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MEMBERS VOTE The light at the end of the tunnel for Panthers became much brighter on Monday when members of the Penrith Rugby League Club agreed to deamalgamate from the Cardiff, Mekong and Triglav clubs. “We’ve virtually wiped two thirds of our debt out in one hit,” Panthers Chairman, Don Feltis, said after Monday’s Extraordinary General Meeting. The Mounties Group will purchase the Mekong and Triglav clubs, whilst Wests Group will purchase Cardiff Panthers.

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This is the design Penrith City Council has endorsed for the new Nepean River Green Bridge.

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enrith City Council has endorsed a design for the Nepean River Green Bridge that the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) previously ruled out as an option due to construction costs. Councillors have thrown their support behind a truss bridge designed by Ki Studio, which minimises impact on the Nepean River rowing course and has plenty of social space for visitors. After public disquiet about the designs put forward by the Roads and Maritime Services, Council employed GM Urban Design and

Architecture to review all of the possibilities originally submitted for the Green Bridge as part of a design competition earlier this year. The independent reviewers found that the Ki Studio design: “offers a strong response to the design of the Victoria Bridge and interpretation of its history... its sense of fun and event is excellent”. “As a Council we should be very happy that this is progressing, the Ki design is certainly far better than the alternatives,” Cr Ross Fowler stated. Director of Ki Studio, Miguel Wuestmann, said that the bridge was designed to be an attraction in itself, a design that would be iconic. “We chose a truss design because it is

comparatively cheaper so that additional funds could be spent on the social aspects of the bridge such as viewing platforms,” he said. But the only hurdle will be the cost of the bridge. According to Mr Wuestmann, the original bridge design had a rough, preliminary costing “in the high 20’s [million dollars]” but the State Government has a strict budget of $20 million. The Weekender understands that the concept design has gone through value engineering exercises to reduce the cost of the concept. MP for Penrith, Stuart Ayres, has welcomed the Ki Studio design endorsement: “I thank Council for their contribution to the steering group and their unanimous support for the [bridge]”.

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t has been heralded as “the biggest social reform since Medicare” and now NSW has become the fi rst State to agree with the Federal Government on the terms for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Visiting Nepean Area Disabilities Organisation (NADO) on Monday morning, State Disabilities Minister, Andrew Constance, praised both levels of government for their cooperation and determination to reach an agreement that will benefit over 100,000 people with disability across the state. “Negotiations were very quiet and done behind closed doors. We worked very hard to get through some of the challenges that were posed by Treasuries on both sides, and now I am happy to announce that the NDIS will be rolled out in 2018,” Mr Constance said. “I have not stopped smiling since the announcement was made last week.” Though there are some fi ner details to still work out, under the agreement, the Commonwealth will provide funding to the tune of $3.32 billion in 2018 and the State Government will provide around $3.13 billion in 2018. “Currently our funding is around $2 billion so imagine what tripling that funding will be able to achieve... and that’s not a one-off payment, that will be for each year after with the funding actually increasing over time,” Mr Constance said. Under the scheme, people with disability in western Sydney will be assessed to receive individualised care and support packages and be assisted by

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local coordinators who will help manage and deliver their support. “The date of 2018 has been set because it will take time for us to learn from the launch site in the Hunter region, and it will take time to move people across to the new system,” Mr Constance explained. “Service providers like NADO will need to adjust to this entirely new approach – individualised care and support packages, and one of the greatest challenges we face is a shortage in staff – not just carers but physiotherapists, aides, all different services.” MP for Penrith, Stuart Ayres, thanked Mr Constance and NADO for their ongoing lobbying for better disabilities support. “Penrith really is the coalface of this industry. I have to thank all of you for your ongoing support to have the NDIS here in NSW and Andrew, because he is

so passionate about helping people with disabilities,” he said. “I think this is the biggest social reform since Medicare and I think it will be even bigger.” Denise Heath, CEO of NADO said her service is already transforming as the move towards individualised services occurs, with NADO recently establishing NADO Connect, a hub on Station Street bringing together services for disabled people. Michael Morris, whose son Samuel was the victim of a near drowning incident that left him with a range of severe disabilities and who has since founded the Samuel Morris Foundation, has welcomed the announcement. “Previously the system was actually quite discriminatory – if a child was severely disabled in a car accident the

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Julia Gillard Status: Naughty Notes: You should see the power bill for Santa’s workshop this year! I’ve even had to put a few elves off to ensure I can keep the place open. Even switching Rudolph to energy efficient light bulbs hasn’t helped all that much. She said there would be no carbon tax, now we have one. We don’t tolerate people who don’t tell the truth here on the North Pole. Tony Abbott Status: Nice Notes: Off the naughty list this year, mainly because he volunteered to help deliver presents by driving his big truck to some of the hard to reach places. Mrs Claus doesn’t like him all that much, but I have a soft spot for him.

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Barry O’Farrell Status: Naughty Notes: Little Barry was always on the nice list but this year, he is switching sides. An education is the most important thing we can give a child – better than any present I can leave under a tree – and we should not dare cut funding to that very precious gift. Those 2DayFM presenters Status: Naughty Notes: Michael and Mel. Mel and Michael. What to do with them? I tossed and turned (so much so that Mrs Claus banished me to the couch!) over which list they should be on. I listen to 2DayFM in the sleigh, and even I get a laugh out of that big jolly fellow Kyle, but I don’t think prank calls are funny. Given that Michael or Mel won’t reveal who actually made the fi nal decision to put the call that ended so tragically to air, there is no other list for them to be on but the naughty list. Still too many secrets and face saving PR to change my mind.

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The Penrith Panthers deserve congratulations for getting off the violent venue list (Reason to smile, Western Weekender December 7). Does this mean they will be stopping the personal attack ads on David Bradbury? Th is type of bullying would not be tolerated on their premises. Greg Egan, Penrith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Many Australian commentators are suggesting that 2DayFM radio announcers “...Mel Greig and Michael Christian did not kill British nurse Jacintha Saldanha,” (Sunday Telegraph 9/12/12 editorial). Whilst I agree they did not intend to cause her death – that would be murder – their reckless behaviour, supposedly in the name of entertainment, resulted in the death of an innocent woman diligently doing her job. Take the motorist who drives recklessly to show off in front of his/ her friends – he/she has no intent to injure other road-users but kills an innocent pedestrian – that person is charged with manslaughter because of their reckless behaviour. Whilst I am not suggesting Greig and Christian be charged with manslaughter, their reckless behaviour deserves strong condemnation because it resulted in

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the nurse’s death. For some time now, certain Australian radio and television stations have been carrying out hoaxes with the view of humiliating innocent people, generally ones conscientiously doing their job. Th is is done in the name of entertainment presumably because the perpetrators consider it funny. They do not care what psychological harm this may do to the poor embarrassed victim. It is neither funny nor clever to publicly belittle innocent people. You never know what short term or long term damage you are doing to that person’s psyche. Ironically, it seems Ms Saldanha’s death is causing Greig and Christian psychological pain for which their employers are providing counselling – 2DayFM did not consider giving Ms Saldanha counselling for her psychological pain. Perhaps the radio station and the announcers may now realise the ‘joke’ is on them and it is not too funny. Phillip Martin, St Marys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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t’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The shops are busy, the mail box is full and the supermarket lines are getting longer. And folks it’s only going to get worse. The closer the big day gets, the more crazy everything turns. So it’s no wonder this year more and more shoppers are going online. For many, promises of free delivery, immediate dispatch and no waiting in long lines is too good to pass up. But I have to admit, for me there is nothing like physically holding a gift in my hand, making sure it’s the right size or colour and knowing that a shipping delay won’t make any difference – I get peace of mind knowing my present will defi nitely be there on Christmas Day. However, in saying that, for me it really comes down to price. If it’s a lot cheaper on the web, and is listed as ‘in stock’, then I am more willing to take the chance. But if it’s the same price I’m all about going into a store and buying the gift. I have also found a lot of stores are price matching the online offers if you can show them a photo as proof on either your phone or ipad. When it comes to food shopping, personally, I fi nd the best time to go is really early on Christmas Eve, before everyone else wakes up. At 6am in the morning you may not feel like fi lling the

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trolley but I can tell you it’s better than battling the crowds at midday. Besides, come lunch time on the 24th you’ll want to be sitting down enjoying the fi rst oversized meal of the week, not fighting over the last ham on the shelf. Th is year I am having the family to my house – I’m not the world’s best cook but some cold ham, hot pork and fresh prawns are hopefully easy, even for me. The other thing my family does is make our own bon bons. Instead of everyone getting a hat and bad joke we put in funny items from something silly they’ve done over the past year. To be honest this is the highlight of the day normally. A time when we all laugh uncontrollably and really do forget about the hardship of the past year. My father in law once told me though “family is like seafood – it’s great at fi rst – but the longer you have it the quicker it goes off ”. So my fi nal tip: pace yourself. Not only on the food and drink but also the family, because you want everyone to leave wanting more, not wishing they’d never come!

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ear Santa, all I want for Christmas is for my business to make more sales. It comes as no surprise that this year has been abysmal for many small businesses in the Penrith region. Walking down High Street there are more empty shop fronts and car spaces than what you would expect or want to see at Christmas time. While Christmas is supposed to be a joyful time for all, businesses are realising that the Christmas rush might not come around this year. But many residents and shop owners are optimistic that it is just a matter of time before retail picks up. The Weekender surveyed businesses along High Street last week and found that many retailers are quietly confident that sales will increase. James, the owner of Barclays Radio Control and Hobbies said: “Generally people spend more money around Christmas so I am hoping that this year will be the same”. “Even though the people traffic is less we sell the right products, at the right prices and are honest and good to our customers,” said Charbel, owner of Sports Power. “People are always looking for last minute sales and sports paraphernalia especially around Christmas time so our sales are quite constant.” For others though the Christmas cheer

was yet to come, with some even saying this December has been the slowest in years. Exclusive Hair Dressing Salon owner, Nima, said: “Without our regular customers we would not survive. We try to entice customers by making our services cheaper but then we make no money”. “I have seen a 10 to 15 per cent drop this year and it is getting harder by the day. Even after the Christmas frenzy I know sales will decrease once New Year is over.” Alex, the owner of Bedding Furniture said, “it’s very bad, it’s crap, there’s no people.” The small business market has been anything but ideal for the past few years. Many local shoppers have opted to go online or splurge at larger shopping centres, leaving small businesses on the streets to fend for themselves through the customer drought. It is hoped that the recent interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia will kickstart the retail industry by encouraging locals to spend more in the lead-up to Christmas. “The interest rate cut that passed on a quarter of a per cent is a defi nite plus for us because customers will come into the store and will purchase musical goods that they might have hesitated to buy before,” said High Street Music Shop owner, Peter Boyd. CEO of the Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce, Jill Woods, said that as a former business owner herself, she understands the difficulties retailers are facing, but that “where there is a will there

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is a way”. “If you start looking at everyone else you lose focus on your own business,” she said. “The key to a successful business is being prepared. If you are well informed of industry changes, continuously building relationships with other businesses and clients and deliver what you promise you will maintain a successful small business.” Her top tips to survive the Christmas quiet are to have exceptional customer service, listen to customers, work with what you have in today’s business

climate and be sure to hire staff who are passionate about sharing the same success you hope for in your business. “There are plenty of successful owners trading and operating in small businesses so it is possible that their business strategy is working for them, if it isn’t then the owners have to reassess where the business is at,” she said. With the school holidays still a week away, retailers in High Street are hopeful that they will see a last-minute rush before the festive season.

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Who’s your favourite teacher?

Planning for a better future

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often say that the most important things that happens in Australia today won’t happen in our boardrooms, mines or factories – they’ll happen in our schools. A great education can transform lives – I know because it transformed mine. I want every Australian student to have that same chance, to do well in school, to go onto further study or a great job. So – through my Facebook page – I recently invited people to share stories about their favourite teacher. I kicked it off with a video talking about my own favourite teacher: my primary school English teacher, Mr Crowe. Around 20,000 people joined the conversation: viewing the site, ‘liking’ the page or posting a comment. I was fortunate this week to head to Mary MacKillop College in Sydney’s south-west to meet the winner, Mark O’Connor. The winning entry was submitted by student Rebecca Knox, who now wants to be a teacher. Th is inspiring story strengthens my ambition to make sure that all Australian students get an excellent education. A fortnight ago I introduced a bill to our Parliament to enshrine that aspiration by building on the recommendations of the Gonski Review. Th is will allow us to set out our nation’s expectations for what we will achieve for our students.

I want Australia to be ranked as a top five country in the world in reading, science and mathematics by providing a high-quality, high-equity schooling system. It’s an ambitious goal – but we can take everything we have learned about getting better results for our students to every school in Australia. We can lift teacher quality, allow more power for principals – including over budgets and staff selection – and offer more information for parents through My School. We also need a funding system that gives schools the right level of resources to meet student need and keep improving results. Julia Gillard will be writing for the Weekender every week in the lead-up to the 2013 Federal Election. Provide your feedback by emailing news@ westernweekender.com.au.

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arlier this week in Sydney, my colleagues and I held our fi nal Shadow Cabinet meeting for 2012. Th roughout this year, we have been working on our plans for a strong and prosperous economy and a safe and secure Australia. We have met with Australians in cities and regional areas, in workplaces, town halls, cafes and homes and listened to them about their lives and hopes for the future. We’ve also consulted with experts and talked to them about the challenges and opportunities we face as a nation. We have announced positive plans to improve the lives of the people of western Sydney, like a greater investment in the infrastructure of the future, as highlighted in our $1.5 billion commitment to WestConnex. And in Penrith last month, I

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s The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (NSW) DA12/1293 40 King Street, Penrith Alterations and additions to residential aged care facility – reconfiguration of internal layout Contact: Hannah Van De Werff on 4732 7714 Closing Date: 14 January 2013 s Bellluna Enterprises Pty Ltd DA12/1294 6 Morris Street, St Marys Demolition of existing structures, construction of multi-unit housing containing 4 x 3-bedroom attic-style villas and Strata title subdivision x 4 lots Contact: Belinda Borg on 4732 7505 Closing Date: 31 January 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. Details of these determinations are available for public inspection free of charge during Council’s normal business hours at the Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith. s Bradley D White, Kristine M White CD12/0028 Lot 7 DP 285425, 7/8 Grays Lane, Cranebrook Awning s N. F. Billyard Pty Ltd DA11/0821 Lot 88 DP 752022, 68 Bringelly Road, Kingswood Multi-unit housing – 5 x 3-bedroom townhouses s Pretech Pty Ltd DA12/0404 Lots 2 & 3 DP 36238, 85–87 Morris Street, St Marys Alterations and additions to 2 existing dwellings, construction of multi-unit housing containing 3 x 3-bedroom attic-style villas and strata title subdivision x 5 lots

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announced the Coalition’s discussion paper on enhancing online safety for children. I want the people of western Sydney to know that the Coalition stands ready with the plans for a better future – a better future with less wasteful and unnecessary government spending; lower taxes and less pressure on western Sydney families’ costs of living; higher productivity and stronger engagement with the booming economies to our north. I am confident that with the right policies, we can once again have competitive manufacturing industries, a dynamic services sector, and a growing knowledge economy as well as strong agricultural and mining sectors. By unleashing our economy, particularly our small businesses, we can create at least one million new jobs within five years and two million jobs within a decade. During 2013, my colleagues and I will continue to take every opportunity to explain our plans to build a stronger economy through lower taxes, more efficient government and more productive businesses that will deliver more jobs, higher wages and better services for Australian families.

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STAY SAFE IN SUMMER We’re helping you stay safe this summer by providing important tips and information for dealing with extremely high temperatures, storms, fire and floods. Council has developed a campaign drawing on the expertise of its Waste & Community Protection Department whose officers play key roles during local emergencies.

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

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“Council and emergency services agencies have roles and responsibilities during disasters, but then again so do residents,” Penrith Mayor Mark Davies said. “This campaign is about helping make our residents more savvy about preparing for and dealing with events such as storms, fire and flood.” To receive regular news and updates, ‘Like’ Council’s Facebook page or follow our Twitter account or check your local newspapers and radio stations. You can also follow the links on Council’s website www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au For more information residents can also visit the State Emergency Service’s official page, www.stormsafe.com.au Top pic right: Do you have everything you’d need in an emergency? Ruth Coulter looks over her evacuation kit.

COUNCIL BRIEFS s Ever wanted to learn to paddle a kayak? You can on Australia Day from 10am–3pm in the warm-up lake at Penrith Whitewater Stadium. The activity is FREE, there’s no need to book and everyone is welcome. For more information, call 4730 4333. s There is plenty to do in Penrith in the lead-up to Christmas and during the school holidays. Our Visitor Information Centre has all the information. Phone 1300 736 836, email pentour@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au or check out the ‘What’s On’ tab at www.penrithvalley.com.au

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Supply & Delivery of Compostable and Biodegradable Bags and/or Distribution of Bags to Penrith City Residents Reference 12/13-12 Penrith City Council is seeking tenders from suitably qualified suppliers for Supply & Delivery of Compostable and Biodegradable Bags and/or Distribution of Bags to approximately 51,000 residential properties. Both or either of the above requirements are separable. The finished product must conform to AS 4736-2006. The agreement for all requirements will be for an initial period of two (2) years, with an option to extend for a further two (2), one (1) year periods, by mutual agreement and subject to satisfactory performance.

For queries please contact Laura Schuil on 4732 7663 or lschuil@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au All submissions should be lodged on the forms provided in accordance with the lodgement instructions contained in the documents no later than 10am on 16 January 2013 (‘the Closing Date’).Tenders received after will not be considered.

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The winner of last week’s question: What is your favourite part about spending Australia Day at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith Lakes? Dollo_Dollo Because Australia Day at the Regatta Centre is a bike accessible local community event! And a great place to ride safely! Thanks ‘Dollo_Dollo’, a great tweet. Would you like to see your ‘tweet’ in print? Each week we’ll ask a question. Tweet your answer to @penrithcouncil – the best response will be our ‘Tweet of the Week’. Q 5: Where in Penrith are you planning to spend New Year’s Eve? http://twitter.com/penrithcouncil For Council updates:

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“Get elected or shut up” Council meeting descends into chaos over LEP debate

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Jobs It’s nothing new for me to say we urgently need more jobs in Penrith. I would like to share with you the areas that offer hope and the challenges we’re facing regarding local job creation. Penrith needs to be proactive, and we are. I’m particularly excited about the job creation potential of the Penrith Health and Education Precinct – a collaboration between the Penrith Business Alliance (PBA), Council, State and Federal Governments, UWS and hospital stakeholders. Several other projects were completed this year and many more are under construction or being planned. The National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), of which Penrith is a member, recently launched some important research into Addressing Skills and Employment Gaps in Outer Metropolitan Growth Areas. Professor Philip O’Neill from UWS Urban Research Centre addressed the launch, pointing out that while new employment lands in Sydney CBD will create 3,000 new jobs per hectare, in the west our new employment lands are lucky to achieve 25 jobs per hectare.

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ouncillor Karen McKeown has called for trespassing on Deerubbin Lands at Castlereagh to be referred to police in a heated debate over the future of bushland currently zoned for rural development in the Penrith Local Environmental Plan Stage 2. Council has been asked to prepare Stage 2 of the LEP for public consultation and submission to the State Government by July 2013. In the current plan, 114 hectares of bushland owned by the Deerubbin Aboriginal Land Council will be submitted for public consultation zoned for rural development (RU4), but Councillors Michelle Tormey, Kevin Crameri and Maurice Girotto wanted the lands zoned environmental (E2) prior to public consultation. At Monday’s meeting Cr Crameri, who moved the motion to have the zoning changed, tried to persuade councillors that they didn’t have to stick to their political lines and could vote in favour of his motion. “New councillors should have been told these rules... that there should not be caucusing... at the last meeting we saw two caucus leaders get together and discuss this matter,” Cr Crameri said. “That’s completely false and very close to a code of conduct matter... I only asked Ross [Fowler] what he was thinking,” retorted Cr John Thain.

“Can I ask that that comment be withdrawn?” Cr Fowler said. Mayor Mark Davies asked that Cr Crameri withdraw the comment to which the veteran councillor replied, “only if it makes you happy”. Further persistence by Cr Crameri resulted in more calls from his fellow councillors, who put him on notice for “insinuating caucusing”. Cr McKeown then spoke on the motion, stating that the interests of the Deerubbin people had not been taken into account and that they had been treated horridly in the discussion. “It is absolutely outrageous that there has not been one phone call to the Deerubbin people since this matter rose... I have been sent links to Youtube videos of their land, that’s trespassing because that’s private land! I hope the Deerubbin people refer this to the police,” she said. Heckling from the audience, Call for police intervention: Karen McKeown. particularly environmentalist Geoff After fi nal comments from Cr Tormey, Brown, prompted the Mayor to warn who was cut short by the Mayor (she was the gallery for its poor behaviour and speaking for a second time, but can only continual interruptions. speak once) Cr Crameri made his closing “Geoff Brown, we are trying to conduct comments, and the motion was put a business meeting here so keep your forward and defeated 12-3. comments to yourself,” he said. According to a Council spokesperson, “Stand up and get elected or shut up,” Council aims to have the proposed plan added Cr Greg Davies. on public exhibition from late February Cr Maurice Girotto said that with more 2013. than 600 signatures on a petition against “Council will also discuss State the rural zoning, he felt he had to support Government acquisition of the proposed the motion. E2 zoned land with the NSW Office of Labor Councillors said that a Environment and Heritage and the substantial portion of the petition was private owners,” the spokesperson said. not signed by local Penrith constituents.

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Couple tries to snatch girls: Frightening incident at Colyton Police are appealing for witnesses after three young children were approached by a suspicious couple in Colyton. About 8pm on Monday, three siblings – a nine-yearold boy and his two sisters, aged 12 and 11 – were riding scooters near their Colyton home. Police have been told a white vehicle approached the children while they were riding along Carpenter Street. Its occupants, a man and woman, yelled out to them but continued driving. The siblings continued riding their scooters, however, when they were on Cooinda Street the car returned and stopped near them. Police have been told the woman, who was the front passenger, got out of the car and attempted to grab the girls. They screamed and the couple fled in the vehicle. Police from St Marys Local Area Command were alerted to the incident and commenced inquiries, including conducting a canvass of the surrounding area for potential witnesses. The female offender has been described as being aged in her 40s and with orange shoulder-length hair. The children were only able to tell police the man had short hair, a slight beard and was wearing a black shirt. The car is a white Subaru Forrester. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Expensive night on the drink: A 21-year-old female from St Clair has pleaded guilty to one count of resisting police and three counts of assaulting police after a drunken night out at a friend’s place. Police were called to a street in St Clair at around 5.10am on November 18 after reports of a woman wandering around screaming. When police arrived they found the woman to be in a very distressed and agitated state. Police were worried that she would be hit by a vehicle so tried to keep her off the street while waiting for a caged vehicle. During that time the woman became agitated and started spitting at police. When the car came, she kicked one officer in the jaw and one in the chest. She was conveyed to Penrith Police Station. She plead guilty to all four counts and was fi ned a total of $850 plus $83 in court fees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weapon proves costly: A 48-year-old man from South Penrith has $1,583 worth of fi nes to pay after police found that he had in his home an unregistered, unsafe and prohibited weapon. Police attended the man’s residence on October 21 after reports that he had an unregistered fi rearm. Police found the weapon, a .303 calibre rifle, stashed in his wardrobe. When police asked why he had it the man said it was given to him by his father 15 years ago after he served in the RAAF. The man was fi ned and the weapons handed over to the Crown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Police fi nd drugs and taser: A man has plead guilty to possessing a taser and multiple illegal drugs after police conducted a search warrant of his property. Police attended the man’s residence in St Marys and located a taser in one of the bedrooms. A further search of the house found that the man was in possession of cannabis and amphetamines in a substantial quantity. The man said that he needed to take the drugs to help him at work but said to the magistrate that he does not have a drug problem. The drugs were confiscated and the man charged $300 for having a prohibited weapon, $600 for the three counts of possession of prohibited drugs and $83 in court fees.

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COUNCIL SNAPSHOT Your local library will set the scene for an exciting mix of entertaining and educational activities these school holidays with a range of shows for children of all ages. The fun kicks off with cartoon workshops at St Marys Corner on Monday, January 14 where seven to 13-year-olds can learn to draw fantastic super heroes and animals with cartoonist Dave Hackett. The rest of the activities will be held at Penrith Library and include workshops in embroidery, henna tattooing, art, science and balloon sculpture. On Wednesday, January 16, Sydney Theatre Company will perform ‘The Emperor’s New Beat Box’, a joyful explosion of story and sounds. On Wednesday, January 23, magician Joel Howlett will amaze and delight with spectacular showmanship and his own unique, fresh style of magic and fun. Both shows are for the whole family, tickets are $5 per person and children under two are free. On Thursday, January 17, children aged six to 12 can get up close and personal with the slimy stars from the ‘Feature Creatures’ wildlife show including snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs and a juvenile crocodile. There will be two shows, only 30 tickets for each. Go to www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au for more information or call into your local library branch. Tickets are on sale from Monday, December 17. You can book in person or by phone but tickets can only be held for two days. For bookings and payments all 4732 7891. Th ree local organisations have received funding for Youth Week 2013 activities. Imagine Nations Youth has received $800 for its ‘Young and Bold’ event, Fusion Western Sydney received $5,000 for the ‘Valley Youth Festival’ and Nepean Community and Neighbourhood Services received $350 for its ‘Be Active Be You’ event. Youth Week 2013 will take place from April 5 to April 14 and is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of young people to the community.

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he mystery as to whether local health jobs will be axed under the State Government’s labour expense cap continues. According to Opposition Leader, John Robertson, as a result of a $3 billion cut to the health system, there will be the equivalent of 30 jobs lost at the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. “Sacking 739 hospital staff in this year alone will directly impact on the level of care people receive in NSW hospitals,” he said recently. But Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, fi red back at the claims, saying that Labor’s “scare campaign” is

based on a mischievous calculation of the impact of the $89 million in labour expense cap savings which the local health districts have been asked to fi nd. “Savings measures do not necessarily equate to job cuts,” she said. “What the local health districts are telling me is that savings can be made by measures such as reducing overtime payments, having less reliance on contractors, agency staff and fewer locums – none of which result in job losses to permanent frontline staff.” Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Chief Executive, Kay Hyman, said: “There will be no impact on current staffi ng levels in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District”.

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in that we’ve always had a plan for cycle ways and a footpath network in the area and this has really enhanced that,” Cr Davies said. The pathways are being constructed as part of the NSW River Cities Bike Program which aims to promote cycling in and around cities that lie on the Parramatta, Georges and Nepean Rivers. “Our Community Building Partnership Grants is another example of the State Government directing funding straight down to that grass roots level where there is an immediate and tangible impact; where the community can see the impact that the funding is making,” Mrs Davies said. In addition to the project improving the transport system around Penrith, the construction of these pathways is also providing local people with a safe way to live a healthy lifestyle. “Council has really been pushing people to keep a healthy lifestyle and to be able to receive this sort of additional funds is fantastic,” Cr Davies said.

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large objects that were destined to cause intestinal obstruction.” The hungry canine had amazingly eaten the equivalent of three plates of food but the excessive amount was not Dr Simpson’s major concern. “It was the three beer bottle tops, a number of string balloons, several long and sharp wooden skewer sticks with barbequed meat on them, a lollipop stick, assorted plastic and pieces of fabric that made surgery necessary. It illustrates some of the things dogs can eat; things we wouldn’t think about,” he said. It’s also important to know that some foods common in the human diet are toxic to pets, such as chocolate, onions, grapes and certain artificial sweeteners. “Christmas is a time when there’s a lot of food going around and pets are at risk of massive over ingestion of food,” Dr Simpson said.

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Reaching out: New role will be critical for local families

Fiona Scott (left), Vicki Skoulogenis (centre) and Sussan Ley (right) with local children.

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hildcare is an essential part to any community and at a ‘round table’ held in Penrith this week, the importance of government policies related to childcare came to light. Liberal Senator Marise Payne, Shadow Minister for Childcare and Early Childhood Learning, Sussan Ley and Liberal Candidate for Lindsay, Fiona Scott visited Mulgoa Pre-school on Tuesday to discuss ways in which Penrith could be represented in possible future policies.

“Families are looking for quality care and even though we are in the western suburbs, no family should be without that and every child should be able to experience quality care in every centre,” said the Pre-school owner, Vicki Skoulogenis. After visiting Mulgoa Pre-school, a small round table discussion was held in Glenmore Park with around 15 childcare providers from all over the area, each with a different situation to add. “Making affordable childcare that is flexible to manage the needs of the families out here is crucial,” Ms Scott said.

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amilies who are dealing with the consequences of incarceration will fi nd they will have more targeted help from the Federal Government through the Penrith Centrelink office. Susan Ducie, who has worked with Centrelink in various capacities for over 20 years, stepped into a new role as an Outreach worker last Monday. In particular, families who may be affected by a family member being

incarcerated, will have Ms Ducie on hand to help with issues such as housing and income support. “Incarceration can mean a family’s circumstances change dramatically. Th is new position Susan has taken will provide timely support for families that might fi nd their circumstances changed,” said Lindsay MP, David Bradbury. Ms Ducie said she is looking forward to her new role. “Connecting people with local support services they don’t know exist can really improve the quality of someone’s life and that’s a great feeling,” Ms Ducie said.

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February 21 Labor is in the midst of a leadership crisis after Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd quits. Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, visits Our Lady of the Rosary Primary in St Marys to talk with teachers and parents about the Gonski Review, with the support of Education Minister Peter Garrett and Lindsay MP, David Bradbury. After a grilling from the media about his loyalty, Mr Bradbury controversially claims: “If it means getting a tattoo [of the Prime Minister’s name] I’d consider it, but somehow I think my wife might object to that”.

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to have breached the Council’s code of conduct on one account – touching the neck of a delegate on an overseas Council trip.

March 9 Fiona Scott wins pre-selection as the Liberal Party’s candidate for Lindsay to take on David Bradbury at the 2013 poll. March 26 The $850 million Panthers Riverlink proposal for mixed retail, commercial and living space on Mulgoa Road is endorsed by Council in a landmark decision and submitted to the Department of Planning.

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March 1 Lindsay MP David Bradbury is confi rmed as the new Assistant Treasurer.

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March 2 Councillor Kevin Crameri (pictured below) is suspended from Penrith City Council for 30 days after he was found

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May 3 The much anticipated ‘Penrith is Here’ brand is launched by Council to push for greater business, tourism, jobs and development in Penrith. The brand was developed after considerable community consultation but there have been the rare few to express discontent with the ‘Orange P’.

May 8 The Federal Government hands down its budget for the next fi nancial year, winning over families with an increase in Family Tax Benefit Part A payments and big ticket items like the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Single parents who are unemployed don’t fi nd the support they are looking for though with their payments merged into the Newstart Allowance. June 1 The State Government reveals exclusively to the Weekender that it will develop the masterplan for the Penrith Lakes site after years of stagnation. The Office of Penrith Lakes is established with Nick Hubble as the interim director. June 6 Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, addresses a Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce function to spruik his plans if elected, including the plan to repeal the carbon tax. Mr Abbott refuses to

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June 12 The State Government hands down its budget, including $18 million for the Nepean Hospital Car Park, $25 million for the Erskine Park Link Road, $70 million of upgrades to the Great Western Highway and upgrades to the International Regatta Centre. But not everyone is in support for the State Government; Mulgoa MP, Tanya Davies’ office is vandalised, prompting calls for stricter graffiti punishment. June 29 Cr Mark Davies reveals exclusively to the Weekender that he will not contest the Penrith Council elections due to family and business commitments. The announcement shows cracks in the Liberal Party after the State office decided not to endorse any Liberal candidates in the Penrith elections. July 1 The carbon tax comes into effect, much to the dismay of some local businesses who decide to rally against the tax.

Jobs Program it will jointly fund the Werrington Park Employment Catalyst project with the University of Western Sydney, worth $28 million. The Employment Catalyst will see a business park developed at the corner of the Werrington South campus of the University with a completion date of June 30, 2015. July 25 Treasurer Wayne Swan visits St Marys to hold an open forum with residents. The carbon tax is a major talking point as are questions over Labor’s leadership but Swan fi nds some support from locals who profess their long term loyalty to the Labor party. August 9 Former Penrith MP, Karyn Paluzzano has a sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to deceiving an ICAC inquiry into allegations she falsely signed off on parliamentary sitting-day relief payments. Ms Paluzzano told court that she has been suffering from depression and has been harassed – decapitated rabbits have been left on her doorstep. She was sentenced on September 6 to home detention of at least 12 months, but will appeal the sentence. August 24 The State Government alludes to plans to send restricted solid waste from the Hunters Hill former uranium smelter to Kemps Creek. The Australasian Radiation Protection Society says that such waste is technically radioactive but not hazardous. A formal plan for the waste was released by the State Government in November, seeking community feedback. August 28 Kurrambee School in Werrington receives a $10 million boost to completely rebuild the school after Federal MP, Bill Shorten and State Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli agree to use the Federal Government’s left over funds from the Building the Education Revolution program to help the school.

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July 6 Residents are invited to have their say on the Nepean River Green Bridge crossing between Penrith and Emu Plains adjacent to Victoria Bridge. Roads Minister, Duncan Gay, visits Penrith to launch the draft AECOM report that details different site options and a preliminary preferred location. The bridge would later become a major point of contention in the community with some residents claiming they were not adequately consulted about the bridge’s design.

September 8 Voters head to the polls to elect new Councillors. It is a close race with the results not known until Monday, September 17. Labor lost two seats and the Greens won their fi rst ever seat. A mixed bag of councillors meant that the vote for Mayor would be unpredictable. On September 24 though, Mark Davies came out on top and secured the top job.

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Parents sign up: Education fight continues to grow about the funding cuts because they are elected to represent and speak to the community,” he said. Parents on Tuesday morning signed an online petition run by the Diocese of Parramatta via iPads, just one of the great technological advancements made possible by ongoing support from both levels of Government. Anne-Maree Plektan of the Parents and Friends Association said the lack of consultation is most disappointing. “We had no warning of what was about to happen. We just want some equity restored,” she said.

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s the season of summer is upon us so is the bush fi re season once again and what better way to educate the kids on fi re safety than by taking a trip to the Penrith Museum of Fire? Australia’s leading Museum of Fire, located right here in Penrith, is home to current and retired fi refighters whose aim it is to educate the public on fi re safety management in a fun and entertaining manner. Just recently, the Museum of Fire has undergone extensive redevelopments to make the displays more accessible to people with disability. “The redevelopments of the Museum have allowed us to cater for anyone who has a physical or mental disability by providing them with improvements to facilities such as wheelchair access, ramps, touch screens, and increased parking,” said CEO of the Museum of Fire and St Marys fi refighter, Mark White. The museum houses one of the largest and most unique displays of fi re equipment and vehicles. The display contains impressive equipment from around Australia and from other countries around the world. Featured exhibits include vehicles dating from the late 18th century through to the 1980’s. “We have added two to three new displays of historical fi re trucks and equipment which is proving to be quite popular with the children,” Mr White said. Visitors are particularly excited about the recent acquisition of historical fi refighting equipment, which shows horse drawn vehicles and vintage uniforms that fi refighters used to wear. There is also a variety of fi refighting tunics, dress uniforms, badges, helmets, switchboards and telecommunication systems. A highlight of the museum is seeing the collection of fi re fighting tools which include hoses, nozzles, branches, axes and extinguishers from over the years.

The Environmental Assessment for the remediation of properties in Nelson Parade, Hunters Hill is now on public exhibition. It is proposed that Restricted Solid Waste material from the site will be transferred to the SITA landfill at Kemps Creek. No hazardous waste will be transferred to the SITA site. As part of the community consultation during the exhibition period, the Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP will host a public meeting to discuss the project.

During the school holiday period the museum is a popular spot for vacation care groups who bring the children along to learn about the history of the museum and hear from the fi refighters themselves about their amazing tales and efforts. “What child doesn’t dream about becoming a fi refighter? Here at the museum we give them the opportunity to meet their heroes and see their dream job,” Mr White said. And an activity not to be missed is the opportunity to ride in a real fi re truck! The Museum of Fire is open to the public seven days a week from 9.30am until 4.30pm. The Museum is located at 1, Museum Drive, Penrith. Call 4731 3000 for more details.

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“James Squire has undergone a rebranding and so our brief was to design areas that use those traditional materials but in new and modern ways, but within a budget,” Ms Samios said. “Riffians come in tribes so we have used long tables to create spaces where groups can mingle,” Mr Stevens added. Opening on Wednesday, just some of the new features of the bar space are a fi re place and comfortable bar stools. “It is going to be amazing,” he said. The next project the pair will tackle is redesigning the cocktail lounge upstairs near the function rooms.

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They may be great at sending them, but young female drivers seem to be the last to get the message: distractions, such as text messaging while driving, are incredibly dangerous. Female drivers aged 18 to 24-yearsold are the most likely to have sent or read a text message, made a phone call without a hands free kit or input an address in to their GPS while driving over the past year, according to new research revealed in an AAMI survey. Th is may go some way to explain why 35 per cent of young female drivers have had an accident over the past fi ve years – the most of any age or gender group – despite many not even having held a licence for that long, according to the survey of over 3,700 drivers. “We tend to think of this group as more mature than their male counterparts, but clearly there are some poor choices being made by young women behind the wheel,” said an AAMI spokesperson.

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dvocating to a nation for something that you believe in is hard enough when you are an adult but two local kids showed that they are more than capable when they visited Parliament House to advocate for more funding for research into a disease that affects hundreds of kids in Australia, including themselves. Emma Hogan, 10 and Steven Rae, 18, were two of 100 children with Type 1 diabetes from across Australia that made a personal plea for continued government funding for clinical research into the condition. The visit to Parliament House was part of the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) Kids in the House program, which both Emma and Steven took part in as part of their work as advocates for JDRF. The children met with over 100 MPs at Parliament House to explain what it means to live with Type 1 diabetes each day until a cure is found and spoke about the need for funding for the Australian Type 1 diabetes Clinical Research Network (CRN). Emma has lived with Type 1 diabetes since she was seven-years-old and has taken over 9,500 fi nger pricks to measure her blood sugar levels during that time.

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“Going to Canberra and telling my story was great, now it is up to the government to show us that they were listening,” she said. On the morning of Kids in the House, the Coalition reaffi rmed their commitment to providing $35 million in funding over five years for the CRN which could improve Australian access to the latest research and speed up the process of curing, treating and preventing the disease. “It’s a great step forward and makes me feel like all our visits to MPs, letters and emails have had an impact,” said Emma who, in the lead up to the Canberra visit, had met with David Bradbury, Member for Lindsay, as part of the program, as well as raised funds for Type 1 diabetes research. “We’d love to see the government match this commitment in the days and weeks ahead, our fi ngers are crossed!” Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that cannot be prevented, which causes the body to stop making insulin, which is needed to turn food into energy. “We have one of the highest rates of Type 1 diabetes in the world, and these children live with it every day,” said JDRF CEO Mike Wilson. “Their stories are compelling, and they’ve made a real impact in educating and engaging with Australia’s decision makers.”

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Natasha Webb has won the Yates Junior Landcare Backyard Challenge.

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he art of photography can take years to perfect but after winning a national photo competition, it appears that 11-year-old Natasha Webb has natural talent. The Werrington Downs local entered a photo, depicting the colours of her backyard, into the Yates Junior Landcare Backyard Challenge and took out the top prize for the eight to 11-year-old category. Participants were asked to submit a

photo or video that answers the question ‘how does your backyard grow?’ and it was the story behind Natasha’s photo that attracted attention to it. “My backyard is fi lled with so many different colours,” she said. “Every plant and flower is that colour for a reason, it sends a message to the birds and insects so they know what is safe to eat.” Entries were judged by a panel including Landcare Ambassadors Catriona Rowntree and Jack Thompson. As a prize for winning the competition, Natasha received a Canon DSLR camera.

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Penrith Anglican College student Abbey McPherson is starring in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’.

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significant donation towards cancer research through the Cancer Council of NSW. “What we’re trying to do is give people Christmas trees at a reasonable price and have them know that everything they donate goes towards the Cancer Council to combat this horrible disease,” said Phil Clarke of the Emu Plains Lions Club. The Lions Club is hoping to raise $1,000 for the Cancer Council from the tree sales. The donation will be presented to the Cancer Council at the ‘Carols on the Course’ at the Emu Plains Sporting and Recreation Club that evening.

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Carols on the Course Th is weekend you’re invited to come and join in on the Christmas festivities at Leonay Golf course. Sing along to Christmas carols as you watch the kids enjoy the jumping castle, face painting and clowns offered on the night. On the night a raffle will be held in support of the Cancer Council where all proceeds raised will go towards the charity on the night. After a short visit from Santa, there will be a dazzling display of fi reworks to wrap up this fun fi lled evening. When is this event you ask? It is on Saturday, December 15 at Emu Plains Sports Club, Leonay Golf Course from 5.30pm onwards. Carols in Spence Park Jump in on the fun at Spence Park this Sunday evening where it will be one of the last times that you will get the chance to sing along to those Christmas carols you know and love. Celebrate Christmas with your family, friends and the community on Sunday, December 16 from 7pm.

The Penrith Homemaker Centre is encouraging donations for those in need.

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giving tree, Christmas carollers and free gifts for customers is only the beginning of a long list of giving that the Penrith Homemaker Centre has planned for the community this year. “We can afford to do so, so we should give back to the community. For the past couple of years, the money that we could have put into Christmas decorations, we have put into the community,” said Centre manager, Kevin James.

The Giving Tree is a big part of festivities at Penrith Homemaker Centre; the centre will be placing many gifts under the tree themselves however are asking the community to get involved by donating a present. The centre will also be donating 120 hampers, along with the gifts, to various organisations in the community for distribution. And to top off the generosity, any customer of the Centre can come down in the lead-up to Christmas on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday to pick up a bag of fresh fruit that can help with the Christmas cooking.

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Carols By Candlelight Gather your friends and family and head to Penrith Paceway for their annual Carols By Candlelight extravaganza. Bring your family to a magical night out by candlelight and enjoy this Christmas season singing along to Christmas tunes. Special guest Santa will make an appearance as well as a fi reworks show that starts at 9pm. Carols are held at Penrith Paceway, Station Street, Penrith from 6pm on Sunday, December 16. Carols at Mamre Visit Mamre Homestead this week to

attend the Combine Church Christmas Carols. They are being held at Number 1, Mamre Road St Marys on Sunday, December 16 from 4pm onwards. There will be great Christmas carols, a live band, food, drinks, organised family activities and fi reworks. Gingerbread Bakeoff Get ready, get set, BAKE! Get your rolling pins out local bakers because this year’s Great Gingerbread bake off is upon us and doesn’t it sound sweet? All funds raised from this sugar overload will go towards the United Way Penrith Community Fund Christmas Appeal. The candy fi lled treat is being fi lmed by Channel Nine, who will cross live for important updates. The bakeoff will be on December 16 starting bright and early at the big tree on High Street, Penrith. Annual Christmas Racing Be at Londonderry Richmond Race Club to see the annual Christmas race meet. The race meet will be held on Saturday, December 22 and is open to the public. Festivities on the day include free showbags, a visit from Santa, a jumping castle, bungee run, gladiator fights, a mechanical bull ride and lots of food and entertainment. Magic Morning Melodies Christmas magic is upon us with this Cabaret show fi lled with Christmas cheer. Th is yuletide joy fi lls the air at the Richard Bonynge Concert Hall in Penrith. Tickets can be bought at the door at 11am on Wednesday, December 19. Be surprised this season with some Christmas fun!

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challenging and exciting ride even for the best paddlers in the world. Guided rafting is the most popular whitewater activity because no previous experience is necessary. Penrith Whitewater supplies all the equipment, instruction and a fully qualified guide. Anyone as young as 12 years can participate in whitewater activities. For those who have already experienced the excitement of guided rafting, selfguided rafting offers a more challenging adventure – it’s defi nitely not for the faint

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Starfish Animal Rescue If you are interested in adopting one of these beautiful pets, the first step is to call us. We’ll then arrange for you and anyone living in the home to meet the animal before going further. Adopting an animal is a wonderful and exciting journey and I thank you for wanting to “make a difference” to the life of a rescued animal. Remember, owning a pet is a life long commitment.

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he was recognised as Volunteer of the Year for western Sydney last week, but to the children that she has spent the last decade supporting, Rose Morrish is much more than that. Twice a week, for 10 years, Ms Morrish has made her way from home to Penrith South Public School to volunteer as a support teacher for the special needs class at the local primary school. She spends those days as ‘Grandma Rose’, helping the students with their school work and activities. “They are just like other grandchildren to me; they are very respectful and loving children,” she said. Ms Morrish fi rst decided to volunteer for the

school when her grandson, who is now 19, was one of those students. “10 years ago I went up to the school to see if I could give them a hand and I loved it,” she said. “It has been a wonderful time and I love it. The kids, they keep me young. Anything you do for them, they love you to bits for it. I get out of it much more than what I give.” Ms Morrish was nominated for her volunteer work as a Teacher’s Aide in the Support Unit by the school months ago, however, the teachers at her school kept the nomination a secret right up until the very last minute when at a function on Wednesday, December 5, Ms Morrish was announced the 2012 Sydney Outer West and Blue Mountains Volunteer of the Year for 2012. “I was so surprised about it,” she said.

“It has been a wonderful little journey, my 15 minutes of fame! “It has been very humbling and I thought that when they gave the award to me, it might just lead somebody else to do what I do.” Ms Morrish said that she feels as though there are many others who deserve the award more than she does, including the other teachers at Penrith South Public School, but has learnt much from the experience. “It was absolutely a wonderful experience,” she said. “To see all those other people, it makes you realise that there are so many wonderful people in the world.” – By Katherine Tweed

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Plenty for seniors to do Our weekly what’s on guide to keep our older locals entertained Penrith Valley Seniors Computing Club Get technologically savvy with computer classes! Yes that’s right a class that fi nally caters to all your modern technological needs. The classes offer step by step training for those who are new learners to Windows, Word, Publisher, Internet and email. They provide excellent training in new ways to communicate with one another besides calling them on the phone. One on one tutoring is available if you are having trouble understanding any content in the class. These classes are on weekly from Monday to Friday and are held from 9.30am to 12.30pm at the Penrith Valley Seniors Centre. Details: Contact 4721 0609. Old Time Dance Move, groove and shake your way to the Old Time Dance held every third Saturday of the month. It’s time to pull out those disco dancing moves and shimmy on down to Llandilo Hall for a night you won’t forget. The next dance is held on Saturday, December 15 where supper will be provided. Tickets cost $8 and full food and dancing is included along with a live band for entertainment. Details: The venue is Llandilo Hall, 257 Seventh Avenue, Llandilo. Bookings are required and can be made on 4732 8104. Grow it, Pick it, Eat it Treat yourself to a food-tastic day at Mamre’s Farm. All seniors are welcome to attend this fresh, fun cooking class made available to them by the Homestead. Participants have the opportunity to

harvest food from the farm and bring it back to the kitchen where renowned chef Tony Sharpe will help you create a wonderful meal. As a treat, indulge yourself by giving into temptation and taking a cooking class to increase your skills and recipes that we guarantee your whole family will enjoy. Sessions generally run every second Saturday of each month from 10.30am to midday and cost $25 per person. Details: To book a class contact 9670 5321. Classes are located at the Mamre House, 181 Mamre Road, Orchard Hills. Penrith Showground Markets Each Wednesday you’re invited to the Penrith Showground Markets that are home to 300 stalls. These markets are held from 8.30am–1.30pm and offer local products ranging from plants, fruit, vegetables, clothing, lingerie, tools, art, crafts, car supplies, pet products and more. Come along with friends and families to spend a day of browsing and shopping and looking at what the community has to offer locally. Details: Every Wednesday at Penrith Showground. Penrith City Library’s Knit In Round up the yarn balls and needles ladies and gentlemen because the Penrith Community Library are holding monthly knitting and crochet classes. You will be able to fi nd this group at the lower lounge to join in on the knit-fest. All are welcome to have a chat and learn how to master the knitting needle. These gatherings are

held in support of the ‘Wrap With Love’ fundraiser and other charities. Bring your mug along for a cup of coffee as morning tea is provided. Details: Call Carol on 4732 3108. High Tea in Mulgoa Valley Experience the spectacular view of Mulgoa Valley at a High Tea luncheon held on the fi rst Saturday of each month. You are invited along to observe the exquisite scenery which overlooks the free range chickens, peacocks, ducks, camels and sheep. It is the ideal place to get away from the city and take time out to see the incredible countryside. On the day you will be introduced to a selection of the fi nest fi nger sandwiches and tea service. Details: Bookings can be made on 0439 738 032. Jenolan Cave Concerts Dance and sing along to the Paganini Duo who play every last Saturday of each month at the Jenolan Caves. The concert starts at 4pm and fi nishes at 6.30pm. Light refreshments and cheeses are also supplied for all visitors. Transport yourself to the unbelievable scenery of the caves surrounding you and immerse yourself in the natural atmosphere while you chat to the artists after their set. If you do visit the caves be prepared to bring a jumper in case of the cool chill. Details: Call 1300 763 311 or 6359 9311. The Older Women’s Network (OWN) Ever wonder who those ladies are exercising in the park or at the pool?

Well wonder no more because the Older Women’s Network is a group designed for elderly women seeking friendship and fitness in one. The regular meets include yoga, aquarobics, Tai Chi, general exercise and dancing. Tea and lunch is also on the timetable for this women’s only group. It is a wonderful way to keep occupied and moving at the same time. The emphasis of this group is maintaining an active lifestyle together in the community. Details: Call 4731 3676. Yoga Classes Balance your mind and body by taking a seniors only yoga class offered to people over 50. Classes introduce stretching, flexibility, strength and relaxation. Students are encouraged to participate in general classes as well to correct breathing and relaxation. At the end of the 11 week cycle students see improvements in mobility, joint stiff ness, muscle weakness, circulation, balance, self confidence and listening skills. Details: For bookings and enquiries contact 4729 1577. Weekly Bingo Number 11! Do you have it on your Bingo sheet? You could if you come down to the Bowling Club each Friday at 9.45am and play with other local community members. Bingo is a fun way to get together with friends and win great prizes such as meat platters, vouchers and groceries. Don’t fancy Bingo? Then how about come along anyway and enjoy raffles at $2 a book!

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magine a world where you had your own personal robot that could give you a helping hand with those tasks that become a little more difficult with age. Local students turned their imaginations into reality last weekend for an international competition. On Saturday, December 8, local students joined around 500 other children from across the state to compete in the state fi nals for the international First Lego League Challenge where they had to design and build a Lego robot that would improve the quality of life of senior citizens. The Penrith Anglican College students were divided into two teams, the El Pacos and the Androids, and they competed against 40 other teams for a chance to compete in the national tournament next year. “A large part of the competition is about teamwork. It is about being gracious, cooperating and having fun and we saw that in our students,” said Debbie Jay, Penrith Anglican College science teacher. “The students had a good time and were just excited to be there to watch what the other teams were creating.” The El Pacos designed a robotic companion that seniors could carry around with them and use to carry out errands, such as make calls, but could also be used to combat loneliness. The Androids developed an automatic medication dispenser that was designed to

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be programmed by a pharmacist, ensuring that any medication would be taken correctly and on time. “I think that the students showed quite a detailed approach to it. In their groups, some students worked on the programming, others worked on the

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performance; technical design and programming of the robot; and teamwork. The El Pacos team were highly commended on the day and were awarded the Innovative Solution Award however, neither team made it through to the national tournament.

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here was once a time when wearing a ‘onesie’ was reserved for babies and toddlers’ pyjamas, however the elusive one-piece suit is now the outfit of choice for the young, the old and anyone in between. The onesie really is the outfit for anyone; it does not discriminate when it comes to age, gender or size and can be seen on people no matter where you are or what the occasion is. The ‘Onesie Sensation’ is taking over the world and has been seen on many high profi le people such as Robbie Williams, Rihanna, teen band sensation One Direction and even our Australian netball team. But one may ask, why all the hype? It all started when a pair of young

entrepreneurs, Aiden Lister and Daniel Labib, took a trip to the local Seikomart grocery store in Japan and left believing that they had found the key to every adult’s costume fantasy. Since fi nding its way back to Australian shores in the hands of these two men, the Kigurami, now referred to as the onesie or kigu, is more popular than they could have ever imagined. After the initial launch of the brand in February, Kigu.me is now Australia’s largest importer of animal onesies, from crocodiles to lions and cows, as well as authentic Japanese Kigurami. The company, 100 per cent Australian owned and operated, is responsible for outfitting over 6,000 customers with their selection of over 75

onesies. After months of “improving the fashion sense and comfort levels of many Australians” Kigu. me have launched a new website, giving customers a fun and interactive way to view and select their favourite designs. The team also runs charitable work from money that has been raised by customer purchases; in the last three months Kigu.me have donated over $6,000 to charities including Beyondblue, Epilepsy Australia and the Heart Foundation. For those of who are keen to be the best dressed at the next Christmas function, dress-up party or just around the home and want to wear something comfortable, check out the website www.kigu.me.

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e all have those days when we feel like staying in bed or as if we are dragging ourselves through our daily tasks. Unfortunately for some, this feeling continues for days or weeks! I believe most people are in tune with their body enough to realise when it is caused by something more than a few late nights. Always feeling tired isn’t normal and there can be many reasons for it. Here are only a few to consider... One of the fi rst conditions that may be checked is a simple blood test of Haemoglobin levels. Haemoglobin are the red blood cells in your body that carry oxygen around to your muscles, tissue and organs. If you have a low amount, then oxygen from your lungs can’t be carried to these areas resulting in a feeling of lethargy and tiredness. Treatments range from simple diet changes to blood transfusions in severe cases. Ferritin is another blood level worth testing. Low ferritin, which is your stored red blood cells, has similar symptoms and also can be treated to give energising results! The thyroid gland and the adrenal glands also can be checked by a blood test or a saliva cortisol test for the adrenals. Low thyroid levels need to be carefully monitored during treatment to get the right ratio of the hormone thyroxine in your body. In our medical system currently, adrenal fatigue isn’t recognised

KEEPING FIT by David Stein

A spoonful of sugar... doesn’t help unless you develop the severe form of Addisons Disease in which case it is treated very seriously. People can feel extreme tiredness and weakness amongst other symptoms before it reaches that point, so don’t suffer in silence, take your symptoms or results to a doctor or a naturopath who understands and believes this condition, and can treat adrenal fatigue safely and effectively. Respiratory conditions such as chronic asthma can cause tiredness because the body is consciously trying to breathe, which can be exhausting. Always make sure these conditions are well managed to minimise tiredness. Depression is a common cause also. If we don’t adequately deal with all of the different stresses we are exposed to, depression can arise and one symptom is lethargy. See a psychologist or counsellor if you feel you are struggling or need a different perspective. Of course diet and exercise also play a major role in your energy levels. Food is your energy source, so eat clean food and arrange for regular exercise.

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his week Shane Richards has sent in a not so sweet letter about sugar:

“Many people tell me, ‘I eat a healthy breakfast, I eat (insert 99.9 per cent of breakfast cereal names here)’. They even tell me ‘I also add fruit or honey’. It’s then painfully clear to me that our interpretations of the word ‘healthy’ are very different. Let’s just break it down a little… take packaged breakfast cereal for example. Seeing they’re all basically the same I think it’s fair to just talk in general. Th is particular brand that I saw on the shelf the other day had a whopping 12.9 grams of sugar for a 45 grams serve. Many have double this, this was one of the ‘better’ cereals. Just to give some understanding of how much that is, 4.2 grams of sugar equals a teaspoon. Th is means, that with every small 45 gram serve, people are having three teaspoons of sugar. Over seven days that’s 21 teaspoons, 31 days equates to 93 teaspoons and in one year that’s over 1,000 teaspoons! Remember this is only for breakfast you haven’t even thought about lunch! Does it stop there? Well, I wish. If you’re adding sugar or even honey and fruit then your sugar intake for each

day will sky rocket. Now, I hear some people say ‘Shane, three teaspoons a day... surely that’s ok, relax’. Well is it? Only a few decades ago most people’s grandparents were lucky to eat 1.5 teaspoons of sugar a day. Now people are eating upwards of 35 teaspoons per day and this needs to stop. Why? Because, in 30 years A LOT has changed. More people suffer diabetes, are sick and obese. So what can we eat? My own opinion and the best advice I have received, is that you stick to the way we evolved eating. Mother Nature has supplied us with all the real foods we need. Coconut shakes with free range organic eggs are my favourite way to kick start the day. We all know it’s up to us to decide what we believe to be truth. If nothing in this article has changed your mind, I just beg you to sit down and start to do your own research on all things healthy. Don’t be fooled by big business marketing telling you it’s ok to spend your money with them!” Shane Richards is the owner of Holistic Foundations Penrith. Thanks Shane, to fi nd out more for yourself try looking up authors such as Gary Taubes or David Gillespie.

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here are plenty of wonderful things about summer but there are always a few things that make the season less appealing. For some it is mosquitoes and fl ies, for others it is the burning hot concrete by the pool, however for me, it is keeping myself safe from the sun’s damaging rays. There is nothing more inviting than the thought of basking in the sun in the middle of a warm summer’s day but in the heat of the day, the last thing that we feel like doing is layering clothing and covering up. Luckily for us, governments and other organisations across the world are becoming more and more persistent when it comes to sun protection, which has begun to impact the fashion industry and its products. As a result of the sun safety campaigns and warnings, designers have begun to look at creating summer wear that looks great but is still effective at keeping off the sun. There are so many different types of clothing and accessories out there at the moment that keep you safe from the sun but are also quickly becoming the ‘must have’ pieces for this summer. The key to perfect sun safe clothing for summer is to fi nd something that keeps you cool but that covers you up; for this, you can’t go wrong with something sheer. Sheer kaftan style tops and baggy ‘beach pants’ are perfect for wearing over your swimwear at the beach or by the pool. Wearing a maxi dress is another great way to cover up your legs without looking like you are trying to keep them from the sun. Hats are also a must have for summer; there are many different styles to choose from but before you go straight for the cap, consider a wide brimmed sun hat which will not only keep the sun off your face but off your neck and shoulders as well. When piecing together a sun safe outfit for your next beach trip, don’t forget to think about the colours and style of your outfit, remembering to keep it comfortable and coordinated. And don’t forget the sunscreen!

UNDERSTAND THAT THE BEST PART OF SUMMER IS HAVING THAT NATURAL GLOW BUT WHY NOT TRY FAKE TANNING? IT CAN BE INEXPENSIVE AND WHEN APPLIED PROPERLY, WILL LOOK JUST LIKE A NATURAL TAN.

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love getting into the Christmas spirit. I put up decorations, buy bon-bons and have even been known to don a Santa hat. And while all of this is great fun, there are more important things I do to get into the Christmas spirit. I’m fortunate enough to not want for anything. Well, within reason – I may not have the bank balance of Bill Gates or the career of Dick Johnson – but I do alright. And every Christmas while I run around buying presents for family and furiously dropping hints about what’s on my wish list, it occurs to me that not everyone is as fortunate. To really get into the spirit of Christmas, I take the time to stop and think about how I can make room in my schedule, budget and heart to give to those in need. It’s not all about money either. Sometimes what people need is time, gifts or compassion. • Gifts – I don’t know many kids who don’t count down the days until they can fi nd a present for them under the tree. The Smith Family Toy and Book Appeal lets you donate new and unopened toys and books to disadvantaged children. For last minute donations you can go to www.simplygiving.com.au/ thesmithfamily to buy a present that will be delivered directly or to donate. • Time – Christmas can be a strain on the budget, but luckily you don’t need to be Richie Rich to make a difference in someone’s life. Volunteering your time is a truly rewarding way to help someone in need. Visit www.govolunteer.com.au to see where you can volunteer locally. • Compassion – Keep your ears and eyes open for others who might need a helping hand or even a kind word this festive season. It might be offering to mow the lawn for a neighbour or lending an ear to a stressed friend. Remember, Santa’s watching!

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We are the lower limb specialists

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here is a general misconception that Podiatrists just clip nails and debride callus and corns. We do all that stuff, however surely you could not think that we go to university for four years just to learn those skills. In fact we develop most of those manual skills once we graduate and refi ne our general treatment abilities. While studying, we cover a lot of general medicine to deal with all sorts of medical complications that involve the entire body and present with issues in the lower limb, diabetes being the most notable. Podiatry degrees also involve an enormous amount of lower limb biomechanics. Th is is the study of how the body functions through activity. Now it’s important to understand that although our obvious area of treatment is the lower limb, we must have a comprehensive knowledge of how the rest of the body functions in relation to the lower limb. Therefore we can link certain upper body issues and injuries to lower limb mechanics. For example, if someone was to have a leg length difference, there are often back, neck and even headache symptoms through mechanical compensations occurring throughout the body. Nobody understands how the feet and legs create compensations for such a structural anomaly like a Podiatrist. Therefore the best person to treat the problem is a podiatrist, even though the pain may be in a different part of the body.

It is often the case with orthotic therapy that we get patients presenting with lower limb pathology due to mechanical imbalances in foot function; correction is applied with the use of orthotics, muscle stretching/strengthening and footwear. The patient will present for a review several weeks down the track reporting improved symptoms in the feet, however also reporting that the back or neck pain they have suffered for a long time has also resolved. Podiatrists are the lower limb specialists, so make sure that is your fi rst stop with all foot and leg problems.

Trent Baker, Podiatrist at Nepean Podiatry Ph: 4732 5188

ith the festive season now in full swing, many of us are no doubt taking the old saying ‘eat, drink and be merry’ quite literally. While ‘everything in moderation’ is a good strategy to maintaining your health and wellbeing, many of us will overindulge in the great food, wine and beer freely available over the next couple of weeks. With this in mind, here are some hints on avoiding uncomfortable indigestion and heartburn after the Christmas feasts. Many people suffer discomfort after eating and drinking such as bloating, chest pains, a burning feeling in the throat, belching and nausea to name a few. To keep things simple, I describe indigestion as the common discomforts you can experience after eating such as gas, belching, gas, cramps and nausea. Rich or spicy foods, wine and alcohol in general, are common culprits for causing indigestion. Often these discomforts can be caused or made worse by poor digestive health. The foods mentioned above can put extra stress on your digestion by disturbing the balance of good bacteria in your gut. I recommend a high strength probiotic, especially around Christmas time. The probiotics can help restore

the health of your digestive system, relieve the symptoms as well as guard against future discomfort. There are many high quality probiotics available, so ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. If you do suffer bad indigestion, bloating or discomfort, try to moderate your intake of rich, spicy or fatty foods and limit alcohol, cigarettes and coffee. Also, try to avoid overeating. Th is may be difficult at this time of year, so concentrate on eating your meals slowly. Th is will cause less stress on your digestive system and you will naturally end up eating less anyway. Another good tip is to eat two to three hours before bed and sleep with your head elevated. There are some great over the counter medications that can neutralise stomach acid and relieve discomfort. Get advice from your doctor or pharmacist on what’s most suitable for your symptoms.

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VIEW FROM ABOVE by Rev John Lavender

Christmas is good news!

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The angel’s message recorded for us in the Bible’s gospel of Luke is that all people need saving. As we look around our world we can see how everything is not as it should be. There is violence, poverty, greed and despair. Closer to home we know how it is when people let us down. When they say and do things which hurt and disappoint. And if we’re honest, we know that we are not the people we want to be. We cannot keep our own standards. We hurt others.

The Bible’s message is that all this happens because each of us has walked away from God, not treating him as we should nor giving him the honour he deserves. Yet, and this is why Christmas is a time of great joy; God in is his love, has reached out to us with an extraordinary offer of forgiveness and pardon. Jesus, born into our world, is an amazing offer of rescue from the consequences of our rebellion against God. It is a promise of a fresh start and new life with God.

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

Titan Cranes are seeking to employ a young energetic person who is interested in a career in the Tower Crane Industry in the Windsor area. Applicant must be able to work at heights, have current drivers licence and enjoy working outdoors. Send resume to info@titancranes.com.au 1083WWD21592

Candidates must be fully trade qualified in mechanical fitting or related discipline with relevant experience on a wide range of equipment and components. The successful candidate will be part of the team assembling our rail maintenance machines. Base hours are 38 per week with one rostered day off per month. Overtime is available. With a low staff turnover, this is the ideal work environment for someone who wants a long term stable career. Written applications are to be submitted by Friday the 21st December 2012 and sent to:

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International manufacturing company in Western Sydney, specialising in rail machinery is looking for a motivated fitter with the following qualifications. - Must have welding experience - Must have experience in heavy engineering - Must be a precise and diligent worker - Must be able to interpret technical drawings and schematics - Must be reliable and punctual - Must be happy to work in a team environment - Experience in fitting hydraulic systems would be an advantage - Crane and dogging ticket essential

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n that fi rst Christmas morning 2000 years ago, an angel appeared to a group of very surprised shepherds and made a very surprising announcement; “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Why is the announcement of a Saviour good news? And why should it bring great joy to all people?

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The massive master suite comes complete with a renovated ensuite, walk in robe and direct access to one of the two elevated balconies. Th row open the balcony doors and embrace the amazing views or retreat indoors and enjoy the opulent interior. Spanning across two levels this executive residence blends comfortable living with a smooth contemporary fi nish. The master chef will appreciate the stunning kitchen that is the centerpiece of the top floor and is surrounded by generous servings of formal and informal living spaces. The lower level contains the remaining bedrooms, optional office and brand new bathroom. Quality inclusions, feature lighting and a dedicated children’s play room completes the package. Call us for an extensive features list or book a private viewing. You won’t be disappointed!

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Resort Style Living Th is home has all the features you require to feel like you’ll never need another holiday. Open plan living commences from the large separate foyer entry through to the spacious 3 bedroom and lounge dining areas. Then on to the large rumpus room and out to the inground pool and entertaining area. Quality inclusions like Ducted Air, alarm, galley style kitchen with dishwasher and rangehood and electric awnings to the front of the home should put this one on the top of your list.

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St Marys 12/94 Saddington Street Spacious Townhouse

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Sale $334,940 View Saturday 3.00-3.30pm David Turner 0414 306 040 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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* Great sized lounge * Split system air cond. & gas connection * Kitchen with gas cooktop & plenty of space * Ensuite access from master bedroom * Located in a private estate close to everything

Sale $335,000 View By Appointment David Turner 0414 306 040 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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Cambridge Gardens 18 Newham Drive Renovator’s Dream * 648 sqm Corner block * Renovator’s dream * 3 bedrooms + teenage retreat * Original kitchen & bathroom * Carport behind double gates

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Great Location * Strata Levies $390.00 per qtr * Approx. 200 metres to the local shops * Currently tenanted until February 2013 * Current rent $290 per week

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Cranebrook 30 Bluebird Road Unique Home * Exceptionally large living area’s * Modern kitchen * Cathedral ceilings * Resort sized entertaining area * Inground pool * 2.5 car garage * Formal dining & separate family room * Jumbo sized formal living

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This December you can make a difference to less fortunate families in our community by delivering a Christmas gift to our giving tree. Proudly run by Ray White Penrith and Rotary, all you need to do is purchase and wrap a gift for a child, then pop the gift under our tree at Ray White Penrith. Remember to tell the Ray White Penrith team if it’s a gift for a boy or a girl and their age. Your gift will be tagged and placed under our tree. The Western Weekender

Your special gift will then be delivered by Rotary to a local family who will appreciate the lift to their festive season. Start giving NOW Deliver to 3/308 High St, Penrith Phone 4732 3333 and YES we will pick-up

All donations will be acknowledge in the 11th January 2013 issue of the Western Weekender

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$849,950

FABULOUS RIVER VIEWS Arguably the best water views in River Road with perfect FengShui with the mountains in the backdrop of this two level mansion. The lower level contains a huge triple garage with ample workshop space and is accompanied by a spacious open area that could be utilised as a gym, home office that being used as a fourth bedroom complete with a bathroom and kitchenette. The second floor comprises three bedrooms, a formal lounge and dining room, access to the elevated balconies and picturesque views of the Nepean River. The 750+ sqm block also accommodates an in ground pool and established gardens. Additional features include ducted air conditioning, ducted vacuum and positioned in a prime location.

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Positioned on over 620sqm of land, the three bedroom brick and tile residence offers timber floors, a modern bathroom, air conditioning and a secure sunroom that’s currently utilised as a second living area. The yard accommodates a huge detached double garage.

Wonderful high ceilings and ornate cornice work compliment the timber floors that lead to three bedrooms and a study. Ducted air conditioning controls comfort throughout, there is a separate lounge and dining room and a spacious kitchen. Additional features include a fully fenced yard, carport, garden sheds and grassed area.

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It has an impressive foyer, spacious living areas and a huge dining room with French doors leading onto the garden. There is a large timber kitchen and a complete downstairs bathroom. Upstairs there are four bedrooms (three doubles and one single), three of the bedrooms have built in wardrobes, there is an ensuite and a main bathroom.

The floor plan comprises three bedrooms with an ensuite to the main, built in robes, a downstairs toilet, ducted air conditioning, ducted vacuum and internal access to the garage. The entertaining area will accommodate a variety of social gatherings and compliments the modern theme throughout.

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The floor plan incorporates four bedrooms with a formal lounge room; there is a family room off the renovated kitchen and an ensuite to the main bedroom. Entertaining will be a breeze under the covered entertaining area, grassed yard and in ground pool. There is a detached garage, built in robes and split system air conditioning.

Features in this property are three bedrooms, built-in robes, separate lounge and dining, ducted air conditioning plus single garage and great size courtyard with undercover entertaining. Convenient and popular complex. Call today to book an inspection.

Polished timber floors lead to a split level design that incorporates four bedrooms with an open plan lounge and dining area, renovated bathroom with porcelain tiles, wonderful high ceilings and internal laundry. The master bedroom comes complete with a renovated ensuite with porcelain tiles and walk in robe, there is the comfort of multiple split system air conditioners and an abundance of natural light. The single garage offers internal access, the elevated timber decking is a bonus and there is a grassed yard for the kids to play.

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TRY THIS ON FOR SIZE!

Positioned on the high side of the road is a property that will surely please those looking to enter the Leonay market. All three bedrooms have built in robes, the kitchen and bathroom have been updated and there is the comfort of ducted air conditioning throughout. The family room leads out to the stunning in ground pool and spacious entertaining area. The single garage will look after your car accommodation needs and all this is located in a wonderful position. An inspection is a must so call now!

The current floor plan currently enjoys three bedrooms with a study, there is an ensuite and parents retreat, an open style lounge/dining area and a renovated kitchen. There are three modern bathrooms in total, stunning timber floors and the comfort of ducted air conditioning. Upstairs is a massive rumpus/ games room that is approximately 12m x 5m in size! The double garage is complimented by a workshop area and there is also scope to accommodate the in laws or regular guests.

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Blaxland

4735 2121

4733 6999

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

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

Glenbrook 5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

Cranebrook Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

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429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

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Tired of looking at homes that are tired and need a new kitchen or bathroom? Well then your dilemma is over with this four bedroom home boasting built-in robes to three and the main with walk-in robe and renovated ensuite. This home has a second family bathroom completely renovated, and the kitchen just completed with granite bench tops and splashbacks. Recently installed ducted air conditioning, single garage plus carport which provides side access to the backyard.

Family or investors, you will love this modern seven bedroom plus study home. The home comprises of ensuite to main, a powder room downstairs, with fully ducted air conditioning and complete integrated security system. There are also multiple living areas for all the family to enjoy, and if you are the budding chef you’ll love the spacious modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances, ceramic cooktop, plus polyurethane doors and granite benches. Outside there is a large entertainment area with all the extras.

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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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The “Rosewood” property is accompanied by a two bedroom self-contained dwelling. The main residence comprises four bedrooms with a study, two living areas, an ensuite and ducted air conditioning. A tennis court, in ground pool, horse facilities, huge shed completes package. On nearly five acres of land.

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If you are a large family looking for some size and room then you’ll love this four bedroom family home with ensuite to main, two living areas, plus magnificent kitchen with caesar stone bench tops, and a huge undercover entertaining area. There is also heaps of room for cars and boats, plus a converted garage ideal for business or teenage retreat.

This home is a real opportunity boasting four bedrooms on a 920sqm block. There are built-in robes to all, with the main having an ensuite. There is formal lounge and dining, plus family area off the galley style kitchen. Boasting internal laundry, alarm, ceiling fans, and ducted air conditioning. Outside in the backyard there is an inground pool with decking, and a nine by six metre shed for anything your heart might desire. There is also a wonderful undercover entertainment/barbeque area where you can watch the children frolic in the pool with safety.

This three bedroom home with built-in robes vista has the size, location and views to match! Boasting upstairs living, an enormous games room, second toilet downstairs, plus double garage with drive through access. There is split system air conditioning in the lounge area and a wall unit in the bedroom.

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This home has the entertainment quality and then the quiet, peaceful living depending on what mood you are in. Boasting four bedrooms, three with built-in robes and the main with ensuite. The kitchen is modern with Caesar stone benches, island top, and glass splashbacks. The home also comes with a separate lounge area and internal access from the garage. There is also side access to the approximately 745sqm block with an inground pool and automatic pool cleaner. All this located in a private cul-de-sac and is walking distance to schools, shops, and close to public transport.

One acre of land with all the essential requirements is available now. Located 10 minutes from Penrith CBD is this home boasting four bedrooms with built-in robes to three, plus walk-in robe and ensuite to the main. Including three bathrooms, two large living areas, plus a neat television room and study. Coming with ducted air conditioning, alarm, and lots of little extras this is a rare opportunity. Outside there is a carport for six cars, and then there is an 11x7 metre shed at the rear for workshop and larger vehicles. There is an inground pool with accessories, plus a large undercover entertaining area for special occasions.

Emu Plains

Blaxland

4730 1122

4735 2121

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

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

Glenbrook 5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

Springwood

Emu Plains

Cranebrook

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

Glenmore Park Penrith 30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 15th 12.00 to 12.40pm 48 Dillwynia Avenue

GLENMORE PARK

OFFERS OVER $529,000

$469,950

THE QUIET ACHIEVER

Perfectly positioned on a 700m2 block (approximately) in a prime location sits this quality ‘Kauley” built home. Offering four large bedrooms all with built-in’s, the master bedroom enjoys an en suite, high ceiling and a balcony. There is a study, multiple casual and formal living and dining areas, covered entertaining area, a great backyard for the kids and internal access from the double garage. With bonuses such as new ducted air conditioning, near new gas hot water system, alarm and quality timber flooring and French doors throughout make this an easy home to love!

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

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PLUS PLUS PLUS!

Set on a 620sq metre plus (approximately) level block in a quiet cul de sac with easy access to Mulgoa road in Glenmore Park. Three good sized bedrooms two of which have built in’s and an en suite access to the three way bathroom. The kitchen overlooks the large family and rumpus area, and leads to the formal lounge and dining area with split air-conditioning. Other features are ceiling fans and window shutters, and close enough to walk to the primary school in Regentville.

Located in a whisper quiet street opposite the nature reserve is where you will find this four bedroom home featuring built ins to all, ensuite to main, PLUS two extra bathrooms, PLUS upstairs living area in addition to good sized living areas downstairs, PLUS ducted air-conditioning, PLUS a sparkling inground pool. PLUS the potential of up to $480.00 per week if you were to buy as an investment…… the list goes on! Don’t let this opportunity slip by. Call for an inspection today.

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OFFERS OVER $2,000,000

NO NEIGHBOURS AND WHAT A SHED!

COMMANDING VIEWS OF GREEN FIELDS

Situated on just under four acres there is a four bedroom, two bathroom, double garage home featuring, an alarm, built-in’s to all bedrooms, en suite to main, ducted air, a covered entertaining area with built-in barbeque and even a large detached games room. The house is currently tenanted at $580 per week to quality tenants. For the horse lover there are four fenced paddocks, a feed shed and three stables. There is also a dog run on the property! The real gem with this property is the enormous shed which has to be seen to be believed.

The home offers commanding views of the in ground pool, tennis court and surrounding 10 acre plus parcel of land. Floor plan that combines five bedrooms with generous servings of formal and informal living spaces. The master suite comes complete with a parent’s retreat; there are renovated ensuites in five bedrooms and the comfort of ducted air conditioning throughout. The stunning renovated kitchen is the home’s centre piece and enjoys a walk in pantry and integrated Ipod dock.

Glenmore Park

Emu Plains

4733 6999

4735 8888

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

Blaxland

Springwood

Emu Plains

Penrith

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4722 5000

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

Glenbrook 5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

Cranebrook 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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OVER 1500 SQM Attention Developers! Don’t miss the opportunity to secure this well positioned site that offers numerous development opportunities (subject to council approval). The approximately 1,569 sqm block currently accommodates a large 3 bedroom brick residence with two living areas, split system air conditioning and a sparkling in ground pool. There is ample side access that leads to the triple garage on this flat rectangular block (25m x 61m approximately). Call today so you don’t miss out.

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LIFESTYLE AT NEPEAN SHORES

VERY ATTRACTIVE INDEED!

Offering three bedrooms, the main has walk in robe and wall air, and there are built ins to the other two bedrooms. The open kitchen and lounge also with air, overlooks a park area, plus there is a good sized dining family area. A good sized verandah and carport, plus the use of the complex facilities.

Located in a quiet street, this home awaits your attention. It features three good size bedrooms plus a study, very modern kitchen and bathroom, lounge room dining room plus family room and air conditioning. Add to this the covered entertaining area and the good size backyard for the kids.

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FOUR BEDROOMS + TWO BATHROOMS

Located in a nice and quiet street, this very good sized family home awaits your inspection. It features five good sized bedrooms, two modern bathrooms, an updated kitchen, separate lounge room, separate dining and great sized meals areas and the all year round comfort of air conditioning. Add the large backyard, covered barbeque area, double carport, good sized shed and landscaped gardens, this home is a must see. Call us today and book your private viewing.

Enjoying a traditional façade, this property will meet the needs of those looking for a large home at an affordable price. The floor plan enjoys four bedrooms with an ensuite to the main, the comfort of split system air conditioning and a great size lounge room. The kitchen is spacious; there is ample room for dining and a covered entertaining area for social gatherings. The 660+ sqm block means there is ample area for the kids and pets to play and is accompanied by side access.

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AMENDED PLANS – NOW WITH ENSUITE!

MOMENTS FROM THE CBD

INVESTORS! CIRCLE THIS ONE!

ATTENTION ALL BUYERS!

Each three bedroom residence will include ducted air conditioning, alarm, stone bench tops in the kitchen, downstairs toilet and remote garage door. A list of inclusions and floor plans can be obtained on line or from one of our eight offices. Anticipated rental return to exceed $400.00 per week.

With plenty of inclusions that include two large bedrooms, split system air conditioning, an elevated balcony, basement parking and all is situated in a handy location in close proximity to the Penrith CBD and railway station. Currently returning $330.00 per week.

Features in this property are two bedrooms, builtin robes, ensuite to main, combined lounge and dining, split system air conditioning plus basement parking. Security complex, central location. Call today to book an inspection.

One look at this home and you will be sold. It features three good size bedrooms, bathroom with separate toilet, large lounge room, separate dining area and a generous kitchen. Add to this the handy court yard out back and the good size grassed area out front and this home is complete.

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 15th 12.00 to 12.40pm 19 Landy Avenue

PENRITH

$339,950

MOVE STRAIGHT IN

ATTENTION INVESTORS

Positioned in a quiet street in Jamisontown, this spacious three bedroom home is a delight to inspect. Featuring an updated kitchen and bathroom, two living areas and ducted air conditioning, the possibilities are endless. The detached garage is situated on the large block with a lovely aspect, leaving plenty of room for the kids to play. This home is sure to please the first home buyer or astute investor. So call us today.

Positioned in a nice quiet street, this three bedroom, neatly renovated home features a modern kitchen, updated bathroom, split system air conditioning, ceiling fans and double carport. Situated on a large block with a huge entertaining area, this home is sure to please the first home buyer or astute investor. Currently returning $360/ week rent with tenants willing to stay, call now to be the first to inspect.

Penrith

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

Emu Plains Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

4722 5000 4735 2121

Blaxland

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

Glenbrook 5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

Springwood 7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

Emu Plains 91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

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Glenmore Park

Cranebrook

4733 6999

4730 1122

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

1083WWD3523

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CAMBRIDGE PARK Truly Something Special

• 3 or 4 bedrooms, all with built-in wardrobes • well presented eat in kitchen which includes dishwasher • renovated bathroom complete with spa bath • for your comfort there are 2 split system reverse cycle air conditioners • lovely undercover entertaining area over looking the salt water in-ground pool • original weatherboard home with a mixture of carpet & slate flooring • beautiful street appeal with easy care cottage style gardens • for your convenience there is a double carport plus a single garage

EMU PLAINS

Lifestyle Excellence - Ultimate Convenience

Throw away the car keys and claim back your free time lost to travel and household chores. Located in the heart of Emu Plains, this modern townhouse is close to the railway station, schools, restaurants and a short stroll to the lovely Nepean River. This is a delightful and well-kept townhouse that you will love coming home to. Be swift to arrange your inspection as properties in the popular ‘Heritage Gardens’ complex have a habit of selling quickly.

Here is a fantastic opportunity to secure this well maintained classic cottage style home. Positioned within a short distance to school & transport and only minutes drive to Penrith’s CBD. For the active, take a walk or bike ride around the lakes, which is a haven for outdoor activities. Call today to book your exclusive inspection.

INSPECT: Saturday 11.00-11.40am - 26 Herbert Street

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601m2

INSPECT: Saturday 11.00-11.40am - 19/66-70 Great Western Highway enter via Imperial Avenue

3 great size bedrooms all with built-ins + study master bedroom with ensuite formal lounge & dining gorgeous renovated galley kitchen + stone bench tops + dishwasher • informal lounge/sitting area + polished timber floors + ducted air conditioning • large front decking + fully landscaped gardens • double garage + remote door + in-ground pool + undercover entertaining area

KINGSWOOD An Entertainers Delight

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EMU PLAINS

The Home You’ve Been Waiting For…

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INSPECT: Saturday 3.00-3.40pm - 22 Oag Crescent

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offers over $339,000 floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

• 3 bedrooms with built-ins • large lounge room with loads of natural light • open plan kitchen and dining area • great rear deck spanning the full length of the house • brilliant double garage and extra off street parking • well maintained gardens and a fully fenced yard.

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$539,000 floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

• 4 generous bedrooms all with built ins, master with ensuite • formal lounge, formal dining + informal living spaces opening to paved outdoor entertaining area • galley style kitchen adjoining the family room and overlooking yard • high side of the street, elevated position with level yard at rear • single lock up garage under main roof

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ROPES CROSSING low Maintenance Living

This immaculately kept home is located in a cul-de-sac location and boasts multiple living spaces and a lovely sun-drenched yard. A complete package that is truly the perfect family home. Call today to book your exclusive inspection.

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625m2

offers over $479,000 floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

627m2

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

• 4 double bedrooms all with built-ins • master bedroom with walk-in robe & ensuite • large formal entry + open plan lounge/dinning and kitchen • gourmet style kitchen + breakfast bar + gas cook top • huge internal laundry + 3rd toilet (downstairs) • rumpus room + juliet balcony + r/c ducted air conditioning • double garage + internal access + remote door • gorgeous in-ground pool + alfresco dinning + fully landscaped gardens Created to provide a superb family lifestyle, this designer residence makes a statement in luxury living in a prized location offering exceptional space and style, plus modern convenience to local shops, schools, parklands and transport. Call today to book your exclusive appointment.

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STRATA APPROX $675.95 PQ

This brick veneer home is positioned on an easy care block in a popular street. 3 nice size bedrooms, tidy kitchen, undercover deck and a great yard make this an attractive opportunity to purchase your new home within close proximity to schools, train station and shops. Call to arrange your inspection.

This fabulous family home is new to the property market, featuring good sized bedrooms, two bathrooms and in-ground pool ready for summer. Located in one of Leonay’s finest streets, this property is one all the family will love and enjoy. Call today to book your exclusive inspection.

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• modern and luxuriously appointed townhouse • only a short 200 metre stroll to emu plains station • 3 bedrooms; oversize master with ensuite bathroom • all bedrooms open to generous first floor balconies • gas kitchen with stone bench-tops and breakfast bar • lock-up garage + undercover carport provide parking for 2 cars

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INSPECT: Saturday 11.00-11.40am - 8 Gardenia Avenue

EMU PLAINS Location, Location

• 3 good sized bedrooms all with built-ins + ceiling fans • formal entry + combined formal lounge & dining rooms + air conditioning • internal laundry + separate toilet • rear sunroom + storage/utility room + tiled floors • detached garage + private setting + close to schools + shops & transport This solid brick veneer residence presents a great opportunity to create your own design, located within this tightly-held precinct of Emu Plains, this fabulous property is one not to be missed. With a flexible floor plan, this property oozes potential. Currently leased this property is ideal for the first home buyer, investor and or the buyer looking to downsize, but does not want to compromise on location.

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556m2

offers over $399,000 floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

Sensational Family Home • • • •

Out Of This World

(Current floorplan) • 4 oversized bedrooms all with ensuites + built-ins • master bedroom with parents retreat + enormous ensuite + walk-in robe + stunning views • grand formal entry + formal lounge & dining + square set cornices • spectacular combined family/kitchen & meals rooms • gourmet style kitchen + stone bench-tops + commercial oven (ilve) + huge walk-in pantry + breakfast bar • designated theatre room + separate study + r/c ducted air conditioning + gas heating • triple garage + separate boat/trailer storage + remote doors + internal access • expansive balcony (undercover) to capture magnificent views of the beautiful Nepean River • separate workshop + rear access + river access (Potential floor plan) • downstairs rumpus room + walk-in cellar • ample storage rooms + plant room + massive laundry + bathroom • rooms ready for gyprocking + competed electrical Exquisitely designed this magnificent family home has been extremely well designed to cover all aspect of living and entertaining. With a sublime backdrop of the picturesque Nepean River, this tranquil property set on an 8505m2 approx block is only short distance to Lennox shopping centre, transport and local schools. With pristine bushland blessed with a magical sense of seclusion, uniqueness is an understatement. Call today to book your exclusive inspection.

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8505m2

expressions of interest floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

INSPECT: Saturday 1.00-1.40pm - 21 Parklands Avenue

LEONAY

Backing Golf Course

This previously extended family home has been further enhanced to provide relaxed living in spacious comfort. This home is freshly redecorated throughout and ready for a new family to enjoy. Call today to book your exclusive inspection. By appointment only.

Behind its unassuming facade, this fantastic family home has so much to offer. Featuring 4 large bedrooms, renovated gourmet kitchen and ample storage throughout. Backing on the picturesque Leonay Golf Course with a magnificent aspect, this property is one the entire family with love. Call today to book your exclusive inspection.

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offers over $389,000 floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

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

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• 4 great size bedrooms all with built-ins • large formal entry + formal lounge + r/c ducted air conditioning • gorgeous renovated kitchen + stone bench-tops + miele appliances + gas cooking + dishwasher + breakfast bar • combined family and dining rooms • massive front patio + polished timber floors • oversized double garage + remote door + workshop • in-ground pool + rear timber decking + external toilet + storage room

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formal entry + huge formal lounge & dining updated kitchen + informal dining gorgeous renovated bathroom + 2nd toilet (in laundry) massive family/rumpus room + ceiling fans + air conditioning single garage + drive thru access + remote door + carport undercover entertainment area + rear yard access double garage + utility room + kitchenette + 3rd toilet beautiful landscaped gardens + central location

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$419,950

$440,000

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$419,950

$467,500

Short walk to school, shops & park Open plan famly & dining area Separate living area All bedrooms with built-in robes Low maintenance landscaping Completion due Jan/Feb 2013

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Lot 3435 Stawell Ave By Jandson Homes

Open plan kitchen/dining/family area Alfresco area Stainless steel appliances Modern range of tiles & carpet to choose from Turf included to front & rear yards Buy now off the plan

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Lot 1155 Brannigan St By Eden Brae Homes

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$435,340

$445,000

$649,900

Open plan design with separate living area Main bedroom with ensuite & large walk-in robe Alfresco area at no extra cost Choice of white or stainless steel appliances Turfed front and rear yards Buy off the plan now!

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Front & back landscaping, clothesline & letterbox Ducted Air-Conditioning Stone bench tops & Polyurethane cupboards Blinds & Flyscreens to all windows & sliding doors Remote Control Garage & Security Alarm Tiled Alfresco with light fitting & gas point for BBQ

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Large block 5% deposit & nothing more until completion Main bedroom with ensuite & walk-in robe Spacious open plan living Landscaping & fencing Bonus split system air conditioning

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Undercover alfresco area perfect for entertaining Stainless steel appliances Main bedroom with ensuite & walk-in robe Feature timber stacker sliding doors Timber look flooring Completion due June 2013

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Stunning ex-display home on large block High quality finishes and inclusions Spacious home with rumpus room upstairs Ducted air conditioning Fully fenced and landscaped Perfectly located in beautiful Brookwood village 1079WWD1602

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Lot 71 Gilroy St By ANCON

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Lot 3460 Mainwaring St by Edgewater Homes

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Fixed Price

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$429,900

$450,000

$389,990

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Caesar stone bench tops 900mm Blanco Stainless Steel Appliances Tiled living areas with carpet to bedrooms Blinds & Flyscreens to all windows & sliding doors Turf, fencing & Landscaping Stainless Steel Dishwasher

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Ducted air conditioning 900mm stainless steel appliances Large open plan living areas Remote controlled garage door & alarm system Complete landscaping to front & rear yards 5% Deposit and no more to pay until completion

Lot 2261 Lawler St By Zac Homes

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Lot 3291 Finsbury Cct By Edgewater Homes

Home and Land

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$449,500

$415,950

$418,000

Large open plan living areas Alarm system Ensuite to main bedroom Contemporary landscaping Alfresco area Estimated completion early 2013

By Eagle Homes

Main bedroom with ensuite & walk-in robe Stainless steel appliances All bedrooms with built-in robes Turf to front & rear yards Close walk to oval with tennis & basketball courts Ready to buy now off the plan

Lot 3373 Huntington St 4

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Lot 3413 Harding Cl By Eden Brae Homes

$459,900

$419,500

$454,500

Fixed price site costs - no more to pay 5% deposit & nothing more until completion Stainless steel appliances 'Connect' range of inclusions Low maintenance landscaping & fencing Completion due May 2013

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5% deposit & nothing more until completion Stainless steel appliances incl dishwasher Stone becnhtop in kitchen Landscaping to front & rear yards Fencing, letterbox & clothesline BONUS SPLIT SYSTEM AIR CONDITIONING

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Fisher & Paykel stainless steel applainces Caesarstone benchtops in kitchen Main bedroom with ensuite & walk-in robe Beautifully landscaped front & rear yards Sought after location close to school & shops Completion due December 2012

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5% down & balance on completion Stainless steel appliances Modern Caesartone to kitchen benchtops Resort style undercover alfresco area Contemporary landscaping to front & rear yards Completion due April 13

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5% down balance on completion Open Plan living at its best 900ml Stainless Steel appliances Caesar Stone bench tops in kitchen & bathroom Fencing & landscaping included Completion Due July 2013

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OPEN HOME Saturday 15th 1.00-1.40pm, 14-18 Grays Lane

Simply Location and Value One acre of land with all the essential requirements is available now. Located 10 minutes from Penrith CBD is this home boasting four bedrooms with built-in robes to three, plus walk-in robe and ensuite to the main. Including three bathrooms, two living areas, plus a neat television room and study. Coming with ducted air conditioning, alarm, and lots of little extras this is a rare opportunity. Outside there is a carport for six cars, and then there is an 11x7 metre shed at the rear for workshop and larger vehicles. There is an inground pool with accessories, plus a large undercover entertaining area for special occasions.

Cranebrook

All Resonable Offers to be Considered A motivated vendor has instructed us to the market this rare parcel of land with the emphasis on securing a buyer as soon as possible. The sprawling fields encompass over 30 acres of land that gently falls and rises, allowing a peaceful vista of the surrounding paddocks. The land has been improved by fencing, is mostly cleared and also accommodates a huge storage shed. Th is property is on the market to be sold! Don’t sit on your hands – call now to have a chance at acquiring this unique offering.

Mulgoa

Offers Over $765,000

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

MAKE AN OFFER

Contact Jim Aitken + Partners Emu Plains on 4735 2121 • www.jimaitken.com.au

OPEN HOMES BLAXLAND Sat 12.00-12.30pm Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm

32 Old Bathurst Road 11 Bowaga Avenue 4a St Johns Road

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18 Newham Drive 1/27 Barlow Street 2/27 Barlow Street 11/27 Barlow Street 6 Sutton Road 26 Herbert Street

LEONAY Michael Ball Realty Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook

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Ray White Penrith Michael Ball Realty Michael Ball Realty Michael Ball Realty Ray White Penrith Dukes Estate Agents

CRANEBROOK Sat 12.00-12.30pm Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm

30 Bluebird Road 6 Lalanda Close 14-18 Grays Lane

Ray White Penrith Jim Aitken Cranebrook Jim Aitken Cranebrook

Sat 11.00-11.30am

61 Cumbernauld Crescent

DHARRUK Michael Ball Realty

Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm

21 Bunyan Road 7 Pleasant Place 28 Beauty Point Crescent 35 Currawong Crescent 21 Parklands Avenue

Sat 2.00-2.40pm

42 Glossop Road

LINDEN Jim Aitken Springwood

MOUNT RIVERVIEW Sat 11.00-11.40am

29 Roger Crescent

8 Gardenia Avenue 19/66-70 Great Western Highway 21 Watsonia Street 92 Koloona Drive

Sat 12.00-12.30pm Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm Sat 3.00-3.30pm

22 Sherwood Circuit 19 Landy Avenue 17/17-19 Haynes Street 28 Warwick Street 4/135 Stafford Streeet

Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 2.00-2.30pm

62 Nash Street 3 Korimul Crescent

Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sun 1.00-1.40pm

2/2 Boland Avenue 27 Springwood Avenue

45 Gazania Road

Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 12.00-12.40pm

6 Blue View Terrace 48 Dilwynia Drive

Sat 3.00-3.30pm

12/94 Saddington Street

Sat 11.00-11.40am

43 Booker Road

Sat 10.00-10.40am

8 Drake Street

Sat 3.00-3.40pm

22 Oag Crescent

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

SOUTH PENRITH Dukes Estate Agents Dukes Estate Agents Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains

FAULCONBRIDGE Sat 1.00-1.40pm

Jim Aitken Glenbrook

PENRITH

EMU PLAINS Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm

Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains Dukes Estate Agens

Jim Aitken Springwood

GLENMORE PARK Jim Aitken Glenmore Park Jim Aitken Glenmore Park

HAWKESBURY HEIGHTS

SPRINGWOOD

4 Dampier Avenue

Sat 11.00-11.30am

ROSS FOWLER & CO Chartered Accountants

Ray White Penrith

WERRINGTON DOWNS 17 Greenbank Drive

Ray White Penrith

WINMALEE

Jim Aitken Penrith Dukes Estate Agents

Ray White Penrith

WERRINGTON COUNTY Sat 2.00-2.30pm

KINGSWOOD

Jim Aitken Springwood Jim Aitken Springwood

ST MARYS

Jim Aitken Springwood

JAMISONTOWN

Jim Aitken Penrith Ray White Penrith

Sun 11.00-11.40am 14 Killara Crescent Sun 12.00-12.40pm 39 Shakespeare Drive

11 Tindale St Penrith

4722 3066

Proud to bring you The Western Weekender Open Homes Guide.

Jim Aitken Springwood Jim Aitken Springwood

www.westernweekender.com.au

Sales Representative

is seeking

Two Experienced Telemarketers JOBS ARE HERE

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to join our team. Based at our Penrith head office you will be mainly targeting trades and services advertisers across our network of newspapers. To be successful in this role you will need to have strong written and oral communication skills, the ability to work to deadlines and experience in a tele-sales or call centre environment. To apply email your resume and cover letter to: simon.gould@mediaview.com.au

We are a Penrith based multi-award winning Locksmith business

The Western Weekender is looking for a motivated and experienced Sales Representative to join our advertising sales team on a full time basis. Media experience is not essential but you must be able to demonstrate a successful background in business development and account management. Must have strong communication skills and reliable transport. Salary is negotiable. Contact Simon on 4722 2998 or simon.gould@mediaview.com.au

Industrial Fitter Required International manufacturing company in Western Sydney, specialising in rail machinery, is looking for a motivated, fully trade qualified fitter. Base hours are 38 per week. For a full description of selection criteria contact: alfred.hunziker@plasser.com.au

Jobs are Here

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seeking a

First Year Locksmith Apprentice Females are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will have a current drivers license, no criminal history and be willing to learn. Please forward a resume and covering letter to info@nationallocksmiths.com.au.

Adore Nails Beauty & Tanning

Motor Mechanic Required for a growing, busy workshop. Fully qualified petrol mechanic, prefer but not necessary rego. and air con license. Work is mostly servicing and repairs. Clean and safe working environment in the Kingswood area for the enthusiastic. Within walking distance to train station. Contact Terence at Terry’s Garage on 47323444 for appointment.

is looking for a

Qualified Nail Tech

with min 2 yrs experience. Must be well groomed, positive attitude with a great work ethic. Casual to full time hrs available. To apply email:: nathans@pacific.net.au or call 47224522

Carpenter Sub Contractors Required for general Housing NSW maintenance work in the Greater Penrith area. Available for immediate start for ongoing work Ph 4731 8200 jobs@bg.net.au

North Penrith - Peachtree Rd Part time positions, suit uni students. Email resume to: jcamenzuli@hotmail.com

2nd/3rd year Apprentice

www.barnardos.org.au

I WORK HERE Brad Minard Myer Penrith

NEWSPAPER DELIVERERS Required for the delivery of local newspaper on Thurs / Fri each week in Penrith and surrounding suburbs. Own transport required.

Phone:

4722 6006

I have worked in Penrith for nine years for various companies but mostly in Myer. I love the Penrith area – it’s convenient, close to home, I feel very comfortable here and

customers often refer to me as the “Suburban Superstar”. There’s a very diverse range of customers that come through the store, which is always an interesting experience.

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Well groomed and good work ethic, with positive attitude someone who enjoys our industry & all it has to offer. Salon on floor experience essential. ph. 0412271965 or email diamond.dave.65@hotmail.com

For more information call Barnados Find-a-Family St Marys 9833 8877

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For all your URGENT electrical repairs to your home

A Part of Hix Group Pty Ltd

* Hot Water * Electrical * Data * Stoves Phone: 4721 7500

Lic No 122820C

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT - TEK2U

Phone 9863-2838 or call Mike 0414 397 978

9625 6999

www.tek2u.com.au

SERVICE AND INSTALL

AWNINGS & CARPORTS

BATHROOMS

PATIOMAN

ANTENNAS

• Quality Bathroom Renovations at budget prices • Rotted timber repaired • Reliable, local experienced renovators • Portable Bathroom available FREE QUOTES

Specialists in home entertainment systems

www.whalebathrooms.com.au ph: mob: 0407 417 553

DIGITAL TV ANTENNA SERVICES

S.P.S. Builders Lic No. 50165C HOME IMPROVEMENTS

OFFICE 4576 1616 MOBILE 0410 437 558

LIC T28145

BATHROOMS

10 Year Warranty - Pension Discounts

Ph:

9625 6999 www.tek2u.com.au

BATHROOM RENOVATIONS Precision Ceramics

We also service: Electrical - Security Alarms - Telephone

AWNINGS & CARPORTS WEATHER WARNING...

get an Awning

• • • • •

A total Home Renovation - Ring now and save... Call 02 4732 6595 MOBILE: 0403 011 058 Lic No. 121977C

FREE QUOTES

email your ad to rebecca.dwyer @mediaview.com.au

0410 508 363

Building Renovations

• Carpet & Vinyl • Supplied & Installed • Repairs & Restreches • Free Quote

1045WWD3263

COMPUTER REPAIRS

SIMON’S COMPUTER REPAIRS All Problems, upgrades, tutoring

Servicing the locals for the past 13 years 7 DAYS Virus and spyware SERVICE removal, We’ll come internet setup, to you, software & hardware FREE QUOTES

Phone

Conditions apply

0427 784 215 ~ 4733 3560 CONCRETING

D&R CONCRETING

Glenmore Park Specialising in stencil, coloured, plain, driveways, path, patios, etc. Phone 7 days. No obligation free quote. Lic 130275c

0421 531 566

Liam Nangle - Builder - Lic No. R71515

0404 886 600 4735 3368

Builder - Lic No. 75305c

TONY THE TILER P/L

Bathroom Renovations & Shower Repairs FREE QUOTES CALL NOW

1044WWT3269

Lic 83907c

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

Call Joel

0419 730 795 Special Price for DIY Kits Full Colorbond Steel 5.6x3.1 $1350 Penrith City Awnings is also offering Visualised Carpentry

Est. 1974

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

M&L Carpet Laying

Renovations, Extensions, Alterations and General Maintenance

0418 259 006

ADVERTISING WORKS

■ ■ ■ ■

Quality, Experience & Reliability Licensed Builder Fully Insured 40 Years Experience Licensed Asbestos Removalists

Greg McSpadden Concrete Services Specialising in; • Driveways • Entertainment Areas • Patios

• Pool Surrounds • Stencil Specialists • Call for a quote!

NO JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL!

Call Greg on 0408 868 860 or 0433 345 088

987WWT6323

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DEAL DIRECT WITH THE BUILDER - 20 Years Experience

24 HOUR - 7 DAYS SERVICE

0403 888 028

ALL CLASS CONSTRUCTIONS

0410 613 116 Shaun Smith trading as

FREE QUOTES

Looking to do small jobs

BUILDERS

1044WWT3268

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• SCREENED & GLASS ENCLOSURES • CARPORTS • AWNINGS • SUNROOMS

990WWT7177

Reg:- BN98596923

RICHARD MUELLER BRICKLAYER

1042WWT3777

info@pcantennas.com.au

Specialising in Carports, Awnings, Glass Rooms, Rumpus Rooms, Screened Rooms Call Peter Dunn 4735 5055 or 0416 035 645 www.patioman.com.au

1047WWT3307

Govt Endorsed Installers Digital antenna installations Home Theatre systems Data Points & phone points Free Quotes We will beat any written quote

CARPET LAYING

Call Merv 0418 249 738 or 9625 7740

BRICKLAYERS Lic No. 829 19C

1037WWD2237

4773 8700

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1043WWD3251

1300 781 119 0419 990 004

Call Peter 0428 271 118

Whale Bathrooms

Special – 20% OFF

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when mentioning this Ad 1 room, seat or rug from only $20! • Auto Upholstery • Over 15 yrs Experience • Ontime reliable service

1044WWD3762

0432 418 105

MetWest Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Stain Removal Specialists RECEIVE a 5% DISCOUNT

Pensioner Discounts. We also service: Electrical - Security Alarms - Telephone

We supply, service & install all split & ducted systems

• Digital TV installs, upgrades, and repairs. • TV, Pay TV, Phone and Data outlets • Insurance and repair work. • Home Theatre installations. • LCD/Plasma/Speaker wall mounting. • EFTPOS / Credit cards accepted.

est 1999

Ph:

0418 402 790

CARPET CLEANING

Fully Trade Licensed - Est. 2001

HUGE DISCOUNTS ON SPLIT SYSTEMS

NOD AIR Call Nigel 8916 7402 0413 314 029 Lic 230510c AU 26947

Call David

1047WWT6215

AIR CONDITIONING

Service from $80 Available Weekends

30 years exp.

LIC T28145

ALL SUBURBS SERVICED

Lic # EC21515 AU03485

or

Renovations • Pergolas • Decking • 1st Floor Additions • Roofing & Guttering

24 HOUR - 7 DAYS SERVICE

“Your comfort is our business”

4731 1111

Lic. 208275c

DIGITAL TV ANTENNA SERVICES

“Advanced Air Engineering has the solution for you”

Sales, Service & Installation of ducted & split Air Conditioning Systems

Ph:

db Professional Building Services Pty Ltd

1042WWT3771

Feeling too hot this summer!

BUILDERS

1043WWD3798

AIR-CONDITIONING

1045WWT3282

Trades & Services

www.westernweekender.com.au

www.westernweekender.com.au

Lic No 122820C

We can repair pipes under driveways, gardens & lawns without the need to dig!! Phone: 4721 7500

GARBAGE REMOVALS

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT - TOUCH UP GUYS

CONCRETING Over 25 Years combined Local Experience

Licence No. 189585C ABN: 49559903646

896WWT440

1047WWT8227

• Commercial • Industrial • Domestic

The professional and clean way to concrete

If you don’t receive a call back or same day quote, we will happily provide a $100 gift voucher for the Penrith Garden Centre!

ELECTRICAL

Ezy Glide

or

John Newham

A Better Service

FREE QUOTES

956WWT5554

SOUTH PENRITH CONCRETING • Driveways • Garage Slabs • Patios/Pathways Stencil, Coloured, Plain and Spray On

No job to big or small. For a free quote call

0401 646 640 4736 7370

N.P. Nelson

DIGGERS AND EXCAVATORS

Lawrie Sandona

Coochie HydroGreen

ABN 70 510 279 284

Your Lawn Care Specialists for all types of lawns

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

Love that Green!

1800 245 955

www.coochie.com.au

Electrical - Phone - Data - CCTV - Alarm DOMESTIC and COMMERCIAL PETER 0417 687 607 Contractor Lic: EC35420

1011WWT5212

FREE Measure & Quote for Shower Screens, Wardrobes, Internals, Mirrors, Broken Windows & Doors

Penrith Valley Garden Care

www.allpurposeglass.com.au

GUTTERING

NU LOOK Metal fascia & gutters New home extensions and existing homes 20 years * fascia cover gutters experience * down pipes

All garden and lawn services provided including: * Mowing and edging * Bindi and weed eradication * Lawn fertilisation * Watering system installation * General cleanup

Call Barry on

* Tree pruning * Hedge trimming * Gutter cleaning * Bushfire hazard reduction * Removal of all clippings

Call Steve on 4735 3142 or

0408 022 374

0416 116 602

Fax: 9670 2656

938WWD4157

SKANS ROOFING & FLOORING

ELECTRICIAN • Pools • Garages • Extensions

1300 665 495 www.skans.com.au

Mobile: 0403 773 364

C&C Wrought Iron

email: allcustom@iinet.com.au www.allcustomelectrical.com.au Lic.# 162246C

Electrical & Level 2 Service Provider * Lights and Power * Hot Water Repairs * Safety Switches

SAME DAY URGENT REPAIRS

4731 8200

Specialists in Custom Fabrication

Eftpos & Credit Cards Available

9670 5885

Ph: 4722 2096

Lic. No. 123083C www.candcwroughtiron.com.au

ADVERTISE HERE

Reliable Services & Competitive Prices

9748 3022

www.abcseamless.com.au

0425 310 022

Penrith’s Own!

 Automatic & Manual Gates  Specialists in Trackless Sliding Gates  Designer Steel Security Doors  Privacy & Louvre Fencing  Tubular Security, Pool & Garden Fences  Aluminium & Steel Fabrication

 Box Cutter  Metal Roofing  Rainwater Tanks

- 2-13m3 Bins - Walk-in Skips - All Suburbs - 6 Days - C/Cards Welcome

Builders/Reno Skip End of Lease/Moving Bin Hire Deceased Estates

GROW YOUR BUSINESS

Concrete/Bricks/Dirt Heavy Load? No Problem

1008WWT7071

BOOK YOUR SKIP TODAY!

1300 785 845

CALL 4722 2998

email: rebecca.dwyer @mediaview.com.au

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FENCING & GATES

Lic no. 162002C

All Types of Gutters Installed

 Continuous Aluminium  Colorbond Zincalume  Leaf Guard Specials

2, 3, 4, 6, 8 & 9m Bins Trading 7 Days Prompt Reliable Service

$

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parts & Guaranteed hip ns a workm

$

Skip Bins 959WWT5779

• Fans • Power points • Safety switches • TV Brackets

• Floating Laminate, bamboo or hardwood flooring supply and install in a range of colours. • FREE in-house flooring design service. • Free, no obligation measure and quote service on your site OR from your plans. • Competitive pricing.

ABC SEAMLESS GUTTER DISCOUNTERS

Licence No. 173676c

Local licensed electrician for 20 years Neat work and fair prices

GARBAGE REMOVALS

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FLOORING

Unit 4, 11-15 Eddie Road, Minchinbury

Showroom ~ 9832 1566

Mobile: (0414) 822 723

Mobile 0414 833 356 Phone/Fax 9833 3563 Licence No. 95571C

All Purpose Glass and Glazing

Lic 416722C

ELECTRICAL

A.B.N: 92 099 831 955 A.C.N: 099 831 955

Specialising in: - Domestic Garage Doors - Remote Controls - Repairs and Service

GARDENING & MAINTENANCE

1028WWT5092

Phone: 0419 018 866

Garage doors Pty. Ltd.

PROMPT, RELIABLE SERVICE

A.C.N. 087 588 136 Lic No: 219463C

• Truck, Bobcat & Excavator Hire • Auger, Forks & Hammer • Rubbish Removal & Site Cleaning • Landscaping, Turf & Plants • Retaining Walls

GLASS

1039WWT3751

1047WWT312

Lic# 145910C

MOB. 0423 611 880

GARAGE DOORS

896WWT171

0411 704 302 0438 704 302

Call Shane

1047WWD3321

Trades & Services

“NO digging required Pipe relining”

A Part of Hix Group Pty Ltd

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Energy Efficient Electrical Installations

A Part of Hix Group Pty Ltd

* Solar * Lighting Control * LED Specialist Phone: 4721 7500

Lic No 122820C

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT - DA-MELL AIRCONDITIONING

GYPROCKING

LOCAL24HRS PLUMBER 7 DAYS PER WEEK

GYPROCK & PLASTERING

Head Office: 4/84 Old Bathurst Road, Emu Heights 2750

PTY LTD

Will

0419 273 065 lic no. 161234C

4735-3300 Katoomba: 4782 9355 Fax: 4735 3300

Carpentry/Joinery All types of House Repair Fencing & Decking Awning & Pergolas Dry Wall

Licenced: 30817C

ALL REPAIR GUARANTEED

1049WWT4966

    

JULIO 0402 629 895

you name i do i it t

☎ CALL CRAIG

0400 338 408 McCoy’s Property Maintenance *Licenced and insured *Painting *Carpentry *Plastering *Tiling *Roof Repairs

GEOFF  0431

HIGH PRESSURE CLEANING

WORKMANSHIP GUARANTEED • Fast Clean Service

FREE QUOTES

• Big Or Small Jobs • Fully Insured

M&J

For a free quote call Pete on

0419 823 215 or 4727 0057

ADVERTISE HERE

save $39

Conditions apply.

• Reliable Service

Painting & Decorating Glenmore Park

Lic No. 44995C

Jason - 0417 221 822 Mark - 0417 223 288

Free Quotes Fully Insured Work Guaranteed

A/H - 4733 2525

Phone: 0425 291 206

Stress Free Plumbing, Stress Free Prices • Plumbing • Drainage • Gasfitting

PLUMBING

Monarch Cleaning

*No call out fee includes weekends & public holidays

QUOTE UP FRONT

4729 3441 or 0432 823 021

Stress Free Plumbing, Operates 7 Days a week ROOFING

Enjoy reliable professional service with a smile!

Call Karen on 4733 6753

email: rebecca.dwyer @mediaview.com.au

896WWT177

FULLY GUARANTEED WORK After

Taps & Toilets Repaired

• Competitive Prices

Spiders, Ants, Fleas, Rodents, Cockroaches, Bird Lice, Wasps & Bees, Carpet Beetles. Termite Inspections and Treatments.

Before

24hr Emergency

Blocked Drains from $49

• Decorative Finishes

Call Lee 4729 1229 M: 0410 066 055

CRYSTAL CLEAR PEST CONTROL Family Owned Local Business for 18 Years

Same Day Service

www.everlastplumbing.com.au

• All Work Done Personally

- Basic Cleans - Spring Cleans - Regular; Weekly; Fortnightly & Workers Comp - Small Business - Fully Insured/All Work Guaranteed - Servicing Penrith & Surroundings

• Driveways, Paths, Pool & BBQ areas • House Washing • Protective & Colour Sealing • Graffiti Removal

$0 SERVICE CALL

• Interior And Exterior

Home, Commercial & Office Cleaning

PEST CONTROL

Free Drain Camera Free Plumbing Inspection Leak Detection, Hot Water, Gas Seniors/Pensioners Discounts

DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL

HALO BUDGET CLEANING SERVICES

DIRTY DRIVEWAY

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HOME/COMMERCIAL CLEANING

OFFICE, FACTORY, MOVEOUT CLEANS, OVEN CLEANING AND REGULAR HOUSE CLEAN

824 003

0406 715 116

Lic. No: 181864C

The Western Weekender

Lic No:

1037WWD2245

LOCAL PLUMBER Ph: 0406 715 116

PAINTING & DECORATORS

HANDYMAN

ULTIMATE HANDYMAN McLean’s Property Maintenance Lawnmowing Hanging Doors Painting Gurneying

Conditions apply

Everlast Plumbing

HANDYMAN

• • • •

• 100% Labour Guarantee • Up Front Pricing

Lic No. 148730C www.damell.com.au sales@damell.com.au

1017WWT12801

0409 157 336

$0 Call Out Blocked Drains from $49 Taps, Toilets repaired save $39 Hot Water, Gas + LPG Leak detection, pipe location Free Plumbing Inspection Free Drain Camera with every jet blasting • Pensioner Discounts

• DUCTED SYSTEMS

1026WWT3072

Danny

• • • • • • •

• SPLIT SYSTEM

WDS INTERIORS • Specialising in Commercial & Domestic Plasterboard • New Homes & Extensions • All Insurance work • Over 20 years experience • No job to small & FREE quotes!

PLUMBING

1037WWD2245

Trades & Services

www.westernweekender.com.au

www.bellanroofing.com.au

NEPEAN MAINTENANCE PLUMBING

Lic No. 4715C

    

961WWT178

Water & Gas Service Repair Blocked Drains Hotwater Heaters Backflow & TMV Testing Full Plumbing Maintenance

CALL GREG NOW ON: 0400 873 805

• Roof Repairs • Guttering • Leaf Screen • Skylights • Roof Leaks

• Roof Restoration • Downpipes • Whirlybirds • Extensions • Gutter Cleaning

4731 3564 • 0422 856 855 Lic. 212840c

ROOFING www.scroof.com.au admin@scroof.com.au “Locally owned & operated”

CALL 4722 2998

PENRITH’S NO.1

Lic. 240711C

4722 9677 1047WWD2290

www.westernweekender.com.au

Lic 162246C

www.BG.net.AU

ROOFING

Mens & Ladies Free Postage RUBBISH REMOVAL

Ph: 0424 786 868 68 alll mall sm o to , No job too big or

TILER

HTC Stone • Walls + Floor Tiling • Bathroom renovation • all types of tiling: marble, ceramic, porcelain, stone

SECURITY ALARMS & CAMERA

Sam 0450 067 317

HC Local

50

• Western Suburbs • Paid Weekly • Start ASAP Apply online or come to 69 Holbeche Rd, Arndell Park Monday from 8.30am

MC Distance • 43c /klm • Paid Weekly • Changeovers and Linehaul Apply online or come to 69 Holbeche Rd, Arndell Park Monday from 8.30am

TOP CHEAP TREE SERVICE TREE REMOVAL, RUBBISH REMOVAL, STUMP GRINDING, ALL TYPE OF GARDENING SERVICE FREE Quote, Fully Insured 7 DAYS EMERGENCY SERVICE

Call Alan 0415

WINDOWS

HR/HC & MC Drivers

Quality Windows Made to Measure CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE MEASURE & QUOTE

 (02) 9623 5611 www.betaview.com.au

TOW BARS & BULL BARS

LIC T28145

10 Year Warranty - Pension Discounts

9625 6999 www.tek2u.com.au

We also service: Electrical - Antennas - Telephone

BULL BAR & TOW BAR SPECIALISTS WESTERN TOW BARS & BULL BARS

896WWT369

SECURITY SCREENS

AUCTIONS

TREE SERVICES

McGraths Hill General & Poultry Auctions

PUBLIC NOTICE

FREE MULCH (conditions apply)

Contact MARK 0412 084 115 email: groupatrees@gmail.com

1046WWD3293

Lot 3 Mulgrave Rd (next to Windsor High School) Ph 4587 8525 or 0414 856 497 www.mcgrathshillauctions.com

GARAGE SALE

GARAGE SALE 6 Dewdney Road Emu Plains

Furniture, toys, household items

7am Sat 15th December

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EACH SATURDAY

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CLASSIFIEDS ARE HERE

4731 4680

Group A Tree Service

Geoff 0415 253 252

Please call Debby on 02 9615 5300, alternatively email your resume to parramatta@randstad.com.au

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Unit 2, 65 Regentville Road, Penrith

FITTED WHILE YOU WAIT OR MOBILE FITTING AVAILABLE

Supplier of Security Doors Flyscreens & Windows Grilles

We are seeking experienced HR, HC & MC Drivers for work within the Western Suburbs. These roles are casual performance based. You must have a clear driving record, with a current RTA print out. Experience in Multidrops/Bulk Deliveries & Waste Industry experience is advantageous. DG & BFM is also highly sort after.

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24 HOUR - 7 DAYS SERVICE Ph:

1043WWD3791

•G General Cleanups • Deceased estate • Bricks & concrete • Renovations • Green waste

SECURITY ALARMS & CAMERA

$ 10 for

TREE SERVICES

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10 YEARS WARRANTY on Roof Restoration FREE INSPECTION & REPAIR on any paint damage after 3 years PLUS AS “BONUS” you get a 2nd service valued up to $250

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Emanuel 0423 749 471

MARTIN 0420 975 050LIC 29201C

monark@optusnet.com.au

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February 16 18-year-old Penrith cricketer Patrick Cummins is named Junior Athlete of the Year at the NSW Sports Federation Annual Sports Awards. Cummins was awarded the accolade for his test debut against South Africa in December 2011 where he took an outstanding seven wickets. February 25 Th ree of Penrith’s top canoeists officially qualify for the London Olympic Games. Jessica Fox, Kynan Maley and Robin Jeffery secure their place in the Australian team. April 14

Australia’s best wakeboarders touch down in Penrith to compete at the Australian Cable Wakeboarding National Championships at Cables Wake Park. May 8 Penrith’s highest paid player, Michael Jennings, is dumped from fi rst grade to reserve grade due to poor form. Panthers coach Ivan Cleary wasn’t impressed with Jennings’ on-field ethic. Days later Jennings is selected for the NSW State of Origin side after playing for the Windsor Wolves that weekend. May 12 The Greater Western Sydney Giants celebrate their fi rst win in the AFL after claiming a stunning 27-point victory over

the Gold Coast Suns at Manuka Oval. The Giants go on to win two games in the season to fi nish in last position. May 27 Penrith’s last remaining 2003 grand fi nal winner, Luke Lewis, is dumped as captain by Panthers coach Ivan Cleary after just 12 rounds. Cleary appoints Kevin Kingston as caretaker captain whilst Lewis represents NSW during Origin. Lewis said the decision hit him very hard: “The decision did hit me hard but Ivan sat down and explained it all to me and I can understand where he is coming from”. Lewis never resumed the captaincy. June 3 In a surprise move, Penrith forward Tim

Grant is named to debut for the NSW Blues in State of Origin II. Grant said he was left “speechless” when NSW coach Ricky Stuart phoned him with the good news. Grant also went on to play in Origin III. June 25 The A-League launches the Western Sydney Wanderers FC at its Parramatta Stadium headquarters. At the launch, the club’s name, playing strip and logo was unveiled along with Head Coach Tony Popovic and his fi rst signings – western Sydney products Aaron Mooy, Tarek Elrich and Kwabena Appiah-Kubi. July 9 Former Penrith captain Luke Lewis walks out on the Panthers after more than a

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Last Thursday night at the Paceway saw the running of the Sinclair Ford Cup and marked the 43rd year of Sinclair Ford’s involvement with the Penrith Paceway, certainly a remarkable length of sponsorship. The main race, the Sinclair Ford Cup, went to Bathurst trained The Wifes Calling at odds of $4.60 driven by trainer Peter Bullock. After leading early she was headed on the home turn by favourite Screaman Seaman but regained the lead on the straight. Race one went to Beth Shannon at odds of $5.80, also trained by Peter Bullock and driven by Max Hughes; winning after leading most of the way. Our Southern Belle at long odds of $14.30 came from midfield in the back straight to score nicely for driver David Morris in race two. Considering she had won at her previous start, the price she started at was a

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Sydney FC are also back in the winners’ circle after they were too good for the Wellington Phoenix, winning 2–1; their fi rst victory since October 28. Th is Saturday night’s clash against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium will be the second out of three pre-determined local derby matches this season. Back in round three in front of a sold out Parramatta Stadium, the Sky Blues were too good for the Wanderers, defeating them 1–0 following an Alessandro Del Piero goal. But the Wanderers have emerged as true competitors since then.

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Penrith Cricket Club’s fi rst grade side recorded their 3rd win in a row over Eastern Suburbs at Waverly Oval last Saturday. After winning the toss and batting, Penrith recovered from a poor start to score 198 from their 50 overs on a slow wicket and slow outfield. A competitive score with out being match winning, we knew an inspiring effort was going to be required with the ball. In what was our best overall performance in terms of bowling and fielding for the season, Penrith dismissed Easts for 123. In what was truly a team performance Jarrod Lee took three wickets and in doing so took his tally for the season to an impressive 21 wickets at an average of 16. Th is places Lee in equal 3rd position in the fi rst grade competition. Penrith batsman Ryan Gibson has

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recently been named vice captain of the NSW under 19’s team for the national championships in Adelaide. Ryan also captains Penrith’s Poidevin Gray Shield side (under 21’s) and is an established middle order batsmen with the fi rst grade team. Gibson returned to form on Saturday with a timely 37 before being unluckily run out at the non strikers end after Aaron Beach hit a straight drive back past the bowler. Th is will be the second year Ryan has featured in the NSW U/19’s side and he will be hoping they improve on last year’s performance and come away with the title. Penrith’s guest player form the Sydney Thunder, Rhett Lockyear, featured in the Thunder’s side for last Saturday’s game against the Sydney Sixers.

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Sealing a career in go-karting Eight-year-old racing whiz wins Cadet Club Championship NATHAN TAYLOR

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e’s only been racing competitively for just over year but eight-year-old William Seal is already making a name for himself in the exciting sport of go-karting. Earlier this month, William took home the coveted Cadet Club Championship, which was raced over eight rounds at the Lithgow Go-Karting Club. “William won the championship by 50 points,” his father, Michael Seal said. “All the kids he raced in that competition were around 10 to 11-yearsold, and all the other kids his age were a fair way back. It was a tremendous effort.” The Year Two Penrith Anglican College student started racing competitively at the Lithgow-based facility in October last year. However a first round race meeting in December that same year almost ended William’s career before it had even begun. “William rolled his kart and had to go to hospital for shock after he began fainting,” Mr Seal said. “But we fixed his kart and he got back in it not long after. I was worried the first time he got back on the track again but after a few laps he proved to me he was good to go.” William, who regards V8 Supercar driver Rick Kelly as his racing idol, said he would love to continue his racing career as he gets older. “I love go-kart racing because you get to go fast and drift sideways,” he said. “I hope to keep doing it for many years

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to come.” And it seems the racing in the Seal family doesn’t quite end there. William’s mother, father and even 10-year-old sister, Sharnay, all get their own thrills out of the fast-paced sport. “My daughter Sharnay finished fourth

in the same Cadet Club Championship William won,” Mr Seal said. “She took it up because my wife used to race. She loves racing against the boys each weekend and holds her own considering it takes girls a lot longer to get the hang of the sport.”

Mr Seal said he and his wife were very proud of their children’s great achievements early on and were delighted they chose to follow in their footsteps. “We believe William has what it takes to go to that next level and we will continue to support him,” he said.

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