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CULTURE LESSON Indigenous students from Katoomba High School have honoured their heritage and taught others about the past by making a possum cloak, a traditional garment for Aboriginal people. Read more on page 11

GOLDEN WALK Celebrating 50 years See page 3

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Citizenship issue needs to be resolved Sitting next to Small Business Minister Michael McCormack at a function recently, he revealed that he’d phoned his mother just to make sure he wasn’t a citizen of another country. She was already ahead of the game. “I’ve pulled out your birth certificate and it’s on the mantle here at home,” she told him. The citizenship bombshells that have rocked the Australian Parliament this year claimed another potential victim last week when Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce revealed he may be a New Zealand citizen. Questions over dual citizenship have already forced two Greens senators to quit, Nationals senator Matt Canavan to resign as Resources Minister, and put the positions of other MPs in doubt. And like Mr McCormack, every politician in Canberra has probably checked their background as this saga continues to unfold. It is prohibited for members of Parliament to hold dual citizenship under the constitution, but is it something that should be changed? Sure, there’s more important constitutional issues that need addressing, but this whole citizenship saga has exposed a flaw that has unnecessary consequences. Barnaby Joyce is about as Australian as they come. Born in Tamworth, he is a fighter for rural Australia and Aussie values. His father happens to have been born in New Zealand and came to Australia in 1947. Any citizenship Mr Joyce holds in New Zealand is purely a quirk of the system and not a measure of his ability.

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And while I didn’t necessarily agree with her views or her PR stunts, Larissa Waters too was somebody who had plenty to contribute to Parliament but now finds herself turfed because of this ridiculous criteria. As our multicultural society continues to evolve and develop, dual citizenship is surely something that shouldn’t be a stumbling block for people entering or staying in the Parliament. Surely there’s enough checks and balances in place these days to dissolve any fears that a politician is doing the bidding for another country, or is in any way doing Australia a disservice because of a citizenship they didn’t even know about, or had no choice in receiving. Nothing is ever simple in politics and I doubt resolving this issue will change that, but this is something that really needs to be looked at before we lose too many good people from our Parliament.

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The ‘Yes’ campaign needs to be careful “Facebook cull made easy. Preaching your stance on anti-marriage-equality? You and I do not have enough in common. Delete.” That was posted by a friend of mine on Facebook last week, as the marriage equality debate rages on ahead of the postal plebiscite. This friend and I have similar views on marriage equality, but I still cringed a little when I read that. You see as much as I support same-sex marriage, I can also respect the other side of the debate. In fact, it’d be hypocritical not to be tolerant of those who sit on the ‘no’ side of this issue. My friend is preaching her views, and I presume a part of that is trying to convince others to share them, but wants to ignore the other side preaching theirs. And this is the big problem confronting the ‘yes’ campaign – a lack of respect has the potential to lose those who have yet to make up their mind. You cannot ask people to listen to you if you refuse to listen to them. If ordinary Australians feel they can’t express their concerns without being labelled homophobic or howled down in protest, their next move may be a revolt against the grain. Australia has proved plenty of times in the last 100 years that we’re a country open to change. Law reform has defined much of our current freedoms. There’s plenty of ways to ensure this campaign – from both sides – is run without hatred and vitriol. If either side steps over the mark, you can be sure it’ll have the opposite effect to what was intended.

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Half century of adventures The Springwood Bushwalking Club will release a book to celebrate 50 years ERIN MAMO

pringwood Bushwalking Club (SBC) is celebrating their 50th anniversary by releasing their very own book. Adventures, Friends and Memories is a 250 page memoir that looks back on the last 50 years of the club and some of the unforgettable experiences along the way. Greg Hausfeld, one of the authors of the book, said it celebrates some wonderful memories and lifelong friendships. “As a club we have done a lot of walks over the years in both the Blue Mountains and other parts of the country and the world,” he said. “Along the way there have been a lot of friendships made, that have stood the test of time. “Some people have been a part of the club on and off for almost the whole 50 years.” Over the years club members have trekked far and wide to places like Nepal, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Europe and the United Kingdom. “My wife and I trekked in Nepal, which was a great experience,” Mr Hausfeld said.

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The Springwood Bushwalking Club is celebrating 50 years “The mountains over there are just so different to the landscape here and the Buddhist culture is very interesting.” Back home, the Linden local said he enjoys walking in the Grose Valley and Wolgan Valley regions. The club also frequently treks in the Snowy Mountains, has successfully attempted the Great North walk from Sydney to Newcastle, and recently visited Nitmiluk National Park in the Northern Territory. With around 250 members at present, SBC will now officially launch their book on Sunday, August 27 at Kings Tableland

in Wentworth Falls. As well as stories about travel, the book delves into conservation and pays special tribute to lifetime members of the club. Mr Hausfeld said anyone who has been a member of SBC will enjoy reading and remembering some of the sojourns into the bush. “I think those who are not SBC members will also be inspired to enjoy the outdoors in a similar way,” he said. Adventures, Friends and Memories is $25 to purchase. To attend the launch or order a copy of the book, email info@ springwoodbushwalker.org.au.

NSW Minister for Women, Tanya Davies, has moved to clarify her position after the Parliament moved a motion to support the right of choice for women when it comes to abortion. Greens Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong, tabled the motion and Ms Davies said in Parliament that she was disappointed about a number of incorrect assertions that she believed had been made about her. Although Ms Davies said she stands by her pro-life stance personally she added that she has made a sworn commitment to serve all women in New South Wales. “I was disappointed at the prospect that the 3.8 million women whom I represent and whom I am here to serve might believe that I do not support a woman’s choice to select the best path for her,” she said. “Secondly, I was disappointed by the member for Newtown’s bid to drive a wedge between members by ignoring the fact that there are different views on reproductive health. “The decision to seek a termination is incredibly difficult and deeply personal. “It is a decision that I believe should be made safely with the assistance of medical professionals and with all the information available to the woman concerned. “Every woman in NSW has that right today and I will not seek to do anything that would stop a woman from exercising that choice.” The pro-choice motion was passed unanimously through the NSW lower house and Ms Leong is now calling on Ms Davies to take steps to decriminalise abortion in the state.

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We care about the environment In addition to our high visibility bulk drops throughout the Blue Mountains, the Blue Mountains Record is also delivered directly to homes in select suburbs, including Blaxland, Leura, Katoomba and Springwood. We want to ensure you that we care about the environment, and whilst it’s important to get the news to you, we do it with that care in mind. The newspaper is totally recyclable. In addition, the plastic that protects the paper from the weather is provided by EcoPure. EcoPure is a patented plastic additive, which uses the presence of microorganisms to make polymer plastics completely biologically degradable without any environmentally harmful residues. If a product is manufactured with EcoPure technology, it – apart from the fixed decline time – is compostable without restrictions. The plastic product is not suitable due to the EN 13432 conditions for local and institutional Compost System, but it can be composted at home, it can be deposited, it can be buried, it can even be used for agricultural products and for products in the land filling.

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Same-sex marriage – do you want it? On September 12, Australians will decide via postal vote whether they are in favour of same-sex marriage ERIN MAMO

ecently the Turnbull Government announced that rather than having a vote in Parliament, everyday Australians would decide the fate of samesex couples and whether or not they can legally get married in Australia. So through a postal plebiscite on September 12, the Australian Bureau of Statistics will start sending out ballots to homes across the country. Speaking with the Record, Founder of lesbian social group Lemon Zest, Jocelyn Williams, said she is very disappointed by the government’s decision to hold a postal vote on the matter. “Our politicians are voted in to represent their electorates and the vast majority of Australians want marriage equality, so it should be a matter of course to have a free vote in Parliament,” she said. “I’m also worried that having a postal vote may lead to more hate crimes and homophobia, particularly towards our youth.” The Blackheath local, who is currently single, said she doesn’t necessarily know if she would even want to be married in her lifetime, but would like to have the oppor-

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tunity just as every heterosexual does. “I don’t believe any of my heterosexual friends or family needed my permission,” she said. “So I really don’t see why I’d need their permission, and I know that my friends and family agree. “I totally celebrate when two people – either heterosexual or homosexual – love each other and wish to get married. I think it’s a wonderful expression of love.” Ms Williams said from her perspective the LGBTQI community would prefer the money that is being spent on the vote be spent on things like solving homelessness, the community sector or upgrading hospitals. The postal plebiscite will cost the Government around $122 million. The poll is not mandatory but if you are registered on the electoral roll and have not moved houses recently then you will receive ballot papers in the mail. The postal plebiscite will not flat out determine whether or not same-sex marriage is legalised in Australia. On November 15, the results of the plebiscite will be announced. If the majority of Australians have voted ‘yes’ to legalising same-sex marriage, there will be another vote in Parliament.

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hardworking Blue Mountains man has declared himself a stunned mullet after finding out he won $100,000 in a recent Lotto draw. The man, who wished to remain anonymous, purchased a one-number entry in the recent Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draw. While his entry was registered, NSW Lotteries officials had been unable to contact him to deliver the exciting news. Instead he discovered his good fortune when he checked his entry online almost

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Fundraiser to help Cambodia’s poor Friends of Sala Baï Australia will host a special dinner to raise funds for impoverished teens in Cambodia ERIN MAMO

riends of Sala Baï Australia are getting ready to host their annual fundraising dinner, to raise muchneeded funds for impoverished teenagers in Cambodia. Held at the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School’s (BMIHMS) Leura campus, the yearly event will see students and staff put on a three-course meal with all the proceeds going towards the Sala Baï Hotel and Restaurant School in Siem Reap. Convenor of the event, Maurice Cooper, said the aim this year is to raise $75,000 for the Cambodian school. “We want to continue our scholarship program and be able to increase the number of students from 100 to 150 next year,” he said. Established in 2002, Sala Baï School aims to help the poorest of families, particularly those with young women who are fighting poverty, human trafficking and prostitution. The school was founded by the French not-for-profit organisation Agir Pour Le Cambodge, and local Australians in the hospitality industry got on board soon

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Simon Pawson (middle) on his 2016 visit to Sala Baï in Cambodia after creating Friends of Sala Baï Australia. Mr Cooper said he got involved because he was impressed at how the project captured and focused on some of the poorest families in Cambodia.

“To apply for a scholarship at the school, a student’s family have to live off an average of $68 Australian a month,” Mr Cooper said. “I’m passionate about Friends of Sala Baï

because it’s making a real difference to poverty and to the lives of young Cambodians.” Through scholarships, young adults can apply to attend the school where they will get specialised training in hospitality and food services. They then will be assisted in finding employment in a westernised hotel. Last month, Sala Baï celebrated the graduation of their 14th class consisting of 108 students. On average, every Sala Baï graduate supports 10 family members through their income. This year’s fundraising dinner is on next Thursday, August 31 from 6.30pm at the BMIHMS in Leura. Tickets are $99 per person and include a three-course meal, wine, tea and coffee. There will be an auction and silent auction happening during the event, where hotel and accommodation packages as well as restaurant vouchers and hampers will be up for grabs. To purchase tickets to the fundraising dinner or for more information, email info@bygonebeautys.com.au. To find out more details about Friends of Sala Baï Australia, visit the website friendsofsalabai.squarespace.com.

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Happy Bloomday! Garden hits big 30 The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is celebrating its 30th birthday with plenty of spectacular displays ERIN MAMO

lossoms are blooming at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden in celebration of their 30th birthday. The annual Daffodil Festival is currently underway in Mt Tomah and this year the gardens have been transformed into an extravagant sea of yellow flowers with more varieties on show than ever before. Curator Manager, Greg Bourke, said this year the venue has 50 new varieties of daffodils. “Adding to the 100 already on display, we will have 50 new daffodil cultivars across the Residence Garden, Brunet Lawn and Woodland areas,” he said. “And you will be able to spot a few rare species throughout the Rock Garden.” This year’s festival also pays tribute to the history of the gardens, which were once owned by French-born Effie Brunet and her husband Alfred. In the early 1960s the Brunets, who used the land as a cut-flower farm, proposed that Mount Tomah be donated to become an annex of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. In 1972, they presented the land to the Sydney Garden which was then developed

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and officially opened to the public back in 1987. This year the 30th birthday celebrations will run directly into the garden’s busiest time of the year – spring. From September, there will be an explosion of vibrant colour with 17,000 new bulbs out in full force, including Muscaris, Tulips, Crocus, Ranunculus and over 2,000 unusual other bulb varieties on show. Mr Bourke said the Formal Garden will be a truly spectacular sight come spring time. “All of people’s favourite bulbs will be on display,” he said. “There will be plenty of whites, pinks, blues, yellows and this all framed by a vast collection of new deciduous Azaleas and Lilacs, some of which are not displayed anywhere else in Australia.” The daffodil display is free to observe and there will be other activities happening in the gardens, including a discovery walk and a growing bulbs workshops. As the weather starts to warm up, this is the perfect place to take the kids, parents and, of course, the grandparents. For more information, visit www. bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au/ What-s-On/Daffodil-Festival.

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Turning back time

The October 31, 1957 edition of The Nepean Times carries a front page story about a decision to form a greyhound racing club in Penrith. John McLeary was appointed Chairman of the new committee to work towards the foundation of the club.

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Sara Nyssen Leura FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS? The divine Nineteen23 in Wentworth Falls FAVOURITE PLACE TO HAVE A COFFEE IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS? I don’t drink coffee! But the best place to get raw juice is at Blue Mist Café THE FIRST PLACE YOU’D TAKE A VISITOR TO THE MOUNTAINS? At sunrise or sunset if possible, we walk our local fire trail and examine the local flora and listen to the birds WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE MOUNTAINS? Its natural beauty and air quality, the relative quiet, community values and great local businesses WHAT IS THE MOUNTAINS’ BEST KEPT SECRET? The Blue Labyrinth in Woodford, which is a tranquil gathering place, once for our Indigenous peoples, now for all people

arm up those funny bones because Penrith is about to get another dose of satirical hilarity when ‘The Wharf Revue’ makes its return to The Joan. The genius comedic minds of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott will have audiences in stitches with sketches, songs and sidesplitting silliness that pokes fun at some of the nation’s most infamous political and cultural leaders. Revisit all the highs, the lows, and those moments we’ll never forget from the year’s most memorable characters. Each year this Sydney Theatre Company production is one of the most popular events on The Joan calendar so don’t miss out, grab your tickets now! For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www. thejoan.com.au or call 4723 7600. The Record has a double pass to give away to see ‘The Wharf Revue’ at The Joan on Thursday, August 31 at 7.30pm. For your chance to win, email the code word ‘WHARF’ to competitions@bluemountainsrecord.com. au with your name and contact details. Entries close Thursday, August 24. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPM/17/01416. Terms and conditions at www. bluemountainsrecord.com.au.

Good luck to the group of locals attempting the Sydney Tower Stair Climb this week. It’s all for a good cause and the boys will certainly deserve a beer after conquering the challenge.

Melbourne’s Yarra Council has lost the plot, dropping Australia Day ceremonies and voting to stop referring to January 26 as Australia Day. Not surprisingly, the decision isn’t winning much praise.

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Students create special possum cloak Aboriginal students from Katoomba High School have made a possum cloak in honour of their culture ERIN MAMO

o honour their people and culture, a group of Aboriginal students from Katoomba High School have made a possum cloak. Prior to the mid 1800s, possum cloaks were the traditional wear for Aboriginal people in south-eastern Australia. The cloak, which was recently made by around 20 female Indigenous students with three local elders, has now been donated to Katoomba High and will be used on special occasions. Made from 18 possum skins, the students worked with the elders for over three months to design the cloak, sew the possum skins together and then burn the young women’s totems onto the back of the cloak. Elder Susan Tate coordinated the project with fellow Elders Aunty Dawn Harris and Aunty Ellie Begg. Ms Tate said the tradition is about connecting the girls to Country, putting them in touch with who they are and where they come from. “You were put in a cloak when you were born and wrapped in that cloak when you died,” she said.

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“As you grew, so did your possum cloak. “A baby’s cloak was three possums, a grown woman had 23 skins in her cloak.” Possum cloaks were used in earlier times for their warmth, as coverings during the night, baby carriers and for burial. Decorated with traditional paintings, the cloaks also mapped the identity of their owner, telling stories of clan and Country. When British colonies settled in southeastern parts of Australia, woollen blankets were given to locals who began using these instead of the traditional cloaks. In the Blue Mountains, Aboriginal people were registered in Hartley by the Colonial Government through a process where they handed in their possum cloaks for blankets. Last week, Katoomba High held a smoking ceremony where Elder Aunty Dawn formally presented the cloak to the school. Newly appointed school captain Jordan Taylor-Colless, who has been very involved in the cloak making process, said the project has been great for the students because it’s made them think about the practices that their ancestors carried out. “It’s important to acknowledge these traditions because it reminds us of our heritage and the story of how the practice was lost during colonisation,” she said.

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Hearing loss – a social and economic cost things happen. You miss parts of conversations. It’s harder to keep up with the flow of a discussion when a number of people are talking. You annoy your family by making them repeat things and asking them what someone just said in the middle of the movie. It’s tiring having to work so hard to hear things – whether it’s people or to or music. It’s also isolating. The consequences can be serious. A new report, The Social and Economic Cost of Hearing Loss in Australia by Deloitte Access Economics puts the financial costs of hearing loss at $15.9 billion a year. $12.8 billion of that are productivity losses, mainly due to reduced employment of people with hearing loss. It estimated that one in seven people has a hearing loss – just under 15 per cent of the population. We need to look seriously at how we help these cope with their hearing loss. The Report’s data shows that the money you invest pays a great return for each dollar spent. A Parliamentary Committee is currently inquiring into the Hearing Health and Wellbeing of Australia and I’ll be looking closely at their recommendations too.

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If you work or live with someone who is constantly saying, “Sorry what was that?” there’s a chance that you’re talking to someone with a hearing loss. Most people are pretty comfortable admitting that we can’t see that well, although sometimes it’s only when the arm gets too short to hold a menu that people head off and buy a pair of glasses. But for some reason, people aren’t as comfortable admitting that they don’t hear well and in Hearing Awareness Week, we should be talking about it. I am perfectly happy to tell you that I have really shocking hearing. But like others who now wear hearing aids, I didn’t realise the consequences until I put those little buds in my ear and suddenly there was clarity! Sadly, many people don’t adjust to wearing hearing aids and they stay in a bedside drawer. People have often commented that I look really intent when I am listening to someone. I like to think that it’s my radio journalism listening skills honed over many years, but actually I suspect it’s because I developed the habit of watching people’s lips to make the conversation just a bit easier. When you don’t hear well a number of

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Cops go online to catch criminals The NSW Police Force has joined Crime Stoppers Australia for Operation Roam 2017, to track down wanted people from across the country. Police will use social media – focusing on Facebook and Twitter – to seek information from the community about alleged offenders who may have left their state or territory and are now residing interstate. Operation Roam promotes the exchange of information, regarding wanted people, between policing jurisdictions across Australia. This year, Crime Stoppers has compiled a list of 20 wanted people. Operational Communications & Information Commander, Assistant Commissioner Kyle Stewart, said Operation Roam represents a national joint effort between Crime Stoppers, police and the wider community. “The community is the key to the success of this operation and we need their support to help us capture some of the country’s most wanted people,” Assistant Commissioner Stewart said. “We will be sharing information across our social media platforms, which have shown time and time again to be a very powerful communication tool. Within seconds we can share pictures and information with people around Australia; followers can then share our content, so the potential reach is exponential.” Further information on wanted people involved in Operation Roam can be found via the Crime Stoppers NSW website.

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Grants to benefit our region Not-for-profit community groups can now apply for grants of up to $5,000 ERIN MAMO

he Blue Mountains community is set to benefit from small grants that will support local projects and contribute to the vitality of the region. Through a partnership between Scenic World and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), the Small Grants for Rural Communities program will allow not-for-profit community groups to apply for grants of up to $5,000. The grants are set to address issues like poverty and disadvantage, health and well-being, and the environment in different communities. Natalie Egleton, FRRR’s Chief Executive Officer, said that the program was developed to address a broad spectrum of issues. “We know that every community has different issues and unique ways to address those challenges,” she said. “So this program is designed to allow groups to apply for whatever they need to build strong, vibrant, and sustainable communities. “We are delighted to be working with Scenic World to enable community

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Historic decision I would like to lodge my objection to this Bill (Historic pro-choice motion passed, Record August 15). Life does matter, not just to the unborn but to the mother. We are talking about two lives here. While the physical trauma of an unwanted pregnancy and giving birth should not be devalued, the psychological repercussions live on forever, the silent and endless grief, not to mention the emotional instability due to loss. Today more than ever we need to protect the voiceless at both ends of the human life cycle e.g. the aged from euthanasia and the unborn child from abortion. In essence the fragile and vulnerable from exploitation. Please let us not succumb to a society that devalues life. SALLY DOYLE, VIA EMAIL

The Commonwealth Parliament considered same-sex marriage when Labor were last in power! Penny Wong voted against same-sex marriage! Why should the issue come before the present Parliament? Tony Abbott has told us the troubles that will follow legalising same-sex marriage! Surely those who want a certificate of marriage can get it in New Zealand! BRUCE HARDIMAN, VIA EMAIL

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One would think that the Australian Electoral Commission would be responsible for determining the eligibility of a person to stand as a candidate for parliamentary office. A questionnaire for the applicant to fill in and then provide the AEC with documentation to be thoroughly checked. Surely the AEC with resources form various Government departments e.g. Solicitor General would be capable of determining eligibility. But Government departments have a habit of dragging their heels when it suits them so a candidate misses the cut-off date. MARION TOWNSEND, VIA EMAIL

Too many parties How appropriate was your front page headline “Party Time” in last week’s edition. We read that ANOTHER political party has been registered in NSW. Last election we had about 55 parties to choose from. The latest one is called the Australian Workers Party. I remember when wealthy businessmen and racehorse owner John Singleton launched another Workers Party in NSW. It was a bosses party, promoting the free market and capitalism. We have the Future, Sex, Cyclists, Pirate, Science Party plus at least 50 more. I think that most of these are just around for the party or the egos of their founders. ROGER GREALY, VIA EMAIL

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ast week I was in the process of terminating a contract with a company. The company with which I was terminating had been unreliable and on one occasion, unethical. Upon hearing who I was transferring to, they sent me an email stating, “We are currently in the process of regaining multiple contracts from people who transferred to XYZ company earlier in the year, so I will make a note to give you a call in two months’ time and see if you are ready to come back to us”. I was gob smacked! And I quickly replied: “I’d really prefer you didn’t call me in two months’ time. I am never impressed when people talk negatively about their competitors. I find it reflects more poorly on the person talking than the business in question”. There are definitely going to be times when a carefully worded warning concerning a FACTUAL issue may be warranted. For example, when we were getting quotes to build a pool, the company we ended up signing with had warned us about an unnecessary (and expensive)

inclusion that a particular pool company ‘surprises’ customers with half way through building. Sure enough, some friends were stung with exactly this scenario soon after we heard this warning, so we knew it was legitimate. But even that concern was delivered in a fair manner (that is, they didn’t cast generalised, negative dispersions on the company in question). A number of times I have experienced awkward situations when meeting new clients, who have sought my services because they are unhappy with a competitor (a competitor who I know has spoken negatively about me). And although it can be difficult to find the right words, my replies are never directed at this competitor. I work hard to redirect the conversation to “the way that I do XYZ is this…”, making no mention of the other business. My philosophy is that actions speak louder than words. I can tell everyone that I am the best, and better than all my competitors. But if the way I build up my business is to tear others’ down, my negativity will soon catch up with me.

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arketing is a vital part of any small business. There is little point having the best product or service in the world, if no one knows it exists! My colleague Emma’s monthly articles cover digital marketing, so today we focus on marketing in the real world, the world outside of our beloved mobile devices! What are you marketing? This may include you and your business, after all we buy from humans primarily. If your offering is new and unique, you may need to educate the market on the need they have for your product or service. Otherwise or thereafter, we’re focused on why they should buy specifically from us – what makes us different from our competition? What problems do you solve for your clients? Packaging Although this may include the physical packaging for a product, what I mean here is what we combine together to sell in a package. Ideally we don’t want to sell our service on an hourly basis, after all if we’re faster

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i t h t o d a y ’s political c l i mate it’s not easy to m a k e l i g h t of controversial topics like religion and terrorism. But Akmal Saleh does just that in his stand-up comedy show where political correctness is thrown out the window. Akmal, who was born in Egypt and immigrated to Australia when he was 11, uses the contrast between his Arab heritage and Australian life to create a hilarious act that makes him a successful Australian comedian. Although he draws on sensitive topics, Akmal is aware that what’s acceptable and what’s not is constantly changing. “Society changes really quickly these days – more than it used to. Times have changed, attitudes have changed,” Akmal said. Akmal explained that the nature of the joke is what is important when deciding how far to push it. “It’s all about the intent – whether what you say carries hatred or if it’s just there to make people laugh,” he said. And make people laugh is exactly what

he does best. With appearances on a range of platforms including the Sydney Comedy Festival, a stint in radio and time on ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’, Akmal’s objective to make people laugh has been achieved time and time again. “My only responsibility is to make the people laugh. I’m not a preacher, I’m not a politician or a social commentator – I’m a comedian first,” he said. Although nowadays Akmal’s shows are filled with audiences who know and love his brand of comedy, he explains it wasn’t always like this. “When you’re starting out you do pubs, really rough clubs and perform in front of drunks,” he said. “It’s a really aggressive environment and you have to make the most of it and make people laugh very quickly or you’re dead.” Such an aggressive environment is how Akmal’s freestyle brand of comedy was developed and his show thrives off quality audience participation. “Someone said to me once ‘you’re only as good as your audience allows you to be’, it’s a real relationship,” Akmal said. “With comedy, it’s completely dependent on the audience and how they react to you.” Although he still gets the occasional drunk crowd, Akmal delivers laughs, which is what you can expect at his show in the Blue Mountains next month. Akmal will be performing his comedy

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what's on AND where HEADING OUT Friday, August 25 Acoustic Soloist – Red Cow Free entry, 4.30pm 4721 5666 Social Darts – St Marys Band Club $3, 7pm 9623 1211 Mary’s DJ – Australian Arms Hotel Free entry, 8pm 4731 3881 Live music – Wentworth Falls Country Club Free entry, 7pm 4757 1202 Too Many Guitars – St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Cover X – Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Jack Thompson Twins – Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 8pm 4722 8180 Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase – Blue Mountains Theatre $31.90-$34.90, 8pm 4723 5050 Australian Trilogy – Colonial Hotel Free entry, 9.30pm 9623 1384 Blake Tailor Duo – Terrace Bar at Panthers Free entry, 8.30pm 1300 PANTHERS Jimmy Bear – Oriental Hotel, Springwood Free entry, 8pm 4751 4488

Saturday, August 26 Jazz Express – Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200

PCC 389 STAFFY MALE 2YRS $360.00 AVAILABLE NOW K81 This young boy came into the Shelter in May and has been there waiting all this time for a home. He is only 2 years old and has a lot to offer a new family, he loves toys (as you can see ) he also loves treats and will take them gently.

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2017 NSW State Band Championships – The Joan $10-$25, 9.30am 4723 7600 Retrospective – St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Karaoke – Jamison Hotel Free entry, 9pm 4721 5764 Urban Stone – Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Us Too – Penrith Gaels Club

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Poor Midget came into the shelter as a stray but his owner knew he was there and simply did not want him back. Midget is one of my favourite cats as he’s a friendly and social boy that doesn’t seem to have issues with other cats.

How cute is this little guy, Tank is a 3 year old staffy he has been at the Shelter that came into the shelter as for almost a week now and a stray, his owners have said he hasn’t been reclaimed he they aren’t coming for him is ready to be Adopted. He so he is now available for dances for treats and is a Adoption. Tank loves squeaky happy, friendly little dog that toys and will play with them for has many years left to spend as long as you let him. with his new family.

PCC 365 MALE 2YRS $158.40 PCC 384 FEMALE 4YRS AVAILABLE 22.7.17 FOUND IN $147.40 AVAILABLE 16.8.17 ST MARYS FOUND IN JORDAN SPRINGS Are you looking for a handsome tabby boy to join your home? He is a friendly cat that would be happy in most homes, to see if he’s the right one for you please come and meet him.

Look at the stunning colours on this girl, someone has loved. As a sweet and friendly cat it should be easy for this girl to find a home so please come in and meet her in person so she can show you her lovely personality.

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Take the family to the Penrith Show and grab a Pluto Pup while you’re at it! It’s Show time! Prepare for a weekend of fun, food and festivities when the 174th annual Penrith District Show heads to the Penrith Showground this Saturday and Sunday. Whether you want to spin yourself silly on a ride, get up close with some furry friends, or check out the incredible fireworks display on Saturday evening, there’s something for everyone at the show! For more information, ticketing details and event schedule, visit www.penrithshow.com.

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Ê After a very successful first season (which is still continuing), Channel Nine has renewed ‘True Story with Hamish and Andy’ for a second season. It’s understood the production company behind the series, Radio Karate, has been inundated with potential new story ideas. The show currently airs on Tuesday nights on Nine.

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Ê Channel Seven is currently casting for a new game show called ‘The Wall’, which will be filmed in the US. The NBC game show features a five-storey-tall pegboard with giant balls dropped into cash zones. The show features couples who will be aiming to win a life-changing amount of money. No word yet on who will host the Aussie version. To apply, visit go.mycastingnet.com/Apply/Show/ TheWall. Ê ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ marks its 10th anniversary with a special on E! next month. Executive producer Ryan Seacrest sits down with Kris, Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie to reflect back on the years. The special airs on Monday, September 25 at 11am and 9.30pm. The new season of ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ will air the following week on Monday, October 2. Ê

Midnight Oil will reveal the true stories about their most iconic music videos in a two-hour special, ‘Midnight Oil – Kings of the Mountain’, on Sunday, September 3. On the eve of the Australian leg of their Great Circle 2017 world tour, MAX sits down exclusively with the Oils to take a look through their vast music video collection. Viewers will be treated to never before known facts from the

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Ê The new season hasn’t even been released yet but revived US sitcom ‘Will & Grace’ has already been renewed for another season. The returning season, which will screen on Stan next month,

has also won a further four episodes, lifting it to 16.

Ê I must say despite the average ratings, I’m really enjoying ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ on Seven. Local girl Jess Fox is a star! Ê Disney has announced it will be pulling movies from Netflix and launching its own streaming service in 2019. It will follow an ESPN streaming service to launch with US sports early next year. Decisions on ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Marvel’ movies (which Disney owns) are yet to be made but the decision to not renew with Netflix is final. Ê Netflix has renewed ‘GLOW’ for a second season of 10 episodes.

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One of the greatest sci-fi thriller franchises of all time returns to the small screen this week with the release of Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien: Covenant’. This time round the colony ship Covenant, including crew members Daniels and Oram, are bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. While they believe the planet to be uncharted paradise, what they uncover is something much darker.

The crew find themselves in a battle for survival when they come in contact with a hostile alien life-form determined to destroy them. Michael Fassbender also makes a return to the series as David. ‘Alien: Covenant’ does justice to its predecessors with a return to the terror, gore and thrills that made the original films so successful. It’s available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Paul Kelly is arguably one of Australia’s greatest ever wordsmiths. This week the acclaimed singer/ songwriter returns with one of the most powerful albums of his long and decorated career. ‘Life is Fine’ sees Paul back in full-band mode, collaborating with long-time musical friends on a release that captures the magic of Paul’s philosophical outlook on life brought to life by that iconic voice. As with his previous releases this is an album that deserves pride of place in any Australian music collection. Do this Aussie legend a favour and grab a copy of Paul’s latest release ‘Life is Fine’ in store or online now!

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Sit down, strap in and get ready for highoctane fun with ‘Logan Lucky’ racing onto the big screen this week. Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) is a West Virginia family man who teams up with his sister Mellie (Riley Keough) and his one-armed brother Clyde (Adam Driver) as they attempt to steal money from North Carolina’s Charlotte Motor Speedway. To help them break into the track’s underground system they recruit demolition expert Joe Bang (Daniel Craig). Unfortunately their plan is interrupted and they are forced to pull off the heist during a popular NASCAR race while a relentless FBI agent hunts them down.

Along with Tatum, Driver and Craig the star-studded cast also includes Katie Holmes, Seth McFarland and Hilary Swank. At the helm is acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh, who is best known for his work on the ‘Oceans’ franchise. Since hitting the screen the film has been raking in the critical acclaim, with movie review site Rotten Tomatoes praising ‘Logan Lucky’ for managing to get that often tricky balance of smart and fun just right. ‘Logan Lucky’ is currently showing at United Cinemas in Katoomba. For more information on session times, visit www. unitedcinemas.com.au.

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TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

Monday and Tuesday favour home and hearth, as the Solar Eclipse highlights your domestic zone. On Thursday and Friday, Venus makes a tricky aspect to unpredictable Uranus. So Bulls can expect a busy and bamboozling couple of days. Things will certainly speed up – and you don’t work well when others try to hurry you. Have the confidence to find your own preferred pace.

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MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

Don’t be a timid Twin this week! Monday night’s Solar Eclipse encourages you to find fresh ways to connect with others – whether at home, at work, at play or in your local community. Short trips and education are also highlighted, plus expect plenty of phone calls, snail mail, texts and emails. You could also strike it lucky online via a beneficial connection or a social media post that goes viral. Capitalise on opportunities.

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Show me the money! You’ve been talking about saving for something big (like a car, holiday or home deposit) for a long time now. This week, with Mars and the Solar Eclipse (and then Venus) firing up your finance zone, resist the urge to be flash with cash and careless with credit. Instead, be a canny Crab as you put your money where your mouth is and actually start saving.

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

The Solar Eclipse lights up your sign, so it’s the perfect time to initiate a pet project, refresh your physical appearance, review your personal beliefs or embark on a rollicking adventure. Lightning flashes of inspiration are likely to strike suddenly. But make sure you communicate clearly, or there’ll be some crazy chaos along the way. Now’s the time to walk your talk, as you put passionate plans into productive action.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

We all know serious Saturn is still moving slowly through your sign, and you’re sick and tired of challenges, obstacles and delays. Stop sulking and complaining Sagittarius! This week Jupiter connects with Saturn and sends a potentially lucky break your way. Just make sure you are alert enough to recognise it, and enterprising enough to utilise it for maximum benefit. As Bruce Lee said: “To hell with circumstances … I create opportunities”.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

It’s time to temporarily retreat into your Virgo cave, as Monday’s Solar Eclipse cruises through your contemplation zone. Enjoy solo activities like meditation, yoga or long walks in nature. You’ll also be surrounded by innuendo and intrigue. What others say won’t necessarily be what they mean, so make sure you read between the lines to uncover what’s really going on.

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

The Solar Eclipse stimulates your intrigue zone so no secret is safe, as you uncover clues and pick up on cues that others miss. Be careful what you unearth though – you may stir up issues from your own less-than-perfect past. Lust and loot also loom large, as you work through issues involving intimacy or joint finances. If you’ve done the hard work required, you’ll capitalise on lucky breaks.

LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Leading Team Libra will be a breeze this week, as you impress others with your enthusiasm and hard work. Socialising with colleagues or working within a group situation also brings many benefits. You’ll find your leadership and communication skills are especially appreciated on the weekend, when you set a positive example, roll up your sleeves and get things done. Remember it’s not what you know … it’s who you know!

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

It’s all about close relationships this week when Mars, the Solar Eclipse and Venus illuminate your partnership zone. Love, lust, loyalty, companionship, cooperation and compromise are the buzz words, as you snuggle up close with someone special. Attached Aquarius – your partner is acting as a mirror, reflecting back your strengths and weaknesses. Single Aquarius – you’re in the mood to flutter your eyelashes and flirt up a storm!

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Scorpios are smart and strategic, but are you confident enough for big time professional success? Don’t sell yourself short! The coming week is your time to shine. On the weekend, Saturn and Jupiter stimulate your desire to help a friend or family member in a practical and hands-on way. Your motto is from Mother Teresa: “Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home”.

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

Solar Eclipse week is the ideal time to ditch bad daily habits and start afresh. It’s a juggle to get everything done but keep calm and don’t lose your cool! You’re unusually focused, but are you focusing on the right things? Work, health and fitness are the main areas where you need to make some long overdue changes – the sooner the better. Your fertile imagination is firing on the weekend.

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Ask any nutritionist, dietitian or health professional what they would love to change about the eating habits of Australians and increasing our vegetable intake is likely to be at the top of the list. With vegetables containing many important vitamins and minerals it’s especially important for children and adolescents to be getting the recommended serves each day, but unfortunately less than one in 10 children and adolescents are meeting the Australian Dietary Guidelines. As any parent will attest to it’s not always easy to get kids to tuck into a plate of greens, which is why it’s great to see programs like Nestlé Healthy Active Kids helping to provide support to improve the eating habits of local children. The program is currently giving primary schools across the country the chance to win The Kitchen Kart – a $25,000 fullyequipped, mobile teaching kitchen that allows teachers to deliver nutrition and cooking education in the classroom. Developed in collaboration with the

Australian Institute of Sport, the Nestlé Healthy Active Kids program has also created an easy to use website that offers teachers and parents a great range of online recipes, tools and fun activities to help children live a healthier life. One of the best ways to get kids interested in trying new foods is to get them involved in the cooking process, making vegetables fun and helping kids to explore what foods they enjoy. “Every child is different and finding out what vegetables kids do and don’t like is an ongoing process,” Nestlé Market Nutritionist, Megan Darragh said. “Talking to kids about vegetables, trialling them in different ways, such as

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istory is being made at the foot of the Mountains as the Panthers prepare to play Finals football in 2017. Sunday’s gritty 26-22 win over Canberra at GIO Stadium has all but assured the Panthers a top eight spot this season. Penrith has now won seven straight matches and will look to equal the club record eight consecutive wins against St George-Illawarra at Pepper Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It is an incredible turnaround from the Panthers – they were second last on the ladder after nine rounds and looking more like pretenders than contenders. No Penrith side before this one has had such a bad start to the season and made the Finals. The individual records are rolling in too, with halfback Nathan Cleary last Sunday becoming the youngest player in the game’s history to score 200 points in a season. Panthers coach Anthony Griffin was proud of the way his side toughed out a win against a desperate Raiders. “We had to win without the ball and I thought we did a good job of it,” he said. “It was one of our best efforts under the

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circumstances with the penalty count and the weight of possession against us in the second half.” Canberra needed to win to keep their Finals hopes alive and took the lead during the second half. “At this time of year when you’re playing really quality sides like them away from home you’ve got to hold your hands up defensively and overcome a lot of obstacles,” he said. “To be able to withstand all of that was a real credit to the boys.” Griffin was thrilled that his side wrestled back control against a Canberra side that found momentum after half-time. “As a football team we had a chance to win it in our own right and then we had to win it again when they surged at us,” he said. “We’ll take a lot of confidence out of that. We put ourselves in that position but to be able to win it again was probably the take home point for me.” A huge crowd is expected for Penrith’s final home game of the season this Sunday, with the Dragons desperate to keep their slim Finals hopes alive. Griffin will name his team for the clash this afternoon with experienced hooker Peter Wallace likely to return from injury.

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