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Anger at cruelty

The lead developer on Nepean Hospital’s new car park and mental health facility has gone into administration, leaving the projects at a standstill and workers in limbo. National Buildplan entered into voluntary administration on Monday, April 8, inciting anger in the community particularly amongst subcontractors working on the site who are now out of pocket, some by up to half a million dollars.

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n unbelievable act of animal cruelty has been discovered on a local golf course, sparking outrage. Paul Jones, owner of the Colonial Golf Course in Werrington, was left shocked and angered after uncovering evidence of the attack last week. He found that people had trespassed onto his course and savagely killed a large, male kangaroo. “Last week I found the tail of a large kangaroo. It had been severed clean off, through the bone and left on the seventh fairway,� Mr Jones said. “It was then a couple of days later that the rest of the kangaroo was discovered. It had been decapitated, the vertebrae in its neck crushed, it was the most brutal killing. “I don’t have a queasy stomach but this just made me sick.� Mr Jones said that he couldn’t understand how people could have committed such a sickening act. “I have been feeling a mixed bag of emotions – I am very angry and upset by this and want to see the people who did this prosecuted,� he said. WIRES Animal Rescue Volunteer, Greg Keightley, said that it was obvious the kangaroo had met with fowl play. “We can only hope that the mutilation of the kangaroo happened post mortem but even if that was the case it is still a terrible act,� Mr Keightley said. “It was a kangaroo that was tagged as part of the macrofauna management plan for the former ADI site so I have reported the incident to National Parks and Lend Lease.� Mr Jones is calling on the public to come forward with information. “We don’t have a fence along Christie Street so trespassing is a huge concern for me,� Mr Jones said. In a separate incident, Mr Jones found a 4WD on the property trying to “mow down� rabbits on the course last weekend. Mr Jones is actually looking to extend the golf course from nine holes to 18, and AKA Civil who have been contracted for the works have offered to put up a fence at no cost to protect the animals that call the course home.

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Exclusive: Turnbull outlines his plan for Penrith as broadband debate rages on The NBN is one of th e hot political topics at the moment, but Opposition Communications M inister M alcolm Turnbull says his party has got it right...

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he National Broadband Network (NBN) is already under construction in Penrith, but the Coalition has promised local residents it will complete it faster and at a cost more affordable to tax payers if elected in September. Speaking exclusively with the Weekender on Tuesday afternoon, Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that the Coalition’s plan to install fibre cables to a node and then rely on the existing copper network to connect each house to the node, is a more responsible use of tax payers’ dollars. The current Federal Government NBN roll out is connecting each individual premise to fibre cabling. “Our policy will get everybody onto very fast broadband sooner at less cost to the tax payer and more affordably for the consumer than Labor’s can,” Mr Turnbull said. “If money was no object and time was no object, you would have fibre everywhere. If you are trying to use public money cost effectively and responsibly and you want Internet access to be affordable; now remember the biggest barrier to access to the Internet is lack of income... what we are trying to do is get the balance right; delivering the services that people want and value, spending tax payers’ money responsibly and making sure it is still affordable.” Mr Turnbull said that where construction is already underway, there will be no disruption if a change of Government occurs. “Construction that is contracted will

continue, we want to accelerate completion of the network, not hold it up, we certainly don't want to throw it into a great big hiatus,” he said. “We are not going to terminate contracts or anything like that. If a contract is outstanding it will be honoured but you have to remember that the NBN has been remarkably unsuccessful in connecting premises to the fibre.” In the Penrith CBD, Jamisontown, South Penrith, Waterside estate, Agnes Banks, Londonderry and Glenmore Ridge, construction of the Federal Government’s fibre to the home NBN has either commenced or been completed. Construction of the NBN in Cambridge Gardens and Cranebrook is due to start as early as May. For the rest of the Penrith region, residents wanting to have their house connected to fibre cabling will still be able to do so under the Coalition’s model. “They would pay the NBN Co an amount of money and we haven't stipulated what that would be but it would be several thousands of dollars to pull a fibre strand from the node to their house,” Mr Turnbull said. “I think there would be very little demand for this, very, very little demand. And it is really just catering for the occasional case where someone might have a business that they are running from home that requires it.” Under the Coalition’s plan, new suburbs that have no infrastructure will still receive fibre connections to each house; as will shopping centres, commercial districts and public facilities like hospitals. Mr Turnbull said the NBN Co would be responsible for making “a commercial decision” about which areas would be economically viable to support individual fibre connections to premises. “At any given time at least 30 per cent of homes would be vacant or wireless only and of the remaining 70 per cent, only a handful of them are going to want to have

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don’t know about you but I’m sick of the ongoing debate and issue surrounding Badgerys Creek and whether or not a second Sydney airport should be built there. It is incredibly unfair to the people who live at Badgerys Creek, and the surrounding regions like Penrith, that this whole issue continues to be a political tool and one that goes from being dead and buried to suddenly incredibly active whenever an election rolls around. What’s got me even more confused and puzzled than ever is the major campaign the News Limited organisation is running in support of Badgerys Creek being a location for a second Sydney airport, primarily through its flagsh ip newspaper, The Daily Telegraph. I’ll get back to that rather odd campaign in a moment but can we all sit back for a moment and realise that whilst we go about having this debate, our current international airport doesn’t even run 24 hours a day, with a curfew enforced from 11pm to 6am. So, we have an airport that only runs for 17 hours a day, and our most logical solution to meet future demand is to build another one in western Sydney? Let’s not forget that the current Federal Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, looks after the electorate of Grayndler, which is strongly affected by airport noise. He’s not about to suggest allowing the current airport to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If all the evidence points to Sydney ultimately needing a second airport, then so be it – one of these days, it’ll have to happen. But if it’s going to happen at Badgerys Creek, it’ll take plenty of backbone from a political leader to do it, such is the controversial nature of the idea and the general public disdain over many years for Badgerys Creek to be the location for a second airport. As you all know, this is not a new story. It was back in 1986 when the Government announced it was building a second airport at Badgerys Creek, and acquired the land to make it happen. Almost 30 years later and you’d be lucky to see a model plane taking off from Badgerys Creek let alone a jet liner full of happy western Sydney locals who have avoided a trip into the city to fly.

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f in the next four weeks you see someone rummaging through your bins in the early morning, don’t be alarmed – it isn’t what you think! Penrith Council’s ‘Do the Right Bin’ team will be hitting the streets of Penrith to check people’s green-lidded bins and to make sure they understand what rubbish can and cannot be placed inside. Aisha Poole, Penrith Council’s waste coordinator, said that Council is using this very hands on approach to reduce the amount of waste that must be disposed of in landfi ll and educate locals. “The green bin is for organic waste such as garden vegetation and food, however, something as simple as throwing gardening clippings into a garbage bag will contaminate the waste,” she said. Contamination of waste is when the wrong types of waste are placed in the incorrect bin. If Council must send a truck to landfi ll, it costs the community $2,040 per load. “The vast majority of the community is doing the right thing but we need to help those people who are not; it may be that they have just moved to the area and don’t understand the system or don’t have the right waste management system to suit their family’s needs,” Ms Poole said. When the three bin system was fir st introduced in 2009, the contamination rate was between 30 and 35 per cent, but that rate is now between nine and 12 per cent.

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consider myself lucky – I was lucky to study at a great Australian school and I was lucky to have great teachers and exceptionally supportive parents. But my experience of high school wasn’t shared by all. I knew of students who missed out – they didn’t get to go to a great school, they didn’t have teachers that they loved. And ever since, I’ve wanted to do something to right that wrong. Because a great education should not be about luck. A great education should be a right. On the weekend, I announced our Government’s National Plan for School Improvement. At the heart of this plan is a commitment to every Australian child to have the funding to get a great education. We now know how much money that takes. For primary school students it is $9,271 a year and for secondary students $12,193 – plus extra for the kids who need more help to succeed, like children with disabilities or from a low socio-economic status background. Our plan will give more to every school, so every child’s education funding reaches that standard. The other reason for our plan is the future of our economy. I was recently in Shanghai in China, where school results are improving very fast. Right now, four of the top five schooling

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get out of the political comfort zone and to visit parts of Australia that politicians don’t normally see. These small places are the sorts of places where hundreds of thousands, even millions of Australians, call home and it’s important that these places are not neglected by senior leaders of our country. I think I can honestly say that my insights into our country have deepened because of the experience of Pollie Pedal over the last 16 years and, as far as I’m concerned, as long as I am in public life, this will be a signific ant part of my year. I think it is part of the political character and personality that I’ve developed over the last 16 years and I’m really proud to have been associated with so many good causes and with such fi ne colleagues in that time. So, I’m looking forward to this year’s ride. It gets underway in Adelaide on Sunday, April 28, 2013 and concludes in Geelong on May 5, 2013. I’d encourage everyone who is able to donate to go to the Carers Australia website and do so. The website address is www.carersaustralia.com.au/ get-involved/donate.

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atthew Bell was ready to walk down the aisle, hand in hand with the love of his life, Samantha Pynappels, when a tragic accident stole away their happy ending and bright future together. Last weekend, the 26-year-old husbandto-be was celebrating his bucks party, a night that should have been one of his best, when he took a fall that ended his life. Police say that Mr Bell had been attempting to slide down some railings at a Sydney pub when he lost his balance and fell backwards down the stairwell. Mr Bell and his high school sweetheart, Ms Pynappels, who had been living together in Glenmore Park, were just weeks away from saying their vows. The couple met in high school and had been together for more than 10 years; friends who knew them just can’t believe this has happened. “It’s such a horrible thing to have happened. I still haven’t got my head around it, I was just sitting across the table from Matt at dinner last week,” said a friend of the couple, who did not wish to be named in print. “They were the perfect couple, always smiling and laughing together, I don’t think I ever saw a dull moment between the two. She was living the fairytale with her prince charming.” Family members have described him as a sensible young man, who was devoted to Ms Pynappels, and like friends, are in

disbelief that at a time in his life when everything was going right, something so tragically unexpected could happen. “It’s a nightmare,” uncle to Mr Bell, Grant Bell, told Nine News. “You just couldn’t understand how something like this could happen. We still don’t understand. For this sort of thing to happen to a boy like that just demonstrates how fragile life is.” For the past five years, during his studies at the University of Western Sydney and after his graduation in 2010, Mr Bell was employed as a civil engineer for JK Williams in Penrith, where his natural talent saw him excel. “From the very start Matt impressed us with his knowledge, enthusiasm and unassuming style, we very quickly grew fond of him, his character and his charm,” JK Williams General Manager, Guy Williams, told the Weekender. “He was a wonderfully astute and honourable young man of the highest calibre, someone we were overwhelmingly proud to call our own. “Matt was a profoundly talented Project Manager. He could have been anything in this business.” His death has taken a toll on the company, a place where he was respected by all co-workers. “Matt’s tragic passing has taken a huge toll on all employees, naturally we are all struggling to come to grips with what has unfolded over the last couple of days,” Mr Williams said. “He will be sorely missed and will remain forever in our memories.”

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Matthew Bell and Samantha Pynappels were to be married later this year. Photo: Facebook.

Since Mr Bell’s death, a man who slipped and fell in the same place nine years ago has come forward saying that if he had taken more drastic measures to

improve the club’s safety, this accident could have been avoided. The Sydney hotel has defended its safety measures.

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YOUR CHANCE TO BE PART OF HISTORY Campers will be able to spend a night under the stars on Saturday, 11 May and take part in a variety of historical activities and basically ‘rough it’ like explorers Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson did 200 years ago.

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Legendary Australian actor, Jack Thompson, will read some famous Australian poetry.

ADMINISTRATION Penrith Office Civic Centre, 601 High Street. Opening Hours: 8.30am–4pm. Mon–Fri. St Marys Office Queen Street Centre, 207–209 Queen Street. Opening Hours: 8.30am–4pm. Mon–Fri. Switchboard Open: 8.30am–5pm. Mon–Fri. P: (02) 4732 7777 F: (02) 4732 7958 Write to: PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751. E: pencit@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

This event is part of Council’s program of commemorations for the Bicentenary of the First European Crossing of the Blue Mountains. Don’t miss out! There are only a limited number of campsites available and spots are being snapped up quickly. This really is a once in a lifetime chance to be involved in something very special. For more information, contact 4732 8060.

COUNCIL BRIEFS s Don’t miss out on Council’s final ‘Master the Taste Shrink your Waist’ seminar! This family workshop will be held on Tuesday, 23 April at Glenmore Park Youth and Community Centre, 6pm–7.30pm. Join medical exercise specialist and mum of two, Vanessa Williams

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

Henke, who makes simple and delicious meals using home-grown produce. Vanessa can show you how to whip up healthy meals for kids in no time! You’ll learn tips on how to keep kids interested in healthy food and there’s also great ideas on saving you time, money and how not to waste food. Children are welcome to come along and can participate in kitchen and garden activities on the night. Bookings are essential as places

MEETING DATES Council Meetings 29 April 2013 – 7.30pm (Ordinary meeting)

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13 May 2013 – 7.30pm (Policy Review Committee)

pay tribute to their Mum with a commemorative planting.

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Access is 600 metres south of the M4 and Mulgoa Road intersection. To ensure there are enough plants on the day for everyone, please register by calling 4732 8088 or email parks@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au s Make room in your diary because St Marys Corner is delivering plenty of art and activities to tempt a range of ages and interests. The Anzac Day Exhibition is open until 30 April 2013 When: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am–2pm

When: Wednesday, 24 April, 1pm–3pm Where: St Marys Corner, Building 1, Memorial Hall Foyer and Workshop, Room 1. To find out what else is going on email

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Jobs expo Penrith Council is passionate about creating jobs for our residents and we’re keen to support initiatives that help us reach this goal. Next week, Penrith will welcome the Australian Government’s Jobs and Skills Expo back to our City. Th is is a great opportunity for people wanting to up-skill, re-skill or rejoin the workforce. Featuring more than 100 local, state and national businesses, employment service providers and private recruitment agencies, this expo is just one example of how local businesses are working together with government to support the growth of employment in our region. Don’t miss out on the Australian Government Jobs and Skills Expo, on at Penrith Panthers Exhibition Marquee on Tuesday, April 23 from 10am to 3pm.

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World class education, until you want to go to university

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he Labor Party’s policy on school funding makes sense, but once again its politics don’t. The day before the Gillard Government’s most important election year announcement, it was revealed (on a Saturday) that it would be ripping over $2 billion out of university funding to pay for primary and high school funding. Huh? So the message is – you’ll get a world class education until you’re 18-years-old only to get into a substandard university. The messaging also doesn’t fit with the tertiary education goals of the Asian Century White Paper. Less than 150 days from the election, Julia Gillard has a fight on her hands not only with the Opposition and the States, but now also with University Chancellors. We’ve come to expect these garbled messages from this Labor Government but let’s try to ignore that for the purpose of looking at this policy. Education is a vote winner – it speaks

to parents who want the best for their children and, all of us really, who want to see a higher calibre, more intelligent society. What Julia Gillard is proposing is a funding model that looks at student needs. It allocates a base amount per student – around $9,000 for primary and about $12,000 for secondary. On top of that each student is eligible to have thousands more dollars committed to their education. These so called ‘loadings’ are added for Indigenous background, disadvantage, remote schools, large schools, those lacking in English skills and those with a disability. $14.5 billion over six years is the price tag. The Federal Government will cover $9.4 billion in its two-for-one offer. That’s then divvied up between the states. NSW are the big winners with $3.4 billion in Federal funding on the cards. But it also means that NSW have long been underfunded and it has the biggest

room for improvement. Compare that to WA who’ll only get $200 million of Federal assistance. Colin Barnett has used many adjectives to describe what he thinks of the deal this week – but effectively he sees his state being punished because WA schools have been best funded out of the states. The Opposition is pushing the line that Julia Gillard’s education plan is a failure if all the states aren’t on board. For those states that sign up, students will be better off. Colin Barnett shouldn’t be able to dictate the outcomes of students in NSW – Julia Gillard has ensured that by confi rming that she’ll sign up individual states regardless. The good news is NSW is likely to sign up.

Laura Jayes will be writing for The Western Weekender for the duration of the 2013 Federal Election campaign

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The Coalition’s plan is affordable and sufficient for the majority of people who require fast broadband. Why should Australians pay an outlandish sum of dollars for a minority of users and at a greater expense to them. The take-up at this point in time is quite small. The Coalitions’s plan would, overall, save Australian taxpayers cash which could be better used on hospitals, infrastructure and defence. I have been told that fibre to the node has a life of 10 years whereby it slowly breaks down and needs replacing. If so, keep copper – it is there for the long haul. Fancy Labor committing Australians to a possible $90 billion or more without a business plan. Sack the lot of them. Concerned Australian, via email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Coalition plan is just fine

I have never agreed with the Labor Government’s $4.7 billion NBN. Sorry I mean $50-$100 billion NBN. Fibre to the house costs $2,000 per person. The Coalition’s version is better and would suit most users. If optical fibre comes past my house (not holding breath) I will be changing for a wireless service. Denis Colbourn, via email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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High speed rail plan

When will it end? Now there is talk about building a high speed rail service along the eastern sea-board. Th is latest project, which has come forth from the “fertile” minds of the federal ALP regime, is tipped to cost tens of billions of dollars, and take decades to complete. It is not surprising that the Gillard regime has come up with this hair brained scheme to spend all this money and get folks talking about this pyramid building project as it is a great diversion from all the troubles her administration is currently having. One diversion follows another. What will be the next one? Why would it be necessary to be able to train from Sydney to Melbourne in four hours instead of 12? Of course we know that the international bankers will be poised with their biros raised high in anticipation of creating yet more credit to fund this mega rail project. Jay Nauss, via email

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Australians** • 75 per cent of mental health illness begins before the age of 25*** Funds raised from the Soft Sand Shuffle will go to three nominated Charity Partners, working in the field of youth mental health. Maybe you could make a family day of it, there are family shuffles like “father & son”, “mother & daughter” and so on. It will be a great day and for all the right reasons, and our kids will be the beneficiaries. Visit http://softsandshuffle. org.au for more information. I ask you all to check out the website and consider coming along to support such an important cause. I hope you can join me on Nine News, Sydney’s number one nightly at six. * Survey conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare ** Published by Suicide Prevention Australia, based on ABS Cause of Death Statistics 2007-2011 *** The Inspire Foundation

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On the morning of Thursday, April 11, a police operation was undertaken at Cambridge Park High school after threats were allegedly made towards the school. The school remained in lockout all day with officers from St Marys Local Area Command and the Dog Squad carefully monitoring people entering and exiting the school. Late that afternoon, investigators from St Marys LAC, acting on information supplied by a member of the public, attended a home in the command and spoke with a woman. A short time later, a teenager accompanied by the woman attended the police station. Following further inquiries the teenager was interviewed in relation to the alleged threats and will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act by way of youth conference. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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he lead developer on Nepean Hospital’s new car park and mental health facility has gone into administration, leaving the projects at a standstill. National Buildplan entered into voluntary administration on Monday, April 8, inciting anger in the community particularly amongst subcontractors working on the site who are now out of pocket, some by up to half a million dollars. “The Voluntary Administrators have commenced an urgent assessment of the fi nancial position of the company. In the interim it has ceased work on its construction projects,” said a representative of BRI Ferrier on behalf or National Buildplan Group. The Construction Forrestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) displayed their frustration with the State Government over poor management with a protest at the site. “Subcontractors working on the Nepean constructions are now going to have to look at closing their doors and laying off our members. The y will be possibly looking at 20 to 50 redundancies,” said CFMEU Assistant State Secretary, Rebel Hanlon. “We are asking why workers on a State Government project aren’t getting paid? We would just like the government to step in and pay all outstanding money – it’s the Australian way; a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.” According to Mr Hanlon, a plasterboard company is currently owed around $500,000, and a plumber is owed just under $300,000. NSW Health Infrastructure said that they are continuing to log and respond to enquiries and are endeavouring to fi nd a solution to suit all involved. “The Health Infrastructure response team is

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investigating solutions so works can restart as quickly as possible, particularly at each of the NBPG health projects which had active sites, until its voluntary administration was announced last week,” a spokesperson said. “Health Infrastructure is undertaking site inspections and urgent maintenance works if required to ensure that the project sites are safe and the hospitals continue to operate during this diffic ult time. “Solutions are being assessed on the basis of what will best serve local communities including subcontractors, local health staff and patients.”

About 3am on Wednesday, April 17, a Subaru Liberty sedan was travelling east along Hobart Street, St Marys, when it left the roadway. The vehicle crashed into a concrete telegraph pole and caught on fi re. Police from St Marys Local Area Command and Fire & Rescue NSW personnel responded to the incident. The 40-yearold male driver died at the scene, he was alone in the vehicle at the time. Police are seeking public assistance as they conduct inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash. Anyone with information should contact St Marys Police or contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Post office robbed: Incident at Colyton Police were called to Colyton Post Office on Wednesday afternoon following reports of an armed robbery. Police allege that at around 4.20pm on Wednesday, a man entered the local store armed with what they believe to be a knife. Police were using CCTV footage from a neighboring store as part of their investigations. Joe Nader, owner of neighbouring store, Colyton Friendly Grocer, said that this is not the fi rst time the post offic e has been targetted. “The post office has been robbed. I have been here six years and have never had a problem. Only the post office, this is not the fir st time,” he said. “Maybe it is easy to rob, I don’t know.”

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Hope King gave birth to Callum last December, and had concerns over staffing levels at Nepean Hospital. Photo: Melinda Jane.

overtime staff when required,” she said. “We are also working very closely with University education providers to increase the number of student midwives in our service.” Currently Nepean Hospital has 18 student midwives with another eight students starting in July.

Hope King gave birth to baby Callum last December and said there were only two nurses looking after many mothers. “I understand it was Christmas and they were probably running on skeleton staff, but it was obvious they needed more nurses on,” she said. She said that she was not regularly

checked on and that she had to wait nearly nine hours before the nurses provided her with formula to feed Callum after she had complications breastfeeding. Other parents testified on the Weekender’s Facebook page that they had impeccable care whilst giving birth at Nepean Hospital.

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encasement at the site at Hunters Hill – had not been explored in depth. “I asked him why the Government hadn’t undertaken further inquiries and further investigation around the encasement option,” Mr Bradbury said. “Once again I was surprised that he did not have an answer to that question... he didn’t know why it hadn’t been explored more closely. “I actually wondered why it was that he appeared to be hearing these concerns for the fi rst time, talking to three Labor Federal members rather than his State Liberal members in the area.” Residents who have formed an action group against the proposal, were briefed on Mr Bradbury and Mr O’Farrell’s meeting this week. Penrith Councillor, Prue Car, who represents the lobby group said: “Th is is possibly the biggest issue facing our community at this time and it is disappointing that the Premier doesn’t seem to have these answers, and more so that these concerns appear to be newly raised, so no-one has been making representations to him at this level of government”. In response, Mr O’Farrell said that when asked to nominate a Federal facility for the waste to be disposed of at, Mr Bradbury could not put forward an option. “The NSW Government is more than happy to send the waste to an appropriate Federal facility,” he said. “I even said the NSW Government would pay for the transportation of the waste.”

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Village overhaul COUNCIL SNAPSHOT The 2013 National General Assembly of Local Government will be held in Canberra from June 16 to 19. Councillor Jim Aitken will be attending the Assembly, which is sponsored by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) and will have as its theme, ‘Foundations for the Future: Twenty13’. At the Policy Review Committee Meeting of May 7, 2012 Council resolved to accept funding from the NSW Offic e of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to undertake a detailed feasibility study into the implementation of an Environmental Upgrade Agreement (EUA) program in Penrith City. An EUA provides easy access to fin ance environmental upgrades to existing commercial and industrial premises in NSW. A fi nance lender would organise a loan for water or energy efficiency upgrades and the loan would be repaid at a lower rate through Penrith Council. However, the conclusion of the feasibility research is that EUAs are not viable in Penrith at the present time, and will not generate suffic ient benefit to offset the cost. EUAs are a new fi nancial mechanism, and their application and implementation is evolving. Some of these issues will be resolved as EUAs settle over the next few years. Accordingly, Penrith Council has recommended that the implementation of EUAs should be reconsidered in two or three years. Over the past few years Council has been developing a single comprehensive Local Environmental Plan (LEP) for Penrith in two stages. Stage 1 (Penrith LEP 2010) generally covers the rural areas, industrial areas, heritage items and the St Marys Town Centre. Stage 1 of the LEP was made by the Minister for Planning on September 22, 2010. Stage 2 generally covers all residential areas and local retail/ commercial centres. Stage 2 will be on exhibition from mid May for local residents to comment on.

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irvac is in the preliminary stages of planning an extension of St Marys Village that could see the creation of an additional 1,000 jobs in the local area. Penrith City Council and Mirvac have been in discussions about the possibility of extending the St Marys shopping centre to have a frontage on Queen Street, attracting an investment of between $80 million to $120 million. Mirvac has asked for Council’s support in principle for the proposal so that a number of studies, extensive public consultation and engagement with other stakeholders can be conducted. If the extension were to go ahead, Council would need to approve the sale of public land located between Queen Street and the shopping centre. At Council’s Policy Review Committee meeting on Monday, councillors voted to support the project in principle as a sign of goodwill. “I visit St Marys Village every weekend and it is obvious that the centre is at capacity. Th is is potentially a great investment in our community and could serve as a catalyst for revitalisation of the St Marys CBD,” said Councillor John Thain . “There is defi nitely room for improvement in St Marys. Th is agreement does not lock Council into anything but shows that we are supportive of potential investment.” Mirvac Investment Manager Robert Beck said after several months of planning and working closely with Penrith Council the group was excited to explore this opportunity further and deliver a revitalised centre for St Marys. “Should the proposal proceed this multi-million dollar investment will improve the shopping

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Late night dip proves costly: A 21-year-old man appeared before Penrith Local Court this week after he entered a property, with a group of others, without permission or a lawful excuse to be there. The man had travelled to Yass for a touch football competition and after consuming a number of alcoholic beverages, the group entered a property without permission, climbing over a barbed wire fence and began swimming in a pool on the premises. The man appeared before the courts and was fi ned $300 with $83 court costs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Affected by drugs: An Oxley Park resident appeared before Penrith Local Court this week after he was found to be driving after consuming an illicit drug. The offender had smoked an amount of cannabis, which was claimed to have been used for pain relief, a day prior to the incident. He was not intending to drive however he had to take a trip to St Marys where he was found by police to have cannabis in his system. The court took into the account that he completed a traffic o ffenders course, and he was fi ned $320 with $83 court costs. He was disqualified from driving for three months. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Too many beers: A man was convicted by Penrith Local Court this week after he was found by police to be driving with a mid-range PCA. The offender had consumed around 10 beers the night prior to the incident whilst he watched the football, followed by one beer at around 9am on the morning of the incident. He was fi ned $600 with $83 court costs. He was disqualified from driving for 12 months and was also placed on a good behaviour bond for 12 months.

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Journalist Nathan Taylor and Panthers star Lachlan Coote take part in the Time 4 Kids initiative. Photo: Katherine Tweed.

Mr Taylor said the highlight of the night was getting locked away with Penrith Panthers star and fellow PCYC fundraiser, Lachlan Coote, of whom he was a big fan.

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Lee Amiti is warning locals to be wary of scams involving the selling of animals online.

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he Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is warning animal lovers to be wary of con artists after $35,000 was reported lost by victims of scams so far this year. According to Lee Amiti of Penrithbased Animal Adoption Agency, scams are becoming more commonplace, with dog lovers throughout the western Sydney area being lured through trading websites such as the Trading Post and Gumtree.

NYAS set up a photo booth and mock lounge room at ‘The Mondo’ last week.

“They are out there, they are defin itely out there... not a month goes by where we don’t hear about something like this”, Mr Amiti said. “I know of one lady who lost $1,500 of her savings hoping to buy four Yorkshire terriers.” Before considering payment, Mr Amiti warns dog lovers to be extremely wary of online sellers, particularly those who require payment through credit unions, and that all buyers should seek records of vaccinations and wormings. Victims of dog scams should contact the ACCC.

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eaching out to homeless youth is always on the agenda for Nepean Youth Accommodation Services (NYAS) but on Youth Homelessness Matters Day last week, the local organisation looked to reach out further. As part of Penrith City Council’s Youth Week festival, on Thursday, April 11 at ‘The Mondo’, NYAS set out to spread awareness of youth homelessness. On the night, NYAS decided to

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$37 shopping trip turned into a dream come true for one lucky Penrith family. Alison Eccles went down to her local IGA, IGA Kingswood, earlier this year to pick up a few items, not knowing that her humble shopping trip would see her become $50,000 richer. Mrs Eccles entered IGA’s Gigantic Giveaway competition, hoping to win a small instant prize but instead, she took out the major prize which was presented

to her on Thursday, April 11, at the local supermarket. The $50,000 cash prize is set to make a huge difference to the lives of Mrs Eccles, her husband, Steven, and two young kids, Emily and Matthew. “I’ve been planning, writing a list of what to do with the money but at the same time, it doesn’t really compute,” Mrs Eccles said. “We’ve been wanting to do the kitchen since we bought the house. It was very run down but that was the main thing that we couldn’t get done so that’ll be fi rst on the list.”

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“90 per cent of all computers and TVs can be recycled and made into new products but unfortunately only 10 to 17 per cent of Australia’s e-waste has been recycled,” said TechCollect Chief Executive Officer, Carmel Dollisson. “No matter if you’re a household, school, charity or small business in the Penrith area you can get involved and recycle responsibly to keep e-waste out of landfil l.” More information on recycling options for these and other items can be found by visiting Planet Ark’s website at recyclingnearyou.com.au.

SES volunteers took part in the National Disaster Rescue competition in Penrith.

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estern Sydney’s best State Emergency Service (SES) rescue teams were put to the test in Penrith this month. Penrith was host to the regional level of the National Disaster Rescue competition at the Penrith Lakes Scheme Quarry, which saw NSW SES teams from across western Sydney battle it out in tests of skill, teamwork and quick thinking. Teams competed over seven stands, all based around the scenario of a large-scale flood affecting the area. Competing teams were assessed by a team of judges, all highly skilled and

experienced NSW SES Volunteers, NSW Police Rescue and NSW Ambulance Paramedics, on a wide range of disaster rescue skills ranging from land search, fi rst aid, rescue from heights, forensic scene preservation and a mass casualty scenario. Parramatta’s team took out top place. “We will be looking forward to competing in our fi rst State Disaster Rescue Competition as well as coming up against the other NSW SES Regional Teams who we have not competed against in the past,” said Parramatta Team Leader, David Henry.

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Look ing for a bargain? Penr ith Showgrou nd Markets are held each Wed nesday from 8.30am-1.30pm. There’s between 250 and 300 stalls

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The traditional and emotional ANZAC Dawn Service will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 4.45am at Memory Park. Breakfast follows at the RSL

The next Rotary Market will be held at Ropes Crossing on April 28 from 9am-2pm. Over 40 stalls of fresh food and quality gifts. Call 0408 365 369

Penr ith loca ls are being encouraged to take part in the Rock ‘n’ Soul choi r at Rouse Hill on Thursdays. To fi nd out more call 0431 200 500

A rugby leag ue test between Tonga and Samoa will be played at Penr ith Stad ium on Satu rday night, kick ing off at 7.35pm

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All access points of Masters Car Park will be closed from 1.45pm-3.45pm on April 21 and from 3am-7am on April 25. Make sure you are aware and don’t get caught!

It’s free, and it’s fun! Harness racing is held at the Penr ith Paceway each Thursday night with racing usua lly getti ng underway at about 6pm

A Fam ily Astronomy Night will be held at the UWS Penr ith Observatory on Satu rday, Apri l 20. For deta ils

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WHAT DOES ANZAC DAY MEAN TO YOU? Please take time this ANZAC Day to contemplate the service and sacrifice that past and current members of the armed forces have shown in defence of Australia and our way of life.

On ANZAC Day we honour the sacrifices made by all the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces. We pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of Australians who have fought and died under the Australian flag to protect our nation’s ideals and freedom.

Lest we forget.

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Like many families I had a grandparent who served in the Armed Forced during the Second World War and ANZAC Day is a timely reminder, to present and future generations, to always remain vigilant in the fight for freedom against tyranny and never forget the fallen.

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ANZAC Day is no ordinary day, this day is an extra special day, a day that fills my heart with pride. This is the day I remember two courageous young men, my father and grandfather who fought for our way of life. ANZAC Day is a day of celebration, but of not war or death. As a Nation we gather to celebrate pride, bravery, mateship and express our eternal gratitude.

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“City shapers” he Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney to 2031 has a vision for a “strong global city, a liveable local city”. As such Sydney is expected have all the hallmarks of a well connected and competitive global city that can meet the contemporary needs of international investors, businesses and visitors while having all the amenities and infrastructure that makes the city a liveable place for people like you and me. The NSW Government expects that by 2031 some 5.6 million people will live in Sydney and there will be 2.2 million homes and some 2.8 million jobs. There are nine “city shapers” that will play an important role in shaping future growth across greater Sydney. These in turn will influence Government policy for transport and infrastructure priorities that are linked with where people live and work. The fi rst shaper is to create some 114,000 new jobs. It will be Australia’s most important area for economic, educational, medical, creative and cultural activity. The second equally important shaper will be the Global Economic Corridor, which stretches from the CBD to St Leonards, Chatswood and Macquarie Park. The Corridor will be expanded towards Norwest and Parramatta CBD and will be developed as the most important cluster of professional and services jobs. The other city shapers include Sydney Harbour; Parramatta as the second Sydney CBD and the Parramatta Road Corridor.

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he local Meals on Wheels service, Nepean Food Services, this week celebrated 21 years of making a difference in the lives of the vulnerable in the community. On Wednesday, past and present volunteers and staff members gathered together to celebrate and thank each other. Day after day, Nepean Food Services can be counted on to deliver meals to the frail, aged, disabled and their carers living in the Penrith Local Government Area, even reaching out to those in Warragamba and Silverdale. Many things have changed since its humble beginnings 21 years ago but one thing that has remained is the dedication of its volunteers. Nepean Food Services started out with 40

volunteers and now has 90 volunteers. From day one, Ditte Kozak has been with Meals on Wheels; she was one of three original staff members. She has seen the team make a difference in the community day in and day out. “I think what our slogan is now; ‘it’s more than just a meal’, really says what we are. We go in to a home and sometimes it is the only contact that our client has with the outside world. It is just a lovely service,” she said. “The volunteers are still great, they have been great for the whole time I’ve been here. They are fantastic, we couldn’t run this service without volunteers.” One such volunteer, Laurie Hodge, has been giving his time to the organisation since the very fi rst day and he still sees Nepean Food

Services as an essential part of the community. “Why is it so great... well, we are looking after a lot of people in the community who can’t look after themselves. That’s why we do it,” he said. The service has grown to include weekly Social Support programs, run from Regentville and Londonderry where people are transported for group activities, morning tea and a two course lunch. “We’re an organisation that’s about local people coming together, utilising the knowledge and skills of local people to provide care and services to the vulnerable local community,” said manager, Jenny Gillespie. For more information visit the team at 16 Jeanette Street, Regentville or call 4733 7200. - Katherine Tweed

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aking part in regular exercise can become a little tiresome as you age; movement can become painful as the pressure on joints increases. Hydrotherapy is an alternative to exercise on land, involving gentle movements in a heated pool, up to around 34 degrees Celsius. Often used for the rehabilitation from injury, hydrotherapy is also great for seniors. Ripples Hydrotherapy Centre runs classes for the “young at heart”, inviting seniors to take part in some gentle exercises to soothe sore joints. “Many seniors have diffic ulty with movement and exercise on land. Water takes the pressure off joints and helps with range of movement,” said Ripples Exercise Physiologist, Linda Khamis. “We have defi nitely seen good results from people taking part in these classes. We not only have people taking part in classes but a lot of people feel that it helps to come in on a day to day basis and go over the exercises that they have learnt in class,” she said. The facility has been purpose built at Ripples with a bar around the outside and special additions, including a pool hoist, to allow ease of access for those using the pool. Hydrotherapy movement classes run on Thursday mornings, for more information call 9833 3075.

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ext week from April 22 to April 28 is Guide Dog Awareness Week and local residents are being encouraged to brush up on their guide dog etiquette. Tanya Boye has albinism and relies on her guide dog Helinka to get around Penrith safely whilst doing her shopping and other chores. “I was born with albinism, which has affected my vision but I am not completely blind,” she said. “In my early 20’s I met some people who had guide dogs and thought that is was a good idea. I actually thought you had to be completely blind to have a guide dog but that is not the case. “I put my name on a waiting list and about a year ago I got Helinka.” Ms Boye said that her guide dog is a great companion but that sometimes people do not realise Helinka is not a pet. “Sometimes people will want to pat her when she has her harness on or interact with her,” she said. “Unfortunately, this can be distracting and can sometimes put my life in danger, especially if we are crossing a road or trying to make a turn.” It takes two years and costs about $30,000 to raise and train one guide dog. To help people in the community better understand guide dogs, Guide Dogs NSW has launched a new campaign called ‘Guiding The Way’ for Guide Dogs Awareness Week.

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A clinical research study to compare two approved medications for osteoporosis is now underway. You may qualify for this study if you: Are aged 55 years and older, Have a low bone density, and Have been on an osteoporosis treatment such as Fosamax® or Actonel® for the past 2 years Other study requirements will need to be met. Women who qualify for the study will receive study-related medical care at no cost for one year.

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emember when everyone in the neighbourhood knew you and your family? It doesn’t seem that long ago. How many people do you know in your neighbourhood today? Does your neighbour water your garden and bring in your mail when you’re away? Do you feel comfortable popping over for a cup of sugar? In previous columns I have touched on the importance of keeping connected in the community as social isolation is a critical issue for Australian seniors. One thing we notice at our retirement villages is many of the residents report they feel younger because they’re not lonely and are surrounded by like-minded neighbours with similar interests to keep them busy. The village lifestyle and sense of community exemplifies the “old fashioned” neighbourhood. I grew up living in this type of neighbourhood and I often wish the one I live in today was still like that. There is now an offic ial annual celebration of community – Neighbour Day – which aims to bring together the people next door, across the street or on the next farm, for a beer, a barbecue or a cuppa. Neighbour Day was founded in Melbourne in March 2003 by Andrew Heslop after the remains of an elderly

woman were found inside her suburban home. Mrs Elsie Brown had been dead for two years – forgotten by her neighbours, her friends and her family. Held on the last Sunday in March every year, the day is there to remind people to look out for each other and to say thanks for being a great neighbour and for being there when it’s needed most. Initiatives such as this must be encouraged to be part of the fabric of all communities. The great thing about retirement villages such as Rochford Place is they unofficially celebrate Neighbour Day every day. It is how every neighbourhood should be. I encourage you to make every day neighbour day in your suburb and why not visit a retirement village in your local neighbourhood to get to know the residents and see the sense of community.

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f you consider yourself to be an active retiree, keen to keep busy, the South Creek Probus Club may be the club for you in your golden years. Founded by St Marys Rotary in November 2010 as a community service project for the area’s active retirees, the South Creek Probus Club has grown to include around 80 of the young at heart from the local area and is now full of likeminded seniors. “It is a club for active retirees or semi retired members of the community; most people who come along are looking for something to do but something that isn’t too strenuous,” said South Creek Probus Club’s Chris Miller. Aside from each monthly meeting, welcoming a new guest speaker each time, members can join in a number of internal activities and clubs such as the book club and walking club or come along to one of the many outings held each year. The Probus Club is also an avenue for seniors who are looking to help out with some work in the community. “One thing I have found since being involved in the Probus Club is that seniors are looking to do some volunteer work – they just need help in fi nding the support and guidance to do so,” Mr Miller said. “Some of the members also assist St Marys Rotary Club with activities such as the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) programme for our school children.”

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The South Creek Probus Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at St Marys RSL.

Next month the Probus Club, along with St Marys Rotary will be providing the barbecue breakfast at the starting ceremony of the bicentennial celebrations

of the crossing of the Blue Mountains. South Creek Probus meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 10.30am at St Marys RSL and new members are always

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or centuries, society has delighted in the magic and mysterious allure of masquerades and now this age-old tradition will be revived for Mother’s Day. Treat your Mum to an evening of glamour at the Mother’s Day Masquerade, organised by Cabaret Mystique Hawkesbury who will thrill audiences with dazzling vaudeville acts. Immerse yourself in a world of

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he ability to design fashion, change and determine what people will go about their day to day lives wearing, comes naturally to some but it is never easy. Many dream of becoming a fashion designer and growing their design skills but with busy lives, don’t have enough time to attend a full time course. Local fashion designer, Olena Luggassi, has been sharing her 25 years of knowledge with aspiring fashionistas for a number of years but she has now developed fashion design courses suitable for anyone, on any schedule. Ms Luggassi’s Professional Video Fashion Design Courses allow students to study at their own pace, wherever they like, whenever they like, as they are completely video based.

“The courses are great for anyone who wants to prepare and create a fashion portfolio of their creative work,” Ms Luggassi said. “They are aimed at anyone interested in a fascinating world of fashion design; artists, high school students, high school teachers teaching TAS, fashion professionals such as illustrators, fashion designers, shoe designers and other creative people who want to learn at their own pace and place,” she said. The courses contain a practical element and introduce design concepts as well as teach skills that are required in different design industries. Experienced fashion designers teach you the ins-and-outs through courses in fashion illustration drawing, shoe design, fashion collection design and beginners fashion

business however a number of upcoming courses in sewing lingerie, wedding dresses and swimwear will give you practical skills. “Our video based fashion design courses facilitate you to learn the intricacies of this interesting yet demanding subject very fast and to suit the requirement of your timings, convenience and pace of learning,” Ms Luggassi said. Each course comes with a Digital Video Book with “easy to follow” instructions, up to 20 hours of video lessons showing and describing the techniques taught, free online support, templates for practice and methods to record your learning. For more information, visit www. fashionshoptilludrop.com. - Katherine Tweed

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You can go all out to achieve your aims as you are practically invincible, but do keep things in proportion and don’t over do it. You’re going to be sizzling hot, not only do you have extra confidence but you are also feeling good and looking good, as well as being at your most loving and creative. Th is is certainly good news for all you fun lovers, party goers and romantics. Power, passion and intensity are emanating from you.

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During the next few weeks you’ll be devoting the majority of your time to your innermost fears and feelings and neglecting your everyday life. Of course it’s important to come to terms with some very personal issues, but if your work or relationships suffer as a result of your insecurities you’ll simply be making life more difficult for yourself. Keep others informed about your current state of mind and they’ll be supportive.

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You’re feeling very sociable and will certainly be in the mood for entertaining; you’ll make everyone feel very welcome and pleased that they accepted your invitation. Mixing with people that you feel comfortable with brings out the best in you and makes you a delight to be with – so much so that you may have trouble getting everyone to leave. It’s called the price of popularity but it is well worth the company.

CANCER

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You will certainly shine in the limelight at work, which means you’ll be pulling out all the stops in order to dazzle workmates with your performance. Your charm rating is sky high and it will be easy for you to be a star wherever you are. If you feel undervalued or underpaid, you can now put that to rights. You can expect a lot of positive feedback, as well as admiring glances from a colleague who would like a more personal relationship.

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

If you happen to be going on holiday then you can look forward to having a wonderful time, whether you are looking for culture, romance, new friendships or simply time to relax. For those of you staying at home you will still have the opportunity for exotic experiences even if this simply means indulging in good food and wine. If you are involved in the arts then new marketing strategies are going to improve opportunities.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

The planets are casting a very rosy glow over your fina ncial affairs. If you have to talk to anyone about borrowing money or extending a loan, don’t hesitate because you’ll find others very supportive. Your sign is blessed with an innate understanding of how to invest money, so put this knowledge to work and think about how you can improve your long term prosperity. If you are part of a couple, you’ll be able to rekindle romance.

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LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

You’re certainly in the mood for love and you’ll want to show a special someone how deep your passions go. You’re also feeling extravagant and you may decide to shower your loved one with gifts. Aren’t they the lucky one? Intimate relationships will certainly go from strength to strength and you may even decide to tie the knot. You’re at your most alluring right now, so if you don’t want attention stay behind closed doors.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

You will certainly be investing a lot of energy into refining your diet and exercise routine. Getting up early in the morning to go jogging, giving up negative habits and generally getting fit will no longer be a challenge, in fact you will fi nd ways to spice your old routine up a notch. Th is will involve some willpower on your part, but let’s face it, you have that in spades. Creating more harmonious relationships with work colleagues will also be a focus.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Your love life should be very enjoyable, and electrifying encounters are certainly likely. At the very least you will be tingling with anticipation at what you intuitively feel is about to happen, however you could be in danger of getting carried away with your feelings. Being in the company of children and younger people will bring you a lot of pleasure, and if you are creative you’ll be feeling very inspired.

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

The home and family are certainly front and centre in your mind; perhaps you will be moving house or planning some changes in your existing home at this time, but either way you will feel excited at the prospect of something new. You are also likely to be doing a lot of entertaining or perhaps having people stay over; either way, you’ll enjoy opening up your home to friends and family. You will bump into old friends around the place.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Your popularity is certainly on the rise as many will come knocking at your door for advice, guidance or just a friendly chat. Thanks to your accurate intuition your actions are positively inspired. Ideas will just drop into your mind and they’ll defi nitely work to your advantage. There is also a strong possibility that some money owed to you will fi nally come your way. Th is is the ideal time to purchase a new car or mobile phone.

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FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

You are certainly going to be feeling confident and buoyant about the materialistic side of life as your earning power goes up several notches. Thanks to your entrepreneurial mood, you’ll be ready to tackle any kind of business or fi nancial matter, particularly if the goal is to give you greater freedom. You are determined to clear up any outstanding money matters and wipe the slate clean, so make your intentions clear when negotiating.

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Childhood immunisation

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aking healthy choices for your children can be done in many ways throughout life, however, I see immunisation as one way to protect their little bodies from serious diseases from birth right into their future. Disease prevention is the key to health. It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it. Vaccinations work by triggering the immune system to fight against certain diseases. If a vaccinated person comes in contact with these diseases, their immune system is able to respond more effectively, preventing the disease from developing or greatly reducing its severity. Newborn babies are protected by their mother’s antibodies, which last only for a small time after birth. (However, if the baby is breastfed the mother will continue to pass on antibodies and protect her baby from some diseases, but that is a whole other column for another week! ) Babies should be given immunisations before these antibodies wear off completely. The fi rst immunisation is recommended at birth, which is Hepatitis B and the schedule for vaccinations continues until the child is four-years-old and then a few as a teenager such as the HPV vaccine for girls to prevent the virus that can develop into cervical cancer. Some of the many infectious diseases that were once common in Australia

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Don’t forget to warm up

include, polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), mumps, tetanus, and Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib), are now vaccinated against. My own grandfather contracted polio as a very young boy and although he survived it, he went through years of sickness and painful treatment away from his family just so that he could walk. If vaccines were available 80 years ago, his suffering, along with many others who also contracted polio, would not have occurred. Immunisation is a proven tool for controlling and even eradicating disease. An immunisation campaign carried out by the World Health Organisation from 1967 to 1977 eradicated the natural occurrence of smallpox. Since the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, polio infections have fallen by 99 per cent, and five million people have escaped paralysis. Between 2000 and 2008, measles deaths dropped worldwide by 78 per cent. Benefit to risk, vaccines are generally safe, and side effects are usually minor, especially when compared to the diseases they are designed to prevent. So, if you are unsure about getting your child immunised, do some research into the diseases they prevent, and think of it as a health investment for your family and beyond.

Elisha is a registered nurse and midwife who has years of experience working in emergency departments, general wards and maternity wards

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e all know we need to warm up before exercise, but why? Working out and getting fit is supposed to make you feel better, help you get stronger and reach your fitness goals. But stress in the workplace and sedentary lifestyles have left most people with bad posture and restricted movements. Th is, along with typical flaws in workout design can quickly lead to overuse injuries and limitations in how you move. One way to overcome these problems? A good warmup. A comprehensive preparation routine will allow you to lift more, recover faster and have better overall movement in and out of the gym. It will also help you to restore balance in the strength of your muscles, which will improve their function and your posture at the same time. The warmup charges up your body prior to the workout, increases your core temperature and makes sure you’re ready to go as soon as you grab that fi rst weight. It also helps to mentally prepare you and serve as a transition from the offic e to the gym. A good warm-up is done in three stages. The fi rst stage sets the tone and

starts with some form of self-massage, typically referred to as self-myofascial release on a roller or SMR. Th is stage improves the quality of your muscles and soft tissue, which helps them extend and contract better. It also frees up some of the restrictions from long-duration slouched postures associated with a busy lifestyle (think about your work office or long commutes). The next stage includes exercises that improve your overall movement and mobility. Full body movements, done through a full range of motion, should allow your body to work as it is intended. Some examples might include a full range bodyweight squat or a pull-up done from an extended arm position until your chin is over the bar. Finally, as you transition from the warmup to the workout, you should focus on activating the muscles that have been shut down due to poor posture, and start charging up your body for the upcoming demands of the workout. Most times, this means targeting the muscles of your upper back and those that stabilise and engage movements in your hips. Th is will help improve the function of your shoulders and immediately work to help you achieve better full body neutral posture.

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by Katherine Tweed

We all need inspiration

The story with superannuation

like to think that everyone has their own style, that everyone knows exactly what their ‘look’ is, without having to think about it. To be honest, this is a little unrealistic of me because even when I think about myself I know straight away that I am wrong! Yes, we all have our own style but sometimes we need a little bit of inspiration. Sure, following fashion week, pouring through magazines and scrolling through fashion apps (this is me constantly) gives you inspiration but I am telling you, if you really want inspiration, head out and see a fashion show in person. Last weekend Westfield held their free fashion festival and I thought, why not go along and check it out... I took my seat right up close and was ready for a good show but I was surprised. It was great! As far as fashion shows go, it was probably, for want of a better word, a little corny and the smaller audience didn’t help but I can tell you it was inspiring! I couldn’t believe what a difference it makes to actually see clothes on the person in the flesh, rather than on my computer screen or on my phone. It is just like when you try on an outfit rather than just look at it on the rack or in a catalogue – you naturally get a different result, and it is the same with a show. You see the way the clothes look when a person walks in it, from ALL angles, not just what they show you on TV – it gives you a real sense of the clothes and it inspires you! I can tell you right now, I went back to the shops a couple of days later, bought the exact pair of jeans that one of the models was showing off and I bought a number of other items (tops, cardigans etc) inspired by the ones I saw on the models. A big shout out to Westfield too, the plus size model featured at the show I attended was just beautiful and I felt that, to this particular audience, she was so much more relatable than the others! If you are feeling in need of a little inspiration, I urge you to get out and see a live show, it will do wonders!

hot topic in the news of late has been Government changes to superannuation. But how will these changes affect you and your superannuation? Although your superannuation is your future income it’s not usually something that is front of mind, especially if you have just started out in your career or like me are busy with your work and family life. But with more choices available to you now on how your superannuation money is invested, deliberate decisions today can really pay off in the future. The fi rst thing to do when looking after your superannuation is to make sure you know where it all is. There are a lot of superannuation accounts that have been forgotten because people have changed jobs or moved address. Here are some tips on how you can tidy up your superannuation: • If you have lost superannuation, have a look at the ATO website where there is a link to locate lost super: www.ato.gov.au • If you have more than one superannuation fund look at combining them to potentially save on fees charged for maintenance and contributions • Get advice from a fi nancial advisor, especially if you have or are considering having a self managed super fund So the answer to how it will affect you is individualised, which means it’s worth taking some time to talk to an expert. Speak to your fi nancial institution who can put you in touch with a fi nancial advisor.

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Alternative therapies

heels the callus tends to crack and open up portals for infection, not to mention the aesthetic aspects. Cracked heels are a very painful condition. However your podiatrist can help by debriding the hard skin away and assisting the cracks to heal with the use of heel balms and moisturisers. There are much more serious pathologies related to obesity and the lower limbs such as poor circulation and infections that I can cover in another article. It’s just really important to remember that we can help you stay comfortable throughout your battle with obesity; and in our case at Western Sydney Sports Medicine Centre can also put you back on track with your health if you want to get on top of your obesity.

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With this measurement, Victor can then help you support the health of your body, improve energy levels, increase muscle tone, lose weight more effectively and assist your body to function more healthily. With the bio-impedance result, Victor can design a strategy to improve your health and perform the test during the process to monitor your results. Bio-impedance is safe and painless with the test only taking a couple of minutes to provide a detailed report. Iridology was developed by a surgeon that noted changes to his patients’ eyes after surgery. Different parts of the eye relate to different parts of the body. Victor takes a digital photo of your eyes. He will go through with you the irregularities he can see. He relates this to the part of your body you are experiencing problems. Again, Victor can design a strategy to improve these areas and perform iridology to monitor your results. If you are interested in fi nding out more, Victor can be contacted on 0412 486 925.

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here are an increasing number of supplements such as glucosamine and products containing omega 3 that provide improvements in health conditions. Such supplements provide relief and often work with the body’s natural regenerative processes. Traditional medicine is slower to embrace these products than the public. The medical world waits for documented evidence. The average person will try a product to see if it works. If the person experiences the improvement they are looking for, they will continue to repurchase the product. Th is is evidence to me. Therefore, we are a strong supporter of vitamins and alternative therapies. We have a large range including products only available through a naturopath. We also have the privilege of having a well-known and highly qualified naturopath: Victor Tuballa in private practice in the pharmacy. As well as prescribing high potency natural remedies, Victor can access your current wellness and help to improve your health. Two tests Victor can do are: bio-impedance and iridology. Bio-impedance measures the fat and muscle ratio and cellular health of your body. Th is provides a suggestion of your biological age, i.e. how old your body is.

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t’s a tough subject, one that makes many people uncomfortable to talk about, especially if you suffer from obesity yourself. It can be embarrassing to face the fact that your weight is actually affecting other parts of your body, making you unhealthy and at risk of serious illness. However sometimes it’s health professionals such as myself that are the only medical contact people have. Many people living with obesity simply avoid the GP or other health practitioners in fear of being roped in and told to lose weight. I know it’s not as simple as that. There are often many factors that place people in this category and “shaking them up” is not the answer to their weight problems. That is where a multidisciplinary approach with a dietitian, exercise physiologist and possibly a podiatrist can work together to counsel the patient through rehabilitating their weight issues. That however is for another article. Obesity will affect the feet detrimentally, without a doubt. The fir st signs of obesity on feet are often the heavy calluses that are created on the soles of the feet due to excessive overload on pressure areas. The skin reacts by trying to protect itself and builds hyperkeratosis (callus). Unfortunately the callus can result in additional pressure on the underlying tissue and be very painful. Around the

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e all know that kids love to share; that is things we don’t want them to share: germs, viruses, parasites, all the little nasties that have plagued mankind since creation. We can’t stop them sharing, but we can make their systems so powerful that they quickly fight off whatever they pick up. Naturally, simple and obvious things should be reinforced regularly. What is obvious to you is not necessarily obvious to your child. We have to understand that they are not just little adults. Their brains are wired far differently to adult brains, so just because you have told them something and they SAID that they understood; don’t assume that they did. Constantly remind them to wash their hands after going to the toilet and before eating. Th is minimises ingesting harmful bacteria. However, don’t be paranoid about dirt, as a regular immune challenge keeps their immune systems alert to fig ht other things. As we get into the colder months make sure that you give them lots of vitamin C, citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, capsicums etc. Also vitamin D is very important and harder to get as the days shorten. Encourage them to play outdoors as much as possible without the slip, slap slop, as the winter sun is not the damaging problem that it is in summer. It is still a good idea to add a vitamin D supplement

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to make sure they are getting enough. It is important to note that vitamin D needs a fat/oil to get it into the system; also boron and vitamin K are useful to ensure adequate absorption. A balanced diet with lots of fresh vegetables is vital. If they won’t eat fruits and vegetables there are some good nutraceuticals available that are high in these in a tasty form. A good Multi-vitamin can also help with this. A useful thing to have in your health care cabinet is the Homoeopathic Aconitum. Th is, given at the fi rst sign of a cold or flu can often be enough to alert the immune system so that it gets rid of the problem before it takes hold.

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ome things in life are so obvious that when we see it we just can’t believe we missed it. In the Bible’s New Testament gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, “Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” Th ink about it and we know this is obvious! None of us at the end of life has ever wished we had a bigger clothing collection or a more varied wardrobe. None of us has ever wished we had more exciting or richer foods or a greater range of wine or beer to drink. Yet as we watch our TV’s it would be easy to get the impression that life is only about what we eat and drink and that life is only about our bodies and our clothes. The end result is that we think this is exactly what life is about! Then we feel anxious if we don’t have enough. We’re thinking, “I need more!” At the same time we know that anxiety is one of today’s big problems, so that when Jesus then says, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life”, once again, we know He is right. In fact, we know Jesus is so right because we know the great cost emotionally, physically and relationally that increased anxiety brings to life. Jesus’ solution is radical, but as we weigh ourselves down with trivia, with the things in life that do not matter, we

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

John Miller-Crispe is a Senior Naturopath with Abundant Life & Health Naturopathic Clinic, 2 Lethbridge Street, Penrith. 4721 3198.

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This 5 bedroom home set in a prime location is built upon a massive 793m2 block situated in the heart of Claremont Meadows. They just don’t build them like this anymore! featuring double brick on the ground floor and brick veneer upstairs, this impressive home consists of 5 large bedrooms with built-ins to all, walk in robe and en suite to main, 3 bathrooms, large living rumpus and dining areas, gournet kitchen with stainless steel appliances & black granite bench tops as well as ducted air conditioning throughout the house. BUT WAIT there’s more! Also offering entertainment decking area overlooking the swimming pool, fantastic undercover BBQ area and to top it all off four lock up garages also property is currently achieving a rental return of $665.00P.W!! so If you’re looking for a home to raise a big family in a great area and with luxury features or a property that is achieving a high rental return then look no more this is the one! Ideally situated within walking distance to local school, shops, child care centres and community facilities. CALL A PLUS REAL ESTATE ON 0416 922 477 TO ARRANGE A INSPECTION

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This massive 614m2 property has it all and a little more. Located in prime location of Claremont meadows close to schools, childcare Centers, shopping Centre and public transport you will feel like you’re in the middle of everything. Main features include • Three great size bedrooms with built-in to all • Two large living areas • Large modern kitchen with gas • Good size dining area • Two way laundry • Tiled through out • Open plan living • Large entertainment area in backyard • Lock up garage • Lock up carport • Air conditioning in living area With all these fantastic features there still is a great size back yard left for the kids. Property can also achieve a high rental return for those investors looking for a good return. Don’t miss out and be one of the lucky ones to view this great property first.

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Exceptional $350.00 per week Rent Perfect near new 1 bedroom terrace apartment located in the exclusive Waterside Estate opposite the Olympic Regatta Centre. Th is outstanding apartment boast a great rental return of $350.00 per week. Features include outstanding kitchen with stainless steel appliances and dishwasher, split system air conditioner plus an amazing alfresco area; perfect for entertaining. Also featured is a practical living area & separate dining space plus a 2nd toilet and your own lock up single garage. Inspection by appointment.

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• Designer kitchen with CaesarStone grand island kitchen bench • Walk-in Butler’s pantry • 20mm CaesarStone benchtops to bathroom, kitchen & ensuite • Large 900mm European style stainless steel appliances • Dishwasher & microwave • Split system air conditioning to living areas and hallway • Fixed price site costs (no more to pay, no hidden extras)

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Recently renovated 4 bedroom home sitting on a 70 meter wide frontage with loads of room for a dual occupancy (subject to council approval). Features include huge master bedroom with pitched ceilings and polished timber floors, plus large ensuite and jumbo sized walk-in robe. This perfect home features a very large family room with French doors leading onto a perfect alfresco area with curved ceiling and stone floor. There is a combustion fire place, split system air., feature brick walls and polished floors throughout. Also featured is a 12x7 3 car garage with insulated ceilings and 3 separate roll a-doors, plus a huge 20x18 barn style shed with dual roll a-doors. Ideal for trucks or large machinery. This property has it all. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think about it for too long. Inspection By Appointment

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* Modern kitchen * Huge bathroom with corner bath * Built-ins to all bedrooms * Generous yard & undercover BBQ area * Lockup garage & 2 toilets * Strata $590.00 P/Q

* Plenty of built in cupboards * Wall air conditioner * Kitchen; 19 cupboard doors, 6 drawers * 62 m2 Floor plan * Roller awning; front window & sliding door * Ceiling fans through out

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*566.9 m2 vacant block in Lemongrove area *Save on demolition costs *Current DA Approval for home *Suited for a narrow design *Plans available upon request *Best priced block in Central Penrith

* Ground Floor with ensuite * Low Strata fees * Close to Penrith shops * Young modern kitchen & bathroom * Rent $340 per week

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Llandilo 89 Fifth Avenue

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Sale $325,000 View By Appointment David Turner 0414 306 040 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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Sale $290,000 View Saturday 11.15-11.30am Steve Jackson 0414 719 875 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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Cranebrook 93 Gannet Drive Rent Return $350 pw

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* Located in “Mountainview Retreat” * New paint & carpet * Spacious lounge/ dining * Wall air cond. + roller shutters * Built-ins + ceiling fans * Balcony with lovely outlook

* Security complex – ground floor * Secure parking & storage area * Large living area & separate dining & ensuite * Large front patio * Strata $404.45 per quarter

Sale $235,000 View Saturday 12.00-12.30pm Helen Fitzpatrick 0414 362 955 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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Cranebrook

Great Sized Duplex in a Fantastic Location

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* Gourmet chef’s kitchen * Stainless steel appliances * Dishwasher & air cond. * Single lock-up garage * Use of the estates community facilities * Large Alfresco area

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Classic Family Home In A Beautiful Setting

• 4 bedrooms, master with ensuite + large study | 5th bedroom • recently renovated kitchen, bathroom & ensuite • open plan dining + rumpus | family room • large formal lounge + dining room • zoned ducted air conditioning + slow combustion wood fire • large outdoor entertaining area with gable roof • double garage, internal access + remote doors • tandem carport accommodating up to 3 cars • level 976m2 (approx.) block with side access

PENRITH CBD

Ramsay Cottage “The Possibilities”

Tired of looking at homes that need a lot of work? The recently renovated Caesarstone galley kitchen offers the perfect environment to prepare memorable meals and entertain. There are generous and multiple living spaces and a lovely gable pergola that opens to the back yard adjoining a landlocked vacant lot behind. This delightful home has a private outlook at both the front and rear which, with an abundance of wildlife provides a feeling of privacy and space. With both the main and ensuite bathrooms having also undergone quality renovations, there is really nothing left to do….except move in and enjoy! Be swift to arrange your inspection.

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PENRITH

Prestigious Nepean Avenue

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A blend of classic appeal and modern comfort, this period feature home is full of character which combines a flexible floor plan with a sun flooded garden in an ultra-convenient location. Call today to book your exclusive inspection. Strictly by appointment only.

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

• 2 large bedrooms + study • formal entry + formal lounge & dining areas • updated bathroom + spacious kitchen + pantry • internal laundry + undercover entertainment area • private setting front | rear yards + riverbank steps • single carport + fully landscaped gardens

For Sale: View: Penrith: Emu Plains:

EMU PLAINS Calling All Tradies

Set against the picturesque Nepean River, this unrenovated 2 bedroom, plus study cottage is exceptionally quiet and private, providing endless possibilities to capitalise on the prime Nepean Avenue location. Call Paul Dukes today to book your exclusive viewing.

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607m2

expression of interest floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

• 5 bedrooms all with built-ins • formal entry + polished timber floor boards + split system air conditioning x 2 • huge combined kitchen & dining area + spacious family room • front patio (undercover) + drive thru access + carport • undercover entertainment area + water storage + private setting • 5 metres x 12 metre x 4.8 metre (height) colourbond shed (detached) • fabulous location + easy access to m4 + close to shops, schools & transport

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JORDAN SPRINGS Top Of The Line

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658m2

offers over $569,000 floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

4 spacious bedrooms all with built-ins master bedroom with walk-in robe and stunning ensuite magnificent formal entry + designated home theatre room combined family | meals and stunning kitchen areas enormous kitchen + walk-in pantry + stone bench tops + breakfast bar | island bench + ample storage & bench space children’s activity room + custom desks + high set ceilings + r/c ducted air conditioning double garage + remote access + internal access + rear undercover alfresco area with hardwood decking + front undercover patio

Built and designed by award winning builder McDonald Jones Homes, this brand new fabulous single level family home could be yours. Due to unforeseen circumstance, the owners are selling this gorgeous home and are hoping it becomes your dream. Featuring outstanding fixtures and fittings throughout, stunning floor plan and central location in the Jordan Springs estate. Call today to find out more about this fabulous package.

Boasting a desirable Glenbrook address in a peaceful cul-de-sac location, and a lifestyle of carefree character and tranquillity, this impressive family home effortlessly blends traditional charm with modern liveability. Situated on a large parcel of land with impeccable presentation, this home is a must to inspect. Call today to book your exclusive appointment.

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Situated in a very popular location, this exceptional family home is a real surprise package. Offering stylish interiors, numerous bedrooms and a spacious single level floor plan, which is ideal for relaxed living and entertaining. Oh and don’t forget the SHED. Call today to book your exclusive inspection.

expressions of interest floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

• 4 great size bedrooms • master bedroom with updated ensuite enjoys a stunning aspect with natural light • formal entry + combined formal lounge & dining with bay window • gorgeous gourmet kitchen + dishwasher + spacious cupboard areas + dual sink • informal dining + r/c ducted air conditioning + ceiling fans throughout • renovated three way bathroom + floor to ceiling tiles + ample storage • double garage + remote door + drive thru access + workshop | studio area • utility room + 3rd toilet + 3rd shower + more storage + water tanks + large laundry • rear lane access + fully landscaped gardens + stunning location

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• 3 huge bedrooms – 1 with built-in + ceiling fans • formal entry + high set ceilings + ornate cornices • gorgeous renovated bathroom + claw foot bath + timber vanity • spacious formal lounge + r/c ducted air conditioning + open fireplace • separate formal dining + polished timber floorboards • magnificent timber kitchen + ample storage + gas cooking • undercover rear patio + large laundry + 2nd toilet & shower • sparkling in-ground pool + fully fenced + side access (corner block) + large bbq area • rear storage shed | utility room + 3rd toilet & shower + tool shed • spectacular landscaped gardens front & rear + 2(d) zoning (medium density) + central location

INSPECT: Saturday 1.00-1.40pm - 10 Watkin Street

Offers over $599,000 floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

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INSPECT: Saturday 10.00-10.40am - 4 Barry Coe Place

YELLOW ROCK

CRANEBROOK

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4 nice size bedrooms beautifully renovated bathroom with separate toilet completely renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances large open plan sun filled living areas gorgeous hardwood timber flooring and air conditioning huge undercover deck overlooking the bush fully fenced rear yard with established gardens

Positioned in a lovely quiet street this recently renovated home is a must to inspect. Offering 4 bedrooms, large open plan living areas, completely renovated kitchen and bathroom, quality flooring throughout and a brilliant undercover rear deck. If you’re after a quality home without a cent to spend with an amazing bush backdrop, then add this one to the list.

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Immaculate Family Home

4 double bedrooms with built-in robes huge main bedroom with ensuite bathroom and walk-in robe separate formal and informal living areas gorgeous kitchen with Caesarstone bench tops and stainless steel appliances • ducted air conditioning and high ceilings throughout • lovely alfresco area and a fully fenced rear yard • large double lock up garage and loads of storage This well built family home is only 2 years young. Featuring 4 large bedrooms, master with ensuite and WIR, nice size formal lounge and separate dining rooms, a large sun filled meals, family and rumpus rooms with a gorgeous kitchen with loads of cupboard and bench space. Also offering ducted air conditioning, high ceilings, alarm system and auto shutters this property is ideal for a large family who is after a quality home in a popular location.

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835m2

offers over $449,000 floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

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642m2

offers over $549,000 floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

EMU PLAINS

EMU HEIGHTS

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4 great size bedrooms all with built-ins + study master bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite formal entry + formal lounge with bay window & dining + ornate cornices spacious Tasmanian oak timber kitchen + breakfast servery + dishwasher combined family | meals area off kitchen + 3rd bathroom (down stairs) separate games room + fire place + bar + r/c ducted air conditioning double garage + internal access + verandah surrounding the whole north|east & west aspects • bbq area + private veggie patch + established orchard trees

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Situated on a massive 3362m2 (approx) with gorgeous manicured lawns and gardens this fabulous family home has so much to offer. With the entrance dominated by a private canopy of magnificent trees, with your own golfing green and cricket pitch. This sun filled family home has been meticulously maintained inside and out, offering privacy, seclusion and absolute enjoyment for the entire family to enjoy. Book your exclusive appointment today.

Positioned on the high side of the street is this beautifully renovated 4 bedroom family home. Offering loads of space, large separate living areas, renovated kitchen and bathrooms, polished floors and air conditioning and a single garage. Within a short walk to schools and transport this property is a delight to inspect.

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3362m2

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4 good size bedrooms with built-in robes 2 completely renovated bathrooms lovely renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances large separate open plan living areas polished timber flooring ducted air conditioning good size tiled patio out the back fully fenced rear yard

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Experience, Energy & Results With over 34 years real estate experience between them Michael Ball & Matthew Gobbo are exceeding clients expectations! If you are considering making a move in 2013 you will need to speak with Michael or Matthew before making that crucial decision of which agent to use. Contact Michael Ball on 0414 264 668 or Matthew Gobbo on 0415 907 981

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HAVE YOU SEEN MBR’S LATEST MARKETING? House of the Month House of the Month is where your home is advertised mobile, on the back of our prestige sign written MBR car for a whole month.

House of the Month is something that Tracey Hotchkiss from MBR believes you cannot go wrong with. It gives your property great exposure, leading to more enquiries, which helps to get you the very best price in the current market. Unlimited exposure day and night Advertised mobile 7 days a week Unlimited locations Highlight your home above others Agents direct after hours contact number

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Call Tracey Hotchkiss on 0414 272 945 today to book your free market appraisal, and you too could see your home on our MBR car. Michael Ball

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This home SOLD well within the time frame of House of the Month, at a price which the owners were exceptionally happy with.

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Penrith’s newest prestige address

New land release $254,000 to $340,000*

Stage 3A: Popular sizes from 348m2 to 540m2* Mulgoa Rise, just 6km from the Penrith CBD, has been master planned as a family-friendly neighbourhood with community sports fields, cycleways and walkways… and a large variety of homesite sizes.

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• Just 6km from the Penrith CBD • 1km from Glenmore Park Shopping Centre

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OFFERS OVER $319,950

PSSST! WANNA KNOW A SECRET?

That’s Right!!! This goldmine investment or first home buyer is on the market and won’t last long. It contains three bedrooms all with built ins and the main with an ensuite .A single lock up garage and also one designated car space. Situated in close proximity to St Mary’s station and also shops and transport it is an ideal purchase for investment or to live in. The townhouse is currently tenanted and they are more than happy to stay. So call today because you will not be disappointed.

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PENRITH $259,950

ORCHARD HILLS

BETTER RETURNS THAN A BOOMERANG

MASTER BUILT FAMILY ESTATE

Located moments from Penrith is this great one bedroom unit that will suit the busy executive or investor. Open plan in design and positioned in a security complex it offers all the must haves that you would expect from a modern unit. Basement parking, split system air conditioning, built in robe and an elevated balcony are just some of the features on offer. Call now to arrange an appointment.

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OFFERS OVER $619,000

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Wonderfully positioned in a prime Orchard Hills location on the North side of the M4 Motorway is arguable the very best vacant block of land in the area. Encompassing approximately 5000sqm and enjoying unobstructed and spectacular views of the Blue Mountains and the rural Orchard Hills landscape this is a block that once you step foot on you won’t want to leave. Located in a prestigious neighbourhood, close to quality schools, and only a few minutes drive to the CBD of Penrith and the M4 Motorway.

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OFFERS OVER $359,950

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GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES

Nestled in a quiet street there are ensuites to two of the four bedrooms, and modern kitchen with stainless steel and gas appliances as well as dishwasher. Outside there is a large salt water inground pool and an undercover entertaining area. Call us today to arrange your private inspection.

Three bedroom townhouses with a choice of features. Being sold off the plan. Call now for an inclusions list or a copy of the plans. Investors should expect a return in excess of $400.00 per week. Call us today for more information.

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BRING THE FAMILY

SUBLIME VIEWS ON OVER AN ACRE

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$1,200,000

Location; quality; style; lifestyle; prestige. Imagine living in this 5 bedroom home perfectly positioned to make the most of the acre (approx) parcel situated at the end of a very sought after cul-de-sac, oozing quality from front gate to back fence, you will find oversized formal lounge and dining rooms, casual living spaces boarding with beautiful lime washed Tasmanian Oak timber kitchen, versatile rumpud eith wood burner, massive games room, work from home in the larger than most study and master bedroom with mountain views to accompany elegant ensuite and walk-in robe, triple garage and 7x10 workshop. Splash in the salt water pool and entertain in the undercover bbq area.

LAND

ORCHARD HILLS

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JAMISONTOWN $315,000

CAMBRIDGE PARK

RENOVATED SINGLE LEVEL STUNNER

HOW SWEET IT IS!

This villa features three spacious bedrooms, two of which enjoy fully fitted mirrored built-ins, there is air-conditioning a beautifully renovated bathroom and kitchen, the living area is tiled and the bedrooms are carpeted. The property also enjoys a private courtyard and a secure carport with an automatic door. Strata Fee are $446 per quarter (approx) and was last rented at $360 per week. Call us today to arrange your private inspection.

OFFERS OVER $359,950

With a breath of fresh air and three bedrooms with built-in robes to all, this home has a wonderful flow. Boasting polished floor boards, modern kitchen, and bathroom set on the high side of the road and centrally based in Cambridge Park this is a must see. This home comes with single garage and tidy yard with undercover entertaining area. Located within walking distance to schools, shops, and public transport this is a great opportunity for the first home buyer or investor.

Penrith

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Cranebrook

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

4722 5000 4735 2121

4739 8800 4739 1111 4751 8888 4735 8888 www.jimaitken.com.au

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BIG HOME - BIG ON CHARM AND CHARACTER

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Offering a one off design consisting of five large bedrooms all with built ins and the main offering ensuite and walk in robe. The main bathroom has a claw foot bath, and like the rest of the home is large. There are four large living areas, wide verandahs, large storage and use of the roof area, in ground pool, unique BBQ and undercover entertaining with an outside toilet, split air, ceiling fans and double garage.

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 20th 2.00 to 2.40pm 48 Dillwynia Drive

MULGOA $929,950

GLENMORE PARK

EXECUTIVE HOME – 1300+SQM BLOCK

DON’T MISS OUT!

Positioned on over 1300 sqm of land in this recently sub divided estate is a grand residence that will make you the envy of your friends! Stretching across two levels it encompasses all the features you would expect in this exclusive price range. Ducted air conditioning controls comfort throughout the four bedroom floor plan that also includes a study and rumpus room. Along with this is a choice of informal and formal living spaces, a stunning kitchen with island bench and sliding double doors that leads to the alfresco area. The centerpiece of the yard is the magnificent in ground pool that comes complete with water feature.

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GLENMORE PARK

$449,950

Unassuming from the street this home will hit the mark for those looking for a comfortable home to raise the growing family. Four bedrooms combine with two separate living areas; there is a formal dining area and the comfort of ducted air conditioning throughout. The double garage will look after the cars or storage needs; there is a grassed yard and a space ready for the outdoor setting. Positioned with a peaceful leafy outlook and superbly presented and maintained this one will go straight to the top of your list.

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FROM START TO FINISH

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Whether you’re a first home buyer, empty nester or investor this home will impress. Nestled in a quiet street this large three bedroom has the size and the extra’s to make it the best value home on the market in Glenmore Park. For more information and an appointment to inspect you had better call us quick!

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RIGHT PLACE – RIGHT TIME

Under two kilometres to the Northern Road and only moments to the local primary school, this home will offer a great base for the growing family. Floating floors lead to a great open plan design that comprises four bedrooms with an en suite to the main. Split system air conditioning controls comfort, there are built in wardrobes, a covered area for entertaining and a double garage.

SILVERDALE

OFFERS OVER $799,000

PRIVATE ACREAGE - SPACIOUS RESIDENCE

Nestled behind the security of double gates is a grand residence that will allow you, your family and extended family to s-t-r-e-t-c-h out and enjoy the tranquil lifestyle on offer. Stretching across three levels the home enjoys an abundance of living spaces combined with five bedrooms, each with built in robes. Two bedrooms offer direct bathroom access, the huge kitchen will please the chef and triple garage will look after the big boy’s toys. The rear grounds easily accommodate the in ground pool, covered entertaining area and are accessed by a beautiful tree lined pathway. Don’t stare from the street - book an inspection to experience this great opportunity.

Glenmore Park

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Cranebrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Penrith

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

4733 6999

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Nestled in a tightly held position of Leonay is an astonishing residence that neighbours the golf course in a position that is only moments from the highly sought River Road precinct. Beyond the modern façade is a family friendly layout that combines formal and informal living spaces with three bedrooms and a study/office. The master suite enjoys a green, leafy outlook and is complimented by an ensuite. The kitchen is the home’s centrepiece and boasts an island bench and a wonderful freestanding oven. Social gatherings will be a breeze whether it is poolside, under the entertaining area or in the comfort of the ducted air conditioning. With very little opportunity to reside in these locations this deserves your immediate attention.

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$850,000

GWANDALAN

An iconic Emu Plains property rich in History is being offered for sale - an opportunity seldom seen in the area. Resting on over 1,700sqm of land and positioned moments from the Nepean River, Lennox Shopping Centre and Hunter Fields. The four bedroom cottage has been beautifully preserved with many features of yester year still evident. Enclosed verandah’s; timber floors, lead light features and wonderfully high ceilings add to the home’s character. Along with this ducted air conditioning controls comfort, there are built in wardrobes, a double carport and manicured gardens. The current owners have furnished us with many facts about the home’s past which will certainly spike the interest of those who appreciate Emu Plains. Call now for a private viewing.

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FAMILY HOME – GOLF COURSE BACK DROP

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WE CONSISTENTLY ACHIEVE:

LEONAY $449,950 WOW – LEONAY FOR HOW MUCH?

• HIGHEST POSSIBLE PRICE • SHORTEST POSSIBLE TIME • LEAST INCONVENIENCE TO YOU!!

EMU PLAINS

OFFERS OVER $389,950

THREE BEDROOMS, ENSUITE, DOUBLE GARAGE

Renovated throughout you’ll be impressed by the size that this three bedroom floor plan has to offer. All bedrooms have built in robes, there is direct bathroom access from the main bedroom, formal and informal areas and wonderful slate flooring throughout. Add to this the single garage, grassed yard and spacious entertaining area.

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With a private setting and secluded from the street, this detached single storey residence will please those looking to stand clear of the larger complexes. Newer than most in the area it enjoys a comfortable three bedroom layout, there is an ensuite to the main bedroom, built in robes and internal laundry.

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$359,950

OVER 55’S VILLA IN PRIME LOCATION

ENSUITE AND DOUBLE GARAGE

With only eight villas, in a quiet location, but still within close access to Lennox Shopping complex, the Nepean river, transport, and the M4. Offering two living areas, both large bedrooms having built in’s, a large open bathroom, ducted air, and internal access to the auto single garage.

Positioned moments from the Lennox Centre is this single level villa that will please those looking to downsize. Complete with an ensuite to the main and built in robes, it will also tick the boxes for an astute investor looking to add to their investment portfolio. The double garage is a real bonus as is the low maintenance yard and small complex. Priced to please you will need to act fast to secure this one! Call now for more information.

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OFFERS OVER $429,950

YOUR HAVEN IN THE HEIGHTS The brick and tile dwelling enjoys three bedrooms with a lounge and dining area, a timber kitchen and a modern bathroom. The covered entertaining area overlooks the spacious grassed yard that easily accommodates the single garage and tandem carport. With homes in this price range moving fast, you will need to be quick.

EMU PLAINS

OFFERS OVER $479,950

EMU PLAINS

OFFERS OVER $439,950

FAMILY HOME WITH POOL AND DOUBLE GARAGE

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

Beautifully renovated throughout, this wonderful four bedroom home will surprise you once you step through the front door. Boasting open plan living including lounge and dining and a stunning modern kitchen being the centrepiece of the home.Featuring a modern bathroom and ensuite, split system air conditioning and polished boards throughout. With a huge backyard ideal for the kids, undercover entertaining area and built in barbeque area, single garage and single carport accessing the backyard. Wonderfully located only 300 metres to the Lennox Shopping Centre. You won’t be disappointed.

Unassuming from the street the floor plan offers four bedrooms, a sunken lounge room with bar area, a separate dining area and the comfort of ducted air conditioning throughout. The warmer months can be enjoyed poolside or entertaining around the barbeque area. The double garage will look after the cars or storage needs.

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Cranebrook

Springwood

Penrith

Emu Plains

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

4735 2121

4733 6999

4739 8800 4739 1111 4730 1122 4751 8888 www.jimaitken.com.au

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 20th 11.00 to 11.40am 30 Aldebaran Street

CRANEBROOK

OFFERS OVER $359,950

RENOVATED DELIGHT

The floor plan enjoys a wonderful easy flow with three spacious bedrooms with built-in robes, and brand new two way bathroom. There are two fantastic living areas with a split system air conditioner for each. The large renovated kitchen will suit any master chef which includes stainless steel appliances and granite bench tops. Outside includes a low maintenance yard and a large undercover entertaining area for those social gatherings. Located in a popular North Cranebrook location this is one not to be missed.

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CRANEBROOK

OFFERS OVER $1,900,000

STYLE, SOPHISTICATION & ELEGANCE

Positioned on just under three acres the floor plan combines five bedrooms with generous formal and informal living spaces, separate self-contained guest quarters and beautifully landscaped gardens. The master suite comes complete with ensuite and walk in wardrobe; as well as five other bathrooms and the comfort of ducted air conditioning throughout. The stunning French provincial inspired kitchen enjoys a separate preparation kitchen, 60mm stone bench tops and SMEG appliances. The triple car garaging will look after your cars, boats or trailers and entertaining will be a breeze under the alfresco entertaining.

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CRANEBROOK $444,444 MODERN OPEN PLAN DESIGN

This superb residence is an acknowledgement that all the years have been rewarded. Boasting four bedrooms all with built-in robes and one with ensuite. Renovated and creative kitchen, renovated bathroom, plus two open plan living areas, separate dining, and internal laundry. Outside includes a large entertaining area and side access to the large yard. Being close to schools, shops, and public transport this is one to be seen, so call now to organise your private inspection.

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CRANEBROOK $485,000

CRANEBROOK

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OFFERS OVER $529,950

This three bedroom home with built-in robes to two, and walk-in robe and ensuite to main is absolutely stunning. It boasts a formal lounge and dining plus a family room. There is a powder room downstairs, modern galley style kitchen and pantry. The home has ducted air conditioning, and has a single remote control garage with internal access plus second carport.

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Rarely does a home of such size and quality come on the market in this sought after area. The home features four large bedrooms, all with built in wardrobes, ample living areas and modern bathrooms. The large master bedroom features an en-suite and walk in robe. The large entertaining area leads to a lovely deck, just perfect for sitting back and relaxing. Boasting a double garage with internal access, this is a home surely not to be missed. Call today to arrange an inspection.

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CRANEBROOK $529,950 This home includes five bedrooms with a possible sixth, three built-in wardrobes and large walk-in robe to main plus two bathrooms. There are two living rooms, renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, good size dining, two split system air conditioners and internal laundry. Outside consists of a decked undercover entertaining area, shed, above ground pool and two driveways.

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THE SPACIOUS ENTERTAINER

If you are a large family looking for a spacious home youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll love this four bedroom home with ensuite to main, two living areas, plus exceptional kitchen with caesar stone bench tops, as well as floating timber floors, and ducted air conditioning to stay cool this summer. Outside there is a massive undercover entertaining area for those summertime barbeques, and a double garage which has one half converted and ideal for a teenage/ in law retreat that could be converted back quite easily.

CRANEBROOK

OFFERS OVER $649,950

JUST OVER AN ACRE OF PRIME LAND

Superbly positioned in the ever popular North section of Cranebrook is this vacant parcel of land that is ready for you to let your imagination run wild. The block is just over an acre in size and offers a frontage of approximately 44m. The block has been registered and is ready for you to join forces with your architect to bring your dream to life. Call now to gain further information or book an appointment to experience the block first hand.

Cranebrook

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park Penrith

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

4730 1122

4735 2121

4739 8800 4739 1111 4751 8888 4735 8888 4733 6999 www.jimaitken.com.au

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

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Take advantage of the lifestyle and community living Twin Creeks has to offer; Award winning Country Club and Restaurant, Graham Marsh Golf Course, exclusive residents pool & spa, tennis courts, playground & BBQâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

With the release of 22 lots, its not too late to reserve your Twin Creeks homesite and look forward to enjoying a remarkable lifestyle in an uncommonly beautiful setting.

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Whether you’re a fi rst home buyer, empty nester or investor this home will impress. Nestled in a quiet street this large three bedroom has the size and the extra’s to make it the best value home on the market in Glenmore Park. For more information and an appointment to inspect you had better call us quick!

Glenmore Park

$379,950

Good Size... Great Value!

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

Located in a quiet street, this renovated brick home awaits. It features a very good size lounge room (with study nook), separate dining area, fantastic modern kitchen, three large bedrooms plus a modern bathroom with large spa bath. There’s the all year round comfort of air conditioning, a lovely decked entertaining area, side access, detached garage and a very handy backyard. With a park just down the road and the convenient location, this home is surely to be on your short list. So call us today and book your private viewing!

For Sale - Kandos New home - never been lived in • Reduced price to meet the market • High quality fi nish through out • Sandstone block construction with quality inclusions • Huge 21m x 8m x 3.5m shed, power throughout with remotes • Tar road access and cement roundabout • 5 fertile acres with two dams and valley views • 4 bedroom home converted into 2 large bedrooms • All town services available.

OPEN HOME Saturday 20th 12.00-12.40pm, 9 Banderra Road

South Penrith $495,000

Ph: 0427 88 1234

$379,950

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

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GLENMORE PARK Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook

33 Oxford Street 6/25 Barlow Street

Michael Ball Realty Ray White Penrith

2 Watsford Court

Jim Aitken Penrith

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93 Gannet Drive 4 Barry Coe Place 100 Andromeda Drive

Sat 11.00-11.40am

83 Wedmore Road

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EMU HEIGHTS

10 Watkin Street

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14 Sunland Crescent 3 Sunland Crescent

Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook

MULGOA 1-3 Roxys Way

Michael Ball Realty Jim Aitken Penrith

Sat 12.00-12.30pm

10 Maldon Street

Michael Ball Realty

Sat 12.00-12.40pm

9 Banderra Road

Jim Aitken Penrith

Sat 1.00-1.40pm

27 Springfield Crescent

SPRINGWOOD Ray White Penrith

LLANDILO

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11 Alkoomie Avenue

Jim Aitken Glenmore Park

Jim Aitken Springwood

Sun 12.00-12.40pm 39 Boomerang Road

Jim Aitken Springwood

Sun 1.00-1.40pm

Jim Aitken Springwood

27 Springfield Crescent

WARRIMOO Sat 11.00-11.40am

42 Spurwood Road

Jim Aitken Springwood

WERRINGTON DOWNS Sat 11.00-11.30am

13 Gumleaf Row

Michael Ball Realty

Sat 2.00-2.40pm

21 Gatehouse Circuit

Jim Aitken Penrith

PENRITH Sat 11.00-11.15am Sat 12.00-12.30pm Sat 1.00-1.30pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm

6/1-5 Regentville Road 9/37 Mulgoa Road 52/37 Mulgoa Road 3 Highview Avenue

Ray White Penrith Ray White Penrith Ray White Penrith Jim Aitken Penrith

WINMALEE Sat 12.00-12.40pm

62 Marsh Road

ROSS FOWLER & CO Chartered Accountants

Jim Aitken Springwood

YELLOW ROCK

SILVERDALE Sat 11.00-11.40am

14 Emma Parade

Ray White Penrith

Sat 1.00-1.40pm

16 Cooroy Crescent

Ray White Penrith

11 Tindale St Penrith

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170 Fragar Road

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Sat 11.15-11.30am 4/1-5 Regentville Road Sat 11.15-12.00 noon 78 Galvin Road Sat 12.30-1.15pm 89 Fifth Avenue

Ray White Penrith

EMU PLAINS

151 York Road

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SOUTH PENRITH

Michael Ball Realty Jim Aitken Glenmore Park Jim Aitken Glenmore Park

JORDAN SPRINGS Sat 1.00-1.40pm

CLAREMONT MEADOWS Sat 2.00-2.40pm

29 Alston Avenue 4 Woburn Place 48 Dillwynia Drive

JAMISONTOWN Sat 3.00-3.30pm

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he Penrith Phantoms senior one side have slipped to the bottom of the NSW Ice Hockey standings. Their double-header began last Saturday night when they took on the 2012 Premiers, Liverpool Saints, at the Penrith Ice Palace. The Phantoms got off to an impressive start, leading 1-0 for most of the game, but were out-muscled during the fin al period, losing 3-1.

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Nepean juniors have performed exceptionally well in the last week in tournaments across NSW. Courtney Cook played fantastically to win the U/14 Girls singles title at the Illawarra Junior Open. Andre DeOliviera put in a great effort to make the semifi nals at the Newcastle Junior Open, losing to the eventual winner, and then winning the playoff to fi nish in third place. Both of these junior players attend Woodriff Gardens for their coaching and training. Well done Courtney and Andre! Here at Nepean District Tennis Association, we are always on the lookout for the next potential champion. On Saturday, April 27, we will once again be holding a combined talent identific ation day, and open Gala Day for people of all ages and experience to come along and try tennis. There will be a full complement of

Slow start The Penrith Panthers Waratah Championship Men’s basketball side are hoping to turn their poor start to the season around this Sunday when they return home to take on the Hills Hornets. Last Saturday, the Panthers increased their losing streak to three, going down to league leaders, Manly Warringah, 84-68. Panthers coach Jeff Cooper said his side were in the contest right up until the fi nal quarter when fatigue started to hit them hard. “We had three players missing therefore we had some players playing big minutes,” he said.

Their second game on Sunday night against the Canterbury Kings wasn’t a tight affair to say the least. The Phantoms battled hard against the Kings, who fielded a line-up of mostly international players, but moments of panic in defence saw the score blow out 5-1. “I think we are going to struggle this year,” captain George Kozumplik admitted. “We’re still trying to feel out the team, trying to work out who’s best, where. Defending in our end is a bit sloppy. Once we get through we do get chances.”

Chris Woodland coaches on hand to deliver free coaching all morning. So if you would like to find out if you have what it takes, or just want to come down and give tennis a try, Saturday, April 27 will provide the perfect opportunity. Bookings are essential, so call our pro shop on 4721 2880, or drop into Woodriff Gardens at the corner of Castlereagh Road, and High Street, Penrith. School holidays are here again, and Nepean District Tennis Association has just the answer to get your kids out of the house, and away from all of those electronic gadgets. School holiday fun days run throughout both weeks of the school holidays and there are classes suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced players aged three to 18-years. To book your place, or make further enquiries call NDTA on 4721 2880.

Family affair Like many people heading to Sunday’s inaugural Fit for Freedom Family Fun Day, the Rogers family are eager to give something back to the servicemen and women of the Australian Defence Force – many of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Th ree generations of the Rogers family will be at the Family Fun Day, which is part of the Australian Defence Force Assistance Trust’s Fit for Freedom initiative. Proceeds raised will assist Defence members, veterans and their families who are struggling fina ncially. The event will be held on Sunday.


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It was the fi rst game at home ground number two in Canberra on Saturday evening against the Saints and it was a match that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. The game saw the loss of three GWS players to injury and suspension, which will hit them very hard. The Giants started poorly against St Kilda, not posting a score in the fir st quarter and fi nally losing the match by 72 points at the newly named Startrack Oval. The biggest news of the match was the loss of Jonathon Patton to an ACL rupture, which will see him out of the game for the rest of the year. What seemed to be more of an ankle injury than anything saw the young forward, writhing in agony grabbing his knee. He will have a knee reconstruction, which will see him return in 2014. Th is is extremely disappointing for Patton and the Giants, and the footy world wishes him a speedy recovery. To rub salt in the wounds, Devon Smith has been suspended for one week and Dean Brogan has been given a three match suspension for an incident which

wasn’t caught on camera that saw the Saints’ Jack Newnes receive a fractured jaw. On a more positive note, co-captain, Callan Ward was the best player for the Giants, fi nishing with 28 disposals, four marks and six tackles. Up forward, Giles, Treloar and Brogan all kicked two goals each, but it wasn’t enough giving St Kilda their fi rst win for 2013. Sunday sees the Giants make their fi rst trip to Melbourne to face the hapless Demons at the MCG. Melbourne have lost their fi rst three games by more than 70 points each, and this is a great opportunity for the Giants to continue the misery. The Demons had a competitive fi rst half last week against the West Coast Eagles, but eventually lost by 94 points. If the Giants can play four solid quarters they will have a very good chance to have their fi rst win in Melbourne. Kicking a winning score is of concern, especially without Patton, but O’hAilpin, Frost and Tomlinson are all vying for the spot and hopefully Cameron can kick a few at the ‘G’ and lead GWS to their fi rst win of 2013.

Golf Open The Penrith Junior Golf Open will be held today (Friday, April 19) at the Penrith Golf Club. It’s an Age Qualifier and Junior Vardon event.

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Very sad to hear of the passing of all round good guy, Glenbrook Panthers Club Patron Barry Ramsay. Barry was a hard worker and always welcomed bowlers at the club. Barry joined the club in 1964 and was awarded Life Membership in 1999. Also at a recent visit to Glenbrook Panthers I spoke to Sid Hodson who looked exceptionally good and was still full of bowls tales. I am sure he was tempted to take his wheelchair on the green for a bowl. Penrith City Women’s were victorious in the No1 and No 2 Pennants. The ir teams were: One’s Vicki Milford, Joy Scott, Helen Fitzgerald and Carol Fahey in one side and Kerry Shiels, Fiona Logan, Michelle Pearce and Mandy Snow the other. Two’s Claire Minall, Di Laugier, Helen Regan and Robin Cox and the other side was Di Pittaway, Yvonne Love, Marge Peasnell and Betty Keavy. Good luck for

the future matches ladies. Leaders after six rounds of District Pennants are Grade 1 Penrith, Grade 2 Wallacia, Grade 3 Austral, Grade 4 Springwood, Grade 5.1 Penrith, Grade 5.2 Riverstone, Grade 6.1 Glenbrook Panthers, Grade 6.2 Kingswood, Grade 7.1 Glenbrook Panthers and Grade 7.2 Springwood. Bowls NSW, responding to popular demand, now has available a shirt which can be worn by National Umpires when performing their duty. The shirts are of quality material and will be available in both long and short sleeve. Bowls NSW recommends as part of its sunsmart policy that long sleeves be worn. It is not mandatory for umpires to wear the Bowls NSW Umpires Shirt, umpires may still wear ‘standard attire’ or continue to use their club’s umpires shirts.

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A capacity crowd turned up to watch the pretty boys (Jamo) of the 35/1’s take on the boys from Werrington. Jamo came out firing and took the game to Werro. A miss hit shot come cross from Quinny was tapped in at the far post by Stubbs.1-0 to Jamo. Second half and Werro started to dominate possession as Jamo looked tired (maybe a 9am kick off didn’t suit the pretty boys). Simovic made a great run leaving Bonney in his wake then passed it to Baricevic who buried it in the bottom corner. 1.1. Both sides had ample opportunities to go ahead. Werro went down to 10 men but still fought on. Jamo was then handed a penalty 3 mins to go which was despatched nicely by Casserly. Jamo win 2-1 although i am sure Werro felt aggrieved. Greeny was best for Jamo and Buterin was solid at the back for Werro.

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Blaxland keeper to lob it into the net for the equaliser. Davies and King were solid for Blaxland at the back with Small picking up the pieces but no doubt the Blaxland boys feel disappointed letting a 2-0 game slip in the last 15mins. Credit must also go to Band Club for fighting hard for the whole 90mins.

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he Penrith Emus are on the improve according to head coach Sateki Tu’ipulotu but need to capitalise on their attacking chances better if they are going to trouble any teams during the Shute Shield season. The Emus lost their round two encounter against the Gordon Highlanders at Nepean Rugby Park 42-5 but showed plenty of positive signs of what they’re capable of. “The scoreboard didn’t indicate how well the boys played,” Tu’ipulotu said. “We had most of the possession, most of the territory but didn’t convert it into points and that was the difference. We also had too many unforced errors.” Tu’ipulotu said his side’s defence was improving, considering the result the previous week where they were thrashed 74-10. “Their defence is getting much better,” he said. “We got into scoring territories quite a number of times but we just didn’t come away with points. “We also dropped a lot of ball in our 22 and you can’t do that in fi rst grade. “All up we had 17 unforced errors and four of them resulted in four of Gordon’s tries.” Th is Saturday at 3pm, the Emus are back at Nepean Rugby Park taking on Northern Suburbs, who are undefeated after two rounds and looking dangerous this season. Tu’ipulotu hopes his side brings back

The Penrith Emus are showing better signs each week in the Shute Shield. Photo: Penrith Emus

the same energy and promise that they showed against Gordon last weekend when they run out this Saturday. “As I keep saying, Rome wasn’t built in

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against Gordon but we are just lacking the skill level at the moment, which we are working on. Once we get the combinations and cohesion right, we’ll be okay.”

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estern Sydney Wanderers captain Michael Beauchamp has only ever been involved in one A-League grand fin al before, ironically when he was a member of the Central Coast Mariners, the same club he’s looking to defeat and win the A-League trophy against this weekend. The 32-year-old hopes his fortunes will be a lot different this Sunday than they were on March 5, 2006. “It’s been a few years since I played with the Mariners but I’ve got great memories of playing up there on the coast, and some not so great memories of the fin al, hopefully I’m on the other side of that this time,” he said. “The Mariners are a quality side, it’s their fourth fi nal in eight years, so they’re there for a reason and it’s going to be a tough match.” Beauchamp said his side were feeling very relaxed ahead of the biggest game of the club’s short existence. He’ll be urging his teammates to soak up the rare occasion on Sunday. “I’ll try to say my bit on Sunday as well as the boss (Tony Popovic) but I think the main thing is to go out and enjoy it because it’s like they say with your wedding day – it comes and goes so fast – so you want to enjoy it as much as you can,” he said. “Hopefully all the boys take it in as well, especially the lead up… it’s all about taking it for what it is because it doesn’t

come around very often. I’m sure everyone is going to be ready for the match and hopefully they’ll enjoy it.” Beauchamp believes a lot of Western Sydney’s successes this season comes down to one man, A-League ‘Coach of the Year’ Tony Popovic. He says without ‘Popa’ the Wanderers wouldn’t be where they are today. “As a whole it’s a massive group effor t but he’s the one driving the ship,” he said. “We work tirelessly on our formation and defence and it all comes from his mind and Ante Milicic on the sidelines. Popa’s done a great job with not only the team as a whole but individual players have all stepped up and improved this season, and you have to give him a lot of credit for that.” The Wanderers have enjoyed a remarkable and unbelievable ride this season, winning the coveted Premier’s Plate three weeks ago. But according to Beauchamp, the fairytale isn’t complete until they’re grasping the A-League trophy come Sunday evening. “We’ve had the goal from the beginning to make the grand fi nal and to hold up that trophy is another one,” he said. “The grand fi nal is going to come down to a lot of things but the main thing is who wants it the most and who’s willing to put everything on the line. We won’t be leaving anything on the pitch.” Whilst the Wanderers face injury and suspension woes heading into the decider, the club has overcome such challenges before, and seems to be able to deal with adversity with relative ease.

Wanderers captain Michael Beauchamp at training. Photo: Melinda Jane.

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Wanderful opportunity for kids Cranebrook soccer players to play special role as part of Grand Final day

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Kids from Cranebrook United Soccer Club will be part of A-League Grand Final celebrations on Sunday. Photo: Melinda Jane.

part of the very special occasion. “We wanted it to be open to everyone across the club, so we sent out an email to all of our junior members and gave them four days to reply back to say they were interested,” she said. “We then drew the winners out of a hat. That was the only fair way we could do it.”

Two of those lucky players were 13-yearold Kaitlin Hansen and 11-year-old Indii Newman. “I was screaming and running through the house when I heard the news,” Kaitlin said. “I was very excited too, I can’t wait to actually watch the game live on Sunday,

it’s going to be heaps cool,” Indii added. Ms Macleod-Jones said getting selected was one of the best things to ever happen to the hardworking local club. “It mean we give our kids the opportunity to go to the Grand Final. It’s great for soccer, it’s great for the club and it’s great for the association,” she said.

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he lives of every single Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners player will change the moment they walk out onto the Allianz Stadium pitch in front of 45,000 screaming supporters on Sunday. But they won’t be the only footballers that day to cross that white line and bask in Grand Final day glory. 42 young players, aged six to 15, from Cranebrook United Soccer Club will also experience one of the best moments of their lives after they were given the chance to be part of the Grand Final day experience. “We applied in August last year for the Hyundai Goals for Grassroots,” Club Secretary, Gail Macleod-Jones said. “We virtually forgot about it until the morning of April Fool’s Day when we got a call to say we were successful, and that if the Wanderers make the Grand Final, we would be there with them.” Initially Ms Macleod-Jones thought it was an April Fool’s Day prank until they got the email confi rmation later that day. As part of their selection the club has received a $1,000 grant plus will receive a further $1,000 for each goal the Wanderers score. Not only that, 22 Cranebrook United players will act as mascots for the Wanderers and Mariners stars, walking them out onto the hallowed turf. Ms Macleod-Jones said it was a tough task trying to choose the 42 players to be a

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AROUND THE GROUNDS The Penrith Panthers Women’s Waratah Championship League will be hoping their week off will do them wonders and reignite their season. The girls are currently 0-3 to start the year but have a match up against the fi fth-placed Hills Hornets at home this Sunday at 12pm. Here’s a treat for young up and coming basketballers – American import and Penrith Panthers basketball star, Ben Ellsworth, will be conducting individual and small group basketball sessions to improve skills. Ben’s the current leading pointscorer for the Panthers Waratah Championship League Men’s team and is the reigning ‘Defensive Player of the Year’. For more information contact Ben at penrithdevelopment@gmail.com or visit www.penrithbasketball.net.au. The Penrith Rams fi rst grade AFL side took a round two beating this week, going down to premiership favourites Southern Power 86-44. The Rams came out of the blocks flying and went into quarter time up by a couple of goals. But the home team powered back into the contest in the second and third quarters to put the game beyond doubt. Penrith sit in fourth position on the AFL Sydney Division One ladder. The Under 8/1’s Brothers Junior Rugby League Club (pictured) achieved excellent results at last weekend’s

Marconi Club Football Knockout Competition. The young lads played three regular knockout games and had no tries scored against them. Then their defence stayed strong throughout the two semifi nal matches, not conceding a single try still. They reached the grand fi nal full of confidence but weren’t able complete their impressive run with a title. Thi s weekend the boys, along with thousands of other kids, kick of the 2013 Junior Rugby League season. Jamie Soward will join the Panthers from 2014. Photo: Melinda Jane.

Panthers sign Soward: Star signature secured for 2014 The Penrith Panthers junior representative rugby league teams have both suffered losses in week one of the fi nals. Penrith’s Harold Matthews side were beaten by Western Suburbs 23-16, while the SG Ball side lost to Parramatta in extra time 24-20. Fortunately both teams’ premiership dreams are still alive but will go into this weekend’s games under the threat of elimination. Penrith will play Cronulla in Harold Matts, followed by the Bulldogs in SG Ball.

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he Penrith Panthers shocked the rugby league world on Wednesday afternoon by announcing the signing of Dragons playmaker and former New South Wales half Jamie Soward. The 28-year-old will join the Panthers on a four year deal starting next season. Panthers Executive General Manager of Rugby League, Phil Gould, said Soward “is a marquee signing for the Panthers club”.

“He is a tremendous talent, proven at the highest levels of our game. He also brings with him great experience and leadership qualities,” Gould said. “Jamie is an outstanding role model for the youth of western Sydney and his obvious popularity with the kids makes him a perfect ambassador for our club’s community and Junior League programs.” Soward has played more than 150 fir st grade games, debuting for the Roosters in 2005 before joining the Dragons two years later. He was part of the club’s premiership success in 2010.

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