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NO PUBLIC VOTE Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler says he doesn’t support Mayors being elected by the public, despite a new report suggesting it’s the best way forward. “Council currently does not support the popular election of Mayors, as it is possible for a situation to arise, which has happened in other council areas, where the Mayor does not have the support of fellow Councillors,” Cr Fowler said.

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iesel the Labrador has been saved from almost certain death after becoming stuck in quicksand-like mud in an Emu Plains quarry earlier this month. The dog had been crossing a tailings dam at the site when he fell through the hardened top layer of silt, becoming trapped and unable to move.

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weight, allowing us to move out over the mud to Diesel’s position and free him from the silt. “He was lucky to be discovered by contractors who were alerted to his location by his barking. If not discovered he would have certainly drowned or died from exposure.” Diesel had been missing since New Year’s Eve but with microchip identification, he was speedily returned to his grateful family after his rather sticky adventure.

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n August 29, Penrith resident John Buchtmann signed up to have his home connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN). Five months later, he’s still waiting. “I signed up for the NBN because it was going to save me $30 a month and deliver faster speeds than my current Optus cable, which I have never had a problem with,” Mr Buchtmann said. “The fi rst NBN man to visit our house and install the boxes was fantastic. However, he quickly realised that the house had an aerial connection and that a new conduit line would need to be installed in the ground. “From that point on, the connection to my house has been put off month after month as no-one seems to be able to make a decision on how to deal with the aerial connection.” He said that the whole process has been very frustrating. “I am just about ready to dig a trench and put the conduit in myself!” he said. Residents in unit blocks are also having issues connecting to the NBN because although the cabling has been installed, additional work is required to make the buildings compatible. As of January 5, there are 21,767 premises in NSW that have been passed by NBN

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cabling but are unable to be connected due to additional work requirements. And the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has stepped in after it was found that customers being transferred to the NBN are suffering from unnecessary disruptions to their Internet and communications services.

In some cases, NBN Co may need to use an existing copper line to pull the NBN fibre through the conduit that leads from the street to the premises to connect that premise to the NBN. The pull through process will result in a temporary outage to the existing communications services.

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Anyone who seriously believes the shirts in question were “profoundly racist”, a term used by News Limited this week in one of its stories, really needs to look up the meaning of the word. So paranoid was Aldi that it pulled the stock, but I still can’t work out why. Even in its own statement, Aldi admitted that complaints came from “a limited number of concerned customers”. In English, that means alarms went off at Aldi HQ because a few people so attached to their smart phones that they miss most of what is happening in the world around them complained on Twitter. In an age where customer service appears to be falling away in terms of quality, it’s amazing how many companies have decided to invest so much time and effor t into responding to problems on social media. Even I had to resort to Twitter late last year to fi x a problem with JB Hi-Fi because not one other support method worked. Now good on any company that wants to improve its customer relations and its service, but to allow Twitter users to spark a nonexistent revolt against something as innocent as a t-shirt slogan is utter stupidity. I mean after all, Aldi sells liquor. If a small section of the community decided it was outraged by this because for whatever reason they were against alcohol, would Aldi remove it from the shelves? I doubt it. And that’s the stupidity of all of this – personal choice and the ability of the community to make its own decisions on taste and decency should not be eroded to such a point where the minority constantly rules. Please, let’s stop the over-reactions, the over-correctness and grow up. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. It’s a pretty simple scenario.

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If you don’t like it, don’t buy it – it’s pretty simple

And another thing... The furore over alcohol-fuelled violence continues to dominate the headlines, though I am becoming increasingly concerned about where this debate is heading. Yes, alcohol can at times be a contributing factor when things go wrong, but it should not be an excuse and we as a community shouldn’t be so freely blaming it for the violence on our streets. After all, it is an individual with a brain in their head that makes the decision to hit somebody, not the bottle of beer.

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he intricacies of the rich and diverse local Aboriginal culture will continue to be shared and preserved thanks to additional State Government funding. Castlereagh’s Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre will receive a $15,000 grant to upgrade facilities and programs, which help to provide employment to local Aboriginal people whilst sharing the Darug culture with local and international visitors. The funding will be used primarily to make facilities like the Ngarra Aboriginal Knowledge Centre and the bush tucker and culture walks, more accessible for all including the disabled. “We have a lot of elders who we like to encourage to come and share their knowledge with particularly the younger people who both work for us and visit us. Physical upgrades will benefit them,� said Peter Chia, Muru Mittigar General Manager. State Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres met with Mr Chia on Tuesday at Muru Mittigar to announce the organisation’s successful funding application. “Not for profit organisations like Muru don’t always have access to huge amounts of funding so the ability for me to be able to sort some funding for them, help them out with their programs, is very much about supporting one of the truly iconic organisations of our region,� Mr Ayres said. “They do a fantastic job of sharing Darug culture with not only local residents but

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review of local government has recommended that Mayors be popularly elected and Councils be given greater flexibility to set rates, but failed to address key concerns about Council borders. The Independent Local Government Review Panel released its fi nal report last week, making a number of controversial recommendations to improve the effic iency and accountability of NSW councils. Among the fi ndings was a need to introduce popular elections of mayors, but Penrith Mayor, Ross Fowler, doesn’t believe Penrith’s voting system should be changed. Currently the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected by their fellow councillors. “Council currently does not support the popular election of Mayors, as it is possible for a situation to arise, which has happened in other council areas, where the Mayor does not have the support of fellow Councillors,” Cr Fowler said. “However I believe there would be support for the mayoral term to be longer than 12 months.” The issue of Council amalgamations is addressed in the report, however, Cr Fowler says that Penrith Council’s concerns about boundary changes are not addressed. “The review represented an opportunity for bolder recommendations, however, the reports fail to delve into more complex issues such as Council boundary changes,” Cr Fowler said. “The reports fails to address Penrith’s

interests in reviewing the borders with adjoining Councils, [and] the opportunity to have the Western Sydney Employment Area, which includes the Badgerys Creek proposed airport site, under the control of the one Local Government Authority has not been canvassed.” Of interest to residents is the recommendation that Councils have greater flexibility in setting their rates. Currently, rate increases are determined by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) and applications can be made for special rate variations. It is proposed that IPART would still set the base rate increase but that Councils could increase rates a further five per cent to address infrastructure needs. According to the report, “Th is would result in a total increase for the average residential ratepayer of around $1.70 per week, which is well within the range of affordable and acceptable increases”. Cr Fowler said that Councils should be afforded the responsibility of setting their own rates, which is successfully done without red tape regulation in other states. “I do not support rate pegging. Having gone through a consultative process with the community a Council should be able to set its rates, with the appropriate checks and balances in place to ensure money and resources are used effectively in accordance with community expectations,” he said. Submissions on the recommendations are due at the beginning of March, however, Penrith City Council will request a time extension until the end of April to properly consider the report’s implications.

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PLDC says planned sale of land is “appropriate and economically feasible”

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enrith Lakes Development Corporation has indicated its desire to sell off residential land within the Penrith Lakes Scheme after submitting a development proposal with Penrith City Council. Though a masterplan for the Penrith Lakes Scheme is yet to be fi nalised, Penrith Lakes Development Corporation (PLDC) wants to subdivide a vacant block of land on the eastern side of the quarry that has become separated from the main Penrith Lakes area after the realignment of Castlereagh Road. The blocks of land would be accessible from Sardam Avenue and Farrells Lane in Cranebrook. “The subdivision and sale of these lands to individuals for future housing development represents the most appropriate and economically feasible management response,” said the PLDC. “Should the subdivision and sale of these lands not proceed then the site would eventually represent an unmanaged parcel of land and could provide weed, vermin or waste dumping hazards to the local environment.” In a structure plan for the Penrith Lakes Scheme submitted by PLDC, they indicate future urban areas near Penrith Whitewater Stadium and near two recreation lakes. PLDC also plans to deliver 1,500 hectares of parklands that will eventually be handed over to the public once quarrying and remediation activities have ceased. PLDC Project Director Mick O’Brien, said

Penrith Lakes Development Corporation plans to subdivide its holdings in Cranebrook. Inset: The planned residential blocks.

that eventually, the Penrith Lakes will become an “invaluable and unique recreation facility”. A residue block from the proposed subdivision in Cranebrook would also become parklands. “A large 3,886 square metre residue lot is

also provided with plans to dedicate that residue parcel to the NSW State Government consistent with the Deed of Agreement between the two parties. It is expected that the NSW Government would in turn hand that land to Penrith Council for amalgamation with the existing sporting

fields at Cranebrook Park to the south,” PLDC said in their application. The exhibition period for the Lakes Scheme proposal was held over Christmas and now Council is preparing a report on the development for a decision to be made later in the year.

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Top mathematician takes the helm at UWS after retirement of Janice Reid

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he University of Western Sydney’s new Vice Chancellor is determined to see the university gain a better international reputation and enhance its educational offerings with state of the art technology. Professor Barney Glover has taken up his new position as Vice-Chancellor, replacing Professor Janice Reid who retired at the end of 2013 after 16 years at the helm. An internationally recognised mathematician, Mr Glover said he is looking forward to seeing the university’s many capital and infrastructure projects come to fruition. “We have the new library due to be constructed at the Kingswood campus this year, which is a very exciting project for students and researchers,” he said. “And of course there is the Werrington Business Park that is already under construction and is viewed as simply stage one of the broader development of the North and South campuses.” Mr Glover said that he has a few goals for the university that he would like to see through, including building its international reputation. “UWS has very strong community ties and from the outset has aimed to be an accessible university, so I think it is time the university became more accessible to international students,” he said. “Globalisation is a trend that many universities are experiencing and there is a great opportunity for UWS to build its international reputation – the university has

Professor Barney Glover is the new Vice-Chancellor at the University of Western Sydney. Photo: Melinda Jane.

a great reputation nationally, but it is time to attract more international attention.” He said that another challenge will be integrating technologies into the learning

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INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENTS Penrith City Council has received Development Applications in respect of the subject properties. The consent authority for the development applications is Penrith City Council. s Angas Securities Limited

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ore than 4,000 of Penrith’s motorists have made big savings on licence fees for being “safe drivers”. As part of the State Government’s ‘Fair Go for Safe Drivers’ incentive scheme these motorists were rewarded with half-price licences when they renewed for one, three or five years. “In July 2012 the NSW Government launched the ‘Fair Go for Safe Drivers’ scheme which rewards safe motorists and encourages others to obey the law on our

roads,” said State Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres. “We all know that slowing down on the roads could save your life – it can also save you money.” The scheme rewards drivers who have a clean five-year record and figures show that it is Penrith’s women who are safer drivers than men with 2,393 women receiving discounts as opposed to 1,908 men. Up to $81 can be saved on licences. “It’s our way of saying thank you to motorists who do the right thing and encouraging better driving behaviour in others,” Mr Ayres said.

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t Clair has lost a true hero with the passing of Marshall ‘Nugget’ Currie, who was an icon in the area. The long-time resident passed away at 97-years-old on January 4, 2014 but his memory will live on in family, friends and the community he loved. Mr Currie served in World War II as a signaller with the 2/1 Field Regiment, an artillery unit. He sailed out of Sydney Harbour on January 10, 1940 in the fi rst fleet of Australian volunteers to go overseas for war service, fighting against the Italian and German armies in the Middle East, in the North Africa Campaign and then against the Japanese in New Guinea, where he was still serving when the war came to an end. The digger became a well known member of the St Clair community, as a member of a number of local clubs and could be seen on a daily basis riding his motor scooter around St Clair shopping centre. Each year he would march in the Sydney ANZAC Day March, from 1946 to 2008 and was recognised for his service in the local community commemorations. Family and friends gathered to

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remember him on Tuesday, January 14. “He was a true inspiration for his courage, commitment, generosity and humour. A remarkable man,” said son, Kevin Currie.

Library expected to re-open today The St Marys Library and Council offic e on Queen Street, St Marys was expected to re-open today after being closed for air-conditioning maintenance yesterday.

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he University of Western Sydney has become one of the fir st universities in Australia to completely ban smoking on its grounds, including staff and students. “In January 2013, the University introduced designated smoking areas as a step toward making the University smoke-free. In May that year, UWS decided that from January 1, 2014, the University would become completely smoke-free,” a UWS spokesperson said. “Th is decision followed the University’s

review of its Environmental Tobacco Smoke Policy, and is a positive move for the health of our staff, students and visitors, as well as for the environment.” Other Australian universities that have adopted smoke-free campus policies include Swinburne University, Edith Cowan University and the University of Adelaide. For staff and students who may fi nd the ban a difficult adjustment, the university is offering help. “UWS supports the efforts of staff and students to make positive changes to their health and lifestyle, and there are counselling and support services available,” the spokesperson said.

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n unregistered doctor has been banned from practicing medicine for three years after it was found that he had inappropriate relations with two of his patients whilst working as a GP in Penrith. Two complaints from patients were file d to the Health Care Complaints Commission concerning the conduct of Dr Michael McKay, a general medical practitioner. The fi rst patient alleged that Dr McKay failed to maintain professional boundaries with her, after he began to discuss his own marital problems and feelings towards the patient during consultations in 2002. By the end of March 2002, a sexual relationship had started between the doctor and patient and Dr McKay let her move into his home. The second complaint was lodged by a patient who alleged that Dr McKay also made romantic advances towards her whilst he was treating her condition of anorexia nervosa. Between about September 2006 and July 2007 the Penrith doctor began discussing his personal interest in the female patient

Wanderers lose The Western Sydney Wanderers went down 3-1 to Melbourne Victory in an unusual Tuesday night match this week. For all the latest news, interviews and information surrounding the Wanderers, check out Wanderworld in the centre of today’s paper.

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and her personal interest in him during consultations, kissed and cuddled the patient during consultations, provided her with his mobile telephone number and told her to call him for ‘anything’ and visited her home regularly. They then started a sexual relationship before he moved into her home in late 2007. A medical tribunal was held in November 2013 to decide the fate of Dr McKay, who didn’t re-register as a doctor when his licence expired earlier in the year. Whilst admitting that his actions were wrong, Dr McKay said that marital problems were a contributing factor to his poor behaviour and that he is now seeking help from a psychiatrist. “I am committed to treatment with my psychiatrist with a view to resolving the issues that are facing me and coming to terms with the reasons I allowed myself to breach boundaries with the two patients,” he said. The medical tribunal found that the Penrith doctor engaged in unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. Dr McKay has been prohibited from applying to the Medical Council for re-registration as a medical practitioner for a period of three years.

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Police have handed a man a Criminal Infringement Notice for urinating in public. Police were patrolling Colless Street, Penrith, at about 3pm on January 9 when they saw the South Penrith man was urinating in front of a local medical centre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Early morning assault: 25-year-old attacked, robbed A man was knocked out and robbed whilst crossing a reserve in Glenmore Park last weekend. It was 3.30am on Sunday morning when the 25-year-old was approached by a man as he was walking. The man hit him in the back of the head, then took his wallet and money. Penrith police would like to speak to a man who has been described as of Pacific Islander in appearance, about 185cm tall and is cleanshaven with dark hair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Teen attacked: Police look for offending duo A 15-year-old boy has been attacked in Emu Plains by two males. The boy left a party in Lucas Street at around 10.15pm on Saturday, January 11 and was walking along Lawson Street when he was approached by two males, both described as Pacific Islander in appearance, about 16-years-old and 170cm tall, with one wearing a grey ‘Stussy’ bucket hat and the other a blue polo shirt. A conversation between the three began and the two unknown males made a demand for the 15-year-old’s property. He was knocked to the ground, assaulted and robbed of his phone and wallet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Praise from police: Strangers help screaming woman Erik Horrie wins in Korea. Photo: Rowing Australia

nearest competitor and set a new World Best Time. Penrith Mayor, Ross Fowler, said it was an absolute honour for the Penrith community to have such a respected and outstanding ambassador for the region and Australia. “We are honoured to have him as our Australia Day Ambassador for 2014,” Cr Fowler said. Mr Horrie will attend the Australia Day at Penrith Lakes event on Sunday, January 26.

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Typhoon Haiyan fundraiser Tomorrow night I will attend a fundraising event for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines last November. I know many in our community have been deeply affected by this tragedy. On behalf of Council I would like to offer our sincerest condolences to those who lost family and friends. Council has a long-standing and very positive relationship with Penrith’s Filipino-Australian community. We are only too happy to support the fundraiser being hosted by the Philippine Language and Cultural Association of Australia (PLCAA), a non profit organisation based in Penrith. The money raised at the event will support Claretian Missionaries who are working to rebuild and rehabilitate the affected areas. Help will be needed for a long time in this part of the world and I encourage our community to rally and do what it can.

Federal and State environment ministers are considering a proposal to introduce a national Container Deposit Levy (CDL) in Australia. Th is levy would see Penrith Valley residents paying an additional 10c on every water bottle, drink can, milk or wine bottle purchased. Th is is termed as a “deposit”, which can be redeemed if a consumer takes the clean container to new public collection points. Sounds great in theory, doesn’t it? But unfortunately the plan simply hasn’t been thought through. There are a host of unintended consequences, including studies that show an estimated $300 will be added to a Penrith Valley resident’s average annual shopping basket just when they are find ing it tough to balance the household budget. The proposals also threaten recycling and garbage collection services, as Penrith City Council will fi nd it more costly to run regular recycling collections if these containers are being taken out of the system. On top of this, there is also an increased risk to public health and sanitation caused by the hoarding and scavenging of bottles from private and public bins. The alternative solution is to not only continue with the current scheme but to expand on this through added corporate and public initiatives. For example, over the next 10 years, through the Australian Packaging Covenant, industry aims to invest $115 million in litter reduction and recycling schemes

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across the country. The NSW Government doesn’t currently support a Container Deposit Levy. However, there is a concerted push from CDL supporters to get states to sign up to the program. So encourage Robyn Parker to keep doing the right thing and support your NSW residents’ efforts in setting an example to the rest of Australia. Stan Moore CEO, The National Packaging Covenant Industry Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Why the Poms lost

Last Tuesday I had lunch at a well known rib and steak restaurant in Manly and they serve 1kg steaks and very large racks of ribs both with chips. Two members of the “Barmy Army” sat adjacent to me and consumed their enormous meals easily. Has this been the cricketing problem with the Poms? Too much good Aussie tucker. I must admit, I was just a bit sluggish after my lunch. Peter Townsend, South Penrith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Jamisontown vandalism

Around 14 years ago I moved to this area (Jamisontown) looking for more security and peace. Six years ago and with many efforts I fi nished the house of my dreams, all I’ve done was with my hands, especially my front yard. On December 20 at around 6pm one of my best neighbours knocked on the door of my house to tell me that a

few seconds ago two cowards with a chainsaw had cut one of my trees, run to a ute and disappeared. I’ve always thought that the front of my house would be the reflection of my home and living in the best country in the world this never would happen. I’m sure we live in the luckiest country in the world but an act of baseness like this happened in my house! It is incomprehensible to my family. I’ve always tried to be friendly, polite and helpful to everyone around me because I was raised with values. I just wonder why? Jealousy, envy, revenge, retaliation, punishment? Or just for fun? I hope you can help me please by publishing this incident in the newspaper, so the police offic er Blanch from Penrith Police Station has more witnesses to complete the investigation. Carlos Dousdebes, Jamisontown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Law change needed

I reckon if Barry O’Farrell or any of these other bloody politicians got bashed things might change dramatically (From the Editor’s Desk, Weekender January 17). Paul, via email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Th is isn’t new (How the NRMA sees this street, Weekender January 17). Used to be suburb to suburb, now with technology they have access to burglaries and all sorts of claims. Lesley Nolan, via Facebook

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Penrith hair stylist chosen for prestigious L’oreal development program local hair stylist has been handed a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from the best of the best. Chosen from hundreds, Sarah-Beth Macpherson of Esteem Hair Beauty Spa in Penrith, is one of 10 Australian stylists who will take part in an exclusive two-year development program as a new L’oreal Professional I-D artist. Over the next couple of years, she will brush shoulders with the best in the business at special industry events, attend exclusive seminars to learn from well known stylists and experience the highpressure life of a L’oreal Professional Artist. The program is intended for stylists looking to broaden their skills and experience a different aspect of the industry. “It is a stepping stone for what you want to do next,” said Ms Macpherson, who went through a portfolio, workshop and interview process before she was chosen for the role. “It was not really something I expected to get into – it is just luck really. There were a lot of cool people there, you just have to hope for the best.” The program will see the local hair stylist attend events such as Fashion Week, which she would never have got the opportunity to work at otherwise. “Fashion styling is something that I am really looking forward to experiencing. Obviously in Fashion Week stylists have to work really quickly, creating hair styles in no time,” she said. “It is just something different – not just staying in the salon all day.”

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The program will begin in early February, when Ms Macpherson fl ies to Melbourne to meet with the rest of the team. “The program changes year to year so I am going into it with excitement as I don’t really know what to expect. I know it is

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COUNCIL SNAPSHOT Penrith City Council has received an application to build a new industrial facility in St Marys. Currently, 53-59 Christie Street houses a concrete batching plant, but Artazan Property Goup has proposed to knock down the current facilities and instead build a new warehouse and light industrial facility. The project does not include the fit out of the building, and is expected to cost around $10 million. New car parking and landscaping would also be provided.

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inister for Fair Trading and Penrith MP Stuart Ayres has warned everyone with the New Year’s resolution of joining a gym to read the fi ne print. “Those facing the battle of the bulge should be encouraged but there are pressures beyond the barbells,” Mr Ayres said. “Be wary of special offers, promotions and verbal promises as some deals may not be as good as they seem once you read the fi ne print. Take a gym contract home to read all the terms and conditions before you sign.” Last year Fair Trading received 431 complaints in relation to health clubs and gyms, with 170 of those about cancellations and cooling off periods. “Don’t be muscled in to signing up on the spot rather than shopping around. Visit gyms so you can choose the one that gives the best value for money, has the best facilities, service and location for you,” Mr Ayres said. “Check the fees listed on the contract are the same as the price that has been quoted to you. Also check the administration fees for setting up or renewing your membership. These are non-refundable even if you cancel the contract during the cooling-off period.” When looking for the right gym to kick off your new health routine for 2014, ensure the gym contract has a cooling-off clause that allows you to cancel the membership in writing within a limited period. According to the Department of Fair Trading, NSW fitness centres are not allowed to accept pre-paid fees in excess of 12 months so you shouldn’t be asked to pay for more than a year at a time. You might consider a three or six-month contract if it is likely you will change jobs or address. “Check your contract to see what is needed to cancel

A new dental clinic could be opened in Penrith. Council has received an application to convert the existing dwelling on 66 Copeland Street, Penrith, into a dental clinic. Plans are underfoot for a new takeaway store and offic e space in Queen Street, St Marys. The building at 45 Queen Street, if given approval, will be refurbished to create new, carpeted office space, a residential unit and a takeaway store with frontage to Queen Street. The works would cost approximately $60,000. Mirvac has approached Penrith City Council regarding its proposed expansion of its St Marys Village shopping centre. Th is would expand it east towards Queen Street, using Council-owned land. It’s estimated that the project would have a capital value of $80-120 million and could result in 1,000 additional jobs. Council is organising expert studies into the economic, traffic and stormwater drainage system impacts of the proposal for St Marys businesses and the community. Their results will be reported to a Council meeting in the near future and inform the decision to either prepare a masterplan or not proceed with the proposal. At this early stage, if you wish to give your input or ask a question, email council@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au or phone 4732 8122.

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your membership. Even if the contract requires you to cancel in person, it is also advisable to do it in writing. Some gyms charge up to $300 for cancelling a membership,” he said.

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Dreams realised and broken in huge weekend of action in Penrith CASSANDRA O CONNOR

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t was a busy weekend at the Sydney International Regatta Centre when Australia’s youth, junior and paratriathletes converged on the venue for three days of racing. A record number of entries were received for Triathlon Australia’s second National and Oceania Paratriathlon Championships, with 2013 Tri 5 National Champion Justin Godfrey and Australia’s four-time World Champion Bill Chaffey just some of the high level competitors in attendance. Paratriathlon (750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run) will debut at the 2016 Rio Paralympics and so the event was a great opportunity for entrants to experience high level competition. Over 120 of Australia’s fi nest youth and junior triathletes also contested the second round of the Scody Australian Junior Triathlon Series. Held in conjunction on Saturday was the Oceania Youth Olympic Games selection qualifying race for the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China this year in August, which attracted entries from New Zealand, the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Singapore. 16-year-old Brisbane schoolgirl Brittany Dutton scored herself a ticket to the games, after making a remarkable recovery from a stress fracture in her back that had forced her to withdraw from the Australian team in 2013. “I’m overwhelmed, I haven’t had the best lead up to this race and I had a bad year last

Andrew Gibson racing at the Regatta Centre last weekend. Photo: Keith Hedgeland Photographic.

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hree siblings have been putting themselves through a gruelling training program for two years in preparation for 2014, the year they will undertake the ultimate challenge in the name of charity. St Clair resident, Paul Hill, his brother Luke and sister Tania, will be attempting to swim the English Channel in midAugust, with hopes of raising $500,000 for the Cancer Council, in memory of their mum. For two years the siblings have been training hard, swimming daily and regularly completing open water swims in order to prepare themselves for what is to come. “We are feeling very positive. I am

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With their expertise they have collaborated and produced some truly amazing and life-changing results. ‘Winners’ are losing on average a staggering 25 per cent or more of their body weight whilst average competitors are losing between 10 and 18 per cent of their body weight in the 10 week period. The most kilograms lost to date in a Box’N’Burn challenge is a whopping 40kg! All part of the challenge, participants will have weekly weigh-ins, programmed workouts, trainer’s awards, a dedicated Facebook forum, dedicated trainers and

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instructors. Registration is just $230 and includes workout sessions, a Box’N’Burn training shirt, boxing gloves, drink bottle, weigh-ins and presentation night including the opportunity to win great prizes and cash. Due to demand, Box’N’Run currently have three extra night classes and a Saturday morning casual boxing/fitness class. To fi nd out more, contact Mark Hardman at boxnburn@hotmail.com or 0408 401 488. Photo: Natwest Creative Designs.

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ome business owners can be categorised as ‘working for themselves’. That is, they have chosen to create their own job and workplace, rather than be employed by someone else. They are not seeking to ‘change the world’ but are very happy being their own boss. Other business owners can be better defi ned as entrepreneurs, which “is someone who is always thinking [she] can do things a different, better way... and sees them differently than other people do” (Sam Zell, Chairman of Equity Group Investments). When you read those two descriptions, you will know which one describes you. Neither is ‘right’ or ‘better’, and to a large degree, you won’t have a lot of choice as to which type of business owner you are. That is, if you are an entrepreneur, you will think as Sam Zell has described: your automatic response will be to see ways that something can be improved. Th is trait does come with a downside: entrepreneurs are often viewed as arrogant. And it IS a fi ne line: just because you think (or know!) that there is a more effic ient way, doesn’t mean people are ready to hear that. At best, you need to fi nd a tactful way to make suggestions. Although it can be frustrating, the best course of action is to channel that energy into the things you can control, and showing the end product as proof. Most people are not going to ‘see’ the vision you have, either for something new or how your method is going to change current outcomes. Where you do need to get stakeholders on board in order to progress your ideas, make sure you provide concrete examples of benefits and outcomes.

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he future is very bright out west. It’s only the second week back at work in my office for 2014 but the interactions we have had with our Penrith City Council, local businesses and citizens have lifted my heavily biased and already positive opinion even further. We are getting so many more opportunities, resources and recreation facilities at a rapid rate so we really can have that balanced and fun lifestyle here locally. The Penrith and St Marys CBDs are continually developing and growing, much to the efforts of our own Penrith CBD Corporation and the St Marys Town Centre Management. For businesses, the Business Enterprise Centre is available for fully subsidised business advice, helping over 700 businesses annually in all areas of operating a business from start up to selling a business and missing nothing in between. We have a thriving networking community, just search online ‘networking Penrith’. Our Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce is in its 87th year of operation and still providing a high quality of networking opportunity. The Penrith Small Business Network caters to the homebased, micro and small businesses, and Gen YQ, also a not-for-profit, is making sure the 18 to 35-year-olds are valued and not forgotten by providing them with a chance to network in an atmosphere they appreciate. There is ample training and education available and there is lots of help for the disabled, and assistance and charities for the homeless. All the opportunity we need is here, and it is developing by the day.

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Industry growth he NSW State Government has recently announced a range of initiatives for industry growth with a strong focus on industry development in western Sydney. Th is is greatly welcomed by the PBA as we have been strongly advocating for Government to direct its attention to our region which is now regarded as an economic powerhouse not only in NSW but all of Australia. The Government has proposed 34 priority actions for delivery with industry in 2014, including targeted initiatives for priority NSW sectors, regional NSW and western Sydney. One of these actions provides for a $1.4 million Supply Chain Accelerator pilot program, including an advanced manufacturing pilot in western Sydney. A further $1.6 million will be made available to support the International Engagement Strategy, which includes the pilot for a new Export Accelerator program to build capacity for NSW exporters with high growth potential. Of great interest to us is a $1.5 million initiative to roll-out Smart Work Hub (tele-working) pilots on the Central Coast and in western Sydney. PBA has already commissioned some work in this area to better understand the opportunities and market for tele-work and is partnering with Council to provide an expression of interest for such a hub to be created in Penrith. Another key priority centres around Knowledge Hubs led by industry in five key sectors (Creative Digital, Energy, Financial Services, MedTech, and Transport, Logistics & Rail) to boost industry competitiveness. PBA is planning a workshop with Department of Industry and Investment staff in February.

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Featured Event Retired Men’s Club

Printing Museum

Overeating Study

Model Park

The Penrith Museum of Printing is a fully-functioning print shop from years gone by. Come and see some remarkable pieces of history. Open every Saturday from 10am to 2pm at www.joshpyke.com.au the Paceway grounds. $3 entry.

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.

The Model Park at Luddenham will be holding an open day on January 26. Model trains, boats, cars and more in action plus a BBQ and kiosk. Entry is $15 per car and it’s at 869 Luddenham www.joshpyke.com.au Road, Luddenham.

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Support Group

Have you retired? Looking for a social experience to keep your mind and body active? The Nepean Retired Men’s Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 10am at the John Lees Christian Centre, located in Evan Street, Penrith (next to the fire station). Interesting speakers attend each month, and there’s outings at various times throughout the year. Why not come along and experience something different! Don 4721 5889; Alyn 4736 3489 All men are welcome to attend

Naval Mess Dinner

Business Advice

The Nepean Dissociation Support Group meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 2pm at Penrith School of Arts. This is a self help group helping people living with www.joshpyke.com.au dissociation disorders.

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.

Have you got a great business idea? Always wanted to work for yourself? Free business advice is available at the Penrith BEC, who can assist you in answering all the questions you www.joshpyke.com.au need to know about starting out.

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Sing Australia

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Are you ready to sing? Sing Australia begins its 2014 sessions on January 23 at 86 Station Street, Penrith. There’s no auditions and you don’t have to read music. All ages welcome. First www.joshpyke.com.au night is free.

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.

GenYQ is a young business person’s networking group in the Penrith area, working to ensure young business people stay in Penrith and don’t have to head into the city to network or www.joshpyke.com.au grow their businesses.

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Seniors

THE WESTERN WEEKENDER PENRITH’S #1 GUIDE FOR OLDER RESIDENTS

TAKE A SWING! Golf is a great way for. seniors to keep. active.

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hen it comes to staying active, golf is one of the best sports to be involved in. And the sport is very inclusive of senior players who still like to keep on top of their game. Golf NSW has recognised senior golf and developed a number of events specifically for seniors – both men and women. The premier event is the NSW Seniors Championship, which is over 54 holes and runs in March each year for the men and April each year for the women. There is also a series of events held throughout the year that constitute the annual NSW Senior Order of Merit. Run by individual clubs, points are awarded based on players’ results and the accumulation of these points determines the

players ‘Golf NSW Senior Order of Merit’. It is a fantastic competition for both men and women that encourages competitive golf and allows seniors to visit many clubs across Sydney. The Women’s Senior Order of Merit is open to female amateur golfers, 50 years of age and over, who hold a current Australian or overseas equivalent handicap, and who have a handicap of 28 and under. The Men’s Senior Order of Merit is open to male amateur golfers, 55 years of age and over, who hold a current Australian or overseas equivalent handicap. Female and male players are required to register with Golf NSW to participate. For those of you who feel that these days you might be able to take on the Great White Shark,

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Greg Norman, there are also representative competitions for senior players chosen to represent Golf NSW. There’s the Australian Seniors Teams Event run in conjunction with the Australian Senior Championship, where a team of four represent each State and Territory. And there’s the Interstate Senior Teams Challenge where a team of up to seven from NSW, Victoria and Queensland compete for the ‘Walking Stick trophy’, which is run on a rotational basis in conjunction with the States’ senior championships. But if you are looking for something more social, why not join a golfi ng association? The Veteran Women Golfer’s Association of NSW is a voluntary organisation formed in 1950. For more information, visit www.golfnsw.org.


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hings can get sticky in the summer. And, as we get older we are generally more vulnerable to the heat. However, there’s some simple things you can do to keep cool and safe over summer, including: • Drink plenty of flu ids The best time to consume fluids is before you are thirsty as by the time you are thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. It’s best to drink on a schedule when it is hot outside. Also, avoid too many drinks containing caffeine or alcohol. These types of drinks stimulate the production of urine thereby promoting dehydration. • Shaded activities Plan outdoor activities for cooler early morning hours, between 11am and 3pm is the hottest part of the day. Opening doors or windows can also let a breeze through if air conditioning isn’t accessible. You may even like to consider visiting or volunteering at a place with air conditioning on hot days. • Cool clothing Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothes. Lighter colours and cotton materials are best for warm weather. When outdoors during the heat, wear sunscreen that has a minimum SPF of 30+ or 50+ while also donning a widebrimmed hat or an umbrella to protect from overexposure to the sun. • Avoid strenuous activity Heat exhaustion is a warning that your

body cannot cool itself. Symptoms include thirst, dizziness, weakness, poor coordination, nausea and sweating. The body temperature stays normal, but the skin feels cold and clammy and pulse can be normal or raised. If this is the case, rest in a cool place, drink plenty of fluids and take a cool shower or sponge bath. Thi s condition can turn into heatstroke, so if you do not feel better quickly, seek medical care as soon as you possibly can. • Check on elderly loved ones or friends Neighbours, friends or family should check in on other people in their homes to make sure they are not suffering from the heat. • Talk to your doctor if you have a health condition If you have a chronic medical condition, talk with your doctor about additional precautions you should take to prevent heat related illness. Some conditions and medications may place you at higher risk.

Tim Reid, Lend Lease Regional Sales Manager, NSW. Lend Lease is the largest operator, owner and developer of senior living communities in Australia & New Zealand

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Heat-stress indicator: New plan to help elderly residents

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The site at Derby Street. Inset: the proposed seniors social housing.

Property boost: Plan to build more social housing in Penrith

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nglican Retirement Villages (ARV) has submitted a proposal to Penrith Council to supply Penrith with much-needed seniors social housing. ARV hopes to build 20 seniors social housing units on the currently vacant block at 201-203 Derby Street, Penrith. The units will be aligned along the eastern and western sides of the property, with a common pedestrian path located through the centre of the site. With approximately 300 pensioners

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living with rental assistance in Penrith, there is a great need locally for seniors social housing. According to documents accompanying the development application, “ARV has identified a need for seniors social housing in the Penrith LGA to accommodate persons at risk of homelessness over the age of 65 on a rental basis”. The social housing for seniors would provide close access to local shops and medical centres as well as facilities on site such as a shared vegetable garden. Constructions has already commenced on a new ARV village in Caddens, which will eventually comprise 164 villas.

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new heatwave service designed by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is set to reduce the risk of heat stress in local seniors. The service is designed to anticipate the impacts of heat-stress by measuring the excess heat in the air, which experts say is a better indicator of the risk of heat stress than temperature forecasts alone. “Severe and extreme heatwaves pose significant risks to human health and safety, in particular the elderly who are more vulnerable to the effects of heat

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stress,” said BOM Assistant Director for Weather Services, Alasdair Hainsworth. “The pilot service uses a heatwave intensity index that assesses the build up of heat over a period of time, taking into account the long-term climate of a location and the maximum and minimum temperatures leading up to a heatwave.” The new service will map the intensity of heatwave events, showing trends and allowing for more accurate forecasts. These forecasts will allow seniors to plan their action long before a heatwave hits. For more information on how to access the new service, head to the Bureau of Meteorology’s website.

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Alan Lees and Lorraine Brown are members of Penrith Valley Seniors Computing Club; Alan being Membership Officer and Lorraine, Secretary. The couple both used computers in their working lives however, on retirement turned to the computing club to learn extra skills. They began as beginners and progressed far until fi nally becoming

volunteer tutors. Both Lorraine and Alan belong to various other groups in the local area and participate in yoga and table tennis and are also involved in various other courses. “We relax by swimming and taking long walks. We also derive great pleasure from looking after our grandchildren and all this adds up to a very active lifestyle,” they said.

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Governor’s Farewell Valentines Evening Join us for a special Valentines Evening to farewell her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir and dance the night away. Cost $125 pp includes Dinner, Drinks and entertainment by Boys in the Band…. email: nmrf@westnet.com.au or phone 4735 2407 for tickets and reservations.

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Life & Style

THE WESTERN WEEKENDER PENRITH’S BEST LINE-UP OF LIFESTYLE COLUMNISTS EACH AND EVERY WEEK

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THE EYES HAVE IT

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New technology means. a better solution to. eye problems.

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n eye test with a difference is being used by local optometrists at Penrith Spectacles, allowing specialists to prescribe the best vision solution possible to those with less than perfect eyesight. The human eye is one of the most complex systems in the body, where the smallest imperfection can lead to uncomfortable and distorted vision. Vision tests have long been used to recognise and diagnose these imperfections, allowing specialists to prescribe spectacles or other prescriptions for specific problems in order to restore a person’s sight. Traditional eye tests are performed in high contrast black and white, simulating daylight conditions but this does not capture all the imperfections of the eye.

Penrith Spectacles recently acquired a new measuring device, the i.Profi ler Plus by Zeiss, which accurately measures how a person’s eyes behave during both the day and the night time. The device detects more imperfections in the eye than the traditional method. Using the measurements taken by the device, a unique prescription is developed by optometrists, like John Molloy at Penrith Spectacles, who can now accurately diagnose more imperfections than before. “The i.Scription prescription compensates for these errors, and gives you better vision in low light conditions, and may enhance colour and contrast perception,” said a representative from Zeiss. The company has developed a range of lenses for varying conditions.

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“By combining the i.Scription prescription with Zeiss Individual precision lenses you know you are getting the best vision solution possible,” the representative said. Zeiss is a world renowned scientific company with over 160 years of experience in developing innovative medical equipment. “By partnering with Zeiss, Penrith Spectacles can ensure you have the highest quality individualised vision solution with the latest technology by Zeiss,” the representative said. Penrith Spectacles is located at Shop 2, 21 Riley Street, Penrith. For more information or to book an appointment, call 4722 8999. Your eyes will thank you for it! - Katherine Tweed


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Have you got itchy feet? With Jupiter in your domestic zone until July 16, many Rams are feeling restless and are keen to travel, move house or renovate. For more settled Aries, a troubled family relationship is set to improve. Saturday is sensational for study, public speaking, vigorous debate and creative communication, as Mercury and Mars bounce ideas off each other in a really fun and informative way.

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With mighty Mars marching through your job zone, it’s a wonderful week to take the Bull by the horns and be professionally proactive. Plus the Sun and Mercury boost your confidence, creativity and communication skills. Relationships; whether romantic, platonic or business, are acting as a mirror and you have much to learn about yourself through your interactions with others.

GEMINI

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

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Jupiter (planet of good fortune and abundance) is jumping through your sign until July 16. But don’t be a passive Crab and just sit back and wait for lucky opportunities to fall into your lap. You must proactively go out and fi nd them. So your motto for the moment is from birthday great General Douglas MacArthur: “The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.”

Listen up Lions… love won’t flourish this week unless you face responsibilities in your domestic life. If a partnership is going through a rocky patch, then it’s up to you to swallow your pride and initiate peace talks. If a friendship is somewhat fractured, do all you can to repair it. If you are proactive and tactful then you’ll fi nd a gem shining on your path and your relationships will sparkle.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

Prepare for a busy and productive week, where you’re keen to get as much done as possible. It’s a terrific time to get your fi nances sorted, but don’t ruin your good intentions by cutting corners. Over the next seven days, the devil is defi nitely in the detail! Also, an old hope, dream or wish may need to be updated and expanded, so it’s a better reflection of the new you and your capabilities.

LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Are you looking for employment? If you let everyone know in person and via social media then there’s a good chance you’ll fi nd a job through a family member, a local friend or an international contact. Don’t be shy about trumpeting your talents! Retrograde Venus is stirring up problems with a family member but, if anyone can hold out the olive branch of peace, it’s you.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Don’t spoil the potential for a positive week by being a sulky Scorpio. And don’t blame others for disappointments or delays… the prime cause of your problems is actually you! If you take setbacks in your stride and go with the flow, then the next seven days will be very productive. Your motto for the moment is from fellow Scorpio, Will Rogers: “The best way out of a diffic ulty is through it.”

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Sagittarians are the spendthrifts of the zodiac – you can turn impulse buying into an extreme sport! And, with extravagant Venus reversing through your money zone until February 1, watch your urge to splurge doesn’t get way out of control. Th is week will work best if you avoid Internet shopping; drive past your favorite shops; and temporarily misplace your credit card!

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Capable Capricorns sometimes need to be reminded that there’s a big difference between being the boss and being plain bossy! Th is week you’ll be given a golden opportunity to take the initiative and lead others in a confident and inspiring way. So aim to be persuasive rather than pushy and dynamic rather than domineering. Resist the urge to be critical on Saturday.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

The Sun and Mercury are both visiting Aquarius, so it’s your time to shine. Plus gung-ho Mars is moving through your adventure zone, which gives you an energy boost and stimulates your gypsy gene. Inspiration for the week comes from French fashion designer Christian Dior (born on January 21, 1905): “Zest is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.”

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

Friday favours creative and spiritual inspiration, but don’t be in a hurry to get involved with a club or organisation. With Venus reversing through your group zone until February 1, stick to solo pursuits and partnership projects. And resist the temptation to spend too much time in fantasy land. As birthday great Virginia Woolf reminds us, “you cannot fi nd peace by avoiding life.”

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Take time to stop and smell the roses

Three top tips for good health? 1. Be positive and surround yourself with positive, supportive people, people that inspire you to be a better person. 2. Eat fresh foods and no processed foods. Anything with an ingredient that you don’t know what it is, don’t buy it. Buy your foods from the outside isles of the supermarket. 3. Exercise in any way that you find enjoyable and fun. Grab a pushbike with the family and go for a ride. A daily ‘must do’? Listening to my body. I pay attention to how food makes me feel. I don’t like to exercise when I feel bloated, heavy and sluggish, so I stick to foods that make me

feel good. I also like to take some time every day to just stop and smell the roses – appreciate the good things around me. Biggest health/fitness misconception? That hours of cardio is the only way to burn fat. Initially cardio training will burn fat but after a short period of time the body will store what it needs (fat!) to get though that next cardio workout. You need to change something. The FITT principle of training refers to Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type. In order for the cardio workout to continue to show results one of these needs to change. Other types of workouts not only burn fat but also tone, for example HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), which will continue to burn fat for hours after training and you will spend less time in the gym. Why not add weights to your HIIT training and kill two birds with one stone! What do you consider the biggest benefit of being fit and healthy? Without question, I feel good, positive and ready for life’s challenges. When I

wake in the morning I feel energetic and alive. I have also met so many great people through exercising. The social benefits are great!

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How did you get into fitness? I was always a sporty kid, actively involved in such a wide range of sports like gymnastics, touch football, basketball, little athletics and swimming. I enjoyed it all and did it well. Thr oughout life I remained involved in sports. Recently I decided to make a big career change into the fitness industry and do what I feel passionate about.

What type of activity/exercise do you enjoy the most? Yes, I go to the gym every day but nothing beats swimming/snorkelling at the beach. I love the salt water! How do you stay motivated when it’s so easy to just ‘take it easy.’ On days when I don’t feel like training I know that I will not reach my goal by doing nothing. I enjoy the endorphin rush after a hard training session. After training I feel balanced emotionally, physically and mentally. Anything else you want to say? Life is so busy these days so have some quality relaxation time. Stop and just be. Get out and about with your kids and enjoy being active with them. That way they will grow up into active adults!

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FASHION FIXATION

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by Katherine Tweed

Come on men, at least look like you try!

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ith such a small range of accessories available on the market for men, it surprises me that so many choose not to wear them at all. As a woman, accessorising is often a source of stress for me because of the sheer number of different ‘things’ I can add to an outfit. When I am spending hours rummaging through rings, bracelets, necklaces, hair wear, anklets, earrings, handbags, toe rings and nail polishes, trying to put together an outfit, I fi nd myself envying men. Guys, accessorising is so easy for you – all you need is a watch. On a recent trip overseas, I spent a few days in Switzerland, a country known for its enormous timepiece manufacturing industry. Many people judge the quality of a watch based on where it was manufactured, with Switzerland known as the best of the best. Everywhere you looked there were men (and women) in watches of all different kinds, colours and price ranges. I found the same sort of thing when I visited Singapore on another trip – unlike Switzerland, Singapore isn’t known for watch making, it is known for watch consumption. There was store after store full of luxury watches, with customers inside at all hours of the day and night. Every brand, every price and every style was represented in the stores and on every man, woman and child. Australia is completely different. Yes, there are many men who love a good watch and some who have multiple but the amount of men walking around with bare wrists is surprising.

I know that choosing a watch can be diffic ult, especially considering the fact that there are hundreds to pick and choose from, and maybe this is why Australian men don’t bother, but all you need is one and you are set. A watch immediately adds instant style and class to an outfit and for those of you who don’t put any effor t into an outfit (yes, I know you are out there), wearing a watch at the very least makes you look like you try. As watch trends rarely change dramatically, buying one is a lifetime investment so make sure you choose one that you can wear with anything.

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NATURAL THERAPIES by John Miller-Crispe

BBQ weather is here

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ow summer is in full swing the BBQ is getting a severe nudge wherever you go. The opportunity to get out into the fresh air and relax and have family and friends over makes this a great time of year (apart from the fl ies and mozzies, but you can’t have everything can you!). Not only is a BBQ a fun time it is also a great time to increase your intake of fresh and raw foods. If you resist the urge to overcook the meat (burnt or charred meat is carcinogenic) and you keep the amount of meat down to a sensible level and load up the plates with masses of mixed veggies and salad; you will be doing a great service to your bodies. Sorry guys, massive amounts of steak and snags are not manly. Th is puts the big gut on. No girls it is not the beer that does that, it is too much meat and carbs. So, light on the potato salad, pasta salad and salad dressings and eat a palm sized portion of steak and you are onto a winner for summer. What sort of salad dressing is good? A mixture of olive oil and lemon juice or cider apple vinegar makes a great French dressing. What foods are good for a BBQ? It will please you to know that most of the traditional ones are fi ne – just be balanced! You can have: one palm sized portion of meat to three or four large portions of salad or veggies; lightly sautéed onions – yum; avocado – yes; and hard boiled eggs if you are not vegan. Of course you should have a mixed leaf salad with sprouts and mixed beans, sprinkled with seeds such as sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and perhaps a quinoa dish (you can get black, red, white and mixed forms of this). A small amount of rice mixed with a few kernels of corn and some green peas gives aesthetic appeal. Tomatoes of mixed varieties give visual appeal as well as flavour. Adding parsley and mint and other herbs can make an ordinary meal into an exotic gastronomic delight. Let your creative juices flow and enjoy.

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

VIEW FROM ABOVE

PERSONAL FINANCE

by Rev John Lavender

by Anthony Walker

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t is the start of a new year and I thought it might be a good time to again touch on business loans as I am sure over the Christmas and New Year break there has been some reflection of what your business might need for the 2014 year. At some point most businesses will go through the deflating experience of being refused fi nance. Keep in mind that banks do want to lend money, but it’s in no one’s interest to approve a loan that may have difficulties being repaid. As a Bank Manager myself, I’ve seen the best and worst versions of business loan applications so I thought I would share with you some tips on how you can present your business loan application in the best light possible. Explain what you want to borrow and why Rather than asking to borrow a yet to be agreed amount for an unknown investment, demonstrate how you plan to use the borrowed funds. Have a business plan and outline your business direction, growth prospects and profit forecasts. A tangible investment makes a more persuasive business pitch. Show your creditworthiness Have all your paperwork up-to-date and in order. Have your BAS and personal taxes done. Have your bank statements and accounting documentation such as cash flow statements and balance sheets available. Understand the key fi nancial figures of your business e.g. current income, net profit, expenses. Demonstrate how you will pay the loan back Ideally your business can show a few years of profit and this coupled with future profit forecasts shows you can afford the loan repayments. While we always hope that loans are repaid as the borrower intends, it’s useful to show your lender that an unplanned exit from your business wouldn’t stop the loan being repaid.

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

A good resolution

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his year began with the usual New Year’s resolutions. Maybe we make them for fun, yet no doubt there is a serious side; our desire to put behind us the things of the past and to have life turn for the better. Many people want to be more consistent in the way they relate to their friends or family. They want better habits. Eating. Sleeping. Keeping fit. But perhaps it’s just too hard. Maybe people are thinking, “I’ve struggled on so far – I’ll just keep going as best as I can.” In the Bible’s Old Testament book of Joshua, God’s people, the Israelites, have come to a crucial new stage in their relationship with God. They are about to enter the land which God has promised them. It is a promise from God of a new start in life. A new opportunity. A new hope. Some of the people are nervous, uncertain about what it will mean. Their leader, Joshua, challenges them, urges them with some wonderful words, to turn from their old life, from things that have been unhelpful, things that distracted them from serving God. He says to them, “Serve the Lord with faithfulness… choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” That’s a good New Year’s resolution; “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” History has shown that wherever people have taken these words to heart, wherever they have been taken seriously, made the goal, there have been no regrets! It’s still early enough in January to say like Joshua; as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

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


STAYING HEALTHY

by David Stein

Avoid dodgy diets

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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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f you’ve decided to quit smoking the three main methods you have are going cold turkey by quitting without any aids or help, using prescription medications or to use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) such as patches, gum and lozenges. Cold turkey takes extreme will power and doesn’t work for most people. Prescription medication is a good option, but fi rst you must consult your doctor. I will outline how NRT products work and how you can use them to successfully quit. Nicotine is what makes you addicted to cigarettes. NRT products help you quit by giving you a supply of nicotine without having to smoke. Over time you gradually reduce the amount you have until you are nicotine free. Nicotine is relatively safe, especially compared to the other chemicals in cigarettes, so even if you stay on NRT products for a long time, they are still far safer than smoking. The patches are stuck to your skin and work by giving you a steady, constant supply of nicotine. The patches come in 24 or 16 hour varieties but both are made to be worn for one whole day and night. The 24 hour patches give you nicotine throughout the night which can help you avoid lighting up in the morning, however a problem with this is that nicotine is a stimulant and you may have trouble sleeping. The 16 hour patches do not release nicotine during the night. Th is makes it easier to sleep, but may have you craving a cigarette in the morning. You can also use the 24 hour patch, but not wear it at night. Using ‘combination therapies’ to help fight cravings can boost your chances of quitting. Along with a patch, you use gum, lozenge, mouth spray or an inhaler. Th is will be discussed more next week!

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

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Helping porky pets

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any of us make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and to become more fit and active after too much Christmas cheer. But have you stopped to look at your pet lately? Is your dog or cat carrying a few extra kilograms too? Do you have difficulty feeling your pet’s ribs? Is there little or no ‘waist’? Do you give your pet table scraps or leftovers? Does your pet seem to tire easily with activity? Does your pet keep eating so long as there is food in the bowl? If you answered YES to more than one of these questions then your pet’s diet and exercise program needs to be revised. Obesity is the most common nutritional disorder seen in cats and dogs. The most recent figures reported in Australia claim up to 41 per cent of dogs and 32 per cent of cats are considered to be obese. Like people, obesity is a serious problem in pets and can be the cause of many health issues. Obesity predisposes animals to a range of health problems and puts your pet at risk of many diseases including diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, degenerative joint and orthopaedic disease (DJD), joint stress/musculoskeletal pain, exercise intolerance, respiratory problems, skin problems, heat intolerance and overall a decrease in quality of life. As with people, obesity is caused by overeating. Most obesity is caused simply because a pet eats more calories than they need. The excess calories are then stored as body fat. We have little control over some contributing factors like breed, sex, hereditary and age. However, there are others which we can control, these being over-feeding and exercise. Pets who eat just one small plain biscuit is equivalent of a human eating a hamburger and a 100 gram sausage is the same as tucking into six donuts. Healthy snacks such as carrots, cucumber, celery, apple and ice cubes on a hot day should be considered to avoid your pet packing on the pounds.

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opefully everyone is still on track with their fitness and eating goals. Remember small sustainable changes are more likely to last than extreme makeover, gimmick-type diets. A lot of these will do more harm than good. For example, according to a Dietitians Association of Australia survey the lemon detox diet struck a particularly sour note. They have voted the two-week water, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup fad as the worst diet for the third year in a row. The SkinnyMe tea, and the Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge are the next worst. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to losing weight, says association spokesperson Melanie McGrice, a practising dietician. “The problem with fad diets is they’re all about restrictive eating patterns that you can’t stick to over the long haul. They may even undermine your health,” she said. “What you lose on detox diets, like the lemon detox diet and SkinnyMe tea, is usually fluid, healthy gut bacteria and electrolytes.” She says people don’t need to go on severe detox diets because the lungs, liver, and kidneys provide the function ‘every minute of the day’. People who want to detox should cut down on highly processed, junk and prepackaged foods, alcohol and caffeine and also, be aware of foods that trigger any kind of ill feeling personally. Everyone is a little different so just because friends eat something and feel fi ne doesn’t mean you will too. Learn to recognise how your own body reacts to different foods. Be wary of diets that cut out entire food groups. Diets such as the Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge demonise certain foods and make it a challenge to meet nutritional needs. Save the money you would waste on the dodgy diet products that actually reduce your health.

ANIMAL TALK

YS THE PHARMACIST SAYS

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

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 18th 11.00 to 11.40am 2 Sweetwater Grove

ORCHARD HILLS

OFFERS OVER $1,195,000

Exclusive ‘Vines’ Estate

This exceptional Clarendon designed home will accommodate your every need. The oversized floor plan enjoys four bedrooms with generous servings of living spaces. Ducted air conditioning flows throughout this substantial home and when the weather allows, you will love the solar heated in ground pool or gathering under the spacious entertaining area. Web ID: LEN10768

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* Master bedroom with ensuite * Ducted air conditioning * Formal lounge/dining * Polyurethane kitchen * 7m x 11 m detached shed * Landscaped and manicured gardens * Easy access to Penrith and motorway

$604,990

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, and the large amount of quality inclusions, you will also benefit from: Web ID: GLM10534

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GLENMORE PARK Off The Plan – Exclusive To Jim Aitken & Partners

If your searching for an extremely well maintained stunning home that features all the inclusions that a practical home has to offer without spending a cent than this home is definitely worth an inspection. This home ticks all the boxes for every astute buyer in today’s market. This immaculate home is situated on a level parcel of land on 631sqm. The home offers so many luxurious and practical features, an entire life style of convenience. Bus stop is within a short walking distance and only a few minutes drive to the town centre, sports fields and schools. Web ID: GLM10545

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Spacious Family Home

Suitable for the growing family; there are multiple living areas and bathrooms. All this and much more on an approximate 732sqm block and needing a little TLC this home has plenty of potential, and being close to all amenities this is perfect for the fussiest of buyers and the ever growing family. So make sure you book your private inspection today before it’s too late. Web ID: CRA10516

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

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This home is waiting for a family whether as an investment or as your own home you will be astonished as to its location, position and outlook. In excellent condition with a new kitchen and bathroom. Recently painted with tiled and carpet flooring. This home is set on the high side of the road with mountain and park views. Located walking distance to schools, shops and close to public transport. Web ID: CRA10512

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

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OFFERS OVER $469,950

CLAREMONT MEADOWS Deluxe Duplex

OPEN HOUSE Sat 18th 10.00 to 10.40am 47 Fragar Road

OFFERS OVER $399,950

SOUTH PENRITH Opportunity Beckons

You will be pleasantly surprised by the size of this much loved family home. With not one but two large living areas separated by the generous kitchen with open servery, this home is perfect for those looking for a little extra space. Take advantage of the large corner block by building a granny flat (STCA) and increasing your rental income. Positioned in sought after South Penrith, extremely close to local schools, M4 and transport. Web ID: PEN11306

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

Looks new… smells new… IS NEW! There are only two chances to obtain one these contemporary residences that have just been constructed. Enjoying a unique façade and smooth finishes you will be impressed by sheer size on offer. Anticipating great weekly rental returns - both investors and owner occupiers should take note. Web ID: LEN10817

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With only ten other units in the complex you will enjoy a lifestyle free of maintenance. Located moments from the train station and the heart of Penrith you will be doing well to find a better example of contemporary living. Astute investors should also enquire. Why not take advantage of the exciting anticipated weekly rental returns on offer. Web ID: LEN10791

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 18th 11.00 to 11.40am 11 Rose Place

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OFFERS OVER $449,950

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The One You’ve Been Waiting For

Offered for the first time to the open market, this circa 1983 property will please those looking to enter this tightly held suburb. Superbly preserved and improved over time, the residence enjoys a host of features that will make you the envy of your friends. Don’t stare from the street - only an inspection will do this home justice. Conveniently located only minutes from local shops, schools and transport, homes in this location are very sought after. With all the hard work done, move in, relax and enjoy in this stunning family home. Web ID: LEN10815

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• Three bedrooms • Built in wardrobes x3 • Split system air con x4 • Detached studio/office • Optional garage/study • Side access • Modern kitchen & bathroom

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134D Great Western Hwy

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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. This popular suburb accommodates a primary school and offers easy access to the motorway Leonay Golf Course. Web ID: LEN10810

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 18th 1.00 to 1.40pm 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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LEONAY

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. Web ID: LEN10778

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• 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 HEIGHTS

$575,000

Be The Family Favourite

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

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

OPEN HOUSE Sat 18th 1.00 to 1.40pm 72 Nepean Street

EMU PLAINS

OFFERS OVER $599,950

A Walk To Nepean River

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

OFFERS OVER $1,400,000

EMU PLAINS Absorb The River Views

From the comfort of your private balcony or from the vantage point on the front verandah, you and your family will enjoy the peaceful ambience that only a water view can provide. This executive residence showcases open plan living complimented by a host of features that will make you the envy of your friends.

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This Clarendon built townhouse is nestled in a popular Community titled complex. Meticulously maintained this is a great opportunity to secure a lifestyle that encourages easy care living. Along with this there are an abundance features that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Located approximately fifty eight kilometres from Sydney and positioned on the western side of the prestigious Nepean River. Web ID: LEN10816

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- Nepean Hospital location – First for the area. - Off the plan – Stage one. - Nepean Private & public hospital precinct. - Located on the corner of Great Western Highway & Parker streets Kingswood, access via Barber Street Kingswood. - Located on levels 5 & 6 this world class development is a first for the Penrith area. - Lower levels are Retail & commercial premises. - Offering 1 & 2 bedroom apartments with all of today’s comforts and security. - This is a fantastic opportunity for investors. - Starting from $325,000. - Expected completion date 30th June 2017. - All Drawings & Pictures are Artists Impressions only. - Contact Michael Ball on 0414 264 668.

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Open Home Sat 10:00 – 10:30am 23/171-173 Derby Street

Offers Over $269,000 Werrington Downs

Home Sweet Home

This dwelling suits both the resident or savvy investor. It offers a tastefully renovated and open plan space, peace, privacy, all in CBD Penrith! Featuring 2 bedrooms, new kitchen with granite bench tops, open plan lounge leading out to large balcony with treetop views over Penrith, renewed bathroom with new toilet, Internal laundry, freshly painted through. Off Street rear sheltered car parking. Contact Steve Wood 0424 003 107

This 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! 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. Contact Catherine Ball 0437 322 888

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Treat yourself, downsize and spend your days carefree. No lawns to mow, no time consuming house work to do. Nestled in the Nepean River Holiday Park is this modern mobile home, suitable for a single person or couple. This home is modern, fresh and most of all “affordable”. Featuring a modern kitchen, internal laundry, large main bedroom, separate lounge and dining and large entertaining deck comfortably fitting 10 people and all furniture is included. Close to all amenities, schools ,shops, restaurants and a 5 minute walk to Emu Plains Station. Take a walk and enjoy all the parks facilities, pool and BBQ area. Don’t waste time to simplify your life. Call now for an inspection. Please note there is no land title you are purchasing the mobile home only.

Compact, neat home located in the Nepean River Holiday Park. Close to all amenities, 5 minute walk to Emu Plains station, walking distance to local schools and restaurants. Featuring 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, internal laundry, kitchen and separate lounge. It has a carport large enough to fit the much beloved caravan with dimensions of 3.35m W, 2.57mH, 10mL. This home is perfect for a couple or family with 1 child who wants to downsize with nothing to do. The benefits are incredible, the park is responsible for exterior maintenance e.g. lawns. You can also enjoy the pool and recreational facilities available to you. What a great opportunity to take life back. Please note that there is no Land Title, you are purely purchasing the home. Don’t wait call now and experience the beautiful Emu Plains.

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THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE • 727sqm approximately, near level block, with 20m frontage approximately • 3 bedrooms, 2 with built-ins • 2 living areas • L shaped lounge, dining with access to the sunroom • Fully fenced rear yard great for kids • Walking distance to schools, shops and train • Scenic river walk just around the corner

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Opportunity Beckons You will be pleasantly surprised by the size of this much loved family home. With not one but two large living areas separated by the generous kitchen with open servery, this home is perfect for those looking for a little extra space. Take advantage of the large corner block by building a granny flat (STCA) and increasing your rental income. Put this at the top of your list as this home is sure to go fast. • Plantation shutters to back yard • High Ceilings with Ornate Cornice work • Detached workshop

• Corner Block • Th ree sizeable bedrooms • Two living areas • Second toilet in laundry

Very rarely does an opportunity like this come around. Located in the growing area of Orchard Hills and ideal for the long term investor, this property has a full D.A approval for a 90 child pre-school and child care centre. It also has a large shed, enormous carport and is parcelled on more than seven acres of cleared land. • 5 Large Bedrooms • 5 Living Areas • Ducted Air-conditioning • Polished Floors

• Th ree Bathrooms • Double Garage • Huge Veranda • Formal Entry

Positioned in sought after South Penrith, extremely close to local schools, M4 and transport, this home also benefits from the abundance of parks and reserves that make South Penrith so popular for young families and investors alike.

With the very convenient location and being very within a short distance to The M4, schools and most public transport facilities, Whether an investor or someone who wants a very large single level home, this property is surely not to be missed. So give us a call and book your private inspection as this is the only way to do this amazing property justice! Land Size: 30,468sqm.

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Orchard Hills

Offers Over $399,950

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Patrons at the Penrith Paceway last Thursday night were treated to an excellent night of Harness Racing. Favourites were the order of the night and Eye Catching ($1.90) set the ball rolling with an all of the way win in race one. Driver Gavin Fitzpatrick never had a moment of worry for the whole trip although Badador ran well on for second In the second RocknRoll Star ($9.80) Cindy Rixon was too good for the more favoured runners, sitting behind the leader then getting out turning for home and being able to hold off the very fast fi nishing Bye Bye Sir. Rueben Wiki ($1.60) looked well and truly beaten at the 400m in the third but with desperate driving from Jarrod Alchin it managed to pick itself up after being headed by Famousforeverannie and

get up to beat her on the post. Race four saw Lombo Final Touch($1.70) enter the winner’s list after previous placings at his last two starts. In Pennsylvania ($9.30) was able to secure an inside run in the last 50m to get up and score from the consistent What Escape in the fi fth. Th is lucky run gave driver Rob Morris the fi rst of a winning double. Rob came out in the sixth on Icy River ($2.80) and was able to lead from the start and just hold off the consistent Dusty Delight who has four last start seconds recorded. It was a narrow but exciting win. The seventh went to Kings and Glory ($2.20) Josh Farrugia. The winner sat back in the field for most of the trip while eventual runner up Shootin The Breeze made an early move to lead. Josh made his move at the 600m.

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The NDBA Fours were completed last Saturday at Wallacia and the winners were from Blacktown Workers namely, Tony Pelle, Wayne Cox, Chris Hainey and Paul Faorlin who defeated Wayne Rixon, Ian Codner, Ross Antram and Steve Swan. Paul’s side had defeated another Blacktown Workers side in one semi and Steve defeated Matt Slager’s side from Blacktown City. The Triples have commenced. Here is a fi rst for the books at Penrith. During the preparation of playing a Club Challenge match on Thursday night, it was noticed by a member that the main man (Gary Adnum) was not in attendance which was abnormal. After enquiring from other members as to if they had heard from him and knowing he had been busy at home he was rung,

and conversation was: “Hi, are you OK Gaz. Yes, why? I don’t go to the club until 7pm on Thursdays. He was asked what about bowls on tonight? Oh f@@@ I’ll be there in 15.” Remember the Boundaries questioner closes at the end of this month. The main purpose of this joint initiative between Bowls NSW and the NSWWBA is to collate sufficient objective data and information through research, consultation and feedback to enable both Boards to make informed, evidence-based decisions to determine strategic direction for the sport in NSW. The Sixteen ‘Areas” (Zone/ Regions) which have been proposed in the Discussion Paper have been established AS A STARTING POINT and are based on measurable criteria including the Local Government Area Boundaries.

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Rugby League: The NRL is set to appoint a National Manager of Refereeing to provide a coordinated approach to officiating across all levels of the game and develop clear career pathways for aspiring match officials, from the junior ranks through to the NRL. NRL Head of Football, Todd Greenberg, said the new position follows a game-wide review of refereeing structures and highlights the important role match officials play at all levels of rugby league. As part of the review’s fi ndings, Tony Archer has been appointed NRL Referees Elite Performance Manager while former Canberra Raiders coach Andrew Dunemann will also join the high performance team as a consultant to provide match officials with technical expertise from a NRL coaching perspective.

Canoe/Slalom: The Australian Schools Slalom Championships will be held at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium, starting on Monday. 8am-12pm each day. Free of charge, free entry to venue, free parking.

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Cricket: At Howell Oval last weekend, Penrith grabbed a great win over Randwick/Petersham in second grade. Randwick/Petersham survived their entire 50 overs, scoring 5/189 in hot conditions. Penrith lost six wickets on the way to victory but got there with more than three overs to spare.

Canoe/Slalom: Our Olympic medallist Jessica Fox continues to get involved in the community, last week helping Penrith City Council launch its summer membership drive (pictured). She joined Penrith City Mayor Ross Fowler at Penrith Library for the launch of the campaign, which aims to get more and more people engaged with the library.

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Cricket: Penrith’s fi rst grade side continues to dominate, notching up another win last Saturday. Randwick/ Petersham batted fi rst, scoring 172 in the one-day clash. Penrith easily reached the target, losing just two wickets on their way to a total of 175. Jordan Silk top scored with 56.

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C Penrith’s second grade women’s cricket team scored two victories last weekend.

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enrith Cricket Club’s second grade women’s team had a thrilling double victory in the T20 competition at Whalan Oval last

Sunday. In a double header against Northern Districts and then Sydney Cricket Club, Penrith managed to bowl out Northern Districts cheaply for 78 runs. Mikayla Hinkley managed to pick up three handy wickets and Northern Districts suffered a number of run outs early on that made a comeback diffic ult. Losing only one wicket in the chase, Amy Edgar scored 27 runs and Hinkley 25 runs to lead Penrith to a very comfortable win.

But the best of play was left to the afternoon match against Sydney Cricket Club. Losing the toss, Penrith were sent in to field in the midday heat, however, tight opening spells from Penrith captain Siobhan Luczak and Edgar created pressure early for the Sydney side. The Sydney side was dismissed for 82 runs and it was then a joint effort by Penrith’s top order, who managed to catch the total with six wickets in hand. Maddison McCooey top scored on 20 not out with a quick 18 from Samantha Arnold. The second grade side is now on track to play in the fi nals, which will be held in February.

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racking one of the most famous football leagues in the world isn’t easy, that’s why Penrith-born Liverpool FC defender Brad Smith’s story is so remarkable. Since moving from Sydney to the UK at just 14, the now 19-year-old football prodigy fi nally made his long-awaited debut in the prestigious English Premier League late last month after subbing on in the fi nal 30 minutes of Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea. Speaking on Liverpool FC’s website, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for the young Australian, who recently recovered from a serious knee injury. “Young Brad is a fullback that has been out for a period of time. What he has, and the reason for putting him on, is the capacity, physically, to cope at that level,” he said. “In terms of his pace, he’s very quick, he’s strong and powerful. At that level, that’s the type of profi le of player that you need.” Smith said after years of dedication and hard work, the occasion was a “dream come true.” “I’ve been working on this for years. It was my dream to try and fulfi l this and I’m absolutely delighted to make my debut,” he said. “The manager told me to warm up and so I ran down the line to get ready but I didn’t think I was going to come on. But when he told me to get ready, it was a dream come true. “It was so hard to get back from such a horrific injury and I’m so proud that I’ve made my debut.”

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Since arriving in the UK six years ago, Smith became a dominant figure in the youth competition. His superb form led him to international recognition where he played a key role in England’s U17’s run to the quarter fi nals of the World Cup in Mexico. Following his recent debut as well as his brilliant form in the youth league tournaments over the years, the teenager has since attracted the attention of Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou, who is looking for a dynamic left-back to boost his World Cup squad. However Smith, who won the prestigious Scholar of the Year award at the end of last season, has the opportunity to pledge his allegiance to England if he chooses to. That decision will need to be made over the coming months. It’s understood Smith never featured in the Nepean Football Association during his time in Penrith, instead playing most of his junior career with the Lennox Head Football Club on the NSW upper north coast.

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ew country, new home, new team – Elijah Taylor certainly has a lot to get used to. And the 23-year-old has plenty to prove as well – saying he’s determined to make an impact at the Penrith Panthers in 2014. “I feel very welcome – it’s a good playing group and an awesome club,” said Taylor, who started training with the club last week, earlier than anticipated. “They gave me the option to come back today (Monday) but I thought it’s a new team and I’ve got to get in early and earn respect from the players.” Coming to Penrith was a huge decision for the New Zealand international, who was born in Hawera and played all his junior football across the ditch. “It was a massive step. I’ve never lived out of New Zealand before and I haven’t got much family here,” he said. “It’s something different that I haven’t done before so it’s a massive challenge and I’ve got a lot of work to do here.” So impressive has Taylor been for the Warriors that coach Matt Elliott – the former Penrith mentor – tried to convince him to stay. “About half way through the season they asked me to reconsider,” he said. After a fortnight training in Penrith’s sweltering summer heat, Taylor certainly isn’t regretting the move but admits the weather has been tough to get used to. “27 is a hot day in Auckland,” he joked. “I’ve found it really hard but they say you

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Tyrone Peachey considers his move to the Panthers this season as an opportunity for a fresh start. Peachey was a breakout player in the lower grades at Cronulla last season but is keen to become a regular fi rst grader. “It’s refreshing – all new faces and a new start. Hopefully I can get a few games at the start of the year and start fresh here,” Peachey told the Weekender. “My goal this year is to just be in the top 17 in round one. That’s my fi rst goal.” Peachey said he was excited about the youth coming through at Penrith. “There’s a lot of players in the same situation that I am – just trying to make a name for themselves and it just seemed like a good thing,” he said. Peachey said he was hoping to add enthusiasm and an “X factor off the ball” to the Panthers this season.

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Elijah Taylor is among Penrith’s new recruits for the upcoming NRL season. Photo: Melinda Jane.

adapt to it so hopefully I will.” Taylor’s move to the Panthers is an opportunity for him to reunite with coach Ivan Cleary, who joined Penrith from the Warriors two years ago. “I understand his structures and how he likes to play the game,” Taylor said. “It’s really simple, it’s really basic and it

puts the onus on the players. He gave me my fi rst grade debut back at the Warriors and he’s a good coach.” Taylor said after the disappointment of last year’s World Cup Final defeat, he’s hoping to continue his representative career with New Zealand this year while at the Panthers.

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Kevin Naiqama is living with his brother Wes while he fi nds his own place to live after moving to Penrith from Newcastle during the off-season. The brothers will both be fighting for fir st grade positions at the Panthers this year, and Kevin is hopeful of fi nding a spot in the top 17. “It’s a great opportunity down here. I’m still getting to know the boys but I am enjoying it so far,” he said. “We’re just taking it week by week and hopefully things join together and we can do something special this year.” Naiqama said he is keen to play in the Nines tournament, which takes place in New Zealand next month.

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he Gold Coast offers what appears to be a picturesque, care-free lifestyle for a footballer but for Jamal Idris, it was anything but. The 23-year-old, who started training with the Panthers on Monday after being granted a release by the Titans last week, says at times he would stare at the TV or “four walls” for hours on end, desperate to be back in Sydney with his family. Good friend and coach John Cartwright knew Idris was desperate to return home. “He was quite happy and told me to look after mum and come back to Sydney,” Idris said on Monday. “Carty is one of my best mates – I love him to death and the boys are awesome as well but at the end of the day I was up there by myself. “They all had families and I was sitting there watching four walls. “Family is massive to me and I think it is to everyone as well.” Idris strikes an imposing figure while training at the Panthers gym – standing out like he always has since making his fi rst grade debut with Canterbury back in 2008. But standing alongside players like rising star Eto Nabuli or the stocky Josh Mansour makes Idris realise he’s still got plenty of work to do to be at his peak fitness this season. “When I used to do weights they used to call it social weights because I used to walk in and talk to everyone but I think I

might have to start lifting now,” he joked. “I just want to play football – I haven’t played since the end of June. I was loving it at the time too so I just want to get back on the fie ld.” At 23, Idris still jokes around – even with an often punishing media pack – but he’s clearly matured and is ready to play some of his best football at Penrith. “I’ve experienced a lot in my life and I think I’m a bigger and better person for it now,” he said. “The club’s got a lot of good things coming and a lot of good things in store so hopefully I can be a part of that now and I can grow and the club can grow as well.” As for the team’s goals for 2014, Idris admits that being at ANZ Stadium on the fi rst week of October is the ultimate dream. “You don’t play to lose – you run out on the field every time thinking about the grand fi nal and thinking about a premiership,” he said. “I’m not going to say we’re going to get it, I am going to say we’re all going to try to do it – that’s our goal.” Idris said he will be fit to start the 2014 NRL season despite having some minor work done on his knee, and is also keen to play in next month’s Nines tournament if the opportunity arises. “I reckon it’ll be fun – it’s a good concept and hopefully I get a run because I just want to play football,” he said. Is Jamal Idris Penrith’s best signing for the 2014 NRL season? Tell us via email on news@westernweekender.com.au or Tweet us @wwpenrith.

Jamal Idris is keen to make an impact at the Panthers. Photo: Melinda Jane.

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