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Top authors to grace the Mountains Australian novelist Di Morrissey leads all-star cast of authors at the Sydney Writers’ Festival ERIN MAMO

slew of talented authors are coming to the Blue Mountains as part of the 2017 Sydney Writers’ Festival including highly regarded Australian novelist Di Morrissey. From Saturday, May 27 to Tuesday, May 30, Katoomba Library, Varuna House and the Carrington Hotel will host the acclaimed writers, giving them a platform to showcase their current work and inspire future novelists. On Saturday, Varuna, also known as ‘The Writers’ House’ where budding writers seek refuge to fully immerse themselves into their craft, will invite locals in to listen to poet Vanessa Kirkpatrick. The Katoomba-based artist will lead a workshop for people who are inclined to exercise their own poetic craft and give them a chance to share their work. Saturday’s program will also include an event at Katoomba Library, where audiences can hear inspirational insights about the highs and lows of becoming published from authors Lisa Chaplin, Catherine Cole, Craig Cormick and Malcolm Knox, who is a Sydney Morning Herald journalist and author of The Wonder Lover.


Then on Monday, May 29, the prolific Di Morrissey will be at the Carrington to talk about her journey. Although Ms Morrissey has written 24 successful novels, she admits she still doesn’t feel qualified to tell aspiring authors how to achieve because she still questions if she is doing it right. “I still worry if people will like what I write,” she told the Record. “I will answer questions people have the best I can but I don’t know that I can give specific advice on how to succeed. “I think with writing, like a lot of art forms, you either have it or you don’t.” Ms Morrissey, whose fictional books are mostly based in Australia, said she often doesn’t know how her book will play out until she is writing it. “I don’t often have a plan for how the book will go,” she said. “I usually let it play out chapter by chapter, I think you have to be open.” Another famous face, Witi Ihimaera, who wrote Whale Rider and most recently worked on the hit Disney kids’ film ‘Moana’ will also be a part of the festival at the Carrington Hotel on Monday, May 29. To view the full program for the Sydney Writers’ Festival, visit au/swf.

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Food and sustainable living on show The Upper Mountains will once again play host to the popular Leura Harvest Festival this Sunday ERIN MAMO

he local community is expected to gather in numbers this weekend in Leura to celebrate food and sustainable living. The fourth annual Leura Harvest Festival is on this Sunday, May 7 and will honour the Blue Mountains region’s natural food bowl and showcase the latest in sustainable living initiatives. With over 75 stores registered to attend, the event will take place in Leura Mall with stall holders displaying solar-powered cars, upcycled fashion and jewellery, handcrafted ceramics, handmade beauty products, art and locally produced wines and ciders. Leura Harvest Festival Vice President, Piercarlo Cuneo, said local support has ensured the annual festival will be the biggest yet. “This is a magnificent time to be in Leura with the changing colours of the season as we celebrate harvest time,” he said. “The festival is a wonderful celebration of all the unique and progressive initiatives taking place throughout the Mountains region.” The festival will also feature a variety of


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The popular Leura Harvest Festival is back this Sunday with plenty of market stalls and fun for everyone competitions including the popular chook competition, where owners can bring along their pets chicken to win a prize for best bantam, best standard, best pair or best trio. In celebration of all things fair and sustainable, Josophan’s Fine Chocolates store is holding a chocolate cake competition. There will be several categories that will

be judged in the cake making extravaganza including adult novice home baker, food industry professional and child novice home baker. The Leura Harvest Festival will also play host to the annual Birches of Leura scarecrow competition. The focus of the contest is to get creative with recycled materials to create a show stopping scarecrow where there will again

be categories for kids and families. The Leura Harvest Festival will run from 9am to 4.30pm this Sunday, May 7. If you have an interest in all things fresh, regional and sustainable then this festival is for you. For more information about what’s happening in Leura this weekend and in the future, visit au.

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New clinic to tackle obesity head-on Nepean Hospital is now home to Australia’s first ever family-centred obesity clinic EMILY NEWTON

he Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District launched Australia’s first ever family-centred obesity clinic to help educate and treat families that struggle with maintaining a healthy lifestyle last week. Minister for Health Brad Hazzard joined Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres to officially open the $1 million Nepean Blue Mountains Family Obesity Service that will help thousands of families break the cycle of obesity. “It is very significant that we try and come together to really put an emphasis on what we can do proactively about obesity,” Mr Hazzard said. “To have the Family Obesity Service here in Nepean Blue Mountains is absolutely fantastic.” The service draws on the expertise of specialists including doctors, dietitians, endocrinologists, paediatricians, psychologists, nurses and midwives to work together in tackling obesity. Patients, including pregnant women, children and adults, are referred to the free service by their regular GP. With 60 per cent of people either over-


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The Nepean Blue Mountains Family Obesity Service officially opened last week. Photo: Melinda Jane weight or obese, the local health district has higher than average rates of obesity causing a tremendous direct and indirect impact on individuals, families and the community. Dr Kathryn Williams said that the service will ensure staff can deliver the best evidence based care to patients to

improve their quality of life. “The majority of very morbid obese people are house bound and extremely lonely, living very solitary lives,” she said. “The local health district is seeing an upward trajectory in patients with obesity. “In 10 years time, we may see this massive tsunami that we need to deal

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Glenbrook pair busted after drug plants and seeds found At around 8am on Thursday, April 13, police executed a search warrant at an address on Hillside Crescent in Glenbrook. As a result of the warrant, police located and seized a number of cannabis plants and cannabis seeds. A 52-year-old male and a 53-year-old female were arrested at the location, and were both charged with the offences of ‘cultivate prohibited plant’ and ‘possess prohibited drug’. The pair will now appear before Penrith Local Court on Tuesday, June 13.

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Fight breaks out at Bullaburra Station, man’s nose broken On Friday, April 21, at around 1.30am, a 40-year-old man from Linden and a 32-year-old man from Leura were involved in a heated argument at Bullaburra Railway Station which turned physical. The 40-year-old man grabbed the 32-year-old man’s head and kneed him in the face numerous times.

As a result of the assault, the victim sustained a broken nose and was sent to Katoomba Hospital for further treatment. The attacker was arrested at the scene and taken to Springwood Police Station and charged with the offences of ‘assault occasioning actual bodily harm’ and ‘affray’. He was refused bail and appeared before Penrith Local Court on the same day as the offence, where bail was formally refused. The man is now due to appear before Penrith Local Court on Thursday June 1.

Bushwalker stumbles upon human remains in Blackheath On Wednesday, April 19, a bushwalker was walking in dense bushland near Shipley Road, Blackheath, when the individual came across human remains. Due to the terrain, the remains were extracted by police the following morning and a report will now be prepared for the Coroner.

Vehicles collide on busy Great Western Highway At about 5.30am on Friday, April 21, a collision occurred between a utility and a heavy vehicle on the Great Western Highway, Bullaburra. The occupant of the utility, a 41-year-old male, was trapped for a short time and then removed from the vehicle by Police Rescue Units. The male was air lifted to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition. The cause of the accident is still being investigated.


Why your phone is a pain in the neck Local chiropractors are concerned with the amount of patients presenting with ‘text neck’ ERIN MAMO

oncerned chiropractors from across the state are being kept busy because of a new condition coined ‘text neck’. According to a recent survey released by the Chiropractors’ Association of NSW (CAANSW), chiropractors are seeing between 11-20 patients a week suffering from chronic neck pain, headaches, poor posture and repetitive strain injuries in the wrist and hands from texting. Chiropractor Mykel Densley, from Glenbrook Chiropractic Centre, said he isn’t surprised by the latest survey results. “A large percentage of clients that I see here present with posture issues due to excessive mobile phone use,” he told the Record. “The head and neck are not designed to be in a forward head carriage position for long periods of time.” According to the latest survey, it’s not just teenagers or the younger generations who are experiencing health issues due to the condition. President of the CAANSW, Dr John de Voy, said the figures showed 52 per cent of patients visiting chiropractic clinics on


Chiropractor Mykel Densley from Glenbrook Chiropractic Centre. Photo: Erin Mamo

a weekly basis were adults and 45 per cent were teenagers. “I have one patient in his mid 40s who is experiencing a lot of hand and arm pain and discomfort because he uses his mobile for work and regularly checks emails,” he said. Dr de Voy, who owns and operates a chiropractic clinic in Sydney, said he is seeing an increasing number of patients who have more complex issues stemming from their overuse of mobile devices and technology. “Postural bad habits over time can develop into more serious health conditions such as spinal degenerative disease, osteoarthritis, hunchback and reduced mobility,” he said. “CAANSW is now encouraging more health policy makers to address the dangers of text neck disorder and smartphone addiction. “Already, 84 per cent of people worldwide are addicted to smartphones and 81 per cent of smartphone users have their mobile phone switched on all of the time even when they are in bed or in the bathroom. “We see smartphone addiction and text neck as a serious health risk and something that needs to be addressed.”

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Turning back time

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Keith Lowe Blackheath OCCUPATION: I’m an artist and my work is sold in various galleries throughout the country. FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: Vesta in Blackheath FAVOURITE CAFÉ: Victory Cafe in Blackheath WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN THE MOUNTAINS WHEN YOU HAVE SPARE TIME: In my spare time I tend to head further out west past, Lithgow, and go motorbike riding. There is some really beautiful landscape to explore out that way.

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hilst it is important to have a presence on social media, it is also important to ensure you keep your socials appealing and relevant to your audience. Relevant Content Treat your socials like a portfolio and a communication platform to engage your audience and keep them updated with the latest and greatest. Create posts that are relevant to your business and don’t just post for the sake of it. Be Creative In addition to posting consistently, try using vocabulary, images and video that appeal to your target audience (age, gender etc) to connect with them on their level. If you are photographing your product or service, keep the theme consistent so your fans recognise your posts instantly and visually associate your posts with your business. Check Messages Regularly 785 million users communicate through Facebook Messenger a month, meaning loads of your customers most likely contact you through this feature and other instant messaging options. This

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Makings of a rock star


hen we first met Jimmy Barnes in his e a r l y C o l d Chisel days it was clear he had the makings of a rock star. But behind that iconic voice and frenetic on-stage personality was a damaged man struggling to cope with the scars of an abusive childhood. It’s this Jimmy that fans have been introduced to through his best-selling autobiography Working Class Boy. The process of putting his life on the page wasn’t easy, but for Jimmy it drew attention to some important lessons. “One of the main things I learned is that old adage of what doesn’t kill you makes you strong,” he told the Record. “A lot of things that nearly killed me as a kid moulded me into being the sort of person I am as a rock singer. “When I joined Cold Chisel I was aggressive, I was needy, I wanted people to like me, which is really important when you’re a rock ‘n’ roll singer. “But by the end, because I hadn’t dealt with those issues, they nearly killed me again.” These days Jimmy Barnes has learned to control his demons by facing up to his struggles and seeking support. “You’ve got to get help, talk to friends,

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talk to professionals – I went and saw a therapist for years because I was out of control,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how tough you are. Look how blessed I was, how lucky I was. I was successful, at the top of my game, I had good people around me, but it was still killing me.” By sharing his story Jimmy has found he’s also opened the door for others to do the same. “I’ve had people slipping me notes during shopping centre meet and greets saying ‘help me I’m in a violent relationship’, or ‘I have alcoholic parents’, or ‘I’m an alcoholic, help me I’m out of control and I’m hurting my family’,” Jimmy said. “The first stage in a lot of this stuff is just to talk to people. If you can get people to open up then you can start the healing process and start change.” Though he himself is a changed man,

Jimmy says there’s certain struggles that never go away, like those pre-gig nerves. Luckily though his coping strategy has changed since the Cold Chisel days. “I used to drink and get smashed a lot because I would get so nervous,” he said. “When I get up there now I’m still as nervous, it’s still like doing your first show, but the energy is probably more focused.” That focused energy will be on show when Jimmy, along with fellow rock icons Jon Stevens and Diesel, head to Fernhill Estate in Mulgoa this weekend. This is the first event of its kind at the historic estate and, for Jimmy, it’s an opportunity to embrace his loyal fans. “There’s a lot of reasons for me to do this show but I guess first and foremost is that this is the location of fans who’ve been following me for the last 30 to 40 years,” he said.

“I’m really happy to come out and do a festival of this standard in the heartland of my supporters. “It’s a good location and a good bill, we just need a good audience and we’re ready to rock.” As for whether he will take his life from the stage to the screen Jimmy says he has been approached about a biopic and he is open to the idea, but only if it’s honest. “I don’t want to sensationalise any of this stuff,” he said. “I don’t want to go out and make a movie about me being wild and reckless when it should be about being damaged and the struggle to try to make life work.” Jimmy Barnes, Jon Stevens and Diesel will be performing at Fernhill Estate in Mulgoa on Sunday, May 7 at 3pm. Tickets start from $99 (+bf). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.

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The virtual band behind mega hits like ‘Feel Good Inc.’ and ‘Clint Eastwood’ is back with the release of their new studio album ‘Humanz’. The politically-charged release features a host of guest artists on tracks that take influence from a range of genres. Before the album’s release the band premiered singles ‘Ascension’, ‘Andromeda’, ‘We Got the Power’ and ‘Saturnz Barz’, which also featured an animated video. The tracks have already racked up millions of views on YouTube. It’s the band’s fifth release and the first since 2010’s ‘Plastic Beach’ and ‘The Fall’. Early reviews have been mostly positive, suggesting ‘Humanz’ will be another hit for the animated group.

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It may have been caught up in that infamous Oscars bungle, but ‘Moonlight’ is more than deserving of its own spotlight. The film focuses on the themes of identity, friendship, family and love as it follows the life of a young black man Chiron (Ashton Sanders) who’s growing up in a rough area of Miami. ‘Moonlight’ takes audiences through three defining chapters from childhood to adulthood as it explores contemporary

African American life. ‘Moonlight’ has earned plenty of critical acclaim, taking home awards for Best Picture at the Oscars and the Golden Globes, and earning Oscars for supporting cast members Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris. Movie review site Rotten Tomatoes described the film as ‘a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema’.

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This week Star-Lord and his fellow misfits are back on the big screen in the latest Marvel release ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’. This follow-up to the hugely successful 2014 film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ sees the team continue on their adventures through the outer reaches of the cosmos. As they seek to uncover the mystery behind Peter Quill’s parentage, the group must fight to keep their newly formed family together. During their adventure, fan-favourites from the classic comics will come to their aid, as old foes become new allies. The film franchise is led by action’s newest golden boy Chris Pratt as Peter

Quill/Star-Lord. Pratt is joined on-screen by Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket and Vin Diesel as the voice of Baby Groot. With the debut film winning plenty of fans for its humour and heart, there’s no doubt that this sequel has huge shoes to fill. If you’re a fan of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movie franchise, be sure to catch this Marvel classic on the big screen before it’s too late! ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ is now showing at Hoyts Penrith. For more information including session times, visit

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Ê ‘House of Cards’ star Kevin Spacey will host the 71st Annual Tony Awards in June. It’s understood producers were struggling to find a host for this year’s awards, but they certainly did well to score a two-time Oscar winner. Ê A ‘Deadwood’ movie is inching closer to being a reality. It’s been reported a twohour movie script has been delivered to HBO, for their consideration. The original ‘Deadwood’ series, which is set in old western times, ran from 2004 to 2006.

Ê As one cooking show ends, another one begins – the new series of ‘MasterChef Australia’ premiered yesterday and runs all week on Channel Ten. Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan are back in the kitchen, helping the contestants turn their dreams into reality. Season nine of ‘MasterChef Australia’ boasts some of Australia’s and the world’s best chefs including the master of Middle Eastern cuisine Yotam Ottolenghi, Heston Blumenthal, Maggie Beer, Anna Polyviou, Curtis Stone, Ben Shewry and David Thompson. The first episode was great viewing! Ê Sophie Monk, yes Sophie Monk, has been announced by Channel Ten as the new star of ‘The Bachelorette Australia’. The singer turned actress and radio star will front Ten’s mega hit series later this year looking for love. While some people are unsure about the idea of having a celebrity on the show, I think this is a fabulous idea by producers, which will send ratings through the roof. The 37-year-old has had some well publicised failures in the romance department over the years, so hopefully she can finally have some luck once and for all. Oh and another thing, at least we know Sophie isn’t going

Ê SBS will air season three of ‘Fargo’ on Wednesday, May 17 at 8.30pm. The third season, set in 2010, features Ewan McGregor in dual roles, plus Carrie Coon and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

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Ê Channel Nine have announced they’ll air ‘Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees’ this Wednesday, May 3 at 7.30pm. The special aired in the US recently, topping the ratings with 10.3 million viewers. Surviving member Barry Gibb performs on the special as does Celine Dion, Keith Urban, Ed Sheeran and Nick Jonas. There’s also an appearance by John Travolta, the star of ‘Saturday Night Fever’.

Ê The ABC is co-producing a new New Zealand-based kid’s series ‘The Legend of Monkey’ with Netflix and TVNZ. The 10-part series follows a teenage girl and a trio of fallen gods on a perilous journey as they attempt to bring an end to a demonic reign of chaos and restore balance to their world. “The mythical tale of the Monkey King is a story that continues to captivate global audiences,” said Michael Carrington, Head of Children’s at ABC Television. ‘The Legend of Monkey’ will air on the ABC next year.


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Be very clear in the way you explain things to others early in the week. Otherwise you are likely to get your wires crossed and your meaning will be scrambled. Then Mercury goes direct so communication should start to improve from Thursday. Aim to be mentally and physically active on the weekend. Mighty Mars is activating your restless gene, so it’s time to converse, discuss, study, travel, exercise, play sport and/or explore.



It’s a good week to set gigantic goals and dream big dreams for the future – and don’t make them too practical and pedestrian! It’s time for cautious Cats and languid Lions to go for gold as the Sun shines in your career zone giving you a sensational shot of creative confidence. On the weekend, be careful how you communicate with a loved one or colleague as they will be inclined to interpret your comments as criticism.



Avoid being a gullible Bull early in the week, when Mercury is still retrograde and someone may try to pull the wool over your eyes. Stay alert. And aim to channel the mid-week Sun/Neptune energy into creative, spiritual or humanitarian pursuits. But the more you dig your heels in and refuse to budge, the more frustrating the weekend will be. So strive to be flexible and expect the unexpected!



Active Virgos to the rescue! The mid-week Sun/Neptune trine highlights your helpful nature and your strong desire to be of service to others. But, before you jump in, just make sure other people require your assistance. And, if you are too quick to critique others on the weekend, then you could find yourself with a fractious friend on your hands. Praise and encouragement will get you a lot further than criticism.



Thank goodness Mercury finally goes direct on Wednesday. So communication, conversation, business, education and travel should all start to improve as the week progresses. If you take the time to communicate clearly with family and friends, you’ll reap the rewards. But unpredictable Uranus will still throw some surprises in! So think before you speak and if you find yourself compelled to spread secrets – just zip your lips!

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Retrograde Mercury confuses love and communication early in the week, so be careful you’re not viewing people and partnerships through ridiculously rose-coloured glasses. Attached Librans – when it comes to a major goal, make sure you and your sweetheart are on the same page. Singles – can you differentiate a dream date from a disappointing dud? You’ll start to see things more clearly from Thursday onwards.



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Crabs can be a selfish lot, as you become self-absorbed with your feelings, moods, dreams and daily dramas. But, with the Sun and Neptune highlighting your humanitarian side, it’s a wonderful week to re-connect with others, roll up your sleeves, and help those around you. Be inspired by fellow Cancerian, Princess Diana “Everyone has the potential to give something back”.



A close friend or family member is looking to you for sensitive emotional support, inspirational ideas or personal encouragement. Not criticism or sarcastic comments. So slip on your compassionate hat and adjust your approach accordingly. And if you’ve got a personal problem that’s worrying you don’t bottle things up inside. Have the courage to show some vulnerability and speak your truth.



This week’s Saturn aspects could exacerbate an existing problem in a relationship. Try not to take things too personally. The more defensive you are, the more difficult the week will be. A creative project takes off from Thursday onwards, as Mercury finally moves forwards and your imagination soars. But there could be some domestic dramas on the weekend, when you frustrate [or annoy] a family member with your boisterous behaviour.

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Your perfectionist side is likely to go into overdrive, as Saturn amps up your obsession with perfection. But the more you slip into Capricorn control-freak mode, the more problems you’ll encounter with others. Cool compromise and plenty of patience are the secrets to domestic harmony. You’ll find the more compassionate you are towards a close friend, the more meaningful the week will be.



The Sun is moving through earthy Taurus, which helps to stabilise your electric Aquarian energy. So it’s a wonderful week to take innovative ideas and turn them into practical projects, especially involving home, family and/or finances. And with Mercury, Venus and Uranus visiting your community zone, there is much enjoyment and friendship to be found within your local neighbourhood. Take the time to really listen to others.



This week Neptune encourages you to get involved in charitable work with a global reach, or help someone closer to home in your community. Creative inspiration and intuitive insights are also highlighted, but don’t get so carried away that you delude yourself and head into the realm of pure fantasy. Keep it real. There will also be opportunities to share your hopes and dreams with like-minded people.

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Have you ever wondered why your dog destructively chews? All dogs chew from time to time but did you know that there are plenty of ways to occupy them so they don’t chew on your shoes or mobile phones?

Nicole McMillan Practice owner of Coreen Avenue Veterinary Clinic and the Western Sydney Cat Hospital

Chewing is one of the most common and frustrating problems that dog owners encounter. Dogs will often become destructive when they are bored. Boredom can occur if dogs are not given enough ways to release their energy and occupy their minds. Other causes of chewing are exploratory behaviour and anxiety. It is important that you engage in regular activities with your dog to provide social, physical and mental enrichment. Dogs also thrive on routine and will generally look forward to their daily walk, run or ball/frisbee game. High energy dogs and working breeds may need more strenuous exercise to keep them interested. There are many options like flyball, agility training or swimming. Toys are a fantastic way of occupying dogs when they are left alone. Select toys that are appealing to your dog. Play toys should be big enough that they cannot be swallowed and not harmful or toxic if broken apart. Toys that have an interesting texture, scent or sound may

help to maintain your dog’s interest for as long as possible. Toys that can be coated or stuffed with food are ideal. These will keep dogs entertained and they self-reward when the food is released! Animals love to explore and you can encourage exploratory play by hiding food throughout the environment. Tug games can also be fun and will allow your dog to burn lots of energy. It is important that toys are durable and designed for tugging games. Train your dog to release the toy by offering more desirable treats or another toy as a reward during play. Be sure that your pet shows no signs of aggression when playing tug games. If your dog becomes possessive

or aggressive during tug games, immediately stop tug games and contact your veterinarian. Even if your dog has sufficient exercise, play and toys, it may still explore and chew household possessions. Make sure that desirable objects such as shoes, socks, mobiles, tablets and chargers are kept away from dogs when they are unsupervised. If you catch your dog chewing on something inappropriate, make a gentle sound (like a ‘whistle’ sound) to distract your dog and give it an alternative toy to chew on. This rewards your dog for releasing the inappropriate item and allows it to chew on an appropriate toy.

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In a generation where technology is the reason we are sitting more than standing, these same tech companies are selling tools to encourage us to move more. A great marketing team is behind the latest craze in fitness watches and activity trackers with sales increasing 110 per cent over the last 12 months. It’s great to see a nation, which is struggling to control a chronic disease epidemic, become concerned about the amount of movement we are doing. But is 10,000 steps the answer to increasing our fitness and improving our health? The most important thing to understand with exercise is one size does not fit all and each individual is capable of and requires a different amount of exercise. In Australia seven million people or one in three are currently diagnosed with at least one chronic health condition. These seven million people all require different levels and intensities of exercise. The number ‘10,000’ steps has no real scientific background, and yes it is a great target to start with, but based on your

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You don’t have to travel far for the perfect eyelashes Emu Plains salon now offering fluffy luxe eyelash extensions that will no doubt have Mountains’ women wanting to book an appointment...

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This girl is beautiful, she is a happy natured dog that was so sweet when we spent time with her. She will sit when asked and takes treats gently, she was good with other dogs we had out and always has a smile on her face.

For most women the number one mostrated makeup product that we can’t live without would have to be mascara. Think of the possibilities of ditching the time spent in the morning of combing multiple layers upon layers of mascara only to have it smudge all over our eyes throughout the day – what if we woke up with already lush, long and dark eyelashes? What could we spend our morning beauty time on? I think the answer is sleep! I was lucky enough to try the latest in Volume Lash Extensions from a very talented specialist with years of experience, Bianca from Beautylane by B in Emu Plains. Her services are extensive, offering skin treatments like facials and eyebrow waxing but her most popular treatment which has clients travelling as far as Drummoyne for are her fluffy luxe eyelash extensions. She first guides me into her new salon, I make sure I have no mascara or makeup on.


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What a stunning little nugget this guy is, he was so happy to spend time with us out in the run and is a really well behaved dog. He sat when asked straight away, loves to play ball and would make a great addition to most families.

Bianca then explains the difference between lash styles-volume being two, three or even five lashes attached to your one lash. For a full set the booking is made for 90 minutes and the hardest part about the whole treatment was honestly laying still for that amount of time with my eyes closed. Having a three-month-old baby I wasn’t used to such a luxury and found my eyes kept twitching as I was thinking of a million things.. With such skill and patience, Bianca proceeds to place the lashes onto my eyes with the room set to a certain temperature to allow the semi-permanent glue to dry nicely! At the end of the appointment she combs through my new lashes with a little brush. I look in the mirror and I’m amazed! I get to take these babies home! Lovely, fluttery, dark, full and long lashes, I couldn’t

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have asked for anything better! Not for the faint of heart, these lashes are high maintenance and addictive. Infills are regular appointments you will have to make from around two to four weeks after your first initial appointment. For after care you have to brush through them everyday with a little spoolie brush. You also get extra points if you can sleep through the night on your back and don’t pull and tug at your eyes! If you have commitment issues and want something a little less permanent, try a full strip of lashes instead for a night out. The Mink fullstrips by Napoleon Perdis are reusable if you look after them and are found at Westfield Penrith. All in all it was a great experience and I’m glad I went with someone so highly skilled in providing the best lash service for me! Follow @beautylanebyb on Instagram to check out beauty services offered right here in the local region!


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Someone has loved this girl, she is in good condition already desexed and has a nice nature and loves to cuddle. We aren’t sure why the owners haven’t turned up but this girl is now overdue and needs a loving new home.

We always recommend bringing your own dogs to the shelter to meet any of the shelter dogs.

The shelter is in need of toys, blankets (not doonas or pillows though), treats and coats for large dogs. Please contact the shelter if you can help.

Our contact details are:


Shelters contact details are:

Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter 10 Mulgrave Road, Mulgrave NSW 2756 ph: 02 4560 4644 WW27869

$1,200,000 - $1,300,000




Open for Inspection: Wednesday, May 3 @ 5-6pm

House OF THE week

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Blue Mountains Property

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‘BON ACCUEIL’ ‘Bon Accueil’ is unquestionably one of the area’s most elegant properties. This landmark residence c1919 is unparalleled in grace, style and historic wealth. This majestic home is embraced by an old world garden featuring stone pathways, mature trees and an abundance of sandstone. Enjoying a private setting and only moments to Leura village.

• Generous proportions throughout with immaculate period finishes • A wide entertainers’ verandah at the rear with filtered views • Expansive and stylish living room with slow combustion fireplace • Bright and fresh upstairs bathroom with feature claw foot bath

• Stunning timber floorboards right through and timber lined walls • Large, warm and inviting bedrooms with built-in robes • Original kitchen with Aga stove, gas cooking and fireplace • Natural gas with separate flued heaters and fireplaces


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Glenbrook Panthers – Commis Chef Part-Time Permanent Position We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced chef to join our busy kitchen team. Reporting to the Head Chef, you will thrive in a fast paced kitchen environment and have the ability to work efficiently and pro-actively. Key Duties and Responsibilities include, however are not limited to • Food preparation, presentation and service including cooking using grills and fryers; • Stocktake, recording wastage and cleaning the kitchen ensuring it is clean at all times;

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Golf Day rocketing success






Top of the range $2,849 at the . . .




The annual ANZAC Day Golf Classic fundraiser was another roaring success for Blackheath Rotary. Photo: Warren Howlett

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hile residents remembered our brave ANZACSs through services across the Blue Mountains last Tuesday, Rotary Club of Blackheath held their annual ANZAC Day Golf Classic fundraiser. Raising money for important local and international projects, this year’s golf day included lunch, an auction and ANZAC dusk service.


President of Blackheath Rotary, Andrew Hancock, said the four-ball ambrose tournament was very successful. “We had 69 golfers participate,” he said. “I haven’t got the official figures yet but we raised around $20,000, which will go to the return of the rocket.” Blackheath Rotary have been raising money to fund bringing back the rocket slide at Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park after Council approved their proposal in August last year. Mr Hancock said the annual golf day has

now brought them even closer to reaching the total amount of funds they need to start building the rocket. “Our target to have the rocket built and reinstalled has always been around the $75,000 mark,” he said. “I’m confident that after the recent golf day we are at around $40,000. We want the public to know that if they continue to donate, that we will be pretty close to getting there.” Kit Newcombe, Adam Preen, Steve Caswell and Andrew King were crowned champions.


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