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any questions have already been asked about the Penrith Panthers and what fans can expect in 2013. Every single one of those questions will be answered during the 1,920 minutes of rugby league the Panthers will play between round one and 26. Questions like how the club will perform

without superstars Luke Lewis and Michael Jennings, who have settled into their new homes at Cronulla and the Roosters respectively. Or how big the impact of new recruits like James Segeyaro and Sika Manu from the Cowboys and Melbourne respectively will be. Those 1,920 minutes have the answers.

And in the end, after the gruelling journey of the season, the Penrith Panthers’ ultimate aim is to play even more minutes of football and qualify for the fi nals. The 2013 season will provide moments of joy, whether it be from scintillating tries, big hits or magical, nail-biting fi nishes. It will inevitably feature heartbreak too.

Just what the balance will be between the joy and the heartbreak is what those 1,920 minutes will decide. Today, The Western Weekender looks at the season ahead with this special eight-page wraparound feature. On March 10, 2013, the journey begins. The unknown destination is part of the attraction.

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Captain Kev promises big year Improvement is the key for 2013 season, says skipper Kevin Kingston NATHAN TAYLOR

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anthers captain Kevin Kingston has declared he’s going to have to have one of the best seasons of his career if he’s to fight off a challenge from Penrith’s most highlyanticipated recruit. Former North Queensland Cowboys hooker, James Segeyaro, is a shot at dethroning the captain as the number one hooker in the side, but Kingston hopes he can create an impressive combination with his counterpart. “James is going to add another exciting dimension to our team,” Kingston said. “He’s hopefully going to add a few more tries and line breaks to our tally, which will be good. But most of all, hopefully we can strike up a good combination.” The 29-year-old former Sharks and Eels player has just enjoyed his fi rst off-season as captain and says after all the hard work, he’s primed and ready to go for season 2013. “The pre-season for me has changed being captain this time around,” he said. “There’s been a little bit more work but it’s worth doing. Hopefully we’ve put the right structures in place and the environment we’ve created can make it

Panthers captain and hooker Kevin Kingston in action last year. Photo: Melinda Jane.

easier in the future.” The 150-game veteran said he’s “absolutely pumped” for the season ahead and is “quietly confident” the Penrith

Panthers will be a force to be reckoned with in 2013. “Hopefully we can fly under the radar this year and keep improving,” he said.

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Lachlan Coote in action for Penrith against Parramatta in a trial match last weekend. Photo: Melinda Jane.

New era dawns for Panthers They say we’ll finish last, but history shows anything is possible at Penrith TROY DODDS

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Players who will shine There is no doubt that success in 2013 requires a number of players to have injury free, successful seasons. Tim Grant, who made his State of Origin debut last year, is amongst them. Grant is one of the game’s most

It begins against the Raiders Penrith’s season commences on Sunday, March 10 against Canberra at Penrith Stadium. Aside from James Roberts, Penrith has a full strength squad available for the match. A number of positions remain up for grabs, and Ivan Cleary said at the club’s season launch last weekend that even the side he names next Tuesday is not necessarily the side he will look to stick with throughout the year, suggesting there will be plenty of pressure on everyone to perform. The pressure overall, however, is on a club that has made the fi nals just once since 2004 to fi nally give their fans something to cheer about.

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Trial form matters They say if you win a trial game, it matters. If you don’t, it was only a trial, so ignore the result. Truth is trial matches give coaches, players and fans an indication of where they sit in their preparations for the year ahead.

A coach with a plan “I dream about premierships all the time. It’s not hard to work out where you want to be when you wake up in the morning,” says coach Ivan Cleary. Cleary took over the Panthers for the 2012 season and since then, has watched enormous change happen at the club. He knows that the fans want results, but is also working to a plan that incorporates long term, consistent success. For Cleary, the biggest challenge is proving himself as a quality coach and living up to the expectations that taking the Warriors to the grand fi nal in 2011 brings.

explosive forwards and despite his tremendous form in recent years, still has plenty of growth in his game. Luke Walsh, whose future is uncertain with constant speculation that Penrith is looking for a new number seven, needs to show the kind of form that he did in 2010, where his kicking game was top notch and he seemed switched on throughout the 80 minutes. Perhaps his partnership with Lachlan Coote, who moves into the five-eighth role this year, will allow for better cohesion and confidence. Penrith will also be hoping that Kevin Kingston, Nathan Smith, Sam McKendry and Josh Mansour all have strong seasons, as they hold a major key in any success the club will have this year.

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New recruits “We’re very confident we’ll be a force,” says hooker James Segeyaro, who has joined Penrith from North Queensland. 23-year-old Segeyaro will pressure captain Kevin Kingston for the number nine jersey all season and is an energetic hooker with plenty to offer. But Segeyaro is just one of a raft of new faces to join Penrith for the 2013 campaign. Other big names include Lewis Brown from the Warriors, Sika Manu from Melbourne, Dean Whare from Manly, Wes

Old faces disappear One major challenge Penrith faces this year is replacing Luke Lewis, Michael Jennings and Michael Gordon – three superstars who are no longer at the club. There’s high hopes that Josh Mansour, a revelation last season, fi lls the gap left by Cronulla-bound Gordon, whilst James Roberts (who is expected to recover from an ankle injury by about round six) is said to be faster than Jennings, form he certainly proved during a trial against the Tigers last month. Replacing Lewis is somewhat more difficult, but Penrith’s forward depth in 2013 should ensure his on-field role is covered.

The Panthers would be reasonably happy with their form in the pre-season, particularly with their 32-18 win over the Warriors, in which they showed some sensational attacking class. Before that win, they escaped with a last minute victory over the Wests Tigers in Bathurst and in appalling weather conditions last weekend, the Panthers secured a 10-all draw with arch rivals Parramatta. The draw with the Eels was a sloppy affair, but did give coach Cleary the opportunity to trial his best squad.

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ost experts in rugby league will tell you that Penrith can’t win the 2013 premiership. Many others will tell you the club is certain to claim the wooden spoon. But in rugby league, nothing is certain. And at Penrith, the history books show that anything can happen. 10 years ago, in 2003, Penrith went from wooden spoon favourites to premiers in the space of six months. It came on the back of plenty of pride and passion and, most importantly, breakout seasons from a number of players who would go on to become some of the game’s biggest stars. Whilst nobody is suggesting that 2013 has a 2003 feel about it, there is little doubt that the ingredients do exist for Penrith to have a powerhouse season. All you have to do is believe.

Naiqama from Newcastle and Anthony Cherrington from the Roosters. “We will have a stronger team, we’ll be more familiar with what we value and what we think works,” coach Ivan Cleary promised. Other new faces include Sam Anderson, Neccrom Areaiiti, Ethan Cook, Tom Humble, Maurice Kennedy, Isaac John, Jeremy Latimore, Mose Masoe, Kane Morgan, Kyle O’Donnell, Mosese Pangai and James Roberts.

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Community matters: New initiative is a first for NRL

Ivan Cleary, Mark Davies and Kevin Kingston at the Civic Reception. Photo: Melinda Jane.

Council wishes Panthers well: Civic Reception for NRL side

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enrith City Mayor, Mark Davies, wished the Panthers all the best for the season ahead at a Civic Reception last week. As the countdown to the season continues, the entire fi rst grade squad attended the Civic Reception last Thursday before meeting with fans at Westfield Penrith. Cr Davies said he feels the excitement building for the year ahead when he visits all corners of the Penrith region. “There is a great sense of excitement and anticipation surrounding this season,” he said.

“I certainly think that it’s going to be an exciting year. One of the great things about the club is that it is building for the long term.” The Civic Reception was attended by numerous councillors as well as Federal Lindsay MP David Bradbury, Liberal Senator Marise Payne and Mulgoa State MP Tanya Davies. Guests were entertained by Penrith’s ‘Kitty Cats’ before Cr Davies launched the season and spoke with Panthers captain, Kevin Kingston. Children were invited to the reception, and had the opportunity to meet the team and obtain autographs.

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he Penrith Panthers will further strengthen their ties with the community after announcing a special membership initiative that breaks new ground in the National Rugby League. The Panthers have confi rmed that Bay 15 in the Western Terrace will be known as “Prowl Bay” with locals encouraged to buy memberships and donate them back to the club. The tickets will then be used for community initiatives. “It could be nurses who use the tickets, it could be service people, it could be fi re fighters, it could be Indigenous groups,

it could be children’s groups, it could be schools,” said Panthers Head of Business Development, Justin Pascoe. “It’s about connecting us to the community more. We have an enormous brand here that is powerful within the community and we should be utilising that within the community.” The entire Panthers fi rst grade squad as well as senior management and the Board have agreed to purchase memberships. State Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres, is the ambassador for the initiative. For more on this story, visit www. westernweekender.com.au.

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PM IS COMING Prime Minister Julia Gillard is expected to visit the Lindsay electorate at least once next week in a major attempt to fi x her dwindling popularity in western Sydney. Ms Gillard is basing herself at Rooty Hill for five days, and will spend the week in western Sydney, connecting with residents and businesses. There is yet to be confi rmation on where Ms Gillard will pop up in the Penrith region.

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Don’t dump it here Penrith Council’s defiant move against the Premier CASSANDRA O'CONNOR

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enrith Councillors this week took an historic stand against the State Government’s plan to send radioactive waste from Hunters Hill to Kemps Creek. With over 100 members of the public watching and heckling, Councillors Jim Aitken and Prue Car motioned that no waste from Hunters Hill should be transported to the SITA waste

management facility at Kemps Creek, a decision that was met with loud applause from the gallery. The 1.5 hour debate over the highly political issue started with an address to Council by St Clair resident, Izabella Paruit, who said that she would be concerned for her two children’s health. “The government has not properly considered the social and environmental impacts of their plan,” she said. Councillors then discussed the proposal, with Mayor Mark Davies vacating the Chambers

because of his confl ict of interest in the issue as husband of Mulgoa MP, Tanya Davies. Cr Ben Goldfi nch said he could not vote for a motion that interfered in a private business’ operations, only to be yelled at from the gallery, “we’ll drop a tonne of it on your front lawn then mate”. Council voted that no waste be received from Hunters Hill with the votes of Councillors Car, Thain, Greg Davies, McKeown, Tormey, Greenow, Crameri, Aitken and Fowler.

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Shadow Treasurer finds kind words during shopping centre visit in Penrith Joe Hockey found himself in the flight path of questions about a second Sydney airport during a visit to Penrith with Lindsay Liberal candidate, Fiona Scott...

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ederal Shadow Treasurer, Joe Hockey, admitted he is personally supportive of an airport at Badgerys Creek during a visit to Penrith last week. Mr Hockey was in Penrith to support Liberal candidate, Fiona Scott’s election campaign and conducted a walk-through in Penrith Westfield shopping centre. When asked about the Coalition’s stance on an airport at Badgerys Creek, Mr Hockey said that the Coalition has “no plans” for Badgerys Creek airport. “Sydney needs a second airport there is no argument. Airports deliver jobs. Where it’s located is a matter for Government,” he said. However, when asked by the Weekender if it is the case that he is personally in favour of an airport at Badgerys Creek, Mr Hockey responded with: “Now I am not going to apologise, nor am I going to lie about the position I have held for 18 years. I’m not going to pretend otherwise because I want jobs”. “I am personally in favour of jobs, infrastructure, personally in favour of investment, I’m personally in favour of opportunity for western Sydney or northern Sydney or wherever it may be.” Mr Hockey received a positive response from shoppers during the shopping centre walk-through. Benny and Lyn Cloma, who migrated from the Philippines some years ago, said they would like to see more spending on hospitals. One passerby said that he had voted Labor all his life, “but not this time around”.

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Liberal candidate for Lindsay, Fiona Scott, and Shadow Treasurer, Joe Hockey, answer questions from the media. Photo: Brian Cartwright.

Ms Scott said that the visit was an enormous success. “It was a great opportunity to hear the concerns of business owners who are fed up with Labor’s carbon tax and jobdestroying regulations,” she said. Assistant Treasurer and MP for Lindsay, David Bradbury, was highly critical of Mr Hockey’s comments about the airport. “Joe Hockey is one of the most senior members of Tony Abbott’s team and he is determined to dump an airport in our community,” he said.

“Fiona Scott could do no better than stand silently next to Mr Hockey as he outlined his plans to damage our local environment and our quality of life.” As part of his visit to Penrith, Mr Hockey also spent some time with the Penrith Panthers. He spoke to the entire fi rst grade team last week on leadership, hard work and motivation. “If I can help to inspire the players to work together and give themselves to the community, above and beyond what they do every weekend on the field, then my job

is well complete,” Mr Hockey said. The players, particularly captain Kevin Kingston, had a “strong” reaction to Mr Hockey’s talk, which outlined his motivations for completing the Mount Kilimanjaro climb in 2009. Mr Hockey told the Weekender that the values of the Penrith Panthers club are something to be admired. “I have only ever found decent, good people here and frankly, they are the people that I would like to spend time with,” he said.

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am still not sure whether we should be offended, excited or curious when it comes to Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s decision to spend a week here in western Sydney. Basing herself at Rooty Hill RSL, Ms Gillard is expected to visit a number of key electorates here in the west, where the popularity of the Labor Party is, if the polls are to be believed, dwindling by the day. Let’s fi rstly point out that, despite the way this story dominated the news agenda on Tuesday and Wednesday, Ms Gillard’s week-long trip to western Sydney is hardly deserving of the enormous coverage it has received. After all, she’s bloody driving down the M4, not hot-footing it over to Afghanistan for a week. Had Ms Gillard really wanted a taste of western Sydney life, perhaps she should have committed to commuting from Kirribilli House to Rooty Hill every day for a week. After all, tens of thousands of western Sydney locals do such a commute day after day, week after week, year after year. It’s called real life. For the record, it’d actually only take about 45 minutes by car from the Prime Minister’s Sydney residence to Rooty Hill RSL, where she is staying next week. It would of course require paying the Lane Cove Tunnel toll, the M2 toll and the M7 toll – but hey, that’s what plenty of us here in the west do every day. However, public transport is so great in Sydney, that Ms Gillard could leave the car at home and simply jump on a train. The 8.00am train from Milsons Point arrives at Rooty Hill’s platform four at 9.02am. Perfect! Seriously, needing to STAY at Rooty Hill RSL’s Novotel for a week (as lovely as it may be) when you have a Sydney residence an hour away doesn’t quite make sense to me. There was nothing stopping Ms Gillard from staying at Kirribilli House and making the trek to the west every day for a week to do the same set-up announcements, visits and media conferences that she will do anyway. And for those who will write the obligatory letters to me this week, let me make it clear that if Tony Abbott tried to pull this stunt, my opinion wouldn’t change. When she named September 14 as the election date, Ms Gillard made it clear that she wasn’t throwing the nation into

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he stoush over Sherringham Road continued this week when MP for Lindsay, David Bradbury, said he was willing to pick up a shovel and start the upgrade himself because of ongoing delays created by the State Government. In the 2007 election campaign, Federal Labor committed to providing $450,000 for the installation of a set of traffic lights at the road’s intersection with The Northern Road, and in 2009 a further $4.7 million was made available for the widening of The Northern Road. Mr Bradbury said that Monday marked 600 days since Roads Minister, Duncan Gay, wrote to him to say works on the intersection would be started before the end of 2011. “We’re now into 2013 and we are yet to see any sign of construction commencing,” he said. “How many more car accidents will there be before work commences? Residents are tired of this dangerous intersection.” A spokesperson for the Roads and Maritime Services said that in the five years to June 2012 there were 52 reported crashes on The Northern Road from Andrews Road to Borrowdale Way. Of the 52 crashes, 31 were injury crashes and more than 60 per cent were rear-end crashes. “The funds are available, it is getting to the point where I will pick up a shovel

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myself if I have to,” Mr Bradbury said. However, Roads Minister Duncan Gay said Mr Bradbury was using the upgrade of The Northern Road at Cranebrook to try to gain political “brownie points”. “It is always preferable when a project goes to plan but it is far more important community and environmental concerns

are resolved before a shovel ever goes in the ground,” he said. Tenders for stage one are expected to be called in early April and stage one work is expected to start by July this year. What other dangerous intersections should be fi xed? Tell us via email on news@westernweekender.com.au.

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it’s also extremely dangerous because salon owners don’t have to have the same insurance as doctors and often don’t know what to do when things go wrong. In addition, without proper medical knowledge Dr Austin says operators can mistake skin cancers for blemishes – which can also be deadly. The agency has been campaigning the Government for years but still with all this evidence nothing has happened – anyone can still buy a machine and use it. After seeing the burns suffered by these women I wondered how IPL operators do actually get trained and I was again stunned. While some do have hands on training, and some are doctors and nurses, for others getting trained is as easy as going online. They pay around $1,300, take a quick multiple choice test and they’re supposedly qualified. And ready to work on an IPL machine the following day. To me this is crazy and I for one will never have IPL unless it is performed by a doctor.

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ongoing enhancements and maintenance to meet community expectations and provide strategies for conservation, maintenance, and management of all ďŹ ve cemeteries.

We want your views on City Centre Council wants to hear your views on the planned upgrade works in the Penrith City Centre. The Draft Penrith City Centre Public Domain Masterplan will be on public exhibition from Monday, 4 March to Tuesday, 2 April 2013. The Masterplan outlines future enhancements to public areas in the core of the City Centre that is sections of High Street, Station Street and Riley Street. This plan is the result of 12 months of research and active engagement, with more than 1100 community members and stakeholders consulted. The City Centre is to be a place that is attractive to the community, businesses, investors, shoppers, future residents and visitors. The key gestures of the draft Masterplan include: s !NEWPARKATTHEJUNCTIONOF(IGHAND(ENRY3TREETSWHICHSUPPORTS outdoor dining and green spaces for city users s !WIDERANGEOFPOCKETSPACESTOINCREASETREEPLANTINGANDGREENERY public seating and dining areas s !NIMPROVEDPEDESTRIANLINKAGEBETWEENTHETRAINSTATIONAND(IGH Street to bring potential shoppers to the main street shopping area The draft also identiďŹ es a number of general improvements to the streetscape: s &OOTPATHREPAVINGANDWIDENINGWHEREAPPROPRIATE s 3TORMWATERMANAGEMENTINCORPORATEDINTOTHEDESIGNTHROUGHNEW green areas s )MPROVEDLIGHTINGANDACCESSANDOPPORTUNITIESFORPUBLICART Please visit Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au or visit Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Library at 601 High Street, Penrith during opening hours to see a printed version of the report with a poster and feedback forms. We welcome your feedback by letter to Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751 or email pencit@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

Plans of Management â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Penrith Cemeteries #OUNCILATITS0OLICY2EVIEW#OMMITTEEMEETINGOF&EBRUARY adopted new Plans of Management â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Penrith Cemeteries. Penrith City Council is responsible for ďŹ ve cemeteries within the Penrith Local Government Area. These are the operational cemeteries at Penrith, St Marys, Emu Plains, Castlereagh and St Stephens Heritage Cemeteries. The recommendations from the Plan of Management will provide the way forward to ensure a sustainable supply of interment options,

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DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS The following development applications have been received by Council: s )#(OMES0TY,TD $! 10 Montague Drive, Jordan Springs -ULTI STOREYMIXED USEBUILDINGn3ECTION-ODIlCATIONTO reconďŹ gure rooftop, residential units and sohos #ONTACT!IMEE,EEON #LOSING$ATE-ARCH s )#(OMES0TY,TD $! Lot 10 Lakeside Parade, Jordan Springs -ULTI STOREYMIXED USEBUILDINGn3ECTION-ODIlCATIONTO reconďŹ gure rooftop, residential units and sohos #ONTACT!IMEE,EEON #LOSING$ATE-ARCH Disclosure of Political Donations or Gifts Development Applications are displayed at the Penrith Civic Centre. By law, reportable political donations or gifts must be disclosed by ANYONELODGINGAPLANNINGAPPLICATIONTO#OUNCIL#ALLORVISIT www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au Viewing of Development Applications 4HEABOVEDEVELOPMENTDETERMINATIONSMAYBEINSPECTEDBETWEENAM ANDPM-ONDAYSTO&RIDAYSEXCEPT0UBLIC(OLIDAYS AT#OUNCILS#IVIC#ENTRE 601 High Street, Penrith. OfďŹ cers of Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Development Services Department will be able to assist with your enquiries

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YOU’RE ALL INVITED – BICENTENARY OF BLUE MOUNTAINS CROSSING EVENTS During the month of May, Penrith residents will be treated to some wonderful historical events to commemorate and celebrate the Bicentenary of the First European Crossing of the Blue Mountains by Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson.

CONTACT US ADMINISTRATION Penrith Office Civic Centre, 601 High Street. Opening Hours: 8.30am–4pm. Mon–Fri. St Marys Office Queen Street Centre, 207–209 Queen Street. Opening Hours: 8.30am–4pm. Mon–Fri. Switchboard Open: 8.30am–5pm. Mon–Fri.

Best of all – each event is FREE and so everyone can come along and learn something about one of the most significant historical milestones in our country’s history. Here’s a quick run-down of the events: Saturday, 11 May, 7am – see Jack Thompson farewell two groups of trekkers as they depart the site of Blaxland’s farm at Luddenham Road, South Creek. Saturday, 11 May, 4pm – join Jack Thompson for a ‘Night out under the Stars’ at Weir Reserve, Penrith. Camp sites will be limited. Sunday, 19 May, 10am – Mamre House – Historical Family Festival where you can learn about the past. Saturday, 25 & Sunday, 26 May – ‘Back to Emu Plains Weekend’ – includes walking tours and a William Cox Open Day. For more information contact 4732 7645.

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SERVICES Waste Hotline: Freecall 1800 734 735 Illegal Dumping: Contact the EPA hotline on 131 555 and ask for the RID Squad (Regional Illegal Dumping Squad). Graffiti Hotline: Freecall 1800 022 182

MEETING DATES Council Meetings 11 March 2013 – 7.30pm (Policy Review Committee) 25 March 2013 – 7.30pm (Ordinary meeting)

As the title suggests the festival will celebrate rock music throughout the ages as well as World Cup Rowing which is on at the Sydney International Regatta Centre from 18 March. However what would a festival be without a street parade starting at 12.30pm. No matter how you look at it, it’s a great day you simply can’t miss! s Residents are benefitting from the digital revolution with free group and one-on-one training at the new Penrith Digital Hub at Penrith Library. Sessions have covered emailing, online and social networking, Skype and more. All classes and personal sessions are free. For further information call the Nepean Community College on 4721 5368 or visit ncc.nsw.edu.au This initiative supported by the Australian Government. s Mark your calendar for 3 March to take part in the annual Clean Up Australia Day. To be involved, you’ll need gloves, a hat, sturdy shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen. Check for registered sites where you can volunteer at cleanupaustraliaday.org.au or to register a site not yet listed, visit the website or call 1800 CUA DAY (1800 282 329).

ENERGY $AVING TIP s )NSULATIONISACOST EFFECTIVEANDPRACTICALWAYTOSAVEPOWERAND money at home – an uninsulated ceiling can gain up to 35 per cent of heat in summer and lose up to 35 per cent of heat in winter. Visit www.svepower.nsw.gov.au for more energy saving tips

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Applications must be received no later than Friday, 8 March 2013. These applications will be assessed at the Bus Access Committee meeting of 12 March 2013 according to the Priority of Access Criteria set by Council. For further information regarding fees and application forms, please call 4732 7837.

The winning post this week to the question: What would you like to see developed along the Nepean River? Tony Robinson – ‘(Have the) markets moved there on Sundays along the walk track’. Watch this space Tony, Sunday Siestas are coming to the river on 10, 17 and 24 March (featuring live entertainment and market stalls). Q 3: What improvements would you like to see in the Penrith City Centre? Answer the question at facebook.com/penrith.city.council Find us online:

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COUNCIL BRIEFS s Keep Saturday, 16 March free because the ‘Rock and Rowing’ Penrith Festival is coming. From 9am to 3pm it’ll be a great day full of fun, free activities and entertainment, lots of stalls, bargains and fantastic food to choose from. The outdoor market alone will take up the majority of High Street.

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Our vision Making our city centres attractive, safe and full of life is important – not just for the benefit of people who already shop, dine, do business or work there. It’s vital in attracting visitors, workers, businesses and investors to our Regional City. I encourage everyone to take a look at the Penrith City Centre Public Domain Masterplan when the draft goes on public exhibition from March 4 to April 2, and let us know what you think. It’s part of Council’s improvement and revitalisation of our city centre and includes ideas for more green spaces, outdoor seating and dining areas, as well as better lighting and pathways in sections of High St, Station St and Riley St. We are also starting to look at ideas for some future improvements in Queen St, St Marys. Council has prepared the Masterplan with input from more than 1,100 community members and stakeholders, and we look forward to feedback from an even wider range of people to help us fi nalise the plan so we can start putting it into action.

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As a long term reader of the Western Weekender I must say that “From the Editor’s Desk” by Troy Dodds is essential reading as it presents a balanced and insightful view on a broad range of topics. The latest addition of commentary by Laura Jayes is also spot on. It’s no wonder that the Weekender is enjoying such wide readership. Rick Putra, Glenmore Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Vital services to our community and NSW are under attack due to the cuts of the O’Farrell Government. Over the last two years their Government has cut: 800 jobs in TAFE; 1,640 jobs in rail/transport; 977 jobs in education; 300 jobs in health; 947 jobs in the prison/justice system; as well as many other Government Departments resulting in over 7,000 job losses. Th is Government has promised to cut another 15,000 jobs out of health, education, community services, including job losses through the privatisation of electricity and water. If O’Farrell has done this in two years, what will he do in another two years? The NSW Government promised to create 100,000 new jobs, but all we have seen is cuts. Cuts to NSW Hospitals and Ambulance services, resulting in reduced or no services. Cuts to TAFE have resulted in courses being cancelled, impacting on trade training. Cuts to transport showing no improvement in the railways. Cuts to education have resulted in a lack of support staff for students with learning difficulties. Due to the privatisation of electricity and water we have not seen cheaper prices. What really has Barry O’Farrell and our local members Stuart Ayres, Tanya Davies, Bart Bassett and Roza Sage done for us? Miles Anderson, Emu Plains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

There has been in the media of late some criticism of food courts in large shopping complexes. Tennis courts, squash courts, netball courts and basketball courts come to mind. I have never eaten in a shopping complex food court in Penrith. I have on occasion when on holiday elsewhere. It is interesting that some food courts are just inside main entrances. I treat them like walking through a gambling casino. I look in wonder at the noisy chaotic activity, scratch my head and keep walking. Is this place of “pleasure” not an indoctrination for the young to develop an early expertise in gastronomy? (Science of good eating). Peter Townsend, South Penrith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Petrol disgrace Who has not noticed the rising petrol prices? At a time when the price per barrel of petrol, has not risen past the mid 90 dollars, how can the petrol suppliers justify such an increase? They can’t! We know that Treasurer Swan is scraping the “barrel” to get as much money as he can to fuel the HUGE deficit created by reckless ALP spending over the last several years. Most should know that there is an excise tax on petrol and with increasing fuel cost it means that more money will flow into the government’s depleted coffers. Swan seems to want to spread the burden of bailing out the government across the entire motoring public. No matter who is in government we ALL will be paying for their excessive and mismanaged spending. Jay Nauss, via email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Divorce is a charade Greens and Labor are joined at the hip! Their “divorce” is simply a charade to maximise votes. Make no mistake, a vote for Labor is a vote for Greens and vice versa. John Shailer, Penrith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Sad death of rider Th is is very sad and I feel for his family but please remember how the driver of the car must be feeling (Marc’s legacy will live forever, Weekender February 22). Donna Fletcher, via Facebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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he days of governing and the days of campaigning have truly been blurred. Brace yourself western Sydney, this is going to happen a lot over the next few months! It’s the price you pay for living in the most important electoral battleground in Australia. At every turn there’ll be a politician, desperate for your vote. The Prime Minister will be hitting the hustings in seven different seats in five days – and taking up residence at Rooty Hill’s fi nest. The novelty sleepover, as it’s been framed, is all a little condescending for my liking. Why can’t she commute like everyone in western Sydney who has to work in the city!? There are a number of understandable reasons why she is doing it. 10 reasons to be precise. 10 Labor seats all with a margin of less than 10 per cent are in Sydney’s west. Leaked union polling says the swing could be as high as 13 per cent. Not only could Labor lose the election in the west, but some of its best talent could be banished to the confi nes of history.

If western Sydney is the Kingmaker (or Queenmaker) this election, then Julia Gillard desperately wants to save the crown jewels. So what’s her battle plan? Her main focus will be jobs. But expect to hear a lot about education, transport and gun crime too. Although these are primarily state issues, they allow the Prime Minister to pick fights on issues that Tony Abbott doesn’t want to fight on. He wants to stick to his main attack strategy, targeting the Government over the carbon tax, asylum seekers and cost of living pressures. The Opposition Leader started his own mini-campaign in Lidcombe a few weeks ago. Don’t be surprised if he pops up next week as well. We are living in interesting times, and Julia Gillard is on a mission to save not only herself, but her party, from destruction in its heartland.

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But my message to those employers who are either flouting the rules or deliberately overlooking local employees is that the Government will not accept these practices. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make it harder for employers to avoid their obligations and if we fi nd that they are we will enforce the law in the strongest possible manner. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s critical that Australians do not miss out on the opportunities that exist in our economy, because of unscrupulous practices of some employers. The Government cares about making sure that our systems work and that Australians are getting jobs fi rst. Where we see a problem, we will take action. Julia Gillard will be spending time in western Sydney next week. Follow any breaking news at our website at www. westernweekender.com.au.

eaders of the Western Weekender would probably have read the news that the Prime Minister intends to spend some time in the western Sydney region in the coming days. I think it is good that the Prime Minster has just noticed western Sydney. Western Sydney is a very important part of our country but what western Sydney wants is not a visit, western Sydney wants a plan. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all very well visiting western Sydney, but what about doing something for the people of western Sydney? The Coalitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan for western Sydney is to abolish the carbon tax, to make jobs more secure and reduce the cost of living pressures on families; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to have stronger borders and to stop the boats; and, very importantly, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to build WestConnex because that will make it easier for the people of western Sydney

to connect with the people of Sydney and New South Wales and Australia. Only the Coalition will abolish the carbon tax that is hurting industry, households and jobs. Only the Coalition has a plan for more jobs, lower electricity prices, better roads, and safer communities. Only the Coalition has committed to the WestConnex project and that will mean more productive businesses, and western Sydney families and commuters being able to spend more time at home rather than sitting in traffic gridlock. Only the Coalition has a plan for western Sydney. The Prime Minister should be governing for western Sydney, and for all Australians, all year round â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not just when the polls are bad. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not good enough to only discover western Sydney when the polls turn sour. So, I say to the Prime Minister, good on you for fi nally noticing western Sydney but letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just have a visit, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s have a plan that helps the people of western Sydney.

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Brawl at hall: Uninvited guests cause problems Shortly after 12.15am on Sunday, February 24, Police were called to the Harold Corr Community Hall, Werrington where a large brawl involving up to 60 people had broken out. Numerous police from St Marys, Penrith and surrounding areas were called upon to control the crowd of around 300 people who had gathered at the scene. Police located a 15-year-old male with a superficial stab wound to the chest inside the hall. He was treated at the scene before being taken to Nepean Hospital. A number of other males had minor injuries. The incident took place shortly after hired security for the party had left and uninvited people had turned up to the scene after seeing it advertised on Facebook. The hall had a number of broken windows and doors as a result of the brawl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Robbery at train station: Man s phone stolen Police on the scene of the murder last week. Inset: Gordon Cramp, the man police wish to speak to.

Killer on the run: Police still hunting man over 62-year-old’s tragic death The next day, after Police from St Marys Local KATHERINE TWEED Area Command and State Crime Command's Homicide Squad formed Strike Force Rondelay to investigate the death, a warrant was issued for Mr 2-year-old Lance Hargreaves was found Cramp’s arrest. deceased at his workplace last week and “He has fatally wounded a man and we have although police investigations have led them intelligence to suggest that he has a propensity for to believe that they know his killer, the carrying knives and also fi rearms,” said wanted man is nowhere to be found. Superintendent Ray Filewood, St Marys LAC. Police are searching for Gordon Cramp, 37, a man “We have evidence to support him being there; who is believed to be armed and dangerous. He is Mr CCTV footage and a number of avenues put him in Hargreaves’ alleged killer. the location and as the person who committed this At about 5.30am on Thursday, February 21, police crime.” were called to a recycling plant, Solveco Liquid Mr Cramp had been employed by Solveco Liquid Recycling at Dunheved, where the body of a man Recycling for a certain period of time. had been found with stab wounds to his torso.

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Boy followed home: Police appeal for information About 2.45pm on Thursday, February 21, a 12-year-old boy was walking along Napier Avenue in Emu Plains when he noticed that a black coloured sedan began to follow him. The boy began to increase his pace however the vehicle continued to follow him across the Great Western Highway. The boy ran into Emu Park before seeing the vehicle enter a car park at the corner of Nepean Street and the Great Western Highway. Police wish to speak with the two men inside the car; the fi rst is described as being about 30 to 40 years of age and the second is described as being about 50 years of age and is possibly bald. Police from Penrith Local Area Command were alerted to the incident and immediately commenced an investigation. Anyone with information should call 1800 333 000.

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Emeritus Mayor Cr Greg Davies, Cr Jackie Greenow and Cr Jim Aitken have received Long Service Awards from the Local Government Association of NSW. All three councillors have each served 17 years in local government and these awards recognise their commitment and contribution to Penrith. In late 2009 Council created a $5,000 scholarship in recognition of former Sustainability Unit Coordinator, Louise Petchell, who passed away suddenly in 2009. The scholarship is a lasting legacy to Louise. Five staff members from Council applied for funding through the scholarship and all five were successful. They will use this money to further their learning and skills development. The recipients are Sonia Dalitz, Elizabeth Hanlon, Natasha Baker, Karen Harris and Allegra Zakis. Penrith Council will build a pedestrian refuge on Gipps Street, Claremont Meadows following design plan fi nalisation and endorsement by the Traffic Committee. Council will also pass on information to local police about speed and volume counts conducted in the area and ask that Traffic and Highway Patrol Commands carry out enforcement in the area. The Speed Alert Mobile unit will also be tasked to Gipps Street, Claremont Meadows. Council has made a submission to a State Parliamentary Committee established to look into the 2012 Local Government Elections. One of the interesting statistics to note was that between 2008 and 2012, the number of informal votes increased by 58 per cent. Returning Officer, Glenn Schuil, was praised for his competency in running the election.

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being made to pay twice – it’s not a matter of money but it is the principle,” he said. “I could understand if I had been gone for hours but it was nothing like that.” The spectator fee at the pool was introduced in 1999, which includes family members watching school swimming carnivals, and has been $3 since 2005. A spokesperson for Penrith City Council, who is responsible for Penrith Pool, said that Council wants all groups and individuals to be treated in a fair and equitable manner. “Both the spectator fee and no pass out policy is a standard application in the aquatic industry. The centre does not have a pass out rule for safety reasons,” the spokesperson said.

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“In 20 to 30 years’ time, Parramatta will not be the centre of western Sydney, and is far too close to the stadium at Homebush. Penrith will be in the centre of the future growth areas,” he said. “We have already conducted preliminary fi nancial modelling and designed three to four different stadiums.” The stadium would cater for seating of 40,000 and will be used for a wide variety of sport and events. “We should be looking at a stadium with an oval field that can accommodate different codes such as the Big Bash cricket and AFL. There is also talk of having some of the Western Sydney Wanderers games in Penrith if there was the support,” Cr Ross Fowler said. Minister for Sport, Graham Annesley, said that no proposals are currently being considered.

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here are not many women in the local area who would not fi nd Gina Field’s story inspirational. Her hard work, persistence and determination has paid off, showing local women that with the right mindset, you can achieve anything. Ms Field is one of six fi nalists for the Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year, an award that celebrates women who have made inspirational contributions and achievements within their community, especially when working in a male dominated field. At the age of 19, Ms Field had her heart set on being a security guard. Despite being told again and again that it wasn’t the job for a woman, she persevered and against the odds became a security guard and mobile patrol officer. And now, after many ups and downs in her career, she owns her own company, Nepean Regional Security and works tirelessly in many other avenues in the local area. “I was told that I couldn’t do it and I did it – where there is a will, there is a way,” she said. “People tell you that you can’t do something but there is always thinking out of the square isn’t there? There are always ways to get things done, to make it happen.” Ms Field was congratulated by Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres and Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies, last week.

State Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres, and State Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies, speak with Gina Field from Nepean Regional Security.

“She is a woman in a non-traditional area for female work and I think that this is one of the things that the Minister for Women and the Premier want to be able to

tell stories about, they want to be able to say; look, there are people out there who are doing things a bit differently,” Mr Ayres said.

Ms Field was nominated for the award by Julie Unwin, her office manager. The winner will be announced by the Premier at Parliament House on March 7.

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Where: Jamison Park, South Penrith (entry via Jamison Rd only) Pack your old televisions, computers, microwaves, stereos and other electronic waste in your car or trailer. The friendy staff will unload for you and the items collected will be recycled.

Keep computers and computer equipment separate from all other e-waste to make unloading faster

Large whitegoods and BBQs will not be accepted. Visit penrithcity.nsw.gov.au for a full list of acceptable items, or for more For more information phone 4732 7615 information phone 4732 7615 WW1390

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Get involved: Locals asked to take part in YMCA Swimathon

You can help kids with heart disease by purchasing particular products at local stores.

Kids at heart of fundraiser: How you can lend a hand KATHERINE TWEED

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ranchisees from our local Michelle’s Patisserie, Donut King and Crust Pizza are rallying together to raise money for kids with heart disease. Retail Food Group (RFG) stores from across NSW are aiming to raise $200,000 for HeartKids by donating 50 cents from every HeartKids product sold. HeartKids is a national charity that supports children with Childhood Heart Disease and their families.

“With the majority of our outlets locally owned and operated we are thrilled to be raising vital money to help fight Child Heart Disease,” said RFG Corporate Communications Manager, Sarah Broad. “During the month, anyone visiting one of our seven brands can enjoy a treat from a heart donut at Donut King to a Healthier Choice pizza at Crust and a Macaron at Brumby’s to name a few. Simply look for the HeartKids logo in store,” she said. All money raised will enable HeartKids to increase practical and emotional support provided to families all over Australia, both in and out of hospital.

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MCA Penrith is urging locals to get behind the annual national fundraising event, the YMCA Swimathon on March 3. The YMCA Swimathon will help people with a disability in communities across NSW learn vital swimming and water safety skills. Samantha Cosgrove, Centre Manager at YMCA Penrith, said all Penrith locals are encouraged to participate in the national event. “While we at YMCA Penrith don’t run a pool, we are part of a global organisation that is committed to ensuring everyone

can feel safe and confident in the water,” she said. “We’re inviting the community to get involved in this national event to raise money to expand the Y’s Learn-to-Swim program for people with a disability. We want to ensure that no-one with a disability in our community or across NSW misses out on the chance to learn to swim.” The YMCA Swimathon will be held at 25 YMCA pools in NSW between 10am and 11am, including YMCA Hawkesbury Oasis. Registrations are free and open now at www.ymcaswimathon.org.au.

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9am-4pm 3rd of March 2013 Stuart Ayres presents Bernard Fehon with his award this week.

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Praise for Bernie: Award for dedicated local businessman KATHERINE TWEED

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oing above and beyond to assist and better the lives of the homeless in the local area has long been a passion of Bernard Fehon, who received well deserved recognition this week. Mr Fehon was presented with a prestigious NSW Premier’s Community Service Award on Monday. Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres, presented Mr Fehon with the award, thanking him for his contribution to the

local community. “Th is award aims to recognise people who, in our community have gone well above and beyond what’s really expected of anyone who’s operating within the community environment, and Bernard over a long period of time I think reflects that,” Mr Ayres said. Mr Fehon is involved with St Vincent De Paul and established the CEO Sleepout for homelessness. “There are thousands of volunteers who do the work and never get any recognition. All I have done is struck an idea,” Mr Fehon said.

Reptile fun: Family event this weekend at Penrith Panthers KATHERINE TWEED

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f you are a lover of all animals slimy, slithery and scaly; why not check out Penrith Reptile Expo this weekend? Hawkesbury Herpetological Society are hosting their fi fth annual reptile expo in Penrith on Sunday, March 3, at the Penrith Panthers Marquee. There will be a large number of snakes and lizards on display all day as well as live entertainment, including reptile shows by Neville Burns, Stephen Boys and Anthony Stimson. If you don’t mind getting up-close and personal with these scaly creatures, you can have your photo taken with a Green Anaconda, Burmese Python, American Alligator, Green Iguana or a Tegu. For those local residents who are licensed to own and care for reptiles, there will be class one and class two non-venomous reptiles for sale as well as a number of reptile shops selling cages, lights, thermostats and much more. Doors open at 9am and close at 4pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children or $25 for a family of four, all tickets are cash only. For all enquiries contact John Mostyn on 0416 922 282 or Col South on 4727 0818.

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f you are looking for that unique piece to fi nish off a collection or something unusual to add a special aspect to your business, search no further because Arty’s has all the antiques and collectables that you could possibly dream of, all in the one warehouse. Arty’s Antiques and Collectables, formerly known as Arty’s Surplus Store, is Penrith’s premier antiques and collectables warehouse and has been a family owned and operated business in

the local area for over 20 years. Situated in Cox Avenue, Kingswood, Arty’s has between 2,000 to 3,000 unique antiques and collectable items in store at any one time. There is always something in store that will appeal to every person, no matter what tastes they have – all you have to do is have a look around. “When you step inside Arty’s it takes you back in time. There are so many items, each one is old, unusual, unique or

different,” said owner, Arty Smyth. “We stock beautiful antiques and one-of-a-kind collectables that you just can’t fi nd anywhere else.” Deep within the warehouse, you might stumble upon that unique piece of furniture that you have been looking for, you may fi nd an old suitcase, trunk, lamp or clock to give your home some character or even discover the last piece of china to complete your collection. Arty’s not only sells their special pieces,

they are always looking for something different to buy. “If you are in need of cash, bring us your old wares and if you have too much, we will come to you,” Arty said. Arty’s has sold to the movies, supplying unique wares to productions such as ‘Underbelly’, ‘Wildboys’ and ‘Wolverine’ but they want to sell to you too. Arty’s is open seven days and is located on 119 Cox Avenue, Kingswood. For more details, call 4722 6612 or 0412 541 709.

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Bijai Kumar

Small domination

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t is estimated that Penrith has some 12,700 registered businesses spread across all major industry sectors. Collectively these businesses are responsible for providing over 52,000 jobs in the city. However what is interesting is that our business landscape is dominated by small business. As much as 57 per cent are non-employing businesses, that is, they are sole proprietors or ‘mum and dad’ type operations. Some 3,680 businesses or 29 per cent of the total employ one to four people and 11 per cent employ from four to 19 persons. The number of businesses that employ between 20 to 49 persons is limited to 365 and only six businesses employ more than 200 people. These would of course include such major employers as the Council, the Hospital and Panthers. These figures are very much in line with the broader Sydney area. Most of the small businesses would be in the retail, hospitality and other personal service sectors while the middle range employment numbers would be attributed to banks, real estate agents, agri-businesses and the like. At the PBA we recognise the role of small businesses and would welcome interaction with small business leaders who are thinking of new pathways to grow their businesses and to employ more people. PBA has sponsored the new Penrith Small Business Network, a Penrith BEC initiative to establish this contact. Bijai Kumar is the CEO of the Penrith Business Alliance

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Michelle Grice

Don’t get boxed in

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t’s difficult being a female business owner. The media constantly tries to label and “box” us, with overused and patronising terms such as “mumpreneurs”. Our friends and family often don’t really ‘get’ what we do. And if you are operating in a male dominated industry, there can be an element of proving yourself that comes into play. The most successful women in business are those who are authentic but at the same time, are acutely aware of the environments in which they operate. So here are some tips for negotiating a balance: 1. Don’t try to be a man. Or in other words, don’t try to be something you’re not. Don’t mimic successful males, even if they are the only examples you have around you – fi nd your own way of achieving your goals by being smart, genuine and decisive. 2. Use your femininity. And by this, I don’t mean flutter your eyelids or dress to kill! But I do mean, if people respond to your friendliness, your smile, and your ability to make people feel at ease, use it! Th at’s not to say that men don’t also possess these traits. But often as women we feel like we have to appear “tough” and tone down our natural tendencies in order to succeed. But it’s sincerity and confidence that will win people over. 3. Embrace your strengths. If you are great at empathising and listening, show your customers that you are willing to do exactly that. Your most loyal customers will be those that feel good when they are around you. And spreading this culture throughout your organisation will ensure repeat business. Michelle Grice is the founder of Shel Design, a graphic design and web design company: www.sheldesign.com.au

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mail can be one of the most powerful and cost effective forms of marketing for small to medium businesses so here’s a few tips to improve your emails. Obtain consent: In the majority of cases recipients must consent to receive the email, or have an existing relationship with your business. Running competitions that require contact details to enter is a common technique for building a database for future email campaigns. But it should be made clear to entrants that they may receive promotional offers. The important thing for small businesses to remember is that they must be able to prove, if necessary, that the customers have consented to receiving the email. Provide a link to your website: Th is way, you’re giving potential customers a chance to contact you and learn more. Encourage them to do this: make your link entice them a bit. Instead of a plain link, why not say, “See our newest products” or “View our discounts available only this week” as your link. Of course, you can also use the word ‘free’ to get them to contact you. Include contact details: Your business name and contact details must be in the email. Th is sounds like common sense. For small businesses that have limited brand recognition this is simply good business as you want people to know how to contact you! Use appropriate grammar: Have you ever received an email advertisement or newsletter that was poorly written, or contained numerous errors? What did you think of the fi rm that created it? Get it right!

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or local seniors who are concerned about their hearing, there is no longer any need for worry as Australian Hearing is bringing hearing services to the doorstep of the St Clair, Penrith and Emu Plains areas. The Hearing Bus will be stopping by next week to offer free hearing checks and to promote hearing health in the local area. Hearing health is not something that everyone is knowledgeable about so, as well as having a hearing check, visitors to the bus can fi nd information on a range of common hearing issues. Area Manager at Australian Hearing Penrith, David Maple, believes that hearing loss is an issue affecting many people in the local area, in

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fact, 60 per cent of Australians over the age of 60 suffer from some form of hearing loss. “The mobile service is a convenient way to check your hearing and make sure you are in good hearing health,” Mr Maple said. “The hearing checks are conducted by experts from Australian Hearing and take around 15 minutes to complete. Our team will also be on hand to guide you through what next steps you may have to take in regards to your hearing.” Local seniors can also take a look at a display of easy to use hearing devices for around the home to make everyday hearing easier. “Not everyone who is experiencing problems hearing needs a hearing aid. Sometimes it’s just hearing the TV at normal volumes, hearing your

doorbell, or hearing your friends on the phone that’s the problem,” Mr Maple said. It is not necessary to make an appointment, Australian Hearing will provide a hearing check to anyone who visits the bus on the day. The bus will be at St Clair Shopping Centre, Bennett Road, between 9am and 3pm on Monday, March 4; Penrith Markets, Penrith Showground on Station Street, between 8am and 12pm on Wednesday, March 6; and at Centro Lennox Shopping Centre, Great Western Highway Emu Plains, between 1pm and 4pm on Wednesday, March 6. Australian Hearing provides hearing services at over 110 permanent centres and more than 330 visiting sites across Australia. For more information visit www.hearing.com.au.

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enrith City Council is encouraging seniors to get ready for 2013 Seniors Week, featuring a colourful concert on Thursday, March 21. Embracing the theme of ‘Live Life, Be Happy’, the concert and celebratory morning tea will honour the diverse contributions of our senior residents. Seniors should look forward to the 2013 festivities, which promise excellent local entertainment. During Seniors Week, Penrith City’s spotlight shines on the multiple contributions of seniors to our local area. One highlight will be a special free concert for Penrith residents showcasing an array of local talent, to be performed at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre with a special performance by the renowned local tenor Lorenzo Rositano. Seniors Week will provide various occasions for seniors to enjoy community events that value their abilities and talents. Among the activities are those organised by many local groups, which received Council grants to help them realise their ideas. It’s also a time for us to reflect on how our lives are enriched and made meaningful thanks to seniors’ roles in our families, workplaces and communities. Seniors can book their place at the ‘Live Life’ concert from Monday, March 4, by calling 4732 7836.

Lorenzo Rositano will be performing at a Seniors Week concert in Penrith.

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SENIOR LIVING

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veryone’s idea of the perfect home is different. And, as was mentioned in last week’s column, retirement living choices have changed considerably in recent years. The good news is, if you’re considering retirement living there is now a wide range of home options available. The retirement villages of today generally have home options from large to small, modern to classical, and just about everything in between. In many cases you can now choose a villa or unit, an apartment, or a serviced apartment. Robyn and Trevor Bond live in a two bedroom villa at a local retirement community – with the low maintenance lifestyle a key factor in their decision to move in. “We don’t have to mow lawns and look after a big garden now,” Robyn said. “It’s much easier to get around, it’s safe and secure and the level living is ideal for older people.” But with so much choice, what you’re actually getting can be confusing. Here is a simple run down of what to expect:

To suit the modern lifestyle, they generally feature open-plan living and dining areas. Most villas and units also include a private outdoor area and garden, and a garage or car space.

Villas and units Villas are nearly always on ground level and have one, two or three bedrooms, sometimes with a separate study.

For further information on retirement living choices visit the Australian Government website today at www. seniors.gov.au.

Apartments For people looking for a contemporary home with even less to take care of, apartments are an excellent choice. Apartments generally have one or two bedrooms – occasionally three – and are a great option for people leading a busy life or who enjoy travelling because you don’t have to worry about a garden. Serviced Apartments If doing the everyday chores involved in running a home is getting too much, a serviced apartment may be the answer. While you still get to enjoy the freedom and independence of your own home, most of your meals are provided and your cleaning and heavy laundry is done for you. Most serviced apartments usually include a full bathroom and a kitchenette, along with 24-hour emergency call buttons for extra peace-of-mind.

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

The team at Hoyts Penrith knows how to look after local seniors.

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oyts Penrith believes that being visually or hearing impaired does not mean that you have to miss out on enjoying the latest movies on the big screen. Hoyts have a number of systems available in their Penrith cinema to make movie viewing easy for those with a vision or hearing impairment. For people who are visually impaired, Hoyts Penrith has an Audio Description (AD) system, an additional narration

track describing what is happening on the screen. Hoyts offers a Closed Caption (CC) viewing system, which is a personal, in-theatre closed caption viewing device. It is a small LED display on a bendable support arm that fits into the theatre seat cup holder. “These systems are available for use in two of our Cinema auditoriums which gives our guests generally two movies per week to select from and these movies get changed weekly,” said a representative from Hoyts Penrith. For more info see www.hoyts.com.au.

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t is no secret that retirees, our local senior citizens, have plenty of time on their hands and many are looking for the perfect group to join; one that caters for their exact interest. Why not start your own group – one where you can meet with friends, learn the things that you want to learn and work on projects that you fi nd enjoyable. Emu Plains resident Joan Hayward, 72, began her own craft group after a work colleague came to her, looking to learn

how to arrange flowers. Together the women would work on flower arrangements and the group went on to become a lunchtime craft meeting. Th is weekend’s craft group marks the 14th year that Ms Hayward has been running the group and to her, it is the social side that is what makes her own group great. “You are not just stuck in the house, seeing no-one and doing nothing,” she said. “It gives you something to do and something to look forward to. The social interaction is the most beneficial thing.”

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12 WEEK CHALLENGE

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ernwood Fitness centre is taking registrations for its upcoming ‘12 week challenge’ starting in March. The three month exercise program is designed to help women get fitter, stronger and healthier by encouraging them to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Participants can decide between two options: the Keep it Lean program, where women are motivated to tone and trim their body fat, or the Lighten Up program, which includes improving fitness. In three months participants will undertake food coaching, personal training and group fitness to ensure they are getting the support that they need. “The life changing challenge begins on March

11 and ends June 2 and already we have 50 women who have signed up but I’m sure there’s a few more to go,” said Fernwood Penrith membership consultant, Sonja Wilson. At a basic membership level the program only costs $636 for unlimited access to the gym, personal training sessions, group fitness sessions, food coaching, and bootcamp classes plus much more. At the end of each week Penrith members earn points that contribute to their overall score and can also win small prizes along the way that act as an incentive. “We have seven trainers who are all skilled in different areas such as strength, cardio, crossfit, core and other types of fitness so that our members have a selection to choose from

depending on what suits their needs,” added personal trainer, Alana Neave. “We have prizes within the club and nationally. At the end of our club challenge we pick overall winners that is typically who has lost the most weight or had the biggest transformation and then from there we send them to the national championship to determine the overall winner.” Ms Neave said Fernwood is for real women who want to reach those realistic goals. “The members love the team environment because it gets them involved, helps boost team morale, and actively assists them in learning how to live a healthier lifestyle together,” she said. For more information visit www. fernwoodfitness.com.au.

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You might actually be shrouded in illusions of your own making, as Mercury Retrograde may make you see more in a relationship than what is actually there. Therefore, if you have met someone new wait until you know them better before passing judgement on them. If you’re a parent you may become anxious over one of your children however given time this matter will resolve it’s self quite easily!

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Th is is likely to be a hectic period for you and many work related changes mean extra overtime, which in turn means extra money, but don’t overbook yourself or overload your schedule. You need to expect the unexpected on the home front as friends may drop in unannounced or there may be an unexpected problem that needs resolving. Encounters with interesting people will yield new and enduring friendships.

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Taking a look at your domestic and emotional needs is not a bad idea and will bring added benefits to you and your family! Th is is also a great opportunity to get in touch with people from your past, especially those who can shed light on your life and how you can create more harmony for yourself. Asserting your own moral authority will be important when dealing with stubborn and demanding children or adults

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You will have some sobering discussions that will surprise you as you will learn a great deal about the other person. Your personal life is going to be rather hectic and what you want at this time may run counter to what others may want. If you’re a devoted and doting parent the decisions you make will probably fall in favour or your children. Th is is the perfect time to get out and about and for taking a short trip!

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Try not to get angry especially over fi nancial matters that may arise in the near future. You’re emotional and likely to snap at others if you don’t get your own way! You could fi nd yourself spending more than you are earning so you will have to be disciplined to stop these debts spiralling out of control. Th is is the ideal time to take steps to improve your fi nancial position by redirecting your resources more wisely!

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In relationships you will want excitement, but if your friends or loved ones are turning out to be wet blankets, you’re likely to do something radical and step outside the square to explore life. However, don’t go to far overboard as it unlikely to bring you close to the ones you love the most. Communication and teamwork are your keys to happiness so do your best to take the needs of others into consideration!

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by Elisha Stein

Sugar becomes the norm for kids

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hy does everyone give my kids junkfood? As more and more studies show, consuming lots of processed sugar is about as good for you as smoking. Why is it I can’t get through a checkout with out passing 200 different chocolate bars at children’s eye level, waiters giving lollies to kids with the bill or even doctors giving a lollipop out with the anti-biotic prescription! I found a blog by Yoni Freedhoff that says it well, including: “Somewhere along the line, we’ve normalised the constant provision of junk food to children. It seems no matter how small the ship or short the journey, sugar pretty much christens each and every voyage on which our children set sail. There’s simply no occasion too small to not warrant a junk food accompaniment. But for me, the strangest part of all is the outcry that occurs if and when I point it out. My experiences have taught me that junk food as part of children’s activities has become so normalised that my questioning this sugary status quo genuinely offends people’s sensitivities and sometimes even generates frank anger. Despite incredible medical advances

KEEPING FIT by David Stein

Free days in training

over the course of the past 60 years, I would argue that the world is a less healthy place than it once was. Cooking has become a lost art, unstructured active play is on the endangered species list, and candy, which certainly has always understandably enjoyed a coveted place in children’s hearts, has somehow become the normalised cornerstone of their culture. For us anyhow, it never seems to end. Saturday skating lessons often include lollipops, kids’ ‘grab bags’ from community races regularly contain chocolates, loot bags from friends parties might as well be renamed candy bags, libraries host events with names like “Donuts and Dads”, bending a blade of grass with soccer shoes leads to sugarsweetened sport drinks on the field and often ice cream or ‘snakes’ when the fi nal whistle blows, and so on and so forth. And don’t even get me started on juice. No doubt too, each and every time I speak up, there’s someone out there telling me I shouldn’t be so frustrated, as it’s just “one” lollipop, it’s just “one” ice cream, it’s just “one” chocolate bar. If only it were just one.” By the way his post of this got over 24,000 likes within the fi rst 24 hours! So it seems like some other parents might agree. What do you think? Tell me by emailing elisha@fitec.com.au.

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ot everyone wants to or even needs to stick to a very strict training program. I’ll share some insights from T-nation, a site anyone who builds any type of muscle will be aware of. The topic of “cheat days” or “free days” is big in the nutrition world, and people swear by them for both psychological and physiological reasons. I prefer to be a little more fluid with my eating. I eat well the vast majority of the time and only keep good food on hand, but when I go out with friends I’ll let loose a bit (sometimes more than a bit), regardless of what day it is. It’s a similar concept to a cheat day, just less rigid. You might have heard of it as the 80/20 rule. I do love to employ a “free day” in my training program though, which functions essentially the same as a dietary cheat day. On the last day of the training week I go in and do whatever I feel like doing at that particular moment. Just about anything is fair game, so long as it’s not reckless and it doesn’t interfere with subsequent training sessions. My rationale for the free day is mostly

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psychological. I think that to make progress in the gym it’s important to stick to a logical plan, but once you’ve been training hard for a while you can start to get bored or stale, especially when you aren’t competing in anything or training for something in specific, and instead are mostly training just for the love of it. Maybe you do your regularly scheduled workouts Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and follow it up with a free day on the weekend, or maybe you lift Monday to Friday with Friday being the free day. The setup isn’t too important, just make it the last training day of the week. To liken it to food, the idea is that you’re making sure to eat all your healthy food fi rst and then following it up with dessert, so to speak. If you’re training for a specific goal or competition, then free days may not fit into the equation, but if you train with more general goals in mind, it can be a great approach.

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What has worked for you when it comes to training? Does the “free day” concept work? Let us know! Email david@fitec.com.au or send your feedback to news@ westernweekender.com.au.

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FASHION FIXATION

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by Katherine Tweed

by Anthony Walker

I’m crazy about blazers!

Make the most of golden years

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his season’s must have… It’s got to be the blazer. Perfect for jazzing up a casual outfit on a night out, making your work wear a little more office appropriate and dressing down an evening dress – is there anything that the right blazer can’t do? As we move into the new season and the weather begins to cool down, you will fi nd yourself searching for something nice to add to an outfit that will protect you from the chilly night air or those brisk mornings. The blazer is the perfect addition to a wardrobe to give you this protection, whilst adding to your look at the same time. Th is season, the black blazer is practically nonexistent and has been replaced with a rainbow of colours and styles that you can match to any wardrobe. Th is season’s most popular colour trends are deep, warm colours; think dark reds, dark blues and deep, warm purples. A blazer in a colour like this can brighten up any outfit whilst giving it a sophisticated and controlled look. When dressing up a casual outfit, opt for a loose fitting blazer. A loose fitting blazer looks fantastic with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, especially when it falls to hip level. I have a great salmon coloured blazer from last season that is loose fitting, hip length but with ¾ length sleeves which is great when there is still a hint of warmth in the air. Turn your patterned knee length, high-waisted skirt and sheer shirt combo into the perfect office appropriate outfit with a cropped blazer. Choose to wear a blazer that is the same colour as some of the patterns on the skirt; if the skirt is black with a red and white floral pattern, either a black, red or white blazer will look great – remember that the shades don’t have to be the same. When dressing down an evening dress, let’s say it is something in a sheer, shiny or sequined fabric, wearing a fitted blazer in a matte fabric will tone down the look. Th is is perfect for those situations where you are not sure of the dress code.

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’ve just read HSBC’s The Future of Retirement, A New Reality research report about global retirement planning trends and the outlook for Australia has me concerned. Some of the fi ndings were; that 57 per cent of Australians surveyed were not preparing adequately for a comfortable retirement, 48 per cent of 55 to 64-year-old Australians surveyed have never saved for retirement and out of the 15 countries surveyed, Australia was the second most likely to save for a short-term goal such as a holiday over saving for a long-term goal such as retirement. Ouch! Don’t be one of these statistics. Remember government pensions of the future will be vastly different from the pensions available today. Research published last year by Westfield Wight showed by 2050 there will be 2.7 working Australians for every citizen over 65. In the 1970’s the ratio was 7.5 workers for each older Australian. It is statistics like this that make me question what government support will be available down the track. And while Australia has a great compulsory superannuation system, everyone is different and has different retirement expectations so it’s worth evaluating how much more you need to do to have the retirement you want. I understand that life involves a number of big fi nancial commitments such as paying off a mortgage, raising a family and covering daily living expenses, and that all of these make it all too easy to postpone saving for retirement. But planning for a comfortable retirement doesn’t have to be a burden. A good plan will involve making manageable savings that suit your lifestyle across a longer time frame. Remember, the sooner you start the easier it is. So my message to you is this, if you haven’t started planning for your retirement then start today. And if you would like to talk through some different strategies, please feel free to come in and talk to me or my friendly staff.

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THE PHARMACIST SAYS

by Trent Baker

by Martin Cominotto

A new age in health care for diabetes

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this week. Because I really want to engage our patients who have diabetes, and I really feel like we have changed the way health looks at treating this disease. I get very frustrated for my patients who have diabetes. They come in for nail or callus care and often footwear and orthoses to help remain problem free. However this is only one area that they require help with. The major problem with late onset type II diabetes is the lifestyle aspect that impacts so greatly on the patient’s ability to control this disease. The reality of diabetes is that it does not have to be a poor outcome, people can live long, healthy lives with this disease if it’s managed correctly. At Western Sydney Sports Medicine Centre, together with our Exercise Physiologists and our Dietitian, we have put together something we call the ‘Get Back On Track Program’. Th is is a system that starts with the very basics. Sometimes it’s easy as a practitioner to tell a patient to get some exercise done and watch what you eat, however for many people they have no idea where to start.

I know last year when I started training it was only through the support of my training partners that I was able to get the set up right for me. That’s the other thing, what works for some doesn’t work for others. So this program will tailor its content to each individual to make it realistic and achievable. When things are handed to you it’s often easy to sit back and get lazy, it’s important to remember that results don’t come without hard work and commitment. So give it a go and ‘Get Back on Track’.

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ast week I wrote about the new dietary guidelines released from the Government’s Health and Medical Research Council. One of the main changes regarded the encouragement to eat ‘good’ fats, such as avocados, nuts, olive oil and fish. Good fats help produce good cholesterol in the body which is essential in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. In fact, increasing your intake of these good fats can lower the levels of bad cholesterol in your body. They also provide essential nutrients in the body and help protect against heart disease. Th is week, a study by Spanish researchers has found that a ‘Mediterranean diet’ with extra servings of olive oil, nuts, avocado and fish reduced the risk of a fi rst heart attack, stroke and death by almost 30 per cent in less than five years. In fact, the study found there was more chance of heart damage in people who tried to limit their fat intake than those whose regular intake included nuts, avocados, olive oil and fish. It has long been noted that there are lower levels of heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases in Mediterranean countries than Western countries.

Th is study helps give clarity on the reasons why. So what is the Mediterranean diet? The diet given in this study consisted of olive oil, nuts, fruits and vegetables, fish, legumes, a mix of tomato, onion and garlic, and wine with meals. Soft drinks, baked goods, spreads and red or processed meats were discouraged. So how can you implement some of the lessons learnt from this study into your lifestyle? It goes back to the Dietary Guidelines released last week. Focus on good fats and limit your intake of added sugar, such as soft drinks. Regardless of the state of your health, it’s never too late to eat healthier. The study found that a Mediterranean Diet helped those who already were overweight, had diabetes or were taking cholesterol lowering medication. And best of all, this is one diet that is actually enjoyable to follow!

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HOME IMPROVEMENT

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aving a sustainable and environmentally friendly home is not as complex and expensive as you may think. Installing solar panels, a rainwater tank or using environmentally friendly materials are fantastic and can help greatly in decreasing your impact on the environment. But there are much less costly ways to go about it. There are simple measures you can take to achieve a sustainable home, where most of it can be done with a simple trip to your local Bunnings or hardware store. Water efficient tap ware and low wattage light bulbs are two of the easiest ways to create a sustainable home. Both can decrease your energy and water consumption dramatically and both are relatively low in cost to purchase and install. As well, with water efficient tap ware and low wattage light bulbs you will achieve significant savings through your decrease in water and energy use. Installing blockout blinds is another relatively simple solution that can achieve energy savings. With blockout blinds, the sun’s glare and its resultant heat into your home can be reduced dramatically. With less heat from the sun entering your home less cooling will be required, resulting in less use of your air conditioner or fans. Insulation can achieve a similar result where installing wall and roof insulation

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can decrease heat penetration through to the home. Insulation also has the ability to contain heat internally, where with insulation you can both maintain heat in your home in winter and prevent heat in summer. To get a better understanding of how sustainable your home is pay a visit to the Nabers website on www.nabers.gov.au. On the Nabers website you can rate your home and assess its environmental impact, as well as get some tips and advice on how to help your home become more energy efficient and reduce your bills.

o get away from the suburban lights and look up is a special experience. It is even more magnificent if you are able to get to places such as the Warrumbungles in north-west NSW, the home of the Siding Springs telescope. Here the night-time sky will simply overwhelm you! Uncountable billions of stars. It will take your breath away! Not surprisingly, the writers of the Bible react in a similar way as they look up and take in the awe of the skies above. But it is also important to consider the conclusions they make as they take it in. Consider Psalm 19 in the Old Testament. Here the writer says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” Our writer doesn’t stop there. Having seen the glory of God’s handiwork, he considers the God who put the stars in the sky. “The Lord’s teachings are prefect... they can be trusted. They make people wise... the Lord’s commands are pure. They light up the way. It is good to respect the Lord.”

The writer even begins to understand his own standing before this God. “No one can see his own errors; deliver me, Lord from hidden faults! Keep me safe, also, from wilful sins; don’t let them rule over me.” He concludes, “May my words and my thoughts be acceptable to you, O Lord, my refuge and my redeemer!” Here is someone who has thought well about what they have seen. Why not take time to go outside and look at the stars, then consider the God who made them. Feedback? Email news@ westernweekender.com.au or call 4722 2998.

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EXECUTIVE RESIDENCE - RIVERSIDE ADDRESS Majestic views and tranquil surroundings will leave a lasting impression of this highly sought after opportunity. Expertly transformed the two storey residence offers a flexible floor plan that can be altered to suit the everyday needs of your growing family. The kitchen and bathroom have been tastefully renovated; both are well appointed and compliment the fresh carpet and modern feel throughout. Offering four bedrooms, built in wardrobes, theatre room and the comfort of air conditioning. Entertain lavishly on the elevated balcony or absorb the water views from the lower level. Situated moments from the Coffee Club, motorway access and boat ramp, this opportunity deserves your immediate attention. Call now for a private viewing.

142 Old Bathurst Rd

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Cranebrook o/o $865,000

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Grand Family Home

Open Home Sat 11:00 – 11:30am 146B Vincent Road

If you’re looking for a lifestyle change then look no further, this impressive family home is for you. This home includes 5 bedrooms, sitting on an acre and three quarters of fully fenced land and established landscaped/ manicure gardens. Other features include: Master bedroom has open fire place with walk-in robe, ensuite and corner spa bath, 3 double bedrooms all with built-in robes, 5th bedroom/study with built-in robe, modern kitchen with Caesar Stone bench tops, top of the range stainless steel appliances, formal lounge with open fire place & dining area all separate, family room with open fire place, separate games room and separate media room, ducted air conditioning plus ducted vacuum system, entertaining area overlooking the tranquillity of a large dam. This property is a must see.

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Fantastic Cul-De-Sac Position

Open Home Sat 3:00 – 3:30pm 9 Wisteria Close

This beautiful 4 bedroom family home is positioned in a large but quiet cul-de-sac in one of Glenmore Park’s most finest locations. Offering- 4 double bedrooms, main with ensuite & walk-in robe, built-in robes to the other 3, multiple living areas, ducted air conditioning, large entertainment area, in-ground salt water pool, double lock-up garage and landscaped gardens. This fantastic home is located in a great location close to schools, shops and transport. Tracey Hotchkiss 0414 272 945

Glenmore Park $639,000

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Werrington o/o $299,000

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Entertain in Style

Open Home Sat 1:00 – 1:30pm 29 Alston Ave

This stylish entertainer is sure to impress the fussiest buyer! Features include: 4 bedrooms, Ensuite + spa, Walk in robe, Built- in robes, Study, Balcony access off main bedroom, Formal entry, Formal sunken lounge room, Formal dining, Meals area, Family room, Upstairs family room, Bar room, 3rd bathroom downstairs, Stylish kitchen, Island bench, Dishwasher, Loads of storage, Carpet & tiled floors, Downlights, Ducted air conditioning, Ceiling fans, Alfresco area, Private courtyard, Double remote drive through garage, Beautiful landscaped gardens & Private setting.

Michael Ball 0414 264 668

Werrington Downs o/o $415,000

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Stylish Modern Townhouse

Open Home Sat 11:00 – 11:30am 19/98-102 Victoria Street

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Open Home Sat 11:00 – 11:30am 13 Gumleaf Row

Michael Ball 0414 264 668

Cranebrook $1,300,000

2 Homes Positioned on 5,949sqm Block LIFESTYLE - positioned in Cranebrook’s acreage estate this residence with two separate homes offers a unique opportunity for a large or extended family to occupy this magnificent property! With endless opportunities you could live in one and collect the rental return from the other? SPLIT LEVEL RESIDENCE - 4 large bedrooms, ensuite, built-in robes, formal lounge, kitchen & dining, family/rumpus, split system air conditioning, ducted air conditioning, internal laundry + third toilet, internal access to double garage, circular drive, detached triple garage 10 x 12.5 metre with 3 metre clearance + shower and toilet. MASTERTON HOME - 9 years young, 4 bedrooms, ensuite, walk-in robe, built-in robes, formal lounge, formal dining, timber kitchen, stainless steel appliances, Caesar Stone bench tops, family room, rumpus room, ducted air conditioning, down lights, tiled floors, alfresco area and double garage. The two homes are on one title, which reduces the expenses of running two properties. Completing this magnificent picture are landscaped gardens, fully fenced yards and surrounded by quality acreage homes.

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Werrington Downs $439,950

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Beautiful Location Glorious 790 sqm Block

Open Home Sat 10:00 – 10:30am 24 Cobblestone Pl

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This fresh and vibrant modern 3 bedroom townhouse features modern kitchen, gas cook top, combined open plan living areas, air conditioning, built ins to all bedrooms, secure car accommodation with internal access. This property presents as a perfect first home or premium long term investment opportunity close to schools, shops and the train station, currently rented for $350 per week to a fantastic tenant wishing to stay.

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In a top class location surrounded by some of the best homes in the Werrington downs district this spacious 3 bedroom home features 2 large living areas, air conditioning, combustion wood fire, open plan design, large double garage, in ground swimming pool, set on a glorious 790sqm block. This fantastic home can easily be converted to 4 bedrooms if needed. Located in a tranquil family friendly setting and only minutes walk to Parks, schools, shops and public transport facilities.

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82 HENRY STREET, PENRITH

4 bedrooms, built-in robes, formal entry, formal lounge, formal dining, timber kitchen, gas cooking, dishwasher, family room, split system air conditioning, ceiling fans, sky light, down lights, 4 way main bathroom with access to main, internal laundry + second shower & toilet, covered timber decking, salt water in-ground pool, spa, internal access to double remote garage, side access with double carport. This home is located in a quiet cul-de-sac location with too many inclusions and features to mention. Michael Ball 0414 264 668

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Endless Opportunities This 5 acre property has endless opportunities with a home that is designed for the large or extended families. Features include- 5 acres, 6 bedrooms, Built-in robes to all, 2x kitchens, 2x bathroom, 2x formal lounges, 2x dining rooms, games room, split system air conditioning, ceiling fans, down lights, fire place, pergola, 5 stables, sheds, dam and a fully fenced yard. This fantastic property is ideal for horse enthusiasts or families that enjoy the country life.

Michael Ball 0414 264 668

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Get your home driven around town... Mitchel Bratby is the newest member to the MBR Team

Mitchel was born and raised in Erskine Park, and has recently built his ow n home in Clare mont Meadows. After finishing school in 2006, Mitchel entered th e R eal E state I ndustry an d hasn’ t looked back. Mitchel is honest, professional, reliable &keen to get started; all qualities that we at MBR look for when searching for someone new to join our already successful sales team.

Full of energy and enthusiasm; please help us in welcoming Mitchel to our Team.

82 HENRY STREET, PENRITH

Tracey Hotchkiss

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Mitchel is l ooking f orward to working i n a n o ffice t hat values in tegrity, trus t and respect as much as hard work, determination and success. An outgoing young man, one of the things he enjoys the most about coming to wo rk every day is the interaction with other people.

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Located in the ever sought after Golden Triangle of Emu Plains is a home offering so much more than can be seen from the street. Enter the property to find four bedrooms with built in wardrobes, ensuite to main, two living areas including a rumpus room off the neat and tidy kitchen, plus the bonus of split system air conditioning. Outside there is side access with a tandem carport, a single detached lock up garage and low maintenance yard. Add your own taste to this property and capitalise on this sought after location. Homes this close to the River never last long so be sure to book your inspection straight away or keep an eye out for Open Home details.

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Nestled in a tightly held position of Leonay is an astonishing residence that neighbours the golf course in a position that is only moments from the highly sought River Road precinct. Beyond the modern façade is a family friendly layout that combines formal and informal living spaces with three bedrooms and a study/office. The master suite enjoys a green, leafy outlook and is complimented by an ensuite. The kitchen is the home’s centrepiece and boasts an island bench and a wonderful freestanding oven. Social gatherings will be a breeze whether it is poolside, under the entertaining area or in the comfort of the ducted air conditioning. With very little opportunity to reside in these locations this deserves your immediate attention.

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Newer than most in the area it enjoys a comfortable three bedroom layout, there is an ensuite to the main bedroom, built in robes and internal laundry. The double garage is a standout feature seldom seen in this style of development as is the grassed yard for the kids to roam.

Call now to inspect this craftsman built two storey home. The kitchen enjoys granite benches and European appliances. Quality features also include a Maple staircase, Cedar colonial windows, terracotta roof tiles and timber floorboards. Set on the high side of the road for a whisper quiet environment. It has an impressive foyer, spacious living areas and a huge dining room with French doors leading onto the garden. The windows frame picturesque views of the rear garden and commanding views over the Nepean Valley.

The floor plan has been extended and now accommodates four bedrooms with an ensuite to the main; there is the choice of two living areas, a study and a modern kitchen with ample cupboard space. The in ground pool will be a hit with family and friends during the warmer months and is complimented by one of two outdoor entertaining areas.

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Complete with ducted air conditioning, wonderfully high ceilings and modern inclusions throughout - you’ll just love coming home. Other features include, built in robes, remote single garage with internal access and a small courtyard. With a bus stop out the front and the security of electric gates.

LEONAY

OFFERS OVER $759,950

The massive master suite comes complete with a renovated ensuite, walk in robe and direct access to one of the two elevated balconies. Throw open the balcony doors and embrace the amazing views or retreat indoors and enjoy the opulent interior. Spanning across two levels this executive residence blends comfortable living with a smooth contemporary finish. The master chef will appreciate the stunning kitchen that is the centerpiece of the top floor and is surrounded by generous servings of formal and informal living spaces. The lower level contains the remaining bedrooms, optional office and brand new bathroom. Quality inclusions, feature lighting and a dedicated children’s play room completes the package. Call us for an extensive features list or book a private viewing. You won’t be disappointed!

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$359,950

SINGLE STOREY STUNNER

BEST HOUSE – BEST STREET

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 2nd 12.00 to 12.40pm 4/287 Great Western Highway

Positioned moments from the Lennox Centre is this single level villa that will please those looking to downsize. Complete with an ensuite to the main and built in robes, it will also tick the boxes for an astute investor looking to add to their investment portfolio. The double garage is a real bonus as is the low maintenance yard and small complex. Priced to please you will need to act fast to secure this one! Call now for more information.

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 2nd 12.00 to 12.40pm 3/106 Forbes St

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EXCITING LIFESTYLE – GOLFERS DELIGHT

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LEONAY

$519,950

A PLEASANT PLACE TO BE

The master bedroom comes complete with a renovated ensuite with porcelain tiles and walk in robe, there is the comfort of multiple split system air conditioners and an abundance of natural light. Unique in its design and nestled at the end of a peaceful cul de sac is this wonderful Leonay residence. Polished timber floors lead to a split level design that incorporates four bedrooms with an open plan lounge and dining area, renovated bathroom with porcelain tiles, wonderful high ceilings and an internal laundry. The single garage offers internal access, the elevated timber decking is a bonus and there is a grassed yard for the kids to play. Call now!

EMU PLAINS

OFFERS OVER $349,950

THE SIZE WILL SURPRISE

Nestled in a peaceful complex is this spacious villa that really is a surprise package. Open plan in design and offering great proportions throughout, you will be doing well to find a better example of low maintenance living. Features include built in robes, split system air conditioning and a lock up garage. The existing tenancy agreement expires in November 2013 so this will certainly appeal to investors. Call now for an appointment before it’s too late!

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Cranebrook

Springwood

Penrith

Emu Plains

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

4735 2121

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$419,950

Consisting of three bedrooms, two with built-in robes, and the main boasting walk-in robe and ensuite. There is a gorgeous kitchen which overlooks the open plan living area, modern bathroom, plus internal laundry. There is data cabling to all rooms, and energy sufficient LED lighting throughout. Outside boasts an undercover alfresco area with a low maintenance yard, single garage with remote roller door, and access to community facilities. www.jimaitken.com.au www.jimaitken.com.au www.jimaitken.com.au

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$479,950

If you are looking for a spacious home then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll love this four bedroom home with ensuite to main, two living areas, plus exceptional kitchen with caesar stone bench tops, as well as floating timber floors, and ducted air conditioning to stay cool this summer. Outside there is a massive undercover entertaining area for those summertime barbeques, and a double garage which has one half converted and ideal for a teenage/in law retreat that could be converted back quite easily. There is also plenty of room for trucks or caravans, and is located in a very popular North Cranebrook location.

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$399,950

ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S A KNOCKOUT

Boasting three bedrooms, two with built-in robes, and the main has walk-in robe. The home is complemented with a two way bathroom and separate toilet. The living areas are formal, with the dining and kitchen area leading onto the undercover entertaining area and flat yard. There is a double garage with through and side access. The home has a new carport also. Located in North Cranebrook on an approximate 627sqm block close to schools, shops, and public transport this is a definite must see

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Extremely in demand, and sure to impress the first home buyer or investor is this modern three bedroom home. Consisting of built-in robes to all, renovated kitchen plus three way bathroom. There is also a large living area, separate dining, split system air conditioning and internal laundry. Outside you can enjoy the large entertaining area for those social gatherings, and a single garage with large workshop/man cave with plenty of storage. All this and much more on an approximate 634sqm block.

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 2nd 11.00 to 11.40am 15 Debussy Place

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TRI LEVEL WITH MOUNTAIN VIEWS

Perfectly positioned on a 790sqm (Approximate) block in a prime location is this spacious tri level family home. Offering an abundance of features including four bedrooms, master with ensuite, a balcony with mountain views. There is a spacious study, multiple casual and formal living areas, a large covered entertaining, great backyard and double garage with side access. With added bonuses such as ducted air-conditioning, gas hot water system, Tasmanian rosewood timber kitchen and fire place making this an easy home to love.

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BITA WORK -LOTA GAIN With rental demand in this popular suburb always high, you can be assured of quality tenants, high returns, and future capital gain. So whether you are looking to invest, or step into the market for your first home then look no further. Boasting three bedrooms all with built-in robes, large living and dining with a neat and tidy kitchen and bathroom. Outside includes a single garage with a low maintenance yard.

Cranebrook

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park Penrith

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

4730 1122

4735 2121

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TWO LIVING AREAS & MAGIC VIEWS

Located in one of Glenmore Ridges best locations, taking in expansive views of the Blue Mountains is this stunning near new split level home. The floor plan enjoys three spacious bedrooms with built-ins, main with en-suite and walk-in robe, there are two separate living areas, the second living area forms part of the kitchen and entertaining area of the home which enjoys three meter high ceilings leading out to the entertaining deck. With all the designer must haves, such as CeasarStone bench tops, porcelain tiles, floor to ceiling tiles in the en-suite and main bathroom, ducted air, alarm, 900mm stainless steel appliances and so much more.

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SECLUDED HIDEAWAY

Resting on approximately 11 arable acres is this private double brick residence. The main home comprises of four bedrooms, two modern bathrooms, open plan kitchen and living areas with cedar vaulted ceilings and ceiling fans and the comfort of split system air conditioning in the main bedroom. The covered verandah enjoys stunning views of the in ground pool, bush land and surrounding greenery. The second dwelling is a fully self contained two bedroom cottage and is ideal for the extended family. There are also three sheds including car accommodation, large dam and 100,000 Litre water tank.

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RENOVATED WITH DISABLED ACCESS

THE QUIET ACHIEVER

Positioned in lovely Regentville within very easy access to the M4 Motorway, Glenmore Park and the Nepean River is this two bedroom home. Originally a three bedroom home which has now been opened up to a larger two bedroom floor plan the home has had both its kitchen and bathroom renovated, it enjoys air-conditioning, a detached single garage, ceiling fans and a huge covered entertaining area. The home has been set up to accommodate disabled access with rear ramp access and the large bathroom. Sitting on a 607m2 block (approx), zoned 2B and currently tenanted at $370 per week.

Unassuming from the street this home will hit the mark for those looking for a comfortable home to raise the growing family. Four bedrooms combine with two separate living areas; there is a formal dining area and the comfort of ducted air conditioning throughout. The double garage will look after the cars or storage needs; there is a grassed yard and a space ready for the outdoor setting. Positioned with a peaceful leafy outlook and superbly presented and maintained this one will go straight to the top of your list. Call now to book an appointment.

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OFFERS OVER $599,000

PERFECT SUMMER VENUE

SURPRISE - TWO FOR ONE!

The quality home has an indoor/outdoor flow with glass sliding doors from most rooms bringing the outside in. Cook up a storm in the kitchen, or barbeque in the spacious entertaining area, or even kick back in the Balinese Resort style gazebo overlooking the sparkling in ground pool. Inside there are four bedrooms, with en suite and walk-in robe to the master bedroom. The design incorporates formal lounge and dining areas, an informal dining off the kitchen, and solarium shaped family room. Added luxuries include the office/study, ducted air conditioning, and drive through double lock up garage.

With this package you can set yourself and Nanny and Poppy in the two bedroom smaller residence. The main dwelling is a Beechwood Barossa design consisting of four bedrooms, main with ensuite and built ins to all bedrooms. A large open formal lounge and dining room, games/theatre room, open plan kitchen blends into the dining and family room which leads to the undercover entertaining and barbeque area. Other features are split and wall air, a drive through double garage plus room to store the trailer/boat. The separate second home has two large bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and large living with split air.

Glenmore Park

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Cranebrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Penrith

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

4733 6999

4735 8888

4739 8800 4739 1111 4730 1122 4751 8888 www.jimaitken.com.au

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KINGSWOOD

$289,000

THE PERFECT ENTRY!

Located close to Nepean hospital, this lovely home awaits. It features very good size bedrooms, solid timber flooring, the wiring and plumbing has all been updated, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fantastic size lounge room, separate dining room and the kitchen is a good size and has been renovated along with the bathroom. Add to this the convenient courtyard and the abundance of parking this home really does represent great value. So call us today and book your viewing!

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OFFERS OVER $349,950

COTTAGE STYLE CHARM

This modern and brilliantly renovated three bedroom cottage style home in a whisper quiet location which is close to the local university, schools and shops. Consisting of polished timber floorboards, stunning modern kitchen, plus high ceilings, split system air conditioning, and a brilliant undercover entertaining area for those summertime barbeques. Outside there is side access, detached garage/ workshop on a huge block of land.

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BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Peacefully positioned on a generous parcel of approximately 689sqm in a quiet cul-de-sac, this free flowing haven presents two levels of versatile living and an abundance of bright, airy and spacious formal living and dining rooms, ample casual dining and living areas and expansive rumpus, kitchen equipped with quality appliances, master bedroom with walk-in and ensuite, beautifully updated main bathroom, ducted air conditioning, low maintenance gardens and single garage.

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$259,950

This is a great one bedroom unit that will suit the busy executive or investor. Open plan in design and positioned in a security complex it offers all the must haves that you would expect from a modern unit. Basement parking, split system air conditioning, built in robe and an elevated balcony are just some of the features on offer.

ORCHARD HILLS

OFFERS OVER $619,000

SUBLIME VIEWS ON OVER AN ACRE

Wonderfully positioned in a prime Orchard Hills location on the North side of the M4 Motorway is arguable the very best vacant block of land in the area. Encompassing approximately 5000sqm and enjoying unobstructed and spectacular views of the Blue Mountains.

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$289,950

INVESTORS! CIRCLE THIS ONE!

Already tenanted at $315.00 per week and nothing to spend on upkeep or maintenance this modern two bedroom unit is a must to inspect. Located in a security complex close to the Penrith CBD, features include built in wardrobes, ensuite to the main and low maintenance contemporary living. The stylish kitchen flows to an open plan lounge and dining area overlooking the covered balcony. Split system air conditioning and basement parking are just a few of the added extras.

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PRIME LOCATION!

Positioned within walking distance to Southlands Shopping Centre, schools and transport, this very well maintained and presented property awaits your inspection. It features three good size bedrooms, built in wardrobes, lovely timber flooring, great size lounge room, renovated kitchen and bathroom and split system air conditioning. Adding to this the second toilet, the garage under the main roof and a decent backyard.

ST MARYS

$275,000

GREAT VALUE!

Located close to all amenities, this amazing townhouse awaits. With no common walls with other properties, this home features two good size bedrooms, walk in robe to master plus a built in to the other, good size lounge room, meals area and a lovely kitchen plus the comfort of split system air conditioning. Add to this the garage, second toilet downstairs, the good size courtyard and the complex being secure, this property is definitely one not to be missed!

Penrith

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Cranebrook

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

4722 5000 4735 2121

4739 8800 4739 1111 4751 8888 4735 8888 www.jimaitken.com.au

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Jamisontown 151 York Road First Home Buyer’s will love this home !! • New kitchen & bathroom • Large screened enclosure • Fully fenced above ground pool • Detached garage + carport • Separate undercover entertaining area • 565 sqm block & expected rent return $430 pw

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Cranebrook 30 Bluebird Road * Modern kitchen * Resort sized entertaining area * Inground pool + 2.5 car garage * Formal dining & separate family room * Perfect north facing home * Renovated bathrooms * Huge master bedroom with balcony

* Large main with ensuite & walk-in robe * Currently leased for $380 pw * Split system air cond. & 3rd toilet * Upstairs study area * Extra large covered paved entertaining area * Double garage with internal access

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* Located in “Mountainview Retreat” * New paint & carpet * Spacious lounge/ dining * Wall air cond. + roller shutters * Built-ins + ceiling fans * Balcony with lovely outlook

Sale $235,000 View Saturday 2.00-2.30pm Mitchell Sheens 0412 652 477 4732 3333

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Cranebrook * 535m2 level block * Surrounded by walkways & water * Walking distance to the community facilities * Minutes to Penrith CBD

Sale $285,000 View By Appointment Steve Jackson 0414 719 875 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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Cranebrook 9 Sanderling Crescent Want To Live With Water Views * 2 year old Rawson built home * Backs onto lake with views * Alfresco area, kitchen with dishwasher * 3 living area’s, ducted air. * Master with balcony * Use of Estate’s community facilities

Ray White Penrith

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Cul- De- Sac Location • 4 bedrooms + rumpus room • 2 bathrooms • Separate entrance for in law accommodation. • Block size 562 sqm • Current rent $400.00 pw – lease expires 26/4/13 • Huge entertaining area or 4 car carport

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Lot 2202, Adina Street Builder: Edgewater Homes

Lot 2131, Illoura Way Builder: Eden Brae Homes

Lot 1230, Bonnay Crescent Builder: Elderton Homes

Lot 2062, Cullen Av Builder: Eden Brae Homes

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- Roller blinds to windows and sliding doors

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• 4 bed home on 1.6 acres with beautiful outlook • 2 living areas & large entertaining deck • 3 hours north of Sydney • Close to Forster & Taree • Private yard with large sheds & garage • 1 min to boat ramp and Great Lakes Waterways! • Established Ice-cream manufacturing and distribution business

OPEN HOME Saturday 2nd 1.00-1.30pm, 29 Alston Avenue

• Flexible hours (currently averaging 3 days pw)

Entertain in Style!

• Includes all machinery, freezers & vehicle

Th is stylish entertainer is sure to impress the fussiest buyer! Features include: 4 bedrooms, Ensuite + spa, Walk in robe, Built- in robes, Study, Balcony access off main bedroom, Formal entry, Formal sunken lounge room, Formal dining, Meals area, Family room, Upstairs family room, Bar room, 3rd bathroom downstairs, Stylish kitchen, Island bench, Dishwasher, Loads of storage, Carpet & tiled floors, Downlights, Ducted air conditioning, Ceiling fans, Alfresco area, Private courtyard, Double remote drive through garage, Beautiful landscaped gardens & Private setting.

• No experience necessary (training provided) • Great cash flow with room for expansion!

Ph: (02) 6554 1330

Glenmore Park

74 Clarkson St, NABIAC 2312 Mob: 0429 541 469

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$639,000

Contact Michael Ball at Michael Ball Realty Penrith on 0414 264 668 or 4732 2888 • www.mbrrealty.com.au

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OPEN HOME Saturday 2nd 12.00-12.40pm, 36 Brougham Street

Move in, spread out and relax! Just perfect for the large or expanding family, this great sized family offers everything you are looking for. You’ll be impressed by the newly polished floorboards, modern bathroom and kitchen with spacious dining and separate living room. The five bedrooms all feature built ins and there is a second shower and toilet downstairs. There is also ducted air and a single garage under the main roof. The stand out feature of this beautifully presented home is the huge rumpus/media room. Set on a large 649m2 block there is ample room for the kids and pets. There is nothing to do but move in, spread out and relax.

Emu Plains

$549,950

One acre - perfect location! If you’re looking to build a home on a bit of land close to schools, shops and transport then look no further. Imagine the enormous home you could build in one of the most popular spots in North Cranebrook. Th is property has a number of features regarding the development with council approval. Move quickly to avoid disappointment.

Cranebrook

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

$590,000

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

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KINGSWOOD Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook

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28 Warwick Street 1/31 Stafford Street 35/13-19 Robert Street

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29 Brookdale Terrace

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29 Alston Avenue 5 Lyora Street 6 Gili Place 9 wisteria Close

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43 Booker Road

Sat 1.00-1.30pm

151 York Road

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HAWKESBURY HEIGHTS

Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains

MOUNT RIVERVIEW Jim Aitken Glenbrook

PENRITH Sat 11.00-11.30am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 2.00-2.30pm

6/1-5 Regentville Road 28/13-19 Robert Street 9/37 Mulgoa Road

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33 Bellevue Road

Ray White Penrith Jim Aitken Penrith Ray White Penrith

REGENTVILLE Jim Aitken Glenmore Park

SOUTH PENRITH Sat 11.00-11.40am

10 Stockwood Street

Jim Aitken Penrith

SPRINGWOOD Sat 1.00-1.40pm

5/2-8 Bland Road

Jim Aitken Springwood

ST CLAIR Sat 10.00-10.30am

7 Mint Close

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12/94 Saddington Street

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WERRINGTON Sat 11.00-11.30am

19/98-102 Victoria Street

Michael Ball Realty

WERRINGTON DOWNS

Jim Aitken Springwood

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24 cobblestone Place 13 Gumleaf Row

Ray White Penrith

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14 Emma Parade

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Phone: 4736 6866 • 0407 217 582

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OFFICE 4576 1616 MOBILE 0410 437 558 DEAL DIRECT WITH THE BUILDER - 20 Years Experience Lic 83907c

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est 1999

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Electrical - Phone - Data - CCTV - Alarm DOMESTIC and COMMERCIAL PETER 0417 687 607 Contractor Lic: EC35420

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1800 245 955

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9833 3108

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Again the rain has caused havoc with the NDBA Championships. Firstly the Fours Final was unable to be fi nalised and it has been necessary to move all championship games forward one week i.e. Triples round 3 and quarter fi nals will now be played on Sunday, March 3 and so on. Congratulations to Penrith CEO Julie Cullen and her great band of assistants for raising around $9,000 for the PCYC at a Charity Day held last Friday. Kingswood held a Presidents Day last Sunday, something they had not done for many years. President Rob Coldicott welcomed

Tennis in Penrith Nepean District Juniors performed extremely well last Sunday at the latest leg of the Medibank Junior Development Series event held at Hawkesbury Tennis Association. Joel Stevens seems to be following in his father’s footsteps by taking out the 10 and under boys’ singles event. He defeated another Nepean junior, Reece Stoney, in a hard fought match to take the title. These two boys are making a habit of dominating this event, fighting out the fi nal in Bathurst a few weeks earlier. Brandon Benson put in an exceptional effort to take out the 14 and under boys’ event. All four 14 and under girls’ semi fi nalists were from Nepean, with Emma Wholohan taking out the fi nal against a rapidly improving Courtney Cook in another hard fought encounter.

Mick Gilfoyle State Councillor Danny Rodgers from the RNSWBA and Vice President Neil Workman ably fi lling in for the ailing NDBA President Barry Copeland. President Rob nominated Jim Hadler, Bob Lamont, Ray New and Jim Newton to receive the RNSWBA Merit Badges and John Gordon and Paul Buckley the Tie Bars. The NDBA Most Valuable Member Badge went to Bill Sevdalis, Les Edwards, Max Thompson and Tony Mansour. Lyn Hadler and Val Buckley were awarded the Ladies Broaches. Danny Rodgers presented a Merit Badge and Tie Bar to President Rob.

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St Johns Bowling Club and their guests enjoyed a fi ne evening of hospitality and Harness Racing at the Paceway last Thursday night. Race one went to the well supported Misterbriteside (at odds of $1.80) resuming after an eight month break and driven by Blake Fitzpatrick. Floating Stride ($4.30), driven a confident race by Robert Morris, was too good for the opposition in race two. Captain Barbossa ($9.20) left all in his wake when driver Geoff Simpson led from the start in the third race, holding off Miss Abstract up the home straight. Miami Dream ($9.70) gave driver Robert Morris a double win and trainer John Tapp the quinella with John’s other runner, Bye Bye Sir, running on for second spot in the fourth event. Lennys In Heaven ($5.10) scored the fi rst

of a driving double for Ricky Alchin sitting outside the leader and hanging on from fast fi nishing Fernleigh Renegade to take out the fi fth race. Rebecca Brown produced her fi rst win as a trainer when Red Ransom at $5.10 produced a tough effort to win from Major Works in the sixth and giving Blake Fitzpatrick driving double. Yap YapYomax ($1.60) driven by Gavin Fitzpatrick gave nothing a chance in race seven, coming from well back at the bell and beating leader Deanoman. EmerginArt ($2.90) escaped an early mix up at the start of the eighth race and beat the unlucky Alwynsart and Dark Falcon who both suffered from some early interference. Every One Knows ($14.80) gave driver Ricky Alchin his second winner for the night in the last race.

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In hot and humid conditions on Sunday at Blacktown, GWS took on Carlton and Sydney in their fi rst round of the NAB Cup. After a couple of days of horrendous weather in Sydney, Carlton coach, Mick Malthouse, was expecting the worst, but was pleasantly surprised by how well the Blacktown Olympic Park held up. The two games provided a perfect opportunity for the fans to see what another pre-season under the belt can do for the team and they would have been very happy with what they saw. First up GWS faced a Carlton team who were without many of their stars, but still included some of their best. The Giants led for much of the match except when it counted, when the fi nal siren sounded. At one stage they led by as much 19 points, but seemed to wilt in the heat losing in the end

by two points in a low scoring game. Jonathon Patton showed exactly why he was the number one draft pick in 2011, kicking two out of the five goals. The game also saw the much awaited return of former Carlton player, Setanta O’hAilpin from a knee reconstruction. The second game was against cross town rivals and Premiers, Sydney. The Giants came out with something to prove after losing their fi rst game by such a small margin. Again Patton, provided a focal point up front, kicking another two goals. Toby Greene continued his 2012 form, gaining 15 disposals and kicking two goals in only 40 minutes of football. The Swans were never in front during the one sided match, that saw the Giants kick more goals in a shortened game than they did in some of their regular games during 2012.

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Sam Curtain won gold at the Trans Tasman Championships for Long Jump.

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am Curtain has won gold at the Trans Tasman Championships for Long Jump. Leading up to the championships, Sam trained every Wednesday for more than an hour with his mentor Taylor Garrett. “There has been no formal training from a coach or anything, it’s just what he chooses to focus on when he goes to Little A’s,” said his mother, Michelle Curtain. “He loves sport. He does basketball,

and football but athletics is his favourite so he’s very enthusiastic.” Last year at his school athletics carnival he jumped 4.5 metres. “For anyone his age that is huge but he insisted that he could do better so since then he’s been trying to beat himself,” Ms Curtain said. He was determined to jump beyond his best at the Trans Tasman Championship. “He jumped two fouls to start with but then on the third he did a really good jump... he leapt 4.73 metres.” He was also in the 4x100m relay team, which won a silver medal.

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elissa MacCulloch is one step closer to her dream of working in the auto industry after she was invited to assist a motor racing team at a recent event in Hobart. As supporters of Legacy and the Commando Welfare Trust, Team Legacy Assist, a motor racing team consisting of Australian Defence Force Personnel, invited two Junior Legacy Legatees to join them for Targa WrestPoint at Hobart.

Her apprenticeship with Suttons Motors spare parts division made Ms MacCulloch the perfect candidate for the opportunity and she was particularly excited to be a part of the team. The team took out fi rst place Classic Outright and fi rst place Late Classic Handicap in their blue Datsun 240Z. The team was pleased with the help of Ms MacCulloch and fellow legatee Ben Ellis-MacMahon. “Melissa and Ben were great to have on board and are welcome back for Targa Tasmania in April,” said team manager Craig McGrath.

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better production. “Th is year Panthers Weekly is going to be a lot more polished, last year was a trial run in a lot of ways,” Strawbs said. “Neither of us had ever made a podcast before, it was something we had to learn. We had a few meetings in the off-season about how we could develop and make the show better.” Th is year the boys will interview Penrith’s fi rst grade playing squad, and focus on the Under 20’s, Windsor Wolves, SG Ball and Harold Matthews sides. Panthers Weekly is on iTunes, Facebook or Twitter.

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he strong relationship between Panthers coach Ivan Cleary and new recruit Lewis Brown was the catalyst for getting the utility ‘across the ditch’ to Penrith. Now that close bond is set to bring Brown back to his best. After Cleary left the Warriors following the 2011 grand fi nal, 26-year-old Brown fell in a slump. Even he admits his form suffered without the mentor that gave him a chance in the NRL. “Last year I was really disappointed in my season but Ivan really brings out the best in me and I believe that’s good for the way I play and it’s good to be back under him,” Brown said. “Ivan was probably one of the main reasons I came to Penrith because he was the one that gave me an opportunity in the NRL. “When he was at the Warriors he was a coach that I listened to, respected and I’m just looking forward to playing under him again.” Brown played 84 games in a four-year stint at the Warriors and is very capable in a number of positions across the park

including centre, hooker, second-row and lock. Brown hopes his experience in playing in a grand fi nal as well as a number of international tests will secure him a permanent role in Penrith’s run-on side. “I hope to be a player that everyone wants to play with and I hope to bring plenty of experience to the side,” he said. Brown said the key to the Panthers having a better season than in 2012 is attitude. “I think if we can develop the right attitude here we’ll go well,” he said. “I believe we’ve got great depth for the 2013 season and beyond, and I also think we’ve got the right coaching staff and core of players that can create something special.” Brown, who’s looking forward to playing alongside big names like Tim Grant, Kevin Kingston and Lachlan Coote, encourages all Panther fans to get out and support the side this year. “It’s important we can get the backing from the public,” he said. “Within our side we’re pretty confident that we can improve on how the boys went in 2012. Hopefully we get a good turn out for round one because I’m looking forward to putting on the Panthers jumper for the fi rst time.”

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ROUND 14 – Saturday June 15 Panthers V Raiders.......... Canberra Stadium

ROUND 2 – Sunday March 17 Panthers V Tigers ............ Campbelltown Stadium

ROUND 15 – Bye

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ROUND 16 – Saturday, June 29 Panthers V Dragons ........ Penrith Stadium

ROUND 4 – Sunday, March 31 Panthers V Titans ............ Penrith Stadium

ROUND 17 – Saturday July 6 Panthers V Titans ............ Tio Stadium

ROUND 5 – Sunday, April 6 Panthers V Cowboys ....... 1300Smiles Stadium

ROUND 18 – Saturday July 13 Panthers V Parramatta ... Parramatta Stadium

ROUND 6 – Saturday, April 13 Panthers V Knights.......... Hunter Stadium

ROUND 19 – Sunday, July 21 Panthers V Knights.......... Penrith Stadium

ROUND 7 – Monday, April 29 Panthers V Eels ................ Penrith Stadium

ROUND 20 – Sunday, July 28 Panthers V Sharks........... Sharks Stadium

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ver the past decade Penrith has been blessed with a long list of brilliant fullbacks – Rhys Wesser, Lachlan Coote and Michael Gordon among them. Th is season the Panthers are set to unleash a brand new one. Ex-Manly back Dean Whare is one of three contenders including Wes Naiqama and Josh Mansour, eager for that coveted number one jersey. However, after three years of being the understudy to one of the best fullbacks in the game, Brett Stewart, 23-year-old Whare hopes to make Penrith’s vacant fullback spot his own. “I really enjoyed playing fullback last year fi lling in for Brett Stewart,” Whare told the Weekender. “I was able to get my hands on the ball more, and had more opportunity to attack with the ball.” Whare is one the most versatile players in the game. Over the course of his 25 games at the Sea Eagles, he played a vital role in all three back spots – fullback, wing and centre. “If it doesn’t go well for me at fullback I can always slip into centre or wing,” Whare said. “I played a lot of positions at Manly last year and given the opportunity I would

like to stay at one and that would be fullback.” Whare said throughout season 2012 he was in constant contact with Panthers boss Phil Gould and coach Ivan Cleary about what position would suit him best. With Lachlan Coote now well entrenched in the halves, it seems Whare is Penrith’s best bet. “I spoke to Ivan and Phil last year, trying to work out what position I would play, what I felt most comfortable in and how my contribution would fit in with the team,” he said. “Moving Coote to five-eighth at the end of last year really helped the boys, and it got them on a bit of a roll. “I think if I can bring back some big strong carries from fullback then that will help the team.” 2012 was a breakout year for Whare and was a season where he really stamped his authority on the game. He was even selected to play test football with New Zealand, an experience he says has made him a better player. “I got the opportunity to play test football last year, so I’m going to take that confidence into Penrith for this season,” Whare said. “I think confidence wise playing for New Zealand gave me a really good boost and it gave me that mentality if you rip in each week good things will come from it. I’m looking forward to a big year and I hope to make Penrith as successful as Manly.”

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