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Council commits $360,000 to fix ongoing parking problems at Hazelbrook Village ERIN MAMO

mprovements to address safety issues at Hazelbrook Village car park have been proposed in Blue Mountains City Council’s 2017-2018 draft budget. Councillor Romola Hollywood welcomed the improvements in the draft budget, which is currently on public display. “Addressing the safety issues in the car park is a top priority for our community,” Cr Hollywood said. “In 2014, in consultation with local shop owners and community members, Council developed a Masterplan for the Hazelbrook Village.

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FEDERAL BUDGET REVIEW | MAY 2017 SPECIAL EDITION

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The measure is proposed to start on 1 July 2017 and is an integrity measure aimed at the inappropriate avoidance of income tax.

This year Australians get no dramatic changes to the tax laws but the Turnbull government has done a lot of tidying up. The most prolific changes are to personal taxes, but some important announcements that affect businesses and investors, especially foreign investors, were also made. Here are some of the highlights from this year’s budget…

BUSINESS TAXATION 1. HIGHER INSTANT ASSET WRITE OFF FOR SBE’s EXTENDED The Government will extend the current instant asset write-off threshold ($20,000) for small business entities (SBEs) by 12 months until 30 June 2018. SBEs will be businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $10m (the new laws to increase the threshold from $2m to $10m should come into effect shortly). The threshold amount was due to return to $1,000 on 1 July 2017. As a result of this announcement, SBEs will be able to immediately deduct the cost of eligible depreciating assets purchased for less than $20,000. The assets must be acquired by 30 June 2018 and first used or installed ready for use by 30 June 2018 for a taxable purpose. Only a few assets are not eligible for the instant asset write-off, for example horticultural plants and in house software. Assets purchased for $20,000 or more (which cannot be immediately deducted) can continue to be placed into the general small business pool (the pool) and depreciated at 15% in the first income year and 30% each income year thereafter. The pool (including existing pools) can also be immediately deducted if the balance is less than $20,000 over this period The instant asset write-off threshold and the threshold for immediate deductibility of the balance of the pool will revert to $1,000 on 1 July 2018.

Suspension of lock out rules extended The suspension of the “lock out” rules for the simplified depreciation regime will be extended by 12 months until 30 June 2018. The “lock out” rules prevent SBEs from reentering the simplified depreciation regime for 5 years if they opt out.

2. RESTRICTION ON DEPRECIATION DEDUCTIONS From 1 July 2017, the Government will limit depreciation deductions on “plant and equipment” to costs actually incurred by investors in residential investment properties. Plant and equipment items are usually mechanical fixtures or those which can be “easily” removed from a property such as dishwashers and ceiling fans. This is an integrity measure to address concerns that some “plant and equipment” items are being depreciated by successive investors in excess of their actual cost. Investors who purchase plant and equipment for their residential investment property after 9 May 2017 will be able to claim a deduction over the effective life of the asset. However, subsequent owners of a property will be unable to claim deductions for plant and equipment purchased by a previous owner of that property. Acquisitions of existing plant and equipment will be reflected in the cost base of the property for CGT purposes for subsequent investors.

Existing investments grandfathered These changes will apply on a prospective basis and will not impact existing investments. Plant and equipment forming part of residential investment properties as of 9 May 2017 (including contracts already entered into at 7:30 pm (AEST) on 9 May 2017) will continue to give rise to deductions for depreciation until either the investor no longer owns the asset, or the asset reaches the end of its effective life.

3. CGT SMALL BUSINESS CONCESSIONS TIGHTENED The Government will amend the small business CGT concessions to deny eligibility for assets which are unrelated to the small business. Division 152 of ITAA 1997 provides 4 concessions to eliminate, reduce and/or provide a roll-over for a capital gain made on a CGT asset that has been used in a “small” business. These concessions are: +

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4. CHANGES AFFECTING FOREIGN INVESTORS Australia’s foreign resident capital gains tax regime will be extended by: + denying foreign and temporary tax residents access to the CGT main residence exemption from 9 May 2017; + increasing the CGT withholding rate for foreign tax residents from 10% to 12.5% from 1 July 2017; and + reducing the CGT withholding threshold for foreign tax residents from $2m to $750,000 as from 1 July 2017.

5. BUSINESS TO PAY LEVY ON 186 AND 187 VISAS From March 2018, businesses that employ foreign workers on 186 and 187 skilled visas will be required to pay a levy that will provide revenue for a new Skilling Australians Fund. Businesses with turnover of less than $10m per year will be required to make an upfront payment of $1,200 per visa per year for each employee on a Temporary Skill Shortage visa and make a one-off payment of $3,000 for each employee being sponsored for a permanent Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa or a permanent Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa. Businesses with turnover of $10m or more per year will be required to make an upfront payment of $1,800 per visa year for each employee on a Temporary Skill Shortage visa and make a one-off payment of $5,000 for each employee being sponsored for a permanent Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa or a permanent Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa. TThe levy will replace the current training benchmark financial obligations for employers of workers on Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visas, which are being abolished, and permanent Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) Direct Entry stream visas.

6. NO DEDUCTION FOR RESIDENTIAL RENTAL PROPERTY TRAVEL EXPENSES Travel expenses related to inspecting, maintaining or collecting rent for a residential rental property will be disallowed from 1 July 2017. The purpose of this measure is to address concerns that many taxpayers have been claiming travel deductions without correctly apportioning costs, or have claimed travel costs that were for private travel purposes. This measure will not prevent investors from engaging third parties such as real estate agents for property management services. These expenses will continue to be deductible.

GST 7. 2017 GST CHANGES There were 2 interesting GST measures contained in the 2017-18 Federal Budget, specifically affecting digital currencies and purchasers of new residential properties. The Government intends to make changes to the way things like Bitcoin are currently treated, which gives rise to double taxation - once on the purchase of the digital currency and again on its use in exchange for other goods and services subject to GST. The Government now intends to treat such currencies as money. The changes will be designed to ensure that purchases of digital currency are not subject to GST – eliminating the double tax issue. The Government will require purchasers of new residential property or new subdivisions to remit the GST liability on such sales directly to the Tax Office. Currently, GST is included in the purchase price and it is the developer who remits any GST. However, some developers are failing to remit the GST (despite having claimed GST credits on their construction costs). Under the new measures, purchasers not only are required to remit the GST, they would be able to work out a developer’s margin on the property they purchased!

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Walking for the Greatest of causes 10 passionate locals to trek from Bathurst to Blaxland all in the name of helping charities in need EMILY NEWTON

attling blisters, bloody socks and steep inclines, 10 men are tackling the 170km trek from Bathurst to Blaxland all in the name of charity. At the end of the month, this troupe of locals are proving just how serious they are about supporting the Penrith and Blue Mountains communities through the Great Walk Foundation. “This year is important for the walk because it’s the 10th anniversary,” walker and team podiatrist, Trent Baker said. “If we raise over about $100,000 this year, we will have broken $1 million over the first ten years.” With 100 per cent of funds raised donated to local and deserving charities, it’s no surprise that the Foundation has the support of Penrith Panthers legend and media personality Mark Geyer as one of the regular walkers. Through the trek, community members join in as day walkers to help fundraise and keep the boys company as they push their physical limits. “The biggest challenge is getting over the nights,” Mr Baker laughed. “Day walkers turn up and want to have

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a couple of beers with us at the end of the day, so it’s important that we entertain and make sure that they’re having a good time and they’re donating money to this amazing cause.” With support from local businesses, including the ongoing help from Tim Briggs through Underground Coffee Roasters and Lapstone Hotel, the walkers say the best reward is seeing where the money goes and how much of a difference it makes. “We support local charities that don’t get a lot of funding from the government, and rather than handing over cheques, we buy equipment,” Mr Baker said. “For instance the Nepean Hospital Children’s Ward didn’t have a humidicrib until we came around, and now they have two. “Just seeing the affect of that and how they support the community is brilliant, that’s what keeps us going.” The Foundation has supported Springwood, Katoomba and Lithgow Hospitals, Head Space Bathurst and Great Community Transport. This year’s walk begins on Monday, May 22 and will finish at Lapstone Hotel with a celebration night on Saturday, May 27. For more information, visit www.greatwalkfoundation.com.au.

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‘Big Brother’ will be watching Leura’s busy streets for crime ERIN MAMO

whopping $120,000 will be spent on CCTV cameras in Leura. Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne, recently visited the area announcing that Government funding had been granted to Leura Village Association for the project. “I am pleased to welcome this significant milestone in the project, which will now enable the purchase and installation of 17 CCTV cameras throughout the Mall,” Ms Payne said. “As we all know, CCTV and security infrastructure has been a pivotal factor in both solving and preventing crimes. “The installation of this network will bring peace of mind to locals, business owners and tourists visiting the region, deterring crime and anti-social behaviour.” Vice President of the Leura Village Association, Piercarlo Cuneo welcomed the approval of the funding in the popular shopping precinct. “Leura is a scenic historic village located on the edge of the famous Blue Mountains National Park,” he said. “It is visited by scores of domestic and international tourists annually, with at least 10-15 tourist buses coming in daily. “Naturally, as we are hosts to such a

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tourism company in the Mountains is paving the way as the first of its kind to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to a big FAT zero. Katoomba-based Fantastic Aussie Tours (FAT) recently became the first company to be certified as a 100 per cent carbon neutral bus charter transport service in Australia under the Government’s Carbon Neutral Program. Managing Director, Jason Cronshaw, said being certified is different from programs like those that airlines run,

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where they allow customers to pay to offset their emissions. “We offset the emissions,” he said. “We have been richly blessed to work and play in a region with wilderness areas and fresh air when others in the world struggle everyday with the effects of chronic air pollution, overpopulation and lack of green space.” To achieve carbon neutral certification, FAT calculated their carbon footprint looking at fuel emissions, on-site energy usage at its North Katoomba depot, consumables, marketing materials, waste, fleet maintenance, staff commute and the life-cycle emissions of each bus.

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Tough times over? Treasurer Scott Morrison opened his speech on Budget night by declaring that happier times were ahead for the economy. “Small business owners have gone without to keep their businesses open. Australians have taken second jobs, where they can, so bills can be paid,” Mr Morrison said, acknowledging that times have been tough in recent years. “It’s been a fair while since most hardworking Australians have had a decent pay rise. “I know this has put real pressure on Australians and on their families. Terribly, this has meant some families have even broken apart. “I believe, though, that we are now moving towards the end of this difficult period.”

Keeping promises A number of 2016 election promises will be met in the Macquarie electorate as a result of the Budget. $17,000 has been set aside for equipment at Winmalee Rural Fire Station, while the Springwood-Winmalee Girl Guides will receive $10,000. Blue Mountains Cancer Help will receive $2,000 as part of the Community Development Grants Programme, while Colo Football Club gets $20,000 for lighting at its ground. Richmond Girl Guides and Riding for the Disabled also get funding, while $100,000 has been allocated to the Bowens Creek Fire Trail, and $300,000 to the Hawkesbury Showground road upgrades.

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Planes, trains and a Budget • Morrison raises Medicare Levy to fund NDIS • New airport plans locked in EMILY NEWTON

far cry from “lifters and leaners”, Treasurer Scott Morrison’s 2017 Budget is promising “better days ahead” for all Australians, but how do last Tuesday night’s announcements impact local residents? One of the biggest wins is guaranteed funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which hundreds of locals have already accessed since its roll-out began. Expected to cost $21 billion a year once fully implemented in 2020, it comes at a cost to tax payers who will fund the scheme through an increase to the Medicare Levy of 0.5 per cent that will come into effect in 2019. Endeavour Foundation Chief Executive Andrew Donne said the NDIS is a Budget commitment that all Australians can be proud of. “It’s not just social capital that will grow. NDIS investment will also grow the economy as people with a disability increase their participation, along with a growing workforce of skilled support workers and therapists,” he said. Meanwhile, the Badgerys Creek airport,

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Average funding per student will increase next year across 69 schools in the Macquarie electorate. In 2017, average funding per student sat at $4,456. In 2018, it will rise 4.5 per cent to $4,655 per student. Funding growth is set to increase by more than 50 per cent over the next 10 years on average. “The Government will commit an additional $18.6 billion to Australian schools over the next decade, starting from 2018. It will be distributed according to a model of fair, needs-based and transparent funding,” Senator Marise Payne said. “We’re delivering long-term funding certainty for schools and communities and ensuring everybody is treated fairly.” There is 22,564 students currently studying in the Macquarie electorate.

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Help for the aged Older Australians will benefit from the Budget with continued funding of $5.5 billion to extend funding agreements for assistance for people to stay in their own homes. Federal Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, said he was pleased that the Commonwealth Home Support Programme has been continued for two years from July 1, 2018. “This home support program provides a range of essential services such as the popular meals on wheels, personal care, nursing and allied health and respite services,” he said. In addition the funding includes help with services like cleaning and shopping.

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they have to offer the community and other businesses. “While many businesses are known in their local community, a lot aren’t known widely in the entire Blue Mountains region,” she said. “The expo will give these business owners the chance to gain greater exposure and to also create business relationships with like minded professionals that they could be working with to provide collaborative services and products. The Expo will run from 9.30am to 3.30pm on Wednesday, June 7. To register your business for the Expo, visit www.bmchamber.org.au.

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Turning back time

The first railway stations in the Blue Mountains were located at Emu Plains, Blaxland, Springwood, Woodford, Lawson , Wentworth Falls and Mount Victoria adjacent to popular Inns. The first passenger train was a G.23 Class 2-4-0 Passenger Type engine.

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et your friends together, grab the popcorn and get cosy at Hoyts Penrith this month. Scare yourself silly with a horror film, laugh till you cry with a comedy, or be blown away with an epic blockbuster. With multiple screens showing all the best new release films daily there’s something for every type of moviegoer. The Hoyts complex, located in the heart of Westfield Penrith, also offers a massive Xtremescreen cinema which features a 15 metre high screen and 7.1 surround sound. Movie titles screening at Hoyts Penrith this week include ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’, ‘A Dog’s Purpose’, ‘Snatched’, ‘Alien: Covenant’, ‘Get Out’, ‘Going in Style’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘The Fate of the Furious’ and many more. For a full list of movies, or for more information on session times, visit www.hoyts.com.au. The Record has a Hoyts family pass (four tickets) to give away. For your chance to win, email the code word ‘HOYTS’ to competitions@bluemountainsrecord.com.au with your name and contact details. Entries close Thursday, May 18. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPM/17/01416. Terms and conditions at www.bluemountainsrecord.com. au or Record reception.

Nicole Leven Glenbrook OCCUPATION: Florist and Owner of Blue Mountains Blossoms FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: Monte’s in Blaxland, fabulous service and great food. FAVOURITE CAFÉ: Fed Deli in Wentworth Falls has great food, they sell organic products and there’s a great rice ball there and good coffee. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN THE MOUNTAINS WHEN YOU HAVE SPARE TIME: Bushwalking, there’s some great tracks in Linden that I like to go to.

Congratulations to the unemployed western Sydney man who won $50 million in Powerball last week. Incredibly, it was his first time playing. What a life changing moment.

We can’t help but feel that Larissa Waters’ “history making” breastfeeding moment in Parliament last week was more about publicity than anything else. The failing Greens are desperate for media grabs.

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the stocks he owns it’s time to get out of the market”. For me, this sums up classic crowd behaviour incredibly succinctly. Markets continually move through phases from boom to bust and back again. Investor participation is a key factor in driving these phases, either through lack of investors or crowds of them. Booms are synonymous with a large participation of investors, a lot of whom have not been properly educated about share investment. They enjoy the ease of making money that only a share market boom provides. And as word of success spreads, more and more join in. So it is when you detect a proliferation of these types of investors (cab drivers, as an example) the signs are clear of what to expect next. Currently, I’m not seeing it. Economic data suggests people are having a hard time holding onto their money, let alone investing it. So it is difficult to perceive any real boom any time soon, which means no big crash. Market corrections by the way are different. Turning paper profit into cash is a normal event which can start the ball rolling for 5–10 per cent falls. Unpleasant as they are, they’re not crashes.

“When’s the next share market crash?” is a common inquiry in the financial advice industry. Unfortunately, it is a question no one can really give a definitive answer to. Possibly, with the tremendous amounts of information produced on a daily basis, an astute student of the markets may have gleaned enough to confidently predict a future calamity. Or somewhere a computer wizard has created an algorithm devoted to accurate market predictions, but no matter how much faith you may have in the

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I’m on top of the world darlin’,” is one of the first things Aussie country music star Adam Harvey says when our call gets connected. Adam’s happiness isn’t surprising, considering the eight time Golden Guitar winner is staring down the barrel of a five month national tour with good mate and fellow country star Beccy Cole. The pair will be performing tracks from their first album together – ‘The Great Country Songbook Volume II’. When it comes to working with Beccy, Adam has nothing but praise for his duet

partner – who helped him record classic tracks like ‘Jackson’ and ‘Don’t Fall in Love With a Dreamer’. “I love working with Beccy, she’s so funny and quick-witted, and bloody crazy but hilarious,” Adam said. “The only hard part is keeping her focused on the task at hand. It’s hard for her to stay serious for long enough to record the songs,” he laughed. This isn’t Adam’s first rodeo, so to speak, when it comes to covering classic country tracks. In 2013, he and country icon Troy Cassar-Daley released ‘The Great Country Songbook’. It was a fun project for the pair, but one

they never expected to be embraced so warmly by their fans. “I remember when we finished recording it and Troy said ‘mate, you realise no one’s going to buy this album, it’s just something we’ll give out to our family and friends’,” Adam said. “We were both really shocked that it did so well. It proved to me that people really want to hear those old classics.” When it came time for the follow-up Adam wasn’t quite able to charm Troy into tackling the female vocals on an album of traditional male and female duets. “I said ‘come on mate, I’ll buy a blonde wig, we’ll blow up some balloons and put

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them down your shirt and you’ll look just like Dolly [Parton]’,” Adam laughed. Troy’s suggestion to get Beccy on board instead went down a treat, and gave Adam the chance to work with a friend and fellow artist who’s at the top of her game. “She’s the best entertainer in the business, so it’s really good when you work with someone like that,” he said. “You’ve got to be match fit just to try to keep up with her.” Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole will perform at Rooty Hill RSL on Saturday, May 27 at 8pm. To purchase tickets, visit www.rootyhillrsl.com.au or call 9677 4916.

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the success they so badly crave it threatens to ruin their blossoming love affair. The pair must decide what is more important: love or fulfilling their dreams. With six Oscars – not including that infamous Best Picture bungle – seven Golden Globes, and plenty of rave reviews (including a perfect five stars from Richard Wilkins) under its belt, ‘La La Land’ is a must see for any movie buff. Check it out now!

CINEMA Snatched

It’s the release Directioners have been hanging out for. One Direction member Harry Styles has just released his self-titled debut album. The release features the smash hit single ‘Sign of the Times’ which, unsurprisingly, has topped the charts in more than 84 countries, including Australia. Fans are hoping to get an insight into Harry’s love life, with rumours that the album features songs about his relationships. One Direction is currently on indefinite hiatus, with each of the band members working on their own projects.

Classification TBA Two comedy favourites join forces for this week’s new release comedy ‘Snatched’. When free-spirited Emily (Amy Schumer) is dumped by her boyfriend on the eve of their vacation she manages to convince her extremely cautious mother Linda (Goldie Hawn) to join her on a trip to Ecuador. During their travels, Emily manages to convince her mother to seek out adventure, but what should be a dream trip turns into a nightmare when the pair end up being kidnapped. In this vacation-turned-disaster comedy, Amy and Goldie are joined on screen by Ike Barinholtz (‘The Mindy Project’),

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he Blue Mountains Musical Society (BMMS) is celebrating their 75th production with the Andrew Lloyd Webber hit ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. This well known rock opera caused plenty of controversy when it debuted in 1970. The show is loosely based on the Gospel’s account of the last week of Jesus’ life, including aspects of Judas and Jesus’ complicated relationship, which was not part of Biblical retellings. For husband and wife team Jessica and Matthew Lovelace – who met through

BMMS – this will be their third show as director and musical director. Jess said it was the complexity of a show like ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ that drew her to the directing role. “Rather than being a black and white, good vs evil tale, it shows exactly how even if every single person is trying to be the best they can be and do what they believe is right, it can still end in disaster,” she said. ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ will be on at the Blue Mountains Theatre from this Saturday, May 20 to Sunday, June 4. Tickets are $36-$46. For more information on performance times or to purchase tickets, visit www.bmms.org.au or call 4723 5050.

Ê Twitter went into meltdown last week when it was revealed that Channel Nine rugby league commentator Ray Hadley was rumoured to be on the move to FOX League next year. Reports suggest rumours of Hadley’s defection had been floating around for weeks and that the 2GB star had no intention of re-signing with Nine when his contract expires in December. Ê Meanwhile, some good news for Nine, with the voice of rugby league, Ray Warren, signing a new five-year deal with the network. Ê

Still on rugby league, premiership winner Brett Kimmorley has joined Seven News, in addition to his various commitments on FOX League.

Ê Showcase will air HBO telemovie ‘The Wizard of Lies’ later this month, which stars Robert De Niro as businessman Bernard Madoff, the operator of a Ponzi scheme that is considered the largest financial fraud in US history. Michelle Pfeiffer, Alessandro Nivola and Hank Azaria also feature. ‘The Wizard of Lies’ will air on Sunday, May 21 at 8.30pm. Ê A whole bunch of shows have been renewed by Bravo in the US, most of which screen on Foxtel and 9Life. The shows include: ‘Top Chef’, ‘Million Dollar Listing New York’, ‘The Real Housewives of Orange County’, ‘Shahs of Sunset’, ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’, ‘Flipping Out’, ‘Don’t Be Tardy’, ‘Married to Medicine’, ‘Below Deck’, ‘Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles’, ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’, ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’, ‘The Real Housewives of Dallas’, ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio’, ‘Summer House’ and ‘Vanderpump Rules’.

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Ê After what seems like forever for us fans, season two of ‘Master of None’ has finally arrived on Netflix. After travelling abroad, Dev (Aziz Ansari) returns to New York to take on challenges in his personal and family life, a new career opportunity, and a complex, developing relationship with someone very meaningful to him. If you haven’t seen the first season, make sure you binge watch it first – it’s truly great TV.

Ê It’s been confirmed that ‘American Idol’ will be back in March 2018. The show finished up last year but will return to TV on a new network, ABC. Expect Ryan Seacrest to return as host.

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PENRITH’S MOST RESPECTED LINE-UP OF LIFESTYLE EXPERTS

ARIES

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

your horoscopes

Remember Rams – there’s a fine line between making smart decisions at lightning speed, and making impulsive moves that land you in hot water. This week will work best if you do something out of character – think before you speak and act. Hopefully Saturn will settle you down, so you’re not worn out before the weekend! Plus do your best to get the balance right between maintaining the status quo and hatching new ideas.

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

Saturn urges you to spend time consolidating your old friendships that are stable and satisfying. While Uranus encourages you to go out into the world and find some fabulously new bohemian friends. There’s plenty of room for both! Are you having problems with a child, teen or lover? If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. Clever Cats will put sustained time and effort into perfecting a radical new approach.

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

Are you feeling uncertain about the future? Mercury (planet of thinking and communication) moves through your sign from Tuesday until June 6, which will help steady your mind and improve your concentration. So don’t waste time worrying about perceived possibilities. Do your best to balance old and new in your life. Keep what’s working, and change what isn’t working.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

With the Sun and Mars lighting up your reputation zone, don’t hide your versatile Virgo talents! Be proud to show the world what you are truly capable of. But with Saturn reversing through your home zone, a family problem is challenging your mettle at the moment. Habitual thinking won’t help. Uranus encourages you to look at the situation from a totally fresh perspective.

GEMINI

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

When it comes to close relationships, you need to be more discriminating. This week Saturn and Uranus encourage you to keep the partnerships that are working well or have plenty of potential. But is it time to turf a lover who is letting you down? Or to finally discard a friend who doesn’t have your best interests at heart? The Sun joins Mars in your sign on the weekend. So energy levels will be high as you sparkle and shine.

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LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Don’t even try to second-guess the behaviour of others. They will continually surprise you with their unpredictable antics. So don’t lose sleep trying to work out where they are coming from. If you expect the unexpected, then you’ll manage just fine. Concentrate on nurturing relationships with positive people who encourage your efforts and celebrate your numerous talents. When it comes to social media, tread carefully.

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JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

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Work issues are in a state of flux, as Uranus throws you a curved ball – but it’s nothing you can’t handle. If you’re too slow, you’ll be left behind. So strive to get the ratio right between being cautious and being spontaneous. If you are looking for a job, employment is waiting where you least expect. Are you interested in your family history? The next few months will pique your curiosity even more.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

When it comes to money matters, make sure you are completely up-to-date with current market trends, but avoid taking unnecessary risks. Strive to balance stability with small incremental changes. Slow and steady wins the race as you apply new knowledge within a conservative financial framework. And worrying about all the work you have to complete this week won’t help matters.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Sagittarians can be very scattered but this week Saturn helps stabilise your firecracker energy. And Uranus revs up your creative and intuitive side. So get moving and make the most of a wonderful week where you’ll be given the opportunity to work hard on an exciting project involving sport, leisure, children or creativity. Joint ventures are also favoured. Be inspired by Tina Fey: “Do your thing and don’t care if they like it”.

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DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Don’t get stuck in a stultifying rut! This week’s positive Saturn/Uranus trine helps stabilise the parts of your life that are working well. Plus it also gives you the confidence and motivation to question old ways of doing things and add some exciting new elements. Bertrand Russell: “In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted”.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Restless Aquarians will feel rash early in the week. So slow your motor and cool your heels, otherwise you’re headed for a headache, argument or accident. Blow off steam with some sort of vigorous exercise instead. Friday’s fabulous Saturn/Uranus trine encourages you to get the balance right between maintaining the status quo, and introducing some original new ideas. You’ll find experience and innovation are a marvellous mix at the moment!

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

It’s time to throw Piscean procrastination out the window! Friday’s Saturn/Uranus trine is perfect for money matters, business ventures and/or professional projects, as you combine quick thinking with an unusually strategic approach. Plus use your fertile imagination to help create your preferred future via goal-setting and a practical plan. Don’t dilly-dally!

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A chocolate tart recipe your family and friends will love! A chocolate tart recipe that is allergy-friendly? We like the sound of that! Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergies in the developed world. This week is Food Allergy Week, an annual initiative from Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia, and to mark the occasion we’ve got a delicious allergy-friendly chocolate tart recipe to share for our readers. Ingredients • 14 medjool dates – pitted and halved • 1 + 1 cup of water • ½ cup coconut oil • 3 cups shredded coconut • 250ml coconut cream • ¼ cup cocoa • 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla powder • ¼ tsp coarse sea salt • 2 tbs gelatin (grass fed is ideal!)

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Method 1. Pre-heat oven to 160 ºC. 2. Place dates in a small bowl and cover with 1 cup of boiling water. Cover bowl with foil and set aside for 30 minutes. 3. Grease a 24cm flan tin with removable base and place on a dinner plate. 4. Meanwhile, spread shredded coconut onto a lined baking tray and brown

in the oven (stirring every 5 minutes until golden). Set aside. 5. Heat coconut oil in small saucepan over low heat until just melted. 6. Combine coconut oil and shredded coconut in a medium sized bowl. When the shredded coconut is fully coated with oil, line the base and sides of flan tin with the coconut mixture. Place the coconut base in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 7. When dates are ready, add to food processor with the water from the bowl and chop on high speed until a smooth thick liquid is formed. Add coconut cream, 1 cup of water, cocoa, vanilla and salt to the food processor

and mix until well combined. 8. Add the gelatin to the food processor and continue to mix for a minute. 9. When coconut base has been in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, pour chocolate mixture into base. Return to refrigerator and leave overnight to set. 10. When ready to serve, remove from refrigerator and leave on counter top for 15 minutes before serving. Remove sides of tin and decorate with fruit of your choice. Source: allergyplate.com Feel free to submit your recipes! Email kate.reid@westernweekender.com.au.

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he Panthers have potentially resurrected their season with a stunning come from behind victory over the Warriors at Pepper Stadium on the weekend. Down 28-6 at half-time, Penrith’s top eight chances appeared to be evaporating, but a stunning period early in the second half set up a miracle comeback, with the Panthers eventually winning 36-28. It broke a five game losing streak and put Penrith back in touch with the top eight. “When we had the ball we always felt like we had points in us but we’re just finding the craziest ways to get scored on at the moment,” said Panthers coach Anthony Griffin, reflecting on the disastrous first half performance. “We’re just finding ways to get ourselves a long way behind on the scoreboard. It takes a real team effort and a tough team to come off the canvas like that. We knew we had that in us. We were always talking about winning the game at half-time, we weren’t giving it up.” The Panthers now hit the road for a long stint away from Pepper Stadium, starting with a road trip to Newcastle to take on the Knights this Sunday afternoon. Isaah Yeo crosses for the Panthers against the Warriors. Photo: Melinda Jane

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