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COUNCIL DRAMA Lindsay MP David Bradbury and Prime Minister Julia Gillard speak exclusively with Western Weekender journalist Cassandra O’Connor. Photo: Melinda Jane.

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he campaign trail will be long and arduous but the Federal seat of Lindsay is “absolutely” winnable, according to Prime Minister Julia Gillard. The Prime Minister will be banking on the “incredible track record of achievement” of Lindsay Member and Assistant Treasurer, David Bradbury, to get Labor across the line. “He’s got an encyclopaedia in his head when it comes to the needs of the people here in the electorate of Lindsay and he brings that depth of local knowledge into the Parliament,” she said.

Speaking exclusively to the Western Weekender at the end of her week-long tour of western Sydney last Thursday, Ms Gillard showed much determination and optimism about the Federal Election scheduled for September 14. When asked whether Lindsay could be won by Labor at the next election, Ms Gillard replied with, “Certainly, absolutely, absolutely”. But winning the seat, held by Labor by a slim 1.1 per cent margin, would require one of the great political comebacks of all time from Mr Bradbury and the Prime Minister herself. Ms Gillard believes that is achievable and believes Mr Bradbury can make it happen. “You couldn’t get a more energetic, more

focused member with a deeper knowledge of the community than David Bradbury,” she said. Whilst the colour and flair of leadership speculation and the “theatre” of politics often dominate headlines, Ms Gillard said that residents like those of western Sydney are more interested in how the Government is addressing the practical issues they face in their lives. “People going about their day to day lives aren’t interested in that colour and movement,” she said of the speculation that has dogged her party. She pointed to issues like cost of living, health and traffic congestion as key concerns to locals. Continues page 3

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Continued from Page 1 Ms Gillard told the Weekender that one of the most important Government initiatives is the $1 billion towards the WestConnex motorway, contingent on there being a direct link to the city from the M4 and no tolls on existing roads. “David had been very clear about how resentful the community would be if they started to get tolls, have tolls imposed for sections of road they now travel on for nothing and how unsatisfactory it would be if you spent billions and billions of dollars, but still got dumped out, needing to fi nd your way back to the city rather than having a route that takes you directly through,” she said. She said it was hard to get “a clear read” on Tony Abbott’s funding commitments for the motorway project.

Ms Gillard’s obvious admiration for Mr Bradbury is in stark contrast to her opinion of Liberal candidate, Fiona Scott. “I understand she hasn’t responded to the option of debating David, and if you can’t hold up in a debate in front of the local community, then I don’t see how you would ever be able to hold up advocating for your community in Parliament,” she said. Ms Scott has indicated that she will debate Mr Bradbury closer to the election but the Labor MP wants several debates, sooner rather than later. Earlier in the day, speaking to an audience of Penrith City Council workers, Mr Bradbury spoke confidently of Ms Gillard’s ability to win the September 14 election. “I know there are a lot of people out there who say the odds are against the

Prime Minister, I know there are a lot of people out there who say that it’s going to be a tough fight for the PM at the next election. But can I say that we live in a community where many people are told that every day of their life; people are told that the odds are against them and that they should give up,” he said. “It is grit and determination that has meant that so many people in our community have overcome so many challenges in the past to be some of the most successful people not just in our area but in our country. I think in this part of the world we really do welcome that grit and determination and with the PM Julia Gillard, you have someone who has as much of that as anyone else I know.” One of the big issues during the campaign will be the possibility of a second Sydney airport, ignited again

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recently when Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey indicated his support for an airport at Badgerys Creek. But the Prime Minister said Badgerys Creek is not an option. “Our focus has been on the Wilton site and will continue to be on the Wilton site,” she said.

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rime Minister Julia Gillard’s visit to Penrith last week caused some excitement but some members of the community were not willing to welcome her with open arms. Protesters gathered at Penrith City Council on Thursday upon hearing that the Prime Minister would be walking through the library. Armed with signs, bells and even costumes, the passionate locals gave Ms Gillard a less than warm welcome. “I am sending Julia a message that she is strongly not liked in Australia. Many a people, many a people, don’t like the way that she has governed this country,” said Cranebrook resident, Steve Kulas, as he waved a home-made sign.

Helen Kulas, also from Cranebrook, echoed Mr Kulas’ discontent. “I think Julia is all stunts and spin. I am a woman who works full time, we have three children under the age of six and we want to see somebody with integrity running this country,” she said. Protesters told the Weekender that this “message” wouldn’t be needed if it weren’t for all the “lies” from the Prime Minister and that they were offended by Ms Gillard’s visit to Penrith, which they referred to as a “publicity stunt”. “Why couldn’t she just walk through the shopping centres and meet ordinary folks and talk to them about their needs and cost of livings and that sort of thing,” said Boris Ora, of Emu Plains. “If you can’t call this week a Labor propaganda campaign then what can you call it?” Mr Kulas said.

Protestors, including Councillor Marcus Cornish (left) welcome the Prime Minister to Penrith.

Ms Gillard was not only greeted by protesters, there were some who were proud to support their Prime Minister. “We are from the Penrith Valley Community Unions and we just came to give our support to the Prime Minister. The Penrith Valley Community Unions are here to fight for the services and the rights

of our community regardless of who is in power, so you have to show respect and honour the position,” said Mary Court, Penrith Valley Community Unions Secretary. “We are thrilled to see Julia Gillard out in this area,” said another bystander, Kerri Fitzpatrick.

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But it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, because whilst extending the M4 to Petersham, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t create the direct motorway link from Penrith to the city that is needed for this and other neighbouring regions to truly become part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;connected Sydneyâ&#x20AC;?. He also said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Labor governments have squabbled over the M4 and M5 upgrades for years but did nothing.â&#x20AC;? True story. But that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change the fact that if Mr Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Farrell doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t build the direct link from the M4 to the city, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be remembered as the Premier who failed to deliver the missing link everyone craves. Moving onto Penrith Council and Labor Councillors took the dramatic step to walk out of Monday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s council meeting after a decision was made to not fund a public rally at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in relation to the Kemps Creek radioactive waste issue. Anyone who does their homework on this knows that this whole story is bad. Bad for the residents who rightly donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the waste in their backyard, no matter what experts may tell them. Bad for Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies and Premier Barry Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Farrell, who were so strongly opposed to the waste being transported here when in Opposition. Back in 2010, Ms Davies said that the local area would not cop being â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dumping ground for Sydneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wasteâ&#x20AC;?. As Opposition Leader, Barry Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Farrell labelled plans to dump the waste at Kemps Creek â&#x20AC;&#x153;stupidâ&#x20AC;?, then later said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;when we came into Government, we received advice that disposal of waste at Kemps Creek was the only optionâ&#x20AC;?. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so easy in opposition not to do your homework. But one presumes had the homework been done, Mr Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Farrell would have already known about Kemps Creek being the only option whilst he was the Opposition Leader. Bottom line: the waste shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be coming here. The Government can use whatever scientific examples it likes, and it can be produce as many reports as it likes, but the commitment to not bring the waste here must be lived up to â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that simple. As for the four Australian cricketers who failed to hand in their homework, we can only shake our heads. The sport is descending into an outright joke. Runs, not essays, is what Australia needs at the moment.

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canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite remember the year but I do remember walking to school and telling my mother that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d forgotten to do the homework set the night before by my primary school teacher. The mission was to recite the alphabet in front of the class. Crash course done, I managed to stumble my way through and my chubby face had a sparkling smile from ear to ear. Until, that is, the teacher discovered the cheat sheet Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been â&#x20AC;&#x153;crammingâ&#x20AC;? from stuffed into my front pocket. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d forgotten the key rule in pretending you know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about; that being, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t carry the evidence that proves you actually donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a clue. Homeworkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a big issue this week. First, Julia Gillard did her homework and realised that WestConnex funding should be dependent on an extension being built from the M4 to the city. Then, Penrith Councillors did theirs on the Kemps Creek radioactive waste issue but still came away divided. Oh, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Australian cricket team, four of whom literally didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do their homework. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deal with the PM and WestConnex fi rst. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to do too much homework to know that the missing link on Sydneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s road network is between where the M4 ends at North Strathfield and the city itself. The crawl along Parramatta Road and the City West Link has kept hair colouring companies in business, such is the stress it has caused drivers. Ms Gillardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s move last week to commit funding to the WestConnex project on the proviso that the connection between the M4 and the city be built has been met with some criticism, but she is 100 per cent right. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard about the M4 extension for years and years and years. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s off the agenda and back on it again more often than I change my underwear and I promise you, that is at acceptably regular intervals. Call it a bribe, call it a demand, call it anything you like, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s realise that this section of infrastructure needs to be built as it is the last remaining gap between Sydney and the west. In an opinion piece for The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday, NSW Premier Barry Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Farrell said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Th is motorway project ticks all the boxesâ&#x20AC;?.

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enrith Council is considering two options to make Glossop Street in St Marys safer, which would include the closure of access to neighbouring roads. As a Councillor serving on the Local Traffic Committee, Marcus Cornish said that he was pleased that the community will be consulted on possible changes to traffic management on the thoroughfare. “A report came back to the Local Traffic Committee suggesting that a number of roads and streets have reduced access to Glossop Street to improve the road’s safety,” he said. “Something defi nitely needs to be done but it is important that residents, the bus companies and emergency services be consulted with as this could greatly impact their operations.” A preferred option for traffic management along the St Marys road included allowing only a left turn in and out of King Street, left turn only at Brisbane Street, traffic lights at the intersection with Adelaide Street, the extension of turning bays at Phillip Street and the Great Western Highway and a review of traffic signal operations at the Phillip Street intersection. Last year, the Weekender published a story about the unusually high number of vehicle accidents at intersections along Glossop Street. According to the Roads and Maritime Services, in the five-year period from January 2007 to December

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Internal Labor woes hide Coalition kerfuffle

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ould this be the week Labor fi nally got the clear air it needed to escape its self-suffo cating death spiral? On Tuesday, the party got the Newspoll bounce it needed. Its primary vote rose three points to 34 per cent and Julia Gillard reclaimed her position ahead of Tony Abbott in the preferred Prime Minister stakes. It wasn’t entirely unexpected. Sure, the PM copped a lot of criticism (including from me) for her ‘western Sydney blitz’. But after promising billions of dollars for aged care, jobs and the WestConnex project, if Labor didn’t get an opinion poll bounce something would be seriously wrong. Th is next sitting of Parliament is regarded as crucial for her leadership and it’s in the chamber the PM performs best. She came out all guns blazing on the fi rst sitting day, determined not to be bogged down by the dissenters, internal politics and naval gazing. Julia Gillard set a policy agenda, instead of being dictated by a political one. It was a message as much to the electorate as her own party. She’s getting on with the job and wants

everyone to know it. The proposed new media reforms and stricter approvals for Coal Seam Gas projects have already generated plenty of discussion. Yes, the Government has been criticised over them. But at least the critics are talking (mostly) about policies. And it forces the Opposition to put forward its own policies and policy responses. When major reforms or legislation are being debated, the Coalition can’t just sit back and allow its opponents to fig ht amongst themselves. Putting forward your own positions also invites greater scrutiny and the past few weeks have exposed plenty of confusion on the conservative side. One issue in particular is carbon tax compensation. Tony Abbott’s promised to scrap it, and replace it with his own tax cuts and pension increases. It’ll be costly. How will he pay for it? He won’t tell us until just days before the election. Then Joe Hockey wrongly claimed the Coalition would still compensate businesses who lose money under the carbon tax.

Julia Gillard has come out strong in Parliament this week after a visit to western Sydney.

Then again, there’s a Nielsen poll due next week. And you can bet if that goes backwards, the leadership rumblings will grow louder again.

Changes to the tax free threshold were also part of the Government’s compensation package. But Mr Abbott and Mr Hockey now say maybe that won’t be scrapped after all. Confused? Don’t worry – so is the Opposition it seems. You see – not only does Labor damage itself with internal woes, but the Coalition get away with so much more.

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abor Councillors stormed out of Monday’s Council meeting in anger because a proposal that Council hold a rally against a plan to move radioactive waste from Hunters Hill to Kemps Creek was defeated. A report called for by Councillor Prue Car recommended that Council hire the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and advertise the rally, at a cost of over $10,000, in protest of the State Government’s plan to bring waste to the Kemps Creek SITA waste management facility. At a fiery meeting on February 25, Council voted against any Hunters Hill waste being transported out west. As Mayor Mark Davies has a confl ict of interest in the issue as husband to Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies, and both Ross Fowler and Jim Aitken were absent, Kevin Crameri was asked to chair the discussion on the report. “Th is is really our chance to put our decision into action,” Cr Prue Car said. “I think it is of real importance, in the context of the debate we had last Council meeting, that we represent the community on this issue.” She was supported by her fellow Labor Councillors as well as Independent Councillor Jackie Greenow and Greens Councillor Michelle Tormey. The Councillors all agreed though that the estimated cost of the rally was too expensive, especially the advertising

budget. The report recommended that advertisements be placed in both the Penrith Press and Western Weekender, but Councillors did not agree. “We would get much more bang for our buck by placing four ads in the Weekender,” Cr McKeown said. “The Press doesn’t go to half our area... so I completely disagree,” added Cr Greenow. However, Cr Ben Goldfi nch said that he could not support the rally at all. He was supported by Kevin Crameri, Bernard Bratusa, Tricia Hitchen, Marcus Cornish and Maurice Girotto. “I am against the radioactive waste but the last public meeting was an embarrassment,” Cr Girotto said, referring to the State Government’s consultation forum last December. “There was an ex-councillor who told a current Councillor to ‘shut up’, it was embarrassing.” Cr Crameri said that the behaviour of “certain individuals” at the last public meeting meant he couldn’t have Penrith in the spotlight again looking like a “rabble”. “I had to move seats because people who I will not name did not behave appropriately,” he said. The votes were then cast for the rally, with it being a stalemate at six votes each. As Cr Crameri was chair he had the fin al casting vote and decided that the rally not go ahead with Council funding. “Th is is a joke,” said Cr John Thain, as Labor stormed out of the meeting. Cr Thain said another reason Labor walked out was that Cr Crameri did not

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want to see Australian workers put fi rst. That’s why we’re currently having a debate about the use of 457 visas. The purpose of the 457 visa program is so businesses, if they face acute skills shortages, can source a worker from overseas. The purpose of that visa class isn’t for someone from overseas to get a job whilst an Australian ready, willing and able to do it, misses out. We want more skills, more apprenticeships, more training for young Australians. We want more Australian workers to fil l the skilled jobs our economy creates. In the coming century, we can be a nation where people are confident their children will have more opportunities than they did, as a result of their hard work. That is the vision – that is the goal. It’s a fact that temporary overseas work is growing much faster than employment is growing. Temporary overseas worker numbers are up 20 per cent compared with the same time last year. Employment growth in the same period is around one per cent. That in itself is evidence of a problem: the number of people coming here to fil l short-term gaps should not be growing 20 times faster than employment overall. There is clear evidence that in some growing sectors, importing workers on 457

visas is a substitute for spreading important economic opportunity to Australian working people. I offer absolutely no apology for putting the opportunities of Australian working people fi rst, front and centre, wherever they were born. Th is is a clear difference between the political parties because I believe we should only be looking for temporary workers from overseas if there are skill shortages that we cannot fi ll any other way. Mr Abbott believes that temporary workers from overseas should be a mainstay of our migration program. Unlike the Coalition, I will always put Australian jobs first. Agree? Disagree? Tell us your thoughts by emailing news@westernweekender. com.au or write to 2/42-44 Abel Street, Jamisontown 2750.

TONY ABBOTT Six months out but we are ready

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his week marked six months at the most until the next federal election. Th is year’s federal election will offer the clearest choice in a generation for the people of western Sydney. The Coalition’s Real Solutions Plan details how we will deliver a strong and prosperous economy and a safe and secure Australia. Our plan will get the Budget under control and we will end Labor’s waste. We will start the job of repaying Labor’s debt – which is already costing $7 billion each year in interest. We will abolish the carbon tax – because that is the quickest way to reduce power prices and take the pressure off the cost of living pressures on western Sydney families. We will give small businesses a much needed break by cutting red tape by $1 billion a year.

PUBLIC EXHIBITION PENRITH

Tell us what you think about Queen Street, St Marys Council wants to improve Queen Street for residents, businesses, shoppers, commuters and visitors and we want to hear your views.

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Our community values Queen Street so share with us what’s important, what should change and what should stay the same and we’ll incorporate community input wherever possible. Our online survey closes soon on 25 March 2013 and this is a great way to share how you’d like Queen Street to look in the future. The survey takes just 5 minutes to complete. Go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/Queenst or for a hardcopy, call Elizabeth on 4732 7642. Coming up soon is the first workshop. We welcome you to share your big ideas about Queen Street’s public street areas. You’ll also hear from our project team. Please RSVP soon.

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Our streetscape improvement project focuses on Queen Street and the connections to it from East and West Lane. It will look at the area that lies between the buildings and the kerbs, including the paving, seating, lighting, trees, heritage and public art. The public places on Queen Street should be safe, accessible, attractive and pedestrian friendly as well as reflect the unique identity of the town centre.

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We will stop the boats by restoring proven border protection policies that work. We will create a stronger economy through lower taxes, more effic ient businesses and more productive businesses that generate one million new jobs in five years and two million new jobs within a decade. The Coalition is ready for government. We are an experienced team shaped by the standards that were set by the last Coalition government. We know that government must work for your betterment, not its own. Most importantly, we know that you can’t say one thing before an election and do another thing after it. We have listened. We know what has to be done. If given the opportunity on September 14, we will provide Australia with the strong, stable and competent government that the people of our country deserve. Tony Abbott visited Mulgoa last week. See page 17 for the story. Do you agree with Tony Abbott that the Coalition is the right party to take Australia forward? Tell us via email on news@westernweekender.com.au or write to us at 2/42-44 Abel Street, Jamisontown 2750.

DEVELOPMENT CONSENT/S DETERMINED Pursuant to Section 101 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, the schedule below lists applications recently determined by Penrith City Council. Details of these determinations are available for public inspection free of charge during Council’s normal business hours at the Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith.

Approved Development Applications s Property Innovations Group Lot 111 DP 12590, 146 Adelaide Street, St Marys Residential Unit Housing x 6 Villas

DA12/1347

Refused Development Applications s G Younes PO Box 837, Merrylands, Lot 423 & Lot 424 in DP 12590 Community Facility – Childcare Centre

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The above development determination/s may be inspected between 8.30am and 4pm Mondays to Fridays (except Public Holidays) at Council’s Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith. Officers of Council’s Development Services Department will be able to assist with your enquiries.

Workshop details: Tuesday, 26 March 2013 – 5.30–7.30pm St Marys Senior Citizens Hall (corner of Mamre Road and Great Western Highway, St Marys) Light refreshments will be served RSVP to: events@placepartners.com.au or call 8065 7401 by Monday, 25 March 2013.

Disclosure of Political Donations or Gifts Development Applications are displayed at the Penrith Civic Centre. By law, reportable political donations or gifts must be disclosed by anyone lodging a planning application to Council. Call 4732 7649 or visit www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

Please check the Penrith City Council website www.penrithcity.nsw. gov.au regularly for updates on this project, including future opportunities on how you can become involved. Please email Elizabeth on eroxburgh@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au or call 4732 7642 with any questions related to this project.

Viewing of Development Applications The above development determination/s may be inspected between 8.30am and 4pm Mondays to Fridays (except Public Holidays) at Council’s Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith. Officers of Council’s Development Services Department will be able to assist with your enquiries.

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MONUMENT UNVEILED TO COMMEMORATE BICENTENARY In 1938, the citizens of St Marys built a memorial cairn to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the first crossing of the Blue Mountains by Europeans adjacent to the site of Blaxland’s farm (on Luddenham Road) from where Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson departed.

CONTACT US ADMINISTRATION Penrith Office Civic Centre, 601 High Street. Opening Hours: 8.30am–4pm. Mon–Fri. St Marys Office Queen Street Centre, 207–209 Queen Street. Opening Hours: 8.30am–4pm. Mon–Fri. Switchboard Open: 8.30am–5pm. Mon–Fri. P: (02) 4732 7777 F: (02) 4732 7958 Write to: PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751. E: pencit@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

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).

Seventy-five years later, and as part of the 200th anniversary of this most significant milestone in Australia’s history, another memorial cairn will be erected on Saturday morning, 11 May. Community groups will have the opportunity to contribute to this cairn that will serve as a permanent reminder of this most important time in our nation and Penrith’s history. For more information, call 4732 7736.

COUNCIL BRIEFS s On Thursday, 21 March Penrith Council will proudly present a free and fantastic Seniors Week Concert at the prestigious Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. Preference will be given to residents of Penrith for this free event and bookings are open until all seats are allocated. Phone 4732 7836 to reserve your seat, check out more 2013 Seniors Week activities across NSW at www.nswseniorsweek.com.au s The Penrith international Friendship Committee is looking for students to take part in its cultural exchange program with Council’s sister city, Fujieda in Japan. There is also an information night for the Student Exchange Program being held on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 at 7pm in the Passadena Room at Penrith City Council. For more information, contact Joanne Ryan on 4732 7736 or email jryan@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au s Prime Minister Julia Gillard acknowledged the Council and community’s great work in developing a comprehensive Digital Economy Strategy in Penrith City Library last week. As one of the first NBN rollout sites in Australia, Penrith has a unique advantage and window of opportunity to capitalise on the digital benefits. The potential economic benefits to the Penrith regional economy is a 7 to 12% per year increase in gross regional product, from $420 million to $720 million per year.

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Council at its Policy & Review Committee meeting of 13 February 2013 adopted new Plans of Management – Penrith Cemeteries. Penrith City Council is responsible for five 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, ongoing enhancements and maintenance to meet community expectations and provide strategies for conservation, maintenance, and management of all five cemeteries.

Under the provisions of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 any submissions about the revised policy that contain personal information, such as information that identifies you etc, will form part of Council’s document management system.

The question for this week is: 1: What type of streetscape improvements (paving, seating, lighting, trees, heritage, public art, etc) would you like to see along Queen Street in St Marys?

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Submissions on the new Plans of Management are invited and will be received by Council until 5pm on 29 March 2013. Submissions should be addressed to the General Manager and can be mailed to PO Box 60, Penrith, NSW 2751 or emailed to council@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

Congratulations to VICKIE SAUNDERS who wrote ‘I’m always wondering what to do with the kids’ so a website targeting local activities would be great…

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The new Plans of Management – Penrith Cemeteries will be on public exhibition from Monday, 4 March 2013 until Friday, 29 March 2013 and may be viewed at Council offices during normal business hours. Copies may also be obtained from Council’s website or by contacting the Cemeteries Office on 4732 7640 or email council@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

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On the campaign trail

Julia Gillard and her ministers have stopped governing, and have ‘thrown the switch to vaudeville’ and continual campaigning. Meanwhile the country is reduced to a state of economic paralysis for the next six months. At least by announcing the election date voters have focused on the Government’s abysmal failure in economic management, skyrocketing debt, failed border security, smearing our sportspeople etc, as reflected in the latest opinion polls. John Shailer, Penrith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

I do hope that Penrith Council’s plans to transform High St at the expense of the rate payers is not another repeat of the High St Mall which was a grand idea but turned out to be somewhat impractical and had to be removed also at the expense of rate payers (Penrith under construction, Western Weekender March 8). Is it the common problem of “if there are insufficient local jobs then tourism is the answer”. Being greedy myself in relation to traffic congestion, do we need more vehicles? Please do the sums and get it right. How about asking the rate payers for their opinion? Peter Townsend, South Penrith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Camera shy Council

At a cost of $6,200 for the initial setup and $350 for per meeting put to air what are the Councillors worried about? (Council gets camera shy, Western Weekender March 8). It would appear that there are only 12 meetings a year that would be put to air as the committee meetings would not be included. As for the defamation worries, if the Councillors acted as they should there would be no cause of such action to be taken OR is it because the residents (rate payers) would see how their Councillors behave at meetings that the naysayers are worried about. Freddie, via email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Tackling crime

Julia has come forth with the idea to set up an FBI type police force to wage war against crime gangs that have been terrorising citizens, mainly in Sydney, with drive-by shootings and other anti-social behaviour. Julia’s latest idea has brought mixed reactions from State Premiers. Some aren’t too keen on giving more police power to Canberra, and rightly so. Th is is just another vain attempt by Julia to centralise more power in Canberra. We should not be surprised at this assault on State rights. Jay Nauss, via email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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hat voice, that rumbling, warm, deep baritone. You all loved him, and knew him by that voice. But it was his heart, his humour and his enthusiasm for storytelling that I loved him for. Each day, Harves and I would talk about our families, philosophy, military history and where you could fi nd the best yoghurt in Sydney! Every day, when Harves loped into the news room, back from a story, fi rst you would hear that voice, then see him, and without fail he would proudly tell you that his story was “absolutely terrific ”. His enthusiasm never waned. Never. From politics to war to the Mardi Gras and Fashion Week and everything in between, Peter was the ultimate newsman. Peter Harvey was a dear friend, mentor and colleague to all of us. He had a unique way of telling a story. An economy of words, yet he used them in such an evocative, meaningful and thoughtful way. He could deliver the punch in a handful of words where others might need a couple of paragraphs. Th row in that voice and it was magical. We all wanted to be as good as him. Peter also taught us so much about living in the way he handled his illness. He lived for the day and didn’t dwell on

what tomorrow may reveal. What sustained Harves when he was dealing with his cancer was coming to work and doing his job. And him being in the newsroom sustained us as well. I spent a fair bit of time with Peter over the last month as his fight got tougher. We completed fi lming a special on his life… a life that not only enriched Australian television audiences but a life that has been lived, large, loud and full of love. I visited him in hospital in the days before he died and gave him a hug. It was a hug from us all. Now his desk and chair are empty, and I will miss his legendary sign off from his stories in the news each night. But his presence will of course remain, his magnificent voice, that introduces the Sydney 6pm news every night will continue. That is what he wanted. And that is what we want too. A reminder of the great newsman that Peter Harvey was.

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The new SIV introduced by the Commonwealth Government requires foreign investors seeking permanent residency to invest a minimum of $5 million in a range of Australian projects and government bonds. The Penrith Business Alliance is attending the China International Import Expo from 15-18 May 2013 to promote local projects that may appeal to Chinese investors under the SIV. We are compiling a portfolio of qualifying local projects for this purpose. To include your project (both expansion and new proposals) in the portfolio, please contact us on 02 4731 5711 or by email admin@pba.com.au. The closing date for including your proposal is strictly 31st March 2013. All information will be treated confidentially and used only for the purpose of attracting interest through the SIV program. For further details please call Bijai Kumar on 02 4731 5711 or 0408 473 275 or by email to bkumar@pba.com.au. WW1733

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Focus on us Our community consistently tells us that what is important to them is; that our City’s growth is to be properly managed and planned (with local jobs, good transport options and quality local training), and for Council to stand up for you and advocate to the Federal and State Governments for greater focus on our growing region’s needs. So we have some good news this week. The Federal and State Governments are talking about establishing a Regional Development Australia committee (RDA) for Greater Western Sydney. There are more than 50 RDA’s around Australia but there is currently only one RDA for all of Sydney. Th is coordinated approach, which includes input from local leaders, will help our region secure the jobs, services, transport links and other infrastructure we need. It will also improve our access to the investment we need to fast-track some important projects. A regional RDA is just the sort of focus our Council has long called for. Th is is an important step in unlocking the economic potential of our City.

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ember for Penrith, Stuart Ayres, visited Jamison High School last week to launch an important new online resource about alcohol consumption. Mr Ayres met with the Jamison High Principal, Greg Lill and Vice Captains Tamati Wharerau and Rebecca Peace to discuss the launch of ‘Out Tonight? Party Right’, an online resource developed by the NSW Government to help students improve their awareness about alcohol, the law and potential risks and dangers associated with drinking. “Th is new Internet resource ‘Out Tonight? Party Right’, aims to minimise alcohol-related harm among young people in our local schools, community and across the state by educating them about the impacts that drinking can have on themselves, their friends and the community,” Mr Ayres said. ‘Out Tonight? Party Right’ was developed by the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing in conjunction with the Department of Education and Communities to align with the NSW school curriculum. Mr Ayres said ‘Out Tonight? Party Right’ gives high school students the information and facts they need to have fun safely and responsibly while staying on the right side of the law. “High school is a time when young people celebrate important milestones in their lives; formals, graduations and birthday celebrations, when personal decisions are made about the use of alcohol,” he said.

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Minister for Hospitality, George Souris, launched the resource on February 14 and said the Government is committed to implementing measures to help reduce risk drinking and alcoholrelated assaults. “Our whole-of-Government approach includes strong regulation of licenced venues, including targeting irresponsible venue operators through our Thr ee Strikes disciplinary scheme,” Mr Souris said. “Unfortunately for some young people,

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Shots fired: Elderly man arrested by police About 9.15pm on Tuesday, March 5, police were called to Dorrington Place, Glenmore Park after reports that shots had been fi red. Officers attended a residence and spoke to a 68-yearold man. They searched his property and found a loaded firea rm, which was seized. Noone was injured in the incident. The man was arrested and taken to Penrith Police Station where he was charged with not keep fi rearm safely, possess unregistered fi rearm, possess ammunition without holding a licence and fir e fi rearm in a manner likely to injure persons or damage property. He was refused bail and appeared in Penrith Local Court the following day, before being sent to hospital for a medical assessment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Home invasion: Adults and children left shaken About 2.30am on Friday, March 8, two males forced their way inside a home on Redditch Way at Cranebrook. The males had their faces covered and were armed with a knife. After making demands, they then assaulted a 44-year-old occupant who suffered a small laceration on his chin. The offenders left the scene. There was a man, two women and three children inside the home at the time of the incident. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Cars set on fire: Hunt on for two men Mayor Mark Davies, Lindsay MP David Bradbury and Prime Minister Julia Gillard open the Penrith Library Digital Hub.

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rime Minister, Julia Gillard, offic ially launched Penrith City Council’s Digital Economy Strategy and Penrith Business Alliance’s Investment Prospectus during her visit to western Sydney last week. On Thursday, Ms Gillard was joined by Lindsay MP, David Bradbury, Minister for Broadband and Communications, Stephen Conroy, as well as prominent members of the Penrith community to support the launch of the two documents.

“Having local strategies to help people understand and get the skills they need is pivotally important,” Ms Gillard said. “I am so impressed by the work going on here at your local Council and it is a great tribute to you and to the team... that you have thought your way through this digital economy strategy, that you are taking active decisions to shape the future of the people that you serve.” Mayor, Mark Davies said: “The potential economic benefits to the Penrith regional economy, which the strategy will help capture, is a whopping seven to 12 per cent, $420 million to $720 million, per year”.

About 10.40pm on Saturday, March 9, two vehicles, a Holden utility and a Subaru sedan, parked and locked on Hartog Drive, Werrington, were set alight and destroyed. The owners and neighbours were alerted to the fi re by the sounds of explosions as the vehicles became engulfed in flames. Two males were seen running to a light coloured hatchback parked in Wilde Place. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Dog attack: Dramatic incident in backyard About 4.40pm on Sunday, March 10, a four-year-old boy was bitten on the face by a dog while playing in his backyard. The boy was playing with the dog, which belonged to a family friend, in the yard with several other children when it latched onto the boy’s head for unknown reasons. He was treated in hospital for several puncture wounds and minor abrasions. The dog was surrendered and will be destroyed.

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Possession of drugs: A 59-year-old Kingswood man was before the courts at Penrith this week after he was found to be cultivating cannabis and in possession of 27 individual plants. The man had also been charged with possession of equipment to administer prohibited drug, home made bongs, and possess ammunition without a permit or licence. On Monday, December 24, 2012, a search warrant was issued by Penrith Local Court for a residence on Bringelly Road, Kingswood – the home of the offender. The man was arrested outside his residence at 3.40pm that day and was informed by police that the search warrant was in existence to search his house for fi rearms. The search warrant was executed and a number of items were located and seized. 27 individually potted plants, which were found to be cannabis, were found on the verandah. A number of plastic bottles, that appeared to be bongs, were found. The offender told police that the plants and bongs were for personal use and that he had grown the plants from seeds. On searching the bedroom, police located a bullet, which the offender stated was an old war relic that he had found whilst gold mining, however without a licence to possess ammunition, he was charged. The offender had a number of previous offences relating to drug use and possession, as well as the possession of fi rearms. He was fi ned $300 with $83 court costs and all drugs and implements were ordered to be destroyed.

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Next chapter in childcare Once upon a time, the Opposition Leader visited Mulgoa Pre-School...

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heyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re too young to vote, but Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was more than happy to read local kids a story or two during a visit to Mulgoa Pre-school last week. Visiting the Lindsay electorate on the same day as Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, Mr Abbott also helped out in the veggie garden before getting down to business. He spoke of his plan to reduce the cost of living for Australian families, announcing that the Coalitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan for childcare will play a large role in making that happen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course, childcare is one of the very substantial costs that Australian families face; a very, very substantial cost that Australian families face,â&#x20AC;? Mr Abbott said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that we are always looking at better ways of helping families to deal with this particular cost of living pressure.â&#x20AC;? Mr Abbott, accompanied by two of his daughters, said that a â&#x20AC;&#x153;full and swiftâ&#x20AC;? Productivity Commission inquiry into childcare would provide the information needed to allow changes to make the system more flexible and affordable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need a practical childcare system that deals with the 24/7 needs of the modern Australian family,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a plan to reduce the pressure on cost of living by abolishing the carbon tax and looking again at childcare and making it more affordable.â&#x20AC;? Liberal Candidate for Lindsay, Fiona Scott, joined Mr Abbott as he met with

Liberal Candidate for Lindsay, Fiona Scott, joined Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, and his daughters at Mulgoa last week. Photo: Melinda Jane.

children at the pre-school. Ms Scott, who once attended Mulgoa Pre-school, said that childcare in Lindsay is important to her.

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COUNCIL SNAPSHOT Penrith Council is devising a new Works in Kind Policy. Works in Kind involve the provision of whole or part of a public facility in lieu of a monetary contribution by a developer to the Council. The current policy has been in force since 1993, and with the level of development expected to increase in the coming decade in Penrith, the number of applications by developers to perform works in kind instead of paying developer fees is expected to also increase. The new policy sets out a comprehensive guide for Councillors and the community to determine whether or not a Works in Kind proposal should be allowed. The new policy is aimed at making the process more transparent to the community. A number of projects have been identified for possible funding through Penrith Council’s Sustainability Fund. Working like an internal loan, the Sustainability Fund sees money spent on environmentally friendly projects with the savings recouped and reinvested into the fund for further projects. One project recently approved for funding was the replacement of inefficient street lighting with better technologies. Other possible projects include lighting upgrades at the Civic Centre, lighting upgrades at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, reducing irrigation water use at the Civic Centre and installation of soil moisture sensors in three local parks.

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enrith Councillors are looking for a solution to affordable housing in the form of secondary dwellings constructed on land that already has a primary residence. Councillors have raised a number of concerns relating to the current process of building secondary homes and are looking for support from the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils to lobby the State Government to change the regulations. Currently, developer levies are charged on all secondary dwelling applications. However, Cr John Thain believes there should be some form of levy

Penrith Council has officially received the development application for the beginnings of the Werrington Park Corporate Centre. The University of Western Sydney has submitted a Crown Development Application seeking consent to build a three storey research and commercial building, service road, car parking, storm water drainage and landscaping. Any person may respond during the submission period of March 11 to March 25.

exemption for families building affordable accommodation for family members. “It’s important that when family members are building a second home together that they don’t go through Section 94 developer levy funds,” he said. Cr Marcus Cornish is pushing for more secondary dwellings to be built in areas where there is room for multiple houses, such as the rural parts of Londonderry, Castlereagh and Llandilo. “Many people in these areas don’t know they can have a second home on their block of land – many of them are living on five acres or more. But there is a problem with the current rules because they cannot build more than one secondary dwelling... because that would be classed as subdivision,” he said.

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Wagging good tale for Brendan Teen reunited with abandoned pup thanks to generous donation by local reader

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laremont Meadows teenager, Brendan Bellamy, is overwhelmed after being reunited with the puppy that his mother rescued over two weeks ago. As reported in the Weekender last week, Kim Bellamy was struggling to fi nd the funds to adopt a puppy that she had rescued in her local area. The family had found the puppy by the side of the road and minded her for five days waiting for Council rangers to collect it. But when the dog was taken to Hawkesbury Animal Shelter, the family was told they could only adopt the puppy if they paid $295 to cover the animal shelter costs. At the time, Ms Bellamy was very distressed. “I am considering not paying my rent so I can get the puppy back, my son Brendan has become so attached to it and I don’t want to let him down,” she said. “We did the right thing... but these Councils are all about making money.” Last Friday, the Weekender was contacted by Kingswood resident Michael, who very generously donated the money to Brendan to make sure the puppy could be saved from the pound. “I am an animal lover, I have a couple of dogs... I even had one from the pound that I rescued that was nearly dead and then he lived to 19, so I just wanted to see the puppy go to a good home,” he said. “Kim called me to thank me and she was in tears, I just wanted to help out.”

Brendan Bellamy has been reunited with abandoned puppy Sox after a generous donation by a Kingswood resident. Photo: Melinda Jane.

Brendan and Michael met on Friday and the Claremont Meadows teenager said he has never felt so grateful. “I shook his hand and told him I couldn’t believe he would want to help a stranger like me,” Brendan said. “I still can’t believe it.” Brendan retrieved the puppy from the

shelter this week and has affectionately called it Sox. “Sox is great, she’s been so happy to be home, playing with our other dog, it’s unbelievable,” he said. Showing the generosity of the Penrith community, the Western Weekender also received a second call from an anonymous

lady who also wanted to help the Bellamy family. Ms Bellamy said she is overwhelmed by the support and generosity. “We wanted to do the right thing, it was never about the money, but we are so lucky, I never thought the community and Michael would be so helpful,” she said.

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Laura Payne will have her artwork displayed at the prestigious ArtExpress Exhibition.

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aura Payne and Saskia Hopman will have their HSC artworks displayed in the NSW Gallery ArtExpress Exhibition and the Sydney Olympic Park Armory Gallery. ArtExpress is a prestigious collection of artworks from the state’s most creative teenagers – no more than 100 students get selected for this accolade and over 9,800 HSC artworks were judged. A 2012 Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School graduate,

Ms Payne entered the monument category, while fellow student Ms Hopman chose sculpture. In these categories each student had to develop an idea or theme and create it through using one or more mediums, in Ms Payne’s case she chose to use the techniques of print making, drawing and ceramics, while Ms Hopman chose Keraflex porcelain. Visual Arts HSC teacher Kelly Rousham said: “I was overjoyed to hear that their hard work, tenacity and determination throughout the year had paid off”.

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The 2013 Home Conference was held in Penrith on Monday. Photo: Melinda Jane.

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undreds of Penrith representatives and experts from across Australia met at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Monday to have their say on housing affordability and supply. UrbanGrowth NSW, formerly known as Landcom, held their fi rst major event for the year, the 2013 Home Conference, to discuss the big issues facing the housing industry – affordability and supply. John Brogden, Chairman of

UrbanGrowth NSW said the conference hoped to stimulate robust discussion aimed at addressing the gaps in the New South Wales housing market. “We need to work together to fi nd a way to deliver the estimated half a million new homes we’ll need in the next 20 years in an affordable and achievable way. UrbanGrowth NSW has an important role to play in helping facilitate this,” he said. Thornton, North Penrith, was upheld as an example of the future of housing in Sydney. Mr Brogden said it was a community that had been meticulously planned to ensure connectivity.

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othing breaks a heart like losing a lifelong pet or a new puppy; for many people, a pet is a member of the family. Penrith City Council boasts one of the highest re-homing rates for lost pets in the state, which means that you could be reunited with your best friend sooner than expected. 86 per cent of all pets from our area that are impounded at the Hawkesbury Animal Shelter are returned to their

enrith Performing and Visual Arts (PPVA) has offic ially announced the appointment of Hania Radvan as the new CEO of the flourishing local organisation. Ms Radvan comes to the position with 25 years experience as an arts management professional in venues, performing arts organisations and within government. Over the past decade she has worked with the Northern Territory Government, and for the last three years as the Director of Arts NT. Peter Anderson, Chair of PPVA, said he was thrilled with the appointment of such an experienced and well-respected fig ure in the arts community. “Hania brings personality, a track record, and experience and knowledge of all those things we need to have in a CEO of an entity such as this,” he said. “It’s not a simple job, it’s a very complex job, and it is one in which I believe, based on that experience, she will fulfi l greatly.” Ms Radvan said she’s “incredibly excited” to make the big move from Darwin to Penrith to become a part of such a tight-knit and passionate community. “Th is entity actually has a strong amount of passion and that is at Board level, community level and through the staff here,” she said. “The diversity of the role really excited me as well. Western Sydney is a really exciting area to be in. There were so many facets to the job that ticked all my boxes and it was a challenge.”

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Protecting history: Heritage listing for fire equipment including a fi re engine, ladders, canteen, switchboard and fleet of vehicles, offer a remarkable insight into the way in which NSW adapted to the new demands and challenges brought about by the growing and developing city of Sydney,” she said. The State Heritage listed items include an 1869 Shand Mason seven-inch Manual Fire Engine, 1898 Shand Mason Curricle Ladders, a 1942 Ford 21W Mobile Canteen and an Edward Smith Headquarters Switchboard. The ladders have an association with one of Sydney’s major early fi res, the Anthony Hordern and Sons blaze of 1901.

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ustralian Women and Children’s Research Foundation, OZWAC, have been operating in the local area for 15 years but are looking to reach even further into the community. OZWAC funds research into a wide range of women’s and children’s health issues and are hoping that a ‘Meet and Greet’ will spread the word about the work that they do. All are welcome to attend the social

night on Monday, March 25, to have a drink and some fi nger food with the Board of OZWAC and learn about the fundraising events that have been planned for this year. “We are looking to attract people that haven’t been to an OZWAC event before to come and hear about the events and the research that we fund,” said OZWAC Chairperson, Lea Hicks. The free Meet and Greet night will be held at Hanks Seafood Restaurant between 6pm and 7.30pm. For more information contact Maree Yabsley at the OZWAC office on 4734 3205.

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he Prime Minister, accompanied by our local Federal Member, David Bradbury and Senator Stephen Conroy who is also the Minister for Broadband, launched the PBA’s Investment Prospectus at a ceremony at Penrith City Council last week. The PM also launched Council’s Digital Economy Strategy, which provides the framework for strengthening engagement with the community and businesses on the back of the NBN rollout in Penrith. The Investment Prospectus outlines the key developments currently underway such as Jordan Springs and Caddens housing estates valued at $675 million; Panthers’ proposed development covering entertainment, elite sporting facilities, retail and campus style office space valued at some $850 million; and various projects planned around the Penrith Health and Education Precinct, including the proposed Nepean Medical Research Institute. It also features the Werrington Park Corporate Centre which is jointly funded by the Federal Government and UWS to the tune of $28 million. The document also provides some interesting details on the Penrith economy and its people and attractions for investment. Without doubt Penrith has now become a major lifestyle destination with some unrivalled entertainment, cultural, sporting and recreational facilities which are the soft yet valued qualities that attract people to a new place. Bijai Kumar is the CEO of the Penrith Business Alliance

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eniors Week is a time for our over 60’s to enjoy themselves, get out of the house and be officially recognised for their value to the community. Seniors Week is celebrated this coming week from Sunday, March 17, through until Sunday, March 24 as a thank you to local seniors for simply being who they are. “Seniors Week is a chance for everybody to acknowledge the valuable contributions seniors have made and continue to make with the hours, the hard work, skills, expertise, experience and inspiration they give to their families and community,” said a Penrith City Council spokesperson. Emu Heights senior, Lorraine Devine, looks forward to Seniors Week each year and is glad to

be recognised amongst the seniors who work hard to make Penrith the community that it is. “Seniors Week is part of us. You only get recognised once a year and that’s on Seniors Week – We’ve got everything going on in the one week; it’s great to celebrate being a senior,” she said. “There are a lot of seniors out there who do a lot of work for the community and they are really the ones who should be recognised on Seniors Week,” she added. To celebrate our seniors, many organisations have put their heads together to organise free activities, shows, luncheons and open days. Visit Penrith City Library to attend ‘Story Time’ with your grandchildren, pop down to your nearest neighbourhood centre for

celebratory morning teas and lunches, celebrate 30 years with Penrith Valley Seniors Centre, be amazed by the talent displayed at Penrith City Council’s concert or take part in some of the many other events throughout the week. Penrith Valley Seniors Centre are encouraging local seniors to take advantage of Seniors Week and get out of the house to discover some of the activities being held. “It is a good thing for seniors to be recognised but this week is also about helping seniors to fi nd new interests and hobbies by attending events during the week and trying out new things in the community,” Seniors Centre Chairperson, Grace Selway said. Visit www.nswseniorsweek.com.au for more information on Seniors Week.

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hen you step into Warradale Men’s Shed, Warragamba, you know that you have walked into any man’s dream world – there are tools, old cars, projects to work on and a bunch of blokes sitting around having a laugh. Made up entirely of retired men from Penrith, the Blue Mountains and surrounds, the local Men’s Shed is a place where these men can go to get out of the home, talk to each other and work on projects that they may not have had the time to start before retirement. They do gardening, wood work, metal work, mechanical repairs and more whilst teaching each other skills that each man brings to the group. “It’s a couple of days a week where you can come down, get out of the house and do something with a bunch of retired men like you,” said Secretary, Tony O’Toole. “We can work on anything that we like, it might be a project from home or something you want to learn more about. You also have a chance to get out of the house and talk to men – it’s a good thing to be able to talk.” The men may joke around and have a whole lot of fun but they are prepared to sit down and have a serious chat when another bloke is in need. “99 per cent of us are carrying some kind of baggage as far as health problems; prostate problems, heart problems. But we can talk here, amongst ourselves – ladies

Warradale Men’s Shed is celebrating their first anniversary and hope to start a second Shed in Penrith. Photo: Melinda Jane.

can have their meetings and have no problems talking but men don’t talk about their health problems – we do,” added President, Terry Atkins. For the past year, in between the talking and the laughing, the men have been working together on building their shed and everything in it; benches, installing

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Men’s Shed in Penrith. “When we went to these meetings in Penrith, trying to get a Men’s Shed up and running, so many blokes turned up from Penrith and they were all saying ‘c’mon we need a shed’,” Mr O’Toole said. “Why hasn’t Penrith got a shed yet? We just don’t know.”

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tudying is a great way to keep your mind active, engage in interests and hobbies that you enjoy, and meet new people. It’s a great way to keep connected in the community – something which has enormous benefits for long term wellbeing. That’s exactly what retirees across the world are discovering through U3A. U3A – or University of the Thi rd Age – is a voluntary, not-for-profit, international organisation aiming to deliver low-cost educational opportunities and networks to over 55s and those living with a disability. It is a virtual university designed for over 55’s who are keen to keep active in their retirement and continue lifelong learning. The courses available range in length from just a few hours to those which run for a full year, and cover a wide range of interests from hobbies such as patchwork quilting to practical skills such as learning how to use a computer. The concept of U3A was developed in France in 1972, to bring seniors into contact with academic programs. It spread rapidly throughout Europe and today courses are held in dozens of countries across the world. U3A now has Australian membership of more than 40,000 people. U3A courses work on the premise

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that mature-age people have the skills and knowledge to provide learning opportunities for themselves. The courses aim to provide an atmosphere of mutual learning and teaching for those who are united in the pursuit of knowledge. Retirement villages – including Rochford Place in Ropes Crossing – as well as other local community centres offer regular U3A courses, giving retirees the chance to interact face-to-face with other people while learning and developing new skills. Online U3A courses via the Internet are also available. The online courses are available to anyone – all that’s needed is access to a computer with an Internet connection – and some basic computing skills. For more information about U3A and how to get started visit www.u3aonline. org. You can sign up for the online courses through this website – or search for a face-to-face U3A course being held near you. So why not get started today and enjoy a passion for lifelong learning. We hope you’re enjoying our new Senior Living column, which will continue to run each week in our Seniors section. Send your feedback to news@westernweekender.com.au.

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or those local seniors who are masters of the paintbrush or love to dabble in art, why not enter your work into the Seniors Art Exhibition to be displayed at the Werrington Festival? Last year, the art exhibition exhibited around 80 works, all created by local seniors, many of which attend the Nepean Blue Mountains University of the Th ird Age art classes in Penrith. Werrington Festival organisers are

inviting all seniors who are proud of their art, craft or photography skills to apply to have their work displayed . “There is some amazing talent out there in the community, particularly with our seniors and it is nice for them to be recognised for their talent,” said Werrington Festival Organiser, Lauren Harris. The festival will take place on Sunday, May 19, hosted by the Werrington Community Project Inc on the grounds of Namatjira Neighbourhood Centre. To express an interest, call the Namatjira Neighbourhood Centre on 9673 6133.

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ffecting over half of Australian seniors, hearing loss is a prevalent issue for local senior citizens. Centre Manager of Australian Hearing Penrith, David Maple, says that hearing loss affects around 60 per cent of people aged over 60 and that it generally occurs gradually. “It’s simple things like turning up the TV, having trouble hearing the phone ring, or fi nding it hard to hear conversations in noisy places that are often the early warning signs,” he said. “If you’ve thought about your hearing

but haven’t done anything about it, a simple 15 minute hearing check is all it takes to give you peace of mind. And if you are having hearing problems, there are many products and services available to help you.” As part of Seniors Week, on Wednesday, March 20 and Thu rsday, March 21, Australian Hearing Penrith are offering free hearing checks, together with morning and afternoon tea. To book your appointment call 4720 3400. Australian Hearing Penrith is located at Shop 7, 140 Henry Street, Penrith, and also services St Marys. WW1624

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PrYme Movers: New exercise program launches at YMCA

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powerful social network for participants. “YMCA Penrith is set to launch a PrYme Movers class,” said Samantha Cosgrove, Centre Manager at YMCA Penrith. “Other centres have had a great response and we would like to be able to provide this program to our local community.” During Seniors Week, March 17 to 24, YMCA Penrith is urging locals to try out the Y’s PrYme Movers program for free. For more information on YMCA PrYme Movers visit the centre at 1 Pattys Place, Penrith or call 4733 7388.

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Life & Style

Anthony Walker: Diversify your investments

RAE OF HOPE FOR US ALL

Fashion: Katie Tweed scolds festival goers

Kathy s inspirational journey. that sends a message to. every one of us.

Your Stars: What’s in store for you?

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

he may not be the fastest or the fittest of all ‘Parkrunners’ but she is defin itely the most determined. It is this determination that has seen Cambridge Park mum, Kathy Rae, become the fi rst Australian woman to take part in fiv e inaugural Parkruns, which has placed her on a global list of top achievers. Parkrun is an international organisation, brought to Australia only two years ago, that organises free running events for anyone to take part in. The weekly five kilometre runs are not races but are an opportunity for anyone to improve their fitness and health at their own pace. Ms Rae has always been a keen runner but it was the loss of her beloved husband that kept

her running, motivating her to lead a healthier lifestyle for herself and her children. “Me becoming a runner in the past three years has helped me at a difficult time,” she said. “New running friends have been immensely supportive, I have lost weight and have been motivated to run and be participating in life. “Health and fitness levels [across the region] would improve if more people were motivated to be exercising. Running has been beneficial for me mentally and physically.” Last weekend, on Saturday, March 9, Ms Rae took part in her fi fth event, earning herself a spot on Parkrun’s Global Most Events list, something that she is incredibly proud of. “It was exciting, I am a slow runner taking close to 40 minutes for my five kilometre runs

but I could do something no other Australian Parkrun female had done and become the fir st Australian female to make the list,” she said. “For some runners it is all about the training and doing their personal best times but to me the friendships and emotional support is all part of the joy of running also. “I am slow, I am often last but when I fin ish my Parkruns I get the biggest cheers and I feel like a champion.” Ms Rae is a member of a local Penrith Slimmers group and she uses the NSW Government ‘Get Healthy Service’ to assist her in developing a healthier lifestyle for herself. She is working towards her goal, to run fiv e kilometres in half an hour. – Katherine Tweed

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New Moon In Pisces Conjuncts, Th e Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Neptune; March 11th - March 27th.

ARIES

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

Don’t jump the gun and go diving head-long into complicated, emotionally-consuming scenarios. Also be careful of your anxieties controlling you or making you feel rather insecure. Try to express how you feel even if you’re angry; more so if you’re feeling cheesed off with someone close to you. There’s a lot of tension in the air contributing to some extremely nervous relationships. You need some me time to help you chill out.

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

You may get a surprise call out of the blue from a friend you thought had forgotten you. Likewise, make the effort to reconnect so that you share what’s been happening in your world. It may be time to take a short trip, an excursion or even a quick journey, for the purposes of spilling the beans and letting someone else know how you feel. Th is will make you feel so much better about yourself and your life. Also standby for some real praise.

GEMINI

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

It’s wonderful to have grateful people around you and that will be the case over the next month. Some of the favours you have done for others in a professional capacity have not gone unnoticed and you will be handsomely rewarded. Along with recognition for a job well done will be some extra money. A combination of work and pleasure will feature, so expect a thoroughly enjoyable time with your colleagues and work mates.

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

Your philosophy on life could change and you’ll be drawn to more unusual cultures and philosophical perspectives and might even book yourself on a journey. There is a strong flavour of self-discovery and education over the next month, so much so that you’ll investigate the possibility of taking on a new course of study for the purpose of expanding your social circle. Th is will boost your confidenc e and allow you to meet new people.

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Relationships will take on a new significance and you may be shaken out of your unrealistic dreams of love to confront a situation. If you’ve reached a stalemate in your partnership communication will be extremely important. Your partner may not be as amenable as you are to sharing their feelings and this could put up a wall between you. Perhaps the secret is listening a little more and that will draw them out of themselves.

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Love reaches idealistic heights and a deepening of a friendship or relationship is likely to occur. Th is will be an extremely stimulating and exciting time. If you are currently single and looking for a new partner, online dating and other opportunities to meet people of different cultures will occur in the next few weeks. If you’re not acquainted with these types of media to meet others, now is the ideal time to do so.

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LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

One person’s loss is another person’s gain and someone you work closely with may exit the picture leaving you in a perfect position to acquire a more favourable job within the company structure. However, to handle the increased responsibilities it will be necessary to get yourself into better shape so focus on improving your health regime, which includes better nutrition, more sleep and an exercise routine.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Love may move you to do some unusual things in the month ahead. You will be discussing your feelings and negotiating your future pathway with someone very special. Alternatively you will be re-establishing the values in an existing marriage or long term relationship. If the question of marriage or engagement is posed this is one of the most excellent times of the year to accept. Children will be a delight to spend time with.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Your home life and family members will dominate the scene for the next month. You’ll be trying to redefi ne your family role and the role of others within the family dynamics. Th is is an excellent time to utilise some good communication skills. The past will also feature strongly and friends and relatives you haven’t heard from for ages shall be popping out of the woodwork. Th is is an ideal time to de-clutter your home.

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Don’t be afraid to speak your mind over the next few weeks, as you will be something of a wordsmith. In the past you may have been inclined to keep silent, but now it is important that you verbalise your thoughts and feelings. Letter writing, catching up with emails and connecting with people on a deeper level will be very evident. Th is is the ideal time to deal with official paperwork as you will be able to sort out any tricky situations.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Th is is an ideal time to buy an investment property or look into other ways of making your hard earned dollars benefit you in the long term. The beneficial settlement of any legal matters or fi nancial investment portfolios can occur in the next few weeks and you will receive some very good advice on just how to handle your funds. The family budget will certainly look a lot healthier, but to avoid others being envious don’t tell everyone.

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

Your social life will be dramatically energised as you have a new lease on life and will want to make friends, share your experiences with others, and rejuvenate your current circle of friends. Love is a many splendid thing and if you are single and looking for a new relationship you won’t need to look very far as your part of the universe will suddenly be raining with new potentials. Th is is the ideal time to take a cruise or to travel overseas.

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by Elisha Stein

Nutrition as preventative health care

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hese days a lot of people are waking up to the fact that good health is much better achieved by preventative measures before there actually is any illness. Th ink of all the many billions of dollars spent on cancer research. If a part of that went to educating people how healthy nutrition and lifestyle can actually help you not get cancer in the fi rst place, imagine how much suffering would be avoided. Even the medical community seem to be getting more involved with nutrition as healing and preventative health care. For example this conference being held in Sydney soon detailed on the ACNEM website:

The Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) Inc, the Preventative Health Flagship of CSIRO, and the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) are proud to announce the third International Conference on the Science of Nutrition in Medicine and Healthcare, to be held from May 3 to 5, 2013 at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, Australia. The fi rst and second conferences were each a sell-out success with 440 and 550 delegates attending respectively. Invited speakers, VIPs, delegates, scientific abstract presenters and sponsors have all confi rmed that this is a unique and

world-class international meeting bringing together the medical, nutrition and scientific communities to explore the clinical application of the latest nutritional, genetic and genomic science and research. The 2013 conference program will journey through early development and childhood, environmental impacts on human health, and age and lifestylerelated neurological decline, once again reflecting important areas in clinical practice and scientific research, focusing on identifiable and modifiable factors in illness and disease. Frontiers in nutritional genetics/ genomics will also be presented in the popular pre-conference nutrigenomics workshop. Once again, an impressive line-up of world leaders in science, research and clinical application will be invited to explore the conference themes and their inter-relationship, along with key public health, political and industry fig ures. So if this is an area you feel is worth considering ask your doctor what they think of this field, and if they are just of ‘this pill for this ill’ mindset, don’t be afraid to get a second opinion. It makes sense that if good nutrition can heal it’s got to be better than a drug and its side effects. After all prevention is much better than cure.

Elisha is a registered nurse and midwife who has years of experience working in emergency departments, general wards and maternity wards

KEEPING FIT by David Stein

To detox or not to detox?

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his week we are lucky to have Susan Williams, an accredited practising dietitian and Director of Zest Nutrition on Lethbridge Street write in for us: “I was recently asked for my advice on a detox product. I checked it out and read the web based ‘review’ that was fi lled with wild claims, celebrity pictures and links to ‘buy now’. How fortunate that there was a special price that ended that day! I just checked the site again more than two weeks later, the special price now ends today again? Could it be a scam? You bet it is! Whilst a dodgy cleanse is a bad idea, a short sharp change to your usual diet may act like a reset button and have some benefit. Without getting all confessional, when I thought about my caffeine and alcohol consumption I realised that I was drinking more than I considered I needed. It wasn’t doing me any good and I wasn’t even enjoying it. Well that’s stupid, I thought! I decided to cut out caffeine and alcohol for two weeks. Why two weeks? It just seemed right. I started on a Saturday; I figured if I got a bit of a headache at least I’d be at home, lucky! For the next few days my brain felt swollen bigger in my head! That was the caffeine, turns out I didn’t even miss the alcohol!

I am certainly not advising everyone else to follow my lead, it was hard for a few days and a gradual reduction would have been much more sensible. It would be good to get a GP checkup first. Over the two week period I noticed how often I would have had a tea or coffee instead of eating or when I needed a rest. I also found surprisingly, that without a glass of wine at arsenic hour I was calmer and more patient. I thought the alcohol was relaxing me but it actually made me crankier! So I’m back to a cup of tea in the morning and I’m saving coffee for when I go out. Alcohol is once or twice a week and only after the kids are in bed when I can savour and enjoy it. Oh and you’re right to be wondering: ‘A dietitian drinking too much alcohol and caffeine? Doesn’t she know this stuff ?’ Yes she does, but she’s human just like everyone else!” Susan Williams: zestnutrition.com.au.

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

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FASHION FIXATION

PERSONAL FINANCE by Anthony Walker

by Katherine Tweed

Dress the part for festivals

Diversify your portfolio

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am not the kind of person who is into festivals. Something about having thousands of sweaty, intoxicated (or druggedup) people crammed into the one place is not even close to appealing to me, however, it seems that I am the minority. There were thousands of people attending the ‘Future Music’ and ‘Good Life’ festivals recently, including some close (and some not so close) friends of mine. As you can imagine, this means that over the past week, my Facebook news feed has been fi lled with countless festival pictures. There are the ones with people on each others shoulders, the laughing group shots and the cuddling couple photos; but what I found in common with each photo was the lack of clothing. As I have never been to a festival, I can’t say exactly why people seem to feel the need to wear a minimal amount of clothing, but it certainly seems to be the latest trend when it comes to festivals. Just about every guy strips down to a pair of short shorts and the girls do pretty much the same. It’s probably just the heat but it seems like going to a festival is a great opportunity to wear less clothes than you normally would – kind of like the beach. But what happens to those people who, despite the current festival trends, prefer to cover up? It can be hard but, if you want to be a little different, there are plenty of ways to keep covered whilst still looking the part and fitting in at the festival. For guys, try wearing a singlet, rather than a t-shirt, with some above the knee shorts and a pair of casual lace up shoes. Girls, you can’t go wrong with a pair of short-shorts – if you are worried about the length, try some DIY with an old pair of jeans. Denim will go with anything, you can’t do any wrong with that, but if you are feeling adventurous, try some linen shorts – they will be much cooler too! Wear a bright top, maybe an off the shoulder tee or a baggy singlet but a denim vest could really add to your look. I have always loved the kaftan look so why not try something like that?

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’m a big advocate of investing – everyone should do it. Anyone considering investing will no doubt come across the phrase ‘diversify your portfolio’. But what exactly does this mean? Your portfolio is your collection of fi nancial assets, and the concept of diversifying means holding a number of different types of fi nancial assets so that you don’t have ‘all your eggs in the one basket’. For most of us, our biggest investment will be our home. Paying off a mortgage to own your own home is an investment in real estate and it forms part of your portfolio. Most of you will also have superannuation. Super funds can invest in various types of assets so you should take the time to discuss your options with your superannuation fund to make sure you understand and are happy with how they are investing your super. Investing wisely outside of your own home and superannuation can be a great way to add to your fina ncial security. You could consider a range of different assets such as shares, cash deposits, real estate, managed funds or bonds. By investing across a variety of assets you can reduce your exposure to shocks within any one particular type of asset. For example, let’s say you invested in real estate and prices started to come down. You might then wish you had the safety and security of having some money invested in cash deposits to help you ride out the downturn. It’s also important to diversify within each type of asset. For example if you decided to invest some of your money in shares, it wouldn’t be wise to put all your money in one company or one industry because if the company goes bankrupt or there’s a downturn in that industry, then your whole investment could be at risk. Spreading your investment across a range of companies and industries reduces your exposure to shocks.

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

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Taking the hard line with cracked heels

THE PHARMACIST SAYS

by Martin Cominotto

The Fast Diet: Is it for you?

in shoes and on soft surfaces on and off throughout our lives and they react poorly to exposure to the elements. Falling over the edge of an open heeled shoe just creates a stretching effect and the pressure cracks the callus along the crease lines in your skin. It is very painful. Please see a podiatrist and use heel creams daily. Obviously, avoiding open shoes will dramatically reduce the risks.

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new diet hit the headlines this week, the 5:2 Diet or the Fast Diet. From the book, The Fast Diet by Dr Michael Mosley, this diet is based on fasting on two nonconsecutive days of the week. On the remaining five days, the dieter eats sensibly. Dr Mosley is a medical journalist. In August 2012, he popularised the diet by being featured in a BBC2 Horizon documentary ‘Eat, Fast & Live Longer’. He went on the diet for six weeks and lost 6.4kg. The 5:2 Diet or Fast Diet stipulates that on the fasting days, men restrict their intake to 2,500 kilojoules and women to 2,100 kilojoules. Based on the average adult intake of 8,700 kilojoules, this is about one quarter of the daily intake on two days a week. Experts are divided over the safety and effectiveness of the diet. Others have voiced concerns over possible consequences. With any weight loss, people need to burn up more kilojoules than they take in. Otherwise, quite simply, they will put on weight. Most people see the consequence of excess kilojoule intake around Christmas time. The extra parties, yummy treats and more elaborate meals result in weight gain. Excess kilojoule intake is about the quantity and the quality of the food you

eat. The general rule of thumb is: the more processed the food, the higher the kilojoule content compared to its nutritional value. The more natural and fresh the food or the contents of your meals and snacks, the lower the kilojoule content compared to the nutritional value. Therefore, sensible or balanced diets are based on a high content of fresh foods. The Fast Diet will reduce the person’s weekly intake by about 20 per cent. Thi s will help reduce weight due to the reduction in total kilojoule intake. Coupled with a decision to eat more sensibly, further reduction in kilojoules can be achieved as the person chooses better food options. The book states the diet is not for everyone. As with any decision to restrict food intake, you should seek advice and become more informed. Also, weight management should be a lifestyle not a reaction to the latest book or diet. As one expert said: “if every diet worked for everyone we would only have had one diet”.

Martin Cominotto, Pharmacist for Martin’s Chemist. Ph: 9673 1010 NSW Pharmacist and Aust. Pharmacy of the Year 2012. www.martinschemist.com.au

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here are lots of different skin types within the population. Some skin types are more prone to building callus and drying out than others. As we get a little older our skin loses some of the elasticity and again builds callus more readily than younger feet. Regardless of the categories listed above, if we wear open shoes often and/or go bare foot often, we will undoubtedly build callus and cracked heels will prevail. I sometimes get the feeling that when I explain to patients why they have cracked heels that it is a revelation. It makes sense to me, however, when we live in a climate that thongs and open shoes are almost thrust upon us from the moment we can walk. I guess the idea that they actually cause us a few dramas takes time to absorb. Under your heel you have a fat pad that is there to cushion the blow to your heel bone. Th is fat pad is soft and the skin around it is quite elastic. If we were ever designed to run around bare foot, then this part of our body works in the exact way we would want it to. It dries, calluses up and crates a protective layer. If we were barefoot all the time then we would appreciate the help, as it would prevent injury. However this would have been the case our entire life and our feet would adapt to that presentation. We are however not living that lifestyle. Our feet have been

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HOME IMPROVEMENT by Luke Borg

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not all bricks and mortar

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ong gone are the days of the typical home being constructed of bricks and mortar as building materials have advanced significantly in the last decade. Currently there are so many alternative materials available so you shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t limit yourself to simply face bricks and have your home looking like every other one in your street. Bricklaying is not a typically fast or a clean trade and as an external cladding system it is not the cheapest or most environmentally friendly option available. With a bit of research and a word with your architect you will fi nd that your options are vast and range from bricks to concrete, timber, steel and many others. Potential options available to you include: Precast Concrete Panels Th is involves casting and forming concrete walls off site, where they are then transported to the site and lifted into place. With the manufacture process undertaken off site precast panels can be an alternative that is quick and cost effective. External Hebel Panels Similar to precast concrete panels, Hebel panels are steel reinforced aerated concrete and acrylic coated panels. The y are strong, highly durable and made in Australia for Australian climates. Hebel panels are relatively easy to

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Choose your treasure carefully

install and massed produced, and so they can be a cost effective solution to typical face bricks. Concrete foam blocks Concrete foam blocks are hollow polystyrene blocks, which are stacked into the shape of your exterior walls (and or internal walls). Reinforcing steel and concrete is then added into the cavity inside between the two foam layers creating a solid structure. The combination of concrete, steel and foam creates an incredibly strong and highly energy-efficient structure, which has great insulation properties for any home. These are only three potential alternative building materials, and there are many more such as Weathertex or shadowclad, composite panels and even straw bale.

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hat do you want from life? For some this is simple. It is about just simply getting by; going from one day to the next and doing the best you can. For others it is about health and happiness. It is about having a good home and a good job. About being able to enjoy life and family and friends. Still for others it is about ambition and doing well. It is about success and achievements, leaving your mark in the world. But what about you? What do you want from life? Hear what Jesus says in the Bibleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Testament gospel of Matthew: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be alsoâ&#x20AC;?. It is true that life does have many good and wonderful things to offer, but Jesusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; challenge is very clear. It is about choosing your treasure. If your focus is only on the things of this world, then ultimately you will be disappointed, for these are things that will not last. Jesus urges us to lift our eyes to a greater reality; that there is an eternal future. Therefore, there is an urgent need for all people to set their hearts on those

things of eternity. The Bible makes clear that we do this by setting our hearts on Jesus and by letting his words and promises shape our lives.

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

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They say location is everything which is why this 3 bedroom townhouse is so appealing. It’s located next to the new development at Penrith Station. The townhouse oozes warmth with its new carpet and fresh paint throughout. It has all the popular features people require, split system air cond. both upstairs and down, gas cooking & hot water + connections for heating, an alarm, storage under the staircase, 3 toilets throughout, low maintenance backyard, spacious separate lounge room and dining area off the kitchen. All the bedrooms are a good size with built-in robes in each + an ensuite to the main. The single garage has an auto door along with internal access + the ability to park a car directly outside. Th is townhouse, built by Clarendon, is blissfully secluded in the complex yet only moments from the CBD and Railway Station. Approx. rent return is $370.00 - $380.00 pw. Strata Levies $531 p/qtr Council Rates $270 p/qtr Water Rates $172 p/qtr

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Situated in a sought after Emu Plain’s location, this great size family home is just a short stroll to parks, schools and the river. Featuring five bedrooms, built in wardrobes and an open plan modern kitchen with stainless steel European appliances. There is the choice of naturally lit formal lounge and dining with vaulted ceilings as well as the separate casual meals and second living area. This much loved home also features a modern bathroom and ensuite with under floor heating plus the comfort of ducted air conditioning throughout and plenty of storage. Outside there is a double remote control garage with drive through access to the immaculate backyard, two spacious entertaining areas and beautifully manicured gardens. Positioned in a quiet cul de sac location this home is sure to be a hit with the family. Call today to arrange your own private inspection. You will need to be quick to secure this one!

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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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In a whisper quiet location and resting on just under 700sqm of land is a great opportunity to enter the Emu Heights market. The brick and tile dwelling enjoys three bedrooms with a lounge and dining area, a timber kitchen and a modern bathroom. The covered entertaining area overlooks the spacious grassed yard that easily accommodates the single garage and tandem carport. With homes in this price range moving fast, you will need to be quick. Call now before it’s too late!

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Nestled in a sought after pocket of Leonay is this established residence that will meet the needs of your growing family. The floor plan incorporates four bedrooms with a spacious formal lounge and dining room, there is a family room off the renovated kitchen and an ensuite to the main bedroom as well as a beautiful modern bathroom. Entertaining will be a breeze under the covered entertaining area that overlooks the grassed yard and stunning in ground pool. The covered car accommodation, third toilet, built in robes plus ducted and split system air conditioning completes this wonderful package. Call now!

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EMU PLAINS

OFFERS OVER $475,000

YOU’LL NEED A RIDE ON MOWER! This well preserved cottage rests on just over 1,000sqm of land. Positioned between the Lennox Shopping Centre and high school and offering easy access to the local sporting arena. Features include three bedrooms with a separate lounge and dining room, rear verandah, side access and superb presentation throughout.

LEONAY $579,950

EMU PLAINS

ALMOST RIVER ROAD

NOT JUST A PRETTY PLACE

Enjoying a wonderful position with glimpses of the Nepean River is this sizable residence that will make you the envy of your friends. The floor plan enjoys four bedrooms with two bathrooms, a selection of formal and informal living spaces and the comfort of ducted air conditioning throughout. The kitchen has been renovated and offers plenty of cupboard space, the timber floors are a visual delight and all is beautifully presented. The covered entertaining area overlooks the sparkling in ground pool and will make a great place for your social gatherings. Call now or watch for open home times.

OFFERS OVER $459,950

Features in this property are three bedrooms, built in wardrobes, two living areas, two split system air conditioners plus single garage and detached triple garage. Walking distance to shops and schools. Call today to book an inspection.

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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

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OFFERS OVER $559,950

SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE EDEN BRAE MEMPHIS

It is the Memphis 28 Eden Brae home with a large main bedroom, walk-in robe and ensuite. The other three bedrooms are also large with double built-in robes to all. This home has a separate formal lounge, separate formal dining, and magnificent kitchen, plus second dining, family area, and rumpus room. The home has ducted air conditioning with loads of other features. There is a double garage, and being located in a quiet area of North Cranebrook with mountain views this is one not to be missed.

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THE SPACIOUS ENTERTAINER

STYLE, SOPHISTICATION & ELEGANCE

Positioned on just under three acres the floor plan combines five bedrooms with generous formal and informal living spaces, separate self-contained guest quarters and beautifully landscaped gardens. The master suite comes complete with ensuite and walk in wardrobe; as well as five other bathrooms and the comfort of ducted air conditioning throughout. The stunning French provincial inspired kitchen enjoys a separate preparation kitchen, 60mm stone bench tops and SMEG appliances. The triple car garaging will look after your cars, boats or trailers and entertaining will be a breeze under the alfresco entertaining.

If you are a large family looking for a spacious home you’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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ONE ACRE - PERFECT LOCATION!

THE WHOLE PACKAGE

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 on a fully serviced block in one of the most popular spots in North Cranebrook. This property has a number of features regarding the development with council approval. Including natural gas and sewer, move quickly to avoid disappointment.

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This outstanding three bedroom home comes with the lot; including built-in robes to two bedrooms, an updated kitchen as well as bathroom. There is a formal dining and lounge area, plus a wonderful undercover entertaining area for the family to get together. The home also boasts a single lock up garage with internal access and carport. There is also a dishwasher and split system air conditioning. Finally, there is also side access for your vehicles, trailer, or perhaps your boat. This home is centrally located in a quiet residential area close to schools, shops, and public transport. Call now for your own private viewing.

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CRANEBROOK

JUST OVER AN ACRE OF PRIME LAND

OFFERS OVER $649,950

SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE

BITA WORK -LOTA GAIN

The block is just over an acre in size and offers a frontage of approximately 44m. The block has been registered and is ready for you to join forces with your architect to bring your dream to life. Call now to gain further information or book an appointment to experience the block first hand.

This home has three bedrooms with walk-in robe and ensuite to the main, L shaped dining and living, plus a 900mm European stove and butler’s pantry. Outside there is a single garage with remote control entry and internal access, plus alfresco entertaining area under the main roof.

OFFERS OVER $285,000

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. All this and much more. Give your local Cranebrook agent a call to book your private inspection.

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

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Enjoying a huge array of features, such as three bedrooms all with built-in’s, ducted air-conditioning, alarm, double garage (single drive-through) with internal access, beautiful flooring throughout and a updated en-suite off the main bedroom, the main bathroom has also been beautifully updated. The huge bonuses with this immaculate property lie in its magnificent kitchen featuring 30mm CaesarStone bench tops, quality stainless steel appliances including dishwasher. Outside there is a outdoor covered entertaining area featuring privacy, almost zero maintenance and a built-in barbeque.

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DON’T MISS OUT!

Situated in a quiet cul de sac location, close to schools and transport, is this immaculate one story residence. Boasting four good sized bedrooms all with built ins, en suite to main, family room as well as lounge/dining room for plenty of space for the whole family to enjoy. Other enticing features are ducted air-conditioning for those warmer months, gas appliances in the kitchen, shed and water tank as well as a fully fenced and well manicured yard for the kids and pets to spread out. Be sure to book an inspection so you don’t miss out!

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SILVERDALE $795,000 16 ACRES OF PARADISE If you find yourself being constantly disappointed in the search for your dream acreage than we believe we have found arguably Silverdale’s very best cleared acreage. Totalling approximately 6.65 hectares (over 16 acres) and surrounded by some of the districts finest luxury homes this parcel of paradise must be seen to be fully appreciated.

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MY KITCHEN RULES This ready built Edgewater home is busting with extras and has it all the looks and a location that can’t be beaten. The contemporary design features high ceilings, designer kitchen with Caeserstone Grand Island kitchen bench and a walk-in butler’s pantry. With seamless marriage of inside and outside entertaining areas plus tons of extra - all it’s missing is you.

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Nestled in ever popular Glenmore Ridge, this ready built Edgewater Homes is bursting with extras and priced to sell. The contemporary designs features, high ceilings, designer kitchen with Caesarstone grand island kitchen bench and a walk in butlers pantry. With seamless marriage of inside and out, entertaining areas and all the extras - all it is missing is you.

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IMMACULATE FAMILY ENTERTAINER!

NEED SPACE?

Perfect for the family who loves to entertain, with the spacious floor plan offering four bedrooms plus a study and three generous living areas. The home boasts a new kitchen with stainless steel appliances, glass splashback and CaesarStone bench tops, there are three bathrooms and the en-suite enjoys a double vanity. With extra features including a CCTV security system, ducted airconditioning, a second driveway to a large (up to four cars) garage as well as a double garage with internal access under the main roof, a one off infinity edge pool, vergola and so much more...Perfectly situated on a landscaped and private one acre (approximately).

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Then the search is over. Featuring four large bedrooms, ensuite to the master, a study, great size lounge room, generous kitchen area, meals area and ducted air conditioning. There’s also a decked entertaining area, solar heated spa and an easy care backyard. Located close to amenities, this home is definitely a must see!

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OFFERS OVER $549,000

PERFECT SUMMER VENUE

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 entertaining area, or even kick back in the Balinese Resort style gazebo overlooking the in ground pool. Inside there are four bedrooms, with en suite and walk-in robe to the master bedroom. The open plan 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.

GLENMORE PARK

OFFERS OVER $670,000

BIG HOME - BIG ON CHARM AND CHARACTER

Offering a one off design consisting of 5 large bedrooms. There are 4 large living areas, wide verandahs, large storage and use of the roof area, in-ground pool, unique BBQ, undercover entertaining, outside toilet, split air & ceiling fans. The moment you enter through the Cedar timber door entrance, admire the 9 foot high ceilings, quality Australian Baltic timber flooring, the stylish use of Cedar French doors throughout all living areas, large timber kitchen & lead lighting, your excitement is now taking over!

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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

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 16th 11.00 to 11.40am 28 Warwick Street

PENRITH $675,000

ST MARYS

OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY

PSSST! WANNA KNOW A SECRET?

Positioned in one of the most sought after streets, this circa 1907 home awaits you. Having been completely restored and with a very tasteful extension done, this home features four fantastic size bedrooms, large open planned living areas, a parents retreat off the master bed with a lovely balcony, two bathrooms and ducted air conditioning. There’s also a beautiful kitchen, detached garage, separate in law accommodation and a covered entertaining area.

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OFFERS OVER $329,950

That’s Right!!! This goldmine investment or first home buyer is on the market and won’t last long. It contains three bedrooms all with built ins and the main with an ensuite .A single lock up garage and also one designated car space. Situated in close proximity to St Mary’s station and also shops and transport it is an ideal purchase for investment or to live in. The townhouse is currently tenanted and they are more than happy to stay. So call today because you will not be disappointed.

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PENRITH $259,950

KINGSWOOD $289,000

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NEARLY ALL SOLD

PREVIOUSLY RETURNING $340 PER WEEK!

This great one bedroom unit 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.

Located close to Nepean hospital, this lovely cottage awaits. Featuring good size bedrooms, separate lounge and dining rooms, renovated kitchen, renovated bathroom plus the wiring and plumbing has been updated. With the advantage of multiple parking spaces, this home really does represent great value.

Each three bedroom residence will include ducted air conditioning, alarm, stone bench tops in the kitchen, downstairs toilet and remote garage door. A list of inclusions and floor plans can be obtained on line or from one of our eight offices. Anticipated rental return to exceed $400.00 per week.

Located in a secure complex close to all amenities comes this modern unit that is one of the larger ones in the complex. Featuring two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, two modern bathrooms, designer kitchen, massive covered balcony with access from all rooms, basement parking, split system air-conditioning and internal laundry.

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ROOM TO S-T-R-E-T-C-H OUT

Looking to give the family the space they deserve? Are you sick and tired of fighting over whose turn for the TV it is? If this sounds like your current family arrangement you should call now to inspect this huge family home. Stretching across two levels it offers separate living spaces, a large dining area, rumpus/hobby room and two bathrooms. The yard will expose the green thumb in the family and also accommodates a covered entertaining area. Complete with built in robes, air conditioning, carport and nestled at the end of a cul de sac, this deserves your immediate attention. Call now!

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Located in a whisper quiet cul-de-sac, this modern home awaits. Just some of its many features include four good size bedrooms, a study,modern kitchen, large lounge room, dining room and an updated bathroom (with spa bath). There’s also a massive sunroom, the comfort of air conditioning and a lock up carport for at least three cars. With a decent backyard for the kids, a large covered entertaining area and the convenient location, this home is definitely a must see.

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Attention Developers! Don’t miss the opportunity to secure this well positioned site that offers numerous development opportunities (subject to council approval). The approximately 1,569 sqm block currently accommodates a large three bedroom weatherboard residence with two living areas, split system air conditioning and a sparkling in ground pool. There is ample side access that leads to the triple garage on this flat rectangular block (25m x 61m approximately).

JAMISONTOWN

OFFERS OVER $209,000

ORCHARD HILLS

OFFERS OVER $619,000

LIFESTYLE AT NEPEAN SHORES

SUBLIME VIEWS ON OVER AN ACRE

Offering three bedrooms, the main has walk in robe and wall air, and there are built ins to the other two bedrooms. The open kitchen and lounge also with air, overlooks a park area, plus there is a good sized dining family area. A good sized verandah and carport, plus the use of the complex facilities.

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 and the rural Orchard Hills landscape.

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

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Fantastic tenant paying $320 pw B/ins in both bedrooms + an ensuite Security complex, storage unit Ground floor + backyard Levies $570 per quarter Split system air conditioner

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705 sqm corner block – potential duplex site • New kitchen • Polished floorboards • Freshly painted throughout • Modernized bathroom • Huge potential with this property

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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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* 3 living areas * 1.5 garage + triple carport * 739m2 block * 3 water tanks & garden shed * Sprinkler system * 2 toilets + 3 air conds

* 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

Penrith 16/5-7 Thurston Street

Emu Plains 5 Nixon Street A Beautifully Kept Home

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Cranebrook 30 Bluebird Road

* Gourmet chef’s kitchen * Stainless steel appliances * Dishwasher & air cond. * Lock up garage + courtyard area * Use of the estates community facilities * Currently tenanted paying $350 pw

* Security complex – ground floor * Secure parking & storage area * Large living area & separate dining & ensuite * Large front patio * Strata $404.45 per quarter

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* 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

Sale Offers Over $299,000 View Saturday 1.00-1.30pm David Turner 0414 306 040 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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Sale Offers Over $299,000 View Saturday 11.00-11.15am Steve Jackson 0414 719 875 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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New carpet 2 split system air cond. Views to Penrith Lakes Cul-de-sac location Very spacious + 3 toilets Ensuite & double garage

Sale $364,950 View By Appointment Helen Fitzpatrick 0414 362 955 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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Sale $499,000 View Saturday 12.00-12.30pm Helen Fitzpatrick 0414 362 955 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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I LOVE SELLING HOMES ..and I would love to sell yours ! I have been working in real estate for almost 30 years - that’s most of my adult life. I love my job, and I definitely love selling homes. After 10 years working as a Property Manager in the Bankstown area, I moved to Ray White Penrith as their Senior Property Manager. I am now a Senior Sales Consultant and have the advantage of understanding the needs of both sides of real estate – Sales & Property Management.

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Th is beautiful 4 bedroom family home is positioned in a large but quiet cul-de-sac in one of Glenmore Park’s most fi nest 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. Th is fantastic home is located in a great location close to schools, shops and transport.

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Cranebrook $865,000

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Luxury Over 55 Villas Now Selling, Only 3 Left! Luxury over 55 villas now selling in glorious Blaxland, limited opportunity exist to secure these beautiful 2 and 3 bedroom villas with a great opportunity to invest in a wonderful part of the Nepean valley, Architecturally designed and finished in the highest of standards. Inclusions are, designer kitchens with glass splash backs and Caesar Stone bench tops, large open plan living with plenty of natural light, state of the art Mitsubishi ducted air conditioning, down lights, video intercom system, large modern bathroom for easy access, single remote garage, courtyard, grassed areas, gas cooking and is located close to schools, shops, doctors and public transport facilities.

Open Home Sat 11:00 – 11:30am 32 Old Bathurst Road

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Matthew Gobbo 0415 907 981

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South Penrith $359,950

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Michael Ball 0414 264 668

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This delightful renovated 3 bedroom family home is located in a In a top class location. Features , air conditioning, combustion wood fire, open plan design, modern bathroom, stunning outdoor undercover timber decking, separate garage at the rear which could be converted to a granny flat, set on a glorious 663 Sqm block, plenty of access for the construction of a granny flat or in ground pool. This great property would make a wonderful investment property or first home. Located in a family friendly setting and only a minute walk to shops, schools and all public transport facilities.

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Matthew Gobbo 0415 907 981

Werrington Downs $439,950

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This 4 bedroom family home has been tastefully renovated throughout with quality fixtures and fittings! Positioned in a quiet cul-de-sac location backing onto (Caddens Estate) Orchard Hills this family home will impress the fussiest buyer. Features include: Split level, 4 bedrooms, ensuite, walk-in robe, built-in robes, formal entry, formal lounge, formal dining, meals area, family/ games room, new kitchen, stainless steel appliances, 900 oven, dishwasher, new bathroom, internal laundry, 3rd shower & toilet, ducted air conditioning, down lights, alarm, internal speaker system throughout living areas, amazing outdoor entertaining area, builtin stainless steel BBQ, internal access to double remote garage, 2x2500lt rain water tanks, solar power electricity, beautiful landscaped gardens and on a 756.9sqm block approximately.

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Open Home Sat 1:00 – 1:30pm 7 Talia Close

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Tracey Hotchkiss 0414 272 945

Kingswood $595,000 4

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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

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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.

Tracey Hotchkiss 0414 272 945

Entertain in Style

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

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Grand Family Home

Glenmore Park $625,000

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4732 2888

82 HENRY STREET, PENRITH

Michael Ball 0414 264 668

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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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Lot 1047, Adina Street Builder: GJ Gardner Homes

Lot 2100, Alinta Promenade Builder: Kurmond Homes

Lot 2101, Alinta Promenade Builder: Eden Brae Homes

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Lot 2209, Cabarita Way Builder: Eden Brae Homes

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- Family & meals leading into alfresco

- Family & dining with study nook

- Separate home theatre room

- Modern lounge room

- Separate lounge room

- Stencil concrete driveway & path to front entry

- Living and dining combined area

- Spacious open plan layout

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OPEN HOME Saturday 16th 2.00-2.40pm, 36 Gosling Street

Once In A Lifetime Opportunity It’s not every day we see a special home like this come onto the market. Perfectly positioned on a 769m2 block (approximately) in a prime location sits this unique home. Offering three large bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, the master bedroom enjoys an ensuite and there is direct access from practically all rooms of the house to the huge stunning deck taking in the beautiful bush setting perfect for relaxing and entertaining. There is a large formal lounge and dining area complete with a cosy fi replace and high ceilings plus an open plan second living area including a modern kitchen with plenty of storage space. Outside there is a private decked in pool nestled amongst the bush land surroundings plus plenty of under house storage with lots of potential as well as covered accommodation for two cars. The added bonus of ducted air conditioning, Caesar stone bench tops, neutral colour scheme and being one of the most unique properties in the area makes this an easy home to love!

Emu Heights $549,950 Contact Jim Aitken + Partners Emu Plains on 4735 2121 • www.jimaitken.com.au

Modern Open Plan Design Th is superb residence is an acknowledgement that all the years have been rewarded. Boasting four bedrooms all with built-in robes and one with ensuite. Renovated and creative kitchen, renovated bathroom, plus two open plan living areas, separate dining, and internal laundry. Outside includes a large entertaining area and side access to the large yard. Being close to schools, shops, and public transport this is one to be seen, so call now to organise your private inspection.

Cranebrook

Offers Over $449,950

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

OPEN HOMES BLAXLAND Sat 11.00-11.30am Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 12.00-12.40pm

32 Old Bathurst Road 13/56 Old Bathurst Rd 1/32 Old Bathurst Rd 2/32 Old Bathurst Rd 3/32 Old Bathurst Rd

Sat 10.00-10.40am

82 College Street

HAWKESBURY HEIGHTS Sat 1.00-1.40pm

43 Booker Road

Sat 10.00-10.30am Sat 12.00-12.30pm

3/10-12 Regentville Road 151 York Road

Jim Aitken Penrith

Sat 12.00-12.30pm

7 Talia Close

Michael Ball Realty Jim Aitken Cranebrook Ray White Penrith Jim Aitken Cranebrook Ray White Penrith Jim Aitken Cranebrook Ray White Penrith Jim Aitken Cranebrook

Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm

62 Pamela Parade 53 Deloraine Drive 4 Willow Way 27 Linksview Avenue

Sat 11.00-11.15am Sat 11.00-1.40am Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 3.00-3.30pm

6/1-5 Regentville Road 28 Warwick Street 28/13-19 Robert Street 16/5-7 Thurston Street

Sat 11.00-11.40am

620 Bents Basin Road

Michael Ball Realty Jim Aitken Blaxland Jim Aitken Blaxland Jim Aitken Blaxland Jim Aitken Blaxland

Jim Aitken Springwood

JAMISONTOWN KINGSWOOD

CAMBRIDGE PARK

Michael Ball Realty

146B Vincent Road 37 Sherringham Road 30 Bluebird Road 12 Bluebird Road 93 Gannet Drive 14 Holmegate Crescent 9 Sanderling Crescent 13 Arafura Avenue

Sat 2.00-2.40pm

36 Gosling Street

EMU HEIGHTS

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EMU PLAINS Sat 10.00-10.30am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 12.00-12.40pm

5 Nixon Street 21 Government House Drive 21 Watsonia Street 52 Pyramid Street 5/12 Jamieson Street 4/287 Great Western Highway

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LEONAY

Sat 10.00-10.40am

24 Bruce Road

Sat 1.00-1.30pm Sat 3.00-3.30pm

29 Alston Avenue 9 Wisteria Close

Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains

PENRITH Ray White Penrith Jim Aitken Penrith Jim Aitken Penrith Ray White Penrith

WALLACIA Jim Aitken Blaxland

WARRIMOO Sat 11.00-11.40am

42 Spurwood Road

Sat 11.00-11.30am

13 Gumleaf Row

Jim Aitken Springwood

WERRINGTON

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CRANEBROOK Sat 11.00-11.30am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 12.00-12.30pm Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 1.00-1.30pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm Sat 2.00-2.30pm Sun 1.00-1.40pm

Ray White Penrith Ray White Penrith

Michael Ball Realty

WINMALEE Jim Aitken Blaxland

GLENMORE PARK Michael Ball Realty Michael Ball Realty

ROSS FOWLER & CO Chartered Accountants

Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 2.00-2.40pm

39 Shakespeare Drive 14 Emma Parade

Sat 10.00-10.40am

44 Leumeah Road

Jim Aitken Springwood Jim Aitken Springwood

WOODFORD Jim Aitken Springwood

11 Tindale St Penrith

4722 3066

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Well at long last the weather has been kind and we are getting to play some bowls. Some recent results at Penrith City WBC were Vicky Milford and Joy Scott, runners up in the District Pairs, and Clair Minall and Helen Fitzgerald victorious in the Club Pairs. The fi rst two rounds of the NDBA Pennants were played last weekend and a good span of clubs were leaders of the various grades. The No.1 Grade should be a great tussle between Penrith

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Another good night of Harness Racing was enjoyed last Thursday night at the Penrith Paceway. In race one the winner, Kevs Eagle, went very close to breaking the class record. Starting at odds of $4.80 and driven by Lauren Panella, Kevs Eagle led all the way for an easy win. Race two went virtually the same way with Martha Jane ($1.80) leading from the outset and giving Blake Fitzpatrick the fi rst of a driving double. The third went to another favourite See Jak Tat ($1.80). Well driven by Trevor Monday, See Jak Tat was far too good for the opposition. Classic Croupier ($4.30) driven by David McGill made it two in a row. He proved he will be a force to be reckoned with in any future events that he contests. Keep watching.

After being well supported in late betting Western Badger at $3.90 was able to hold off Bye Bye Sir in a close fin ish with Garret Newton holding the reins. Bamber ($1.80) gave Lauren Panella and trainer Tony Simiana a winning double, winning easily from roughie Karamea Holmes. Blake Fitzpatrick also completed his driving double winning with Charlottes Delight ($4.00) in the seventh race. Iam MrBrightside ($1.90) driven by Rob Morris never gave supporters any real worries when he won the 2YO event from the Bathurst trained Black Poles. The Sleepy Lion showed he is one to watch in the future. The ninth and last event provided a close fi nish when Howdoyouknow ($3.80) driven by Jim Douglas fla shed home out wide to just get home.

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It was a pleasant Friday evening at Manuka Oval in Canberra, that was until about five minutes into the game between the Giants and the Bombers. The Giants led for only the fi rst fiv e minutes of the game before Essendon put on a clinic, eventually winning the game by 91 points. ‘Yes,’ I hear you say, ‘but it is only the NAB cup, who cares!’ Well, the coaching staff and players care, because it is their fi nal opportunity before the season proper to test out game plans and positioning of the players on the ground. Obviously, on Friday night, Kevin Sheedy found out what didn’t work. The Giants were without some of their starting 22 in their fi nal NAB game. Two of their star forwards, Jonathon Patton and Jeremy Cameron didn’t play, along with Dom Tyson, veteran Chad Cornes,

Michelle Ribeiro mobile ruckman Jonathan Giles, Matt Buntine, Lachie Whitfield, Stephen Gilham, Devon Smith and Will HoskinElliott. We would expect by Round 1 against cross town rivals, Sydney, that most, if not all of these players will be available to play. Sam Frost was a shining light kicking two out of the four goals kicked by the Giants for the entire match. Toby Greene was his ball-magnet self, gaining 21 disposals for the match. But it was not enough with the Bombers having 157 more disposals and had the ball in their forward 50, 34 more times than the young team. The Giants now have until March 30 to get things right before they take on reigning Premiers, the Sydney Swans in their opening round of the 2013 Premiership season.

Tennis in Penrith Junior competition is up and running at Woodriff Gardens for 2013. Tuesday night beginner “orange” ball comp takes place each week from 6pm to 7.30pm each Tuesday. There is a coach on hand to help children learn the basics of competition play, as well as make sure it is a light hearted, fun environment. Thursday evening junior comp is for intermediate to advanced juniors who are ready to take their game to the next level by playing against juniors of similar ability levels. Thursday night comp is on from 5.30pm to 7.30 pm each week. Th is Saturday, March 16 sees the start of a brand new family oriented competition for children and their parents alike. Half Court Social tennis is designed so the social aspect is of

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he hit 2010 fi lm ‘The Social Network’ made a huge impression on movie goers all over the world but it also had a major impact on two local teenage brothers, Tom and Joseph McMahon. After watching the fi lm, the 16-year-old identical twins were inspired to take up rowing after watching real-life characters, the Winklevoss twins, portrayed in the fil m. The American-born Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler, competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but of course were most famous for suing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for $140 million, claiming he stole their idea to create the popular social media network. “We both saw the movie and that had a huge impact on getting us started in rowing, it looked really cool in the movie,” Joseph said. “We also did some research on the Winklevoss twins and watched some of their races, and thought it was really cool, so we decided to take up rowing.” It’s only been a matter of months since the pair began their rowing careers, four to be exact, and they’re already competing at the Rowing Nationals to take place at the Sydney International Regatta Centre next week. “We always had an interest in rowing from age 12 and always thought the sport was cool watching it at the Olympics,” Joseph said.

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“We always talked about joining before a friend from our school, St Paul’s Grammar, invited us down to the Nepean Rowing Club one Saturday to have a row and see how we liked it, and we’ve been coming back ever since.” Despite their strict training schedule, where they only get one day off a week,

the boys absolutely love their newfound sport and are already excelling far beyond people’s expectations. The Year 11 students said being identical twins was very beneficial in rowing. “It helps being twins in one way because I can be a lot more honest with Joe if he makes a really stupid mistake,” Tom said.

“Also we are benefitting from being identical because we’re able to compete in time and in-sync.” The pair will compete at the upcoming Nationals in the under-17 double sculls event. They hope to use the event as experience as their rowing careers continue to grow.

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It was a momentous day for young Lachlan, as not only did he celebrate his very fi rst game of football but he topped it off with a great goal, and all on his eighth birthday. Meanwhile, Nina added a top goal herself in the dying moments to add to the club’s tally. Her sister Carina said it was a memorable experience that she’ll never forget. “Wow, there was so many people watching us play, and they cheered when we scored – that was great,” she said. The girls are the fi rst set of triplets to join the Jamisontown Giants.

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Social Tennis is a great way for people of any age to have fun with your friends and family, get some exercise and meet new people all at the same time. Nepean District Tennis Association has been the home of tennis in Penrith for over 90 years. The Woodriff Gardens tennis centre in Penrith plays host to regular coaching and competition play seven days a week. The team there realised there was a missing element - a truly social play environment for people of any age or standard. In the month of March, NDTA will be introducing a range of tennis opportunities designed specifically with the social player in mind.

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Wanderers aim for terrific ten Success rolls on for Western Sydney: Win over Pheonix breaks A-League record NATHAN TAYLOR

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t’s certainly becoming a season of milestones for the high-fly ing Wanderers after the club became the fi rst A-League franchise in history to win nine straight games, following their 2-1 defeat of the Wellington Phoenix at Parramatta Stadium last Sunday. Western Sydney now sit five points clear of nearest rivals Central Coast, and even if they do drop a game between now and season’s end, they’ll still fin ish with the Premier’s Plate – an incredible achievement for the fledgling team. It’s fair to say the Wanderers win over the bottom-paced Phoenix wasn’t their best effort this season, with their only two goals coming from penalties. Wanderers coach Tony Popovic admitted it was a difficult night but was relieved to come away with the milestone win that has fans absolutely ecstatic. “It’s difficult to see that anywhere around the world,” he said. “You can go on unbeaten runs but to win nine in a row is quite special.” Western Sydney will hit the road bound for Melbourne this Saturday night when they take on the ninth-placed Melbourne Heart. The Wanderers have an unbeaten record against their counterparts, taking home the three points on both occasions this season. The Heart, who are just about out of the fi nals race, come into the game having lost three of their past four games.

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The talented young athletes of the Western Sydney Academy of Sport have received a tremendous boost to their performance goals, following the news of a partnership with Van Leeuwen. “It is with great pleasure that we have become involved with the Western Sydney Academy of Sport,” Van Leeuwen’s Commercial Manager, Greg Walker said. “With our current head offic e operations located in St Marys, we are excited to be supporting the Academy’s development programs, and giving back to the community in which a large proportion of our workforce resides.” Academy CEO Martin Bullock said: “As an internationally recognised company based in western Sydney, Van Leeuwen is demonstrating their strong support for our region’s young sportspeople and their desire to align their quality brand with that of the Academy”.

Junior AFL club, Emu Plains/Glenmore Park Lions, will be holding their annual season launch next Friday, March 22 from 6.30pm at Dukes Oval, Emu Plains. There will plenty of fun in store including mascots, games and the launch of the club’s new jersey for 2013. The club will be holding registrations on the evening as well for kids aged from six to 16-years-old. For more information contact Sean Hogan on 0414 637 513 or info@lionsafl.c om.au.

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Penrith District Netball Association wishes to advise that there are still vacancies for players in a number of junior age groups for netball clubs in the area. Anyone interested in playing should visit the Penrith Netball website at www. penrith.netball.asn.au or contact Cathy Ormerod on 4730 4068 for details about the latest vacancies.

Penrith Cricket Club has announced the appointment of former NSW opening batsman, Steve Small, as their performance manager for next season. Small played 90 fi rst-class matches for NSW and Tasmania, scoring 5,000 fir st class runs. He also represented Penrith during a fi rst grade career that spanned 20 years. Small will have a wide ranging role within the club working alongside existing coaches Michael Wholohan,

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enrith Panthers menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball coach, Jeff Cooper, will be pinning his hopes on fresh talent when the Waratah Championship League tips off this Saturday at Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre. The Panthers will field a team of more than capable youngsters after a number of experienced players chose to retire. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a younger side than we were last year. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a couple of players retire or take time off from representative basketball, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone younger by promoting Ben Kearins and Ben Wagenfeller up from the youth league. They are two of our outstanding prospects,â&#x20AC;? Cooper said. Combing with the two Bens will be a third, flashy American import Ben Ellsworth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a challenging year but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lucky to have Ben (Ellsworth) back for a second season which is exciting,â&#x20AC;? Cooper said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ben is very experienced and last year won two awards in the Championships. He won Defensive Player of the Year and also made the All-Star Five.â&#x20AC;?

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