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170 kilometre walk to raise funds for Nepean Hospital and other charities KATHERINE TWEED

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n the name of charity, 10 local businessmen set out on Tuesday to walk on foot from Bathurst to Blaxland. By the time Saturday night rolls around, the men will have walked nearly 170 kilometres, literally over mountains, in the seventh annual Great Walk Foundation event. The Foundation has raised almost $600,000 for various organisations, with Nepean Hospital Children’s Ward supported each year. Great Walk Foundation founder, Jonathan Green and football legend Mark Geyer, who are both taking part in the walk this year, visited Nepean Children’s Ward in the lead-up to the event. “I’ve got a good synergy here with the Nepean Hospital, which the majority of funds go to. All five of my kids were born here and one was in this very ward two years ago with a fractured skull – the way they looked after him here was second to none,” Mr Geyer said. “Most people who live in the west have all got a story about Nepean Hospital in some way, shape or form so it is great we can contribute with some much needed funds.” The Great Walk Foundation has so far donated $150,000 to Nepean Hospital Children’s ward, purchasing a wide range of equipment. “It is not just a nine-to-five job for these people, they really care for these kids, so if we can make their job a little easier, we are doing a good thing,” Mr Green said. Also walking this year are Rob Wearn, David Crossman, Mark Mulock, Trent Baker, Greg Nelson, Tony Bowden, Graham O’Kell, Cameron McInnes and Brendon Kop.

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Where do all those butts go? More than 500,000 cigarette butts find their way to a unique St Marys business KATHERINE TWEED

St Marys business involved in an Australian-first program dedicated to recycling ‘un-recyclable’ waste is storing over half a million cigarette butts collected by consumers, businesses and anti-litter groups over just two months. Brandster Services, a local liquid waste management facility, is the storage facility for global recycling company, TerraCycle’s Australian division, which collects “difficult to recycle” waste including cigarettes, oral care waste and cleaning product pumps and triggers. TerraCycle’s Cigarette Waste Brigade, launched on Clean Up Australia Day in March this year, has been deemed a huge success, with over 500,000 cigarettes having already been sent to St Marys from businesses, groups and people all over Australia, including large amounts from Crown Resorts. “Brandster Services are thrilled to be part of TerraCycle’s innovative recycling solution in Australia. Our facility in St Marys stacks and stores un-recyclable waste, ready to ship for processing into new sustainable products. We’re proud to support this recycling program locally and

expand our company’s waste management services,” said Jeff Brandstater, Brandster Services Manager. “It doesn’t matter where you go, you will find cigarette butts. Apart from getting rid of the smokers, the only way of reducing waste is to try and get some sort of program involved, like what we are doing here,” Mr Brandstater said. “It is all about changing people’s mindset. Rather than finishing your cigarette and throwing it on the ground, get a benefit out of it for yourself, the environment and maybe a financial one for a school or club.” Waste can be sent to TerraCycle for free via Australia Post and for every piece of waste collected, the company will donate two cents to a school, club or charity of the collector’s choice. “We are a business but we are a social business. Our purpose is firstly to divert waste from landfill and secondly, to give money to schools and charities,” said Anna Minns, TerraCycle Australia General Manager. “TerraCycle’s Brigades are an effective way to educate and engage young people and adults around resource conservation and sustainability.” Ms Minns said it was a great way for people to come together to help the community and environment.

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Gai Hawthorn, CEO of the Penrith CBD Corporation also welcomed the announcement. “If we are going to build and grow our day and night time economy it is vital we have this technology to ensure our businesses and more importantly our local community feel safe,� she said. “This investment is a positive step forward for our local businesses.�


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ver 20 years ago, asbestos containing materials were prohibited. However, asbestos is a deadly legacy that many families in Penrith and across Australia are still battling with as a health risk and a cost burden. It’s a legacy that has been left in approximately one in three Australian homes, homes that young families are increasingly choosing to renovate. Barry Robson, President of the Asbestos Disease Foundation of Australia says that decades after the tragic James Hardie cover-up, asbestos has reared its ugly head again. “There is a new wave of home renovators moving into older areas who are coming into contact with asbestos,” he said. A 2013 study published in the Medical Journal of Australia conducted a survey and found that 61 per cent of those who identified themselves as a DIY renovator had been exposed to asbestos, and 40 per cent had exposed their partner. Currently, licenced asbestos removal is regulated by WorkCover NSW, but not all asbestos removal work requires a licence. “Unfortunately, the law stipulates that if you are handling less than 10 square metres of asbestos, you do not require a licence to dispose of it or handle it. If the asbestos is larger, then a licenced removalist must be employed,” Mr Robson said. “We have never agreed with this rule because it means that ordinary residents are legally allowed to handle asbestos, even though just one inhaled fibre is all it takes to cause asbestos diseases such as mesothelioma.” But Mr Robson says his organisation receives countless calls from people wanting to do their own removal work, putting them at risk of contracting potentially fatal diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer. “It’s heartbreaking and frustrating because we receive so many queries about DIY asbestos removal and you talk to people and try to convince them to get a professional in but deep down you know that they will try to remove it themselves,” he said. Phillip Grueff is the CEO of ARCS Group, which offers a range of building services, and says that people are going down the DIY route because of the costs associated with asbestos removal. “We do both commercial and residential services, and the costs of disposal are a rip off,” he said. “If we go to a residential property to remove asbestos, it can cost $600 just to have a specialised bin brought in. Then the tips will want to charge you $250 to dispose of the waste. “It is even more infuriating when you see that they just throw the asbestos in with all the other rubbish and roll over it with their bulldozers.” He said that many people are even illegally dumping asbestos because they cannot afford to dispose of it properly.

“For a single mum who finds asbestos in the bathroom, or a young family who have just moved in and discover it in their roof, they are dealing with such an expensive process,” he said. “Residents shouldn’t be dealing with asbestos, and they shouldn’t be charged to dispose of it, it should be a service provided by Council or the government.” SITA is one of the large landfill facilities that takes asbestos waste and operates drop-off points for residents. “We do get a reasonable amount of residents dropping off small amounts of asbestos waste but they seem to have a grasp on the safety issues as it is commonly wrapped up in plastic,” explained SITA Sydney Landfills Manager Andrew Kosciuszko. He said that the cost of asbestos disposal is reflective of the high regulatory compliance required by WorkCover and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Asbestos has to be wet down immediately and buried. None of our equipment comes into contact with the asbestos and it is buried in a separate area,” he said. “The cost is reflective of the fact that we have to keep our staff safe and that we must adhere to strict handling rules. It is not that much more than the cost for normal household waste.” He said the cost also reflects the EPA imposed landfill levy, which is currently $107.80. The per tonne cost for asbestos waste at SITA’s Eastern Creek waste management facility is $471 per tonne. Mr Kosciuszko said that SITA always encourages residents to use a licensed contractor for removal, not matter how small the amount of asbestos. Penrith Councillor Ben Goldfinch holds an asbestos licence himself and agrees that untrained residents should not be handling asbestos. “It would be worthwhile to look at changing the licencing conditions so that untrained residents cannot handle asbestos, but that licenced tradesmen such as plumbers or carpenters who may have to deal with asbestos can still dispose of small amounts,” he said. “Many people aren’t notifying WorkCover either, nor do they understand how small 10 square metres is. If you have a garden shed that’s 1.5 metres wide and double coated, there can be up to 20 square metres of asbestos sheeting in that structure.” Penrith Council has just agreed to take part in a trial that would see the EPA subsidise residential asbestos waste disposed of by a professional on behalf of a homeowner by $50. “The trial would educate Penrith residents about the dangers of asbestos and encourage them to have their small asbestos waste safely removed by a professional,” explained Council’s Waste and Community Protection Manager Tracy Chalk. Mr Kosciuszko said that with a subsidy, the cost to take asbestos to a landfill facility will be less than the cost for household waste. Tell us your experience via email:

Police snapshot Teens robbed by group of up to eight offenders in Penrith

Penrith police officers have come across a number of people breaching drug laws in relation to cannabis in the past week. On Friday, May 16, police were patrolling York Road, near Jamison Park, when they had reason to search a parked vehicle. An amount of cannabis was located and the 31-year-old Springwood person who owned the drug was given a Future Court Attendance Notice for the possession of a prohibited drug. On Saturday, May 17, at 3.35pm, police were patrolling Bruce Neale Drive, near Weir Reserve, when they allegedly saw a plume of smoke coming from a dark green sedan as well as cannabis implements. The officers spoke to a 45-yearold woman from Penrith, who stated it was her cannabis. She was cautioned.

Up to eight offenders were involved in the robbery of two teens in Allen Place car park, Penrith. The two boys, a 17 and 16-year-old were approached by a group of men and were forced to hand over clothing, key cards, phones and a watch. Police are appealing for information and have released the description of two offenders involved. The first male is caucasian, about 16-years-old, of a thin build and about 185cm tall. He has brown hair, cut in a mullet and no facial hair. He was wearing a white ‘Lacoste’ cap. The second male has been described as Aboriginal, about 17-years-old, about 175cm tall and of a ‘chubby’ build. He had shaved black hair and was wearing a blue t-shirt and shorts with white Nike TNs. Anyone with information should contact Penrith Police.

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A woman has been charged by police after allegedly selling a stolen phone to a pawn broker, twice. At about 2.10pm on Thursday, May 15, police attended an address in Cranebrook and arrested a woman for two counts of ‘goods in custody’ and two counts of ‘furnish false information to licencee’. The Samsung phone in question was stolen on March 2. The offender, a 27-year-old woman, took the phone to a local pawn broker to sell it before re-claiming the item and then taking it back to the broker again. Police identified the item as one that had been stolen previously. She will appear before court in June.

A person who allegedly wielded a piece of wood at local police has been charged, to appear in court next month. Police were called to Heffernan Road, Cranebrook, with reports of a male causing a disturbance in the area. Police arrived at about 6.15am on Sunday, May 18, to find the man allegedly walking down the street with a large plank of wood. When he saw police he allegedly began swearing at police and swung the piece of wood at them. Police had cause to arrest him. After a significant struggle he was detained and taken to Penrith Police Station where he was charged with ‘resist arrest’ and ‘use offensive language’.

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Charges over animal cruelty RSPCA and Penrith Council zone in on owner of Agnes Banks property

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or eight years Agnes Banks resident Yvonne D’Arcy has watched her neighbour’s cattle starve to death. Now, the owner of the cattle has been charged with 16 counts of various animal cruelty abuses and has also been taken to the Land and Environment Court for breach of land use restrictions. “It was in 2006 that I first raised concerns about the treatment of the cattle, and the RSPCA have been very responsive and removed the cattle worst affected by starvation,” Mrs D’Arcy said. “It is distressing to see those cattle born and die in that field, with no shelter and little water. There is no feed and so the cattle stand there licking the ground, it is very sad.” The RSPCA have removed 21 animals from the property and the owner is due to face 16 charges relating to alleged aggravated cruelty including failure to provide adequate food and failure to provide veterinary treatment. “The RSPCA was notified of the condition of the animals and removed 20 cattle,” explained RSPCA Chief Inspector David Oshannessy.

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The car spaces will be to the west of Riley Street and placed at 90 degrees to the southern kerb – an area that is already sealed and currently painted. There will be ‘No Stopping’ along the northern kerb line and at the end of the car park.


Major Projects & Design Coordinator, Ari Fernando, on 4732 7569. Comments about these proposals should be addressed to the RMS and received by Council within 28 days of this notice. Mark all correspondence to the attention of James Suprain, Road Network Officer, RMS, PO Box 973, Parramatta, CBD NSW 2124.

Penrith City Council is seeking two voluntary community representatives to be part of its Heritage Advisory Committee. It is an ideal opportunity for a heritage enthusiast to contribute to the conservation of Penrith’s heritage. To be eligible you must be able to demonstrate a commitment to heritage conservation and be independent of any other heritage conservation group. You must also be able to demonstrate network links to the community that reflect the community’s views about heritage issues. The purpose of the Committee is to promote community awareness of the City’s rich heritage and to advise Council on heritage management policy. The Committee is composed of representatives of leading community and professional groups involved in heritage management. A written application outlining your suitability and demonstrating commitment to heritage conservation is invited. Applications should be marked ‘Heritage Committee Community Representative’, be addressed to the General Manager and posted to PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751. Applications to be received by 16 June 2014. If you would like further information, please contact Clare Aslanis on 4732 8195.

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But the owner is also in breach of land use restrictions determined by Penrith City Council under the Local Environmental Plan (LEP).

Mrs D’Arcy said that it has been a “long and drawn out” process but is hopeful that the issue might be finalised in the Land and Environment Court on June 6. “I notified Council because in 2006 there were 170 cattle on this block of land and it was just awful. It was intensive grazing and it is not allowed,” she said. “Council have been very slow to pursue this matter, and have previously issued orders but never fully enacted them. “In 2012 I arranged a meeting with Council and concerned neighbours and finally they have taken the matter to court.” Penrith Council’s Waste and Community Protection Manager, Tracy Chalk, said that Council is hopeful of a resolution on June 6. Council is asking for the court’s support to remove the cattle. “Council is understanding that the process has been lengthy for all parties involved, however, Council must follow the correct processes to be fair to all,” she said. “Previously in the Land and Environment Court an order was made for the number of cattle to be reduced... The number suitable for that land is 10. Whilst the owner has made a small gesture towards compliance, it has become obvious that Council will need the endorsement of the Court to carry out the order.”




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COUNCIL BRIEFS s Council will start issuing ďŹ nes next month for pools and spas that it ďŹ nds are not registered. All pools and spa pools capable of holding 30cm or more of water must be registered and meet certain requirements. Pool and spa owners who have not registered can be ďŹ ned $220. Fines of up to $550 can also be issued for an unfenced pool or non-compliant pool fence.


Register your pool by going to the NSW Swimming Pool register at Registration is free. You can also carry out a self assessment of your swimming pool barrier fence to ensure compliance. Go to checklists New state safety laws came into force in 2013 to prevent accidents in pools. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children aged 0–5 years. For more information go to Backyard-Pool-Safety/ s Penrith City Council is giving lucky students the opportunity to be Junior Mayor or Junior Councillors, learn how the Council works and take part in a mock Council meeting as part of Local Government Week 2014. To enter the competition, students need to imagine they are Mayor and outline two things they would do to make the City of Penrith a better place to live. Entries must ďŹ t on one A4 piece of paper, or be an audio visual ďŹ le. Entries can be a story, poem, artwork or comic strip. For more details on how to enter go to Entries must be submitted by 5pm on Friday, 30 May 2014. s Penrith City Council is asking local library lovers to join a state wide call to stop the ongoing reduction in funding from successive NSW State Governments to protect the future of their library. The campaign by the NSW Public Libraries Association is calling on the State Government to increase funding levels and has the support of Council. Libraries are often the most well-used and valued public facilities in the community, but the ability of Penrith Council to maintain service levels at its four libraries may be at risk due to a decline in funding over the last decade. Aside from books and magazines, libraries also offer computer and internet access, literacy programs, family history research, seniors and children’s programs, and legal information. Get along to your local library, sign the petition and show your support.

EXHIBITION FOR COMMENT Penrith Public Domain Manual www.

ramps and path drainage, as well as a standard range of street furniture, pedestrian lighting, tree pits, paving and surface treatments to ensure future consistency in presentation. The exhibition period commences on Friday, 23 May 2014 and ďŹ nishes on Friday, 13 June 2014. The draft Manual may be viewed online at or at the Penrith Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith, during business hours. Written submissions identiďŹ ed as ‘Penrith Public Domain Manual’ may be made during this period to PO Box 60, Penrith 2751 or emailed to For further information, contact Terry Agar on 4732 7753.

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION The following development application has been received by Council: s NSW Land and Housing Corporation DA14/0477 6–12 Orana Avenue, Penrith Demolition of existing structures, tree removal and construction of a seniors living residential development with associated car parking, landscaping and drainage works Contact: Hannah Van de Werff on 4732 7714 Closing Date: 30 May 2014 Disclosure of Political Donations or Gifts Development Applications are displayed at the Penrith Civic Centre. By law, reportable political donations or gifts must be disclosed by anyone lodging a planning application to Council. Call 4732 7649 or visit Viewing of Development Applications 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. OfďŹ cers of Council’s Development Services Department will be able to assist with your enquiries.


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Penrith City Council is exhibiting a draft Penrith Public Domain Technical Manual for public comment. The draft Manual is a proposed policy to establish standards for design, materials and ďŹ nishes for future street upgrades in the zoned Penrith City Centre by Council, service authorities and private developers. It includes guidelines for the design and construction of footpaths, kerbs,



Giving families a voice Government introduces a raft of new laws to protect domestic violence victims

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he NSW Government has introduced a raft of new laws to help protect victims of domestic violence and give victims a better sense of justice. One of the major reforms will see family members of homicide victims have their Victim Impact Statements considered in sentencing. “We want to give families of victims of homicide a greater voice in sentencing and that is what we are delivering through these legislative reforms,” Attorney General Brad Hazzard said. “Victim Impact Statements allow victims to tell the offender, and the court about the impact of the crime on their lives. These statements can be immensely empowering and help parents, partners or siblings get closure. “Such statements by victims of crime can already be considered in cases like sexual or physical assault, but until now statements from surviving family members could not be taken into account by a judge in sentencing for matters involving unlawful death in NSW.” No family members will be forced or pressured to give a statement.

It will also be far more difficult for people to use “provocation” as an excuse for murder. “We have reformed an old law that was seen as biased against women and blaming the victim for their own murder by ‘causing’ the offender to lose their selfcontrol,” Mr Hazzard said. “Now a person accused of murder can no longer use their partner’s wish to end the relationship or a belief they have been unfaithful as an excuse in court. “However, we have ensured that “extreme provocation” remains available as a defence in some cases, including those of women murdering their partners after being subjected to prolonged domestic violence or abuse.” And the NSW Government has also introduced tougher penalties relating to strangulation and reforming the law to ensure people who commit such violent acts, generally in the context of domestic violence, can be successfully prosecuted. The new offence attracts a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Currently 70 per cent of strangulation cases in a domestic violence context are dealt with as common assault, attracting a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment. Minister for Family and Community Services, Gabrielle Upton, said on average

Brad Hazzard says new legislation will protect domestic violence victims there were nearly 15,500 proven charges of domestic violence in NSW each year. “Choking a vulnerable partner is a horrific act that instills great fear and often

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acts as a threat within escalating domestic violence,” she said. What’s your view on the changes? Email

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Free legal advice Salvos Legal has opened a free Legal Advice Bureau in Penrith. The service provides legal advice on criminal matters, debt, neighbourhood disputes, Family Law, DOCS/FACS and housing and refugee issues. Salvos Legal also provides referrals for wills and estates, employment, property disputes, student/employment visas, workers compensation and civil matters. We are grateful that this free legal advice bureau, run by The Salvation Army, is available to local residents

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Rental squeeze gets tighter Housing affordability crisis forces local families into serious rental stress CASSANDRA O’CONNOR


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f you want to spend less than 30 per cent of your income on renting a house in Penrith, you’ll be scouring the real estate magazines for some time. Housing affordability in Penrith is a real concern according to the latest research conducted by Anglicare, which showed that in greater Sydney over April 4 and 5 of this year there were just 33 affordable and appropriate homes for people on income support payments. The annual Anglicare Sydney’s Rental Affordability Snapshot showed that of western Sydney rental properties in particular, there were just eight homes that were affordable and appropriate for people on income support payments. This is a very poor result according to Anglicare Sydney’s Director of Advocacy and Research, Sue King. “In order to keep a roof over their head many people will go into severe rental stress spending more than 30 per cent of a very limited income on rent. This leaves very little for food and payment of utilities such as electricity,” she said. “Our research indicates that people will go without food in order to pay their rent

and this is particularly problematic in households with children. “We are very concerned with the onset of winter and what this may mean for people on the aged pension, disability support, and Newstart who are privately renting.” If you are prepared to spend between 30 and 45 per cent of your income on rent, there were 185 properties in western Sydney on the market. But just 15 of those homes would be affordable and appropriate for a single person on the disability pension, and just three homes were affordable for a single mum with a young child on Newstart. Pensioners are also feeling rental stress, with just 22 suitable homes across the entire Sydney area. “If the method of indexing the age pension is changed, we are concerned more older people, who are just managing to maintain their homes at the moment, will be forced into rental stress or lose their homes altogether,” Ms King said. If you are on the minimum wage though, housing affordability becomes a little easier, with 204 properties in western Sydney falling into the ‘less than 30 per cent of income’ bracket. This actually represents an improvement from 2013, where there were just 160 suitable properties.



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f youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever wondered what is lurking at the bottom of the Nepean River, it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just fish, weeds or silt. One group of local residents discovered earlier this month that the Nepean River is full of rubbish after setting out to clear the depths. The group of 50 cleared over a tonne of rubbish from the river on Saturday, May 10, in the first annual â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cleaning Fishing Watersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone benefits from a clean river. The Nepean gives us clean drinking water, a healthy place for our kids to swim, superb recreational fishing, a delightful venue for rowing, waterskiing or just sitting beside and enjoying the view,â&#x20AC;? said Juan del Carmen, from Cleaning Fishing Waters. The group dragged out shopping trolleys, eskis, toasters, tyres and even a security fence before separating the rubbish into recyclables and non-recyclables. After the hard work was complete, those who attended enjoyed a free fly fishing class. This was the first of what is hoped to become an annual event, with next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ambitions set even higher â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they are planning to remove a car from the river.

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Debate looms over rail future Rail corridor from Badgerys Creek to St Marys will support west’s new airport

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enrith residents are being urged to have their say on the future rail corridor from Badgerys Creek airport to St Marys, with the first stage of NSW Government consultation due to end on June 6. Last month, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced that the NSW Government would reserve a rail corridor for the extension of the South West Rail Link to accommodate future demand generated by Badgerys Creek airport. The transport corridor is proposed to connect Leppington to Bringelly and then head in two directions: north to the Western Line near St Marys and south to Narellan. A number of core stations are proposed in the existing and planned centres of Rossmore, Bringelly, North Bringelly, Oran Park and Narellan. It is also proposed to locate a station at Badgerys Creek for the airport. But no core stations have as yet been identified between Badgerys Creek and St Marys, though additional stations will be considered based on community feedback. “Longer term, we are putting plans in place to make sure Sydney’s rail network will connect Badgerys Creek airport with the rapidly-growing communities that will rely on it,” Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said. “This corridor planning means when the time comes to extend the South West Rail Link we will be ready to go, and the costs will be lower.” Penrith Council is in the process of writ-

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ing their submission to the NSW Government and is looking at issues such as how the rail extension should meet up with the Western Line and other issues. “The rail corridor will support jobs growth particularly in the Werrington Business Park precinct and in the development and expansion of the Western Sydney Employment Area,” Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler said. “Council would also like the State Government to investigate a number of options further than what has been published so far to ensure that the rail corridor maximises the opportunities and benefits for the city and region. “Some of these options could include possible corridor extension to meet up with the North West Growth sector and additional stations between the airport and St Marys, closer to the university and at the proposed Sydney Science Park.” Londonderry MP Bart Bassett is a strong advocate for reserving a North West Rail extension corridor to connect the North West Rail Link at Schofields/Marsden Park to St Marys also. Residents will have a further opportunity to comment on the exact alignment of the rail line in a future consultation process with Transport for NSW. “This rail project can provide to the communities of outer western Sydney with much improved access to jobs, education and other services. This is a defining moment in western Sydney’s economic future,” Cr Fowler said. A report to Council on the rail corridor is due in the next few weeks for councillors’ approval. If you would still like to have your say, visit the Transport for NSW website.


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he concrete foundations have been laid and construction is underway, much to the excitement of staff and clients of the Thorndale Foundation. Thorndale is a not-for-profit organisation offering support services to adults with disability in the areas of employment, day programs and accommodation. Located in Rance Road, Werrington for 50 years, the Foundation temporarily relocated so that the old structure could be demolished and a new, purpose built facility built in its place. “Often what happens in our industry is that organisations rent and then have to make that building work, but there are lots of issues around mobility and accessibility, which is why we have decided to purpose build a new facility,” CEO Belinda Colombrita said. “Everyone is very excited to move into the new premises.”

However, the building won’t be fully completed as Thorndale has limited funding that is running out. “We have received a small grant from the State Government but it doesn’t go far enough,” Ms Colombrita said. “This is a $3.2 million facility and when we move in there will still be small things missing such as landscaping, outdoor furniture, interactive whiteboards, televisions, sensory equipment and a wheelchair accessible vehicle.” She said the organisation was already very grateful for donations including excavation work and soil but that one of the real priorities is to have a sensory room. “A fully equipped sensory room with bubble machine, LED lighting and textured walls can cost up to $50,000 so we are looking for as much help as possible,” Ms Colombrita said. If you are able to assist in anyway, please contact Belinda Colombrita via email or by phoning 9912 7800. The centre will open in November.

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Tough love The Budget is tough, but it needs to be (Budget cuts deep, Western Weekender May 16). I find it amazing that all of a sudden, the Labor supporters are out there waving their fingers in arrogant glee, saying “I told you so”. Yes, Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have delivered some tough love but at the same time that all of this is going on, we have a Royal Commission underway into one of the many botched Labor Government schemes – the home insulation scheme. This scheme not only cost money, but lives. That’s right, people died as a direct result of working for this scheme, a scheme now being scrutinised by a Royal Commission. And all the while, the Labor supporters want us to go back to that sort of awful mismanagement. Oh please! RONALD SMITH, VIA EMAIL

The hug test It seems local MP Stuart Ayres has invented a whole new political concept: the “hug test”. To quote Mr Ayres, it’s deciding the importance of an asset by asking yourself if you’d “wrap your arms

around it and say I love owning you”. For those who missed it, it was part of our local MP’s argument last week for the privatisation of our publicly-owned power network. Neither Premier Mike Baird, nor his predecessor Barry O’Farrell, would ever confirm a sell off is on the cards. The phoney war is well and truly in full swing, with Liberal MPs around the state championing the “recycling” of the electricity poles and wires to pay for other infrastructure. But what of Mr Ayres’ challenge? Does the electricity network pass his hug test? Well, while I might not throw my arms around any power poles today, there’s definitely plenty of things about them that I love. I love the reliable service. I love that all the profits – and we’re talking something like $2.5 billion a year – go back into the budget to pay for things like schools and hospitals. And I love that if standards are cut, the public has political recourse. So while I might not have the splinters to prove I’m a power pole hugger, I can definitely say I love owning them. And based on the opinion polls I’ve read, I’m not the only one. TIM VOLLMER, KINGSWOOD

Pop-up debate I remember when the Breast Cancer Screening trailer was parked there and the nearby shops complained it blocked the street view of their shop causing loss of business (Truce called on pop-up park, Western Weekender May 16). This resulted in the clinic being relocated. Personally I never look at these shops when driving by. More concerned about the pedestrian crossing. TIM ROWE, VIA FACEBOOK

Park problem I honestly have not spoken to a single person who supports the stupid parks. Waste of money, space and just looks stupid. RYAN POPE, VIA FACEBOOK

Budget response I will pay more and am prepared to do my bit to help in the recovery of our failing financial situation. Every time Labor gets in they do the same thing, spend, spend, spend. They don’t have a clue on how to run a country and that’s why we will all feel the pain but at least it will create a better future for our kids. Also very happy about the money

email: post: Suite 2, 42-44 Abel Street, Jamisontown 2750 being put into medical R & D. This will make life better, treatment of many illnesses more effective and ultimately less costly. Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have at least shown that they have the guts to make some really difficult and obviously unpopular decisions, let’s see who else is prepared to step up and put our country first. PETER STANFORD, VIA FACEBOOK

It’s just spin It still astounds me that people are ignorant enough to believe the political spin that has been handed to them by the Abbott government. Believe it or not, the previous government handed over a AAA rated economy. There was no dire situation of debt. And meanwhile, while many of us are feeling the pinch, Abbott is handing over 14 billion dollars to the Americans for the purchase of a couple of fighter jets. RAINE CECILLE BROWNE, VIA FACEBOOK

Worst case scenario What if my three kids get sick at the same time? What if I lose my job? What if an aligator somehow

finds his way into my backyard swimming pool and eats me? Judging by the questions asked by Penrith locals at ‘Q&A’ this week, we just love thinking about the worst case scenario. I guess that is just human nature but it really annoyed me. When I grew up, I celebrated achievements and milestones in my life. I didn’t look for the negatives and I always tried to find the positive in situations. I didn’t ask for handouts nor expect any. I am disillusioned with not just politics at the moment but with the community in general. I realise that the worst case scenario sometimes does happen, and that’s why we all have insurance. But rather than worry about the car accident I might have tomorrow, I’d rather celebrate where the same car got me today. As a society we need to stop sweating the small stuff, as some famous book writer once said. Let’s focus on the bigger picture when it comes to the world around us but at the same time celebrate the small milestones in our lives. Live life or it’ll flash by very quickly. T DAVIS, VIA WEBSITE

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Residents can now have their say on a proposal by Lend Lease for the rehabilitation of the Central Precinct of the former St Marys ADI site. Up until 1994 the Central Precinct area was utilised by the Commonwealth Government as a munitions factory space. There are a series of remaining buildings and former roadways, which were used for the manufacture of munitions. These are a mixture of 1950s/60s buildings and more recent 1980s structures. A development application has been lodged for the demolition of these existing buildings and structures within the St Marys Central Precinct site. The proposed works also include remediation of parts of the precinct such as roads.

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on Henry Street. The applicant wants to open a new Thai Massage Shop at 7/92-112 Henry Street. Penrith Council and the Penrith CBD Corporation have been working hard to attract new businesses to the Penrith CBD. Council has received a development application for a new apartment precinct in St Marys. Worth over $70 million, the applicant wants to knock down the existing structures at 12 Carson Lane, St Marys and construct four eight-storey residential flats. It would include two levels of basement parking as well as landscaping. The draft 2014-15 Operational Plan and draft 2014-15 Fees and Charges are now on public exhibition, and Council welcomes your comments. The plan will be available for comment between Friday, May 2 and Monday, June 2, 2014. The Operational Plan sets out Council’s budget, services and specific actions for the 12 month period. It’s part of the four year work program outlined in the Delivery Program 201317. Council says its focus continues to be on local jobs, managing growth, improving transport connections, creating safe and vibrant places, looking after the environment and fostering community spirit and health.


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tudents in Penrith will have a better chance of securing a university place this year under a new agreement between the NSW Government and the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Penrith MP Stuart Ayres said the NSW Government and UAC have agreed on a more equitable way of distributing bonus points and places for university entry. “Students from socio-economically disadvantaged areas, Aboriginal students and those from remote rural and regional schools have been under-represented in tertiary education,” Mr Ayres said. “The NSW Government is addressing this imbalance through a new measure that identifies schools whose students deserve to have automatic access to benefit from UAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS). “The EAS may provide participating students with either several crucial bonus points that can make the world of difference, or access to an allocated place.” Students may receive EAS help if they experience disadvantage ranging from financial hardship and disrupted schooling through to English language difficulty, personal illness or disability or if you have refugee status.

Most universities participate in the scheme. Students at Kingswood High School and Cranebrook High School will have automatic access to the scheme under the new arrangement. NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said 42 schools across the state are new to the list and the total number of schools eligible will expand to 270 across the state, including 81 in the west and south-west of Sydney. “Approximately 1,000 more students from public schools in the west and south-west of Sydney will have access to the program this year, as compared to last year, with a total of over 11,000 students from these regions attending identified schools,” he said. Rod Nesbitt, Principal of Kingswood High School said the school is pleased that UAC has recognised that students from western Sydney, in particular Kingswood High School, are sometimes disadvantaged, for a variety of reasons, when applying for courses at universities. “The EAS will allow students from Kingswood High School to gain some bonus points to help them get into courses where they previously were unable to gain enrolment,” he said. To find out more about the EAS, visit

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Locals rally behind Murray and Dawson after frightening High Street attack CASSANDRA O’CONNOR


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n an act of extreme generosity, local residents and clubs have united to fundraise for Guide Dogs NSW after hearing about the plight of guide dog owner Murray Wilcockson. Early on Monday, May 5, Mr Wilcockson and his guide dog Dawson were walking along High Street when they were attacked by a loose dog. Fortunately, two men stopped to help Mr Wilcockson and dragged the dog away from Dawson, who suffered bite marks to his neck. Ron McClelland read about the awful attack when he was sitting at Penrith RSL’s Legends Bar and decided to help out. “When I heard what had happened I thought it would be a good idea to collect donations at the bar. That Friday night we already had over $200,” he said. “Then the Snooker Club came and we were all discussing it and they offered to pay for Dawson’s vet fees.” Martin Boston, president of the Penrith RSL Snooker Club, said that making the donation of $350 just seemed like the right thing to do. “There was five of our executive there and we were all talking about the attack and Murray is often at the Legends Bar where we are,” he said. “He’s a great guy and so we wanted to help out poor Dawson and then with the extra funds we will donate them to Guide Dogs NSW.” Penrith residents are encouraged to make donations too through the RSL Snooker Club and Legends Bar and help raise awareness of responsible dog ownership in the local area.

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Colourful event set to provide fun and games KATHERINE TWEED


wheelchair-friendly fun run is set to leave the area’s disabled residents smiling, laughing and a rainbow of colour. Life Links is bringing ‘Colour Bomb’, a one kilometre fun run for intellectually and physically disabled people, to Kingswood High School at 11am on Saturday, May 31 for the first time. Participants will have colour thrown, splashed or dripped on their white t-shirts as they make their way around the track and will be rewarded with a congratulatory medallion at the end of the run. Kristie Findlater, Life Links coordinator, said similar events across Sydney have been really successful, but this would take the concept to a new level. “I took part in a similar event in Sydney and I really enjoyed it. It was something that I knew my clients would also enjoy but, being a longer track and less accessible, they aren’t able to take part,” she said.

“This event is aimed at getting people with intellectual and physical abilities outside, having fun and getting messy,” she added. Participants under the age of 18 must be supervised at all times and those requiring support must bring a carer along with them. The coloured powder used during the event is hand-made by the team at Life Links from food grade products to ensure there are no harmful chemicals or toxic additives involved. The colour can also be bought from the organisation. Ms Findlater expects that the event will attract plenty of interest and is hoping to make it an annual initiative if it’s successful this time around. Bookings for the event are essential. Tickets start from $20 for carers, $30 for those under the age of 18 and $45 for adults To register, email admin@lifelinksws. com or SMS your name, address, phone number and the number of participants or carers taking part to 0406 865 380.

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s local people enjoy the comforts of rugging up for winter, throw an extra blanket on the bed and turn up their heaters, hundreds of animals are shivering away in Animal Welfare League (AWL) shelters. The team at AWL do their best to keep their furry pals warm but without the help of the community, the animals at the Kemps Creek shelter, as well as those living at foster homes, will bear the brunt of the season’s chill. Werrington County resident, Lauren Hayward is taking this issue into her own hands, collecting blankets, coats, towels, food, toys and treats for both cats and dogs at the AWL as well as encouraging people make cash donations. This is the third year of the winter drive, which is becoming more successful each year. “It is just something little that we can do to help. It is easy to do but still benefits these animals in a big way,” Ms Hayward said. “In the first year we raised enough money to buy a washing machine for Kemps Creek animal shelter, their existing one had broken. “Last year the room where they kept the winter blankets was so full that we are also

The Red Shield Appeal is this weekend issues from drug, alcohol and gambling rehabilitation to food assistance, skills development and job placement. It’s imperative that we maintain these services and the Red Shield Appeal Doorknock is integral to providing the funds to give us the opportunity to continue to help those who need it.” You can expect a Salvos representative to knock on your door at some stage over the weekend.

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supporting other AWL shelters this year as well.” The winter drive will also support some of the pets being fostered by local people while they wait for a family to adopt them. The AWL is a registered charity that cares for animals that have been surrendered, abandoned or neglected, and has been doing so for 50 years. With the weather getting colder, the need for donations is becoming more urgent by the day. To donate some winter warmers, contact Ms Hayward on 0404 638 126 and if you are interested in adopting a pet, visit Wed 7pm

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enrith residents are being asked to dig deep when representatives of the Salvation Army come knocking this weekend. The annual Red Shield Appeal is being held over May 24 and 25, with volunteers hitting the streets to collect as many generous donations as possible. The national goal for the Red Shield Appeal Doorknock this year is $10 million. The appeal target in Penrith is $56,000. Salvation Army spokesperson, Major Bruce Harmer, says it is only through the donations from residents that the Salvation Army is able to continue to support people in need. “Without the generous support of Australians in every suburb and town across the country, the Salvation Army could not reach this goal… the funds of which go directly to support Salvation Army programs and social services,” he said. With Australia going through a major economic transition and many individuals and families facing an uncertain future, the Salvation Army expects many more people will be in need of basic assistance such as food. “The Salvation Army can pick up families who fall on hard times and help with


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ne of the most popular events on the local calendar is back this Queen’s Birthday long weekend. On Monday, June 9, the Sydney International Regatta Centre will again play host to the Penrith Lakes Model Show featuring a huge range of model cars, boats and even seaplanes. The fun-filled, family-friendly event will feature exciting model displays, active demonstrations, high speed racing and ‘come and try’ opportunities from an array of model clubs including seaplanes, powerboats, nitro cars and scale ships. There will be music, entertainment, food stalls and a carnival zone with rides and a jumping castle. Model aircraft enthusiast of 30 years, Tim Nolan, who specialises in seaplanes, said the Penrith Lakes Model Show is one of his favourite days of the year. “This is a true family day where there will be various hobby options for kids to take part in,” he said. “Model enthusiasts from all over Sydney will be showcasing their hobbies at Penrith Lakes, which is quite unique having them all at the one event.” Mr Nolan, who refers to his love of

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ith all the equipment one could need for a birth readily available in Nepean Hospital’s maternity ward, it can be easy to forget that mums across the globe do without. In fact, thousands of women in developing countries have no other option than to give birth at home, without the necessary equipment that will guarantee a safe, easy and comfortable birth. Nepean Hospital midwives and local volunteers recently joined Zonta, a women’s advocacy organisation, in providing these women with life-saving assistance by assembling birthing kits to be sent overseas. “Every kit, worth three dollars, has the potential to save two lives; that of the mother and that of the baby. That is a huge driving factor in our project,” said Birthing Kit Organiser and Nepean Valley Zonta Club Secretary, Jenny Young. “Since this project started we have packed 11,200 birthing kits, and this Saturday we packed another thousand.” The kits include soap, gloves, gauze, a scalpel and ties to cut the umbilical cord and plastic sheeting – equipment that has been described as “essential” for improving the conditions of women giving birth in third world countries. The Birthing Kit Foundation of

Volunteers work to assemble the kits Australia was responsible for providing equipment on Saturday, May 10 for the volunteers to assemble into packages. The local volunteers are buoyed by the fact that they’re making such an important difference internationally. The Foundation is firmly dedicated to reducing the amount of deaths during childbirth, many resulting from infection, which lies at an annual 385,000 women each year.



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Great Community Transport Inc. provides special care transport for Penrith and Blue Mountains LGAs and is seeking to engage a skilled person to provide administrative support to the Executive Manager and ensure effective document control of the Policy and Procedure manuals. The successful person will have:

Wages: • SCHADS Level 4 – 1 to 4 Point (Salary Sacrifice may be available) Hours: • P/Part-time – 18 hrs/p/wk Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays. Call 4722 3083 for a copy of job description. Please forward your written application addressing the above criteria to: The Manager GREAT Community Transport Inc PO Box 124, LAWSON NSW 2783 By close of business on 6th June 2014

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Developers take note There has been a lot of talk lately in the media about the rate at which Australian house prices have risen recently. Economists are generally divided about the longer term impacts of continually rising house prices. While a small proportion of

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The bad news: • Rise in fuel excise rate. • The superannuation guarantee rate will increase to 9.5 per cent on July 1, 2014 from the current 9.25 per cent. • The FBT tax rate will be increased to 49 per cent from 47 per cent. This will keep the FBT rate in line with the highest personal tax rate, which is being increased to 49 per cent.

economists argue that high house price growth reflects a ‘debt bubble’ that must inevitably burst, the majority do not view high house price growth as a debt driven indicator of future economic doom. Most economists form this latter view given the lack of empirical evidence of supposed ‘debt bubbles’ in Australia’s history, and an understanding that most house price deflation is only a short term unrealised loss, that will, over time gradually correct itself.

In Penrith’s case, over the 12 months to September 2013, the average house price rose from $355,000 to $400,000, an increase of 12.6 per cent. NSW grew by only 8.1 per cent for the same period. One of the possible benefits from this type of above average growth for Penrith is that it may signal to developers that other forms of dwelling construction, like multi-unit residential projects that are not widespread in Penrith, may become viable to construct.


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hiring over 50s. • Small business support. Includes creating a specialised unit to help small businesses gain better access to government contracts. • Reduction in company tax rate. The proposed 1.5 per cent reduction will also benefit roughly 300,000 small businesses that use a company structure for tax purposes from July next year.


I was driving through Penrith last week and noticed a business van in front of me. What made me notice the van was that the phone number was without a ‘9’ at the beginning of it. Although a ‘minor’ thing, this immediately told me that it had been a very long time since this business vehicle had been upgraded. More importantly, it told me that this business does not have attention to detail. The older vehicle would not be an issue (assuming that it functions well and looks presentable). But the fact that they had not bothered to invest in some new signage on their car gave me a negative first impression of their business. If they haven’t updated their signage, what else is out dated? If they are not concerned about how their business presents (that is, their image or branding) then do they really care about their customers? Those questions are assumptions. But they are assumptions that I wouldn’t want anyone making about my business. No matter what industry or sector your business is in, first impressions count. Your business should exude professionalism and first rate customer service. And everything that your customers see or hear about your business should show them exactly that. The van with the outdated phone number might be an amazing business. But personally, there is no chance of me becoming a customer of theirs based on my first impression. It is always worth regularly checking over your branding or getting an independent view.

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Mazda3 buyers will get even more choice with the confirmation that a diesel model is to be added to the Australian Mazda3 line-up. The new Mazda3 XD Astina will be powered by the same 2.2 litre SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine that is currently available on both Mazda6 and CX-5. With class-leading outputs of 129kW and 420Nm, and a kerb weight lighter than its larger diesel siblings, the new Mazda3 XD Astina will offer buyers a new and compelling alternative in small car performance. Mazda’s innovative i-ELOOP regenerative braking system will also make its Mazda3 debut on the new XD Astina. A highly competitive combined cycle fuel economy rating from just 5.0 litres per 100km, dependant on transmission, should also grab the attention of prospective buyers. Available as a hatchback and with a choice of 6-speed manual or auto transmission, the XD Astina also adds badging and a unique red trim to the chrome signature wing on the front grille to set it apart from petrol-powered Mazda3 models. “Diesel is a core part of Mazda’s technology strategy and it’s great to add the SKYACTIV-D engine to our best-selling Mazda3 range,” said Alastair Doak, Mazda Australia director of marketing. “The SKYACTIV-D has been well received in both Mazda6 and CX-5 and it’ll offer something very special when it arrives in the lighter and smaller Mazda3.”

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t was an unhappy trip to the other side of the country for Dave Sieders after the Londonderry product finished a disappointing fifth place in the second round of the Australian V8 Ute Racing Series in Western Australia last weekend. Having won the same event back in 2013, and the opening round this year at Adelaide, the 29-year-old struggled to get to the front of the pack in the cross-country challenge, dropping 31 points to round winner, Kris Walton, who also picked up the Championship lead from Sieders. “Most people probably wouldn’t call it a bad weekend but we set ourselves pretty high expectations and aspirations for this year, so to come away in fifth is definitely disappointing,” Sieders said. “We had the pace to pole and win the round last year but we didn’t seem to have it from the start this weekend.” Last year’s Perth round of the V8 Utes saw Sieders snare his 10th championship pole position, however with the introduction of a ‘Formula One inspired’ three-part

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BOWLS // Mick Gilfoyle THE 2014 NDBA Pennants have been completed and the winners were in No.1 Grade Austral, No.2 Grade Penrith, No.3 Grade went to Blacktown Workers and a double to Penrith who won the No.4 Grade. In the playoffs at Kingswood on Sunday Blacktown Workers were victorious in the No.5 Grade, Kingswood won the No.6 Grade and finally the No.7 Grade was won by Blacktown City. The runners up were Glenbrook Panthers in the No.1 and 3 Grade, St Marys RSL in the 2’s, Springwood in the No.4 Grade and Blacktown City in the No.5 Grade. Blacktown Workers who had a good year were runners up in the 6 and 7 Grades.

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continued to lack the pace to progress up the field, but managed to maintain his position despite coming under attack by the track’s former lap record holder, Kim Jane.

A reverse grid of 19 saw Sieders start the second race in 15th position, and having found a little more pace, he was able to work his way inside the top 10. The final race of the weekend had Sieders start in the same position he began the weekend at, fifth, and he found himself pushing for a podium position for the race and round. However, a missed gear on lap four saw him slip from fourth to seventh, and he lost another spot on the final lap to finish eighth. Sieders’ 105 points had him finish the round in fifth place with Kris Walton’s dominating 136 point haul enough to take the top spot in the Championship by nine points. “We took too long to find our pace, and it sort of became one of those ‘Championship defining’ weekends, when how you perform when you’re not at the front can play a big part at the end of the year, and we’re still within 10 points,” Sieders said. The V8 Ute Racing Series will head to Hidden Valley Raceway in the Northern Territory for the next round on June 20-22. “Darwin is a track that we have traditionally been strong at, so after this weekend, all I can say is bring it on,” Sieders said.

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THE ST Clair Jnr Rugby League Club (The Comets) had a top night at the Paceway last Thursday night. Race one went to the well backed El Fuego ($1.20) and driver Glen McElhinney had to pull out all stops to get him home from BienHoa who was able to obtain an inside run up the home straight. Theartofconfusion ($1.90) gave McElhinney a double in the second race. Getting a good run through from the second line he was soon sitting outside the leader then dashed away at the 400m mark for a really convincing win. The Plainsman ($12.30) well driven by Josh Willick scored in the third. Coming out of gate six Josh got him into the one out one back spot then sprinted quickly in the straight to overcome Emerging Art. Young ex-Kiwi driver Cameron Jones was successful in the fourth race with Im El Dia-

blo ($3.70). A lot of fast early speed helped Lochinvar ($3.90) come from behind and take out the fifth race. Early speed leaders Munroe and Megs Ferrari knocked up allowing Ashlee Siejka on Lochinvar to come home strongly at the finish. Race six went to Bettor Sweet ($2.40) giving Glen McElhinney his third winner for the night. Soon in front Bettor Sweet was never really in doubt. Favourite, Billion Smiles ($1.80) with Josh Willick holding the reins got home in the seventh. Second placegetter Miss Ali Mach was badly checked at the 400m mark then stormed home to be only just beaten. One for the black book. The eighth race saw favourite Singed ($2.50) race outside the leaders for the journey but was still too good for the rest of the field and took driver Jim Douglas home for a win.

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Thrills and spills at the Regatta Centre as Powerboat Grand Prix Series comes to town NATHAN TAYLOR



ne of the most spectacular high speed sports going around, the Anglomoil Australian Formula Powerboat Grand Prix Series, is headed to Penrith next month. Round four of Australia’s premier powerboat series will showcase the best Australia has to offer in Formula circuit racing on June 14 and 15 at the Sydney International Regatta Centre. Drivers from five Australian states and at least one international competitor are expected to compete for Australian Championship honours in the Formula 1, 2 and 3 series. These colourful, lightweight, high-flying outboard tunnel boats that turn at breathtaking speeds are sure to provide plenty of thrills and maybe the occasional spill. The Series will also feature a strong group of Formula Future Classes for juniors and the closely competitive Formula Optimax class for new high powered, low emission outboards. President of the Anglomoil Australian Powerboat Grand Prix Series, Gavin

Powerboats will take to the water at the Regatta Centre in June. Photo: Nashy Pix Simmons said it will be a fantastic event for the Penrith region and is encouraging locals to come out and see the action. “As per our first three, highly successful

rounds this season, teams, sponsors and fans will be travelling across the country to attend, providing an economic boost to the Penrith area,” he said.

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The round will also cater for a number of ‘non series’ classes including 105/6 litre displacement inboards and unlimited stock monohull outboards.


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Parkrun launches in Penrith New fitness concept kicks off at Regatta Centre this Saturday morning Parkrun in Queensland, so after thinking about it for a while I decided to apply to set one up in Penrith,” Ms Cootes said. “We now have eight volunteers on the committee and have full support and backing by Penrith City Council and the Regatta Centre.” The catalyst for Ms Cootes’ passion for running began a few years ago when she wanted to get back into a healthy lifestyle and lose weight. She managed to achieve her goal by taking up running as a sport, competing in a number of running events including the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival. “After losing the weight and running the marathon I wanted to help other people achieve their health and fitness goals. I didn’t know how I was going to do it but when I found out about Parkrun it fitted in with that,” Ms Cootes said. The Penrith Parkrun will take place every Saturday at 8am with runners only competing against themselves as opposed to other runners. “Parkrun isn’t a race, it’s about celebrating everybody,” Ms Cootes said. For more information and to register visit



fter conquering her first marathon back in September, Cambridge Park resident Shelley Cootes wondered what she could do next. The local mum knew she wanted to do something involving her newfound passion of running but wasn’t exactly sure in what capacity until the idea of starting Penrith’s first Parkrun came to mind. Parkrun is a not-for-profit organisation established to provide a free, weekly, timed 5km running event in a community that wants one – thereby increasing participation in running, promoting a healthy lifestyle and improving social cohesion in local communities. There are currently more than 350 Parkrun events worldwide with over 850,000 registered parkrunners. Ms Cootes and her team of dedicated volunteers are launching Penrith’s first weekly Parkrun at the Sydney International Regatta Centre this Saturday, May 24 at 8am. “I got the idea from a friend who does

Penrith Parkrunners at a recent trial. Photo: Kit O’Malley


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The Penrith Emus are still winless. Photo: Nardia Sly out of the players. As much as they tried, nothing went our way.” This Saturday the task of getting their first win of the season doesn’t get any easier for the local side who will do battle against an undefeated Manly line-up at Nepean Rugby Park. While a highly unlikely win against Manly would certainly garner front page news, Tu’ipulotu is just hoping his side give it their best shot and be competitive. “I’m always optimistic about whoever we play, Manly being undefeated doesn’t bother me,” he said. “We’re going to go out there and beat them.”

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enrith Emus coach Sateki Tu’ipulotu believes the last few weeks of falling just short of a victory finally caught up with his side last weekend. The Emus of old were on display last Saturday afternoon after Sydney University belted the competition’s only winless team into the ground 61-21 – Penrith’s biggest loss this season. Coach Tu’ipulotu admitted the disappointment of the agonising defeats over the past month, as well as a number of pre-game injuries, certainly played a role in the 40-point beating. “I think it definitely did. There were also a few injuries to some players, which messed us up mindset-wise and caused us some hassles towards the end of the week disrupting a lot of things,” he said. Penrith were in touch with last year’s premiers heading into the half time break, only down by eight points, however a quick raid straight after half time put the game out of reach for the Emus. “Sydney Uni scored 15 points straight after half time which knocked the wind out of my boys. In saying that, the game was lost in the first half because our forwards didn’t dominate in the first 20 minutes,” Tu’ipulotu said. “Sydney Uni dominated every aspect of the game and we didn’t fire on all cylinders. I think it just knocked the stuffing



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Spiranovic settles on his future ahead of World Cup campaign with Australia NATHAN TAYLOR



ewly re-signed Western Sydney Wanderers star Matthew Spiranovic has declared he’s up for the challenge after jagging a coveted Socceroos spot ahead of next month’s FIFA World Cup. Last week the 25-year-old defender was the only Wanderers player named in coach Ange Postecoglou’s 30-man preliminary Socceroos squad, which will ultimately be cut down to a final 23 before the competition gets underway in Brazil on June 12. Speaking with the media on Monday morning, Spiranovic, who has already enjoyed more than a dozen appearances for the Socceroos, said he’s expecting a very competitive few weeks in camp. “With a young squad the enthusiasm is sky high and everyone is pushing each other for places and doing their best to impress the manager,” he said. Spiranovic is one of 10 current A-League players in Postecoglou’s squad, proving the domestic competition is becoming increasingly stronger as the years tick by. “The league has improved a hell of a lot

Matthew Spiranovic is staying with the Wanderers. Photo: Western Sydney Wanderers in the last few years and there’s no doubt the quality has lifted,” Spiranovic said. “I think when you look at the national team, and with so many boys playing in



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BASKETBALL: The Penrith Panthers men’s Waratah Championship League side were hammered by the Hills Hornets 99-73 last Saturday. Louis Brandt top scored for the Panthers with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, Penrith’s women’s side were also beaten losing to the Hornets 78-68. Tahlia Tupaea led for the Panthers with 19 points and eight boards. Both sides will be back on the road this Saturday taking on the Hornsby Spiders at The Brickpit.

BASKETBALL: The Penrith Basketball Association is appealing to suitable members to consider attending the next referees course to help service the increasing number of games being held each week. A Level O course will take place on Sunday, May 25 from 4pm to 8pm and will cost $35. A Level 1 course will also take place this Sunday from 1pm to 9pm for already registered and active referees 15-years and over with 12 months experience. To register contact Matt Porter on 4731 3252 or email

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the A-League, it’s a great sign for football in Australia.” Last Saturday Spiranovic committed the next two seasons to Australian football

after he inked a new deal with the Wanderers until the end of the 2015/16 season. Spiranovic admitted while playing overseas again is an ambition of his, right now remaining with Western Sydney was the right choice for him. “The season gone has been a fantastic year. It’s been great to contribute to the club’s success on the back of their first year and it was the right fit for me in light of the World Cup coming up and Asian Cup in January, I thought it was the right move,” he said. “For me, joining the Wanderers [last year] was about getting to full fitness and playing regular football, and I think I managed to do that. “Now my focus turns to this challenge of playing in a World Cup and contributing to this team’s success. Hopefully I can be a part of that.” Meanwhile, on Wednesday the Wanderers announced the re-signing of two of their brightest young stars. Alusine Fofanah and Daniel Alessi will stay at the club until the end of the 2015/16 season. Both youngsters made their top grade debut for the Wanderers in the most recent A-League season.

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AFL: The Penrith Rams went down in a thriller last Saturday to the UNSW/ES Bulldogs 45-42. The Rams never led after each quarter but certainly made things interesting in the fourth to only go down by three. Joshua Shephard, Joshua Anasis, Matt Purse, Justin Eckford and Liam Murphy all scored a goal each for the Rams. Penrith will enjoy this weekend off and will return to action against Illawarra on May 31.

Meanwhile, the Penrith Ramettes ladies side hammered the UNSW/ES Stingrays 77-12.

AFL: The GWS Giants are back at Spotless Stadium this Saturday to take on Richmond. The game begins at 1.40pm. Both sides have won two games this season and sit towards the bottom of the ladder, with victory crucial for both outfits.

NETBALL: The Penrith Netball Association will be celebrating National Netball Day on Sunday, May 31 with their annual Crazy Hair and Sock Day. Players are encouraged to wear crazy socks and do crazy things to their hair (no beads) all in the name of the Kids Cancer Project.

GRIDIRON: The Penrith City Grizzlies lost in a thriller to Sydney Uni last Saturday 26-22. They’ll play their final game of the season this Saturday against the Panthers. Meanwhile, their coach Lee Hines has been forced to give up his role due to health issues and will be replaced by Craig Upton next season. Hines will still coach the seniors Grizzlies team later in the year, hence will remain involved with the club.

If you would like your sporting results, club event or anything sports related mentioned in ‘Around the Grounds’ next week please email nathan.taylor@westernweekender. or call 4722 2998.








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The program has been approved by Penrith City Council, and will soon be promoted through a host of local long day care centres and preschools. Sporty Kids classes have vacancies on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday Mornings, and there are even ladies only beginner classes on at the same times. For your FREE trial lesson in a Sporty Kids or Hot Shots program call Nepean District Tennis Association at Woodriff Gardens, Penrith on 47212880


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osing their gold medal clash after being up by 18 points against NSW Country last year has given Men’s NSW Metro coach Curtis Sardi plenty of motivation leading into this year’s Australian U16 Basketball Championships in Geelong this July. Sardi, who is also Penrith’s U16 Men’s coach, wants to right the wrongs of last year, naming a very strong squad, including three promising Penrith players, to hopefully make amends at this year’s national championships. 15-year-olds Josh Kalwy and Kevin Achampong along with 14-year-old Josh Green have each been selected in Sardi’s 10-man team due to their ability to fill several roles within the team with their offensive flair and great athleticism. “The three offer something different each. They were the best kids in their positions and deserved to be named,” Sardi said. “Josh Kalwy is probably one of the best scorers in Sydney while Kevin Achampong is a great rebounder, scorer and can steal. He is long and athletic and has a bit of everything

Bri Letta and Josh Kalwy (back) with Kevin Achampong and Josh Green. about him. Josh Green is a tenacious type of kid. He’s going to give you 100 per cent each game. His competitiveness is not matched by anyone else.” Sardi is confident NSW Metro will do well. “I think we can definitely be among the top four teams this year. We are there to win it

all but I definitely think we can take home a medal,” Sardi declared. Also representing Penrith at the U16 Australian Championships is Bri Letta, who recently returned from an injury-riddled 2013 season to finally be selected to debut in the Women’s NSW Metro U16’s team.

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