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Wanderers claim Premier’s Plate, and the hearts of a region, with dynamite year

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ark down Friday, March 29 as one of the most remarkable days in Australian sporting history. In the very least, it was a watershed moment for football. Following their 3-0 hammering of the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium on Good Friday, the Western Sydney Wanderers fi nished on top of the A-League with 57 points after 27 thrilling rounds. And they did it all in their fi rst season. Western Sydney’s win will forever be known as an Australian sporting fairytale and should be in every sense. The Wanderers entered the game against the Jets undefeated over their previous 12 games, winning 11 and drawing one. With their vocal Red and Black Bloc supporters making the trip up the F3, you could have been forgiven if you thought the game was taking place at Parramatta rather than Newcastle. Just the sheer noise and enthusiasm of the 22,518 strong crowd would’ve had Wanderers players thinking it was them who had the home advantage. Despite missing a host of key players for the clash including marquee man Shinji Ono, the Wanderers ran rampant on Newcastle in fi ne fashion. Former Jet Mark Bridge was the star of the show, scoring the opening two goals of the game, before Rocky Visconte capped off the night with a terrific strike from a short corner late in the second half. After the game coach Tony Popovic

The Western Sydney Wanderers in action against Sydney FC at Parramatta Stadium a fortnight ago. Photo: Melinda Jane.

said the result was a great way to end the regular season. “It was a pressure game for both teams and I am extremely proud of the players,” he said. “There is an amazing belief in this team and the club and it shows.” Popovic added that the club will take

plenty of confidence from their Premier’s Plate win into their fi nals campaign, which begins next Friday. “They still have a job to do because in this country we celebrate the Grand Final winners and we will do everything we can to get ourselves into that one,” he said. “It will be special for the players, fans

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and the whole club.” Inspirational Wanderers captain Michael Beauchamp believes his side has the ability to go all the way. “We have to refocus this week – rebuild and regenerate,” he said. No matter what happens next, this story is already a dream come true.

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Just the beginning of the story 12 months ago, they didn’t have a name. Today, they have the Premier’s Plate.

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t’s quite hard to believe after all that’s been achieved so far that, one year ago yesterday on April 4, 2012, the Western Sydney Wanderers were born. And in that short space of time, so many ‘wanderful’ moments have happened – many unexpected but all thoroughly deserved. A top level football club based in Sydney’s west had been something fans of the code had been crying out for, for years. Their dreams were realised on April 4 last year when former Football Federation Australia (FFA) CEO Ben Buckley announced the creation of a new team for western Sydney. The club, which would be owned by the FFA, had the backing of a number of high profi le Australian football stars in Tim Cahill, Scott Chipperfield and Lucas Neill. The newly formed Western Sydney franchise then went on a cross-city adventure surveying fans on what they wanted the club to be called and what colours they should be seen in. On June 25, all was revealed to the football world at a spectacular launch at Parramatta Stadium, that Western Sydney would be called the Wanderers and that their colours would be red, black and white. Also on that day, the club unveiled their new head coach Tony Popovic, along with three signings – Aaron Mooy, Tarek Elrich and Kwabena Appiah-Kubi. Over the next few months the club

started building their roster for the 2012/13 season, acquiring players from around the A-League, as well as overseas. The club held their fi rst pre-season trial game at Cook Park in St Marys against Nepean FC on July 25, where close to 4,000 supporters turned up to see the side go around. It wasn’t until October 6 when Western Sydney’s life in the A-League offic ially kicked off in front of a massive crowd against the Central Coast Mariners. Despite the Wanderers’ inexperience against the A-League favourites, the game ended in a nil-all draw. Without a win and not a goal scored after three games, the Wanderers travelled to Brisbane determined more than ever to take home the three points – and they did just that. Not only was history made that night with their fi rst ever goal, courtesy of Mark Bridge, but the Wanderers won their fir st ever game defeating the Roar 1-0. Following their fi rst victory, the Wanderers enjoyed mixed results for the fi rst half of the season. Some memorable moments included beating cross-town rival Sydney FC 2-0; thrashing Adelaide United 6-1 in front of their home fans; and beginning a winning streak on January 13, that’s lasted to this day. The Wanderers remained undefeated for their last 12 A-League matches – winning 11 and drawing one – a feat that no other team in the competition has ever achieved. And with each win, interest in the

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Wanderers continued to grow. The club has had to overcome its fair share of controversies already, mostly relating to the anti-social behaviour of a small group of fans; and now they have to deal with the sad and tragic death of the club’s media manager Rod Allen. According to the club and its supporters,

last Friday’s win of the highly-regarded Premier’s Plate is just the start of their trophy collection. Their next mission is to be present at the A-League Grand Final on Sunday, April 21, where they’ll look to cap off the most extraordinary story ever told in Australian sport.

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St Clair mum Sarah Springett found it difficult to find her twins, Ben and Lucy, child care arrangements. Inset: Debbie Pham, owner of Kids Korner. Photos: Melinda Jane.

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he child care and early childhood education industry is set for a major overhaul as parents tackle issues such as affordability, access and quality. The latest Child Care Update from the Federal Government shows that some 700,000 families nationwide use child care services with more than a quarter of all children under 12 years of age now receiving child care. There are also some 266,000 children enrolled in preschool. But all levels of government have agreed that this burgeoning system needs significant improvements to accommodate families’ changing lifestyles, cost of living

pressures and to ensure children are given the best educational opportunities. ACCESS There are a range of child care providers locally, with Penrith City Council and private centres offering most services. However, Penrith residents have had mixed experiences when it comes to fi nding suitable child care for their young ones. St Clair mum Sarah Springett found out fir st hand the difficulties of fi nding appropriate child care when she started looking for a local centre for her twins, Ben and Lucy when they were 10-months-old. “They were on the Penrith City Council centralised waiting list for 18 months and in the

meantime I had to go all the way to Kemps Creek to fi nd a child care,� she said. “I eventually took them off the waiting list because I was happy with the private centre.� After sending her children to care in Kemps Creek, Mrs Springett placed her children on the waiting list earlier this year again with Penrith Council and was fortunately given two positions just four weeks later at a centre in St Clair. “Council centres are always clean and I’m not a picky parent so I have never had a real issue with the quality of care provided,� Mrs Springett said. There are some 988 children on the waiting list for long day care with Penrith Council currently; at the beginning of the year there were 1,988.

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Both sides of politics, and all levels of government, have child care on agenda Continued from page 1 There are 165 children waiting for positions in Council preschools and 211 waiting for before and after school care. A Council spokeswoman said that the distribution of demand for certain days and parents forgetting to take their child’s name off waiting lists distorts list fig ures. “It is very difficult to determine an average waiting time as the majority of parents apply well in advance of the date they require the vacancy,” she said. “Waiting times very much depend upon the age of the child and availability of places at the time the parents require it... Staff call around 100 families per day offering positions.” For Deborah Sheely however, find ing child care for her one-year-old son Ewan, weeks after his birth, was remarkably easy. “I work five days per week and so does my husband. We were able to fi nd child care for Ewan easily; a centre just around the corner from my work on Woodriff Street was very accommodating and provides excellent care for him,” she said. Local child care owner, Debbie Pham, who founded Kids Korner child care centre in Cranebrook, said that many private child care providers have waiting lists too. “Our centre at Cranebrook has 135 places and it is 100 per cent full, we have a waiting list,” she said. “We recently opened a new centre in Penrith that has 90 places and it is already 50 per cent full so there is defin itely demand out there for quality services.” Federal Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care, Kate Ellis, said that a lot of work by all levels of government is required to address access issues. “We know there are still many families who can afford child care but simply cannot fi nd any centres that can take their children,” she said. A Universal Access agreement between the Federal and NSW Government, specifies that both tiers should work

towards giving all children access to 15 hours of preschool education a week for a period of 40 weeks to improve education rates and opportunities. A report published last month, Preschool Education, Australia 2012, shows that the proportion of children with that level of access is currently around half of all enrolments, compared to a third in 2011. AFFORDABILITY Both Mrs Springett and Mrs Sheely say that child care is reasonably affordable. “My husband and I are on a combined income of between $80,000 and $90,000 so qualify for the Child Care Rebate. The initial cost of care per day for Ewan is about $70 but that is reduced to $32.10 per day – but with him in care four days per week, that’s still over $120,” Mrs Sheely said. “If we didn’t qualify for the rebate almost half my income would be spent on child care costs.” Mrs Springett said nearly three quarters of her wage is spent on child care costs. “We qualify for the Child Care Rebate, but... it still costs us about $43 per child per day so it defi nitely adds up. Plus there are so many other costs – double the clothing, double the nappies,” she said. Federal MP for Lindsay, David Bradbury, said that the Federal Government increased the Child Care Rebate from 30 to 50 per cent to reduce out of pocket expenses for parents: “The benefits of this significant reform are currently being enjoyed by over 7,070 local families”. The State Government has announced that it will inject $20 million into preschools to reduce fees. The fee reductions will be effective from Term 2. “Th is will lead to fee reductions for families of up to 26 per cent,” said Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli. FLEXIBILITY Both the Federal Government and Opposition have earmarked

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The Sheely family are happy with child care affordability. Inset: Tony Abbott at Mulgoa.

improvements to flexibility of child care services. The Federal Government announced two weeks ago that it would spend $11 million on a package to improve the flexibility of child care hours by trialling overnight and weekend care and extended weekday hours. On a recent visit to Mulgoa, Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott called for a full Productivity Commission inquiry into child care to improve flexibility. “We need a practical child care system that deals with the 24/7 needs of the modern Australian family,” he said. Lindsay Liberal candidate, Fiona Scott said: “The Productivity Commission would consider all the current impediments to a family friendly child care system and look at how parents can better access existing services including outside school hours care”.

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n this job you tend to go to a lot of launches, ceremonies and openings – and sometimes they can be pretty stock standard and all blend into each other, such is their monotonous nature and style. Last Thursday night I had the great honour of attending the season launch of the Penrith Emus, who do battle in their fi rst Shute Shield rugby union match of the season this weekend. Now for those who aren’t quite up to date on their sporting background, the Emus aren’t one of the glamour clubs of rugby union and indeed they’re a poor cousin to most of the sporting outfits in the Penrith region. The club relies on volunteers, hard working committee members and loyal family members of players and offic ials to ensure they can run out onto the field each and every week. To say that the club runs on the smell of an oily rag would be to over-estimate the reality. But last Thursday night you got the sense that it mattered little. Th is is a club that is creating a new culture; one built on the word “family” and it hopes it will create an era for the Emus that at least makes them competitive and worthy of their spot in the Shute Shield. With such a high rate of Polynesian players, having a family atmosphere is critical, and you could tell from the celebrations last Thursday that the concept is working well in its early stages. No, there was no red carpet. Yes, the free drinks suddenly stopped half way through and became $5 each (Derek Gow, I owe you a beer for getting me out of that uncomfortable bind!) and there was almost a scandal when it came to the big raffle prize of the night. The launch was held at the Emus’ home ground in Cranebrook, and the air conditioning was, well, there was no air conditioning. But what there was plenty of was smiles, and hope. Head coach Sateki Tuipulotu spoke about stripping the club right back, and starting from scratch. “It’s not only about rugby, it’s about life in general as well,” he said. “We have adopted now the family culture. Th is involves everyone from babies, kids, teenagers, adults and elders.

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“At the club we have about 85 per cent Polynesians and they don’t come as individuals, they come as packages, and we need to cater for this. “When you have the support of your family and friends, it gives you satisfaction, knowing that they support you 100 per cent.” The club has brought organisations like Richmond TAFE on board, so it can help with the educational needs of both players and relatives. They’ve found themselves a marketing manager in the very capable Shane Skeen, who I believe was solely responsible for the raffle debacle mentioned earlier. I’ve been around Penrith for most of my life and have known of the Emus, mainly through my job, for the best part of a decade. Every year, someone will come up to you and tell you why something has changed this year, and why it’ll be different this season. Until now, it’s been very hard to believe that it was anything more than just words and pipedreams. Now though, there seems to be some very real direction, and much of the credit must go to Jim Hook, whose tireless effort keeps the Emus spirit alive. As much as they would like to be fodder for an inspirational sporting fil m, nobody is expecting miracles out at Andrews Road this year. “The job is certainly not a sprint, it’s a marathon,” coach Teki said (everyone else seems to call him that, so I’m in). “Rome wasn’t built in a day, but those little steps that everyone takes will benefit not only the players now, but rugby in the west in general. “Th is is the beginning of a new era. We can only be happy in the future to leave a legacy of a family culture.” As we celebrate the success of the Wanderers, and ponder the performances of the Panthers, it is what happens at those sports that don’t end up on the back page every week that we should all be taking notice of, because in many ways, they work the hardest. There may not be many wins out at Andrews Road this year. In fact, the bottom of the table may well be where the Emus end up again. But there’s a hell of a lot of spirit and determination. And that must count for something.

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e are very protective of our superannuation. We should be, it’s our money. Australia has one of the most sophisticated wealth management systems in the world. There’s over $1.4 trillion in super funds – and it was originally a Labor initiative. We’re world leaders. Even China is starting to look to us for our expertise as the Asian middle class booms. Just this week Bill Shorten will be part of a delegation to China because their leadership wants to eventually mirror our regulatory framework. Super is a forced form of savings so we’re not a burden on the government once we retire. But for the past few weeks the government has burdened us with uncertainty about this very issue. Julia Gillard and every member of her fi nance team – Wayne Swan, Penny Wong and David Bradbury have all been talking about making the system a lot more

“sustainable and equitable�. Each and every one of those mentioned above have, in various media appearances, refused to rule out a higher tax on either contributions or earnings. The Prime Minister’s office has allowed this to continue, giving Tony Abbott a chance to fi ll the speculation vacuum. The speculation has led the news cycle for weeks and nothing has been done. Not one Labor operative has seen the sense to simmer it down and release some actual detail. Speculation is a journalistic pastime, especially in the lead-up to the annual Budget and in an election year, but it doesn’t come without a fair bit of hinting from good political sources. The Gillard Government has taken a battering. Accusations of another chapter in “class warfare� or that the government was looking to “raid� your super to pay for their savings have been rampant. In fact, the government is only looking

at a fairer tax on the top one or two per cent of wage earners, those earning about $240,000 a year. It will add a pretty modest amount of revenue to the government’s bottom line. So what was all that political pain for? It’d be hard to argue that there was some sort of strategy involved. It is just weeks since Julia Gillard shook the leadership monkey off her back, giving her a clearer run to the election. The Prime Minister can no longer blame leadership tension for her political problems. Th is superannuation debacle is the fir st example since the failed leadership coup that chaos still exists in this Gillard Labor Government.

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Option A pictured above would include a new set of traffic lights, pedestrian crossing and possible widening of the road.

however, we are asking residents for feedback because it does involve changes to their driving patterns,” Mr Drozd said. Once a preferred option is agreed upon

with community consultation, Penrith Council will develop a detailed plan and submit it to the Federal Government for Black Spot funding.

Residents will have until April 26 to make a submission on the plan, with over 800 local residents to receive letters about the plans, which are on display at Council.

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y the time this column goes to print, I will be in China, leading the most senior Australian political delegation ever to visit this global powerhouse of economic growth. My delegation will be participating in the Bo’ao Forum for Asia, an important annual gathering of political and business leaders, and will meet China’s new President and Premier. Th is is important for western Sydney because it is a strategic hub for goods produced around Australia, and transport and logistics is the third largest industry in the region. My Government is committed, as outlined in the Australia in the Asia Century White Paper, to a stronger and more comprehensive relationship with China. We will be able to discuss at length Australia’s rapidly growing trade, investment, education, research and people-to-people links. China is Australia’s largest trading partner with two-way goods and services trade worth $128 billion in 2011-12. My delegation will also discuss a range of common interests, including cooperation in the G20, APEC, the United Nations Security Council and closer engagement with China in the banking and fi nance sector. If we can do this together, then our opportunities beyond mining are huge.

TONY ABBOTT The Party with a plan

By 2030, our region of the world will be home to 3.2 billion middle-class consumers, the world’s biggest middleclass. The Chinese are exactly the kind of people who we want to buy Australian. I want Australia to win the benefits of this growth. I want western Sydney to come up a winner and you have the natural advantages to do so. Th is is the most socially and ethnically diverse region in the nation, in a century when we must know the languages and cultures of our customers and competitors like never before. So let’s go and get that work, seize that opportunity, create those jobs.

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t is five months until the election and it is six weeks until the Budget. Th is week I held a telephone conference hook-up with Coalition MPs, senators and candidates from right around Australia to talk about where things are at and where our country is going. There is no doubt that the Australian people are desperate for hope and they want to see better prospects for the future. The Coalition has a plan for a better Australia and that’s why we can offer people hope for a better future. We have a plan for stronger communities, which involves putting more faith in the Australian people. We have a plan for a cleaner environment, which involves practical, direct action, not a great big new tax. We have a plan for stronger borders, which involves putting back in place the policies that have been proven to

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work in the past. We have a plan for modern infrastructure, which includes building the WestConnex in Sydney. Above all else, though, we have a plan for a stronger economy and that means living within our means. Everyone who runs a business or has a household budget knows that you’ve got to live within your means. Therefore, when government doesn’t live within its means, every Australian pays – either through higher taxes or higher interest rates. We are not going to engage in the auction that Labor is going to try to run between now and the election. We are not going to try to buy votes with borrowed money. The message the Australian people will get from the Coalition is that we will be prudent and responsible with people’s money. And speaking of the people’s money, it really is embarrassing – even to decent members of the Labor Party – what the Gillard Government is proposing to do with people’s superannuation. If Simon Crean and Martin Ferguson don’t trust the Prime Minister to deal fairly and squarely with superannuation, why should the families of western Sydney? Have a great weekend and I’ll see you next Friday in the Weekender.

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10 April until 8am the following morning. people will turn their cars into a bed to raise awareness about youth homelessness and help support the dreams of homeless young people. It will be held in the Bowlers Carpark, 12 Carsons Lane in St Marys, adjacent to the Fusion Youth and Community Centre. Register at www.sleepinyourcar.org or call 8805 5900. s Over the next few weeks Penrith Council and its project partners, (Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce and Penrith Business Alliance)

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will interview a sample of the business owners and operators in

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major employer for the City. The survey will obtain vital information

15 April 2013 – 7.30pm (Policy Review Committee)

about business activities and employment levels and help Council

29 April 2013 – 7.30pm (Ordinary meeting)

For more details about the survey, businesses can call Penrith City

develop an Improvement Strategy for the area. Council Senior Planner on 4732 7723.

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s Spectators will see over 3,000 competitors take part in the 2013 AusDBF Australian Dragon Boat Championships at the Sydney International Rowing Centre (SIRC) between 15–20 April. Over 5 exciting days the Trevor Huggard and Peter Bristow Trophies will be up for grabs as well as three positions for the 2014 World Club Crew Championships in Italy. This year’s AusChamps will also include the inaugural running of the Oceania and Trans-Tasman Championships with invitations extended to crews from New Zealand. Go to www.ausdbf.com.au, or call SIRC on 4730 0000,

home. Choosing the right window coverings means the homeowners can improve the confort of their home all-year-round and reduce their power bills by around $60 or more.

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PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT OPERATIONS (CLEAN AIR) REGULATION 2002 Notice of Approval to Burn (Rural Areas) This approval applies only to rural zoned properties in Wallacia, Mulgoa, Kemps Creek, Mt Vernon, Londonderry, Llandilo, Castlereagh, Berkshire Park, Cranebrook, Orchard Hills, Luddenham, Agnes Banks, Badgery’s Creek and Regentville. In accordance with the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2002, Penrith City Council hereby grants general approval for burning in the open of dead and dry vegetation that originated on the property where the burning is to be carried out. This approval is restricted to the suburbs nominated above and to single land parcels that are 4,000 square meters (one acre) or greater in area. If your property falls within NSW Fire Brigade area, a Fire Permit must be obtained from the NSW Fire Brigade prior to the commencement of the burn. This approval is granted subject to the provisions of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2002 and the following conditions: 1. Only dead and dry vegetation, where the vegetation originally grew on the same property shall be burnt in accordance with the Rural Fire Service ‘Standards for Pile Burning’ June 2003; www.rfs.nsw.gov.au 2. All ďŹ res are to be pile burns where the pile is not to exceed 2 metres in length or width, and must not be greater than 1.5 metres high. Any logs over 150mm in diameter are not to be added to the pile.

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3. Burning under this approval must at all times be carried out by such practicable means as are necessary to prevent or minimise air pollution. Burning should not be carried out during periods of high wind or when the weather conditions are likely to cause smoke impacts on sensitive receptors such as schools, nursing homes, childcare centres or other residences.

10. Written or oral notice is to be given to the Cumberland Rural Fire Service at least 24 hours prior to the burn. Contact details are: s0H s&AX AND s%MAILCumberland.zone@rfs.nsw.gov.au Such notice must specify the person’s name, contact number, the location, purpose of the proposed ďŹ re and time that the ďŹ re is proposed to be lit. 11. A responsible supervising adult over the age of 18 shall be on site at all times with enough water to extinguish the ďŹ re, if required, for that time the ďŹ re is active.  "URNINGSHALLONLYBECONDUCTEDBETWEENTHEHOURSOFAMANDPM on any day. 13. Any residue waste from the burning must be disposed of in an environmentally satisfactory manner and in accordance with the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 and the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2005. On the completion of the burn, the burnt area must be maintained in a condition that minimises or prevents the emission of dust and prevents sediment or ash from ďŹ res being washed from the area into surrounding waterways (natural or constructed) including creeks, stormwater drainage lines, dams or ponds. This approval remains in force from 1 April to 30 September 2013 or until the commencement of the Bush Fire Season if declared earlier. This approval does not apply to:

5. Only dead and dry vegetation is to be burnt. Plastics, rubber, chemical and pesticide containers, and the following speciďŹ c prohibited articles are not be burnt:

1. The burning of vegetation resulting from land clearing undertaken without development consent. Vegetation arising from land clearing can only be burnt in accordance with this general approval and if allowed under a development consent issued by Council;

(b) Timber treated with copper chromium arsenate (CCA) or pentachlorophenol (PCP) or painted timber (c) Grass clippings and leaves are not considered suitable due to the excessive smoke and alternative methods of disposal should be sought  ! LLlRESARETOBEAMINIMUMDISTANCEOFMETRESFROMANY building, areas of natural vegetation and 10 metres from all property boundaries.  )NTHEEVENTOFA4OTAL&IRE"ANBEINGDECLAREDTHISAPPROVALIS suspended. Any existing ďŹ re is to be extinguished and is not to be recommenced until the Total Fire Ban is lifted.

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9. Adjoining neighbours and people likely to be affected by smoke are to be notiďŹ ed at least 48 hours before the ďŹ re is lit. This will allow for smoke-sensitive people including asthmatics to plan to be away from the area before the burn is conducted.

4. All reasonable measures should be taken to ensure that the material being burnt is not wet or green.

(a) Tyres, plastic coated wire, paint/solvent containers and residues

8. In the event of a No Burn Day being declared by the Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) this approval is suspended for the duration of the declaration. When a No Burn Notice is issued, it applies to the lighting of new ďŹ res in the declared areas. Existing ďŹ res are allowed to continue in accordance with the conditions of

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the No Burn Notice, as extinguishing the ďŹ re would result in more smoke. No Burn Notices are notiďŹ ed in the Public Health section of the Sydney Morning Herald not later than on the day on which the Order is to take effect. Recorded information about ‘No Burn Notices’ is usually available after 4pm on the day before the notice comes into effect and can be accessed by phoning 131 555 or at the NSW Department of Environment & Climate Change website www.environment.nsw.gov.au/air/aboutnb.htm

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2. The burning of packaging associated with agricultural operations. 3. Ecological/bush regeneration burns which are carried out to destroy infestations of noxious weeds, or to clear land for native species regeneration. Prior to any burning of vegetation on any property where there are known threatened species, populations, ecological communities of any known Aboriginal relics, individuals and organisations must obtain advice from the DECC contact below. Individuals and organisations that wish to carry out these burns should apply to the Manager Metropolitan Projects and Support, Department of Environment and Climate Change (NSW), 0/"OX 0ARRAMATTA.37 Conducting open burning that does not comply with the conditions of this approval may result in an on the spot penalty notice of $500 for an individual or $1,000 for a corporation. In the event of prosecution for such an offence the maximum penalty is $5,500 for an individual and $11,000 for a corporation. &ORENQUIRIESPHONE#OUNCILON

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olice say that a six-year-old girl is lucky to be alive after she was the passenger in a stolen car driven on a whirlwind police chase in St Marys late last month. About 5.45pm on Thursday, March 21, police were called after it was reported that a 26-year-old woman had allegedly been assaulted during a domestic incident at an address on Kareela Avenue, Penrith. It was alleged that a 28-year-old Seven Hills man had left that address with a six-year-old girl, the daughter of the woman. About 6pm that evening, police spotted a Honda Jazz, which had been stolen from Alexandria the day before, at the intersection of Queen Street and the Great Western Highway, St Marys and attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle drove off, leading police on a chase that was terminated quickly due to the dangerous nature of the pursuit. The car was spotted a second time and another pursuit commenced. After driving down an unsealed road, into the car park of a cricket oval off Boronia Road, it collided with a metal fence pole

which pierced through the passenger side windscreen and through the rear of the car, immobilising the vehicle and narrowly missing the six-year-old Penrith girl. The man emerged from the car holding the hand of the “distressed” child, who police say was fortunately uninjured. “The child has gone back to her mum. I don’t believe that he was the biological father but he was in a relationship with the child’s mum at the time,” said St Marys LAC Crime Manager, Dietmar Almer. The man violently resisted police, allegedly punching and kicking officers as they tried to arrest him, however he was eventually taken to St Marys Police Station where it was identified that he may have been under the influence of drugs. He was taken to Nepean Hospital, under police guard, for testing and treatment. In another twist, the man escaped on foot shortly after 3pm the following day, evading police for a second time. “He escaped from hospital and police immediately mounted a man hunt for him and located him in the Derby Street area at Kingswood,” Mr Almer said. The case remains before the courts.

Close eye on shoplifters: Police operation a success On Thursday, March 28, officers attached to Penrith LAC conducted Operation Light Fingers within Westfield Penrith between 10am and 8pm. Police detected 21 offences during the operation. 14 shoplifters were detected, five charges for ‘Stealing and Goods in Custody’ were laid and eight Criminal Infringement Notices were issued for stealing offences. Penrith Police worked with the Loss Prevention Staff and Security at Westfield Penrith and commended the good work and results that were achieved. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Man forced to drive: Police seek witnesses At around 8.45pm on Sunday, March 31, a 79-year-old male was approached at his vehicle in the car park of the Nepean Rowing Club by a female. She entered the victim’s car refusing to get out and threatened the victim that she was in possession of a gun. The victim then drove the suspect to the intersection of Smith Street and Stevenson Street, South Penrith, where it is believed that a number of witnesses saw the man being assaulted by the female in his vehicle. The suspect, described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 40 years of age, with blond hair, wearing a white singlet and carrying a multi-coloured material handbag, was last seen in Penrose Street, South Penrith, carrying her coloured bag and a dark coloured backpack owned by the victim. Penrith Detectives are appealing to anyone who witnessed the interaction between the victim and female at the car park or the assault at South Penrith to contact Penrith LAC on 4721 9444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Car flips: Spectacular crash to result in charges

Escapee on the run Police are searching for a man who escaped from Goulburn Correctional Centre on Tuesday. Christopher Gibbs, 30, was last seen at the minimum security correctional centre on Maud Street at 8.35am, however at a 9.30am muster he could not be sighted. He had been serving a sentence for armed robbery and other robbery offences.

He is described as Caucasian in appearance, 195cm tall, of a thin build, with sandy blonde hair, and acne scars on his face. Police do not know his whereabouts however he is known to have associates in the St Marys area. If you spot him, call 000 immediately.

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DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION The following development applications have been received by Council:

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s Rawson Homes DA13/0256 142 Coreen Avenue, Penrith Multi-dwelling housing – 3 dwellings and 3 x lot strata title subdivision (Proposed Lot 1169 Sydney Smith Drive, Thornton) Contact: Kate Smith on 4732 7705 Closing Date: 22 April 2013 s Property Innovations Group DA13/0192 51 Barry Street, Cambridge Park Demolition of existing dwelling and construction of multi-unit housing (4 villas) Contact: Hannah Van De Werff on 4732 7714 Closing Date: 22 April 2013

DEVELOPMENT CONSENT/S DETERMINED Pursuant to Section 101 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, the schedule below lists applications recently determined by Penrith City Council.

Penrith City Council has received a Development Application in respect of the subject property. The consent authority for the development application is Penrith City Council. s Stimson Consultant Services Pty Ltd DA11/1445 Lot 1 DP 529885 (No. 2207–2223) Elizabeth Drive, Luddenham Crematorium, lawn cemetery, memorial garden, 3 chapels, associated buildings and car parking The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the NSW Office of Water – Water Management Act 2000 Section 89, 90 & 91, and Roads and Traffic Authority – Roads Act 1993 Section 138. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 25 March 2013 to 24 April 2013. Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council, in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the grounds of objection are to be specified in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA11/1445. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Gurvinder Singh on 4732 7539.

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s N F Billyard Pty Ltd DA13/0025 Lot 168 & Lot 169 DP 16330 (Nos. 93 & 93A) Adelaide Street, Oxley Park Multi-unit housing – Demolition of existing dwelling(s) and construction of 10 x 3-bedroom units

Disclosure of Political Donations or Gifts Development Applications are displayed at the Penrith Civic Centre. By law, reportable political donations or gifts must be disclosed by anyone lodging a planning application to Council. Call 4732 7649 or visit www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au Viewing of Development Applications The above development determination/s may be inspected between 8.30am and 4pm Mondays to Fridays (except Public Holidays) at Council’s Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith. Officers of Council’s Development Services Department will be able to assist with your enquiries.

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s Mullane Planning Consultants Pty Ltd DA10/1206.02 Lot 5 DP 1046980 (No. 130) Rosecrea Drive, Mulgoa Modifications to Torrens title subdivision x 3 lots The above development determination/s may be inspected between 8.30am and 4pm Mondays to Fridays (except Public Holidays) at Council’s Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith. Officers of Council’s Development Services Department will be able to assist with your enquiries.

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s Zac Homes Pty Ltd DA13/0149 Lot 1187 Empire Circuit, Penrith Multi-dwelling housing x 3 dwellings (Proposed Lot 1151 Sydney Smith Drive) Contact: Kate Smith on 4732 7705 Closing Date: 22 April 2013

Police and Paramedics responded to a motor vehicle collision on Debrincat Avenue, North St Marys on Tuesday afternoon. It is alleged a 42-year-old man from Oxley Park had stolen the vehicle a short time before, and further it is alleged that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time. Police allege the man drove the vehicle from Boronia Road, into Debrincat Avenue, where he lost control, causing the vehicle to overturn several times before coming to rest. The man has been taken into custody and a number of charges are expected to be laid in relation to the alleged theft of the vehicle and driving offences. Minor traffic delays were experienced.

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Road to the election

Penrith is Here Exciting things are happening in Penrith. We recently hosted the world’s fi nest rowers, the country’s leading politicians and one of opera’s biggest stars. Next month we’ll welcome back iconic Australian actor Jack Thompson for the Bicentenary celebrations. Since we launched our new city and community brand last May, we’ve been actively seeking opportunities to let everyone know that Penrith is Here. It’s this new direction that has attracted such high profi le visitors and events to Penrith and has driven us to look at new and innovative ways to promote our City. The book and DVD called ‘Penrith – Discover Limitless Opportunities’ is the latest in a suite of promotional materials we have developed to promote our unique attributes to businesses and investors. They tell the story of Penrith, our people, our lifestyle and future and can be viewed on the Penrith is Here website (www.penrithishere.com. au). We all know this is a City brimming with opportunities; soon others will know this too.

What a few weeks in politics! The National Disability Insurance Scheme got passed; the apology to the mothers whose babies were taken away under past Federal Government laws; and the dropping of the media laws. Finally the leadership of the Federal Government has been settled, thank God for that! The media claim to be fair, responsible, and that they don’t discriminate. Let’s see what happens between now until the election. By reporting the truth and facts from both major political parties and not telling us who to vote for, allowing the people to decide, this is what should be happening in a democracy. Both leaders should be challenged about their policies. The Prime Minister has already been challenged on programs such as ‘7.30 Report’ and ‘Q & A’. Where has Mr Abbott been? He should also have to answer these questions. How can people decide if they don’t know what each party would do for Australia? Locally, our candidates David Bradbury and Fiona Scott should debate so people can make a more informed decision, based on what these two might be prepared to do for our local community. Our local media should be holding them to account in the same way. From what I have seen so far, Mr Abbott reminds me of former Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser. He was desperate to become leader. When he did become PM,

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interest rates went up, inflation rose to record levels – this wasn’t just his fault, he had the worst Treasurer Australia has ever had, John Howard. Abbott has Joe Hockey’s $70 billion black hole, who will pay for that? Miles Anderson, Emu Plains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Vision, not an election

Tony says, “An election is the only way to fi x the problems of Australia.” How wrong can he be. It is not an election that is needed to fi x the problems facing the nation, but far ranging policies. Australia is only a shadow of what it once was. Our social structure is in disarray with dysfunctional families the norm. Our manufacturing has flown to other lands. We allow private bankers to create our medium of exchange and we borrow millions of dollars from overseas lenders instead of having a government bank to create our credit. The farming sector, as is the little manufacturing we have left, is overburdened with regulations that is stifl ing productivity and causing untold fi nancial burdens. We are tied to UN treaties and agreements that ham string the smooth operation of the nation. There are vast tracks of land locked up in world heritage listings and native land claims. These are only some of the problems that need to be sorted out. Instead, all we hear is mud slinging from selfish politicians who only have an eye on the next election

and their over generous pensions. Where are the statesmen that will tell it as it is and show real determination to put the nation fi rst instead of their own self centred and ideological interest? Jay Nauss, via email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Segeyaro a real character

Awesome article! (I just love Penrith, Extra Time March 29). Trying not to laugh too much as I am on the train and people will think I am strange. If James starts looking like George Rose we know the reason. Stefan Hofmann, via Facebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Minority ruin it for all of us

These idiots responsible for this need to be banned, any actions like this should be stopped, but to tarnish several thousand people for the actions of a few is irresponsible (Extra police to patrol matches, Western Weekender March 29). David Whittaker, via Facebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Banana stunt

David Bradbury’s stunt with a banana (Western Weekender March 29) just reminds me of the question, “Why are all politicians like bananas?” The answer is that they start off green, they end up yellow and there’s not a straight one among them. Greg Egan, Penrith

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enrith Business Alliance (PBA) will be working with the Penrith Schools Industry Partnership to encourage more local students to choose career pathways in the medical and healthcare industries. The Federal Government has granted PBA over $36,000 to kickstart their Securing Pathways to Health Jobs program, officially launched last week. Ian Palmer of Schools Industry Partnership said that one of the major initiatives will be to hold a forum for healthcare businesses and educators to encourage greater links between industry, tertiary educators and high schools. “There are some students who are already choosing careers like nursing because of the fantastic specialised

healthcare training facility at Jamison High School,” he said. “But with an ageing population and the fact that we are staring down the barrel of massive growth in healthcare services in Penrith, there will be a gap in training and we need to increase those training positions.” The forum will be held on May 1 to discuss ways in which these training positions can be expanded. The Program complements the PBA’s current work in growing the Penrith Health and Education Precinct. “We have the potential to create a large number of health related jobs in the Precinct however we need to do more in terms of ensuring we have enough local workers ready for these jobs,” said PBA Chairman, Paul Brennan. He said he hoped to see a marked increase in enrolments in health courses over the next two years.

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Penrith Council is considering placing ‘No Stopping’ signs at the intersections of Reddan Avenue and Stafford Street, Penrith and Rosedale Avenue and Stafford Street, Penrith. Community consultation will be conducted with affected residents regarding the loss of on-street parking. If there are no major objections, ‘No Stopping’ restrictions will be provided in Reddan Avenue and Rosedale Avenue for a distance of 20 metres and in Stafford Street for 10 metres at the intersections. A report to Council on the State Government’s Long Term Transport Master Plan has found that Council’s request to have a Penrith to Sydney CBD Express train, together with quadruplication of the main western rail line from St Marys to Penrith was not directly addressed. Council will continue to advocate these issues to be included in the Metropolitan Plan and sub-regional plans. The plan did identify the important north/south transport corridor, namely the Outer Sydney Orbital/M9. Council is currently responsible for the inspection of sewer drainage lines from dwellings to on-site sewer management systems. The NSW Department of Fair Trading wants to extend Council’s duties to include sanitary plumbing and water service. Councillors said that this just represents another State Government move to try to shift costs onto Councils. Cr Greg Davies said that if the State Government needs someone to fulfi l this role as inspector then the Department of Fair Trading should put out a tender as opposed to forcing the cost onto local Councils.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Lindsay MP David Bradbury in Penrith last month.

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At The Courts Compiled by Katherine Tweed

Alcohol related affr ay: A man appeared before Penrith Local Court this week for sentencing after he was charged with aff ray on a drunken night out. He began the night of the incident socialising at Penrith RSL with his partner. He left the venue without his partner and made his way to the Australian Arms Hotel to meet with a friend. He left there soon after and upon returning to the RSL he was greeted by an unhappy partner who was not impressed that he had left her there alone. During the argument, a man walked past the couple and commented on their relationship, angering the offender. The couple then left and were walking by a food outlet when it was noticed that the man who made the comment was inside the shop. He called out derogatory things about the offender’s partner. The offender pushed the man, who then punched him in return and a melee broke out. The offender was charged with aff ray as a result of the incident. He was handed a community service order of 120 hours of unpaid community work. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Drink driving: A man appeared before Penrith Local Court this week after he was caught driving his car with a mid-range PCA. The man had driven to a friend’s party on New Year’s Eve last year with the intent of staying the night. He did not know where the party was so he parked around 500 metres down the road and walked down the street to where the party was being held. At about 4.30am on January 1, the man decided to move his car closer to the party. Police randomly breath tested the man, who was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.097, in the mid range. The man was convicted and fi ned $800 with $83 court costs. His licence was disqualified for six months. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guilty of murder: A Colyton man was sentenced last week after being convicted of the murder of his estranged de facto partner. On April 8, 2011 Detectives from St Marys LAC were called to a premises in Carpenter Street, Colyton, where the body of a 28-year-old woman was located. Later that afternoon a 32-year-old man was arrested at Glenbrook and charged with the murder of the woman. The charge was heard at the Sydney Supreme Court during November and December 2012 and the man was found guilty. On Thursday, March 28 the man was sentenced to a minimum jail term of 16.5 years.

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peration Tortoise, the five day Easter long weekend police blitz on driving related crime, was a success in the local area with local police saying that driver behaviour in Penrith was “very good”. Across the state, police conducted 245,519 random breath tests (RBT) and in the Penrith Local Governmental Area (LGA), a total of 2,606 RBTs were undertaken. Of the RBT’s in the local area, 10 people

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the cost burden on those people with a disability who would like to experience NADO’s Tours 4 U supported holidays. The fundraiser is the ‘Share My Ability – NADO 24 Hour Team Challenge’, which will incorporate teams participating in 24 hours of back to back events. “We are seeking sponsorship from our

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his year will mark the eighth year that 18-year-old Samantha White has taken part in Penrith’s Relay For Life but her fundraising this year will prove to be a greater personal challenge for her than ever before. It was the pain of seeing a number of relatives suffering with cancer that fir st attracted Ms White and her family to the Relay but now that she is 18 and old enough to have her own team, she has decided to up the stakes and is now

preparing to say goodbye to her luscious locks to raise vital funds. Penrith’s Relay For Life, an annual national fundraiser for the Cancer Council, is set to take place on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 at Howell Oval. “I’m hoping make at least $1000 but I’m also hoping I get a few more people to start doing the Relay each year,� Ms White said. “Everyone has been touched by cancer so everyone should be trying to fight it�. To donate, visit Ms White’s fundraising page; relay.cancercouncil.com.au/2013/ penrith_2013/The- Drop-In--s/333082.

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ocal Emu Heights business, Zokoko, has won three silver medals in the highly competitive Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Show at the Sydney Easter Show. Zokoko, run by chocolate maker Michelle Morgan, worked tirelessly to enter into the chocolate categories and won three medals for their Tranqilidad, Alto Beni and Chapare chocolate bars. “Th is year there was a new category for makers who start with the raw beans as

we do so it was great to compete against similar businesses and be recognised for our chocolate. We are all very proud,� Ms Morgan said. As a specialist ‘bean to bar’ chocolate maker, Zokoko works directly with growers the world over to source the fi nest quality cacao beans. Zokoko uses vintage, artisan equipment and traditional methods to roast, grind, refine and temper chocolate in small batches. Zokoko’s hands-on process enables them to influence the flavour profi le of every batch at each stage, creating truly unique chocolate.

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he countdown has well and truly begun for this year’s Music for Life fundraising gala ball to take place at the luxurious Penrith Panthers Pavilion on Friday, June 14. Each year Music for Life raises money for the Cure For Life Foundation, which was set up by international brain surgeon, Dr Charile Teo, to accelerate a cure for brain cancer. Over the past two years the event has raised over $92,000 for the Cure For Life Foundation. The 2013 Music for Life gala ball is shaping up to be another great success with Channel Nine sports journalist Ken Sutcliffe announced as the Master of Ceremonies for the night along with special guest speaker, Dr Charlie Teo. As the name of the ball suggests, the evening will feature plenty of music and entertainment with the fabulous Boys in the Band to perform the world’s greatest hits from the most iconic bands of the 20th century. The Boys in the Band will be backed up by the amazing 11-piece group, The Players, who are sure to have audiences jumping out of their seats. Music for Life will also feature great auctions and plenty of fundraising to help this great cause. Organisers are still on the hunt for sponsors as well as items that can be auctioned. Tickets to Music for Life are available online at www.musicforlife.net.au or by phoning Ann on 4731 1876. Tickets are $140 each or a table of 10 for $1,200. Tickets include a delicious three-course meal.

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tudents from Glenmore Park Public School swapped their uniforms for mufti on Tuesday, but on one condition; they only wear blue. As part of World Autism Day, local kids donned their favourite blue outfits to raise money for the Luke Priddis Foundation, a local organisation that runs special after school Lego and Duplo workshops at the school for kids in the local community with autism. Raising funds for the organisation will help to fund additional programs such as these, however, Principal Michelle

Collins feels that wearing blue on Tuesday was beneficial for all students, including those without autism. “We don’t often have days like this so when we do, students develop awareness. It gives them an understanding,” she said. As a teacher, Ms Collins said that she can see the importance of involving kids in fundraising from a young age. “I think that it is really important for kids to fundraise and take part in things like this. They learn that everyone is unique and everyone is different and they learn that it is good to help out others,” she said.

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our voice is something that you may take for granted until, like 48-year-old Erskine Park local Brenda Simmonds, you lose it. Ms Simmonds has lived in the local area for most of her life but four years ago she was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a muscle weakness in her vocal cords, which without medication inhibits her ability to speak. “I got sick in August 2009 with flu or virus symptoms, which included

shortness of breath and laryngitis along with extreme fatigue that I really never recovered from,” she said. Now, she is trying to promote World Voice Day (WVD). Ms Simmonds is campaigning across Sydney for people to value and celebrate their voices as part of WVD. The International School of Music, Penrith, are getting on board and will be holding a ‘World Voice Week’ to make a video, to be used as part of an online concert. If you are interested in getting involved, visit their Facebook site ‘World Voice Day 2013’.

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earning martial arts is not just about fighting, it is about building confidence, improving your fitness and learning a discipline that will better your health and mind. Penrith’s leading martial arts training centre, Ultimate Fighting Arts is a place to get fit, meet new people and to learn life-saving skills. Ultimate Fighting Arts’ owner, Steven Perceval has 25 years of experience in martial arts with 20 years experience in teaching and training others in the arts. Years of training in a number of different martial arts disciplines (Hapkido and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and competing in a variety of tournaments, as well as becoming Australia’s fi rst MMA referee for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has given Mr Perceval a bounty of knowledge that he wishes to pass on to people in the local area. “People come to us to learn martial arts for a number of different reasons. Some want to get fit, some join for the social aspect but a large majority want to learn self defence,” he said. “Martial arts is great for building confidence and getting fitter but most of all it’s extremely important that people learn to defend themselves in this day and age. We teach you techniques that could potentially be the difference between life and death.” Ultimate Fighting Arts teaches Hapkido, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Taekwondo, as well as basic MMA and women’s kickboxing classes. Ultimate Fighting Arts is located on York Road, Penrith, and is one of the largest martial arts centres in Australia. “We have a 500 square metre gym with two fully matted training floors and all the equipment needed to learn martial arts,” Mr Perceval said. Classes are available for kids aged five and above as well as for men and women. Mr Perceval said, “We want to encourage family training, so our fees are kept to a very reasonable rate”.

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ave you ever heard the phrase ‘a little knowledge is a dangerous thing’? Business owners are often told to be more hands-on in their business and have a good grasp of their business operations. And I agree, that is a good thing. However, there is defi nitely a line that can be crossed. Take branding as an example. Business owners should always be involved in discussions about branding and logo design. The input to this process can also be quite specific as far as preferences of aspects such as colour, symbols, overall style and so on. But where problems can arise is when business owners go beyond specifics and become prescriptive, despite having no expertise in graphic design. A graphic designer understands design principles, has experience in what design elements work well together, and so on. So although a graphic designer must take into account a business owner’s preferences, the graphic designer’s opinion should be considered carefully. They know what they are talking about! Th is applies across nearly every aspect of running a business. You might know a bit about tax law and accounting but your accountant is always going to be the expert. You might understand a bit about risk management and workplace safety, but a specialist in this area will be able to advise you accurately. Th is does not mean you should follow blindly what every ‘expert’ tells you: questioning and confi rming is paramount! But it does mean that you should not try to do their job or think that you always know best. Michelle Grice is the founder of Shel Design, a graphic design and web design company: www.sheldesign.com.au

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t is not uncommon to receive a phone call or an email from someone claiming to be a bank or an electricity company, asking for your bank details. What many people are unaware of is that these phone calls are not courtesy calls from a fi nancial institution but are scams. Scams are becoming more elaborate and much harder to detect and sadly, as a result, more people are falling into traps that are set by scammers. NSW Minister for Fair Trading, Anthony Roberts, and State Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres visited Penrith’s St Stephens Retirement Village, part of the Anglican Retirement Villages group, on Wednesday to warn local seniors not to fall into scammers’ traps.

“Stuart and I are passionate when it comes to protecting vulnerable people in our community,” Mr Roberts said. “We’re seeing the emergence of incredibly sophisticated scams. We’re trying to ‘harden the target’, that is getting around and warning people that these scams are out there and to be aware of it.” Scams come in many ways, shapes and forms but Mr Ayres said that one way to ensure that you stay protected is to avoid giving out your personal details, no matter who the person says they are. “Unfortunately we do live in a world where people prey on the vulnerable in our society and we do know that senior citizens are often targeted by these scams,” he said.

“I would really like to tell the public one thing; don’t give out private details, don’t give out bank details, drivers licence numbers or things like that. The government has those details, the bank has your account details so you don’t need to give out that information.” Both Mr Roberts and Mr Ayres recommended that local seniors take on the mindset that, if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Fair Trading are asking seniors to do three things; educate themselves about scams, warn others not to fall into the trap and let Fair Trading know when they come across a scam. If you want more information, or suspect that you have been contacted be a scammer, contact Stuart Ayres on 4722 8660 or Penrith’s Fair Trading Office on 4702 5300.

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enrith was host to the Model Healthcare Community Roadshow recently. The Roadshow gave local healthcare providers the opportunity to learn more about the Australian Government’s Electronic Health (eHealth) system; a program which is set to change the lives of local healthcare providers and their patients. eHealth allows each person to create, maintain and monitor their own

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succinct medical health record, a Patient Controlled eHealth Record (PCEHR), allowing all medical information and records to be stored in the one place. “I think it is a very exciting, new innovation... there are so many medical misadventures causing distress to the patient and which also pose unnecessary economic burden on the nation,” said Shiva Prakash, local GP and Chair of Nepean-Blue Mountains Medicare Local. “We can be sure that we won’t have any medication misadventure because we will have all the necessary documents in the one place.”

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f the digital age is proving to be a little difficult to keep up with, why not get down to Penrith Offic eworks one weekend in April for a free ‘How-To’ class? The local office supply store is offering free 30 minute in-store classes each Saturday and Sunday this month, designed to give locals a chance to have a head start when it comes to technology. Step-by-step classes are offered for making photobooks, organising the

home, keeping yourself safe on the Internet and much more. “Technology can be overwhelming, but the Officeworks team is always here to get you back on track. April’s ‘How-To’ classes will make your next project a breeze,” said Officeworks Penrith store manager, Lee Meadows. The Officeworks Print and Copy centre at Penrith’s store offers a range of services that can make DIY projects around the home a little bit easier. Classes start at 11am on Saturdays and Sundays however spaces are limited. Call 4720 4300 for more details or to book in.

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he Caring Hearts Community Quilters are putting the fin al touches on their quilts in the lead up to their annual Airing of the Quilts event. Now in its fi fth year, the Airing of the Quilts is a great community event raising much needed funds for Breast Cancer Australia, whilst also showing off the talents of local women. Handmade and designed quilts from local women will be placed on display on the weekend of April 13 and April 14 at the Arms of Australia Inn Museum in Emu Plains. The event is being supported by the Emu Plains Lions Club and the Nepean Historical Society. From 10am until 4pm on both days, there will be live music played at lunchtime, a sausage sizzle, Devonshire tea, a book stall, trading table and hand made gifts for sale. For those looking to take away their very own quilt, a beautiful quilt will be raffle d off with proceeds to go to Breast Cancer Australia. The Caring Hearts Community Quilters also recently made 25 quilts to donate to the palliative care wards at Nepean and Hawkesbury Hospitals, as well as Barnados, Prince of Wales Children’s Hospital and local women’s refuges. The Airing of the Quilts will take place at the Arms of Australia Inn Museum, corner of Gardenia Street and the Great Western Highway, Emu Plains. Entry is $4. For more information contact 0438 670 012.

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s Youth Week 2013 kicks off, local 12 to 25-year-olds are getting “pumped” for a week of celebrating their youth with a number of community events. Local festivals, music, carnival rides, sporting events and other activities are set to keep the youth of Penrith entertained from now, Friday April 5, until Sunday, April 14. Joint funding between Penrith City Council and the State Government has been provided to ensure that the events are a success across the local area. “There are a number of events during the week to celebrate the diversity and potential of young people in our community,” said Penrith City Mayor, Mark Davies (pictured with Mulgoa MP, Tanya Davies and James from Fusion).

“Pleasingly, young people will be involved in planning and running the various activities. Th is is a great example of young people with community spirit and energy giving back to their peers.” Festivals such as ‘Young and Bold’ held by ImagineNations Youth at the ImagineNations Church; with carnival rides, stalls, games and music, and Fusion Western Sydney’s ‘The Valley Youth Festival’ at Jamison Park, will both be held on Friday, April 12, and allow local youth to get out of the house and enjoy being young. Nepean Community and Neighbourhood Services’ ‘Be Active Be You’ event, held across a number of days, will encourage youth to get active whereas Penrith City Council’s ‘Mondo Youth Week Festival’ on Thursday, April 11, will

be a platform for youth to display their talents, whilst having fun at the same time. State Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies, believes that events such as this show the value of youth in the community. “These events encourage our young people to not only engage with our local community but showcase their leadership,” she said. “I’d also like to congratulate ImagineNations Youth, Fusion Western Sydney, Nepean Community and Neighbourhood Services and Penrith City Council on putting these events together, I encourage our wider community to come along and support the celebrations in Youth Week.” - Katherine Tweed

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HOROSCOPES ARIES

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

Happy Birthday Aries! Work or cash matters have reached a vital stage and your spending habits need to be reviewed and a new budget put into place to ensure long-term security and prosperity. On a more personal level, the New Moon in your sign on the 10th indicates that it’s a good time for visiting clubs and making friends with new people. Th is naturally is rather easy for an Aries as they have a highly gregarious nature.

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

Glossing over the fi ner points of a family argument or fi nancial matter will only cause tensions later. Unless everyone is allowed to express their point of view nothing really gets resolved. With Venus in your sign on the 16th you are bound to have some highly interesting encounters which will lead to either romance or friendship. The New Moon on the 10th indicates that if you are feeling confused, let a friend help you.

GEMINI

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

No amount of manipulation from others should stop you from achieving your own goals. Whether you are handling a professional matter or a labour of love, no one should be allowed to take you for granted. Put it down to jealousy or ignorance if you like, but don’t let it impede your progress. Where your love life is concerned you need to be open and honest. If you ignore this advice then you’ll only be courting trouble.

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

It’s a wonderful time for turning your attention to anything which needs serious thought or intense concentration. Older people or those with more knowledge or experienced than you, both at work and at home, will be quick to pass on advice and help. Other people will fi nd you a delight to be around as your sense of humour will be infectious and to your delight a new romance or friendship will develop.

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

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SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

You’re going to have to take on board the wants, needs and requests of other people. If you insist on always having your own way, I’m afraid a couple of your closest friends and supporters will exit stage right. Whether this happens or not is, of course, entirely up to you! Th is is a particularly good month for getting rid of old fears, phobias and insecurities that have been holding you back so do your best to rid yourself of any kind of self-pity.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

An ambitious fi nancial or business venture will need fi ne-tuning. There’ll be small but important changes to make to establish a path to success. Spreading your wings with a tough project will hone your skills in a new way. It’s certainly a time when contacts will make all the difference between success and failure, so don’t be too independent. Other people’s ideas will trigger your own imagination.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Th is is the right time for putting into action a project or plan that is likely to enhance your future prospects. That isn’t to say that you should dramatically change your life, but you should be thinking of ways to solve current fi nancial diffic ulties. Th is is the ideal time to be socialising and enjoying yourself. The New Moon on the 10th indicates that recent tensions in your love life can be easily solved with a kind word or gesture.

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

If you are a parent, you may fi nd that children are completely exhausting. If this should be the case, it would be a good idea to enlist the help of friends and especially your partner. If there has been any tensions or problems in the family this is a good time for sorting them out, but don’t expect to have everything your way. Listen to your loved ones’ point of views and then they will be more inclined to listen to yours.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

A new project on the work front could prove more disruptive than you anticipated, which will test your managerial skills. Favourable developments and help from colleagues with specialised knowledge will smooth the path to success, making this a milestone moment. Tense discussions are underway with somebody who has not been particularly honest with you and you hate that. The New Moon indicates you will have lots of fun.

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

You may experience a temporary lack of patience when driving or where matters related to education, children, paperwork or technology are concerned. When communicating with others be wary of having foot in mouth disease and rushing in where wise men fear to tread. If you don’t think before you act or speak don’t be surprised if your sensitivities get something of a bashing. You need to focus on being a team player.

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The challenge strikes at the heart of India’s patent law, which tries to restrict ‘evergreening’. Many other multinational drug fir ms operating in the lucrative market were eagerly awaiting a favourable verdict and guaranteeing huge profits. The Swiss fi rm threatened to halt supplies of new medicines to India if the court does not rule in its favour. The drug, was actually developed jointly by Dr Brian Druker, director of the Oregon Health and Science University and had even received some public funding. Before the verdict Leena Menghaney, a lawyer with the highly esteemed medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), said a legal victory for Novartis would, “set a dangerous precedent”. It would, “be dire for people in the developing world who depend on generic drugs made in this country. It could seriously curb access”. Perhaps most disturbing of all though, was the comment by Novartis executive Paul Herrling, who is leading the company’s handling of the case. When being asked about the drug, (attributed to saving many kids’ and adults’ lives who have been suffering from leukaemia), and if his company would continue to roll it out in India without a favourable verdict guaranteeing astronomical profits, his reply was: “Why would we?”

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his week I saw an interesting article from the blog ‘Weighty Matters’ by a Canadian doctor. He is critical of the inclusion of teens on this year’s ‘The Biggest Loser’... “I’ve been sceptical of the inclusion of teens on this year’s ‘The Biggest Loser’. My two main concerns can be boiled down to: 1. The teens are going to be taught that success requires a lifetime of sacrifice and suffering. 2. Being portrayed as lazy gluttons on prime time television, and being taught that if you just try hard and sacrific e enough you’ll succeed, when coupled with the almost statistical certainty of regain in at least one, if not all the teens, puts them at huge risk of both increased future bullying, and tremendous damage to their own personal self worth and esteem. Now ‘The Biggest Loser’ has made it very clear – the kids are going to be treated more gently than the adult contestants, but of course the kids will be watching the show and are in fact being managed by the same team that the adults are. Are they going to absorb the show’s ultimate messaging; that weight is the only determinant of health and that there’s no amount of suffering too great to get to some artificial number on a scale?

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o the big pharmaceutical companies are happy to tell say they are looking after us, but maybe the question should be, ‘Who is looking after them?’ In India this week pharmaceutical giant Novartis aggressively fought a Supreme Court verdict on a patent challenge. Th is is where drug companies patent the right to make certain medicines so they are the exclusive manufacturer and can charge what they like and profit extensively. The patent eventually expires after a number of years. Then other manufacturers can make their own generic version and the price is usually greatly reduced for the average bloke on the street because of the increased competition. Th is case involves Glivec, for which the company has fought a seven-year legal battle. At the moment it sells for $3,848 Australian a month in its branded form while its generic version in India would sell for $73 Australian... Which is still profitable! However one way around the patent’s expiry is if the pharmaceutical company tries to renew patents by making some tiny modifications to existing drugs – an industry practice known as ‘evergreening’. India’s patent office has so far refused to grant protection, asserting that the amended form of Glivec was not vastly different from the earlier version.

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ave you ever experienced that moment when someone walks into the room and you immediately know that they have arrived, not because you hear them or because you see them but you can immediately smell

them? Perfume and cologne are amazing things. They can instantly draw attention to you, can vamp up a fairly drab outfit and can even change the way that you appear, for example; after a day at work you may feel drained and exhausted but bam, spritz on a fresh fragrance and you could have just come from a month long holiday – I love it! I look at my perfumes as an accessory. I know some people who have dozens, I know others who have one signature scent but me, I have about four different ones and I wear each for different occasions – sometimes they mirror my moods. You know when I am feeling bubbly because I will be wearing my ‘Lovely’ by Sarah Jessica Parker and if I am feeling good, perhaps ready for a dinner date, I’ll be wearing ‘Beauty’ by Calvin Klein. It is easy to become just as attached to your perfume as it is to your clothes because they are part of your personal style. I am sure you know the feeling of dread when you lose your favourite top but I am telling you, when Ralph Lauren discontinued ‘Hot’, I nearly cried. Perfume and cologne really does add to your style, however, if you don’t wear it right, your look could be ruined. The fragrance of some perfumes and colognes will fade with time but that is no excuse to layer it on – keep it to a couple of spritzes only. There is nothing better than wearing something that is good enough to eat and luckily, Hello Kitty has launched fi ve new delicious fragrances; ‘Vanilla Ice-Cream’, ‘Bubble Gum’, ‘Melon’, ‘Strawberry & Cream’ and ‘Musk Sticks’. One word: YUM! They are fresh, sweet and really, who wouldn’t want to smell like ice-cream or melon all day!?

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espite your best intentions, if you ended up putting a big dent in your savings this Easter or putting a lot of your expenses on your credit card, a well thought out action plan can help to get you back on track in no time! Start by analysing what you spent your money on. Being aware of where you spent your money means that next time you’re in the same situation you might make some wiser fi nancial choices. It might be scary seeing how much you’ve spent on a night out, a shopping spree or a day out with the kids, but putting your head in the sand, although probably a more enticing solution, really isn’t recommended! Now that you’ve analysed your bank accounts and know where you stand fi nancially, you can work out your budget for the coming months and ask yourself a few tough questions about your upcoming expenses. Some example questions might be: • Is it essential that I attend that event/participate in that activity? If yes, then is there a cheaper solution? • Is it essential that I buy something new to wear to the wedding or birthday party? Check out what’s already in your wardrobe or swap clothes with a friend! • Do I really need to buy a coffee once/twice/three times a day? These questions will need to be as individual as you are; they’re just a few examples to get you thinking instead of operating by autopilot without really questioning where your hard-earned cash disappears to. We all have choices and the choices you make about your fi nances today could make a big difference the next time! Failing the above advice, if your credit card blowout is keeping you awake at night, then consider options that will save you money such as low rate balance transfers or consolidating your credit card debts into a lower interest rate loan. Seek advice on how to do this from your bank.

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think the misconception about Podiatry is that we only make orthotics, clip nails and debride callus. Podiatrists are trained in management of acute injuries such as ankle sprains, bone fractures in the foot and ankle and serious soft tissue injuries such as tendon tears. If these injuries occurred, the majority of people would either go straight to their GP or to emergency at the hospital. Th is may not be the best option for you. Without discounting the importance of your GP and their expertise in diagnostics, prescription and management of systemic illness, it’s quite obvious that when it comes to lower limb injuries, a well trained podiatrist is more tuned to this region of care. So why clog up the GP’s waiting room with things that could be more appropriately dealt with elsewhere? Particularly when your podiatrist works in a multi-disciplinary team like a sports medicine centre with the likes of physio, exercise physiology and chiropractic at their disposal for assistance. Let’s take a stress fracture in one of the bones in the foot, let’s say the fifth metatarsal bone, for example. Th is bone is a thin pencil kike bone that sits in the outside (lateral side) of your foot. It is the most commonly fractured bone on the foot and possibly the body. When someone does a lateral ankle sprain, this bone goes

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through an immense torsional force and will give way under the pressure. More often than not a stress fracture will result which is a micro tear in the bone fibre. Your podiatrist can send you for imaging to identify how bad the damage is, then place you in a Cam Walker (restrictive boot) to unload and immobilise the bone. By monitoring your progress your Podiatrist can return you to activity using the rehab services of physio, chiro and exercise physiology. Next week we will touch on other acute injuries and how we can manage them; also, what we do when faced with a more severe fracture.

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ext Wednesday night, April 10, the St Marys/Penrith Diabetes Support Group is meeting at 6.45pm at the Gloria Jeans cafe, St Marys Village, Charles Hackett Drive, St Marys. The speaker is Robyn Jenkins, local Diabetes Educator. Everyone is welcome, especially family members of someone with diabetes. For further information, speak to the team at Martin’s Chemist: phone 9673 1010. One of the important things to do if you have diabetes, or at risk of developing diabetes, is to test your blood glucose (sugar) levels regularly. Testing regularly gives yourself and your health professionals a clear view of how your body’s levels change in relation to your diet, exercise and any medications. The more stable you keep your levels and the more they are kept within optimal range, the better you can reduce your risk of diabetes complications. Many people with diabetes do not test often enough and a big reason is the pain involved. However the testing process should be almost pain free if done correctly, so here’s a few tips to get more accurate testing results with less pain: 1. Wash your hands under warm water prior to testing to improve

your circulation; this will make it easy to get the required amount of blood. Make sure your hands are completely dry so not to affect the reading. 2. Use a new lancet (needle) every time you test. Lancets become less sharp from testing and an old lancet will make a bigger hole in your fi nger, cause more damage and be more painful. Use your lancet device on the most shallow setting possible. 3. Gently rub your fi nger for 10 seconds before you test. By increasing circulation it is easier to draw blood. 4. Use the lancet on the side of your fi nger, not the middle, as this is much less painful. The middle of your fi nger has many nerve endings that cause pain. 5. If you need to squeeze your finger, do so very gently. Squeezing too hard damages the nerves and will make future tests more painful. 6. Use a different fi nger for every test. Th is lets your fi ngers heal and means less pain. Try to test at least twice a day, once before a meal and then two hours after. The more regular results you can show your doctor or diabetes educator, the easier it is for them to help you manage your diabetes.

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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.

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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

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• 4 double bedrooms + all with built-ins + ceiling fans • enormous master bedroom with ensuite (spa bath) + spacious fitted walk-in robe • elegant formal entry + formal lounge (sunken) + formal dining area • open plan informal dinning + family room + raked ceilings + r/c ducted air conditioning + combustion wood-fire place • commercial grade gourmet kitchen + double oven + gas cook top + stone bench-tops + walk-in pantry • detached garage + remote garage door + 3rd bathroom + fabulous loft|home offi ce • in-ground swimming pool + rear decking + landscaped yards + manicured lawns

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Commanding a high position in a lovely quiet cul-de-sac is this beautifully maintained family home. Offering 4 good size bedrooms, an ensuite and WIR to main, large separate living areas and solid timber kitchen. Ducted air conditioning, alarm system and loads of storage are just a few inclusions in this home. Positioned within close proximity to popular schools, transport, shops and easy access to Penrith makes this property a must to inspect.

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4 good size bedrooms with built-ins huge main bedroom with ensuite and WIR lovely formal lounge and separate dining room solid timber kitchen with natural gas cooking large informal living areas study|home office and separate recording|sound proof room double lock up garage plus loads of storage sparkling in-ground swimming pool and great entertaining area

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Nestled in a tranquil enclave, this inspiring architectural designed home is in an absolute class of its own for functionality and style whilst being close to shops, transport and the M4 motorway. Situated on a massive 10050 m2 parcel of land, offering absolute privacy and serenity. Call today to book your exclusive inspection.

Absolutely Immaculate Family Home

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Kingswood 7/73 Stafford Street

Llandilo 78 Galvin Road 2

Very Modern - Very Roomy * Spacious 2 bedroom 153m2 apartment * Close to Nepean hospital & Kingswood Railway * Spa bath * Very big bedrooms * Large courtyard 35m2 * 1.5 garage with storage 29m2

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Exceptional 4.99 Acres * Polished timber floors * Raked & pitched ceilings * Ultra modern kitchen * Huge master bedroom & ensuite * New windows & new roof * 20 x 15 Machinery shed

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Cranebrook

Cranebrook * Modern kitchen * Resort sized entertaining area * Inground pool + 2.5 car garage * Formal dining & separate family room * Perfect north facing home * Renovated bathrooms * Huge master bedroom with balcony

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Want To Live With Water Views * 2 year old Rawson built home * Backs onto lake with views * Alfresco area, kitchen with dishwasher * 3 living area’s, ducted air. * Master with balcony * Use of Estate’s community facilities

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Jamisontown 4/1-5 Regentville Road

Cranebrook 93 Gannet Drive

Penrith 6/1-5 Regentville Road

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

* Gourmet chef’s kitchen * Stainless steel appliances * Dishwasher & air cond. * Lock up garage + courtyard area * Use of the estates community facilities * Currently tenanted paying $350 pw

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

New carpet 2 split system air cond. Views to Penrith Lakes Cul-de-sac location Very spacious + 3 toilets Ensuite & double garage

Sale $364,950 View By Appointment Helen Fitzpatrick 0414 362 955 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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Sale Offers Over $299,000 View Saturday 11.15-11.30am Steve Jackson 0414 719 875 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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Sale Offers Over $299,000 View Saturday 1.00-1.30pm David Turner 0414 306 040 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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Sale $295,000 View Saturday 11.00-11.15am Steve Jackson 0414 719 875 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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Cranebrook 2/12 Ben Nevis Road Such an appealing property !!! • No strata fees • Garage converted to a living room • Fully enclosed tiled sunroom • Air cond, ceiling fans & built-in robes • 2 living rooms + a sunroom • Small storage room

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Sale $299,950 View Saturday 1.00-1.30pm Helen Fitzpatrick 0414 362 955 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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Penrith 16/5-7 Thurston Street

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Fantastic tenant paying $320 pw B/ins in both bedrooms + an ensuite Security complex, storage unit Levies $570 per quarter Split system air conditioner

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Freshly painted New kitchen & bathroom Currently leased $300 pw Single garage + extra storage 2 balconies Strata Levies $565 p/qtr

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I LOVE SELLING HOMES 34 Birmingham Road

SOUTH PENRITH

1/162 Fragar Road

27 Kilkenny Road

2/14 Memorial Avenue

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11/115 Evan Street

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3 Korimul Crescent

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3/308 Jamison Road

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PSSST! WANNA KNOW A SECRET?

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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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CLAREMONT MEADOWS

$729,000

A STATEMENT FOR YOUR OWN SUCCESS

Resting on over 700sqm of land and nestled amongst other quality homes is a residence that will make you the envy of your friends. The architecturally designed floor plan has been superbly crafted and will offer a contemporary lifestyle that few can enjoy. Porcelain tiles lead to four bedrooms (TWO with ensuites) all are spacious and complimented by built in robes. The outstanding kitchen with island bench and walk in pantry is the centrepiece of the home and overlooks the casual living space. Ducted air conditioning controls comfort, piped music services the home and alfresco area and security is maximised with the alarm and CCTV system.

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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 this land is perfectly positioned to build your families dream home. Proposed luxury home plans available for viewing with on-site inspection.

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OFFERS OVER $619,000

SUBLIME VIEWS ON OVER AN ACRE

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This great one bedroom unit 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.

There is an option to secure one and two bathroom designs, freestanding or attached, and also have options for accommodation for one or two cars. Additional features will include remote garage doors, air conditioning, stainless steel kitchen appliances and a downstairs toilet. Investors should expect a rental return in excess of $400.00 per week.

FROM $349,900

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PENRITH $339,950

OXLEY PARK

HIGH SET, BIG BLOCK!

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Positioned in a quiet cul-de-sac, this home is absolutely ready for just about any type of buyer. Resting on more than 930 square metres of land, there’s certainly some potential. The house itself consists of three good size bedrooms, timber flooring, an updated bathroom, great size lounge room, kitchen and meals area plus single garage under main roof. So whether you are a first home buyer or investor, this package is sure to catch your attention. So call today and book your viewing!

OFFERS OVER $399,950

Looking to give the family the space they deserve? If this sounds like your current family arrangement you should call now to inspect this huge family home. Stretching across two levels it offers separate living spaces, a large dining area, rumpus/hobby room and two bathrooms. The yard will expose the green thumb in the family and also accommodates a covered entertaining area. Complete with built in robes, air conditioning, carport and nestled at the end of a cul de sac, this deserves your immediate attention. Call now

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

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 6th 1.00 to 1.40pm 5 Lyora Street

GLENMORE PARK

OFFERS OVER $479,000

BEST VIEW AND DESIGNER FINISHES

Located in one of Glenmore Ridges best locations, taking in expansive views of the Blue Mountains is this stunning near new split level home. The floor plan enjoys a wonderful easy flow with three spacious bedrooms with built-ins, main with en-suite and walk-in robe, there are two separate living areas, the second living area forms part of the kitchen and entertaining area of the home which enjoys three meter high ceilings leading out to the rear entertaining deck. With all the designer must haves, such as CeasarStone benchtops, porcelain tiles, floor to ceiling tiles in the en-suite and main bathroom, ducted air-conditioning, alarm, 900mm stainless steel appliances and so much more.

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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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MULGOA $929,950 EXECUTIVE HOME – 1300+SQM BLOCK

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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OPEN HOUSE Sat 6th 2.00 to 2.40pm 6 Gili Place

Situated in a quiet cul de sac location, close to schools and transport, is this immaculate one story residence. Boasting four good sized bedrooms all with built ins, en suite to main, family room as well as lounge/dining room for plenty of space for the whole family to enjoy. Other enticing features are ducted air-conditioning for those warmer months, gas appliances in the kitchen, shed and water tank as well as a fully fenced and well manicured yard for the kids and pets to spread out. Be sure to book an inspection so you don’t miss out!

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OFFERS OVER $549,000

PERFECT SUMMER VENUE

Well now you can make your dreams become a reality! The quality home has an indoor/outdoor flow with glass sliding doors from most rooms bringing the outside in. Cook up a storm in the kitchen, or barbeque in the spacious entertaining area, or even kick back in the Balinese Resort style gazebo overlooking the sparkling in ground pool. Inside there are four bedrooms, with en suite and walk-in robe to the master bedroom. The open plan design incorporates formal lounge and dining areas, an informal dining off the kitchen, and solarium shaped family room. Added luxuries include the office/study, ducted air conditioning, and drive through double lock up garage.

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

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Resting on approximately 11 arable acres is this private double brick residence that will offer you and your family the space it deserves. The main home that comprises four bedrooms, two modern bathrooms, open plan kitchen and living areas with cedar vaulted ceilings and ceiling fans and the comfort of split system air conditioning in the main bedroom. The elevated position with covered verandah enjoys stunning views of the in ground pool and surrounding greenery. The second dwelling is a fully self contained two bedroom and is ideal for the extended family. There are also three sheds including car accommodation, large dam and 100,000 Litre water tank all positioned in this quiet location.

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 6th 11.00 to 11.40am 36 Brougham Street

EMU PLAINS

$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.

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OFFERS OVER $529,950

FIVE BEDROOMS – THREE LIVING AREAS

Just perfect for the large or expanding family, this great sized family home offers everything you are looking for. You’ll be impressed by the stunning polished floorboards, modern bathroom and spacious kitchen that overlooks the dining and separate living room. All five bedrooms come complete with built in robes and there is the advantage of a second shower and toilet downstairs. There is also ducted air and a single garage under the main roof. The stand out feature of this beautifully presented home is the huge rumpus/media room. The large 640+sqm block means there is ample room for the kids and pets. There is nothing to do but move in, spread out and relax.

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 6th 1.00 to 1.40pm 15 Picasso Place

EMU HEIGHTS

OFFERS OVER $529,950

ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY

EMU PLAINS

OFFERS OVER $319,950

TORRENS TITLE DUPLEX!

Features in this property are three bedrooms, built-in robes, ensuite to main formal lounge and dining plus second living area. Ducted air conditioning and covered car accommodation. Positioned in a private location. Call today to book an inspection.

Positioned in close proximity to the Nepean River and local restaurants is this rare opportunity to secure a single storey duplex with no strata fees. Spacious in the size the two bedroom residence enjoys air conditioning, an open plan lounge/dining space and a wonderful covered entertaining area. Additional features include a three way bathroom, single garage with internal access, built in wardrobes and an easy care yard. Don’t delay in enquiring as it’s sure to go fast! Call now to book an inspection.

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EMU PLAINS

$359,950

ENSUITE AND DOUBLE 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.

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EMU PLAINS

OFFERS OVER $419,950

EMU PLAINS

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The traditional floor plan comprises three bedrooms with a spacious lounge and dining room; there is a meals area off the kitchen and the advantage of an internal laundry with all enjoying the comfort of ducted air conditioning.

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Enjoying a handy position that offers easy access to the motorway is a home that will allow you to move in and start living. The kitchen and bathroom have been superbly renovated and compliments the fresh feel throughout. Your family will love the huge enclosed sunroom for entertaining or will offer a great space for the kids to play. Additional features include built in robes, a single garage and grassed yard.

OFFERS OVER $399,950

SELL THE CAR – WALK TO THE SHOPS

With easy access to the Lennox Shopping Centre, bus stop and local doctors, this could be your opportunity to sell the car and enjoy a casual stroll. The property offers three bedrooms with a lounge and dining area, the kitchen and bathroom have been well preserved and there is the bonus of split system air conditioning.

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$439,950

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THREE BEDROOMS, ENSUITE, DOUBLE GARAGE

HOME SWEET HOME

Wonderfully positioned only a short stroll to the Lennox Shopping Centre, schools, river and oval, this immaculate three bedroom is sure to please. Comprising of a modern kitchen and bathroom, lounge, dining and a spacious enclosed sunroom. You will love to entertain in the undercover entertaining area overlooking the huge backyard. With two split system air conditioners, single garage and located in a whisper quiet cul de sac, you won’t be disappointed.

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.

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

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This double storey home is complemented with four bedrooms, main with ensuite and walk-in robe, plus two bedrooms with built-in robes. There are three bathrooms including a powder room. The home boasts a formal L shaped lounge, separate formal dining, plus television/rumpus room downstairs. There is a double garage with internal access. The home also has ducted air and loads of extras including undercover entertaining area, Jacuzzi spa and more. Finally this home is complemented with an approximate 1400sqm block with development opportunity.

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With rental demand in this popular suburb always high, you can be assured of quality tenants, high returns, and future capital gain. So whether you are looking to invest, or step into the market for your first home then look no further. Boasting three bedrooms all with built-in robes, large living and dining with a neat and tidy kitchen and bathroom. Outside includes a single garage with a low maintenance yard. All this and much more so give your local Cranebrook agent a call to book your private inspection.

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 6th 12.00 to 12.40pm 12 Bluebird Street

CRANEBROOK $444,444 MODERN OPEN PLAN DESIGN 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.

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CRANEBROOK $459,950

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SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE This home has three bedrooms with walk-in robe and ensuite to the main, L shaped dining and living, plus a 900mm European stove and butler’s pantry. Outside there is a single garage with remote control entry and internal access, plus alfresco entertaining area under the main roof.

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OPEN HOUSE Sat & Sun 1.00 to 1.40pm 5 Knot Street

CRANEBROOK

OFFERS OVER $529,950

BELIEVE IT OR KNOT

OFFERS OVER $559,950

This wonderfully designed home is only 18 months old and comes with all the trimmings. It is the Memphis 28 Eden Brae home with a large main bedroom, walk-in robe and ensuite. The other three bedrooms are also large with double built-in robes to all. This home has a separate formal lounge and dining, plus magnificent kitchen, second dining, family area, and rumpus room. The home has ducted air conditioning with loads of other features.

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OFFERS OVER $649,950

JUST OVER AN ACRE OF PRIME LAND

SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE EDEN BRAE MEMPHIS

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.

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 6th 12.00 to 12.40pm 4 Miami Place

If you are a large family looking for a spacious home you’ll love this four bedroom home with ensuite to main, two living areas, plus kitchen with caesar stone bench tops, as well as ducted air conditioning to stay cool this summer. Outside there is a massive undercover entertaining and a double garage which has one half converted and ideal for a teenage/in law retreat that could be converted back quite easily. There is also plenty of room for trucks or caravans, and is located in a very popular North Cranebrook location.

CRANEBROOK

OFFERS OVER $1,900,000

STYLE, SOPHISTICATION & ELEGANCE

Positioned on just under three acres the floor plan combines five bedrooms with 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 ducted air conditioning. 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.

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

4722 5000 WW407

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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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FACTORY/STORAGE UNIT FOR LEASE

Sought after South Penrith Location Need space to store your archives records or stock? We have a Secure Factory Unit for lease which is fully fitted with 2 full levels of racking, (256 Sq M floor space x 2) Individually Alarmed with security cameras to the complex. Well maintained & managed industrial units with a range of local owner occupiers and tenants. Easy access to Mulgoa Rd and M4 Why not move in now with nothing to spend?

Contact: Lea Hicks 0414441635 For more information WW2039


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Property

Master Built Family Estate Created to deliver the ultimate in luxury living, this 1 acre grand estate is a property of unsurpassed quality and stunning style. Spread over two levels, the traditional residence offers a vast floor area with exceptional entertaining spaces and first-class fi nishes throughout. Located just minutes from the M4, the home is nestled amidst majestic landscaped gardens and boasts a setting of privacy, tranquillity and rich rural beauty, all only minutes from town. Just a few of the appointments this magnific ent home offers is a lime washed Tasmanian Oak kitchen with stone bench tops, huge home offic e, five luxurious bedrooms including a master suite with glorious mountain views, climate control ducted air conditioning, guest powder room, oversize formal areas adorned with 9 foot ceilings and decorative cornice. Spacious sundrenched casual living and dining areas. Outside is an entertainers dream with the grounds completed with a sparkling in-ground pool plus entertaining area appointed with a barbeque, power and kitchenette. There is also a 7x10 meter work shed. With so many more features, only inspections will do this home justice.

Orchard Hills

Downsize Without Compromise If your life revolves around entertaining, enjoying quality time spent with quality people or if you simply want somewhere to call home that is a pleasure to return to each day after a long day at work, than an inspection on this standout home is a must. Enjoying a huge array of features, such as three bedrooms all with built-in’s, ducted air-conditioning, alarm, double garage (single drive-through) with internal access, beautiful flooring throughout and a stunning updated en-suite off the spacious main bedroom, the main bathroom has also been beautifully updated. The huge bonuses with this immaculate property lie in its magnificent kitchen featuring 30mm CaesarStone bench tops, quality stainless steel appliances including dishwasher and then there is the equally magnificent outdoor covered entertaining area featuring privacy, almost zero maintenance and a built-in barbeque fitted out to the highest standards. If you want to be impressed we suggest booking your inspection today!

Glenmore Park

$1,200,000

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

Offers Over $429,000

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

OPEN HOMES BLAXLAND Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 12.00-12.40pm

34 Grahame Street 13/56 Old Bathurst Road 1/32 Old Bathurst Road 2/32 Old Bathurst Road 3/32 Old Bathurst Road 9 Yoogali Terrace

EMU PLAINS Dukes Estate Agents Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook Dukes Estate Agents

Michael Ball Realty

CLAREMONT MEADOWS Sat 10.00-10.40am

2 Watsford Court

Jim Aitken Penrith

Sat 11.00-11.30am Sat 1.00-1.40pm Sat 2.00-2.40pm

29 Alston Avenue 5 Lyora Street 6 Gili Place

Jim Aitken Cranebrook Jim Aitken Cranebrook Jim Aitken Cranebrook Ray White Penrith Ray White Penrith Dukes Estate Agents Jim Aitken Cranebrook Jim Aitken Cranebrook

Sat 10.00-10.30am Sat 11.00-11.30am Sat 11.15-11.30am Sat 12.00-12.40pm

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

JORDAN SPRINGS Sat 1.00-1.40pm

10 Watkin Street

53 Deloraine Drive 3 Regatta Place

ROSS FOWLER & CO Chartered Accountants

Jim Aitken Glenbrook

14 Sunland Crescent

Jim Aitken Glenbrook

Sat 1.00-1.40pm

6 Whitcroft Place

OXLEY PARK

Jim Aitken Emu Plains Dukes Estate Agents

Jim Aitken Penrith

PENRITH Sat 11.00-11.15am

6/1-5 Regentville Road

Ray White Penrith

Sat 1.00-1.40pm

3 Highview Avenue

Jim Aitken Penrith

Sat 3.00-3.30pm

16/5-7 Thurston Street

Ray White Penrith

Sat 10.00-10.30am

10 Maldon Street

Sat 2.00-2.40pm

27 Springfield Crescent

Sat 11.00-11.40am

17 Shakespeare Drive

SOUTH PENRITH Michael Ball Realty

SPRINGWOOD

Ray White Penrith Jim Aitken Penrith

LEONAY Sat 1.00-1.40pm Sat 3.00-3.40pm

3 Sunland Crescent

Sat 1.00-1.40pm

Jim Aitken Springwood

WINMALEE Jim Aitken Springwood

Sat 12.00-12.40pm 14 Emma Parade

Jim Aitken Springwood

Sun 11.00-11.40am 17 Shakespeare Drive

Jim Aitken Springwood

11 Tindale St Penrith

4722 3066

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Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains Dukes Estate Agents

Sat 1.00-1.40pm

Dukes Estate Agents

KINGSWOOD Sat 10.00-10.30am 7/73 Stafford Street Sat 12.00-12.40pm 1/31 Stafford Street

MOUNT RIVERVIEW

Michael Ball Realty Jim Aitken Glenmore Park Jim Aitken Glenmore Park

3/10-12 Regentville Road 151 York Road 4/1-5 Regentville Road 3/80 McNaughton Street

Ray White Penrith

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21 Government House Drive 8 Pearce Place 29 Annett Street 36 Brougham Street 17 Lucas Street

Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook

JAMISONTOWN

EMU PLAINS Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am

24 Bruce Road 29 Brookdale Terrace

Sat 11.15-12.00noon 78 Galvin Road

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30 Aldebaran Street 12 Bluebird Road 4 Miami Place 93 Gannet Drive 2/12 Ben Nevis Road 77 Farmview Drive 5 Knot Street 5 Knot Street

LLANDILO Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains

GLENMORE PARK

CRANEBROOK Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 1.00-1.30pm Sat 1.00-1.30pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm Sun 1.00-1.40pm

15 Bunyarra Drive 11 Martin Street 15 Picasso Place 4/287 Great Western Highway

GLENBROOK Sat 10.00-10.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am

CAMBRIDGE PARK Sat 12.00-12.30pm 33 Oxford Street

Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm Sat 2.00-2.40pm

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Multi-skilled specializing in: • bricklaying • window & door openings • waterproofing • tiling • repairs & maintenance • concreting • air-con openings • renovations • over 30 yrs experience • fully insured • free quotes Dave Smith - Builder - Lic R82790

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Over 30 years in Penrith

ELECTRICAL Lic.# 162246C

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47 318 200

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BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT

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9670 5885

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0409 157 336

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824 003

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0416 116 602

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Over 30 years in Penrith

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CS PLUMBING

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Personally

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Over 35 years experience

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he new-look Penrith Emus are in for a tough opening game this Saturday afternoon when they take on Warringah at Pittwater Rugby Park. The Emus will be hoping the past six months with new head coach Sateki Tu’ipulotu at the helm will be enough to make the side a competitive force in this year’s Shute Shield contest. When Tu’ipulotu, a former Tongan rugby international, joined the club in October last year, he famously stripped the club right back to ensure any old demons the Emus previously had, left, so he could implement a brand new beginning. Speaking with the Weekender before their important round one clash, coach Tu’ipulotu said his team, mixed with youth and experience, were excited to fin ally take to the field. “We’re looking forward to taking all the stuff we did on the training paddock fi nally onto the pitch,” he said. “I was very optimistic and happy with their progression through the trials. We basically started from scratch, we lost 11 players, and had to re-build and try and make these guys believe that they could do it.” Tu’ipulotu’s mantra over the past six months has been trying to instil a family culture throughout the club. He said the club has come a long way in such a short space of time but admitted there is still a fair way to go.

The Penrith Emus first grade squad and coaching staff were joined by Nick Farr Jones and Michael Cheika at the club’s season launch.

“I think it’s making a progression but as far as turning it around we’ve still got a bit to go; but that all depends on runs on the board, concerning the performance of the players on the pitch,” Tu’ipulotu said. “As far as expectations for this season goes, I just want the boys to be consistent. They’ve got to believe in themselves. It’s

all about mental toughness and physical toughness as well, and what I want to do for them is to prepare them for the next couple of years.” Th is year’s Emus line-up will mostly be made up of 2012’s second grade group (Colts), with most of the players locally produced.

“I have a squad of about 45 elite players to choose from each week,” Tu’ipulotu said. “The guys that don’t make fi rst grade will play second grade but it means players will have to perform week in week out to earn a spot. I just want the boys to give 100 per cent.”

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hen I heard of the tragic passing of Western Sydney Wanderers media manager, Rod Allen, on Easter Sunday, I was shocked and devastated. The heartbreaking news reached me via Twitter; Rod had tragically fallen off a viewing platform overhanging a cliff at Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour after camping the night there with his wife Laila and close friends for the Easter long weekend. I didn’t know Rod long, just a matter of months since he took on the role at the Wanderers late last year, but in that time it wasn’t hard to work out what sort of bloke he was. I dealt with Rod each week during the remarkable season the Western Sydney club has been enjoying, whether that be via email, over the phone or face to face at a training session. Rod was always a professional, always made you feel welcome and always gave you the time of day. Rod, on a regular basis, was able to provide the Weekender with information, photos and interviews with Wanderers players with ease. It was never a drama for him to help out all facets of the media – from local publications like ours, right through to the big television broadcasters – his passion for the club was so strong that he wanted everyone to know about them. At a media session, which the club

would hold each week, he was always up for a chat, before and after, and went out of his way to make sure you had everything you needed. It wasn’t until after Rod’s sad passing that I learnt about what an important figure he was in the sports media landscape, having worked for a number of organisations including Fairfax, News Limited and the Australian Olympic Committee. But despite his large and important resumé, he didn’t make it known, he treated everyone equally, and his nature was pleasant and down to earth. I’ll never forget the last conversation I had with Rod at a training session before the big clash against Sydney FC a fortnight ago. I remember talking with him about the upcoming derby and how tickets had been selling for $170 each on eBay. I said to him: “The tickets are in such high demand for this game, it’s like you’re seeing a big time concert”. Rod said to me: “It is a concert, in fact it’ll be better than a concert”. And with that, he shook my hand and said “hope you can make it to the game”. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues, and I urge all Wanderers supporters to take up a slightly varied catchcry… ‘Who do we sing for? Rod Allen.’ - Nathan Taylor

Jim Hook, David Dennis, Sateki Tuipulotu and Nick Farr Jones at the Emus season launch.

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he Penrith Emus Rugby Club kicked off a brand new era last Thursday night with their fir st ever season launch held at Nepean Rugby Park. Joining players and coaching staff from Penrith’s fi rst grade, colts and women’s teams were a number of high profile guests including Wallabies legend Nick Farr Jones, NSW Waratahs captain David Dennis, Waratahs coach Michael Cheika, Federal Senator Marise Payne, State

Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres and Penrith Deputy Mayor Ross Fowler. Since new Emus head coach Sateki Tuipulotu came on board late last year, the club has focused on instilling a close knit family culture and that was evident right throughout the night. “We at Penrith have stripped the club right back and started from scratch, we’ve adopted the family culture,” he said. “When I took this position at Penrith six months ago, people would say to me ‘don’t go there’… I know I’m going to have the ride of my life here at Penrith but I have a bigger vision for the greater west.”

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