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FEBRUARY 14 2014 ISSUE 1140

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THE HEARTBEAT OF PENRITH

HOME INVASION A family has been left shaken but unhurt after a dramatic home invasion in St Clair. The family of four were asleep in their Kala Circuit home on Monday when the 27-year-old woman of the home awoke at about 1.15am to the sound of breaking glass. Two men had allegedly broken a glass door on the home, forcing their way inside, before things turned even more horrifying.

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DAY OF LOVE Penrith Business Alliance Chairman Paul Brennan, Premier of NSW Barry O’Farrell, Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler and State Penrith MP Stuart Ayres at last Friday’s launch.

Progressing Penrith

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“Once in a lifetime opportunity” to shape our future

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major program designed to revitalise and connect Penrith’s city centre has been launched by NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell. Penrith Progression, an initiative of Penrith Council and the Penrith Business Alliance, is a collaborative process which gives the community and stakeholders a key role in revitalising and connecting the city centre and shaping the future of the Penrith region. Penrith Mayor, Ross Fowler said Penrith Progression would open the door to new projects,

capital investment and partnerships to invigorate Penrith’s city centre. “Penrith Progression is about all of us having a say in the look, feel and growth of Penrith and creating a better future for our City. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to shape the Penrith of tomorrow,” Cr Fowler said. “Around 40 per cent of the city centre is owned by Council or State Government. Th is puts Council in a position to leverage considered growth which will see the City become a leader, driving investment and growth for Greater Western Sydney.” Penrith Progression aims to identify key projects, attract investors and create thousands of local jobs to

support the current and potential needs of the growing community. Hundreds of key business people in the Penrith region joined with federal, state and local politicians at the launch last Friday at Penrith Stadium’s Chairman’s Lounge, a defi nitive moment in the next steps in Penrith’s future. “Penrith Progression will build on the vast amount of planning work already done by Council to explore and identify economic, social and environmental drivers which will underpin the urban renewal of Penrith,” Cr Fowler said.

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Cars, motorbikes and boats seized in major police operation at St Marys Police have seized dozens of v ehicles and uncovered a m ajor car re -birthing syndicate in St Marys, with an investigation continuing...

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olice have seized 32 cars, four boats, two motorbikes and various vehicle parts, reportedly stolen, after uncovering an alleged car re-birthing syndicate in St Marys. Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Property Squad and police from both St Marys and Mt Druitt Local Area Commands executed a search warrant at a Links Road industrial unit complex, where Links Road Mechanical Repairs is located, early last week. The operation was carried out over a number of days, during which 20 cars, two motorcycles, one boat, three engines and a number of other vehicle parts, all suspected to be stolen, were seized. Five fi rearms were also located as well as a quantity of drugs. Police executed an additional search warrant at another industrial complex in Appin Place, St Marys, on Thu rsday, February 6, where 12 cars and three boats were recovered. “There is a wide variety of car makes and models in the group, and all of the items seized will be forensically examined in the days ahead,” said Property Crime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Murray Chapman. “Once the items have been thoroughly

The police operation underway in St Marys last week. Photos: Melinda Jane.

inspected, we will be in a position to contact the rightful owners.” The investigation is expected to continue and a Strike Force has been formed in order to investigate the suspected re-birthing syndicate. No charges have been laid at this stage.

“Th is is the beginning of an extensive investigation but I am confident the hard working and shrewd police working on this job will get to the bottom of it,” Detective Superintendent Chapman said. “We have formed Strike Force O’Halloran to investigate the matter and are appealing

for anyone with information that may assist police inquiries to contact Crime Stoppers.” Police have informed the public that information can be provided anonymously and will be treated with strict confidence. Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 with any information.

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College Principal Mrs Mary Leask pictured with Gabrielle Griffiths (ATAR DUX). The Caroline Chisholm College community provides quality Catholic education for girls from Year 7 -12 and congratulates the HSC class of 2013. Our 2013 results reflected the hard work and perseverance of our students and the dedication and professionalism of our experienced staff. These results continue the tradition of Caroline Chisholm’s fine reputation for academic excellence. Our college Dux, Gabrielle Griffiths, achieved an ATAR of 98. Gabrielle also won a prestigious Premier’s All Rounder Award indicating that she achieved a Band 6 in at least 10 units of her study programme.

• More than 90% achieved a Band 4, 5 or 6 in Community and Family Studies, Modern History, Studies of Religion I

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’ll just come straight out and say it: I don’t have a problem with Schapelle Corby getting paid to tell her story to a television network. That’s right – I’m happy for Channel Seven to get out the cheque book, write a big number on it and hand it to a convicted drug smuggler. And yes, it is lonely over here on this side of the argument. I completely understand why most people are against the reported $2 million deal between Corby, who was released from prison this week, and Channel Seven. I also admire ‘Sunrise’ presenter David Koch for openly saying he believes Seven shouldn’t be handing over the cash. I should say too that there is no way the deal is at the $2 million mark – not unlike figures tossed around when sports stars switch codes or clubs, that figure would be grossly inflated. My position certainly puts me at odds with Proceeds of Crime laws, which I believe are somewhat of a farce anyway, because media organisations can always fi nd a way around them. My view on this doesn’t necessarily mean I think Schapelle Corby is innocent, nor does it downplay the seriousness of her crime. I am robustly against drugs, and my gut feeling tells me that whilst she may not have been the sole guilty party in all of this, she did know something about those infamous drugs and how they got there. But none of us really know the truth. We can speculate, guess and pretend we’re informed all we like – the reality is that this is a particularly odd case with plenty of unanswered questions surrounding it. And despite the number of people this week taking the high road and pretending they couldn’t care less about the Corby case, the truth is that there is immense public interest here. Beyond the social media rants and cries of “who cares”, this is a big story that has everyone talking. And it’s fair enough that a big chunk of people are absolutely over it, but I assure you that any interview will mean big, big ratings for Channel Seven. The media certainly went over the top in its coverage this week and the 6pm news services on Monday padded the story out more than needed (mentioning the fact that Schapelle blew her nose was

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the tipping point for me), but this story has been extreme from the start, and has always galvanised public opinion. As a result, plenty of people have and will make money out of Schapelle Corby. Over the years, newspapers and magazines have sold plenty of extra copies thanks to the Schapelle Corby story. TV stations have made money too thanks to high ratings and hence, bigger advertising dollars. A freelance photographer apparently made $20,000 this week selling a photo of Schapelle Corby to Woman’s Day. Whether that’s true or not, who knows, but there would be plenty of stories like it. The telemovie shown by Channel Nine last Sunday depicting Corby’s ordeal, while not attracting the ratings the network would have hoped for, still grabbed over a million viewers and would have had some significant advertising revenue attached. My point here is that if everyone else is going to make money off Schapelle Corby’s story, why shouldn’t she? Yes, yes, I know she was convicted of a serious crime, but it’s not like I’m suggesting she should get the drugs back. I’m simply saying that if there is public interest in her story, and if a television station is willing to hand over cash to her for that story, then so be it. As long as it’s not the national broadcaster using our money, allow it and move on. Watch it or don’t watch it, your choice. As it stands, if everyone plays by the rules, Channel Seven itself would benefit enormously from airing the interview via ratings and advertising, but Schapelle Corby herself – despite being a free woman – would get nothing. Fair enough, many of you would say. I just don’t think that makes sense. There’s plenty of actors and musicians out there who’ve faced all sorts of criminal charges, yet we’re quite happy to continue celebrating their music or watching their movies – and we pay for it. And when they manage to overdose on drugs and kill themselves, we celebrate what wonderful people they were. Guilty or innocent, this remains the remarkable story of a girl in her mid 20’s who was locked away for a decade in the prime of her life, in another country. The Proceeds of Crime Act punishes people who’ve already been punished. And it potentially stops interviews that could be liberating, informative, educational and assist in rehabilitation.

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e’s the rising star of the Liberal Party in NSW, holds the seat of Penrith with a thumping majority and has just been promoted to Cabinet, but Stuart Ayres is now facing an unlikely challenge – from within his own party. Jackie Kelly, the former Federal Lindsay MP, has nominated for Liberal preselection in Penrith as she attempts to make an unexpected political comeback. If successful, it would be an extraordinary story particularly given Mr Ayres is a favourite of NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and holds the seat with such a majority that it’s unlikely he would be beaten at either of the next two elections. In the latest twist to the story, Penrith City Councillor Marcus Cornish, who revealed to the Weekender last year that he was launching an internal challenge against Mr Ayres, has now pulled out of the race and is backing Ms Kelly. “After careful consideration for the future of Penrith I have decided to withdraw my nomination for preselection for the seat of Penrith,� Cr Cornish said. “I will be giving Jackie Kelly my full support for preselection for the seat of Penrith as she is a proven commodity. Nobody in politics in the Penrith area has ever achieved as much for the Penrith area and western Sydney as Jackie Kelly.� Sources close to the Liberal Party have told the Weekender that if Ms Kelly does force a preselection battle, she is unlikely to gain enough support to win.

LPG, REGO CHECKS & SERVICE Penrith MP Stuart Ayres is facing a possible preselection battle with Jackie Kelly (inset).

Mr Ayres said he could not discuss the matter at this stage. “The internal Liberal Party rules preclude me from making comment about preselection,� he said on Wednesday.

Ms Kelly, a former Howard Government minister, retired from federal politics at the 2007 election. Ms Kelly could not be reached for comment.

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importantly, my constituents – are totally convinced it is in their best interests.” Labor candidate for Londonderry and Penrith City Councillor, Prue Car last week joined the growing list of those being particularly vocal about the airport. “We shouldn’t be told through leaks to the papers that an airport is being dumped on us,” she said. “It will have a huge impact on our region and we deserve to have our say before any decision is made. It’s just another example of the Liberal Party taking western Sydney for granted.” Last week, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said it was important people had clarity in regards to the issue. “I can remember that this issue has been debated up hill and down dale since 1973,” he said. “Well, 40 years is long enough for this matter to be considered and a decision must be made and it will be made by this Government, early in our fi rst term.” In an interesting twist late last week, some of the region’s most popular sporting teams “united” to support an airport at Badgerys Creek. The Western Sydney Airport Alliance was joined by representatives of Western Sydney Wanderers, Greater Western Sydney Giants and Wests Tigers to throw their support behind an airport. “Community support for an airport at Badgerys Creek continues to grow with our great western Sydney sporting icons joining the chorus of groups calling for action,” said David Borger, spokesperson for the Western Sydney Airport Alliance. “A Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek would be an economic and jobs bonanza for the entire region.”

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he debate over the looming announcement that Badgerys Creek will house a second Sydney airport continues to flare, with Labor MP Ed Husic claiming that Tony Abbott and the Coalition have “lied to western Sydney”. Mr Husic, the Member for Chifley, said he had been against an airport at Badgerys Creek for some 15 years. “12 months ago Tony Abbott told western Sydney he had ‘absolutely no plans’ for a second airport at Badgerys Creek, yet fiv e months after winning an election, it looks like that is exactly what is about to happen,” Mr Husic said. “It is clear the PM and the Coalition have lied to western Sydney and now refuse to provide detail about what is being proposed, causing unnecessary concern and confusion.” As reported in the Weekender last week, it is all but certain that the Coalition will announce plans to push ahead with the airport sooner rather than later. “The Abbott Government is reportedly on the verge of ramming this idea through without justification and decent dialogue with those it will affect,” Mr Husic said. “I want to know what the infrastructure spend is going to be to significantly upgrade the road and rail links to any airport at Badgerys Creek to ensure local residents wouldn’t be subjected to even more congestion and commuter delay. “I remain fi rmly of the view this airport will adversely affect the quality of life of the people of western Sydney and I won’t be changing my position until I – and, more

NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell speaks at the Penrith Progression launch.

Penrith Progression: Jobs at core of new plan for our city Continued from front page Penrith Progression is seeking input from across the board: developers, investors, ratepayers, small, medium and large businesses, landowners, academia, entrepreneurs, government agencies, not-for-profit organisations and community members. Penrith Business Alliance Chairman, Paul Brennan said: “Never before have we had the opportunity to step back and work with all the key parties to plan the best way forward to fully realise Penrith’s enormous potential”. Mr O’Farrell said Penrith Progression

will help guide the preparation of a new Economic Master Plan for the Penrith CBD. “Th is new plan will be about creating jobs, attracting investment, developing new businesses and growing Penrith’s diverse community assets,” he said. Last Friday’s launch was highlighted by an impassioned speech delivered by State Penrith MP, Stuart Ayres in which he declared opportunities were “limitless”. “I think it’s the leadership from people like Barry O’Farrell that has allowed locations like Penrith to participate and create opportunities like Penrith Progression,” he said. “Western Sydney has arrived.”

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“We want out of western Sydney”: The reality of the home ownership dream irst home buyers are threatening to move out of western Sydney, even New South Wales, as housing prices and the cost of living rises, making purchasing a home “impossible” for some. 41-year-old Adrian Collins has been looking for a home to bring up his family in for many years but, unable to afford one, the father of two is forced to board his family at a relative’s Colyton home. “All that my kids keep asking me is ‘dad, when can we get our own home?’, but we just can’t afford it,” he said. “We want out of western Sydney because we can’t afford it here but where do you go? I can’t put my family in one of those little units – I have kids, dogs and my chooks. We want our own little house, somewhere to call home.” Mr Collins works hard to feed his wife and children, as well as support his mother-in-law. “We’d love to be able to have a fair shot at owning our own place but realistically, the only chance we have of owning a home is if we win the Lotto,” he said. NSW Opposition Leader, John Robertson and Labor candidate for Londonderry, Prue Car met with Mr Collins on Monday, to discuss the struggles he faces. “If Governments aren’t helping people, people who are working hard and doing the right thing, to get ahead and get themselves into a home, then their priorities are wrong – it’s as simple as that,” Mr Robertson said. “The O’Farrell Liberal Government is paying $5,000 to overseas property

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Prue Car and John Robertson speak with Colyton resident Adrian Collins. Photo: Melinda Jane.

speculators to buy homes and land in Australia, that’s money taken straight out of the pockets of young fi rst home buyers.” According to Australian Bureau of Statistics data, in 2013, only 425 people in the Londonderry electorate received fir st home buyers grants as opposed to 2011, when 1,289 grants were handed out. NSW Treasurer, Mike Baird said that

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Crown Lands Proposed Road Closure of Maurice Lane, St Clair Under Section 35 of the Roads Act 1993, notice is given that the Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services will consider the closing of a road in connection with a road closing application proposed by Council. Council (acting on behalf of the Minister) will receive submissions regarding the proposal. All submissions received will be referred to the Minister’s delegate for a decision regarding the proposed road closing. The road under consideration comprises Council public road, 34 metres long and four metres wide, known as Maurice Lane, being that part adjoining Lot 1024 DP 258302 and Lot 1023 DP 258302 at St Clair, Parish of Melville and County of Cumberland. Upon closure of the road Council intends to sell the land to the adjoining landowner/landowners. All interested persons are invited to make submissions concerning the proposal to the General Manager, Penrith City Council, Post Office Box 60, Penrith NSW 2750, within twenty-eight (28) days of the date of this advertisement. Regarding the provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act, information contained in such submissions may, at the discretion of Council and Crown Lands, be referred to the person(s) who initiated the proposal for appropriate consideration. Council Ref: Maurice Lane Enquiries: Peter Blazek on 4732 7668.

Proposed Road Closure of Part Station Lane, Penrith Under Section 35 of the Roads Act 1993, notice is given that the Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services will consider the closing of a road in connection with a road closing application proposed by Council. Council (acting on behalf of the Minister) will receive submissions regarding the proposal. All submissions received will be referred to the Minister’s delegate for a decision regarding the proposed road closing. The road under consideration comprises Council public road, approximately 53 metres long and six metres wide known as part of Station Lane, being that part adjoining Lot 1 DP 976320 at Penrith, Parish of Mulgoa, and County of Cumberland. Upon closure of the road Council intends to retain the closed road as operational land.

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All interested persons are invited to make submissions concerning the proposal to the General Manager, Penrith City Council, Post Office Box 60, Penrith NSW 2750, within twenty-eight (28) days of the date of this advertisement. Regarding the provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act, information contained in such submissions may, at the discretion of Council and Crown Lands, be referred to the person(s) who initiated the proposal for appropriate consideration.

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Environment Minister, Robyn Parker and State Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies this week announced that Colyton High School Trade School will receive $3,500 to educate students and staff about living within a healthy ecological school environment. Ms Davies said there will be a major emphasis on reducing, reusing and recycling as well as cultivating a food garden, compost and worm farm that will teach students and staff about sustainable healthy living. “The funding will help the school with students’ environmental education, improve student welfare and health by showing students healthy eating alternatives and improve dietary habits,” Ms Davies said. Ms Parker said this was just one of 52 grants recently announced in addition to the 80 grants announced last November. “Projects like those funded in this Environmental Trust grant round inspire students and the wider community to consider their environment and empower them to help protect it,” Ms Parker said.

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Federal Lindsay MP, Fiona Scott has welcomed news that the Prime Minister has recommended the establishment of a Royal Commission to inquire into alleged fi nancial irregularities associated with the affairs of trade unions. It will inquire into the activities relating to ‘slush funds’ and other similar funds and entities established by, or related to, the affairs of these organisations. “Th is will not be an inquiry into trade unionism or the day to day activities of honest trade union officials,” Ms Scott said this week. “Th is Royal Commission is about shining a spotlight on the increasingly widespread claims of unlawful activity, corruption, kickbacks and collusion within sections of the union movement. “We don’t want honest workers to be ripped off by dishonest union bosses. We are a government committed to the rule of law. Honest workers and honest unionists in Penrith and St Marys should not be ripped off by corrupt union offic ials.”

INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT Penrith City Council has received a Development Application in respect of the subject property. The consent authority for the development application is Penrith City Council. s Quadro Pty Ltd DA14/0114 Lot 2287 DP 1168993 (No.15) Binalong Street, Jordan Springs Residential – 2 x lot subdivision and construction of a single-storey dwelling on each proposed allotment The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the NSW Rural Fire Service – Rural Fires Act 1997. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 14 February 2014 to 28 February 2014. Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council, in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the grounds of objection are to be specified in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA14/0114. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Mahbub Alam on 4732 7693.

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Disclosure of Political Donations or Gifts Development Applications are displayed at the Penrith Civic Centre. By law, reportable political donations or gifts must be disclosed by anyone lodging a planning application to Council. Call 4732 7649 or visit www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

Enquiries: Peter Blazek on 4732 7668.

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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Pressure is mounting on state and federal authorities to investigate unregistered defacto marriages involving teenagers. The Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday that Penrith and Blacktown have the highest number of unregistered teenage defacto marriages in metropolitan Sydney, with 23 each. The Telegraph reported that in Penrith, six 15-year-olds, five 16-year-olds and 12 17-year-olds say they are in a defacto marriage. The figures come to light amid intense public outrage at the arrest of a 26-yearold man over child sex allegations after his alleged marriage to a 12-year-old girl. NSW Women’s Minister, Pru Goward, said religious or cultural reasons were not an excuse for illegal marriages. “It doesn’t matter if the arrangement is religious or cultural, if the law in this state says it is illegal, parents and the community need to accept that and abide by it,” Ms Goward told the Telegraph. Do you know someone in an illegal marriage? Tell us: 4722 2998.


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BE PART OF SHAPING PENRITH’S FUTURE More than 250 businesspeople from across Sydney gathered in Penrith last Friday for the launch of Penrith 0ROGRESSIONBY0REMIER"ARRY/&ARRELL

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An initiative of the Penrith Business Alliance and Penrith Council, Penrith Progression is a collaborative process of active community and stakeholder participation to revitalise the Penrith City centre, attract investors and CREATETHOUSANDSOFLOCALJOBS#OUNCILSPASTCONSULTATION with the community will inform Penrith Progression.

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public spaces. They take pride in their city and want it to be vibrant and active. Penrith Progression is now inviting developers, businesses, investors, government agencies, academia, not-for-proďŹ t organisations and the community to share their ideas. Find out more and be part of Penrith Progression at www.penrithprogression.com.au Photo: (L–R) Stuart Ayres MP, Fiona Scott MP, Premier Barry O’Farrell, Penrith Mayor Cr Ross Fowler OAM, Tanya Davies MP and Penrith Business Alliance Chairman Paul Brennan.

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MEETING DATES Council Meetings 24 February 2014 – 7.30pm (Ordinary meeting) 10 March 2014 – 7pm (Policy Review Committee)

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THE-INISTERSDELEGATEFORADECISIONREGARDINGTHEPROPOSEDROAD closing. The road under consideration comprises Council public road, 70 metres long and variable width, known as Kokoda Place, being THATPARTADJOINING,OT$0AND,OT$0AT St Marys, Parish of Rooty Hill, County of Cumberland. Upon closure OFTHEROAD#OUNCILINTENDSTOSELLTHELANDTOTHEADJOINING landowner landowners. All interested persons are invited to make submissions concerning the proposal to the General Manager, Penrith City Council, Post OfďŹ ce Box 60, Penrith NSW 2750, within twenty-eight (28) days of the date of this advertisement. Regarding the provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act, information contained in such submissions may, at the DISCRETIONOF#OUNCILAND#ROWN,ANDS BEREFERREDTOTHEPERSONS who initiated the proposal for appropriate consideration.

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Under Section 35 of the Roads Act 1993, notice is given that the Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services will consider the closing of a road in connection with a road closing application proposed by Council.


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Terror in the night Dramatic home invasion leaves family shaken couple terrorised by armed robbers who allegedly forced their way into a St Clair home this week can now rest easy, with the two men responsible behind bars. A family of four were asleep in their Kala Circuit home on Monday, February 10, when the 27-year-old woman of the home awoke at about 1.15am to the sound of breaking glass. Two men had allegedly broken a glass door on the home, forcing their way inside, before one of the men threatened the mother-of-two with a handgun and the other with a baseball bat. The woman and her husband hid together in the lounge room of the home whilst the men searched the property. “The men allegedly stole the woman’s handbag and mobile phones before stealing the family’s Jeep and

Teen damages door A 15-year-old boy has been charged after allegedly damaging property near a local cinema in anger when he was told the fi lm had restrictions. On Friday, February 7, the Luddenham boy went to a cinema on Riley Street, Penrith, where he was attempting to see a movie however, certain restrictions meant he was unable to view it and was turned away. The boy left the cinema via a glass door, which he kicked, causing damage. At about 3.30pm on Monday, February 10, police were contacted by security who had stopped the boy, who was allegedly responsible for causing the damage to the door. The boy was arrested and charged by police with ‘damage property’.

Opal goes west Opal Card will be available to western Sydney train station customers by late February, giving thousands more customers a cheaper, faster and more convenient journey, according to the State Member for Londonderry, Bart Bassett. From today, Opal will be extended to 22 train stations from Strathfield to Casula via Granville, plus Olympic Park and the Carlingford line. A further extension of Opal across 26 stations will start on February 28 from Harris Park to Richmond via Schofields and to Emu Plains, connecting the whole Western Line (T1). “Customers can now access many Opal benefits such as lower fares, weekly travel rewards, daily caps and discounts for off-peak travel,” Mr Bassett said.

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Teen arrested: 17-year-old to face court over robbery A 17-year-old has been charged with the alleged robbery of a 12-year-old boy at a St Marys park. The victim was approached by the alleged offender, who was armed with a glass bottle, at about 5.15pm on Sunday, February 2, at the Stapleton Avenue park. The 17-year-old smashed the bottle and threatened the victim with the broken glass, demanding his bag. The boy handed over his bag, which was searched by the 17-year-old, who allegedly removed some items before fleeing the scene. Shortly after 5pm on Friday, February 7, the alleged offender was arrested at St Marys Police Station and charged with ‘robbery armed with offensive weapon’. He was refused bail, and appeared in Parramatta Children’s Court on Saturday, February 8, where he was refused bail again. He will next appear at court on Tuesday, February 18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Armed robbery at Kingswood: Man charged A man has been charged after the alleged armed robbery of a shop on Bringelly Road, Kingswood. It was at about 11.30am on Thu rsday, February 6, when a man entered the store, armed with a knife, and threatened two employees. The employees locked themselves in a back office for their safety whilst the man allegedly jumped over the counter, stealing an amount of cash, before fleeing the scene. A 63-year-old man was arrested at a unit on Stanley Crescent, Kingswood the following day and taken to St Marys Police Station. He was charged with the robbery. The man was refused bail and appeared at Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday, February 8, where he was refused bail again. He will appear at court again on Thursday, February 27. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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fleeing the scene,” a police spokesperson said. The family, including a three-year-old and a nine-month-old, were left uninjured but shaken. At about 3am that same morning, police were patrolling Dean Park when they stopped a Mitsubishi Lancer and arrested a 33-year-old and 39-year-old man, conveying them to Quakers Hill Police Station. The 33-year-old was charged with ‘special aggravated enter dwelling with intent while armed with dangerous weapon’ and was refused bail to appear in Blacktown Local Court later in the week. The 39-year-old was initially released however, following further investigation, he was re-arrested by St Marys police at a Cranebrook home at about 4.35pm on Monday. He was charged with the same offence and was also refused bail to appear in Blacktown Local Court later in the week. Investigations into the incident are continuing. The family’s stolen car has now been recovered.

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Man injured in brawl: Drama at Emu Heights A 20-year-old male was injured during a street brawl in Emu Heights over the weekend. Police were called to a premises on Palomino Road at about 12.30am on Saturday, with reports of a brawl outside. On arrival, a group of people from a nearby party were involved in a fight, during which a 20-year-old male was hit in the back of the head by another male. The 20-year-old was assessed by ambulance paramedics and taken to Nepean Hospital. Inquiries are continuing. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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ccidents happen no matter where you live but according to new statistics, when you live in Penrith, crashes whilst reversing are more common than in other areas. Penrith is in the top five NSW suburbs for having a collision whilst reversing, with 69 accidents recorded in under a year by AAMI, which means that the number of incidents may well exceed that number. Analysis of almost 250,000 accident insurance claims made with AAMI produced the data, suggesting that local drivers need to keep their eyes on the rearview mirror in car parks. “Crashes with stationary objects and collisions while reversing tend to occur at shopping centre car parks where turning circles are a lot tighter than they once were,” said AAMI Motoring expert, Reuben Aitchison. “These statistics indicate that motorists in Penrith are not great at judging safe distances and paying attention, which is just as important on the open roads as it is when parking or reversing.” According to the statistics, NSW drivers have more accidents than any other state, with NSW showing nose to tail accidents and fail to give way incidents above the national average. Mr Aitchison believes simply not paying enough attention to the road is a big issue. “Fender benders and prangs from failing to give way tend to happen because of inattention and driver impatience, with the latter often leading to tailgating or following

Accidents in Penrith are happening more regularly than in many other areas.

too closely behind other vehicles,” Mr Aitchison said. “By their own admission, nearly threequarters of drivers who’ve had a prang say it

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Giving the gift of life Lions Club members spread important message ust over six years ago, Kyla Devine was diagnosed as an infant with a severe liver malfunction that would claim her life if she was not able to have transplant surgery. Today, the six-year-old Glenmore Park girl is full of life, thanks to the liver that was donated to her but without an organ donation, life would have been very different for the Devine family. “Before anything happened with Kyla, I had always been an organ donor but I never had the appreciation I have now, knowing how it positively impacts another person’s life,” said mum, Katelan Devine. “Th is donor saved my daughter’s life, as well as many other lives. What touches me the most is that they are giving the gift of life to someone they don’t know. It is a completely selfless act made at a really difficult time for them.” Th is month, in the lead-up to Donate Life Week, February 23 to March 2, the local community is focusing on the impact that an organ donation can make to the life of a family, like the Devines. “For hundreds of Australians every year, organ donation is a lifesaving and life-changing gift. For many, it’s their only chance at life; without a transplant, they will eventually succumb to their illness,” said Nepean Hospital Donation Specialist Nurse, Jodie Cowell. “There are around 1,600 people waiting for organ transplants in Australia at any one time. These people are put on the waiting list when they have end-stage

Thousands of western Sydney residents could potentially save over an hour in their daily commuting times if they had access to “smart work centres”, a new report has found. The report, entitled Smart Work Centres: An Analysis of Demand in Western Sydney, prepared by the Institute For Sustainable Futures at UTS, found that over 2,000 residents in Blacktown, 1,400 in Liverpool and over 1,000 in Penrith who currently travel to the city or elsewhere to carry out technology-enabled jobs would be candidates to work from locations much closer to home. According to Bijai Kumar, CEO of Penrith Business Alliance, the report is critical. “Localised smart work centres can also help revitalise our own town centres which suffer from the mass exodus of workers to the CBD every day,” he said.

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organ failure and all other treatments have failed.” Australia’s donation rate is at an all time high, with a recent study showing organ donations for 2013 representing a 58 per cent increase over data collected in 2009, but donations are not frequent enough.

Lions Clubs across the area are spreading awareness in the lead-up to the week, beginning with a special meeting last Monday, with Ms Cowell speaking to club members. Lions members will also spread the word at Bunnings on March 1 and 2.

The Commonwealth Bank will unveil its newly relocated St Marys branch that has been designed under the bank’s new Branch Experience Program, providing customers with a completely new in-branch experience. Branch Manager, Tonia Allison-Aramini, continues to lead the team at St Marys and is looking forward to offering customers a better banking environment. “Our newly relocated St Marys branch is designed to offer customers increased convenience, choice and access to all their banking needs,” she said. As part of the refurbishment, the St Marys branch has relocated to 106 Queen Street, St Marys.

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Clean Up Australia Day Clean Up Australia Day 2014 will be held on Sunday, March 2 and we need volunteers to help on the day. You can choose a location that needs cleaning up such as a local park, creek or reserve. Or you can volunteer at an existing site near you. Go to cleanupaustralia.org.au to register a site and receive a Clean Up Kit. Individuals or groups should register soon to allow enough time to receive the kit. You can also call 1800 CUA DAY, that is 1800 282 329. Council will advertise a list of public sites that need volunteers later this month. We will also coordinate the removal and disposal of rubbish collected on the day. An Electronic Waste Recycling Day will also be held on Saturday, March 8 at Jamison Park and a Chemical Clean Out Day is the following day, Sunday, March 9. For more information on these events call Council on 4732 7615. Please help your local community and the environment. Get involved in these wonderful initiatives.

I am extremely concerned about the impact the rising cost of living is having on local family budgets (Food prices on the rise, Western Weekender February 7). On Saturday, September 7 2013 the Australian voters and more particularly the people of Lindsay sent a clear message – they wanted a Government focused on reducing the cost of living, starting with the repeal of the Carbon tax. Treasury modelling indicates the repeal of the Carbon Tax will reduce the Consumer Price Index by .7 percentage points, further it will leave Australian families $550 better off in 2014/15. Th is is before families and small businesses see a reduction in their electricity and gas bills. I call on my Labor colleagues to show some compassion and honour the mandate of the Australian people and immediately ease this unnecessary pressure on local family budgets by supporting the repeal of the Carbon Tax. Fiona Scott Federal Member for Lindsay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Against the airport

I am writing to request you take a stand against urban blight in the Greater Western Sydney region. The construction of a second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek in such close proximity to families is ridiculous and certainly stands as the turning point for the Liberals to be a one term government. I lived for years some

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kilometres out ‘as the crow fl ies’ from Mascot at Concord and found the noise pollution intolerable. I and my neighbours gave of our time to phone the airport and the State Noise Pollution Authority weekly, on occasions daily to lodge our complaints. The aircraft noise was that bad it drove us to utilise our leisure time to complain! And we were about 10 kilometres away from the airport. Anyone living in Penrith and thinking it is a good idea to go ahead with Badgerys has never lived under a fli ght path. Further to that the Northern Road cannot cope with the years of construction traffic. And after the infrastructure is established the container terminal traffic will continue. All around the world urban blight is found under aircraft noise. There are other resolutions, I hope the government discovers them. Michael Cowley, via email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Concerned over alcohol issues

The Weekender is doing an excellent community service by focusing on alcohol issues. Your interview with Dr Rod Bishop from Nepean Hospital’s Emergency Department should be required reading in local schools. Penrith could well face a perfect storm for alcohol problems with a young population, multiple sales venues and a council that is determined to market Penrith as a place to party. Alan Reid, Penrith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Focus on main street

They want to talk about the boil in the middle of Penrith, they might want to look at the main street fi rst! (“A boil in the middle of Penrith”, Western Weekender February 7). As for wanting more residential, they need to do some major changes fi rst, the infrastructure we already have will not sustain more people! Eve Ambrose, via Facebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Dementia crisis

My husband was diagnosed with dementia in 2011 and until now we have been fighting for help as services are hard to get and support is minimal to nil (Our dementia crisis, Western Weekender February 14). I am a registered nurse working full time and looking after him at home 24/7. Financially, I can’t afford to give up work just to look after him. Care facilities is not an immediate answer for people newly diagnosed with dementia. Family and carers need support in many ways. In my case, I don’t have any family here of my own. My husband who is born here, has family but not close knit. When he was diagnosed in 2011, I applied for my niece to come to help me as my adult sons can’t help me in looking after him and a nursing home is not his choice yet. I had done all the necessary documentations only to be refused by Immigration because they say the adult sons should take turns in looking after him. Sue Benham, via email

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n Valentine’s Day, every woman wakes up in the morning wishing and waiting for a big bunch of red roses to be delivered to their door. For some, the delivery of those flowers is all down to their partner but truth is, without florists working all hours in the lead-up to Valentine’s Day, the bunch would never arrive. Th is Valentine’s Day is the fi rst for Your Floral Indulgence but instead of dreading the rush, the team at the High Street store have been looking forward to today with excitement. “Th is is something we have been preparing for for around eight weeks. We’re very excited and a little bit nervous but we know the day will be a success,” said Kellie Larkin, co-owner of Your Floral Indulgence. The lead-up to the day has been just as busy for owners, Ms Larkin and Jess Rainbow, as Valentine’s Day itself, with orders coming in up to two weeks before the big day. “The rush began on Monday, which meant late nights and early mornings all week. We had to put on extra staff and delivery drivers as well as make four trips to the flower markets,” Ms Larkin said. Although the period is stressful for the local florists, they take pride in the fact that they are brightening the day for others. “I believe that people have traditionally sent flowers as a gesture of love. A bouquet of flowers expresses feelings of romance and joy, and that is a setting no other gift can give,” Ms Larkin said.

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COUNCIL SNAPSHOT The development and adoption of an Asbestos Policy has shown that Penrith Council is leading the way, ahead of other councils, in its commitment to asbestos management. The new policy, developed as a joint project between a number of different council departments, was approved by Councillors on Monday night, who unanimously agreed to adopt the Policy. The Policy defi nes procedures to be undertaken by council in certain circumstances where asbestos is involved in order to minimise the exposure of asbestos for Penrith residents, the public, and employees or other people in council workplaces. “Penrith Council, you have done very well to look after your city,” said Barry Robson, President of the Asbestos Disease Foundation of Australia. “You’re on the front foot showing citizens and rate payers you are doing the right thing and protecting the area.” The policy has come months after the asbestos scandal that reared its head as a result of the installation of the NBN in the area. “Th is is an example of where council as been very proactive,” said Penrith City Mayor, Ross Fowler. Council has approved a Rates and Charges Hardship Policy that recognises residents may at times experience diffic ulty in paying rates and details when assistance can be given. The policy details a number of situations where people may be unable to make a payment, including in the circumstance of a natural disaster, and what evidence the ratepayer would have to provide in order to receive assistance. A Rates and Charges Pension Rebate Policy has been revised to bring Penrith Council in line with the practices of other councils. The policy requires Council to provide pensioners with a 50 per cent rebate of their total rates and charges, with a maximum of $250, but previously allowed for rebate requests to be back-dated for up to 5 years. The revised policy allows rebate requests only for prior periods up to the fi rst of July of the fi nancial year preceding the application.

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reparations for the 2014 Penrith CBD Festival are in full swing, with the street parade and open air markets set to be major attractions yet again. The annual festival, taking place on Saturday, March 22, attracts thousands of visitors to Penrith’s CBD each year as it promotes local businesses and organisations in a fun-fi lled event. Organisers are hoping to entice local businesses to display their products and services and are encouraging them to take part as stallholders at the open market event. “We’d love to have as many local businesses as possible get involved this year. Having a large number of stalls means that people from outside of Penrith can see all the great stuff that we have here in Penrith,” said Sue McNally of the Penrith CBD Corporation. “It also lets the locals know how great the CBD is – they don’t need to go to a big shopping centre because everything they need is here.” The street parade, this year with a ‘Vintage 1950’s and 60’s’ theme, usually sees around 50 to 60 community groups take part but this year, it is hoped the parade will be bigger and more exciting than ever. “The exposure the parade gives local businesses is a huge benefit but it is also lots of fun and lets local businesses and groups enjoy being part of the community,” Ms McNally said. “If you have a creative idea about how to

Organisers are hoping a record number of local businesses take part in this year’s Penrith Festival. Photo: Melinda Jane.

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Penrith kids have a chance to set a new world record at major Sydney event veryone dreams of setting a new Guinness World Record, and now the people of Penrith have the chance to do so courtesy of a wonderful new initiative. Dymocks Children’s Charities (DCC) is calling on local residents and schools to help raise much needed funds for literacy support projects across the country by participating in a new Guinness World Records Reading Relay attempt on Thursday, February 27 at Dymocks Sydney. NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, media personality Adam Spencer and scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki have joined DCC to highlight the importance of children reading as a life skill, and are encouraging Penrith residents to support the cause and become a world record holder in the process. In the latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, Australia ranked 27th out of 48 countries in reading ability. Th is was behind every other Englishspeaking country that participated, including the United States, England and Ireland. “When you read, you hear the voice of another person. They might be still alive on the other side of the world, or they might have died 1000 years ago. But one thing is for sure – when you read, you let the light shine into your brain,” Dr Karl said. DCC Managing Director, Steve Cox, said that a lot needs to be done to raise awareness levels of Australia’s literacy problem.

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“DCC has developed literacy support programs that put quality books into the hands of kids that really need them,” Mr Cox said. “These programs encourage primary students to cultivate a love for books and start reading every day, which is so important for future success.”

Local Penrith schools, teachers, parents and grandparents are encouraged to register online, nominate their preferred reading hour and come along to Dymocks Sydney on George Street to attempt to set a new Reading Relay World Record. The current record for the most people in a reading relay single venue is 2012

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Love is in the air! Today is Valentine’s Day and there is plenty of romance circulating right throughout the local area. Over at Mamre Homestead, love is very much the focus. In fact, it’s the ideal place to take your someone special on Valentine’s Day. Enjoy an enchanting three course menu whilst watching the sun set over the rose gardens and farmland. Bookings are essential. Ring now and confirm your last minute plans! www.mamre.com.au 9670 5321

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any businesses, whether they are new or been established for a number of years, are committing mistakes that can easily be avoided. Sometimes we are so used to getting the job done that we don’t stop to realise that some aspects need to be evaluated. One of the top mistakes is not having a niche. So many of us think that if we are ‘all things to all people’ or if we say “yes” to anything our customers ask of us, that we will create more wealth. After all, the wider our target, surely the larger our profit, right? Wrong. It’s been said that if everyone can use your product, no one will. You need to fi nd a niche and focus on doing that one thing exceptionally well. Become a specialist and stay focused. Another common mistake is expecting a short term gain. The fi rst few months (and sometimes years) can bring pressure to earn money, which in turn can make you come across as desperate (“I really need this sale!”). But your focus should be on building long term relationships with your customers which will sustain your business in the long term. And fi nally, many business owners are guilty of not knowing their numbers. You must keep regular tabs on profit, know your costs, how much money it costs you to run your business each month and so on. You also need to generate regular reports on your numbers, so that you can make sensible and realistic decisions about the next steps for your business. Th is is not to say that you shouldn’t take some risks, but these should be calculated risks based on research of your own fi nancial situation.

Bijai Kumar is the CEO of the Penrith Business Alliance

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Build the future enrith Progression (PP) is determined to capitalise on the opportunities presented by Penrith’s location at the heart of Greater Western Sydney’s fast growing population. A city of 180,000, Penrith serves a regional community of half a million people and this is expected to double to one million over the next decade or so. As joint sponsors of PP, the Penrith Business Alliance and Penrith City Council see the comprehensive renewal of Penrith City Centre as a catalyst for a new era of investment, business building and job creation in this fast growing region. Th is coalition of civic and business leadership provides a strong front in addressing the challenge of urban renewal. It is not a singular short term project but as the name denotes PP is a number of separate but linked initiatives to be developed over a number of years to progressively rejuvenate the Centre. PP offers potential investors a unique opportunity to be part of a collaborative community and stakeholder engagement program that will inform the development of an Economic Masterplan, a Place Shaping framework and an Activation Plan for the City’s future development. In his message the Premier has reinforced the collaborative spirit that is the hallmark of the PP. The Premier has said that the “PP is about attracting private and public capital to deliver the renewal aspirations of Penrith CBD. It is about leveraging the use of public lands to strengthen the marketability and economic feasibility of urban renewal.” A critical part of the PP is the Registration of Interest phase which began with the launch of the PP last Friday. We welcome strong community and business engagement in the process.

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sk the all-knowing Mr Google how many islands there are in Asia, and you’ll get an answer akin to asking how long is a piece of string? So when SeaDream Yacht Club decided to embark on a fi rst-ever season in Asia with its luxury SeaDream II, and knowing past guests’ fondness for the serenity of remote islands away from the rat-race, they took to their charts and the tens of thousands of islands from India to Indonesia (plus for one itinerary across to Far North Queensland, PNG and the Trobriand Islands,) with a fervour akin to that of planning a Moon Landing. For here they found islands with no more than a handful of subsistence farmers-and-fishers, others with a couple of thatch-roof “resorts” beachside for more-adventurous holidaymakers, plenty with

flashy 4- and 5-star hotels, and some others simply devoid of any human life whatsoever. “We had the perfect scenarios for all occasions,” says the company’s Director of Business Development in Asia, Richard Jones, who was a driving force behind the decision for this fir st-ever venture, and who scouted-out the best of island offerings with the help of local tourism offic es, tour guides, village chiefs, resort owners and anyone else who could give him input. While always a thrill to re-visit cities and towns across the region we’ve a fondness for from past meanderings – like frenetic Phuket, ever-delightful Langkawi, always-spotless Singapore, and Yangon (Rangoon) for a mind-blowing fi rst-time experience – it was our days ashore on smaller and remoter islands that won our hearts.

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For here were specks on the maps we’d in many cases never heard of, or if we had, never had the opportunity to visit previously: rarely-visited places like the Similan Islands in Southern Thail and, Nyang Wee and 115 Island amid the remote Mergui Archipelago of Myanmar, Ko Lanta Yai in Thail and. On board, the indulgences continued: 5-star dining with breakfast and lunch under shade on deck, no stuff y jackets or ties in the Dining Room for dinner (only “Country Club Smart Casual”), no-charge drinks from the open bars, nightly cocktail gatherings, use of a 30-course golf simulator, a free state-of-the-art fitness centre and a whole heap more. For more information, see travel agents or visit www.seadream.com. - David Ellis and Frank Linn


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s a grandparent, you have a great deal to offer your grandkids. Many grandparents serve as role models, mentors, providers and carers. If you are retired, or even semiretired, you are likely to have more time for the children than their own parents can manage. You have years of experience, family traditions and stories about them and their parents that no one else can give them. What’s more, according to recent research visiting them may keep your mind younger for longer. Grandparents can bring their special touch to family celebrations, vacations and holidays. The idea is to spend time with those of younger generations and to keep moving. Your mind and body will thank you for it. The more outdoor hours you can manage, the better. The fresh air and sunshine will do wonders for your health and wellbeing. If your health absolutely prevents you from spending any outdoor time with your grandchildren don’t worry. There are many activities that can be done from the comfort of your home. Make indoor cubby-houses with bed sheets, do some arts and crafts activities or why not try baking something together? Watching cartoons, movies and children’s shows with grandchildren can help you to stay informed about what is going on with the younger generation. The joy of time spent with loved ones

will warm your heart while preserving your brain. For those that don’t have grandchildren of their own, why not consider volunteering with children who don’t have any grandparents of their own? Or, why not get in contact with a local school and see if there are any opportunities to volunteer as a tutor or spend time reading to primary school students. There are endless opportunities to spend with the youth of today. The connection between generations benefits both the young and the old. Grandchildren will keep grandparents feeling younger, and grandchildren will be wiser because of their grandparents.

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ELP is on its way for local people living with type 2 diabetes, who are struggling with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Nepean Blue Mountains Medicare Local (NBMML) Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Program, known as HELP, has been designed as an aid for those living with the condition and others who are interested in changing their health and lifestyle for the good. The program launches for 2014 on Wednesday, February 19.

“Delivered by accredited dietitians, HELP assists people to manage their diabetes effectively. Participants learn about lifestyle changes, weight loss goals, food labels, healthy selections when eating out and exercise options,” said a representative from NBMML. Consisting of one individual assessment, followed by eight group sessions, the program runs for three months and according to NBMML, is a great opportunity for those with type 2 diabetes who are still learning about how to maintain their health. For more information contact NBMML on 4708 8100.

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s Beatles fans celebrated 50 years since they appeared on the famous ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ last weekend, Vintage FM nights DJ Graham Webb recalls the time he interviewed the ‘Fab Four’ back in 1965. “It was June of 1965 and I was travelling through Europe with my trusty little recorder when I made my way to Madrid and saw in the newspaper ‘Los Beatles’. They were staying at the Phoenix Hotel, so I rang the hotel and asked to speak to Mr Brian Epstein (Beatles manager).

“I thought I’d get a lackey but Brian came straight onto the phone. I said, ‘Brian, lovely to talk to you, I’m Graham Webb from radio in Australia, can I come interview you?’ He said ‘sure!’. “So I went over and interviewed him and then he said ‘you didn’t come here to interview me did you, you wanted to talk to the Beatles?’ I said ‘I didn’t dare hope’. He said ‘Na, it’s alright, I’ve told them you’re here, room 444, up you go.” Mr Webb then went on to interview the band for more than an hour. Catch our full interview with Graham Webb who talks about his 60 years in radio in next week’s Western Weekender.

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f you’ve ever answered your phone on a fi rst date and wondered why you were never asked for a second date, your Valentine’s Day romance might end up a disaster. Failing to use the right etiquette on a fi rst date can put an end to a potential relationship in a fla sh but knowing what to and what not to do on a date can be a little hard to discern for those who aren’t regular daters. To lend a helping hand, dating website RSVP surveyed 1,000 members to identify what makes a fi rst date a success or a failure. “Dating etiquette has changed dramatically in the last few years so we wanted to pinpoint what can make or break a fi rst date,” said RSVP’s Melanie Dudgeon. 86 per cent of singles agreed that one factor is the

most important element of an enjoyable date. “Ahead of sexual chemistry, the choice of venue and the quality of food and drink, good conversation rates as the most important part of a great date,” Ms Dudgeon said. “The message is clear for Valentine’s Day. Don’t waste your time trying to get a booking in the hottest new restaurant – instead focus on having some engaging talking points up your sleeve.” Arriving on time and keeping the mobile phone switched off are both likely to turn a date into a success but if you want a call the next day, whatever you do, don’t check out another single. Checking out another single was voted as the most offensive behaviour that could be undertaken at a date, followed by being rude to waitstaff and talking about an ex-lover.

“Singles are forgiving of tardiness but a wandering eye or poor treatment of wait staff is far less likely to be tolerated by your date,” Ms Dudgeon said. “As we approach Valentine’s Day, hopeful romantics should take heed of these etiquette tips.” Despite how much you might want to seal the deal with a kiss, only eight per cent of people think that a kiss is the most promising sign of a good date. Instead, the success of a date is more commonly judged by whether plans for a follow-up are made and how soon these take place after the meeting. Are you going on a fi rst date tonight? We want to know how it went! Email Katherine.Tweed@ westernweekender.com.au or contact us via our website at www.westernweekender.com.au. - Katherine Tweed

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HOROSCOPES

HELP US

by Jo Madeline Moore

ARIES MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

Rams can be selfish but it’s not all about you this week! With Mars marching through your ‘helping others’ zone, concentrate on the needs of those around you. When it comes to a problematic partnership, the more proactive you are about fi nding a solution, the better. It’s also a wonderful week to step out of the spotlight and get involved with projects from behind-thescenes.

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Slow and steady wins the race this week, especially when it comes to work and relationships. Loved ones and colleagues won’t take kindly to criticism, no matter how ‘constructive’ it is. So keep your opinions to yourself, and don’t offer advice when it’s not wanted! Single Bulls – look for lasting love with someone who is stable, dependable and emotionally mature.

Big smoocher! Gives the the best cuddles & leg rubs. Beautiful shiny coat & markings

LIBRA SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

With Venus [your ruling planet] visiting your domestic zone, home is defi nitely where the heart is this week Libra. So, whether you are building, renovating, redecorating, cleaning, gardening, entertaining or just preoccupied with a handful of kids, you’ll be happy to hunker down at home and not head out. “He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who fi nds peace in his home.” [Goethe]

SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Sexy? Sultry? Seductive? You’re a Scorpio, so tick all of the above. But this week, add ‘secretive’ to the list. You’re keen to do your own thing, without the interference of others. You’re more sociable on Friday, when positive Moon/Pluto aspects boost your ability to win friends and influence people. Some brave Scorps feel compelled to go back and re-visit an old romance.

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You’re in the mood for love and lust, as Venus and Pluto heat up your sensuality zone, If you are attached, it’s time to spice up the relationship with a sexy SMS or an erotic email. Single Twins – Cupid has his arrows pointed in your direction but, with your ruler Mercury reversing [until March 1] expect a few detours and communication glitches before true love comes calling.

Available to adopt 4.2.14 $239 Lovely affectionate girl, seeks out attention and pats! Beautiful white coat with a fluffy black tail. Social and playful with the other kittens.

CANCER JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

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It’s all about love this week. If you are attached, do something wildly romantic with your spouse. Still single? Make a wish list of all the attributes you prefer in a partner; burn the list, and send your wishes into the universe. Be inspired by birthday great Anais Nin, “Th row your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back; a new life, a new friend, a new love.”

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LEO

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

The gods are [temporarily] smiling on your fi nances, as lucky Venus visits your money zone. So it’s a great time to look for work, enter a competition, sign up a new client or fi nalise a big sale. The stars encourage you to come up with creative new ways to make money. Increasing your cash flow and decreasing your spending are the keys to fi nancial success.

CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

With Mercury reversing through your cash zone [and squaring Saturn] it’s not a good time to make major fi nancial decisions, purchases or investments. Careful Capricorns are usually fi nancially frugal but impulse buys are a danger this week [as are unrealistic expectations]. So make sure your goals are grounded in reality – and leave your credit card at home!

AQUARIUS

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

Avoid jumping to conclusions this week Cats! What others say won’t necessarily be what they mean so don’t take things too literally. And don’t blur the lines between fact and fiction – especially when it comes to matters of the heart. If you are having serious problems with your partner, don’t give up too quickly. Maybe the relationship can be resuscitated and renewed?

FoHCAS offers cash back upon adoption? $100 for cats and $150 for dogs. The adoptive parent needs to contact us to collect their reimbursement.

SAGITTARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Saturn urges you to distinguish between the serious and the superfluous – and don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked from what’s really important [especially at work]. With Mercury reversing through your sign [until March 1] remember your communication antennae is slightly scrambled so speak clearly and carefully, and double-check all information.

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Choose your companions wisely. True friends will bring love and lucky opportunities into your life, whereas fair-weather friends will lead you up the primrose path to trouble. Mid-week’s not an opportune time for important meetings, delicate negotiations or business transactions, as you’re inclined to communicate poorly and focus on the negatives. Be patient and wait.

PISCES FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

Welcome to Planet Pisces! With the Sun moving into your sign, there are no excuses for not putting your dreams into action. Don’t blame others for delays, because the only person stopping you from achieving your heart’s desire is you. Be inspired by Michael Jordan [born on February 17], “Some people want it to happen, some people wish it could happen, others make it happen.”

Weekly posts at www.BohoAstro.tumblr.com Daily tweets at www.twitter.com/JoMadelineMoore. Copyright Joanne Madeline Moore 2014.


FITEC FITNESS CHAMPION

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Why not be the best you can be?

Top 3 tips for good health? 1. Nutrition: be mindful of what you put in your body, if you eat bad you will feel bad. It really is as simple as that. Eliminate processed foods, they are useless. Try organic, if not only for the nutrients but for the taste, it may keep you coming back for more. 2. Make time for yourself: don’t wait for free time, it will never come. There is nothing more important than your

health so stop making excuses, because without it you don’t have much. If you don’t make time for your health then you will have to make time to be sick. 3. Listen to your body: your body will always show you through either illness, tiredness or injury when you are not treating it right so pay attention. Being constantly tired and sick isn’t normal, make changes as soon as you get that sign, your body is begging you too. A daily ‘must do’? Prepare your food for the day and have it ready to go. Doing this helps prevent bad food decisions from happening especially when life gets stressful. Biggest health/fitness misconception? I hear this one a lot when suggesting weight training to women, “I don’t want to bulk up”. You can’t and you won’t but what you will get is stronger, your bone density will increase and you will burn fat. What do you consider the biggest benefit of being fit and healthy? There are so many health benefits all of

which spill into all areas of life. For me being healthy makes me happy and any stresses that arise seem so much easier to deal with.

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Lauren, how did you get into training? My journey into fitness started 10 years ago shortly after the birth of my fi rst child. Becoming a mum was a real eye opener and at times quite physically and mentally challenging. About six months in and “me” time had become a thing of the past. I was really feeling the pressure. It was around this time I decided to do something for myself so I joined a local women’s gym. I thought going to the gym would give me stress relief but it gave me so much more. Confidence, happiness and as a bonus a healthy body. Now here I am today as a fitness instructor and nutrition coach teaching other women the importance of looking after their health and making time for themselves.

What type of activity/exercise do you enjoy the most? I really love lifting weights, boot camp and yoga, balancing my training gives me better results, whatever my goal may be. How do you stay motivated when it’s so easy to just ‘take it easy’? I always have a goal to work towards. Sometimes small goals, other times my goals are big. I also remind myself of how good it feels at the end of the day after nutritious food and exercise. Being fit helps me keep up with my two kids as well and I love the influence my health has on them. Anything else you want to say? Exercise doesn’t have to overtake your life but it does need to be a part of your life. Plan out a good balance that works for you, include the family, friends or the dog and don’t underestimate incidental exercise, every little bit counts. So why not be the best you can be… really why not?

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JEWELLER ON DUTY by Matthew Ely

by Katherine Tweed

Want softer skin?

Inspired all over again

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f all my beauty regimes, skin care has, for a long time, been last on my list of priorities. I never have major skin issues. Like anyone I would have the odd break-out or a bout of dryness but nothing to prompt action, and because of this, I have just assumed that my skin is fairly good and have neglected it. I blame my skin neglect on lack of time (although, a strong case could be made for laziness) because I always thought that caring for my skin meant hours of treatments that I just didn’t have the time or motivation for. Th is was until I discovered the wonders of exfoliation. The idea of scratching off dead layers of skin off my body was honestly something that really disgusted me so I never thought to give it a try. My regular readers would know of my fondness for self tanning products and, checking out my collection I realised that most recommend exfoliation before use. Over the past few weeks I have been experimenting with a number of different exfoliation products, including gloves and washes for both the face and the body – I am a changed woman. I started off with exfoliation gloves. Now, I am sure that the expensive ones are very good but I bought a cheapie from Kmart to ease myself into it. I used them about every second day for a week and honestly, my skin had never been so smooth! After the fi rst week, I began to notice a little dryness so to counteract, I moisturised immediately after exfoliating and the result was even softer skin! Happy with the result, I began to experiment with different products, which was a very overwhelming experience. If you have ever been on the hunt for an exfoliating gel or cream, you would know that there are literally thousands on the market that use anything from sea salt to cocoa beans to scrub your skin. I used a few different products, this time branching out and testing the products on my face. Sea salt scrubs proved to be a little harsh for my face, but worked great on arms and legs.

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RECOMMEND REFRAINING FROM EXFOLIATING EVERY DAY. THIS WILL GIVE YOUR SKIN TIME TO REGENERATE.

appy New Year everyone! Wow, that seems so long ago. I have recently returned from a wonderful holiday in America. So in turn I haven’t been able to keep up my column. I was eager to return to put my newfound inspiration to work. I have been very fortunate to be able to travel the world seeing the most amazing jewellery and sourcing the most amazing gems and diamonds. I have had one of the most amazing experiences a jeweller can have. When travelling we visited the Met museum in New York and this featured an incredible exhibition of jewellery from “Jewels by JAR”. Th is had to be one of the most remarkable jewellery exhibitions I have ever been to. The jewellery was so unusual and challenged me and inspired me all over again. I would strongly encourage you to at least Google “Jewels by JAR” to understand why I am so excited about sharing this with you. Worth a look for any hardcore jewellery fans. Not only did I manage to see this newfound jewellery inspiration, while travelling I found there was the Bulgari exhibition at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Th is was incredible! Seeing significant jewels that will now be a part of history, even lucky enough to see some of Elizabeth Taylor’s collection. Before travelling I had seen a jewellery documentary on some of the big jewellery houses. They featured the auction of the Taylor collection, here I discovered that her collection sold for a staggering $115 million. I have some new and exciting challenges ahead this year and looking forward to every bit. I will be able to tell you more about my plans as time goes on. Do you have a specific jewellery related question for Matthew? Send it to news@westernweekender.com.au and it could be featured in an upcoming column!

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

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STAYING HEALTHY

ANIMAL TALK

THE PHARMACIST SAYS YS

by David Stein

by Nicole McMillan

by Martin Cominotto

Heart disease risks

Understanding diabetes

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ew figures released by Diabetes Australia now estimates that one in four Australian adults have diabetes or are at serious risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, despite diabetes being the 6th leading cause of death and a large majority of cause being preventable, community awareness is low. Type 2 diabetes is a ‘silent killer’, meaning you may feel fi ne even as your condition gets worse, until eventually it may be too late. What is diabetes? For our bodies to work properly we need to convert the glucose (sugar) in our food to energy. A hormone called insulin is needed for this process. Diabetics either do not produce insulin or not enough of it, meaning glucose stays in the blood stream and is not converted to energy. Th is leads to high blood sugar levels which, when not managed, leads to major health problems that can cause blindness, losing limbs and death. Type 2 diabetes makes up to 90 per cent of cases, and it is largely preventable. Genetics and lifestyle factors such as high blood pressure, being overweight or obese, low physical activity and poor diet are major contributors to developing diabetes. Having a check-up with your doctor is very important if any of the above indicators apply to you, especially if you are over 45-years-old and overweight. The quicker you identify the condition the better, as you can take steps to manage it and help avoid the very serious complications. If you are at risk of diabetes, by losing as little as 4.5kg and changing your diet, you can greatly delay or prevent developing diabetes at all. There are a number of programs that are subsidised by Medicare that can help you do this. Talk with your doctor for more information.

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

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opefully you all read last week’s article about Alzheimer’s in our pets. Th is week we will be discussing prevention and treatment options. People have spent lots of money trying to fi nd the “elixir of youth”. Unfortunately there is no such thing and we all have to age. But there are a few things that will help slow down the ageing process. There are several main ways to slow down brain dysfunction. In the past 10 years research has discovered some amazing things to do with ageing. Th is research has shown that staying healthy through good diet and exercise (both physical and mental) will slow down brain dysfunction. Staying healthy is very important and this involves prevention and early detection of diseases in the body. The brain receives nutrients and oxygen from the rest of the body. Diseases that affect the kidneys, heart, liver, thyroid glands and chronic pain from disease such as arthritis can all cause deterioration of brain function. A healthy diet is also very important for brain function. Vitamins (especially vitamin B & C) have been shown to reduce free radical damage in the body. Increased fatty acids will also reduce inflammation and help with chronic pain such as arthritis. Even some herbs have been shown to help brain function. In humans, blueberries have been found to contain most of the ingredients needed to help the brain and can reduce the chance of Alzheimer’s disease. In pets, prescription diets are available which greatly improve brain function by providing excellent nutrition and reducing free radical damage. Exercising the brain is an important way to reduce brain ageing – if you don’t use it you lose it! Humans that do a Sudoku or crossword puzzle every day will maintain good brain function. While dogs can’t do crosswords, doing things such as teaching them new tricks, taking them for walks and hiding food will help keep their brains active.

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cientists in the US have found a striking association between the proportion of daily calories supplied by something that I’ll bet you’re eating and heart disease death rates. Even the World Health Organisation has issued guidelines that this product should make up less than 10 per cent of total calorie intake, people obtaining even just a quarter of their calories from this ingredient tripled their risk of lethal heart disease. So what is this ingredient? It’s the very same one most of the companies put into their products when they reduce the fat content: Sugar. In the growing list of evidence that healthy fats aren’t as bad for you as all the companies selling low fat products might have you believe, a new study, led by Dr Quanhe Yang, from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, used US national health survey data to determine how much added sugar people were consuming. Consuming too many sugary sweets, desserts and drinks can triple your chances of dying from heart disease. One sugar-sweetened beverage a day is enough to increase the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD) affecting the heart and arteries. The researchers specifically focused on added sugar in the diet, sugar added in the processing or preparing of food, rather than natural sources. Writing in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, the authors concluded: “A higher percentage of calories from added sugar is associated with significantly increased risk of CVD mortality”. So maybe all these people who swapped their bacon and eggs for a bowl of ‘Ironman food’ (insert manly scream and picture of fit athlete powering through surf here) were actually not helping their heart or any other of their organs after all, since we know sugar is related to diabetes and many other diseases as well. Get a hold of a movie called ‘Fathead’. You won’t regret it.

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by John Miller-Crispe

life & style

by Rev John Lavender

by Anthony Walker

Pain can be a real pain!

Grow your business

Valentine’s Day 2014

ain seems to be a factor in many people’s lives, yet without pain we would be in serious trouble. Naturally some might say, “You have lost your marbles John” with a statement like that. However, think about it. If we did not feel pain when you touched something hot such as a hotplate that had not cooled down, you would not know to remove your hand before serious tissue damage had been done. Pain is one of nature’s ways of alerting you to a problem. Sometimes it is a simple thing you can easily do something about, such as a headache. Many times a headache may be the result of dehydration. Drinking a large glass of water should be your fi rst remedy and often that can be all you need for the headache to go. A sprained ankle can be very painful, but let’s face it pain is an effective way to stop you walking on it until your body has had time to heal the problem. Reaching for the bottle of Panadol as soon as some pain hits you is not the best solution in the fi rst place. It may be the one you have to resort to but try simple pain relief first. The glass of water for headache is a good fi rst attempt. Some lavender essential oil on the temples and gently inhaled can also help. Cold compresses and ice on sprains and bruises can also lower the level of pain to where a chemical drug is not needed. After all we all know that a painful experience for a young child can often be resolved by mum’s kisses. Naturally there are some pains that are so debilitating that they need stronger help especially when they are chronic and long term. The safest pain and infla mmation relief is still from plants not chemicals. As Professor Stephen Myers once said at a Canberra Press Club talk; “Treatments should surely always be to start with the least invasive and least damaging fi rst and progress to more aggressive and potentially damaging ones if they fail”. Wise words and unfortunately rarely adopted. It is easy to reach for a drug for relief but most pain killers also can do serious damage.

ny business looking to grow will inevitably face the tough task of prioritising which business assets or ventures to invest in. There’s usually a wish list a mile long, but the reality is you’ll need to identify the ones that give you the best return on your money. Once you know what you want to invest in, you then need to decide the best way to fi nance this growth: • Do you purchase equipment or hire it? • Do you pay up front or get credit? • What if your business income is uncertain or seasonal, how will that affect your ability to make repayments? • Are there tax considerations? Every business is different. And there are a number of different ways to fi nance the growth of your business. Which is why having the help and support of a good bank manager can be such a critical component of your business’ success. I’m the Owner-Manager of BOQ Penrith and as a small business owner myself, I understand the needs and challenges that come with owning a business. I know how important it is to have flexible business partners that can change and adapt as your business needs change. As a business owner, I also have the incentive to go above and beyond for my customers. To give them the personalised service that keeps them coming back. Their satisfaction directly impacts the success of my business. But as part of the larger BOQ network, I also have access to experts such as those in BOQ Finance who are equipment fi nance specialists that have a detailed understanding of various markets and asset classes and how assets add value to a business. We’re here to help your business pull down the hurdles to its future growth.

alentine’s Day is here and while some might write it off as commercial overkill, an opportunity to squeeze more money out of people, it is great to know we are loved. It is great to know we are appreciated, that someone thinks us special. To be loved makes us feel valued and significant. To be loved gives us hope, even when life itself might seem at its darkest moment. To be loved even helps us overcome our disappointments and failures – those times when we know we have not lived the way we should. The Bible doesn’t leave us in the dark about love; “God is love,” says the New Testament letter of John. John continues, “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another”. God’s love is a love of action, commitment and giving. Love is God taking the initiative. Love starts with God. He invented love! God loves us unconditionally, sacrificially, totally. God especially shows His love to us in sending Jesus to forgive us and restore our friendship with Him. We should respond to God’s love in two ways. It should make us eternally grateful. God’s sacrificial, unconditional love, should encourage us to turn back to Him to say, “Thank you!” To live our lives in response to His love. But secondly, the love God has shown can now become a pattern for how we love one another. With the same attitude of giving, kindness, patience, forgiveness and mercy that God has shown us. Let love change your life! Accept the love God has shown you in Jesus and determine to love people the way God has loved us; sacrificially, unconditionally, totally!

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† Should a queue form at any time prior to the advertised release date and time Landcom reserves the right to implement priority numbers. ^Terms and conditions apply. See Contract for Sale of Land from the builder. Refer to the individual flyer in the Thornton Sales Centre or landcom.com.au/thornton. All diagrams and images are for illustrative purposes and should be used as a guide only. *GST inclusive. 1 Terrace home priced at $413,000. Terrace Home prices range from $413,000 up to $642,878. Price is based on nominated home on nominated lot including the standard inclusions level only. Purchasers to confirm final inclusions with the builder. The content of this ad was produced prior to completion of construction. The builder reserves the right to revise the plans and specifications without notice or obligation. Prices correct as at 11/02/2014 and valid until 10/08/2014. LAN1892/WW


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A Wonderful Family Home OPEN HOME Saturday 15th 2.30-3.00pm, 11 Kadiera Close

Better Than Perfect Absolutely Nothing To Do Th is superbly presented 4 bedroom executive home is set on a 4041 sqm block in a quiet “Northumberland Green” cul-de-sac. Its quality is unmistakable and the inclusions are extensive. No expense has been spared during the renovations. Features include all new state of the art double glazed argon fi lled, tinted anti glare windows. These windows will dramatically help to reduce your heating and cooling bills whilst maintaining a constant even temperature throughout the year. Also featured are polished Australian spotted gum timber floors throughout the home, which are highlighted by the 200mm skirting boards and ornate 90mm architraves. There is so much more, including 16.5HP ducted air system. All internal & external walls and the ceilings are insulated. The light switches & power points are the exclusive Saturn Clipsal range and not to mention that the main bathroom has underfloor heating. You just have to see this home, you will love it.

Wallacia - Northumberland Green

Offers Over $920,000

Contact Helen Fitzpatrick at Ray White Penrith on 0414 362 955 or 4732 3333 • www.raywhitepenrith.com

• two storey split level brick home • 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car spaces under carport • elevated for sun & breezes • open kitchen & dining with rear veranda • separate living area • downstairs rumpus room & bedroom • internal laundry with shower & toilet • outdoor entertaining | BBQ area • large rear yard with landscaped gardens & irrigation system • children’s cubby house • large storage area under the house Th is wonderful family home is of impeccable quality & ready for a new family. Four bedrooms upstairs (main with built-in robe) with the fi fth downstairs. The entry level of the home has a large kitchen with informal dining, a separate formal dining area & a large living room. A split system air-conditioning unit is installed to this level to cool or warm the living spaces. The kitchen has wonderful elevated views to the landscaped gardens & lawn, with large sliding doors opening to a wide veranda. Downstairs can be used as a rumpus room, retreat or guest accommodation. The internal laundry also has a shower & toilet. Th is area of the home leads to the external rear lawns & gardens. The storage area under the house has an area for a wine cellar. The outdoor entertaining area is perfect for evening meals, weekend entertaining & a safe haven for the kids to play. Th is property boasts a wonderful address in South Penrith & is close to local shops, schools & public transport.

South Penrith

Auction: Saturday 1st March 2014

Contact Dukes Estate Agents Penrith on 4722 2626 or Emu Plains on 4735 6600 • www.dukesestateagents.com.au

Attention landlords MBR welcomes Paula Sirone MBR Realty introduces Paula Sirone, an Accredited Property Manager to the team. Paula has worked in the Real Estate industry as a Property Manager for the last 20 years. She will take that extra step to servicing both her landlords and tenants and finds her role as a Senior Property Manager both demanding and rewarding at the same time and thrives to assist and guide all her clients to achieve positive results.

Paula has been our managing agent for 5 years and has always been very responsive, professional and dedicated in all her interactions. She is very friendly and approachable and always gives the best advice in terms of decisions of our properties and always a pleasure to deal with

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Paula has had the opportunity in working in different residential areas and dealing with clients in a very vast community which has given her the experience and the ability to communicate and assist all her customers. As Paula resides in the local area she has vast knowledge of the current rental market.

Paula has been our property manager now for a few years and we have always found her to be extremely thorough and diligent at her job

We have always dealt with an experienced property manager and Paula ticks all the boxes, well done and thanks

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Peter & Jodie Jennson

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If you are a first time investor or a current landlord looking for a senior property manager who has the experience to keep your investment in safe hands contact Paula on 0247 322 888.

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Open Home Sat 11:00 – 11:30am 5 Cascade Avenue

910m2 Block

Escape to Paradise

Rarely do homes built on 910m2 blocks in Glenmore Park in a quiet cul-de-sac location become available. This large family home will accommodate the entire family. Features include, • 4 Bedrooms • Ensuite • Built – in robes • Formal lounge room • Formal dining • Family/meals • Rumpus room • Kitchen • Gas cooking • Dishwasher • Tiled floors • Downs lights • Ducted air conditioning • Rain water tank • Pergola area • In-ground salt water pool • Large garden shed • Side access • Double remote garage. This home will not disappoint be quick. Contact Michael Ball 0414 264 668

What a wonderful opportunity to purchase a beautiful ex- display Jandson Home in Glenmore Park. This spacious home has it all, perfect for the executive couple or family with children, yearning for privacy. Surrounded by a beautiful garden and low maintenance backyard, which offer’s an entertaining area with an inviting spa. Close to the Northern Road exit and wonderful parklands of Glenmore, this home boosts 5 large bedrooms with built in robes to all, ensuite and main bathroom, ducted air conditioner, alarm and sound system throughout. The Formal lounge can be closed off from the kitchen, complete with a rumpus room and every day dining area, that would accommodate the largest of families. The oversized kitchen is heavenly with stainless steel appliances and granite bench tops pleasing any budding chef. The drive through garage makes easy access to the backyard area and extended future family functions. Don’t hesitate call now and make an appointment to see one of Glenmore’s finest.

Glenmore Park

Offers Over $620,000 Glenmore Park

Offers Over $650,000

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Open Home Sat 10:00 – 10:30am 3 Mogo Place

Contact Melinda Willliams 0419 998 509

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Cambridge Park Offers Over $580,000 Complete Package

This large 5 bedroom family home ticks all the boxes featuring:• 5 bedrooms • Ensuite • Walkin robe • Built in robes • Formal lounge • Family room • Rumpus room • Spacious kitchen • Stainless steel appliances • Tiled & carpet flooring • Ducted air • Alfresco area • Double remote garage • Landscaped gardens. Located within walking distance to schools shops & transport this much loved family home is sure to impress!

Open Home Sat 12:00 – 12:30pm 52 Barlow Street

Contact Michael Ball 0414 264 668

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Mulgoa

Open Home Sat 12:00 – 12:30pm 302 Littlefields Road

Offers over $829,000 Kingswood Serendipity

Contact Tracey Hotchkiss 0414 272 945 Michael

Tracey

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Nepean Hospital location – First for the area. Off the plan – Stage one. Nepean Private & public hospital precinct. Located on the corner of Great Western Highway & Parker streets Kingswood, access via Barber Street Kingswood. - Located on levels 5 & 6 this world class development is a first for the Penrith area.

Marlee

Steve

Alistair

Catherine

Melinda

Arthur

Paula

Jessica

Licensed Agent

Licensed Agent

Sales Consultant

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Senior Property Manager

Senior Property Manager

Property Officer

- Lower levels are Retail & commercial premises. - Offering 1 & 2 bedroom apartments with all of today’s comforts and security. - This is a fantastic opportunity for investors. - Starting from $325,000. - Expected completion date 30th June 2017. - All Drawings & Pictures are Artists Impressions only.

Contact Michael Ball 0414 264 668

82 Henry Street, Penrith

4732 2888

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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.

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 15th 10.00 to 10.40am 31 Saddler Way

GLENMORE PARK

OFFERS OVER $670,000

Blue Hills Masterpiece With Blue Mountains Views

Location perfectly situated for a lifestyle of convenience and peace in the well sought after Blue Hills area is this stunning Masterton Home on a 814sqm block. Peacefully positioned on the high side of Saddler Way, this home offers everyday living and leaves nothing to be desired by way of comfort and appeal for the growing family. Close to shops, schools, reserves, transport and the M4 Web ID: GLM10539

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814m2

* Four bedrooms with built ins * Main with ensuite * Open plan kitchen * Outdoor undercover entertaining * Ducted air-conditioning and vacuum * Double garage * Space for a pool

ORCHARD HILLS

GLENMORE PARK

OFFERS OVER $499,000

Absolutely Fantastic Location

Presenting an extremely well maintained property that has excellent street appeal, boasts open plan living and a large extension. It features beautiful landscaped low maintenance gardens and an alfresco decking undercover entertaining area. Surveyors Creek Primary school is located within 300 metres walk. Public transport is within a short walking distance and only a few minutesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; drive to the town centre and sports fields. Web ID: GLM10549

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475m2

* Four bedrooms (Two built inâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) * Open plan kitchen and dining * Gas cooking and dishwasher * Two split system air-conditioners * Massive living area extension * Single garage with internal access * Land Size 475sqm

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

D.A Approved For A Child Care Centre!

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Located in the growing area of Orchard Hills and ideal for the long term investor, this property has a full D.A approval for a 90 child pre-school and child care centre. It also has a large shed, enormous carport and is parcelled on more than seven acres of cleared land. With the very convenient location and being within a short distance to the M4, schools and most public transport facilities, whether an investor or someone who wants a very large single level home, this property is surely not to be missed. Web ID: GLM10546

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* Five large bedrooms * Five living areas * Ducted air-conditioning * Polished floors * Three bathrooms * Double garage * Huge veranda

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

4735 2121

4722 5000

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Enjoying a rural outlook this substantial residence enjoys a list of features few can enjoy. An abundance on natural light enhances the spacious floor plan that enjoys generous servings of formal and informal living spaces. Once beyond the electric gates you will not be disappointed by the package on offer.

OPEN HOUSE Sat 15th 12.00 to 12.40pm 13 Witcom Street

CRANEBROOK

Web ID: LEN10825

OFFERS OVER $449,950

Smile, This Is What You’re After!

This truly gracious home with landscaped gardens and in a very popular location is a wonderful opportunity to upsize or downsize to a home which has been cared and loved for. Properties like this in Cranebrook are rare at the moment so make sure you call one of our agents to inspect this immaculate and beautifully maintained residence before it’s too late. Consisting of: Web ID: CRA10518

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628.5m2

• Four generous bedrooms • Open plan living • Beautifully renovated kitchen • Great size bathroom • Large entertaining area • Single garage • Great position

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22,200m2

• Solar heated pool • Irrigation system (bore water) • 107,000L water tank • 12m x 7.5m shed • Manicured gardens • Extensive security system • Horse stables + yards

CRANEBROOK

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CASTLEREAGH Private & Peaceful

OFFERS OVER $429,950

You Will Be Impressed

This wonderful home comes with the lot; it is a very contemporary home with modern features and loads of extras. Boasting an inground pool and wonderful undercover area entertaining for the whole family and friends, call your local agents at Jim Aitken & Partners for an inspection now.

Web ID: CRA10519

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700m2

• Three bedrooms • Built-in robes to all • Two way bathroom • Single garage with side access • Two living areas • Split system air conditioning • Inground swimming pool

OPEN HOUSE Sat 15th 11.00 to 11.40am 7/456 Cranebrook Road

CRANEBROOK

OFFERS OVER $319,950

Villa Spick And Span

With great attributes and presented immaculately, this villa will not last long. In an ideal location in the Cranebrook Grange this is ideal for the starter, investor or downsizer so do not miss the opportunity and call your local Jim Aitken & Partners office for an inspection.

Web ID: CRA10520

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CASTLEREAGH

OFFERS OVER $1,200,000

Private, Spacious And Affordable!

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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. Here are a few of the main ones: Web ID: GLM10538

• Two bedrooms • Built-in robes to both • Separate lounge • Single garage • Polished floor boards • Fully fenced • Internal laundry

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EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST CASTLEREAGH

LLANDILO Country Life – Close To Town

Web ID: LEN10822

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23,000m

• Four bedrooms • Huge rumpus room • Ducted air conditioning • Massive entertaining area • Renovated kitchen • Ensuite to main • Triple garage

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20,300m2

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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20,224m2

• 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)

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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Enjoying all you would expect from acreage living, this established residence will please the growing family. The kids and pets will love the ability to roam free; there is ample space for the big boys toys, in ground pool for the warmer weather and an undercover great area to host the family’s social gatherings.

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INVESTING? PENRITH 4722 5000 GLENMORE PARK 4733 6999 EMU PLAINS 4735 8888 GLENBROOK 4739 1111 SPRINGWOOD 4751 8888 BLAXLAND 4739 8800 CRANEBROOK 4730 1122 LENNOX 4735 2121

TALK TO US

we are proud to introduce our Business Development Manager, Anne Marie Bown. With over 30 years experience in the Nepean Valley real estate market, Anne Marie and the Jim Aitken + Partners Property Management team offer integrity, knowledge & results. For a LIFESTYLE you can invest in, call us today.

jimaitken.com.au

OFFERS OVER $499,950

SOUTH PENRITH What More Could You Want?

Rarely do you find a home with these features in the highly sought after South Penrith. Boasting four large bedrooms, three way bathroom and ample living area, this home is the complete package. With double carport and side access leading to a large double detached garage with single carport, this home is perfect for the car enthusiast. Web ID: PEN11312

$1,750,000 PENRITH

PENRITH Absolute Water Front

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Overlooking the Nepean River with views to the Blue Mountains, this charming character filled approx 45sq residence is set on over 1800 sqm of prime land. Gracious in its design and meticulously presented, only those who appreciate equality will enjoy residing in this exclusive setting.

Web ID: LEN10765

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2

1,848m2

• Four bedrooms + Home office • Two Bathrooms • Formal & Informal living spaces • High ceilings and chandeliers • Provincial kitchen with European appliances • Double car accommodation • Moments to Penrith CBD

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716m2

• Double detached garage with single carport • Three way bathroom • Study • Covered Entertaining area • 716m2 block (approx.) • Sought after location • Large main with built in robe

OFFERS OVER $385,000

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. Why not take advantage of the exciting anticipated weekly rental returns on offer.

Web ID: LEN10791

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2

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• Two bedrooms • Built in wardrobes • Kitchen with stone tops • Split system air conditioning • Balcony / courtyard (where applicable) • Internal laundry + dryer • Intercom system + Remote access

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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OFFERS OVER $549,950

Two Homes – One Block

What a great opportunity to accommodate your family and the extended family! In arguably one of the most convenient locations in the area this superbly maintained home will please you at every turn. Renovated throughout the main residence enjoys a contemporary finish and leads to a wonderful covered entertaining area. Only a viewing will do this home justice. Web ID: LEN10820

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556m

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• Renovated main residence • Self-contained 2nd dwelling • Walking distance to schools • Timber floors • Side access • Sunroom • Single carport

OFFERS OVER $729,950

EMU PLAINS 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. Web ID: LEN10793

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600m2

• 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

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 15th 1.00 to 1.40pm 36 Gosling Street

EMU PLAINS

OFFERS OVER $599,950

A Walk To Nepean River

Situated on sought after Nepean Street in the heart of the Golden triangle is this wonderful presented family home. The home is freshly painted throughout and boasts two separate living areas and an updated timber kitchen. Separate living quarters under the main roof will offer peace of mind if you’re thinking of bringing mum with you, but with separate entry and a double carport you might want to take advantage of the extra income potential. Web ID: LEN10814

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891m

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• Golden Triangle • Four Bedrooms - two with built ins • Modern timber kitchen • Sunroom • Fully renovated studio • Covered entertaining area • Walking distance to Nepean river, schools, transport and parks

EMU HEIGHTS

$549,950

Bush Backdrop

A spectacular home privately positioned with all that Mother Nature has to offer at the backdoor. Spacious in its design and hosting a renovated kitchen the residence is designed to capture the peaceful vista on offer. The sparkling pool is a real advantage as is the ample under house storage.

Web ID: LEN10828

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2

769m2

• Ensuite to main • Built in wardrobes • Timber decking • Renovated kitchen • Under house storage • Ducted air conditioning • Sparkling pool

OPEN HOUSE Sat 15th 11.00 to 11.40am 108 Kooloona Drive

EMU PLAINS

OFFERS OVER $469,000

Get Set Go

Web ID: LEN10827

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625m2

• Timber Floors • Ducted Air Conditioning • Side Access • Separate Living Area • Timber Kitchen • Ensuite To Main • Sun Room

EMU HEIGHTS

OFFERS OVER $999,950

Split Level Splendour

Architecturally designed and positioned in a rural setting on over two acres of land. Split level in design the residence is finished with a selection of high quality inclusions. Privately positioned and moments from the river you will be doing well to find a better example in this exclusive price range.

Web ID: LEN 10829

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10,050m2

• Sunken lounge room • Optional theatre room • Butler’s pantry • Parent’s retreat • In ground pool • Separate studio/loft • Timber decking

Emu Plains

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Cranebrook

Penrith

Lennox Centre

30 Mulgoa Road

134D Great Western Hwy

5 Wascoe Street

7 Great Western Highway

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way

429 High Street

91 Great Western Hwy

4735 2121

4733 6999

4739 8800

4739 1111

4751 8888

4730 1122

4722 5000

4735 8888

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Don’t miss this great opportunity to enter the highly sought after Emu Plains market. With three bedrooms two with built in wardrobes and an ensuite to the main with a generous back yard detached garage and ample off street parking this home will suit the investor or home owner alike.

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Kingswood 2/43-45 Rodgers Street 123m2 Apartment

2 bedroom apartment in security complex approximately 600 meters to Kingswood Railway Station and Kingswood CBD shops. Features include a living area, modern kitchen with separate dining area, undercover patio area off the living room, internal laundry and a single lock up garage under the building with security access. Located only 450 meters to the Nepean Hospital Campus.

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Auction Sat 22 Feb 2014 @ 11am onsite View Saturday 1.00-1.30pm Helen Fitzpatrick 0414 362 955 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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This perfectly presented and located 4 bedroom or 3 bedroom plus study home has it all & it’s under 4 years old. Features include large master bedroom with ensuite and walk in robe, modern kitchen with ceaser stone bench tops and separate dining. Also featured is a generous living area with large glass opening to the alfresco area and water views of the lake. Only 84 meters from Jetty and Lake.

Ray White Penrith

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Penrith 2/29 Barber Avenue

A large quality townhouse in a great location • Built-ins to all 3 large bedrooms + an ensuite • Modern kitchen, split system air cond. • Close to Penrith CBD and Kingswood railway station • 650 meters to Nepean hospital • Excellent long term tenants paying $360 pw • Levies $477.30 p/q, Water Rates $174.00 p/q, Council Rates $287.60 p/q

Ray White Penrith

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Sale Offers Over $374,950 View Saturday 10.00-10.30am Charles Sciberras 0412 692 290 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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First Open Home Saturday 22/2/14

• 645 sqm block + private backyard • Moments to Southlands Shopping Centre & Schools • Current tenant paying $430.00 pw – lease expires April 14 • Large garage + workshop/storeroom • Sunroom & separate dining area • Spacious kitchen + dishwasher

Ray White Penrith

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Sale Offers Over $439,950 View By Appointment Helen Fitzpatrick 0414 362 955 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

Penrith 14/11-13 Hemmings Street

Great investment or first home!!

• New carpet, freshly painted, • Built-in robes, refurbished kitchen • Generous combined lounge / dining room • Top floor + split system air cond. • Single garage + storage area

Ray White Penrith

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^ Ready Built prices are subject to availability and are correct at the time of printing. Pricing is subject to change without notice. Photography and illustrations in this brochure should be used as a guide only and may show furniture, screens, landscape structures, pergolas and decorative finishes not offered by Ready Built by Edgewater Homes. Additional cost Floorplan options, Textures and Fittings may also be shown. See your New Home Consultant for full list of standard inclusions. All measurements are in millimetres unless otherwise stated. Lot widths are based on base façade and may vary depending on façade chosen. Due to estate requirements and council guidelines some lot width requirements will change and need to be used as a guide only. Copyright Henley Arch Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. All plans are copyright, no part may be used, reproduced or copied by any means or in any form without the prior permission of Henley Arch Pty Ltd. * Balance payable upon house settlement date. Price effective 30/08/2013


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What More Could You Want? Rarely do you fi nd a home with these features in the highly sought after South Penrith. Boasting four large bedrooms, three way bathroom and ample living area, this home is the complete package. With double carport and side access leading to a large double detached garage with single carport, this home is perfect for the car enthusiast or family looking to store those prized possessions. • Covered Entertaining area • Double detached garage • 716m2 block (approx.) with single carport • Sought after location • Th ree way bathroom • Large main with built in robe • Study

South Penrith

Offers Over $499,950

Family Friendly Acreage! Located in a very quiet street, this fantastic size family home awaits your inspection. It’s nestled on more than one acre and the home has an abundance of living areas, an amazing amount of storage space and a very usable block. Along with this, some of the many other features of this large family home include: • Family room • Ducted air-conditioning • Rumpus room • Study • Side access • In-ground pool • Entertaining area • Four large bedrooms With the benefit of its own town centre, affordable acreage like this doesn’t often come onto the market. So if you are looking for a large home with plenty of yard space for the kids, then this home is defi nitely one for you to see. So call us today and see the many other features of this great property!

Silverdale

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

Offers Over $799,000

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

OPEN HOMES BLAXLAND Sat 11.00-11.40am

4 Moore Street

Sat 12.00-12.30pm

52 Barlow Street

KINGSWOOD Jim Aitken Glenbrook

CAMBRIDGE PARK

Sat 11.00-11.40am

3/71 Jones Street

Sat 1.00-1.30pm

2/43-45 Rodgers Street

109 Boundary Road 13 Witcom Street

MULGOA Dukes Estate Agents Jim Aitken Cranebrook

Sat 12.00-12.30pm

36 Gosling Street

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

108 Koloona Drive 8 Koloona Drive 60 Brougham Street

302 Littlefields Road

Jim Aitken Emu Plains

Sat 11.00-11.40am

2 Sweetwater Grove

EMU PLAINS Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains

GLENBROOK Sat 1.00-1.40pm

77 Bruce Road

Sat 10.00-10.30am Sat 10.00-10.40am Sat 11.00-11.30am Sat 11.00-11.40am

3 Mogo Place 31 Saddler Way 5 Cascade Aveenue 17 Gleneagles Way

Sat 10.00-10.30am

2/29 Barber Avenue

Sat 10.00-10.40am

8/18-24 Higgins Street

Sat 11.00-11.30am

14/11-13 Hemmings Street

Friday 14 February 2014 the western weekender

Ray White Penrith Dukes Estate Agents Ray White Penrith

Jim Aitken Glenbrook

SOUTH PENRITH Michael Ball Realty Jim Aitken Glenmore Park Michael Ball Realty Jim Aitken Glenmore Park

Sat 12.00-12.40pm

134 Jamison Road

Dukes Estate Agents

Sat 1.00-1.40pm

7 Bayley Road

Dukes Estate Agents

VALLEY HEIGHTS

JAMISONTOWN 28 McNaughton Avenue

Jim Aitken Penrith

PENRITH

GLENMORE PARK

Sat 3.00-3.40pm

Michael Ball Realty

ORCHARD HILLS

EMU HEIGHTS Sat 1.00-1.40pm

Ray White Penrith

Michael Ball Realty

CRANEBROOK Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 12.00-12.40pm

Dukes Estate Agents

Dukes Estate Agents

ROSS FOWLER & CO Chartered Accountants

Sat 1.00-1.40pm

3a Wyoming Avenue

Dukes Estate Agents

11 Tindale St Penrith

4722 3066

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Precision Ceramics

We also repair Doors, Screens & Blinds.

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BATHROOMS

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With Every New Driveway FREE Excavataion and Removal of Old Driveway WW6936

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PAINTERS & DECORATORS

CARPET CLEANING & REPAIRS

GARDENING & MAINTENANCE

WORKMANSHIP GUARANTEED M&J

0402 725 140

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Painting & Decorating

Call Russell For a Free Quote Professional Service/RealisƟc Prices

Personally

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Ezy Glide

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Call Steve 0425 350 721 Chris Anderson

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CALL

LIC 233 826C

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GARDENING & MAINTENANCE

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Reliable Services & Competitive Prices

9748 3022 www.abcseamless.com.au

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Lawns • Garden • Pruning Hedges • Rubbish removal • Gutter cleaning •High Pressure cleaning

Call John 0427 784 815

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HANDYMAN SERVICES BRICKLAYING, HANDYMAN & GARDEN SERVICES Frank & Olly’s Lic No. 221280C

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30 YEARS EXPERIENCE FULLY INSURED & FREE QUOTES • Paving • Tiling • Cleaning • Painting • Carpentry • Lawn & Garden Services

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For friendly reliable service contact us on

0409 393 243 or 4735 1175

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$

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 Continuous Aluminium  Colorbond Zincalume  Leaf Guard Specials

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Mobile: 0403 773 364

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

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Fax: 9670 2656

$

Sunflower

Lic no. 162002C

0408 022 374

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Property Maintenance

parts & Guaranteed ip workmansh

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

0438 834 139

Call Steve on 4735 3142 or 0416 116 602

• Pools • Garages • Extensions

NU LOOK

Call Barry on

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

* Mowing and edging * Bindi and weed eradication * Lawn fertilisation * Watering system installation * General cleanup * Tree pruning

ELECTRICIAN

GUTTERING

Surrounding Suburbs

All garden and lawn services provided including:

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Call Greg on 0408 868 860 or 0433 345 088

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NO JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL!

www.allpurposeglass.com.au

Licence No. 173676c

Specialising in;

• Driveways • Entertainment Areas • Patios

Showroom ~ 9832 1566

Penrith Valley Garden Care

Greg McSpadden Concrete Services

FREE Measure & Quote Repairs to Broken Windows, Installation of Shower Screens & Wardrobes

Lic 416722C

0413 032 000 • • • •

CONCRETING

FREE SAFETY INSPECTION with any electrical Installation

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Phone: 0419 018 866

PROMPT, RELIABLE SERVICE Mobile 0414 833 356

GLASS

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

M&L Carpet Laying

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• 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 WW6537

Coochie HydroGreen


Sydney’s Best Prices - 7 Days a Week - No Obligation FREE Quotes

Call Shane 0411 704 302

Licence No. 189585C ABN: 49559903646

With Every New Driveway FREE Excavataion and Removal of Old Driveway WW6938

Specialists in all Aspect of Concrete work • Driveway • House Slabs • Patios • Paths PAINTERS & DECORATORS

ROOFING

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT

PAINTER

A Division of Manning Services Pty Ltd

Lic. 240711C

0417 663 768 or 4731 3121

Local Family Business

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

Over 35 years experience

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RE-ROOFING - REPAIRS RESTORATIONS - GUTTERING

Steve McLean

Licence No. 88147

ROOFING

LICENCE NO. 266193C

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PLUMBING

250

$

includes Paint & Preparation ALL WORK guaranteed Licenced and insured. Tradesman Lic 196221C

PLUMBER-DRAINER-GASFITTER

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

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PEST MANAGEMENT SERVICES Email: envirocare1@bigpond.com

TOTAL SATISFACTION GUARANTEED WE CARE FOR YOUR ENVIRONMENT

Ph 1800 600 760 Mob 0419 972 399

CRYSTAL CLEAR PEST CONTROL Family Owned Local Business for 18 Years WW319

Enjoy reliable professional service with a smile!

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

FULLY GUARANTEED WORK

Call Karen on 4733 6753

PLUMBING

LOCAL PLUMBER 24HRS 7 DAYS PER WEEK

Same Day Service 24hr Emergency

Blocked Drains from $49

Taps & Toilets Repaired save $39

Conditions apply.

PLUMBER, DRAINER, GASFITTER

roof plumber, backflow & rpz testing

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

Call Chris on 0404 478 487

Supplier of Security Doors Flyscreens & Windows Grilles

SKIP BINS

Geoff 0415 253 252

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Sec Lic no. 409002239

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

Skip Bin Hire WW305

BOOK YOUR SKIP TODAY!

Builders/Reno End of Lease/Moving Deceased Estates Concrete/Bricks/Dirt Heavy Load? No Problem

1300 785 845

Lic No. 4715C

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

CALL GREG NOW ON: WW320 0400 873 805

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AUTOMOTIVE

ALL BIKES WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE Will Pick Up

9602 8999 0408 441 075

Phone:

or

www.bikewrecker.com.au

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NEPEAN MAINTENANCE PLUMBING     

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LOCAL PLUMBER

24/7 Emergency Service

CARS - WANTED

A1 CASH

All vehicles Free Removal

$1000

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Trading 7 Days Prompt Reliable Service

0406 715 116 Everlast Plumbing

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lic. 251075c

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WE HAVE ALL YOUR ROOFING NEEDS COVERED

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- Leaking Taps & Toilets - Hot Water Heater Installs & Repairs - Natural and LPG Gas - Trade Waste Installations - Bathroom Kitchen Renovations

• 100% Labour Guarantee • Up Front Pricing Conditions apply

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

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• $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

FREE GARDEN TAP INSTALLED WITH EVERY BLOCKED DRAIN

Ph: 0406 715 116

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PEST CONTROL

BLOCKED DRAINS FROM $79

• ROOFING • GUTTERING • RESTORATION • REPAIRS

LOCAL PLUMBER Lic No 264213c

T&C PLUMBING SERVICES

PER ROOM

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from

KEVIN - 0456 642 766

PLUMBING

(conditions apply)

1hour pick-up

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Budget Painting

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mccoy’s property maintenance

Ph:1300 255 626 | 0404 714 714


“Where quality, service & great prices come together”

Call Shane 0411 704 302

Licence No. 189585C ABN: 49559903646

With Every New Driveway FREE Excavataion and Removal of Old Driveway WW6937

LET US TRANSFORM THE LOOK OF YOUR PRIDE & JOY & BE THE ENVY OF YOUR STREET ADULT SERVICES

TRAINING COURSES

ORANGE NEW SOUTH WALES

.com.au

Ladies required for boutique establishment Great $$$$ to be made

Construction Industry Training WW6780

Ph: 63 628 520 0416 207 887

ADULT WORK IN MELBOURNE  Ladies 18-30 yo  6 Star Establishment  Earn from $3000 to $6000 p.w.  We pay airfare to Melbourne  We provide accommodation

UNIT 1 / 4 CUNNEEN ST MULGRAVE Registered Training Organisation (RTO)-434047

FORKLIFT TRAINING High Reach & Counter Balanced Licence & Refresher Courses CONSTRUCTION INDUCTION White Cards – Mulgrave & Faulconbridge EWPA COURSES Yellow Card Courses incl SCISSOR & VERTICAL Lift WORKING AT HEIGHTS Training Courses CONFINED SPACE TRAINING

4577 9577

GARAGE SALES

Phone • Book online: www.forktime.com.au

POSITIONS VACANT

GARAGE SALE

Cranebrook - 9 Gambia Place Saturday 22nd from 8am • Kitchenware • Toys • Large variety of goods

Retail Showroom Sales WW7032

LOST & FOUND

FOUND 3 DORPER CROSS SHEEP

Around Orchard Hills area. Contact 4732 7543 WW7074

NUTRITION WW6672

HERBALIFE DISTIBUTOR for Wellness & weightloss Call Danielle 0433 323 270

PROPERTIES WANTED

CASH PAID FOR HOMES IN RE-POSSESSION Call Manny 0468 433 969

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SELF EMPLOYMENT PARCEL SUBCONTRACTOR REQUIRED

Must have white late model van early start. Penrith/Kingswood area. Call Rodney 0404 808 471 WW6980

You will have the backing of high level advertising across a range of media including TV, papers, magazines, radio & online There are other advantages to talk about if you have the following: • You speak clearly, and are able to communicate ideas and information in a friendly & positive way. • You have a successful sales background or believe that you have sales ability. • You have a current drivers licence & vehicle. • You are prepared to take part in a comprehensive training program during working hours • Your income will be made up of high base salary, commission & incentives. • Weekends are the busiest trading days, so weekend work is involved. • Some heavy lifting is involved when helping clients or stocking the branch. This is your chance to join DOORS PLUS, Australia’s leading door retailer & gain training, development and the opportunity to build your career.

HANDYPERSON/LICENSED CARPENTER ALL- ROUNDER We are seeking a local Handyperson/Licensed Carpenter, experienced in general repairs and property maintenance to join our busy Penrith based team. You will : • Be keen to work in the Local Penrith area • Be able to demonstrate good customer service skills • Be well presented • ALWAYS leave the site clean, tidy & safe and promptly complete all paperwork required • Have some basic computer skills • Work safely at all times and be committed to Work Health and Safety • Be an “all-rounder” willing to undertake all aspects of domestic & commercial maintenance, repairs & general cleaning We provide van, uniforms, Phone, Electronic Mobile Tablet (as a part of our electronic job management system) a safe work environment and flexible start and finish times. Please send your resume by 28 February 2014 To: lea@hix.com.au Enquiries: Lea Hicks – 0414441635

A part of

EXPERIENCED PLUMBER We are seeking a Plumber who: • Is meticulous with their work • Is neat and tidy (no Plumbers’ crack!) • Is genuinely concerned about customer needs & wants to perform all work to create a successful outcome • Is keen to be part of a team but can also work effectively alone • Works safely at all times and is committed to Work Health and Safety • ALWAYS leaves the site clean, tidy & safe and promptly completes all paperwork required • Is keen to learn more and to train apprentices • Has a range of experience in domestic and commercial plumbing which may include Hot Water, Pipe relining, backflow prevention etc

ARE YOU THIS PLUMBER ?….. then Supakwik is your new home !! We provide van, uniforms, Phone , Electronic Mobile Tablet (as a part of our electronic job management system) a safe work environment and flexible start and finish times . If you would like to join our team at Hix Group Pty Ltd please send your resume by 28 February 2014 to :

For your convenience We accept!

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Ph Kim or Steve 0449 625 768 info@thenumber1.com.au

POSITIONS VACANT

Send your application to Carolyn today Email- carolyn.dodds@doorsplus.com.au WW7059

Jason@hix.com.au or contact Jason Brown on 0247217500 for more information

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TRAINING COURSES

POSITIONS VACANT

Dual Diagnosis Counsellor Dianella Cottage is a harm minimisation service providing group programs and support to women with co-existing drug, alcohol and mental health issues.

d lerate e c c A ng traini

We are looking for a dual diagnosis counsellor to join our small committed clinical team. The successful applicant will need experience working in the drug and alcohol sector, a strong understanding and comfortability working with women with mental health issues and experience in both counselling and therapeutic group work. You will also be required to demonstrate that you are able to be a supportive team member and have the capacity for professional reflection and self-management. The position is 35 hours per week. Applications close 5pm 21 February 2014 and can be either emailed to bmdars@gmail.com or posted to PO BOX 1009 Katoomba 2780. Applicants need to be available for interviews on Wednesday 12 March 14. For more information contact Antonia Ravesi, Service Manager on 0247 82 3887 or email bmdars@gmail.com. The job description can be downloaded at www.dianellacottage.org.au Being female is a genuine selection criteria under Section 31 of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.

YOUR GATEWAY TO A BETTER CAREER IN HEALTH CARE

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FOR SALE

FOR SALE

Cranebrook Offers over $740,000 14 Knot Street, Waterside Estate A prestige 4 bedroom 2-storey home still under new home warranty, with adjoining lake views & short walk to community tennis court, in-ground pool & function room facilities. Take into account its smart eco friendly design: Open plan kitchen / living area / dining area, 3 bathrooms, double garage, first floor TV/ family room, formal lounge room. a large master bedroom with walk in robe leads to sunny balcony over looking the lake and park. Three sliding doors leading to 2 covered outdoor alfresco areas great for entertaining & BBQs. Right on the edge of the lake with parkland on its side boundary, a 5 minute drive from Westfields Shopping & Trains, Finally, its other selling points: Fully landscaped gardens inbuilt watering systems One off design built purposely by Wincrest to complement the surrounding areas.

Phone: 0478 370 058

Email: carmen.propertymanagement@gmail.com Web: carmenspropertymanagement.com

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IT’S ON NOW ORE T S ’S H T I R N E P T A ONLY RY RIDAY 28th FEBURA

Friday 14 February 2014 the western weekender

60 Regentvile Road, Penrith ph: 4731 1266 www.arbpenrith.com.au

sport 66

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Bowls

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Mick Gilfoyle The NSW Under 25 State Singles is back and will return this year in a new format since last played in 2009. Male and female bowlers between the ages of 18 and 25 will be able to fight it out for the NSW title with the winners receiving return fl ights and direct entry into the Silver Nugget at Tweed Heads. Th is year’s event will see four qualifying venues for the fi rst time. Qualifying will be held at Forster, Taren Point, Warilla and Orange with the Finals all played at Cabramatta Bowling Club on Friday 27th June. Entries for all qualifying events close Friday 28th March.

Harness Racing

BUY 3 GET 1

Lorraine Pozza

Once again Penrith Paceway presented a great night of Harness Racing. The majority of the patrons would have gone home happy because it was a night when favourites were dominant in the winning results. Race one saw Domestic Art ($4.10) driven by Gavin Fitzpatrack have the sit behind the leader Regal Stride then get out turning for home and with a quick sprint managed to score convincingly. Having his fi rst start from a spell Pure Theatre ($1.60) showed gate speed from gate four and was soon in front to lead all the way in race two. Major Lexus sat outside him but made little impression in the run home. Last start winner Angelas Image ($1.50) driven by David White showed it was no fluke and from gate one led the field a merry dance in race three. Tralee Bromac did the best of the others coming from midfield to be the runner up. Im Tondelayo ($3.20) driven by David

FREE* FITTING & BALANCING

Morris created a good impression in race four. She raced midfield before going three wide over the last lap to lead turning for home then hang on tenaciously when challenged by runner up The Informant. Rueben Wicki ($16.80) showed his liking for the Penrith track and took out race five. He had suffered defeats at his last two starts at Tamworth and Canberra but prior to those he had won two in a row at Penrith. Comeback driver Joel Pengilly showed he has not lost his skills by driving Munroe ($2.00) to victory in race six. Races seven and eight proved to provide a driving double for Rob Morris. In the seventh he was aboard Kings and Glory ($1.50) and after being last early he was able to move to the one out one back spot and fi nished much too well beating Shootin The Breeze. Aboard Dreamtime Sara in the last Rob only just managed to get home by the narrowest of margins from The Plainsman.

MINOR SERVICE ........................................from ONLY $99 Small car tyres .........................from $59 Medium car tyres .................... from $75

WHEEL ALIGNMENTS from $55 strictly while stocks last

SAT 15th & SUN 16th Feb between 10am & 2pm

with FREE FITTING & BALANCE

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 9623 4680

WHEEL & TYRE PACKAGES AVAIL.

UNIT 5/5-11 Gallipoli St ST MARYS

Welcome

(Behind Mamre Road McDonalds)

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Is mould taking over?

DON’T RE-TILE REGROUT tRegrout any tiled area tStop Leaking Showers tRecolour Reseal Grout tSilicone & Tile Repairs tShower Screens tAll work guaranteed

ALL PLAYERS & COACHES MUST REGISTER ONLINE AT MYFOOTBALLCLUB.COM.AU We welcome all ages from under 5’s to over 45’s MALE AND FEMALE WW6701

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Family car tyres ....................... from $75 Performance tyres .................. from $99

TILE REGROUTING

To be held in the Bennett Room at The St Marys Band Club Great Western Highway St Marys

Any enquiries regarding registrations, please contact our Registrar, Tanya on 0413 345 847 between 4pm-8.30pm Mon-Fri or 9am-6pm Sat & Sun

195/50-15 TOP ....................................... $89 195/55-15 TOP ...................................... $89 205/60-16 TOP ...................................... $99 215/60-16 TOP ...................................... $89 235/45-17 FULLWAY ............................$109 225/35-20 HAIDA ................................$139

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The NDBA Pairs Championship was fi nalised last Saturday at Wallacia and in the Final of the State Pairs Gavin Holburn and Greg Jeans (Glenbrook Panthers) defeated Troy Rodgers and Trent Whittingham (Penrith) in a great game by one shot. In the Senior Pairs Les Hickey and Ron Pittaway (Penrith) defeated Rick Perry and Mal Cameron (St Marys RSL). In the Presidents Reserve Pairs, Terry Hooper and George Bevan (Austral) defeated David Hoy and Kevin Smith (Windsor). The Singles commenced last Sunday.

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ome of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best Enduro-X riders will be appearing in Jamisontown today, February 14, ahead of this Saturday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Australian Enduro-X Nationals at Parramatta Speedway. Both Toby Price and Peter Boyle from the KTM Off-Road Team and Chris Hollis and Daniel Milner from the CDR Off-Road Team will sign autographs and pose for photos with fans this afternoon from 4.30pm at Suttoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Motorcycle Supply at 141 Blaikie Rd, Jamisontown. Following todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meet and greet, the

four riders will continue their quest for motocross glory when the second stage of the KTM Australia Enduro-X Nationals Series gets underway tomorrow night in Parramatta. Australian off-road riders have proven to the world recently that they can match if with the best of the best with Victoriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daniel Milner placing second in the prestigious Italian ISDE. With Toby Price making his comeback from injury at the Brisbane event on February 2, Chris Hollis, Jarrod Bewley, Josh Green, previous winner Peter Boyle and rising stars Tom McCormack and Ben Burrell, are all eager to take home some of the $50,000 total prize money.

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Shane Mumford, Heath Shaw, Phil Davis, Callan Ward, Tom Scully and Stephen Gilham.

Leading the way: Giants name leadership group for 2014

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he GWS Giants have called on new recruit Heath Shaw to help lead the way in season 2014, after the former Collingwood premiership defender was announced as vice-captain of the club this week. Inaugural co-captains of the Giants Callan Ward and Phil Davis will again lead the club this season, with Tom Scully the other vice-captain. Former Swans premiership ruckman Shane Mumford and former Hawthorn premiership defender Stephen Gilham

complete the leadership group. New head coach Leon Cameron said Shaw thoroughly deserved his elevation to the vice captaincy. “Heath and Shane have brought a lot of energy to the playing group and the young players have really embraced them as leaders of the club,” he said. “They are not just talented and experienced players but also possess sharp football brains and know what it takes to achieve ultimate success in the game. “They are extremely professional in their approach and we expect them to give us a big lift both on and off the field in the coming years.”

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Thomas Doyle and Emily Doyle enjoyed success in the Western Sydney Open Water Swim.

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brother and sister pair from Warringah on Sydney’s north shore have taken out the newly named Western Sydney Open Water Swim. 14-year-old Thomas Doyle and his 12-year-old sister Emily both won their respective male and female 5km races that took place at the Sydney International Regatta Centre last Saturday. Emily, who trains with her brother at the Warringah Aquatic Centre, said she didn’t expect to do as well as she did.

“I expected Thomas to do well because he loves it and has been swimming long distance for a while, but I had only just got into it, so I was very surprised to win,” she said. Her brother Thomas said the pair started swimming together when they were in year two and have only become better due to their coaches. “We had a rough start in swimming but we got better and better as the years went on, and now we’re absolutely amazing,” he said. Thomas fi nished the race in one hour, six minutes while Emily fi nished in a time of one hour, 12 minutes.

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Panthers slip at first hurdle

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he Penrith Panthers didn’t get their 2014 campaign off to the best of starts last Saturday after they went down to a strong Wests Tigers outfit 32-8 in Camden. With a host of their biggest names and new recruits missing, the Panthers were outplayed in every aspect in the year’s fir st trial which saw more than 5,000 fans from both clubs pack out the tiny Kirkham Oval. The Tigers hit the front early after centre Chris Lawrence and half Curtis Sironen scored two easy tries in the opening six minutes to put the home side up 10-0. Moments later Tigers winger David Nofoaluma scored another simple try to stretch the lead out to 14-0. Penrith weren’t able to capitalise on a number of scoring chances late in the fi rst half and that’s how the scores stayed at half time. With a victory still in reach for the visitors, many fans hoped the Panthers would play a lot smarter and with more energy coming out of the half time break, but that wasn’t to be after new Tigers recruit James Gavet ran through a gaping hole to extend their dominance to 20-0. Penrith’s best chance to claw themselves back into the game came courtesy of fullback Matt Moylan who fi nally broke the Tigers’ water-tight defence, before offloading to winger Josh Mansour who was cut down inches from the tryline. A few plays later the ball landed in new recruit Kevin Naiqama’s hands who fumbled the ball over the line. It just wasn’t Penrith’s night.

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Under-strength Penrith thrashed by Tigers in first league trial of 2014

Kevin Naiqama in open space against the Tigers at Kirkham Oval last Saturday night. Inset: Tim Grant in action. Photos: Melinda Jane.

After another Tigers try via centre Keith Lulia with 25 minutes to go, the Panthers fi nally got themselves onto the scoreboard through five-eighth Isaac John, who scored off an assist by Fijian flyer Eto Nabuli. Just when the Panthers looked to make the scoreline a tad more respectable, the Tigers scored again with the lead blowing out to 32-4.

With six minutes remaining in the game, winger Nabuli did what he does best by leaping high for another bomb and scoring in the corner. The performance wasn’t great but the Panthers were missing a host of stars including Jamie Soward, Peter Wallace, Jamal Idris, Nigel Plum and Adam Docker. Earlier in the day, the Panthers Holden

Cup team, which featured a host of rookies playing in their fi rst game at that level were beaten by a much more experienced Tigers team 44-14. Later Penrith’s NSW Cup team, which was mostly made up of players from the victorious 2013 Holden Cup premiership winning team, thrashed Western Suburbs 62-10.

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Cricket: In one of their worst performances of the season, Penrith were belted by North Sydney at North Sydney Oval. After scoring 301 in their fi rst innings, North Sydney demolished Penrith’s batters forcing them all out for a lowly 86. The only shining light for Penrith was Luke Morrissey who scored a respectable 54. Due to their rather early exit, Penrith were invited to follow on and in their second innings performed much better scoring 6/215 before the match was deemed over. Penrith, who remain in second, will look to get back on track before next month’s fi nals when they take on UNSW in a two-day match beginning this Saturday at Howell Oval. Cricket: Congratulations to Penrith batsman Luke Morrissey who scored his 5000th fi rst grade career run in Penrith’s loss to North Sydney last weekend. What a fantastic achievement!

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Ice Hockey: Trials for the Flyers Ice Hockey Club, who play out of Penrith Ice Palace, will be held for all divisions on Thursday, February 27 at 7pm. All ages are welcome to try out with the season starting on Saturday, March 22.

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Baseball: The Penrith Panthers have enjoyed excellent results in their Round 17 clashes against the Macarthur Orioles in the State Baseball League. In their mid-week game the Panthers thrashed their opposition 7-3 and also won their Sunday game 4-2. The Panthers move into fi fth spot with a 16 win and 15 loss record but with a bye in the fi nal round this week, the Panthers will just miss out on a top four playoff berth.

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Soccer: The new Nepean Referees Group met for the fi rst time this week with 41 people already registered and another 35 expected to join over the coming months. Nepean Referees Group manager, Graham Chapman, said the recruitment so far has been a success considering it only started a month ago. “I have always believed in positivity, deliver people a positive product and they will embrace it. At NRG we will work together as one for the greater good of the game, it’s not about individuals it’s about delivering the best we can,” he said. Boss of NSW Referees and A-League official, Kris Griffit h-Jones, delivered a 45-minute presentation to the new referees and said: “Th is has been an outstanding success and it was so obvious the genuine positive energy in the room. I am looking forward to working with the NRG in advancing young up and coming referees”. If you would like to start a career in refereeing visit www. nepeanrefereesgroup.com.au for more information.

EFTPOS facilities available Registration will be at Warrimoo Oval, Rickard Rd, all enquiries to the Secretary on: 0407 132 602 or check out our website:

www.lowermountainsjrlc.com.au A Grade training has commenced for more details contact Dave Hart on: 0404 641 578

Sponsorship Packages are also available for 2014. Our Sponsors play a huge and much appreciated part in helping our club provide a happy, healthy sporting environment for all of our players. To get an Information Pack please email us on: lmjrl@bigpond.net.au

Canteen Manager Required If you have a passion for fundraising and being involved with a family focused club, if you helped out in the canteen at school or at footy and liked it, then you may be interested in being our Canteen Manager for 2014…

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here’s been a lot of talk during the off-season, now it’s Jamie Soward’s chance to show the Penrith faithful what he’s made of when he lines up for the Panthers for the fi rst time at this weekend’s inaugural Auckland Nines competition. The Panthers are among the favourites to take out the exciting new competition which boasts a total prize pool worth over $2.25 million. Soward, who will play his fi rst game for the Panthers since switching from the Dragons last season, said he can’t wait to line up alongside boom youngster fullback Matt Moylan on Saturday. “It’s an exciting time for the competition and I know the players are excited and looking forward to it,” he said. “It’ll be good to take the young fella (Moylan) over with me and hopefully he scores a couple of tries and sets me up for a couple of fiv e pointers also.” The Panthers will play three games in the pool format beginning with the Melbourne Storm at 1.15pm on Saturday followed by the St George-Illawarra Dragons at 5.25pm and the

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South Sydney Rabbitohs on Sunday at 1pm. All games will be broadcast live on Fox Sports. If the Panthers win the majority of their games they will progress to the quarter fin als stage commencing Sunday evening. Not boarding the plane to New Zealand is recent recruit Jamal Idris, who will play his fir st game for the Panthers against the Parramatta Eels at Sportingbet Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The trial will also be the fi rst time the 23-yearold has played a game of footy since suffering a season-ending ankle injury whilst playing with the Gold Coast Titans midway through last year. “I haven’t had real contact playing the game since June, so it’s been killing me. I’m at 100 per cent [fitness], I have been for the last three months,” Idris admitted. Also making his return for the Panthers after a six year absence is local junior Peter Wallace who will play at halfback in the trial. Panthers Nines squad: Matt Moylan, Wes Naiqama, Josh Mansour, Isaac John, Kevin Naiqama, Jamie Soward, Jeremy Latimore, Sam McKendry, Kevin Kingston, Tyrone Peachy, Lewis Brown, Adam Docker, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Eto Nabuli, George Jennings and Isaah Yeo.

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