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13 June 2014

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Get Focused on Men’s Health This week in the Lithgow region, men were asked to step up, get active and focus on their health. By Irene Bowie-Johnson Across the nation, Australian men were encouraged to celebrate their AchieveMENts, and focus on improving their health when Men’s Health Week, 9-15th June, prompted them to think about their health, using fun and engaging events to start conversations about their health and wellbeing.

‘Men can be stubborn,’ said Andrew Neville, the owner of ANT Fitness Gym in Portland. ‘Sometimes they need an extra push to take that first step.’ But, why men’s health? Most of you are probably wondering why there is such an emphasis on men and boys’ health and well-being. Aren’t men all right? The answer, unfortunately, is often no. Baby boys born in Australia today, still have a life expectancy that is four years less than baby girls. Boys, throughout their lives, are more likely to suffer from illness and accidents. A sad fact, because many of the illnesses and accidents can be prevented.

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From the Editor This week has been a short week, a slow news week, and a bit of a challenging week. As you will notice, we trimmed down in size slightly, however, never fear… we have a plan. This is making way for the inclusion of our TV guide from next week forward, we had to do some pre trimming to ensure we can get the guide in and still bring you all the news each week. So why a challenging week I hear you ask? I guess it is because we have entered the teens as far as issue numbers go, and like any unruly teenager, we are experiencing things that we haven’t experienced before. As we solidify the business of this paper, we are being challenged when it comes to our editorial principles and the reporting of ‘news’. We have been focused on good news, community news and sports news, as readers of our paper will know, and last week we were faced with having to report on a tragic incident, something we did not do lightly. Here was my take on the matter. I did not know Dr Leonie Geldenhuys. She was not my doctor, and sadly I never got to meet this woman who the community obviously felt so much for. We chose to not try and do an article to ‘cash in’ on the story. We felt that the veracity with which the metropolitan media were chasing down every lead they could (we were contacted by several for photos, and possible contacts for her children) was absolutely out of line. We decided to take a slightly different approach and start a conversation about what others who find themselves in that situation could possibly do to hopefully avoid that tragedy. This offended some people who felt we had not honoured Dr Geldenhuys’ memory and given the story the weight it deserved. This was certainly not our intention and we felt that writing a piece in her memory would actually be the ultimate insult, as we would not be able to speak to her friends, family and colleagues without being just another hungry media

shark. This poses the question though: We know not all news is good news, how much of this do we report? We are certainly not putting images and misleading headlines on our papers just to sell a few more, we give ours away for free, so there is nothing to be gained in doing that. The world in which we live is full of tragedy on a daily basis — you only need to watch the nightly news to see that — but there is always something good to talk about if you look hard enough, and this was the grounding principle on which we founded this paper: Tell the stories that are important to the community, but if it’s bad news, search for the silver lining and never give up until you find one. We are not a tabloid that needs sensationalism to survive. We want to tell the stories that are important to our community, the ones that move us forward and give us hope. This is more than just an editorial policy, it is a life long guiding principle of mine. I never give up. Ever. On another note I am very pleased to see the return of our Lithgow2790 facebook page this week. There were concerns the page may be gone for good, however for now it is back, and we have hopes it will stay. To do our part, we are happy for everyone to

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Get Focused on Men’s Health Continued from Page 1 > There is never a wrong time to start paying attention to your health. According to Andrew Neville, ‘It doesn’t matter what age you are. It’s never too early or too late.’ Dr Mortadha Shawki, from Portland Medical Practice said, ‘In Australia generally, and rural and remote areas in particular, men are less motivated than women to take active action to maintain their health and they are less likely to seek professional help for physical and mental problems they face in their life. Men may feel it’s a sign of weakness to seek help, contradicting their definition of masculinity. They also prioritise their health less. Male deaths in Australia outnumber female deaths in most of the age groups and the life expectancy of men is less the women.’ ‘We take this opportunity to encourage our local blokes to pay more attention and time to their physical and mental well-being. A simple checkup can be lifesaving.’ He concluded by adding, ‘However hard it might seem to change or backtrack from where you are,

nothing is too much trouble or too complicated when it comes to your health. Advances in medical science mean that the level of health care available now is higher than ever before. Staying healthy is important, especially for men.’ Paying attention to your health can take many different forms. Men’s Health Week prompts men to go back to basics and focus on the ways they can be proactive about their health; considering changes large and small. ‘Developing a routine, and changing your lifestyle doesn’t take much,’ said Andrew Neville. ‘It’s a matter of starting on the first rung of the ladder, and then progressing step by step. The first step is the hardest, but it’s important to take, whether it’s going on a short walk or just stepping inside your local gym.’ For those of you who are thinking of making a change, some simple places to start are approaching your local gym trainer for a personalised program, visiting your local GP to discuss what actions they would recommend, or talking to your family about making changes to your diet and lifestyle.

There are lots of other great ways of improving your health. As un-Australian as it sounds, one of the best changes you can implement is cutting back on the beer, and taking the time to find a healthy lunch. It also pays to spend some time with your family. If you have children, spending time with them can help improve your emotional well-being, with great benefits in other parts of your life. In the end, no matter what age you are, an improved lifestyle will give you more energy and vitality. It will help you live longer, and enjoy life more.

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If you want to get more proactive about your health please contact your local GP or consider visiting Portland Medical Practice, at 20 Green St, Portland or calling them on 02 6355 5174. Or for advice about what sort of exercise program might suit you, try contacting your local gym or consider talking to Andrew Neville at ANT Fitness on 0427 268 348.

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Tax time preparation helps avoid government health fees Regional private health insurer Westfund Health is reminding Lithgow residents to check their private health insurance cover or think about taking up a new policy before the end of the financial year to avoid being hit with government charges. Australians who do not have private health insurance may be charged up to 1.5% in extra tax as part of the Federal Government’s Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS) initiative. The MLS charge was put into effect to encourage more people to take out private health cover to alleviate the pressure

on the public health system. According to Darryl Goodhand, Westfund’s NSW State Manager, many people in regional areas like Lithgow are unknowingly paying more in tax because they don’t have private health insurance. “Many people get slugged with the Medicare Levy Surcharge at tax time because they don’t have appropriate private hospital cover. This is a good time to consider all the benefits of having private health cover,” said Mr Goodhand. The MLS means some Australians will need to pay a tax surcharge if your income exceeds $88,000 and you don’t have appropriate hospital

cover. The tax is 1% for an individual earning over $88,000(176,00 for couples, families and single parents), 1.25% if you earn over $102,000 ($204,000 for couples, families and single parents) and 1.5% if you earn over $136,000 ($272,000 for couples, families and single parents). Mr Goodhand added that signing up to a private health insurance policy will not only save you from additional tax charges but will deliver a raft of health benefits to individuals and families. “Our priority is to ensure Lithgow residents have peace of mind that their health is well protected and have the ability to choose doctor and hospital services. The right policy can also give you access to extra benefits such as optical, dental, physiotherapy and chiropractic services – all of which will help to keep you healthier for longer.” In addition to the MLS charge, some people may also be hit with the Lifetime Health Cover Loading. If you do not have hospital cover on the 1st of July following your 31st birthday and then decide to take out hospital cover in future, you will pay a 2% loading on top of your premium for every year you are aged over 30. “Our best advice is to review your current health cover before the 30 June cut off date – especially if you are over 30 – and be proactive to avoid unnecessary government charges.” For more information about the MLS and Lifetime Health Cover Loading, visithttp://www. privatehealth.gov.au

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K-Gallery Opening

By Irene Bowie-Johnson Last Saturday, a crowd gathered to celebrate the opening of a new gallery in Lithgow. K-Gallery, on main street, owned by Karen Matthews, is a fantastic place for artists in the region to exhibit and sell their works, as well as pick up high quality supplies. Karen commenced the opening, giving a short speech about her passion for art in the Lithgow region. ‘I wanted to create a local space for artists to display their work,’ she said, adding with a small laugh that the gallery was a way for her to express her love for art even though she ‘wasn’t artistic herself.’ Karen then handed the floor over to Geoff Welsman who officially opened the gallery with a compelling speech about artistic talent in the Lithgow region, and the need to foster it and make

it grow. Geoff spoke of Karen’s drive to open the gallery. ‘She is very single minded,’ he said, ‘and once she’d decided to open a gallery we knew it was going to happen.’ Karen worked closely with local artist Sandy Gray in opening the gallery and several of Sandy’s gorgeous works are on display, along with other artists. The gallery was beautifully presented for its opening, with eye-catching paintings and photographs, as well as delicate and delightful pottery, jewellery and sculpture. For those who want to visit the gallery, and talk to Karen, it is open Wednesday to Sunday, with the following hours: Wednesday - Friday, 9.305.30; Saturday, 10-4; Sunday, 10-2.

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The NSW Government is calling for grant applications from communities affected by the October 2013 bushfires for projects that assist with social and economic recovery from the fires. Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham has given her encouragement to local groups to submit grant applications under the Blue Mountains Flexible Community Grants program. “This program has both social and economic streams which aim to build resilience and capacity within local communities and local economies and to assist communities and business to recover from the trauma of these fires and to better prepare for future disasters.” The grants program is also open to groups from Lithgow to apply. “I know that a number of groups and communities were affected by these terrible fires so I encourage them to seek assistance through this worthwhile program” concluded Mayor Statham.

The grants program guidelines are available for download from NSW Premier and Cabinet at http://www.dpc.nsw.gov.au, search for bushfire grants or by ringing 1300 707 155. Applications must be lodged by 8 June 2014.

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Fuller Figure Clothing It’s time for a catch-up to find out what’s been happening at the little preschool on the hill at Wang – Pied Piper Preschool. Have you been there lately? There’s lots happening, and Director Trudy Magus filled us in on some of the recent highlights. “We’ve just been the very excited recipients of a grant from Family First Credit Union and a donation from Springvale Colliery CFMEU. The Credit Union grant is going towards building a workshop for the children in the backyard – a special place where they can do woodwork and tinker. The Springvale donation is going towards our wages bill – we will now be able to reinstate some of the hours we lost for one of our shifts in our recent restructure for the whole of third term.” Trudy went on to thank both of those organisations for their generosity: “We are really blown away by the generosity of local organisations, and these 2 gifts have really boosted our spirits at a very low time for us of funding cuts that will impact hugely on our centre.” For the children, there have been a few special events taking place over recent weeks. A favourite among Thursday kids was the Kids Go Crazy for Farmers day, when children and educators wore their pyjamas and crazy hair to raise gold coin donations for farmers experiencing drought in NSW. The children’s aim was to raise enough for a bale of hay, and they raised $48 over the day, so a big thanks to parents for contributing. Another hit has been Bike Week. Children spent the week riding their own bikes at preschool, and learning about bike, traffic and car safety.

Parents are encouraged to contribute to the discussion about the use of helmets at preschool by completing the online survey distributed recently. Another great event in May was a visit by Circus performance group The Gigalees – who gave a mighty one hour performance that kept the little ones rolling with laughter and practicing their circus tricks afterwards. Some children made juggling balls as an extension of learning after this experience. There have been lots of small things happening too. Educators have been cooking the autumn garden produce with the children, and many have taken home the green tomato pickles they made, while others have eaten the potatoes and pumpkins they have grown. The younger children have been measuring their bodies – height and weight – building on their sense of self and their identity. They are enjoying setting up their fish tank and looking forward to the arrival of Dory and Nemo. The older children have been looking at the colour of their skin and realising that we all have different coloured skin, and not all Aboriginal people have black skin. There has been lots of interest in numbers and letters and making things at the art table using all of the wonderful things people give the preschool to creative with. June is National Family Reading Month at Pied Piper Preschool, and family members are coming in to read with the children. It’s a busy time at Pied Piper Preschool. Back to Director Trudy Magus: “If you like what you see

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A New ‘Arrival’ at Lithgow Public

Stage 3 at Lithgow Public School have been studying ‘Rainforests’ and ‘Conservation’ this term. Class 5/6T went one step further after coming across some worrying statistics in a lesson on deforestation. “My class had just done a lesson on logging and everyone was so stunned to learn of the negative effects that logging has on rainforest animals. Their homes are literally being torn down in front of them. We decided to investigate ways that we could help. We came across an Australian website through which you could ‘adopt’ an orangutan. We thought that this was a fantastic idea. We chose an orangutan named ‘Gokong’ and we all brought in some money to put towards his adoption. Gokong had been mistreated and his mother had died. This money will help Gokong’s carers to pay for his food, medical bills and the training he needs before he can be released back into the wild. Hopefully that won’t take too long.” (by Aminah Baker, 5/6T) Gokong is a little orphaned and abused orangutan from Sumatra. He is now at the Batu Mbelin Quarantine Centre, where he has put on weight and is learning to climb. Tripa where Gokong Puntung, was rescued is part of the world famous Leuser Ecosystem. This

Shae Bradford, Lauren Kinney and Alexa Burton with their adoption certificates.

incredibly important and unique biodiversity region contains over 80% of the world’s remaining wild Sumatran Orangutans and is the last place on Earth where the Sumatran tiger, orangutan, rhino and elephant co-exist.

The children have been delighted to be a part of such a worthwhile venture. The adoption was organised through: www.orangutan.org.au

Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea

By Kellie Evans The ladies at Raine & Horne Lithgow held a lovely morning tea on Thursday in their office on Main Street in honour of The Cancer Council’s “Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea”. Principal Jaharn Torok hosted the event in an attempt to raise some funds but more importantly awareness of this often deadly disease that greatly affects our region. Sadly, cancer has affected the staff at Raine & Horne with Jaharn losing her brother some years ago. Office Manager Bess Norbury’s partner also contracted an extremely rare tumour around 4 years ago but is very lucky

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and happy to now be in excellent health, having been given the all clear. So we can definitely be sure this charity is close to all their hearts. The day was attended by vendors, business contacts and other local business owners like Kelley from Naturally by Kelley, Catherine from All Figured Out Bookkeeping, Maria and Renee from Bianca Villa and Rhys Bennett from Lean & Bennett. Kelley and Renee were also there in their capacity as Committee Members from the Lithgow Business Association. However, the day was also open to local tradies and taxi drivers or anyone happening by to pop in for a cuppa and cookie, cake or slice!

A gold coin was donated by the guests, with all funds raised on the day to be sent on to the Cancer Council in order to go towards all their continued good work. The Cancer Council are the leading independent funders of cancer research in Australia, granting more than $50million a year in research grants. They also provide information about the different kinds of cancers, prevention strategies, patient support and advocacy. Photo from left to right, Naomie Gott, Bianca Evans, Leuise Wilson, Jaharn Torok, Vivienne Hudson and Bess Norbury.

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5 Steps to making a Killer Marketing Plan In all businesses, getting new customers can be a tough skill to master. Marketing is one of those things that is quite often very difficult for a lot of people. By Ben Fewtrell You need to have a solid plan for what it is you’re going to do to achieve the results that you want. But what makes a good marketing plan, and where do you start? These are the five steps I have successfully used to make sure my marketing plan succeeds: #1. WHO IS YOUR IDEAL CLIENT? Have a look at all of your top clients, typically 80% of your revenue will come from 20% of your clients. Work out who these clients are and what that particular client looks like. #2. WHERE WILL I FIND MY IDEAL CLIENTS? Once you know who your ideal client is, work on where to find them in their highest concentration - - you want to be nice and specific. And that’s where you can market. If you cast one big net hoping to catch your ideal client, you’re going to catch a whole bunch you don’t really want. #3. WHAT AM I GOING TO OFFER THEM? We’ve got WHO, we’ve got WHERE, now it’s WHAT. Your offer has to be compelling and I’m not talking about discounting, I’m talking about good, solid value ad offers. An offer has to be a soft dollar cost and hard dollar value. We want it to not cost us a lot of money but be perceived as a high dollar value - that’s what an offer should look like. When you come up with your offer, go and ask as

many people as you can about how they feel about your offer. Ask them, “Does this offer excite you? And if you were the potential customer, would it make you want to deal with me?” #4. WHY WOULD THEY BUY FROM YOU? The next part of the marketing plan, the WHY. Why would they buy from you? Most businesses compete on one thing - price. If all you do is compete on price, you’re probably going to go broke. That’s the reality! You need to work out how you can make yourself different to the competition. So when you ask the question, “Why will they buy from me?,” you have a very distinct and succinct answer as to why they’ll buy from you over your competitors. What is it that’s going to compel them to buy from you? It can’t just be your great offer, it’s got to be your uniqueness. You’ve got to come up with something that makes you different to your competition. #5. HOW AM I GOING TO COMMUNICATE MY OFFER TO MY TARGET? The final part of the puzzle! There are so many different mediums; it’s no good just having one. The idea is to make sure you’ve got as many marketing strategies as you can…the more ways you can communicate your message to your target market the more successful your marketing campaign is more likely to be. TO WRAP IT UP - So let’s have a look at those five things again… WHO is your ideal client? WHERE am I going to find them in their highest concentration? It’s no good advertising bungee jumping in the Nursing Home Weekly magazine. They’re just not likely to take up the offer. Once I’ve worked out who they are and where they are, I can start to think about WHAT am I going to offer them and then WHY are they going to buy from me? And then finally HOW am I going to communicate my offer.

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Meet Christine Dodson One Agency sees a new face join the team this week with local resident Christine Dodson coming on board . Christine is an experienced and skilled real estate specialist who values integrity and knowledge, whilst ensuring every property transaction is given the attention required to achieve the right result. With years of experience she is passionate about the local market, Christine enjoys meeting new people on a daily basis and using her diplomatic mind to negotiate exceptional results. Her approachable manner and in depth understanding of the property market makes her the perfect guide to help you find the most rewarding outcome from the sale or purchase of your next home or investment property. “I was attracted to One Agency for a number of reasons, but the main ones that stand out are the consistency of the marketing and the brand itself, it is very fresh and new, and a business that is obviously growing.” she said. An intelligent sales agent, Christine has enjoyed extensive business related training and development courses that make her a smarter choice for all of your property needs. She is committed to following up with both vendors and buyers with determination to ensure her sales results are consistently exceeding her clients expectations.

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BED 2/3 | BATH 1 | CAR 1 A light filled character cottage. Freshly painted throughout this cottage offers a flexible floor plan, you decide 2 bedrooms and a study or 3 bedrooms. Country style kitchen with gas cooking and ample cupboard space. Nice sized bathroom with some modern touches. Separate living and dining zones. Slow combustion fire, original floor boards, lining boards and some lovely leadlight features. Fully fenced yard with Carport or storage space. Inspect by appointment.

This outstanding property offers you a chance to secure your own spacious traditional style country homestead set on a perfectly private and peaceful 5 acres complete with separate double lock up garage, large multi-purpose rural shed, huge spring fed dam, water tanks, landscaped gardens and town water supply. The first and lasting impression is one of a true family home, whilst providing perfect comfort it blends the best of indoor/outdoor living and to optimise enjoyment of the rural vista.

PORTLAND

$549,950.00

BED 4 | BATH 2 | CAR 2 The owners of this property have the property ideally set up for the horse enthusiast or those seeking a small rural holding. This 2.02 hectare property is only minutes from Portland village, 25 minutes to Lithgow and less than 40 minutes to Bathurst. Carpet to all bedrooms and is tiled throughout all living areas. The large kitchen is located adjacent to the family room that offers a slow combustion fire that ensures total comfort during the cooler months. Double garage under main roof, established gardens, dam, fully fenced paddocks, a barn fitted out with horse boxes and a container that has been fitted out with power and converted to a workshop.

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The impact of infrastructure

Artificial Flowers By Maddie Risby, Bianca Villa

By Charles Tarbey, Chairman and Owner of Century 21 Australasia Infrastructure has an incredible impact on property prices. Take for example, the Great Western Highway upgrade, which will see a four lane highway stretch from Sydney to the Blue Mountains and beyond to Lithgow. This upgrade, which they’re getting close to completing now, will turn the drive from Sydney to Lithgow into a relatively short trip and I believe that this will dramatically strengthen the property market in Lithgow. This doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re going to see significant price growth, however, it will likely result in a market that people have more confidence purchasing in due to the improved access to the area. A good example of this effect is the M7 motorway in Sydney. There are now some fantastic areas that you can get to quickly on the M7, meaning people can buy a brand new or high quality home in an area with very easy access to all the necessary amenities. As a result of this infrastructure being built, many people who would have previously described these areas as too remote or hard to get to are now considering them to be desirable locations to live. This is similar in effect to the impact that the Great Western Highway upgrade will have upon the Lithgow property market. It’s important not to forget that both new and established infrastructure has an impact upon property prices. While there’s been a lot of speculation in the media about the impact of major infrastructure projects in capital cities such as Melbourne and Sydney, many other regions in Australia already have infrastructure in place to rival that planned by these respective state governments. In my experience, many speculators miss out on capital growth as they’re effectively placing a bet that planned infrastructure will cause a short term price movement. The reality is that infrastructure is often the first step in the gentrification of an area and the resulting price movement in the suburb may take months or even years to be fully felt. Regardless of your intentions when entering the property market, I believe every buyer should be focused on the long term capital growth they’re able to achieve from their property purchase. Too often I see short term speculators abandoning a purchase which is likely to experience strong growth over the next ten years, because the price dropped slightly over the past two months.

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Artificial flowers are a pleasant accessory for any room. Now that winter has arrived, things can look a little gloomy throughout your house. The sun is hidden, there is a dark atmosphere and your beautiful flora is withering away. This is where artificial flowers can shine in the spotlight. Real flowers are perfect in the summer for that bright pop of colour and the smell of spring. But when winter hits, flowers wilt & wither very quickly and make your house appear murky & dull. Artificial flowers bring that style & class without having to worry about them dying or setting off allergies. Artificial flowers can be a perfect decoration for a corner or to place over the toilet or laundry if you do not have much space. Artificial plants are a great option in your bedroom since most doctors advise not having natural plants. Many people like to use artificial roses as it gives a feeling of gentleness and sophistication. When arranging artificial flowers in a vase or pot, they do not have to be the same height. Choose taller flowers that are bright in colour and shorter flowers that are neutral or light coloured to mix. If you want to decorate your walls with your favourite artificial flowers then choose a stylish wall planter. The top three artificial flower choices are: Roses, Tulips and Lillies. Make sure not to buy cheap artificial flowers as they tend to look tacky and your guests will notice that they are fake. Buying flowers that are made of latex or silk tend to look the realist & nicest. You can buy artificial flowers in all different types, colours & sizes, and you can place them on most furniture pieces like a dining table, a coffee table or a kitchen bench. They are very versatile.

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Who is responsible for smoke alarms?

By Elisabeth Mangoulias, House & Home Real Estate Landlords, it is your responsibility under the Residential Tenancy Act to ensure that you meet the smoke alarms legislation and that a fully functional smoke alarm is installed on every level in the premises, at the commencement of each tenancy. This includes new tenancies and tenancy renewals. You need to ensure, on levels where bedrooms are located, that a smoke alarm is installed in every corridor where a bedroom is situated on either the ceiling or near. On levels where no bedrooms are located, a smoke alarm must be installed in the path of travel that a person would take to evacuate the building. Therefore landlords, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to ensure a smoke alarm is installed on every level of your investment and to ensure that the said smoke alarm is fully operational now. You have the right to access

your investment premises to fit and maintain smoke alarms after giving your tenant 2 days written notice. And remember under the Residential Tenancy Act you are not able to remove or interfere with the operation of any smoke alarm installed within the premises, except with reasonable excuse, so only touch your smoke alarm if you have to change the batteries, check that its working or replace it immediately it is not. At House & Home Real Estate we advise landlords to agree to a smoke alarm maintenance plan with Smoke Alarms Australia or one of the local fire protection companies in your area. By doing this the professional smoke alarm maintenance company are able to competently test and ensure each smoke alarm is fully operational and that it complies with Smoke Alarm legislation every 12 months or at the beginning of each tenancy. And as part of this service they should also change the battery, replace any faulty smoke alarms if required and then provide to you a compliance certificate. It is advised that you get a professional company to undertake the maintenance of smoke alarms within your investment property, as they are able to ensure that the smoke alarms installed will actually work in a fire and that they are positioned correctly to meet legislation and the building code. They will also supply you with a compliance certificate which will help you if it ever comes to an insurance claim related to fire. It is also important to also ensure as a landlord that you use an agent who at the pre-tenancy / ingoing property inspection ensures and signs off that all smoke alarms are tested and are working. Tenants, it is your responsibility to maintain smoke alarms in the premises during your tenancy and to ensure that they are working during this time. You will also if needed replace the battery. It is also your responsibility under the Residential Tenancy Act to ensure you, other persons staying within the premises, or visitors do not remove or interfere with the smoke alarms at the property, except with reasonable excuse. NSW Fire and Rescue provides a smoke alarm and battery replacement service for people over the age of 65 or people who are disabled and who have

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Colourful Winter Flowering Natives By Barbara Moran, Good Earth Native plants are underestimated when it comes to colour in your garden. They are drought tolerant and suited to many soil types and situations. During last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot, dry spell I heavily mulched my native garden to keep the moisture in and the native plants thrived. Another family which complement our Native Flora are the Leucadendron and Proteas (native to South Africa). They are also very tolerant of dry conditions. If you have an area in which you would like to create a low maintenance garden then why not try some of the following varieties which will provide colour to your garden in Winter? Westringia Wynyabbie Gem is a tough little shrub with blue /grey foliage and mauve flowers which are usually borne in Spring but can flower for months including winter. It can be hedged or shaped and grows to around 1.5 metres high. Banksia Spinulosa and other Banksia varieties are also flowering at the moment and make a stunning display along with Grevillea Gold Fever, Grevillea Mt Tamboritha, and the colourful Leucadendron Varieties such as Red Devil. The Bees and the honey-eaters appreciate the Gold Fever Grevilleas in my garden most of the year. Correa Dusky Bells is a compact and heavy flowering native variety which will attract birds to the garden. Other varieties of Correa which I have flowering at the moment are Reflexa, Alba and Bicheno Bell. There are many varieties of Correa and they are a useful addition to any garden. Flowering time for Correas is from March to September. However, they also flower sporadically displaying lovely bell-shaped flowers throughout the year. Native groundcovers are very useful in holding sloped areas together and the varieties I have used in this application are all of the above plants as well as Grevilleas such as Gaudi Chaudi, Bronze Rambler, Carpet Crawl, Nectar Delight and Molongolo. Why not find a space in your garden for a winter flowering native plant or a Leucadendron?

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WHAT’S ON Monthly Local Market Guide Name

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Time Address

Contact

Lions Flea Market

1st Saturday of the Month

8:30am - 1:30pm

Lions Club Dr, Kelso

(02) 6337 1203

Mudgee Anglican Church Market

1st Saturday of the Month

9:00am - 1:00pm

6 Church St, Mudgee

(02) 6372 2336

Oberon Tablelands Way Country Markets

1st Saturday of the Month

8:00am - 12:00pm

104 Oberon St, Oberon

(02) 6335 5241

Bathurst Flea Markets

1st Sunday of the Month

7:00am - 1:00pm

Russell St, Bathurst

(02) 6331 5453

Blackheath Community Market

1st Sunday of the Month

9:00am - 1:00pm

Blackheath Public School

Leura First Sunday Market

1st Sunday of the Month

9:00am - 2:00pm

Leura Public School

Portland Tidy Towns Market

1st Saturday of the Month

9:00am - 2:00pm

Williwa St, Portland

Mudgee Lions Club Lawson Park Market

2nd Saturday of the Month

8:00am - 1:00pm

Lawson Park, Mudgee

0432 021 863

Rylstone Artisan & Produce Markets 2nd Saturday of the Month 9:00am - 1.30pm

Memorial Hall, Louee Street, Rylstone

(02) 6379 6202

Masonic Markets Portland 2nd Sunday of the month 9:00am - 1:00pm

Mason Hall on Wolgan Street Portland

0429 825 004

Bathurst Showground Markets

Kendall Avenue, Bathurst

(02) 6331 3175

2nd Sunday of the Month

9:00am - 1:00pm

Blackheath Growers Market 2nd Sunday of the Month 9:00am - 1:00pm Great Western Hwy & Gardiner Crescent, Blackheath

(02) 4572 6260

Katoomba Craft Market 2nd Sunday of the Month 9:00am - 2:00pm

St. Canice’s Catholic Church Hall, 158 Katoomba Street

(02) 4782 7672

Kandos Market

3rd Saturday of the Month 9:00am - 1:00pm

Angus Ave & Jaques St, Kandos

(02) 6379 4380

Mudgee Farmers Market

3rd Saturday of the Month

57 Market St, Mudgee

0407 837 739

8:00am - 1:00pm

Blackheath Arts & Crafts Market 3rd Sunday of the Month 10:00am - 3:00pm Community Hall, Great Western Hwy Blackheath

(02) 4782 7672

Capertee Markets

3rd Sunday of every Month

Castlereagh Hwy Capertee (02) 6359 0054

Bathurst Region Farmers Market

4th Saturday of the Month

8:00am - 12:00pm

Kendall Ave, Bathurst

(02) 6368 1104

Gulgong Markets

4th Saturday of the Month

8.30am

Mudgee

0447 417 741

Cooerwull School (Primary) Main Street

0429 829 547

Lithgow Regional Markets 4th Sunday of the Month

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Is creation something we can believe in today? Dr Mark Brunacci is coming to the Baptist Church in Lithgow this Sunday at 10am to lead a discussion about creation and evolution. Dr Brunacci has never been to Lithgow before, and the Baptist Church would like to invite you to come and hear him talk. “So many of us have questions,” said Rev Ian Altman. “I’d like to invite people to come and find out the answers. We’re taught evolution in school, but today even many scientists agree that creation isn’t haphazard. They believe in a creator.” Rev Ian Altman said that this talk is only part of a series of conversations that are being held at the Baptist Church. “We want to talk about history and science, and show that they’re not at odds with Christianity,” said Rev Ian Altman. “Next week we’ll be covering the topic ‘Is Jesus who he said he is?’ delving into the historical evidence for Jesus, and after that we’ll be discussing whether or not there are many roads to heaven.” Rev Ian Altman finished by adding at all are welcome. There is no dress code. Free childminding, and morning tea are available for those who attend.

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Lithgow High students prepare for their opening night The Lithgow High School Musical for 2014 is the ever popular Guys and Dolls. This musical has a wide ranging appeal. It is funny and serious in turns, drawing on a broad spectrum of emotions. The gangsters will appeal to adults and children alike and the chorus girls, all very attractive, are able to dance as well as sing. The show will star Mitchell Pearce as Skye Masterson, Brenella Abdel Rehim as Sergeant Sarah, Max Arkley-Smith as Nathan Detroit and Courtney Clarke as Adelaide. This quartet are sure to have audiences in awe of their talent. Isaac Trounce will be equally amazing as Nicely Nicely, and there is a large supporting cast including Eli George as Arvide, Kiara Lewicki as the General Zac Arkley-Smith as Benny and Finnian Galloway as Harry the Horse. The supporting cast also includes the exchange student Laurin Weger who is here from Germany and taking part as a gangster, while Hamish Francis is excellent as the policeman Brannigan. A large chorus of Salvation Army girls also adds to the appeal of the show. Lithgow Musical Society will be helping the students with costumes, sound, lighting and backdrops. This ensures that students have the all the help needed to perform at a highly professional level. All in all a great show is underway and the students are working very hard to ensure that audiences will thoroughly enjoy the performances. Beginning on Sunday 22nd June at 2pm, Tuesday

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24th at 7.30pm Thursday 26th at 7.30 pm, with the last performance on Friday 27th at 7.30pm. Go along and support the hard work and dedication of the students at Lithgow High School.

Artists’ Night Out

Arts OutWest is bringing the next in a series of regional arts networking nights to Lithgow on Wednesday, 18th June. The networking nights are designed around five presentations from local creatives, all of whom get the chance to tell everyone attending about their artistic endeavours. This year, Arts OutWest has experimented with a new format, using the PechaKucha 20x20 concept. In this format each presenter has 20 images projected on a screen and then gets 20 seconds to talk about each one. Arts OutWest executive officer Tracey Callinan

said, ‘It’s amazing what people can tell you in six minutes forty seconds.’ The networking night is a great chance to learn about talent that we have in the area, and to meet, mingle and make friends with likeminded people. In Lithgow the Winter Arts Networking Night will be held at Eskbank House Museum, starting at 5pm. Entry is by donation, and finger food will be provided. To RSVP for any of the upcoming events email artsoutwest@csu.edu.au or call Arts OutWest on (02) 6338 4657.

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Got plans? Here is what’s on around town. Lithgow Workies Bingo - weekdays 11:05am Evenings (Tuesday/Thursday) 7pm Saturdays 1:45pm Courthouse Hotel Friday - DJ from 9:30pm Saturday - Live music from 9:30pm Lithgow Hotel Wednesday Nights - Karaoke from 8:30pm Thursday Nights - Trivia from 7:30pm Commercial Hotel Thursday Nights - Trivia from 7:30pm Friday Nights - Joker Poker from 7:30pm

Imperial Hotel Friday Nights - Charity Raffle Sunday Country Rock, Dean Taylor 2-6pm 2nd Sunday of the month - Singer Songwriter from 4pm Coronation Hotel Thursday Nights - Trivia from 7:30pm Want to get your gigs listed in this section? Then just give us a call, the Village Voice is a big supporter of local live entertainment. Let us know what is on, when it’s on and we will get the word out there for you. Email us details to editor@villagevoice.net.au or call (02) 6355 4258

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Lithgow Branch of Arthritis NSW.

The Lithgow branch is having our bi/monthly meeting on 18th June at the Lithgow District Hospital with guest speaker Ivanka Clarke from Lithgow Hospital speaking on “Diet for the older generation and Diabetes” from 10am.

Portland Central School Kids Disco Next Wednesday night 18th June at the Portland Central School for all infants and primary students. $3 entry or $5 for families of 2 or more. From 5pm till 7pm. Theme is your favourite footy colours.

The Portland Spring Fair committee is calling out for volunteers to assist with the annual Spring Fair in October. If you would like to be involved please email info@myportland .com.au with your detalis and they wiill get in touch.

Lithgow Combined Probus Meet at the Lithgow Workies, 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10am. For more details call Sandra Mayne (02) 63 55 1948

If you have a community or charity event to promote, please send it to us via email - editor@ villagevoice.net.au and we will include it here for you. There is no cost for community announcements, it’s our way of helping you get the word out about the good work you are doing.

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Lithgow Community Transport is a not for profit organisation that is staffed mainly by volunteers. Presently, we are growing quickly, so we have some vacancies for volunteers. We offer well maintained vehicles for you to drive as well as generous reimbursement for your out of pocket expenses. If you would like to become a volunteer, please call Kathy at Lithgow Community Transport on 6352 2146

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Living Naturally By Kelley Crane, Naturally by Kelley Welcome to Kelley’s natural cleaning tips We use so many chemicals today, so why not give your health a break and make your own cleaning products? Here’s some tips I have learned over the years. You will find this is what your grandparents used to use, as there were not all the commercial products we have today better for you, your pocket and the environment.

Kitchen bench and all-purpose cleaning spray

By Lane Crowe & Laura Collins, Partie Boutique There are LOADS of ways to create high impact at a low cost. Backdrops are so incredibly effective at adding wow-factor to your party but they needn’t cost fortune. Here’s our Top 5 for quick & easy DIY Wedding & Party styling! Ok, so flowers can get really expensive, really quickly, but there are ways to create floral backdrops without spending the earth. Try silk ribbon with flowers knotted along the length. This will massively reduce the cost of using hundreds of flowers yet it will still look amazing. Or, why not use a written backdrop. Chalkboards are a favourite here! – you can make a mistake & it wipes right off! Use quotes like “All you need is love – love is all you need” or “All because two people fell in love” for a wedding! “Life is Sweet” or “Eat Me” for a sweet lolly buffet. Try a timeless Disney quote for the little people i.e. “All you need is faith, trust and a little pixie dust” or “If you can dream it you can do it”, the list goes on – as could I! Perhaps consider joining in with Ombré fever. Ombré is a French word meaning “shaded” or “shadow”. It refers to the gradual change of colour from darker to lighter or vice versa. I think Ombré looks lovely and doesn’t seem like it will ever get out of style, as a matter of fact, it’s everywhere!

From hairstyle, clothes and nails to cakes and party décors. It’s pretty clear that the Ombré fever has taken the party scene by storm! Attach a series of balloons or homemade paper chains to the party table and fade the colour out (or in) as the balloon height increases! Simply fab! Consider bunting your friend if you have high ceilings or very large bland spaces that you need to give some more character to. A little drapery bunting can make the largest room feel fuller and less bland. As much as I love the look of a heap of helium balloons – they can be a little on the expensive side so focusing on a budget friendly idea, try just four large balloons spaced evenly across the back of the table for a simple stylish look! Balloons are not just for a kid’s party, they are sooooo much more than that – with jumbo, confetti & foil balloons to choose from, you can add some serious styling “pop” to your party! Why not try fabrics? As little as 1-2 metres of fabric from the likes of Spotlight or Lincraft is all you need to take your lolly buffet to a whole new level. Find a print or design that compliments your style or theme & throw it behind. Perfect if you have a nasty wall or background you want to cover - fabric off cuts also make the best matching table cloths too! Remember - you don’t need to be Martha Stewart to attempt this sort of DIY wedding & party styling! Just give it a go!

What you will need: • ½ teaspoon bicarb soda (Known as sodium bicarbonate it’s a soda ash and occurs naturally) a must in the pantry for cooking and cleaning • ½ teaspoon borax sodium borate discovered thousands of years ago borax is a naturally occurring alkaline mineral (find this in the cleaning isle of the supermarket) • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar • ½ teaspoon liquid soap (you can use castile soap or make your own liquid soap with a pure natural soap, the old fashion pure soap your grandparents used to use • 500 ml water Mix all ingredients together and put in a spray bottle and spray away! You can also add a few drops of your favourite essential oil; lemon is a favourite of mine.

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HEALTH & FITNESS

Are you including enough variety in your routine? By Sara McKinney, Anytime Fitness Lithgow Are you working out regularly, incorporating both cardio and weights and eating well? Do you feel like you aren’t seeing the results you’re after and you’re unsure why? Well the key to it all is variety!! Changing your mode of training, duration, and intensity regularly is what will keep you interested, having fun, motivated, and seeing results as you body is shocked with each new workout! While you may feel that you are mixing up your routine, in reality, true variety is something very different. Simply performing cardio for 10 minutes, weight training with the same routines and only mixing it up by training different body parts isn’t enough. We encourage our members to continually question their routines. How long have they been training? And how long have they been doing the same old routines? It is not just about motivation here, there is a strong science behind what you are doing. If you are an infrequent trainer, you haven’t trained for a while or you’re returning from an injury, then you will most likely notice results as soon as you start working out. You’ll find you are constantly seeing changes and this can last for up

Asthma By Carol Stevens, Lithgow Physiotherapy Asthma is a common and sometimes debilitating respiratory disorder which can affect people of all ages. About one in ten Australians suffers from asthma at some time during their life. Nothing matters if you cannot breathe! Chest tightness, wheezing, coughing and gasping for breath are some of the signs and symptoms displayed by asthma sufferers. Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children, but many adults are affected as well. An asthma attack may be triggered in several ways. Allergic substances such as pollens and dust or even certain foods can trigger an allergy induced asthma attack. For some people, asthma is exacerbated when they get a chest infection such as the flu, so winter can be a particularly dangerous time. Some people have asthma that is set off by exercise, or even by laughing too much! Asthma causes constriction of the airways, making it difficult to get enough air into the lungs, and hard to breathe out as well. The shortness of breath can be very frightening. Someone who

to a year. A lot of locals in the Lithgow region are great with walking. I see men, women, young, old, all regularly walking the dog, power walking with a friend, or walking while the kids are in toe on their scooter or bike – and this is GREAT! The standard of daily activity level is to aim for 10, 000 steps per day, and regular walking will contribute a great percentage to this. To get even more bang for your buck, though, swapping just one or two of your walks each week for a weights session, an exercise class, some hill sprints in Endeavour park, or sprints on one of the local sporting fields, will make a great impact on your fitness and weight loss results. An example would be, after going for a warm up walk or jog, to start at the bottom of the hill at Endeavour park. Sprint as fast as you can to the top of the hill, and then walk back down the hill to your start position. The sprint will take about 20 – 30 seconds. When you get back to the bottom of the hill, rest for 30 more seconds, and then sprint up that hill again, and again, with the same rest periods, and repeat until you have completed 8 – 10 sprints. What’s even better here is you can bring the kids a long for a play in the park at the same time, play some football or cricket with a group of family or friends, and you have yourself

a new workout, and a fun day out! Your body makes changes, right down to your cellular level. This means your cells will store more energy, your respiratory system will learn to carry more oxygen and your heart will function more efficiently. However, as time goes on, your body starts to adapt and changes begin to slow down. When you first start a program your body exerts a great amount of energy because it doesn’t realise what it’s doing. Once you adapt to the program your body begins to learn to maintain instead of progress and it begins to store its energy/food. It’s important to ensure you are constantly mixing up your routine. This doesn’t mean incorporating 10 minutes of cardio and weight training different body parts each day. It means incorporating exercise that use muscles you didn’t even know you had, or finding new ways to train muscles. For an in the gym example, if you’re building your quads by performing leg presses each day, then change your routine and incorporate weighted squats instead. Your body will use different energy sources, and in turn you will see more results.

is unable to breathe effectively does not get the oxygen needed to provide energy to the cells of the body. As a result, energy levels are low and activity decreases. When this happens, breathing is further compromised and the problem is only exacerbated. Asthma is usually treated effectively with drug therapy and by controlling environmental triggers. It is important that the preventative medications prescribed by your doctor are taken conscientiously. It is far better to prevent an asthma attack in the first place. Every asthma sufferer should have an Asthma Action Plan which is a written set of instructions prepared with your doctor or nurse that helps you stay in control of your asthma. Asthma experts say:“Better isn’t good enough.  Patients should try for “normal’ and for many people that’s achievable.  Normal means they sleep through the night, wake up with a clear chest in the morning, hardly ever need a rescue inhaler, are fully active including whatever exercise they want to do, and are able to get a cold without needing an urgent visit to the office or ER and using medication with no significant side effects.” Physiotherapy can also provide much needed relief from asthma and help you lead a normal life. Physiotherapy, with its emphasis on

movement, helps a person suffering from asthma to get moving, and as you begin to move, the lungs receive more air. An asthma therapy program is graded to suit the person’s physical condition. Your physiotherapist will educate you on the disease and the importance of maintaining a healthy level of activity. Some of the benefits to be gained from treatment of asthma with physiotherapy are: Improved breathing as your lungs receive more air • Increased energy • Increased endurance • Reduced stress • Education in breathing control and relaxation, work simplification and energy conservation.

If you’re seeking advice on how to mix up your routine, then speak to your local gym or Anytime Fitness and they will be more than happy to help.

Many asthma sufferers are afraid to exercise, for fear they might trigger an attack. However, as you grow stronger, your respiratory muscles, like any other muscle, become stronger and breathing soon becomes normal. Your physiotherapist will then gradually add to exercises so as to increase endurance and make exercising enjoyable once more. Physiotherapy plays an important preventative role in the care of someone who is suffering from asthma.

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SPORT

Local runners shine at regionals

This week saw a number of local athletes travel to Wellington in the NSW Central West to compete in the Western Region Public Schools Cross Country carnival, among them was Rosa (U14’s) & Maya Lynes Ross (U11’s). Cross Country is one of the toughest sports there is and the Western Region is the biggest region in NSW stretching all the way west to the South Australian border & north to the Queensland border. With around 50 athletes competing in each age group (less in Rosa’s age group – by that age the kids are realising there are easier things to do) & the top 6 in each race going on to compete at the State carnival in Eastern Creek next month, it was not surprising that competition was strong. Despite that both girls did amazingly well with Maya coming first (for the 2nd year running) & Rosa overcoming cramps & a stitch to come in 4th Well done girls see you at Eastern Creek! Photo: Macgregor Ross

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