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OLYMPIC FAILURE Councillor Mark Davies is leading calls for the Sydney International Regatta Centre to be better maintained, fearing its Olympic legacy is leaving plenty to be desired. Alena Higgins reports on page 7.

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Iconic local event shelved for second year in a row

PENRITH SHOW CANCELLED COVID-19 has claimed yet another major local event, with officials this week pulling the pin on the 2021 Penrith Show. The event was due to take place in late August but the uncertainty over restrictions and lockdowns has forced its cancellation.

It is the second year in a row that the 177th running of the iconic event has been called off due to COVID-19. “We have spent a lot of time discussing the amount of work that goes into locking everything in and with lockdowns being extended

and community safety considered, we felt we have no choice which is very sad,” said Club Paceway CEO, Tash Greentree. The cancellation comes as Penrith residents prepare to enter a third week of lockdown as COVID-19 continues to spread across Sydney.

The extension of the lockdown, which was originally due to end tonight, means that students will have to return to remote learning when school resumes next week. Full story on » p. 12

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Accident waiting to happen: Road upgrade needs re-think ALENA HIGGINS

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dangerous Llandilo intersection will receive an upgrade, but it’s not the roundabout one Councillor was hoping for. North Ward Councillor John Thain raised the issue of the juncture at Third and Eighth avenues during Council’s last meeting, telling Mayor Karen McKeown it was a “very, very confusing cross roads”. “It’s something Councillor [Kevin] Crameri has raised on quite a few occasions, I’ve raised it myself and I have been driving there myself the last few weeks,” he said. “There are three stop signs with one with the right of way. “What happens is that the other three stop and have no idea what to do after that.” He said a Mexican stand-off often ensues. “You’ll often see two cars try to take off at the same time because they’re not sure who has right of way, and I think it’s an accident that’s waiting to happen,” he said. “I think it’s appropriate that there is a roundabout there, I think people know

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Councillor John Thain says a roundabout should be installed at a confusing Llandilo intersection. Photo: Melinda Jane.

how to use roundabouts, but when you have three stop signs, it just confuses everyone and I think it’s absolutely quite dangerous.” Council’s traffic engineers have previously investigated the potential of providing a roundabout at the intersection, a Council spokesman said. “As this intersection must accommodate 19-metre semi-trailers, significant pavement widening works are required and a

sufficient Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) could not be achieved given the necessary land acquisition and major utility relocation,” he said. “The intersection of Third Avenue and Eighth Avenue, Llandilo has been listed for the construction of Median Island Stop Treatments (MIST) to enforce the intersection priority, improve movement discipline, and improve road safety and has been prioritised for delivery in the

current financial year (pending design completion).” On Tuesday, Cr Thain questioned why it would be a semi-trailer route and said the new design should be revisited within three to six months. Meanwhile, Ninth Avenue, Llandilo has been prioritised in the current funding year for a series of four speed humps as a result of the urbanisation of the southern side of the road and increases in speeds.

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We’re losing faith in our leaders

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nd so we wait. Every day. 11am. At the mercy of Gladys, Kerry and the daily numbers. Once a week or so, ScoMo chips in with his two cents – we’re doing well, he assures us. We have a plan. There’s the other Premiers too of course, rushing to the press conference lectern as if they were the star of the show in some sort of community theatre production. Rinse and repeat. As we pass the mid-way point of 2021, there is a growing frustration at the daily shenanigans of Australia’s COVID-19 response. Politics, marketing and saving one’s backside has overtaken legitimate information and health priorities, no matter how many times the stars of the show may utter the words ‘expert advice’. And it’s not helped by a press pack either full of nodding heads or those looking for a gotcha moment... with very little middle ground. Although last week Channel Seven reporter Bianca Stone did try to call out the political grandstanding of Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, only to be told she was rude and her question would not be answered. All because Ms Stone dared to call out the spin. And it’s hard to believe it isn’t all just spin at present. After all, Queensland went into lockdown because of two cases of COVID-19 but on a day they recorded five new cases, they happily came out of lockdown. As a famous red-headed Queenslander once said, please explain. Meantime, Scott Morrison last Friday revealed a “four phase pathway” out of

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the pandemic, but it was light on detail and any real numbers or substance. And plenty of it left us scratching our heads. For example, in phase two we will “move into a phase where we seek to minimise serious illness, hospitalisation and fatality as a result of COVID-19.” But nobody has died from COVID-19 in Australia this year, and only a select few people have serious illness as a result of the virus. There’s only half a dozen people in an ICU unit in this country. He also announced that Premiers agreed lockdowns would be a “last resort”, even in the opening phase of the plan. But surely Premiers already feel lockdowns are a last resort – you would hope they’re not putting people out of work and forcing businesses to close, some forever, just for fun. In reality, we’re no clearer on our path out of this mess than we were before National Cabinet met last Friday. Surely after more than a year of dealing with lockdowns and outbreaks, we have a vaccination number we can set in stone as our benchmark for each phase. And surely that number is not 80 per cent, which is being touted by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. If it is, can the ‘expert health advice’ please explain why this number is so high compared to the rest of the world, which is opening up with much lower benchmarks. Maybe we can ask Health Minister Brad Hazzard, who I presume watches classic movies each night so he can prepare to deliver some real zingers at the next day’s press conference. In all seriousness, I’m told Mr Hazzard has worked tirelessly behind the scenes

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through this pandemic, but he is the government’s own worst enemy when appearing at those press conferences – it’s embarrassing. Probably not as embarrassing as Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, who has become the new hero of the anti-vax movement after last week declaring an 18-year-old would be better off taking their chances with COVID-19 (which they could transmit to dozens if not hundreds of people) than they would taking a proven, approved vaccine. For much of last year Australians were patient, respectful and understanding of the enormous task our leaders were facing. Now, the nation is frustrated. They’re now seriously questioning the advice they’re receiving from the top, and starting to revolt. That can’t be good. Here in New South Wales, it’s clear talking to individuals, businesses and listening to talkback radio that Gladys Berejiklian, once the untouchable hero of the COVID response, is quickly losing the public’s support. Ms Berejiklian will likely say that matters little to her, and that she has a responsibility to keep people safe. But it’s also her responsibility to ensure businesses and individuals don’t go to the wall. And they are, and will continue to do so. I’ve spoken first hand to businesses who admit they’re very close to just shutting up shop and moving on. Some already have. Others are offended that the government touts $10,000 grants when businesses could be losing six figure sums every week. Something’s gotta give.

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Bridge footpath to stay No plans to widen lanes on Victoria Bridge; calls for new river crossing

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he footpath along Victoria Bridge won’t be removed to widen the roadway, despite safety concerns. Penrith MP Stuart Ayres confirmed there were no plans to widen the heritage-listed bridge following the opening of the nearby footbridge in late 2018. It comes after Councillor Marcus Cornish requested an update on the matter, suggesting it was Transport for NSW’s (TfNSW) intention to remove the footpath once the Yandhai Nepean Crossing was operational. “I’m worried that they have changed their mind, because that bridge is dangerous with the narrow lanes, and as I said, trucks complain because they smash mirrors on there all the time,” he said. Cr Cornish speculated the footpath may have been retained because it currently offered better “passive surveillance”. However, Mr Ayres said the existing footpath on the Victoria Bridge is required to ensure pedestrians still have access across the Nepean River when maintenance is carried out on the footbridge.

He also said the removal of pedestrian facilities along Victoria Bridge was not discussed in the Yandhai Bridge’s Review of Environmental Factors. Cr Cornish believes another bridge is needed to cope with traffic demand. “Once COVID’s over, the traffic problems there will continue on that bridge, and the State Government need to start looking at a new bridge either there or on Russell Street,” he said. Mr Ayres said another bridge should be built to the north, providing the city with three river crossings. “In the long term, as I have said in the past, additional bridge capacity should come in from the north with a new bridge crossing linking Russell Street, Emu Plains with Old Castlereagh Road,” he said. “This would give Penrith three river crossings – South at the M4, Central at Victoria Bridge and North at Russell Street.” The Weekender understands a new bridge is at least five to 15 years away and would likely be linked to any nonresidential development proposed by the Penrith Lakes Development Corporation or updated flood evacuation planning.

Councillor Marcus Cornish on Victoria Bridge. Photo: Melinda Jane.

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go. This ranges from too many people standing in a restaurant waiting for their take-away food to questioning whether outdoor gym classes are legal. While we all need to be as safe as possible at the moment, going around like you’re the COVID police is helping nobody. Unless there is a clear, deliberate and unsafe breach of the rules, how about we lay off on the dobbing?

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Δ While we’re on the subject of The Blind Chef cafe, The Source was really disappointed to hear of a break-in at the eatery late last week. The two thieves were caught on camera stealing bread, buns and desserts (pictured right). Δ It was interesting to note that Commonwealth Bank services went down again this week. It’s almost becoming a weekly event, and there’s never a real explanation as to what went wrong.

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An ice cream loving reader has pointed out that Wendy’s has closed its Nepean Village store, which has been in the middle of the centre for years.

Δ Now some good ice cream news: Cold Rock Ice Creamery has unveiled a brand new cake range including eight delicious new flavours alongside the classic fan favourites. Designed to appeal to all palates, the mouth-watering cakes will be available to purchase online and instore from July 12.

Δ Product recall: There’s a recall on Plum Silicone Soothers sold at major baby stores around the country, including Baby Bunting at Penrith. The product may have been damaged by its packaging, and the teat may break off the shield. Consumers should immediately stop using the product and return it to any Baby Bunting store for a full refund.

Δ Stateside Sports is set to open up a new store inside Westfield Penrith. It’ll be on Level 2 across from the Apple store. Δ It’s very quiet at The Source desk this week, as Penrith completes its second week of lockdown. One thing that has come across the desk is a number of local whingers dobbing in people for “doing the wrong thing” as far as COVID restrictions

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A total of 68 past and present Olympians and Paralympians have been revealed as the featured athletes on stickers in the Woolworths Aussie Heroes collectible, to celebrate this year’s Australian team as they make their way to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. For every $20 spent in store or online, Woolworths customers can collect an Aussie

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Δ Huge news in radio this week, with Ben Fordham losing the #1 breakfast slot to Kyle & Jackie O, the first time 2GB has fallen off top spot in more than 15 years. Got something to contribute to The Source? Email details about store openings, closings, weddings, funerals or any other Penrith bits and pieces to news@ westernweekender.com.au.

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Childcare worker banned from working with children ALENA HIGGINS

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Penrith childcare worker who assaulted a three-year-old boy, dislocating his arm, has been handed a 12-month good behaviour bond. Security footage captured Elizabeth Ayika, 32, pulling the toddler to his feet by his arm when she failed to get his attention. The boy can be seen grabbing his arm in pain following the incident. The court heard the 32-year-old was

deeply remorseful and had aspirations of becoming a paediatrician. According to a report by 7 News, the Department of Education is pursuing the childcare centres and Ayika in relation to 12 separate incidents involving seven children aged three to four years. Ayika, who was convicted of the 2019 assault at the Downing Centre late last month, will face court over the other charges at a hearing later this year. The conviction means she will never work with children again. Ayika came to Australia in 2015, having studied medicine in Ukraine.

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t catapulted Penrith onto the international stage during the 2000 Olympics, but the ongoing maintenance of the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) has raised eyebrows, with one local Councillor claiming it looks rundown and old. Councillor Mark Davies said he was “shocked” and “disappointed” by the state of the venue. “I hadn’t been out there for a long time and I was quite appalled at the condition,” he said. “Things looked dirty, tired, old and my first impression was ‘oh wow’, I was quite shocked.” He said the signs on approach were “ratty” and when he drove in, the area in and around the stadium was overgrown. Cr Davies, who raised the matter during Penrith Council’s Ordinary Meeting on June 28, claimed it shouldn’t have gotten to this stage. “I just think, it’s western Sydney, it’s a major legacy of the Olympics, it’s continually used and it’s an international destination – not just national,” Cr Davies told the Weekender following the meeting. “It’s in our backyard and we just want

to make sure it’s kept up to spec and reflects well on the region.” An Office of Sport spokesman defended the facility, saying the NSW Government is proud of its Olympic legacy and will continue to invest in former venues. “SIRC undergoes regular upgrades and maintenance with more than $1.5 million invested at the venue in 2020/21 for a number of projects, including upgrades to the grandstand and roads on top of a $130,000 annual maintenance budget and $60,000 cleaning budget,” he said. “In addition, upgrades to venue signage are planned in 2021/22. “Other major upgrades at the facility include new and upgraded pontoons, upgrades to the Presentation Pontoon and additional parking.” Following the March floods, the SIRC was forced to suspend public recreation after sediment, bacteria and other contaminants flowed into the lakes, creating a toxic algae bloom. “To ensure the safety of venue users, the venue was closed for water activities, reopening on June 1,” the spokesman said. Repairs to the venue’s walking and cycling paths damaged during the floods are scheduled for completion later this month.

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Councillor Mark Davies at the Regatta Centre this week. Photo: Melinda Jane.

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Jobs at risk: Council pushes for changes to Lakes plan ALENA HIGGINS

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enrith Council will strongly urge the state’s planning authority to abandon its draft development control plan (DCP) for Stage 1 of Penrith Lakes, amid concerns it will hinder the Nepean Business Park and reduce local jobs. During its meeting on June 28, Councillors formally endorsed a submission to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) recommending it adopt Council’s DCP for the site instead. “I don’t know where DPIE drew this up from, they appear to have treated the Lakes as if it’s a totally separate city,” Councillor Greg Davies said during discussion. “It has the effect of reducing what we are trying to achieve, which is more jobs in Penrith.” The setbacks, landscaped area, minimum lot size, Lot Frontage, FSR, and Site Coverage proposed in the draft DCP are all inconsistent with Penrith’s DCP. Planning for the Penrith Lakes is not managed by Council nor does it own the site. In 1987, the State Government entered into a deed of agreement with the Penrith Lakes Development Corporation to implement the Penrith Lakes Scheme.

However, the site already adjoins an existing and established industrial precinct developed under Council’s planning controls. Once complete, the 47ha Nepean Business Park will provide 4,000 permanent jobs at the former quarry site. The project, which is still in land rehabilitation phase, will create a modern, hi-tech, green friendly hub for SMEs adjacent to the Penrith CBD. Construction is tipped to inject about $2 billion into the local economy and the business park will create more than 18,000 jobs overall, with ongoing stimulus to the community projected to be about $500 million per year. Nepean Business Park Chair Bruce Baudinet welcomed Council’s intervention and backing to ensure its economic potential is realised. “The overwhelming sentiment from the meeting was that Council was best placed to understand what was needed, with clearly stated demands for consistency in planning controls,” he said. However, Councillor Kevin Crameri went against popular opinion on the night, questioning why Council would oppose some of the draft controls such as more landscaping. “Usually we’ve got government departments or big business trying to get below what we set,” he said.

More support for survivors of domestic violence in Penrith

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rontline domestic violence services in Penrith will be awarded $600,000 in additional funding to ensure victim-survivors can access crucial help in their community. Penrith MP Stuart Ayres this week announced the local recipient of the COVID-19 Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Infrastructure Grant Program funded by the Federal Government. DV West Ltd will utilise the funds for the acquisition of a five-to-six bedroom house suitable for the provision of sexual, domestic and family violence specific

temporary accommodation for women and children. “Frontline workers in Penrith are putting in a colossal effort to help people at-risk of domestic, family and sexual violence during the pandemic and ongoing recovery period,” Mr Ayres said. “This funding will help to protect more women and children in our local community who suffer from violence and abuse by enhancing frontline supports available to them.” Attorney General and Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Mark Speakman said 45 service providers from across the state have been allocated a share in more than $8.6 million to support more victim-survivors. “These grants will include funding upgrades at women’s shelters and new crisis accommodation with enhanced security,” Mr Speakman said. “This investment will also allow those providers to improve access for people with disability, create spaces for children, renovate kitchens and bathrooms, repair plumbing and roofing damage, and most importantly to offer more women a safe space and life-saving assistance.” This announcement follows a $90 million budget boost to support women and children impacted by domestic violence announced as part of the NSW Budget this month.

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Is it time for social media sites like Twitter to force users to verify themselves before opening an account? We’ve known that cyber-bullying from fake accounts has been an issue for years, but misinformation being spread about COVID-19 and vaccines is only strengthening the push for such regulations. It’s becoming harder and harder to determine what’s real information, and what’s even legitimate opinion, given how many fake accounts and accounts without names are on Twitter. What’s the harm in making it a requirement to identify yourself?

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he beautiful bushland that surrounds Leonay, often used for recreation, is being damaged by an increase of illegal dumping. Some residents have had enough of seeing the scattered rubbish, but the culprits responsible could be locals. Matthew Beard is a new resident who said he has noticed waste being left behind when he walks around the area. “We moved in about 12 months ago and have noticed concrete slurry, timber offcuts and recently three truckloads of dirt dumped in there,” Mr Beard said. “The section at the top of Leonay is widely used for recreational walking and mountain biking so it is a shame to see.” While Mr Beard has not witnessed anyone committing an offence, the wrongdoers could be closer to home. “I don’t think it is people coming from out of the area, but I have seen people doing concreting, or work to their homes and yard then the incident of dumping occurs not long after,” he said. “Whether it is locals being lazy or contractors seeing it as an opportunity to dispose of it without paying to do it the correct way, it is wrong and can cause a hazard for people using the tracks which will lead to it potentially being blocked off.” The incidents have been reported and

the Weekender understands that it has been referred for investigation by the Western Sydney Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad as a landfilling matter. A Penrith City Council spokesperson said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforces strict laws relating to illegal dumping. “These are enforced to ensure wrongdoers pay heavy penalties for potentially harming human health and the environment, and deter dumpers from repeating the offence,” the spokesperson said. “The Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act) is the primary piece of environmental legislation regulating illegal dumping in NSW and provides a tiered range of on-thespot fines and penalties for illegal dumping offences.” With on-the-spot fines ranging between $2000 and $8000 for individuals and corporations, offenders can face further severe penalties including jail. The spokesperson said if you encounter illegal dumping, you can report it. “You can report it using the NSW EPA hotline 131 555 or via the EPA’s online reporting service RIDonline at ridonline. epa.nsw.gov.au,” he said. “When reporting illegal dumping incidents please provide as much detail as possible, including location of the illegally dumped material, description of the material, date that you first noticed it and information about the dumper.”

AUSTRALIANS IN CREDIT DEBT RUT Australians appear to be stuck in a debt rut with new Reserve Bank (RBA) figures out this week showing credit card debt accruing interest is hovering around $20 billion for the 10th month in a row. The RBA data for personal credit card accounts shows a slight month-on-

month increase of 0.5 per cent in May, taking the total credit card debt to $20.06 billion, in original terms. RateCity.com.au research director, Sally Tindall, said it was a big concern. “Australia appears to be stuck in a credit card debt rut,” she said.

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Lockdown drags on “I appreciate how hard this is”: NSW Premier extends stay-at-home orders TROY DODDS

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ocal students will be forced to learn from home next week after Sydney’s lockdown was extended by another week. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed on Wednesday that the lockdown, originally set to end tonight, would now lift at 11.59pm on Friday, July 16. Schools will not resume face-to-face learning until at least Monday, July 19. They will however remain open if parents have no other choice but to send their children to school. “I appreciate how hard this is,” Ms Berejiklian said. “No matter what your circumstances we know this has been a difficult period but we’d much rather go through this difficult period now so we can stamp out as much of this virus as we can.” The decision to extend the lockdown is a bitter blow to local businesses that have been forced to close their doors, and individuals who are without work. Only minimal government support is available to help those impacted.

Westfield Penrith remains a ghost town due to the lockdown. Photo: Melinda Jane.

It’s prompted Labor to call for a comprehensive support package to be implemented for businesses and individuals. “It is clear that the NSW Government’s support for business and workers has not

been good enough. Certainty for business requires the NSW Government to provide further support,” said Opposition Leader Chris Minns. Dozens of cases of COVID-19 continue

to be announced by the Premier each day, with countless venues of concern also released. No venues in the Penrith Local Government Area have raised a concern at this point. However, NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected traces of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the Penrith sewage treatment plant. Officials say is of particular concern, as there are no known cases in this catchment. The Penrith plant covers about 75,000 people in suburbs including Cambridge Gardens, Cambridge Park, Leonay, Emu Plains, Glenbrook, Penrith, South Penrith, Glenmore Park, Jamisontown, Regentville, Lapstone, Orchard Hills, Kingswood, Castlereagh, Cranebrook, Llandilo, Sun Valley, Mount Riverview, Emu Heights, Jordan Springs, Mulgoa, Warrimoo, Blaxland, Yellow Rock and Blue Mountains National Park. Anyone who lives or works in or around this area is asked to be particularly vigilant for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, and if they appear, immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

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espite not being scheduled until the last weekend in August, the Annual Penrith Show has been cancelled for the second year in a row. The cancellation decision comes a result of the current and changing COVID-19 situation in Greater Sydney. Club Paceway CEO, Tash Greentree said the Board had come to the difficult decision after considering several factors. “We have spent a lot of time discussing the amount of work that goes into locking everything in and with lockdowns being extended and community safety considered, we felt we have no choice which is very sad,” Ms Greentree said. “Whilst we would love to put something on with the community and had started that process, it is just too big an event, too many people and has the potential to be hot pot for the Delta variant that is so contagious so it just not worth the risk.” This year was to be the 177th Penrith Show. Last year’s event was also cancelled due to COVID-19. Member of the Showmens Guild of Australasia, Greg Webster, who provides rides, games and food to the show said the ripple effect is disappointing for the industry.

“We have been stopped for the last 12 to 18 months, then we just started again so for the call to cancel it to be made so far out is hard for us,” Mr Webster said. “We have no other income and there are generations of family within our industry that survive off the entertainment at agricultural shows and events.” Membership Chairman of Penrith Lions, Steven Gault said the community event usually raises a substantial amount of money to support the organisation. “It is usually a great occasion for us to greet people at the front gate and give them a cheery smile on the way in for a great day while collecting donations,” Mr Gault said. “We also get the Cambridge Park, Emu Plains and Winmalee clubs to help us out over the weekend so not only is the money aspect sad, but we also miss out on that community engagement and opportunity to work with the other clubs.” Ms Greentree said they look forward to the show finally returning in 2022. “We hope 2022 is a huge celebration of returning back to a little more normal life and providing a great thing for the community to be a part of and to enjoy,” she said. Club Paceway is currently closed due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Harness racing meetings are proceeding without crowds.

This year’s Penrith Show won’t go ahead due to the COVID-19 outbreak.


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A woman has been charged with assault and possessing a knife in a public place in St Marys. About 11.30am on Friday, July 2, a 30-year-old Windsor woman attended a shop in Queen Street, St Marys where she placed several items on the counter before asking for cigarettes. The attendant asked the woman to pay for the items before she would give them to her, and the woman allegedly removed a box cutter from her jumper pocket. The attendant got her mobile phone out and the woman ran out of the store. Police were contacted and located the woman near Chapel Street, St Marys. She was arrested and charged.

A man has been charged after blowing over the limit at Londonderry. About 5pm on Friday, July 2, police were called to a motor vehicle accident on Carrington Road, Londonderry where they spoke to the driver, a 75-year-old Castlereagh man. The man was breath tested, which proved positive before being arrested and taken to Penrith Police Station. A secondary breath analysis returned a positive reading of 0.189. The man’s licence was suspended on the spot, and he was charged to appear at Penrith Local Court on Thursday, August 12.

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A man has been charged after a police pursuit in Kingswood led to officers locating prohibited drugs. About 1pm on Friday, July 2, police were patrolling the Great Western Highway, Kingswood where they attempted to stop a grey Audi. It is alleged the vehicle began to accelerate and police initiated a pursuit with the driver, who was a 33-year-old South Penrith man. The man allegedly attempted to make a left-hand turn, and lost control of the vehicle, spinning 180 degrees before coming to a stop, facing the police vehicle. The man then accelerated again with the pursuit continuing around several streets in Kingswood, until the driver hit a gutter on Peppermint Crescent, Kingswood and damaged the vehicle. The driver and passenger, a 37-year-old St Marys man both ran before being caught and arrested. The vehicle was searched, locating 54 tablets, believed to be MDMA and the 33-year-old was charged. He was bail refused and appeared in Liverpool Local Court on Tuesday, July 6. The 37-year-old man was not charged at that stage, with investigations continuing.

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Jamisontown: Pair charged after shoplifting incident Two women have been charged after being caught shoplifting from a hardware store in Jamisontown. About 4pm on Sunday, July 4, two women from Willmott, aged 42 and 33, entered a hardware store on Wolseley Street, Jamisontown. The 42-year-old was pushing a pram and the 33-year-old was pushing a trolley when they allegedly picked up numerous items and concealed them under the pram and in their handbags. It is alleged they attended a register in the nursery area, where they only purchased a small number of items. Police were there on an unrelated matter and were informed of what allegedly occurred so stopped the women near their motor vehicle. Both women were searched, which revealed numerous items from concealed pockets within the handbags and they were issued indefinite banning notices from all the associated stores within New South Wales. The women were charged and will appear in Penrith Local Court on Monday, August 16. More police news as it breaks: Follow us on Twitter @wwpenrith.

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WHY THE DRAGONS WERE ABLE TO SACK STAR PLAYER After a narrow victory on the weekend in a sport that was very nearly lost to us all last year under threat of COVID-19, Dragons prop Paul Vaughan hosted a get-together at his home in breach of the NRL’s COVID policy and the NSW State Government’s stay-at-home orders. Vaughan and other players including high profile cattle Jack De Belin and Corey Norman have been fined up to $50,000 by the NRL with Vaughan copping an eight week ban and his teammates one week on the sideline each. This is in addition to fines handed down by NSW Police who reportedly attended the gathering after complaints from neighbours. The NRL is not a court or judicial body capable of handing out legal sanctions, however all NRL players enter into a contract in which they agree to abide by the Code of Conduct and other rules and regulations of the sport including the NRL being able to hand down sanctions like fines and suspensions for misconduct. The penalties handed down to the Dragons’ players are contractual in nature as opposed to taking the form of an infringement notice for breaching legislation like those issued by the Police or other authorities. Accordingly, if the players want to contest the NRL’s sanctions they would first need to go through an internal appeals process failing which they would need to sue the NRL in a civil court. The Police infringement notices can be challenged before a Magistrate in the Local Court but given the flagrant disregard for the rules demonstrated by those concerned they are unlikely to seek leniency.

This is the second time Vaughan has breached the NRL’s biosecurity rules after having breached the “bubble” in season 2020 to attend a café where it’s been reported he either used a fake name or didn’t “check-in” at all in an attempt to avoid detection. Accordingly, St George have torn up his contract and he in now club-less for the rest of the year and beyond. The legal basis for the sacking will no doubt be that by breaching the NRL’s COVID rules Vaughan breached his employment contract (similar to when religious fanatic Israel Folau was sacked by Rugby Australia for breaching his employment contract in 2019). Vaughan might have been entitled to a little patience from NRL fans if this was not his second blatant breach of COVID rules in circumstances where not only was the NRL almost lost to us all last year, but the NSW Government has extended the Greater Sydney lockdown for another week crippling the survivability of cafes, restaurants, hairdressers, pubs, clubs and other hospitality businesses in the region. One thing is certain – Vaughan and his family don’t deserve the social media onslaught that is no doubt coming their way in this world of Internet vigilantism we now live in, but the Dragons had no choice but to make an example of Vaughan and his teammates. This isn’t about footy or punishing people for wanting to celebrate with the lads after a hard-fought win – it’s about people’s very livelihoods. Most small businesses don’t have a Peter V’landys to champion their cause, ensure they stay open and that their staff get paid.


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we stop litter from entering waterways, not using closed top yabby traps and protecting the banks of our local creeks and the Nepean River.” A Council spokesperson said that Council supports Dr Ryan in sharing the knowledge obtained through her research with the community. “The findings of Dr Ryan’s research are extremely beneficial to Council and the

Penrith community as it encourages us to be more mindful of the platypus living in our waterways,” the spokesperson said. “It also enables Council to carefully consider the platypus when planning and undertaking works in specific areas close to their habitat and ensuring any development in those areas is done in a manner that does not negatively impact the platypus population.”

The results of the research are expected to be announced in August with a community session and then the three agencies will proceed to the next stage of the project. “Penrith City Council, Mulgoa Valley Landcare and Western Sydney university will be working together to identify more areas of platypus habitat [in the area],” Dr Ryan said.

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ocals should keep their eyes peeled as new research has revealed that waterways in the Penrith Local Government Area (LGA) are home to platypus. The exciting discovery was the result of Penrith City Council and Mulgoa Landcare working with Dr Michelle Ryan from Western Sydney University. “We are all very excited that our research has identified that a number of waterways in the Penrith LGA are home to platypus,” Dr Ryan said. “Until now, there has been very little evidence of platypus in the LGA so for the protection of this species it is great to have this scientific confirmation.” Dr Ryan said the project has focused on determining what is important to the platypus’ survival as they have been identified in a number of local creeks. “It is important that everyone works together to protect these amazing, unique creatures,” she said. “The community can help protect this local platypus population by making sure

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Our field of dreams An incredible history: Penrith Park has played a huge part in our lives TROY DODDS

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ith talk that Panthers Stadium could be knocked down and re-developed at the end of the 2022 NRL season, we thought we’d take a look back at the ground’s incredible history… Early beginnings The site of the current BlueBet Stadium between Mulgoa Road and Station Street has been home to the Panthers since their inaugural first grade season in 1967.

Owned by Penrith Council, it was agreed the land would be the home of the Panthers after their acceptance into the 1967 competition. It would require significant upgrades and development to be ready to host first grade rugby league. The first home game at Penrith Park was held on April 8, 1967 between Penrith and Newtown. The Panthers beat the Jets 16-10 and Dave Applebee had the honour of scoring the first try in first grade at Penrith Park. Bob Landers kicked the first ever goal while Laurie Fagan landed the first field goal. The crowd that day was 5,026.

Penrith Park in the 70s, when the ground was still oval shaped. Photo: Penrith Library.

Despite the game against the Jets, Penrith Park was ‘officially’ opened on April 23, 1967 by Harold Matthews, the Vice President of the NSW Rugby League. The playing surface was originally oval shaped, with just the western grandstand (with no roof!). Redevelopment in the 1980s The stadium faced significant redevelopment in the 1980s, becoming a rectangular ground better suited to rugby league. The Eastern Grandstand was constructed, leaving the stadium with two hills at the northern and southern end,

Penrith Park prior to the eastern stand.

Controversy surrounds Oils concert You would think popular band Midnight Oil coming to Penrith would be a huge coup for the city, but it turned into a controversial event back in 1983. Midnight Oil appeared in a charity concert at Penrith Park on May 7, 1983, with more than 18,000 people attending. Fans loved the show – but those in charge of Penrith Park were not so happy when they saw the aftermath. Broken bottles and cans caused significant damage to the ground’s playing surface, as did the feet of the 18,000 people in attendance. Given the concert was held in the middle of the football season, it was of significant concern to Panthers. “We gave use of the ground because it

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Penrith Park, now known as BlueBet Stadium, as it stands today. Photo: NRL Photos.

was for charity and look what happens,” said football club CEO, Charlie Gibson at the time. “We will be taking action to make sure no further concerts are held on the ground during the football season.” The ground was a mess, with broken glass embedded in the ground and ring pulls from cans scattered all over the field. Penrith was forced to move training while the ground was thoroughly checked by officials, who later gave it the all clear.

that adorned the southern hill for several decades. Plans lodged with Penrith City Council show the design of the scoreboard coming together in 1978. It would be installed soon after, and remain a fixture at the venue until 2013, when it was controversially dismantled and removed. The scoreboard was eventually replaced with a second video screen, with screens now at both ends of the ground that also carry the score and clock.

A famous scoreboard Any Panthers fan will tell you how much they loved the classic scoreboard

Western Grandstand extended, new corporate facilities The growing need for more corporate

facilities at the stadium saw the opening of the Chairman’s Lounge in 2007. It came as part of an upgrade to the Western Grandstand, with about $30 million spent on upgrades overall. Notes for the upgrade say: “Western Grandstand improvements, retention of existing stand superstructure, new corporate facilities (multi-function space), spectator facilities (additional seating, new amenities, new food & beverage outlets), player facilities (new dressing rooms, gymnasium, coach & referee boxes), media facilities, facilities for NRL administration, venue management facilities.”

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LOCAL NEWS REWARD FOR LUNA FIRE INFO The NSW Government has announced a $1 million reward for information regarding the 1979 Luna Park fire, which claimed the lives of seven people, including six children. This is the first time a $1 million reward has been offered in relation to the tragedy that occurred 42 years ago. “Despite the passage of time, this horrific incident remains embedded in the psyche of Sydneysiders. I am appealing to those who may know something but have not previously been inclined to assist – you now have a million reasons to come forward,” said NSW Police Minister, David Elliott said. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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GRANTS NOW AVAILABLE Penrith organisations are invited to apply for funding to support local community projects under the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program. “$12.5 million is available in 2021/22 for new or upgraded facilities across sport and recreation, arts and culture, disaster readiness and community infrastructure,” said Penrith MP Stuart Ayres. See responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au.

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ohamed Dukuly has been recognised for his outstanding work as a leader in the community sector with a 2021 Zest Award. The St Marys resident is a school liaison officer with the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS). STARTTS runs programs in schools to achieve better outcomes for young people who are refugee survivors. Mr Dukuly said that it felt great to receive the award, which celebrates heroes of greater western Sydney who strengthen communities. “I don’t do it for an award but for people to recognise the work that we do is nice,”

Mr Dukuly said. “The work is done to make an impact on individual lives which makes a real difference for a community.” A psychosocial educator, community leader and a culturally and linguistically diverse group work specialist, Mr Dukuly shares a strong connection with the people he works with, after moving to Australia in 2005 from Nigeria. “We have that background as we are part of the communities, we understand the perspective of being a client as we were in the same position before we became workers,” he said. “We go deeper and understand nuances so we can better help support our community and other refugee communities.”

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Penrith family has started a petition to the NSW Parliament for a Palliative Care Unit to be included in the Nepean Hospital upgrades. The wife of William, Sharyn Hayward and their children believe the 75-year-old would have received a more peaceful goodbye when he passed away on June 18 if he were in a dedicated unit. Mr Hayward’s daughter, Tammy Vassallo said her dad suffered a very quick decline over three weeks for unknown reasons, which left him in a non-verbal infant like state, leaving the family to have to advocate for his needs. “My mum and I got to know the routine of the hospital and for the majority of his stay there were three teams of two people to look after the 30-bed ward he was in,” Ms Vassallo said. “It is not the staff’s fault, you can only deal with what you are given but it is unacceptable that because he couldn’t walk or talk that he was left last, and it would not have happened if he had dedicated palliative care nurses.”

Leigh Nadalini, Tammy Vassallo, Sharyn Hayward and Darren Hayward. Photo Melinda Jane.

One of Mr Hayward’s other children, Leigh Nadalini said her father being on an oncology ward with restrictions made it hard for the family at the end of his life. “The palliative care team were only notified two days before he passed and showed him so much respect at the end but when they left the ward we were back

to limited visiting hours and other issues,” Ms Nadalini said. “All we wanted to do was show him the compassion that he had showed throughout his whole life to people, and we couldn’t.” NBMLHD Director of Hospital Services, Brett Williams said the district is commit-

ted to ongoing improvements in palliative care services. “We continue to work with patients, their families, advocates and other health care providers to integrate and extend palliative care services to meet the needs of our patients and community,” Mr Williams said. “Nepean Hospital has six dedicated palliative care beds available for patients and provision for additional palliative care beds is included in the $1 billion Nepean Redevelopment.” Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies said she supports the petition and will work with NBMLHD and NSW Government to secure a dedicated palliative care unit. “I have been directly approached by two separate families within the past month calling for a dedicated palliative care unit staffed with specialist trained professionals at Nepean Hospital,” Ms Davies said. “A peaceful and dedicated palliative care unit at Nepean Hospital is a critical need for our community and can provide a supported and serene environment for the whole family during a distressful time.” To sign the petition visit https://bit. ly/3hzZPco.

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iovi and Charles Moschoudis’ five-year-old daughter Angelina has overcome so much since being born with rare disorders affecting her brain. The Penrith parents have started the Angelina CASK Neurological Research Foundation (ACNRF) to give their daughter and other children with the genetic mutation a fighting chance. CEO of ACNRF, Ms Moschoudis said finding out during her 34-week ultrasound that her baby was missing part of its brain was heartbreaking, but she was not about to give up. “We found out she was missing part of her brain called the Corpus Callosum and had a condition called Microcephaly, which means small brain,” Ms Moschoudis said “They said she might not survive birth and would have no quality of life but when I felt her kicking, I knew it was a sign that we needed to give her a fighting chance at life.” Dedicated to an extensive therapy routine, Ms Moschoudis said they started looking into Angelina’s conditions more.

“After intense therapy every day she took her first steps at three and a half, she says about 100 words and her ability to understand things is improving,” she said. “We found a Neurologist in Boston who did a report for us and recommended genetic testing where we found she had a gene mutation called CASK which was the cause of her brain abnormalities.” With only around 100 known cases in children around the world, Ms Mouchoudis said they want to help make a difference. “Research from the US has shown it is degenerative which is devastating us as she may lose all the functional skills she has achieved like walking, talking and being able to eat normally,” she said. “They want to do a pre-clinical trial on a drug that may help brain cells grow and if we start that research now it might help her, as well as other children in the future.” The community is already supporting the cause. The GJ Gardner Homes Sydney West branch recently held a charity golf day at Leonay Golf Club to help the foundation raise over $34,000 of its first $80,000 goal to go towards research. For more information or to donate visit https://acnrf.com.

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The historic Police Cottage at Emu Plains is set to become a vibrant dining destination after receiving Development Application approval for the refurbishment of the site into a café and restaurant. This innovative idea by Penrith City Council will ensure the iconic local building, and its history, is celebrated and conserved for generations to come. The Police Cottage will blend heritage and modern dining to deliver a café and restaurant, with outside seating and stunning views of the Nepean River. It will become the ideal pit stop on the Great River Walk to enjoy casual dining, grab a meal on the go or soak up the local heritage. The refurbishment of the Police Cottage is a key project in the revitalisation of the Nepean River to create a rejuvenated recreation, dining and entertainment precinct that will strengthen Penrith’s position as western Sydney’s most liveable city. Its location adjacent to the Yandhai Nepean Crossing, will provide a crucial

link to the new Regatta Park precinct and transform the area into a popular place to eat, meet and relax. The project is supported by a $1.5 million injection by the NSW Government and a further $1 million contribution by Penrith City Council. The Police Cottage will be brought back to life through the restoration of the façade, replacement works to the verandas and roof, internal enhancements, the extension of the deck for outdoor seating as well as upgrades to the outdoor privy. Originally built in 1908, the Police Cottage was the purpose-built police station and residence for Emu Plains until 1921. It was then used as a residence for Penrith Police officers until the 1950s, and then rented as a private home before becoming vacant back in the year 2015. To find out more about this project, visit penrith.city/policecottage. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you in next week’s paper.

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eigh Rothheudt has set himself the challenge of putting the great Aussie plugger through its paces for a fair dinkum cause. The true blue Jamisontown local will compete in the City2Surf running challenge on Sunday, October 17 in a pair of rubber thongs. The 36-year-old told the Weekender he has only recently got into running with his unique footwear. “It all started when I went camping with my family and was enjoying myself too much with food and drink so decided to go for a run but I only had my thongs with me at the time,” Mr Rothheudt said. “When I got back from Christmas I found myself running around the block in them every week.” Mr Rothheudt’s mates then convinced him to take part in the 14 kilometre run from Sydney CBD to Bondi Beach for charity. “I have thrown the odd dollar into a cash can at the shops but have never done a big run or one for charity so thought it was pretty cool,” he said.

“I am going to split any donations I get between the Prostate Foundation of Australia and Beyond Blue, because both (prostate cancer and depression) are silent killers and while they haven’t impacted me, they have certainly affected those close to me.” With COVID cases ramping up again, Mr Rothheudt said he hopes that restrictions will ease so he can take part in the event that attracts thousands of participants each year. “They did a virtual version last year but I do hope I can do the real thing in person and enjoy the excitement and fun of it all,” he said. “I have been running heaps doing just five kilometres and then when I decided I was actually taking part I started doing 14 and the other week I got going and ended up doing 21 in thongs so the feet are toughening up. “I only use the $1.25 Kmart thongs as they have the most cushion believe it or not but I will have a spare pair in the back pocket and a couple of bread clips handy for any issues.” To donate to Leigh’s ‘marathong mission’ at this year’s City2Surf, visit shorturl.at/ oqBOY.

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TURNING BACK TIME

Did you know that High Street was closed to traffic between Woodriff Street and Station Street for many years? The controversial ‘Penrith Mall’ would be remembered by many long-term locals. A decision was made in the early 1980s to close High Street between Woodriff and Station Streets to traffic.

The idea was to open up a vibrant pedestrian mall that would not only feature various shopping options but also outdoor dining and events. The mall would open on November 16, 1985. The concept stayed in place for more than a decade, but never really won locals over.

The mall would be closed and High Street reopened to traffic in September 1996. The above photos show each end of the mall during its time in operation. What are your memories of the mall? Email info@westernweekender.com.au. Photos thanks to Penrith City Library.

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arome Luai said Nathan Cleary’s courageous performance, playing with a busted shoulder in Origin II, inspired him to get back up and keep playing last Friday night. The Panthers will be without their star halves paring for several weeks, at least, after Luai became the club’s latest casualty, suffering a medial ligament injury in his left knee during the second half of Penrith’s thrilling win over Parramatta. Speaking with the media after the match, the 24-year-old was confident he only suffered a cork to his knee and that ice and rest would fix it, however scans the following day revealed much worse – ruling the champion Blues five-eighth out of Origin III and potentially several weeks for the Panthers. “It’s just a cork, just a cork. I just need to ice it up and have a couple of days off… it should be good,” Luai declared post-game. “When I was offloading to Api, my foot got a bit caught and twisted in that tackle, so hopefully a bit of ice and rest will help it.” Luai was down and noticeably injured for several minutes after the play, which resulted in the Koroisau try beside the posts. After receiving attention and plenty of strapping, the classy Samoan international remained on the field to help guide Penrith to their 14th win of the season. Luai said he wasn’t thinking the worst immediately after the injury, but instead wanted to channel a teammate who showed true courage and determination just days earlier. “I was thinking about Nathan (Cleary) a bit out there, actually; just more courageous thoughts,” Luai said. “He probably played on with a lot worse injury than I did, so I thought to myself I can do a really good job for my team here if I stick solid. “My knee was a bit uncomfortable in certain positions, but I wanted to do a good job for my team, stay out there and help them with my leadership.” Luai’s presence paid off late in the match, with Penrith sealing the 13-12 victory cour-

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Jarome Luai in action for Penrith last Friday night. Photo: NRL Photos.

tesy of a Matt Burton field goal in the 79th minute. Burton’s one-pointer was more than a year in the making after the talented Dubbo product famously missed four field goals in a golden point match against Newcastle last season. History looked set to repeat itself when Burton’s first attempt to break a 12-all deadlock hit the post, but he hit his second attempt perfectly to put the Panthers in

front with a minute to go in a match that was always destined to go down to the wire. Burton said the Newcastle game last year and him hitting the post again last Friday night didn’t deter him from having another crack at glory. “The feeling of winning just drives you to step up and keep going… as soon as I got the second chance, I thought this is the time and it paid off,” he said. “I never really hit many field goals but to

get my first one in the NRL is pretty special, it’s a good feeling.” Luai said he was proud of his teammate for stepping up to the plate and nailing the match-winner. “You could see in Burto’s eyes that he wanted that moment and we all have faith in him,” he said. “He practices those kicks and that’s what practice does – it makes you ready for the big moments. I’m so proud of Burto.”

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NO RISKS FOR JAROME ! Jarome Luai is hopeful of returning for next weekend’s game against the Warriors but the club will take no chances, even if it means fielding a side without both of their halves. The 24-year-old is currently in a knee brace after suffering a minor medial ligament injury in his left knee last weekend. The injury will rule him out of Origin III, and club officials see no reason to risk further damage heading into the business end of the season. ! The Panthers have reeled in James Fisher-Harris on a new four-year contract extension. Talks had stalled some time ago with both parties far apart on money expectations, but as expected a deal was done in the end. It’ll mean Fish is at the Panthers until at least the end of the 2026 season. “It’s every player’s dream to stay at one club for a long time. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to do it at a club like this,” Fisher-Harris said. “Now it’s my turn to do my job, put the team first and do everything I can to repay the faith the club has shown in me.” ! There could still be hope of Craig Gower receiving his much-deserved 2003 Dally M, which he missed out on due to a player strike. Plenty of whispers are doing the rounds suggesting the investigation undertaken by the NRL was sub-par, with key figures not questioned – including The Daily Telegraph’s Dean Ritchie, who was the judge for the final round match between Penrith and Parramatta in 2003, won by the Panthers. Gower played a starring role. This story may have some life yet.

the Eels, most likely to get a feel for the game given the unusual circumstance of playing in front of a closed stadium. He was back in his coach’s box for the second half.

Jarome Luai is battling an injury. Photo: NRL Photos.

! Spotted: Channel Nine commentator Andrew Johns in a desperate search for a cup of tea at half-time of last Friday’s clash between Penrith and Parramatta at BlueBet Stadium. ! Spotted: Zac Bailey still on deck doing the ground announcing at BlueBet Stadium last Friday night despite the lack of crowd. I’m told Bailey was on a special COVID pay rate, given the circumstances. ! Spotted: Injured halfback Nathan Cleary giving plenty of advice to Jarome Luai in the sheds at half-time of the Panthers v Eels clash. ! The Panthers were one step ahead of eager fans last Friday – blocking the fences that would given desperate supporters the opportunity to watch the match against the Eels from outside of the ground.

! Former Panthers five-eighth Jamie Soward made his NRL commentary debut with the 2GB Continuous Call Team last Sunday afternoon, and did a stunning job. While Soward has been chasing his commentary dream for a while now and has called full games in the lower grades, plenty were surprised at just how natural he sounded as a lead commentator. He’ll be back on 2GB this weekend and may have just found his post-footy calling.

! I told you months and months ago that Kurt Capewell wanted to head home to Queensland, and it was one of the driving factors behind his decision to sign with Brisbane from next season. The Queensland Origin star did ponder an offer from the Panthers, but once the Broncos’ offer was on the table, everything fell into place. ! Api Koroisau will make his State of Origin debut next Wednesday night after being picked on the bench for the Blues. He joins Brian To’o, Isaah Yeo and Liam Martin in the New South Wales team for Origin II, while Kurt Capewell will shift from the centres to the forwards for Queensland.

! Ivan Cleary chose to sit on the sideline for the first half of last week’s clash against

! With the likely stadium development looming, it got me thinking about the need for a dedicated museum of sorts to recognise the club’s incredible history over the past 50-plus years. The club has dabbled in such concepts before but it’s never really taken off. Imagine all the memorabilia that is probably sitting in storage somewhere, and there will be more to come if the stadium redevelopment does happen. Not to mention the incredible photographs, stories and trophies that sit in different parts of the club and Academy. Surely we could find somewhere at the Leagues Club to build a dedicated museum that properly respected the football club’s remarkable past?

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lang on league Sauce was the original metreeater and always played tough on his way to 74 tries in 158 games. 5. Matt Adamson (1993-2001) – Came from Parramatta and his career really took off once coach Royce Simmons moved him from fullback into the forwards. Adamson played 157 games and represented NSW (2001). Honourable mentions include Kevin Kingston, Tyrone Peachey, Jamie Soward, Paul Clarke, John Cross, Scott Sattler, Preston Campbell, Luke Walsh and Martin Lang. Now the Top 5 Buys that didn’t quite work out the way everyone hoped. 1. Gary Freeman (1994-95) – Struggled to make an impact in his two years at the club. 2. Trevor Gillmeister (1994) – The Axe left after one season to join the Crushers. 3. Timana Tahu (2011) – Lasted just seven games in an injury riddled season. He even played lock! 4. Zac Hardaker (2016) – The Englishman barely made an impression in his 11 games with the club.

5. Jamal Idris (2014-15) – Had a terrific first season before petering out in his second year. Honourable mentions include Mark McGaw, Yileen Gordon, Arana Taumata, Daine Laurie, Adam Woolnough and Ashley Gordon. Well I’m sure many of you don’t agree with my picks but that’s the beauty of rugby league. Everyone has an opinion. My Tips for the week: SeaEagles, Rabbitohs, Roosters, Sharks The final word: It looks like players don’t quite realise the seriousness of this latest lockdown. Despite being elevated to ‘bubblelike restrictions’ and knowing one wrong move could shut down the entire NRL competition, players from both the Bulldogs and Dragons took their heads off, put on pumpkins and broke strict lockdown conditions. I hope the journos that screamed bloody murder when Nathan Cleary did his infamous Tik Tok video last year treat these latest indiscretions with the same indignant ferocity.

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ver the past 30 years the Panthers have made some astute signings which have improved the team and made the club better as a whole. They have also signed some players which haven’t quite worked out as well as they’d hoped. This week as the Panthers take a well-earned break, I thought I’d take a look at both sides of the coin. Let’s start with the Top 5 Best Buys since 1991. 1. Ryan Girdler (1993-2004) – In 1993 Girdler came to the Panthers from Illawarra and broke all sorts of point scoring records in his 12 years with the club. 2. Petero Civoniceva (20082011) – Petero arrived in 2008, the year after the Panthers won the wooden spoon and for the next four years showed the way with his leadership skills both on-and-off the field. 3. Luke Priddis (2002-2008) – Was the best hooker Penrith had since Royce Simmons and played a big part in Penrith winning their second premiership in 2003. 4. Josh Mansour (2012-2020) –

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he race for the 2021 NRL premiership has long been considered a twohorse race, with the only potential champion likely to be Melbourne or Penrith. While it’s all fair and reasonable to predict we’ll see a sequel to a Storm v Panthers final this year, it’s simply too early to rule out the sides still well and truly in the battle in the Rabbitohs, Eels and Sea Eagles to name a few. Melbourne and Penrith have the best squads on paper and have been by far the top two sides this season – but the NRL season is a marathon, a long and gruelling campaign. Speaking of marathons, 10 years ago I decided to lace up and try my luck running the 42.1 kilometres. 35 of the 42 in I was cruising, thinking, ‘How easy is this?’, and that I had it beat. Then it happened – I hit the wall – and while I got there in the end, the last seven kilometres were twice as hard as the first 35 combined. That wall may being hit now at the foot of the Mountains, with the Panthers losing both Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai to injury within the past week as their form begins to falter at club level. With the attention off the Panthers, it’s well and truly been shone on the piping hot Storm side, who are on track to break historical scoring records with their high-

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powered offence. But looking back, the team that holds the record is the 2001 Parramatta side that poured on 839 points in a single season. Guess what? Even they weren’t able to outscore Newcastle on Grand Final day. ’01 isn’t the only example of a sure thing being beaten come Grand Final day.

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tion, he has spent the past 10 years inspiring audiences with this critically acclaimed portrait, in the most prestigious theatres across Australia, including The Sydney Opera House Concert Hall and most recently playing to standing ovations in concert halls throughout the United Kingdom. Get on board the ‘Peace Train’ as Darren Coggan traces the path of a man who never stopped wondering about how to make the world a better place. Darren Cogan’s ‘Remember the Days of Cat Stevens’ will be on at The Joan in Penrith, on Friday, August 6 at 8pm. Tickets are from $60. To book, visit www.thejoan.com.au.

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At the movies... PREVIEW

PREVIEW

Gunpowder Milkshake

Jungle Cruise

1 hour, 54 minutes Sam (Karen Gillan) was only 12-yearsold when her mother Scarlet (Lena Headey), an elite assassin, was forced to abandon her. Sam was raised by The Firm, the ruthless crime syndicate her mother worked for. Now, 15 years later, Sam has followed in her mother’s footsteps and grown into a fierce hit-woman. She uses her “talents” to clean up The Firm’s most dangerous messes. She’s as efficient as she is loyal. But when a high-risk job goes wrong, Sam must choose between serving The Firm or protecting the life of an innocent eight-year-old girl – Emily (Chloe Coleman). With a target on her back, Sam has only one chance to survive: Reunite with her mother and her lethal associ-

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Your Macca’s® favourites now delivered straight to your door.

TV Guide: July 9–15

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Your guide to the week’s television viewing

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9:00 ABC News [s] 10:00 Q&A [s] 11:05 George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces [s] 12:00 ABC News [s] 1:00 Foreign Correspondent [s] 1:30 That Pacific Sports Show [s] 2:00 Mystery Road (M l,d,v) [s] 3:00 ABC News [s] 4:00 Think Tank (PG) [s] 5:00 Stan Grant’s One Plus One (PG) [s] 5:30 Hard Quiz (PG) [s] 6:00 The Drum [s] 7:00 ABC News [s] 7:30 Movin’ To The Country [s] 8:00 Dream Gardens [s] 8:30 Vera (M d,v) [s] 10:05 Baptiste (M l,v) [s]

6:00 Sunrise [s] 9:00 The Morning Show [s] 11:30 Seven Morning News [s] 12:00 Movie: “The Trouble With Girls” (G) (’69) Stars: Elvis Presley 2:00 House Of Wellness [s] 3:00 The Chase UK [s] 4:00 Seven News At 4 [s] 5:00 The Chase Australia [s] 6:00 Seven News [s] 7:00 Better Homes And Gardens [s] 8:30 Movie: “Crazy, Stupid, Love” (M l,s) (’11) Stars: Steve Carell 11:00 TBA 1:00 Home Shopping

6:00 Today [s] 9:00 Today Extra (PG) [s] 11:30 NINE’s Morning News [s] 12:00 Ellen (PG) [s] 1:00 Movie: “Uptown Girls” (PG) (’03) Stars: Brittany Murphy 3:00 Tipping Point (PG) [s] 4:00 NINE’s Afternoon News [s] 5:00 Millionaire Hot Seat [s] 6:00 NINE News [s] 7:00 A Current Affair [s] 7:30 NRL: South Sydney Rabbitohs v North Queensland Cowboys *Live* [s] 9:50 Golden Point [s] 10:35 Tennis: Wimbledon: Day 11 *Live* [s] 4:00 Explore TV: Norfolk Island [s]

6:00 The Talk [s] 7:00 Judge Judy (PG) [s] 7:30 The Bold And The Beautiful (PG) [s] 8:00 Studio 10 (PG) [s] 12:00 Dr Phil (PG) [s] 1:00 The Living Room [s] 2:00 Entertainment Tonight [s] 2:30 Farm To Fork [s] 3:00 Judge Judy (PG) [s] 3:30 My Market Kitchen [s] 4:00 Everyday Gourmet [s] 4:30 The Bold And The Beautiful (PG) [s] 5:00 10 News First [s] 6:00 WIN News [s] 6:30 The Project (PG) [s] 7:30 The Living Room [s] 8:30 TBA 9:30 The Graham Norton Show

7:30 Worldwatch 11:00 Cycling: Tour De France: Morning Update 1:00 Worldwatch 2:00 Jeopardy! (PG) 2:25 Going Places With Ernie Dingo (PG) 3:00 NITV News: Nula 3:30 The Cook Up With Adam Liaw (PG) 4:00 Cycling: Giro D’italia Donne Highlights Stage 7 5:00 Cycling: Tour De France: Preview Show 6:00 Mastermind 6:30 SBS World News 7:35 Egypt’s Lost Pyramid (PG) 8:30 Cycling: Tour De France: Stage 13 *Live* 1:50 Italian Food Safari

3:30 Crash Investigation Unit (PG) 4:30 M*A*S*H (PG) 5:30 Escape To The Country 6:30 Bargain Hunt 7:30 Vintage Roads: Great And Small (PG) 8:30 Escape To The Country 9:30 Selling Houses Australia

3:00 Pawn Stars (PG) 3:30 Coonamble Rodeo (PG) 4:00 STIHL Timbersports (PG) 4:30 Mega Marine Machines (PG) 5:30 Storage Wars (PG) 6:00 American Pickers (PG) 7:00 Friday Countdown 7:30 AFL: Round 17: Teams TBA *Live*

5:00 Movie: “Yogi Bear” (G) (’10) Stars: Dan Aykroyd 6:30 Movie: “Maleficent” (M v) (’14) Stars: Angelina Jolie 8:30 Movie: “Man Of Steel” (PG) (’13) Stars: Henry Cavill 11:25 Movie: “Grudge Match” (PG) (’13) Stars: Sylvester Stallone

5:00 Fraggle Rock 6:00 Talking Language 6:30 The Kamilaroi (PG) 7:00 NITV News: Nula 7:30 Movie: “Storm Boy” (PG) (’76) Stars: Jai Courtney 9:00 Bedtime Stories 9:10 Lil Bois (In Ngandi) 9:30 Movie: “Goldstone” (M l,v) (’16)

2:00 Diagnosis Murder (PG) 5:00 JAG (PG) 7:00 Bondi Rescue (PG) 7:30 NCIS (M v) 8:30 Law & Order: SVU (M v) 11:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (MA15+) 12:30 Home Shopping 2:00 Diagnosis Murder (PG) 3:00 JAG (PG)

1:00 The Conners (PG) 1:30 Seinfeld (PG) 3:00 Rules Of Engagement (PG) 4:00 Becker (PG) 5:00 Frasier (PG) 6:00 Friends (PG) 6:30 Neighbours (PG) 7:00 Friends (PG) 8:00 The Big Bang Theory (M) 9:30 Friends (PG) 10:30 Charmed (PG)

2:00 The Block (PG) 4:00 Texas Flip N Move 5:00 Flip Or Flop 6:00 House Hunters International 7:00 House Hunters USA 7:30 Maine Cabin Masters (PG) 8:30 Barnwood Builders 9:30 Lakefront Bargain Hunt Renovation (PG)

6:00 Dragons: Riders Of Berk 6:30 Operation Ouch! 7:00 Here Comes The Grump (PG) 8:30 Good Game Spawn Point: 10th Anniversary Special 8:55 Fruits Basket (PG) 9:20 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (PG) 9:40 Radiant

4:00 Afternoon Briefing 4:30 Friday Briefing 5:00 ABC News Hour 6:00 ABC Evening News 7:00 ABC National News 7:45 The Vaccine 8:00 ABC News Update 8:30 Korea: The Bridge Of No Return 9:00 ABC Nightly News 9:30 Close Of Business

5:55 Remy & Boo 6:25 Peter Rabbit 7:05 Dino Dana 7:30 Spicks And Specks (PG) 8:00 Hard Quiz (PG) 8:30 TBA 10:20 Firestarter: The Story Of Bangarra (M l) 11:55 Doctor Who (PG) 12:40 Art Works 1:10 Anh’s Brush With Fame (M)

6:00 Giada Entertains 6:30 Come Dine With Me UK 7:00 The Cook Up With Adam Liaw 7:30 River Cottage Australia 8:30 Jamie’s Food Escapes 9:30 Mystery Diners 10:00 The Cook Up With Adam Liaw 10:30 The Cook And The Chef

5:35 Shortland Street (PG) 6:05 Forged In Fire (M) 7:00 Jeopardy! (PG) 7:25 NITV News Update 7:30 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (M l,s) 8:30 Dynamo: Magician Impossible (M l) 9:20 Sex Tape (MA15+) (In German)

5:00 Malcolm In The Middle (PG) 5:30 Movie: “The Smurfs” (G) (’11) Stars: Hank Azaria 7:30 Movie: “Despicable Me 3” (PG) (’17) Stars: Kristen Wiig 9:15 Movie: “I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry” (M l,s) (’07) Stars: Adam Sandler

5:30 Bondi Vet: Coast To Coast (PG) 6:30 Antiques Roadshow 7:00 David Attenborough’s Life Story (PG) 8:00 Movie: “Dear John” (PG) (’10) Stars: Channing Tatum 10:00 Tennis: Wimbledon: Pre Show 10:30 Tennis: Wimbledon: Day 11

11:00 rage NAIDOC Week ‘Heal Country’ Special (PG) [s] (PG) [s] 12:00 ABC News [s] 12:30 George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces [s] 1:15 In My Blood It Runs (M) [s] 2:40 Maralinga Tjarutja (PG) [s] 3:30 Anh’s Brush With Fame (PG) [s] 4:00 Back Roads [s] 4:30 Landline [s] 5:00 Scottish Vets Down Under (PG) [s] 5:30 Secrets Of The Museum [s] 6:15 The Repair Shop [s] 7:00 ABC News [s] 7:30 The Durrells (PG) [s] 8:20 Belgravia (PG) [s] 9:05 Jack Irish (M l,v) [s]

6:00 Home Shopping 7:00 Weekend Sunrise [s] 10:00 The Morning Show Weekend [s] 12:00 Kochie’s Business Builders [s] 12:30 Seven’s Motorsport Classic [s] 1:00 Repco Supercars Championship [s] 6:00 Seven News [s] 7:00 Movie: “Independence Day” (PG) (’96) Stars: Will Smith 10:00 Movie: “Gravity” (M v,l) (’13) Stars: Sandra Bullock 12:00 Repco Supercars Highlights 2021: Townsville 500 Highlights: Day 1 [s] 1:00 Home Shopping

10:00 Today Extra - Saturday (PG) [s] 12:00 The Pet Rescuers (PG) [s] 12:30 The Rebound [s] 1:00 Australian Ninja Warrior (PG) [s] 3:00 Netball: Suncorp Super Netball: Vixens v Swifts *Live* [s] 5:00 NINE News: First At Five [s] 5:30 Getaway (PG) [s] 6:00 NINE News Saturday [s] 7:00 A Current Affair [s] 7:30 David Attenborough’s Life In Colour (PG) [s] 8:30 Movie: “Deep Impact” (M l) (’98) Stars: Téa Leoni 11:00 Tennis: Wimbledon: Day 12 *Live* [s]

7:00 Escape Fishing [s] 7:30 The Offroad Adventure Show [s] 8:30 All 4 Adventure [s] 9:30 Studio 10 Saturday (PG) [s] 12:00 The Living Room [s] 1:00 The Dog House (PG) [s] 2:30 Everyday Gourmet [s] 3:30 Taste Of Australia [s] 4:00 Farm To Fork [s] 4:30 Three Blue Ducks [s] 5:00 10 News First [s] 6:00 Bondi Rescue (PG) [s] 7:00 The Dog House (PG) [s] 8:00 TBA 9:00 Ambulance Australia (PG) [s] 10:00 Movie: “A Cry In The Dark” (M l) (’88) Stars: Meryl Streep

8:00 Worldwatch 11:00 Cycling: Tour De France: Morning Update 1:00 Worldwatch 2:05 Going Places With Ernie Dingo (PG) 2:35 Superbikes: World Championship, Round 4, UK 3:30 Cycling: Giro D’italia Donne Highlights Stage 8 4:35 Hitler’s World: The Post War (PG) 5:30 Cycling: Tour De France: Preview Show 6:30 SBS World News 7:30 Walking Britain’s Lost Railways: Highlands (PG) 8:30 Cycling: Tour De France: Stage 14 *Live*

2:45 Sydney Weekender 3:15 RSPCA Animal Rescue 3:45 Movie: “Jersey Boys” (M l) (’14) Stars: John Lloyd Young 6:30 Dr Harry’s Animal Encounters (PG) 7:30 The Yorkshire Vet (PG) 8:30 Escape To The Country

3:00 Rides Down Under (PG) 4:00 Storage Wars Canada (PG) 5:00 Caught On Dashcam 5:30 American Restoration (PG) 6:30 AFL: Pre Game 7:00 AFL: Round 17: Teams TBA *Live* 11:00 America’s Hardest Prisons (MA15+)

5:00 Movie: “Boxtrolls” (PG) (’14) Stars: Ben Kingsley 7:00 Movie: “Space Jam” (G) (’96) Stars: Bill Murray 8:40 Movie: “Love. Simon” (PG) (’18) Stars: Nick Robinson 11:05 Movie: “Going The Distance” (MA15+) (’10) Stars: Justin Long

5:55 NITV News: Nula 6:25 Going Places With Ernie Dingo (PG) 6:55 Yokayi Footy 7:30 NITV News Update 8:40 Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky (M l) 9:40 Movie: “Samson And Delilah” (M) (’09) Stars: Rowan McNamara

2:00 The Doctors (PG) 3:00 Diagnosis Murder (PG) 4:00 Bondi Rescue (PG) 4:30 I Fish 5:00 Escape Fishing With ET 5:30 Scorpion (PG) 7:30 NCIS (M v) 8:30 NCIS: New Orleans (M v) 10:20 Hawaii Five-0 (M v) 12:15 Elementary (M v)

2:30 The Conners (PG) 3:30 Friends (PG) 6:00 The Big Bang Theory (M s) 9:45 2 Broke Girls (M s) 10:45 Movie: “King Arthur” (M) (’04) Stars: Clive Owen 1:15 Home Shopping 1:45 Charmed (PG) 2:40 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (M) 3:35 Funny Girls (M s,l,d)

2:30 Barnwood Builders 3:30 Ultimate Pools 4:30 Lakefront Bargain Hunt Renovation (PG) 5:30 Maine Cabin Masters (PG) 6:30 Log Cabin Living 7:30 House Hunters Family 8:30 House Hunters USA 9:30 House Hunters International

6:00 Dragons: Riders Of Berk 6:30 The Wonderful World Of Puppies 7:15 Hey You! What If 7:30 Shaun The Sheep 8:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG) 8:35 The Day My Butt Went Psycho! 9:05 Slugterra 9:25 Sailor Moon Crystal

4:00 ABC News 4:30 Q&A Highlights 5:00 ABC News 5:30 ABC News Regional 6:00 ABC Evening News 6:30 Back Roads 7:00 ABC National News 7:30 Courtney Act’s One Plus One 8:10 Four Corners 9:00 ABC Nightly News

5:55 Remy & Boo 6:25 Shaun The Sheep 7:05 Dino Dana 7:30 Spicks And Specks (PG) 8:00 QI (M s) 8:30 Unprotected Sets (M l,s) 9:15 Black Mirror (MA15+) 10:15 Sammy J (PG) 10:20 Live At The Apollo (M s) 11:05 Insert Name Here (M l,s)

6:00 Cheese Slices 6:30 Rick Stein’s Taste Of Shanghai 7:40 Remarkable Places To Eat 8:40 Ainsley’s Mediterranean Cookbook 9:35 Hairy Bikers’ Best Of British 10:40 Pacific Island Food Revolution 11:30 Rick Stein’s Taste Of Shanghai

5:00 Seconds From Disaster (PG) 7:35 Building The Ultimate 8:30 The X-Files (M h,v) 11:00 Sex In The World’s Cities (MA15+) (In English/ Turkish) 12:00 Movie: “An American Werewolf In Paris” (M h,l,s,v) (’97) Stars: Anthony Waller

5:00 Movie: “Kicking & Screaming” (PG) (’05) Stars: Will Ferrell 7:00 Movie: “Journey To The Centre Of The Earth” (PG) (’08) Stars: Josh Hutcherson 9:00 Movie: “Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2” (M v) (’15) Stars: Jennifer Lawrence

5:00 Movie: “Zulu” (PG) (’64) Stars: Stanley Baker 8:00 Tennis: Wimbledon: Day 12 *Live* From The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club 9:30 TBA 10:30 Tennis: Wimbledon: Pre Show 11:00 TBA 1:00 Home Shopping

11:00 Compass [s] 11:30 Songs Of Praise [s] 12:00 ABC News [s] 12:30 Landline [s] 1:10 Movin’ To The Country [s] 2:00 Dream Gardens [s] 2:30 Shakespeare And Hathaway (PG) [s] 3:15 Scottish Vets Down Under (PG) [s] 4:00 The Sound [s] 5:00 Art Works [s] 5:30 Antiques Roadshow (PG) [s] 6:30 Compass [s] 7:00 ABC News Sunday [s] 7:40 Grand Designs [s] 8:30 My Name Is Gulpilil [s] 10:15 Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse (M) [s] 11:15 Operation Buffalo (M) [s]

6:00 Home Shopping 7:00 Weekend Sunrise [s] 10:00 The Morning Show Weekend (PG) [s] 11:30 Seven’s Motorsport Classic [s] 12:00 Repco Supercars Championship 2021 [s] 5:00 Seven News At 5 [s] 5:30 Sydney Weekender (PG) [s] 6:00 Seven News [s] 7:00 Farmer Wants A Wife (PG) [s] 8:30 Crime Investigation Australia: Most Infamous (MA15+) [s] 9:50 The Real Manhunter (M v) [s] 10:50 Criminal Confessions (MA15+) [s]

6:00 Easy Eats [s] 7:00 Weekend Today [s] 10:00 Sports Sunday (PG) [s] 11:00 Sunday Footy Show (PG) [s] 1:00 Netball: Suncorp Super Netball: Thunderbirds v Firebirds *Live* [s] 3:00 NRL: Cronulla Sharks v New Zealand Warriors *Live* [s] 6:00 NINE News Sunday [s] 7:00 Beauty And The Geek (PG) [s] 8:40 60 Minutes [s] 9:40 NINE News Late [s] 10:10 TBA 10:40 Tennis: Wimbledon: Day 13 *Live* [s] 3:00 Explore TV - Norfolk Island [s] 3:30 Home Shopping

12:00 Left Off The Map [s] 12:30 Freshly Picked [s] 1:00 My Market Kitchen [s] 1:30 Good Chef Bad Chef [s] 2:00 Three Veg And Meat [s] 2:30 Everyday Gourmet [s] 3:00 MasterChef Australia (PG) [s] 4:10 Farm To Fork [s] 4:30 Three Blue Ducks [s] 5:00 10 News First [s] 6:00 WIN News [s] 6:30 The Sunday Project (PG) [s] 7:30 MasterChef Australia (PG) [s] 9:40 FBI (M) [s] 12:30 The Sunday Project (PG) [s] 1:30 Home Shopping 4:30 CBS This Morning [s]

8:00 Worldwatch 11:00 Cycling: Tour De France: Stage 14 *Replay* 1:00 Speedweek 3:00 Running: The Great Pyramid Race 3:30 Cycling: Giro D’italia Donne Highlights Stage 9 4:35 Hitler’s World: The Post War Plan: Nazification (PG) 5:30 Cycling: Tour De France: Preview Show 6:30 SBS World News 7:35 Great Wall Of China: The Hidden Story (PG) 8:30 Cycling: Tour De France: Stage 15 *Live* 2:10 Italian Food Safari 2:40 Food Safari

3:00 My Greek Odyssey (PG) 4:00 Escape To The Country 7:00 Border Security Australia’s Front Line (PG) 9:00 Harbour Cops (M) 9:30 Air Crash Investigations (PG) 12:30 The Fine Art Auction (PG) 3:30 Travel And Eat

2:30 AFL: Pre Game 3:00 AFL: Teams TBA *Live* 6:00 American Restoration (PG) 6:30 Movie: “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” (PG) (’12) Stars: Dwayne Johnson 8:30 Movie: “Total Recall” (MA15+) (’90) Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger

5:00 Movie: “The Witches Of Eastwick” (M s,l) (’87) Stars: Jack Nicholson 7:30 Ramsay’s Hotel Hell (M l) 8:30 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (MA15+) 10:30 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA (M l) 11:30 Hell’s Kitchen USA (M l)

4:10 Football: NT Women’s Premier League 5:55 NITV News: Nula 6:25 First Australians (PG) 7:20 NITV News Update 7:30 Robbie Hood (M l) 8:30 History Bites Back 9:30 Sam Watson - The Street Fighting Years (M l)

2:00 Diagnosis Murder (PG) 3:00 Star Trek: Voyager (PG) 4:00 Pooches At Play 4:30 What’s Up Down Under 5:00 I Fish 5:30 Bondi Rescue (PG) 6:00 JAG (PG) 7:00 Bondi Rescue (PG) 7:30 NCIS (M v) 9:25 NCIS: Los Angeles (M)

1:30 Sabrina The Teenage Witch (PG) 2:00 The Conners (PG) 3:00 Friends (PG) 6:00 The Big Bang Theory (PG) 8:30 The Neighborhood (PG) 9:30 2 Broke Girls (M s) 11:30 Mom (M s) 12:00 Home Shopping 1:30 Funny Girls (MA15+)

2:30 Log Cabin Living 3:30 Fixer Upper (PG) 4:30 House Hunters Family 5:30 House Hunters USA 6:30 House Hunters International 7:30 Good Bones (PG) 8:30 Beyond Spelling Manor 9:30 My Lottery Dream Home (PG) 10:30 TBA

6:00 Dragons: Defenders Of Berk 6:30 The Wonderful World Of Puppies 7:15 Hey You! What If 7:35 The Penguins Of Madagascar 8:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG) 8:25 Sadie Sparks 9:05 Slugterra 9:25 Sailor Moon Crystal (PG)

5:30 Korea: The Bridge Of No Return 6:00 ABC Evening News 6:30 Foreign Correspondent 7:00 ABC News Sunday 7:40 Drum Beat 8:00 Insiders 9:00 ABC Nightly News 9:30 Courtney Act’s One Plus One 10:00 ABC News Weekend

5:55 Remy & Boo 6:10 Love Monster 6:20 Bluey 6:25 Peter Rabbit 6:40 Shaun The Sheep 7:05 Dino Dana 7:15 Sir Mouse 7:30 Spicks And Specks (PG) 8:00 Compass 8:30 Louis Theroux: Law And Disorder In Johannesburg (MA15+)

6:00 Tropical Gourmet 6:30 Australia’s Food Bowl 7:00 Middle East Feast With Shane Delia 7:30 Luke Nguyen’s Memories Of The Mekong 8:30 Rick Stein’s Long Weekends 9:35 Hairy Bikers’ Best Of British 10:45 Poh & Co.

4:30 New Girl (PG) 6:00 Abandoned Engineering (PG) 6:50 Life After People (PG) 7:40 The Buildings That Fought Hitler (PG) 8:30 History Bites Back (M) 9:30 WWE Legends (M) 11:10 Dark Side Of The Ring (MA15+)

4:55 Malcolm In The Middle (PG) 5:25 Movie: “The Naked Gun 33 & 1/3: The Final Insult” (PG) (’94) Stars: Leslie Nielsen 7:00 Movie: “Top Gun” (PG) (’86) Stars: Tom Cruise 9:10 Movie: “The Bourne Legacy” (M v) (’12) Stars: Donna Murphy

2:55 Movie: “Separate Tables” (PG) (’58) Stars: Deborah Kerr 5:00 Movie: “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (PG) (’62) Stars: John Wayne 7:30 Death In Paradise (M v) 8:40 Grantchester (M v) 9:40 Chicago PD (M v)

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5:30 Escape To The Country 6:30 Bargain Hunt 7:30 Doc Martin (PG) 8:30 Judge John Deed (M v) 10:30 TBA 11:30 Border Patrol (PG)

12:00 TBA 1:30 Dog Patrol (PG) [s] 2:00 Manhunt (M v) [s] 3:00 The Chase UK [s] 4:00 Seven News At 4 [s] 5:00 The Chase Australia [s] 6:00 Seven News [s] 7:00 Home And Away (PG) [s] 7:30 Farmer Wants A Wife (PG) [s] 9:00 9-1-1 (M) [s] 10:00 S.W.A.T. (M) [s] 11:00 The Latest Seven News [s] 11:30 Filthy Rich (M s) [s]

7:20 NITV News 6:00 Futurama (PG) 7:00 Pawn Stars (PG) Update 7:30 Keep 6:30 The Simpsons 7:30 Aussie Pickers Calm And Decolonize (PG) 7:30 Little Big (M l) 8:30 Movie: “Danger Close: The Battle Of Shots US (PG) 8:30 First Dates (PG) 7:40 Through The Long Tan” (MA15+) (’19) Stars: Australia (PG) 10:50 My Crazy Wormhole 8:30 Living Black 9:00 Eating Up Easter (PG) Birth Story (M) Travis Fimmel

7:00 ABC National 7:00 Deadly 60 On A News 8:00 ABC News Mission: Pole To Pole Tonight 8:45 The 7:35 The Penguins Of Business 9:00 ABC Nightly Madagascar 8:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG) 8:35 News 9:30 7.30 10:00 The The Day My Butt Went Psycho! World 11:00 The Drum

1:00 Belgravia (PG) [s] 1:45 Chopsticks Or Fork? [s] 2:05 Mystery Road (M l,v) [s] 3:00 ABC News [s] 4:00 Think Tank (PG) [s] 4:55 Barrie Cassidy’s One Plus One [s] 5:25 Hard Quiz (PG) [s] 6:00 The Drum [s] 7:00 ABC News [s] 7:30 7.30 [s] 8:00 Ms Represented With Annabel Crabb: Getting There [s] 8:30 Cracking COVID [s] 9:50 Our Dawn [s] 5:30 Escape To The Country 6:30 Bargain Hunt 7:30 Pie In The Sky (PG) 8:30 Lewis (M v) 10:30 TBA 11:30 Murdoch Mysteries (M v)

12:00 Explore [s] 12:15 Beauty And The Geek (PG) [s] 2:00 Pointless (PG) [s] 3:00 Tipping Point (PG) [s] 4:00 NINE’s Afternoon News [s] 5:00 Millionaire Hot Seat [s] 6:00 NINE News [s] 7:00 A Current Affair [s] 7:30 Beauty And The Geek (PG) [s] 8:50 Botched (M) [s] 9:50 100% Footy (M) [s] 10:50 NINE News Late [s] 11:20 The Arrangement (M s)

12:00 Movie: “The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story” (M) (’04) Stars: Dean Cain 2:00 Manhunt (M v) [s] 3:00 The Chase UK [s] 4:00 Seven News At 4 [s] 5:00 The Chase Australia [s] 6:00 Seven News [s] 7:00 Home And Away (PG) [s] 7:30 Farmer Wants A Wife (PG) [s] 9:00 The Rookie (M) [s] 10:00 Police Code Zero (MA15+) [s]

6:00 American Pickers (PG) 7:00 Pawn Stars (PG) 7:30 Highway Patrol (PG) 8:30 Outback Truckers (PG) 9:30 Outback Pilots (PG) 11:30 Jade Fever

7:00 ABC National 7:00 Deadly 60 On A News 8:00 ABC News Mission: Pole To Pole Tonight 8:45 The 7:35 The Penguins Of Business 9:00 ABC Nightly Madagascar 8:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG) 8:35 News 9:30 7.30 10:00 The The Day My Butt Went Psycho! World 11:00 The Drum

12:00 ABC News [s] 12:30 National Press Club Address [s] 1:35 Media Watch (PG) [s] 2:05 Mystery Road (M l,v) [s] 3:00 ABC News [s] 4:00 Think Tank (PG) [s] 5:00 Barrie Cassidy’s One Plus One [s] 5:30 Hard Quiz (PG) [s] 6:00 The Drum [s] 7:00 ABC News [s] 7:30 7.30 [s] 8:00 Win The Week [s] 8:30 Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell (M) [s]

7:05 Dino Dana 7:30 Spicks And Specks 8:00 QI (M l,s) 8:30 Australia’s Ocean Odyssey: A Journey Down The East Australian Current (PG)

7:30 Asia Unplated With Diana Chan 8:00 John Torode’s Asia 8:30 Amy Schumer Learns To Cook 9:30 Mystery Diners 10:00 The Cook Up

6:25 Peter Rabbit 7:05 Dino Dana 7:30 Spicks And Specks (PG) 8:30 TBA 9:10 Intelligence (M l,s) 9:35 Doctor Who (PG) 10:20 Superwog (MA15+)

12:00 Movie: “Mommy’s Little Girl” (M v) (’16) Stars: Fiona Gubelmann 2:00 Manhunt (M v) [s] 3:00 The Chase UK [s] 4:00 Seven News At 4 [s] 5:00 The Chase Australia [s] 6:00 Seven News [s] 7:00 Home And Away (PG) [s] 7:30 Farmer Wants A Wife (PG) [s] 9:00 Conjoined Twins (M) [s] 11:00 The Latest Seven News [s] 11:30 Autopsy USA

7:10 Jeopardy! (PG) 7:40 NITV News Update 7:45 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (M) 8:30 Taskmaster (M) 10:10 Black Lives Matter (M v)

7:25 NITV News 7:00 The Cook Up With Update 7:30 8 Out Of Adam Liaw 7:30 Food 10 Cats Does Safari Jewish 8:00 Countdown (M l,s) 8:30 Two David Rocco’s Dolce South East Asia 8:30 Jamie’s Kitchen Sisters, One Body (M l) 9:20 Couples Therapy (M l) 9:30 Mystery Diners

12:00 Driving Test (PG) [s] 12:30 Explore [s] 12:40 Beauty And The Geek (PG) [s] 2:00 Pointless (PG) [s] 3:00 Tipping Point (PG) [s] 4:00 NINE’s Afternoon News [s] 5:00 Millionaire Hot Seat [s] 6:00 NINE News [s] 7:00 NRL: State Of Origin *Live* [s] 10:10 NRL: State Of Origin: Post Match [s] 11:10 NINE News Late [s] 11:40 The First 48 (M)

7:00 ABC National 7:00 Deadly 60 On A News 7:45 Road To Mission: Pole To Pole Tokyo 8:00 ABC News 7:35 The Penguins Of Tonight 8:45 The Business Madagascar 8:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG) 8:35 9:00 ABC Nightly News 9:30 The Day My Butt Went Psycho! 7.30 10:00 The World

12:15 Movie: “Undercover Blues” (PG) (’93) Stars: Dennis Quaid 2:00 Pointless (PG) [s] 3:00 Tipping Point (PG) [s] 4:00 NINE’s Afternoon News [s] 5:00 Millionaire Hot Seat [s] 6:00 NINE News [s] 7:00 A Current Affair [s] 7:30 RBT (PG) [s] 8:30 Paramedics (PG) [s] 9:30 Kings Cross ER (M) [s] 10:30 NINE News Late [s] 11:00 Chicago Med (M) [s]

6:00 Futurama (PG) 6:30 The Simpsons (PG) 7:30 Cold Case (M v) 9:30 Without A Trace (M v) 11:30 Movie: “Annabelle Comes Home (MA15+) (’19)

2:05 French Voyages (PG) (In English/ French) 2:55 Great British Railway Journeys 3:30 The Cook Up (PG) 4:00 Jeopardy! (PG) 4:30 Letters And Numbers 5:00 Cycling: Tour De France: Preview Show 6:00 Mastermind 6:30 SBS World News 7:35 Secrets Of The Tower Of London (PG) 8:30 Cycling: Tour De France: Stage 17

4:00 Becker (PG) 5:00 2:00 Diagnosis Murder 7:00 Over The Black 6:00 House Hunters Frasier (PG) 6:00 (PG) 5:00 JAG (PG) Dot 7:30 Wellington Inter-national 7:00 Friends (PG) 6:30 7:00 Bondi Rescue Paranormal (M h) 8:00 House Hunters USA Neighbours (PG) 7:00 Friends 7:30 House In A Hurry (PG) Yokayi Footy 8:35 Marn Grook (PG) 7:30 NCIS (M) 8:30 9:30 NITV News Update 9:40 NCIS: Los Angeles (M v) 11:15 (PG) 8:00 The Big Bang 8:30 100 Day Dream Home Seal Team (M v) NRL: WA Premiership Theory (PG) 9:20 2 Broke Girls 9:30 Beachfront Bargain Hunt

7:30 8 Out Of 10 Cats 7:00 The Cook Up With 6:25 Peter Rabbit 7:05 Does Countdown (M Adam Liaw 7:30 Nigella Dino Dana 7:30 Spicks l,s) 8:30 The Act Kitchen 8:00 Poh & Co. And Specks (PG) 8:00 Would I Lie To You? (PG) 8:30 8:30 Rick Stein’s Cornwall 9:00 (MA15+) 9:30 Movie: “The Rick Stein’s Fruits Of The Sea Godfather Part II” (MA15+) Art Works 9:00 And We (’74) (In Latin/ English/ Italian) Danced 10:00 Doctor Who (M) 9:30 Mystery Diners

7:00 Pawn Stars (PG) 7:30 Movie: “Lethal Weapon” (M) (’87) Stars: Clayne Crawford 9:50 Movie: “Lethal Weapon 2” (M) (’89) Stars: Mel Gibson

5:30 Bondi Vet: Coast 6:30 3rd Rock From The To Coast (PG) 6:30 Sun (PG) 7:00 That 70’s Antiques Roadshow Show (PG) 7:30 Movie: “Dante’s Peak” (M v) (’96) 7:30 Rugby Union: Australia v Stars: Pierce Brosnan 9:40 France *Live* 10:00 Rugby Movie: “Blown Away” (M) (’94) Union: Post Match

3:10 Judge Judy (PG) [s] 3:40 My Market Kitchen [s] 4:00 Everyday Gourmet [s] 4:30 The Bold And The Beautiful (PG) [s] 5:00 10 News First [s] 6:00 WIN News [s] 6:30 The Project (PG) [s] 7:30 The Queen Carries On: Gayle King Special (PG) [s] 8:30 Royals Revealed: Growing Up Royal: Children Of The Palace (PG) [s] 9:30 Bull (M) [s]

7:00 ABC National 7:00 Deadly 60 On A News 8:00 ABC News Mission: Pole To Pole Tonight 8:45 The 7:35 The Penguins Of Business 9:00 ABC Nightly Madagascar 8:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG) 8:35 News 9:30 7.30 10:00 The The Day My Butt Went Psycho! World 11:00 The Drum

6:30 TBA 7:30 Father Brown (M v) 8:30 Inspector Morse (M v) 10:50 Murdoch Mysteries (M) 11:50 Andrew Denton’s Interview (PG)

2:55 Living Black 3:30 The Cook Up With Adam Liaw (PG) 4:00 Jeopardy! (PG) 4:30 Letters And Numbers 5:00 Cycling: Tour De France: Preview Show 6:00 Mastermind 6:30 SBS World News 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are? (PG) 8:30 Cycling: Tour De France: Stage 16 *Live* 1:50 Italian Food Safari 2:20 Food Safari

5:00 Bargain Mansions 4:00 Becker (PG) 5:00 5:00 JAG (PG) 7:00 Frasier (PG) 6:00 Bondi Rescue (PG) 6:00 House Hunters Friends (PG) 6:30 7:30 NCIS (M) 8:30 International 7:00 Blue Bloods (M v) 10:25 NCIS: Neighbours (PG) 7:00 Friends House Hunters USA 7:30 (PG) 8:00 The Big Bang New Orleans (M v) 12:15 Country Life For Half The Price Theory (PG) 9:30 Mom (M s,d) 8:30 Restoration Man (PG) Home Shopping

6:00 Futurama (PG) 6:30 The Simpsons (PG) 7:30 Movie: “The Mask” (PG) (’94) Stars: Jim Carrey 9:30 Movie: “300: Rise Of An Empire” (MA15+) (’14)

12:00 Movie: “A Mother’s Nightmare” (M) (’12) Stars: Annabeth Gish 2:00 Manhunt: (M v) [s] 3:00 The Chase UK [s] 4:00 Seven News At 4 [s] 5:00 The Chase Australia [s] 6:00 Seven News [s] 7:00 Home And Away (PG) [s] 8:30 Harry & William: What Went Wrong (PG) [s] 9:30 10 Years Younger In 10 Days (PG) [s] 10:30 The Latest Seven News

5:00 Good Bones (PG) 6:00 House Hunters International 7:00 House Hunters USA 8:30 Home Again With The Fords 9:30 Bargain Mansions

7:30 Poirot (PG) 8:40 6:30 3rd Rock From The Agatha Christie’s Sun (PG) 7:00 That 70’s Marple (PG) 10:40 Law Show (PG) 7:30 RBT (M l,d) 8:30 Movie: “Hunter & Order: Criminal Intent (M v) Killer” (MA15+) (’18) Stars: 11:35 Alfred Hitchcock Gerard Butler Presents (PG)

2:30 Entertainment Tonight [s] 3:00 Judge Judy (PG) [s] 3:30 My Market Kitchen [s] 4:00 Everyday Gourmet [s] 4:30 The Bold And The Beautiful (PG) [s] 5:00 10 News First [s] 6:00 WIN News [s] 6:30 The Project (PG) [s] 7:30 MasterChef Australia (PG) [s] 9:40 NCIS (M v) [s] 11:30 The Project (PG) [s] 12:30 The Late Show (PG) [s]

6:00 American Pickers 5:30 Escape To The (PG) 7:00 Pawn Stars Country 6:30 TBA 7:30 (PG) 7:30 The The Coroner (M v) 8:30 A Touch Of Frost (M v) 10:15 Simpsons (M s,v) 9:00 Murdoch Mysteries (M v) 1:30 American Dad (M d,s,v) 10:00 Family Guy (M s,v) Surf Patrol

12:00 ABC News [s] 1:00 Win The Week [s] 1:30 Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell (M) [s] 2:00 Mystery Road (M l,v) [s] 3:00 ABC News [s] 4:00 Think Tank (PG) [s] 5:00 Barrie Cassidy’s One Plus One [s] 5:25 Hard Quiz (PG) [s] 6:00 The Drum [s] 6:55 Sammy J (PG) [s] 7:00 ABC News [s] 7:30 7.30 [s] 8:00 Foreign Correspondent [s]

2:55 Great British Railway Journeys (PG) 3:30 The Cook Up With Adam Liaw (PG) 4:00 Cycling: Giro D’italia Donne Highlights Stage 10 5:00 Jeopardy! (PG) 5:30 Letters And Numbers 6:00 Mastermind 6:30 SBS World News 7:35 Secrets Of The Tower Of London (PG) 8:30 Secret Scotland (PG) 9:25 24 Hours In Emergency (M)

4:00 Becker (PG) 5:00 2:00 Diagnosis Murder Frasier (PG) 6:00 (PG) 5:00 JAG (PG) Friends (PG) 6:30 7:00 Bondi Rescue Neighbours (PG) 7:00 Friends (PG) 7:30 NCIS (M v) 11:15 Blue Bloods (M v) 12:10 Home (PG) 8:00 The Big Bang Shopping 2:10 Elementary (M) Theory (PG) 9:30 Seinfeld (M)

12:00 Getaway [s] 12:30 Talking Honey: Princess Diana [s] 12:40 Beauty And The Geek (PG) [s] 2:00 Pointless (PG) [s] 3:00 Tipping Point (PG) [s] 4:00 NINE’s Afternoon News [s] 5:00 Millionaire Hot Seat [s] 6:00 NINE News [s] 7:00 A Current Affair [s] 7:30 Beauty And The Geek (PG) [s] 8:50 The Weakest Link (PG) [s]

7:20 NITV News 6:00 Futurama (PG) Update 7:30 Insight 6:30 The Simpsons 8:30 Jordan Rides The (PG) 7:30 Movie: “Tag” Bus (PG) 9:30 NITV News (M v) (’14) Stars: Ed Helms 9:30 Movie: “The Wild Bunch” Update 9:40 Basketball: NBL 2020-2021 Finals (MA15+) (’69)

12:00 Dr Phil (PG) [s] 1:00 MasterChef Australia (PG) [s] 3:00 Judge Judy (PG) [s] 3:30 My Market Kitchen [s] 4:00 Everyday Gourmet [s] 4:30 The Bold And The Beautiful (PG) [s] 5:00 10 News First [s] 6:00 WIN News [s] 6:30 The Project (PG) [s] 7:30 MasterChef Australia (PG) [s] 9:00 Have You Been Paying Attention? (M s,l,n)

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12:00 ABC News [s] 1:00 The Durrells (PG) [s] 2:00 Mystery Road (M l,d,v) [s] 3:00 ABC News [s] 4:00 Think Tank (PG) [s] 4:55 Barrie Cassidy’s One Plus One [s] 5:25 Hard Quiz (PG) [s] 6:00 The Drum [s] 7:00 ABC News [s] 7:30 7.30 [s] 8:00 Courtney Act’s One Plus One [s] 8:30 Four Corners [s] 9:15 Media Watch (PG) [s] 9:35 Murder 24/7 (M l)

6:30 Antiques 6:30 3rd Rock From The Sun (PG) 7:00 That 70’s Roadshow 7:30 Show (PG) 7:30 ParaKeeping Up Appearnormal Caught On Camera (M) ances (PG) 8:50 Midsomer 8:30 Movie: “Inferno” (M v,l) Murders (PG) 10:50 Law & (’16) Stars: Tom Hanks Order: Criminal Intent (M v)

2:00 Entertainment Tonight [s] 2:30 Farm To Fork [s] 3:00 Judge Judy (PG) [s] 3:30 My Market Kitchen [s] 4:00 Everyday Gourmet [s] 4:30 The Bold And The Beautiful (PG) [s] 5:00 10 News First [s] 6:30 The Project (PG) [s] 7:30 Diana’s Decades (PG) [s] 8:30 Law & Order (M v) [s] 10:30 Blue Bloods (M v) [s] 11:30 The Project (PG) [s]

2:55 Great British Railway Journeys (PG) 3:30 The Cook Up With Adam Liaw (PG) 4:00 Jeopardy! (PG) 4:30 Letters And Numbers 5:00 Cycling: Tour De France: Preview Show 6:00 Mastermind 6:30 SBS World News 7:30 Great Asian Railways Journeys (PG) 8:30 The Good Fight (M) 9:30 Cycling: Tour De France: Stage 18

4:00 Becker (PG) 5:00 2:00 Diagnosis Murder 7:20 NITV News Frasier (PG) 6:00 (PG) 5:00 JAG (PG) Update 7:30 Going Friends (PG) 6:30 7:00 Bondi Rescue Places With Ernie Neighbours (PG) 7:00 Friends Dingo (PG) 8:30 Movie: “Inside (PG) 7:30 NCIS (M v) 8:30 Hawaii Five-0 (M v) 10:30 Seal (PG) 8:00 The Big Bang Man” (MA15+) (’06) Stars: Theory (PG) 9:30 Seinfeld (M) Team (M v) 11:30 FBI (M v) Denzel Washington

6:00 House Hunters International 7:00 House Hunters USA 7:30 House Hunters International 8:30 Fixer Upper (PG) 9:30 TBA 10:30 TBA

6:30 Antiques 6:30 3rd Rock From The 7:35 8 Out Of 10 Cats 7:00 The Cook Up With 6:25 Peter Rabbit 7:05 Roadshow 7:30 Movie: Sun (PG) 7:00 That 70’s Does Countdown (M) Adam Liaw 7:30 Dino Dana 7:30 Spicks “True Grit” (PG) (’10) Show (PG) 7:30 8:30 The Curse Of Oak Australia’s Food Bowl And Specks (PG) 8:30 America’s Top Dog (PG) 8:30 Stars: Hailee Steinfeld 10:10 Island (M) 10:10 Dave GorWould I Lie To You? 9:00 Win 8:00 Middle East Feast With Movie: “The Replacement Movie: “Den Of Thieves” Shane Delia 8:30 Jimmy Shu’s man: Modern Life Is Goodish The Week 9:30 Shaun Killers” (MA15+) (’98) (M) 11:10 Over The Black Dot (MA15+) (’18) Taste Of The Territory Micallef’s Mad As Hell (M) Programming information correct at time of going to press, changes are at the network’s discretion Prepared by National Typesetting Services

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Test your knowledge about the Olympic Games in our special trivia quiz this week.

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Morgan’s new song Aussie country star Morgan Evans (pictured) has released a new single, ‘Love Is Real’. The husband of Kelsea Ballerini had previous hits with ‘Day Drunk’ and ‘Kiss Somebody’. He’s touring the US with Brett Eldredge later this year. Shelton, Stefani wed Country superstar Blake Shelton and pop icon Gwen Stefani were married last weekend in Oklahoma.

The pair began dating in 2015 after meeting on reality show ‘The Voice’. Campfire Sessions CMT on Foxtel is debuting a new series for its Australian audience. ‘Campfire Sessions’ sees some of country’s biggest names share songs and stories fireside in a traditional campfire singalong. Tuesdays 5pm appears to be the timeslot, but check your Foxtel guides.


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ARIES

TAURUS

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FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

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Bohemian Aquarians are free spirits and you could go missing in action this week, as the planetary patterns boost your tendency to detach or run away from difficult situations. Heading for the hills or escaping into a private fantasy land seems appealing but the current problems will still be waiting for you when you return. So you need to get the balance right between dealing with daily challenges when they occur, and retreating into your own wild and wacky inner world.

This week you’ll be given the chance to heal an old emotional wound or patch up a relationship problem. Don’t let false Piscean pride stop you from taking a leap forward when it comes to love and forgiveness. Accept the opportunity gratefully, with outstretched hands and an open heart. Personal projects and close friendships are particularly favoured on Thursday, when the Sun and Neptune encourage you to be friendly and free-spirited; creative and kind. Take the opportunity!

With the Sun and Pluto at odds, your bossy side is likely to take over (especially at home or work). If you sweat the small stuff, then you’ll end up feeling tired and emotional by the end of the week. Perhaps it’s time to de-stress, as you sample a session of meditation or a spot of yoga? You might just enjoy it! Plus pay close attention to the messages in your nightly dreams. Are they trying to tell you something? Thursday is fabulous for love and lashings of romance, so be aware!

The intensity levels ratchet up this week, as Pluto opposes the Sun. Issues involving relatives, neighbours, travel, education, religion or social media could be particularly fraught. Jealous thoughts and possessive behaviour are also a danger. If you’re not careful, then you could find yourself embroiled in a fiery argument or a frustrating power struggle. Smart Bulls will step back, calm down and gain some much-needed perspective. On Thursday, make a wish and follow your dreams.

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CANCER

LEO

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JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

Jupiter and Neptune broaden workplace options. And your ambitious aspirations have a very good chance of manifesting, but you must be proactive and selective. So your motto for the moment is from birthday great, actor Harrison Ford: “To me, success is choice and opportunity.” But you could become unsettled about a situation involving money matters or trust issues. So avoid making long-term decisions until you can view the situation from a more objective perspective.

With the Sun and Mercury in your sign you’ve got energy to burn, so make sure you channel it into productive and worthwhile pursuits. Mental activities and communication are favoured on Monday and Tuesday, when you’ll pick up information with lightning speed. But don’t allow a loved one to manipulate you on the weekend, when they try to persuade you to do something against your better judgment. Have the emotional strength (and common sense) to stand your ground and say no.

With Venus and Mars both visiting your sign, you’re in the mood to mix and mingle; text and tweet; socialise and circulate. But will other people be happy to hear what you’ve got to say? Saturday and Sunday’s tempestuous stars highlight your inclination to jealous, possessive or overbearing behaviour. So do your best to loosen your intense grip on a loved one Leo, otherwise you’ll just drive them away with your dramatic pronouncements and demanding Divalike antics.

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Relations with a child, teenager or friend will be strained and the more you try to organise them, the worse things will be. So avoid getting drawn into pointless power-plays. The best way you can help loved ones is to support them in practical ways, as they pursue their ambitions and follow their dreams. Criticism is out, and encouragement is in! With Venus and Mars visiting your spiritual and solitude zone, it’s time to de-stress as you meditate, contemplate and recalibrate.

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SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

CAPRICORN

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Venus (your patron planet) and Mars are both visiting your hopes and wishes zone. So you’re keen to recharge your run-down batteries, make plans for the present and ponder your future. But avoid over-crowding your busy schedule, overcommitting your time and making promises you can’t keep. And don’t worry about making mistakes. As birthday great Arianna Huffington observes, “The things that go wrong are often the very things that lead to other things going right.”

This week’s stars boost your personal magnetism – and your manipulative side. Pluto gives you an energy surge that increases your desire to be in charge. But, if you want to avoid unnecessary power struggles and unpleasant dramas, then stop trying to control others. You can be powerful and passionate – or compulsive and controlling. If you’re a smart Scorpio, then you’ll choose the path of least resistance as you channel your energy in positive and proactive ways.

Restless Sagittarius – ‘Keep moving forward and don’t look back’ is your current motto. You’re keen to call the shots this week, but bossy behaviour will only lead to dramas and confrontation. So slip on your humility hat instead. Attached Archers – listen (carefully) to what your partner is saying. Jumping to conclusions is definitely not recommended. Sick and tired of being single? You could be bitten by the love bug while studying or travelling. What a way to go, eh?

This week (courtesy of potent Pluto) an obstacle could be placed in your path or you could be drawn into a power struggle with someone. Which may lead to a perceived problem or failure. That’s OK Capricorn! Sometimes hurdles help us slow down and see the path ahead more clearly, and then we can adjust our compass and tweak our plans. So your motto is from birthday great, writer and businesswoman Arianna Huffington: “Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”

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ar infections, are a common problem seen amongst our furry friends, especially those with long ears. Ear infections can cause extreme discomfort and further health problems if left untreated. There are many types of infectious bacteria, fungi, parasites, and foreign material which might cause inflammation and infection in the outer, middle, or inner ears. Dogs’ and cats’ ear canals are shaped like a long, ‘L’. They are great for hearing, but this shape predisposes them to collect debris and moisture. The most common causes of ear disease include allergies, heat and trapped moisture, excessive earwax, ear mites, foreign material like a grass seed, or an unknown growth.

There are many causes of ear problems in dogs. This may include allergies, temperature, trapped moisture, excessive wax, ear mites, foreign material, polyps and unknown growths. Some breeds, particularly those with floppy or hairy ears like Cocker Spaniels, Poodles, or Golden Retrievers, can be more prone to ear infections. However, they can occur in any breed. Healthy ears are generally pink, clean, and have an unobtrusive smell. A pet suffering from an ear infection could show a number of symptoms. Symptoms of an ear infection may include ears appear red and inflamed with a coloured discharge, a strong odour, constant ear scratching or shaking of the head, swelling around the ear and whimpering due to discomfort. Serious ear problems may cause loss of balance, hearing loss, unusual eye movements and walking in circles or head tilting. Ears are very sensitive. If you feel your pet may have a problem, please contact your veterinarian and arrange an appointment. Having your pets’ ears examined by a veterinarian will allow them to determine whether the eardrum is intact or if

there are any foreign materials in the ear canal. Vets can also obtain a sample for further diagnostics. Your vet will diagnose the cause of the problem and provide the best treatment and home care plan to combat the condition and have your pet in top shape once again. How are pet ear infections diagnosed? A thorough clinical examination, including examining your pet’s skin, assessing the ear drum to ensure it is intact coupled with taking a small sample of the ear contents and looking under the microscope will allow your veterinarian to determine the cause of the disease. When a pet is in extreme pain and does not allow the examination, it may be necessary to sedate or anesthetise the pet for a more thorough examination and diagnosis. How are ear infections treated? In many cases, ear drops can be applied to the affected ear. If there is foreign matter or excess discharge in the ear canal, the pet may need to be sedated or anaesthetised so that it can be removed prior to the ear drops being administered. Sometimes, more than one type of infection could be diagnosed, and this may require the use of multiple medications. Your veterinarian will recommend a tailored treatment plan

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likely to have treated women in their first trimester unknowingly, as it’s common for women to be unaware of pregnancy in the first few weeks, or at times, months, especially if they are not planning for it. It’s also worth remembering how often a partner or parent of a pregnant woman has given them a massage, to alleviate some of the pain common to carrying that extra load. One could argue that an untrained touch would be far more dangerous, yet we can see that it is not causing complications. The benefits to pregnancy massage are considerable; reducing both muscle and nerve pain, improving quality of sleep, and lowering stress and anxiety levels, among the most notable. There are few reasons not to get a massage while pregnant, and these involve pregnancies that are high risk to begin with. You should seek approval from a GP if you have experienced: placenta previa, pre-eclampsia, pre-term contractions or previous pre-term labour, recent bleeding, pregnancy induced hypertension, or severe, sudden headaches. If you’re pregnant and thinking about a massage, hopefully this has made the decision a little easier, and you feel confident about your next visit!


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UPRA Australia has announced its local line-up for its 2022 launch with two SUVs and a hatchback featuring a range of performance and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrains. CUPRA is an unconventional challenger brand based on stimulating style and contemporary performance that inspires the world from Barcelona with progressive cars and experiences. Launched in 2018 as a stand-alone brand, CUPRA has its own corporate headquarters and a racing car workshop in Barcelona, in addition to a network of specialised points of sale around the world. The Australian launch line-up will comprise of three models – the CUPRA Formentor crossover SUV, the CUPRA Ateca SUV, plus the CUPRA Leon hatchback. Australia will be the first market where CUPRA will operate exclusively as a performance brand. It is envisaged that the CUPRA range’s recommended retail pricing will start just north of $40,000 and finish just above $60,000.

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To be sold online and via an agency structure in collaboration with the Group’s existing investors, the brand will be highly visible nationally via pop-up sales points and outlets based in existing high-profile retail environments. CUPRA vehicles will be able to be serviced within selected outlets of the Volkswagen Group network. They will be covered by a factory-backed, five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty. Details of service plans will be announced closer to the local launch. As announced recently, CUPRA is directed within VGA by Ben Wilks, who has been with VGA since its establishment in 2001. “CUPRA represents a great opportunity for VGA as a whole,” Mr Wilks said. “Australians love performance vehicles. Two out of three new private sales are SUVs. “CUPRA’s debut Australian range nails the brief, enabling VGA to offer more of what the discerning private customer wants.” The Australian launch of the CUPRA brand and its distinct line-up is planned for mid-2022.

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hile his Spanish still needs some work, Glenmore Park footballer Cooper Halfpenny is finally feeling positive, motivated and right at home as he approaches the one-year mark abroad. The last time the Weekender caught up with Halfpenny was in November 2020, just days before he was about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime after signing a oneyear deal to play football in Spain with U19 La Liga club Aravaca CF. Eight months on and life couldn’t be any better for the talented 19-year-old despite the various challenges and adjustments he’s had to face and make. “Firstly, there’s definitely the language. I still struggle with conversation due to the speed they speak at but I’m advancing ever so slowly,” Halfpenny told the Weekender from his place in Madrid. “Secondly, the players here are tough. As a foreigner coming into the team at this age they don’t want a bar of you, but that’s where you have to work hard and win them over – luckily I did that over time. “And thirdly, I’d say being away from home. Although you may not miss specifically being at home, you start to divert mentally because you don’t

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The grants are part of Round One of the NSW Government’s Greater Cities Sport Facility Fund, which will see $50 million awarded to sporting bodies and councils over two years for new and upgraded sports facilities in Greater Sydney and beyond. Sports Minister Natalie Ward said the project will stimulate local economies, boost employment and promote healthy lifestyles across Greater Sydney. “Investing in new and existing sports is vital to improving the health and wellbeing of NSW residents,” she said. “The Greater Cities Sport Facility Fund will promote improved health and wellbeing, and create a construction boom, boosting employment as part of the NSW Government’s multi-billiondollar infrastructure pipeline.” The Fund provides grants from $500,000 to $1 million to councils, sporting bodies, NSW State Sporting Organisations, State Sporting Organisations for People with Disability, National Sporting Organisations and private enterprises.

Back in the west Ramy Najjarine signs new deal with Western Sydney

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he Western Sydney Wanderers are slowly building for next season with the announcement talented local junior Ramy Najjarine is returning to the club on a one-year deal. An inaugural member of the Wanderers Academy, Najjarine was a special talent in the club’s youth system before departing in 2016 to play for Melbourne City, spending last season on loan at the Newcastle Jets. An exciting and talented young prospect, Najjarine has already featured in 37 A-League games and, at 21, looks set for a strong season. The Fairfield junior will link up with his hometown club for the very first time of his senior career and joins his younger brother Zane, a member of the Wanderers Academy U13s squad. Najjarine said he was proud to represent his hometown club. “I was here from day one, so you can imagine the feeling and emotions I have for this club,” he said. “I grew up out here in the west, so playing for my hometown club and a club that

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my family supports as well is an amazing feeling. “I’ve got a cheeky little brother who is now trying to follow in my footsteps at the Wanderers Academy and it’s important for me to be a role model for him and the western Sydney community.” Wanderers coach Carl Robinson welcomed Najjarine back to Wanderland.

“Ramy is an excellent young talent that understands what the Wanderers stand for having been born and bred in western Sydney as well as starting his youth career at the club’s Academy,” he said. “He is a natural-born creative player in the final third and has a strong commitment of improving and pushing himself.” Meanwhile, on the back of Najjarine’s arrival, the Wanderers have confirmed the departure of six players following the conclusion of their contracts. Academy graduates Kosta Grozos and Mohamed Al-Taay will move on, as will Nicolai Muller and Patrick Ziegler after two and three seasons respectively. Scott McDonald departs following the completion of his short-term agreement, while loan goalkeeper Noah James returns to Newcastle. “The club is still in contact with a number of players coming off contract, including Wanderers Player of the Season Bruce Kamau, with talks continuing before any further announcements can be made,” the club said in a statement. “Western Sydney Wanderers FC would like to thank all departing players for their effort and professionalism during their time with the club.”

Around the grounds AFL: After a couple of false starts, GWS Giants are finally in the AFL’s top eight this week after defeating ladder leaders Melbourne 64-55 in Round 16 of the AFL. On a freezing cold Saturday afternoon at the MCG, the Giants continued their Finals push with an upset nine-point victory over the Demons in front of more than 16,000 fans. The only lowlight to come out of the thrilling contest was the season-ending injury to young Giants defender Jack Buckley, who suffered an ACL injury when his left knee buckled on impact when he collided with Demon James Harmes. The Giants’ next game is against the Gold Coast Suns, with a date, time and location still to be confirmed at time of print.

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SUPER NETBALL: Giants Netball have failed to win back to back games, going down to the QLD Firebirds 63-52 in Round 9 of the Super Netball competition. Unfortunately the Giants, who still sit in third place on the ladder, never led during the match but did manage to win the final quarter to give them a small confidence boost heading into this weekend. The Giants will look to bounce back this Sunday afternoon when they take on Collingwood at John Cain Arena in Melbourne. Along with the NSW Swifts, the Giants are currently based in the Victorian capital due to the COVID outbreak in Sydney. NETBALL: Netball NSW has rescheduled the 2021 HART Junior State Titles after they were postponed last month due to the COVID crisis in Sydney and surrounds.

The new proposed dates for the Junior State Titles, which will be held at Jamison Park in Penrith, is Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25. In order to maintain the fitness of their Junior Representative players, Penrith District Netball Association teams will continue to play in the 2021 Saturday winter season. RUGBY LEAGUE: St Marys and NSW Origin star Sarah Togatuki has re-signed with the Sydney Roosters for the upcoming 2021 NRLW season. This will be the back-rower’s second consecutive season (third overall) with the Roosters after playing in their losing Grand Final team last year. “It’s exciting to see our squad coming together, and that reflects the pathway we’re working so hard to develop in the women’s game here at the Roosters,” Roosters Manager Football Partnerships and Programs, Craig Walker said. OZTAG: Congratulations to Year 8 St Dominic’s College student Jarred Haydon and Year 10 student Jack Attard on being selected in the Australian OzTag High Performance Academy for 2021. CRICKET: The cricket season may still be a few months away but that hasn’t stopped the Sydney Thunder from securing the services of talented teenager Olivia Porter for the next two seasons. The fast bowler, who hails from Gladesville in Sydney, is hoping to get plenty of game time for the Thunder this season after dealing with a major leg injury last year.


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