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NEW BASE APPROVED Hard working volunteer rural firefighters from Lawson will soon get a new base. Blue Mountains Council has approved a long-standing development application that will see a brand new station built in a new location. Proving how much the station is needed, the brigade’s latest tanker doesn’t even fit into the current facility. Erin Mamo reports on page 7

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ellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week, an initiative that was started by a Springwood family, is happening this week, May 7 to 14. The week, which aims to promote initiatives that will bring about improved road safety and highlights the rise in Australia’s road toll, is the biggest to date with the Sydney Harbour Bridge currently lit up bright yellow. Springwood local and President of Safer Australian Roads and Highways, Peter Frazer, said people need to get involved in road safety. “Last year, 1300 people were killed and 35,000 were seriously injured on Australia’s roads,” he said. “I believe that each of us has a responsibility and a role to play in making our roads safer and in reducing this unacceptable level of trauma.” Mr Frazer started Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week with his family after his daughter was hit and killed by a truck in 2012. Sarah Frazer, 23 at the time, was travelling to Wagga Wagga when her car broke down and a truck crashed into both her and the tow truck driver, who had arrived to help her. This year’s theme for the national

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Springwood local Peter Frazer lost his daughter, Sarah, on the roads in 2012 week is ‘Slow Down and Drive So Others Survive’. Mr Frazer said road safety is not just about protecting yourself but everyone on our roads. “It’s about protecting everyone who becomes vulnerable on our roads and highways,” he said. “So drive as if your loved ones are on the road ahead.” As part of the week, the Governor General of Australia provided the centre-

piece statement for the launch of Yellow Ribbon Road Safety Week at the Sydney Opera House last Sunday. To show your support, wear a yellow ribbon or place one on your car. Yellow ribbons are available by donation at Blue Mountains Council’s customer service counters in Katoomba and Springwood. You can also become a road safety champion by taking the pledge to drive safely at www.sarahgroup.org/pledge.

Blue Mountains Council has committed to trying to recover $268,149.52 of debt that they accrued during the 2013 bushfires. At the last Council meeting, Councillors passed a motion unanimously, strongly agreeing that the money that they used during the natural disaster should be reimbursed to them by the State Government. “Let’s go in hard and get what we are owed,” Councillor Kevin Schreiber said. Mayor, Mark Greenhill, said he couldn’t agree more. “The legal framework says that, when an emergency declaration is made, Councils and communities will be supported in being part of the firefighting effort,” Cr Greenhill said. “The Department of Public Works expressed support for our reimbursement. Yet the State Government has gone back on this, effectively short changing the rate payers of a community beset by a natural disaster.” Council accrued a total of $905,202.52 worth of natural disaster relief reimbursements from the October 2013 Winmalee bushfires under the NSW Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRA) scheme. So far Council has been successful in claiming $637,053 of what they spent during the disaster, they will now continue to liaise with the Department of Public Works to fight for what they believe they are owed.

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Greenhill and Doyle ready for battle Blue Mountains Mayor and State Member will go head to head in ‘The Great Debate’ this Friday ERIN MAMO

n celebration of Neighbourhood Centre Week, State Member for the Blue Mountains Trish Doyle and Mayor Mark Greenhill will battle it out in a war of words. In an event set up by Lower Mountains Neighbourhood Centre and Blaxland High School, ‘The Great Debate’ will see two high school student teams championed by Cr Greenhill and Ms Doyle take to the stand. Cr Greenhill said he wants Ms Doyle to know that he twice represented Australia at the World Debating Championships. “Debating is a craft that I love,” he said. “It will be a pleasure to come out of retirement for a one-off.” Ms Doyle said she will be doing some serious preparation for the night. “Mark Greenhill is a great character,” she said. “I imagine, from what I know of his past, he will be a fearsome and formidable debating opponent. “I’m sure the Blaxland High students will teach us both a few things too.” Manager of the Lower Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, Peta Williams, said the

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debating event was organised to ensure that the centre continues to have a good relationship with the local schools in the community. “It’s important to us to get young people involved in the community sector,” she said. “With Cr Greenhill and Ms Doyle both agreeing to be involved, this is also a great opportunity for the students to work with professionals and to learn from them.” With the debating topic remaining top secret until just one hour before the event, Ms Williams said it is possible that it will have something to do with the fact that Neighbourhood Centre Week is being celebrated. “It will be interesting to see how both sides take the subject,” she said. Blaxland students are expected to speak on behalf of their teams first, with Greenhill and Doyle taking positions as the third and final speakers. Entry to the event is by gold coin donation and bookings are preferred. To reserve your spot, call 4739 1164 or email admin@lmnc.org.au. ‘The Great Debate’ is on this Friday, May 12 from 7pm at Blaxland Community Centre, located at 33 Hope Street, Blaxland.

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Man charged for carrying knife down main street A 36-year-old Springwood man was detected walking along Macquarie Road, with a knife on Tuesday, April 25. The male attempted to gain entry into the Oriental Hotel but was refused due to having the knife on display in a sheath on his hip. Police were called and located the male and conducted a search locating the knife. He was issued with an infringement notice for ‘custody of a knife in a public place’.

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Between Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, a number of young persons aged between 17 and 19 entered the old Queen Victoria Hospital in Wentworth Falls wanting to take photographs. The youths from Wollongong were issued with infringement notices for ‘enter enclosed lands’. The old hospital has been subject to graffiti and trespassers since its closure this past year. There is now signage stating ‘no trespassing’ and a caretaker on the property.

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Man charged after cannabis detected during RBT Police were conducting a random breath test at Faulconbridge on Tuesday, April 25, when they detected the smell of cannabis coming from the vehicle they had stopped. The driver tested negative to the breath test but appeared to be affected by an illicit drug. The vehicle and passengers were searched with cannabis being located in the pants of a 20-year-old male from Blacktown, who then admitted that he had recently smoked the cannabis. He was charged with ‘cannabis possession’ and is due to appear at Penrith Local Court on May 16.

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Firies win battle for brand new base Blue Mountains Council finally approves the re-construction of the Lawson Fire Station ERIN MAMO

ard working volunteer rural firefighters from Lawson will soon get a new base. Last week, Blue Mountains Council approved a long-standing development application (DA) that will see a brand new station built in a new location. At a recent Council meeting, Councillor Chris Van der Kley said that the approval of this particular DA had been a long-time coming. “As long as I’ve been on Council we’ve been talking about the possible re-construction of the fire station at Lawson,” he said. RFS District Manager, David Jones, said the new station is being built mostly to accommodate for the latest tankers that firefighters use. “As time goes on our vehicles are refined and updated,” he said. “The latest model, the ‘cat 1’, can’t actually fit into the current fire station.” The new station at Lawson will also provide the space that the RFS needs to achieve a command point in the midMountains in the event that a major incident occurred.

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Volunteer rural firefighters from Lawson will soon be getting a brand new base Mr Jones said he is very happy that the DA has been approved after working towards it for six years. “This is an important milestone in developing the Lawson brigade,” he said.

“It’s a DA we can work with using a purpose built standard design and adhering to heritage requirements. “We are hopeful that we will be able to get into the new building by December

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Giving back after times of heartache Blaxland’s Cherish French is giving back to Starlight after they helped her family through tough times raise money. “The funds raised by Starlight don’t just go to the hospital and the rooms but also towards the sick children and the ‘Make a Wish’ program that grants wishes for terminally ill children.” Starlight relies solely on donations to deliver fun and happiness to sick children. Last Friday, the charity appealed to the community through Starlight Day, to raise $1.3 million to go towards helping 33,000 seriously ill children around Australia. The children’s charity are now continuing to ask individuals, corporations, universities, schools and community groups to get involved in fundraising throughout the month of May or to give their time as a volunteer. Starlight CEO, Louise Baxter, said the charity is encouraging all Australians to dig deep to help them improve hospitalisation for seriously ill children and their families. “Starlight’s programs replace pain, fear and stress with fun, joy and laughter and give seriously ill children the opportunity to simply be kids again,” she said. “Every donation is vital in helping us reach our goal.” To donate or find out more about volunteering, visit www.starlight.org.au.

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veryday Starlight Children’s Foundation brightens the lives of seriously ill children and their families across the state. Through Starlight Express Rooms and Captain Starlight, the foundation operates in three NSW hospitals, to bring happiness and laughter to sick children, seven days a week. Blaxland local, Cherish French, said Starlight Foundation played a huge part in her life as a child. “My older brother fell very ill when I was young and I basically grew up in the hospital,” she said. “Starlight Foundation really helped my family and gave my brother and I something to do, and a way to create fun memories in all the bad that was happening.” Many years later, Ms French now volunteers with Starlight to give back to the charity. “I’m proud to be a volunteer,” Ms French said. “I volunteer in the express room at Westmead and I also get involved in events like the Royal Bank of Canada Race for Kids, to

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As the Blue Mountains began to commercialise, Springwood became the Mountains’ commercial centre, primarily due to the Springwood Hotel. This hotel operated in 1876 as a hotel, boarding house, newsagency, store and post office.

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he circus is back in town, but this won’t be your usual big top experience. Circus Oz is a high octane cruelty-free rock ‘n’ roll circus which combines breathtaking stunts, cracking live music and plenty of Aussie humour. This May, the unique animal-free circus will return to Penrith for its only Sydney shows on the 2017 ‘Model Citizens’ tour. Audiences will watch on in delight as acrobats back-flip off a giant vertical clothes peg, dive through huge scissors, become tangled in an oversized cotton reel and fly high in a massive pair of aerial undies. Circus Oz’s 2014 season sold out, so grab your tickets ASAP at www.thejoan.com.au and get ready for a spectacular night out! The Record has a family pass (four tickets including at least one adult) to give away for the Friday, May 26 show at 7.30pm. For your chance to win, email the code word ‘CIRCUS’ to competitions@bluemountainsrecord.com. au with your name and contact details. Entries close Thursday, May 11. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPM/17/01416. Terms and conditions available from Blue Mountains Record reception.

Wentworth Falls OCCUPATION? Chef and Restaurant Owner of 8things WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB? I just love cooking, I love the creativity side of it WHERE IN THE MOUNTAINS DO YOU LIVE? Wentworth Falls FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IN THE MOUNTAINS? It’s really hard to pick just one but I like Mesa Barrio in Lawson. They do a great raw fish carpaccio FAVOURITE CAFÉ IN THE MOUNTAINS? Synonymous Cafe in Medlow Bath. I really like the vegan scrambled egg with creamed corn. The whole menu is good because it’s different WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN THE MOUNTAINS WHEN YOU HAVE SOME SPARE TIME? Going for bush walks and gardening at home

Good on the journalists from Fairfax who are standing up for what they believe in. Their fight goes well beyond saving their jobs, it’s about ensuring Australia has fair and balanced journalism in the future.

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Huge international honour for Valley Heights small business ERIN MAMO

lue Mountains skin care company Paudha Healing has two of the best products in the world, according to the Beauty Shortlist Awards that were held recently. The Valley Heights company, created by Renee Tilley, recently won ‘Best Value Day Moisturiser’ and the ‘Editor’s Choice’ awards at the largest, annual beauty and wellness awards in the United Kingdom. Each year, the global Beauty Shortlist Awards judges spend six months reviewing a number of companies for their awards from major international companies to smaller businesses, aiming to discover and celebrate the most diverse and deserving beauty products on the market. This year, Mrs Tilley beat out brands from 38 other countries to win awards for two of her products that were made right here in the Blue Mountains. Mrs Tilley, whose small business turns one this month, said she started Paudha Healing out of a passion for creating affordable skincare products using naturally derived ingredients.

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“To be given these awards is really rewarding because it means we have achieved the goal of providing a quality product without the big-ticket price,” she said. While studying a Bachelor of Health Science, Mrs Tilley said she started experimenting with herbs that she had growing in her own garden. “We had an abundance of chickweed growing in our garden and I wanted to put it to good use,” she said. “I started using it to make a cream with calendula for my friends and family, and they couldn’t get enough of it.” Given the creams’ popularity, Mrs Tilley now has a range of mostly locally sourced and Australian Certified Organic products that are all available online.

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ucked away in Blaxland shops could be the town’s biggest and best secret. Benny’s Family Bistro, at Blaxland Tavern, is a familyfriendly restaurant with some killer burgers, a sumptuous parmigiana, and a kids eat free with one main meal policy. Head Chef Ben Abbott, who previously worked at the Lapstone Hotel for almost a decade, has worked at the bistro for around five years in between living abroad. With Ben a father himself, the Blaxland Tavern has become a great place to bring the kids for a meal. “We’ve just installed a chalkboard for the kids to draw on in the bistro,” Ben said. “And a PlayStation is coming soon.” This year, Blaxland Tavern plans to make some big changes to the establishment, renovating the entire space to give it a new look. In terms of the menu, the bistro certainly doesn’t disappoint. They are best known for their

burgers like the ‘Heartattack’, which comes with four beef/pork patties, four rashes of bacon, American cheese, mayo, barbecue sauce and liquid cheese drizzled on top. And if your still hungry, you can also eat the fries that it comes with. If you don’t think you could finish a ‘Heartattack’, the bistro also has the make your own burger option and, if your creation is a success, they will even consider putting it on the menu! On Friday night there’s ribs and during the week there’s everchanging specials, plus the surf and turf is always hit. Ben said the bistro isn’t really known in the community yet, but he is hoping that will change. “We serve good, fresh food that isn’t too expensive,” he said. “Were hoping the community will come in and have a bite to eat.” For Mother’s Day, the bistro will also host a special lunch with a menu that includes a Thai beef noodle salad, stuffed chicken breast and a chocolate mud cake.

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worth. If we don’t believe in ourselves, we tend to drop our prices well under competitor pricing, and continue to drop them whenever queried. Sometimes we use the excuse we are portfolio building, or testing out a service, and therefore can’t justify a market price. However, if you find yourself continuing to do this, you will not be doing yourself or your industry any favours. If a customer queries your price, if the automatic reaction is to drop it further, first consider is there justification in dropping that price. Did you articulate the value the customer is getting? This is often missing in the sales or quoting process. Customers must understand the combination of scope, quality and timeframe that contributes to the price. If you need to adjust the price, then one or more of the other factors should change. For instance, a builder may reduce the quality of a building material to offset a lower price. Learn to know your real worth and walk away if people won’t pay – they’re not your customers! See you next week.

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t’s been 13 years since the Penrith Musical Comedy Company (PMCC) took on the highly-acclaimed musical ‘Chicago’. This May the show will return to The Joan, bringing together both old and new cast

members. “There are a couple of cast members whose first show with PMCC was ‘Chicago’ and now they’re back to do it all again,” PMCC President Grant Jones said. “For example, one of the cell block tango girls is playing the same role that she played last time, but 13 years on she’s bringing a whole new dimension to the character.” Having a mix of experienced performers and newcomers has had benefits for both groups. “The ensemble are learning from the more seasoned performers which is great to see,” Grant said. “It’s also good for the cast members that did ‘Chicago’ last time because there’s new cast members to work with so they’re able to keep some of the original show but bring in a new vibe as well.” Considering its popularity it’s no surprise that PMCC have decided to once again tackle the hit Broadway show about

infamous murderesses Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly. While it takes place in the roaring 20s, Grant says there’s plenty of themes that are still just as relevant to audiences. “Roxy’s yearning for people to take her photo and wanting to be famous is still relatable today,” he said. “In today’s day and age we see it through our addiction to social media and Instagram.” Throughout its almost 40-year history, PMCC has drawn in performers from all across Sydney to take part in more than 60 musicals. One of the things that sets the company apart from other theatre groups is its collaboration with The Joan. “We work very closely with The Joan and being able to perform in a venue that is a professional venue – it’s an opportunity that not a lot of companies get,” Grant said. Having such a high-quality performance space in Penrith also has its benefits for local audiences. “It’s a great night out without having to deal with the city and the road works,” Grant laughed. “You can come to The Joan and be home before midnight.” ‘Chicago’ will be on at The Joan on Friday, May 12 at 8pm and Saturday, May 13 at 2pm and 8pm. Tickets are $35-$40. To purchase tickets, visit www.thejoan. com.au or call 4723 7600.

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Ê If you’ve been watching Channel Nine recently, you may have seen the promos for Hamish and Andy’s new series ‘True Story with Hamish & Andy’. The deceptively-simple concept is an original format in which the duo sit down in the studio with everyday Aussies who have a particularly memorable tale, sometimes elaborate and sometimes simple. As we are listening to the story being told, viewers will see it all come to life in the shape of clever re-enactments. A roll call of actors will see Craig McLachlan, John Wood, Kat Stewart, Richard Davies and Glenn Robbins in guest roles. The half hour series is expected to launch with five episodes in June with a further five later this year.

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THE BLUE MOUNTAINS’ BEST LINE-UP OF LIFESTYLE EXPERTS

ARIES

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

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This week is all about formulating strategies and finding solutions. Focus on finances, business and/or work, as the planets provide the extra enthusiasm, power and passion needed to boost your professional profile or fast-track your finances. But don’t get lost in a fantasy world. With the Full Moon stirring up your money zones, you’re keen to splash some cash around. But make sure your bank balance is in a healthy state first.

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

Wednesday’s Full Moon urges you to get the balance right between individual projects and joint ventures. And it also fires up your flirting zone. Do you long for more love and romance? Flutter those eyelashes and you shall receive! Your motto is from Katharine Hepburn: “Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything.”

GEMINI

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

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Communicating with others becomes increasingly complex, as the Full Moon urges you to dig beneath the surface and get to the bottom of an old emotional issue. You’re also keen to assist someone in need, but resist the urge to indulge in gratuitous gossip. Wednesday will work best if you think fast on your feet, multi-task and mix things up. Whereas Thursday and Friday favour being as disciplined and organised as you can.

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

The Sun and Pluto encourage you to put more energy into pursuing your dreams. It’s time to set ambitious goals – and then pursue them with plenty of passion and purpose. But you won’t feel like indulging in much mid-week Full Moon frivolity, as the stars increase tension in relationships. Your intuition is switched on big time, as you tune into those around you and uncover important information.

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

Tuesday looks terrific, as the Sun/Pluto trine brings the opportunity for recognition at school, professional rewards or personal insights. You also have the power to influence people in positive and inspiring ways so don’t miss the chance to make a real difference. Watch out for domestic dramas on Wednesday or Thursday though, when the Full Moon shines an unforgiving spotlight on family fiascos.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Taskmaster Saturn is reversing through your sign, which can bring up situations that highlight your flaws and zero in on your mistakes. Don’t stress! Use it as an opportunity to learn, develop, practice and mature. This week Mars and Jupiter send a lucky opportunity your way involving social media, joint ventures or group activities. So get your ideas out there as you entertain others with your sparkling repartee and networking skills.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

This week’s super Sun/Pluto trine helps you replace out-dated aspirations with dazzling updated dreams. But a relationship with a romantic or business partner looks confusing or complicated, as Neptune scrambles your communication antennae. So (courtesy of Uranus and Saturn) you may need to make a snap decision (using intuition and intellect) that results in more stability.

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Casa Capricorn is a place where routine is revered and surprises are unwelcome. This week you’ll find that life is complicated; partnerships are unpredictable; the rules are constantly changing; and an unresolved family problem comes back to test you. Maybe it’s time to simplify your life, cull some of your commitments or give a fair-weather friend the flick for good?

LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Have you been shopping up a storm when you should have been paying off debt or saving for something special? If the answer is ‘yes’ then you can expect a financial fiasco this week. The Mars/ Jupiter trine highlights the importance of adventure in your life. Your motto is from actress Cate Blanchett: “It’s important to travel and move and have a continual set of experiences so you’ve got more to feed back into your work”.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

You’ll feel super restless this week and the danger is you’ll go overboard and throw the baby out with the bathwater. The Full Moon imbues you with a sense of urgency but self-discipline and gradual, structured modifications are what’s needed. It’s also important to strive to get the balance right between your professional and personal lives. Be inspired by Cate Blanchett: “I live my life parallel with my work, and they are both equally important”.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Expect some drama at Casa Scorpio this week, as the Full Moon increases your magnetism – and your tendency to brooding, obsessive behaviour. So do your best to find appropriate ways to let off steam, and choose challenging projects to channel your intense energy into. The transformative Sun/Pluto trine provides a fabulous opportunity to influence others in positive and powerful ways.

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FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

This week’s Full Moon stimulates your fertile imagination and your fascination with the mysterious. You’ll feel incredibly creative but resist the temptation to be gullible. And avoid the Piscean predilection for procrastination and taking short cuts. When it comes to money, business and/or work, you’ll find that knowledge is power, and hard work is the secret to success.

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When it comes to food safety there’s lots of myths and misinformation. Considering the effects of food poisoning can be quite severe, it’s important to understand how best to reduce your risk. One of the most common myths is that hot food should be left out to cool before being placed in the fridge. The truth is that food should be cooled as quickly as possible to avoid spending too much time in the danger zone – between five degrees Celsius and 60 degrees Celsius. At this temperature bacteria will start to multiply, increasing the risk of food poisoning. If you have leftovers place them in the fridge as soon as they stop steaming and be sure to store food in small portions as large portions will take longer to cool. With meats it’s best to slice before storing and for liquid foods use a shallow container of less than 5cm deep. It’s also important to avoid stacking food containers on top of each other as cool air is required to circulate around the food to help with the cooling process. When it comes to reheating be sure to

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Insulin is a hormone that is released into the bloodstream by the pancreas to collect sugars and take them to the cells for fuel. When we consume certain foods particularly carbohydrates and sugars, they are broken down into glucose and released into the bloodstream – this is referred to as blood glucose. Type 2 Diabetes is a lifestyle related chronic condition where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body becomes resistant to insulin levels and therefore ineffective at managing blood glucose levels. Over a long period of time of trying to lower your blood glucose levels, your pancreas wears out the cells that produce insulin. By the time you are diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes you have on average lost between 50-70 per cent of the cells that produce insulin. Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of Diabetes affecting 85-90 per cent of all diabetic cases. Whilst it is more common in older adults, we are seeing more young children and teenagers presenting with type 2 diabetes. Whilst exercise can not reverse the

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As children grow and grow the most vital part is to remember the beautiful memories you have created together. One way we do this is to take a million photos but how can we really capture the most gorgeous photos of our little ones? Stored away on the computer or on a hard drive are all these blurry missed shots and photos that don’t live up to their potential! What if you have a child that clenches a forced smile or won’t look at the camera, even turning the task at hand into a game and running and hiding as soon as you pull out your camera phone? Lucky there are a few tips that make capturing these precious moments effortless! Lighting is key Think about setting up their favourite toys under a large window in the house, this trick will combat the dark and grainy look with zero fine details. Outside will always be better than in the house but don’t have your children in direct sunlight, this creates harsh shadows and squinty eyes! Find a nice spot in the shade and shoot away. Polished and clean If you want a great shot of them in their

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ising local swim star Matt Wilson will travel to Budapest, Hungary, in July to compete in the World Swimming Championships. The 18-year-old Springwood resident recently discovered he was selected in the Australian Swimming Team, to compete in the 200m breaststroke. Wilson said representing Australia is always a major highlight. “I’ve had the honour of representing my country for the past five years now,” Wilson told the Record. “This team is extra special, after the disappointment of not qualifying for the Olympic team last year by 0.26 seconds. “I can’t wait to get over there and race.” While Wilson admits he started his swimming career a little later than most of his competitors, he has certainly made up for the lost time with a slew of wins and new records. “The most memorable record I’ve broken would have to be the 100m breaststroke on my first Australian junior team,” he said. In preparation for Budapest, Wilson said he is in the pool nine times a week, and does two gym sessions and pilates on the side. Springwood swimmer Matt Wilson races away to victory

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