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COP ASSAULTED In news that will sicken the community, a female police officer has been assaulted while simply doing her job in Penrith last weekend. The officer, 33, was attempting to arrest a man for hindering police when she was hit in the mouth. She was then punched a second time during the arrest. Two men were arrested, and are to face court over the incident next month.

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VITAL FUNDS After decades of controversy and confusion, an airport may soon be confirmed for Badgerys Creek. Insets: Ross Fowler and Fiona Scott.

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ne of western Sydney’s longest running sagas is set for its most dramatic development yet when federal Cabinet gives Badgerys Creek airport the green light as early as next week. In a move that will divide opinion locally, it is expected that Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss will recommend approval be given to the project and a $200 million connecting transport network. It will be the most significant development in the issue since the mid 1980’s when Bob Hawke’s

that Badgerys Creek will get the go-ahead, prompting Penrith Mayor, Ross Fowler, to ask: “What really is in this for western Sydney?” Mr Fowler was referring to suggestions that thousands of jobs will be created. “Indeed, the very worst outcome would be for an airport to be dropped into Badgerys Creek without it making a substantial contribution to western Sydney,” Cr Fowler said. Lindsay MP, Fiona Scott said she would not support the airport unless she was convinced it was in the best interests of the community.

government decided Badgerys Creek should house a second Sydney airport. However, despite media reports and strong sources suggesting an announcement is looming, Prime Minister Tony Abbott would not confi rm anything in relation to a timeframe. “I do have to warn you that it’s not imminent and the timeframes that I saw being speculated on in the media this morning you should not necessarily accept,” Mr Abbott said on Wednesday. “But we will make a decision, because that’s what the public expect: the public elect a government to make decisions, not to put them off.” Whatever the timeframe, it now seems inevitable

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Confusion surrounds a re shuffl e o f maintenance workers at Nepean Hospital, putting t he h ospital a nd t he H ealth Services Union on a collision course...

Maintenance workers at Nepean Hospital fear for their futures. Photo: Melinda Jane.

District is currently consulting with staff and the relevant industrial bodies to ensure the three affected employees currently working in Maintenance will be offered meaningful work within the Hospital that better aligns with their skill

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sets,” said a spokesperson for the local hospital. Mr Hayes referred to the situation as “smoke and mirrors”, confused as to where the current employees would end up and concerned they may face a pay cut.

“There are two things we can do to help address Sydney’s growing aviation needs,” Ms Scott said. “First, the infrastructure around Sydney’s primary airport, Kingsford Smith, must be improved to better support accessibility and productivity. Th is will occur with the construction of WestConnex. “Second, any potential western Sydney airport needs to be much more than just tarmac in a cow paddock. It will require a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), extensive community consultation, and a collaborative approach by all three tiers of government. “No community consultation, no airport. And my position will remain unchanged until I’m totally convinced it is in the overwhelming best interests of the people I represent.” Penrith City Councillor, Marcus Cornish, expressed major concern over the news. “Th is is a disgusting outcome for the west. We have basically been sold,” he declared on Wednesday. “The people of western Sydney haven’t had a say.” Cr Fowler said social and environmental impacts of an airport at Badgerys Creek would be considered very closely by Council. “Any proposal must take a holistic approach and provide ongoing and long term benefits to western Sydney,” he said.

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ore than 300 staff members at Nepean Hospital have signed a petition against a maintenance department reshuffle w ith fears that the jobs of three current employees are in the fi ring line. The maintenance jobs currently held by three handymen will be scrapped, to be replaced by three trained tradesman positions and three apprentice positions, leaving the current job holders without their positions. The Health Services Union (HSU) is supporting the three current maintenance workers and is fighting to help them keep their current positions. Over 300 signatures of Nepean Hospital staff members have been recorded on a HSU petition in support of the jobs. “Consultation on a new structure will begin shortly and the HSU will be doing everything in our power to protect these jobs,” said HSU NSW Secretary, Gerard Hayes. It is understood that the three current maintenance workers will not lose their jobs altogether, just the ones they hold currently, and will be offered other positions that the hospital says will be more suited to them. “Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health

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he year after an election has been traditionally quite boring politically – particularly when there’s been a change of government. That’s not so much the case these days with the 24 hour news cycle and social media demanding things happen much quicker and refusing to allow for settling in periods. Tony Abbott has certainly faced some challenges since being elected last September and one of them seems to be dealing with being the fi rst Prime Minister to be so actively hated on social media. Kevin Rudd and to a lesser extent Julia Gillard were almost social media darlings – Rudd in particular had an affi nity with Twitter that saw him appeal to a younger generation. Mr Abbott hasn’t been so lucky and the hostility and vitriol that does the rounds on Twitter and Facebook is not only difficult for Mr Abbott and his staff to deal with, but it’s an embarrassment to us as a civilised country. The latest round of hate centres around Mr Abbott’s comments last week about the ABC, in which he said many people feel that the public broadcaster “instinctively takes everyone’s side but Australia’s”. In that interview with 2GB broadcaster Ray Hadley, Mr Abbott also said: “I think it dismays Australians when the national broadcaster appears to take everyone’s side but its own and I think it is a problem.” Here’s the thing – Mr Abbott was both right and wrong in what he said. There is no doubt that the words he used were a little off – after all, the ABC is not Australia’s PR company and it is not its job to be the country’s cheer squad. The ABC’s aim, like any media organisation, should be to be fair and accurate in all of its reporting, and it was clear that the intent of Mr Abbott’s words was to question whether or not the ABC had lived up to this aim when reporting on claims by asylum seekers that they suffered burns when Navy personnel forced them to hold onto hot pipes coming out of a boat’s engine. It was clear that Mr Abbott feared the story unfairly tarnished the reputation of our Navy and potentially was inaccurate. As it turns out, grave doubts over the ABC’s initial story seem to have been justified after further investigation.

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The Australian reported last Friday that it had “emerged that the person who made the most serious claims to the ABC was not on board the boat where the alleged abuse took place” and that fresh accounts of what happened “suggest the injuries happened during scuffles, [and] cast further doubt on the claims of deliberate abuse”. What I fi nd particularly galling and hypocritical is that the angry mob on social media want to haul the Prime Minister over the coals because he dares question the ABC’s fairness, but the same group seems hesitant to hold the ABC itself up to the same test. And while it would be easy for many of us to simply disconnect from social media, the reality is that millions of people are now influenced by it and some claim it as their only source of news – which is exceptionally dangerous. Let’s address this issue of “bias” at the ABC. I don’t really think there’s any doubt that the ABC gave Labor a pretty soft ride through last year’s election and I would also challenge anyone who says the broadcaster hasn’t swayed the ALP’s way in its reporting for many, many years. But it is quite baffl ing to watch radio stations like 2GB and print media organisations like News Limited scream “bias” about the ABC when their respective coverage of last year’s election was swayed so strongly against Labor that even Stevie Wonder would have seen through it. The truth is, you will be hard pressed to fi nd a major news organisation that doesn’t sway a particular way – which is why it is vitally important to get your news from multiple sources. Your radio has a dial for a reason and your newsagent stocks a variety of newspapers for the same purpose – to give you choice. Being informed is indeed a choice in itself, but these days, the casual observer of news and politics is so often drawn into conversations and debates via social media – and very often by stuck-on supporters of a particular political party who themselves live up to the word “bias” more than anyone. And just on the interview that really saw this ABC story explode last week – I’d encourage everyone who hasn’t heard it to go and listen to the interview between Ray Hadley and Tony Abbott on the 2GB website for some perspective. Mr Abbott’s words, demeanour and attitude have been taken somewhat out of context in the past week. As I say, a poor choice of words yes, but an unfair concern, no.

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ive years of steadfast, unanimous opposition by Penrith Council has amounted to nothing after the State Government has controversially recommended approval of the construction of a hardware store on the former Panasonic site on Station Street. Parkview, who owns the site, indicated in 2012 that they were planning for a commercial development including a Masters Home Improvement store and plaza contrary to Council’s plans and strategic vision for the site. The decision by the Department of Planning to endorse the development has infuriated Councillors, who have long maintained that the site should be used for residential purposes. “Council is very disappointed that its recommendations have not been heeded by the Department of Planning,” Penrith Mayor, Ross Fowler told the Weekender. “Both Council and the local Member of Parliament were not in favour of the development of the hardware store on that site as it is in contradiction to Council’s vision for the city centre.” Cr Fowler said it was frustrating that plans presented to Council in 2008 for a primarily residential development that complemented development of North Penrith were abandoned by Parkview. “The owners came to us originally with a plan that book-ended the city with the development of Thornton and what they originally proposed was acceptable to Council,” he said.

In 2008, Parkview wanted to construct a 16-storey hotel and some 930 dwellings on the site, which is near Penrith Stadium. In the current plan, stage one of the development includes the Masters store and car parking for 375 cars, with stages two to six including 570 residential apartments, retail shops and a tavern. The estimated capital investment value of the project is $219 million. Labor Councillor John Thain said that the decision is an “absolute outrage”. “How can the Government give us a hardware store when that site was to become one of the crowning jewels of Penrith,” he said. “We had the opportunity to do something special for Penrith and instead we will get this? It is an absolute outrage. “It is going to be a boil in the middle of Penrith and should be lanced.” But the Department of Planning disagrees, and stated that the development will “provide social and economic benefits to the city and region”. “The Department’s reasons for recommending approval of the development are detailed in our assessment report. The independent Planning Assessment Commission will make the fin al determination on the project,” a department spokesperson said. Cr Fowler said he can only hope that the Commission listens to Council’s concerns and acts on them appropriately. What are your thoughts on this news? Email us at news@westernweekender. com.au or have your say on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ westernweekender.

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Council agrees Panthers site is best location for new 14-court regional facility ennis Australia has its sights set on Penrith Panthers as the premier location for a minimum 14-court regional tennis facility. In conjunction with Tennis NSW and Nepean District Tennis Association, the national organisation requested Council’s approval to name the site as the most viable location for the facility and to undertake further investigation into its suitability. “We believe this is a good fit for Tennis NSW and Tennis Australia, with the support of Nepean District Tennis Association, due to its location, auxiliary services and transport opportunities as well as a good opportunity for tennis,” said CEO of Tennis NSW, Alistair MacDonald. “We believe this could be one of 74 regional tennis facilities around Australia and we support that. Tennis Australia has a rebate program with the opportunity to make a fi nancial commitment as well as services commitment and the opportunity to bring events to the region.” Council gave the organisation leave to further investigate the site, agreeing that Penrith Panthers is the most suitable location for the facility. Despite showing his support for the location, Councillor Kevin Crameri voiced a number of concerns regarding the location. “I have grave concerns about the parking down there [at Panthers]. When we get the Caravan and Camping Show it is just chaos – Mulgoa Road is chaos anyway. I just see it as a potential problem,” he said. Mr MacDonald said that issues, such as

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the applicant requested a change of date to Sunday, 11 May 2014. Subsequently the notification period has been extended until 21 February 2014.

Proposed Road Closure of Part Station Lane and Part Old Ferry Road, Penrith

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Crown Lands 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. 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. The road under consideration comprises Council public road, approximately 53 metres long and six metres wide known as part of Station Lane, being that part adjoining Lot 1 DP 976320 at Penrith, Parish of Mulgoa, and County of Cumberland. Upon closure of the road Council intends to retain the closed road as operational land. All interested persons are invited to make submissions concerning the proposal to the General Manager, Penrith City Council, Post Office Box 60, Penrith NSW 2750, within twenty-eight (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. Council Ref: Station Lane Enquiries: Peter Blazek on 4732 7668.

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS The following development application has been received by Council: DA13/1507

147–153 High Street, Penrith Remediation of site including soil removal, replacement soil and compaction Contact: Karl Berzins on 4732 7522 Closing Date: 20 February 2014 The advertising period for this application has been extended to comply with the requirements of the State Environmental Planning Policy No. 55 – Remediation of Land.

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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 DA13/1505. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Belinda Borg on 4732 7991.

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A man was tragically killed in a horror crash between a car and two trucks at Erskine Park on Wednesday evening. Emergency services say they were called to Roper Road near the M4 about 6.30pm on Wednesday after receiving reports of the crash. The male driver of the car died at the scene. The truck drivers were not injured and underwent mandatory blood and urine testing. Police from St Marys Local Area Command are investigating the crash and appealing for any witnesses to come forward. A report will be prepared for the Coroner in relation to the accident and its cause. The accident caused the closure of Roper Road for several hours on Wednesday evening, resulting in massive traffic delays. Additionally, Route 775 and 776 buses were delayed and were forced to use Bennett Road and Explorers Way instead of Roper Road as a result of the tragic accident.

Construction of Industrial Warehouse Building & Use of Premises as a Depot 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 Office of Water under Section 91 of the 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 10 February to 12 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 DA14/0055. 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.

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The Development Application as submitted, involved the Symphony being held on 26 April 2014. However, during the notification of the Development Application,

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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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 13 January 2014 to 21 February 2014.

For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Pukar Pradhan on 4732 7726.

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 Brenda Tripp

NSW Fair Trading Minister and Penrith MP, Stuart Ayres is warning NSW businesses and consumers about a billing scam by a company posing as Yellow Pages. Mr Ayres said the scam, which fir st came to the attention of consumer protection authorities in Australia in 2010, had re-surfaced and NSW Fair Trading was aware of reports from businesses in Wagga Wagga, Moss Vale, Broken Hill and Young. “Businesses are sent unsolicited order forms or invoices from ‘Yellow Page Australia’ and ‘Open Business Directory’ that are simply a scam,” he said. “Businesses should ignore any demands for payment and make sure their staff members are aware of the scam. “The documents can easily be confused with the legitimate Yellow Pages name and walking fi ngers logo and as a result, in the past, many businesses have fallen into the trap of making payments.” Scamwatch website: www.scamwatch. gov.au.

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Lindsay MP Fiona Scott says local schools should consider participating in the Coalition Government’s new $70 million Independent Public School initiative. Ms Scott said the initiative will help government schools across Penrith and St Marys become more independent by increasing their own local governance and community and parental engagement. “I encourage local public schools to express their interest in this fantastic opportunity to become more independent and involve the whole school community in making decisions that will benefit their school and their students,” Ms Scott said. Education Minister, Christopher Pyne said the Government’s education reforms includes a goal of 25 per cent of existing public schools to become Independent Public Schools by 2017. “We are working closely with state and territory education authorities to increase school diversity and give all Australian students choice for a high-quality education,” Mr Pyne said.


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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 10 February 2014 – 7pm (Policy Review Committee) 24 February 2014 – 7.30pm (Ordinary meeting)

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! " COUNCIL BRIEFS s Council and the community will be marking the anniversary of National Apology Day on Thursday, 13 February by planting a sea of hands. Come along and make your own hand to plant at the Pop Up Park, corner of High and Henry Streets, Penrith between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Call 4732 7853 for details. s Council’s Libraries will be promoting Safer Internet Day on 11 February and providing further resources and information during the week (9–15 February). Council will also be promoting upcoming information sessions for parents and children on how to be Cyber Safe, held by St Marys Police. The theme for this year is ‘Let’s create a better internet together’. With this in mind, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has a number of resources for the whole community to use. Some of these resources include: s#YBERSMART3CREENSAVERFORUSEINSCHOOLSANDLIBRARIES promoting positive and safe online engagement s#HATTERBOX DOWNLOADABLECONVERSATIONSERIESPODCASTAND info-graphics) for parents s"LOGPOSTSFORPARENTS Your feedback and comments are welcome. Please send them to jrandall@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au or cybersafety@acma.gov.au s Are you interested in funding opportunities in 2014 with the Australia Council for the Arts? Well on Friday, 21 February between 10am and noon a free session will feature the very latest information on funding opportunities with Community Partnerships and the new Artists with Disability Program at the Penrith Library Theatrette. Guest speakers will be Dr David Sudmalis, Acting Director of Community Partnerships and David Ryding, Program Manager of the Early Career Artists and Producers Program, from the Australia Council for the Arts. This session will be of particular interest to anyone doing creative projects that involve artists and communities working collaboratively together and artists with disability looking for funding opportunities for their creative work. If you’re interested please RSVP by Wednesday, 19 February to Cali Vandyk-Dunlevy on 4732 8098 or cvandyk-dunlevy@ penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

PUBLIC NOTICES Application for the use of Sportsgrounds Winter 2014 15 March 2014 – 7 September 2014 Applications are invited for the use of Penrith City Council’s Sportsgrounds for the 2014 Winter Season.

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Meeting details are as follows: sPM4UESDAY &EBRUARY Penrith Civic Centre, Woodlands Room, High Street, Penrith OR sPM4HURSDAY &EBRUARY Howell Oval, Trevor Wholohan Room, Jamison Road, 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

Proposed Road Closure of Part Weir Road and Part Old Ferry Road, Penrith

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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. 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. The road under consideration comprises the following Council public road: s0ART7EIR2OAD 0ENRITHBEINGANUNFORMEDROAD APPROXIMATELY 80 metres in length and with an area of approximately 1,005 sqm, located between Memorial Avenue and High Street, Penrith. 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.

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Cash positive On the brink of fi nancial disaster just three years ago, the Penrith Panthers NRL club has produced a remarkable turnaround and will not require a cash injection from the Panthers licensed leagues club this year. Panthers Group CEO, Warren Wilson confi rmed that the football club would be “cash positive” in 2014, and would not require the fi nancial boost traditionally relied upon from the club. “Th is is a direct consequence of a complete overhaul of the business model over the last two years,” Mr Wilson said. “Both on and off the field, every aspect of our operation has been under review and all necessary steps taken to get it right.” Panthers joins only four other NRL clubs that are either profitable or at a breakeven position. Penrith’s NRL season begins with a trial match this weekend.

Rates on hold The Reserve Bank kept interest rates on hold at 2.50 per cent this week. The decision meant rates were held at the same position for the sixth consecutive month, the longest period of interest rate stability since 2007. Loan Market Director, Mark De Martino said the decision to leave rates on hold since August last year has given the home fin ance industry the stability to encourage buyers and sellers back to the market. “Homeowners and buyers of this generation haven’t likely seen a period of interest rates this low for this long,” Mr De Martino said. Mr De Martino said it was still unclear if the next rate cut would be up or down.

Character under threat Residents fear for future of historic Mulgoa Village

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he residents of Mulgoa Valley are up in arms about the proposed masterplan for the historic Fernhill Estate, including plans to subdivide some of the lands near Mulgoa Road, Mugloa. Penrith Council has scheduled a meeting for February 12 with residents who have raised concerns about the masterplan, which was submitted to Penrith Council by Fernhill owners Simon and Brenda Tripp earlier this year. President of the Mulgoa Progress Association, Peter Harvey, said that residents do not oppose sympathetic events being held on the estate, but are concerned about major events and residential subdivision. “We are concerned that the subdivision of 54 lots in the eastern precinct, and further lots in the western precinct of which we are yet to see a development application for, will ruin the rural character of Mulgoa Valley,” he said. “We are also concerned that the heritage incentive clause in the Penrith LEP will be exploited and set a precedent for other historical homes in the area to use subdivision as a means to create an income.” Mr Tripp previously informed the Weekender that the subdivision of the Fernhill Estate and subsequent amalgamation of land titles was pivotal to the fi nancial stability of the estate. Mr Harvey said a better solution would be to set up a trust for the property.

Concerned residents Charmaine Wood, Peter Harvey, Pat Callinan and Jeffrey Hill.

“We don’t want to see parts of the estate sold off simply to reduce debt, this is not in the community’s best interest,” he said. Pat Callinan, a Mulgoa resident, said that the group is also disappointed with Councillors and State Members of Parliament. “We have found that Liberal Party members have already made their minds

up and support the masterplan or are simply sitting on the fence,” he said. “They are elected representatives and we would like them to listen to our concerns.” Traffic congestion, changes to the rural character of Mulgoa Village and separation of the proposed housing estate from the rest of the suburb are further reasons the residents disagree with the masterplan.

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ocal families are struggling with increasing costs of basics like fruit and vegetables according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The consumer price index (CPI) data for the December 2013 quarter was released last month, showing that in the last three months, prices on average went up 0.8 per cent. Contributing to the increase was a rise in fruit prices by 8.1 per cent and vegetables by 7.1 per cent. According to Werrington IGA Operations Manager, Richard Rizk, prices of some fruit and vegetables have increased, but there are ways for families to avoid overspending on their grocery bill. “If you look at strawberries, the heat in Victoria has pushed up prices, so it is better to substitute with other berries,” he said. “Lebanese cucumbers are also the more expensive variety of cucumbers and truss tomatoes are better value than gourmet tomatoes.” Mr Rizk has owned the Werrington IGA since October last year and said the fir st decision he made was to change the store’s produce supplier. “The supplier was a large, centralised supplier, but we found someone who grew local produce and delivers fresh fruit and vegetables to us five days a week,” Mr Rizk said. “Th is means we have a better supply of seasonal produce that caters to larger families.”

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Uncertain future Council wants Emus to stay in Regional Park

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“I am not aware of there being any impediment to this issue being open to the public, in fact I prefer it so that people know what is going on with the transfer of the land,” she said. Despite a number of councillors stating their preference for a briefi ng, the public policy review was carried. On Tuesday, the second of the community consultation sessions about the future of the emus was carried out. “Those in attendance were calling on the NSW Government to retain all the emus and sort out the ownership and management of the proposed 900ha Wianamatta Regional Park,” said Geoff Brown of the Western Sydney Conservation Alliance. “The public did not stop there and called on the NSW Government to go back to the drawing board and scrap the entire Regional Park proposal.” Comments: news@westernweekender.com.au.

Two men will appear before court following the alleged assault of a police woman in Penrith. At about 5am on Sunday, February 2, police were called to the car park of a licensed venue on Mulgoa Road regarding the behaviour of two males. Police arrived and spoke to them about their behaviour, which police allege was offensive. Police were arresting a 24-year-old Cranebrook man for his behaviour when the other man, a 20-year-old from Kingswood, became involved, allegedly hindering police. The female offic er, 33, attempted to arrest him for hindering police when he hit her in the mouth. He punched her a second time during the arrest. Other police and security came to assist. Both males allegedly threatened to harm and kill police, with the 20-year-old claiming he was a member of the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang and that offic ers would “pay for” their actions. The 24-year-old was charged with behaving in an offensive manner, resisting arrest and assaulting police. The 20-year-old was charged with “hinder police”, “resist arrest”, “assault police” and “intimidate police”. Both men will appear in Blacktown Local Court on March 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Two young adults have been handed cannabis cautions after police searched a parked vehicle in Jamison Park. Penrith Proactive officers were patrolling York Road at about 9.20pm on Saturday, February 1, when they came across the vehicle and had reason to speak to the occupants. When the window of the vehicle was opened, police became suspicious smelling what they allege to be cannabis. The vehicle was searched and a small amount of the drug was found. The 18-year-old male from Orchard Hills and 20-yearold female from Emu Heights were handed cannabis cautions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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enrith Council is again taking a stand to ensure that Penrith’s much loved emu population remains safely in Wianamatta Regional Park. The relocation of two “troublesome” emus last year sparked concern in the local community, with residents afraid their already dwindling emu population would cease to exist if Lend Lease continued to be permitted to remove them from the site. Strong action put any further relocations on hold until community consultation was undertaken, with the second of these sessions taking place on Tuesday, February 4. “Obviously this is an issue that has sparked some passion in the local community, due to the fact that residents feel a strong sense of affi nity with the fact that they live around the macro fauna that currently live in the former ADI site,” said Councillor Prue Car. Th is week, Council reiterated its dedication to ensuring an emu population remains in the Park, committing to confi rm this with the Minister for Environment. “I am worried that we have to make the State Government aware that a sustainable population shouldn’t be zero, it actually should be more and macro fauna should remain on the site,” Cr Car said. Council also vowed to request the transfer of the remaining lands within the Wianamatta Regional Park, belonging to Lend Lease, to the NSW Government be regarded as a priority for the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure. It was also proposed that a briefi ng between councillors and senior management from the Offic e of Environment and Heritage be held however, causing disquiet, Councillor Car requested that a public meeting with the policy review committee be held.

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Council gives green light to 287 hectare Science Park at Luddenham he fight for more western Sydney jobs is one step closer to a win, with Penrith Council’s support of the proposed Sydney Science Park for Luddenham. The proposed 287 hectare park, to house science based businesses, tertiary institutions, research and development providers and feature both retail and residential components, has the planned potential to create 12,200 jobs and educate 10,000 students. In a unanimous decision at its meeting on Monday night, Council endorsed the planned proposal, which is now to be submitted to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure for Gateway reviews. “Th is particular planned proposal before us is visionary, innovative and is going to create a generation of opportunity for the people of western Sydney and more particularly the people of Penrith,” said councillor Bernard Bratusa. “If you compare the numbers proposed under this development, the Sydney Science Park will generate up to 30 per cent more jobs than Maquarie Park and 100 per cent more jobs than Norwest Business Park.” It was not just the amount of new jobs that pleased councillors at the fi rst Council meeting of 2014 on Monday night, but also the variety of jobs proposed. “We know that with many of these knowledge jobs, or high end jobs, that there is a multiplying factor – sometimes up to seven other jobs or employees are employed around those professionals, so this is a great

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Penrith Mayor, Ross Fowler looks over the plans for the Sydney Science Park at Luddenham. Photo: Melinda Jane.

opportunity for Penrith,” Councillor Mark Davies said. “I just wanted to highlight the aspect of making that shift, that change to bringing

diversity to jobs in the Penrith region, in particular those higher order jobs of the future as we move forward as a city.” The park, which is the vision of the Baiada

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Penrith Progression Today we take great pleasure in launching Penrith Progression, an initiative of Council and the Penrith Business Alliance. Th is is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of Penrith’s future. Penrith Progression aims to revitalise the city centre, attract investors and create local jobs. We’re inviting investors, developers, businesses, government agencies, academia, not-for-profit organisations and the community to register their interest to be part of the process to turn our plans into reality. You take pride in your city and want it to be vibrant and active. You’ve told us you want jobs close to home, better infrastructure and services, and clean and safe public spaces. Over 2014 we’ll work together to identify and test new projects and partnerships for capital investment and development in the city centre. We will deliver an Economic Masterplan, Place-shaping Framework and Activation Plan of key projects for the next 10 to 15 years.

It is with consternation that I see a new roundabout being installed at the intersection of Maxwell Street and Hilliger Road / Aspen Street, South Penrith, near the Pioneer Tavern / Dan Murphy’s establishment. Knowing from my own repetitive experiences the congestion which occurs at the nearest traffic light intersection on Northern Road (a mere 150 metres at most from this roundabout, mind you), I call on the authorities responsible for this ridiculous, ludicrous decision to enlighten me as to the logic behind their thinking. Just how traffic can be expected to flow smoothly, especially in high-volume periods, is beyond me. I can only assume that the hotel’s interests are being considered to enable an easier entry/ exit facility to that establishment for their patrons, and good for them, but I wonder if road commuters will think kindly of the hotel / bottle shop (or more so, the traffic authorities) when they are caught up in lengthy delays around the vicinity. Phil Dengate, Glenmore Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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For approximately five years now I have been in contact with Penrith City Council with regard to a clean-up of a block of land situated at 277-279 Great Western Highway, Emu Plains next to Dukes Cottage. Thi s property was an absolute disgrace, not only for the health issues of asbestos in the building, but also drug addicts who

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frequented it tossing used needles throughout the building. There was vermin to contend with as well. Several snakes were sighted on the veranda of Dukes Cottage and the offic e staff were reluctant to use the toilet facilities in fear of snakes. I would like to point out there is a bus stop right in front of this land and many mothers and children do use these buses daily. I felt that any complaints I had made were not taken seriously and in desperation I made an appointment with Ross Fowler, Mayor of Penrith, to air my grievances. Mr Fowler was very sympathetic and assured me he would do everything he could to rectify the matter. Within a couple of days of contacting Mr Fowler, demolition work had started (with all due care taken with regards to the asbestos) and all rubbish was removed. The site has now been cleared and favourable comments have come from those who use the public transport and do business in the vicinity. I would like to thank the Mayor, Ross Fowler, for his quick action in making what we thought was the “impossible” happen. Barry Dukes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Asked to move on

On Saturday, January 25, on the eve of Australia Day, a neighbour was walking on the grounds of the UWS in Kingswood and was approached by the ranger who asked him what he was doing on the campus grounds. When my neighbour answered

that he was just walking, he was told to leave because he was walking on a private property. I have been living in the area for 37 years and have never been stopped by the rangers, I believe that the grounds of the university are public property and belongs to the community. Strangely enough the person in this story is from Sri Lanka and has dark skin. Was he suspicious because of the colour of his skin? Are we becoming paranoid? A Silva, Penrith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Snake discovered

I was out taking my daily walk along the river bank when I happened upon a rather large snake coiled loosely in the middle of the track. The experts advise in these circumstances to stay perfectly still. Th is with a huge degree of restraint I did. With that the snake lifted its head, stared at me with two beady eyes and began to fl ick out its tongue. It then dropped its head and began to move towards me quite quickly. Now those in the know may well say because the snake was not threatened, it would slither calmly through my legs and move off into the undergrowth. I wasn’t about to put that theory into practise. I reckon even though I am old I would have given Bolt a run for his money. In retrospect I wonder why I was so terrified of that poor thing and I know if a similar situation arose again I would do the same thing. Being such a wuss is a bit sad really. Liz Kroon, Emu Plains

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Valuable grant: Funds will be put to good use at centre

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$5,000 grant handed to educators at Penrith Community Aid Childcare Services this week is set to make a huge difference to the close-knit centre, thrilled to have the opportunity to upgrade their facilities. As a small, 15-place centre, Penrith Community Aid Childcare Services rarely receives funding amounts as large as this, which was granted as part of the State Government’s Community Building Partnerships Program. In fact, this is the centre’s largest funding grant ever.

“We are very excited! We are looking at doing some painting and trying to create a more natural environment for the kids, with gardens, vegies and some trees,” said nominated supervisor, Tracy Gill. “It will mean heaps for the kids here. They are already into the gardening but we are just trying to make that natural feel for the place. We’re looking forward to it!” The educators at the small but vibrant local centre are hoping to use the new funds to paint the surrounding fence and main building, install a lattice structure to grow vines, invest in some additional garden areas and purchase new resources for the kids.

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“Five young Australians will be chosen to represent Australia at the July Y20 Summit and the G20 Summit in Brisbane and given the pool of local talent across Penrith and greater western Sydney, it would be fantastic to see our local community represented on the international stage.” The Y20 Summit will draw young people from the world’s largest economies and has an important role to play in discussing issues that matter most to young people. The Y20 delegate selection closes Friday, February 21 and successful delegates will be contacted in mid-March. More information: www.y20australia. com or call 1300 857 536.

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A number of councillors raised concerns at Monday’s Council Meeting over the large amount of dust being created from traffic on an unsealed road near a school in Werrington. Water Street is an unsealed road adjacent to Kurambee School and due to the dry weather, the road has become dusty and as school goes back, large “dust storms” are being created. “It is obviously really concerning to a lot of parents,” said councillor Prue Car. Councillor John Thain also voiced his concern, describing the depth of the dust as a real issue. Construction on a median strip along Mulgoa Road, near Glenmore Park is expected to begin in the coming weeks. The construction has come following complaints that a large number of cars travelling south along Mulgoa Road are stopping along the busy stretch and attempting to turn right, into a petrol station near Spencer Street. The median strip will mean that traffic can no longer cross at that point. Council will fund a limited free Wi-Fi service in a number of local parks as part of its Digital Economy Strategy. The service will be launched in Memory Park on February 10, and will launch in Coachmans Park the following month. The free Wi-Fi is hoped to encourage people to spend more time enjoying the facilities in Penrith and St Marys’ parks. “I know residents will enjoy the convenience and the increased foot traffic will benefit city centre businesses,” said Mayor, Ross Fowler. “Cafes in Wi-Fi hotspot areas, for example, could be used for productive ‘coffee meetings’.” The service will be managed by Om Telecom and will be accessible by Wi-Fi enabled computers, tablets and smart phones. It includes a daily download of 100MB or 60 minutes of time. “We would like to encourage local businesses to fund extended coverage. With this support, together we could fund the service along High Street through to the restaurant precinct where Henry and High streets meet. Th is would give us a long stretch of coverage from Memory Park to the Triangle,” Cr Fowler said.

Better stormwater management is on the way for Penrith [file photo].

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enrith Council has adopted a new policy to help reduce the impact of urban development on the Nepean River and other important waterways. The Water Sensitive Urban Design policy will improve stormwater management within Penrith by specifying which developments need to meet targets for water conservation. “Preserving our natural assets through responsible urban design and development will enable our iconic Nepean River and local waterways to continue to be enjoyed by everyone in our City,” said Penrith Mayor, Ross Fowler. “The policy ensures certain developments, including certain types of residential, commercial and industrial development, limit impacts such as stormwater pollution and erosion. Th rough intelligent design and sustainable management of water

resources we can help make development more sustainable and environmentally friendly.” Some ways that developments might reduce their impact on local water supplies includes water effic ient fittings and appliances, rainwater tanks to reduce potable water consumption and costs, bio-retention systems (raingardens), swales, wetlands, proprietary devices and other approved site-specific measures to reduce pollution from stormwater entering local waterways. Performance criteria outlined for stormwater conservation, quality and quantity applies to developments including residential development of five or more dwellings; all new commercial, retail, mixed use and industrial development greater than 2,500sqm total site area; and any development which results in an increase of the existing impervious area by greater than 250sqm.

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discussed how the club community can work together to discourage anti-social behaviour before it gets out of hand. Emu Plains Sporting and Recreation Club President, Phillip Youngman said that while local clubs have a strong zero tolerance policy when it comes to any form of negative behaviour, they were always looking at more ways to help reduce the instances of bad behaviour even further. “We want younger members of the

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Three local dancers through to top 100 on TV’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ ocal residents Ashleigh Tavares, Renelle Jones and Jay Johns sure think they can dance after making it to the top 100 in a hit dance talent show airing this weekend. The local dancers put their skill on the line before world renowned dance experts and professionals, judges on Network Ten’s ‘So You Th ink You Can Dance’. Years of hard work and dedication got the local dancers through to the audition stage and paid off, seeing them come away with a one-in-a-hundred chance of being named Australia’s favourite dancer. “It has been amazing, It has been the best experience of my life. I feel really grateful, I can’t believe I have made it this far – I have no idea how I have done it,” 23-year-old Werrington jazz dancer, Ms Jones told the Weekender this week. “It has been a really mad experience. It has been really challenging and has made me learn so much – different styles and moves I wouldn’t have thought to do before,” said Luddenham’s Mr Johns, 21, who has danced many different genres but is especially passionate about hip hop and tap. To take part in the show, which commences on Sunday, February 9, dancers had to choreograph their own dance to perform in front of the judges. “You are not just trying to make a good dance, you are thinking ‘what are they looking for, what do they want to see?’ At the end I decided that I just wanted to do this for me, I wanted to make something that made

me feel good, that represented me, who I am,” Ms Jones said. Once selected as the top 100 dancers in Australia, the contestants went on to a gruelling week of challenges, which tested them to breaking point. “We were working the longest hours and you would think the day was over but they would spring something else on us. We were all running off five hours sleep a day,” said Glenmore Park dancer, Ms Tavares, 20, who has been dancing professionally for three years, predominately in jazz. “I lost my appetite, I couldn’t eat because I was always so nervous! It was always go, go, go – you never had time to rest.” All three are extremely passionate about dance, the girls began when they were as young as three-years-old but Jay found his passion as a teenager when his mum asked him to accompany her to local line dancing classes. “I love that you kind of forget everything else in your life when you are dancing. You can have the worst day ever and then you get to dance class and you aren’t thinking about anything except the choreography and enjoying the music,” he said. “I was lucky I got into it, lucky my mum wanted to go to that line dancing class or I never would have found it.” ‘So You Th ink You Can Dance’ captivated Australians for three years and its return promises to inspire and amaze once again, with more breathtaking performances and spectacular moments as contestants compete to become Australia’s favourite dancer. The show premieres on Network Ten this Sunday at 6.30pm.

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Penrith City Council is supporting National Apology Day in the local area by encouraging the community to join with them in planting a sea of hands. On Thursday, February 13 from 10.30am, locals are invited to join together in the pop-up park in the Penrith CBD to mark the occasion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone is welcome to make a hand and plant it to show their support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families who were separated from family members,â&#x20AC;? said Mayor, Ross Fowler. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marking the anniversary of Apology Day in this way reminds us to build on lessons from the past and work for better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the future.â&#x20AC;? For more information about the day next Thursday, contact Carolyn Gartside at Council on 4732 7853.

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ack your popcorn, picnic rug and pile your family in the car because St Marys’ own outdoor cinema is back again. Cinema on the Green is to be held on Saturday, February 15, and will feature two family favourites back to back; ‘Monsters University’ and ‘Iron Man 3’. The cinema, sponsored by St Marys

Shopping Village, will pop up on the bowling green at the Fusion Youth and Community Centre in Carsons Lane, St Marys, and is free of charge for local families. “We thought it was cool to use the old bowling green in this way,” said Fusion’s Judy Tweeddale. “Outdoor movies are popping up all over Sydney and we thought we could put together a fun family event for the St Marys and western Sydney community for free.”

Th is is the second time the youth support organisation has held the event, with one taking place in December last year. “The fi rst year was good. Those who attended really enjoyed the atmosphere. The numbers weren’t huge as it was straight after Christmas, that’s why we’ve moved the date forward but it still has the ‘summer’ feeling,” Ms Tweeddale said. Doors open at 7.30pm, with ‘Monsters University’ kicking off the event at 8.15pm followed by ‘Iron Man 3’.

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Leaving Valentine’s Day presents until the last minute could cost you, according the Department of Fair Trading. Commissioner Rod Stowe warned consumers to avoid the trap of last minute and overly expensive purchases ahead of the most romantic day of the year on February 14. “Fair Trading does not regulate the pricing of popular Valentine’s Day gifts including flowers, chocolates, jewellery, lingerie and romantic getaways,” he said. “To avoid paying over the top it’s best to shop around and avoid last minute purchases. With the simple addition of some red wrapping paper or heart symbols, the price of products can often increase many times over.” Mr Stowe said it was important that people didn’t get caught up in the commercialisation of the day.

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SW Fair Trading Minister and Penrith MP Stuart Ayres is warning local residents to avoid tax scams and report them immediately to the Australian Tax Offic e (ATO) after a scam was recently brought to his attention. Mr Ayres said NSW Fair Trading has received a report of a scam letter offering landlords living overseas the opportunity to claim tax exemption on rental income. “The CEO of the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales Tim McKibbin reported receiving the scam email, which was sent to the REI helpline,” he said. “The scam email advises agencies managing landlords to forward forms to them to complete and return to the scammers. “The forms require detailed personal information as well as photocopies of passports and mortgage account numbers. The covering letter in the scam email is badly written with numerous errors of grammar and spelling.” A copy of the fake ATO letter is available on the Fair Trading website to aid the public and especially the real estate industry in NSW. ATO Chief Technology Offic er, Todd Heather said the ATO’s brand was often employed in scams due to the tax offic e’s intensive interaction with the community and their willingness to comply with requests from the ATO. “Scammers are relying on more sophisticated methods to trick people into handing over their fi nancial or personal contact details,” he said.

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Hundreds of hot meals for homeless and disadvantaged in our community hot, nutritious meal is hard to come by for the homeless and disadvantaged living in the local community, who often go days without a bite to eat. Local couple, Lana and Roger Borg live with their children in their local home but recently, their family has grown dramatically as they have opened their arms, and their kitchen, for Penrith’s hungry people. The couple cook 50 to 60 meals for the homeless and disadvantaged in the community on four nights of the week, meeting them and distributing the meals under the bridge on the corner of Allen Place and Station Street. “I’m Italian so I have been cooking all my life and being Italian, we also have big families. We let everyone in and these people love us to death – they are like our extended family now,” said Mrs Borg. “I love seeing the smiles on their faces and seeing them enjoy themselves. It is nice for them to know that someone cares – we let them know we care and try to give them back some respect and self dignity.” The couple are in the process of creating their own registered charity, Mama Lana’s Community Foundation. The idea for the foundation was fi rst born during the October fi res, when the couple made hundreds of meals daily for the fi remen working to protect homes in the various Blue Mountains fires. In November, after discovering the lack of support for the homeless in the community,

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Lana and Roger Borg with Nathan Pentecost. Photo: Melinda Jane.

they decided to create Mama Lana’s. “We don’t discriminate, if you’re hungry, we’ll feed you. If they need anything other than what we provide, we try to help out

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ith so many collector-themed shows like ‘Pawn Stars’ and ‘American Pickers’ engulfin g our television sets, the world of collecting has crossed over from being a nerdy pastime to something both cool and relevant again. Locals will have their chance to boost or even start their own collections when the Penrith Toy and Hobby Fair rolls into town this Sunday, February 9 at the Panthers Exhibition Marquee. On display will be 100 tables featuring toy and hobby collectables including diecast model cars, plastic kits, coins and stamps, trading cards and sports collectables, action figures, movie memorabilia, Coca-Cola merchandise, Lego, paper ephemera, vintage pinball machines and much more. Keen collectors can also check out amazing displays including the vintage police vehicle, model railway layouts, radio control trucks and motorcycle display. “Th is show is more pop culture focused than before which makes it perfect for families to visit and have a great day out in Penrith,” Show Coordinator, Sonny said. The Penrith Toy and Hobby Fair is open to the public from 9am until 3pm. Entry is $6 for adults, $4 for concessions and $2 for seniors. Accompanied children are free. For more information call 1300 727 971 or visit www.ashow.com.au. Do you have a weird or whacky collection? Tell us about it: Nathan. Taylor@westernweekender.com.au.

A great range of collectables will be up for grabs at the Penrith Toy and Hobby Fair this weekend.

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Displays at the March show include Model RailLayouts, the Sydney Star Trek Fan Group the USS Tydirium with their starship bridge helm console, Lego Club display, Vintage Pinball Machines and we hope to have a full size replica BATMOBILE on show for people to have their photos taken with and a large group of Cosplay characters in costume.

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Big event given extra sparkle

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$20,000 ring to be won at special Valentine’s Day dinner in Penrith next week he Rotary Club of Penrith are celebrating Valentine’s Day in style next week with a diamond spectacular, specifically to raise funds for the Nepean Medical Research Foundation, a Foundation of the Sydney University, Nepean Clinical School. The evening is to be held in celebration of patron, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, Governor of NSW, thanking her for her dedication “[Professor Bashir] has been an enthusiastic, tireless and generous patron of the Foundation and this local area and is regrettably retiring in 2014. Her support and positiveness for this area of western Sydney has always been appreciated by everyone in this area,” said event president, Gwen McMaster-Fay. The evening, to be held at the Chairman’s Lounge at Penrith Stadium, will celebrate and promote the excellence of world class research in many areas of medicine being undertaken through the Nepean Clinical School at Nepean Hospital, with an excellent night featuring an amazing line-up of artists. Unfortunately, the advertised Boys in the Band are unable to perform at the event. A $20,000 pink Kimberley Argyle diamond ring, donated by major sponsors York Jewellers, will be up for grabs via a raffle during the night. “Over $1.8 million has been raised over the past 14 years for research grants and equipment solely for distribution at Nepean which has resulted in exciting developments

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Event organisers join with staff from York Jewellers ahead of the Valentine’s Day dinner next week. Photo: Melinda Jane.

in research in areas of haematology, geriatrics, women and children’s health, diabetes, cardiac disease, cancer, critical care and psychiatry,” Ms McMaster-Fay said.

The event is supported by Ross Fowler & Associates, Hitchens Removalists, McDonald’s (Garton Group), J & M Costa Enterprises Pty Limited, Posh Services Pty Ltd, John Scott, Penrith Light N Sound, Cake

Art, @Print, and Prestige Events. Th is special event takes place from 6.30pm on Friday, February 14. For more information about the event, call 4735 2407.

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One of Penrith’s real hidden gems is the Penrith Printing Museum. The small but dedicated group have a good collection of old letterpress printing items, including two Linotype machines and a number of printing presses. The museum is set up as a fully functioning letterpress printing shop of the 1930’s and every one of the machines is fully maintained and operational. A great experience for every Penrith resident. Saturdays 10am-2pm, Penrith Paceway 0415 625 573

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Want to sew up a storm? A sewing group meets on Fridays at the Erskine Park Community Centre on Peppertree Drive from 10am-12.30pm. The cost is $12 and bookings are www.joshpyke.com.au essential.

Looking for fresh fruit and vegetables for your family? Head along to the Erskine Park Community Centre on Peppertree Drive on Tuesdays from 9am-Midday. You can buy fresh, low www.joshpyke.com.au cost fruit and vegetables.

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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Meet the Principal Barry Roots Penrith Anglican College Barry Roots BA,Dip.Ed, Med, MACE, MACEL, JP has been Headmaster of Penrith Anglican College since 1997. Mr Roots believes that all children should be provided with an imaginative, purposeful, caring and enjoyable learning environment, where students can progress in accordance with their needs and individual abilities. Mr Roots and the staff at PAC endeavour to nurture students so that they are able to accept responsibility, demonstrate commitment and personal initiative, become self-disciplined and show sensitivity to the needs others. PAC is also committed to fostering international understanding amongst their students and therefore offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) to students in Years 11 and 12 as an alternative to the H.S.C. For further information about the College, please visit our website www.pac.nsw.edu.au or contact our Registrar on 4736 8100 or registrar@pac.nsw.edu.au

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Ms Tricia Maidens Xavier College Tricia Maidens has been the Principal of Xavier College since its inception in 1999. Tricia believes that there is no greater privilege in education or humbling experience than to be responsible for building a school community from the ground up. Within the community Xavier College is regarded as an outstanding learning community of excellence and care. Professionally, Tricia is an executive member of the Association of Catholic School Principals and represents Catholic Secondary Principals as a Commissioner on the NSW Catholic Education Commission. The College offers a broad and varied curriculum and a myriad of extracurricular activities, all of which are underpinned by its Catholic identity. At the heart of the College is the belief that every student can learn and excel. Learning is centred on the child and there is a strong emphasis on literacy, numeracy and 21st Century skills. Its modern, well furbished learning spaces located in a beautiful setting, contribute to create a special place where students learn, grow and excel.

1170 Ninth Ave Llandilo NSW 2747 Phone: (02) 4777 0900 xavier@parra.catholic.edu.au www.xavierllandilo.catholic.edu.au WW6898

Fran Jackson St Joseph’s Primary School I am privileged to lead the educational community of St Joseph’s Primary School Kingswood. Our vibrant, highly qualified teaching and support staff, as well as community volunteers, support each child to achieve their personal best in learning. We focus on developing the whole child - spiritually, academically, physically, mentally and emotionally - through creative and rigorous learning programmes. Our Instrumental Music (Strings and Band), Choir and Drama programmes develop skills and creativity as well as providing opportunities for performance, such as participation in the Penrith Eisteddfod. “Focus…precision…relentless consistency” underpin our literacy and numeracy programmes. Support teachers work cooperatively with class teachers to identify the needs of each child and personalise the learning.Technology supports the learning in all learning spaces. Sport plays a large role at St Joseph’s with teams competing in swimming, athletics, soccer, netball, basketball, touch football and a variety of other sports. We focus on learning to win gracefully, lose graciously and play to enjoy the game while striving to be the best. Our large learning spaces enable teachers to work cooperatively, supporting each other in meeting the needs of every child. At St Joseph’s Primary School, we focus on learning……….Learning without limits………

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We welcome enquiries for enrolment. Open days for Prospective Enrolments: Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th February 3:15 - 5pm & Wednesday 19th February 9:30 - 10:30am & 11:30am - 12:30pm.

94 Joseph Street, Kingswood Phone (02) 4732 3999 stjosephskwood@parra.catholic.edu.au www.stjosephskingswood.catholic.edu.au WW6906


LOCAL JOBS WOMEN’S CHALLENGE BUSINESS Bijai Kumar

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Bijai Kumar is the CEO of the Penrith Business Alliance

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ne of the earliest pieces of advice I was given when starting my own business was to ‘be myself’. I think it is still the best advice I have ever received. Too often I meet people in business who are obviously trying to be something, or someone, they are not. They are trying to emulate their competition, or be who they think people want them to be. But no one can sustain this for long. The only way to succeed in business is to be genuine. In almost every industry, there is a level of trust that must be achieved before a customer will engage with you, and more importantly, continue to engage with you. Much of that trust ultimately comes down to the strength of your character. Every person you meet, whether they realise it or not, are looking to see if you are genuine. When you communicate with someone (in person or otherwise), your reputation is established by what you say and by what you do. Brilliant branding and a fantastic mission statement mean nothing if it is not also backed up by a genuine connection. Much of this comes down to caring: when you care about your customers, they feel respected and valued, and will come back for more. Being genuine is also about creating a strong reputation and credibility. To be credible, you have to consistently reflect your values and principles – if you are attempting to emulate someone else’s values, it will soon become obvious to others that you are not the ‘real deal’. ‘Being yourself’ not only becomes the simpler and ‘easier’ option, it is also the best way to build a business with a solid foundation.

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he latest statistics have been released on social media use this week. It is amazing to see the true numbers of usage for every social network and it demonstrates how critical some of the platforms are in terms of your marketing plan. All figures below represent the number of Unique Australian Visitors to that particular website over the month of January 2014. Facebook has continued its impressive numbers into 2014, boasting 13 million users in Australia, that means about half our population is using it! YouTube (owned by Google), recorded 12.4 million unique Australian visitors. Wordpress.com was third in the rankings with 6.5 million, Tumblr 4.9 million and LinkedIn, the network for professionals, recorded 3.3 million. Some other key points and interesting statistics to note: • Towards the end of January, more people are coming back from work and get back into business related social networking, eg LinkedIn. • WordPress and Tumblr continue to gain new users due to their diverse platforms and enhanced features over other systems like Blogger/ Blogspot. • Website visits from mobile devices have increased by 149 per cent in two years. • iOS and Android devices account for 45.9 and 49.6 per cent of mobile traffic. • 57 per cent of users will not recommend businesses if they have poorly designed mobile sites. • 25 per cent of searches are conducted via mobile. • 56 per cent of Internet users are concerned about their privacy online.

Michelle Grice is the founder of Shel Design, a graphic design and web design company: www.sheldesign.com.au

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n Friday the NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell will launch the Penrith Progression signalling the commencement of community and business engagement in crafting the future of the Penrith CBD. The launch marks a major milestone for the Penrith Business Alliance in what has been a challenging journey to explore and construct a new framework for the revitalisation of the Penrith CBD. Readers will be aware this has been a joint effor t between the Penrith Business Alliance and Penrith Council who both share a passion to create local employment opportunities for our residents in Penrith, particularly in our CBD. The Penrith Progression is, as the name suggests, a ‘progression’ or evolution of all previous work and ideas about how we activate investment in, and the renewal of our CBD. It is a carefully crafted strategy to bring excitement into the CBD by building on our core economic strengths, underscored by a clear understanding and recognition that private investment will not galvanise unless there is a clear framework to work to, and a dollar to be made. A key principle of the Penrith Progression is thus forged around creating demand and providing the building blocks for economic success. The Penrith Progression will give you every opportunity to communicate your ideas, concerns and issues to us in a very transparent manner. Over the next six to eight months a joint team from PBA and Council will work closely with a number of consultants and advisors, community, Government and businesses to prepare the pathway for urban renewal to occur in the CBD.

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ach year the St Marys and District Historical Society put on a display to show members of the community a snapshot of events and places in days gone by. 2014 will be no different with preparations underway for another fantastic step back into yesteryear. Th is year, the Historical Society has created a beautiful display depicting the South Creek Baby Health Centre that operated for many years in the former Council Chambers in St Marys. Society President, Caroline Volkiene, said it’ll be an amazing thing to see. “Each year we put together a display and this year we have recreated the baby centre, in the exact room it would have been located in before one of the walls was demolished,” she said.

“We would love for members of the public to come down and have a look, especially as many of our local women would have visited this facility.” The display will be formerly opened on Saturday, March 1 but will be open all year around. It’s a great opportunity for the entire family to come along and experience a piece of local history rarely talked about. Members of the public can look at the display on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am until 2pm. Groups, such as seniors excursions, can make an appointment. The Historical Society is based at the old Council Chambers, Building 2, 29 Swanston Street, St Marys. - Cassandra O’Connor

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ou’ve been planning the trip of a lifetime for months and fin ally it’s here. You’ve arrived at your hotel and you can’t wait to see all the sights. But wait, there’s a few things you should do in the fi rst 24 hours to make sure it all goes to plan. 1. If you’re on medicines, check medication routines and make sure that the time for the next set of doses has been properly calculated, especially when travelling long distance over several time zones. A good tip is to keep one watch on ‘home’ time for 36 hours to ensure you’ve caught up properly. 2. Confi rm your checkout time. Surprisingly, many hotels have later checkout times than the general 10am. 3. Try to adjust your body clock as soon as possible and allow your body to get into the rhythm of your new destination. If you arrive late at night go straight to bed, or if you find yourself at your destination early in the morning, have normal breakfast and try to stay awake so you can sleep properly later on. 4. While taking your stroll around after arriving at your destination, make sure to take a lot of photos while your eye is still fresh. 5. Take charge! Whatever electronics you are carrying with you, whether it be your phone, camera or iPad, plug them into the charger as soon

as you arrive. There is nothing worse than your camera’s battery dying just as you arrive at your fi rst photo opportunity. 6. Let your family or friends know that you have arrived safely. Call, email, or send a text message with your accommodation and contact details. 7. In a new city it is easy to become disorientated. Make sure you pick up a brochure or card with the name of the hotel and the address. Th is way you have the hotel details and can ask for directions if needed. For more information on what you can do when you reach your destination you can visit: www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/ seniors.html

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Our dementia crisis Calls for better support and care facilities he number of people in NSW with dementia is on the rise, with figures predicting a large increase in the disease’s prevalence in the near future. There are almost 112,000 people in the state who suffer from the disease, with these numbers predicted, through the analysis of new dementia prevalence figures for 2014 by Deloitte Access Economics, to increase to 132,000 by the year 2020. The statistics have resulted in a call for immediate action to ensure that there is both better care and support services for people with dementia and their families. “The rise in the number of people with dementia is an indication of the huge challenge ahead,” said CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, John Watkins. “It is essential that we start building better care and support for people with dementia and their family carers,” Mr Watkins said. “We need to build better community and residential care facilities, better support systems, and decrease the stigma and social isolation that often comes with the disease.” Mr Watkins said that the progressive, degenerative disease is the third leading cause of death in Australia, and more people should be aware of it. “Everyone, from Government to industry providers and the general public, has a role to play in creating a community that can accommodate and support the rising

Tickets to the upcoming Premier’s Gala Concerts for NSW seniors will be available from 9am on Friday, February 14. The 1970’s themed concerts will be held during Seniors Week from March 18 to 20 and all tickets will be free to seniors. “I am delighted to announce international superstar, Mr Leo Sayer, will be the special feature performer at this year’s concerts,” said NSW Ageing Minister, John Ajaka. “His hits include ‘When I Need You’, ‘More Than I Can Say’ and ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’, the title theme of the show. Th is year’s concerts have up to 50,000 tickets on offer – more than ever offered. “The Premier’s Gala Concerts are staged by the NSW Government to thank seniors for their ongoing contributions to the community.” For more details, call 1300 130 613.

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nd here’s us thinking Valentine’s Day is just between humans… With romance set to bloom next week, Petbarn Penrith Coreen and Paws ‘n’ Hooves Animal Rescue are inviting Aussies to go on a date and potentially, save a life, by participating in Petbarn’s fi rst ever national pet dating event. Following the international day of romance, Petbarn Penrith Coreen is hosting a day of pet dates on Saturday, February 15, whereby Penrith locals can elect to go on a mini-date with a number of cuddly cats and dogs that are looking for new homes. The aim of the unique event is to re-home as many pets as possible through pet adoption in partnership with Paws ‘n’ Hooves Animal Rescue. Not only will Petbarn Penrith Coreen be running

this pet dating event, but nearly 100 Petbarn stores nationally will simultaneously be hosting pet dates to fi nd homes for animals across Australia. “Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for us to talk to people who share our passion for animals,” said Patrick Bartush, store manager at Petbarn Penrith. “If you’re looking for a new pet we’re encouraging you to open your heart, come in and meet the pets that are up for adoption. “Not only will you be fi nding a new family member, you’ll also be saving a life.” If Penrith locals do fi nd a perfect match they will be able to go through the pet adoption process in-store on the day. Importantly, while the adoption fee set by Paws ‘n’ Hooves Animal Rescue is collected by Petbarn, 100 per cent of this fee is returned to the charity.

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All cats and dogs are de-sexed, vaccinated and micro-chipped before being brought into the store. President of Paws ‘n’ Hooves Animal Rescue, Paul Lewis, said he was proud to partner with Petbarn’s pet dating event. “We know that it can be difficult for some people to visit our animal shelters, so we hope this makes it easier by bringing the animals to a location that’s more convenient for people looking to adopt a pet,” he said. So if you’re looking for a little love in your life, forget the dating sites and classifieds. Instead, invite someone into your world that will offer years of friendship and companionship. For more information about the event on February 15, call 4731 6044. - Nathan Taylor

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by Jo Madeline Moore

ARIES

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

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Your Valentine’s Day stars encourage impulsiveness in relationships. Some singles will fall in love at fi rst sight, while attached Aries are in the mood for spontaneous displays of affection. Saturday’s fiery Full Moon and Sun/Mars trine are a combustible combination so avoid the temptation to overreact, and blurt out things that you later regret. Th is week certainly won’t be boring!

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

With Saturn in your relationship zone, don’t take your partner [or potential partner] for granted. “Love doesn’t just sit there like a stone. It has to be made like bread, remade all the time, made new.” [Ursula Le Guin]. You’ve got so much on your professional plate that the last thing you need is domestic drama but that’s what you’ll get on Saturday, when the Full Moon heats up your home zone.

GEMINI

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

Gregarious Geminis love to chat but you need to stop talking long enough to hear what your partner has to say. So, on Valentine’s Day, heed the wise advice of Paul Tillich: “The fir st duty of love is to listen.” Singles … you may feel a surprisingly intense attraction to an amorous Aries or a sexy Sagittarian. The weekend is a wonderful time to take an impromptu trip or learn something new.

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

Cash-strapped Crabs – avoid going on a spending spree or lending money to others, as you’re liable to make decisions based purely on your emotions [which are fluctuating wildly under this week’s full moonbeams]. With Saturn in your romance zone, your quote for Valentine’s Day is from William Barclay, “Love always involves responsibility, and love always involves sacrific e.”

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

Th is week’s fiery Leo Full Moon boosts your energy levels and gets your creative Cat juices flowing. So strive to be gregarious and generous [rather than pompous and pushy] as you do something special that brings joy to others, and makes your heart sing. Your motto for Valentine’s Day is from French writer George Sand, “There is only one happiness in life; to love and be loved.”

VIRGO

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AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

Your days are organised with military precision, as you squeeze every last drop out of the time available. But this week, the Full Moon tosses your timetable out the window and shakes up your usual routine. Romance is in the air on Friday but the energy is behind the scenes, suggesting a private and passionate Valentine’s Day. Singles – amazing signs and synchronicities will lead you to love.

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LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

It’s a fabulous week to set goals for the future as the Full Moon highlights your hopes, dreams and wishes zone. But expect the unexpected on Valentine’s Day, when Uranus shakes up relationships. Attached Librans – take your partner for granted at your peril. Singles – your love life continues to be unpredictable, and the person you have your eye on won’t be the one you end up with.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Singles … love and work are linked on Valentine’s Day, so make sure you dress to impress. Attached Scorpios – it’s time to surprise your partner with a night on the town. Saturday’s Full Moon sees you swing between being dramatic and demanding; sexy and secretive; passionate and possessive. You could also be thrust into the public spotlight [hopefully for all the right reasons!]

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

You’re keen to catch up on current news … but resist the urge to be the neighborhood noseyparker. If you pass on gratuitous gossip, you could end up in hot water! Plus be extra careful when emailing, texting and tweeting, as it will be very easy to unintentionally send the wrong message to the wrong person! Saturday’s Full Moon sets the stage for a holiday before October.

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

With Venus visiting your sign, prepare for a romantic, stylish and sexy Valentine’s Day. But expect dramatic developments involving the big two – sex and money – on the weekend, when the Full Moon stimulates your lust and loot zones. If you’re a clever Capricorn, you’ll resist the urge to control everything and everyone around you. Cool compromise is the smart way to go.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Th is Valentine’s Day holds deep significance, as Venus visits your spiritual zone. “Two people who love each other are in a place more holy than a church” [William Lyon Phelps]. Saturday’s Full Moon amplifies your unpredictable Aquarian nature, so you’re in the mood to shake up a close relationship. But are you ready for the long-term consequences of your actions?

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

Attached Pisceans … this Valentine’s Day, fi nd a dream you can share together. Single Fish … a fi rm friendship could suddenly turn into a romantic relationship. Saturday’s Full Moon lights up your reflection zone so you’re keen to reminisce about the past, ponder the present and peer into the future. But, if you overdo helping others, you’ll end up overworked and underappreciated.

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It’s never too late to be a better you

Three top tips for good health 1. Mentally know what you want – in work, in life, in the gym. Th ink about how you’re going to get there, make it a

priority, seek information and education and then have an action plan, all of your choices must match up with your priorities. 2. Recognise emotions and know the difference between the highs and the lows, the good and the bad, and know that you can’t experience one without the other. 3. Physically sweat a little every now and then, moving our bodies and increasing our heart rates not only releases our “feel good” endorphins but with eating well also aids us in looking the way we want to look. A daily ‘must do’? Apart from eat breakfast, wake up with purpose and live with passion, go to “work” with love in your heart or fi nd a new “job”, don’t wait for things to get better, make it happen NOW. Biggest health/fitness misconception? That fat makes you fat. If this were true I’d have not transformed over 150 people’s body composition on my 30 Day hard’n’up transformation What do you consider the biggest benefit of

being fit and healthy? Being confident in your own skin from the inside out reflects in your home, in your career and in your relationships. Training in the gym gives me strength in all aspects of day to day life.

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How does fitness feature in your life? I’m a personal trainer, I help run my boyfriend’s local gym CrossFit HF (Holistic Foundations). Previous to becoming a PT I’ve experienced eating disorders, and had an obsession with the scales and how I felt about my body. I went from a healthy weight of 58kgs (thinking I was “fat”) to a lowest weight of 46kgs, very unhealthy and unhappy (take home message, throw away your scales). I knew I needed help and I needed change. I did countless amounts of research and have experimented with myself, I tried different ways of eating, mediation and training. I found peace in my heart, I dedicated myself, battled my demons, fought my challenges and that’s got me to where I am today. I’m competing in my fi rst physic competition in April, and I’m living my passion from training clients to teaching people how to live healthy and become better versions of themselves through my 30 day hard’n’up transformations.

What type of activity/exercise do you enjoy the most? Heavy squats, nothing like lifting that weight off your shoulders How do you stay motivated when it’s so easy to just ‘take it easy’? Goes back to priorities for me, I set myself a goal, I make sure it’s what I REALLY want from training, and I get to work. Anything else you want to say? You CAN be anyone you want to be if you just change the way you think and do, nothing is too hard or not achievable. I help people daily fi nd change with my 30 day hard’n’up program, I once too walked in your shoes, we all have a story and it’s NEVER too late to be a BETTER you, trust me!

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by Katherine Tweed

The quick-fixes that can avoid a fashion disaster

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ou can always trust a fashion disaster to put a dampener on your day. You get a tear in your dress, your hemline starts to fray, you don’t have enough time to shave, you have a bad hair day, your button pops – these are disasters that at the time seem completely unfix able, like the end of the world. I think we have all experienced some kind of mishap with our outfit, hair or makeup at some point in our lives and learning how to combat the issue, to get over it, is a skill that comes with experience. I am one of those unlucky people who always seem to have something go wrong with their outfit so over time, I have learnt to expect some sort of mishap and as a result, I go out prepared with a number of ‘quick-fix es’. • Quick-fi x one: There’s nothing worse than when you straighten your hair beautifully, making it look perfect but when you step outside it is either humid or sprinkling with rain – bye bye sleek hair and hello frizz. Everywhere you go, carry a mini hair spray (you can fi nd them anywhere), give your hair a quick spritz, part in the middle and pull into a tight bun at the neck. To avoid this disaster altogether, splurge on a chemical treatment. • Quick-fi x two: You’re walking into a restaurant or an important meeting and POP! there goes a button from your shirt. If you have the button with you, fi nd a twist tie or a paper clip, thread it through the button holes and poke through the fabric of your pants or shirt to secure. A safety pin works wonders if your button has gone missing completely but I have

also been known to use a bobby pin. Use anything you can find ! • Quick-fi x three: When your zipper, the one that holds your pants on, just won’t stay up, reach for a safety pin (yes, I keep a handful in my handbag) and use that to keep it up. • Quick-fi x four: Tearing a hole in your shirt, pants or dress is incredibly frustrating and very hard to hide. My fi rst move is to spray the area with the tiny hairspray (already in my bag to combat frizzy hair) to stop any fraying. Unwrap a bandaid, and stick it on the underside of the fabric.

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Shedding the holiday kilos

Animal Alzheimer’s

ow that the holiday season is over, many of us realise we have put on some extra weight. Unfortunately, weight loss is made confusing with the thousands of products, programs and ideas that all promise the ‘magic bullet’. Some of the simplest tips are the most effective and so I have point together some simple guidelines that I have seen get great results for my customers. Start off your day with a healthy breakfast. Research shows that skipping breakfast tends to lead to overeating throughout the rest of the day and poorer food choices overall. Have a healthy snack, like a piece of fruit, in the morning and afternoon. Th is helps stop you becoming so hungry, which may cause you to binge on junk food or overeat at dinner. Try to limit your snack foods to fruit only. Strawberries are a great snack food that tastes really good. A punnet of strawberries will fi ll you up and contains fewer calories than your average muesli or snack bar. Eat a small dinner and avoid eating a lot of foods high in carbohydrates, such as pasta, bread, rice and potatoes. Carbohydrates are high in energy and if your body doesn’t use them they turn to fat. As most of us just relax after dinner and then go to bed, you need to be careful with the size of your evening meal. Eliminate soft drinks, alcohol and juices. These drinks are high in energy and sugar and cutting them out is an easy way to reduce your energy intake. Instead, aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to maintain your hydration levels and help you feel full. Finally, a little exercise will really boost your weight loss efforts and walking is the easiest way to do it. All it can take is doing little things such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator!

geing is a biological process which involves progressive changes to organs and cells. Thi s results in the organs including the brain not functioning at an optimal level. Brain cells send messages to each other with chemicals called neurotransmitters. As the brain ages the neurotransmitter levels change. Th is leads to changes in our senior pets behaviour. Vessels in the brain also become narrowed or damaged and there is less oxygen feeding brain cells and some die. The fluid cavity within the brain also enlarges and reduces the space for healthy brain tissue. There is also an increased production and decreased removal of something called free radicals which are highly reactive and cause damage to all tissues including the brain. Animal Alzheimer’s is correctly known as canine cognitive dysfunction. At this stage we do not have a specific test to screen for it. The diagnosis is made on symptoms and ruling other medical conditions out. The changes in the brain lead to an age related deterioration in cognition (thinking power and problem solving). There is an increase in anxiety and stress levels. We see a change in the sleep-wake cycle and a reduction in their sense of smell which can be significant. Remember our pets have a sense of smell 1000 times greater than humans and they use this sense all the time. So what does all this mean for our pets? We will see an increase in worrying and anxiousness. Pets can become reactive to noises, unfamiliar people and changes in routine. They will start to forget routine things like which side the door opens and will get stuck standing in corners. There will be a reduction in interaction with loved ones. We will often see a loss of toilet training. Because the normal rhythm of the sleep wake cycle being upset, they will wake up and pace around the house during the night. Howling and crying for no apparent reason can also occur.

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

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t’s preposterous that alcohol is available in Kings Cross because people will drink it and then go punch strangers to death. It should be banned by the government and the guilty people executed. Now a word from our sponsors, ‘12 bottles of wine for the price of 10 and super specials on multiple spirit buys’. Then the entertainment pages where all the ‘important’ people are at the party of the century, glassy eyed and holding a glass of champagne, beer or both. How many news reports over the last month were some version of the above? And reporting on the sad one punch death. Obviously this is terrible and each death effects hundreds of people negatively. So imagine we were talking millions of deaths! The World Health Organisation has released its latest World Cancer Report. It’s estimated there are 14 million new cases of cancer each year, but that’s expected to rise to 22 million within the next two decades. That’s 22 million people sitting down to be told ‘you have cancer in your body’ every year and that number will grow. More than 300 Australians are diagnosed with cancer every DAY. It accounts for about 7.67 per cent of all deaths internationally. But that’s just the start, ischaemic heart disease comes second at just above seven per cent and then you’ve got stroke at about 6.2 per cent. So pretty quickly we are talking about tens of millions of deaths a year. We haven’t even touched on diabetes and other lifestyle effected diseases. So while we are all getting fi red up about the few alcohol related deaths on the front page, millions of other people are dropping like fl ies all around us. Take your health seriously! You can’t effect what some drunk nutcase does on a street corner. Focus on the important things. You are making life changing choices every day for you or your family, even if it doesn’t sell papers.

ANIMAL TALK

THE PHARMACIST SAYS YS

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

Simply Affordable. Supporting Penrith families for over 25 years

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98 Station Street, Penrith Ph. 4721 7776


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Time for some truths

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n Monday the UN announced that new cases of cancer will rise by 50 per cent by 2039, reaching 21.6 million compared to 14 million in 2012. Thi s is despite repeated claims that cancer is dropping and that we are “curing” more people. The reality is that ever since the declaration of “War on Cancer “ by Richard Nixon, and despite the multiple billions that have been poured into research, the cancer industry is booming. To a Naturopath the answer is obvious. Everyone focuses on trying to cure (when there really is no cure) but few focus on prevention. What can you do to help prevent cancer and if you get it give yourself the best chance of overcoming and being a survivor? The answer is simple; eat healthy food, de-stress your life, and get your immune system in the best shape it can be. Everyone can do these things yet people will argue about the time, the cost, the effort. Believe me the cost is far higher to try to survive the ordeal and is much more time consuming and takes an awful lot more effort; so it makes sense to prevent than to try to cure, especially when the figures show that is a poor choice. Also published on Monday was a report by Professor Bruce Neal published in the Medical Journal of Australia; stating that “Poor diet is now an even bigger cause of ill health than smoking”. Jane Martin from the Obesity Policy Coalition said, “If we don’t want to be the fi rst generation to outlive our children, then we need to get serious about improving diets, particularly in children”. We Naturopaths have been saying these things for years but now the mainstream academics and government agency spokes people are saying the same things. If you want to live a happy healthy life and you want the same for your children, nutrition and healthy lifestyles are not an option but a requirement. The people most qualified by experience, education and training are Naturopaths, and clinical Nutritionists (not dietitians).

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

VIEW FROM ABOVE

PERSONAL FINANCE

by Rev John Lavender

by Anthony Walker

Are you underinsured?

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ave you checked your insurance policy lately? In the theme of starting the year off by reviewing fi nances and getting on the front foot, insurance is another thing that we sometimes neglect. So when was the last time you reviewed your insurance policy? The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) estimated that between 27% and 81% of Australian homes are underinsured by 10% or more compared to the current rebuilding costs. According to ASIC the underinsurance problem in Australia can be due to a number of factors, including: • the burden of estimating rebuilding costs rests with the consumer, who generally does not have reliable or comprehensive enough tools to make a correct estimate • the scale of a disaster can contribute to the extent to which a consumer is underinsured; there is a risk there will be a jump in building costs • sums insured may not increase over time, or not increase at a rate that is in line with building costs generally • consumers may make a choice to accept a degree of underinsurance to achieve a certain premium value • for contents cover, sums insured often don’t recognise new purchases made by a household. So what can you do to limit your risk of falling into the ‘underinsured’ category? Review your insurance cover and think about those points above when you do. Ask yourself the tough questions. Be aware of the process if you need to make a claim; and use a camera to document your items.

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

Back to school

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o you remember that fi rst day back at school? The anxious looks. The butterfl ies in the tummy. What will the teachers be like? Will I have any friends? And this was just the parents! At this time of year, as children head back to school, there are many mixed emotions. Some sadness. A bit of “fin ally”! Some amazement as we see our children growing up in front of us, from the babe in arms, to the struggling toddler, to the enthusiastic little child full of energy, racing around, to the older teenager seeking to fi nd their way in the world. It happens so fast. Yet in the middle of it all, one thing remains, we want our children to do well. We want the best for our children. We want them to have good friends, to be happy, to have a good life. Yet how many of us are aware of what the Bible says about the best way to live? In the book of Proverbs we read these wise words. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way.” What great words! What great words for us as parents to apply to our life. What great words to teach our children. We want the best for our children and rightly so, let us remember how important it is, that in all things we teach and model to them about trusting the Lord; not relying solely on what we think we know, but in looking to our good God who promises to show us the right way.

Reverend John Lavender can be contacted via www.glenmorepark.anglican.asn.au

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Positioned opposite Victoria Park on a substantial 3,718 sqm estate, ‘Mimosa’ c1894 is a heritage listed, Victorian Italianate mansion, registered with the National Trust. It was built for Master Tanner Andrew Thompson and retains the original grandeur and elegance of its rich history. First time offered in over 60 years, it presents an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure a local landmark. Grandly proportioned, the home features spaces for both relaxing and entertaining including a casual family room and a magnificent dining room with large plaster ceiling rose. Meticulously maintained throughout, it includes a host of period details and original furniture including several marble fi replaces, soaring 15 foot ceilings and a stained glass window wall with hand painted sports scenes that leads to a billiards room.

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With only two owners since completion and no structural changes to the home throughout, it includes a self-contained (servant’s) wing with three bedrooms. There is a parlor, modern Ilve gas kitchen and breakfast room plus six large bedrooms and a home offic e. The property is embraced by beautiful gardens and fencing and includes an outdoor entertaining with barbecue and a swimming pool.

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The home is set on a large block with the ability to further develop (STCA), while additional features include excellent storage space, triple lock-up parking and a cellar. Exuding a relaxed country ambiance, this truly remarkable home is perfectly placed close to shops and schools and only moments from transport and the M4. Call Craig Caughlan on 0406 358 885 to book your exclusive inspection.

Offers Over $1.95 m Contact Dukes Estate Agents Penrith on 4722 2626 or Emu Plains on 4735 6600 • www.dukesestateagents.com.au

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EMU PLAINS www.hitchens.com.au 4735 7000

Stately Family Residence Of Original Splendor

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Mr Craig Caughlan Licensed Real Estate Agent Dukes Estate Agents The Terraces 7/12 Tindale Street PENRITH NSW 2750

Top Floor Apartment

Dear Craig, I am happy to provide the following testimonial for Craig Caughlan and the team at Dukes Estate Agents.

3 good size bedrooms with built in robes large open plan living space well appointed kitchen with gas cooking 2 bathrooms, high ceilings, air conditioning and balcony • security complex with 2 car spaces • close to Penrith CBD, shops, transport and schools Positioned on the top floor of a popular complex is this large 3 bedroom split level modern apartment. Offering 2 good size bathrooms, a large open plan living area, kitchen with Caesar stone tops and gas cooking, air conditioning and a great balcony with views to the Blue Mountains. The building is a security complex with a lift, has a lock up garage and a car space. Located within minutes to Penrith CBD, shops, transport and schools.

First impressions are important. It means a lot when the boss comes in person to give a market appraisal which Paul Dukes did upon my initial contact with his office where the service was impeccable. During the marketing campaign, auction and end of sale process this high standard was consistently maintained through the concerted efforts of Mr Craig Caughlan, Licensed Real Estate Agent for Dukes Estate Agents. Craig was at all times professional, courteous, friendly, affable and sincere. I cannot praise Craig highly enough for his well-articulated, timely and knowledgeable advice, sound listening and negotiation skills, punctuality and diplomacy. He provided regular up-dates on buyer interest and feedback plus conducted the series of ‘open houses’ with integrity and flair. Therefore, I do not hesitate to recommend Craig Caughlan and Dukes Estate Agents to others thinking of selling a home in the Penrith/Nepean Valley. As a long-time local resident such high standards and superb presentation for me both invoke and reflect the ‘old charm of Penrith’. Thank you Craig, Paul, Paul’s dad and all the team for guiding me through the successful sale of an iconic family home and following through like champions.

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I agree that this testimonial maybe featured with Dukes marketing collateral, letterbox drops and the Dukes website where Craig Caughlan’s name is associated with the usage until such time as I request usage to be withdrawn.

For Sale: View: Penrith: Emu Plains:

I further agree for Dukes to use this testimonial and state that I do not require any usage payment from Dukes for the usage purposes stated above. Yours sincerely Colleen Howell

WERRINGTON COUNTY Absolutely Stunning

• 4 spacious bedrooms, 3 with built-ins • master bedroom with stunning renovated ensuite & walk-in robe • formal entry + separate large formal lounge & dining + ornate cornices + freshly painted throughout • gorgeous renovated kitchen + gas cooktop + dishwasher + breakfast bar + walk-in pantry • large informal dining + r|c ducted air conditioning + ample storage + ceiling fans • undercover entertainment area + detached undercover area + private setting + water tank • oversize garage + workshop + remote control door + undercover single carport + fully landscaped gardens.

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For Sale: View: Penrith: Emu Plains:

PENRITH - Nepean Avenue The Ultimate Lifestyle

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652m2

Private Oasis + Cosmopolitan Lifestyle

INSPECT: Saturday 3.00-3.40pm - 9 Gemalong Place

For Sale: View: Penrith: Emu Plains:

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771m2

offers over $379,000 floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

• 4 bedrooms all with built-ins • master bedroom with ensuite & walk-in robe • formal lounge & dining + timber flooring throughout + new carpet + freshly painted • updated kitchen + gas cooking + breakfast bar + informal dining + huge | rumpus room + split system a|c • sensational undercover hardwood decking + huge yard + private setting + external spa • fully landscaped gardens + garden storage + ample car accommodation

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For Sale: View: Penrith: Emu Plains:

PENRITH

Location, Size & Quality = Lifestyle

Situated in a popular locale, this exceptional family home embraces classic modern elegance for relaxed living and entertaining. Offering stylish interiors and private rear setting with sun washed level lawns. The stylish simplicity from master builder ZAC homes and innovative design with exemplary finishes, creates a spacious residence that all the family will LOVE. Book your exclusive viewing today.

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STRATA APPROX $605 PQ

An outstanding opportunity to secure a gorgeous family home perched at the end of a quiet family orientated cul-de-sac, this exceptionally well presented home offers versatility with a multitude of options for the entire family. Offering absolute seclusion with stunning landscaped gardens, generous living spaces which fuse indoor | outdoor living at its best.

offers over $539,000 floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

• 4 bedrooms + 2 with ensuites + 2 with walk-in robes • formal lounge | living + open plan kitchen | dining & family with bi-fold doors • gorgeous gourmet style kitchen + stone bench tops + commercial grade oven + dishwasher + breakfast bar + glass splash backs • fabulous undercover entertaining + ample storage + double garage + internal access + remote panel lift door • high set ceilings + ornate cornices + r|c ducted air conditioning + ceramic tiles throughout + new carpet + freshly painted + plantation shutters • in ground swimming pool + private setting + fully landscaped gardens + cobble stone front drive

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GLENMORE PARK

Situated in a popular locale, this exception family home embraces classic modern elegance for relaxed living and entertaining that the entire family will love. Offering stylish interiors and private rear garden with sun washed level lawns, with close proximity to schools, shops, transport and the popular Werrington lakes.

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866m2

offers over $699,000 floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

• 4 large bedrooms all with built-ins • master bedroom with spacious ensuite (double vanity) + corner bath + walk-in robe + parents retreat • formal lounge & separate study rooms + huge family room + powder room (downstairs) • upmarket kitchen + caesar stone bench tops + stainless steel appliances (gas) + dishwasher + glass splash backs • formal entry + porcelain tiles + r|c ducted air conditioning + ducted vacuum + video intercom • upstairs rumpus room + balcony (stainless steel handrail) + timber blinds throughout • double garage + internal access + drive thru access + remote panel lift door • double concrete driveway + fully landscaped grounds + concrete entertaining area + terracotta roof tiles This gorgeous family home “CLAREDON PARKLANE” has exceptional quality throughout. Starting with the contemporary colour scheme, flexible floor plan and the very, very best location. If you are looking for a property with low maintenance that will be suitable for your busy lifestyle then this property is a MUST SEE.

INSPECT: Saturday 11.00-11.40am - 10 Captains Rd

expressions of interest floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

www.dukesestateagents.com.au

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For Sale: View: Penrith: Emu Plains:

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600m2

offers over $999,000 floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600 WW3759

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INSPECT: Saturday 1.00-1.40pm - 28 McNaughton Street

KINGSWOOD

JAMISONTOWN

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Federation Style Home of Impeccable Quality

Love The Location

Boutique development of 5 townhouses Two storey home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms + W/C & parking for 2 cars All bedrooms have built-in wardrobes Internal laundry with external access Separate lounge & dining Open kitchen with stainless steel appliances Ducted air conditioning Rear entertaining courtyard Sunny front entry Easy-care gardens Alarm system

The “WOW factor” hits you the moment you walk inside the front door. The Federation style of this Townhouse has a style that is timeless. The finishes & fittings exude quality, whilst the flow of the home works extremely well with your everyday lifestyle. Family meals & entertaining will be a breeze, as the large open kitchen has everything you could ask for in a modern home. This flows out to a paved courtyard, where you can sit & relax with family & friends, whilst enjoying the privacy of the location. The three large bedrooms are upstairs, all with full size built in robes & carpeted. The main bedroom has an ensuite, plus there is a second bathroom to service bedrooms two & three. Downstairs are the living areas which flow seamlessly to the external Courtyard for relaxing or entertaining. It’s the perfect place for a BBQ. The Courtyard also has side access. Parking is for two vehicles – one in a lockable garage, the other is a car space next to the townhouse. The home is a short drive to the M4, CBD Penrith, shops, schools & Nepean Hospital. Public transport is a short walk away as well, serviced by buses & trains.

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Auction: View: Penrith: Emu Plains:

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3 great sized bedrooms | 2 with built-ins master bedroom with ensuite spacious separate lounge & dining + formal entry huge kitchen + breakfast bar + informal dining freshly painted through out + r|c ducted air conditioning oversize double garage + new gutters + fully fenced yard sensational location + close to panthers + Nepean river + Penrith CBD

Occupying a desirable 696m2 approx block, this fabulous family home has so many features, including 2 bathrooms, spacious living areas and double garage with side access, this home represents a rare opportunity to capitalise on a popular lifestyle address.

APPROX

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212m2

Saturday 22nd Feb 2014 floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

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For Sale: View: Penrith: Emu Plains:

INSPECT: Saturday 12.00-12.40pm - 134 Jamison Road

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696m2

offers over $455,000 floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

INSPECT: Saturday 10.00-10.40am - 34 Little Street

SOUTH PENRITH

CAMBRIDGE PARK

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A Wonderful Family Home two storey split level brick home 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car spaces under carport elevated for sun & breezes open kitchen & dining with rear veranda separate living area downstairs rumpus room & bedroom internal laundry with shower & toilet outdoor entertaining | BBQ area large rear yard with landscaped gardens & irrigation system children’s cubby house large storage area under the house

This wonderful family home is of impeccable quality & ready for a new family. Four bedrooms upstairs (main with built-in robe) with the fifth downstairs. The entry level of the home has a large kitchen with informal dining, a separate formal dining area & a large living room. A split system air-conditioning unit is installed to this level to cool or warm the living spaces. The kitchen has wonderful elevated views to the landscaped gardens & lawn, with large sliding doors opening to a wide veranda. Downstairs can be used as a rumpus room, retreat or guest accommodation. The internal laundry also has a shower & toilet. This area of the home leads to the external rear lawns & gardens. The storage area under the house has an area for a wine cellar. The outdoor entertaining area is perfect for evening meals, weekend entertaining & a safe haven for the kids to play. This property boasts a wonderful address in South Penrith & is close to local shops, schools & public transport.

Auction: View: Emu Plains: Penrith:

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695m2

Saturday 1st March 2014 floor plan online 4735 6600 4722 2626

Cosy Family Home On A Large Block single level brick home with 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom (2 toilets) & carport for 3 cars separate lounge & formal dining large kitchen & breakfast area two air conditioning units internal laundry rear covered entertaining terrace | BBQ Area sunny large front & rear yards (rear yard north facing) landscaped gardens side access to huge rear yard gardens sheds x 3 large storage shed | garage in rear yard rear entry to property from Dunheved Road

Positioned in a family-friendly street in Cambridge Park, close to public transport, schools & local shopping, this wonderful home is full of potential and ready for you to move right in. The home has plenty of natural light from every aspect inside, with lovely garden views. Privacy & security is paramount, so you can be assured the children can play safely. All four bedrooms have built-in robes; the fourth bedroom is currently used as a home office. The over-sized bathroom has a shower, huge bath & toilet. There is a second toilet as well adjoining. There are two living areas within the home; one of which is currently a dining room, but could be used as a sunroom, which leads outside to the covered BBQ area. There is a paved area at the rear of the home, which is great for entertaining. The huge rear yard currently has a large shed which is used for garaging & as a workshop. This property is perfect for the large family!

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For Sale: View: Penrith: Emu Plains:

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1592m2

offers over $395,000 floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

www.dukesestateagents.com.au

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CRAIG CAUGHLAN Licensed Real Estate Agent

Passion, Performance and Perfection in the Nepean Area

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Craig Caughlan 0406 358 885 or 4722 2626 SOLD

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BERKSHIRE PARK

CAMBRIDGE GARDENS

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CRANEBROOK

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GLENMORE PARK

KINGSWOOD

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PENRITH

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ROPES CROSSING

SOUTH PENRITH

www.dukesestateagents.com.au

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This Is The Life • • • • •

4 spacious bedrooms – all with built-ins – master bedroom with ensuite + walk-in formal entry + formal lounge (bay window) + large formal dining + freshly painted throughout spacious Tasmanian oak timber kitchen + updated appliances + double oven + breakfast bar + walk-in pantry informal eating off kitchen + magnificent family | rumpus room + raked cedar roof + floor to ceiling glass double garage + remote door + internal access + r|c ducted air conditioning + walk-in linen + internal laundry + 3rd toilet (downstairs) • gorgeous in-ground pool + separate spa + large undercover entertainment (gable roof) + bbq + pizza oven built-in + ceiling fan • fully landscaped gardens (front | rear) + low maintenance living + side access + external water tank

2.5 2

For Sale: View: Penrith: Emu Plains:

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556m2

offers over $699,000 floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

A sophisticated design, functional floor plan and extremely well loved family residence located in a prime locale. This home has been meticulously crafted with an emphasis on entertaining and low maintenance lifestyle, including in-ground pool next to an outdoor kitchen area and landscaped gardens. Call today to find out more about this spectacular family home and register your interest.

MULGOA

Two Dwellings | 25 Acres | Views

For Sale: View: Agent:

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25 Acres

expressions of interest floor plan online Paul Dukes 0401 007 379

Inclusions to property: • tennis court + numerous sheds + full size dressage arena + underground wine seller • in-ground pool + sealed driveways & paths + quiet cul-de-sac • 25 acres (approx) glorious views to the city + private setting • hardwood timber undercover viewing area + built-in bbq • numerous paddocks + dams + pumps + automatic gates

www.dukesestateagents.com.au

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• “Charles Glenville” architecturally designed Sandstone + Cedar construction • 4 bedrooms all with built-ins + study, master bedroom with ensuite & walk in robe • large formal lounge + dining + formal entry with cloak room + powder room • hardwood timber kitchen + open plan living | family room • large undercover patio + fabulous views + extremely unique design • double garage + internal access + single carport Dwelling two: • 4 bedrooms all with built-ins, master bedroom with walk-in robe + ensuite • master bedroom with walk-in robe & ensuite • formal lounge + fabulous kitchen + dining + fire place + bar area + study • double carport (gable roof) + front veranda • fabulous design + huge family room + fully functional floor plan

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CASTLEREAGH

OPEN HOUSE Sat 8th & Sun 9th 12.00 to 12.40pm 32 Tornado Crescent

CRANEBROOK

OFFERS OVER $420,000

The Whole Package

This home is waiting for a family whether as an investment or as your own home you will be astonished as to its location, position and outlook. With a new kitchen and bathroom. Recently painted with tiled and carpet flooring. This home is et on the high side of the road with mountain and park views.

Web ID: CRA10512

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568m2

• Four bedrooms • Built-in robes • Single carport • Two living areas • Split system air conditioning • Undercover entertaining area • Fully fenced

CRANEBROOK

If you have a large family and dreaming about park life acreage then you’ll love this residence. Set on five acres this seven bedroom home also includes a study, vast formal and informal living areas, plus high ceilings. Outside there is a huge car garage/workshop, lots of bench and cupboard space.

Web ID: CRA10374

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20,324m2

• Seven bedrooms plus study • Large living rooms • Four bathrooms • Large modern kitchen • Ducted air con/vacuum • Six car spaces • Five beautiful acres (approx)

CASTLEREAGH

OFFERS OVER $1,200,000

Private, Spacious And Affordable!

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. There are a number of features in this home, they include:

Web ID: GLM10538

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20,300m2

• Six large bedrooms • Four bathrooms • Multiple living areas • Triple garage • Triple carport • Approximately five acres • Granny flat

OFFERS OVER $649,950

Just Over An Acre Of Prime Land

Superbly positioned in the ever popular North section of Cranebrook is this vacant parcel of land that is ready for you to let your imagination run wild. The block has been registered and is ready for you to join forces with your architect to bring your dream to life.

Web ID: LEN10531

4,102m2 • North section of Cranebrook • Versatile parcel of land • Just over an acre in size • Frontage of 44m • Acreage precinct • Services available • Vacant parcel of land

OFFERS OVER $1,250,000

CASTLEREAGH Acreage So Close To Town

Wonderfully preserved this family home will suit those seeking the acreage aspect. 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.

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OFFERS OVER $1,295,000

Your Castle Awaits

Web ID: LEN10796

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• Huge separate rumpus room • Ducted air conditioning • Double garage • Covered car accommodation • Timber kitchen • Workshop space • Front security gates

OFFERS OVER $1,295,000

CASTLEREAGH

& Peaceful 7,530m2 Private Enjoying a rural outlook

this substantial residence enjoys a list of features few can enjoy. An abundance on natural light enhances the spacious floor plan that enjoys generous servings of formal and informal living spaces. Once beyond the electric gates you will not be disappointed by the package on offer.

Web ID: LEN10825

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22,200m2

*Solar heated pool *Irrigation system (bore water) *107,000L water tank *12m x 7.5m shed *Manicured gardens *Extensive security system *Horse stables + yards

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

4751 8888

4735 8888

4733 6999

4722 5000

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 8th 12.00 to 12.40pm 35 Flavel Street

OFFERS OVER $399,950

SOUTH PENRITH Rare Corner Block!

Take advantage of the opportunity that this sizable corner block offers. With the potential to generate dual incomes, by adding a granny flat (STCA), this sturdy brick veneer home presents great value for money. The home features high ceilings, an internal laundry and 3 good sized bedrooms. With two living areas and a separate second toilet in the laundry this home will have tenants lining up to get in. Web ID: PEN11306

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537m2

• Corner Block • Three sizeable bedrooms • Two living areas • Second toilet in laundry • Plantation shutters to back yard • High Ceilings with Ornate Cornice work • Potential Granny Flat (STCA)

SOUTH PENRITH

OFFERS OVER $499,950

What More Could You Want?

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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

ORCHARD HILLS

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STARTING FROM$375,000

Small Complex – Big Opportunity

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, you will love the restaurants, shops and public transport that is moments away. Web ID: LEN10791

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• Two bedrooms (Ensuite to main) • Built in wardrobes • Kitchen with stone tops • Split system air conditioning • Balcony / courtyard (where applicable) • Internal laundry + dryer • Intercom system

Penrith

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Cranebrook

429 High Street

Lennox Centre

134D Great Western Hwy

5 Wascoe Street

7 Great Western Highway

91 Great Western Hwy

30 Mulgoa Road

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way

4722 5000

4735 2121

4739 8800

4739 1111

4751 8888

4735 8888

4733 6999

4730 1122

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• 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

716m2

• Five Large Bedrooms • Five Living Areas • Ducted Air-conditioning • Polished Floors • Three Bathrooms • Double Garage • Huge Veranda

$2,300,000 PENRITH

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

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EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

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 and conveniently located next to the M4 and transport facilities. Web ID: GLM10546

ORCHARD HILLS

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D.A Approved For A Child Care Centre!

Acres Of Style

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 8th 11.00 to 11.40am 60 Brougham Street

LEONAY

OFFERS OVER $549,950

Moments From The River

Generous in overall size this home can be adjusted to suit a variety of different arrangements. The floor plan allows for separate living areas, utility rooms and two bathrooms. The outdoor entertaining area will accommodate your social gatherings with enough room left for the kids and pets to play. Positioned on the western side of the prestigious Nepean River. Web ID: LEN10778

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626m

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• Located moments to the Nepean River • Ensuite + WI robe to main bedroom • Ducted Air Conditioning + Alarm • Formal dining + meals area • Three living spaces • Modern kitchen • Covered entertaining area

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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OFFERS OVER $599,950

EMU PLAINS 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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2

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891m2

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

600m2

• 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 8th 11.00 to 11.40am 72 Nepean Street

A Walk To Nepean River

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 8th 12.00 to 12.40pm 23 Panorama Avenue

LEONAY

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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2

682m2

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

OPEN HOUSE Sat 8th 1.00 to 1.40pm 18 Gwandalan St

EMU PLAINS

OFFERS OVER $549,950

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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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2

1

556m2

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

EMU PLAINS

OFFERS OVER $1,400,000

Absorb The River Views

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 accommodates numerous schools and parks. Web ID: LEN10794

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2

2

834m2

• 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 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

4722 5000

4735 8888

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ORCHARD HILLS

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

D.A Approved For A Child Care Centre!

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. 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. Web ID: GLM10546

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30,468m2

• Five Large Bedrooms • Five Living Areas • Ducted Air-conditioning • Polished Floors • Three Bathrooms • Double Garage • Huge Veranda

ORCHARD HILLS

OFFERS OVER $1,195,000

Exclusive ‘Vines’ Estate

This exceptional Clarendon designed home will accommodate your every need. The oversized floor plan enjoys four bedrooms with generous servings of living spaces. Ducted air conditioning flows throughout this substantial home and when the weather allows, you will love the solar heated in ground pool or gathering under the spacious entertaining area. Orchard Hills is popular for its rural setting and proximity to Penrith Anglican College and motorway.

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4,007m2

• Master bedroom with ensuite • Ducted air conditioning • Formal lounge/dining • Polyurethane kitchen • 7m x 11 m detached shed • Landscaped and manicured gardens • Easy access to Penrith and motorway

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

4735 2121

4722 5000

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Web ID: LEN10768

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Absolute Water Front

Th is 4 bedroom home offers loads of potential with its detached retreat! • Gas cooking Features include: • Dishwasher • 4 Bedrooms • Split system air conditioner • Built in robes • In ground pool • Large lounge room • Rear yard access • Large family room • Off street parking • Natural gas 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 on 0414 264 668.

Overlooking the Nepean River with views to the Blue Mountains, this charming character fi lled approx 45sq residence is set on over 1800 sqm of prime land. Gracious in its design and meticulously presented, only those who appreciate equality will enjoy residing in this exclusive setting. • Four bedrooms + Home office • Two Bathrooms • Formal & Informal living spaces • High ceilings and chandeliers • Provincial kitchen with European appliances • Double car accommodation • Moments to Penrith CBD Positioned in Penrith’s most exclusive street and surrounded by other substantial homes you will be the envy of your friends if you take the opportunity to secure this grand residence that’s bordered by the river.

Blaxland

Penrith

Potential Plus

Offers over $480,000

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

$1,750,000

Web ID: LEN10765

Contact David Reeves on 0417 300 900 or Jim Aitken on 0418 288 488 • Jim Aitken + Partners Emu Plains - 4735 2121 • www.jimaitken.com.au

Country Of 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.

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OPEN HOME Saturday 8th 11.00-11.30am, 4A Bridge Road

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

Llandilo

Expressions of Interest

Web ID: LEN10822

Contact Jim Aitken + Partners Cranebrook on 4730 1122 • www.jimaitken.com.au

PATIOMAN

Specialising in Carports, Awnings, Glass Rooms, Rumpus Rooms, Screened Rooms

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FREE SMEG UPGRADE!*

The Grandworth Newbury 35MkII

Luxuryy SMEG appliances pp p p a ces at no extra cost! 1.

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Luxury two storey home

$234,950

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Base price Now on display at Mulgoa Rise

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Build towards an exciting start to the new year with a brand new home. Allcastle Homes are the family company building family homes for over 20 years. The Grandworth Newbury 35MkII is one of Allcastle Homes latest designs in affordable luxury living. Open planning is the key with a spacious upper living area, four large bedrooms including sensational master suite with ensuite and walk-in robe. A 7 square metre pantry is an extra special feature of the well appointed kitchen.

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1. Curved Glass Canopy Rangehood 2. Microwave with Stainless Steel Trim Kit 3. Stainless Steel Dishwasher 4. Stainless Steel Undermount Sink 5. Gooseneck Mixer with LED Heat Reactive light Sensor

To celebrate the new year Allcastle Homes are giving you a FREE SMEG KITCHEN UPGRADE*. Smeg, the ultimate luxury kitchen appliances at no extra cost.

Visit the Grandworth Newbury 35MkII on display at Mulgoa Rise and talk to an Allcastle Homes’ consultant today.

Allcastle Homes, a family company building family homes. Two storey Affordable 4 bedroom, double garage homes start at ^# Base price

$161,950

MULGOA RISE – 84 Bradley St, Mulgoa Rise

allcastlehomes.com.au 4733 2600

HOMEWORLD SOUTH – 15 Halifax Way, Gledswood Hills 9606 2600 or 9606 2599 THORNTON – 2 Portabello Crescent, Thornton (off Government Rd) 4964 1800 HOMEWORLD KELLYVILLE - 18 Hartigan Ave 9629 4799 or 9629 4772 or 9629 4788 or 8824 7620

FLETCHER – 1 Arbour Avenue, (off Minmi Rd)

4955 5953 NEW DISPLAY HOME NOW OPEN AT FLETCHER BUNYA – 11 Sir Hercules Parade Bunya, Doonside –––– 9629 4713 THE PONDS – 152 Ridgeline Drive, The Ponds –––––– 9836 3033

#On your land plus site costs and authority requirements. Sydney metro price. Photographs in this advertisement may depict items such as furniture, floor coverings, light fittings, landscaping, retaining walls, feature walls, fencing, window furnishings, decorator items, upgrades, water features, pergolas not supplied by Allcastle Homes. ^Base price based on the Grandworth Affordable 21. *FREE upgrade offer: Simply pay for a quote on ANY Allcastle Home, accept the quote within seven (7) days of receiving it and proceed to contract signing as per conditions, in order to receive this very special offer. Note: Only applicable to paid quotes from 1st January 2014 on homes with a base price as per 1st January 2014 price list. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. House and Land packages excluded. This offer supersedes all previously published or advertised offers. Credits not available for any item not used. Allcastle Homes has the right to substitute any items with similar products of equal value at any time, and change or withdraw offers without notice. Note: Photos within this advertisement may depict items not included in the promotion. Please check with your sales consultant. Not available with Affordables range. Allcastle Homes Pty. Ltd. BLN39371C YPA6687 WW6793

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Waterside Estate Water Views

This perfectly presented and located 4 bedroom or 3 bedroom plus study home has it all & it’s under 4 years old. Features include large master bedroom with ensuite and walk in robe, modern kitchen with ceaser stone bench tops and separate dining. Also featured is a generous living area with large glass opening to the alfresco area and water views of the lake. Only 84 meters from Jetty and Lake.

Ray White Penrith

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Penrith 14/11 Hemming Street

• New carpet, freshly painted, • Built-in robes, refurbished kitchen • Generous combined lounge / dining room • Top floor + split system air cond. • Single garage + storage area

Ray White Penrith

123m2 Apartment

Sale Offers Over $520,000 View By Appointment David Turner 0414 306 040 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

Lis Jus te t d

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Great investment or first home!!

Kingswood 2/43-45 Rodgers Street

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Penrith 20 Ceres Street

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A Very Spacious Home!

• 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

Ray White Penrith

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.

Ray White Penrith

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Auction Sat 22 Feb 2014 @ 11am onsite View Saturday 1.00-1.30pm David Turner 0414 306 040 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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Werrington 143 A&B Victoria Street

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

Ray White Penrith

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Sale Offers Over $399,950 View Saturday 10.00-10.45am Helen Fitzpatrick 0414 362 955 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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Sale Offers Offer $579,950 View Saturday 11.00-11.30am Helen Fitzpatrick 0414 362 955 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

Wallacia - Northumberland Green 11 Kadiera Close

Perfect 11 out of 10

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.

Ray White Penrith

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$579,990  FIXED PRICES  NO PROGRESS PAYMENTS

$1000 GETS YOU STARTED $10,000 DEPOSIT FOR MONTH OF FEBRUARY SALES  NEW DOUBLE STOREY HOMES  DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING  STONE KITCHEN BENCHTOPS  PORCELAIN TILES  GLASS SPLASHBACKS  DOUBLE GARAGE  IN THE HEART OF JORDAN SPRINGS NEAR CAFES, RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, LAKE

Edgewater - Jordan Springs

Call 0439 652 232

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^ Ready Built prices are subject to availability and are correct at the time of printing. Pricing is subject to change without notice. Photography and illustrations in this brochure should be used as a guide only and may show furniture, screens, landscape structures, pergolas and decorative finishes not offered by Ready Built by Edgewater Homes. Additional cost Floorplan options, Textures and Fittings may also be shown. See your New Home Consultant for full list of standard inclusions. All measurements are in millimetres unless otherwise stated. Lot widths are based on base façade and may vary depending on façade chosen. Due to estate requirements and council guidelines some lot width requirements will change and need to be used as a guide only. Copyright Henley Arch Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. All plans are copyright, no part may be used, reproduced or copied by any means or in any form without the prior permission of Henley Arch Pty Ltd. * Balance payable upon house settlement date. Price effective 30/08/2013


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Resi has what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for! Key benefits Take advantage of historically low interest rates Consolidate and reduce other debts Access equity to pay for renovations or invest in another property We will help you find the best home loan for your needs now, and ensure you have a plan for long term financial success.

Contact Anne Kelly resi Nepean today! Shop 2, 2-6 Castlereagh St Penrith NSW 2750

What you need to know: Terms and conditions, fees and charges, normal lending criteria apply. Details available upon request. Australian Credit Licence Number 390669.

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OPEN HOMES BLAXLAND Sat 11.00-11.30am Sat 12.00-12.40pm

4 A Bridge Road 17 Reserve Avenue

LEONAY Michael Ball Realty Jim Aitken Glenbrook

Sat 12.00-12.40pm

23 Panorama Avenue

Sat 1.00-1.40pm

1 Yate Avenue

MOUNT RIVERVIEW

CAMBRIDGE PARK Sat 10.00-10.40am Sat 12.00-12.30pm

34 Little Street 52 Barlow Street

Dukes Estate Agents Michael Ball Realty

9 Kana Close 32 Tornado Crescent 32 Tornado Crescent

Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am

72 Nepean Street 60 Brougham Street

Sat 10.00-10.40am Sat 2.00-2.40pm

16 Waters Road 18 Bruce Road

Michael Ball Realty Jim Aitken Cranebrook Jim Aitken Cranebrook

Sat 11.00-11.30am

20 Ceres Street

Sat 11.00-11.40am

10 Captains Road

Sat 12.00-12.30pm

14/11 Hemming Street

Sat 1.00-1.30pm

2/43-45 Rodgers Street

EMU PLAINS Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains

Sat 1.00-1.40pm

28 McNaughton Street

Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 1.00-1.30pm

3/71 Jones Street 2/43-45 Rodgers Street

Sat 11.00-11.40am

47 Fragar Road

Sat 12.00-12.40pm

35 Flavel Street

Sat 12.00-12.40pm

134 Jamison Road

Jim Aitken Glenmore Park Michael Ball Realty Jim Aitken Glenmore Park Dukes Estate Agents

Sat 2.30-3.00pm

11 Kadiera Close

Ray White Penrith

Jim Aitken Penrith

Dukes Estate Agents

Sat 3.00-3.30pm

241 Great Western Highway

Jim Aitken Penrith Dukes Estate Agents

WALLACIA

JAMISONTOWN

Ray White Penrith

WARRIMOO

KINGSWOOD

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Ray White Penrith

SOUTH PENRITH Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook

GLENMORE PARK 31 Saddler Way 5 Cascade Avenue 17 Gleneagles Way 9 Gemalong Place

Ray White Penrith Dukes Estate Agents

KINGSWOOD

GLENBROOK

Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 1.00-1.30pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm Sat 3.00-3.40pm

Jim Aitken Glenbrook

PENRITH

CRANEBROOK Sat 10.00-10.30am Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sun 12.00-12.40pm

Jim Aitken Emu Plains

Dukes Estate Agents Ray White Penrith

ROSS FOWLER & CO Chartered Accountants

Michael Ball Realty

WERRINGTON Sat 10.00-10.45am

143 A&B Victoria Street

Ray White Penrith

11 Tindale St Penrith

4722 3066

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“Where quality, service & great prices come together”

Licence No. 189585C ABN: 49559903646

Call Shane 0411 704 302

With Every New Driveway FREE Excavataion and Removal of Old Driveway WW6985

LET US TRANSFORM THE LOOK OF YOUR PRIDE & JOY & BE THE ENVY OF YOUR STREET BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT

AIR CONDITIONING

CONCRETING

SERVICE AND INSTALL Service from $80 Available Weekends

NOD AIR Call Nigel 8916 7402 0413 314 029

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PATIOMAN

Greg McSpadden Concrete Services Specialising in;

• Driveways • Entertainment Areas • Patios

BLINDS, CURTAINS

NO JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL!

Call Greg on 0408 868 860 or 0433 345 088

CARPET CLEANING & REPAIRS

DOG GROOMING

Est 1989

Lic No. 829 19C

Mobile Dog Grooming for all your Dog Grooming Needs. Call Lisa 0414822 204

ELECTRICAL

0402 725 140

PENRITH CITY AWNINGS

Call Russell For a Free Quote Professional Service/RealisƟc Prices

Ph (02) 4732 6595 MBL: 0403 011 058

Lic No: 121977 C ABN: 45 694 859 807

Call now for all types of Blinds, Security and Safety doors, Fly Screens, Plantation Shutters, Canvas & Metal Awnings. Good Old Fashioned Service • Glass enclosures • Kits also available • Gable roof specialist

Phone: 4736 6866 • 0407 217 582

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CARPET LAYING

Lic no. 162002C

Mobile: 0403 773 364 email: allcustom@iinet.com.au www.allcustomelectrical.com.au

FREE QUOTES

0403 888 028

Est. 1974

Design, Supply & Install Advise, Experience & Quality Licenced Tradesmen 7 Year Written Warranty FREE written QUOTES

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BUILDERS

 FREE QUOTES ALL AREAS

0405 107 506

PHONE CHRIS philway@live.com.au www.philway.com.au

BUILDING REPAIRS

Licence No. 95571C ABN 70 510 279 284

FOUNDATION REPAIRS Mob: 0411 487 203 or 0414 827 426

Cracked Brickwork Jamming Doors

22 Years Experience

Drainage Specialist Pier Replacement

Mark Phone: (02) 4730 6645

E: a1underpinning@gmail.com www.a1underpinningnsw.com.au

For your convenience We accept!

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Qu ot NO job too es big or too small Fully insured

Call Merv 0418 249 738 or 9625 7740

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Carpet & Vinyl Supplied & Installed Repairs & Restreches Free Quote

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M&L Carpet Laying

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PROMPT, RELIABLE SERVICE Mobile 0414 833 356

Lic No 208334C

Bathroom Renovations & Shower Repairs

ABN 41586176397 LIC. 238922C

TONY THE TILER

 RENOVATIONS  DECKS  BATHROOMS  EXTENSIONS  PERGOLAS  CARPORTS

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FREE QUOTES

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• Pools • Garages • Extensions

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BATHROOMS

Lic R62186

Local licensed electrician for 20 years Neat work and fair prices

BRICKLAYING

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Surrounding Suburbs

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CRYSTAL CLEAR PEST CONTROL Family Owned Local Business for 18 Years Enjoy reliable professional service with a smile!

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• Complete balanced liquid lawn fertiliser • Weed control eg. bindi, clover etc • Beetle, grub and army worm control Call us on how we can help keep your grass green and healthy all year round. Love that Green!

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Lic No. 44995C

Lawn mowing, edging, general gardening, etc at VERY reasonable prices Call Michael on 0437 097 033 for a

Your Lawn Care Specialists for all types of lawns

Call Steve on 4735 3142 or 0416 116 602

• Reliable Service

A/H - 4733 2525

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* Mowing and edging * Bindi and weed eradication * Lawn fertilisation * Watering system installation * General cleanup * Tree pruning

• Competitive Prices

• Fully Insured • All Work Done

For private, strata and commercial

GARDENING & MAINTENANCE

Contact Rob:

• Decorative Finishes

• Interior And Exterior

FREE QUOTES

Jason - 0417 221 822 • Mark - 0417 223 288

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• Big Or Small Jobs

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Livestock Wanted

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• • • • •

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Painting & Decorating

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DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL

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Chris Anderson

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Call Shane 0411 704 302

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BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT

NEPEAN MAINTENANCE PLUMBING

Lic No. 4715C

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MATCHMAKER SINCE 1976

Woodview Joinery is looking for a tradesperson Joiner or Machinist (Cert III) who strives for excellence and can produce a quality product. Small well-respected company producing quality window and door joinery from solid timber. You will be involved in making: Traditional doors and windows, front entries, bifold windows and doors, and on-site installation. Minimum Certificate III Joiner with ability to produce an item from start to finish from a job sheet using non-computerised machinery. Opportunity for overtime.

MEET GOOD PEOPLE Like Factory Manager Tom 42 yrs - 5ft 7in. On five acres. Loves fresh air & horses. Maltese origin. Ideal gent for Aussie or Euro origin lady 32-42 who is close to family & loves horses. SMS “Tom 42” 0432 655 003 24 hrs/7days or call for details on (02) 9808 3010 no fee. GENTS SEEKING LOVELIFE phone (02) 9808 6955 - 10am-6pm. Gents phone or SMS “meet up” to 0422 304 847. CHRISTIAN CONNECT to 0416 517 083.

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Call Chris on 0404 478 487

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2, 3, 4, 6, 8 & 9m Bins

T&C PLUMBING SERVICES

Eftpos & Credit Cards Available

9670 5885 0425 310 022

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Ph: 63 628 520 0416 207 887

ROOFING

Will Pick Up

9602 8999 0408 441 075

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Lic. 240711C

Office: 02 4722 9677 www.scroof.com.au admin@scroof.com.au

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RE-ROOFING - REPAIRS RESTORATIONS - GUTTERING

For your convenience We accept!

SELLING SOMETHING?

or

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UNIT 1 / 4 CUNNEEN ST MULGRAVE Registered Training Organisation (RTO)-434047

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Phone • Book online: www.forktime.com.au

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1800 011 123 BOOK ONLINE www.wesleyhealth.com.au

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Ladies required for boutique establishment Great $$$$ to be made

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CASH PAID FOR HOMES IN RE-POSSESSION

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AFFINITY MATCHME NETWORK 10 King Street, Rockdale WW6889

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Sydney’s Best Prices - 7 Days a Week - No Obligation FREE Quotes

Call Shane 0411 704 302

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With Every New Driveway FREE Excavataion and Removal of Old Driveway WW6938

Specialists in all Aspect of Concrete work • Driveway • House Slabs • Patios • Paths PUBLIC NOTICES WESTERN WEEKENDER LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letters submitted for publication are done so on the condition that The Western Weekender may edit them, without affecting the overall message or intent of the letter. The Western Weekender reserves the right to publish letters in other publications.

GLENDENNING

AUTO REPAIRS Specialists in steering & front ends, brakes

COPYRIGHT Content in this publication belongs to Media View Pty Ltd, publishers of The Western Weekender, or its licensors, advertisers or affiliates. All content in this publication is protected by Australian and international copyright laws. ETHICAL AND ACCURATE CONTENT The Western Weekender operates under a code covering both ethics and accuracy. If you believe either have been compromised in relation to editorial or advertising content that appears in this publication, you should initially contact the Managing Editor. WW639

SELF EMPLOYMENT PARCEL SUBCONTRACTOR REQUIRED

Must have white late model van early start. Penrith/Kingswood area. Call Rodney 0404 808 471 WW6980

Service and repairs for all makes & models

Steve

Shane

2/52 Christie St

St Marys - 9833 1724

WW6998

POSITIONS VACANT

Deal direct with the builder New outdoor gable for Shaun & Jane’s house

s Sally’ & t r Robe rport a new c

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WE WILL BEAT ANY GENUINE WRITTEN QUOTE!! Rachel & Andrew’s new outdoor area

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We will help you design home improvement to suit YOUR individual needs. Cut out the middle man by dealing directly with the builder and you will SAVE! * conditions apply

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POSITIONS VACANT

TRAINING COURSES

DRIVERS REQUIRED We are a leading supplier of premixed concrete supplying the Western suburbs located at Penrith.

d lerate e c c A ng traini

We are seeking experienced concrete agitator drivers. The positions available require enthusiastic persons to become part of our successful team of drivers. The applicants will be required to supply a RTA driving record and undergo a medical examination including drug screening. The position is only available to experienced licensed HR or HC drivers. Persons who do not possess the required criteria please do not apply.

Phone 02 4761 6161 after 15:00

YOUR GATEWAY TO A BETTER CAREER IN HEALTH CARE

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Construction Industry Training

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for your

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Home Garden COME AND SEE

BUYING OR SELLING YOUR HOME WE HAVE ALL YOUR STORAGE NEEDS CALL STORAGE KING

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42-46 CAMDEN STREET, PENRITH

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CRYSTAL CLEAR PEST CONTROL

Sunflower

Property Maintenance

Enjoy reliable professional service with a smile!

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Kaytee’s Cleaning Service

INSTALLED WITH EVERY BLOCKED DRAIN -

24/7 Emergency Service

All Purpose Glass and Glazing

Ph (02) 4732 6595 MBL: 0403 011 058

Unit 4, 11-15 Eddie Road, Minchinbury

FREE Measure & Quote

Lic No: 121977 C ABN: 45 694 859 807

Repairs to Broken Windows, Installation of Shower Screens & Wardrobes

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• Glass enclosures • Kits also available • Gable roof specialist

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• New design (Fly over) • New Flat Deck Roof • Carports & Awnings • Screened enclosures

WW6611

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WW6974

•Lawns •Garden •Pruning Hedges •Rubbish removal •Gutter cleaning •High Pressure cleaning

Family Owned Local Business for 18 Years

FULLY GUARANTEED WORK

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9 Cardell Road, Homeworld Kellyville

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Complete Mechanical Repairs to Petrol, Diesel & LPG Vehicles

SERVICE AND REPAIRS to: Cars and Light Trucks up to 4 tonne • Disc Machining on and off-car • Off car injector cleaning • Tyres • Headlight polishing • Air conditioning regasing WW6883

Ph: 4732 3444

17 Copeland Street, Kingswood

103 Batt St, Penrith

www.terencesgarage.com

Dean and Kylie Fitzpatrick. NOW OPEN THURS NIGHTS till 7pm

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Reliable and trustworthy: Locals provide top service

4731 1266 www.arbpenrith.com.au

All West C.V. Joint SERVICE CENTRE

25 YEARS FORD FACTORY TRAINING

D

ean and Kylie Fitzpatrick began their new business venture just over 12 months ago with the creation of Sydney Suspension & Autocare (previously Wholesale Suspension Penrith). Together with the staff at Sydney Suspension & Autocare the team has strived to provide only the best service, pricing and advice along with top quality product lines. As it turns out this has been a recipe for success for the young local couple as they have seen their business grow substantially in their fi rst 12 months of trading. Not only do Sydney Suspension specialise in suspension and steering components but they have now branched out and offer a full range of automotive

services including general and scheduled servicing, tyre replacement, registration (pink and blue slips), brake repair, clutch repairs and the list goes on. Dean, Kylie and the team at Sydney Suspension & Autocare would like to sincerely thank all their friends, family and valued clients for their ongoing support throughout 2013 and the years to come. For advice, spare parts, or a free no obligation Safety Check please feel free to drop in and see the friendly team.

WORKSHOPS

2 DAY WEEKEND WORKSHOP 1st-2nd March 5 DAYS SCHOOL WORKSHOP 30th June-4th July WW6882 OTHER DATES SEE WEB SITE

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CV SHAFTS

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WE ALSO DO REPAIR

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MINOR SERVICE

Unit 13 121 Coreen Ave, PENRITH

We do rsions Gas Conve ’s SAVE $$$ ON FUEL Vehicle Maintenance, Repairs & Rego Inspections OPEN SATURDAY Till 12 noon

4731 2083

• • • •

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We do... tions: • Rego inspec e slips Pink and Blu rvice • Repairs & se s on all vehicle

New & reconditioned Specialising in Power steering Power Steering racks conversions Pumps • Steering boxes pairrs Lines and all Mechanical Repairs

POWER PO OWE O WER STEERIN WE STEERING N SHOP 4/52 Christie St, ST MARYS www.benspowersteeringshop.com.au 9623 6668

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$

FOR THE TRADE & NOW DIRECT TO THE PUBLIC

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• Change Engine Oil & Filter • Check all Brakes, Tyres & Wheels • Adjust Tyre Pressure • Check Cooling System • Ceck Steering & Suspension • Check all Lights & Horn • Change Wiper Insert • Check and top-up all Levels

from

Steering Specialist

2 YEAR GUARANTEE

Air Conditioning Se

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EXCLUSIVE RANGE OF ACCESSORIES, MECHANICAL REPAIRS & SERVICING HUGE SUPER STORE NOW OPEN 60-62 REGENTVILLE RD, PENRITH

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automotive

SEATS • Massagers & Warmers • From custom leather to luxury sports leather upgrades ENTERTAINMENT • Sound sytems • DVD’s • Navigation SUNROOFS • Electric & Pop Up SAFETY REVERSE CAMERAS

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EVERYTHING FOR IN CAR COMFORT & SAFETY

WW682 0416 750 809

FULL MACHINE WORKSHOP - Head Servicing

DIY Touch Up Paints Mixed to suit your car Pressure Pack or Brush Any colour can be matched

8

$ .50

• Automotive t ti & IIndustrial Coatings • Tools & Spray Equipment • Panel Beating Supplies Unit 9/61 Regentville Rd Penrith ph: 4721 3301 www.autowest.com.au WW6881

ENGINE RECONDITIONING 129 Coreen Avenue

PENRITH

4721 2112

www.sydneysuspension.com.au

WW6905

PETROL, GAS & DIESEL ENGINES for all makes & models

Unit 1/52 Christie St, St Marys 0414373184 WW6880

9833 3108

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From

- Crankshaft and cam grinding - Alloy welding - Spare Parts - Specialising in gas engine conversions


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Bowls

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

ALL PLAYERS & COACHES MUST REGISTER ONLINE AT MYFOOTBALLCLUB.COM.AU We welcome all ages from under 5’s to over 45’s MALE AND FEMALE • Squirts program will run Saturday mornings for 3 & 4 year olds. • If you are a new player to the club you will require I.D. (birth certificate or drivers license). • Any player 18yrs or older must be a current member of the St Marys Band Club. • Any players under the age of 18 must have at least one parent/guardian who is a current member of the St Marys Band club. • PLEASE REGISTER AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE or you may miss out • Please note that there will be NO Registrations held at our home fields at Roper Road Colyton.

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sport

SAT 8th & SUN 9th Feb between 10am & 2pm SAT 15th & SUN 16th Feb between 10am & 2pm

Any enquiries regarding registrations, please contact our Registrar, Tanya on 0413 345 847 between 4pm-8.30pm Mon-Fri or 9am-6pm Sat & Sun

www.bandclubrangers.com.au

Now Registering for the 2014 Season Registrations now online

Mick Gilfoyle

The NDBA Pairs Championship will be fi nalised this Saturday at Wallacia and in the semis commencing at 9.00am Greg Jeans (Glenbrook Panthers) will play Peter Davis (Penrith) also Trent Whittingham (Penrith) will play Stuart Waye (Blacktown Workers). In the Senior Pairs Patrick Kirkman (Blacktown Workers) will play Ron Pittaway (Penrith) and Bill Walton (Blacktown Workers) will play Mal

Cameron (St Marys RSL). In the Presidents Reserve Pairs Oscar Tolomeo (Kingswood) will play David Hoy (Windsor) and two Austral sides will compete against each other, those Skips being Alain Jimeniz and George Bevan. Sad to hear of the death of Blacktown Workers Past President and long time NDBA Delegate Neville Layton this week. To his wife Jan and family we pass on our deepest sympathy.

Harness Racing

Lorraine Pozza

The harness racing last Thursday night at Penrith Paceway was once again blessed with excellent weather conditions and good racing. Race one started the night off well for form followers the winner being Kings and Glory ($4.50) who had two wins and a second in his last three starts. He was last early but driver Stephen Farrugia moved three wide at the bell and continuing his run overcame Waste of Time to win right on the line. Hanzoff ($3.80) fi rst up from a spell was the winner of race two when driver Peter Rixon secured a lucky inside run at the 400m and then went on to beat Only One Slim who raced three wide for the majority of the last lap. Red Rocker ($2.10) was another winner coming from the rear when he was able to take out race three with driver Jarrod Alchin making a sustained three wide move in the last lap and getting up to beat Alisons Jet. Race four provided an all the way win for favourite Angelas Image ($1.50). With driver David White sitting confidently in the vanguard there was never ever any real doubt about the result although runner up

Riverboat Girl did make some impression over the last bit. Young reinswoman Jinaya Niass showed how it was done when she scored on Our Sansom ($6.10) in race five. Coming from midfield she fi nished too well for the leading brigade of Callofduty and Yongala Den. Jinaya has the potential to make a name for herself in Harness Racing. Del Piero ($8.50) gave driver James Ponsonby the fi rst of a double when he was able to get up in the last stride in race six. He had the sit on the leader and just got out in time to get the money. Ponover who raced outside the leader for the majority of the trip is worth watching in the near future. Major Lexus ($1.70) made it easy for James to win the second of his double when the leaders played cutthroat out in front thus making it easy for him to overtake them as they tired. Katsidis who led but battled on well for third is the one to keep an eye on. In March Penrith Paceway will have extra racing with Tuesday afternoons of the 11th and 25th included with our usual Thursday nights. On Thursday March 20th we will be racing in the afternoon.

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An open letter to western Sydney from GWS Giants coach Leon Cameron

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s the new Head Coach of the Greater Western Sydney GIANTS, I can’t wait for the AFL season to begin. There’s fewer than 50 days till we play the Sydney Swans in the Battle of the Bridge at Giants Stadium on March 15 and the excitement is building at our club as we prepare to take on our cross town rivals. I moved to western Sydney two years ago with my wife and three young children and think this is a truly unique and diverse part of the world. We love living here and are proud to now call it home. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this job has been moving around the community and meeting many different people, whether they be involved in local sport or business. As someone from the west of Melbourne, I love the sense of community in western Sydney and the strong connection to family. The Giants are delighted how the people of western Sydney have embraced our club. We are gradually building a strong core of support and introducing new people to Australian football. Western Sydney has a great sporting history and has produced some of Australia’s fi nest athletes including Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke. That this region has teams across all major sporting competitions in the AFL, NRL , A-League and cricket is testament to that rich heritage. We like to think we are an inclusive club that is open to everyone regardless of your

Leon Cameron is ready for his debut season with the Giants. Photo: Lachlan Cunningham/AFL Media.

background. We also know that we need to embrace the community in return and hopefully we are doing this through our players’ work in the community, whether it be our visits to schools or hospitals through the Slater & Gordon Gentle Giants. We want to build a club the people of

western Sydney can be proud of. A club that values success but also has strong values. We’ll play our fi rst practice match at Blacktown International Sportspark at 5pm on February 12 and host our family day at Bruce Purser Reserve at Rouse Hill from 3pm on February 16.

Both events are free and you can also sign up as a 2014 Giants member at gwsgiants. com.au Thanks for your support and I look forward to seeing you at Giants Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park over the coming months.

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Fighting his way to the top

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Londonderry boxer has Commonwealth Games in his sights

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an you remember the scene from ‘Rocky IV’ when Rocky Balboa travels to a freezing Russia and is greeted with a rather frosty reception from the crowd who want to see nothing but pain and blood coming from the fictitious American boxing legend? Well, one of Australia’s promising young athletes in the sport of boxing, Londonderry’s Daniel Lewis, knows exactly what it’s like fighting in front of a hostile crowd in some of the most dangerous countries in the world. “Last year, when I was 19, I went to Turkey, Albania, Kazakhstan and Serbia, those countries were crazy [to fight in] but sometimes it pumps you up even more,” Lewis told the Weekender. “In Albania it’s a whole different world. There weren’t any females in the arena, just guys, it was crazy.” Lewis’ father and trainer, Jason, said his son had to be escorted out of one country by the local police. “They wanted to shoot the Aussies,” he admitted. Safely home, Lewis got straight back into his daily training schedule where he spars with his father two times a day – morning and afternoon. Why such a strict training regime for a 20-year-old amateur boxer? The upcoming Commonwealth Games trials, that’s why. Later this month, Lewis will strap on the gloves at the NSW Commonwealth Games Selections Trials program at Richmond Greyhound Club in Londonderry, where

he’ll fight for a spot in the National Championships in Perth this April. Lewis is red-hot favourite to win the 69kg division and progress to the National Championships where he’ll fight for one of two places on the Australian Glasgow Commonwealth Games team. “I have a few tough boys in my division, a couple that I’ve fought before and I’ve beat them all but it’s still going to be tough, I won’t take it lightly,” Lewis said. “It’ll be awesome to make the Commonwealth Games team because of the hype. It’ll be all over the TV, it’ll be on the news.” Lewis started his boxing career when he was 11-years-old but wasn’t able to take the sport seriously until he turned 14 – the legal age to box in NSW. “My dad and I would travel everywhere including Tasmania and Canberra to get a fight,” Lewis said. “I want to one day make a living out of boxing. I wake up and train in the morning, do a few chores around the house and then train again in the afternoon. I want to make it my life.” The young prodigy has even garnered the attention of legendary trainer Johnny Lewis (Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu), who regards Lewis as a future Olympic and World Championship gold medallist. Boxing fans are invited to the State Commonwealth Games Trials on Saturday, February 22 from 5pm and Sunday, February 23 from 12.30pm at the Richmond Greyhound Club. Tickets are $25 each. Also on the program that weekend is 15-year-old Nikita Tszyu, the son of fourtime world champion, Kostya.

Daniel Lewis hopes to box at the Commonwealth Games. Photo: Melinda Jane.

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AROUND THE GROUNDS Baseball: The Penrith Panthers have enjoyed brilliant results in their Round 16 clashes against Baulkham Hills in the State Baseball League. In their mid-week game the Panthers thrashed the competition leaders 6-2 and also won their Sunday game 6-5. The Panthers are in sixth spot with a 14 win and 15 loss record. Penrith will play the fi fth-placed Macarthur Orioles in Round 17.

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and Try’ session this Tuesday, February 11 from 5.30-7pm at Howell Oval, which give participants and parents the opportunity to trial this exciting new program. For more information contact Johnathan Lees on 0418 749 185 or visit www.T20Blast. com.au. Lawn Bowls: It’s that time of year again when the Penrith Lawn Bowls Club host their annual Charity Bowls Day, this time on Friday, February 28. Th is year all proceeds from the fun day on the green will go to PCYC who do wonderful things throughout the community. Entry is $70 per person which includes morning tea, lunch and beverages. A set of bowls are also supplied and players can bowl in bowling shoes, thongs or socks. To register contact Julie Cullen before February 18 via email at Julie@ penrithbowling.com.au or phone on 4721 2515.

Cricket: The Penrith cricket team has a fight on their hands against North Sydney at North Sydney Oval In a two-day match, North Sydney batted fi rst posting an impressive 301 with Pat Jackson 4/94 and Josh Lalor 3/74 leading the way for the bowlers. When Penrith hit the crease late on Saturday afternoon, they virtually collapsed and at stumps were just 4/27. The two sides meet again this Saturday from 10am for day two action.

Basketball: Congratulations to Penrith basketballers Ella Tofaeono, Tahlia Tupaea, Adam Lulka and Jay Green on their selection to the NSW Metropolitan U18 State teams to compete at the Australian U18 Junior Basketball Champions for Men and Women in Canberra this April.

Cricket: Kids around Penrith will soon be able to emulate their favourite cricket stars with cricket’s newest junior sports program, Milo T20 Blast, coming to town. Milo T20 Blast bridges the gap between Milo in2Cricket and junior club cricket. The program introduces primary aged boys and girls to real games of T20 in a fun, inclusive and action-packed environment where kids can develop the skills learnt from Milo in2Cricket and build their passion for the sport. The Penrith T20 Blast has a free ‘Come

The Emus and Waratahs trained together on Tuesday night. Photo: Melinda Jane.

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enrith Emus coach Seteki Tu’ipulotu said a visit from the NSW Waratahs this week was an “overwhelming” experience for his players. The Super 15 team made the trek out to Nepean Rugby Park on Tuesday evening to train alongside the battling Emus in what coach ‘Teki’ described as “unbelievable”. “Waratahs coach Michael Cheika and I had a conversation back in November and I asked him if he could bring his team out

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for a training session, he couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough,” Tu’ipulotu said. “It was a win-win situation for everyone involved and also for Penrith for getting some recognition. For Michael Cheika and the Waratahs team to come out west is a big tick in the box for people out here.” Tu’ipulotu said his troops took a lot out of the 90-minute session with the Waratahs stars, which included captain and former Emu Dave Dennis as well as Wycliff Palu and Sekope Kepu “Our boys were learning everything there is to know from these guys who play top level rugby,” he said.

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Emus search for a superstar

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Unique competition aims to find rugby union’s next big thing here in Penrith

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n what could resemble the plotline of a reality show or Hollywood movie, the Penrith Emus Rugby Club are on the hunt for the game’s next superstar player, and it could be you. In conjunction with the Western Weekender, the Emus are searching for rugby’s next big thing with the local club launching their ‘Search for a Superstar’ competition, in which one player will win a paid contract with the Emus as well as the right to train with the NSW Waratahs. President of the Penrith Emus, Jim Hook, said the club’s main purpose is to develop players and guide them to that next level. “We’d like to see a local player get an opportunity to step up and play not only for us at the regional level but have an opportunity to play Super 15 or possibly higher,” he said. In what’s understood to be a fi rst in NSW Rugby, the Emus will put eligible players through their paces to make sure they have the right candidate who can one day develop into an international star. “Both coach Teki and I will oversee the project and will be putting players through certain testing criteria to see how they go in terms of their physical and mental toughness at playing sport at that level,” Mr Hook said. “They’ll fi rst be given an opportunity to make grade at our club, then will be given an opportunity to train with the Waratahs and see how they go from there. “The world’s their oyster, basically.” Interested players will need to register

You could be the next big star at the Penrith Emus thanks to a unique competition.

with the Emus as soon as possible with the competition set to fi nish up prior to the start of the Shute Shield season on March 29. So dust off the boots and prepare yourself,

because who knows, you could be about to run onto the field for the Emus at some stage in 2014! For more information or to register

contact Jim Hook on 0412 661 655 or coach Teki Tuipolotu on 0404 133 993. You can also email news@ westernweekender.com.au if interested.

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enrith livewire James Segeyaro will start at hooker in place of captain Kevin Kingston in this Saturday’s fi rst NRL trial against the Tigers in Camden. The Panthers have named a strong line-up to take on the Tigers at Kirkham Oval which features new recruits Kevin Naiqama, Tyrone Peachy, Will Smith and Shaun Spence. Speaking with the Weekender on Wednesday, Segeyaro said he couldn’t wait to get back on the field after a long pre-season. “I’m pumped for this weekend, it always gets boring training for nothing,” he said. The 23-year-old believed no matter what the result against the Tigers it will be a good chance for coach Ivan Cleary to test new combinations. “I think it’ll be about combinations and getting used to each other’s gameplay,” Segeyaro said. “We haven’t spoken that much about it. It’s just about going out there, having a hit out and assessing it when it’s over.” Also named in the 18-man squad is former NSW prop Tim Grant, who is entering his seventh season in the NRL in 2014.

“We’ve trained so hard, we’re here to play footy not train, so all the boys are keen and ready to go,” he said. However, a number of new faces and some familiar ones won’t be strapping on the boots this weekend including Jamal Idris, Jamie Soward, Peter Wallace, Brent Kite, Elijah Taylor, David Simmons, Dean Whare and Nigel Plum. Many of those are believed to be hot favourites to be included in next weekend’s Auckland Nines team. The Tigers have also named a strong line-up spearheaded by captain and NSW Origin hooker Robbie Farah as well as Braith Anasta, Adam Blair, Aaron Woods, Chris Lawrence and Curtis Sironen. The trials kick-off at Kirkham Oval, Camden at 3.30pm with the Holden Cup, followed by the NSW Cup at 5.30pm and NRL at 7.30pm. Panthers NRL side: 1. Matt Moylan, 2. Kevin Naiqama, 3. Wes Naiqama, 4. Will Smith, 5. Eto Nabuli, 6. Daniel Foster, 7. Isaac John, 8. Sam McKendry, 9. James Segeyaro, 10. Tim Grant, 11. Matt Robinson, 12. Tyrone Peachey, 13. Ryan Simpkins, 14. Shaun Spence, 15. Jeremy Latimore, 16. Sam Anderson, 17. Josh Mansour, 18. Vaipuna Tia Kilifi.

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