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Protesters are keeping up the fight against the new airport at Badgerys Creek

AIRPORT ANGER GROWS ERIN MAMO

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esidents of the Blue Mountains have continued their push against the new airport at Badgerys Creek by turning out in droves at a special Airport Forum on Sunday. Over 250 residents from both the Mountains and Blacktown came together at Blacktown City Council’s Chambers to listen to their Mayors talk about how they will continue to fight the project. Blue Mountains Mayor, Mark Greenhill, said the community should be worried that the World Heritage listing for the Blue Mountains would be under threat should the airport go ahead.

“The World Heritage listing was only granted once the earlier Badgerys Creek airport plan was abandoned,” Cr Greenhill said. “The UN is monitoring it closely and if they pull the listing, then the four million tourists a year that come to the Blue Mountains will evaporate and so will the jobs they create.” Blacktown Mayor, Stephen Bali, called on the Federal Government to give the people of western Sydney the same protection as those in eastern Sydney. “Whether you agree with the airport or not, surely everyone agrees that those living around the proposed Western Sydney Airport should have the same level of protection as those living around Sydney Airport,” Cr Bali said. Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman was also in attendance at the

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forum and said the airport project is a vortex that will suck the infrastructure funding from the rest of Australia. “Just think about it, the estimate is $150 billion and the yearly spend for the rest of Australia is $10 billion,” she said. “Just how many other projects are going to be shunted to make way for it?” The politicians are now calling on the Federal Government to re-examine the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Western Sydney Airport as it now stands. Mayor Bali said the current environmental statement is more of a project justification statement than an EIS. “We want the Federal Government to engage with the people of western Sydney in an open, transparent and honest way,” he said.

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Life isn’t easy. Get used to it. The great thing about junior sport is that it teaches kids an array of life skills from an early age including team work, preparation and the inevitable ups and downs that are certain to come. Which is why a decision by the Riddell District Football League in Victoria to cap margins in matches and not record the feats of top goalkickers is so utterly ludicrous and just plain dumb. In another example of our cotton wool society, obsessed with protecting our children from the realities of life, the League has introduced a rule mid-way through the season to cap Aussie Rules margins at 80 points for under 16s matches, 60 points in under 14s and 48 points in under 12s. Top goalkickers and the best players will not be recorded on the club’s website, because why would you honour those who have achieved great things? Riddell District Football Club calls this an “equalisation policy”. Oh please. Every one of those kids in their early teenage years are just around the corner from the inevitable roller coaster that is life, and every roller coaster has downs. They will experience heartbreak, missing out on that dream job and perhaps not getting a mark in a test they were hoping for. While disappointing and at times even devastating, it all makes us stronger and more determined no matter what the issue. We need to be teaching our kids that sometimes you not only lose, but you lose hard. And we need to be teaching them that yes, there are probably people better than you at something.

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We need to stop isolating our kids away from the realities of winning and losing. I don’t care what anyone with a clipboard or university degree says – it’s doing more harm than good. Hypocrite or game changer? Man hater Clementine Ford was at it again the other week, this time complaining (as she often does) about the negative feedback she receives from the dribble she writes. You see Ford has lost relevance over the years because what are often good arguments are lost in her over the top rants that essentially blame men for all of the planet’s problems and portray a ‘poor me’ world in which Clementine is the victim. My pet hate is opinion columnists who complain about the abuse they cop as a result of said opinions. Nobody is saying it is deserved, and I am sure some of the

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comments Ford receives are disgraceful, but it unfortunately comes with the territory (even when it comes to the local newspaper Editor!). Everyone in the public space cops it, they just don’t always complain about it. If there are serious threats, they should be referred directly to police – not used as fodder for the next column. Jason Morrison, the current News Director at Channel 7, spoke on a podcast recently about the enormous number of threats he received when he was at 2GB. It is an awful part of the job. Such threats are not uncommon and certainly have nothing to do with your sex. Clementine Ford seems to think she is the leader of a crusade; unfortunately the way she speaks about others means she is more of a hypocrite than a game changer. The real issue confronting London Forget Brexit and terrorism, for some the biggest issue in London is the fact that public transport patrons are addressed as “ladies and gentlemen”. Such is the enormity of this issue, Transport for London has actually replaced the traditional welcome (believed to have its origins in the 16th century) with a “gender-neutral alternative”. “Good morning everyone” is apparently the new greeting. I presume I can complain if my morning has in fact not been good. Have we really become so precious that a term as simple as “ladies and gentlemen” is deemed offensive? And what do we say to those who feel its removal is equally offensive? Suck it up, I guess.

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1545 nabbed for speeding Lawson comes in at number six in the worst 10 suburbs for speeding list ERIN MAMO

fficers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol have named the worst 10 suburbs for speeding in the state, with Lawson making the cut at number six. End of financial year statistics show there were 249,814 people detected speeding during the last financial year, with 1545 of these incidences occurring in Lawson. Chief Inspector, Phil Brooks, said he is not surprised Lawson is on the list given the recent roadworks and upgrades that have been going on in the area. “Speed reduction during road works is important,” he said. “I think another issue for the Blue Mountains is the volume of traffic that uses the Great Western Highway on a daily basis. “The competition for road space becomes an issue and drivers really need to ensure that they are sharing the road safely.” Wilton in the Macarthur region, southwest of Sydney, topped the list for speeding, with 3066 drivers detected putting their foot down in the last financial year.

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1545 people were caught speeding in Lawson over the past year Closer to home, Bilpin and Eastern Creek came in at number nine and 10. This year’s statistics saw an increase of 25,661 incidences, compared to the last financial year. Assistant Commissioner for Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Michael Corboy, said the recent spike in speeding offences should concern all road users. “Nearly 250,000 people were booked for speeding in the last financial year,” he said.

“This figure indicates that personal responsibility is lacking on the part of too many road users. “All too often Police, Ambulance, Fire and Rescue, and the Volunteer Emergency Services get called to speed related crashes and those officers are the ones that see first-hand the sad and tragic outcomes on our roads.” Sadly there has already been more than 210 fatalities on NSW roads, many where speeding was a factor.

The man accused of firing shots into a boutique Leura furniture and gift store in the early hours of last Thursday morning has been identified as Cameron James Wright, from Penrith. Wright, of Peachtree Road, did not appear before Penrith Local Court last Friday and his lawyer did not apply for bail and it was formally refused. The 32-year-old is alleged to have discharged eight rounds of ammunition from a Beretta 9mm pistol into Inner Space Furniture, located at 144 The Mall, Leura on July 20. He was arrested near the scene by police who were patrolling the suburb about 1.40am after they were alerted to bullets fired. At this stage, it is unclear what motivated the attack. The accused was taken to Katoomba Police Station and charged with 10 offences, including possessing the pistol, a rifle, .22 calibre double shot key-ring and a NSW Police Force identification badge. His full list of charges include: ‘fire firearm at other than dwelling disregarding safety’, two counts of ‘not keep firearm safely’, ‘possessing ammunition without holding licence’, two counts of ‘use unregistered firearm’, ‘not police officer wearing a police uniform’, ‘not keeping firearm safely’, ‘possessing loaded firearm in public place’, ‘possessing unregistered prohibited firearm’, and ‘fire firearm into building’. He will be back in court in September. – Alena Higgins

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Federal Politics

Former PM to continue Mountains tradition ERIN MAMO

ormer Prime Minister Julia Gillard will travel to Faulconbridge this week to carry on the tradition of planting a tree at the Prime Ministers’ Corridor of Oaks. Since 1934, Prime Ministers have been invited to plant a tree near the resting place of Sir Henry Parkes, a politician and the man known as the ‘father of Australian Federation’ because of his plans to join the states of Australia together. Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman, who will be speaking at the event, said she is delighted that Ms Gillard has accepted the invitation. “This has been a long standing tradition and a really special event to be part of and even more significant to have our first female Prime Minister plant her tree,” she said “It’s of particular importance personally because it was under Julia’s Prime Ministership that I was able to secure the funding for Springwood Hub. “Plus while she was Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister all of our schools in the Mountains received upgrades, such as halls and classrooms, as part of Labor’s response to the Global

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Financial Crisis.” Blue Mountains Mayor, Mark Greenhill, said the tree planting is a nationally recognised tradition that all Australian Prime Ministers or their relatives have done on their behalf. “I believe Ms Gillard’s government will be remembered well by history,” Cr Greenhill said. “Ms Gillard faced incredible opposition, much based on a sexist view of the world and she confronted this with dignity and distinction. “Much like the Whitlam Government, people will look back and see that more was achieved than we realised at the time.” 23 trees have been planted in the midmountains park since its establishment over 80 years ago. Joseph Lyons was the first Prime Minister to plant an oak tree on September 12, 1934. The last Prime Minister to travel to Jackson Park to plant an oak was Kevin Rudd in 2012. Members of the public are invited to attend the tree planting ceremony, which will begin at 11am sharp this Thursday, July 27. Ms Gillard is currently the chair of organisation beyondblue.

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Leura: Tourist injured along popular walking track

On Tuesday, July 11, at approximately 9am, a 60-year-old Tasmanian tourist and her husband set off to walk from Echo Point to Leura Cascades. While negotiating the Giant Stairway the tourist twisted her knee but didn’t think it had caused any damage and continued the walk. By midday she felt an increase in pain and was unsure she would be able to walk out of the bush, prompting her to contact police for assistance. Police Rescue located the victim 25 minutes into the Leura Falls Track and assisted her out of the bush.

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number of schools in the Blue Mountains will take part in one of the biggest community and nature care events, Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day, this Friday, July 28. During the usual school day, local students will take up the opportunity to do something positive for the environment and plant a number of native trees on their school grounds. Each year, around 3000 preschools, kindies, primary and high schools across the country take part in Schools Tree Day. Principal of Blaxland Public School, Martin Zoglmeyer, said the students at his school are very excited to be involved in the day again this year. “Nature is a very important part of education,” he said. “Children learn by doing, so the opportunity for the kids to get their hands dirty while planting a tree and learning about its importance in the environment is wonderful.” This year’s theme for the day is ‘Be Inspired: It’s in Our Nature’ and it highlights how nature ignites inspiration, creativity and purpose, as well as offering

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State Politics

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hile women have made leaps and bounds across the world in recent decades, a number of key indicators continue to leave them significantly behind their male counterparts. A complex issue our society faces, Minister for Women Tanya Davies is urging the public to identify challenges faced by women. “There is still a gap between men and women’s financial status, workforce participation, caring and family responsibilities and vulnerability to violence, among other issues,” she said. The NSW Government is working on the state’s first Women’s Strategy to tackle these issues in a bid to improve equality and equity for women having already held open consultations for people to discuss the issues that affect them. “It almost didn’t matter what age group was speaking at the time, but the common thread that resonates with so many women was this challenge that we face that we just don’t have the level of self belief and confidence that we need to go out and take on the world,” Ms Davies told the Record. Ms Davies acknowledged a number of economic challenges women face, including a rising cohort of older women facing homelessness after lives dedicated to raising a family. In the event of family breakdown, many women discover they don’t have adequate superannuation to support themselves into retirement. “There are challenges wherever you look, but I’m always looking with hope and optimism about what else we can do,” she said. “We can’t just accept it is the way that it is, we have to keep pushing.” Ms Davies said she did not get into politics to become a Minister, but feels incredibly honoured for the opportunity to make

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what is right. “With time comes wisdom and understanding in knowing that people are different to you and being able to accept that and then productively engage with these people. “At the end of the day, diversity is quite powerful.” Ms Davies is urging Blue Mountains locals to make a contribution to the survey as the results will be considered during the development of the NSW Women’s Strategy. Visit www.women.nsw.gov.au/news/ items/nsw-womens-strategy-publicconsultation by Monday, July 31.

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Turning back time

Angry officials banned concerts being held at Penrith Park after audiences damaged the field. In 1983, more than 18,000 people packed into Penrith Park for a Midnight Oil concert, leaving broken glass and ring-pulls embedded into the field.

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Train enthusiasts were delighted when heritage trains returned to the tracks last weekend to celebrate 150 years since the opening of the Blue Mountains Railway Line. It was a great sight to see!

Kyle Sandilands last week launched an on-air attack on his breakfast rivals over at 2DayFM. We know Kyle loves attention, but he should focus on himself and not the network he abandoned.

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Council puts hand up to help out Blue Mountains Council agrees to share the maintenance of the perimeter road behind Emma Parade ERIN MAMO

lue Mountains Council has vowed to share the maintenance of the perimeter road behind Emma Parade in Winmalee after residents recently voiced their concern over the matter. Up until recently some residents had been maintaining the road, which acts as a firebreak running along the back of five properties along the street, because it was unclear whether the land is crown or Council owned. Ward 3 Councillor Shae Foenander said she was pleased that there is now some clarity about the shared ownership and responsibility for the perimeter road. “It will be a relief to the residents of Emma Parade to know that the Council will maintain its portion of the perimeter road to minimise the risk of another bushfire impacting on homes,” she said. Local councillors were briefed on the matter after Cr Foenander raised the issue at the June 27 Council meeting following representations from neighbouring residents about the safety of the land in regards to bushfires. The perimeter road was built in 1988 at

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Blue Mountains Councillor Shae Foenander at Emma Parade in Winmalee the time of the subdivision of the land but, in an unusual circumstance, some of the land extends beyond the boundary of the subdivision and onto Council owned community land. For this reason, Council said the respon-

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sibility for maintenance of the perimeter road was unclear until an investigation of the original consent was undertaken. Council have now also committed to collect and dispose of the remaining green waste from vegetation, which was cleared

by a resident and left on Council’s section of the perimeter road. In October 2013, 22 homes in Emma Parade, Winmalee, were sadly destroyed after a devastating bushfire ripped through the area.

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Blue Mountains continues to lead the way on climate change Macquarie has long been an electorate passionate about renewables, sustainability and conservation. For that reason, I invited Mark Butler, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change, to the Blue Mountains. It is especially important that the brilliant minds we have within our community are in direct contact with our nation’s climate change policy makers. As Mark acknowledged, the Mountains are ‘leading the way in researching and adapting to the effects of climate change’. The insights provided by Jon Dee, author, TV presenter and Planet Ark co-founder, the Blue Mountains Conservation Society, Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute and Blue Mountains Renewable Energy Co-Op were invaluable. From our discussions, it is obvious that we must continue to push for a low emissions economy as well as protect the World Heritage environment we are so lucky to inherit. And the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment EucFACE Experiment showed us their world class facility. Giant cranes occupy the sky at Hobartville, and beneath them high concentrations of CO2 are pumped onto small

patches of native vegetation. Multiple points of data are measured, and made available to researchers all over the world, who are unearthing the effects of carbon dioxide on our native forests. These are clearly not the only experts in their field who call the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury home. There are many people – some paid, some volunteer – whose voices allow us to create responsive and well informed policy on climate change. It is for this reason that Labor is committed to ensuring 50 per cent of the nation’s electricity is sourced from renewable energy by 2030; committed to the 2 degree limit agreed to in the Paris Accords; and committed to supporting the community in the inevitable move from non-renewable forms of energy, with a just and fair transition. I am proud to represent an area so determined to protect our environment. Thank you to all who gave up time on their weekend to meet with us. Do you have a topic you would like Ms Templeman to discuss? Email us at news@bluemountainsrecord.com.au and we’ll pass it on!

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Education Week 2017

Improvement is Blue Mountains students will celebrate the theme he NSW Department of Education’s commitment to ensuring that every student, every teacher, every leader and every school improves each year is the focus of Education Week 2017. This year’s theme, I Learn, We Learn, encapsulates this objective. ‘I Learn’ showcases the range of evidence-based approaches to quality teaching that public schools across NSW adopt to meet each student’s diverse needs and strengths. ‘We Learn’ emphasises the community of learning that is the 800,000 students, 86,000 staff and 2,200 schools which make up the NSW education system. Taken together, I Learn, We Learn reflects the department’s commitment to ensuring its students are at the heart of learning, so that individual potential is identified, then developed in a partnership of quality teaching, supportive school environments and engaged parents and carers. NSW Department of Education Secretary, Mark Scott, said Education Week 2017 highlighted how the quality of public education in NSW is shaped by what happens every day in individual classrooms. “Our commitment is to high expec-

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tations, delivering the best possible outcomes for children in our care”, Mr Scott said. “It is a commitment that every child will improve every year, that every teacher is sharpening his or her professional skills and that every school is progressively lifting its standards to deliver better educational outcomes.” NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes said the state’s public schools had played a central role in their communities for more than 100 years. “Schools are a place where young people, older people and local community members can meet with a shared vision to help our young people grow and learn,” Mr Stokes said. “One of the great things about public schools as inclusive learning environments is that, regardless of someone’s age, life’s circumstances or journey through life, we can come together and learn from one another.” This year’s Education Week will run from Monday, July 31 until Friday, August 4 (Term 3, Week 3). Schools around the Blue Mountains area will be taking part in the annual initiative, with students showcasing what I Learn, We Learn means to them.

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aying ‘no’ to a request can be really difficult for many of us. It can stem from not wanting to hurt someone’s feelings or disappoint them. Or it can be related to the pressure we put on ourselves to ‘do it all’. But there can never be a ‘win-win’ situation when you say ‘yes’ to something you know should have been ‘no’. Either you disappoint people when you are unable to fulfil the promise or run out of time to fulfil it. Or you end up exhausted, or doing something that conflicts with your interests. Whenever you say ‘yes’ when you know you don’t have the time, you affect your life and work balance. By saying ‘no’ you can allocate your time to things that are more important to you or that which gets you closer to your goals and objectives. Instead of working to please others, saying ‘no’ helps you focus on your life and set your priorities rather than allowing others to dictate what you should do. If you set boundaries, it teaches others what you will do and what you won’t

do. It also lets people know they can’t take advantage of you. Be aware that some people will try to elicit a positive response from you, trying everything from whining to complimenting and bullying. Be firm and assertive, and stick to your decision. It is important to ensure that you communicate your ‘no’ clearly. If you say ‘maybe’ it can be interpreted as ‘yes’, even though you have no intention of doing it. This indecision can create far more issues that a firm ‘no’; and most people appreciate a decisive, initial response. In all situations, learn to say ‘no’ politely and it will be easy for you to turn down requests without feeling guilty. Saying ‘no’ does not mean you are selfish or inconsiderate; it only means you are strong enough to set your priorities. Take a look at your calendar and see how you spend your time. What you spend your time on the most, is what matters most. When you look at your schedule, does it align with what really matters to you?

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businesses, will help you avoid some of the pitfalls. Starting your own business To be a true independent small business owner you will start your business from scratch, but you should seek support from advisors, accountants and lawyers. Franchises Many people made redundant consider buying a franchise, because they have a payout and think it’s an entry to business. Remember you are really a combination of employee and business owner as you have the franchisor to report to for many issues including marketing. Do your due diligence, including checking with franchisees not suggested by the franchisor, to make sure you know what you are buying. Recognising you don’t know it all Many people leave their career as a star employee in their field. However, in small business you soon realise and appreciate that as new business owners you are often every department – marketing, customer service, manufacturing, IT support. Make sure you seek help or at least do not neglect key areas like IT!

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

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

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

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

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A report just released, Not so super for women, has certainly highlighted issues surrounding women and their retirements. As the title suggests, our current super system, introduced back in the 90’s, is failing to provide adequate savings for anyone who has not enjoyed continuous employment. And there are no prizes for guessing which section of the population that impacts on the most. That’s right, women, who make up roughly half the population, are being ‘penalised’ for raising a family and therefore

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system designed primarily for the whole population. Unfortunately the current system is as good as it gets at the moment. Each new Government always announces boldly that they will never, ever, alter super, only to alter super at their next budget. And these alterations always take benefits rather than improve, contrary to Government assurances. So until we do get a revision of superannuation legislation, it remains with the individual to improve their ‘lot’ as best they can. There is no adequate replacement for continuous contributions, when it comes to building a nest egg. But individuals can certainly improve their superannuation balances by just being a bit more knowledgeable. Contrary to what financial institutions would have you believe, super, as a concept, is very simple. It is a long-term investment, for retirement only, which is given good tax treatment. There are two elements that impact on your final balance. The fees you’re charged and the investment strategy you adopt. If you want to immediately improve your super outcomes, look at these elements. Reducing your current fees can add huge amounts to your final balance.

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dole. These days the father of three takes most of his material from family life with his kids and wife Holly in St Kilda, a suburb he affectionately describes as ‘Bondi without the good beach’. “I wanted to have a fourth child, and when my wife said ‘why?’ I said ‘just for the material’,” Dave recalled. “That wasn’t a good enough reason apparently.” Those familiar and hilariously relatable tales of family life have been featured across stage, radio and TV on the myriad of projects that Dave has put his hand up for over the last few years. “If someone offers you a reasonable amount of money to talk on stage for 20 minutes it’s probably hard to decide ‘nah I’ll sit at home and watch ‘MasterChef’ tonight’,” Dave laughed. “Combine that with the fact that I love being on stage wherever it is, there’s a lot of motivation for me to not stay at home basically.”

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Local audiences will get a taste of the iconic Aussie funnyman when he brings his new show ‘Deluded’ to the Evan Theatre at Penrith Panthers next month. Unsurprisingly the name for the show came to Dave during his time as host of the 2016 season of the reality show ‘Australia’s Got Talent’. “I had a feeling some of the contestants were deluded, basically,” the KIIS FM star laughed. “But then I thought, well we’re all just really deluded living our lives.” While his face, and that iconic voice, have appeared all across the entertainment world, being on the stage is the place where Dave feels most at home. “My wife says to me ‘why are you flying to Mackay tonight to do a gig?’. I’m like ‘because there’s a crowd there that I can make laugh, so I want to do it’,” he laughed. “She’ll say ‘we don’t need the money’ but it’s not about the money, I just love being in front of audiences. “When I’m on stage and you’ve got a crowd really laughing hard and you’re in the zone, that’s a joy that I’m addicted to and I’ll be chasing that for the rest of my life I’d say.” Dave Hughes will be bringing his show ‘Deluded’ to the Evan Theatre on Saturday, August 19 at 8pm. Tickets are $40. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.penrith.panthers.com.au or call 4720 5555.

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Ê Channel Nine has confirmed ‘The Block’ will return this Sunday, June 30 at 7pm. The season, based in south-east Melbourne, features five relocated heritage homes to be redesigned by five new teams. ‘The Block’ will take over from the country’s latest hit show ‘Australian Ninja Warrior’.

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Ê After the past three years on Channel Ten, the ARIA Awards are returning to Channel Nine. The 31st Annual ARIA Awards will take place on Tuesday, November 28, some four years after they last screened on the network. After some lack lustre ratings in years past, there’s expected to be plenty of big names on the line-up to get people tuning in. Ê It was one of the biggest shows of 2016, now season two of ‘Australian Survivor’ has finally been given an airdate. Channel Ten has confirmed the new season will launch this Sunday, July 30 at 7pm. Jonathan LaPaglia returns as host with 24 contestants competing for a whopping $500,000 prize. In some exciting news for super fans, Ten has also confirmed a live finale and reunion special in response to viewer feedback. Ê It took the world by storm last year, now fans only have to wait a matter of months to see what happens next. The second season of ‘Stranger Things’ will hit Netflix on Friday, October 27. ‘Stranger Things’ was recently nominated for 18 Emmy Awards including for Best Drama. Ê The latest season of ‘The Bachelor Australia’ will premiere on Channel Ten on this Wednesday, July 26. This season will star heartthrob Matty J.

Ê Six years after it was last on TV, Larry David comedy ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ finally returns with season nine on Monday, October 2. The Comedy Channel will premiere the latest season on the same day as the US, so fans shouldn’t have to avoid too many spoilers. ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ stars ‘Seinfeld’ co-creator Larry David as an over-the-top version of himself in an unsparing but tongue-incheek depiction of his life.

Now streaming service collapsed last week when the latest season debuted. The show had a huge response via the traditional Foxtel method, with almost 800,000 viewers tuning in.

Ê ‘Game of Thrones’ creator George R.R. Martin is developing a new series for HBO, ‘Who Fears Death’.

Ê Boisterous US exterminator Billy Bretherton from ‘The Exterminators’ has a new series coming to A&E on Wednesday, August 9. ‘Billy Goes North’ sees the southerner head to Canada to tackle wayward critters.

Ê Talking of ‘Game of Thrones’, Foxtel was left embarrassed after its Foxtel

Ê Former ‘Dexter’ star Michael C. Hall is set to return to TV in a new Netflix series titled ‘Safe’. Hall will play a British paediatric surgeon raising two teenage daughters alone after the death of his wife.

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OUT NOW WON T UO MUSIC Meg Mac Low Blows

Meg Mac’s name has been echoing through the beer-stained halls of the Aussie music industry since taking out Triple J’s Unearthed Competition in 2014. Three long years later and the singersongwriter has finally released her first full length studio album ‘Low Blows’. The album was recorded in America where Meg has continued her ascent to fame with her track ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’ being featured on hit US television series ‘Girls’. With the positive reviews rolling in, it looks like this is just the beginning for one of the new rising stars in Australian music. Meg Mac’s ‘Low Blows’ is out now!

DVD Kong: Skull Island Rated M

In this reboot of the King Kong franchise a team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers come together to explore an uncharted island in the Pacific. The team are unaware that behind the island’s beauty lies a dark secret: the legendary Kong. Together they must battle to stay alive and escape from this primal world where humans aren’t welcome. ‘Kong: Skull Island’ features a host of

stars including Tom Hiddleston (‘The Avengers’), Oscar winner Brie Larson (‘Room’), Samuel L. Jackson (‘The Hateful Eight’), John Goodman (‘Argo’) and John C. Reilly (‘Step Brothers’). Across cinema history there has been an abundance of King Kong movies. Mostly positive reviews would suggest that ‘Kong: Skull Island’ is a worthy addition to that list. Grab your copy on DVD or Blu-ray now!

CINEMA Dunkirk Rated M

Famed director Christopher Nolan (‘The Dark Knight’, ‘Inception’ and ‘Interstellar’) is back on the big screen with the WWII drama ‘Dunkirk’. The film, which was written and directed by Nolan, takes audiences into this real life evacuation. Shot from three differing points of view – land, sea and air – it tells the story of Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, France and Canada who were surrounded by the German army on the beaches of Dunkirk. The soldiers were evacuated in Operation Dynamo during the early stages of WWII. ‘Dunkirk’ features ‘Mad Max: Fury

Road’ star Tom Hardy, ‘Inception’ star Cillian Murphy and iconic actor Kenneth Branagh. The cast also includes One Direction superstar Harry Styles, who will make his acting debut in the film. While early reviews of ‘Dunkirk’ are still rolling in, there’s no doubt that Christopher Nolan’s reputation for producing high quality films that are loved by critics and audiences alike is sure to leave the film in good stead. Don’t miss this one on the big screen! ‘Dunkirk’ is currently screening at Hoyts Penrith in the Westfield complex. For more information or for session times visit www.hoyts.com.au.

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The stars favour friendships and hobbies, so it’s a wonderful week to indulge in pleasurable leisure activities with like-minded mates. Communication and innovation are also highlighted (especially on Monday and Tuesday) when you express your creative side or experience an inspiring lightbulb moment. But sharp words or impulsive actions could lead to a feisty and fiery time mid-week, unless you strive to be much more diplomatic.

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

With the Sun, Mercury and Mars are all charging through your sign, you’ll go to extremes this week as the planets press your ‘Let’s overdo everything’ button. Your motto is from uber-Leo Mick Jagger: “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing”. But resist the temptation to be a right royal bossy-boots on Wednesday and Thursday. Especially when you don’t get your way. Rather than being pushy, try being charmingly persuasive instead!

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

Avoid getting stuck in a boring old Bullish rut – no matter how ‘comfortable’ it is. This week’s sparky planetary patterns encourage you to shake and stir things up, especially on the home front. Plus, when it comes to family relationships and/or financial matters, are you being way too tentative? Uranus encourages you to balance being prepared with being much more spontaneous.

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Tried and tested methods won’t work well this week. You need to look at a tricky long-term problem with completely fresh eyes. Then you’ll solve the puzzle and taste success. Emotions and energy levels will fluctuate on Wednesday and Thursday so pace yourself. When it comes to a close relationship it may seem as if Saturn is holding you back, which can be frustrating. But the Taskmaster planet is actually teaching you to be patient.

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

Privacy and self-reflection are paramount on Monday, when your motto comes from Kate Bush: “There’s an awful lot you learn about yourself when you’re alone”. The pace picks up on Tuesday, as Uranus stimulates your curiosity and sharpens your research skills. Then your multitasking talents really shift into top gear from Wednesday, when Mercury moves into your sign and you juggle jobs.

LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Relationships and group activities will be complicated this week, as family and friends debate a wide range of topics and calm cooperation goes out the window. If you have a problem that’s bothering you, don’t over-think things. Instead, let your intuition be your guide. Wisdom is from Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung: “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens”.

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

Early in the week, a friend or work colleague requires your help but avoid being bossy and taking over. Old solutions won’t help, you need to keep up-to-date with new ways of solving problems. On Wednesday or Thursday, someone makes a cutting comment that annoys you. Resist the urge to retaliate. Instead, do your best to keep your Crab composure.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Is a work or financial matter going pear-shaped? Don’t point the finger at others! Perhaps you have no one to blame but yourself? If you are proactive about solving the problem, then you’ll make real progress. But if you sulk or blame others, then you’re in for a troublesome week. Strong feelings could fire up on Wednesday or Thursday, when someone pushes your emotional buttons.

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Avoid being too brisk and brusque with others on Monday, when your business side goes into overdrive. People respect your professional approach but they also appreciate the personal touch. And don’t worry too much about a family situation, as changes are brewing on the home front which could lead to an unexpected solution. You’ll find foreign business, travel, study and friendships are favoured.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

If you are creative and original in the way you post on social media early in the week, then you’ll receive a surprisingly positive response. It’s also time to get circulating within your local community and meet some fresh new faces. But, if you are rash and reckless with relationships or make controversial comments on Wednesday or Thursday, then you could find yourself with a fractious friend or livid lover on your hands.

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

A professional or family relationship looks somewhat strained on Monday, when Saturn stymies conversation and cooperation. Then Mercury shifts into your relationship zone mid-week, when it’s a positive time to re-open the channels of communication and consultation. If you’re searching for smart ways to boost cash flow, don’t try to re-invent the wheel! Channel some novel new ideas.

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This week’s Mercury/Uranus trine favours education, travel and social networking as you connect with friends from faraway shores. Who knows where your international contacts may lead? But a close relationship will be tested, when you’re told something in the strictest of confidence. Can a chatty Sagittarian be extra diplomatic, disciplined and oh-so discreet? Blurting out secrets is a recipe for family or friendship friction.

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While we may still be in the grips of winter it won’t be long till phrases like ‘lose fat fast for summer’ start popping up all over the place. Self confessed experts will crawl out of the woodwork to tell us ridiculous things like how we should only eat green foods until summer in a bid to get that elusive perfect figure that even celebrities need a once over in Photoshop to achieve. Now there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to improve your health or increase your fitness. The issue comes about when we feel that we have to fit into certain moulds to be deemed as ‘healthy’, which funnily enough is often very closely linked to what society deems as ‘beauty’. With so many of these messages coming at us, from social media in particular, the first thing I think we all need to do is to take a step back. Get yourself away from the marketing and the advertising and truly think about what you want to achieve and what is a realistic way to get there.

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Can you start to bring a piece of fruit to work each day instead of that chocolate bar? Can you add an extra half cup of vegetables to your dinner each night? Can you reduce your portions by being more mindful when you’re eating? Whatever it is make it doable and specific to you and your goals. Learning to improve our relationship with food is not easy and it takes time, but it’s a hell of a lot better than jumping back on that pre-summer dieting merrygo-round. Happy eating!

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By now I’m sure many of us have done the dieting thing more than once, myself very much included. And yes an all-newtotally-improved-and-different fad diet will come around again this year but I can guarantee you it’s just the Amazing 2016 Summer Diet in sheep’s clothing. Once you realise the diet road is a circular one, get yourself off it by shifting your thinking towards making realistic changes. What is one thing you can change about your eating habits right now that is achievable and sustainable?

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wrote a few weeks ago about Orange’s Brangayne having two vineyards — one decidedly higher and cooler than the other. They’re certainly not the only ones in the district adopting this approach. Ross Hill also has two vineyards — their ‘home’ vineyard at Wallace Lane, high on the slopes of Mt Canobolas, and the Griffin Road Vineyard, on the milder north-western edge of Orange as you head along the Mitchell Highway towards Molong and Dubbo. If winemaker Phil Kerney didn’t have the Griffin Road Vineyard at his disposal, the only red in Ross Hill’s premium Pinnacle Series would be a pinot noir. That’s the only red variety that Phil and Ross Hill’s owners reckon will ripen at Wallace Lane, and hence it’s the only red variety planted there. But the Pinnacle Series label carries four reds, of which the 2015 vintages have just been released — the Pinnacle Series Pinot Noir (pictured), the 2015 Pinnacle Series Cabernet Franc, plus a 2015 Shiraz and a 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, the latter already having sold out. They formed a very solid quartet, which will expand to a quintet if Phil Kerney gets his way, by the addition of a pinot noir made 100 per cent from the Griffin Road Vineyard. That should make for a highly interesting comparative tasting — two pinots made by the same hands from vineyards separated by a couple of hundred feet in altitude. To see their range, visit www.rosshillwines.com.

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