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he Werrington man accused of online procurement of a 14-year-old girl for sex will remain behind bars after facing court last Friday. Wearing the same orange hi-vis shirt he was arrested in the day before, Michael Robert Amery sat quietly in the dock of Penrith Local Court as his lawyer unsuccessfully applied for his release. Police collared the 47-year-old and seized his mobile phone at a Penrith shopping centre about 4pm on September 5, where he had allegedly organised to meet the teen. But unbeknownst to him, Child Abuse detectives had been intercepting the messages he had allegedly been sending, after they began engaging with him in August after receiving a tip- off about his online activity with a 14-year-old girl. Police allege the accused believed he was speaking with the teen and engaged in conversations about sexually-explicit acts he wished to perform on her. He was later charged with ‘using a carriage service to procure a person under 16 years of age for sexual activity’. In opposing bail, the prosecutor pointed out this was not a “one- off” offence,

Michael Amery is arrested by police at a shopping centre last Thursday noting contact with the teen began on June 25 and continued until the day of his arrest. “Clearly, it’s a disturbing sets of facts, Your Honour,” he submitted. The prosecutor claimed Amery, a truck

driver, posed an unacceptable risk of committing further serious offences and endangering the complainant and the community. Amery’s Legal Aid lawyer conceded he was facing an “extremely serious” charge,

noting it carries a maximum of 15 years jail and prohibits community- based jail sentences upon conviction. However, she submitted the accused – who was born in Cambridge Park and finished high school in this area – had “extremely strong” community ties, which reduced his flight risk. Amery claimed he had “no idea” where the teen resided or went to school, and the court heard in an interview with police, denied the contact was for the purposes of sexual activity. His lawyer told the court Amery had no children and was single following the breakdown of a relationship. She argued his time on remand would be more onerous given he suffered from “anxiety seizures” after sustaining a head injury at work in 2007. Despite offering up a host of strict bail conditions, including daily reporting and agreeing not to access social media, Magistrate Peter Thompson refused bail. He found there were no conditions that could mitigate the risks, saying he was particularly concerned about flight and also interference with evidence, noting Amery had allegedly asked the complainant on a number of occasions to delete the messages. He will return to court in November.

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he Penrith Panthers’ poor season – which has seen the side miss the Finals for the first time since 2015 – will be the subject of much review, criticism and finger- pointing over the coming weeks. Of greatest concern is that the premiership window that seemed to have opened over the past few seasons appears to have closed. Closed, but perhaps not yet locked. There is a lot of ‘what ifs’ surrounding the Panthers at the moment. What if Anthony Griffin hadn’t been axed in favour or bringing Ivan Cleary back to the club? What if the sex tape scandal that engulfed the pre-season had never seen the light of day? What if Penrith had stuck by try-scoring machine Maika Sivo instead of allowing him to join arch-rivals Parramatta? They are all sliding doors moments that can be viewed very differently through the benefit of hindsight. Nobody knows what would have happened had some of those ‘what if’ moments taken a different path. The task of becoming a Finals team in 2020 and re- opening that premiership window will not be achieved by playing the blame game, removing Boards or calling for the coach’s head. Ivan Cleary deserves the benefit of the doubt after just one season back at the club, but there is no doubt the pressure will be on in 2020. Cleary has a real passion for the Panthers and his connection with the club and the community that supports it is important, and critical to its long-term success.

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The Board too is a strong unit and along with CEO Brian Fletcher has Penrith’s best interests at heart, and has the Panthers Group in a strong position. Don’t take that for granted – too often egos and power struggles can strangle a club’s administration, however this is certainly not the case at Penrith. But there is no doubt that Panthers need to do things better. The club needs to develop a better level of patience and tact – the timing of Griffin’s sacking last year for example was silly, regardless of the circumstances that may have been boiling away behind the scenes. It also needs better man management in terms of getting wayward young stars back on track. It’s all well and good to have a ‘no dickhead policy’ but at some point you have to look from within to find the solutions. For example, the club seems almost certain to move on Reagan CampbellGillard after a disappointing season, in which his attitude off the field has also been questioned.

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Campbell- Gillard is on big, probably over- the- top money, but this is not his fault. You can only hope Penrith have exhausted all possible solutions to turn around his form and attitude before they allow another local junior to depart. All in all, however, the playing squad is shaping up well for 2020. At the right age of 22, Nathan Cleary will be handed the reigns to lead the side around the park, free of the shackles that have perhaps existed with James Maloney running the show. Jarome Luai will add the spark that is needed to lift Penrith’s attack, while Apisai Korisau brings some muchneeded experience to hooker. With a bunch of promising young talent coming through, the Panthers could well return to the Finals in 2020, though I’d probably like to see another one or two new recruits in the mix, otherwise the club’s depth will be severely tested. As for reflection, Ivan Cleary and co will be doing plenty of that in the coming weeks. 10th place is not what anybody would have expected back before a ball was kicked in March, but talk to anyone around the club and they’ll tell you that the sex tape scandal cut the team deep. Its ramifications are still being felt somewhat, though there is hope that a shift in culture will ensure 2020 starts with a clean slate. Another year is over and yet again, it is a season of unfulfilled potential. But so much has developed through a very change- driven 2019 that there is strong hope things are still on the right track. Perhaps that premiership window is at least still a little ajar.

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staggering 36 local public schools have been identified as having traces of asbestos, potentially putting children at risk if disturbed. Alarmingly, six of these schools contain what is considered the most deadly form – ‘friable asbestos’. The schools containing this include Colyton High School, Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School, Oxley Park Public School, Penrith South Public School, St Marys South Public School and York Public School. During a Budget Estimates hearing, it was revealed that 2,185 schools have asbestos state- wide, half of which has damages to it. On Tuesday, State Opposition Leader Jodi McKay and Shadow Minister for Education Prue Car met at Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School to call on the State Government to deliver more transparency on the issue. “I think the most disturbing thing is that there is no plan or timeline to remediate this, they have not told parents, they have not told teachers, so that teachers can keep the children away from where the asbestos is,” Ms Car said.

Jodi McKay and Prue Car speaking to the Weekender on Tuesday. Photo: Megan Dunn “Everyone knows that children run around and break things, so the dangerous thing, particularly for the friable asbestos, is when it’s touched it crumbles

and that’s when it becomes airborne and causes health hazards.” Ms McKay said the State Government needs to address the issue better.

“Parents know they are older buildings but they do trust that as parents that they are given the correct information – one, that it’s there and two, how it’s going to be addressed and when and that’s the information that’s not available,” she told the Weekender. In a statement, the Department of Education said the health and safety of students and staff remains the absolute highest priority. It said asbestos is managed in accordance with the Department’s Asbestos Management Plan and Safe Work NSW. Ms McKay and Ms Car’s comments have sparked an angry response from Penrith MP Stuart Ayres, who said Labor was undertaking a “scare campaign”. “It is clear that research is not the Member for Londonderry’s strength,” he said. “Asbestos containing material was a commonly used material in most Australian buildings between the 1940s and the 1980s, which is why it is present today in schools, offices, grandstands and even Parliament House. When asbestos is properly managed it does not pose a risk to human safety. To suggest that schools are unsafe is misleading and deliberately deceitful.” For the full list of local schools impacted, visit www.westernweekender.com.au.

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Be prepared Penrith City Council and the NSW State Emergency Service are calling on all residents to ensure they have up to date emergency plans in place. “Emergency Preparedness Week is the appropriate time for our residents to think about what they would do if there was an emergency,” said Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler. “That’s why we have decided to support the ‘Get Prepared’ app, which is a free, easy to download app that takes people step by step through the creation of an emergency plan.” NSW SES Penrith Unit Commander Scott Lynch said that if people are prepared for emergencies of all kinds, they will be safer and response crews can act more efficiently.

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woman who visited a number of locations in and around Penrith and the Blue Mountains earlier this month has been diagnosed with measles, sparking a health warning. Local health professionals have raised alarms after a partially vaccinated woman visited a number of locations in and around Penrith, Lawson and Springwood while infectious. On Sunday, September 1 from 1pm to 3pm, the woman visited Maldini’s restaurant and then went to Tench Reserve from 3pm to 4pm. The next day she also attended Our Lady of the Nativity Primary School, Lawson at 9am and 3pm as well as Nepean Medical Imaging, Springwood from 3.30pm to 4pm. Dr Sheena Kakar, from the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Public Health Unit, said anyone who was in these locations on those dates may have been exposed to the measles virus. However, none of the locations visited by the woman pose an ongoing risk. “If you have measles symptoms, it’s very important that you stay home from work or school, don’t visit others or unnecessarily travel to minimise the spread of the infection,” Dr Kakar said.

A local measles scare has health experts concerned Measles is highly contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by someone who is unwell with the disease. Symptoms include fever, sore eyes and a cough, followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash spreading from the head and neck to the rest of the body. It can take up to 18 days for symptoms to appear following exposure to a person with measles. People in the same places at the same time as the woman should be on alert for signs and symptoms of measles until Thursday, September 19. Dr Kakar said people with measles symptoms should see their GP but be sure

to call ahead, so they can limit exposure to others in the surgery. While the risk of infection is low in fully- vaccinated people, health experts urge anyone who comes into contact with someone who has measles to remain alert for symptoms. The State Government is investing $130 million in the 2019- 20 Immunisation Program budget, including Commonwealth and state vaccines. Two doses of measles vaccine provides lifelong protection in 99 out of 100 people who are vaccinated. For more information on measles, visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/ measles/Pages/key-facts.aspx.

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High winds saw thousands of homes across the Penrith region lose power last weekend. A wind gust of more than 100km/h was recorded in Penrith last Friday, September 6, with numerous trees falling across roadways and power lines in the area. The Londonderry and Agnes Banks areas were worst hit, with power outages lasting more than 24 hours. “I would like to thank customers for their patience and support while crews completed repairs,” said Endeavour Energy’s General Manager Network Services Scott Ryan. Endeavour Energy kept customers updated by text messages.

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inja Warrior fans rejoice! A new ninja- style adventure park is coming to Penrith and is expected to open its doors in time for the Christmas holidays. Situated inside the old Toys “R” Us Penrith site, the Tru Ninja adventure park will feature a number of fun and interchangeable obstacles for families. Business duo Michael Hicks and Ev Wardrope said Penrith was the perfect choice for the new park. “We wanted to do something that is really healthy for the community but is also really fun with that entertainment aspect,” Mr Hicks said. “We ended up in a discussion with Tru Ninja, who are branded as Ninja Warrior UK now in line with the TV show. “We wanted something that was fun for the little ones but also interesting and challenging for older kids and young adults, so it ended up being a big adventure park that the whole family can enjoy.” Surrounded by a number of foam pits, the centre will feature some fan favourite obstacles such as the warped wall, climbing walls and even a jump tower with air bags.

“We’ve got up to 100 interchangeable obstacles,” Mr Hicks said. Party rooms and a cafe are also in the works. “Parents will be able to sit up on the mezzanine level and have a coffee and watch their kids as they run around and experience all the things that the park has to offer,” Mr Hicks said. Since ‘Ninja Warrior’ hit Australian screens, more and more ninja-style gyms have been popping up all over the country.

A new adventure park will open in Penrith before Christmas While these are fun and challenging for adults, they are sometimes a bit too difficult for kids or require strength that they don’t have yet. The Tru Ninja adventure park has obstacles that cater for these younger ninjas to ensure all members of the family can have a go. With the success of ‘Ninja Warrior’ on TV, it’s hoped that the Penrith facility will be a major success.

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“We saw how popular ‘Ninja Warrior’ was with families but the gyms out there are really hard, so ours is focusing a lot more on the entertainment aspect of ‘Ninja Warrior’ rather than the gym aspect,” Mr Hicks said. “We’re so excited for families to come and enjoy something new, cool and different.” The business is currently going through its last DA process with Penrith Council.

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Passion for music Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler has presented a grant for $2000 to the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre, a centre that uses music therapy to engage adults and children with a disability in new creative experiences. This year Council’s Mayoral Scholarship has supported the ongoing delivery of the Music Club, Drumming, Key Word Sign Choir and Mum’s & Bub’s programs. Cr Fowler said Council has been an ongoing supporter of the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre. “It is incredible what the staff at NordoffRobbins do and how music therapy helps children and adults,” Cr Fowler said. “Music is good for the soul and the participants in these programs respond incredibly.”

Fire in Cranebrook A house was destroyed by fire at Cranebrook on Wednesday afternoon. Emergency services were called to the Tadmore Road property at about 3.30pm following reports that the home was well alight. “Firefighters attended and extinguished the blaze, however; the home was totally destroyed,” a Police spokesperson said. “The occupants of the home escaped the blaze uninjured. “A crime scene has been established, and the cause of the fire is yet to be determined.” Enquiries into the fire continue, and anyone with information is urged to come forward. – Nicola Barton

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Why Sydney Water needs to have a look in the mirror A s residents in Kingswood cleaned up after one of the biggest water leaks in years, it was kind of ironic that the very people responsible for the damage have the power to fine others for wasting water. A hundred homes in Bringelly and Jamison Roads woke up to a metre of water flowing around their properties – caused by yet another burst water main. Days after the ‘great flood of Kingswood’, across town at Carringbah, a bus came to a rapid halt as its back wheels went down a sink hole caused by yet another major water main burst. As much as the message is to save water, one of the biggest wasters is the government owned Sydney Water itself. Almost 130 million litres a day is lost in leaks, cracks, and bursts according to their own official figures. That’s a staggering 47 billion litres a

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A Berkshire Park woman convicted of sex offences against her teenage daughter may be forced to serve the balance of her jail sentence after violating her parole. The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared on screen at Penrith Local Court last Tuesday charged with seven counts of breaching a prohibition order preventing her from communicating with other persons on the child sex offenders’ register. The court heard the woman took phone calls from inmates, including convicted baby killer Keli Lane, who she had formed close friendships with while serving her sentence in Silverwater Jail. Six out of the seven calls related to “registrable” persons still serving their sentences. Her lawyer stressed she did not initiate any of the calls, adding there was nothing “sinister” about their content and the breach was established purely because she “didn’t hang up”. The court heard the woman had been released on parole three-and-a-half years ago and until recently had been living in Kingswood. “Apart from these phone calls, she has been behaving herself for three-and-ahalf years,” her lawyer said, noting she had regular employment as a paralegal and her parole was due to expire in December. He claimed this was not the “usual sex offender case” saying she had no predilections to “little boys or girls”. He explained the “tragic case” occurred when she offered her 13-year-old daughter to her then boyfriend as a threesome. The lawyer said she had not breached other onerous orders since her release, including a condition not to contact her children. “If refused bail, obviously she’ll lose her job... it will be catastrophic for her,” he said. But Magistrate Peter Thompson disagreed that it was only a “technical”

breach, saying the condition was purposely put in place to break bonds. “It’s designed to ensure people who have a background of not dissimilar matters do not continue to associate,” he said. Her matter was adjourned to today for mention.

Man accused of car park bashing pleads not guilty

A man allegedly involved in the bashing of a young father in a Penrith car park earlier this year will defend his charge. Police allege Dean Hooper, 22, threatened unlawful violence against Shannan Rushworth and Tyson Gampe in the early hours of February 3, when he and four co-accused allegedly became involved in a violent altercation. Rushworth was knocked unconscious and suffered bleeding to the brain. Hooper, who stands accused of one count of ‘affray’, faced Penrith Local Court last Friday and his matter was set down for a two-and-a-half day hearing in February. The court heard the Crown would rely on police witnesses and CCTV footage from McDonald’s Penrith Leagues where the altercation took place, and will unlikely call any of Hooper’s co-accused. Two of those – Mitchell Milgate, 20, and Blake Milgate, 23, – pleaded guilty last month, while a third brother, Wendell Milgate, 21, and Byron Donovan, 20, remain in negotiations with the Crown. The latter are facing strictly indictable charges and are yet to enter pleas. Mitchell and Blake will be sentenced at Penrith Local Court on October 18. Wendell and Donovan are due to reappear on October 4 where they are expected to indicate their position. All five are currently on bail.

Man has turned his life around since discovery of weapons

A man found with three unathorised guns and two silencers at Cambridge Park has been handed a lifeline.

Bradley Steven Cole was sentenced to 18-months’ jail when he faced Penrith Local Court last Friday, but will serve his sentence in the community by way of a number of Intensive Correction Orders (ICOs). Magistrate Brian van Zuylen acknowledged the community would normally expect to see Cole sent to jail, but was persuaded to allow him to maintain his liberty on evidence Cole had turned his life around and gained stable employment. Police executed a search warrant at Cole’s Cambridge Park property on August 15, 2017, discovering the firearms in the main bedroom along with the silencers, ammunition and shotgun cartridges. Some were located in a safe, while others were wrapped in clothes and “easily locatable”. His lawyer said Cole had a longstanding drug addiction at the time, which saw him “rubbing shoulders” with a “criminal element”. “His judgement was certainly impaired by the way he was living his life,” he submitted, adding Cole’s rehabilitation was now “well advanced” thanks to the delay in proceedings, which saw police lay charges 12 months after seizing the weapons. Despite the Crown submitting an ICO would be “insufficient”, Cole was allowed to walk free much to the relief of his family, many of whom were in court in support. He was also directed to undertake 150 hours of community service work and abstain from consuming illegal drugs.

Shoplifter jailed; will be released in January

A serial shoplifter busted with stolen goods has been jailed for at least six months after pleading guilty to a string of offences. Thomas John Beale, 37, appeared on screen at Penrith Local Court last Thursday charged with a host of dishonesty

crimes. Over a matter of six months, Beale pilfered a number of items, including chocolate bars, lollipops, 30 pairs of anklet socks, cosmetics and four bottles of vodka. He also kept a mobile phone he found in a St Marys car park, which was recovered when the owner utilised a “find my phone” app. The court was told the offender had a “troubled upbringing” and had a serious ‘ice’ addiction as well as alcohol issues. Magistrate Peter Thompson noted he had received short sentences in recent years and hadn’t had much support or been afforded a long stint on parole to assist with his rehabilitation. He warned Beale he was only going to receive longer and longer sentences if he continued to re-offend. “Make the most of it, don’t waste it,” he said of his time on parole. He was handed a 12-month aggregate sentence with a six-month non-parole period. With time already served, he is eligible for release on January 10, 2020.

Birthday party joke resulted in serious altercation with child

A man who assaulted a child after a birthday party joke went horribly wrong has been slapped with a 12-month good behaviour bond. The man faced Penrith Local Court last Thursday charged with ‘assault’ after he pushed a cake into the face of a 10-yearold boy, prompting the child to punch him in the stomach in retaliation. When the man swore and told him not to do that again, the boy defied him, lashing out and punching him again. The court heard they both ended up on the ground as a result. The man told the court he was embarrassed by his conduct and no longer had anything to do with his ex-partner or her son. “I made a grave mistake, I regret it and just want to move on,” he said. He was convicted and directed to enter a 12-month Community Correction Order.

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Police Snapshot Cranebrook: Couple enter stolen vehicle in front of cops

A couple have been charged over a bizarre attempt to steal and re-steal a motor vehicle in Cranebrook. At about 11.10am on Tuesday, September 3 police attended an address in Greenhalg Road to recover a stolen vehicle. The owner of the vehicle attended with the keys and conversed with police upon arrival. During this time, it is alleged that a 23-year-old Penrith man and 21-year-old Penrith woman entered the parked vehicle on the grass median strip and locked the doors. Police had reasonable suspicion that the pair were the original thieves. As officers ran over to the vehicle, the pair began to drive off but the 23-year-old man stalled the car. An officer smashed in the passenger window but was kicked in the face by the female who was sitting in the rear seat. The driver attempted to escape the vehicle. Both were apprehended. A search of the vehicle and the offenders was conducted, locating stolen property, several knives and an imitation firearm in the man’s bag. He was charged with ‘steal motor vehicle’, ‘take and drive conveyance without consent of owner’, ‘drive with suspended license’, ‘resist police in the execution of duty’, ‘possess unauthorised pistol’, ‘carry cutting weapon’, ‘custody of a knife in a public place’ and ‘goods in custody suspected of being stolen’. He was also charged with ‘possess house break-in implements’ and arrested for further outstanding warrants. He was bail refused to appear at Penrith Local Court on Friday, September 20. The woman was charged with ‘resist police in the execution of duty’ and ‘take and drive conveyance without consent of owner’. She was bail refused to appear at Penrith Local Court on Friday, September 13.

Kingswood: Man found with rifle during vehicle stop

A man has faced court after being charged with firearm offences at Kingswood. At about 2am on Saturday, September 7, officers attached to Nepean Police Area Command stopped a vehicle on Santley Crescent, Kingswood. Officers observed the 33-year-old driver to ingest an amount of drugs before removing him from the vehicle and conducting a search. A loaded, shortened .22 calibre rifle was allegedly located in the boot of the car. The 33-year-old man was arrested and conveyed to Nepean Hospital for medical assessment. At 8pm he was conveyed to Penrith Police Station where he was charged with ‘possess shortened firearm’ and ‘possess loaded firearm in public place’. He was refused bail and appeared at Penrith Local Court on Sunday, September 8.

Kingswood: Teen films man who made concerning remarks

A man has been charged after following two underage girls in his car. On Monday, August 5 a 17-year-old female was walking along Jean Street, Kingswood when she was approached by a male in a vehicle who made inappropriate comments towards her. The young woman took out her phone, filmed and took pictures of the man and his car. After reporting the incident to police, an investigation was launched which uncovered another young victim who had reported the same experience and car on Friday, August 9 on Henry Street, Penrith. At 8.50pm on Saturday, September 7 a 27-year-old Glendenning man was arrested and charged with two counts of ‘stalk and intimidate’. He was granted conditional bail to appear at Mt Druitt Local Court on Wednesday, September 25.

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and major loss of blood, he died at the scene. SafeWork NSW have launched an investigation into the incident. “SafeWork is attending a worksite at St Marys today after a worker became trapped in a machine. The worker sustained crush injuries. SafeWork is investigating,” a spokesperson told the Weekender on Wednesday. The incident comes as the second industrial related death within the past month, after 38- year - old Mohamad Riche fell five-storeys down a ventilation shaft in Jordan Springs. A report will now be prepared for the Coroner.

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NECA AWARDS WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY Penrith electrical and trades company Hix Group has been listed as a finalist at the 2019 National Electrical and Communica tions Association (NECA) Awards. This prestigious honour is recognising their work on St Luke’s College in Marsden Park. Hix Group was contracted by FAL Constructions to complete electrical work on the new stage three building, after having been

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As a ‘next generation Catholic learning community’ the St Luke’s Catholic College was established to develop a ‘new normal’ for pre- school to post- school learning. St Luke’s carefully crafts a learning pathway through four schools of learning, from early childhood to young adulthood. Winners of the NECA Excellence and Apprentice Awards will be announced at a luncheon today.

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7- Eleven stores will no longer stock raunchy magazines after a successful campaign by activist group Collective Shout. The magazines, including People and Picture, include headlines such as ‘X-rated Aussie Teens’, refer to teenage girls as ‘fresh flesh’ and promote ‘nip slips’ and ‘upskirting’. Another article claimed that girls desire being groped by strangers. -7 Eleven CEO Angus McKay said franchisees had been instructed to remove the magazines from sale as a priority. Melinda Liszewski from Collective Shout welcomed the move and said the mags never should have been sold in the first place.

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Penrith City Council is paving one of its streets with glassphalt, an environmentally sustainable alternative to the traditional asphalt. “Asphalt uses sand in the road paving mix, but glassphalt uses ground glass,” said Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler. “Around 50 tonnes of ground glass will be used to pave Stafford Street, which is a better outcome than the glass ending up as landfill. “To get an idea of just how much glass is involved, 25 tonnes of glass is equivalent to just more than 113,600 stubbies – some 4,700 slabs. “Glass does not break down in the environment. Glass up to 2,500-years-old has been found in archaeological digs around the world.” Penrith Council General Manager Warwick Winn said the use of glassphalt shows Council is continuing to embrace more sustainable practices. “Council’s tendered road service contractor recently upgraded its plant to make glassphalt, and so we are trialling their product now that it is available,” Mr Winn said. “Glassphalt is already being successfully used by other NSW local councils and meets current standards for road base material.”

FREE HEART CHECKS IN PENRITH Local residents are being urged to take advantage of a free testing station at Nepean Hospital to check whether they have an irregular heartbeat that increases the risk of stroke five-fold. As part of a campaign developed in response to alarmingly low levels of testing for a heart condition known as atrial fibrillation, free screening for an irregular heartbeat will take place at Nepean Hospital (West Block) between 12pm and 4pm on Monday, September 16 and Thursday, September 19.

The campaign led by Hearts4Heart comes as a nationwide survey of 550 people aged 65 and over reveals that only one- inthree older Australians has discussed their heart health with a doctor in the past 12 months, and only one- in- 10 has discussed atrial fibrillation as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in this period. When undiagnosed and untreated, an irregular

heartbeat can cause blood to pool in a chamber of the heart and form a clot that can travel to the brain, causing a devastating stroke. Hearts4Heart is using Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Week (September 16 to 22) to highlight the need for early diagnosis of an irregular heartbeat and appropriate long- term use of stroke prevention therapy.

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Londonderry MP says sporting field at Jordan Springs has been closed for too long NICOLA BARTON

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ordan Springs is being deprived of yet another amenity it was promised, says Londonderry MP Prue Car. The grass field, which sits on the corner of Greenwood Parkway and Discovery Way, has been cordoned off for some time after developer Lendlease became aware of an issue with the surface that deemed it was not fit for use. Ms Car is calling on Lendlease and Penrith Council to ensure it is remediated before the new season of sport. “Nepean Football Association want to use it for their all- abilities team, for it to be their home training ground and there would be so many other uses for it because Jordan Springs is desperate for more play space for sports,” she said. “We know that children benefit in so many ways from playing team sports, we know that we face childhood obesity issues and ways of combating that is getting kids out, on the grass, playing sport. “Here we are again talking about how residents and families in new suburbs have to fight to get basic amenities, it’s not unreasonable to expect what you are promised when you buy into these areas.”

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Londonderry MP Prue Car wants work to remediate a sporting oval at Jordan Springs to begin soon. Photo: Megan Dunn Ms Car said she was told the surface was contaminated with materials after the incorrect soil was used, although Lendlease didn’t confirm the exact reason why they’ve deemed the surface unfit for use. Ms Car has met with both Council and Lendlease on a few occasions and said this topic is constantly being discussed.

“I’m not seeing any movement on it so I’m calling on Council and Lendlease to get together to fix this for the new season of sport next year,” she said. A Lendlease spokesperson said they fenced off the area as soon as they became aware of an issue last year. “An expert assessment is underway to

determine the appropriate remediation strategy,” the spokesperson said. “The sporting fields are an important part of our community and it is our intention to repair the surface of the oval as soon as possible.” The spokesperson said they understand the frustration and apologise.

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Better training required ADHD report shows more education is needed for teachers to help students learn NICOLA BARTON

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DHD experts say better training for teachers is crucial, as a new report finds alarming levels of suspensions in schools. The ADHD in Australian Schools Critical Gaps Report by Parents for ADHD Advocacy found that 24 per cent of children with ADHD have been suspended, with an average of 3.7 suspensions per child. 95 per cent of parents surveyed believed teachers and school staff needed specific ADHD training. The purpose of the report was to call on governments to properly recognise ADHD as a disability and to review criterion for funding to improve access to support. Glenmore Park resident Catherine Cook has jumped from school to school with her 10-year-old son Ashton who, she says, was labelled as naughty by a school that simply did not understand his disability. “When my son first went into a primary catholic school, the weekly phone calls started about six months in, he was always in trouble and they said this and that was wrong. They offered no support and even told me he was in a bad incident in the playground on a day he wasn’t even at school,” she said.

Catherine Cook says training for teachers on how to handle students with ADHD is vital

Since moving to Regentville Public School she has noticed dramatic improvements in her son’s learning development and now, he even wins awards. “The support they offered and working together, really helped and made me feel like I wasn’t doing something wrong,” she said. “It just goes to show the more educated the staff are on the condition, the far better the result of the child.” Following a parliamentary inquiry into children with disabilities, the NSW Department of Education launched its Disability Strategy earlier this year, in a bid to improve support. This aims to better equip teachers and staff with the skills to educate students with these needs. A NSW Department of Education spokesperson said they have been consulting with the Parents for ADHD advocacy group regarding discipline policies. “The department is reviewing the Student Discipline Policy, including the Suspension Procedures. Extensive consultation has occurred across the department, across government, with students, and with parents and carers,” the spokesperson said. All schools have service delivery obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act: Education Standards 2005.

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enrith Council may explore opportunities to borrow more money to fast - track major infrastructure projects and future-proof the city. Councillor Bernard Bratusa believes now is the time to take advantage of record low interest rates, and has requested Council’s “financial gurus” crunch the numbers to see if it is viable. “There are billions of dollars of infrastructure being put in by Federal and State Governments in our footprint, and my question to [Director of Corporate Services] Andrew Moore in particular is, ‘have we got key infrastructure projects sitting on the shelf that we can activate by taking advantage of cheap money?’,” he said. “The experts, of which I’m not, are projecting that the Reserve Bank in October may decide the cash rate needs to fall further – it may be 25 or 50 basis points – which is just unbelievable. If there were infrastructure projects that we wanted to invest in, now, in my opinion, is the time to borrow money and build.” Cr Bratusa, who initially raised the issue during last month’s Ordinary Council meeting, said it was a “blank canvass” as far as he was concerned, but suggested the extra cash could potentially fast- track strategic car parking plans or a City Park, or a much- needed upgrade of Ripples St Marys.

“When that was opened it was state-ofthe-art... but it is well and truly past its used by date,” he said of the centre. He acknowledged upgrading the local road network to keep pace with Penrith’s rapid development was also “very valid”, adding it was crucial the city doesn’t fall behind given we are just “seven very short years away” from having the future Western Sydney Airport on “our doorstep”. “We need to make sure we are up to speed, we don’t want to be playing catchups and band- aids 10 years from now,” he said. A Council spokesperson said Council is always reviewing its options. “In light of historically low interest rates and subsidised funding from NSW Treasury Corporation, Council reviews the appropriateness of borrowing money on an annual basis and plans to brief Council in the coming months,” the spokesperson said. “Council’s Borrowing Strategy prescribes that any proposed new borrowing for infrastructure must be supported by a comprehensive business case including capital funding requirements, future operational costs of infrastructure maintenance and renewal costs. Council applies these prudent financial practices to ensure we focus on the most important needs of the community and remain financially sustainable to meet future loan repayments and budgetary obligations.”


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Tackling social pressures New program aims to educate and inform young women of social media dangers NICOLA BARTON

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oung girls in Penrith are being reminded of the irreversible and complex dangers of social media, through a new program launched by PCYC. Aimed at young girls aged between 11 and 16-years- old, the Social Media Detox program will run for four weeks and covers a range of topics including mental health, bullying, sexting and predatory behaviour. Run in conjunction with Nepean Police Area Command, the program will feature talks from both officers and representatives from Headspace. PCYC Penrith Club Manager, Leann Tibbey, said the program targets this age group as they are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of social media. “Social media is such a huge part of our society these days and even as adults we get caught up in the expectations of ourselves and the demands of that and it affects all of our mental health,” she said. “We thought we would create a program that catered to young girls that focuses on the importance of being safe and careful on social media. “The guest speakers from NSW Police

A new program at PCYC focuses on the pressures of social media. Photo: Megan Dunn will talk about the impact social media can have on your life and being savvy on the Internet, and the Headspace speaker will go that step further and help put them in touch with local services they could go to.” It’s no secret that telling young people not to do something is not going to stop them. Ms Tibbey said the program recognises this and instead aims to not only educate

and help prevent incidents but also show avenues of support and what to do if found in an undesirable situation. “It’s about brutal honesty and having an honest conversation,” she said. “Giving them that support in knowing there are people to turn to is really important.” The first few weeks of the program will focus on body image and self worth, as

the rise of social media influencers takes a toll on young girls’ perception of what is considered beautiful. The program will move through to more serious topics such as online predators, bullying and sexting. PCYC held a similar program for boys in term four last year, which talked about cyber safety, health, relationships and mental health.

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They say that when you give a gift, it is the thought that counts. But when that gift is art, and when it is gifted to an entire community, the thought is just the beginning. In Penrith, we are in debt to the Lewers family, who in 1981 not only gifted a wonderful collection of works by Gerald and Margot Lewers and their contemporaries to our community, but also their property, house and gardens. In doing so, they gave us ongoing access to a treasure trove of art and allowed for an ongoing flow of cultural engagement – within our City, with neighbouring regions, with our friendship cities and a whole range of creatives. The Gifting exhibition at the gallery highlights and acknowledges the significance of gift giving of this kind to Regional Galleries. It brings together pieces from Penrith’s collection with works gifted to Wollongong’s Regional Gallery, Mosman Art Gallery and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.

The stories behind these gifts are as much a part of the exhibition as the works themselves. Gifting commemorates the generous donations and the stories behind them. It also celebrates what these gifts have meant – the access and cultural engagement, but also a deeper understanding and appreciation of art in regions across the state. The Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest, its garden and the artworks it contains, are such a rich treasure for our City. We value them without measure. I know the same is true of the galleries in Wollongong, Mosman and Bathurst and for every other regional gallery you could name. This is because art matters, and gifts to art galleries can make a very real difference to generations of a community.

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Happiest decision of all Foster Care Week: Couple encourages others to consider helping children in need NICOLA BARTON

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rskine Park couple Felicity and Adam Moreau always knew they had a lot of love to give, but when having their own family wasn’t possible, they decided to take a leap of faith and open up their home to a foster child. This decision, although challenging at times, has proven to be what they say is the most rewarding part of their lives. “We started looking into the long- term adoption path and that’s when we looked into Barnardos Australia,” Ms Moreau said. “The process started off with an informal chat over the phone, they came out and explained everything to us and gave us a pack to go through. It took myself and Adam a long time to get through the paperwork. “We wanted to make sure we’d crossed everything off our list to make sure that our own biological family wasn’t going to happen and to grieve that process as well, but Barnardos were glad and respectful that we took that time.” Over the next 12 months the couple completed assessments, training and matching forms. This was then put into a pool and when

Adam and Felicity Moreau are reflecting on their decision to foster a child. Photo: Megan Dunn a potential match was flagged, they were able to meet the person who would soon become the newest member of their family. “The first meeting is quite daunting. There’s this child, this baby, it took us a while to get used to but we just thought, game on, let’s have some fun and now it’s

second nature, he just slotted in straight away,” Ms Moreau said. “They all have a story and sometimes it’s sad and they’re in this situation because they need someone else to be safe.” Now the proud foster parents of a twoyear-old boy, the couple are now looking at the formal adoption process.

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“It’s amazing to see them grow and develop in front of your eyes, just to give someone somewhere safe and stable has made him go ahead leaps and bounds. We’re very lucky that the birth family support us in doing this,” Ms Moreau said. The couple encourage those considering this path to contact Barnardos.


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Projects receive funding My Community Project delivers improvements to facilities across the local region

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enrith MP Stuart Ayres has announced that four local projects have been selected to receive a share of $321,721 through the NSW Government’s My Community Project funding program. “Our strong management of the NSW economy generates funds that enable us to reinvest back into local communities through improved facilities and amenity,” Mr Ayres said. “This program puts the decision making in the hands of local residents and they have chosen which projects they wanted to see delivered for our local community. “I look forward to seeing the positive outcomes that these projects will offer to people across the Penrith electorate.” The My Community Project is made possible by the NSW Generations Fund to help improve the wellbeing of people and communities. Successful projects in Penrith were: • The Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains – shelter, improved access and refurbishment for Whitton Park, Glenbrook. • St Thomas Anglican Church Cranebrook – tree removal and construction of an awning, new bench tops and BBQ area. • Lapstone Public School – spectator shade shelter for the school’s multipurpose court.

Penrith MP Stuart Ayres presents funding to the St Thomas Anglican Church in Cranebrook “This is a great win for the Penrith electorate. I’d like to thank all the community groups that participated in the program and advocated passionately for their local projects,” Mr Ayres said. “While the NSW Government is getting on with delivering major infrastructure projects, we also understand the importance of local community projects.”

Meanwhile, projects in Mulgoa were also successful with funding, including: • Infants Adventure Playground – a safe, purpose built adventure playground for the Regentville/Glenmore Park community at Regentville Public School. • A Safe Place to Play – safe, secure outdoor play equipment for pre- school children and infants in the Glenmore Park

community at Glenmore Park Anglican Church. • St Clair and District Men’s Shed Stage 2 Shed Build – helping in the prevention of men’s mental health issues by providing a welcoming place for men to gather. Funding for projects in the Mulgoa electorate totalled nearly $260,000 in this round.

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t’s the long- awaited return of the greatest big band of the 1940s, The Glenn Miller Orchestra. The concert spectacular is returning to Penrith by popular demand to feature the unforgettable music from the golden era of swing. Musical Director Rick Gerber (pictured) has been with the orchestra in Los Angeles for 18 years and says it is the unique sound of the band that has them coming back for their fifth tour of Australia. “Glenn Miller experimented with

different instrument combinations and dusted off an idea that a clarinet would play the lead in the saxophone section, which became the famous sound to his trademark to this day,” Rick said. “The band shot to fame and fortune within a few months because they had that instantly identifiable band sound, they sound so different that people know who it is in the first three or four notes.” Celebrating their 82nd anniversary, the concert will feature a brand new program of wonderful 1940’s music as well as hearing the favourite Glenn Miller hits. “When they buy tickets people all over the world expect to hear the biggest hits

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egendary Aussie entertainer Daryl Braithwaite is showing no signs of slowing down and is bringing his new show to Panthers. Daryl first found fame as lead singer of Sherbet, a band synonymous with the ‘70s, but his accomplishments as a solo artist are also well known. In November 1990, he released the hit album ‘Rise’, which boasted five hit singles. The most popular was undoubtedly ‘The Horses’, holding the number one position on the national charts over three consecutive weeks and becoming something of a cult hit.

The unexpected success of this single led to it being voted Australian Song of the Year at the 1991 Australian Music Awards. These hits will be played by Daryl at his upcoming Panthers show, which will act as a showcase of his incredible career. Known for teen hysteria, international breakouts, multi - platinum albums, extraordinary collaborations, performing at the sweatiest dives and some of the world’s most famous stadiums, Daryl remains an integral part of the evolution and development of Australian popular music. Daryl Braithwaite will be on at the EVAN Theatre in Penrith on Saturday, September 21 at 8pm. To book, call 1800 PANTHERS.

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It’s simply the best Tina Turner act you’ll ever see! EMILY FESZCZUK

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ebecca O’Connor is simply the best as Tina Turner, even being endorsed by the star herself. This Irish- Jamaican powerhouse is on an encore tour after overwhelming success and will be bringing her worldrenowned show to Blacktown. Prepare to stand in your seats as Rebecca delivers her flawless rendition of Tina Turner’s greatest hits including ‘Nutbush City Limits’, ‘Proud Mary’, ‘River Deep’, ‘Private Dancer’, ‘When the Heartache Is Over’, ‘Better Be Good To Me’ and of course her anthem, ‘Simply The Best’. As the only Irish artist to ever win the prestigious European TV competition ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ in front of over

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he ‘Blues Brothers Rebooted’ show is an exciting, handclapping, toe-tapping production celebrating its 35th anniversary. It pays tribute to the unforgettable and infectious style of soul music and is a faithful recreation of those two brothers who donned the black hats and dark shades and created a musical institution. This high energy, fun and polished presentation features an hour of the finest soul, rhythm and blues classics by artists such as The Temptations, The Four Tops and Wilson Pickett.

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For the second half of the show, get ready to experience the original men in black when Shane Peters and Chris Clackson take to the stage as Jake and Elwood. This show recreates an authentic tribute to the Blues Brothers featuring all the songs, all the moves and all that energy and excitement that you will love and remember from the classic 1980 film. ‘Blues Brothers Rebooted’ will be on at the EVAN Theatre in Penrith on Saturday, September 28 at 3pm. Tickets are free for members. To book, call 1800 PANTHERS or visit penrithpanthers.com.au.


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what's on AND where HEADING OUT Friday, September 13

Lee Kernaghan – Penrith Panthers From $45.60, 8pm 1800 061 991 Soundproofed 80s Rewind – Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Press Rewind – Tattersalls From $10, 8.30pm 4744 2002 Ignition Fridays – Pioneer Tavern Free entry, 8pm 4736 4466 Effie in Love Me Tinder – Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub From $40, 8pm 4723 5050 The Frocks – St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Take A Hit – Workers Sports Free entry, 1pm 8822 2444 Bathory Begins – The Joan From $30, 7.30pm 4723 7611 Jon Stevens Blue Cattle Dog Hotel, 9670 3050 Friday, September 13, 8pm, $39.80

Johnny Cash Live Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub, 4723 5050 Saturday, September 14, 8pm, From $60

Too Many Guitars – St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Tina Turner Tribute – Blacktown Workers From $16, 8pm 9830 0600 Matchbox Band – Blacktown Workers Free entry, 8.30pm 9830 0600 M7 Band – Workers Sports Free entry, 8pm 8822 2444 Atomic Rock – Colonial Hotel Free entry, 9pm 9623 1384 Get Ready Weekend – Orchard Hills Fire Brigade Free entry, 9am 4736 2170 Emu Craft Markets – Nepean CAPA High School Free entry, 9am 0414 395 614 Bathory Begins – The Joan From $30, 7.30pm 4723 7611

Collectormania – Penrith Panthers From $2, 9am 0416 291 280

Friday, September 20

Blink 182 Show – Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Press Rewind – Tattersalls From $10, 8.30pm 4744 2002 Ignition Fridays – Pioneer Tavern Free entry, 8pm 4736 4466 Bathory Begins – The Joan From $30, 7.30pm 4723 7611 Bad Eighties – St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777

Saturday, September 14

M7 – St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Chris Drummond Duo – Blacktown Workers Free entry, 8.30pm 9830 0600 The Bandits – Workers Sports Free entry, 8pm 8822 2444 Jack Vidgen – Blacktown Workers From $30, 8pm 9830 0600 The Oils – Pioneer Tavern Free entry, 9pm 4736 4466 Seattle Sound – Colonial Hotel Free entry, 9.30pm 9623 1384

Sunday, September 22 Saturday, September 21

Daryl Braithwaite – Penrith Panthers $47.70, 8pm 1800 061 992 Geoff Power – Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Confetti Disco Party Band – Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Mary’s Karaoke – Grey Gums Hotel Free entry, 8pm 4734 5555 Good Vibes – Tattersalls From $10, 8.30pm 4744 2002 Bathory Begins – The Joan From $30, 7.30pm 4723 7611 John Bell & Simon Tedeschi – The Joan From $30, 7.30pm 4723 7611 Two Fires Chisel Barnes Show – Blue Cattle Dog Hotel Free entry, 9pm 9670 3050

Dwayne Elix – Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Nepean Bonsai Meeting – Illawong Avenue Kingswood Free entry, 2pm 0404 095 230 Music By The River – Tench Reserve Free entry, 11am 1300 736 836 Wedding Expo Penrith Panthers, 4339 7019 Sunday, September 22, 10am, Free entry

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Di Bird Red Hot & Blue – Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 The Frocks – Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Mary’s Karaoke – Grey Gums Hotel Free entry, 8pm 4734 5555 Good Vibes – Tattersalls From $10, 8.30pm 4744 2002 Mr James Band – St Marys RSL Free entry, 8pm 9623 6555 Borodin, Shostakovich, Dvorak – The Joan From $30, 8pm 4723 7611

Aussie Night Markets Penrith Panthers, 0438 882 496 Sunday, September 15, 5pm, Free entry

K-9 Ruff Mudder Luddenham, 0478 588 505 Saturday, September 21, 8am, From $55

Rhonda Burchmore & Lara Mulcahy Penrith Panthers, 1800 061 991 Friday, September 20, 8pm, From $45

Sunday, September 15

The Shuffle Boys – Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Franky Valentyn Duo – Workers Sports Free entry, 1pm 8822 2444

Drags To Bitches Show – St Marys RSL From $15, 9pm 9623 6555 Sunset Strip – Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub From $36, 8pm 4723 5050

Among diners in the Penrith area, Panthers Pizza & Kebab is a legendary ins tu on known for its Turkish flair. We have a reputa on for keeping early and late hours and offering the finest food around. Favourite types of pizza include chicken or beef kebab, satay chicken, tandoori chicken and seafood. People also love our vegetarian or meat pide, falafel and golzeme. They rave about our charcoal kebabs, which can be ordered solo or as a plate with Turkish bread and salad. Op ons include beef, chicken or a combina on. Burgers, ribs and many other items are also available fresh and fast.

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Nepean Retired Men’s Club Third Wednesday of each month • 0401 507 260 Seniors & Pensioners Club Tuesdays at 10am 86 Station Street, Penrith Prostate Cancer Support Monthly meetings at St Stephen’s • 1300 133 878 Jordan Springs Probus Club Fourth Tuesday of each month • The Hub at 10am

Aussie country star set to rock Panthers tonight! Lee Kernaghan, Australia’s beloved country music singer, songwriter and guitarist is coming to the EVAN Theatre at Panthers with specials guests The Wolfe Brothers and CMC Female Artist of the Year, Christie Lamb. Lee’s latest album ‘Backroad Nation’ is a celebration of us, our way of life and the people who make our country great. The show is on at Panthers tonight, September 13 from 8pm. Call 1800 061 991 or visit penrith. panthers.com.au for last minute tickets!

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Sunset Station Singers Mondays 7.00pm St Marys RSL • 0408 218 965 Glenmore Park Probus Club Third Wednesday of the month • 9673 2580 Penrith Men’s Shed New members welcome Wednesdays • 0439 646 942 Penrith Rotary Club New members welcome Mondays • 0407 077 143

Collectors unite at Collectormania!

Flowers for all at Melrose Hall

Don’t miss a range of fantastic items for kids (and big kids) at Collectormania at Panthers this Sunday, September 15 from 9am-3pm.

Blue Mountains and Penrith Districts Orchid Society will be holding a Spring Orchid Show this weekend at Melrose Hall in Emu Plains.

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Fitting sequel will keep you thrilled IT: CHAPTER 2  2 hours, 49 mins TROY DODDS

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on the same page and transfers them back to the horrors of 1988. One thing you may have already heard about ‘It: Chapter 2’ is how long it is, and at nearly three hours it has the potential to be a brutal watch, but the length didn’t worry me all that much – there’s enough happening here to keep you engaged. But a movie of this length rarely goes by without fault, and there’s certainly a few issues here, chiefly the excessive CGI and the rather dreary ending. That said, a film like this is more about the journey than the destination and if you’re keen to be consistently startled and you lap up horror flicks, you’ll enjoy this offering.

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‘Neighbours’ is launching a five-epi

sode miniseries spin-off ‘Neighbours: Erinsborough High’ aimed at a young adult audience. Streaming on 10 Play, the series centres around students during the hectic final exam period. 22-minute episodes will star a mix of ‘Neighbours’ regulars and newcomers. ‘Neighbours: Erinsborough High’ begins on November 11.

The ARIA Awards are returning to 

Channel Nine on Wednesday, November 27. Live from The Star in Sydney, this year’s ARIAs will also be broadcast live on YouTube for the first time.

Nathan Taylor TV NEWS

Aussie actress Rebel Wilson will host 

a new competition dog styling series for Channel Seven titled ‘Pooch Perfect’. Premiering in 2020, the series will feature 10 professional dog stylists from around the country competing in a series of themed challenges revealing epic transformations of beloved pets. $100,000 in prize money is on offer for the contest, determined by a panel of the industry’s top judges.

September 17, while ‘The Bachelor’ will conclude on Thursday, September 19. Both reality shows will end with 90-minute finales.

10 has announced the final episode of 

Season five of ‘The Great Australian 

‘Australian Survivor’ will air on Tuesday,

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NEIGHBOURS: ERINSBOROUGH HIGH, 10 PLAY

Bake Off’ will premiere on LifeStyle on Thursday, October 3 at 8.30pm. The 10part series will see 12 of the country’s best amateur bakers judged by Maggie Beer and Matt Moran.

FOX Showcase crime drama ‘Queen 

of the South’ has been renewed for a fifth season in the US.

A ‘Comedy Central Roast of Alec Bald

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win’ will screen on the Comedy channel on Foxtel this Monday, September 16 at 7pm. ‘Will & Grace’ star Sean Hayes is Roast Master, with guests Robert De Niro,

Blake Griffin, Caitlyn Jenner, Joel McHale, Debra Messing, Chris Redd, and Jeff Ross. Zach Galifianakis stars in a new 

comedy movie ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ on Netflix. Dropping on Friday, September 20, the movie is a spin-off of Zach’s popular ‘Between Two Ferns’ Funny or Die web series.

Season three of SBS series ‘Strug

gle Street’ will premiere on Wednesday, October 9 at 8.30pm. The four-part series was filmed in the Riverina region of NSW.

Bad news for fans desperately waiting  for season three of ‘Ozark’ on Netflix. It appears the Jason Bateman hit won’t return in 2019 as planned, with new episodes now likely to land in 2020. Season two was released in August 2018.

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TV Guide: September 13-19 Your guide to the week’s television viewing


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Test your knowledge about the NRL Finals in this week’s special trivia quiz!

1. Which venue was almost ruled out of hosting a Finals match due to an asbestos scare? 2. Which venue will host its first ever NRL Finals match this weekend? 3. Which Finals team played in a drawn match this season?

4. Which team made the Finals with a negative for / against? 5. Melbourne and which other Finals team scored more than 600 points this season? 6. True or false: The bottom two sides from 2018 made the Finals this year?

ANSWERS 1. Lottoland 2. Bankwest Stadium 3. Brisbane 4. Brisbane 5. Roosters 6. True

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COLLECTORMANIA TOY AND HOBBY FAIR Australia’s Largest Toy Collectables Fair

This Sunday 15th September, 9am-2pm Penrith Panthers Exhibition Centre • Diecast Model Cars • Plastic Kits • Trading Cards • Posters • Vintage Toys • Lego • Action Figures • TV/Movie Toys & Memorabilia • Dolls & much more DOOR PRIZES & GIVEAWAYS DURING THE DAY

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WEEKENDER LIVING PENRITH’S MOST RESPECTED LINE-UP OF LIFESTYLE EXPERTS

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AQUARIUS

PISCES

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

It’s a good week to catch up with foreign friends, go on an adventure or study something that has always intrigued you. You need to discard superficial chit-chat and have something substantial to say. But Neptune scrambles your financial antennae. So avoid borrowing funds, buying property, making investments, going on a shopping spree or lending money to others.

Are you full of fabulous ideas and abstract Piscean plans, but short on practical application? This week Neptune squares Jupiter, so there’s a tendency to either delude yourself or be deceived by someone else. You’ll need to keep your reality radar switched onto high, and fact check any questionable information that comes your way. Plus follow through on your long list of commitments.

ARIES MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

Avoid being a lightweight Aries. A delicate domestic situation or a tricky work issue requires deep thinking and deft diplomacy. So take off your bossy cap and slip on your humility hat instead! With Pluto on your side, you can transform a frustrating negative into an amazing positive! On the weekend you may worry about your future trajectory. If you meditate, you’ll wake up with renewed motivation.

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GEMINI

CANCER

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

The focus is on friendship, creativity and productivity. So look for a project where you can combine these three elements in wonderfully transformative ways! But beware a false friend who doesn’t really have your best interests at heart. Attached Taurus – avoid getting stuck in a romantic rut! Do your best to put some passion and pizzazz back into the partnership.

This week you’ll feel overwhelmed by work politics or relationship pressures. You’re keen to escape stressful scenarios and daydream the hours away but that doesn’t mean the problems will magically disappear! If you are a gullible Gemini, then you run the risk of being led astray by a smooth-talking partner, friend, relative, colleague or customer. You need to dig deep and forge your own path.

Relations with family members are set to improve, as Mercury and Venus visit your domestic zone. Plus Saturn moves forwards, which should help a shaky close relationship gradually move on to more stable ground. On the weekend nebulous Neptune squares Jupiter, so avoid getting involved in confusing scenarios that lead nowhere (especially involving work, travel or international connections).

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SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

You’re in the mood to daydream, but be careful you don’t delude yourself about the true motives of a friend. Creative projects and spiritual pursuits are productive ways to express your imagination and tap into your intuition. It’s a good week to set goals that will transform your future in inspirational ways. The Mars/Pluto trine is also terrific for spreading waves of influence within your community.

Neptune squares Jupiter so be careful you don’t get carried away with impractical dreams and impossible schemes. False optimism and unrealistically short timelines could also lead you to cut corners or take risks. Success will come if you combine ideas with elbow-grease and patience. As George Eliot said: “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together”.

LEO JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

Under the influence of the positive Mars/ Pluto connection, an idea you have (involving work, business or finances) could really take off. But you must understand and accommodate the needs of others, not just your own. And it’s imperative that you have a practical and viable plan. Wonderful words and pie-inthe-sky promises mean nothing if they’re not backed up with actual action.

CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

It’s a cracking week for Capricorns! On Wednesday, Saturn (your patron planet) moves forwards. So projects or situations that have been stalled since May will finally start to zoom ahead. Then the Sun and Pluto activate your sign on Thursday and Friday, when you’ve got the power and the passion to make things happen. But don’t let your desire to control everything get out of control!

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The stars favour transforming a domestic negative into a positive, or spending time with a special family member. Mercury and Venus (your patron planet) are now visiting your sign, which highlights your natural charm and diplomatic skills. You’ll certainly need them in spades on the weekend, when the Jupiter/Neptune square blurs reality and confuses communication for everyone.

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Virgos are analytical creatures. And this week you’ll be given the opportunity to impress others with your methodical mind, multi-tasking skills and meticulous attention to detail. So don your detective cap and start solving a problem or getting to the bottom of a mystery ASAP. A close relationship looks very confusing on the weekend though. You think you know what’s going on but you don’t have a clue!

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e all try to do our best in life. None of us plan to make a mess of life, yet sadly, so often this is exactly what does happen! A bad decision here. A bad decision there, and before you know it, like dominos falling over one after the other, like a pulled loose thread on your prized shirt, life seems to unravel, to fall apart and there doesn’t appear to be anything you can do about it. It’s not that education and reading and learning and talking to others don’t have a place; they do, but in the big things of life, work, relationships, family, money, things still seem to go wrong! We have a sense that there must be more, some big picture wisdom to guide us, helping us to not make the same mistakes, wisdom that will enable us to keep our life on track. The Bible’s book of Proverbs is the place to turn.

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Wonderful principles guiding us in all areas of life; love, marriage, work, money, relationships, parenting, all in the context of listening to and learning from our good God. Perhaps the part best summing up Proverbs is this; “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Throughout history, Christian people have found this truth to be a wonderful encouragement, sustaining them in all areas of life; that trusting and learning from the wisdom of our good God will set you on a path leading to life. Billy Graham, the great Christian leader had the habit of reading a chapter of Proverbs every day! He cherished it. Take the plunge! Check out Proverbs for yourself.

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Bryce Canyon provides an incredible insight into the USA’s national parks

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Len Rutledge finds there are few more stunning places on Earth than the great National Parks of western USA...

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he concept of a park or nature reserve under state ownership is believed to have originated in the United States in 1870 but Australia was not far behind as we established our first park and the world’s second national park in 1878 just south of Sydney. I have just returned from a visit through six of the US parks and I am very impressed. Each is different and it is impossible to say which is best. Bryce Canyon in southern Utah was the first I visited so this seems a good place to start. The first thing you have to understand about Bryce is that it is not a single canyon (unlike say the Grand Canyon) but a series of huge amphitheatres carved into a high plateau. They are gigantic. The most famous of these is the Bryce Amphitheatre which is filled with irregular eroded spires of rock called hoodoos. These are formed when ice and rainwater wear away the weak limestone rock. Hoodoos exist in many places but here is the largest concentration found anywhere on Earth. The starting point for a park visit should be the Visitor Centre. Here you will find information at the ranger help desk, exhibits, interactive consoles and

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But Fox only just held on to win last Sunday, posting a time 0.04 seconds quicker than Great Britain’s Kimberley Woods in the women’s C1. “I think every race has been pretty tough and challenging, and I think after yesterday’s [K1] win, it was such a big win for me, so I wanted to come back today and go through the process again and stay grounded,” Fox said. “It wasn’t perfect, and it was a fight to the finish. My goal is always to put down my best runs, not win the overall World Cup, that’s a bonus of doing consistent races. “It wasn’t the perfect season like last year, but I’ve learned so much from

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fter finishing at the bottom of the table last season, the only way is up according to new Penrith Panthers baseball head coach Ray Tozer. Following back to back years of missing the playoffs, Penrith are praying for a better year ahead when the 2019/20 NSW State Baseball League season gets underway this Saturday against Ryde. Speaking with the Weekender ahead of tomorrow’s season opener, Tozer said his side are excited for the upcoming season and are hopeful of lifting themselves off the bottom of the ladder. “Everyone is pumped for the season ahead. We’ve got a quality roster this season and we should turn it around this year,” he said. “It won’t be hard to improve on what we did last year. I keep using last year as a motivation for them. That was rock bottom and we can only go up from here. “Everyone has taken that on board and it’s looking good.” Along with several familiar faces Penrith have recruited relatively well this off-

season, picking up two imports from the United States to add some experience to their line-up. “We’ve got two imports, an outfielder from Houston named Sean Washington and Cody Ivey from Colorado,” Tozer said. “Both players have played pro baseball, and Cody is actually flying in from Germany where his season just finished over there. “Both guys have plenty of experience under their belts and will be great additions to our team.” Penrith will play two matches against the Ryde Hawks in the opening round, with the first to be played tomorrow afternoon at ELS Hall Park, while the second will be played on Wednesday night also at ELS Hall Park. Tozer said Ryde will be a tough opponent first up, while Baulkham Hills will once again be the team to beat. “Ryde are always in the mix and are a very consistent ball club,” he said. “Baulkham Hills are always the benchmark and have been for 20- odd years. Blacktown will have another strong side again this year and Canterbury are always tough to beat.”

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Magpies 34- 16 last Saturday morning at Campbelltown Stadium. Penrith featured several Jersey Flegg players who were called upon due to the mounting injury toll in the senior grades, with experienced starters Sam McKendry (knee) and Malakai Watene- Zelezniak (ribs) withdrawing from the match due to injury. Despite being down on troops, Penrith opened the scoring through backrower Frank Winterstein to lead 6-0. Unfortunately for the Panthers it didn’t take long for Parramatta’s feeder team to click into gear, Wentworthville would go on to score the next four tries to lead 22-6 at half-time. The Magpies continued to pile on the points in the second half before Penrith laid on two consolation tries to give their fans a little something to cheer for. It was a sad end to the season for Canterbury Cup coach Guy Missio, who lost many of his top attacking weapons including Spencer Leniu, Stephen Crichton and Billy Burns to first grade at the back end of the year, while several other fringe first graders were told their contracts would not be renewed for 2020.

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James Maloney farewelled Panthers Stadium in style. Photo: Megan Dunn Cleary said he felt the side ran out of steam in the last few weeks after a stirring mid-season revival. “The wash- up is that we’re not happy with the outcome and I take full responsibility for that,” he said. “I’m very confident about the plan going forward and what we need to do.”

Cleary said Maloney, who will head to France next season, will leave behind an important legacy at Penrith particularly for the younger players. “James has been an incredible player over a long time and probably couldn’t have done any more in his career,” he said.

All or nothing as Giants head north Story continued from » p. 68 With many of their stars returning from injury, the Giants were far too good for the 2016 Premiers and kept their maiden title hopes alive. Apart from the Greene controversy, the only other sour note out of the win was an injury to retiring Giants veteran Brett Deledio, who tore his calf mid- way through the match. It’s now feared the 32-yearold’s distinguished AFL career is officially over. Deledio is set to be replaced by experienced midfielder Adam Tomlinson, who was dropped prior to last week’s elimination final. Giants utility Zac Williams – who plays his 100th career game on Saturday – said his side are going to have to be at their very best to knock off the Lions, who will be eager to bounce back from their heavy defeat to Richmond last weekend. “Despite Richmond running away with it, Brisbane actually played a really good game,” he said. “Brisbane finished top two for a reason and they’re the real deal. They’ve had a great year and they finished where they did because they are a good side.” GWS will look to book their place in next weekend’s Preliminary Final when they take on the Brisbane Lions this Saturday night at the GABBA.

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n the eve of this Sunday’s Super Netball Grand Final, St Clair netball junior and NSW Swifts captain Paige Hadley says she sick of winning silver medals and is determined more than ever to bring home a Premiership. The Swifts will travel to Brisbane this weekend to try and prevent the Sunshine Coast Lightning from winning an incredible three consecutive Super Netball titles. After finishing runner- up with the Australian Diamonds at this year’s Netball World Cup in England, the 27-year-old said she’s been desperately craving victory on the big stage ever since. “That moment the World Cup Final was over, I quickly switched my attention to Swifts- land and winning a Premiership,” she told the Weekender. “I want that gold medal – I’m sick of winning silvers – I want gold! “I’ve been at the club for eight seasons and unfortunately the two Grand Finals I’ve been to previously we’ve lost, so I’m leaving no stone unturned this time.” Standing in the way of the Swifts

winning their first Super Netball competition and second major title overall are the Sunshine Coast Lighting, who many declare are just about impossible to stop this season. The Swifts have lost all three match-ups against the Lightning this season, with their most recent defeat coming two weeks ago during the opening weekend of the Finals. Hadley said a game plan is currently being constructed to try and dismantle the Lightning once and for all. “For us it’s trying to think outside the box because the three games we’ve played against them this year they’ve beaten us,” she said. “We need to bring something different to the table, we can’t be doing the same thing because it’s not working for us. “The coaches are coming up with a strong game plan to mix things up. It may be plays, it may also be positional changes. We know we have to do something different otherwise they’ll beat us again.” While the majority of the Brisbane Entertainment Centre crowd this Sunday afternoon will be cheering on their Sunshine Coast neighbours to victory,

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Paige Hadley hopes to lead the Swifts to victory on Sunday. Photo: Narelle Sprangher Hadley is expecting the Swifts to have plenty of support in the stands as well. “I’ve got 22 people going up for me including some Penrith people,” Hadley said. “A lot of my teammates have family

flying up too, one girl has her parents coming from England. “We’ve got a lot of support going up, so it’s going to be really special.” The NSW Swifts battle the Sunshine Coast Lighting this Sunday at 1pm.

Around the grounds RUGBY UNION: The Penrith Emus could be back from the dead after reapplying for admission into next year’s Shute Shield competition. In a statement on Facebook the club said: “Greater Western Sydney deserves its own premier team to support our junior pathways and provide alternatives for players and supporters. This is a whole of club and community application with the full support of Penrith Council. We need players and corporate support to make this happen. Let us know if you would like be to part of this resurgence.” Previous Emus players and any future players are encouraged to express their interest to the Emus via social media. They can also email info@penrithrugby. com for more information. FOOTBALL: Congratulations to the U16 Division 1 Penrith Rovers team who recently defeated Penrith RSL 3-1 to win the Nepean Football Association Grand Final, while last week they were also crowned Champions of the Nepean Cup, defeating Blaxland 2-0 in the Grand Final. The team, which also finished the year as Minor Premiers, have enjoyed one of the best seasons in club history and will soon contest the prestigious Champion of Champions tournament. GRIDIRON: The Nepean Ducks have won their first game of the season, defeating the Wollongong Mustangs 34-21 in Round 3 of the Gridiron NSW Men’s competition. In the day’s other matches, Nepean’s Colts team recorded back to back wins with a 24-0 victory

over Wollongong, while the Ducks’ women’s team also won two in a row with a 36-14 victory over UTS. Nepean’s Men’s and Women’s teams will enjoy a bye this weekend, while the Colts team will take on the Central West Giants. NETBALL: The Panthers Opens team have lost 12 consecutive games to end the season, defeated by the Sutherland Stingrays 58-41 in Round 14 of the Netball NSW Premier League competition. The Panthers Opens team finished the season in last place with one win and 13 losses to their name. Meanwhile, the Panthers Under 23s team have snapped their lengthy losing streak, beating the Stingrays 47-43 to end the year on a high. The Panthers U23s team finished the season in seventh place with three wins and 11 losses to their name. It’s been a tough season for both Panthers teams in 2019, with injuries, illness and representative duties once again disrupting the club on a weekly basis. The Panthers club hope to be back bigger, better and healthier in 2020. RUGBY LEAGUE: St Marys defeated Mounties 32-26 to advance to the Preliminary Final of the Ron Massey Cup competition. They will now play the winner out of the Asquith Magpies and Hills Bulls for a place in the Grand Final. Meanwhile, St Marys are through to the Semi Finals of the Sydney Shield competition despite losing to the East Campbelltown Eagles 22-16 last weekend. St Marys will now take on Moorebank this Sunday afternoon.


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The T Th he lla largest arg rges est flflo flood ood od iinn lliliving ivviinng gm memory emor em orryy wa w as inn N ovvem o emb embe beer 1 19 961 61, w 61, wh heenn tthe hhee was November 1961, when wa atteer reached reac re ached hed 1 he 14 4..3 3m eetttre rrees aab bov ove water 14.3 metres above nnormal no orm maall rriver iivveerr hheight eeiiig ght aatt W gh inds in dso orr. Windsor. Du D urriing ng tthis his flflo hi o ood od o d tthe hhee N epeeaan ep During flood Nepean Ro R owi wing ng and annd dP ow o w weeerrb bo oat at C lluub was waas w Rowing Powerboat Club de d essttro roye yed d,, Yarramundi Yaarrra ramu am muunnd di Br B rid dg gee destroyed, Bridge w wa aass flipped flfliipp ip pp ped ed o vveer and and an nd wi w id deesp esp sprreead ad was over widespread devastation occurred de d eva vassttaattio ion oc o ccu currrre reed d aacross ccrros ro osss the the th H Ha aw wkkes esb esbu buury ry-N Neepe ep peean an Valley. Vaallley. ley. le y. Hawkesbury-Nepean The flood T Th he larg llargest la arg rgeesst st flflo ood od on on record rreecco ord rd was waass in in 1 18 867 67 w hheen flo flfloodwaters o ood od o odw dw waatteerrss rreached each ea ched ed 1867 when metres above 19 9 m etre etre et res aab bo ovve norm nnormal no ormal rrm maall rriver ivveerr hheight he eig ght ht aatt W Wi iind ndsso nd or.r. Large Laarrg gee flfloods oo o o ods ds ds Windsor. don’t often, but when d do onn’’t happen hhaap happ pp pen en o fftteenn, b bu ut wh w hen en they th they ey d o th tthey hey ey hhave aavve vve ery ry ssignificant iig gni gni nifificcaannntt do very iimpacts im mpa pacctts on on tthe hhee ccommunity. omm om muunniity ty. W Wh hen en iiss tth he nne he exxtt b ext ig flflood ig oo o o od dd du ue? e? When the next big due? There not Th T heerre has has nno ha ot been ot beeen b een en a major major ajor aj or flflood ood oo ssi inncce 1 19 990 90. T Th hat at’s ’s 2 9 yye eaarrs, s, aand nnd d since 1990. That’s 29 years, itiit’s t’s ’s not not ot unusual unu nusu nusu sual al with witith the the cycle th cycclle of cy cycl of dr d rou ouugh ghhts g ts aand nnd d flfloods oo o od dss in in the the valley. th valllley va ley ey. droughts Hydrological H Hy yd drro ollo og g gic iiccaall rresearch eessea earc rch ha hhas as shown sshho ow wn tth haatt the thhee region reg egiio on is is characterised cha harraaccttter eerris iseed d that drought-dominated by d by rouug ro ghhtt-d dom omin inaatted ed and annd d flood flo oo od do d om miina natteed cy ccycles ycl cles es tthat hhaat ca ccan an lla asstt ast dominated last for ffo or decades. deeca d cade dess.. In ffact, In aacct, ct,t, iitt iss hhighly ig ghly hhlly lillikely ike keely ly tthat ly hat a ha drought will bee br broken byy a flo d dr rough ouug o ghht w wi illll b b ro okken en b flflood, ood od, aan nd tth nd hat at m ore floods or ore flo flo ood od o d dss will willll ffollow. wi ollo ol low w.. and that more Currently, wee are drought Cu C urr urr rreennttllyy,, w are ar re in in a d rro oug ughhtt do d om miinnaate ate ted cy ccycle ycl cle an aand nd re eco cord rds rds dominated records show bee fo followed byy ssh how ow itit iss llikely ikel ik ely to to b ollllo ow weed db a flflo oo od d-do domi do mina inaatteed regime. rreeg giim mee. On On flood-dominated patterns, ttop to op of of these thheeese ssee underlying und ndeerrlyyin ing pa p att tteerrns ns, tthere th here eerre aar re large larg la ge annual annu an nuaall vvariations aria ar iatition ons are Ultimately, of rainfall of raaiinnffal fal all an aand d ru rrunoff. uno noff. ffff. U Ul ltitim maaate tteelyy, flfloods flo ood ds are aarre naturally nnaatu turraalllly oc o cccuurrrriinng occurring events. eev veennts. ts. ItIt will ts wilill flood floo flo od d again aga gain in iinn the thhe H Ha awk wkes esb buuryy-N Neep peeaan Valley, Valllley Vall Va ey, we we Hawkesbury-Nepean predict jjust ju usstt ccan’t aann’tt p reed diicctt when. whheen. enn.. Thhe flood T The floo flo od d history hiissto torryy in in th he va vvalley alllley leeyy the suggests off flood ssu sugg ug gg geessts ts a pattern pat atte terrnn o flflo oo od d and and nd d dr ro ouug ghht p pe erriio od dss.. During Dur urin ing tth he flflo ood od drought periods. the flood periods, more pe p erriio od ds, s, tthere hheere re aare re m re ore fr or ffrequent, req equent uent ue nt, hhi iig ghheerr flfloods. g oo oo ods dss. D d Du urriiing nng g tthe hhee d roug ro ught ht higher During drought periods, pe p eriiod ods, s, there thheere re aare rree less leesss and aannd ssmaller sm maalllleer flo ood odss.. W avvee b eeeen en inn a floods. Wee hha have been drought 1990s. d dr rou o gh g t period periiod pe d since sinncee tthe hhee 1 990s 99 0 .

T Th he worst wors wo rst flood flflo ood od on on record recco re orrd d The occurred 1867, with o oc ccu currrreed d iin n1 18 86 867 67 7, w wi iith th flfloodwaters th ood oo dw waatteerrs entire iimpacting im mp paact ctiinng th tthe hhee een nttiire re rregion, egion eg ion, io n, ffrom rom ro Pitt Town Kurrajong P Pi itt tt T ow o wn to to K uurrra rajjo ong ng aand nd ffrom nd rro om Blue Mountains Riverstone. tthe th he Bl B lue ue M ouunt o ntaaiinnss tto o Rive Ri R ive vers rstto one ne. The ‘Great Flood’ inundated Th T he ‘G Gre reaatt F loo lo od d’ iin nuunnda date ted more 1,000 mo m orree tthan hhaan 1 1, ,00 000 ho hhomes, ome mess,, kkilled mes, ilillleed 13 people aatt lleast eeaasstt 1 3 pe p eop ople le aand nd ccaused nd aauusseed widespread property, pets w wi id deesp spre reaad d lloss osss o o oss off p rro rope oper perrtty, pe y, p ets et River aand an nd liliv llivestock. ivveessttoc toc ockk.. R iveerr llevels iv iver eveells ev 12.3 metres Penrith. rreached re eaacchheed 12 1 2.3 .3 m eettre res aatt P enrriith en itthh. KNOW YOUR RISK KN K NOW OW Y OU O UR R RI ISK SK Are you Ar A re yo yyou ou aatt rrisk? iskk? is ? IIff yyo ou llilive ive ve cclose lose lo se tto o major water a cr ccreek, reeeek, k, rriver, iveerr, ma iv m ajo jor stor sstorm st tor orm w wa ate ter drain low-lying area, you dr d rain rai ain o ai orr iin n a lo oww-ly lyiinng area aar rea, ea, yyo ea ou may ma m ay be be aatt rririsk isk sk ffrom rom flo ro flfloods. oods ods. od s. ,PSDFWVRIDƲRRG ,,P PS SDDFFWWV WVVRI RII D ƲRR RRG G Your You our property may be flooded, pr p rop opeerrttyy m ay b ay e flflo ooded od deed d, you become yyo ou co ccould ouulld be b eco com mee iisolated solaate so ted (surrounded ((s suurrro roun und deed by by flfloodwater), oo o od dw w wat aatteerr), r)),, access other areas might aac ccceessss tto o ot o thheer er aar reas eas m ea mi ig igh ghht your bee ccut b uutt aand nnd d yyou ouu ccould o oulld ou d llose ose yyo os our ur power, water and other p po owe wer,r, w ater at er ssupply uup pp plly aan nd o ot the her infrastructure llow-lying lo oww-ly lyin ing iin nfr fra ras asttrruuccttuure re ssuch uucch as as drainage may also d dr raaiinage nag na gee aand nd ssewage nd ewag ew age m ma ay aal lso so become blocked. b be ecco ome me b lock lo ckeed d. )ORRGVFDQSRVHDULVNWR )O ) ORR RRG GVV FDQ DQ SR RVVH HDDUL ULVVN N WR R \RXUOLIH The major off \R \ RXU XU OLLIIH H T hhee m ajor aj or ccause ause au se o death during people de d eat ath d du uring riring ng flfloods oo oo ods dss iiss b d byy p eop eo plle entering een nte teririing ng flfloodwater, ng ood oo dw water aatteerr, th tthat haatt iiss driving, walking d dr riv iviinng ng, g, rriding idin id ing o orr w aallkkiing alki ng tthrough hro hr ouug ghh floodwater and flflo oo od dwat watter wa teer aan nd al aalso lso so cchildren hhiild ldrreen playing pl p laayyin yiinng ng iin n flfloodwater. ood oo dw waatteerr. )ORRGVFDXVHGDPDJHDQG ) )O OR RR RG GVV FDX DXVVH H GDDP PDDJ JHDQ DDQ QG G GLVUXSWLRQ Every G GLVU GL LVU VUXS XSWWLLR RQ Q E very ve ry yyear ear in ea in damage NS N NSW, SW W,, flfloods oo o od ods dss ccause ause au se d aam mag age property and critical tto op rro ope pert rty aan nd ccr rititiccal al such iinfrastructure, in nfras frastr fr asttrruc as uctu turree, ssu ucchh aass ro uch rroads oad ads an and and well rrailways ra aiillw waays ys aass w we ellll aass to to aagricultural griiccultu gr uullttuura ral land Floods lla annd and d aand nnd d ccrops. rops rop ro ps. F Fl lo oo od dss aalso lso ls lso disrupt business di d isr sruup p ptt b bu usi sinneessss aand sine nnd d ccan aann aaffect ffffec ect communities. cco om mm mun unitie ittie ies. s. area prone Iff yyou ou llive ou ive inn aan iv n aar rea ea p ronnee tto ro o important prepare flflooding flo oo od diinng iitt iiss impo iim mp po ortan rrttan ant to to p rep re paare re property yyour yo ouurr ffamily aam miilly and and prop an p pr roper oper op erttyy nnow ow o w before b be efo fo orrree flfloods ood oo dss aarrive. rrrrivve. e. /LYHLQWKH+DZNHVEXU\ /L / LY YH H LQ WWK KH H+ +DDZN ZNH HVVVEX EXU\ EX U\ \ 1HSHDQ" 1H 1 HSH SHDQ DQ" What’s Whhaatt’’s your y ur yo ur flood floo od Find out rririsk? isskk? F Fi iinnnd do ut hhow ut ow o w flfloods oo oo ods ds hhave ds avee av area aaffected af fecctteed fe fect d yyour ouur aar o reeaa aand n llearn nd eaarn what do prepare. w wh haatt yyou ouu ccan o aann d o tto op pr reep par are. ZZZP\ƲRRGULVNQVZJRYDX ZZ Z ZZ ZP ZP P\ \Ʋ ƲR RR RG GULVN ULVN V QVZ ZJRY R D DX X

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kkiilo lom me etres ttrres es. T Th his is aarea rea is re is kilometres. This prone prron p one tto o flooding flo oo odi din ng g because be ec cau ausse e floodwaters back flood flo ood odw waate terrss b aac ck up up much mu uc ch more they can mo m ore re quickly qu uiic ckkly ly than th haan tth hey ey c an an flow valley. flflo ow out out through ou tth h hro roug ro ugh the tth he vva alllley ey. In East n fact, fac actt,, an an E Ea asstt Coast Coa oasstt Low Lo ow w pressure prres p esssu ure e system, sys ystte em m,, with witith heavy he h eav avy rain, can lead severe rain ra in, c ca an le ead ad tto o seve sse evve ere ere re aand nd nd very vve ery ry deep dee eep ep flooding flood flo flood odiin odin ng iin ng n jjust ust us st a few days. ffe ew d da ays ys. The history the The flood Th flflo ood od h isstor tory to ry iin n tth he valley valllley vall va ey suggests ssu u ug gg g gessttss a pattern paattte terrn n of of flood flood flo d and and d drro d drou ou ug gh ht p pe erriiio odss.. D od urin ur ing th tthe he drought periods. During floo flo od d periods, per eriio od dss, s, tth h her ere aar er re more more mo re flood there are frequent, higher During ffrreq equ ue en ntt, t, hi h ig gh her er flfloods. oo oo ods ds. Du ds D urriin ng g the drought periods, tth he d dr rou rou ough ght peri p pe erriio od ds, s, tthere here he re aare re re less less le ss and and nd smaller sm maallller er flfloods. oods oo ds. We We have period have ha ve been be ee en iin n a drought droug rought ro ug ght ht p erio er iod since 1990s. ssiin nc ce the tth he 1 19 99 90 0s. s. The Th T he worst wors wors wo rst flflo flood o ood od o d on on record reco reco re corrd d occurred 1867, with water o oc ccu currrred ed iinn 18 867 67, w wi itthh w aatteerr covering from cco ovveeriring ng tthe he entire he ent ntiirre re ntir rregion, egi gio onn, ffr rom om Pitt Town Pi P itttt T ow o wn tto o Kurrajong Kuurrraajo jonng g and and d from Blue Mountains ffr ro om m the the he B lue Mo lu M ouunnta tains ins to in to Riverstone. R Ri ivveerrsssto to one ne. The Th T he ‘Great ‘Grreeat ‘G at Flood’ Flo loo lood od d’ inundated inuunnda in date ated teed more homes, mo m ore re than tha han 1,000 1,,00 1 ,0 00 00 hho om meees, s, kkilled s, iilllleed aatt least leeaast st 13 13 people peeo p op ple le aand nnd d ccaused ause au sed widespread property wi w id deesp sprreead ad lloss osss o o oss off p rro op peerrtty aand an nd livestock. lilive veest sto st occk. k. R iver iv er llevels eevveells River rreached re eaacche che hed 12.3 12.3 12 3 metres met etre res aatt P re eennrriitthh. Penrith. Floodwaters F Fl lo oo o odw dw d wat aters ater errs are e aarre da d dang dangerous. an ng ger erou ous. s only can quickly No N Not ot o on nly ly c an tthey an he h ey ririse ey sse eq uick ui uick ckllyy aand an n nd d att any any ny time tim me off the the e day dayy water or night, or nig ght ht, th tthe h he e wa w atte e err iss ffull ull of ul o dangerous including d da dang an ng ge erro ou us material, maate m teri eririal riaall,l, in nc clllud udiin ud ng toxic tto o oxxi xic chemicals, ch chem hem mic icaalls, s, ssewage, ewag ew age e,, br b ro okke en n building bui uild ldin ing m ma ate eririal als, ls, s, m ud u d broken materials, mud aand an nd wildlife, wiild w dlife lliiffe e, in ncl clu ud din din ng ssn nak akes akes es. including snakes. WW38361

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History repeats itself. The Th T he Hawkesbury-Nepean he Ha H aw wkkes esbu bury ry-N - Ne ep pea ean Valley Vaalllley V ey has haas been h b ee be en n flfflooding loo oodi ding ng ffor orr c o en e entu ntu turriie ess. Th T he worst wo wo orrst rst flood rs flood flo od on on centuries. The record rre reco ec co ord do occurred ccu cc urrrre ed in in 1867, 186 867 7,, with with itith flflo floodwaters oodwa od o dw wa aters tte errss iimpacting im mp paact ctiin ng th tthe h he ee en entire ntitire tire re rregion, egio eg ion, n, ffrom rom P ro rom Pi Pitt itt tt T Town own ow tto o Kurrajong Ku urrrra ajjo ong ng and and nd from fro rom th tthe he B Bl lue ue Mountains Mo ou un nttai ains ns Blue to Riverstone.The to Riivve errrst ston st one e..Th .T Th he ‘G ‘Great Great reaatt Flood’ re Fllo oo od d’ inundated inun in unda date ate ted mo m ore ore e than tha han 1 1, ,00 000 h ho ome mess,, kkilled ililled led aatt lleast le easstt 1 ea east 3 more 1,000 homes, 13 people p pe eop ople le aand nd n d c caused aau use sed w wi widespread id de e esp sp sp prrre ead ad loss lo osss of of property, pr p ro op pe errty ty, pe p pets ettss aand nd llivestock. nd iivves esto esto toc tock ckk. Rive R Ri River ivve er le llevels evels vellss ve rreached re eac ache h d 12.3 he 12 2.3 3 metres me ettre es at at Penrith. Pen enrriith th. Five Fi F ivve e of of the th he largest la arg ges est floods floo flo flood od d dss since ssiinc nce the tth he 1867 18 1 867 67 flflo oo ood od d have hav a e occurred o cu oc urrrrred ed since ed siin n nce ce c e Warragamba War arra rag gaamb mba flood Dam Da am was w s completed wa c m co mp ple ette e ed d in in 1960. 19 96 60 0.. This Th hiis is includes in incl nc cllud ludes udes ud es

tthe th he se ssecond eco cond nd llargest aarrg ge esstt flood floo ood on on record recor ec e cord orrd in o in 1 19 96 61 1, wher w wh here ere th er tthe he rri ive ver reached re re eac aac ch he ed 8.8 8..8 8 .8 metres me m ettrres et es 1961, where river aatt P Pe Penrith. enr nritith h.. It’ss b It It’s been ee e en a long long lo ng ttime im me ssi since ince nce th nc tthe he m mo most osstt rrecent ec e ce cen en nt ma m ajjo or flflo ood od iin n1 19 990 90. 0. H Ho ow we eve ver,r, iitt h ha as flflo oo od de ed d major flood 1990. However, has flooded before, be b effo orre e, and aan nd itt will wiilllll ag again. gaaiin n.. P Pa arrtts ts or or aallllll o hese esse suburbs ssu ubu burbs burb rbs ar rb aare re in in tthe he he Parts off tth these Penrith/Emu P Pe en nrrritith iitth/ h/Emu Emu P Em Pl Plains laaiinss flfloodplain: oo o odp dpla lain: in: P in Pe Penrith, en nrrit riitth, h, Thornton T Th ho orrnt nton nE Estate, ssttaatte, te e,, R Regentville, egen eg gen entvvilillle e, JJa Jamisontown, am miisso ont nto ow wn,, E Em mu P Pl lai ains ns, E Em mu H He eig i h httss,, L eo e ona nayy,, P e riith en h Emu Plains, Emu Heights, Leonay, Penrith Lakes, L La ake kes, s, Mulgoa, Mul ulg go oaa,, C Castlereagh a tler as tllerreaagh gh aand nd p nd parts a ttss o ar off Cr C raneb aneb an ebro roo okk. Cranebrook. In n a 1 iin n 100 100 c 10 ch chance haan nc ce e perr year flood flood, d, the th he

flflo floodwaters oo od dwa wate errss would wo ou uld d remain rem emaaiin mostly mo m osttlyy w within itth hiin th tthe he ba b an nkks of tthe he N he ep e p pe ean Ri ea R ive ive ver.r. H owe owev ow evver, err, there e the th erre banks Nepean River. However, wo w would ou ulld be e flooding flo oo od diin ng g in in Emu Em E mu P Pl Plains laaiins ns aand nd n d u up p Pe P Peachtree eac acht h re ee and and Boundary an Bo Bo ou un u ndary dary da ry c creeks reek re ee ekks in in P Penrith. en e nrriitth nri h. IIn n a flood floo o d similar ssiim miilla ar tto o tthe he h ew orrst o st o n re rrecord reco eco corrd d in in worst on tth the h he e vva valley, alll eyy, flo all flfloodwaters ood od dwa waatte w ers rs would wo ou u ulld ld e extend xtend xt xten en e nd ea e east asstt aass ffar ar aass W Wo oo od d dri rriiff ff S tree tre tr eet. t. T here he re would wou oulld db e Woodriff Street. There be rroad roa ro oaad d c closures lo osure surre su es acro aac across cro rossss tthe he flfloodplain, he oo o od dp plain laiin la n, n, including in nc cllu ud diin ng th tthe he G Gr Great rea rea eat W We Western esstte est errn H Hi Highway igh ghw waay aan and nd tthe th he M4 M4 aatt So S out uth C Cr re ee ek. k. Underground Under nde nd errg grrou ound nd c aarr South Creek. car parks p pa arrkks in in llow ow llying ow yyiing ng aareas reas reas re as w would ou o uld ld b be e flo flflooded. ooded od o de ed d. Po P ow we er would wo w o oul ulld b u be e cut cut ut tto o th tthousands thou hou usa sand ndss off h om o me ess Power homes aacross ac acro crro oss oss ss tthe he aarea. he rre eaa.. WW38362

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