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Weight of expectation now very much on Panthers @troydodds

TROY DODDS

here is a great deal of difference between hope and expectation. For many years, Penrith Panthers fans have had a lot of hope and very little expectation. Seasons came and went with moderate or below average results, which meant that pre-seasons were filled with a lot of “what ifs” but very little substance. Deep down, for most of the last 10 or so pre-seasons, Penrith fans knew that come September, their team would most likely be on holidays somewhere and not playing finals football. 2015 is different. After a hugely successful 2014 campaign and a continuing resurgence under new management, Penrith fans have a lot of expectation about what the season ahead will bring. They expect, rightly so, to be playing finals football. Some expect an appearance on Grand Final day and others have even suggested the trophy could be coming back to Penrith Leagues Club in early October.

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While there’s a lot of football to be played between now and then, none of those expectations are unrealistic. There is no doubt that Ivan Cleary and the management team at Panthers have gotten so many things right with their recruitment over the last two seasons, and 2015 is a year when a lot of it will come together. Sometimes the definition of a good team is when their players become household names in the rugby league community, and Penrith’s squad very much offers that in 2015. At fullback, the dynamic Matt Moylan has emerged as one of the most talked about players in the game, and given his cool and calm demeanour, he’s unlikely to suffer from any delusions of grandeur this season. With Jarryd Hayne out of the picture and Billy Slater a year older, Moylan is on the verge of becoming the game’s most revered fullback. On Moylan’s flanks are two of the most exciting wingers in rugby league – the powerhouse Josh Mansour and the freakishly talented Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. If injury

Jamie Soward in action for Penrith last season. Photo: Melinda Jane

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Bryce Cartwright is on the verge of a breakout season in the NRL. Photo: Melinda Jane embarrassment of riches although front row stocks do look a little thin, particularly if the club is hit by any long-term injuries. Penrith’s X-Factor this year will come from the bench. When you consider that Cleary could bring on new recruit Apisai Koroisau to make an impact for 20 or 30 minutes, or give Lewis Brown a roving commission for periods of the game, you begin to realise that

Penrith’s strength comes from their 17-man squad, not just the 13 in the starting side. Predictions? I have a few. This will be the breakout season for Bryce Cartwright – by year’s end, he’ll be considered one of the biggest young stars in the game. It’ll be a similar story for Matt Moylan, who I believe will be in Dally M medal contention and in with a shot of playing representative football.

The Panthers will make the finals. What happens when they get there is another story. There’s 15 other clubs working hard in the pre-season, some with just hope but many with legitimate expectations. A lot happens between March and October that you cannot predict or presume in February. There is every indication that 2015 is going to be a highly successful season.

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hits, veteran David Simmons and rising stars Kieran Moss and George Jennings are waiting for their chance. Ivan Cleary has some headaches over the centre positions – Dean Whare will be there, but whether Jamal Idris remains in the centres or switches to the back row will be a big question mark. Most expect that young centre Waqa Blake will be given a chance to prove himself at some point in the early part of the season. Whatever happens, Cleary has options. Keeping both halves on the field this year will be critical. Jamie Soward and Peter Wallace are a formidable partnership, and while Soward did well leading the side around on his own for the back half of last season, the leadership of Wallace was sorely missed. Soward will only thrive with a little of the playmaking pressure taken off him. The forwards has been the biggest discussion point for Penrith fans over the off-season. Will Sika Manu make a move into the front row? Will Brent Kite play largely from the bench in what is expected to be his final season in the NRL? How do you operate the mix of talent that exists within Bryce Cartwright, Tyrone Peachey, Elijah Taylor and Adam Docker? One thing for certain is that you’ll most likely see plenty of rotation during the season as Cleary tries to get the balance right. It’s an

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One of Penrith’s 12 allocated home matches has already been confirmed as moving to Bathurst (Round 2 v Titans). It is most likely there will be 10 match days at Penrith Stadium. Does Penrith have a new jersey this season? No, the Panthers are using the same designs as 2014. The black jersey remains the club’s main home jersey, pink remains the away jersey and white remains the alternate jersey.

George Jennings is likely to make his NRL debut this season

Your 2015 season questions answered Who has Penrith signed this year? The Panthers have been quiet in the player market during the offseason, preferring to further invest in last year’s successful squad. The biggest signing for the season is Apisai Koroisau from South Sydney. The 23-year-old played for the Rabbitohs in last year’s Grand Final and has played representative football for Fiji. He’ll certainly keep the pressure on hooker James Segeyaro throughout the season.

Penrith has also added lower level players Adrian Davis, Rodney Coates and Tupou Sopoaga to the squad. Sopoaga will probably see some first grade time – he’s a talented second rower from the Sharks. Who has Penrith lost? You won’t see Tim Grant (Souths), Kevin Kingston (retired), Kierran Moseley (Titans), Kevin Naiqama (Tigers), Wes Naiqama (London),

Matt Robinson (Titans) or Ryan Simpkins (Titans) in a Panthers jumper this season. How many games are there at Penrith Stadium? At this stage there’s 11 matches scheduled for Penrith Stadium, but one of those matches is expected to move, perhaps to a regional location. The club has been negotiating with the city of Christchurch about moving a match there.

What youngsters will debut for Penrith this year? You can expect to see both Jennings brothers (George and Robert) make their debut at some stage. Both have been given time to prove their worth during the club’s pre-season trials. Centre Waqa Blake is also likely to debut in the first half of the season, while forward Reagan Campbell-Gillard is also likely to play his first NRL game. An injury to the outside backs or a representative call-up for Matt Moylan or Josh Mansour could also pave the way for Kieran Moss to make his debut. How has Penrith played in the pre-season? A second-strength side thrashed the Wyong Roos, but the Panthers went down 18-4 to the Warriors in Rotorua and lost 30-22 to the Eels at Penrith Stadium last weekend.

Welcome to the season

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Something special is coming eason 2015 represents another milestone in the rich and wonderful football tapestry that is the Panthers. On the back of what has been deemed by many as a defining season for our club, we are very proud that the next special team is already “in the building”. From a football perspective we are very excited about the exceptionally gifted young players like Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Isaah Yeo, Bryce Cartwright, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, George Jennings, Robert Jennings Kieran Moss, Chris Smith and Waqa Blake who all have come through our junior representative teams and our Championship winning u/20 National Youth Competition side. This array of talented youngsters is complemented by established NRL class players like Matt Moylan, Jamie Soward, Peter Wallace, Brent Kite, Josh Mansour, James Segeyaro, Jamal Idris, Adam Docker, Nigel Plum, Tyrone Peachey, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Will Smith and David Simmons and we can’t forget the outstanding Kiwi contingent of Elijah Taylor, Dean Whare, Sam McKendry, Sika Manu, Lewis Brown and Isaac

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John. And I would like to make a special welcome to our newest Panthers Apisai Koroisau and Tupou Sopoaga. We certainly believe that with this complimentary playing list supported, mentored and coached by our well credentialed coaching staff headed by 2014 NRL Coach of the Year Ivan Cleary that we will deliver outstanding results. Off the field the organisation continues to drive towards our strategic objectives ensuring that we continue the transformation of the Panthers, where we have seen membership grow faster than any other NRL club in 2014, merchandise offerings and sales reach new heights, the re-signing of major global partners such as Parmalat (OAK), Hertz, Host Plus, Tooheys and Asics and new partnerships with global lenders The Pepper Group and new membership partner Oliver Brown. I would like to personally thank all the members that have shown the dedication and commitment to the Panthers and would like to extend an open invitation to all those fans that are not members to join the growing army of Panther members, we are on the crest of something very special.


Cartwright ready for a season to remember @natetaylor87

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itting in the sheds before his return to football a fortnight ago, Bryce Cartwright was nervous. He was so anxious about coming back from serious ankle surgery that he got dressed an hour before the rest of his teammates. “I was very nervous sitting in the sheds… I think I was ready an hour before the game,” Cartwright told the Weekender. “But when I got out there the sun was shining, the crowd was loud, the adrenaline was high and it certainly got me through the game. It would’ve been tougher coming back with no crowd or atmosphere.” The 20-year-old’s return, during Penrith’s trial in New Zealand, was seven months in the making after severely injuring his ankle last August. Cartwright said he was in a lot of pain following multiple surgeries but came out on the other side of it feeling hungrier than ever to rip into his second season in the top grade. “My time was cut short last year, so I feel like I’m entering my debut season again,” the backrower said.

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“My first goal is to be part of the team, do a job and then cement a starting spot. I also want to stay fit and healthy the whole year.” And if Penrith are going to give the competition a real shake this season, they’ll need Cartwright fit and at his best every week. As the nephew of Panthers legend John Cartwright, the St Marys junior has long been touted as a future superstar of the game. With so much expectation bestowed upon his young shoulders, the pressure can also be just as heavy. “I kind of try and push the pressure and expectations aside, which is a little bit easier to do when you live out west and you are away from things,” Cartwright said. “I don’t read into all that stuff, I stay in a bubble and just listen to the coaching staff and my teammates.” This week, Cartwright was named as an ambassador for St Marys Rugby League Club, an organisation that has a long and proud history with the Cartwright name. Club President Warren Smith said he couldn’t think of a more fitting person to represent the club.

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2015 NRL DRAW ROUND 1 5-9 MARCH

ROUND 5 3-6 APRIL

ROUND 9 8-11 MAY

ROUND 12 29 MAY - 1 JUNE

Broncos vs. Rabbitohs

Bulldogs vs. Rabbitohs

Broncos vs. Panthers

Panthers vs. Eels

Eels vs. Sea Eagles

Titans vs. Broncos

Roosters vs. Tigers

Titans vs. Rabbitohs

Knights vs. Warriors

Sea Eagles vs. Raiders

Raiders vs. Titans

Raiders vs. Broncos

Titans vs. Tigers

Knights vs. Dragons

Sharks vs. Warriors

Cowboys vs. Sea Eagles

Cowboys vs. Roosters

Roosters vs. Sharks

Cowboys vs. Bulldogs

Warriors vs. Knights

Panthers vs. Bulldogs

Eels vs. Tigers

Sea Eagles vs. Knights

Dragons vs. Sharks

Sharks vs. Raiders

Storm vs. Warriors

Eels vs. Storm

Roosters vs. Storm

Dragons vs. Storm

Panthers vs. Cowboys

Rabbitohs vs. Dragons

Byes: Bulldogs, Tigers

ROUND 2 13-16 MARCH

ROUND 6 10-13 APRIL

ROUND 10 15-18 MAY

ROUND 13 5-8 JUNE

Sharks vs. Broncos

Sharks vs. Knights

Bulldogs vs. Roosters

Broncos vs. Sea Eagles

Bulldogs vs. Eels

Broncos vs. Roosters

Cowboys vs. Broncos

Tigers vs. Titans

Panthers vs. Titans

Eels vs. Titans

Eels vs. Warriors

Knights vs. Raiders

Sea Eagles vs. Storm

Warriors vs. Tigers

Titans vs. Sharks

Rabbitohs vs. Warriors

Cowboys vs. Knights

Panthers vs. Sea Eagles

Storm vs. Rabbitohs

Panthers vs. Storm

Rabbitohs vs. Roosters

Raiders vs. Storm

Dragons vs. Raiders

Sharks vs. Roosters

Raiders vs. Warriors

Dragons vs. Bulldogs

Knights vs. Tigers

Bulldogs vs. Dragons

Tigers vs. Dragons

Rabbitohs vs. Cowboys

Sea Eagles vs. Panthers

Eels vs. Cowboys

ROUND 3 20-23 MARCH

ROUND 7 17-20 APRIL

ROUND 11 22-25 MAY

ROUND 14 12-15 JUNE

Sea Eagles vs. Bulldogs

Dragons vs. Broncos

Rabbitohs vs. Eels

Tigers vs. Rabbitohs

Broncos vs. Cowboys

Bulldogs vs. Sea Eagles

Tigers vs. Cowboys

Warriors vs. Roosters

Warriors vs. Eels

Titans vs. Panthers

Raiders vs. Bulldogs

Titans vs. Bulldogs

Raiders vs. Dragons

Cowboys vs. Warriors

Knights vs. Broncos

Storm vs. Eels

Storm vs. Sharks

Storm vs. Roosters

Rabbitohs vs. Tigers

Tigers vs. Raiders

Byes: Dragons, Panthers, Roosters, Sea Eagles, Sharks, Storm, Titans, Warriors

Byes: Broncos, Cowboys, Dragons, Knights, Panthers, Raiders, Sea Eagles, Sharks

Titans vs. Knights

Knights vs. Eels

Roosters vs. Panthers

Sharks vs. Rabbitohs

ROUND 4 27-30 MARCH

ROUND 8 24-26 APRIL

STATE OF ORIGIN I 27 MAY

STATE OF ORIGIN II 17 JUNE

Eels vs. Rabbitohs

Bulldogs vs. Tigers

New South Wales v Queensland ANZ STADIUM

Queensland v New South Wales MCG

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Warriors vs. Titans

Knights vs. Panthers

Knights vs. Cowboys

Sharks vs. Titans

Roosters vs. Dragons

Dragons vs. Sea Eagles

Storm vs. Sea Eagles

Warriors vs. Broncos

Broncos vs. Eels

Roosters vs. Raiders

Panthers vs. Sharks

Cowboys vs. Storm

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ROUND 18 10-13 JULY

ROUND 22 7-10 AUGUST

ROUND 26 3-6 SEPTEMBER

Sea Eagles vs. Tigers

Raiders vs. Knights

Knights vs. Roosters

Cowboys vs. Titans

Raiders vs. Cowboys

Panthers vs. Roosters

Warriors vs. Dragons

Bulldogs vs. Warriors

Titans vs. Warriors

Bulldogs vs. Broncos

Sharks vs. Cowboys

Eels vs. Raiders

Bulldogs vs. Panthers

Warriors vs. Storm

Broncos vs. Bulldogs

Sharks vs. Sea Eagles

Knights vs. Sharks

Sharks vs. Dragons

Storm vs. Titans

Roosters vs. Rabbitohs

Storm vs. Broncos

Titans vs. Sea Eagles

Sea Eagles vs. Rabbitohs

Dragons vs. Tigers

Raiders vs. Tigers

Panthers vs. Knights

Eels vs. Panthers

Broncos vs. Storm

QUALIFYING SEMI-FINALS 11-13 SEPTEMBER

Dragons vs. Roosters Byes: Eels, Rabbitohs

Byes: Cowboys, Eels, Rabbitohs, Tigers

ROUND 16 26-29 JUNE

ROUND 19 17-20 JULY

ROUND 23 13-17 AUGUST

Rabbitohs vs. Sea Eagles

Eels vs. Bulldogs

Cowboys vs. Rabbitohs

Broncos vs. Knights

Storm vs. Panthers

Roosters vs. Eels

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Raiders vs. Sharks

Bulldogs vs. Titans

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Tigers vs. Knights

Eels vs. Dragons

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Roosters vs. Warriors

Sharks vs. Storm

Tigers vs. Panthers

Broncos vs. Tigers

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ROUND 17 3-6 JULY

ROUND 20 24-27 JULY

ROUND 24 20-24 AUGUST

Panthers vs. Rabbitohs

Tigers vs. Roosters

Storm vs. Knights

Dragons vs. Cowboys

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Roosters vs. Broncos

Sea Eagles vs. Sharks

Warriors vs. Sea Eagles

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Tigers vs. Eels

Rabbitohs vs. Knights

Sea Eagles vs. Eels

Byes: Broncos, Bulldogs, Knights, Raiders, Roosters, Storm, Titans, Warriors

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Titans vs. Raiders

Panthers vs. Raiders

Warriors vs. Cowboys

Bulldogs vs. Sharks

Sharks vs. Tigers

Cowboys vs. Eels

Dragons vs. Panthers

ROUND 21 31 JULY - 3 AUGUST

ROUND 25 27-31 AUGUST

Cowboys vs. Raiders

Sea Eagles vs. Roosters

Titans vs. Eels

Titans vs. Dragons

Tigers vs. Storm

Raiders vs. Panthers

Roosters vs. Bulldogs

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Tigers vs. Warriors

Dragons vs. Knights

Eels vs. Sharks

STATE OF ORIGIN III 8 JULY Queensland v New South Wales SUNCORP STADIUM

SEMI-FINALS 18-19 SEPTEMBER

PRELIMINARY FINALS 25-26 SEPTEMBER

GRAND FINAL 4 OCTOBER

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Don’t just sit there, Penrith, be loud and proud of your team” – those are the fighting words of Panthers legend John Farragher who wants local supporters to get up and make some noise this season. The former Penrith prop, who suffered a career-ending neck injury back in 1978, believes Panthers supporters are too quiet at home games and should enjoy themselves more. “This is my 37th year as a supporter and I think we have the most sedate fans in the competition,” Farragher admitted. “I’m not taking the mickey out of our supporters because we have some wonderful fans, but we need a lot more.” Farragher, who is still a prominent member of the Panthers community, said strong crowd support can often work in a side’s favour. “This footy side goes out there every week representing our community but the sad part for me is, you go to a game, the crowd cheer loud initially then they go

quiet for a while… people don’t understand how powerful the noise can be,” he said. “As a player out on the field you can actually lift in attack and defence just off the vibe of the crowd. “I watch a lot of football on TV and you can hear the crowd booing for a penalty then, all of a sudden, there are two or three penalties. It can have a big impact on a game.” Farragher pointed out how fans of the Western Sydney Wanderers and English Premier League soccer make him envious due to their passion and emotion at games. Farragher suggests Panthers fans should also come up with their own chants to sing along to during home matches. “The Wanderers fans get involved and enjoy the game, but Panthers fans sit in their seats and stay silent too much,” he said. “I really ask the fans to please get into the game more and you’ll enjoy it more.” After last year’s success, the Panthers are tipped by many to have another excellent season and perhaps go one better than their preliminary final appearance last

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“This election is a battle of who has the best plans, policies and ability to congestion bust our state and our region here in Penrith,” Mrs Davies said. “From all of the announcements we’ve seen from the Baird Government it’s quite clear that we are leaps and bounds ahead of the Opposition in terms of the money, the plans and the vision.”

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he once pet-friendly Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest has banned animals from their premises, sparking an uproar among the dog loving members of the local community. The gallery and cafe, located in Emu Plains, has been threatening the ban for a number of weeks but finally put the nail in the coffin following a board meeting on Wednesday. For local residents who walk their dogs along the Nepean River, stopping off at the gallery for a coffee with their pets, the news is devastating. “We visit Lewers every weekend. It’s a beautifully quiet area where we can sit in the garden and relax over breakfast, lunch or just a coffee. We choose Lewers because of the location, being right next to the river walk it is a welcome stop after our long ‘walkies’ and the garden is a nice spot to catch up with friends and family. And when I say family, I mean the dogs too,” said local resident, Natalie Reyes, who has been attending the gallery with her two 10-year-old border collies for years. “I feel that Lewers is making a huge

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Lauren Taylor with her dog Merry at the Gallery Arts, Hania Radvan, said that the board understands that the decision was regrettable for the local people who love to take their dogs to the gallery. “Unfortunately we have to make hard decisions for the whole community, not

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on-government community services will be championed under a NSW Labor Government, according to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley who visited Penrith Women’s Health Centre on Monday. Mr Foley affirmed his commitment to supporting non-government, notfor-profit community service providers during the visit, saying that the Liberal Government sees the clients of such services as “business units”. “I spent many years in the community sector myself and I know about the ordinary people who work in community services who do extraordinary things every day and I have seen it here today at Penrith Women’s Health Centre. I want to champion the role of non-government, not-for-profit community service providers in this state,” he said. “My concern is the drift under conservative government, both state and federal, towards for-profit provision of community services and for full blown competitive tendering that threatens the very role of community based providers in this space. “I don’t want to see profiteers coming

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Todd Carney, Emma Husar, Luke Foley, Prue Car and Trish Doyle. Photo: Melinda Jane into the welfare sector, treating clients as business units. The clients are people and a Labor Government led by me will step back from full market contestability and competitive tendering. We will engage with the sector, the current providers, with the staff in this sector and talk about the best model of service delivery.” Mr Foley said that for services where contracts are given, “there is a very

good argument for five-year contracts that provide greater certainty to service providers”. “I am concerned when contracts are rolled over annually or every two years that that leaves the good people in services like these to spend all of their lives bidding for the next funding round,” he said. Penrith Women’s Health Centre Manager Jane Gold agreed, saying that the stress of

one-year and two-year funding contracts creates a lot of stress and uncertainty for the organisation, especially given that a number of community organisations in Penrith have recently had to close their doors for lack of funding. “We did hear some good news recently about the NSW Health funding that we get. We should have been up for competitive tendering at the end of this financial year but they have rolled us over until June 2016. In some ways that’s good and in other ways it just gives us another 12 months of uncertainty, worrying if we are or if we aren’t going to survive,” she said. Ms Gold added that she was concerned that the uncertainty may lead to the loss of good, hardworking staff members who may have to leave the Penrith Women’s Health Centre in order to support their families in more stable positions. The Australian Services Union (ASU) held a forum during the visit, where Mr Foley was able to speak with and listen to community services operators. “We need to see greater funding certainty brought to the community services sector. Without greater certainty, community services can not plan, and they can not implement long-term programs that assist the community,” said ASU’s Natalie Lang.

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Police are appealing for information from the public after an attempted robbery at a local service station. Police say that shortly before 11pm on Sunday, February 22, an unknown male entered a service station on Worth Street, Penrith, armed with a knife. The male approached the store attendant and made a demand. The attendant sounded an alarm and ran from the scene. The unknown male also ran from the scene. Police are calling for anyone with information about the incident to speak to them. The offender has been described as being between 178 and 183cm tall, Caucasian, with a medium build and a small brown beard. He was wearing a black hoodie with white writing and grey tracksuit pants as well as a pair of glasses without frames.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about a suspicious fire that occurred in Martley Way, Cranebrook on the weekend to come forward. At about 9.30pm on Saturday police were patrolling the local street when they located a group of people looking for a party that had been advertised on social media. Police moved the people on and left the scene. 15 minutes later, officers were called to the scene with reports of a fire. A vacant house in the street was well alight when they arrived. The house was destroyed and a nearby home also sustained damage. Police are investigating and believe that the fire was deliberately lit. They would like to speak to anyone who was a member of the group of people, or who attended the party in the area.

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A month after an alleged young offender escaped the grasp of police, the 16-year-old has been charged. Police were patrolling the Northern Road, Penrith, on January 12, when they had reason to stop a young person who was riding a push bike. When police went to check the legitimacy of the bike, they allege that the young person ran away, escaping police after a short chase. It was established that the bike was allegedly stolen from Narrabeen in late 2014. On Wednesday, February 18, the same constable who stopped the bicycle rider last month recognised the boy at a local venue on Station Street, Penrith. He was arrested.

Police attended a shopping centre on Station Street on Monday, where they dealt with a young person who was allegedly involved in assaulting a security guard whilst trespassing. Police allege that a 14-year-old male attended the shopping centre at about 7.15pm on Monday, February 23, and was riding a scooter around the store. He was allegedly spoken to by a security guard who had reason to detain him. Police say that the boy allegedly assaulted the security guard. Police were called to the scene and it was found that the boy was in fact barred from the shopping centre. He was dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.

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A man has been charged over an alleged break and enter incident in Collett Close, Cranebrook over the weekend. At about 11.15am on Sunday, February 22, a male allegedly entered the home of a 61-year-old person, who was home at the time. The victim confronted the intruder, who allegedly tried to give reason for his action before exiting through the back door. Police were called and the male was identified. Early this week the alleged offender was arrested in Cranebrook and charged with ‘break and enter with intent’. He was refused bail and appeared in court on Tuesday. For more police news as it breaks, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ westernweekender.

Making progress The Penrith Progression project is about to tip into its exciting stage after the launch of its ‘Action Plan’ to ‘Transform the City Centre and Deliver Jobs for the Future’. Penrith Progression Project Director, Craig Butler, said the Action Plan lays a solid framework for the way ahead and has the potential to bring more than 10,000 jobs and 5,000 dwellings to the City Centre. “The City’s Centre needs to connect people with jobs, investors with opportunities and businesses with people working or living in the City Centre,” he said. The Penrith Progression launch took place in Penrith on Thursday.

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Four busted drink driving in Penrith Weekend-long operation produces reasonably good results from drivers KATHERINE TWEED

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weekend-long operation targeting drink driving took place last weekend, producing results in the local area that has Traffic and Highway Patrol officers impressed. Operation Drink Drive 1 ran from 12.01am on Thursday, February 19, until 11.59pm on Saturday, February 21, targeting drink driving and also put a spotlight on drug affected motorists, fatigue, seatbelts and speeding. Across the state, 200,672 breath tests were carried out, with 3011 of those taking place in the Penrith Local Area Command. A total of 188 people were charged with drink driving offences and only four of them were in Penrith. Local Traffic and Highway Patrol officers charged three people with mid-range PCA and one with low-range PCA. They also handed out 86 tickets for general offences and 24 speeding tickets to drivers. “With the state’s road toll currently at 56 fatalities from 52 fatal crashes, being five crashes and three deaths down on this time last year, this operation is about making sure those that are drinking and driving, placing themselves, their

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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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fatal crashes, being 94 people, died as a result of drink-driving. In 2013, that number fell to 15.9 per cent, or 53 people. “This is proof that our random breath testing operations do save lives.”

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Lot 220 DP 16937 (No. 40) Canberra Street, Oxley Park Residential. Multi-unit housing – demolition of existing structures and construction of 5 x attic style villas with associated car parking, landscaping, tree removal and drainage works The above development determination/s may be inspected between 8.30am and 4.00pm 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. 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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SPEAKING UP FOR PENRITH

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STATE ELECTION 2015 Council is calling on local candidates in the March 2015 election to commit to projects that will help our City grow and prosper.

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These include express train services, more commuter parking, improved State roads and better access and exits on the M4 at Mulgoa and The Northern Roads.

Ask your candidate what they’re doing for you. Go to penrithcity.nsw.gov.au and search ‘Advocacy’ for the full list of projects.

CONTACT US ADMINISTRATION Penrith Office Civic Centre, 601 High Street. Opening Hours: 8.30am–4pm. Mon–Fri. St Marys Office Queen Street Centre, 207–209 Queen Street. Opening Hours: 8.30am–4pm. Mon–Fri. Switchboard Open: 8.30am–5pm. Mon–Fri. P: (02) 4732 7777 F: (02) 4732 7958

COUNCIL BRIEFS s Clean Up Australia Day is celebrating its 25th Clean Up and you can help on Sunday, 1 March 2015. Since the national event started in 1990 Australians have donated more than 27.2 million hours taking to their streets, bushland, parks and waterways on Clean Up Australia Day, removing an estimated 288,650 tonnes of rubbish from 145,754 sites across the country.

Write to: PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751.

There are a number of sites around Penrith earmarked for a clean up including Regatta Park and Cranebrook Bushland.

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Penrith Council will collect the waste from the sites and dispose of it in the right way instead of it being left in our parks, rivers and bushlands.

SERVICES Waste Hotline: Freecall 1800 734 735 Illegal Dumping: Contact the EPA hotline on 131 555 and ask for the RID Squad (Regional Illegal Dumping Squad).

To get involved and see what clean up sites are close to you, visit the website cleanupaustraliaday.org.au s An International Women’s Day event will take place on Wednesday, 4 March 2015.

Graffiti Hotline: Freecall 1800 022 182

The theme for International Women’s Day this year is ‘Make it Happen’, providing inspiration for a number of speakers and performers at the event

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Registration is at 9am for a 9.30am start and the event will conclude at midday.

Council Meetings 9 March 2015 – 7pm (Policy Review Committee) 23 March 2015 – 7.30pm (Ordinary Meeting)

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Where: St Marys Corner Community and Cultural Precinct Memorial Hall, Cnr Great Western Highway and Mamre Road, St Marys (parking entry via 29 Swanston Street) RSVP: Event is FREE to attend. For catering, please RSVP by Monday, 2 March 2015. Call Penrith Women’s Health Centre on 4721 8749 or email pwhcentre@pwhc.org.au s Penrith City Library will host the 14th Annual History Conference on Saturday, 14 March 2015. The conference will focus on the 200th anniversary of Penrith’s first government building, with several prominent historians invited to speak about Penrith’s early settlement and the people instrumental in its development. The remainder of the day will be devoted to acknowledging the district’s contribution to WW1, including information about the creation of the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) and the Gallipoli campaign. 14th Annual History Conference Topic: The Makings of a City: From Guard House to Gallipoli Date:

14 March 2015

RSVP: Phone 4732 7891 or email researchservices@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au Cost:

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TENDER Provision of Banking Services Reference 14/15-20 Penrith City Council invites Tenders from suitably qualified and experienced contractors for the following: Provision of Banking Services for the period July 2015 to June 2021. Pre-Tender Briefing: 11am Wednesday, 4 March 2015. Visit penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/Our-Council/Tenders/ 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 Laura Schuil on 4732 7663 or lschuil@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au All submissions should be lodged on the forms provided in accordance with the lodgement instructions contained in the documents no later than 11am Monday, 23 March 2015 (‘the Closing Date’). Tenders received after will not be considered.

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS The following development applications have been received by Council: s Pretech Pty Ltd

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63 Parker Street, Penrith and 2 Markham Street, Penrith Demolition of existing structures and construction of 7 x attic style villas with associated car parking, drainage and landscaping works under the provisions of State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 Contact: Jane Hetherington on 4732 8078 Closing Date: 16 March 2015 s Stonebrae Pty Ltd

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77 Australia Street, St Marys Section 82A Review of determination to reconsider the demolition of existing structures and construction of 6 x attic style villas with associated car parking, drainage and landscaping works Contact: Donna Clarke on 4732 7705 Closing Date: 16 March 2015 s Pretech Pty Ltd

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61–63 Great Western Highway, Kingswood Demolition of existing structures and construction of 10 x 2-bedroom attic style villa’s with associated car parking, landscaping and drainage works under the provisions of State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 Contact: Pukar Pradhan on 4732 7726 Closing Date: 16 March 2015

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‘Food city’ to be a major talking point Unique art project at Penrith Regional Gallery aims to get locals thinking about those less fortunate KATHERINE TWEED

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ity of Plenty may just be the most community focused art project to come out of Penrith Regional Gallery yet, as it encourages people to donate, offers the community a unique chance to see an artist in action, will act as a learning experience for students and will feed the homeless. Over the next three weeks, Artist Sarah Goffman will be constructing a miniature city in the Main Gallery at Penrith Regional Gallery but it won’t be a regular city, it will be one that has been made out of food. Using non-perishable foods and household consumables that have been donated for the project, Ms Goffman will create the city and unlike many artists, will be allowing the community to watch her while she works, including students who will blog about the project. After her work is complete, the city will be on display until Saturday, March 28, before it is packed up and carted off to charities, like Penrith Community Kitchen and OzHarvest. Ms Goffman said the project raises questions about the issues of homelessness and the needy in the community and is

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designed to get people thinking about others. “I feel like this project is a shrine, a memorial to the homeless; here’s this gift, I have tried to make it as beautiful as possible. We honour you, you are part of our community and we are all part of this together,” Ms Goffman said. The artist said that she hopes that people who view the work in action or upon its completion will see the world differently, in a more positive way. “I hope that the people who come here will feel happiness, joy, thrills! I hope that when they go to the supermarket they will remember this a little bit and that they will have a different relationship with what they are consuming,” she said. Members of the local community are being asked to donate food to the project so that they can be part of the mass donation to charity as well as part of a unique art project. Collection boxes can be found at Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith City Library, The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Penrith PCYC. Are you working on a unique project? We’d love to hear about it. Email news@ westernweekender.com.au or call us on 4722 2998.

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Penrith is recognised as a leader in sustainable waste management, particularly when it comes to our household organic waste recycling service. Council commends residents for actively supporting us to reduce waste sent to landfill through reducing, reusing, recycling and generally disposing of waste responsibly. There are however items around the home which cannot be disposed of through the normal two-bin and threebin service. Items such as household chemicals, motor fuels, oils and poisons can form a lethal cocktail in our environment if they are not disposed of correctly. Council and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) are holding a Chemical Drop Off Day on Saturday, March 7 at Jamison Park. Now is the time to have a look around your house to see what household cleaners, chemicals, batteries and oils you want to dispose of. All you need to do is place the items into the boot of your vehicle

and when you arrive at the Chemical Drop Off the friendly staff will unload the contents for disposal in the correct and safe manner. While searching through your unwanted items at home, any electronic waste can be brought to Council’s E-Waste drop-off day on Sunday, March 8. Computers and televisions are a growing component of this problem. E-waste contains many valuable, recoverable materials such as aluminium, copper, gold, silver, plastics, and ferrous metals. In order to conserve natural resources and the energy needed to produce new electronic equipment, old equipment can be recycled instead of being sent to landfill. If you have any unwanted items bring them to the E-Waste collection. Staff will unload the items for you. For more information about the Chemical Drop-off Day or the E-Waste Drop-off, visit penrithcity.nsw.gov.au.

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State Election 2015

Emma’s passion to make a difference She faces an uphill battle to unseat Stuart Ayres, but Emma Husar is confident Labor can make inroads DALE DRINKWATER

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mma Husar is facing a big challenge to win the seat of Penrith for Labor against prominent political figures Stuart Ayres (the sitting Liberal MP) and Independent Jackie Kelly. However, Ms Husar said she is a genuine contender for the March 28 State Election and as a mother of three, one with Autism and another with a chronic illness, she believes she has what it takes to put up a fight. In 2004, Ms Husar was triggered over Jackie Kelly’s gift of an “I Love Penriff” t-shirt to then prime minister John Howard, and set out on a mission for change. Since then, Ms Husar has identified herself as a strong Labor supporter and voice for the community, trying to reshape the city’s perceptions and possibilities.

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Why she’s entering politics “I’m a born and raised local and exceptionally proud of the area, and proud of calling it mine and my children’s home,” Ms Husar said. “I’m a huge advocate for our area and I’ve already been working out here for over 15

Emma Husar is the Labor Candidate for Penrith at the March 28 election. Photo: Melinda Jane

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years. I genuinely care and I’m going into this to make a difference.”

On employment in western Sydney “We need people trained in our suburbs, who have the relevant degrees. The aspirational levels of people out here to go to university, to train on... so when we do bring the employment out here we have the people living here who can fill those jobs,” Ms Husar said. “[We] need to address some employment opportunities that we have. We’ve got services that are not met with the current employment opportunities, so there’s very limited employment out here.” On electricity privatisation “Essential services should never be privatised,” Ms Husar said. “Penrith experiences 90 days on average a year above 30 degrees, and the city only gets 17 days on average. We are already high consumers of electricity, we don’t have a beach, we don’t have a sea breeze and if you’re lucky enough you’ve got a pool or air conditioning, so we’re running those things to keep ourselves cool. “We are already high consumers of

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Why Labor? “Values. Labor has always stood up for people, Labor’s been responsible for things like Medicare, the aged pension, no fault divorce, the establishment of the first women’s refuge – things that are socially just and socially right to give everybody an equal opportunity,” Ms Husar said. “I want an inclusive society, I want to live in a community to make sure everybody is getting through. We have strong values and strong ethics around how we help people. It’s putting people first.”

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energy and with privatisation we’re going to see cost increases like South Australia and Victoria.” On health cuts “Nobody has anything to gain from a stupid or sick society, so to walk away from things like Medicare and good funding of TAFE... is not going to lead to a better society in 30 years’ time,” Ms Husar said. “When you’re cutting away at Medicare, adding a co-payment, adding extra fees to prescription, pathology, x-rays, that’s not helping everybody. Families with three children would not be able to afford to take their child for all three services if all three children came down with something. “And I’ve been in that position. Given I do have a child with a chronic ongoing medical issue, of course that’s a bit different to most people, but most people I talk to tell me that’s not affordable.” On education “We help people reach their potential by providing investment in education, including TAFE. I want to see people reach their full potential, and that’s how I’ve looked at my own child with special needs and all of the children I was involved in when I was teaching,” Ms Husar said. “At the moment we are seeing people, especially out here, priced out of an education. People who are going back to studying the course from last year that was free, are paying $2000 this year... those kinds of fees are just unaffordable and unattainable for most people.” On commuting for work “Commuting for two to four hours a day is horrendous, I used to do it,” Ms Husar said.

Emma Husar believes Penrith is “undersold” throughout Sydney. Photo: Melinda Jane “We know when people have to commute it leads to poorer health outcomes, and it leads to more destablisation in the family unit. “You can build as many M4 lanes as you like, but it’s not going to stop people from having to commute every single day. To create employment out here in western Sydney, we’ve got to look at areas like the Penrith Central Business District and revitalise it.”

On Penrith “We have great potential and I want to help Penrith achieve because we are definitely undersold throughout Sydney... and I think we’ve got huge potential to be a driving force for the rest of NSW,” Ms Husar said. “We’ve got the ‘westie’ stereotype and the tags. It’s time Penrith shows the rest of the state that we are smart, committed and have a lot of potential.”

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Upgrade makes access to Penrith Station easier DALE DRINKWATER

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ocal commuters using the North Penrith commuter car park can enjoy easier access with the completion of the Castlereagh Road and Thornton Drive intersection upgrade. The completion was welcomed by State Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres, Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler and UrbanGrowth’s Development Director Mike Williams at the intersection last week. The $1 million upgrade, combined with works along Combewood Avenue to be completed in just two weeks, is expected to improve access for commuters to Penrith Station. Mr Ayres said this project in conjunction with the opening of Combewood Avenue is a big step in the right direction and shows the government is listening to the community. “Generally the expectation people have on governments is that when houses come, roads come with it, and this is us making sure that takes place,” he said. “We’ve listened to the community about the need for infrastructure to match housing growth and unlike what happened for 16 consecutive years under Labor, we’re

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doing things a little differently.” Mr Williams said the project was fully funded by state-owned corporation UrbanGrowth NSW as a part of their delivery to the Thornton development. “From UrbanGrowth’s perspective, this is just evidence of us meeting our commitments that we started when we planned this development a number of years ago,” he said. “We recognise the development generates certain impacts in the local community and it’s important to alleviate those impacts with the right infrastructure and this is really a case in point.” Mr Williams added that the package was delivered as part of wider local traffic improvements in the Thornton Project. “These roads will deliver about 80 additional on-street unrestricted parking spaces so there will be a little additional overflow parking available,” he said. Cr Fowler congratulated both the State Government and UrbanGrowth for delivering what they promised. “We are looking forward to the Station Plaza being completed in the near future and we are looking forward to a vibrant community evolving from the people who are now living there and will be in the future,” he said.

Mike Williams, Penrith MP Stuart Ayres and Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler at the Thornton Drive and Castlereagh Road intersection

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Just six months after its release, the WIRES rescue app has already been downloaded over 7,500 times by NSW residents; evidence, according to the organisation, that people really do care about native wildlife. The app not only allows WIRES to process rescue calls more efficiently and quickly place animals into the care of volunteers but it also gives the general public easy access to information. Local WIRES rescue volunteer, Troy Hovenden, is primarily involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of reptiles. “I know that reptiles tend to get misunderstood by the greater public at large and that sometimes people need assistance,” he said.

party is investing in local communities in western Sydney. “Ropes Crossing is a fantastic place to live and raise a family and by working together we can make it even better,” Ms Car said. “It is one of our community’s fastest growing suburbs with over 2200 homes and 6000 residents – that’s why we need to make sure it has the very best facilities.” She said it’ll boost the community. “This upgrade will help promote the strong sense of community that already exists in Ropes Crossing,” she said. “I am extremely proud that a NSW Labor Government will invest in vital community projects such as the Ropes Crossing Community Hub.”

“It is nice to be able to rescue reptiles, rehabilitate them and see them released back into the wild. It is very rewarding.”

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Boost to firefighting resources in busy Londonderry area

The new Londonderry Rural Fire Brigade station has been declared open new era has begun for Londonderry Rural Fire Brigade with a new station declared open this week along with the handover of five trucks within the Cumberland zone. Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Stuart Ayres celebrated the opening of the new facility with Rural Fire Service (RFS) Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers, Liberal Candidate for Londonderry Bernard Bratusa and Federal Lindsay MP Fiona Scott. In addition to the station, five new fire trucks were added to the Cumberland zone covering brigades including Berkshire Park, Schofields and Mulgoa.

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Vital funding continued, but future remains unclear More than $250,000 for Werrington Youth and Neighbourhood Services

Tara Ridge, teacher Bathma Chetty and Chloe Kay Richardson KATHERINE TWEED

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A number of local people who thought that university was not an option for them, either because of their age or their lack of schooling, are now well and truly on their way to tertiary studies after completing their Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) at TAFE Western Sydney. At the age of 33, St Clair resident Ruth Wong thought that university was out of the question for her, sure that her age would be a barrier. “But then after some thought and researching pathways for mature age students, I decided to apply for the Tertiary Preparation Certificate,” Ms Wong said. She completed the certificate, which provides participants with the skills and academic ability that are needed for university, in 2014 with a very impressive score and is now enrolled in an Advanced Science degree at the University of Western Sydney. She hopes to follow her passion for Ornithology, the study of birds, by focusing her studies in zooology. “TAFE is blessed with some amazing people who have dedicated themselves to helping others achieve their full potential. Through bouts of illness, family crisis and those days when the end is nowhere in sight, the teachers were understanding and, with a little nudging, they managed to set me on the right path again,” Ms Wong said. Like Ms Wong, Penrith resident Chloe Kay Richardson’s TPC result has seen her begin tertiary studies, this time completing a Bachelor of Journalism at Macleay College. She said that it was the support of the teachers that stood out to her. “All the work they give you will be challenging but overtly rewarding in the end, and through that you will not only gain confidence within yourself but also within the work you produce,” she said. This year TAFE Western Sydney is offering a combined TPC and Diploma of General Studies, which guarantees each student entry into Charles Sturt.

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iberal Candidate for Londonderry Bernard Bratusa met with Family and Community Services Minister Gabrielle Upton at Werrington Youth and Neighbourhood Services (WYNS) centre last week. The visit was organised to highlight the very important work the centre does in helping the community and confirm State Government funding commitments for service for the 2015/2016 financial year. Mr Bratusa announced $267,208 will be provided to the community group under the Community Builders program so the Werrington Community Project Incorporated can continue their services to vulnerable people and families. “WYNS continues to strengthen our local community by delivering social and recreational youth activities, referral services, learning groups and programs for seniors,” he said. Ms Upton said the government is building stronger communities by giving nongovernment organisations the resources needed. Chairperson for the Werrington Community Project Incorporated Jackie Holmes welcomed the funding commitment and said they hope to maintain and build on their services “If the funding continues for us that

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means our services can continue to grow,” she said. “We have staff that are passionate about their work, it can only get better if we get the support we need.” Community Mobiliser Billy Beggs said the group tries to establish links with community members to support them in the adventures they want to pursue. “We run a great TAFE course here which is well attended, but unfortunately it’s had to be cut down since last year due to funding restrictions,” he said. Mrs Holmes said it was nice to have this year’s funding confirmed, but was still concerned over the future of the group amid revelations that funding is under review from June 2016. “[That amount of money] is what we get every year and we have for many years, and that’s going to stop and we are going to have to compete with Mission Australia, Anglicare and the Red Cross,” she said. “What we are doing here is wonderful work and we want to continue doing that but it is going to be very difficult with the funding changes that are going to occur.” Mr Bratusa explained that funding is under review across the board. “Family and Community Services is undertaking a strategic reform of the community, early intervention and intensive programs to improve outcomes for vulnerable children, young people, their families and the local communities,” he said.


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Housing project to help those in need Winning idea: The brilliant local plan to get thousands of young people off the streets KATHERINE TWEED

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ustain Community Housing has big plans to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of people in the years to come; plans that have begun right here in the suburbs of Penrith, where the organisation was founded. The not-for-profit organisation, which will be providing sustainable community housing across the state and delivering homes to disability service providers, has acquired its first block of land and is less than a month away from beginning construction on their first homes. The organisation has purchased land in Colyton and will build six homes on that land. Four of those homes will be sold privately, with the profits going on to support future social housing projects, and the final two will be managed by a service provider that has partnered with the organisation. Sustain Community Housing is the brainchild of founder Josh Vrsaljko, who started the organisation with the idea to merge together his experience in property and development with his passion for supporting the less fortunate in the community.

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“I get a huge amount of enjoyment out of helping people and that all stemmed from supporting Nordoff Robins. I’ve been involved in Nordoff Robins Music Therapy for five years now, through sponsorship. I see the good work that the money I give them does,” Mr Vrsaljko said. “When you give an organisation like this money and you see what good it does to the people they support, you want to do more.” For this reason, Sustain Community Housing is hoping to focus on developing land and building houses for use in the disability sector and in children’s services. “You look at statistics and see that there are 105,000 people on the street every night around Australia. 28,000 of them are under the age of 18 and 18,000 of them are under the age of 12. Every night there are 18,000 kids under 12 who are living on the street. For Sustain, it is all about trying to ease that long social housing wait list that is getting bigger,” Mr Vrsaljko said. The organisation has been built to be self sustaining, which means that it doesn’t rely on donations like a charity or funding from the government, however, investors from the private sector are needed if the organisation is going to continue to grow. Sustain Community Housing has already

Sustain Community Housing is the brainchild of Josh Vrsaljko received $2.1 million in impact investments, with $1.6 million of that coming from Social Ventures Australia and Social Enterprise Australia and the remaining $500,000 from private investors. “For us, 2015 is going to be a big year.

Once complete, this first development will allow us to go out and buy larger parcels of land to develop. We hope that our work will help to ease the 10 year wait for social housing and bring it right down,” Mr Vrsaljko said.

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Penrith Council is offering grants of up to $1000 to local community groups in the Penrith LGA wishing to host commemorative ANZAC events. The grant, as part of the 2015 ANZAC Centenary Mayoral Grants Program, will be available to community groups, schools and other educational institutions and non-profit organisations. The funding that is available now until April 18, assists projects and events which recognise the involvement, sacrifice and service of Australian servicemen and women in the First World War. To apply for funding, download an application form at www.penrithcity.nsw.gov. au. For further information, contact cdickson@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au. Penrith Council’s Draft Compliance and Enforcement Policy will be on public display for 30 days so the community can provide comments before the policy is finalised. Council has developed the policy to provide the community with information on Council’s position in relation to its compliance and enforcement and facilitate a consistent approach to enforcement activities in the city. The health and safety of the community and the protection of the environment is at the forefront of the policy development. It encourages “posi-

tive assistance of the community in reporting issues of concern” and “supports working collaboratively with the community to promote the benefits of compliance”. Councillor Kevin Crameri welcomed the policy and said he thinks it’s going to help Council in the future. St Marys Town Centre Corporation (SMTCC) has provided its 2013-14 Annual Operations Report, and 201415 Annual Business Plan to Council with an overall goal to revitalise the town centre. The reports outlined the corporation’s first full year of operation, including the setbacks experienced with the resignation of board members and without an operations manager. Despite the setbacks, the SMTCC conducted a range of activities throughout the year that were consistent with exploring opportunities to promote the town centre. Their business plan for the next 12 months includes further activities to promote St Marys and strengthen the identity of business in Queen St and surrounds, such as Easter, Halloween and Christmas events. They’ll conduct surveys to surrounding businesses, boost their social media presence and host network events with room to fine tune their approach after monitoring its effectiveness.


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dear weekender... Dangerous intersection clarification I appreciate that with the NSW Election looming candidates are looking for local issues that may resonate with voters (Is this the local area’s most dangerous intersection, Western Weekender February 20). However, there were two inaccurate statements attributed to local retailers who support efforts by the Liberal Candidate for Londonderry to improve traffic conditions at the entry and exit points at Werrington County Shopping Centre. Firstly, a statement was made that the speed limit for the intersection area is 70km/h while in fact it has been 50km/h for many years. The second statement made referred to children crossing the four lanes to get to buses and calling for a crossing to be provided. There is in fact a pedestrian crossing with lights not far from the entry and exit to the shops. From my observations the problem in the area is drivers exceeding the 50km/h speed limit. Maybe the Liberal Candidate could ask his Parliamentary colleagues to install a speed camera or arrange more regular

police patrols as a means of avoiding accidents? BRAD LYNCH, VIA EMAIL

Bad drivers to blame I use it every day, there’s nothing wrong with it. People should learn how to drive properly and stop blaming inanimate objects for their lack of competency behind the wheel. DAVE SOWDEN, VIA FACEBOOK

Not happy with local Councillor Re the letter published in “Dear Weekender” on February 20 titled “Facts need to be known” by Councillor John Thain. If Councillor Thain was trying to state the FACTS, then he got it terribly wrong. The Community Centre to which he refers, is in fact a “Place of Worship” as designated by the Penrith City Council of which he is a Councillor. Councillor Thain also referred to this DA as a “Place of Worship” when he spoke in Council on the matter. Of greater concern however is the totally incorrect claim that “Council cannot legally refuse a development application”. That is farcical beyond belief. Hundreds

of Development Applications have been refused by Penrith Council over the years. As for Councillor Thain’s comments “that the applicants were from the group currently being persecuted by ISIS, ISIL and are unlikely to offer them any support”, that is bizarre and irrelevant. RICK PUTRA, GLENMORE PARK

We need to get tough With regard to young (so called) Australians going overseas to eagerly fight for Islamic State, and then return to Australia to wreak havoc on our peaceful way of life (funded by Centrelink) I find it extraordinary that whilst the more moderate Islamic members of our community don’t have any time for these cowardly curs, not one Imam or other Islamic leader comes out and states publicly that they are the lowest of the low. Also, why we allow these individuals to return to Australia is beyond belief. Cancel their citizenship or if they’re Australian-born let them languish in prison, after all isn’t treachery one of the most heinous of crimes? It once was! NEIL WILLIAMSON, VIA EMAIL

email: news@westernweekender.com.au post: Suite 2, 42-44 Abel Street, Jamisontown 2750

A-League referees We just need decent referees (Adam Peacock column, Western Weekender February 20). The standard this year has been sub par. Secondly, all too often the linesmen or women miss too many close calls. Balls out over the line. Handballs. Offside calls. It’s becoming a joke. If the current standard of refs is the best Australia has to offer I suggest hiring refs from overseas. Maybe then the standards will change. JADE MILLER, VIA FACEBOOK

NBN confusion I had been to the Telstra Shop in the Plaza in Penrith three times to try and get some information about just what I will be getting with the connection and received three different proposals. No one seems to know what is actually being done. I was also told that I had to get connected by a certain date. That is another false statement because the area I live in will not be turned off until next year, or is yet another statement that is or is not correct? No one seems to know. With the installation of the NBN equipment into your home some residents have ended

up with boxes stuck on walls in rooms where they did not want it, because they have been told that is where it has to go. It seems these installers only want to put it in the easiest place so that they can get more done in a day. One friend was told that they could not have a phone in the kitchen, where it has been for the last 20 years, because NBN phones can’t be anywhere near water. That is not true. We all thought this was going to be the bee’s knees, but it looks like it will end up being the horse’s arse. BRYAN CARTER, VIA EMAIL

Special thanks On Friday, February 13 I was with good friends at the St Marys Leagues Club when my best friend had a cardiac arrest and stopped breathing. Within seconds staff commenced heart massage and used a defibrillator in an effort to resuscitate him until Paramedics arrived. If it wasn’t for their outstanding efforts I would have lost a mate. Thank you, job well done KEN MURRAY, VIA WEBSITE

The Western Weekender reserves the right to edit letters for the sake of accuracy and space. For more information, see our public notices section.

You wouldn’t keep your pet like this. But hidden away in sheds across Australia, hens who are just as smart and sensitive as the family pet spend every waking moment in a cage — all for the sake of a cheap egg. She cannot sit comfortably or stretch her wings. Without the ability to exercise, her body is weak. Chances are that she, or one of her cage mates, is living

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with an untreated broken bone. But trapped in a cage, in a shed with thousands of cages, no-one is ever likely to notice. Here she will spend 30 long hours to produce just one cage egg. The first time she will see the outside world — the world she was meant to live in — will be on the last day of her life, as she is trucked to the slaughterhouse.

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State Government funding will help Men’s Shed members get to work in the local community KATHERINE TWEED

$12,846 NSW Government Community Building Partnership Grant had the blokes of Penrith Community Men’s Shed well and truly chuffed last week. Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres visited the Shed with Minister for Mental Health, Jai Rowell on Tuesday, February 18, to present the grant and to congratulate the men on the success of their newly formed Shed. “I think that Men’s Sheds do an amazing job in our community. I think it is fantastic that we’ve got blokes who are prepared to get together, get on the tools, get around each other and enjoy each other’s mateship and camaraderie – all of the things that are particularly important,” Mr Ayres said. “We know that one of the biggest challenges around men’s mental health is literally being able to talk to each other. Men’s Sheds play a really great role in building social networks and providing opportunities for men to keep interacting with each other. I am a big supporter of that so I put my money where my mouth is and backed up this grant application.”

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The group are going to use the grant to purchase safety equipment and woodworking tools so that they can continue to safely and efficiently complete more projects for the community . The group is in the process of completing a number of community projects, including building wooden chairs for a local school and helping to support the men of Governor Phillip Manor. “This is what the blokes want to do, they don’t want to sit around doing nothing. When I asked who wanted to work on community projects, hands went up across the room. They love to do it so that’s what we’re all about,” said Penrith Community Men’s Shed Chairman, Merv Adlington. “The community has been so good to us, so to be able to give back a little bit is a huge bonus as far as we are concerned.” Mr Rowell said that Men’s Sheds are a proven way of bringing men together to talk about critical issues. “As I travel around the state visiting Men’s Sheds I am constantly impressed at the extraordinary role they play in bringing men together to talk about any problems they may be facing and avoid the pitfalls of depression and social isolation,” Mr Rowell said.

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Tireless contribution celebrated 82-year-old Dorothy Grant has spent a lifetime helping others in the Penrith community DALE DRINKWATER

@daledrinkwater

orothy Grant received a Community Service Award last week to recognise her tireless contribution to the Penrith community and Nepean Hospital. State Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres visited Mrs Grant at the Volunteer Shop at Nepean Hospital to present her award that is one of only two handed out a year. Mrs Grant said she volunteers because helping others brings her enjoyment and keeps her busy. “You get a lot of friendship. You don’t do it for what you get out of it,” she said. “It helps me too, with losing my husband, it’s given me something to fill my days. I’m very proud.” Mrs Grant has lived in Penrith her whole life, and has volunteered for a range of services including the CWA for 19 years, Edinglassie nursing home for nine years, and Nepean Hospital for 12 years. Mr Ayres said it’s people like Mrs Grant who are the heart and soul of the Penrith community. “They give up their own time to help others out,” he said. Mrs Grant, who will turn 83 in July, intends to continue volunteering as long as she can.

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Offering a helping hand and a Heart Queen of Hearts supports western Sydney families affected by child sexual abuse DALE DRINKWATER

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t’s an unfortunate truth that often the worst situations bring out the best in people, and that’s exactly what happened to Penrith mother Michelle Ellery three years ago. “We had a friend in our circle who was a pedophile; and I thought I was a very good judge of character,” Mrs Ellery revealed. “It’s one of those things you blame yourself so much for not noticing, not doing something about it. “It can take years to groom a child. They truly are a predator and they just blend into families.” Mrs Ellery lived with deep regret that she couldn’t protect the ones she loved, until she realised that struggling to get herself out of bed every morning was not the way to respond. “The fact that the children have spoken, I think that is incredible, and it gave hope that something positive might be able to come out of this,” she said. “As hard as it was, I decided that instead of hating, to put my energy to something a little more constructive.” Mrs Ellery started her own not-for-profit organisation, Queen of Hearts, that

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supports western Sydney families who have been affected by child sexual abuse. Mrs Ellery quit her job to pursue the cause full-time. It is an issue that is sadly more common than many realise. “By Christmas Eve last year, we had 70 families go through the program, and this year alone, we’ve already had five come through,” she said. “There is such a big waiting time for services for this, so Queen of Hearts works with other organisations to take some of the overflow.” Queen of Hearts offers access to a weekly drop-in centre, court support to families, rescue packs with clothes and toiletries and transportation for affected families to and from court. Mrs Ellery is holding a fundraiser at the Tattersalls Hotel in Penrith on Saturday, March 14, to raise awareness of the program, and funding for a different court vehicle. “A lot of the perpetrators are out on bail, so an organisation car would be best so they can’t trace my personal car back to me,” Mrs Ellery said. If you know of anyone who is suffering, or wish to know more about the fundraiser contact Queen of Hearts on 1300 856 737.

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Big Blue Bash to spread the word about depression and anxiety in Penrith this weekend KATHERINE TWEED

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n a bid to support the community that has supported them in so many ways, Penrith Community Men’s Shed are holding a Big Blue Bash this weekend to spread the word about depression. The event, to be held on Saturday, February 28, is to raise awareness of beyondblue, which is an organisation that runs a 24/7 support service for people living with depression and anxiety. “The Bash is to raise awareness about depression, anxiety and suicide. The figures are fairly high and it wasn’t until we started the Men’s Shed that we realised what is really at stake here,” said Penrith Community Men’s Shed Chairman, Merv Adlington. Mr Adlington said that one in six Australians are living with depression, anxiety or both. “We have a gentleman coming out who has suffered depression and he is going to talk about his story, how he got through it and how there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” Mr Adlington said. “A few of the blokes, myself included, have suffered depression to varying degrees. We thought it would be good for

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them, for their families and also we want to support the wider Penrith community because it’s not just these blokes and their families that are suffering, there are a fair few out there.” The event will also be about helping people to identify the signs of depression in themselves and in loved ones. “It is a good way of educating our blokes and they can have the chance to chat to the speaker afterwards. It is also good for us to realise that if we have someone in our family who is suffering, there are ways that we can help them,” Mr Adlington said. “Originally the event was going to be for the Men’s Shed members but we realised that it is just too big an issue to not invite the community along.” Penrith Community Men’s Shed Big Blue Bash is taking place from 7pm on Saturday, February 28 and all community members are invited to attend. The Men’s Shed members are asking that those who attend bring a gold coin donation to raise some funds for the work of beyondblue. For more information contact Penrith Community Men’s Shed on 0439 646 942 or email them at theshed@penrithbaptist. org.

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New technology helps diagnose health problems in babies

Hop on board for advice: Small Biz Bus to visit South Penrith KATHERINE TWEED

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he Small Biz Bus has been helping local businesses grow and experience success for some time and with a visit to Penrith booked for Tuesday, March 10 more local businesses are set to benefit. The bus will be parked at Southlands Shopping Centre from 9am to 3pm on the day to give local small businesses access to free, personalised advice from business experts. Executive Officer of the Penrith Valley Business Enterprise Centre (BEC), John Todd, said that he is excited that the bus will be visiting South Penrith. “The bus provides an excellent opportunity for local businesses to jump on board and connect with their local business advisor,” he said. “Businesses can seek specific advice on running or establishing their business or come and bounce some new ideas around with an advisor.” Small Biz Connect Advisors on the bus are able to assist small business owners who have questions about a range of topics, including finances, staffing, expansion plans and can even offer advice to residents hoping to start a business. “Speaking to one of our advisors can

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iagnosing health problems in babies while they are still inside the womb is a challenge faced daily by Nepean Hospital’s Perinatal Ultrasound Department. That challenge just got a little easier, however, with the acquisition of two state-of-the-art ultrasound machines that offer the latest in 3D and 4D imaging. The new E10 machines, the first to be used by a hospital in New South Wales, will allow health professionals to get a clearer image of antenatal babies and will

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The Small Biz Bus is coming to Penrith help you take the next step, whether you’re just starting out, wanting to ensure your business is sustainable or hoping to grow,” said NSW Small Business Commissioner, Robyn Hobbs. To book an appointment on the bus or to speak to a local Small Biz Connect adviser, call Penrith Valley BEC on 1300 134 359 or visit www.smallbusiness.nsw. gov.au/hop-on-the-small-biz-bus.

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Master shares his tips eauty is not something that is restricted by age; a key message that Australian makeup master, Napoleon Perdis wants to share with the women of Australia. In Sydney, the beauty expert is teaching an exclusive makeup workshop at David Jones Elizabeth Street on Thursday, March 5. There, accompanied by his mother, Liana, and wife, Soula-Marie, Napoleon will celebrate timeless beauty by demonstrating that having everlasting elegance is a simple feat, with the right products. Napoleon is inviting women of all ages to attend, as he’ll be sharing his makeup tips and tricks for having a fresh, youthful look around the clock, no matter what age you are. Tickets to the event are $299 and can be purchased from the David Jones website at www.davidjones.com.au. All who attend receive a free four-piece welcome gift valued at $100. For local residents, the event will be well worth the trip into the city. To celebrate the special event, The Western Weekender has one Napoleon Perdis prize pack, valued at $158, to give away. The pack includes some of Napoleon’s makeup essentials for everlasting elegance, including Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer, Napoleon Perdis Ultimate Contour Palette and Napoleon Perdis MagnifEyes Mascara. For your chance to win, email the code word “Napoleon” to competitions@ westernweekender.com.au with your name, address and phone number. Entries close on Wednesday, March 4.

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A true icon in the centre of Penrith The St Nicholas of Myra Church in Penrith has been a part of our lives since 1835, as journalist NATHAN TAYLOR discovered...

The St Nicholas of Myra Church back in 1966. Photo: St Nicholas of Myra

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he St Nicholas of Myra Church, located in High Street in the heart of Penrith’s CBD, has been home to the area’s local Catholic community for more than 175 years. The church has been a part of people’s lives through weddings, baptisms and funerals, but its humble beginnings date all the way back to 1835 when Reverend James Vincent Corcoran was appointed the first priest at Windsor which, at the time, included Penrith as part of his parish. Two years later in 1837, Reverend Corcoran was tragically killed in a road accident and Archbishop Bede Polding appointed Reverend John Brady as his successor. In 1838, Fr Brady judged it opportune to erect a small chapel in the growing settlement of Penrith, which then saw John Tindale of Honeswood farm give a block of land to Archbishop Polding, near the centre of the settlement. The foundation stone of the first St Nicholas of Myra Church was laid by Archbishop Polding on December 9, 1839, and

the first priest in Penrith was announced as Reverend Charles Sumner. A few days after the laying of the foundation stone a small cemetery was consecrated by Archbishop Polding in which three of Penrith’s pioneering priests (Fr Michael Brennan d.1864, Fr Patrick O’Mahony d.1885 and Fr John Grady d.1984) would later be buried. On November 13, 1850, the first St Nicholas of Myra Church was consecrated by Archbishop Polding, with funds to construct the church donated by local Catholic parishioners as well as from many other faiths and denominations. Over the next century the St Nicholas of Myra Church went through a number of minor improvements as the Catholic community in Penrith continued to grow. But it wasn’t until the mid 1960’s that the church went through its most dramatic change yet, when a brand new church was built on the site. On February 14, 1966, the original St Nicholas of Myra Church was torn down to make way for the new larger structure, which took one year to build. The architect of the new church, Brian

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he best coffee in town can be found at a location not known by many, in a hidden gem that sells nothing but coffee, waffles and a few other treats. Waffle Co, located on a small lane way off Henry Street, truly is a diamond in the rough that sees a small trickle of regular loyal clients throughout the day, each one leaving the quaint, homely cafe feeling like they are in on the best secret in all of Penrith. The cafe is home to a team of warm, passionate baristas who can cook a mean waffle, serve up a coffee made with expertise and offer their opinion on the best flavour of gourmet ice cream that happens to be in store on the day. “Our team is made up of a group of extremely passionate people, including Brooke, Ana, Bonnie, Alesha and Naomi, who love what they do and do it because they love it. As a result, our coffee is voted the ‘best coffee in Penrith’ on Bean Hunter,” said owner, Nathan Turner. While still doing what they do

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ike most people who start up a service based business, the clients in my first year or two varied widely. Primarily because I was happy for any work I could get! But over time, I realised that in order to build my business, and build a positive reputation, I needed to be more selective. The first type of client I very quickly learnt to avoid was the type who seemed to have cash flow problems or who were reluctant to sign a contract. These clients quite often become non-payers. Although there are legal avenues to pursue when someone doesn’t pay you, it is a long drawn out process and quite stressful. Having clear policies or conditions for payment is essential – and sticking to those policies yourself is vital! Another type of client which can be harder to identify, is the type who takes advantage of your good nature. Some clients will try to change agreements, ask for ‘freebies’ or generally disrespect your time. These clients are best dealt with by politely and clearly re-stating the agreed

terms. And if they continue to abuse those terms, you have the choice to ‘fire’ them (again, in a polite manner!). A third client type to avoid is the unreliable one. In many service based businesses, there is a great deal of partnership and working together. For example, I can’t create a website without my client supplying the content and I can’t continue to progress the project without timely feedback. Ideally, a contract with clients should include timed deliverables. Where this is not feasible, communicating with the client that an additional fee will be payable if they don’t supply or respond within a reasonable time period can often get the ball rolling again! While flexibility and generosity with your clients is paramount, you need to ensure you balance that with realistic expectations so that your business isn’t negatively impacted. Have you had experience with a client you wish you had avoided? I’m keen to hear from you. Email news@ westernweekender.com.au.

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n the world of business, what you wear shapes the public’s perception of you and the business you represent. To get business you need to project an image that attracts potential customers and clients, rather than repels them. I am a firm believer that looking the part is essential to business survival. Yes, things like delivering what you promise, good customer service and value for money are important to any business success and survival, but if you look the part your job becomes easier. If you have a good corporate image, you will inject your customers with confidence in both yourself and your products. If you look a bit rough around the edges, your potential customers may start the relationship with doubts about your business’ ability to produce results. You don’t see successful real estate agents driving old dirty cars. Looking successful is necessary to be successful. On first meeting or viewing, people tend to take other people at face value and figure that what they see is what they’ll get. Looking the part can mean many things, here is a list:

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henever Nickelback is mentioned in the media you know that the subject of hate is bound to come up. After all, how can it not? It’s the big musical elephant in the room. There’s no way to ignore it; people hate Nickelback. The irony of it all is that for a band who attracts so much ridicule they sure do sell a hell of a lot of albums, which may be part of the reason why band members, including lead guitarist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, don’t let comments from haters get to them. “I don’t think we’ve ever been striving to be one of the more polarising bands,” he said. “That’s never been a thing we’ve set our sights on. But it is what it is and you just wear some thick skin and some people

are gonna like you and some people aren’t gonna like you and it doesn’t really bother me.” While the reaction from music critics has always been luke warm, Nickelback has managed to make album sales in excess of 50 million, earning them the title of the most commercially successful Canadian group in history. Their most recent album, 2014’s ‘No Fixed Address’, saw the band take on a slightly different musical direction, including an unexpected collaboration with American rapper Flo Rida. “People are thinking we’re stretching our legs a little more with this album, which I kind of feel we were as well,” he said. “There’s some avenues we’ve taken on this that we haven’t touched before and I’m pretty happy about that. “I think it’s one of our better albums that we’ve made so I hope our fans feel the same.” With this album Ryan feels they’ve managed to find a good balance between

“I don’t think we’ve ever been striving to be one of the more polarising bands”

giving fans something new, without completely alienating them. “You don’t want to completely take such a left turn that you’re going to confuse all of your fans,” he laughed, “which some bands have done”. “But I don’t think we’re confusing anybody. “We’ve got some hard rock songs on here and we’ve got some melodic things as well and the Flo Rida thing was really an after thought. It happened really organically, nothing was really premeditated at all.” When it comes to testing out their new material Ryan has a couple of close family members that he trusts to give honest, constructive feedback. “My wife’s got a really good honest ear about what we do, and my brother as well,” he said. “So I usually send those guys a copy and go ‘are we on the right track, what do you think?’ “Nine times out of 10 we get pretty decent scores from them but there’s the odd time where they’re like ‘I think you guys are missing the mark here’, but they’ll tell you why. “I like that because with any kind of creative job sometimes you get caught up in your own thing and not see the forest for the trees, so to speak, so it’s nice to have those soundboards for sure.” As guitarist of the band Ryan is in the perfect position to have all the perks of a rock star life without having to deal with the recognition and media scrutiny that comes with the role of front man. “Personally I fly under the radar a lot more than [lead vocalist] Chad does,” he said. “I’m able to play in this band and make this music and be able to tour everywhere and still can kind of go out to a movie or go out shopping or do whatever you’ve gotta do and not get recognised.” With popularity comes covers and Nickelback is certainly not immune to this phenomenon. The most well known of these would have to be the piano ballad rendition of ‘How You Remind Me’ by Chad Kroeger’s wife and ex-skater girl Avril Lavigne. When discussing the idea of people taking on the band’s songs, Ryan’s self deprecating response shows that the Nickelback guys are very much in on the hate joke. “Ultimately I think it’s very brave of them,” he laughed. “Cause they’re like ‘listen, here’s my plan to either keep my stardom going or to start my plan, I’m going to do a Nickelback song’. “‘Terrible idea! What are you thinking?! It’s career suicide!’ So if anybody tries it they’re very brave and good on ‘em,” he laughed. Nickelback will be performing at Allphones Arena on Friday, May 22. Tickets start from $101.85. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au. The Weekender has a double pass to see Nickelback to give away. For your chance to win, email the code word ‘NICKELBACK’ to competitions@westernweekender.com. au with your name and contact details. Entries close Wednesday, March 4. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPM/15/00066. Terms and conditions at www.westernweekender.com.au.

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Shakespeare twist for Host a Murder event KATE REID

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he Joan’s much loved recital series is back and it looks like 2015 is going to be another year jam packed full of amazing performances. One of Australia’s most renowned pianists, Simon Tedeschi, will kick off the series as he explores the music of Gershwin on Saturday, March 7. This talented musician will take on all the Gershwin favourites including ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, ‘S Wonderful’ and ‘Summertime’. In May, The Joan will take on a Latin flavour with ‘From Tango to Mambo – Latin American Music for Two Pianos’. Acclaimed young pianist Zubin Kanga and Latin American music specialist Daniel Rojas will give audiences a night of rhythm, passion and colour. July will bring engaging performer Piers Lane to the stage with music from

some of the greats of classical piano music, including Mozart, Chopin and Beethoven. The series will be rounded out with a stunning display of piano music. In October six grand pianos will be brought to life by some of Australia’s finest pianists including Stephanie McCallum, Ian Munro, Clemens Leske, Gabriella Smart, Tamara Cislowska, and Neal Peres Da Costa. Each concert will be followed by a post show reception that will give audiences the chance to enjoy complimentary wine, cheese and crackers while having the opportunity to meet these talented artists. For more information on The Joan’s 2015 Richard Bonynge Piano Series, visit www.thejoan.com.au. Tickets for each performance range from $30-$55. To book call 4723 7600.

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f you’re after a celebration with a twist then head to the launch of Host a Murder at King Henry’s Court on Sunday, March 8. This murder mystery game will have a Shakespeare theme and is titled ‘The Maiming of The Shrew’. Attendees will be invited to dine with William Sheepspear and his wife Katheter de Vane at the Glib Theatre on the 12th night before Christmas. Each person will be given a Shakespearian character to play for the afternoon as they try to figure out which one of the suspects is guilty of murder. With characters that include Lady MacDeth, Gridlock the Merchant of Tennis and Mary Queen of Schnapps it’s clear that this event is going to be a whole lot of fun. Set in an old church, King Henry’s Court provides the perfect atmosphere for this intriguing game of who done it. Bookings must be made by Thursday, March 5 so get in quick for this afternoon of mystery and fun! If you’re a veteran of Host a Murder events, you’ll love this fun new twist at an iconic Penrith venue. If you’ve never participated before,

you’re in for some real fun with lots of surprises in store. ‘The Maiming of The Shrew’ Host A Murder will be on at King Henry’s Court on Sunday, March 8 from 3.30pm to 6.30pm. The game will be played over high tea and the cost is $65 per person. For more information call Peter on 0402 299 956 or visit www.hostamurder.com. au.

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oundproofed have certainly made a name for themselves on the local music scene. The pop and rock anthems party band have been entertaining audiences since 2008 with their repertoire that covers everything from the 80’s to current hits. Come Friday, February 27 Soundproofed will be bringing the house down once again when they play a free show at the Colonial Hotel. Speaking to frontwoman Lo, who does a killer rendition of Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’, it’s clear the band love playing local venues. “Our guitarist is a local boy and has grown up in the area. The music scene has always been great in Penrith, live music always gets support from the Penrith punters,” she said. No matter what age you are or what music style you enjoy there’s plenty to love about Soundproofed, who play everything from ‘I’m A Believer’ through to tracks from current stars like Sia and David Guetta.

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Ê Channel Nine has been announced as official broadcaster of football’s International Champions Cup, taking place in Australia this July. Nine will broadcast live games between Real Madrid, Manchester City and AS Roma as well as both the Liverpool FC matches against A-League teams Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United. Ê ‘Modern Family’ has this week in the US aired an episode shot entirely on iPhones and iPads. The episode titled ‘Connection Lost’ begins on the laptop screen of Claire Dunphy, who sits in an airport waiting for her flight. It becomes apparent very quickly that she is struggling to find her daughter Haley after a fight. Before long, the screen is filled with text messages, emails and FaceTime video chats with the rest of the family. Sounds cool! Ê Australia Post has released limited edition stamps marking the 30th anniversary of ‘Neighbours’. The stamps, which feature characters Susan Kennedy, Toadfish and Harold Bishop, are available at participating post offices, via mail order or online. Ê

ABC’s ‘Lateline’ is returning with a fresh new format

on Monday, March 9 to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Hosted by Emma Alberici and Tony Jones, ‘Lateline’ will air on ABC News 24 at 9.30pm and again on ABC TV at 10.30pm. It’s set to feature interviews, stories and investigations, with less of its news bulletin element.

Ê Donald Trump’s ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ has been renewed for a 15th season. The latest series just wrapped in the US but still has a few weeks to go here on Arena. ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ is one of my alltime favourite reality shows, it’s done so well every time. Ê The Comedy Channel will air the 40th anniversary episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’ this Saturday, February 28 at 7.30pm. The three hour episode, which went to air to rave reviews in the US last week, features special guests, music superstars and the return of cast regulars. Some of the huge talent to feature includes Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, Justin Timberlake, Tom Hanks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey, Paul McCartney, Kanye West and Taylor Swift. Ê Sonia Kruger will co-host ‘The Voice’ this year alongside Darren McMullen.


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n the 70’s hard rock scene there were four bands that made up ‘The Big 4’ of the genre. This included legendary acts Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Uriah Heep, with the latter bringing their progressive rock to Rooty Hill RSL this March. These masters of hard rock/metal have earned a strong following due to their powerful live shows and diverse back catalogue. The band have sold more than 40 million records worldwide, headlined Reading Festival and Sweden

Rock Festival, and are still touring to adoring fans four decades on. During their most recent Aussie tour in 2011, which celebrated their 40th anniversary, the band played to audiences young and old and with Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes singing on their album ‘Relentless’, it’s clear that the band have a close relationship with our fair country. If you love your rock with a heavier sound then this is one gig you won’t want to miss. Uriah Heep will be performing at Rooty Hill RSL on Thursday, March 19. Tickets are $65. For more information or to purchase tickets visit rootyhillrsl. com.au or call 9625 5500.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Acoustic Soloist Venue: Red Cow Free entry, 4.30pm 4721 5666 Karaoke Venue: Penrith Hotel Free entry, 8pm 4721 2060 Social Darts Venue: St Marys Band Club $3, 7pm 9623 1211 Sips and Sounds Venue: Penrith Regional Gallery Free entry, 4pm 4735 1100 The Be-Bop-A-Lula Band Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 8pm 4728 5200 Koppen Terrace Venue: Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 8pm 4722 8180 Jalapeno Deluxe Venue: St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Unleash Venue: Fitzroy Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 4577 3396 Stone Venue: Australian Arms Hotel Free entry, 8pm 4731 3881 Abbalanche Venue: Rooty Hill RSL $20, 8pm 9625 5500 Get The Party Started - The Pink Show Venue: The Henry Lawson Sports Club Free entry, 8pm 9623 2119 Soundproofed Venue: Colonial Hotel Free entry, 9pm 9623 1384

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Live Entertainment Venue: Club Paceway

Free entry, 6.30pm 4721 2375 Greg Poppleton Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 The Nevilles Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Blackwater Venue: Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 7pm 4722 8180 The Frocks Venue: St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Chilli Challenge Venue: Fitzroy Hotel Free entry, 7pm 4577 3396 Manpower Australia Venue: Evan Theatre at Panthers $31.55, 8pm 4720 5555 The Searchers Venue: Rooty Hill RSL $20, 8pm 9625 5500 Mini Gras Venue: The Joan Free entry (donations welcome), 6pm 4723 7600 Jack Thompson Twins Venue: The Henry Sports Club Free entry, 7.30pm 9623 2119

SUNDAY, MARCH 1 Karaoke Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 6pm 9623 1211 Stephanie Jansen Venue: Terrace Bar at Panthers Free entry, 3.30pm 1800 061 991 Tony Williams Venue: The Henry Lawson Sports Club Free entry, 1pm 9623 2119 AJ

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Free entry, 8pm 4728 5200 Time Machine Venue: Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 8pm 4722 8180 M7 Venue: St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Endangered Species Venue: Australian Arms Hotel Free entry, 8pm 4731 3881 Mark Travers Venue: The Henry Lawson Sports Club Free entry, 7.30pm 9623 2119 Urban Stone Venue: Colonial Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 9623 1384

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DVD The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Rated M // KATE REID

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ picks up right where the last film left off. After destroying the games Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has been rescued and is residing in District 13. Unfortunately the Capitol has Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Katniss is reluctant to be the face of the revolution in fear of what President Snow (Donald Sutherland) might do to him. Eventually Katniss comes around to the idea and with the support of President Coin (Julianne Moore) she once again takes on the role of the Mockingjay, to save Peeta and give the districts the revolution leader they need to take on the Capitol. Generally film adaptations are

never as good as the book, and ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ is no exception, though it’s not too far off the mark. It’s a great setup for the final film but it does feel like the split into two parts was unnecessary, it would have worked better as one three hour film with an epic finale. As with the rest of the franchise the performances are solid across the board. Jennifer Lawrence is charismatic and leads the cast with confidence, though her facial expressions can sometimes border on comical. ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ is an enjoyable film but the best of the action is yet to come.

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Jupiter Ascending

Rated M // STEPHEN BISSET Writer/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski are back with a visually stunning sci-fi epic that, while strong on style, offers very little in terms of substance. Mila Kunis stars as Jupiter Jones – a lowly house cleaner on a futuristic Earth who, in what has to be one of the most clichéd sci fi tropes in cinematic history, discovers that she is in fact a space princess who is the only thing stopping humanity from ultimate destruction, thanks to an icky human harvesting program that sees people turned into a liquid that alien overlords use to keep their skin looking youthful. Kind of like an intergalactic Oil of Olay. This is essentially a B-grade space opera with an A-grade cast.

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different cuisines from French to Moroccan to Asian inspired options from the Tunisian eggs, to French brioche toast or the Vietnamese grilled pork roll. The atmosphere is relaxed and open, with outdoor undercover seating, floor to ceiling windows and lovely vintage inspired cutlery and furnishings. After ordering one of the breakfast

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WINE LIST

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Luddenham Showground February 21 and 22

Everyone had fun at the show! The Luddenham Show was held last weekend and what an event it was! Over many years Luddenham has gained a reputation for the quality of its stage entertainment even being one of the first places a young Anja Nissen performed. This year was no different with some fantastic entertainment on the main stage. Locals who attended the Luddenham Show last weekend couldn’t stop raving about how great it was, with something for the entire family. Whether it was rides, checking out the animals, understanding the history of the event or simply walking around the beautiful showground, everyone who attended had a great time. The Luddenham Show will be back in 2016.

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GIVEAWAY

Le Noir – The Dark Side of Cirque

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here’s not many experiences more mesmerising than the beauty and athleticism of the cirque world. The newest show to reach our shores is ‘Le Noir – The Dark Side of Cirque’, a surreal, captivating and seductive show that aims to offer audiences an intimate experience that puts them right in the middle of the action. The show is set up around a circular stage which gives audiences a 360 degree view of some of the world’s best cirque performers, many of whom have toured with Cirque du Soleil. Acrobats, musicians, comedians and specialty acts will take audiences through this amazing theatrical journey at the Lyric Theatre, The Star. ‘Le Noir – The Dark Side of Cirque’ has just finished a sold out world tour, so be quick if you want to grab tickets to this show that brings darkness to the world of theatre. Tickets can be purchased through www.ticketmaster.com.au. The Weekender has five double passes to Le Noir to give away. Tickets are for the Thursday, March 19 performance. For your chance to win one, email the code word ‘NOIR’ to competitions@westernweekender.com.au and include your name and contact details. Entries close Wednesday, March 4. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPM/15/00066. Terms and conditions at www.westernweekender.com.au or Weekender reception.

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MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

Are you ready to rumble Rams? The Jupiter/Uranus trine sends a lucky opportunity your way but you’ll have to grab it via making a split-second decision … which is your speciality! The spontaneous stars also increase your energy levels, boost your impulsive side and amp up your impatience.

TAURUS

Resist the urge to coast along on your beautiful bovine behind this week Bulls. The stars encourage being unusually spontaneous, especially at home. Perhaps you could throw a surprise party or play gracious host to some unexpected guests? But strive to be extra sensitive to the needs of a highly-strung child or teenager.

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GEMINI

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

The Full Moon’s in Virgo, so your perfectionist streak swings into top gear and (in your eyes) it’s hard for you (or anyone else) to do things ‘properly’. If you’re smart you’ll lower your standards (just a little) and realise that perfection is an illusion. Jupiter and Uranus awaken your detective talents.

LIBRA

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

With Jupiter and Uranus spurring you on, it’s a terrific time to tap into your inner genius! Your mind’s buzzing with creative and innovative ideas as you talk, text, tweet, travel or study up a storm. Curiosity is high and you’re keen to broaden your mental horizons via communicating with colleagues, friends and family.

CANCER

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Romantic relationships get a welcome shot in the arm from the Jupiter/Uranus trine, so there’s never been a better time to fix a floundering marriage or find a fabulous new love. Have you got a problem that’s too big to handle on your own? Be proactive about enlisting the help, expertise and creativity of others.

SCORPIO

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

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Jupiter is jumping through your sign, and this week it trines Uranus which makes for mega-luck and awesome opportunities. But are you bold and brave enough to recognise and capitalise on good fortune when it comes along? Confidence is the rocket fuel that will propel you into exciting new territory.

VIRGO

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

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JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

You’re inclined to become obsessed with other people’s business this week. But here’s the paradox Cancer … the more you try to control others the more out-ofcontrol you’ll feel. Jupiter and Uranus encourage you to start concentrating on your own affairs – especially those of a financial nature.

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Your public life looks promising, as the Jupiter/Uranus trine revitalises your energy and enthusiasm for work projects, study or volunteer endeavours. But Pluto squares Venus mid-week, which draws out deep resentments, obsessions or jealous behaviour. Then Pluto helps you convey a powerful message with punch.

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When it comes to career, study or volunteer work, strive to make alterations that allow you to be more creative and independent. Perhaps you can change your professional routine, enrol in a different course or initiate a challenging new project? Don’t be too cautious Fish – fortune favours the brave!

There are some one billion computers in use around the world at any given time and 160 billion emails are sent daily. Would it surprise you that 97 per cent of those emails are spam? Technology is a wonderful thing, allowing us to communicate with ease, research facts and figures like those I’ve given you above, and manage our finances. Some people are afraid to use the Internet for fear of hackers and fraudsters, but if you shy away from advances in technology because of fear of the unknown, imag-

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This seems to be a hot topic amongst many of our clients at the moment. Should they elope and get married somewhere by themselves, or do the traditional thing and become husband and wife in front of their loved ones? I’ve had plenty of clients talk about their wedding plans with me while we discuss and design wedding rings. I get to hear all about the wedding dress (when the groom isn’t in ear shot of course), about the ceremony, the reception venue, theme, the honeymoon. I even get

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asked about special gifts for the groom to give his bride, and vice versa. It’s a lovely thing to be a part of. Lately, though, I’ve had a number of clients tell me that they are packing their bags and are off to treat themselves to a wedding / honeymoon all in one go. Eloping to somewhere amazing to get married together, just the two of them, a celebrant and a couple of witnesses.

I thought back to my own wedding, I myself am too traditional to elope. My wife and I had a beautiful wedding here in Sydney, in the same church as my parents, and loved every minute of having our family and friends there to celebrate the day with us. It got me thinking though – what drives couples to elope? For most it seems to be the high costs of a wedding. They begin looking into the price of everything once they become engaged, and then become overwhelmed at the thought of it all so they decide to tie it into a holiday experience. For others it is just that they are a mature aged couple (possibly with past marriages) and they see it simply as a formality between the two of them. Important none the less but they just may not want all the preparation that comes along with a wedding. I’ve also had clients tell me that they had such a wonderful experience on an overseas trip together that it’s where they want to say their vows, just the two of them at a specific location that holds sentimental meaning. All circumstances are understandable and there always seems to be a big party when they get home!

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Katherine

I have always been wary of the products that I use in my hair, terrified that I will one day use a shampoo or a conditioner that will strip my colour, split my ends and cause my hair to fall out in chunks. Any person – although women are more likely to be aware of this than men – would know the rumours that lie around certain hair products and certain brands. Some are rumoured to damage hair dramatically or strip it of all natural oils, leaving it dry and brittle, and while I would love to weigh in on the debate, the simple fact is that I have always avoided any products that are questionable in any way. I have used cheap shampoo, forked out $40 for a small bottle that lasts no more than a fortnight and for the long term readers of my column, you would remember that I have even tried conditioning before shampooing. Every time I am finished with a bottle I have to go out and try a new product, with fear I must admit, and I have never been satisfied. It could be that I am simply not an easily satisfied person – by nature I am always having to try new things and rarely settle on a product – but it is also because I have not yet found the product that I am truly confident is the best one for my hair. It has only been in the past six months that I have begun to look into using natural products. It started when a friend recommended I use witch hazel as a face toner in the mornings and evenings. I couldn’t believe that a natural product with no ‘miracle chemicals’ could work so efficiently and so, I began to gradually make the switch to natural products. I began to shop for natural exfoliators

and other face products but still, I had not thought of my hair and was continuing to do the rounds, picking up product after product from the shelves. My fascination with natural products led me to natural beauty store Lush, which has a huge range of shampoos that I very quickly took an interest to. My love of their products meant that I was so excited to learn that the brand has just released a range of Solid Shampoo Bars. I’ll admit, they are kind of weird to use,

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A daily ‘must do’? Take time for yourself. Even with a busy schedule, it is important to find something you enjoy and take the time to do it. Even if it’s simply reading a book or sitting outside for 15 minutes.

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How does fitness feature in your life? I have always been someone who enjoyed trying new activities and sports from a young age, participating in horse riding, gymnastics and dancing until my later years of high school. During Year 12 I joined Fernwood Penrith and I began attending 1-2 days a week. Once I finished school I went to uni to join the NSW Police Force and was first introduced to the idea of having a high level of fitness. I got a personal trainer at my gym to help me reach the physical requirements of the police force and have had the same trainer since. It was during this time of physical training that I realised where my true passion was and became more dedicated to health and physical fitness

This week Shane Richards has written to us with his usual enthusiasm and good advice! You couldn’t spend five minutes in a gym without hearing the words, functional movement (FM)! It seems every single trainer these days is telling us the importance of functional movements. But, what is functional movement and why do we need it? Firstly, functional movement can be different for many people. Young, old, job and environmental differences are just some reasons

Functional movement is important

What type of activity/exercise do you enjoy the most? I particularly enjoy dance style activities – Les Mills Body Pump and Body Step, Zumba and pole dancing. However, I also really enjoy boxing/combat style classes and anything that gives me a reason to get outdoors.

Top 3 tips for good health? Eat like our ancestors. This means eating high quality, fresh and organic foods in as close to their natural form as possible. Drink water! This one seems basic but so many people get it wrong. Our body is approximately 60 per cent water so drink

Freestyle – My business ‘Feel It Fitness’ I began this business in September 2014 offering a range of classes to suit all age groups, lifestyles and fitness levels. I work with you to develop programs and classes with your goals as the priority. For further information or to contact me, visit www.feelitfitness.com.au.

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why FM can be so varied. Take for example your stay at home mum or dad. They will have a lot of duties and tasks to complete in a typical day. So, movements they do in the gym should help them to complete these duties and tasks. Then, you have someone who spends a lot of time in a job where they experience ‘death by chair’. Which

means they are seated basically all day and usually are limited in movement. These two people need plenty of ‘functional movements’ in their training to help balance out their very different days. Stretching and strengthening programs should be well constructed to either A) provide stimulus to muscle groups that are dormant and weaker and B) help to strengthen or stretch muscles and joints that are used throughout the day. Your stay at home mum or dad will use their lower backs a lot, picking things up, fixing things, reaching, bending, pushing, pulling, lifting and twisting all day long. Whereas a person who is confined to the desk will have a swivel chair and may only ever look forward at their computer and have everything within an arm’s reach. Different people, different days, different movement needs! In short, functional movement is extremely important due to one major factor. We all have different needs and functions therefore different movement requirements. Is it needed? Well this is simple. YES! We need it to be awesome at life. Stay functional, people... in health and happiness!

and decided that this was the career I wanted to pursue further. I dropped out of university and enrolled into the Certificate III in Fitness. By September 2014, I had begun my own business ‘Feel It Fitness’ and I am now dedicated to constantly improving myself both physically and mentally while guiding and helping others to do the same.

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Biggest health/fitness misconception? I think that one of the biggest misconceptions is that you have to make big changes in order to see big results. Big changes are sometimes harder to stick with long term. Often it can be the small changes that will have the greatest impact and can be the most important. Start off small and gradually build yourself up to achieve bigger results.

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up. My third tip is to simply rest. While an active lifestyle is healthy, our body still needs to recover in order to improve.

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Nicole

McMillan PET HEALTH

Dealing with lice in children is something that many parents are familiar with. Are pets at risk of catching lice? The short answer is no. Thankfully, lice are speciesspecific. This means that there is a different species of lice for each different animal. Human lice only live on humans and dog lice only live on dogs. Therefore if your child comes home with a diagnosis of lice, your dog, cat or other pets are not at risk from catching lice. Conversely, if your pets have lice, they are not contagious to humans. Lice in dogs and cats is very

Can your pet catch head lice?

Practice owner of Coreen Avenue Veterinary Clinic and the Western Sydney Cat Hospital

rare. However, we do often see a few other creepy crawlies including demodex mites and sarcoptic mange (scabies). Scabies is caused by a mite and is a highly contagious skin parasite. The mites burrow into the skin and cause severe itching which can result in the formation of scabs and hair loss. Symptoms are most common around the ears, elbows, hocks, abdomen and chest.

It can be difficult to diagnose and diagnosis is usually based of symptoms and risk. Scabies is zoonotic; this means that scabies can be contagious to humans. However, after the dog has been treated, symptoms on humans usually disappear as humans are only a transient host of this parasite. Although we do sometimes see scabies, it is not a very common parasite in this part of Australia. Another external parasite that we very commonly see is another mite called Demodex. This mite actually lives inside the skin of most animals in very small numbers. In some animals, such as very young puppies and pets with poor immune systems, the mites that usually live in the skin can multiply and start to cause disease. Animals that have generalised demodex will often be very itchy, have hair loss and have secondary skin infection. Diagnosis is based off a simple test called a skin scrape where your veterinarian should be able to visualise the mites under the microscope. Treatment can be prolonged but most animals do make a fully recovery. External parasites, such as the mites that we have discussed as well as fleas are common in pets. Luckily, the ones that we see often can’t be transmitted to humans.

Rev John

Lavender RELIGION

In recent times politicians from all sides have come in for a bit of a hammering. As we look back in history, we see that this has not always been the story as some politicians have stood out as men and women who have made a significant, positive impact in our world. One such politician was William Wilberforce. Wilberforce was elected to the British Parliament in 1780. After a self confessed slow start to his political life, during the Easter of 1786, Wilberforce experienced the transforming grace of God; his heart

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of slavery. Wilberforce wrote of slavery as something “So enormous, so dreadful... that I would never rest until I had effected its abolition”. Sadly, because of vested interests, entrenched bigotry and his own poor health, it would take many years to bring slavery to an end, as one historian wrote, “one of the turning events in world history”. The second cause Wilberforce fought to turn around was the reform of the conditions of the poor and needy. Wilberforce gave away onequarter of his annual income to the poor. He fought on behalf of chimney sweeps, single mothers and orphans and he founded numerous organisations, all with the goal of the betterment of society. Quite a remarkable man, a man transformed and renewed by the amazing grace of God shown to us in Jesus.

was “swelling with the song of praise and thanksgiving to God”. He was simply amazed by the grace of God as he came to understand the kindness and forgiveness God had shown him in Jesus. God’s grace transformed Wilberforce’s life, turning around his political motivation with two great causes holding his attention. The first was the abolition

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layers from the Greater Western Sydney Giants were in town this week to chat with local school kids and play a bit of Aussie Rules football with none other than Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler. On Tuesday, Giants players Jack Steele,

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Tim Mohr, Jeremy Finlayson and Tom Downie visited kids at Emu Heights Public School and girls from Penrith Anglican College to chat all things AFL. They also visited Penrith Council for a meet and greet with Cr Fowler. “We chatted with the kids about how we got to where we are and what we do on a daily basis,” Steele told the Weekender. The 19-year-old, who joined the club in

the off-season, said most kids in the area had heard of the Giants despite Penrith being predominantly a rugby league city. “The area is very rugby league dominated but there is the odd kid that plays AFL who also encourages his mates to play also,” Steele said. “I was one of those kids myself back in Canberra, so you can certainly tell the Giants are making an impact.”

The Giants’ 2015 pre-season campaign gets underway on Saturday, March 7 with a match against the Gold Coast Suns in Blacktown. Steele hopes to put in a good showing during the pre-season tournament to hopefully earn himself a dream AFL call up. “If I get to play at least one AFL game this year I’ll be pretty happy,” he said.

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enrith Council and local sporting groups including Penrith OzTag and Nepean Athletics have teamed up demanding the NSW Government invest in the city’s sporting venues. Blair Oval and The Kingsway in St Marys have both been identified as key venues in desperate need of major upgrades including improved facilities and fields. Little Athletics NSW and Athletics NSW have acknowledged Blair Oval as a priority site for a new all-weather track while each week thousands of players take the field at The Kingsway in OzTag, touch, cricket, football and school competitions. Penrith Mayor, Ross Fowler, said Council plans to upgrade existing facilities at Blair Oval and The Kingsway to create a high class recreation precinct. “We’re lobbying candidates ahead of the March State Election and have also made an application to the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund,” Cr Fowler said. “The redevelopment is costed at $9.2 million and Council has identified $5.2 million in Section 94 funding available to put towards an all-weather athletics track,

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floodlighting, additional sportsgrounds, amenities and ancillary facilities.” Nepean District Athletics Progress Committee President, Steve Coffee, said the upgrades were vital. “We have been working closely with Council and Athletics NSW to make this happen. We have athletes who have to travel out of the city to train and we aren’t able to host major meets at our current venue,” he said. “We recently lost out hosting the 2015 PSSA regional carnival to Blacktown as the event was scheduled for our grounds last year and was rained out.” Penrith OzTag President, Jamie Howard, said their sport is being held back by space and lighting issues. “Our sport has grown incredibly and each week we have around 2500 players on the fields at The Kingsway,” he said. “The sport is becoming more popular but we can’t grow any further without more fields and appropriate lighting. “Already we’re starting games as late as 9.40pm to fit all the competitions in.” The push for better facilities at the precinct is one of 16 key projects outlined in Council’s Building a Better Penrith advocacy document, which was sent to candidates for the March election.

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ocal girls from Nepean District OzTag were the big winners at the NSW OzTag State Cup in Coffs Harbour recently. The U13â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side, which is made up of players from Penrith, Emu Plains and Mulgoa, went through the entire eight game tournament undefeated, with most of their clashes ending in wipeouts. Coach of the side, Nigel Olsson, said most of the girls have been playing together since they were nine-years-old and have developed excellent camaraderie both on and off the field. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why the team is so successful because the core of the team has been kept together,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole team is excellent and their strength is that they really do play as a team. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like eight girls playing as one when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the field.â&#x20AC;? Olsson has only been coaching the side since they took out the OzTag Australian Championships last year, and said he enjoys the challenge of getting them to play as a team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the only team I coach and I love it,â&#x20AC;? he admitted.

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Time for Derby to switch to ANZ he Sydney Derby again. Can’t wait, neither can both sets of fans, which is the mark of something special – how either side is going is rendered irrelevant. It’s all about those 90 minutes, it’s all about three points, it’s all about laughing at your mate who supports the other mob. It’s fantastic what it has become in a short amount of time, but the time has come to think on a grander scale. Each club should host one of the three derbies. One at Allianz, one at Pirtek. The other should be at ANZ Stadium. Football in this country is surely not at the stage where it can afford to lock fans out of games. You want tickets to be hot items, but not rare species. Of course it nullifies one ground advantage for either side, rightly both Wanderers and Sydney love to host two derbies a season for the associated benefits of raucous support, and financial rewards for filling your corporate boxes. So split the gate and takings from ANZ Stadium. Let Sydney FC have the eastern side of the ground, Western Sydney the western side.

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Given the form of the Wanderers and also the time of year, if this weekend’s game was at Sydney’s biggest stadium you’d be looking at a crowd of around 50,000. So perhaps make this the first one of the season, and the other two on a rotational basis year-by-year for who has the second or third. Fill the joint. 80,000 people at a derby. Split that between the two sides and

surely you make more, or the equal amount of what you’d get in returns from an Allianz Derby, and certainly a Pirtek one. The statement it would make about the sport would be far louder. This weekend will be great, 20,000 in that imposing atmosphere at Wanderland. But once a season, this game deserves as many people as possible in the ground, and not leaving people who want to be there searching desperately for tickets.

Tanya Davies MP, State Member for Mulgoa, visited the Penrith City Softball Association’s batting cages at Surveyors Creek in Glenmore Park last week. She was joined by Penrith City Softball Association President, Loretta Watts and three members of the Field family (Ethan, Demi and Keira) who play for various clubs in the Association. The visit coincided with the recent announcement that the Association was successful in receiving a $28,679 grant under the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership program. The grant is for lighting the batting cages. “I am delighted to once again support the Penrith City Softball Association with State Government funding of facilities at Surveyors Creek in Glenmore Park. These batting cages, and the lighting that will be installed here, will help players and officials really enjoy their recreational experience of playing softball in our community,” Mrs Davies said. Ms Watts was pleased with the funding. “Well-lit batting cages will definitely enhance the training experience of our members,” she said. “We conduct batting, pitching and catching practice for 84 teams which equates to approximately 900 players using our facility.” A number of other sporting organisations also received grants.

Bowls Mick Gilfoyle President of Penrith Men’s Bowling Club Terry Simmons presented a very professional approach to his Toastmasters job at Penrith’s Presidents Presentation Night last Saturday. Terry invited myself from the RNSWBA and Neil Workman from the NDBA as guests of the night. Congratulations to all those participants who were presented with their badges for the 2014 bowling season. Terry nominated Steve Harvey and Bob Taylor to receive the RNSWBA Merit Badges, Phil Horsley the tie bar and the two ladies nominated by the Ladies President namely Leslie Freeman and Jill McDonald to receive the Broaches. The two gents to receive the

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Crisis deepens at the Wanderers Popovic under pressure as Western Sydney prepares to face arch rivals this weekend NATHAN TAYLOR

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e was the most in-demand coach just a matter of months ago, now fans are calling for Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic to be sacked following the side’s 15th winless game of the season. Diehard fans are outraged that their beloved side isn’t performing this season despite reaching the A-League Grand Final twice in two seasons and winning the prestigious AFC Champions League tournament last November. Popovic’s head seems to be safe for now but there are calls to put former Wanderers assistant coach Ante Milicic in charge if things don’t improve. Milicic was Popovic’s assistant for Western Sydney’s first two hugely successful seasons in the A-League before he was headhunted by Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou last year to help mentor the national team. Last Saturday the Wanderers lost their 10th game of the season when Adelaide United beat them 2-1 in injury time. It was the second week in a row that the Wanderers had missed out on a result

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Wanderers coach Tony Popovic is under pressure. Photo: Melinda Jane because of the extra minutes. The Wanderers were reduced to 10 men late in the second half after Socceroo Mathew Spiranovic was sent off after receiving two yellow cards. This allowed Adelaide, who sit in third place on the A-League ladder, to go in

for the kill and, in the 92nd minute, they scored the match winner. Speaking after the game, Popovic said he was disappointed with the result and, once again, said his side should’ve been well in front after a number of good scoring opportunities.

“Initial thoughts are disappointment, of course,” he said. “I thought the players did very well today, away from home against a good team. “We should’ve been out of sight before the first goal – the game should’ve been over by then.” Compounding Western Sydney’s disappointment was the loss of striker Brendon Santalab early in the match to another shoulder injury. The 32-year-old only returned to the pitch earlier this month in Penrith following a number of months out with a similar injury. After scoring two goals in his last three appearances, it’s now feared Santalab’s season is over for good after his latest setback. This weekend the Wanderers could restore some pride back into the season when they meet Sydney FC for the final Sydney Derby blockbuster of the season. The Wanderers could be a little underdone heading into Saturday night’s match at Pirtek Stadium, however, after they played against J-League club Kashima in Japan on Wednesday night in the opening game of their 2015 AFC Champions League title defence.

Around the grounds BASKETBALL: The Penrith Panthers women’s Waratah Championship League side have lost their opening game of the season. With their highest profile star in Tahlia Tupaea missing with WNBL commitments, the Panthers went down 78-51 to the Bankstown Bruins. Best on court for the Panthers was Alicia Poto who scored nine points and four boards in the 26-point defeat. Penrith will enjoy a bye this weekend.

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CRICKET: Penrith are now out of the top six after going down to first-placed Manly-Warringah in Round 13 of the Sydney Grade Cricket competition. Playing in a two-day match which was affected by rain at Howell Oval, Manly-Warringah batted first scoring 179 runs. Penrith’s Josh Lalor was the pick of the bowlers with 6/75. Penrith hit the crease later that weekend and only managed 163 before being dismissed. Penrith’s John DiBartolo was best with the bat scoring 72. Penrith have just two rounds remaining before the finals to re-enter the top six. Their next match is a One Dayer against Gordon this Saturday at Chatswood Oval. BASEBALL: The Penrith Panthers have won their two semi final matches against the Ryde Hawks in the NSW State Baseball League.

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In Game 1, Penrith narrowly defeated the Hawks 8-7. Game 2 was no different with the Panthers winning in a thriller 2-1. Penrith will now take on the Macarthur Oriols for a place in the Grand Final. FOOTBALL: The Western Sydney Wanderers Y-League side have continued their losing ways, going down to Brisbane 3-2. The Wanderers will look to break their unwanted losing streak this Saturday when they take on the last-placed FFA Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport. Western Sydney remains in ninth position on the Y-League ladder. RUGBY: The Penrith Emus will play a trial match against Eastwood this Saturday, February 28 at Nepean Rugby Park in Cranebrook. Lower grade games will begin at 10.15am with the main game kicking off at 4.30pm. RUGBY LEAGUE: Round 2 of the junior rugby league representative season got underway last weekend with the Western Sydney Academy of Sport (WSAS) coming away with a win. In the Harold Matthews competition, Penrith enjoyed a bye while WSAS defeated Manly 25-14. In the SG Ball competition, Penrith also had a bye while WSAS lost to Manly 28-20.


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eething issues plus a number of quality players missing saw the Penrith Panthers men’s Waratah Championship League side lose their opening round clash against Bankstown last weekend. The Panthers went down to the Bruins 81-65 following the withdrawal of a number of key players including Ben Kearins, Angus Brandt, Madol Chol (Sydney Kings), Nic Pozoglou (NSW U20s) and Luke Griffiths (injury). Penrith assistant coach Adam Peterson, who was in charge of the side with head coach John Hennessy away on representative duty, said it was a disappointing way to start the season. “Bankstown were hitting shots, we weren’t, and we definitely didn’t win the foul count either,” he said. “We started the game with just eight players and finished with five… we had three players fouled out of the game.” Heading into the fourth quarter, the Panthers were only down by four points. However, a lopsided foul count destroyed their rhythm and gave Bankstown the advantage. “The season started early this year and we’re fairly underdone in terms of preparation. A

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lot of our guys are involved with the Sydney Kings and our coach is away with NSW U20’s duties,” Peterson said. The one bright spark for the Panthers last weekend was probably the performance by newcomer Svetomir Gavrilovic, who registered a double-double (16 points, 10 re-

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