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TRAFFIC RELIEF Work on the Leonay Parade intersection with the M4 Motorway is set to begin in the next few weeks after approval for the upgrade was granted by the State Government. The $2 million project is tipped to reduce delays and alleviate safety concerns at one of the Penrith region’s most known traffic trouble spots. Some locals, however, have expressed concerns.

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e started life as a stockman and shearer but Harold Hunt has now become one of the country’s leading alcoholism experts – and he speaks with experience. The St Marys resident was this week awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to Indigenous communities in NSW, but the reach of his work has been far and wide. “I grew up in far western NSW and stopped school as soon as I knew how to read, write and do maths because I was going to be a stockman and those were

the only basic skills you needed,” he said. However, alcohol became a problem for him and in the late 1960’s he sought rehabilitation. It was a tough road but there was a silver lining to his alcoholism. “In the 1970’s the government started a program where they got half a dozen of us former alcoholics and trained us up to be counsellors,” he said. “Th is became my goal, to help advise on alcoholism issues.” From 1974 to 1976 Mr Hunt served as an alcoholism counsellor at Redfern House Community Health Centre, followed by other counselling appointments. He later became a Member of the Aboriginal Advisory Council and taught at various NSW

universities about Aboriginal history, alcoholism and cross cultural communication. Most recently, he is working with university experts to develop a 12 step treatment of alcoholism for rehabilitation workers. “Th is will be my best achievement but we are having trouble getting the project off the ground,” he said. Mr Hunt said he hopes to continue working on alcoholism related issues for many more years to come, provided there are ears willing to listen. “If someone gave me a team, all these issues with alcohol and talk of rising prices, we could fi x. An alcoholic will buy alcohol no matter what the price, you need to help them realise there is a problem.”

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o say that our capital cities have undergone redevelopment would be an understatement, especially when referring to St Marys. Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart and Brisbane Streets in St Marys and Oxley Park have all experienced a development boom in recent years, with homeowners swapping the traditional Aussie backyard for villa living. But the members of the St Marys and District Historical Society know of a time when the suburb was nothing but a ‘bag town’ during the depression years. “The streets are actually named after the battleships of the First World War,” explained Society Treasurer, Norma Thor burn. “Oxley Park is named after John Oxley who was given the land title but never lived here as he had an estate at Camden.” Th roughout the 1800’s the whole area between Queen Street, St Marys and Ropes Creek, the Great Western Highway and the railway, was known as Bathurst Farm. It wasn’t until the 1920’s that people started squatting in the area. “My neighbour, she was an old soul, she used to tell us that there was only one tap in Oxley Park and people would walk there twice a day to fi ll up their buckets with water,” said Marion McLeod, who lived in

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Adelaide Street for over four decades. “It was known as a ‘bag town’ because people would use trees as their house posts and wrap hessian around to make the walls and then make a slurry to cement it.” But the suburb underwent a signific ant change post-war, being subdivided into acreage blocks. “It was a beautiful place to grow up, there were fields with wild flowers, we had dogs, we had cows, we played until the sun went down,” Ms McLeod reminisced. Many people started building new homes

in the 1950’s and for many years there was not much change. President of the Society, Caroline Volkiene, said it wasn’t until the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when the streets of Oxley Park and St Marys began sprouting high density housing. “It is a shame really, because we remember what the suburb once looked like. It has only really been recently that ‘villas’ have become the new craze, and these big blocks of land have disappeared,” she said. Ms McLeod sold up her Adelaide Street

house in the 1990’s to live at North St Marys. “It became obvious that you weren’t going to have a neighbour either side of you that you would know for 20 years or more. My old neighbour still lives there but the poor soul should have moved out. I moved to North St Marys because it is one house, on one block,” she said. But, she says she can see why the change might be necessary. “There really isn’t that much livable land in Sydney and we are next to a train station and so people need to live close together.”

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hil Gould’s decision to re-sign with Penrith until the end of 2017 gets rid of the elephant in the room at the Panthers. It had been widely accepted that Gould’s tenure at Penrith would end sooner rather than later, but that presented somewhat of a problem. Firstly, had Gould left this year, it would have been like a chef leaving his recipe and all the ingredients on the table, but asking someone else to cook the main meal and be responsible for it. Not the best of looks. Secondly, there’s a whole bunch of people both on and off the field who came to Penrith because of Gould’s influence, and for him not to be there for the long haul just wouldn’t have felt right. In short, had Gould left before top level success hit (and that doesn’t necessarily mean a premiership) it would have fed the haters – he would have copped the blame if it all went wrong yet none of the praise if it went right. His decision to stick it out for another four years is further proof that Gould’s return to Penrith is bearing fruit. Yes, results on the park in 2014 will be a significant factor in Gould’s plan coming to fruition but two and a half years into the job, it’s hard to fault the bloke now that all the cards are on the table. Four year plans don’t look so bad when you’re at the tail end of them, do they? That’s not to say there hasn’t been times along the way when the foundations were shaken a little. After all, on Gould’s watch, two consecutive captains were allowed to walk out the door in the shape of Petero Civoniceva and Luke Lewis. The full story on the latter has yet to be told but we can safely say Penrith is better for it in the long run. Gould also let Michael Jennings – probably the only ticket-selling player at the club at the time – go to the Roosters and then faced criticism over the removal of the word ‘Penrith’ from the club’s offic ial logo. It hasn’t been an easy ride. But like all good stories, you need to ride through the dust before you get to the smoother roads. Fast forward to present day and the club is being considered a premiership force, and not just by Panthers fans.

If nothing else, Gould has helped restore a respect for Penrith that has been missing since the side won its last fi rst grade competition a decade ago. Securing the services of Jamie Soward, Jamal Idris, Peter Wallace, Elijah Taylor and Brent Kite would have been nearly impossible without Gould’s influence. As would have the involvement of people like James Packer and sponsors like OAK. I don’t think we’ve realised yet, either, how significant Ivan Cleary will be at Penrith as head coach. And then of course there’s the work off the field that continues to play a significant role in building Penrith into a powerhouse; work that is also being undertaken by Warren Wilson who has proven to by a real winner at the club. The real test now comes on the field in 2014 and with the club’s fi rst trial just eight days away, the nerves are starting to build. It would be wrong to say this is a “2003 feeling” – nobody could have predicted that breakout season. But you could say it has a very 1990 feel about it. Yes, Penrith lost the Grand Final that year but the club had been building for several years and was on the brink of a successful period. How ironic that it was Gould who was in charge, as coach, during that successful period in the early 1990’s. Th ings have indeed come full circle and while the ride has been tough along the way over the last couple of years, the fullness of time has revealed a side ready to threaten for its third premiership much sooner than anyone could have predicted. It is only right that Gould be there when that premiership fi nally does come.

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Mechanical Services was found well alight. The fi re was extinguished but not before the property and its contents were almost completely destroyed. A number of vehicles were severely damaged and the roof of the main building collapsed as a result of the fir e. No-one was injured in the incident however morning traffic in the area was slightly affected. “Fire investigators and police crime scene officers have attended the scene and conducted an investigation,� said St Marys

Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Barry Vincent. “The fi re is being treated as suspicious due to the circumstances... the nature and timing of the incident.� The cause of the blaze is yet to be determined however enquiries are still continuing. Anyone with information or who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area on Tuesday evening is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or St Marys Local Area Command.

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ork on the Leonay Parade intersection with the M4 Motorway is set to begin in the next few weeks after approval for the upgrade was granted by the State Government. The NSW Government is upgrading the interchange of Russell Street, Leonay Parade and the M4 Western Motorway westbound to reduce congestion and improve safety as part of the $246 million NSW Government Pinch Point program. The upgrade includes installing traffic lights at the southbound approach to the roundabout on Russell Street from Emu Plains as well as a queue detector on the M4 off ramp to activate the traffic lights to stop southbound vehicles on Russell Street and allow a free flow of vehicles from the M4 off ramp through the roundabout. A new left turn lane about 90 metres long on the approach to the roundabout from the M4 westbound off ramp will further reduce queuing and provide more turning area for heavy vehicles entering Russell Street. The works will cost approximately $2 million. Penrith MP, Stuart Ayres said that community feedback was invited in August 2013 and summarised in an issues report published in December. “The NSW Government’s Pinch Point program is allowing us to tackle a wellknown traffic bottle-neck, which should have been dealt with by the previous Labor Government,” he said. “The changes will improve the flow of traffic off the M4 into Emu Plains and

Roads Minister Duncan Gay, Stuart Ayres and Premier Barry O’Farrell inspecting the dangerous intersection last year.

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Exclusive: Opposition Leader John Robertson’s stunning attack on Premier SW Opposition Leader, John Robertson, has accused Premier Barry O’Farrell of showing “no leadership” in his approach to dealing with alcohol-related violence. Speaking exclusively with the Western Weekender, Mr Robertson said that the Premier’s knee-jerk reaction is a symptom of a Government that has “wasted the last three years”. Mr Robertson released the Labor Party’s policy to reduce alcohol-fueled violence last year, which is based on the Newcastle model of lockouts. “The O’Farrell Government has cherrypicked our policy. I have always said that lockouts and other measures should be trialled for 18 months in the Sydney CBD, and if they are successful, I said there was no reason why you wouldn’t put in some consideration to implementing those plans elsewhere,” he said. “In our policy released last November, we proposed risk-based licencing of premises to provide a fi nancial incentive for them to change their business models. “16 months ago, a proposal went to Barry O’Farrell’s cabinet for risk-based licencing and he sat on it. For 16 months he sat on it.” Mr Robertson said he is confident his own policy would get results but recognises a trial period is necessary, as is community involvement. “I think communities ought to have a greater say in where new bottle shops are being opened. There are more and more bottle shops being opened up in lower

socio-economic areas. I’ve said that the Government should start collecting data on alcohol sales so we can look at things like the incidence of domestic violence.” But if the spate of alcohol-fueled incidents continue, Mr O’Farrell is likely to feel a backlash in the polls. And in just over a year NSW voters will be heading to the ballot box for the 2015 State Election, and alcohol-fueled violence could become a big ticket issue. “I think it is fair to say many people don’t pay attention until it is close to election time but that’s not to say they don’t understand the value of their vote when they go to mark their ballot paper,” Mr Robertson said. “They want us to give them reasons for their vote... and when I speak to many people in the community, they say the O’Farrell Government has not been what they were expecting.” Mr Robertson said that the State Government has “wasted the last three years”. “We have been out talking to experts and others in the community about what policies are important so that if given the chance to govern, we don’t end up like the current government, wasting the fi rst three years, and particularly the fi rst two years, conducting committees, inquiries and reviews,” he said. One delay that has been particularly frustrating is a decision on whether radioactive waste from Hunters Hill will be stored at Kemps Creek. “We had 4,000 submissions lodged 12 months ago and they will not give us an answer on what is happening with this planning proposal and there are still huge

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questions hanging over this proposal. We are still waiting on an answer,” said Prue Car, Labor candidate for Londonderry. Ms Car said that if elected she will not simply toe the party line. “Kemps Creek is an example that I will fight for the community no matter who I have to make representations to,” she said.

Mr Robertson said that he doesn’t want his MPs being “too scared to talk”. “The fact is you cannot be everywhere and you need MPs to be able to say what their community needs,” he said. “I don’t want MPs just toeing the line like in this current Government and particularly in western Sydney.”

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ocal business owner George Rabie has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the Penrith community. Operating Little and Rabie Betta Electrical since 1974, Mr Rabie is currently a board member of Penrith Business Alliance, Nepean Medical Research Foundation and Nepean Youth Accommodation Services. “My support of the Nepean Medical Research Foundation started many years ago. For my birthdays I didn’t really need presents so I would always donate the money towards the Foundation and eventually I decided to help as a board member,” Mr Rabie said. It was also through his charitable giving that Mr Rabie became involved in Nepean Youth Accommodation Services (NYAS) through their audit and risk management sub-committee. “I was approached to make a donation and was talking to the staff and realised that I could also help them in other ways,” he said. “It has been very exciting as the service has joined with the Blue Mountains and now we service from St Marys to Blaxland.” He was also a board member of the Western Sydney Suicide Prevention and Support Network and Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce. Apart from official roles, Mr Rabie said that he enjoys supporting other local charities such as the Penrith Soup Kitchen, Relay for Life, Carefl ight, The Mamre Homestead Sudanese Refugee Program,

George Rabie has been honoured with an OAM. Photo: Melinda Jane.

and Australian Rotary Health. “I always enjoyed the Christmas lunch at Penrith Soup Kitchen. It made me very happy to see people enjoying their modest meals that we prepared for them and the

DEVELOPMENT CONSENT/S DETERMINED Pursuant to Section 101 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, the schedule below lists applications recently determined by Penrith City Council. Details of these determinations are available for public inspection free of charge during Council’s normal business hours at the Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith.

Approved Development Application s Gregg Appleyard & Lynette M Appleyard DA13/1101 Lot 10 DP 16330, 171 Canberra Street, St Marys Demolition of existing dwelling and construction of 4 x villas

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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. s Angas Securities Limited/ Simon & Brenda Tripp DA13/1503 Lot 100 DP 717549, Lot 1 DP 569122, Lot 6 DP 173159, Lot 11 DP 615085, Lot 31 DP 237163, Lot 1 DP 549247, Lot 1 DP 570484, Lots 1 2 3 & 4 DP 260373, Lot 2 DP 211795, Lots 10 & 11 DP 615085 (No. 1119–1145) Mulgoa Road, Mulgoa Consolidation of 14 lots and subdivision of 54 Torrens title allotments and conduct events The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the Department of Planning – Water Management Act 2000 Section 89, 90 & 91; NSW Rural Fire Services – Rural Fires Act 1997; NSW Heritage Office – Heritage Act 1977 Section 58. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed

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difference it makes,” he said. Mr Rabie said he feels humbled receiving such a prestigious honour. “It makes me teary to know that my work in the community has been recognised, I

below at any time during ordinary office hours, with the notification period being extended until 31 March 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 DA13/1503. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Belinda Borg on 4732 7991. s Maryland Development Company Pty Ltd DA14/0050 Lot 3995 DP 1179646 (Lot 3995) Jordan Springs Boulevard, Jordan Springs Infrastructure – Drainage channel and associated landscaping and earthworks The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the Department of Environment Climate Change and Water – Water Management Act 2000 The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 3 February 2014 to 4 March 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 DA14/0050. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Hannah Van De Werff on 4732 7714.

NOMINATED INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT s Benbow Environmental DA14/0024 Lot 3 DP 812284 (No. 90–145) Clifton Avenue, Kemps Creek Storage and processing of timber for firewood and mulch

am very grateful and humbled,” he said. “My wife has shown me much support, as has my whole family. I ask the Lord that I may have the strength to keep helping in the community for many more years to come.”

The proposal is Integrated Development under Section 91 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. In this regard, the applicant is seeking concurrent approval from the NSW Environment Protection Authority under Sections 43(b), 48 and 55 of the Protection of the Environment Operations 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 3 February to 4 March 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 DA14/0024. Council is required to make Development Applications and certain associated documents publicly available under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009. There is a presumption in favour of publicly disclosing all submissions relating to this Development Application unless Council determines that it is not in the public interest to do so. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Gurvinder Singh on 4732 7539. 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 www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au 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.

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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

MEETING DATES Council Meetings 3 February 2014 – 7.30pm (Ordinary meeting) 10 February 2014 – 7pm (Policy Review Committee)

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      Celebrate World Wetlands Day in style with a light breakfast and bird song by the Nepean River, Penrith’s most important waterway.  

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COUNCIL BRIEFS s With about 50% of local residents already enjoying the beneďŹ ts of belonging to our Library our summer membership drive encourages the other 50% to check out what they’re missing!

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Joining the library is free and if you sign up this summer you’ll get a free library bag and go into the draw to win an iPad, a pass to Penrith Whitewater Stadium or theatre tickets. The summer membership drive runs until the end of February. New members are eligible for the competition draw, as well as existing members who introduce a friend. For more information go to penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/library or visit one of your local branches. s Council will fund a free Wi-Fi service in Memory and Coachmans Parks as part of its Digital Economy Strategy. The service is expected to be available in Memory Park from 10 February and from 10 March in Coachmans Park. Free public Wi-Fi will encourage locals and visitors to spend more time in Penrith and St Marys. Council has worked closely with the Penrith and St Marys’ CBD Corporations on the project. The free service will be comparable to most home broadband services. Details of the Free Public Wi-Fi Project can be found in the Digital Economy Strategy at www.penrithishere.com.au s The television signal in Penrith has now switched from analogue to digital. Old analogue TVs can be recycled free of charge at Electronic Waste Drop Zones at: sPenrith LandďŹ ll: 842 Mulgoa Road, Mulgoa. Phone 4773 8778 for more information and opening hours. sEastern Creek LandďŹ ll: Wallgrove Road, Eastern Creek. Phone 1300 651 116 for more information and opening hours. s&ORMOREINFORMATION Phone Council on 4732 7615. If residents are unable to get their television to one of the recycling drop zones, they can also book a kerbside cleanup collection at any time of year.

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s0ART/LD&ERRY2OAD 0ENRITHBEINGANUNFORMEDAREAOFROAD approximately 80 metres in length, with an area of approximately 570 sqm, located between the Nepean River and the Log Cabin Hotel, and not including the formed walkway. Upon closure of the road, Council intends to sell the land to the adjoining landowners. All interested persons are invited to make submissions concerning the proposal to the General Manager, Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith 2751, within 28 days of the date of this advertisement. Regarding the provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act, information contained in such submissions may, at the discretion of Council and Crown Lands, be referred to the person(s) who initiated the proposal for appropriate consideration. Enquiries: Council OfďŹ cer, Katrina Parker on 4732 7686.

Application for the use of Sportsgrounds Winter 2014 15 March 2014 – 7 September 2014

PUBLIC NOTICES Proposed Road Closure of Part Weir Road and Part Old Ferry Road, Penrith Under Section 35 of the Roads Act 1993, notice is given that the Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services will consider the closing of a road in connection with a road closing application proposed by Council.

Applications are invited for the use of Penrith City Council’s Sportsgrounds for the 2014 Winter Season. All applicants (both new and existing) are required to attend an information meeting at Penrith City Council to submit an application for hire. Priority will be given to applications completed at either of these meetings.

s0ART7EIR2OAD 0ENRITHBEINGANUNFORMEDROAD APPROXIMATELY 80 metres in length and with an area of approximately 1,005 sqm, located between Memorial Avenue and High Street, Penrith.

We ask that RSVPs be received by Friday, 7 February 2014. For additional information and to register for the meeting, please contact 4732 7930 or email: thenry@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

Council (acting on behalf of the Minister) will receive submissions regarding the proposal. All submissions received will be referred to the Minister’s delegate for a decision regarding the proposed road closing.

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s many as 20 schools in the local area are not considered ‘SunSmart’, after neglecting to sign up for an important Cancer Council initiative. In the greater western Sydney region alone, 602 people were diagnosed with melanoma in a single year, according to latest figures; some of the highest rates of the disease across the state. In a bid to reduce the statistics, the Cancer Council is encouraging all schools to sign up for the free SunSmart program, which instils good sun safety habits in primary school children. “The new guidelines that were launched last year by the Department of Education and Communities require all schools to have a Sun Safety Action Plan to ensure that children are kept safe from harmful UV rays during school hours,” said Rodney Titovs, the Cancer Council’s Penrith Community Programs Coordinator. “Cancer Council’s free SunSmart Program has been recommended by the Department of Education as a great way for schools and principals to implement this plan.” The program supports primary schools as they develop a sun safety policy, providing fun lessons and innovative online curriculum resources. Nepean Christian School has a sun safety policy that goes beyond requirements and has been in place for a number of years. “Our school has been SunSmart since 2012, and I’m delighted that we signed up as

Nepean Christian School Principal, Geoff Wheaton discusses sun safety with Rodney Titovs from the Cancer Council.

it gives the teachers and parents peace of mind that the kids are being protected from the sun during school hours,” said Principal, Geoff Wheaton.

“We are working with the SunSmart team to encourage all of our primary school students to wear broad-brimmed hats that shade the neck and face.”

Schools can check their membership and sign up at www.sunsmartnsw.com.au and those that join in Term 1, 2014 will receive four free sunscreen pump packs.

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Our new GG General Peter Cosgrove has been confi rmed as Australia’s next GovernorGeneral. Prime Minister Tony Abbott confir med the appointment in Canberra on Tuesday. “A former Australian of the Year, General Cosgrove has dedicated his life to serving and supporting the Australian community,� Mr Abbott said. Mr Cosgrove will take up his appointment in March when Quentin Bryce’s term ends. “I can’t think of a fi ner Australian... to serve as Governor General and, in this great office, make a contribution to the leadership of our country,� Mr Abbott said. Mr Cosgrove’s appointment had been widely tipped in recent months.

Paramedics work desperately to free a man trapped in a car at Luddenham.

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Commuters on the Western Line are still dealing with late trains and frustrating delays, with peak punctuality fig ures showing worrying results. The peak punctuality target of 92 per cent hasn’t been met once on the Western Line in the last six months, and fell to 87 per cent in December. Despite the figures on one of the network’s busiest lines, the State Government issued a press release last week praising itself for the “strong performance� of Sydney Trains in the last six months. Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian said customers across the network have “faster journey times� and “cleaner trains�. She also pointed out that staff have new uniforms and a “positive attitude�. Meanwhile, trains were delayed on Tuesday after a freight train suffered mechanical problems at Werrington.

Man trapped in car for 45 minutes after horror crash man was rushed to hospital with critical injuries after his vehicle left the road and hit a tree in Luddenham last week. Emergency services were called to the scene of the accident, near the intersection of the Northern Road and Elizabeth Drive, at about 4pm on Thu rsday. The driver, a 33-year-old South Penrith man, was trapped in his vehicle for around 45 minutes as ambulance paramedics, police, fi re and CareFlight teams attempted to release his legs, which were trapped under the crushed dashboard of his vehicle. “While the man was trapped the teams maintained his airway although the tree prevented access to the rest of his body,� said Carefl ight Director, Ian Badham. “Emergency services at the scene worked as a team to treat the badly trapped man as his extraction proceeded.� The man was released after 45 minutes, with a combined effort by all emergency service teams. “On release the man was further stabilised and placed in an induced coma on a mobile intensive care unit,� Mr Badham said. The CareFlight doctor, who flew in with the rapid-response trauma team, said that the man suffered severe head, chest and abdominal injuries. The critically injured man was conveyed to Liverpool Hospital by road ambulance, under the treatment of paramedics and a doctor. He remains in a stable condition.

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Our position is clear, say concerned residents

Heroin discovered: Woman to face court

Lucky escape: Mystery gunshot rattles resident A man has had a lucky escape after a fi rearm was misfi red on his property last weekend. At about 4.15pm on Saturday, January 25, a 50-year-old man reported hearing something hit a window in his residence, a property on Llandilo Road, Llandilo. A search of the property led to the discovery of a 0.22 calibre projectile. Initial enquiries suggest it was a misfi red shot from a fi rearm nearby. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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A community consultation session was held on Tuesday in regards to the future of Wianamatta Regional Park.

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he fi rst of two community consultation sessions about the future of Wianamatta Regional Park and its emus was held on Tuesday evening, with local residents adamant that emus not be removed from the site. Geoff Brown of the Western Sydney Conservation Alliance said that those in attendance felt that the meeting was “going through the motions” and that the public had already made their position clear. “We held a public meeting on December 19 last year and over 150 residents made it clear that we did not want Lend Lease to remove any emus from the site.

There was a bit of free for all at times at [this latest] meeting... and if anything people came away more confused,” he said. “We were told [at the consultation] that the licence was only to remove two emus who were ‘escapists’ but Lend Lease gave residents the impression their licence was for more than two emus. Now, the Office is telling us they will do a study on what emu population is sustainable in the regional park.” Concerns have been raised that not all of the park will be for conservation and that only one zone will be dedicated to macrofauna. A second community consultation meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 4, at Werrington Downs Neighbourhood Centre.

A stolen vehicle, driven by a 17-year-old male, was involved in the damage of a large number of cars and property in Cranebrook on Australia Day. At about 7pm on Sunday, January 26, emergency services were called to the scene of an accident at the intersection of Pensax and Sherringham Roads, Cranebrook. The boy was allegedly driving a white Holden Colorado along Pensax Road, when it collided with a number of parked motor vehicles. The boy continued to drive off from the accidents but at the intersection between Capricorn Avenue and Pensax Road, when attempting to turn right, the car hit a retaining wall. Leaving the scene of that accident, the driver turned back down Pensax Road, hitting a number of other vehicles. The driver continued along the road, reaching the intersection of Sherringham Road, where the car hit another retaining wall. As a result of that crash the boy had serious head injuries and was conveyed to hospital. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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About 3.30pm on January 25 police had cause to stop and search a motor vehicle in Derby Street, Penrith. A 26-year-old female from Valley Heights was found in possession of a syringe containing a substance alleged to be heroin. She was interviewed at the scene and received a Future Court Attendance Notice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Australia Day behaviour: Three arrested Around midnight on Sunday, January 26 a group of males were walking on Tindale Street, Penrith. Due to their behaviour police were called. They were seen to be yelling profanities, walking across the road and attempting to engage in fights. Police intervened and as a result, three men were arrested.

Meet the Principal Principal Mary Leask Caroline Chisholm College Mary Leask, BA., Dip Ed., M.Ed.( RE.) M.Ed.Leadership. has been appointed as Principal of Caroline Chisholm College Glenmore Park. Mary has worked acr oss a range of school systems including Catholic, state, and private colleges, with over 30 years teaching experience having held leadership positions in each school. Mary is particularly passionate about girls’ education and sees learning as a life long adventure – for everyone not just students. Caroline Chisholm College is committed to pr oviding a high quality Catholic education which is designed to help our graduates make positive contributions to both their local communities and our global society. As an all girls’ school, our pr ograms are developed to meet the specific learning needs of girls so that they can become confident, resilient and compassionate young women who are inquisitive and independent learners for life. The expansion of technology further enhances the learning of each and every student in the College. Our College Values: “Faith, Courage and Tolerance” which form our motto pr ovides our students with a guide to the way in which we hope they will live their lives. It is lived out in practice thr oughout every aspect of the caring and supportive learning community that is Caroline Chisholm College.

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Farmers market The fi rst Penrith Farmers and Fine Food Market for 2014 will be held on Saturday, February 1. Th is monthly market, run on the grassed area near the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, offers more than 20 stalls showcasing fresh regional produce. It has quality products and real value for money, as well as a festive atmosphere with music and jumping castles for the kids. Th is month pears, raspberries, plums and apples are in season. As usual, meat, bread, chutney, coffee, tea, honey, jam and eggs are available, as well as plants, lavender and herbs. I think the best thing about the market is that you can talk to the grower or producer about where their product comes from and how it is made or grown. I encourage everyone to support this wonderful initiative. I personally recommend the Saltbush Lamb. Penrith Farmers and Fine Food Market is held the fi rst Saturday of each month. It kicks off at 8am and runs until 1pm.

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The latest Australian of the Year Adam Goodes says that his hopes for the nation are that, “everyone is treated as equals, through race, religion, sexuality and gender”. He must agree with One Nation founder Pauline Hanson when she said “equal rights for all Australians”. Peter Townsend, South Penrith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Rose coloured glasses?

I am extremely disappointed with Troy’s “rosy” attitude on the Sydney CBD/Cross alcohol and violence. In the From the Editor’s Desk of January 17 he pontific ates that, “After all, it is an individual with a brain in their head that makes the decision to hit somebody, not the bottle of beer”. Shouldn’t he agree with the view that the brain is adversely affected by alcohol? In regard to the column of the 24th of January, I can agree that there has been a lot of beat ups by the shock jocks and papers but I would suggest that if the CBD police, paramedics and hospital emergency departments were consulted they would endorse much stricter liquor laws. My view, albeit being an oldie, would maintain that if somebody can’t go out for a good time and fulfi l that desire by 3am then they were not really trying. Ted Ryan, Cambridge Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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control over this matter. By making the changes in George Street and Kings Cross it only gives the offenders the opportunity to fi nd a different area to commit these horrendous crimes. For example, where will the next trouble spot be – Glebe, Ultimo, Parramatta or Penrith? Lock-outs are not the solution. The solution is to close all hotels and clubs at 1am. Come on Barry, if you are really fair dinkum you will bite the bullet and change the licencing laws state-wide. Hopefully this can be done sooner rather than later before other young people are killed or seriously injured. Sue Carrick, Cambridge Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

18 too young to drink

I will probably get smashed for this but in my opinion as a 41-year-old with hindsight in mind the real issue here is the legal drinking age (From the Editor’s Desk, Western Weekender January 24). 18 is just too young. The mind in most cases isn’t mature enough to handle the responsibility of alcohol consumption. 21 should be the set age. It will also help reduce the stereotype of the boozy Aussie culture. Craig Thompson, via Facebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Lock-outs not the answer

Lock-outs and no alcohol service disallow shift workers a drink after work like many others enjoy. ‘Loading up’ on drinks at home prior to a night out isn’t going to be

affected by lock-outs. Th is is a knee jerk reaction at best and won’t do anything to address the underlying attitudes that create the problems. Anita Delaforce, via Facebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Congrats to those honoured

The best qualities of our community were again recognised at the annual national and local Australia Day Awards, with Harold Hunt OAM of St Marys and George Rabie OAM of Emu Plains being awarded Medals for the Order of Australia for their services to the local community. Both Harold and George have been outstanding local ambassadors and I’m confident will continue to be shining examples of everything that is good about our City. I also congratulate the six recipients of the local Penrith Council Awards, especially the 2014 Penrith Citizen of the Year Mr Peter Camilleri and the 2014 Penrith Sports Person of the Year Mr Bede Johnston. The Council awards celebrate those in our community who represent our finest values and by being recognised they become a wonderful example of our community at its best. I am very proud to represent a region which is home to such giving, compassionate and dynamic people who at every opportunity look to add value to our local community. Fiona Soctt Federal Lindsay MP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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76 people from the local area became Australian citizens on Australia Day he desire to serve the country, to have greater opportunities for work and to raise their family with the best life possible drove Naveen and Manju Gupta, migrants from India, to become Australian citizens on Australia Day this year. Joining tens of thousands from 155 countries around the globe in becoming Australian citizens this week, the Werrington couple made the pledge on Sunday, January 26, at Penrith’s Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony. “The ceremony was very good – everyone gave us the feeling that we were someone important to the country. We have a warm feeling that we are now part of Australia,” Mr Gupta said “We want to settle down here for the rest of our lives and want to serve the country as best as we can.” The couple has lived in Australia for over four years, living in the Penrith area for the majority of those years, where they are now raising their three-year-old daughter. “There are more opportunities here, especially in the Penrith area, for us rather than in India. Our daughter can have the best education here – we want her to become a doctor,” Mr Gupta said. Mr and Mrs Gupta saw Penrith as the perfect place to settle because of its size, close facilities and the relatively quiet streets, in comparison to the inner west. “Penrith is a very open area – everything you need with regards to your life is here, including all amenities and the business

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district,” Mr Gupta said. “If we had more employment in Penrith, that would be good. Most people from Penrith, Emu Plains and the Blue Mountains [unfortunately] have to go to the city for work.”

76 people from the local area pledged to become Australian citizens at the local ceremony, which was full of both emotion and excitement. “Our nation is made richer by contributions from people from many

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COUNCIL SNAPSHOT Penrith Council has received an application to build a new industrial warehouse building in Emu Plains. The site of the new industrial warehouse, to be used as a depot, is 33-35 Sommerville Circuit. It would cost approximately $180,000.

The Twin Creeks Estate has put in a development application to create 56 allotments along Twin Creeks Drive, Humewood Place and Halmstad Boulevard in Luddenham. Twin Creeks is an existing Community Title master planned resort and rural residential development with a total site area of 323.6 hectares. Site specific planning controls were introduced in the 1980’s to enable the site to be developed to contain 177 dwellings at an overall density of one lot per two hectares, integrated with a golf course and other recreation and resort facilities. The golf course, clubhouse, recreation facilities and several stages of the residential subdivision have been constructed and all necessary servicing infrastructure is operational. The current proposal is considered the next stages of the development.

Penrith Council has approved a development application for a childcare centre in Jamisontown. Located near Rashay’s restaurant, at 9-11 Glenbrook Street, Jamisontown, the former Pet Goods Direct shop will be converted into a 108 place childcare centre at a cost of $100,000.

The fi rst Council meeting for the year will be held on Monday, February 3 at 7.30pm in the Council chambers. The fi rst policy review meeting will be on Monday, February 10 at 7pm.

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rskine Park resident, Casey Burgess, is proof that women have what it takes to be fir e fighters, even balancing the commitment of a second job as a teacher on the side. “I graduated in December 2012 as a fi re fighter and for the last year have been working at Lidcombe Fire Station,” she said. “The fi rst few weeks were physically demanding but also mentally demanding too as you are dealing with a lot of new situations and with people who are having a really bad day.” But the challenge was something that Ms Burgess had initially been drawn to and says she still enjoys. “Teaching at times can be a little mundane as you are preparing the same lesson plans, but every day at the station is different, you never know what you might be dealing with,” Ms Burgess said. Balancing the two jobs has been challenging at times though. “Fire and Rescue NSW give you two day shifts and two night shifts, so I can usually teach three times per week. But I will generally block out the day after a night shift as that can be very tiring,” she said. “It is fortunate that teaching casually and the station shifts tend to work out well.” For those considering becoming a fi re fighter, Ms Burgess says that having mental strength is the key. “You need to be willing to learn from your experiences and take on challenges, that is what I have learnt and that goes for anyone really,” she said. “It is a job where you feel a sense of pride and that’s why I love it, my fi rst year has been amazing.” Fire and Rescue NSW is currently searching for new recruits. Online applications close on February 13, and a series of information sessions are being held over the

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supporting and sponsoring rugby league in Australia.” Both Sportingbet and Centrebet will continue to offer an extensive range of rugby league markets in terms of betting. Panthers Head of Business Development, Justin Pascoe said he’s looking forward to continuing the working relationship between the two brands. “Panthers and William Hill Australia have had a very successful partnership to date, and I look forward to growing this even further to promote both companies in a professional and responsible manner,” Mr Pascoe said. Gould staying at Panthers: See full story on page 72.

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A man has robbed a Colyton service station at gun-point and police are appealing for the public’s assistance to locate the offender At about 1.30am on Wednesday, January 29, a man entered the Great Western Highway service station and threatened the 23-year-old male employee with a gun. The man demanded money and cigarettes before taking off in the direction of Bennett Road. No shots were fired. St Marys Detectives would like to speak to a man described as being of medium build and about 180cm tall. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, three quarter shorts and a black top. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. We brought you this news fi rst on our website at www.westernweekender.com. au on Wednesday morning.

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The Great Western Highway was closed to traffic in both directions at Kingswood on Friday, January 24, due to a police operation, causing major delays. Police were called to an address along the Great Western Highway near the O’Connell Street intersection before 3pm that afternoon with reports a man was threatening self harm. The Highway was subsequently closed just after 3.30pm between Cosgrove Crescent and O’Connell Street, with all traffic being diverted. The road remained closed until around 5pm. News as it breaks: www.facebook.com/ westernweekender.

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tate Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres is encouraging boating enthusiasts in Penrith to upgrade their old lifejackets this weekend as the popular Transport for NSW ‘Old 4 New’ lifejacket initiative comes to town. The new promotional vehicle will be at Tench Reserve on Tench Avenue, Jamisontown this Saturday, February 1, between 6am and 9am. Mr Ayres said the lifejacket van will be showcasing a range of new generation slimline lifejackets. “The aim of the ‘Old 4 New’ lifejacket upgrade initiative is to increase awareness of new generation lifejackets that can be worn in comfort all day,” he said. “It will also give people the opportunity to exchange their old lifejackets and get a discount off new ones. “Experienced staff will chat with the boating community about the lifejacket upgrade offer and advise boaters on what type of lifejacket might suit them.” Modern lifejackets are much more slim fitting and comfortable, meaning people are more inclined to obey the rules and wear them all day during water-based activities. “Over the past decade, nine out of 10 people who drowned while boating weren’t wearing a lifejacket,” Mr Ayres told the Weekender on Wednesday. “People need to make putting on a lifejacket a habit, a bit like putting on sunscreen, because one day it might just save your life.

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Little Wings takes flight

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Breakthrough moment as important organisation gets involved with Nepean fter just over a year of fly ing children from their homes in remote areas of NSW to Westmead Hospital for the treatment of serious illnesses, the locally born organisation Little Wings has made its fir st fl ight for Nepean Hospital. Earlier this month 12-year-old Kieran McGonigle was down in Sydney with his family, who were holidaying from Brisbane, when he became seriously ill. He was rushed to Nepean Hospital with severe perforated appendicitis and went under the knife. Following the operation, Kieran was required to remain in hospital for another five days, which meant that having missed their fl ights home, the family was stranded in Sydney. “Little Wings has been in discussion with Shannan Waddups who is the Nurse Unit Manager – Paediatrics at Nepean about providing support for children attending the hospital,” said Kevin Robinson, Little Wings Australia Founder and CEO. “Whilst most of Little Wings’ fli ghts support children attending Westmead Hospital, we wanted to provide local community support services where possible, and this was our fi rst opportunity to do so.” Last week, on Monday, January 20, the family was picked up from Nepean Hospital in the Little Wings transporter, donated by Hyundai Australia, and taken to the airport for their fl ight home. “Nepean Hospital often has families on

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he atmosphere was electric, the crowd was buzzing and for Mary Mifsud, a dream came true at Panthers Leagues Club last week. Mary, from Rooty Hill, was the lucky winner of a brand new Mazda CX-5 in a special Panthers promotion that culminated in the naming of an ultimate winner last Thursday night. 15 lucky entrants were called onto the stage and each was given a key – but only one would open the brand new Mazda. Each entrant tried their key, but again

and again there was no luck. Mary was the 12th person to try her key and wild celebrations began as soon as the indicators flashed, confi rming her as the winner. Mary’s husband yelled with joy from the audience – which isn’t surprising, considering he’ll be doing most of the driving as ironically, Mary doesn’t have a licence! Hundreds of Panthers members were in attendance for the car giveaway at the EVAN Theatre last week. A number of members had their name called out to be in with a chance, but were not in attendance on the night.

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n the aftermath of a devastating fi re at an aged care home in Quakers Hill, new laws were enacted 12 months ago requiring all nursing homes to have fir e sprinkler systems installed. Almost half of the 885 Commonwealthaccredited aged care facilities registered with the NSW Government are already fully fitted with fi re sprinkler systems with the remaining nursing homes meeting either a September 2014 or March 2016 deadline. Eight of Penrith’s aged care homes have made progress towards meeting the deadlines. “It is encouraging to see that the majority

of nursing homes which are not already fitted with fi re sprinkler systems have started down the path of safer housing for their elderly residents,” said NSW Planning Minister Brad Hazzard. Families can search the Department of Planning website by location, aged care provider or specific nursing home to see what progress is being made towards the deadline in individual homes. SummitCare Penrith, SummitCare St Marys, Emmaus Village in Kemps Creek and Mountainview Nursing Home are all in the design phase to be completed by 2015. Kingswood Court Aged Care Facility was one of the fi rst facilities to be retrofitted.

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ne of the highlights of the fir st school term is each school’s annual swimming carnival, but not all students can participate. Students with physical or intellectual disabilities may not feel comfortable or have the right support to participate, so that’s why disability service provider Northcott is holding two unique swimming carnivals this March. The carnivals will give junior and secondary school students the chance to take a dip in an accessible, safe and inclusive setting. “Students will be able to take part in a range of races and novelty events like the noodle race and ping pong event,” Northcott’s Recreation Service Manager Jodie Wilkins said. “In the past the carnivals have only been open to students with physical disabilities but this year we are going bigger and opening it up to students with intellectual disabilities as well. “The carnivals are fully supervised by Northcott staff who will be on hand to ensure each student taking part has the fun they deserve.” Northcott receives no government funding to organise and run the swimming carnivals, which Ms Wilkins said wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the community. “Individual community members, businesses and organisations all help make these carnivals possible because without their support and donations we simply

Leigh Cook and her daughter Farzarna of Claremont Meadows are looking forward to the Northcott swimming carnivals.

could not afford to hold them,” she said. “Students taking part can enter as a team representing their local school, or as individuals who will then form part of a combined schools team. “We want as many students with disabilities, parents and carers as possible

from the Penrith area to join us for what should be some great days poolside.” Northcott’s swimming carnival for junior school students with disabilities will be held on Tuesday, March 11 and the senior carnival will then be held on Tuesday, March 25.

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orld Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on February 2, the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance back in 1971. The day has been celebrated internationally since 1997. Th is year, Penrith Council in conjunction with the Blue Mountains Bird Observers Club is hosting a local event in recognition of the anniversary, ‘Breakfast with the Birds’. ‘Breakfast with the Birds’ will be a delightful morning event accompanied by birdsong at the Nepean River.

Penrith Mayor, Ross Fowler said the event, to be held on February 16, will be an opportunity to celebrate the region’s fauna and flora. “Find out about the special native birds that live by the river, how to spot them and what you can do to help protect them and their habitats,” Cr Fowler said. The breakfast is open to all ages. Moderate-level fitness is required, so attendees can negotiate uneven ground in the area. ‘Breakfast with the Birds’ will be held at Weir Reserve, Penrith on February 16, 2014 from 8am. A light breakfast will be supplied for participants. Bookings are essential as places are limited, so telephone 4732 8055 or email jhore@ penrithcity.nsw.gov.au.

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t costs more than $35,000 to train a Seeing Eye Dog from a puppy and with a huge demand for the companions, raising enough money can be a challenge for Seeing Eye Dogs Australia. A fundraising campaign launched this week aims to raise $105,000 for the organisation and getting involved is as easy as visiting your local Petbarn and making a donation in store. The appeal was launched by the Petbarn Foundation, in conjunction with Seeing Eye Dogs Australia, on Tuesday, and will run until Sunday, March 9.

To kickstart the fundraising, $35,000 was donated by Royal Canin, a company that has been supporting Seeing Eye Dogs Australia for seven years. “Thanks to the generous donation from Royal Canin, we’ve already been able to give the gift of sight to one person,” said Scott Charters, Director of The Petbarn Foundation. “It takes a lot of time, love, patience and money to raise these special working dogs that will one day become the gift of independence for people who are blind or have low vision,” said Leigh Garwood, General Manager from Seeing Eye Dogs Australia. More details: Call 4731 6044.

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The Hawkesbury Harvest and Fine Food Market will be held in Penrith from 8am on Saturday. It’s at the Mondo, just outside the Joan Sutherland Centre. Great food and www.joshpyke.com.au produce from local growers.

The local sub-section of the Naval Association of Australia is having a Mess Dinner at Penrith Paceway on March 8. Black tie event with dinner and lots of fun. RSVP by Monday, www.joshpyke.com.au February 10.

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The Australian Breastfeeding Association celebrates its 50th jubilee in 2014. They will be celebrating at Wascoe Siding in Blaxland from 10am this Sunday. Current and past www.joshpyke.com.au members are welcome.

If you’re keen to learn about a variety of things from fixing taps to quilting, come along to a weekly workshop at the Floribunda Community Centre in Glenmore Park. Held Thursdays from www.joshpyke.com.au 9.30am until 11.30am.

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estside Performing Arts has been inspiring young talent for over 20 years. Th is dancing studio, run by co-founders Laura Harrison and Jenine Wright, has longevity within the Penrith community and prides itself on not only training students to be the best dancers possible, but developing a sense of family. Cathy Spain, a past student of Westside, says that the studio and its teachers nurtured her throughout her childhood. “To this day, I’m still proud to say I grew up at Westside. The owners are not just my teachers but my family,” she said. The dynamic of excellent training in all facets of dance and the family

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environment has seen past students, like Cathy, bring their children to the studio to thrive and develop in the same way. “My two young daughters attend Westside Performing Arts. I couldn’t imagine taking them anywhere else,” Cathy said. The studio offers classes for beginners to advanced levels in all facets of dance, including RAD Ballet, Glen Wood Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Funk, Contemporary, Lyrical and more. Westside also provides classes for drama and singing, to ensure students can thrive in the performing arts world! For enquiries phone Laura on 0412 417 052 or Jenine on 0412 217 051.

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t Clair Physical Culture Club is one of Penrith’s leading dance schools and they are taking enrolments for classes. ‘Physie’ is a fun, affordable and energetic sport which is a cross between aerobics, dancing, pilates and ballet. The club caters for all ages and levels, for those who want to be competitive and those who want to take up a social hobby. Junior teacher, Alison Jones, said that the club continues to grow in numbers, and that last year was particularly successful. “Emily Allen was the national winner of the ladies over 33 years category, which was a fantastic result,” she said.

“Megan Jones also came second in the national competition in her age group and was asked to perform in the prestigious Grand Championship at the Opera House – an honour few receive!” Six juniors also competed at nationals. “Physical culture is a great sport, as it is one that mums can do with their daughters for fun and fitness. It is a great atmosphere, the girls all make friends for life,” Ms Jones said. To get involved in the club, registrations are being held on Tuesday, February 4, between 5.30pm and 7pm. The fir st lesson is free so you can see what it is all about. For more information visit www. stclairphysicalculture.com.au.

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LOCAL JOBS WOMEN’S CHALLENGE BUSINESS Bijai Kumar

Bijai Kumar is the CEO of the Penrith Business Alliance

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here are some recent studies that show that female entrepreneurs are happier than their male counterparts. Not only that, they are generally amongst the happiest people in the world. Speaking from my own experience, I know that I only have to imagine working for an employer, and I immediately realise how satisfied and happy I am with my current circumstances! The happiness of female entrepreneurs overall may be due to some practical reasons, such as the average ‘salary’ being much higher than those in traditional employment. But I think there are some more compelling reasons. Although I have written a number of articles relating to the difficulties of ‘work/life balance’, the fact is that ultimately you are in control of the hours you work and can adjust your schedule to suit. Last year I was able to attend all my children’s special events and activities, despite working an average of 40 hours a week. I am fully aware of how valuable this is and this benefit was one of the motivating factors to starting (and now continuing) my business. Many female business owners and entrepreneurs start their enterprise because they want to ‘make a difference’. Th is might be directly via business products/services or as an ‘offshoot’ of business profits (for example, donating money, time or resources to supporting social enterprises). Brain scientists agree that the more ‘good’ you do, the happier you are. It stands to reason that having the opportunity to incorporate rewarding work into your everyday activities will increase your happiness. Michelle Grice is the founder of Shel Design, a graphic design and web design company: www.sheldesign.com.au

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wice in the last week I have been asked the question of ‘what is best for an office, an open plan layout or a closed offic e setting?’ It is a very important consideration for any new business and can impact productivity and staff morale. It also impacts the amount of workspace you can fit within your office space. Benefits of open plan offic e space: • Creates a sense of community and team spirit. • More employees can fit in less space, reducing costs. • Allows for free flow communication amongst employees. • Fosters a sense of team culture where everyone is approachable and on an even level. • Allows employers or managers to oversee all employees easily. Benefits of a closed offic e setting: • Increased level of privacy. • Provides a reduced level of distractions. • Reduced noise levels which are important for employees that need high concentration. • It can foster a feeling of security. Despite all this, it does come down to each business being different. The one I work in for example needs closed offices because we give business advice which is confident ial. It is also important to consider that the ideal offic e layout for your business may be a combination of closed and open office space, keeping in mind the particular needs of the various employees or departments. Remember each business is unique.

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Innovation arlier this month the Federal Trade Minister Andrew Rob spoke in San Francisco about this very important subject. He described the USA as being at the heart of global intellectual endeavour and generating some 60 per cent of world’s venture capital. According to the Minister, Australian research scholars are in the top 10 of US global collaborators and some 8,000 Australian fi rms operating in US are beneficiaries of their venture capital funds. Commenting on Government’s role in innovation the Minister said that we cannot be the primary front of innovation but we can help create an environment which fosters an endless search for improvement. He believes that Governments have time and again failed in top down attempts to artificially create technology precincts whereas successes have usually emerged in a far more organic, bottom-up environment. It will be interesting to see how the Minister views the industry innovation precinct program introduced by the former Government, which received a lot of traction within industry. We have submitted a funding proposal for a Smart Health Industry Innovation Precinct (SHIP) which is currently being considered. The Minister noted that while food and agriculture, energy and mining still remain fundamental to our nation’s future growth, education, health and medical research and tourism and hospitality are growing in importance. His Government will give priority to these strengths and the enablers that cluster around these sectors such as major infrastructure, logistics and ICT. Th is can only be good news for Penrith.

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ffecting many people, including over half of Australian seniors, hearing loss is a prevalent issue within the local community. Centre Manager of Australian Hearing Penrith and Springwood, David Maple, says that hearing loss affects around 60 per cent of people aged over 60 and that it generally occurs gradually. “Simple things like turning up the TV, having trouble hearing the phone ring, or fi nding it hard to hear conversations in noisy places are often the early warning signs,” he said.

“If you’ve thought about your hearing but haven’t done anything about it, a simple 15 minute hearing check is all it takes to give you peace of mind. And if you are having hearing problems, there are many products and services available to help you.” Australian Hearing Penrith has a number of services available for those in the local community who are concerned about their hearing. These include hearing checks, access to useful resources and specialist advice, tailored to suit the individual. “Not everyone who is experiencing problems hearing needs a hearing aid.

Sometimes it’s just hearing the TV at normal volumes, hearing your doorbell, or hearing your friends on the phone that’s the problem,” Mr Maple said. Australian Hearing is located at 140 Henry Street, Penrith, and the team regularly visits the St Marys Medical Clinic at St Marys Village. In February, Australian Hearing is bringing its services to the doorstep of St Clair, when its hearing bus stops by to offer free hearing checks to promote hearing health awareness. The bus will visit St Clair Shopping Centre

on Wednesday, February 19, a great opportunity for locals to take action. “The mobile service is a convenient way to check your hearing and make sure you are in good hearing health,” Mr Maple said. “The hearing checks are conducted by experts from Australian Hearing and take around 15 minutes to complete. Our team will also be on hand to guide you through what next steps you may have to take in regards to your hearing.” People can also learn about helpful products such as headsets for watching the TV and alert systems for doorbells.

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THE WESTERN WEEKENDER PENRITH’S #1 GUIDE FOR OLDER RESIDENTS

Tim Reid: Weekly Senior Living column

SOCIAL LUNCH

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[Luncheon clubs keep. seniors active and. involved.

Happy seniors: Retirement village joy

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he team at Nepean Food Services are saving a place at their table for the frail aged in the community who are stuck at home but are keen to get out for a social day each week. The local organisation runs weekly community luncheon clubs with a pick-up and drop-off system that includes weekly special guests, activities and a hot, nutritious meal. “There are so many benefits but the most important benefit is the social interaction. Last week we had an Australia theme and everyone just laughed the whole time – it was a really fun day,” said Nepean Food Services’ Angela Pendlebury. “It is a great opportunity for clients to reminisce about things that their family might not remember. As everyone was leaving last week, they all had tears

in their eyes from laughing so much!” Nepean Food Services run three luncheon clubs in the local area; one in Regentville, another in Londonderry and a third in Wallacia. Transport to and from Nepean Food Services’ Day Centres is a key part of the luncheon clubs. “Most of our clients have had their licence taken away and as a result, their method of transport. To lose your transport can result in social isolation,” Ms Pendlebury said. The luncheon clubs begin with a morning tea, followed by activities and guest speakers before they fi nish with lunch afterward. “We still have some spaces available – we would love to see some new faces!” Ms Pendlebury said. For more information or to book your spot for only $15 per day, call 4733 7200.

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or a person who cares for a sick or elderly loved one, fi nding the time to look after themselves can sometimes become a challenge. However, it is essential to recharge the batteries and take some much needed time to relax and enjoy downtime. To maintain your health and wellbeing here are some tips you might like to follow: 1. Have regular check-ups Regular check-ups and screenings are vital, especially if you or your family are predisposed to certain medical conditions. Make sure you keep important annual appointments for tests such as mammograms, prostate checks and bowel cancer screenings. 2. Make sure you’re eating well It’s a carer’s reality that sometimes a quick meal is the only option. Spend a few hours each week preparing good quality meals that you can freeze. Ensure each meal is highfibre and includes nutrient-rich fruits or vegetables. If you have the budget for it, you may like to consider having meals delivered for convenience. 3. Exercise for better health Try to get in some daily exercise. Th is can be a simple walk around the block or to the local park. It’s also an opportunity to clear your mind and get some sunshine and vitamin D. 4. Enjoy a daily treat

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Try to make sure you do one thing a day, which makes you feel good. Th is can be anything from watching your favourite TV show, reading or tending to a hobby. 5. Get a good night’s rest Don’t deprive yourself of a good nightly sleep, or if you’re tired and can fit in a nap, do it! A lot of carers have broken or light sleeps because they worry about their loved one. To ease anxiety, consider a baby monitor so that if they rise, you can hear it. 6. E xperience Try to make time to get out of the house by yourself and use it do what you want; catch up with friends, go to the movies or simply tend to your own errands. 7. Get help Consider downsizing where there is less maintenance needed on the house. You may even like to consider getting some help like domestic cleaning. It’ll help free your time and allow you to do other things. 8. Re lax Try to spend some time relaxing every day, deep breathing for just 10 minutes can help to lower anxiety or stress levels. For more information on how you can improve your quality of life, consult your local GP.

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A survey has found retirement village residents are Australia’s happiest seniors.

Happy seniors: Older residents love life at retirement villages

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etirement village residents are Australia’s happiest seniors, according to a recent survey. The Villages Census Report 2013, produced by McCrindle Research, found that of all retirement village residents, an overwhelming majority are satisfied with their life, with 94 per cent believing their happiness has increased or stayed the same since moving in. In addition to their overall happiness, 90 per cent believe the decision was fi nancially beneficial, and 91 per cent

reported an improved or consistent social life. “As we age our housing requirements change: grab rails, no steps and removing trip hazards in showers extend people’s independence and gives them dignity,” said Mary Wood of the Retirement Living Council. “Importantly, the report fi nds that retirement villages are affordable and accessible for all. 78 per cent of village residents are age pensioners, and 70 per cent report that the cost of living in a village is the same or less than their living costs in their former family home,” Ms Wood said.

Melek Parmenter wants social clubs to stay alive through youth membership.

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6-year-old Melek Parmenter is a strong believer in using her voice to speak out to benefit the local community and this year is advocating for a change in attitude among our younger generations. The Penrith resident has lived in the area for three years and is a member of a number of social and charity clubs, but, after joining Penrith Lions Club and Nepean View Club a year ago, believes that dwindling member numbers may see an end to valuable clubs in the area.

“I have realised during the year that no-one shows much attention to these clubs. They are losing members and will disappear in time,” she said. The clubs both regularly donate to charities supporting families and children. “All of us earn money but sometimes we are deaf and blind to other people’s fi nancial and emotional needs,” she said. “To live in a healthy society, we have to learn to support each other.” Having worked as a teacher for many years, Ms Parmenter suggests that the key to preserving the local groups is by educating younger generations of the clubs’ social value.

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The delightful Pat Colless is a Penrith legend, through and through. Her family ran the iconic Nepean Times newspaper for an incredible 105 years in which Pat worked as an offic e clerk for 17 years. “The Colless family has been back in the news lately because the Nepean Times newspapers have been digitalised,” she said.

“The paper fi nished production in 1962 but the printing business ended in 1987. So much history has been recorded by the Nepean Times over the years.” The 91-year-old lives in the Mountain View Retirement Village in Penrith but originally lived in Lapstone for 43 years. “I may have lived in the Mountains but I’m a Penrith girl as I was brought up here and went to school here,” she said.

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THE WESTERN WEEKENDER PENRITH’S BEST LINE-UP OF LIFESTYLE COLUMNISTS EACH AND EVERY WEEK

AGE IS NO BARRIER Peter swims up a storm. for a good cause.

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or 28 consecutive years Peter Genellos has pulled on his swimming trunks to swim the annual three kilometre Bridge to Bridge swim classic, raising an estimated $100,000 for worthy organisations whilst he’s at it. The swim, which originally took place in the Nepean River, is run by Penrith Swimming Club and has grown into one of the Penrith area’s most iconic annual events. Taking place on or around Australia Day each year, the swim brings people from near and far to Penrith Lakes to try their luck against the best open water swimmers and test their own personal skill. The 70-year-old St Marys Rotary Club member has made the swim each year in support of a number of different charities but when he jumped in the water at Penrith Lakes on Monday, January

27, he was swimming for the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. “I want to take part in the swim each year but not just for the sake of it – if you want to do something you may as well do it for a cause,” he said. “I am community minded, so I guess that’s where this comes from.” Mr Genellos completed the 3km swim in just one hour and 12 minutes, a time that he agrees is very good for someone his age. “I train five days a week and end up swimming around 7km a week – you could say I can swim better than some people can walk,” he said. Age is not a barrier for the Blaxland resident, who hopes to continue swimming the annual event for many years to come. “If I keep going I think I might hold the record for

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Rams love to rush full speed ahead but the current planetary aspects don’t encourage haste. If your actions are blocked, or a relationship has hit a brick wall, use it as an opportunity to re-group, re-plan and re-energise. You thrive on confrontation but pick your battles carefully because in the short term you’re unlikely to win. Compromise and a cool head will get you a lot further.

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Are work or relationship challenges gradually wearing you down? Th is week, the more you resist, the more the problems will persist. It’s time to shed the dead wood in your life so you can move on. Your motto for the next seven days? Go with the flow and learn to let go! Thursday is the best day of the week to mix business with pleasure, as the stars boost your confidence.

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JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

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Flexibility is the key to a happy week. There’ll be opportunities to release old emotional baggage from the past. If you hold onto grudges, it will adversely affect your current relationships. Work on building bridges and nurturing loved ones. Thursday is the prime day of the week for Cancer cuddles, kisses and convivial conversation… before Saturn stymies displays of affection on Friday.

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

The life/work juggle is challenging, as you take on extra professional responsibilities or look for more satisfying employment. If you rearrange your priorities, then you’ll meet with less resistance. Leo rules the heart and you have so much love and joy to give. Your inspirational quote for the week is from Charles Dickens (born on February 7, 1812); “A loving heart is the truest wisdom”.

VIRGO

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AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

You can become so obsessed with minor details that you lose sight of the bigger picture. Mercury is now visiting Pisces, which helps you view things from a broader and more intuitive perspective. But Mercury also starts reversing through your love zone on Friday, so a romantic relationship may feel as if it’s going backwards. Patience is the key to managing any problems.

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LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Is money too tight to mention? Librans love luxury but now’s the time to hunker down, conserve your fi nancial resources and eliminate the superfluous from your life. One way to boost your bank balance is by starting a small home-based business. Turn your passion into profit! On Thursday you’ll feel fl irtatious as you bask in the glow of love, romance, friendship and popularity.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

The secret to Scorpio success at the moment is learning to let go, as you keep what’s working in your life and discard what isn’t. Opportunities for growth will come from close friends and local contacts, as you sort out who really has your best interests at heart. With Mercury going retro on Friday it’s time to reboot relationships, freshen up friendships and restructure your routine.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Money problems that weren’t resolved in 2013 could resurface and demand to be addressed. Sweeping them under the carpet won’t solve anything… now’s the time to bite the bullet and make some fi rm decisions, especially if joint fi nances are involved. On the weekend, a loved one tells you something in confidence but can a talkative Sagittarian be trusted to keep a secret?

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Th is week you’ll worry about doing things 100 per cent correctly but don’t expect others to share your passion for perfection. They’ll be too busy dealing with their own problems, peccadillos and obsessions! Expect some communication chaos over the weekend, as Mercury reverses through your talking, texting and tweeting zone. So make sure you send the right message to the right person!

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Mercury starts reversing through your money zone on Friday so prepare for fina ncial frustrations via money mix-ups, banking bungles, lost credit cards or forgotten pin numbers! You’re at your controversial best on Sunday, as you turn a few heads and ruffle a few feathers. Your motto for the week is from fellow Aquarian Bob Marley; “Love the life you live. Live the life you love”.

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

Being adaptable is what’s needed at the moment and that is your Piscean specialty. One month into the New Year, take a long hard look at your aspirations for 2014. Do you need to tweak them to make them a more honest reflection of the real you? And don’t sell yourself short – with Neptune moving through your sign, it’s time to believe in yourself and aim for the stars!

Weekly posts at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com Daily tweets at www.twitter.com/JoMadelineMoore. Copyright Joanne Madeline Moore 2014.


FITEC FITNESS CHAMPION

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Throw away your scales and focus on improvement

Three top tips for good health 1. There are many ways to do “healthy”. Know yourself, physically and mentally. Do what works for you. Just because everyone is doing cross fit and Paleo doesn’t mean you have to. You might love them, but you might also love walking your dog and freshly

baked bread! 2. Th row away your scales. Focus on improving your health, forget about your weight. If you are making changes that are healthy for you, your weight will settle where it should. 3. Get help. If you really want to do something to improve your health and you don’t know where to start, don’t waste time being overwhelmed. Days, months, years slip away too quickly. Make a phone call, try a dietician, psychologist, personal trainer, exercise physiologist. Get a great team to help you get started and you won’t look back! Biggest health/fitness misconception? The importance of weight as an indicator of health. So many people believe if they are losing weight they are doing something amazing for their health, it’s garbage! If you improve your diet, develop a regular exercise routine that you enjoy, get into a good sleep pattern, reduce your stress levels, all these things improve your health regardless of what happens to your weight. Weight loss may occur at the same time but so what? If it doesn’t you’re still healthier and the changes were worth making. We’re

seeing people doing whatever it takes to lose weight at a cost to their health, it’s madness.

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How does fitness feature in your life? Confession time! I’m still working on the idea that I’m fit and active. I have always thought of myself as lazy and spectacularly uncoordinated. There is lots of evidence to the contrary, but it goes to show how much you can hold yourself back with your thoughts. I’ve always been small and skinny, and as a health professional I’ve always advised others how important activity is, however it’s really only been in the last two years that I’ve had a consistent fitness routine. I realised I was just skinny, not fit or strong, and I wanted to change that. I’ve had enough false starts at gym memberships to know that wasn’t going to work. I need to be accountable to someone, I’m also a bit of a nerd, I need to know I’m “doing it right”. So I started personal training twice a week, and I love it.

What do you consider the biggest benefit of being fit and healthy? The biggest benefit has been mental, it’s amazed me the things I’ve been able to do and that confidence has flowed into all areas of my life. The other thing I love is that my three girls know that “mummy trains/ exercises”. It’s a good example for them, not just the physical fitness but that doing something for yourself is okay. What type of activity/exercise do you enjoy the most? A combination of strength training, running and yoga. When it’s all happening, I feel great! How do you stay motivated when it’s so easy to just ‘take it easy.’ I know that the more time I spend thinking about it the less likely I am to do it. It’s that Nike slogan “just do it”. I’ve also learned that my motivation comes after I’ve started, that might sound weird, but if I wait for motivation, I’d never get off my butt, but 5-10 minutes in I get a bit of a rush and feel so glad I started.

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FASHION FIXATION

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by Katherine Tweed

When pyjamas aren’t pyjamas after all

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s I was casually doing some grocery shopping the other day, I glanced over at the woman standing beside me in line and I had to do a double-take. There she was, standing in line at Coles in the middle of the day in her pyjamas – at least, I thought they were her pyjamas. I glanced back a second time, appalled that someone would step outside (note: pyjamas are always fi ne inside the home – not out) without changing from the clothes they wore for over 12 hours, from the night before. On my second glance I started to doubt my initial conclusion – she was wearing makeup, sandals and had her hair neatly pulled back in a ponytail. The only thing letting her down was the baggy pyjama-ish shorts she was wearing with her plain white tee – was it possible that she was actually wearing shorts that just looked like pyjamas? I paid for my groceries and left the store but I couldn’t stop thinking about this woman’s shorts so, I hit the shops to investigate. Having not been near a physical clothing shop in a while (I am currently crazy about online shopping), I was amazed at the amount of baggy, patterned shorts I could fi nd – they all looked like pyjamas but clearly were not! I didn’t stop at simple browsing, I took piles into the change rooms and eventually bought a black and white patterned pair of shorts – for experimentation of course. Modelling them for various friends, family members and my boyfriend, I had mixed responses. Some were positive they were pyjamas, others had to handle the fabric before making a decision and others boldly admitted they would wear them out without a second thought.

Comfort was a huge advantage to wearing these shorts so, convincing myself I could pull the pyjamalook shorts off, I got styling and prepared to wear them out. I decided to go with a classic black and white look that evening, with shiny gold accessories. I wore a tight black top, tucked in to the top of the shorts and added a black belt with gold detailing on the buckle. I added some cute flats, a long strapped bag and some gold earrings. Here are my guidelines for wearing pyjama-look shorts: • Do get a high waisted pair and tuck in your top • Don’t wear a top that is too plain and baggy – wear something that is obviously not pyjamas • Do team with heels for a dinner date • Don’t neglect your hair and makeup when you wear them out – glam up that extra bit • Do accessorise with gold or silver pieces • Don’t wear an oversized bag – a clutch looks more sophisticated

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WORE MY NEW SHORTS OUT TO DINNER WITH WEDGE STYLE HEELS AND A MATCHING CLUTCH

AM CONSIDERING BRANCHING OUT AND TRYING A PINK PAISLEY PAIR FOR A BIT OF COLOUR

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STAYING HEALTHY

by David Stein

Throw the packaging away

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David Stein, Owner & Manager of Fitec, Penrith www.fitec.com.au e:david@fitec.com.au

by Nicole McMillan

by Martin Cominotto

Swapping smokes for cash

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here is a benefit to quitting smoking: when you quit, thanks to the new tobacco taxes, you will save a lot of money! Th is is not the usual reason for quitting, but since the cost of the excise tax went up 12.5 per cent on December 1, 2013, a cigarette now costs about $1 each. There is a further 12.5 per cent increase due on September 2014, 2015 and 2016. Imagine what holiday you could go on if you had $8,000 saved up. You could cover the costs of airfares, accommodation and spending money for two people anywhere in the world! If you smoke a packet a day, you could save this amount in just one year! Also, you could afford to do this every year for the rest of your life! You might think with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), that the savings will be reduced. However, NRT is recommended for about 10 to 12 weeks. Thi s will only cost about $500. So in the fi rst year you could still save about $7,500! So if you are thinking of quitting, go to a travel agent and get the brochures of your dream holiday. Find out when deposits and payments are due. Cut out pictures of the destination and stick them on your fridge and your bathroom mirror. When you do quit, put the money you save into a money box. Pay the deposit when you have enough to book the holiday. Continued savings can be instalment payments. Th is commitment will keep you motivated. If you do “fall off the wagon”, you will quickly get back on because of the lure and excitement of your holiday. It is said it takes 21 days to break a habit. Imagine swapping the habit of smoking for the habit of travelling for the rest of your life!

Martin Cominotto, Pharmacist for Martin’s Chemist. Ph: 9673 1010. www.martinschemist.com.au

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Bad breath

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id you know that more than 70 per cent of pets have some degree of dental disease? It is one of the most common diseases that we see in animals. Small breed dogs with smaller faces such as Cavaliers, Poodles and Shi Tzus are prone to more severe dental disease. When food particles and bacteria are allowed to accumulate in the mouth, it can form plaque. When plaque combines with saliva, it forms a hard substance called calculus. Th is causes gum irritation and infla mmation which is known as gingivitis. After a period of time, the calculus builds up under the gum line and separates it from the teeth – at this point in time, this is irreversible disease of the teeth and will lead to bone loss and formation of pus between the gum and teeth. Advanced periodontal disease can be very painful for your pet and often the best course of treatment is surgically removing the teeth. Periodontal disease is best prevented and there are several things that you can do to make sure your dog or cat has a clean and pain free mouth. The best thing you can do is brush your pet’s teeth daily but many animals will not tolerate this. There are commercially available diets such as the Hills Science Diet T/D which will reverse the build up of mild calculus and prevent future build up. Also providing your pets with chewable treats such as dentastix and greenies are great for reducing plaque build up. Minimising wet food is also great as wet food tends to cling to the teeth and cause a build up of bacteria. Bones are best avoided as they can fracture teeth and cause gut problems such as constipation. Just like we go to the dentist and have our teeth scaled and polished, we can also do this for your pet. Depending on the severity of your pet’s dental disease, they may benefit from a thorough clean under anaesthetic.

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have seen a lot of people over the years but I have never seen a person sick or overweight from eating too much good nutritious food. Next time you’re standing at a checkout look at the amount of bars and junk surrounding you. There’s enough calories to feed a starving country within arm’s reach, only problem is the people eating that stuff would still suffer from malnutrition – and unless we eat good healthy food as well then those sick people will be us. So how do we fi nd good healthy food, when there are big companies who prioritise making money over our health? Firstly ignore the packaging like a dodgy salesman; educate yourself. Cartoon characters and words that sound healthy, like ‘low fat’, ‘no msg’, ‘natural colours’ and ‘high in iron’ could be found on a box of cereal but could describe a can of paint as well. Something like ‘High in Omega 6’ sounds good, until you know the average modern diet has way too much omega 6 in relation to other essential fats, which is linked to heart disease, stroke, cancer, immune system damage and hormone imbalance. Best option? Don’t buy packaging. Rip open the cookie packet and throw them straight in your trolley! Okay, maybe not, but buy items that have minimal packaging. If it still looks like it did while it was growing, that’s a good start. Secondly, always read the ingredients list, they are listed in order of amount used. We can’t afford to be brainless consumers, companies are pushing the limit of what they can put in a wrapper and call food. Sugar, flour, salt are very cheap and easy to make taste nice. But putting stuff in your mouth doesn’t mean you’re feeding yourself properly. If you want to feel good and have energy all day, eat the food that can make it happen. Good nutritious food will have you bouncing off the walls. You know how you’ll feel after a late night eating chips, pizzas and a drink too many, but you can be sure when you eat good, fresh whole food your body can repair, heal and feel a whole lot better for it.

ANIMAL TALK

THE PHARMACIST SAYS YS

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

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NATURAL THERAPIES

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by John Miller-Crispe

Bird flu on again

by Rev John Lavender

by Anthony Walker

Keep the cash flowing

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VIEW FROM ABOVE

PERSONAL FINANCE

espite the false scares of previous years the H1N1 Bird Flu and its variants has not gone away. Certainly the various flus were hyped up for profit and political purposes – to sell useless drugs that would not have done anything of value and to get legislation passed that would otherwise not have stood a chance. However, despite all this there remains a very real danger from these viruses and that danger is growing. While presently the main danger is confi ned to Asia and the spread seems to be from animals to humans, with the increased use of GM foods incorporating animal genes and bird genes and viruses into the food chain, as well as using animal parts in transplant surgery, we are going to see an increase in the incidence of human to human transfer. What prompted this article was a business meeting being cancelled between one of my daughters and a colleague who was travelling back from China, but was hospitalised in China due to him contracting Bird Flu. With modern rapid transit between countries the chances of an undetected disease carrier getting into the country and starting an epidemic increases yearly. The World Health Organisation is expressing concern, yet because of previous scare mongering, people have become blasé. However, the danger is very real and it is no use relying on the pharmaceutical companies to save the day (despite all the movies and TV shows they have never saved any day) nor can you rely on the government coming up with a solution (same comment). No, it is up to you to do what you can to protect your loved ones and yourself. How do you do this? Firstly it is your responsibility to ensure that you and your family are in the best of health and fitness and remain that way. Th is is not an option but a duty. Th is means eating a healthy diet, not junk food, drinking clean water not soft drinks and alcohol. Exercising regularly is a must not an option. Take supplements that support stress response and enhance your immune system.

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y last few topics have been around getting back on track with fi nances and I thought I would keep consistent with that message. The start of each year is always a great time to reflect on the prior year and changes we may need to make for 2014 to be a better year fi nancially than the past. Cash flow is important for everyone’s budget. Regardless of whether you’re a business owner or a home owner, or both, if you don’t have the cash reserves in your bank accounts, you need to know you have access to credit facilities that will allow you to meet your outgoings in a timely manner (and within the obligations of our terms of trade). For business owners, it’s important to remember that increasing debt is not always the most effic ient way to top up your business cash flow – it’s expensive and can tie up assets, often the family home, as security. Every business should consider other ways to improve cash flow before considering increasing their borrowings. For example: • Stock Over-stocking or obsolete stock is a common cause of poor cash flow. Options include liquidating excess stock with a sale or negotiating with suppliers for reduced lead time on stock orders. • Debtor and Creditor Terms Offer discounts to your debtors for early payment, pay your suppliers on time rather than early, or negotiate longer payment terms. • Fixed costs Review staffi ng and premises costs to identify ways to reduce overheads. These can be challenging issues to confront, but when cash flow tightens you need to make changes.

John Miller-Crispe is a Senior Naturopath with Abundant Life & Health Naturopathic Clinic

I want to be free.” At least that’s what the words of the song say. Freedom is something that we Australian people value and cherish. We know that although our country is not perfect, we have freedoms that are the envy of the world. In Australia we have freedoms that people in other countries simply dream of! But are we, to quote the words of another song, “free to do whatever ever want, any old time?” And of course we know that we are not. We are not free to drive on whatever side of the road we want nor are we free to rob and steal from whoever we want. So, what does it mean to be free? It is a common question. Everyone wants to be free. People even sacrifice their lives to try and gain freedom. So what does true freedom look like? Jesus says, in the Bible’s gospel of John; “If you hold to my teaching you really are my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” That might seem like a surprising answer. According to Jesus, true freedom is found in holding or committing your life to his teaching. True freedom is not being free to do whatever we like. True freedom is found in following and setting your life on Jesus’ promises, setting your life on what Jesus says is true and right and good. The surprise is that true freedom is being free to do what we ought to do, that is, to live the way that God intended for us to live by following his son Jesus.

Anthony Walker, Owner-Manager Bank of Queensland. Anthony.walker@boq.com.au

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 1st 1.00 to 1.40pm 35 Flavel Street

PENRITH

OFFERS OVER $699,950

Larger Than Life

Sitting pride of place on a large corner block, this spectacular “Young” built family home awaits. Boasting six bedrooms, study, four bathrooms and numerous separate living areas, this home is unique. To complete the package is a double lock up garage, teenage retreat and purpose built carport to house a Winnebago. This home needs to be seen to appreciate its numerous features and immense size. Web ID: PEN11314

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4

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918m2

• Main bedroom with ensuite and parents retreat • Double lock up garage with ample under house storage • Purpose built carport for Winnebago • Timber Kitchen with stainless steel appliances • Formal lounge and formal dining room • Teenage retreat with bathroom and kitchenette • High Ceilings with ornate cornice work

SOUTH PENRITH

OFFERS OVER $499,950

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What More Could You Want?

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5

716m2

• Double detached garage with single carport • Three way bathroom • Study • Covered Entertaining area • 716m2 block (approx.) • Sought after location • Large main with built in robe

Rarely do you find a home with these features in the highly sought after South Penrith. Boasting four large bedrooms, three way bathroom and ample living area, this home is the complete package. With double carport and side access leading to a large double detached garage with single carport, this home is perfect for the car enthusiast or family looking to store those prized possessions. Web ID: PEN11312

OPEN HOUSE Sat 1st 11.00 to 11.40am 2/48 Oxford Street

CAMBRIDGE PARK

OFFERS OVER $349,950

Downsize Or Invest

If you are looking to invest or downsize, then this three bedroom home will be perfect for you. Boasting a large modern kitchen, polished floorboards and a covered tiled patio, all the work has been done. Situated on a corner block with side access with a low maintenance yard it is perfect for the astute investor or those looking to downsize. Web ID: PEN11313

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1

452m

The peaceful acreage setting is a wonderful backdrop for this substantial family residence. The gently sloping parcel of land is also improved by a magnificent in ground pool, dam, tennis court and multiple platforms for social gatherings. Experience the difference now and be the envy of your friends - you won’t be disappointed. Web ID: LEN10792

• Large modern Kitchen • Stainless steel appliances • Second Toilet • Covered tiled Patio • Large Carport • Split System air conditioning • Currently rented at $350.00 per week

PENRITH

OFFERS OVER $249,950

Great Opportunities!

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Whether you are an investor or a first home buyer looking to get into the market, this unit is definitely one for the short list. Located on the top floor, with a current tenant pay $280.00 per week and with the building being fairly young, this property also offers more. Add to this the very convenient location to schools, buses and train station, this is certainly one property that should not be missed. Web ID: GLM10547

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• An oversized bedroom • Great size bathroom • Large lounge room • Air conditioning • Security Entry • Underground parking • Close To Amenities

OFFERS OVER $2,300,000

ORCHARD HILLS Acres Of Style

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6

4

6

20,300m2

• An additional features list is also available • Study + storage facilities • Remote garage / perimeter gate • Ducted air conditioning • Tennis court / in ground pool / dam • Integrated refrigerated storage units • Alarm system

PENRITH

STARTING FROM $375,000

Small Complex – Big Opportunity

With only ten other units in the complex you will enjoy a lifestyle free of maintenance. Located moments from the train station and the heart of Penrith you will be doing well to find a better example of contemporary living. Astute investors should also enquire. Why not take advantage of the exciting anticipated weekly rental returns on offer. Enjoying easy access to Penrith’s busy CBD. Web ID: LEN10791

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LEONAY

OPEN HOUSE Sat 1st 12.00 to 12.40pm 60 Brougham Street

OFFERS OVER $599,950

Love At First Sight

Meticulously maintained this property offers much more size than can be seen from the street. In total there is the provision for up to five bedrooms combined with generous servings of living areas. The in ground pool and double garage completes the package. This popular suburb accommodates a primary school and offers easy access to the motorway Leonay Golf Course. Web ID: LEN10810

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682m

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• Four Bedrooms and study • Multiple living areas • Spectacular views • Inground Pool • Entertaining Area • Highly Sough Location

OFFERS OVER $729,950

EMU PLAINS Brand New Executive Residence

Superbly crafted and completed with outstanding quality throughout. Four spacious bedrooms combine with an open and contemporary floor plan. Brand new and complete with ducted air conditioning, this residence will make you the envy of your friends. The double garage, three bathrooms, modern façade and approx. 600 m2 block completes the package. Web ID: LEN10793

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 1st 12.00 to 12.40pm 45 Bunyarra Drive

OFFERS OVER $599,950

Situated on sought after Nepean Street in the heart of the Golden triangle is this wonderful presented family home. The home is freshly painted throughout and boasts two separate living areas and an updated timber kitchen. Separate living quarters under the main roof will offer peace of mind if you’re thinking of bringing mum with you, but with separate entry and a double carport you might want to take advantage of the extra income potential. Web ID: LEN10814

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• Ensuite + WI Robe to main • Built in wardrobes • Ducted air conditioning • Lounge/dining/family rooms • Well-appointed kitchen + WI Pantry • Internal laundry + powder room • Shadow line plaster work

OPEN HOUSE Sat 1st 11.00 to 11.40am 72 Nepean Street

A Walk To Nepean River

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 1st 11.00 to 11.40am 23 Panorama Avenue

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• Golden Triangle • Four Bedrooms - two with built ins • Modern timber kitchen • Sunroom • Fully renovated self contained studio • Covered entertaining area • Walking distance to Nepean river, schools, transport and parks

EMU PLAINS

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Parkside Residence

With up to five bedrooms in total you and your family will appreciate the sheer size on offer. The master suite enjoys a bathroom and retreat while the lower level contains the remaining bedrooms. Social gatherings will be a breeze surrounded by established gardens complimented by a peaceful park outlook. This popular suburb accommodates numerous schools and parks. Web ID: LEN10823

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2

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655m2

• Fresh paint + carpet • Master bedroom + parent’s retreat • Optional theatre room • Timber floors • Split system air conditioning • Manicured gardens • 3kw Solar Panels

OPEN HOUSE Sat 1st 1.00 to 1.40pm 18 Gwandalan Street

EMU PLAINS

OFFERS OVER $549,950

Two Homes – One Block

What a great opportunity to accommodate your family and the extended family! In arguably one of the most convenient locations in the area this superbly maintained home will please you at every turn. Renovated throughout the main residence enjoys a contemporary finish and leads to a wonderful covered entertaining area. Only a viewing will do this home justice. Web ID: LEN10820

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556m2

• Renovated main residence • Self-contained 2nd dwelling • Walking distance to schools • Timber floors • Side access • Sunroom • Single carport

EMU PLAINS

OPEN HOUSE Sat 1st 1.00 to 1.40pm 42 Wedmore Road

OFFERS OVER $1,400,000

Absorb The River Views

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• Master suite with ensuite + private balcony • Formal lounge room that captures stunning river views • Renovated kitchen + island bench • Timber flooring • Sunken rumpus room + views of the in ground pool • Substantial covered entertaining area • Modern bathrooms

EMU HEIGHTS

OFFERS OVER $559,950

All The “I Wants”

Why compromise when you can have it all! Stretching across two levels this property enjoys features that will please the whole family. You’ll love the ample living spaces, renovated kitchen, two bathrooms and four bedrooms. There is accommodation for four cars, an in ground pool and great entertaining area. This popular suburb offers access to bus stops and the Blue Mountains. Web ID: LEN 10824

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Four bedrooms Multiple living spaces In ground pool Undercover entertaining area Double garage Double Carport Renovated kitchen

Emu Plains

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Cranebrook

Penrith

Lennox Centre

30 Mulgoa Road

134D Great Western Hwy

5 Wascoe Street

7 Great Western Highway

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way

429 High Street

91 Great Western Hwy

4735 2121

4733 6999

4739 8800

4739 1111

4751 8888

4730 1122

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From the comfort of your private balcony or from the vantage point on the front verandah, you and your family will enjoy the peaceful ambience that only a water view can provide. This executive residence showcases open plan living complimented by a host of features that will make you the envy of your friends. This popular suburb offers easy access to public transport and the motorway. Web ID: LEN10794

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GLENMORE PARK As Good As New!

Here’s an opportunity for you to get into a newer home without the hassle of building. This home located in Glenmore Ridge is less than two years old and is ideal for a first home buyer or someone looking to downsize. With this and many other features, homes like this don’t often come onto the market. With other new homes surrounding, the close proximity to the Northern road exit and other amenities plus the affordability of this home, an inspection is highly recommended. Web ID: GLM10548

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350m2

• Three bedrooms • Ducted air conditioning • High ceilings • Down lights • Double garage • Alfresco area • Tiled throughout

OPEN HOUSE Sat 1st 2.00 to 2.40pm 31 Saddler Way

GLENMORE PARK

$675,000

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Blue Hills Masterpiece With Blue Mountains Views

Boasting a key Blue Ribbon location perfectly situated for a lifestyle of convenience and peace in the well sought after Blue Hills area is this stunning Masterton Home on a 814sqm block complimented with far too many luxurious options to list, with views to the Blue Mountains. Peacefully positioned on the high side of Saddler Way, this home offers everyday living and leaves nothing to be desired by way of comfort and appeal for the growing family. Close to shops, schools, reserves, transport and the M4. Web ID: GLM10539

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2

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814m2

• Four bedrooms with built ins • Main with ensuite • Open plan kitchen • Outdoor undercover entertaining • Ducted air-conditioning and vacuum • Double garage • Space for a pool

Glenmore Park

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Cranebrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Penrith

30 Mulgoa Road

91 Great Western Hwy

134D Great Western Hwy

5 Wascoe Street

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way

7 Great Western Highway

Lennox Centre

429 High Street

4733 6999

4735 8888

4739 8800

4739 1111

4730 1122

4751 8888

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LLANDILO Country Life – Close To Town

Enjoying all you would expect from acreage living, this established residence will please the growing family. The kids and pets will love the ability to roam free; there is ample space for the big boys toys, in ground pool for the warmer weather and an undercover great area to host the family’s social gatherings.

Web ID: LEN10822

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2

3

23000m2

• Four bedrooms • Huge rumpus room • Ducted air conditioning • Massive entertaining area • Renovated kitchen • Ensuite to main • Triple garage

OFFERS OVER

The Whole Package

This home is waiting for a family whether as an investment or as a place to call home. With a superb locations, position and outlook, the property is in excellent condition featuring a new kitchen and bathroom both renovated in the last two years. Recently painted this home also features tiled and carpet flooring and is set on the high side of the road with mountain and park views. Web ID: CRA10512

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If you are looking for some extra space for the family, this large family home located in the ever popular Castlereagh is awaiting your inspection. Located in a very quiet street in a very high sorted suburb, this fabulous family home will give you the size, space and will even accommodate the extended family in absolute comfort.

Web ID: GLM10538

CASTLEREAGH

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20234.4m2

• Seven bedrooms plus study • Large formal and informal living rooms • Bathrooms up and downstairs (four in total) • Large modern kitchen • Ducted air conditioning/vacuum • Four car garage, double carport, workshop • Five beautiful acres (approximately)

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Wonderfully preserved this much loved family home will suit those seeking the acreage aspect combined with city convenience. Beyond the traditional façade is a three bedroom floor plan that is accompanied by generous servings of living space that is improved by the comfort of ducted air conditioning and huge carport.

Web ID: LEN10796

$1,200,000 6

20300m2

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7530m2

• Huge separate rumpus room • Ducted air conditioning • Oversized double garage + workshop space. • Covered car accommodation for up to 8 cars • Timber kitchen • Park like grounds • Front security gates

Cranebrook

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Penrith

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way

Lennox Centre

134D Great Western Hwy

5 Wascoe Street

7 Great Western Highway

91 Great Western Hwy

30 Mulgoa Road

429 High Street

4730 1122

4735 2121

4739 8800

4739 1111

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4735 8888

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If you have a large or growing family and dreaming about park life acreage then you’ll love this huge residence. Set on five acres (approximately) this seven bedroom home also includes a study, vast formal and informal living areas, plus high ceilings which add to the spacious feel of the property. Outside there is a huge car garage/ workshop, lots of bench and cupboard space Web ID: CRA10374

568m2

• Six large bedrooms • Four bathrooms • Multiple living areas • Triple garage • Triple carport • Approximately five acres • Separate access to a granny flat

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Acreage So Close To Town

$420,000

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Complete package

Beautiful Bush Back Drop

Th is large 5 bedroom family home ticks all the boxes featuring: • Spacious kitchen • 5 bedrooms • Stainless steel appliances • Ensuite • Tiled & carpet flooring • Walkin robe • Ducted air • Built in robes • Alfresco area • Formal lounge • Double remote garage • Family room • Landscaped gardens • Rumpus room Located within walking distance to schools shops & transport this much loved family home is sure to impress! Contact Michael Ball on 0414 264 668.

• 3 large bedrooms • Large separate living areas • Immaculate kitchen and bathroom • Brilliant enclosed veranda with gorgeous bush outlook • Level rear yard with established gardens • Whisper quiet location and close to schools and the bus Positioned in a lovely quiet street is this immaculately presented 3 bedroom family home. Offering loads of potential with large separate living areas, good size kitchen and bathroom, a gorgeous enclosed north facing veranda looking out to the bushland behind, well maintained and established gardens and in a street surrounded by nice homes. Situated on a good size block and within easy access to the local primary school this property is a delight to inspect.

Cambridge Park

Mt Riverview

Offers Over $580,000

Contact Michael Ball at Michael Ball Realty Penrith on 0414 264 668 or 4732 2888 • www.mbrrealty.com.au

Offers over $479,000

Contact Dukes Estate Agents Emu Plains on 4735 6600 or Penrith on 4722 2626 • www.dukesestateagents.com.au

19 Westbank Avenue, Emu Plains

Offers over $499,000

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THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE Be you a builder, renovator or someone looking to secure a fantastic allotment in a premier position to build your dream home, then look no more. Currently leased at $400 per week until May 2014, giving you time to weigh up all your options. This home will simply not last.

• 727sqm approximately, near level block, with 20m frontage approximately • 3 bedrooms, 2 with built-ins • 2 living areas • L shaped lounge, dining with access to the sunroom • Fully fenced rear yard great for kids • Walking distance to schools, shops and train • Scenic river walk just around the corner

Shop 26, Winmalee Shopping Village, 14-28 White Cross Road, Winmalee Phone: 4754 4911 www.boydsrealty.com.au WW6828


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Complete Package

Perfect Package First time offered this much loved 3 bedroom home is waiting for the next family to enjoy & bring up the kids! Features include • 3 Bedrooms • Built in robes • Formal lounge & dining • Meals area • Large family room • Updated kitchen • Dishwasher • Ducted air • Split system air • Ceiling fans • Fire place • Rain water tank • Pergola area • Double tandem remote garage. Located within walking distance to schools, shops & transport.

Cambridge Park

Offers Over $580,000 Werrington

This large 5 bedroom family home ticks all the boxes featuring:• 5 bedrooms • Ensuite • Walkin robe • Built in robes • Formal lounge • Family room • Rumpus room • Spacious kitchen • Stainless steel appliances • Tiled & carpet flooring • Ducted air • Alfresco area • Double remote garage • Landscaped gardens. Located within walking distance to schools shops & transport this much loved family home is sure to impress!

Offers Over $390,000

Contact Michael Ball 0414 264 668

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Escape to Paradise

Home Sweet Home This beautifully presented much loved family home features 3 bedrooms, built in robes, split system air conditioning, updated kitchen, large sunroom and a sparkling inground pool, perfect for the family on those hot summer days! With a single car garage and double carport and well established gardens this home is ideally located, within walking distance to shops, schools, parks and public transport.

Glenmore Park

Offers Over $650,000 Werrington Downs

What a wonderful opportunity to purchase a beautiful ex- display Jandson Home in Glenmore Park. This spacious home has it all, perfect for the executive couple or family with children, yearning for privacy. Surrounded by a beautiful garden and low maintenance backyard, which offer’s an entertaining area with an inviting spa. Close to the Northern Road exit and wonderful parklands of Glenmore, this home boosts 5 large bedrooms with built in robes to all, ensuite and main bathroom, ducted air conditioner, alarm and sound system throughout. The Formal lounge can be closed off from the kitchen, complete with a rumpus room and every day dining area, that would accommodate the largest of families. The oversized kitchen is heavenly with stainless steel appliances and granite bench tops pleasing any budding chef. The drive through garage makes easy access to the backyard area and extended future family functions. Don’t hesitate call now and make an appointment to see one of Glenmore’s finest.

Contact Melinda Willliams 0419 998 509

Offers Over $480,000

Contact Catherine Ball 0437 322 888

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Open Home Sat 2:00 – 2:30pm 241 Great Western Highway

Warrimoo

Offers over $650,000 Blaxland

Architectural Design

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Backing onto the bush land this architectural designed master piece is sure to impress! • Double story • 4 bedrooms • Ensuite to main • Bathroom access to second master • Balcony access • Walk in robe • Built in robes • Study • Formal lounge • Dining • Meals area • Family room • Amazing kitchen • Stainless steel appliances • Island bench • Tiled and carpet floors • Down lights • Ducted air conditioning • Rain water tank • Double remote garage • 2 x balconies • 2085 sqm block. With fantastic views from both balconies your friends and family will enjoy being entertained while taking in the natural surroundings! Contact Michael Ball 0414 264 668 Michael

Tracey

Licensed Agent/ Licensed Agent Licenced Auctioneer

Offers over $480,000

Potential Plus This 4 bedroom home offers loads of potential with its detached retreat! Features include • 4 Bedrooms • Built in robes • Large lounge room • Large family room • Natural gas • Gas cooking • Dishwasher • Split system air conditioner • In ground pool • Rear yard access • Off street parking. With a detached retreat above the single garage with a bathroom this home offers potential plus! Located within walking distance to schools, shops and transport this home ticks all the boxes. Contact Michael Ball 0414 264 668

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Cranebrook 13 Fireball Avenue Be quick for this one!!!

• 630 sqm block – great for a granny flat!! (STCA) • Separate family room • 2 air cond. + a pot belly stove • Huge undercover area + great size shed • Close to shops, bus stop & schools

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Kingswood 2/43-45 Rodgers Street

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Superbly presented executive home set on a 4041m2 block. Totally renovated nothing to do. Amazing master bedroom with sitting area and huge ensuite. The perfect summer entertainer with a huge alfresco area. There are so many features that only an inspection will reveal how incredible it is.

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Sale Offers Over $920,000 View Saturday 2.30-3.00pm David Turner 0414 306 040 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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Current rent return $540.00 pw!! • 2 properties on a 556 sqm block • Dual incomes with fantastic return • Potential to improve the weekly income • Flat consists of 1 bedroom $220 pw • House consists of 3 bedrooms $320 pw • Fully separate yards and access for both

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Wallacia - Northumberland Green 11 Kadiera Close

Perfect 11 out of 10

2 bedroom apartment in security complex approximately 600 meters to Kingswood Railway Station and Kingswood CBD shops. Features include a living area, modern kitchen with separate dining area, undercover patio area off the living room, internal laundry and a single lock up garage under the building with security access. Located only 450 meters to the Nepean Hospital Campus.

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• Use as a home/office (STCA) • 2 separate entrances & 2 separate yards • 2 kitchens & 3 family rooms & a study • Live in the house & lease out the flat • Fantastic presentation throughout • Spacious rooms throughout

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Kingswood 31/63-64 Park Avenue

So close to Station

• Excellent tenant paying $280 pw • Lease expires April 2014 • 2nd floor, security complex, single garage • Rear of complex overlooking reserve area • Levies $583 p/qtr Council $187 p/qtr Water $163 per qtr

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Larger Than Life

D.A Approved For a Child Care Centre!

Sitting pride of place on a large corner block, this spectacular “Young” built family home awaits. Boasting six bedrooms, study, four bathrooms and numerous separate living areas, this home is unique. To complete the package is a double lock up garage, teenage retreat and purpose built carport to house a Winnebago. Th is home needs to be seen to appreciate its numerous features and immense size. appliances • Main bedroom with ensuite and • Formal lounge and formal dining room parents retreat • Teenage retreat with bathroom • Double lock up garage with ample and kitchenette under house storage • High Ceilings with ornate cornice work • Purpose built carport for Winnebago • Timber Kitchen with stainless steel Dominating this cul-de-sac in a peaceful setting this enormous home is perfect for the large family. Situated with-in walking distance to Penrith station, local shops and schools this home offers everything plus more.

Very rarely does an opportunity like this come around. Located in the growing area of Orchard Hills and ideal for the long term investor, this property has a full D.A approval for a 90 child pre-school and child care centre. It also has a large shed, enormous carport and is parcelled on more than seven acres of cleared land. • Th ree Bathrooms • Five Large Bedrooms • Double Garage • Five Living Areas • Huge Veranda • Ducted Air-conditioning • Polished Floors With the very convenient location and being within a short distance to the M4, schools and most public transport facilities, whether an investor or someone who wants a very large single level home, this property is surely not to be missed. So give us a call and book your private inspection as seeing this amazing property is the only way to do it justice!

Penrith

Orchard Hills

Offer Over $699,950

WEB ID: PEN11314

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

Expressions of Interest

WEB ID: GLM10546

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

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4 Moore Street 67 Maraket Avenue

ORCHARD HILLS Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook

2/48 Oxford Street 52 Barlow Street

Jim Aitken Penrith Michael Ball Realty

13 Fireball Avenue 32 Tornado Crescent

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72 Nepean Street 45 Bunyarra Drive 60 Brougham Street 18 Gwandalan Street

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Sat 11.00-11.40am

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Sat 2.30-3.00pm

11 Kadiera Close

Sat 2.00-2.30pm

241 Great Western Highway

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26 Gibson Avenue

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hey are very popular with tradesmen all over the Penrith area so it’s no surprise that the Toyota HiLux ute has recorded its 800,000th sale in Australia. When fi reworks erupted to welcome 2014, Toyota’s figures showed HiLux had clicked over to 799,738 sales since the nameplate was introduced to Australia in 1971. Toyota’s executive director of sales and marketing, Tony Cramb, said the fi nal 262 vehicles needed to achieve the 800,000 milestone would have been sold early in the New Year. “Placed end to end in a straight line, those 800,000 vehicles would stretch further than Sydney to Perth, which is a great indication of how well HiLux is suited to Australian conditions,” Mr Cramb said. “Incredible loyalty from existing owners and constant take-up by new customers has resulted in tremendous sales success for HiLux – and it remains the best-selling vehicle of its type.” HiLux has been Australia’s leading commercial vehicle for the past 16 years in a row and the top-selling four-wheel drive vehicle for the past nine. It is the only ute to have topped the monthly national sales charts – a feat it achieved twice last year – which helped it claim overall third place in 2013 with 39,931 sales. “HiLux has built an enviable reputation for toughness and reliability over an extended period in Australia,” Mr Cramb said.

The Toyota HiLux is a constant winner with drivers.

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“HiLux owners love their vehicles and are extremely loyal,” he said. “Their passion and support reflect the strength and quality of both HiLux and the Toyota brand.” More: www.toyota.com.au.

doubling as a spacious family vehicle for weekends and holidays.” Mr Cramb said HiLux customers praised the vehicle’s off-road ability and attributes such as excitement, styling, quality, performance and value.

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Pleasant weather again highlighted the harness racing at the Penrith Paceway last Thursday night and a good crowd attended. Race one saw Only One Slim (odds of $3.50) with David White aboard fin ish fi rst after getting off the inside at the 500m mark and racing wide on the home turn. One to watch from this race is Snap To It for an early future win as he worked hard outside the leader and battled on well. Outsider, Waste of Time ($17.10) stole the second race after some early interference caused checks to a number of runners. Driver David Morris was able to lead for the entire journey with the favourite Kings and Glory running on too late. Just Like Sophie ($4.60) gave Jim Douglas the fi rst of a driving double in the third race. Jim took the trail behind the

well backed leader The Watch Dog, then was able to get out at the 400m mark and fi nish off much well in the straight. Persona ($7.20) did a good job winning the fourth race, going up early to sit outside the leader and then dashed away at the 300m for a comfortable win for driver Josh Osbourne. Favourite Oh You Lucky Th ing ($1.80) proved lucky for his supporters in the fifth and went straight to the lead giving driver James Ponsonby an easy win. Isle of Man ($1.30) was too good for consistent placegetter Yongala Den in the sixth. Driver Gavin Fitzpatrick took him from last early to sit outside Yongala Den and was just too strong in the home run. In the seventh race The Myth was favourite, which proved the right omen giving Jim Douglas his driving double.

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The NDBA Junior Championships were held last week and thanks to Blacktown Workers and Kingswood Clubs for looking after all participants and supporters well. The Fours were won by Andrew Watkins, Thomas Holburn (Glenbrook Panthers), Luke Millican and Emmett McLeod (Penrith) defeating Brendan Maggs, Ryan Keen, Tiffany Ellis, Kane Shorter (all Kingswood) 31-14. Th is is the fourth time Thomas Holburn has won the Fours and he is only 11-years-old. The Pairs winners were Andrew Watkins and Emmett McLeod defeating Brendan Maggs and Kane Shorter. The Singles winner was an all Wisemans Ferry Final with Luke Millican victorious over Andrew Watkins. Penrith held a Five A-side Australia Day event and the winners were Haydn Scala,

Noel Selby, Dave Jory, Donna Jory and Ruth Wood with a win over Brenda Burns, Jim Burns, Shirley Harmer, John Harmer and Cliff Fay. Taren Point was the big winner at the 2013 Bowls NSW Player Awards; Bowls NSW recognised the outstanding performances of players and clubs and announced the newest inductee into the John Young Hall of Fame. Taren Point claimed the Best Performed Club of the Year award after finishing as Champions in both the CashBack City State Grade 1 Pennant and the Gold Division of the Club Challenge. Added to this they were runners up in the Grade 3 State Pennant. Players from Taren Point also claimed the 2013 NSW State Pairs and were runners up in the State Triples.

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67 2014 REGISTRATIONS All registrations are required to be done online through www.myfootballclub.com.au

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Trials will be held for the 16 Boys Div1 Monday 3 February

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Jessica Fox in action last weekend. Photo: Sportscene.

Jess foxes the opposition: Star paddler too good at home

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essica Fox has taken out four major titles in three days as fellow Penrith paddlers Noemie Fox, Ian Borrows and Angus Thom pson also starred at last weekend’s Australian Open and National Slalom Championships held at Penrith’s Whitewater Stadium. After winning both the K1 and C1 National Titles earlier in the weekend, Fox continued her blistering form last Sunday adding the K1W and C1W Australian Open titles to her 2014 scorecard. In the same event in which she won silver at the London Games, Fox took out the K1W title despite incurring a twosecond time penalty for a gate touch. The 19-year-old completed the 20 gate course in 100.50 seconds, 1.09 seconds ahead of Victorian Sarah Grant. NSWIS paddler Rosalyn Lawrence fi nished third. Fox followed her K1 victory with a dominant performance in the C1, fi nishing more than eight seconds ahead of Lawrence in second place. Fox’s sister, Noemie, fi nished third to join her older sister on the senior podium for the fi rst time. “It is cool to share with my sister, it is probably the fi rst time so that will be pretty good,” Noemie said. The younger Fox also won the junior

National C1W title ahead of fellow Penrith paddler Alexandra Broome. She has now put herself in a strong position in the chase for selection to compete at the ICF Junior and U23 World Championships over the next few months. “I want to paddle to the best of my ability and obviously compete at the World Championships in April because it is my home course and do my best there and see how I rank compared to all the other internationals,” she said. The local male paddlers were also in the thick of things with Penrith junior Angus Thompson winning the junior classification in 94.25 seconds despite a two-second penalty for a gate touch. Also doing well was Penrith’s Ian Borrows who clinched his fi rst major title winning the open C1M event. The 24-year-old built on a solid semifi nal performance earlier in the day to dominate the fi nal winning in 96.03 seconds, 3.67 seconds ahead of Victorian Christian Fabris and Ethan Hodson. “I am pretty happy, I paddled the way I wanted to paddle. I had a touch on gate six and I thought I was going to get pushed out a bit but I gave it a bit more through the rest of the sections and managed to come out on top,” Borrows said. “It was my fi rst big race win so [I’m] really happy and hopefully it is a good start for the rest of the season.”

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Now Registering for the 2014 Season Registrations now online

2014 REGISTRATIONS To be held in the Bennett Room at The St Marys Band Club Great Western Highway St Marys

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NRL acts on time wasting

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aster restarts of play and improving player safety are among the key rule and interpretation changes for the NRL this season. Less scrums and time-off calls in the fi nal minutes of matches are among a raft of changes that will be in place when the competition commences next month. “These changes will enhance entertainment for fans and increase safety for players,” said NRL Head of Football, Todd Greenberg. “It has involved an extensive review process that started with members and fans through the NRL Nation and has involved all NRL clubs and coaches and the game’s Competition Committee.” The changes are: Zero tackle from 20m restarts: The fi rst tackle after a 20m optional kick will be called a zero tackle. The rule change provides an extra tackle to discourage tactical kicks and negative play when the ball is kicked dead to slow down the game and deny wingers and fullbacks the chance to return kicks. 40/20 restarts: The team that performs a 40/20 kick will restart play with a tap kick 20m in from touch at the point it crossed the line instead of at a scrum. Restarts from kicks out on the full: A handover will be awarded when the ball is kicked out on the full on any tackle. Stop the clock: During the last fiv e minutes of a match, the clock will stop following a conversion or penalty kick at goal until play restarts at halfway.

The interpretation change will add excitement during close matches, provide consistency across matches and reduce potential time-wasting. Quick taps: A quick penalty restart will be permitted on any infringement except 10m penalties, where the referee issues a caution or within 10m of the opposition goal line. The interpretation change encourages more continuous play. Captain communication: Captains will only be able to speak to referees during a stoppage in play (tries, injury break or when referee is issuing a caution). Penalties and scrums are not considered stoppages of play. Captains will be given an opportunity to speak to the referees as players leave the field for half-time. Goal-kicking time limit: The referee will call time-off at approximately one minute, 20 seconds following the scoring of a try. Fines will still apply to clubs when a player takes longer than one minute, 40 seconds to take a conversion. Cannonball tackles: When a player is being held in an upright position by two defenders, any additional tackler must make initial contact to the player in possession above the knee. In addition, referees will be instructed to call held earlier on upright tackles to deter unnecessary third-man tackles. Crusher tackles: The Match Review Committee will be directed to charge crusher tackles at the higher end of the scale to provide a greater deterrent. What are your thoughts on the NRL’s rule changes? Are they good for the game, or just confusing? Email news@ westernweekender.com.au.

David Simmons in action for the Panthers. There will be significant rule changes to the NRL this year.

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Whitewater venue posts $137,800 loss but things are starting to look up

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Brighter future: Jack Hodge at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium. Photo: Melinda Jane.

volume of community and racing events held at the stadium this month, whitewater rafting might pique the interests of tourists and boost the centre’s operations. “It was great that Penrith Council in the lead up to the Olympics recognised the benefits of having a community facility such

as this, because the whitewater stadium is certainly unique,” Mr Hodge said. “However, the community events and races are not what sustains the centre fi nancially – our commercial operations such as the whitewater rafting experiences and swiftwater rescue courses keep the

facility open – so the community and commercial operations need to operate in tandem.” Last year the stadium recorded a net loss of $137,800. The venue is anticipating better results in the forthcoming year.

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f you think the waters at Penrith Whitewater Stadium are churning, wait until hundreds upon hundreds of competitors head down the rapids in the next two months. In one of the busiest parts of the year, Penrith Whitewater Stadium is set to host a series of national and international racing events over the summer months, culminating in the World Junior and Under 23’s Slalom Championships in April. Stadium manager Jack Hodge said that January has been jam-packed with competitive slalom events, starting with the National Schools Championships on January 20 and 21. “Then we had the Australian Open and Australian Championships from January 24 to 26, which saw international competitors and national competitors alike trying to win a title,” he said. February 21-23 will see the Oceania Championships held at the Penrith venue and then the World Championships in the fi rst week of April. Mr Hodge is loving seeing the venue so busy. “Th is time of year is always very busy for us,” he said. “We have international competitors from Europe training here over summer, because it is very difficult for them to train in a European winter and this season has been particularly cold overseas.” The Whitewater Stadium last year had an underwhelming fi nancial performance, however, Mr Hodge hopes that with the high


Festival of fish: Annual event expecting boost in numbers

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Phil Gould is confident the Panthers will emerge as a major success story on the field.

Gus eyes third premiership: Gould on deck until 2017 Story continued from back page “We still have a long way to go and a lot of hard work in front of us but make no mistake, from now on Panthers is not in the NRL competition to simply make up the numbers. We are not even in this competition to run second. Our goal is to work hard towards securing our next premiership,” Gould said. And that long-awaited third premiership may not be that far off if you look at the abundance of youth and experience the Panthers have developed and recruited over the recent off-season. With marquee signings like Jamie

Keen locals will be taking part in Fishfest this year. Photo: Melinda Jane.

Soward, Elijah Taylor, Jamal Idris and Brent Kite among a host of others signed up for the next couple of years, fans have every reason to be excited about the future. “I am extremely pleased with the way our playing roster looks for the 2014 season,” Gould affir med. “Every player we have recruited for season 2014 had other options available to them. The fact they have chosen to come to Panthers is great recognition for what we are doing here.” Gould said his role over the last few years at Penrith has been “diverse” and he expects it to be that way over the next couple of years.

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t’s time to pull out the old fishing rod from behind the cupboard, hook on some bait and try your luck at the Penrith Panthers Fishing Club’s Fishfest this year. Celebrating its 30th year next month, the always challenging but fun weekend event will take place over two days on February 22 and 23 on the Nepean River. Competition Secretary, Peter LeRoy said this year’s Fishfest will be the biggest yet with an increase in participants on the cards.

“We had a 23 per cent increase last year so we are hoping people will come along because not only will they have a good day fishing but they’ll be helping out a local charity,” he said. The fishing club supports Nepean Area Disabilities Organisation with $1 from each entry donated to the local charity. For people worried about the potential lack of fish in the Nepean, Mr LeRoy says there’s an abundance of bass, carp, trout, freshwater herring, catfish and mullet swimming through the local watering hole. Registrations for Fishfest 2014 will take place at the Nepean Rowing Club on Saturday, February 22 at 9am.

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Cricket: The Penrith cricket team are back on track following last week’s fir st loss of the season. In a one day game against Western Suburbs, Penrith batted fi rst scoring 156 off 49.2 overs. Tim Cummins was the best with the bat hitting 36. When Western Suburbs hit the crease, they were bowled out for a lowly 131 with Pat Jackson 5/29 leading the way for the bowlers. Penrith’s next match is a two-day game beginning this Saturday at North Sydney Oval against the 18th placed North Sydney. Penrith remain in second place on the standings.

Rugby Union: The Penrith Emus have announced that the NSW Waratahs rugby team will be visiting Nepean Rugby Park this Tuesday, February 4 from 7-8.30pm for an open training session alongside the Emus boys. Fans are invited to come down and watch the two sides train as well as meet the players for photos and autographs after the session. 2014 is set to be a big season for both teams, so don’t miss out on this rare opportunity.

Cricket: The Penrith Cricket Club’s legendary Captain’s Lunch is back on again this year taking place at the Chairman’s Lounge of Sportingbet Stadium on Friday, February 14 at 12.30pm. Special guests in attendance this year is outgoing cricket commentator Kerry O’Keeffe and Panthers legend Royce Simmons. Tickets cost $125 each or $1150 for a table of 10.

Netball: Sydney Swifts star Abbey McCulloch will be appearing at St Clair Shopping Centre this Saturday, February 1 from 11.30am-12.30pm. McCulloch will be in town as part of the St Clair Netball Club’s Registration Day.

Swimming: A reminder that the Western Sydney Open Water Swim, taking place at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, is on next Saturday, February 8. Organisers are still on the hunt for more competitors of all ages, so if you’re interested call 4730 0000 to register. If you would like your sporting results, club event or anything sports related mentioned in ‘Around the Grounds’ next week please email nathan.taylor@ westernweekender.com.au.

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Baseball: The Penrith Panthers have enjoyed mixed results in their Round 15 clashes against the Ryde Hawks in the State Baseball League. In their mid-week game the Panthers narrowly defeated the Hawks 2-1 but went down on Sunday 4-1. The Panthers are in sixth spot with a 12 win and 15 loss record. Penrith will next play the fi rst placed Baulkham Hills.


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hen Panthers Chairman Don Feltis offered Phil Gould a new deal at the club, it took him just two minutes to accept. Gould signed the contract extension this week that will keep him at the Panthers until the end of 2017. With a year still to run on his current deal, which he signed back in 2011, Gould said the offer from Mr Feltis to remain at the foot of the Mountains for an extended period came “unexpectedly”. “The moment the offer was made however, I had no hesitation in accepting,” Gould told the Weekender on Wednesday. “Don and I shook hands within two minutes. The offer was both flattering and humbling. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two and a half years working with the club and I am enthusiastic about being around for another four seasons.” In his second stint at the Panthers, which began nearly three years ago, Gould along with Penrith’s upper level management including Mr Feltis, Warren Wilson (Panthers Group CEO)

Phil Gould will remain at Penrith until at least the end of the 2017 season. Photo: Melinda Jane.

and Phil Moss (General Manager Rugby League) have dramatically turned the Panthers around from being a team no one but their fans really cared about to a club that’s now on everyone’s lips approaching the 2014 season. “To be honest, the last two years have been

primarily about survival whilst at the same time putting in place the foundations on which we can build the future of the Panthers,” Gould said. Story continues page 70

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