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The grim numbers that should concern us all COLORECTAL CANCER: WILLOUGHBY 16 | BMC 40 LUNG CANCER: WILLOUGHBY 41 | BMC 70 BREAST CANCER (FEMALES): WILLOUGHBY 25 | BMC 33 DIABETES: WILLOUGHBY 13 | BMC 14 CIRCULATORY DISEASES: WILLOUGHBY 73 | BMC 188 ISCHAEMIC HEART DISEASE: WILLOUGHBY 39 | BMC 98 RESPIRATORY SYSTEM DISEASES: WILLOUGHBY 23 | BMC 60

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he division between the city and regional centres is bigger than ever as worrying statistics reveal that Blue Mountains residents are more likely to die than our North Shore counterparts. The data from the Social Health Atlas paints a sombre portrait of health in the Blue Mountains Local Government Area, as we hold high rates of premature mortality in most categories where data has been collected. With similar populations based on the 2016 Census, Blue Mountains City and Willoughby City Local Government Areas (LGA) vastly differ in deaths. The total premature mortality

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figure across the Blue Mountains LGA between 2010 and 2014 was 937, while Willoughby sat on 482. Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman said it’s not surprising to see health discrepancies between the Blue Mountains and a more affluent compact urban area such as Willoughby. “The Blue Mountains covers 27 villages spread across 100km of ridgelines,” she said. “Many Blue Mountains residents face challenges in accessing health services from GPs through to specialists.” When broken down into cause, the premature mortality statistics reveal a sad truth about living west of Sydney city. Story continues on » p. 9

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riter J.K. Rowling has an impressive 11.4 million followers on Twitter. Good on her, but having such a powerful voice on social media comes with responsibility. Last week, the popular ‘Harry Potter’ author called out US President Donald Trump after a video popped up online appearing to show him ignoring a young disabled toddler in a wheelchair on stage at a press conference about health reform. “How stunning, and how horrible, that Trump cannot bring himself to shake the hand of a small boy who only wanted to touch the President,” scorned Rowling in one of an array of scathing Tweets about the incident. It didn’t take long for the truth to come out – the video had been edited and the real footage showed Trump approaching and embracing the toddler. Rowling didn’t check the facts – but she certainly isn’t the first person and won’t be the last to make such an error. Her mistake was an innocent one, I’m sure, but it took several days for her to retract her claim and delete the tweets (and there’s still no apology to Trump). The concern here isn’t J.K. Rowling, who clearly has very strong views on American politics (despite being British), but moreso the dangerous world of social media, where more and more young people are choosing to get their news. Survey after survey shows you that younger generations are turning to Twitter and Facebook to get their information, but it’s who they are following that is of concern when it comes to news consumption.

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Celebrities rule the social media world, with the likes of Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and Kim Kardashian having millions more followers than respected news sources like CNN and the New York Times. It’s why celebrities – like it or not – have a responsibility to ensure that what they’re Tweeting, if it’s in the news sphere, is accurate. And if it’s not, they need to make sure appropriate corrections are Tweeted to the same audience. You see technology hasn’t just sounded the warning siren for daily print newspapers, talkback radio and traditional news bulletins, but it’s also declared war with the traditional expected fact checking that came with such media outlets. The other issue is that when it comes to social media news consumption, people are more likely to only follow accounts and people that deliver the news they want to hear. A Labor voter may follow Bill Shorten,

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but not Malcolm Turnbull, and vice versa. Independence and variety is thrown out the window when you only read news that aligns with your beliefs and ideals and all of a sudden you’re consuming public relations, not news. So while we may be able to accept the digital evolution of news, we need to realise it doesn’t come with the same principles of fact checking and independence that we grew up with. That’s a dangerous thought for a generation about to grow up in a digitalonly news world, relying on social media, celebrities and citizen journalists to inform them. Where is the outrage? Women should be appalled by ‘The Bachelor’, but for some reason the show continues to rate well for the struggling Channel Ten and is showing no sign of losing its mostly female audience. But why? Here’s a show that puts a group of women at the mercy of one man, pits them against each other in a bitchy environment and invites its audience to sit back and put the sisterhood to one side for a couple of hours a week. The lack of diversity, that’s another issue altogether, but despite initial howls of protest, it doesn’t appear anybody is turning off. This is demeaning television that treats women as objects, yet it creates barely a ripple that some of the confected outrage does when it comes to equality. I really don’t get it. (But for the record, I’m in the office sweep so here’s hoping Elora, Leah or Akoulina survive the Barbie Battle of 2017 – there’s a free lunch at stake).

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Locals celebrate Breastfeeding Week Mums and bubs from the Blue Mountains come together to mark World Breastfeeding Week milestone ERIN MAMO

o celebrate the 25th year of World Breastfeeding Week, mums and bubs from the Blue Mountains and Penrith got together last week for a breastfeeding meet-up. Held at Nepean Hospital, the event encouraged new mums from the region to come together – whether they breastfeed or not – for a catch-up. Clinical Midwifery Consultant, Jeni Stevens, said apart from a social catch-up the meet-up was established to give local mums the opportunity to learn about the support they have when making infant feeding choices. “We want to promote breastfeeding and make it the norm in our area because we know about the massive benefits it offers,” she said. “But, at the same time, we also want to give new mums all the information that they need to help them decide what is best for them.” Leura mum and breastfeeding advocate, Katey Weekes, said she was made to feel like a rock star by the midwives at both Nepean and Katoomba hospital when she

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had her daughters. Ms Weekes gave birth to twin daughters just over 12 months ago and had a few hiccups during the end of her pregnancy as well as her children’s first few days of life. “My girls were premature, so they had trouble latching on to feed and I ended up having to pump around two litres of milk a day for them,” she said. “I think when it comes to breastfeeding the best piece of advice I could give is don’t be afraid to ask for help. “There are so many resources through the hospitals and within the community that can help.” Ms Weekes said she is happy she was able to produce milk and go on to breastfeed because she really believes breastfeeding has multiple benefits. “Not only that it creates an amazing bond between a mother and her children,” she said. For mothers in the Blue Mountains area, both Springwood and Katoomba Community Health Centres offer a breastfeeding clinic. The Australian Breastfeeding Association also provides support online and has a helpline that is open seven days a week. Visit www.breastfeeding.asn.au.

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Doyle pushes for locally built trains State MP Trish Doyle attracts plenty of support from Labor colleagues to have trains built in NSW ERIN MAMO

tate Member for the Blue Mountains, Trish Doyle, has taken her campaign for NSW trains to be built locally to the next level at the recent NSW Labor Conference. Held last weekend, Ms Doyle spoke at the state conference, securing support from delegates for her campaign to commit a future Labor Government to building new trains in New South Wales. “In the Labor Party, we know that New South Wales train manufacturing workers have the skills, the know-how and the experience to produce high quality trains that are fit-for-purpose, which fit the tracks, and which provide value-formoney for NSW taxpayers,” Ms Doyle said. “We have learned from the disastrous mistakes of the NSW Liberal Government and we call upon a future Labor Government to ensure the long-term future of local rail manufacturing in NSW.” Ms Doyle has been waging a high-profile campaign against the NSW Liberal Government’s decision to issue a contract for the New Intercity Fleet to a company in South Korea. “The new trains are being built to a

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design which is currently incompatible with tracks tunnels and platforms on the Blue Mountains line west of Springwood,” she said. At the conference, the State Member with the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, put forward a motion to amend the Labor Party’s stance, calling for all future train replacement programmes, including the remainder of the Intercity V-Set replacement programme to be built locally. Ms Doyle also spoke in support of a new Labor Party commitment to enshrine 10 Days Domestic Violence Leave in the National Employment Standards and relevant state legislation. “We can’t rely on good employers to provide domestic violence leave and care for their workers who are confronted with an unsafe situation,” she said. “We can’t and we shouldn’t rely on benevolence.” The Domestic Violence Leave motion, brought to the conference by the Australian Services Union, was adopted as Labor policy with unanimous support from all delegates. What are your thoughts on this story? Email us at news@bluemountainsrecord. com.au.

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Katoomba: Locals busted with cannabis in CBD drug raids On Saturday, July 29, police from the Blue Mountains with the Public Order Riot Squad and a Drug Detection Dog conducted a Drug Detection Operation in the CBDs of Katoomba and Springwood. During the operation at Springwood, a 28-year-old male from Penrith was detected in a licensed premise in possession of 43 tablets of what is believed to be Methamphetamine and a small amount of cash. He was arrested and taken to Springwood Police Station and later charged with ‘supply prohibited drug’, ‘possess prohibited drug’ and ‘goods in custody’. He has been bailed conditionally to appear before Penrith Local Court on August 17. A number of other individuals were detected carrying cannabis during the operation including: A 47-year-old female from St Peters and a 22-year-old female from Leppington on Parke Street, Katoomba. A 27-year-old female from Wentworth Falls and a 22-year-old female from Blackheath at Katoomba Railway Station A 43-year-old male from Bossley Park in Bathurst Street, Katoomba A 22-year-old male from Springwood in a licensed premise at Springwood. Each individual was issued with a Cannabis Caution.

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Springwood: Teens caught after breaking into school About 12.20am on Sunday, July 30, police responded to multiple alarm activations at Springwood High School. On arrival police saw three young people exiting a classroom window. A foot pursuit occurred and all three were arrested a short distance away from the school. The individuals were identified as a 16-year-old male from Woodford, a 16-year-old male from Faulconbridge and a 15-year-old male from Hazelbrook. On searching the young person from Woodford, a small amount of cannabis was located. A search of the school located an open window, disturbed classrooms and a number of small items missing which included double-sided tape, a USB stick and batteries that were located during the search of the individuals. The young persons were taken to Springwood Police Station and interviewed in the presence of their guardians. They will all be dealt with under the Young Offender’s Act and are to be issued with a formal caution at a later date.

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A Fair Trade Market will be held in Glenbrook this Saturday from 10am ERIN MAMO

ocal group the Western Sydney Fair Trade Network are putting on a market in Glenbrook this weekend where they will sell ethical products and advocate about fair trade. Spokesperson for the group, Shirley Symons, said she and four other local traders started the network because they felt like the issue of fair trading needed to be addressed locally. “We want to promote and educate people in the Blue Mountains and surrounding areas,” she said. “In terms of fair trade, if someone buys something over here and they feel like they got a good deal on the price, someone in another country probably hasn’t gotten a good deal. “So we really want to encourage and show people just how simple it is to find and buy fair trade products for your everyday life.” At this weekend’s market, Ms Symons said the local businesses will be selling a range of products from children’s toys to homewares and food items. In relation to finding out more about fair trade, Ms Symons said each business

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Mignonne Murray, Shirley Symons and Anna Spoore displaying some of the fair trade products available at the Fair Trade Market will be handing out information and will be on hand to talk to people about how they can become more aware of what they are buying. “Each of us are members of the Australian Fair Trade Association and are really passionate about fairness and justice,” she said. “In today’s society, we all like to think people can have freedom in their own country but unfortunately people aren’t free unless they have economic freedom, through fair working conditions. “Many businesses are now committing

to trading fairly to ensure that artisans and producers in Africa, Asia and South America can achieve freedom and our market is aiming to give people the chance to shop fairly right in the Blue Mountains community.” There will also be live music, kids entertainment and free tea and coffee tasting at the event. The Fair Trade Market will run from 10am to 3pm this Saturday, August 12 at Glenbrook Hall (next to the cinema). To find out more, visit www.facebook. com/westernsydneyfairtradenetwork.

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Premature deaths from colorectal cancer in the Blue Mountains reached 40, dwarfing that of Willoughby’s 16. Lung cancer was no different, as numbers in the Mountains hit 70 compared to just 41 in Willoughby. While deaths from diabetes was relatively similar with 14 and 13 in the Blue Mountains and Willoughby respectively, the same cannot be said about the overall health of locals. An estimate of people considered to be obese in the Mountains reached 16,678, or over 20 per cent of residents – double that of Willoughby on 8,261. Health issues that can be exasperated by lifestyle risk factors, such as circulatory diseases, respiratory system diseases and ischaemic heart disease alarmingly, yet unsurprisingly, held premature morality rates in the Mountains almost triple that in Willoughby. “While you think of the Blue Mountains as a place with lots of outdoor activity, the reality for a lot of residents is early starts and late returns as part of a long commute, so exercise is what gets sacrificed,” Ms Templeman said. “And the fact that we are right on the fringe of the city, but not far enough west to be rural, means that we sometimes fall between the cracks in the way services are provided. “It really highlights the need for continually improving local health services.”

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Turning back time

Paul Scully-Power was the first Australian-born person to travel into space. He was born in Sydney; he studied at University of Sydney, and graduated with honours in a Bachelor of Science. He was in space for just over a week.

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uckle up for a massive weekend of Supercars racing action at the Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint, August 18-20. Sydney’s only round of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is going to be better than ever, with free entry into the Supercars Paddock area with all ticketing, plus the return of the Ultimate Viewing Package, Park and View and the Disney Zone in Merchandise Alley. A bumper line-up of support categories including the Dunlop Super2 Series, Toyota 86, Aussie Racing Cars, and Formula 4 will have you on the edge of your seat between Supercars sessions. Secure your tickets now and save! Kids 12 and under receive free trackside admission with a paying adult, making it a great family event. The Record has a three-day trackside double pass to the Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint to give away. For your chance to win, email the code word ‘SUPERSPRINT’ to competitions@bluemountainsrecord.com.au with your name and contact details. Entries close Thursday, August 10. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPM/17/01416. Terms and conditions at www.bluemountainsrecord.com. au or Record reception.

Leura FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS: Silks Brasserie in Leura and Avalon in Katoomba. FAVOURITE PLACE TO HAVE A COFFEE IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS: Cassiopeia in Katoomba has become my first choice as it has brilliant coffee. Lily’s Pad in Leura is my local and Aaron and Michelle have great coffee, food and position, with a relaxed and heated outdoor space. THE FIRST PLACE I’D TAKE A VISITOR TO THE MOUNTAINS: I love to show off the natural beauty just near my home in Leura, so my first point of call is the Pool of Siloam, and then via Gordon falls to Lily’s Pad to relax. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE MOUNTAINS: The community as a whole is supportive of and participates in the arts and is mindful of preserving the natural beauty of the Mountains in the context of our contemporary culture. It has been the home for my two sons growing up and is the community to which I have given my professional dedication.

Congratulations to Jim Devine and the Emu Plains Lions Club. The Club recently won the Ted Tricker Memorial Trophy for the best bulletin/newsletter for 2016/17. A great recognition of Jim’s hard work.

We were outraged this week with news that Tiny Teddy and Shapes snack packs now have less biscuits, but don’t seem to be dropping in price. When will these first world problems end?

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Local talent on display at Art Show The 41st Springwood Art Show will be held later this month featuring some amazing Mountains artists ERIN MAMO

et an eyeful of art when the first and longest running art show in the Blue Mountains once again showcases amazing local talent later month. The 41st Springwood Art Show, which will be held at Springwood High School, will this year display works from photographers, sculptors, wood turners, craftspeople and high school students from Friday, August 25 to Sunday, August 27. Co-ordinated by the Parents & Citizens Association (P&C), the event directly supports students of Springwood High with 25 per cent of all sales used to buy educational resources. P&C President, Julia Thurling, said everything the committee does is for the benefit and wellbeing of students at the school. “Funds raised from admissions, the café, the raffle and artwork will help to buy resources, which support students of the school,” she said. “On top of supporting the students, the show is also a long recognised event for the wider community to enjoy and fits nicely with the community’s interest in

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from a young aspiring artist who could be the next big thing. The art show will host around 400 different pieces of work from over 100

predominantly local artists. It will also include a range of quality artisan crafts like leather handbags, jewellery, woodwork and textiles. Local Sue Gasser, who has been a professional artist for over 30 years, is just one of the many artists whose work will hang proudly this year. Working with pastels, Ms Gasser celebrates the beauty of creation in her work which often looks so realistic that viewers mistake her paintings for photographs. Ms Gasser’s work hangs in both local and international venues, including the Council Chambers of Sanda in Japan, where a piece was gifted to the Mayor from Blue Mountains City Council. Not to be forgotten, Springwood High Principal Dr Mark Howie urged visitors to pay special attention to the student artworks this year. “Last year, an art collector from Sydney bought three works done by one of our students,” he said. The 41st Springwood Art Show officially opens on Friday, August 25 with activities running throughout the weekend. Springwood High School is located at Grose Road, Faulconbridge. For more information, visit springwoodartshow.org.au.

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Fairness for the Greater West learnt that we belong on the wrong side of a line. This line – dubbed the “latte line” – cleaves across Sydney, from Tempe at an angle up through the North West to Rouse Hill. If you are north of the line, you are basically one of the haves. You have better performing schools, you have better access to jobs and to better paid jobs. The latest social health data also shows inequality – roughly double the number of lung cancer deaths in my electorate to comparable areas on the other side of the city; double the number of circulatory disease and three times the respiratory disease If we want Greater Western Sydney to be fairly treated and have a chance at being equal, we’d do well to make sure we don’t create a new inequality, with a line defining those who have protections from the first Sydney Airport and those who have no protections at all from a second Sydney airport. One with a curfew, flight caps and flight sharing, and the second without any of those protections. In the name of fairness, we can’t settle for anything other than the best protections for people and the environment and protections equal to those East already have.

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The issue of economic inequality is finally on the agenda and this is an excerpt of a speech I gave at our recent ALP State Conference: When I look at the people most affected by the growing economic inequality, it is not just my generation that I worry about, although there is no doubt that there are many who are struggling, from pensioners, people with ill health, people who are unemployed, people on pay that barely gets them through because they’ve had no wage rise in years, small self-employed people scraping to stay ahead, and working women with low super levels are facing an economic cliff as they head to retirement. But it is also my children’s generation and the ones following them who face a hard road towards financial security. They are the ones who carry high debt from TAFE and uni, they have to be grateful for unpaid work experience as they try and get a job that is now less likely to be full time and long term than it ever was, they have an impossible challenge of paying high rents to the baby boomer property owners at the same time as saving for a house where prices seem to know no bounds. What we also know is it’s worse in the west of Sydney. We in the west recently

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opular ‘My Kitchen Rules’ judge Colin Fassnidge is coming to Leura for dinner. For the second year in a row the Fairmont Resort will host a lavish Winter Wonderland Gala Dinner led by the renowned chef. The cheeky Irishman said he is looking forward to partnering with Fairmont to present a memorable dining experience. “We will be celebrating the region’s best fresh local produce,” he said. A quick glance at the menu suggests visitors will be treated to some culinary delights with truffle infused quail egg, sencha smoked duck breast, liquorice braised beef cheek and an ice cream sandwich all set to be plated up. Mr Fassnidge said he is looking forward to coming back to the Mountains. “It’s a great place to get away from city life, relax and enjoy nature,” he said. The four course gala dinner will include listening to Mr Fassnidge share his passion for food and his signature noseto-tail cooking philosophy. He will also talk about his journey to date, from arriving in Australia as a backpacker to owning a busy eatery in Surry Hills. Fairmont Resort General Manager,

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cenic World has launched a new philanthropic program in an attempt to support the Blue Mountains and create a lasting impact that will improve the lives of locals. The local attraction is aiming to deliver better outcomes for the region across three key areas: community, education and environment. Through the ‘Scenic World Shared’ program they will build the capacity of the region, supporting future generations and preserving the special World Heritage-

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listed environment. Scenic World’s Managing Director, Anthea Hammon, said the program was part of Scenic World’s vision to help close the gap on local disadvantage and work towards a more sustainable future for the community and the environment. “The Blue Mountains community is incredibly vibrant and diverse, but it faces many challenges such as a fragile ecosystem and a community that is touched by low socio-economic factors that impact education and employment outcomes,” she said. To find out more, visit scenicworldshared.com.au/opportunities.

Colin Fassnidge is returning to Leura Scott O’Neile, said winter is the prefect time to host an event like this. “We are really looking forward to collaborating with Colin to deliver another sell out event,” he said. The Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday, August 26. Tickets are $170 per person, which includes all meals and paired NSW wines. Bookings are essential. For more information, call 4785 0094 or visit fairmontresort.com.au.

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Old style justice Terrorist threats to Australia are indeed very real as we all know, even in recent days we heard of a plan to blow up a domestic plane, and all I can say is this; there is a terrorist 5th column at work in this nation, has been for decades. Only problem as I see it is this; years ago we hanged those who would murder us in own own country, it was treason during war time, spies for the enemy at work planing to kill us, we are at war in our homeland and it’s about time we started hanging again, not only for terrorists but murderers and pedophiles also. It will not happen because of weak craven folks who have no spine for justice, but it should. RICHARD MERRELL, VIA EMAIL

Bag ban taking too long After reading your article regarding plastic bags being discontinued at Woolworths and Coles, I thought how great it will be to reduce the amount of plastic bags going into landfill from these two Companies, but why would it take 12 months? And I hope the money they save from this can be spent on fixing the other problem they have in regards to the dumping of their trolleys all over the area. It is a total disgrace that these companies cannot put locking wheels on their trolleys that lock after trolleys are taken a certain distance. Yes I do understand these trolleys are left around by lazy shop-

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We should all take notice Homeless Person’s Week runs from 7 to 13 August. Currently there are over 105,000 homeless people in Australia, 44,000 of which are under the age of 25. Homeless Person’s Week aims to raise awareness for those doing it tough. One in five homeless people seeking assistance are being turned away from vital, emergency accommodation services. In modern Australia, these statistics are alarming and there is a lot of work to be done to fix this. Homeless Person’s week raises awareness of these figures in the hopes of gaining support for this significant issue. People often only see homelessness as those sleeping and begging on the streets, but we need to ensure that our invisible homeless people are taken care of. Homelessness is all around us. People who are forced to couch surf, sleep in cars or those who just don’t have a home to return to every night are the invisible homeless. It is often convenient for us to forget or ignore them but these people need our help. FATHER CHRIS RILEY CEO AND FOUNDER YOUTH OFF THE STREETS

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your target market doesn’t understand what you’re selling or why they should buy from you, they won’t commit to a purchase. Another factor to consider is whether people are ready to buy from you. This doesn’t mean they never will. But it does mean you need to factor in various stages to the buying process. Yes, I know this is not what new businesses want to hear when they need to start turning a profit! But it is important to acknowledge that your customers are likely to need multiple opportunities to opt-in when they are ready. Which also means implementing strategies to keep people engaged and connected. This could include things such as subscribing to an e-newsletter, interacting with a Facebook page or seeing your business name/brand consistently via sponsorship, advertisements or other promotional avenues. If you have done all the above, made any necessary changes and still aren’t getting results, you may need to come to a tough conclusion: perhaps nobody wants what you are selling?

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and family. What kind of response will they give? To be honest, it could be anything – “oh, that’s nice”, “you’re so clever” … but will it be an honest and helpful review – quite often not! You may say to your partner, “I’m so excited, I got my first five star review today!” Don’t be alarmed if they’re less than impressed. Your friends and family if they haven’t been in your shoes, are unlikely to be your best business sounding boards. Networks Reaching out to your business networks, or establishing new ones is therefore vital to do early on in your business. The networks provide contacts, learnings, sharing and empathy to you and your business. The connections you make in these networks can prove invaluable to the success of your business. Trusted advisors and the Government Seek support from advisors, accountants and lawyers. There are also numerous government services that you can utilise for support. Most can be found on www.business.gov.au/assistance. Business is hard, find supporters that will uplift, challenge and inspire you!

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Hix Group is celebrating its 25th Year in business and is continuing to grow! We currently have 3 roles available, to join our Penrith Based business, with work throughout the Sydney Metropolitan area

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We are seeking Licensed Electricians who enjoy being on the tools & have solid projects experience including construction & commercial fitout. You will work under the direction of our Projects Manager, performing & overseeing site works, guiding other team members, ordering materials & attending site meetings. You must be able to work both in a team or independently, be meticulous with quality, have worked on a range of projects & have strong quality, safety & environmental management values Whilst some projects will be in the local Penrith area , others will be throughout Sydney Metro.

This is a new & unique role, in our Penrith Office, for an experienced electrician with maintenance & fault finding experience BUT who is now seeking to work in an administrative role, to join the Electrical division. Perhaps you are now unable to perform the physically challenging parts of a trades role or simply prefer to work in the office rather than on the tools. You will be responsible for prep & checking of invoices, quotes & documentation for jobs, assisting the managers with progress & handling of scheduled works & other admin duties related to progress of works. In addition to your trades background you will have computers skills, strong communication skills & attention to detail & accuracy.

We are adding to our team of qualified maintenance electricians, and are seeking licensed tradespeople with experience in domestic & commercial works, fault finding, stove & hot water repairs & all general electrical repairs & installs. Works will be across Government, Council, commercial, industrial & domestic sites and will include repairs ,maintenance installation, testing & inspection and fitout works. You will be an efficient & customer based tradesperson who values the service Hix Group provides to clients & you will be willing & able to train and develop our apprentices who are also a valuable part of our company’s growth.

You will be meticulous with quality, well presented, willing to use our electronic job management system & keen to embrace our Hix Group Culture of Team work, Pride & Responsibility. Send your resume now to HR@hix.com.au (applications will be treated in strict confidence)

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ountry music star Drew McAlister is having a country music party and we’ve all been added to the guest list. Backed by a full band, Drew – along with Seleen McAlister and The Smoking Willies – will be heading to the Oriental Hotel in Springwood for ‘Drew’s Car Park Party’ – a community event that brings together rocking tunes, delicious eats, great company and good times. While the bands are providing the perfect country soundtrack to the afternoon celebrations, guests can keep themselves well fed and watered with a selection of tasty treats from the Ori Cafe and mouthwatering meats from Hops & Co BBQ. There will also be plenty of entertainment to keep the little ones happy, with a free jumping castle along with face painting. For those who live out of town and want to make the trip up the Mountains, a free 50 seater bus will be leaving from and dropping back to Penrith Panthers Leagues Club. With gas heaters keeping everyone nice and toasty, this is the ultimate Mountains

party for the whole family. Drew McAlister is a Blue Mountains local who is best known as one half of country duo McAlister Kemp. The talented singer/songwriter has always had a soft spot for creating that perfect tune, having written hundreds of tracks for himself and several other country artists. His most recent release, and second solo album, ‘Black Sky’, mixes personal tracks like ‘Miracle on the Way’, about the birth of his daughter through IVF, along with more light-hearted rock-inspired country tracks. Drew is a regular on the western Sydney live music scene and has great admiration for his fans. “I love country music fans, they’re pretty straight up, they’re pretty loyal, they’ll tell you how it is if they don’t like it,” he said. “People want to hear great music and they want to have a good time. “If you can just try and ensure your set is full of that stuff then people will come along for the ride with you.” So grab your family and friends and don’t miss out on this chance to party with Drew in Springwood at the ultimate car park party. ‘Drew’s Car Park Party’ will be on at the Oriental Hotel in Springwood on Saturday, August 19 at 2pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.trybooking.com/PWWS.

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Neil Diamond’s Hot August Night – Evan Theatre $50+, 8pm 4720 5555 How to make a happy meal – The Joan $16-$20, 7.30pm 4723 7600 Urban Stone – St Marys Leagues Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Iron Lion – Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Backlash – Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 8pm 4722 8180 Live music – Wentworth Falls Country Club Free entry, 7pm 4757 1202

K.P – Oriental Hotel, Springwood Free entry, 8pm 4751 4488 Jellybean Jam – Colonial Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 9623 1384

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Saturday, August 12 Alan Solomon Jazz – Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 The Batchmates – Rooty Hill RSL $70, 8pm 9677 4916 Doug Parkinson Honours Joe Cocker – Evan Theatre $42.50, 8pm 4720 5555 Karaoke – Jamison Hotel Free entry, 9pm 4721 5764 How to make a happy meal – The Joan $16-$20, 7.30pm 4723 7600 M7 – St Marys Leagues Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 The Frocks – Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Shaylee Wilde – Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 7.30pm 4722 8180 Brad Myers – Milestone Hotel, Kingswood Free entry, 9pm 4721 2999 Fair Trade Bazaar – Glenbrook Hall Free entry, 10am Andrea Lam – Blue Mountains Theatre $25-$52, 7.30pm 4723 5050

Live from the Joan: Fine Music 102.5FM – The Joan $5-$10, 2pm 4723 7600 K.P – Jamison Hotel Free entry, 1pm 4721 5764 Sunday Sessions presents The catholics – Blue Mountains Theatre $32-$36, 2pm 4723 5050 The Shuffle Boys – Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200

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Ê Channel Seven’s new cooking series ‘Hell’s Kitchen Australia’ premiere last Sunday on Channel Seven. Featuring former Blaxland High student Jessica Fox, the apprentice chefs will face skills-based challenges under the immense pressure of delivering a complete dinner service at the exclusive Hell’s Kitchen restaurant.

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Ê Production has commenced on ‘Uncharted with Sam Neill’, a six-part series for the History channel following Captain James Cook’s three voyages to the Pacific – from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and from Tahiti to Australia and New Zealand. It will air in 2018. Ê No surprises here, Channel Nine has officially renewed ‘Australian Ninja Warrior’ for a second season. Despite a controversial Grand Finale where the show ended without crowning a winner, ‘Ninja Warrior’ raked in over two million viewers during its final episode. Nine also announced that season two will feature $200,000 in prize money, rolling over the $100k from this season that wasn’t awarded. To apply, visit www.ninjawarriorcasting.com.au. Ê If you haven’t watched ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ on SBS Demand as yet, no fear because it will soon get a broadcast on SBS. The 10-part series will premiere on Wednesday, August 16 at 10.25pm. Ê One of my favourite reality shows that I haven’t been able to watch in recent times (because it screens on 9life, which isn’t on Foxtel) has been renewed for a fourth season. It’s been confirmed that saucy UK dating series ‘Love Island’ will be back after yet another successful sea-

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Channel Ten will finally screen the new series of ‘NCIS’ from tonight, August 8 at 8.30pm.

Ê The latest documentary on Princess Diana ahead of the anniversary of her death will be ‘Diana: In Her Own Words’ on National Geographic. This one is fully narrated in her own voice, using rarely heard recordings, with no interviews. It airs next Tuesday, August 15 at 7.30pm. Ê The latest season of ‘Project Runway’ premieres on Arena on Thursday, August 24 at 9.30pm. For the first time in the

show’s history, the series incorporates ‘size inclusive’ models on the catwalk.

Ê If you’re single and looking for love, a new dating series wants to hear from you. Screentime is now casting for Sydneybased singles who would be willing to let friends and family come along for the ride and help them make the decision… to date, or not to date? To apply, visit go.mycastingnet.com/Apply/Show/DatingShow. Ê Finally, Australia lost a broadcasting icon last week with ‘Mr Football’, Les Murray, passing away at the age of 71 following a long illness. Les made a name for himself on SBS where he brought football in Australia to life. RIP.

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As Don and those closest to him are taken on an action-packed ride around the globe, they will be put to the test like never before. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Elsa Pataky and Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges have all returned to the series, along with a couple of new faces including an unexpected appearance by Oscar winner Helen Mirren. ‘The Fate of the Furious’ was box office gold, go out and grab it now!

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Charlize Theron kicks proverbial ass in the latest spy blockbuster ‘Atomic Blonde’. Set in the late 80s, the film follows the story of Agent Lorraine Broughton, MI6’s most lethal assassin. Using equal parts savagery, spycraft and sensuality, Lorraine is sent on a mission to Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier from the destabilised city. There she meets up with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through a deadly game of spies. The film’s director, David Leitch, had a hand in directing scenes from the action blockbuster ‘John Wick’ and has worked

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Monday night’s Lunar Eclipse lights up your Brilliant Career zone. But are you making the most of the numerous opportunities that are buzzing around at the moment? Don’t be a bashful Bull! It’s time to step up to the professional plate and show others what you are really capable of. Amusement and entertainment are highlighted on Thursday, so look out for that!

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When it comes to social media and networking, avoid procrastinating. It’s time for a creative and proactive approach that makes you stand out from the crowd. The Lunar Eclipse urges you to focus on your goals and aspirations for the future. Plus involve a loved one in your long-term plans. They have an alternative perspective that will open up your options considerably. You could also play gracious Gemini host to family or friends.

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Do your best to avoid being a snappy Crab, as the Lunar Eclipse magnifies your mood swings and heightens your emotional sensitivity. If you’ve been burying your head in the sand, then a financial problem could come to a head and demand to be addressed. The planets encourage you to be direct about dealing with challenges. Definitely no side-stepping allowed!

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Razzle-dazzle Lions love to hog the limelight. But this week the focus is off you for a change and it’s loved ones who will demand your undivided attention. So find the time to give it gladly. Attached Cats – is there a tug-of-war between you and your partner? Do you want more freedom, while they yearn for more commitment? The only satisfactory solution is to meet them half-way. Singles will experience a cosmic connection.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

The Lunar Eclipse encourages you to explore and experiment as you study, travel or venture into brave new personal territory. It’s also very important to capitalise on your current international contacts. With careful nurturing, who knows where they will lead in the future? The weekend is a wonderful time to patch up a misunderstanding with a family member. If you walk a mile in their shoes, then you’ll have more understanding.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

Virgos thrive on a robust and reliable daily routine. But this week a domestic matter, work situation or professional relationship is likely to veer off in a totally unexpected direction. So be open to timetable changes and keep your adaptability muscles well-flexed. On Thursday, Mercury boosts your brain power and Venus revitalises your confidence. So it’s a terrific time to read and research.

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

With the Lunar Eclipse lighting up your cash zone, look for innovative solutions to current money problems. If you develop a second stream of income, then you’ll feel much more secure about your financial future. Communication planet Mercury is visiting fellow earth sign Virgo, which suits critical thinking; research work; facts and figures; plus practical projects. Don’t let minor details blind you.

LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Under the influence of Monday night’s Lunar Eclipse, a platonic relationship could take a surprisingly romantic turn. Or a creative new friend may come into your life. You can be dazzled by outer beauty though, so make sure you’re not deceived by glossy outward appearances. Look beneath the surface to evaluate a person’s true inner worth. On the weekend, put aside some special ‘me time’.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Monday night’s loopy Lunar Eclipse amplifies your avant-garde nature and revs up your restless streak. You’ll feel like instigating some major changes but be careful you don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater! Ensure the modifications you make are a progressive improvement on what you are replacing. Listen to writer Lewis Carroll: “I can’t go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then”.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

You have ambitious plans and goals for the future but sometimes you hold yourself back for fear of making a mistake. Monday night’s Lunar Eclipse urges you to be passionately proactive as you reach for the stars! But – when it comes to a child, teenager or close friend – all is not as it appears. On the weekend, a loved one turns to you for some insightful words of wisdom.

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This week, if you are struggling for ideas and direction, then look within for some innovative inspiration. With the Sun, Mars and Saturn visiting your professional zones, dynamic and decisive action is what’s needed at work. If you procrastinate and dither around (in typical Piscean fashion) then lucrative opportunities and important connections will promptly pass you by.

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