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Water worry over river flows Changes likely after report confirms significant issues at Penrith Weir



t has taken four years but finally Nepean River regulars have been vindicated – the new Penrith Weir constructed in 2009 is draining the river too quickly according to an independent report. Works at Penrith Weir, including installing a new fishway, were completed in 2009. The weir was also modified next to the fishway to replace the culvert spillway and replicate pre-existing conditions under low river flows. However, since the modifications too much water has been draining out of the river, creating chaos in dry spells. “Ever since the new weir was built, in times of no rain, the river levels have just dropped like a rock,” explained Steve Defina of Nepean River Tours. “People using the boat ramp have had troubles because they have driven their trailers off the end. And with the water level so low, rocks that haven’t been seen for 100 years suddenly emerge.” Mr Defina said that his own cruise vessels are especially designed for shallow waters but that other boats such as the Nepean Belle have had issues when the water

level has been low. Low water levels also make it more difficult for rowing crews to embark and disembark, and exposed rocks can damage their vessels. After a meeting in November 2013 with concerned stakeholders, the Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA) commissioned an independent report on the weir by the University of NSW. The independent report, released this week, found that the modifications to the weir had in fact changed the water flow. “Modifications to the Weir allow more water to be discharged for any given water level. Water levels in the Penrith Weir Pool now fall faster than prior to the weir modification,” said the University report. “Five of the 10 lowest water levels have occurred with the new weir in four years compared with 18 years analysed for the old weir.” The report also found that river activities are quite sensitive to water level changes. Environmental flows from Warragamba Dam have also contributed to low water levels. SCA is arranging a meeting with Fisheries NSW and NSW Office of Water to find a solution to the problem. “We have also engaged Dr Martin Mallen-Cooper from Fishway Consult-

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Steve Defina wants the Weir fixed as soon as possible ing Services to advise the SCA on what changes might be appropriate to address the depletion of weir pool levels whilst retaining the effectiveness of the fishway and the passage of environmental flows,” an SCA spokesperson said.

Mr Defina said changes need to be implemented as soon as possible. “It’s great that we finally have the report, but we don’t want to be waiting another 12 months... we want to see changes as soon as possible,” he said.

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The desperation of the 24 hour news cycle, the immaturity of the Australian media as a whole and our desire to turn everything from sport to politics into a soap opera is behind the whole Tony Abbott ‘wink’ story that dominated the headlines last week. It’s quite extraordinary to see the level of hate – and unfortunately I have to use that word – that seems to surround the Prime Minister currently. If nothing else, it’s proven the extraordinary level of hypocrisy that can sometimes exist in the world of politics. The same people who demanded justice and respect for Julia Gillard are the same who support or take part in marches that feature people proudly wearing “F**k Abbott” t-shirts. But today I don’t want to focus on the whole wink non-story, or the criticism of Tony Abbott’s family that dominated last weekend. Instead I want to talk about a little-discussed issue that is bubbling away on social media and is just so misguided that it deserves clarification. Having worked in the theatre world as a producer, publicist and reviewer for many years before my time here at the Weekender, I have many gay friends (the industry has an extraordinarily high representation from the gay community) – and a lot of them seem awfully angry at the moment. They’re angry about a story doing the rounds suggesting that Tony Abbott is spending $245 million on “anti-gay chaplains” in schools, and they’re demanding we all stop this as soon as we can and sign relevant petitions. A quick look on Twitter will see this is in fact quite the talking point at the moment – if many Twitterers are to be believed, Mr Abbott launched a scathing attack on the gay community in the Budget and he’s a homophobic man on a rampage. Problem is, it’s not true.

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It is true that the Budget features $245.3 million for the continuation of the National School Chaplaincy Program. The program is voluntary not only for schools but for the students themselves. The program is nothing new – it has been amended by the new Government but the general concept is the same as that of the previous Labor Government. In fact, Julia Gillard described the school chaplaincy program as a “great program” and former Education Minister Peter Garrett said; “I usually hear from students, parents and teachers what a great job that [the] chaplain is doing, and what a positive influence they’ve had in the school community”. After a High Court challenge in relation to the program back in 2012, Mr Garrett said: “We’re committed to maintaining funding for the school chaplains. Our expectation is that chaplains will remain in schools around the country”. A group called “All Out” is behind a petition that aims to send a message to Tony Abbott about the funding for the program. I know very little about the group, but it works under the banner of “equality everywhere”. I wonder if that slogan extends to informing the public that this program was well supported by Labor Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard over the last six years, or does that not suit the political agenda behind it? I should say that recent changes mean that funding is only available for chaplains, not secular student welfare workers as it was under Labor. That may or may not be a poor move, but it’s not a complete overhaul of the program. There’s plenty that the Prime Minister deserves to be bashed up about and debated on, particularly healthcare changes. But when we focus on issues like a wink, a scholarship and a misinformed petition based on inaccuracies, we lose both perspective and respect.

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House gutted by blaze Police praise brave actions of neighbours during crisis KATHERINE TWEED



A house on Kareela Avenue, Penrith was destroyed by fire last weekend Earlier that week, on Wednesday, May 21, police were called to assist at another house fire in Blaxland Avenue, Penrith. Emergency services arrived at the scene at about 6pm to find a house alight. The homeowner, who was inside at the time the blaze started, ran out of the home with burns to his face and hands. Police are still investigating the incident but are not treating it as suspicious.

“On average, firefighters attend 102 home fires a week during winter alone. Nearly half of these fires (47 per cent) start in the kitchen,� said Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner, Greg Mullins. “Have a working smoke alarm and a practised home escape plan and do our free online fire safety checklist (at www. to identify risks in your home.�

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enrith police have praised the actions of two local heroes who helped rescue a man from his burning home last weekend. Emergency services were called to Kareela Avenue, Penrith, at around 6.30pm on Saturday, May 24, to find a home engulfed in flames. When the fire began, the 65-year-old occupant of the home was out on the front veranda. Rather than running away from the fire, two neighbours rushed to the assistance of the man, helping him to escape the flames. “Investigating police were very impressed with the bravery of the people who went to the man’s aid,� said Penrith Police Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Grant Healey. A number of explosions were heard during the blaze, which took some time for fire crews to extinguish. The home was completely destroyed. “Due to the fire, neighbouring premises had to be evacuated. There was minor damage to those houses as well,� Detective Inspector Healey said. The 65-year-old was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital.


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hen left undisturbed, asbestos poses no health risk, however, scheduled works at Penrith Police Station could result in asbestos contained within the building’s roof being disturbed. That’s why before the construction works occur, the NSW Government is having assessments done on whether the asbestos will be disturbed and what the best course of action will be to handle the hazardous material. “The safety of our staff is paramount and the NSW Police Force takes the presence of asbestos containing materials within our buildings very seriously,” said Member for Penrith and Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Stuart Ayres. “Penrith Police Station, like many others across NSW, contains a small amount of bonded asbestos that does not represent any immediate threat to human health.” According to the NSW Police Association there are approximately 460 police buildings in NSW that contain asbestos. The NSW Government has been removing asbestos from police stations across NSW where there is a high risk of exposure

to the hazardous material. Whilst the asbestos in Penrith Police Station poses no health risk to the public or staff, its presence has complicated construction works that are scheduled for the station. “As a result of planned but unrelated building works occurring on the roof of Penrith Police Station it is likely that this asbestos containing membrane will be disturbed,” Mr Ayres explained. “Through our property service provider, the NSW Police Force is currently undertaking assessments as to the extent of impact these works may have on the membrane and what course of action is required to best manage the material safely and with no health impact on staff.” Mr Ayres said that the NSW Government has provided funding specifically for the removal of asbestos from police stations. The 2013-14 Budget provides $21 million in capital and recurrent funding to the NSW Police Force to remediate and manage hazardous materials in its properties, including asbestos. “This investment is part of a broader allocation of $103 million over six years to address concerns about materials such as asbestos and lead paint in both police stations and police residences,” Minister Ayres said.

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Police snapshot Penrith Police have charged a man with a number of drug-related offences after a raid at a local tobacconist. Police from the Penrith Proactive Team executed a search warrant at the High Street store on Friday, May 23. There, police allegedly located a significant amount of synthetic cannabis – this is allegedly the second time synthetic cannabis has been located at this particular store – as well as over 100 ice pipes, over 30 water pipes and an amount of non-excised tobacco products. A 64-year-old man from Cranebrook was arrested and charged with a range of offences in relation to the discovery. He was refused bail and will appear in Blacktown Local Court on Friday, June 6.

Police are appealing to the public for witnesses after two break and enter offences occurred on consecutive days at an Emu Plains business. At about 7pm on Friday, May 23, a number of people broke into the yard of an Emu Plains business at Pullman Place. The offenders went through the bins at the location and stole some electrical equipment, including a washing machine, a whipper snipper and a chainsaw. A toolbox was also stolen. The property was again broken into on the following day. An amount of copper piping and other scrap metals were stolen. It is estimated that over $1,500 worth of equipment was stolen in total. Police believe the incidents are connected.

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40-year-old man stabbed inside High Street home

St Marys Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a vehicle collision on Sunday, May 25. At about 7.10pm that evening, a black coloured Holden sedan was travelling south along Mamre Road at Kemps Creek. About 500 metres south of Bakers Lane the vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree on the eastern side of the road. The male driver, a 46-year-old, was trapped within the vehicle before being removed by NSW Fire Brigade Rescue. The driver was conveyed to hospital where he underwent surgery for a number of injuries – he remains in a critical condition. Anyone with information is urged to contact St Marys Police on 9677 7499.

Penrith police are appealing for information after a man was found with multiple stab wounds to the chest in a local apartment. At about 8pm on Sunday, May 25, emergency services were called to High Street with reports a man was injured. Inside a townhouse at the location, a 40-year-old was found with multiple stab wounds to the chest. He was taken to hospital in a stable condition. A crime scene was established and police are still investigating the incident. No other details in relation to the incident have been released to the media at this stage. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Penrith Police on 4721 9444.


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Education system’s wild west Hundreds of frightening incidents reported at western Sydney schools

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chools in western Sydney remain the worst when it comes to the number of safety reports filed by principals. In the latest data released by the Department of Education, from term 1 to 3 in 2013, there were 245 incidents, ranging from weapons on premises and assaults through to drug use. The western Sydney statistical area includes Mount Druitt, where the majority of incidents occurred, however there were several concerning incidents at Penrith schools. In one incident, on September 17, 2013 a student grabbed a knife from a kitchenette and threatened a teacher's aide. Staff managed to restrain the student and disarm him. The student at the time was believed to be on new medication that wasn’t helping him. Also in September 2013, a student attended school and appeared to be under the influence of an illicit substance. Paramedics were called as the student had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. In July 2013 a fight broke out at the front of a school between two students. Then further students became involved. One

student tried to remove a piece of metal from the school however was stopped by staff. Three students were suspended. However, just as concerning is the number of incidents involving parents and other members of the community. On September 5, 2013, a local Deputy Principal was holding a meeting with the parents of a student when one of the parents became agitated and swept all the contents off the desk of the Deputy Principal. Earlier in August, a community member entered a local school where a female parent was helping on a stall. The female parent was assaulted; her hair pulled, scratched and punched. The majority of the school community witnessed the incident. It is believed the two had been having outside community issues. Also that month, a student received a phone call from a parent of another student. There had been animosity between the two families. The parent threatened to use physical violence against the student. A spokesperson for the Department of Education and Communities said that better reporting had contributed to the rise in incidents. “NSW public schools continue to be one of the safest places for children and young

INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT Penrith City Council have received Development Applications in respect of the subject properties. The consent authority for these development applications is Penrith City Council. s Universal Property Group Pty Ltd DA11/0796.04 Lot 11 & 12 DP 522660 and Lot 101 DP 564332 (Nos. 117–141) O’Connell Street and (No. 185) Caddens Road, Caddens Section 96(2) modification to an approved residential subdivision including an increase in lots from 123–149 residential lots, amended roads, creation of 2 residue lots and provision of a temporary detention basin The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the NSW Office of Water – Water Management Act 2000 Section 89, 90 & 91. 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 2 June 2014 to 3 July 2014. 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 DA11/0796.04.

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For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Aimee Lee on 4732 7429. s Edgewater Homes Pty Ltd DA14/0502 Lot 117 DP 1184275 (No. 2) Caulfield Road, Claremont Meadows Dual occupancy development including 2 x 2-storey attached dwellings and strata title subdivision

Police have been contacted numerous times over school incidents people in any community,” the Department of Education spokesperson said. “The vast majority of schools, more than 83 per cent, did not need to report a single incident during the third term of 2013. Less than 11 per cent of schools reported only one incident. “The Department’s School Safety and

The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the NSW Rural Fire Service – Rural Fires Act 1997. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 2 June 2014 to 17 June 2014. 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 DA14/0502. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Gavin Cherry on 4732 8125. s Edgewater Homes Pty Ltd DA14/0501 Lot 10 DP 1165729 (No. 30) Blackwood Street, Claremont Meadows Dual occupancy development including 2 x 2-storey attached dwellings and strata title subdivision The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the NSW Rural Fire Service – Rural Fires Act 1997. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 2 June 2014 to 17 June 2014. 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 DA14/0501. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Gavin Cherry on 4732 8125.

Response Unit provides a range of services that assist schools to manage incidents. The active promotion of these services encourages schools to report all incidents to ensure that the appropriate level of support and advice is received. This results in an increased level of reporting which is welcomed.”

s Edgewater Homes Pty Ltd DA14/0500 Lot 7 DP 1165729 (No. 341) Caddens Road, Claremont Meadows Dual occupancy development including 2 x 2-storey attached dwellings and strata title subdivision The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the NSW Rural Fire Service – Rural Fires Act 1997. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 2 June 2014 to 17 June 2014. 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 DA14/0500. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Gavin Cherry on 4732 8125. Disclosure of Political Donations or Gifts Development Applications are displayed at the Penrith Civic Centre. By law, reportable political donations or gifts must be disclosed by anyone lodging a planning application to Council. Call 4732 7649 or visit Viewing of Development Applications The above development determination/s may be inspected between 8.30am and 4pm Mondays to Fridays (except Public Holidays) at Council’s Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith. Officers of Council’s Development Services Department will be able to assist with your enquiries. WW9678




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CONTACT US ADMINISTRATION Penrith OfďŹ ce Civic Centre, 601 High Street. Opening Hours: 8.30am–4pm. Mon–Fri. St Marys OfďŹ ce Queen Street Centre, 207–209 Queen Street. Opening Hours: 8.30am–4pm. Mon–Fri. Switchboard Open: 8.30am–5pm. Mon–Fri. P: (02) 4732 7777

COUNCIL BRIEFS s Aboriginal artists and community members are invited to a free workshop and morning tea on Thursday, 19 June from


10–11.30am at Cranebrook Neighbourhood Centre.

A legal expert in copyright and intellectual property and an

Indigenous artist will help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists understand their rights at the workshop.

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SERVICES Waste Hotline: Freecall 1800 734 735 Illegal Dumping: Contact the EPA hotline on 131 555 and ask for the RID Squad (Regional Illegal Dumping Squad). GrafďŹ ti Hotline: Freecall 1800 022 182

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Patricia Adjei, Indigenous Communications Coordinator and Legal OfďŹ cer from Copyright Agency will explain artists’ rights, information

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Local Artist Janice Bruny, whose work has been exhibited in Australia and overseas, will share her personal experiences

and insights. To RSVP or for more information contact Cali Vandyk-Dunlevy on 4732 8098. s New oodlighting at Eileen Cammack Reserve in South Penrith marks a further step in a citywide program of sportsground upgrades.

more effective shade structure. The old structure was regularly damaged by vandals. The new structure at Werrington cost about $30,000, which is typical for the average sized playground. More shade will soon

The oodlight upgrade replaced the old, base level lighting at the

be installed at playgrounds in Wattle Street, North St Marys;

facility and is one component of an ongoing program to ensure

Parkes Avenue, Werrington; and Carpenter Street, Colyton.

that parks’ assets are contemporary and ďŹ t for purpose.

30 June 2014 – 7pm (Policy Review Committee)

through the Parks Asset Renewal Program and funded through a


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The two main uses of this sportsground are as a cricket ground in


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into the night, soccer players will be the primary beneďŹ ciaries.

89b O’Connell Street, Caddens

Sporting groups across the City will beneďŹ t from the overall

Section 96(2) modiďŹ cation to an approved subdivision – 6 x Torrens

Renewal Program. So far new lights have been installed at the

title super lots including road construction and drainage works

Mark Leece Playing Fields in St Clair, Ridge Park in Oxley Park, and Shepherd Street Oval in Colyton. The Andromeda Playing Fields in Cranebrook and Jamison Park in Penrith are both scheduled to receive new oodlights in the near future. s Council has replaced the old, damaged shade sail at the

Contact: Hannah Van de Werff on 4732 7714 Closing Date: 17 June 2014 s Property Innovations Group


160 Brisbane Street, St Marys Demolition of existing structures and construction of a multi-unit

block up to 95% of UV rays from the play equipment during the

housing development (villas with habitable attic space) and

hottest part of the day.

associated car parking, landscaping and drainage works

The structure was extended in length by four metres with two

Contact: Aaron Howard on 4732 7774

new posts and an internal pipe frame, resulting in a higher,

Closing Date: 17 June 2014


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10 Two injured as Sunday Penrith teen arrested ride goes horribly wrong over network hacking

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A Emergency teams work on one of the injured men at Silverdale KATHERINE TWEED



man was airlifted to hospital with serious spinal injuries following a motorbike crash in Silverdale last weekend. Ambulance paramedics, police and a CareFlight trauma team were called to Silverdale Road, Silverdale just after 2pm on Sunday, May 25, to treat two men who had crashed their road bikes during a ride that afternoon. One was treated for serious spinal injuries by emergency response teams and the other for minor injuries.

CareFlight Director, Ian Badham, said teams rushed to the scene as soon as they were alerted. “CareFlight landed in a vacant block near the crash to allow the doctor to join paramedics who were treating a 38-yearold man,” he said. “After stabilisation the man was flown by CareFlight to Royal North Shore Hospital where he remained in a serious condition on arrival.” The second man was taken to hospital for treatment to his minor injuries. For up to date information on local traffic conditions, follow us on Facebook at

Penrith teenager has been arrested and charged by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) as an alleged member of online hacking group ‘Anonymous’, which has been responsible for attacks on a number of Australian Government and corporate networks. The 18-year-old was arrested after his Penrith residence was searched by the AFP on Wednesday, May 21, as part of a long-term investigation. Since 2012, Anonymous members have been targeting online networks, resulting in the theft of personal data, defacement of websites and ‘Distributed Denial of Service’ attacks causing websites to drop offline. “Hacking activities can affect everyone from small businesses right up to large government organisations,” said Assistant Commissioner Tim Morris, National Manager of High Tech Crime Operations. “These acts can cause serious disruption to government and business networks, which in turn can be catastrophic for people who rely on these networks to run their small business or administer their entitlements or personal finances.” During the search of the Penrith prop-

Stock photo erty last week, the AFP seized a number of computer hard drives and other equipment containing a large amount of information, which will be analysed over the coming months. “The impairment or disruption of communications to or from computer networks is a criminal act and can have serious consequences; it is not harmless fun,” Mr Morris said. The teen appeared in court on Thursday, May 22, for alleged involvement in targeting organisations including a large Internet service provider and web servers hosting Australian and Indonesian Government websites.

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Primary School leaders reception It was a pleasure to host a reception for the City’s young leaders yesterday. The student school leaders from primary schools across the city gathered at Panthers to be recognised by Council for their roles in their schools and in the wider community. It is a privilege to be elected by your peers to represent them and it was satisfying for me to see people taking an active role in leadership at such a young age. Leadership for these young people

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has the same responsibilities as adult leaders: they need to represent their peers, set a good example, be considerate and listen carefully to different views and to influence others for the better. I heard from teachers and parents about the great job that they are doing and I know that our future is in good hands. Council wishes them well as they complete their roles during the school year.

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The Western Weekender remains the Penrith region’s most circulated local newspaper. Figures released last Friday by the Audited Media Association of Australia confirm the Weekender’s status as Penrith’s number one newspaper. The figures, which take in the six month period to the end of March, show that circulation of the Weekender increased to 59,622 weekly copies. The Tuesday edition of the Penrith

Press has a circulation of 54,301 while the Friday edition has a circulation of 54,300. The Penrith City Gazette, formerly the Penrith City Star, has a circulation figure of 38,593 weekly copies. “These results are significant particularly for our advertisers as it ensures that the Weekender is being delivered to more people than any other local newspaper in Penrith. We’re proud to be leading the market,” said Weekender Sales Manager, Simon Gould.



“Significant burden” looms Federal Budget to have an impact on Council in the long term, report says

hen Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey said that “we all must contribute” to returning the Federal Budget to surplus, he meant everyone – including councils. The latest Organisation Performance Report on Penrith Council’s finances has indicated that in 2014-15 Council will lose $281,000 due to reductions in expected payments from the Federal Government Financial Assistance Grants. Previously, the assistance grant has been indexed according to the Consumer Price Index and population growth, to increase each year, however, that indexation has been frozen, with funding to remain at the 2013-14 level. Fortunately, Council is in a strong financial position to accommodate the funding cut for the next financial year. “Council plans for variations. Our plans for the next two years will take this reduction of funds into account,” a Council spokesperson said. “While recent reviews have provision for movements in budget assumptions and the 2014-15 variation will be accommodated within this provision, the impact

of this reduction in future Financial Assistance Grants will need to be addressed in the development of future budgets,” the report added. Cr Prue Car said that the funding cut is very concerning. “I am speaking to a lot of people at the moment and they are very, very concerned about the impact the Federal Budget will have,” she said. “I think we need a report back on the full impact of the cuts to the Financial Assistance Grants but also the cuts to the Pensioner Rates Rebate.” The Pensioner Rates Rebate provides eligible seniors with a $250 discount on their Council rates. Five per cent of that rebate is funded by the Federal Government, however that funding will cease in July. A Council staffer said that there are roughly 8,000 seniors currently receiving the rebate. “If about 8,000 people receive the rebate, then that’s about $2 million we are losing out on. Council doesn’t have that sort of money and from my understanding neither does the NSW Government,” Cr Greg Davies said. “This really needs to be looked at as it could be a significant burden on Council or our senior population.”

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Alec’s caring nature shines 11-year-old Kingswood boy gives kittens in need a better start in life KATHERINE TWEED


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hree little kittens would have had a dismal start at life had it not been for 11-year-old Kingswood boy, Alec Campbell. The young, aspiring vet is the foster parent of mother cat, Ellie and her kittens, who without Alec’s generosity, would have grown up in an Animal Welfare League shelter. Though the shelter is very humane, it is hardly the loving environment a kitten should grow up in. The Animal Welfare League’s foster program has been designed to give animals a better start at life, which is something that appealed to the Year 5 student, who dreams of becoming a vet when he gets older. Alec became involved in the program after taking part in a Future Vet Kids Camp in January, where he learnt all about cats, their birthing process, how to help and when there might be a problem. “Kittens communicate with their mum by scent, smell and meowing, and they don’t open their eyes until they are a few weeks old,” Alec said. “The mummy cat picks up her kittens in her mouth if she moves them.”

Alec hopes to foster more kittens through the Animal Welfare League so he can further use the knowledge he picked up at the camp, and increase his experience in working with animals. “Alec is continuously asking questions about animals and loves TV programs like ‘Deadly 60’ and ‘Bondi Vet’. He loves taking our cat to the vet and asks what they are doing and why. I believe the Future Vet Kids Camp has been very beneficial to Alec. Learning how to treat and care for animals teaches children empathy and respect for nature and other humans,” said Alec’s mum, Kathryn Campbell. “Alec’s grandparents enrolled him at the camp as a Christmas present and at the end of the camp, he rang them and thanked them for such a great present! It truly was a great idea.” The Animal Welfare League runs a foster program for both dogs and cats. A foster parent helps to teach the animal certain skills and behaviour traits they will need before they are adopted permanenly. Foster carers are also called upon to care for dogs and cats after they undergo surgery. The Future Vet Kids Camp is run annually by Canadian vet, Dr Scott Bainbridge. For more information visit


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he Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut Sunday penalty rates for casual employees in the restaurant industry has received a mixed bag of feedback in the local area. For the restaurant industry’s employers, the decision has come as a blessing, set to save businesses millions of dollars. But for the employees who enjoy the penalty rates for their hard work on a Sunday, the news was bitter. “I have worked Sundays, it’s horrible. Working the weekends is a really terrible thing so I think it really disadvantages the workers who are choosing to work,� said one local worker who wished to remain anonymous. “They are doing something a lot of people don’t want to do sometimes because their circumstances force them to.� Penrith resident, Lewis Wylie works as a chef and doesn’t receive penalty rates, but can understand workers’ frustrations. “They will be angry at first but I don’t think it is something they will quit their jobs over,� he said. The penalty rate for casual employees working on Sundays previously stood at 75 per cent, inclusive of a 25 per cent casual


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greater employment opportunities,� said Chief Executive Officer, Jill Woods. “These changes represent steps in the right direction to assist small operators to benefit through providing much better certainty. The collective voices of small businesses are finally being heard.� For local businesses like Outback Steakhouse, penalty rates are a complication that can hurt the running of a business and its ultimate success. “Labour is the number one cost for us in the business. It is a constant challenge for most in the industry, especially given the amount of staff we have,� said Mike Hicks, Outback Steakhouse Managing Partner. “If you also have the added complication of deciding who you want to hire on weekends, based on penalty rates and how much each person will cost you, it becomes even more challenging.� None of the local restaurant’s staff receive penalty rates, as all staff are hired on a part-time basis, which, according to Mr Hicks, allows staff to enjoy other benefits and more consistent, longer work hours on weekends, whilst benefiting the company and customer at the same time. “Many [local businesses] who work with penalty rates say they can’t afford to have their older, more experienced staff members work on the weekends,� he said.

News in Numbers Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres says he’s looking forward to joining Australians experiencing sleep deprivation in June as our Socceroos take on the football might of Europe and South America in the FIFA World Cup.


wake-up calls Mr Ayres has given his personal message of support to the Socceroos following Monday night’s home friendly against South Africa resulting in a 1-1

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has redesigned its website for smartphone users, making it quicker and easier for people to access Australia’s official weather forecasts using their mobile device. “The Bureau is releasing a preview of the mobile website today for public testing and feedback, before formally releasing the site,� said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment. “The Bureau’s mobile weather website is the only mobile weather service that provides pinpointed weather forecasts using a six kilometre grid, providing users with the most accurate and localised information as they move around.

draw in front of over 50,000 fans at ANZ Stadium. The Socceroos now have just one more warm up game away against Croatia on June 6 before the world’s greatest sporting event kicks off on June 13, with the green and gold starting its campaign the following day against Chile. And keeping warm will be key for supporters, with 2am starts against the Netherlands (June 19) and Spain (June 24) putting scarves, beanies and blankets to good use! “I’ll be joining the hordes of fans glued to TV screens as Australia faces some of the toughest games of the first round,� said Mr Ayres. Australia are considered very little chance of winning a game.

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High flying Mayor: Ross Fowler gives thumbs up to our newest tourist attraction CASSANDRA O’CONNOR


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enrith Mayor Ross Fowler took a leap of faith on Tuesday morning at Penrith’s newest attraction, iFly indoor skydiving. He tried out the adrenaline fuelled experience before officially opening the Australian Parachute Federation’s (APF) annual symposium at Penrith Panthers. Cr Fowler was guided around the five metre wide glass chamber by instructor Fazer Smith, who said the Mayor did well in his first ever skydiving experience. “I noticed you like to look down at the mesh floor, you would have noticed there was nothing underneath,” Mr Smith said. “That’s a very normal response... so you did well, now you’ll just have to try skydiving itself. “Penrith is great for sky diving because of the views, not like in England (where he grew up) because all you can see are patches of paddocks.” Cr Fowler said he wasn’t keen on jumping out of a plane but found the iFly experience enjoyable. “My son is the adventurous one in the family, sky diving and rock climbing. I don’t think I would go sky diving,” he said. “I would go indoor skydiving again.”

Instructor Frazer Smith guides Mayor Ross Fowler. Photo: Melinda Jane The indoor skydiving centre at Penrith has become a hub for skydiving enthusiasts. APF National Development Officer, Rob Libeau said the organisation has partnered with iFly to grow the sport. “We want to increase the number of

Australian athletes getting on the podiums at world events,” he said. “As this is the only indoor facility in Australia, it makes sense that we have partnered with them. We can do up to 60 skydives a day, whereas to jump that many

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ocal solicitor Kingsley Liu is urging Penrith Council to reflect on what proposed changes to the Federal Racial Discrimination Act 1975 would mean for Penrith. On Monday evening, Councillors were presented with a report that found that Attorney General George Brandis’ proposed amendments to Section 18C of the Act would sanction public statements that incite racial hatred. But Liberal Councillors held the majority and voted to defer a decision on the report, requesting instead that further consultation with the community be carried out. “Under the current legislation, if I was on a bus from Penrith Station to Lethbridge Street and someone on that bus decided to give me a hard time, tells me I’m a Chinaman and that I should go back to where I came from and swore at me, I would have protection,” Mr Kingsley explained. “But under the proposed changes to Section 18C of the Act, it would be difficult for me to do anything about this offensive behaviour, unless I felt physically intimidated.” Cr Prue Car said that Penrith Council should oppose the changes to the legislation as it would have a direct impact on the Penrith community. “The way I see it and many residents see it is that these changes are a watering down of the protections against racial discrimination,” she said. “I think this is a chance for Council to show it is not just about rates, roads and rubbish and stand shoulder to shoulder with our community against discrimination.”

Kingsley Liu discusses changes to the Racial Discrimination Act with Penrith Councillor, Prue Car (centre) Cr Michelle Tormey indicated that the legislation is complex, but that key experts such as the Human Rights Commission and even Liberal Premier Mike Baird have criticised the proposed amendments. A recent report by Council on Penrith’s emerging cultural and linguistically diverse communities found that there are incidents where some members of the community have experienced racial prejudice. Cr Marcus Cornish said that he felt other laws such as assault covered racial attacks. “I believe that all people should be

treated equally and that singling out race or religion in the legislation only creates division,” he said. Cr Bernard Bratusa said that a decision shouldn’t be made until more community feedback was gained. “I want to see hard statistics on just how many people in Penrith feel this would impact them and if they oppose or support the changes,” Cr Bratusa said. The issue was deferred, discontenting Labor and Greens councillors. “I think these changes to the legislation will open up Pandora’s box, we don’t want

to be going down the path where Holocaust deniers will be able to say what they want and there to be no repercussions,” Cr John Thain said. “This is such an important issue, Penrith is a very multicultural city, and we have a duty to protect the community’s rights.” Mr Liu said he still has faith that Penrith Council might oppose the amendments. “The discussion seemed a bit lost. I still have hope that Council will find its way when the issue is next raised. This is an opportunity for Penrith to stand by the community,” he said.


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Penrith City Council report has found that if the carbon tax is repealed on July 1, there will be no impact on Council. But that’s not the case for residents, which Council recovers full costs from for impacted services such as waste charges. The Liberal Government has declared that they will remove the carbon tax, which was introduced in July 2012. The carbon tax has not yet been repealed because the Government does not have enough votes in the Senate to pass the legislation. “Whilst Council does not make any direct payments under the carbon price scheme, the impact has been through indirect, flow-through costs to goods and services such as electricity and gas, waste management and fuel,” the report to Council said. “The removal of the price on carbon will have no long term net impact on Council’s

financial position, it will however flow through with ratepayer savings.” The carbon tax impacts on Council’s waste services, energy costs and fuel costs. The carbon tax is expected to increase Council’s electricity bill this year by $400,000 and in the six months to December 2013, the carbon tax increased waste service costs by $239,424. However, waste costs are recovered from the public and electricity or fuel costs have been covered by income subsidies. Cr Bernard Bratusa, who called for the report, said that the savings to ratepayers would be significant. “There’s a better part of a million dollars to be returned to the community of Penrith because of the impacts of the carbon tax,” he said. “We should write to the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten and Greens Leader, Christine Milne, to support the repeal of the carbon tax.” Labor Councillors labelled the motion “political gameplay” during Monday night’s meeting.

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Backing the Budget The measures outlined in the Budget are absolutely necessary to secure Australia’s economic future. The Budget outlines a clear plan – in fact, the only plan – that will address Labor’s debt and deficit disaster. Let’s remember the problem that the Government is trying to fix. When the Coalitions last left office, Australia had a $20 billion surplus and $50 billion in the bank but over six years, Labor squandered this and ran up five record deficits and a further $123 billion in projected deficits and gross debt headed towards $667 billion. You pay for that. You pay for that debt every single day and every month. Australia is spending one billion dollars just to cover the interest on Labor’s debt. At the moment we are borrowing to pay that interest, which is like a household paying the mortgage on a credit card. In my view, that is simply unsustainable. So through the Budget the Government delivered an Economic Action Strategy that will put Australia’s finances back on a sustainable footing. Our plan will strengthen the economy, create jobs and reduce Labor’s

debt by almost $300 billion. We need to take action now or an even greater burden will fall on our kids’ generation. Now, the Labor Party is desperately trying to scare people by spreading untruths about the Budget. For example, they won’t tell you that funding for schools and hospitals increases each and every year under our Budget. And that the rate of the pension will continue to go up twice a year, every year. You can get all the facts at www. TONY ABBOTT, PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA

Saving the village Tony Abbott reminds me of the US Army officer in the Vietnam War who said, “we had to destroy the village to save it”. SEBASTIAN REED, PENRITH

Water safety Recent statistics from the Royal Life Saving Society have shown that NSW recorded the highest number of drowning deaths from 2002 to 2012, with 246 people sadly drowning in a creek, river or stream over the 10 year period.

As a personal injury lawyer and president of Dixon Park Surf Life Saving Club, I am a strong advocate for water safety and have seen people end up with injuries, sometimes permanent, that were caused by poor judgement when engaging in water-related activities. We all need to be cautious when entering a river, stream or creek and be mindful that there can be strong currents and deep channels which can quickly take even the strongest of swimmers by surprise. The water safety message needs to be spread far and wide so that we can continue to enjoy our waterways safely. STUART BARNETT, GENERAL MANAGER, PERSONAL INJURY, SLATER & GORDON

Future of Penrith I don’t understand the desire to close off High Street, I don’t understand their desire for the pop-up park (Waking from its slumber, Western Weekender May 23). I’m hopeful that the focus on Penrith will bring more jobs, hopefully more parking too. TAM BAHR, VIA FACEBOOK

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Staying away I’ve lived in Penrith for the last 37 years, and observed the constant opening and closing of High St, Penrith. I rarely frequent High St, Penrith for the same reason I rarely frequent Queen St, St Marys; it has a dowdy, cheap looking and stagnant style, because of this it attracts unsavoury individuals, and a common theme of $2 shops. You would have to do a lot more than just a lick of paint to get me to walk down High St, Penrith. ANGELA BUCKLEY, VIA FACEBOOK

Questionable protests Are the students protesting against education funding cuts because the world owes them a living and they are taught to think that way by their educators? These academics appear to have zero regard for the tax payers who subsidise learning institutions. PETER TOWNSEND, SOUTH PENRITH

Protesting what? I have marched in very few protests in my life, mainly because I only feel I would do it if it’s

something that garners such an emotional response where I feel the need to do it. I didn’t march against the carbon tax, and I also won’t be marching against Tony Abbott. Both Labor and Liberal Governments of recent times have their good and bad points, and I am keen to sit back and watch history unfold and judge, as I should, at the next election who got it right and wrong. Back in the late 1990’s, I admit I did march for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, along with about 80,000 other people through the Sydney CBD. I feel a little ashamed about this because I know it was marching for a sport, not a life-altering issue, but for me, it was important. It was something I grew up with, something that meant something, and I wanted to voice my views. I wonder if the current people protesting are really doing it with any heartfelt meaning. Or are they just protesting for protesting’s sake? Are they just doing it because it’s the “in” thing to hate Tony Abbott? I think so, and I think the validity of their protests as a result is pretty minimal. MARK SMITH, GLENMORE PARK

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As part of Penrith City Council’s Magnetic Places Program, Cancer Council NSW and Penrith Women’s Health Centre have joined together to provide a day to women with an experience of cancer to enjoy an afternoon with lunch, art and massage. The event is being held on June 2 at Wainwright Park and the Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre, located next to each other. This is a free activity and those wishing to attend are encouraged to bring a support person or carer with them. “This is a great opportunity for women who have experienced or are currently experiencing cancer to gather together for a fun and uplifting day,” said Rodney Titovs, Penrith Cancer Council’s Community Programs Coordinator. Those attending must book a spot by calling Rod by Friday, May 30 on 9354 2061 as spaces are limited.

earlier this year was a sad time for Penrith Council. Roger Nethercote worked with Penrith City Council for 24 years starting in 1990 and held various senior planning positions including People and Places Group Manager since 2009. He left Council in March 2013 to start a period of long-service leave before his official retirement. In recognition of the impact that Mr Nethercote had on Penrith during his time at Council, staff have suggested that the reserve bounded by Hickson Circuit and Morello Terrace, Caddens be formally named ‘Roger Nethercote Park’. The ownership of the subject land has recently been transferred to Council, with the maintenance of the area currently being undertaken by the developer for Caddens – Urban Growth NSW. It is understood that the choice of this site is supported by Mr Nethercote’s family.

According to the latest organisational performance report, Penrith Council has had a productive past three months. As at March 31, 88 per cent of Council’s 248 capital and operating projects were ‘on target’ or ‘completed’. Council also remains on target to record a budget surplus.

A new, 30m bus zone will be installed on Jamison Road, Penrith, starting approximately 70m west of McNaughton Street.

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Parking restrictions will be implemented for 15 car spaces at Autumnleaf Neighbourhood Centre in St Clair. It will be three-hour parking from 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday.


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A place for blokes to call home New Men’s Shed will give local men a place to talk, work and focus on themselves

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here is nothing more blokey than a Men’s Shed, a place where men of all ages congregate to build, tinker and have a yarn. But until now Penrith’s men have had to travel long distances to reach their closest Shed. Penrith’s first Men’s Shed is opening on Wednesday, June 4, out of a temporary location in Glenmore Park until its permanent location, in the new Caddens Estate, is accessible. “We were looking at some statistics for the area and found that there are over 16,000 men between the ages of 60-85, not including the unemployed, disabled, socially isolated and working men,� said Penrith Community Men’s Shed Chairman, Merv Adlington. “There is a real need for men that hasn’t as yet been fully met here in Penrith. A place where a man, any man, can go to feel at home and be made felt welcome regardless of his age, ability or culture, a place they can call their own.� There are a number of Sheds on the outskirts of the local area, but this is the first within a few kilometres from the centre of Penrith.

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Mr Adlington said the concept gives men a great chance to talk about issues they may usually keep to themselves. “There are a lot of things that men don’t feel comfortable talking about in mixed company, which is why having an all-blokes environment is good,� Mr Adlington said. “If you want to build something or work on a project you can but if you just want to sit around and have a yack, you can do that too.� The Shed’s program will include personal and community based projects, as decided by the men, and there will also be a number of courses and presentations offered as well. The main objective of the Penrith Community Men’s Shed is to advance the health and wellbeing of men in the local area, particularly those who participate in the shed. There will be a number of presentations by organisations like Beyond Blue and Diabetes Australia. The Shed is currently looking for both members, who can visit for information, and donations of tools or equipment that can be used by the group’s members. For more information on how to donate or how to join, contact Mr Adlington on 0439 646 942.

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Running to find a cure Cranebrook woman’s marathon effort to help her sick aunt TROY DODDS


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hen Cranebrook resident Naomi Rankins’ beloved aunt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two years ago, she knew that fundraising for research was the best way to support her. Being the closest to her Aunt Roz, Naomi was devastated and shocked to hear the diagnosis. “I remember feeling sick to my stomach, I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew I wanted to do everything I could to help her,” she said. Since then, Naomi has raised money for the GI Cancer Institute two years in a row, running in a half marathon last year in Disneyworld, Florida and the City2Surf this year. “I’ve always been a runner, so I though why not run? It will keep me fit and benefit gastro-intestinal cancer research, hopefully finding a cure for my aunt,” she said. GI Cancers are cancers of the bowel, pancreas, stomach, oesophagus, liver and gallbladder. GI cancer kills 26 Australians every day and three people are diagnosed with it every hour. “I never knew how common GI cancers were until my aunt got diagnosed. The runs are all about awareness. Even if one person sees me wearing the GI Cancer Institute T-shirt, and decides to donate, that’s an achievement for me,” she said. “I do the runs for myself, for my aunt and because it’s for a good cause. I chose the GI Cancer Institute because its research has led to breakthroughs in pancreatic cancer treatment, and I wanted to run for a small, trusted charity so that I would know that the money is going towards research.”

Naomi Rankins (middle) at the City2Surf last year, running to help find a cure for gastro-intestinal cancer The GI Cancer Institute conducts many clinical trials that find better ways to treat gastro-intestinal cancers, and to improve the quality of life during treatment. Patients who are on clinical trials have the opportunity to gain immediate access to the latest treatments free of cost, being treated safely and effectively, which pleases Naomi. “I think it is very important to support

clinical trials; they are the only way to go if we want to find a cure,” Naomi said. Naomi is determined to make sure her aunt is getting the best treatments, while living her life to the fullest. “My aunt always wanted to go to Disneyworld in California, but didn’t think she would make it. So, we made it happen for her. She loved it there; she watched me run, she went on her favourite ‘tea

pots’ ride and all the roller coasters,” said Naomi. To prepare for her runs, Naomi has a personal trainer and trains at the gym four days a week, along with playing netball. “It does get hard, sometimes I think I can’t do this, but then I think of my aunt and all the pain and chemotherapy she is going through. The least I can do is run 14 kilometres,” Naomi said.


Local designer thrilled with Vivid reaction CASSANDRA O’CONNOR



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ith hundreds of thousands of people flocking to the Vivid Festival in Sydney this week, one western Sydney designer is overwhelmed with the positive reception her installation has received. Thi Nguyen, a graduate of the University of Western Sydney’s Penrith based Bachelor of Design, has surprised even herself with her Vivid installation, ‘Sphera’. Located on the promenade to the Opera House, outside Dendy cinema, ‘Sphera’ is an interactive artwork that responds to touch. “As you make contact with the orb, it comes to life, emitting incandescent sparks of light. There’s a kind of wizardry in being able to control light directly with your hands; at your fingertips lies the power to create hypnotic patterns of light,” Ms Nguyen said. “Last Saturday night they had so many people queuing that they had to block the

area off, and some people even remembered my work from last year’s Vivid, so the response has been unbelievable.” Ms Nguyen, who has established her own design studio, learned computer coding to construct the installation. “I had this idea, but I didn’t know anyone in the industry that I could turn to for help because it is something that hasn’t been done here before,” she said. “It took months to complete, and a couple of times I thought I wouldn’t make it, but there it is now in Vivid, I haven’t really had a chance to appreciate it myself because I have been so focused on getting it done.” The western Sydney designer is quickly establishing herself internationally. This year she is being exhibited at the Tokyo Type Directors Club Annual Awards, one of the most prestigious exhibitions in the design industry. Ms Nguyen said she welcomes the emergence of festivals such as Vivid that embrace digital and new forms of media. Vivid Festival is on in the Sydney CBD until June 9.


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ith the risk of macular degeneration increasing with old age, seniors were being urged to visit an optometrist for an eye health check-up during Macular Degeneration Awareness Week. Macular Degeneration Awareness week began on Sunday, May 25 and finishes up on Saturday. “Macular Degeneration is Australia’s leading cause of blindness and early detection is vital to save sight,” said Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres. “Age, smoking and family history have been identified as being the three main risk factors for Macular Degeneration with smokers being three times more likely to develop MD.” According to the Macular Disease Foundation of Australia, Macular Degeneration affects one in seven Australian seniors and the number of those affected is increasing. Changes in vision, like a difficulty reading, unexplained distortion or empty spaces in the centre of your vision are all signs of Macular Degeneration. Mr Ayres said people could put things into practice to try and reduce the risk of contracting the disease.



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o give women some relief from the mental, physical and emotional stress that comes with cancer treatment, three local organisations have come together and created a unique event. As part of Penrith City Council’s Magnetic Places program, Cancer Council NSW and Penrith Women’s Health Centre have organised an event for women who have experienced cancer, as well as their carers and supporters, offering an afternoon of lunch, massage and art therapy.

“This is a great opportunity for women who have experienced or are currently experiencing cancer to gather together for a fun and uplifting day,” said Rodney Titovs, Penrith Cancer Council’s Community Programs Coordinator. “This is the kind of activity that has been requested by people in the Penrith region and I am really pleased to work with Penrith Women’s Health Centre and Penrith City Council to bring the event to life.” The free event will be held on June 2, from 1pm at Wainwright Park and the Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre. Booking is essential. Call 9354 2061.

hough her own studies are demanding, UWS Penrith student Brooke Turner has turned her focus to the studies of children in remote South American villages, as she prepares for a volunteer mission to change lives. Ms Turner is taking her newly learned skills in primary school teaching to Ecuador, as she was selected to join a Volunteer Eco Students Abroad (VESA) program aimed at improving the living conditions and education of Indigenous communities in the country. The two-week mission isn’t until January 2015 but the local student is keen to begin fundraising now. “Volunteering and helping those less fortunate is a wonderful and rewarding experience, one that I am honoured to be selected to take part in,” Ms Turner said. “To see the positive impact you can make in a small, remote community is something that you will never forget, it stays with you for the rest of your life.” Ms Turner will spend her first week in a remote jungle town, at the junction of two rivers, and will travel by canoe to one of the riverside communities each day. During the second week, the team will

Brooke Turner take part in a jungle tour, which includes night hikes, rafting, canoeing, camping overnight in jungle lodges, visiting an animal sanctuary and meeting a traditional shaman. “The efforts of the students make a real, positive difference to the village people, who live in conditions that are hard and often lacking in basic amenities such as fresh running water or access to toilets,” said VESA founder Tom McDowell. To help Ms Turner fundraise for her trip early next year and play a role in this great initiative, head online and visit www. brooke-turner.


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nother local resident has won a $6,000 holiday voucher including $1,000 in spending money all for shopping at Penrith Homemaker Centre. Malina Kearns took out the competition after doing some shopping at The Sleeping Giant. The surprise win was a huge boost to the morale of Mrs Kearns and her husband after the Blackheath hotel they run suffered a huge tourism hit following the recent Blue Mountains bushfires that devastated the area. The happy couple had been dreaming of a long, overdue holiday for some time and plan to use the voucher, courtesy of Hello World Travel, to jet off to beautiful Fiji or the Cook Islands for some welldeserved fun in the sun. Penrith Homemaker Centre’s competition is back up and running with another

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With a sellout crowd expected at Sportingbet Stadium for tonight’s big NRL clash between Penrith and Parramatta, the Panthers confirmed on Wednesday that junior league passes will not be accepted for entry into the ground. This is standard practice for major matches such as this one.

A crowd of 20,000 is expected to pack into the stadium for the clash of western Sydney’s biggest rugby league rivals. Limited tickets are still available, particularly in general admission areas. Get your rugby league fix with today’s edition of Extra Time, inside your Western Weekender package.


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ission Australia is very involved in the Penrith area, providing temporary accommodation to families who are homeless and in desperate situations. But the situation is dire according to Julie Jasprizza-Laus and Meghan Winckle, who are based at Mission Australia’s Kingswood office. “We run a program called Fairfax House, which provides short term accommodation. There are 22 properties attached to this program, throughout Oxley Park, Werrington and Penrith,” Ms Winckle said. “Though it is short term accommodation, we are finding that people have to stay longer because there are no properties in the private rental market that are affordable and suitable.” She said it was important people did not fall through the cracks. “We don’t want to exit people from the program and have them become homeless again,” she said. “For a family that might have two children and both parents are unemployed, on the rare occasion that a house is affordable, there are commonly 35 to 40 families also interested in the same house.”

Ms Japrizza-Laus said that Mission Australia, through its Winter Sleepout Appeal, is trying to raise awareness of homelessness but also some of its causes. “So often we hear people say that families have ‘chosen’ to become homeless, but people don’t realise that it is not always drugs or alcohol that lead to these situations,” she said. “Especially in this economic climate, it only takes a few bad decisions, or unlucky circumstances such as redundancy to cause a family to default on their mortgage and end up homeless.” The Winter Sleepout encourages local residents to hold a sleepout, whether it’s with the local sporting club or in their own backyard, and raise important funds for Mission Australia. “By sleeping out for 12 hours in the cold, people will see what some families are going through – although really, when you know you have a warm bed to go back to, you don’t really get the experience of the emotional stress that homelessness causes,” Ms Winckle said. Between now and August 31, Mission Australia aims to raise $150,000 to help support temporary accommodation programs. If you don’t want to hold a sleepout, donations can be made by visiting Mission Australia’s website.

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Is it time to clean out some of your old items? As the years roll on, many of us have a habit of collecting anything from prized possessions to worthless junk. But after a while that ‘junk’ can start to add up and up, so what on earth do you do with it? There are many ways to clear junk but instead of loading up your precious garbage bin space each week, there are a number of worthy and sometimes profitable options to unload years and years of collecting. The most popular way to move junk and earn a quick buck is to have a garage sale. Garage sales would have to be the

most traditional form of selling and as they say, ‘someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure’. Another great way to make money is to sell unwanted items on eBay or Gumtree. These two websites are hugely popular, are very easy to use and usually have a high success rate. If making a quid off your junk isn’t quite up your ally then by all means give the local charities a call like The Smith Family and Salvation Army. Charities like these are always in need of good donations to sell to the less fortunate.

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it n Fast Penrith is one of the region’s most popular clubs and with good reason. NSW Operations Manager, Ross Sutherland, is very excited to announce that Fit n Fast Penrith will now be open 24 hours, seven days a week. “Penrith was our first club and we now have 17 across the country,” he said. “It really is very exciting that we are now able to offer members 24 hour access to the club, providing greater flexibility and opportunity for them to improve their fitness and wellbeing.” For members it will be as simple as swapping their old access card for a new one, which will give them swipe access to the club at any time of day. “We will continue to have a strong staff presence but after hours, club members will now be able to swipe themselves in and use the facilities,” Mr Sutherland said. “Compared to other gyms in the area, this is great value, because for just $11.95 a week, you get 24 hour access, and can even bring a guest along to the club for free every time you attend.” Whether it’s a short workout or you prefer to take your time, Fit n Fast meets your needs. “We have the 30 minute work out area for people who want to get in and out quickly, there’s the express zone, and then of course the cardio areas and free weights. “Another exciting new addition to our Penrith club is our On Demand Virtual Group Fitness Classes. This gives the member the ability to choose which class they want to do at whatever time suits them!”


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On Facebook this week I was reading many responses to the resignation of Georgie Gardner, one of the hosts of the ‘Today’ show. She explained that she was leaving so she could spend time with her family while her children are still young. Most women admire her decision, although the reaction has also been “Georgie seemed like she had it all, but even SHE can’t balance a demanding job and children”.

Georgie certainly isn’t suggesting (in words or example) that every working mother needs to follow her lead. But it did prompt me to think again about how business women achieve some sort of balance. Everyone who has started a business has encountered numerous situations where they needed to seek expert advice. Seeking assistance (with tasks outside your skill set or on larger ‘direction’ and goal

issues) is essential to taking back time. Although it likely goes against your very core as a business owner, you need to stop aiming for perfection in everything you do. We all feel overwhelmed at times. But the sooner we realise that extensive hours (and inadequate sleep) has more negative than positive results, the sooner we will find a better balance in life.

What happens when problems are encountered, largely determines whether or not a business has a culture of accountability. Where true accountability doesn’t exist, it is often accepted that it is normal not to deliver what level of work is required, with staff not willing to go the extra mile. So how does it happen? Real accountability occurs when employees believe in these points: • Their work matters. • They have substantial

control over their ability to succeed or fail. • The quality and timeliness of the work is important. • The rewards and consequences that result from their work are fair. • They have reasonable influence on the evaluation of their work. Regardless of the reason, failing to deliver can have significant negative consequences for the business. The key is to set targets and be sure employees stick to them.

Govt jobs activate CBD The Penrith Business Alliance has for a long time advocated for government jobs to be relocated to Penrith CBD. While no single development or relocation of jobs will solve the problem of an under supply of local jobs, the decision by the NSW Government to announce the relocation of NSW Department of Sport and Recreation jobs to Penrith CBD is a good start and is welcomed by the PBA. It is hoped that over time, this type of decision builds on the energy and vibrancy of activity in our centre – that attracts further investment, infrastructure and quality local jobs. On May 18 the NSW Government published a Public Tender asking local land owners to express preliminary interest in an opportunity to secure a lease of up to 10 years for a 5,000sqm Government tenant. Those who require further information on the tender process can contact PBA or visit: This type of opportunity is a good example of how the City can achieve outcomes envisaged for the Penrith Progression revitalisation project. The PBA has a jobs target of 40,000 new jobs by 2036 and this consists of a mix of jobs covering industry sectors such as health and education, logistics, advanced manufacturing, business and personal services and government jobs. PBA will continue to push for the relocation of a major government department in the CBD as part of our efforts to revitalise the city centre.

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enrith juniors Soni Hala and Samuel Radovu were the toast of the Panthers junior league world on Tuesday night after they both picked up Player of the Year awards at the club’s annual Representative Presentation Evening. Hala, who represented Penrith’s SG Ball squad, and Radovu, who represented the club’s Harold Matthews side, both picked up the night’s biggest awards which saw

more than 200 players, officials, family and community members in attendance. Penrith Panthers CEO Warren Wilson congratulated the room on a fantastic junior league season. “When we came up with the logo ‘Built From Within’, we knew exactly what we meant,” he said. “We’ve got over 9,000 juniors stretching from Blacktown to Katoomba and from the Hawkesbury to Wallacia. “We aren’t just the biggest junior league in NSW and Australia but the biggest junior league in the world.”

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t was a rough day at the office for the Penrith Emus against the Manly Marlins last Saturday afternoon despite the Shute Shield leaders losing their captain to a red card midway through the first half. Manly skipper Ed Gower was sent off 18 minutes into the first versus last clash at Nepean Rugby Park following an ugly lifting tackle which saw the Marlins reduced to just 14 men for the remainder of the match. However, the Emus failed to take advantage of the extra man and were still walloped by the visitors 59-32. “We should’ve taken advantage of having the extra man but in saying that, that’s where experience comes into it,” Emus coach Sateki Tu’ipulotu admitted. “Because we were behind at the time it felt like we were playing with 14 men because we were chasing. We had to make them work but we didn’t.” Tu’ipulotu said Manly’s clinical nature and the Emus’ high error count is what put them out of the match. “They were very clinical in all areas, that’s why they are at the top of the table. At the end of the day the scoreline blew

Photo: Nardia Sly out because we gave away 16 turnovers,” he said. And with half the season already done and dusted, the task for Penrith’s first win of the year doesn’t get any easier this weekend when they meet the secondplaced Warringah at Pittwater Rugby Park. “They’ll be tough to beat at home but you know me, I wouldn’t be doing this job if I didn’t think we could win every week,” Tu’ipulotu said. “We have nine more games left and I’m hoping for that win.”

BOWLS // Mick Gilfoyle SOME RESULTS from around the clubs were, at Penrith City Women’s, the Ladies Singles final was played Thursday morning with Many Snow defeating Ruth Wood 25/24. It was a nail bitting game right up till the last end. At Glenbrook Panthers Jon McDaid and Greg Jeans defeated John Burke and Dale Reeves in the Major Pairs Final.

The venues for the four grades to be played in the first round of Zone Pennant finals on May 31 between the STDBA and Nepean are Grades 4 (Penrith) and 6 (Kingswood) at Picton and Grades 5 (Blacktown Workers) and Grade 7 (Blacktown City) at Camden. Scheduled start time 1pm. Call of the card at 12.45pm. Good luck to anyone playing bowls this weekend.

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LAST THURSDAY night three of our Mini Trotting drivers were accorded a presentation to mark their promotion into the senior ranks at the age of sixteen. CEO Lorraine Pozza presented Angela, Brooke and Sam Xuereb a small token of our appreciation for their efforts in the sport of Mini Trotting. Nine races were held on the night and the first went to Dancelittlebaby ($12.80) driven a heady race by Kerry Ann Turner and just holding off Charli Springfield who made a strong run home from midfield at the 500m. Race two was an easy one for the favourite El Fuego ($1.70) driven by Glen McElhinney. He was soon in front and although the runner up Lettuceriprita did make a strong three wide challenge he held on well in the run to the post. Bathurst trained Armbro Chimes ($2.50) was much too good in the third. Driver John O’Shea went wide early to sit outside the leader then scooted away for a good win from Lynchman who had an easy run behind the leaders. The consistent Cyclonedomic ($2.90) driven by Josh Willick had a nice run three

back in the running line before sprinting home to down the leader and second placed Dusty Delight in the fourth. Recent Trial winner Mister Cool Stride having his first race start was a good winner at $3.10 in the fifth. He also brought up a double for driver Glen McEhinney who rated him perfectly in the lead role. Rock Post Scissors ($2.10) Gavin Fitzpatrick made it three wins in a row winning the sixth. Making a run three wide at the bell lap she went on to win comfortably from Singed who had raced one out one back most of the race. The seventh event gave Metaphorically ($3.40) and driver Chris Geary a nice win. Racing on the inside Chris managed to get clear in time to beat favourite The Redeemer. Transponder ($3.00) Steve Farrugia took out the eighth with an all the way win defeating Bejay Emdee who finished on well from midfield. Itz Platinum also having its first race start started favourite ($1.70) in the last a 2YO event thus giving an indication of better things ahead in the future. See you at the Paceway next week!


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he Western Sydney Wanderers will look very different next season after nine players including foundation captain Michael Beauchamp weren’t re-signed for the upcoming season. 33-year-old Beauchamp joins a huge list of players to leave the two-time grand finalists including Shinji Ono, Youssouf Hersi, Jerome Polenz, Adam D’Apuzzo, Jerrad Tyson, Aaron Mooy, Tahj Minniecon, Dean Heffernan (retired) and Josh Barresi. With the club probably in need of a cleanout and some fresh faces, Wanderers boss Lyall Gorman paid tribute to the departing players who each helped create a legacy at the Wanderers. “What this group of players has achieved from day one is outstanding and credit goes to the character and manner in which they represented not only themselves, but also our club and the wonderful region of western Sydney,” he said. “Players like our foundation captain Michael Beauchamp, Jerrad Tyson and

Jerome Polenz won’t be at the Wanderers next season. Photo: Melinda Jane Shinji Ono have exemplified what it means to be a Western Sydney Wanderer and we thank them and every single player that has worn the red and black.”

Beauchamp, who failed to find a regular place in the Wanderers line-up last season, said it was an honour to be the club’s first ever leader.

“It has been an honour leading the boys out there every week and it’s been an honour coming to train here with the team week in week out,” he said. “We’ve shown in two years the level that we can take football to here in Australia, not only on the park but off the park with the community work, with the fans, with the RBB. “For me it’s been an honour to represent this club and I’d like to thank the fans and supporters.” With the club’s 2014/15 roster still a work in progress, the Wanderers remain on the hunt for an international marquee player to replace the departing Ono. The Wanderers would be one of the more attractive A-League destinations for high profile players to sign with due to their immense success and the fact they are still contenders in the AFC Champions League. The Wanderers will return to training at the end of June to prepare for their AFC Champions League quarter finals on August 20 and 27. On Wednesday, the Wanderers announced the signing of goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis on a two year deal. It’s the 23-year-old’s first home town contract.




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our teams from the Penrith Netball Association will contest the upcoming 2014 Netball NSW State Championships in southwest Sydney this Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Penrith’s Open and U17 team will battle it out for the Championship Division in their respective age groups at Campbelltown, while their Over 35 and Over 40 sides will participate in the Masters competition in Camden. All up 131 teams representing 71 associations will converge on the two venues for the three-day competition beginning on Saturday, June 7. The 46th Netball NSW State Championships will be hosted by both Campbelltown Netball Association and Camden and District Netball Association, and will this year feature the re-introduction of the U21 Championship Division, which replaces the previously contested U19 Championship Division. The title of State Champions isn’t the only trophy up for grabs when the compe-

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t may be a year in the making but state-of-the-art batting tunnels are finally under construction at Surveyors Creek Softball Complex in Glenmore Park. The two batting tunnels located on Diamond 1 and Diamond 2 will be utilised by more than 1000 members of the Penrith City Softball community when they are finally finished in the coming weeks. President of the Penrith City Softball Association, Loretta Watts, said the new tunnels, worth close to $70,000, will provide the Association with many options in regards to training once they are complete.

“We’ve been around for 26 years now and these tunnels will enable us to separate our rep teams to allow us to do a lot of different skill work without injuring people,” she said. Ms Watts said the Association was in the midst of a five-year plan and she hopes to secure another grant to install lighting at the batting tunnels in the near future. “It’s taken a while to get to where we are now but everything takes time,” she said. The new batting tunnels were funded by the NSW State Government’s Community Building Partnerships Program and Penrith City Council. When they’re completed, they’re sure to be welcomed by the entire local softball community.



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enrith resident and NRL touch judge Russell Turner ran the line at one of the biggest games in rugby league history on Wednesday night, the 100th State of Origin. This Saturday he’ll be officiating a local U6’s game. Turner, who officiated his 12th Origin fixture two nights ago, will return to his roots this weekend as part of the Penrith Referees Association annual ‘Referee Development Day’, which sees those who have gone on to officiate at the top levels of rugby league return to grassroots junior football. On the day, the senior referee is partnered up with a first year member to take the field in the local mini and mod competitions. Turner said it was a privilege to go back to where it all began. “I remember 20-odd years ago I started refereeing my first Blacktown Workers U7’s game, I still remember it like it was last year,” he said. “To return and give something back to the Penrith Junior League is really good

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connection, the refereeing veteran very rarely hands out advice and prefers to let his son’s coaches do the talking. “I sort of try and stay away from it because the NRL is very different from the District Rugby League, so they have their own coaches and that’s their job,” he said. Turner, who joined the Penrith Referees Association in 1988, has officiated as a touch judge in over 330 NRL games after making his debut in the top grade in 2001. Turner was first appointed to an Origin clash in Game II of the 2006 series and has gone on to officiate in Test matches and NRL Grand Finals. Before leaving for Brisbane on Tuesday morning, Turner said officiating Origin is up there with some of the best moments of not only his career but his life. “State of Origin is the highest level you can achieve in rugby league along with grand finals,” he said. “I try and stay away from all the media hype leading up to the game although it’s very hard.” The Penrith Referees Association has already recruited 23 new referees in season 2014, ensuring the area will produce more talent in the years to come.

AFL: The GWS Giants take on fourth placed Hawthorn at the MCG on Saturday afternoon. Given their efforts last week, headlines of ‘MCG Massacre’ may be seen in the Sunday papers.

PARKRUN: The first Penrith Lakes Parkrun took place last Saturday morning with 278 walkers and runners taking part. The Parkrun is on every Saturday at the Sydney International Regatta Centre from 8am. For more information and to register visit www.

GRIDIRON: It may have been the final game of the season but the Penrith City Grizzlies have finally won their second game with a 30-14 victory over the Panthers. It was certainly an up and down season for the Colts newcomers but they certainly proved gridiron was alive and well in the Penrith area, and they will be back bigger and better next year.

ICE HOCKEY: It was the battle of the Penrith Ice Hockey clubs at Penrith Ice Palace last Sunday with their two Division 2 teams, Phantoms and Phantom Menace, doing battle. In the end, the second-placed Phantoms defeated the last-placed Menace 6-1. This Sunday the Phantoms play the Sydney Bears in Penrith while the Menace will travel to Canterbury to take on the Falcons.

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The coaching clinic will run in the immediate lead-up to race week and will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of triathlon training and racing. Scott, who has been involved with the sport for over 30 years, will be a keynote speaker at the Legends of Ironman Dinner on November 28. The dinner will also feature five-time Ironman world champion Craig Alexander and Ironman Hall of Famer and former Penrith local, John Maclean. “I am thrilled to be part of the first Ironman 70.3 event in western Sydney and am looking forward to hosting the coaching clinic preparing the athletes for the race by giving them some new triathlon tools and skills to work on during the race and the upcoming year,” Scott said. Proceeds from the dinner event will support the John Maclean Foundation, which endeavours to motivate, inspire and enable Australian kids in wheelchairs to chase their dreams. NSW Minister for Sport and Penrith MP Stuart Ayres expects Ironman to generate more than $2.5 million to the local economy over the next three years, proving a huge boost to the region.

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