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Penrith has opened its heart to those impacted by this summer’s devastating bushfires, with a host of fundraisers and special events. Nicola Barton reports on pages 6-7

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police standoff with detainees at the Cobham Juvenile Justice Centre ended with a splash on Tuesday after a rebelling youth jumped off a barbed wire fence into the facility’s swimming pool. Three male detainees, aged 17, 17 and 15 began rioting just after 12.30pm, gaining access to the roof of the building at Werrington after smashing a classroom window. Officers from Nepean Police Area Command were called to the facility with firefighters, the riot squad, paramedics and PolAir also in attendance.

The three youths were seen on the roof of the facility with their shirts off, dancing, throwing a ball and smashing windows and air conditioning units. They continued this for about 60 minutes as authorities looked on before two of the boys climbed down and were immediately detained. The third youth climbed along a fence surrounded by barbed wire before leaping off into a swimming pool below. He was lifted from the pool by police, handcuffed and escorted inside the centre. Investigations are continuing into the circumstances surrounding the incident, with the three boys involved facing further action.

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enrith residents can now access a key that unlocks a creative city. Penrith Performing and Visual Arts, which runs The Joan and Penrith Regional Gallery, has launched its ‘Penrith Art Lovers’ membership program with art at its heart. Penrith Performing and Visual Arts CEO, Hania Radvan said the program, also known as ‘PAL’, is bringing like- minded people together along with benefits from other businesses. “We recognise that when you go to an event you want a holistic experience, to dress up and have a drink or meal, so we wanted to partner with businesses in the region to cross promote and make that happen easier,” she said. Membership has a range of benefits including ticket offers and discounts at local restaurants, bars, hotels and shops. The Penrith Arts Lover membership is $40. Visit thejoan.com.au or call the Box Office on 4723 7600 to purchase membership. – Emily Feszczuk

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ince our last edition was published around a month ago, we have watched our nation become gripped by a bushfire crisis – shock and devastation far and wide and images that will haunt us forever. We’ve also seen an incredible, almost unprecedented response from the Australian community, which has been the shining light of this tragedy. But much of the conversation during the bushfire emergency has been about politics, and about one man in particular. It’s safe to say the honeymoon is over for Prime Minister Scott Morrison. All of the drama started with the Morrison family’s holiday to Hawaii before Christmas. I still don’t have any major drama with the fact that the Prime Minister was away – I understand the optics, but at the time the State Government and the Rural Fire Service were handling the situation well, and any involvement from Morrison would have been nothing more than an annoyance. I’m far from convinced that those who have been so critical of Morrison for taking his trip to Hawaii would have been any happier with the PM if he was on the ground. The criticism would have shifted, but still existed. It is when Morrison returned from holidays, and when the Federal Government started to have some involvement in the crisis response, that things really went bad for ‘the miracle man’. While some of the criticism of Morrison these past few weeks has been unfair, there is no doubt the situation has exposed serious questions over his leadership credentials.

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Everywhere he turned, drama followed. Forced handshakes, weird press conferences, awkward encounters with locals, a highly inappropriate PR video at the height of the crisis... the list of problems grew and grew by the day. Perhaps the worst encounter came on Kangaroo Island, when Morrison appeared to be unaware that two people had died, and then tried to claim he was talking about firefighters, not residents. What Prime Minister visits a disaster zone and isn’t fully across the fact that people had lost their lives? It was a telling moment. Morrison is in trouble, as the latest polls confirmed earlier this week. He risks forever being remembered as the Prime Minister who was on the beach while Australia burned, and for his below par handling of the crisis once he was home. It is something he may never recover from. History will show that the Federal Government’s response to the bushfire crisis was actually very decent, and in some cases unprecedented.

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But the disaster became about Morrison, and individuals don’t necessarily recover in history’s eyes as well as governments themselves. That’s not to suggest there will be any sudden moves against Morrison. Despite the howls of protests and the diatribe being vomited on Twitter, we’re not about to have a leadership spill. It will however put Morrison on the back foot, and whatever plan he had over the next two and a half years leading into the next Federal Election will need to be dramatically altered. He will spend a bulk of that time trying to win back the Australian public. This week, he started that process by hinting that he’d support a Royal Commission into the bushfire crisis. It is proof that Morrison is still in PR mode. He knows those are big words, often applauded by the various sectors involved and the community, but he also knows it allows him to deflect, and answer tough questions with, “these are matters for the Royal Commission�. Surely between the State and Federal Governments, the RFS, Fire and Rescue NSW and all the relevant agencies, we know what needs to be done. We don’t need a Royal Commission to tell us what we already know. What we do need is some serious balance moving forward. Unfortunately, we’ve lost that in the midst of this crisis. Suggestions that climate change was solely responsible for the bushfires is as ludicrous as suggestions it played no part at all. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lack of sensible middle here. Once the emotion settles, hopefully we can find a measured long-term response.

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he community has come together following what has been a devastating fire season across the country, as local fundraising initiatives showcase true Aussie mateship. NSW SES Penrith Unit volunteer, Sally Suckling is one of many who organised drives in the region. Having volunteered since she was eightyears-old for a range of organisations, she has been involved in multiple bushfire events over her lifetime. “This time around I could really see people wanted to help but they weren’t donating the things that were required and were inundating stations with items that they didn’t need,” she said. “It was great to see so many wanting to help but they just needed someone to help organise the logistics around that.” Ms Suckling started a Facebook group, which initially involved providing hampers, Coles gift cards or even mowing people’s lawns to ensure volunteers’ families at home had the support they needed. “Volunteers are very proud people and they will do whatever they can regardless of what effects this has on themselves and their families,” Ms Suckling said.

Emma Husar and Sally Suckling packing donated items with local volunteers. Photo: Megan Dunn.

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hat’s in a name? For the Llandilo Rural Fire Service and a town on the other side of the world, it is something that holds a great connection. A heartwarming gesture has been put forward by the people of Llandeilo in South Wales, to which the Llandilo community is named after, as they pledge to support local volunteer firefighters into the future. Formerly known as Terry Brook, the Llandilo name was granted around the 1860’s, derived from the Welsh town of Llandeilo Fawr, which was previously spelt ‘Llandilo’. Despite the two towns being on oppo-

site sides of the world, they have held a strong connection over the years. Llandilo Brigade Captain, Rick Burns thanked the people of Llandeilo for their messages of support. “We really appreciate your wonderful gesture of mateship, which has lifted our spirits in what has been a long and unprecedented fire season,” he said. “It is in times of adversity where people of good will come together, and to receive this good will from our sisters and brothers on the other side of the world is truly amazing.” Captain Burns extended his thanks to the local community and businesses for their generous support. “The members of Llandilo RFS cannot thank you all enough, you represent the best of humanity,” he said.


by the bushfire crisis that devastated the country across an unforgiving summer But that quickly expanded, as they began collaborating with local not- forprofits, businesses and the community to help individual volunteers, entire brigades and people who had been evacuated. Those wishing to help out can join the the ‘Western Sydney Help a Fire Volunteer’ Facebook group. Ms Suckling was also involved in helping Mogo Zoo with former Lindsay MP, Emma Husar. After the first fire front came through, the zoo was impacted but the animals were thankfully saved. As a second fire front was approaching, fear was running high as they were stranded without water or fire extinguishers to defend themselves. Within the next seven hours, Ms Suckling and Ms Husar organised for 120 fire extinguishers, 100 fire blankets as well as water and other items to be sent to the zoo. Ms Husar also started a GoFundMe campaign for the zoo that has garnered over $90,000. Lindsay MP, Melissa McIntosh has also started the Community Care Kit collection drive in partnership with Hawkesbury City Councillor Sarah Richards and the Mountains Combined Chambers and Community’s Jo Bromilow. “We have been very fortunate so far this

fire season, and we want to help our fellow Australians,” Ms McIntosh said. Three kits are being packed at Ms McIntosh’s office over the coming weeks including home kits, school kits and firies energy snack kits. For people who would like to make a donation, a list of items for the kits is available online on Facebook at Melissa McIntosh MP or from Ms McIntosh’s office on 4722 0600. Items can be dropped off at Ms McIntosh’s office at 331 High Street. A number of fundraising events have taken off around the community including a huge effort from the Penrith Panthers at their open training session last Saturday. This included fundraising games, signing sessions, rides and a barbeque. The amount raised is set to be announced later this month. Other upcoming events include a charity lunch to be held today (Friday, January 17) at the Jamison Hotel, organised by Our Community Cares. The Penrith Paceway is also hosting an Aussie Themed Charity Night event on Saturday, January 25 from 6pm-9pm. A host of other local businesses ran fundraisers, or offered support to those fighting the fires, including OnePointHealth which held free appointments for Rural Fire Service volunteers.

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Council has received a Development Application seeking consent for demolition of existing structures and operation of a waste management facility including civil and bulk earthworks, vegetation clearing, dam de-watering and decommissioning on 26 November 2019. Sydney Western City Planning Panel is the consent authority for this development application. â&#x20AC;˘ Mirvac Projects Pty Ltd

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Lot 5 DP 860456 (Nos. 1669â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1723) Elizabeth Drive, Badgerys Creek Proposed demolition of existing structures and operation of a waste management facility including civil and bulk earthworks, vegetation clearing, dam de-watering and decommissioning This development is Designated Development under Section 4.10 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The application is also Integrated Development under Section 4.46 of the Act. Approval is also being sought from the following authority in accordance with relevant legislation: Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR).

DEVELOPMENT CONSENT/S DETERMINED Pursuant to Section 4.59 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979, the schedule below lists applications recently determined by the Sydney Western City Planning Panel. Details of these determinations are available for public LQVSHFWLRQIUHHRIFKDUJHGXULQJ&RXQFLO¡VQRUPDO business hours at the Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith.

Approved Development Applications â&#x20AC;˘ CAD Plans Pty Ltd DA18/0132 Lot 2 DP 1190616 (No. 2931) Castlereagh Street, Penrith &RQVWUXFWLRQRIDVWRUH\UHVLGHQWLDOĂ DWEXLOGLQJ containing 17 apartments and 2 basement levels of car parking â&#x20AC;˘ The Anglican Schools Corporation DA19/0634 Lot 4 DP 587334 (Nos. 45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;59) Bakers Lane, Kemps Creek Alterations and additions to an existing education facility including classroom, staffroom, amenities and meeting room additions and ancillary works AJ Design & Draft DA19/0555 Lot 98 DP 16330 (No. 18) Brisbane Street, Oxley Park Demolition of existing structures and construction of 5 x town houses, associated works and strata subdivision â&#x20AC;˘ N F Billyard Pty Ltd DA18/1058 Lot 41 DP 16330 (No. 146) Canberra Street, St Marys Demolition of existing structures and construction of 5 x town houses with associated landscaping and drainage works

Refused Development Application â&#x20AC;˘ Greengate Development Pty Ltd DA18/1244 Lots C & D in DP 154478 Lots A & B in DP 160027 Lots 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;24 in DP 979866 Lots 1 & 2 in DP 198621 & Lot 106 in DP 1215261 (Nos. 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7) Reserve Street, (No. 106) Woodriff Street, and (Nos. 222, 226, 228 and 230) Derby Street, Penrith

The Development Application and supporting GRFXPHQWVFDQEHYLHZHGRQ3HQULWK&RXQFLO¡V'$ Tracker at penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/DAtracker or at the following locations: Penrith City Council â&#x20AC;˘ Civic Centre 601 High Street, Penrith â&#x20AC;˘ Queen Street Centre 207â&#x20AC;&#x201C;209 Queen Street, St Marys NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment â&#x20AC;˘ Sydney OfďŹ ce 320 Pitt Street, Sydney â&#x20AC;˘ Parramatta OfďŹ ce 10 Valentine Avenue, Parramatta Any person may, from 13 December 2019 to 31 January 2020, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council on council@penrith.city in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the JURXQGVRIREMHFWLRQDUHWREHVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;HGLQWKH written submission. Any person who makes a submission and who is GLVVDWLVĂ&#x20AC;HGZLWKWKHGHWHUPLQDWLRQRI3HQULWK&LW\ Demolition of existing structures and construction of a seniors housing development including 3 x 6-storey buildings comprising of a 120-bed residential aged care facility, 74 independent living units, associated facilities, basement car parking, landscaping, stormwater management and site remediation works

INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENTS Penrith City Council has received a Development Application in respect of the subject property. The consent authority for the development application is Penrith City Council. â&#x20AC;˘ Western Sydney University C/â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kaipara Property Group

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Lot 100 DP 1194481 UWS, Great Western Highway, Kingswood Centre based childcare centre for 97 children and associated signage The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the NSW Rural Fire Service. 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 RIĂ&#x20AC;FHKRXUVLQWKHSHULRGIURP-DQXDU\WR 31 January 2020. 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 JURXQGVRIREMHFWLRQDUHWREHVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;HGLQWKH VXEPLVVLRQ7KHVXEPLVVLRQLVWRLQFOXGH&RXQFLO¡V reference number DA19/0860. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Jake Bentley on 4732 8087. Penrith City Council has received a Development Application in respect of the subject property.In accordance with Section 2.12 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the development application will be referred to the Sydney Western City Planning Panel (SWCPP) for determination.

Council to grant consent to the subject Development Application, may appeal to the Land and Environment Court in accordance with Section 8.8 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Section 10.4 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. )XUWKHULQIRUPDWLRQLVDYDLODEOHRQ&RXQFLO¡VZHEVLWH at penrithcity.nsw.gov.au and the Department of 3ODQQLQJ¡VZHEVLWHDWplanning.nsw.gov.au/ planning_reforms/donations.asp

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Under the legislation Council is obliged to maintain a register of any disclosures relation to political donations or gifts. To obtain information from the UHJLVWHUSOHDVHFRQWDFW&RXQFLO¡V3XEOLF2IĂ&#x20AC;FHURQ 4732 7649. Any queries regarding the proposal, please contact Ian Dencker on 4732 8369. â&#x20AC;˘ Catholic Cemeteries Board, C/- Urbis DA19/0875 Lot 4 DP 18701 (No. 17) Park Road, Wallacia Lot 3 DP 18701 (No. 19) Park Road, Wallacia Lot 512 DP 1079728 (Lot 512) Mulgoa Road, Wallacia Lot 2 DP 1108408 Wallacia Golf Course (Nos. 13â&#x20AC;&#x201C;15) Park Road, Wallacia Mixed-use application â&#x20AC;&#x201C; proposal for a change of use of part of existing golf course to cemetery including 27,000 burial plots, chapel, administration building, internal roads and access IURP3DUN5RDGUHFRQĂ&#x20AC;JXUDWLRQRIJROIFRXUVHWR 9 holes, community and practice putting green and alterations and additions to the existing Wallacia Golf Club Including golf pro-store, expanded gaming facilities, dining and parking, new pool, gym and synthetic bowling green, tree removal and ancillary landscaping, fencing, civil and stormwater works and subdivision into 2 allotments. The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the Natural Resources Access Regulator, NSW Rural Fire Service and Roads and Maritime Services. 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 RIĂ&#x20AC;FHKRXUVLQWKHSHULRGIURP-DQXDU\WR 28 February 2020. 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 JURXQGVRIREMHFWLRQDUHWREHVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;HGLQWKH VXEPLVVLRQ7KHVXEPLVVLRQLVWRLQFOXGH&RXQFLO¡V reference number DA19/0875. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Gemma Bennett on 4732 8285. Viewing of Development Applications The above development application/s may be viewed RQ&RXQFLO¡V'$7UDFNHUYLDpenrithcity.nsw.gov.au/ DATracker Alternatively, the applications can be viewed GXULQJ&RXQFLO¡VQRUPDOEXVLQHVVKRXUVDWWKH&LYLF &HQWUH+LJK6WUHHW3HQULWK2IĂ&#x20AC;FHUVRI&RXQFLO¡V Development Services Department will be able to assist with your enquiries. Disclosure of Political Donations or Gifts Development Applications are displayed at the Penrith Civic Centre. By law, reportable political donations or gifts must be disclosed by anyone lodging a planning application to Council. Call 4732 7649 or visit penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

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High rise rejection only a minor hiccup Developer pushes ahead with 46-storey skyscraper ALENA HIGGINS

Many residents have questioned the need for a development of this size, while others have expressed concerns about the further drain on local infrastructure and water supplies, both of which are currently lacking. But documents attached to the application describe Penrith as Sydney’s ‘Growth City’ and allude to a vastly different CBD skyline in the future. “[The proposal aims to] deliver a high-quality development that will make a positive contribution to the emerging city skyline within the Penrith City Centre,” it states. The western end of High Street is already set to be transformed, with two towers offering up to 187 apartments approved late last year as part of the ‘Penway Place’ project, which neighbours this development. Upgrades to Castlereagh Road and Mulgoa Road are also continuing, to help alleviate traffic problems across Penrith, particularly in the CBD.

An artist’s impression of the massive new building.

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NOTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION OF ABORIGINAL INTERESTS Biosis is undertaking an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment (ACHA) and possible test excavations for St. John of God Hospital at 177 – 235 Grose Vale Road, north Richmond, NSW, within the Hawkesbury Local Government Area on behalf of Johnstaff (Damian Gibson Email: damian.gibson@johnstaff.com.au, Tel: 02 8256 0500). The project will be assessed as State Significant Development under Section 89(c) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 Biosis invites Aboriginal people who hold cultural knowledge in determining the significance of Aboriginal object(s) and/or places in the vicinity of the above area to register their interest in a process of community consultation. Biosis is assisting Johnstaff with consultation with the Aboriginal community to inform the ACHA. Consultation with the Aboriginal community for this assessment will be undertaken in accordance with the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Consultation Requirements for Proponents 2010 (DECCW 2010) (consultation requirements). The purpose of the Aboriginal community consultation is to provide sufficient information for the assessment of Aboriginal cultural heritage values. To register an interest in this project please contact Ashley Bridge (Email: abridge@biosis.com.au, Address: 14/17-27 Power Avenue Alexandria ,Tel: (02) 91018700). Please note that the name of each group that registers for consultation on this project will be provided to Environment, Energy and Science and the Local Aboriginal Land Council unless the group specifies that they do not want their details released.

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Penrith City Council explained the reason behind the ‘rejected application’ status, which was given to the DA mere weeks after it was first submitted on November 29. “The received application did not comprise the required documentation, therefore it was rejected,” a spokesman said. “A rejection differs from a determination as it is not a decision on the application and has the effect of the application having not been made. “The proponent can lodge a new DA for the same or a modified proposal.” The site, which has frontages to High Street and Union Lane, has been subject to previous development consents over many years but have all lapsed, Council told the Weekender last month. The DA will not be determined by Council, however, with the Sydney Western Planning Panel having the final say given its capital investment value exceeds $30 million.

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Western Sydney University says flora and fauna will be catered for in years ahead NICOLA BARTON

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Kangaroos roam on land at Werrington, which is set to be developed in coming years. An ecology report of the land now owned by Lendlease, formerly by Universal Property Group, was undertaken back in 2014 but does not report the existence of kangaroos on the site. While plans for this development are still seeking approvals, Mr Olling is concerned they are relying on an insufficient report. Western Sydney University said its development on the land will ensure the flora and fauna are accounted for. “Western Sydney University recognises the kangaroo population of the

Werrington campus as a valued part of the local urban ecology, and will be working with NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) to develop a long-term strategic plan to assist in the management of the kangaroos,” a Western Sydney University spokesperson said this week. “To inform this strategic plan, the university has formed an Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee and has also engaged researchers from its School of Science to conduct a study of the

Wayne Olling. Photo: Megan Dunn. kangaroos at Werrington and determine their numbers and movements.” The NSW legislative planning and approval processes for the university’s development will take a number of years, with the planned redevelopment occurring in multiple stages over a 20 year timeframe. With about 30 kangaroos currently inhabiting the site, Mr Olling said the public need a definitive answer of how these animals will be catered for in the years to come.

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Back from the dead: Plans for cemetery at Wallacia revived

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cemetery at Wallacia Golf Club is back on the drawing board. Less than six months after its initial development application (DA) for a $24 million memorial park was snuffed out by the Greater Sydney Commission, sparking major celebrations from locals, the Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust has taken a second bite at the cherry. The $25 million amended DA, lodged

with Penrith City Council last month, would see the golf course reconfigured into nine holes, making way for 27,000 burial plots, a chapel plus administration building. Additions and alterations would also be undertaken to the existing Wallacia Golf Club. The original plans involved creating 60,000 burial plots over the next 50 years. Plans for a cemetery on the site have been strongly opposed by locals for years, with Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies also taking up the fight.

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Tradie who stole drills from Bunnings cops hit to wallet

A tradie who stole a number of drills from Bunnings has been stung with a hefty fine and ordered to pay compensation. Wearing a bright blue checkered suit, Ryan James Lever appeared before Penrith Local Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to ‘larceny’. The court heard Lever entered Bunnings South Penrith on November 11 last year and proceeded to stuff three AEG drills down his pants before leaving the store without paying. He and a co-accused were busted on CCTV, and when spoken to by police Lever made full admissions to pawning the goods for cash. During his sentencing on Monday, Lever, a roof plumber by trade, told the court he had “chewed through all his savings” after he was unable to work for three months following surgery. “The only reason I done what I done on that day... I couldn’t pay my rent and I did that and I’m sincerely sorry and very embarrassed about that matter and it won’t happen again,” he said, adding he had since returned to work. Magistrate Geoff Hiatt noted it wasn’t his first shoplifting offence, and said his need for cash was “absolutely no excuse” to take the goods. “You could have sought assistance through other government organisations,” he said. He was handed a 12-month good behaviour bond, fined $1,000 and ordered to repay the warehouse giant $977.

Woman pleads guilty to drink driving with child in vehicle

Shannon Tienstra has a nervous wait after pleading guilty to high-range drink driving with a child in the car. Tienstra was not in attendance at Penrith Local Court on Monday when her lawyer’s agent entered the plea on her behalf.

Magistrate Geoff Hiatt allowed a lengthy adjournment to enable the defence to obtain subjective material to be tendered on sentence. Tienstra is due to be sentenced on February 24.

Man unsure of who was driving his car during robbery incident

A man whose car was used for criminal purposes has been convicted of failing to disclose the identity of the driver. David William Simpson was fined $250 after claiming he did not know who was driving his car at the time. Penrith Local Court heard on Monday, Simpson’s car was captured on CCTV as unknown passengers attempted to steal TVs. His lawyer submitted Simpson had been very unwell at the time and “he simply did not know who took his car”. “He is apologetic he is not able to help the police further,” he said.

Woman to seek legal advice on drug possession charges

Tegan Carter will seek legal advice after being charged with drug possession. Carter fronted Penrith Local Court on Monday charged with possessing synthetic cocaine at Cranebrook on November 3, but told Magistrate Geoff Hiatt she was unaware how it got there. Magistrate Hiatt adjourned the matter to enable her to obtain legal advice, given she could potentially have a defence. She is due back at court on February 11.

Arrest warrant issued after man fails to front court

A magistrate has issued an arrest warrant for Dale Edward Pearson after he failed to turn up to court. Pearson is charged with high-range drink driving – his third high-range offence on his record, Penrith Local Court heard on Monday. He was convicted and fined $600 in his absence for being an unaccompanied

learner and disqualified for three months. Pearson will be arrested and brought to court to face his latest drink driving charge.

Man ordered off the roads after causing crash

A driver under the influence of drugs who ran up the back of a stationary car has been stripped of his licence for six months. Paul Michael Reardon fronted Penrith Local Court on Monday charged with driving under the influence of drugs and negligent driving. Reardon told the court he had taken Valium as he had been having trouble sleeping. Magistrate Geoff Hiatt was scathing, telling Reardon he posed a “significant risk to other members of the public”. “You shouldn’t have been on the road that day,” he said. He was convicted, fined $800 for driving under the influence and $500 for negligent driving.

Man fails to attend court; judge orders his arrest

An arrest warrant has been issued for Timothy Gil after he failed to show up to court. Gil is facing multiple counts of shoplifting and one count of ‘goods in custody’. Magistrate Geoff Hiatt ordered an arrest warrant to secure his attendance at court.

Man avoids conviction thanks to good prior record

A man fronted Penrith Local Court on Monday charged with attempting to stalk and intimidate on November 17 at St Marys. His lawyer told the court his client’s future ambitions and goals may be “hampered” if a criminal conviction was recorded against his name. The court heard the man, who was born in 2000, had no prior criminal history and had not participated in the physical

altercation of the victim. Magistrate Geoff Hiatt found in the offender’s favour, granting him an opportunity to demonstrate not only to the court but to the wider community that his offending was only an “aberration”. He was handed a 12-month good behaviour bond without conviction.

Man convicted after pawning stolen hedge trimmer

A man who purchased a hedge trimmer suspected of being stolen before onselling it for a profit has been told to think twice the next time he is offered cheap goods. Barry Stacy faced Penrith Local Court on Monday charged with goods in custody suspected of being stolen. The court heard Stacy had purchased the hedge trimmer from a man at a cafe in St Marys for $50 before pawning it for $100. He claimed he “had to do it” because he needed the money and had recently had brain surgery and “can’t work”. He was convicted and fined $200.

Another chance for man caught with drugs

A man has escaped a criminal conviction after being caught with a small quantity of cannabis. His lawyer argued police could have given his client a cannabis warning rather than charge him, given the drug was allegedly the size of a “peanut M&M” and cost just $10 to purchase. Magistrate Geoff Hiatt extended him leniency but warned the man, who is subject to several good behaviour bonds, if he came back before the court again he risked being breached. “You need to stay out of trouble,” he warned. He was handed a 12-month good behaviour bond without conviction. More police and court news: Visit www. westernweekender.com.au.

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Oxley Park: Chase initiated after man fails to stop vehicle

An 18-year-old St Marys man who holds a NSW learners permit was caught driving unaccompanied on Tuesday, January 7. About 2pm police were patrolling Durham Street, Oxley Park when their automatic number plate recognition system flagged a vehicle as being unregistered. Police attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver performed a U-turn and accelerated away. A pursuit was initiated. A short time later the vehicle stopped and the driver ran on foot. Police pursued him and he was located a short time later on Carpenter Street, Colyton. The man was arrested and conveyed to Penrith Police station. Checks were made revealing he only held a NSW learners permit. He was issued infringements for registration, speed and traffic offences and was charged with ‘not stop vehicle when directed to do so’ and ‘learner not accompanied by driver/police officer/tester’. He is to appear in Penrith Local Court on Wednesday, February 5.

North St Marys: Drunk driver had never obtained licence

A man who has never held a licence has been charged after he was caught driving whilst intoxicated. About 12.45am on Saturday, January 11 a 28-year-old St Marys man was stopped on Oleander Road, North St Marys for the purpose of a random breath test. The test returned positive and he was conveyed to Penrith Police Station for further breath analysis, to which he returned a positive reading of 0.140. It is alleged the man did not hold a NSW licence, but had been in the country sufficient time to obtain one. He was charged with driving with middle range PCA and ‘driver never licensed’ to appear in Penrith Local Court earlier this week.

Jamisontown: Man busted stealing from hardware store

A 68-year-old Wallacia man is facing charges after he was allegedly caught stealing from a Jamisontown hardware store earlier this week. About 3.30pm on Monday, January 13 it is alleged the man selected numerous items from the shelves and placed them in a cardboard box he was carrying. Nearby staff alerted the manager. Police who were at the location for an unrelated matter spoke with the manager and escorted the man to the store’s office. It is alleged the man was asked if he had anything further on him that was stolen, and he removed an item from his pocket. He was arrested and charged with shoplifting to a value less than $2000. He is to appear at Penrith Local Court on Tuesday, March 3.

Penrith: Woman to face court on string of serious charges

A woman has been charged for a string of offences involving prohibited drugs, goods in custody and outstanding warrants. About 8pm on Saturday, January 11 police were patrolling Riley Street, Penrith when they sighted a motor vehicle in a car park near the location with its hazard lights flashing. As police approached the vehicle they discovered two persons slumped over each other on the back seat and attempted to wake them. It is alleged that both were extremely affected by drugs. Police conducted a search of the woman’s bag which contained drugs, a knife and various cards in a female’s name. Further inquiries revealed that the identification was stolen. After hospital treatment, she was taken to Penrith Police Station where she was charged with ‘possess prohibited drug (x2)’, ‘custody of knife in public place’, outstanding warrants and ‘goods in personal custody suspected being stolen’. She will face court next month.

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE POPULAR RESTAURANT CLOSES Popular Italian restaurant Trevi, which operated in Penrith for 14 years, announced its surprise closure over the summer holidays. A massive closing weekend was held just before Christmas, where the restaurant’s long run in Penrith was celebrated. There was an emotional response on social media, with many loyal customers saddened by the closure of the restaurant, which also had a popular cocktail bar. Trevi closed for the final time on Saturday, December 21. While there’s no official confirmation of what will take over the site, there’s plenty of rumours doing the rounds, including talk of a new bar opening within months.

PETstock Penrith will play host to its local animal rescue organisation as part of National Pet Adoption Day, an initiative of PETstock’s charity PETstock Assist with support from event partner PetRescue. The past five Adoption Days have found homes for nearly 3,000 animals across Australia, and this year PETstock Assist is aiming to find forever homes for another 1,000 rescue pets across its 145 stores. Olympian, television personality and animal rescue advocate Giaan Rooney (pictured) is supporting the initiative this year, encouraging Australians to adopt not shop for pets. Giaan, who grew up raising rescues, is urging Australians to adopt different in 2020; to adopt a new way of thinking when it comes to animal adoption and consider a pet they haven’t before. “It was love at first sight with my most recent rescue, Lester,” she said. “Despite being one leg short, Lester was the perfect dog: obedient, easy to train, loving and grateful. He gave me so much and wanted so little in return. His passing last year still makes me tear up today.” The day will take place on Saturday, February 15.

THE VILLAGE PLANS RE-BUILD AFTER FIRE DAMAGED EATERY Plans have been lodged to restore The Village restaurant after the heritage building was engulfed by fire. Previously known as King Henry’s Court, the popular eatery has been closed since mid-October after a fire tore through the rear of the building and spread to the roof. Restoration works are tipped to cost $837,000 and include demolishing and reconstructing brick walls and reconstructing roof structures. All other brick work and

masonry features must be retained and protected, documents attached to the development application show. It is believed gas cylinders at the rear of the building outside the

RADIO CHANGES Nine has confirmed it will drop the name Macquarie Media for its radio division in favour of the call signs for top-rating stations 3AW, 2GB, 4BC and 6PR, while badging their news bulletins under the 9News brand. For references to the group’s wider radio division, it will be known as Nine Radio. Hourly news bulletins have been branded as 9News since early this month, and the iconic 2GB news theme has been replaced with the 9News theme. 9News reporters have also been filing stories for the radio networks.

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Hit 2019 movie ‘Joker’ has been nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. ‘The Irishman’, ‘1917’ and ‘Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood’ are also strongly represented with 10 nominations each. Up for Best Picture are: ‘Ford v Ferrari’, ‘The Irishman’, ‘Jojo Rabbit’, ‘Joker’, ‘Little Women’, ‘Marriage Story’, ‘1917’, ‘Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood’ and ‘Parasite’.

In the Best Actor category, Antonio Banderas is nominated for ‘Pain and Glory’ while Leonardo DiCaprio (‘Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood’), Adam Driver (‘Marriage Story’), Joaquin Phoenix (‘Joker’) and Jonathan Pryce (‘The Two Popes’) are also nominated. In the Best Actress category, nominations are Cynthia Erivo (‘Harriet’), Scarlett Johansson (‘Marriage Story’), Saoirse

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kitchen sparked the earlymorning blaze. The heritage - listed building, located at 74 Henry Street, Penrith, dates back to 1861 and was originally the Penrith Methodist Church.

Netball Australia has announced a bushfire relief fundraising showcase match between the Australian Diamonds and a Suncorp Super Netball All Stars team at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney on Sunday, March 1. The Australian Diamonds will come together outside of official scheduled duties to take on the All Stars and raise funds to support those affected by the Australian bushfires. Further information on this match including match time, how to purchase tickets and how the All Stars team will be selected will be made available in the coming weeks. Netball is also undertaking a range of other initiatives to help bushfire victims.

ROTARY NEWS Lower Blue Mountains Rotarian David Clark departs today to join 545 colleagues from Rotary Districts in 220 countries for a week of District Governor training in San Diego, USA. They are all District Governor Elects – charged with taking over administration of their respective Rotary Districts on July 1, 2020. David will become Governor of District 9685 which includes 72 Rotary clubs in a large part of NSW – from the Blue Mountains and Penrith, stretching across the northern half of Sydney up to Gosford and the Central Coast. Pictured: John Van Der Meer with David Clark.

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Experts say kids are spending too much time looking at screens.

“It’s simply the fact that normally when kids are on screens like phones and computers, there is a lot of near vision work that is often indoors without natural light. That’s the part that’s bad for your eyes. “So other near vision, inside work like homework and reading can have a similar negative effects on the eye.” According to the data, 61 per cent of parents are concerned that their child’s current level of screen time is bad for their health, with 75 per cent believing it is bad for their eyes and 74 per cent thinking it may impact their social skills. Whilst parents acknowledged their concerns, many said they were unsure of how to tackle the problem, especially in a world where technology is becoming more and more the norm. “Staring at screens and being indoors for extended periods of time can increase the risk of myopia or becoming short-sighted,” Mr Kazzi said. “This means the eyes focus well only on close objects, while more distant objects appear blurred. Children are more at risk of this, as their eyes are still developing.” Mr Kazzi encouraged families in Penrith to take advantage of the outdoors this summer and make sure their kids are taking breaks from their screens.

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Penrith posted its highest ever temperature earlier this month with a sweltering 48.9 degrees recorded on January 4. The record, set just after 3pm on the first Saturday of the new year, surpasses the previous high of 47.3 degrees set in 2018.

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Changes to traffic and road closures at The Northern Road South Penrith until 24 January 2020 Transport for NSW is continuing work on The Northern Road upgrade, South Penrith. As part of the work during this period, there will be ongoing changes to traffic, including road closures and lane changes until 24 January 2020. This work will include temporarily reducing The Northern Road to one lane in each direction and removing traffic lights at the Smith Street intersection. Smith Street West will be left in left out, and Smith Street East will be closed.

Detours will be in place during the closures which may affect travel times. Traffic will be diverted via alternate routes. Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of detour signs and traffic controllers. For the latest traffic updates, please call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App. Thank you for your patience during this important work.

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estern Sydney University Gym in Kingswood officially reopened its doors on Monday allowing its patrons to pump iron with a new provider. The Y NSW was awarded the longterm contract in December last year to manage the Penrith, Hawkesbury and Bankstown facilities. Closing briefly over the holiday period, the Y’s Area Manager, Shane Simmons said that it has been an incredibly busy time for the team which is made up of a lot of familiar faces. “As a youth organisation the Y thrives in a university setting and we’re looking forward to becoming an embedded part of this community,” Mr Simmons said. “We’ve successfully transitioned the majority of former University employees to the Y, we’ve undertaken some community and stakeholder consultation and held our first strategy day. Our absolute commitment is to connect the WSU campus to community.” Ms Simmons said the Y has reviewed the programs and services offered and implemented several exciting changes including a brand new equipment layout to benefit customers. “Our inclusive approach and subtle changes to the gyms will support the local community, staff and students to

Shannen Barrington with Shane Simmons at the new gym. come together and feel a sense of belonging,” Mr Simmons said. “A number of changes have been made to the sites including equipment relocations to support a more inclusive look and feel for customers. We are also looking to trial some new programs including Les Mills, Teen Gym and the Y’s community program Uplift.” The Y was appointed as the manager and operator of the gyms following a successful tenure at the University of New South Wales Fitness and Aquatic Centre since 2015.

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team of volunteers at Nepean Hospital is making sure patients and visitors experience safe and comfortable travel around the hospital grounds. They operate a free shuttle service that has just received a facelift. Nepean Hospital Acting General Manager, Diane Burton, said the shuttle is available on demand and improves accessibility for all. “The free shuttle service transports patients, carers and visitors from and between Nepean Hospital Campus car parks, entrances and patient drop off zones,” Ms Burton said. “You can get it on Monday to Friday

between 8.30am and 3pm by just calling 0419 827 120 and it has an automatic foldout step and is able to accommodate up to six passengers at a time.” Ms Burton said volunteers are a valuable part of any hospital team and they are always looking for people to fill different opportunities. “From driving the shuttle bus, to navigating the hospital corridors, to supporting our clinical staff, their contribution is significant,” Ms Burton said. “Our staff and our patients really appreciate the hard work of our volunteers and there is a range of rewarding roles.” To register your interest in volunteering email nbmlhd- volunteers@health. nsw.gov.au or call the Volunteer Office on 4734 3683.

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s the school holidays near an end, families across the region will commence their dreaded back to school shopping. But with a new report by Big W revealing the increasing financial pressure this is posing, a local podiatrist is urging parents to not skimp on important things like school shoes. The research predicts families to spend an average of $538 per child on school supplies and uniforms in 2020, representing a $62 or 13 per cent increase from last year. With the financial hangover of Christmas and holiday activities, there’s no doubt parents will be looking for bargains over the coming weeks. OnePointHealth Podiatrist Kristen Haywood said when it comes to a child’s school shoes, you get what you pay for. “As children are in their school shoes for an average of over 30 hours per week a poor quality, ill fitting or unsupportive shoe can increase their risk of pain and injury,” she said. “Typically a cheaper pair of shoes will be made out of poorer quality materials such as synthetic upper and outer sole.

“This can allow more torsion or flex through the midsole and heel counter of the shoe, which provides less support to your child’s feet.” Some of the more reputable pairs to look out for as per Ms Haywood’s recommendations were Ascent, Blue Haven or Clarks shoes. She said in her experience these are the most supportive and durable. When it comes to selecting the perfect shoe for your child, there are some key points to look out for. Ms Haywood suggests parents pay extra attention to ensure the shoe is the correct width, has a firm heel counter and minimal torsion through the midsole of the shoe as well as a fastening mechanism and a heel height of 4.5cms or lower. Having a full thumb space gap between the end of the longest toe and shoe will also promote longer use for growing kids. “A store that measures the foot for both length and width is preferred such as the Athletes Foot and Shoes and Sox, as they also stock higher quality brands such as Ascent, Blue Haven and Clarks,” Ms Haywood said. “A poorly fitted shoe can increase your child’s risk of foot and leg pain or injury that could impact them long term if not corrected.”

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Australia Day is on the move Having lived in the Penrith district my whole life, I know how hot the summer months can be here and how important it is, particularly if you have a young family, to have access to water or a pool to be able to cool off and get some relief from the heat. Australia Day is notoriously hot so we have made the decision to move Penrith’s community celebration to somewhere residents can get some reprieve from the hot summer heat, make a splash and enjoy celebrating with their family and friends. The new venue, Cables Wake Park, is one of Penrith’s favourite water sport parks and aquatic playgrounds and on Sunday, January 26 we’re offering free on-water activities and entertainment from 10am-5pm. Jump in the water and jump on the amazing inflatable Aqua Park with free entry for anyone aged over six. The Aqua Park sessions will run hourly and spaces are limited, so register now on our website penrith.city/ausday to secure your spot. Little kids can be part of the action too with a splash pad, water slides, jumping castle and a range of fun

water activities for kids under six to enjoy throughout the day. There’s also a DJ playing live music and two onwater stunt shows by Australia’s best wakeboarders. You’ll need food to fuel you throughout the day. So bring a picnic with you or you can purchase something delicious to eat from one of the many mobile food vendors on site including Outback Steakhouse. Located in the heart of Penrith, we’ve made sure Australia Day at Cables Wake Park is easy to get to with public transport options close by, parking on site and a free shuttle service from Jamison Park at Batt Street (near Netball Courts). If you’re keen for a swim on Australia Day, you can also dive into some fun at Ripples Leisure Centres with free entry to both Penrith and St Marys pools from 9am-5pm and access to their amazing splash pads and aquatic facilities. For more information visit penrith. city/ausday. Have a wonderful Australia Day.

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Family’s gift for new year Nepean Hospital’s first baby of 2020: Quick entrance gave Piper special honour EMILY FESZCZUK

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hile most people in Penrith were partying to celebrate the start of the new year, Sean and Raegan Carroll were welcoming a new family member into the world. The husband and wife from Glenmore Park’s daughter Piper was the first baby born at Nepean Hospital in 2020. Ms Carroll said that her New Year’s plans changed very quickly once Piper decided she was ready to come. “I was having pains on and off all day but didn’t think much of it, so we decided to stay at home to celebrate,” Ms Carroll said. “I was a few days overdue so was well and truly ready to have her but in the early hours of the morning it hit, and it was all systems go.” Not thinking they would have the first baby of the year, Piper shocked the couple and staff with her quick delivery time. “When I went in there, they had women already in labour so I didn’t think I would be the first but mine was a nice quick one being only around two hours all up with her being born at 4.08am on January 1,” Ms Carroll said. “Our other kids were born in around nine to 12 hours in the past then this one came

The Carroll family, including new baby Piper. Photo: Megan Dunn. “She is actually our fifth child and all her siblings already dote on her which is so beautiful and lovely to see,” Ms Carroll said.

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he start of the school year is an exciting time for most families but for those who are struggling it can be a time of stress. Community Smiles is calling for donations from the community to help children in need with their Back2School Essentials Drive. Community Smiles CEO Sarah Cuzner told the Weekender the not- for- profit charity is working with high need primary schools in the area to help children as the school year approaches. “With a lot of our members being parents, we identified this need as unfortunately a lot of public schools in the area are overlooked by bigger school support charities,” Ms Cuzner said. “We decided to use our platform to help children in a practical way so they can feel just like their mates and ensure they don’t have to go to school with plastic bags or hand-me-down goods.” Ms Cuzner said there are many ways to help with whatever people can give to show their support. “People can donate money that could buy a backpack filled with stationary,

supplies and a lunchbox or they could donate towards a few items, but all are tax deductible,” Ms Cuzner said. “There are also sales on so if people want to buy something, they can drop it at our drop off points to Australia Post High Street, Salt Therapy Wellness Centre on Henry Street and Flawless Laser Solutions in Glenmore Park.” One of the partner schools, Penrith South Public School’s Principal, Kerrie Beeby said that the program has been a privilege to be a part of with many positive effects on students and the wider school community. “Disadvantaged children often don’t have lovely school things like the other kids and just want to be like everyone else plus it helps with attendance and academic results,” Ms Beeby said. The program also has additional impacts, according to Ms Beeby. “The program also helps build a relationship of trust between families and schools which makes them comfortable to voice their struggles and receive help which benefits their children,” she said. The drive finishes on Wednesday, January 22. For more information or to donate visit www.communitysmiles.org.au.

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est and relax in style at western Sydney’s premier hotel, PARKROYAL Parramatta. Located in the heart of the city’s dynamic business and dining district, PARKROYAL Parramatta sits on the banks of the Parramatta River, with an array of renowned restaurants and bars right on its doorstep. The Riverside Theatre, Parramatta Park, ferry, train and bus terminals are all just a short walk from the hotel. Boasting 286 well- appointed guest rooms, suites and Club Rooms, you will experience the essence of contemporary comfort. PARKROYAL Parramatta is the only hotel with a Club Lounge in western Sydney, offering great views of the western Sydney skyline. Come and enjoy this luxurious experience with daily breakfast, all- day refreshments and evening drinks. Keep connected with complimentary high- speed Wi- Fi and excellent event spaces as well as the well-equipped gym and outdoor swimming pool. Whether you are looking to celebrate that special occasion or host a meeting, they can help. The hotel has the largest events space in western Sydney,

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2020 TRAVEL GUIDE History and relaxation combine at Q Station

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Once used as quarantine staff homes, each cottage features one king room (which can be split into two single beds) as well as two queen rooms, a living room, bathroom and kitchenette with cooking facilities. While every cottage is different, most feature backyards with balconies or a verandah.

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tor. Years ago when the Hawke/Keating government introduced the Superannuation Guarantee scheme businesses seized on the fact that they could save money by retrenching their workers and offering them employment as subcontractors and not have to pay all of the on costs related to wages. Since then, this myth has been tried many times in law courts and the myth was knocked on the head with a potentially very expensive outcome. If a business is caught wrongfully using contractors it is possible that, on top of the contributions and payments the business should have made, they will also pay heavy fines and interest charges. So, how do you know if the person you are employing is a true subbie or an employee? The answer to that is – it depends. And if he/she is a true subbie, WorkCover

rules could classify him/her as a “deemed worker”. But you are not left drifting in an ocean of indecision! The Taxation Office has a very useful page at www.ato.gov.au/business/ employee-or-contractor which allows you, through a number of questions, to find out if you are hiring a true subbie or if they are an employee. Once you have been through the test, if the site says subbie, take a screen shot and put it in the subbies file. Do the test regularly to make sure you are ahead of the game. Also do the following test to make sure you have the workers compensation aspect covered as well at http://workerstatus.workcover.nsw.gov.au. It is important you are across these things to avoid major headaches in the future. For help with your this or any aspect of your business including NDIS, call Bob Green at Western Sydney Business Centre or on 0490 251 615 or email bob@wsbusiness.com.au.

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“We try and get to the gym five days a week then before each show we touch up on choreography as a group but we are lucky enough to tour some pretty amazing places so we fit in hikes or beach runs,” Stephen said. “It’s a Las Vegas production that has been brought to Australia for this tour so people should expect to have the most fun 70 minutes of their life and a great girls’ night out.” Dean said the show will have something to satisfy everyone, but he still feels the nerves being back home. “We honestly have something for everyone. You’ll sing your heart out and

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who doesn’t want to see shirtless Aussie guys?” Dean said. “It’s always a good time putting on a show with the boys, but I do get a little nervous performing back in Australia because home turf can be the toughest.” Zachary said that while the shows can get wild, it is fun for all ages including families. “Some people are wild with grabbing and even biting but honestly the show is for all ages from 18 to 80,” Zachary said. “We generally have a lot of birthdays and hens’ parties coming through plus lots of ladies just heading out for some fun. The best is full family affairs with

grandmothers, their daughters and granddaughters.” If you want to have a fun night with a funny group of laid- back hunks who don’t take themselves too seriously but can seriously move to music then make sure to grab your tickets as this show will sell out. As summer concludes, the heat will well and truly still be on at Panthers. Manpower Australia will be on at the EVAN Theatre in Penrith on Saturday, February 15 at 7.30pm. Tickets are $41.75. To book or for more information call 1300 PANTHERS or visit penrithpanthers.com.au.

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personal experience. Look no further for a family show that is suitable for all ages from one to 100- years- old that is fun, interactive, entertaining and out of this world. Pre - show entertainment includes giveaways and a children’s entertainer to provide excitement so make sure you come dressed up as your favourite dinosaur. There are prizes to be won for the best dressed and you may even be lucky enough to be picked out of the audience to join these prehistoric dino’s on stage. ‘Dinomania’ will be on at the EVAN Theatre in Penrith on Wednesday, January 22 at 11am. To book or for more information call 1300 PANTHERS.

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ollowing a successful 2019 sellout tour, ‘Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody’ is returning to Blacktown Workers with a new show in 2020 combining Queen’s greatest hits and a few of the most popular songs on their albums. The recent hit movie exposed this fantastic band to a much wider audience, making Queen more popular than ever. Without a doubt, Queen is amongst the greatest rock bands of the 20th century and Freddie Mercury is hailed by many as the most charismatic and flamboyant performer in contemporary rock. Thomas Crane hits the stage with his hot band Bohemian Rhapsody to

bring back to life the visual excitement, sound and stage energy witnessed at a Queen concert. Experience all the great hits like ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, ‘We Are The Champions’, ‘Radio Ga Ga’, along with ‘I Want To Break Free’, ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ and of course, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. If you have seen the movie, now see the show. ‘Queen Bohemian Rhapsody’ will be on at Blacktown Workers Club on Saturday, February 8 at 8pm. Tickets are from $35. To book or for more information call 9830 0600.

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hree of Australia’s most talented singers and performers are joining forces to recreate the joint concert in 1998 by John Farnham, Olivia Newton- John and Anthony Warlow known as the ‘Main Event’. The Event gives Australian audiences the opportunity to see the re- production of the magnificent Main Event tour that only performed nine shows across Australia. Jeff Fallon is one of Australia’s best voices and plays the role of John Farnham most convincingly while Amanda Wylde, who has performed in some of

Australia’s best shows and showbands, plays Olivia Newton-John. Stephen Fisher- King plays the part of Anthony Warlow. He is a great singer, fantastic performer, well known and popular on the Australian entertainment scene. The audience will be treated to songs like ‘Age of Reason’, ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘You’re The Voice’, ‘Hopelessly Devoted’, ‘You’re The One That I Want’, ‘This is the Moment’ along with ‘Every Time You Cry’, ‘Summer Nights’ and ‘Please Don’t Ask Me’. ‘The Event’ will be on at Blacktown Workers Club on Saturday, January 25 at 8pm. Tickets are from $12. To book or for more information call 9830 0600.


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COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Nepean Evening VIEW Club 3rd Monday of each month 4735 4982 St Marys Probus Club Second Tuesday of each month • 0411 248 149 Penrith South Probus Club Third Thursday of each month 4729 21199 Penrith Museum of Printing Saturdays from 10am-2pm Pen Paceway • 0415 625 573 Nepean Retired Men’s Club Third Wednesday of each month • 0401 507 260

WHAT'S ON AND WHERE HEADING OUT Friday, January 17

Charity Lunch – Jamison Hotel From $10, 12.30pm 4721 5764 MVP Band – Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Jellybean Jam – O’Donoghues Free entry, 9pm 4735 5509 80s Film Festival The Joan, 4723 7611 Friday, January 17, 10am, From $12

Seniors & Pensioners Club Tuesdays at 10am 86 Station Street, Penrith St Marys Stitch and Sew Tuesdays 1pm St Marys Parish Hall Penrith Red Cross Branch Second Thursday of each month • 9623 6702 Penrith RSL Travel Club New members welcome 0405 332 464 Penrith Showground Markets Every Wednesday 8.30am Penrith Paceway • 4721 0509 Penrith Men’s Shed New members welcome Wednesdays • 0439 646 942

80s Film Festival – The Joan From $12, 10am 4723 7611 Marys Karaoke – Grey Gums Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 4734 5555 Vintage Four – St Marys RSL Free entry, 7.30pm 9623 6555 Shaylee Wilde – Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 8pm 47228180 Marys Karaoke – Grey Gums Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 4734 5555 Andie Maree – Kingswood Hotel Free entry, 7pm 4721 2999 Endless Summer Beach Party – St Marys Leagues Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Oz Addiction – St Marys Band Club Free entry, 9pm 9623 1211

Sunday, January 19

Muddy Feet – St Marys Leagues Free entry, 1pm 9677 7777 Shuffle Boys – Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Rock ‘n Roll – Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 8pm 4722 8180 Ignition Fridays – Pioneer Tavern Free entry, 8pm 4736 4466 The Bandits – St Marys Leagues Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 No Brakes – St Marys Band Club Free entry, 8pm 9623 1211

Urban Stone St Marys Leagues, 9677 7777 Friday, January 24, 9pm, Free entry

The Witches John Lees Centre, 4735 5422 Saturday, January 18, 2pm & 7pm, From $20

Penrith Rotary Club New members welcome Mondays • 0407 077 143 Penrith Lions Club Second and fourth Monday Penrith Bowlo • 4736 1546

Friday, January 24

Dogs Are Talking & Oz Rock Show – Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Aussie Entertainers – Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 8pm 4722 8180 Thunderstruck – Blue Cattledog Hotel Free entry, 9pm 9670 3050 Kick INXS Tribute – Pioneer Tavern Free entry, 9pm 4736 4466 Ignition Fridays – Pioneer Tavern Free entry, 8pm 4736 4466 Australia Day Eve Eve – O’Donoghues Free entry, 7pm 4735 5509 Rockin Mustang – St Marys Band Club Free entry, 8pm 9623 1211

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Big Swing Band – Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Royale With Cheese – Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Peter McWhirter Kingswood Hotel, 4721 2999 Saturday, January 25, 7pm, Free entry

Marys Karaoke – Grey Gums Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 4734 5555 Dynamic Duo – St Marys RSL Free entry, 7.30pm 9623 6555 Double Trouble – Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 8pm 4722 8180 Blow – St Marys Leagues Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Rough Diamond – St Marys Band Club Free entry, 9pm 9623 1211

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Saturday, January 18

Greg Poppleton’s Bakelite Dance Band – Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Underwraps – Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200

Saturday, January 25

Sun: 10:20AM, 12:30PM, 3:10PM, 6:10PM, 9:10PM.

Matchbox Band – Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Australia Day – Pioneer Tavern Free entry, 10.30am 4736 4466 Goodbye Monday – Pioneer Tavern Free entry, 1pm 4736 4466 Australia Day – St Marys RSL From $10, 4pm 9623 6555 Venus 2 – St Marys Leagues Free entry, 1pm 9677 7777 Blackwater Penrith Gaels Club, 4722 8180 Sunday, January 26, 5pm, Free entry


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Alcoholics Anonymous Mondays at 6pm 1300 222 222 Gamblers Anonymous Mondays at 7.30pm 0433 018 484 Dementia Carers Support Group • Fortnightly meetings 4751 3033 Penrith Carer Support Group First Thursday of the month Headspace • 8880 8160 Relax and unwind with Sips and Sounds every Friday night Penrith Women’s Health Centre • Monday to Friday 4721 8749

Cafe at Lewers host Sips and Sounds every Friday evening until January 31 where guests will be spoilt with the blissful tunes of local musicians and a seasonally curated share menu. Join them and your friends for an end of week drink to chill out and enjoy the music with no bookings required. It is at Penrith Regional Gallery from 5pm. Call 4735 1100.

Suicide Prevention and Support Network 0402 627 696

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Prostate Cancer Support Monthly meetings at St Stephen’s • 1300 133 878

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Magic on the Nepean thanks to Harry Potter cruise

Fun and music at Morning Melodies

Have a magical school holidays with Nepean Belle’s Harry Potter cruise. It is on Wednesday, January 22 at 10.30am or 1.30pm.

Jim Haynes and Little Pattie will provide entertainment at The Joan on Wednesday, January 22 at 11am. Tickets are from $20. Call 4731 3000.

Beautilicious by Aisha Located inside Mojo Hair Body & Soul Studios Services include: • Makeup • Tinting/Henna • Massage • Waxing • Facials • Eyelash lift • Eyebrow micro blading • Spray tan • Eyelash extensions

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Ê One of TV’s great survivors, ‘Law and Order: SVU’ is returning for its 21st season next week. This season first started airing in the US last year and is finally getting its Australian run on Channel 10 from Thursday, January 23. It’ll screen weekly at 9pm. Ê Some interesting news out of the US with medical drama ‘New Amsterdam’ being renewed for not just another season, but a mammoth three seasons. NBC’s decision marks a massive vote of confidence in the series, and follows a similar call from the network previously when it renewed ‘This Is Us’ for three

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Ê Channel Nine and Channel 10 will go head-to-head in what is likely to be one of the year’s hottest TV battles with ‘Married at First Sight’ and ‘Australian Survivor: All Stars’ to premiere against each other on February 3. The key shows for both networks are returning a week ahead of the official ratings season getting underway. While ‘Married at First Sight’ was a ratings juggernaut for Nine last year, it’ll be interesting to see if it can maintain such huge audiences in 2020.

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seasons. ‘New Amsterdam’ is currently mid-way through its second season in the US but Channel Nine is yet to show any new episodes in Australia.

Ê Channel Nine is gearing up for its mammoth Australian Open coverage, across both its main channel and 9Gem. Coverage begins on Monday, January 20 and will conclude on Sunday, February 2. On Nine, the hosting line-up will feature James Bracey, Rebecca Maddern and Tony Jones, while over on 9Gem, the hosts will be Erin Molan, Seb Costello and Alicia Loxley. Commentating across the tournament will be John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Todd Woodbridge, Lleyton Hewitt, Jelena Dokic, Sam Smith, Alicia Molik, Dylan Alcott, Sam Groth, Casey Dellacqua and Tom Rehn. Additional off-court reporting will be provided by

Clint Stanaway, Lauren Phillips, Madeline Slattery and Danika Mason.

Ê ‘The Good Fight’, the spin-off to hugely popular legal drama ‘The Good Wife’, is returning to SBS later this year with a new cast member. Hugh Dancy, best known for his work in ‘Hannibal’, will be part of season four, while ‘The Good Wife’ stars Michael J Fox and Zach Grenier will also appear in the show this season. Ê Season two of Canadian legal drama ‘Burden of Truth’ returns to Fox One on Tuesday, January 21. Ê Stan has confirmed ‘Billions’ will be back on Sunday, May 3. Nathan Taylor is on leave.

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At worst an icky soap opera and at best an insightful look into victims of sexual harassment fighting back, ‘Bombshell’ certainly has its moments, but overall it falls largely flat. Perhaps that’s because – in an unfortunate coincidence for the film – the extraordinarily good limited series ‘The Loudest Voice’ beat it to the punch and has already told the story of Roger Ailes and his rise and fall at Fox News in such strong detail. Anyone who has seen the series would most likely find ‘Bombshell’ to be nothing more than a highlights version – and frustratingly so, given

it hints at some of the storylines covered in the series but never finds time to go into detail. That’s not to say ‘Bombshell’ isn’t an interesting watch – it’s certainly a sophisticated take on the #metoo movement, and you can’t help but feel like a cold shower after watching the portrayal of Ailes (John Lithgow), who died in 2017 soon after his dramatic exit from the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox. ‘Bombshell’ may be an entirely different viewing experience if you haven’t watched ‘The Loudest Voice’, but even if you haven’t, anyone without prior knowledge of the Ailes and Fox News story would probably find it bland and lacking in detail.

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range of stock, trusted iconic brands and their friendly customer service. Workin’ Gear are always happy to go the extra mile to source special orders for their customers, providing fitting and delivery services as well as full screen printing and embroidery services. With 19 years of experience at Workin’ Gear, manager Steve Sutton has not only seen a change in the business itself but also in what tradies want. “Workwear has become very fashionable,” Steve said. “Tradies not only want the toughest gear, but now moreso than ever, they want comfort and the looks.” Steve said Workin’ Gear aims to provide tradies with the best shopping experience possible. “With tradies working long hours, we aim to be a one-stop shop where our customers can get fitted head to toe with quality clothing that is comfortable and professional looking,” he said. With the back to work season in full swing, Workin’ Gear is fully stocked with safety clothing and new season fashion to keep tradies safe and in style. Celebrating 35 years on High Street, pay Steve and his friendly team a visit or go online and check out their Facebook page or website. Customer parking is either at the front of the store or in their private car park off Union Lane. Give the Workin’ Gear team a call on 4731 4707.

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In addition, Penrith Women’s Health Centre can assist with legal services and issues, or provide referrals to experts in a variety of fields to provide extra assistance. Penrith Women’s Health Centre aims to provide a wide range of services to ensure the emotional and physical wellbeing of all women in the Penrith community is catered for. Outside of the services offered, a range of activities are also facilitated through the Centre. This includes Zumba classes, dance classes and swimming lessons as well as support groups and engaging social activities. If you feel you need support or assistance, Penrith Women’s Health Centre is just a phone call away. Call today on 4721 8749 or visit www. penrithwomenshealthcentre.com online for more information. The Centre is located on the corner of Henry and Station Streets, Penrith.

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and psoriasis, may experience significant and lasting relief with regular salt therapy sessions. Formerly named Salts of the Earth, Salt Therapy Wellness Centre is still providing the same great service in their established centre under a new rebranded name. The dedicated team feel honoured to help so many people in the community to find relief from their conditions. They encourage anyone looking for

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Results speak for themselves at Young Growth Academy

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s your child hesitant or lacking the confidence to ask questions in class? Or maybe you feel as though they aren’t getting the one-on-one attention they need? The team at Young Growth Academy is here to assure you that you aren’t alone! With a passion for learning and mentorship, Young Growth Academy is not your average tutoring service. “Our mission is to create life-long learners who not only achieve beyond academic success, but also have the confidence to proudly own what they do,” Founder Alan Tran said. The tutors and mentors at Young Growth Academy come from a range of professional backgrounds from business, finance and marketing all the way to computer science and engineering. Each academic spans at least three years of tutoring experience and brings a different experience to the classroom for students. “At the end of the day, we have made it our mission to make sure all our students graduate with not only the marks, but also the confidence to be able to say ‘yes I did it, I achieved that!’,” Mr Tran said.

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Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh’s words to the community after bushfires

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Fit 4 All is all about fitness, family and focus in 2020

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it 4 All is a proud family owned and operated fitness facility that is run based on integrity and an honest health and fitness driven desire for the community. Husband and wife owners, Milton and Effie Karavas, bring a wealth of experience with a PDHPE Degree and a Diploma in Child Services. They provide a comfortable nonthreatening environment with no joining fees or contracts all year round with a low cost that is sustainable compared to competitors. As their name suggests, Fit 4 All is suited to a complete novice right through to a professional Olympic athlete. They have an extremely large and diverse range of equipment that is provided by Life Fitness and is well maintained. They are also proudly an approved Hammer Strength training centre and have a separate ladies weights area. The facility also offers a dietician and seniors rates, catering to everyone. A feature that makes them stand out from the rest is their dedication to families.

They have a crèche but also encourage children to participate with their parents, which is extremely unique. Specialising in children’s programs, their Fit 4 Kidz timetable is approved for Active Kids Vouchers and Fitness Passport. They have an amazing feature of birthday parties on their Inflatable Fun Zone that offers unlimited children with B.Y.O food and drinks so you can have a wonderful party for an extremely reasonable price on Penrith’s biggest inflatable obstacle course. Partnering up with Spartan Race they are extremely excited for 2020 and Spartan boot camp classes. Why not check out Fit 4 All Gym on Facebook and Instagram to see all the great benefits they offer. If you want to get fit and have all your fitness needs catered to then make sure to call them today, and start your health and fitness journey. Fit 4 All is located at 5c/16-24 Borec Road, Penrith. For information call 4732 1233 or visit www.fit4all.com.au to find out more about the facility.

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“With a budget of $40 million, we are looking at complete modernisation and new facilities for classrooms, science labs, tech, art, music, sport and even a performing arts theatre,” Mr Dick said. “The Penrith Valley area is growing in population and we know parents have a desire for excellent schools, so we want to cater to this with a facilities upgrade to complement our excellent academic results.” Having a strong academic focus, Mr Dick said the school also places an importance on using the outdoors as a classroom for teaching and learning. “Before I led schools in Tweed Heads and Victoria, I was Deputy Principal in Banff, Canada which gave me the desire to see adventure in the outdoors as a means of delivering curriculum and connecting students to nature and God,” he said. “Our location near the lakes is a strength and, combined with academic excellence and values based education, provides students experiences with nature that will nurture them towards stewardship and positive action to address the challenges our environment is facing.” If you are looking for a school that will encourage your children to develop their God-given gifts and strive to reach their full potential, then contact the College to arrange a tour. For more information call 4777 4057 or visit thelakescc.nsw.edu.au.

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on home waters and the lead- up event to the canoe slalom national selection season. The national titles will be followed by the 2020 Oceania Canoe Slalom Championship in Auckland (February 1-3) and the Australian Open as part of the 2020 Sydney Whitewater Festival (February 21- 23), with both events relevant for senior and U23 selections. 194 days out from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Fox impressed with clean runs and fast times over the weekend and took home the double national

title after missing last year’s nationals. Fox finished the K1 in a time of 97.88 seconds and over 10 seconds ahead of second placed Kate Eckhardt. “It was great to have our first hit out of 2020 and be back racing nationals after missing last year’s. I’m happy with my racing, especially in K1 which saw me put down some fast and clean times. It was a bit less consistent in C1 but happy to win the double,” Fox said. Fox is the only Paddle Australia athlete already selected on to the Tokyo 2020 Australian Olympic team, but national

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here’s not many people dedicated to the sport of softball more than local player, coach and umpire Matthew Beach. The 19- year- old’s passion for softball has well and truly paid off, becoming the latest recipient of the Penrith Valley Sports Foundation Senior Sports Star Award. Playing the sport since he was six, Beach is currently a member of the Penrith Softball Club and plays representative softball for Penrith City Softball Association (PCSA) and NSW. Beach began representing PCSA as a 12- year- old and has made various NSW State teams – playing at a national level – for the last three years. Not only does the Glenmore Park resident shine on the diamond, he also gives back to the sport through coaching and umpiring. Beach coaches and umpires at association level as well as State level for Softball NSW and the NSW Umpires Softball Association. He is currently a Level 3 national

Matthew Beach receiving his Young Coach of the Year award from Penrith MP Stuart Ayres in 2018. Photo: Narrative Post/Matthias Engesser. accredited coach and a Level 2 national accredited umpire.

On his days off, Beach also gives up his time giving back to junior softball

players by running development pitcher and catcher clinics, to help improve the pitching and catching techniques of local young up and coming players. The last two years have been very memorable for Beach. Some of his achievements include winning the Best U23 Male Pitcher Award at the 2019 U23 Men’s Australian National Championships and becoming the youngest person to be appointed head coach of PCSA U14 Boys Representative Softball Team. In 2018, Beach was named joint winner of Young Coach of the Year at the NSW Community Sports Awards, while he was also selected in the NSW U23 and U19 Men’s Softball Teams. Matthew Beach’s Senior Sports Star Award is all thanks to sponsor Panthers World of Entertainment. If you, or if you know someone who has achieved in their chosen sport, send in your nomination to Penrith Valley Sports Foundation. There are three categories to be nominated in: Reach for the Sky (up to 10 years); Junior Sports Star (11-16 years); and Senior Sports Star (over 16 years). Nomination forms are available at www. pvsf.org.au.

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A winning culture Year of hard work generates amazing results for Physie club EMILY FESZCZUK

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hysical Culture takes a lot of skill and dedication to excel in all areas of the dance sport, and the Nepean BJP Physie Club is ready to take on the new year after achieving great results in 2019 in both the individual and team components. Nepean Physie Head Teacher Kim Annesley told the Weekender that she was so excited for what the club had achieved in the past year in Australia wide competitions. “Three of our junior teams won their sections including our 9/10- year- old team who then won the Overall Nation A Grade Champions,” Ms Annesley said. “In individual competition Lauren Perry went to the Sydney Opera House and won Overall National Champion placing her first in Australia in her age category.” With the club earning a personal best of six national place getters, Ms Annesley said she wanted the community to know about all the hard work the girls put in. “Some people don’t realise that Physie

Success on show: Members of Nepean BJP Physie Club celebrate their results. is the longest running female sport in Australia, starting 127 years ago that features jazz, hip- hop, ballet, yoga moves, and aerobics all rolled into one which is very difficult to have such a range,” Ms Annesley said.

“It constantly has challenges that are exciting for the girls to work on and they are doing great things like performing at a national level which is surreal for me as a teacher and I am just so proud of all of them.”

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Woes continue for ordinary Wanderers Story continued from » p. 72 Babbel himself is clearly frustrated – his post- match press conference following last weekend’s defeat was over before it started. In an interview with Sky Sports, he admitted something wasn’t clicking for his side in attack. “It doesn’t matter how you play – if you have more goals than the opposite side then everyone is happy. This is our biggest problem at the moment – we can’t score, we’re not scoring enough goals,” he said. The Wanderers have to turn things around quickly but the tasks continue to get tougher, with the side facing third placed Perth Glory this Sunday night at Bankwest Stadium. “We have to work harder. We have to stay focused for a longer period and if the opportunities are there we have to take them,” Babbel said following last week’s loss.

Martin retires Former Penrith Panthers half Te Maire Martin has been forced to retire from rugby league due to ongoing health concerns. The 24-year-old, who is contracted to the Cowboys, suffered bleeding on the brain and has been sidelined since last year.

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ormer Australian goalkeeper and respected football commentator Mark Bosnich fears there’s no light at the end of the tunnel for Markus Babbel at the Western Sydney Wanderers. His comments come in the wake of the Wanderers’ 2- 0 loss to Wellington last weekend, with Babbel’s side on the back foot from the start thanks to a poor first half. Coach Babbel is now under immense pressure with the Wanderers sitting in eighth spot on the A- League ladder and at serious risk of missing the post- season despite having a squad that most believe should be competing in the Finals. “I’ve been a big big supporter of him but my patience is wearing thin and God knows what the Western Sydney Wanderers supporters are feeling at this moment in time,” Bosnich said on Fox Sports. “It’s a different story if you see some light at the end of the tunnel but it’s getting very, very dim.” Bosnich said the first half performance against the Phoenix was “apathetic and indifferent”. Story continues on » p. 71

Under pressure: Western Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel. Photo: Megan Dunn.

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Western Weekender January 17 2020  

January 17, 2020 edition of The Western Weekender.

Western Weekender January 17 2020  

January 17, 2020 edition of The Western Weekender.