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It’s almost Christmas, and a brand new decade awaits. It’s December… and like a lot of you, I’m also in a panic! Where did the year go? It seemed like only last week my little man proudly went off to Pre-K in his (too big) uniform, and now I’m looking for Christmas presents for him. I guess the exciting thing is that we’re entering an entirely new decade, and I can’t wait to see what it brings us all. And speaking about the future, one of our stories this month is about Melissa Browne, who you may remember was our cover girl almost two years ago. Mel has made some major changes, and we caught up with her to talk about her future and how she’s genuinely designed a life she loves.

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I also can’t wait to introduce you to David Darcy, our feature this issue. We spoke at length about his dog photography and the global experiences (both heartwarming and heartbreaking) that have been the making of his career. But when we started to chat about his awardwinning Archibald Prize portrait, he had me mesmerised. Despite only becoming a professional painter only two years ago, his ability to connect, combined with the passion and responsibility he felt to do his subject justice, resulted in a People’s Choice Award. I hope you enjoy a small insight into how his portrait of domestic violence advocate and Warakurna elder Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward (‘Jupa’) came to be – it’s an amazing story of chance, connection and committment.

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Bright Lights, Big City The Christmas Display Raising Awareness for Bushfire Season

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Melissa Browne Our Very Own Designer Chick

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Roaming Feature David Darcy... Beyond Amazing

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Kid’s Spot - Bullying Be Kind this Christmas

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Lending - Saving for a Deposit? How to Survive the Holiday Season

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We also have all of our regular favourites, including Livv’s message of love this Christmas and Penrith RSL’s Giving Tree, as well as the latest in borrowing, real estate, physio, law and more.

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From all of the team here at Roaming, we wish you and your loved ones a fantastic Christmas, and a long and leisurely holiday. We’ll be back bigger and better next year, refreshed and ready to rock your world with all that’s happening in this awesome city of ours. Before we toll the bell to welcome in the New Year, let me raise my glass – here’s to you!

Mel

PS You can find David at mongrelphotography.com.au. PPS To Kimberley, Kwang, Pip and Brooke – thank you for all that you are and all that you do. #nowords #grateful #dreamteam

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What’s On - Editor’s Pick

Editor’s Pick I've just solved all of your gifting problems. (Truly.) And check out how you can ensure $73 of every $100 you spend (instead of $43) stays in Penrith!

SHOP LOCAL This Christmas, make life convenient while doing your thing to support Penrith and shop local! Even better, you may just score a free ‘Shop Local’ bag! Like many locals, I’m a small business owner. I see first hand the impact of supporting one another and keeping our resources local. And in all honesty, we're incredibly lucky – from curated fashion houses through to food and beverages, gifts and even professional services, Penrith is home to some of Australia’s best. When we shop local, we’re not only supporting the local economy and the employment of local people, but we’re also directly supporting our sporting groups and overarching community. Just the other day I read an interesting fact – on average, for every $100 spent at a business, $73 stays local when spent at a small business. When spent at a chain retailer, only $43 of the $100 stays local. I’m no mathematician (as my bookkeeper will tell you), but that’s a massive difference. As a growing city, we want to be independent and self-sustainable. We want to generate leaders in their respective fields whose businesses thrive, providing more opportunity for locals. And small business is critical to this – with most of Penrith driven by small business, it’s only by shopping locally that we can keep our city vibrant and economically viable. So please, over the Christmas period think about checking out the amazing options we have here locally. Duck In has gifts galore that you won’t find anywhere else. Allan Grammar is an experience like nothing else. And High St has become an absolute mecca for curated fashion labels you can't find anywhere else – just look at The Fifth Dimension and My Friend Alice, for example. So move over flannelettes and thongs, 'cause Penrith has transformed into a fashion powerhouse (not to mention a foodie and entertainment destination) – get out there and see for yourself!

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Community

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o you remember spending your childhood driving through the streets looking for those incredible Christmas light displays that would blow your mind? In Mt Riverview, there has always been one house that trumps all others – the one organised by Leon and Bev Carter. Their display began 19 years ago and, in recent years, neighbours Ben and Christina Garvan have joined in. Leon and Bev began their light display on Robertswood Avenue to create something for the community that would put the fun of Christmas front and centre, especially for the kids. This was the reason behind the now-famous Santa-driven train that weaves its way through the interactive display. It’s not just a Christmas display you drive past – local families walk or drive to allow their kids to experience it fully. You can usually find a few new elements each year, and everyone is eagerly awaiting what the creative couple has added this year! A PARTNERSHIP TO RAISE AWARENESS Leon and Bev partnered with their local Mt Riverview Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade (MRRFB), raising funds for the NSW Rural Fire Service. You can find

a donation bucket every evening alongside a friendly MRRFB volunteer. Each night of December they attend to answer questions and educate the community, spreading the Prepare, Act, Survive message for the bushfire season. Their effort has become an intrinsic part of the fabric of the local community in the same way that the MRRFB has become. So much so that the first mention of each year’s upcoming display generates a wave of excitement on social media. Young parents often recount their own memories of visiting the display as children themselves. Small buses from Blue Mountains and Penrith retirement villages also stop by each year. And now – the countdown is on! The annual light display will be lit up on 30 November. “We've been lending ladders for the display for the past 19 years and will continue to help as much as possible – we’re hoping to ensure everyone knows the importance of having a tried and tested bushfire survival plan alongside top tips to get your house bushfire-safe,” explained MRRFB Captain, Andrew Fleming.

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The MRRFB has now been running for 50 years, born out of the ashes of the disastrous 1968 fires that ravaged the lower Blue Mountains. With a total of 60 members, the Brigade is always on the lookout for more volunteers. From drivers to front-line fighters, caterers and maintenance, there's a role for everyone. “While the east coast is being ravaged by fires, many of us are deployed to fight fires elsewhere. It’s imperative to have local women and men to hit the ground running when fire strikes,” says Andrew. Alongside the annual Christmas light display you can also show your support to the MRRFB at one of two Santa runs on 22 December – one held in the morning, and another in the afternoon – through the streets of Mt Riverview. You can also offer support by buying your Christmas tree from the Blaxland Rural Fire Brigade at Blaxland Station, Wilson Way on 15 December.

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All donated gifts will be distributed at the lunch, which is supported by so many generous donations. Local restaurants and cafes, including our very own Star Buffet – Penrith, come together to let the homeless and underprivileged know that we genuinely care.

Penrith RSL and Penrith Rotary are getting into the spirit of Christmas with the 2019 Tree of Joy

t’s a harsh reality, but thousands of Australians will go without a gift this holiday season. Many in the Penrith area will miss out, including families, the homeless, and the underprivileged. And it won’t be by choice. Over the last few years, the Penrith community has really come together to generously support those in need. Thanks to this generosity, many local families have received a hot meal and gift at Christmas. This year, the reach will be wider. Gifts will also be distributed to families and children in drought-affected areas, as well as those immediately close to home. THE COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS LUNCH Once again, Penrith Community Kitchen’s annual Christmas Lunch will be providing those in need with a much-needed hot meal – and much-appreciated gifts.

PLEASE DONATE A GIFT OR VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME ON 16 DECEMBER We need all of the support we can get, from donations through to volunteering. DONATE: If you would like to donate a gift, simply: • Choose a card from the Tree of Joy located in the Tindale Street foyer at Penrith RSL • Buy a suitable gift • Return it, festively wrapped with the card attached, and place it under the Tree of Joy as soon as possible before Sunday 15 December.

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Local Personality - Melissa Browne

OUR OWN

Designer Chick Written by Melinda Leyshon

I love Carrie Bradshaw. But I love Melissa Browne even more. To me, she’s Carrie Bradshaw with it all.

Don’t be scared to move on from things that other people would envy. Just because something looks successful from the outside doesn’t mean it’s still right for you.

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he has the smarts. She has the wardrobe. And she has the shoes (OMG does she have the shoes!).

Melissa was the very first woman to grace our cover (June 2017). But she doesn’t only add up numbers. She’s also one of our most successful entrepreneurs, having made an enviable name for herself as one of Australia’s leading financial commentators, authors and coaches, as well as the owner of two multi-million-dollar businesses and a third on its way there.

industry, being a woman from the West and – I’ll be honest – things brought up by the #metoo movement that really drove me to hit these milestones. “But then... I work with women every day to help design the life they love. I finally had to question why I wasn’t doing that for myself.” Making the decision to sell her first business – the one that seemed to define her – was confronting.

She’s a sought-after speaker.

“It hit me that moving away from the safety of A&TA was the one thing I was afraid to do. There was so much courage and fear and ego wrapped up in the decision that prohibited me from doing it for so long.

And she’s authored a number of best-selling books, including Fabulous but Broke, More Money for Shoes, and the oh-so-glorious, Unf*ck your Finances.

“Yet less than three months later, there is so much positivity. I’m going to look back and ask why I didn’t do it earlier.”

But so much has changed since that cover shoot a short 36 months ago. And it took a few people asking her the same question.

The truth is, Melissa has always designed her life – beautifully. From being creative around her writing through to not having children and building businesses that are driving change in their respective industries, she’s had to consciously 'get out of her own way'.

She’s featured regularly on network TV and radio.

‘What are you afraid of?’

‘So much courage, fear and ego wrapped up in the decision’ An introvert who keeps her private life to herself, Melissa isn’t one to talk about the series of tough times she’s faced over the past few years. But like most things in life it was a little thing, a compressed nerve in her neck this year, that was the final straw. Always one to keep moving and pushing through, she finally asked herself the question – what the hell am I pushing so hard for?

“We always question, who am I to do that? Will I be enough? Will it be enough? But we need to also question ourselves because really, who are any of us not to do those things?” So, she did it. In moving on from A&TA, she’s created room to work in the space of empowering young women financially because, as Melissa will tell you, it’s all about change and designing the life you love.

The answer? Fear. “I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. There are some things about being a woman in this

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Food - More by Matt Preston

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MORE RECIPES WITH MORE VEG FOR MORE JOY

A book of delicious recipes, starring vegetables, with more of everything: more flavour, more texture, more colour.

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e've nabbed a few for you to discover from over 100 recipes full of vibrant colours and flavours that celebrate the pure, unadulterated pleasure that food can give you. All the recipes are vegetarian or vegan - but if you decide you'd like to add a little bacon or a slab of fish, we're not going to wag a finger. We've even included a separate cooking guide for your meaty add-ons.

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Gone are the grey 'meat-and-potato' menus of the past. Each of these recipes capture the happiness that good food can bring. More combines Matt's passion for simple, hearty recipes with his love of the humble veggie to bring the whole family to the table for an absolutely delicious meal.

Ancient Grain Salad VERSION 22.0

Serves 4

Prep / 20 MINS Cooking / 40 MINS

INGREDIENTS 9 4 parsnips, peeled and quartered lengthways 9 olive oil spray 9 sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 9 250g (1 cup) whole freekeh 9 200g Medjool dates, pitted and cut into thin strips 9 2 spring onions, white and green parts thinly sliced 9 45g (½ cup) flaked almonds, toasted 9 ¹⁄³ cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus extra leaves to serve 9 ¹⁄³ cup coarsely chopped mint, plus extra leaves to serve 9 finely grated zest of 1 orange 9 75g punnet pomegranate arils (that's the ruby-like seeds to you and me) or seeds of ½ pomegranate METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 200˚C/180˚C fan-forced.

Line a baking tray with baking paper.

2 Place the parsnip in a single layer on the

prepared tray, spray with olive oil, and season well. Roast, turning halfway through, for 40 minutes or until tender and golden.

3 Meanwhile, place the freekeh and 750ml

(3 cups) of water in a saucepan over medium– high heat. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 40 minutes or until tender. Drain.

4 To make the dressing, whisk together the

pomegranate molasses, orange juice and olive oil in a jug. Season with salt and pepper.

5 Combine the freekeh, date, spring onion,

almonds, chopped parsley and mint, and half the orange zest in a bowl. Season well.

6 Transfer the freekeh mixture to a serving plate,

then top with the roasted parsnip and drizzle with the dressing. Sprinkle with the pomegranate arils, parsley and mint leaves, and remaining orange zest.

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2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses 2 tablespoons orange juice 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Food - More by Matt Preston

San Choi Bao FOR BUDDHA

Prep / 15 MINS Cooking / 10 MINS

Serves 4 as a starter INGREDIENTS 9 2 tablespoons peanut oil 9 150g green beans, trimmed and sliced into coins 9 100g snow peas, trimmed, strings removed and thinly sliced crossways 9 10 (about 150g) lychees, peeled, halved and stones removed 9 1 bunch coriander, leaves picked, stalks and roots cleaned and finely chopped 9 3cm knob of ginger, peeled and finely grated 9 2 long red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped

9 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice 9 140g (3⁄4 cup) cooked red quinoa 9 115g canned water chestnuts, drained and cut into matchsticks 9 2 spring onions, white and green parts thinly sliced 9 1 tablespoon kecap manis 9 1 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine 9 1 teaspoon sea salt 9 8 iceberg lettuce leaves 9 60g (¹⁄³ cup) roasted macadamias, roughly smashed

METHOD 1 Heat half the peanut oil in a wok or large frying pan over high heat until

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smoking. Stir-fry the green beans and snow peas for 2–3 minutes or until starting to turn bright green, then transfer to a bowl.

2 Add the remaining oil to the wok or pan and stir-fry the lychee, coriander stalk

and root, ginger and chilli for 2 minutes or until aromatic. Add the five spice and toss until well combined. Return the beans and snow peas to the wok or pan and add the quinoa, water chestnut and spring onion. Toss until heated through, then add the kecap manis, Shaoxing rice wine and salt, and toss for 2 minutes or until well combined.

3 Place all the lettuce leaves on a large serving platter. Spoon in the filling and top

with the macadamias and coriander leaves.

Raw Nachos #14

Serves 6

Prep / 20 MINS

(+ OVERNIGHT SOAKING)

Cooking / 15 MINS

INGREDIENTS 9 olive oil spray 9 175g mini sweet capsicums, quartered 9 400g can black beans, rinsed and drained 9 1 tablespoon olive oil 9 3 limes 9 ½ bunch coriander, leaves picked, stalks and roots cleaned and finely chopped 9 sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

9 150g (1 cup) frozen corn kernels, just thawed 9 3 large avocados, roughly chopped 9 300g mixed corn chips (blue and regular corn) 9 ¼ iceberg lettuce, finely shredded 9 3 jalapeno chillies, thinly sliced (optional)

VEGAN SOUR CREAM 9 145g (1 cup) raw cashews 9 boiling water 9 100ml almond milk 9 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed

9 lemon juice 9 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 9 1 teaspoon sea salt 9 freshly ground black pepper

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METHOD 1 Start the vegan sour cream a day ahead (don’t worry, it will keep for up to three

days in the fridge). Place the cashews in a heatproof bowl and cover with plenty of boiling water, then leave to soak for 24 hours. Drain the cashews and place in a high-powered blender. Add the almond milk, lemon juice, vinegar and salt, and blend until smooth and creamy. Season to taste with pepper, then place in the fridge for 2 hours to chill and thicken.

2 Preheat a barbecue grill on medium–high or a large chargrill pan over medium–

high heat. Spray the capsicum with olive oil and cook for 3–4 minutes on each side or until tender and charred. Transfer to a bowl and add the black beans, olive oil and juice of ½ lime. Finely chop half the coriander leaves and add to the bowl. Season well and toss to combine.

3 Add the corn to the grill or chargrill pan and cook, tossing, for 3–4 minutes or

until slightly charred. Add to the bean mixture.

4 Place the avocado in a separate bowl. Add the coriander root and stalk and

juice of 1 lime and mix until just combined – you want it to be chunky.

5 Arrange the corn chips and lettuce on a large serving platter. Top with the

smashed avocado, bean mixture and jalapeno (if using). Roughly chop the remaining coriander leaves and scatter over the top.

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Roaming Feature

- David Darcy

Women's Business Written by Melinda Leyshon

HOW A CHANCE MEETING LED TO A WHITE MAN BEAUTIFULLY EXPOSING THE SOUL OF A STRONG AND PROUD INDIGENOUS WOMAN

David Darcy He’s carved out a name for himself as Australia’s most prolific dog photographer. He’s published almost 10 best-selling books. He’s worked on the award-winning Australian film, Red Dog. And he’s taken home the 2019 Archibald Prize for the People’s Choice Award. Best of all, he’s a born and bred local.

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David’s connection with her, reflected in her eyes, gives us insight into her soul. Honesty, vulnerability, and raw emotion – in all its complexity and beauty.


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avid Darcy isn’t your average photographer. Nor is he your average painter. In fact, despite being awarded the People’s Choice Award for the Archibald Prize this year, he’s a self-taught artist who only picked up a paintbrush two years ago. Even if you didn’t see the Archibald Prize this year, you’ve more than likely seen David’s work. His award-winning portrait of domestic violence advocate and Warakurna elder Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward (‘Jupa’) clearly struck a nerve with NSW Art Gallery visitors, who voted it their favourite. And it’s clear why. The strength, emotion and vulnerability visible in her gaze is palpable. Now a cultural and community liaison officer for regional WA schools, Jupa was born ‘naked in the bush’. Her vivid portrait, face smeared with red oxide in place of the traditional red ochre, and her chest bearing a traditional designs from women's songs she’s entitled to perform, reflects our history. But it also reflects so much more. David’s connection with Jupa, reflected in her eyes, gives us insight into her soul. Honesty, vulnerability, and raw emotion – in all its complexity and beauty. And that was my question for David. How did he achieve such depth of emotion? “I think that key to any portraiture is building a relationship with that person. I had an argument with a mate the other day that suggested that painters are better than photographers. “As a photographer and a painter, it’s not true. It comes down to the relationship that you have with the portrait. If you build a genuine relationship, and you grow to really love the subject, when painting you’ll put more effort into it.”

A Chance Meeting It was only by chance that the two met. “I was in my studio painting. Jupa had come to Sydney for a health checkup. She has a friend in Murrurundi who had spent ten years in her community and Jupa came to stay with her for respite, wanting to paint. Gillian sent her to the local artist to get paints – that was the catalyst for our chance meeting. “If she'd just come in the once, it may not have happened. But the second time we dug further and I learnt about what she did. Very early on I realised she was an amazing woman doing this amazing work, but having lunches and dinners with her, learning her stories about family life and growing up – you see so much more than the 10-minute facade in a chance meeting.

- David Darcy

“That drove me. Every day I thought, I need to do this justice. I truly think that’s important when becoming a painter and putting your heart and soul into what you’re trying to portray.” After a few weeks David invited Jupa to look at the 2018 Archibald. On the return drive, she questioned why there were no indigenous women in the exhibition. He asked if she would sit for him. Maybe, was her reply. Jupa sat for him one afternoon. The very next day she was asked to fly back home. “I was so glad we’d built the relationship over those last few weeks,” David recalls. “After that I worked from photos as references. And that’s where the relationship is important. The first half is looking at a photo but the second half – what needs fixing, what needs working on – that’s where the passion comes through in the painting.”

The People’s Choice One of my questions to David was about exploitation – as a white man capturing the image of an indigenous woman, was there ever any conflict? “I’ve worked with indigenous communities around the country, and I’m aware that there could be an exploitation there. So I try to do my best to understand things. “Painting Jupa was an absolute privilege. I was able to witness her painting herself and singing her women’s songs, which men generally aren’t witness too. I’m incredibly grateful. “I can’t speak for her, but I know that her goal is for black and white to work together, and this is black and white working together. At no point did I feel like I was exploiting or doing something she wasn’t comfortable with.” Jupa’s profile has since skyrocketed. For a woman so passionate about change (she’s also a Director on the NPY Women’s Council, a passionate advocate against domestic violence, a qualified translator, an artist, and a sought-after storyteller), this has amplified her voice – and in more ways than one. “I think it’s definitely recognition for her that this year there were more indigenous projects. “She said in passing recently that, ‘everyone treats me like a rock star’ now. After I found out the work she did – incredibly important work that wasn’t really recognised on a national scale – I realised how critical it was for this woman to have a platform.

“I remember thinking very early on that if I could give her a platform, wouldn’t it be amazing if she got more recognition for the work she did. The fact that it won People’s Choice is beyond my wildest dreams. Jupa goes places and speaks – she’s visible. What I’d hoped for has come to fruition.” ”If I fall, I’m falling forwards – not backwards” I could talk with David for days. His photography, focused on our canine friends, has taken him around the world. I can clearly see that this is where his point of difference started, and I can only guess that this difference is what gave him the confidence to back himself as a painter. Because just like his paintings, his photography captures the soul of the subject. And just like Jupa, it’s all about the eyes. His dog photography leaves you feeling both happy and devastated. Their feelings are so transparent and honest, capturing the soul of the being inside the body. And this is what makes him so incredible. Not that he’s won national photography awards. Not that he’s backed himself as a self-taught artist. And not that he only started painting two years ago and has already won an Archibald Prize. It’s his ability to connect. To see what can’t be seen by the rest of us mere mortals and capture it forever. David’s work tells stories. And for better or worse, they’re stories we need to see. CAPTURE MORE OF DAVID DARCY  mongrel.com.au  @daviddarcyphoto

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Kid's Spot - with Livv

Be Kind

THIS CHRISTMAS

Being bullied is hurtful and disrespectful. There are many ways you can be bullied. But they’re all rude.

Kids

With me, Livv!

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eople can bully because of a lot of things. They can bully others if they have been bullied before and they want others to feel how they felt. They can bully because it makes them feel cooler, or powerful, or maybe they think it’s cool. They can bully because of skin or hair colours that are different to their own. But everyone is born who they are for a reason. No-one should be bullied because they have a name that’s hard to pronounce, or a different skin colour to you. It’s always better to be nice; you don’t know what people have been through. If you are bullied, you need to tell someone otherwise it will get worse. It is good to tell someone who can stop it, like a parent or teacher. They will talk to the person, and you, to sort it out. Sometimes it can be scary to speak up, but it’s really much scarier not to. If you don’t ask for help, you can be left alone or isolated. It’s a horrible feeling. If you are lucky to have some fabulous friends around you, talk to them as well. If you’re scared to talk to an adult, ask a friend if they can come with you to a teacher or guardian. You may be wondering why I’m writing this. I’m not being bullied – I have the most wonderful group of friends a girl could wish for. But a few years ago, I did have a bad experience. I understand what it’s like to feel alone or left out. And the best thing I did was to talk about it. Even if you’re OK, there might be someone around you who isn’t. We all deserve to feel loved and safe, especially at Christmas time. But unfortunately this is a time where people get stressed and lonely. If you notice someone around you is having a hard time, ask if they are OK. Sometimes all you need to know is that you have someone who cares. This Christmas time, spread the love.

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Wellbeing - Physio

Hurry!

U SE T H O S E HEA LT H F U N D E X T R A S ! Will your private health insurance policy reset at the end of each year?

Speak to your insurer... and find out if you have anything left for the rest of 2019.

Local Experts

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

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ith 2019 very quickly drawing to a close, we wanted to talk about health funds and the very real fact that many private health insurance policies reset at the end of each year. This includes your all-important ‘extras’.

LET’S TALK BASICS OF HOW MOST ‘EXTRAS’ WORK

Although each health fund and policy can be very different, if you’re paying for extras it generally means the inclusion of additional healthcare services such as physiotherapy, massage, or podiatry. Generally speaking, it’s very common for your nominated health fund to have a limit each year on how much you can claim on each particular service. For example, your health fund may limit physiotherapy services to $800 per year. Even if you don’t use that $800 worth of physiotherapy services in that year, it may not roll over to the next year. Instead, it will reset to $800 again next year. So really, you’ve lost out if you’re not using the full amount.

POWER TO

KEEP MOVING

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR EXTRAS DURING THE SILLY SEASON During December, everything is happening. Christmas parties and shopping, socialising, as well as finishing work and school for the year, means that the last thing on your mind is how much of your health fund extras you have left. The best thing you can do is put aside 10-15 minutes to become familiar with your policy. Speak to your insurer, either by phone or online, and find out if you have anything left for the rest of 2019. You may find out that you’re eligible for extras you didn’t even know about! I’VE STILL GOT EXTRAS LEFT, WHAT DO I DO NOW? If you find that you do have some extras, use them! If you’ve been struggling with niggling injuries, pain and soreness that’s just not going away, now is the time to get checked out. You’ll not only be making the most of your health fund extras before they run out, but also feel great for the busiest time of the year! MAKE THE MOST OF THOSE EXTRAS If you would like further information about our physiotherapy services, and to make the most out of your extras for the remainder of 2019, please get in touch on 02 4721 7798. Our team will look after you.

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AD VERT O R I A L

Energy for Life Wellbeing with Linda

As we draw to the end of 2019, there is a common thought shared by almost everyone that visits the pharmacy.

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t seems the question of, “Where did the year go?” is quickly followed by a sense of being utterly unprepared for the silly season. And at the same time, many are seeking advice for help with their energy. Energy… one of my most favourite things to talk about. Energy is everything. Energy allows you to be fully present in life. It allows you to go about your day attending to all of your “must do’s”, work, family commitments and, most importantly, making the best choices for yourself and those you care about.

Without energy, we feel the days are long, there is little enjoyment in life, and we cannot reach our full potential in work, family or our own needs.

Meet Linda, local owner and operator of Specialist Clinic Pharmacy

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So, during this busy season, I thought it would be nice to share some options around energy production. Supplements and nutrition are two areas of consideration for tapping into your energy stores and eliminating fatigue, allowing you to enjoy all those end-of-year celebrations.

his is a HUGE area to cover in one advertorial, so please pop in and speak to one of our friendly team members today!

More Than Just Scripts & Medicines

Supplements Many people think of a Multivitamin or Vitamin B Complex when they’re looking to improve their energy. This is great, particularly when you’re not getting adequate nutrients through your diet. Other newer options now in the market delve into Eastern medicine, containing a variety of herbs and roots, particularly Ginseng. Ginseng is a powerful energy tonic and a great formulation will usually include a few varieties of this root – Siberian Ginseng, Korean, Indian and American Ginseng. These formulations are a powerhouse – they not only enhance energy, but also assist in improving concentration, reducing irritability, and enhancing physical performance. We recommend to not take these too close to bedtime as they will keep you up.

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“You are what you eat” is a powerful statement, and one that rings absolutely true. Sadly, in modern society, a lot of the food we eat is what I term ‘dead food’; packaged, processed, preserved, and filled with chemicals and toxins (albeit at very low doses) that are foreign to the body.

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Community - Local Spotlight

Christmas Concierge

Local SPO TLIGHT

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Ensuring Christmas exudes styling perfection

hristmas certainly is the time for celebrating and spending moments with the ones you love. This is certainly true for The Golden Dandelion owner, Jessica Langley-Gardner, who has set the scene for so many beautiful moments shared between loved ones since starting her business just over two years ago. The Golden Dandelion was discovered after Jess threw one of those ‘weddings of the century’ that people talk about for years afterwards. That wedding became the springboard for the one-stop-shop that The Golden Dandelion has become today. Jess specialises in event styling, from proposals, and small and large gatherings, right through to weddings – incorporating stunning flower arrangements and grazing tables from concept to creation. As we move closer to Christmas, The Golden Dandelion has probably made a cameo appearance into your lives without you even realising. Many of the ever-popular festive and seasonal window displays from the Blue Mountains,

Penrith to Hawkesbury are being given The Golden Dandelion treatment, spreading festive cheer throughout the community. Jess loves how trusting each business is in her work, installing each display in the middle of the night with free reign to make that all-important Christmas vibe come to life. House-made Christmas wreaths will also be available for purchase closer to Christmas at selected stores. “I am Christmas obsessed and love celebrating the good stuff in life,” Jess explains. “There is so much that goes on in life that we can’t control, so there's nothing I love more than coming together with my friends and family and having a good time – and Christmas is just that!” Future workshops are also in the pipeline, with successful flower crown and Christmas wreath-making classes currently being hosted. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for The Golden Dandelion, as well as the creative surprises Jess has to share with us!

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This article is for general information only and is not intended as legal advice. If you need specific help contact your legal professional.

Life - Legal

Conveyancing e

Conveyancing allows conveyancing to be completed digitally, including transferring property ownership from a seller to a buyer, to streamline the process for buyers, sellers, lawyers, conveyancers and finance companies.

IN THE E-AGE

Buyers and sellers who want eConveyancing must use a lawyer or conveyancer who is registered with an Electronic Lodgement Network Operator (ELNO). The first of these was Property Exchange Australia Limited (PEXA).

We all know email, e-ticketing, e-meeting, and e-everything else. Now we have eConveyancing, mandated by the NSW Government on 1 July 2019.

An eConveyancing provider must have written authority from the client (Client Authorisation) before proceeding. Clients authorise the provider to sign documents on their behalf to lodge them for transfers for registration, financial settlement, and anything else needed for the transaction. The eConveyancing provider must also take reasonable steps to identify that the client is eligible for eConveyancing. This may be undertaken by the practitioner or by a Subscriber Agent, and there are a number of these commercial providers available to verify identity services.

Local Expert

Joseph Grassi Legal Expert Joseph Grassi + Associates

Originally, transactions were conducted manually with the parties attending in person to complete the handover of funds in exchange for title documents. Registration then followed. But the move to eConveyancing by the NSW Land Registry Services (LRS) has been happening since 2013. The following documents must be lodged electronically (alone or in combination):

NEED SOME ADVICE? Get your head around eConveyancing and get in touch with Joseph Grassi + Associates today on 02 4702 5905.

• Transfers • Mortgages • Discharges of mortgage • Caveats

• Withdrawals of caveat • Transmission applications • All refinancing documents.

As a result, NSW LRS cannot accept these as paper documents and has not been doing so since 1 July 2019. The Office of the Registrar General is the government agency managing the process. As it is not possible to provide a paper certificate of title for settlement electronically, a new approach is needed. Paper titles will be phased out over time, replaced by virtual digital titles.

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Home - Property

Preparing to Sell in...

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Local Expert

2020

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

If you think 2020 may be the year for you to sell, here are five questions to ask yourself that may help clarify the decision.

Paul Merrick Property Expert Merrick Property Group

1 Do we still need all the space in our

Just how do you know it’s the right time for you?

large home now that the kids have moved out?

2 With the arrival of a new family

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member, is our current home still suitable to raise our kids in?

s another year flies by, you may now be a year closer to making that next big move in your life. If that involves selling your home or investment property, you may be pleasantly surprised by what you’re likely to pocket given a late surge in property prices and transactions in recent weeks.

3 Given the enormous growth in property

prices in recent years, do we now have enough equity to upgrade our home?

4 If we sell, will we now have enough

money to finally retire?

If you’ve considered any of the questions listed to the right in recent times, than maybe it’s time to contact your trusted agent and get an honest opinion on the potential value of your home or investment property.

5 Are we finding walking up and down

stairs challenging? Will a single level home make our lives easier?

As I said earlier, you may be pleasantly surprised with the opportunities available to you, and you may now be in a position to make your next big move in life. :-)

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Home - Lending

Saving for a Deposit? HOW TO SURVIVE THE HOLIDAY SEASON It’s all too easy to get carried away with Christmas festivities – so here are five tips to help you enjoy the festivities without compromising your financial goals.

Local Expert

Peita Davies Home Loan Specialist realestate.com.au Home Loans Penrith

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HAVE A SAVINGS GOAL IN MIND

Almost every successful budget begins with a concrete goal. Instead of simply saving to buy a house, figure out exactly what type of property you would like to buy. Many studies have shown that sticking to a budget is far more likely when you have a specific goal. 2

SAVE FIRST, SPEND SECOND

Before you have the chance to touch them, ensure your savings are paid into a separate account automatically every month. 3

BE OPEN WITH WHO YOU WILL AND WON’T BUY GIFTS FOR

At this time of year most people’s finances and mental load are a little overwhelmed. Suggesting skipping gifts this year or, alternatively, talk about capping your spending. This can be a welcome reprieve for everyone involved. 4

BUY SMART

Shop around for better deals, and search online for vouchers and codes (don’t forget to factor in delivery costs for online shopping). Write yourself a list and stick to it. And if you’re not seeing someone until after Christmas, buy his or her gift in the sales.

Be sure to also pay off any outstanding credit card debt. If you’re paying the minimum each month, you’re probably also paying a high amount of interest. 5

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE

When you’re saving for a deposit, there will be times (such as Christmas) when it’s tempting to spend your money or give up. But don’t lose heart. Saving for a home deposit isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth it in the end. NEED SOME CLARITY? Make sure you understand what you're getting yourself into when applying for a loan. Questions? Speak to me today on 0452 214 202.

Wishing you a happy holiday season Peita Davies Local home loan specialist 0452 214 202 @peita.davies.realestatehls Peita.davies@realestatehls.com.au 1B Castlereagh St, Penrith NSW 2750 Peita Davies is a credit representative (399445) of BLSSA Pty Ltd ACN 117 651 760 (Australian Credit Licence 391237)

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Home - Living

Share The Joy Celebration season is nearly upon us!

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hether you’ve been counting down the days since last December or haven’t given it a thought, we’ve got some fun and affordable festive ideas to inspire your decorating, entertaining, gifting and more. We’ll help you keep it simple so you can share the joy with the ones you love.

Dress up your fiddle-leaf fig with some ornaments and pop it into a woven basket for a laid-back look.

TOP XMAS PICKS Here are some of our favourite buys to get everyone into the festive spirit.

Vinyl Revival. $99.95 Price, JB HiFi. Music fans will love the ritual of placing a vinyl record on the turntable and dropping the needle on a favourite album. This suitcase design has built in speakers, a headphone input jack for external speakers, and it looks great.

Light It Up. $24.95, Pillow Talk. Nothing says festive quite like string lighting. We love this modern, Moroccan-inspired take on traditional lights. Weave them through your tree or hang them on your walls for a sophisticated look. Pizza Perfection $129, Kitchen Warehouse. Want delicious home-made pizza in under 5 minutes? Entertaining family and friends is a no-brainer with this efficient, compact electric pizza maker. Features a ceramic stone base, lifting paddles and built-in temperature and timer.

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DECORATING

ENTERTAINING

Think about what kind of look you’d like your tree, home or garden to have this festive season. Whether your style is modern or traditional, fairy lights always bring a touch of magic. And when it comes to choosing colours, keep it simple with two to three colours at the most. For a classic look, try red and white or silver and gold. For a fresh look, pastels and rose gold keep it contemporary. You can continue your colour theme from your tree to the table. Where you can, try to match your tree decorations with your napkins or serve ware.

Food, drink and music are the three essential ingredients for entertaining. Get these things right and you’ll earn the title of 'host with the most'!

And when it comes to festive styling, you don’t need to spend a fortune to achieve the look you want. Check out bargain spots in-centre like Roni’s Home Depot or Spotlight, and complete the look with special pieces from Adairs, Pillow Talk and Harvey Norman.

Shareable dishes are a great way to impress your guests with a little effort. Think pizza or a summery, Ottolenghiinspired dish like grilled tomato salad. Having the right tools at the ready also makes your job much easier. A pizza maker and a grill are top picks for your entertaining arsenal, and you’ll use them again and again. Keep your guests refreshed with a cool, thirst-quenching drink. Sparkling water, mint and slices of fresh citrus – try grapefruit or lime – make for a winning combination. Fill up a jug and let your guests serve themselves anytime they like. Whatever kind of gathering you’re hosting – relaxed barbeque, dinner party or outdoor soiree – there’s a playlist for that. Spotify has loads of ready to go and personalised playlists to suit any type of party. Simply set your vibe and press play.


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Your Place For Christmas Gifts

GIF T S FO R HER

With Christmas fast approaching, now is the time to start planning! Avoid the juggle of multiple centres and car parks - at Penrith Homemaker Centre you’ll find everything you need in one convenient location. From babies and toddlers through to tweens and teens, this is where the trending gifts are to be found.

Lincoln Side Table in Rattan Natural, $349 The Lincoln range has a distinctly retro vibe and has been completely hand crafted from rattan, cane and bamboo, bound together with reed. These are some of the most environmentally sustainable products available due to the fast growing nature of the materials, but don’t be mistaken because they are also some of the strongest natural materials available.

Chloe by Chloe Eau De Parfum 75ml Spray, $89.99 Creative, confident and individual, this free-spirited fragrance captures Chloé modern chic in a fresh, delicate and sensual bouquet.  02 4733 1838  chemistwarehouse.com.au

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Boutique Cushions, starting from $77 Bring style and comfort into your living room with this beautiful range of boutique cushions.  02 4733 6682  plush.com.au

Bedgear Balance Pillow (available in four different sizes), $129 A soft pillow featuring a Boost™ foam blend fill, the Bedgear Balance components feature sporting materials. The team at Bedgear believe that quality sleep begins with the right ‘fit’, so they use innovation to develop products aimed to optimise recovery while you sleep. With an exclusive Boost® fill that’s hypoallergenic, breathable and soft (made from a combination of crumbed microfibre and latex), this pillow has exceptional conforming traits and provides smooth motion performance.  02 4733 7911  snooze.com.au

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Homelite 26cc Petrol 2-Stroke Blower Vac $149

GIFTS FOR HIM

This powerful and easy-to-use blower vac clears leaves and debris in seconds. It features a 26cc 2-stroke engine to make light work of your outdoor and workshop cleaning jobs. From clearing leaves from the garden and cleaning the deck for visitors, to tidying up the workshop after a project, the Homelite 26cc Petrol 2-Stroke Blower Vac is a must-have outdoor cleaning tool.  02 4720 2000  bunnings.com.au

SPOIL HIM! Smokey Mountain Cooker 37cm, $399 RestOn Sleep Tracker, $229

If you want to get serious about smoking, you’ll love the Weber 37cm Smokey Mountain Cooker. Inside, a porcelain enamelled water pan generates steam to keep the cooking temperature low and even.

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