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Meet Cambridge Park’s Mr Christmas Spirit of Christmas well and truly alive thanks to Paul Mitchell and his incredible family-friendly efforts JADE ALIPRANDI

ambridge Park resident Paul Mitchell is continuing his tradition of spreading Christmas cheer in his community, after starting his light decorations over 17 years ago. The 63-year-old and his wife have masses of people coming to their house from December 1 to December 24 every year to look at their light display and get their photo taken with Santa Claus. Mr Mitchell told the Weekender it’s amazing how busy it gets. “It’s especially busy on weekends and Christmas Eve is just nuts, but every night people come and look at the display – it’s just great to see,” he said. “The retirement village buses come around too and I jump on them dressed as Santa and have a bit of a laugh with them and they seem to really enjoy it.” Donning the Santa suit from last night, (Thursday, December 1), Mr Mitchell said it wasn’t always a big thing, but has grown over the years. “We used to just do the Santa thing on weekends but it just got bigger and bigger, so now we do it right through December until Christmas Eve,” he said.

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“The only reason I do it is to make people happy, particularly the kids – I wouldn’t do it otherwise.” Over the last three years, the Mitchells have been using the Christmas display as an opportunity to raise funds for their five-year-old granddaughter’s school. Catherine Sullivan Centre, based in Strathfield, is an early intervention centre for children with hearing loss. “We’ve raised about $3,000 for them over the past three years,” Mr Mitchell said. “The school’s been great for our granddaughter who is deaf, so it’s good to be able to give something back.” Now in his early 60s, Mr Mitchell said taking the lights down on New Year’s Day has become a bit of a task for him and his wife. “We used to do it in a day when we were a bit younger but we have to spread it out across a whole week now – it’s a bit of a process,” he said. Catch the Mitchell family’s amazing Christmas lights display until Christmas Eve, located on Pembroke Street in Cambridge Park. Locals can head there every night for a photo with Santa and to check out the numerous light displays in the street.

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riving back from Wallacia last Friday, I noticed Santa Claus (or at least one of his well dressed helpers) standing on the side of Mulgoa Road, encouraging shoppers to visit the Penrith Homemaker Centre and get their festive season shopping over and done with. It was all the proof I needed – not only does Santa exist, but he’s keen to make sure we do our shopping nice and early so we don’t get too stressed in those last few days before December 25. Ever the news hound, when I was a kid I heard a whisper that Santa didn’t exist. It was a scandal and I was onto the story first. My first exclusive. I broke the news to my friendship group at school – they weren’t impressed and neither were their parents. Thankfully, a few years later I was set on the right path and realised that Santa does indeed exist. Sometimes, journos get it wrong. It’s clear that Dr Kathy McKay, a social scientist from the University of New England, fell into the same trap as me, but has taken longer to realise the truth. The academic turned grinch believes that children can be traumatised when they discover their parents have been maintaining the magic of Christmas with stories of a jolly, bearded man in a red suit. “Morally, making children believe in myths such as this has to be questioned,” she wrote in a baffling review of the ‘lie’ of Santa published in the Lancet psychiatry journal. Dr McKay claimed children were forced to “reconceptualise everything” when parents tell them Mr Claus is a “lie”.

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“The truth is, Santa does exist and in fact, he lives right here in Penrith”

“If all of a sudden you have that ripped out from under you, there is the potential to question ‘if my parents lied about this what else are they lying about?’... and having to all of a sudden reconceptualise everything can be very traumatic when everything you know becomes unsettled.” We’re talking about kids here, right? Not 20-somethings who have suddenly been told their entire lives are an elaborate lie. Is Dr Kathy McKay seriously suggesting that we rob children of the magic, fun and excitement of Santa, and set them on the path of life’s sometimes harsh realities from the start? Kids will discover plenty of things in later life that they had no idea about when they were young. Bills, heartbreak, illness, love, loss – the list goes on. If as an adult you’ve ever thought of the ‘trauma’ of discovering the ‘truth’ about

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Santa, please give me a call – I don’t talk to dropkicks enough. The truth is, Santa does exist and in fact, he lives right here in Penrith. At least that’s what the good people of Cambridge Park tell me. In this week’s paper, you’ll find a story about a bloke named Paul Mitchell. Paul is 63-years-old and could probably spend his December relaxing, playing a bit of golf or taking a dip in the pool. Instead, he dons his Santa suit and brightens the lives of people in the Cambridge Park area. It’s become an annual tradition in Pembroke Street. Between Christmas lights, Santa Claus photos and the odd tasty treat, Paul’s efforts at Christmas are also about raising money for his granddaughter’s school. Paul’s story is just an example of the wonderful spirit that exists at Christmas. Can the academics just leave Santa and the wonderful feel of Christmas out of their rants and useless tripe? And another thing... NSW Premier Mike Baird did his best Santa Claus impersonation when he pulled his sleigh into Nepean Hospital on Monday and promised an upgrade worth more than half a billion dollars. It is long-awaited and well-deserved news, but does raise many questions and serious concerns. Like how both Labor and Liberal Governments over the years failed to predict or plan for the huge population growth that Nepean Hospital would have to service. Mike Baird’s announcement on Monday is welcome, but Nepean should never be neglected for so long again.

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special business luncheon was held in Penrith this week, with NSW Premier Mike Baird providing some insight into the Government’s plans for western Sydney’s economy. Hosted by the Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Uphire Business Matters Luncheon was attended by local business representatives from across western Sydney. President of the Chamber, Gina Field, said western Sydney is just beginning to blossom. “It’s a challenge for local businesses to continue to be competitive on not just a local level but a state and national level too,” she said. “We are in a world-class mobile and business environment, and it’s exciting to get a glimpse of the future that lies ahead for our Chamber members. “It’s about live where you earn and love where you live.” Mr Baird added to that by saying the Government’s plans for western Sydney will see it reach new heights. “There’s no doubt that western Sydney is going to be set up for generations to come – it’s an incredibly exciting time,” he said.

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“Almost half the jobs in the country were created here in NSW and that’s a big thanks to small to medium businesses – that’s where the job growth comes from so we can’t lose sight of that.” Mr Baird also gave advice to local businesses and answered questions about the development of western Sydney. See more pictures from the luncheon on page 48.

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Council to investigate parking permits for Thornton residents Christmas Candle Light Memorial Service Donna and Belinda of Supremacy Funerals Invites you and your family to attend our Christmas Candle Light Memorial Service. The Ceremony will commence with traditional bagpipes, followed by a singer and words of comfort led by a celebrant. There will be an opportunity for each family member to light a candle and place it underneath the tree in memory of your loved one. After the ceremony, everyone is welcome to stay as evening refreshments will be provided.

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enrith Council will investigate why the residents of newly-established Thornton Estate haven’t been provided with residential parking permits. Penrith Councillor Kevin Crameri has asked Council to look into getting the parking permits after numerous complaints from residents. Currently there are 4P restricted parking areas in place outside residents’ new homes and 2P restricted parking spaces around the station area.

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Penrith Councillor Kevin Crameri wants residential parking permits implemented Cr Crameri told the Weekender the residents are fed up. “They can’t park their own vehicle on the street or anything and they’re complaining about it because of the restricted parking,” he said. “They want to stop commuters parking across their driveways and in front of their houses. “A simple Council approved sticker with the address of the resident on it will work as a residential parking permit.” Mr Crameri said it should have been done from the start. A report will be prepared and brought to Council in coming months.

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Questions arise over dog attack arrest • Three people attacked in bloody night • Owner to front court again in January • Man can’t have dogs ALENA HIGGINS & JADE ALIPRANDI

he alleged owner of three dogs who mauled a police officer and two others at Penrith last Wednesday night has walked free from court. Kirk Wake was granted conditional bail at Penrith Local Court last Friday afternoon after his Legal Aid lawyer, Matt Dimech, successfully argued against his continued detention. Mr Dimech submitted police had no legal basis to arrest the 29-year-old on the night of the attack. Mr Wake, who appeared by video link dressed in prison greens, pleaded not guilty to all sequences, including one charge of ‘intimidate police’ and three counts each of ‘failing to prevent a dog from escaping’ and ‘reckless behaviour that allowed a dog to attack and bite’. The court heard the dogs, two of which have been described as American Staffordshire-cross-Pitbull in appearance, escaped through the front door of Mr Wake’s Parker Street home, triggering the bloody attack. Peter Moon, 48, and Diane Christie, 43, sustained multiple severe bite wounds to their upper and lower bodies when they

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were set upon by the dogs in front of their home about 7pm on November 23. Constable Kim Hilly, who had been dispatched to the scene, was also knocked to the ground by two of the dogs as she walked along the footpath. The 24-year-old suffered a dislocated shoulder and a bite wound to her calf that required surgery. Inspector Kylie Koenig from Penrith Police said it was a traumatising situation for everyone involved. “There were a number of witnesses at the scene, including a child, and it was traumatic for everyone at the time,” she said. It’s also believed that police have previously had complaints about the dogs. Mr Wake, who was on bail at the time for ‘stolen goods in custody’ – a charge he is due to defend shortly – was found in a “drug induced state” in his kitchen, according to police facts. However, the court heard it was unclear whether this was due to illicit drugs or his lawful methadone treatment. Mr Dimech told the court “one has to question” why Mr Wake was arrested. “It wasn’t the case that [police] feared he wouldn’t turn up to court – his last warrant was some time ago,” he said.

“It wasn’t the case that they were unsure of his identity... or where he lived. He was arrested at his house.” Magistrate Roger Clisdell agreed, saying he was “satisfied there is a real problem with respect to LEPRA” – the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act. Under LEPRA, a police officer may arrest a person without a warrant if they suspect the person is committing or has committed an offence, and the officer is satisfied the arrest is reasonably necessary to prevent them from committing the same or another offence, to stop them fleeing, to establish a person’s identity, or to ensure the person will appear before court, among others. Magistrate Clisdell took nothing away from the seriousness of the vicious attack. “There is nothing worse than being attacked and bitten by a dog,” he said, but added the release application had to be looked at in the context of the Bail Act. “He’s not going to get those dogs back,” he said, before including a bail condition that Mr Wake not be in possession of, or have an animal at his premises, prompting Mr Wake to become visibly upset. He is also to report daily to Penrith Police Station, continue his drug treatment and accept counselling.

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Inspector Kylie Koenig updates the media last Thursday. Photo: Megan Dunn The three people attacked on the night continue to recover. Mr Wake, who was supported by his mother, is due back in court on January 24.

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Community Access Bus and Wheelchair Access Bus Applications are now being called for the use of the Community access buses in Penrith City for the period 1 January–31 March 2017. Applications must be received no later than Friday, 9 December 2016. These applications will be assessed by Council and applicants will be notified of the outcome. For further information regarding fees, application forms and conditions of hire, please call 4732 7837.

Licence for Occupancy of Bruce Neale Drive, Penrith Under Section 47 of the NSW Local Government Act 1993, Penrith City Council is advising that it intends to enter into a licence agreement with Rowing Australia and Rowing NSW for occupation of the land identified as Part of Lot 3 DP235966 and Lots 14–20 DP15601, Bruce Neale Drive, Penrith. It is the intention that the licence agreement is issued for a period of five years, renewable by exercise of option every five years with a maximum licence term of 20 years. The licence agreement also sets out the terms for the use of the land stipulating that: ‘the land will not at any time be used other than for the purpose of constructing a National Training Centre for Rowing, including boat storage, gymnasium, amenities, office, athlete areas and car parking which will be used for the purpose of supporting rowing activities such as training, competitions, sport education programs and services, and the administration of the sport, or functions associated or ancillary to those purposes.’ Submissions about this proposal should be made in writing to Andrew Robinson, Facilities Manager, Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751, or sent by email to andrew. robinson@penrith.city Submissions should be returned to Council by 5pm, 9 December 2016. Further details regarding this proposal can be obtained by calling 4732 7688.

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Turning back time

55 years ago this week, Penrith was recovering from a devastating flood, the biggest in the Nepean region since 1900. The 1961 emergency dominated headlines for weeks, with the Nepean Times blazing across its front page: “Floods engulf Nepean Valley”.

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Brad Waugh General Manager OCCUPATION: General Manager, Panthers on the Prowl, Community Development Foundation FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IN PENRITH? Outback Steakhouse FAVOURITE PLACE TO HAVE A COFFEE IN PENRITH? Lewers Gallery, Emu Plains FAVOURITE PLACE TO HAVE A DRINK IN PENRITH? Panthers WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT PENRITH? The community spirit that people display, and the fact that it is still like a big country town in many ways LOOKING INTO YOUR CRYSTAL BALL, WHAT DO YOU SEE IN PENRITH’S FUTURE? I see it being well and truly discovered as a great place to live, with the mountains and river at our doorstep, and a great place to start and operate a business IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN PENRITH, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 5pm traffic on Mulgoa Road and The Northern Road

Cranebrook residents will be able to do their shopping at a brand new ALDI supermarket from Wednesday, December 7. We’re told the store is an ALDI “of the future” with an all-new look.

Teachers will stop work on Thursday, December 8 for around an hour to vote on new pay and conditions. It’s a shame a time couldn’t be found that didn’t inconvenience thousands of parents.

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State Politics

Hospital upgrade a long time coming • $550 million promised to fix Nepean • ED upgrade to commence immediately • Opposition not happy JADE ALIPRANDI

hospital at breaking point, a Health Minister in an ongoing battle to keep her job and a Premier desperate to ensure Stuart Ayres retains the seat of Penrith at the 2019 election. A perfect storm of issues combined to lead up to a major infrastructure announcement on Monday that will see $550 million spent on the redevelopment of Nepean Hospital to transform it into a state-of-the-art healthcare facility by 2021. NSW Premier Mike Baird and Health Minister Jillian Skinner said the redevelopment will provide more services, beds and staff to serve the growing Nepean population and is in addition to a new $26 million car park. “We are delivering the biggest hospital rebuilding program in the State’s history, with $5 billion worth of hospital infrastructure in the past six years and 10 new or upgraded health facilities opened this year alone,” Mr Baird said. “The population of western Sydney is due to rise significantly in the next 20 years and our major investment will ensure we meet the healthcare needs of the region.” The long awaited redevelopment will commence immediately with work to begin on upgrading the Emergency Department.

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Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres, said the hospital will be a world-class facility. “The NSW Government is recognising that Penrith is one of the fastest growing areas in NSW,” he said. “This redevelopment of Nepean Hospital will mean we can cater for more patients in a world-class hospital with more doctors and nurses.” The State Government has been under immense public pressure to fix Nepean Hospital, which is in crisis and struggling to keep up with population growth. The Opposition claims the upgrade only came after the Baird Government was “dragged kicking and screaming” by the community, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and State Labor. “This announcement is only about saving Jillian Skinner and Stuart Ayres,” said Shadow Health Minister, Walt Secord. Mr Ayres said it’s important to remember that the Liberals are fixing Labor’s mess. “They had 16 years in office to fix it and did nothing,” he said. The new-look hospital will include a new clinical services block, a new and expanded Emergency Department, expanded and upgraded medical imaging, at least 12 new operating theatres, 18 birthing suites in new accommodation, a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, more than 200 overnight beds in new accommodation, a new helipad and new community health services.

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Jane Street and Mulgoa Road infrastructure upgrade Review of Environmental Factors

Have your say The Australian and NSW governments have jointly committed $70 million toward improvements to alleviate congestion and improve traffic flow along Mulgoa Road and Castlereagh Road, adjacent to Penrith’s CBD. Roads and Maritime Services is now inviting feedback on the concept design and Review of Environmental Factors (REF) until Friday 16 December 2016. You can view a hard copy of the REF at the following locations: Penrith City Library: 601 High Street, Penrith St Clair Library: Shop 12, St Clair Shopping Centre, corner of Bennett Road and Endeavour Avenue, St Clair St Marys Library: 207-209 Queen Street, St Marys Alternatively the REF, supporting documents and project animation can be downloaded from: www.rms.nsw.gov.au/JaneStreetMulgoaRoad We encourage you to drop in to one of our information sessions to speak to a member of the project team and provide feedback. Our sessions will be held:

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This is the announcement you make when you don’t have an announcement to make.” With those stinging words, Federal Lindsay MP Emma Husar delivered her verdict on the Nepean Hospital upgrade announcement. Ms Husar claimed that NSW Premier Mike Baird and State Penrith MP Stuart Ayres had been “shamed into reheating the same old announcement”. “Their small token comes only after years of neglect, excuses and inaction by the NSW Liberal Government,” Ms Husar said. “Our community has been demanding a real upgrade for almost six years. In that time, day after day, we have seen the human cost of the Liberal Government’s total indifference to health and hospitals in western Sydney. “What the Baird Government announced today was a rerun of the same upgrade they promised before the election but still haven’t delivered.” Ms Husar is concerned that the State Government isn’t taking into account Penrith’s rising population in terms of future planning. “There are no signs the Government has taken into account our fast-growing population and the increasing strain of

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Man given benefit of the doubt over motorbike incident

A Llandilo man caught riding his motorbike down his street without a licence has had his court case dismissed. Edward Vella was sentenced at Penrith Local Court last Thursday after pleading guilty to the charge. The court heard the 39-year-old was attempting to protect his “most prized possession” by re-homing it to his neighbour’s house after becoming “suspicious” that his ex-partner’s new boyfriend would try to steal it. His lawyer asked Magistrate Stephen Corry to accept it was the only time he had ridden the bike, which normally takes pride of place in his games room. Magistrate Corry said aside from any fines he would be liable for, the defendant would have been personally responsible for damages suffered had anyone been injured as the bike wasn’t insured. While accepting his version of events and the fact he only drove a very short distance, Magistrate Corry still labelled it a foolish decision. “Mr Vella, it was silly of you to drive the bike,” he said. “It was unregistered and you didn’t have a bike licence. I hope it goes back into the house and revives its career as an ornament.”

Graffiti vandal hit with fine

A magistrate has expressed his desire to make a graffiti vandal pay by scrubbing off his “artistic endeavours” with a toothbrush. Magistrate Roger Clisdell told Brendon Hage he wished he had the power to order him to clean up his mess as punishment for the crime. “I know what I’d like to do; give you a toothbrush to scrub it off, but I can’t do that, unfortunately,” he said. He told the offender the only thing he could do was to “hit you in the hip pocket” as a reminder not to commit the offence again.

He was stung with a $750 fine and ordered to pay $250 in compensation to Penrith City Council. “That’s a full week’s work down the drain,” he said. “Don’t be a fool again.”

Good behaviour bond after woman caught hitting child

A woman sprung hitting a child across the head has been handed a nine-month good behaviour bond. Moira Foster fronted Penrith Local Court last Thursday where she pleaded guilty to common assault. “Have you watched ABC’s ‘The Slap’?” Magistrate Roger Clisdell asked. “It’s a book as well, I suggest you read it. It shows how things can blow-up, like what’s occurred here.” He said there were other law-abiding ways to physically discipline a child, but they were restricted to areas below the back. “Don’t hit kids on the head,” he said. “You’re allowed to smack them on the bottom or slap them on the hand, but not around the head.”

Magistrate not happy with man’s excuse for no-show

A man who failed to turn up to court and was convicted in his absence has been refused an application to have the judgement set aside. Lance Pearce told Penrith Local Court he had no means to attend court on October 18 because he didn’t have a licence, but a deadpan Magistrate Ian McRae wasn’t buying it. “You live at St Clair,” he said. “Correct,” Mr Pearce replied. “That prevented you from coming to court? You didn’t think about walking to the train station?” “I did, but I didn’t do it,” Mr Pearce said. “If that’s your attitude you’ll be dealt with by way of sentence today,” Magistrate McRae said. When Mr Pearce protested, saying

he was pleading not guilty, Magistrate McRae said he would have to lodge an appeal. “You’ll have to lodge an appeal if that’s the case,” he said. “You were convicted in your absence and I refused your Section 4 application.” The court heard Mr Pearce has previously failed to attend court in September and a warrant had to be issued for his arrest. He was slapped with a seven-month suspended sentence.

and declaring he would make an example out of him. He is eligible for release on March 23, 2017.

Extended time off the road after driving while suspended

Daniel Michael Dennis will spend Christmas behind bars and likely miss the birth of his child after failing to comply with his community service obligations. Mr Dennis faced a no-nonsense Magistrate Ian McRae at Penrith Local Court last Thursday. “You realise you were lucky to get a CSO instead of full time jail,” Magistrate McRae said. He said he saw “no choice” but to revoke the order due to his “very poor attitude” and sentenced him to four months imprisonment instead. Mr Dennis’ heavily pregnant partner sobbed uncontrollably and had to be consoled as he was led away into custody.

Mostafa Abdulrahman has been stripped of his licence for a further two years after driving while suspended. The 20-year-old fronted Penrith Local Court last Thursday after he was nabbed attempting to move a courtesy car off the Great Western Highway. The court heard Mr Abdulrahman was a passenger in the car when the driver was pulled over and found to be an unaccompanied learner. His lawyer told the court his client was under the assumption the driver was on their P’s, adding he only moved the car because he didn’t want to leave it on the side of the highway. Magistrate Stephen Corry said there was no doubt the defendant knew he was suspended, and reminded him under no circumstances should he get behind the wheel of a car. “If you’re suspended, you’ve got to stay out of a motor vehicle until you’re suspension’s finished,” he said. He was convicted and fined $400.

Christmas in the slammer after alcohol-fuelled assault

Sleep not a “sure fire cure” after drinking, student warned

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A magistrate has blatantly made an example out of a man in a bid to stamp out atrocious alcohol-fuelled violence. Magistrate Ian McRae sentenced Damien Gibbons to four months in the slammer last Thursday, despite Mr Gibbons insisting he was acting in self-defence. “You threw him to the ground and punched him three times, saw his eyes roll back into his head and punched him another two times,” Magistrate McRae said. He said the public was “sick to death of gratuitous assaults when people are full of alcohol”, before pulling no punches

A uni student busted with alcohol in her blood after drinking the night before has been handed a 12-month good behaviour bond. Tenille Delkou, 20, faced Penrith Local Court last Thursday charged with lowrange drink driving. The court heard the P2 driver, who also volunteers, had consumed four or five glasses of Shiraz before failing a random breath test on the Great Western Highway the following morning. Magistrate Stephen Corry said despite common misconceptions, sleep was not a sure fire cure.

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Werrington: Ice pipe found during vehicle search

A 40-year-old Silverdale woman has been charged with ‘possess prohibited drug’ after being allegedly found with ice (methamphetamine) in her bag. At about 11.45pm last Friday, police were patrolling Railway Street, Werrington where they sighted a vehicle on the side of the road. Following a conversation with the driver and passenger, the vehicle and occupants were searched by police. It is alleged the woman’s handbag contained a glass ice pipe and a number of resealable bags, one of which contained an amount of white granules. She will appear in Penrith Local Court on Thursday, December 15.

Jamisontown: Money stolen during pizza shop robbery

Police are investigating the circumstances following the robbery of a pizza shop on Monday night. At about 10.30pm two employees were in the process of closing the York Road business when two men entered the store with their faces covered. One of the men was armed with a large machete. Both began yelling at the two employees demanding money from the till and one of the men jumped the counter. The staff handed over the night’s takings and the men fled the scene on foot. No one was harmed. Police attended the scene but were unable to locate the men. CCTV has been recovered and the crime scene has been examined. Detectives from Penrith would like to speak with anyone who may have information that could assist investigations.

Werrington: Man and woman arrested over break-in

A Werrington man and woman are set to face court after being arrested in Cranebrook last week.

The couple are alleged to have broken into a residential dwelling on King Street in Penrith on Tuesday, October 11, where substantial property was taken. An amount of property was seized from Cranebrook. Both were charged with multiple offences including ‘aggravated break and enter’ and ‘commit serious indictable offence in company’ and ‘goods suspect of being stolen’. The 41-year-old man was given conditional bail and is set to appear in Penrith Local Court on Wednesday, December 14. The 39-year-old woman was also given conditional bail and will appeal in court on Thursday, January 19.

Penrith: Woman to face court after defacing cop shop sign

At about 12.40am on Monday, November 21, substantial damage was occasioned to the Penrith Police Station sign. The ‘P’ and the ‘O’ on ‘Police’ were coloured out with black marker. Following enquiries, Penrith detectives issued a court notice to a 51-year-old Penrith woman. She has been charged with damage to property and will attend court on Monday, December 19.

St Marys: Police searching for answers after vehicle fire

Police are appealing for information following a vehicle fire in St Marys last week. At about 11pm on Tuesday, November 22, the NSW Fire Brigade responded to a call about a vehicle on fire at the corner of Princess Mary Street and Sainsbury Street. Fire personnel arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire. They considered it to be suspicious in nature and reported the incident to St Marys Police. The vehicle sustained minimal damage. Police are urging anyone with information to call 1800 333 000.

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Extra parking for festive rush Penrith residents will be able to take advantage of an extra 275 car park spaces from this week, provided in an attempt to ease congestion at Christmas time. Penrith Council and the Penrith CBD Corporation are boosting the number of temporary parking spaces available in the lead up to Christmas in a number of areas in the community. The northern end of Penrith Paceway will have 100 extra spaces; behind Woodriff Gardens Tennis Courts will have about 130 spaces; and Council’s Civic Centre Car Park will have an extra 45 spaces made available. Penrith Mayor, John Thain, said Council wants to make life easier for shoppers during this time of year. “The CBD Corporation and Council have made arrangements with Penrith Paceway to make the parking area within the Paceway, at the northern end adjacent to the pool, available,” he said. “Penrith Paceway is only 500 metres to High Street, so within easy access to Penrith shops.” The additional parking is a combination of all day and timed car spaces. - Jade Aliprandi

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elief for commuters parking at Penrith Train Station is just around the corner with temporary parking arrangements well on the way. Construction began on the new multideck commuter car park last week as part of the upgrades to Penrith Station, with parking set to be a nightmare for commuters while the work was carried out over the next year. However, on Monday night, Penrith Council passed a report to have work start on Lot 3003, 3004, and 3005 along Lord Sheffield Circuit in Thornton, to act as a temporary car park for the next 12 months. Penrith Mayor John Thain told the Weekender it’s been a group effort. “It’s been in the works for quite a few weeks,” he said. “Council has been working with Penrith MP Stuart Ayres and Urban Growth to find alternative arrangements while work is carried out. “I think it’s good for the community that we can actually compensate for parking that’s lost and also get a few extra spaces out of it too, so it works out well.” Cr Thain said work on the temporary car parks should start soon.

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to provide protection from the weather, an improved station concourse, improved bus, taxi, and kiss and ride areas, and lighting and CCTV. The work has caused some disruptions over the past few months, particularly when the pick-up and drop-off zone used by commuters on Jane Street was turned into a taxi rank. The zone is now a shared space.

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White Ribbon Day

Husar hopes her story helps others After an emotionally charged speech in Parliament, Lindsay MP hopes she can make a difference JADE ALIPRANDI

wo days after her emotional speech in Parliament, Federal Member for Lindsay, Emma Husar, held an afternoon tea to mark White Ribbon Day. Last Wednesday, November 23, Ms Husar stood and told her emotionallycharged story of her years of experience with domestic violence. Her speech has garnered widespread national attention. On Friday, she stood in front of a crowd of 30 people at her Penrith office to mark the start of 16 days to take action with White Ribbon Australia, and to thank everyone for their support. Ms Husar said she was overwhelmed by the support from everyone. “I’m incredibly grateful and had absolutely no idea that it would take off like this; it has taken me by complete surprise,” Ms Husar said. “I’ve got many people disclosing things about their own lives to me now, which is pretty difficult to take in and for them to talk about.” Unsure she could go through with the speech, Ms Husar said she felt incredibly sick just before she rose to speak at about 3pm last Wednesday afternoon.

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Federal Member for Lindsay, Emma Husar (in white) with supporters at her office last Friday. Photo: Megan Dunn Wednesday that it was time to reveal some truths about her past. “I always knew that I would tell my story but I didn’t know I was going to do it that way and at that time,” Ms Husar said. “If you can [tell your story] you should do it, right?” Ms Husar said she wants to use her role as a Federal Member to take a stand

“I was very happy with where I put it and left it – it’s a very emotional subject to talk about,” she said. “I think I exemplified that by having a big ugly cry on national television, which obviously there is nothing wrong with, but it’s very foreign for me to be so emotional.” Not knowing when or how she would tell her story, Ms Husar decided at 1pm on

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Reserve to be named in memory of much-loved St Clair doctor JADE ALIPRANDI

t Clair doctor, Liz Torrance, will be remembered by the community with a special memorial to be dedicated to her at a local reserve. Dr Torrance died on August 24, a day before her 62nd birthday, from aggressive brain cancer. On Monday night, Penrith Council moved a report to have the reserve bounded by Feather Street and McIntyre Avenue in St Clair renamed as ‘Dr Elizabeth Torrance Park’. The report recommended that an application be made to the Geographical Names Board (GNB) for official gazetting, which may take up to six months. Councillor Greg Davies said he was happy with the outcome. “It’s great that Council was able to move quickly because it takes a while to get it approved by GNB,” he told the Weekender. “It’s definitely well deserved and ensures that her memory will live on in the community.” Dr Torrance served the local community for 32 years and was diagnosed with her condition just months before her passing. Cr Ben Price added that Dr Torrance was always there to help.

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“My family and I went to her over the years – she became a friend of the family,” he said. “I’d like to commend Council for the speed at which this was put together.” Cr Davies said she won’t be forgotten. “It’s a nice reminder to people in the area that she was here and won’t be forgotten. She was one of the unsung heroes and it’s great to recognise people like her that have dedicated their life to the local community,” he said.

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Health

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t Marys and Colyton are among a number of western Sydney suburbs considered to be ‘obese’, the latest national health report card reveals. According to the latest results, St Marys tops the list of suburbs with the most obese number of people. New digital platform ‘Australia’s Health Tracker by Area’ was launched last week, hosting a series of maps and filters which provide localised data on chronic diseases and their risk factors at the local government, primary health network, population and state level. CEO of Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network, Lizz Reay, said the health tracker is a great tool to have for health professionals. “I think it’s really good actually,” she told the Weekender. “One of the advantages for us will be the common measures being tracked across Australia; it lets us look at where we are doing well and where we aren’t doing so well.” The tracker includes obesity, high blood pressure, cancer screening, early deaths by chronic disease and suicide rates. Close to 70 per cent of St Marys’ and Colyton’s adult population are obese or overweight (age standardised rate

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Lizz Reay. Photo: Melinda Jane 69.7 per 100 population), according to the tracker that draws on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Ms Reay said the tracker will bring to light the issues others have been avoiding for too long. “We aren’t surprised by the results in our region, our pocket,” she said. “Looking at those pockets, particularly for obesity, they tend to follow areas in lower socio-economic advantage.” Professor Maximilian De Courten from Victoria University, said ‘wealthier post codes are healthier post codes’, something Ms Reay said isn’t ideal for the west.

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Local pioneering aviator, William Ewart Hart, created history 105 years ago. This occurred when aviator Billy Hart was presented with Australia’s First Flying Certificate by the Australian Aerial League of Australia on December 5, 1911. Aviator Billy Hart’s life story can been seen on YouTube. In effect, Billy was the first to receive Australia’s No.1 Pilot’s Licence. Billy was born in Parramatta but had his airfield in Penrith. Billy underwent prescribed flying manoeuvres to prove that he could handle successful controlled flight. This flying test was based on the Royal Aero Club flying certificate in England. Later, Billy received Certificate No.199 by the Royal Aero Club on the 26th March, 1912. GREG EDWARDS, VIA WEBSITE

Helen deserves retirement after years of service Sorry to see her go, but Helen has earned her retirement several times over (Helen’s Great career comes to an end, Weekender November 25). I was privileged to work with her on the management committee for a couple of years. ROB WEAVER, VIA FACEBOOK

Parking nightmare should have been addressed Alternative parking should have been secured before closing 250 spaces during construction (Car park will relieve commuter pain, Weekender November 25). You had plenty of time to organise this. The additional reported 350 spaces will indeed NOT be enough. KERRY GRAHAM, VIA FACEBOOK

Poor planning Considering the current parking area was already over capacity upon completion just a few short years ago demonstrates a lack of foresight by both council, Sydney Trains and the previous and current State governments. No one deserves a pat on the back here. It’s a complete failure. NEIL MARTIN, VIA FACEBOOK

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NRMA concerned with number of babies and pets left in vehicles

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enrith Council has adopted a report for the Economic Development Strategy (EDS), providing a strategic framework for how to best support economic development in the Penrith region. A report will now be brought back to Council outlining the details of the expert panel in terms of its proposed composition and operations. The EDS provides Council with target sectors for jobs growth and areas of focus to stimulate economic development across the city. “The goal for Penrith is to achieve an increase in total local jobs of up to 55,000 by 2031,” the report states. “Alongside the jobs, we must also encourage greater housing and lifestyle choices to attract professionals and skilled workers.” The key achievements listed in the

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report when it comes to transforming Penrith include the Penrith Progression blueprint, Penrith Health and Education Precinct, investment facilitation in the region, and the New West marketing and promotion model, which has been rolled out in recent times. The report, compiled by Economic Initiatives Coordinator, Tanya Jackson, outlines Penrith’s differences to other locations, which is considered a positive when talking about economic development of the region. “Penrith’s location, land, infrastructure, increasing diversity and strong leadership are key points of difference and an opportunity to activate economic development,” it reads. “To achieve a more sustainable economy, we need to work with business, industry, the community and government to reduce the gap between the job supply and demand in Penrith. “The Economic Development Strategy identifies the way forward.”

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ith temperatures expected to swelter this summer, the NRMA is reminding drivers that leaving children and pets in locked cars can have potentially devastating consequences. In the past year 2,243 babies and 1,655 pets were rescued by the NRMA from locked cars in NSW and the ACT. Shopping centre car parks were the most common site of rescues, totalling one third of all incidents. Other common rescues occurred in community areas like beaches, parks or hospitals. NSW Roadside Manager, Robert Younes said it was never okay to leave a child or pet unattended in a vehicle, despite how quick you think you might be. “Leaving the window partially open is no solution as it won’t stop the temperature rising inside the car,” Mr Younes warned. Over the past year it has taken the NRMA an average of less than 14 minutes to arrive at the scene of a locked car with a baby inside. However, in some instances, that time is just not quick enough. It can take less than five minutes for a child to develop heat stress and start to

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Rotary members show support for families in need at Christmas

New oval at Jordan Springs aims to promote an active lifestyle JADE ALIPRANDI

ordan Springs residents enjoyed their new 5.5 hectare village oval playing fields last weekend during a family fun day out. More than 500 locals flocked to the new fields last Sunday, playing games with family and friends and enjoying local entertainment. Lendlease General Manager of NSW/ ACT Communities, Arthur Ilias, said parents are looking for ways for their children to participate in outdoor, active play. “Research commissioned by Lendlease found that 87 per cent of Australian parents believed playgrounds, parks and outdoor spaces are the most important amenities to have within their neighbourhood,” he said. “Parents are looking for outdoor places where their children can play, where family and friends can get together, and where they can strengthen their ties with the community.” Mr Ilias said families can enjoy the space for a range of activities. “From picnics on the grass to kicking a footy with friends, the playing fields offer residents and the community a great opportunity to spend more time outdoors,” he said.

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St Marys Rotary Club volunteers busily packing hampers for Christmas EMILY NEWTON

t Marys Rotary Club have played Santa’s helpers to give a helping hand to the local community. The Rotary Club members have continued their annual tradition and busily put together hampers of food and essentials to help the Salvation Army in the lead-up to Christmas. “Christmas each year has always meant there is pressure on family budgets,” Rotary Club President, Cheryl Deguara said. “Being able to provide these Christmas

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hampers with essentials as well as some sweet items will help some of these families through a tough time.” Members assembled at the Salvation Army Hall in St Marys and have so far put together over 30 much-needed hampers. The Rotary Club will be providing additional hampers as well as toys from the staff at Goodman Fielders. The Salvation Army’s Major Nellie Moed said it’s a much appreciated token. “The generosity of the Rotarians in this time of need will help us through,” Major Moed said. The hampers will be distributed in the St Marys area in the middle of December.

Families enjoying the day last Sunday in Jordan Springs “The space is designed to be enjoyed by the entire local community with flexible recreation spaces that can offer a range of sporting and leisure activities, including basketball, netball, gym and Parkour circuits.” The Jordan Springs Dads’ Group also raised more than $2,000 for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead with a community barbecue and show bag sales on the day. The Village Oval is one of the largest outdoor areas in Jordan Springs. It also has a learn-to-ride bicycle circuit and two off-leash areas for pets.

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Cinema in the Park The Penrith City Council Cinema in the Park event is back again and we are very excited about this one – we are heading to St Marys! For the first time, we are holding the event in the heart of St Marys – at Victoria Park – on Saturday, December 3 to watch Disney’s latest ‘Jungle Book’. Victoria Park is an iconic location in St Marys and what better way to celebrate it than by holding one of Council’s most successful events there. Come along and bring the family to enjoy the free activities from 6pm and the screening starting at dusk on our large inflatable movie screen. Before the movie starts, there will be free activities and entertainment including the highly popular bubble soccer from St Clair Leisure Centre, Council’s very own mobile play van and face painting provided by Bunnings. We have also organised some ways

to satisfy your candy bar cravings with a coffee van, ice cream van and Cheese Toastees, if you would like to purchase food or drink on the night. However, please do feel free to bring a picnic basket or dinner to enjoy under the stars. There was such an overwhelming support for more events like this, with over 500 people attending last year’s events and we are aiming to attract more this time. I encourage the community to bring along your picnic blankets and chairs to sit under the stars and enjoy the entertaining movie on offer. If you would like to find out more, contact our events team on 4732 7652 and keep up to date with our Facebook and Twitter pages or visitpenrith.com. au. See you at the movies!

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CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING Friday 2nd December 2016, 630pm - 930pm Coachmans Park, St Marys Come along and celebrate with the community as the St Marys Christmas Tree is turned on for the ďŹ rst time. There will be lots of family friendly activities to enjoy such as: Santa visit - Face painting - Entertainment - Kids show - Prizes Jumping castle - Characters - Giant snow globe that you can pose in with your family.

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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Saturday 17th December 2016, 10am - 2pm Coachmans Park, St Marys Come down and enjoy the free entertainment and kids activities while you take a break from your Christmas shopping. There will be: Face painting Balloon bender - Entertainment - Prizes - Jumping castle - Santa visit and much more.

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Friends take on a mighty challenge ‘Team Penrith’ hard at work preparing for Oxfam’s 100km Trailwalker event in 2017 JADE ALIPRANDI

ne in three people live in poverty but a team of four from Penrith are determined to help change that in any way they can. Team Penrith are participating in Oxfam’s 100km Trailwalker next August and are asking the community to get behind the cause. Locals Natasha McConnachie, Hardeep Saini, Brianna Redmond and Sarah Harris have hit the ground running after starting training last month as well as their fundraising efforts. “We’d love to be able to get to $5,000,” Ms McConnachie said. “It’s about helping some of the poorest people in the world to get fresh water and get their crops growing on their farm to get them food.” But the four participants are also taking part in the Trailwalker event to challenge themselves. “We also wanted to do it for the mental challenge and to keep ourselves on track with health and fitness – we’ve never done anything like this before, so it will be a big challenge,” Ms McConnachie said Participants will trek over a 100km trail

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within 48 hours in August 2017 to raise money and awareness for the work Oxfam Australia does. “Being in a fundraiser like this means the world to me especially now because it’s Christmas time, which is a great time to give something back and help out,” Ms McConnachie said. In 2017, Oxfam Trailwalker will take place in Australia, India, New Zealand, Spain, Japan, France, UK, Belgium and Hong Kong. Globally, the events have raised more than $210 million for Oxfam’s work in support of people living in poverty around the world. The team have been vigorously training at InPursuit Gym in Penrith with their trainer Bree Agliaro. The training program will continue over the next 12 months. “We’ve been training for a month and will train right up until the event,” Ms McConnachie said. “You don’t sleep and you barely stop as you have limited time – it’s just going to be massive but so worth it.” If you want to support the team, visit trailwalker.oxfam.org.au and search their team name ‘A Million Miles’ in the ‘donate’ search bar.

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ocal Londonderry author, John Peter Borgatti, has had his debut science fiction novel published. His book Time Paradox was released on Thursday and tells the story of a time travelling technician in a world teetering on the brink of nuclear disaster. The novel, which took almost four years to write, was a wonderful way to combine his passions with his love of writing. “It was a lot of work. But, when I do something, I like to do it properly,” he said. When he turned 17, Mr Borgatti joined the Royal Australian Air Force where he spent 15 years serving the country. “I saw the skyhawks flying when I was younger, and they inspired me,” he said. Mr Borgatti was always fascinated by the stars and aeroplanes, which encouraged what he describes as a gnawing feeling to write. His love of space and the unknown has existed for as long as he can remember.

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“My family bought me a telescope to look up at the stars. They thought I was crazy, but we’re all a little bit crazy,” he said. Mr Borgatti’s novel aims to encourage readers to question how we think about time, exploring the possibility of being able to travel both forward and backwards in time. “Science Fiction writers romanticise time travel, it is an imaginary reality. But is it really imaginary? We all know that Science Fiction does become Science Fact,” he said. Mr Borgatti migrated from Italy to Australia as a child and grew up on the south coast of New South Wales. He has lived in Londonderry for the past three to four years, and said that he loves the local community. Mr Borgatti is thankful for the opportunity he has had to write and publish this story and has already begun writing a sequel, with the possibility of a third in the series. Time Paradox is available to order from bookstores or directly through Pegasus Publishers.

Lions ready to sell Christmas trees Emu Plains Lions Club is spreading the holiday spirit by selling freshly cut pine trees just in time for Christmas. Between 6.30am and 11.30am on Saturday, December 10 at Lions Park, Great Western Highway in Emu Plains, fresh trees will be on sale for $35. All proceeds will go to Our Community Cares, a local organisation that aims to support Penrith’s aged, needy and those undergoing medical support. The club orders the trees from Oberon and this year they will receive 80 trees.

Later the same day, the Lions Club will be seeking gold coin donations for car parking at the Emu Sports Club in Leonay where Carols on the Course will take place. The evening will also include a jumping castle, a bar, a visit from Santa and a traditional Lions BBQ where again, proceeds go to Our Community Cares. The organisation currently aims to increase the level of patient care in the outpatient services of Nepean Hospital and assist the needy and aged.

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used to think that the key ingredient to having a successful business was having a great idea. After starting my business nearly 12 years ago, I continued to come up with new ‘side’ ventures, thinking that I just had to find the ‘next best thing’. Some of these ‘brainwaves’ had some small successes. But about three years ago, I came to the realisation that I was already doing what I do best – I just needed to find better ways to do it, to suit my goals and aspirations. At the time, it wasn’t a particularly positive thought process! I felt a bit deflated and regretted the time, energy and resources I had put into those ‘big ideas’. It felt like I was admitting defeat and that I was now playing it safe. But about six months after this realisation and decision, I began to see a big difference in my bank account. Without even ‘trying’, the fact that I was now single-minded in my focus increased my profit. It was quite startling! I was able to see that giving my full attention to my core business increased my productivity and ability to see opportunities when

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they came along, instead of trying to ‘create’ them. I also realised how many valuable lessons I had learnt through these ventures: I was more confident in my abilities; I had expanded my network and contacts in the local community; I had less fear of stepping out and trying something different; and, I understood better that ‘ideas people’ don’t necessarily make for good leaders in business. Through this process, I also learnt to say no more often to the energy-sapping requests, and am now able to better seek out the more positive opportunities. Combined with this was learning to ignore the sceptics – those people are usually the ones who don’t have the fortitude to do what you are doing, so ignore them! Above all, after nearly 12 years in business, I can safely say that a key to being a successful entrepreneur or business owner is resilience. Even if the goal posts change, even if things are really tough, the ability to bounce back and push on is vital.

n a recent broadcast of ‘Q and A’ on the ABC, Melbourne journalist, Grace Collier, suggested that one way to find a job was to start a business. And at the Western Sydney Business Centre we see a lot of individuals who want to do just that. They come to us with an idea and we help them assess the merit of that idea. But even before then, you need to realise that running a small business is not a guaranteed cure to finding a job. The statistics related to start-up businesses are not encouraging. A report issued earlier this year by the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that of the businesses starting in the 2011-2012 period, over a quarter of them failed in the first year. By the end of the third year, half of those new businesses had folded. So how do you avoid this fate? By assessing the feasibility of the product/service as it stands in your intended market. This means talking to people, letting people examine your product or experience your service. To assess your feasibility identify the costs of running the business and add them

to your costs for living – e.g. groceries, clothing and health. If your business is capable of covering the total then it is financially feasible. But is there a market out there? Look at your product/service and determine who is likely to use it. Then talk to those people, interview them or offer a survey to complete. In that survey, or in that conversation, ask them how much they would pay for the product/service, offer at least three prices or price ranges. If they don’t wish to buy ask them why. A good pilot study is normally 20–50 people. The larger your target market, the more people you need to talk to. Analyse those responses to gain information about what price range to charge, features to include in the product/ service, and a profile of the market, so that you can enhance the appeal of your product and minimise the outgoing costs. Do this, and you have a better chance at avoiding business failure in the first three years of operation. For more information on this, give the Western Sydney Business Centre a call.

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hat do Mexico, India, China, Nigeria and Australia all have in common? The Prep class at The Lakes Christian College can tell you – GOOD FOOD! As part of their Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) subject, the delightful Prep students have been studying the tastes and delicacies of each of these countries as a method of exploring cultural difference. During Term 4, the class has been listening to stories from each country and they now know about their different flags, their variety of food and their unique animals. They’ve learnt that Australia has its own unique culture, people, animals and food too. They’ve also learnt that other countries are special in their own right, and that they have many friends who come from other countries at the school. The Lakes Christian College is happy to learn from them all as they share their stories.

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School holiday fun at Mamre Anglican College in January or most schools things slow down during the January holidays, but not at Mamre Anglican College. More than 200 children and just as many robots are expected to converge on the school in Kemps Creek from January 10 to 13. “We have joined forces with Western Enrichment Learning Lab to provide high quality school holiday workshops for not only our own students, but also for children from right across western Sydney,” School Principal, Cathie Graydon said. Western Enrichment Learning Lab (WELL) has been running workshops in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in Penrith since 2014 and is now moving permanently to Mamre Anglican College. “Our workshops are so popular we have some children who participate every school holidays,” Founder and Coordinator of WELL, Anthony Head said. “Junior Robots is our most popular

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2017 NRL DRAW ROUND 1: MAR 2-5

ROUND 5: MAR 30 - APR 2

ROUND 9: APR 27-30

STATE OF ORIGIN : MAY 31

Sharks vs. Broncos

Bulldogs vs. Broncos

Broncos vs. Panthers

Bulldogs vs. Storm

Roosters vs. Sea Eagles

Rabbitohs vs. Sea Eagles

Queensland v New South Wales SUNCORP STADIUM

Rabbitohs vs Tigers

Cowboys vs. Rabbitohs

Cowboys vs. Eels

Dragons vs. Panthers

Sharks vs. Knights

Titans vs. Knights

Cowboys vs. Raiders

Raiders vs. Eels

Bulldogs vs. Raiders

Titans vs. Roosters

Storm vs. Panthers

Tigers vs. Sharks

Warriors vs. Knights

Warriors vs. Titans

Warriors vs. Roosters

Sea Eagles vs. Eels

Tigers vs. Dragons

Dragons vs. Storm

ROUND 2: MAR 9-12

ROUND 6: APR 6-9

ROUND 10: MAY 11-14

ROUND 13: JUN 2-4

Roosters vs. Bulldogs

Broncos vs. Roosters

Bulldogs vs. Cowboys

Storm vs. Knights

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Knights vs. Bulldogs

Dragons vs. Sharks

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Titans vs. Raiders

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Tigers vs. Panthers

Warriors vs. Eels

Knights vs. Raiders

Bulldogs vs. Panthers

Dragons vs. Eels

Storm vs. Sharks

Roosters vs. Eels

Byes: Rabbitohs, Sharks

ROUND 3: MAR 16-19

ROUND 7: APR 14-17

ROUND 11: MAY 18-21

ROUND 14: JUN 8-12

Storm vs. Broncos

Bulldogs vs. Rabbitohs

Sharks vs. Cowboys

Sharks vs. Storm

Bulldogs vs. Warriors

Knights vs. Roosters

Warriors vs. Dragons

Sea Eagles vs. Knights

Titans vs. Eels

Broncos vs. Titans

Broncos vs. Tigers

Broncos vs. Rabbitohs

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Sea Eagles vs. Storm

Titans vs. Sea Eagles

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Panthers vs. Sharks

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Tigers vs. Roosters

Sharks vs. Dragons

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Bulldogs vs. Dragons

ROUND 4: MAR 23-26

ROUND 8: APR 21-25

ROUND 12: MAY 26-28

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STATE OF ORIGIN III: JUL 12

ROUND 22: AUG 3-6

ROUND 26: AUG 31 - SEP 3

New South Wales v Queensland ANZ STADIUM

Queensland v New South Wales SUNCORP STADIUM

Dragons vs. Rabbitohs

Roosters vs. Titans

Knights vs. Warriors

Sea Eagles vs. Panthers

Titans vs. Broncos

Storm vs. Raiders

Sharks vs. Raiders

Knights vs. Sharks

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Bulldogs vs. Eels

Cowboys vs. Broncos

Cowboys vs. Storm

Eels vs. Rabbitohs

Panthers vs. Tigers

Dragons vs. Bulldogs

QUALIFYING SEMI-FINALS SEPTEMBER 8-10

ROUND 16: JUN 23-25

ROUND 19: JUL 14-16

ROUND 23: AUG 10-13

Warriors vs. Bulldogs

Warriors vs. Panthers

Eels vs. Knights

Tigers vs. Titans

Raiders vs. Dragons

Dragons vs. Titans

Cowboys vs. Panthers

Knights vs. Broncos

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Raiders vs. Broncos

Titans vs. Sharks

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Sea Eagles vs. Tigers

Warriors vs. Raiders

Dragons vs. Knights

Rabbitohs vs. Cowboys

Rabbitohs vs. Bulldogs

Sharks vs. Sea Eagles

Broncos vs. Sharks

Byes: Eels, Rabbitohs

Byes: Bulldogs, Eels, Roosters, Storm

Tigers vs. Sea Eagles

ROUND 17: JUN 29 - JUL 2

ROUND 20: JUL 20-23

ROUND 24: AUG 17-20

Eels vs. Bulldogs

Broncos vs. Bulldogs

Rabbitohs vs. Warriors

Titans vs. Dragons

Roosters vs. Knights

Knights vs. Storm

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Dragons vs. Sea Eagles

Broncos vs. Dragons

Rabbitohs vs. Panthers

Tigers vs. Eels

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ROUND 18: JUL 7-9

ROUND 21: JUL 27 - AUG 30

ROUND 25: AUG 27-30

Roosters vs. Rabbitohs

Warriors vs. Sharks

Raiders vs. Knights

Panthers vs. Sea Eagles

Knights vs. Dragons

Warriors vs. Sea Eagles

Storm vs. Eels

Rabbitohs vs. Raiders

Sharks vs. Roosters

Bulldogs vs. Knights

Roosters vs. Cowboys

Storm vs. Rabbitohs

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Panthers vs. Dragons

Panthers vs. Bulldogs

Broncos vs. Eels

Eels vs. Broncos

Tigers vs. Cowboys

Titans vs. Tigers

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Singles group Fridays at 8.30pm

Penrith Singles 30 plus Social Meetup Group meet every Friday from 8.30pm. It’s a chance for locals to meet new people while listening to live music. Meeting at Penrith RSL Club in the Castle Lounge and Bar, single live band music lovers are encouraged to head to the meet up. Text Anton on 0418 254 229 for more details.

Aussie Night Markets

Wednesday, December 7

The Rotary Club of Penrith Valley will be holding their annual shopping night for the elderly and less able next week. Held on Wednesday, December 7, the shopping trip will be held at Big W in Westfield Penrith from 6pm to 8pm. The long partnership between the Rotary Club of Penrith Valley and Big W, provides elderly residents with some time to do Christmas shopping in a quiet environment. With no cost involved, locals can call 0414 789 569 if they would like to participate. All residents of retirement villages, the elderly and less able are invited.

Christmas cakes Penrith Lions Club

Penrith Lions Club are selling their annual Lions Traditional Christmas Cakes and Puddings in the local area. Proceeds from the sales go to a number of worthy charitable organisations. Contact Barry on 4731 2851 for details.

December 7, 14 and 21

Over 45 food stalls and food trucks will be in Penrith for the next three weeks when The Aussie Night Markets begin. Running on Wednesday, December 7, December 14, and December 21, from 5pm to 10pm, the markets will be held on the island at the Sydney International Regatta Centre. Entry is free with plenty of entertainment for the kids at the community focused event. For more information, call 0438 882 496.

Lung Support Group

Regular Kingswood meetings Lung Support Group for Nepean Puffers and Wheezers meets on the second Wednesday of each month at Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre. Running from 10am, the group is a member of the Australian Lung Foundation and covers people suffering from asthma and various other respiratory disorders. Contact Gloria on 4733 8926.

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Family fun day at Greygums Oval Sunday, December 4 from 10am-1pm

Local Aussie Rules football club the Penrith Giants will be hosting a family fun day this Sunday. A family oriented club, there’s a range of entertainment and festivities for everyone to enjoy, including Santa Claus making his arrival, the famous GWS Giants Kicking Zone and bouncing castle, as well as footy games. President of Penrith Giants, Ronan McNally, said they’re excited to host the family fun day out. “We want the families involved in our club to know Greygums Oval is a place where they can have fun and where all are welcome, regardless of ability,” he said. “This weekend’s fun day will be huge with more games and inflatables to play with.” For anyone interested in registering their child for the 2017 season, the club will also be accepting registrations on the day. The event will run from 10am to 1pm at Greygums Oval, Greygums Road, Cranebrook. Contact Ronan McNally on 0411 648 702 for more details.

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ohnny Edwards has made a career out of impersonating some of the world’s coolest performers. From 1993 to 2004 he took on the role of The King, becoming one of the most acclaimed Elvis tribute acts in the business. To his fans Elvis may have been a music icon, but to Johnny he was so much more. “It was more like idiolising a superhero in a way,” he explained. “He was a guy who could sing, was good looking, could fight, and wore the best clothes of anybody in any movie he was ever in,” he laughed. Johnny’s role as Elvis also led to his appearance in the film ‘3000 Miles to Graceland’, starring alongside Hollywood heavyweights Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell. “The funny thing about it is they were more enamoured at what we do for a living than we were at what they do for a living,” Johnny laughed. “They were impressed that we have to become somebody every night and be believable in front of a live audience; with them it’s take one and if it doesn’t happen you do another take. So it was kind of nice when you get people who are already in the business and looked up to, have a respect for what you do.”

Though Elvis helped open many doors it was Johnny’s love for Dean Martin, a member of the infamous Rat Pack, that led him to hang up his white Elvis jumpsuit for good. Luckily the change of icons wasn’t too much of a stretch. “With Dean Martin, there was a guy who was always the best dressed, could sing, was good looking, was always fighting to save Jerry and always got the girl in the end,” Johnny said. “So it was kind of cool that I went from Elvis to Dean and really didn’t have to change too much other than my hairstyle and my tuxedo.” These days the talented impersonator is a member of the long-running, awardwinning production ‘The Rat Pack is Back’, which will be heading to the Evan Theatre at Penrith Panthers Leagues Club next Friday. The show will feature all the greatest hits from the legendary trio of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin. It’s no easy task taking on some of the most unique and iconic performers show business has ever produced, especially a group like The Rat Pack, who are well known for their unique personalities and unexpected performances. “With the Rat Pack not everything they did on stage was planned, but when you’re good at what you do it seems effortless,” Johnny said.

“That’s the hard part, making it look like it’s effortless.” The Rat Pack from Vegas will be on at the Evan Theatre on Friday, December

9 at 8pm. Tickets are $46.55. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.penrith.panthers.com.au or call 4720 5555.

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Christmas 2016 with mirror balls, flares and classic disco hits. The Disco Inferno Christmas Dinner Show will be on at the Evan Theatre on Saturday, December 3 with dinner at 7pm and show at 8pm. Tickets are $55-$60 for dinner and show, or $20-$25 for show only. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.penrith. panthers.com.au or call 4720 5555.

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Along with duo and group performances, ‘Jukebox Magic’ will also feature solo performances including ‘The Great Pretender’ by Crystal Hook and ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ by Katie Hensley. So rug up and head to Penrith Ice Palace – located in Pattys Place, Jamisontown – for a performance that’s sure to be cool as ice. ‘Jukebox Magic’ will be on at Penrith Ice Palace on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday December 11 at 5pm. Tickets are $12 or $40 for a family of four and can be purchased from Penrith Ice Palace before or on the night (cash only for tickets at the door). For more information, call 4733 2611.

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EDITED BY Kate Reid To submit a gig, email the details to kate.reid@westernweekender.com.au or call us on 4722 2998

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 Dean’s Karaoke with Freddie Venue: Penrith Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 4721 2060 Acoustic Soloist Venue: Red Cow Free entry, 4.30pm 4721 5666 Social Darts Venue: St Marys Band Club $3, 7pm 9623 1211 Mary’s DJ Venue: Australian Arms Hotel Free entry, 9pm 4731 3881 Steptoe & Son Dinner Show Venue: Rooty Hill RSL $80, 7.30pm 9677 4916 You Can Dance Performing Arts Studio Venue: The Joan $16-$30, 6.30pm 4723 7600 Oz Rock Revival Venue: St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Us Too Venue: Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 8pm 4722 8180 Blake Tailor Venue: Oriental Hotel, Springwood Free entry, 8pm 4751 4488 IronBark Rock Venue: Colonial Hotel Free entry, 8pm 9623 1384 Jed Zarb Venue: Wallacia Hotel Free entry, 7pm 4773 8888 80s Disco Venue: Jamison Hotel Free entry, 9pm 4721 5764

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 Big Yard Bird Band Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm

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4728 5200 Karaoke Venue: Jamison Hotel Free entry, 7.30pm 4721 5764 Mary’s Karaoke Venue: Australian Arms Hotel Free entry, 9pm 4731 3881 Live Entertainment Venue: Club Paceway Free entry, 6.30pm 4721 2375 Disco Inferno – Christmas Dinner Show Venue: Evan Theatre Show: $20-$25, Show and Dinner: $55-$60, 7pm 4720 5555 You Can Dance Performing Arts Studio Venue: The Joan $16-$30, 3.30pm and 6.30pm 4723 7600 The Frocks Venue: St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Soundbird Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Tony Charlton Venue: Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 7pm 4722 8180

Christmas Cabaret Lunch Venue: Rooty Hill RSL $20, 11am 9677 4916 Deans Karaoke with Freddie Venue: Penrith Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 4721 2060 Acoustic Soloist Venue: Red Cow Free entry, 4.30pm 4721 5666 Social Darts Venue: St Marys Band Club $3, 7pm 9623 1211 Mary’s DJ Venue: Australian Arms Hotel Free entry, 9pm 4731 3881 The Rat Pack From Vegas Venue: Evan Theatre $46.55, 8pm 4720 5555 Old School Band Venue: St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 The Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue Show Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Backlash Venue: Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 8pm 4722 8180

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 Hester Frazer Venue: St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 1pm 9677 7777 Buckshot Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Handel’s Messiah Venue: The Joan $44-$54, 3pm 4723 7600 Blake Tailor Venue: Terrace Bar at Panthers Free entry, 3.30pm 1800 061 991

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Clive Hay Venue: Colonial Hotel Free entry, 4pm 9623 1384

Karaoke Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 6pm 9623 1211

Mike Hallam Hot Five Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Karaoke Venue: Jamison Hotel Free entry, 7.30pm 4721 5764 Mary’s Karaoke Venue: Australian Arms Hotel Free entry, 9pm 4731 3881 Live Entertainment Venue: Club Paceway Free entry, 6.30pm 4721 2375

Salute to the Boyz from Oz – Dinner Show Venue: Evan Theatre Show: $20-$25, Show and Dinner: $55-$60, 7pm 4720 5555 Raising the Barre Venue: The Joan $22-$38, 2pm 4723 7600 GWS Academy of Ballet – Mise en Scene Venue: The Joan $20-$26, 6.30pm 4723 7600 Too Many Guitars Venue: St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 The Frocks Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Steppin Out Venue: Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 7pm 4722 8180 The Beatles No. 1’s Show Venue: Blacktown Workers Club $25-$30, 8pm 9830 0600

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 Gemz Dance Academy Annual Concert Venue: The Joan $28, children under two free, 11am 4723 7600 Terry Batu Venue: St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 1pm 9677 7777 Soloist Venue: Jamison Hotel Free entry, 1pm 4721 5764 The Shuffle Boys Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Karaoke Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 6pm 9623 1211

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Rated M // KATE REID First there was ‘Jaws’, now there’s ‘The Shallows’. Sharks are on the attack again in this ocean thriller that will have audiences on the edge of their seats. Nancy (Blake Lively) is a surfer who heads out to find her next perfect wave off the coast of a secluded section of beach. But things take a dangerous turn when she’s attacked by a great white shark. Only 200 yards from the shore Nancy must use her wits to help her survive. Those with a keen eye for locations might notice that ‘The Shallows’ was filmed in our own backyard, in the pristine waters of Lord Howe Island off the coast of NSW.

While ‘animal-attacks-human’ films have become a pretty popular sub genre, ‘The Shallows’ has been praised by critics as being more engaging than its often clichéd counterparts. Blake Lively has also been commended for her captivating onscreen performance.

The film was directed by Jaume ColletSara, who clearly has a love for all things thriller having worked on the action blockbuster ‘Non-Stop’ with Liam Neeson and horror films like ‘Orphan’. This is the perfect summertime movie, if you’re brave enough. Grab your copy of ‘The Shallows’ now!

CINEMA Trolls

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Watch Dogs 2

Rated MA • PS4, Xbox One, PC // KATE REID Explore the dark side of the digital world with ‘Watch Dogs 2’. It’s 2016 and an advanced operating system known as ctOS 2.0 has been implemented in several US cities in a bid to create a more efficient and safer metropolis. Gamers will take on the role of Marcus Holloway, a young San Francisco-based hacker who teams up with a notorious group of hackers known as DedSec. Together they aim to take down ctOS 2.0 after they learn that corrupt corporations have been using the system to track and control citizens. ‘Watch Dogs 2’ offers dynamic openworld gameplay along with a brand new seamless multiplayer experience. There’s a range of hacker tools available including Quadcopter drones, RC cars and 3D printed weapons. If you loved ‘Watch Dogs’, this is not only a great follow-up, but an incredible step forward.

Remember those cute little toy trolls with the crazy bright coloured hair that you had as a kid? Well now they’re animated and coming to life on the big screen in the new cinematic release, ‘Trolls’. ‘Trolls’ is a smart, irreverent, and

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family friendly comedy from Dreamworks and the creators of ‘Shrek’. Starring Anna Kendrick as Poppy, and Justin Timberlake as Branch, the film takes audiences into the colourful, wondrous world of the overly optimistic Trolls, who live a life filled with music. Then there’s the comically pessimistic Bergens, who only find themselves happy when they have a troll in their stomach. Along with Kendrick and Timberlake,

the film also stars Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel, Gwen Stefani, John Cleese and James Corden. With a soundtrack of original music from Justin Timberlake, and plenty of hair-raising adventures, this is one musical ride that the whole family will enjoy. ‘Trolls’ is currently showing at Hoyts Penrith, inside Westfield. For more information and session times, visit www.hoyts.com.au.

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Ê Channel Seven have announced ‘Carols in the Domain’ will air on Sunday, December 18 at 8.30pm. ‘Sunrise’ presenters David Koch, Samantha Armytage, Natalie Barr and Mark Beretta will once again host Sydney’s famous carolling event. Acts appearing this year include Dami Im, Leo Sayer, Shannon Noll, Todd McKenney, Ky Baldwin, Mark Vincent, Jay Laga’aia, The McClymonts, Doug Parkinson, Georgie Parker, John Paul Young, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

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Ê Channel Nine are interested in stealing the Big Bash League cricket from Channel Ten, according to reports. It’s understood Nine want every piece of cricket they can possibly get, and that includes the hugely successful Big Bash competition. Ê Just when you thought we had too many dating shows on TV, Channel Seven is now casting for another one. Titled ‘Forever Love’, the show asks people whether they are willing to travel to the most romantic parts of the world and step outside their comfort zone, to find true love. To apply, visit go.mycastingnet. com/Apply/Show/ForeverLove. Ê

Peter Stefanovic is giving up his cushy presenting role on ‘Weekend Today’ to move to ‘60 Minutes’ as a full-time reporter. It’s unclear who will replace him on ‘Weekend Today’.

Ê One of the best personalities on TV at the moment, James Corden, will host next year’s ‘Grammy Awards’. ‘The Late Late Show’ host, who recently hosted the ‘Tony Awards’, will succeed ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ star LL Cool J, who departs

BARRY DECEMBER 16 NETFLIX after a five-year run. ‘The Grammys’ will be broadcast live from the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on FOX8 from midday on Monday, February 13.

Ê US reality series ‘Duck Dynasty’ has been axed after 11 seasons. The show currently airs on A&E on Foxtel. Ê The highly anticipated ‘Mariah’s World’ will be fast-tracked to E! on Monday, December 5 at 1pm (with a 9.30pm replay later that night). The eight-part

event will give an inside look at the superstar’s life, evolving professional career and complicated personal relationships. It’s understood James Packer, who she recently split with, will be included in the show in some capacity.

Ê Netflix has announced ‘Barry’, the bio drama on a young Barrack Obama, will debut on December 16. The film stars newcomer Devon Terrell, who was born in the US but raised in Australia. It also stars Ashley Judd and Jenna Elfman.

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ARIES

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With the Sun in Sagittarius, plus Mars visiting Aquarius, you’re in Ram freedom-bunny mode! Then – on Wednesday – Uranus gives your adventure gene another giant boost. So this week will work best if you experiment and explore, stretch well beyond your comfort zone, and fraternise with a bohemian crowd. But a trip or business project could be delayed or re-scheduled. So strive to be patient and just take things as they come.

TAURUS

Communicating with work colleagues will be enjoyable this week, as you spark ideas off each other and express your feelings openly and sincerely. But resist the urge to take on more than you can realistically handle. And with Venus shifting into your career zone (from Thursday until January 3) it’s the perfect time to spruce up your work desk or office space.

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A loved one may surprise you by making an unexpected move. Your first reaction is probably the best one, as long as you honestly express what’s really on your mind. The more you combine your creative talents the more stimulating the week will be. Attached Lions – it’s time to reboot a long-term relationship with a romantic rendezvous. Singles – don’t sit around waiting for your soul mate to magically appear. Be proactive.

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Virgos prefer things to run efficiently and smoothly but there’s unpredictable energy about on Wednesday, so drop the perfectly planned schedule and take things as they come. And is your financial situation less than fabulous? Money matters get a welcome boost this week as Jupiter sends a lucky opportunity your way. But avoid going on a spontaneous spending spree on the weekend!

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With Mars moving through your international zone, it’s time to expand your world via travel, study, new friendships or foreign contacts. You’re keen to link up with like-minded people and, for some lucky singles, love is waiting online. But relations with a loved one will be challenging on the weekend. If you maintain a positive attitude and are serious about finding a practical solution, then things will turn out fine.

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The focus is firmly on friends, as Mars moves through your friendship zone. But don’t let your peer group influence you too much. The planets encourage you to be your own person and do your own thing. So your motto for the moment is from Jim Morrison: “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself”. Creativity is high on the weekend. But don’t let your tendency to gossip come between you and others.

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When it comes to personal and professional matters, strive to get the balance right. Mars and Uranus encourage you to venture outside your cave as you explore and experiment. If you connect and collaborate with like-minded souls, then the sky’s the limit. On the weekend, stable Saturn reminds you to keep and consolidate the things in your daily life that are working out well.

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The planets send an unexpected opportunity your way. But you must recognise good fortune when it comes along or it will pass you by. Home is where the heart is when peace planet Venus moves through your domestic zone. So it’s the perfect time to deal with family members in a cool, calm and diplomatic fashion. Singles – you could meet your soul mate via an introduction from a relative.

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NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

This week’s stars celebrate and strengthen your inner teacher/mentor/ coach. So don’t underestimate (and undervalue) your natural ability to encourage others to achieve their personal best. Your motto for the moment is from fellow Sagittarian Walt Disney: “I think of myself as a little bee. I go from one area of the Studio to another and gather pollen and sort of stimulate everybody. I guess that’s the job I do”.

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CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

This week the planets help you power through projects with plenty of enthusiasm and a practical plan. So don’t waste the opportunity to get things done! The combination of energy and endurance is a winning double. But avoid being uncharacteristically rash with cash and credit. And is it time to embrace your inner humanitarian, as you contribute your considerable talents to a local group?

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On Wednesday, Mars links up with your ruler Uranus so it’s time to be crazy brave as you take a calculated risk on an ambitious project. Don’t try and do it all on your own though. The more you involve others (from family and friends to work colleagues and social media contacts) the more your embryonic plans will blossom and grow in exciting and unexpected ways! With Venus vamping into your sign, you’ll be at your bohemian best.

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Artistic inspiration is high this week but don’t waste precious time daydreaming. Do your best to turn creative ideas into a tangible form. And strive to be creative, and compassionate. Pleasure planet Venus moves through your spirituality zone from Thursday, so pace yourself Pisces, slow down, and enjoy looking within. Solo time – via yoga, meditation or contemplation – is essential for you.

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In Australia the average cost of falls prevention currently sits higher than the cost of car accidents. Falls are increasing at a rate that is out of control and by 2015 the annual bill increased to $1.4 billion. One in three people over the age of 65 and one in two people over the age of 80 are at risk of a fall that will lead to a serious injury. For people over the age of 65, you are three times more likely to end up in hospital after a fall. Risk factors that can contribute to falls include; strength, balance, coordination, walking speed, gait imbalances, poor vision, medication and reduced sensation of lower limbs. Exercise can help to improve most risk factors associated with falls and decrease your chance of falling. A study that was recently completed in Australia concluded that three hours of high challenging balance exercise per week slashed your risk of falling by 40 per cent or more. Exercise for falls prevention will cover the five main points below as well as work on improving your general cardiovascular fitness.

1. Strengthen your lower limbs: This will help with your ability to stop yourself from falling or recover after tripping or slipping. Stronger lower limb muscles, especially the calf muscles, can significantly reduce your risk of falls. 2. Gait imbalances: This will help to improve walking stride, stride length and help minimise your risk of tripping over your own feet. Gait training should also focus on your ability to walk properly using walking aids. 3. Balance and coordination: High chal-

lenging balance exercises are proven to help reduce the risk of falls. 4. Upper limb strength: This will help with your falls recovery strategies and give you the ability to pick yourself up after a fall or increase your ability to access a device to call for help. 5. Walking speed: A minimum walking speed of 3km/h is recommended to stay safely active within the community. Falls prevention classes are run at OnePoint Health every Thursday at 10am. See you there!

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Julie Fletcher Nepean Swim and Fitness julie@nepeanswim.com.au nepeanaquaticcentre.com.au and on Facebook

Everyone deserves to feel safe when doing sport. Every employee and consumer deserves to feel safe, no matter whether they’re working or enjoying some retail therapy or recreation. This is why businesses, including ours, have safety policies in place, and this extends to our online presence. We’d like our social media community to reflect the positive, cooperative and fun environment we enjoy at our centres. Social media is incredibly fun, but in some cases it’s taken too far. And we’re seeing it more and more. Across the board our police, paramedics and nurses are being insulted, intimidated, and verbally and physically abused on a daily basis. Online, keyboard warriors sit in the safety of their homes and make terrible assumptions, accusations and threats, armed with very little information, a mob mentality and a whole lot of misdirected anger. I often see situations where parents who have lost their child to drowning have their grief, guilt and misery compounded by people passing judgement and assigning blame

on social media, all at a time when these parents need our sympathy and compassion. It could happen to anyone. How did it come to this? The attitude of parents influences the environment in which we learn. Especially at this time of year, with stress levels rising, it’s important to remember that we are our children’s biggest influencers and they learn from our every action. We’re lucky in that the vast majority of our customers behave in an appropriate manner, but I know a lot of organisations who don’t enjoy the same. It’s for these customers that I must reiterate that safety is always our number one concern and at no time will we tolerate verbal abuse or threats of physical violence in any capac-

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Summer’s most important high functioning accessory has to be a pair of signature shades. Not only do they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays but they can also complete your outfit. Whether it’s a beach holiday or Friday drinks on steamy afternoons the right pair of sunglasses will always play a vital role in your style wardrobe. This summer ‘16 is all about the comeback of the retro shades! Vintage inspired sunglasses are becoming more popular than ever. Look out for some grunge-style Kurt Cobain shades made with bold plastic frames in white or red. For a sundrenched hippy vibe to wear on the beach look to classic 70’s aviators with a yellow tint lens. Supermodel Bella Hadid has been seen rocking a red pair with smaller rounder frames taking 90’s coolness to another level. At Westfield Penrith, Jay Jays have the Valentina love heart sunglasses in gold, perfect for your unique style, wear out in

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It’s only three weeks ‘til Christmas! Now I know that I’ve probably stressed some of you out with that statement but take a deep breath and read on. Yes it’s true that Christmas can be hectic, but with a little planning and organisation it can also be a joyous, and delicious, time of year. Buy what you can early and keep an eye out for bargains Christmas has a knack for destroying the bank balance, so over the next few weeks keep an eye out for items that are on sale. Consider purchasing anything with a long shelf life now so all you have to worry about later is fresh food. Also, be sure to stash your food haul out of sight, you don’t want to go to the pantry on Christmas Eve and find the chips and lollies have gone missing! Consider pre-packaged sides, bulk cooking and freezable items Cute little bite sized eats may look nice, but they can also lead to a lot of unnecessary stress and preparation time come Christmas Day.

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Christmas Day is fast approaching but according to Reverend John, you don’t need to wait until December 25 to celebrate Jesus’ birth...

Rev John Lavender www.glenmorepark anglican.com.au and on Facebook

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In the years leading up to the birth of Jesus, there was a great sense of expectation in Ancient Israel. Life was not as it should be. Yet, the people knew that God had promised to turn things around. The Bible tells us about Simeon, a man who “was waiting for Israel to be saved”. When Simeon first saw Jesus shortly after his birth, he knew that his wait was over. We read how when Simeon saw Jesus, he cried out to God in prayer, “With my own eyes I have seen your salvation”. Simeon knew that in sending Jesus, God had kept his promise. A new hope had been born; light and life had come to the world. Now at last, Simeon had peace! All of us are waiting for something; for holidays, for school to finish, for life to take a turn for the better. Waiting for Christmas! As we read these words from the Bible, we know that for so many of the things for which we wait, they will not bring the relief for which we were hoping.

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This little fella is 8 years old and if his owners don’t come in the next few days he will be In need of a new home. He is a friendly boy that is a bit unsure about the shelter environment at the moment but really who can blame him!

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You don’t have to wait for Christmas Day to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the one who was born to save us, to give us peace and real hope. Today, you can look to Jesus and put your hope in him, and like Simeon, you too can know that your wait is over! See you next week.

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eigning Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) champions the Sydney Thunder will return to Penrith later this month for backto-back matches against the Adelaide Strikers. Following a successful fixture at Howell Oval last year, the Thunder girls will hit the famous Penrith cricket pitch for two matches against Adelaide on Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17. Speaking with the Weekender, Penrith Mayor John Thain said he’ll be one of the many thousands of locals in attendance. “Limited overs cricket is unpredictable and it’s exciting. I really hope the community comes out and supports our team,” he said. “The village-style atmosphere we have at Howell Oval is just iconic for cricket, and I’m confident everyone will turn out and support the Thunder.” The exciting announcement comes off the back of the news that local Penrith Cricket Club member Mikayla Hinkley has signed a new one-year deal to return to the Thunder this season. The 18-year-old all-rounder, who made her WBBL debut last summer in Penrith, will once again don the famous lime green for another season after an outstanding year saw her debut for the NSW Breakers. “Coming off such a successful year there’s nothing more I could have asked for than to renew my contract with the Thunder,” Hinkley told the Weekender. “It’s going to be a great season and a well-rounded competition again this year. It’ll be a challenge but an exciting one.” The Thunder took out last season’s inaugural WBBL title after defeating crosstown rivals the Sydney Sixers in the WBBL Final back in January. Hinkley said she’s looking forward to returning to familiar territory with her Thunder teammates. “I’m absolutely stoked we’ve got two games here at Howell Oval,” she said. “The atmosphere last year was incredible – none of us had experienced an atmosphere quite like it before.”

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Ironman Grit and determination proves the difference at Ironman 70.3 NATHAN TAYLOR

elbourne’s Annabel Luxford took out her second straight Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney last Sunday, while Brisbane’s Dan Wilson claimed his first Ironman 70.3 title. Held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith, Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney was contested by more than 1000 competitors from around Australia and the globe. “I’m really happy to come back today and grab the win. It’s never easy to come back and get the win again, but you couldn’t have asked for better conditions, it started to get warm towards the end,” Luxford said after the race. “The crowd support was fantastic, the other athletes pushed me, I’m really happy.” For Dan Wilson, it was the perfect end to a year that started with a run of injuries that kept him from racing. His last month had been career defining as he added the Noosa Triathlon – Australia’s most prestigious Olympic distance title – to his trophy cabinet and last weekend recorded his first Ironman 70.3 win.

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rskine Park’s Chameleon Reserve is putting on a new face for sporting users, spectators and the community with a brand new amenity and storage building alongside the existing netball courts. The new amenities block consists of two toilet units, an accessible toilet, a unisex ambulant facility, a small service area and a storeroom. Resurfacing work has also started, which will improve the quality of the netball courts after years of damage from vandals. Penrith Mayor, John Thain, said the new amenities will attract and encourage players wanting to participate in sporting and recreational activities at the ground. “Chameleon Reserve, Erskine Park, has long served the local community as a recreation area with Erskine Park Eagles Netball Club playing there for more than 24 years,” he said. Funding of $150,000 was provided under the Public Open Space Reinvestment Project as well as through s94 Developer Contributions. The club was also successful in attaining

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Penrith Mayor, John Thain, with members of the Erskine Park Eagles Netball Club a $25,000 grant from the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation. “The new amenities block is something we’ve been waiting for for a very long time – 14 years to be exact,” Erskine Park Eagles President, Lynn Devis said. “The number one reason we needed it so badly was because children would often have to go home to use the amenities because we didn’t have any other local public toilets within the area at all. “This would in-turn disrupt training schedules and it wasn’t convenient for anyone.”

Devis said the club, including its players and coaching staff, were very appreciative of the much-needed addition. “Everyone is very happy because it has been a long time coming,” she said. “I want to thank Penrith Council and the State Government for the funds.” Chameleon Reserve isn’t the only local sporting facility to receive a facelift, with Penrith Council recently completing the installation of a new $145,000 irrigation system at Howell Oval. Construction of a new amenity building at Cranebrook Park is also due for completion.

Just a few weeks ago he was proudly showcasing Penrith’s 2017 jersey but forward Chris Grevsmuhl has now parted ways with the club. The Panthers confirmed last week that 23-year-old Grevsmuhl had been granted an immediate release from his contract with the club. In a statement, the Panthers said Grevsmuhl needed to deal with “issues of a personal nature”. “The club has agreed to the release on compassionate grounds, to give Grevsmuhl the time away from the game that he requires,” the statement said. Grevsmuhl played 14 NRL games for the Panthers after joining the club from the South Sydney Rabbitohs midway through the 2016 season.

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Cartwright name lives on at Penrith Story continued from » p. 72 “To be here with my cousin is unreal, it’s good I can continue on that name at Penrith,” Cartwright said. “Having two Cartwrights playing in the one team is definitely a goal of mine. There’s a lot of hard work before that can happen, but I’m very hopeful.” One person who was very happy to hear Cartwright was moving back home was his father and current Manly Sea Eagles assistant coach John Cartwright. The Cartwright name is synonymous with Penrith, with John winning a premiership at the club in 1991 and grandfather Merv one of the founding fathers. “I consulted with Dad about the move, he’s obviously very proud especially because his Dad (Merv) was very instrumental in getting the club started,” Cartwright said. “Dad’s always there if I need advice plus I’ve got the coaches here at Penrith to help me as well.” Cartwright, who made the NSW U20’s squad last year, said his goal for 2017 is to stay fit and make his NRL debut. “Over these next 12 months I want to stay on the park as much as I can,” he said. “If I’m able to do that then hopefully I’m playing good footy, and then get a debut – that would be unreal.”

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n a shock move, the Panthers have put an end to their plans to play a home game in Christchurch each year, moving the match back to Pepper Stadium in Penrith. The Panthers played two ‘home’ games at away venues last season, one against the Warriors in Christchurch and another against Canberra in Bathurst. The Bathurst game is part of Penrith’s 2017 schedule, announced last week, but it’s understood Panthers coach Anthony Griffin was one of the key figures behind a push to bring the Christchurch match back home. CEO Brian Fletcher, Chairman Dave O’Neill and the Board were supportive of the move, clearly indicating the importance of two competition points and building the best possible presence in Penrith are key priorities for the club. Panthers fans will have to wait until round three for the first home game of the 2017 NRL season, with the Panthers on the road for the opening fortnight. Penrith will open their 2017 campaign against St George-Illawarra on Saturday, March 4 at 4.30pm at Kogarah. Penrith then head to Campbelltown to take on the Wests Tigers in round two on

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“Fans will be able to see two games live on Fridays and, while the early game may present some challenges in terms of attendances, we think it will be a big hit,” he said. Penrith spend the first month of the competition in Sydney before travelling to Melbourne in round five to take on the Storm AAMI Park. Penrith will host plenty of big matches at Pepper Stadium but one key fixture missing is a home game against arch rivals Parramatta. NRL Draw poster: See pages 36-37.

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IRONKIDS: Congratulations to young Cranebrook triathlete Brody Hull, who achieved outstanding results at last weekend’s Ironkids event at the Sydney International Regatta Centre. The Samuel Terry Public student finished first in the nine-year-old boys category and was also the fastest boy in the 7-10 years age category. Brody finished in third place overall

in the mixed 7-10 years age category. A-LEAGUE: The Western Sydney Wanderers remain undefeated at Spotless Stadium but would have wanted all three points after a dominant display in a 1-1 draw against the Brisbane Roar last Friday. After three draws in their opening three matches at Spotless, the Wanderers earned another point through a second half goal from Japanese import Jumpei after Jamie Maclaren opened the scoring for Brisbane from the penalty spot. The result gives the Wanderers their fifth draw of the season. This Saturday afternoon the Wanderers take on the Central Coast Mariners at Central Coast Stadium. W-LEAGUE: The Western Sydney Wanderers were left frustrated at missed chances as a dominant first half was not rewarded in a 2-0 loss to the Brisbane Roar last weekend. A strong first half in which the Wanderers controlled play was spoiled with two lapses of concentration and the home team were not able to recover in the second half. The Wanderers enjoy a bye this weekend before resuming next week against Melbourne Victory. Y-LEAGUE: The Western Sydney Wanderers have shot to the top of the National Youth League table after swatting aside Sydney FC 3-0 in a devastating performance last Sunday at Marconi Stadium.


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Jed feels right at home NATHAN TAYLOR

ew Penrith Panthers recruit Jed Cartwright said he feels right at home, playing for the club that means so much to him. The 20-year-old signed a three-year deal with the Panthers after departing the Gold Coast Titans at the end of last season. It’s understood club bosses had been attempting for years to lure the Warragamba junior and son of Panthers legend John Cartwright to the club. Speaking after a recent training session, Cartwright said he was happy to be back in familiar territory. “It’s a familiar area because I grew up here but I hadn’t been back in a while,” he said. “I’ve pretty much supported the Panthers my whole life, even though my ‘old man’ was up on the Gold Coast. “I’ve always had a soft spot for the Panthers and I’m glad I’m here.” The young backrower’s move to Penrith means the club is now flush with two Cartwrights, with older cousin Bryce already carving out a name for himself in first grade. Story continues on » p. 70

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Jed Cartwright is ready to make a name for himself at the Panthers. Photo: Melinda Jane

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