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St Marys to lose local RMS registry Office closure will force locals to use Service NSW centres in surrounding suburbs DALE DRINKWATER

t Marys residents wishing to renew their license or use other motor registry services will be forced to travel to Penrith, Blacktown or Mount Druitt with the RMS to shut its doors. The decision to close the RMS at St Marys is a backflip on the State Government’s promise in September 2012, that the amalgamation of services would not affect the St Marys registry. From the middle of this year, transactions traditionally handled by the motor registry will be taken on by Service NSW centres. Penrith Councillor Jackie Greenow said neither of the closest centres are easy to access. “It’s hard to get to Mount Druitt by bus and the Service NSW centre is quite a walk from the train station,” she said. “A lot of people complain about the one at Penrith because of where it is, and the driveway is very bad to get into it.” Ms Greenow fears for the future of surrounding businesses in the CBD and inside Station Plaza where the registry is located. “Taking a service out of St Marys is

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John Burns, Jackie Greenow, Prue Car, Jo Tomic and Paulette Adams are unhappy that the RMS will close. Photo: Megan Dunn taking another reason out for people to go to St Marys,” she said. Ms Greenow met with State Member for Londonderry Prue Car, St Marys Town Centre Manager Paulette Adams and furious residents in St Marys on Monday. Ms Car said residents who have been using the St Marys RMS for decades are

outraged and she will be demanding answers from the Minister. “I am shocked that local residents and businesses on Queen Street were not consulted on this decision and I am calling for the Government to urgently reconsider the closure of the St Marys RMS,” she said. “In a time when Penrith Council is work-

ing with local businesses to invest in the St Marys CBD and revitalise Queen Street, the State Government is cutting a popular service which will mean less people on Queen Street.” The Minister responsible for Service NSW, Dominic Perrottet, did not respond to the Weekender’s questions.

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rime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, like many others, took to social media last Sunday to post a special note about his wife Lucy on Valentine’s Day. Personally I don’t get the whole social media ‘brag’ when it comes to days like Valentine’s Day, but to each their own. Unfortunately for Mr Turnbull, what should have been a loving message was hijacked by proponents of marriage equality, many of whom slammed the Prime Minister – essentially saying that because gay people can’t get married, Mr Turnbull shouldn’t be publicly celebrating the love he has for his wife. It should have been just a few silly comments on social media, but of course organisations like the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail think that trolling Facebook for users’ comments and turning it into a story is part of current-day journalism, so it gets wider coverage. As I’ve written in this column before, I’m a huge supporter of marriage equality. I think Australia should act sooner rather than later to change laws to allow gay people to get married. However, I’m also quite respectful of those who have an alternate view because like those who support marriage equality, everyone has the right to an opinion. What the very vocal supporters of marriage equality need to be careful of is not losing the mainstream support of the Australian public, which has grown significantly in recent years. In a funny way, supporters of marriage equality face a similar fate to the Western Sydney Wanderers’ active supporter group, the Red and Black Bloc (RBB).

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What I mean by that is that a few years ago, the RBB were considered very much part of the Wanderers’ success story – their passion was helping reignite interest in soccer across the nation. However, as time has gone on the supporter group has attracted an air of arrogance about it, and no longer has widespread public support. Supporters of marriage equality have not yet reached that position but they must be careful not to get the public offside. Promoting their argument about marriage equality by criticising somebody else for expressing their love is not the best approach. At the moment Australian laws do not allow same sex couples to marry. But they certainly don’t stop you expressing your love, just like Malcolm Turnbull did last weekend. The best way for marriage equality

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proponents to secure what they want long-term is to ensure the wider mainstream public’s support is solid. Sensible, measured arguments make a lot more sense than personal attacks and angry agenda-pushing. Lock-out laws need review The strong lock-out laws that exist in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross were in response to public outrage about tragic alcohol-fuelled incidents that needed government intervention. However, we’re fooling ourselves if we think they’re actually working. People in the know have told me for some time that all the lock-out laws have done is shift the problem to the suburbs, with people choosing to stay closer to home rather than heading into the city. This theory is backed up by the State Government’s ‘Violent Venues List’ which saw suburban venues like the Peachtree Hotel in Penrith, the Crown Hotel in Parramatta, the Lone Pine Tavern in Rooty Hill and Fusion in Cronulla make their debuts on the list last year. All the while, Sydney’s status as an international city suffers because the main CBD hot spots are under such heavy restrictions. As much as it’s important that we tackle alcohol-fuelled violence, shifting the problem isn’t the answer. Stricter compliance of RSA laws, more police on the streets and stronger patrolling of venues may be a far better approach than 1.30am lock-outs or closing bottle shops at 10pm. Sydney needs a well thought out approach – not a knee-jerk one.

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enrith Council has momentarily refused to slice up endangered bushland known as the Western Precinct of Fernhill Estate. On February 9, an application from 2014 to subdivide 111 hectares of the property at 88 to 89 Nepean Gorge Drive, Mulgoa, into 11 rural-residential lots was rejected. A Council spokesperson said the refusal was based on ecological grounds. “The proposal was inconsistent with the relevant Local, State and Commonwealth planning instruments and the subdivision layout did not respond adequately to natural constraints,” he said. “It was assessed as having an adverse impact on the local environment and therefore not in the public interest.” However, the relief from groups such as the Mulgoa Progress Association may not last long. The current Penrith Local Environment Plan restricts the site to be subdivided at a minimum of 10 hectare lots, but in September last year the property owners, Angas Securities, applied to rezone the land to allow two hectare lots. Council sponsored the application to go through the Department of Planning and Environment’s Gateway Process, and it is

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Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at a bakery in Colyton early on Tuesday morning. At about 1.50am on Tuesday, February 16, a baker was working on Hewitt Street inside the bakery when he was disturbed by two men at the rear door. One was armed with a firearm and the other with a knife, and both forced their way into the premises as they threatened the baker. The men managed to steal a small amount of cash from the register. While running out the back door they hit the baker over the head with a blunt object. The baker was treated for a cut to his head. A crime scene was established with police calling for any witnesses to come forward.

Police are still appealing for information following an attempted armed robbery at a fast food restaurant in St Clair. Just before 9.30pm on Saturday, February 13, two armed men entered a fast food restaurant on Banks Drive in St Clair. One man, armed with a metal object, demanded money from a female employee before hitting her, police were told. Both men left the scene empty handed. They were last seen running on St Clair Avenue. The female employee was treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics on scene before being taken to Nepean Hospital. A crime scene was established and an extensive search of the surrounding area was conducted. No one was located. Inquiries into the matter are continuing.

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A man was arrested after he drove a van into a dam at Orchard Hills on Tuesday. At about 3.45am, officers were travelling with their lights and sirens on to a report of a man attempting to steal a bobcat. Near the intersection of Bradley Street and The Northern Road, Orchard Hills the officers saw a white Toyota van strike some debris in the road, travel through a fence and eventually stop in a dam. The driver alighted from the vehicle and swam to the middle of the dam. The man allegedly refused to come out of the water before police negotiation began and he eventually came out.

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he intersection of Andromeda Drive and The Northern Road in Cranebrook is so bad that one family keeps a first aid kit handy in case people need help after an accident. The Burns family live just three houses up from the dreaded intersection that claimed the life of 17-year-old Kieren Birks earlier this month. “I’ve lost count of how many crashes and accidents there have been but the statistics from Council say around 17 accidents occurred after the give way sign had been put up and that was in an 18-month period,” Danielle Burns said. “As bad as it sounds, I’m very grateful that we weren’t home when the accident happened last week as it would have been completely devastating.” Her husband, Rick, is with the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and in turn is first aid trained, as is Mrs Burns from being a teacher. Their daughter is also first aid trained. “If an accident has happened and we are home at the time then we respond,” Mrs Burns said. Mr Burns addressed Council in August last year about the issue of the intersection and the need for a roundabout. “A roundabout would definitely help

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EXPRESSION OF INTEREST Leasing of Proposed Mobile Food Unit Reference EOI 1516-04 Notification Under Section 47A – Local Government Act 1993 Penrith City Council is seeking an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Operation of a Mobile Food Unit (Kiosk) located at Regatta Park East, Emu Plains under a five-year licence agreement.

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Visit tenders.nsw.gov.au/wsroc/ to register and download tender documents free of charge. Alternatively a hard copy is available for a non-refundable fee of $75 (inc GST) by arrangement. For queries please contact Paul Green on 4732 8251 or paul.green@penrith.city All submissions should be lodged on the forms provided in accordance with the lodgement instructions contained in the documents no later than 11am Tuesday, 8 March 2016 (‘the Closing Date’). Responses received after this time will not be considered.

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DEVELOPMENT CONSENT/S DETERMINED Pursuant to Section 101 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, the schedule below lists applications recently determined by Penrith City Council. Details of these determinations are available for public inspection free of charge during Council’s normal business hours at the Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith.

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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 Maryland Development Company Pty Ltd DA16/0113 Lot 1037 DP 1149525 Residue, (Nos. 1208–1274) The Northern Road, Llandilo Subdivision into 88 x Torrens title residential lots, 1 x residue lot and associated road construction and infrastructure works (Stage 3A – Central Precinct) The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the NSW Rural Fire Service – Rural Fires Act 1997, NSW Office of Water – Water Management Act 2000 Section 89, 90 & 91. 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 22 February 2016 to 23 March 2016. 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 DA16/0113. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Belinda Borg on 4732 7505. The following development application has been received by Council. s Statewide Planning DA15/0207 (No. 25) Rance Road, Werrington Torrens title subdivision and associated road construction, landscaping and drainage works The proposed development has now been amended to include Remediation with a Remedial Action Plan Contact: Mahbub Alam on 4732 7693 Closing Date: 22 February 2016 The proposal is Integrated Development under the provisions of the Rural Fires Act 1997. 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 penrithcity.nsw.gov.au Viewing of Development Applications The above development determination/s may be inspected between 8.30am and 4pm Mondays to Fridays (except Public Holidays) at Council’s Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith. Officers of Council’s Development Services Department will be able to assist with your enquiries.

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aking the first step to a healthier life can be a daunting task but Cambridge Park resident Melissa Grimes will dive into the deep end when she enters her second Sydney Skinny swim next week. The Sydney Skinny swim offers a 300 metre or 900 metre nude harbour swim and runs from Cobblers Beach in Middle Head. Ms Grimes is taking up the challenge of the 900 metre swim after doing the 300 metre event last year. “I’m definitely keen to do it this year as I’m less nervous than I was last year,” Ms Grimes told the Weekender. “I was really nervous last year and I didn’t tell anyone I was doing it until the day, but everyone in my team is so supportive and they make it really fun.” Ms Grimes has lost close to 60 kilos since starting her weight loss journey, having lost almost 40 kilos when she participated in last year’s event. “I just made small changes at a time to my diet like cutting out soft drink and just generally eating healthier but I still have a long way to go,” Ms Grimes said. Part of ‘Team Nudie’, captained by 2013 ‘Big Brother’ winner Tim Dormer last year, Ms Grimes said the event is a

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bid to link 100 local youths with careers through apprenticeships received an unprecedented response from Penrith’s current and past students. Apprenticeship Careers Australia (ACA) launched their 100 Jobs in 100 Hours campaign at Westfield Penrith last week, which aimed to fill 100 apprenticeship positions with young jobseekers. The campaign resulted in nearly 200 face-to-face consultations, 170 job applications were filled, and 25 people turned up with their resumes ready to go – two even turned up in suits. ACA NSW Manager, Luke Radford, said the campaign to engage with youth on their own turf was marked a success when a further 160 students and school leavers visited to just seek advice. “We know there’s plenty of kids here, they’re just not applying and coming to our offices in Parramatta,” he said. “We are trying to come to them and talk to them about the different roles that we do have going.” However, not everyone who attended will end up with a job.

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“Part of it is that about 50 per cent of kids who do find work drop out, so it’s about finding the right kids for the right employer,” he said. “We are not going to place people in jobs who aren’t going to be suitable.” For locals like 14-year-old Andrew Buttifant, the day was an opportunity to see how he could pursue a trade in carpentry. “I want to start a new job, get more experience in building and earn some money,” he said. “I can’t really find a job, I’ve tried for the past five months and nothing’s really helped. This seems like a good program.” Sponsored by Penrith Council, the campaign addresses a wider issue of youth unemployment in western Sydney. “There are not enough local jobs, and that’s why Council is right behind it, to keep youth locally employed,” Penrith Mayor, Karen McKeown said. “Of course we are lacking in trades because of growth, as a regional city we are on the up and up, and we have to provide for an increased population, so again there’s more and more development.” If you missed the event and would like more information, visit www.apprenticeshipcareers.com.au/100jobs or call 9458 7788.

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Work started yesterday on a proposal to install a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera at the intersection of Roper Road and Carlisle Avenue in Colyton to help improve travel times for motorists. “The work is being conducted as part of the NSW Government’s $246 million Pinch Point Program, which aims to reduce traffic delays, manage congestion and improve travel times on Sydney’s major roads, particularly during the weekday peak,” a Roads and Maritime spokesperson said. “CCTV cameras provide valuable real time information on road and traffic conditions to motorists, and can help improve traffic flow by providing real time advice to traffic controllers at the Traffic Management Centre. “The investigation work will include scanning, trenching and potholing to locate underground utilities and provide information on ground conditions.” Work will be completed in two shifts, one held yesterday and another scheduled for Friday, February 26 between 8am and 5pm. Roads and Maritime will make every effort to minimise the impact on local residents. Changed traffic conditions including lane closures will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists. For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com.

Man charged over 2013 crash at Erskine Park A man faced court yesterday after being charged in relation to a fail-to-stop crash at Erskine Park in 2013. About 3.55am on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, a Toyota Corolla and Mitsubishi Lancer collided on Erskine Park Road. The Corolla did not stop after the crash. The driver of the Lancer, a now 62-yearold man, was assessed on-site by NSW

Ambulance Paramedics before being taken to Westmead Hospital. There, he underwent surgery for a broken pelvis and leg. Inquiries by police attached to the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit have been ongoing. On Tuesday, February 16, police from the Cabramatta Proactive Crime Team

arrested a 29-year-old man at a fitness centre in Fairfield. Crash investigators subsequently charged the 29-year-old with ‘dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm’ and ‘failing to stop and assist after a crash’. He was refused bail and faced Fairfield Local Court on Wednesday over the incident.

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Hedge stops man A man is being dealt with by police by way of a future Court Attendance Notice for a mid-range PCA offence and several driving offences after he crashed into a hedge while trying to escape from police. At about 11.55pm on Monday, February 15, police were patrolling along the Great Western Highway at Emu Plains when they came across a vehicle allegedly travelling a little too fast. Police turned around to pull the vehicle over but the driver took off. He lost control of his vehicle in Hunter Street in Emu Plains and crashed into a hedge. Police caught up with the man and breath tested him. After a breath analysis at Penrith Police Station the man was given a future Court Attendance Notice.

False documents A man was arrested in a Penrith shopping centre after he allegedly produced some false documents to try and obtain a mobile phone. At about 8.15pm on Thursday, February 11, the 43-year-old man attended a mobile phone store inside the shopping centre on High Street in Penrith. The shop assistants became concerned with documents the man produced and contacted police. The man, from St Marys, was arrested and charged with two counts of ‘dishonestly obtain benefit by deception’ and one count of ‘goods in custody’. He has been sentenced and received a bond and a fine.

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ong time advocate and champion for access issues, Councillor Jackie Greenow is unsatisfied with the plans for a major upgrade to Penrith Station. Cr Greenow said the Penrith Station upgrade, which is part of the State Government’s Transport Access Program, lacks just that – access. “I don’t think there’s enough there at all, and it’s a really simple solution,” she said. At a meeting last week, Councillor Greenow and Councillor Marcus Cornish asked Council to pursue the provision of escalators and a ramp with Transport NSW. “Anybody could use a ramp but not everybody can use stairs. It’s difficult if you are a mum with a pram, and you can’t do it if you’re in a wheelchair,” she said. Included in the plans are stairs and larger elevators, but Cr Greenow said elevators have proven to be problematic. “I live in St Marys and the lift at St Marys Station was out for six months, and people could not get to the station,” she said. Councillor Greenow said it’s a simple request to increase accessibility by installing at least a ramp. However, Councillor Cornish wants to go that one step further, and believes Penrith commuters deserve escalators. “If elevators were good enough, all Westfield centres would just have elevators. The flow patterns are wrong with elevators,” he said. A spokesperson from the office of Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres, pointed to the determination report from Transport for NSW, that outlines reasons why escalators would not work, including space and cost. “A large area would be needed to allow for a compliant ramp and associated landings to achieve the required 1:14 grade, and this would not be feasible within the existing space,” the report said. The spokesperson said the upgrades are to improve customer experience and increase capacity for future growth. “The Penrith Station upgrade will provide replacement stairs and lifts to ensure improved access for customers and cater for the predicted patronage growth,” she said. “The installation of 27 person capacity lifts is sufficient to cater for predicted patronage.”

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n important parcel of land in Mulgoa has been established as the latest conservation corridor in western Sydney, linking the Cumberland Plains Woodland and Mulgoa Creek. At least 38 hectares of endangered bushland beside Mulgoa Road has been secured by the Federal Government to help boost the resilience of critically endangered ecosystems. Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, and Member for Lindsay, Fiona Scott, made the announcement at the property on Tuesday, alongside the Federal Government’s Green Army. Mr Hunt said the Mulgoa Road property is a significant green corridor that will protect native bushland and ensure the

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important long-term survival of plants and animals. “The property contains intact native vegetation, including shale gravel transition forest which is listed as critically endangered under national environment law,” he said. “The property also includes state listed threatened habitat and vulnerable species.” The announcement is part of a commitment to restore or protect around 700 hectares of the Cumberland Plains Woodland through future land covenants, land acquisition and activities under the Green Army and the 20 Million Trees Program. Mr Hunt said the $15 million election commitment will establish a Cumberland Conservation Corridor through three actions. “First, applications have been opened

for grants to plant one million trees and rehabilitate 400 hectares within the Cumberland Conservation Corridor as part of the 20 Million Trees Program,” he said. “Second, 15 Green Army teams will restore over 250 hectares of habitat in the Cumberland Conservation Corridor. “Third, the remaining part of the 700 hectares will be placed under conservation covenants through Commonwealth purchases and this land will be held in public hands forever.” Ms Scott said the acquisition of the Mulgoa Road property will make a significant contribution to conservation efforts. “Preserving green urban spaces is an important step in connecting communities with the environment and making our growing cities more livable,” she said.

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The Australian and NSW governments are funding a 10 year, $3.6 billion road investment program for western Sydney. This will deliver new and upgraded roads to support integrated transport in the region and capitalise on the economic benefits from developing a western Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek.

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Some of these major projects have reached important milestones in their development. We invite you to provide feedback by Friday 11 March 2016 on: • The shortlisted route options for the M12 Motorway between the M7 Motorway, Cecil Hills and The Northern Road, Luddenham • The preliminary design and access strategy for the southern section of The Northern Road Upgrade Stage 4 between Mersey Road, Bringelly and Littlefields Road, Luddenham Drop in at any time during our information sessions: Wednesday 24 February, 5-8pm Holy Family Primary School, Willowdene Avenue, Luddenham Saturday 27 February, 10am-1pm Kemps Creek Public School, 100 Cross Street, Kemps Creek

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fter several setbacks in her career, 23-year-old netball star Paige Hadley has overcome adversary to be announced as Penrith’s 2016 Local Woman of the Year. Since the age of seven, the St Clair resident has worked her way up the netball ranks to the world stage, but with an injury that left her temporarily unable to walk, it wasn’t an easy feat. Just one game into debuting for Australia, Hadley had an accident that left her requiring a knee reconstruction, bringing her down physically, but also mentally. “To have it pretty much taken from me was the hardest thing. I felt my world had just ended,” she said. With the Netball World Cup just 18 months away, Hadley fought to get herself back on her feet. “Physically, you have people around you to help you, but coming back mentally from an injury is the hardest part,” she said. “But all the hard things you go through make the good things worth it. I wouldn’t have appreciated winning the World Cup as much without being out for 18 months.”

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Stuart Ayres, Paige Hadley and Pru Goward at the Nepean River last Friday Studying Business and Commerce at Western Sydney University, Hadley has goals to one day be supporting others to achieve their own sporting dreams. “I want to start a business with women in sport, and go around to schools encouraging young girls to participate in sports,” she said. Hadley was presented her award by Minister for Women Pru Goward and

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Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres at the Nepean River last week. “Beyond being a world champion, Paige’s story is one of overcoming adversity,” Mr Ayres said. Ms Goward said while it’s important for women to be physically strong, they need that strong character, determination and perseverance, which Paige Hadley obviously has.

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Penrith is recognised as a leader in resource recovery and sustainable waste management, particularly when it comes to our household organic waste recycling service. Council congratulates residents for actively reducing waste sent to landfill by correctly sorting waste and recycling. There are however items around the home which cannot be disposed of through the regular bin service. Sending electronic household items such as televisions, computers, DVD players and printers to landfill takes up space instead of being harnessed for their non-renewable materials. They can also be quite toxic to the environment when not disposed of correctly. 99 per cent of the components that make up a computer can be recycled. The metal is 100 per cent recyclable, glass 99 per cent recyclable, and plastic is 100 per cent recyclable. Older style televisions, containing cathode ray tubes, contain up to 4kg of lead and other materials that can be hazardous to the environment if not recycled responsibly. Council is holding a Free E-Waste

Drop Off Day on Sunday, February 21 between 9am and 3.30pm at Jamison Park. Now is the time to have a look around your house for old or broken electronic equipment you have been wanting to dispose of. All you need to do is place the items into the boot of your vehicle and when you arrive at the E-Waste Drop Off point, the friendly staff will unload the items for recycling or responsible disposal. To receive a free SMS about our next Electronic Waste Drop-Off Day, Chemical Drop-Off Day and other waste and recycling initiatives send your name, home address and mobile phone number to rrr@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au or call 4732 7615 to register for this free service. You can also register for Council’s Resource Recovery Reminder or download Council’s Waste Info app for your smartphone by searching for Penrith Waste Champion in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Have a great weekend!

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n the same way Penrith Council hopes to bridge future funding gaps through an increase in residents’ rates, they have bridged one of Penrith’s most popular paths. The shared-use pathway along Jamison Road has a newly completed footbridge over Peach Tree Creek, which was funded through Council’s previous Special Rate Variation (SRV). “This project was made possible through the SRV Council has in place to fund projects it would not otherwise

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be able to,” said Penrith Mayor, Karen McKeown. “The use of SRV funds secured a matching grant from the RMS to fund the project, essentially doubling the reach of the plan to deliver a missing link from Penrith to the river.” Cyclists and pedestrians now have safer access from Penrith to the river at Tench Reserve, and to the north-south path from Glenmore Park to Jane Street, Penrith. Celebrating the opening of the shareduse path couldn’t come at a better time for Council to show the community how an SRV has provided infrastructure.

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Penrith Council’s proposed rates rise is a Ponzi scam designed to impoverish MOST of the residents residing in Council’s jurisdiction. For goodness sake, imagine any responsible organisation increasing rates by more than one quarter over the next four years and then white washing this disgrace by suggesting that it was “all about maintaining good performance”. It may be OK for the Councillors earning in the vicinity of $100,000 a year and further supplemented by their $26,000 Council wage, and by $76,000 in the case of Mayor McKeown. As a resident of Glenmore Park, my rates will increase by $480 over the four years. The figures presented by Council are pie in the sky averages, intended to mislead ratepayers. They also FAIL to mention the recent Land Valuations which have increased

massively. In my case an increase of 47 per cent which will further increase rates over and above Council’s pie in the sky predictions. Renters will also be hit very hard, as landlords pass these rate rises on to their tenants. As a resident of Penrith for more than 40 years, I have not witnessed a more irresponsible rabble masquerading as elected representatives of Penrith ratepayers. RICK PUTRA, GLENMORE PARK

Unhappy with TAFE outlook For years Technical Colleges, these days they are known as TAFE, have always been run by the Government of the day. Through Government policy and on behalf of us there have been thousands of apprenticeships each year for rail, electricity, water, roads and hospitals. Now the Government only wants to say, “We don’t employ people” and then proceed to sell these jobs off to private enterprise, so they can make huge profits. They then sell off the TAFE colleges, with privatisation making the courses less affordable and unavailable, resulting in the deskilling of our workforce. Since 2012, 83,000 enrolments have dropped in TAFE. TAFE is being forced to compete with the private sector. Governments are selling our skills and training off to their mates in the private sector to make profits. MILES ANDERSON, EMU PLAINS

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Healthy Harold opens his doors to local families Life Education NSW are hosting their first ever community event, ‘Healthy Harold’s Family Fun Day’ this Sunday, February 21 at their Colyton headquarters. Healthy Harold is opening his doors to local families with food and drinks, rides, showbags, a giant jumping castle, facepainting, spot prizes and the chance for kids to enjoy free, fun interactive sessions in the iconic Healthy Harold vans.

Entry to the Family Fun Day is free and it promises to be a fantastic event for the local community. “We’re so excited to be opening up the doors to our Colyton headquarters. Healthy Harold is such a positive and iconic character in the lives of so many children, we want to share the good work that we do with the wider community,” said CEO Kellie Sloane.

The Life Education NSW state headquarters in Colyton was opened in 1987, with support from the Wran government, Department of Health and Dick Smith. Life Education NSW has a long history of serving the local community. The Family Fun Day will start at 10am and run until 3pm on Sunday, February 21. Life Education NSW is located at 10 Hewitt Street, Colyton.

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Great event for history buffs History lovers won’t want to miss this year’s annual ‘Makings of a City’ history conference on Saturday, March 12 at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. This year’s theme ‘Sex, crime and politics – Castlereagh Connections’ will explore the earliest settlement area in Penrith. Castlereagh is the earliest settlement area in the City of Penrith and as a result of the close community that developed amongst the families in the area, evidence points to a web of family inter-relationships with scandalous liaisons and flourishing crime. The conference will look at the Castlereagh connections of bushranger John Vane and eminent Queensland politician Sir Arthur Rutledge Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown said the conference, now in its 15th year, is very popular with the community. “Penrith has a long and fascinating history full of intriguing stories of the people who made them,” Cr McKeown said. “The annual conference is a way of exploring the stories of the people who established settlements in the area for it to grow and prosper into the city that it has now become.” Library Research Officer Ann-Maree Bonner will demonstrate the value of local government records in local and family history research. For bookings, call 4732 7891.

Foley’s promise Every primary school student in NSW would study a second language under a major education policy announcement made by Opposition Leader Luke Foley. A Foley Labor Government would introduce languages into the primary school curriculum. Learning a second language is currently not compulsory in NSW primary schools. Labor’s pledge would provide the resources and tools for every NSW primary school to facilitate language teaching. “This policy is about bringing NSW schools up to speed with other states and the rest of the world,” Mr Foley said. The next State Election is not due until 2019.

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Local MPs Stuart Ayres and Tanya Davies this week welcomed the 85 new nurses and midwives who will commence work in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District this year. “I’m thrilled to welcome the 85 new nurses and midwives to our region, who will join local hospitals and deliver quality care to the community,” Mrs Davies said. “It can be tough starting a new job in a new town, so I encourage the community to make our new nurses and midwives welcome.” Mr Ayres said it proves the State Government is working to improve health services in New South Wales.


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Your chance to help people in need Red Cross encourages locals to consider volunteering their time JADE ALIPRANDI

he Red Cross is calling for more volunteers to join the ranks following a series of natural disasters in the Nepean area in the past few months. Penrith resident Shane Gorman has been a volunteer at the Red Cross since November last year after wanting some experience in the industry when he began studying emergency management. “The Red Cross is one of the best providers for this kind of emergency services training which works well for me because I really wanted to get involved with the organisation,” he said. Mr Gorman said that helping people is all he has ever really wanted to do. “Eventually I want to be managing disasters and crises and working on the ground overseas,” he said. “The Red Cross gives me a great opportunity to be involved in any aspect I’m interested in and there is still plenty to do even if you’re not activated and out on the ground. “You can do as many hours as you would like or as much as you can.” Volunteers will learn about the role of the Red Cross in a disaster, gain hands-on skills and get to meet like-minded people who want to make a difference to other

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Red Cross volunteer Shane Gorman. Photo: Megan Dunn people at a time of need through a free one day training course the Red Cross offers. “It’s a great way of giving back to the community without committing to a particular career path and you can play a more significant role within the community,” Mr Gorman said. “The volunteers have plenty to do at the Red Cross and are heavily involved

in helping the organisation in one way or another.” The free training day will be held on Saturday, April 2 in Richmond. Over 2000 volunteers currently work in NSW and the ACT for the respected organisation. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, call 0402 974 274 or email atanfield@redcross.org.au.

The year ahead is looking bright for the Blue Mountains’ renowned heritage country store Rick Rutherford’s Country after the store underwent a revamp. Two years ago Rick Rutherford’s Country launched the popular ‘Nessie’s Daffodil Tearoom’ within the midst of the heritage building’s themed cottage/retro rooms. Featuring a delicious selection of wartime-style cakes and slices, plus a choice of 10 different teas and speciallyblended coffees, the tearooms have become one of the favourite gathering spots for locals and visitors alike. Last year, Rick Rutherford’s Country launched ‘Badgery Heritage Café’ where meals are served for lunch daily. The interior of the gallery was revamped to achieve the café concept, with dining now happening in most of the themed rooms including the Victorian, Folk and year-round Christmas Room. “There’s amazing new jewellery, napery and manchester, kitchen supplies, children’s treasures, glassware and so much more,” Rick Rutherford said. “We’ve created new display areas to showcase them all and this week we’ve introduced our Easter displays which draw visitors from all over the state.” Picket fencing, lychgate and a summerhouse for outdoor dining was also built to complement the heritage style of the 110-year-old Rick Rutherford’s Country building. Rick Rutherford’s Country is located at 3 Badgery Crescent, Lawson.

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A new policy on how Council will deal with complaints from residents about their neighbours’ animals has been passed. The Keeping of Animals Local Orders Policy applies to domestic animals, including poultry but excluding livestock, and is only enforced after a complaint is received. The policy does not introduce any new restrictions, but is a guideline for

Council when determining an appropriate response after a complaint. For more information on the number of different types of animals allowed in a residential dwelling, visit Penrith Council’s website at www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au. Consistency is key for Council’s Compliance and Enforcement Policy and Guidelines. The draft policy is to respond to allegations of unlawful activity that are contrary to development consent or undertaken without one, and not in line with environmental planning or legislation. In presenting the review of the policy to Councillors, Environmental Health Coordinator Anthony Price said under legislation, Council is required to carry out activities in a consistent manner, without bias. However, several Councillors questioned Council’s consistency, with one suggesting that future development applications be accompanied by a signed compliance document. The suggestion was squashed, and Council endorsed the draft policy as per the report with no changes.

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Penrith Council has deferred making a decision on a draft policy that deals with requests from individuals and businesses to purchase Council owned land. The report to Council was to provide a fair and transparent way to consider these requests in three stages. Councillors raised some issues with the report presented, in that wording for the assessment process excludes Councillors until after the decision is already made. Councillor Bernard Bratusa said Councillors might have a different opinion on the future of the land. “I want to see why it was rejected, what land and the detail. We are the ones that will be publicly flogged,” he said. Other Councillors said there are times when making information publicly available can be detrimental to the development. The draft policy was deferred pending further work.

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Brave Jayden is the new face of annual Bandaged Bear Appeal JADE ALIPRANDI

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JOIN US FOR A BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS Celebrate World Wetlands Day in style with a light breakfast and bird song by the Nepean River, Penrith’s most important waterway. *OINUSANDLOCALBIRDEXPERT -ARK&ULLERTOlNDOUTABOUT s the special native birds that live by the river s how to spot them s and what you can do to help protect them. WHEN:

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fter defying the odds several times over his life, Penrith resident Jayden Bourke couldn’t be more excited to be the face of this year’s Bandaged Bear Appeal. Eight-year-old Jayden hasn’t had it easy in his short life so far. When she was eight months pregnant, Theresa Bourke was told to prepare for the worst. Jayden’s vital organs weren’t developing properly and at first look, doctors couldn’t see any brain matter. “I found out on the same day that I found out I was pregnant that the pregnancy might not be a viable one,” Ms Bourke explained. “He didn’t have a brain, he had no kidneys, no bladder and no bowel. “I was told I was going to have a medical termination but after more tests, they said they found some brain matter and to prepare myself for birth.” His official diagnosis was spina bifida and the rare medical condition hydrocephalus, meaning water on the brain, leaving him paraplegic. Jayden has proved the doctors wrong time and time again after having at least 30 medical procedures during his life so far.

Jayden Bourke Now he has been selected as this year’s Bandaged Bear Appeal Ambassador, run by the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. “I’m just so proud of him for doing this,” Ms Bourke said. “There was no hesitation when we were asked because they have done so much for us, so it’s great to be able to give back in this way.” Jayden attends Werrington Public School full-time and is currently recovering from a major operation he had on his legs last October. Ms Bourke said donating to the Appeal could help several sick children. For more information, visit www.bandagedbear.org.au.

ELECTRONIC WASTE FREE DROP OFF DAY WHEN:

Sunday 21 February 9am - 3.30pm

WHERE: Jamison Park, South Penrith (entry via Jamison Rd only) Pack your old televisions, computers, microwaves, stereos and other electronic waste in your car or trailer. The friendly staff will unload for you and the items collected will be recycled. Large whitegoods and BBQs cannot be accepted. Visit penrithcity.nsw.gov.au for a full list of acceptable items, or for more information phone 4732 7615 It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure all data is erased from their devices before being handed over for recycling. Recycling provided courtesy of Apple Pty Ltd.

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Normi’s our cover star

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very household in western Sydney will notice the adorable pet on the cover of their new 2016 Yellow Pages directory. However, there’s a deeper story behind the happy dog, Normi, who has been saved from the pound and a possible death through national animal welfare charity, PetRescue. The cover is a partnership between Yellow Pages and PetRescue, in an attempt to rehome some of the region’s most vulnerable family members. Normi is just one example of the hundreds of pets who are up for adoption every week from PetRescue homes such as 38-year-old Vanessa Blazi’s Happy Tails in Glenmore Park. “We go into a pound and we put a rescue hold on animals, and when their

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CORNER Day Club meetings

Fridays from 10am until 2pm Nepean Valley RSL Day Club meets weekly at the Penrith Seniors Centre. The club provides a social outing for seniors. If getting to the venue is a challenge, the club may provide transport if arranged prior to the day. Every Friday the group gets together from 10am to 2pm at 86 Station Street, Penrith. For more info, call 4704 8506.

Mad Quilters Gathering February 26 to February 28

The Mad Quilters Gathering will be held from Friday, February 26 to Sunday, February 28 at the Penrith Panthers Exhibition Pavilion. The exhibition offers a wide range of top quality stalls where you can buy the latest stock, grab some bargains and take note of what your next project might be. Innovative workshops, free demonstrations and kids activities will also be held over the weekend among other activities. The exhibition will be held at 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith. For more information, call 0404 848 581.

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Education project May 28 and 29

Western Sydney Rotary Clubs will be running an International Rotary Project to educate senior high school students on the United Nations organisation. Referred to as M.U.N.A, the event provides a forum for students to develop and practice their public speaking skills whilst debating on topical world issues. The event will be held at Penrith High School on May 28 and May 29. Donations and sponsorship are needed to ensure the success of the event, while the local Rotary Clubs will financially support the project. For more information, call 0408 336 588.

Rotary Market

Sunday, February 28 St Marys and Mt Druitt Rotary Clubs will hold their first market for 2016 on Sunday, February 28. To be held from 9am until 2pm, a variety of stalls will be on offer at Kokoda Park, Charles Hackett Drive, St Marys.

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Penrith Reptile Expo Sunday, March 6

The Penrith Reptile Expo and Family Fun Day will be held in March. There will be reptiles for sale, entertainment for the whole family and a ‘My Dinosaur’ T-Rex display. It will be held from 9am until 4pm on Sunday, March 6 at the Penrith Panthers Exhibition Pavilion on Mulgoa Road, Penrith.

Penrith Bowling and Recreation Club will host its annual Charity Bowls Day on Friday, February 26. The fundraiser is being held for Penrith PCYC, a not-for-profit organisation who work to keep people of all ages active and to give them a safe place to interact with others. The event has attracted a variety of clubs, local businesses, community groups and Penrith corporate members. Novice bowlers are treated with a jovial crash course of bowls by the experts from the club, amongst refreshments, morning tea and lunch. Registrations can be made by contacting the club. Entry fee is $70 per person and includes morning tea, refreshments, lunch and the game. For more information, call Julie Cullen on 4721 2515.

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Vote for the woman or organisation you see creating social change and going above and beyond even though they don’t have to. This award recognises an organisation, or an individual, dedicated to helping others. This is a public voted category 1 vote per person. Visit here to cast your vote: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/altitudeawardspayingforward

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he poet Maya Angelou once said: “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently”. What do you think about this statement? Is it true for you? I’ve been thinking about Maya’s quote this week in relation to being a woman in business and have to say I agree with her. Courage seems to underpin so many aspects, including the following: • Risk taking: In order to take risks we need courage and belief in our self and our goals. • Excellent customer service: To respond appropriately and effectively to customers in the face of complaints or situations that need to be resolved takes tremendous courage. • Receiving feedback/criticism: It takes a lot of courage to receive feedback and even more courage to actively seek it. • Setting goals: It takes courage to think big and plan to be more successful than you are now. Even on a day to day basis, women in business are being courageous. No matter what stage your business is at,

Chris Lawler Building Unless you’re living in a brand new house, a home renovation job is always something you desire but can very rarely do most of the time. A new home renovation business on the scene that’s helping to get your dream job complete at an affordable price is Chris Lawler Building. The South Penrith-based business, which is run by experienced and reliable local builder Chris Lawler, can do just about any home renovation job including bathrooms, decks and outdoor entertaining areas. If you want to remove a wall to make your living space bigger, Chris can do that too plus any other general maintenance work. While Chris Lawler Building may be new in town, Chris’ experience in the industry is second to none having plied his trade for more than a decade with Philway Constructions before starting his own business. Chris offers free quotes to all areas and always gives clients a range of options to make things more practical and to save money. “I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I always look at the big picture rather than taking the easy option,” Chris said. “I also like to keep up with the latest trends but try and do contemporary designs that won’t outdate in a hurry.” The best thing about Chris Lawler Building is you’re dealing with Chris and Chris only, meaning Chris is the one who will quote you and the one who will carry out your renovations. Chris will show up to your house on time, every time, and will always get the job right. So if you’re looking for a new luxurious bathroom or a beautiful deck to entertain friends, then give Chris Lawler Building a call for your free quote on 0405 107 506.

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‘turning up’ each day is an act of courage. Operating a business is hard work! It takes courage to remain focused, to motivate your staff, to meet the needs of your clients. It takes courage to know when to say ‘no’ and when to change direction. It takes courage to make decisions you know are good for you and your business, even when others around you disagree. So be encouraged: you are already courageous even on the days you don’t feel like you are. Your success as a businesswoman is so much more about the journey than the destination and it’s the steps on the journey that show your courage. I’ll leave you with this quote from Nelson Mandela: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear”.

he best way to predict the future is to invent it. In other words, you make your own luck. I am a true believer in this. However you want to put it, by putting yourself in the right positions and walking the talk, we have the power to create our own destiny. Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. Drawing from my own and my clients’ experiences that I have been a part of, many pivotal moments happened seemingly at random. The events were never planned or well thought out. But had we not been present and willing to trust our gut feelings and go for the opportunities that presented themselves, nothing would have happened. We tend to view positive experiences as if we just happened to be in the right place at the right time, but that isn’t always correct. It is you that is making an effort to put yourself out there and you’re taking a risk because you have no idea if what you’re doing is a good idea. Be optimistic: Optimistic people naturally create lots of good luck. Positive people view the world with

optimism. When bad things happen, and they do to everyone, it is their optimism that makes them extremely resilient. They are able to pick themselves up and take these challenges on. Be open to possibilities: Get to know as many people as you possibly can and build an extensive network of contacts. Constantly be on the lookout for potential opportunities, and work hard to make them happen. Listen to your gut: People don’t listen to their inner voice enough. We have all had moments where we wish we had trusted our gut feeling. Calm your thoughts and act upon your inner voice. Always learn: There are resources everywhere. Never accept complacency and always try to improve yourself. Attend events, meet with trusted contacts and invest in yourself. There is never a finish line in your development. Aim very high: Our minds are very powerful. Set goals that you think are hard to achieve. If you can see it happening, then it definitely is achievable. Taking opportunities and making the most of them is how we make our own luck.


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mu Plains was once the location of the biggest railway accident in New South Wales. On the night of January 30, 1878, two locomotives were travelling on their normal routes, never to predict the harrowing events that were about to unfold. One locomotive was a special goods train, with nine loaded trucks of kerosene shale that left Bowenfels, just south of Lithgow, heading for Sydney. According to the Illustrated Sydney News in 1878, the train passed its regular stations at expected times, and arrived at the Blue Mountains station to be signalled that it was ‘all right’. If there was any uncertainty, the stationmaster was required to telegraph the next

stop to see if the line was clear, before letting the train leave his station. However, as the train was passing on the single track, the station-master called out to the guard on the train that he arrived too late. The guard responded that he had ‘plenty of time for the plains’, and begun the train’s descent down the mountain. Meanwhile, a goods train was ascending the Lapstone Hill from Emu Plains. In the dark of night, the two engines hit. The explosion was loud enough that the people of Penrith and Emu Plains were awoken and rushed out of their houses, and looked to the mountains. What they saw were two trains in a fireball, casting an eerie glow over the mountain. The force of the crash welded the locomotives together, which then rolled and

plunged over the embankment. Both trains were hauling freight and took 35 carriages over the hill, crushing trees until it hit the bottom. Four men were killed in the collision, including the drivers of both trains. Responsibility for the deaths fell on the shoulders of the guard on the train from Bowenfels, who gambled that the down train would reach Emu Plains before the up train left Penrith. However, many felt guilt should be directed at the top railway, which had fiddled with safety regulations, and created an atmosphere of uncertainty. The tragedy could have been avoided if the minister responsible for rail at the time kept a certain safety code relating to single-track rail systems. The regulations caused lengthy delays, but did prevent head on collisions.

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Our February 20, 2015 edition of the Weekender looked at the rivalry between western Sydney NRL teams Penrith and Parramatta. Just like this weekend’s game between the two sides at Pepper Stadium, the Panthers fought to start the season strong. The Weekender spoke with then captain Peter Wallace, who predicted the Eels would come out firing, with a point to prove after losing Jarryd Hayne to the NFL. “I think the rest of the boys will want to prove a point that they’re not a one man team and that they’re still going to be a force. I expect them to be full strength, it’ll be a pretty tough game,” he said. And come in full force they did, when the Panthers suffered a 30-22 loss to the Eels. Further inside the edition, we announced the beginning of the Werrington Arterial project, that is upgrading the busy Gipps Street in Werrington. Now half way through, the $70 million project connects the Great Western Highway to the M4 Motorway, to reduce congestion. Plus, it was this time last year when the Greyhound industry came under fire for allegations of illegal live baiting.

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hen it comes to Australian musicals it doesn’t get much bigger than the role of Peter Allen in ‘The

Boy From Oz’. Not only is it a physically demanding show – with ‘Peter’ dancing and singing on stage for several hours – it’s a role that has been linked to big name stars including Todd McKenney and Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman.

This May the Penrith Musical Comedy Company will present their production of this hit show at the Q Theatre. The role of Peter Allen will be shared by two local performers, 13-year-old Luke Zoglmeyer, who will play the young Peter Allen; and Robert Hall, who will play the adult Peter Allen. “It’s daunting really,” Robert laughed when asked how he felt about taking on such an iconic character. The star of previous Penrith Musical Comedy Company productions, ‘Avenue Q’, ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘Hairspray’, admits that the role will be challenging but rewarding.

“To be able to replicate some of the greats, it’s quite a privilege”

“It does mean a lot to me because I’ve been performing my whole life, so to be able to somehow replicate some of the greats, it’s quite a privilege,” he said. While Robert has been performing for years, this will be Luke’s debut musical role. “My friend from my dance studio’s nan is involved with the Penrith Musical Comedy Company and she told me about the auditions, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to have a go,” he said. “I haven’t been involved with any plays, but I have been doing musical theatre classes at my dance school.” With lots of excitement, and a few nerves, Luke is hoping this role will be the start of a long musical theatre career. “That’s my dream, to be in musicals,” he said. ‘The Boy From Oz’ originally premiered in 1998, with Todd McKenney in the role of Peter Allen. In 2003 it became the first Australian musical to make it to Broadway, earning Hugh Jackman a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. The show tells the story of the Aussie performer’s extraordinary life including his meeting with Judy Garland, his marriage to her daughter Liza Minnelli, his Oscar win, his coming out and his death from an AIDS related illness. But of course the main focus is the music that made Peter Allen a star all over the world. ‘The Boy From Oz’ includes all his greatest hits such as ‘I Still Call Australia Home’, ‘I Go To Rio’, ‘I Honestly Love You’ and ‘Tenterfield Saddler’. The Penrith Musical Comedy Company has produced more than 60 musicals since its formation in 1978. The company has not only offered opportunities to local performers and theatre makers, but it has also given western Sydney audiences the chance to experience the magic of the musical in our own backyard. Penrith Musical Comedy Company’s production of ‘The Boy From Oz’ will be on at the Q Theatre on Friday, May 27, Saturday, May 28, Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4. Adult tickets are $37, concession tickets are $32, and children’s tickets (under 16) are $22. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www. pmcc.org.au or www.thejoan.com.au

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Production tackles gender equality

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Timberlake, this is sure to be one steamy show. Of course, if you prefer a more traditional male revue show you won’t be disappointed with the appearance of some very fine firemen, policemen and sailors. So if you like handsome men, creative dance routines and a whole heap of fun then get your tickets now for what is sure to be a steamy night to remember. The Sydney Hotshots will be heading to The Henry Club with their new show ‘Unzipped’ on Friday, March 4 at 8pm. Tickets are $30. To purchase tickets call 9623 2119. This is an 18+ only event.

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hakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ will get a ‘Bachelor’ style twist in The Acting Factory’s interpretation of the comedy classic which premieres later this month. From Friday, February 26, the beautiful Regatta Park on the Nepean River will become the stage for this local production directed by Winsome Barker. ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ is a story of love, expectations and gender roles, but this time the play will be presented as a Bachelor-style reality show, where all the female roles will be played by men and all the male roles by women. In a time when gender equality is being discussed more than ever, this bold new interpretation will have audiences questioning the way in which we see traditional gender roles. With plenty of laughs, and a refreshing new take on a classic story, The Acting Factory’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ is set to be a lovely night of theatre in the great outdoors.

The Acting Factory grew out of Richard Brooks’ Three Stage School of Acting, which in turn grew out of the original Q Theatre run by Doreen Warburton. A Shakespeare workshop program in 1998 led by Brooks for Q Theatre and Three Stage graduates gave rise to an ambitious, finely-tuned production entitled ‘Shakespeare, No Holds Bard’. To publicise the performances the group needed a name and, since Three Stage was housed in a factory unit in South Penrith, the name The Acting Factory was coined. The Acting Factory presents ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ by William Shakespeare at Regatta Park, Emu Plains on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 8pm from Friday, February 26 to Sunday, March 13. In case of rain, all performances will transfer to Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School.

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Ê There’s set to be a new player in the streaming market with the announcement that Hayu – a reality TV-only streaming service – will launch next month. While Netflix, Presto and Stan are predominantly focused on scripted TV, docos and movies, Hayu will be all about reality TV. Some of the programs at launch will include: ‘The Real Housewives’, ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’, ‘I am Cait’, ‘Million Dollar Listing’, ‘Top Chef’ and ‘The Million Dollar Matchmaker’. All up there will be 3000 episodes at launch, with 500 new episodes released every year. Hayu subscriptions will cost you just $5.99 a month, which is about half of what the other streaming services cost, and will be available across a range of devices.

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n a tribute to the Jane Austen classic, Ruby Productions will bring ‘Sense and Sensibility’ to the stage this March. After Elinor Dashwood’s father passes away, the family can no longer afford their lavish lifestyle and decide to move to a cottage in Devonshire. But life in their new home is far from easy, with Elinor and her sister Marianne both finding themselves in complicated romantic situations. If you love period dramas then you won’t want to miss this one. Ruby Productions presents ‘Sense and Sensibility’ at the John Lees Centre on Saturday, March 5, 12 and 19 at 2pm and 8pm. Tickets are $20-$25. To book seats visit www.trybooking. com/140840 or to reserve seats phone 4735 5422.

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Ê Not only did he recently add ‘Top Gear’ as his latest venture, but former ‘Friends’ star Matt LeBlanc is set to star in a new sitcom pilot called ‘I’m Not Your Friend’. The show sees LeBlanc working as a contractor who learns that raising kids is more challenging than expected when his wife goes back to work. LeBlanc is also set to return for season five of ‘Episodes’, tipped to be the last instalment. Ê Former ‘X Factor’ contestant Jai Waetford has joined the cast of ‘Neighbours’. The 17-year-old finished third in 2013 and will follow in the footsteps of many singers who have found further success on the soap including Delta Goodrem and Dean Geyer.

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Ê Karl Stefanovic will host a new show for Channel Nine called ‘This Time Next Year’. The UK format sees Aussies seeking a change in their life, whether physical or otherwise, walking through one door to explain all to the host then filmed 12 months later coming through another door completely transformed. Due to the nature of the show, it’s slated for 2017 and Nine is taking applications now by calling 9906 9999.

Ê Nine presenter Cameron Williams has left the network after 10 years. Williams is best known for his work on ‘Weekend Today’ and Nine’s NRL coverage but he’s also hosted ‘A Current Affair’ and the 6pm News during his time. While his departure comes as a shock to those in the biz, it’s tipped he could pop up on Fox Sports as part of their increased rugby league coverage this year. Peter Stefanovic is Williams’ likely permanent replacement on ‘Weekend Today’.

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

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19 B.J’s Karaoke Venue: Penrith Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 4721 2060 Acoustic Soloist Venue: Red Cow Free entry, 4.30pm 4721 5666 Social Darts Venue: St Marys Band Club $3, 7pm 9623 1211 Sips & Sounds Venue: Penrith Regional Gallery Free entry, 4pm 4735 1100 The Chosen Few Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Endless Summer Beach Party Venue: St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Muddy Feet Venue: Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 8pm 4722 8180 Blink 182 show + California 90’s Venue: Colonial Hotel Free entry, 9pm 9623 1384 Bowles Bros Venue: Oriental Hotel Free entry, 8pm 4751 4488 Sarah Paton Venue: Zest Grill at Rooty Hill RSL Free entry, 5.30pm 9625 5500

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Alan Solomon Jazz Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Live Entertainment Venue: Club Paceway Free entry, 6.30pm 4721 2375 Mary’s Karaoke/DJ Venue: Overlander Hotel

Free entry, 8pm 4730 2955 The Starliners Dinner Show Venue: Evan Theatre Show only $15-$25, Dinner & Show $35-$45, Doors: 6.30pm, Show: 8pm 4720 5555 J Boog Venue: Rooty Hill RSL $45-$55, 8pm 9677 4916 Soul Nights Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Old School Band Venue: St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Lenny Duff Venue: Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 7pm 4722 8180 Jed Zarb Venue: Wallacia Hotel Free entry, 8pm 4773 8888 Soundproofed Venue: The Henry Sports Club Free entry, 8.30pm 9623 2119 Flirt Des Cirque Venue: Blacktown Workers Club $12-$16, 8pm 9830 0600 Ryan Enright Venue: Menu 33 at Novotel Rooty Hill RSL Free entry, 6.30pm 9832 3888

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Chris Connolly Venue: St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 1pm 9677 7777 Jed Zarb Venue: Jamison Hotel Free entry, 1pm

HI-5 SONG FEST TOUR EVAN THEATRE – $29.10 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 11AM 4721 5764 Steve Passfield & the Hand Picked Band Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Blake Tailor Venue: Terrace Bar at Penrith Panthers Free entry, 3.30pm

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Chris Connolly Venue: St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 1pm 9677 7777 Bobby Benton Classic Sixties Show Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Karaoke Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 6pm 9623 1211

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Rated MA // KATE REID Based on the novel Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill, ‘Black Mass’ tells the story of one of the most dangerous gangsters in American history. James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, played by Johnny Depp, is an Irish-American mobster in Boston in the 70s. Whitey is living a life far removed from his brother Bill, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, a Massachusetts state senator, until FBI agent John Connolly, played by Joel Edgerton, approaches him to help out the good guys by taking down the Italian mob, an enemy common to both Whitey and the FBI. But their alliance doesn’t go to plan

as the ruthless Whitey manages to evade the law and gain more power. This true story makes for great subject material and once again Johnny Depp – aka the master of disguise – is almost unrecognisable as the balding Whitey. ‘Black Mass’ has earned a positive critical reception, with film review site Rotten Tomatoes describing this as Depp’s most compelling performance in recent years. If you love ‘based on a true story’ mobster crime thrillers then ‘Black Mass’ is definitely worth checking out. It’s rated MA 15+ and is definitely one for the adults of the house when the kids are tucked away for the evening.

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Time Of My Life // KATE REID This month Ronan Keating releases his 10th studio album, ‘Time Of My Life’. It’s been four years since his last album, ‘Fires’, and in that time the Irish singer/ songwriter and ex-Boyzone member has become a regular on Aussie screens as a judge on ‘The X Factor’. But after spending much of the last few years mentoring young talent, Ronan gave into the urge to get back in the recording studio and the result is more of the music that fans have come to love over the last two decades. It took a year to write ‘Time Of My Life’, but the result is a very open, honest and biographical 12 track album that features the lead single ‘Let Me Love You’. After millions of album sales it’s clear that Ronan is showing no sign of slowing down. If you’re a fan you’ll want to get your hands on this one, but even if you’ve never been into Ronan’s music before, this could be a great entry point. Have you got the album? What did you think of it? Find us on Twitter and let us know @wwpenrith.

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elebrate World Wetlands Day 2016 with breakfast accompanied by bird song at the Nepean River, Penrith’s most important wetland area. ‘Breakfast with the Birds’, hosted by Penrith City Council in conjunction with the Blue Mountains Bird Observers Club, will be held on Saturday, February 27 and Saturday, March 5 at 8am. Join local bird expert, Mark Fuller to find out more about the special native birds that live by the river as well as how to spot and protect them. Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown said the event will also celebrate the region’s fauna and flora. “Find out about the special native birds that live by the river, how to spot them and what you can do to help protect them and their habitats,” Cr McKeown said. ‘Breakfast with the Birds’ is open to all ages and is suitable for most fitness levels, being on a level path along the River. ‘Breakfast with the Birds’ will be held at Weir Reserve, Penrith on February 27, and March 5 both from 8am. Bookings are essential as places are limited, so telephone 4732 8055.

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LIFE & STYLE PENRITH’S MOST RESPECTED LINE-UP OF EXPERTS ARIES

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

Aries are very independent folk. You pride yourself on being able to do just about everything yourself. But that’s not always such a good idea. This week’s Full Moon urges you to be passionate and practical, as you learn to take on less, and delegate more. You’ll find the secret to being successful at the moment is social networking [both in person and online]. Powerful and influential people are waiting to help and inspire you … all you have to do is sum up the confidence and ask!

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TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

Be extra sensitive to the needs of your partner, children, teenagers or friends on Monday and Tuesday, when the Full Moon triggers misunderstandings or emotional meltdowns. Aim to be a calm and steadying Taurean tower of strength. With Mercury and Venus in your career zone, communicate closely with work colleagues, as you find creative new ways to get your professional message out loud and clear. If you are at school or college, find a study buddy you can pair up with.

GEMINI

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

The Full Moon’s in your domestic zone, so get your house in order and tackle Gemini jobs with gusto. But, if you spread gossip or jump to conclusions, you’ll end up in hot water. Avoid taking short cuts on Thursday. A slap-dash attitude will only mean you have to do things twice. With a more methodical approach, you can accomplish tasks and still have time to play. When it comes to fitness, leave room for plenty of variety in your exercise routine otherwise you’ll get bored.

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

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Many Crabs will be in cranky and hypersensitive mode on Monday and Tuesday, when the Full Moon, Mars and Neptune cause chaos in your communication zone. So aim to be super selective about who you mix with, as you’re liable to misread signals, misunderstand motives and then overreact. You’re also keen to communicate via social media as you email, post, text or tweet. But be careful you’re not sending out half-baked messages.

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

Lions love to live in the lap of luxury but avoid the temptation to blow the budget with some binge shopping. The Full Moon fires up your finance zones, and encourages your tendency to be hasty with cash and careless with credit [especially on Monday and Tuesday]. Jupiter also inflates your extravagant streak, while nebulous Neptune confuses your understanding of your current financial situation. But big impulse buys now will just lead to money headaches later on.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

Loved ones will demand your attention but the Full Moon urges you to take time out for yourself. If you indulge your interests and passions, then you’ll have more to offer those around you. On Thursday, Mercury and Saturn fine-tune your mercurial mind. Don’t be too studious and safe though. With Jupiter in your sign, be adventurous! Your motto for the moment is from Elizabeth Taylor, “There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them.”

LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Your mental and physical health require some focused attention. Spend quiet quality time on your own on Monday or Tuesday, when the Full Moon illuminates your solitude zone. Activities like reading, meditation, contemplation, yoga and walking in nature would all suit. And shine a bright spotlight on your physical well-being as you give your daily diet and fitness routine some serious tweaking. As fellow Libran Olivia Newton-John says, “It is important to listen to your body.”

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

You have ambitious plans and goals for the future but sometimes you hold yourself back for fear of making a mistake. Monday night’s Full Moon urges you to be passionate, practical and proactive as you reach for the stars! But – when it comes to a child, teenager or close friend – all is not as it appears, so factor that into your approach. On the weekend, a loved one turns to you for some insightful words of wisdom.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

The professional pressure is on this week, and family members will also demand plenty of your precious time. But if you promise more than you can realistically deliver, then everyone will just end up being disappointed. So how on earth will you keep all the plates spinning and get everything done? Communication and collaboration are the keys. If you persuade others to come on board and help [using your substantial Sagittarian charm!] then you’ll accomplish tasks in half the time.

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Hey Capricorn – are you feeling uncharacteristically over-ready for a big adventure? Monday night’s Full Moon indicates travel is coming up over the next nine months, so start planning and researching ASAP. In between feeling restless, you’re also at your studious and astute best, as you accomplish tasks with precision and dig up information that others have missed. But a neighbour or family member may unsettle you by making a confusing move in a surprising direction.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Don’t be discouraged if your ambitious goals seem unreachable. With planning and persistence, you can make your dreams come true but you must be in it for the long haul. So don’t expect instantly perfect results – sometimes messy mistakes lead you off in new directions. With Mercury and Venus in your sign, it’s a super week to be smart and stylish as you utilise your brain power and natural charm. With both assets working at full capacity, the world’s your oyster!

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FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

With Monday night’s Full Moon revving up your relationship zone, loved ones won’t take kindly to criticism, no matter how ‘constructive’ it is. So keep your Piscean opinions to yourself, and don’t offer advice when it’s not wanted! And with serious Saturn sauntering through your career zone, you’ll taste success involving your job, education or volunteer work if you daydream less and focus more.

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ompetition points may not be on the line but there’s no doubt that there will be plenty to play for when arch NRL rivals Penrith and Parramatta do battle on Saturday. Penrith fans will get their first glimpse of new recruit Trent Merrin while crosstown rivals Parramatta will also debut a number of their new stars including Kieran Foran and Beau Scott as well as former Panthers Michael Jennings and Michael Gordon. For Panthers supporters, however, all eyes will be on 26-year-old Merrin – who is the club’s marquee signing for 2016 – as well as some familiar faces including much talked about halves (and halves in waiting) Jamie Soward, Peter Wallace, Matt Moylan and Te Maire Martin. Moylan, Martin and Wallace made their 2016 debuts last weekend during Penrith’s narrow 24-20 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs, while Merrin and Soward were in Brisbane with the Indigenous and World All Stars sides. During Penrith’s four point win over the Bulldogs, Peter Wallace enjoyed a successful 20 minute return from a knee reconstruction before being replaced in the halves by new captain Matt Moylan, who also showed plenty of potential in the position. But perhaps the star of last week’s opening trial was new recruit Te Maire Martin who was sensational in his 60 minute stint with some exciting plays and even a try which showed off not only his speed but his incredible footwork. Apart from a few highlights, the game was rather scrappy with both sides utilising extensive squads to figure out positions and test out new combinations. In some unfortunate news, however, the Panthers will be missing Kiwi centre Dean Whare this weekend with a mild calf strain while winger George Jennings will be sidelined until Round 3 after suffering an AC joint injury. NRL kick off is at 7.10pm this Saturday night at Pepper Stadium. The match will be broadcast live by Fox Sports.

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ith the footy season right around the corner, what better way to kick off the year’s festivities than with a special luncheon in support of the Men of League Foundation. The Men of League Penrith committee will be holding their 2016 Season Launch and Luncheon next month to not only celebrate the start of the rugby league season but to support the great people of the game who are doing it tough. The event will take place at St Marys Rugby League Club and will feature a two-course lunch and drinks plus a special appearance by former Roosters and Eels player John ‘Bomber’ Peard and a panel of experts including Kevin Kingston and Mark Hughes. President of Men of League Penrith, Alex McKenzie, said the event will be a great entry into the 2016 NRL season. “We’ll have John Peard and a panel of experts chatting about the teams to watch and players to shine in 2016,” he said. “John is a really good speaker and he’s very popular at the Men of League events in the eastern suburbs, so it’ll be great to have him out this way. “The purpose of the luncheon is to

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The Sydney West Martial Arts team has plenty to smile about NATHAN TAYLOR

Men of League’s Alex McKenzie support Men of League who do great things in the rugby league community for former players at all levels and their families, who have come across hard times both financially and nonfinancially.” The Men of League 2016 Season Launch and Luncheon will be held at St Marys Leagues Club on Thursday, March 3 at 12.30pm. Tickets costs $100 per person. Bookings must be made by Monday, February 29 by calling 0414 330 651 or visiting www.menofleague.com.

ompeting in one of their first major competitions as a group, Sydney West Martial Arts has taken home nine medals, including three gold, at a recent Brazilian Jiu Jitsu event in Sydney. The Penrith-based gym has only been in the area for 18 months but is already proving to be one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts training facilities in town for men, women and children. The gym’s owner and head instructor, Luke Martin, said he was proud of the efforts of all 15 Sydney West Martial Arts competitors who took part in the February

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Rugby League Former Weekender journo gets his break in film world NATHAN TAYLOR

lenmore Park resident Heath Davis, 37, has gone from writing about entertainment in the local newspaper to well and truly creating it. The former Western Weekender journalist is the writer and director of upcoming Australian sports drama ‘Broke’, starring Steve Bastoni and Brendan Cowell. The film, which is getting rave reviews due to its topical themes, is about an aging rail worker named Cec, who finds his former footy hero turned washed up gambling addict Ben ‘BK’ Kelly passed out late one evening and decides to take him in. Through the love and support of Cec and his single parent daughter Terri, BK finally finds the courage he was once famous for on the field, off it, to tackle his demons head on and ultimately win back the respect of the community he let down. Speaking with the Weekender, Mr Davis said his inspiration for the film came from living and working in and around Penrith. “I had the idea for a long time, it was about growing up around Penrith and seeing legends on the weekend playing rugby league and then seeing them again

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during the week at local pubs gambling,” he said. “That idea was in my head for quite a while and it just became more and more topical that I had to write a script on it.” While working at the Weekender from the late 90s to mid-2000s, Mr Davis wrote predominantly about local entertainment while dabbling in sport and general news. But in between his time at the Weekender offices and Western Sydney University, Mr Davis was busy becoming an award winning filmmaker. “When I left uni I made a short film called ‘Spoon Man’ which did really well at big festivals. I also wrote a number of scripts and sold them off,” Mr Davis said. “I made ‘Broke’ like I made my short films – I used my crew mates and casted the right actors. We crowdfunded half of it, and it was a beautiful experience from day one because everyone was really passionate about it.” ‘Broke’ will have its world premiere in Queensland – where the film was made – this April before heading south to Sydney and the Blue Mountains. “The Sydney premiere will be at the Randwick Ritz before screening at Glenbrook Cinema in May,” Mr Davis said. For more information on ‘Broke’ and its release date, visit www.brokethefilm.net.

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Utility Isaah Yeo has signed a threeyear contract extension with the Penrith Panthers. The new deal will see the 21-year-old remain with the Panthers until at least the end of the 2019 season. “Penrith has been my home since I was 17 so to be able to continue to represent the club is something I’m very proud of,” Yeo said. “I’d like to thank Anthony Griffin and Phil Gould for showing faith in me and allowing me to sign a new deal before the season has kicked off. “I believe the future of this club is extremely bright so to be able to be involved with it and share it with some of my best mates is something I’m very excited about.” Having grown up in Dubbo, Yeo first joined the Panthers in 2011. After a season of SG Ball he progressed into the NYC competition and was a member of the club’s premiership-winning NYC team in 2013. At age 19, Yeo made his NRL debut in Round 1 of the 2014 season. “It has been wonderful to watch Isaah’s development since he first joined our club years ago,” Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould said. “I honestly believe Isaah will be a longterm NRL player with the Panthers and a representative talent in the future.” Yeo has played 31 NRL games for the Panthers so far.

Ken Rosewall says Penrith is well placed to host more major events NATHAN TAYLOR

ustralian tennis legend Ken Rosewall joined Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown on Monday afternoon to unveil the first four upgraded courts at Woodriff Gardens Tennis Complex. In construction since late last year, the $1.3 million project was funded by Penrith Council along with contributions from Tennis Australia and the NSW Government through its Community Building Partnerships Program. “These new courts will be the envy of all other tennis associations,” Cr McKeown said. “The new surface is a rubberised acrylic surface that will have the same playing characteristics as the courts used in the recent Australian Open. “I’m excited that such an iconic figure in Australian tennis, Ken Rosewall, is here in Penrith and can see the work that Council is doing to promote the game.” The new playing surface is produced by Mapei, with the courts in Penrith being the first to use this product in NSW. Speaking exclusively with the Weekender, 81-year-old Rosewall said the new

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New players are welcome. We have Junior’s, Women’s and Men’s teams. For all enquiries please contact: Email: penrithpanthershockey@hotmail.com or visit us on Facebook AGM – 9am Saturday 20th February at the Pioneer Tavern

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CRICKET: Penrith have continued their impressive mid-season form by defeating Hawkesbury in Round 12 of the Sydney Grade Cricket competition at Howell Oval. Hawkesbury went into Day 2 sitting on 8/225 before Penrith managed to dismiss them in 99.5 overs for 268. Young gun Jake Wholohan 3/48 and Max McNamara 3/56 were the best of the bowlers for Penrith. When Penrith hit the crease later that morning, they reached Hawkesbury’s total with five wickets to spare scoring 5/269. Penrith’s opening batsman John DiBartolo was on fire for the home side with 100 runs. The second-placed Cats will now head to Glenn McGrath Oval this Saturday morning to take on the 10th-placed Sutherland in Round 13. BASEBALL: After enjoying a weekend off due to representative fixtures, Penrith will take on arch rivals Baulkham Hills in Round 18 of the NSW State Baseball competition this Sunday. A win over Baulkham Hills in the final round will see the reigning premiers advance to the post-season for the second straight year.

LEAGUE: Round 1 of the NSWRL Junior Representative season got underway last weekend with good results for Penrith’s SG Ball and Harold Matthews teams. In the SG Ball competition, Penrith hammered Balmain 36-16 while in the Harold Matthews competition, Penrith and Balmain played out a hard fought 18-all draw. This Saturday Penrith will take on the Newcastle Knights in both grades at Pepper Stadium. AFL: Greater Western Sydney Giants coach Leon Cameron has signed a contract extension that will see him lead the club until at least the end of 2018. The 43-year-old originally signed with the Giants for the 2013 season as senior assistant coach for one year under Kevin Sheedy before stepping into the role as Head Coach in 2014. He led the Giants to six wins in his first season and 11 victories in 2015.

Winter 2016 Registrations Tuesday Evenings – MIXED Wednesday Evenings – MIXED Thursday Evenings – MEN’S Registrations are now being taken for the winter 2016 competitions. Registration forms available at www.penrithoztag.com.au or call 0421448158.

Competition Starts Tuesday 19th April 2016 for Mixed Wednesday 20th April 2016 Thursday 21st April 2016 for Men’s

Registration Dates The Kingsway Fields Werrington from 10am - 1pm Saturday 5th March and Saturday 19th March 2016 Or on any game night Call us on 0421 448 158 to organise registrations if you cannot make the above dates Cost is $100 per senior player and $75 for U/18 (min 10 players per team)

Cost for Wednesday Mixed is a one off for this season $90 per player Only 1 Rep/Premier tag players in Wednesday mixed allowed Professionally administered competition, prize money paid to all winners/runners up. We also enter Representative Teams into a number of tournaments. All registered players welcome to trial.

Check out www.penrithoztag.com.au for further details or contact Sue on 0421 448 158

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RUGBY: The Penrith RSL Junior Rugby Union Club will be holding a free ‘Come and Try Rugby Day’, coinciding with the Penrith Emus and ACT Brumbies trial game, on

Saturday, February 27 at Nepean Rugby Park. Beginning at 11am, the NSW Rugby Development Team will assist with the event and introduce current and prospective rugby players to the new and exciting format of Rugby Viva 7s. There will be plenty of giveaways for all participants and an opportunity to meet current and future stars of Super Rugby.

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