromising your safety. With a DIY kit you can restore cloudy or yellowed headlights in less than an hour (or a detailing shop can restore the brightness for you).
If you feel a vibration at highway speeds, have your tyres balanced. Do any of your tyres show uneven wear? Does your car pull to one side when driving on a ﬂat road? Does your steering wheel look off-centre when driving straight? Have your wheel alignment adjusted. Check your tyre pressure, including the spare. Recommended pressure is indicated in the owner’s manual and on the manufacturer’s label (usually located in the driver’s door frame). If the spare is a small space-saver, the proper pressure is indicated on the tyre’s sidewall. TIP: If one of the tyres is low, it needs to be checked for nails or other sources of leaks. PREPARATION IS KEY TO PREVENTION If you’re prepared, the chance of car failure is low. But even so, make sure you have your owner’s manual in the glovebox as a backup (it explains how to top up ﬂuids, change ﬂat tyres or bulbs, and do other tasks). All set? Enjoy the drive!
DO YOU NEED TO REPLACE WORN-OUT OR OLD WINDSHIELD WIPERS? If leaving streaks, replace the windshield wipers (or just the rubber reﬁlls if you still have the original wipers). ARE YOUR TYRES IN GOOD SHAPE? Check your tyres against the tread wear marks - if one is worn beyond this limit, it’s unsafe.
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Issue 22 November 2018
The Times D They are a Changin’
id you know that 88% of all Australians, and 95% of millennials, own smartphones? What’s more, we’re increasingly turning away from the desktop and using our mobile phones to browse websites and shop online. Increased mobile use means voice search is also on the rise. By 2020, voice search is expected to account for 50% of all online searches.
It feels like change is a constant in the online world. And, right now, much of that change is led by the rise in smartphone and tablet use.
Local Expert Trish Fehon Digital Expert Online Influence
But we’re not letting go of our desktops altogether. Research shows that half of us use three screens at the same time and have an average of four devices connected. Another point of interest for businesses is how we’re embracing Digital Payment Solutions, such as PayPal. Combined with our phone obsession (tap and go, anyone?), technology is fast driving us toward a cashless society. As a business owner, it’s important to be on top of these trends. Here are a few things to consider for your website.
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Publish & be Damned
Local Expert Joseph Grassi Legal Expert Joseph Grassi + Associates
BUT N OT A NYMOR E Defamation may affect your work, profession or business. While the law protects your reputation and can stop defamatory material being published, the damage may already have been done once the material has been published.
The battle of free speech versus defamation – that is, damaging a reputation – can be horrific. And especially online.
So, in this ever-changing hi-tech world, with organisations going online and using social media for marketing, defamation is a constant risk for individuals and small businesses. Consumers can easily make negative comments that are immediately visible.
n individual can be protected against defamation by restricting false data on written media, photography, broadcasts and the internet. (A company with fewer than ten fulltime employees can also take an action for defamation, but one with more than ten employees may not have the case accepted by a Court.)
Remember, although a Court may award damages to compensate you for the damage suffered to your reputation, it may be best to deal with the alleged defamation using the following steps.
There is no ‘one size ﬁts all’ in defamation: cases are complex and depend heavily on individual facts.
Given the length of time needed to go to court, an award of damages will not be granted until long after the defamatory material has been published and that will bring further cost, expense and stress.
The law of defamation has been said to stiﬂe free speech and muzzle the inquisitive journalist, but this isn’t true. Rather, it puts the onus on the journalist to get the facts right. The old clarion call of ‘publish and be damned’ is no defence.
This article is for general information only and is not intended as legal advice. If you need speciﬁc help, contact your solicitor.
SO, WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE BEEN DEFAMED, ONLINE OR ELSEWHERE? 1 Respond to the comment and conﬁrm
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www.grassiassociates.com.au Issue 22 November 2018
CO M P ET I T I O N OK you super-creative kids, it’s time to put your talents on show! Colour in Santa’s picture and send it in to Roaming - there are some totally terriﬁc prizes to be won including two season passes to Wet & Wild and Hoyts Movie Vouchers!
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If you enjoy crossword puzzles, word ďŹ nds, anagrams or trivia quizzes, youâ€™re going to love our new Puzzles section! Just make sure you grab it before anyone else does...
9 Facilitates (7)
1 What Spring is all about (7)
10 Useful information (4,3)
2 Seasonal festival - but not in this hemisphere! (6)
11 Beyond what is usual (5)
3 "Scent of a Woman" star (2,6)
12 Duplicitous (9)
4 Concert souvenir, maybe (1-5)
13 Added it to dismantled Polaris, being a minor weapon (3,6)
5 Buffet tucker (3,5)
14 Brits say Aussies speak with one (5)
6 Headgear for 2 Down (6)
15 Minstrels (11)
7 Singer a k a Kevin Mitchell (3,5)
20 They won't be needed quite so much for the next few months (5)
8 At this time of year, hay fever is a common one (7)
22 They don't stop often (9)
15 Sydney beach suburb south of Bondi (8)
25 Leaner (9)
16 They hum with activity once the flowers bloom (8)
26 Game of double spinners (3-2) 27 Regret (7)
17 No longer bothered by something (4,2,2)
28 Pilot (7)
18 Successful wrap-up (7) 19 PC connection (1,1,1,4) 21 If they were busy a little while ago, we'll be seeing 24 Down now (6) 23 Inappropriate coats for the weather to come (6)
24 They are green in Spring (6)
Across: 9 Enables, 10 Good oil, 11 Extra, 12 Insincere, 13 Air pistol, 14 Twang, 15 Troubadours, 20 Lamps, 22 Expresses, 25 Scrawnier, 26 Two-up, 27 Remorse, 28 Aviator.
Down: 1 Renewal, 2 Easter, 3 Al Pacino, 4 T-shirt, 5 Egg salad, 6 Bonnet, 7 Bob Evans, 8 Allergy, 15 Tamarama, 16 Beehives, 17 Used to it, 18 Closure, 19 U S B port, 21 Sowers, 23 Parkas, 24 Shoots.
Note that no number from 1 to 9 can be repeated in any row or column. Good luck!
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A logic-based, number-placement puzzle. The objective is to ďŹ ll the 9Ă—9 grid with digits in such a way that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3Ă—3 grids that make up the larger 9Ă—9 grid contains all of the digits from 1 to 9.
Issue 22 November 2018
Horoscopes By Sherrynne Dalby
(23 OCT – 22 NOV)
Sagittarius (22 NOV – 22 DEC) Networking or working on mutual projects that may have stalled of late should find impetus again from mid-month. Early month could have you concerned over something around the home, but this should be resolved by month’s end. The down side is that, in finding a working resolution, you may feel as though you need to sell your soul. Communication is the key, although it may prove more difficult than usual so be careful regarding phone calls and paperwork. If not, you may find yourself going back over the same things multiple times. Pay attention to detail.
Aquarius (20 JAN – 19 FEB)
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Career matters may be on hold until at least mid-month. It can feel as though you are trying to run through quicksand while you wait for things to turn around. Sometimes you need to shake things up in order to make forward progress. If you don’t, there will always be someone else who will, so prepare to be shaken. While it may feel uncomfortable at the time, the positive is that it will clear the way forward. Family members, or possibly neighbours, may need your time and energy later in the month.
Pisces (19 FEB – 21 MAR) Holiday plans should be well underway, although it may have been a long time getting there. By mid-month it’s time to stop daydreaming and get your feet firmly back on the ground. You should have an energy boost which will come in handy as your attention shifts to career matters. There can be opportunity for advancement, but it may mean less time for home and family. This is something you will need to weigh carefully. There can be misunderstandings, so it’s important to check and double check phone messages, emails, etc.
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This is your annual time for renewal - Happy Solar return, Scorpio! 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 Scorpio this year, that is from 23 October until 22 November, it covers all those born under the sign of the Scorpion. The coming month will give you a snapshot of the year ahead. Pay attention to what is going on around your birthday for clues. Overall this should be a good month and year ahead, generally a positive and fortunate time. October and early November birthdays will find that relationships take more time and energy than you may like over the coming year. Try a combination of the old and new, and don’t be frightened to try a new approach. Birthdays around the 8th should find multiple opportunities to create or begin new ventures. Lack of faith in yourself is the biggest obstacle to overcome. Mid-November birthdays may need to juggle commitments around home and family, impinging on your desire for personal freedom. Both are possible with careful planning.
Leo (23 JUL – 23 AUG) Relationships continue to dominate both time and energy, at least in early November. Unfortunately there is a lot of activity around home as well. Dividing your energy and pacing yourself is a key element in your life at the moment. It’s also important that you’re certain of your finances before committing to a large home improvement initiative or renovation. What might seem like a good idea initially may end up costing you more than you planned for. You find yourself moving into party mode as the month moves on, and would rather just let your hair down.
Career opportunities can be more beneficial than they may appear at first glance. Make sure you take a second look. There are changes afoot that have a positive impact on your financial situation, so look carefully at all possibilities. Friends and work colleagues can be a valuable source of information and support as needed, so reach out. While there is the opportunity to improve your financial situation, there is also the risk that you may have a tendency to go overboard with spending, so be careful with your money - especially if you go out in groups.
Capricorn (22 DEC – 20 JAN)
Aries (21 MAR – 20 APR) You may feel a little deja vu as relationship matters you thought were in the past resurface. You can become quite rattled if you don’t keep your head straight and stay focused. If you want to make progress, keep a cool head. Learning simple techniques, such as focusing on your breathing, can be useful for you in general but particularly beneficial at the moment. Likewise, staring into a burning candle, or even a spot on the wall, can help to still and calm the mind. Finding something you can use to settle yourself can make a huge difference.
Taurus (20 APR – 21 MAY) Relationships may have dominated the latter half of last month, and this will continue throughout November. Issues that may need attention have been highlighted, now it’s time to work on things. Ideological differences can be the basis of disagreement and sometimes it is better to respect each other’s differences and agree to disagree. It is not necessary to agree with every viewpoint of another individual. Relationships are built on a complex network and not a single thread. This applies to all of our interactions with others. The latter part of the month sees a shift of attention to finances.
Gemini (21 MAY – 21 JUN)
Cancer (21 JUN – 23 JUL)
Opportunities are likely to arise which allow you to open up new channels of communication. This can allow you to discuss matters on a deeper level than before with others. From mid-month this could involve reviewing situations from the past, or even people from your past reappearing. Although you may have thought this was already dealt with, some situations and some people require revisiting multiple times on different levels before resolution or closure can be reached. Early November can be a great time to decide on a new health and fitness regime before life gets too busy again.
Unfinished business around the home rears its head again. You should have realised it wasn’t quite finished with last month. So now it’s decision time; no more procrastinating. Your creative juices really get flowing early November. This may or may not be useful around the home, but can definitely be useful for letting off steam and taking your mind off other matters. You can take life too seriously at times and sometimes need to be reminded that it is the little things, the simple things, that can bring the greatest joy. So remember to stop and smell the roses.
Virgo (23 AUG – 23 SEP) Thinking about doing something about health and fitness? Definitely time for more than just thinking. You should have been experiencing elevated energy levels and hopefully are now putting that to good use. If not, you have until the end of the month to get things moving. Just keep telling yourself how much better you will feel at the end. Family matters and relationships move further into the spotlight later in the month. As always, when dealing with others the key to successful outcomes is communication. So whatever happens, keep talking and also keep listening.
Libra (23 SEP – 23 OCT) You may find yourself revisiting issues from several months ago during the course of this month. You are trying to put your own perspective on things but may not have the support of significant others. In fact, it may seem that those who you normally rely on can be quite erratic at the moment. Although you prefer feedback from others when making decisions, now is a time for you to stand alone and learn your own mind and heart. You also have some financial decisions that need attention early to mid-month. Look at all the alternatives, not just the usual.
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