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May issue for me will be one to remember. This is my last issue with Roaming Magazine - but don’t worry, the magazine is here to stay! It’s been a wonderful two years managing Roaming, and the local people and businesses I’ve met along the way have made me realise just how amazing our wonderful community is. We, as a community, need to continue to support local. It’s so important for the growth of our city. To my dear Roaming family - the late nights, the multiple cups of coffee, and the intense deadlines have all been worth it. This is because every day with you has been so much fun; we’ve truly morphed from the team we once were into the family we are today. We should be so proud of what we do each day - Roaming today is a testament to all of the hard work we’ve put in over the years.
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But the show must go on and the issue, as always, is an exciting one. As it’s Mother’s Day in May I thought I’d stay true to the theme, so we’ve profiled two local females in our community. Our cover for this month is local girl Matilda “Tilly” McDonell, a recent graduate from St Paul’s Grammar School who really does have the world at her feet. Tilly has just begun her university journey and hopes to one day be working at the UN. She’s also about to take to the netball court, for the first time, wearing Giants colours.
And this young lady is just 18 - what an incredible achievement at such young age. The other phenomenal local woman is Sharon Levy, our 2019 Penrith Woman of the Year. If her name sounds familiar, it may be because of all the amazing work that she does alongside the incredible team at The Haven. The Haven offers a safe place to local women and their children to escape Homelessness and Domestic Violence. Sadly, Penrith is Number 2 in the Sydney Metropolitan area - a horrible statistic.
We work very closely with the team at The Haven and, I can assure you, this award couldn’t go to a more deserving woman and team. With May 26 marking The Haven’s first birthday, check out pages 16-17 to find out how you can help celebrate. Once again a big thank you to everyone for the past few years. I cannot think of a more positive, supportive and inclusive community to be a part of. Penrith is most certainly diverse, but together we are something truly special.
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Local Shows & Entertainment
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GREAT MOTHER’S DAY GIFT JUKEBOX REVOLUTION 23 JUNE, 3PM BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE Elvis, Bee Gees, Johnny O’Keefe, Queen, Jackson 5, Beatles, AC/DC, John Farnham… and many more! Internationally acclaimed ‘Boys in the Band’ is proud to present its brand new show, “Jukebox Revolution…every record tells a story!” celebrating iconic artists of the 20th century. Starring Australia’s finest leading men, and backed by their sensational band The Players, it features over 50 years of mega hits in an all-singing, all-dancing, high octane concert. Get ready to join the revolution!
18 MAY – 2 JUNE BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, The Wedding Singer’s sparkling new score does for the ‘80s what Hairspray did for the ‘60s. Just say yes to the most romantic musical in twenty years.
10 MAY, 9PM PENRITH RSL Oz Icons pays tribute to the biggest names from Australia’s rich and varied musical history. Featuring five-part vocal harmonies and exceptional musicianship, this is an Oz music tribute show not to be missed!
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18 MAY, 7:30PM PANTHERS PENRITH More than 50 years later and with 38 albums under their belt, the original Canned Heat is still going strong. The band will be playing here at Panthers Penrith in a must-see show, which will sell quickly, so be sure to get tickets fast!
31 MAY, 7:30 PM THE JOAN Enjoy an intimate evening of Mozart and Schubert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and acclaimed opera star, Emma Matthews. Emma is one of Australia’s most beloved performers and one of opera’s brightest stars. Her versatility, charisma and exquisite coloratura soprano are the perfect fit for Mozart’s jewel-like arias, those musical expressions of character par excellence.
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9 MAY, 7PM PANTHERS PENRITH Long admired and respected for her powerful, soaring voice at live shows and on recordings, iconic Australian singersongwriter Vanessa Amorosi has earned her place as one of Australia’s most iconic female voices. With soulful R&B and powerhouse rock infused in her delivery, Amorosi will return for the first time in almost a decade. Her performance coincides with the release of her long-awaited new song, HEAVY LIES THE HEAD, with more tracks to follow in coming months. Don’t miss one of Australia’s favourites.
2ND & 4TH THURSDAY EACH MONTH, 6PM – 9PM HOMEMAKER CENTRE, PENRITH An evening for the whole family with your favourite food trucks; Rolling Schnitzel, G-Dup Burgers, live music, entertainment for the kids, and much more!
SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL SHOWCASE
26 MAY, 4PM NEPEAN BELLE PADDLEWHEELER What will you ask? Enjoy the Belle’s famous Devonshire Tea, beautiful fresh scones with jam and cream, and bottomless tea and coffee and have a 10 minute reading with one of their experienced psychics! The Universe will decide which Psychic you see. On boarding, you will choose one of five ticket colours out of a bucket. The colour of the ticket you choose determines which Psychic you will see. Adults only cruise.
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25 MAY, 7:30PM PANTHERS PENRITH The Showcase is tearing up the freeways of Australia for the seventh year in a row to bring the crème de la crème of the 2019 Sydney Comedy Festival to Penrith! Expertly curated and lovingly presented, the Showcase will feature some of the festival’s hottest acts live on stage for an incredible two hours of hard-hitting laughter. Boasting a line-up of veteran favourites, international stars and some of the freshest emerging talent, this jam-packed night of pure entertainment will leave you sore from belly laughs!
30 MAY, 10:30AM PENRITH RSL Get your friends, colleagues or community together for tea and treats, and help raise funds to support those impacted by cancer. Also on the day at Penrith RSL will be Morning Melodies with your host Jace Pearson and special guest, Kristy Lee.
A WEDNESDAY YOGSES S A L C MORNINGS, 7AM – 8AM PENRITH WESTFIELD (OUTSIDE THE FRESH FOOD MARKET, NEAR THE JOAN) Join Jolan from Om Yoga at The Mondo, each Wednesday morning at 7am.
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MARRIAGE: LOVE + LAW
30 MARCH – 16 JUNE PENRITH REGIONAL GALLERY Marriage: Love + Law is a NSW State Archives exhibition that explores the laws, beliefs and social attitudes that have shaped and reshaped marriage in Australia over three centuries. The exhibition presents a unique and compelling account of the way in which society has regulated, celebrated, and interrogated the institution of marriage. penrithregionalgallery.com.au
SCULPTURE AT SCENIC WORLD ROY DALGARNO
30 MARCH – 16 JUNE PENRITH REGIONAL GALLERY It’s an exhibition that truly celebrates modernism through social realism in Australian art. Roy Dalgarno commemorates the gift to the community of Penrith of prints from a fascinating Australian artist. penrithregionalgallery.com.au
HAPPENING NOW TILL 12 MAY 2019 SCENIC WORLD, THE CORNER OF VIOLET ST & CLIFF DR, KATOOMBA Sculpture at Scenic World is Australia’s premier outdoor sculpture exhibition, transforming the ancient rainforest into an outdoor gallery in the heart of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Each year exhibiting artists continue to inspire us with their creations which capture the imaginations of young and old. The exhibition includes 25 artworks spaced across a 2.4km walkway. sculptureatscenicworld.com.au
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AFL - AUSSIE RULES
Saturday 4 May, 3pm Raiders vs Panthers Mc Donalds Park
Saturday 4 May, 1:45pm Giants vs St Kilda Manuka Oval
Friday 10 May, 6pm Tigers vs Panthers Suncorp Stadium
Sunday 12 May, 3:20pm Hawks vs Giants MCG
Friday 17 May, 6pm Panthers vs Warriors Panthers Stadium
Sunday 19 May, 4:40pm Giants vs Carlton Giants Stadium
Thursday 23 May, 7:50pm Eels vs Panthers Bankwest Stadium
Sunday 26 May, 1:10pm Melbourne vs Giants MCG
Thursday 30 May, 7:50pm Panthers vs Sea Eagles Panthers Stadium
WANDER AROUND YOUR LOCAL MARKET & FIND A HIDDEN GEM
SUN 23 JUNE | 3PM | $48* An all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza from Boys In The Band, featuring hits by Elvis, Bee Gees, Queen, ACDC, John Farnham, the Beatles and more!
Fiona Horne: The Art of Witch SUN 30 JUNE | 3PM | $18*
A magickal & inspirational spoken word event with rockstar, celebrity & Modern Witch - Fiona Horne.
BLUE MOUNTAINS REGION
PACEWAY SUNDAY MARKET PACEWAY, PENRITH FIRST SUNDAY, 8AM – 1:30PM Trash & Treasure, growers and food vendors can all be found at the Paceway Sunday Markets.
GLENBROOK ROTARY MARKETS ROSS STREET, GLENBROOK GENERAL MARKET • THIRD SATURDAY Quality jewellery and crafts with plenty to spoil yourself. Delight at the array of ﬂowers and plants.
SPRINGWOOD GROWERS MARKET
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BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE, SPRINGWOOD SUNDAY 26TH MAY, 8:30AM Organic veggies, meat and eggs are all available. Come meet the farmers, producers and growers.
RICHMOND PARK EVERY SATURDAY, 8AM – 1PM Food grown and produced in and around the Hawkesbury region is some of the finest in the country. Find fresh ﬂowers, handmade treasures, arts and crafts, live music, and so much more.
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A brilliant & enthralling 6-piece ensemble featuring Australia’s only electric viola da gambist Jenny Eriksson. * A $3.30 booking fee applies per transaction
AUSSIE NIGHT MARKETS PANTHERS PENRITH, WEDNESDAYS, 5PM – 9:30PM 30+ international street food vendors, quality arts and craft stalls, kid’s rides and entertainment, dedicated dessert section, and music till late. FREE PARKING and fur friends welcome!
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EVENT IN THE
MUSIC, MOVEMENT, FIRE AND SPECTACLE
oncertos on Fire explores dynamic new directions in classical concert presentation. Maninyas by Ross Edwards, one of Australia’s most well known violin concertos,
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Sonja Schebeck and interdisciplinary acrobatic ensemble, The
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THE MAN WITH THE BEST BROWS IN THE BUSINESS BRINGS YOU HIS NEW SHOW: RESULT!
he master of observational humour will take you on a hilarious rollercoaster ride as he discusses the absurdities of everyday life.
Jimeoin is acclaimed as one of live stand-up comedy’s masters. A proliﬁc writer with an exceptional audience rapport, he is known and loved for his brilliantly funny wit and charming observations. Internationally, Jimeoin has toured extensively to great acclaim. A regular invitee to all the world’s greatest comedy festivals, this year he is bringing his new show to Panthers Penrith. It’s a night that promises side-splitting laughter, so don’t miss it! Grab your tickets today.
EVENT DETAILS Jimeoin – Result! Friday 31 May 7:30pm
Hilarious… If laughter is the best medicine, Jimeoin is a course of steroids… Don’t you miss it! Edinburgh Evening News
Superb… Wickedly funny… Exhilarating!
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Music of the Night An international tribute to the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
usic of the Night is an enchanting musical and visual spectacular presented by highly acclaimed, multi awardwinning international pianist vocalist Joey Fimmano. Joey is joined on stage by the elite of Australian entertainment; star of musicals and theatre, Dexter Villa, and star of Miss Saigon in the West End of London and Australia’s leading soprano, Jessica Di Bartolo. Music of the Night will feature the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Cats, Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, Aspects of Love, Amigos Para Siempre, West Side Story, Carousel, Andrea Bocelli, Mario Lanza, Barbara Streisand, and exciting piano renditions of Flight of the Bumble Bee, William Tell Overture, and many more! With all its grandeur, Music of the Night will leave you feeling charmed, uplifted, spirited, happy and exhilarated, with the beautiful music and melodies loved by all who hear them. An enjoyable evening that will leave you standing for more!
TRAVIS COLLINS Brave & The Broken Album Tour
fter the huge success of last year’s album launch, six-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins, will be heading back to West HQ, Sydney’s Home of Country Music, to perform! Brave & the Broken tails a string of tearaway hit records for Australia’s #1 country music artist. His previous solo outing, Hard Light (2016), broke Top 20 on the overall ARIA Albums Chart. It spawned a trio of No.1 hit singles, and also netted Collins a Golden Guitar in 2018 for Male Artist of the Year and Single of the Year with Amber Lawrence (who will also be performing at West HQ for her album launch on June 15). A powerfully dynamic guitarist, vocalist, and live performer, Travis Collins continues to excite as a songwriter. In making this album, Collins was joined by some of Nashville’s foremost composers including Jason Duke and Dave Turnbull who wrote for Keith Urban and Luke Bryan respectively. “As I wrote this record, something that was naturally coming through was me paying tribute and homage to volunteers,” Collins explains. “There’s a lot of stuff that comes through on this record about country people, and people in general, who want to help one another. No matter where you go, there’s always a mix of the brave and the broken. It’s all about hoping that we all leave a little more brave than we are broken.” His highly anticipated peformance will be accompanied by Mickey Pye, whose debut single in 2015, “When She’s Drinkin”, reached #1 on the iTunes Country Chart.
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EVENT DETAILS Music of the Night Saturday 18 May, 8pm Standard $49.90 | Concession $44.90 Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High Street, Penrith 02 4723 7600 thejoan.com.au
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Neighbour W E’RE B R I N G I N G T H E NEIGHB O U R H O OD BAC K ! Written by Penrith City Council
The world is busier than ever and people can feel disconnected from each other, but we believe it’s time for the local neighbourhood to make a comeback.
enrith Mayor Ross Fowler OAM said the Good Neighbour project is a small way Council can support residents to build connections with their neighbours. “Penrith has always been a place of real community and neighbourhoods. And as our city continues to change and look to the future, it is equally important that we remember and nurture those roots,” Cr Fowler said.
“That’s what the Good Neighbour program is about. Providing opportunities and supporting residents to reach out and build those relationships and friendships with their neighbours,” Cr Fowler continued. “It’s also important for our safety and wellbeing. Good relationships transform communities and knowing our neighbours makes us all safer and feel better because social connections help prevent loneliness, isolation and depression.
Good relationships transform communities and knowing our neighbours makes us all safer
“It can be hard to know where to start, whether you’re new to Penrith or you’ve lived here all your life. Good Neighbour doesn’t do the work for you, but it does give you a place to start and some access to some great resources to throw a neighbourhood get together,” he concluded. Good Neighbour is available to everyone in the Penrith LGA. All you need to do is fill in a short form, and then we will help you to host your own neighbourhood get-together. It can be anything you want – a small get together in the front yard, a small street party or a gathering at your local park, it’s up to you! The key is to keep it local enough so you can connect with people in your neighbourhood. With Good Neighbour you’ll have access to invitation templates, a guide to help you plan and free hire of an event kit including giant games.
FIND OUT MORE Get planning for your Good Neighbour event on the Good Neighbour Program page or you can contact Council’s Community Safety team on 4732 8028.
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Sharon Levy P E N R I T H ’ S LOCA L WOM A N O F TH E Y E A R Written by Cassandra Elliott
Sharon Levy describes herself as ‘Penrith born and bred’. She's also a mother to three young children, a full-time lawyer at Bartier Perry, and has just been awarded Penrith’s Local Woman of the Year for her work with The Haven.
he award recognised Sharon’s contributions to helping establish a women’s shelter in Penrith. Sharon is the Chair of The Haven, a shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence (DV) and homelessness in Penrith.
As the 2019 Penrith Woman of the Year, Sharon says she’s very grateful for the honour and humbled to receive it.
“I thank Stuart Ayres for the nomination, the donation and the acknowledgement of the work we’re doing, and the Board and my staff who are exceptional in everything they do. My family for their support, but mostly the local community who have really gotten behind us. “I accepted the award on behalf of the whole Board, not just myself, because it’s a team effort and we all work tirelessly to keep us open, but I am grateful for the recognition.” Sharon said winning this award for her voluntary work with The Haven means that the need for these shelters is being recognised by the community. “Because we are primarily community-funded, we really rely on community support, so I’m really grateful to the community for opening their arms and wrapping us in support of both The Haven and the women who are staying with us.” The Haven offers a safe place for women and children escaping homelessness and DV. Unfortunately, Sharon says the two are often linked. “The primary presenting issue for women seeking our service has been domestic violence, at 89%.” According to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, the number of domestic assault incidents in the Penrith Local Government Area has increased 10.1% per year over the past two years. “Penrith has the second highest rate in metropolitan Sydney for domestic violence,” says Sharon. “We provide not only a safe place to stay, but also intensive Case Management and support for women and children that stay with us. So, whether that looks like general case work or making sure their medical needs are met, we help them find transitional housing or somewhere permanent, or semi-permanent for them to stay. We help them into 16
either the workforce, or we find traineeships or other study for them through local community partnerships.” The Haven also assists children with the transition. Whether that’s helping find them a new school or just helping establish a new routine. “This helps to get the child back on their feet in dealing with the trauma they’ve been through. And it helps to maintain the relationship between the child and the mother,” Sharon says. “We offer these women full, wrap-around care and, on average, they stay with us for about three months." In fact, within the first ten months of opening, The Haven provided over 3,000 bed nights for women and children in need.
W hat we’re doing is really changing lives of our local community. We’ve been able to empower those women and children to live a life free from violence and homelessness
“What we’re doing is really changing lives of our local community. We’ve been able to empower those women and children to live a life free from violence and homelessness.” It’s a full-time role at The Haven, which Sharon says is possible because of local community support in understanding the importance of this work. “I’m really fortunate too that my workplace is really supportive of what I do with The Haven.” The current house in Penrith is being leased and Sharon says it’s bursting at the seams, but she has high hopes. “I would really like to form a relationship with a developer who may have land in Penrith so that we could build a permanent home for The Haven. “In terms of other shelters, Women’s Community Shelters is the umbrella organisation and they have six shelters in their network of which we’re one, and they’re in the process of working on more. The shelter network itself is rapidly expanding thanks to the amazing work of Women’s Community Shelters.” Sharon is very proud of the work The Haven is doing and it currently has a 100% success rate. “None of these women have gone back to their perpetrators. Which is amazing!” In the lead up to their first birthday, they’re seeking birthday gifts in the form of donations to keep their doors open. If you’d like to make a fully tax-deductable donation, visit www.givenow.com.au/thehaven.
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From St Paul’s Grammar School, Cranebrook to signing with the Giants, this Western Sydney native is, quite literally, smashing goals.
ighteen-year-old Matilda “Tilly” McDonell is truly making her dreams come true. After graduating from St Paul’s Grammar School, Cranebrook last year with amazing ATAR scores, she’s now in her first year at UNSW with dreams of one day working at the UN. She’s also just been signed with the Giants, putting Tilly on track to play in the premier Australian league (Suncorp Super Netball). “Oh man, getting the call - I was so stoked, I don’t think I’ve ever been more happy in my entire life! I was shocked and surprised and just so thankful. “I was at school, in fifth period Science, and I stepped outside to take the call from Julie, the coach. I never really thought that it would be possible for me to get the contract so, when it happened, I was like, ‘I’m living my dreams right now’. “When I called my mum, she freaked out. When I called Dad, he was so stoked and amazed.” Tilly has been playing netball since she was eight, having played with Hawkesbury Netball Association, Baulkham Hills, and Liverpool. “The thing I love the most about netball, especially in the Giants environment, is that it’s literally like I’m playing with my sisters. We get so close and the friendships that we make at netball are lifetime friendships. It’s probably one of the most important aspects to me - it really is a team sport. I could never play an individual sport, the team aspect is everything to me.” Tilly is open about being in a development and growth stage right now, and loves the diversity it brings. Every day brings a new challenge, giving her the opportunity to really grow as a person and a player. “I’m a defender. My position is Goal Defence, and I’m transitioning into a bit of Wing Defence at the moment as well.” And although this proud Giants player says signing the contract was her biggest accomplishment to date, her ATAR success isn’t far behind. The proud St Paul’s graduate puts her success down to hard work.
Oh man, getting the call - I was so stoked, I don’t think I’ve ever been more happy in my entire life! I was shocked and surprised and just so thankful 18
“It was hard; I never really went out or had much of a social life in Year 12. I was playing elite netball and studying really hard and I thought, ‘You know what, it’s just one year - give it everything’. She puts some of her success down to a strong and supportive family. “I don’t even know how to describe how amazing my parents are. They would drive me to and from training every day, wait for me in the car, and then drive me home. Just so I could do my homework or get that extra hour of sleep in the back of the car because I was so exhausted. “When people would ask me, ‘How did you do Year 12 and netball and stuff?’, I’d be like 'Honestly, I could not have made it without my parents’. The amount of organisation and stuff behind the scenes that no-one ever really sees. Like, man, they’re just weapons, both of them! “I’ve always been really focused on my education and I think that was so important, especially with being a female athlete, or an athlete in general. It’s so important to have something as your back-up, something outside of netball.” Now that Tilly’s studying a six-year Bachelor of Law and Psychology, she’s going to have to continue putting in the hard yards while balancing study and training. “I’m in pre-season at the moment, but I’m still in the New South Wales Under 19 team as well. I’m still a junior, so I’ve gotta’ go through that pathway and we’re about to go to Nationals. “I do one training session with the New South Wales Under 19 team, and then I train during the week with the Giants girls. So we’re in the gym probably two or three days a week, and on court two to three days a week as well. “It’s pretty evenly split, but the pace and the level of training is really intense now. It’s pushing me mentally and physically - really out of my comfort zone - but I love that!”
“My short-term goal at the moment is to continue growing and developing - it’s something I’m really focused on. I think then to make my debut with the Giants girls and just continue to try and put out the best netball that I can. “I suppose long-term, I do deﬁnitely see myself playing netball after I ﬁnish my degree, still hopefully playing professionally. Once I get my degree, I want to either be doing family law or going to the UN and really doing something with the world.” Tilly knows what a signiﬁcant commitment full-time university and full-time netball is. She doesn’t get to see her school friends or family as much as she wants to because she stays on campus and it’s a long drive, but it’s a challenge she’s grateful for. “Every time I’m with my family and friends it’s so special. They’re 100% supportive of me and my dreams and understand that, at the moment, it’s just about prioritising what’s most important.”
When people would ask me, ‘How did you do Year 12 and netball and stuff ?’, I’d be like, ‘Honestly, I could not have made it without my parents’
Tilly’s ﬁnding that the girls that she’s looked up to since she was little are truly incredible women and athletes. It's an inclusive environment where everyone is supportive and embraces individuality.
COME & CHEER TILLY ON! The ﬁrst round local derby against the Sydney Swifts will be done and dusted once this issue of Roaming comes out, but be sure to catch Tilly at the next home game or on the telly and show your support. Round 3
Round 4 Photography credit: Ben Southall
Sunday 12 May, 5pm Giants vs Magpies Quaycentre, Sydney (Home Game) Sunday 19 May, 1pm Firebirds vs Giants Brisbane Arena, Brisbane (On Channel 9)
Issue 27 May 2019
Mother's Day BAKING
Make Mother's Day a 'berry' special one with these luscious sweet treats!
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Blueberry Caramel Cheesecake Serves 8 PREP TIME: 30 MINS | COOK TIME: 55 MINS CHILL TIME: 6 HOURS INGREDIENTS Base 9 250g granita biscuits 9 125g butter, melted 9 100g dark cooking chocolate, ﬁnely chopped 9 ¼ cup thickened cream 9 Extra Perfection Fresh Blueberries & edible ﬂowers, to decorate Filling 9 125g Perfection Blueberries 9 2 x 250g blocks cream cheese, chopped, softened 9 ½ cup caster sugar 9 ½ cup thick caramel spread (we used Bonne Maman brand) 9 2 egg yolks 9 1 tbs cornﬂour 9 250g sour cream
METHOD 1 Preheat oven to 150°C (fan forced). Invert base of a 22cm (base) springform cake pan. Grease and line base with baking paper. 2 Process biscuits in a food processor until ﬁnely
crushed. Add butter. Process until combined. Press over the base and three-quarters of the way up the side of the prepared pan. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. 3 For the ﬁlling; Using an electric mixer, beat cream
cheese, sugar and caramel spread until smooth. Add egg yolks and cornﬂour, mixing well. Fold in sour cream, then blueberries. Spoon into prepared pan and smooth the top. Place onto a ﬂat tray, bake for about 45-50 minutes or until just set. Turn off the oven. Cool in the oven with door ajar for 1 hour. Remove, refrigerating for 6 hours or overnight until ﬁrm. 4 Combine chocolate and cream in a heatproof
bowl. Sit over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until melted and smooth. Cool slightly. Spread the chocolate mixture evenly over the top of the cheesecake. Refrigerate until set. Decorate with extra blueberries just before serving.
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Cheesecake should have a slight wobble when cooked. Keep stored in the fridge.
2 For crystalized blueberries to
decorate, roll berries in lightly beaten egg white then in caster sugar. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Blueberry Crumble Slice Serves 12
INGREDIENTS 9 1 cup plain ﬂour 9 ½ cup brown sugar, ﬁrmly packed 9 ½ cup desiccated coconut 9 125g butter, melted Blueberry Filling 9 3 x 125g Perfection Blueberries 9 ½ cup caster sugar 9 2 tbs lemon sugar 9 2 tbs cornﬂour Crumble Topping 9 ½ cup plain ﬂour 9 ½ cup brown sugar, ﬁrmly packed 9 ²/³ cup traditional rolled oats 9 75g butter, melted
PREP TIME: 15 MINS | COOK TIME: 30 MINS
METHOD 1 Preheat oven to 180°C (fan forced). Grease and line the base and sides of an 18cm x 28cm (base) slice pan.
Return to the oven and bake for 22-25 minutes or until crumble is golden. Set aside to cool for 1 hour then refrigerate. Cut into slices to serve.
2 Combine ﬂour, sugar and coconut in a bowl.
Add butter and mix until combined. Press over the base of prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until light golden.
Slice is best stored and served from the fridge.
3 Combine all the ﬁlling ingredients in a medium
saucepan. Stir over a low heat until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil and simmer, stirring gently, for 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Remove. Spread over warm base. 4 Combine all the topping ingredients in a bowl.
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Perfection Raspberry Maple Coconut Self Saucing Pudding Serves 6
INGREDIENTS Pudding 9 2 punnets Perfection Raspberries 9 1²/³ cups self raising ﬂour, sifted 9 ¾ cup caster sugar 9 ½ cup desiccated coconut 9 270ml can coconut milk 9 125g butter, melted 9 Icing sugar for dusting and vanilla ice cream, to serve Sauce 9 1 tbs cornflour 9 ½ cup brown sugar 9 2¼ cups boiling water 9 ¼ cup maple syrup 22
PREP TIME: 15 MINS | COOK TIME: 50 MINS
METHOD 1 Preheat oven to 160°C (fan forced). Grease a 6cm deep, 24cm base (25cm top), 12-cup capacity ovenproof dish. 2 Combine ﬂour, caster sugar and coconut in a bowl.
Add the coconut milk and butter, stir until smooth. Fold through 1 punnet of raspberries. Spoon into the ovenproof dish. Place onto a baking tray. 3 For the sauce, combine the cornﬂour and brown
sugar. Sprinkle over the pudding. Stir the boiling water and maple syrup together in a heatproof jug. Gently pour, over the back of a large metal spoon, over the batter.
4 Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is just set.
Remove and stand for 5 minutes. Scatter over the remaining raspberries, dust with icing sugar and serve with ice cream.
Raspberry & White Chocolate Scroll Serves 12
INGREDIENTS Scroll 9 2 x 125g Perfection Raspberries 9 3 cups self raising ﬂour 9 ¼ cup pure icing sugar 9 ²/³ cup thickened cream 9 ¾ cup milk 9 200g white chocolate, chopped Vanilla Glaze 9 ½ tsp vanilla bean paste 9 1 tbs milk 9 ½ cup pure icing sugar
PREP TIME: 10 MINS | COOK TIME: 30 MINS
METHOD 1 Preheat oven to 200°C (fan forced). Dust a baking tray with a little ﬂour. Sift ﬂour and sugar into a bowl. Add cream and milk, stirring to a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly ﬂoured surface and knead gently until dough comes together. 2 Roll out the dough on non-stick baking paper
to form a 30cm x 26cm rectangle. Scatter the chocolate, and then enough raspberries over the dough. Starting with the long side closest to you, roll up ﬁrmly to form a log. Cut 12 slits at even intervals into the top of the scroll.
3 Put scroll onto the tray. Bake for 25-30 minutes or
until golden. 4 For the glaze; Combine the vanilla paste and
milk in a small bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds until warm. Stir into the icing sugar and mix until smooth. Drizzle over the warm scroll. Cut into pieces and serve warm with remaining raspberries.
Issue 27 May 2019
Demagé Demi Brooks and Blake Savage Written by Cassandra Elliott
Demi Brooks and Blake Savage are a young Penrith couple who are taking their music international. At just 22 years of age, these two make up the duo known as Demagé.
e’ve been playing together since we met in music class at Jamison High School. I needed someone to play with and we realised that we worked really well together,” says Demi. “Our sound is inspired by many artists,” says Blake. “I’ve taken on the looping from Ed Sheeran and run with that, and John Mayer... we both mainly sing and play guitars, but our sound has so much more than that.” “As a duo, I think we really resonate with The Civil Wars and stuff like that because of their harmonies and as a genre,” explains Demi. “We’re kinda pop, but we’ve got a bit of folk and country coming into it just now.” They’re both really excited for where their music has taken them in the last four years. Demi says, “We perform under Carnival Cruise Lines in America; we've done some in Australia as well, but for the past year we've mainly been over in America. American’s appreciate music a lot, so it’s really good to play to that sort of crowd every night.”
Playing on cruise ships has offered the duo the chance to explore the world. They’ve been to Florida, Seattle, Alabama and through the Caribbean, but they both agree that Alaska was their favourite place so far. “On the cruise line we play every single night, whereas at home we might only play a couple of gigs a week, so it's really inﬂuenced our sound and it's been able to help us ﬁnd our style as a band because we've had to learn what works best for us,” says Blake. “It's deﬁnitely up there as one of our biggest achievements as a duo." “Another achievement,” adds Demi, “is that in the past year we’ve released our own original music, which I think has been inﬂuenced by going to America and getting a bit of that country sound.”
...In the past year we’ve released our own original music as well, which I think has been influenced by going to America and getting a bit of that country sound
Blake says through his use of the loop pedal and other effects, they can make a full band sound, but the audience also love it when they strip it back and it’s just two voices and the guitar. “Our music resonates really well over there, which is really good. We’re always requested to play original music over there, it's amazing.” While Demagé’s music is progressing, so is their relationship. Last year Blake proposed to Demi while in Seattle, but they’re in no rush to tie the knot. “We want to travel so much, we're kinda just putting the wedding off for now. We just want to travel and really focus on our music.”
DISCOVER THE SOUND THAT IS DEMAGÉ Demagé recently released original music which you can ﬁnd at www.demagemusic.com
Stunning Singapore Singapore has become one of the world’s premier holiday destinations.
wonderful contrast of colonial charm and modern urban ﬂair, visitors will ﬁnd Singapore ﬁlled with an endless array of attractions. From cultural and historic landmarks to fun-ﬁlled islands and parklands, Singapore will both delight and amaze.
Orchard Road is famous as one of Singapore’s top shopping destinations
SINGAPORE FLYER has excellent views of Marina Bay and the glittering skyline. Enjoy a ride on the Singapore Flyer, the world’s second largest observation wheel, and spend a leisurely 30 minute journey around the 165 metre high wheel.
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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE maintains a vast collection of exhibits and artefacts relating to the city’s cultural and archaeological history. With its grand rotunda and stained glass windows, visitors can enjoy the classic Victorian elements of the museum before proceeding to the impressive museum and gallery spaces in the modernist extension.
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SINGAPORE ZOO is considered to be one of the world’s best wildlife parks. Concealed barriers and wide open spaces give the animal enclosures a natural ‘in the wild’ look, while animal shows give visitors the opportunity to get up close with several species. GARDENS BY THE BAY is a 26 hectare tropical lush garden featuring broad views of the bay and Singapore skyline, making it the city’s most inviting outdoor landscape. Known for its colourful ‘Supertree’ structures, the park features a variety of diverse and unique sculptures and works of art. Enjoy a stroll along the inviting footpaths that meander along the lovely ponds, gardens and fountains. ORCHARD ROAD is famous as one of Singapore’s top shopping destinations. You can ﬁnd an endless list of local fashions, international designers and famous brands in just about every colour under the sun. You could spend days here, if you really wanted to. RAFFLES HOTEL promises the quintessential Singapore experience. With its classic colonial architecture, stop in for an iconic Singapore Sling and end your adventure on the right note. SENTOSA ISLAND is easily accessible by ferry and is one of Singapore’s most popular attractions. Having undergone a recent transformation, Sentosa Island is now home to Singapore’s Universal Studios theme park and a modern casino. If you're travelling with the family in tow, Universal Studios is a sure winner with the kids. THE BUTTERFLY & INSECT KINGDOM located on Sentosa Island will be a hit for butterﬂy and insect fans. It features about 3,000 species of butterﬂies and insects, with an exhibition hall explaining their life cycle as well as an informative frame collection. CE LA VIE, BAYFRONT AVENUE is located above the landmark SkyPark Observation Deck of the Insta-famous Marina Bay Sands. Cé La Vi is a level above the rest with 57 levels. Similar to its sister venue in Hong Kong, it’s all about modern Asian ﬂavours and textures. Kick off the night with a sinfully delicious cocktail, the signature Botanic 57 - a perfect balance of sweet and sour.
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Issue 27 May 2019
WHAT EXACTLY ARE
Written by Kelly Battersby, Face Clinik
In the last edition of Roaming I covered a few common questions and misconceptions about cosmetic injectables. I hope this sparked conversation and potentially changed some thoughts about the industry.
ith that out of the way, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss the actual products we use and why they're more beneﬁcial for us than creams, lotions and potions. We spend close to an average of $2,000 a year on lotions and potions that do nothing for our skin - and that's in NSW alone! When you break down the cost of each product they may seem inexpensive but it adds up and, ironically, cosmetic treatments cost less per annum by comparison.
Countless studies have shown that hyaluronic acid increases skin hydration, retains moisture, and improves skin elasticity and the production of collagen. It was only a matter of time before someone had a light bulb moment and decided to make an injectable to counteract the ageing process! So dermal ﬁllers under the skin improve hydration, skin elasticity and the production of collagen... but what will your skin look or feel like? I wouldn’t be far off by saying it would be close to how your skin felt and looked 5-10 years ago, obviously depending on the type of treatment you get. Dermal ﬁllers are great for replacing volume that's lost from weight gain, weight loss and - our arch enemy - age! You can make suble or drastic changes, depending on your needs. What's really important is that you ﬁnd an experience injector that will work with you to achieve the desired result. give us a buzz to chat or make a booking
So let’s talk details. What exactly are dermal ﬁllers? Surprisingly, they are a natural complex sugar - hyaluronic acid - which is naturally produced in our bodies. Yes, you heard correctly! We produce this complex sugar in our bodies. However as we age, our production slows down, as does the production of collagen, elastin and progesterone - all key elements in the health of skin.
Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about products or treatments, or just want to have a good old chat about the myths, pros and cons. Face Clinik is located in Penrith. To book a consultation with Kelly, please call 0415 502 064 or visit faceclinik.com.au.
World A Asthma Day
sthma is a chronic inﬂammatory disorder of the airways which causes breathing problems. Symptoms of asthma include breathlessness, coughing, wheezing, and a feeling of tightness in the chest. Symptoms vary in frequency and severity.
7 MAY 2019
Written by Fiona Kane, Informed Health
The aim of this day is to raise awareness and support for those affected by asthma.
Research consistently shows that improving the health of your gut bacteria (microbiome) can support your immune system, improve mental health, improve digestive health, and help with overall health and wellbeing. A study presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the Thoracic Society for Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) indicates that it can also be a way to treat asthma. Studies have found that a certain microbial pattern living in a baby’s gut in its ﬁrst month of life may directly impact the developing immune system, leading to a higher risk of asthma and allergies later in childhood. A paper published September 2016 in Nature Medicine shows that the gut microbes present in some one-month-old infants predict a three-fold higher risk of developing allergic reactions by age two and asthma by age four. So reduce sugar and packaged foods - just eat real food, including a rainbow of vegies. For good health and to improve your asthma symptoms - nourish your microbiome! FIND OUT MORE Contact Fiona Kane, Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, Holistic Counsellor and Life Coach at the Informed Health Nutritional Wellbeing Centre. informedhealth.com.au
What affects your microbiome? BIRTH You get inoculated with mum’s bacteria while travelling through the birth canal. Those who are born via caesarean section miss that important step.
BEING BREASTFED Important bacteria and immune cells are transferred to an infant during breast feeding.
EATING A HIGH CARBOHYDRATE AND HIGH SUGAR DIET This feeds the wrong kind of bacteria and will have a detrimental effect on your microbiome.
OUR OBSESSION WITH ANTI-BACTERIALS Basic hygiene is important, however unless you are in a hospital-type environment, regular soap and water is ﬁne. We have 10 times more bacteria cells compared to human cells and they control our immune system. We need to support our microbiome, not actively wipe it out!
MEDICATIONS Especially antibiotics; they can be life-saving, however they are indiscriminate and wipe out loads of beneﬁcial bacteria.
PREBIOTIC AND PROBIOTIC FOODS These feed your microbiome and encourage growth of healthy bacteria. They include vegies such as onion, leek, garlic, and asparagus. Fermented foods are rich in probiotics and include full fat yoghurt, keﬁr, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, pickles, tempeh and natto.
Wrist Pain Wrist pain and injury is something that many don’t think of nearly as much as a knee, shoulder or back injury.
t is, however, one of the most commonly injured parts of the body we see in the practice – and for good reason.
IF YOU HAVE A DESK JOB, YOU’RE AT RISK
For those who work 40+ hours per week at the desk, it’s no secret that the humble desk can cause a multitude of problems for many parts of the body. However, let’s focus on wrist pain.
Local Experts Kris Caloia & Karl Thornton
Wrist pain and injury is quite a common issue we see in the practice. Although sport is, of course, a primary cause of wrist injuries, the second major cause of wrist pain is usually as the result of a person’s daily work habits. This is then exacerbated by the ongoing use of the wrist for everyday movements and actions.
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WRIST MOVEMENT IS KEY TO EFFICIENT, EVERYDAY FUNCTIONING Not only do our wrists carry out simple tasks, but they also carry out complex ones. We use them for almost everything – from communicating to creating! There’s not much that the wrist can’t do. With this in mind, how can it be a surprise that these all-important joints and ligaments can then become prone to repetitive strain injuries? WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUFFER FROM WRIST PAIN Thankfully, many wrist conditions can not only be successfully managed and treated thanks to physiotherapy, but physiotherapy may also reduce your risk of surgery. No matter the cause of your wrist pain, you can trust the team at Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy to provide: • An accurate assessment about your condition, and • The most effective treatment to give you relief. YOUR PROGRESSION TO WRIST PAIN RELIEF
When you come to our practice, a member of our highly-experienced team will get to know your history and take you through a thorough assessment to get to the cause of your pain. In many cases, we may suggest an x-ray or other type of scan. Once we have an accurate picture of your condition, we: • Talk to you about the best treatment options • Create a personalised rehabilitation program • Suggest exercises for you to do at home, and • Give you strategies to manage and minimise your pain. When it comes to wrist pain, early treatment is vital to avoid long-term pain and injury. After all, if you’re working 40+ hours a week at a desk, or enjoy being on the computer, you’ll need your wrist pain solved before it begins to interfere with your working habits and becomes too painful.
Start progressing with us You can be conﬁdent our qualiﬁed and highly skilled physiotherapists will get to the source of your wrist pain, recommend the best treatment options, and help you ﬁnd relief. Contact Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy today on 47217798 or email email@example.com.
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DIY Beauty BEAUTY TREATMENTS DON’T NEED TO BE EXPENSIVE In fact, there are a few common fridge and pantry ingredients that can ensure your beauty regime is smoother than the proverbial baby’s bottom.
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INGREDIENTS • ¼ avocado, mashed • 1tbsp cocoa powder • 1tbsp honey INSTRUCTIONS Combine ingredients and apply to dry, clean skin. Leave for 10 minutes before gently washing off with warm water.
Cellulite-Blasting Body Scrub INGREDIENTS • 1 cup coffee grounds • 6 tbsp coconut oil • 3tbsp sea salt or sugar INSTRUCTIONS Combine ingredients and store in a jar. Rub vigorously on your skin before rinsing.
Hydrating Hair Mask INGREDIENTS • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed • ½ cup honey • ¼ cup olive oil INSTRUCTIONS Combine ingredients, apply to hair, and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water and shampoo.
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Good, Fast, o w T k c i P Cheap This image is the modern version of the Project Management Triangle, a concept that’s been bandied around board rooms since the 1950s. The idea behind the image is this: good, fast, cheap – pick two.
Local Expert Trish Fehon Digital Expert Online Influence
Why only two? • Top quality and quick delivery costs more. • Fast and cheap equals poor results. • High quality and low cost takes time.
hile some argue lean and agile methodology can help you have your cake and eat it too, most agree achieving the three points of the triangle is a kind of business utopia. So, how do you choose?
In most cases, the constraints on your project will make the decision for you. Budget is a roadblock for many, while for others a tight deadline can be the clincher. In some sectors, high expectations from customers can also be a driving force. We all want good, right? But sometimes we need to adjust our expectations. When budget is a sticking point, I advise clients to go for the best they can afford and think about what they can let go. I also remind them they don’t have to do it all at once. In the case of developing a website on a tight budget or to a short timeframe, start with solid architecture and a clean design. When you can afford it, or when you have more time, employ a photographer, get some web copy written, and start a regular blog. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.
Lets Talk Goals IS YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING STRATEGIC? When it comes to social media marketing for your small business, it’s important to have strategic goals in place. Written by Nicole Fahey from Local Edge Marketing
s we’ve mentioned before, it’s certainly important to be present and consistent on social – but you’ve also got to be working towards something that meets your business goals.
If you’re unsure what we mean when we talk about ‘goals’, here are a few examples of common social media marketing objectives:
• Increase brand awareness • Increase community engagement • Increase web trafﬁc • Generate leads / sales
• Distribute content • Increase brand advocacy from customers, and • Support customers.
A recent industry study showed the top three goals for small businesses on social were: 1
Increasing brand awareness
Increasing community engagement, and
Increasing trafﬁc to their website.
It’s important to ensure your goals align with your industry, too. For example, the goals of a retail company on social would be different to those in the healthcare industry. While retail may seek to drive trafﬁc to the shop pages on their website or support customers via messenger, the healthcare business would ultimately look to build trust, credibility, and patient conﬁdence via educational content. It’s important to remember that a lot of your social media marketing goals will serve a dual purpose (just like the saying, ‘killing two birds with one stone’). We see many of our clients build incredible brand awareness and become top of mind within their industry purely by distributing valuable information to their audience. This can also lead to increased brand advocacy and ‘social reach’ when your customers share and recommend the content you’re providing. Makes sense, right? So if you’re growing your small business presence on social, be sure to think about exactly how your efforts each week are serving your strategic goals. And if you don’t have any in place, the list above is a great place to start!
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Issue 27 May 2019
The National Vet Shortage
Dr Erin Short VETERINARIAN Greencross Vets Coreen Avenue
HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT YOUR CLINIC? There has been a lot of media coverage recently about the national vet shortage. The reasons for this are numerous.
So, how can you, as a pet owner, show support to vets and nurses? By understanding more about what it means to work in a vet clinic. We cannot diagnose everything by physical examination, and to give owners answers we often need tests. We are not paid on commission - we make recommendations on what is in the best interests of the pet. When we require a consultation to dispense a medication, this is the law - not a money-making ploy. Many vets and nurses do unpaid work to support the community through vaccination and microchipping days, treating injured strays and wildlife, and fostering abandoned or orphaned pets. We cannot treat all animals just because of our love for them; we need to cover staff wages and clinic running costs.
hey include the long hours and low wages, high case load, performing euthanasia, disillusionment of new graduates, unreasonable expectations, and abuse of staff by pet owners. These factors all contribute to the high rates of burnout and suicide. What is the solution? Like most complicated issues, there is no simple solution. There has been much research into how to support vets and nurses, with suggestions including: (a) teaching vets and nurses coping mechanisms for dealing with stress and preventing burnout and suicide; (b) providing access to professional help and removing the stigma that asking for help is a sign of weakness; and (c) encouraging a good work/life balance so people can engage with family and friends to form a strong support network.
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Are your interests registered on the Personal Property Securities Register?
security interest is an interest in personal property during a transaction that, generally, secures payment of money or performance of an obligation.
v Doka Formwork Pty. Limited  VSC 570, the defendant Doka learnt the hard way when it failed to register its security interest on the PPSR.
Section 588FL of the Corporations Act 2001 is a very powerful one for businesses registering a security interest under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009.
This failure resulted in Doka losing most of the equipment it had owned, rented and delivered to Relux, when that company went into liquidation.
It states that if a secured creditor fails to register its interest on the Personal Property Securities Register (‘the PPSR’) on the earlier of:
The chronology was as follows: • Prior to 1 January 2014: Doka delivered most of the equipment into Relux’s possession. • 20 February 2014: Doka registered a security interest in its goods on the PPSR. • 26 February 2014: Doka delivered more equipment to Relux. • 31 March 2014: Doka made another equipment delivery to Relux. • 7 April 2014: Relux went into administration. • 16 May 2014: Relux was placed in liquidation.
• within 20 business days of the security agreement being created; or • six months before the debtor company is wound up, then the security interest will vest in the insolvent company and the secured creditor loses its goods. In the case of Relux Commercial Pty. Limited (In Liquidation)
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Gather images your partner loves from Instagram, magazines and online. It might be bathrooms she's seen, or individual pieces like sinks, tapware, tiles, bathtubs, light ﬁttings, shower screens, hardware or colour swatches. Save whatever takes her fancy, gathering them on a Pinterest page or in a scrap book.
Lock in your layout Saboma bath tub 1700mm white $1,149, Early Settler
Forget the slippers this Mother's Day and take it up a notch with a bathroom makeover she'll love.
Choose a few statement pieces or jump into a complete renovation for a fresh new look.
he bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home – the place where Mum can wash away the day and relax, and also prepare for the one ahead. Bring the wow factor to your bathroom and create a stylish space Mum will enjoy with these easy ﬁxes and ideas from Kyal and Kara.
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Issue 27 May 2019
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Issue 27 May 2019
THINKING OF YOUR
If you’re considering a renovation or redesign, start here!
et’s be honest; it’s not the most stunning room in the family home at the best of times (those dated tiles!). But that doesn’t mean it can’t be bright, spacious and luxurious with a few well-thought-out changes.
Don’t forget to leave room around the toilet for easy cleaning – allow 450mm either side of the toilet for optimal room.
LETTING IN AS MUCH NATURAL LIGHT AS YOU CAN IS A GREAT MOVE.
GIVE THE FRONT OF THE VANITY SOME SPACE TO BREATHE
Cleverly choose and position your tiles to reﬂect that glorious daylight, and mirrors are a classic method for creating depth and adding light to any bathroom – the bigger the better.
At least a metre between the front of the vanity and any other ﬁxture or wall is ideal. In a busy family bathroom, make sure your chosen vanity has plenty of bench and storage space; his and hers sides with storage drawers underneath are ideal.
YOU WANT YOUR BATHROOM TO BE USER-FRIENDLY AND COMFORTABLE The last thing you need is to ﬁnd out, after your sweet redesign, that the shower door hits the brand-new vanity! Don’t crowd the ﬁxtures – draw up a ﬂoorplan, paying extra attention to the space between your ﬁxtures and ﬁttings, and position them accordingly. The tape measure is your friend.
Written by Shirley Gavin, Nepean Inner Designs
AND IF YOU’RE FOCUSED ON TRENDS...
The more ﬂoor you can see, the larger the room will feel, so opt for ﬂoating cabinetry and vanities, and wall-mounted basins and accessories.
Try natural timber and stone ﬁnishes. Use recycled timber cabinets for vanities and storage. Add ﬂoor-to-ceiling shower glass. Big art and big mirrors are in! And if you’re bold enough to try an all-black bathroom, go for it!
CHOOSE TILES IN A LIGHT, NEUTRAL COLOUR This trick helps walls to recede into the background. It creates the illusion of space in a smaller bathroom, and lets you make the most of feature tiles to inject your personality.
To add a pop of colour, dress the room with bright towels, candles and plants.
It may seem like a daunting task, but just a simple change here or there can make a big difference to your bathroom. Experiment, do your research, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. It will save you time and money in the long run. FOR MORE INSPIRATION follow me on facebook at facebook.com/NepeanInnerDesigns
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Thinking of Renovating Your Home & Need Finance? Whether it’s a new kitchen, bathroom or an extension, it’s likely you’ll need to borrow money.
hen it comes to ﬁnancing a home renovation, here are some options you can consider.
USE THE EQUITY IN YOUR HOME
Using the equity in your home loan is a common way to fund home renovations. Equity is the difference between the bank’s valuation of your home and the amount that you owe on the mortgage. Equity will usually rise over time as your property appreciates and as you pay off more of your mortgage. 2
REDRAW FROM YOUR CURRENT LOAN
Some home loans have a redraw facility. Where you have made extra payments on your home loan, the redraw option
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can be another method of ﬁnancing your renovation. If you use a redraw facility, the balance on your mortgage will increase, as will the amount of interest you pay. 3
INCREASE YOUR EXISTING LOAN
You may want to consider reﬁnancing your existing loan. This may mean moving your home loan to another lender, or simply changing the terms of your loan to increase your borrowing limit with your current lender to access more money. 4
DISCUSS A BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION LOAN
If you’re building a home from scratch (such as a knockdown rebuild or new build), or undertaking signiﬁcant structural renovations to your existing property, you may be required to take out a building and construction loan. With a building and construction loan, the funding is provided via increments or progress payments so that you can pay invoices as they arrive. This facility is called “progressive drawdown” and your interest payments are usually lower than if you had borrowed the whole amount upfront.
How to add value to your home renovation Whether you’re wanting to embark on a full-scale renovation or just make a few changes for a dramatic difference, here are some ideas to get you started: • Update your ﬁxtures and ﬁttings • Install new blinds and curtains • Give the walls a fresh coat of paint • Put in new carpet or ﬂooring • Install a dishwasher • Install reverse cycle or ducted heating and cooling • Upgrade storage via wardrobes or a shed • Install solar panels to reduce power bills.
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Issue 27 May 2019
YOUR EASY GUIDE TO
Increasing Your Tax Refund
TAX HACK S
Local Expert Melissa Browne Money & Business Strategy Expert Accounting & Taxation Advantage
With tax time only three months away, here is my cheat sheet for some simple ways to help you get a few more bucks back when you complete your tax return this year. LOST RECEIPTS If you’ve thrown all your receipts out in a mad cleaning frenzy, you forgot to ask for one or your dog ate them – all is not lost! If you paid for the deduction on your debit or credit card, highlight the expense, contact the supplier, and ask for a copy of your receipt. Don’t forget to check your inbox in case you purchased online or they emailed you a copy. LOOK THROUGH YOUR CALENDAR Too many people sit opposite me at tax time and can’t remember what happened last year. Spend some time looking through your diary (or phone) to jog your memory around work-related claims. This might include days working from home, trips made in your car, or perhaps a work conference.
a percentage of your bills. You’ll need to keep a log for a month to prove your usage. YOUR PHONE So many of us are using our phone for work, even if it’s using the diary, keeping notes, using the camera, or checking emails. This means you can potentially claim a percentage of your calls, your data, the phone plan, accessories and apps. SUN PROTECTION Whether you’re driving or working outside, chances are you’re affected by UV which means sun protection claims. These include sun glasses, hats and sunscreen (remember also your moisturiser and foundation if they have a high SPF factor). HANDBAGS AND CARRY-ONS The commissioner delighted women when he said handbags might be claimable as a tax deduction. It’s important to understand the conditions including whether you’re using your bag exclusively for carrying laptops and work paraphernalia, or if it’s a percentage of the cost. MEALS AND ACCOMMODATION If you travel overnight for work, whether it’s seeing a client, studying or attending a conference, you can claim the costs of travel (your food and accommodation) while you’re away.
MOTOR VEHICLE If you use your car for work but haven’t kept a logbook you can still use the cents per kilometre method. You simply need to justify how you arrived at the kilometres travelled. And don’t forget the extras, such as parking and tolls.
DONATIONS Unfortunately, the loose chain you throw in the bucket at the pub can’t be claimed but, if the donation is deducted from your bank account or you obtain a DGR status receipt, then you can. One of my favourites is The Haven Nepean Women’s Shelter.
WORKING FROM HOME If you’re bringing work home (which is most of us), you may be able to claim for light, heat and internet. Light and heat is a cents per hour claim while internet is
SUBSCRIPTIONS AND DIRECT DEPOSITS Rather than paying cash and forgetting to ask for a receipt, consider subscribing to your deductible magazines. Plus you’ll save money on the subscription.
TOP UP YOUR SUPER The ATO now allows you to make personal payments to superannuation and claim the deduction in your tax return. You need to be careful you don’t exceed the $25,000 threshold per year, your super fund needs to have received the funds before 30 June, and you need to advise them before you lodge a return that you intend to claim a tax deduction. HARNESS THE CLOUD If you’re genuinely terrible at receipts, then download the ATO app or simply take a photo of the receipt, save it to the cloud, and that way you can toss the original.
Spend some time looking through your diary (or phone) to jog your memory around work related claims MELISSA BROWNE Melissa Browne is CEO of accounting ﬁrm A&TA and ﬁnancial planning ﬁrm The Money Barre. Need tax return help? Get in touch with A&TA on 02 4739 5600 to make a booking.
THE ART OF THE
Open Home At some point in time you’ll either inspect, or prepare for, an open home. And, like most things in life, preparation is key to making the most of it.
TOP 5 TIPS 1
FIND YOUR INNER OCD. Like it or not, your home is about to be judged. Make sure the level of your presentation and cleanliness is second to none.
PUT AWAY ANY PERSONAL OR VALUABLE ITEMS so there is no risk of theft during your open home.
MAKE SURE ANY SAFETY HAZARDS ARE IDENTIFIED. Either ﬁx these issues before opening your home, or advise your agent. An informed agent will be able to manage any risks correctly during your open home.
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TOP 5 TIPS
REMOVE ANY PETS FROM THE PROPERTY. As hard as it is to believe, not everyone may love your pets as much as you do! Also ensure any pet smells are taken care of. TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GRAB A COFFEE OR SOME FAMILY TIME WHILE THE OPEN HOME IS ON. Put your trust in your chosen agent, and rest easy knowing you have done all you can to showcase your property at its very best.
GET ORGANISED THE DAY BEFORE (OR EARLIER). Chose the properties you wish to inspect and plan your day. If there are opens on at the same time, check with the agent to see if you can be shown outside the advertised time.
FIND A HOME BASED ON FEEL. With your ﬁrst inspection via an open home, don’t get too caught up in looking for faults. Every home has faults. Ask yourself if you could see yourself living there.
DO YOUR BEST TO ARRIVE AT EACH OPEN WITHIN THE FIRST HALF OF THE ADVERTISED TIME. This will give you time to get a feel for the property.
WEAR SHOES THAT ARE EASY TO TAKE ON AND OFF.
THIS MAY BE THE BEST ADVICE I CAN GIVE YOU - if you like the property, don’t be afraid to let the agent know. Even if you aren’t quite ready to put an offer forward, the agent can keep you informed if they know where your thoughts are at.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, ENJOY THE PROCESS! :-)
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Issue 27 May 2019
Horoscopes By Sherrynne Dalby
(20 APR – 21 MAY)
Gemini (21 MAY – 21 JUN) Relationships may be challenging early in the month. This is not an entirely negative move but more an opportunity to take action to have your voice heard and your needs met in a more satisfactory manner. Miscommunication may have led to misunderstandings and now is the time to find clarity. Communication has a larger role in your life, especially at the moment. It is important that you communicate with clear and precise methodology. Don’t assume your message has been received; make sure it has. Ask questions where necessary to ensure there is no confusion.
Leo (23 JUL – 23 AUG)
Ruling Planet: Venus Sign:
Yellow, pale blue, pale green, pink
This is your annual time for renewal - Happy Solar Return, Taurus! 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 Taurus this year, that is from 20 April until May 21, it covers all those born under the sign of the Bull. The coming month will give you a snapshot of the year ahead. Pay attention to what is going on around your birthday for clues. April birthdays are being challenged over the next 12 months to move out of a rut and shake things up a little. If you don’t take the initiative, you may find others do the shaking for you. Early May birthdays face a year of new opportunities and the challenge to embrace new directions. Get serious about higher education, open your mind and expand your horizons. Birthdays later in May find relationships can be more of a focus over the next 12 months. There can be even more of a focus over the coming 12 months, with some new and exciting development in this area. For some, that can mean getting serious, especially birthdays around 10-16 May.
Aquarius (20 JAN – 19 FEB) There is a lot of action close to home at the moment. In fact, home seems to be the central focus right now. Siblings or other close family members may be causing you concern. If this is the case, don’t just stew on it. Open up lines of communication - so much can be sorted by a simple conversation. Children can also be a source of concern but this may be more of a financial concern, such as a non-budgeted school camp or excursion, or supplies that need to be paid for. Although it may seem difficult initially, you will find a solution.
Although in your heart of hearts you wish you could be anywhere other than where you are, commitments have your feet firmly planted at home. Career and work issues are front and centre early May and you need to take care of business, literally, before you can go out to play. Take time out as needed to rest, relax and recharge, but remember focusing where needed will get the job done and out of the way, leaving plenty of time for doing the things you love. Later in the month sees recognition for your efforts. Your hard work is paying off.
Libra (23 SEP – 23 OCT) It can be you are becoming more serious about relationships at the moment. This could be one relationship in particular that you are wanting more from. It can also be that you are reassessing the way you relate in general. You are looking to have more say in matters that affect you, and so you should. There are positive moves concerning home and family from mid-month. This can involve anything from home improvement to planning a holiday. There is an energy shift towards career matters, your place in the world, or your standing in the community.
Sagittarius (22 NOV – 22 DEC) Something or someone is shaking your world, especially November birthdays. Your daily routine is out of whack and it may be that you need to look at your habitual behaviour. Change is called for at the base level; the things you do without even thinking. While this can encompass all areas, it is particularly work and domestic that need attention. There is also much that’s of a positive nature for you this month. Try to find time to do something creative, something that brings you joy. When the time comes, don’t be afraid to take a chance.
Pisces (19 FEB – 21 MAR) While you may feel a little on edge around others at the moment, you can find friends and family a great source of support. Career matters should be mostly positive, although you can feel like you are in a juggling act. This will settle, so try to keep that in mind. You know that your state of mind has a large impact on how you perceive things and that you can be overly sensitive to those around you. While you have great empathy, it can be overwhelming at times. It is important you learn to build defences - yoga or meditation can help.
Cancer (21 JUN – 23 JUL) Career matters continue to be the main headline for you early May. There are opportunities for long term change in your work area. You have support from friend and colleagues, but there may be some concerns or objections from those closer. Good communication should help in clearing this. Later in the month should see you experiencing an energy boost. This will be welcome as you may need it with an influx of social commitments. Relationships are also taking a positive turn from mid-month, and for some this can lead to a friendship becoming something more.
Virgo (23 AUG – 23 SEP) Career matters continue to be energised in the first half of this month. More responsibility can translate into more money in the bank. It is simply a matter of weighing up the pros and cons and deciding which is overall the best option. There is much beneficial energy around you at the moment. What adjustments need to be made around home and with primary relationships? New can be scary, but don’t allow fear to prevent your progress. Focus on the positive and keep putting one foot in front of the other. If others believe in you, shouldn’t you, too?
Scorpio (23 OCT – 22 NOV) Relationships continue to dominate your thoughts throughout May. There is a lot going on in this area of life. Try to relax a little and stop expecting the worst. Life would be easier on all levels if you could learn to go with the flow. Others can certainly be rocking your boat at the moment, and you can either go overboard or gain some balance. As always, the choice is yours. Yes, remember you may not always have choice as to what is happening around you, but you always have choice as to how you respond. Lighten up.
Capricorn (22 DEC – 20 JAN) This month should kick off with a very positive hit, the only caution being to not go over the top. Home and family are currently both a sense of joy, and requiring more of your time and energy than you would like. If it is feeling like life is a burden, you need to look at why. You are feeling the pull from a number of different directions and the key to happiness is to find a way to combine as much as possible. You are wanting to be more creative and self-expressive, so try being creative with matters around home.
Aries (21 MAR – 20 APR) This can be quite a positive time for you. Attitude can dictate much of your experience, so stop thinking about your negativity and how it may be spoiling your reality. There can be some great opportunities for self improvement and travel, but it may need some effort in reorganising career matters. Remember, nothing worth having comes without effort. Financially, things should be taking a positive turn and your past efforts are now paying off. This can also be a positive time career wise, with a change of position or even a work place, that brings greater satisfaction and financial benefit.
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