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ecades after what is described as “horrific” abuse, police are hoping to hold those responsible for historical sex offences at a Penrith boys’ home accountable. Detectives from Nepean Police Area Command investigating the alleged abuse of children at the Daruk Training School at Berkshire Park between 1965 and 1985 have made their first arrest and expect there’s more to come. Nepean Police Area Commander Brett McFadden is urging any further victims to come forward as they piece together critical parts of the investigation. “What we have found during the course of the investigation is that boys between the age of 10 and 14 have suffered what appears to be significant sexual abuse whilst in the care facility,” he said. “We recognise that some of the victims have a chequered history in their engagement with police, but we are not judging them at this time. Our concern is to make sure that they are heard.

“They have an opportunity to have their accounts placed clearly on the record.” In emotional and explosive interviews on ‘60 Minutes’ on Sunday night, three victims spoke out about their experiences at the notorious Daruk boys’ home. The men allege that as boys the abuse occurred on a daily basis as children at the home were at the mercy of a “major, serious paedophile ring” run by the people entrusted to protect them. The alleged abuse ranged from being locked in an isolation cell for days and being beaten to rape and even a horrific botched circumcision. Police didn’t hold back when saying there would be numerous arrests as part of the investigation, declaring more charges were “imminent”. Story continues on » p. 6 & 7

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tudents and teachers at Banks Public School in St Clair have joined thousands of other Australians in raising vital funds for the World’s Greatest Shave. Gathering in the courtyard this week, the school cheered on as teacher Katrina King and student Hollie Kennedy braved the shave. Hollie, who is just nine-years-old, decided to take part after seeing those close to her battle cancer. “I decided to do it because I’ve had four friends who have had cancer, which made me want to help,” she said. When the teachers heard of Hollie’s mission, it didn’t take much for Ms King to join in the shave. “I heard that Hollie was doing it and I didn’t even have to think twice about doing it,” she said. “She’s a bit of an inspiration for everyone else, she sets a goal for herself and doesn’t seem to give up.” This isn’t the first time that the school has rallied around Hollie, with the school also holding its own fundraiser back in 2016 to help pay medical bills for Hollie, who suffers a hearing and eye condition called neurofibromatosis. “My friends were all excited for me and my grandma’s craft group came to watch as well as my brother, who came all the way from Melbourne,” Hollie said. Since starting the fundraiser, the pair have raised over $1,800. With time still left to donate, you can support the pair by visiting www.worldsgreatestshave.com and type in Banks P.S in the team sponsor page.

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An impossible issue to solve T here was something joyous about the pre Internet at your fingertips era. There was a sense of achievement when you lined up for hours to get concert tickets to your favourite artist, sometimes even camping overnight. The joyous feeling when you walked into a record store and found a new release from your favourite artist – unaware it was coming given there wasn’t months of online hype. A job well done when you set the VHS timer correctly trying to tape your favourite show. You get the picture. I’d say life was better then but of course, that’s not true. Through rose coloured glasses and a touch of nostalgic emotion, we tend to think it was. The reality is technology improves our lives. I think sometimes we’re actually jealous of how easy younger generations can access information, and we translate it into a classic “back in my day” attitude. For the modern day parent however, the Internet can seem like a dangerous world; particularly when it comes to cyber-bullying. Parenting is the one thing that was perhaps simpler in years and decades gone by. Parents, governments and schools will continue to grapple with the issue of how to tackle cyber-bullying for many generations to come. A solution will not be found overnight, if ever. In fact a solution or at least a framework had barely been found to physical bullying in schoolyards before the Internet came along and upset the entire apple cart.

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Deaths like that of 14-year-old Amy Dolly Everett earlier this year bring home the reality of cyber-bullying for parents but they don’t bring us any closer to an answer nor do they educate the bullies out there of the consequences such nasty actions can bring. Learning from their actions is rarely in the mindset of a bully. While schoolyard bullying was never easy to deal with, there was occasionally solutions that worked. I remember when I was getting bullied at primary school, my father confronted the bully and had a ‘quiet’ word with him. Probably not the ideal answer, but he never bothered me again. The problem with the Internet is that it’s hard to fathom adult behaviour online let alone that of kids. I’ve lost track of how many friends I’ve had over the years who seem to lose their intelligence when it comes to Facebook, sharing stories and pictures that are clearly not true, or making comments on news stories I really doubt they’d make if we were face to face somewhere.

Then there’s young women in their late teens or 20s who use Instagram purely to show off what’s on their chest. Some deviate and go with backside shots instead. Wear what you like, sure. Flaunt it, I guess. But I don’t think I’ll ever understand the appeal of posting half-naked photos of yourself for friends, colleagues and the odd stranger to gawk at online. It’s a popularity contest, I guess. And popularity, or lack of it, often leads to bullying. You see the problem we have is that schoolyard or cyber-bullying is, in my opinion at least, a direct result of the society we have around us. We are a society that makes magazines like New Idea and Woman’s Day market leaders, even though they make up stories, many of them negative and hurtful, about others. Bullying, essentially. We are a society that loves best and worst dressed lists; a society that loves watching lives worse than our own crash and burn on reality TV. We idolise Kim Kardashian but most of us have probably already forgotten the name of the Australian of the Year. I certainly don’t have the solution to cyber-bullying. I doubt we’ll ever have a solution that stamps it out entirely. But if we remember that the actions of our children are generally a direct reflection of their peer group, and their family, perhaps we can all learn a lesson about how we behave and the examples our behaviours set. Meanwhile, the State and Federal Governments have plenty of work to do to find their role in this whole issue.

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Hospital claims dubious honour as patients face long delays waiting to be seen EMILY NEWTON

epean Hospital is winning again, but for all the wrong reasons. The hospital has taken back its top spot as the NSW emergency department with the longest waits in the state, as a staggering 44.8 per cent of patients are waiting longer than four hours according to independent data from the Bureau of Health Information. This is a 6.6 per cent increase in patients waiting longer than four hours over the same quarter a year ago. Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord said the latest data shows a health and hospital system under enormous pressure, buckling under increased demand at western Sydney hospitals. “The NSW health and hospital system continues to be under growing pressure with long waits in emergency departments and long waits for elective surgery,” he said. “Nepean Hospital has secured the unfortunate distinction of being the most under pressure hospital in the state. Make no mistake, Nepean Hospital is at breaking point and patients are suffering.” In the three-month period of October to December, 17,650 patients presented to

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Nepean Hospital has resumed its position as the NSW emergency department with the longest waits in the state Nepean Hospital’s emergency department and 914 babies were born. The lengthy waits weren’t limited to the emergency room, with the median wait for elective surgery hitting 315 days. Patients also waited 378 days for septoplasty, 356 days for tonsillectomies, 285 days for total knee replacement and 340

days for ear, nose and throat surgery. Nepean Hospital General Manager Brett Williams said initiatives are already in place to try to reduce the pressure the hospital is facing. “Nepean Hospital is focused on increasing capacity to reduce the waiting times for our patients,” he said.

“The Stage 1 $576 million redevelopment of Nepean Hospital, already underway, includes a new, expanded emergency department and at least 12 new operating theatres, which will help our staff to better meet future demand. “A refurbishment of our emergency department is currently underway, which will create extra clinical space and increase capacity. “A number of Nepean Hospital initiatives, such as the Paediatric Assessment Short Stay and Cardiology Day Only Unit, offer alternative pathways to allow patients to be fast-tracked through emergency. “To help meet the growing demand for elective surgery, we have expanded theatre capacity within facilities across the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and reconfigured facilities to increase day-only bed capacity.” Member for Londonderry Prue Car said that as the waiting list for elective surgery grows, so does the pressure on staff at the hospital. “Nurses and doctors are consistently under pressure and do an amazing job in difficult circumstances,” she said. How long have you waited to be seen at Nepean Hospital? Tell us your stories: news@westernweekender.com.au.

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Government to offer support Survivors of child sexual abuse in NSW Government institutions will soon have access to a responsive consistent and compassionate scheme, including a redress payment of up to $150,000. “It’s a national shame that so many children were sexually abused in environments where they should have been nurtured and protected,” Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies said. “A redress scheme is vital to helping ensure survivors in Mulgoa and in all communities across Australia are supported and treated with dignity.” A national redress scheme was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and will provide survivors with a redress payment, access to counselling and direct personal responses from institutions. “NSW and Victoria will be the first states to opt into the scheme, which is vital to acknowledging the suffering of survivors of abuse and supporting them on their journey to recovery,” NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian said. “Redress is an important part of recognising the lifelong impact of child abuse on survivors, many of whom carry the scars decades after abuse occurred. We strongly encourage non-government organisations in NSW also to opt in.” The NSW Government will make its formal response to all Royal Commission recommendations in June. Lifeline: 13 11 14

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Detective Superintendent Brett McFadden is desperate for more victims to come forward and talk to police. Photo: Melinda Jane Story continued from » p. 1 Strike Force Eckersley was established by the Nepean Police Area Command in late 2016 following a series of complaints made to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. “Over the past 18 months, the Strike Force has identified 80 victims and 25 persons of interest,” Detective Superintendent McFadden said.

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“Out of our 25 persons of interest, some of them are deceased, but some of them will be facing significant charges in the imminent future. “We’re trying to understand what the dynamics were, whether there were any links between people that were involved and the exact nature of what’s taken place over this 20-year period.” The now-defunct facility, located near Windsor, was one of several such homes throughout the state used to accommo-


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not far away despite police pleas • More arrests loom It also won’t stand in the way of police bringing the offenders to justice. Acting on a formal complaint, officers travelled to Brisbane late last month and, with the assistance of Queensland detectives, arrested a 67-year-old accused paedophile from Jindalee. The man was extradited to NSW and faced Penrith Local Court on Friday, March 2 on 19 historical charges including ‘indecent assault on a male’ and ‘buggery’. The charges relate to the alleged sexual abuse of boys, aged 12 and 13, in the late 1970s. The man was given bail, which was continued at Penrith Local Court on Wednesday with the DPP failing in a bid to put him behind bars. His bail conditions include not contacting any child under the age of 16 years, not attending any place where children frequent, and not going within 100 metres of any school or daycare centre. Unsure of the total number of victims, detectives are also urging anyone who attended the boys’ home or worked there during that period to contact them, to help put context to the serious allegations and “hold those that are responsible to account”. While the focus is the Daruk Training School, detectives are also looking at

whether the abuse transcends more than one facility or extends to more than one location. “Allegations of this nature are very sensitive, as far as victims are concerned,” Detective Superintendent McFadden said. “We are determined to get to the core of what happened at the facility but we need accounts from those who were there.” He said it was important to make clear that not everyone who worked at the centre is under suspicion. “A number of staff have had allegations made against them… [but] a significant number of staff who worked there aren’t involved,” he said. Detective Superintendent McFadden said he was issuing a “nationwide call” for victims to come forward. “It’s not a matter of taking a short victim statement, our detectives are engaging with these victims over days to ensure not only their trust and respect, but also a clear understanding of what’s taken place,” he said. “Some of these victims have been dealing with their experience for many years, they haven’t found a way to tell family or friends what they’ve experienced.” Police are appealing for anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Lifeline: 13 11 14

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Nepean River Flood Study – Draft Exhibition Report Penrith City Council, with technical and financial assistance from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, has completed the draft Nepean River Flood Study. This study covers the section of Nepean River and its floodplain from the Glenbrook Creek confluence upstream of the M4 Motorway in the south to the Penrith LGA boundary in the north at Yarramundi Bridge on Springwood Road, Agnes Banks. The study area includes the suburbs of Leonay, Regentville, Emu Plains, Jamisontown, Penrith, North Penrith, South Penrith, Emu Heights, Cranebrook, Castlereagh and Agnes Banks. The draft study is on public exhibition for community feedback from 15 March to 19 April 2018 and can be viewed: • Online: yoursaypenrith.com.au, or • In person: Penrith Library and Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith We encourage any interested members of the community, including residents, property owners and business people in the study area to comment on this draft. You are also invited to drop in any time during the following community information sessions to view materials and speak with Council staff and expert consultants: • Castlereagh Hall 1158–1160 Castlereagh Road, Castlereagh (Tuesday, 3 April; 6pm–8pm with a brief presentation at 6.30pm) • Lennox Village Shopping Centre Cnr of Great Western Highway and Pyramid Street, Emu Plains (Wednesday, 4 April; 9am–3pm) • Penrith Library (Theatrette Room) 601 High Street, Penrith (Thursday, 5 April; 6pm–8pm with a brief presentation at 6.30pm) Please send your written submissions to Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751 or via email: council@penrith.city before 5pm on Thursday, 19 April 2018.

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS The following Development Application has been received by Council: • Rise Projects Pty Ltd DA18/0148 52 Cam Street, Cambridge Park Demolition of existing structures and construction of 12 x 2-storey town houses with associated works Contact: Pukar Pradhan on 4732 7991 Closing Date: 30 March 2018

DEVELOPMENT CONSENT/S DETERMINED Pursuant to Section 101 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, the schedule 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 • Maryland Development DA17/0919 Company Pty Ltd Lots 1183, 1184 & 1185 DP 1215092 and Lot 1998 & 1999 DP 1220914, Armoury Road, Llandilo Stage 1W & 2W – Torrens title subdivision into 67 x residential lots, 2 x open space lots and 3 x residue lots and associated works

• Sam Gohari DA17/0791 Lot 164 DP 12590, Lot 164B DP 12590 (No. 29) Sydney Street, St Marys Demolition of existing structures and construction of 10 x town houses and associated works • St Marys Land Ltd DA17/0834 Lot 1003 DP 1215087, Lot 1003 Wianamatta Parkway, Llandilo Demolition of connector road between the haulage road and central precinct, tree removal and contamination/unexploded ordinance investigation works • Isaac Property Development DA17/0057 Lots 1 & 2 DP 1017480 & Lot 3 DP 1020994 (Nos. 2215–2227 & 2229–2231) Castlereagh Road, Penrith Extension of existing storage facility (Kennards Hire), construction of 1 x industrial unit, 4 x take-away food and drink premises including associated drive through facilities, car parking, landscape and drainage works • W & T Australia Pty Ltd DA16/0744 Lots 3A DP 397002 & Lots 4, 5 & 6 DP 18072, (Nos. 9–11) Queen Street, St Marys Demolition of existing structures, remediation of land and construction of a mixed-use development including basement car parking, ground floor commercial floor space and 33 x residential apartments • Rise Projects DA17/0878 Lot 6 & 7 DP 28822 (No. 32) Lethbridge Avenue, Werrington Demolition of existing dwelling and construction of 12 x town houses with associated landscaping and drainage works • Robert Alha DA17/1366 Lot 1 DP 549632 (No.165) Canberra Street, St Marys Demolition of existing dwelling and construction of 9 x town houses and associated drainage and landscaping works • Sydney Recycling Park Pty Ltd DA17/0396 Lot 230 DP 1134016 (Nos. 16–23) Clifton Avenue, Kemps Creek Construction of temporary shed to enclose some waste processing equipment and site activities associated with existing landfill facility • Dvyne Design  DA17/0425 Lots 1306 & 1307 DP 1161827 (Nos. 38–40) Bangalla Parade, Glenmore Park Torrens title subdivision x 4 lots, attached dual occupancies x 2 and strata title subdivision (proposed lots 1 & 2) and dwelling houses x 2 (proposed lots 3 & 4)

INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENTS Penrith City Council has received Development Applications in respect of the subject properties. The consent authority for these development applications is Penrith City Council.

• Ancon Development Group Pty Ltd DA18/0155 Lot 1363 DP 1215099 (No. 2) Corporal Way, Llandilo Torrens title subdivision x 4 lots The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the NSW Rural Fire Service – Rural Fires Act 1997. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed to the right of this notice at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 16 March 2018 to 30 March 2018. Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council, in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the grounds of objection are to be specified in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA18/0155. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Lucy Goldstein on 4732 8136.

• Ancon Development Group Pty Ltd DA18/0156 Lot 1382 DP 1215099 (No. 121) Wianamatta Parkway, Llandilo Torrens title subdivision x 11 lots The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the NSW Rural Fire Service – Rural Fires Act 1997. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 16 March 2018 to 30 March 2018. Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council, in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the grounds of objection are to be specified in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA18/0156. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Lucy Goldstein on 4732 8136. • St Marys Land Ltd DA18/0166 Lot 3000 DP 1220974 (Lot 3000) Wianamatta Parkway, Llandilo Demolition of existing bridge over South Creek (Penrith LGA) and other existing structures, vegetation removal and investigation into contamination and unexploded ordinance. The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the Department of Water and Energy – 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 office hours, in the period from 16 March 2018 to 16 April 2018. Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council, in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the grounds of objection are to be specified in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA18/0166. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Kate Smith on 4732 7705. • Statewide Planning DA16/0566.03 Lot 128 DP 1215199 (Lot 55) French Street, Werrington Section 96 modification to the approved subdivision of part of the site into 111 x Torrens title residential allotments and associated road construction, drainage and landscaping works – amendment to vegetation management plan requirements. The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the NSW Rural Fire Service – Rural Fires Act 1997. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 16 March 2018 to 30 March 2018. Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council, in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the grounds of objection are to be specified in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA16/0566.03. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Jane Hetherington on 4732 8078 Viewing of Development Applications The above development application/s may be viewed on Council’s DA Tracker via penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/ DATracker. Alternatively, the applications can be viewed during Council’s normal business hours at the Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith. Officers of Council’s Development Services Department will be able to assist with your enquiries. 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 penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

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achael Beck’s ‘This Girl’ is an intimate journey of song, story and laughs. Rachael, a multi-award winning star of Australian stage and screen, dissects her career and life and takes us on a journey through her formative years of local Eisteddfods and her ‘Sesame Street’ inspired routine, child prodigy years in ‘Cats’, onto her ‘girl-next-door’ phase in ‘Hey Dad!’ and beyond. ‘This Girl’ reflects Rachael’s diverse tastes and musical experiences, with songs from shows such as ‘Cabaret’, ‘Les Misérables’ and ‘A Little Night Music’, to rock anthems penned by artists such as Bob Dylan, Kate Bush and KD Lang. Rachael, accompanied by piano, will leave you with your heart on your sleeve. Rachael’s appearances in various musicals have secured her place as one of Australia’s best-loved stage performers. Rachael Beck is appearing at The Joan in Penrith on Wednesday, March 28 at 11am. Bookings: 4723 7600. The Weekender has a double pass to give away to ‘This Girl’. For your chance to win, email competitions@ westernweekender.com.au with ‘Beck’ in the subject line. Entries close March 22. Authorised under NSW Permit No LTPM/18/02771. Terms: www.westernweekender.com.au.

Cranebrook FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IN PENRITH? Chilli Jam FAVOURITE PLACE TO HAVE A COFFEE IN PENRITH? Nepean River Coffee Club, especially after a motorcycle ride with friends FAVOURITE PLACE TO HAVE A DRINK IN PENRITH? Penrith Panthers FAVOURITE PLACE TO RELAX IN PENRITH? Nepean River with the kids WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT PENRITH? Living so close to some of the most beautiful natural areas in Sydney. Not to mention the close proximity of some legendary motorcycle routes. WHAT IS PENRITH’S BEST KEPT SECRET? Some of the beautiful hidden spots along the banks of the Nepean River.

Congrats to Weekender team member Ian Beard, who won $2000 as part of the random members draw at the Panthers game on Sunday. Beardy almost pulled a hammy running to claim his prize!

Another week, more crowd issues facing the Western Sydney Wanderers. All of this as crowds and TV ratings plummet for the A-League. The code is in real trouble and losing popularity quickly.

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Bill steels himself for fight Tariff exemption a welcome relief but Opposition Leader remains on high alert EMILY NEWTON

ith steel and aluminium making global headlines, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten visited Penrith for a tour of the Capral Aluminium facility to announce a plan to protect the local industry. Member for Lindsay Emma Husar welcomed Mr Shorten, who was joined by Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, Jason Clare, and Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Kim Carr last Friday. “Capral sits inside Lindsay and employs local people, it’s our job to make sure that we’re standing up for those people,” Ms Husar said. Recently, US President Donald Trump announced that the United States will impose a 25 per cent tariff on foreign steel and a 10 per cent tariff on foreign aluminium imports, creating fear on how this will impact the Australian economy. Mr Trump has since confirmed Australia would be exempt from the tariffs, but Mr Shorten remains on alert. He and Ms Husar toured the manufacturing facility and spoke to Capral workers about their concerns. “The management and workforce at

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over the job security of tens of thousands of our fellow Australians that work in steel and aluminium.” If Australia wasn’t exempt from the tariffs or if the exemption deal hits a snag, it would create significant issues. “What matters to me is a fair go for Australia, what matters to me is a fair go for these Capral workers, small business, the people in the metal manufacturing industry,” Mr Shorten said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the exemption deal was an important outcome for Australia. “What we have achieved is a commitment from the President, that the tariffs that he has announced on steel and aluminium, will not apply to exports from Australia,” he said. “The tariff would simply have put jobs on both sides of the Pacific at risk. So, it’s a very important outcome.”

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2,000 bass fingerlings released into canal in Thornton LAUREN SUTTIE

here was some-fin fishy about the Thornton community last weekend, as locals came together to welcome their newest residents. About 2,000 bass fingerlings were released into the Thornton canal on Sunday as part of a project by the Thornton Community Group Inc. Local resident and member of the Thornton Community Group Inc, Marzi DeSanti, said one of the project’s aims was to create a greater sense of community within the new estate. “We are keen to develop some community spirit and we thought this would be a good focal point for people to meet and release the fingerlings,” he said. “The second thing is that we wanted to install a bit of pride within the community to help look after and take a bit of ownership over the canal, so they would keep it clean and healthy.” But the project isn’t only aimed at bettering the community, with the environment also set to benefit. “The bass fingerlings are native to the area and will keep the canal clean by eating the insects and keep the mosquito population down,” Mr DeSanti said. “We are also very mindful that the water from the canal flows into the Nepean

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The fingerlings being released into the canal in Thornton. Photo: Graham Collins River, so we are hoping that the eggs from the fish when they grow to adult size, will actually flow into the Nepean River and populate it more.” While currently there is no fishing allowed, there still might be an opportunity in the future for locals to throw a line into the canal. “At the moment there are signs for no fishing and I think that is precautionary, as we don’t know what condition the fish

would be in with the water that flows through the canal,” he said. “We will consider, in conjunction with Penrith Council, further down the track when they are at maturity perhaps about catch and release community days.” The fish release is just one of many projects the community group is overseeing, with community gardens, a communal pizza oven and a community safety program all currently in the works.

Monday night’s extraordinary Penrith City Council meeting was all about garbage politics as Labor and Liberal Councillors were divided over garbage truck drivers’ pay and working conditions. The meeting was triggered after Liberal Councillors gave notice to rescind a resolution regarding tenders to the Waste Collection Service that was previously passed on February 26. Two Transport Workers Union members spoke about their fears of job security and possible loss of income if the conditions of the waste tender were changed. Simon Lofty, who has worked in Penrith garbage collection for nine years, claimed workers could take home up to $300 less a week if any changes were made. “We could lose mortgages or the ability to pay rent,” he said. But Councillor Mark Davies said there was a “scare campaign” in place, and the workers would not be subject to different conditions. “I’d like to apologise to you that you’ve been misled,” Cr Davies told the men. Changes to the current tender were then discussed in confidence. Independent Councillor Kevin Crameri voted alongside Labor ensuring the Motion to Rescind a Resolution was lost, prompting applause from garbage workers in the gallery. Councillor Ross Fowler labelled it a “terrible decision”. – Emily Newton

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Cranebrook: Cigarette the likely cause of ferocious fire

The combination of a mattress and a cigarette is believed to have destroyed a house in Cranebrook. Police and firefighters attended a house that was well alight at Collen Place on Tuesday, March 6 at 4.30pm. The house was boarded up, and it is believed that it was not resided in at the time of the fire. The blaze was quickly extinguished and the fire was determined to have started in a front bedroom, where an old mattress was located. It appears that a cigarette may have inadvertently lit the mattress, and the petroleum products inside the mattress allowed for a fast spread of the fire to other areas of the house.

Penrith: Dog owner gets fine after fox terrier attacks man

A dog owner has copped a fine after their fox terrier escaped and bit an elderly man on his ankle last week. On Tuesday, March 6 a 75-year-old man was walking along Parker Street in Penrith at about 9.45am when it is alleged a fox terrier has run from a yard and bitten him on his ankle. Police were contacted, and the owner of the dog was spoken to, alleging that the dog has managed to escape the yard by unknown means. The owner was issued with an infringement for ‘Owner of dog which rushes at/ attacks/bites/chases any person/animal’.

Emu Plains: Owner alerts fire fighters to blaze at business

Police are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out at an industrial premises in Emu Plains last week. At about 10.20pm on Thursday, March 8, emergency services were called to attend a fire on David Road. A fire alarm was activated in a room at the location, which was a back to base system, alerting the owner. Contact was immediately made to the NSW Fire Brigade who quickly arrived

on scene to extinguish the fire. At this stage it does not appear that the fire was deliberately lit, but investigations are continuing.

Llandilo: Security cameras help catch car thieves

Two males were arrested for motor vehicle theft and fraudulent use of a man’s credit cards after being identified on CCTV. On Monday, March 5 a 41-year-old man has locked and secured his company motor vehicle in the driveway of his property on Llandilo Road, Llandilo. When the man has gone to use his vehicle, it was discovered to have been stolen. The vehicle also contained the man’s wallet and contents, with his credit cards found to have been used at numerous locations from Emerton to Doonside. At 10.30am on Wednesday, March 7 the vehicle was located at Doonside, and later in the day two offenders were identified via CCTV. A 51-year-old Blacktown man was arrested and charged with multiple offences. He was bail refused and will appear in Penrith Local Court on Friday, May 11. The second offender was a 15-year-old Seven Hills youth who was arrested and charged with two counts of ‘Dishonestly obtain property by deception’ to appear in Children’s Court next month.

Penrith: Police believe fire may have been deliberately lit

A fire that engulfed an industrial premises in Penrith in the early hours of last Tuesday morning is being treated as suspicious. Police and the NSW Fire Brigade were called to the Batt Street premises at 1.20am on Tuesday, March 6. Firefighters have forced access to the unit and managed to extinguish the blaze. A crime scene was established, and it is believed the fire may have been deliberately lit. Police have secured CCTV from the area and investigations are continuing into the incident.

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We’re going green: Huge crowds expected for Saturday’s Penrith Festival enrith’s CBD will turn green tomorrow with a huge family day planned for this year’s Penrith Festival. High Street will be packed with loads of free entertainment, market stalls, food trucks, rides, dragons, dinosaurs and fairies tomorrow, all part of the ‘Festival of Green’ format this year. Penrith CBD Corporation CEO Gai Hawthorn said the popular Penrith Festival brings about awareness and showcases businesses in the Penrith CBD while connecting the community. “I’m always talking to the locals and there is an immense amount of pride and ownership of our town. That definitely shines come Festival day,” she said. “The activities, entertainment and food are a large and fun part of the day. I love the happy smiles and the enjoyment on the children’s faces. The amount of locals that wander through the CBD always makes me pleased because it means that we have such a strong and loving community and the chance to keep planning bigger and better experiences for Penrith.” The first 500 people at the Festival on Saturday will receive a free plant thanks to Penrith City Council. For those feeling a little adventurous, there’s a 15 metre rock climbing wall to conquer. And the little ones can have a

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cuddle with some cute animals at the Petting Zoo. Be sure to also check out the Festival’s Main Stage and enjoy performances by a host of local dance schools, including PAWS Studios, who are putting on a special pantomime ‘The Kingdom of Enchantment’ at 10.45am. Say hello to the Weekender team on High Street too. The green theme continues with Celtic band Riogh and Penrith Gaels Maher School of Irish Dance, with awardwinning dancers to put a jig in your step. Local music star Nicki Gillis will also be performing big female rock hits from the 80’s with her band The Rainmakers, and Suzie Leigh from the theatre show ‘Her Story – A History of Women’s Rock’. All that activity will no doubt stir up a hearty appetite, and that’s where the Festival has it covered. The local cafés and restaurants will be ready to whip up tasty meals for the crowds and an assortment of food trucks and stalls spanning several cuisines will be ready to tantalise your tastebuds. The highlight of the Festival will be the street parade at 12.30pm. The Penrith Festival will be held across High Street, Station Street, Woodriff Street and Riley Street from 9am-3pm this Saturday, March 17.

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Mum who never stopped fighting EMILY NEWTON

or her tireless work helping her son Bobby live his best life possible, inspirational local mum Elise Webber was named Lindsay’s 2018 Woman of the Year last week. A children’s author, local students and tireless volunteers were also among the women celebrated at Member for Lindsay Emma Husar’s International Women’s Day Breakfast, held on Friday, March 9. “Each recipient has demonstrated leadership in advocating or enhancing the lives of women,” Ms Husar said. “We have amazing and remarkable women in this community.” Ms Webber was awarded Carer of the Year prior to being announced Woman of the Year for her dedicated work caring for her son Bobby, affectionately known as ‘Bobby The Brave’. “If your child ended up with the lifelong afflictions that Bobby has ended up with, it would be pretty easy to think there was nothing left to fight for,” Ms Husar said. “Kids are our most important part of anything that we do, and it is our job to make sure that we care for the most vulnerable in our community.”

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Ms Husar said Ms Webber had become an inspiration to other parents going through similar trauma to what her family experienced. “Elise’s advocacy not just for her own little boy but for all the little boys that will be sadly after him is incredible and it takes an enormous amount of strength and courage to get up every day and be reminded of the horrible atrocity she was faced with,” she said. In 2014, at just seven-months-old, Bobby was abused by his non-biological uncle, leaving him with multiple skull fractures, brain damage, burst blood vessels behind his eyes – from being violently shaken – and a fractured vertebrae. Through tears, Ms Webber said she was not “bitter” about the attack anymore, and instead is putting her energy into loving her family and fighting to protect other children. “It is a real shock to be awarded this, because I feel like I just do what any mother would do,” she said. “I have made our story very public in the hope that one day we will eradicate child abuse as much as we can. “Each day that we have with our son is a blessing and I look at it that we are lucky that he is still here with us.”

The winners are... Educator of the Year: Mandii Carr Young Woman of the Year: Georgia Wood Junior Woman of the Year: Emma Hogan Carer of the Year: Elise Webber Business Woman of the Year: Rebecca Jarrett-Dalton Sportswoman of the Year: Linda Cerone Volunteer of the Year: Natalie Ballard Artist of the Year: Celeste Cannell Senior Woman of the Year: Barbara Mitchell 2018 Woman of the Year: Elise Webber

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Isaac Villanueva at Panthers on Tuesday EMILY NEWTON

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s one Mulgoa boy prepares for brain surgery, he dreams of meeting his idol, Bruno Mars. The now 13-year-old Isaac Villanueva was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, Cystic Pineocytoma, at just 10-monthsold, resulting in brain surgery and two years of chemotherapy. Now he’s preparing for another surgery after the tumor has grown. Close friend of the family Kellie-Ann Clifton said Isaac is a passionate young man, and the family are not the type to complain despite difficult circumstances. “As a result of the tumor, Isaac has lost a large percentage of his eye sight and spent his primary school years learning braille,” she said. “Over the past 10 years Isaac has been lucky enough for the tumor to remain in a stable condition and not cause any concerns to the treating doctors.” A staunch Penrith Panthers supporter, on Tuesday Issac was invited to meet the players and watch them train, inspiring a massive ear to ear grin. “While his parents stay strong and tell me ‘he’s a fighter’, I worry about the affect it will have on him and hope with all that is inside of me that he comes out of the operation the same little legend that goes in,” Ms Clifton said. “We would love for Isaac to meet his idol, Bruno Mars, to keep his mind off surgery and what lies ahead.” With both of Isaac’s parents working fulltime jobs, and a younger brother and sister who love him dearly, Ms Clifton is hoping the excitement and support of meeting Bruno Mars could provide Isaac with some courage before the operation, scheduled to take place next week. Anyone who can help should email helpuscontactbruno@gmail.com.

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Sally Whyte says her mother Mary has shown great fighting spirit in her ongoing battle with cancer. Photo: Melinda Jane LAUREN SUTTIE

nyone whose life has been touched by cancer knows that it’s not an easy battle to overcome. For South Penrith local Mary Whyte, she hasn’t had to overcome this battle just once, but four times. After first being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32, Ms Whyte has since undergone numerous rounds of radiation and chemotherapy, as well as countless surgeries, which included a mastectomy. But after seven years of being in remission, tests recently revealed that the cancer had come back for a fifth time. “I had seven years reprieve before a scar on my chest wall started bubbling up and that is when they found that the cancer was in about six different areas of my body,” she said. “I’ve currently got bone cancer from my brain all the way down to my hip.” Her daughter Sally Whyte said that over the 19 years her mum had battled

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the disease, it was her positive attitude through it all that continued to amaze everyone around her. “Through this cancer journey she continues to remind me every day of her blessings,” she said. “That cancer brings her closer to her children and her friends, that it has led her to lead a healthy lifestyle and that it will now see her travelling overseas for the first time ever.” After doctors told her that options for treatment would again involve chemotherapy, Ms Whyte started looking at other treatments and came across an experimental treatment in Japan called Immunotherapy. The new treatment will see a specially made vaccine injected into her immune cells. “If I had stayed with Australian medicine it would just be chemo, chemo, chemo until one day they say, ‘Mary chemo can’t help you any more, you have to go home and die’,” Ms Whyte said. “I can’t listen to them because I don’t want to be bald for the rest of my life, I don’t want to be sick for the rest of my

life, so that is where the thought of going to Japan was a good idea.” With it estimated to cost up to $35,000, the single mum of two is having to sell her home to fund the treatment. Knowing that her mum would never seek help herself, Sally decided to set up a GoFundMe page, which has already blown the pair away with the amount of generosity that has been shown. “Seeing how many people are here to support mum, not just those that have donated, but people contacting us to talk or sending messages of love, has truly helped mum and myself feel more connected,” Sally said. Expecting to leave for Japan in three weeks’ time, Ms Whyte said she is as determined as ever. “When I was first diagnosed it was I can’t leave this world, I’ve got children to raise and now it’s I can’t leave this world I’ve got to meet my grandchildren,” she said. If you would like to donate towards Mary’s trip, visit www.gofundme.com/ healingmary.

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Julie’s made a difference Penrith local named Aboriginal Woman of the Year for tireless community work EMILY NEWTON

amilaroi woman and local Penrith resident Julie Shelley has been named the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year for her life’s dedication to supporting members of the western Sydney Aboriginal community. Currently Chair of the Aboriginal Communities Matter Advisory Group, Ms Shelley is a strong advocate for members of the Stolen Generation, of which she is a member herself. State Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said Ms Shelley has selflessly used her life experience and professional education to change the lives of residents in Penrith. “Julie has worn many hats during almost five decades working in the community, including as an Aboriginal support worker, liaison and counsellor,” he said. “She has built relationships with Aboriginal young people and families that have benefited not only Penrith but the wider western Sydney community.” Starting out as a volunteer phone counsellor for WestCare in Penrith, Ms Shelley believes that education is the most powerful tool in making a change and as a result has never stopped learning, gaining multiple qualifications.

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Minister for Women Tanya Davies, Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Julie Shelley and Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres at the 2018 NSW Women of the Year Awards on Thursday, March 8

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“Learn as much as you can, and you can do whatever you set your heart to do,” she said. Ms Shelley said she was shocked to receive the award, saying “it’s nice to be recognised for what I’ve done, but it’s not why I’ve done it”. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell and Premier Gladys Berejiklian presented Ms Shelley with the award at the 2018 NSW Women of the Year Awards last week. “Julie is a true leader and role model in her community,” Ms Mitchell said. “I have no doubt her experiences will inspire Aboriginal women and girls across the state who might be considering careers advocating for their communities.” Minister for Women Tanya Davies said the Awards play a vital role in acknowledging women who are driving societal change through their passions and purpose. “I congratulate Ms Shelley for her contributions and role in leading the way for the future generation of women,” she said. Penrith’s Michele Ellery was also celebrated as a finalist for the NSW Women of the Year Awards in the Community Hero category for her visionary advocacy for victims of domestic violence and childhood sexual abuse.

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Sights set too high

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It doesn’t help that they don’t want a “first home” (Putting the dream to bed, Weekender March 9). They want four bedrooms, two and a half baths, double garage, media room and a pool. MIKE CRAWLEY, VIA FACEBOOK

They can’t have the cake and eat it too. Gaining the biggest asset you will ever have in your life takes sacrifice, well worth the effort when you get old and you have security and a roof over your head. MARGARET JOHNSON, VIA FACEBOOK

Mortgage is a tough choice

Is Griffin really that safe as Panthers coach?

There is so much to the housing debate, and all sides need to realise that there’s a bit of true and false in every argument. Growing up, there was probably no doubt that I was going to own a home. My parents drummed it in to me, as is the general edict from people of their generation. And so it happened. My wife and I earn a good income and we do have a hefty mortgage. We can afford to go on the odd holiday and enjoy things like pay TV, but I wouldn’t say we are swimming in cash. If anything, the mortgage has restricted big parts of our life. There’s a plus to that as well – there is pride and security in having our own home. Would I do it again? Maybe not, because those who argue that renting may be the answer at least until you’ve ticked off that bucket list are starting to convince me that they might be on to something. Anyway, back to watering my grass and fixing the back fence. RICHARD CHOIR, VIA EMAIL

Let’s see if we can manage better than two wins from nine starts like last year (Masked Panther, Weekender March 9). I don’t believe Griffin is as safe as you’re making him out to be. BREN ROBERTS, VIA FACEBOOK

Cemetery conversation Why is Cr Cornish all of a sudden so worried about cemeteries, when it appears that Council, in general, wants to distance itself from any other cemetery development? (Time to give dead a voice, Weekender March 9). I agree, I think Council should be preparing now for another Council-run cemetery for the future, but I also think that they should be supporting other legitimate cemetery developments in the Penrith LGA, as this area is growing, and it will be needed in the future, as well as giving people some choices. JIM MUELLER, VIA FACEBOOK

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Walk, jog or just donate Raising funds: Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australians LAUREN SUTTIE

ike many Penrith locals, Elizabeth Hutchins used to love spending her time outdoors in nature. Some of the best memories that her granddaughter Teagan Eisenhuth has of her are times they spent bush walking. “My favourite memories of her are being out in nature with her and going on bush walks,” Ms Eisenhuth said. “She used to love going bushwalking and up until recently, she was still running around.” Like over 400,000 other Australians, Ms Hutchins was diagnosed with dementia but, after a long battle, she passed away in December last year. It’s for this reason that Ms Eisenhuth has decided to participate in the Western Sydney Memory Walk and Jog on March 25. “We watched my grandma Elizabeth live with dementia for over seven years and saw the frustration and daily difficulties dementia had on not only her, but also my Grandpa, who lovingly cared for her up until she lost her battle,” she said. However, unlike most participants doing the walk and jog, Ms Eisenhuth has decided to run 7km every day for 30 days

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in the lead-up to the event, to raise money for Dementia Australia. “We started on February 16 because that would have been my grandmother’s 82nd birthday,” she said. “I had a baby nine months ago, so part of it was to get fitter, but I thought this was a cause to raise money and awareness for dementia.” With dementia the second leading cause of death in Australians, Dementia Australia’s National Executive Director for Client Services and Education, Susan McCarthy, said the walk was very much about raising awareness. “Even though dementia touches many people’s lives, there still isn’t the level of awareness that we need,” she said. “But even when people do know about it there is still a lack of real information that people have about dementia.” With her sister supporting her on her daily runs, the Memory Walk and Jog, to be held at Tench Reserve, will also be a family affair for Ms Eisenhuth. “I’m really excited about the event because I’ve got my little cousins who are 11 and 13 doing it with me and my grandfather,” she said. To support Tegean, visit www.memorywalk.com.au and enter in ‘Teagan’s Daily 7km’ on the sponsor page.

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One of the great joys of living in Penrith is having the Nepean River on my doorstep, and one of the perks of being Mayor is that I get to attend so many great events on the banks of the river. And I know I’m not alone in that feeling. The Nepean River is iconic – it’s unique, it’s beautiful and it offers recreation and entertainment for the whole community. Most of us have done the Great River Walk, had a family picnic or birthday at Tench Reserve, or enjoyed water sports at one time or another. At Council, we want to give you more ways to enjoy the river, which is why we hold regular, free community events at the river throughout the year. Come and join us at our next free community event at the river. Music by the River, is back on this Sunday, March 18 from 11am – 4pm. This gem of an event not only showcases our beautiful river, it also

provides a platform for our truly amazing local talent. Music by the River happens twice a year and this weekend we have a great range of local musicians playing a combination of original music and some famous favourites. The line-up includes Hannah Beeby, Emily Anderson, CloudBird, Karleigh Rose, Kristian Jackson, the M.A.D Factory and DNA. Food trucks will also be there to satisfy your hunger along with a number of free activities for the kids to enjoy while you sit back in a deck chair and soak up the sights and sounds on a lazy Sunday afternoon. If you’ve been before then you know what a great day out it is, and if you haven’t been you will not be disappointed. I know I’ll be there, relaxing in a deck chair and enjoying the music. More information about Music by the River is available online at: penrithcity. nsw.gov.au/events

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few tears were shed through a guard of honour as Senior Constable John Gribble was saluted out of Penrith Police Station and into retirement last week. For almost four decades, Senior Constable Gribble has worked for the NSW Police Force making a profound impact on the lives of others through his career. Inspector Phil Batton praised his exemplary work, saying “there is a great affection for someone like John”. “He’s applied everything from the physical side of policing to the intellectual side,” Inspector Batton said. “He has been a great example of a gentleman and our organisation will be sorer for the point that he is now gone.” The admiration of Senior Constable Gribble was evident as once the bagpiper had finished playing him off, and he had saluted his senior officers, he returned to the crowd for a proper kiss and hug goodbye for everyone. “His emails to this organisation are legendary, to the point where he got in trouble for most of them,” Inspector Batton joked. Beaming with admiration and pride, his wife Teryl Gribble watched as her husband walked out of Penrith Police Station in uniform for the last time. “I’ve always been extremely proud of

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Delivering Panther cubs One midwife’s remarkable connection to the Penrith rugby league team EMILY NEWTON

nstead of a baby’s cry, one Nepean Hospital caseload midwife hears a Panther cub’s purr as the unofficial ‘team midwife’ for the Penrith Panthers. Leanne Mallard is bringing the next generation of Panthers into the world through her caseload midwifery care for six women whose partners play for the Panthers. “My job is already wonderful, and just to have this added level to everything has been a bit of a ray of sunshine,” she told the Weekender. “It’s been going for 12 months now, and I’ve just gotten another referral, so I am up to baby number eight.” Caseload midwifery differs from standard maternity care in that the woman is cared for by the one midwife throughout the whole pregnancy, birth and early postnatal period. Because women see the same midwife throughout, they come to form a strong and lasting bond with their midwife. “The thing they really love is that one person is responsible for their care, so that continuity of care is important,” Ms Mallard said. “We really get to know their support,

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Leanne Mallard (centre) with Penrith Panthers players’ partners and their cubs she has helped deliver their challenges and then we can work through that together. “A lot of our care is done in the home, so we can really personalise it.” It was fate that brought Ms Mallard into the women’s lives, after another midwife went on holidays and she stepped in. A self-proclaimed Panthers fan, the midwife’s journey over the past year has been surreal as she sees some of her

favourite athletes in a whole new light. “It’s weird now having a relationship with these guys, sometimes I feel like a bit of a mother to them,” she laughed. “I love that situation where they’re nervous first time parents and sharing that vulnerability of watching them meet their baby for the first time. “When they discharge babies, often that can be the end of it as a midwife, occasion-

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Josh Mansour Waqa Blake Tyrone Peachey Dallin Watene-Zelezniak James Maloney Nathan Cleary James Tamou Peter Wallace (c) Reagan Campbell-Gillard Viliame Kikau Isaah Yeo Trent Merrin Corey Harawira-Naera Sam McKendry Moses Leota James Fisher-Harris Sione Katoa 19 Tim Browne

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or about 25 minutes last Sunday, it appeared as though all the negative talk and pressure of the pre-season had taken its toll on Penrith. In scenes reminiscent of round one at Kogarah Oval last year, the Panthers were completely out-played, fumbled their way through the opening stages and looked way behind their opposition in terms of intensity and confidence. But by the time Waqa Blake scored the first of his two tries in the 34th minute, the momentum had shifted. Penrith were starting to get on top of the Eels, and by the end of proceedings the fitness of the home side was winning what – as I predicted in last week’s preview – eventu-

ally became a war of attrition. Parramatta simply couldn’t match Penrith as the hot conditions took their toll, with Anthony Griffin’s strategic use of the bench playing a big role in ensuring Penrith finished over the top of their western Sydney rivals. In the end, Penrith probably should have won by more. Three tries each and goals being the difference doesn’t really sum up how dominant Penrith were in the second half. Despite some clunky moments in attack and some silly errors, Penrith showed enough in the opening round to prove they’ll be in the mix as the season wears on. They may not get away with such poor starts every week but they’ll certainly take a lot of self-belief out of the way they came back from 14-0 down with their backs against the wall. Penrith’s big weakness last weekend was without doubt their left-side defence

with Tyrone Peachey and James Maloney finding themselves as the targets of plenty of Parramatta’s attack. It had the added effect of putting Josh Mansour in two minds on more than one occasion, costing Penrith points out wide. Dean Whare is an outside chance of returning on Saturday, and if he is a late inclusion it would certainly tighten up that vulnerable side of the field. Souths were ordinary in Perth against the Warriors and were dealt a further blow on Tuesday with news that halfback Adam Reynolds will miss this game due to a knee injury. While it presents an opportunity for the little-known Adam Doueihi, Reynolds’ loss is a big one for Souths – he organises the bulk of the side’s attack. I wouldn’t be surprised if Robbie Farah finds his way into the 17 come Saturday to add some further experience to the spine.

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The backs are reasonably well matched for this one and there’s no doubt Souths boast a potent centre pairing in Dane Gagai and Greg Inglis. But Penrith have Souths covered in the forwards and with Reynolds out, the Panthers should be able to dominate this fixture as it wears on. A top temperature of 38 degrees is tipped for Penrith on Saturday and while it’ll most likely be cooler by kick-off, the conditions will certainly be a test for both packs. Penrith proved their fitness last weekend and it may come to the fore again here. With a second straight home game, Penrith have an enormous opportunity to go back to back and maintain the momentum achieved last weekend. I’m expecting this one to be tight for 50 minutes but Penrith should be able to pull away. Tip: Panthers by 14

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GOING THE EXTRA MILE » Here’s the picture that shows you why

Roberts had worn out his welcome with Penrith’s coaching staff back in 2013-14. But Gould was so attached to ensuring Roberts kept his life on track that he pleaded with the NRL to ensure the Titans move could happen. In the end, after a short stint with the Titans Roberts ended up at the Broncos where he appears to finally be maturing under coach Wayne Bennett.

Nathan Cleary is something extra special. Captured by Extra Time on Tuesday, this photo is taken well after training had concluded. As rain pours and the rest of the squad gets showered and heads home for the day, Cleary remains out on the fields of the Academy. Alone, his concentration is only broken by James Maloney jokingly barking at him to “go home” as the rain continues to fall. It’s evidence of the pure determination Cleary has and sums up why he’s so important to Penrith. He goes the extra mile. Always has, always will.

» Nathan Cleary will appear on ‘Sunday

Night With Matty Johns’ this Sunday night on Fox League. Nothing too unusual about that, except that his father and Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary is also on the guest list for the night. We presume they’ll car pool into the studio.

» Penrith are very keen to extend the

contract of rampaging forward Reagan Campbell-Gillard. The 24-year-old is about to enter the prime of his career and is off-contract at the end of next season. The Panthers are hopeful of re-signing the Australian Test star for at least another two years prior to November this year when he can be officially approached by other clubs. RCG recently rubbished rumours that he was looking to move on from Penrith.

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thers Leagues Club on April 10 – providing some additional relief on busy match days.

» If the below photo doesn’t sum up

the modern day footballer, I don’t know what does. After Sunday’s win against the Eels, the new fathers in the Penrith camp found themselves nursing their babies on the touchline – a scene you probably wouldn’t have spotted 10 or 20 years ago. The Bulldogs may be known as the family club but the Panthers aren’t far behind these days.

» Labor is desperately trying to push a

silly story suggesting that Penrith home games may be at risk as part of the State Government’s stadium plan. Londonderry MP Prue Car, Candidate for Penrith Karen McKeown and Shadow Sports Minister Lynda Voltz even took an angry photo outside Panthers Stadium, calling on Penrith MP and Sports Minister Stuart Ayres to “come clean” on which suburban grounds would lose games to ensure enough content filled the new-look Parramatta, Allianz and ANZ Stadiums. This #fakenews story would make Donald Trump proud. The Panthers have absolutely no intention of moving any games away from Penrith outside of the match they play in Bathurst each year. And I can tell you the State Government hasn’t even approached Panthers management about moving games to Parramatta Stadium when it re-opens next year. If they do, they’ll be met with a resounding “no thanks”.

» Most of the new game day initiatives at

Nathan Cleary at training on Tuesday. Photo: Melinda Jane

Panthers Stadium were a hit last Sunday, particularly the ‘stand up, flags up’ concept, which was certainly a wonderful sight. The jury is still out on the dual hosting concept, with Scott McRae now joined by Natalie Sinclair to guide the match day proceedings. It didn’t flow all that well and almost didn’t seem needed – but let’s give it a few weeks to settle in.

» Here’s a quirky stat for you – James

Maloney has never lost at Panthers Stadium. As a player at the Warriors, Cronulla

and Roosters, Maloney always walked away victorious, and now he’s added a win in Penrith colours. The Panthers will be hoping his sensational record at the foot of the Mountains continues well into the season.

» Panthers boss Phil Gould has revealed he wrote a passionate letter to the NRL pleading with them to give wayward youngster James Roberts a start at the Gold Coast in 2014. Speaking on ‘100% Footy’, Gould revealed the troubled

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hen Penrith were down 14-0 against Parramatta last Sunday, many Panthers fans were feeling a little déjà vu following last year’s opening game of the season. Fortunately, Panthers skipper Peter Wallace was feeling a lot more composed, confident his side wouldn’t be embarrassed this time around, in front of a sold out home crowd. “It certainly didn’t feel like last year against the Dragons, nothing has felt like that since, which I’m happy about,” he told Extra Time. “We were on the back foot early in the game, we didn’t do ourselves many favours and put ourselves under a fair bit of pressure. But I really liked how we held in there and fought our way back.” While Wallace was getting stuck into his troops following each of Parramatta’s three tries, he also had some help from Cronulla recruit James Maloney, who took it upon himself to lay down the law. Extra Time understands Tyrone Peachey and Josh Mansour were two players in Maloney’s firing line.

“Jimmy was really good, he’s obviously got a lot of experience. It takes more than one leader to make a successful side,” Wallace said. “Jimmy was helping us get back on track and telling the others what to do next. He’s really good to have around the club.” With Maloney’s inclusion into the side, it was a new-look spine for Penrith after the off-season departure of controversial former captain and five-eighth Matt Moylan. Wallace said despite a rough start initially, the combination with Maloney built nicely as the game went on. “We were a bit clunky to start with but that comes with the lack of possession we had,” he said. “The more we play with each other, the better we are going to get. I thought the way we finished the game was really good.” Wallace admitted he also has to get used to a new dominant voice out there on the paddock. “I’m slowly getting used to Jimmy and when he wants the ball,” he said. “You can hear it in his voice when he wants it more than other times, so I’m just getting used to that as well.” This Saturday will be another chance for

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“Souths will want to bounce back from last weekend’s loss, they’ll be disappointed not to win first up over there in Perth,” he said. “I expect them to come out hard as they won’t want to be none from two to start the year.”

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anthers backrower Isaah Yeo believes better fitness levels and the injection of Fijian monster Viliame Kikau off the bench, helped secure Penrith an opening round win over Parramatta last Sunday. The Dubbo product said a strong preseason in extreme conditions gave his side a huge advantage over the Eels especially in the second half. “It’s probably a little hotter here than in Parramatta and that definitely came out in the game,” Yeo told Extra Time. “I thought our pre-season was similar to the last few years but it was more gamerelated in some senses. We did a lot more conditioning through skills and I thought that put us in great stead on the weekend.” Another advantage Penrith had over the Eels was their new second rower Viliame Kikau who, along with prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard, changed the momen-

tum of the game as soon as they hit the field late in the first half. “I thought Viliame really changed the game especially in the second half. I think he’s outstanding on the edge and will only get better there as he continues to get fitter and more game time,” Yeo said. “Vili took a lot of confidence out of the World Cup and enjoyed a really good preseason here. He also knows his role in the team now and hopefully he can continue to play well because he changed that game last weekend.” Yeo said Penrith’s 24-point haul in response to being down 14-0 should stop any negativity surrounding the club. “There’s been a lot of media speculation but we don’t buy into it an awful lot. You see the papers, you see it all, but we know what’s going on in-house,” he said. “There were a couple of players moved on recently and you can make a story up out of that. They were two juniors coming through the system – meant to be life-long Panthers – but I think it was best for them and for the club to part ways.

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Isaah Yeo hopes to make some improvements to his game in 2018. Photo: Melinda Jane “We are very confident with what’s going on here and we’re very excited.” Since debuting in 2014, 23-year-old Yeo has been one of Penrith’s most consistent performers season upon season. While rugby league fans know exactly what they’re going to get from Mr Consistency each week, he’s hoping to add some new elements to his game in 2018.

“I want to continue to be an 80 minute player for this side,” he said. “At the moment I’m swapping between the left and right side, which is helping my game a bit. “Another area of my game I’m trying to work hard on is becoming more vocal out on the field, which will hopefully make me a better player.”

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o Matty Moylan chose the long right hand break at Cronulla Point over morning coffee on High Street, and Bryce Cartwright now prefers spending time at Sea World than a parmy at The Pioneer. Do they seriously know what they are missing out on? Well, at half-time on Sunday most Panthers fans were missing their spark and their presence. The Panthers were underwhelming. A start to the season that was so worrying even Barnaby Joyce would have broken into a cold sweat. Missed tackles, poor reads and dropped balls, it was the stuff of nightmares. What a difference 45 minutes makes. A second half so polished and precise that the demons of last year’s opening round smash up against the Dragons could be forgotten. This was the footy side the crowd had asked Santa Claus for. Edwards excellent. Cleary controlled. Blake beastly. And Kikau... well kicking butt. The Fijian Freight Train was awesome. A surprise to some, not to others.

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fter watching Penrith’s first 20 minutes last Sunday afternoon against Parramatta, Panthers fans would have been looking away in sheer fright, but when Reagan CampbellGillard and Viliame Kikau hit the field midway through the first half, it really changed the dynamic of the game. While it’s my firm belief an Australian representative like RCG should be starting games, the pair were able to punch through the line and create some quick play the balls which allowed Cleary and Maloney to step up and get some momentum towards the end of the first half. The move also allowed quick guys like Waqa Blake and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak to punch into some tired Eels defenders and open up the game. As I mentioned earlier, RCG needs to start every week. I understand there’s a game plan that coach Anthony Griffin (pictured) is going with which allows him to play longer minutes, but you have to capitalise on the form that he’s brought back from playing with Australia. When RCG starts it gives the rest of the team confidence because he’s chomping

at the bit to get out there and throw his weight around. Right now he’s coming off the bench to play the last 60 minutes, but I don’t know if that’s the recipe for success long-term, especially if Penrith continue with this pattern of starting games rather slow. As fans we expect Penrith to make the most out of their premiership window and starting Reagan Campbell-Gillard gives them a huge edge. Another player that gives the Panthers a big edge is Viliame Kikau, who enjoyed a very strong game over the weekend scoring a try and breaking eight tackles. When Kikau came to Penrith a few years ago he had a few ankle issues but it appears he’s finally got that right and is looking very fit. He starred for Fiji in the World Cup and, on the weekend, everyone saw how destructive he can be in the back-row. Coach Griffin certainly has some decisions to make in the coming weeks but I think Campbell-Gillard and Kikau really changed the fortunes of the Panthers last week, so it will be interesting to see how he uses these two moving forward.

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changes to its new-look ‘Footy Show’ (pictured) after a disastrous opening episode last week that rated poorly and was widely criticised on social media. Too much of the blame is being put on Erin Molan – she didn’t decide to revamp the show personally and did an admirable job at least trying to keep the train wreck on the rails. You have to feel for Nine in some ways – for years people have slammed ‘The Footy Show’ and demanded they talk more footy. They deliver such a show, and the criticism remains. Hopefully they can find a balance otherwise a Thursday night institution may die a quick death.

new Monday night show ‘100% Footy’ looks like it’ll be a winner. It certainly got plenty of PR this week too thanks to Peter Beattie’s Cronulla gaffe.

fans out of the opening round. The countdown clock is no big issue really – many clocks at grounds count down and it’s a bonus for casual observers of the game – but it is a shame that there’s now a huge inconsistency between the two rugby league networks, with Nine’s clock still counting up. The biggest issue with Fox League’s new graphics is the location – it’ll take a while to get used to it being in the top left.

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URINETOWN was produced on Broadway in September, 2001 by the Araca Group and Dodger Theatricals in association with TheaterDreams, Inc., and Lauren Mitchell. story of Charlotte Gibson, a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father Ray says, she could be the next female Aboriginal version of Waleed Aly. But she has other ideas. First of all, it’s Christmas. Second of all, she’s in love. With a toe-tapping soundtrack and an array of brilliant, eccentric, lovable characters, this is a great night in the theatre and a thoroughly beguiling, and very Australian story. ‘Black is the New White’ will be on at Riverside Theatres from March 21 to 24 at 8pm. Bookings: 8839 3399.

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geous heroine, or Celia, the carefree teen. “It is often said that the works of Shakespeare have a universality and I think that’s very true, with the production demonstrating that,” he said. “It doesn’t matter whether Rosalind lived 400 years ago, 100 years ago, a decade ago or in modern day, she is still a relatable depiction of a courageous underdog.” Be sure to grab a blanket, some drinks and snacks and enjoy a special Shakespeare performance with picturesque background to match. ‘As You Like It’ will be performed at Regatta Park from April 7 to 21 from 7pm. Donations upon entry.

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what's on AND where HEADING OUT Friday, March 16 Skyz The Limit – Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 8pm 4722 8180 Karaoke/DJ – Penrith Hotel Free entry, 9pm 4721 2060 Flight Paths – Riverside Theatres Parramatta From $44, 7.30pm 8839 3399 Dave Bull – The Australian Arms Free entry, 8pm 4731 3881 Q Theatre – The Joan From $30, 7.30pm 4723 7611 Eireborne – Rooty Hill RSL $35, 8pm 9677 4916 Happiness – Henry Lawson Theatre From $14.70, 8pm 4729 2996 Jimmy Bear – Oriental Hotel Free entry, 8pm 4751 4488 Tigerlily – Peachtree Hotel Free entry, 9pm 4731 3444 Celtic Beat – Evan Theatre $20, 8pm 1300 PANTHERS Willem Sherlock Roorda – High Street Social Free entry, 7pm 4789 0187 Mary’s Karaoke and DJ – Hawkesbury Hotel Free entry, 8pm 4577 3050 Footloose The Joan 4723 7600 Friday, March 16, 7.30pm, from $30

An evening with Damien Leith Blue Mountains Theatre 4723 5050 Saturday, March 17, 8pm, from $47

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Heath Franklin’s Chopper, Bogan Jesus Evan Theatre 1300 PANTHERS Friday, March 23, 8pm, from $30.60

Urban Scream – Penrith RSL Club Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Frank Sultana – Hotel Blue Free entry, 6.30pm 4782 6922 DJ Gav – High Street Social Free entry, 9pm 4789 0187

Free entry, 9.30pm 9623 1384 The Wiggles – Evan Theatre $28.90, 6pm 1300 PANTHERS Goodbye Monday – The Australian Arms Free entry, 9pm 4731 3881 Crawl File, Australian Crawl Show – Blue Cattle Dog

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Black is the New White – Riverside Theatres From $64, 2pm and 8pm 8839 3399 Bird Yard Big Band – Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Soundbird – Werrington Hotel Free entry, 9pm 9623 1384 The Chosen Ones – Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 DJ Gav – High Street Social Free entry, 9pm 4789 0187 Cletis Carr – Hotel Blue Free entry, 6.30pm 4782 6922 Choirboys/Mi-Sex – Evan Theatre $47.65, 8pm 1300 PANTHERS Us Too – Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 7pm 4722 8180 Flight Paths – Riverside Theatres Parramatta From $44, 7.30pm 8839 3399 House of Fun Comedy Night – Rooty Hill RSL Members free, 8pm 9677 4916 Happiness – Henry Lawson Theatre From $14.70, 8pm 4729 2996


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Penrith Festival has something for everyone To be sure, to be sure... the Penrith CBD is the place you’ll want to be this Saturday. Thanks to the Penrith CBD Corporation and the Diesel, Dirt and Turf Expo, Penrith will be going green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day at the Penrith Festival. Starting from 9am, High Street will be filled with food and market stalls, rides as well as a range of live entertainment. There will be something for everyone, so make sure you get out of the house and check it out! For more information, call 4722 5556.

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Ê ‘All Star Family Feud’ returns this Sunday, March 18 featuring some of the cast from the new series ‘Bachelor in Paradise’. Appearing are Jarrod Woodgate, Michael Turnbull, Davey Lloyd and Apollo Jackson plus Laurina Fleur, Tara Pavlovic, Lisa Hyde and Florence Sophia. It will air at 7.30pm on Channel Ten.

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Ê Still on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’, it’s been confirmed the show will premiere on Sunday, March 25.

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Ê Exciting news for fans of Channel Seven drama ‘The Good Doctor’, with the show renewed for a second season. Ratings have been massive for this show right across the world, so this renewal comes as no surprise. Ê Now that she’s back from the South African jungle, host Julia Morris is gearing up for her next stint on the small screen. Morris will host new Channel Ten dating show ‘Blind Date’. Based on a UK format, ‘Blind Date’ has been compared to the old ‘Perfect Match’ show. Producers are now on the hunt for singles to take part in the series, with applicants to be 18 and over. To apply, visit www.castasugar.com/ casting-now/blinddate. Ê Channel Seven has confirmed it has commissioned upcoming talent show ‘All Together Now’. Based on a UK format, ‘All Together Now’ sees solo and group singers perform before ‘The 100’ stand up and join in the singing if they like what they hear. The more that join in, the better the chances of contestants progressing to a $100,000 prize. The show will air later this year. To apply, visit go.mycastingnet. com/Apply/Show/AllTogetherNow.

Ê SBS has confirmed the full cast for the Australian version of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’. Noni Hazlehurst, John Jarratt, Patti Newton, Todd McKenney, Justine Clarke, Charlie Teo, Ernie Dingo and Natalie Imbruglia will all trace their genealogy when the show returns on Tuesday, April 17 at 7.30pm. Ê

A new movie channel, Foxtel Movie Greats, will launch in HD to Foxtel Movies next Friday, March 23. It will feature some of Hollywood’s all-time best including Meryl Streep, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Clint Eastwood, Kiefer Suther-

land, Tom Cruise, Eddie Murphy, Goldie Hawn, Dan Aykroyd, Molly Ringwald, John Travolta, and Demi Moore. From March 23, veteran movie critic Bill Collins will also be part of an expanded On Demand library service available to subscribers.

Ê Channel Seven has announced that sports broadcaster Basil Zempilas will replace Andrew O’Keefe on ‘Weekend Sunrise’. After the game show host departed in December, Seven have been on the hunt for a replacement to sit beside Monique Wright.

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ARIES

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

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The Sun charges into your sign, so Rams are full of extra energy and enthusiasm. You’ll feel fiery, restless and rather rebellious but pace yourself or you’re likely to blow a fuse! Especially with Mercury reversing through your sign. Things won’t go according to plan and plenty of patience is required over the next three weeks until Mercury goes direct on April 15. It’s Equinox week, so slow down and try to keep a sense of balance.

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

Busy Bulls – have you been burning the candle at both ends? You’ve got a lot of extra responsibilities on your plate but try to put aside some special ‘me time’ this week. Solitude is certainly soul food for you at the moment. Mercury is retrograde from now until April 15. So be patient and look for information that is hidden deep beneath the surface. You’ll understand the current complexities better.

GEMINI

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

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With four planets stimulating your hopes and wishes zone, your motto for the week is from birthday great, feminist writer Gloria Steinem: “Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning”. But – with Mercury going retrograde – there’s a tendency to jump in and say things you don’t really mean, especially with colleagues and friends.

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

Crabs tend to side-step problems (or just put your head in the sand). With four planets in Aries, try a more direct approach as you face challenges head-on. With Mercury reversing through your work zone, a tricky relationship with a colleague requires attention. You have much more in common than you realise. Aim to communicate your ideas in confident, positive and proactive ways.

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

Don’t fence Lions in! This week the Sun, Venus, Uranus and retrograde Mercury activate your adventure zone. So it’s time to experiment and explore, as you make the most of every minute of the week. You’re keen to communicate with friends from far away but be careful when it comes to social media. If you post a rushed message on the run, you’ll regret it later on. Also, strive to be balanced and fair-minded.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

When it comes to a close relationship or a financial matter, all is not as it seems. Life isn’t just about what you can see, study, discuss and dissect. There are many things that are hidden from the eye. So look a lot deeper, then you can discover what’s really going on. But avoid signing important contracts over the next three weeks, as Mercury reverses through your joint finances zone. Be extra patient.

LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

If you expect other people to be cooperative then you’ll be disappointed when they unsettle you, especially later in the week. So make sure you choose your words wisely, otherwise you’ll just upset loved ones or colleagues. A relationship problem is brewing so do all you can to diffuse it diplomatically, as you discuss a subject you may not necessarily feel comfortable with. It’s Equinox week so try to be fair and balanced.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

As we celebrate the Equinox on Wednesday, strive to bring more balance and harmony into your busy Scorpio world. Then retrograde Mercury confuses communication from Friday onwards. If you are concise and cooperative, then you can still get your message across loud and clear. When it comes to paid or volunteer work, the next three weeks is a good time to research, revise and revisit.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

With the Sun shifting into your entertainment zone, curiosity and enthusiasm are high. It’s also Equinox week so stop rushing and try not to overdo things! Smart Sagittarians will calm down and recalibrate to a slower, steadier and more sustainable pace. From Friday onwards a relationship with a child or friend could go through a tricky patch, as retrograde Mercury confuses communication and heightens sensitivities.

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DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

It’s Equinox week, so do your best to achieve more balance in your busy life. And is your home a peaceful haven? With Mercury reversing through your domestic zone, it’s time to clean and de-clutter your living space. But how will you decide what to keep and what to discard? As William Morris said: “Have nothing in your house which you know not to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

This week’s stars rev up your transport zone, so you’ve got a need for speed. Slow down Aquarius! Less haste and more concentration will ensure you arrive at your various destinations safe and sound. With Mercury reversing through your social networking zone, double-check all of your posts before you press send. Over the next three weeks, it will be oh-so easy to send the wrong message to the wrong person!

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FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

The Equinox falls on Wednesday, which favours meditation (or contemplation) as you aim for more equilibrium and perspective at Casa Pisces. Then Mercury (planet of communication and commerce) reverses through your money zone. So avoid signing contracts and buying big ticket items (like a computer or car) between March 23 and April 15. Plus be careful how you pass on information.

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Getting the right financial advice at the right time As life changes, so do our financial planning needs...

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This week, I have created a list of some important life events that are commonplace and highlight some of the issues associated. Pay rise Pay rises are obviously financially good news, they increase our capacity to save or repay debts and will allow us to achieve our goals sooner. Don’t let pay rises get sucked up into everyday spending without improving your lifestyle. A pay rise may also change your income protection requirements. Getting married Getting married changes everything! Weddings themselves are expensive and couples are treated differently to singles for taxation and social security. Combining expenses is likely to have some economies of scale, but you may also become financially reliant on each other and that may bring into play some insurance requirements. It goes without saying that your estate planning situation is also affected by getting married. Getting an inheritance or other financial windfall What to do with a lump sum? Pay off debt? Invest? Make a contribution

to super? These are all valid options. There are so many considerations in this scenario and the correct advice with a lump sum can make a big difference.

Having a baby Having a baby significantly affects both income and expenses greatly altering the budget and associated plans. It is likely that one or both partners will reduce work hours and this might open some opportunities to be considered as a low income earner for a short period of time and utilise associated benefits. Both partners will definitely be financially reliant on each other once kids are involved and insurance needs are definitely more important. Redundancy Redundancy payments are complicated. There are taxation issues, the possible requirement for this to replace income and all the possibilities around what to do with a lump sum. A redundancy is a situation where good financial advice can add significant value. Retirement Retirement is the bread and butter of financial planners. A large portion of our advice is about providing enough wealth to meet income needs in retirement. We aim to minimise or eliminate tax, maximise Centrelink payments and create efficient income streams for retirees. We are all likely to be effected by one or more of these significant events in our lifetime. Getting good financial advice during these times can help to secure a brighter financial future.

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Easter chocolate can be deadly to our furry friends It’s a fun time of year, but with more chocolate around the house comes more risk to our dogs...

Nicole McMillan Practice owner of Coreen Avenue Veterinary Clinic and the Western Sydney Cat Hospital

Chocolate is dangerous to pets, particularly at Easter time when we often have so much more of it in the house. It is one of the more common causes of poisoning in dogs. The toxic components within chocolate are theobromine and caffeine, these are called methylxanthines. All animals are susceptible to the effects of methyxanthines. Luckily for humans this dose is so high you would have to eat a huge amount of chocolate or drink a large amount of coffee to be affected. Unfortunately for our pets the dose is very low. The toxicity of chocolate depends on the type. The higher the chocolate solids the more toxic it is. From most to least toxic are cocoa powder, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate flavoured products and white chocolate. A small amount of chocolate can be deadly. If your dog eats any amount of chocolate, it is important to immediately contact your veterinarian for advice. It can be determined if a toxic dose has been ingested by knowing the pet’s weight, the type of chocolate and the amount eaten. This information will also help predict

what clinical signs can be expected and what treatment is required. The symptoms of toxicity depend on the amount of chocolate eaten. The higher the dose the more signs are seen. They generally start with vomiting, diarrhoea, progress to increased heart rate and heart arrhythmias. In severe cases, affected animals can even seizure and die. There is no antidote available so treat-

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ment is generally supportive. If the ingestion was within the previous few hours then medications can be used to induce vomiting. This may reduce the amount of toxin absorbed but may not prevent clinical signs. Medications such as activated charcoal can be given orally to bind up any leftover toxin. Animals that are already showing symptoms are also usually placed on intravenous fluids to help flush the toxin from their body. Gastric protectants are often required. If heart abnormalities are noted specific medications to stabilise the heart are required. If seizures occur, anti-seizure medications are given to control them until the body clears the toxin. The toxins within chocolate can take days to be fully metabolised by the body. The high fat content of most chocolate products can also trigger a metabolic disease called pancreatitis in dogs. This is a potentially life threatening disease. The pancreas becomes inflamed causing inappetence, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and dehydration. It requires intensive therapy with dogs often requiring days in hospital on intravenous fluids and injectable medications to control their pain and nausea. We hope you all have a great Easter. Please take care with chocolate around the home and ensure your pets do not have access to it. Remember as with most things prevention is far better than cure.

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The days are getting colder, but there’s still a dash of summer around. What should we wear?

Alyce Madden For the latest trends follow @westfieldpenrith on Instagram

Is it cold or is it hot, or somewhere in between? What do you wear when the seasons are still confused themselves and in the middle of transitioning? I’m here to tell you fool-proof outfit ideas that are absolute go-tos for when the only problem you want to have in the morning is deciding between that caramel latte or the double shot espresso. Layers are your friend. As simple as it sounds there’s actually a fine art to layering pieces of clothing so that your outfit appears to flow together nicely, don’t put enough thought into it and you risk ending up looking like you didn’t try at all and hoped for the best! Start light and go for a button up floral blouse and a pair of jeans. I am always that girl in summer that gets questioned “Aren’t you hot in those jeans?” No I’m not. I’m just fine. Let’s be honest denim is comfy but another winning point is that there are so many new hybrids of airy fabrics out now that you can get the lightest pair of denim jeans and live in them all year round. Autumn calls for new denim, so spoil

yourself with a new pair that can transition you through. I love the Wrangler Hi Birkin Strip Vintage Jean found at General Pants Co, the perfect length and well washed blue. A leather jacket works well for those days when you think there might be a chance of being windier than usual but for nighttime, a chic coat works well to layer over a feminine dress or a flared skirt. Grey is the new black for outerwear, so opt for icy cool toned coats and jackets

to add life and light to your routine wardrobe. At Forever New an absolute mustsee is the Dale Coat, a striking longline tailored silhouette in a perfect grey marl with double breasted fastening. Knitwear is perfect for this time of year. Pick a light soft knit and make sure you try it on for comfort first. There is nothing worse than itchy wool sleeves annoying you all day. Pair this with a breezy midi skirt and roll and tuck your knit just at the front for effortless style.

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Are tight calf muscles to blame for your pain? Tight calf muscles can be blamed for a whole range of problems and pain issues...

Dean Gresser Podiatrist OnePointHealth 4732 5188 onepointhealth.com.au

The calf is composed of the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, which combine to form the Achilles tendon behind the ankle joint. Calf muscle tightness can be defined as any situation in which these muscles remain in a shortened (or tight) position before, during or after physical activity. When these muscles remain tight, they may cause what is called an ankle joint equinus – which, put simply, is an insufficient ankle joint dorsiflexion (the action of pointing toes upward) for normal gait (walking). This then may result in lower extremity compensation, pathology or a combination of both. Therefore, if your calf muscles are tight, there may be a restriction of motion at your ankle joint, which can potentially result in either a shortened stride length or compensation of surrounding joints due to an altered centre of gravity. Depending on where this compensation occurs, you may experience various lower extremity issues, such as (but not limited to) heel and arch pain, pain in the Achilles tendon, shin splints and forefoot pain.

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Finland’s experiment proves that spending big money on private education is not necessarily going to get a better result for your child... There used to be a saying that if you had a watch you knew the time, but if you had two watches then you weren’t sure. This dilemma faces most parents when choosing the right school for their children; many are not sure of what constitutes the best option for their child’s education. A few weeks ago we discussed the diversity of schooling options available to families in NSW, from state schools (including selective high schools, primary schools with OC classes etc), and the full gamut of private schools. Many of these options involve great expense to the families and in various cases deliver inferior results to cheaper options. The most expensive schools are private schools, many of which have strong religious affiliations, in some instances costing parents in excess of $1000/week per child.

Where money is no object such expenses can be accepted, but what benefit does the average middle class parent gain from making such a strong financial commitment to their child’s education, and is this the best return on investment? A further burden introduced by having a range of options available to parents is the time and money involved in increased travel costs associated with exercising an option to choose any school that is not the most conveniently located. The extra travel cost burden is frequently shared between the family and the Australian taxpayer. So then what is the best option in school selection? I must confess that I believe that the best option is the nearest state-funded school. Evidence shows that Finland, which has no private schools and where every student attends the nearest state school, has an education system far superior to Australia based on international educational results. The time and money saved by exercising this option may be better targeted while at the same time providing better long-term educational benefits for the student. Finland has proven this scenario without question.

It is quite rare that a patient will present to our clinic, aware and concerned about having a lack of ankle joint range of motion – although, it is highly common that our practitioners will identify the presence and influence that tight calf muscles and ankle joint restriction may be having on any presenting foot or ankle problem. When treating a patient with tight calf muscles, the main goal is to regain sufficient range of motion in the ankle joint and to correct any compensation that may be occurring in other areas. Conservative treatment options for tight calves (and resulting compensation) may include stretching and exercise programs, massage therapy, taping methods, dry needling, orthotic therapy and mobilisation techniques to name a few. Our multidisciplinary approach to patient centred care at OnePointHealth means that podiatrists, physiotherapists and massage therapists for example, can all be utilised to provide the best possible treatment outcomes. On a final note, it is possible that you may have thought your tight calf muscles weren’t a pressing issue. However, in reality, they could be the underlying cause of problems you may be experiencing in your lower extremities. If you believe this applies to you, book an appointment at OnePointHealth and we’ll give you the help you need.

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Swimming lessons are a great way to build confidence Not all kids love the water right away, but patience is the key...

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As a child I came close to drowning, twice. Once at the beach, where I was pulled up from under the water by another child, with the adults chatting, just metres away. The second time I was older, a proficient swimmer, but I dived too deep, hit my head, and winded myself to the point that I was pulled from the pool, gasping desperately for breath. Both experiences serve as a strong reminder about how important it is to be confident in the water, and the importance of supervision. When my youngest son was six-monthsold, knowing we had a pool, there was no question about starting swimming lessons – I couldn’t wait for him to be old enough. Suddenly the beautiful pool in the backyard had become a deathtrap in my mind for my child who wasn’t yet able to swim. My son did very well – despite sickness, and despite being in and out of hospital for various infections in his second year, swimming lessons were a constant fixture in our lives, and a time that I very much enjoyed. Swimming lessons represented one on one time, in the midst of a very busy life. Last year, after seven years of weekly

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Not being prepared to open your eyes and see what’s in front of you can be a dangerous way to get through life... On a cold winter’s morning, a musician picked up his violin outside the Metro railway station in Washington DC and began to play. For 45 minutes, the man wearing jeans and a long sleeved t-shirt played six classical pieces of music. As he performed, thousands of people hurried past, oblivious to the music and the man who was playing. You can imagine them thinking he was just another street musician hoping to pick up a few coins to help him through the day. Some passersby did stop for a moment, but most continued on their way busy with their own concerns. When the man did stop playing he’d earned a little over $32. As you might’ve guessed, this musician was no ordinary musician, nor was his violin a common violin. He was the world renowned Joshua Bell, recognised as one of the greatest musicians of our time playing on a priceless hand crafted violin by Antonia Stradivari from way back in 1713!

Three days later Joshua Bell played to a sold out concert in Boston’s Symphony Hall where the best you could expect from $100 was a back row seat! Sadly, this is how many people see Jesus. Many people do not take the time to stop and consider him. Perhaps they have a quick look, but they move on, preoccupied with the concerns of life, not aware of who Jesus is, what he has done and the difference he will make to your life. Easter reminds us how the Bible tells us that Jesus said he came as the good shepherd who would lay down his life so that people could have life, and have it to the full. This Easter may you experience this life for yourself.


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Toby Greene has signed a new six year deal with GWS. Photo: Sam Cotton, GWS Giants NATHAN TAYLOR

tar Greater Western Sydney forward Toby Greene has signed the longest deal in the club’s history, committing to the Giants until the end of 2024. Off-contract at season’s end, Greene’s new multi-million dollar six-year deal reflects the esteem the 24-year-old is held in as he enters his seventh season in the AFL. Since debuting in the club’s first ever game back in 2012, Greene has represented the Giants 123 times, kicking a career-high 45 goals last season.

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game in his first season, Greene has gone from strength to strength to establish himself as one of the most dangerous forwards in the competition. “As one of the club’s original draftees back in 2011, this deal should see Toby become the first player to play his entire career as a Giant,” List Manager, Jason McCartney said. “As we all know, Toby is an outstanding player and it’s fantastic that he’s committed to the club for another six seasons. “We all see what Toby produces on-field but it’s his impact around the club that makes him one of a kind.” Meanwhile, the Giants have also

Greene said he had no hesitation in putting pen to paper. “I arrived here when I was 18 and these are the boys I’ve grown up with,” he said. “The club is like my family, Sydney is my home and there’s no doubt this is where I want to play footy. “We’ve been on a pretty unique journey together and that hasn’t finished yet. We have plenty to improve on, heaps more to learn and we’re all in it together.” The 2016 All Australian and Kevin Sheedy Medallist was drafted by the Giants at pick 11 in the club’s inaugural AFL Draft. After collecting more disposals than any 18-year-old in the history of the

announced their leadership group ahead of the upcoming season. Phil Davis and Callan Ward will continue as the AFL’s longest serving co-captains when they lead the club in 2018. The experienced pair will lead a fiveman unit which sees reigning Kevin Sheedy Medallist Josh Kelly elevated to vice-captain alongside Stephen Coniglio, while Matt de Boer has been named in the leadership group for the first time. The opening round of the 2018 season officially gets underway next Sunday with the Giants taking on the Western Bulldogs in Canberra.

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Cerone celebrated for soccer passion Story continued from » p. 72 “I’ve worked hard to develop a really strong administrative team at Nepean Football, so we can offer a great experience to our stakeholders,” she said. “Equally as important, I’ve worked with amazing Directors and volunteers who have all made my job something that brings me great joy and satisfaction.” In 2017, Cerone participated in the Chief Executive Women’s program and was on the panel for the Women in Football Forum. Cerone is also the Deputy Chair of the Football NSW Standing Committee and sits on the Steering Committee for the development of the Nepean Referees Group. On top of all that, she also finds time to volunteer for the Western Sydney Wanderers. Cerone said she was blown away by the reaction of her colleagues and friends within the sport. “I’ve received hundreds of congratulatory messages from so many lovely people I’ve worked with over the years, as well as from family and friends,” she said. “It was an extremely humbling experience.” Cerone said she doesn’t have any plans to reduce her workload anytime soon.

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o local sporting association produces more Australian representatives than Penrith City Softball Association (PCSA). Last week, five more local teenagers were given the exciting news that they would represent their country in July. Alex Gutteridge, Ethan Field, Jeremy Garland, Hayden Shaw and Christopher Rutherford were each selected as members of the Australian U17 Boys Softball Squad, which will compete at the 2018 International Friendship Series in Queensland this July. 17-year-old Alex Gutteridge spoke of his shock when he discovered via email that he’d be wearing the green and gold in a few months’ time. “I was at work and my Mum kept ringing me and ringing me. I asked her ‘what is going on? Is it something important?’ She told me to check my emails, so I opened them up and I was like ‘holy crap’. I was shocked, I didn’t even imagine that would happen,” he told the Weekender. “It was definitely a dream of mine to

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Hayden Shaw, Jeremy Garland, Alex Gutteridge and Ethan Field represent Australia, you always dream to play for Australia in your sport. “I don’t think it has fully hit me yet that I’ve been picked, it hasn’t fully sunk in.” Fortunately for Alex, four of his Penrith City teammates also received the same email with the same good news. Alex said the bond he shares with his teammates is something very special. “It was nice all five of us got in especially after how hard we’ve all been working and how good our friendships are,” he said. “We are just like a big family down at Penrith. Our teams at Penrith are differ-

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wenty-year-old Jack Kuipers may be a long way from his family home in Mulgoa but he wouldn’t have it any other way. The talented youngster currently plays lower grades football with the Central Coast Mariners and is eyeing off a role in the A-League sooner rather than later. In recent months, Kuipers has been training with the A-League squad and even warmed the bench for the Mariners on several occasions, but he’s still to make his debut in Australia’s top football competition. Speaking with the Weekender, the former Penrith Anglican College student believes he’s getting closer and closer to an A-League call-up. “Yeah for sure… it’s coming, it’s just all about timing, luck and hard work,” Kuipers said. “So many things happen in a football game like injuries etc. Sitting on the bench is beneficial in many ways for experience and learning.” This isn’t the first time Kuipers has been far from home. When he was 16 he lived in England

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for two years, training and playing with Southampton. The Mulgoa FC and Nepean junior labelled his time in the UK as an “eye opener”. “I was part of the Academy side over there and that was an experience. It was very cold but good,” Kuipers said. “To be honest, it was something I really wanted to do [play in England], so the motivation from that far outweighed the weather and being away from home. “I spoke to mum and dad a lot. Mum used to make me text her every morning because she missed me.” When Kuipers finally returned home, he linked up with the Western Sydney Wanderers for a short time before finding an opportunity with the Gosford-based Mariners. When he’s not chasing an opportunity in the A-League or doing some part-time modelling, Kuipers is valid member of Central Coast’s National Youth League and National Premier League (NPL) teams. He was also recently named skipper of the Mariners’ Academy team. While Kuipers is off-contract at season’s end, he is committed to working hard to keep his dream of playing in the A-League alive.

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How sweet it was Penrith cruise to victory in Poidevin-Gray Shield decider NATHAN TAYLOR

t was just about a walk in the park for Penrith after they comfortably demolished Gordon by 84 runs to claim their first Poidevin-Gray Shield title since 2009/10 last weekend. Talented all-rounder Jake Wholohan received the Shane Lee Medal for his Man of the Match performance, which saw him notch 65 not out and record 1/28 with the ball. Speaking with the Weekender, Penrith coach and current first grader Michael Castle said he was very confident of victory after his side posted 229 with the bat on Sunday morning. “With our spin dominated attack, we were pretty confident it would be hard for them to chase anything above 180-200,” he said. “Once we dismissed their outstanding batsman in Axel Cahlin for 13, we were confident we could slow down their scoring. They never really looked in the hunt despite showing some courage with the bat.” After winning their first U21’s premier-

I Angus Brandt. Photo: Basketball Australia ormer Penrith Panthers centre and local basketball junior Angus Brandt will be shooting for gold next month when he represents Australia at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The 28-year-old, who currently plays with Perth in the National Basketball League (NBL), was one of 12 men selected in the Australian Boomers side last week. Brandt, who is no stranger to the national team, was first chosen to represent Australia back in 2014. Two years later, he narrowly missed out on a place in Australia’s Olympic Team but has since returned to the national side for various international fixtures. The Commonwealth Games begin on April 5, with the Boomers a huge gold medal chance.

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Penrith celebrate winning the Poidevin-Gray Shield. Photo: Ian Bird ship in eight years, players partied well into the night and into Monday morning. “I stayed in the change rooms and left at about midnight and there were some

boys still drinking until the early hours of the morning,” Castle said. “It was a pretty good evening because the Panthers also won next door.”

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CRICKET: Penrith have won their fifth game in a row, finishing the NSW Premier Cricket competition in style with a win over UNSW in Round 15. Playing in a One Day match at Alan Davidson Oval last Saturday, Penrith won the toss and elected to bat first. The visitors scored 8/248 after 50 overs. Brent Williams was best with the bat for Penrith, scoring 74. When UNSW hit the crease later that day, they started very poorly before things turned around midway through the match. However, they just weren’t good enough, dismissed for 224. Brent Williams, Ryan Smith and Michael Castle all took two wickets each. Despite a great finish to the year, Penrith fell short of playing in the Finals. They ended the season in 13th position with six wins, two draws and seven losses to their name. AFLW: The GWS Giants have won back to back games, thrashing the Western Bulldogs by 18 points last Saturday in Canberra. GWS kept their Grand Final hopes alive, moving to second place on the AFLW ladder with the emphatic win. The Giants will face the Brisbane Lions in Blacktown tonight. BASKETBALL: Penrith have gone down to the Central Coast Mariners 84-65 in the opening round of the Waratah Championship League (WCL) Men’s competition. Skipper Ben Kearins shot a team-high 17 points in the heavy defeat.

Meanwhile, Penrith’s WCL Women’s team also came up short, losing to the Mariners 68-54 last weekend. Margaret Byrne was Penrith’s best netting 11 points. Both teams will take on the Sydney Comets and Hornsby Spiders in Round 2. RUGBY LEAGUE: Round 5 of the NSWRL Junior Representative season took place last weekend with mixed results for Penrith’s SG Ball, Harold Matthews and Tarsha Gale Cup teams. In the SG Ball competition, Penrith defeated Newcastle 20-4, while in the Harold Matthews competition, the Panthers narrowly overcame the Knights 18-12. In the Tarsha Gale Cup, Penrith were totally outclassed by Newcastle, losing 52-28. This Saturday at Belmore Sports Ground, Penrith will take on the Canterbury Bulldogs in all three grades. GOLF: Leonay Golf Club has arguably announced its strongest-ever Masters Pennants team, with several highly-credentialed A Grade players qualifying for the first time in the age bracket. Led by one of the club’s highest-achieving players in captain Laurie Cupples, the Leonay team also includes seasoned Masters campaigners Gary Bennett, Ken Gordon, Peter McFarlane and John Kennedy. The new faces in 2018 include Ian Barnes, Mark Cain, Peter Homan, Brett Evans and Peter Fowler.


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epean Football Association (NFA) boss Linda Cerone was speechless and overcome with emotion when she was named Female Administrator of the Year at the Female Football National Awards in Melbourne. “I was very surprised,” Cerone told the Weekender. “I usually hand out awards, I don’t receive them. It definitely wasn’t something I was expecting.” Cerone has been the driving force behind local football for more than 25 years, starting out as the secretary of Bligh Park FC back in 1993. Five years later she became General Manager of the NFA and has held that position ever since. Last Friday, Cerone also took out Sportswoman of the Year at the Women of Lindsay Awards. Cerone said it was “amazing” to be publicly recognised for the work she has done in Sports Administration over the past 26 years. Story continues on » p.68

Head of Community, Women’s and Football Development Emma Highwood presenting Nepean Football Association boss Linda Cerone with her award

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Western Weekender March 16  

March 16 edition of Penrith's leading local newspaper.

Western Weekender March 16  

March 16 edition of Penrith's leading local newspaper.