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enrith detectives have infiltrated an alleged illegal weapons syndicate in western Sydney, seizing 18 weapons and making three arrests so far. At 6.15am on Tuesday, dozens of police officers conducted six simultaneous raids on properties in Windsor, Greystanes, Londonderry, Castlereagh, St Marys and Warilla, seizing five firearms, “thousands” of rounds of ammunition, illicit drugs and steroids. 45-year-old Sam Ibrahim, his 43-year-old sister Maha Sayour from Wentworthville and 55-yearold Greystanes man, Paul DeMarco, were arrested and charged – all three are now before the courts. “We will allege that these people are part of an organised network selling illegal firearms throughout western Sydney. They are significant players, we allege, in this network,” said Assistant Commissioner Denis Clifford at Penrith Police Station on Tuesday. The arrests came after a six month investigation, called Strike Force Bootle, coordinated by detectives at Penrith, who infiltrated the ring. A detective from Penrith successfully purchased 13 weapons through the alleged syndicate. “[The amount and diversity of weapons seized makes you] shake your head and wonder what that fire power would do if it fell into the wrong hands,” Assistant Commissioner Clifford said. The weapons include a variety of hand guns (both revolvers and semi automatic), pistols, shot guns and rifles including an M1 assault rifle, which was located on Tuesday to the “great concern” of police.

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Politicians and staff gather at the opening of the Nepean Mental Health Centre on Monday. Photo: Melinda Jane The centre is home to a Mental Health Service, which works with the community to improve mental health, promote recovery and prevent mental illness. “It is clear that the centre will not only enhance services for people with mental illness but will be a significant positive contribution to our health district and our community,” said Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Chief Executive, Kay Hyman.

The centre is regarded as being created with a large community focus and input – many of the building’s design features were developed with the assistance of community consultation and even the facility’s name was chosen by the public. “Creating the look and feel of this building has been a real community effort,” said NBMLHD Board Chair, Associate Professor Patrick Cregan, who was proud of the progressive steps being taken.

“Through consultation with consumers and staff, the building was named ‘Nepean Mental Health Centre’. It is hoped that this new name, the centre’s location and the placement of the main entrance will help reduce the stigma of mental illness that currently exists.” Two of the centre’s units are already in use, with the Specialist Mental Health Services for Older People expected to go live in the coming months.

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he highly anticipated $44.2 million Nepean Mental Health Centre was officially opened this week, paving the way for better mental health care in western Sydney. Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, Jillian Skinner and Minister for Mental Health, Kevin Humphries joined local state and federal members, as well as hospital staff, in opening the centre on Monday, March 31. “In Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, mental health, like in other districts, is a major cause of death, accounting for 4.6 per cent of deaths in 2010/11. It is not significantly different to other parts of NSW but it does harbour the importance of providing first-class, quality care for all people living with mental illness,” Minister Skinner said. “Long may all who work here enjoy this beautiful surrounding and the patients and their families benefit enormously from this very beautiful facility.” The three-storey facility, holding 64 beds, has almost doubled Nepean Hospital’s previous mental health care capacity and will provide specialised care for the aged as well.

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The news that Newcastle Knights player Alex McKinnon will most likely never walk again is a tragic example of how cruel life can be. By all accounts (the most touching of which was written by Knights coach Wayne Bennett in the Sunday papers last weekend) McKinnon was a mature, likable young man with a huge future ahead of him both inside and outside of the rugby league world. In a split second, his life changed forever. So did that of his family and his partner. One thing that is certain when it comes to rugby league is that for all its criticisms, the game’s community will always look after its own in times of need and Alex McKinnon can be assured that the Knights, the NRL and the wider league world will ensure he is taken care of during and after his long road to recovery. I was watching that Monday night game when McKinnon was injured and even as a viewer, it’s difficult to reflect back and think that we all saw the last moments of what will now forever be known as his “life before the accident”. It’s somewhat ironic that just days before McKinnon was injured, our rugby league publication Extra Time ran a flashback piece on the neck injury suffered by Panthers player John Farragher back in 1978. It was late May and Farragher was making his seventh appearance in the top grade. Club officials believed he had plenty of talent and he certainly showed what he was made of in his first six games in Panthers colours. But Farragher’s career would be tragically cut short and his name would enter rugby league folklore for all the wrong reasons. May 28, 1978 would not only be the last day Farragher would play rugby league, but the last day he would walk. A scrum collapsed during the first half and after everyone else regained their feet, it was quickly

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noticed that one player remained on the ground. Farragher was motionless. He told medics that he couldn’t feel anything – prompting a major emergency reaction on the field. The game was held up for more than half an hour before Farragher was transported from the field. Tests would later confirm that Farragher had broken his spinal cord and would become a quadriplegic. Farragher recalls the incident in the Panthers: Men In Black book. “I wasn’t in any agony, there was no pain or anything,” he said. “It was a strange feeling, like a battery quickly wearing down to nothing. They put a brace around my neck and got me into the ambulance. I knew then I wouldn’t walk again and I said that to Ian Maurice in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.” After the injury happened, the club promised to look after Farragher. Did they keep the promise? His smiling face as he turns up for work each day at the Panthers Leagues Club answers that question. Life can be so, so cruel sometimes. For Alex McKinnon, the journey ahead is a long one that will most likely feature many tears, regrets and what-ifs. We will all, in one way or another, have an opportunity to be there for him, and we all should be.

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The local mum has actually had three major operations herself in the last three years, but her capacity for helping others has been unwavering. “The commitment of Brigitte’s time and energy is just incredible, considering she is already fully involved in her personal life of caring for a family member with a severe disability,� Mrs Davies said.

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Over 30 people attached to Foothills Vineyard Church attended the Winmalee property last weekend, Saturday, March 29, to build a retaining wall and plant more than 100 donated plants. “For me, this has gone above and beyond just helping. It’s amazing,” Ms West said. “I now walk out my front door for the first time in six months and feel like things are improving – I hope this feeling comes back to all affected by the fires in any way.” The church, which has been operating in the area for many years, collected donations to assist those affected by the fires and took nominations for properties they could “backyard blitz”. “We could have just handed the money over to another organisation who could provide aid but we just wanted to do something ourselves, to connect with these people on a personal level,” said Bek Small, a church member. “No government assistance was being offered to people who hadn’t lost their homes, despite having experienced damage to their gardens and other parts of their properties so we wanted to assist them.” The church is hoping to complete a number of other gardens in the area – anyone who would like to assist can call 4732 3139.

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Three men have been charged, with investigations into others still continuing, after an alleged brawl at a local licensed venue. At about 1.35am on Sunday, March 30, a confrontation between three males occurred in a licensed premises in Penrith. A 36-year-old St Clair man, a 26-year-old Tregear man and a 23-year-old male were involved in a fight. Security stepped in and the men were subdued however a further fight broke out. A number of other people became involved. During the incident, a plasterboard wall was damaged in the venue. The 36-year-old, the 26-year-old and a 23-year-old were all charged with affray and will appear in court over the next two months. Investigations are still continuing.

A group of good Samaritans saved a man from being robbed in Kingswood last weekend. At about 12.40am on Sunday, March 30, a 24-year-old Kingswood man was walking along the Great Western Highway when two males approached him from behind. One male demanded the victim’s phone, and when the victim refused, he was struck in the face. The victim fell to the ground, where he continued to be assaulted. The offenders were attempting to steal the man’s wallet from his pocket, when a group of people driving by stopped their car and came to assist. The two offenders fled. One of the offenders is described as Caucasian, about 16-years-old, with a mullet and the other is described as Pacific Islander.

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A local bank had to be evacuated after a man made threats, relating to explosives, when withdrawing cash. At about 10.30am on Saturday, March 29, a man entered the local branch and approached the teller, attempting to withdraw an amount of cash. An issue arose relating to withdrawing an amount of money without photo identification, to which the man expressed frustrations. He wrote something down on a piece of paper, placing it in a small bin on the counter. A customer found the piece of paper and alerted staff, it said “I am going to blow up this bank�. The bank was evacuated and a search was conducted by police, however no devices were located.

Two people, including a 66-year-old man, were taken to hospital following a house fire in Coreen Avenue. At about 12.40pm on Saturday, March 29, residents of a Coreen Avenue property returned home to find a fire in one of the home’s bedrooms. The fire grew in size and all people left the home, except for a 66-year-old man, who remained inside. Two bystanders entered the home in an attempt to locate the man, finding him on the floor with a decreased level of consciousness. He was dragged from the premises, which was well alight. The fire was extinguished by NSW Fire and Rescue. The man was treated by intensive care paramedics from Penrith.

INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENTS 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.

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s Penrith Lakes Development DA14/0297 Corporation Ltd Stage 2 Torrens title subdivision for the creation of 138 allotments and associated road construction and drainage works; various lots within Penrith Lakes, Castlereagh The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the Roads and Maritime Services – Roads Act 1993 Section 138. 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 ofďŹ ce hours, in the period from 7 April 2014 to 21 April 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 speciďŹ ed in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA14/0297. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Aimee Lee on 4732 7429. Penrith City Council has received a Development Application in respect of the subject property. The consent authority for the Development Application is the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) for the Sydney Metro West Region in accordance with Section 23G

s C I D Group Pty Ltd DA14/0294 Lot 3991 DP1190132, Lot 3990 DP1190132, Lot 3989 DP1190132, Lot 3991 Jordan Springs Boulevard, Jordan Springs Proposed mixed-use development – construction of a community title subdivision development including attached and detached housing (69 dwellings), mixed-use residential at buildings (160 units) with ground oor commercial/retail tenancies and associated road construction, car parking, landscaping, drainage works and earthworks. The proposal is Nominated Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Rural Fire Service – Rural Fires Act 1997 and NSW OfďŹ ce of Water – Water Management Act 2000. 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 ofďŹ ce hours, in the period from 7 April 2014 to 12 May 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 speciďŹ ed in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA14/0294. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Kate Smith on 4732 7705.

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COUNCIL BRIEFS s Voices in the valley – a free concert to celebrate World Voice Day – will be held at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, High Street, Penrith, on Friday, 11 April from 6.30pm.

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s New legislation has been introduced to help prevent accidents in backyard pools. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children aged 0–5 years. Council will soon start inspecting swimming pools for compliance with this new legislation. This means all pools and spa pools capable of holding 30cm or more of water must be registered and meet certain requirements. If they don’t comply owners can be ďŹ ned. So if you haven’t already done so, please register immediately and complete the self-assessment. Fix any compliance issues before Council inspects to avoid ďŹ nes. Register at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au For further information contact the Swimming Pool Compliance team on 4732 7897. Applications for compliance certiďŹ cates are available on Council’s website – click on ‘Our Community’ then ‘Safety’. s Fusion Western Sydney and the Penrith Youth Interagency invite young people to Penrith’s National Youth Week ‘Valley Youth Festival’ on Friday, 11 April at Jamison Skate Park, Penrith between 3–7pm.

14 April 2014 – 7pm (Policy Review Committee)

The festival will include live music performances, dances and other entertainment.

28 April 2014 – 7.30pm (Ordinary meeting)

All of the performers at The Valley Youth festival are young local musicians and artists from the Penrith area – ready to showcase their skills on the mainstage. A highlight of the event will be DJ Jagged Beatz live on the main stage.

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The Valley Youth Festival is easy to get to – a free shuttle bus will operate to and from Penrith Station. To ďŹ nd out more visit www.facebook.com/thevalleyyouth s Sleep in Your Car on Wednesday, 9 April and help raise money for the 26,000 homeless young people in Australia who don’t have a bed. The night begins at 5pm at Fusion, Western Sydney Youth & Community Centre, 12 Carsons Lane, St Marys. Not only is the night an opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause but it’s also to raise community awareness about the issue and then be able to support the dreams of homeless youth in Australia and help them build a better life.

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DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION The following development application has been received by Council: s Baini Design DA14/0310 174 Canberra Street, St Marys Residential – Demolition of existing structures and construction of a multi-unit housing development (villas with habitable attics) and associated drainage, landscaping and car parking works Contact: Mahbub Alam on 4732 7693 Closing Date: 21 April 2014

DEVELOPMENT CONSENT/S DETERMINED Pursuant to Section 101 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, the schedules below lists applications recently determined by Penrith City Council. Details of these determinations are available for public inspection free of charge during Council’s normal business hours at the Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith.

Approved Development Applications s New South Wales Land & Housing Corporation Lot 9 DP 789410, 32 Astwood Street, Colyton Demolition of dwelling

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s Penrith City Council DA13/1507 Lot 1 DP 804899, 147–153 High Street, Penrith Remediation of site including soil removal, replacement soil and compaction

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as part of Council’s wider program of renewing assets across the City,” Penrith Mayor, Ross Fowler said. A highlight of the new lighting system will be its ability to be controlled by local clubs. “The new floodlighting uses technology that allows clubs to use SMS from anywhere to turn the lights on or off,” Cr Fowler explained. By moving to an SMS system, energy usage can be monitored and reduced. “The lighting is one of the many things that we are doing on our facilities across the city and at Jamison Park,” Cr Fowler said this week.

ive people, including a 14-yearold girl, took police on a whirlwind chase through Penrith in the early hours of Sunday morning, in a car stolen during a Cranebrook home invasion. At about 3.30am on Sunday, March 30, four people, one a child, were asleep in their Cranebrook home on Bluebird Road when awoken by suspicious noises. A group of youths and an 18-year-old male had attended the property – three gained entry to the home, while two others remained outside. A number of items were stolen from inside the home and all five offenders left in a silver Audi, also stolen during the break and enter. The offenders then attended a nearby service station, where they used a debit card stolen from the home to purchase drinks. Not long after, the vehicle was observed by Penrith Local Area Command officers on Castlereagh Road. When police indicated for the vehicle to stop, it drove off at a high speed. “A pursuit was engaged, with speeds reaching 120km/h. The young person drove the vehicle onto the other side of the road and breached numerous other traffic laws,” said Penrith Local

Area Command Acting Crime Manager, Cheryl Cook. As the car was approaching the intersection of Russell Street and Old Bathurst Road, Emu Plains, it struck tyre deflation devices, used by police to stop the vehicle. “The vehicle came to a stop at the Great Western Highway and the driver, and four occupants ran from police,” Inspector Cook said. Police pursued the people on foot, capturing four after a short chase and arresting the 17-year-old driver just 45 minutes later. The driver, from Cranebrook, was charged with ‘aggravated break and enter’, ‘take and drive conveyance without consent’, ‘drive recklessly in a manner dangerous’, and other traffic related incidents. An 18-year-old Cranebrook man appeared in court on Monday after being charged with ‘aggravated break and enter’, ‘enter enclosed lands’, ‘be carried in conveyance without consent’ and ‘breach of bail’. A 17-year-old male was charged with ‘aggravated break and enter’ and ‘be carried in conveyance without consent’. A 14-year-old female was charged with ‘aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence’, ‘be carried in conveyance without consent’ and two counts of ‘goods in custody’.

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Penrith welcomes Department of Sport and Recreation The NSW Department of Sport and Recreation is moving to Penrith and we couldn’t be happier. It is the perfect fit to have this government department in the heart of our city. We have a long and proud sporting tradition and world-class sporting facilities. In excess of two hundred jobs in our City Centre will not only benefit the community and local businesses, but also our future growth as a Regional City. We will continue to advocate for the decentralisation of government departments, services and industry to

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Ambos make helmet plea Ambulance Paramedics from Penrith are calling on cyclists to ensure they are wearing helmets, after a man could have avoided injury when knocked off his bike last week. The 48-year-old Leonay man was riding his bike around a roundabout on Jamison Road, when he was clipped by a car and knocked to the ground.

As a result of not wearing a helmet, the man had to be transported to hospital for minor injuries. “This could have been avoided had the man been wearing a helmet. He was lucky to only sustain minor injuries – the incident could have been much worse,” said Inspector Jason Stone, Duty Operations Manager, Penrith Ambulance.


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he Penrith branch of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) competed against other branches in the area in the annual Handicraft and Land Cooking Competition and came out victorious. The local branch cooked up a storm and worked for hours on beautiful hand crafted works as part of the competition and this week were awarded their trophies. The group came away with a prize for the person with the most entries,

another prize for the branch with the most entries and a trophy for coming third in the handicraft competition. “It gets very competitive, especially at the state level, when there are 30 groups with excellent products,” said CWA Penrith member, Margaret Pope. “I think we did really well at the group level, so let’s hope for a win at the state level.” The local group will be entering a number of cakes and works in the State competition, taking place in May. “We have won some items at the state level before but we have never won for a cake. Maybe this will be our year.”

he Emmaus Netball Club have received a huge treat ahead of the 2014 netball season with a state-of-the-art lighting system installed at their home courts on the grounds of Holy Spirit Primary School in St Clair. The brand new lights come after four years of fundraising and support by the club’s dedicated members, and were officially switched on last week by Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies. “I am impressed by the hard work and commitment displayed by the club’s volunteers and wish everyone an enjoyable and fruitful season ahead,” Mrs Davies said. The new lighting system will be very beneficial to not only the netball club but Holy Spirit Primary. The lights will assist in evening training sessions as well as other school-related events. “Our previous netball courts lighting system was barely adequate and made it very difficult for us to use more than one court for training during weeknights,” Rick Di Cristoforo, President of the Emmaus Netball Club said. “However, this new lighting system is three times brighter and stronger and

Tanya Davies with Emmaus players all three courts can be used during week nights now.” Emmaus Netball Club has over 220 members organised into 27 teams aged from five-years-old to adults. The 2014 netball season gets underway this Saturday, April 5 and will run until September. The lights have arrived just in time for the start of the season and will be put to very good use.

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enrith children are being immunised at levels higher than the national average, but local doctors say there is still room for improvement in the area. A report recently released by the National Health Performance Authority revealed that, as of December 2013, 94 per cent of five-year-olds in the Penrith area were fully immunised. Rates are similarly high across the whole Nepean Blue Mountains Medicare Local (NBMML) area, which covers the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith, with almost 92 per cent of oneyear-olds, 93 per cent of two-year-olds and 93 per cent of five-year-olds fully immunised. These levels are higher than the national average, and are also above the 90 per cent benchmark that keeps most communicable diseases at bay. Dr Shiva Prakash, the NBMML Board Chair, said that although the statistics reflected positively on the Penrith area, local health professionals need to continue working to increase immunisation rates. “I think they’re very encouraging but that doesn’t mean we should let our guard

Dr Shiva Prakash is pleased with local immunisation rates. Photo: Melinda Jane down, we are achieving our targets but we need to continue to achieve that if we can, we can improve on it too… I’m really proud of being a GP in this area,” he said.

He said that the medical profession needs to work with the elders of the Aboriginal community to increase immunisation rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander children, which were lower than other local kids. Among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the NBMML area, only 87.8 per cent of one-year-olds and 87.8 per cent of two-year-olds were fully immunised. Dr Prakash, who has worked in Penrith for 40 years, said that he had never come across any conscientious objectors to immunisation but that he would be prepared to discuss the issue if patients were concerned. “If I come across someone, there is room for discussion, and the discussion will entail all the known facts as opposed to suppositions. Hopefully to a great extent, we can explain why the immunisation is a necessary aspect of protecting a child from killer diseases like diphtheria, whooping cough and polio,” Dr Prakash said. He said it is important for parents to ensure their child is up to date with immunisation before they begin attending preschool. “The ideal time to assess the immunisation status is before they [children] enter into preschool or childcare, because then from there all of a sudden they’re coming into [contact with] another 20 or 30 different kids carrying their own different germs and bacteria.”

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frastructure across NSW through public asset swaps; Local Government reform; delivering senior schooling more effectively to improve outcomes for young people; improving NSW’s energy security and addressing pricing challenges; and creating a more competitive tax system in NSW. “Our priorities list is a message for every politician and every political party in NSW,” said Stephen Cartwright, CEO of the NSW Business Chamber. High school education is a main concern according to the Chamber. “Preparing our kids for their careers has to be a higher priority for our education system and in particular the Higher School Certificate qualification,” Mr Cartwright said.

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preventable fire deaths in NSW occurring in this age group. “A fire can take hold in less than three minutes, filling your home with deadly smoke,” Commissioner Mullins said. “A working smoke alarm gives you vital seconds to get out before you’re overcome. When Daylight Saving ends, change your smoke alarm battery too. “If you cannot climb a ladder and have no family, friends or neighbours to help you, FRNSW firefighters will come out and replace seniors’ smoke alarm batteries free of charge.” Contact your local fire station for details or visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au.

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fter a near fatal machete attack at a Melbourne McDonald’s restaurant involving two students, sports teacher turned youth worker Les Twentyman stepped in to end the gang-related violence. He found that a youth basketball competition was the answer. Now, using his sporting and business connections through his foundation, the 20th Man Fund, Mr Twentyman has turned his attention to western Sydney. Partnering with Astute Training, the Fund is going to provide a number of proven programs to help the youths of western Sydney reconnect with their families and education through sport. “When I first started as a youth worker in the 1980’s the problem was youth unemployment – once we helped them find jobs they were flying. Now, again, we are seeing unemployment and disconnectedness in our western suburbs,” Mr Twentyman said. “I was speaking to Deb Wallace of the NSW Organised Crime Squad and she was telling me about the rift in the Brothers For Life gang and how they are recruiting young Afghan refugees to do their shootings. “And I have toured parts of Australia where entire towns and communities are being torn apart by the use of methamphetamines. “Good communities fall apart when good people do nothing.” Di Groves of Astute Training said that a number of important sporting partnerships have been formed to implement the Fund’s programs.

Barry Steward (Guardian Funerals), Greg Bisset (InvoCare) and Les Twentyman “The Greater Western Sydney Giants have offered tickets to their home games so that the youths can go and watch; we have the Western Sydney Wanderers on board and we spoke to Warren Wilson of the Penrith Panthers who have said that once their sporting complex is open, we can run our programs out of that facility,” she said. “But we know that not all kids like sport, so that’s why we are encouraging

dancing, drama and the creative arts.” The first of the programs though will kick off in the winter school holidays, with Head Coach Pat Polistina of the ASA Academy to run coaching clinics on four main themes; sports and participation, health and well-being, education, and social inclusion. Guardian Funerals have come on board as a major sponsor of the programs in western Sydney.

Council defers call on subdivision A Cranebrook school is planning to sell off some of its playing fields to make way for housing development, but local residents and Councillors are concerned. Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School in Cranebrook has applied to Penrith Council to subdivide two hectares of vacant land located at the back of the school, which temporarily housed Xavier College and a playing area. “The site has been vacant for quite some time and we have worked very hard with Council to find a resolve for this site,” explained development representative, Peter Laybutt. “We think this represents the best use of the land as it is not required by the school.” The current plans include 21 residential lots with access via Cassar Crescent and the relocation of an ecologically endangered community to be managed by the school. Cranebrook resident of 25 years, Donald Barnes, doesn’t want the development to be approved. “It was formerly proposed that Cassar Crescent be used as an emergency access from the school but that was not allowed because the crescent would not be able to cope with the traffic,” Mr Barnes said. “With 21 homes, and two cars each, there is no way Cassar Crescent could support that traffic... or the construction of the homes as the road is simply too narrow.” He said the development would also have adverse environmental impacts, a point that Penrith Councillor Kevin Crameri agrees with. The subject site contains Endangered Cooks River/Castlereagh Ironbark Forest which according to Council staff is highly modified due to clearing, weed invasion, loss of most of the understorey and encroachment. Council has now deferred a decision on the subdivision until further investigations take place.

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where with us,” said mum, Kylie Duffett. “He is the first thing Noah asks for in the morning and I guarantee that as soon as he gets home from school he will go straight to his room and give Baxter a cuddle.” Noah is very lucky to have Baxter, but some kids with epilepsy don’t have the same luxury, so Penrith South Public School’s SRC wanted to do something to help. By holding a Purple Ted-E-Bear Picnic on Wednesday, the students were able to raise funds to be donated to Epilepsy Action Australia’s Ted-E-Bear Connection program, to allow for more kids to have access to these special bears. “It is great that we can put money into the Ted-E-Bear program, which will help kids who may not be able to afford one. Of course, it is great to put money into research and development but giving kids this immediate comfort is a great thing,” Ms Duffett said. The picnic lunch also helped to raise awareness of the diversity of epilepsy among students.

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Lynne’s brave fight I anxiously await every Friday for my copy of the Western Weekender to arrive, so I can read your latest writings in ‘The Editor’s Desk’, which is such a well written, topical and thought provoking column, and always so easy to read and understand. Today’s (March 28) subject was no exception, being particularly emotional, and inspiring, and written intelligently and with great care, about Lynne and Steve, and their great fight against unbeatable odds, and their bravery in facing their ultimate fate. It was also wonderful to see the compassion and fortitude of their friends and also the Dainty Group and John Farnham, in giving Lynne her final wish. You have shown great compassion in writing this item. Well done – it definitely brought a tear to my eyes. GRAHAM ELPHICK, VIA EMAIL

Selling off assets Treasurer Joe Hockey is meeting with state treasurers to ask them to sell off their assets, which would indicate he has never started a business from scratch and made it a success? If he had

he would know the extreme value of assets, which he clearly does not. Creating successful assets that return an income takes a long time of skilful management, only a fool would then surrender that valuable income that can never be recovered. Government assets set the pricing standard for the industry, enabling people to afford, electricity, water and health insurance – without this, standard essential commodities become unaffordable for the average family. Selling assets is the flag of incompetence, when there are no assets left to sell, what then? Incompetence has nowhere to hide when there are no assets left, the people need to wake up to this fact and STOP asset sales, or you will pay heavily. Use either you brain and STOP the sale or be prepared for unaffordable essential commodities. If you do not act, then shut up about high prices your family cannot afford. Speak up or shut up. G J MAY, VIA EMAIL

Confusing messages I think there is too much confusing information around (Health column, West Life March 28). I try

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Fernhill needs to host events

I don’t think the objections were so much based on the type of concert/music, etc – they are more based on the lack of infrastructure to support so much traffic coming into what is basically a country village and the chaos it will potentially cause for residents in the area – how would you like up to 3,000 cars in your street when you’re trying to get your kids to sport, do your weekly shopping or just get anywhere on a weekend? (Don’t stop the music, Western Weekender March 28). And we’re not just talking about ONE event – this is envisioned as being a regular occurrence, most if not all weekends. Mulgoa Road was certainly not constructed to allow for this volume of traffic – in addition, when you consider it is the main thoroughfare for the residents of Wallacia, Greendale, Warragamba and Silverdale, as well as Mulgoa – this is going to cause some major headaches for the majority of the local

I think people need to realise Fernhill is a beautiful estate and in order for the owners to maintain and upkeep the property they need to run it like a business and hold events to raise dollars to keep them financial. However, yes Sam Stein has a valid point regarding the roads. However in the past we avoided Mulgoa Road travelling from Silverdale and used the Northern Road when we had to travel to Penrith on any function days in the past. EMMA GRIMA, VIA FACEBOOK

New look is tops I would like to congratulate The Western Weekender on its new look and feel. It’s a much easier read and my husband and I can very easily split up the sections we want to read. What’s more, the delivery in the plastic bag is excellent, particularly when it is raining. Thank you and well done to all. SARAH MORRIS, PENRITH

Panthers lose Battle of the West Well it seems Troy Dodds was right (Danger game in golden west, Extra Time March 28) about the Panthers v Eels clash being a real danger game for Penrith. I went to the game and was really disappointed in the effort of the Panthers. Let’s hope it was only a small slip-up on the way to greater things this season. STEVE, VIA EMAIL

Let’s not panic The very tragic injury suffered by Alex McKinnon will have many questioning rugby league and whether their kids should play this so-called “dangerous sport”. I’ve also seen on social media fans of other sports having a go at rugby league, almost using it to score points in a silent cross-code war. Can I just say that accidents happen all the time. In 100-plus years, there has been only a handful of accidents like that suffered by Alex McKinnon. We need some perspective in things like this. People entering the world of panic is not going to help the situation at all. RICHARD, VIA EMAIL

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“BSOs will carry out safety checks to educate boaters about the importance of lifejackets and other safety equipment,” said an RMS spokesperson. “The focus will be on ensuring the lifejackets are on-board for each person, in good condition, easily accessible and appropriate and worn when required. Children under 12 must wear a lifejacket at all times in vessels under 4.8 metres.” The ‘zero tolerance’ attitude of officers will mean that penalties will apply. For more information on boating safety and lifejacket requirements, visit www. rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime or www. lifejacketwearit.com.au.

s the autumn period brings temperature highs and lows to Penrith, local residents are expected to be using both cooling and heating devices, which may result in high energy bills. AGL Smarter Living Penrith store owner, Graeme Heath, says that getting expert advice is the key to managing costs in Penrith’s temperature fluctuations. “More than ever, seeking expert advice is paramount to ensure you are selecting the right product for your home in all weather conditions,” he said. His ‘top tips’ to keep energy costs under control during this season are as follows: 1. Target a temperature on your heating or air conditioning as temperatures lower than 23 degrees on air conditioners and temperatures higher than 20 degrees on a heater can increase energy usage by 10 per cent. 2. Draught proof your home with curtains and door stops. 3. Shut doors to rooms that don’t need to be cooled or heated. 4. Wash clothes in cold water. 5. Avoid using the dryer where possible. 6. Use lights that last. 7. Take a shower rather than a bath. 8. Install a low flow showerhead. For more advice, contact the AGL Smarter Living Store Penrith on 131 766. 10 lucky Western Weekender readers

The WeMo device have the chance to win a WeMo switch (RRP $60), courtesy of AGL Smarter Living. The WeMo lets you turn electronic devices, including lighting and heaters, on or off from anywhere with a simple mobile phone application. To enter, email the code word “WeMo”, your name and best contact phone number to katherine.tweed@westernweekender. com.au. Entries close on Tuesday, April 8.

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argie Abbott and Lindsay MP, Fiona Scott, visited Jamison Park Netball Complex for the Penrith Junior Representative Carnival last weekend to officially open the refurbished canteen area. The canteen upgrade, made possible courtesy of a $90,000 Federal Government Community Development Grant, was part of a key election commitment made by Ms Scott to support grassroots sports. “Apart from providing the all-important sustenance throughout a busy day at the netball courts, this improved canteen will contribute towards the continued financial viability of the local Penrith Netball Association,” Mrs Abbott said. The refurbished canteen includes stainless steel work benches, new sinks, installation of hot water, electrical and drainage upgrades as well as decommissioning of an old toilet area. “Grassroots sport is an integral part of our community’s DNA, and I’m very pleased to have been able to assist in delivering this important investment to the local netball community,” Ms Scott said. “This is just the first upgrade to the netball facilities in Jamison Park. Designs are currently being developed for the installation of a shade awning, which is another key part of our commitment and is expected to be delivered later this year. “I congratulate Penrith City Council and Jamison Park Netball Complex Committee for their commitment, which includes an additional $60,000 to the funding package.” The opening of the new canteen coincided with the Penrith Netball Festival.

Lindsay MP Fiona Scott, Margie Abbott and local netball star Paige Hadley at Jamison Park last weekend

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Bakers Delight staff get into the Bundraiser Day spirit. Photo: Melinda Jane

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0,000 hot cross buns will be baked this weekend and Penrith’s Bakers Delight will be helping out with the mammoth task. The annual ‘Bundraiser Day’ raises money to support the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation. On Saturday, April 5, for each six pack of buns sold in Bakers Delight bakeries across NSW, $1 will be donated to help raise over $25,000 towards funding the purchase of a Transport Ventilator. The piece of equipment is an essential part of any emergency department, allowing critically ill or injured patients to breath easier while being transported to intensive care. Kylie Stark, Nurse Unit Manager of the Emergency Department at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, said it is an important piece of equipment that makes a huge difference to patients being treated at the hospital.

“Transport Ventilators allow us to care for patients from tiny babies up to teenagers, and assist us in moving seriously ill children to theatre, CT Scan and other critical care areas in the hospital,” Ms Stark said. Bakers Delight at Westfield Penrith have been preparing all week long for the special day. “For staff, it is a very fun experience – they are excited already. They will wear the scrubs, dress up as doctors and nurses, for the day,” said Westfield Penrith Bakers Delight franchisee owner, Rajesh Awasthi. But it’s not just the customer-facing staff who will be getting into the spirit of the day this year. “For our bakers, they will have to come to the store very early to make sure we have enough to sell so that we can donate more to the children’s hospital,” Mr Awasthi said. “The more packets of hot cross buns that we sell, the more we can give.” Drop into Bakers Delight this weekend to contribute.


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Colyton resident Cheryl Dollin has dedicated so much time and effort to her beloved sport of hockey that she was finally rewarded last month with the 2013 Hockey NSW ‘Official of the Year’ award. Ms Dollin, who is the current secretary of the Nepean Hockey Association, has been involved in hockey tournaments both locally and nationally for decades – first as a player, then as a coach and now as an official. In 2013, Ms Dollin served as Tournament Director as well as a Technical Official at a number of prestigious tournaments around the country including the Australian Youth Olympics, U21 Indoor National Championships, Open Mens and Womens Indoor National Championships and Open Womens Championships, to name a few. “It was a very big surprise to win the award,” Ms Dollin told the Weekender. “It’s all volunteer work and it’s such a big passion of mine. I used to play hockey but I had a reconstruction on my ankle, which forced me to stop. I went into coaching then the technical side of things to keep my hand in it.” Ms Dollin admitted she loves every part of her multiple jobs but seeing young players fulfil their potential is the most rewarding part. “You start out at the junior level at the State Championships and then you see them go on to represent Australia, and you think to yourself ‘I knew her when she was 13’… those are the best moments,” she said.

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Word has recently come out that Facebook business pages will have another algorithm change. The main changes are that a post’s reach is going to get even smaller, possibly to even as little as 1-2 per cent of your fans. What does this mean? Facebook now want to make money. It had to happen eventually. If you think about it, apart from referrals as a result of you doing a good job, there aren’t many free forms of marketing.

We all pay for advertising on radio, newspapers, brochures and business cards so add Facebook to that list now. According to my research, Facebook will still be the lowest average spend to reach 1,000 people. You need to accept Facebook for what it is now, not what it was a year ago or five years ago. Facebook is not a solution where you’ll have the message in front of 100 per cent of your hard-earned fans, or even

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cies with 3,000 jobs the total number of jobs created in the city as a result of the move will be around 4,200. The jobs multiplier from such relocations is therefore quite significant. In terms of the economic impact, 350 jobs will result in a total contribution of $55 million and $40 million respectively. With 1,000 jobs the economic impact will be significantly higher with a total contribution of $157 million in economic value and $114 million in income.

Making it happen Like most women in business, I have read many books related to running a successful business. Some are general and inspirational in nature. Others are more specific on topics like marketing. Whenever I read these books, and particularly the ones that have specific strategies, I always find myself wondering “well why isn’t everyone doing this?”. What I have realised over the years is that while many of us may be motivated to read a book or listen to expert advice, actually making the required changes are on a whole other level. There can be lots of reasons why we do not act on what we read or hear. Sometimes it is lack of energy or motivation. Sometimes it is lack of time and resources. Sometimes it is even a fear of success (what will that change mean for me?). If you are anything like me, my biggest stumbling block to change is this: I read about some amazing strategies, I want to do them all at once, and then the task becomes too overwhelming. Sound familiar? There is a simple solution: even though it goes against the grain for a perfectionist like me, it is perfectly okay to cut the change down into smaller, more manageable tasks. You do not have to act on everything, or make massive changes all at once. Some sage advice from Brad Sugars is this: “You double the size of a business by adding one per cent in 100 ways… not by adding 100 per cent with just one idea”.

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BOWLS // Mick Gilfoyle I WAS VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT the death of Jo Dillon. Jo was the matriarch of Penrith City Women’s Bowling Club after being the President there a few times and was also the holder of a State Singles Championship. Jo was in her early nineties and it was only a few years ago she gave up the game she loved. To her family our deepest sympathy. The St Marys RSL Fours were completed last weekend and resulted in a win for Brad Johnson, Tim Barnes, Rick Perry and Mal Cameron defeating Terry Guyatt, Kevin Wilton, Bill McNeilly and Dave Gray 21-8.

NSW’s Aron Sherriff was the big winner at the Bowls Australia Awards Night, staged in Burnie, claiming the sport’s major accolade for an unprecedented third consecutive time. Testament to his exceptional consistency on the world stage, the Ettalong Memorial world champion secured his third International Bowler of the Year award, as voted by his Australian representative peers. In a case of déjà vu, Sherriff’s state and national teammate, Karen Murphy, also retained her Female Bowler of the Year accolade award that she earned for the first time last year.

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leaving the side down to 13 men at one point in a key period of the match. “The yellow cards were costly because they caused overlaps and Sydney Uni exploited them,” Emus coach Sateki Tu’ipulotu admitted. “Having those players off had a huge bearing on the game because Sydney Uni scored three tries when they weren’t on the field. The game finished 46-26, so it had a lot of bearing on the outcome.” The Penrith Emus take on the West Harbour Pirates this Saturday at Concord Oval with kickoff at 3pm.

THE JIM AITKEN FAMILY AND THEIR guests enjoyed the hospitality of our Sky Lounge last Thursday night. Unfortunately the weatherman was not on our side but even so everyone had a splendid evening. Only six races were completed but the competition was good and a mix of favourites and longer priced winners kept punters happy. Race one went to Darlings Rocket ($21.70) with Jim Douglas the driver. The winner was three back on the inside but Jim managed to get him clear as the field turned for home and he rattled home to secure the prize. Paddy Carmody ($6.10) trained and

driven by Bathurst visitor Arthur Clancy took out race two. Favourite Dusty Delight ($2.30) had a good run one out and three back in the third and when called upon by driver Blake Fitzpatrick ran out an easy winner from Four Star Admiral with Blinking taking out the third spot. The fourth provided a dead heat between Irish Jim ($7.60) driven by Jason Turnbull and Flite Dynasty ($3.70) driven by Scot Adams. $1.40 favourite Raging Rhuben took out the fifth, and outsider All Agog ($15.20) driven by Glen McElhinney took out the last race of the night.

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Emerald Dragon head coach, Ben Copeman, said the group trained hard for months in the lead-up to the tournament. “Most of our guys did very well with many placing first, second or third. By the end of the tournament we won by 600 points,” he said. Previously, Emerald Dragon had finished second to the hosts, Massey’s Black Belt Academy, but this year they were determined to win the title. Members of Emerald Dragon will be off to China in October to train with some of the discipline’s best.

local charity golf day held at Penrith Golf Club has raised close to $9,000 for the Luke Priddis Foundation. The cheque of $8,912.90, including $1,000 donated by the Bank of Queensland, was handed over to the Luke Priddis Foundation this week by Penrith branch business lending manager, Steve Archer. Bank of Queensland Penrith Manager, Anthony Walker said it was great to see such community support at the charity golf day for a great cause. “More than 100 people attended to give their support to the Luke Priddis Foundation,” he said. “I am passionate about the Luke Priddis Foundation because I can understand what it is like to have a sick child.” The Luke Priddis Foundation provides early intervention education and community awareness for children with autism spectrum disorder. These services are designed to help children with special needs improve their talking, reading, writing, drawing and playing skills, all of which gives them greater independence as they grow

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We all want time off in life. For three teams who played this week in the Champions League, working towards earning a rest is much more important than figuring out when to organise that week around the pool with an umbrella in your drink. Western Sydney Wanderers, Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners are all gunning for a weekend off soon. The rewards are massive. A spot into the 2015 AFC Champions League, but more importantly – time off. Finish second on the A-League ladder, and week one of the finals becomes a free weekend; and the way the Champions League draw is, it is critical. After the last round of the A-League regular season, a few days later all three will play in the Champions League. Then, week one of the finals, then another Champions League mid-week fixture, then, week two of the finals! So you see why having that week one of the finals off is massive. Play that extra game, and plans for having the best players ready for the big knockout matches – both in the finals and potentially the last group match of the Champions League – go flying out the window. As much as we’d all love him to, a player like Shinji Ono wouldn’t be able to cope with six games in 22 days. Wanderers have an arduous task to try and lock in a top two spot – after getting back from Japan this week, it’s Brisbane on Saturday night, before heading to Melbourne to play Heart in what will be Harry Kewell’s last ever match. Victory don’t have it easy either, also returning from a midweek jaunt to Japan, they play Newcastle and Wellington away. The Central Coast Mariners, who keep ensuring egg remains on experts’ faces, also have two away matches, in Perth and Brisbane. The wildcard in all of this? Adelaide United. They’ve come good at the right time of the season, and anything is possible.

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n what has already become a muchanticipated rivalry since the Wanderers’ inception into the A-League, the match between the Mariners and Wanderers promised high intensity as both teams continue to push for that allimportant second spot on the ladder. That intensity was slightly subdued before the match as veteran Mile Sterjovski was honoured with a presentation in what was his last home game of the regular season before retiring. The opening period was cagey yet at the same time very classy. Both sides showed why they’re near the top of the table, looking very comfortable in defence and unwilling to let each other hold the ball for long periods. A moment of quality was needed to break the deadlock and Joshua Rose supplied that at the half-hour mark. The left back started the move from within his own half and strolled past a static Wanderers defence before beating Michael Beauchamp for speed. The veteran fullback then proceeded to beat Wanderers goalkeeper Ante Covic with a great finish into the far corner of the net. The away side’s response was swift and it was exactly what they needed. Barely

Mark Bridge 10 minutes later Aaron Mooy swung in a very deep cross from the left that was met by Tomi Juric, with the latter supplying a perfect volley into the path of ToporStanley who tapped home the equaliser. But there would be late heartbreak for the Wanderers, with Ibini-Isei finding the back of the net in the dying moments of regular time, to give the Mariners a 2-1 victory and second place on the ladder.

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United plays Melbourne Heart, also a team out of the finals race so will be confident in three points. Upsets occur almost every week in the A-League but with the finals just two rounds away the teams at the top will have all the motivation they need to win against lower placed teams. So, as the Roar visit Parramatta, the stakes are almost as high as last time. Back in round 18 the Premiers Plate was still up for grabs and the Wanderers managed to snag a 1-1 draw at home in a strong display. In that match the key was Besart Berisha taking his one chance early on in the game. He found a sliver of space in the box and lashed a left-footed shot home. In a blow to the Roar, he won’t be available due to suspension because of his red card received against Heart last week – his third of the season. At the same time the Roar have been making a habit of getting results while having men sent from the field in recent weeks, much less needing to replace a striker. Even without Berisha, the Roar still have a strong squad that will need to be broken down. Their midfield engine room has been

screaming along at high rpm, highlighted by the likes of Socceroo Matt McKay pulling the strings and German import Thomas Broich regularly the best player in the league on any given week. As has been the case so often since the Asian Champions League started, how the Wanderers pull up in their mid-week clash will help determine what sort of side turns out in this huge match. Popovic has been reluctant to give Shinji Ono and Tomi Juric too much time in backto-back-to-back sequences. Last weekend Juric started and Ono appeared off the bench and both of those crucial attacking cogs started in the match against Kawasaki Frontale in Japan on Tuesday night. The likes of Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Matt Spiranovic, Aaron Mooy and Yousouff Hersi didn’t start that match so will need to provide a lot of the energy against the Roar. The truth is, with the easier match for the Mariners this weekend the Wanderers will need to play brilliantly and win but will probably still not have returned to second place on the ladder. That opportunity may come, if at all, in the final round when the Mariners play

WSW play the Roar this weekend the Roar and the Wanderers will visit the Melbourne Heart. There are so many possible permutations for the final make-up of the A-League finals series. But the Wanderers need to focus solely on winning this weekend if the end results are to be in their favour.

AROUND THE GROUNDS BASKETBALL: The Penrith Panthers Men’s Waratah Championship League side have won their first game of the season, hammering the Bankstown Bruins 82-67. Louis Brant was Penrith’s best scoring a huge 20 points and eight rebounds. Meanwhile, their women’s side also had a win over Bankstown 76-59. Making her Penrith debut, former Australian Olympian Rohanee Cox proved her worth scoring a team-high 25 points and 17 rebounds. However, in their second match of the weekend, the Penrith girls were no match for Illawarra Hawks 71-57. In that match, Cox scored a very good 22 points. Both sides will now play the Hornsby Spiders this Saturday at Penrith Sports Stadium with the men tipping off at 4pm followed by the women at 6pm.

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RUGBY UNION: Details surrounding the upcoming National Rugby Competition were released last week with the Penrith Emus set to feature in a combined squad known as the Greater Sydney Rams, alongside fellow Shute Shield teams West Harbour, Parramatta, Eastwood and Southern Districts. The Greater Sydney Rams will take on nine other teams from around the country including three other sides from NSW. The competition will run for 11 weeks with each team playing eight games including one bye. The top four teams will make the finals. One game a week will be aired on FOX

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AFL: The Penrith Rams have gone down by just two points in an opening round thriller against the Pennant Hills Demons 67-65. Ben McGovern and Josh Anasis both scored two goals each for the Rams in the tight defeat. This Saturday the Rams will look for their first win of the season when they take on Balmain at Greygums Oval at 2.30pm.

GRIDIRON: The Penrith Grizzlies will return to action this Saturday evening following their bye last weekend when they take on the Trojans at Craik Park at 6pm. Before their week off, the Grizzlies enjoyed their first win of the season with the club hoping they can build on that performance this weekend.

CRICKET: Best of luck to the fifth grade Penrith cricket team who will play Manly in the grand final this weekend at Manly Oval.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Round 7 of the junior rugby league representative season took place last weekend. In the Harold Matthews competition Penrith thrashed the Magpies 38-0 while WSAS went down to Manly 28-20. In the SG Ball competition Penrith defeated the Magpies 24-18 while WSAS defeated Manly 18-16.


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fter winning just five games last year, the Penrith women’s Waratah Championship League side has recruited an Olympic silver medallist onto the team to improve their fortunes. 33-year-old former Australian Olympic basketballer, Rohanee Cox, had a stunning debut in her opening two games in Panthers colours last weekend. Cox shot the lights out, scoring 25 points in her first game followed by 22 points in her second – she also recorded 34 rebounds across both games, more than proving her worth. Speaking with the Weekender, Cox credits fellow Penrith teammate and junior Australia representative Tahlia Tupaea for recruiting her. “I’m really good friends with Tahlia and her family, and I needed to do something in the WNBL off-season, so I thought I may as well come down and help the young girls at the club,” she said. Cox also plays with Tupaea in the WNBL franchise, Sydney Uni Flames, and found her career debut in the Waratah Championship

Rohanee Cox scores in the paint against the Bruins on Saturday night . Photo: Noel Rowsell League very different to what she is often used to. “I found the first few games okay but it’s hard because I’m at a different level to the other girls on my team. I thought I would come and play, coach a bit, but as soon as I get on the court I just can’t do that,” she said.

Cox, who originally hails from Western Australia, has enjoyed quite an illustrious career in basketball. Not only did she win a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but she became the first indigenous basketball player to win a medal at an Olympic Games.

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