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IT’S A RECORD Blue Mountains residents sweltered through unprecedented heat last weekend, with a new all-time high temperature record set in Springwood. The top temperature of 44.6 degrees on Saturday beat the previous record, set in January 2013, by 0.5 degrees and obliterated the February record by five degrees. Residents headed to cool locations like Glenbrook Swimming Centre (pictured) to cool down throughout the day.

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Shop owners frustrated at ongoing parking issues Losing business: Calls for immediate action to arrest problems at Blaxland Shopping Centre ERIN MAMO

hop owners at Blaxland Shopping Centre are sick and tired of parking issues at the complex. With the Lower Mountains Family Practice opening over six months ago many shop owners believe that they are losing customers because of the limited amount of parking and the layout of the car park. Owner of Kate’s Just Gorgeous, Kate Lederthoug, said the car park has always caused problems with delivery trucks blocking vehicles and train commuters leaving their cars there all day. “One of the biggest issues is the trucks coming in and out to deliver stock,” Mrs Lederthoug said. “There is no loading zone so they just park in the car park, blocking cars in.” Ward 4 Councillor Brendan Christie said the car park has been a serious issue for far too long. “I sat down with every business in the centre three weeks before the election and every single one had an issue with the car


park and said they were losing revenue,” Cr Christie said. “Not only is the congestion a serious safety issue but it makes the centre difficult to access, which impacts on our small businesses.” Cr Christie said he has raised the issue at Council over the years and waiting for the Blaxland Masterplan is not good enough. “We need urgent intermediary solutions to the parking while the Masterplan is done before Blaxland loses more small businesses and more local jobs,” Cr Christie said. A spokesperson from Blue Mountains City Council said that Council recognises there are some issues with the Blaxland Shopping Centre car park, but said there were no capacity problems. “While the capacity of the car park does not appear to be an issue the vehicle circulation is somewhat awkward,” the spokesperson said. Council re-enforced that they have committed to making the car park a key consideration in the Blaxland Town Centre Masterplan which is in the consultation phase.

Business owner Kate Lederthoug is concerned about parking issues After receiving correspondence from shop owners asking for short term improvements, Council recently modified the roadway between the rear of Newington Mall and the public car park to be one way only with corresponding give-way

signage, to improve traffic flow in the car park area. Council also proposed a review of the car park time limits from two hours to one hour but this was not favoured by shop owners.


Get ready to pay: Mountains residents set to be hit with new M4 toll ERIN MAMO

lue Mountains residents could be paying tolls again on the M4 Motorway between the Blue Mountains and Sydney by the middle of this year. While Penrith MP Stuart Ayres, who was recently sworn in as the Minister for WestConnex, said that the M4 from Lapstone to Parramatta will continue to be free, it’s still not clear whether drivers will have to pay a toll between Parramatta and Concord. “As our new Premier, Gladys Berejiklian said, the Government will be considering its options for tolling as the project develops,” Mr Ayres said. Mr Ayres said he stated from the outset


that road users can expect to have a benefit if they are to pay a toll. “People in western Sydney are sick and tired of being stuck on congested roads and the Government is getting on with making much-needed improvements,” Mr Ayres said. “When complete, WestConnex will direct tens of thousands of trucks and small vehicles off surface roads into underground tunnels which will significantly reduce congestion on key routes like Parramatta and Victoria Road.” Blue Mountains MP Trish Doyle, who believes the toll is not far off, visited Springwood’s Service NSW last week to get a new e-tag and said there will be a lot of Blue Mountains residents who will need to do the same soon.

“There will be a lot of Blue Mountains residents like myself who did not have an e-tag and if the Liberal Government decided to put a toll levy on a publicly owned road it means everyone using the road will need to pay,” Ms Doyle said. Ms Doyle then went onto say that it was “theft” to charge a toll levy on a publicly owned road. “The people of New South Wales own this motorway,” she said. “For the Government to levy a toll on our road and hand that money to a private company is basically theft and Minister for WestConnex, Stuart Ayres will now be remembered by the Blue Mountains as the Minister for toll roads.” If a toll is brought into effect at Homebush where the Government has installed

Trish Doyle a gantry which is currently being tested, motorists travelling from the Blue Mountains to Sydney can now expect to pay $8.42 for a round trip, significantly adding to yearly commuter costs.

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Mental Health

A girl and her guitar: Mel’s busking mission ERIN MAMO

ydney singer Mel Yeates is on a one woman campaign to raise money for depression and she is coming to the Mountains to drum up support. When Ms Yeates was 15 she lost her closest friend in a freak accident and suffered extreme depression and anxiety in the aftermath. “I lost my best friend in a camping accident – a tree fell on the tent she was sleeping in and killed her instantly,” Ms Yeates said. “It was the worst year of my life. “I became very depressed and remember my mum taking me to see a number of counsellors and therapists, none of who understood me.” Now, the singer has teamed up with beyondblue and is planning to busk around Australia in an attempt to raise $100,000 to help people who may be going through something similar. Ms Yeates said she was inspired to take on the challenge by Aussie actor Samuel Johnson, who started a similar campaign when his sister was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. “In 2013, Samuel Johnson cycled almost 16,000 kilometers around Australia on a


unicycle and raised more than $1.5 million for cancer research,” Ms Yeates said. “I was so inspired by his achievement that last year I picked up my guitar and hear I am.” Having now travelled throughout country Victoria and Canberra, Ms Yeates has already raised just short of $27,000. “I’m going to give it my best to get to $100,000,” she said. “I know it will take a long time, but I just want to make a difference.” As part of her busking escapade, Ms Yeates will be busking around Katoomba’s main streets, including out the front of Coles. On March 9, she will be performing at Katoomba Family Hotel from 7pm, and on March 10 at the Alexandra Hotel, Leura from 5pm. beyondblue CEO Georgie Harman said Ms Yeates has already raised such a significant amount of money for the charity. “It’s efforts like this that enable beyondblue to provide support services and programs for people affected by depression, anxiety and suicide and their families around the country,” Ms Harman said. beyondblue is now urging locals to get behind Ms Yeates. To donate, visit Ms Yeates’ Go Fund Me page at

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Parents urged to embrace kids’ growing use of technology JADE ALIPRANDI

lue Mountains parents are being urged not to let their children fall into the ‘digital zombie’ effect when it comes to the amount of screen time they have. Released at the start of every school year, NBN’s Digital Parenting Report reveals key trends on how Aussie children use the Internet for learning as well as insights into how parents feel about it. This year, the report found the majority of parents (74 per cent) agree that digital skills and access to fast broadband are key in order to best prepare their children for the future workforce, while half worry their children are spending too much time online. Children’s Technology and Learning Expert, Dr Kristy Goodwin, said it’s important to ensure your child is actively engaging with the technology. “It’s important for parents to encourage their kids to be actively involved rather than just consuming what they’re looking at,” she said. “Instead of allowing them to passively consume... look for educational content like videos and podcasts – parents don’t need to fret that being online is necessarily bad.” Dr Goodwin added that worrying about


Local toddler Eli using an interactive learning app. Photo: Melinda Jane their child being online is a little outdated. “There are ways around having your child sitting their consuming technology mindlessly to having them use it for educational purposes,” she said. “Parents should look at what the child is doing online and consider when they are using it.” Dr Goodwin suggests looking at podcasts, creating multimedia products, and for the child to learn about coding. How do you control digital use in your house? Email your views to


Huntsman to blame for fourcar pile up at Blaxland

About 10:45am on Sunday, February 5, a serious four-car accident occurred at the intersection of Leyton Avenue and the Great Western Highway, Blaxland. A 65-year-old male from Fairfield was driving his car when a huntsman spider fell from the roof onto his head causing him to swerve into the westbound lanes of the highway and collide with another vehicle, which then spun and collided with two more vehicles. The driver of vehicle one suffered a serious broken leg and the passenger, a 67-year-old female visiting from Poland, suffered internal injuries and a serious fracture to her hand. Both were conveyed to Westmead Hospital. Two children aged six and three in vehicle two were conveyed to Westmead Children’s Hospital with bruising and severe whiplash. The adults from vehicles two and three were conveyed to Nepean Hospital with injuries, while the occupants of vehicle four, from the Blaxland area, did not suffer any injuries.

Elderly bike rider dies of heat exhaustion at Woodford

About 9:30am on Tuesday, January 31 an 89-year-old male from Randwick was located deceased on The Oaks Fire Trail, Woodford adjacent to The Wheel Dam Fire Storage. It is understood the male had been

bike riding the Oaks Fire Trail when he suffered from heat exhaustion and collapsed and died.

Extreme heat sparks three separate bush rescues

On Saturday, February 4, there were three rescue incidents involving bushwalkers. The first incident occurred at Megalong Valley and involved RAAF Cadets from Richmond Air Base being assisted out from The Six Foot Track. Many of the walkers were dehydrated due to the severe weather conditions. The second incident occurred at the Sublime Point Fire Trail and involved a bushwalker from Croydon suffering from heat exhaustion. Police Rescue located the walker and drove her out of the Valley. The third incident occurred at Kedumba Valley when a group of five bushwalkers from the Mt Druitt area suffered heat exhaustion and dehydration. Rescue Operators drove into the Kedumba Valley and met the group, providing them with water before driving them out of the valley. The rescues have prompted a timely warning, with Springwood Police reminding bushwalkers and riders to have adequate water supplies when embarking on walks around the Mountains area during hot weather, and to consider whether it is appropriate to embark on strenuous activity during extreme whether events.



Accused Leura drug dealer granted strict conditional bail

Snap up a bargain at Barnardos’ fashion parade fundraiser EMILY NEWTON

arnardos Western Region Auxiliary members are inviting the public to take part in their fashion parade fundraiser to snap up a bargain on Monday, February 27. This year’s summer parade will be held at St Andrew’s Church Hall, on the corner of Lucasville Rd and Green St, Glenbrook. “We run two fashion parades each year, and have done for the last fifteen years or so,” President Jill King said. “They are a great source of both local publicity for Barnardos and funds for our purchases of food, among other bits and pieces.” The clothing, which has been supplied by Stafford Ladies Fashions, runs from size 8 to 24 with discounts of up to 50 per cent. “We spend all the money that we make on emergency food every month and the Christmas hampers,” Treasurer John Kelaher said. “In the lower Blue Mountains, Barnardos has some clients who are grandparents who are fostering. “Older people need assistance, especially if they’re on a pension and suddenly find themselves looking after children.” The sales from the day will go towards helping Barnardos clients in the Blue


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Leura resident accused of drug supply has been granted strict conditional bail. Christopher Brian Watling faced Penrith Local Court via video link earlier this month charged with ‘deem supply’. The court heard the Queens Road resident was found with a bag containing three grams of drugs. “It has the flavour of a user/dealer situation in my submission,” the Crown prosecutor said. However Magistrate Roger Clisdell was


unable to conclude whether the drugs were for trafficking, noting Mr Watling’s record showed he was a “big user”. The accused was ordered to report daily to Katoomba police, not to take any drugs unless prescribed by a doctor and to undergo urinalysis multiple times per week. He was bailed to his current Leura address, in lieu of his mother who lives in Byron Bay. “Byron Bay is a bit too close to Nimbin for my liking,” Magistrate Clisdell said. “We’ll keep you down in Leura so we can keep an eye on you.” He is due back in court on March 17.

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his Valentine’s Day, Peter Swindell and Keith Davies will be doing the same thing that they have being doing every day for the last two years, visiting and caring for their wives who have Alzheimer’s Disease. In January 2015, both Joyce Swindell and Beverly Davies moved to Movern Gardens Retirement Village in Leura after their Alzheimer’s progressed. Now, their doting husbands, both 75, travel to Movern Gardens every day to help feed, care and spend time with their brides. Mr Swindell, who has been married to Joyce for 54 years, said she is a clever lady who in her younger years was the Assistant General Manager of Sydney’s iconic Opera House. As well as Alzheimer’s, Mrs Swindell has Vascular Dementia, which means she has sudden changes in her personality. Mr Swindell said while the conversation is limited now between himself and his spouse, he knows she still recognises him. “She still gives me a smile most days,” Mr Swindell said. For Mr Swindell, traditions run deep on


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Valentine’s Day. “We will have a nice lunch here at Movern and I will buy Joyce the same perfume I buy her each year,” he said. “It’s her favourite perfume – she has always loved the smell.” Keith Davies met his sweetheart, Beverly, while they were both teaching at a school in Western Australia 53 years ago. Mr Davies said while Alzheimer’s has well and truly affected Beverly, she is still her lovely and caring self. “Beverly has had Alzheimer’s for almost 12 years, but she is still able to walk around and do things,” Mr Davies said. “Sometimes she will get confused and ask me, ‘where’s Keith?’.” While Mr Davies still buys Mrs Davies flowers and a card for Valentine’s Day each year, he said they never really made a big fuss on February 14. “It’s nice to show someone you care about them all year around, not just on Valentine’s Day,” he said. Lifestyle Coordinator at Movern Gardens, Nelly Campbell, said it’s important Alzheimer’s patients are shown affection. “The feelings never leave,” she said. “Our patients might not have memories but they respond really well to love and companionship.”


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Turning back time

We’re used to the dangers of bushfires in the Blue Mountains but one of the worst ever was in December 1951. At least 80 homes were lost, with a ‘bushfire emergency’ declared in the Mountains for the first time in history.

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Scott Pollock Wentworth Falls OCCUPATION: Manager, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Leura. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB: Other than working at one of the most beautiful gardens in Australia, I do love working with the volunteers. We have about 70 volunteers and honestly the property wouldn’t operate without them. FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: I would have to say Silks Brasserie, Leura. FAVOURITE CAFÉ: Too many to choose from. I’d say I have a favourite one in each village all the way up the Mountain. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN THE MOUNTAINS IN YOUR SPARE TIME: When I get the time, I’ll go riding in the Megalong Valley with my horses. I also like to bushwalk and visit galleries.

ove is nothing if not an adventure; so this year forget the roses and chocolates and put a unique spin on Valentine’s Day with Jetpack Adventures. Located at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Jetpack Adventures offers thrill seekers the chance to take your love sky high with their backpack units which use water to propel you into the air. With instructors to guide you through the process, and a five point safety harness, even the most nervous beginner will feel a sense of confidence as they embrace their inner James Bond. So give your loved one a Valentine’s Day to remember with Jetpack Adventures. For more information, visit www.jetpackadventures. The Record has three Jetpack Adventures vouchers to give away. For your chance to win one, email the code word ‘JETPACK’ to competitions@bluemountainsrecord. with your name and contact details. Entries close Thursday, February 16. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPM/16/00054. For terms and conditions, telephone the Blue Mountains Record reception on 4722 2998.

Lady Gaga’s performance at the recent Super Bowl was out of this world. She not only performed brilliantly, but resisted the temptation to make any unnecessary political statement.

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Dr Mark Howie is a highly experienced and award-winning teacher, school leader and professional representative. His experiences affirm his commitment to fairness, equity, difference, diversity and excellence in the service of exemplary educational outcomes for students and professional uplift for teachers. Springwood High School is creating the generations of the future. All that we do is underpinned by a passion for making a difference in our students’ lives and achievements. The school is proudly comprehensive in nature and purpose. Our touchstones are: Excellence – academic and personal excellence within a nurturing and inclusive environment in which the individual is recognised and valued; Creativity – promoting originality and value in thought and action through the powers of the imagination, self and communal expression, critical thinking and problem solving, and technology; Success – educating and supporting our students to the far reaches of their capacities so that they may succeed at school and in life. Springwood High School students are enabled to press onward to the heights of achievement, fulfilment and reward in all that they do. We believe that all our students can succeed, and will do so through the informed, expert and committed provision of challenge and support.

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“I am proud to be moving into my fifth year as Principal at Blue Mountains Steiner School” The pedagogical practices used at Blue Mountains Steiner School give our students a unique creative edge in life-long learning. Creative arts, outdoor education, and music are richly presented and integrated into our academic curriculum preparing students for the high school of their choice. The leadership and pastoral care program strengthen relationships across the grades and instils trust and security in each student which engenders confidence and resilience. “I love that parents and students both past and present continue to be part of our vibrant community, enriching our wonderful school.” Prospective parents are warmly invited to attend a tour of our school with the Principal, Lisa O’Donnell on Friday, 24 March at 9am. Please call the school to book in on 4758 6044. Our Open Day and Autumn Fair will be held on Saturday, 6 May (see website soon for more details).

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Penrith Anglican College was established in 1998 with a clear vision – to encourage students to live lives of purpose and to serve others through Christ. That founding vision remains at the heart of the College with Mr Mark Lewis joining as Headmaster in 2015, continuing our reputation for academic and personal excellence through Christ. Penrith Anglican College is a Pre-K to Year 12 co-educational college set in a modern campus at the foot of the Blue Mountains, with state of the art facilities providing spaces for students to learn and grow. An education at Penrith Anglican College is characterised by a progressive approach to learning, where our students are encouraged to imagine and prepare for a bright future. We are dedicated to helping each student learn, achieve and progress toward their individual academic and personal excellence. Penrith Anglican College is committed to fostering global understanding in their students and therefore also offers to students in Years 11 and 12 the choice of either the International Baccalaureate or the HSC.

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Moira McNair

Mount Victoria Public School

he Upper Blue Mountains Learning Community of schools is committed to providing high quality teaching and learning. We provide engaging and challenging learning experiences in a positive and supportive learning environment. Creative and Performing Arts and sporting programmes are highly valued. Opportunities for performances and inter-school activities occur throughout the year. Specialist teachers and classes are available for gifted and talented students as well as those students with disabilities or learning difficulties. Our high quality Public Education provides for all students enabling a productive and rewarding life in an educated, just and open society. The Upper Blue Mountains Learning Community aims for school improvement and growth to be built around developing strong school communities focused on mutual respect, a shared purpose, trust and cooperation all within motivating, safe and happy schools. Central to this is building the capacity of staff to develop as a strong professional learning community, who are empowered, work in teams, plan collaboratively, coach and share pedagogy. Our schools are KidsMatter Schools. KidsMatter is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. KidsMatter provides the methods, tools and support to help each of our schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids. As a learning community, we aim to develop a wholeschool approach to improving children’s mental health and wellbeing for primary schools. We plan and take action to be a positive community - one that is founded on respectful relationships, a sense of belonging and inclusion, promoting social and emotional learning, working authentically with parents, carers and families.

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Blue Mountains Catholic Schools

ur Catholic schools in the Blue Mountains offer families an affordable, quality faith-based education for children from Kindergarten to Year 12. With schools at Katoomba, Lawson, Springwood and Glenbrook we provide a comprehensive education underpinned by our Catholic faith, ensuring students develop their full potential and are well placed to contribute to society in a meaningful way. To respond to the diversity of needs, interests and abilities of students, we provide a broad curriculum and multiple learning pathways using contemporary teaching methods and learning technologies. Catholic schools foster close collaboration and partnership with students and teachers, parents and our parishes to ensure learning is personalised, relevant and meaningful to students.


Mrs Lisa Samojlowicz

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St Canice’s Catholic Primary School

St Finbar’s Primary School

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More schools are on the way ore high quality schools will be delivered under draft planning reforms to address the increasing enrolments caused by the state’s strong population growth. Education Minister Rob Stokes (pictured), Planning Minister Anthony Roberts and Early Childhood Education Minister Sarah Mitchell released the draft State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities for community consultation.


The draft SEPP will streamline approvals processes for delivery of new and improved schools as well as childcare facilities, universities and TAFEs. A draft design guide for schools created by the Government Architect and a draft planning guideline for child care facilities are also included in the draft planning reforms package. “These proposed improvements will make it easier to deliver well designed high quality schools where they are required,” Mr Stokes said. “The Government and Non-Government school sectors will welcome the opportunity to work with the community as they continue to meet the challenge of increasing student enrolments.” He said the NSW Government is committed to providing high quality educational environments that nurture our younger children and support the learning needs of every student. “We need to invest in child care and educational facilities to foster young minds, to educate and train our future leaders and innovators and deliver a skilled workforce,” Mr Stokes said. Planning Minister Anthony Roberts said the draft SEPP would ensure the education needs of Sydney and other parts of the state are met in the years ahead. For more information and to make submissions, please visit or

McCARTHY CATHOLIC COLLEGE The community of McCarthy Catholic College is pleased to welcome the new Principal Tania Cairns to the college. With extensive experience in the leadership of Catholic schools at both school and Catholic Education Diocesan level, she has developed a sound philosophy on improving education that is inclusive for all students and empowers students to take responsibility for their learning. In each school that Tania has been part of the school leadership, there has been a clear direction to prepare students for an exciting and challenging future post school. As a result, the focus and mission is to develop young people who are well equipped with key skills for real life challenges, as well as values to encourage future success and well-being. McCarthy is a unique school with both a Trade Training Centre and a conventional school to complete the traditional HSC. Gospel values are demonstrated through our modelling of our core values of integrity, justice and peace in our social justice work with Vinnies Van and other community support initiatives. We are therefore well placed to meet the needs of a wide range of students in this co-educational college.



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I can recall countless occasions whilst an adviser, of people coming to me for insurance cover as a result of just receiving a serious medical diagnosis. Unfortunately for them, insurance companies don’t act retrospectively and sadly there was absolutely no way of helping. There are generally four main types of personal insurance you need to look at. The most common is Term Life Insurance which pays a lump sum on death. Next is Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) which again is a lump sum, paid when you are classified as unable to ever work again because of illness or injury. Trauma Insurance, which covers you when you survive one of a specified number of medical traumas, and finally Income Protection which pays you 75% of your income whilst you are off work for illness or injury. Each one of these insurances serves a different purpose and can be combined or taken separately as required, but remember it is always best practice to consult with a licensed professional to ensure you are getting exactly what you need. So spend some time this weekend having a close look at your insurance situation – washing the Camry will just have to wait.

Phone 4735 3211 will have opportunities to be immersed with our industry partners and learn new 21st century skills, such as collaboration and problem solving in industry based teams and situations. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to set up such unique programs that will lead to connections with future employers. We are the only Catholic school selected in NSW to be offering the P-TECH elective program. As Principal of McCarthy Catholic College, I am always looking for ways to improve learning for students and our focus will always be the students at the centre in all that we do. The school has developed clear policies for engaging students and has a culture of constant improvement. The HSC results reflect this improvement and we have enjoyed some outstanding results from both boys and girls. Our Trade Training Centre (TTC) results have enabled students to transition very easily from school to a variety of post school options with specific industry based qualifications as they exit school. The extracurricular life of the school is strong with sport representation at local, state and national level showing excellence all round. McCarthy is the only catholic school which now offers Rowing for both girls and boys and will build this challenging sport through expert coaching and commitment. Tania Cairns and the staff at McCarthy Catholic College are excited about the transformation of the college reflecting the needs of 21st century learners and are committed to providing high quality education to girls and boys of the lower Blue Mountains and Greater Penrith region. McCarthy Is a school on the move with exciting new initiatives to meet the needs of your sons and daughters in a fast paced changing world. Enrolments are now open for 2018 and we welcome all applicants to our wonderful school. I invite you to contact Sharon Clarke at the college for a personal tour with our student leaders.

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McCarthy Catholic College is a school ‘on the move’ staying abreast of changes in contemporary learning practices that engage and excite learners of today such as STEM and Flipped Learning. The college has invested resources into the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programs across a range of learning areas that will enable them to access this part of the learning in very engaging ways. As well as this, the College has been selected by Commonwealth government as a P-TECH school which means students in Year 9 and 10



I recently read a report about the huge level of under insurance in Australia. An often overlooked area of the family finances, it seems many people are either not wanting to spend money on something that doesn’t provide immediate benefit, or remain oblivious to the financial effects a serious accident or death can have within a family. Strangely though, 99.9% of people seem to have no qualms ‘forking’ out money for car insurance, which would suggest the consequences of losing the 1998 Toyota Camry is easier

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relationship. It is quite possible that all of these people were grateful, but without a response, I am left wondering if they are in fact UNgrateful. More importantly, a lack of response makes me reticent to assist them in the future. It shows a lack of respect for my time and for our potential working relationship. All relationships function best when there is mutual respect, a healthy balance of ‘give and take’, and gratitude for what the other person brings to the relationship. The reasons for a lack of response to my above examples might include ‘I forgot’, ‘I didn’t have time’ or ‘I’m not obligated to reply’. Frankly, I think all those reasons are inexcusable! If you always ‘forget’, change your communication habits. If you don’t have enough time to reply ‘thank you’ in an email, you need to examine your time management skills. If you only respond when you are obligated to, I am betting you won’t be in business for very long! Take your mum’s advice and use your manners: it will assist you greatly in business and in life.


ast week we covered why you should network, and where to find networking groups. Today we cover what to do during and post the networking event. What to do at a networking group • Walk in with a smile! • Your aim of networking should be relationship building – get to know, like and trust. Sales are unlikely to happen from the first few meetings – this is normal! • Take business cards and maybe flyers BUT don’t hand out unless requested! • Typically you are greeted by organisers so they will explain how things work and may help to connect you with other members. • Rather than stand alone look for a group of three or more people and politely ask to join their conversation. • Some groups will have all members introduce themselves. Prepare versions of your elevator pitch – from a 10 second “one on oneâ€? introduction through to 30 second to two minute group introductions. • If you’re new and not sure if the

meeting is reflective of normal, ask! Sometimes events clash and numbers are down or the normal organiser is away. They may deserve another chance! After the event • If you say you’ll do something – do it! Send that article link, email or call to arrange that coffee catch-up! • Consider if the group meets your needs. Be careful not to write off a group too quickly, but also consider if the ongoing time commitment is justified. Allow for attending all meetings for that group, plus travel, plus actioning follow ups and meetings post event. • A good policy can be not to go to another event until you’ve made all the contacts from the last, but for core groups try to attend every meeting. • If suitable after building rapport with the organiser, see if you can have a speaking spot. These can be a brilliant way to showcase your business. Make sure the talk will provide real value to the attendees and could have a real benefit to your business.

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treetArt! – the new body of work by Australian artist Ben Tankard will have its opening night on Thursday, February 16 at the new viewing premises of Anala Art Advisory, 6 Ross Street, Glenbrook, 6-9pm. On the back of his sell-out show in North Sydney with Anala Art Advisory last year, Blaxland artist Ben Tankard has gone from strength to strength, not only for the demand for his work, though more importantly he has delivered with his quality and keen eye for detail within his re workings and vivid interpretations of his subject matter. The subject matter for this fresh and striking body of work is Ben’s re-imaginings of the famous Monopoly Board Game. The imagery and text have been inspired by elements from the Tarot, Mexican Loteria cards, lyrics by Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles and Nick Cave, medieval woodcuts, and other eclectic sources. These large, pop art paintings are colourful and dynamic, with a balance of cynical subversion and nostalgic joy. Using multiple layers of acrylic paint,

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Ben takes the viewer back in time with his visually stunning examples of the nostalgic board game. In Monopoly and in real life, your fortune can hinge on random chance – the roll of the dice – and these paintings, with their unexpected and often humorous additions, reflect that. Owner/Director of Anala Art Advisory, Michael Powe, has been working closely with Ben on this particular body of work. The dynamic duo have been brainstorming their creative ideas off one another for the past five months to deliver a show that is fresh, original, vibrant and also invites the viewer to draw their own conclusions while dissecting each work thus creating engaging commentary from all. Michael and Ben invite you all to attend the opening evening and take part in the celebration of this unique body of work that has been brilliantly executed by one of the top emerging artists this Country has to offer. StreetArt will be on display from February 16-28 at Anala Art Advisory, 6 Ross Street Glenbrook, NSW 2773. Contact Michael for all enquiries on 0452 586 448.


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or Dean Simmons going from an original band to a Garth Brooks tribute artist was simply a matter of supply and demand. “There’s a lot fewer people that can do what I can do with the Garth Brooks tribute than people that can play guitar and sing,” he laughed. “We were playing in honky tonks and doing the bar scene, and doing four or five sets a night. “It was great and fun, but when the

opportunity came for me to do Garth, I got to move from doing that to working in showrooms and being a part of these big multi-character production shows.” In the music world the market for tribute acts is strong, and according to Dean it’s a pretty tight knit community, although he does admit that things can get a little weird when it comes to Elvis. “You probably run into the whole identity crisis thing a little more in the ‘Elvis world’,” he laughed. Along with his own tribute act, Dean has also delved into the business side of things with his agency and production company Top Shelf Tributes.

“Just being around all these people, you get to know the best of the best, so I decided to put together my own personal collection,” he said. “We’ve had that for about five years now, so that’s my day job.” This March, the entertainer and businessman will be coming to the Evan Theatre at Panthers for the ‘Cowboys and Angels’ tribute show which includes performances by Kim Simmons as Shania Twain and Adam D Tucker who takes on the music of Tim McGraw. Performing the music of a still touring artist can be a little tricky. As Dean says there’s new music to learn and you never

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really know what’s going to happen next. “I knew all these guys that have been doing Michael Jackson forever and boy he sure had some ups and downs before he passed, to the point where there were periods of time there where people didn’t want to see that character,” he said. “But then with people that are gone their legacy is what it is and you’ve got to do your best to pay tribute to that. So there’s pros and cons on each side.” ‘Cowboys and Angels’ will be on at the Evan Theatre on Friday, March 3 at 8pm. Tickets are $42.50. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.penrith. or call 4720 5555.



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Get ready for a good ol’ Western style heist flick with the release of the critically acclaimed film ‘Hell or High Water’. Texas brothers Tanner (Ben Foster) and Toby (Chris Pine) have been estranged for years, but after the bank threatens to foreclose on their family land they come together to rob the bank that’s behind the pending foreclosure. Everything seems to be going to plan, until they find Texas Ranger Marcus


Blue Mountains hip hop group Thundamentals are currently celebrating two big milestones. The release of their fourth studio album ‘Everyone We Know’ will also be the first project for the group’s newly created record label High Depth. ‘Everyone We Know’ was recorded at the studio of Hermitude in Sydney’s inner suburbs and includes the track ‘Think About It’, which featured on the Triple J Hottest 100 in 2016. The single ‘Never Say Never’ is also getting a lot of airplay and the band have unveiled plans for a touring art exhibit based on the cover art.


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Slip into a darker shade of grey when ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ hits cinemas this week. Based on the bestselling book series by E.L James, the film is a follow up to the 2015 hit ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, which grossed over $560 million globally. A cautious Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson) is lured back into a relationship with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) when he agrees to her demands for a new arrangement. As trust and stability begins to develop between the pair, and Christian faces up to his inner demons, their relationship is threatened by shadowy figures from Christian’s past who are determined to

ruin their chance at a future together. Joining the cast for this much anticipated sequel is Oscar winner Kim Basinger, along with ‘Hannibal’ star Hugh Dancy and Aussie Bella Heathcote. This time around directing duties have been taken on by James Foley, who is best known for his work on the hit Netflix series ‘House of Cards’. If you’ve read the books don’t miss this opportunity to see the story unfold on the big screen. ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ is currently screening at Hoyts Penrith, located inside Westfield. For more information on session times and to book tickets, visit

I’M A CELEBRITY... GET ME OUT OF HERE CHANNEL TEN Ê Emma Freedman will host a new sports panel program for Channel Nine called ‘Sports Sunday’. The show, which premieres on March 5 at 10am, will include Peter FitzSimons, Liz Ellis, Michael Slater and Neil Breen, with regular appearances from sports stars such as Michael Clarke, John Steffensen, David Warner and Candice Warner. Ê As I predicted late last year, Channel Seven has finally confirmed it has dumped ‘The X Factor’ for 2017. After a disappointing season which, despite the strong talent, saw record low ratings, the network has decided to part ways with the singing contest after seven years. ‘The Voice’ now remains the lone singing contest on Aussie TV.


(Jeff Bridges) and his partner Alberto (Gil Birmingham) hot on their heels. The film has been a huge hit with critics with movie review site Rotten Tomatoes describing ‘Hell or High Water’ as wellacted and complete with full-bodied characters. ‘Hell or High Water’ has picked up four Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.

Ê The ABC’s long-running video game show ‘Good Game’ has been axed. It’s understood two of the presenters on the show have signed on with Channel Seven, prompting the ABC to call time on the series after 10 years.

Ê It was one of the biggest shows back in the early 2000s, now ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’ is back courtesy of Netflix. The popular streaming service is reviving the show after 10 years off the air. Eight episodes of ‘Queer Eye’ will return with a new cast later this year. Ê Discovery is set to launch a new documentary series profiling pilots who risk it all to help save lives at Mount Everest. ‘Everest Rescue’ premieres on Tuesday, February 21 at 8.30pm. Ê Former ‘MasterChef Australia’ contestants Andy Allen and Ben Milbourne will front a new local food and travel series for SBS Food Network. It premieres at 9.30pm tomorrow night, February 15 on SBS Food Network. Ê Hit Netflix show ‘Stranger Things’ will return with season two on October 31. Ê It was panned when it aired on Foxtel last year, now free-to-air viewers will

get to make their mind up on the local version of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia’ when it hits screens at 9pm this Monday, February 20 on Channel Ten.

Ê I must say I love many of the contestants on this season’s ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here’. But did you know, for many of the celebs, this isn’t the first time they’ve appeared on a reality TV show. Olympian Lisa Curry and model Tegan Martin both appeared on ‘The Celebrity Apprentice Australia’; Casey Donovan was made famous by winning ‘Australian Idol’; Ash Pollard began her TV career on ‘My Kitchen Rules’ before appearing on ‘Dancing with the Stars’; Jay Laga’aia was on ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ back in 2002; Nat Bass was a judge on ‘The X Factor’ and host of ‘So You Think You Can Dance Australia’; Tziporah Malkah (Kate Fischer) was on weight loss show ‘Celebrity Overhaul’ and duet singing show ‘It Takes Two’; and even host Julia Morris won the first series of ‘The Celebrity Apprentice Australia’ and also won ‘It Takes Two’.

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With Venus and Mars vamping through your sign, it’s the perfect time to flutter your eyelashes and ask for what you want. Then sit back and reap the romantic rewards on Valentine’s Day. Singles – don’t settle for second best. Be patient and wait for your perfect match to appear. As Keira Knightley observes, “I think every girl is looking for her Mr Darcy”. Thursday is fabulous for communicating with others in proactive/exciting ways.



Romance is in the air but the energy is behind the scenes suggesting a private, magical Valentine’s Day. Single Bulls – amazing signs and unexpected synchronicities could lead you to your true love. So keep your intuition welltuned. A work project or job prospect has real potential. But it will take plenty of hard work and patience to turn it into a long-term success.



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When it comes to romance, marriage and close partnerships, Saturn is constantly reminding you about your current duties and responsibilities. But this week, when it comes to love, make sure you have plenty of fun. Your quote is from writer George Sand, “There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved”. Thursday favours commerce, social media, group activities and international connections.



At the moment, with purposeful and passionate Pluto moving slowly through your relationship zone, love is a deadly serious business. So your quote for Valentine’s Day is from writer William Barclay, “Love always involves responsibility, and love always involves sacrifice”. Single Crabs – it’s time to give superficial suitors the flick. Instead, look for a lover who has real character, depth and substance.



Coupled Cats – find a dream you and your partner can share together. Then put time, effort and hard work into making that dream come true. “Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but of looking outward together in the same direction” – Antoine St Exupery. Single Lions – with romance planet Venus visiting your travel zone, love is likely with someone from a foreign country or culture.



Whether you’re attached, searching for your soul mate, or happily single, Valentine’s Day is an appropriate time to reflect on the fact that love really does make the world go around. And love is definitely the glue that binds us all together. Thursday’s marvellous Mercury/Mars connection highlights your natural ability to think of a fabulous idea, do the research, and then act on it.



With Mars and Venus both travelling through your partnership zone, prepare for a bold and beautiful Valentine’s Day. Coupled Librans – why not organise a special romantic rendezvous with your partner? Singles – in order to find true love, you need to be brave and step out of your comfort zone. So your motto is from Lao Tzu, “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage”.



Focus your attention on your lover, as you give them the right royal romantic treatment on Valentine’s Day. Singles – love and work are linked in surprising ways. When it comes to money matters, are you feeling less than abundant? The positive Sun/Saturn link encourages you to work towards a financial goal with passion and persistence. Be inspired by birthday great Michael Jordan.



Have you got a pile of projects that you’ve started and never completed? This week the Sun and Saturn boost motivation and concentration, so you can bring a project to a final conclusion. Don’t waste the opportunity! And with Venus and Mars both visiting your romance zone, you’re set for a sweet and sexy Valentine’s Day. Romantic music, stylish surroundings and gourmet food are calling. Sparks could fly with an Aries or a lusty Leo.

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When it comes to finding or maintaining true love, resist the urge to be overly controlling. Coupled Capricorns – avoid the temptation to be bossy at home. Give your spouse more space. Singles – stop looking for love in all the obvious places. Write a wish-list of all the important qualities you desire in a dream partner. Then sit back and wait for the magic to happen.



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How eating at home can help you become healthier We all love eating out, but finding that same passion for dining in can be the first step to gaining a healthier, happier lifestyle...

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With the recognition that most people who lose weight on diets end up putting the weight back on, it’s good to see that our focus has started to move to action (making healthy choices) rather than outcome (weight loss). This coming week is Healthy Weight Week, and while the name is probably in need of a makeover, the advice is focused on realistic behaviour change that we can all benefit from. The Dietitians Association of Australia have one simple message with this initiative – do more cooking and less eating out. The reason for this is simple – preparing meals at home allows us to know exactly what goes into our food and helps us to control our portions. I’m sure all of us have had dining experiences where we’ve eaten way more than we needed simply because it was there. Now encouraging people to cook is all well and good, but it’s important to address the main barriers that keep people out of the kitchen.

Generally this falls into one of two categories: lack of time or lack of drive. For those that say time is the factor keeping them from cooking more often my advice is boring but effective: preparation, preparation, preparation. This can be as simple as making a double serve of dinner to take for lunch, chopping veggies or salad in bulk so the prep work is done in advance, or learning a couple of healthy meals that can be cooked in large portions and frozen or kept for the coming days. Lack of drive is a tricky one, and something I can sympathise with. While I’ve always loved food I never felt confident enough in my cooking skills

to make meals that would keep my taste buds satisfied. How did I get out of this mindset? I enlisted the help of my more culinaryinclined friends. I picked their brain for cooking tips, gathered a collection of quick and easy recipes and now have enough healthy and delicious go-to meals up my sleeve that I often prefer eating at home. Start simple and you may find you too will develop a newfound passion for cooking. For more information on Healthy Weight Week, including events, recipes and meal plans, visit www.healthyweightweek.


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hen you’ve paid $130 for a bottle of red you’ve obviously something pretty special in mind to do with it, such as a mate who bought his for next Christmas Eve – which will be his 75th birthday and 50th wedding anniversary that both fall on December 24. And the $130 drop he’s just put aside for his very special Night Before Christmas? It’s a 2013 Wolf Blass Luxury Collection Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Malbec, without doubt one of the most exceptional blends from South Australia’s Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley, and first created by Wolf back in 1973 in his early pursuit of crafting “the perfect wine”. Rich and concentrated when young, all wines in the Black Label range reward with wonderfully balanced flavours from the start, and go on to develop intricate complexity, further intensity of fruit, and captivating structure over the years. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Malbec is an outstanding drop for very special occasions, rewarding all with whom you share it with layers of rich fruit, a smoothness that’s velvet-like, and with stand-out beautifully chocolate tannins. One to note: Andrew Margan used fruit off mature but low-yielding vines on the unique soils of the Hunter Valley’s Fordwich Sill area for his wonderfully rewarding and now-available 2016 Margan Chardonnay (pictured). Pay $20 and as Andrew suggests, match with a summer-time’s seared scallops with jamon serrano watercress, hazelnut and blackcurrant vinaigrette.



Causes and treatments for painful ingrown nails

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Onychocryptosis, more commonly known as an ingrown nail, is one of the most common complaints we see as Podiatrists. Signs and symptoms of an ingrown nail include: • Pain or tenderness of the affected side • Redness • Inflammation Causes: Incorrect cutting of nails: A good general rule to follow is to cut straight across the top of the nail. Cutting down the sides can tend to cause irritation as the nail grows through. Natural shape of the nail: Involuted (curved) nails often dive deep down the nail sulcus, causing irritation and inflammation. Occasionally the nail plate can be too wide for the space it has to grow and therefore it sits underneath the skin. Footwear: Tight fitting footwear around the forefoot area can irritate the nail sulcus and cause inflammation around the nail plate. Family history: As with many things, if

there is a family history of ingrown nails you will be at a greater risk of developing them yourself. When left for a long period of time, the risk of the area becoming infected increases, so it is important to manage in an efficient manner. First-line treatment involves clearing of the side of nail that is causing the pain and inflammation. Whilst conservative care is a good way to manage ingrown nails, in some situations it is best to look at a more long-term solution for recurring ingrown nails to resolve the issue entirely. As Podiatrists we are able to carry out

nail surgery which is otherwise known as a ‘partial nail avulsion’. This treatment involves numbing of the affected toe with an injection of local anaesthetic. The nail portion causing the irritation is then removed, along with cauterisation of the nail matrix with a chemical called phenol. If successful, the portion of nail that was removed will no longer grow back, resolving the pain associated with the ingrown nail. If you or anyone in your family is experiencing the above symptoms, contact OnePointHealth on 4732 5188.

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How to look the part this Valentine’s Day Whether you’re attached or single, there’s no reason you can’t dress up for the most romantic day of the year next week...

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Valentine’s Day is nearly here. Whether you’re not really a fan of celebrating the occasion or absolutely love it, there will always be a place in our hearts for the romantic and girly side to dressing the part! No matter what date you have lined up for Valentine’s Day there’s an outfit waiting for you to feel special in. Pay attention to details, if your special someone is planning to take you out to dinner or lunch for Valentine’s Day, pick a floral slip dress to wear, added bonus points if you find one in a rose print fabric! Slip dresses are trending right now in a big way and they are easy to wear, versatile enough you can even throw on some sneakers and wear an edgier white t-shirt under the strappy number. Pair back with chunky heeled sandals in a nude beige colour and for a pretty touch add frilly white socks! If Valentine’s Day date night involves a movie, channel a flirtier look with a luxe beaded skirt and black over the knee boots. The bold colour red and soft pinks are perfect colours for the event.

Witchery has in-store at Westfield Penrith a gorgeous bright crimson silk tie neck blouse to complete this outfit, making sure legs are a focus and not too much skin is showing! Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be limited to just boyfriends and husbands, invite the girls over, why not have a fun cooking night and share a homemade chocolate dessert together!

Stay comfy and stylish and opt for a pair of cascading dress pants. Try the Crepe Wide Leg Pants in black at Cue made from beautiful European fabric with pleats that fall from the waistband, a sleek patent belt adds a nice polished touch, match with a pair of pump heels in a pop of classic red – Saint Valentine would definitely approve! Have a fun Valentine’s Day!

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Family Home On Large Corner Block This large 3 bedroom family home sits proudly on a 792sqm (approx.) corner block in the highly sought after Emu Plains. Featuring built ins to two bedrooms, split system air conditioning, multiple living areas including a massive rumpus room and a nicely presented bathroom with separate toilet - you can rest assured you will be living in comfort all year long. For all the entertainers out there, this home

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