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Tough times: Penrith Swimming Club struggles to keep its head above water NATHAN TAYLOR

huge part of the local swimming community for more than half a century, Penrith Swimming Club is facing closure – resulting in the iconic Bridge to Bridge swimming event being placed on hold this January for the first time in 39 years. Founded in 1961, in conjunction with the construction of the original Penrith War Memorial Pool (now operating as Ripples Penrith), Penrith Swimming Club has operated out of the Station Street site running weekly club night competitive racing plus social outings and events for the thousands of local swimmers who have been members over the years. Penrith Swimming Club has also provided sport and recreation clinics and free learn to swim lessons, to ensure any child or adult in the community had the opportunity to be taught to swim. The club’s largest legacy, however, is the operation of the Bridge to Bridge swimming event, which it has held every year since 1980. The event, swum in the Nepean River from the M4 bridge to the railway bridge, was moved to the Sydney International Regatta Centre in the mid-2000s due to

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Disappointed members of Penrith Swimming Club. Photo: Melinda Jane the growth of weeds and algae. Next year, due to the low number of members at the swimming club, the resultant lower number of volunteers available and the cost of hiring the Regatta Centre venue, the Bridge to Bridge event has been put on hold. Nepean Swim and Fitness Owner, Alan Bentley, was a member of Penrith Swim-

ming Club in the ‘70s and ‘80s and has participated in every Bridge to Bridge swim since its inception. Bentley said it was sad that a local tradition like the Bridge to Bridge will not continue in 2019. “It’s disappointing that an event with a history dating back to the 1980s is not able to run next year,” he said. “Many other swimmers have partici-

pated in excess of 30 of the 38 events to date, so it’s an annual tradition for many locals and people who travel to the area that is now being lost.” Acting President of Penrith Swimming Club, Chris Ledbrook, said it was important the club does not fold so that they can continue to support young swimmers in the community to develop at all levels. “In addition, the continuance of our club will mean that events like the Bridge to Bridge and the Berry Rickards Open Water Swimming Races will continue to bring competitors from around the state, and often around the country to Penrith,” he said. Ledbrook offered up some solutions to help ease the pressure on the club and prevent it from closure, with a race against time now underway. “The current committee will continue working with its members to advertise to the local community all that we offer,” he said. “Should a swimming squad program return to Penrith Pools and support the introduction of swimmers to our club and the competition of swimming then we would likely return to be the successful, competitive but family-friendly and nurturing club that we were not so long ago.”

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Aussie cricket at a crossroads A s part of an agreement with Cricket Australia after ‘that’ scandal in South Africa earlier this year, suspended Aussie captain Steve Smith pledged to spend 100 hours in the community. Part of his penance, you could say. Smith could easily have spent that time in cricket nets at junior clubs across the country. It would have been the easy way out, preaching to the converted and ticking the required boxes. Instead, the 29-year-old has spent many of those hours speaking to students in school halls, or members of the community at various functions. He talks about the drama that engulfed his life following the incident in Cape Town. He speaks openly about that press conference. The tears, the heartbreak, the anger, and the frustration. Smith was a guest at a sportsman’s lunch in Penrith last Friday and openly discussed his road to redemption. Despite what happened in South Africa, you cannot deny his honesty nor his integrity. He is one of the only sportspeople I know to openly admit he reads the papers – almost every word that is written about him, in fact. And when asked whether he’d be happy to walk back into the Australian team should his ban be lifted early, Smith sat in quiet thought for a few moments before he answered ‘no’, pointing to his lack of preparation. Clearly, Smith is a man who has learned from mistakes of the past – his own and that of his team. Ironically, the outcast Smith is exactly what Australian cricket needs right now.

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The sport has lurched from crisis to crisis, with the latest casualty being Mark Taylor’s shock resignation from the Board of Cricket Australia on Monday. It has become very evident in recent weeks that cricket in this country needs a major overhaul, but the re-emergence of a successful Australian team won’t come before there’s more pain. This upcoming Australian summer may be one of the toughest on record. Not only will there be no Smith or Dave Warner – two of the code’s biggest drawing cards until a few months ago – but the sport is also dealing with a major overhaul of its broadcasting. It got off to a rough start last weekend when the first match of the summer – a one day international against South Africa in Perth – was only shown on Fox Cricket, and ignored by the new free-toair broadcaster in Channel Seven. That will take a lot for the cricket purists

to get used to. The familiarity of Channel Nine’s famed cricket coverage would have helped heal the sport’s wounds just a little; but it is not to be. Whether or not Channel Seven – when it finally does air some cricket – can capture the public’s imagination like Nine did for so many decades is yet to be seen. There is so much to fix in cricket that you don’t know where to start. How do you repair the shattered reputation of the team itself after sandpapergate? How do you get past the unwanted attention of the recent review into that ball-tampering incident, which sparked more questions about the culture of the team and the sport itself? How do you get people to show up at grounds this summer with recent poor form and a lack of big stars? And how does Cricket Australia re-build after so much off-pitch upheaval in key roles? As the former Aussie cricketer Adam Gilchrist said this week, in circumstances like this it’s important not to ‘waste’ a crisis. Such a crossroads can give you the motivation and platform to move forward, if you have the right people driving the process. “I don’t see any reason why it needs to bottom out any further. I think it starts building from now,” Gilchrist said. Let’s hope so, because you wouldn’t think the sport could sink any further. Based on what I saw last Friday, perhaps Smith provides the key. His involvement in cricket’s re-building process is critical. He played a part in the pain, but he can help deliver the recovery.

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A garage was destroyed during a house fire in Glenmore Park last weekend. Firefighters were called to Bija Drive, Glenmore Park on Saturday morning following reports of a fire. Firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames issuing from a garage attached to a two storey house. Emergency workers commenced firefighting operations to contain the fire before it spread to the remainder of the house. Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire a short time later. A vehicle and the contents of the garage were completely destroyed in the fire. The fire also caused the roof to collapse on the garage. The remainder of the house suffered smoke and heat damage.

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man faced court on Wednesday after being charged by Strike Force Trawler detectives over the alleged online procurement of a child for sex. In August 2018, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging online with a man from Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Police allege that the man believed he was speaking with the mother of a 10-year-old girl and engaged in conversations about sexual acts he wished to perform on the child. It will also be alleged that the man believed he was speaking with a 13-yearold girl on another application, engaged in highly-sexualised conversations, and made arrangements to meet with the child for sex. Following extensive investigations, a 63-year-old man was arrested by strike force detectives on High Street, Penrith, just before 11am on Tuesday. “Shortly after the arrest, a search warrant was executed at a Matraville home, where investigators seized a laptop, computer tower, a video camera, and electronic storage devices,” a Police spokesperson said.

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Café success grows After the huge success of the Village Café project in North St Marys, Penrith Council, in conjunction with local community service providers, is launching the Village Café in Kingswood. The project aims to improve the community connections and wellbeing of Kingswood residents by providing a place for locals to come together, connect with each other and improve their wellbeing. The Village Café is a fortnightly pop up café, with delicious coffee and fresh produce, as well as arts activities and wellbeing services. The first Village Café in Kingswood will be held on Thursday, November 15 from 9.30am-11.30am at Wainwright Park.

Police arrested the man in Penrith on Tuesday. Photo: NSW Police Force “The man was taken to Penrith Police Station and charged with ‘use carriage service to procure person under 16 years for sex’ and ‘use carriage service transmit/publish/promote child pornography’.” Investigations are continuing into the man. Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing investigation by the CEIU into the sexual

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MELBOURNE CUP 2018 The race that stops the nation had Penrith locals out and about celebrating on Tuesday, with functions, luncheons and events held right across the city. The day started with the Nepean Business Network’s annual fundraising breakfast, which raised over $37,000 for the Penrith Community Kitchen. The celebrations continued right across the day with special events held at most clubs, pubs and hotels. The race was won by Cross Counter.

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Crossing must be fixed Call for confusing Chapel Street crossing in St Marys to be addressed by Council NICOLA BARTON

t Marys resident Betty Murray, who is blind and hearing impaired, is calling on Penrith City Council to provide an adequate pedestrian crossing at a busy intersection following a near death experience. Mrs Murray and her husband, John, went out into the community with a petition to fix the crossing on Chapel Street near Queen Street in St Marys, garnering almost 1000 signatures. After presenting the petition to Londonderry MP Prue Car, she teamed up with Councillor Robin Cook to combat the issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of the businesses around that part of Queen Street also spoke to me, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d all seen Betty be put in these dangerous situations and everyone knows her around St Marys, so we asked Council to do something,â&#x20AC;? Ms Car said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve constructed this thing there but no one knows what it is, so for anyone itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty dangerous and I think drivers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pedestrian crossing or not, so if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re someone like Betty who is vision impaired, you could be in a life threatening situation very quickly.â&#x20AC;?

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Prue Car and Robin Cook at the crossing in St Marys. Photo: Nicola Barton The crossing on Chapel Street is a speed hump with no stripes or signage. Cr Cook presented the petition to Council last week, which will now go to the traffic committee for investigation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The other Councillors are very supportive, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just common sense. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a member of the Access Committee, so I think the

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State Government just needs to think about things like this,â&#x20AC;? Cr Cook said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;St Marys is a high growth area so thinking about going into the future, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all well and good giving us more housing but we have to have all these safety issues in place as well, they need to think about the whole of the community.â&#x20AC;?

Council will now await a briefing from the traffic committee that will direct what steps need to be taken. In the meantime, Ms Car and Cr Cook have urged locals to be careful in the area. What other dangerous traffic issues need to be fixed? Tell us via email: news@ westernweekender.com.au.

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This Sunday marks the Centenary of the First World War Armistice, when, after four brutal years of warfare, a peace settlement was reached. At 11am on November 11 1918, fighting was suspended and there were huge celebrations across the world. This Sunday, our community will come together again to reflect on the events which shaped our history. The First World War remains Australia’s most devastating war resulting in 60,000 deaths and 156,000 wounded, gassed or captured.

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Keeping you McHappy Annual McHappy Day fundraiser to be held across Penrith on November 17 NICOLA BARTON

onald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is calling on Penrith to help put a smile on the faces of seriously ill children with the return of McHappy Day later this month. As the largest fundraiser for RMHC Australia nationally, McHappy Day is crucial in raising funds for the charity, which helps keep families together while their child undergoes hospital treatment. McDonald’s Glenmore Park, Penrith, Penrith Leagues, Penrith Plaza, St Marys Village and Werrington licensee, Ian Garton, said this year’s events will be bigger and better than ever. “It’s fantastic to see how Penrith gets behind McHappy Day each year in supporting the Ronald McDonald House, it really hits close to home having the Nepean Family Room at Nepean Hospital,” he said. “We’re hoping that this will not only provide a fun day out for the family, but to really bring about awareness of what the Ronald McDonald House does and what they provide.” This year’s events will see a variety of activities and performance as well as visits from some very special guests.

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From market stalls, face painting and craft, to in-restaurant guessing competitions and showbags, McHappy Day has something for everyone. “Our Glenmore Park restaurant will have special guests, including Orpheus Pledger who plays Mason in ‘Home and Away’ as well as James Tamou from the Penrith Panthers,” Mr Garton said. “At Panthers we’ll have footy legend Greg Alexander and a number of local politicians on board.” CEO of RMHC, Barbara Ryan, said it’s the generosity and support of Aussies that makes a world of difference for struggling families. “McHappy Day is a great community day, and I’d encourage Penrith residents to get involved by heading into their local Penrith McDonald’s restaurant on Saturday, November 17. This is our biggest fundraising day of the year and truly helps make a difference for families in their time of need,” she said. To date, McHappy Day has raised more than $42 million for RMHC nationally, with the hopes to raise $3.6 million this year. Come down to your local McDonald’s restaurant on Saturday, November 17 or visit www.rmhc.org.au/mchappyday for more information.

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enrith will honour and remember the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice this Sunday, as it marks the 100th year since the Armistice was signed to end World War I. Penrith CBD Corporation is to host the Centenary of Armistice Day Service with the assistance of the City of Penrith RSL sub-Branch, St Marys sub-Branch and Glenbrook/Blaxland sub-Branch. Penrith CBD Corporation CEO, Gai Hawthorn, said it’s heartwarming to see the branches coming together for this momentous occasion. “The sub-Branches came to me and said ‘we want this to be special but we want to invite everyone’,” she said. “It’s 100 years since men, women and animals went to wars, I think today’s youth and the future don’t really fathom that anymore, so I’m really proud that we are bringing that back for people to see this Centenary.” The event will see the recreation of Poppy Park, a special march and service as well as a variety of activities. Up to 800 soldiers, ex-servicemen, local schools and community groups will march together before a service held by

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Poppy Park was extremely successful a number of years ago, and will be re-built on a smaller scale this weekend the three sub-Branches at 10.30am. Richmond RAAF base will be supporting the event with a fly over of Poppy Park. “We want our youth and the future to remember those who fought so gallantly for our country, so it’s about that spirit and continuation that the next generation will honour and remember, as our diggers start to fade away,” Ms Hawthorn said. Activities throughout the day will include vintage displays, a Matilda tank,

live entertainment, memorabilia education tent walk through, a replica bunker, police horses and free children’s activities plus stalls and food trucks. “PCYC and InPursuit Fitness are also joining together to have some fun with activities like how many push-ups you need to do to join the navy and the army, as well as an obstacle jumping castle,” Ms Hawthorn said. “I think the Centenary should be

celebrated in an extremely positive way. Penrith is very proud and that’s why Penrith CBD Corp and Council have got behind it.” The first 1000 people through the gate will receive a special memorial bag with memorabilia, posters and a poppy. The free event will be held at Penrith Paceway on Sunday, November 11 from 8am until 3pm. For information, call 4722 5556.

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Drunk mum jailed, but will serve sentence in community

The Claremont Meadows mother caught driving six times over the legal alcohol limit with her two kids in the car has been sentenced to five months jail. Wearing a short black and yellow dress and brown sandals, Kasey Garner, 32, faced Penrith Local Court last Thursday after blowing a staggering 0.308 at Kingswood earlier this year. Her children, aged six and four, were in the back. The single mother will not spend any time behind bars, however, after she was found suitable for an Intensive Correction Order (ICO), allowing her to serve her sentence in the community. During sentencing submissions, her lawyer told the court his client’s drinking had “increased to a significant degree” in the lead up to the incident, which involved a passerby finding Garner in her green Volkswagen Golf “spaced out” and “eyes rolling” stalled in the middle of an intersection along O’Connell Street about 12pm on April 29. He said Garner had abstained from drinking since the offence and was “thankful to the member of the public for approaching her”. The court heard she had “minimal recollection of the events”, but accepted her actions could have had “deadly consequences” and had now taken “significant” steps towards rehabilitation. Garner’s lawyer said media attention surrounding the case had caused “some distress” for Garner, who was recently berated in the street in front of her fouryear-old, who became quite upset. But Magistrate Geoffrey Hiatt was frank, saying while “unfortunate”, the court could not control the behaviour of others and it was a “natural consequence of committing the offence in question”. He told the 32-year-old the extremely high reading “significantly increased her level of moral culpability”, bluntly pointing out her actions posed a significant risk

to her own children, let alone herself or any other member of the community. Garner, who is not previously known to the criminal justice system, was found to have a strong prospect of rehabilitation, with Magistrate Hiatt accepting she was not merely paying “lip service” in her willingness to address her underlying issues and re-offending in the future. “I am satisfied there is a very strong demonstration of remorse and contrition on your part,” he said. As part of her ICO, Garner must continue her rehabilitation and abstain for drinking. She was also ordered to undertake 50 hours of community service work and was disqualified from driving for six months, after which time she must install a breathalyser interlock device to her car for 24 months if she wants to continue to drive.

Truck to remain off the road following accident in July

The owner of a heavy vehicle that caused chaos on the Eastern Distributor when the excavator it was carrying failed to negotiate the tunnel roof, has had his penalty upheld on appeal. The truck caused major traffic delays when it hit the tunnel about 9am on Friday, July 13, blocking the inner city arterial in both directions for 20 minutes and one way for more than an hour. Last Thursday, Robert John Ellston, who is the registered owner of the truck and employs the driver, appealed the Roads and Maritime Services’ (RMS) six week suspension of the truck’s registration, claiming sidelining the rig would set him back about $30,000 to $40,000 in lost revenue. Penrith Local Court heard the driver had been employed by Ellston’s business for less than a month, which included a two-week trial and training period, and had already received a formal warning for failing to stop at a weigh bridge. But Ellston’s lawyer rhetorically asked

Magistrate Geoffrey Hiatt what more his client could have done to prevent the incident from occurring. “He didn’t know [the driver] was going to disregard all the training and policies that he’s been trained in [such as measuring the load],” he stressed. Alluding to his ultimate finding, Magistrate Hiatt suggested Ellston should have been “cognisant of the background of the driver”, referring to his traffic record. “If my client was aware of the extent of the driver’s history, he probably wouldn’t have been hired,” the defence conceded, saying the appellant had “learnt his lesson” in this regard. “I’m not saying to let this company off altogether,” he said, requesting he consider a reduction to two weeks. The lawyer for the RMS questioned why Ellston would allow the employee to take such an important load, in terms of safety, given his recent failings, however the defence countered, saying “this wasn’t an unqualified driver” and he had completed a high risk driver’s course. The lawyer for the RMS said the crash, which “ironically” happened on Friday the 13th, had an “adverse affect on public amenity”, and while not the worse case scenario, there was still damage caused. He said in his view, the six week suspension was quite low, given the maximum penalty was three months and cancellation, rather than suspension, of the truck’s registration. Magistrate Hiatt found the penalty was not disproportionate and upheld the RMS’ decision.

Man claims self defence in wake of brutal brawl

A man implicated in an early morning drunken brawl at a Penrith fast food establishment has walked free from court without a criminal conviction, despite landing a “flurry” of punches throughout the melee. Tyrone Mitchell, 21, fronted Penrith Local Court last Thursday to defend one

count of affray, claiming he acted in self defence. The court heard Mitchell and three of his mates had been drinking at a nearby club when they left to get some food about 5.30am. While seated eating their food, they were approached by three men, but “general banter” soon descended into taunts and intimidation, Mitchell claimed, with the men also accusing Mitchell and his group of stealing their orders. When one pushed his friend to the ground, Mitchell said he did not hesitate to shield his friend and throw the first punch, which landed on the victim’s head. CCTV footage then captures Mitchell running to the other side of the restaurant where another of his friends is involved in a frenzied assault and exchanges blows with the parties involved. Following this, he looks up and spots another outbreak, this time running over to the counter to lend assistance, throwing more punches before the groups finally disperse. The prosecution argued that Mitchell, a larger-built man, could have “wrapped up” the instigator and de-escalated the situation from the beginning. “It can only be categorised as a street fight between two willing parties,” he surmised. Throughout his testimony, Mitchell, who has no criminal record, gave evidence that he felt intimidated and was only protecting himself and his friends. His lawyer argued that during the offence, which only lasts about a minute, Mitchell responds much like a firefighter would, and goes and puts out each spot fire before moving onto the next. But Magistrate Geoffrey Hiatt, who broke the affray up into three discreet incidences, found Mitchell guilty of the second and third discreet circumstances. He was handed a 12-month Community Release Order without proceeding to conviction.

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A man has been caught shoplifting for what appeared to be a birthday present at a major shopping centre on High Street. The 46-year-old was picking up a few things at a department store when he left without paying. On Thursday, November 1 at 1.35pm the offender stole French Connection clothes, birthday cards and wrapping paper. He was caught by security and police were notified. The Port Macquarie man received a Criminal Infringement Notice.

Oxley Park: Caution for man caught with cannabis in car

On Monday, November 5 a man from Castle Hill was travelling on the Great Western Highway in Oxley Park when he was pulled over by police. After having a short conversation with police, he was subjected to a stationary roadside drug test. Police conveyed his results for further testing and obtained a search warrant for the vehicle. During their search they discovered a small amount of cannabis on board. He received a cannabis caution as police await the results from his roadside drug test.

Werrington: Man busted with prescription drugs

Police have arrested a 42-year-old male after finding him in possession of prescription drugs that were not his. On Sunday, November 4 at 8am police spotted the man, who was riding his push bike on the corner of Parkes Avenue and Victoria Street, without a helmet. Police pulled the man over and conducted a search where they located a number of restricted prescription pills that did not belong to him. He received a Field Court Attendance Notice.

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A number of people have been charged after police allegedly discovered them driving whilst intoxicated. A 31-year-old woman from Silverdale was pulled over on Gibson Avenue shortly after midnight on Sunday, November 4. Police conducted a random roadside breath analysis where she returned a positive result. Another 19-year-old man from Cranebrook was caught driving under the influence and blew a low range breath analysis reading. He was stopped by police on Thornton Drive at 7.25pm. Police discovered that it was the man’s second offence. Both offenders will appear at Penrith Local Court later this month.

St Clair: Relief for pet owners after stolen dog recovered

Police have recovered a dog that was stolen from a St Clair residence on Monday, October 29. The homeowners caught the offender on CCTV footage when he jumped the fence, trespassing into their backyard and stealing their beloved maltese/pomeranian pet. Police were notified and CCTV footage was seized. Police received a line of inquiry during their investigation which led them to attend the home of the suspect in Hebersham on Saturday, November 3 at 2pm. Police confronted the man who then confessed to stealing the dog and informed police of its whereabouts. The animal was recovered and returned to its owners. The offender will receive a future court notice at a later date. As it stands, offenders who steal pets can receive up to one year imprisonment. Police are reminding anyone with information about stolen pets to contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 00.

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Radio king helps launch Luddenham Raceway – Penrith’s newest major attraction TROY DODDS

he Luddenham Raceway was officially declared open last week, with 2GB broadcaster Alan Jones given the honour of cutting the proverbial ribbon. Apart from its impressive raceway, the facility also boasts a paintball centre and two go-kart tracks. “The race track is the legal place where speeding is acceptable,” said Principal of Drive to Survive Ian Luff, who has a strong involvement with the Raceway. “Public roads are not race tracks, all drivers should adjust their speed to suit the driving conditions. “Luddenham Raceway provides a safe environment where enthusiasts can drive their own vehicle or motorbike at speed without getting booked.” Located on over 100 acres of rolling hills, Luddenham Raceway is certified by the Confederation of Australian Motorsport. Many car companies have used the venue to showcase five star safety technology to sales personnel as well as existing and potential customers. As well as Mr Jones and Mr Luff, the crowd at last Thursday’s grand opening heard from Chief Inspector Phillip Brooks

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from the NSW Police Force’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, as well as a crash survivor who spoke of his incredible story and lifelong impacts of an accident. After the official ceremony, Mr Jones was given some first hand experience of the new Luddenham track, jumping into a Bentley for a slow lap around the impressive facility. For more information about Luddenham Raceway, visit www.luddenhamraceway. com.

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Students back campaign Future generations are learning about the importance of White Ribbon Day NICOLA BARTON

even schools are standing up to stop violence against women, with fundraising activities commencing later this month. As ambassadors for the White Ribbon Foundation, schools in St Marys and Erskine Park are promoting the importance of respectful relationships to their students. To kick start this year’s fundraising events, the schools were granted $3500 in funding from Penrith City Council. Councillor Bernard Bratusa said he was glad Council could be of assistance for a good cause. “The schools have a program called STEPS and it is about educating the children about their responsibility in terms of ensuring that all sorts of violence, whether that’s physical or verbal, is not tolerated in our society,” he said. “Children follow the lead of whomever is the adult in their life. If there are situations occurring in their own family home, it’s very important at an early age that these kids can learn it’s not acceptable behaviour and that there are people out there that can help if they need it.” The funding will be put towards banners,

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School, Erskine Park High School and St Clair High School. Currently Penrith has the second highest domestic violence rates in NSW. Assistant Principal of James Erskine Public School, Leisa Halicek, said it’s critical to spread awareness and make school a safe space. “It’s a pretty confronting topic for primary kids to understand, so we’re promoting kindness, respect and gender equality. It links in with anti-bullying, so it’s all about respectful relationships and language,” she said. Ms Halicek said it was important that as future adults, students understood what the White Ribbon message was all about. “This is the future generation, so you would hope that in years to come there would be no need for a White Ribbon organisation and that it just becomes the norm,” she said. Each school will receive $500 to go towards their event. Council voted unanimously at the Ordinary Meeting on Monday, October 29 in support of the initiative. This year White Ribbon Day is on Friday, November 23. To view other events being held locally or to buy a ribbon, visit www.whiteribbon. org.au/day.

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More firefighters needed Recruitment drive launched as Minister calls for wide range of candidates NICOLA BARTON

ire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is calling for new firefighter recruits as it kicks off its latest campaign ahead of the busy summer season. Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant launched the ‘More than Fire’ recruitment call alongside FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter at the new Orchard Hills Academy last Friday. This year’s recruitment drive has already begun, with thousands of would-be firies expected to apply. Mr Grant said the campaign targets applicants from a wide range of industries and fields. We need firefighters with diverse skills to meet the challenging nature of the job, so we are encouraging potential candidates to think outside the traditional role of a firefighter,” he said. “FRNSW firefighters do so much more than fight fires. They are highly trained and trusted first responders on scene at road crash rescues, hazardous material incidents and severe weather-related events.” The campaign hopes to encourage men and women with diverse skills and experiences to pursue a career as a firefighter.

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Community engagement and education will form a significant part of their role to promote fire safety awareness and preventative measures in the community. Commissioner Baxter said the campaign was designed to attract the largest possible pool of candidates for permanent (fulltime) and retained (on-call) firefighter positions. “This campaign is about honouring our firefighters, their personalities, their differences and the reason each of them became a firefighter,” he said. “We are looking for fit, passionate and resilient individuals with well-developed interpersonal skills and the capacity to undertake a range of different functions, including fire response and investigation, community engagement, rescue and hazardous materials response.” Applicants will need to complete an online application and undergo a series of tests, including problem solving and a Physical Aptitude Test. Candidates who are offered a place in the recruitment intake will undergo training at the new state-of-the-art FRNSW Emergency Services Academy, which will welcome its first class of recruit firefighters in 2019. Applications close on November 19. Visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au/recruitment.

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The Stardust Circus, currently set up at the Paceway/Showground, uses wild animals in their performances and Humane Society International (HSI) is disappointed this cruel and inhumane practice is allowed to continue. We believe the use of exotic animals in circuses and other travelling acts exploit animals solely for human entertainment and can present serious human health and safety risks. Such exploitation is especially distressing when circuses use large wild animals and exotic species, such as the ‘king of the jungle’, the African lion as the Stardust Circus uses. Wild animals used in circuses are routinely subjected to months on the road confined to small, barren cages, often in extreme temperatures. This, of course, does not allow the animals to exhibit any natural or instinctual behaviour. Inappropriate messages are also put forward by forcing wild animals to perform circus tricks. Animal circuses may teach people, especially children, that it is acceptable to exploit wild animals for human entertainment. The frivolous and degrading use of these animals is in direct opposition to the message that as stewards of wild animals, humans should protect natural ecosystems, enhance depleted species and ensure the humane treatment of animals. India, Italy and Spain have recently joined over 30 other countries with prohibitions on wild animal

circuses. HSI, and its many supporters in the Penrith area, believes it is now time for Australia to follow the lead of this worldwide trend. ERICA MARTIN, HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL

Ivan Cleary returns Great article Troy, enjoyed it – honest but without the hysteria, and thoughtful perspective (Editor’s Desk, Weekender November 2). The bit about the club finding its teeth definitely gave me food for thought. JO CORNICK, VIA FACEBOOK

Coaching farce This whole thing about signing with another club when you’re still contracted at another, particularly two years in advance, is farcical. Coaches or players shouldn’t be able to do it. It creates a huge conflict of interest. The situation at Souths and the Broncos is another case in point. DANIEL NICHOLS, VIA FACEBOOK

Melbourne Cup anger Considering Australians hate cruelty to animals, a race in which horses routinely die is fundamentally un-Australian. While public holidays give Aussies a break, horses are breaking legs. It’s time for the nation to stop the race. DESMOND BELLAMY, VIA EMAIL

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Land values to take a hit Overnight blow to Leonay residents if golf club agrees to sell more land NICOLA BARTON

he fate of Leonay Golf Club now lies in the hands of its members as a vote next Monday will determine whether more land is sold to developers. Local residents are campaigning for members to vote no to the plans as the construction of two storey townhouses will see a significant reduction in their home values, and could change the face of the picturesque suburb. Principal owner of One Agency Reeves Properties, Andrew Reeves said those whose homes back onto the golf course could see up to $300,000 of land value lost overnight. “Living on a golf course is very sought after, especially where these particular blocks are, it’s a beautiful area of Leonay and in walking distance to the river and golf club, so it’s a very attractive position,” he said. “This will have a huge impact on these residents, not only on the values of their properties but on their way of life, it’s not just taking away the beautiful aspect behind their homes but their privacy too.” Struggling financially, the club needs to sell the land in order to refurbish the facility.

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Worried residents don’t want Leonay Golf Club to sell more land to developers. Photo: Melinda Jane The proposed sale would see the development of a two storey retirement village on the land that backs onto five homes. Residents have been putting up campaign posters and created a Facebook page in protest. “I’d like us to come together as a community to identify some of the other options at play and work with the club and the Board to look at these,” Mr Reeves said. “I think it’s going to have such a direct

affect on these residents and Leonay as a whole, we have to look at other options, this should be a last resort.” The club are looking to sell off an additional 3000sqm of land. Members say they were happy to sell off land in the past because it didn’t directly impact locals. “Everyone needs to come along to the meeting, this affects all members, they need to vote no because it’s not the right

way to go about this but most importantly we all need to come together,” Mr Reeves said. Members attended a meeting on Wednesday to inform them of the potential plans. They will then go to vote on Monday, November 12, which will determine what direction the club takes. Mr Reeves said other options need to be laid out for the members.

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Crossbones Gallery to hold fundraiser for local hospital NICOLA BARTON

rossbones Gallery is showing their soft side as they aim to raise $30,000 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Nepean Hospital. The popular York Road tattoo parlour will be hosting their Boards4Bubs fundraiser on Saturday, November 17. The gallery hopes to buy a Giraffe Incubator Carestation for the NICU. Crossbones staffer, Kirra Pace, said the gallery is looking forward to giving back to the community. “We wanted to raise some money for the NICU at Nepean Hospital because we just felt that it was something that affects a lot of people in the community, so it was something good to get behind,” she said. The Boards4Bubs event will see a variety of fundraising activities including raffles and auctions. “It’s really exciting to see how much local businesses have been getting behind us by donating items for the raffle, we have a mountain of things that we’ll be selling on the day,” Ms Pace said. The community is invited to come down to pick a flash tattoo off the available sheet for just $100. All of the proceeds will be put towards the purchase of the incubator. 100 skateboards that have been deco-

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Special honour for Edna South Penrith reserve set to be named in recognition of respected local teacher NICOLA BARTON

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Retiring preschool teacher had an impact on so many kids NICOLA BARTON

beloved preschool teacher has retired after 30 years of service to the community, leaving behind a long legacy to two generations of children. Rhonda Chruszcz is a household name for the families that attended her centres, leaving a lasting impact as her former students return with their own children. Ms Chruszcz started her career at the St Marys Kindergarten Pre-school, renamed as St Marys Childrens Centre, then for the last two years worked at the Glenmore Park Child and Family Centre. “I love working with children, especially reading to them, you can have 20 children in front of you wiggling around and then suddenly you have them in your hands, listening to you and the expressions on their little faces is just amazing,” she said. “Throughout my time I’ve worked a lot with special needs children, it’s one-onone with constant repetition, but when they meet their milestones you just want to tell the world.” Ms Chruszcz said she feels fortunate to have witnessed so many children develop and grow and utilised her love of dancing, singing and art to teach them important lessons.

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Now as she begins her retirement, Ms Chruszcz said she is thankful to have been a part of so many children’s lives, but is looking forward to spending more time with her own grandchildren in the coming years.

A record crowd flocked to Penrith’s third annual Real Festival last weekend. More than 25,000 people attended the two-day event; a 13 per cent increase on the previous year with 26 per cent of attendees visiting from surrounding regions, across NSW and interstate. Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler said the figures are impressive, and a testament to the value of Real Festival to the local economy. “Not only is this event providing a significant boost to a wide range of local businesses over the weekend, it is raising the city’s profile as a destination and attracting visitors to the area which has long-term benefits for the region,” Cr Fowler said. “I have no doubt that everyone who came this year will be back again next year, and I am confident we can once again exceed expectations.”

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“I never made it into the top 10 most sexiest people magazine,” he laughed. “I might have missed the boat on that one a long time ago.” It’s this kind of humble, down to earth nature that has seen Lee connect with so many people all over the world. His ability to weave real life stories into his work has become a winning recipe with listeners. “It’s kind of what makes country so captivating for me,” he said. “Some of the best songs of all time have come from real life experiences and I think that really resonates with a lot of people, it certainly does for me. “When a song gets in your head, it gets

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Nepean Retired Men’s Club Third Wednesday of each month • 0401 507 260 Seniors & Pensioners Club Tuesdays at 10am 86 Station Street, Penrith Prostate Cancer Support Monthly meetings at St Stephen’s • 1300 133 878 Jordan Springs Probus Club Fourth Tuesday of each month • The Hub at 10am

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Ê You may have noticed some changes to one of your favourite channels over the past week with Channel Ten rebranding to 10. Along with a spunky new logo, 10 have rebranded their multi-channels too with ELEVEN becoming 10 Peach and ONE becoming 10 Boss.

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Ê Still on 10, they announced a bunch of new and returning shows at their Upfronts last week. Among the new shows announced were a handful from Pilot Week including ‘Trial By Kyle’, ‘Kinne Tonight’, ‘Taboo’ and ‘Bring Back Saturday Night’. ‘Changing Rooms’ and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ will debut on 10 in 2019. ‘Australian Survivor’ also returns to a Champions vs Contenders format; Poh Ling Yeow, Billie McKay and Matt Sinclair become ‘MasterChef’ mentors with Nigella Lawson returning; and a shorter season of ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’ comes with a live streaming Saturday night edition on 10 All Access (new subscription service). New international titles include the ‘Murphy Brown’ revival and ‘The Conners’ (‘Roseanne’ spin-off). Ê

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At the movies... Disappointing revival HALLOWEEN ++ 1 hour, 44 mins CHLOE KAY RICHARDSON

In 1978, director John Carpenter changed the course of horror as we know it. ‘Halloween’ was rife with atmospheric thrills, suspense, and eeriness, and that’s exactly what 2018’s sequel gets so wrong. With Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis back to fill their rightful roles, the follow-up to the much loved original focuses on the trauma caused by Michael Myers’ past actions. Fast forward 40 years, and Laurie Strode (Curtis) is a self professed “basket-case”, agoraphobic, and recovering alcoholic living in isolation. Her house is a “cage” filled with outdated weapons, and her whole

life has been lived in the hopes that her attempted murderer will escape from incarceration so that she can take his life. Centred around Strode, her daughter, and granddaughter as they fight for freedom, the film stumbles along with a sloppy storyline, huge plot holes, cliché conventions, confusing character progression, mediocre acting, and a cringe inducing script. This version of ‘Halloween’ could have brought respect and power back to the franchise but has severely missed the mark. The only thing that’s scary about the new ‘Halloween’ is how poorly it was executed.

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Uranus is back in your sign, and on Thursday it makes a positive connection with dynamic Mars. So it’s time to be bold and brave as you take a smart calculated risk and morph into the adventurous Ram you were born to be. Nothing ventured, nothing gained as you break down barriers and charge at life with plenty of fiery abandon! Feisty action must be accompanied by some soulful self-reflection.

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

Mighty Mars shifts into your networking zone and then Venus finally moves forwards. So a delayed dream, a work problem or a frustrating group situation should gradually start to improve. But expect misunderstandings involving an intimate relationship or a joint financial matter when Mercury turns retrograde from Saturday. Charging in like a wounded Bull will make matters worse.

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Have you been feeling like a listless and lonely Lion? Has a friendship been stuck in a frustrating funk? The positive Sun/ Pluto connection provides a welcome energy boost on Monday. Then Venus moves forwards on Friday which will benefit relationships and boost congenial communication, both in person and online. Plus love, lust and/or loot should gradually improve when your sexual and/ or financial mojo comes bounding back!

Twins can expect a week that’s even more schizophrenic than usual! Mars charges into your work zone, which will facilitate progress with a professional or volunteer project. Venus moves forwards in your socialising zone on Friday (yeah) but then your ruler Mercury turns retrograde on Saturday (boo). So it will be a stop/start kind of week. Definitely one step forwards and then two steps back. You’ll have to be super patient.

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With Saturn and Pluto in your partnership zone, accept extra responsibilities with a smile as you show others what you are really capable of. When it comes to a frustrating family problem, things will gradually improve as Venus moves forwards in your home zone. So do your best to choose diplomacy over drama, encouragement over criticism and acceptance over judgement.

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Mercury is in shadow and then retrogrades through your sign, from Saturday until December 1. So it’s not an appropriate week to expedite tasks, initiate ideas or power ahead with personal projects. Instead, use the time wisely to revise, research and review. Pace yourself and expect some frustrating delays and hiccups. As Neil Young said: “As you go through life, you’ve got to experience the valleys as well as the peaks”.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

Money matters should gradually improve, as Venus powers forwards in your finance zone. But expect some domestic dramas from Saturday onwards, when Mercury reverses through your home zone and hidden tensions bubble to the surface. Try to be diplomatic and take it in your stride. With dynamic Mars moving into your relationship zone, avoid your Virgo tendency to micromanage loved ones.

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MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

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CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

On Monday you’re at your powerful and persuasive best, as you make a presentation or influence your peer group in a positive way. Then Mercury goes retrograde from Saturday. So don’t let negative self-talk sabotage your plans (and confidence) over the next few weeks. You’ll also be surrounded by intrigue, as secrets that were previously hidden rise to the surface.

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SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Thank goodness Venus finally moves forwards on Friday, and a troubled relationship should gradually start to improve. Although real progress won’t be made until the both of you learn a valuable lesson. Make sure you learn quickly, and then you can move on. Social media will be a minefield over the next few weeks. So be very careful that you don’t send the wrong message to the wrong person!

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

It’s time to take a terrifying leap of faith that could send your life in a dynamic new direction! Ignore fear and take courageous action, as brave Mars connects with revolutionary Uranus. Dare to do something ambitious and capricious that you’ve always wanted to do. As painter Georgia O’Keeffe said: “I’ve been terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do”.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

This week’s planetary connections promote powerful communication and personal transformation. So your motto for the moment is from birthday great, singer-songwriter Neil Young: “We’re all just part of nature.” Plus – by the end of the week – you’ll have changed your attitude towards a relative, friend, lover or colleague. Then Mercury reverses through your money zone from Saturday.

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Action-planet Mars charges into your sign. So don’t waste time procrastinating about issues. You need to be direct and decisive. If things start to resemble a soap opera, re-state your case clearly and then move on. But a work project needs to be reviewed, revised (or even completely re-done) over the next few weeks. Avoid getting into a Piscean stew worrying and complaining. Just get on with it!

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The crucial money that isn’t included in your Will If you think your super forms part of your Will, you’d be wrong...

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Estate planning is complicated! From experience, most people are unaware that their superannuation does not form part of their estate and therefore is not covered by your Will. Your super needs to be addressed separately and is normally done so with the nomination of beneficiaries. So what happens if you die without nominating a beneficiary? The trustee decides on where the money should be directed and is obligated to act in your best interests. This seems to make sense and, in many cases, ends up with a satisfactory result; however, the trustee’s decision is by no means guaranteed to match your wishes. The real problem is that tax treatment is different for those deemed to be dependants and non-dependants. The Superannuation Act has a specific definition for who is a dependant and is quite limited in nature, for instance, adult children aren’t usually considered dependants. A superannuation death benefit paid to a dependant is tax-free, whereas nondependants are taxed at either 15 or 30 per cent (depending on whether the funds have been taxed previously). It is not uncommon for the trustee to

decide that a non-dependant (usually an adult child) should receive a portion of the super which then results in taxation that would otherwise not occur. The best way to make sure that your super is distributed how you wish is to nominate a beneficiary. There are two types, binding and non-binding. A non-binding nomination provides the trustee a guide to your wishes, however, they are not bound by them and it is still possible that they will distribute your super differently to your nomination. A binding nomination is, as the name suggests, legally binding. The trustee is obligated to distribute as per the nomination. A binding nomination needs to be verified by two witnesses and traditionally they are required to be updated every three years. Recently, non-lapsing binding nominations have become available; these do not need to be updated. If you would like your superannuation to form part of your estate and be covered by your Will, it is possible to do so by nominating your legal personal representative as your beneficiary. This is only effective if it is a binding nomination. This strategy can be beneficial as it gives the executor of the estate flexibility in distributing the assets with a view to the estate as a whole. A simple example would be if you have three kids and you wish them to receive

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an equal share of your estate. If one of your children is a dependant according to the Superannuation Act and the others aren’t, it would be preferable that the super went to the dependant who would not incur taxation. The other children could, in turn, receive a higher portion of the remaining assets. They would all receive an equal share, but the estate would pay less tax than if the super was split equally amongst the children. My advice would be, check with your super fund to see if you have nominated a beneficiary and speak to your advisor about your options.

At 11am, on November 11 1918, the guns on the Western Front in Europe fell silent after four years of warfare. No one really knows how many died in World War I. The figure is somewhere between a staggering nine and 13 million people. This is hard to comprehend isn’t it? This Sunday is the centenary of the end of the war “to end all wars”. It is an important time to remember those who have died, not just in World War I, but the many wars that followed and that continue in our world. This is what the Bible in the book of Isaiah says about the end of war: “In the last days, the mountain of the Lord will be established as chief among the mountains. Many will say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord...He will teach us his ways, so we may walk in his paths.’ He will judge between the nations and settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into ploughshares, their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” This is something we can all look

forward to, not just the end of war but peace with God. Peace on Earth. Peace with each other. Yet, this is not just something for the future, you can experience it now! See what Jesus says; “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, do not be afraid.” The peace the world gives is fragile, temporary. The peace Jesus gives is solid, eternal. You too can know this peace. Have a great weekend.


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Everything you need to know about varicose veins

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While they don’t usually cause any health concerns, varicose veins can be unsightly... Varicose veins are visible veins underneath the skin, which generally have a twisted and swollen appearance to them. They are often blue and purple in colour, and will appear on the legs and around the feet. Varicose veins are often a cosmetic concern, and we will get patients asking why they’re there and how they can get rid of them. They usually are not a major health concern, however, some patients may develop some symptoms such as leg irritation and aching, whilst others can have serious complications.

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What are the symptoms of varicose veins? Initially the veins are usually painless, but over time some of the symptoms can include: • Aching pain, heaviness in legs – especially when standing and walking • Cramping in legs of a night time • Swelling in the feet and the ankles • Discoloured, itchy, and burning skin

towards the heart. The veins in our legs are working against gravity to deliver this blood up our body and back to the heart, so to give our veins a helping hand they have one-way valves inside them. This prevents the blood from flowing backwards. If the walls of the veins lose their elasticity and weaken, the valves can stop functioning and backflow can occur. This causes the blood to pool in the veins, causing them to swell and become irregular.

Why do these veins develop? Let’s start by discussing how veins work! The job of our veins is to take blood back

Are varicose veins dangerous? Generally, no, they are not dangerous. However, some people experience signifi-

cant discomfort. In association with these veins and poor blood flow return, some people can develop varicose eczema (or venous stasis dermatitis). This is where the skin around the ankles becomes thickened, weak and discoloured, and this can be problematic. So how can you help manage it at home? • Regular exercise • Compression stocking • Keeping your feet elevated where possible • Try and avoid standing for long periods of time

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The simple answer to this question is, ‘when you’re still young enough to enjoy it’! Of course, there are a few other things to consider, and the right time will be different for different people. Today’s retirement villages are specifically designed to help retirees enjoy an active, social and relaxing lifestyle. You can live in a modern home among a community of people with common interests and a zest for life. One of the main differences between staying in your old home and moving to a retirement village is that villages provide a lot of extras. Most have a range of facilities and shared spaces that make it easy to build friendships, be active, try different hobbies and enjoy social get-togethers. This is especially important as we get older because staying socially active can help maintain good physical and mental health, yet many people find that after retirement their social circles have become narrower and there are fewer opportunities to try new things. Moving into a village will also help free you from time-consuming chores, like

home maintenance and mowing lawns. All the landscaped grounds, shared facilities and buildings are looked after by the village operator, so you only need to do some gardening if you really enjoy it. Another advantage of moving into a retirement village is that it can release capital. This can help you feel more financially secure and often allows you to afford some of the things you’ve always wanted, like overseas holidays.

There’s no doubt that retirement is a time of great change. But more and more people are realising that making the move to a retirement community at a younger age provides the freedom to explore, grow, develop and enjoy this precious time of life. The views and opinions expressed are those of the author. Please consult your own legal or financial advisors before making any decisions.

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The impact swimming can have on your life and health

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Learning to swim is vital for so many reasons, but being in the water can have huge benefits you may be unaware of...

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Why swim? We are most concerned with learning to swim for safety, especially in a child’s younger years, but there are many other known benefits to swimming throughout life. It’s kind to your joints and improves flexibility The water supports the body so only a fraction of your weight has to be supported by your limbs. It also favours smooth circular movements rather than quick jerky movements that can strain joints. Swimming helps you lose weight. Swimming for half an hour can burn as much as 250 calories. Even a gentle swim can burn 200 calories. Since water is about 800 times denser than air, your body has to work harder in the pool, even though it might not feel like it is. Swimming improves mental health. The British website swimming.org reports that swimming promotes feelings of wellbeing, can decrease anxiety, and exercise therapy in warm water can decrease depression and improve mood.

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equipment to the new sub-surface irrigation system. “As the Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, but also as a local resident, I know that the Penrith region is home to some of the most passionate and talented sports people in NSW,” Senator Payne said. “The completion of these upgrades means local sporting teams and athletes have the modern facilities they need to get active, keep healthy and have fun. “The successful delivery of this funding is further proof that the Liberal-National government’s plan for a stronger economy is working, and has helped bring the Penrith community

of three netball courts as well as new floodlights, a new footpath and 60 new car spaces. Weir Reserve received $270,000 for a 20m rowing dock extension, which included a landscaping re-design of the pontoon precinct and the installation of new mooring poles. Ched Towns Rugby League Fields in Glenmore Park received $120,000 to upgrade the canteen and install two 25m light poles with new LED lighting. Patterson Oval in Cambridge Park received $82,845 for the installation of an irrigation system and resurfacing, which included the installation of a 23,000-litre water tank and pumping

together in support of grassroots sport.” Nepean Rowing Club captain, Daniel Waddell, said the upgrades to the Weir Reserve rowing dock had enhanced the club’s use of the facility. “Nepean Rowing Club is very pleased with the recent extension of the pontoon,” he said. “This will be most beneficial for events held on the river, not only for rowing, but for all water sports that utilise the river. “Everyday training usage has already benefited with the increase in space allowing rowers in particular to enter and exit the water far quicker than they did before the extension.”

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Capacity crowd expected to watch Matildas in action

Boost for cricket with funds available for sport’s future

Penrith MP Stuart Ayres with local cricket players NATHAN TAYLOR

The Matildas will return to Penrith tomorrow afternoon NATHAN TAYLOR

near sell-out crowd is expected at Panthers Stadium tomorrow afternoon when the Matildas take on Chile. After playing in front of a capacity crowd in 2017, the Matildas will once again attract a big audience of football lovers from right across Sydney. Matildas coach Alen Stajcic has confirmed Sam Kerr, Emily van Egmond

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and Katrina Gorry would all likely play on Saturday, with Alanna Kennedy in some doubt due to recent surgery. “Our upcoming matches against Chile represent a key part of our ongoing preparation for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France,” Stajcic said. “With the draw for the tournament being held next month, it’s vital that we continue to play and familiarise ourselves with a diverse range of opponents.” The match kicks off at 3.30pm.

ocal cricket clubs and grounds across the Penrith region are set to benefit from improved facilities and programs, as part of the NSW ICC World T20 Cricket Legacy Fund. The Penrith District Cricket Club will receive a whopping $82,700 to upgrade Rance Oval in Werrington, while Penrith Council will collect $15,000 to install a new concrete synthetic grass wicket at Village Oval in Jordan Springs. Penrith MP and Sports Minister, Stuart Ayres said the $6 million NSW ICC World T20 Cricket Legacy Fund is especially designed to ensure clubs and players at

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the grassroots level benefit from the 14 matches being held in NSW for the ICC World T20 2020 tournaments. “This fund has been established to inspire the next generation of cricketers by improving the quality and quantity of community facilities and will help attract world class cricket matches right across NSW,” he said. “Right here in our local area we are seeing clubs benefit from infrastructure upgrades that will allow for more playing time which helps participation growth.” Cricket NSW CEO, Andrew Jones, said the Fund will deliver significant benefits for clubs and councils, helping to maximise the expected growth in participation resulting from hosting the tournament.

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ichmond Golf Club has just about taken a stranglehold on the Club of the Year title in the Western Sydney Region Veteran Golfers Association (WSRVGA) Inter-Club competition, finishing at the head of the field again in the October event to move 20 points clear of second-placed Wallacia Golf Club. Playing on their home course, Gary Tuckwell, Denis Jacobson, Leonie Manczak and Brian Holland shot the day’s best group total of 150 points, which may have lifted Richmond to an almost unassailable position with just one round left to play. The race to the Player of the Year titles

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in both the men’s and women’s divisions still appears to be a real contest however, with only four points separating the top six female players and six points separating the top five male players. Richmond’s Gabrielle O’Dempsey leads the women’s division with 103 points on a countback, ahead of Stonecutters Ridge’s Judy Loader on 103, Dunheved’s Diane Bowen on 102, Richmond’s Elaine Lovett on 101, Dunheved’s Elaine Williams on 100 and Glenmore’s Julie Edwards on 99. Richmond’s Jim Lyons continues to hold his challengers at bay in the men’s division on 115 points, ahead of clubmate Noel Byles on 111, Wallacia’s Graham Anderson on 110, and Glenmore’s John Ross and Richmond’s Colin Cheyne on 109.


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A-League in Mudgee Story continued from » p. 64 FFA CEO, David Gallop, said he was proud that the FFA is once again partnering with the ADF and the RSL to recognise the brave men and women that have served their country. “Remembrance Round allows us to support the observance of Remembrance Day nationally and reflect on the heroes who have given their lives in the line of duty,” he said. “This year’s Remembrance Round takes on an added special significance as it coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the first World War.” The Wanderers will be hoping their debut in Mudgee will be one to remember as they aim for back to back wins for the first time this season. After trouncing the Wellington Phoenix across the ditch last week 3-0, the Wanderers will be pushing to continue their rise up the A-League ladder. “I’m very proud of the boys, they stuck to the structure and their execution was superb,” said Wanderers assistant coach, JeanPaul de Marigny following the big win in New Zealand. The Wanderers battle the Roar at Glen Willow Sporting Field in Mudgee on Saturday, November 10 at 5.35pm.

EVENT

Luncheon a big hit Stellar line-up of sporting legends delight impressive crowd NATHAN TAYLOR

enrith’s sports loving community has turned out in force, raising over $90,000 for important men’s health foundation Gotcha4Life. Held at Penrith Panthers last Friday afternoon, the Sportsman’s Luncheon saw more than 300 people treated to an unforgettable day of entertainment with current and former sports stars Steve Smith, Mark Geyer, Ivan Cleary, Nathan Cleary, Cameron Ciraldo and Tadhg Kennelly all giving insights into the mental toughness required to reach the top in each of their respective codes. Run by the Penrith Rams and Western Sydney AFL Clubs, Triple M’s Gus Worland led the stellar line-up that was raising funds for the foundation he established, Gotcha4Life. The Gotcha4Life foundation was started with the fundamental aim of helping save the lives of males throughout Australia. “The generosity of the local community

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Ivan Cleary, Nathan Cleary and Mark Geyer chat with Triple M’s Gus Worland and businesses was outstanding,” organiser Sean Hogan said of the event. Tomorrow Man founder, Tom Harkin, was also on hand to deliver a moving talk about what it means to be a man in

today’s society and to challenge guests’ stereotypes of masculinity. Harkin’s speech was so well received, guests donated a total of 21 of his workshops to be held at local schools.

Around the grounds CRICKET: Penrith remain undefeated to start the season, beating St George in Round 4 of the NSW Premier Cricket competition. Playing in a Two-Day match at Howell Oval, Penrith posted 5/420 before declaring. Young gun Cameron Weir scored 180 for the home side. When St George hit the crease they got off to a slow start and weren’t able to get anywhere close to Penrith’s total on day two, dismissed for 241. Penrith’s Ryan Smith was best with the ball taking an impressive 5/72. Penrith, who sit atop of the table, will look for five straight wins when they face Gordon in a One-Day match this Saturday at Chatswood Oval. This is Penrith’s best start to a season in recent memory. GRIDIRON: The Nepean Ducks have gone down to the Sutherland Seahawks 35-34 in Round 9 of the Gridiron NSW Division 1 competition. Meanwhile, Nepean’s Colts team shared the points with the Seahawks following a 14-all draw. Nepean’s Division 1 team have slipped to sixth position, while their Colts side remain in fifth. Both teams will take on the UNSW Raiders this Saturday at Doug Rennie Field in Kingswood.

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BASEBALL: The Penrith Panthers first grade team have been belted in both games against Baulkham Hills in Round 7 of the NSW State Baseball League competition. In the mid-week game, Penrith were trounced 11-1, while in last Sunday’s game they were outclassed again 10-3. The Panthers will battle the Macarthur Orioles in Round 8.

W-LEAGUE: The Western Sydney Wanderers have lost back to back games, going down to the Brisbane Roar 1-0 last Sunday at Marconi Stadium. Brisbane goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold pulled off a number of fine saves to deny the Western Sydney side and earn the Roar their first win of the season. The Wanderers will enjoy this weekend off before taking on the Perth Glory next Saturday in WA. W-LEAGUE: Congratulations to local football referee Emma Kocbek, who officiated her first W-League game last Sunday when the Western Sydney Wanderers took on the Brisbane Roar at Marconi Stadium. It was a successful debut on the big stage for the 21-year-old sideline official, who is a very popular member of the Nepean Referees Group. ATHLETICS: Werrington Little Athletics Centre held a hugely popular Gala Day last Sunday at Harold Corr Oval in Cambridge Park. Nearly 400 athletes from 42 clubs took part in a range of events including short and long distance running, long jump, high jump, triple jump, shot put, discus and javelin. Many personal bests were set and plenty of money raised through various fundraisers on the day. To make a submission to Around The Grounds, email Nathan.Taylor@ westernweekender.com.au. You can also private message us on Facebook at www. facebook.com/westernweekender or Tweet us @wwpenrith.


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Wanderers go country NATHAN TAYLOR

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he Western Sydney Wanderers have gone bush this week, taking their Round 4 clash against the Brisbane Roar to Mudgee for the first time. The Wanderers have been in the central west all week, visiting kids at primary schools in Bathurst and Orange as well as running clinics for more than 300 children in Mudgee itself. Making the weekend even more special, the Wanderers will dedicate this Saturday’s community match to remembering and acknowledging the service men and women who sacrificed their lives during times of conflict. The Wanderers match in Mudgee is played the day before Remembrance Day, with the club set to shine a spotlight on the 100-year anniversary of Armistice. Matchday will see ex-service men and women raise the flag following the ‘Last Post’ and the national anthem will be played before kick-off. The A-League’s Remembrance Round will help promote the observance of Remembrance Day nationally, using the A-League’s strong community reach. Story continues on » p. 62

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