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arch issue is jam-packed with things to do. One event you absolutely cannot miss is the Annual Penrith Festival hosted by the hard-working team at Penrith CBD Corp. The free family event is on 16 March - enjoy stage shows, roving entertainers, market stalls, food trucks, free activities and rides, showbags, and a HUGE street parade. Head to page 18 to read all about it!
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QUEEN – BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
BUDDY’S BACK: THE BUDDY HOLLY SHOW 16 MARCH, 8PM BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE Enjoy Rock & Roll at its best in one of the most exciting shows to hit our shores! Buddy’s Back is an internationally acclaimed production that mesmerises and excites audiences both visually and musically with its high-energy performance, brilliant costumes and fantastic musicianship. During this dynamic two-hour production, internationally renowned Scot Robin, together with his Crickets, will perform more than 30 Buddy Holly hits. bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL
8 MARCH, 8PM PANTHERS PENRITH You’ve seen the movie – now see the show. Thomas Crane & Bohemian Rhapsody are back with their ‘Greatest Hits’ tour, bringing Queen’s visual and musical excitement to life.
8-9 MARCH, 7:30PM THE JOAN Full of intelligence and wit, The Gospel According to Paul is a funny, insightful and occasionally poignant portrait of Paul Keating. The man that – as he tells it – single-handedly shaped contemporary Australia. Showcasing his eviscerating wit, rich rhetoric and ego the size of Everest, The Gospel According to Paul distils Keating’s essence into 75 minutes.
ARJ BARKER – WE NEED TO TALK 8 MARCH, 8PM BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE Australia’s adopted son of comedy returns to Australia with his brand new show, We Need To Talk. You had better sit down for this… Arj needs to talk to you and what he’s going to say will make you laugh - very, very hard. Age 15+ only. bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au
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Local Music EURO LATINO 13 MARCH, 11AM BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE This spectacular musical journey through some of Europe and South America’s most popular melodies will knock your socks off. It’s a high-energy award-winning showcase of classic tunes from yesterday as well as modern hits. bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au
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5 APRIL, 5PM – 8.30PM TRIANGLE PARK, PENRITH (WESTERN END OF HIGH ST) Kick-off your weekend in style at Alive After Five! Unwind with friends over a craft brew and live music while enjoying mouth-watering food under the magical twilight in Penrith City Centre’s newest urban space. Choose from local favourites High Street Social, Siam Cuisine Thai Restaurant and Cooks Castle Indian Penrith, plus sweet treats courtesy of Underground Coffee Roasters. Grab your friends and colleagues, and head to the Penrith City Centre for a wonderful evening!
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DVORAK & FRANCK 23 MARCH, 8PM THE JOAN Penrith Symphony Orchestra presents two of the greatest romantic works for orchestra; the symphony triumphantly interweaves the French and Germanic style. The work showcases soloist and orchestra alike with its unequalled melodic lyricism.
Local Music BAG RAIDERS
MARCH 29, 7PM O’DONOGHUES Bag Raiders are one of the Australia’s best electronic bands. With hits including “Shooting Stars”, “Way Back Home” and “So Demanding”, this one-off O’Donoghues show is set to impress. Wear comfy shoes because you won;t be sittign still! Doors open at 7pm, kicking off with resident DJ TA$K. Tickets available at MOSHTIX.
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15 MARCH, 7:30PM THE JOAN For the very ﬁrst time in Australia, the hit musical production celebrating country music, and the stories behind the genre’s biggest hits out of Nashville Tennessee, brings its energy to stages around the country. Audiences will be moved through a mixture of classic solos, amazing duets and fantastic group harmonies as the cast of international performers step up alongside the stellar live band.
9 MARCH, 8PM BLUE MT THEATRE Showcasing over 20 hit songs, ‘Shelley and Robertson’ bring over two decades as one of Australia’s top duos alongside close vocal harmonies and stirring songs from a timeless era.
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17 MARCH, 11AM – 4PM TENCH RESERVE, JAMISONTOWN Enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon with stunning sights and spectacular sounds at Music by the River. Set on the banks of the beautiful Nepean, Music by the River is a free community event and a highlight of autumn in Penrith. Join in this free event, soak up the gorgeous river views and relax to the sounds of talented of local musicians playing original music and famous favourites. Grab a bite or bring a picnic, and sit back and relax on one of the comfy deck chairs while the kids are entertained by the many activities. Penrith City Council
31 MARCH, 8AM – 4PM MUSEUM OF FIRE A huge day of non-stop entertainment, rides and unique exhibits combine to create this spectacular show. There will be hundreds of vehicles on display, from the huge B Doubles to custom trucks, plastered with chrome detailing and spectacular airbrushing, as well as the outstanding collection of ﬁre engines of the Museum. Enjoy live entertainment, including performances from some of Australia’s great country rock stars. Kids will be kept busy with a huge selection of free rides and activities. pwts.com.au
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6 APRIL WINDSOR POLO CLUB, RICHMOND The Polo International is the most prestigious event on the Australian polo calendar, attracting teams and players from all over the world. Don’t miss seeing the sport of polo at its highest level.
11 MARCH, 7:30PM PANTHERS PENRITH World Series Wrestling returns, featuring all of your favourite World Series Wrestling stars including current World Champion Robbie Eagles, and World Tag Team Champions Marty Scurll and Brody King.
PENRITH REGION AUSSIE NIGHT MARKETS WEDNESDAY NIGHTS An international food market on the doorstep of Panthers Penrith. Bring your family and friends, and give your taste buds an experience you won’t forget. aussienightmarkets.com.au
WINDSOR MALL SUNDAY MARKETS EVERY SUNDAY Located in the George St Mall. Find quality handmade homewares, arts, crafts, fashion and fresh produce, while local bands and buskers offer great entertainment. hawkesburyaustralia.com.au
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29-31 MARCH, 10AM – 4PM REMBRANDT DUTCH CLUB Eat, drink, and enjoy the entertainment in traditional Dutch style! Each year the Rembrandt Dutch Club celebrates over three days with the free Dutch Festival. The aim of the club is to keep the Dutch traditions going within the Australian community - not only to please the older generation, but also teach the younger ones about the food, drink and party habits, as well as how much fun can be had!
UNTIL 24 MARCH PENRITH REGIONAL GALLERY This incredible exhibition seeks to explore Australian experiences of home across the past 100 years. It will have you remember the past and think about the future.
WEDNESDAY MORNINGS, 7-8AM THE MONDO, PENRITH PLAZA Enjoy free yoga classes at the Mondo, located between Westﬁeld, the Library, and The Joan.
GLENBROOK ROTARY MARKETS FARMERS MARKET • FIRST SATURDAY 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
I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Joyous. Sexy. Heartbreaking. Take a dizzying ride through love’s collision course.
Saturday 6 April 7.30pm Standard $45 | Concession $40 | Under 30s $30 thejoan.com.au | 4723 7600 Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre 597 High Street Penrith 8
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WOMEN WITH ALTITUDE 14 MARCH, 9AM – 11AM SPRINGWOOD UNITING CARE FUNCTION ROOM This is a two-hour workshop hosted by Anne Barratt of Empowering Health. Learn practical exercises to identify and clear personal blocks to your business or career success. womenwithaltitude.com.au
PENRITH CBD CORP - COFFEE CATCH UP FIRST WEDNESDAY, 7.30AM – 8.30AM PENRITH RSL Come and have a free coffee, meet some fellow business owners, and learn about what’s coming up in the continuously growing Penrith CBD. penrithcbdcorp.com.au
PENRITH VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 12 MARCH, 6PM PENRITH PACEWAY Come along and enjoy a great night while making the most of the fantastic networking opportunities at the Chamber Connect event at Penrith Paceway. penrithchamber.org.au
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Penrith Panthers Round 1
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Saturday 30 March, 7:50pm Wanderers v Melbourne City FC ANZ Stadium
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Sunday 24 March, 3:20pm Giants v Essendon Sydney Showground Stadium
Saturday 6 April, 4:35pm Giants v Richmond Sydney Showground Stadium
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Christine Anu IN CONVERSATION & SONG
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A journey of music and stories Australia’s most iconic female Indigenous entertainer returns to the Joan with her highly acclaimed and intimate show.
Christine Anu: In Conversation and Song 16 March, 7.30pm - One night only Standard $60 | Concession $55 Under 30s $30 Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre 597 High Street, Penrith 02 4723 7600 thejoan.com.au
Christine, accompanied by her exceptionally talented band, will perform popular songs including Sunshine on a Rainy Day and the unofﬁcial national anthem My Island Home – a song selected by the National Film and Sound Archives to be inducted into the Sounds of Australia Registry alongside Midnight Oil and The Wiggles. On this very special occasion Christine will also share personal anecdotes on life, her advocacy work for diversity and inclusion, and the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language in Australian culture. A multi award-winning recording artist, Christine has made acclaimed appearances in major ﬁlms and stage productions including Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge and The Matrix Reloaded. A stage powerhouse and performer, she has also starred in widely acclaimed stage productions including Hairspray: The Arena Spectacular, The Sapphires, Rent, and Parramatta Girls.
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An inspiration of talent, Christine Anu: In Conversation and Song is a show not to be missed.
Ronn Moss An Evening of Songs and Stories There’s more to the story of Ronn Moss, the man behind Ridge Forrester for 25 years, who will be in town this March.
onn Moss is more than an actor - he’s also an accomplished musician and singer/songwriter. In 1976 Ronn joined Peter Beckett to form the band Player, remaining with the group throughout their biggest moments including the creation of the 1978 smash hit, Baby Come Back. Ronn released his solo debut in 2002. I’m Your Man received a dedicated Australian release, and he followed this up with a second solo effort, Uncovered, in 2006 and then My Baby’s Back in 2018. Whether he’s feuding with brother Thorne, marrying Brooke, making up with brother Thorne, re-marrying Brooke, or writing smooth, blue-eyed soul, Ronn Moss can do it all.
EVENT DETAILS Ronn Moss An Evening of Songs and Stories
$50 Standard | $150 VIP Experience (visit online for details)
15 March, 8pm
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John Williamson The Butcherbird Tour Back on the road, this Aussie icon is sharing the big hits alongside his latest musical creations.
aving created some of Australia’s most recognised unofficial anthems, John is firmly cemented in the nation’s musical culture. His tributes to legends and unsung heroes, and tender ballads, have captured the spirit of the nation in song unlike any other. Australian icon John Williamson is back on the road with The Butcherbird Tour, which he is taking across Australia over the next 12 months from coast to coast. Along the way he's sharing the big hits and his latest musical creations. The new tour comes off the back of his new album by the same name, Butcherbird, released in August 2018. The new album and tour continues to see
John celebrate and pen the stories into song that he continues to be passionate about; the country, the people, and the fight for what is right. Butcherbird combines humour, romance, travelling songs and campfire stories. There's no doubt as to why it resonates with Aussies and continues to showcase his ability to capture the land, its characters and the Australian spirit in song. You can call him what you want; Mallee Boy, True Blue or just plain Fair Dinkum. But there is no denying that, after more than forty years in the music industry, John Williamson is truly an Australian icon.
EVENT DETAILS John Williamson – The Butcherbird Tour
22 March – 8pm Adult $56 | Child (under 14yrs) $33 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith penrith.panthers.com.au
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Issue 25 March 2019
Caring For Our Males
Written by Manisha Foley
Local fleet sales manager Sean Hogan is taking a brave step in speaking out about men’s struggle with mental health and depression.
Monday for dinner and a chat. It’s a place where they can be open and talk. They are stronger because they are together,” says Sean.
“Silence is a big factor," explains Sean. "I’m a big believer in letting men know it’s okay and there's lots of help out there. Quite often there are children who may have concerns over things that adults find trivial, such as ‘not enough Facebook likes or something on social media’ and they get dismissed because they aren’t adult problems, but we have to listen to our children because one conversation may save a life.”
father of three teenage children, Sean knows the significance of being honest and open with his family.
“I was lucky growing up, never having lost a close friend. But it was quite the opposite for my son. At 14 he lost one of his close friends in a tragic car accident. He was like a son to me and I could see the pain in my child’s eyes when that happened. A year later, he lost a mate from his local AFL club to suicide. To see Ty go through this again, all I wanted to do was make the pain go away.” Prior to this, Sean was watching the Man Up series and saw Tom Harkin, who ran programs in schools about challenging masculinity. Sean found the importance in the message that Tom and his Tomorrow Man programs were presenting – they were reinventing masculinity for boys and men Australia-wide. “We are taught that it's important for men to be stoic and heroic, but the most masculine thing a man can do is be vulnerable. We need to show men that it's okay to cry, to be upset and, most importantly, to be there for your mates. “My sons are really good young men and we have a tradition of their friends coming around every second
Mental health among men has risen exponentially, being the number one killer amongst men. The statistics are terrifying, with six men taking their own lives every day.
Sean also recognises the importance of the support his local AFL team provides. He approached Gotcha4Life and local footy clubs to talk about how they could positively impact men’s health. Together they held fundraisers and a sportsman’s lunch in which all funds were donated to the local area for the supply of programs that would inspire local boys and men to be the best they could be. “We also work closely with Penrith RAMS and have a Gotcha4Life round. After the games the participants have an open conversation about mental health. After lunch we also have a ‘blokes night’ that generates discussion on what it’s like to be a man battling depression and suicide.” These fundraising events and lunches have raised a staggering $92,000 to date. And the funds are all used in local communities to spread awareness. As Sean says,
“It’s about connecting communities together and sharing our stories.” His tireless work has been recognised by Penrith City Council, which bestows the Australia Day Awards honours to outstanding locals in recognition of their contribution to the city. Sean received a Local Appreciation Award for his commitment to the cause. “It’s important for me and the organisations I work with to spread this message; it’s okay not to be okay.” Sean Hogan is rewriting the rules on what it is to be an ‘Aussie Man’ and creating a positive impact that will provide boys and men with the strength and emotional intelligence to continue healthy conversations that will save lives.
...the most masculine thing a man can do is be vulnerable ABOUT GOTCHA4LIFE Gotcha4life Foundation has been established with the fundamental aim of helping save the lives of males throughout Australia, taking action and positively impacting on men’s mental health. gotcha4life.org
All Stars, All Abilities Written by Brooke Allender
through activities that develop an exciting cheer routine.
We take 15 minutes with Emma Twoumey, Tumble Director and Coach at Liberty Allstars.
The favourites are definitely the ribbons and trampolines! At the end of every class, we’ll spend some time using them as a treat for their hard work.
HOW MUCH HAVE YOU SEEN THESE KIDS TRANSFORM?
reaking barriers and building fortitude. Meet Penrith’s first competitive cheer squad for special needs kids of all ages, Iron Heart.
When we first started, the kids were unsure of our volunteers and didn’t like being touched. Since then, they have shown physical and psychological improvements, and now share a special bond with their trainers. Not to mention the absolute beam of pride they have when they put their uniforms on!
LIBERTY ALLSTARS WAS FOUNDED IN 2015 WITH HUGE SUCCESS – WHAT DROVE YOU TO START IRON HEART? We started Iron Heart in 2017. We felt there were a lack of physical opportunities for special needs kids, including the chance to experience the real deal, competitive classes that all our students do. They practice weekly, have uniforms, and compete four times a year. WHAT ACTIVITIES DO THEY TAKE PART IN – IS THERE A FAVOURITE?
AND WHAT ABOUT YOUR VOLUNTEERS, HOW HAS IT TRANSFORMED THEM? We have a brilliant group of girls who are committed, hardworking athletes and volunteer their time to work with our Iron Heart kids.
During practices we work on fine and gross motor skills, self-esteem, and team interactions. This is all done
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We have parents thanking us constantly – one mother said she can now confidently go grocery shopping knowing that her child has the tools to manage potential overwhelm.
It's enhanced their own physical abilities. They watch as these incredible young athletes perform without letting their disabilities get the better of them, so they harness this courage and determination in their own practice. WHERE DO YOU HOPE TO TAKE IRON HEART IN THE FUTURE? We’re always thinking of new routines and competitions for our Iron Heart kids to take part in. We want to build camaraderie between the kids and their fellow athletes. We want them to feel empowered and valued as team players. And we want to spread the word so that parents of kids with disabilities know that there’s opportunity and support out there. FIND OUT MORE For more information, follow Iron Hearts on Facebook Liberty Allstars Iron Heart
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Issue 25 March 2019
Local Business We spoke with Snooze Franchise Partners Kathy and Ivan about all things beds, bedding and business in Penrith. 1 WHEN DID YOU FIRST OPEN THE DOORS
TO SNOOZE PENRITH AND WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED? Snooze Penrith opened over 20 years ago, and we had the incredible opportunity to take over as Franchise Partners in August 2017. You'll find us in the Penrith HomeMaker Centre, which has plenty of parking and is readily accessible. We loved the area and saw it as a great chance to bring our passion for retail to the community. 2 WHAT MADE YOU MAKE THE MOVE TO
PENRITH AND OPEN SNOOZE PENRITH? Ivan and I have been in the retail industry for over 20 years. We arrived in Australia from Ireland three years ago and were fortunate to join the Snooze family as Store Managers in Sydney. With the luck of the Irish behind us, we had the amazing opportunity to acquire our own store. We both manage the store on a day-to-day basis and have a wonderful, dynamic team supporting us. 3 WHAT SERVICES AND PRODUCTS DO
YOU OFFER? We offer mattresses, bed frames, bedroom furniture and kid’s beds as well as linen, pillows and quilts – everything you need to make your bedroom your own.
We’re also proud to offer a great range of Australian mattresses such as Sealy, Madison and Slumberland. 4 WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOUR POINT OF
DIFFERENCE WOULD BE? The perfect bedroom beings with your dream bed. So at Snooze we have a secret weapon called the 'Snooze Profiler®', which helps us work with each customer to select the perfect mattress based on their own individual uniqueness. With a huge selection of bedroom furniture to choose from, your dream bed isn’t far away. Using the sleep profiler is simple and easy. 1. Start your profile by answering a few simple questions. 2. Lay back on the Snooze Profiler®, as it simulates different mattress comfort options. 3. Receive your sleep profile – you can then start shopping for the perfect bed! 5 BEING A LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER, YOU
WOULD KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT - HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY? Several staff members are involved in local networking groups and work with other local businesses - it’s wonderful to spend time with like-minded people in the community.
We’ve also worked with some local charities and donated products to help them with fundraising activities. And as we’re huge fans of the Panthers, we decide to jump on board as a sponsor which is really exciting for us. 6 ARE THERE ANY ACHIEVEMENTS YOU ARE
PARTICULARLY PROUD OF SINCE OPENING? We’ve won numerous awards in our short time with Snooze, and were recently awarded Snooze Team of the Year and Retailer Excellence, and one of our main suppliers, Sealy, recognised us for the highest dollar and percentage increase within the year we’ve been trading. The Snooze Team of the Year was recognition of not only our business operations but also our focus on our customers and community, which we’re passionate about. We wouldn’t be as successful if it wasn’t for the support of our customers. 7 WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE
WANTING TO OPEN THEIR OWN BUSINESS? Although starting a new business can come with high risk, it also comes with high reward. If you have a clear plan, set objectives and a great team to help execute that plan and those objectives, along with great products and services, you have the recipe for a successful business.
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Penrith's New Brewery with a Diﬀerence CATCH UP & CHILL OUT Written by Penrith City Council
The humble home brew has come home to roost with microbrewery Rusty Penny opening their doors in Penrith.
ou could say the idea for Rusty Penny Brewing Co has been ‘brewing’ away for some time (sorry we couldn’t resist). Local mates Matt and Mark, owners of local home brew supplies shop All Things Homebrew, have nurtured the dream of opening their own microbrewery since 2007. After 13 years of ‘practice’, the boys took the leap. They opened the doors to Rusty Penny in December
and Penrith couldn’t be more excited to welcome a new microbrewery to the region. For those of you who like to get technical; Matt and Mark brew their beers in a 200-litre system. This is smaller than most breweries but gives them an opportunity to experiment and strive for the ultimate brew. It also gives tasters a wider sampling range – up to 12 different beers can be enjoyed at any given time! Some of the brews on tap include the Australian Pale Ale, Stout, American Pale Ale, Pils and Session Ale. Overwhelmed already? Don’t worry. Just know that there’s a beer to suit absolutely everyone’s taste and you’re guaranteed to get a top notch drink every time you visit!
With capacity to seat up to 30 people, Rusty Penny is suitable for both individual and group tastings, meaning it’s the perfect location to catch up and chill out. Tasting paddles are available for $7 and include five samples. Alternatively, you can jump right in with a sample glass starting at $6.
COME GRAB A BREW Rusty Penny is open Thursday through to Sunday, so make a date with your mates and enjoy one of life’s simplest pleasures. Unit 5/4 Dean Place, Penrith 02 4706 9061
Issue 25 March 2019
Inspiring Local Mum
Don’t MS with Rachel Written by Manisha Foley
HOW ONE WOMAN’S BATTLE WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS IS MOTIVATING WARRIORS ACROSS THE WORLD
t was during a casual hangout with her girlfriends on Sunday 26 November in 2017 that Rachel Schein, an energetic 29-year-old from Emu Heights, began to feel pins and needles in the outer parts of her hands and feet. What she didn’t expect was to be diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis a week later. “After the initial pins and needles, the feeling was getting frequent day by day. Over the next week the tingling and numbness intensified, until I couldn’t feel anything from my hips down,” explains Rachel. "I made many a trip to the doctors and Emergency – deep down I knew something was wrong and I wanted answers straight away.” Rachel’s insistence paid off. On 5 December she was admitted to Westmead Hospital where she remained for nine days. She underwent countless tests until the neurologists diagnosed her with Relapsing, Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. “It was a pretty intense couple of days,” recalls Rachel. “Because there isn’t one specific test for MS, it’s more of a matter of putting as many ticks in the column as you can and then ruling everything else out.” As a condition of the central nervous system, MS varies greatly with every individual. It interferes with nerve
Funds will go towards services like MS Connect, which Rachel used to help her during some incredibly tough moments. 16
impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Rachel is lucky to have been diagnosed with the first category, which means she can have total recovery after flares or relapses. The journey has, though, affected her mobility. “After being diagnosed I was in a wheelchair in hospital; the bottom half of my body was numb. Once I could walk again, I had to take it easy and struggled to walk upstairs,” she explains. While her medication helps with mobility, fatigue is Rachel's biggest struggle. “I can’t be out and about in very hot situations and have to really plan out my day in case I get tired. Also, the medication supresses my immune system, meaning I need to be cautious of germs! And with my little girl starting day care, it’s only natural that she’ll catch whatever is going around. The slightest exposure to a cold means I’ll get sick straight away. So instead of getting sick a couple of times a year, I can get sick once a month.” Her beautiful daughter Isabella was only five months old when Rachel was diagnosed. And for Rachel, as tough as it was to accept her MS, it was tougher to be away from her daughter and husband for so long. Rachel was in her element being a first-time mum and, naturally, felt cheated from experiencing the unbridled joy of
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Isabella’s newborn months as her health overshadowed the quality time they spent together.
Rachel's blog has created bonds between friends (her ‘MS Warriors’, as she fondly calls them) who face the same challenges – even from the other side of the world.
“I don’t think I would have gotten through that time without the support of my husband Damien, my in-laws and my own family – they have been absolutely amazing. Isabella was my number one motivation for fighting this fight and giving her the best possible mum to take care of her.”
It most definitely resonated with Rachel’s mother, who told her that she was participating in this year’s MS Walk + Fun Run in honour of her. She was so touched by her mum’s kindness that she used the opportunity to do her part in raising much-needed funds for MS Support Services.
The strong support network that surrounds Rachel, Damien and Isabella is what motivated Rachel to document her journey. She initially began an Instagram page which showed what life was like living with MS. She received such a positive response from her honesty that she began mapping her journey via a blog.
“The response has been amazing! Little did I know how many people wanted to get on board and support me and the cause. Not only are people donating, but I’ve also been contacted by so many family members and friends wanting to join me on the walk.”
“I wanted to start this blog for a few reasons. Firstly, for people to be able to talk about disability comfortably and not feel that they had to tiptoe around the subject. Secondly, it was a way to keep family and friends informed of my journey. Thirdly – it’s a way for me to vent! I’m an open book so for me I feel like it’s a bit of therapy and it helps my mental state. “My blog is also a good way to keep my MS journey documented, for me and my doctors, and I hope to be able to share it with my daughter one day when she’s old enough. Lastly, it’s a way to help others. Whether by helping people going through something similar or helping people better understand what MS is while also creating more awareness of the condition.”
Rachel’s team, Don’t MS with Rachel, currently has over 40 people who have raised over $2,000 so far. These funds will go towards services like MS Connect, which Rachel has used to help her during some incredibly tough moments. “I consider myself lucky because I was diagnosed and treated so quickly – within a week. So many people go for months, if not years, without a diagnosis.” Even though there is no cure for MS, Rachel and her beautiful family are fighting the good fight to raise awareness. So jump on board and support Rachel and her fellow MS Warriors in creating a better future for people living with the condition.
DONATE TO RACHEL’S TEAM FOR THE MS WALK + FUN RUN If you would like to donate head to: www.mswalk.org.au and search DON’T MS WITH RACHEL. Join in the MS Walk + Fun Run yourself! Metcalfe Park, Pyrmont, Sydney NSW 2000 Sunday 7 April 2019 Run – 8:30am Walk – 10:00am
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ins ig n i a h a i r a n dd a ysp a .c om .a u Issue 25 March 2019
Roaming Feature 201 THE 9 ME AC A DV T I O N & ENT URE
Penrith CBD Festival SAT U R DAY 1 6 M A RC H Written by Manisha Foley
Ready for action and adventure? The Penrith CBD Corporation, along with main sponsor Penrith City Council, will be bringing all of that and more to the CBD via its annual Festival.
enrith City Council has supported the Penrith CBD Festival for many years, recognising the role large community festivals like the CBD Festival play in showcasing Penrith and engendering community pride in our City,” says Cr Ross Fowler OAM, Mayor of Penrith. 18
With the opportunities and experiences on the rise within Penrith, it’s the perfect time to showcase our diversity and encourage people to discover Penrith and the CBD. “What’s really great to see is all the local businesses engaging with each other to support the Festival and getting on board with such a great community event,” explains Gai Hawthorn, CEO of Penrith CBD Corporation. Cr Fowler agrees. “Council is aware that a healthy CBD means a vibrant and healthy local economy. For this reason, Council has recently undertaken significant improvement works on High Street to enhance streetscape design, incorporate environmental and social sustainability, develop neighbourhood character, and increase usability and safety in the street. This important, city-shaping project
will have major ongoing benefits for residents, workers, visitors and local businesses, providing an atmosphere that brings shoppers back to this 'traditional' main street of Penrith.” An event of this magnitude takes a village to put together – not to mention the many great sponsors who have also jumped on board. “We have the talented crew from Mr Watkins creating beautiful cocktails and food. High St Depot will be whipping up award-winning coffee and mouth-watering breakfasts. And At Print is designing all the eye-catching creative for our big day. Festival goers will be able to roam the streets which will be full of market stalls and entertainment, and also support small business at the same time.”
Brighter, an initiative of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association, approached Penrith CBD Corporation to ﬁnd out how it could contribute and engage with the local community. “Natural gas is embedded in our everyday lives, even in ways we may not think about. Take the humble gas BBQ, for example – it’s core to the Australian way of life, and it brings family and friends together,” explains Sarah Browne, Director of Communications for Brighter. “By supporting the Penrith CBD Festival, we are supporting an event which brings people and local businesses together, just like the gas BBQ on a summer’s day.” Of course, the humble BBQ will be one of the features on the day, with Brighter and local Rotary clubs participating in a BBQ Challenge. And if that doesn’t have your mouth watering, Festival goers will also have the chance to work out and cool down at the same time with the ‘Bike n Blend’ - harnessing your pedal power to mix your very own smoothie! These bikes will be part of the festival’s ‘Action & Adventure’ space, which will be brimming with various activations by BCF Penrith, Bunnings, Panthers, Nepean Motor Group, and PCYC Penrith. Astina Group will be taking ownership of the ‘Experience Penrith’ space, highlighting the incredible lifestyle experiences offered within the CBD. “We think it’s extremely important for local community to support local business. It’s one of our core values and something we strive to achieve,” says William Schrumpf, General Manager of Astina Group. “Astina Group supports and manages all facets of business, from café’s, apartment living or investing in property, so it was a no-brainer to support such a great event.” Another business who knows how important it is to engage locally is Katrina Couchman from WOTSO Workspace Penrith, also a Festival sponsor. “The Festival is important to myself and to WOTSO, as we offer a lot of services to the community that people are unaware of. Co-working is the way of
the future and it’s a great way to show the people of Penrith that we’re very much moving with the times and fulﬁlling their needs,” says Katrina. The kids aren’t forgotten, either, with fantastic entertainment organised from the main stage (proudly sponsored by Westﬁeld Penrith). PAWS will be performing the Wizard of Oz as the pantomime (which portrays the ultimate adventure in our books!), and there will be special guest appearances by Paw Patrol and Trolls. Free face painting and plaster painting, plus the adorable animals in the kindy farm, will also be available. And if that isn’t enough, we have Bubbly coming to wow the crowds with monster bubbles and an interactive activity for kids. Little hands will also be kept busy courtesy of Bricks 4 Kidz and their LEGO display. The iconic Street Parade will be making an appearance again, with the support of Lower Mountains Air Conditioning, with the team sponsoring one of the favourite parts of the day.
Although the Penrith CBD Festival is only for one day, the benefits to the CBD and the city of Penrith reach far and wide... it boosts the local economy and fosters a genuine sense of pride in our community
“Nothing brings people together like festivals do. They play a pivotal role in community-building; bringing people from every religious, economic and social background together,” explains Anthea and Andrew, the duo behind the 30-year-old business. “As a family business, with three children of our own, we also enjoy supporting the festival knowing that our sponsorship funds go towards a day for Penrith to enjoy with their own families!” Although the Penrith CBD Festival is only for one day (although what a jam-packed day it is), the beneﬁts to the CBD and the city of Penrith reach far and wide. By bringing in a crowd of over 20,000 to the streets, it boosts the local economy and fosters a genuine sense of pride in our community. Importantly, it helps forge those essential bonds with local businesses and organisations – it’s their sponsorship and involvement that helps strengthen relationships. And it’s these very connections that are the glue that hold our amazing community together.
EVENT DETAILS A day ﬁlled with live stage shows, roving entertainers, market stalls, food trucks, characters, free activities and rides, showbags, and a HUGE street parade. Penrith CBD Festival 2019 Saturday, 16 March 2019 9AM - 4PM FREE EVENT Penrith CBD @penrithcbdcorporation
Photo Credit: Hilary Nathan Photography | 2019 Penrith CBD Festival Sponsors
Issue 25 March 2019
Local Business Meet local Conveyancer Rebeccah Barker – she knows her stuff. And she’s awesome at making property transactions completely and utterly painless.
1 WHEN DID YOU FIRST OPEN CONVEYANCING
SIMPLIFIED AND WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED? I opened the ﬁrm in late 2017, and the ofﬁce is in the Mulgoa Village Shopping Centre on Mulgoa Road. 2 TELL US ABOUT THE SERVICES YOUR
BUSINESS OFFERS. I specialise in a range of Conveyancing services including residential, off-the plan, strata, community, commercial and rural transactions throughout NSW. I can also act on family transfers, deceased estate transfers, and retirement villages. 3 TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR INDUSTRY
EXPERIENCE. I commenced studies straight after completing my HSC in 2008. Since then I’ve had experience in a boutique local conveyancing ﬁrm and a solicitor’s ofﬁce where I gained extensive knowledge and experience in many areas of Conveyancing, while also beginning to establish a name for myself in the industry. During this time I also completed my Advanced Diploma of Conveyancing with distinctions, was a ﬁnalist for the Australian Institute of Conveyancers
CEO Award, and was granted my Conveyancing Licence – being the youngest Licenced Conveyancer in NSW at the time. It became clear early on that I had a strong passion for the Conveyancing/property industry, and it’s a passion that continues to grow every day. 4 WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOUR POINT OF
DIFFERENCE WOULD BE? I pride myself on offering a personalised service that is tailored speciﬁcally to each individual client’s needs, using the latest technology and systems. I will guide you through each step of your property transfer journey and minimise the stress and risks involved along the way. When you use my ﬁrm, you deal with me directly throughout your entire matter. This means your questions are answered ﬁrst time, every time. 5 WHAT WOULD BE THE MOST REWARDING
ASPECT OF WHAT YOU DO? By far, the most rewarding part of my job is helping clients reach their goals of buying a new property, whether it be their ﬁrst home, their dream home, or an investment property. I strive to treat each matter as if it is my own, so the excitement my clients have when
I advise that their matter has settled really makes my day and I feel so lucky to call this my job. 6 WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE
WANTING TO OPEN THEIR OWN BUSINESS? There is never a perfect time! I put off opening my own business for so many years, constantly thinking that it was never the right time and eventually this perfect time would suddenly appear. In the end, I opened my business in the middle of planning a destination wedding and, let me tell you, it wasn’t easy but worth it! I am so proud of this little business I have built in such a short time, and I look forward to what the next few years will bring.
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A style of eating that is low in carbs and rich in healthy fats.
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Pork Chops WITH RATATOUILLE
Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 9 4 x 200g pork cutlets 9 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil or good-quality animal fat* 9 1 handful of basil leaves Ratatouille 9 300ml coconut oil or good quality animal fat* 9 1 large eggplant, cut into 2cm pieces
9 2 zucchini, cut into 2cm pieces 9 1 red onion, diced 9 1 red capsicum, cut into 2cm pieces 9 5 tomatoes, chopped 9 2 garlic cloves, chopped 9 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 9 3 tablespoons olive oil 9 Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
METHOD 1 To make the ratatouille, heat the coconut oil or fat in
a large heavy-based frying pan over medium – high heat until it starts to smoke. Add the eggplant and fry until golden, about 4 – 5 minutes. Remove the eggplant with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. Repeat with the zucchini. Reserve the leftover oil. Heat 2 tablespoons of the reserved oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until softened. Stir in the capsicum, tomato, garlic and 3 tablespoons of water and cook, stirring now and then, for 8 minutes or until softened. Stir in the fried eggplant and zucchini and gently simmer for 15 minutes, or until the tomato has broken down into a rich sauce. Stir in the vinegar and olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
2 Coat the pork cutlets with the coconut oil or fat and
season with salt and pepper.
3 Heat a large heavy-based frying pan over medium –
high heat, add the pork and cook, turning occasionally, for 6–8 minutes or until browned and just cooked through. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVE
4 To serve, divide the ratatouille among serving plates,
place a pork cutlet on top and scatter over the basil.
Total carbs: 4g | Net carbs: 3g | Fat: 41g | Protein: 27g Fat: 75% | Protein: 22% | Carbs: 3% PhotoCredit: William Meppem
Issue 25 March 2019
WITH TOASTED WALNUTS
Serves 4 A lot of my books feature chicken salads because they are just so damned delicious. Also, they are an easy, quick and tasty way to use up leftover roast chicken. Take whatever leafy greens you love the most and make that your base, then add the chicken, vegetables or fruit and some crunchy seeds or nuts, fresh herbs and kraut. Dress, add some good fats, such as avocado, olives or hard-boiled eggs, and you’re done. INGREDIENTS 9 4 boneless chicken thighs, skin on sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 9 1 tablespoon coconut oil or good-quality animal fat* 9 Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling Dressing 9 100g Mayonnaise (recipe to the right) 9 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice 9 ¼ teaspoon grated garlic Salad 9 400g savoy cabbage, shredded 9 2 large handfuls of baby spinach leaves 9 ½ red onion, ﬁnely chopped 9 1 pink lady apple, cored and cut into matchsticks 9 1 handful of mint leaves, torn 22
9 1 handful of ﬂat-leaf parsley leaves 9 1 handful of chervil leaves 9 1 handful of tarragon leaves 9 100g toasted walnuts. METHOD 1 To make the crispy chicken, pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towel, then place between two sheets of baking paper and ﬂatten with a meat mallet. Season the skin with 2 teaspoons of salt. 2 Heat the coconut oil or fat in a large heavy-based
frying pan over medium – high heat. Add the chicken thighs, skin-side down, and season the exposed ﬂesh with a little salt. Fry, undisturbed, for 6 – 8 minutes until the skin is crispy and golden brown. Turn and cook for 3 – 4 minutes until cooked through. Transfer the chicken, skin-side up, to a wire rack and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Chop into bite-sized pieces. 3 To make the dressing, place the mayonnaise,
lemon juice, garlic and 2 teaspoons of water in a small bowl and mix to combine. Season with salt and pepper. 4 Arrange all the salad ingredients in a large bowl,
top with the chicken, then pour over the dressing. Drizzle over some olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Give the salad a good toss before eating.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVE
Crispy Chicken Salad
Total carbs: 16g | Net carbs: 9g | Fat: 66g | Protein: 26g Fat: 78% | Protein: 14% | Carbs: 8%
MAKES ABOUT 500G (2 CUPS)
INGREDIENTS 9 4 egg yolks 9 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 9 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 9 1 tablespoon lemon juice 9 400ml olive oil or macadamia oil (or 200ml of each) 9 Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. METHOD Place the egg yolks, mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, oil and a pinch of salt in a glass jug or jar and blend with a hand-held blender until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper. Alternatively, place the egg yolks, mustard, vinegar, lemon juice and a pinch of salt in the bowl of a food processor and process until combined. With the motor running, slowly pour in the oil in a thin stream and process until the mayonnaise is thick and creamy. Season with salt and pepper. Store in a jar in the fridge for up to 5 days.
WITH GARLIC, LEMON & THYME
Serves 4 Your meals needn’t be difﬁcult or expensive but they should always be delicious. Here, we have one of the simplest recipes in the book and it is sure to be a winner. Make a big batch of these (you can do this in a mufﬁn tray if you like) as they are wonderful to have on hand for snacks and lunches.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVE Total carbs: 4g | Net carbs: 3g | Fat: 41g | Protein: 27g Fat: 75% | Protein: 22% | Carbs: 3%
INGREDIENTS 9 2 baby cos lettuces, leaves separated 9 100g Mayonnaise (recipe on page 22) 9 1 lemon, cut into wedges Chicken burgers 9 3 tablespoons coconut oil or good-quality animal fat* 9 ½ onion, ﬁnely diced 9 3 garlic cloves, ﬁnely chopped 9 1 teaspoon chopped thyme leaves 9 500 g chicken mince 9 1 egg 9 1 tablespoon chopped ﬂat-leaf parsley leaves 9 Zest of 1 lemon 9 1 teaspoon sea salt 9 ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
To make the burgers, heat 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil or fat in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
2 Place the cooled onion mixture in a bowl, then add
the remaining burger ingredients and mix well. Shape into eight patties. 3 Heat the remaining coconut oil or fat in a large
non-stick frying pan over medium – high heat. Add the patties, in batches if necessary, and cook for 2½ – 3 minutes on each side until they are cooked through. 4 Place the patties on the cos leaves and top with the
mayonnaise. Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze over the top.
*Good-quality animal fat I use either coconut oil or good-quality animal fats for cooking as they have high smoke points (meaning they do not oxidise at high temperatures). Some of my favourite animal fats to use are lard (pork fat), tallow (rendered beef fat), rendered chicken fat and duck fat. These may be hard to ﬁnd - ask at your local butcher or meat supplier, look online for meat suppliers who sell them, or make your own when making bone broths.
Issue 25 March 2019
In the Footsteps of Heroes… THE KOKODA YOUTH LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE
Penrith RSL Club is calling for applications for the Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge, which takes young community leaders on a 10-day trek across the 155km Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea.
verseen by the RSL & Services Clubs Association, the program is aimed at creating greater awareness among young people of the Diggers’ sacriﬁce in the Kokoda Campaign. In doing so, traditions live on, a commitment to community service is instilled, personal development is enhanced, and participants are encouraged to become future leaders in their own communities. “It breaks you down, tears you to your knees, but then it builds you back up again,’ said former participant Brendon Speechley. Penrith RSL Club and Penrith RSL sub-Branch have been major supporters of the Kokoda Youth Leadership
Challenge for many years, sponsoring both staff and local youths. Their sponsorship covers the cost of the airfare, accommodation and food expenses, reaching well over $6,000 per participant. “It is a big expense, but we think it’s a great program. The experience that participants have is life changing,” said Penrith RSL Club CEO Neel Chand. Ms Amber Walker, a Kokoda Trek participant sponsored by Penrith RSL Club, described her experience as, “once in a lifetime; one that I am so grateful to have been given and one that will forever be kept in my memory. I can honestly say this has been the most rewarding, informative and emotional experience of my life.” “Participants will hike over impossible terrain in tropical humidity. They will battle mosquitos, rough sleeping, constant mud, and physical and emotional exhaustion. For all that, though, they will also walk through real battle grounds, hearing stories about the soldiers and the ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels’. They will experience ﬁrst-hand the power and importance of mateship,” said Mr Chand.
Many of them were my age or even younger than me; and to know that they fought so hard and showed so much courage in protecting our country makes me feel tremendously grateful and proud
“As challenging as the experience is, it is the most transformational and rewarding experience that one could ever have. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Applications to Penrith RSL Club will close on Thursday 11 April 2019. The trek will take place in September and October of 2019. Applicants must be aged between 17 and 25 years, physically ﬁt, and willing to undergo training as well as a medical.
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Places to Visit in Ireland We might love Ireland for giving us St Patrick's day, but beyond the Guinness-fuelled celebrations every March there are other reasons to head to Ireland. Here are just a few places that should be on your must-visit list. THE BLARNEY STONE... is located at Blarney Castle, near Cork. The Blarney Stone is said to have magical powers. Legend says that if you kiss the stone, you’ll be blessed with the gift of the gab. GIANT’S CAUSEWAY... is the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Northern Ireland, an area of about 40,000 spectacular interlocking basalt columns on the coastline. CASTLES... With over 30,000 castles and castle ruins
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Issue 25 March 2019
Headaches & Migraines HOW PHYSIO CAN HELP Headaches and migraines are extremely common, and are continuing to be something we see often in the practice.
Local Experts Kris Caloia & Karl Thornton
Physiotherapy Experts Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy
LET’S TALK HEADACHES. Headaches and migraines don’t discriminate. They can affect anyone at any time, and they’re not pleasant. Did you know that there are more than 300 different causes for headaches? There are also many different types of headaches and, in some cases, a person can suffer two at the same time. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HEADACHE AND A MIGRAINE. Another important thing to distinguish is the difference between a headache and a migraine. A migraine is a type of headache. They’re extremely severe and can make you feel nauseous, cause disturbances to your vision, and make you sensitive to noise, light and, in some cases, odours. This debilitating form of headache can start with numbness or tingling in your hands or arms. They can be accompanied by skin that is painful to the lightest touch. Migraines leave most sufferers bed-ridden for a substantial period.
DON’T IGNORE THESE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS. We must note that there are signiﬁcant signs and symptoms associated with headaches that must not be ignored. We strongly recommend seeking medical attention if you experience a headache that is: • Accompanied by memory loss or motor weakness • Associated with a symptom-like fever • Markedly different to your previous headaches
• Sudden and severe in its onset, like a ‘thunderclap’, and • Recurrent and persists in those over 50.
ACCREDITED BY THE WATSON HEADACHE INSTITUTE. The good news is that physiotherapy can assist with identifying the cause and then managing the pain for headache and migraine sufferers. Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy is accredited by the Watson Headache Institute. In our experience, many headaches and migraines are caused by structural issues, including a neck disorder or physical and emotional tension. An assessment from the team at Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy can determine if your headache or migraine is caused by your upper neck and the associated muscles. • Gentle hands-on physiotherapy can help ease your symptoms. • Poor posture can lead to neck disorders that cause headaches.
• Education is a key step to avoid headache and migraine triggers. • At-home exercises can help keep headaches and migraines at bay.
DON’T PUT UP WITH HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES ANY LONGER. Headaches and migraines can be extremely debilitating. If you or a family member is experiencing severe or regular headaches, don’t wait – get help from an experienced physiotherapist. You can be conﬁdent our qualiﬁed and highly-skilled physiotherapists will do all they can to get to the source of your pain and bring relief.
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Written by Fiona Kane
Emotional eating is a common behaviour we use to manage stress, and numb and comfort ourselves. But how do we stop?
f you're heavily reliant on your ‘comfort foods’, don’t try to cut them out immediately. This will cause stress and make you want to eat more. Focus on bringing new habits in, rather than giving anything up. It’s less stressful and more likely to be successful, giving time for the new habits to slowly replace the old ones. Start by adding more tools to your stress management toolkit – what makes you calm, happy and gives you comfort? • Music, reading, arts and hobbies? • Chatting to a friend? • Making a pot of tea? • Spending time with pets? • Activity, from yoga or walking through to running? • Gardening? Try different things to see what works for you. If you have various tools to rely on, the
Focus on bringing new habits in, rather than giving anything up.
occasional comfort eating can be enjoyable without negatively impacting on your health. If you still struggle with this and with your feelings, go to a mental health professional to get help. It’s okay to ask for help – this is stuff that isn’t taught at school and often not by parents as they usually don’t have the skills themselves. Be patient and kind, and show compassion to yourself; it will take time, but you will develop the skills you need to manage your emotional eating.
FIND OUT MORE Fiona Kane, Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, Holistic Counsellor and Life Coach at the Informed Health Nutritional Wellbeing Centre informedhealth.com.au
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here does the time go? We’re already well into 2019 and I feel like I haven’t had a minute to myself! There's two child drop offs and pickups every day, full-time work, trying to keep ﬁt, kid's activities, feeding the family, and keeping the house clean – despite sharing it equally with my partner, it’s never-ending! My absolute saviour? The lunchbox plan I have for my daughter’s school days. It’s time-saving, money-preserving, and simple for everyone to follow. To start, I created a Monday to Friday roster, making sure I included mostly freezer items that would defrost perfectly in her lunchbox. A lot of people turn their nose up at frozen produce but if it’s cooked and stored correctly, it’s delicious and healthy. So, what can be frozen? Sandwiches, cooked meatballs, chipolatas, chicken drumsticks, cheese and biscuits, cupcakes, mufﬁns, pastry items – the list goes on!
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Each night I take a meal out of the freezer, pop it in the lunchbox, and straight into the fridge. By lunchtime, it’s thawed to perfection! I have the lunch roster up on the fridge, so both my partner and I know exactly what she’s having. What’s in the lunchbox today? An apple, cheese and biscuits, three chipolatas, carrot sticks, salsa, and a sugar-free blueberry mufﬁn. Everything but the apple, carrot and salsa is frozen. It’s that easy.
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How Social is Social Media? More and more Australians are suffering from anxiety and loneliness, and some health professionals point the finger at the rising use of social media.
t seems strange and sad to me that, in a world where we are more connected than ever, so many of us should feel alone.
Did you know that 60% of Australians use Facebook regularly, around 9 million use Instagram, 6.4 million are Snapchatting and 4.7 million use Twitter? Big numbers indicate a lot of social connections, but we know that an active social media account is not the same as an active social life. Indeed, many studies suggest social media use can lead to stress, anxiety and low self-esteem. But there are other studies which say Twitter reduces stress levels (it’s a useful place to vent), Facebook creates community and Instagram makes people work harder towards their goals. Which is right? The answer is probably both. We’re all different and for me it’s all about balance. I have a list of pros and cons that justify, and keep in check, the time I give to social media. Among the pros are how I’ve reconnected with cousins and old school friends, that I can research
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a business before I use them, and the convenience of Facebook messenger. The cons include the unhelpful comparisons invited by Instagram, the highly curated nature of what you see, and the time I waste. This list helps me recognise where I need to take care and limit my use of social media accordingly. For some, social media is a harmful space and they should deﬁnitely opt out, but I believe most of us can ﬁnd a balance and beneﬁt from getting social online. This is particularly true in terms of connecting businesses to potential clients.
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About this time last year I spoke about our mission to have the Penrith region free from parvovirus by the year 2020.
Dr Erin Short VETERINARIAN Greencross Vets Coreen Avenue
arvovirus is a deadly, highly infectious viral disease of dogs. To detect parvovirus infection, a quick and simple test is available. There is no medication to kill parvovirus in infected dogs. Intensive, supportive treatment in isolation is required until the virus is fought off by the dog’s own immune system. Most dogs will survive if treated, but sadly not all dogs can be saved. The best protection from parvovirus is vaccination. The vaccination is highly effective, but puppies require a series of vaccinations and adult dogs require regular boosters to maintain adequate immunity. There are now alternatives to annual vaccination in adult dogs. These include long-acting vaccinations that protect against parvovirus, distemper and adenovirus for three years, and parvovirus antibody titre testing. It may be unsafe to vaccinate pets with health issues like cancer and immune diseases. If a pet is unwell, the vaccination may need to be postponed until they are well again. 'Herd immunity' is the term used to describe how increased vaccination rates protect those in population that are not vaccinated. This is especially important with parvovirus due to the nature of transmission. Parvovirus is shed in the saliva, vomit and faeces of infected dogs. It can survive for long periods and be transported on clothes, people and soil. Infection does not require direct contact with an infected dog. But higher vaccination rates dramatically reduce the amount of the virus in the environment and, in turn, the risk of a non-vaccinated dog being exposed to the virus. Through ongoing support from the RSPCA, the veterinary students at Sydney University and our staff volunteering their
free time, we have developed community service programs to assist eligible owners to access vaccinations. We are very happy to report our ﬁrst Spring and Summer period with no parvo cases at our clinic. We endeavour to continue these programs and ensure we are truly parvo free by 2020. Free dog and cat microchipping day 23 March 2019, 9am – 12pm at Jamison Oval Microchipping your dog or cat helps keep them safe and can reunite you much more quickly if they become lost. In NSW, all dogs and cats must be microchipped by 12 weeks old or before being sold or given away (whichever happens ﬁrst). Join us at Jamison Oval to have your pet microchipped. Have you checked your pet’s microchip information lately? The easiest way to update your pet’s microchip details is via petregistry.nsw.gov.au.
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It doesn’t matter whether it’s a business, interest, dividends, rent earned on an overseas property, Airbnb, Deliveroo delivering... you need to declare this income in your tax return.
you earned income from, or from the sale of that property, you can expect a please explain from the ATO. • The ATO has also announced it will be collecting information regarding sharing economy accommodation (including Airbnb, Stayz and others) to identify individuals who have, or may be engaged in, providing accommodation services through an online platform during the 2017 to 2020 income year. If you’ve earned income from one of these platforms and didn’t declare it, you can also expect a please explain from the ATO.
he problem with self-assessment is that it’s up to us what goes into our tax returns, but the folks at the ATO are savvier than you give them credit for. And they have a truckload of cash to spend on benchmarking audits to catch you out if you don’t play by the rules. So, if you’ve earned a little extra income and you’re preparing your tax return, what do you need to be aware of?
• Be aware than just because Partner A lists the home on Airbnb, styles the house, greets the guests and does all the other running around while Partner B does nothing, if the property is owned in both names the income needs to be declared in both Partner A and Partner B’s tax returns (this is also the case for car rental, sharing or hiring through a third party platform).
• The ATO has announced it's in the process of acquiring rental bond data for the period 20 September 1985 to 30 June 2020 from the relevant bodies in each State and Territory. So if you haven’t declared income from a property
More than ever before, it’s important to declare all income earned and be aware of whose name it should be declared in. If you suspect you’ve left income out and you could be caught out, it’s better to do something about that now
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s of January 2019, statistics have revealed that Australians are spending an average of ﬁve hours and four minutes on the internet every single day. And one hour and 31 minutes of that is spent browsing social media. In the past year, Australia has also witnessed a 5.9% growth in active social media users, equating to an additional one million people. These ﬁgures may also surprise you.
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THERE IS STILL HOPE… Do you think that you have been treated fairly in a Will?
f not, you may be able to make a family provision claim under the Succession Act 2006.
A family provision claim starts with an application to the Supreme Court of NSW for a share, or a larger share, of the estate of a deceased person. You can make this claim if you are an “eligible person” and a have been left out of a will; or b did not receive what you thought you were entitled to receive. A family provision claim must be started within 12 months of the date of death of the person whose Will you wish to challenge.
An “eligible person” could be: a the wife or husband of the deceased; b a person who was living in a de facto relationship with the deceased (including same-sex couples); c a child of the deceased (including an adopted child); d a former wife or husband of the deceased; e a person who was, at any particular time, entirely or partly dependent on the deceased, and who is a grandchild or was, at that time, a member of the same household as the deceased; or f a person with whom the deceased was living in a close personal relationship at the time of the death. Before making an order, the court will consider: a the relationship between you and the deceased person; b any obligations or responsibilities owed to you by the deceased; c the value and location of the estate; d your ﬁnancial circumstances;
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Does it Bring You Joy?
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THE QUESTION ON EVERYONE’S MINDS THIS YEAR I want to talk about The Konmari Method. Created by Japanese tidying expert Marie Kondo, it explores the art of organisation.
lthough Kondo has released three books, it’s her new Netﬂix series that’s inspiring people worldwide to embrace her unique process for transforming cluttered spaces into serene environments. And it’s no longer just a concept; it’s now being described as a forward-looking cultural revolution. There are six basic rules to get you started: • Commit yourself to tidying up • Imagine your ideal lifestyle • Finish discarding ﬁrst • Tidy by category, not location • Follow the right order, and • Ask yourself if the item sparks joy.
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Most tidying methods promote a room-by-room approach, which sometimes ends in throwing in the towel and a few expletives! Kondo’s practice is category-by-category and is said to offer lasting results. The categories are:
make the items inside feel less valuable.
• Clothes • Papers • Sentimental items
Use the KonMari folding method so that your clothes stand up vertically. This one is a little harder to explain, so I recommend checking out a video on YouTube. Once you see the outcome, you won’t look back!
• Books • Komono (miscellaneous items).
Her method encourages you to keep only items that speak to the heart, discarding those that lack personal value. To start, place all of your items from each category into one pile (clothes in one pile, books in another, and so on). Assess each element and consider if it sparks joy. If it doesn’t, thank the item for its service and dispose of appropriately (gifting and recycling is fantastic). Make sure you ﬁnish one category before moving onto the next. Once you’ve sorted through everything, you should have a much smaller pile left. But organising these items is another story! Here are a few tips to help: Use transparent tubs for storage so you can see what’s inside. Steer clear of garbage bags – they will
Store things you use more frequently in easier to reach places. For example, store your everyday kitchen items at eye level on your shelves or in cabinets.
Use small boxes in drawers to sort out smaller items – I’ve done it in my kitchen and dresser, and absolutely love it. People around the world have been drawn to this philosophy for its effectiveness and mindful nature. So… if it doesn’t bring you joy, say thank you and move on. 2019 is the year to kick the clutter habit!
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Love It OR LIST IT? The decision to stay in the current home and renovate, or sell up and move into a new home, really can cause incredible angst, worry and concern.
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ere are some tips and thoughts to manage the emotion and stress.
you are not in a ﬁxed loan that may have excessive exit fees when you sell. Ultimately, whether you LOVE IT OR LIST IT, you must decide where you and your family will be at your happiest.
CONSULT THE EXPERTS Builders, trades, council, architects and real estate agents can all help with ideas and experienced advice. They will help you to know what you currently don’t know to help you make an informed decision. LOOK AT THE COST OF A RENOVATION Be realistic about what a renovation will cost you. Despite articles citing the average costs of renovating, anyone who has undergone a renovation knows the end cost is almost always far more than expected. Always allow a good ﬁnancial buffer. LOOK AT THE COST OF SELLING AND RELOCATING If you decide to sell, it’s a much easier cost to calculate. The key numbers are stamp duty on your next purchase – roughly around 4% (can be higher for homes over $1m). Agent’s fees to sell your current home will generally range from 2% to 3% depending on marketing and the quality of your agent. And allow around $3k to $4k for legal fees, and between $2k to $5k for removalists costs depending on quantity and distance. You should also check with your bank that
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Horoscopes By Sherrynne Dalby
(19 FEB – 21 MAR)
Aries (21 MAR – 20 APR) You have been undergoing some major transformation for a number of years now. The good news is that this phase is now coming to a close. You should head into the next stage of life feeling refreshed, renewed and having shed much unwanted baggage. The next 12 months can be a mopping up phase where you are dealing with anything left unfinished in this area. This can be a productive month for you socially, but be cautious with spending as you may have a tendency to overdo things at the moment. Meditation may be useful for turning off the repetitive voice in your head.
Gemini (21 MAY – 21 JUN)
Ruling Planet: Jupiter / Neptune Sign:
You are entering a seven-year period which provides opportunity for new beginnings. There can be moments when you feel quite discombobulated and definitely out of your comfort zone. Remember, change is a process. It can hit you like a lightning bolt but the processing takes much longer. It’s time to shed unwanted people, things and habits from your life. This will be an underlying theme during the next few years, beginning with April birthdays. For now though, you should be feeling an extra boost of energy to assist taking action on any career moves in the pipeline.
Cancer (21 JUN – 23 JUL) It’s time to put your dreams of distant places into action. Time to stop dreaming and move. Now is also a good time for exploring higher education options, something you have been wanting to do for some time especially early July birthdays. You should begin to feel an easing of pressure in career-related matters and this area of life should become more stable and settled over the coming year. The intensity you have been feeling in relationships should also be tapering off as the month unfolds. Time to take a deep breath and relax.
Sea Green, Silver, mauve, purple and violet
This is your annual time for renewal – Happy Solar Return Pisces! 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 Pisces this year – that is from 19 February until 21 March – it covers all those born under the sign of the Fish. The coming month will give you a snapshot of the year ahead. Pay attention to what is going on around your birthday for clues. February birthdays will find relationships dominate 2019. It’s a chance to re-evaluate how you approach and interact with others. Early March birthdays will have opportunities for self improvement, a chance to shed unwanted habits and improve career prospects, etc. It’s important to remove those rose-coloured glasses as you can be more prone than usual to the charms and sweet talk of others. Do reality checks every now and then. Mid-March birthdays can find small things like phones and keys, annoyingly, go missing. Keep a close eye out and pay attention to where you put things.
Sagittarius (22 NOV – 22 DEC) You can be experiencing quite a busy time now and may feel as though you’re heading at high speed into overdrive. Home and family are the base of a lot of the activity; it appears there is a lot going on here right now. There are some new turns and it is definitely not the same old, same old. There can be confusion around something or someone close to you. It’s vital at the moment that you make sure you have all the facts and information before you react, as chinese whispers rarely end well.
March can be fraught with misunderstandings as communications go awry, so be very clear in all dealings with others. This can particularly affect career matters. It is therefore important that, throughout March, you double check all messages and take extra care with all mobile devices, such as phones and tablets. It can be too easy to misplace things at the moment, especially small important things like keys and phones. This can be a good time for career moves. Dreams can come true but don’t forget it usually involves hard work to make that happen.
Taurus (20 APR – 21 MAY)
Leo (23 JUL – 23 AUG) Relationships receive a pleasant boost during March. Acting on this early in the month is a good choice, as later in March career issues may demand more of your time. This is not an unusual juggle as career and home, and family and relationships, are usually a finely-tuned balancing act. You will find that your place in the world will undergo change over the coming years. This can involve changes to your career but also covers marital status and parenting. So basically, opportunities to improve your career, marriage, or become a parent or grandparent are all positive changes waiting in the wings.
Libra (23 SEP – 23 OCT) If you have found yourself spending an inordinate amount of time and money on home and family of late, take time out. You need to refresh your batteries and there is nothing better for that than doing something you enjoy. Let your hair down, be creative and playful, and do it without self-judgement. There can be a flurry of activity around health and fitness matters for you. If you have been neglecting your physical self, things can begin to catch up with you now. It is never too late to begin a health and fitness regime. No more procrastinating.
Capricorn (22 DEC – 20 JAN) You may still be feeling a little under the hammer and have certainly been under pressure on and off for some time. You should, by now, be sensing that something better is just around the corner. Better times are coming but you can’t take your eyes off the ball yet. Just know that life will be getting better soon. You should see the beginning of this through March with opportunities to improve your financial situation. There can be a tendency to overspend, so if you do find yourself with a little extra in your pocket, try to leave it there.
Virgo (23 AUG – 23 SEP) Relationships can take up much of your time and energy at the moment, especially early September birthdays. Something is brewing. If you have been on your own for a while, someone new can come in and sweep you off your feet. Remember to take the rose-coloured glasses off for a dose of reality occasionally. It is important to not get carried away by the romance, which can be intoxicating. You are vulnerable at the moment and it’s probably a good idea to run things by a trusted friend. Taking a different approach to health and fitness will pay off.
Scorpio (23 OCT – 22 NOV) You can find it difficult to maintain focus on anything pressing at the moment. Your mind is wandering to things you find much more fun and stimulating. Relationships are currently paying a prominent role and you would prefer to be putting your time and energy around your home and on family and loved ones at the moment. There is opportunity for you to fire up your creative side now. It can be you put your creativity to work, creating a more aesthetically-pleasing living environment. On the other hand, you may just want to create beauty in the world.
Aquarius (20 JAN – 19 FEB) March has a focus on you. Perfect for a physical makeover. This can be a beneficial time for lifting your spirits by focusing on the outside, including your surroundings. A day spent pampering yourself, doing something nice for your body (this applies to both men and women). Your body is the vessel for your soul; how can you expect good mental and emotional health if you don’t take care of the container? Improving your living conditions can also be beneficial at the moment. It doesn’t need to be expensive; fresh paint, new curtains and cushions can make a huge difference.
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