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THE KING IS BACK He’s the man who put rock ‘n’ roll on the map, and decades after his death Elvis Presley is still considered ‘the king’. The Blue Mountains Elvis Festival kicks off this Thursday, featuring an incredible 14 shows across the weekend. Erin Mamo reports on page 7 Elvis tribute artists will converge on the Blue Mountains this week

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woman was tragically killed when she fell from a waterfall in the Blue Mountains last Friday afternoon. The woman was at the top of the waterfall at Wentworth Falls at about 3pm, when she fell more than 100 metres to the ground. “Emergency services were called to Falls Road just after 3pm, after reports a woman fell from a waterfall,” a police spokeswoman said. “The woman died at the scene.” The incident happened at Fletchers Lookout, which offers incredible views to tourists and locals alike. The area around Fletchers Lookout is difficult to access by road, so the ambulance helicopter was

called to assist after the first reports of the woman’s fall were made. The helicopter located the woman beneath the cliff and guided Police Rescue officers and paramedics to the area, but the woman was deceased when they arrived. A body recovery operation then commenced but was delayed on Friday night due to the weather. A rescue team member sat with the woman’s body throughout the night before it could be recovered on Saturday. There’s understood to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding the woman’s death but it’s unclear if she fell accidently.

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In defence of Bernard Tomic have a confession to make: I like Mondays. I only have to take one look at Facebook and Instagram to know I’m somewhat of an exception; the complaints about Mondays start rolling in from late Sunday afternoon and the memes, quotes and images continue right through until 9am hits the next morning. The reason I like Mondays is without doubt linked to the fact that I love my job. That’s a somewhat fortunate position to be in because there’s an army of people out there who are dragging themselves out of bed through these cold winter mornings, dreading the work day ahead. I get it, I really do. That’s why I’m a little perplexed at the negative comments directed at Aussie tennis player Bernard Tomic, after his appearance on Channel Seven’s ‘Sunday Night’ last month and yet another spat after tumbling out of Wimbledon. Don’t get me wrong – like most of you I think Tomic is a spoiled brat who has no idea how lucky he is to travel the world playing sport, and getting paid a truckload for the privilege. But much of the criticism of Tomic is thrown at him purely because he is brutally honest. “I never loved tennis. I am just going to go about it as a job,” Tomic declared. “Wouldn’t anyone want to take a job in a professional sport in one of the biggest sports in the world and only give 50, 60 per cent and earn millions of dollars? I think everybody would take that.” You might want to punch Tomic in the nose after those comments but it’s hard to disagree with him. How many people are only in their job

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“You might want to punch Tomic in the nose but it’s hard to disagree with him”

because of the money? How many of us only give 50 or 60 per cent? Sure, it might be a little bit more of a desperate scenario than Tomic faces given the income he earns, but is the principle still not the same? Is complaining about going to work every Monday all that much different to Tomic saying he doesn’t love his job but is staying in it for the cash? I actually thought Tomic’s interview on ‘Sunday Night’ was raw and honest. It is something we don’t often see from our sportspeople and the criticism he’s copped is exactly why. Tomic is unfortunately the text book product of parenting gone wrong – the enormous pressure placed on him from a young age clearly took the passion out of his tennis. Out of school at 16, Tomic has experienced very little of a ‘normal life’ and perhaps you can understand his at times petulant attitude.

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The sad thing is that Tomic is without doubt heading towards joining the long list of sportspeople who crash and burn and live with lifelong regret. It is almost too late to reverse the trend – it’ll happen, and when it does it’ll be spectacular for all the wrong reasons. But forcing Tomic to be passionate about something just because he’s earning big bucks is the product of some fantasy land expectation we have of our sportspeople. When it comes down to it, minus the millions of dollars in his bank account, he’s no different to the 20-somethingyear-old putting up a meme on Sunday night complaining about going to work tomorrow. And another thing... I’d really like to pass my thanks on to everyone who has taken the time to write to us here at the Record in recent weeks. Our decision to commence household delivery in various locations throughout the Mountains has obviously attracted a lot more interest in the paper, which launched a little over a year ago. The key thing to note is that it’s our aim to be YOUR independent voice in the Mountains, and for that to happen we need your support with story ideas, tips and opinions. I’d welcome you to send your story suggestions directly to me (troy.dodds@ bluemountainsrecord.com.au) or give us a call here at the office on 4722 2998. You’ll continue to see more and more of the Record in the coming weeks and months, and we’d like you to help us spread the word. Thank you again for all of your feedback – good and bad – so far!

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Sad goodbye to long-running business Thank you, Hazelbrook: Popular newsagency closes its doors after more than a decade in operation ERIN MAMO

fter 12 years of trade, Hazelbrook Newsagency sold its final newspaper and Lotto ticket late last month. Owners Suzanne and Shane Morrow made the difficult decision to close down their Rosedale Avenue store 10 days ago, citing various reasons for its closure. While the pair aren’t quite sure what’s around the corner, Ms Morrow is looking forward to a nice long break. “As some of our customers know, I have been unwell recently and get very fatigued and tired,” she told the Record. Ms Morrow is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, an auto immune disease which affects the small joints of the body causing severe pain. “I’ve been working in the shop less and less because of this and my husband, Shane, has had to do a lot more,” Ms Morrow added. The Hazelbrook local said another reason her and her husband decided to shut up shop was because of decreasing sales of magazines, newspapers and other once popular products. “A lot of people these days are committing to subscriptions,” Ms Morrow said.

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“We did have a lot of loyal customers but newspapers especially just don’t sell the way they used to.” Ms Morrow said she will really miss some of the people she has gotten to know for more than a decade. “We want to say thank you to the people in the local community for their support and encouragement over the years,” she said. “The people around here are so lovely, on our last day of trading so many of them stuck their heads in to say goodbye. “We really will miss them.” Fellow local Graeme Wheeler said Hazelbrook is a very special and unique community. “The shop owners are friends,” he said. “I will miss our banter over headlines from certain publishers and discussions about chaotic car parks. “The impact of the newsagency closing will be significant because locals will now take their business to Lawson, and I imagine other local businesses will be affected by this.” A sign on the former newsagency building reads “Hazelbrook Newsagency has gone into voluntary administration”, whereby they have appointed an external administrator.

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History made as first female PM plants tree ERIN MAMO

ulia Gillard is now the 27th former Australian Prime Minister to have planted an oak tree in Faulconbridge. Last Thursday, Ms Gillard travelled to the Blue Mountains to take part in the tradition that has seen each Prime Minister before her, or a close relative, plant a tree in Jackson Park in recognition of their time governing the country. Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman welcomed Ms Gillard to the area, thanking her for the battles that she fought while Prime Minister. “Ms Gillard’s government led to a tangible physical legacy for the Mountains,” she said. “She made a real contribution to Australia and I will never forget how she reached out and supported me when I first ran for the seat of Macquarie in 2010 and was unsuccessful.” Ms Gilliard spoke to the large crowd reflecting on her time as Prime Minister, discussing what projects she is involved in nowadays. “I spend a lot of my time overseas these days. I’m in Washington for my work with the Brookings Institution, and in thirdworld countries working to gain better

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education for young girls,” she said. “As Prime Minister, you don’t get much time to be outdoors doors or be in a contemplative mood, yet that is what this corridor invites us all to do. “This place is a corridor that makes you think about our nation’s national story, to think about who we are, how we were and how we’ve changed.” Home schooled students Lydia McKechnie and Maddie Brett-Hall said they were both equally excited to see Ms Gillard. “It’s a special moment in history,” Lydia said. “A one-off that will never happen again, plus she is the first woman to be Prime Minister. “It’s inspiring.” Faulconbridge local Elaine Holman, who lives just opposite the corridor, said she came out to see Ms Gillard because she admires the hard work she put into the country. “Ms Gillard has had more things passed through Parliament than any other Prime Minister,” she said. “She has strong negotiating skills and we are very happy to see a tree dedicated to her in our town. “We will make sure we look after it.” Ms Gillard held the position of Prime Minister from June 2010 until June 2013.

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he fight to save the Wayzgoose Cafe continued in Council last week and now, in extraordinary circumstances, will bring Councillors together for another meeting tonight. At last week’s meeting, chambers were packed full of unhappy locals who won’t accept that an Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) will determine the future of the historic building. Although a motion was already passed on this issue, Council were planning to appoint a chair at Tuesday’s meeting.

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Greens Councillor Kerry Brown continued to fight, stating that Council are giving their voice to an unelected panel. “We are going to replace the messy business of democracy with the tight business of bureaucracy,” she said. Mayor Mark Greenhill said the issue had become way too politicised. “Council should not appear to be bias on any issue and I think in this instance some Councillors have expressed certain views,” he said. Council will meet tonight to deal with a rescission motion which was lodged by Cr Green last week, to reverse the initial motion of using an IHAP.

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Double take: The King returns to Mountains ERIN MAMO

ocal celebrations honouring the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Elvis Presley, are on again this week, starting Thursday, August 3. This year, the Blue Mountains Elvis Festival will include 14 shows including a ‘Sing like Elvis’ competition and some of the country’s best tribute artists are confirmed to perform. Headlining the festival this year is Jack Gatto, Marcus Jackson and Sean Spiteri. Founder of the festival, Colin “Kurnell” Green, said the festival is not only for people who love Elvis but for people who like a good show. “I started the Blue Mountains Elvis Festival five years ago after I went to Parkes and really enjoyed the big celebrations down there,” he said. “I wasn’t always a huge Elvis fan but that all changed after the festival. “When I came home a lot of people said to me that they were interested in Elvis but that Parkes was a long way to go, so I wanted to bring something like what they have down in Parkes to the Blue Mountains.” With Katoomba RSL still out of action due to the devastating fire that tore

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through the premises back in February, Wentworth Falls Country Club will act as the main venue for the festival, hosting four feature shows, with another three at Palais Royale in Katoomba. Mr Green said Katoomba RSL is still heavily involved in the event and has donated courtesy buses that will be used throughout the weekend. The local RSL are also sponsoring the various street buskers. The Elvis fun will kick off this Thursday night with an opening dinner. Then, throughout the weekend, locals and visitors will be entertained by the feature shows plus Big Al’s Karaoke, an Elvis and Priscilla look-a-like competition, a car show and markets. Many of the events held over the weekend are free to attend, with festival-goers encouraged to dress-up in their best Elvis outfit. The annual event is self-funded and relies on dozens of volunteers each year. Tickets for each show are currently available at early-bird prices. Full price tickets are $45 for Wentworth Falls shows and $49.50 for Palais Royale shows. To find out more information or to view the program, visit bluemountainselvisfestival.com.au.

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Hip hip hooray! Swampcare celebrates 10th birthday

$40,000 donation will make big difference to cancer patients EMILY NEWTOWN

trip to the hospital on Australia Day weekend last year changed Blaxland’s Mary and Michael Hartnett’s world after discovering Mr Hartnett had two brain tumours. While Ms Hartnett’s husband sadly lost his battle with cancer 15 months later, his legacy lives on through a $40,000 donation to Nepean Cancer Care Centre via Dry July following the exceptional treatment and support they received. “It was so professional, we were just in shock, trauma and totally out of our depths because we had never experienced anything like this,” Ms Hartnett said. “We were very happy, we were very comfortable and we knew that we were getting the treatment that he needed. “We always wanted to do something because it is such a horrendous disease.” Dawn Hutley, Senior Occupational Therapist and Dry July participant, said that the donation will allow the hospital to better service people with brain cancer. “The disease changes so quickly, it’s not like it will smoulder on for about a year or so, it’s a constant change,” she said. The money will fund six palliative hospital beds and mattresses to allow loved ones to spend their final days at

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A special event was held recently to celebrate 10 years of Swampcare ERIN MAMO

lue Mountains Council recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its Swampcare and Save our Swamps Program with a conference. Attended by over 65 people, the one-day event highlighted the significant and award-winning achievements of swamp restoration in the Blue Mountains and the dedicated volunteers who got it to where it is today. Mayor Mark Greenhill said the awardwinning approach is part of Council’s whole of catchment approach to environ-

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mental management. “Swampcare is a vital part of Council’s highly effective volunteer program aimed at biodiversity conservation,” he said. “We’re able to better protect and restore swamps across the city thanks to 75 dedicated Swampcare volunteers.” It’s estimated that volunteers have contributed over 10,000 hours towards protecting swamps in the region. Blue Mountains swamps are a biologically diverse plant community that occurs nowhere else in the world. The vegetation in these swamps range from low button grass clumps to large shrubs.

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The boom in listed bank issued ‘hybrids’ is continuing along unabated, with new issues popping up at regular intervals. These investments are particularly attractive to SMSF trustees and retirees alike. Paying a regular income stream with the imprimatur of a big bank, it is easy to see why. Both banks and insurers issue these ‘hybrids’ so they can raise money for their regulatory capital requirements. The proceeds being contributed to a mandatory cash buffer provided for the protection of our financial system.

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Therefore these types of investments are nothing like a bond or bank deposit and can behave very differently depending on a range of factors that are outside your control. And for anyone who has read the associated PDS (anyone?) the terms often contain a complex series of events, tests, conditions and approvals that even experienced investors can find difficult to understand. For example, you may see Discretionary non-cumulative distributions, meaning interest payments are not guaranteed and any missed payments don’t accumulate. (That’s not very nice) How about Subordinated, which means if the issuer goes insolvent, you get paid just before the shareholders. And by that time, there is nothing left. (A big hello to all you Qintex shareholders by the way!). There’s plenty more of this terminology scattered through the PDS. All of which paints a picture of an investment carrying far more risk than what is perceived. But like all these type of products it only becomes apparent, when and if something happens. So until then, investors will happily receive their income one percentage point above the 30 day LIBOR average rate (I love that kind of talk).


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Turning back time

60 years ago this week, Radio 2GB became the first station in Australia to broadcast news on the hour seven days a week. It is a tradition that remains in place today. Originally, news wasn’t broadcast 24 hours a day with the final bulletin usually at 10pm.

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Congratulations to former Panther Mark Geyer and the Cancer Council NSW on the success of last month’s darts fundraiser at the Pioneer Tavern in Penrith. A great afternoon was had by all who attended.

The politically correct brigade are at it again, last week slamming Karl Stefanovic for his suggestion that men and women should run on different Ninja Warrior courses. He had a fair point!

Katoomba FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS: Palette Dining, Katoomba. FAVOURITE PLACE TO HAVE A COFFEE IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS: My kitchen! Other than that, The Rooster, Katoomba. THE FIRST PLACE YOU’D TAKE A VISITOR TO THE MOUNTAINS: Still the Three Sisters, Katoomba. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE MOUNTAINS: I love the mountains themselves, the cooler weather, the natural beauty, and the fact that everything is nearby. WHAT IS THE MOUNTAINS’ BEST KEPT SECRET: The number of very talented and creative people who live quietly up here.

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ave you heard the one about Possum Man? Eric the Breastfeeder? The Guinea Pig Chef? These are just a handful of the hilariously bizarre tales ABC radio host James Valentine has come across over 20 years hosting his radio show ‘Afternoons’. This month he’ll be bringing these stories and more to the Blue Mountains Theatre stage in his hugely successful

live show ‘Afternoons Tonight!’. With many creative hats already on his head – including journalist, author, presenter, TV host and musician – James admits the live shows are a chance to embrace a new role, which he describes as a ‘stand up humourist’. “A stand up comedian to me is about gags, whereas a humourist tends to be more observational and as interested in audience contribution as they are their own,” James explained. After many years on radio it’s the weird and wonderful tales from listeners that provide James with the most amusing subject matter. “What I love in my radio show is talk-

back where people are calling in telling me stories and telling me things about their lives and making their own observations,” he said. “I think of that as kind of like ‘found humour’, it’s humour where someone is telling you a story about their cat, and it’s incredibly funny but it’s a real story.” With the live show, which enjoyed a sell out season in 2016, James brings that talkback mentality to a room of real people, with hilariously awkward consequences. “There’s a segment called ‘This is what I live with’ where we talk about what your partner does that annoys you,” he said. “If you can get somebody in the room to talk about the thing their partner does

that annoys them, while the partner’s sitting next to them, it’s gold,” he laughs. While sharing those weird and wonderful stories provides plenty of laughs, James also appreciates the way opening up can help to create bonds between audience members. “If it happened to you it’s worth talking about because it’s probably happened to somebody else,” James said. “It’s a nice way of realising we’re all the same.” ‘Afternoons Tonight! with James Valentine’ will be on at the Blue Mountains Theatre in Springwood on Saturday, August 19 at 8pm. Tickets are $27-$30. To purchase tickets, call 4723 5050.

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Unconvincing Panthers stay in hunt Penrith defeat Canterbury 16-8 last week but lose prop Leilani Latu for the remainder of the season TROY DODDS

t was far from convincing, but Penrith’s September dream remains well and truly alive after a 16-8 victory over the Bulldogs at Pepper Stadium last Thursday. Canterbury failed to score a point in the second half as Penrith limped to the eight point win in front of 8,727 fans in chilly conditions at the foot of the Mountains. Penrith led 8-0 after 20 minutes thanks to a penalty goal and a Peter Wallace try, but the Bulldogs managed to even the ledger by half-time with a penalty shot of their own and a soft try to livewire fiveeighth Josh Reynolds. The game remained in the balance throughout the second half but the major breakthrough came when Dallin WateneZelezniak – who had an awkward night with his hands – crossed in the corner to put the Panthers up 12-8. Tyrone Peachey confirmed the win with a try 10 minutes from full-time, moving the Panthers to within a whisker of the top eight. Panthers coach Anthony Griffin was particularly pleased with the performance

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Penrith kept their top eight chances alive with a win over the Canterbury Bulldogs last Thursday night. Photo: Melinda Jane of fullback Dylan Edwards. “He did a great job tonight. He was under a heap of pressure at times,” he said. “It was a really good effort from him.” Penrith’s win officially ended Canterbury’s deluded hopes of making the

Finals, with coach Des Hasler under pressure to keep his job after the club’s season from hell. The Panthers are enjoying an extended preparation for this Sunday’s game against Wests Tigers, which will see Ivan

Cleary coaching against his son Nathan for the first time. Penrith will name their team for the clash at 4pm this afternoon. The team list won’t include forward Leilani Latu, who fractured his jaw in Thursday’s win.

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