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New Katoomba estate taking shape Omnia Health and Fitness will open its doors this Saturday at the Escarpments Estate in Katoomba ERIN MAMO

mnia Health and Fitness, part of the development extravaganza that is being built where the old Katoomba Golf Course once stood, is opening its doors for business this Saturday, July 1. As part of Escarpments Estate, Katoomba can look forward to having 24 brand new townhouses, a new restaurant, a driving range and a golf pro-shop, which will soon join the health and fitness centre on the site. Owner of Escarpments Estate, Edward Fernon, said the development will be unique and provide something for everyone in the community. “I’m very excited to be able to offer a new health and fitness venue as the first part of the development in the Mountains,” he said. “No matter how old you are or what your level of fitness is, we are really encouraging everyone to get involved and to know that it’s never too late to get fit and healthy.” Mr Fernon said the new centre will offer a number of differences to many of the gyms that are currently operating in and around the area.

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Unique concept to get people reading Ethel’s Library in Leura encourages locals to grab a book out of a fence and read to their heart’s content ERIN MAMO

ocal film maker Heath Davis has teamed up with Dymocks and artists from the Blue Mountains to create a street library in Leura. As of this Saturday, July 1, Ethel’s Library will be open to the community at the former home of English-born author Ethel Turner, who wrote over 40 classic books including the children’s story Seven Little Australians. Mr Davis said the motive behind the library is to give the community access to some great stories. “There’s no library in walking distance in Leura,” he said. “So this is something free that everyone can enjoy.” Using the library is simple. All you need to do is make your way to ‘Yanalla’ at 4 Balmoral Road, Leura, where a man-made cubby has been built into the home’s fence. You then choose a book you would like to read and simply take it. When you are done reading the book either return it or donate a new one. The little library will be open indefinitely at the historic home, and the idea is that people share all of their favourite stories

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Festival

Colour, fun and plenty of sun as huge Party atmosphere as thousands head to Katoomba to celebrate annual festival, with the grand parade TROY DODDS

he biggest event in the Blue Mountains every year lived up to its hype yet again on the weekend, with a huge crowd flocking to the Winter Magic Festival in Katoomba. The noticeable chill in the air didn’t stop thousands attending the annual event, highlighted by a major parade that travelled through Katoomba Street and Main Street. The parade featured plenty of fun and colour but some also used it to make a point, with the Western Sydney Airport, mining, coal and the environment in general all getting airplay. The Winter Magic Festival is a not-forprofit event that is self supporting and is run entirely by community volunteers. The atmosphere on the weekend proved that the tradition is very much alive in the Mountains, with the Winter Magic Festival seemingly getting bigger and better every year. Plans are already underway for next year’s Winter Magic Festival, held each year in Katoomba around the time of the winter solstice. Photos: Melinda Jane

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Mountains schools miss out on funds State MP Trish Doyle blasts NSW Government after recent State Budget ignored local schools in need ERIN MAMO

he NSW Government released the 2017-18 State Budget last week with a commitment to social infrastructure, health and education, but State Member Trish Doyle said Blue Mountains schools have been totally left out of any funding. Ms Doyle blasted the State Government and Premier Gladys Berejiklian in the wake of the Budget, pointing to Budget papers that show Blue Mountains schools will not receive a single dollar from the education infrastructure spend in 2017. “After years of privatisation and public asset sales, this Government has billions of dollars of our money at its disposal, but they have failed to reinvest any money in our local schools,” she said. “When you look at a map of the schools who are getting upgrades under this year’s Budget there’s nothing between Emu Plains and Bathurst. “They’ve completely ignored the needs of Blue Mountains schools and continued with their Sydney-centric view of the state.” As part of the Budget, the NSW Government announced that 120 schools across

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Turning back time

The Nepean River’s most devastating flood took place in June 1867. The flood destroyed the recently rebuilt Victoria Bridge, caused immense loss of property, and racked up damage costs of $1.4 billion.

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Congratulations to the Blue Mountains Record’s Maddy Searle, who completed the OXFAM Trailwalker last weekend. 42 hours, 100kms and more than $7,000 raised for a great cause!

Brent Hoare Hazelbrook OCCUPATION: Secondary School Teacher FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IN THE MOUNTAINS: All of the Asian fusion eateries! FAVOURITE CAFÉ IN THE MOUNTAINS: 20 Mile Hollow in beautiful Woodford WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS WHEN YOU HAVE SPARE TIME: Bushwalking and fire training with my local Rural Fire Service Brigade

Our Editor, Troy Dodds, disappointed us last week when he failed to complete the Schnitzelmeister Challenge at the Bavarian in Penrith. Check out our Instagram page for the pictures.

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Locals urged to support Red Nose Day Opportunity to have some fun and raise money for an important cause on Friday, June 30 EMILY NEWTON

ore than 3000 Australian families experience the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child every year. Red Nose is fighting for a future where no child dies suddenly and unexpectedly during pregnancy, infancy or in childhood. Yvonne Amos, from Red Nose, said this Red Nose Day on Friday, June 30, the organisation is relying on the generosity of the community to help save the lives of babies and children. “Red Nose Day is our annual fundraising event, it’s the one time nationally we go out with our messages, encouraging people to buy a red nose,” Ms Amos said. “Funds raised go towards safe sleeping education, help with bereavement support for families that have lost someone, and research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.” Red Nose Day is fundamental in highlighting the devastating reality as each day nine children die suddenly through sudden unexpected death in infancy. “There’s still no known cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome,” Ms Amos said.

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“Families are passionate about our cause because we provide information about reducing the risk.” Money raised from the day goes to a range of services to help families, including counselling services, additional research and education programs. Ms Amos is calling for support as the trauma of losing a child changes the whole community. “There are about 60 people impacted by the death of one child,” she said. “You’re really supporting Australian families at one of the most devastating times of their lives. “Grief is universal but the journey is individual, so every person will face the situation in a slightly different way that is comfortable for them.” Penrith Panthers boss Phil Gould and his team are throwing their support behind the campaign, helping to shine some light on the traumatic issue. “It’s one of the great awareness programs that we’ve had in Australia, it’s been growing every year and it’s a really important subject,” Mr Gould said. Red Nose Day products are available to purchase from Big W, Target and other retailers. Donations can be made at www. rednoseday.com.au.

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Rest I saw an article recently about what you should do on a Sunday to get ready for the week. This may work for some, but for many people, this will be yet another day where we are not completely breaking from work. Even a short period of time tidying up emails or thinking about the week ahead can create additional stress. Give your head (and body) at least one day a week break from your business routine. This will clear your head to allow inspiration to flow, instead of being inundated with everyday tasks. Change your scenery If your type of work allows it, take your ‘office’ mobile for an occasional day. Head to the beach, or the mountains or the river, as new sights and sounds get your brain working differently, increasing the potential to find inspiration that could benefit your business. Look around Actively look out for things to inspire you, and keep a record of your findings. This might be taking interesting photos or notes.

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e often need to acquire the services of other businesses. How do you avoid pain and build a great relationship? Conversely, how do others assess you, and how can you show yourself in a good light? Recommendations Many people start by requesting recommendations from friends and acquaintances, or post on a Facebook group. Some recommendations are from people referring a friend or business network referral partner, but who have not actually used the service. Some may have had a genuinely great experience, but was it recent and doing what you require? Great recommendations don’t automatically equate to a great service! Therefore you must conduct your own due diligence. Conducting due diligence • Look for reviews and testimonials from real clients or review actual work completed • Make sure the business has adequate contact details – someone that hides behind Facebook Messenger or a

disposable free email address only may not be a safe option • Check whether they have an ABN and registered business name on abr. business.gov.au or on ASIC • On the abr site check for GST registration. A business may only issue a tax invoice if they are registered for GST, otherwise it must be an invoice with no GST • For an expensive contract you should be speaking to customer referees and questioning the process as well as the completion Negotiating Remember negotiation is not just on price, but also scope, value and quality. If nothing else moves, expect no move in price. Agree on a contract that protects both parties. Ongoing checks Make it business practice to regularly check that the ABN and GST status are current. If a business does not provide a valid ABN you must withhold 49 per cent of the payment and forward to the ATO. If you paid them already in full, you can be made to pay an equivalent penalty.

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Recently, whilst luxuriating in my office atop the Blue Mountains Record building, I was reminded of an incident that occurred way back in the early days of my banking career. The incident still amazes me to this day. Back then, banking hours were between 10am and 3pm. Businesses however closed at 5pm. So to protect their earnings overnight, they utilised a service known as a ‘night safe’. Each bank branch had a small Chubb safe that protruded through the wall

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ince meeting at Western Sydney University in the late 80s, David Collins and Shane Dundas have mimed and mimicked their way into Australia’s physical comedy Hall of Fame. Known to audiences as The Umbilical Brothers, the duo have also cracked the international market through sell out tours and TV appearances alongside US late night legends like Jay Leno, David Letterman, and more recently, Stephen Colbert. Such is their popularity the pair have even found themselves the proud owners of an Emmy Award and a couple of BAFTAs. This July, the comedy stars will be bringing their most popular show ‘Speedmouse’ – which is celebrating its 15th anniversary – to the Blue Mountains Theatre in Springwood. “No matter where we are around the world we always get ‘when are you doing ‘Speedmouse’ again?’,” David Collins, one half of the duo, said of the show. “For some reason it is our most popular and in-demand show.” Based on a simple yet highly engaging premise, the show acts as a platform

for the pair’s talent for mime and vocal sound effects. “Shane and I play ourselves while somebody else has the remote control and is stuffing around with the show,” David said. “They can stop the show, they can fast forward, they can skip the boring bits. It’s basically our show gone digital. “It also has a ‘Sixth Sense’ style ending where people go ‘oh, right, that’s what was happening!” While ‘Speedmouse’ may have done a fair few laps of the comedy circuit, it gets regular makeovers to keep things fresh for the audience and its performers. That means if you’ve seen the show before, there will still be something new. “I don’t want people to come and say ‘oh I’ve seen that show and they just did it exactly the same’,” David said. “We’re not like one of those bands that play the song exactly the same way, we’re one of those ones that go off and do a death metal version of a jazz song.” While the shows may have changed, the motto behind the Umbilical Brothers’ work hasn’t changed: “If we find it funny, so will others”. “We play around with parts of the show just because we’re trying to keep ourselves on our toes and make each other laugh,” David said. “That’s how Umbilical Brothers started. If we’re making each other laugh then we can make an audience laugh.”

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Get ready for hilarious hijinx in the Aussie bush in the latest comedy release ‘A Few Less Men’. In the sequel to ‘A Few Best Men’, the boys are back and this time they’re enjoying a destination wedding in the Blue Mountains. But things go terribly wrong when a drunken Luke falls off a cliff. After the accident it’s up to the rest of the boys – David (Xavier Samuel), Graham (Kevin Bishop) and Tom (Kris Marshall)

– to get their friend’s body safely back to London in time for the funeral. Unfortunately, on their way home, their private jet crash lands in the bush and the boys must deal with an unforgiving landscape and some colourful characters in a bid to return Luke to his grieving family. Along with the English cast, the film features a host of Aussie stars including Shane Jacobson, Deborah Mailman and Ryan Corr.

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An all-female ensemble cast takes to the screen this week in the dark raunchy comedy ‘Rough Night’. ‘Rough Night’ sees five best friends from college – Jess (Scarlett Johansson), Alice (Jillian Bell), Blair (Zoe Kravitz), Frankie (Ilana Glazer) and Kiwi/Pippa (Kate McKinnon) – reunite 10 years after graduating from college for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Unfortunately their night of partying takes a horrible turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. While trying to work out what they should do, the group find themselves in the midst of some hilariously unexpected turns that ultimately end up bringing them closer.

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The film is directed by Lucia Aniello, who is known for her work on the TV series ‘Broad City’, which also stars ‘Rough Night’ co-star Ilana Glazer. So far the film has received mixed reviews, but if you’re a comedy fan it might be worth checking out to make up your own mind. ‘Rough Night’ may not be as good as ‘The Hangover’ or even ‘Bridesmaids’ but it will no doubt have you laughing and perhaps cringing at the same time. Perfect for a girls’ night out! ‘Rough Night’ is currently screening at Penrith Hoyts in the Westfield complex. For more information, including session times, visit www.hoyts.com.au.

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Monday’s Mars/Neptune trine is fabulous for pouring energy into creative projects. It also encourages you to help a family member who’s going through a rough patch. But reckless Ram behaviour could mar the rest of the week so tread carefully. You’re keen to get things moving but don’t be in such a rush that you start an argument or cause an accident. You have the power to affect others deeply. So aim to be dynamic rather than bossy.

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

Lions love drama, and there’ll be plenty of it this week as your usual routine is shaken and stirred. You’re keen to persuade others but don’t add fuel to the fire by using manipulation to achieve your aims. There’s much more to a current situation than meets the eye, so resist the temptation to jump to conclusions. Discretion and moderation are what’s needed at the moment. Socialising with colleagues brings many benefits.

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

The more creatively and compassionately you communicate, the more smoothly the week will proceed. But if you are stubborn and Bull-headed then expect close relationships to be rather chaotic. Possessive and/or obsessive behaviour will also lead to a fraction too much friction. Instead, tune into the deliciously diplomatic vibes of Venus (your ruling planet) as she sashays through your sign.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

You have a lot on your plate but if you multi-task, you’ll get things done in half the time. The stars highlight networking with a wide range of friends and acquaintances. If you have to speak up in a group, choose your words wisely, as there are many conflicting opinions to consider. Other people’s motives will be a mystery on Thursday or Friday, so don’t even try to work out where they are coming from.

GEMINI

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

Geminis are fabulous at formulating ideas, discussing dreams and talking about future plans. But with dynamic Jupiter and Mars connecting with Mercury – it really is time to be passionately proactive and actually walk your talk. This week, actions definitely speak way louder than words! Your motto is from entrepreneur Elon Musk: “I don’t create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done”.

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LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Business and work matters are favoured, as you put creative ideas into action and rub shoulders with influential people. Don’t be a wall-flower. Speak up and promote your talents! If you procrastinate, then fabulous opportunities will pass you by. With Jupiter in your sign, confidence and an adventurous attitude will take you places. Your mantra is from deaf-blind author and educator Helen Keller: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”.

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

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On Monday, Mars and Neptune activate your humanitarian side. So it’s the perfect time to lend a hand to someone who’s in need, at home or far away. Be inspired by Princess Diana: “Everyone has the potential to give something back”. But then the Mercury/Mars/Pluto aspects could exacerbate an existing partnership problem. Don’t take things too personally and put away those Crab claws!

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

This week’s stars boost your personal magnetism – and your manipulative side. Pluto gives you an energy surge that increases your desire to be in charge but, if you want to avoid power struggles and unpleasant dramas, stop trying to control others. You’ve got a choice! You can be powerful and passionate – or compulsive and controlling. If you’re smart, you’ll choose the path of least resistance.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Is it always appropriate to be outrageously frank? And is honesty always the best policy? You’re in the mood to rock the boat and be even more open and honest than usual. But is everyone ready for your special brand of truth serum? As the week develops, a touch of discretion and a pinch of diplomacy will smooth troubled waters. So smart Sagittarians will talk a lot less and listen a lot more, as you hold your tongue and uncover a secret (or two).

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DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Your compulsive Capricorn side is likely to go into overdrive this week, as powerful Pluto amps up your obsession with perfection. But family and friends may find your standards far too demanding. If you push too hard, you’ll just end up driving them away. So do your best to avoid your control-freak tendencies. Being an iron fist in a velvet glove is the smarter (and less stressful) way to proceed.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Monday’s Mars/Neptune trine is terrific for experiencing fiery bursts of creative inspiration. But fabulous ideas on their own won’t get you far. You must also work on streamlining your daily routine so you are more proactive, productive and persistent. You’ll find work colleagues are more defensive than usual, so tread carefully. Peace-maker Venus is visiting your domestic zone, which will help you handle any relationship rumbles.

PISCES

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Get proactive! Your creativity and intuition fire up on Monday, as you take an abstract idea and spin it into a golden reality. If you’re involved with a group, club or organisation, then expect power plays and personality clashes to increase as the week develops. A friendship could also be placed under considerable strain. When your inner voice tells you something isn’t real, make sure you act.

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Winter is the time of year when colds and flus start to run rampant. It’s also the time of year when we all start looking for ways to ‘boost’ our immunity, to try to avoid that cold that’s been going around the office/school/home. While there may be plenty of products on the market that claim to do just that, one of the most effective ways to fight off the nasty germs that cause colds and flus is with a healthy diet full of whole foods. Healthy eating alone won’t prevent colds and flus, but it is an important part of a multi-pronged approach to help reduce the likelihood and severity of colds. The Dietitians Association of Australia recommends a focus on foods that contain vitamin C, zinc and protein, especially in vulnerable populations like the elderly, or those whose immune systems may already be compromised. Below is a list of immunity boosting foods, along with some simple meal ideas. Remember variety is key, so try to

include a range of whole foods – in particular fruits and vegetables – into your diet for maximum benefit. Zinc rich foods: • beef • lamb • seafood • dairy foods • nuts • wholegrains • legumes Vitamin C rich foods: • citrus fruits • broccoli • capsicum • strawberries • kiwifruit

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It is the best time to shop and as we all casually go about our lives buying full priced items throughout the year, what if we took a gamble and waited for the end of financial year sales? Will what we want to purchase still be available? Exactly how much money can we save and is it worth it? With these tips, you will be ready and prepared for sale time in no time! Go in prepared: Start off with a list you are hoping to conquer. The simple act of jotting down a few items that you need can help you psychically plan out your sales shopping trip in advance before you arrive at the stores. You won’t have time to forget and walk around aimlessly searching for what you needed, so be thorough in planning! Always check online: Make sure you download apps for your favourite stores and be sure to follow them on social media, to be up-to-date on the latest special offers and deals. Westfield Penrith display clearly online through their website current bargains and offers, even in centre events, so it always pays to

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wo Mountains men are bringing local sport to the world through live streaming show ‘The Sporting Chance’. Filmed live at the Lapstone Hotel, former Winmalee High School students Jono Lees and Matt Poynting are again bringing local sport to the homes of Blue Mountains residents and beyond. The pair kicked off their first show of the winter series from the popular pub last Friday. In their first instalment, the pair welcomed Sydney Thunder’s Mikayla Hinkley as well as Craig Beacroft from McCarthy Catholic College, who chatted about the school’s win at the Blue Mountains and Greater West Rugby Sevens Tournament. Poynting said the show offers an alternative voice to community sport in the Blue Mountains, Penrith and Hawkesbury regions. “We’re really keen to profile local sports, so we are interested in hearing from anyone wanting to share their story with us,” he said. “We want to make it an entertaining experience and take the sting out of winter.” The next show will be filmed live on July 21 at Lapstone Hotel. You can watch the live stream via The Sporting Chance Facebook page. ‘The Sporting Chance’ returned to the Lapstone Hotel last Friday night for its winter series

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Blue Mountains Record June 27  

June 27 edition of the Blue Mountains Record. Your truly independent voice in the Blue Mountains.