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WAR OF WORDS Year 6 students from Blue Mountains Grammar School were involved in a nail-biting finish at the national final of the Kids’ Lit Quiz. See Page 7 inside

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DA in hands of independent panel Independent panel to determine fate of Leura’s Wayzgoose building ERIN MAMO

he argument over whether an independent panel or Blue Mountains City Council itself should determine the future of the well-known Wayzgoose building in Leura continues. At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, an item was on the agenda for Council to approve the process of establishing an Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) for the purpose of assessing Council’s development application for 170-174 Leura Mall. Independent Councillor Shae Foenander said she wouldn’t usually condone sending powers elsewhere but, as a collective, Council had already experienced a lot of scrutiny about the on-going issue. “We have had a lot of scrutiny for not handling this issue correctly,” she said. Cr Foenander added that this particular development application had become a political matter because of a few Councillors who insisted on getting involved in the issue, attending fundraisers and constantly speaking to the media. Councillor Kerry Brown, who assumed Cr Foenander was talking about her, said the issue was not political rather privatised.


The Wayzgoose building’s future will be decided by an independent panel “This was a process that was privatised by me not being able to have access to Council reports before I was a Councillor,” Cr Brown said. Mayor Mark Greenhill said he agrees that Council should be dealing with all development applications in chambers. “I agree we should be dealing with this matter in Council but I won’t be voting in favour of it tonight,” Cr Greenhill said.

“I think if we make this decision it runs the risk of ruining our reputation.” In the end it was a tight vote, with six Councillors in favour of the motion and six against it. Cr Greenhill then used his casting vote as Mayor to pass the motion. Now, an independent panel will assess the pending development application and the future of the Wayzgoose building.

Bin fight rages on in Council The great waste debate continued in Council chambers last week. Unhappy residents sat front and centre holding their banners, shaking their heads and even interjecting into Council’s debate, fighting for the refund they believe they deserve for being charged for two waste services for a number of years. ‘What part of it’s their money don’t BMCC understand?’, read one of the angry resident’s banners as Councillor Kerry Brown took to the floor to again fight for her constituents. As part of a rescission motion, Cr Brown said she wants Council to remove the resolution from last month’s meeting where it was decided that residents would only be reimbursed for a maximum of five years worth of overcharging. “This money isn’t ours,” Cr Brown said. Wentworth Falls resident Eric Brown said he is disappointed and angry that Council won’t return the full amount of money that they took in error from locals. Mr Brown said ideally he would like to see the full amount of money returned to residents but that if that cannot happen then a percentage of what each resident has paid in error should be returned. Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill stood by his original position that if Council was to reimburse the residents who have been overcharged for their waste service in full, that it could come at a cost to other ratepayers. The rescission motion was lost but residents have vowed to keep fighting.


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rounds (not including the Finals), longer than the much more established NRL and AFL seasons. It picks up momentum through November, December and January as the news cycle is quieter, the weather is good and people are craving good quality sport.

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Respiratory illness in kids on the rise With winter fast approaching, doctors are warning local parents about respiratory illness among children ERIN MAMO

espiratory illnesses are the leading cause for hospital admissions among young children in the Blue Mountains, a local paediatrician has revealed. According to Dr Arman Babajanyan, Head of Paediatrics at Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital, around one-fifth of children who come to the emergency department with respiratory illnesses will need to be admitted to hospital. “In 2016, we saw more than 1,450 presentations of children with respiratory illnesses,” Dr Babajanyan said. “At this hospital alone, we may see up to 160 children a month for respiratory illnesses.” Dr Babajanyan said recent statistics are worrying, especially among young children. “Overall hospital admissions and emergency presentations of children with respiratory conditions have not dropped significantly in recent years,” he said. Dr Babajanyan warns that with winter fast approaching, respiratory presentations will only increase at the Katoomba-


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based hospital. “From a hospital perspective we expect an increased number of children presenting with viral respiratory illnesses, pneumonia and asthma,” he said. “Our hospital is preparing for winter, but it’s also important that parents be aware of how critically ill a young child with a respiratory illness can become within just a few hours.” The paediatrician recommends that if a child has a respiratory condition, like asthma, that parents stay up-to-date with their asthma action plan and double-check the dosage and technique of medication frequently with their local doctor. Further, Dr Babajanyan said that parents also need to recognise the first signs of illness in their child. “If parents are concerned, and especially if you have young children less than threemonths-old, do not hesitate to go and see a doctor because children this young can critically deteriorate within a short period of time,” he said. Blue Mountains Hospital recently hosted an ‘Acute Paediatric Respiratory Update Day’ for nursing and medical staff from children’s wards and emergency departments across Nepean, Blue Mountains and Lithgow hospitals.

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Local school lights up competition Blue Mountains Grammar School finish with impressive results at prestigious Kids’ Lit Quiz ERIN MAMO

ear 6 students from Blue Mountains Grammar School competed in a war of words recently at the national final of the Kids’ Lit Quiz. The competition, held on Saturday, March 18, saw Tien Attwater, Emily Colbran, Oliver Drew and Maeve Magner face-off in a wide-ranging literature quiz that tested both general literature knowledge and knowledge of specific authors, books, characters and opening lines. Blue Mountains Grammar School Principal, Trevor Barman, said it was a nail-biting race to the finish line for the final three teams. “In the final round our team was in equal second place, which brought on a tiebreaking single question contest against the team from Moreton Bay Boys’ College in Queensland,” he said. “Our team then won the tiebreak question to finish the competition in outright second place.” Blue Mountains Grammar School finished only half a point behind the winning team, Canberra Grammar, who will now contest the world finals over in Canada later this year.


Only 10 teams from Australia qualified for the recent finals through a series of regional heats across the nation. At the final, each team participated in five rounds of 13 questions each. An incorrect answer meant a reduction in points, so the pressure was well and truly on all teams to be both fast and accurate in their responses. Mr Barman said the enthusiastic Blue Mountains Grammar School students showed determination and composure throughout the thrilling and challenging competition. “I am extremely proud of our students’ wonderful achievements,” he said. In the lead up to the competition, the students participated in mock quizzes to hone their skills. The quiz, founded by quiz-master Wayne Mills, was developed to encourage reading in age groups where reading for pleasure can sometimes taper off in favour of technological devices or sporting pursuits. For finishing in second place in the competition, the Blue Mountains Grammar School students received a small cash prize each and a selection of books. Do you have a community story you’d like to share? Email

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Old Glenbrook favourite, Blinky Bill, back where he belongs ERIN MAMO

ey, hey! Blinky Bill is back on the bus shelter in Glenbrook. Many locals will remember that Blinky Bill stood proudly on the bus shelter out the front of Glenbrook Cinema on Ross Street from 1992 until 2013 when a car destroyed it. Now, local artist Jayne Shephard has finished putting the final touches on the new artwork and said she is very happy with the result. “I’ve had a strong emotional connection with the bus stop since 1992, and I am thankful for the chance to restore the mural,” she said. “I feel that the new mural is truer to the books than the original mural.” The original mural was a collaboration between Ms Shephard and children from Glenbrook Public School, to celebrate the centenary of the school by way of a tribute to Australian children’s literature. Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill, who visited the bus shelter recently with Ms Shephard, said he is delighted to see the new-look mural. “I thank Jayne for her skills and dedication in bringing the iconic bus stop back to life for Glenbrook residents,” Cr Greenhill said. “I can’t imagine Glenbrook village


The Food Forest Project group at Bunnings Warehouse in Valley Heights ERIN MAMO

our community projects that were devised by Blue Mountains teens during Blue Mountains City Council’s ‘Project NOW Youth Congress’ are now well underway. Each of the four projects were developed in the last 18 months, by youths, for youths, aiming to address environmental and social justice concerns of the generation. Mayor Mark Greenhill said the young people are showing outstanding drive and passion for the community.


“They are positive agents of change for a better world,” he said. “I am very impressed by these inspiring young residents who are proving to be leaders of innovative, sustainable social change.” The four projects being rolled out include, ‘The Refugees and Youth Creating Connective Communities Project’, which is connecting young Blue Mountains residents with refugees in Australia through a pen pal program. Also in production is ‘The Food Forest Project’, ‘The ‘Youth Summit Radio Project’ and the ‘One Planet Week Project’.

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Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill with artist Jayne Shephard without it.” Blinky Bill is depicted on the shelter walls with his friends from, ‘The Magic Pudding’, ‘Wombat Stew’ and ‘Possum Magic’. All of the books represented in the mural remain an important part of Australian literary culture for children. In a statement to the Record, Blue Mountains City Council said the new bus shelter is now a tourist attraction and the subject of a number of ‘selfies’ by international visitors.

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Turning back time

Famous local radio station 2KA announced on April 7, 1960 that it was moving to new studios in Katoomba. The state of the art studios were located on the first floor of the Rural Bank Building in Katoomba. John Emmott was announced as Studio Manager.

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Congratulations to Blaxland resident Janice Kerrison who has been announced as the Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta 2016 Catherine McAuley Alumnae Award winner.

Are we the only ones who couldn’t care less that two Channel Nine journalists got married last weekend? The mainstream media’s obsession with reporting on itself is getting worse and worse.

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illions of p e ople around the globe have sat and watched as naked men create

genital origami. Now it’s the Mountains’ turn with the hit show ‘Puppetry of the Penis’ making its way to the Blue Mountains Theatre in Springwood this April. Audiences will be in stitches as two

men, wearing nothing but shoes, turn their downstairs bits into a range of shapes that will be projected onto a huge video screen for all to enjoy. The show will feature the most popular impersonations including the Loch Ness Monster, the Eiffel Tower, the Pelican and the iconic Hamburger, plus plenty of new installations such as Miley Cyrus, the Kardashian and Yoda. This is the latest incarnation of the show, which has been playing to packed out audiences in Las Vegas. “We are so excited to be bringing the show back down under again,” Creator and Puppeteer, Simon Morley said. “The Australian audience is always

amazing and ready to have some fun. “I’m sure they are going to love the incredible talents of Rich and Barry, straight from Las Vegas.” Performers Rich Binning and Barry Brisco are looking forward to the opportunity to bring the show back to our shores. “We’re excited to come to Australia because Australians like to get their penises out – it’s a complete different vibe especially because Australia is where the show came from,” Barry said. There’s even an chance for audiences to get involved. “Audience participation is very important which is why we’re happy we’re

coming back to Australia,” Barry said. “We’ve introduced a second audience participation – we’ll have a lady on stage to do a trick with her and now we actually invite gentlemen to come on stage to learn how to make a burger in front of the audience – it’s had an amazing response. Grab your friends and don’t miss out on this naughty night of laughs! ‘Puppetry of the Penis’ will be on at the Blue Mountains Theatre on Wednesday, April 19 at 8pm. This is an 18+ event, which contains full frontal nudity. Tickets are $44.90-$49.90. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 4723 5050.

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OUT NOW WON T UO GAME Mass Effect: Andromeda

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Rated PG Set sail on an adventure across the sea in the Disney hit ‘Moana’. Natural-born navigator Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) is chosen to seek out a precious artefact that could help save her people. Leaving behind her Polynesian tribe, and her village chief father, she sets out on the daring mission where she meets the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson). The pair find themselves in the middle of an action-packed voyage that sees them

face impossible odds and encounter fiery creatures. Along with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, ‘Moana’ features some familiar voices including ‘Flight of the Conchords’ star Jemaine Clement and Hawaiian-born singer and former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger. The film has gained rave reviews and was nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song at this year’s Oscars.


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Take a trip to the Andromeda galaxy in the latest release of the hugely successful ‘Mass Effect’ franchise. ‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’ takes gamers on a journey to the Andromeda galaxy, where a battle is being waged in a bid to find a new home for humans to populate. Gamers will take on the role of either Sara or Scott Ryder, military recruits on the human Pathfinder team. The story takes players into the next chapter of humanity’s story, where each choice throughout the game will determine our survival.

In 2014 ‘The Lego Movie’ captured our hearts and became an unexpected comedy hit. Now the worldwide phenomenon is back on the big screen with the release of ‘The Lego Batman Movie’. This time around Lego Batman (Will Arnett) takes centre stage in his very own action adventure. Changes are happening in Gotham, and though Batman – aka Bruce Wayne – desperately wants to save his beloved city from The Joker (Zach Galifianakis), he realises that he may not be able to tackle the job alone. With the help of his sidekick Robin (Michael Cera) and his butler Alfred

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(Ralph Fiennes), Batman puts aside his lone vigilante guise and learns that sometimes it’s OK to lighten up. ‘The Lego Movie’ earned rave reviews from critics and so far it looks like ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ will follow in its predecessor’s footsteps. This animated Batman spoof has been described by movie review site Rotten Tomatoes as “another round of dizzyingly funny – and beautifully animated – family-friendly mayhem”. Check it out! ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ is now screening at Hoyts Penrith. For more information, including session times, visit

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Ê ‘The Big Bang Theory’ has officially been renewed for two more seasons, making it a whopping 12 seasons in total. It’s quite unbelievable to think that this show will run longer than a number of major US sitcoms in the past including ‘Seinfeld’, ‘Friends’, ‘Frasier’ and ‘How I Met Your Mother’. Ê Former ‘The X Factor’ judge James Blunt will perform at the upcoming Logie Awards. Recent ‘I’m a Celebrity’ winner Casey Donovan is also expected to be performing. The Logies air on April 23. Ê With the new series of ‘Prison Break’ premiering in the US today, many Aussies, including myself, have been wondering when the show will finally air here. Unfortunately, Channel Ten (who have the rights to the series) have no current plans, with the network keen to see how the series performs in the US first. I must say this is a stupid move by Ten, considering how awful their ratings have been already this year – if anything a huge show like ‘Prison Break’ could give them the boost they need. Ê ‘Grand Designs Australia’ returns this month kicking off with a one hour special, ‘Kevin McCloud’s Top 10 Grand Designs Australia’. The special is filmed in historic Homewood House in Sur-

rey, England, with host Peter Maddison sitting down with Kevin McCloud, a cup of tea and an old fashioned slide show to reminisce about highlights from the past six seasons. The new season of ‘Grand Designs Australia’ will then begin the following week on Thursday, April 27.

Ê After the success of the Aussie series, LifeStyle will air episodes of ‘Gogglebox UK’ from Wednesday, April 12 at 7.30pm.

Ê Channel Ten has failed at giving this show a fair run, but good news for fans of ‘Blue Bloods’ with the police drama renewed for an eighth season.

Ê This year’s Gold Logie nominees are Jessica Marais, Grant Denyer, Peter Helliar, Waleed Aly, Rodger Corser and Samuel Johnson.

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Ê Filming has begun on the seventh season of ‘Offspring’, Channel Ten has announced. Returning for another round of lovable Proudman family chaos, Asher Keddie and Kat Stewart reprise their roles as sisters Nina and Billie Proudman. The new season of ‘Offspring’ is expected to air mid to late this year.

Ê Classic 1960s cartoon ‘Wacky Races’ has been rebooted, and will air on Boomerang this August.

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your horoscopes

Expect some dizzying highs and dismal lows this week! Thursday is potentially the best day, as Mars trines Pluto, which increases your personal magnetism and ability to manifest. But if you don’t use your personal power in positive ways, then it could all come crashing down on the weekend when you’ll feel stymied at every turn. Patience and tact are the keys to extricating yourself from frustrating situations with your reputation intact.


A romantic or platonic relationship may be strained as Saturn, Pluto and retrograde Venus regurgitate an unpleasant or unresolved issue from the past. The worst way to handle it? With a stubborn attitude and an unforgiving heart. The best way to handle it? With an abundance of patience and grace! Be inspired by writer Maya Angelou: “It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive.”


Avoid being too brisk and brusque with loved ones this week, as your business side goes into overdrive. Family and friends respect your multi-tasking skills, but they can also be overwhelmed by them. So pace yourself. When it comes to a problem involving a work colleague, an acquaintance or a joint financial arrangement, there’s much more going on beneath the surface than you currently realise.



If you’re searching for smart ways to make money, don’t over-capitalise or attempt to re-invent the wheel. Tried and tested methods will work best at the moment. And be extra careful what you say to a stressed loved one, especially on the weekend. Criticism will definitely not be appreciated – no matter how ‘constructive’ it is. Make sure you think before you speak, and choose your words wisely.



This week Saturn goes retrograde, and then squares retro Venus. Which equals double trouble in the love department! So prepare for plenty of relationship hassles or old issues from the past to return. Perhaps a partnership problem re-surfaces or an-ex-lover suddenly reappears. The more bossy you are on Saturday and Sunday, the more difficult the weekend will be.


Oh my goodness, what a wonky week for partnerships of the romantic and platonic kind! With Venus retrograde AND squaring retro Saturn, relationships will definitely not run smoothly. The weekend is the most sensitive time so try to communicate clearly and calmly with those around you. Attached Librans – circumstances will create some distance between you and your partner. Singles – a promising date could turn out to be a dud.



Many people will feel particularly oversensitive and over-reactive this week. So it would be best to keep idiosyncratic ideas and controversial comments to yourself. And avoid getting drawn into petty arguments and pointless debates. Money matters also look complicated, as Venus reverses through your cash zone. So hold off making important business decisions and momentous financial moves until a more suitable time.



The planets push your insecurity button this week, which will activate your protective Crab claws. But you’ll find the more defensive you are, the more exhausted you’ll feel and the more difficult the week will be. So strive to get the balance right between maintaining the status quo, and changing the aspects of your life that aren’t functioning so well.

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Sagittarians prefer life to be fun and games, with minimum effort and elbow grease involved. And sometimes your fiery spontaneity and versatile virtuosity are all that’s required. But not this week! Saturn stirs up your home zone as a family member causes problems or a domestic issue demands to be fixed. So you’ll just have to step up to the plate and accept your responsibilities (with a great big smile).



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Prepare for an exasperating week when Saturn and Pluto trim your fiery wings; curb your creativity; and stymie your natural Leo ebullience. And your love life could take a hit too! So what’s the celestial message amidst all of this frustration? The planets are teaching you to be less stubborn and much more patient. Your motto is from writer Maya Angelou: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude”.




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Get ready for a week of extremes Scorpio! Thursday should be a terrific day as Pluto (your ruler) trines Mars, which boosts your energy, enthusiasm, motivation and mojo. But frustration levels then rise, culminating in a weekend when you could end up in a power struggle with a colleague. Or a relationship with a child, teenager, lover or friend could take a decidedly frosty turn.

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Venus is now reversing through your sign until mid-April, so you’ll find that a personal project or a close relationship may suddenly stall – or go backwards! Don’t waste too much time worrying, or expend too much energy trying to fix it. Instead, use the week productively as you review, revise, re-evaluate and re-percolate. With a view to completely rebooting the situation after April 15.

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Simple ways to reduce your consumption of meat If you’re trying to have less meat in your diet, it doesn’t have to be a painful journey full of boring vegetables...

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While there’s no chance of vegetarians and vegans taking over the world anytime soon, there does seem to be a growing interest in reducing our meat consumption. With the rise of terms like ‘flexitarian’ many people are looking for healthy and delicious ways to find a balance between meat-heavy and meat-free eating. If you’re ready to include more plantbased meals into your diet here are some things to keep in mind. Start small While drastic changes may work for some, for most of us change is easiest to adapt to when it’s gradual. A great way is by cutting down on the quantity of meat you eat with each meal. Another option is to change to meat free Mondays, which is a great way to cut down on your weekly meat intake while giving you the chance to test out new recipes. Don’t forget the protein When we think protein we often think of meat and dairy, but there are many plant-based sources of protein.

Try including legumes – such as lentils, chickpeas, black beans and kidney beans – into your diet, along with nuts and nut butters, seeds, soy-based products like tofu and tempeh, quinoa and grain-based products such as wholegrain breads. Try the ‘meaty’ options No one is going to love all vegetables – not even a raw vegan. There are always going to be some plant foods that are more appealing than others. When making the switch try to include ‘meaty’ vegetables like mushrooms – which are often referred to as the meat of the vegetable world due to its texture – or eggplant, which is delicious when grilled on the BBQ or made into parmigiana.

Modify your favourite meals It can seem tricky to forgo meat because it tends to be the star of our meals, with vegetables and salad playing a supporting role. But cutting down on meat doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite meals. It’s really just a matter of making a few simple swaps. Find pizza drool-worthy? Then ditch the meat lovers and opt for a mix of meat and vegetable toppings. Have a soft spot for burritos? Try black beans instead of beef/chicken. Love a big bowl of spaghetti bolognaise? Swap half your mince for lentils. Why not give it a try?


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he growing season for vintage 2016 in NSW’s Central Ranges that local maker Logan Wines summed up as “unpredictably kind”, gave ve the company both the biggest harvest in its 20 year history, istory, and its earliest. After starting, in the words of owner and winemaker, maker, Peter Logan “scarily hot and dry”, the 2016 season n soon gave way to much needed rain and mild temperatures, atures, which all proved that even cold climate wine can benefit from a good dose of vitamin D and a wash-down with a healthy amount of water. “As a result we squeezed in our biggest harvest ever in the shortest number of days,” said Peter. And he’s particularly happy with the season’ss 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, a variety that loves sunshine, but ut with too much heat can ripen without developing flavour, avour, and also lose the all-important acid that it needs. “But this one’s proved absolutely true to variety, y, with complexity and round but fresh drinkability,” Peter er said. With prominent grapefruit and guava flavourss on a core of lime and minerality, it’s a delightful match h with pork four-quarter chops and apple sauce; well-priced iced at $23. One to note: Wolf Blass Grey Label wines have a wellearned reputation for being rich and powerful, yet et with a wonderful approachability from their time in bottle before release. A 2014 Grey Label McLaren Vale Shiraz (pictured)) that’s now available is just one such of these wines. At $45 this one makes for a really rewarding pairing with slow-roasted lamb shanks under a star-anise se and plum marinade.



Choosing the right shoe ahead of the new netball season Netball is a great sport for all ages, but your feet certainly take a battering. Having the right shoe can make a huge difference to how your feet feel...

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Netball season is fast approaching and irrelevant to the level of netball you play, shoes can either hinder or enhance performance and the right shoe can reduce your risk of injuries. Netball v Traditional Runners Netball is a high impact sport that often requires short sharp bursts of agile movements. Whilst running shoes are soft and cushioned, they lack the ability to control side to side movement and pose a risk of lower limb injuries as they best work for forwards-backwards motion. The thick rubber sole found on runners reduces the ability to change direction quickly and is not as durable and the sole found on netball shoes that is designed to withstand high levels of abrasion. The outsole of Netball shoes is wrapped and securely attached with stitching on the front of the shoe to reduce drag which favours multidirectional movements. This compares to a running shoe that would tear away from the upper and wear down rapidly.

What are the types of Netball shoes? Ever wondered why there were so many different options? That is because of the different features available that suit a different foot. If one shoe were to have all the features available, it would be as heavy as a work boot. It is important to know what you need, and which shoe offers those features. Asics Netburner – Offers both adequate support and cushioning through the gel pockets. Features a higher heel pitch for those prone to Achilles tendon loading. Asics Academy – An entry level neutral shoe option. Has a highly durable outsole desirable for those who exhibit a lot of changes in direction. Asics Netburner Professional – Designed inspired by a standard running shoe, it is often lighter whilst still having similar support features with rear and fore foot gel cushioning. Great for netballers who cover larger areas on the court. Also, features a bunion accommodation window. Asics Netburner Ballistic – a great option for individuals with ankle instability due to the deep heel cup reinforcing lateral stability and arch support. Determining which shoe is suited for your foot and requirements can be a challenge, your podiatrist can assess you and help you make the best decision for the upcoming season.

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Looking good this season without breaking the bank If your bank balance is looking bad, your style doesn’t have to suffer...

Alyce Madden Westfield Penrith Follow me on Instagram

With trends coming in and out of fashion and our favourite stores stocked ready with the latest gear, how do we pick and choose wisely for the right purchases to spend on? We want to save our wallets but help our wardrobes! When you are working with a budget the best tip is to invest in quality classic pieces that you can re-work every day into the mix – sometimes you don’t even have to invest that much! A great way to look expensive is to work a classy blazer jacket, they are a must have and will instantly elevate your look and add class. French fashion house Balmain have pioneered the iconic sophisticated double breasted blazer complete with embossed shiny gold buttons. If spending thousands of dollars on one fashion item isn’t your thing look out for similar styles in store now instead! At Westfield Penrith in Forever New is the Libby Blazer, the perfect tailored blazer made to emphasise your waist, comes complete with notch lapels and structured shoulders, wear back with a plain white silk cami and blue denim skinny jeans.

Another trick to save you plenty of money but still make sure you’re impeccably polished is to select key costume jewellery pieces. Usually never exceeding $25 with this amount you can definitely find a great stand out necklace or pair of earrings. Look out for weighty metals instead of the flimsy overly shiny versions. Stores like Lovisa are currently stocking real semi precious stone jewellery, pick up a rose quarts ring set – the stone of unconditional love, or what about a purple amethyst pendant? Adding crystal jewellery elements to your look adds elegance and charm. Another piece that’s a must to look out for and invest in this season are tie neck blouses. The brand Metalicus found at Myer have a great range out now. Check it out at Westfield Penrith. Steer clear of fussy prints and streamline by sticking to bold jewel colours for a chic look. The Cruz Neck Tie Sleeveless Top comes in a rich teal green featuring a v-neck and standout tie neck detail, loose fitting and sleeveless you can pair this top with tailored black pants. Happy shopping! And remember, having a small bank balance doesn’t mean you can’t look good! Got a question you’d like Alyce to answer? Tweet us @bluemtnsrecord.

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Undeniably one of the finest examples of a “Californian Bungalow” in the region, Jacaranda Lodge is now available for you to add the next chapter to its proud history. Situated on a magnificent corner lot of 1072sqm, dotted with the spectacular trees that coined the property’s name, overlooking the beautiful Nepean River, it is easy to see why our forebears chose this location for one of the street’s first homes. The original blueprints show an elegant, aristocratic residence with wide sweeping verandahs and large open plan living spaces for entertaining guests. The current layout offers a range of lifestyle options. For example, our owners chose to live in a five bedroom home by utilising the vast enclosed spaces. Your family may have other ideas. Over the past few years the home has been rented out, losing some of its former glory. What it hasn’t lost is its character, sheer presence and style. With an abundance of period features, exceptional craftsmanship and a superb location all that is left is for you to add your own personal twist.

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» Total area- 1121sqm approx. » Zoning - R3 medium density Residential » Boundaries - Frontage: 15.34 » Best Use - Townhouse Development / Student Accommodation - 53.84 x 20.405 » Approximate rental return - $500 per week - 56.15 x 20.52 - Prefer delayed settlement or rent back arrangement » Owners Terms - Would consider up to 12 months What makes this the one for you? • Fantastic location only minutes from Western Sydney University & TAFE • One of Western Sydney’s genuine growth hot spots • Quiet, peaceful residential street • Ideal project with off plan sales now exceeding $600,000 For sale by written expressions of interest closing Wednesday 12th April at 5pm. Call today for an Information memorandum & submission documents.


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Sport Aussie Rules’ popularity boost ERIN MAMO

espite muddy conditions, the Blue Mountains Kangaroos Junior AFL Club kicked off their 18th season in the greater western Sydney competition last weekend. The club, based in Springwood, currently has around eight teams ranging from an under 9s Auskick team to an all girls under 15s team. Club President, Danny Croucher, said all of the teams performed really well this past weekend in their opening games particularly the all girls team. “Going into their second season, the under 15s girls team won their first game ever,” Croucher said. “Against the Penrith Giants, the team with a lot of new players took a little while to find their feet but eventually got up, scored a few goals and beat the opposition 41 to 33.” The under 12s team also got a win under their belt dominating their game against


Blue Mountains Kangaroos President, Danny Croucher, with players from the Under 11s and Under 12s the Ingleburn Magpies from the first bounce, with the final score 95 to 30. Croucher said he has witnessed extraordinary growth in the local club recently due to an increased popularity in the sport. “Since the Greater Western Sydney Giants entered the competition the

interest in AFL has grown in our area,” Croucher said. “This year the Kangaroos will have two under 9s teams for the first time in many years and have over 40 Auskickers ready to go.” Croucher said AFL is also proving to be popular with girls in the area too.

“Our under 15s girls team has doubled in size compared to last year, which is really exciting,” he said. “We are now looking to field an under 12s girls team and need a few more players to get this up and running.” For more information, visit

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Wiped out by Storm anthers coach Anthony Griffin admits his side panicked at times as it tried to play catch-up against Melbourne at AAMI Park on Saturday night. Penrith went down 28-6 but the scoreline didn’t reflect the visiting team’s effort. “The thing that disappointed me the most was how easy they got their points,” Griffin said after the game. “They got them too easy and we had to fight to get to ours. To their credit they were there a few times when we were going over the line and forced us to lose the ball.” Melbourne got to a 10-0 lead during the first half but the Panthers struck back to make it 10-6 at half-time. At that stage, Griffin thought his side were getting on top. “There was some errors individually at times but I thought at 10-6 we got ourselves back into the game and we started to win the battle in the middle,” he said. “If it had stayed 10-6 into that second half we would have been right in the game but we conceded that really easy one straight after halftime and just panicked a bit after that.” The Storm remain the only unbeaten team in the NRL after beating Penrith.




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Panthers coach Anthony Griffin. Photo: Melinda Jane Griffin said his side would learn from the loss heading into Friday night’s match against South Sydney at Pepper Stadium. “We created enough chances to get more points but in a game like this against Melbourne you’ve got to have a 10-8 mindset or a

12-10 mindset to just get down and grind out a game,” he said. “We just kept releasing pressure... they just got their points way too easy.” The Panthers now face two straight home games at Pepper Stadium.


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