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azelbrook resident Tara McCue is concerned her children may have been subjected to airborne asbestos due to Blue Mountains Council’s failure to act quickly on a matter. The mum of two recently told the Record that her children’s health may have been affected since her neighbour started disturbing asbestos on his property, which burned down in October last year. “Our neighbour’s home burned down and he was uninsured,” Ms McCue said. “At the time all of us rallied around him, raising money to help and we even offered to let him stay at our place until he got on his feet.” Ms McCue said since then things have changed after the neighbour started coming to his property and disturbing asbestos that he knows is there. “He knows about the asbestos because his home was initially treated by the fire brigade when it burned down and he knew he shouldn’t go on the property after that,” she said. Ms McCue said as soon as she saw the neighbour moving things around on his property, she reported it to Council. “Initially we had no success with Council

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helping to stop him when he kept coming to the house,” she said. “My home is 200m away and I have two small children who could now be affected by this. I don’t understand why Council didn’t act quickly to stop him.” Legally Council has the authority to take action in a matter like this, in the interest of public safety. A spokesperson for Council said they became aware of the matter approximately 10 weeks after the house was destroyed by fire. “Council staff attended the site within 48 hours of being notified of the issue,” the spokesperson said. “There were difficulties initially locating the property owner despite numerous attempts, both in writing and through other avenues. “Eventually officers made contact with the owner in April, at which time a cleanup direction was issued to the owner to remove any asbestos in an appropriate manner.” As of the latest Council meeting, Council are looking into taking more action and possibly paying a company to test and remove the rest of the asbestos, which the landowner will be billed for. The neighbour was contacted for comment but did not respond before print.

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Chance for Blues to stamp their authority here was a time we always hoped State of Origin II would have a different result to the first game, all part of the desire to have a mouth-watering ‘decider’. That was before Queensland’s ‘decade of dominance’.

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Now, for New South Wales, it’s all about winning regardless of the excitement and anticipation a decider may bring. The Blues have an opportunity to create a slice of history at ANZ Stadium tomorrow night and stamp their authority on State of Origin once again.

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Doctor honoured for lifetime of work Retired doctor Richard Francis has been recognised for his service to medical support organisations ERIN MAMO

etired doctor Richard Francis Herlihy was recognised in last week’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his service to medical support organisations. The Leura resident, who spent 20 years as a general practitioner, also gave a number of years and countless hours volunteering on the board of Epilepsy Action Australia, the Medical Benevolent Association and the Australian Medical Association. Dr Herlihy said he has spent much of his life giving back because that’s what he was taught to do. “I grew up being educated and believing that if you were privileged to have a gift or something that you were good at, that you should use it to try and help others,” he said. “On a personal account, I’m very pleased that this has been acknowledged and that the recognition will shed some light on some important organisations and the work that they are doing.” While the 74-year-old is currently enjoying his retirement, he still volunteers at Buttery Rehab NSW, a not-for-profit organisation that specialises in the treat-

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ment of alcohol and drug misuse and problem gambling. As part of the fundraising committee, Dr Herlihy said his work is currently centred around raising money, so that the charity can open a new private facility that is tailored to clients with severe conditions that need specific treatment and care. “The difficulty with fundraising for a not-for-profit these days is that it’s such a competitive environment,” he said. The Buttery is currently trying to raise money through a series of guest speaker talks. To find out more information about the charity and the work they do, visit www. buttery.org.au. Dr Herlihy will be physically awarded with the Queen’s Birthday Honours Award later this year. Meanwhile, 24 Police and Emergency Services personnel were also honoured in the Queen’s Birthday list. Eight police officers have been awarded the Australian Police Medal, seven Rural Fire Service and four Fire and Rescue NSW members received the Australian Fire Services Medal while five individuals from the State Emergency Service and Marine Rescue NSW have been recognised with the Emergency Services Medal.

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Last week in Parliament I spoke about energy and about the need for there to be three winners in energy – consumers, workers in the sector, and the environment. When I talk to small businesses, they say the cost of power, which cannot be turned up or down, is crippling. For consumers, especially with wages growth at all-time lows, the prospect of ever-increasing power bills is frightening. This is particularly the case for pensioners who are losing the annual clean energy supplement. And we all need a secure supply. I’m also concerned about those who work in the energy industry. It is the employees, like those just over the hill in Lithgow, who will be at the frontline of any efforts to reduce carbon emissions. We need to ensure that there is, as the Paris Climate Change Agreement mandates, a “just transition” for workers as we move towards renewables. We cannot afford the unplanned, ad hoc approach that the car industry went through.

With a tripartite approach of employers, government and unions, there is a bright, clear future for energy sector workers. Unfortunately, we have an energy crisis but no energy policy from the Turnbull Government. It’s been four years of paralysis – in fact, a decade of the Coalition’s indecision. The Finkel Review has provided the Government with an opportunity to tackle this issue. It’s not just me, a Labor MP who lives in a fragile World Heritage area, saying it. Even coal-fired power generators and miners are saying it. The list is long and includes BHP, Origin Energy, AGL, the National Farmers’ Federation, and every state government. The science is clear, the economics is clear – it’s time for bipartisanship so we can put a price on carbon and attract the investment we need for our future energy needs. Don’t miss Susan Templeman’s column in every edition of the Blue Mountains Record, out every Tuesday at key locations throughout the Mountains.

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Mum wins top health science award Alicia Wozniak’s Year 10 Science teacher said she wasn’t smart enough to be an OT, now look at her ERIN MAMO

ccupational therapist Alicia Wozniak, from Blue Mountains Hospital, has won Sydney University’s prestigious Recognition Award for Clinical Education. Recently, the university held their annual Health Science Awards where one person is awarded for the important contribution that they have made in supporting students in clinical and professional fieldwork. Ms Wozniak, who is the Department Manager for Occupational Therapy (OT) at Blue Mountains Hospital, said she was both shocked and proud to be recognised by the university. “At first I was really surprised that I won and now I just feel proud to know the skills of someone in a smaller hospital are recognised by the university,” she said. Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, Dr Merrolee Penman, said since commencing in the Blue Mountains, Ms Wozniak has led her team in reconfiguring occupational therapy student placements. “Alicia has worked to design placements that enable high quality learning experiences for students ensuring that they will

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graduate as work-ready practitioners,” Dr Penman said. “In doing so she has also considered the needs of her employer and community.” Ms Wozniak, who has been working as an OT for over 10 years, said the role the therapists play has a huge impact on how people are able to go about their everyday lives. “As OT’s we really try to assist patients in being able to live a happy and fulfilling life in their own homes for as long as they can,” she said. “We take steps like setting them up with the right service providers to assist their changing lifestyles; assessing and modifying their homes to make sure they are safe; and prescribing specific task related equipment to help them to continue to carry out everyday duties like cooking.” The mother of two said she always wanted to be an OT. “I love working with people and I always knew I wanted to do this,” Ms Wozniak said. “Even though my Year 10 Science teacher told me I’d never be smart enough to anything like this.” Do you have a great story like this to tell? Email our journalist Erin.Mamo@ bluemountainsrecord.com.au.

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Classic time to get on your bike The 11th Woodford to Glenbrook Classic will raise funds for CareFlight ERIN MAMO

een nature enthusiasts have the opportunity to once again run or cycle through the scenic bushland in the Blue Mountains National Park, to raise money for CareFlight. Now in its 11th year, the Woodford to Glenbrook Classic takes place this weekend and covers 25km of bushland from the scenic Oaks Fire trail run in Woodford to the Euroka Clearing near Glenbrook. CareFlight Community and Engagement Coordinator, John Ebbott, said the event is a must for mountain bike riders and trail runners, but everyone is welcome to participate and be part of the fun. “Participants of all ages are encouraged to enter,” he said. “You don’t have to be a professional athlete, anyone can come along and join in.” On the day there will be fun activities for children, food stalls and the annual community fair-style celebration in Euroka Clearing at the completion of the race. This year’s event will also see CareFlight introduce a new 5km scenic run from the intersection of Oaks trail and Bennett Ridge trail to the Euroka Clearing.

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Blue Mountains Sister Cities Committee participate each year and this year they have sponsored two runners from Sanda, Japan. Ai Nanjo and Takayuki Sumida will both compete in the Woodford to Glenbrook Classic 25 km race, their first race overseas Participants taking part in either course will be supported the full length of the way by Rural Fire Service crews stationed along the track providing first aid and drinks. Registrations are now open for the Woodford to Glenbrook Classic which will take place this Sunday, June 25. Mountain bike riders will start the course at 9am while runners will begin

at 10am. The Woodford to Glenbrook Classic is a signature event for CareFlight and helps raise vital funds to save lives, ensure a speed recovery and serve the community. To register for this Sunday’s Woodford to Glenbrook Classic or to donate to CareFlight, email events@careflight.org or visit the CareFlight Facebook page.

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Blue Mountains City Library will host Miles Merrill, the legend of Slam Poetry in Australia, during his visit to the Blue Mountains for one night only on Thursday, June 22 for the Blue Mountains Heats of the Australian Poetry Slam at Katoomba Library. Originally from Chicago, the birthplace of Poetry Slams, Miles introduced the Slam to Australia in 1996 and his commitment has seen it become a major event held across the country every year. Miles will host and perform at this local heat of this national competition, which attracts a keen following of poets, spokenword performers and those just wanting to enjoy the Slam experience at a venue close to home. The Slam invites poets to perform a twominute, original work of poetry, hip-hop or even a passionate monologue. Timing is crucial and delivery is everything: it can be sung, spoken, yelled or whispered but ultimately who wins is up to judges drawn from the live audience. Audience participation is critical and a lot of fun. Slam heats are currently being held in city and regional venues across Australia until mid-November. Two poets from every region will be chosen to represent their community in the State/Territory finals and could even go on to the National Final. The poetry slam is open to all ages, however those aged under 18 need parental/guardian consent. For more information, call Katoomba Library on 4780 5750.

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25 years ago this week, the rugby league world was stunned when promising footballer Ben Alexander was killed in a car accident in Colyton. It would take nearly a decade for the club to fully recover from the tragedy. Almost 5000 people attended Ben’s funeral.

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t’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Every Friday and Saturday throughout July guests at the Hydro Majestic Hotel will have the chance to celebrate Christmas in July with a decadent high tea complete with Yulefest flavours like ginger, cranberry and roast pork. Guests can also enjoy a decadent five-course degustation including mouthwatering dishes like the butter poached Balmain bug and the chicken and lemon terrine. Darleys Restaurant and Echoes Restaurant at Katoomba will also get into the spirit with Yulefest-inspired menus, making it the perfect time for a visit to the grand hotels of the beautiful Blue Mountains. For more information or to book, visit www.hydromajestic.com. au. The Record has a Yulefest degustation dinner for two in the Wintergarden Restaurant at the Hydro Majestic Hotel (first prize) and a Yulefest high tea for two at Lilianfels Resort & Spa (second prize) to give away. For your chance to win, email the code word ‘YULEFEST’ to competitions@bluemountainsrecord.com.au with your name and contact details. Entries close Thursday, June 22. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPM/17/01416. Terms and conditions at www.bluemountainsrecord.com.au or Record reception.

Good on Rebel Wilson, who won her court battle with a women’s magazine last week. It’s about time some of these ridiculous publications got a taste of their own medicine.

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Locals push for 40km/h speed zones Concerned residents are calling on the RMS to review its criteria for 40km/h speed zones in Linden ERIN MAMO

he Linden Citizens’ Association is continuing to push for a reduction in speed limits in their town with the help of Blue Mountains Council and State Member, Trish Doyle. Recently, the Association met with Ward 2 Councillors Romola Hollywood and Chris Van der Kley as well as Ms Doyle to seek the MP’s support in asking Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) to review its criteria for 40km/h speed zones on local roads in Linden. Currently, RMS guidelines only permit 40km/h speed zones in areas where there is high pedestrian activity. Cr Hollywood said Linden’s roads are too narrow and there are no footpaths, leaving pedestrians no choice but to share the road with motor vehicles. “When vehicles are permitted to travel at 50km per hour, walking on the road, even when you are using all your safety precautions, can be a scary and hazardous prospect,” she said. “I am hopeful that RMS will take a serious look at enabling 40km/h speed zones to be applied in areas where local roads are shared by pedestrians.”

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Councillors Romola Hollywood and Chris Van der Kley with State Member Trish Doyle and concerned residents of Linden Cr Hollywood said members from Linden Citizens’ Association identified that, despite RMS criteria there is a 40km/h zone in a low pedestrian, residential area

in Warrimoo. In support of the residents, Ms Doyle said that she is keen to see the section of highway near Martin Place in Linden

upgraded to a more modern standard, to address safety concerns identified by the residents. “This stretch of road was widened a very long time ago to a lower safety standard than other more recent work on the highway,” she said. Blue Mountains Council now plans to write to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight. When contacted about the possibility of a 40km/h speed zone being implemented on Linden roads, an RMS spokesperson said that speed limits in NSW are determined by a number of factors. “RMS regularly carries out speed limit reviews to determine the appropriate speed limit for a length of road and aims to provide consistent and safe speed limits for motorists,” the spokesperson said. “Speed limit reviews assess factors including pedestrian activity, the road environment, nearby land use, traffic volumes and crash risk. “To ensure the safety of all road users, 40km per hour speed zones are limited to high pedestrian activity and local traffic areas.” Do you have a local issue you want us to investigate? Email Erin.Mamo@bluemountainsrecord.com.au.

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t’s that time of the year again, the 24th Winter Magic Festival is on this Saturday, June 24. The free annual event, which celebrates the winter solstice, will see stalls, musicians, dancers, choirs and the community take over Katoomba. President of the Winter Festival Committee, Roland Mangan, said the festival is the major event of the year for the Blue Mountains. “Around 40,000 people are expected to attend this year,” he said. “It really is the biggest showcase of the Mountains, situated in the capital of the Blue Mountains.” Visitors can expect to see the annual Grand Parade, which will kick-off along the main drag at 11.30am, with over 500 participants taking part. In celebration of all things creative, this year the festival is adding something new to their agenda – a number of burlesque adults-only shows which will be held at the Metropole from 12.50pm. At sundown there will be a fireworks

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hen you read the title of this article, you would be forgiven for thinking that the ‘correct’ answer to the question is ‘of course not!’. But I am going to suggest something a bit radical to all the business owners out there: perhaps you should make some ridiculous goals. We all know the saying ‘Aim for the stars and maybe you’ll reach the sky’. Which means, aim higher than what you think is realistically possible and worst case scenario, you will still have achieved something beyond what you thought possible. There is merit in doing this from the perspective of looking at the outcome: you essentially always ‘win’ if you aim higher. But I think there’s another valuable reason to aim for seemingly ridiculous goals. In choosing a goal like this, you are training your brain to stretch and think outside your usual box. You are giving your brain permission to think in ways it has never done before, so that what was impossible previously, is now possible.

Any successful sports person will tell you how big they dreamed before reaching their goals. And those dreams would not have matched their current reality of what they were physically able to do. But having an audacious goal (“I am going to win a medal at the Olympics”) spurs them on in the day-to-day training of their body, and alters their mindset. So too in business. We can easily get stuck in a rut of ‘same old’ thinking and expectation. There is another version of the ‘aim for the stars..’ quote which goes like this: “When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either” (Leo Burnett). This reinforces the need to ‘think big’. If the goals you set for yourself or your business are no greater than your current situation, the best case scenario is that you end up in the same place. But the worst case scenario is that you end up with less than you aimed for. You’ve got nothing to lose by aiming for ridiculous goals. Indeed it’s the way every successful and inspiring person has achieved the impossible.

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ARIES

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The New Moon signals it’s time for a brand new domestic chapter. So family should be your number one priority. Your motto is from actress Meryl Streep, “My family really does come first. It always has and always will”. You’re keen to jump in and act with lightning speed on the weekend, but others may need some time to adjust. Smart Rams will aim to get the balance right between being spontaneous and thinking things through.

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

Stop wasting time trying to control people and situations. Wonderful opportunities are around, but they’re not immediately obvious. They are hidden in unexpected places, waiting for you to discover them. Theatrical Lions love to be centre stage but – at the moment – some of your best work is behind the scenes. Others may not notice what you’re doing this week, but your efforts will be well-rewarded in the weeks and months to come.

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

Courtesy of Venusian and Neptunian vibes, it’s a wonderful week to embrace your Bullish creativity! Be inspired by singer Carly Simon, “There’s always a creative side to me, even when it’s quiet musically … like painting or decorating or planting a garden”. But consider the consequences of what you do and say. If you act with haste, you could find yourself deep in a disagreement.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

Don’t let vague worries do your head in Virgo. Stressing about things that might happen is not the sensible way to go. This week the Sun and Mercury encourage you to stop worrying and start doing. Concentrate on positive changes you can make right here and right now. Plus aim to be more proactive about appreciating (and protecting) your neighbourhood and local environment.

GEMINI

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

Tuesday’s Mercury-Uranus connection is terrific for brainstorming innovative ideas, which could lead to a stunning lightbulb moment! Your creativity and communication skills are firing on Wednesday, but there’s also a tendency to scatter your energy all over the place. So pace yourself. Then Friday night’s New Moon shines a spotlight on money matters. If your finances are a mess, you need to develop some fiscal skills fast.

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LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Venus and Neptune favour romance, friendship and fun on Tuesday and it’s also a terrific time to socialise with colleagues, as you mix business with pleasure. Librans are clever and capable but are you confident enough for big time success? The New Moon’s in your career zone, so step up and assume a leadership role. Your deft diplomatic skills are needed on the weekend, when someone is spoiling for a fight. Be the peacemaker.

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JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

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It’s a fantastic week for Crabs! Mercury moves into your sign when you’ll feel more rational and less moody than usual. The week will certainly progress better if you are more proactive, and less reactive. And it’s the perfect time to enrol in an educational course or complete a study project. The New Moon’s in your sign on Friday night so it’s a wonderful weekend to make a wish or start a personal project.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

The New Moon boosts your brain power so it’s time to read, research or study something new. Planning your next business trip or weekend escape is also a good idea. With peacemaker Venus in your partnership zone, do your best to smooth over problems with a loved one or cranky colleague. As the week progresses, relationships will become much more intense.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

This week sassy Sagittarians can expect a fresh start involving loot or lust, as the New Moon activates your joint finances and intimacy zone. It’s also a fabulous time to research a subject that has always fascinated you. But those around you can expect some boisterous behaviour from yours truly on the weekend, when Mars and Jupiter amp up your rash and restless side. So try to burn off excess fiery energy via vigorous physical activities.

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CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Venus sends a lucky break via social media or community connections. So get networking and make the most of any fortuitous opportunities that come your way. Mercury shifts into your relationship zone so, from Wednesday onwards, you’ll be more inclined to keep the lines of communication open. Coupled Capricorns – strive to be more kind and considerate towards your partner.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

It’s time to be mentally and physically active Aquarius! Tuesday’s MercuryUranus connection favours fresh solutions, spontaneous shenanigans and tackling old problems in innovative new ways. And, with the New Moon and Mars activating your wellbeing zone, hurry up and incorporate more exercise into your daily routine. How about joining a local gymnasium or sporting club? At work, take the stairs rather than the lift.

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

Do you underestimate and undervalue your creative talents? This week Venus, Neptune and the New Moon all encourage you to express your creativity for all the world to see. Don’t be shy! It’s also a wonderful week to enjoy a romantic interlude with your partner, fix a floundering friendship or find a fabulous new love. But don’t sit around waiting for Cupid’s arrow. You need to be proactive.

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We may be a sunburnt country, but unfortunately one in four of us are still not getting enough of the ‘sunshine vitamin’, otherwise known as vitamin D. Recent research from the Curtin University found that the southern states of Australia have the highest rates of deficiency, with almost one in three not getting enough of this important nutrient. While we can generally get the recommended levels of vitamin D from safe sun exposure, we’re getting less sun than we used to for a number of reasons, including spending more time indoors than our ancestors, particularly during the colder months. According to Curtin University researcher Rachel Chean, certain groups are at higher risk than others. “People at risk of vitamin D deficiency are those who spend a lot of time indoors or who wear clothes that prevent sunlight reaching the skin, elderly people, those with naturally darker skin, and breastfed babies of mothers who have low levels of vitamin D,” she said.

Vitamin D is an important nutrient that aids in calcium absorption and may also play a role in immunity against viruses and bacteria. Without enough vitamin D there’s a greater risk of developing soft, thin and brittle bones, which can lead to bone pain and muscle weakness. It’s not all doom and gloom though. During winter we can help compensate for a lack of safe sun exposure with vitamin D rich foods. Oily fish, such as salmon and tuna, are the best sources of vitamin D, with new research showing that 100g of white fish, such as barramundi, hoki, basa and king dory, can also provide around half

the recommended vitamin D intake for Australians aged between one and 50 years. Eggs are another excellent source of dietary vitamin D, with two large eggs providing the daily adequate intake. For those who don’t eat animal products, you can also get a significant amount of vitamin D from mushrooms. Keep an eye out for ‘Vitamin D mushrooms’, which have been exposed to sunlight during production. There are also fortified options in products like milk. If you think you may be at risk of deficiency look out for brands that have added vitamin D.

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t’s a question I’m asked often enough to make it worth pondering. Is a wine that costs twice as much as another necessarily twice as good? A couple of wines that lobbed on my desk last week provided the near-perfect basis for such a comparison — two reds, both from the same winemaker, produced from the same area and from the same grape variety, but one priced at $30, the other at $18. In the $30 corner stood the Chapel Hill 2015 McLaren Vale Shiraz (pictured). Its opponent, weighing in at $18, was the Chapel Hill 2016 The Parson Shiraz, also made by Michael Fragos from grapes grown at McLaren Vale. I’d probably rate the $30 wine at about 18 points, awarding it a high silver. It’s a lovely, richly flavoured, mouth-filling dry red with a great depth of complex flavours. To say that the $18 wine was only a little over half as good would mean scoring it about 11, but such a score would indicate a wine that was seriously faulty. In fact, I’d probably score the cheaper wine at about 15-16 points. So, the answer to the original question is a definite ‘no’. A wine that costs twice as much as another isn’t going to be twice as good, but it should definitely be better. What price range do you aim for when it comes to a good bottle of wine? Let us know by sending an email to news@bluemountainsrecord.com.au or send us a private message on Facebook.

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Medically, bunions are known as ‘Hallux Abducto Valgus’, which simply means that the big toe (hallux) moves towards the second toe resulting in somewhat of a dislocation of the big toe – giving the ‘bony bump’ appearance. This causes the foot to become broader, as well as reducing the function of the big toe joint. Ultimately, this leads to discomfort and early degenerative changes (arthritis) in the joint. Signs and symptoms of a bunion besides the obvious deformity can include: • Pain and swelling • Burning, tingling or numbness at the surrounding area • Thickened skin at the base of the big toe • Reduced big toe range of motion • Difficulty wearing footwear Causes of bunions Bunions typically develop when the

pressure of weight-bearing and walking is unevenly spread across the foot. The result of this uneven distribution is often due to joint instability and deformity, which can be caused by poor footwear choices like high heels or tight ill-fitting footwear. Those with a family history of bunions should be aware that it is the foot type prone to bunions that is passed down (i.e. ‘flat feet or rolling in’), not the bunions themselves. Preventing bunions Once developed, there are no effective treatments to get rid of bunions completely, other than surgery. However, there are plenty non-surgical approaches we can use to slow or prevent

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the progression of bunions. The earlier the treatment, better the outcome. Patients should aim to have appropriate footwear and avoid shoes with a narrow toe box or high heels and, if you have flat feet (‘roll-in’), be sure to wear supportive shoes. If necessary orthotic therapy may be an avenue to discuss with your podiatrist. Pain management for bunions Padding, strapping, splinting and orthotics aim to reduce pain levels while also improving function. Simple yet effective, icing the area can also reduce pain and inflammation. Pain medication can be discussed with your GP but ultimately these won’t solve the issue.

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When you believe in Jesus, you believe in the truth Plenty of people say Jesus is a myth, despite all of history’s evidence...

Rev John Lavender www.glenmorepark anglican.com.au and on Facebook

You don’t have to look hard to find people who still think the message about Jesus has more in common with myth and legend rather than reality. Perhaps even you, as you read this now! It is amazing how despite all the evidence, even outside of the Bible, which tells us that Jesus was a real living person who breathed and walked this earth, that some people continue to dismiss Jesus’ life, death and resurrection as silly superstition. And it is interesting how this is no new thing! Almost from day one Christian people have had to defend themselves from those who think that believing in Jesus is like believing in fairies at the bottom of the garden. Take for example the Apostle Peter’s second letter in the New Testament. Nearing the end of his life, Peter wrote to his Christian brothers and sisters urging them to persevere and continue in their faith and trust in Jesus. Why? Because Peter reminds his readers, “we did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty”.

Peter saw and heard Jesus. Peter saw Jesus die on a cross and Peter saw Jesus alive again three days later. Peter saw Jesus ascend into heaven and he heard Jesus promise that he would return. Peter himself had experienced the difference knowing Jesus makes to your life.

Knowing this, Peter urges his readers to continue with Jesus and not to forget the significance of who Jesus is and what he has done. How good it would be for you to check out Jesus for yourself so you too can experience this difference Jesus makes. Have a fantastic week and I’ll see you in next week’s paper!

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June 20 edition of the Blue Mountains Record, your independent voice in the Blue Mountains.