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FRI 10 OCT 2014 • Issue 1174

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Business Advice, tips and profiles on the best local businesses p.30-31

Ben’s need for speed He’s blind, ambitious and brave – local man’s crazy world record attempt KATHERINE TWEED

Baird opens Sunnyfield p.18

Teen hurt in awful crash p.16

Who do you sing for? Wanderers look to build on great success p.40



iding a motorcycle at 270 kilometres per hour sounds like a dangerous and frightening feat in itself, but take away a person’s sight and it sounds impossible. Local blind man Ben Felten is planning on making the impossible possible when he attempts to break the Blindfold Motorcycle Land Speed Record this month. Mr Felten was diagnosed at 16-years-old with a degenerative eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa and was told that he would lose his sight completely. To him, that also meant losing his ability to ride a motorcycle, which is something he had a strong passion for. “When I actually did go blind, the thing that I missed the most was riding my bike,” he said. “Not being able to drive was an inconvenience but losing my ability to ride was different – I missed it the most and the sense of freedom that it gives you.” Over 20 years later, his dream to get back on the bike has been realised and the 48-year-old has already clocked 150 kilometres per hour on the speedometer. “It is something that I would never have dreamt about doing – riding a bike again. Except I guess I did dream it and here I am,” he said. “To be able to ride again is so enjoyable, so empowering. It is like I never stopped.” Mr Felten has now turned his full attention to his record-breaking attempt later this month. Story continues on » p. 6

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Why is the west missing out? Push for more arts funding, but does Penrith care about cultural events and shows? CASSANDRA O’CONNOR

enrith residents are the first to get behind a good festival or celebration, but just how much do local events really contribute to the economy? That’s what a new joint study by Penrith, Liverpool and Parramatta Councils and the Western Sydney Business Chamber is set to find out. Penrith Council was recently invited to participate in an economic study into the case for increased investment in cultural institutions and events in western Sydney. David Borger, Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber said the report will shed light on just how important local events are. “Providing access to culture in western Sydney is a good long term business and social investment to ensure it is a place where people not only work, but also want to live,” Mr Borger said. “Western Sydney needs more arts funding and this project is looking at why western Sydney only receives one to three per cent of State Government arts funding. “Cultural institutions provide a range of benefits for the community and western Sydney is missing out.” The Chamber has recently recom-

mended a $150 million River Cities cultural fund to the NSW Government. “The aim of the fund is to establish and improve cultural attractions for the Parramatta, Liverpool and Penrith CBDs to attract and retain talent for a long term workforce,” Mr Borger said. In a report to Council on the joint project, the difficulty in obtaining funding was recognised. “NSW Government funding providers and cultural institutions often question investment in western Sydney events due to perceived poor patronage rate. The report will also assess the merits of this assumption and seek to identify any differences in the key drivers of attendance to events in western Sydney,” the report said. Flying in the face of such assumptions was the recent St Marys Spring Festival, which attracted over 30,000 people to Queen Street this year. And according to Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler, Penrith’s economy is set to be boosted by as much as $7.8 million in the last months of 2014 due to a busy schedule of local events that will see over 48,000 people visit Penrith. “Visitor spend across these events is estimated to be $4.9 million with a total impact of $7.8 million,” he said.

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Circus Oz is holding its Sydney premiere of its latest show at the Joan on October 30 For the rest of the calendar year, Penrith is set to host a myriad of events from the Nepean Triathlon to the Rowing NSW Spring Regatta, Fernhill Picnic Races to

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In just 80 minutes, South Sydney may have saved rugby league – or at least revived it. Last Sunday’s NRL Grand Final was one of the best in years, and it had a bit of everything. There was the fairytale story of how a 43 year premiership drought was finally broken. There was Sam Burgess’ John Sattler-like heroics, and his tears close to full-time. There was George Piggins, Russell Crowe and Michael Maguire. And despite our worst fears, the referees didn’t decide the game. When I say South Sydney may have saved rugby league, I’m referring to the game’s status in the minds of those who don’t necessarily turn up to games every week, or even watch it on TV. I’m talking about those who watch the game casually, or have perhaps become disengaged in recent years for a multitude of reasons. When the dust does settle on South Sydney’s Grand Final win, rugby league’s many issues will still be there. But so too will be the memories of last Sunday’s record-breaking decider. Last Sunday’s game was the highest rating NRL match of all time across five city markets, with Channel Nine recording a national peak audience of 4.6 million. The crowd of 83,833 was the biggest at ANZ Stadium since the reconfiguration of the ground, a remarkable feat. Rugby league is most definitely at a crossroads as it confronts not only the growing popularity of the A-League, but other entertainment mediums with which it now competes. Crowds in the 2014 season were not as good as many in the game would have hoped, although the Finals series actually recorded a 13 per cent increase year-on-year, despite the doom and gloom often reported in the media. But amongst all the positives the Rabbitohs have breathed into rugby league this week, many issues remain that must be dealt with before the

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And another thing... The A-League returns this weekend and I believe that it comes back one week too early. To have the launch of the season compete with Bathurst and post NRL Grand Final coverage just seems a little silly and unnecessary.

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code slowly self-destructs. The judiciary system and the match review committee must be totally overhauled to ensure consistency. Right now it’s a lottery. Perhaps the points system just isn’t right for a game that has so many different gradings and interpretations for various incidents. We must continue to strive for better player behaviour so incidents like that involving Todd Carney do not overshadow the game’s growth. We must expect better from our administrators. It is of great concern that Commission Chairman John Grant didn’t know that two Sydney teams had competed in the 2013 Grand Final, not to mention his gaffes relating to the Hawks and Seagulls. It’s embarrassing. A few weeks ago it was revealed that CEO Dave Smith didn’t know that the video referee couldn’t check forward passes. Again, a major worry. And both Smith and Grant need to take control of the little things that really are a blight on the NRL – such as starting times of matches, which are embarrassingly delayed deliberately every single week. The fans are the only ones who don’t know when the game is actually scheduled to start – it’s not good enough. Video referees? Scrap the system and start again. Guidelines that are as clear as possible are needed to ensure consistency and faith among league’s fan base. Yes, South Sydney helped rugby league be loved once again, but let’s use it as a catalyst of positivity. The game has immense growth left in it, but as always, the biggest enemy threatens to be itself.


Station safety improved Upgrades announced for St Marys and Werrington stations CASSANDRA O’CONNOR

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Bernard Bratusa, Tanya Davies and Mike Baird at St Marys last Friday “New fencing will be erected around the St Marys station car park on Harris Street and new CCTV cameras will also be installed to cover the car park’s entrance and exits.” Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies said the work is expected to get underway very soon and be completed early next year. “Our Government is committed to improving the experiences of commut-

ers, from one door stop to another door stop,” she said. Penrith City Councillor and Liberal candidate for Londonderry, Bernard Bratusa welcomed the investment in customer safety. “These safety upgrades to our local stations will help give people peace of mind, particularly those people who start work early or arrive home late at night.”


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SW Premier Mike Baird has announced that St Marys and Werrington train stations will receive upgrades to improve safety and security for local commuters. Visiting St Marys last week, Mr Baird said that the two stations were receiving the upgrades as part of the NSW Government’s Park and Travel Safety Program. “People will not use public transport if they do not feel safe. The NSW Government has been increasing security both on trains and at stations with more police officers and by initiatives such as security upgrades,” Mr Baird said. “Customer safety is the number one priority to the NSW Government and we want to ensure that customers feel safe, whether on-board public transport, waiting for a train or walking to or from a bus or their car.” A spokesperson from Transport for NSW said that the two western Sydney stations were identified for security upgrades after an analysis of police incident statistics. “At Werrington, new fencing and additional CCTV will be provided for the Railway Street car park,” Mr Baird said.

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Penrith loses man who had our city at heart

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hillip Fehon passed away at Newmarch House Kingswood last Wednesday, October 1. Phillip and his wife of over 63 years Margaret lived at the ARV nursing home until her death in July last year, after recently moving from Cranebrook. In 1952, Phillip and Margaret moved to Penrith with their two children, Kevin and Maria. Phillip managed his Uncle Leo’s Atlantic service station on the corner of High and Station Streets. They built their own house in Penrith and this became the family home for them and their eight children. All eight children attended St Nicholas of Myra Primary School before the boys continued on to St Dominic’s College, the older girls travelling to OLMC Parramatta for high school. Their daughter, Rosemary sadly died in March 1970 but Phillip and Margaret were sustained by their faith, family and friends. Whilst studying, Phillip worked for several local businesses including Neales and Ron Mulock before starting his own accounting practice in 1964. ‘Fehon, Merrick and Walsh’ grew to become ‘Fehons’ over 25 years and Phil’s son Peter became one of the partners. Phil was an active member of the local Chamber of Commerce and served on the executive including President and then was

Phillip Fehon Chairman of the Nepean Hospital Board (ultimately Wentworth Area Health board) for several years. In 1979, he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by South Penrith Rotary. Later his work for the community and church were recognised with the Medal of the Order of Australia and Papal Knighthood. All their children including Leonie, Chris, Bernard and Damian remember their father as a leader, teacher, friend and hero as do many in the local community, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Phillip’s funeral will be at St Finbar’s Church, Glenbrook at 10.30am today.

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The sudden urge to get on a bike and risk his life for a Guinness World Record (GWR) is not just about achieving a personal goal. Mr Felten is hoping to use the ride to empower other people with disabilities to achieve their own dreams. He is also going to launch a foundation called ‘In Sight of Dreams’ to help make his goal a reality. “The foundation has four key objectives. The first is to inspire people or motivate people to achieve their dreams, then it is to mentor people; the third is to support other blindness support services and finally we want to establish a track day experience for people with disabilities,” he said. The foundation will allow people with a disability to drive or have partial control over a specially-designed vehicle on a race track; giving them the chance to live their dreams. With the support of Australian Racing Drivers Club, Sydney Motorsport Park, Bel Pacific and Western Motorcycles, on October 25 at the Temora 1000, held at Temora Aerodrome, Mr Felten will be attempting to beat the GWR. It has been set by Billy Baxter at 265.33 kilometres per hour and the unofficial world record is 268.86 kilometres per hour held by Stuart Gunn.

Ben Felten preparing for his attempt He’s expecting to thunder down the two-kilometre long runway on his Suzuki 2014 Hayabusa with just two chase riders, one who will double as a caller, to guide him. The caller will give him instructions, to ensure he is riding in a straight line, through radio communication equipment and if that fails, which has happened in practice, the chase riders will speed up alongside him and use their horns as a guide. “We are seeking financial support from the general public to help us achieve my dream of setting a new blindfolded motorcycle land speed record. Any additional funds raised will go directly towards helping set up the foundation and hopefully the purchase of our first car,” Mr Felten said. To support the attempt, visit www. blindspeed.com.au and make a donation.

Police snapshot Penrith: Two women steal three bottles of alcohol

Castlereagh: Mystery over shot fired into home

Police are appealing to the public for information after a local liquor store was robbed last week. On Friday, October 3, two females entered a liquor store on Woodriff Street, Penrith. There they selected three bottles of alcohol and left without paying for them. Store staff became suspicious and reviewed CCTV footage before contacting police. Police are appealing for anyone with information about two people who entered the store that day to contact them. The first person is described as being a female in her late 30’s. She is Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander in appearance, about 165cm tall and overweight. She was wearing black tights and a black and pink footy jersey at the time of the incident. The second person is female and in her early 40’s. She is described as Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander in appearance, skinny and 160cm tall. She was wearing a white top and blue jeans.

Police are appealing for information after a shot was fired into a home in Castlereagh this month. About 9.30pm on Tuesday night, a resident of a home on West Wilchard Road noticed a bullet hole in the premises. Officers attached to Penrith Local Area Command were called and established a crime scene. Initial investigations show the shot fired, which caused damage to the home, may have occurred between Wednesday, October 1 and Monday, October 6. No one was in the home at the time of the incident and police have received no reports of injuries. Police are appealing for information as they continue to investigate the incident, and are asking anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity at the time of the incident to come forward and speak to them. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit their local police station.

Penrith: Witnesses help police find man who stole hard drive

Emu Plains: Small fire creates a big worry for police

A 25-year-old from Mt Riverview received a Criminal Infringement Notice after stealing from a local store. Police allege the man entered a stationery store on High Street, Penrith on Friday, October 3. He selected what police allege to be a computer hard drive from the store shelves. He ran from the store without paying for the item. Police were called to the scene. Once nearby police observed witnesses pointing at the offender. They were able to stop and arrest him. He was handed a Criminal Infringement Notice for shoplifting.

With summer quickly approaching, police are again warning the public to remember fire safety recommendations. At about 1pm on Sunday, October 5, police were called to bushland near Mackellar Street, Emu Plains. Emergency services were called to the scene where it appeared that a bushfire had started after a campfire was left unattended by squatters in the bush. Only a small amount of land was damaged. Police said that it doesn’t take much for a fire to ignite and that local people should visit the Rural Fire Service website for advice.













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PUBLIC NOTICE Great Western Highway, Emu Plains – Proposed Shared-Use Path The Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has confirmed funding for 2014/2015 for Council to design and construct

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Lot 1502 DP 801226 (No. 15) Barcoo Close, Erskine Park Dwelling addition – Extension of ground floor and alteration to existing alfresco The above development determination/s may be inspected between 8.30am and 4pm Mondays to Fridays (except Public Holidays) at Council’s Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith. Officers of Council’s Development Services Department will be able to assist with your enquiries.

pedestrians, cyclists who choose an off-road option, active families, students, shoppers and cycling commuters. The continued funding provided by the NSW State Government for this project is welcomed by Council and it is hoped that a comprehensive cycleway network across the City can be developed in future years. For further information, please contact Ruth Byrnes, Council’s Senior Traffic Officer on 4732 7542.

INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT Penrith City Council has received a Development Application in respect of the subject property. The consent authority for the development application is Penrith City Council. s Mulpha Norwest c/- Think Planners

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS received by Council: DA14/1216

58 Canberra Street, Oxley Park Demolition of existing structures and construction of 7 x 2-bedroom attic-style villas with associated car parking, landscaping and drainage works under the Provisions of State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 Contact: Aimee Lee on 4732 7429 Closing Date: 27 October 2014 s Urban Growth NSW


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The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the NSW Rural Fire Service – Rural Fires Act 1997 and Department of Planning – Water Management Act 2000 Section 89, 90 & 91. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 13 October 2014 to 27 October 2014. Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council, in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the grounds of objection are to be specified in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA14/1215.

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For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Gurvinder Singh on 4732 7539.

Contact: Clare Aslanis on 4732 8195 Closing Date: 27 October 2014

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A high-visibility Highway Patrol operation over the October long weekend saw a drop in the number of drivers speeding and drink driving compared to previous years. Operation Slow Down launched at midnight on Friday, October 3, and ran until 11.59pm on Monday, October 6. The operation included the enforcement of double demerits for seatbelt, speeding and motorcycle helmet offences and saw 4,696 people caught speeding, while 203,645 breath tests resulted in 270 people being charged with drink-driving across the state.

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While these statistics were lower than previous years, there were a number of incidents in the Penrith area that had police concerned. On the second day of the operation, Saturday, October 4, police were called to a four-vehicle pile-up on the M4 motorway at Colyton, near the intersection of Bennett Road. Penrith Traffic and Highway Patrol arrived on the scene at about 10.15pm to find the vehicles, including a van that had rolled over. Police are still investigating the incident. Earlier that same day, police were notified by two independent witnesses that a car driving in Londonderry was swerving across the road. Officers pulled over the vehicle, which was driving along Richmond Road, Londonderry, and subjected the 37-year-old driver to a roadside breath test. After being taken to a nearby police station, she returned a reading of 0.216, which is a high-range reading. She was charged and will appear in court later this month. On Sunday, October 5, Penrith Highway Patrol officers stopped a vehicle on Forrester Road, St Marys. Police allege the driver produced two false names before he was finally identified and found to have two outstanding warrants in relation to seven disqualified driving charges this year. He was charged and appeared in court the same day. “We were pleased to see the numbers of drivers caught speeding and drinkdriving down from last year, however, these figures were still too high and put other road users at risk,” said Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley. - Katherine Tweed


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Enjoy a wide range of quality market stalls and live music at Tench Reserve, by the Nepean River, from 1pm to 6pm. Bring the whole family and make a start on your Christmas shopping.

ADMINISTRATION Penrith OfďŹ ce Civic Centre, 601 High Street. Opening Hours: 8.30am–4pm. Mon–Fri. St Marys OfďŹ ce Queen Street Centre, 207–209 Queen Street. Opening Hours: 8.30am–4pm. Mon–Fri. Switchboard Open: 8.30am–5pm. Mon–Fri. P: (02) 4732 7777 F: (02) 4732 7958 Write to: PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751. E: council@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

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COUNCIL BRIEFS s As part of a NSW EPA grant-funded project, Penrith City Council is bringing the ‘Hey Tosser’ anti-litter message to Penrith. A series of localised ‘Hey Tosser’ advertisements will be published in local newspapers and ‘Hey Tosser’ signage will also be installed at Ched Towns Reserve, Glenmore Park, to test the effectiveness of signage in curbing littering behaviours. Council’s promotion of the ‘Hey Tosser’ campaign is in addition to other campaigns to tackle litter across the City via the message ‘We live here, let’s keep it clean!’





Our community can also report a local litter problem by contacting Council on 4732 7777 or emailing: council@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au


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PUBLIC EXHIBITION Draft Penrith Development Control Plan 2014 In accordance with the provisions and requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Regulation 2000, notice is given of the public exhibition of the draft Penrith Development Control Plan 2014 (draft Penrith DCP 2014) from Monday, 13 October 2014 to Friday, 14 November 2014.

The exhibition information is also available online at penrithcity.nsw.gov.au Submissions You are invited to view the draft Penrith DCP 2014 during the exhibition period and submit comments to Council in writing by 4pm on Friday, 14 November 2014. Please direct any submissions to: The General Manager (attention to ‘City Planning Team’), Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751. Submissions can also be sent via email to cityplanningteam@ penrithcity.nsw.gov.au Please include a subject line indicating ‘Submission on Penrith DCP 2014’. Further Enquiries If you have any questions about the draft Penrith DCP 2014, or require further information, please contact Council’s City Planning Team on 4732 8196 or email cityplanningteam@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au


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A Development Control Plan is a document that supports the Local Environmental Plan with more detailed planning and design guidelines. Draft Penrith DCP 2014 applies to all land within the Penrith Local Government Area. The draft Penrith DCP 2014 consolidates and repeals the following DCPs: s0ENRITH$EVELOPMENT#ONTROL0LAN s0ENRITH$EVELOPMENT#ONTROL0LAN s7ERRINGTON-IXED5SE!REA$EVELOPMENT#ONTROL0LAN s0ENRITH#ITY#ENTRE$EVELOPMENT#ONTROL0LAN

A complete copy of the public exhibition material is available for viewing at the following locations: sPenrith Civic Centre 601 High Street, Penrith (Monday–Friday: 8.30am–4pm) sCouncil’s St Marys OfďŹ ce 207–209 Queen Street, St Marys (Monday–Friday: 8.30am–4pm) sPenrith Library 601 High Street, Penrith (Monday–Friday: 9am–8pm; Saturday: 9am–5pm and Sunday: 10am–5pm) sSt Marys Library 207–209 Queen Street, St Marys (Monday–Thursday 9am–8pm, Friday 9am–5.30pm, Saturday 9am–5pm and Sunday 10am–5pm)


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Car pushes for new speed monitors CASSANDRA O’CONNOR


enrith Councillor Karen McKeown has expressed her disappointment that nearly half of the community groups that applied for assistance funding from Council this year missed out. The South Ward Councillor has called for Council to find new ways to fund the community events and programs, after funding for the Community Assistance Program was cut by $9,000 from 2011 to 2014. This year, there were 69 applications for funding from a diverse range of organisations, with only 37 applications to receive full or part funding. “I know that many of the unfunded projects have merit,” she said. “I would like staff to investigate if there are any other ways to fund these projects. These projects are extremely important to the community and meet many of Council’s community outcomes.” Under the Community Assistance Program, just $30,000 is available for events that are one off activities run by non-profit organisations. The 32 events not receiving funding this year range from social club events to much needed equipment. The Australian Foundation for Disability




Councillor Karen McKeown wanted to hold a social night out for carers of people with a disability in Penrith and requested $1,200. NADO wanted $1,200 to make over a room in their respite cottage. Penrith City Archers were not granted funding for bench seating at their Werrington facility but Council’s parks and Recreation department will look into the request as it was identified as a “high priority community need”. Cr Karen McKeown said that other projects may be able to receive funding through Council’s voted works funding, which is decided by Councillors.

enrith Councillor and Labor Candidate for Londonderry Prue Car says her request for Council to consider installing solar powered speed monitors on Dunheved Road has been ignored. Earlier this year, Cr Car and Shadow Roads Minister Walt Secord visited the Werrington thoroughfare and raised concerns about speeding. “Dunheved Road is a speeding nightmare, and something needs to be done urgently to stop more accidents,” she said. The speed monitor is powered by a solar panel and shows drivers their speed as they travel by. But a report to Council’s Local Traffic Committee has not endorsed a trial of the technology. It said that speed counts conducted this year in Dunheved Road, Werrington indicated that only 15 per cent of drivers were travelling 57-59km/hr in the 50km/ hr zone. Earlier speed counts were undertaken in 2011, showing that less than 15 per cent of drivers were travelling at speeds of 69km/hr in the 60km/hr zone. “This indicates that, whilst at times there are drivers who drive above the speed limits, Dunheved Road is not a street of immediate concern in relation to speeding drivers,” the report said.

Council’s SAM unit A spokesperson for Council also said that other technologies can be used to warn drivers. “Council currently operates the Speed Alert Mobile (SAM) unit, which can be located in various local streets where speeding issues have been reported or identified,” Council said. The unit cost about $20,000 whereas a solar unit would cost $4,700 to $6,000. Cr Car said that she still wants to see a trial of the solar speed monitors in Dunheved Road commenced immediately.

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Strategic Alliance A common feature of the world’s successful regions and cities is that they collaborate. Decisive, strategic and big picture representation is required for Penrith and its adjoining regions. Council is exploring a strategic alliance involving Penrith, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury communities to best represent our common interests. The investigation into an alliance came about through meetings with the Mayors and senior staff from each of the councils and it aligns with the recently released State Government planning reforms. It’s early days yet, but some of the

benefits could be in a range of areas such as economic development, tourism, environmental protection, urban development, recreation, infrastructure, education, procurement and advocacy for outer western Sydney. The combined population of the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith Local Government Areas will reach about 415,000 within the next 15 years and the Councils want to ensure that they are properly placed to meet the future expectations of our communities.

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RBA holds rates yet again The Reserve Bank of Australia has once again held interest rates at 2.50 per cent. The announcement was made following the RBA’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday. Loan Market Chairman, Sam White, says the consistency of the official cash rate (OCR) is great for first time buyers and homeowners alike, as the property market continues to remain strong.

“Spring is traditionally a time for people to be on the move and the fierce competition among lenders, offering extremely low fixed rate products and even cash incentives, means consumers now have more options than ever to secure the best deal,” Mr White said. There is talk that interest rates could move upwards before the end of the year, or possibly early next year.


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Parking fines net big money for Council

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Parking tickets raise over $900,000 per year in Penrith CASSANDRA O’CONNOR



t’s that little, white piece of paper flapping on your windshield that every car owner despises; a parking ticket. And according to Penrith City Council, in the first six months of this year alone, nearly $500,000 has been collected from drivers who have overstayed their car park time limit whilst shopping, or have parked illegally at local schools. “The areas we patrol are the Penrith CBD, St Marys CBD, the hospital areas as well as school zones and complaints

received from customers within residential areas,� a spokesperson for Penrith Council said. “We collected $3.6 million over the past four years or about $900,000 a year.� In the first half of 2014, parking fines have raised $465,297. In 2013, Penrith’s drivers contributed $1,069,162 to the kitty, whilst in 2012 a lower $898,744 was collected. But where does that fine go? “The money does not go to general revenue but to ensure the service pays for itself,� Council’s spokesperson said. “The service helps ensure customer turnover for local businesses as well as safety around schools.�

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When the police arrived, they saw Mr Abouhait at the rear of the Mr Safi’s premises attempting to open a window. He was arrested and taken to the police station, but when Mr Safi was asked to give a statement he declined. The court heard that he told witnesses that he would “fix� Mr Abouhait himself. When Mr Abouhait was released from custody at Penrith later that day, he again went back to Mr Safi’s house, his last known actions. “I am satisfied that the deceased was killed when he went to [Mr Safi’s] premises,� Justice Bellew said. It is believed that Mr Abouhait was bludgeoned with a baseball bat to death but just how his remains came to be in Londonderry is unconfirmed and is set to remain a mystery. “I am satisfied that the deceased, without any justification at all, had been antagonistic and threatening towards the offender in the period leading up to his death,� Justice Bellew said. “However the deceased’s behaviour towards the offender provides no justification whatsoever for what ultimately occurred.� Justice Bellew said that a total sentence of 22 years and eight months imprisonment was appropriate. Mr Safi will be eligible for parole on October 29, 2029.

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here were chilling scenes when bushwalkers in Londonderry discovered human remains on March 16, 2012. With the victim identified as Mohammad Ayman Abouhait, the NSW Supreme Court has now handed down a minimum sentence of 17 years in jail to convicted murderer John Safi. Hon Justice Geoffrey Bellew in his sentencing revealed how grizzly the circumstances were of Mr Abouhait’s death. In June 2010 four Aboriginal males attended Mr Safi’s premises in Whalan offering to sell him a 2008 model BMW X5 motor vehicle for a sum of $2,000. Mr Safi knew the value of the car was substantially more and so thought the vehicle might have been stolen and contacted police. The four males were arrested. But a month later, Mr Abouhait attended Mr Safi’s residence, claiming that he was there to collect a debt or cars from Mr Safi in relation to the sale of the BMW. He continued to harass Mr Safi and on one occasion he produced a gun and took Mr Safi’s gold chain and left. In the early hours of July 25, 2010 police attended Mr Safi’s premises in response to a ‘break, enter and steal’.


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Gipps Street overhaul nears Final preparations being made for widening of key road in Claremont Meadows

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inal preparations are being made for the widening of Gipps Street in Claremont Meadows to make way for the new Werrington Arterial. Penrith Council recently agreed to finalise the sale of land near Gipps Street Reserve that will become a part of the much needed road link. RMS has purchased approximately 10,000m2 of land from Council for the road widening, with Council to pocket $231,000. A spokesperson for Council said that there were initial concerns about the site being disturbed, because the site was originally used as a landfill and is in the process of being rehabilitated to create parklands. “Council was concerned with the impact on the site’s leachate collection and treatment system installed as part of rehabilitation works for the former landfill land and in particular an existing leachate collection trench located within the proposed road widening area,� the Penrith Council spokesperson said. “Council had several meetings and discussions with RMS to arrive at an amicable solution to address concerns

including the relocation of the leachate collection trench, validating work areas as suitable for future intended land use and RMS accepting responsibility for the existing trench which will remain within RMS land after acquisition. “RMS had appointed independent consultants to carry out significant investigations of the leachate collection trench at this location and has supplied Council with reports confirming RMS would undertake at their cost specific works required to satisfy Council’s concerns.� A spokesperson for RMS said that further land acquisition for the project is not expected as the partial acquisition of three private properties was completed last year. “Roads and Maritime Services is continuing investigations for the proposed upgrade of Werrington Arterial Road. The upgrade aims to improve travel for all road users between the M4 Motorway and Great Western Highway at Claremont Meadows,� the spokesperson said. “The project includes widening a two kilometre section of the Kent Road and Gipps Street corridor to four lanes and building new east facing ramps on the M4 Motorway to increase capacity and improve travel times for all road users. “Three intersections would be upgraded

Gipps Street in Claremont Meadows is to be widened with traffic lights at Caddens Road and Sunflower Drive south and north. A new shared path, including a bridge across the M4 Motorway will also be installed to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians.�

Costing $78 million, the NSW Government has committed to funding half of the project, whilst the Australian Government has provided funding to progress planning, with further funding to build the project to be confirmed.


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Pap tests should not be delayed implemented,� Ms McGill said. “The current Pap test can reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer by 96 per cent, but needs to be done every two years to be this effective.� The proposed new HPV test will be conducted every five years, but this interval is only safe and appropriate for this method of testing. “Women need to be aware that putting off their Pap test can allow for changes to cells in the cervix to progress to highgrade abnormalities and cervical cancer. This can put their lives, their health and even their fertility at risk,� Ms McGill said.

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17-year-old remains in hospital after a collision between a Mazda and a B-double in Erskine Park last week. Emergency services were called to the scene of the crash at the intersection of Swallow Drive and Erskine Park Road, at about 10am on Thursday, October 2. There they found that a B-double and a Mazda sedan had collided, in a crash that caused significant damage to the smaller car. The driver of the Mazda, a 17-yearold girl, received life threatening injuries


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Bright new start for Sunnyfield NSW Premier opens disability service provider’s new home at Orchard Hills

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t was a fittingly sunny day last Friday for the official opening of disability service provider Sunnyfield’s new centre at Orchard Hills. Staff, clients and families were joined by NSW Premier Mike Baird for the official opening of the new centre, which has been relocated from Kingswood. “We are very happy to be expanding our services in western Sydney,” said Sunnyfield CEO, Caroline Cuddihy. “We did previously provide services in Kingswood but we outgrew the site. Now we will offer a range of services from our new centre here in Orchard Hills, so that people with disabilities can meet their own goals and aspirations.” Sunnyfield will offer community based activities such as library and historical site visits, TAFE courses, music therapy, travel training, sport and cooking programs. Board member and local St Marys resident Ian Fraser said that there is another community hub being opened in St Marys, with a training facility also operating at Mt Druitt. “We have over 1,800 clients and 900 staff. We believe strongly in delivering active support. Over 50 per cent of our board members have a relative with a disability,” he said. Sunnyfield Ambassador, Bryan Whiddon, spoke of how much it would mean to his family today to see how the disability service has grown, including his mother and Sunnyfield founder Hazel. “In 1938 my brother was born and after a mishandling, suffered a brain injury. My parents searched high and low for a cure but were told there was none and so sent

Penrith Councillor Bernard Bratusa, Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies and Premier Mike Baird with Sunnyfield clients and staff him to a boarding school,” Mr Whiddon said. “Trevor finished there at about 15 years of age, but my parents found that there was no suitable work or schooling for him afterwards. My mother placed an ad in the Manly Daily to see if there were other parents in the same situation and they held a meeting at my parents’ house.

“They decided to form a community school and that’s how Sunnyfield started. “Trevor remained a part of Sunnyfield until he died not that long ago.” Premier Baird officially unveiled a plaque for the new centre and said that he was really pleased to see so many clients with smiling faces. “We want you to know that we are very

proud of your achievements,” he said addressing the crowd. “There must be so much satisfaction being part of something so special. It’s amazing what can happen when people work together for a common goal and I want to acknowledge all the work that has been put in over the years to make Sunnyfield the service it is today.”


Work for the Dole scheme a success CASSANDRA O’CONNOR

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Work for the Dole scheme that sees volunteers allocated work at a charity until they find employment has been declared an initial success. Federal Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker got the verdict first hand on Tuesday when he paid a visit to St Vincent de Paul’s new premises in Batt Street, Jamisontown with Federal Lindsay MP Fiona Scott. “The volunteers receive the same type of training as they would at other places like Myer or Woolworths. We teach them skills in money handling, customer services, distribution, sorting of donations and logistics,” explained Phillip Basti, St Vinnies Retail Operations Manager. “We aim to have them ready to step into employment in about three to six months.” In another tick for the program, Mr Basti said that some volunteers after finding

employment have continued to volunteer at St Vinnies stores. “One important aspect of the Work for the Dole Scheme is that it is beneficial for mental health. Rather than sitting at home in isolation, people are encouraged to get involved in the community and often form new friendship circles here,” Mr Basti said. The Nepean region is one of 18 trial sites around Australia for the Work for the Dole Scheme, which began on July 1. St Vinnies are offering 10 Work for the Dole positions. “From July 1 next year the next phase of the Work for the Dole scheme will begin, with those under 30 required to do 25 hours per week and those between 30 and 50, 15 hours per week,” Mr Hartsuyker said. “From visiting St Vinnies and other trial sites around the country it is great to see that people are being offered employment training opportunities that will help them in their careers.” Ms Scott congratulated St Vinnies for being involved with the scheme.

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Burqa debate The first time I saw the burqa was in a shopping centre many years ago and I was certainly taken aback to say the least. The thing that remains in my mind were the terrified eyes that I could see of the two persons beneath their garments. Or was it fear of the Muslim man leading them or of the embarrassment they felt? I now take the burqa to mean to me that it is a symbol of the Muslims refusal to assimilate into our wonderful free country, which is rapidly having its identity altered while our elected representatives find excuses to not offend anyone. The recent figure of those persons against the wearing of the burqa was 80 per cent. Have to be a few votes in that one would think. Don’t hold your breath for a legislation submission because we are a population of complainers that are doing NOTHING. PETER TOWNSEND, SOUTH PENRITH

Mayoral vote I was pleased to learn that Cr Fowler was re-elected as Penrith City Council’s Mayor [recently]. His achievements speak for

themselves and his commitment to Penrith shines through in everything that he does. But, that’s not what inspired me to write in. I am a fan of Mr Fowler’s work, indeed I am, but moreover I am pleased to see maturity that is possibly unprecedented (or at least very rare). I am more pleased to see Greg Davies elected as Deputy Mayor. I am not necessarily a fan of Mr Davies, I have no reason to dislike him, it’s just that my vote typically sits with the conservatives. I am pleased to see Liberal Party member, Mr Fowler working collectively with Labor’s Mr Davies. This demonstrates the maturity of the council, and they all should be congratulated. GLENN GARDINER, LONDONDERRY

Public libraries The Minister for the Arts has written to many newspapers across NSW in recent days about the library funding campaign being coordinated by our Association. We acknowledge the additional capital funding provided by the NSW Government in the 2014-15 budget, and for coming years. What needs to be

made clear is that the funding under this increase is available by application to the grant program, and is not universally spread across the state. While this funding will provide enhanced facilities for those councils which are successful, other issues remain. The Minister fails to acknowledge that NSW Government recurrent funding to support the public library network is the lowest percentage of total budget of any State, and about half of that provided in Victoria and Queensland, the two most comparable networks. This is the important point, not quibbling about dollar figures and average subsidies. As we said to the Minister just a few weeks ago, it’s fine to build great infrastructure, but if you don’t have the resources or the staff to make it work, then it is a pointless exercise. The Library Act, which reaches its 75th anniversary in four weeks’ time, always presumed a partnership between local government and the State of NSW in the provision of public library services. Local government has done the heavy lifting for the last decade and more, and now has to make

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hard decisions about the level of service which can be provided. If opening hours are reduced, branches closed, or mobile library stops removed, it will be because funding pressures on councils have become too great. For a modest increase in recurrent funding, the Minister can prevent this. Over 60,000 NSW residents have signed in support of this proposition. Minister Grant must listen to the community – library lovers vote too! GRAHAM SMITH AND VERONIQUE MARCHANDEAU JOINT PRESIDENTS, NSW PUBLIC LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION

Future of Penrith Lakes How many years is it going to take, we will be long gone by the time they do something with this place they’ve been taking about for years (Future looks bright for Lakes, Western Weekender October 3). Slow she goes. JOANNE ROBERTS XEUREB, VIA FACEBOOK

Mental Health Month October is Mental Health Month and this year’s theme is ‘be YOUnique’, which aims to

celebrate everyone’s strengths, differences and encourages everyone to be themselves. Here at Youth Off The Streets, we aim to unlock the potential of disadvantaged young people. Those that come to us for help are very unique and are often dealing with complex problems at home and in their personal lives such as depression, self harm or suicide, abuse or assault, eating disorders, anxiety, family violence or general problems, drug or alcohol problems and relationship problems. There is a need for them to access a mental health professional, and more importantly, have a program that suits their individual needs. Like all mental health industry professionals, our team provide individualised treatment programs, however our mental health team has more time to deliver the treatment plan as they are there, in the communities, with the young people and their families every day. The Youth Off The Streets Mental Health Team is an example of how we work alongside young people at their pace to achieve realistic goals. FATHER CHRIS RILEY YOUTH OFF THE STREETS

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roads and council services. In 2013-14 it was $11.5 million but in 2012-13 it was just $10.7 million.

A series of road safety programs conducted by Penrith Council have been approved for funding by the Roads and Maritime Services. Local speed enforcement operations by NSW Police will be supported with courtesy speed checks and local media advertising with $4,400 of grant funding. To target drink driving, $2,100 will be used to promote in-venue materials such as pull up blinds, posters and coasters. $3,000 will go towards the coordination of two child restraint checking days. A campaign supporting Council’s initial Blackspot application for Parker Street and the Great Western Highway fronting Nepean Hospital (where the new traffic lights are located) has gained funding of $2,000 to work collaboratively with Nepean Hospital to design educational materials advising pedestrians (staff, visitors and students accessing the hospital) of the risks associated with midblock crossing at these locations.

An Occupation Agreement has been developed in consultation with the Board of Penrith Aquatic and Leisure (PAL) for the care, control and management of Ripples St Marys and Ripples Penrith (formerly Penrith Swimming Centre) by PAL. The Occupation Agreement reflects the joint management of Ripples St Marys and Ripples Penrith, and builds on the framework of the Occupation Agreement that has been in place since it was established in 1994, initially solely for the management of Ripples St Marys. The new agreement will allow Penrith Aquatic and Leisure to manage the facilities in an effective and flexible manner and allow the operation of Ripples St Marys and Ripples Penrith to remain competitive in the leisure market place into the future.

Advice has now been received confirming Council’s 2014-15 Financial Assistance Grant from the Federal Government. The grant received will be $11.2 million, and is $299,638 below the estimate included in the 2014-15 budget for Council. The financial assistance grant goes towards local

The tender to build the South Creek Footbridge at St Marys has been awarded to Bridgeworks. A grant of $1.5 million was received by Council from the RMS for the bridge. Bridgeworks have estimated it will cost them just over $1 million though to complete.



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o help Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and McDonald’s support families with seriously ill children, local residents are encouraged to get involved in McHappy Day next weekend. The 24th annual McHappy Day will be taking place on Saturday, October 18. Local McDonald’s restaurants will host a number of activities to raise money for programs run by RMHC, like the family room at Nepean Hospital. “I encourage all Penrith residents to

get out on McHappy Day, visit their local restaurant and help bring a smile to the faces of seriously ill children and their families by making a donation,” said Ian Garton, local McDonald’s Licensee. With $2 from every Big Mac purchase on the day and 100 per cent of the proceeds from every $1 Helping Hand purchased being donated, getting involved is easy. On the day, there will be appearances by Penrith Panthers players, face painting, show bags, performances and car shows at McDonald’s High Street, Penrith Leagues and Glenmore Park. Other local McDonald’s stores will also have fun activities.

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UWS happy with world ranking Result shows local university’s strength in research and quality teaching

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He added that being ranked 351-400 is still an achievement as it shows UWS is within the top two per cent of universities in the world. “These rankings are a testament to the strength of the University’s research and the quality of its teaching,” he said. “Worldwide rankings and global recognition is particularly important in supporting the University’s aspirations to increase our international student enrolment and strengthen our transnational research partnerships. “The University is working particularly hard to broaden its international horizons, while maintaining UWS’s strong commitment to our Greater Western Sydney region.” Editor of Times Higher Education Rankings, Phil Baty, said all the universities ranked have met high standards against rigorous and comprehensive criteria. “Rising, for the first time, into the top 400 list of universities worldwide is a real achievement for the University of Western Sydney,” Mr Baty said. “This accomplishment is perhaps made more impressive by the fact that University of Western Sydney entered the table this year against a backdrop of rising stars in East Asia which have been enjoying strong financial support.”



he University of Western Sydney has failed to make the top 100 universities in the world as named by the Times Higher Education rankings, coming in at 351-400. But the young University says it’s proud of its ranking of 87 in the Top 100 under 50 Years category, and has plans to keep increasing its overall performance. The 2014 Times Higher Education list ranks universities from around the globe and assesses them on performance indicators such as research, teaching excellence, international outlook, connections with industry and innovation. In the overall world list, UWS received a score of 50 (out of 100) for its international outlook and 58 for its citations, but its teaching came in at just 17. In the Under 50 Years list, UWS was said to be comparable to universities such as Université Paris Dauphine in France and was only just beaten by Australia’s Curtin, Griffith and Flinders Universities. UWS Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover says these rankings are a great achievement for the University, made all the more significant as it comes during UWS’s 25th anniversary year.

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Around 50 women are diagnosed with breast and gynaecological cancers in Australia every day but people around the country and the world are fighting

back, through the power of pink. As a part of NSW Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon campaign, Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc “SSAA

NSW” and the St Marys Indoor Shooting Centre “SMISC” will be hosting a charity ‘Girls Night In’ on Friday 17 October to raise money for the fight against cancer.

• What you’ll be shooting: .22 automatic pistol; 9mm automatic pistol and .22 CZ rifle • Do you need a firearms licence: no – unlicensed participants will be under one on one supervision • There will also be: hot finger food, nibblies, mocktails, raffles and souvenir hats and showbags • Where the money goes: the $70 cost per person will be donated to the Cancer Council and bookings can be made via our website

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Changing with time

Parent dynamic is changing, as historic display proves KATHERINE TWEED


Decalie Brown has seen many changes in her 38 years as a nurse vention and empower parents to monitor their baby’s growth and development for any potential issues. We also encourage parents to engage in the community, attend parenting and support groups, and continue to stay connected with each other,” she said. In the 100 years of child and family health care in NSW, the infant mortality rate has dropped from 100 in every 1,000

children under the age of one-year-old to less than three in every thousand. To celebrate the centenary, NBMLHD staff have organised a historical memorabilia display that is travelling across the district. Do you have a story about how much parenting has changed over the years? We’d love to hear it! Email news@westernweekender.com.au.

Early identification of speech, language and communication delay is extremely important as the chance of improving these skills are increased. Outside agencies can be informed and your child will receive the specialist support they require. If these delays are not identified, the delay will continue and the child may suffer from lack of confidence and will more than likely experience emotional problems. Other aspects of development will also be affected, including cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural. On Tuesday, October 14, from 6-8pm, Little Learning School have taken the first step in providing access to professional support and advice by organising a speech information evening free to all families in the local community at 4/120 Mulgoa Rd, Penrith (near Toys R Us). Guest speaker, Jillian Kirwan-Lee, graduated as a Speech Pathologist from the University of Sydney in 2000. Jill has worked closely with Little Learning School’s referral networks and partners to further develop unique and innovative therapy programs and approaches to intervention. Her commitment to ensuring that therapy is accessible, valuable and best suited to children’s needs has allowed Little Learning School’s therapists to provide the highest quality of care possible. As a mother of four small children she also understands the unique relationship between families and their therapy team and how this can be maximised to realise the goals of clients. To reserve a place in the information session, please email Penrith@LittleLearningSchool.com.au. Limited places available and babysitting provided, bookings essential. Contact the school today for more information about the night.


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arents raising their children in the current decade rarely give a thought to the parents of the past and would find it hard to believe how much things have changed. Staff working in Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District are reminiscing about the past and celebrating the many changes as this year marks a century of child and family services in NSW. Nurse Decalie Brown, has worked in the area for 38 years and in her time has seen a multitude of parenting trends come and go. “Families have certainly changed a lot over the course of my career as a child and family health nurse – generally speaking, people had children much younger back then and lived closer to their family support networks; mothers often remained at home and fathers were the ‘head of the household’ and brought home the income,” she said. “Modern parents seem to have far less immediate or available family support than their predecessors and parenting ‘roles’ have changed enormously. Fathers are now far more involved in the birth and ongoing care of their children and many become the main carer while the mother returns to work.” In addition to family dynamics, Ms Brown has seen dramatic changes in child and family health care models that were largely brought on by changing population demographics. “Child and family health has made a significant shift to a partnership model with a strengths-based approach. We now have a strong focus on early inter-

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Warm weather brings out snakes and spiders KATHERINE TWEED



Expect to see spiders around the area as the weather gets warmer

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hile local people are celebrating the warmer weather, NSW Ambulance has issued a timely reminder that local creepy crawlies enjoy the heat too. With the arrival of spring, there has been an increase in snake and spider activity across the state, which also increases the potential for snake and spider bites. Since July 1 this year, NSW ambulance have attended 27 Triple Zero calls for suspected snake bites and another 55 for suspected spider bites and it is expected that these figures will increase. On September 5, a 33-year-old man was taken to Nepean Hospital after he was bitten on the hand by a funnel web spider and his was one of 11 suspected funnel web spider bites this season. Also that month, on September 18, a 72-year-old Cranebrook man was rushed to Nepean Hospital with a suspected brown snake bite.

“Paramedics have attended many cases where people have put on boots and gloves and been bitten by spiders and even snakes which were hidden inside,” NSW Ambulance Inspector Giles Buchanan said. For all suspected bites, the first action taken by local residents should be to call ‘000’. Then, for snakes and funnel web spiders, residents should apply a pressure immobilisation bandage if the bite is on a limb but take care not to cut off circulation. If the bite is not located on a limb, apply direct, firm pressure to the bite site and keep the patient still. “Remember, never cut or excise the wound and do not attempt to suck the venom out. And do not apply a tourniquet,” Inspector Giles said. For other spiders, like red backs and white-tails, an ice pack should be applied to relieve the pain and medical aid should be sought after if severe symptoms develop, especially in children. For advice and assistance with reptiles, contact WIRES on 1300 094 737.




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Playing music just For Kidz New local radio station is a blessing for children and parents alike

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brand new radio station has hit the airwaves just ‘For Kidz’. The brainchild of Vintage FM’s Wayne Willmington, For Kidz is a new online radio station specifically designed with kids’ ears in mind. For Kidz is said to be the only radio station in Australia that continuously plays children’s music 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From the Wiggles to Hi-5 and Play School to old favourites like Bananas in Pyjamas and the best of Disney, For Kidz only plays music kids love. Speaking with the Weekender, Mr Willmington said For Kidz had been six months in the making. “Kids need to have something for them that they can listen to all the time,” he said. “No longer do kids need their parents to find music on YouTube and other sites. “Now in the days of iPads and smartphones, kids can walk around the house and listen to their favourite songs all day every day, and they’re all kid friendly too.” The radio station also gives parents peace of mind that the music their kids are listening to is safe.

Humphrey B. Bear with local kids at the For Kidz Radio Launch at Penrith RSL last week. Photo: Nathan Taylor For Kidz held a bumper launch party at Penrith RSL last Thursday, which saw around 100 local children and their parents get in on the fun.

The afternoon saw youngsters get their faces painted, mingle with legendary characters like Humphrey B. Bear as well as dance to all the hits of For Kidz.

The For Kidz radio app is now available for free via the Apple App Store as well as Google Play. For Kidz can also be streamed online at www.forkidz.com.au.


Petbarn urges locals to consider pet adoption KATHERINE TWEED


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n the aftermath of World Animal Day, held annually on October 4, the team at Petbarn Penrith Homemaker Centre are encouraging local families to opt to adopt a pet. The local store has partnered with RSPCA NSW to offer cat adoptions. “October kicks off with a celebration of animals on World Animal Day and a month long drive encouraging people to adopt a pet,” said Store Manager, Emily Dewhurst. “At Petbarn we’re passionate about pets and hope to use these dates to raise awareness of the importance of pet adoption, and we’re encouraging people who are considering a new pet to think about pet adoption first.” Thousands of abandoned pets are euthanised every year when they can’t be re-homed. It is because of these high figures that Petbarn partnered with local animal shelters to create Petbarn Adoption Centres. “We are passionate about animal welfare and responsible pet ownership and our partnership with RSPCA NSW will help save the lives of many animals,” Ms Dewhurst said. “Our team spends time with the prospective pet parent, ensuring there is a good connection between them

Have you considered adopting a pet? and the pet. No pet is adopted out until a thorough interview is conducted with the pet parent to ensure that we are creating long-term solutions. If you have been thinking about a new pet, now is the time to re-home a new cat.” Since the company’s pet adoption program launched, more than 7,070 pets have been re-homed nationally. 100 per cent of the adoption fee for pets at Petbarn Adoption Centres is returned back to the charity partners that support the initiative. All cats are desexed, vaccinated and microchipped before being brought into store.


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Robert Glascott with Matthew Atkins and Kathryn Garton from McDonald’s A Golf Day raising money for two important local charities will take place at Penrith Golf Club next Friday, October 17. Presented by the Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce and Penrith City Council, the Business Connections Golf Day will raise important funds for the Ronald McDonald Nepean Family Room and the Penrith Community Kitchen. Now in its fourth year, the Business Connections Golf Day will see nearly 150 people from the local business community and beyond try their hand at 18 holes of golf all in the name of charity. “One thing we try and do is not make it a serious golf day,” organiser Robert Glascott said. “Most golf days are similar but we like to emphasise the fun part of it and try and get away from the serious stuff. We want people to enjoy themselves with local business people. “We chose to help out those two charities in particular because we want to give

back to the local area. Those two charities will benefit immensely as a result of people coming along.” Mr Glascott added that he would like to see more female golfers register for this year’s event. “We’ve tried really hard to get more female players involved this year,” he said. “Last year we had eight females play but this year we’ve made it a lot more beneficial for them because we’ve limited the male handicap to 18 and the women’s to 36. “The course will also be friendlier for women and blokes too.” The Business Connections Golf Day will take place at Penrith Golf Club on Friday, October 17 at 6.45am. It costs $110 per person and will include breakfast, lunch and 18 holes of golf. Individuals or teams who wish to enter should contact Robert Glascott as soon as possible on 0407 706 150.

Combined Churches Healing Service - Hope & Healing

A relaxed evening of music, storytelling and healing as Geoff shares on Love, Grace & Mercy Time: Friday 7.30pm. Venue: New Horizons Community Church - 8/516 Great Western Highway, St Marys

Combined Churches Men’s Breakfast - Jesus The Main

Geoff shares on Jesus - The Man, through music and storytelling. Time: Saturday 8.00am to 10.00am. Venue: Mamre House, 181 Mamre Road, Orchard Hills. Cost: $30 booking essential. Ph: 9673 1009. E: pastor@newhorizonschurch.org.au

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A Weekend of Ministry with Geoff Bullock

Combined Churches Seminar - Worship, More Than Just The Music! Come prepared to discover just what “Worship in Spirit and Truth” is all about and then participate in an open discussion and a practical workshop. Time: Saturday 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Venue: New Horizons Community Church - 8/516 GWH, St Marys.

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A special time of music and storytelling, culminating around the Lord’s Table together. Time: Sunday 9.30am. Venue: New Horizons Community Church - 8/516 GWH, St Marys



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I love motivational quotes. Yes, they can get annoying and asinine when you see meme after meme appearing on your Facebook feed, but there is definite value in pondering the thoughts of those who have been before us in business. So here are some of my favourites (and why I’ve chosen them): “Done is better than perfect” (Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook): although I am not a fan of all the ways that Sandberg views business, I agree with this statement. Particularly in current society, technology forces change much more quickly than we have ever experienced. Therefore, we have to shift from waiting until something is perfect, to knowing when something is ‘good enough’. In the same vein is this quote from Meg Whitman (CEO of HP): “The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of a mistake”. It is far better to launch a new idea, with the risk of making some mistakes, than to launch an idea too late (or not at all). What is innovative and relevant now has a high chance of not being relevant if you wait. Get moving on your ideas and use the mistakes (that you

are highly likely to encounter), to improve your product or service. Learn from your mistakes! And this quote to end on: “Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you to sleep at night” (Marian Wright Endelman, Activist). If your chief motivation for having your own business is to make lots of money, you may just do that. But you may also ‘lose’ a lot of other personal (and frankly more important) things in life. Work on what you are passionate about, and the rest will follow.

It is never a secret that cash flow is a problem for small business. It is one of the most common challenges, especially if the business is in high growth, which can chew up funds quickly. Small businesses are often at the mercy of bigger businesses when it comes to getting invoices paid. Many business owners have to go without their own salary at least once due to cash flow issues. Staying on top of what’s owed to the business is a critical task for any business owner. Here are some tips for managing cash flow efficiently: • Invoice ASAP. Every day that you put off raising invoices is a day you’ll be waiting to get paid. Complete at least one invoicing session a week and get the invoices into clients’ hands immediately. • Chase on the day the invoice is due. Start chasing payment as soon as the invoice shows as overdue in your accounting software. • If applicable, monitor stock levels. Holding too much stock will tie up cash and increase storage and insur-

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he Penrith Panthers had a chance to win their second championship in a week, but a second half collapse saw the Panthers NSW Cup side go down to the Northern Pride in Sunday’s inaugural State Championship Grand Final. The Panthers, who were clear favourites going into the match at ANZ Stadium, held a 12 point lead mid-way through the second half before a string of mistakes saw the Queensland Cup champions edge their way back into the game and seal their victory 32-28. The State Championship Grand Final was the first of its kind for the NRL and saw the NSW Cup premiers in the Panthers take on the Queensland Cup premiers in the Pride in a state versus state battle. In front of a building crowd ahead of the NRL Grand Final later that night, it was the Pride who got the ball rolling first with two tries in the opening 15 minutes. The Panthers, seemingly shell-shocked by the Pride’s energetic start, finally kicked into gear 17 minutes in with a try to

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10 minutes remaining in the first half, the Panthers managed to pull off a brilliant play that saw centre Waqa Blake take a great flick pass from fullback Kieran Moss to score in the corner. With the Panthers back in front 16-14, the Pride were awarded a penalty seconds out from half-time, which saw them kick for two to even the scoring going into the sheds. As the crowd continued to grow during the half-time break, the Panthers launched into the second half with one eye on the prize, scoring two quick tries by the way of hooker Kierran Moseley and speed machine Kieran Moss to extend their lead to 28-16 with less than 25 minutes remaining. But that’s where the scoring ended for the NSW Cup champs after a number of crucial handling errors saw the Northern Pride capitalise and regain the lead late in the match to snatch a four-point win. The heartbreaking defeat was also the final game for some of Penrith’s most well-known faces including captain Kevin Kingston, brothers Wes and Kevin Naiqama, ex-hotel porter Eto Nabuli, halves Luke Capewell and Tom Humble, and local junior Vaipuna Tia Kilifi.

BOWLS // Mick Gilfoyle THE DEATH of another great man occurred last week when the Godfather of Penrith BC, Bob Ausburn passed away suddenly. Bob was able to create a mass of good nature whenever he entered the club and was always complimenting the Board and Bowling Club Committees for their efforts on completion of AGMs. Plus he was responsible for the wooden spoon that is presented annually, mainly to Cedric. He lost wife Eve a few years back so to his family we pass on our deepest sympathy. A successful Trophy Day was held on October 2. Four teams also played in the semifinals of the Helloworld Trophy Major/Minor.

This was won by M McColl and H Hale who defeated D Backley, B Coleman; and P Chamberlain, C Davis who defeated P Doggett, and T Coop. The final is being held on October 9. President Jackie Lewis congratulated Nepean District who won the Buxton Trophy at Bathurst and reminded members that they may bring a friend to the Pink Charity Day to be held on October 16. Austral and Windsor completed their Triples Championships. Firstly at Austral Matt Dunn, Sean Sommerville and Gerard Short defeated Mick Anderson, Mick Thorne and Tony White. At Windsor, Eddie Dries, Kane Anderson and Peter Kersivien defeated Malcolm Reed, Peter Haynes and David Hoy.

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LAST THURSDAY night provided a reasonably balmy spring night unlike the previous week of September 25 when rain and inclement weather caused the abandoning of the harness racing. Last Thursday’s first race gave a win to Martelle Maguire aboard Just Read My Mind ($6.60). She was a fair way back early in the race but made a move at the bell to obtain the lead and run on to a comfortable win from Im Alex. The Plainsman ($3.40) driven by Josh Willick made no bones about the second event. From the three gate he was soon in front. The favourite Zodiac Prince made a mid race move but could not quite overtake The Plainsman in the run home. Blake Fitzpatrick drove the first of a treble with Always in my Pocket ($8.40) in the

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uture discus champions are likely to hail from Emu Plains in years to come after the recent installation of new discus nets at Leonay Oval. Late last month Member for Penrith and NSW Sports Minister, Stuart Ayres, met with the President of Emu Plains Little Athletics Club (EPLAC), Ken Forti, to inspect the upgrades following the club’s successful funding application earlier this year. “Emu Plains Little Athletics Club received a grant of $5,000 under the 2013 Community Building Partnership Program,” Mr Ayres said. Already this year EPLAC memberships have reached 430, making it one of the largest athletics clubs in the area. The club encourages their athletes to do their best, to have fun and to get fit in a safe and friendly environment. Mr Forti said EPLAC was delighted to receive the funds with the upgraded discus nets already put to good use. “Our club is very appreciative of this grant which was organised by Stuart and we thank him for his continued support of our club,” he said. Mr Ayres added it was his privilege to

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The Red Ninjas mixed OzTag team after their come from behind 8-7 win on Tuesday night expectations,” Mr Howard said. “Sue, Maureen, Michelle and Elyse do a fantastic job managing the competition and, with the support of the committee and referees, I think we deliver one of the best OzTag competitions around. “Word of mouth is also contributing to the growth and we also listen to our players and structure the competition around them, which I think players appreciate and support us by coming back.” However, while growth is always seen as a positive it does come with its fair set of challenges including lack of referees and field space to accommodate the interest.

AROUND THE GROUNDS BASEBALL: The Penrith Panthers have drawn their second match against Baulkham Hills in the NSW State Baseball League last Wednesday. The Panthers and Baulkham Hills both failed to trouble the scorer with the game ending in a 0-0 tie. After having last weekend off due to the Country Championships, Penrith will return to action this Saturday against Macarthur. Penrith remain in second position after three rounds.

GRIDIRON: The Nepean Ducks will look for their first win of the season when they take on the West Sydney Pirates at 4pm this Saturday, October 11. The Ducks and the rest of the Gridiron NSW league enjoyed a well-earned rest last weekend due to the public holiday.

FOOTBALL: The Western Sydney Wanderers have been left embarrassed in the W-League, going down to Perth Glory 10-1 at Marconi Stadium last Sunday. Missing a number of key players in Linda O’Neill and Keelin Winters, the Wanderers fielded a mostly teenage squad when they took on the red hot girls from Western Australia. However, despite the incredible scoreline, the game was quite close in the first half with Perth not getting their first goal until the 45th minute. The Wanderers’ only goal came in the 51st minute when Helen Petinos put the ball in the back of the net. The Wanderers remain in last position on the W-League ladder.

CRICKET: Penrith enjoyed the best start possible to the 2014/15 Sydney Grade competition after completing an outright victory over North Sydney on the second day of their Round 1 match. Penrith started day two needing just 66 more runs to overhaul North Sydney’s first innings total of 170. On securing first innings points, they promptly declared and invited North Sydney to bat again. Unfortunately for the Bears, their batsmen did not fare much better in the second innings as they were bowled out for 120. Ryan Smith was the destroyer for Penrith, finishing with the outstanding figures of 6-42 from 15.2 overs. He finished with match figures of 9-78 after taking 3-36 on day one. Penrith knocked off the 120 runs needed for maximum points in just over 25 overs for the loss of two wickets. John Di Barolo (51) and last summer’s Carlton Mid O’Reilly Medallist Patrick Jackson (49) set up the successful chase with an 86 run opening stand. Penrith are currently first on the ladder and will take on Western Suburbs this Saturday.

ROWING: The Nepean Rowing Club Regatta was held late last month with some outstanding results for local rowers. Senior crew members Tallara Tuckerman and Annabelle McMahon finished first in the Women’s Open Double while Henry Robinson came first in the Men’s U17 Single Scull. Meanwhile, Nepean’s Youth Crew also performed well finishing first in six races. Congratulations to everyone on their success.



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Nine wickets: Dean Carr wicket haul wasn’t his first of his career. “I once played an U16’s match where I took 9/4 and I also took 9/70 back in my school cricket days,” he revealed. “I’ve been playing cricket for 25 years which included a decade of playing Grade Cricket. However, I wasn’t getting very far with that so I decided to step down and start playing park cricket.” But Carr isn’t just a handy bowler, he’s also quite good with the bat on occasion. “When I was playing Grade Cricket they didn’t see me as a batsman, so I was usually there to open the bowling and bat at 11,” Carr said. “But when I moved to park cricket I started to bat in the middle order and I’ve even scored a few centuries in my time.”

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Sitting there last Sunday night watching those wonderful scenes at ANZ Stadium with 43 years of frustration, sadness and bitterness forgotten about as South Sydney finally won another comp, the point was made it was the sporting story of the year. AFL types too put Hawthorn’s destruction of the more fancied Bondi bling boys, the Sydney Swans in the grand final a week earlier in the same category. What they were able to overcome injury-wise through the year, not just with players but a hospitalised coach and then produce four quarters of brutal perfection gave it such gravitas. The argument for both is valid. Both superb feats that deserve nothing but total admiration. There’s a third contender, as valid as the other two, but lost a little in the hype and magnitude of how big NRL and AFL is. The Western Sydney Wanderers. The Asian Champions League. What they have been able to do is almost beyond comprehension. Forget that it is the second, early third

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This off-season must’ve been very different for you to ones in the past, how did you manage to have an off-season with so many AFC Champions League commitments? As soon as we beat Hiroshima we got four to five weeks off, which we deserved, it was good to take some focus off football. The off-season was certainly a lot different this year, we started a little earlier and we prepared for it differently. It was probably the hardest pre-season we’ve had to go through. It was very intense but if you ask anybody involved in it, we wouldn’t have had it any other way. Congratulations on your upcoming AFC Champions League final coming up, what have you made of the incredible ride so far? We always knew it would be tough but I think from the very start we had the goal that the icing on the cake was to make the final, and anything can happen from now on in. We’ve taken each game as it comes, we haven’t got ahead of ourselves. We’ve worked very hard and each game gave us

more and more confidence. It’s been a ride that certainly can’t be explained. With the A-League competition beginning on Friday night, how have the players and coach Tony Popovic managed to balance preparations for the two competitions? The A-League competition is 27 rounds and you’ve got to do a job week in, week out. The AFC Champions League is different, you play a different style of football and you travel a lot. You do prepare yourself differently for that. Coming into the A-League we know each team, although there are some new coaches and styles, we’ve come across these teams before and we know what to expect. Your side has gone through a lot of changes since the A-League Grand Final, what have you made of the changes and do you still have a team that can contend this season? I think each year you have changes and we went through quite a big change in the off-season with some very experienced

players moving on. However, we’ve recruited quite well but best of all we’ve recruited guys with character. I think we’ve already proven we can overcome adversity with our recent performances and we’ve just got to make the most of it. We have players that are very capable and who believe in what we are trying to achieve.


Toughest pre-season for big year ahead Tough challenge against Melbourne Victory first up away from home at Etihad Stadium. How do you think the Wanderers will go? We’ve got to forget about the upcoming AFC Champions League Final, that’s done. The focus is now on Round 1 of the A-League. Popa’s told us we have to focus on Melbourne Victory and not what we’ve achieved so far and rest on our laurels. I think it comes down to a mental aspect right now, where you’ve got to be able to switch off a different aspect of competition and focus on what’s in front of you. I think we are a group that has proven we can do that and Friday night will be no different.

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he Western Sydney Wanderers will have to put the highs of making the AFC Champions League Final behind them as they focus on a new competition from tonight. The Wanderers made history last Wednesday evening becoming the first Australian club to make the AFC Champions League decider in their debut appearance. But Western Sydney will need to put the emotion of that extraordinary win aside when they meet arch-rivals Melbourne Victory in tonight’s A-League season opener. Last year’s grand finalists will take on the Victory in front of what’s expected to be a bumper crowd at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium to launch the A-League’s 10th season. On the three occasions the sides met in the 2013/14 season, the Wanderers came out on top on one occasion, the Victory in the other while the third finished in a 1-1 draw. If the task against Melbourne isn’t challenging enough for the Wanderers, this year the Victory have added one of the biggest superstars the A-League has to offer in Bersart Berisha. The

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Besart Berisha eyes off Wanderers goalkeeper Ante Covic whilst playing for Brisbane 29-year-old former Brisbane Roar striker is no stranger to the Wanderers after he terrorised them in last year’s heartbreaking A-League Grand Final defeat. No doubt Berisha will be looking to do the same with his new club when the Wanderers and Victory take the field tonight at 7.40pm.

Meanwhile, the Wanderers have confirmed that Parramatta Stadium will host the club’s first leg of the AFC Champions League Final on Saturday, October 25. A survey of Wanderers members showed over 70 per cent of the nearly 3,000 respondents chose the club’s home ground as the desired destination for the huge title decider. Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas thanked the AFC for allowing the club’s maiden AFC Champions League Final to be played at their iconic home venue. “Getting to this stage of the tournament has been an outstanding effort, not only from the playing group and coaching and support staff, but the whole of the Wanderers Football Club,” he said. “Reaching the final of the biggest competition in Asia is an amazing achievement and playing at our home ground will give the team a huge lift as we know a packed Parramatta Stadium will give us the extra drive that our whole club experiences every time we open the doors to Wanderland.” And on Wednesday, the Wanderers confirmed that they would play an A-League match against Wellington at Penrith’s Sportingbet Stadium in February.

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Western Weekender October 10  

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