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taking the matter to Premier Gladys Berejiklian who halted the plans and directed the Greater Sydney Commission to complete a strategic review. Since then locals have eagerly awaited the final decision and were thrilled to hear last Friday that the Commission directed the Sydney Western City Planning Panel to refuse

the development, throwing CMCT’s plans into chaos and uncertainty. But while she received plenty of praise from residents out the front of the golf club on Wednesday afternoon, Ms Davies has warned there could still be hurdles to overcome before the matter is officially dead and buried. Story continues on » p. 7

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The Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (CMCT)’s plan for a $24 million memorial park has been strongly opposed by locals for years. Earlier this year the Department of Planning received instant backlash after deeming the development “in the public’s best interest”. Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies even threatened to quit politics if the issue was not resolved before

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An artist’s impression of the proposed upgrade, looking from the Mondo for the redevelopment of Westfield Penrith,” she said. It may be a difficult road ahead for the retail giant, with the reasons for refusal citing a number of major hurdles, some appearing tricky to overcome. Significantly, “valid concerns” were raised in relation to noise sensitivity of the

Joan Performing Arts Centre, which relies on minimum external noise interference and would be significantly impacted both during and after construction, according to the Major Assessment Report. Community members also voiced concerns over the loss of the Nepean Community College, which has been

a tenant of the subject site since 1992. In addition, the DA did not adequately address tree removal and loss of amenity, how solar access to the Mondo will be retained and protected, or the removal of the dedicated Westfield smoking area. It also failed to provide a required Remediation Action Plan.

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lans for a $10.5 million extension of Westfield Penrith have hit a major snag, with Penrith Council refusing the development application (DA). On March 8, Westfield’s owner Scentre Group Limited lodged a DA seeking Council’s approval to convert the southwest portion of the shopping centre into a dining and lifestyle quarter known as the ‘Mondo Dining Precinct’. Included in the scope of works was a new three-storey food and beverage building featuring a licenced balcony and rooftop terrace, along with a health and wellness precinct, medical hub on the first floor, and landscaped area. Last week, Council knocked back the 2,536sqm development, determining it would “result in unacceptable adverse impacts on the natural and built environments, including the Joan Performing Arts Centre”. However, a Scentre Group spokeswoman confirmed it will continue to pursue the project moving forward, albeit with amendments. “We will continue to work closely with Penrith City Council and the local Penrith community to revise our proposed plans

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n Saturday I opted to forgo a bacon and eggs breakfast and a coffee so I could make room in the budget and drive in the newly opened M4 tunnels, which bypass Parramatta Road and make the trip into the city from the west a little more bearable. The major negatives, outside of the toll which I’ll touch on in a moment, are skipping the cheap petrol available at the Speedway service station, marvelling at how Da Franco restaurant is still open at Concord and saying ‘I must try that’ when driving past the always-busy Wagyu House at Croydon. On the bright side I’m saving money and getting closer to a picture- perfect body by skipping a sneaky KFC or McDonald’s run, and I no longer have to weave out of the right hand lane when coming off the M4 and forgetting about the queue that builds to turn right. Anyone who has grown up in Penrith or greater western Sydney has a love- hate relationship with the M4 and Parramatta Road. We’ve all been stuck on the M4 for hours, feeling like the journey home will never end as the sea of red brake lights constantly appears in front of us. We remember the old $2.20 toll and scrambling for change before getting to the toll plaza, or doing the sneaky extra run along Parramatta Road to avoid it entirely. And then, not too long ago, the whole thing was free – bloody marvellous. We’ve seen the M7 built and the introduction of the Light Horse Interchange (fun fact – the largest interchange of its kind in the southern hemisphere), new entry and exit points built, more lanes

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constructed and without question, more cars along for the ride. But despite the traffic jams and the return of the toll, there’s something about the M4 that always feels like home. After a trip away there’s a special feeling when you come over the M7 back onto the M4 – you’re almost there. And now, a new era begins – tunnels under Parramatta Road that extend the M4 and will see many of us skip traffic lights and wear and tear on our brakes by continuing the motorway run for an extra 5.5km or so. I say ‘many of us’ because I’m certain plenty will be avoiding it, repeating the chaos we see at the Church Street exit as thousands upon thousands of motorists aim to skip that now almost unavoidable beep that signals further draining of your bank account. At around $15 return, the M4 is now an expensive drive no matter what your lot in life. The tunnels are brilliantly constructed, as far as tunnels go, but I’m

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not sure motorists will be handing over their cash all that comfortably. I’m also not quite buying some of the sell points being bandied about regarding the tunnels. The line that up to 20 minutes will be slashed off a trip from Parramatta to the Sydney CBD sounds incredible, but I didn’t quite see that on the weekend. Perhaps in heavy peak hour traffic, it may ring true. I also found this line from Transport Minister Andrew Constance rather interesting: “The new M4 Tunnels are the first of four major WestConnex tunnels. When WestConnex is finished in 2023, drivers will save an estimated 40 minutes on a trip from Parramatta to Sydney Airport.” Given you can quite easily get from Parramatta to the airport in 40 minutes now, that figure seems rather extraordinary and if true, will defy physics. Quite often, the benefits of new road and transport projects are oversold, and when motorists are sitting in bumper to bumper traffic on the M4, and paying for the privilege to do so, the ribbon cutting and novelty is very quickly forgotten. We do seriously need to do something about the tolls that now dominate the Sydney road network. I spent thousands of dollars in tolls in the last financial year and I wouldn’t say I’m a super- regular user of the road network. It is crushing the family budget of so many and often the cost of using new roads outweighs the benefits that get spruiked so loudly. So after my first-up experience, would I travel in the M4 tunnels regularly? Probably. After all, Parramatta Road lost its shine once Lazikos closed down a few years ago.

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ough restrictions imposed on protests organised by vegan groups won’t stop long-time animal activist Natasha Anderson from being heard. The 37- year- old from Emu Heights, who has been a vegan for 28 years, is the organiser for Anonymous for the Voiceless Penrith and has participated in many protests and performances in the Sydney CBD. She believes more people in the west need to be exposed to the “truth”. “In the city people are so much more aware, there are protests all the time, I think it’s important that people out here are getting exposed too but also can be a part of it,” she said. “So we just want to spread the truth and show people what actually happens in animal agriculture so they have a choice to see if they want to be a participant in that. People just don’t realise what’s really going on.” Their ‘cube of truth’ protests include wearing TV screens that portray Australian footage of the agriculture industry and how animals are slaughtered. Emotional songs play in the background as they stand in silence wearing masks.

Natasha Anderson is unhappy with restrictions placed on protests. Photo: Megan Dunn

Whilst veganism is becoming more common and accepted in society, Penrith City Council has sent a clear message to the group, imposing strict requirements for their performances in the local area. This includes blurring video content without sound, working within a cordoned off area with signs that read ‘graphic content’, and notifying the police in advance. The group, which has about 50 local members, must also ensure the public can take alternate paths so they don’t have to walk past the demonstration and that it is held in a place that won’t impact local businesses at a time that is not school holidays, weekends, lunch time or any peak time in the day. “Conditions reflect the ability for all users to access alternate paths of travel should they choose not to walk past or participate in the demonstration, ensuring they are not forcibly subjected to graphic images and/or demonstrations they would otherwise be free to choose their participation in,” a Council spokesperson said. Ms Anderson said the restrictions make it impossible to perform locally, so they are joining forces with Blue Mountains activist group, Action for Animals. Are the restrictions fair? Your view: news@westernweekender.com.au.

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However, things may be looking up with a new proposed scheme offering women under 40 two free rounds of IVF. The State Government committed $42 million to make IVF more affordable during the election, which included rebates of up to $500 for fertility screening. Doctors from Westmead, Royal Prince Alfred, and Randwick’s Royal Hospital for Women put the idea of free IVF and fertility preservation for cancer patients to the NSW Health Ministry last Monday as a recommendation for how they could spend this money. Other suggestions included reducing the price of IVF treatment to ensure the funding is further spread. Currently IVF in the private health sector can put patients out of pocket up to $10,000, including Medicare rebates. It is extremely rare for treatment to work the first time and often takes multiple attempts. Offering the procedures for free or at a discounted price will open up a world of opportunities to same- sex couples or those struggling with infertility. Ms Oakes said she is nervously awaiting the arrival of her bub and hopes that with this scheme she can deliver baby number two in the future.

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Commission details reasons it rejected proposal for memorial park at Wallacia another application from CMCT for a Crown cemetery at Varroville. The CMCT will soon commence preliminary work on the Varroville Cemetery site and will continue its consultation with key stakeholders about future land use at the Wallacia Golf Course site. Although the plans for Wallacia have been refused, CMCT are still able to appeal the decision. The news comes just a week after The CMCT promised to sell a portion of the land to St Johns Park Bowling Club for facility upgrades. CMCT and St Johns Park Bowling Club planned to upgrade Wallacia Golf Course, with new facilities including lawn bowls, a hydrotherapy pool, gymnasium and community centre. The plan was to reduce the size of the golf course over time, which had angered long-term members. The Panthers Group ended its association with Wallacia Golf Club earlier this year, and officially ended trading at the site on Monday, July 1.

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Kevin won’t let issue rest Truck rest area needed on The Northern Road as part of upgrade, says councillor ALENA HIGGINS

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trip southbound along The Northern Road reveals road construction left and right. But while the improvements are tipped to shave time off daily commutes and cater for a growing population, it is not all good news for road users. Despite claims of promises to the contrary, a Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) spokeswoman advised it has no plans to build a truck rest area as part of The Northern Road upgrades. In late 2016, RMS installed gates at an unofficial parking bay between Wentworth Road and Bradley Street, locking out truckies who used the site for their mandatory rest breaks or to check their loads. Several months later, Councillor Kevin Crameri called on Penrith Council to write to the RMS to point out the “gravity of the situation” and to ask them to reconsider its decision. As of June 2017, Council was supposed to investigate the possibility of providing one itself, after first clarifying if it could conduct work on a State road verge. But a Council spokesperson told the Weekender on Monday it was knocked back.

“The Northern Road is part of the state road network under the ownership and management of the RMS,” the spokesperson said. “Council was informed that truck parking or rest areas are normally only provided on highways or major regional connections.” Cr Crameri vowed to take the matter further and will ask Council to lobby State members to ensure a truck lay-by is provided. “It is a major regional road and it should be done during the upgrading and it was promised it would be done,” he told the Weekender. He said the issue will likely get worse with construction of the Western Sydney Airport and will force more trucks to park on suburban streets. As for the closure of the unofficial rest area, he said that was already posing a danger. “Now trucks have got to do a U-turn to park in the one little spot that remains [on the northbound side of the road],” Cr Crameri said. The barriers were fixed to the heavy vehicle inspection bay to ensure the site could be used for planned enforcement activities on the road, the RMS said back in April 2017.

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Reports that respected ABC commentator Craig Hamilton has been told he’s not required on the network’s rugby league coverage next year are extraordinary. Hopefully the decision can be reversed. Hamilton is an icon of sports broadcasting on the ABC.

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FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IN PENRITH? Mr Brightside FAVOURITE PLACE TO HAVE A COFFEE IN PENRITH? The Coffee Club FAVOURITE PLACE TO HAVE A DRINK IN PENRITH? Panthers FIRST PLACE YOU WOULD TAKE A VISITOR TO PENRITH? The Coffee Club at the Nepean River WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT PENRITH? Everything. Its diverse community and environment, its proximity to most other locations, access to quality schools and services, and the best rugby league club and team in the world! WHAT IS PENRITH’S BEST KEPT SECRET? Tench Reserve. Not so much of a secret, perhaps, but an absolutely spectacular part of our region. Every weekend I see members of our community, whether born and bred in Penrith or new to the area, and from all walks of life, creating lifelong memories in this beautiful part of our town.

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Penrith paramedic has been crushed to death after strong winds led to a tree falling on her car last Thursday in a tragic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Just after 4pm on July 11, mother-of-four Dearne Fulcher was travelling in a green Volvo driving on Victoria Street, North Katoomba when a large tree came down on the car. Emergency services were called to the scene where her own colleagues attempted to save her life. Tragically, she sustained fatal injuries and was unable to be revived. Her son, who was driving the vehicle, was trapped inside but later freed following a rescue operation involving Police Rescue, Fire & Rescue NSW and NSW Ambulance paramedics. He sustained head and chest injuries and was airlifted to Westmead Hospital in a serious condition. The incident led to a road closure in both directions as well as a power outage in the area. As a senior paramedic and clinician, Ms Fulcher served the community for more than 25 years.

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Paramedic Dearne Fulcher is being remembered as a “confident and dedicated” professional after her tragic death last week NSW Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan said her passing has devastated the region. “The loss of any person is a tragedy but you can imagine being confronted with someone you know, who you love, who you spend time with socially and have to be a consummate professional to provide care,” he said. “Dearne was one of those vivacious, confident and dedicated paramedics,

it rocked her colleagues from the sheer tragedy.” Ms Fulcher started with NSW Ambulance in April 1994, and worked her way up to the role of Intensive Care Paramedic operating out of Penrith Super Station. A spokesperson from NSW Ambulance said Ms Fulcher was a shining light in her community and her profession. “NSW Ambulance expresses its deepest sympathy to the Fulcher family following

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Laneway closed Laneways causing anti-social behaviour will be investigated after a Penrith Councillor requested Council compile a list with a view to closing them. It comes after Councillors approved the total physical closure of Sennar Lane, Erskine Park through the installation of suitable security fencing and gates following complaints. During last month’s Ordinary Council meeting, Councillor Marcus Cornish requested a list of similar lanes causing problems with a view to potentially closing them. The Penrith Local Government Area has a total of 327 pedestrian laneways, most of which provide safe and convenient access for locals, according to a Council report. – Alena Higgins

Crash concern Penrith City Council has nominated 10 projects for funding under the Australian government’s Blackspot Program 2020/21. Forrester Road, St Marys between Glossop Street and Christie Street, and Maxwell Street, South Penrith from Evan Street to Fragar Street top the list of areas requiring safety upgrades, with both sections recording 11 injury crashes each between July 2013 and June 2018. Glossop Street, St Marys near Adelaide Street, Andrews Road, Cranebrook near Laycock Street and Derby Street, Penrith near Doonmore and Woodriff streets also feature in the top 10. Nominated projects were prioritised according to the number of injury crashes that had occurred.

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power prices but very few will consider the nuclear solution staring us right in the eye. Close to 500 nuclear power plants are running solidly, reliably, and (I dare say) safely in just about every advanced country. Australia has the highest power prices in the world.

“We live in fear of the next power bill” We are paying two or almost three times more than American households. In the States, people leave the heater on in winter and the air-conditioning burning away through summer. No-one even talks about power prices in

the US. It’s not an issue. In our country we live in fear of the next power bill. Today America has almost 100 nuclear reactors generating cheap power and no-one even blinks. The British generate about 20 per cent of their power from nuclear; 15 reactors at work every day. Nuclear generates 75 per cent of power in France. They’re not popular but Germany has 17 nuclear reactors. 19 plants help power Canada and keep the prices down. Meanwhile in Australia we pay through the roof and subsidise windmills and solar with billions in handouts. Apart from the Deputy Premier John Barilaro and One Nation’s Mark Latham no- one has the courage to even utter ‘nuclear power’ even though we have the largest known uranium resources in the world. Just maybe it’s time to grow up.

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To snip or not to snip? Medicare statistics show circumcision could be making a comeback in Australia EMILY FESZCZUK

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s it the unkindest cut of all or is circumcision making a comeback? The controversial topic has faced many twists and turns over the years, with a range of ever-changing trends and opinions. In the 1950s the rate of circumcision in Australia was about 80 per cent, yet jump to present day and it’s estimated that only around 20 per cent of newborn boys are circumcised. In an online poll conducted by the Weekender recently, 57 per cent of parents said they were against getting their sons circumcised. Jordan Springs mum of two, Stacey Ward, said she was pro- circumcision but ended up deciding against the procedure. “I was completely for circumcision, adamant that our sons would have it until my midwife said that if our son wanted it later it could be done but you can’t ever sew it back on,” Ms Ward said. “In the ‘50s it was just done no matter what, but they have realised it’s not necessary. My boys are five and three, so they probably won’t get it done unless medically necessary, but it will be their decision later in life if they really want to.”

Dr Adrian Sheen, who performs circumcisions at Mulgoa Medical Centre, said midwives are part of the reason parents choose not to circumcise their sons. “Midwives often make people feel uncomfortable about talking about it, which is unreasonable because whether you agree with it or disagree with it, people should be given a choice and the correct facts,” he said. “It is a highly personal decision that is different for every family, but a major problem is people in public hospitals are not given the opportunity as they will not perform the procedure.” Dr Sheen said the practice would never completely cease but instead predicts a resurgence in popularity. “If you look at Medicare statistics, they aren’t perfect, but they do suggest it’s a trend that will slowly go up again and will increase with a number of people making the decision they want their baby circumcised for various reasons,” he said. “It won’t disappear as we have Jewish people, other religions and many cultures in Australia now, so we just have to make sure if they get the procedure, it is done by well-trained doctors that are experienced, so that is goes smoothly.” What’s your view? Email us: news@ westernweekender.com.au.

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Leanne Torres has started a new book club in Penrith. Photo: Megan Dunn Ms Torres said reading has many health benefits and that technology has been a positive for the book club. “Reading is important to our mental health, it makes you feel good by finishing a book, it increases your vocabulary and

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The man accused of injuring three police officers following a barricade in Penrith last week will remain behind bars. Danny Flowers, 35, did not apply for bail and bail was formally refused when he faced Penrith Local Court last Friday. Sporting a sling on his left arm and burns to the side of his face, Flowers sat quietly in the dock as his matter was mentioned. His Legal Aid lawyer indicated there would be no bail application and requested Magistrate Geoffrey Hiatt mark the papers endorsing the need for Flowers to receive a mental health assessment and medical treatment while in custody. Earlier that morning, Flowers is alleged to have barricaded himself in a Dent Street, Penrith home after police responded to calls regarding an alleged break and enter. He is then accused of using an aerosol can and lighter to direct flames at police, who were confronted by Flowers behaving erratically when they arrived on the scene about 5.30am. After preventing them from entering the property, Flowers is alleged to have made a daring escape, scaling his balcony and fleeing the scene. But his freedom was short lived, with officers giving chase and arresting him a short time later on Mulgoa Road, Penrith. Three police officers suffered minor injuries after being exposed to the flames and during the struggle to arrest the accused. One officer experienced sustained redness and swelling to his right arm, another sustained cuts and abrasions to his right hand and a third officer was punched in the chest. Flowers faces two counts each of ‘assault police officer in execution of duty without actual bodily harm’, ‘assault police officer in execution of duty cause actual bodily harm’, and one count each of ‘resist or hinder police officer in the

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A truckie who caused traffic chaos when he ignored load limit warning signs and tried to drive his massive rig up Old Bathurst Road near Emu Heights has copped a $2,000 fine. The winding road that leads to East Blaxland was closed in a westerly direction for more than two hours during Monday morning peak hour on May 20, after the Kenworth semi trailer Kulvinder Singh was driving jackknifed and became stuck on a hair pin bend about 7.45am. A heavy vehicle tow was required to dislodge the truck, which was then reversed back down the range blocking traffic in both directions. The 29-year-old Kings Park resident told Penrith Local Court last Thursday he made a wrong turn after dropping off his load in Emu Heights and was attempting to get back onto the M4 without a GPS. The court heard he travelled past at least two warning signs stating ‘Old Bathurst Road between Gosling Street and Binya Street was not suitable for trucks, buses, caravans or trailers over 7.5m or 3.5 tonnes’. Despite this he pushed on, with the combined total of his truck, trailer and the empty shipping container he was towing weighing in at 16.2 tonnes and measuring more than 12 metres in length. Singh told the court he attempted to turn back after noticing the second warning sign, but was unable to do so due to heavy traffic. Magistrate Brian van Zuylen labelled that a “pretty unsatisfactory explanation”. “This was a terrible decision by you,” he scolded. “I mean, who expects [to find] a

A heavily intoxicated motorist who held up traffic for 10 minutes as she attempted to navigate her way through a drive thru has been ordered off the road for six months. Kelly Anne Ellis, 50, fronted Penrith Local Court last Thursday charged with high-range drink driving after crashing into a Mercedes Benz in the car park of Blaxland McDonald’s. Her lawyer told the court the mother-oftwo was driving home after an argument with her ex-partner when she came to the realisation she shouldn’t be driving and pulled over to call her son. Police were called after Ellis collided with the car as she tried to park her vehicle. They found her with an open bottle of Vodka on the passenger seat and a 17cm knife in the car door, the latter of which she said she was unaware of. The court heard the former prison officer, who was medically retired with chronic PTSD in August 2018, had not drunk alcohol for 18 months prior to the incident. Her lawyer submitted she was not previously known to police and had never put the community in danger before. Magistrate Brian van Zuylen said she would have been a danger to everyone frequenting the restaurant. “You were very intoxicated, which is evident by the way you drove,” he reprimanded. She was convicted, fined $800 and ordered to enter a 24-month alcohol interlock program. She was handed a nine-month good behaviour bond without conviction for having custody of the knife.

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A drunk driver who fled on foot to try to dodge an RBT has been ordered to undertake 80 hours of community service work. Police dogs located Dean James Baines hiding in scrubs in the early hours of March 23 after the 21-year-old hotfooted it from the car. Baines, a cancelled driver with four passengers in the car, blew 0.109 and was arrested but initially denied he was the driver, Penrith Local Court heard. The court heard it was the 21-yearold’s third drink driving matter, with the defendant coming before the court previously for special and novice range offences, which relate to provisional drivers who record readings below 0.05. His lawyer said he had explained the possibility of jail to Baines and that there were “two doors to every court”. He was stripped of his licence for six months, fined $1,000 and ordered to enter the mandatory alcohol interlock program for 24 months upon completion of his disqualification. He was also handed an 18-month good behaviour bond with supervision.

Woman fined after driving nephew to hospital unlicenced

An unlicenced driver has been slapped with a fine after she was busted behind the wheel. The woman appeared before Penrith Local Court last Thursday charged with ‘never licenced driver’. Her lawyer told the court the defendant got a call from her nephew who was suffering an asthma attack and she “panicked” and drove him to the hospital. But Magistrate Brain van Zuylen said she was an unlicenced driver “for all purposes” and suggested she should have called an ambulance instead. “If you want to drive, get a licence like the rest of us,” he said. She was convicted and fined $600.

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A not so stealthy thief has been charged after she was caught stealing from a Jamisontown shopping centre but accidentally locked her keys inside her car when she was attempting to escape. At 4.50pm on Monday, July 15 the 37-year-old Ermington woman attended the centre where she stole a set of speakers from a retailer. Attending a second store, she again attempted to steal a set of speakers but was caught in the act by staff. After discussions, she returned the items before fleeing to her motor vehicle. Once she was finished loading other stolen goods into the boot of the car, she realised she had locked her keys inside and escaped on foot. Police were notified and attended the scene where she was later located upon her return. A search of the vehicle was conducted with further stolen property located. She was arrested and charged with ‘goods in custody suspected of being stolen’ and two counts of ‘larceny’.

Penrith: Man arrested after using stolen credit card

A man has been charged after he allegedly used a stolen credit card around the Penrith CBD. On Wednesday, July 10 at 8.35am a woman who was inside a licensed premises in the area accidentally dropped her card without noticing. It is alleged a 39-year-old Kingswood man picked it up, left the premises and attended a convenience store on Henry Street, Penrith where he used the card to purchase goods. He left the store and attended another store nearby on High Street where he attempted to use the card on two separate occasions. At this time the female victim noticed her card was missing and cancelled it instantly.

Police were notified and located the man at about 11am on Evan Street, Penrith where he was arrested. He was charged with ‘larceny’, ‘dishonestly obtaining property by deception’ and two counts of ‘attempt to dishonestly obtain property by deception’. He was refused bail.

Penrith: String of charges after woman terrorises residents

A 38-year-old woman has been arrested after she terrorised homeowners and maliciously damaged their property. It was reported to police that during the day of Friday, July 12 the woman was throwing mud and dirt at the window of a First Street, Penrith home and terrorising the occupants. The woman continued to behave erratically and smashed the window. Police were called to the scene, identified the accused and attempted to handcuff her. She tried to escape and spat in the faces of the officers who held her down. She was arrested and charged with ‘malicious damage’, ‘stalking’ and intimidation with intent to cause fear or physical harm’, ‘assault police’ and ‘resist arrest’.

Emu Plains: Former bikie charged over drug allegations

Police have charged a second former Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) member as part of investigations into an alleged criminal network. Police are investigating the activities of criminal networks, including the supply of prohibited drugs, across Sydney. After a Penrith man was charged earlier this year, detectives arrested a 35-yearold man at a home in Emu Plains just after 8am on Wednesday, July 10. The man was charged with ‘take part in the supply of large commercial quantity of prohibited drug’, ‘knowingly deal with proceeds of crime’, ‘assault officer in execution of duty’, and ‘resist officer in execution of duty’.

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enrith soap and body care manufacturer Clover Fields is celebrating a special milestone, as the company has officially saved 150,000 shampoo and conditioner bottles from being made and used. Operating in Penrith since 1983, the company is Australia’s oldest familyowned soap manufacturer and sells both locally, interstate and abroad. Although the initiative, Shampoo with a Purpose, only launched under 12 months ago, it has grown to become their second best selling product of all-time. The $15 bar is equivalent to six bottles of shampoo, benefiting not only the environment but your pocket too. Clover Fields owners, mother and daughter duo Elizabeth and Geneva Valek, said doing their bit for the environment is their highest priority. “Shampoo with a Purpose is one of our newer brands, which we launched in August last year and we’ve been selling this across the country and exporting overseas, it’s been really exciting,” Geneva said. “We started doing the shampoo bars because there’s a huge push in the market for plastic - free and environmentally

friendly products that are all natural and because of that, shampoo bars have been really popular.” The shampoo and conditioner bars cover four different hair types including original, dry or damaged, volume and colour treated. Argan oil, shea butter, sandalwood and kakadu plum are just some of the natural ingredients used. Geneva said their bars are set apart from popular brands as their formula and technique ensures their durability. “Normal shampoo bars are hand made so they fall apart in the shower and don’t last very long but ours, because they are tripplemill they are like a high quality soap without the soap, last for six bottles of shampoo and conditioner and don’t fall apart in the shower,” she said. “We’ve received a positive response from locals and they sell phenomenally. People just want an alternative to shampoo in bottles but also something to improve on that regular product they use.” Soap bars have been gaining popularity across the country as concern increases about climate change and waste disposal. Geneva said the shampoo and conditioner bars are an easy, money saving switch for local residents that has a huge positive impact on the environment.

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it on the page I thought ‘wow that’s amazing’,” he said. “They didn’t have any collection points in Sydney, so we sent him a message and told him we were all for it. “Anything that helps kids is a great cause, especially for kids with needs like this. I’ve got my own family so when it comes to seeing other kids in the world struggling, anything to boost their confidence up is great and something I’d want to support.” The family have now been collecting for about a month with mainly friends and relatives dropping off their unwanted lids. Mr Edwards hopes he can spread awareness to the wider community, so they are able to collect more for the children. “We haven’t done an official count as of yet but our goal is to collect at least a couple of hundred lids,” he said. The lids that are collected are sorted into colours, melted and extruded to create functioning filament for 3D printers. With the popularity of films such as ‘The Avengers’, Mr Edwards hopes the colourful limbs boost the children’s confidence by providing them with something unique and special. So if you’re a recycler and have lids galore at home, contact Daniel on 0416 738 212 or danedwards123@gmail.com.

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ADO Disability Services held its annual Friendship Day on Wednesday. The special Christmas in July themed event in Werrington welcomed people from all over the community to connect. Coordinator, Gity Shariati, said the event has grown stronger in the six years since it started and was a tremendous success. “The idea of Friendship Day is to bring the community together, focusing on people who are often more isolated within the community,” she said. “This includes people with varied abilities, people from non- English speaking

backgrounds, and those of different cultures.” People from local Disability Service Providers, NDIS, local Aboriginal Elders and local businesses called ‘Friends of NADO’ all joined in on the festivities. “The day revolves around the theme of making new friendships while having a great time and eating good food,” Ms Shariati said. “There is a whole lot of dancing, singing, and great photo opportunities with the local fire brigade making an appearance.” To find out more information about the work NADO does supporting people living with disabilities, visit www.nado. org.au.


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Ausbikes – Sole Trader What did winning mean to you? Winning the Local Business Award for Sole Trader of the Year was a massive achievement. We were in a transition year where we were taking things to a whole new level and winning the award reinforces that we were performing well and our community recognised this! It was a fantastic night which resulted in Ausbikes walking away with an award that really means the world to us. We cannot wait to have the opportunity to do it again this year! Why do you love the Local Business Awards? The Local Business Awards highlights not only established businesses but up-and-coming as well. It’s not only the recognition, but the bragging rights that come with winning an award! Ausbikes are proud of our achievements and the Local Business Awards is exactly that, Local. We want to ensure we are doing right by our local customers because we represent Western Sydney, and we know where we come from. The Local Business Awards gives Ausbikes the opportunity to thank our supporters and customers. What is your message to your customers? We have been nominated for Sole Trader of the Year 2019 and we have another Company, Ausbikes Weddings who are nominated as well! To all our Customers, Supporters and Team Members . . . Thank you. Without you, Ausbikes would not be the company it is today. We now have a successful clothing company, a wedding and events company. We have even teamed up with Frasers Harley-Davidson to build a bike! We have so much more in the pipeline! We appreciate all the support! So let’s do it again this year! Vote for Ausbikes in this year’s Local Business Awards because your vote counts.

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Goldmark Jewellers – Jewellery Store What did winning mean to you? Winning meant that we felt appreciated and supported by our local community. Why do you love the Local Business Awards? We love the awards as it creates a real sense of community and also gave our team a chance to feel really great about themselves and the role we play in serving our local area. What is your message to your customers? The team at Goldmark MT DRUITT would like to sincerely thank you for your support. We feel like we are much more than just a jewellery store, we are part of the community and love catching up with all of you.

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Bubbles Doggy Wash – Pet Care What did winning mean to you? Winning the award was completely unexpected, our category included some amazing businesses which I think were equally deserving. I was so overwhelmed, when I returned to my seat after accepting the award I cried. Anyone that owns a business knows it is hard work & to achieve the award at that moment it felt it was all so much more worth it. Why do you love the Local Business Awards? The Local Business Awards are truly inspiring, it’s the perfect way to recognise the local businesses that are striving & making a difference, rewarding them for doing great. I never knew about the the Local Business Awards before I owned Bubbles Doggy Wash & I am so grateful to be a part of the awards. It’s also an enjoyable night out winning the award or not. What is your message to your customers? I am blessed to have such wonderful customers & equally wonderful furr clients. The friendships, laughs, support & appreciation I receive every day makes my job the best job in the world. A huge THANK YOU!! <3

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Styles By Jaimy – Hairdresser What did winning mean to you? Winning the category of Hairdresser in the awards was a reward for the team’s determination to be the best in what we do. It was great to know how much our clients value all our hard work. Why do you love the Local Business Awards? We love the Local Business Awards because it’s great to see so many local business owners being recognised by their customers for doing what they love and doing it well. It’s also a great way for potential customers to see the fantastic reputation that we have built at Styles By Jaimy. What is your message to your customers? To all our amazing customers, THANK YOU for your support and taking the time to vote for us,

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Professionals Real Estate – Real Estate Agency What did winning mean to you? Winning isn’t about finishing in first place or about beating others, rather growing and expanding our business whilst providing consistent service to our clients. Professionals Outer Western Sydney value customer experience and as a result we have a high level of customer satisfaction, outstanding achievement awards and business recognitions which demonstrate that we are on the right path. Professionally we endeavor to connect with more people on a larger scale, create positive change and assist people to achieve their real estate dreams. Why do you love the Local Business Awards? Professionals Outer Western Sydney love the local business awards, as it’s a great time for the community to recognise local small businesses and celebrate the hard work and success they have achieved over the past year. What is your message to your customers? Professionals Outer Western Sydney consisting of three teams, St Marys, Plumpton and Erskine Park would like to thank our customers for their ongoing support over the past 30 years. We value your business and guarantee the highest level of service for every transaction we handle, including every sale, every auction and every property management for every client. This is our service guarantee and Professionals Outer Western Sydney is a company you can trust.

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DODDS Cancel those September holiday plans. From an almost impossible position, the Panthers have moved into the NRL top eight and now control their own destiny in a season that looked done and dusted two months ago. Penrith breezed past the Titans 24- 2 at Panthers Stadium last Friday night in a performance that was far from clinical but certainly showed that this is a side continuing to build at the right time. Friday night’s clash with St GeorgeIllawarra promises to be a contest of blockbuster proportions at Panthers Stadium, with a huge crowd expected and supporters now starting to believe that Ivan Cleary’s side can still do something special this season.

There is a fear that Penrith will want to take a breath now that they’ve reached the top eight, but hopefully Cleary can keep his young side grounded this week and ensure the message sinks in that the job is far from done. If 28 points gets you into the Finals this year, and it most likely will, Penrith still need to win five of their remaining eight games to get there. Facing such a scenario, the four remaining home games are critical – win those and Penrith will only need to grab one win on the road against either the Bulldogs, Broncos, Cowboys or Roosters to ensure their spot. The Dragons have been ordinary of late and surrendered meekly to Ricky Stuart’s Raiders on Sunday night, and their task is made even more difficult by the five-day turnaround they now face for this game. It’s really now or never for Paul McGregor’s side, which sits in 14th spot

2GB 873 ABC 702 on the ladder and will dramatically lose touch with the top eight if they fall to the Panthers. McGregor has surprisingly rested Ben Hunt for this match, with Darren Nicholls to play halfback, but welcomes back James Graham from injury. While Penrith’s backline appears much stronger on paper than that of the Dragons, you can’t doubt the firepower the visitors offer up front. With the likes of Graham, Paul Vaughan, Tyson Frizell and Tariq Sims in their pack, St George- Illawarra can certainly lay a strong platform up the middle of the field, and this is their best chance of dominating the Panthers. McGregor labelled last week’s loss to Canberra as “the worst performance of the season” and said it was “unacceptable”, a message that could well fire the players up ahead of the clash with Penrith. Penrith are still making too many errors,

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conceding too many penalties and missing too many tackles for any supporter to feel comfortable that they’ll keep their winning streak going, but by winning games they’re allowing Cleary and co to focus on the little things at training, tightening up areas of their game and making small improvements week by week. Nathan Cleary returns from injury this weekend to partner James Maloney in the halves and that’ll be a welcome boost for the side. While many want to see Jarome Luai in the team permanently, being able to ease him into the week- to-week roller coaster ride of first grade is surely only a good thing for his future. With their season on the line, the Dragons won’t easily give up the two competition points on Friday. Penrith will need to improve again to ensure six of the best turns into seventh heaven. Tip: Panthers by 6.

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CROWD FAVE  Nathan Cleary may have missed last

Friday night’s game at Panthers Stadium but he was still a crowd favourite at the match. Cleary spent plenty of time speaking with young fans, signing autographs and taking photos. The 21-year-old is copping it from some sections of the Penrith fan base for his on-field performances (often unfairly), but nobody can deny the extraordinary benefits his profile brings to the club.

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works when it comes to the future of James Maloney, who may now be facing a diet of croissants instead of warm beer. Maloney is all but certain to leave Penrith at the end of the season after two stand-out years, and has always wanted to finish his career overseas. While Leeds in the UK are the favourites to snare his signature, France-based club Catalan Dragons have now confirmed their interest in the Origin winner.

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nomically increase the rent the Panthers pay to lease the stadium they’ve called home since 1967? That’s the rumour doing the rounds – apparently it won’t be happening given how much Panthers pay to maintain and manage the ground each year.

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Nathan Cleary was a crowd favourite last Friday night. Photo: Megan Dunn The powerhouse forward was battling gastro, which significantly limited his game time and saw him exit the field immediately after full-time, skipping the celebrations. The 24-year-old should be fighting fit for Friday night’s game against the Dragons at Panthers Stadium.

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After suffering a broken back, a groin injury, an ankle injury, dislocated shoulder and even a terrifying asthma attack, Cartwright was close to giving it all away. “It was a tough period to go through especially getting so close to debuting a few times… it just felt like I would get an injury and it would set me back a couple of months,” Cartwright admitted. “It was getting really frustrating and emotionally draining and I remember calling Dad a couple of times because I just had enough. “Thankfully after a few days I got my motivation back but it sort of makes it sweeter now that I’ve finally got there.” Making the occasion last week even more interesting for the Cartwright clan, the Warragamba Wombats junior got to make his debut up against former Panther turned Titan, Bryce Cartwright. Cartwright said it was a unique experience playing against his cousin in front of all their family and friends. “We were meant to be on the same side of the field when I came on but unfortu-

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FEATURE Brent Naden at Panthers HQ this week. Photo: Megan Dunn

ON THE RAILS BRENT NADEN’S REMARK ABLE JOURNEY TO THE NRL NATHAN

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Panthers rookie Brent Naden thought his chances of ever playing in the NRL were done and dusted before a surprise midseason call-up changed his life forever. To his own admission, a bad diet of McDonald’s, KFC and Krispy Kreme prevented him from reaching his peak earlier but now a refreshed outlook on life is proving wonders for the talented 23-year-old. Before kick- off against the Titans last Friday night, it was announced to the crowd that Naden would be remaining at the foot of the Mountains for a further two seasons – a huge reward for six months of hard work and discipline. But how did the Wellington-born centre and proud Indigenous man get to where he is today?

While his face may be new to most rugby league fans, Naden first joined Penrith in 2013 as a member of the club’s SG Ball squad. Two years later he captained Penrith’s Holden Cup side to a premiership before departing to pursue opportunities at Canberra and Newcastle. While Naden came close to playing first grade at both the Raiders and Knights, it wasn’t until he returned to Penrith this year on a part- time contract that things really started to take-off. “Cameron Ciraldo got me back to the club, he was my U20s coach and my mentor at the same time,” Naden revealed to Extra Time. “My manager asked me if I wanted to come back to Penrith and Ciro rang me to see if I was excited to return, I replied ‘of course’.” Naden returned to the Panthers alongside his younger brother Brock, who tried

to secure a contract with the club’s Jersey Flegg team before home sickness got the better of him and he returned to the state’s Central West. That moment, Naden admits, changed everything. “I couldn’t convince my brother to stay here and give it a better crack because I wasn’t giving it a real crack at the time either – I didn’t have a leg to stand on,” he said. “So, I thought I’d knuckle down and try and live my dream of playing in the NRL, so I have a leg to stand on in the future and be a good role model to my family.” Naden trained during the pre- season with Penrith’s NRL squad before beginning the season proper in Canterbury Cup. Following injuries to experienced centres Dean Whare and Waqa Blake in first grade, Naden won a surprise call-up to the NRL in Round 12 against Manly. Five games in, Naden has already scored

four NRL tries including a match winner, and is yet to experience a loss. Naden admitted he thought his ship of playing in the NRL had sailed but was proud to make his debut. “It’s funny how rugby league works, six months ago I was working on the NBN,” Naden said. “It may seem like everything has happened so quickly but I’ve been working a long time for it. “I started my junior footy here, played U20s and then moved away and came back. As a black fella would say ‘he went walkabout and found his way back home’. I’m proud to call Penrith my home for the next two seasons.” Fortunately for Panthers supporters, the best of Naden is still to come. If he continues to remain disciplined and manages to lay off the cheeseburgers, popcorn chicken and Original Glazed, the sky’s well and truly the limit.


Panthers put competition on notice

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he Penrith Panthers are closing in on a piece of history that will have their fans licking their lips heading into September. This weekend the Panthers have the chance to enter seventh heaven when they take on the Dragons in a Friday night blockbuster at Panthers Stadium. If the Panthers perform the way they did in last Friday night’s 24-2 mauling of the Gold Coast Titans, they’ll be one win away from equaling their best ever winning streak. The Panthers stormed their way to the top of the ladder in 2003 with a record eight straight wins, a streak which ultimately led them all the way to a grand final win over the Roosters. The Panthers side of 2003 is not unlike the squad of 2019, they had livewire players like Preston Campbell and Rhys Wesser, metre-eaters in the outside backs like Luke Lewis and Luke Rooney, and hard- nosed forwards like Tony Puletua, Scott Sattler and Martin Lang. This year’s squad has livewire players like James Maloney and Dylan Edwards, they have metre- eaters in the outside

The Panthers show some gritty defence against Gold Coast. Photo: Megan Dunn backs like Josh Mansour and Dean Whare and they have hard- nosed forwards like James Tamou, James Fisher- Harris and Isaah Yeo. The return of Nathan Cleary is also a

timely boost for the Panthers with Ivan Cleary no doubt hoping that his son and Maloney can find the form that saw them both back in the Origin arena this season. Like the side of 2003, the 2019 Panthers

side is somewhat flying under the radar and not considered a genuine premiership threat by many, but the way they’ve gone about their business for the last six weeks should have every NRL side on notice. In the last six weeks the Panthers have shown true grit, composure and determination to defeat top eight rivals, Manly, Souths and the Roosters, and they showed last week against a disappointing Titans outfit that they also have the ability to blow sides off the paddock. On Friday night they’ll come up against a Dragons side which may be out of sorts, but who will be desperate for a win. In Corey Norman, Tyson Frizell, Paul Vaughan and Tariq Sims, they have Origin class across the paddock. They’ll be smarting following their last start loss to the Raiders and know that every loss from here on out will be fatal to their Finals hopes. It makes for another gripping Friday night showdown, but with the way the Panthers are playing at the moment I’m tipping them to enter seventh heaven and set up a record equaling battle against the Raiders next weekend.

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Is the NRL competition really a level playing field?

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he beauty of the NRL competition is when you go to the football your team has a chance of winning. For years now the competition has been so even each season, virtually every team has a chance of beating their opposition on any given day. That wasn’t the case back in the 1980s and early ‘90s. Clubs such as Brisbane and Canberra were so dominant, when your team faced them they didn’t have much of a chance, and if you supported Illawarra or Wests you knew you’d usually finish on the bottom of the ladder each season. The salary cap era has brought fans what we are told, is one of the most even professional sporting competitions in the world. Compare the NRL to the English Premier League where there is more competition for teams to be promoted and relegated than actually winning the title. On the surface this year’s competition is as even as it’s ever been. Only six points or three wins separate teams three and 11. Last weekend we saw the Roosters, the Premiers, beaten by three points by the Cowboys who have sat outside the eight all season, a one point win to Souths over

Manly and a draw between the Broncos and Warriors. However I’d argue the close nature of week to week football is hiding the truth, which is that the salary cap is not delivering a truly even competition. Melbourne are six points ahead on the ladder and seemingly a lock for the Minor Premiership. The Storm have played in the last three grand finals and few would bet against them making a fourth. Since 2011 the only team other than Melbourne or the Roosters to win the Minor Premiership has been Canterbury in 2012. The Storm also finished on top of the ladder in ‘06, ’07 and ‘08. While a handful of other teams have come from the top four to win the competition, it has been a remarkable period of dominance for the Storm and Roosters and indicates the competition is not as even as the NRL would make out. That is not to take away from the achievements of the Storm and Roosters, they are the most professionally run clubs in the competition, however it shows the salary cap is more about preventing clubs going broke than creating an even competition.

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Panthers hit rock bottom Some years, it’s easy to predict what the season ahead is going to bring. There’s a feeling around the place; an indication of sorts on whether there will be smiles or tears come September. In 2001, off the back of a successful 2000 season, everyone expected the Panthers to do well. Nobody could have predicted that Penrith would finish with the wooden spoon – but that’s exactly what happened, and it would set off a chain of events that would eventually rock the club. Showing just how high expectations were in 2001, club legend Steve Carter had knocked back big money in England because he believed the club was a realistic hope of winning the title. Things started to look shaky in the trials when Melbourne thumped Penrith 40- 18 and an emerging Tony Puletua suffered a serious knee injury that would put him out for an extended period. In round one, Penrith were totally outplayed by arch rivals Parramatta, going down 40- 4. To make matters worse, star centre Ryan Girdler was injured in the capitulation. A 38-22 loss to Brisbane followed, then a 42- 34 defeat to the Northern Eagles at Penrith Stadium. The Panthers were leaking points big time.

Chris Hicks scores a rare try in 2001 It wasn’t until round 4 that Penrith finally put a win on the board, downing North Queensland 32-18. Two straight home losses followed – to the Bulldogs and Sharks – and with just one win from the opening six rounds, it was obvious that pre- season expectations were unlikely to be met. With the side struggling, club officials were becoming aware of growing angst in the playing group, and with a host of stars off contract at the end of the

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season, they moved to offer stability by re-signing coach Royce Simmons for two years. It worked. Top priorities Ryan Girdler and Scott Sattler re- signed with the club, Girdler sticking around because he believed the club would win a premiership within three years. Craig Gower also re- signed, shunning an offer from the Bulldogs. On the field, occasional wins were overshadowed by horrific losses, including a 52-8 defeat to the Warriors at Ericsson Stadium in round 9 and a 58-14 thrashing at the hands of Melbourne in round 11 at Penrith Stadium. It was Simmons’ press conference following the Warriors game that really summed up where the season was heading. “There’s blokes down there in that room crying. They’re sitting there, grown men, crying,” he said. The year then descended into a farce when on August 7, two members of the Panthers’ Board met with the players without Simmons, and asked them to air their grievances. It was the beginning of the end for Simmons’ coaching at the Panthers. After a 60-18 defeat to Newcastle in the final round, the final nail was placed in the coffin and it was confirmed that Simmons would move on.

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EXTRA MINUTES  The Gold Coast Titans are searching for a new coach after sacking Garth Brennan earlier this week. Plenty of names are in the mix including Anthony Griffin, Geoff Toovey and even brothers Shane and Ben Walker. Kevin Walters remains in the discussions, despite all but ruling himself out of the job earlier this week. “While the on-field results have not been what we hoped for, Garth will still leave a tremendous legacy for this club with his contribution to the creation of our development systems and pathways,” Titans Chairman Dennis Watt said.

 Fox League enjoyed mega ratings

thanks to Cameron Smith’s 400th NRL game and a golden point thriller last Saturday. Fox League’s coverage of the Storm v Sharks match ranked as the channel’s third highest rating regular season game ever. Saturday afternoon’s thrilling 18-all extra time draw between the Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors also drew record audiences, with an average of 328,000 viewers watching the match, including 457,000 watching on TV at 7.25pm during extra time. The match was the second most watched Saturday afternoon game this season. The ratings for both matches helped deliver Fox League its second best day ever with a massive

16.03 per cent share of viewing on Foxtel on Saturday.

Talking of ratings, while figures for this year’s State of Origin series on Channel Nine were down, streaming numbers skyrocketed. All of the key figures were up by significant percentages across the 9NOW streaming platform.

Canberra centre Nick Cotric has been suspended for three matches after taking an early guilty plea to a Dangerous Throw charge. Cotric was sent off for the ugly tackle on St George-Illawarra’s Tim Lafai in Wollongong on Sunday night.

Belinda Sharpe is the first woman to referee an NRL match after being handed the whistle to partner Ben Cummins for the clash between the Broncos and Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium.

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Prada recreates her favourites such as Barbara Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Celine Dion and Cher. “We have three drag queens impersonating 12 of the most iconic divas with the highest respect, as we admire and adore these women,” Prada said. “Everyone should expect to laugh, sing, dance, cry and hopefully be uplifted and inspired by the end of the show.” While Prada pays tribute to the greats, she is a true performer in her own right being one of Australia’s most in-demand live singing drag queens, which sets her apart from the rest. “My whole life I wanted to sing the big diva songs, so this was the perfect oppor-

tunity I created for myself and it was very well received, so I can’t go back,” Prada said. “I find it easier to connect to the audience if something funny happens and you can ad lib to the song, it gives that more personal relationship with them.” This show will dazzle the audience with wonderful wigs, colourful costumes, cheeky humour and of course amazing performances like never seen before. ‘Les Divas’ will be on at the EVAN Theatre in Penrith on Saturday, August 10 at 8pm. Tickets are from $35.45. To book, call 1300 PANTHERS, visit penrithpanthers.com.au or see the staff at Panthers reception.

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Eric Grothe & The Gurus – St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Bon Jovi Tribute Show Penrith RSL, 4728 5200 Friday, July 19, 9pm, free entry

Mike Hallam Hot Five – Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 The Frocks – Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Rocking Mustangs – St Marys RSL Free entry, 8pm 9623 6555 The Groove Band – St Marys Band Club Free entry, 9pm 9623 1211 Elton John Show – Blacktown Workers From $12, 8pm 9830 0600 Mary’s Karaoke – Grey Gums Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 4734 5555 M7 – St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Original Sin INXS Show – Colonial Hotel Free entry, 9.30pm 9623 1384 DJ – Red Cow Free entry, 7pm 4721 5666 Good Vibes – Tattersalls From $10, 8.30pm 4744 2002 Simon & Garfunkel Concert Penrith Panthers, 1800 061 991 Saturday, July 20, 3pm Free entry for members

Be Bop A Lula – St Marys Band Club Free entry, 8pm 9623 1211 DJ – Australian Arms Free entry, 10pm 4731 3881 Pool Comp – Penrith Hotel $3, 7pm 4721 2060 Karaoke & DJ – Penrith Hotel Free entry, 9pm 4721 2060 DJ – Rooty Hill RSL Free entry, 9pm 9625 5500 Acoustic Duo – Red Cow Free entry, 6pm 4721 5666 DJ – Red Cow Free entry, 9pm 4721 5666 Press Rewind – Tattersalls From $10, 8.30pm 4744 2002

Saturday, July 20

Shannon Noll – Blue Cattle Dog Hotel From $35, 8pm 9670 3050 Taikoz – The Joan From $30, 7.30pm 4723 7611

Matchbox Band – Blacktown Workers Free entry, 8.30pm 9830 0600

Sunday, July 21

Historical Festival – The Arms Of Australia Inn Museum Free entry, 9am 4735 4394 The Shuffle Boys – Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Christmas In July Luncheon – St Marys Band Club From $28 , 11.30am 9623 1211 Christmas In July Fun Day – St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 2.30pm 9677 7777 Acoustic Autograph – Workers Sports Free entry, 1pm 8822 2444

Historical Festival The Arms of Australia Inn Museum 4735 4394 Sunday, July 21, 9am, free entry

DJ – Red Cow Free entry, 9pm 4721 5666 Press Rewind – Tattersalls From $10, 8.30pm 4744 2002

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Push Me Away, Pull Me Closer – The Joan From $16, 7.30pm 4723 7611 Bad Eighties – St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Matchbox – St Marys Band Club Free entry, 8pm 9623 1211 Take A Hit! – Workers Hubertus Free entry, 7pm 4773 4444 DJ – Australian Arms Free entry, 10pm 4731 3881 Pool Comp – Penrith Hotel $3, 7pm 4721 2060 Karaoke & DJ – Penrith Hotel Free entry, 9pm 4721 2060 DJ – Rooty Hill RSL Free entry, 9pm 9625 5500 Acoustic Duo – Red Cow Free entry, 6pm 4721 5666

Push Me Away, Pull Me Closer – The Joan From $16, 7.30pm 4723 7611 A Taste Of Ireland – The Joan From $49.90, 8.00pm 4723 7611 Greg Poppleton’s Bakelite Dance Band – Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Urban Stone – Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 ABBAlanche – St Marys RSL From $10, 9pm 9623 6555 Big Radio Dynamite – St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Rough Diamond – St Marys Band Club Free entry, 9pm 9623 1211 Neon Lights – Blacktown Workers Free entry, 8.30pm 9830 0600 Oxygen – Workers Sports Free entry, 8pm 8822 2444 DJ – Red Cow Free entry, 7pm 4721 5666 Good Vibes – Tattersalls From $10, 8.30pm 4744 2002 Born Jovi – Colonial Hotel Free entry, 9.30pm 9623 1384 Songs of James Taylor & Carole King Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub 4723 5050 Saturday, July 27, 8pm, from $46

Endless Beach Summer Party Penrith RSL, 4728 5200 Friday, July 26, 9pm, Free entry

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Thunderbolt – Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Franky Valentyn – Workers Sports Free entry, 1pm 8822 2444

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Penrith Museum of Printing Saturdays from 10am-2pm Pen Paceway • 0415 625 573 Nepean Retired Men’s Club Third Wednesday of each month • 0401 507 260 Seniors & Pensioners Club Tuesdays at 10am 86 Station Street, Penrith Prostate Cancer Support Monthly meetings at St Stephen’s • 1300 133 878 Jordan Springs Probus Club Fourth Tuesday of each month • The Hub at 10am

Roll up, roll up... the circus is back in Penrith! The circus is back in town so get ready for some fantastic family fun. Saddle up, get your hat and cowboy boots on and let Weber’s Circus take you on a wild west adventure for the whole family. The show will take you and your family on an adventure with death defying acrobats, funny clowns, trick dogs, miniature ponies, Russian swing and much, much more. It is on from July 25 to August 4 at Penrith Paceway. Tickets are from $18. To book or for more information, visit www.weberscircus.com.

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Fun and games for kids at Saints

Step back in time

Free face painting and kids craft at St Marys Rugby League Club’s Christmas in July Fun Day. It is on this Sunday from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

Celebrate local history at the Nepean District Historical Society Open Day. It is at the Arms of Australia Inn Museum on Sunday, July 21.

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with heart felt sounds of Ireland. Featuring a dynamic musical duo and impressive dancing rarely seen outside of the World Championship stage. The show was composed and choreographed in Dublin and is quickly on its way to becoming the new frontier in Irish entertainment. It will transport audiences to a time and place where tunes, taps and tradition showcase the very essence of celebrating the Irish spirit. ‘A Taste of Ireland’ will be on at The Joan in Penrith on Saturday, July 27 at 8pm. Tickets are from $44.90. To book or for more information, call 4723 7600 or visit www.thejoan.com.au.

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classics such as ‘Summer Breeze’, ‘Running On Empty’, ‘Woodstock’ and ‘Heart of Gold’. The talented seven-piece band behind this show is made up of award-winning singers and musicians, who faithfully reproduce these timeless songs with immaculate harmonies and the highest level of musicianship. Enjoy a night of timeless songs that formed the soundtrack of a generation. ‘The Songs of James Taylor and Carole King’ will be at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Hub on Saturday, July 27 at 8pm. Tickets are from $46. To book or for more information, call 4723 5050 or visit www.bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au.

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oo Wop has been part of our culture for nearly nine decades and is still as popular as ever with its catchy lyrics, easy beats and engaging melodies. Award- winning trio The Lions Den have put together their musical genius and prepared a smorgasbord of Doo Wop including iconic songs from the best musicians such as The Beatles, The Bee Gees along with The Jackson Five and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

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The list is endless and always a work in progress but some of the songs included in ‘Legends of Doo Wop’ are ‘Sherry’, ‘Walk Like A Man’, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘O’ What a Night’ and many more. Special guest Belinda Marks is one of Australia’s leading cabaret ladies, who oozes charm and elegance on stage and joins The Lions Den in this vibrant and exciting show. ‘Legends of Doo Wop’ will be on at The Joan in Penrith on Wednesday, July 24 at 11am. Tickets are from $20. To book or for more information, call 4723 7600 or visit www.thejoan.com.au.

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10 has confirmed its Rugby World Cup  2019 commentary team will include ‘The Voice of Rugby’ Gordon Bray, former Wallaby and 10 sport presenter Matt Burke, ‘Sports Tonight’ presenter Scott Mackinnon and 10 weekend sport presenter Roz Kelly. The Rugby World Cup will be played in Japan from September 20 until November 2. 10 will be broadcasting 10 matches including every Wallabies game.

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Housewives of Orange County’ will premiere on Arena on Wednesday, August 7 at 1.35pm and 8.30pm (replay).

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Masked Singer’ and I must say they’ve nailed it. Lindsay Lohan, Dannii Minogue, Jackie O and Dave Hughes will attempt to guess the identity of 12 celebrities hidden beneath bizarre disguises in a singing show hosted by Osher Gunsberg.

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At the movies... Popcorn flick is a winner CRAWL  1 hour, 28 mins TROY DODDS

When you’re stuck in a basement with rising flood waters and alligators circling, what skill comes in very handy? Swimming, of course, which is why former competitive swimmer Haley (Kaya Scodelario) is a fair chance of escaping her daunting situation in the new horror flick ‘Crawl’. But she’s faced with many dilemmas beyond the big creatures lurking around every bend, not the least of which is her injured father who too has to fight for survival against the ever-growing number of gators now searching the flooded house. Let’s be honest: an 88-minute flick

about alligators is hardly going to be winning any Academy Awards. But as long as you accept it for what it is, you’ll have a wild ride. Films don’t always have to have hidden meanings or take- home messages to be entertaining. Often, they can just be a fun escape for an hour or so – and ‘Crawl’ certainly provides that, though your heart may jump out of your chest a few times along the way. While there’s a few bizarre scenes and a laughable sub- plot involving the breakdown of Haley’s relationship with her father, ‘Crawl’ provides more than enough entertainment to ensure you’re not checking your watch.

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ARIES

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

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Thursday is one of your luckiest days of the year when prosperity planet Jupiter links up with Mars (your power planet). Courage and confidence will take you places plus motivation and energy will take you far. Remember that Mercury is still retrograde though. So you’ll need to temper your fiery enthusiasm with plenty of patience and kindness. As writer Henry James reminds us: “Three things in life are important: be kind, be kind, be kind”.

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

With Mercury reversing through your education and neighbourhood zones, it’s a suitable week to revise work or revisit a local friendship. But be very clear when you’re communicating with family, friends and colleagues. What they say and what you hear may be two very different things. So make sure you keep them up-to-date with what you are thinking and doing.

GEMINI

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

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Mercury is your ruling planet so whenever it’s retrograde is a tricky time and you can feel as if an area of your life is stalling or even going backwards. The current Mercury Retrograde lasts until July 31, so weigh up the pros and cons of any big choices you have to make. And – if you can – delay making important decisions until August. As actress Helen Mirren reminds us: “We write our life story by the choices we make”.

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

A close friend or work colleague requires your help but avoid being bossy and taking over. With Mercury reversing through your sign, you could blurt out something that you later regret or someone could make a cutting comment that annoys you. Resist the urge to retaliate. As Carl Jung observed: “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves”.

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

By the end of the week the Sun, Mars and Venus will all be visiting your sign. So it’s time for confident, charismatic Cats to really sparkle and shine! You’re also in the mood for excess. As birthday great Mick Jagger famously declared: “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing”. But remember Mercury is reversing through your self-sabotage zone. So too much exuberant extravagance and unfettered frivolity could be regretted later on.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

Relationships and group activities look complicated, as family and friends debate a wide range of topics and calm cooperation goes out the window. If you have a problem, don’t over-think things. Instead, let your intuition be your guide. As Carl Jung said: “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens”.

LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

If you are confident and prepared in the way you post online comments this week, then you’ll receive a surprisingly positive response. It’s also time to get circulating within your local community and meet some fresh new faces. But if you are professionally unprepared then you could find yourself with a fractious friend or a cranky colleague on your hands. So take the time to think things through carefully before you speak and act!

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

The Sun, Mars and Venus are all visiting your career zone this week. So you’re keen to power ahead with a professional project or a creative idea ASAP. But with Mercury reversing through your aspirations zone (until July 31) pursuing your dreams won’t be a direct journey. Plenty of planning, patience and persistence are required before you finally taste the sweet fruits of success.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Jupiter links up with proactive Mars, so make sure you capitalise on the good luck that is heading in your direction. Don’t be so distracted that you fail to recognise a fabulous opportunity when it comes along. Education, travel and international connections are particularly favoured, as you flex your mind and muscles in exciting new ways. But remember that Mercury is retrograde until July 31, so amazing ideas will take time to manifest.

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CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Mercury is reversing through your partnership zone until July 31. So when it comes to a romantic, platonic or business relationship, all is not as it seems. Remember that life isn’t just about what you can see, study, discuss and dissect. There are many things that are hidden from the eye or just plain mysterious. And close relationships are ultimately about mutual transformation.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Mercury is reversing through your wellbeing zone until July 31. So it’s a good time to review your health and fitness; revise your diet and exercise routine; and then make appropriate adjustments and improvements. But they must be creative tweaks that specifically suit your idiosyncratic Aquarian style! As Dr Carl Jung said: “The shoe that fits one person pinches another. There is no recipe for living that suits all cases”.

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There have been recent reports of outbreaks of leptospirosis in Sydney’s inner city. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection which can be spread among animals, in several ways, but most commonly through rat urine that finds its way into local waterways. The disease is relatively rare in Australia, found mostly in rural areas that are warm and moist, such as north- eastern NSW and Queensland. But recently leptospirosis – or lepto as it is also known – has killed a number of pet dogs around Surry Hills, Redfern and Darlinghurst, in the middle of Sydney. There are no specific symptoms associated with leptospirosis. Often dogs and cats that have contracted the disease are off- colour, lethargic and have lost their appetite. In more serious cases, pets will suffer from vomiting, diarrhoea or seizures, while owners may be able to notice jaundice or yellow discolouration in the animal’s gums, eyes and skin. Vets can arrange a specific test to check for leptospirosis if they are suspicious of

contamination. Affected animals are put in isolation and given strong antibiotics which can reduce the risk of the disease spreading. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, which means it can be passed on to humans. People at risk generally have close contact with animals or are exposed to water, mud, soil, or vegetation contaminated with animal urine. The good news is that there are vaccinations available for dogs to prevent this disease. If you are in an at-risk area, the advice is to talk with the veterinarians at Greencross Vets about vaccinating against the disease. A routine annual C7 vaccination will cover Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Kennel Cough, Leptospirosis and Coronavirus. Penrith pet owners shouldn’t be too worried about the outbreak but should make themselves familiar with the disease’s signs and symptoms so they can act quickly if they think their pet is infected.

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What does the future hold? We reveal some home truths Hi Allan, I am looking for some general guidance. Kate, Penrith Hello Kate, You are an interesting person to connect with, very open with your time and generous of spirit, you would serve the community and local causes with a great deal of professionalism and respect. I get a sense of intelligence and common sense that you have cultivated over a very busy lifetime. A period of hard work that you have completed is now coming to fruition in the coming year. The Seventh of February is linked to an important anniversary and it is from this point in time next year that this date will be the start of important events in your life. A woman in Spirit presents herself to me using a walker or wheelchair and I feel she suffered memory loss as she transitioned to the world of Spirit. She speaks of a name that sounds like ‘Ewen’. She is related to this person and watches over them too. She also speaks of a ‘Marie’ that is a name connected to you. She expresses that she is proud of the strength you show while supporting and encouraging other people’s dreams and goals and talks of more of the same for next year. It is not getting any quieter for you, so joining a gym or getting active is a good idea to help you maintain energy levels. In March there will be talks in connection with visits to the USA, maybe New

York and there will be a complete change of focus in November next year which is connected to your marriage or partner. There will be a milestone to celebrate and the planning of this will take priority. You will need to get organised as there will be important financial discussions in July with ‘Tony’ or ‘Troy’ which will impact on community involvement. In the meantime, be mindful of driving and license renewals in connection with a young man at home. You may also be involved in your parents’ care throughout the year which will play to your organisational strengths and abilities. Please continue your work in the disability sector especially in May. Grandchildren and life partnerships are starting to come into the picture very soon and these significant relationships are forming in the new year. Especially in December. Everything you need to succeed is already there for you. Keep on keeping on! Hello Allan, I would like to connect with loved ones I have lost Chris, Parramatta Hello Chris, Your energy on a personal level presents to me as being very organised. Keeping things in their place and streamlining processes helps you to feel in control. You like a challenge and derive a great sense of satisfaction in attaining personal

goals. Activities like boot camps, team challenges, minor triathlons and sporting pursuits such as soccer and touch football would be encouraged, to balance the high energy levels you have. A man in Spirit stands with you often. He is from a very large family of at least seven children and his name sounds like ‘Antony’. He speaks multiple languages and is from your father’s side of the family. He mentions his heart condition and I feel he shares a family resting place. He speaks about your father and then mentions their Catholic faith. A trip to the Vatican or a holy site is encouraged. A guiding influence on your family and career is ‘Joseph’ and he is proud of your success although he warns not to sacrifice love for career. Most of the men in the family seem to be motivated in running a business and you are no different, so continue that pursuit. Prepare well for the next financial year as large personal expenses are on the horizon. Additionally, you may have a little bit of work to do with law enforcement this year, however the outcome seems positive. Debt can be a good thing when managed well, so don’t fear your retirement is out of reach, just yet! Those who assist you from the Spirit world are happy with your motivation and your ability to be proactive. It is a great asset. You are on the way, so enjoy each day.

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It focuses on God’s greatness and majesty. It contains a desire for God’s ways and values to be seen here on Earth. It looks to God to provide us with our daily needs. It calls on God to please forgive us, just as we should forgive those who wrong us. Finally, there is a humble cry for God to keep us away from the many temptations that would take us away from Him. Regular prayer like this will help you focus your life on our loving, caring God and His purposes for you.

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Starting a family is a really exciting time in all our lives; it also presents a number of financial opportunities and challenges. It is stating the obvious to say that starting a family represents a huge change and all aspects of your life will never be the same again, although for most of these changes it is impossible to prepare, we can at least make some plans for the financial aspects of this life change. Starting a family dramatically changes both our expenses and our income. It is likely that one or both parents will initially have some parental leave and/or potentially reduce work hours, reducing the family income. Expenses are also likely to change completely, a number of things you currently spend money on will no longer be part of your lifestyle, but instead will be replaced by some new expenses such as child care and nappies. Essentially the household budget will have to be completely re-worked. It is quite possible that initially you will have a cash flow deficit, particularly if either parent is planning on having time off, if this is the case this deficit will need to be funded. Too many people

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multi-purpose indoor sports centre at Jamison Park is still firmly on the agenda according to passionate Penrith District Netball Association President Joy Gillett. Following a sensational year for the association, which has included record registration numbers and multiple state title wins, local netball officials are still pushing for an indoor facility to take the popular sport in Penrith to another level. Earlier this year, Labor announced it would invest $15 million into a multipurpose indoor sports centre at Jamison

Park if it won the March State Election. Under the proposal, four indoor courts would have been delivered with two of the new courts multi- purpose for use by a broad number of sports including basketball, futsal, volleyball and badminton. Labor’s investment would’ve also supported the construction of retractable seating for up to 600 people, front of house and administration areas, male and female change rooms and up to 240 new onsite car parking spaces. However after Premier Gladys Berejiklian was returned to power, the dream of an indoor centre at Jamison Park seemed over, but that doesn’t seem to

be the case with Gillett more determined than ever to get what she wants. “We’ve had a great year, we have everything else going for us but we need that indoor netball stadium – that’s the missing link at the moment,” she said. While the Berejiklian Government didn’t make any pre- election promises to build an indoor netball facility at Jamison Park, it is understood that the Liberals are keen on the idea. “I’m meeting all the time with Stuart Ayres about it,” Gillett said. “He’s 100 per cent supportive of it but it’s all a matter of money, we’ve got to source the money. “We are still looking at both the Federal

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Story continued from » p. 72 They also put survivors into fully sponsored martial arts training at pre- approved martial arts centres under fully approved instructors. FACAA Founder and President Adam Washbourne – a martial arts coach and professional wrestler – will be competing in the heavyweight tournament against Penrith’s Dean Draven, a 23- year veteran of the sport. “I see a chance to raise awareness of the fight to end child abuse and bring some gold back to the kids of the FACAA,” Washbourne said. One wrestler set to make her debut at the Kingswood venue is hapkido black belt Rebecca Rumble. The Werrington resident switched to professional wrestling this year and has been enjoying the challenge of the transition. “I’m very excited to debut on July 28,” Rumble said. “I believe my fighting and grappling experience will definitely be shown during the match. “Come and watch Rumble be a whole different kind of animal,” she laughed. Don’t miss two hours of live pro wrestling and family fun entertainment at 2pm next Sunday, July 28 at Penrith Gaels Club. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids under 12. To book or for more information, visit www.moshtix.com.au.

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round 50 kids from Penrith and all over Sydney collected valuable advice from some of the best basketballers in Australia last week when Kings stars Brad Newley, Kevin Lisch and Jordan Hunter visited Cambridge Park. Running over two days at Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre, the Kings’ basketball camp saw kids of all ages not only interact with their favourite players but also learn the important fundamentals of the game including shooting, dribbling, passing and defence. Kings small forward Brad Newley said he witnessed plenty of improvement across the two days. “I came here yesterday morning and it looks like the kids have picked up quite a bit in one day,” he told the Weekender. “They are learning a lot and the Basketball NSW coaches are doing a great job with them. “It’s good to see the kids happy and enjoying the school holidays.” The 34- year- old former Boomer, who recently signed a new two-year deal with

The Sydney Kings ran a two-day basketball clinic in Penrith last week the Kings, remembers going to similar basketball camps growing up. “I remember when I was this age, I would do clinics with Adelaide players and then you’d go watch them play in games,” Newley said. “We’ve lowered the rims for the kids so they can make shots and practice their technique. I remember when I was that age my old man would slowly raise the rim higher and higher as I got older.

“It’s been very enjoyable out here in Penrith, I’m looking forward to doing more clinics as the year progresses.” Kids who participated in the two- day clinic not only picked up some new skills, but they also received a Kings threegame membership, merchandise pack, t-shirt, water bottle and basketball. The 2019/20 NBL season officially gets underway in October, with expectations high for the Kings.

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mere 22 seconds was all it took for local MMA fighter Arlene Blencowe to be crowned women’s featherweight champion at Bellator 224 in Oklahoma last weekend. The fight, which has gone viral on social media, saw the 36-year-old mum pulverise her American opponent Amanda Bell in record time. Blencowe said her swift win was one of the most memorable performances of her career. “I knew I wanted to go out there and put on a performance and make a statement,” she told the Weekender from the US. “I definitely didn’t think it would be over that quickly though. It was my fastest stoppage time in the cage, beating my 68 second record.” Last Saturday morning’s bout was Blencowe’s eighth with Bellator. She currently holds a five win and three loss record with the promotion. The Jordan Springs resident said her victory over the 30- year- old Californian was huge in many ways.

“It’s one of those performances that I see as a turning point in my career,” Blencowe admitted. “My team and I worked on a lot of things going into the fight. We were confident I was going to win wherever the fight was taken. “For me though, I wanted to give Bellator the fighter they saw when I debuted on the promotion. “The question was whether that fighter would present herself on the night and what sort of fight my opponent would bring.” Blencowe hammered Bell on the way to victory with around 25 punches to the head – it was one of the quickest finishes ever seen at Bellator. Blencowe credited her decorated boxing background for getting the job done fast. “Everyone knows boxing is my strength. Not just being able to throw them but being able to weather punches too,” she said. “Funny enough I’m still critiquing my performance, there are technical things that I should have done better. But considering it finished so quickly, I’ll take the win and be happy.”

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t’s been home to the Parramatta Eels and Wests Tigers the past few months, now it’s the Western Sydney Wanderers’ turn to make Western Sydney Stadium their own. The Wanderers will play their first ever game at their new home ground in Parramatta when they battle English Championship League club Leeds United tomorrow night. Wanderers coach Markus Babbel has named a 24- man side to take on Leeds, which includes a mix of youth and experience as well as a number of key off-season signings. Daniel Lopar, Daniel Georgievski and Pirmin Schwegler have all been named for Western Sydney as well as Polish star Radoslaw Majewski and former Adelaide United defender Dylan McGowan, who both arrived in town last week. For Majewski, Saturday’s clash against Leeds won’t be his first. The 32- year- old has faced off against Leeds on numerous occasions during his time at Nottingham Forest in the English Championship.

New recruit and Polish star Radoslaw Majewski will play against Leeds United “The last game that I remember against them, we beat them 7- 3 at Leeds and it was a big game,” Majewski said. “I remember the atmosphere between Forest and Leeds being very good, lots of people came to the stadium and everybody was excited because Forest and Leeds don’t like each other.”

Tomorrow night’s blockbuster at Western Sydney Stadium will mark the first time Leeds have played in Australia since 2002. While Majewski believes it will be a tough encounter, he said it will be a good opportunity for the Wanderers to start their new era on a positive note.

“Championship football is tough, you can expect their intensity to be quite high,” he said. “Leeds just started their pre- season, so it’ll probably be a mix of their younger and more experienced players. “What they can expect from us, they can see us. New stadium, first game and it’s our opportunity to show some good signs.” Meanwhile fellow newcomer Dylan McGowan, who will also make his Wanderers debut tomorrow night, said the rebuild at Western Sydney is officially over and it’s time to start competing for titles again. “I think the building has stopped… we’ve managed to build this training ground, the stadium has been built and it’s time to deliver on the field,” he said. “For the last couple of years we’ve been off par and have not made the Finals in three years – for a club like this that’s not acceptable. “This season we are looking to improve and improve drastically to compete at the top end of the table.” Free public transport is included in tickets to tomorrow night’s game.

Around the grounds BASKETBALL: Penrith have failed to win back to back games, losing to the Norths Bears 110-99 in Round 17 of the Waratah Championship League (WCL) Men’s competition. Sean Weekes had a huge game for the Panthers, recording 32 points and nine rebounds. Meanwhile, Penrith’s WCL Women’s team have lost three straight, mauled by the Bears 87-57 last weekend. Natalia Beaumont was best for Penrith, recording 21 points and 12 rebounds. Both teams will take on the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles this Saturday at the Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre.

Register your team now for 2019  Season 2 beginning on August 19th. Penrith Touch have competitions in Men's, Women's and Mixed. Plus, this season we're very excited to introduce a new division  - WOMEN'S UNDER 18s competition where you are also allowed 2 players over 18 played on Monday night.  We also offer a special registration price for under 18s. We are also offering a $200 Team discount rate for teams that  Register 14 players in their squad (conditions apply). We play Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at the Kingsway  St Marys, alternating between 7pm and 7:50pm start times. The competition consists of 12 rounds plus finals.  Don't have a team? No worries - just email your details and  competition preference to registrations@penrithtouch.com.au  and we will sort it out for you!

AFL: The Penrith Rams have gone down to their crosstown rivals in a thriller, defeated by the Western Magic 54-46 in Round 13 of the AFL Sydney Platinum Division competition. Veteran Phil Aumann booted two goals in the narrow loss. The Rams will return home this Saturday afternoon to battle Southern Power in what’s expected to be a blockbuster clash. Meanwhile, the Penrith Ramettes enjoyed a bye last weekend and will return to action this Saturday against the North Shore Bombers at Gore Hill Oval.

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AFL: The GWS Giants have lost three games in a row, going down to the Richmond Tigers 94-67 in Round 17 of the AFL. The 27-point loss sees the Giants slip to sixth position on the AFL ladder, with the Tigers leapfrogging them into fifth. After losing star midfielder Stephen Coniglio minutes into the game, the Giants weren’t

able to recover and Richmond were in control for the rest of the match. GWS are currently going through a massive injury crisis with Josh Kelly (ankle) and Callan Ward (knee) also sidelined. Coniglio had knee surgery on Tuesday and remains a slight chance of playing again this season. The Giants will hope to bounce back this weekend when they face the Collingwood Magpies at Giants Stadium on Saturday night. NETBALL: The Panthers Opens team have lost four straight games, going down to North Shore United 57-56 in Round 6 of the Netball NSW Premier League competition. Meanwhile, the Panthers Under 23s team have won their first game of the season, smashing United 52-41. Both teams will take on Sutherland Stingrays in a thrilling Round 7 encounter. RUGBY LEAGUE: Round 17 of the Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield competitions took place last weekend at St Marys Leagues Stadium. In the Ron Massey Cup, St Marys defeated local rivals Brothers 36-20, while in the Sydney Shield competition, St Marys hammered Brothers 64-18. To make a submission to Around The Grounds, email Nathan.Taylor@ westernweekender.com.au. You can also private message us on Facebook at www. facebook.com/westernweekender or Tweet us @wwpenrith. Alternatively, call the newsroom on 4722 2998 or visit us at 2/42-44 Abel Street, Jamisontown.


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