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Labor’s fresh faces Candidates named for Penrith and Mulgoa ahead of 2015 election CASSANDRA O’CONNOR

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Giant leap forward Incredible upset sees GWS make their mark p.40

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ampaign season is set to begin now that the Labor Party has finalised its candidates for the 2015 State Election. Disability advocate and local mum, Emma Husar, has been preselected unopposed as Labor’s candidate for Penrith. Ms Husar received Penrith Council’s Wall of Achievement Carer of the Year Award in 2010 for her work as a community advocate and currently serves on the Council’s Access Committee. “As a mum and through my work as a disability advocate, I understand the importance of supporting our community and working hard to make a difference,” Ms Husar said. “That’s why I have fought for improvements to local disability services and have led community fundraising efforts to help people with serious illnesses.” In the seat of Mulgoa, which includes Glenmore Park, resident Todd Carney has been preselected as the Labor candidate. A heavy vehicle mechanic by trade, Mr Carney spent close to six years as an electorate officer for former Federal Labor MP David Bradbury, advocating for the interests of western Sydney. He is currently working as a commercial furniture installer in a small business. “With the experience, knowledge and skills I have gained during my life and working career I believe that I can make a unique contribution to my local community,” Mr Carney said. “Our region needs someone who will fight for local residents, even if it means ruffling a few feathers in State Parliament.”

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Two men hurt in brutal attack at Londonderry KATHERINE TWEED

trike Force Ramah has been formed by Penrith Police to investigate the beating and stabbing of two men in a Londonderry street last week. Emergency services were called to the Driftway at Londonderry around 10pm on Wednesday, March 12, to find the men on the roadway, both with multiple stab wounds, cuts and blunt force trauma to the head, arms and body. The offenders where nowhere to be found, but police believe a number of males were involved. “There is no doubt that this was a very violent and ferocious attack,” said Penrith Local Area Commander, Superintendent Brett McFadden. “Both of these individuals have experienced significant trauma as a result of physical force and application of a knife.” The victims, a 47-year-old and 34-yearold, were taken to Westmead Hospital in serious conditions, where they underwent surgery. Both are known to have ties in the local area but police are still trying to determine their reason for being on the Driftway, who they were with and how exactly they sustained their injuries.

Police are investigating suggestions the incident may have been related to an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang. “At this stage we are looking at links with Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and their involvement in this matter,” Superintendent McFadden said. “We believe the victims may be associated with one of these organisations but inquiries are still continuing.” Despite the brutality of the incident, the Local Area Commander said the community has nothing to fear as there is no suggestion that it was a random attack. “There is nothing to suggest there are going to be more [attacks similar to these in the area],” he said. “We are confident this is a targeted attack... the individuals have been specifically singled out.” Police are yet to find a weapon used in the attack however, they seized two motorcycles at the scene. Police appealed to the public the morning after the incident in an effort to piece together exactly what happened on the Driftway last Wednesday night and what happened in the lead-up to the incident. Police are asking that anyone with information contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to talk to Penrith Police. All information can be treated with confidentiality.

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One of the ‘sleeping giant’ type stories in NSW politics at the moment is the possibility of the Government funding a new sports stadium in western Sydney. With an election just a year away, you can expect the issue to be awoken very, very soon. The State Government’s Stadia Strategy from a couple of years ago hinted strongly at the development of a new stadium in western Sydney, with a capacity of up to 40,000. This is the perfect size venue as we have sports like rugby league working towards outgrowing their traditional suburban grounds that hold 20,000 people, and so many sports and events look awkward and lack atmosphere when put into the 80,000-seat ANZ Stadium. Sources tell me that the stadium will definitely get the go-ahead, and there is a slim chance it could be a 2015 election commitment. Penrith is the perfect location for the new stadium and would be one of the favourites, you would imagine, to secure the facility. I’m told that Penrith and Liverpool are the current front-runners in the Government’s mind. But over the next 12 months, I expect much to be done by way of campaigning in other areas that also believe they’re worthy of the stadium. This will mean plenty of work will need to be done in Penrith by various organisations and groups to emerge the winner. Leading the charge would obviously be the Penrith Panthers. Boss Phil Gould has already indicated that the Panthers can’t play out of Penrith Stadium forever and if the club grows as Gould and the Board want it to, a time may come when a capacity of 20,000 simply isn’t enough. The club has record members this year and is, by all accounts, about to enter a successful period on the field that will see support grow. There is no doubt that Penrith would agree to

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play out of a new stadium if it was built in the local area. But 12 games of NRL each year would not be enough to convince the State Government that Penrith is the place to be. I know that the last time the Panthers tried to get their nose in the door at the Western Sydney Wanderers it ended poorly, but I can assure you that a flame still flickers between the two parties. A move to a new stadium at Penrith could be a nice middle ground between Parramatta Stadium and having to move matches to ANZ. So, if the Panthers and the Wanderers agree to be tenants at the new stadium, we’ve suddenly got around 25 confirmed fixtures per year. Throw in the Penrith Emus, one-off events like the Legends Football League and key junior representative fixtures across all sports and it’s not unrealistic to suggest the stadium could host multiple events every single week of the year. Penrith is one of the fastest growing regions in New South Wales. Basing the stadium here would make economic sense and fit in well with the State Government’s regional cities plan. Given the NRL’s stadium strategy somewhat aligns with the State Government’s plans, the obvious first step is for Dave Smith (NRL CEO) and Premier Barry O’Farrell to agree to fund a feasibility study and business case for the stadium. Once this gives good news, the work can then be done to ensure it’s in Penrith. Politically, it would ensure Stuart Ayres remained the local MP for a decade. Heck, let’s even put up a statue if he pulls it off given it will most likely be his voice that needs to be loudest at the Government level. The location? Don’t be surprised if some big decisions in the sport of harness racing eventually sees some prized land in the Penrith CBD available to the right party. Penrith deserves the new stadium and over the next year or so, let’s prove it.

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patients leaving emergency departments within four hours,� Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) Chief Executive, Kay Hyman said. “Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District has been actively working to achieve better outcomes [through various initiatives]. These improved results reflect this concerted effort to deliver the best quality care possible.�

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as businesses move or shut down... it is natural attrition. But we actually have a very good vibe around the CBD,” she said. There are sectors that are performing well in Penrith; the Penrith Business Alliance research showed that finance and investment services are the industries where growth is occurring. That sector currently provides 376 jobs in the Penrith CBD, with public administration and retail trade contributing 2,500 jobs each to the economy, health care another 1,800 jobs and accommodation and food services 800 jobs. With such a large retail sector contributing to local jobs, it is important that retailers survive the current economic slump. “Three arcade owners are investing a lot into arcades along High Street and we are seeing a revitalisation of shops through the Penrith CBD Corporation’s programs,” Ms Hawthorn said. The business improvement program is aimed at helping businesses with their presentation such as fixing signage, store layout and design. “We also have a program that we run in conjunction with the Penrith Business Enterprise Centre helping with websites and marketing, and providing work, health and safety advice and human resources advice,” she said.

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hops along High Street and in the Penrith CBD are still struggling but local business representatives are urging business owners not to give up amid signs things are on the verge of turning around. A street survey commissioned by the Penrith Business Alliance and Penrith City Council has shown that in February 2014 there were 64 shop vacancies, a rate of 5.8 per cent. The same survey conducted in 2012 showed there was a vacancy rate of four per cent. A breakdown of the distribution shows 25 of the vacant stores are located at the western end of High Street. Gai Hawthorn of the Penrith CBD Corporation said that although times are tough for the Australian economy, Penrith businesses should keep persevering. “The whole economy is struggling and that does have an impact on small business right here in Penrith but it is important not to give up as Penrith is a strong and supportive community,” she said. Ms Hawthorn said that apart from economic downturn, she could not pinpoint any major cause of the vacancies. “There will always be some vacancies

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Tragic finish to local cycling race A 30km cycling race at the Sydney International Regatta Centre ended with tragedy last week, when a man had a heart attack during the race. Ambulance paramedics from Penrith sent an intensive care vehicle and two primary care vehicles to the facility at 7.30pm on Monday, March 10 after receiving a call out.

Man trapped after crash Broken neck and other injuries following Cranebrook incident KATHERINE TWEED

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man trapped for half an hour had to be cut free from his crippled car after a two-vehicle accident in Cranebrook. At 6.30pm on Saturday, March 15, a silver car travelling south along the Northern Road at Cranebrook began to slow down to turn onto Andromeda Drive. The car lost control and swerved. The driver attempted to regain control however oversteered and moved into oncoming traffic where the car collided with a vehicle heading north along The Northern Road. Emergency services were called to the

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Three young people are lucky to be alive after the car they were travelling in slammed into a telegraph pole in Orchard Hills last week. In the early hours of the morning on Tuesday, March 11, the car was travelling along Castle Road, Orchard Hills, when it lost control. The car veered into a telegraph pole

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scene, where a passenger in the silver vehicle was trapped. “He was trapped by confinement, not compression, which essentially means that he simply couldn’t get out of the vehicle, not that he was being held in place,” said Inspector Jason Stone, Duty Operations Manager, Penrith Ambulance. The man was trapped for half an hour as emergency services worked to remove one side of the vehicle before he could be freed. He was taken to Nepean Hospital by intensive care paramedics, where he was stabilised and diagnosed with a broken neck, as well as other injuries. The two people in the other vehicle had minor injuries.

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beside the road, causing the telegraph pole to break. The occupants were able to escape the vehicle through the broken windscreen. Intensive care and primary care Penrith Ambulance paramedics treated the occupants, including an 18-year-old St Clair woman, who was the front passenger of the vehicle.

She was treated for pain to her sternum, back, neck and pelvis, and was transported to Westmead Hospital under special spinal injury precautions. Speed is believed to have been a factor in the incident. Investigations are continuing and if you witnessed the crash, please contact the local police.

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Stray dog causes problems at local market

Operation Loch Ness, a Highway Patrol and traffic operation, was carried out last weekend with “significant results”. The Operation ran over Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15. 2,500 people were Random Breath Tested – one returned a high-range reading, seven were charged with mid-range drink driving and six people hit the low-range. 22 general traffic charges were laid and 121 other traffic infringements were issued. 54 speed-related traffic infringements were issued. There were also three restraint infringements, two motorcycle helmet infringements and 20 defect notices. “There was a significant police presence on the roads and significant results,” said Penrith Acting Crime Manager, Cheryl Cook.

A small dog and two people have been injured in a vicious dog attack at markets held on Sunday, March 16. At about 8am, the two people, a 60-year-old male and 66-year-old female were setting up a stall at the markets on Mulgoa Road with their small Maltese X Cavalier dog when a large, stray dog passed them. The golden or cream coloured dog, suspected to be a Labrador X Pitbull, approached the small dog in an aggressive manner before biting it. The two owners of the small dog attempted to release the large dog’s grip and as a result, sustained injuries. The dog ran away but was captured by a witness. The man was treated by ambulance paramedics and the woman was taken to Nepean Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

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Police shut down drug lab after discovery on M4

A man living in a Colyton house notorious for being the subject of noise complaints has been given a Noise Abatement Direction by St Marys Police. At about 12.30am on Sunday, March 2, police were called to the Parkin Road home following a noise complaint. Officers spoke to a 22-year-old man who lived there. Police allege he was argumentative. He was given a noise abatement direction for 28 days. Shortly before 3pm on Saturday, March 15, police attended the address following reports of another noise complaint. Police entered the premises with a warrant. Electronic audio equipment was seized from the premises and taken to St Marys Police Station.

Police have shut down a clandestine laboratory, used to manufacture large quantities of MDA, in the Blue Mountains. On Thursday, March 13, police pulled over a vehicle travelling on the M4 Motorway at Penrith at about 4pm, discovering a number of chemicals and items believed to be used in the manufacture of illicit drugs inside the car. The only occupant of the car, a 23-yearold Sun Valley man was arrested. Later, police executed a search warrant at his Sun Valley home, locating a large scale drug lab, as well as 1.5kg of MDA, which is often sold as a form of ‘ecstasy’. Detectives will allege that the MDA seized had an estimated street value of $1.5 million.


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ocal residents are being encouraged to once again be immunised after the 2014 influenza vaccination became available this week. This season’s dominant flu strain is the H1N1 virus, the same strain from 2009. The Influenza Specialist Group (ISG) estimates that a quarter or more of the Australian population could face an increased risk of severe complication when contracting influenza this season. Dr Alan Hampson, Chairman of the ISG points out that while influenza is often

most severe in the elderly and very young, the ages most affected varied depending on the circulating viruses. “The H1N1 pandemic virus has consistently had its greatest impact in the younger adult group, which is a concern because a recent ISG survey had again shown that people under 65 with various underlying medical conditions are still not being vaccinated and are not aware of the risks that they face,” he said. Those at greater risk of flu complications include people with heart conditions, asthma and respiratory conditions, diabetes, kidney disease, disorders, or those who smoke, are obese or are pregnant.

eing a full time carer can be a difficult and demanding task, with new research showing that the majority of carers wait until they have an accident or serious health concerns before they seek help with their duties. The Your Life Your Wellbeing report by the Benevolent Society surveyed 265 of their clients and found that most people don’t seek help until they are seriously overburdened. Many older people and their carers also put off seeking help because they fear losing their independence. “We want people to know that it’s okay to ask for help, and that in our experience people can remain independent in their own home for longer with the support of care services,” said Carolyn Stormer, Coordinator of The Community In-Home Flexible Respite Program for The Benevolent Society. St Marys resident, Yvonne Atlee, 77 cares for her 86-year-old husband, Syd who has dementia. Yvonne provides all of Syd’s support with a little help from The Benevolent Society’s carer respite program, which relieves Mrs Atlee for three hours every Wednesday. “He trusts Connie (the care worker)

Yvonne Atlee with husband Syd which is good, and it’s made a big difference in my life. For those three hours, I manage to get done what I need to. I can get down to the shops and I can do what I need to do without worrying,” Mrs Atlee said. “I’m more than happy with the support I receive from The Benevolent Society. They include me in their events and they are more than generous with me. If I didn’t have that support things would be very different.” To find out more about Community and In Home Flexible Respite and how The Benevolent Society can help, visit: www. benevolent.org.au or call 4720 1000.

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US Consul General visit Last week the US Consul General Hugo Llorens, an economist specialising in local economic development, visited Penrith City. As the guest of Federal Member for Lindsay Fiona Scott MP, his visit recognised Penrith’s status as a leading city within greater Sydney. Penrith City Council officers briefed Mr Llorens on Penrith’s geographic, social and economic context, the city’s aspirations and its plans for the future. At a meeting at the Penrith Regional Gallery, Mr Llorens heard about the City’s innovative approach to fostering

cultural development. He also toured the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. He visited Penrith Lakes for a briefing on the history and future of the quarry site and toured the International Regatta Centre and Penrith Whitewater Stadium. The visit provided Mr Llorens with a taste of our City’s diverse strengths, as well as our stunning geographical setting and major world-standard event venues.

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Bunnings Warehouse North Penrith is also holding Fire Safety Workshops on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6 to share helpful fire safety tips with Penrith residents. “There is nothing more important that protecting your home and your family and daylight savings is the perfect annual reminder to check that smoke alarms are working,” said Kate Cordrey from Bunnings North Penrith.


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ive people have been treated by local Ambulance paramedics following a crash at a Penrith intersection last weekend. Emergency services were called to an incident at the intersection of Laycock Street and Andrews Road, Cranebrook at around 7.20pm on Saturday, March 15. Two cars were involved in what is believed to have been a high speed, headon collision, with one car bursting into flames at the scene. NSW Fire and Rescue worked to put

out the blaze as Ambulance paramedics treated those involved in the incident. “We treated five patients who were in the vehicles at the time of the crash,” said Inspector Jason Stone, Duty Operations Manager, Penrith Ambulance. “One 17-year-old female had shoulder and neck injuries, whilst another 17-yearold female was treated for shoulder, neck, head and abdominal injuries.” The girls were transported to Nepean Hospital for further treatment. The other three people involved in the accident did not have any serious injuries requiring further treatment by paramedics on the scene.

Cecil honoured during Seniors Week Cecil O’Donnell of St Clair has won the 2014 NSW Seniors Week Local Achievement Award for the Mulgoa electorate. “Seniors deserve recognition for the important contribution they make across so many different areas of community life and I thank Cecil and all the other seniors who demonstrate their personal commitment and generosity to our local community,” said State Mulgoa MP, Tanya Davies.

Cecil O’Donnell was recognised for his outstanding contribution in voluntary work for the St Clair Youth and Neighbourhood Team located at the Autumnleaf Neighbourhood Centre. Cecil began volunteering only six weeks after retiring. He not only looks after the grounds, assists newcomers to the centre and runs the men’s shed, but has also helped high school students through his caring and positive nature.

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mbulance paramedics from Penrith were called to assist an unconscious woman who was kicked by a horse on a Londonderry property last week. On Friday, March 14, the 51-year-old Cranebrook woman was in a fenced area with a horse that was not secured and was moving about in the area. She was kicked in the chest area and was knocked to the ground, where she was rendered unconscious. Paramedics were called and soon arrived at the scene to treat the injured woman.

“When we initially arrived, we couldn’t gain access to the woman because she was still in the paddock with the horse, which was not secured. We couldn’t risk spooking the horse, causing it to trample the woman,” said Inspector Jason Stone, Duty Operations Manager, Penrith Ambulance. The woman, although conscious when officers arrived, was unable to move. Experts were called in to secure the horse and ambulance officers were able to treat the woman, who had head, back and chest injuries. She was transported to Nepean Hospital with ambulance officers taking special precautions for possible spinal injuries.

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The 2011 NSW Parliamentary inquiry report into domestic violence trends and issues in NSW commented upon the significant trend of rising female arrest

rates in relation to domestic violence. The report notes that between 2001 and 2010 there was an average yearly increase of 10 per cent of females arrested as offenders compared to the average yearly increase of arrest rates for males of two per cent. “It is important to analyse why this is happening,� Ms Campbell said. Domestic and family violence is the number one cause of death and disability for women under the age of 40 and alcohol is thought to play a major part. NSW Minister for Women, Pru Goward has announced the formation of a Violent Domestic Crimes Taskforce to examine supports for reporters and witnesses, links between alcohol and domestic violence, and sentencing options for perpetrators. “How alcohol contributes to the frequency and severity of domestic violence is a question we need to answer. Whether it is violence on the street, or violence in the home, a woman has the right to feel safe,� Ms Goward said. “My parliamentary colleagues Bryan Doyle and Natasha Maclaren-Jones will join experts such as Tracey Howe of Domestic Violence NSW and Karen Willis of the NSW Rape Crisis Centre in examining ways to drive down violence in NSW homes.� The taskforce will report later this year.

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Penrith had a special visitor last week with US Consul General Hugo Llorens calling by the area. The visit was organised by Federal Lindsay MP, Fiona Scott, who said it was an honour to host him. “Mr Llorens was kind enough to accept my invitation to visit Penrith and be briefed on the potential economic growth, particularly in health, education and tourism our regional city has to offer,� she said. “Several initiatives were discussed including the possibility of a sister city relationship with an appropriate US counterpart and a return visit to Penrith later in the year to meet with local business leaders.

SW70SPWIP; SW80SPWIP; WA85GWGIP; and WA85GWWIP. Despite an extensive recall and social media advertising campaign by Samsung in April last year, the public response to date has been unsatisfactory. Samsung has advised Fair Trading that fewer than 40 per cent of NSW customers with these washing machines have responded to the recall. Samsung advised this week that 144,451 machines have been sold in Australia through various retailers between 2010 and 2013, including 55,553 in New South Wales. Only 20,994 of the machines sold in NSW have been recalled and fixed. There have been 59 fires involving these machines around Australia and 25 of the fires were in NSW.

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work in the city over an hour early simply to secure a car park.” Council currently provides approximately 2,200 off-street all-day parking spaces. But the shortfall is forcing people to risk being fined for parking in time restricted spots. Approximately 22 per cent of vehicles using Allen Place car park overstay the two hour limit and 29 per cent of vehicles parked in Edwards Place car park overstay the time restrictions. Council has identified that multi-deck car park locations could include Union Street, Soper Place and Judges Place.

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Silent killer that won’t go away Diabetes remains a major concern across the local area, says local pharmacist

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iabetes is a time bomb, a silent killer according to St Marys chemist, Martin Cominotto. The local chemist has decades of experience and in his time has treated more than his share of people with Type 2 diabetes. He says the problem is that people are still too complacent or unaware as to just how debilitating diabetes can be if left undiagnosed and untreated. “For our bodies to work properly we need to convert the glucose (sugar) in our food to energy. A hormone called insulin is needed for this process. Diabetics either do not produce insulin or not enough of it, meaning glucose stays in the blood stream and is not converted to energy,” he said. “Genetics and lifestyle factors such as high blood pressure, being overweight or obese, low physical activity and poor diet are major contributors to developing diabetes.” According to Diabetes Australia, some 938,923 people are registered as having Type 2 diabetes. “Diabetes is largely preventable, but the problem is that when people are first diagnosed by their doctor, they don’t feel as

though anything is wrong. People do not feel any different after being diagnosed, and may not feel any different after taking their first rounds of medication, so stop their medication altogether,” he said. “Non-compliance is a very big issue as if you are not treating your diabetes as directed by your doctor, damage is being done that may be irreversible.” Cataracts, glaucoma, gum disease, stroke and heart disease, nerve damage and amputation are all possible consequences of untreated diabetes. St Marys resident Cheryl Lindeberg knows all too well the painful complications of diabetes. “I was diagnosed on March 9, 1992 with diabetes and at first I was placed on a diet to help lower my blood sugar levels,” Mrs Lindeberg said. “But my diabetes got out of control and so I went onto medication.” By April 2001, Mrs Lindeberg had progressed from medication to insulin shots too. “In 2010 I was in my kitchen when I slipped and my doctor said that I had sprained my foot, but my foot wasn’t healing,” she said. “I went to an orthopaedic surgeon who diagnosed me with Charcot’s. It is where the bones in the feet are weakened and

Martin Cominotto runs a diabetes support group in St Marys. Photo: Melinda Jane become prone to fractures. I had never heard of it until I was diagnosed. I spent the next eight and a half months in a cast.” A similar incident saw Mrs Lindeberg in a cast for another six months but she is now on the long road to recovery. “You don’t realise how much you take walking for granted until you can’t.”

Mr Cominotto runs a diabetes support group at St Marys Village where his chemist is based, offering free support and education to those with diabetes in the local area. It is held at Gloria Jeans and the next meeting is on April 16 at 6.15pm. Call Martin’s Chemist on 9673 1010.

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More lights coming Did I read your front page article (Jobs masterstroke, Western Weekender March 14) correctly or not regarding the proposed Masters store on Mulgoa Road, presumably on the old Busways site? The “solution” to the traffic problem is to be another set of traffic lights on Mulgoa Road! We currently have seven sets of uncoordinated lights between Glenmore Parkway and Jamison Road and you only have to use Mulgoa Road to know how congested/stop-start the normal journey is, and another set is not going to help. Do our councillors all live in the Council Office and not use our roads? If we have to have a Masters store it should NOT have direct access to Mulgoa Road but have to use existing roads and access. Surely a better site would be on Blaikie Road – the old golf driving range perhaps. DAVID THOMAS, GLENMORE PARK

Masters store Whilst it’s very smart from the people at Masters to put their store between the two Bunnings outlets in Penrith, it is highly likely

that I’ll be giving it a miss given it is on Mulgoa Road. Mulgoa Road has become a nightmare on Saturdays, worse than Parramatta Road on some weekends! I really can’t understand how Council could even consider allowing this. I’m not usually into politics but this has got my blood boiling. FRED CLARKE, PENRITH

Young workers The announcement that the new environmental workforce for 18 to 25-year-olds – the “green army” – will not be covered by any workers compensation scheme is extremely worrying for people who care about the consequences of work place injuries. Under usual work arrangements, employers are required to ensure their employees are protected by a workers compensation scheme and health and safety standards. We are very concerned that members of the “green army” will not be protected in the same way as other workers. These young workers will undertake heavy manual labour including clearing local creeks and waterways, fencing and tree planting – work

that carries a high level of physical risk. If these young workers are injured and not covered by a workers compensation scheme which is focused on early intervention and returning employees to work, there is a risk that if they suffer a serious injury without help, they may not return to work. If state and federal governments are serious about providing these young workers with a fair and reasonable opportunity to join the workforce, they should work together to provide them with the same workplace injury protection as other employees in Australia. RACHAEL JAMES SLATER & GORDON SENIOR COMCARE LAWYER

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the game more entertaining, then there’s something wrong with the game. AMANDA MARTINOLI, VIA FACEBOOK

Cheergirls are welcome The girls look fabulous and are performers who enjoy what they do! It’s a shame that so many people are quick to bag them out about their appearance, costume, make-up, ability etc. There will always be haters, because they are jealous they are not the ones giving it a go! Show some respect for these girls and give credit where credit is due. KELLY BOI, VIA FACEBOOK

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Inspiring woman I see this lady on the train often, she is always uplifting, sweet and full of smiles, congrats (Our woman of the year, Western Weekender March 14). GAIL ANDERSON, VIA FACEBOOK

Panthers cheerleaders I have nothing against cheerleaders or what they do. But if you need women in leather to make

I rarely write letters to newspapers but I felt so angry at an article that appeared in The Daily Telegraph this week that I had to share my view. I am a 30-year-old man. I’ve never “wolf whistled” at a woman, always shown women respect and believe in rewarding talent, not quotas. The opinion piece this week that suggested cheerleaders are only at Penrith Panthers matches for eye candy is a real kick in the face to men

like me, who have actually grown up respecting women and understanding the challenges they have faced in the past. As much as women have changed and evolved in the last 20 to 30 years, so have men. Why is it that the writer seems to think women have gone ahead in leaps and bounds, but men have not? In regards to the cheerleaders themselves, I find it hypocritical that the opinion writer’s solution is for these young ladies to be told they can’t do something they want to do. I thought the feminist movement was all about women being able to do whatever they wanted. All of this seems very confusing and hypocritical. R SMITH, VIA WEBSITE

March in March I cannot understand the logic behind the “March in March” protests that took place last week. The sheer hypocrisy of some of these people, who shouted misogyny from the rooftops, is amazing. Some of the signs and chants at the protests across the country last week were disgraceful. BARRY, VIA WEBSITE

The Western Weekender reserves the right to edit letters for the sake of accuracy and space. For more information, see our public notices section.

COUNCIL SNAPSHOT There could be a whole lot more foot traffic passing Emu Plains shops with a proposal to build a 24-hour gymnasium on the shopping strip. Council has received an application to have the gymnasium constructed at 85 Great Western Highway, Emu Plains. Elsewhere in the shopping precinct is a newsagency, takeaway shops and a florist. Residents can now have their say on plans to remediate land at 1503-1519 Elizabeth Drive, Kemps Creek. It is proposed that Hi Quality Quarry will simultaneously begin to rehabilitate the sites whilst the extraction of brown shale from the existing quarry continues. The works required are relatively minor in nature but include surface soils that may be contaminated from a waste drum storage area and contaminated soil that may be encountered during the removal of an underground storage tank.

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The expansion of the Bradley Ridge precinct in Glenmore Park continues with Council currently considering the subdivision of 62 Bradley Street, Glenmore Park into 26 new residential allotments. St Marys residents may soon have

a new place to get a quick meal from. Council has received an application to start a pizza shop at 42 Sydney Street, St Marys. Not for profit organisations across Penrith can get a financial helping hand through the annual ClubGRANTS program. Penrith Mayor Councillor Ross Fowler OAM said in 2013 more than half a million dollars was given to local organisations and projects through the program which is coordinated by Penrith Council. “In 2013 $522,744 was distributed to 53 organisations for 55 projects which ranged from initiatives to help children, families, women, older people, people with a disability and the broader community,” Cr Fowler said. “ClubGRANTS is a community development funding program where our local registered clubs with an annual gaming machine revenue in excess of $1 million make available 1.85 per cent of this revenue to specific community development and support projects. “I encourage local organisations that are not for profit and incorporated to apply for this funding.” The Category 1 funding round opens on Monday, March 24 and closes on Friday, May 2. Visit Penrith Council’s website for details.


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Veteran artist to open exhibition Internationally acclaimed Australian artist Warwick Fuller will visit Penrith to open an exhibition of local artwork. The veteran landscape artist will be officially opening the Nepean Art Society’s 2014 Autumn Exhibition and Sale on Saturday, April 5 with the event continuing over the weekend. Fuller is a Fellow of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales and his successful career has spanned over 35 years, with his oil paintings hung in collections all around the world. He was chosen by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall as the official artist to record their visit to Australia in 2012. The Blue Mountains resident is the current Patron of the Nepean Art Society, who he has been associated with since the early 1970’s. The public is welcome to attend the exhibition opening, held at the society’s headquarters in the old Penrith Council Chambers, and mingle with the artists. Approximately 120 artworks by local artists will be available to view and purchase, including works in pastel, acrylic, oil, watercolour and other media. A watercolour painting valued at $400 has been donated by local artist Joe Cartwright as a raffle prize, with tickets on sale at the exhibition. For more information on the Nepean Art Society or the upcoming exhibit in Penrith, head online an visit www. nepeanartsociety.org.

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Education on what to do if the Nepean River flooded is poor, a new report has found Community surveys carried out by the State Emergency Service (SES) of people living in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley suggest that between 20 and 30 per cent of those living in flood prone areas do not believe it is necessary to evacuate when directed by the SES to do so. “It is therefore a serious concern that a consistent 20 per cent of the population indicate that they would not be likely to

evacuate if directed to do so,” the report commented. Ms Hodgkinson has announced that a taskforce will be established to complete the next stages of the review. “The taskforce will now undertake a detailed cost-benefit analysis of the most practical and cost effective flood mitigations for the NSW Government to consider,” she said.

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am Spurrett has just snagged a General Manager position at an international company, a big career win that he attributes to his upbringing in Penrith, his time playing footy at the Penrith Emus and years working with Jackie Kelly when she was Member for Lindsay. The now General Manager for Coffey’s international operation in Asia Pacific may have a grand new title but his career began right here in Penrith, where he grew up with his family in Mulgoa. “You can take the boy from Penrith, but you can’t take Penrith from the boy! I am very proudly a product of Penrith and Mulgoa and my upbringing there has most certainly shaped my career,” he said. “As a kid I got to swim in the Nepean River and bush walk in the Blue Mountains all an hour from a truly international city... this was the best of both worlds.” Mr Spurrett first discovered his passion for international affairs in the early years of his life in Penrith as a student. “When I went to St Nicholas of Myra, it was with kids from a broad cultural mix. Playing rugby at the Emus was a real education in Pacific Island affairs with Tongans, Samoans and Fijians making up a large part of the player base. I enjoyed learning about their cultures,” he said. “One thing being from Penrith has taught me is never to judge people on where they come from and how they look... make sure you talk to them and understand them.” Mr Spurrett moved on to work for Jackie Kelly for three years, where he developed an appreciation for Penrith’s potential but

Sam Spurrett, originally from Mulgoa, has landed a major international job it was the work of his late father Dr Brian Spurrett, who was a local obstetrician, that influenced him to go into the field of international development. “My father spent time delivering training in Indonesia, Malaysia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea and would often bring me along. I got to experience the difference he made

to people’s lives and enjoyed the cultural exchange,” he said. Through his new position, Mr Spurrett hopes to help Australia’s aid program, which he says is “one of the best in the world”, continue successfully. “Just this week I was in Manila and met with an undersecretary from the Depart-

ment of Education, he said that Australia was the best donor to work with. Quite frankly it is an honour to be able to support the delivery of Australia’s aid program,” he said. “I want to make sure Coffey continues to deliver projects effectively and makes a difference.”

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new organisation hosting a succession of unique discos in the local area is set to make a difference in the lives of local adults with intellectual disability. Through her work in the disability sector over the years, local resident Kristie Findlater discovered her passion for providing people with intellectual disability with opportunities for social interaction and founded Life Links as a means for her to do this. Her mission is to ensure that people with disabilities don’t miss out on social events and experiences. “A 21-year-old person with an intellectual disability should be able to do what anyone else does, with support,” Ms Findlater said. “If he wants a girlfriend, to be able to meet someone, they should be supported to do that.” Ms Findlater said unfortunately, the

opportunities for social interaction are not always readily available. “Everyone deserves the right to go out and have a good time but unfortunately there are not always accessible places where they are able and comfortable to do that,” she said. The organisation’s first disco will be taking place on Friday, March 28 from 8pm at Penrith RSL. “I realised there was a need for age appropriate activities for people with intellectual disabilities,” she said. “There is nothing like that in the area on a regular basis. “It’s about linking people together and linking them to their community – introducing people and building their social network.” If the event is a success, it is likely that more similar events will happen in the future in the Penrith area. For more information on the disco next Friday night, send an email to admin@ lifelinksws.com or visit the website; www. lifelinksws.com.


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“We thought an outdoor cinema night is something that will allow all students, family, friends and community to come together and watch a fun movie under the stars,” said Wallacia Public School P&C President, Jody Smith. There will be wood-fired pizzas for sale, as well as popcorn and drinks however everyone is welcome to bring their own picnic, but remember to take your picnic rug, chairs and torches with you. “It will be a great, family fun, community event,” Ms Smith said. Family tickets can be purchased for $20 or $5 per person.

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“If you or your loved ones have a serious allergy to medications, a heart condition, diabetes or epilepsy for example, you can rely on the Emergency ID Spot to tell emergency services that vital information, even if you can’t.” It is recommended that a photo of the person the information relates to is included in the information package, as well as a list of emergency contacts and next of kin details. The program is endorsed by Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. “Armed with immediate information about a patient’s allergies, medications and conditions, emergency services can provide the very best medical care on the spot. We wish everyone had the Emergency ID Spot in their vehicles and in their homes. This simple sticker will certainly help save lives,” said Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service General Manager, Richard Jones. Seniors are expected to benefit greatly from the program. “As people get older they are more likely to have multiple medical conditions, take medication routinely, and be more vulnerable to critical injury in an accident, or likely to suffer a serious medical problem at home,” Ms Graham said. Visit www.emergencyid.com.au.

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SW Treasurer Mike Baird is keen to see small businesses given the opportunity to open their doors on Boxing Day and benefit from Australia’s shopping holiday. “Boxing Day has become a traditional shopping day across the country,” Mr Baird said. “Boxing Day can be very lucrative for retailers. The NSW Government is seeking to create a level playing field across the State so that retailers in Penrith have the option to trade on Boxing Day, just like their competitors in the Sydney CBD and other parts of the state.” Currently only some areas can trade on Boxing Day, known as ‘tourist trading precincts’, but Mr Baird said that this approach is unfair. “It makes no sense that around a third of the State can trade on Boxing Day following exemptions for ‘tourist trading precincts’ approved by previous governments, but the rest cannot,” he said. Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO, Jill Woods, said that business chamber organisations have been campaigning for changes for many years and fully support the NSW Government’s push. “In Penrith, shops cannot open but across the river in Emu Plains, they can because they are classified in a different tourist zone,” she said.

NSW Treasurer, Mike Baird “The NSW Business Chamber has been vocal on Boxing Day trading and we support this move that will benefit small businesses.” However Ms Woods said that if Boxing Day trading became available, that the State Government must also look at holiday wages. “Businesses cannot afford to open on weekends because of penalty rates let alone public holidays,” she said. “Wages reform really needs to be a package, otherwise small businesses will not get any benefit from opening on Boxing Day, they simply wouldn’t be able to afford it,” she said.


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job for most business people. When dealing with a complaint, you should: • Listen to the complaint carefully, let the caller have their initial say without interruption. Even if you can’t solve the problem, you still need to listen • Take special care and make it clear that you’re glad they did call you and give you the chance to put whatever’s wrong right (often people don’t call to complain, they

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If you have not yet registered your interest for the Penrith Progression (PP) we urge you to do so by this Friday, March 21 and join hundreds of people who will work with us in helping shape the future of our city centre. This call is not only for business people, landowners and developers but also for residents across the city who have a desire to contribute to building a city that meets their own needs and aspirations. Some people have expressed that this work has already been done in the past but not backed by any results in terms of development in the CBD. While that may be true to some degree it is important to understand that PP brings a new perspective in activating development in the CBD. PP will respect all the planning work done to date but its focus will be on preparing a sound economic plan and demand drivers to provide a positive message to the development industry. Described by the Premier as a bold step, PP will help identify key catalyst projects and partnerships that will strengthen Penrith CBD’s long term economic growth. It will also help determine the best use of Council, state and privately owned landholdings in the CBD and this will add to the certainty that investors seek. Your participation and validation of this process is thus vital for the process to be successful. For registration in the PP please visit www.penrithprogression.com.au/ registration or the PBA on 4731 5711.

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PLAYERS REQUIRED FOR ALL AGES: U/6s TO A-GRADE & WOMENS The Penrith Waratahs are calling out to any and all interested players to join our proud club. Training for all ages is underway and the season is about to commence. Registration Date SATURDAY 22 MARCH 2014 from 12pm to 4pm Venue: DOUG RENNIE FIELD, First and Second Avenues, Kingswood

EVEN THOUGH IT’S AT A VERY EARLY stage of the Bendigo Bank NDBA Pennants there have been some clubs that have leapt out to a good lead in the point score. After three rounds Blacktown Workers are on 15 points in the No1Grade, Penrith 14 points No4 Grade, Kingswood are 14.5 points in the No6.1 Grade, Blacktown City are 16 Points in the 7.1s and Blacktown Workers are 17 points in the 7.2s. There is still a long way to go however a good start gives those clubs some confidence. The annual Nepean District Bowling Association visit to Newcastle DBA will take place on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13. The venue for Saturday is Soldiers

Point Bowling Club and Sunday morning at Lemon Tree Passage Bowling Club departing on completion of lunch. Accommodation will be at the Peninsula Motel at Nelson Bay Motel, 52 Shoal Bay Rd Nelson Bay. The cost for accommodation, coach, hot/continental breakfast, two lunches and high tea will be $150.00 per head and should be forwarded with notification of acceptance. All rooms have their own tea and coffee making facilities. All extra services provided by the motel must be paid for by the user. This could be the last one if the boundaries change so if you’re keen email me at mickgil@tpg.com.au.

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HARNESS RACING // Lorraine Pozza ST MARYS BAND CLUB AND THEIR guests enjoyed their night of entertainment, dining and harness racing at the Paceway last Thursday night. Race one gave Gavin Fitzpatrick the first of a winning double when he was able to score a good win on Domestic Art ($4.30). Cyclonedomic the runner up showed promise coming from a long way back over the last lap. Jack Caviar ($1.60) showed his liking for Penrith by scoring his third win in a row in race two. Rob Morris took him to the lead after 200m and never looked back. His three wins at Penrith have all been of a similar nature. Twilight Dancer ($3.00) driven by David Morris ran out a clear winner in the third and in doing so equaled the existing 1720m track record of 1.56-5.

The fourth was a staying test of 2525m but the winner Cheers Robbie made light of it winning well at $2.80 for driver Josh Willick. Both he and the runner up Dyed Fast made three wide mid-race moves to fill their placings. It seems fast racing was the order of the night because Kyuna Boo ($8.50) was able to break the 1720m record of 1.56-5 and win in the time of 1.56-2 with driver Tod McCarthey holding the reins in race five. Ideal Legacy ($2.10) gave Josh Willick a double for the night taking out the sixth from the leader The Sleepy Lion. Wink ($3.00) won the seventh and allowed driver David Morris to complete a driving double. Onajoyride ($18.90) driven by Bernie Hewitt caused an upset in the eighth and Border Crossing ($2.30) won the last.

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owers from around the world have arrived in Penrith this week for the prestigious Sydney International Rowing Regatta (SIRR). Four major rowing events will take place at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) over eight days, beginning this Sunday, March 23. The Rowing Regatta will kick off with the Australian Open Rowing Championships followed by the King’s and Queen’s Cups Interstate Regatta, Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships and the main event from Friday, March 28, the World Rowing Cup. Now in its second year at the former Olympic venue, last year’s SIRR attracted 1,872 domestic and 257 international athletes who competed in 110 events over the course of the competition, making the SIRR the largest National Rowing Championships ever hosted, and the largest regatta held at the SIRC since the 2000 Olympics. Australian Olympic rower, Kim Crow, said the event was going to showcase the

Rowers at last year’s Sydney International Rowing Regatta. Photo: Melinda Jane very best in Australian and international rowing. “I’m really looking forward to competing at SIRR 2014. We had a great time last year

at the regatta, there was a good attendance and great atmosphere with so many school kids having a fantastic time,” she said. “I would encourage anybody and every-

body to come down to have a look at the regatta this year. “Rowing is a fun sport, there’s a good atmosphere around regattas and there’s going to be some fantastic international competitors out racing.” Penrith resident and world champion para-rower, Erik Horrie, agreed saying the event is going to be great. “There’s going to be something for everyone out in Penrith and I certainly can’t wait to compete,” he said. Rowing lovers will be treated to a showcase of some of the best Australian rowing and para-rowing, while also being able to witness a selection of the world’s best rowers compete in the first round of the World Rowing Cup. “This is the second year of the Sydney International Rowing Regatta and athletes and spectators from across the country and world will descend upon Sydney for the event, which will certainly provide a wonderful exhibition of some of the best rowing in the world,” Chair of the Regatta Organising Committee, John Boultbee said. Tickets are currently on sale through Ticketek outlets or online.

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Josh will lead his teammates in the position of stroke at the Rowing Championships and hopes for a win. “Gold is our goal, and I definitely think that’s achievable. I have a lot of faith in the guys I row with and we just want to do our very best,” he said. “I was in grade seven [when I started rowing] so at the time I was 12-years-old. I’ve been rowing for almost five years.” Josh and his peers train three times a week on the water and two times a week off the water. He finds inspiration to keep up the hard work from his coach and other teammates. “The idea of winning [is what motivates me], the feeling you get when you tried your absolute hardest and you’re standing up on the podium,” he said.


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any would remember the 1993 true story film, ‘Cool Runnings’, about a bunch of naïve Jamaicans who left the warm Caribbean for a chilly Canada to compete in the four-man bobsled at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Many doubted the Jamaicans, and were within reason to because they were essentially a novelty act with no real clue. But in the end, the four men earned respect and walked away from their first Olympic Games as national heroes. Now, the story of the three Penrith Flyers ice hockey players and their coach heading to Canada to compete in the biggest peewee ice hockey tournament in the world can be seen as somewhat similar on a number of levels minus the controversy. Recently, the Penrith trio made up of Thomas Moncrieff, Kale Costa and Nicholas Campeau, as well as their coach David Costa returned from the Peewee World Championships in Quebec, Canada where they represented an Australian team of 12-year-olds from around NSW and the ACT. Costa admitted while his side failed to win any games on the trip they did put up a “hell of a fight”, earning respect from fellow teams as well as spectators. “We lost a game over there 4-3, going down in the final three minutes. The

opposition coach asked us how much we trained because his side trains four times a week and plays three games weekly,” Costa recalled. “In our lead-up to the competition we only trained a total of 15 times and played a total of three games. He was quite surprised at how little we trained and how well we did.” Despite not winning any games, Costa was shocked at how much attention his young team received, even ending up in the local Quebec press. “We were the furthest country to travel to the tournament, we got a heap of attention,” he said. “The whole stadium was cheering for Australia which was cool to see. We even made the local paper over there as well. People weren’t expecting Australia to do anything.” 12-year-old Thomas Moncrieff, who was the only Flyers player to compete at the tournament last year, said he thoroughly enjoyed his experience the second time round. “It was fun, a lot better than last year because I had more friends and my coach was my current Flyers coach,” he said. “The Canadians love when the Aussies come over and play. “They always ask a lot of questions like do we wrestle crocodiles? We always say ‘yes’.” Whilst in Canada, the team also visited the Ice Hockey Hall of Fame and tried their hand at dogsledding.

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ew Penrith Waratah Championship League basketball coach John Hennessy says his side will only improve despite a 12-point opening round loss to the Sutherland Sharks last Saturday. The Panthers led for the majority of the match before the Sharks finished strong to win 80-68. Hennessy, who replaced long time coach Jeff Cooper in the off-season, said it would

take some time for his young team to adapt to the various changes he’s put in place. “We just need to get better playing on the floor together and get familiar with the new structure and systems in place,” he said. This Sunday the Panthers will play their second game against the Central Coast in Gosford. The Crusaders won their opening game over the Illawarra Hawks. “I know their coach Tim Hudson very well. Timmy as a player was up and in and aggressive, so his side’s are always similar to him,” Hennessy said.

t Marys resident John Field has won a weekend in Lake Macquarie to compete in Australia’s biggest single day fishing competition. As the winner of the Pirtek Fish the Challenge with ET and Guesty competition, Mr Field has been awarded a weekend away for two on Lake Macquarie to take part in the national Pirtek Fishing Challenge. Mr Field, a keen estuary fisherman, will stay at the Rafferty’s Resort in Newcastle throughout the competition weekend. He will also feature in a future episode of fishing show ‘Escape with ET’, alongside host Andrew ‘ET’ Ettingshausen and event director Michael Guest. The Fishing Challenge will be held on Sunday, March 23 and thousands of registered fishers have already signed up to participate. The event will raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA), with money going towards the foundation’s research projects, awareness and support programs. Event director Michael Guest said that he was excited to be involved with

Guesty and ET this year’s event. “We are really looking forward to meeting with John and having a fish on the day. Last year Lake Macquarie was taken over by blue Pirtek Fishing Challenge caps and we all had a great time while helping to raise funds for PCFA,” he said.

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In all probability, Brisbane Roar will win the first trophy of the season this weekend, the Premier’s Plate. Unless the mother of all capitulations occurs in the next four weeks, they’ll be lifting the trophy the Wanderers won in rapturous scenes at Newcastle’s Hunter Stadium 12 months ago. It would even be a massive surprise if it didn’t happen this Saturday at Suncorp Stadium when Melbourne Victory visit. Nine points clear, four games to go, it’s been a superb achievement by everyone at the club, because it could have turned out so differently given what was going on there 18 months ago. The joint that Ange Postecoglou created out of an already strong club was unlike anything seen in the A-League. Teams have raised the bar here and there through the last decade or so, but no club has raised it so high in one go as the Roar did under Ange. Then, he bolted to Melbourne. Victory came calling, he answered and Roar were left with a successful team but a questionable future. Rado Vidosic unfortunately wasn’t the answer, and when he went, Mike Mulvey, for a brief time the boss at the ill-fated Gold Coast United, went in. Time after time across all sports both here and abroad, successful groups of players lose a figurehead and it all goes horribly wrong. The bad side comes out in everyone, players start looking elsewhere and an era ends quicker than you can say “show me the money”. But Mulvey galvanised the group. The senior heads in the dressing room all got on board, and with that, the younger players followed suit. As teams below them this season have struggled for consistency, Brisbane’s machine has rolled on with just the occasional blip. Being first past the post means the club will be back in Asia – like Wanderers, a major ambition for the club. In the short term, Brisbane are back to being successful. They are the club to beat, on the park and off it.

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espite battling the effects of fatigue and jet lag, Western Sydney Wanderers had enough drive to salvage a point at home to Adelaide United in terrible weather that forced a half-hour delay before kick-off. However, much to the surprise of anyone watching, the conditions failed to disrupt both teams’ solid passing games – though it was the visitors who looked more comfortable early on. Adelaide looked to stretch Tony Popovic’s men and a tidy cut back from Sergio Cirio to Marcelo Carrusca exposed holes in the home side’s back line. The visitors should have taken the lead when Carrusca crossed low for Fabio Ferreira at the back post, but the Portuguese winger smashed his shot over the bar. Adelaide continued to dominate possession until the Wanderers had an opportunity in the 35th minute. Adam D’Apuzzo picked out Youssouf Hersi in the box with a deep cross, and the wide man broke free from his marker to fire a first-time volley in his stride but failed to guide it into the bottom corner of the net. The break came at a great time for the Reds, who re-grouped and looked more

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic dangerous after the restart. Adelaide continued to look the better of the sides but couldn’t punish the home side, and their wasteful ways were nearly punished just after the hour-mark though Aaron Mooy could only fire his shot directly into the arms of Galekovic. The Reds would have conceded a late winner from Juric in injury time if not for a spectacular save by Galekovic.

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We had a tough game against Adelaide last weekend but I thought it was a better performance by us against a good side who like to hold the ball. I believe in the last 20 to 30 minutes of that match we really started to push hard, we played confident and we didn’t concede, which was great. Like I have been saying for a few weeks now, we need to be more clinical in finishing off the chances we do create. It would’ve been great to have the three points but I think we showed a decent performance against a good quality side. Going forward I believe we are strong defensively, despite a few uncharacteristic mistakes of late. Attacking-wise, Popa lets us know that we’ve got to be more clinical up front. Lately we haven’t been doing that and we’ve got to start putting that ball at the back of the net and crushing teams. We can’t let teams have a sniff. Popa sees that and we see that as players. I just want to credit some of my teammates who backed up last weekend following a trip to China for the Asian Champions League just days before. This one was tough on the players who did travel because there wasn’t a direct flight to the game, instead they had to board a connecting flight in China. They spent around 15 to 18 hours in transit. They came back on Friday morning after nearly a full week away. That’s going to have an affect on anybody but credit to the boys and Popa, who’s using the rotation to the best of his ability. This week we take on Perth at Pirtek Stadium and for the first time in a long time, we’ve slipped from second position down to third on the A-League ladder. I always look at the table, I wish I could say I don’t but I do. We have lost that second position and it’s through no one’s undoing but our own, which I suppose is a positive in a sense. There’s still four games remaining in the season and we need to get as many points as possible to get back up to second spot.

Tuesday Evenings - MIXED Thursday Evenings - MENS Registrations are now being taken for the Winter 2014 competitions. Registration forms available at www.penrithoztag.com.au or call 0421 448 158 Tuesday 29th April 2014 for Mixed Thursday 1st May 2014 for Mens Registration Dates The Kingsway Fields Werrington from 10am - 1pm Saturday 29th March and Saturday 5th April 2014 Call us on 0421448 158 to organise registrations if you cannot make the above dates Competition Starts

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enrith cricket coach Steve Small says it’s been an “all-round team effort” this season to turn his side from competition easybeats to finals material. This weekend the Cats, who finished the Sydney Grade Competition in second spot, will take on Manly-Warringah, who finished fifth at the end of 15 rounds, in the qualifying finals. Small, who only took the coaching job last spring, said he was delighted at how his team’s responded and started to fulfil their potential this season. “There’s been a fair bit of work gone into them the last couple of years and it’s just starting to come to the surface now,” he said. “If you look at the team, there’s been a few fellas who have struggled in previous years but have stepped up this season. That’s a by-product of the hard training they’ve been doing. “They are a good bunch to be with and I’m certainly over the moon for them. I hope they can go deep into the finals and bring home some silverware.” Penrith’s finals campaign will begin against Manly-Warringah in a two-day

Photo: Melinda Jane match at Howell Oval this weekend. Small said he would look towards his more senior players to lead the way. “We’ve got a really strong bowling attack with Pat Cummins and Josh Lalor, who I think is the most underrated first class cricketer in the country. Also our spinners led by captain Matthew Halse and Pat Jackson should also be the difference,” he said.

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CRICKET: With the Sydney Grade Cricket finals beginning this weekend, a number of Penrith players will go into their respective matches with some accolades in their kit bags. In-form spinner Pat Jackson has taken out the First Grade Champion player award by a staggering 168 points. Jackson is also the O’Reilly Medal winner as well. Peter Gregersen has won the Fourth Grade Champion player award on 856 points from just 12 games, and Fifth Grade captain Chris Withers also won Champion player by three points. Congratulations to all the cricketers on an amazing season and good luck in the finals.

GRIDIRON: The Penrith Grizzlies have lost their third straight match, going down to Sydney Uni 36-14. This Saturday the Grizzlies will play their second home game of the season against the Central Coast Sharks at UWS Hockey Fields in Kingswood from 6pm. Meanwhile, the club is still on the hunt for both women and seniors players to take part in the upcoming respective competitions for both sides. Visit www.penrithgridiron.com. au for more information.

BASKETBALL: The Penrith Pioneer Panthers are holding a 3 on 3 basketball tournament on Wednesday, April 16 at the Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre. The club is currently on the hunt for players and teams in the following age groups: U13, U15, U17 and Opens. Cost is $60 per player

or $70 per player after April 7. Maximum five players per team. Registration includes reversible playing singlet, 3 on 3 brand basketball bag plus a water bottle. For more information or to register call Adam on 0405 127 225.

RUGBY: Congratulations to Penrith resident Chloe Butler who has been selected to represent Australia at the Women’s Rugby World Cup this August. Most people would know Butler from the NSW Surge Legends Football League team who played last summer at Sportingbet Stadium. The Wallaroos are matched up with France, South Africa and Wales in their World Cup pool.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Round 5 of the junior rugby league representative season took place last weekend with some excellent results for both the Penrith Panthers and Western Sydney Academy of Sport sides. In the Harold Matthews competition Penrith drew with the Roosters 24-all while WSAS defeated St George 34-10. In the SG Ball competition Penrith defeated the Roosters 20-16 while WSAS drew with St George 30-all.

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ither the Sydney Swans suffered a fourth quarter meltdown or the GWS Giants really mean business this season, after the Giants thrashed their cross-town counterparts by 32 points during last Saturday night’s blockbuster AFL season opener. Despite being down at every change to the Swans, the Giants finished strong to claim their first Battle of the Bridge title, defeating the 2012 premiers 99-67. GWS’ fourth quarter resurgence, in which they scored six unanswered goals, came as a surprise to most fans considering the Giants have made somewhat of a habit of falling away in the back end of games. But this was a new Giants squad, one that wasn’t just brimming with young talent but experience to boot. The victory was the Giants’ fourth in their short, two-and-a-bit year history but it certainly won’t be their last of the year if Saturday night is anything to go by. Giants co-captain Callan Ward said the firstup win was made even more special after all

the bad luck they’ve endured in the previous two seasons. “Going through the bad times makes it all [the more] special,” Ward said. “You always wait for the good times to come around and when they do you really enjoy them.” The win was also a first for new Giants coach Leon Cameron, who took over from legendary coach Kevin Sheedy in the offseason. “It’s a significant moment in our footy club going forward. We’re in our third year and we want to make some ground this year,” Cameron said. “I’m currently one from one but in saying that coaches can only do so much. It comes back to the players performing on the day and I thought they handled the pressure. “It was an enormous pressure game, and it’s an area we’ve been focusing on. As a young club we want to make it harder for the opposition to score in terms of tackle pressure and defence, and as the game rolled on it really showed.” The Giants will enjoy a much-deserved weekend off before facing St Kilda at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne next Saturday.

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