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his week marks a significant milestone in the history of this newspaper, as we celebrate our 21st birthday. More than just eight pages about us blowing our own horn, this special wraparound feature is designed to pay tribute to those who have played a role in a publication that has become part of the fabric of Penrith. Officially, our fi rst publication was released on March 15, 1991. John Cartwright was on the cover, perhaps indicative of the relationship and passion the paper would develop for rugby league in the district. The Weekender back then is very different to the Weekender you see today (much like Penrith itself has changed). Over the past 21 years, it has evolved and changed dramatically, and today stands as one of the most successful independent publications in the country. It is successful for a whole variety of reasons. Firstly, the passion and energy from the team here – from our journalists to our sales executives to our production team and the many others who help us keep the wheels in motion. Th is is a group of people who constantly go above and beyond. We share in each

other’s joy, each other’s successes and each other’s challenges. It is a family atmosphere and hopefully that feeling and passion is conveyed to you in the product we deliver each and every week. Of course, those who have come before us also deserve much praise – particularly the newspaper’s founder Greg Evans and longterm editor Bernard Bratusa, who put in many long hours to ensure the Weekender name became synonymous with Penrith. Times do change, and I must acknowledge those who initially came to the Weekender’s rescue in 2009 when times got tough. Our owners today – who were part of that group in 2009 – are visionary, passionate and dedicated people who have been responsible for the modernisation of this publication and have been integral in the emergence of the Weekender as a market leader. Of course, the newspaper survives on the revenue it earns from advertising, and we thank the countless local businesses who advertise their products and services with us. We are proud that we carry more truly local advertising than any other newspaper in the region. Our client partnerships are truly valued, and we enjoy working with our clients to ensure they get the best results possible – we are not simply a ‘processing factory’. The signifi cance of the Weekender’s success in Penrith is

heightened by the fact that we face competition from internationally recognised brands in News Limited and Fairfax. We do not shy away from such competition, but we will continue to go to every length possible to spread the word that the Weekender is something uniquely special, and something that Penrith can be proud of and should support. In 2012, the Weekender provides an unprecedented coverage of local news – our work on the Log Cabin fi re last weekend online and in print today is indicative of the dedication and commitment of our journalists to go above and beyond. Our specially branded sections for business, life & style, property and rugby league are part of a unique approach to appeal to the very broad population of Penrith, and works with our aim of providing something for the 18-year-old reader as well as the 80year-old reader. And that word – reader – is a key to us. We are so very much appreciative of each and every one of you who pick up the Weekender each Friday and read about the week that was and the week that is coming up. Your support of the Weekender will never be under-valued and we continue to welcome your feedback. Today, we’ll blow out the candles on our cake and get back to work. Again, thank you for your continued support – and here’s to the next 21 years.

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And newly inducted Assistant Treasurer and MP for Lindsay, David Bradbury, thanked the paper for its ongoing commitment to reporting issues in the local community. “Congratulations to Troy and the Western Weekender staff , past and present, for 21 years of quality news delivery to

our local community. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to being the ‘heartbeat of Penrith’ and always working in the best interests of our local community,” Mr Bradbury said. Penrith Police Commander, Ben Feszczuk, said he appreciated the Western Weekender’s coverage of police matters. “The Western Weekender is a great publication that we are very happy to contribute to. It is an asset for us to be able to have our messages conveyed to the community in a timely manner and reported accurately and we wish the paper all the best for the future,” he said. And Mayor of Penrith, Greg Davies, who is an integral part of the news cycle also congratulated the paper: “Penrith City Council congratulates the Western Weekender on its coming of age and continued importance in our community: Happy 21st Birthday!” Local State MP for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies (pictured right), also expressed her birthday wishes to the paper this week. “Happy 21st Birthday to the Western Weekender and thank you for keeping the Penrith community connected and informed. I look forward to reading about our region over the next 21 years,” she said. NSW Opposition Leader, John Robertson, said: “These are challenging times for newspapers. In 2012, there are more news sources than ever before. Yet as faith in mainstream media wavers – or the blizzard of information threatens to overwhelm people – they are turning to trusted sources of news closer to home. I know from my family’s experience that it’s the local newspaper that tends to linger on the coffee table weeks after it’s been delivered or even get cut out and stuck on

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Life & Style ROSS SINCLAIR INSIDE WHAT IS LEFT OF THE LOG CABIN. INSET: THE ICONIC HOTEL GOES UP IN FLAMES

Tears in the ashes Sinclair fought flames in attempt to save iconic Log Cabin EMILY CRANE

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s patrons fled the burning Log Cabin last Friday night, a distressed Ross Sinclair stood below the flames armed with a fi re extinguisher. In a desperate attempt to save his “beloved Log Cabin”, Mr Sinclair, the owner, tried to battle the blaze for 30 minutes before police and fi re fighters removed him from the burning building. “I just kept thinking ‘put the fi re out, get it fi xed and get the roof back on’,” he said.

Mr Sinclair was celebrating his grandson’s 10th birthday at the Log Cabin when the fi re ignited at about 9pm last Friday. It is understood the fi re started due to an electrical fault in one of the downlights in the ballroom. “The manager of the restaurant said she needed to speak to me. She took me to the ballroom… I looked up at the downlights and they were fl ickering, one had sort of half fallen out and there were flames,” Mr Sinclair said. “I grabbed the fi re extinguisher and shoved it up there. It was a shocking experience – they [emergency services] escorted me off the property because I was so distressed.”

The Penrith businessman was then forced to watch on beside his family as the Log Cabin went up in flames. “We were terribly upset and distraught because it is part of our life,” he said. “You never envisage that it will happen, but when it does it’s a soul-destroying nightmare.” On Wednesday, Mr Sinclair showed the Weekender what was left of the Log Cabin. Glasses and plates litter the dining and bar areas, while chairs and tables are still turned upside down – all evidence of the drama that unfolded last Friday. Continued Page 10

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local taxi driver has been suspended from driving after a passenger caught the man with child pornography. Police allege that a local resident, who got into the cab in Penrith on Sunday, saw the cab driver with a laptop that contained images of child abuse. The passenger contacted local police, who were able to track down the taxi

driver; a 50-year-old from Claremont Meadows. He was charged with possess child pornography and will face Penrith Local Court on March 26. A spokesperson for the NSW Taxi Industry Association said that actions had been taken to ensure the driver would not be on the roads. “The responsibility for taking action in cases like this lies with Transport for NSW, which suspended this person’s Driver Authority once they were notifi ed by Police,” he said.

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Greens MP John Kaye has slammed the O’Farrell Government and local MP Tanya Davies as “having no moral consistency” after it was revealed Ms Davies and three other state MPs were to be guests at a Liberal Party business networking function only days after stricter laws on political donations came into effect. On Friday, new legislation came into effect dictating that political donations would be limited to individuals on the electoral roll, thus banning those from unions, corporations, peak industry groups and community groups. But Ms Davies was due to be a guest at the Liberal Party’s Millennium Forum on March 22, described on its own website as: “a vehicle to provide practical support for the election of Liberal Governments at a federal level”. In response to the debacle, Mrs Davies confi rmed that she would no longer be attending the event. “The Millennium Forum event was not a fundraiser, I was asked to be there as a guest speaker to promote the Liberal Party’s policies for Business. In keeping with the spirit of the new laws the Premier has advised me that I should not attend Millennium Forum events and I have withdrawn my attendance.” - Cassandra O’Connor

Regentville motorists have been held up since upgrades were made to a main intersection but, despite hopes of immediate change, safety comes fi rst. Motorists wishing to turn right onto Schoolhouse or Spencer Road from Mulgoa Road are held up for lengthy periods of time with a red arrow. Local residents complained about the issue and were told that there would be a change made to the red arrow traffi c light phase after the local Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies, raised concerns to the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). “RMS is trialling two options to reduce the amount of time motorists turning right from Mulgoa Road into Schoolhouse Road and Spencer Street have to wait, while ensuring a high level of road safety,” said a spokesperson from the RMS. “The trial will last one month, then a full safety audit will be carried out to determine which solution will be adopted permanently.” The fi rst option has already been tested, another is in testing at this present time and a fi nal decision is expected by the end of April. What other traffi c lights issues bug you? Tell us by emailing news@ westernweekender.com.au. - Katherine Tweed

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Barbara Hardy gave birth in the summer of 1970. The happiness ends there. Penrith woman Barbara Hardy has broken her silence over hospital treatment in 1970 that led to her relinquishing her child. She, like many others, deals with the pain on a daily basis...

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t is every mother’s worst nightmare to lose her child, but it is a reality that Barbara Hardy has to face every day. In the summer of 1970, Mrs Hardy was just 16-years-old when she went to Nepean Hospital to give birth to a baby boy. But what should have been a joyful occasion turned into a nightmare. She was drugged, emotionally abused and estranged from her son when a social worker coerced her into relinquishing her son for adoption. But she was not the only one – thousands of women have come forward with stories of coercion and neglect. Decades later, a Federal Senate inquiry has found that government and hospital institutions should apologise and take responsibility for actions that led to forced adoption practices for single mothers in the early 1970s – a promising step towards closure for parents like Mrs Hardy. It is still a traumatic and emotional experience for the Penrith local to recall the birth of her fi rst child. “On my 16th birthday I began having regular check-ups at Nepean Hospital and not once was adoption ever mentioned. My family lived at that time on Lethbridge St only 12 houses down from the hospital so I was lucky that I was not sent to a single mother’s home,” Mrs Hardy said. “When I was giving birth these two horrible nurses yelled at me, ‘shut up’ and I was so scared. After he was born they just disappeared from the room and left my son, still attached, lying across my leg. I propped myself up to look at him and just knew it

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may be the only time I saw him.” Mrs Hardy was administered large amounts of pentobarbitone, but despite this she was sometimes able to sneak to the window of the nursery and look at her son. On December 24, Mrs Hardy was told she had to sign the adoption papers or her son would become a ward of the state. Out of fear, she signed the papers and was discharged from the hospital a day later. “It was like an awful conveyor belt

that you could not get off until you had relinquished your child,” she said. “I went home on Christmas Day without my son. Christmas Day. I never had a conversation with my parents about what had happened and for about six months I went into severe depression.” After access to adoption information was made easier in the early 1990’s, the NSW Government completed an inquiry into adoption practices in 2000. Mrs Hardy

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The break needed for Yumi Stynes and George Negus is a break from TV – full stop (From the Editor’s Desk, Western Weekender March 9). Yumi is an ignorant twit – not only because of her latest blooper but because of her usual ignorant comments and George should retire into oblivion. Maureen Storry, via website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Log Cabin thanks

I would like to congratulate you and your team for your professional, apt coverage of the Log Cabin disaster on Friday night. I kept up to date with it throughout the night and you left your competitors for dead. Any reader, advertiser or sponsor who is currently dedicated to the other papers in town would do well to open themselves up to the Weekender experience. I was overwhelmed, surprised and amazed at your detailed coverage. Th e Weekender is now without peer in Penrith – it’s in a class of its own. Barry Northey, via email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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email : news@westernweekender.com.au post : Suite 2, 42-44 Abel Street, Jamisontown 2750.

Can I quickly acknowledge the professionalism and speed in which the Western Weekender covered the unfolding story of the Log Cabin fi re. The Log Cabin is just a building... YES

however it has played a role in the lives of tens of thousands of people from our local region for a hundred years. Nestled at the location where original settlers also settled, sitting at the Log Cabin you can’t help but feel the history of our region. Again well done Troy Dodds and your team for the live, to the minute and professional way in which you have and continue to report this to our local community. Graham Chapman, via Facebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Thanks for help

Th is year Vision Australia’s Myer Gift Wrap raised more than $95,000 to support Australians who are blind or have low vision. On behalf of Vision Australia, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in Penrith who helped make this annual Christmas fundraiser such an overwhelming success. Your local store raised a total of $2,813.85 towards the total. I’d especially like to thank the volunteers who generously gave their time at such a busy time of year – we couldn’t have done it without you. Altogether Vision Australia’s Christmas campaign has raised around $1.2 million to help support children who are blind or have low vision to live the lives they choose. Through the money you have helped to raise, our specialised teams can work in partnership with these children and their parents to meet their individual needs. Gerard Menses, Chief Executive Offi cer Vision Australia

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hate it when people on the dole are labelled bludgers. Th is week for my job I’ve been asking people what they think of members of their community that receive unemployment benefits – and invariably the word ‘bludger’ rears its ugly head. I don’t see how anyone who receives $460 a fortnight in welfare can be considered to be doing it easy. That’s $230 a week – that wouldn’t even cover rent, let alone food, bills, petrol, and the rest. Break it down a little further and it works out to around $23 a day. Th ink about the last round of drinks you bought, or the last take away meal you picked up – fair chance that if you were on the dole, that would be your daily budget blown in one fell swoop. The general notion of disliking people who claim welfare is inexcusable, but the mentality behind it is in some regards understandable – people don’t like seeing their taxes being handed to people who are fully capable of holding down a full time job. But you only need to watch the news a few nights a week or pick up a newspaper from time to time to realise that there a lot more jobs being lost than created in Australia at the moment. These are tough times – businesses are tightening their belts, and literally thousands of Australians are joining unemployment queues each week.

In fact the official unemployment figure now stands at more than 650,000 – and that is just the number who are claiming welfare… there could be plenty more out there who are getting by on money they saved for a rainy day. Each year the government hands out around $7 billion in taxpayer money to the unemployed. But the more important reason we should be trying to get these people jobs is a simple old term called “the dignity of work”. Far be it from me to get all high and mighty on an issue, but this is one topic that all religions agree on – that it is an all-important part of human existence to have an important role in society, ie: a job. And this is why I don’t think we should be lambasting people who can’t fi nd work. In all my years, I am yet to meet somebody who truly has no desire to work. Sure, some people need a break, some are a bit lazy, but by and large everyone would like to contribute something to society. Subsisting on welfare is not a lifestyle choice, it is not a mindset, it is not a luxury. It is an option that 99.99 per cent of people would more than happily choose to avoid. So next time you’re pondering that person outside Centrelink, think to yourself “would I like to be unemployed?” – chances are your answer is no, and it’s very likely theirs would be the same as well.

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t has worked effectively at various pubs and clubs in Penrith, but now the Peachtree Hotel has introduced its own taxi line system to benefit taxi drivers and patrons. The licensed venue has introduced its own version of the SecureCab Taxi Voucher System – a scheme to help venues that fi nd it diffi cult to attract taxis due to anti social behaviour and fare evasion, and to provide a safer service for patrons. Peachtree will take note of a patron’s name, licence number and the taxi number as part of the new system. “We introduced it to make more taxis feel secure around the area, and to get taxis at the venue at a time when many of our patrons are here,” said Peachtree owner, Colin Paris. Gabriel Haddad has been driving taxis in Penrith for more than 20 years. He said it was a positive move for Peachtree to introduce a

LOCAL TAXI DRIVER OF 23 YEARS, GABRIEL HADDAD, SAYS A TAXI LINE SYSTEM IS POSITIVE. PHOTO: MELINDA JENKINS

NSW CABINET TO VISIT BLUE MOUNTAINS & WESTERN SYDNEY The NSW Government will be holding a Community Cabinet Meeting and NSW 2021 Forum in the Blue Mountains on Monday 19 March 2012. There will be an opportunity for members of the community to discuss local issues and the NSW 2021 Regional Action Plan with the NSW Cabinet in a

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similar system to venues like Penrith Panthers and Phriction Nightclub. “It works well both ways. It is good for the driver because it can avoid people not paying, but it’s also positive for the passenger because some drivers could try and rip them off,” Mr Haddad said. The system at the Peachtree Hotel has only been running for a few weeks, but Penrith Police say they are keen to see the effects of the initiative. “Getting patrons away from a venue in an orderly structured manner is the way to go,” said Penrith Commander, Ben Feszczuk. “It also reduces the risk of taxi drivers avoiding a particular venue for a variety of reasons. At least with a managed process, the venue records details of the potential taxi user.” Mr Feszczuk said police were called to the Peachtree Hotel on occasion to deal with incidents, but the taxi line initiative could have a positive effect on bad behaviour and fare evasion. What’s your view? news@ westernweekender.com.au

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see a way of getting out of things. “I think that that’s one of the things I brought to the table – I’m able to see this with a fresh set of eyes and determine a way out. The mood around the place in the last three or four months has changed dramatically.” What kind of boss is Warren Wilson? “I’m hard but fair. I’m a strategist, we get the strategy right and then it’s up to everybody just to simply get on with it and do their job. A few light moments, have a bit of fun along the way, but you’re employed

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them whatsoever, and yet nobody is taking any notice of them. “I just think they have got the priorities out of whack. We’re not trying to say there’s no problems with poker machines… We’ll support genuine reforms to assist and to help, but don’t turn it into a nanny state.” Safety at Panthers Sue McNeill and her team have done an outstanding job. It’s in the top three priorities of what we talk about all the time… we want everyone who walks in the door to feel safe and have a great time.

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Historic flag survives All not lost despite tragedy of Log Cabin fire Continued from front page

History and cricket!

Local heritage remains close-to-theheart for many, as last weekend’s History Conference made clear. The speakers remarked on their highly engaged audiences, while FindMyPast.com.au experts at the Family History Fair met a constant stream of requests. Your Library has now run 11 History Conferences in as many years, reflecting our community’s ongoing interest in Penrith’s journey. Plaudits for women’s cricket, with the Penrith Junior Cricket Association this year becoming Sydney’s Number 1 girl’s team. I was pleased to congratulate the girls personally on Wednesday at Council. Well done – we’ll be cheering you on to more sporting glory!

The ballroom had been set up for a wedding, which was supposed to take place on Saturday. The bride and groom’s place cards were found buried below roof tiles and ash. When news of the fi re broke, nine local businesses including Penrith Panthers, jumped to the rescue and eventually relocated the wedding to the Chairman’s Lounge at Centrebet Stadium. “I can’t thank those people enough. Penrith has the best community there could ever be in any town in the world,” Mr Sinclair said. While Mr Sinclair has owned the Log Cabin for 30 years, it is well entrenched in Penrith’s history since 1827. It is also home to wartime memorabilia, including an Australian flag signed by soldiers from World War II. “I certainly was relieved to fi nd the flag was okay. I had it in a safe upstairs, and we had made a copy of the flag, which was the one in the foyer,” Mr Sinclair said. A week after the “shocking loss” of the Log Cabin and tributes continue to flow in. Penrith Mayor, Greg Davies, said while the Log Cabin had undergone ownership changes and renovations since 1827, it had always maintained its rustic charms and inviting atmosphere. “Regardless of when, how or why you may have visited the Log Cabin, there have been a lot of great memories created there and it will be fondly remembered by locals and visitors,” Cr Davies said. “An integral part of our past, I know

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the Log Cabin will continue to be an important part of our future and I look forward to seeing it be rebuilt and returned to its former glory one day soon.” In terms of moving forward, Mr Sinclair is still in negotiations with his insurance company as to how much damage has been sustained, and at what cost. “We’ve had the forensic team through, we’ve had the police, the insurance team, engineers and architects – they are all working on how it can be re-established, or sadly, whether it has to go,” he said.

But Mr Sinclair is optimistic about the future, even if it means tearing down his 30-year legacy and starting from scratch. “We might just have to build a Log Cabin number two,” he laughed. “There are a lot of memories for a lot of people here, you know weddings, anniversaries. “A few of the police said they even had their fi rst beer here.” And, for his 10-year-old grandson, Mr Sinclair said it would certainly be a birthday he would never forget.

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Step into the shoes of a preschooler and see the world afresh at the free Artkids exhibition on now until 1 May.

The Penrith Working Truck Show is about to celebrate 25 years, so head to the Museum of Fire on 25 March for your free fill of fairy floss, face painting, rides and music.

After its successful St Marys Corner Community and Cultural Precinct launch last year, the exhibition has come to Penrith Library.

The iconic Truck Show is gearing up to attract even more people to Penrith than ever before. Supported by Council, the Museum of Fire successfully applied for a Destination NSW grant of $10,000 for marketing activities.

It features various media created by children working alongside established artists Chris Edwards and Fabri Blacklock. You’ll also see delightful portraits of the young ‘Rembrandts’ making their masterpieces, by photographer David Cloran. Staff at the four participating Council childcare centres and North St Marys Preschool noticed a marked boost in children’s confidence thanks to the Artkids experience; a joint project between Cultural Development and Children’s Services. To follow the Artkids journey so far visit www.arteverydaypenrithlibrary.blogspot.com.au. For information about Council’s highly rated Childcare program visit www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au and click the Children link or call 4732 7836.

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Crown Development Application

Penrith City Council has received a Development Application in respect of the subject property. Byrnes PDM Pty Ltd DA12/0173 Lot 699 DP 1155216, 71–121 Bradley Street, Mulgoa Torrens Title Subdivision x 61 Residential Lots and Public Roads. The consent authority for the Development Application is Penrith City Council. The proposal is an Integrated Development.The application seeks concurrent approval from the NSW Rural Fire Service under Section 100B of the Rural Fires Act 1997. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 19 March to 2 April 2012. Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council, in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the grounds of objection are to be specified in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA12/0173. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Pukar Pradhan on 4732 7726.

See how local kids have made their mark at Penrith LIbrary’s Artkids Exhibition.

Disclosure of Political Donations or Gifts Section 147 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, 1979 and the Local Government and Planning Legislation Amendment (Political Donations) Act 2008 requires the disclosure of reportable political donations or gifts by a person or persons who makes a relevant planning application to Council or submission on a relevant planning application to Council. Further information is available on Council’s website at www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au and the Department of Planning’s website at www.planning.nsw.gov.au/planning_ reforms/donations.asp Under the legislation Council is obliged to maintain a register of any disclosures relation to political donations or gifts. To obtain information from the register, please contact Council’s Public Officer on 4732 7649.

Viewing of Development Applications Development Applications may be inspected between 8.30am and 4pm Mondays to Fridays (except Public Holidays) at Council’s Civic Centre, 601 High St, Penrith. Officers of Council’s Development Services Department will be able to assist with your enquiries.

Looking for Students to visit Japan in 2012!

Come to a free Information Evening on Tuesday, 20 March 2012 at 7pm at Penrith City Council’s Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith, find out the details and listen to previous ambassadors talking about their experiences. The Penrith International Friendship Committee is looking for students to take part in its annual cultural exchange PROGRAM WITH 0ENRITH #ITYS SISTER CITY &UJIEDA IN *APAN Age: You must be between 15 and 19 years of age. Address: You must attend school and/or live in the 0ENRITH ,OCAL 'OVERNMENT !REA When: September/October 2012. Duration of Exchange: Approximately 21 days (three weeks). Approximate cost: $2,000. Highlights: 9OU WILL LIVE WITH A *APANESE FAMILY ATTEND school and visit some amazing places. Applications: Application forms can be mailed to you on request or downloaded from the Penrith International Friendship Committee’s website at www.pifc.org.au Applications close at 4pm on Friday, 27 April 2012. Further Information: #ONTACT *ILL 4URNER ON   or email jturner@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

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Services N Waste Hotline Freecall 1800 734 735 N Illegal Dumping Contact the EPA hotline on 131 555 and ask for the RID Squad (Regional Illegal Dumping Squad). N Graffiti Hotline Freecall 1800 022 182

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We’d like your thoughts on what’s important, in our City and for our communities, so you continue to get the best value from the services we provide. The draft Community Engagement Strategy sets out local activities where you can have a say on how our City should grow over the next 20 years. The feedback will inform your Community Strategic Plan. Check the proposed program of activities in the draft Community Engagement Strategy, and let us know if you need other opportunities to share your thoughts. Between 16 and 30 March 2012, you can view the proposed program of activities: s 6ISIT 0ENRITH #IVIC #ENTRE OR 3T -ARYS 1UEEN 3TREET Centre during business hours s 'O TO www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au and follow the links You can also post your comments to Council, to be received no later than 4pm on 30 March 2012. Send your submission, referencing the draft Community Engagement Strategy, to: s 'ENERAL -ANAGER !TTENTION4ANYA *ACKSON 0ENRITH City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751 s /R EMAIL ourfuture@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au For more details please call the Strategic Planning Team on 4732 8109.

Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the grounds of objection are to be specified in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA12/0175. Any submission made in respect of the application will BE PROVIDED TO THE 3YDNEY 7EST 2EGION *OINT 0LANNING Panel and may be viewed by other persons with an interest in the application. Council is required to make Development Applications and certain associated documents publicly available under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009. There is a presumption in favour of publicly disclosing all submissions relating to this Development Application unless Council determines that it is not in the public interest to do so. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Ashlee Cutter on 4732 7505.

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Bobcat burnt out: Search for witnesses

Police would like witnesses or anyone with information about a burnt out bobcat to come forward. About 11.30pm on Sunday, March 11 a bobcat was burnt out at a vacant block on Abel Street, Jamisontown. A blue Toyota hilux was seen leaving the area. Anyone with information about the incident, please contact Penrith police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Home invasion: Woman scared at Berkshire Park

Local detectives are investigating an incident after a woman was threatened and robbed by armed intruders at her Berkshire Park home. About 1am on Sunday, March 11 three males woke the 62-year-old woman inside her Second Road house. The trio threatened the woman with a large saw and knife before stealing cash and jewellery from a safe and fleeing in her maroon Chrysler PT Cruiser. Penrith Police were alerted to the incident a short time later and immediately attended the scene. A crime scene was secured and examined by forensics officers. A number of items were seized

as evidence. Meanwhile, the victim’s vehicle was located burnt out in bushland at Shalvey. Local detectives are continuing their inquiries to establish a motive for the home invasion. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Penrith Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Teen robbed: Trio involved in incident

Th ree older males in the Joan Street car park have robbed a 15-year-old Emu Plains boy. He was walking in the car park at 11pm last Friday when the group approached him and “asked for smokes” before they stole his phone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Senior robbed: Police on the hunt for witnesses A 64-year-old Londonderry woman was robbed at 3.20pm last Thursday in the car park between Masters Place and Tindale Street, Penrith. A man described as being of a thin build, 180cm tall, wearing a black hoodie and white and blue pants snatched the lady’s bag which contained some valuable items. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Nepean High’s careers advisor, Denise Charlier, said the school had been running the initiative for nine years. “We get the students to sign the charter at the start of Year 10 because that’s about the time they’re starting to make decisions about their future,” she said. It was developed through The Beacon Foundation – a not-for-profit organisation trying to combat youth unemployment. “The basic idea is to encourage the kids to make something of their future and link them up with education providers and businesses,” Ms Charlier said.

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fun so I am really excited for the Easter Parade this year, especially because it will be Jensen’s fi rst Easter,” she said. Over the past few weeks, Ms Whittick has been busy planning and making Jensen his very fi rst Easter Hat Parade outfi t and she hopes that he will be the best looking one there. “I have made him a jumpsuit that is covered with Easter Eggs, he will be the cutest one at the Parade,” she said. The free event, organised by St Marys Town Centre Management, will be held on March 31, along Queen Street.

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respond favourably to Bowen Therapy include back pain, stress and shock, digestive disorders, respiratory problems, joint problems and even migraines. Theresa Wamsley is a local practitioner who has extensive experience in the industry. She said: “The Bowen Technique is so profound and powerful at addressing the entire body – a Bowen move has the power to travel where it is needed in the body”. “I love that clients arrive and express a multitude of concerns, and by the second session so much has been addressed.”

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The Emu Plains Lions Club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month for a dinner meeting. New members welcome.

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The Nepean Evening View Club will meet on Monday, March 19 at Panthers. Dinner starts at 7pm, cost is $23.

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Light supper provided and the opportunity to visit the various ASD Information Stalls and to speak with local ASD Service Providers. Invitations are also open for stall holders representing professional services or products that are of relevance to the ASD community. For more information please contact Shonagh on 02 4736 0313. Entry is FREE but places are limited. RSVP is essential. RSVP by Thursday, 29th March 2012 to Shonagh on (02) 4736 0313 or email shonagh@lukepriddisfoundation.com

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ne of Penrith’s biggest family events, the Penrith Working Truck Show, is celebrating 25 years and promises to be a fantastic day out. Each year, the annual show gets bigger and better, bringing in people from all over Australia. But this year, the milestone celebration will bring entertainment to Penrith like

never before. “From its humble conception 24 years ago, the Working Truck Show has grown from a gathering of trucking enthusiasts to a major corporate and family event, which now takes months of planning and preparation,” said a spokesperson from the Museum of Fire. The show is now recognised as Australia’s premier truck show, attracting in excess of 12,000 visitors. With free amusement rides, nationally renowned country performers, some of Australia’s fi nest trucks on display and

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honour of being a winner. The Penrith Working Truck Show is also a registered charity event with all funds directed towards saving our families from the dangers of fi re, while preserving the heritage of our community’s bravest. The event will be held on Sunday, March 25 and tickets can be purchased for $25. Any paying adult can bring up to three kids for free. All information is available on the Penrith Working Truck Show website at www.pwts.com.au or call the Museum of Fire on 4731 3000.

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witter and Facebook are already used as marketing tools by many businesses, but have you ever thought about social media as a recruitment aid? According to research conducted by recruitment and human resources company, Randstad, Penrith residents could fi nd their next job offer comes via LinkedIn or Twitter as more businesses turn to social media to attract new employees. Randstad CEO, Fred van der Tang, said although Australians are by no means the most active ‘social recruiters’ in the world (80 per cent of US recruiters now use social media compared to 26 per cent in Australia), there is certainly an upward trend in its utilisation. “Social media has become a highly effective

recruitment tool that is fast being integrated into employers’ talent attraction strategies,” Mr van der Tang said. “It’s critical... for those who might be curious about what other jobs are out there, to ensure your online profi le shows you in the best light to potential employers – particularly if they are actively seeking a career change.” Online presence is also important for businesses to consider. “With well over 500 million people globally using social media in its various forms, there are huge opportunities for employers to access talent. But while social media is expanding recruitment professionals’ reach like never before, as with any tool, it needs to be managed carefully,” Mr van der Tang said.

Professional networking sites like LinkedIn are more socially acceptable to approach prospective employees on than through Twitter or Facebook, but social media can be a great way to attract attention to job advertisements. “There will come a time in the future when social media will be the predominant tool used by recruitment companies and employers to place ads and source candidates,” said general manager of Penrith Personnel, Jan Baremans. “My suggestions would be to at least start to slowly familiarise yourself with this technology. I highly suggest skilled and professional people set up a LinkedIn account. With today’s trend towards social media, employers use networking sites such as LinkedIn to source their own talent pool.”

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usiness borrowers need to demand that our banks reduce the yawning gap between business loan rates and home loan rates. New data from the Reserve Bank shows that ultra-pricey lending to businesses has surged over the last 18 months. The latest figures show more than $55 billion was on loan to SMEs at variable rates of nine per cent or more. While that seems expensive, the scary number is this – the amount of money being lent to SME’s at credit cardlike interest rates (in excess of 15 per cent) has soared by nearly 40 per cent to $2.3 billion. If you’re a small business owner looking for fi nance, here’s a simple guide on how to get a better deal on fi nance products. First, before you think about switching lenders, see what the absolute rate and fees are compared to others. A simple way to do this is to look to the ‘comparison rate’, which will help you to compare apples with apples. Second, look at and talk to some alternatives. The cash costs of switching include things like application fees and valuation fees. Of course there are non-cash costs – the time it takes to look for, negotiate and complete a loan application isn’t trivial. Th ird, talk to your lender about your options – you may be surprised at how willing they are to negotiate rates to keep your business. Finally, if you’re lender isn’t willing to shave a few basis points off your current loan rate, then do the math on switching costs and go to someone who does value your business. Damien Smith is the CEO of Rate City

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ast week I was watching my three-year-old at swimming lessons. He had on his floaties, lying on his back, kicking like crazy, but was getting nowhere fast. It’s the same every week, because it’s not his strength. But watching him swim on his front is a whole different scene: he swims unaided for about 10 metres, ducking underwater and moves very confi dently through the water. Th is is exactly the same in business. We know we need to work hard. There are very few women in business who aren’t ‘kicking like crazy’ and working harder than they’ve ever worked in their life. But if we are putting all our efforts into an area we are not skilled in, we will get nowhere fast (and often we wonder what we are doing wrong). We need to identify our strengths and put our efforts into those areas. Th is isn’t to say there isn’t room for learning new skills or doing ‘unpleasant’ tasks (we all have those). But if the majority of your time is spent feeling out of your depth and your business seems to have stagnated, perhaps it’s time to evaluate. If you’re not sure what your strengths are, fi nd a coach or mentor to help you work through it. If you already know your strengths but have been focusing your efforts elsewhere (for whatever reason), it’s time to outsource those areas. Find a consultant, employ staff , hire sub-contractors, and so on. Your business will never grow while you are utilising your skills in the wrong areas. And really, who wants to run a business doing things you don’t like – tailor your business around your strengths and enjoy it even more! Michelle Grice is the founder of www.dotcomwomen.com.au

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he internet is like any other marketing tool, it’s bound by financial and creative limitations. It can help your business grow if used well but the key is understanding how to use the internet to suit you and your business. It’s not as easy as most people think. Many business operators have the misconception that if they pay for a website, they will become successful and make money overnight. People are cautious about giving their details and are suspicious about products on unknown websites. For this reason, the most successful websites sell familiar products that consumers feel comfortable buying online. Other successful online products are niche and have a very particular market. The internet promotes your business 24/7. It’s here to stay, so anyone in business needs to come to grips with how to incorporate it into the day-to-day processes of their business. To do this, you need to have a plan or strategy in place: • A clear understanding of what you are trying to achieve. • A budget. • Some innovation. Look at other sites to try to fi nd things that other businesses are doing that you could adapt and use on your site. • Check out your competitors’ website to identify the good, the bad and the ugly things about their sites that you can either improve on or avoid. • Ask your customers for feedback.

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L SCOTT HUDSON, GLENN COX AND MICHAEL TODD AT GENYQ LAST WEEK

Panther surprise: Tour of stadium for business youth

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oung business people – and a few keen rugby league fans who don’t quite fi t the Generation Y mould – were given an exclusive insight into the world of the Penrith Panthers last Thursday. As part of the monthly GenYQ meeting, members were taken on a tour of Centrebet Stadium, and heard insights from Panthers boss Phil Gould, Panthers on the Prowl Manager Brad Waugh and fi rst grade players Nathan Smith and Tim Grant. About 50 people attended the event. “For Gen YQ to be able to provide young

business people of Penrith the opportunity to fi rstly tour Centrebet Stadium, then hear a few players speak about their match day rituals and fi nish with listening to Brad Waugh speak about the wonderful initiatives of Panthers on the Prowl and Phil Gould on his vision for our beloved Panthers, again reinforces the value the group is offering,” said GenYQ coordinator, Michael Todd. Next month, GenYQ is on location again at UWS. The next meeting is on April 5. For more information, visit www.genyq.com.au.

ast week we spoke about running an online store and how you shouldn’t expect to get a sale out of visitors the first time they come to your website. We established that you can get a much better result by growing your online database of prospects and then building a relationship with them over time and eventually ‘getting the sale’ and repeat business. Building a relationship with prospective customers is not a ’set and forget’ one stage process. It needs to be well thought out and planned if want it to work for you. Building a relationship is not about trying to trick people, or force them to buy something. It’s all about educating potential customers so they understand your product or service and make the right purchase decision, as well as keeping in regular contact so when it comes time they think of your business fi rst. While there are many diff erent ways to build relationships on and off-line; specifically email marketing allows you to do so in an aff ordable and extremely effective manner. It doesn’t cost much at all to send an

email and you’re able to put your message right in front of your prospects eyes at a time that’s convenient to them. Here are five rules for running an effective email marketing ‘relationship building’ campaign; 1. Make sure you understand what your database actually wants. 2. Add value to their day or don’t bother sending it. 3. Encourage user interaction. 4. Follow up on any interaction and enquiries that result from your newsletters. How often should you send your newsletters? It really depends on the quality of what you’re sending and what your database expects from you. If you run a ‘daily deal’ website and prospects sign up for a newsletter assuming they will be updated on daily deals, then send them daily deals. If you’re a local service provider, you’re more likely to get a better long term response sending out once every fortnight or once a month. If you run an online store, the people that subscribed to your newsletter usually want regular updates so you may be able to get away with a weekly email.

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merican burlesque dancer and Hollywood icon, Dita Von Teese is world renowned for her classy and sexy style. And and now local women have the opportunity to emulate her look in the bedroom following the launch of Von Teese’s own lingerie collection, Von Follies by Dita. True to Dita Von Teese’s signature style, the collection encapsulates an iconic vintage feel including one of her personal favourites, the overwire bra and high waisted panties, garter belts and lovely corsolettes. Each item enhances the feminine silhouette that Dita Von Teese is famous for flaunting. Von Follies by Dita Von Teese was inspired by Dita’s long-time love of lingerie and her own

personal collection of vintage lingerie. The launch range combines sophistication and sensuality with distinct touches such as grosgrain and velvet ribbons, delicate eyelash lace, and control mesh to give the essence of the sultry 1950’s glamour girl. Dita Von Teese said that her inspiration for range of lingerie came from her own drawers. “There are so many vintage lingerie pieces I love that I haven’t been able to fi nd in all my years of collecting,” she said. “I wanted to design pieces that are tributes to my vintage obsessions, to make them beautiful and functional, while modernising them for everyday wear. “I’ve had a long time fascination with the 1950’s era overwire bras. It’s something that has

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A serious heart-to-heart may be necessary to clear the air in intimate relationships as you may be accused of putting your own interests ahead of others. You need to look carefully at what is being said by yourself and others because this way you will be able to create a greater depth in your most intimate relationships and friendships. This is a more than positive time to either apply for a loan or to consider investing some of your savings.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Recent events appear to have impacted upon your long-term relationships. Deep in the recesses of your own soul, you must know it’s up to you to stop things getting even worse. Make a point of making yourself understood clearly, directly and precisely. This is the ideal time to plan a wedding or engagement or something special with your beloved – even a trip out of town will help to free you both of any tension or stress!

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Venus is throwing a rosy glow over your working relationships and therefore you will find colleagues and clients far easier to get along with. Many of whom will be appreciative of the dedication and hard work that you always put into whatever task you undertake. If you have not been feeling 100 per cent then the planets are urging you to do something about the situation and to embark onto a new health regime, so eat healthier and get exercising!

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Despite certain frustrations and complications in your life, many of you will begin to relocate your sense of humour, which may have been rather absent of late. Your partner, loved ones and children will be enchanted by your joke-making and generally entertained by you. Time spent with younger people or pets will be thoroughly enjoyable. There will soon be news of a birth or a pregnancy, so keep your eyes and ears open.

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Until at least mid-April a lot of your time and attention will be focused on your home, property and family life. Furthermore, there will be a great deal of social activity at home, which could possibly see the mixing of business with pleasure. You’ll also be busy helping particular loved ones achieve their goals, aims and objectives, which will be appreciated more than you realise, just remember to be good to yourself and your inner child!

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fter five years in the making, the Greater Western Sydney Giants will make history on March 24 when they take on the Sydney Swans in the fi rst round of the Premiership Season. As with any new club fi nding its feet, GWS has had its fair share of ups and downs – the Giants have waged a football code war on the NRL by moving in on its western Sydney heartland, lost a CEO in Dale Holmes before a premiership season match was even played and managed to sign and secure several high-profi le players including former NRL player Israel Folau and the fi rst five picks of the draft. And although the club is hardly considered a chance at challenging for the fi nals in its debut season, CEO, David Matthews, believes that it will not be long before the Giants emerge as an AFL powerhouse. “We will be a very powerful club. We have recruited players that are young and will take some time to develop but this season will not be about the win loss ratio – it is about being part of the community… but in three years time we might be challenging,” Mr Matthews said. Mr Matthews said that the foundations of the club, including the ever growing fanbase, are strong. After the Giants’ latest game against the Gold Coast Suns in which the western

Sydney side recorded their fi rst ever win, the club reached the milestone membership of 7,000 members and 12,000 is a realistic estimate by the time the 2012 season comes to a close. “We had a terrifi c win in the NAB Cup against Gold Coast at Albury on the weekend and hopefully it gave people a glimpse of what is to come from our young and talented side,” he said. “To reach 7000 members is a milestone but we still have a long way to go as we build a great club to represent Greater Western Sydney and Canberra. “It’s been a great journey so far and we have been building the club in every way. We want to be a club owned by the people in the west and we will continue to raise awareness of the club and develop entertainment opportunities.” And with Easter around the corner, the Giants even have their own Royal Easter Showbag with team cap, footy and backpack. But the Swans versus Giants showdown is set to be the biggest event yet for the western Sydney team, and Mr Matthews agrees. “I think it is a historically big event that will capture the imaginations of fans like Origin does,” he said. “But as much as the stand alone fi xture is important for the club’s development, the season really started for us with the NAB Cup and we will be looking to improve each and every game.” The Swans and Giants will face off on March 24 at ANZ Stadium.

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f their last game was anything to go by, the Greater Western Sydney Giants may just have a couple of surprises in store for faithful fans. The Giants pulled off their fi rst ever win after defeating the Gold Coast Suns in Albury last weekend in their second last match of the NAB Cup, 0.11.10 (76) to 1.8.6 (63). “The coaching staff across the board all left their homes and all the players left their homes to come and build this club,” Coach Kevin Sheedy said after the game. “You just get a little tick that we are heading down a reasonably good pathway with this young group. “It gives us that little bit of confi dence that the areas of the ground that we are working on we are getting it gradually right. We need more games obviously and we are being challenged by better teams.” The team has been looking for a win since its inception but has faced real challenges in the likes of Hawthorn and Collingwood throughout the pre-season NAB draw. The Giants suff ered a 74-point loss to Hawthorn on March 3 but a better demonstration of the team’s skills was against Collingwood with a narrow 3-point loss in mid-February. “The more games these guys can get under their belt, the better they will be,” Sheedy said. “Hawthorn is a damn good side and are probably looking to play in a grand fi nal

and I think our players learned a lot. We probably need another three of those sort of games just to get experience.” The Giants will play Richmond at Manuka Oval in Canberra this Saturday at 12.30pm in their fi nal NAB Cup match before the much-anticipated Sydney derby where the Giants will take on fellow Sydneysiders, the Swans. The young team will be looking to their co-captains, Luke Power, Callan Ward and Phil Davis for guidance in their fi rst premiership season match. All-Australian player, Luke Power, 32, played 282 games over 14 seasons for the Brisbane Lions and was a member of its triple premiership teams before signing with the Giants. At 21, hard running midfi elder, Callan Ward, is a rising talent as is Phil Davis, who was recruited from Adelaide. “Luke’s vast experience and maturity are tremendous assets and he is a great role model for our club,” Sheedy said. “In their short AFL careers, Callan and Phil have also displayed leadership qualities and I’ve got no doubt they will be fi ne leaders and players for the Giants for many years to come.” But even if the Giants do not record a win in the Premiership season this year, Sheedy said that it will not mean the team was unsuccessful. “We will measure ourselves generally by how we look competitive quarter by quarter,” he said. No matter the result on March 24, the game will be steeped in history. The award for the best player on the ground for the

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opening round Sydney derby between the Giants and Swans will be known as the Brett Kirk Medal, in honour of the retired Sydney player. “I really hope the derbies between the

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KEEPING FIT by David Stein

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have just fi nished a book a nutritionist friend lent me called In defence of food. It’s a great book with some insightful advice on why foods in our diet have more health claims than ever before, but we are sicker than ever. The more new foods science breaks down into marketable components – for example: low cholesterol or hi fibre – the further we get from the big picture of real whole food. It’s crazy but our ancestors in caves had a much better idea of what to eat than we do. I was looking at some more info on Michael Pollen the author and liked his answer to the following, often asked, question. Our family is on a budget and can’t afford to eat all organic. Where should we direct our money to get the most benefit? Organic produce, meats, dairy?

Q. My partner and I have been trying to conceive for the past 2 years. We are considering IVF treatment but want to try a natural approach first. Can natural medicine help? A. Great news! Natural medicine has an 80 per cent success rate for live births to previously infertile couples. Th is compares to only a 20 per cent success rate for IVF treatment. These fantastic results are achieved when couples follow a four month program called Preconception Care. Pioneered by the Foresight Foundation in the United Kingdom, this program involves eating a nutritious diet, following a healthy lifestyle and avoiding exposure to environmental pollutants. Research published in The Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine has shown that couples following this program improve their fertility, significantly reduce their chance of suffering a miscarriage, premature or stillbirth, or of giving birth to a baby with a congenital defect. It is now clear that every aspect of our reproduction is adversely aff ected in some way by our twenty fi rst century lifestyle and living conditions. Sadly that means that infertility is on the rise, and couples really need to work a lot harder to conceive a healthy baby. In

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Australia, one couple in six is now infertile. The good news is that I have been able to help many previously infertile couples conceive through this simple program. Want Susan Garrad to answer your questions? Email news@westernweekender. com.au and we’ll get your question to her. Don’t forget you can view this column via our digital edition at www. westernweekender.com.au.

“Some organic products offer the consumer more value than others, so if you’re on a budget, it’s important to buy organic strategically. Here are a few quick rules of thumb: If you have young kids, it’s worth paying the organic premium on whatever they eat or drink the most of organically. So if they drink lots of apple juice – which they shouldn’t, by the way – or milk, then spring for it there. On produce, some items, when grown conventionally, have more pesticide

Naturopath Susan Garrad from Women’s Health Naturally, Summer Hill can be contacted on 9798 9322 or visit www.womenshealthnaturally.com.au

It’s little things like this that help when we start to try and make sense of the massive information overload when it comes to food products. Keep it simple with your family’s food choices, remember what your great aunt Ethel told you about which foods to eat, and you’re on the right track. David Stein, Owner & Manager of Fitec, Penrith www.fitec.com.au e:david@fitec.com.au

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residue than others, so when buying these, it pays to buy organic. According to the Environmental Working Group, the “dirty dozen” most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables are: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, imported nectarines, imported grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce and kale/collars. The “clean 15” are onions, sweet corn, pineapples, avocado, asparagus, sweet peas, mangoes, eggplant, cantaloupe, kiwi, cabbage, watermelon, sweet potatoes, grapefruit and mushrooms. So if you’ve only got a little money to devote to organic, buy the organic apples and skip the organic onions. But do keep in mind that it’s important to eat fruits and vegetables regardless of how they’re grown. In meat, organic is very expensive, and doesn’t necessary ensure that the animals didn’t live on feedlot. I look for grass fed for beef instead, milk and butter, too.”

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nce when Jesus was with his disciples in a boat on Lake Galilee, a huge storm blew up. Even though some of Jesus’ disciples were fishermen who were used to strong wind and waves, they were frightened by this storm. During the chaos, Mark tells us in the Bible how Jesus was asleep in the back of the boat. His disciples, perhaps frustrated that Jesus wasn’t doing anything to help, woke Jesus, saying to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Maybe they were hoping Jesus could help row or work the sails or at least do something to stop the boat from sinking. They certainly didn’t expect what was about to happen! The Bible tells us how Jesus stood up and commanded the wind, “Quiet!” and said to the waves, “Be still!” Then the wind died down, and it was completely calm. If the disciples were frightened by the storm, now having seen this, they were even more afraid of the man who was able to stop the storm. The disciples in their fear asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” It is a good question. Who is this man who has authority over the wind and waves? Jesus claimed to be God’s son who came to show us that God does exist and what God is like; that he cares and is in control; that he loves us and wants all

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PERSONAL FINANCE

by Katherine Tweed

by Anthony Walker

The girls are leading the way

New is not really new

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y parents are safe and conservative people – they always play it by the rules, especially when it comes to fashion. My mum shops at Suzanne Grae or Katies and my dad wears regular collared button up shirts – appropriate parental clothing, I would think. I have never seen them make a statement with their outfi ts and that is why, when my nan whipped out a few very old videos of my parents in their teenage years, I got the shock of my life. There on the screen were my ‘safe’ parents; my mum in high waisted short shorts and my dad in shorter shorts. My jaw dropped to the ground as I watched mum dance around a room full of people, whilst dad did the limbo in bright blue shorts that I wouldn’t even feel comfortable wearing! Before handing over the videos, my nan, sporting a cheeky smile, tried to warn me about the hairstyles and clothes worn by my parents but little

would prepare me for the fright I would get… thanks for the heads up nan! Other than the outrageous outfi ts and seemingly out-ofcharacter behaviour from my parents, something else struck me about the videos. It came to my attention that some of the outfi ts that were being worn in the videos could pass as fashionable today. The outfi ts seemed so normal and if the fi lm wasn’t in older colours and if it didn’t feature my parents, it almost would have seemed like a modern day home video. From A-line dresses to high waisted shorts and playsuits, the re-emergence of these 30year-old fashions shocked me, but the more I think about it, the more realistic it seems. Fashion has to be recycled from somewhere… where else would designers get their inspiration? We are under the impression that new trends are just that, new. But really, we have seen them all before, worn by generations before us.

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very year, BOQ canvasses the views and experiences of small business owners in a nationwide survey called the BOQ ‘Pulse Survey’. Over the coming months I’ll bring you the results of the 2012 survey, which looks at various aspects of small business operations such as marketing, education, professional values and franchising. The latest survey has revealed that signifi cant competition within most industries and strong online growth has resulted in a rise in small business participation online. Interestingly, female owners of successful small businesses are far more likely to invest in online marketing than their male counterparts; are readily interacting with their customers online; and are better placed for success than those who do not have an online presence. In terms of the small business battle of the sexes, female business owners are defi nitely leading the way when it comes to challenging the traditional idea of an organisation’s market reach, with 85 per cent of female respondents operating a company website, as opposed to 77.1 per cent of their male counterparts. In another demonstration that women are leading the push online, more female business owners are taking responsibility for updating the company website (62.5 per cent) as opposed to only 43.1 per cent of male business owners. Despite this, small business marketing budgets have increased across both genders, with just over 50 per cent of small businesses surveyed allocating between 5 and 10 per cent of the company’s budget to marketing activities in 2012. The challenge for SMEs is to ensure that online marketing is outcomes-focused, strategically executed and appropriate for the target market. Perhaps us men-folk should be looking to our female business colleagues for a lesson or two.

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$629,950

FOR THE DISCERNING BUYER

Large two storey house set on approximately 820sqm. This home is set on the high side of the street and is set back from the road for a whisper quiet environment. It has an impressive foyer, spacious living areas and a huge dining room with French doors leading onto the garden. There is a large timber kitchen and a complete downstairs bathroom. Upstairs there are four bedrooms (three doubles and one single), three of the bedrooms have built in wardrobes, there is an ensuite and a main bathroom. Call today to book a private inspection!

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LEONAY

$649,950

CLEAR VIEWS OF RIVER

Rarely do you see properties at the quiet end of River Road in Leonay with uninterrupted views of the river common to the market in this price range. This meticulously maintained property offers stunning timber floors that leads to the three bedrooms formal lounge and dining and casual meals area off the renovated kitchen. Consisting an extra study or utility room upstairs, ample under house storage, complete with a section for the cellar and a single garage. Call today to book a private inspection!

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LEONAY

OFFERS OVER $419,000

AN EVENING DELIGHT

Modern flooring compliments the three bedroom design that is packed full of features. The refurbished kitchen has been completed with stainless steel appliances and enjoys views of the rear yard framed by timber windows. The master suite opens out to an elevated balcony that captures spectacular views of the Penrith region that is an evening delight. Along with air conditioning, ample storage space and wonderful street scape this home. Call today to book a private inspection!

EMU PLAINS

OFFERS OVER $515,000

SPACIOUS HOME IN BLUE RIBBON LOCATION

Resting on just over 700 sqm of land in a convenient and popular location moments from the train station is a residence that will meet the needs of your growing family. Five bedrooms come complete with built in wardrobes one of the two bathrooms is renovated, there is the comfort of multiple split system air conditioners and timber floors. The lounge room enjoys an abundance of natural light and is accompanied by the dining room that leads to a spacious timber kitchen. Call today to book a private inspection!

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Cranebrook

Springwood

Penrith

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

4735 2121

4733 6999

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OFFERS OVER $350,000

Ideal for an investment or great first home with the added benefit of the garage being DA approved as a salon. So if you’re looking to work from home what a rare and great opportunity. Consisting of three bedrooms, ensuite to main, built-in robes to all, gas cooking and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and single garage plus side access and a large yard for the kids to play. All this and much more in a very popular location close to schools, shops and sporting fields. Call us now to organise an inspection.

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OFFERS OVER $399,950

If you are looking for a secure investment or you’d like to just wait until the DHA Lease expires in November 2012 and enjoy for yourself is this brilliant and spacious three bedroom home with two living areas, undercover entertaining area on a huge 856m2 parcel of land in a whisper quiet cul de sac North Cranebrook location close to schools, shops and sporting fields. The DHA lease gives you guaranteed rent til November 2012 at $1,543 per month. So don’t delay, call us now to organise your inspection.

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Scott Brendan Trent

Kieran Philippa Elona

Craig 3

CRANEBROOK

$369,950

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OFFERS OVER $369,950

If you’re really particular about the area you wish to live in and want a property that reflects your good taste, then this is it. Boasting three bedrooms with two built-in robes, large renovated kitchen, three way bathroom, large lounge room, and separate dining off kitchen. Internal access to a large double garage with drive through access which leads to a large 720sqm fully fenced block, and undercover entertaining area for those social gatherings. Properties like this don’t come around often in a popular pocket with breathtaking mountain views this is sure to impress. Call now to book a private inspection.

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OFFERS OVER $299,950

FIRST HOME OR INVESTMENT

This brilliantly priced three bedroom home is perfect for your first home or astute investor as there is a lot of potential subject to council approval. This cute little cottage style home has a renovated kitchen and bathroom, air conditioner plus high ceilings which adds loads of character. Situated on a corner block it gives you great side access with a garage/work shop. All this and much more close to schools, shops and sporting fields. Call us now to organise an inspection.

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EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

MOMENTS FROM PENRITH

Situated just moments from Penrith and neighbouring the Penrith lakes with a peaceful position is this established residence that will please you at every turn. Impeccably maintained and improved over the years the dwelling offers an abundance of living space combined with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Car accommodation is taken care of with the double garage and huge open style carport. Mostly cleared the 7500sqm plus block appears fairly level is complimented by fencing and front gates. Additional features include ducted air conditioning, timber kitchen and a study. Call now for a viewing.

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This three bedroom brick veneer home has just completed an internal rejuvenation so it will not be here for long! Boasting a superb sized lounge room, separate kitchen and dining plus built-in robes to two bedrooms and a secured double carport. This is a must see property and being ready to move into with loads of extras including gas cooking and heating this home is a great investment for all types of buyers. Close to schools, shops and public transport call now for your own private inspection.

Adrian Jamie

DOUBLE GARAGE PLUS 720SQM BLOCK!

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BUILD YOUR DREAM

Build not only your dream home but secure a lifestyle to be the envy of all your friends and family in the very popular waterside estate. Situated at the base of the Blue Mountains and close to the Penrith Lakes Scheme and Penrith CBD. This block of land approximately 443m2 is just ready and waiting to build your dream home and especially with stamp duty exemptions available and extra facilities such as community tennis court, children’s play area, community centre and brilliantly walkways around the waterways. With all this in mind now is the time to build on this fantastic block of land.

CRANEBROOK

The block is just over an acre in size and offers a frontage of approximately 44m. The block has been registered and is ready for you to join forces with your architect to bring your dream to life. Call now to gain further information or book an appointment to experience the block first hand.

Cranebrook

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

4730 1122

4735 2121

OFFERS OVER $699,950

JUST OVER AN ACRE OF PRIME LAND

Emu Plains 91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

AGNES BANKS

OFFERS OVER $620,000

STUNNING ACRES – CONVENIENT LOCALITY

Located approximately 20 minutes drives from Penrith are two opportunities to secure vacant. One block is just shy of five acres in size with the second block just over five acres. The general landscape appears reasonably level and will offer you and your family peaceful views with a care free lifestyle.

Glenmore Park Penrith 30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

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429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

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Troy

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Scott Brendan Trent

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Craig

$369,950

Surrounded by quality homes and an easy stroll to local shops and schools is this rare opportunity. If you are looking at a renovation or knockdown/rebuild this is a great platform on which to take advantage of the large 1012sqm (approximately) block. There is currently a three bedroom home with timber flooring resting on the block and has plenty of scope to extend or simply start from scratch and build your dream home.

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GLENMORE PARK

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OFFERS OVER $325,000

ONE SOLD - ONLY ONE LEFT!

Located in the sought after suburb of Regentville within walking distance to the beautiful Nepean River, local schools and with easy access to the M4 Motorway this block is ready for you to build your dream. Dimensions are approx. 15.5m wide by 60m deep. With 911m2 (approx.) to work with this could be the opportunity you have been waiting for!

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OFFERS OVER $585,000

With new homes going up everywhere it is easy to find a lot of them all looking and feeling the same. This is far from the case here with a magnificent blend of styles culminating in a stylish and well proportioned custom built home. Featuring four bedrooms, two bathrooms, three living areas, alfresco entertaining, large backyard, and designer finishes such as polished concrete flooring and LED down lights throughout. If you are not wanting to go through all the problems with building and just want a brand new home to move into you will love this opportunity.

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$1,699,000

Situated on approx. 8.3 acres and encompassing a large machinery shed, in-ground pool, dam with irrigation, stables and even a dressage arena, this property offers something for everyone. The home itself is energy efficient in its design and features four bedrooms plus a home office, a home theatre room, walk-in cellar, an award winning kitchen, a central fireplace and amazing bathrooms. With bonus’ such as air curtains, ducted air con, smart sound wiring, alarm, under-house ventilation and a spectacular aspect from the entertaining deck – This property is Priced to Sell!!

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SILVERDALE

$249,950

DA APPROVED - READY TO GO!

Forget the cost of designing plans and council submissions- this parcel of land has DA approval for a single storey residence ready to go. Positioned in a recent subdivision of just ten lots this (approximately) 700sqm block presents a great opportunity to enjoy the lifestyle that only a brand new home can offer. Slightly elevated from the street and mostly level the block will suit a variety of designs (subject to council approval) if you’re looking for an alternative to the current plans. Priced to please you will need to act fast!

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ARCHITECTURALLY BRILLIANT - POSITION PERFECT

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LOVELY HOME, GREAT BLOCK!

Positioned on more than 600m2 of land, this family home awaits. Some of its features include four good size bedrooms, three way bathroom, a second toilet, floating timber flooring, great size lounge room, generous kitchen, family and dining area plus the all year round comfort of air conditioning. Outside you will notice the very large undercover entertaining area, drive through garage, the abundance of off street parking and a wonderful backyard for the kids to play. With this and more on offer, an inspection is highly recommended!

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MULGOA

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LAND

REGENTVILLE

Adrian Jamie

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Clay

SILVERDALE

$335,000

FIRST HOME FEVER!

Take the opportunity to own your first home or sit back and harvest the return from what would be a fantastic investment property. Boasting three bedrooms all with built in’s, tiled floors throughout, large main living area, very neat and tidy kitchen, bathroom, family room off the kitchen and split system air conditioning. Outside includes single garage and approximately 732m2 block of land. All this and much more, In one of Silverdale’s most popular pockets. Call for more information or too book your private viewing.

Glenmore Park 30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

4733 6999

Emu Plains 91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

4735 8888

GLENMORE PARK

$679,000

STUNNING FAMILY ENTERTAINER!

Situated in one of Glenmore Park’s finest locations is this magnificent family home. Features include, four large bedrooms with built-ins (walk-in robes to three), study, double garage with auto doors, two bathrooms and multiple formal and casual living areas. The amazing designer kitchen opens out to an expansive dining and entertaining area that enjoys a beautiful aspect out to the private and magnificently landscaped rear yard and with extras such as a large covered entertaining area, alarm, ducted air conditioning and ducted vacuum and with an absolute immaculate presentation, this home will impress the fussiest of buyers looking for their dream home.

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Cranebrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Penrith

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

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OFFERS OVER $229,950

This spacious well-presented two bedroom unit includes large kitchen, gorgeous new bathroom, internal laundry and secure lock up garage. Situated in the heart of Penrith’s CBD, it is in the perfect location. With built in robes to both rooms, and large living areas, this unit is a must to inspect.

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Adrian Jamie

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 17th 11.00 to 11.40am 69 Hilliger Road

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CENTRAL PENRITH

With over 800m of land in one of central Penriths best streets, close to shops, schools, transport, specialists and the Penrith CBD, this position is highly sort after. The current home consists of four bedrooms, two bathrooms, large living room, triple garage and would rent out easily providing a great rental return while you’re getting your plans past.

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SOUTH PENRITH

OFFERS OVER $429,950

ROOM TO GROW

If you are looking for a large home in South Penrith than this is right for you. Including four bedrooms, three bathrooms, study and two living areas, this home is ideal for the growing family. Featuring split system air conditioner, gallery style kitchen and ensuite off the main, this home is a must to inspect. The landscaped yard includes an enclosed entertaining area and plenty of room for the kids to play. The wide side access leads to a tandem garage which allows plenty of secure car accommodation. Located in a sought after area this home has been designed to accommodate two families so call now for your private inspection.

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SOUTH PENRITH

Positioned in a quiet street close to all amenities, this lovely home features three good size bedrooms, a large lounge room, polished timber flooring, great size modern kitchen, an updated bathroom plus a second living area. With the added benefits of a second bathroom, split system air conditioning, a fantastic sunroom, large side access (with electric gate), detached garage and the good size backyard, this home is one that should not be missed. So call us today and book your private viewing.

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 17th 12.00 to 12.40pm 108 Castlereagh Street

PENRITH

OFFERS OVER $299,950

Being one of the cheapest homes available in Penrith this is a perfect opportunity to enter the market. The home comprises four bedrooms with built in to main, a separate lounge and dining area and the comfort of split system air conditioning. The 580+sqm block also accommodates a single garage and enjoys a fenced front and rear yard.

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 17th 1.00 to 1.40pm 37 Warragamba Crescemt

WERRINGTON DOWNS

OFFERS OVER $359,950

WHAT A FANTASTIC PACKAGE!

With amazing presentation, this home will make it on anyone’s shortlist. Featuring three bedrooms, large lounge & dining areas, renovated kitchen and bathrooms, split system air conditioners and a large enclosed sunroom. This home also offers a carport, garage and landscaped yard.

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JAMISONTOWN

$379,950

FOUR BEDROOMS FOR HOW MUCH?

The floor plan enjoys four bedrooms with built in robes to two, a separate lounge and dining area, carpet/timber floors and the comfort of split system air conditioning. Side access leads to a great sized grassed yard; there is also a carport and an internal laundry.

JAMISONTOWN

$359,950

THE PERFECT START

Located in the ever popular South Penrith this three bedroom home features built in robe to main, single lock up garage under the main roof plus the added bonus of new carpet, fresh paint throughout and a good sized backyard. Close to local shops and sporting fields, call today for a private inspection.

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$439,950

AWESOME PACKAGE WITH POOL

Situated in a peaceful street just around the corner from the local school. This is definately one for the kids. It features four bedrooms, a lounge and dining area that leads to a Tassie oak Kitchen complete with stainless steel appliances. Along with this there is ducted air conditioning and ceiling fans, floating floors, new carpet and double carport. It has a fully enclosed screened area at the rear of the house which leads to a sparkling saltwater in ground pool. There are two storage sheds and a good size backyard for the kids and pets. This won’t last long, Call us now to book your private inspection today!

ORCHARD HILLS

Enjoying a commanding street position that enjoys a peaceful mountain vista is this established residence that’s positioned on over 4.5 acres. The land has been improved by a brick and tile residence that is spacious with much potential to let your imagination run wild. The floor plan comprises four bedrooms with built in robes, there are two spacious living areas, a meals area off the cooking quarters and there is a huge horse stable that would suit the horse enthusiast and the comfort of air conditioning. Additional features include a double garage with workshop space, an internal laundry and a location that offers easy access to the motorway and Penrith.

Penrith

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

4722 5000 4735 2121

OFFERS OVER $999,000

ACCESSIBLE ACREAGE

Emu Plains 91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

4739 8800 4739 1111 4751 8888 4735 8888 www.jimaitken.com.au

Glenmore Park

Cranebrook

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

4733 6999

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OFFERS OVER $335,000

RENOVATED AND LOVED

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Kingswood 2/19 Jean Street DUPLEX - NO STRATA FEES

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This great 3 bedroom duplex is tucked away in a quiet street located so close to Nepean Hospital, not too far from the local train station and only 5 minutes walk from the local schools. A few minutes drive will take you to Westfield Penrith and CBD Features include built-in robes in all bedrooms, separate toilet, single lock-up garage with internal access & good size laundry with double linen. The lovely kitchen includes a breakfast bar and electric appliances + plenty of cupboards. The spacious combined lounge/ dining room with split system air conditioning overlooks the good size entertaining area and backyard. This duplex is only 12 years old and is a very easy property to maintain. Having no strata fees makes it an ideal investment property with approximate rent return of $340-$350 per week.

Sale $324,950 View Saturday 12.00-12.30pm David Turner 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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Cambridge Park 1/161 Victoria Street MODERN 3 BEDROOM VILLA

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Great opportunity to own a well presented modern 3 bed villa in a complex of only two. Features include formal living area with separate dining, modern kitchen with dishwasher & stainless steel appliances, plus a 2nd toilet in the laundry. Also featured is a split system A/C. New carpet in the bedrooms, timber floors, plus a single garage with an auto door. Close to Kingswood Rail & CBD. Be quick with this one.

Cranebrook EXTRA LARGE 4 BEDROOM HOME - PRESTIGIOUS LOCATION

Sale $269,000 View Saturday 10.00-10.30am David Turner 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

Situated in a North Cranebrook location this perfectly presented gorgeous 4 bedroom home has it all. Perched on the high side of the street, it has all the features you have been looking for in a quality family home in a much sort after location. Features include 4 bedrooms, 2 modern bathrooms, formal lounge room, formal dining room, large rumpus room and a stunning modern European style kitchen with European appliances, gas heating and cooking. All bedrooms have built-ins and are large and open. Special features include Split Cycle air conditioning, ceiling fans to all rooms, alarm system + the property is fully installed with $10,000 worth of brand new solar panels. All located on a large corner block with plenty of car accommodation. Located close to schools shops and all public transport facilities.

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Sale $485,000 View By Appointment Matthew Gobbo 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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You will love coming home to this great size 2 bedroom ground floor apartment. Spacious combined lounge/dining room with large balcony, modern kitchen with electric stove. Huge main bedroom with mirrored builtin robe and 2nd bedroom with it’s own balcony and lovely outlook. Also has an internal laundry and good size modern bathroom. Other features include internal access to the basement & single lock up garage, security complex. The bus stop is located at the front of the complex - you could be shopping at Westfield’s or on that train to work within minutes. This apartment has had all the hard work done for you – freshly painted & new carpet. Strata levies are $474.00 per quarter and expected rent return between $310.00 - $330.00 per week.

Sale $259,950 View By Appointment Matthew Gobbo 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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South Penrith 53 Wardell Drive SUPER LOCATION GLORIOUS SOUTH PENRITH

This lovely 3 bedroom home features good size lounge, modern kitchen, bathroom, bath, shower, large main bedroom with builtins, ceiling fans, Large drive through carport, fully fenced large level block (626 m2). Located close to schools, shops and public transport facilities, with excellent street appeal. Ideal first home or investment. Anticipated rental yield $380 per week.

Sale $355,000 View Ssturday 11.00-11.30am Matthew Gobbo 4732 3333 raywhitenepean.com

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Penrith ONCE IN A LIFETIME

Warrimoo 9 Railway Parade GORGEOUS RESIDENTIAL HOMESTEAD

...... does an opportunity like this come along. A great investment. 1 bedroom, budget priced unit returning $220 per week. Garage underneath and only 15 minutes walk to Penrith central. Be quick before it’s snatched up.

Ray White Penrith is proud to be appointed marketing agents for this wonderful historic property original 1 owner family home in the heart of Warrimoo. This large elevated property features 3 large bedrooms, new bathroom, polished timber floors, open plan design located on a large 1318 m2 parcel of land. Close to schools, shops and all public transport facilitates easy access to Penrith. Excellent opportunity for further renovation or development

Sale $189,950 View By Appointment Steve Jackson 4732 3333 raywhitenepean.com

Sale Offers Over $390,000 View Saturday 1.00-1.30pm Matthew Gobbo 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

This is an ideal time to invest in this spacious 3 bedroom b/v home. Close to Penrith central and local to schools, shops & transport, this home would make an ideal 1st home or investment. Young kitchen, mirrored builtin wardrobe to main bedroom. Currently tenanted, returning $310/wk rent.

Sale $350,000 View Saturday 10.00-10.30am Matthew Gobbo 4732 3333 raywhitenepean.com

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South Penrith 1 Mazepa Crescent OPPPORTUNITY KNOCKS

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Cranebrook 26 Lynx Place DUPLEX – NO STRATA FEES

This Torrens Titled property will not last long!!! So be quick to book your inspection. 3 bedrooms with mirrored robes to 2, new carpet throughout, freshly painted & 2 split system air conditioners. Good size separate lounge, separate dining room, single lock up garage with internal access and 3 way bathroom with ensuite access. The backyard with with side access is very private and has side access. This home is tucked away in the corner of the cul-de-sac not too far from the bus stop, park and local Primary Schools. Investors please note: expected rent return approx. $330.00 - $340.00 per week

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Large family home sitting on a generous 790m2 block. Features brand new main bathroom, new carpet, polished timber floors and freshly painted. There is still a little to do. Concrete inground pool needs a new liner. There is also the possibility (subject to council approval) that this is a medium density site.

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Immaculate presentation is what you will find throughout this spacious home. Comprising of three generous bedrooms all with built in wardrobes, ensuite to main bedroom, formal sunken lounge room and gourmet kitchen with dishwasher opening on to a roomy TV/family and dining area. Outside you will find an in-ground pool and entertaining area with plenty of yard to spare on this 693m2 block. There is also a large garage and storage area with oodles of ceiling room to extend the home later if you wish. Located in a sought after part of Cranebrook and close to shops, schools and buses this home is a prize on itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own and should be a high priority on your inspection list.

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Commercial 86 Henry St, Penrith 4722 5088

108 Russell Street, EMU PLAINS

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Penrith 4722 8500 Fax: 4722 8511 rhc.com.au

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offers over $370,000 Jamisontown 2

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This 3 bedroom duplex is ideally located with fantastic features. Solar power, built in robes, walk in robe to main, ensuite, large lounge, family/meals area, tiled floors, ducted air, window shutters, gas cooking, internal access to remote garage, pergola and in a quite cul-de-sac location. Michael Ball 0414 264 668

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Open Home Sat 12:00 – 12:30pm 30 Coreen Avenue

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$439,950 Penrith

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Michael Ball 0414 264 668

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$289,950 Cambridge Park 2-3

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2 bedroom apartment, built-in robes to bedrooms, carpet & tiled floors, ceiling fans, spacious lounge & dining, timber kitchen, dishwasher, internal laundry, single garage & balcony. Also located within walking distance to Panthers, Nepean Centro, schools, shops, transport and Penrith CBD.

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3 bedroom home, polished timber floor boards, study, new blinds, new kitchen, new bathroom, garage and carport.

Open Home Sat 10:00 – 10:30am 1/61 College Street 2

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$365,000

3 bedrooms, built-in robes, ensuite & ceiling fans, large modern kitchen with dishwasher, dining area, good size lounge, family room, split system air conditioning.

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$349,950 Cambridge Park offers over $369,000

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3 bedrooms, built-in robes, ensuite and second bathroom, modern kitchen, lounge/dining, entertaining area, split system air conditioning, down lights, detached single garage Michael Ball 0414 264 668

Three bedrooms upstairs, main with ensuite, bathroom, storage and split system air conditioning, down stairs has a 4th bedroom, living, dining & kitchen with stainless steel appliances and Ceasarstone bench tops. Tiled living areas and internal access to double garage. Michael Ball 0414 264 668

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$389,950 Cranebrook

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Large 5 Bedroom Family Home

Split-level home, separate lounge and dining, family room, split system air conditioning, ceiling fans, skylights, renovated bathroom, internal laundry with second toilet, garage, double lock up carport.

Michael Ball 0414 264 668

Catherine Ball 0449 144 238

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Looking for a block of land to build your dream home? Look no further; we have 5 fully fenced acres. The property includes a 3 bedroom home, lounge and 1 bathroom. Vendors instructions are to sell.

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This fully renovated unit is a must to see! Featuring; 2 bedrooms, laundry, updated kitchen, good sized bathroom, 2 balconies, window shutter & air conditioning. All in a secure block with internal access to garage

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Zoned 2e this 682.3m2 block has plenty of potential. The zoning means the land is classed as Medium to High Density Residential which allows multi-unit housing up to a three story appearance pending council approval. Located conveniently close to Kingswood railway station, Western Sydney University, Shops and only a 5 minute walk to Nepean Hospital, This Block of land is perfect for development.

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Opportunity Knocks 1624sqm of LAND

Enjoy this executive style residence with panoramic bush valley views. A modern designed house with a quality finish throughout. The master bedroom upstairs has a walk-in robe, ensuite and study. The main living area is at ground level with 3 bedrooms, bathroom, lounge, dining & kitchen with stainless steel appliances. A large decked entertaining area floats above the adjoining valley. The laundry and large storage is on the lower level. Be quick to secure this peace of paradise.

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82 HENRY STREET, PENRITH

Offers Over $399,000

Looking to build on a large block? How does 1624sqm of residential land located in the lower blue mountains sound, located at Blaxland this land is relatively untouched. Walking distance to local schools is always a bonus and you are only a short 5 minute drive to the local shopping village and only 15 minutes from the heart of Penrith. Make the most of this rare opportunity to secure a large block of land in such a beautiful location.

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One off design - master built

Room to grow If you are looking for a large home in South Penrith than this is right for you. Including four bedrooms, three bathrooms, study and two living areas, this home is ideal for the growing family. Featuring split system air conditioner, galley style kitchen and ensuite off the main, this home is a must to inspect. The landscaped yard includes an enclosed entertaining area and plenty of room for the kids to play. The wide side access leads to a tandem garage which allows plenty of secure car accommodation. Located in a sought after area this home has been designed to accommodate two families so call now for your private inspection. Bed – 4, Bath – 2, Car – 2, Land Size – 651m2.

Why miss out on this large five bedroom plus study design. The special character of the home strikes you immediately on entering the sunken lounge with hi cathedral ceilings has you in awe of what will be next in this architecturally designed home. Downstairs offers a large open kitchen, family and rumpus area plus formal dining overlooking the inground pool area. Plus having large study, fi fth bedroom, large laundry with toilet, and internal access to the triple garage. Upstairs enjoy the mountain views from the main bedroom and ensuite with corner spa. All five bedrooms have built in’s and other features include ducted air-conditioning upstairs, ducted vacuum, laundry chute, foxtel to bedrooms. You will enjoy swimming all year with solar heating to the pool. Call now and enjoy the experience.

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Glenmore Park

Offers Over $429,950

Contact Jim Aitken + Partners Penrith on 4722 5000 • www.jimaitken.com.au

Offers Over $610,000

Contact Jim Aitken + Partners Glenmore Park on 4733 6999 • www.jimaitken.com.au

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2 Vincent Road 24 Waterfall Crescent 24 Waterfall Crescent 26 Lynx Place 47 Mellfell Road 29 Guillemot Street 9 Fulmar Way 7 Cygnus Place

GLENMORE PARK Jim Aitken Glenbrook

CAMBRIDGE PARK Michael Ball Realty Ray White Penrith Michael Ball Realty Michael Ball Realty

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Lot 204, 7 Crossley Avenue 35 Sunningdale Drive 11 Lakewood Terrace

Sat 2.00-2.40pm

790 Hawkesbury Road 95 Winbourne Road

22 Mirrabooka Court

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10/295 Great Western Highway 10 Bunyarra Drive 11a Toorak Crescent

Jim Aitken Emu Plains

EMU PLAINS Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains

GLENBROOK 4/11 Ross Street 3/11 Ross Street 32 Mount Street 42 Olivet Street 30 Brook Road 15 Brookdale Terrace

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37 Warragamba Crescent 25 Henderson Crescent

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2/19 Jean Street 3 Dianella Place

Sat 1.00-1.40pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm

31 The Upper Sanctuary Drive 182 River Road

Sat 12.00-12.30pm Sat 12.00-12.40pm

30 Coreen Avenue 108 Castlereagh Street

Sat 11.00-11.40am

13a Gibson Street

KINGSWOOD Ray White Penrith Jim Aitken Penrith

LEONAY Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains

PENRITH

EMU HEIGHTS Sat 11.00-11.40am

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HAZELBROOK Sat 1.00-1.40pm

Jim Aitken Cranebrook Ray White Penrith Ray White Penrith Ray White Penrith Jim Aitken Cranebrook Jim Aitken Cranebrook Jim Aitken Cranebrook Jim Aitken Cranebrook

Jim Aitken Glenmore Park Jim Aitken Glenmore Park Jim Aitken Glenmore Park

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Penrith Grade Cricket First grade: Batting first in the local derby against Hawkesbury at Howell Oval in a game reduced from 50 to 41 overs, Penrith scored 6 for 216. Jarrod Silk continued his good form scoring a very solid 70. Jarrod Blake with 54 and Ryan Gibson with 37 not out both batted very well. In reply Hawkesbury were dismissed for 194. Pat Jackson with 2 for 18 off 10 overs was outstanding. Brett Williams in his first grade debut finished with 2 for 54. Max McNamara with 2 for 40 bowled very consistently. Second grade: Penrith batting fi rst were dismissed for 181. Taren Finemore top scored with 35 not out and wicket keeper Sargi Pradhan with 27 were the top scorers. Hawkesbury in reply were dismissed for 165. Taren Finemore had an outstanding all round performance taking 4 for 32. Jared

Century Lalor 2 for 24 and Josh Clarke with 2 for 43 enabled Penrith to win the match. Th ird grade: Batting first on a very slow outfi eld at Cook Park, Penrith scored 7 for 266. Captain Matthew Thompson top scored with 67. Stevin Gavin hit the fi rst ball for 6 and went on to score 64. Matt Newton scored a well-compiled 50. In reply Hawkesbury were dismissed for 248. Young off spinner Jake Wholohan with 3 for 36 and medium pacer Danny Dent 2 for 58 were the best bowlers. Penrith finished eighth in the Club Championship out of 20 clubs. On Friday, March 23 the annual Captain’s Luncheon will be held in the Chairman’s Lounge at Centrebet Stadium. Tables of 10 are $1,100 or single tickets are $110 each. For tickets call Michael Wholohan on 0419 470 695.

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Another nine race program was successfully conducted at the Penrith Paceway on Thursday, March 8. Rob Morris was able to drive a winning double with Matai Lad in the fi rst and Merrywood John in the fi fth. Matai Lad ($5.50) came from the second row and worked three wide around the field to lead and go on to win comfortably. Merrywood John ($3.80) was restrained after the start and took up a spot midfield then fi nished late to defeat Nobody Knows. Mark Rolfe was the driver and trainer when he was able to land a winning double with Ruinate in race six and Shootforthestarzz in race seven. Ruinate ($1.30) worked hard from gate six to lead and go on to win untroubled. Shootforthestarzz ($4.50) went straight to the front from gate one and held

on to win from Spitfi re Rose. Th e well favoured Regal Stride may have been a bit unlucky by racing three back on the inside and not getting a clear run. Waste of Time ($12.00) with Rebecca Brown surprised in race two when after coming out of gate six he raced three back on the outside before sprinting quickly from the 400m to land the bikkies from Darpoolmansbrother. Glebe Island ($13.80) with Glen McElhinney confirmed some previous reasonably good form. In race three Rojam Cullen ($1.70) with Josh Willick was all the rage because of good New Zealand form at his previous three starts. However after leading he was very strongly challenged over the last 600m by second favourite Western Badger and only just managed to draw away.

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s this the revival of a superstar? Michael Jennings’ two tries, fancy footwork and exciting speed against the Roosters last Sunday has Panthers fans and officials breathing a sigh of relief, after his horror 2010 season. At his lowest ebb last year, Jennings was forced to walk around Centrebet Stadium handing out tickets to the fans he had let down after turning up to training affected by alcohol. It could have been the end of a talented career, cut short by stupidity. Instead, Jennings looks revived, fresh and raring to go for a strong 2012 season. He’s already scored one more try this year than he did in the entire 2011 season.

“He’s been training really well this year,” said Panthers skipper, Luke Lewis, who confirmed he spoke with Jennings pre-season about the need for the centre to step up in 2012. “We had a bit of time to ourselves at the All Stars game and we had a bit of a chat there and I said ‘everyone looks up to you in our team, and I need you to rise up for that because you’re the man to go to when we need some points’. He’s definitely stood up and I think he’s taken that role on really well.” Cleary was impressed with Jennings’ performance against the Roosters last Sunday. “Every time he got the ball he looked dangerous,” Cleary said. “He improved through the pre-season, there’s

no doubt about that, and by the end of it he was going really well. He had a few creases to iron out and he’s done that.” Lewis said Jennings was relishing his newfound leadership role within the team. “I definitely think he’s speed is back and he’s been working really hard on his footwork and his talk has been a lot better this year too,” Lewis said. All eyes will most certainly be on the comeback kid this Sunday. Panthers team v Rabbitohs: Coote, Uaisele, Jennings, Tighe, Earl, Burns, Walsh, McKendry, Kingston, Weston, Lewis Newton, Smith. Bench: Seluini, Armit, Ciraldo, Austin, Galea.

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unday afternoon football rolls into Centrebet Stadium this weekend when the Panthers battle the Rabbitohs in an intriguing round three clash. The agony of their first-up loss to the Bulldogs was forgotten last week when the Panthers plucked the Roosters 18-0 on the road. It was the first time the Panthers have held a side to zip since Cronulla in 2003 (20-0, for all you pundits!) – a year that saw them go on to win the premiership. While it’s far too early to be thinking along the same lines, last week’s victory was full of positives that the boys will take into this clash with the Bunnies. For starters, there’s the form of Michael Jennings, who has taken just two games to eclipse his tryscoring total for 2011. He’s been getting his hands on the ball more, and it’s paying dividends. Perhaps the biggest positive, however, was the overall defensive display. Ivan Cleary’s charges showed plenty of starch to hold out a Roosters outfit that threw plenty at them. The Rabbitohs, it must be said, are a classier outfit, and the fact that they’re coming off two losses will make them even more dangerous. They’re buoyed by the return of Issac

No doubt Grant will be given up until game day Luke to the starting line-up. He was absent for their first-round loss to the Roosters, and played only half a game against the Storm – during which time he was involved in both of Souths’ tries. Luke is incredibly important to the Rabbitohs’ success, and his creativity out of dummy half is something the Panthers must work hard to contain. With Greg Inglis, Sam Burgess and Dave Taylor, there’s no shortage of attacking power in this Rabbitohs lineup, and if any of these three fire then last week’s defensive effort will be a minimum requirement for a Penrith victory. As far as the home side goes, the squad is almost identical to that which dominated the Roosters. Etu Uaisele and Sandor Earl retain their spots on the wings after strong performances last week – particularly Uaisele, who was impressive on debut. Tim Grant again misses out through injury, with Dayne Weston keeping his starting position. No doubt Grant will be given up until game day to prove his fitness – his addition to the rotation would be a real bonus. In the only change, Blake Austin is named on an extended bench after missing last week’s clash with a corked thigh. Can Penrith make it two from two?

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Key moments defined victory The Fatal Five: We look at what won last Sunday’s match for the Panthers Pearce look even more ordinary and bounds past Anthony Minichiello to touch down. Big Sam needed to step up in the absence of Tim Grant, and he does so in a big way here. 2. 28th minute – Burns’ defensive brilliance Twice in the space of two minutes, the Roosters run a pet play with a back rower running hard off a short ball from Braith Anasta, attempting to isolate a smaller defender. Travis Burns has their measure both times with two try-saving one-onone tackles – first to chop down Mitch Aubusson inches short of the line and then on Boyd Cordner when he looks certain to score. Points here would have put the Roosters on equal footing going into half time and changed the complexion of the contest entirely. 3. 34th minute – Fancy footwork from Jennings Often maligned for failing to mix up his game, here Luke Walsh shows the damage he can do when he runs the ball. Darting across field, stepping away from defenders, Walsh throws a tired-looking Roosters defence into disarray. He then pops a ball to Michael Jennings who proves there’s no better man to take advantage of a broken line, stepping past three players and reaching out to score.

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very NRL contest is defined by moments. Some make you cheer, while others make you groan. Some turn the tide of the contest, while others neatly sum up the day’s performance. And some are simply those indefinable moments that make rugby league so special.

Here we look at five moments that defined the Panthers vs Roosters game: 1. 14th minute – Blockbusting McKendry The Panthers are enjoying good field position for the first time in the contest, but they’re yet to threaten the Roosters’ line. That changes when Sam McKendry bursts onto a short ball from dummy half. The NZ international bumps off 106kg Lama Tasi like he’s a 50kg jockey, makes Mitchell

4. 57th minute – Weston smashes Minichiello; Jennings strikes again. As the Roosters raid down the right flank trying to find a way back into the contest,

Minichiello suddenly sees the enormous shadow of Dayne Weston bearing down upon him. Mini rushes a pass to his outside man as Weston impacts, but it goes to ground… to be picked up by a flying Jennings. No one is going to stop him from there. 5. 62nd minute – Galea’s toughness We’ve got to give props to Danny Galea here. Jared Warea-Hargreaves cleans him up with what must be an early contender for hit of the season. Galea gets straight back to his feet and plays the ball, refusing to let the Roosters be buoyed by the hit.

NYC goes down Penrith’s Toyota Cup team fought hard but eventually went down to the Roosters in a tight tussle at Allianz Stadium last Sunday. The Roosters won 26-14, keeping their undefeated run in 2012 alive. The Panthers now sit outside the top eight in 11th spot and face the 12th placed Rabbitohs at Centrebet Stadium on Sunday. Meanwhile, after their fi rst round bye, the Windsor Wolves sprung into action with a convincing 34-8 win over the Auckland Vulcans last weekend. Matt Moylan was the star, crossing for a try and kicking five goals in the big win. The Wolves are 2nd on the ladder.

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the man in question probably won’t read this column, full credit to him – at the end of the game he asked his little girl to congratulate the Panthers fans on a good game. I hope he doesn’t let his experience with his fellow fan stop him coming again. You’ve got to give it to Phil ‘Gus’ Gould. Not only is he juggling plenty of duties when it comes to rugby league, but he’s now got a new job as a wedding planner. Well done to Phil, Sue McNeill and the entire events team at Panthers who came to the rescue of a wedding originally planned for the Log Cabin last weekend. ‘Gus’ has been talking up community spirit big time, and last weekend we were dealt a first hand example of it. Congratulations to all involved. If you are lucky enough to be up at the corporate boxes at Centrebet Stadium any time soon, make sure you take a look at the PC Cranes box. They’ve done a terrific job decking it out and it’s a great example of what future box holders can do to make the most of their sponsorship. I’ve heard a little whisper this week that Michael Gordon may be out until at least round 18 of the competition.

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