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CLINIC MUST GO There are plenty of great changes about to happen in St Marys, but the methadone clinic is still proving to be a challenge according to St Marys shop owner Steve Perry. Chairperson of the newly reformed St Marys Town Centre Limited, the organisation charged with the management and improvement of St Marys, Mr Perry said a number of great initiatives are in the pipeline to attract visitors to Queen Street.

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Bridge backlash Michael Patterson, Cr Jim Aitken, Cr Marcus Cornish, Robin McKay and Cr Kevin Crameri inspect Victoria Bridge. Photo: Melinda Jane.

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design, however, after unrest about the impact on rowing along the Nepean River, Penrith City Council voted for a Ki Studio design that was never distributed to the public as an option. In April 2013, the RMS endorsed the Ki Studio design. Emu Plains resident, Eileen Ross, said she does not like the current bridge design. “I originally voted for the ‘S’ Bridge, and never had an opportunity to comment on the bridge that is being presented to us now,” she said. “If a pedestrian bridge has to be built is should be next to Victoria Bridge.” Penrith Councillor Jim Aitken said that he had “no confidence” in the RMS. Story continues on Page Six

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Pop-up park trial slammed by business owners at western end of High Street It’s Penrith’s newest place to relax but the new Triangle Park is causing plenty of controversy. Council says it’s about to start a new phase of implementation...

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enrith’s Triangle Park, built on the space where High Street once met Henry Street in the CBD, has divided shopkeepers, with some labelling the idea a failure. Opened on October 21, the park was built as part of a multi-million dollar project, trialling the idea of closing High Street between Riley Street and Henry Street and replacing the roadway with a grassed area, park benches, picnic tables, trees, gardens and other seating areas. It was constructed with the hopes of bringing people to the west end of High Street but according to one local business that has been struggling since the park was fi rst constructed, the result has been the opposite. “It’s hard for us because we are the forgotten end of Penrith. We’re always trying to think of ways to get people to pay more attention to us but Council has just gone and camouflaged us basically – made it a lot harder for us,” said Ryan Perry of SugarCritterz Cake Decorating Supplies. “When we had the bit of road running through, people were driving past and would come in store and say, ‘we just saw you’. Since they put [the park] up, people have moved away.” Mr Perry told the Weekender that the

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business, owned by his sister Lisa Perry, had recorded a $1,000 loss per week since construction began. The area is home to a wide range of businesses including restaurants, hair and beauty salons and fashion stores, some of which also have concerns. “It is too early to say at the moment but I do think that it is a bit quiet at the moment – there used to be cars driving through and it was better then,” said Hany Koro, owner of Avoca Woodfi red Pizza. “It is better for business if there are more families around but I don’t know if they will come. It is nice and relaxing but not many people know about it.” Hollie Salame, co-owner of Boutique Hair and Beauty, told the Weekender that she enjoyed having the park in front of her business, but isn’t keen on the aesthetics. “I don’t really like the look of it. The concrete blocks are ugly – they could have at least painted them or something and they need more flowers. It is too green and boring,” she said. Penrith City Council said that it has recently begun a new phase of the park’s implementation to attract more people to the area through day and evening events. “The idea of the pop up park is to trial how it is used by the community and any affects on business. Feedback is vitally important to make sure we get this right and we appreciate all comments,” a Council spokesperson said. “We will continue to talk to business owners directly to ascertain potential improvements particularly to the activation program because business owners are an integral part of the trial.”

Lisa Perry’s business has lost thousands of dollars since the Triangle Park was implemented.

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Pyne saved by his PM As far as political botch-ups go, Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne wins the Gold medal. In the space of a week, Mr Pyne did more backfl ips over education funding than an Olympic gymnast and created the same chaos and dysfunction that the Coalition had been so adamant would not occur with them in charge. Tony Abbott rightly stepped in on Monday to clean up Mr Pyne’s mess – it was obvious, with the drama failing to die down a week after the initial story broke, that this was not going away. Mr Abbott clearly knew that the red faces caused by taking a step back to the “unity ticket” would be much better than three years of debate over education funding. It was important that he avoided a “there will be no Carbon Tax under the Government I lead” moment – and he successfully did that by intervening on Monday, and had a small win by adding $1.2 billion to the overall deal. For Mr Abbott, it showed reasonably good leadership and a legitimate effort to get the Government back on track. As for Mr Pyne, one wonders if he wouldn’t be better suited to a Ministry more befitting his ability. I’ll let you know when I fi nd one. An NBN update A few weeks ago I wrote about my experience trying to connect to the National Broadband Network (NBN). I’m happy to report that the problems I was experiencing have been rectified, and I’m now connected to Julia and Kevin’s parting gift. Yes, it’s bloody fast. Not quite the mammoth leap from dial-up to ADSL, but still a huge leap and thus far, reliably quick browsing speeds. It obviously loses some speed when you connect wirelessly, but it’s still much faster than the previous connection. Overall, it is simply brilliant – the novelty hasn’t worn off yet and I keep downloading things purely for the sake of seeing how fast it is. However, the big downside remains the intrusive infrastructure. One box on the outside of my house, two boxes on

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Aussies deserve praise The Australian rugby league team will not return home as conquering heroes from the code’s World Cup simply because they did what everyone expected them to do. Whilst New Zealand did pose a big threat during the tournament, they were mince meat for the Aussies last weekend in the Final. Many have slammed the Rugby League World Cup as nothing more than a sideshow that proves nothing. The numbers – particularly the crowds and the profits – suggest otherwise. If you fast forward 40 or 50 years, I think we’ll talk about this current Australian squad as one of the best we’ve ever seen. After all, it features a star-studded line-up of players, many of whom will be forever remembered as greats of the game. It’s sad that we don’t realise when history is unfolding before our eyes – because right now, it seems nobody really cares that we brought home the game’s ultimate international prize. Nor do we have enough respect for the players who did it.

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Deaths sad, but bigger picture missed Two deaths dominated the news last weekend: celebrity Paul Walker (famous for driving fast cars in movies) and young surfer Zach Young, who was attacked by a shark at Coffs Harbour. Both are incredibly sad examples of lives taken too young. Mr Walker’s death in a car accident was dreadfully ironic given his rise to fame in the ‘Fast and Furious’ series of movies. But with police saying that speed was most likely a factor in the accident that caused his death, the sympathy is somewhat replaced with anger. Hopefully, Mr Walker’s death can serve as a sad lesson to others on our roads – what happens in the movies is make believe, and when you do it in real life, you may not make it home. Mr Young’s death has sparked the typical debate about whether or not sharks who kill should be hunted down. Ironic given that it’s Shark Week on Foxtel this week, this debate is pointless. For God’s sake, we invaded the shark’s home and we have no right to kill it because of how it reacts. It’s that simple.

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But Shadow Primary Industries Minister, Steve Whan, said that the changes could see burial sites disturbed and bodies exhumed. “After 25 years is up, there is no guarantee that a permanent memorial to that person will remain – in fact the State will be authorised to dig up the remains,� he said.

As at September 9, there were just six sites remaining at Emu Plains Cemetery for Presbyterian burials, with just 22 Catholic and 13 Anglican sites at St Marys Cemetery. Penrith General Cemetery has a capacity to service to community for another 50 to 70 years. Cr McKeown said the details of the policy needed to be looked at.

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Story continued from front page “I think it is something that residents have been bullied into,” Cr Aitken said. “I have received numerous complaints from people in Penrith about the Green Bridge and the lack of consultation.” Penrith MP Stuart Ayres has defended the consultation process. “Any project of this scale that changes the landscape is going to elicit some emotive responses. Th is is a project that we have committed to and our intent is to deliver the bridge. We will continue to consult with the community on an outlined process that we have not deviated from,” he said. “There is not a lot of design flexibility there because if you want to provide a 175 metre wide span over the river... you have to have an engineering structure that can support that structure, which leaves us with very few options, if anything other than a truss [design like the Ki Studio option].” Local architect Robin McKay says the Ki Studio design is not yet structurally sound. “From its fi rst being revealed, anybody with a modicum of engineering understanding agrees the twisting truss design could fall over unless redesigned as a heavier structure to span the minimum requirement of 170 metres,” he said. Councillor Kevin Crameri says that Penrith Council should not have endorsed the Ki Studio design bridge and should have chosen something simpler. “I think that Council should reconsider their position. We voted for something ‘iconic’ but it takes away from the real icon, the Nepean River,” he said. Residents like Mr Patterson feel that an

alignment next to Victoria Bridge was not properly explored and there was substantial misinformation about a gas pipeline exclusion zone. Mr Ayres informed residents that a gas pipeline easement stops any construction in the area. In a letter to residents dated November 7, Mr Ayres says: “The Steering Committee has been advised of a gas main exclusion zone alongside Victoria Bridge that prohibits construction in this location”. However, validity of this claim has been questioned. The company that owns the pipeline, Jemena, confi rmed that a map obtained by the Weekender showing the pipeline underneath Victoria Bridge is correct. “There are two gas mains – one under the river and another within the existing bridge,” the Jemena spokesperson confir med. The pipeline under the river was installed in 2012. The gas pipeline is not named as a restriction in RMS documentation about the Green Bridge’s alignment options. “The clear recommendation from Jemena gas is that there is a 10-metre exclusion zone from the edge of the bridge where the pipeline is. That compromises the ability to provide an alongside bridge because that bridge would then have to be 10 metres away from the edge of the bridge,” Mr Ayres said. When asked whether that could still mean an alignment next to Victoria Bridge is possible, Mr Ayres said “no”. “It is almost impossible to connect it to the pathway network. We would then have to acquire a large parcel of land on the Log Cabin site.”

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Mr McKay disputes this claim. “They say that a bridge cannot be built beside Victoria Bridge because there is a gas pipe in the way – that’s wrong,” he said. “There are much better, simpler, short span options alongside the Victoria Bridge with walkways on both banks giving optional riverside experience routes.” Mr Ayres ruled out reviewing the location of the bridge. “I’m not going to say to people that they can get a new alignment, we have made a decision on the alignment... It would be

impossible for us to go back and consider another location,” he said. A report from 1991 compiled by the RMS (then RTA) suggests there is enough room beside the Victoria Bridge to build a duplication of the roadway, let alone a shared pedestrian footbridge. It called the Green Bridge the “Do Nothing” option. The “Do Nothing” option included designs such as a pedestrian walkway cantilevered from the side of Victoria Bridge and separate pedestrian and cycling bridges.

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The ‘Duplication of Victoria Bridge over the Nepean River Environmental Impact Statement 1991’ report instead found that, “The capacity of the [Victoria] Bridge does not meet peak demand with signific ant delays occurring in the peak periods”. “The levels in peak periods are above the design capacity of the road and forced flow conditions persist during commuter periods causing considerable delays. The road width is also below the standards generally applying to arterial roads.” The report never made it to public

consultation and so commuters suffered another 22 years of traffic congestion. “Victoria Bridge – four lanes and a decent walkway – how simple and how sensible does that sound? We need a bridge for everyone not just pedestrians and we need it now,” says resident, Joy Davis. “We need common sense to prevail and for all our town planners and politicians to think of the needs of the many rather than building a structure for the frivolity of the few.” Cr Aitken believes that as the Federal and

State Governments have committed $70 million to build the Jane Street extension leading up to Victoria Bridge, the duplication should be reconsidered. “With funding now available we should be looking at the possible duplication of the Bridge and its alignment with Jane Street to reduce the serious traffic congestion issues motorists face,” he said. Ms Davis agrees: “Stuart Ayres’ correspondence informs me the pedestrian bridge will cost around $25 million (if it comes in on budget) and frankly I fi nd it

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Councillors Jim Aitken and Kevin Crameri inspect Victoria Bridge on Monday. Photo: Melinda Jane.

absurd that we would even consider spending those sorts of funds on a foot bridge for only a small section of the community when the entire community need a better and safer vehicular crossing”. But Mr Ayres says combining the funding won’t work. “I think outside of some constrained peak periods and the weekend Victoria Bridge operates quite well,” he said. “I have used $250 million as a figure that has been quoted to me as a cost of an upgraded bridge over the span that we would require and then associated roadworks and some people have suggested to me that that’s a light figure,” he said. Downstream, the State Government is planning to build a 160 metre long bridge at Windsor for a budget of $65 million. “The point here is that I don’t think Victoria Bridge is the appropriate location for an investment in future roadworks,” Mr Ayres said. “To invest a huge quantum of funds in a road bridge that doesn’t service a growing population I think would be an unwise investment of funds and that’s why I favour Russell Street as a second river crossing.” But the Russell Street option, connecting to Andrews Road in Cranebrook through the Penrith Lakes Scheme is dependent on the cooperation of the Penrith Lakes Development. “First stage for us with relation to Penrith Lakes is getting the masterplan out to public exhibition. We are getting closer and closer to that, we are in the fi nal drafting phase of that masterplan,” he said. He said there was no guarantee a Russell Street option would be in the masterplan.

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Shelter needed at bus stop Council to consider shelter on bus route that caters for elderly St Marys residents

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enior residents of the Bell Trees complex on the Great Western Highway have started a campaign to have a bus shelter installed at their local bus stop. There are 19 units in the St Marys complex, catering for those aged 55-years and over. 76-year-old resident Nellie Flowers said she is “one of the young ones� and believes a bus shelter is required. “On the northern side of the property there is a bus stop, and we may just be silly but we can never figure out when the buses are coming and have to stand there waiting for 15 minutes for the bus to arrive,� she said. “Most of us are in our 70’s and some in their 90’s and we rely on transport to get to either Penrith, St Marys or Mt Druitt. “It is difficult for us to stand there waiting, especially if we want to take some of the older ones out for the day.� Ms Flowers said that there is a bus stop nearby on Sydney Street that does have a bench seat and a shelter, however, it is too far for some of the residents of Bell Trees to walk there. “We can catch a bus to Penrith from a bus stop on Sydney Street, but only some of us can walk there so we cannot take the older ones with us,� she said. “There are some residents who never leave because there is no access to transport close enough.� The residents signed a petition to have a timetable and shelter installed at the stop,

Local residents say a shelter is needed at this bus stop on the Great Western Highway. Photo: Melinda Jane.

and a timetable has already been provided. The petition was presented to Penrith Council by Cr Marcus Cornish last week. “We need to make sure our elderly

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Penrith Office Civic Centre, 601 High Street. Opening Hours: 8.30am–4pm. Mon–Fri. St Marys Office Queen Street Centre, 207–209 Queen Street. Opening Hours: 8.30am–4pm. Mon–Fri. Switchboard Open: 8.30am–5pm. Mon–Fri. P: (02) 4732 7777

COUNCIL BRIEFS s The popular Sunday Siesta is back at the Tench Reserve on

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Sunday, 15 December between 1–6pm. It’s a free afternoon of activities on the banks of the beautiful Nepean River.

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There will be live music by vocalists Hip Fidelity who will perform

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a variety of songs from the past 50 years and you’ll even get the opportunity to join in with some Christmas carol singing.

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delights including freshly baked cakes, slices, cupcakes and wood fired pizza. For more information go to penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/sundaysiestas or phone 4732 7652. s Parents and supervisors of learner and provisional drivers can boost their confidence, knowledge and skills at a Penrith City

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

MEETING DATES

Council free workshop on Monday, 9 December from 6–8pm in

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the Library Theatrette at Penrith City Council’s Civic Centre.

Details of these determinations are available for public inspection free-of-charge during Council’s normal business hours at the Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith.

9 December 2013 – 7pm (Policy Review Committee)

The workshop aims to advise supervisors on helping learner

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the St Clair Leisure Centre. In Bubble Soccer, players wear a

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giant inflatable ball which allows them to bounce off-and-into

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each other while kicking a soccer ball towards the goal. People can join one of two competitions starting in January 2014 and each team can consist of up to eight players at a cost of $60 per game. The Bubble Soccer concept is also a great idea for end of year Christmas parties, corporate events or school sport. If you would like to find out more about Bubble Soccer, make a booking please call 9670 1958 or email stclairleisure@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

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

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ach year when December rolls around, Christmas is on the mind of everyone in the local area and it all starts with the Christmas tree. For many families, decorating the tree together is the fi rst activity that really gets the festive season started but there has always been a debate about the subject. Yes, we debate about the colour of the decorations and whether to choose an angel or a star for the top of the tree, however the real question is which type of tree to choose; live or artific ial? The Western Weekender went to the streets of Penrith to ask what our local residents preferred, fi nding the verdict almost even. So, in a bid to fi nd out which type of tree is truly better, we spoke to the experts themselves. Alfi na Grasso started her own Christmas tree farm, Kemps Creek Christmas Tree Farm, because of her own love of having a live tree in the home. “I have always had a live Christmas tree and my children have been brought up with them too. When they were young, I am talking 40 years ago, we used to go into the bush and pinch one from there but it is much easier now,” she said. The 6,500 tree farm is full of families around this time of the year who go out together to pick the perfect tree, something that Mrs Grasso says is important. “It is a fun thing for children to grow up learning and knowing where their Christmas tree came from,” she said. “I love to see the joy of the children as

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they run through the farm and watch us cut down their tree.” In addition to the special family time that comes with choosing a real tree, it is the smell and the feel that Mrs Grasso loves. “That’s what a Christmas tree should be like, not just getting it out of the box every year. It should have a liveness, a realness about it,” she said.

white, pink, red, purple, blue – you don’t have to stick to the traditional green,” she said. “You can even get artificial trees with fibre optic lights. You can also display your lights and decorations much better in an artificial tree.” Ms Ryan said that with an artificial tree you can get all the benefits of a live tree,

It was in the 1800’s that the fi rst artific ial trees were created – at the time it was out of feathers – and they have grown ever more popular since. For Karina Ryan, Rudolph’s Warehouse Penrith store manager, the variety of artificial Christmas trees is what really takes the cake. “You can get them in different colours:

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Michael Shadlow Defi nitely real Christmas trees. I like their smell.

Lesley Wilkinson I can’t stand the smell of real trees, they give me hayfever. Faking it: Staff from Rudolph’s Warehouse in Penrith. Photo: Melinda Jane.

including the smell, which can be purchased in a can and sprayed on the tree, without the possibility of it dying, dropping needles or becoming the home of creepy crawly critters. “We once had a lady come in store who had purchased a real tree but she had to throw it away and get an artificial one because her son was allergic to it,” Ms

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State Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres has welcomed the NSW Government’s expansion of the highly successful ‘Get Your Hand Off It’ campaign targeting the use of mobile phones while driving. Roads Minister Duncan Gay and NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley announced the highly successful online video would start airing in mainstream media and would be accompanied by a targeted police crackdown on mobile phone use in the fir st half of December. “The Get Your Hand Off It campaign was created to create a discussion in the community about the unacceptable behaviour of texting or handling your phone while driving and it went viral with more than 600,000 views on YouTube,” Mr Ayres said on Wednesday.

Pair charged Two men have been charged for drink driving following an incident at a service station in Kingswood. An 18-year-old man driving a white Ford Falcon sedan stopped the car at a service station on Parker Street, Kingswood and exited the vehicle with another man, a 27-year-old man from Cranebrook who was in the passenger seat. The driver walked into the store to purchase something and whilst he was in the store, the passenger got into the driver’s seat. The driver (who is now the 27-year-old) then reversed the car into a parked car and attempted to continue driving without stopping. Both men returned positive roadside breath tests.

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Jo Carter I have had both real and fake Christmas trees. I like the real trees for their smell, but they tend to drop a lot of leaves and take a lot to clean, whereas the fake trees are easier to maintain.

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New Year’s Eve party is all good fun until something goes wrong and often a combination of alcohol, high spirits and unwanted guests can lead to a disaster, local police say. As local residents plan their festivities, offic ers are urging them to register their parties. “It is the sensible thing to do. That way police are aware of the activities and we can plan for them, as opposed to reacting to them on the night especially New Year’s Eve,” said Acting Inspector Robert McDonald of St Marys Local Area Command. Last year, police were called to attend an out-ofcontrol party in Erskine Park just five minutes into 2013 and are hoping that by registering their parties, residents will not fi nd themselves in a situation like this particular one. Police were fi rst called to the party in relation to an assault matter where a fight had broken out and a young man had been glassed by another. Upon arrival, police found the situation out of control and made the decision to close down the party. “Basically what has happened is the parents have gone away for the weekend and young members of the family have put on an unregistered party which has gotten out of control,” Acting Inspector McDonald said. A large group of young people, most under the age of 18, congregated in the street after being asked to leave the area when a second fight broke out. “Police were called from other areas to help disperse the crowd. About 60 people were involved in the melee,” Acting Inspector McDonald said. “If people register their parties, we can plan a response in advance. Th is response may not even involve us attending – it could mean we call in advance in relation to the party to give advice.”

Trio of teens charged: Sporting goods store robbed Th ree boys have been charged after they were caught stealing from a sporting goods store on Station Street, Penrith. It is alleged that the 17, 16 and 14-year-olds forced entry into the store at about 9pm on Wednesday, November 27, stealing an amount of clothing. The incident was witnessed by members of the public who called Penrith Police. Police attended and arrested two of the offenders nearby however, one offender escaped. At about 2am on Thu rsday, November 28, police recognised a boy believed to have escaped from police earlier. He was arrested and taken to Penrith Police Station. All three were charged with aggravated break and enter. They were bail refused to appear at Parramatta Children’s Court at a later date. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Acting Inspector McDonald said that parties advertised on social media tend to attract gatecrashers, “which can cause some concern and risk on the night”. “It is as simple as sending us an email, or over the counter with the details of your party,” he said. The St Marys party register email is: stmarysparty@ police.nsw.gov.au. You can also register your party by popping in to your local police station.

A Parklea correctional facility escapee has been captured in Penrith and charged over a number of recent break and enters in Glenmore Park. Some time between 7.30am and 4pm on Monday, December 4, a home in Glenmore Park was broken into and an amount of property was stolen. That same day, between 9am and 12pm a similar incident occurred where another house in the area was broken into with an amount of property stolen. Police attended an address on Hope Street, Penrith and arrested two people over the alleged offence. One of the persons was an escapee, who did not return to the treatment facility one afternoon in November. The other was a 17-year-old boy. Police recovered some of the stolen property at the scene. Both the man and the boy were charged over the two alleged break and enters and the man was charged with his arrest warrant. Both will appear in court at a later date.

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At a tobacconist on High Street, Penrith, Police have uncovered a number of illegal products including an amount of synthetic cannabis. Just before 10.30am on Wednesday, November 27, local police executed a search warrant at the store. Police seized an amount of loose tobacco known as ‘chop chop’, over 250 packets of illegal cigarettes and the synthetic cannabis. A 61-year-old man from Blacktown was issued a future Court Attendance Notice and will attend Blacktown Local Court next year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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he Penrith Business Alliance held a successful workshop this week brainstorming a vision to make the Penrith Health and Education Precinct a more livable place. The Penrith Health and Education Precinct encompasses residential lands, hospital lands, TAFE and the University of Western Sydney. Professor Ed Blakely, one of the world’s leading scholars and practitioners of urban policy who led the efforts to reconstruct New Orleans, was the guest speaker at the

event held on Monday. He said Penrith has the health infrastructure to put it on the map, but needs to focus on its identity. “We have a lot of very good health infrastructure in Penrith but we need to create an image,” he explained. “We need to focus on what are the things that we need to live here, be entertained here, dine out here. It is about planning your future rather than waiting for your future to happen.” A range of prominent stakeholders including representatives of all three levels of government, UWS, TAFE, private business owners and planners attended.

Relief for repeat offender : A man with a “horrendous” driving record has been let off without a conviction and only a good behaviour bond after being charged for driving whilst holding a suspended licence. The 49-year-old had been travelling from Orange to Cecil Park at around 5am one morning in order to get to a church event on time when he was pulled over for speeding at Springwood. The man was instructed by police that he was a suspended driver and was cautioned. The court was told that the man had tried to call family members to pick him up however was unable to contact them and made the decision to drive his vehicle again. He was pulled over a second time, this time in Penrith, and police spoke to him about his suspended licence. He was charged. “The police could not have been kinder to you in relation to the fi rst stopping,” the magistrate said. The court heard that the man had a long driving record, which the judge described as being “horrendous”. Taking into account the man’s need for a licence, his early plea of guilty and his good character, no conviction was recorded. The man was placed on a 15-month good behaviour bond. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Fined over music festival drugs: Every year, over 100 people appear before Penrith Local Court for offences committed at Defqon 1, an annual hardstyle music festival held at the International Regatta Centre in Penrith. Th is week it was the turn of a 25-year-old man who had been found to be in the possession of illegal drugs at the event. The man made full admissions to the possession of drugs and handed over 0.7g of an unnamed substance to police. He was charged by police at the scene. The court heard that the man had a similar previous matter on his criminal record around seven years ago including a number of violence matters in 2008. The man was convicted and fi ned $300. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The next morning: Penrith Local Court has ordered a motorbike rider to enter into a good behaviour bond after he was charged with drink driving. The man had been out to dinner with friends one evening, consuming an amount of red wine. After dinner, he accepted a lift to his friend’s house for dessert, where he had a number of whiskeys. The following morning, the man left his Springwood home on his motorbike and not long after came under the attention of police. He was breath tested, returning a positive reading.

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Library Membership Summer is the perfect time to join the Penrith library service. About half of all Penrith residents are library members and we’re hoping to boost those numbers with our summer membership drive. Joining the library is free and if you sign up in December, January or February you’ll go in the draw to win an iPad, a pass to Penrith Whitewater Stadium, theatre tickets or book vouchers. Existing members will be eligible for the competition draw if they introduce a friend to the library. Our youngest new members will also get a surprise gift when joining. With a library card you can download ebooks and audio books. You can search more than 85 online databases and take advantage of exclusive student and information websites. Anyone who lives, works or owns a property in the city can join the library. There are library branches in Penrith, Emu Plains, St Clair and St Marys. For more information go to penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/library or visit one of your local branches.

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prevailing you and I will be happier and more productive with an NBN. It will become a reality one day and to our advantage, should we understand the reasoning. I will gladly accept comments on this subject – don’t be fooled by these clowns in Canberra – the LNP circus is here – Lindsay elected one of the clowns, who ignores questions about LNP government folly. Ken Myers, via email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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If these 270,000 people want to pay the extra $5,000 or so to take it to their home the option is there (Plea for re-think on NBN plan, Western Weekender November 29). I’m pleased that as a tax payer I’m not coughing up for it. By the time NBN was to be completed 5G will be getting rolled out at 100 times the speed of Conroy’s NBN and the current 4G is as fast. Glenn Gardiner, via Facebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What a joke! I didn’t sign that petition, I wish I had, but aside from that remark Australia is only fooling itself if it thinks the NBN is not needed. The LNP are making us all out to be mugs – Mr Broadband and his FRAUDBAND will be the undermining of Australian business. Some in Penrith will get NBN free. Others in Penrith like Cambridge Park will pay $5,000 for the service – new estates will of course get it free as well regardless of their location?.Now let’s get real again here. The NBN – some will not know what the hell all the fuss is about, and as my neighbour emphatically pointed out to me – you don’t need it, we can’t afford it? As numbskulls go I give him the highest award of stupidity possible on the scale of Tony Abbott v Albert Einstein. Others will naturally be up in arms about the demise of the NBN under this LNP and a sad majority who know little about it will not give a stuff ! However, common sense

Prime Minister Tony Abbott keenly wants Qantas to remain a successful Australian icon. That’s well and fi ne, but does he also realise that our public schools and the Australian education system are our true “national carrier”, more so than an airline? If so I hope he soon steps into this counter-productive fray generated by his Education Minister, Christopher Pyne. It’s becoming clearer that with ‘more Pyne’ there’s not much ‘more gain’ in settling the justified uproar or furthering intelligent debate. An Australian school education system geared for high-flying outcomes is far more in the national interest than a flying kangaroo. S Partoredjo, via email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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As we approach the festive season I would like to thank everyone for their amazing support for Red Cross in 2013. We have

been particularly humbled by the generous public support over the past 12 months for those affected by the Tasmanian and New South Wales bushfi res, the Queensland Floods and most recently Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. I would also like to acknowledge the outstanding commitment of our local Red Cross volunteers, members and supporters who have all worked so hard this year. Despite our best efforts however, the number of families needing help in our community continues to grow and Red Cross is now fi nding it harder than ever to attract the support we need to do our everyday work. I urge everyone to think about putting a little something aside this Christmas for families in crisis. A donation to the Red Cross Christmas Appeal can help in a number of ways. You can help us serve breakfast to children who might otherwise go to school hungry, make sure elderly and frail Australians receive daily phone calls so they can continue to live independently; and help families and loved ones prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. A donation to Red Cross will make sure we’ll be there to provide help where and when it’s needed most. To give to the Red Cross Christmas Appeal go to redcross.org.au or phone 1800 811 700. Your tax-deductible gift to the Red Cross Christmas Appeal will make a real difference. Call 1800 811 700 or visit redcross.org.au. Di Jay – Executive Director NSW, Australian Red Cross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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through the NSW RFS website. “Anyone who lives near the bush should make a Bush Fire Survival Plan, which will help them with important decisions on when to leave, what to take and what to do with animals,” Mr Fitzsimmons said. Sofia Silvestrini, a resident from the lower Blue Mountains has always had a Bushfi re Survival Plan and put it into action in the recent Blue Mountains fires. “It helps you to think clearly during a traumatic time because all of your important items are accounted for so you don’t forget anything. Most importantly, there’s a plan for all people and animals in the house so all can be kept safe,” she said.

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Cat and dog owners are encouraged to register their pets before the New Year, when prices will go up. The lifetime registration fee increases are part of a raft of changes that were implemented in November as part of the NSW Companion Animals Amendment Act 2013. The new state laws mean councils will also have more options to encourage responsible pet ownership and deal with dangerous dogs. Penrith’s Ranger and Animal Services coordinator Noel Fuller said councils will now be more able to enforce lifetime registration of cats and dogs. New penalties include an on-the-spot fi ne of $275 for failing to register a cat or dog by six months of age. An owner who receives notice from Council to register their cat or dog has 14 days to do so. Failing to comply with this notice may also result in a $275 penalty. “These changes will improve the ability of councils to track cats and dogs and return them to their owners if they are lost,” Mr Fuller said. Parking restrictions for 23 car spaces will be implemented at St Clair Leisure Centre off-street car park. The spaces will now become three-hour car parks. Residents can now have their say on the $9 million upgrade of Penrith Panthers for their new NRL academy. At 123-135 Mulgoa Road, Penrith Panthers plan to demolish the existing structure on the site including an outdoor putt-putt golf and driving range facility. In their place will be built a sports pavilion to accommodate training and administration functions for the Penrith Panthers Rugby League Club and NRL. There will be two new training fields and associated works including car parking and landscaping. Council has created additional parking on Phillip Street in St Marys. The existing ‘No Stopping’ zone on the north eastern side of the pedestrian facility on the street will be reduced. 14 metres of one-hour parking will be implemented.

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Council received numerous complaints about the methadone clinic whilst conducting community consultation on the establishment of Glossop Street high density housing precinct. The Department of Health was contacted by the Weekender to explain what was happening with the promised relocation of the clinic, but they simply issued a statement that, “discussions are advanced and a decision will be made soon”.

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he giant pieces have arrived, now it’s time to construct the complicated jigsaw puzzle that is iFly Down Under. Construction of the $12 million indoor skydiving facility, which is located at the Panthers complex on Mulgoa Road, received a huge boost last week after the major components for the project arrived from the United States. “We were waiting on a number of components to arrive including the four giant fans and fl ight chamber, and they’ve all been delivered. Now it’s all about putting the jigsaw puzzle together,” Daniel Littlepage from iFly Down Under said. “We’ve had a number of engineers from overseas who have come over to construct it. Over the next month or two you’ll really start to see it take shape.” iFly Indoor Skydiving is the latest craze in action sports. Instead of jumping out of an aeroplane at 12,000 feet, thrill seekers will experience the same rush when they skydive into a glass tube where a massive wind generator lifts them effortlessly into fl ight on a cushion of air. The Penrith facility, scheduled to open by April next year, is the only one of its kind in Australia and will be one of the largest indoor skydiving facilities in the world when fin ished. “We looked at a number of different locations around Australia but we needed an area site-wise which was large enough, that’s why we chose Panthers,” Mr Littlepage said.

Paige on board The Luke Priddis Foundation has announced Paige Hadley as its latest ambassador. A Penrith District Netball Association junior, Paige signed with the NSW Swifts for the 2013 ANZ Championship, following seven appearances for the team in 2012 as an injury replacement player. A dynamic mid-courter, Paige rose to prominence in the Australian Netball League, as an injury replacement player for the Netball NSW Blues in 2010, before being named in the Netball NSW Waratahs 2011 team, helping the team to its maiden ANL title. More information about the Foundation is at www.lukepriddisfoundation.com.

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epean Hospital’s Falls and Fractures Clinic last week celebrated five successful years of reducing the amount of fall injuries experienced by Penrith’s older citizens. In its five years, the clinic has aided around 680 patients who have experienced a fall and as a result of its services, has recorded a 60 per cent reduction in new falls and a 52 per cent reduction in predicted fractures. Responsible for these reductions is the clinic’s ability to offer a unique balance retraining technique, preventing falls in seniors, as well as the team of dedicated health specialists who treat those visiting the clinic. “After the initial fall, patients are at a very high risk of a second fall or fracture,” said Professor Gustavo Duque, Director of the Ageing Bone Research Program, Sydney Medical School Nepean. “By providing the essential service of secondary preventative care, the Falls and Fractures Clinic has helped to curb the rising incidence of falls injury among the elderly, which is one of the most signific ant health care issues facing our ageing population.” Falls are the second most common cause of consultation at the Emergency Department. “We are doing falls and fractures prevention at the highest level and, with our fi fth anniversary celebration, we’re pleased to have this opportunity to promote the

Professor Gustavo Duque with patient Peter Hinvest. Photo: Melinda Jane.

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Brian Reeves (front) with John Veitch, Terry Davies and Don Stein. Photo: Jess Turner.

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players donated $10 to try their skill at making a hole in one, sponsored by Heartland Holden in Penrith and One Stop Battery in Wetherill Park. Mr Reeves’ team, Cardno, a professional services consultancy company has been a sponsor of the Australian Rotary Health Charity Golf Day for four years. When Mr Reeves teed off and his team mates told him that he had made the hole in one, he said, “I don’t believe it. I will believe it when I see it in the hole”. Mr Reeves collected his new Holden Cruze from Heartland Holden last week – ironically, on his wife’s birthday. “It was all for a good cause and we were happy to contribute,” Mr Reeves said.

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ong time local business Ye’s Shoes has undergone a spectacular fresh new look just in time for the Christmas rush. Located in High Street, near the Elizabeth Arcade entrance, Ye’s Shoes has been providing locals with high quality, affordable shoes for more than a decade. “After 12 years we fi nally decided it was time for a change,” Ye’s Shoes owner, Terry Ye said. “After speaking with the CEO of Penrith CBD Corporation, Gai Hawthorn, I learnt about the Business Improvement Program

and what they were offering. Along with Gai and our property owner, Jim Aitken, we received assistance and guidance about improvements for our business, and we have already seen a strong increase in awareness and sales.” Ye’s Shoes sells top quality footwear from both Australian and overseas brands. The y are made affordable for the customer, meaning you have spare change to buy another pair. Ye’s Shoes specialise in both ladies and men’s footwear of all sizes and styles as well as footwear for the little ones. Their small team of dedicated and

experienced staff are always at your service to size up your feet and make sure you leave feeling satisfied and comfortable. Ye’s Shoes are currently running a 20 per cent off sale on a range of ladies and men’s formal shoes as well as discounts on Christmas Party shoes. “After 12 years we have many loyal customers who shop with us because of our good quality shoes,” Mr Ye said. “With our recent renovation, I hope more people will know where we are and will come see our fantastic range.” Ye’s Shoes is now the second store in the

Penrith CBD to receive a renovation though guidance and support of the Penrith CBD Corporation who work with property and shop owners to help improve and enhance customer visitation to the CBD. “We want to ensure economic growth for our shops and services, shopping locally and hopefully working with our retailers to enhance their business and improve their skills will only want you to shop more in our Penrith City,” Penrith CBD Corporation CEO, Gai Hawthorn said. Ye’s Shoes is located at 2/461-463 High Street, Penrith. Call 4721 1008.

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Bijai Kumar is the CEO of the Penrith Business Alliance

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t a time of year where you are probably feeling swamped and busy, it is good to remember that as a female business owner, you really are operating in an environment of abundance. Too often we can get ourselves in a rut of bemoaning the lack of cash flow or the proliferation of competitors. But in reality, those are just excuses. As the ‘captain of your ship’ you need to remember that you hold the power to make your dreams a reality. Other people spend time fantasising about it: you are actually out there doing it! And as an added bonus, you know you enjoy being able to make decisions that affect your future, rather than being beholden to someone else’s goals and dreams. Running your own business should mean you have flexibility and freedom – if not you need to ask whether you’ve just created a ‘job’ for yourself with an infle xible boss (you!). Yes, you work hard and often put in more hours than your friends and family with regular jobs. But ultimately you get to decide when to take time off and how many hours you put in. In our current technological age, we have an abundance of resources at our fi ngertips: advice, how-tos, online support, blogs, webinars and more. What would have taken weeks of research, and a great deal of time and effort to solve, can now take a few hours. Th is abundance of resources and circumstances should spur you on to continue forging ahead. Positive thinking by itself will get you nowhere. But being grateful for what you do have and viewing your situation in a positive light, will give you better focus and drive.

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oesn’t this season bring out the best and worst of us all? The worst comes out when the workload is heavier than usual with deadlines approaching fast and every spare minute is taken up with after-hours Christmas events. Recently, I have had clients ask for methods for taking December head on. The answers depend on many things, like the business type, number of staff, number of clients to service and so on. It is a time where you really need your staff on their game and if you don’t stay motivated then you can’t expect your team to be. If you have a big rush of clients, outsourcing is a good way to palm off time-consuming tasks. Some aren’t in the position to employ people, so look to outsource some day-to-day tasks like updating your online marketing or performing administration duties like data entry and following up unpaid bills. You also need to set goals when you feel too under the pump, they can help you stay focused in very busy times. Some other tips to deal with a busy silly season are: • Keep one eye on the future – set goals and make sure you stay on target. Always monitor your progress. • Focus on the positives – focus on what you enjoy about your work. • Have a reward at the end – without the money made during this season there would be no holidays or luxuries. Keep your head down with work and plan your next holiday. • Say “noâ€? – Don’t feel obliged to go to every end of year event you’re invited to. Choose wisely.

Michelle Grice is the founder of Shel Design, a graphic design and web design company: www.sheldesign.com.au

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Re-focus on PHEP t the Penrith Health and Education Precinct (PHEP) workshop held on Monday to reassess our priorities for the future Prof Ed Blakely challenged the participants to think about what the PHEP would look like in the next 10 to 20 years. Several national and international examples were discussed and included health precincts in Randwick, Canberra, Queensland and Rochester in Minnesota, Berkley as well as some Scandinavian examples. Prof Blakely who facilitated the workshop emphasised the need to look more outwardly rather than internally to help turn vision into reality and to focus on a limited number of priorities to be achieved with some speed. The workshop was attended by some 25 participants who have an interest in and commitment to the development of PHEP and included people such an Professors Michael Peek and Ralph Nannan from Sydney University Medical School; Kay Hyman CEO of the Nepean Blue Mountains Health District; John Tucker, CEO of Nepean Private; Councillors Greg Davies and Bernard Bratusa; Paul Brennan Chair of PBA and several directors; Sheila Holcombe, CEO of Medicare Local; Greg Alchin, Chair of the PHEP Development Committee; Stuart Ayres, State Member for Penrith; Stacey Fishwick from UWS; and staff from Council, PBA and government agencies. There was significant discussion over “liveability� factors that are vital in attracting medical professionals and researchers and a new role for Kingswood and its environs in providing the necessary amenities to create a vibrant, attractive and safe place.

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Inner Wheel: Club leaves a lasting legacy

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new Seniors Card Directory for 2014 has been launched, helping local seniors to unlock thousands of discounts across the state. Each year the State Government through Service NSW helps seniors get the best bang for their buck by compiling a directory of all the best value discounts. Member for Londonderry, Bart Bassett said the directory helps seniors unlock up to 3,200 discounts throughout the state, including more than 1,600 in Sydney and surrounding areas. “The Seniors Card relieves everyday living, with special offers and discounts available on everything from hairdressers, home improvements, movie tickets and even shopping at your IGA supermarket,” he said.

Seniors are guaranteed to save, with each offer listed in the directory providing a minimum discount of at least 10 per cent. Minister for Ageing, John Ajaka said that as we start to age, it is important that we all remember to stay fit and active and the discounts on a great variety of activities encourages healthy habits. “The 2014 Seniors Card Directory helps do this, providing discounted gym memberships and cheap offers to the theatre and other attractions,” he said. “Significant savings are also available on public transport, with special Pensioner Excursion tickets and Regional Excursion Daily tickets offering all-day travel in Sydney and nearby metropolitan areas or regional areas for only $2.50.” Mr Ajaka said the NSW Government had made it even easier for seniors to apply and manage their

Seniors Card through Service NSW. “Service NSW is now the single point of contact for people interested in applying for a card, learning about offers and discounts, or to ask questions about the 2014 Seniors Card Directory. Customers can manage their Seniors Card either online, over the phone, or through a Service NSW service centre,” he said. Seniors Cards are available for permanent NSW residents who are 60 years of age or over and are working no more than 20 hours per week in paid employment. For more information on the 2014 Seniors Card Directory or to apply for a NSW Seniors Card visit www.seniorscard.nsw.gov.au or call 13 77 88. You could save some money and have a great time doing so just by applying!

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In September this year, Chris Miller was named St Marys Citizen of the Year. An influential member of the St Marys Rotary Club and founding member of the South Creek Probus Club, Mr Miller is a worthy recipient of the award. Since moving to St Clair 30 years ago, Mr Miller has been community minded. He has been instrumental in setting up the St Marys Police Officer of the

Year awards, has helped to establish the Ropes Crossing Markets and played a role in the Bicentenary Celebrations of the Crossing of the Blue Mountains. “I would not have being in a position to be nominated if it wasn’t for a couple of factors, one is the fantastic support of my wife Margaret and the great team from St Marys Rotary Club,” Mr Miller said. Congratulations Mr Miller!

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Ex-members of St Marys Inner Wheel hand over memorabilia to the St Marys Historical Society.

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t was in April 1958 that the popular St Marys Inner Wheel group came into being and now, after 55 years the group has disbanded. Although it is with some sadness that the exclusive women’s group will no longer meet together each month, St Marys Inner Wheel has made a contribution to the local historical society of its memorabilia so that the history of the group can live on and be recorded. Memorabilia from the St Marys Inner Wheel was handed over to the St Marys

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Historical Society at a ceremony hosted by St Marys Rotary Club on Tuesday, November 26. The memorabilia will be on display at the St Marys and District Historical Society Chamber on Swanston Street. “It is part of St Marys’ history and will be a reminder for future generations about such fantastic groups like the Inner Wheel who made St Marys what it is today,” said Chris Miller from St Marys Rotary. The Inner Wheel was an all-women club made up of women whose husbands were members of St Marys Rotary Club. Got a seniors story to share? Email news@westernweekender.com.au.

ver the past decade the number of people to benefit from aged care services in Australia has grown by half, with many of those who benefit accepting places that allow them to be cared for at home. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released new information that shows that the number of aged care places in residential facilities and community-based care has increased by 46 per cent from 2002 to 2012. “Most of the growth in places has been in community-based care – that’s care provided to people to help them stay in their own homes. There is now one

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Manage your spare time etirement is all about having the time to do what you love. It’s an open-ended time of your life and it can be whatever you want it to be, whether that’s spending time with family and friends, fi nding new hobbies or going back to work in a job you enjoy. Quality of life is not affected as much by the amount of free time that a retiree has, but on how effectively the person manages this time. By managing what you do in your free time, you could have a happier, more active and healthier retirement. Recent research has shown that effective management of free time has a greater impact on a retiree’s quality of life than the amount of time the person actually has for leisure activities. Lack of planning can create problems such as boredom and an unhealthy sedentary lifestyle. Going from a busy lifestyle to a more relaxed one in retirement is often a very big change that requires some getting used to. Nobody teaches you how to manage all of that spare time to make the most of life in retirement. So, here are just five recommendations to help you get the most out of the available ‘free’ hours in the day: 1. Set goals both long and short-term. Take the time to decide what you want to accomplish, and go after it. Defi ne what’s most important to you to help you take charge of your time.

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What activities and roles give your life meaning? These are the aspects of your life that you’ll want to focus on the most. 2. Guard your free time from unnecessary stresses. If you want your free time to be truly useful, don’t allow non-free time things to cut into it. The reason for this is that your free time is needed to refresh you and improve your energy, your creativity, and your sense of self. 3. Expand your comfort zone. A great way to use free time usefully is to discover new things. By stepping beyond your usual comfort zone, your free time becomes a journey of self-discovery and helps you to grow. 4. Volunteer. If you’ve already volunteered, you’ll be aware of the benefits it can bring. If you have enough free time to give of your time to others in need, this can be a very fulfi lling way to give back to your community or society. 5. Consider downsizing and reorienting your lifestyle. If you fi nd your free time has been hampered by having to deal with a large house and all its maintenance and cleaning, gain more free time by removing the clutter and even consider purchasing a smaller residence. For more information, contact the local community centre or retirement village like Rochford Place at Ropes Crossing.

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David Stein: The health tips to keep you happy

LOSING THEIR LOCKS

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Men, women and children. donate their hair to. a good cause.

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or cancer patients, especially women, losing hair as a result of treatment methods can be a very traumatic experience. The Pantene Beautiful Lengths program supports women with cancer, giving them back the luscious locks that they once had, with the help of Australia and New Zealand’s thoughtful men and women. The program encourages men and women who have grown long hair to chop off their ponytails and donate them to be made into wigs for women living with cancer. Following Pantene’s second annual National Donate Your Hair Week in November, ponytail donations to the program have only recently been counted. “In the past 15 months, we have received an

incredible 6,800 ponytails which is a huge achievement,” said Alicia Spyrou, P&G Communications Leader. “On behalf of Pantene, I would like to thank everyone who has supported Pantene Beautiful Lengths. “Whether you donated your hair or helped spread the word in your community, you have made a real difference.” Th is year, National Donate Your Hair Week took place during the week of Monday, November 11, seeing donation parties held across the country. Men, women and children came together to donate their locks, including eight-year-old Claremont Meadows Girl, Charlee Rose MurtoughCoombes (pictured). “My best friend’s mum and my Aunty Mary both

had breast cancer and they lost their hair,” she said. “It feels really, like, exciting for someone to wear my hair. “Not only one person will feel the comfort of my hair, a lot of people will.” Charlee Rose had 50cm cut off her hair on Sunday, September 8 and donated it straight to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. “My hair was long, right down to my bottom... When they cut it off it felt light – ‘plop’, like when you fall into the pool,” she said. Wigs made from Pantene Beautiful Lengths ponytails are distributed to wig libraries and cancer patients where they are needed. For more information or to donate your hair, visit www.pantenebeautifullengths.com.au – donations are accepted all year round.

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MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

Your ability to motivate others is high, as mighty Mars rushes through your partnership zone. You’re keen to say what’s on your mind but avoid being too blunt and bossy, especially mid-week. Friday is marvelous for making amends with a family member who you may have (unintentionally) offended. If you eat some humble pie, then the relationship will head into positive new territory.

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APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

Utilise your intuition and imagination to fi nd creative solutions to pressing problems. Attached Taureans – Saturn’s aspects are perfect for cementing your commitment to your partner, while Jupiter helps you find spontaneous and fun ways to show your affection. Single Bulls – give superfic ial suitors a wide berth. Look for lasting love with a soulful Scorpio or a conscientious Capricorn.

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Jupiter gives you a welcome confidence boost this week, while Saturn provides the impetus to get things done. With energy and application, you can tackle the to-do list and still have plenty of time for leisure activities. For some smart Crabs quick thinking saves the day at work. For others with pressing family problems – perhaps it’s time to speak up and say what’s really on your mind?

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Wednesday is wonderful for lightning flashes of inspiration; while Thursday is terrific for fraternising with local, interstate or international friends. Putting off domestic chores might seem like a good idea now, but you’ll pay the price further down the track. Friday’s fortunate Saturn/Jupiter trine helps you sort out your priorities and face your family responsibilities with a sunny smile.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

Avoid being cynical and over-critical. You’ve got a lot on your plate and family, friends and colleagues are happy to help – if you let them. When you pool your talents with like-minded souls, magical things happen! Uranus gives you a welcome jolt of electric energy on Wednesday, so make the most of it. With Virgo vim and vigor (plus creative communication) you’ll have a productive week.

LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Jupiter and Saturn send professional opportunities your way, but you must have the confidenc e and work ethic to capitalise on them. Attached Librans – surprise your partner with an erotic email or a tantalising text. Singles – have you been looking for love in all the usual places? Uranus encourages you to think outside the box, as you search for your soul mate in adventurous new places.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Focus on pet projects that require plenty of short-term sweat for long-term gain, as Jupiter trines Saturn in Scorpio. Plus clarify and consolidate your aspirations and ambitions for the future. But are you being too stubborn or suspicious about a relationship issue? Compromise and trust are required if you want to steer a romance or friendship into calmer waters.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Jupiter (your ruling planet) forms a fabulous trine with Saturn on Friday. Opportunity meets preparation and you’ll fi nd, if you’ve done the work required, lucky opportunities will come your way. But you must grab good fortune when it appears, or it will just pass you by. Be inspired by birthday great Emily Dickinson “Luck is not chance, it’s toil; fortune’s expensive smile is earned.”

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Don’t be too cautious Capricorn. Th is week, good luck comes to gung-ho Goats who hustle! Jupiter forms a fantastic trine to Saturn (your ruling planet) on Friday, which makes you more ambitious … and more proactive about turning average opportunities into good fortune. Your motto for the moment is from Emily Dickinson [born on December 10, 1830] “Fortune befriends the bold”.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

You’re trying to persuade someone to do something… but are they ready for your unconventional Aquarian approach? With charm and a convincing argument you can get them onside, as Wednesday’s positive Mercury/Uranus aspects boost your communication skills. And is it time to contribute your innovative ideas to a group, club or organisation within your local community?

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

Artistic inspiration is high but don’t waste the week with chaotic thinking and constant daydreaming. Friday’s fabulous Jupiter/ Saturn trine encourages you to have the confidence and discipline to turn your creative thoughts into tangible form. But remember there’s a fi ne line between communicating your ideas with plenty of Piscean passion… and being completely misunderstood.

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FITEC FITNESS CHAMPION

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Fitec is the Fitness Industry Training & Education Centre. It’s where the trainers get their training! As part of raising awareness and promoting it in our community, we present the Fitec Fitness Champion! Each week we will interview someone who has successfully made health and fitness an integral part of their life...

Take a look inside your fridge: What does it say about you? (our storage hormone). We can only store a small amount in our liver and muscles, the rest is stored as fat. Good fats (what we evolved on) have no effect on our insulin levels, therefore, are not readily stored as fat. Remember this: to fi nd out how much you love your body, take a look in your fridge and pantry!

What type of activity/exercise do you enjoy the most? I love to dance and enjoy doing weights at the gym. That’s what makes me feel great and gets me closer to my personal goals. How do you stay motivated when it’s so easy to just ‘take it easy.’ I love that “after workout feeling”. I try to stay focused, break my goals down and think, “what can I do today to accomplish them”. Also working in a gym or dancing I’m constantly surrounded by people reaching and often exceeding their goals. Th is helps me to stay motivated, positive and reinforces that hard work and determination does pay off.

Top three tips for good health? My top three tips would be to: 1. Limit sugar and processed foods, 2. Get moving, 3. Live a balanced lifestyle (make time for work, rest and play, don’t be consumed by one or the other). A daily ‘must do’? Be grateful. Each day you wake up be grateful for what you have, the people in your life, your health, your capabilities. Focus on the positive and look after your body, it’s the only place you have to live. Biggest health/fitness misconception? That fat makes you fat. It doesn’t. Sugar and carbs are what spikes insulin levels

through the day. Since making changes in my own diet I’ve seen dramatic changes in energy levels.

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Zoe how does fitness play a part in your life? I am a personal trainer at the YMCA in Penrith. I love my job and the fact that I am a part of people’s journeys towards their goals. I like to challenge my clients and make them aware of their capabilities. I have a strong passion for nutritional education and make that a part of personal training sessions with my clients.

What do you consider the biggest benefit of being fit and healthy? Feeling alive and having energy to get

Anything else you want to say? Everyone has to start somewhere – don’t be afraid of failing, be afraid of not trying in the fi rst place. Th ink about what you want to achieve, your goals, and write them down. Push yourself. Your body achieves what your mind believes!

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FASHION FIXATION

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JEWELLER ON DUTY by Matthew Ely

by Katherine Tweed

Dressing for your work party

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ecember is fi nally here and I say bring on the mountains of food, holidays spent lazing by the beach, lovely catch-ups with family and parties galore! Family parties and gatherings with friends are no dramas but there is one kind of party that always causes a stir around this time of year... the annual offic e party. Your work mates might be the people who you spend most of your time with but for most, they are only your friends in the offic e. In a professional setting there are things that you can and can’t wear but when it comes to an after-hours work party, it can seem like nothing is off-limits. Viewing your end of year office party with an “anything goes” attitude is a recipe for disaster. Yes, it should be a time to let your hair down and have a ball with your workmates but it is important to keep in mind that in addition to the girl you share a desk with, you are also partying with your boss, their boss and other management too. Choosing the right outfit to wear to the Christmas party can get you off to a good start, the rest (meaning your actions/how much alcohol you consume) is up to you. When I get ready for my work Christmas party I always try to wear something different – something that my workmates either haven’t seen before or something that I don’t generally wear to the offic e. Th is year, I’ll be wearing a pair of tailored shorts; they are a good length and as I usually wear trousers to the office, will give me a different look. The second thing that I try to remember is to keep my outfit classy, modest and to the dress-code. If you are going out to a Club or restaurant, be sure to know the dress code. It will be embarrassing if you turn up to the RSL but are not allowed in because you don’t have covered shoes or a collared shirt on. Save your plunging necklines and super short minis for a night out on the town with the girls and opt for something on the more appropriate side. I fi nd that if I aim to look ‘pretty’ rather than ‘hot’, I am still dressing to impress but manage to hit just the right look.

Katherine.tweed@mediaview.com.au 4722 2998

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PLANNED MY WORK-PARTY OUTFIT: BLACK TAILORED SHORTS, A BLACK T-SHIRT, BRIGHT ORANGE CLUTCH AND PINK LIPSTICK. WE WENT TO A BOWLING ALLEY SO I CHOSE A PAIR OF BLACK FLATS.

hat a week! With all my talk about pink diamonds, it seems to have paid off. As mentioned last week, I entered the Diamond Guild of Australia Awards in the “fancy coloured diamond” division. I was lucky enough to win this category with my “Illoura” ring. Hand crafted in 18ct White Gold, the “Illoura” is a design collaboration between myself and Pink Kimberley Australia. I also hand crafted this special piece, which features our spectacular Australian pink and blue fancy coloured diamonds. In every competition, one of the requirements is to write about your inspiration. Often this comes after the ring has already been designed and made! “Illoura” comes from an Aboriginal term, meaning “a beautiful or peaceful place”. I thought this was a perfectly fitting name for such a stunning ring. The following is what was submitted with Illoura: “As we look up to the morning sun, we see a kaleidoscope of colour... It is beaming down from a clear blue sky, down into a harsh red Australian earth, the very earth where these rare and beautiful gems were created”. Th is was the feeling that inspired me. The awards ceremony was held at The Mint in Sydney, on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. The event is regarded as the most prestigious jewellery awards in Australia and is run by The Diamond Guild of Australia. They are an association of industry leaders and designers, setting the highest of standards around Australia, both in manufacturing and diamonds. The awards are every two years and they are open to all of Australia. The night was truly memorable, and something I will always cherish. I want to express my thanks for all the support I have been given over the last 12 months. It has been a challenging, yet rewarding year. A special mention to my family and my team at York Jewellers, without them, none of our success would come to light. Please come in store to see Illoura or check it out in this month’s Qantas – The Australian way magazine.

Matthew Ely is an award-winning jewellery designer based at York Jewellers in Westfield Penrith

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This cute little guy came into the shelter with his mum and siblings all of which are still avaliable for adoption. He is not only handsome but friendly aswell and would make a great companion for someone looking for a kitten and is avaliable for adoption now.

Dakota is a big happy goofy pup that came into the Shelter as a stray, she was adopted but did get along so well with the resident dog so after 3 days in her new home she was returned to the shelter. Dakota will be a big girl when fully grown and needs a commited dog owner to help her settle in. She is avaliable to be adopted now and her Adoption Fee is $325 which includes Desexing, Vaccination, Microchipping and Lifetime Rego.

This guy was found as a stray in the Penrith Area and was taken to the Animal Shelter. He isn’t chipped and no owner has come forward so he is now lookingfor his forever home. He has tested well with other dogs and is an all round nice boy.

He is handsome, friendly and is in need of a loving home as he is quite underweight and hadnt had a very good previously. He is avaliable for Adoption from the 10th of December. Adoption Fee - $230 Includes Desexing, Vaccination, Microchipping and

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Shelters contact details are:

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STAYING HEALTHY

ANIMAL TALK

THE PHARMACIST SAYS YS

by David Stein

by Nicole McMillan

by Martin Cominotto

Don’t be afraid to exercise

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ollowing up from my article recently on Omega-3 and cholesterol, I wanted to clear up some of the confusion with the concept of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ types of cholesterol and how Krill Oil may be a natural way to maintain healthy levels. Cholesterol is simply a type of fat that’s made in the body and needed for normal functions. There are two types of cholesterol – HDL, the ‘good’ type and LDL which is the ‘bad’. The level of bad cholesterol in our body is the one to monitor and ensure it stays in the healthy range. Good cholesterol comes from eating foods that are high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats like fish, nuts and seeds, avocados, grains, olive oil and sunflower oils. Good cholesterol actually lowers the amount of bad cholesterol and we need it to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. A relatively new supplement is krill oil. It’s long been accepted that omega-3 oils, like those from fis h oil, are useful for general health, arthritis and joint pain, heart health and healthy cholesterol levels. Compared to fish oil, krill oil is a source of omega-3 that is more highly absorbed into the body. Thi s makes it very easy to get the needed amounts of omega-3s that have been shown to lower bad cholesterol and maintain healthy cholesterol levels. One study had people who were already taking cholesterol lowering medication also take 1000mg of krill oil a day. Th is had amazing results. After 12 weeks the average results were a 32 per cent reduction in bad cholesterol, a 44 per cent increase of good cholesterol and a 13 per cent drop in total cholesterol. With a variety of new krill oils on the market, they are now great value for money.

David Stein, Owner & Manager of Fitec, Penrith www.fitec.com.au e:david@fitec.com.au

Martin Cominotto, Pharmacist for Martin’s Chemist. Ph: 9673 1010. www.martinschemist.com.au

2013 BLACKTOWN CITY ART PRIZE PUBLIC PROGRAM

ummertime means many trips to the park, beach, friends’ places and holidays. It is important to plan ahead when travelling with your pets. Most dogs and cats will travel well if they are accustomed to car travel and a few tips can make your trip smooth and easy. It is important to restrain your cat or dog whilst travelling. The way you do this will depend on the size and breed of your pet and the size and type of car you have. Cats and some smaller dogs travel best in a crate or cat cage as they feel secure when confi ned. You need to make sure that a pet crate is well secured and cushioned in case of sudden braking. Most dogs are comfortable with a specially designed seatbelt harness. It is law in NSW that all dogs are secured in the car. Be aware that some cars contain airbags and these can be very dangerous for dogs when deployed. It is often best to sit them in the back seat. If you have a cargo compartment where your dog travels ensure that it has a partition and is well cushioned for sudden stops. During the trip it is important to stop often so your pet can stretch their legs, go to the toilet and burn off some energy. Small breaks hourly with a longer break every four hours are recommended. Always have your pet on a lead when you stop and make sure that your microchip details are up to date. Ensure that all dogs have a collar with your contact number on it in case your pet is lost. Try to make the rest stops in the shade and never leave your pet unattended in the car. Remember cars become dangerously hot in a matter of minutes in the warm weather. Many pets sleep in the car but many become restless just like young children. It might seem fun to let your dog stick its head out of the window but this is dangerous. They can be hit by objects or fall out of the window. It also makes them susceptible to ear and eye irritations.

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f you have throbbing knees, aching hips and sore ankles it’s easy to assume a lifetime of activity is to blame but that is simply untrue. Plenty of older people who’ve been active all their lives never develop osteoarthritis. And this misguided view can lead to people avoiding exercise, which has an important role in keeping joints healthy. “I think it’s a myth to make the general statement that exercise is bad for your joints or actually wears your joints out. There’s no evidence for that,” said rheumatologist Professor Patrick McNeil. Exercise doesn’t just help keep joints healthy, it’s one of the best treatments for joints that are already damaged. While it’s natural that when joints hurt, you want to avoid moving them, the movement actually performs an important job. Cartilage is living tissue but it has no arteries to deliver blood to it. Instead it relies on movement of the joints to create a pumping action that circulates flu id containing oxygen and nutrients. Exercise also: • decreases pain. • helps maintain the mobility and flexibility of joints. • improves muscle strength, which can help hold joints in their correct alignment, taking pressure off sore spots. Regular exercise can also help you maintain a healthy weight, reducing stress on joints. And of course it has enormous general health benefits. It’s much better to be physically active than to hold back because of your joints. Generally speaking, your joints will let you know if your exercise is causing harm. But if you have been diagnosed with joint damage, or have pain that suggests damage, it’s possible the wrong sort of exercise could make your arthritis worse. Some discomfort in an affected joint is normal but substantial increased pain or swelling during or after activity may be a sign you need to modify your program.

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Nicole McMillan, practice owner of Coreen Avenue Veterinary Clinic and the Western Sydney Cat Hospital

The 2013 Blacktown City Art Prize will be exhibited from 6 Dec 2013 – 23 Jan 2014. Admission is free. The exhibition is proudly sponsored by:

ARTS MARKET

Saturday 7 December, 10am – 3pm

Find a unique gift and support our creative community at the popular annual Arts Market, held in the courtyard at Blacktown Arts Centre.

ARTISTS’ TALKS

Saturday 7 December, 12pm – 1:30pm

Join some of the entrants of the Blacktown City Art Prize in a discussion about their art works on exhibition.

CHILDREN’S PRIZE-GIVING

Come and congratulate all the entrants of the Children’s Prize on the theme of ‘Water is Life’ and see the catchment model of the Blacktown LGA!

BLACKTOWN ARTS CENTRE

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CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS

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NATURAL THERAPIES

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by John Miller-Crispe

VIEW FROM ABOVE

PERSONAL FINANCE

by Rev John Lavender

by Anthony Walker

More help for that gut feeling!

Getting renovation ready

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ow I tell clients not to overdo things at Christmas time – and of course they never do – I don’t think. I am not going to get into the rights and wrongs of over indulging, nor am I silly enough to expect that most people will listen to me at this time of year. But is there anything that you can do to minimise the misery? The answer is absolutely. I could of course suggest that you bring all that yummy food around to my place and I, being a really great sort of bloke, will eat it for you and relieve you of all that suffering. No? Oh well I will have to buy my own, but it was worth a try. There are a simple couple of things though that you can do to help reduce the misery, not that I am giving anyone licence to over indulge. First get some vegetable enzymes and as soon as you start to eat pop two in your mouth and swallow. Or you can get an enzyme powder and mix a teaspoon with your food. Thi s helps your food to break down quickly, avoiding the bloating fermentation process that can happen in your stomach. Second, try to avoid drinking while you are eating as this reduces the stomach acid slowing down the digestive process. Some other handy tips on digestion; don’t eat fruit immediately after a protein meal. Meat takes a few hours to break down and the stomach will not empty until this has occurred. Fruit takes around 10 to 20 minutes, so eating fruit for dessert means the fruit has digested and will now ferment for a couple of hours producing gas. Eat the fruit as an entrée or leave it until a couple of hours after the heavy meal. Also avoid soda water as this neutralises the digestive acids slowing down digestion. If you have to have a fiz zy drink or mixer, use sparkling mineral water. Use small plates so you fool your brain into thinking you have more food than you really do and take your time eating. As Mum used to say; “Chew your food”. Many people almost inhale their meals – not good. Take your time!

ith Christmas upon us a lot of us will be spending the break doing renovations around the home. There are a few things to do to make sure that you’re not only renovation ready but that you have your renovation dollars ready – because as we all know, renovations cost money. And, it pays to be on the liberal side when doing your renovation budget as it’s not often that you hear of renovation costs coming under or on budget. Renovation ready rule #1: Charging up the credit card to help pay for a new deck is unfortunately not a great wealth-creation strategy. You don’t want to still be paying off the renovation long after the deck has already undergone a few recoats of varnish. Renovation ready rule #2: Using your savings is a much smarter option – I’m not recommending that you blow all your savings on your renovations as it’s defi nitely a smart thing to have a rainy day fund, but if you’re one of the huge number of Aussies who have been doing the smart thing and taking advantage of the great deposit rates on offer and have built up some savings then do your sums, don’t over extend yourself and dust off your toolbox – congratulations you’re in the renovation ready category! Renovation ready rule #3: Another alternative is to re-draw on your home loan. The upside here is that there are usually no fees or charges for taking back the money, so all you lose is the gains you would have made in terms of reducing the interest and term of your loan. And if you think about the equity you are building in your home, this may outweigh any extra interest you pay. The solution will be different for everyone so speak to your bank.

John Miller-Crispe is a Senior Naturopath with Abundant Life & Health Naturopathic Clinic

aming your child is always a special time. Sometimes a child’s name will have important family significance or it might simply be a name the parents value and which sounds good. Some of the most popular girls names in 2013 included Lily, Emily, Chloe, Charlotte and Olivia, while for boys, Lucas, Ethan, Thomas, James and Liam were most popular. It is not uncommon though for a child’s name to have a particular, unique meaning. Perhaps it could be a name which recalls some distinctive circumstances surrounding the child’s birth or it could be a name which parents give, based on their hopes and dreams for their new born baby. At Christmas, we remember how the Bible tells us that when Jesus was born into our world, he was given the name “Jesus” because “He will save his people from their sins”. Th is is significant because straight away it points to our deepest need. When Jesus was born he wasn’t called “President” or “Prime Minister” as if we needed a new political leader. Nor was he called “Doctor” as if he would bring significant health improvements. Jesus was given his name because he was born to save. Jesus was born to rescue humanity from our greatest problem and help us with our greatest need. Ultimately in Jesus’ death on the cross and rising again, Jesus would not only save us from our sins but he would open the door for us to have a fresh start and new life with God. Jesus’ name powerfully points to who Jesus is and what he came to do. Th is Christmas, may you know this difference that Jesus can make to your life.

Anthony Walker, Owner-Manager Bank of Queensland. Anthony.walker@boq.com.au

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• Ground floor + single lock up garage • Modern kitchen & bathroom/laundry • Modern tiling and flooring throughout • 2 x built-ins in main bedroom • Levies $471 per quarter

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Heaven Awaits

Wow, what a beauty, a fantastic family home in the heart of South Penrith. Close to all amenities, shops, schools and parks. This home has a warm, cosy feel to it, comprising of 4 bedrooms, study annexe, ensuite, main bathroom, built in robes throughout, a large bright kitchen, fireplace, split system air con, double carport, side access and plenty of outside storage. The undercover pergola is a great area for the entertainer and summers will be spent outside splashing in the pool. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to purchase a great home in a great suburb.

When Position Counts Beautifully presented three bedroom, double lockup carport in a great part of town. Close to all amenities, shops, parks and schools. This home comprises of an updated kitchen and bathroom, ceiling fans, a split system air conditioner and built in wardrobes to all. The backyard is a landscaped beauty with an outside pergola, and garden shed. Don’t wait too long or it will be gone, call now.

Contact Melinda Williams 0419 998 509

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Open Home Sat 12:00 – 12:30pm 19 Silvereye Close

Glenmore Park

Offers over $410,000 Mulgoa

Open Home Sat 11:00 – 11:30am 302 Littlefields Road

Offers over $829,000

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Serendipity

Quaint, neat home in Glenmore Park perfect for 1st home buyers or retirees looking to downsize. The home consists of 3 bedrooms with built in wardrobes to all, separate toilet and bathroom, separate dining and lounge, reversed cycle air conditioner and a low maintenance courtyard. Positioned close to Glenmore Park shops, parks and sports fields. This home is a little beauty and is beckoning for a new owner, call now for an inspection today, it won’t last at this price.

If your dream is to be at one with nature but like to be different, this home is perfect for you. Made from natural & recycled materials with its size, charm, unique difference and private bush surroundings, this home has it all. 5 double bedrooms, Ensuite to main with walk-in robe, Large open plan kitchen, Separate lounge dining area, 4 x carports, Large lock-up garage, 2 self-contained retreats, Semi above ground pool, 1.5kw Solar power, 2.5 Acres. This home ticks all the boxes of environmental country style living, giving you that earthy feel in the prime location of Mulgoa. To view this one of a kind property, call Tracey Hotchkiss today.

Contact Michael Ball 0414 264 668

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Your Very Own Oasis!

If you’re looking for a place to call home with room to host those large parties, house the work trucks or play a game of football, with over 1 acre of land, pool & an executive style home you cannot look past this. Tucked away in a secluded spot on a 5255sqm block of land, this large home & block still offers room for you to separate 1000sqm of the land to build that second accommodation. Expect to be impressed, by calling Tracey Hotchkiss today. Contact Tracey Hotchkiss 0414 272 945 Michael

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 7th 12.00 to 12.40pm 97 The Sanctuary Drive

LEONAY

OPEN HOUSE Sat 7th 12.00 to 12.40pm 60 Brougham Street

$695,000 EMU PLAINS

Try This On For Size

Give your family the room they deserve in this split level home that offers an abundance of space. With five bedrooms, numerous living spaces and the comfort of ducted air conditioning throughout. The in ground pool is the centrepiece of the yard and is accompanied by a covered entertaining area. Also features a double garage and timber kitchen. Located approximately fifty eight kilometres from Sydney and positioned on the western side of the prestigious Nepean River. This popular suburb accommodates a primary school and offers easy access to the motorway Leonay Golf Course. Web ID: LEN10790

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• Five bedrooms + study • Ensuite to main bedroom + balcony • Timber kitchen • Large glass room with open views • In ground pool • Double garage • Ducted air conditioning

OFFERS OVER $749,950

Brand New Executive Residence

Superbly crafted and completed with outstanding quality throughout. Four spacious bedrooms combine with an open and contemporary floor plan. Brand new and complete with ducted air conditioning, this residence will make you the envy of your friends. The double garage, three bathrooms, modern façade and approx. 600 m2 block completes the package. Located approximately fifty eight kilometres from Sydney and positioned on the western side of the prestigious Nepean River. This popular suburb accommodates numerous schools, parks and offers easy access to public transport and the motorway. Web ID: LEN10793

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 7th 11.00 to 11.40am 9 Dartmoor Circuit

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OFFERS OVER$479,950

Unassuming – Full Of Features

Impeccably presented and renovated to a high standard, three bedrooms combine with the two separate living areas to create a family friendly floor plan. The rear yard enjoys side access; a spectacular water feature and a grassed area that will keep the kids and pets occupied. The single garage, split system air conditioning and approx. Located approximately sixty one kilometres from Sydney and positioned on the western side of the Nepean River. This popular suburb accommodates a primary school, parks and offers access to bus stops and the Blue Mountains Web ID: LEN10797

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790m2

• Built in wardrobes • Renovated Bathroom + feature tiling • Renovated kitchen + stainless steel appliances • Lounge & Family rooms • Carpet / floating floors • Split system air conditioning x2 • Covered entertaining area

EMU PLAINS

600m2

OPEN HOUSE Sat 7th 1.00 to 1.40pm 67 Dartmoor Circuit

EMU HEIGHTS

OFFERS OVER$575,000

Be The Family Favourite

The floor plan has been extended and now enjoys four bedrooms with a variety of living spaces. The kitchen, ensuite and bathroom have been updated and the creation of a study is a welcome inclusion. Car accommodation won’t be a problem with the double carport and double garage. The size will certainly surprise! Located approximately sixty one kilometres from Sydney and positioned on the western side of the Nepean River. This popular suburb accommodates a primary school, parks and offers access to bus stops and the Blue Mountains. Web ID: LEN10758

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629m2

• Ensuite to main • Split system air conditioning + alarm system • Undercover entertaining area • Study/office • Built in wardrobes • Two living areas • Tiled/carpet floor coverings

OFFERS OVER $1,400,000

Absorb The River Views

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• Ensuite + WI Robe to main • Built in wardrobes • Ducted air conditioning • Lounge/dining/family rooms • Well-appointed kitchen + WI Pantry • Internal laundry + powder room • Shadow line plaster work

From the comfort of your private balcony or from the vantage point on the front verandah, you and your family will enjoy the peaceful ambience that only a water view can provide. This executive residence showcases open plan living complimented by a host of features that will make you the envy of your friends. Located approximately fifty eight kilometres from Sydney and positioned on the western side of the prestigious Nepean River. This popular suburb accommodates numerous schools, parks and offers easy access to public transport and the motorway. Web ID: LEN10794

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834m2

• Master suite with ensuite + private balcony • Formal lounge room that captures stunning river views • Renovated kitchen + island bench • Timber flooring • Sunken rumpus room + views of the in ground pool • Substantial covered entertaining area • Modern bathrooms

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Lennox Centre

30 Mulgoa Road

134D Great Western Hwy

5 Wascoe Street

7 Great Western Highway

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429 High Street

91 Great Western Hwy

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GLENMORE PARK

$604,990

Off The Plan – Exclusive To Jim Aitken & Partners

Situated in a prime Glenmore Park location is this opportunity to purchase this Liberty Regent off the plan. Built by Edgewater Homes you can rest assured that you are in great hands with one of the area’s premier builders. With the town centre only short walk away and the convenience of having schools and transport nearby, with a display home available for inspection at Harrington Park (by appointment) buying off the plan has never been so easy. Located close to reserves and parks and surrounded by quality built homes. Web ID: GLM10534

LUDDENHAM

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GLENMORE PARK

OFFERS OVER $429,950

A Great Start!

Positioned in a whisper quiet cul-de-sac, this home just demands attention. This very good sized home will definitely suit investors wanting a great tenant, or someone looking to get a good start in the property market place. With the town centre only being a short walk away and the convenience of having schools and transport nearby, this is certainly one home that should be straight on the short list. Web ID: GLM10532

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450m2

• Three good size bedrooms • Ensuite access • Large lounge room • Good size kitchen • Family room • Covered entertaining • Drive thru double garage

Glenmore Park

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Cranebrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Penrith

30 Mulgoa Road

91 Great Western Hwy

134D Great Western Hwy

5 Wascoe Street

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way

7 Great Western Highway

Lennox Centre

429 High Street

4733 6999

4735 8888

4739 8800

4739 1111

4730 1122

4751 8888

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A unique opportunity awaits the successful buyer of this superb premium parcel of land consisting of 600sqm with a fabulous 21 metre frontage in the residential area of Luddenham surrounded by newly built quality homes. This is one of the last parcels of land available in Luddenham so act quick to avoid disappointment. Walk to schools, shops, reserve and transport. Web ID: GLM10537

400m2

• Off the Plan, Brand New Exclusive 26 Squares • Four Bedrooms, Main with Ensuite • Two Living Areas • Low Maintenance Living • Ducted Air-conditioning • Alfresco Entertaining • Close to Amenities

OFFERS OVER $325,000

Rare Opportunity - Build Your Dream Home!

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 7th 12.00 to 12.40pm 32 Tornado Crescent

OFFERS OVER $420,000

CRANEBROOK The Whole Package

This home is waiting for a family whether as an investment or as your own home you will be astonished as to its location, position and outlook. The home is in excellent condition with having a new kitchen and bathroom in the last two years. Also recently painted the home has tiled and carpet flooring. Other features include:

Web ID: CRA10512

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568m2

• Four bedrooms • Built-in robes to three bedrooms • Single carport • Two living areas • Split system air conditioning • Large undercover entertaining area • Fully fenced

$1,200,000 CASTLEREAGH

CASTLEREAGH Private, Spacious and Affordable!

If you are looking for some extra space for the family and even potentially the extended family, this large family home located in the ever popular Castlereagh is awaiting your inspection. Located in a very quiet street in a very high sorted suburb, this fabulous family home will give you the size, space and will even accommodate the extended family in absolute comfort. There are a number of features in this home. Web ID: GLM10538

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20,300m2

• Six Large Bedrooms • En suite plus Three Other Bathrooms • Multiple Living Areas • Triple Garage and Tripe Carport • Approximately Five Acres • Separate Access to a Granny Flat • Level Block

OFFERS OVER $1,295,000

Your Castle Awaits

If you have a large or growing family and dreaming about parklife acreage (five acres approximately) then you’ll love this huge seven bedroom plus study home. There are vast formal and informal living areas, plus high ceilings which add lots of character. Other features include:.

Web ID: CRA10374

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20,234.4m2

• Seven bedrooms plus study • Large formal and informal living rooms • Bathrooms up and downstairs (Four in total) • Large modern kitchen • Ducted air conditioning/vacuum • Four car garage, double carport, workshop • Five beautiful acres (Approx)

OPEN HOUSE Sat 7th 11.00 to 11.40am 28 Bottlebrush Drive

CRANEBROOK

OFFERS OVER $359,950

Target In On This!

With not a whole lot of properties to choose from in this ever so popular suburb make sure you book your private inspection to see this before it’s too late. Suitable for the growing family; there are multiple living areas (one with split system air conditioning), two bathrooms and even a large entertaining area for those special occasions.

Web ID: CRA10499

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746m

• Four bedrooms of great size • Two separate living rooms • Ensuite and main bathroom • Updated kitchen and internal laundry • Large entertaining area • Double garage • 680sqm block in North Cranebrook

CASTLEREAGH

OFFERS OVER $1,250,000

Acreage So Close To Town

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Wonderfully preserved this much loved family home will suit those seeking the acreage aspect combined with city convenience. Beyond the traditional façade is a three bedroom floor plan that is accompanied by generous servings of living space that is improved by the comfort of ducted air conditioning and huge carport.

Web ID: LEN10796

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OFFERS OVER $620,000

AGNES BANKS Five Vacant Acres

Located approximately 20 minutes drive from Penrith is this opportunity to secure a vacant parcel of land in this wonderful part of town. The block is just over 5 acres in size. This blank canvas will offer you and your family peaceful views with a care free lifestyle. More information can be obtained from one of our property consultants.

Web ID: LEN10471

CRANEBROOK

OFFERS OVER $649,950

Over An Acre Of Prime Land 7.530m2 Just Superbly positioned in the ever popular North section

• Huge separate rumpus room • Ducted air conditioning • Oversized double garage + workshop space. • Covered car accommodation for up to 8 cars • Timber kitchen • Park like grounds • Front security gates

20,837m2 • Approximately 20 minutes’ drive to Penrith • Services available at the street • Privately positioned off the main road • 20,837 m2 block (approximately) • Vacant land • Existing sealed driveway • Peaceful outlook

of Cranebrook is this vacant parcel of land that is ready for you to let your imagination run wild. The block has been registered and is ready for you to join forces with your architect to bring your dream to life. Imagine coming home to this wonderful location.

Web ID: LEN10531

4,102m2 • Superbly positioned in the North section of Cranebrook • Versatile, vacant parcel of land • The block is just over an acre in size • Frontage of approximately 44m • Positioned in an acreage precinct • Services available • Vacant parcel of land

Cranebrook

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Penrith

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way

Lennox Centre

134D Great Western Hwy

5 Wascoe Street

7 Great Western Highway

91 Great Western Hwy

30 Mulgoa Road

429 High Street

4730 1122

4735 2121

4739 8800

4739 1111

4751 8888

4735 8888

4733 6999

4722 5000

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KINGSWOOD

OPEN HOUSE Sat 7th 12.00 to 12.40pm 1/41 First Street

OFFERS OVER $349,950

Value & Convenience

This three bedroom semi-detached duplex with double garage and outdoor entertaining area represents great value. Featuring 2 split system air conditioners and large covered entertaining area without sacrificing any of your backyard space, this home represents great value. Located centrally to all major amenities, you will be hard pressed to find something this convenient in this price range. Web ID: Pen11296

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445m2

• 3 sizeable bedrooms • 2 Living areas • Double garage with remote access • Connected to the NBN • Sizeable backyard • Full Solar PV system • Quiet cul-de-sac

PENRITH

FROM $375,000

Small Complex – Big Opportunity

With only ten other units in the complex you will enjoy a lifestyle free of maintenance. Located moments from the train station and the heart of Penrith you will be doing well to find a better example of contemporary living. Astute investors should also enquire. Enjoying easy access to Penrith’s busy CBD, you will love the restaurants, shops and public transport that is moments away. This complex will make a great alternative to the new ‘Thornton Estate’ that’s located nearby. Web ID: LEN10791

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OFFERS OVER $329,950

First In, Best Dressed!

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Situated in a complex of four, this modern townhouse awaits. Featuring three bedrooms, all with built in wardrobes, modern bathroom and kitchen all the hard work has been done. With split system air conditioning, lock up garage and internal access. Are you looking for a property close to Kingswood Station, Nepean Hospital and UWS? Then this is the one for you. Web ID: PEN11307

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OFFERS OVER $399,950

PENRITH Featuring three large bedrooms, two bathrooms and two spacious living areas, homes of this size rarely come on the market. Including two split system air conditioners, undercover entertaining area and complemented with a tandem lock up garage, this home is perfect for the growing family. With sweeping views overlooking Penrith and the Blue Mountains, you will be amazed by the proximity to Penrith CBD. Web ID: PEN11294

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OFFERS OVER $429,950

Opportunity Beckons

You will be pleasantly surprised by the size of this much loved family home. With not one but two large living areas separated by the generous kitchen with open servery, this home is perfect for those looking for a little extra space. Take advantage of the large corner block by building a granny flat (STCA) and increasing your rental income. Positioned extremely close to all amenities, this home also benefits from the abundance of parks and reserves. Web ID: PEN11306

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537m2

• Corner Block • Three sizeable bedrooms • Two living areas • Second toilet in laundry • Plantation shutters to back yard • High Ceilings with Ornate Cornice work • Detached workshop

Penrith

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Cranebrook

429 High Street

Lennox Centre

134D Great Western Hwy

5 Wascoe Street

7 Great Western Highway

91 Great Western Hwy

30 Mulgoa Road

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way

4722 5000

4735 2121

4739 8800

4739 1111

4751 8888

4735 8888

4733 6999

4730 1122

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• Great Location • Four Bedrooms • Ensuite • Two Living Areas • Double Garage • Under House Storage • Air Conditioning

639m

556m2

OPEN HOUSE Sat 7th 11.00 to 11.40am 47 Fragar Road

OFFERS OVER $429,950

Offering four generous bedrooms with ensuite to master and two separate living areas, this property is definitely suited for those of you looking for extra space. Huge double garage with work space also boasts the comfort of air conditioning. Positioned walking distance to Penrith railway station and Westfield’s, this home has all the benefits of a CBD apartment without the hassle of living on top of each other. Web ID: PEN11293

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• Three Large Bedrooms • Two Spacious Living areas • Separate Dining area • Lock up Tandem garage • Under house storage • Two bathrooms • Large under cover entertaining area

OPEN HOUSE Sat 7th 2.00 to 2.40pm 116 Coreen Avenue

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Spacious Family Home!

• Two bedrooms (Ensuite to main) • Built in wardrobes • Kitchen with stone tops + stainless steel appliances • Split system air conditioning • Balcony / courtyard (where applicable) • Internal laundry + dryer • Intercom system + Remote access to basement car space

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FANTASTIC UNIT IN SOUGHT AFTER LOCATION

BRAND NEW COMPLETED 4 BEDROOM HOME IN WATERSIDE

This fantastic unit has been built to a high standard with quality fixtures, fittings and appliances throughout. This complex will not disappoint. The home features open plan design, two bedrooms with unsuited to main, built in robes to all bedrooms, large kitchen with Caesar stone bench tops, stainless appliances, quality carpets and blinds, fantastic balcony, , security basement car parking and storage room.

Yes its True, you can now be the owner of a large, brand new four bedroom home with a large separate dining and living areas, full designer Kitchen with 900 mm stainless steel appliances, high 2590mm ceilings and all on a 460 (approx) square meter block in the highly sought after Waterside estate. A House and land package like this will not last long so be sure to secure this once in a life time opportunity today.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity act now call PARKER & PARTNERS on

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This fantastic 4 bedroom home set high on the hill in sought after Mulgoa Rise has been designed to the highest standards. Featuring 4 large bedrooms, with walk in robe and unsuited to main. Separate formal lounge room/ media room and open plan living and family room a master designed polyurethane kitchen with 40mm Caesar stone bench tops and Caesar splash back and 900 stainless steel appliances. The long list of quality inclusions include Ducted Air conditioning , High ceilings, stepped cornices, freestanding luxury bathtub, Cesar stone benched vanity’s, executive rendered façade, large tiled portico, electric Garage door, plus much more …

This fantastic home has it all. With immaculate presentation throughout, you are sure to be impressed. Featuring 3 Large bedrooms with built ins to all, large open plan living with large modern kitchen, dinning, lounge room and massive family rumpus room, a fully fenced yard, semi enclosed garage, colour bond work shop & fantastic entertaining area leading to in ground pool. All set on approx 638 sqm in a cul-de-sac location. Your inspection is highly recommended.

Your inspection is highly recommended for further details contact

For further details please contact Parker & Partners

Joe Parker On 0412024773

(02) 4722 6933

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OPEN HOME Saturday 7th 12.00-12.40pm, 32 Tornado Crescent

Unstack The Family

Th is home is waiting for a family whether as an investment or as your own home you will be astonished as to its location, position and outlook. The home is in excellent condition with having a new kitchen and bathroom in the last two years. Also recently painted the home has tiled and carpet flooring. Other features include: • Split system air conditioning • Four bedrooms • Large undercover entertaining area • Built-in robes to three bedrooms • Fully fenced • Single carport • Two living areas

With up to five bedrooms in total you and your family will appreciate the sheer size on offer. The master suite enjoys a bathroom and retreat while the lower level contains the remaining bedrooms. Social gatherings will be a breeze surrounded by established gardens complimented by a peaceful park outlook. • Split system air conditioning • Master bedroom + parent’s retreat • Manicured gardens + ensuite • Positioned next to a public reserve • Lounge room + optional theatre room • 3kw Solar Panels • Timber floors Located approximately fi fty eight kilometres from Sydney and positioned on the western side of the prestigious Nepean River. Th is popular suburb accommodates numerous schools, parks and offers easy access to public transport and the motorway.

Cranebrook

Emu Plains

The Whole Package

Offers Over $420,000

WEB ID: CRA10512

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

Offers Over $589,950

property

OPEN HOME Saturday 7th 1.00-1.40pm, 45 Bunyarra Drive

WEB ID: LEN10764

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

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

4A St Johns Road 4 Morse Place 17 Reserve Avenue

Sat 11.00-11.40am

98 Grange Crescent

KINGSWOOD Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook

Sat 12.00-12.40pm

1/41 First Street

Jim Aitken Penrith

Sat 1.00-1.40pm

27 Plunkett Crescent

Jim Aitken Penrith

Dukes Estate Agents

Sat 12.00-12.40pm

8 Cornell Street

Jim Aitken Emu Plains

Sat 12.00-12.40pm

97 The Sanctuary Drive

Jim Aitken Emu Plains

Sat 11.00-11.30am

89 Fifth Avenue

Sat 11.00-11.40am

1 Yate Avenue

Sat 3.00-3.40pm

51 Blackbutt Circle

Jim Aitken Cranebrook Jim Aitken Cranebrook

Sat 11.00-11.30am

302 Littlefields Road

Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains

Sat 10.00-10.30am

20 Ceres Street

Ray White Penrith

Sat 11.00-11.40am

47 Fragar Road

Jim Aitken Penrith

Sat 2.00-2.40pm

116 Coreen Avenue

Jim Aitken Penrith

Sat 10.00-10.30am

14 Robyn Avenue

Michael Ball Realty Ray White Penrith

Sat 2.00-2.40pm

192 Sun Valley Road

Michael Ball Realty

Sat 12.00-12.40pm

44 Stapylton Street

LEONAY

CAMBRIDGE GARDENS CAMBRIDGE PARK Sat 10.00-10.40am Sat 1.00-1.40pm

116 Richmond Road 14 Shaw Street

Dukes Estate Agents Dukes Estate Agents

CLAREMONT MEADOWS Sat 2.00-2.30pm

5 Poppy Close

LLANDILO MOUNT RIVERVIEW

Ray White Penrith

COLYTON Sat 11.00-11.40am

1 Dalton Street

Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 12.00-12.40pm

28 Bottlebrush Drive 32 Tornado Crescent

Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 1.00-1.40pm

9 Dartmoor Circuit 67 Dartmoor Circuit

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

2/252 Great Western Highway 45 Bunyarra Drive 60 Brougham Street

Dukes Estate Agents

Jim Aitken Glenbrook

CRANEBROOK

Dukes Estate Agents Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains

SOUTH PENRITH

GLENMORE PARK

Sat 11.00-11.30am

38 Cameron Street

Michael Ball Realty

PENRITH

EMU PLAINS

19 Silvereye Close 32/47 Camelia Avenue

Dukes Estate Agents

MULGOA

EMU HEIGHTS

Sat 12.00-12.30pm Sat 1.00-1.30pm

Ray White Penrith

Michael Ball Realty

SUN VALLEY Jim Aitken Springwood

WINMALEE

JAMISONTOWN

Chartered Accountants

11 Tindale St Penrith

4722 3066

Proud to bring you The Western Weekender Open Homes Guide.

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ROSS FOWLER & CO

Jim Aitken Springwood


FOR ALL Y YOUR PLUMBING NEEDS

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LICENCE NO: 236539C

Call your local plumber today C

AIR CONDITIONING

- Blocked drains with every blocked drain & get your

0410 839 740

FREE garden tap installed

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT

- Hot water repairs - Leaking taps & toilets - LPG & natural gas - New construction & renovations - Septic & rain water tanks WW6121

CARPET LAYING

SERVICE AND INSTALL Service from $80 Available Weekends

0413 314 029

AWNINGS & CARPORTS

PATIOMAN

For all your motorcycle and ATV tyre and mechanical needs Trading Hours: Monday- Friday: 11am – 7pm Saturday: 7am – 3pm

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Unit 21/14 Holbeche Rd Arndell Park NSW 2148 PH: (02) 9621 4118

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BATHROOMS

BUILDERS

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

Call Joel

PENRITH CITY AWNINGS Ph (02) 4732 6595 MBL: 0403 011 058

0419 730 795

Builder - Lic No. 75305c

TONY THE TILER

Lic No: 121977 C ABN: 45 694 859 807

Bathroom Renovations & Shower Repairs Lic R62186

BRICKLAYING

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Lic 83907c

RICHARD MUELLER BRICKLAYER

dave@penrithcityawnings.com PENRITHCITYAWNINGS.COM

• SCREENED & GLASS ENCLOSURES • CARPORTS • AWNINGS • SUNROOMS

FREE QUOTES

Looking to do small jobs

0403 888 028

db Professional Building Services Pty Ltd

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

For your convenience We accept!

Lic. 208275c

OFFICE 4576 1616 MOBILE 0410 437 558

DEAL DIRECT WITH THE BUILDER - 20 Years Experience

Renovations • Pergolas • Decking • 1st Floor Additions • Roofing & Guttering 30 years exp.

Call David

 FREE QUOTES ALL AREAS

Est 1989

0405 107 506

PHONE CHRIS philway@live.com.au www.philway.com.au

BUILDING REPAIRS

FOUNDATION REPAIRS Mob: 0411 487 203 or 0414 827 426

Cracked Brickwork Drainage Specialist Jamming Doors Pier Replacement 22 Years Mark Phone: (02) 4730 6645 E: a1underpinning@gmail.com Experience www.a1underpinningnsw.com.au

0418 402 790

Call now for all types of Blinds, Security and Safety doors, Fly Screens, Plantation Shutters, Canvas & Metal Awnings.

We also repair Doors, Screens & Blinds. Good Old Fashioned Service

CARPET LAYING

M&L Carpet Laying

BUILDERS Shaun Smith trading as

 RENOVATIONS  DECKS  BATHROOMS  EXTENSIONS  PERGOLAS  CARPORTS

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• Glass enclosures • Kits also available • Gable roof specialist

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0418 259 006

Are you looking for a reliable builder?

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• New design (Fly over) • New Flat Deck Roof • Carports & Awnings • Screened enclosures

FREE QUOTES

CALL NOW

BLINDS, CURTAINS

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• • • • •

Est. 1974

ABN 41586176397 LIC. 238922C

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

Lic No. 829 19C

trades & services

NOD AIR Call Nigel 8916 7402 Lic 230510c AU 26947

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

Call Merv 0418 249 738 or 9625 7740

Phone: 4736 6866 • 0407 217 582 www.summerbreezeblinds.com.au

Put a Splash of Colour in your ad Call 4722 2998

CALL 4722 2998

TRADER OF THE WEEK

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FOR ALL YOUR PLUMBING NEEDS - Blocked drains with every blocked drain & get your

FREE garden tap installed

- Hot water repairs - Leaking taps & toilets - LPG & natural gas - New construction & renovations - Septic & rain water tanks

LICENCE NO: 236539C

Call your local plumber today 0410 839 740

WW6117


Harris Property Services

Call Damon on

•Lawns •Gardening and Pruning •Rubbish Removal •High Pressure Cleaning Free weedspray with ANY lawn service

CARPET CLEANING & REPAIRS

0421 075 988

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT

WW6127

GARDENING & MAINTENANCE

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

0402 725 140

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

Call Steve on 4735 3142 or

0416 116 602

Call Russell For a Free Quote Professional Service/RealisƟc Prices

Coochie HydroGreen

• Carpet Steam Cleaning • Auto Detailing • Rugs, Mats & Stairways • Family Owned & Operated • Dining & Office Chairs • Good Old Fashioned Service • Leather Cleaning • Evening & Weekend • Carpet & Fabric Protec on Appointments Available • Moving House / End of Lease WW3920

Your Lawn Care Specialists for all types of lawns

5 rooms from

50 $ 95

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

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

0401 646 640 4736 7370

Lic# 145910C

with FREE can of Scotchguard

All stains treated and deodorised inc. Rugs, sofas, dining chairs etc. Powerful truckmount steam cleaner, quick drying.

FREE SAFETY INSPECTION with any electrical Installation

Call Steve 0425 350 721 Chris Anderson

ELECTRICAL

CALL

0413 032 000

ELECTRICIAN • Fans • Power points • Safety switches • TV Brackets

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY CLEANING • Servicing the Penrith Area for over 5 years

• Pools • Garages • Extensions

parts & Guaranteed ip n workma sh

Kaytee’s Cleaning Service

Mobile: 0403 773 364

WW5817 WW581 WW58 58 817 17

email: allcustom@iinet.com.au www.allcustomelectrical.com.au

CONCRETING

All Purpose Glass and Glazing

A.B.N. 38087588136 Lic No: 219463C

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

Phone: 0419 018 866

GARAGE DOORS John Newham

FREE QUOTES Greg McSpadden Concrete Services Specialising in;

Licence No. 95571C ABN 70 510 279 284

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

Specialising in: - Domestic Garage Doors - Remote Controls - Repairs and Service WW3530

Lawrie Sandona Mobile: 0414 822 723

GARBAGE REMOVAL

WW5826

Showroom ~ 9832 1566 www.allpurposeglass.com.au

GUTTERING

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

0408 022 374 Fax: 9670 2656

For your convenience We accept!

ADVERTISING WORKS

Lic 416722C

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Call Greg on 0408 868 860 or 0433 345 088

Mobile 0414 833 356 Phone/Fax 9833 3563

Ezy Glide

Garage doors Pty. Ltd.

Repairs to Broken Windows, Installation of Shower Screens & Wardrobes

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

PROMPT, RELIABLE SERVICE

Unit 4, 11-15 Eddie Road, Minchinbury

FREE Measure & Quote

Lic no. 162002C

Ph: 4733 7914 or 0432 328 418

GLASS

EXCAVATIONS & EARTHMOVING

WW5806

Local licensed electrician for 20 years Neat work and fair prices

WW6149

• Hot water repairs • Emergency repairs • New installations and additions • Free Quotes and professional advice

WW6009

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NO JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL!

www.coochie.com.au

LIC 233 826C

CLEANING

• Driveways • Entertainment Areas • Patios

1800 245 955

N.P. Nelson

Ph: 0428 271 118

15 years experience

Qu

ot NO job too es big or too small Fully insured

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2 rooms from

$

E

A Better Service

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

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CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

FR E

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MetWest Carpet Cleaning

ELECTRICAL

Lic No 208334C

est 1999

Please see our website www.jetcarpetcleaning.com.au for our current specials

trades & services

Penrith Valley Garden Care

CONCRETING

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GUTTERING

$

$

Reliable Services & Competitive Prices

9748 3022

M&J

HANDYMAN SERVICES BRICKLAYING, HANDYMAN & GARDEN SERVICES 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE FULLY INSURED & FREE QUOTES • Paving • Tiling • Cleaning • Painting • Carpentry • Lawn & Garden Services

Painting & Decorating

For friendly reliable service contact us on

0409 393 243 or 4735 1175

Google: penrithhandyman.com.au

• Decorative Finishes • Competitive Prices

• Fully Insured • All Work Done

• Reliable Service

Lic No. 44995C

PLUMBING

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

After

0419 823 215 or 4727 0057

• •

PAINTERS & DECORATORS •

Conditions apply

Mowing in ST CLAIR & Surrounding Suburbs

• Lawn Mowing & Edge Trimming • Garden Maintenance & Trimming • Weed Spraying & Control • Mulching, Pebbles & Landscape Services • We also do PRESSURE CLEANING! WW5779

0438 834 139

250

$

details www.mccoys.com.au or Call 0431 824 003

WW4927

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

FULLY GUARANTEED WORK

WW319 Call Karen on 4733 6753

All plumbing, draining and gasfitting Roofing, hot water services, natural gas and LPG installation Bathroom renovations No Job Too Small FREE QUOTES Lic No. L8366 Domestic & Commercial

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Enjoy reliable professional service with a smile!

Office: 02 4722 9677 www.scroof.com.au admin@scroof.com.au

SECURITY SCREENS

Supplier of Security Doors Flyscreens & Windows Grilles

Geoff 0415 253 252 Sec Lic no. 409002239

ALL AREAS 24 HR EMERGENCY SERVICES 7 DAYS

CRYSTAL CLEAR PEST CONTROL Family Owned Local Business for 18 Years

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

ALL WORK guaranteed Licenced and insured. Tradesman Lic 196221C

Lawns • Garden • Prunning Hedges • Rubbish removal Gutter cleaning

PEST CONTROL

Local Family Business

1037WWD2245

includes Paint & Preparation

Sunflower Property Maintenance Call John 0427 784 815

RE-ROOFING - REPAIRS RESTORATIONS - GUTTERING

LOCAL PLUMBER Ph: 0406 715 116

CAMBRIDGE PARK PLUMBING & DRAINAGE SERVICES

All Areas covered

0408 443 384 - 0416 831 326

$0 SERVICE CALL

Same Day Service 24hr Emergency

Blocked Drains from $49

Taps & Toilets Repaired save $39

Conditions apply.

www.everlastplumbing.com.au

Penrith’s Own!

NEPEAN MAINTENANCE PLUMBING

Lic No. 4715C

    

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

CALL GREG NOW ON: 0400 873 805

We accept!

WW6078

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

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

Concrete/Bricks/Dirt Heavy Load? No Problem

BOOK YOUR SKIP TODAY!

1300 785 845

AUTOMOTIVE

ALL BIKES WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE Will Pick Up

9602 8999 0408 441 075

Phone: For your convenience

Lic. 240711C

Everlast Plumbing

PER ROOM

h’s LAWN MOWING & Kuc GARDEN MAINTENANCE

ROOFING

0406 715 116

Budget Painting from

A Division of Manning Services Pty Ltd

• 100% Labour Guarantee • Up Front Pricing

1037WWD2245

WW5910

Ph 1800 600 760 Mob 0419 972 399

mccoy’s property maintenance

LAWNMOWING

Contact Rob:

TOTAL SATISFACTION GUARANTEED WE CARE FOR YOUR ENVIRONMENT

WW5968

839 740

ROOFING

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

- New construction & renovations - Septic & Rain water tanks - Excavation/Bobcat & tipper hire

Call your local plumber today 0410

PEST CONTROL

Email: envirocare1@bigpond.com

- 24/7 Emergency work - Hot water - Blocked drains - Leaking taps & toilets - Natural & LPG Gas LICENCE NO: 236539C

A/H - 4733 2525

PEST MANAGEMENT SERVICES

T & C PLUMBING SERVICES FOR ALL YOUR PLUMBING NEEDS

LOCAL24HRS PLUMBER 7 DAYS PER WEEK

DIRTY DRIVEWAY

WW5378

Plumber - Drainer- Gas fitter

Jason - 0417 221 822 • Mark - 0417 223 288

Call Chris on 0404478487 lic. 251075c

• Interior And Exterior

WW3681

24hrs/7 days a week all areas , free quotes pensioner and senior discounts

Personally

• Big Or Small Jobs

HIGH PRESSURE WATER CLEANING

Before

PLUMBER, DRAINER, GASFITTER

FREE QUOTES

Glenmore Park

WHEN QUALITY COUNTS

For a free quote call Pete on

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DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL • Fast Clean Service

Lic No. 221280C

LOCAL PLUMBER roof plumber, backflow & rpz testing

www.abcseamless.com.au

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trades & services

 Box Cutter  Metal Roofing  Rainwater Tanks

WW6129

PLUMBING

WORKMANSHIP GUARANTEED

Licence No. 173676c

All Types of Gutters Installed

Frank & Olly’s

0421 075 988

PAINTERS & DECORATORS

ABC SEAMLESS GUTTER DISCOUNTERS

 Continuous Aluminium  Colorbond Zincalume  Leaf Guard Specials

Call Damon on

•Lawns •Gardening and Pruning •Rubbish Removal •High Pressure Cleaning Free weedspray with ANY lawn service

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Harris Property Services

or

www.bikewrecker.com.au


Harris Property Services CARS - WANTED

NUTRITION

A1 CASH

HERBALIFE DISTIBUTOR

All vehicles Free Removal WW5906

1hour pick-up

Ph:1300 255 626 | 0404 714 714

FOR SALE WW5937

CHRISTMAS TREES FOR SALE

Fresh, manually pruned Come pick your own KEMPS CREEK CHRISTMAS TREE FARM 106 Cross St, Kemps Creek

Call 0417 631 385 www.kempscreekchristmastreefarm.com.au

for Wellness & weightloss Call Danielle 0433 323 270

WW5841

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Open 8am-9pm

9723 6260 WW6125

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GARAGE SALES Baby items such as clothing, toys, swings etc in good condition. Ladies clothing, bikes & other household items. Come & check it out, all at low prices, just in time for Christmas.

0421 075 988

ANNOUNCEMENT

Here comes the Christmas Pause BOOK Early to get SANTA CLAUSE

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trades & services

$1000 (conditions apply)

Call Damon on

•Lawns •Gardening and Pruning •Rubbish Removal •High Pressure Cleaning Free weedspray with ANY lawn service

SANTA will deliver presents to your home on Christmas Eve till Midnight or Christmas Morning from 2am - 6am

on 1800

256 967

Carouselclowns.com.au WW6065

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trades & services

Licence No. 189585C ABN: 49559903646

Call Shane 0411 704 302 “Where quality, service & great prices come together”

With Every New Driveway

Big Vintage & Collectables Sale Christmas Gifts Galore! • Oldwares • Antiques • Books • Records • DVDs • CDs

FREE

Excavation and Removal of Old Driveway

Specialists in all Aspect of Concrete work • Driveway • House Slabs • Patios • Paths • Residential • Commercial • Industrial WW6172

LET US TRANSFORM THE LOOK OF YOUR PRIDE & JOY & BE THE ENVY OF YOUR STREET Sydney’s Best Prices - 7 Days a Week - No Obligation FREE Quotes

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FOR ALL YOUR PLUMBING NEEDS

LICENCE NO: 236539C

Friday 6 December 2013 the western weekender

- Blocked drains with every blocked drain & get your

FREE garden tap installed

- Hot water repairs - Leaking taps & toilets - LPG & natural gas - New construction & renovations - Septic & rain water tanks

Call your local plumber today 0410 839 740

WW6116


TERRY’S GARAGE

Three of the best

Complete Mechanical Repairs to Petrol and Diesel Vehicles

All West CV Joints is here for you

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

SERVICE AND REPAIRS TO:

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T

Service

Cut your motoring costs. Present this ad and take advantage of our Christmas Specials!

We will:  Replace your engine oil  Replace your engine filter  Check your air filter  Check all your lights, horn and wiper operation  Top up all your engine bay fluids  Add additive to windscreen washer bottle  Check and correct all your tyre pressures  Tyre shine  Check front and rear brakes and adjust your hand brake  Check front and rear suspensions  Check your driveline (front or rear wheel drive)  Check your exhaust system  Complete safety check with report  FREE Calender with service

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• Cars • Vans • Utes • Mini Buses • Light trucks up to 4 Tonne • Petrol, Diesel, LPG • Tyres and Wheel Alignment

Ph: 4732 3444 17 Copeland Street, Kingswood

* Conditions apply. Offer valid till 30/12/2013

www.terencesgarage.com

♦ With Written Report

♦ Fully Qualified Mechanics ♦ Fully Equipped Workshop ♦ We Can Make Shocks and Springs To Suit Any Vehicle

129 Coreen Avenue

PENRITH

• • • •

New & reconditioned Specialising in Power steering Power Steering racks conversions Pumps • Steering boxes Lines and all Mechanical Repairs pairrs

4/52 Christie St, ST MARYS www.benspowersteeringshop.com.au 9623 6668

WW682

POWER PO OWE O WER STEERIN WE STEERING N SHOP

FULL MACHINE WORKSHOP

I

Steering Specialist

0416 750 809 WW682

f you are a four wheel drive enthusiast, you should already know where ARB Penrith is located. With a six year history in Penrith, ARB has a reputation for being a one stop shop for all 4WD touring and recreational activities. ARB is Australia’s largest manufacturer and distributor of 4WD accessories. With an array of roof racks and roof bars, canopies, fridge freezers and protection equipment like deluxe and commercial bull bars, you really can’t go past ARB. Despite the company’s unwavering success, their philosophy has never wavered from its original course – quality, reliability and practicality above all else. ARB is located at 60-62 Regentville Road, Jamisontown. You won’t regret a visit to ARB, so get in there as soon as you can!

- Head Servicing - Crankshaft and cam grinding - Alloy welding - Spare Parts - Specialising in gas engine conversions

ENGINE RECONDITIONING

PETROL, GAS & DIESEL ENGINES for all makes & models

Unit 1/52 Christie St, St Marys 0414373184 WW1506

9833 3108

CHRISTMAS DISPLAYS

AutoWest is the right match for you

½

your fuel bill & y

Collect the

1,000

govt.rebate*

INSTALL A LPG SYSTEM TO YOUR CAR, 4X4 OR LIGHT TRUCK Family Cars from $2600 0 Less Govt Rebate $1000 4x4’s from $3500

Less Govt Rebate $1000

$1600 = $2500 =

ight tr cks ask o Small cars & light trucks ourr price *Government rebate applies to private owned vehicles, conditions apply

SERVICE & REPAIRS FOR ANY VEHICLE BRAKE & CLUTCH SPECIALISTS BLUE & PINK SLIPS

Available

• All Makes & Models • Light Trucks & Commercials • LPG Installation • Auto Electrical • Air Conditioning • Regos & Service WW4051

Unit 2/25 Phillip Street, Kingswood

 4722 6602

W

hether you are a car enthusiast, or just a DIY person, AutoWest Paint Supplies have all the tools you need to keep your car looking brand new. They supply automotive and industrial coatings, tools, spray equipment and panel beating supplies. AutoWest is a one-stop shop. AutoWest provides paint supplies to not only wholesalers, manufacturers and government departments, they also provide for the private sector, including those who just want to touch up a scratch or repair some damage on their vehicle. They have the right equipment for your repairs. AutoWest can mix paints to match your car and any colour can be matched. Call 4721 3301 or go to 9/61 Regentville Road, Jamisontown.

For all Cut out Christmas Displays

Call 1300 733 165 or go online

www.christmasdisplays.com W WW2536

FULL AUTO ELECTRICAL SERVICES AVAILABLE

4721 2112

www.sydneysuspension.com.au

4WD dreams come true at ARB FOR THE TRADE & NOW DIRECT TO THE PUBLIC

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Penrith Panthers 2003 Grand Final hero Joe Galuvao with his children Praise and Judah and his wife Maybelle. Photo: Melinda Jane.

a Q&A session with him as well as some fabulous video montages.” Back in 2003 whilst playing with the Panthers, Galuvao was one of the most

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“It’s a very different lifestyle to here but the centre we played at was really nice. They take care of their centre, so it’s pretty good to play there,� she said. The World Cup, which will be played between Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa, tips off in May and will run for two weeks. Arndell, who was selected in the Australian Mixed Opens team, said she preferred the indoor version of the game over traditional outdoor netball. “I prefer indoor netball because it’s played on a smaller court, is faster and you do less work,� she said. Arndell and Ervine regularly play in the Super League Indoor Netball Competition.

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Memorial events for three stalwarts of the Penrith AH&I Society were held at the Penrith Paceway last Thursday night. They were Bob Green, ex-President and Committee person for many years, Merv Adams who officiated as the Ringmaster of our annual Show and Les Churchill an exSecretary and Harness Racing advisor. Race one was an all the way win for Bristow ($4.90) with young driver Nathan Xuerub notching his sixth winner since getting his licence. Left At The Mint ($1.60) made amends for his last start defeat by taking out the second event with driver Jim Douglas giving him the ideal run in the one out one back possie and defeating second favourite Starzzz Prodigy. Seven-year-old Long Road To Fame having his fi rst start lived up to his name and took out the third with Luke McCarthy at the reins. Word of his long waited ability must have leaked because his starting price was a short $1.40. Our Els Dream ($2.20) made it four wins on the trot to win the fourth. She was well back early then with 600m to go Blake

Tennis in Penrith Christmas is coming to Woodriff Gardens Tennis Centre on Tuesday December 17, and everyone is invited. There will be free tennis for adults and kids of all standards, as well as a free BBQ, presents for kids, karaoke, and even a special visit from Santa. The fun kicks off at 6pm, please call us on 4721 2880 to register your family. School holidays are approaching fast, and Nepean Tennis has the perfect way to keep your kids fit and healthy while learning new skills and having fun. Tennis holiday camps will be held all through January for kids of all ages and experience.

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Lorraine Pozza Fitzpatrick took her three wide to lead on straightening up and hold off the fast fi nishing runner up Bye Bye Sir. Holy Camp Clive had the form to justify his favourite price in the fi fth race and Gavin Fitzpatrick took no chances by taking him straight to the lead and making the others chase. Red Vee Hanover made up some ground to be second placed. The sixth race was a dual between favourite Rathmore Lady ($2.20) and second pick Zenable. Rathmore Lady with Ashlee Siejka aboard sat on the outside of Zenable then poured on the pressure from 600m out to take out the prize. Miss Fantastic ($6.60) won the seventh and received a bonus of $600 for trainer Mitch Butterfield. Driver Josh Willick had the winner placed mid field then after the bell sprinted quickly to lead and hold off the favourite, Only One Slim. The eighth and lucky last proved so for favourite backers with Tuscan Robyn at $1.80. Although working hard outside the leader for the journey, Tuscan was still too strong for the others and gave Gavin Fitzpatrick a driving double.

Chris Woodland For the fi rst time, NDTA will be extending our school holiday clinic hours to cater for mums and dads with a busy work schedule over the holidays. Clinics run from 9am-3pm daily, but we will be offering early drop-off, and late pick-up child care for working parents. Children can be dropped off from 8am, and pick-up as late as 6pm. Woodriff Gardens Tennis Centre is in the heart of Penrith at the corner of Castlereagh Rd and High St, Penrith, and is open seven days a week for coaching or social hire. Call us on 4721 2880 or visit online at www.ndta.com.au.

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who also received the top innovative award for his organising and presenting the club’s 75th Year Anniversary. Speaking of Springwood last Sunday President Barri Morland welcomed myself from Bowls NSW and in the absence of NDBA President Neil Workman, Ted Ryan to his Presidents and Presentation Day. A few of the recipients of awards were away playing in the Club Challenge. Barri nominated Roger Stone and MC Peter Benes to receive the Merit Badges and John Crump along with Jeff Fitzgerald the Tie Bars. Marlene Short and Ulrike Messerli received the Ladies Broaches and Ted Ryan presented the NDBA awards to Ken Th rift and Bob Hahn. Bowler of the Year went to Graham Neich and Clubman of the Year went to Dick Evers.

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St Marys RSL Women’s championships are now completed. The fi nal of the Major/ Minor Pairs was a nail-biting fi nish to the season. Joyce Fuller and Kay Yealland played Deby Brien and Dot Pickworth under extremely hot conditions and on the 17th end the score was even at 16 all. On the 18th end when the last bowl was put down, the umpire was called in to measure. The end result saw Joyce and Kay winning three shots bringing the score to 19–16. Congratulations to both teams for a great fina l. Springwood has done an amazing job considering the problems they have had lately and was rewarded with the Bowls NSW award for the Volunteering Club of the Year; and to cap it off was the award given to hard working member Bob Hahn


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decade. The bold but realistic prediction, according to Mr Chapman, comes after the recently launched Nepean Referees Group received the endorsement of both the newly-named Nepean Football Association and Football NSW. “If you look at this region and the number of champions we’ve produced we’re right for the picking,” Mr Chapman said. “We already have a lot of good referees in this region but what they’ve been lacking is the mentoring and an opportunity of a career path.” Mr Chapman said the Nepean Referees Group is set to offer an acceleration program to the referees that they feel have the most talent to progress their careers. “An acceleration program is one thing we’ll introduce in the opening months for those that fit the criteria of the future from a FIFA and Football NSW point of view,” he said. “If I can achieve that goal quicker than a decade then I will. We do have talent in this area but if they were part of an acceleration and fitness program then they could be part of the A-League within three to four years.” The Nepean Referees Group was set up last month by the Nepean Football Association to officiate all matches within the Association during the 2014 season. The group is currently on the hunt for new

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Nepean Referees Group boss Graham Chapman wants to see a local referee make it all the way to the A-League. Photo: Melinda Jane.

as well as existing referees to register their interest of becoming part of a new era in soccer refereeing. “We’re after two lots of people: People

that are currently accredited soccer referees in this region as well as people who have been refereeing outside of this region but live locally,” Mr Chapman said.

If you’re interested in joining the Nepean Referees Group call Graham Chapman on 4731 2911 or email newreferees@ nepeanrefereesgroup.com.au.

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he new-look Penrith Panthers will open their 2014 NRL campaign with a Saturday afternoon clash against the Newcastle Knights at Centrebet Stadium. The full 2014 draw was released on Wednesday morning, confi rming the Knights fi xture on Saturday, March 8 at 4.30pm. It is a bizarre kick-off time for a game in western Sydney considering the heat at that time of year and the fact that the NRL’s Saturday matches don’t usually kick-off until 5.30pm. However, earlier Saturday timeslots are a permanent fi xture in the 2014 draw. The Panthers will play at home fiv e times in the opening seven rounds of the competition with the only away games being against the Melbourne Storm in Round 2 on March 15 and a Battle of the West match against the Parramatta Eels in Round 4 on March 29. The fi rst 20 rounds of the season have been allocated dates and times, with the remaining six rounds to be allocated later in 2014. In the opening 20 rounds, the Panthers will play two Friday night Channel Nine games against the South Sydney Rabbitohs on April 11 and the Parramatta Eels on May 30. Both games will be played at Centrebet Stadium. The Panthers will play 10 Saturday afternoon and evening fi xtures in the opening 20 rounds as well as four Sunday afternoon games and two home Monday

Josh Mansour in action for the Penrith Panthers last season. Photo: Melinda Jane.

night games – against the Titans on April 21 and the Broncos on July 14. So far 12 matches have been scheduled to be played in Penrith next year, although the Weekender understands one match will be moved to a country NSW venue, most likely Bathurst. There will be a number of key matches for some of Penrith’s newest recruits in 2014. Incoming five-eighth Jamie Soward

won’t come up against his old club, St George-Illawarra, until Round 14, while his halfback partner Peter Wallace won’t meet the Broncos until their Monday night clash at Centrebet Stadium in Round 18. Incoming Penrith lock Elijah Taylor meets his former club the Warriors twice in 2014, fi rstly in Round 16 at Mt Smart Stadium, then at home in the fi nal round of the year. New Penrith prop Brent Kite has the

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“Ensuring that members can plan around when their team is playing has remained a key priority,” NRL Head of Football, Todd Greenberg said. “Th is is a draw that has been built around fans and building major events in major stadiums while retaining traditional venues. “With an increase in Saturday afternoon games there is a chance on a number of

weekends for fans to watch the Holden Cup, VB NSW Cup and then two NRL matches from 11am through to well after 9pm.” In an apparent win for the Panthers, they’ll only meet the Sydney Roosters (2013 Premiers), South Sydney Rabbitohs and Manly Sea Eagles once in 2014. They will, however, play every other 2013 Top 8 team twice.

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Cricket: Penrith’s Round 5 game against Mosman in the Sydney Grade Competition ended in a draw last weekend. With day one of the two-day match washed out a fortnight ago, Penrith began proceedings with the bat on day two last Saturday, declaring at 8/239. Tim Cummins top scored with 75. Penrith didn’t have long to bowl Mosman out when they hit the crease and only managed 7/203 before bad light ended the game. Pat Jackson was the pick of the bowlers with 5/58. Penrith remain in second spot and will meet the 10th placed Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval this weekend. Soccer: An amazing $5,000 was raised as part of the Nepean Football For Fires Fundraiser last weekend. More than 160 players were split up into two pools of four teams each for the roundrobin tournament. The day also featured appearances by Sydney FC stars as well as clinics held by

Western Sydney Wanderers staff. The money raised will go towards footballing families affected by the recent bushfires. Basketball: Holiday camps are on their way to the Penrith Basketball Association in January. Basketball is becoming exciting again in Penrith and what better way to spend some time over the holidays than to enjoy some safe and positive basketball activities in the new year. Two-hour camps will be held on January 21 and 22. Full day camps will be held on January 23 and 24. They are open for kids aged 5-15 years. To book your spot call Jarrod on 4731 3252 or email participation_penrithbasketball@ people.net.au.

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Baseball: The Penrith Panthers have enjoyed mixed results in their Round 11 clash against Cronulla in the State Baseball League. In their mid-week game, the Panthers dominated, scoring a 7-3 win but last Sunday they were pipped at the post by the Sharks 5-4. The Panthers remain in sixth spot with a nine win and 10 loss record. They’ll play the ninth-placed Canterbury Vikings in Round 12.

Softball: The Penrith City Softball Association will be holding their fun Gala Day next Saturday, December 14 at the Glenmore Park Softball Grounds. The all-ages event will feature a jumping castle, face painting, balloon popping, softball games as well as an appearance by the big jolly man himself, Santa Claus. Don’t miss it! Rugby league: A quick tip! Don’t miss the Weekender next week as it features your 2014 NRL Draw poster! If you would like your sporting results, club event or anything sports related mentioned in ‘Around the Grounds’ next week please email nathan.taylor@westernweekender.com.au.

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Roadside Assistance and 5 years Warranty.** For carefree motoring, test drive the new Proton Prevé or Exora today and discover that Proton really does mean more car for your money.

The 7-Seat P Proton Exora.

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY

Keep your family y moving GX X AUTO

from fr om

CARWISE PROTON www.carwise.com.au

Ph: 1300 587 256

$ $25,990 25,990* d drive rive ri i away. aw

(Cost of a local call)

Great Western Highway, Kingswood (Cnr Morley Avenue)

* Prices are for the Prevé GX Manual and the Exora GX CVT (auto) variants for private buyers at participating Proton dealers ordered and delivered before 31st December 2013 or while stocks lasts. Metallic paint $490 extra. ** 5 years /150,000km warranty and roadside assistance, 5 years/75,000km capped-price servicing (whichever occurs rst). Proton reserves the right to change or extend these offers. Refer to www.proton.com.au for further details.

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