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THE HEARTBEAT OF PENRITH

Summer of violence Frightening series of incidents over Christmas holidays

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enrith is facing a summer of escalating violence after a series of frightening incidents over the Christmas holiday period. In less than two weeks Nepean Hospital’s Emergency Department has dealt with injuries including two broken jaws, a fractured skull and a stab wound to the abdomen – all a result of street violence, and these are only the “serious” cases. Amongst the incidents, 19-year-old Alexander McEwen was conveyed to hospital with a fractured skull and his brother left with facial injuries after being allegedly punched whilst standing out the front of McDonald’s on Peachtree Road last Saturday. Alleged attacker, Corey Beard, was charged with a number of offences including recklessly inflic ting grievous bodily harm and the possession of steroids. In another incident in the early hours of Christmas Day, following a celebratory night out at a licensed venue on Station Street, a 26-year-old man was beside the road near Jane Street when he was approached from behind. In a “cowardly attack” the man was punched to the right side of his face and knocked to the ground where he was kicked and assaulted by two offenders. He spent Christmas in hospital with a broken jaw. In another violent incident, St Marys Police were called to the scene of a brawl at a Colyton oval on Monday night. Upon arrival, they found a 17-year-old boy with a stab wound to his abdomen. “The issue of alcohol-fuelled violence is not new and Emergency Department staff continue to see people presenting each week as a result of senseless violence,” said Nepean Hospital Emergency Department Director, Dr Rod Bishop. “Violent and alcohol-fuelled incidents come at a great personal expense to the victim and their family and there are significant health costs associated.” State Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres said that there is no excuse for violence, particularly alcohol related and assured the community that the Government is taking “strong action”. “We are targeting problem locations and venues by implementing measures that will be the most effective in those areas,” he said. Despite the number of serious incidents, the ‘silly season’ was relatively positive for local police. “They were very busy and were given some challenging experiences, which they dealt with well,” Detective Inspector Grant Healey said.

SHOP UPGRADE Cranebrook Shops may soon be set for a $14 million redevelopment. The site of the current shops, along Laycock Street and Borrowdale Way is owned by Penrith City Council and following a detailed tender and design review process, Cranebrook Village Pty Ltd was selected to undertake the redevelopment project, with big changes planned.

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Locals say no to co-payment proposal lans to charge an up-front fee of up to $6 for a doctor’s visit have not been well received by Penrith residents. The Federal Government’s Commission of Audit is considering a proposal for a co-payment scheme that would see families pay an up-front fee for a visit to the GP, with only 12 bulk-billed visits for families allowed per year. Whilst Federal Health Minister, Peter Dutton, has refused to be drawn into speculation about the Commission’s yet-to-be-released fi ndings, he said the Government is committed to maintaining and improving the public health system. “Labor spent a lot of money on creating huge health bureaucracies. The Coalition Government is committed to getting more of that money back to deliver and improve front line services for patients,” he said. But locals, Elizabeth and Karl Cook, believe such a system would only hurt struggling families. “I am a diabetic and so visit the doctor up to 30 times per year. $6 for every visit would be far too expensive,” Mr Cook said. Mrs Cook said she felt equally frustrated by the proposal. “Why are we paying taxes and the Medicare Levy? Th is would only affect families and those who are not well off,” she said. “Our son has asthma so he too has to be taken to the doctor’s regularly. No way would we support an up-front fee.

“If they raise the Medicare Levy by 1 per cent and include dental care, I’d be happy with that, but the GP should remain as it is.” The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation is very critical of any co-payment scheme. “We believe it would simply shift the cost burden onto Australia’s public hospital system, because many people would head to the hospital ED to get checked for routine or relatively minor ailments rather than paying rising up-front fees to see the local doctor,” said Federation Secretary, Lee Thom as. “Whilst we appreciate the co-payment plan is meant to be saving money, it should not be at the expense of ordinary Australian families who won’t be able to afford the out of pocket costs.” But some Penrith residents said they would be willing to pay the fee if it was going to be invested directly back into the health system. “I think it would be fair if it was funding health services, not if it was being used for revenue raising,” said local, Richard Spanos. The fi ndings and recommendations of the Commission of Audit will be presented to the Federal Government this year.

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Lessons of the past can help overcome a modern-day problem

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hen you choose not to get behind the wheel of a car after you’ve been drinking, what’s the real reason? Is it that you legitimately realise your reactions and ability could be so severely impacted that you could kill somebody, or is it that you fear getting caught? I’d argue it’s the latter. The consequences of drink driving are well known – potential loss of licence, big fi nes and even the threat of jail time. Then there’s the potential job loss and the impact on your family. The truth is we don’t get behind the wheel when we’re drunk because we fear the red and blue lights in our rear vision mirror and the potential losses that follow a moment of stupidity. Yes, there’s still idiots out there who drive while drunk but advertising campaigns and programs implemented by governments and police have successfully instilled in us a fear of getting caught. Of course, the same result is achieved as with less drunks on the road, there’s less chance of somebody being killed or injured by a drunk driver. Often you’ll hear people talk about the “old days” when people got behind the wheel drunk as a skunk because there was no Random Breath Testing (RBT). So, why was RBT introduced in the fi rst place? Quite simply, in the early 1980’s the Federal Government realised that road accidents were costing the Commonwealth Budget $100 million a year and that at least one third of adults killed in road accidents had signific ant blood-alcohol levels. The solution, the introduction of RBT, was obviously designed to stop people getting drunk and driving by introducing a fear of getting caught and a fear of the consequences. Controversial as it was at the time, it has been an enormous success. In NSW, study after study has shown that the introduction of RBT coincided with a marked and permanent decline in accidents. And it wasn’t because people suddenly developed a fear of killing someone; it was because people developed a fear of what would happen if they were busted. As we consider now the very real problem of alcohol-fuelled violence and unprovoked attacks in Sydney and even

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here in Penrith, we can look back at the introduction of RBT to learn some lessons from the past to help us guide the future. With the introduction of RBT, we tackled the core problem head on: the driver. We didn’t try to get pubs and clubs to lock cars in car parks, or to close earlier. We didn’t try to restrict sales of alcohol, or scan drivers’ licences when people bought a case of beer. We didn’t suggest people shouldn’t be driving at 2am, because it’s not what we did “back in the day”. Ever since the death of Thomas Kelly in Kings Cross in 2012, the issue of alcoholfuelled violence and unprovoked assaults has been a hot one. Not surprisingly, in the last few weeks we have seen a fresh array of incidents that have changed lives and torn families apart. They will keep happening, too. I understand why much of the argument centres around pubs and clubs and their opening hours. It’s an easy argument, after all. But the problem goes well beyond that and as others have pointed out, Tho mas Kelly and Daniel Christie were both attacked in Kings Cross relatively early in the night and not in a licenced venue. Just like when RBT was introduced, you can’t turn around and blame the pub or club because of an individual’s actions. What we need is a legitimate deterrent that makes people think twice before they attack somebody. Sentences like the one handed out to Thomas Kelly’s killer are so laughable that the message doesn’t get through in the slightest to the next guy who wants to attack somebody in a drunken moment of stupidity and rage. We will never stop drunk idiots from assaulting people, just like we will never completely halt drink driving. But we can implement a ‘fear factor’ that dramatically decreases the chances of incidents occurring. Just like anything in life, the greater the consequences are the less chance you will take the leap. Forcing someone to think twice about what they are about to do is the key step in preventing violence like that which impacted upon Thomas Kelly, Daniel Christie or Alex McEwen (who was assaulted in Penrith last weekend). It’s up to the lawmakers and the courts to step up to the plate and help make that happen.

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lanning for the expansion of a waste management facility at Kemps Creek is well underway, however, local property owners are concerned about possible impacts on their land. SITA’s Advanced Waste Treatment facility on Elizabeth Drive currently processes about 134,000 tonnes of waste each year, creating compost that is then used for local sporting facilities and fields whilst reducing waste that goes to landfil l. However, with growing needs for environmentally friendly waste processing, SITA is proposing to increase their facility’s capacity. “The project involves an upgrade of the existing facility to take 220,000 tonnes of waste per year. Th is means that more material can be recovered through recycling and composting, and less waste is sent to landfi ll,� said Ben Connell, SITA NSW Business Development Infrastructure Manager. “The upgrades include new waste treatment lines, new biofi lters and waste water storage tanks among other work. The upgrade represents a $49 million investment and will also result in 22 extra full time jobs at the facility.� However, land owners in Kemps Creek, including the University of Sydney, have raised concerns about the impact of the expansion, including noise and odour emissions. In a submission to the Department of Planning, the University said that odour was a concern for their

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reducing potential impacts. “As part of the upgrades, more activities will be moved into enclosed buildings so that they can take place under controlled conditions. Improved air management systems will also be implemented to help regulate air flow and minimise the potential for odour and small volumes of compost, ready for market, will be stored outside under cover,� he said. SITA is currently reviewing submissions on the proposal before a decision on the development is made by the Department of Planning.

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Fires under investigation: Two blazes in Penrith on Monday

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ocal police are investigating two separate blazes that occurred just hours apart on Monday night. In the fi rst incident, a Llandilo home was severely damaged by a blaze that police are not treating as suspicious. Police from Penrith Local Area Command are however investigating the circumstances surrounding the fi re, which occurred at about 8.20pm on Monday, January 6. “Emergency services were called to the house on Seventh Avenue, fi nding it well alight,” police said in a statement.

“NSW Fire and Rescue extinguished the blaze but not before it caused signific ant damage to the front of the home. “There was no-one on the property at the time of the incident and at this stage, it does not appear to be suspicious.” Just a few hours later, police were called to a second house fir e. Shortly after midnight, a resident of a home in Maxwell Street, South Penrith heard a window smash, smelling smoke shortly after. He ran to the front of his premises and saw the rear of his work van alight. Flames quickly spread through the vehicle and the carport before the roof of his home caught alight.

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fter being unable to locate a man, who is wanted on arrest warrants, police are turning to the public for assistance. 23-year-old Gavin Marriot is wanted by the police for breaching the conditions of his parole. Despite conducting inquiries to determine his whereabouts, the man is yet to be located, which has prompted the police to appeal for information from the public. “It is believed Gavin may be frequenting the Penrith, Kingswood, Bidwill, Merrylands and Parramatta areas,” a spokesperson from NSW Police said. Mr Marriot is described as Caucasian in appearance, about 180cm tall, with a slim build, brown hair and grey eyes. He also has a number of defi ning tattoos, including one on his neck that says “William”, and tattoos on his forearms. Police warn the public not to approach the man, but urge anyone who sees him to contact 000 immediately.

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prices for different suburbs, but for different house numbers seems unfair. To be quite honest I want a refund because my neighbours are all paying less.” When asked about the price differences for individual street addresses, an NRMA spokesperson said that premiums for their insurance products are offered based on the assessment and analysis of the risk an individual vehicle or property has to a range of events.

difference – despite there being no difference in road conditions. The same was discovered in Crowle Road, South Penrith, with neighbours experiencing a $230 difference in quotes, despite it being a quiet street with little variance. “The suburb where the car is listed is only one of the factors that contributes to a premium, there are many other factors that must be taken into account,” NRMA said.

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“There may be a change to the car insurance premium if the risk address is changed, as factors such as proximity to roundabouts, intersections or red light cameras among others are taken into account,” the spokesperson said. But the Weekender found that there was little consistency on Penrith’s streets. Homes on The Carriageway, Glenmore Park had a $90 difference between quotes, and on Coco Drive, Glenmore Park, a $260

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f you have a poor car accident record, you might expect your car insurance premium to be a little more expensive than that of your friends or family. But would you expect to pay more than your neighbours simply because of your street number? That’s the situation Glenmore Park resident, Samantha McKendrick has found herself in and she isn’t pleased about it. “I was fi lling out all my details online for NRMA car insurance but accidentally put the address of my next door neighbour in,” she said. “When I re-entered my correct address I found that the quote I was given increased by nearly $90. All the other information I supplied was exactly the same. “I then tried the house number of our other neighbour and found that they too received a different insurance quote, despite us all living on the same street.” Ms McKendrick contacted the NRMA to check if the information was correct and was told individual street numbers could change the premium on a policy. “The exact location of the ‘risk address’ is a part of the policy underwriting, and the premium is adjusted based on a number of factors including exact location on the policy,” the NRMA said in an email to Ms McKendrick. But the long time NRMA customer is unhappy at the seemingly unjustified discrimination. “I can understand there are different

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The following development applications have been received by Council: s Property Innovations Group DA13/1486 86 Canberra Street, Oxley Park Demolition of existing structures and construction of multi-unit housing development comprising 5 x villas with habitable attic space and associated landscaping, drainage and car parking works Contact: Hannah Van De Werff on 4732 7714 Closing Date: 10 February 2014 s Pretech Pty Ltd DA13/1481 127 Brisbane Street, St Marys Demolition of existing structures and construction of a multi-unit housing development comprising 7 x 3-bedroom attic style villas with associated landscaping and car parking Contact: Hannah Van De Werff on 4732 7714 Closing Date: 10 February 2014 s Property Innovations Group DA13/1488 137 Adelaide Street, St Marys Demolition of existing structures and construction of multi-unit housing development comprising 7 x villas with habitable attic space and associated landscaping, drainage and car parking works Contact: Mahbub Alam on 4732 7693 Closing Date: 10 February 2014 s Property Innovations Group DA13/1487 154 Brisbane Street, St Marys Demolition of existing structures and construction of multi-unit housing development comprising 7 x villas with habitable attic space and associated landscaping, drainage and car parking works Contact: Aaron Howard on 4732 7774 Closing Date: 10 February 2014 s Pretech Pty Ltd DA13/1451 148 Stafford Street, Penrith Demolition of existing structures and construction of multi-unit housing containing 5 x 2-bedroom villas Contact: Belinda Borg on 4732 7505 Closing Date: 27 January 2014 s Peter Calf Design DA13/1434 Penrith Anglican College, 312–356 Wentworth Road, Orchard Hills Increase in student numbers to existing school Contact: Pukar Pradhan on 4732 7726 Closing Date: 27 January 2014

INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENTS Penrith City Council has received Development Applications in respect of the subject properties. The consent authority for these development applications is Penrith City Council. s Phoebe Glanville – Leisla Design DA13/1453 Lot 441 DP 1092750 (No. 39–53) Jack Williams Drive, Penrith Alterations and additions to an existing industrial development to provide additional office and ancillary floor area

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The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the NSW Office of Water – Water Management Act 2000. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 13 January 2014 to 12 February 2014.

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Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council, in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the grounds of objection are to be specified in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA13/1453. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Jonathon Wood on 4732 7774. s Imam Ali Ltd DA13/1467 Lot 18 DP 30265 (No. 1247–1253) Mamre Road, Kemps Creek Proposed worship hall, amenities and car park The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the NSW Office of Water – Water Management Act 2000 and Roads & Maritime Services – Roads Act 1993 Section 138. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 13 January 2014 to 12 February 2014. Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council, in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the grounds of objection are to be specified in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA13/1467. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Belinda Borg on 4732 7505. s North Western Surveys Pty Ltd DA13/1477 Lot 111, Lot 110, Lot 179, Lot 259, Lot 260 DP 270417 (No. 18) Humewood Place, Luddenham Torrens title subdivision x 56 lots, public roads and 1 residue allotment The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the Department of Planning – Water Management Act 2000 Section 89, 90 & 91. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 13 January 2014 to 12 February 2014. Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council, in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the grounds of objection are to be specified in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA13/1477. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Jane Hetherington on 4732 8078. s Brenda Tripp DA13/1279 Lot 10 DP 615085, Lot 11 DP 615085 and Lot 2 DP 541825 (No. 1041–1117) Mulgoa Road, Mulgoa ‘Fernhill’ Estate Events – Staging of various events during calendar year for 3-year period for a maximum of 300 persons within existing buildings and grounds The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the NSW Heritage Office – Heritage Act 1977 Section 58. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 13 January 2014 to 28 February 2014. Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council, in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the grounds of objection are to be specified in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA13/1279. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Belinda Borg on 4732 7505.

s Angas Securities Limited DA13/1503 Lot 100 DP 717549, Lot 1 DP 569122, Lot 6 DP 173159, Lot 10 DP 615085, Lot 11 DP 615085, Lot 2 DP 541825 (No. 1119–1145) Mulgoa Road, Mulgoa Consolidation of 14 lots and subdivision of 54 Torrens title allotments and conduct events The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the Department of Planning – Water Management Act 2000 Section 89, 90 & 91, Roads & Traffic Authority – Roads Act 1993 Section 138 and the NSW Heritage Office – Heritage Act 1977 Section 58. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 13 January 2014 to 28 February 2014. Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council, in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the grounds of objection are to be specified in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA13/1503. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Belinda Borg on 4732 7505. s Brenda Tripp DA13/1505 Lot 2 DP 541825, Lot 11 DP 615085, Lot 10 DP 615085 (No. 1041–1117) Mulgoa Road, Mulgoa Symphony Concert to be held on 26 April 2014 for 3,000 people The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the NSW Heritage Office – Heritage Act 1977 Section 58. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 13 January 2014 to 12 February 2014. Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council, in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the grounds of objection are to be specified in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA13/1505. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Belinda Borg on 4732 7505. s Iplex Pipelines Australia Pty Ltd DA13/1480 Lot 2 DP 747153 (Lot 2) Hickeys Road, Penrith Riparian Landscaping Works (Nominated Integrated Development) The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the Department of Planning – Water Management Act 2000 Section 89, 90 & 91. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 13 January 2014 to 12 February 2014. Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council, in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the grounds of objection are to be specified in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA13/1480. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Aimee Lee on 4732 7429. Disclosure of Political Donations or Gifts Development Applications are displayed at the Penrith Civic Centre. By law, reportable political donations or gifts must be disclosed by anyone lodging a planning application to Council. Call 4732 7649 or visit www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au 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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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).

COUNTDOWN TO AUSTRALIA DAY AT PENRITH LAKES A spectacular water-based fireworks display will dazzle at Penrith’s Australia Day at the Lakes on 26 January.

Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler OAM said there will be something for everyone at the event.

The event will feature over three hours of free entertainment, including chart-topping DJ Havana Brown.

“It’s the perfect place for family and friends to gather and celebrate what’s great about Australia, and Penrith,” Cr Fowler said.

The act and fireworks finale will follow other attractions including Melbourne-born dance/pop diva Zoe Badwi, best known for her hit song ‘Freefallin’. Singer songwriter trio Mark Travers, Rose Carleo and the Voice 2013’s Simon Meli will also perform Aussie Rock classics on the day. A Despicable Me 2 stage show and Butterscotch’s Playground, hosted by former yellow Wiggle Greg Page, will entertain the kids.

COUNCIL BRIEFS s Another hot summer is here and Penrith Council is urging

Australia Day festivities will begin with a citizenship ceremony at Penrith City Council Chambers, to welcome new Australians to the region. Australia Day Ambassador Paralympian Erik Horrie will also attend the celebrations. For more information on Penrith’s Australia Day at the Lakes go to http://penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/ausday/

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and Twitter posts, follow the links on the home page of Council’s website at www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au s Don’t forget that until 17 January Council will provide extra residential bin collections. Residents can place all their bins on the kerbside each week during this period on their normal collection day. Additional collections do take extra time, so please leave your bins out until they’ve been emptied so you don’t miss out. Unit complexes with a collect and return service will receive extra

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PUBLIC NOTICE Intention to Repeal the Development Contributions Plan for ‘Footpath Construction in Established Residential Areas’ The purpose of this Notice is to advise the community of Council’s intention to repeal the Development Contributions Plan for ‘Footpath Construction in Established Residential Areas’, as resolved by Council at its meeting of 9 December 2013. The Contributions Plan is being repealed because the footpaths to be funded by the Plan have now been delivered. More than 3.6 kilometres of footpaths were funded by the Contributions Plan. The repeal of the Plan will take effect when a Notice of Repeal appears in 14 days from the date of this Notice. If you have any questions regarding this matter please contact Council’s Anthony Milanoli on 4732 8073.

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AMELIA PARROTT Newcastle Post Journalist amelia.parrott@newcastlepost.com.au

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s I sit down to write this piece in my Newcastle office, just two hours down the M1 a young man remains in a critical condition in St Vincent’s Hospital, the victim of an alleged one-punch attack. Out to celebrate the New Year with his brother on December 31, 18-year-old Daniel Christie was allegedly punched in the face whilst on his way to a Kings Cross nightclub. In an incident that lasted only a matter of seconds, Mr Christie hit the pavement, fracturing his skull and fell unconscious – a moment that undoubtedly changed the lives of the victim and Mr Christie’s alleged attacker, Shaun McNeill, forever. These acts of violence are not exclusive to the Cross. Penrith teen, Alexander McEwen, fell victim to a single punch whilst trying to defend his brother in an altercation with his alleged attacker, Corey Beard, a boxing enthusiast from Kingswood, in the drive-through of a Penrith McDonald’s restaurant last weekend.

And here in Newcastle, 23-year-old Kelsy Johnston is lucky to be alive after he suffered bleeding and bruising on the brain – the result of being knocked unconscious by a patron who allegedly hit Mr Johnston’s female friend in the face at a Merewether hotel last month. With more and more reports of alleged single-punch assaults surfacing in the media, pressure is increasing for NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell, to try the so-called “Newcastle solution” in Kings Cross. The scheme, implemented in March 2008 at a time when Newcastle had the highest rate of alcohol-fuelled violence in NSW, includes a 1am lockout at 14 venues across the city’s CBD entertainment precinct, no shots after 10pm and the closure of venues at 3am. Although the changes were initially met with resistance by nightlife lovers, nearly six years on it’s hard to argue with the outcome of the strategy. Recent academic analysis suggests that reducing trading hours from 5am to 3am results in a 33 per cent reduction in alcohol related assaults and a 26 per cent decrease in related hospital emergency department admissions. In Newcastle specifically, there were nearly 200 fewer assaults in the fi rst 18

months after the scheme launched. There is no doubt that the Newcastle solution has improved safety in the Newcastle CBD at night, but it must be noted the city is by no means trouble free and venues operating under the scheme have regularly appeared on the list of the state’s most violent venues since 2009. Moving between venues on a night out, young men will often exchange loaded remarks, looking to start a fight, and blanket closing times mean that come 3am, as venues shut their doors and well-oiled revelers spill out onto the streets, taxi ranks can become an obvious breeding ground for tension as groups, keen to get home after a long night on the grog, argue over who is entitled to the next cab. The 24-hour McDonald’s in King Street, opposite the popular King Street Hotel nightspot, has gone so far as to hire its own security team on weekends to help control often aggressive customers with assistance from local police and assaults are common at the restaurant. The results of the Newcastle solution speak for themselves in respect to a general reduction in the amount of alcohol related assaults and anti-social behaviour occurring around licensed venues after dark and these results could be emulated in the

capital if Sydney was to adopt a similar strategy. However, if the State Government’s aim is to put an end to “coward punches” and change the current drinking culture among young people – where unprovoked attacks are increasingly becoming part of an average night on the town – the Newcastle solution should only be part of a wider, ideally statewide strategy. A strategy where young men are reeducated on the norms and expectations of masculinity and the consequences of their actions whilst under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. The State Government has taken positive steps in supporting a move away from the term “king hit” in favour of the far more appropriate “coward punch” but a change in vernacular is merely the beginning. It’s time for policy makers to make tough decisions and get to the bottom of this country’s troubled drinking culture before more innocent lives are lost to violent acts of cowardice and stupidity. What are your thoughts? Would restrictions like those in Newcastle work in Penrith or the Sydney CBD? Email your thoughts to news@westernweekender.com.au or Tweet us @wwpenrith.

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Rider hurt: Truck didn t stop after accident A woman has been injured after her bicycle was hit by a truck at Kemps Creek as she was riding beside the road. It was at about 10.20pm on Sunday, January 5, when the 26-year-old woman was riding her bike along Mamre Road. Police have been told that a truck hit the back of the bike, throwing the woman off. The truck continued along Mamre Road, without stopping to assist the woman. Emergency services attended the scene, conveying the injured woman to hospital where she was admitted to intensive care. She remains in a stable condition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The ‘rope’ discovered during a search of cells at Emu Plains last month.

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n a suspected attempt to scale the walls and fences of Emu Plains Correctional Centre, two inmates fashioned an 18-metre rope from their bed sheets but were caught out by prison staff. It was during a routine search of cells at the correctional facility on Sunday, December 29, that Corrective Services NSW officers discovered the rope hidden in a plastic bag under an inmate’s bed. It is suspected that two inmates, women aged 32 and 21 who were in custody for fraud and property offences, had been knotting together bed sheets for some time, hoping to make a New Year’s escape. “The New Year period can be a difficult one for

inmates, as it prompts them to reflect on their situation,” said Commissioner Peter Severin, who congratulated officers on foiling the planned escape. “I know our officers want to be with their families at this time of year, like everyone else, but in our prisons it’s business as usual, and that includes our program of frequent routine searches.” The women have been moved to another correctional facility and an investigation into the incident is underway. “As always, security and the safety of the community are paramount,” he said. The incident comes less than four months after four female inmates escaped from a transitional centre in Emu Plains. All four women have since been recaptured by police.

Shock find: Multiple charges following police search St Marys police seized guns, vehicles, snakes and sick pets during a search warrant at an Orchard Hills home. Office rs executed the warrant at about Midday on Monday, December 30 2013, at a property on Landsdowne Road. A semi-automatic rifle and ammunition, two trailers and a motor vehicle, and two snakes were seized. RSPCA officials were contacted to assist police when two guinea pigs and a rabbit were found in poor health. One of the guinea pigs has been euthanised. A 34-year-old man was arrested at the scene and charged for 13 offences at Penrith Police Station. Those charges include ‘possess unauthorised prohibited firea rm’, ‘possess unregistered fi rearm-prohibited fi rearm’, ‘not keep firea rm safely-prohibited fi rearm’, ‘possess ammunition without holding licence or permit or having authority’, ‘buy or sell or possess or control protected fauna’ (two counts), ‘commit an act of aggravated cruelty upon an animal’, ‘being in charge of an animal fail to provide vet treatment’ (three counts) and ‘goods suspected stolen in/on premises’ (three counts). He was refused bail and appeared in Parramatta Local Court on Tuesday, December 31.

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lack of parking, bumper to bumper traffic and hooligan activity are at the top of the list of problems local business owners have been encountering since the triangle park closed off the end of High Street. As a result, businesses are losing profit, with some threatening to re-locate unless something is done to fi x the issue and bring people back to the “forgotten end” of Penrith’s main street. Robbie Martin owns a number of affected properties on High Street and speaking for his 26 tenants, is calling on Penrith Council to take action. “What [Council’s] whole motive is about is revitalising the CBD – great, I applaud that. Th is initiative was good in concept however, misplaced – it is the wrong spot to have a public area park,” he said. “What I am really asking Council to do is review the current feedback and consider if there is enough merit to continue to trial for the whole 12 month period. A prudent and receptive Council would action something sooner rather than wait 12 months when more damage is done.” Mr Martin is proposing that half of the park be kept in tact, but with a number of angle parking spaces added in front of shops and the roadway put back in place, only this time as a 10km/h slip lane. He said that if a park were to remain in the space, amenities would be essential. For Judith Wawszkowicz, director of Pullman and Williams, located right beside the park, it is the lack of parking and the

traffic problems associated with the trial park’s current format that is taking a toll on her business the most. “We’re inaccessible. There is not a day that goes by that one of us doesn’t hear some sort of complaint from a client,” she said. “My main area of concern is the traffic congestion but also the number of shortstay car parks on the street has been reduced significantly. They are essential for professional businesses that rely on the delivery of legal documents at all times of the day.” Ms Wawszkowicz said that she rarely sees the park used. “I am not adverse to trying to improve the area but I just think that it is possibly not going to work as it is,” she said. To combat the adverse traffic conditions, Councillor Kevin Crameri urged Council to change the phasing of the traffic lights at the intersection of High and Station Streets. “The traffic is banking up because a maximum of only five cars can get through the intersection. And if the front driver is asleep, only two cars get through at a time,” he said. “We need to change the phasing of the traffic lights immediately – an extra fiv e seconds would make a real difference.” Councillor Marcus Cornish believes that changing the traffic signals will only create traffic issues in the other direction. “I have always been against this triangle park and I don’t think there is a solution to the traffic congestion other than removing the park, there is no easy answer,” he said. Council has had mixed responses from the local business community in relation to the park but will be continuing the trial.

Robbie Martin wants immediate changes to the triangle park on High Street.

have proved to be very popular,” a Council spokesperson said. “We are looking to have an independent review of the park to ascertain all the impacts of the park.”

“The park trial will continue as two months is not enough time to analyse the results and longer term impact of a park, especially as we have started our activation of the park through events, which so far

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we are not allowed to accept their enrollment any more. It is not the doctors or GPs that keep these records for us.� Whereas centres previously checked a child’s Blue Book signed by a GP, centres now must keep on fi le for three years certification from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register. “We are in the process of informing our parents that the new rules affect them significantly,� Mrs Gale said. Are the new rules too strict? Email us at news@westernweekender.com.au.

as polio and hepatitis B,� Dr Chant said. Owner of the Spunky Monkey’s Early Learning Centres in Penrith, Kareena Gale, says encouraging parents to vaccinate their children is a positive. “At our two centres there are only two children who are not fully immunised, so most children are already vaccinated,� she said. “However, it does create more paperwork for child care centres. We have to keep records of every child’s immunisation history and if a child misses a vaccination,

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arents looking to place their children in child care this year face new immunisation rules that could prevent their child from being enrolled. From January 1, a child cannot be enrolled at a child care facility unless the parent or guardian provides an offic ial immunisation record proving the child is fully vaccinated. According to NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, the strict, new laws will help protect children in care from preventable diseases. “Th is legislation puts the onus squarely on parents and guardians to either show proof of vaccination or provide an approved exemption, which can only be granted after counselling by a GP or nurse immuniser,� she said. “Th is will capture the parents who simply forget to stay up to date with their child’s immunisation schedule. We expect it will also educate those who are antivaccination.� If a child has a medical contraindication to vaccination, is on a recognised catch-up schedule for immunisation, or if the parents or guardians are reluctant to vaccinate on religious or other grounds, an exemption can be granted provided the appropriate paperwork is completed by a nurse immuniser. “No longer will it be left to child care operators to decide whether to enrol or refuse an unimmunised child. Th is new legislation makes it very clear what must


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Happy New Year The New Year is a good time to reflect on our community’s achievements over the past 12 months. Penrith’s Digital Economy Strategy, which is projected to boost the local economy by $420 million to $720 million every year, was launched in 2013. The groundwork was laid to create more local jobs with the Erskine Park Link Road and the development of the Western Sydney Employment Area, as well as the Penrith Health and Education Precinct. 2013 was also a year of accolades. A National Disability Award was won for the “No Boundaries” project. Penrith was named NSW Keep Australia Beautiful’s Overall Sustainable Council and the Heart Foundation’s NSW Healthy Community. Events brought many visitors to our city throughout the year, including the Bicentenary of the First European Crossing of the Blue Mountains, the Rowing World Cup and The Australian Youth Olympics. My wish is that we will continue to accomplish even more in 2014.

Christmas morning, I’m sitting down for a nice quiet cuppa and a quick look through the Western Weekender and I come across Dominique Carroll’s letter to the editor regarding the methadone clinic, which is being relocated to Mount Druitt Hospital from St Marys. Surely this is a much more sensible place to have the clinic than in St Marys especially for those who are sick and need help. I’m just surprised that it has taken so long to relocate it. How dare Dominique compare this clinic to a cancer clinic. People who use the methadone clinic are addicted by choice; yes, it is an illness but they are addicted because they use drugs. People who get cancer have no choice. Nobody will ever convince me that addiction is just as much a disease as cancer is. Brenda Povey, via email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

New bridge needed I have followed with interest plans to build a pedestrian bridge across the Nepean River from Penrith to Emu Plains in conjunction with the Victoria Bridge. I am astonished that no one seems to have given thought to a more pressing and important matter. Planning a new traffic bridge is urgently needed. I am someone who is passionate about Australian history and would not normally suggest that an old building has outlived its use. However the Victoria Bridge was built quickly and cheaply to meet the needs and fi nances of

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the government of its time and long before the car was invented. It is now time to bite the bullet. We need to build something that will meet our needs today and benefit future generations. Norman Casserley, Emu Plains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

diabetes and skin cancer, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of the local community. Bruce Mansfield Managing Director, eftpos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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In view of the fact that the NSW justice system is into making a spectacle of true justice, why not meet fi re with fi re? At each courthouse in NSW starting with the ones where such infamous sentences have been imposed, an electronic bulletin board is set up on the footpath at the entrance to the courthouse. On this board is the name, accompanied by a photograph of the particular judge who is presiding at that particular court on that particular day with his title and any letters after his/her name which he/she is entitled to display. Also on the board would appear the details of that judge’s last three cases; a brief summary of the offences, the name of the defendants, the verdicts and any of the judge’s remarks that are appropriate. Tom Salter, Penrith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

I am writing to thank all Australians who pressed CHQ or SAV at the checkout in the lead up to Christmas to support the eftpos Giveback campaign. You have helped us to successfully achieve our target to donate $2 million to Diabetes Australia and Cancer Council, as well as an additional $40,000 to Camp Quality. The Giveback campaign is now in its third year, continuing a tradition of giving at Christmas. Since the campaign launched we have been able to give back more than $4 million to a selection of worthy Australian charities. Diabetes Australia will use the donation to develop a digital platform and mobile application that will assist more than a million Australians with the management of the disease. Cancer Council plan to use the donation to fund their Shade for Secondary School Grant Program across the country, and last but not least, Camp Quality will use the donation to help improve the quality of life for children living with cancer. By pressing CHQ and SAV, shoppers helped us donate to these worthy causes. We were able to join forces to raise money and fight two of Australia’s most prevalent diseases –

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Justice system fails The latest unprovoked assault that has happened in Penrith is proof that the justice system failed to protect the community from these thugs when it handed Thomas Kelly’s killer such a light and inappropriate sentence. Robert, via email

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Cranebrook Shops may soon be set for a $14 million redevelopment. The site of the current shops, along Laycock Street and Borrowdale Way is owned by Penrith City Council and following a detailed tender and design review process, Cranebrook Village Pty Ltd was selected to undertake the redevelopment project. The proposed development includes a full-line supermarket, an additional discount supermarket and a number of specialty stores. The proposed ‘village green’ and associated landscape zone located to the south of the site will provide a landscaped focal point for the development. Construction work is able to be undertaken in stages to allow for continuous trading while the centre is redeveloped. The existing shopping centre was constructed in the 1980’s and forms part of a community precinct (community hall, community health centre, child care centre, and Barnardos Family Centre), which services the surrounding residential area. Council has received an application to redevelop residential space in St Marys. An application has been submitted to demolish the existing buildings on 144 Brisbane Street, St Marys, and build seven three-bedroom attic-style villas with associated car parking and landscaping. The works would cost an estimated $980,000. Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler launched the library summer membership drive yesterday (Thursday, January 9). Cr Fowler said about half of Penrith City residents are library members. “We are hoping to boost those numbers with our summer membership drive,” he said. “Joining the library is free, and if you sign up this summer you’ll get a free library bag as well as go in the draw to win an iPad, a pass to Penrith Whitewater Stadium, or theatre tickets. Our youngest new members will also get a surprise gift.” The summer membership drive runs until the end of February. For more information go to penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/library.

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he Federal Government has announced its intentions to reform the Disability Support Pension (DSP) scheme that assists people with a disability who are unable to work. Some 5,739 people in the electorate of Lindsay receive the DSP because they have a physical, intellectual or psychiatric impairment that does not allow them to work for more that 15 hours per week. But the Federal Government wants to review the system to “best reduce debt, ensure expenditure is sustainable and support people to work”. “The Government understands the importance of maintaining an adequate safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves, and is conducting a review of the welfare system to ensure there is a

balance between incentive to work and the wellbeing of an individual,” said a spokesperson for Social Services Minister, Kevin Andrews. Belinda Colombrita, General Manager of the Thorndale Foundation in Penrith that provides employment support for people with disabilities, says that reform in the sector is necessary. “Reform in our sector is inevitable to ensure that the people who need the support continue to receive the appropriate support networks or fi nancial assistance,” she said. “My concern would be that the system for assessment would not be suitable and those who are able to understand the system would benefit and those who may not know how to work the system would suffer.” To read the full story, visit our website at www. westernweekender.com.au.

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Excellent results for St Paul’s as school proves itself as an IB leader again t Paul’s Grammar School’s class of 2013 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students received their results this week, with excellent news for the Penrith-based school. Results show that International student, Sereibanndith Seang of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, was the Dux of St Paul’s from the class of 2013 with an IB score of 43 out of a maximum possible 45, equating to an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 99.60. A total of 17 students achieved IB scores of 37 or above, equating to ATARs above 95. Other top scoring IB Diploma students included Nicholas Coulshed of Mount Riverview, Lachlan Johns of Blaxland and Veronica Mitchell of Orchard Hills, all with an IB of 42 (ATAR 99.25). School Captain Susannah Hoff mann of Bligh Park and Sarah Smith-Wade of Springwood both scored IBs of 41 (ATAR 98.70) and Ryan Lin of South Penrith scored an IB of 40 (ATAR 98.05). Director of International Relations and Coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at St Paul’s, Antony Mayrhofer, congratulated the students. “The outstanding academic results of St Paul’s IB Diploma graduates reflects their excellent application to the International Baccalaureate Diploma over the past two years,” he said. “Th is has been a very special group of students to work with. They have been an inspiration to all those who have been

blessed with the opportunity to work with them. The dedication of their teachers, whose vast IB experience in the classroom, as IB examiners and in IB curriculum development, is unequalled in Australia, must also be credited with these fi ne results. It should also be noted that, as St Paul’s is the only NSW school to offer all three IB Programmes, some of these students have only known an IB education.” St Paul’s students have a long tradition of exceptional IB results with many scores in the 40’s (ATAR above 99) in the past seven years. Sereibanndith (Ben) Seang was stunned with his result. “I hoped that I would go well, but I am really thrilled to have received this mark,” he said. He hopes to study Medicine at the University of New South Wales or the University of Western Sydney having sat for the ISAT (International Student Admissions Test) for these courses. He follows in the footsteps of his family who practice in the field. “My family have always been involved in medicine,” he said. “My sister has a condition that she was born with that will affect her for the rest of her life. I want to work in a career that helps people like my sister, to shape improvements in medicine that contributes to new treatments and fi nding cures.” Ben came to St Paul’s as an International Student from Cambodia. “St Paul’s has a great atmosphere and learning culture. On my fi rst day at school I made friends who have helped me all the way through Year 11 and 12,” he said.

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experiences on behalf of the community, will give the public the opportunity to provide feedback and information to the organisations. It is hoped that the formation of the groups, which will be fully operational this year, will allow for health service delivery to be improved in the local area. “The celebration event marks a new era in the relationship between the communities of Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Hawkesbury and Penrith and their health providers,” said NBMML Chair Dr Shiva Prakash at the launch last year. “Health consumers will have a direct hand in developing local health services tailored to their needs.”

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The Nepean / Blue Mountains Prostate Cancer Support Group will meet on January 20 from 6.30pm at Nepean Hospital. This meeting is an open forum for members and carers who www.joshpyke.com.au need information.

The local sub-section of the Naval Association of Australia is having a Mess Dinner at Penrith Paceway on March 8. Black tie event with dinner and lots of fun. RSVP by Monday, www.joshpyke.com.au February 10.

Do you struggle with overeating? Are you female and over the age of 18? Would you be willing to complete a 30 minute anonymous, voluntary survey run by the Australian National www.joshpyke.com.au University? Email below for details.

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The Nepean Retired Men’s Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the John Lees Christian Centre (15 Evan St, Penrith) from 10am. Interesting speakers each www.joshpyke.com.au month plus regular outings.

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fter a hectic yet very successful 2013 which saw the commencement of capital works for the Werrington Park Corporate Centre (WPCC), a $28.5 million project jointly funded by the former Federal Government and the University of Western Sydney, PBA is looking forward to yet another busy year and some very clear outcomes in respect of several projects we started and will be involved with other partners including the State Government. Readers will recall that WPCC is a critical component of our flagship initiative, the Penrith Health and Education Precinct. We also expect further escalation in the status of PHEP through the soon to be released Sydney Metropolitan Strategy with announcements expected for planning for further infrastructure and services. Currently PHEP is recognised by the State a potential specialised centre. Of great interest to many readers has been the Penrith Progression (TPP), a joint initiative of the Council and PBA to stimulate both public and private sector interest in the revitalisation of the Penrith CBD. TPP has already created some interest in the market place and will go through its most important phase over the next six months or so. Th is will include a launch in early February of a registration of interest document by the Premier to canvass the interest of developers, investors, and business and community stakeholders in the development of the CBD. We also propose to work closely with the NSW Department of Trade and Investment on Government’s 2014 priorities for industry growth which includes targeted initiatives for western Sydney. Bijai Kumar is the CEO of the Penrith Business Alliance

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any business owners use the New Year season to take stock of their business and life in general. It is a great opportunity to set goals and plan for the coming year, and make changes where necessary. Hopefully when you started your business, you went into it with your eyes wide open. If you didn’t, it would not have taken you long to learn that running a business means you will need to sacrifice some blood, sweat, tears, money, time and so on in order to achieve success. The tricky part is maintaining some semblance of balance. You need to ensure that your sacrifices are not outweighing your success. The very fi rst ‘sacrifice’ you should evaluate is family time. There is nothing wrong with short periods of time where work has to come fi rst. But if you spend little time with family and friends and spend most of your nights and weekends working, you need to make some changes. Reflect on what is most important in life and work towards creating more, not less, time on that. Find a leisure activity that is completely different to your ‘work’ and make it a regular (i.e. at least weekly) pastime. Th is gives your brain time to recharge and will ultimately provide you with more focus and energy. Ensure that you take regular holidays, where you completely ‘switch off ’. Th is is critical now more than ever in the age of 24/7 access to technology. Evaluate whether your ‘normal’ state is one of stress and anxiety. If it is, you need to decide if a shorter life span (which is ultimately what extreme, constant stress results in), is worth it. Michelle Grice is the founder of Shel Design, a graphic design and web design company: www.sheldesign.com.au

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veryone needs to learn from their mistakes and have a desire to constantly improve to move forward. So I thought the best way to start 2014 was to recommend some ‘business hacks’ that any business person wanting to be successful or maintain their high standard, should consider. Learn how to delegate: There are so many things to do when you’re running a small business, and you may be getting caught up in tasks you don’t need to do. If you are a sole trader, consider the option of outsourcing. Promote your business all the time: Too often the task of promoting a small business slips to the bottom of the to-do list in the press of urgent tasks. If you want to attract new customers, you have to make promotion a priority. Plan often: Planning is vital if you want a healthy, growing business. Business planning lets you take stock of what worked and what didn’t work, and helps you set new directions or adjust old goals. Learn something new: What you choose to learn may be directly related to your business or completely unrelated. Learning something new will add to your skills and add a new dimension of interest to your life. Join a new networking group: There is always plenty of choice. Even sending your young staff members to events like Gen YQ can be of benefit. Give something back to your community: There are all kinds of worthy organisations that make a difference in your community. Put time for you on your calendar: Take the time to recharge and refresh yourself and include exercise in your life. Michael Todd – Small Business Connect Advisor, Penrith Valley BEC.

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he Productivity Commission has found that increasing the retirement age from 65 to 70 is a possible policy action to address the demands of an ageing population, but seniors aren’t sold on the idea. An Ageing Australia: Preparing for the Future, has found that Australia is facing a major productivity slowdown at the same time that ageing will start to make major demands on the budgets of all Australian governments. The population aged 75 years or more is projected to rise by four million from 2012 to 2060 and in 2012, there was roughly one centenarian for every 100 babies; by 2060, it is estimated that there will be 25 such centenarians. Peter Harris, Chairman of the Commission, said the best time to develop policies that address the

inescapable implications of ageing is while the issue is in its infancy. “It is a good time to start a debate and to float creative policy options,” he said. The report says the design of the age pension and the broader retirement system discourages an active economic role by older people, notwithstanding their far longer life expectancy. “It might appear that a person born in 2012 could expect to live for 19 more years after they reach 65 years old. In fact, it is projected that they will live for around 29 years after that age. Th is raises issues about optimal retirement ages, provision for publicly funded pensions and rules about access to superannuation savings,” claims the report. But National Seniors, the consumer lobby for older Australians, has hit back at Productivity

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Commission suggestions that the pension age be raised to 70. National Seniors Chief Executive, Michael O’Neill warned against raising the age pension age without fi rst tackling the issue of unemployment. “It is naive to suggest that simply raising the pension age will boost productivity,” he said. “Currently, older Australians want to work but no one will hire them. Raising the pension age without providing jobs will see older Australians merely shifted from one form of welfare to another.” Penrith local, Sang Cheung, said that ultimately retirement needs to be a personal decision. “The welfare of the person working needs to be considered. There are pros and cons to raising the retirement age, but it all comes down to whether the person is still physically able.”


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Seniors with mobile homes can relax even more with plans to add GST charges scrapped.

Backflip on tax plan: Relief for seniors with mobile homes

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he Australian Tax Office (ATO) has scrapped recent plans to add extra GST charges to mobile homes, bringing relief to thousands of seniors across the country. A 10 per cent increase in GST charges was proposed by the ATO but after feedback from the community, the draft ruling has been withdrawn. “Over the past seven weeks, we have been considering a range of submissions from the community and stakeholders as part of our consultation process,” said Tax

Commissioner, Chris Jordan. “We have carefully considered the legal arguments and practical implications and decided that we don’t need to change the existing GST treatment of these estates.” Mobile homes will continue to be treated as commercial residential premises, with the same GST rules that apply to long-term accommodation. “With the benefit of submissions, it is evident that while moveable home estates have changed, they are still similar enough to caravan parks to receive the concessional treatment. In particular, both involve letting of sites separately to the building,” he said.

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eniors who have newfound time on their hands have the opportunity to develop new or follow old passions with the University of the Th ird Age (U3A) Nepean Blue Mountains. The strictly-for-seniors organisation, aimed at retired or semi-retired local people, is gearing up for its annual enrolment day. With over 100 courses available, there are subjects from maths and psychology to arts and crafts or physical activities like

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yoga or bush walking. “Classes like ballroom dancing and line dancing make your brain work as well as your body – socially it is good too,” said U3A Curriculum Convener, Alan Lees. “Members sometimes send us comments and one man said that before he joined us last year he couldn’t do any drawing or painting but now he feels much more confident and is really getting on with it.” The number of members, currently sitting at 1,500, is expected to grow after this year’s enrolment day. The U3A enrolment day will be held between 11am and 12.30pm on Friday, January 17 at Penrith School of Arts.

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“We fi nd living here great… we’ve got the mailbox and bus stop right on our doorstep,” Mr Roots said. “We relocated to Sydney because of our daughters and used to have a twostorey home in Kings Langley before it got too big for us.” Mr and Mrs Roots have three daughters, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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ith the festive season coming to a close, many Australians have been left to assess the damage infl icted by several weeks of voracious eating, drinking and merriment. Of concern to health experts is the number of Australians turning to quick-fi x diets and detox fads, with little regard to the health of one of their own ‘natural detox centres’ – the liver. Your liver is your very own chemical processing plant. It receives 30 per cent of the blood circulating in your system every minute – performing chemical reactions to remove harmful toxins and distribute and store essential nutrients. And amongst roughly 500 functions it performs for your body, your liver controls your metabolism. “Don’t think that there is a magic bullet that will

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Australia found that only 16 per cent of Australians consider diet a factor in maintaining a healthy liver. “Th is is a real concern. Alongside viral hepatitis, fatty liver disease is a common cause of liver disease in Australia,” said Helen Tyrrell, CEO of Hepatitis Australia. “Fatty liver disease can be caused by various factors. However, one-in-five Australians who are obese will have fatty liver disease even though they may not realise it.” There are many important toxins to avoid to help your liver function properly. These include excessive intakes of salt, alcohol, illicit drugs such as cannabis and cigarettes; as well as other lifestyle factors such as how much you exercise. Visit www.loveyourliver.com.au to discover how you can love your liver in the post festive period.

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ARIES

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MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

Rams can be selfish souls but, with Mars in your relationship zone, it’s time to put others fi rst. And with the Full Moon energising your domestic zone, roll up your sleeves and get to work around the house. It’s also time to talk about your goals and dreams for the future with family and friends. Be inspired by birthday great Dolly Parton: “I wake up with new dreams every day”.

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If you are proactive and polish up your communication skills then you’ll taste professional success, as Mars and Mercury visit your work zones. Looking for a job? Now’s the time to dive into the employment pool. Developing a second stream of income looks promising but you need to be patient. Most Bulls have a brilliant business brain so make sure you’re using it.

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With the Full Moon, Jupiter and retrograde Venus all stirring up your money zones, you’re likely to overvalue things… and overestimate your ability to pay off expensive purchases. So try to keep recreational shopping and online browsing to a minimum. A friend tells you something in strict confidence this week, but can a gossiping Gemini be trusted?

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

Break out the champagne! Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, and the Full Moon are lighting up your sign so the next six months is a fabulous time to study or travel, as you become more confident about your talents and abilities. Don’t be an over-cautious Crab though. Lucky opportunities will come your way but you must grab them when they appear, or they will pass you by.

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

You’ll be more philosophical and charitable over the next six months, as Jupiter passes through your soul sector. And this week will work best if you do something highly unusual for a Lion… try being the power behind the throne as you exert influence in subtle ways and resolve confl ict with calm cooperation. It’s time for tough Lions to transform into tame pussy-cats!

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Virgos can be very shy about trumpeting their talents. But, with Jupiter in your peer group/business contacts zone for the next six months, the more you get out and network, the more successful you’ll be in different facets of your life. Your motto for the moment is from writer A. A. Milne born on January 18: “You can’t stay in your corner waiting for others to come to you. Sometimes you have to go to them”. WW6508

LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Make the most of lucky career breaks that come along over the next six months, as Jupiter and the Full Moon stimulate your job zone, and mighty Mars gives you a confidenc e boost. 2014 is defi nitely the year to upgrade your professional qualific ations, expand your business or combine work and travel. A child, teenager or friend is keen to talk to you about a sensitive issue.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Jupiter and the Full Moon activate your adventure zone, so the next six months is the time to extend your Scorpio circle of influence and see what’s happening in the big, wide world. Foreign shores beckon as you expand your connections from local to global via travel or the Internet. But avoid making mountains out of molehills mid week when your emotions are erratic.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Expect domestic changes over the next six months, as Jupiter visits your home zone. Some Sagittarians will move or renovate; while others will travel [or relocate] overseas. Don’t be in too much of a rush though … make sure you do all the research and planning that’s required. As birthday great Benjamin Franklin wrote, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”.

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Coupled Capricorns, pamper your partner with plenty of extra TLC, plus surprise them by doing something adventurous together. With Jupiter still rambling through your relationship zone until July 16, some fl irtatious singles will fi nd love with someone from a different country or culture. Clear communication is the secret to a wonderful and stress-free weekend.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Mercury is zooming through your sign so you’re at your Aquarian best – and worst. You love to cause controversy but saying the wrong thing to the wrong person will just cause a lot of unnecessary angst. So aim to be innovative and interesting rather than reckless and contrary. On Friday you’re in independence mode, as the stars fir e up your desire for freedom and space.

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

With Jupiter (planet of abundance) and the Full Moon charging through your children zone, some fortunate Fish will welcome a new baby into the family in 2014. But communicating with others will be confusing on Sunday so don’t let a child or friend take advantage of your pliable Piscean nature. And be aware that your perceptions about a current situation may be wrong.

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


FITEC FITNESS CHAMPION

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Train hard, but not too hard

Top 3 tips for good health? 1. Drink plenty of water. 2. Balanced diet including fresh fruit and veggies. Fish is also important. 3. Try and do some type of exercise most days of the week. A daily ‘must do’? All of the top three I mentioned, people should really try getting some type of physical activity, even just for 30 minutes if that is all you have time for. If it gets you started, just aim for five minutes of something you enjoy, often once you get the blood flowing you realise it feels good and you will fi nd some more time to keep going. Biggest health/fitness misconception? Every training session has to be hard and at 100 per cent. Sometimes easier training sessions are just as beneficial. Also, I am a big fan of having recovery days, especially if you are feeling tired.

What do you consider the biggest benefit of being fit and healthy? 1. Feeling energetic most of the time and getting the most out of each day. 2. Meeting and training with like minded people. What type of activity/exercise do you enjoy the most? I enjoy all of the training for triathlons, as you are not just training for one particular sport. It varies with swimming, cycling and running. Each session is different and with cycling, you get to see some great places. The most enjoyable though would be swimming, particularly in the surf. How do you stay motivated when it’s so easy to just ‘take it easy.’ It is not hard to get out the door when it is nice outside. The only time it gets a little diffic ult is swimming in the middle of winter and the long rides up the mountains. But the rewards for being fit and healthy and my competitive nature gets me out the door. You also get to spend time with mates who are training alongside you.

And my wife likes time to herself so she kicks me out of the house.

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his week the Fitec Fitness Champion is Corey Chapman, the Penrith local who has represented our country in the gruelling Ironman sport of triathlons.

Anything else you want to say? Sure, a couple of simple tips might be: 1. Training with people, or groups of people makes training much more enjoyable. Also you make long lasting friendships with like minded people. 2. Compete in some type of events/ sports and that way there is another reason to train. 3. Don’t always pressure yourself that each session has to be a killer, have some fun during some training sessions, they can’t all be full steam ahead. Would you like to be the Fitec Fitness Champion? If you’ve got a fitness story to tell, or a background in successful fitness, contact david@fitec.com.au and you could be the next person profi led in the Weekender’s Life & Style section. Your thoughts? Email news@ westernweekender.com.au or write to us at Suite 2, 42-44 Abel Street, Jamisontown NSW 2750.

COREY CHAPMAN (Australian Representative)

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FASHION FIXATION

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by Katherine Tweed

I’m addicted to shopping, are you?

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ccording to the Oxford dictionary, a person with an addiction is physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance or activity. Other defi nitions describe an addiction as harmful and one even went as far as to say a person with an addiction is “enslaved to a habit”. Addictions are most often used in negative contexts, like an addiction to drugs or alcohol, but for me, addiction is the best defi nition I can fi nd that describes my relationship to shopping, specifically swimwear shopping. Oxford defi nes “shopping” as the act of purchasing goods from a shop, which is a defi nition I disagree with – I am sure they know better than I do, but for the sake of this column, let’s allow browsing to have a part in our defi nition of the act. Monday was my fi rst day back at work and when my alarm went off, I immediately picked up my phone and read my emails – and learnt that one of my favourite online stores was having a 20 per cent off sale. I immediately jumped on the website, despite having purchased a one-piece swimsuit the night before and began to browse. Before I knew it, I was running late and had sent my credit card details off in return for two new tops (it was a great deal!). I got to work just in the nick of time and when I opened up my Internet browser and accidentally typed in the web address for another Internet store, I knew I had a problem. When I am not Internet shopping, I am thinking about heading down to the local shops or planning what I will do when I will pick up my parcels in the mail, what next event I can wear my new outfits to, and what my

purchases match in my existing wardrobe. Is it harmful? No (unless I choose the wrong pair of shoes for a day-long trawl in the local Westfield), but it does cause significant harm to my bank account. Am I enslaved? Well, I do feel like I can’t escape the sales... Most people are against their addictions, doing anything to stop or quit, but I love mine. If I wasn’t in stores or browsing online, I would be doing nothing – probably watching stupid sitcoms or ‘Dr Phil’. My New Year resolution was to cut down on the spending but that doesn’t mean I can’t keep up the shopping – my addiction is here to stay, for better or worse for my bank account. Happy shopping!

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REALISED I LOOK FOR ANY EXCUSE TO BUY A NEW OUTFIT. THE PROBLEM IS, DO I REALLY NEED IT? PROBABLY NOT.

WAS DISCUSSING MY OWN SHOPPING ADDICTION WITH A FRIEND WHEN HE ADMITTED HE HAS A SHOPPING ADDICTION TOO – BUT FOR WATCHES! THIS SEEMS MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE THAN MY ADDICTION. HOW MANY WATCH STYLES ARE THERE?

Katherine.tweed@mediaview.com.au 4722 2998

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STAYING HEALTHY

by David Stein

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ack from holidays, and your children may have picked up head lice in their adventures! Head lice is a source of frustration for all parents. While the lice are completely harmless, they are irritating and embarrassing for many kids and parents alike. Head lice are tiny insects, about the size of a sesame seed. They cannot fly or jump, but crawl very quickly. They spread through close contact, as well as through sharing of hats and brushes. Head lice can only live on human heads and feed off blood under the scalp. Th is feeding is what can cause itchiness and irritation, but besides this they are harmless. It does not matter whether hair is long or short, dirty or clean, meaning anyone can be infested. Head lice can be hard to detect as not everyone experiences itching. The best way to know if your child has head lice is to use a fi ne tooth comb on wet hair and look for the eggs and lice themselves. The treatment of head lice can be very frustrating. As head lice are easily spread, your child can be treated and rid of lice, only to be re-infested again. You need to treat and kill the lice and eggs, and then take preventive steps to stop re-infestation. There are a number of treatments available, using both insecticides and natural herbal treatments. I am not convinced one is more effective than the other. However always use the treatments on dry hair. When hair becomes wet, the lice shield themselves and can survive the treatment. The dead eggs can stay stuck to the hair for a long time so you will need to manually remove them. Use a fi ne tooth comb and hair conditioner to comb them out. To re-infest, you only need a few eggs out of thousands to survive, so treat again after a week.

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

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A Parvovirus summer

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as your dog been vaccinated over the last 12 months? If not your dog could be at risk of contracting Canine Parvovirus. Unfortunately during the summer months we see an increased number of cases of this often fatal disease. Parvovirus is shed from the faeces of an infected dog, into soil. We can walk this virus into the backyard on our shoes. It has been recently discovered that other species can contract the virus and not be affected, but shed it in their stools. Flies are also possible carriers of this infection. Even dogs living in their own backyards are not isolated from this infection. Dogs that become infected with the virus will usually start to shed the virus within three or four days of contracting it, but will not be showing any symptoms. The y become ill within seven to 14 days after exposure. Unlike most other viruses, Parvovirus is stable in the environment and is resistant to the effects of heat, detergents and alcohol. Symptoms of Parvovirus can vary in each individual dog, but generally we see severe vomiting, diarrhoea (often full of blood), lethargy and inappetence. Th is can lead to severe dehydration, electrolyte imbalances and infection in the bloodstream. An often aggressive and expensive treatment regime of intravenous fluids containing electrolytes, antibiotics, pain relief and anti-nausea medications are given to correct dehydration and electrolyte imbalances and to make the dog more comfortable. Young, severely dehydrated puppies are at most risk of not responding favourably to treatment, and may die despite treatment effor ts. The best method of protecting your dog against Parvovirus is a full vaccination program. Once Parvovirus has been in the environment, thorough cleaning and disinfection with a parvocidal solution is needed. The disease can remain in the environment for up to 12 months.

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

by Nicole McMillan

by Martin Cominotto

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o how many resolutions have been kept so far? How’s the exercise every day one going? You say you “don’t have time to exercise”. Th is is probably the most common reason people give for not exercising; they say they just don’t have the time. Well let me put it to you this way: exercise is every bit as important as eating, sleeping and breathing! It should not be viewed as an ancillary part of your day, but rather a necessity. You probably don’t go a week without eating, and you should not go a week without exercise either. In fact, you typically shouldn’t go more than a couple of days at most without it. The trick to making time for exercise is to view it as a non-negotiable part of your day. Ideally, schedule it into your appointment book the way you would an important meeting or social event. Set the time for it and then make no excuses about keeping your exercise “appointment”. What you’ll fi nd is that the more you exercise, the better you’ll feel and the more addictive it will become. Soon you won’t want to miss your exercise sessions because you’ll notice a dip in your energy or stamina when you back off for too long. You need to place a HIGH PRIORITY on it and schedule your day around the exercise, not the other way around that most people do. Th is way it will get done and you will serve as a powerful example to those who you love. When it comes to exercise, there’s no time like the present. Don’t wait another day to get your program started. And please don’t use your age as an excuse either, because no matter what your age, exercise can provide enormous benefits for your health. If you happen to be over 40, it’s especially important to either start or step up your exercise program. Th is is the time of life when your physical strength, stamina, balance and flexibility can start to decline, and exercise can help to counteract that dramatically.

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NATURAL THERAPIES

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by Rev John Lavender

by Anthony Walker

How to live longer

Make 2014 a great year!

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PERSONAL FINANCE

by John Miller-Crispe

ew Years are about new beginnings, yet why do we lose the interest before too long? People determine to lose a few kilos but very soon it all becomes too hard. Why is this? The main reason is because they really are not committed to the task. I have heard it often said that the program is too dear, or I think I can do it cheaper and they proceed to waste money on a program that common sense should say that it will not, and cannot work long term – so they waste money, again. You cannot get slim and healthy by just taking a pill, no matter what or who tells you that you can. There are still Snake Oil Salesmen around to fool the unwary. The fi rst step in getting a leaner body is to determine what you are really committed to. Do you want a lean body or do you want a healthy body that makes you feel great, which also looks good? A person who is really healthy looks magnificent. The y feel great and they enjoy being alive. You could get to where you look slim but feel lousy and do not enjoy life and fi nd it is only transient, gone after a few months. Or you could follow a program that gets you fit and healthy and full of the joy of life – and stay that way. Which do you prefer? Work out what you really want not what others tell you that you should want and then go for it. Any good Naturopath can help you to achieve true wellness – vibrant health, dynamic energy, and looking the best you can look, and show you how to stay that way – for life. Now is a good time to do a general detox and get an assessment of your body’s composition – how much muscle, how much fat, how much water and where it is – inside or outside your cells; in short how your body is handling your lifestyle. Armed with this you can determine the best course of action that will lead to your achieving the results you really want and lasting change.

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elcome back everyone and Happy New Year! I was just thinking this morning how time fl ies. It is already January 10 and those New Year’s resolutions have been made and some probably already broken. Before much more of the year zips by, now is a better time than ever to reflect on your goals, fi nancial or otherwise, and check how you’re tracking against them. Even better is to make tracking your goals a monthly activity to ensure you’re staying on course to make 2014 a great year. As we all know with our fi nances, it’s not what you do once in a while but consistency that plays a part in achieving your fi nancial goals. People don’t generally wake up one day and fi nd themselves in a good fi nancial position, unless of course there’s a big Lotto win involved! It’s more likely to be the dedication and the everyday actions towards the end result that moves people from where they are now to where they want to be. And, just in case you didn’t make any fina ncial resolutions this year, I’ve made some for you; it’s never too late to make a change for the better! • Resolution 1: I will make a budget, and I will stick to it • Resolution 2: I will manage my credit card; it will not manage me • Resolution 3: I will reduce the fees I incur • Resolution 4: I will set up a savings account And, if you need help from your Bank Manager to set your fi nancial goals for the year make a time to visit them to discuss your needs.

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

A fresh start

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he fi rst miracle that Jesus performed was to turn 100 litres of water into top class wine. Jesus was at a wedding and to save the bride and groom some significant embarrassment from poor catering plans, Jesus performed this remarkable but yet fascinating miracle. When there were so many other things that Jesus could have done, this miracle seems so insignificant, yet, the Bible tells us that when Jesus’ disciples saw this miracle they “put their faith in him.” Why? Was it because they thought they would have a never ending supply of the best wine? Not at all! The Bible looks forward to a time when God Himself would hold a magnificent banquet, just like a wedding banquet, to which all people will be invited. It would be a banquet of the fi nest foods and wine, and it would be a banquet celebrating the triumph of all good things; the end of fear and death, an ongoing peace and satisfaction with life, the removal of guilt and frustration and disappointment. It would signal the beginning of a new era; a fresh start of new life with God that any person could enjoy for all eternity. When Jesus, at this wedding, performed this miracle, it was a sign that this new age had dawned, and Jesus’ disciples, those who had eyes to see it, recognised that Jesus was to be trusted and followed because he was the one would generously give this new life to any person who would come to him. What a great way to start the New Year by coming to Jesus and putting your faith and trust in Him! Happy New Year!

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

Reverend John Lavender can be contacted via www.glenmorepark.anglican.asn.au

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OFFERS OVER $649,950

Just Over An Acre Of Prime Land

Superbly positioned in the ever popular North section of Cranebrook is this vacant parcel of land that is ready for you to let your imagination run wild. The block has been registered and is ready for you to join forces with your architect to bring your dream to life. Imagine coming home to this wonderful location. Web ID: LEN10531

OFFERS OVER $1,295,000

CASTLEREAGH

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Your Castle Awaits

If you have a large or growing family and dreaming about park life acreage then you’ll love this huge residence. Set on five acres (approximately) this seven bedroom home also includes a study, vast formal and informal living areas, plus high ceilings which add to the spacious feel of the property. Outside there is a huge car garage/ workshop, lots of bench and cupboard space. Web ID: CRA10374

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4

6

20,234m2

• Seven bedrooms plus study • Large formal and informal living rooms • Four bathrooms • Large modern kitchen • Ducted air conditioning • Four car garage, double carport, workshop • Ducted vacuum

20,300m2

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

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

CASTLEREAGH

OFFERS OVER $1,250,000

Acreage So Close To Town

Wonderfully preserved this much loved family home will suit those seeking the acreage aspect combined with city convenience. Beyond the traditional façade is a three bedroom floor plan that is accompanied by generous servings of living space that is improved by the comfort of ducted air conditioning and huge carport. Web ID: LEN10796

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2

8

7,530m2

• Huge separate rumpus room • Ducted air conditioning • Double garage + workshop space • Covered car accommodation – 8 cars • Timber kitchen • Park like grounds • Front security gates

Cranebrook

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Penrith

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way

Lennox Centre

134D Great Western Hwy

5 Wascoe Street

7 Great Western Highway

91 Great Western Hwy

30 Mulgoa Road

429 High Street

4730 1122

4735 2121

4739 8800

4739 1111

4751 8888

4735 8888

4733 6999

4722 5000

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CAMBRIDGE GARDENS

OPEN HOUSE Sat 11th 12.00 to 12.40pm 35 Penrose Crescent

OFFERS OVER $599,950

Magnificent Masterpiece

Sitting pride of place on a large corner block, this magnificent family home awaits. Boasting seven bedrooms all with built in robes, four stylish bathrooms and separate living areas, this home has been beautifully renovated. To complete the package is a single drive through garage, large entertaining deck with cantilever pergola and side access. Web ID: PEN11309

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4

1

654m2

• Seven large bedrooms with built in robes • Four stylish bathrooms • Ducted Air Conditioning • Drive through garage and side access • Bar room with sink • Kitchen with double oven and stainless steel appliances • Large deck with Cantilever pergola

SOUTH PENRITH

OFFERS OVER $399,950

Right Here Waiting!

Situated in a quiet street, this home is ideal for people who are entering the market, or for the astute investor. Some of the many features and benefits of this home include a spacious backyard, covered decked area, a tandem carport and fantastic side access. Here are a few more key features of this lovely home.

Web ID: GLM10543

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1

1

556m2

• Three good size bedrooms • Split system air conditioning • Wonderful high ceilings • Polished floorboards • Spacious lounge room • Large dining area • Renovated kitchen

OFFERS OVER $369,950

KINGSWOOD Corner Block

Proudly sitting on a large corner block this three bedroom brick home awaits. Featuring two separate living areas, huge kitchen and main bedroom with built in robe, with a little TLC this home is perfect for the first home buyer or astute investor. With a single carport and ample backyard adorning the property, this home is brimming with potential. Web ID: PEN11310

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1

1

556m2

• Three large bedrooms • Two separate living areas • Corner Block • Air conditioning and fireplace • Sought after location • Large main with built in robe • Granny Flat potential (subject to council approval)

PENRITH

OFFERS FROM $375,000

Small Complex – Big Opportunity

With only ten other units in the complex you will enjoy a lifestyle free of maintenance. Located moments from the train station and the heart of Penrith you will be doing well to find a better example of contemporary living. Astute investors should also enquire. Why not take advantage of the exciting anticipated weekly rental returns on offer.

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2

OPEN HOUSE Sat 11th 11.00 to 11.40am 47 Fragar Road

SOUTH PENRITH

OFFERS OVER $429,950

Opportunity Beckons

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

You will be pleasantly surprised by the size of this much loved family home. With not one but two large living areas separated by the generous kitchen with open servery, this home is perfect for those looking for a little extra space. Take advantage of the large corner block by building a granny flat (STCA) and increasing your rental income. Put this at the top of your list as this home is sure to go fast. Web ID: PEN11306

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1

1

537m2

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

Penrith

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Cranebrook

429 High Street

Lennox Centre

134D Great Western Hwy

5 Wascoe Street

7 Great Western Highway

91 Great Western Hwy

30 Mulgoa Road

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way

4722 5000

4735 2121

4739 8800

4739 1111

4751 8888

4735 8888

4733 6999

4730 1122

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Web ID: LEN10791

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 11th 1.00 to 1.40pm 2 Downing Avenue


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OPEN HOUSE Sat 11th 12.00 to 12.40pm 60 Brougham Street

EMU PLAINS

OFFERS OVER $729,950

Brand New Executive Residence

Superbly crafted and completed with outstanding quality throughout. Four spacious bedrooms combine with an open and contemporary floor plan. Brand new and complete with ducted air conditioning, this residence will make you the envy of your friends. The double garage, three bathrooms, modern façade and approx. 600 m2 block completes the package. Web ID: LEN10793

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3

2

600m2

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

OPEN HOUSE Sat 11th 11.00 to 11.40am 23 Panorama Avenue

LEONAY

OFFERS OVER $599,950

Love At First Sight

Meticulously maintained this property offers much more size than can be seen from the street. In total there is the provision for up to five bedrooms combined with generous servings of living areas. The in ground pool and double garage completes the package. Located approximately fifty eight kilometres from Sydney and positioned on the western side of the prestigious Nepean River. Web ID: LEN10810

4

3

2

6822

• Four Bedrooms and study • Multiple living areas • Spectacular views • Inground Pool • Entertaining Area • Highly Sough Location

OPEN HOUSE Sat 11th 11.00 to 11.40am 67 Dartmoor Circuit

EMU HEIGHTS

$575,000 LEONAY

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Be The Family Favourite

The floor plan has been extended and now enjoys four bedrooms with a variety of living spaces. The kitchen, ensuite and bathroom have been updated and the creation of a study is a welcome inclusion. Car accommodation won’t be a problem with the double carport and double garage. The size will certainly surprise! Web ID: LEN10758

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2

3

629m

2

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

OFFERS OVER $549,950

Moments From The River

Generous in overall size this home can be adjusted to suit a variety of different arrangements. The floor plan allows for separate living areas, utility rooms and two bathrooms. The outdoor entertaining area will accommodate your social gatherings with enough room left for the kids and pets to play. This popular suburb accommodates a primary school and offers easy access to the motorway Leonay Golf Course. Web ID: LEN10778

4

2

1

626m2

• Located moments to the Nepean River • Ensuite + WI robe to main bedroom • Ducted Air Conditioning + Alarm • Formal dining + meals area • Three living spaces • Modern kitchen • Covered entertaining area

Emu Plains

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Cranebrook

Penrith

Lennox Centre

30 Mulgoa Road

134D Great Western Hwy

5 Wascoe Street

7 Great Western Highway

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way

429 High Street

91 Great Western Hwy

4735 2121

4733 6999

4739 8800

4739 1111

4751 8888

4730 1122

4722 5000

4735 8888

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ORCHARD HILLS

OFFERS OVER $1,250,000

Imagine Coming Home To This

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Resting on nearly 1.5 acres of prime land, this substantial masterbuilt residence will offer your family a lifestyle few can enjoy. Stretching majestically across a wonderful single storey floor plan, the home enjoys massive proportions. When this is combined with an extensive list of features you have the complete package to provide your family with a home to be proud of. Orchard Hills is popular for its rural setting and proximity to private schools and the motorway. With little opportunity to secure prime acreage this close to town, you will be doing well to find something better. Web ID: LEN10813

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3

5,590m2

• Massive floor plan • Five bedrooms + study • In ground pool • Ducted air conditioning • Covered entertaining area • Triple garage • Wonderful location in a prestigious cul de sac

OPEN HOUSE Sat 11th 2:00 to 2:40pm 31 Saddler Way

GLENMORE PARK

$604,990 GLENMORE PARK

Off The Plan – Exclusive To Jim Aitken & Partners

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2

400m2

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

$685,000

Blue Hills Masterpiece With Blue Mountains Views

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

4

2

2

814m2

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

Glenmore Park

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Cranebrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Penrith

30 Mulgoa Road

91 Great Western Hwy

134D Great Western Hwy

5 Wascoe Street

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way

7 Great Western Highway

Lennox Centre

429 High Street

4733 6999

4735 8888

4739 8800

4739 1111

4730 1122

4751 8888

4735 2121

4722 5000

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Situated in a prime Glenmore Park location is this opportunity to purchase this Liberty Regent off the plan. Built by Edgewater Homes you can rest assured that you are in great hands with one of the area’s premier builders. With open plan living, high ceilings as standard. With a display home available for inspection at Harrington Park (by appointment) buying off the plan has never been so easy. Web ID: GLM10534

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PENRITH

PENRITH

• 4 large bedrooms all with built-ins • master bedroom with spacious ensuite (double vanity) + corner bath + walk-in robe + parents retreat • formal lounge & separate study rooms + huge family room + powder room (downstairs) • upmarket kitchen + caesar stone bench tops + stainless steel appliances (gas) + dishwasher + glass splash backs • formal entry + porcelain tiles + r|c ducted air conditioning + ducted vacuum + video intercom • upstairs rumpus room + balcony (stainless steel handrail) + timber blinds throughout • double garage + internal access + drive thru access + remote panel lift door • double concrete driveway + fully landscaped grounds + concrete entertaining area + terracotta roof tiles

• 4 double bedrooms all with built-ins or walk-in robes & ensuites • gorgeous ultra-contemporary kitchen (Polyurethane doors + stone bench tops) Miele appliances + dishwasher + walk-in pantry • large open plan family & meals area (down stairs) + ample storage • upstairs living area with undercover entertainment area (glass balustrade) + kitchenette • massive wine cellar + r|c ducted air conditioning + ducted vacuum + alarm system • spacious double garage + internal access + remote panel lift door • fully landscaped gardens + river access + storage water tanks (grey water)

Exclusive River Frontage

Location, Size & Quality = Lifestyle

Created to provide a superb family sanctuary, this designer street to waterfront residence makes a statement in luxury living in a prized location offering exceptional space and style. Offering an abundance of A1 quality inclusions that you would find in award winning homes, call today to book your exclusive inspection.

This gorgeous family home “CLAREDON PARKLANE” has exceptional quality throughout. Starting with the contemporary colour scheme, flexible floor plan and the very, very best location. If you are looking for a property with low maintenance that will be suitable for your busy lifestyle then this property is a MUST SEE.

4

+ Study

For Sale: View: Penrith: Emu Plains:

APPROX

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4

600m2

32

+ Study

offers over $999,000 floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

For Sale: View: Emu Plains: Penrith:

APPROX

933m2

offers over $1,090,000 floor plan online 4735 6600 4722 2626

INSPECT: Saturday 10.00-10.40am - 58 Womra Crescent

GLENMORE PARK

BLAXLAND

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3 bedrooms - 2 with built-ins + utility | study room master bedroom with fully renovated ensuite + bay window formal lounge & dining rooms + separate family room galley style kitchen + dishwasher + breakfast bar + gas cooktop large internal laundry + split system a|c + separate toilet + gas heating + alarm single garage + internal access + drive thru access + fully landscaped gardens front | rear • large concrete entertainment area + side access + above ground pool • detached colour bond garage | workshop | office + fully lined + kitchenette + office + toilet • possible granny flat (STCA)

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Defined by its flexible floor plan, light filled interiors and stunning rear aspect, this spacious single level home boast, multiple living areas, large block and immaculate presentation throughout. With side access, detached colourbond (fully lined with kitchenette and toilet) garage which could be used for numerous activities, above ground pool, views to Blue Mountains and so much more.

Positioned on the high side of a quiet street is this lovely 3 bedroom family size cottage. Offering an open floor plan, large separate living areas, huge timber kitchen, loads of natural sunlight, and high ceilings throughout, plus air conditioning. There is an undercover entertaining BBQ area, a great size fenced yard, lock up garage and side access. Surrounded by quality homes, in a family friendly neighbourhood.

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3/4 2.5

For Sale: View: Penrith: Emu Plains:

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APPROX

666m2

offers over $519,000 floor plan online 4722 2626 4735 6600

Lovely Mountains Cottage

3 good size bedrooms with built in robes large lounge and dining rooms great size kitchen opening to a separate family room renovated bathroom and second toilet separate study | utility room undercover entertaining area brilliant fenced back yard lovely valley views close to shops, schools and station

3

For Sale: View: Emu Plains: Penrith:

11

APPROX

645m2

offers over $479,000 floor plan online 4735 6600 4722 2626

www.dukesestateagents.com.au

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OPEN HOME Saturday 11th 11.00-11.30am, 7 Bungalow Parade

Spacious Family Home

Home Sweet Home

With not a whole lot of properties to choose from in this ever so popular suburb make sure you book your private inspection to see this before it’s too late. Suitable for the growing family; there are multiple living areas and bathrooms.

Th is beautifully presented much loved family home features 3 bedrooms, built in robes, split system air conditioning, updated kitchen, large sunroom and a sparkling inground pool, perfect for the family on those hot summer days !

Located approximately fi fty eight kilometres from Sydney and positioned on the western side of the prestigious Nepean River. Th is popular suburb accommodates a primary school and offers easy access to the motorway Leonay Golf Course.

• Four bedrooms • Two separate living rooms • Ensuite and main bathroom • Updated kitchen • Large entertaining area • Single garage • Internal laundry

With a single car garage and double carport and well established gardens this home is ideally located, within walking distance to shops, schools, parks and public transport.

Emu Heights

Cranebrook

Contact Catherine Ball at Michael Ball Realty Penrith on 0437 322 888 or 4732 2888 • www.mbrrealty.com.au

Peaceful Views Th is renovated cottage will please those looking to downsize or those just starting out. Some features include timber floors, under house storage and the bonus of a second toilet. Current owners are happy to rent back if the opportunity presents itself. • Two bedrooms • Ensuite and WI robe to main • Wonderfully high ceilings • Renovated kitchen • Second toilet • Timber floors • Split system air conditioning

Offers Over $379,950

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

property

OPEN HOME Saturday 11th 12.00-12.40pm, 19 Glen Road

For more details contact- Catherine Ball 0437 322 888.

Werrington Downs

Offers Over $419,950

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

Offers Over $480,000

OPEN HOMES BLAXLAND Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 12.00-12.40pm

4A St Johns Road 17 Reserve Avenue

Jim Aitken Blaxland Jim Aitken Blaxland

CAMBRIDGE GARDENS Sat 1.00-1.40pm

2 Downing Avenue

Jim Aitken Penrith

CRANEBROOK Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 12.00-12.40pm

32 Tornado Crescent 48 Ben Nevis Road

Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 12.00-12.40pm

67 Dartmoor Circuit 19 Glen Road

Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm

60 Brougham Street 72 Nepean Street

Sat 10.00-10.30am Sat 10.00-10.40am Sat 2.00-2.40pm Sat 3.00-3.30pm

6 Iris Court 58 Womra Crescent 31 Saddler Way 32/47 Camelia Avenue

Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am

13 Cornell Street 23 Panorama Avenue

Sat 10.00-10.30am

20 Ceres Street

Jim Aitken Cranebrook Jim Aitken Cranebrook

EMU HEIGHTS Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains

EMU PLAINS Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains

GLENMORE PARK Michael Ball Realty Dukes Estate Agents Jim Aitken Glenmore Park Ray White Penrith

LEONAY Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains

PENRITH Ray White Penrith

SOUTH PENRITH Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 12.00-12.40pm

47 Fragar Road 35 Penrose Crescent

Sat 11.00-11.30am

7 Bungalow Parade

Jim Aitken Penrith Jim Aitken Penrith

WERRINGTON DOWNS Michael Ball Realty

Chartered Accountants

11 Tindale St Penrith

4722 3066

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Born to be a Panther

Bathurst bound The Penrith Panthers have announced Bathurst’s Carrington Park as the venue for an NRL home game each year for the next five seasons. Bathurst was chosen over other options including Tasmania due to its proximity to Penrith and the already established fanbase in the region. “We are committing to the community of Bathurst and its surrounding communities for five years, and the game itself will be a by-product of a whole raft of initiatives,” Head of Business Development for Panthers Group, Justin Pascoe said. “These initiatives will focus on developing the game of rugby league in regional NSW, focusing on the development of players in Group 10 plus the development of coaches in the region through a coach the coaches program.” A game for 2014 is yet to be confir med.

New initiative encourages very early support of NRL club NATHAN TAYLOR

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n an NRL fi rst, the Penrith Panthers have a launched an exciting community based initiative that makes your new bundle of joy an instant Panthers supporter as soon as it enters the world. The ‘Born to be a Panther’ initiative welcomes children born at Nepean Hospital into the Panthers football family with babies receiving a Panthers teddy bear, baby bib and beanie as well as a Born to be a Panther birth certificate signed by Phil Gould and coach Ivan Cleary. “We want all local children growing up supporting the Panthers,” said Panthers Group Head of Business Development, Justin Pascoe. “We hope this initiative creates a flow on effect, and we can also attract not just the newborn but his or her siblings, parents, cousins and whole extended family to support the Panthers.” At the launch at Nepean Hospital late last month, Mr Gould along with Panthers stars Tim Grant and Jamie Soward were on hand to witness the fi rst ‘Born to Be a Panther’ member, Adrian Salvatore, inducted into the Panthers family. “It’s a big honour especially being a footy fan,” Adrian’s father Peter Salvatore admitted. New Panthers five-eighth Jamie Soward branded it “something different” and an exciting venture the club was undertaking. “The NRL is always trying to grow their brand and do different things, and to become a Panther as soon as you are born

Board re-elected Panthers Chairman Don Feltis has confi rmed the Penrith District Rugby League Football Club Board of Directors will be re-elected unopposed for 2014. “I am delighted to acknowledge Executive General Manager Rugby League Phil Gould, head Coach Ivan Cleary, CEO Warren Wilson and Chief Operating Offic er Sue McNeill who are collectively responsible for the strong and confident position the Group enjoys,” Mr Feltis said. “Special mention must also go to Directors John Hiatt OAM, Brian Fletcher, Keith Rhind OAM, Greg Alexander, Denis Merrick, Dave O’Neill, Steve Robinson and the late Terry Heidtmann who have worked hard to get things right.”

Tim Grant and Jamie Soward with mum Hayley, father Peter, son Deacon, and baby Adrian.

is something different and exciting for the club,” he said. Mr Gould emphasised the importance that ‘Born to Be a Panther’ had on the community and the club’s commitment to connecting with it. “We take our role in the community

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Cricket: During the summer break the Penrith Cricket Team recorded a huge win over Sydney. In a one day game, Penrith batted fir st scoring 9/246 after 50 overs. Englishman Sam Billings was the best with the bat hitting a cool 92. When Sydney hit the crease, they were bowled out for a lowly 177 with Pat Jackson 3/39 and Ryan Smith 3/35 leading the way for the bowlers. Penrith’s next game is a one day match this Saturday at Coogee Oval against thirdplaced Randwick-Petersham.

Two-hour camps will be held on January 21 and 22. Full day camps will be held on January 23 and 24. They are open for kids aged 5-15 years. To book your spot call Jarrod on 4731 3252 or email participation_penrithbasketball@ people.net.au. Tennis: Young South Penrith tennis star Jay Andrijic won’t be competing at next week’s Australian Open as previously hoped. The 18-year-old has been out of the game for two months with a back injury but will most likely return later next month. We wish Jay all the best.

Ice Hockey: The Penrith Phantoms are on the hunt for new players in all divisions for the upcoming Sydney ice hockey season. Tryouts will be held on Sunday, January 19 at Penrith Ice Palace from 6.15pm.

Table Tennis: A Level 1 coaching course will be held at Nepean Table Tennis Centre at Woodriff Gardens on the weekend of January 18 and 19 from 8.30am to 5pm. The course will be presented by Cathy Townsend and costs $250. Th is includes ASC Beginning Coaching Manual/ITTF Level 1 Coaching Manual/ Participant Workbook as well as morning and afternoon tea on both days. For more information and to book call 8116 9712 to email mail@ttnsw.org.au.

Basketball: Holiday camps are about to get underway through the Penrith Basketball Association later this month. Basketball is becoming exciting again and what better way to spend some time over the holidays than to enjoy some safe and positive basketball activities.

If you would like your sporting results, club event or anything sports related mentioned in ‘Around the Grounds’ next week please email nathan.taylor@westernweekender.com.au or call 4722 2998. You can also Tweet us @ wwpenrith or logon to www.facebook.com/ westernweekender.

GALA DAY Saturday January 18 S 9am-12pm Children aged 3-18 years old

The Penrith cricket team celebrate a wicket in a recent T20 match. Photo: Fred Marzano.

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Baseball: Congratulations to Penrith Baseball pitcher Aaron Sookee who was last week named the Delta Airlines Pitcher of the Week for the Sydney Blue Sox in the Australian Baseball League. Sookee claimed the honour on the back of a stunning complete shutout game against Brisbane.

“We are currently coming second and I’d be disappointed if we didn’t qualify in the top four,” he said. “The boys are playing plenty of enterprising cricket and they’re sticking to it. If we can just keep on building we’ll be in the mix at the end.” Small credited his batch of experienced players for taking charge of the side and leading the way both on and off the field. “The boys have a good team culture happening and it’s more a squad rather than the 11 players who take the fie ld.” The Cats return to the pitch this Saturday to face the third-placed Randwick-Petersham at Coogee Oval.

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n a major pre-season shock, the Penrith Panthers have signed giant centre Jamal Idris on a three year deal, with the former Origin player to commence training with the club next week in preparation for the 2014 NRL season. The stunning signing coup was confir med on Tuesday when the Gold Coast Titans agreed to release 23-year-old Idris on compassionate grounds. He had spoken to the club on Monday about his desire to return to Sydney to be closer to his family despite having three years left to run on his contract. “I’ve enjoyed my time here at the Titans and I’m grateful that the club has favourably considered my request for a release,� Idris said. “For personal reasons, I have decided it would be best to be closer to my family as my mum has been ill for the past year and it’s been difficult living interstate. “I wish the club all the best and am looking forward to the opportunity with the Panthers.� Panthers Executive General Manager of Rugby League, Phil Gould, said it was a major bonus for the club to secure the services of Idris until the end of the 2016 NRL season. “I admire the way the club and this player have resolved the situation. And for Panthers, it is a major coup to recruit a player of such a high profi le and tremendous ability,� Mr Gould said. “Jamal will be a wonderful acquisition for Penrith, both on and off the fie ld.�

Brad Tighe tackles Jamal Idris at Centrebet Stadium last year. This season, both players will be wearing the opposite jersey. Photo: Melinda Jane.

But to make way for signing Idris, the Panthers have been forced to grant Brad Tighe an early release. Tighe will now replace Idris in the Titans’ squad. “He has been one of my favourites,� Mr Gould said of Tighe. “He is a truly wonderful person and we sincerely wish Brad and his family all the

best with the next phase of his career.� Titans CEO Graham Annesley said he knew he had to grant Idris’ request for a release given his family issues. “We are dealing with people’s lives and at times, we have to put the best interests of people fi rst,� he said. “Jamal has been great on and off the field

during his time at the Titans and while we’re disappointed to see him go we fully understand and appreciate his personal circumstances.� Idris, who has played one Test for Australia and a State of Origin match for the Blues back in 2010, made his fi rst grade debut for Canterbury in 2008.

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