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Doing our city proud They are the two Penrith sisters taking the country music world by storm. Victoria and Barb Baillie have already had a number one single and now the duo, called ‘Baylou’, is headed to Nashville to perform at the CMA Country Music Festival. Before they head to the United States, the girls will be spending plenty of time here at home promoting their new CD, which was released last week. Read Shannon Cochrane’s full story on Baylou in today’s edition of FYI magazine.

Oarsome event begins Rowing fever sweeps Penrith as prestigious World Cup arrives for the local economy, as well as showcasing the sport of rowing.� Chair of the Regatta Organising Committee, John Boultbee, said it was fantastic to have so many international competitors in Penrith for the event. “We have had a great response from overseas so far, especially considering it is the fi rst time a World Rowing Cup is being held in Australia,� he said. “It is very exciting to see such a high-calibre international field – it will give spectators the opportunity to see the ‘who’s who’ of world rowing race.� Th is weekend the King’s and Queen’s Cup

Interstate Regatta, Australian Open School Rowing Championships and Samsung World Rowing Cup all crown their winners. The largest teams participating in the opening round of the Samsung World Rowing Cup include host country Australia with 62 athletes, followed by China (44) as well as Great Britain (43) and New Zealand (41). Great Britain, who topped the medal ranks at the London 2012 Olympic Rowing Regatta, will line up at the 2000 Olympic regatta course with a record number of nine Olympic medallists, including five London 2012 Olympic gold medallists. Tickets are available from Ticketek.

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Today, Friday, March 22, marks the offic ial start of the main event on the agenda – the Samsung World Rowing Cup. Athletes from no less than 20 countries have embarked on the Regatta Centre to compete against the best in the world. NSW Sports Minister, Graham Annesley, said it was a tremendous coup for Penrith. “Australia has an excellent record in rowing and a world class facility in the Sydney International Regatta Centre, which is widely considered to be one of the best rowing and sprint kayak courses in the world,� he said. “Th is event is a coup for western Sydney and it is expected to generate up to $7 million

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Local girls set to turn heads Miss Hooters Australia pageant has lucrative Las Vegas trip up for grabs They’re blonde, their beautiful and they turn heads every day, but they’re also keen to turn around misconceptions when it comes to “Hooters girls”...

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ooters Penrith’s Laura Smyth will be strutting her stuff next month in the hopes of being crowned Miss Hooters Australia. The 20-year-old Glenmore Park beauty has been part of the Hooters Penrith team for just over a year and despite her confidence and good looks making her the perfect contender for Miss Hooters Australia, Ms Smyth was not always keen on taking part in the pageant. “When I fi rst joined Hooters a little over a year ago I remember watching the swimsuit pageant and thinking, ‘wow I could never do that’ and one year later here I am,” she said. “I’m very excited, very nervous too as it is my fi rst time strutting my stuff in a bikini on stage.” Miss Smyth will be competing against 24 other girls, including four others from Hooters Penrith at the pageant on Wednesday, April 3, to be held at Hooters Parramatta. “I think the competition this year is very tough, there are a lot of beautiful girls competing. It is my fi rst pageant and for other girls it is their third or fourth. I think I need to work on my confidence the most,” Ms Smyth said. Ms Smyth will be judged on her confidence, vibrance, personality and beauty in three rounds on the night; Australian costume, cocktail wear and bikini wear. The winner will win a trip to Las Vegas to compete in the Miss Universe International Pageant and will be the face of Hooters Australia.

Mel Wasson, Laura Smyth and Lisa Brown from Hooters Penrith. Photo: Melinda Jane.

“If I won Miss Hooters Australia I would love to change some misconceptions and stereotypes that people have about Hooters. A lot of people form opinions

before they even come to our restaurant. Some people think that just blonde bimbos work there but most of the girls are working there part time whilst they study.”

Miss Smyth is also hoping to win the viewer’s choice prize with the most ‘likes’ on Facebook. Visit www.hootersaustralia. com or the Facebook page for details.

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his time last year, all the talk was about the â&#x20AC;&#x153;warâ&#x20AC;? erupting between rugby league and the AFL in western Sydney, with the arrival of the GWS Giants. Now, it seems this fictional battle for sporting power in the west is between rugby league and soccer, which has enjoyed a hugely successful year largely thanks to the Western Sydney Wanderers. I say â&#x20AC;&#x153;fictionalâ&#x20AC;? because whilst it is true that these sports compete against each other, I fi nd it amazing that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an almost â&#x20AC;&#x153;attackâ&#x20AC;? attitude from many when it comes to competing sporting codes. The soccer situation provides significant evidence of this â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all year, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had letters, emails, comments on social media and phone calls from soccer fans with what seems like a hatred of rugby league, beyond the typical raised word you may have over a few beers at the pub on a Saturday afternoon. League fans seem less keen to engage in the battle, perhaps a little more comfortable in their own skin. Th is week, however, a few rugby league fans had their noses out of joint when a metropolitan newspaper suggested that the NRL had â&#x20AC;&#x153;lostâ&#x20AC;? the battle for western Sydney to soccer. The key point was the paltry crowd of 9,715 at Campbelltown Stadium for Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s league clash between the Panthers and Wests Tigers, two Sydney clubs who traditionally draw big crowds when they play each other. But this so called â&#x20AC;&#x153;battleâ&#x20AC;? has not even had its fi rst round completed, let alone been â&#x20AC;&#x153;wonâ&#x20AC;?. If we really want to get into the nitty gritty of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;battleâ&#x20AC;? between the A-League and NRL at the moment, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consider the facts. In the weekend just gone, the NRL posted a total crowd figure across its eight games of 138,625. The A-Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five games attracted a total of 49,203 fans with not one game attendance above the 8,000 mark. For those into averages, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 17,328 for every NRL game and 9,840 for the A-League. When the Western Sydney Wanderers played at Parramatta Stadium a fortnight ago, a crowd of15,809 was there. The two western Sydney-based NRL matches that same weekend attracted a total of 24,233 fans.

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Sydney-wide, the A-League attracted 31,964 fans across two matches. The NRL attracted 77,726 fans to four Sydney matches. Unfair comparisons? Perhaps, but so is comparing the crowds and support for a team on top of the ladder, in the midst of a recordbreaking winning streak at the business end of the season, with the crowds of three western Sydney NRL clubs who all missed the fi nals last year and are in the early weeks of competition. On TV, the NRL shows its dominance, too. On Saturday night, 340,000 people watched the Cowboys v Storm clash on Fox Sports, compared to 68,000 who watched the Wanderers game. The previous week, 194,000 watched the Panthers v Raiders on Fox, compared with 57,000 watching the Wanderers v Wellington game on the same day. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not bringing up these figures and statistics to defend rugby league or wage war on soccer. In fact, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve followed the Wanderers journey this year, have been to three matches at Parramatta Stadium and chose to watch their game last weekend ahead of the NRL match that was on at the same time. I am enormously proud and thrilled that the Wanderers are doing the west proud and have had such great success in their fi rst year. In fact, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m even jealous when it comes to the remarkable atmosphere their fans create at home games. But letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not forget that much of this is based on extraordinary on-field success for one club. Soccer has a long way to go before it establishes itself at the top level in western Sydney and as a code, it is clearly struggling to attract the big numbers at grounds and on TV that it needs. By all means, soccer should be proud of its achievements this year and the ground it has made, but it must also realise that there is a long way to go before this so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;battleâ&#x20AC;? even comes close to being won. Sometimes, being told how good you are can have a negative effect, and the A-League and its boss David Gallop must fi nd a way to ensure long-term success for the code when the novelty wears off. As for the AFL, it starts next weekend. Yep, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m as excited as you are.

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he $850 million Penrith Panthers Precinct is one step closer to reality after Penrith Councillors unanimously voted for the draft Development Control Plan to go on public exhibition in April. The Development Control Plan (DCP) represents the fi nal component of planning documents for the precinct. “The preparation of the Panthers DCP is the next step in the ongoing planning process for the Panthers site,” said Stacey Fishwick, General Manager of Corporate Real Estate for Panthers. “The DCP will guide future development ensuring it contributes to the growth and character of Panthers Penrith Precinct as a cohesive and active entertainment, leisure and sporting precinct. “We are also focusing on improving the links between our site, Penrith Stadium, the city centre and the river.” The second major planning document shaping the precinct, the Planning Proposal, is expected to be approved shortly by the State Government. “The Planning Proposal (rezoning) is still with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure for gazettal. We are anticipating that the rezoning will be gazetted shortly with the DCP following shortly after,” Mr Fishwick said. “We now want to get on with implementing our development strategies.”

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Th is builds on our record $23 billion investment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; more than triple that of the previous Coalition Government â&#x20AC;&#x201C; into early childhood education and care. We have moved to assist people with their out-of-pocket costs by increasing the childcare rebate to 50 per cent and by making sure that we have increased the maximum amount that people can get to $7,500. We recognise that every family is different, and we want to give families more choice when it comes to child care so they can make the decision that works for their family.

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he Prime Ministerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s media laws to regulate the free press are an ill-conceived attempt to silence the Governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s media critics. These media changes are another example of a government focused on its own political survival rather than on delivering good public policy. Once again, the Prime Minister has shown bad political judgment. These media law changes represent a clear choice between the Coalition and the Labor Party. The Coalition is opposed to measures by which the Government restricts the freedom of the press. As we have seen previously, when this Labor Government cannot get its way, it resorts time and again to threat and abuse. The Governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s media laws represent an unnecessary additional

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rchard Hills has been earmarked for investigation as a future housing development site as the NSW Government pushes ahead with one of the state's largest housing supply programs. Th is week Premier Barry O'Farrell and Planning Minister Brad Hazzard announced that 13 sites across Sydney, including Orchard Hills, will be investigated as potential residential areas with a combined capacity of 60,000 homes. Orchard Hills was recently identified as a suitable site that would contribute to the growth of Penrith as a regional city. The State Government's Evaluation Report suggested that Orchard Hills is a “strategic location for housing options due to urban proximity but not deliverable at this time as highly fragmented, with multiple owners... opposed by council”. “Th is massive program will see a wide range of housing types built to suit all budgets in existing suburbs and in new release areas – with jobs, shops, schools, parks and transport all close by,” said Mr O'Farrell. “When the Government came to offic e, housing delivery was near record lows – in 2009, just 13,752 new homes were built in Sydney. A new approach was needed to deliver the housing Sydney needs – and that's why we cut red tape, released more land and generally boosted

Labor Councillor John Thain is concerned about the future of Orchard Hills.

confidence for builders and homebuyers.” But Labor Councillors are opposed to Orchard Hills becoming a major residential area, with the suburb currently zoned for mainly rural use. Development of Orchard Hills was an issue that surfaced prior to the Council elections in September last year, with

Labor claiming that the rural character of Orchard Hills should be preserved and that major investment in infrastructure would be needed if it was developed. “We don't want to see a second Glenmore Park built across the road, contributing to congestion on local roads,” reiterated Cr John Thain .

Clarification In the story ‘Dwellings Duel’, (Western Weekender, March 15) the photo caption may have been interpreted as suggesting the resident pictured wanted to build two houses on his property in Llandilo. Th is is not the case. The Weekender apologises for any confusion this may have caused.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC EXHIBITION

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION

Plans of Management – Penrith Cemeteries

The following development application has been received by Council:

Council at its Policy and 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 5 cemeteries. 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 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 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.

PUBLIC EXHIBITION Final Days to Have Your Say about the City Centre Council wants to hear your views on the planned upgrade works in the Penrith City Centre.

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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 N. F. Billyard Pty Ltd DA950144 (DA12/1075) SP 56193 (No.162) Derby Street, Penrith Section 96 Modification to DA950144 for multi-unit housing – addition of townhouses x 2 s Maryland Development Company Pty Ltd DA12/0897 Lot 11 DP 1176163, Lakeside Parade, Jordan Springs Staged subdivision creating 292 lots and associated civil works

INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT Penrith City Council has received a Development Application in respect of the subject property.

The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the:

Please visit Council’s website (www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au) or visit Council’s Library at 601 High St, Penrith during opening hours to see a printed version of the report with a poster and feedback forms.

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We welcome your feedback by letter (Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751) or email pencit@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au For any enquiries, please call Victoria at Council on 4732 7642.

The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 25 March 2013 to 24 April 2013.

Shared-Use Roads – Bicycle Logos in the Penrith City Centre Council is implementing shared-use roads in the existing 40km per hour High Pedestrian Activity Area in the Penrith City Centre. Bike logos will be painted in the middle of the lanes to ensure drivers are aware of bicycles on the road. Council is promoting the use of bicycles in the city centre, especially for trips less than 5km. While it is desirable for separate bicycle lanes or paths, this is not possible in the city centre. In shared-use roads, bicycle riders can travel in the middle of traffic lanes, along with all other road users. The shared-use roads will promote active transport, and reduce vehicle speed and the risk of accidents between bicycle riders and vehicles. It will mean more room for riders than bicycle-only lanes, decreasing the risk of “dooring” from parked vehicles.

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Pursuant to Section 101 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, the schedule below lists applications recently determined by Penrith City Council.

This plan is the result of 12 months of research and active engagement, with more than 1100 community members and stakeholders consulted.

No car parking spaces will be harmed in this project!

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DEVELOPMENT CONSENT/S DETERMINED

The Masterplan outlines future enhancements to public areas in the core of the City Centre that is sections of High Street, Station Street and Riley Street.

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s Stimson Consultant Services Pty Ltd DA11/1445 Lot 1 DP 529885 (No. 2207–2223) Elizabeth Drive, Luddenham Crematorium, lawn cemetery, memorial garden, 3 chapels, associated buildings and car parking The consent authority for the development application is Penrith City Council.

Exhibition of the Draft Penrith City Centre Public Domain Masterplan will close on Tuesday, 2 April 2013.

Remember, bicycle riders must obey the road rules, including stopping at red lights or stop signs, giving way and using hand signals when changing direction (not stopping). For left and right turns, special attention should be paid to the rights of way, which include giving way to traffic (including bicycles) already in a lane, and pedestrians. Just as bicycle riders have responsibilities when using the road, they also have the right, like other vehicles, to use the road and be shown courtesy and care by other road users.

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s N. F. Billyard Pty Ltd 145 Adelaide Street, St Marys Multi-unit housing, 6 x attic-style villas Contact: Josephine Maejiirs on 4732 8070 Closing Date: 8 April 2013

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Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council, in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the grounds of objection are to be specified in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA11/1445. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Gurvinder Singh on 4732 7539. Disclosure of Political Donations or Gifts

Section 147 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, 1979 and the Local Government and Planning Legislation Amendment (Political Donations) Act, 2008 requires the disclosure of reportable political donations or gifts by a person or persons who makes a relevant planning application to Council or submission on a relevant planning application to Council. Further information is available on Council’s website at www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au and the Department of Planning’s website at http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/planning_reforms/donations.asp Under the legislation Council is obliged to maintain a register of any disclosures relation to political donations or gifts. To obtain information from the register, please contact Council’s Public Officer on 4732 7649. 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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‘A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS’ Imagine what it would have been like for our early explorers as they camped out night after night while making their way up and across the Blue Mountains. Well you can now experience what it was like with a historic Family Campout, sure to be one of the most anticipated events on Penrith’s Bicentenary calendar.

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). Graffiti Hotline: Freecall 1800 022 182

MEETING DATES Council Meetings 25 March 2013 – 7.30pm (Ordinary meeting) 15 April 2013 – 7.30pm (Policy Review Committee)

But you’ll have to be quick, the tent sites are strictly limited so it’s going to be first-in, first-served. Keep your eye out for more details. If you require further information, call 4732 8060.

COUNCIL BRIEFS s Kids don’t miss the St Marys Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, 23 March between 10am–2pm in the heart of St Marys. Register in Queen Lane, near St George Bank. The Easter eggs will be hidden up and down Queen Street and kids will have the opportunity to dress up and search. To find out more go to www.facebook.com/St.Marys.Town.Centre or www.stmarystowncentre.com s Penrith Council has received many calls recently about long grass in some of the City’s parks and reserves. The backlog began with wet weather (preventing us tackling the grass growth with our heavy mowing equipment, which would damage wet grounds) and has been compounded by humidity making for ideal grass growing conditions. We’re attending to the most urgent areas first (e.g. sports fields used by 4,000 people per week in peak times). Our mowing schedule is every 3–4 weeks and we maintain 1250 hectares of open space and 116 sports fields. For more information or to report an area of concern, phone 4732 7777. s Experience the ‘No Boundaries project’ at the art everyday exhibition space in Penrith Library until 27 June. ‘No Boundaries’ began as a series of innovative and inclusive art workshops and creative activities in 2012,culminating in a spectacular multimedia sound and light projection showcased at ‘The Joan’ and the International Day for People with Disability celebration at St Marys Corner last year. To learn more about the project or find out how to submit your application for an art everyday exhibition, please visit arteverydaypenrithlibrary. blogspot.com.au

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You’ll get to camp at Weir Reserve (now that’s a one-off occurrence), enjoy real Aussie food and entertainment and hear Jack Thompson read some poetry amongst other things.

Penrith residents are being encouraged to follow the lead of Penrith Council by switching off their lights and switching onto renewable energy for Earth Hour on Saturday, 23 March at 8.30pm. How can you support Earth Hour? s!CANDLE LITBARBEQUEWITHFRIENDSINTHEBACKYARD s&INDAN@UNPLUGGEDVENUEPARTICIPATINGIN%ARTH(OUR LIKEALOCAL restaurant or pub (did you know that Earth Hour was conceived over a beer at the pub!) s!ROMANTICDINNERWITHSOMEONESPECIAL And some ideas for families include: s2EADINGBOOKSBYTORCHLIGHT

About Earth Hour Earth Hour is a wakeup call for the planet. It reminds us that while energy resources are finite, we can collectively modify our habits and leave a better world for younger generations to inherit. To find out more about the global Earth Hour climate change initiative coordinated by WWF, visit www.earthhour.org

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Congratulations to Anita Bailey who wrote: ‘Plenty of trees… more seating, street numbers on awnings… freshen up shop names… names on awnings… and better lighting, especially around pedestrian crossings…’ The question for this week is: Q 5: What would you like to see the Mondo green space become? (It’s located between the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Westfield Penrith Plaza) Answer the question at facebook.com/penrith.city.council Find us online: twitter.com/penrithcouncil penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

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Have your say: write to the editor

Homework was done

I write in response to your editorial (From The Editor’s Desk, Western Weekender March 15), in which you ironically called upon me to “do my homework” on the clean up of the Hunters Hill site plan. Mr Dodds, I have studied and investigated this matter for over three years now since I was fi rst given a copy of the contract signed by the former Labor Government in June 2010 to send ALL the contaminated soil to Kemps Creek. In October 2010 I held that contract in my hand to force the then Labor government to cancel the contract – and I was successful. Now the Liberals and Nationals are in government, we have developed the right plan to clean up the site. ANSTO will test all the soil during the clean up stage, we have two licensed facilities to take the soil – nothing will be sent to Kemps Creek that hasn’t already been sent there over the last 20 years. I would be happy to offer you a personal briefi ng to ensure you have all the facts on this matter. Tanya Davies, State Mulgoa MP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

WestConnect strategy

One of the fi rst acts of the O’Farrell Government was to create Infrastructure NSW (INSW) and tasked it with prioritising Infrastructure investment in NSW. Following extensive research WestConnex was identified as the

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cornerstone piece of INSW’s State Infrastructure Strategy. Immediately the O’Farrell Government committed $1.8 billion to ensuring this road actually happens. Tony Abbott has committed a further $1.5 billion if the Coalition is elected at the Federal election. WestConnex is a modern and innovative solution to completing Sydney’s Orbital Road Network. WestConnex is in essence three roads; the M4 extension, M5 Tunnel duplication and a North/South distribution tunnel that connects the two motorways. The M4 extension will begin near Church St, Parramatta. It will widen the road over the viaduct and all the way to Parramatta Rd. From here it will be a combination of tunnels and new surface roads all the way to Taverners Hill which is about 2.5km from Broadway. At Taverners Hill a tunnel will run under the St Peters area and connect up with the duplicated M5 tunnel. WestConnex reflects modern road designs that focus on moving cars to city centres but importantly distributes them to various entry points to avoid bottlenecks. Building long roads from outer suburbs to single entry points to cities is 1970’s thinking. We already have a western distributor and an eastern distributor. WestConnex will add to this by providing an inner west distributor and second western distributor. It will cost $10 billion to $13 billion to construct and there will be tolls. There is no way that this road

can be constructed without them. What the O’Farrell Government has made clear is that only new and upgraded roads will have tolls. So far the Gillard Labor Government has ‘kind of’ offered $1 billion to this project, which is half a billion less than Tony Abbott and it comes with plenty of strings attached. Those strings include an extra $5 billion to $8 billion of costs that provide almost no benefit to western Sydney commuters. In fact many road experts suggest this would make traffic congestion worse. Like Peter Newman who sits on the board of the Federal Government advisory board Infrastructure Australia. He said: “The y are not even doing that in America anymore… They are pulling them out. The freeways that went straight into the cities destroyed them.” Th ink about it for a second, if you extend the M4 to George St where do the cars go when they get there? That is why distributors are so important. The O’Farrell Government is committed to WestConnex. So when it comes to the Federal election people have a choice between Labor’s option with less money, higher tolls and more congestion or the Liberal promise of more money, lower tolls and a project designed by experts. Stuart Ayres, State Penrith MP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Betting sponsorship

In the light of the growing storm over

sports betting, will the Penrith Panthers and Council continue to name our stadium “Centrebet Stadium”? Th is name is an insult to local families made poor by the pokies and football players themselves who are now admitting to gambling problems. Pam Ahearn, Penrith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Column was out of line

After reading Laura Jayes’ article in the Weekender on March 8, I felt compelled to write in. To suggest that the objections to the 457 work visas are racist based is way out of line. Personally I don’t think visas should have been implemented in the fir st place. Doesn’t Ms Jayes fi nd it ironic that despite having the highest educated workforce in history, Australia now has a skills shortage? Obviously something is awry. It takes time, money and subsequent training for TAFE and university graduates to gain their required skills. Unfortunately, many of our graduates have been denied the opportunities to utilise their potential skills and abilities, simply because it has been cheaper and more expedient to import skilled workers. Would Ms Jayes like to predict the consequences if this continues? As for “market forces” and “market driven” etc, I bet these phrases were well used by the bankers who caused the GFC. Sue Joyce, Penrith

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

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There’s lots ‘here’ Last Friday I had the honour of welcoming world-renowned opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to our wonderful Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. She gave a well received concert that was also a successful fundraiser for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Australia and the valuable programs they run in our community. We also took this exciting opportunity to launch the latest elements in a suite of new materials to promote our City, a book and DVD called ‘Penrith – Discover Limitless Opportunities’. The Prime Minister during her recent visit launched our Penrith Digital Economy Strategy and the Penrith Business Alliance’s Investment Prospectus. She spoke highly of Penrith as a place with “a real sense of energy and achievement and aspiration, and … a very clear plan for your future”. ‘Penrith – Discover Limitless Opportunities’, along with the new Penrith is Here website, complements the other materials. Check out penrithishere.com.au.

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astlereagh Public School is fighting to keep students safe as they arrive and depart each day but without flashing school zone lights, it is a very diffic ult task. The school is situated on the corner of Post Office Road and Hinxman Road and shares a boundary with Castlereagh Road, which is signposted at 80km/h. School Principal, Keith Hayman, is concerned for the safety of school children because of the “drag strip” that the roads have become. “Unfortunately local residents and visitors to the area tend to use the roads as a bit of a drag strip. Cars throughout the day travel past the school in excess of 80km/h,” he said. Mr Hayman has tried to take the safety of kids into his own hands, putting out flags by the crossing each morning and afternoon, and even gathering the support of local police but he says this can’t go on forever; flashing lights are a necessity. “Penrith Police have been around to keep their eyes on things and we do our best to have a teacher out there all the time, whenever there are kids around, but we can’t keep doing it all the time,” Mr Hayman said. Castlereagh Public School P&C President, Mary Vella, has seen her six children through the school, and wants to see a change. “A lot of tradies, a lot of trucks, a lot of

Castlereagh Public School Principal, Keith Hayman, with P&C President, Mary Vella.

cars speed through the area but no-one realises that there is a school there,” Ms Vella said. The P&C have exhausted all efforts to get lights put in to remind drivers of the school zone, to no prevail. A spokesperson from Roads and Maritime Services said relatively low

student numbers, the existing raised pedestrian crossing and high visibility on the surrounding roads meant the school had not received lights yet but: “it will be considered for future roll outs”. Do you know of other schools in similar situations? Email the details to news@westernweekender.com.au.

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About 10.55am on Wednesday, March 6, a male armed with a large knife entered the Liquorland bottle shop on Swallow Drive, Erskine Park. After demanding an employee open the till, the male stole an amount of cash before fleeing on foot. He is described as wearing a black hooded jumper and black face mask, blue pants and white joggers. He was carrying a black back pack with ‘NIKE’ written on it in large, white letters. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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ocal police are combating drug-related crime in the St Marys Central Business District, to ensure the safety of local shoppers, residents and business owners. Police have been conducting a number of operations in the area targeting illegal drug use and drug-related crime, with more operations promised in the future. Earlier this month, St Marys Police conducted a one-day Drug Detection Operation, resulting in the arrest of 16 people. On that day, 22 charges were laid against offenders for drug offences relating to the supply and possession of prohibited drugs. “The types of operations that are being and will be carried out focus mainly around high visibility policing and drug dog operations in and around the St Marys CBD, railway corridor and licenced premises. Police also utilise covert methods in some instances,” said Inspector Michael Bourke from St Marys Local Area Command. Police are hoping that the operations will reduce the incidence of drug-related crime and offences related to drug use, such as break and enters, robberies and property crime in St Marys. “I don't believe any suburb anywhere will ever be totally drug free, however, St Marys LAC is certainly committed to reducing the impact of drug-related crime in the area,” Inspector Bourke said. Local business owners believe that the drug problem in St Marys is taking a toll on businesses, with stealing and fraud costing owners money, but others believe that the real concern is the fact that customers are driven away from the area out of fear. “I have seen them selling on the street, right outside the door. People don't like coming here. The y are turned off from coming to St Marys, they are

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Takeaway store robbery: Staff threatened

About 10.45am on Wednesday, March 13, a male entered the Red Rooster store on Dunheved Road at Werrington Downs. He demanded money from the counter staff and threatened to “cut” them if they didn’t comply, however, no weapon could be seen. The male fled the scene with an amount of cash. He is described as 165cm tall, of thin build, wearing a black hooded jacket with a red/green/white motif on the front, black bandanna over his face, white framed sunglasses and was carrying a black back pack with white writing on it. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Toddler drowns in pool: Tragedy at Luddenham

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scared,” said Janine Howe, owner of Giggles Fancy Dress Hire in Queen Street. “People will tell you that this is the bad end of town but it is only because of that. Hopefully one day it will be drug free,” Ms Howe said. The police operation is welcomed by local business owners who hope to see offic ers frequent the area.

About 12.40pm on Saturday, March 16, police and paramedics were called to an address on the Northern Road at Luddenham. A one-year-old boy had been pulled unconscious from a backyard pool on the property. The boy was treated by paramedics and taken to Nepean Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. A crime scene was established at the premises with police investigating the incident. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Serious assault: Man remains in hospital

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abor leadership challenge. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve muttered that phase on air this week, I’d be a pretty rich lady. For you at home – I bet you’re sick of hearing it! So is it going to happen? Is Julia Gillard going to get dumped and will Kevin Rudd return as the prodigal son? The truth is no one knows. Not I, not Rudd supporters, not Gillard supporters, not even Gillard or Rudd themselves. What MPs and Ministers say publically and what they say privately are two very different things. The chatter in Parliament House is deafening… and this is the state of play as I see it: Rudd supporters say... • There’s a possibility of “something” happening in the next few days. • They can force a ballot by getting 34 signatures (1/3 of caucus) on a petition. But there is no petition.

• They could be within five votes of a majority. Gillard Supporters say... • Momentum is shifting in Kevin Rudd’s direction. • Julia Gillard has the majority of numbers in caucus. • Rudd supporters are exaggerating numbers. Every move, every innocuous comment, every innocent meeting is being analysed and over analysed and watched through the prism of leadership. There’s a sliding scale of criticism directed at Julia Gillard from within Labor – which ranges from poor decision making to complete incompetence. But, as I see it, there’s a huge gap between giving up on her and jumping into the embrace of Kevin Rudd. The strategy is – there is no strategy. Labor MPs on both sides are starting to despair. They’ve variously told me this week; “I’m not sure what’s going on. Dazed

Speculation continues that Kevin Rudd could mount a challenge to Julia Gillard’s leadership.

and confused” and “I don’t think anything is very clear at the moment” and “Th is is crazy town”. Yes it is ‘Crazy Town’. If there’s going to be any change of leader it needs to happen before the budget in six weeks’ time but if it doesn’t the destabilisation will continue. The Kevin Camp need to step up and challenge or let it go and fight the election

with Julia Gillard at the helm. If they don’t the damage to the party from within will be immense and the election most certainly lost.

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he determination of an Emu Plains mother to save her own bras has delivered a new product, set to change the lives of women across the globe. Helena Crumpton, formerly Helena O’Farrell, was sick of fi nding her bras dented and stretched because of her own careless storage, something that she believes women everywhere can relate to. It started as an idea for her own convenience but became something with the potential to make life much easier for all women so she gave everything to develop the ‘Bra-Voe’, a product unlike anything designed before, for storing and displaying bras. “I didn’t really mean to invent anything. One morning, I got up and got one of my bras out of my very messy bra drawer. It had a dent in it, not one of those dents that you can get out, one that couldn’t be fixed. I was so angry because it was one of my favourites,” Ms Crumpton said. “I said to myself, this is the last bra that I will ruin.” Her determination to save her own bras turned into an idea that would revolutionise the world of bra and lingerie storage. “I had never spoken about bra storage with my girlfriends but I soon realised that we all had the same problem,” she said. “I couldn’t believe that we had gone on this long without having a way to store our bras properly.”

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The Bra-Voe has been in the making for five years and after countless meetings with lingerie companies, the product, backed by unlikely partner, Pirtek, is set to be launched on April 3, just in time for Mother’s Day. The device not only displays lingerie but protects bras from losing shape and can be

used in any wardrobe; kept on a shelf, inside a drawer, mounted on a wall or on the back of a door. Women can simply fl ick through their bras to choose one for the day rather than rummage around in a cramped bra drawer, like Ms Crumpton’s. “I have designed this product to help

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housands of Penrith families and residents flocked to the Penrith CBD last weekend to enjoy the festivities of the Penrith Rock and Rowing Festival. One of the biggest annual events on the Penrith calendar, the Penrith Festival’s ‘rock and rowing’ theme celebrated the Rowing World Cup and Penrith itself. High Street was abuzz on Saturday as families explored the myriad of stalls, took their children on fantastic rides and browsed the wide range of local wares and produce. Crowds gathered around the two entertainment stages in Woodriff Street and High Street to watch high quality acts including the ABBA tribute show, Blues Bros tribute show, Nepean High Performing Arts, Tamara Miles Singers and the great man himself, Elvis. Children were treated to performances from PAWS dance school, Sam and Stardust kids show, Spongebob Squarepants show and dance troupes. The highlight of the day was the extensive and exciting parade that started at 12.30pm. The police mounted units, police band and officers from Penrith and St Marys Local Area Commands took part in the parade, with many creative floats taking part as well. The NAB bank won the award for best parade entrant. In the parade there were also stilt walkers, old fi re trucks, rowing boats, motorised bath tubs and more.

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Penrith residents are being encouraged to follow the lead of Penrith City Council by switching off their lights and switching onto renewable energy for Earth Hour this Saturday, March 23 at 8.30pm. Council will be turning off non-essential lighting at several facilities including the Depot, Libraries, Civic Centre, Ripples Leisure Centre, Penrith Whitewater Stadium, Penrith Valley Information Centre, the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and many of Council’s Childcare Centres. Local, high energy events including festivals, music, carnival rides, sport and other outdoor activities will keep 12 to 25-year-olds entertained for Youth Week, between April 5 and 14. Penrith City’s Youth Week events include: • ImagineNations Youth – Young and Bold: The festival will be held on Friday, April 12, from 3pm to 9pm at the ImagineNations Church, Northern Road, Penrith. • Fusion Western Sydney – the Valley Youth Festival: The event is free and will be held on April 12 from 3pm to 7pm at Jamison Park, Penrith. • Nepean Community and Neighbourhood Services – Be Active Be You: The events are free and will be held each afternoon from 3pm to 6pm from April 9 to 11. • Penrith City Council Mondo Youth Week festival: The event is free and will be held in the Mondo on April 11 from 5pm to 8.30pm. Recent rains and hot days have set Council’s mowing crews a stiff challenge. Council has received many calls recently about long grass in some of the City’s parks and reserves. The wet ground makes grass grow quickly, but it also prevents Council from using the heavy tractors needed to mow the City’s 1,250 hectares of open space and 116 sporting fields. Council staff are now in catch up mode. Every possible effort is now being made to mow all open space areas, but the schedule does depend on the weather.

Illegal dumping of waste is a problem in rural areas like Londonderry, as seen recently along The Northern Road.

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ore than 700 complaints related to illegal dumping have been investigated by the Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad over the last year, with Llandilo, Castlereagh and Londonderry key areas of concern. The Squad has investigated some 726 complaints related to rubbish such as building materials, perishables, home wastes and even asbestos. Barry Ryan, RID Squad Western Sydney coordinator, said that penalty infringement notices totalling $41,500 were issued for illegal dumping and littering offences in Penrith in the last fi nancial year.

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he memory of a brave Cranebrook boy, William Harris, is changing the lives of kids with juvenile arthritis. When you think of arthritis, the elderly often comes to mind, but what is not commonly known is that one child in every 1,000 has arthritis too. William was one of these children. He was diagnosed at 16-months-old with the condition but sadly, at the age of six, he passed away from complications. He may not be with us now but his family is still fighting for him; trying to raise awareness and funds for kids living with juvenile arthritis. “William certainly left his mark on the world – he was always destined for big things. He was very loud and opinionated, a real boy,” said mum, Lauren Harris. “Many people don't know that kids can suffer from arthritis too. Nobody will ever truly understand the pain of watching their five-year-old son crawl up the hallway, because he couldn't walk.” With the help of Arthritis NSW, the family have co-ordinated William’s Walk, an event held in William’s memory to raise money and awareness of the condition. “The walk is so that we can get him out there and get these kids out there. There is a face to juvenile arthritis now, sadly it has come at a huge price but these kids will have him,” Mrs Harris said. “I knew that William would never go quietly so for us to have this, we never

Cranebrook’s Lauren Harris is keen for some good to come from her son William’s death. Photo: Melinda Jane.

have to let him go. I see his face everywhere I go, everywhere.” The fi rst walk will take place at Bondi Beach and the second, here in Penrith on Sunday, April 28, at the Regatta Centre. “We wanted to have it here in Penrith because this is his home town, this is where people really know who he is,” Mrs

Harris said. William’s dad, David Harris, said that the walk will act as a reminder of what kids with arthritis go through every day. “Walking is one of the biggest things that kids with arthritis face; the everyday things like walking, running and playing with their friends, that’s what they find

hard,” he said. “We want to raise $100,000 but if one more person knows that kids get arthritis, if one more person knows who William is, it will be a success,” Mrs Harris said. The money will fund support camps for children with arthritis. To register for the walk, go to www.williamswalk.org.au.

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e was never fond of swimming but it was charity that got Glenmore Park resident, David Egan, into the pool. Mr Egan is set to take the plunge this weekend on Saturday, March 23 at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre to raise money for deaf and blind children through the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) annual Splash for Cash Swimathon. Mr Egan would attend the regular Sunday markets at RIDBC when he was younger and when his wife began working for the organisation, he did all that he could to get involved. It was then that he found out about the Splash for Cash Swimathon. “All the funds raised are going to such a good cause – I know it’s really going to help RIDBC continue its work with children who are deaf or blind,” he said. “I hope for more awareness and I hope that the funds I raise through my swim will really help to benefit the children.” He has been busily training for the past couple of months at Nepean Aquatic Centre in order to prepare himself for the swim this weekend. “I have never trained so hard for anything in my life,” he said. “Working towards such a great cause has made it all worthwhile.” Mr Egan pledged to swim one lap for every $10 that he raises, but with donations now exceeding $1,100, he has

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Glenmore Park resident, David Egan, will be swimming 60 laps of an Olympic length swimming pool tomorrow. Photo: Melinda Jane.

capped his mission to 60 laps of the Olympic length pool – an extraordinary challenge. “You can see on the website how every donation assists these kids, it is my little motivation to keep pushing for more donations,” he said. RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn,

threw his support behind Mr Egan ahead of the swim tomorrow. “The support we receive from sponsors and swimmers like David is truly fantastic,” Mr Rehn said. “Splash for Cash really is a community event. We can only continue our work at RIDBC with the help of the community,

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bad driving affects many more people than just you. During the course two parents bravely told of their personal experience with road trauma. Both lost a young daughter in a crash caused by someone else. One driver had a blood alcohol level of 0.22, the other had five passengers in his car. They want to get the message through that there is no such thing as a road accident â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that all crashes are in fact caused by bad driving decisions. I have never looked at it like this before but as I sat there listening to how many drinks that drunk driver chose to have and how many passengers the other driver chose to take, it dawned on me how true this really is. The most common causes of crashes on our roads are speeding, drink driving and fatigue. In each case the driver chose to drive fast, drive under the influence or drive knowing they felt tired. So before you jump in the car this weekend take a second to see if you are making a good driving decision because it may just save your life!

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Golden success for Gartons: Honoured for a second year

The Blue Mountains will come alive this Saturday with Springwood Foundation Day being held.

Spectacular Springwood: Big Foundation Day celebrations history of the Blue Mountains, with next year’s event celebrating the building of roads and 2015’s event in honour of Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s naming of Springwood. There will be lots to see and do with local business people putting together stalls to sell their products, from culinary delights and homegrown produce to intricately made jewellery, showbags and one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories and homewares. Live performances and a parade also make up part of the day. For details, visit www. springwoodfoundationday.org.au.

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residents themselves, the Gartons pride themselves on being active members of the community, facilitating and supporting many local initiatives. “The Family Room at Nepean Hospital is a cause we are both very passionate about. With doors opening on Mother’s Day, we have been very busy garnering support for this important local initiative,” Ms Garton said. “Although we don’t do it for the Award, we are honoured to be recognised for the passion we have for our local business, community and employees,” Mr Garton added.

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Loca l char ity OZWAC will be hold ing a Meet and Greet night at Han k’s Seafood Restaurant in Penr ith on Monday, March 25. Make sure you come along and learn about this char ity’s work . Call 4734 3205 to fi nd out more.

An Easter Sunday Market will be held at Ropes Crossing on Sunday, March 31 from 9am to 2pm. Th is particula r event also celebrates the fi rst anniversa ry of this market. For deta ils call Chris on 0417 409 720.

The St Mary s Dutch Festival is being held across the Easter weekend at the Rembrandt Dutch Club in St Mary s. There’s free entry for the whole fami ly with great entertain ment. For deta ils call 9623 2569.

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The Luddenha m Country Fair Markets will be held on Sunday, March 31 from 8.30a m-2pm. Stalls and entertain ment vary ever y time this event is held. It’s at 205 Adams Road, Luddenha m. Last Sunday of ever y month.

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GenYQ is a monthly networking event aimed at young business people in the Penrith area. Each month, members gather in a casual environment to network and discuss business issues. Logon to www.genyq.com.au.

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The 26th Annual Working Truck Show will be held at the Museum of Fire on Sunday, April 7. For more details, visit the Museum website at www.museumoffi re. com.au or call the museum on 4731 3000.

The St Mary s Easter Egg Hunt will be held from 10am-2pm this Satu rday, March 23. A free fami ly event in which kids can dress up in Easter-inspired hats or outfits. It’s along Queen Street in St Mary s.

The Penr ith Pant hers are in action this Sunday at Cent rebet Stad ium up against the Sout h Sydney Rabbitohs. Kickoff to the main NRL game is at 3pm, with the Under 20’s Holden Cup kicki ng off at 12.45pm.

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The Nepean Bonsai Society will be back and prov iding an in dept h talk and demonst ration on the living art of Bonsai. It’s on Sunday, March 24 at the Penr ith Regional Gallery. Call 4735 1100 for deta ils.

A Fam ily Astronomy Night is being held this Satu rday, March 23 at the UWS Penr ith Observatory. There will be a mult imed ia presentation, star gazing and more. $15 for adults, $10 for kids. Call 4736 0135.

It’s been going for as long as anyone can remember! The Wed nesday Markets at the Penr ith Show grou nd are an institution. Head along to see items from close to 300 stalls. 8.30a m-1. 30pm Wed nesdays.

The Luke Priddis Foundation and Little By Little will hold the annual Fitness For Autism event at the Regatta Centre on April 7. To fi nd out more, email info@ lukepriddisfoundation.com or turn up on the day.

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everything”. “The great news of Easter is that when Jesus died on the cross then three days later rose again, this changed everything. Now, you can have friendship with God,” he wrote in his column in our Life & Style section this week. Whether you regularly attend church services or are keen to check it out for the fi rst time, you will be more than welcome to head down to your local church to see what Easter is all about. Th is feature page showcases just a few of the services being held around town. WW1795

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A Day in Glenbrook Glenbrook – there’s no place in the beautiful Blue Mountains quite like it. Featuring fresh air and near perfect weather all year round, glorious Glenbrook is home to spectacular views and an unrivalled community atmosphere. Over the years the former steam train stopping point had a number of different names given to it but it wasn’t until 1879 that Sir John Jamieson christened the town with the name Glenbrook because he believed the creek was a brook coming from Regents Glen.

Glenbrook has changed a lot in the last 135 years and these days is a popular pit stop point for many travellers heading to the Blue Mountains for a day or weekend. Glenbrook is a thriving community village with its own monthly markets held on the grounds of Glenbrook Public School. The Blue Mountains Creative Arts Centre Gallery is open on weekends, and in November Glenbrook hosts an annual Spring Fair which attracts thousands of locals and tourists.

The village also offers tennis, bowling, a heated Olympic sized swimming pool and some of the best dining outlets and restaurants the Blue Mountains has to offer. Known as the “little cinema with the big smile,” the famous Glenbrook Cinema is one of the town’s premier attractions. Built in the 1920’s, Glenbrook Cinema features all the latest movies and offers the unique, classic charm that modern day cinemas no longer have. But it isn’t just the man-made

attractions that make Glenbrook so special, it’s the natural wonders that have people coming back time and time again. Some of the beautiful locations that Glenbrook has to offer include the Native Plant Reserve, Glenbrook Lagoon, The Duckhole and Elizabeth Lookout. But perhaps the most defi ning thing about Glenbrook is it’s the fi rst entry point to the world famous Blue Mountains National Park – home to the Jelly Bean Pool, Euroka Clearing and the spectacular Glenbrook Gorge.

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chance to pre-plan their own funeral. Despite this long history of funeral planning, in Australia only five per cent of people pre-arrange their own funeral. Most of us make a will, so why are we so reluctant to pre-plan our own funeral? For many people, actually sitting down and planning the details of their own funeral can be a bit daunting at fir st consideration. No one likes to confront his or her own mortality and so, all too often, we avoid this important issue. Pre-arranging a funeral has great

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f you are a business owner who started or bought into your business in the pursuit of greater happiness, are you actually happier? Or has your happiness been dampened and you feel tense, anxious and unhappy? The success you are seeking (in business and life) won’t come if you are not happy. Your level of happiness has a direct correlation to your confidence, energy and goal achievement. So how do you become a happier business owner? Try these tips: 1. Don’t be scared to fail: you learn infi nitely more from failure than you do when everything is smooth sailing. Write down the worst case scenario and most often you will realise that the worst case is not as bad as you might expect. 2. Most business owners and entrepreneurs are perfectionists, which if left ‘untamed’ can result in missed opportunities. Change occurs quickly in business and in reality, perfection is not achievable. ‘Good enough’ is often the best goal in order to move your business forward. 3. You most likely became a business owner because you are passionate about what you do. Which means that it is hard to deal with negative feedback or set backs. But you need to train yourself not to dwell on it or focus on the negatives when more often than not, they are outweighed by positives. Find a way to learn from negative feedback and use it to your advantage to make you and your business better.

he recent announcement by the Commonwealth Government to establish up to 10 Industry Innovation Precincts (IIP) is a laudable one and presents unprecedented economic development opportunities for regional cities like ours. The IIPs are expected to drive business innovation and growth in areas of Australian competitive advantage, enabling fi rms to collaborate with researchers and each other to improve knowledge and skills, explore technology, create new products and services and connect to new markets. The NBN network is the vehicle that will make this easier to accomplish. What is exciting is that the Government has promised to spend over $500 million in creating and supporting the activities of the IIPs. Up to fi ve IIPs will be established in areas of current competitive advantage such as manufacturing, food, fi nance and resources while another five will support emerging industries with a focus on export growth. IIPs will be able to bid for funds from an Industry Collaboration Fund, increasing to $50 million per year. The PBA is already working on positioning Penrith as a prospective candidate for an IIP. The Penrith Health and Education Precinct and our aspirations for an Innovation Hub at Werrington fits in neatly with the key tenets of this Commonwealth Program. Thi s will help redefi ne our economic development future.

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rom the day of its opening in 1983, Penrith Valley Seniors Centre has been a place that local seniors could almost call home. The Centre celebrated a very special 30 years on Wednesday, March 20, with a huge day of activities and events. “Not only is this a special day, it is a special week, Seniors Week, but I think today is a little bit extra special because we are celebrating 30 years of Penrith Valley Seniors Centre,” said Penrith City Mayor, Mark Davies (pictured above, left), who opened the celebration. “There are so many wonderful, wonderful things that happen here, in and out of this place. Th is is something really special for our senior citizens here in Penrith,” he added.

The day kicked off with a Heart Moves demonstration and was followed by a number of other demonstrations and activities, including international dancing and bingo, which were only a taste of what the Centre offers local seniors each week. “In the last 30 years at this centre, we have gone from two user groups, with around 70 people using the centre, to 10 regular user groups with nearly 1,000 people,” said Chairperson, Grace Selway. “Th is is a well run centre, we have lots of activities,” she added. Cr Davies thanked the Centre for their contribution to Penrith and he recognised the local senior citizens themselves, for the value that they bring to the community.

“Our senior citizens are very important to the social fabric of our society. Your input, love, dedication, expertise and your skills all help to make Penrith what it is,” he said. Penrith Valley Seniors Centre is open seven days a week and a committee, consisting of representatives from the Penrith Seniors and Pensioners Club, Penrith Valley Seniors Computing Club, U3A, Penrith Bridge Club, Penrith Dance Club, Penrith Older Women’s Network and Penrith National Seniors, work around the clock to ensure that the activities offered at the Centre are those that local seniors can enjoy and partake in. The Centre is located at 86 Station Street and if you would like more details, contact 4721 0609.

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n previous articles we have talked about retirement living options, but the decision to move to a retirement village is a major one. There are certainly lots of advantages to retirement communities, but before you make a decision it is wise to visit a village or two, talk to some people living there and ask as many questions as you like of the staff. Chances are you haven’t spent much time in a retirement village before, so it’s only natural that there will be things you’d like to know more about. It never hurts to discuss these with village staff to be sure that everything meets your expectations. Retirement living costs will vary depending on your individual circumstances, the type of home you want to live in, where the village is and what sorts of facilities and services are available. Different villages will also structure thing differently. At Lend Lease’s Rochford Place in Ropes Crossing costs are structured to minimise up-front outlay and help you get the most out of village life from day one. Apart from the fi nancial commitment, you want to be sure that the village is going to be right for you. With this in mind, these are some questions you may want to ask. You may well have others, in which case just add them to the list.

• What is the process of buying a property in this village? • What are the costs involved in moving into a retirement village? • Will any of these costs change? • How long will it take to reach settlement? • What if I can’t sell my current home before settlement is due? • What exactly do I get for my money? • Can I make changes to my home? • Do I have to pay for maintenance? • What if I decide I don’t want to stay? There are many questions you may have prior to moving and this is natural. You’re not the only one. More than 15,000 people across Australia and New Zealand call a Lend Lease Retirement Village home and all of them have had many questions. Our experience helps to make your transition easier so you can enjoy retirement.

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n this day and age, you would be hard pressed to fi nd someone that hasn’t done it although fi nding someone to admit to it would be a little more challenging: cyberstalking your dates before meeting them is not as strange as you would think. Two thirds of Australians have admitted to cyber-stalking a date before meeting them for the fi rst time and a large portion of these people believe that it is an essential part of dating. These results came after 1,500 Australians were surveyed on behalf of casual dating site, ForgetDinner.com.au, which also found that women are more likely to snoop on their dates before meeting but men are not far behind. “Australians are fast becoming private e-vestigators and it appears as though ‘social

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media stalking’ has in fact become an integral part of the dating game,” said spokesperson for ForgetDinner.com.au, Howard James. “58 per cent of Aussies say that they wouldn’t even be offended if they found out they had been e-snooped prior to a date,” he added. With your online life playing such an important role in potential future relationships it is important to ensure that your online profi les represent you in the right way. The study found that only 44.8 per cent of people edit online profi les accordingly, despite the fact that 55.2 per cent are afraid of a potential romantic partner seeing something that they don’t like. Editing your profi le is not hard; to ensure that your online reputation is a good one it is

recommended that you choose your photos carefully because a picture speaks a thousand words. Avoid aggressive online behaviour and over-sharing your views or actions; share just enough information to get the attention of a potential date. “There’s no denying that the online profi le is an increasingly integral part of the dating game,” Mr James said. “It’s important however to keep an open mind (and heart) when e-snooping, as those unpredictable butterfly-in-stomach type feelings can often surprise us when we fin ally meet in the flesh.”

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HOROSCOPES ARIES

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

With so much activity in your own sign you’ll be looking good, feeling good and ready to explore new possibilities. You can fi nally push forward with all that is important to you, but that doesn’t mean you have carte blanche to be selfi sh. From here on in you have a chance to be more in control of your emotions and your life. You are certainly going to be irresistible so why not relax and have fun.

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You need to draw on your intuition and instincts rather than try and work things out rationally. You may also feel like spending more time alone, especially if you have a relationship issue to work out or your energy levels are low and need recharging. Use this quiet time to find out more about yourself and any hidden agendas or motivations that you might have.

GEMINI

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

The sun will be moving through the area of your chart devoted to team effort, friends, and acquaintances, so you can confident ly look forward to lots of good advice and support. Hopefully you are not too proud to accept the counsel of others and will take it in the spirit in which it is given. If you work as part of a team you’ll be in your element as this is defi nitely a time for cooperation.

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

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You are entering into a period when your one on one relationships take paramount importance and you will be doing everything in your power to make your loved ones feel special and cared for. Try not to be too pushy or too sensitive for your own good, instead be more aware of the high regard that others have for you. It should be easy to bring others around to your point of view in a very subtle and deliberate way.

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Sun In Aries Conjuncts Venus, Mars, & Uranus; March 21st - April 21st.

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If you’ve been feeling under the weather or slightly run down then the planets are going to be providing you with that extra zest to pick yourself up. If you need to see a doctor or a specialist then this is the ideal time to do so, as they will be able to quickly get you back on the road to recovery. Th is is the perfect time to turn to a friend and to laugh away your troubles in their company.

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LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

There are a lot of little things that could seem quite comfortable, but at the same time little niggles, mainly to do with family issues could arise. Originality is the key to ultimate success and you might also be anxious to get things done in and around your home. The past exerts a powerful influence and many happy memories shall come floating back of your childhood and of times gone by.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

You shall be tackling several different tasks at the same time and with so many planets in your third house you will be very chatty to neighbours. Th is is the ideal time to take a short break or to visit loved ones who live in the country or on the coast. There is a lot of paperwork for you to handle at the moment and you will also be taking several short distance trips around your local neighbourhood.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Whilst this is an action packed time you need to be careful of becoming stressed out by trying to take on too many tasks at the same time. Pacing yourself would be a very good idea. Remember what your strengths are and concentrate on them. Don’t forget the needs of someone you don’t see too often, but for whom you have the greatest regard. Financially there will be opportunities to make extra money.

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Th is is going to be a great time for pushing forward, the planets are offering new incentives, and even if you are still feeling quite thoughtful, you can come to terms with issues that confused you in the past. You have all the right ingredients to impress others when it matters most as energy, enthusiasm and optimism are there to help you get ahead. You are also exuding mysticism which is highly attractive.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Beware of possible deception, which could come from any direction. It might be that you are being misled by people who are themselves in the dark, and some investigation is clearly called for. Periods of enjoyment could come from the strangest of places or directions. You will be very drawn to the religious or spiritual aspects of life at the moment. Allow extra time for rest and recuperation.

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FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

Your social life is going to be revving up and you will left with no doubt about how highly regarded you are by certain people. If you are searching for love then a good friend is about to do some match making on your behalf. Th is is a positive time to spend some time helping others in one way or another. You should remain confident even if you have to take on any unexpected challenges!

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Treating childhood burns

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he thought of any type of injury or pain to your own child is unbearable to a parent, so knowing what to do to help your precious ones should be top priority! Burn injuries, especially scalding from hot liquid, are most common during childhood. An accidental bump of your tea cup or spilling a saucepan of boiling water and peas as you try to prepare dinner with babies and children crying at your feet will end badly. In treating burns, the immediate thing to do is remove the source of heat whether it be water, steam, flame, bbq hot plate or a hair straightener. Th is includes carefully removing your child’s hot, wet clothing unless areas are stuck to the skin in which case leave it on, because removing it could cause skin to tear and further damage to occur. You need to quickly determine how severe the burn is and call for emergency help immediately if your child is unconscious, not breathing properly or in severe pain that you cannot easily control. All parents should know how to perform CPR for any case like this, so if you don’t, enrol in a fi rst aid course for the life of your child. The burned area needs to be cooled by gentle, running, cool water for approximately 20 minutes. Burns have stored heat and if not quickly cooled down can cause deeper damage. As difficult as it

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is, keep calm, your little one needs your reassurance and calmness. If you notice blisters arising don’t pop them because it will introduce infection and blisters help those areas to heal. If the burn is larger than a 50 cent coin, see your GP or go to the emergency department for assessment and treatment. All burns are painful so keep your child comfortable with cool compresses and paracetamol if needed. In the case of your child biting on an electrical cord or poking toys through the powerpoint, fi rst look, don’t touch, and if possible turn off the source of electricity or even pull or knock your child away with a wooden spoon or a non conducting tool. Electrical burns can cause cardiac problems and internal burns that you cannot see, so dial 000 for help. What if your child swallows draino or something strongly acidic? These can cause serious chemical burns, and require different treatments, so immediately phone the Poisons Hotline on 131 126 and get emergency advice.

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xercise is about so much more than weight loss. Yes exercise can help you to lose weight, it’s one of its most widely known benefits, but it offers disease protection far beyond that. So whether you are overweight or not, exercise needs to be a part of your lifestyle if you want to achieve optimal health. Regular exercise, even when initiated late in life, can help slow down the ageing process so you’ll be less likely to suffer from chronic disease or disability, and be more likely to be fit and trim, agile, mobile and happy, even as you get older. Th is is in part due to exercise’s effects on telomeres. Telomeres are strands of DNA at the ends of your chromosomes that protect them from damage. The progressive and gradual erosion of telomeres leads to ageing on a cellular level – think of them as a kind of biological clock. As telomeres shorten more, cell death occurs. These cell deaths are associated with serious disease and premature aging. The leading anti-aging research is on how to prevent telomere shortening and develop therapies to lengthen telomeres, as many experts believe that lengthening telomeres could actually turn the biological clock backward. Well, exercise has been associated

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with preventing telomere shortening, so it is clearly a very powerful antiaging strategy. Research indicates physically active people have significantly less erosion of telomeres than even healthy, nonsmoking, but sedentary folks. Exercise activates the enzyme telomerase, which stabilises telomeres, producing an anti-aging effect at the cellular level. In fact, a study from 2008 concluded that fitness is a far better indicator of overall health and longevity than even body mass index (BMI). What this means is that even if you’re overweight or obese, exercise will still provide you with measurable benefits. Exercise also improves the circulation of immune cells in your blood. The job of these cells is to neutralise pathogens throughout your body. So the more they circulate the better you fight germs. The list goes on an on, and at the end of the day if reading all that science talk leaves you feeling stressed, I know a good way to burn some of that stress off. You guessed it, now get outside and do it!

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aturday, March 23 at 8.30pm is Earth Hour, when everyone around the world is encouraged to turn off their lights for one hour to help save the planet by reducing demand for electricity. While I like this idea from an environmental perspective, it also makes sense from a fi nancial perspective. Looking for ways to go â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; around your house will not only help save the planet, it might also save your hip pocket. There is a raft of ways to use less electricity to cut back the bill. Make sure you switch all appliances off at the walls, turn lights off when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not in the room, keep curtains down in summer to keep the house cool, use door snakes in winter to stop drafts coming in, in summer hang your clothes out to dry and buy energy efficient light bulbs. You can also save money on cleaning products and reduce harmful chemicals in the environment by making your own. There are hundreds of homemade cleaning product recipes available online. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing what you can do with ingredients like vinegar, lemon juice, bicarb soda and tea tree oil. Recycling is also a great way to save money. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen some great vintage looking home dĂŠcor created with items that might otherwise have been discarded. Another great way to recycle is to swap goods with your friends. Instead of buying new toys for the kids or buying new outfits all the time, why not occasionally see if you can do a trade with some friends. Some other green budget options are to carpool to save on petrol and parking costs, hire books from the library rather than buying new ones, and use the Internet to send online cards for birthdays and Christmas. Green living isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just for environmentalists. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also for pragmatic savers who spend their money wisely. Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it time you did up a green budget?

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s many people who have turned to running as their favoured sporting pursuit will attest, running is more than just placing one foot in front of the other. While from an emotional perspective this may be what gets distance runners through the pain barrier, the technical aspect of a runner’s gait is extremely important in reducing fatigue and getting more out of your body. The even bigger picture is remaining injury free. The balance of keeping the feet, knees, hips and pelvis in the correct positions while running is a complicated task. Some athletes have the correct body makeup for this sport and things seem to fall into place for them. However for the majority of us there is some work in getting things to function in the most efficient way possible. Obviously body weight is a factor in injury reduction. The impact of running is up to three times your body weight on impact. As you can imagine for a 100 kilogram person this is quite the load. However even us heavier runners can still aspire to be more mechanically effic ient. When we assess a running gait we are looking for functional and structural anomalies outside what we consider to be normal limits. For instance the foot and ankle should be functioning within a certain range of motion to reduce strain on joints and soft tissues. The knees should also be in a specific alignment to allow

easy passage of the kneecap over the knee when the quadriceps muscles fi re through your propulsive phases. The hips should not be over rotating which could increase the load on the iliotibial band (ITB). Th is is something I know a lot about at the moment... In short, all these pieces to the puzzle fit together to reduce injury, maximise functional efficiency and reduce fatigue. By using muscle strengthening/stretching, functional orthotics and footwear we can help achieve this end.

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s we head into winter, we also begin the influenza season. Influenza, or the flu, is a highly contagious infection of the nose, throat or lungs caused by a virus. It can range from mild symptoms to quite severe. The most effective way to prevent catching the flu is to get immunised with the flu vaccine and now is the perfect time to get it. Around this time of year the inevitable critics and warnings in the media come up about the flu vaccine. So to sort myth from reality, I’ve put together my most frequently asked questions on the flu vaccine. Why is the flu vaccine recommended? The flu vaccine reduces your chances of getting the flu and also reduces the severity of flu symptoms if you catch the flu. It is the most effective way to guard against the flu and evidence shows it gives around 70–90 per cent protection. How often should I get the vaccine? You should get vaccinated every year, around March and April which is just before the flu season. The vaccine takes around two weeks to be effective, so the sooner the better. Is the flu vaccine safe?

While no vaccine is 100 per cent safe, allergic reactions are very rare. Immunisation providers are trained to ask about potential allergic reactions before giving the vaccine and to treat such reactions if they occur following the vaccination.

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Can I get sick from the flu shot? No, it is not possible to get the flu from the flu vaccine. If you develop the flu soon after having the vaccine, generally it is because you have been infected before the vaccine has had time to take effect. After the vaccination, you may still get the flu but you will experience a milder case than those who were not vaccinated. You may also experience mild flu-like symptoms for up to 48 hours after the flu shot as your immune system responds to the vaccine. People over 65 and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are eligible for a free vaccination, along with some other groups. For more information speak with your doctor.

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ith the popularity of renovation and building shows, most people would be familiar with the concept of renovating the family home to increase its value known as ‘Sweat Equity’ and ‘Renovate for Profit’. These are the buzz words toted by a lot of these shows and self-proclaimed renovation experts who would make you believe that renovating property is a quick and easy way to make a profit. Now I am not saying it’s not possible to make money from renovating properties nor am I discrediting any renovation experts out there. I just want people to understand that renovating property in order to make a profit is not as easy or as glamorous as most of these experts or TV shows make it out to be. Renovating a property to make profit unfortunately does not work in a lot of instances. For example: The biggest instance where this cannot work happens even before the fi rst nail is hammered, and that is the home is overvalued. If the home is already overvalued then it is highly unlikely that any renovation will bring about profit. Th is can be easily determined through speaking to local real estate agents or doing some research online. Another instance is renovating a property that does not suite the current market or demographic. For example,

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This changes everything

adding an extra room to create a four bedroom home in an area that typically comprises single or couple occupants may not result in an increase in the property’s value as there most likely won’t be a demand for this type property. Renovating residential property can be a great way to create value in a property but it does come with an element of risk. With a bit of research and a levelled head it can be done properly, where I recommend that you do your own research and not rely too heavily on TV shows and selfproclaimed renovation experts.

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he Easter long weekend is coming. What will it mean for you? Time off ? An opportunity to get away and recharge the batteries? Time with family and friends? Yet, when the weekend is over, will anything have changed? Will anything be different? It may seem strange to remember someone’s death, especially since death is something we don’t like to think or talk about, however the Bible says some extraordinary things about the death and resurrection of Jesus, the historical events Easter is centred on. Consider the Gospel of Luke. Here we read a key statement from Jesus himself, declaring his life’s purpose and mission, that he “came to seek and save what was lost”. You might not feel lost, you might not feel as if you need saving, but a moment of honest reflection will help you see that life is not as it should be. People don’t treat us as we’d like. We don’t treat people as we should. As hard as we try to be better people, time and time again, we fall short. And in more thoughtful moments, we recognise how so often life seems as if we are sailing the open sea, without direction or purpose, not sure where we have been or where we are heading. The great news of Easter is that when Jesus died on the cross then three days

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Renovated !! Freshly painted throughout + a new kitchen & bathroom makes this unit very appealing indeed! With it’s 2 balconies, extra storage area in the garage and internal laundry investors should hurry to inspect this unit. The current tenants are paying $300 pw and would love to stay on. The bus stop is located at the front of the well maintained complex or if you prefer to walk to the station it’s only 15-20 minutes.

Penrith

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Th is delightful renovated 3 bedroom family home is located in a top class location. Features include air conditioning, combustion wood fi re, 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. Th is great property would make a wonderful investment property or fi rst home. Located in a family friendly setting and only a minute walk to shops, schools and all public transport facilities.

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• 3 huge bedrooms all with built-ins + study • master bedroom with ensuite + walk-in robe • formal entry + large formal lounge + separate meals|dining • gorgeous gourmet kitchen + dishwasher + breakfast bar + stainless steel appliances • upstairs family | tv room + split system air conditioning + ample storage + 3rd toilet • single garage + internal access + remote panel lift door • low maintenance lifestyle + spacious rear yard + quiet location

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3 nice sized bedrooms large bright and sunny living room renovated bathroom polished floor board throughout and split system air conditioning • lovely private undercover entertainment area • nice size fenced yard • huge undercover carport for 4 cars

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A blend of classic appeal and modern comfort, this period feature home is full of character which combines a flexible floor plan with a sun flooded garden in an ultra-convenient location. Call today to book your exclusive inspection. Strictly by appointment only.

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Positioned within close proximity to schools, shops and train station is this quant home. Offering 3 nice sized bedrooms, large open plan living area, renovated kitchen and bathroom, polished floor boards throughout and air conditioning. There is a lovely undercover entertainment area out the back, fully fenced yard, and a huge 4 car carport with side access. Call today to arrange your inspections.

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A beautifully presented single level family home in one of the finest streets in the area. Offering 3/4 good size bedrooms main with ensuite, large separate living areas, hardwood flooring and ducted air conditioning throughout. This home also offers a brilliant 1 bedroom self contained granny flat with separate access, an in-ground pool, undercover BBQ area and a fully fenced rear yard. Call to arrange your inspection.

INSPECT: Saturday 12.00-12.40pm - 14 Government House Drive

3 good size bedrooms with built-ins main bedroom with ensuite huge open plan living rooms recently renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances • ducted air conditioning throughout • lock up garage and storage space • lovely bush backdrop Positioned in a lovely quiet cul-de-sac close to schools, shops and train station is this large duplex. Offering 3 good size bedrooms, ensuite to main and a nice size main bathroom. Large open plan living space with renovated kitchen and a lovely leafy outlook. Lock up garage, ducted air conditioning and alarm system are just a few items this property has to offer. Call to arrange your inspection.

Enjoy a relaxed lifestyle close to shops, transport and parklands. This enormous duplex is a property that the entire family will love. Featuring 3 bedrooms + study, multiple living areas and immaculately presented. This home would be ideal, for first home buyers, investors and people looking to downsize land NOT quality. Call today and book your inspection.

INSPECT: Saturday 3.00-3.40pm - 27A Wrench Street

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• 4 beds - 3 with built ins • master bedroom with huge ensuite + upstairs parents retreat + natural light • formal entry + formal lounge + reverse cycle ducted air conditioning • well designed kitchen + sizeable pantry + movable island bench • large undercover entertainment area + oversized single garage + workshop + remote garage door • beautiful manicured backyard + fully landscaped + very low maintenance Defined by its wonderfully quiet position, elevated leafy outlook and close proximity to Nepean River & Leonay shops, this well appointed home is a highly appealing prospect for family buyers. By appointment only.

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4 large bedrooms all with built-ins master bedroom with ensuite + walk-in robe formal entry + formal lounge & dining area gorgeous renovated timber kitchen + server + dishwasher huge family room + bar area + r/c ducted air conditioning + ceiling fans + wood fire place • undercover entertainment area + in ground pool + detached gazebo • massive 15.24 metres x 18.29 metres shed + 3 phase power + 10 inch (30 mpa) concrete • ample parking + cul-de-sac location + flat arable land Located on approx 5 acres of usable arable land, this spacious family home is a must to inspect. Featuring 4 large bedrooms, multiple living areas, in ground pool and enormous shed | workshop. This property is ideal for tradesperson, truck storage or business. Call today to book your exclusive inspection.

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Located in one of North Cranebrook’s best streets you’ll need to act quickly to buy this outstanding home. With a look and feel that is light, open and contemporary it is hugely attractive as either a family home or investment property, no doubt delivering a great return. The owners have cleverly renovated making the most of every space both indoors and out making a great place for family gatherings. The more than adequate yard is great for the kids and the additional external garage/ workshop is the icing on the cake. Call immediately to inspect.

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Located in a fabulous position, featuring 3 great size bedrooms, separate living areas and great size yard with polished timber floor boards. This home is freshly redecorated throughout and ready for a new family to enjoy. Call today to book your exclusive inspection.

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

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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.

This property 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 CBD, it is an ideal purchase for investment or to live in. The townhouse is currently tenanted and they are more than happy to stay.

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OFFERS OVER $159,000

INVEST OR ENTER THE MARKET

Rarely found in this part of Kingswood is this conveniently positioned one bedroom unit. Located on the ground floor in a relatively small complex you will find open plan lounge, dining and kitchen, bedroom with built in wardrobe and a bathroom which leads off the bedroom . All within walking distance to Kingswood Train Station, University and Nepean Hospital. There is also a 1 space carport outside. Perfect for the first home buyer or investor, be sure not to miss this opportunity.

OXLEY PARK

OFFERS OVER $399,950

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

Looking to give the family the space they deserve? If this sounds like your current family arrangement you should call now. 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!

Penrith

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Cranebrook

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

4722 5000 4735 2121

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OFFERS OVER $479,000

TWO LIVING AREA’S AND MAGIC VIEWS

From the moment you enter through the Cedar timber door entrance, admire the 9 foot high ceilings, the stylish use of Cedar French doors and the large open quality timber kitchen, your excitement is now taking over. Offering a one off design consisting of five large bedrooms all with built ins and the main offering ensuite and walk in wardrobe. The main bathroom has a claw foot bath, and like the rest of the home is large. There are four large living areas, wide verandahs, large storage and use of the roof area, in ground pool, unique BBQ and undercover entertaining with an outside toilet, split air, ceiling fans and double garage.

Located in one of Glenmore Ridges best locations, taking in expansive views of the Blue Mountains is this stunning near new split level home. The floor plan enjoys a wonderful easy flow with three spacious bedrooms, the main with en-suite and walk-in wardrobe, there are two separate living areas, an entertaining deck with amazing views and designer finishes, such as CeasarStone benchtops, porcelain tiles, floor to ceiling tiles in the bathrooms, ducted air, alarm, 900mm stainless steel appliances and so much more.

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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!

GLENMORE PARK

OFFERS OVER $449,950

THE QUIET ACHIEVER

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

Glenmore Park

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Cranebrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Penrith

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

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EMU PLAINS

OFFERS OVER $479,950

MOMENTS FROM THE RIVER

Located in the ever sought after Golden Triangle of Emu Plains is a home offering so much more than can be seen from the street. Enter the property to find four bedrooms with built in wardrobes, ensuite to main, two living areas including a rumpus room off the neat and tidy kitchen, plus the bonus of split system air conditioning. Outside there is side access with a tandem carport, a single detached lock up garage and low maintenance yard. Add your own taste to this property and capitalise on this sought after location.

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EMU PLAINS

OFFERS OVER $529,950

FIVE BEDROOMS – THREE LIVING AREAS

Just perfect for the large or expanding family, this great sized family home offers everything you are looking for. You’ll be impressed by the stunning polished floorboards, modern bathroom and spacious kitchen that overlooks the dining and separate living room. All five bedrooms come complete with built in robes and there is the advantage of a second shower and toilet downstairs. There is also ducted air and a single garage under the main roof. The stand out feature of this beautifully presented home is the huge rumpus/media room. The large 640+sqm block means there is ample room for the kids and pets. There is nothing to do but move in, spread out and relax

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EMU PLAINS

FROM $439,950

ONLY TWO LEFT On offer is a rare opportunity to secure a fabulous low maintenance home in one of Emu Plains’ most convenient locations. These two modern villas will appeal to those that are downsizing, first home buyers or astute investors. This superb modern residence is conveniently located a short stroll from shops, schools & public transport and tucked away in a quiet Cul-desac. It is the perfect opportunity for those looking for a low maintenance, stylish retreat.

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AN EASY STROLL TO THE LENNOX The property offers three bedrooms with a lounge and dining area, the kitchen and bathroom have been well preserved and there is the bonus of split system air conditioning. Additional features include a single garage, grassed yard and an attractive façade.

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EMU HEIGHTS

SELL THE CAR – WALK TO THE SHOPS

The kitchen enjoys granite benches and European appliances. Quality features also include a Maple staircase, Cedar colonial windows, terracotta roof tiles and timber floorboards. Set on the high side of the road for a whisper quiet environment. It has an impressive foyer, spacious living areas and a huge dining room with French doors leading onto the garden.

The traditional floor plan comprises three bedrooms with a spacious lounge and dining room; there is a meals area off the kitchen and the advantage of an internal laundry with all enjoying the comfort of ducted air conditioning.

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OFFERS OVER $599,950

CRAFTSMAN BUILT HOME

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$419,950

THE HARD WORKS BEEN DONE! The kitchen and bathroom have been superbly renovated and compliments the fresh feel throughout. Your family will love the huge enclosed sunroom for entertaining or will offer a great space for the kids to play. Additional features include built in robes, a single garage and grassed yard.

EMU PLAINS

OFFERS OVER $479,950

LEONAY $449,950 WOW – LEONAY FOR HOW MUCH?

BE THE ENTERTAINER

In one of the most sought after areas in Emu Plains is this superbly presented three bedroom residence. The Floor plan offers great living spaces, multiple split system air conditioners, an internal laundry, built in robes to all bedrooms and ample parking for the cars, boat and caravan. The kitchen, bathroom and ensuite have all been updated, allowing you to move straight in, unpack and relax. Why not enjoy an afternoon by the in ground pool, cooking the BBQ while entertaining under the huge covered area. Call now for your opportunity to be the entertainer.

Renovated throughout you’ll be impressed by the size that this three bedroom floor plan has to offer. All bedrooms have built in robes, there is direct bathroom access from the main bedroom, formal and informal areas and wonderful slate flooring throughout. Add to this the single garage, grassed yard and spacious entertaining area.

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Cranebrook

Springwood

Penrith

Emu Plains

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

4735 2121

4733 6999

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OFFERS OVER $319,950

If you’re an astute investor or a first home buyer then make sure you don’t miss having an inspection at this beauty. Boasting three bedrooms all with built in wardrobes, renovated bathroom, large open plan living areas, very neat & tidy kitchen and separate dining. Outside includes a large under cover entertaining area, single garage and a large 634 sqm approximately block. All this and much much more. Call today to book your private inspection.

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OFFERS OVER $519,950

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

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MODERN OPEN PLAN DESIGN

This 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.

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CRANEBROOK $590,000 ONE ACRE - PERFECT LOCATION!

If you’re looking to build a home on a bit of land close to schools, shops and transport then look no further. Imagine the enormous home you could build 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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ACRE OPPORTUNITY – 15 MINUTES FROM PENRITH

The home boasts four bedrooms with built-in robes to all, and ensuite to main. There is a large formal lounge/family room, and kitchen dining area. The home has a double garage with internal access, fully enclosed sunroom, plus ducted air conditioning and loads of extras. There is also a large undercover inground pool, and the home is set in a rural setting with lovely foliage and natural water flow.

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BITA WORK -LOTA GAIN

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. Give your local Cranebrook agent a call to book your private inspection.

CRANEBROOK $459,950

CRANEBROOK

SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE

STYLE, SOPHISTICATION & ELEGANCE

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 $1,900,000

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.

Cranebrook

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park Penrith

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

4730 1122

4735 2121

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Cranebrook 9 Sanderling Crescent 4

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

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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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Huge Master Bedroom & Walk-in Robe * 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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Great Sized Duplex in a Fantastic Location

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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

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

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Jamisontown 4/1-5 Regentville Rd

Cranebrook 93 Gannet Drive

Penrith

* 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

* Ground Floor with ensuite * Low Strata fees * Close to Penrith shops * Young modern kitchen & bathroom * Rent $340 per week

* 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

*566.9 m2 vacant block in Lemongrove area *Save on demolition costs *Current DA Approval for home *Suited for a narrow design *Plans available upon request *Best priced block in Central Penrith

Sale $499,000 View By Appointment David Turner 0414 306 040 4732 333 raywhitepenrith.com

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Sale Offers Over $299,000 View Saturday 11.15-11.30am Steve Jackson 0414 719 875 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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Sale Offers Over $299,000 View Saturday 1.00-1.30pm Steve Jackson 0414 719 875 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

Ray White Penrith

Sale $325,000 View By Appointment David Turner 0414 306 040 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

Ray White Penrith

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OPEN HOMES BLAXLAND Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm

34 Grahame Street 105 Boorea Street 2/5 Brown Road

Sat 11.00-11.30am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 3.00-3.30pm

33 Oxford Street 27 Oxford Street 27A Wrench Street

Sat 11.00-11.30am Sat 11.00-11.40am 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 1.00-1.40pm Sun 12.00-12.40pm

146B Vincent Road 57 Centauri Circuit 11 Seaton Crescent 9 Sanderling Crescent 4 Miami Place 93 Gannet Drive 77 Farmview Drive 4 Barry Coe Place 14 Holmegate Crescent

FAULCONBRIDGE Dukes Estate Agents Jim Aitken Glenbrook Dukes Estate Agents

CAMBRIDGE PARK Michael Ball Realty Jim Aitken Penrith Dukes Estate Agents

CRANEBROOK Michael Ball Realty Dukes Estate Agents Jim Aitken Cranebrook Ray White Penrith Jim Aitken Cranebrook Ray White Penrith Dukes Estate Agents Jim Aitken Cranebrook Jim Aitken Cranebrook

EMU HEIGHTS Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm

36 Riverside Road 36 Gosling Street 33 Mirrabooka Court

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

EMU PLAINS Sat 10.00-10.30am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 1.00-1.40pm Sat 12.00-12.40pm

5 Nixon Street 3/106 Forbes Street 3/33 Gough Street 2/14 Jamieson Street 52 Pyramid Street 36 Brougham Street 14 Government House Drive

Ray White Penrith Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains Dukes Estate Agents

FAULCONBRIDGE Sat 12.00-12.40pm

22 Chapman Parade

Jim Aitken Springwood

Sun 1.00-1.40pm

28 Highland Road

Jim Aitken Springwood

GLENBROOK Sat 10.00-10.40am Sat 1.00-1.40pm

6 James Randall Place 8 Turella Street

Sat 1.00-1.30pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm Sat 2.00-2.40pm Sat 3.00-3.30pm

29 Alston Avenue 48 Dillwynia Drive 5 Lyora Street 6 Gili Place 9 Wisteria Close

Sat 10.00-10.30am Sat 11.15-11.30am Sat 1.00-1.30pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm

3/10-12 Regentville Road 4/1-5 Regentville Road 151 York Road 144/22 Tench Avenue

Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 12.00-12.40pm

101 The Sanctuary Drive 53 Deloraine Drive

Sat 11.00-11.40am

3 Sunland Crescent

Sat 11.00-11.15am

6/1-5 Regentville Road

Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook

GLENMORE PARK Michael Ball Realty Jim Aitken Glenmore Park Jim Aitken Glenmore Park Jim Aitken Glenmore Park Michael Ball Realty

JAMISONTOWN Ray White Penrith Ray White Penrith Ray White Penrith Jim Aitken Penrith

LEONAY Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains

MOUNT RIVERVIEW Jim Aitken Glenbrook

PENRITH Ray White Penrith

SOUTH PENRITH Sat 12.00-12.40pm

11 Alkoomie Avenue

Jim Aitken Penrith

SPRINGWOOD Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 2.00-2.40pm Sun 11.00-11.40am

ROSS FOWLER & CO

19/2 Valley Road 27 SpringďŹ eld Crescent 19/2 Valley Road

Jim Aitken Springwood Jim Aitken Springwood Jim Aitken Springwood

11 Tindale St Penrith

4722 3066

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Banksia 3 - Colonnade Facade Lot 3399 Daylesford Close Ropes Crossing

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Banksia 3 - Tempo Facade Lot 3408 Daylesford Close Ropes Crossing

*FIRST HOME BUYERS* GOVERNMENT GRANTS AND STAMP DUTY SAVINGS $15,000 will be paid for new homes or vacant land on which new homes will be built PLUS $5,490 in Stamp Duty Savings on land valued at $200,000 for example TOTAL savings and exemptions = OVER $20,000

NEW LIVING HOMES where desirability meets affordability

Photography in this advertisement may depict decking and landscaping items that are optional extras. Applied finishes are not included. Masterton reserve the right to revise plans, specifications and prices without notice. Please Part of the Group

1300 366 766

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Secluded Hideaway

How Sweet It Is!

Resting on approximately 11 arable acres is this private double brick residence that will offer you and your family the space it deserves. At the end of the driveway is the main home that comprises four bedrooms, two modern bathrooms, open plan kitchen and living areas with cedar vaulted ceilings and ceiling fans and the comfort of split system air conditioning in the main bedroom. The elevated position with covered verandah enjoys stunning views of the in ground pool, the picturesque bush land and surrounding greenery. The second dwelling is a fully self contained two bedroom cottage currently set up as an office but is ideal for the extended family. There are also three sheds including car accommodation, large dam and 100,000 Litre water tank all positioned in this quiet location.

With a breath of fresh air and three bedrooms with built-in robes to all, this home has a wonderful flow. Boasting polished floor boards, modern kitchen, and bathroom set on the high side of the road and centrally based in Cambridge Park this is a must see. Th is home comes with single garage and tidy yard with undercover entertaining area. Located within walking distance to schools, shops, and public transport this is a great opportunity for the fi rst home buyer or investor. Be sure not to miss this one so call now for your own private inspection.

Wallacia

Cambridge Park

Offers Over $1,100,000

Contact Jim Aitken + Partners Glenmore Park on 4733 6999 • www.jimaitken.com.au

Offers Over $359,950

Contact Jim Aitken + Partners Penrith on 4722 5000 • www.jimaitken.com.au

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We found it for you … The Paradise

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The Paradise is an exciting new display home now open at the new Mulgoa Rise estate. The Paradise is the flagship for Roselea’s new Vogue Range of homes which includes exciting new designs for both single and two storey homes ranging in sizes, designs and features. Quality inclusions and finishes are also part of this new range. House and Land Packages available at the new Mulgoa Rise estate or House Packages on your land.

The Paradise display home: 86 Bradley Street, Mulgoa Rise Opening Times: Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm

Enquiries: 0408 242 286

HIA Member Licence: 36057C 1087WWD432

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ELECTRICAL PROBLEM?

Lic 162246C

www.BG.net.AU

Over 30 years in Penrith

AIR CONDITIONING

Call

For ALL your Electrical Needs

NOD AIR Call Nigel 8916 7402 0413 314 029

CARPENTERS & JOINERS

Liam Nangle - Builder - Lic No. R71515

0404 886 600 • 4735 3368

ANTENNAS Special – 20% OFF

CALL US NOW

1300 781 119 0419 990 004

• Digital TV installs, upgrades, and repairs. • TV, Pay TV, Phone and Data outlets • Insurance and repair work. • Home Theatre installations. • LCD/Plasma/Speaker wall mounting. • EFTPOS / Credit cards accepted.

■ Quality, Experience & Reliability

■ 40 Years Experience

■ Licensed Builder Fully Insured

■ Licensed Asbestos Removalists

License:248439C ABN:44649383956

0410 613 116

BATHROOMS

BATHROOM RENOVATIONS Precision Ceramics • • • • •

PATIOMAN

BUILDERS

ALL CLASS CONSTRUCTIONS

Est. 1974

Design, Supply & Install Advise, Experience & Quality Licenced Tradesmen 7 Year Written Warranty FREE written QUOTES

Call Joel

0419 730 795

0410 508 363

Builder - Lic No. 75305c

Bathroom Renovations & Shower Repairs FREE QUOTES

0418 259 006

BLINDS, CURTAINS

db Professional Building Services Pty Ltd Renovations • Pergolas • Decking • 1st Floor Additions • Roofing & Guttering 30 years exp.

Call David

MetWest Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Stain Removal Specialists RECEIVE a 5% DISCOUNT

when mentioning this Ad 1 room, seat or rug from only $20! • Auto Upholstery • Over 15 yrs Experience • Ontime reliable service

Call Peter 0428 271 118

0418 402 790

CARPET LAYING

CARPET LAYING

M&L Carpet Laying • Carpet & Vinyl • Supplied & Installed • Repairs & Restreches • Free Quote

Call Merv 0418 249 738 or 9625 7740 Est 1989 Lic No. 829 19C

Specialising in Carports, Awnings, Glass Rooms, Rumpus Rooms, Screened Rooms Call Peter Dunn 4735 5055 or 0416 035 645 www.patioman.com.au

Multi-skilled specializing in: • bricklaying • window & door openings • waterproofing • tiling • repairs & maintenance • concreting • air-con openings • renovations • over 30 yrs experience • fully insured • free quotes Dave Smith - Builder - Lic R82790

TONY THE TILER P/L

CALL NOW

CARPET CLEANING & REPAIRS est 1999

Govt Endorsed Installers Digital antenna installations Home Theatre systems Data Points & phone points Free Quotes We will beat any written quote

AWNINGS & CARPORTS

CLEANING BettaKleen Commercial Cleaning Services

WEATHER WARNING...

get an Awning

* Window cleaning * Office * Domestic * High Pressure Cleans

Karl Valentine 0404 310 899

Special Price for DIY Kits Full Colorbond Steel 5.6x3.1 $1350 Penrith City Awnings is also offering WW1852

A total Home Renovation - Ring now and save... Call 02 4732 6595 MOBILE: 0403 011 058 Lic No. 121977C WW1546 FREE QUOTES

get an Awning

Call now for all types of Blinds, Security and Safety doors, Fly Screens, Plantation Shutters, Canvas & Metal Awnings.

* Strata * Commercial * Real estate

FREE QUOTES bettakleen@hotmail.com

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CONCRETING

1087WWD659

WEATHER WARNING...

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Reg:- BN98596923

We also repair Doors, Screens & Blinds.

Special Price for DIY Kits Full Colorbond Steel 5.6x3.1 $1350 Penrith City Awnings is also offering Visualised Carpentry

Good Old Fashioned Service

Phone: 4736 6866 • 0407 217 582

A total Home Renovation - Ring now and save... Call 02 4732 6595 MOBILE: 0403 011 058 Lic No. 121977C

FREE QUOTES

• SCREENED & GLASS ENCLOSURES • CARPORTS • AWNINGS • SUNROOMS

www.summerbreezeblinds.com.au

email your ad to sales@mediaview.com.au

S.P.S. Builders Lic No. 50165C HOME IMPROVEMENTS

Shaun Smith trading as

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

RICHARD MUELLER BRICKLAYER FREE QUOTES

Looking to do small jobs

0403 888 028

Greg McSpadden Concrete Services Specialising in;

BRICKLAYING Lic 83907c

Friday, March 22, 2013

*Decks & Pergolas *Colourbond Carports/Awnings *Glass & Screen Enclosures *Framing & Cladding *Timber Flooring *Aluminium/Timber Screening *Carport & Awning DIY Kits *Staircases & Handrails *General Carpentry & More

Renovations, Extensions, Alterations and General Maintenance

Specialists in home entertainment systems

info@pcantennas.com.au

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Same day urgent repairs Mon-Fri

Building Renovations

SERVICE AND INSTALL Service from $80 Available Weekends Lic 230510c AU 26947

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BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT

Lic. 208275c

Trades & Services

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• Driveways • Entertainment Areas • Patios

PENRITH’S No.1

• Pool Surrounds • Stencil Specialists • Call for a quote!

NO JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL!

Call Greg on 0408 868 860 or 0433 345 088


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Lic 162246C

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Over 30 years in Penrith

CONCRETING

For ALL your Plumbing Needs

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT

HOME & COMMERCIAL CLEANING SERVICES

CleanCut

HALO BUDGET CLEANING SERVICES

A Better Service

SOUTH PENRITH CONCRETING • Driveways • Garage Slabs • Patios/Pathways Stencil, Coloured, Plain and Spray On

Home, Commercial & Office Cleaning - Basic Cleans - Spring Cleans - Regular; Weekly; Fortnightly & Workers Comp - Small Business - Fully Insured/All Work Guaranteed - Servicing Penrith & Surroundings

Property Maintenance

No job to big or small. For a free quote call

• Lawn and Garden Maintenance • Strata and Unit Maintenance • Weed Control • Fertilising

0401 646 640 4736 7370 N.P. Nelson

ELECTRICAL Lic.# 162246C

Call RYAN for a FREE NO OBLIGATION QUOTE

Electrical & Level 2 Service Provider

cleancut2745@hotmail.com

USED BY MAJOR REAL ESTATES

SAME DAY URGENT REPAIRS

4731 8200

GARBAGE REMOVAL

WW1107

HANDYMAN SERVICES

GUTTERING

Lic 253236c

Colin Hucker 0418 181 248 EC25857

Skip Bins Trading 7 Days Prompt Reliable Service

Free Quotes, Thank You

Eftpos & Credit Cards Available

9670 5885

0425 310 022

Penrith’s Own!

John Newham

FREE QUOTES

$

All Types of Gutters Installed

 Continuous Aluminium  Colorbond Zincalume  Leaf Guard Specials

 Box Cutter  Metal Roofing  Rainwater Tanks

Reliable Services & Competitive Prices

9748 3022 www.abcseamless.com.au

MAINTENANCE

ALL ASPECTS OF BUILDING REPAIRS: * Plastering * General jobs * Carpentry * Bathroom * Rubbish removal Kitchen repairs * Roofing * Tiling * Plumbing * Painting * Doors and Door Locks

- 2-13m3 Bins - Walk-in Skips - All Suburbs - 6 Days - C/Cards Welcome

Builders/Reno Skip End of Lease/Moving Bin Hire Deceased Estates

BOOK YOUR SKIP TODAY!

1300 785 845

Mobile 0414 833 356 Phone/Fax 9833 3563

0400 200 744

Phone: 0419 018 866

• Complete balanced liquid lawn fertiliser • Weed control eg. bindi, clover etc • Beetle, grub and army worm control Call us on how we can help keep your grass green and healthy all year round.

Love that Green!

1800 245 955

www.coochie.com.au

Penrith Valley Garden Care All garden and lawn services provided including: * Mowing and edging * Bindi and weed eradication * Lawn fertilisation * Watering system installation * General cleanup

* Tree pruning * Hedge trimming * Gutter cleaning * Bushfire hazard reduction * Removal of all clippings

Call Steve on 4735 3142 or

Metal fascia & gutters New home extensions and existing homes 20 years * fascia cover gutters experience * down pipes Call Barry on

0408 022 374 Fax: 9670 2656

Danny

0409 157 336 Will

0419 273 065 lic no. 161234C

• Specialising in Commercial & Domestic Plasterboard • New Homes & Extensions • All Insurance work • Over 20 years experience • No job to small & FREE quotes!

HANDYMAN SERVICES

ULTIMATE HANDYMAN

    

Carpentry/Joinery All types of House Repair Fencing & Decking Awning & Pergolas Dry Wall

Licenced: 30817C

ALL REPAIR GUARANTEED

0416 116 602

JULIO 0402 629 895

Mobile: (0414) 822 723

CALL 4722 2998

PTY LTD

ADVERTISING WORKS

PENRITH’S No.1

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A.B.N: 92 099 831 955 A.C.N: 099 831 955

Your Lawn Care Specialists for all types of lawns

NU LOOK

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doors Ezy Glide Garage Pty. Ltd.

Coochie HydroGreen

WDS INTERIORS

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GARDENING & MAINTENANCE

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• Truck, Bobcat & Excavator Hire • Auger, Forks & Hammer • Rubbish Removal & Site Cleaning • Landscaping, Turf & Plants • Retaining Walls

GYPROCK & PLASTERING

PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE FOR AS LITTLE AS $20 PER WEEK

Lic 140942C

A.C.N. 087 588 136 Lic No: 219463C

GYPROCKING

NO INTEREST EVER

ABN 70 510 279 284

EXCAVATIONS & EARTHMOVING

• ROOF RESTORATION • GUTTERING • WHIRLY BIRD INSTALLATION

OBLIGATION FREE QUOTE

Licence No. 95571C

ADVERTISING WORKS

PROPERTY

Concrete/Bricks/Dirt Heavy Load? No Problem

PROMPT, RELIABLE SERVICE

Specialising in: - Domestic Garage Doors - Remote Controls - Repairs and Service

$

ABC SEAMLESS GUTTER DISCOUNTERS

Licence No. 173676c

2, 3, 4, 6, 8 & 9m Bins

ALL DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL WORK

Lawrie Sandona

1229 M: 0410 066 055

ADVERTISING WORKS

0423 439 734

* Lights and Power * Hot Water Repairs * Safety Switches

Licensed Electrical Contractor

Call Lee 4729

1049WWT4966

Lic# 145910C

Same day urgent repairs Mon-Fri

Trades & Services

PLUMBING PROBLEM?

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47 318 200

Call

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Lic 162246C

www.BG.net.AU

Over 30 years in Penrith

HANDYMAN SERVICES

LOCAL PLUMBER

Lic No:

GEOFF  0431

PLUMBER, DRAINER, GASFITTER

roof plumber, backflow & rpz testing

24hrs/7 days a week all areas , free quotes pensioner and senior discounts

824 003

ALL PLUMBING WORK New/Old Renovation • Maintenance Specialists • Blocked Drains • Hot Water • Leaking Taps

LAWNMOWING

’s LAWN MOWING & uchGARDEN MAINTENANCE KMowing in ST CLAIR & Surrounding Suburbs • • • • •

Contact Rob:

0415 975 975 WW1105

PAINTERS & DECORATORS

DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL • Fast Clean Service

WW1034

M&J Painting & Decorating

PEST CONTROL

4729 3441 or 0432 823 021

Stress Free Plumbing, Operates 7 Days a week

ROOFING

FULLY GUARANTEED WORK

PLUMBING CAMBRIDGE PARK PLUMBING & DRAINAGE SERVICES ALL AREAS 24 HR EMERGENCY SERVICES 7 DAYS

• Decorative Finishes

• Interior And Exterior

• Competitive Prices

• Fully Insured • All Work Done

• Reliable Service

WW1547

0408 443 384 - 0416 831 326 Lic No.255091C

CS PLUMBING PLUMBER - DRAINER - GASFITTER

ALL AREAS - FREE QUOTES 24HR EMERGENCY SERVICE

0413 650 179

• Roof Restoration • Downpipes • Whirlybirds • Extensions • Gutter Cleaning

Lic No. 44995C

• ROOF RESTORATION • GUTTERING • WHIRLY BIRD INSTALLATION

A/H - 4733 2525

PLUMBING

PLUMBING

OBLIGATION FREE QUOTE

LOCAL PLUMBER LOCAL24HRS PLUMBER 7 DAYS PER WEEK • $0 Call Out • Blocked Drains from $49 • Taps, Toilets repaired save $39 • Hot Water, Gas + LPG • Leak detection, pipe location • Free Plumbing Inspection • Free Drain Camera with every jet blasting • Pensioner Discounts

• 100% Labour Guarantee • Up Front Pricing

All plumbing, draining and gasfitting Roofing, hot water services, natural gas and LPG installation Bathroom renovations No Job Too Small FREE QUOTES Lic No. L8366

• Roof Repairs • Guttering • Leaf Screen • Skylights • Roof Leaks

4731 3564 • 0422 856 855 Lic. 212840c

• Big Or Small Jobs

Conditions apply

1037WWD2245

0406 715 116 Everlast Plumbing

Ph: 0406 715 116

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WW319 Call Karen on 4733 6753

FREE QUOTES

Jason - 0417 221 822 • Mark - 0417 223 288

Enjoy reliable professional service with a smile!

Spiders, Ants, Fleas, Rodents, Cockroaches, Bird Lice, Wasps & Bees, Carpet Beetles. Termite Inspections and Treatments.

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Personally

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WORKMANSHIP GUARANTEED

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PAINTERS & DECORATORS

Domestic & Commercial

lic. 251075c

QUOTE UP FRONT

0438 834 139

Licence No. 88147

Call Chris on 0404478487

EXCAVATION & TIPPERS • Pipe Location & Cameras • Gas Fitting • Stormwater & Sewer Jetting • Septic & Rainwater Tanks • LP Gas

24 Hrs Emergery Service 7 Days

Lawn Mowing & Edge Trimming Garden Maintenance & Cleaning Pruning, Hedging & Trimming Weed Control & Spraying Mulching, Pebbles & Landscape Services

0417 663 768 or 4731 3121

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Same day urgent repairs Mon-Fri

McCoy’s Property Maintenance *Licenced and insured *Painting *Carpentry *Plastering *Tiling *Roof Repairs

Steve McLean

Friday, March 22, 2013

47 318 200 PLUMBING

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT

PAINTER

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For ALL your Electrical Needs

Call

Lic. No: 181864C

Trades & Services

www.westernweekender.com.au

NO INTEREST EVER PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE FOR AS LITTLE AS $20 PER WEEK

Lic 140942C

Free Drain Camera Free Plumbing Inspection Leak Detection, Hot Water, Gas Seniors/Pensioners Discounts

WW1351

ROOFING www.scroof.com.au admin@scroof.com.au “Locally owned & operated” Lic. 240711C

$0 SERVICE CALL

Same Day Service 24hr Emergency

Blocked Drains from $49

www.everlastplumbing.com.au

Taps & Toilets Repaired

4722 9677

save $39

Conditions apply.

NEPEAN MAINTENANCE PLUMBING

RUBBISH REMOVAL

Lic No. 4715C

    

Mick’s Rubbish Removals •G General Cleanups • Deceased estate • Bricks & concrete • Renovations • Green waste

Water & Gas Service Repair Blocked Drains Hotwater Heaters Backflow & TMV Testing Full Plumbing Maintenance

Ph: 0424 786 868 68 alll sm too mall No job too big or,

CALL GREG NOW ON: 0400 873 805

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My apologies to Bill McMahon as I failed to mention that he was a recipient of the RNSWBA Merit Badge at Kingswood’s President’s Day recently. Bill two years ago was the recipient of the NSW Coach of the Year award. Round three of the NDBA Pennants were played last Saturday and now see the grades being won by the following clubs; Penrith leads in the No. 1 and No. 5-1 Grades; St Marys the No. 2 Grade and Austral along with Springwood lead the No. 3 and No. 4 Grades respectively. Apart from Riverstone in No. 5-2s and Windsor in the 6–2s, Blacktown Workers are the leaders. Visitors to the hospital to visit the NDBA President Barry Copeland have

reported that he now has good colour and looks much better. Keep up the good recovery Barry. Please advise all coaches, and bowlers interested in becoming coaches, that the meeting on March 26 has been moved to St Marys RSL in the room at the bowler’s end of the club. Also this meeting is gender neutral and therefore ladies coaches are welcome to attend. The Quarter Finals of the District Pairs will be played next Sunday. One match that should be a ripper is the one between Pirate Rodgers and Trent Whittingham who will be taking on ex-players Sean Sommerville and Mick Bedford at St Marys RSL commencing at 9.00am.

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enrith OzTag enjoyed positive results at the 2013 NSW Senior State Cup in Wollongong last weekend but it was the Mixed Under 20’s side who were the toast of the tournament. 100 players making up six teams from Penrith OzTag were represented at the annual tournament with the Men’s Open and Over 40’s reaching the quarter fin als, and the Mens Over 35’s getting to the semi-fi nal stage. But it was the Mixed 20’s who were the standouts across the weekend, making the quarter fi nals with ease before running into the top Souths team in the semifin als. “Penrith blew Souths away with a magnificent fi rst half assault, ending the game with an 8-5 win,” Penrith OzTag’s Jamie Howard said. “The girls of the team led the way, playing over the top of their opponents and making life tough for the boys on the opposition.” The Penrith side went into the grand fi nal against St George as underdogs but got on the board quickly to lead at halftime 3-2. Penrith weren’t just battling the opposition but battling the wind in the second half, which caused havoc amongst the players. “The game was tough with kicking being difficult and many players chasing tags all over the fields,” Howard said.

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Penrith had great success at an OzTag tournament held in Wollongong last weekend.

“But once again the girls led the way with some magnificent tags, forcing St George to struggle in attack. The boys then let loose running in a couple of brilliant tries.” The team, which was coached by Dane Wellard and managed by Claire Wellard, won the hard fought game 7-5.

Maddison Harney, who scored three tries during the tournament, said she was “over the moon” with her team’s performance in such diffic ult conditions. “We had a couple of passing mistakes in the fi rst half of the grand fi nal because of the wind but we very quickly learnt from them and didn’t make those same

mistakes again,” she said. “The moment the full time hooter went we all jumped up and screamed in excitement, and were all so ecstatic. It had to be one of the most special moments of our lives. I think we still can’t get it through our heads that we are the champions.”

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16-year-old slalom sensation Angus Thompson selected in national junior team

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alented 16-year-old Penrith Valley Canoe Club paddler, Angus Thompson, is set to make waves in the tiny European nation of Slovakia this July after securing a place on the national junior slalom team. Thompson’s selection in the squad came after the youngster fi nished fi rst in the men’s K1 (kayak) junior event at the 2013 Australian Open, held at Penrith Whitewater Stadium last month. “I wasn’t so confident going into the event but I knew I had to be at my best if I was to be any chance,” Thompson said. “It didn’t really hit me that I made the squad until well after I got out of the water but it felt good knowing I was going all the way to Slovakia to compete.” The courageous Year 11 student used his home ground knowledge executing a clean and fast run to claim victory, more than five seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. Thompson said he couldn’t wait to compete with some of the world’s best at the 2013 ICF Junior World Championships in Liptovský Mikuláš. “I’ve only had experience competing against Australians and New Zealanders, so I don’t know what the competition will be like in Europe but we’ll just have to wait and see,” he said. Th is weekend the seven-year kayaking veteran will travel to New Zealand as he continues to improve before he makes the long trip to Europe.

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Angus Thompson will compete in Slovakia later this year. Photo: Melinda Jane.

“We’re in New Zealand for two weeks to do their Nationals, which should give me more international experience,” Thompson said.

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“When I get back there will be more training, some school exams and at the end of the term we go.” Thompson, who is a member of the

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Super Sunday or Fantastic Friday special rates kick in at 2pm every Sundays and 6pm Fridays at Woodriff Gardens. A special court hire rate of $15.00 for unlimited court hire applies on these days during daylight or night time hours. Wacky weekday rates of $8.50 per hour apply any weekday between 8.30am and 3pm - that’s 50% off normal court hire. Social tennis is here in Penrith for everyone to enjoy, no matter your age or standard of play. To book a court or register for half court Saturday call NDTA on 47212880, or email your interest to info@ndta.com.au

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Half court tennis is a fantastic way for people of all ages and standards to compete together in a fun environment. This style of comp for adults and kids is becoming very popular in the United States and Europe. Played on a reduced sized court, with smaller rackets and low compression balls, modified tennis is a great fun, very social quick paced variation of traditional tennis. There will be a competition coordinator on site each week to organise teams, explain the format, record the scores and conduct the presentation. x It’s inexpensive x Great fun x Small rackets - supplied x Low compression balls - supplied x FREE Sausage Sizzle x FREE Bottled Water x No regular commitment needed - come when you want x Any age - any standard x 2 hours only - 1.30pm to 3.30pm x Perfect for families and friends - parent/child - husband/wife - boyfriend/girlfriend

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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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Second coming for Giants TICKET GIVEAWAY: Greater Western Sydney ready to kick off AFL season NATHAN TAYLOR

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he GWS Giants are confident of a much-improved second year in the AFL as they prepare to kick off their season against the 2012 premiers and cross-town rivals, Sydney Swans next weekend at ANZ Stadium. Billed as the ‘Battle of the Bridge’, the Giants will be hoping they can take their promising pre-season form into the clash, set to attract close to 50,000 fans. Weekender AFL columnist Michelle Ribeiro said the Giants are facing a mammoth task in the opening round. “Sydney Derby III will be a great opportunity for the Giants to show improvement if nothing else,” she said. “The club have one more week to fine tune some game plans and rest some sore bodies before they face the Swans next weekend.” Ribeiro said GWS are injury-free heading into the match, a necessity given the Swans are only missing one key member from their 2012 premiership winning squad. “The Swans have lost Alex Johnson for the season due to injury but have no other real injury concerns to their best 22,” said Ribeiro, who will write every week for the Weekender during the AFL season. “The Giants, on the other hand, will have a full squad to choose from for next week’s match.” GWS enjoyed an impressive pre-season win against St Kilda in Blacktown last Saturday.

The top three draft picks for GWS Giants, Jonathan O'Rourke, Lachie Whitfield and Lachie Plowman. Photo: Lachlan Cunningham/AFL Media.

The Giants, led by strong second half performances by midfielders Toby Greene and Callan Ward, beat the Saints by 16 points. The Swans were unlucky in their fi nal pre-season hit out, going down to Port Adelaide by 30 points. The GWS Giants battle the Sydney

Swans at ANZ Stadium on Saturday, March 30 at 4.40pm. The Weekender has five family passes (consisting of four tickets each) to the Giants v Swans at ANZ Stadium to give away. For your chance to win one, send an envelope with your name and

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AROUND THE GROUNDS Emmaus Catholic College at Kemps Creek recently held their 26th annual swimming carnival to great acclaim. A number of records were created on the day with students from Year 7 to Year 12 all getting involved. “It really was amazing how everyone was so keen,” student Sanjeev Sivapragasam said. “I’ve been to previous carnivals before but this time it was remarkable how everyone was enjoying everything. A new feature this year was beach volleyball and the water polo.” It was a great start for the Penrith Panthers Men’s Waratah basketball side after they notched up a fi rst round win over Newcastle Hunters last weekend. The Panthers crushed their competitors in front of a small but vocal home crowd 75–57, to fi nish the round in second position. US import Ben Ellsworth topscored for the Panthers with a whopping 27 points. Th is Saturday afternoon the boys take on the Bankstown Bruins, who also enjoyed a fi rst round win. Meanwhile, the Women’s Waratah squad were thrashed 74–44 in their opener against the Hunters. Also on basketball, Penrith juniors Hannah Brown, Nathan Tarasenko, Daniel Goldrick and Liam Maher have all been selected into the NSW Christian

Schools basketball team to play at the National Christian School tournament on the Gold Coast in May. Current Penrith Emus marketing manager Shane Skeen has been announced as the new general manager of the Luke Priddis Foundation. Mr Skeen said he was excited to be joining the Foundation and helping it grow into the future. “Th is is a great opportunity and I’m well aware what the Foundation does and the passion Luke has for it,” he said. “Coming on board with a similar passion and similar goals, I really want to help grow the Foundation to achieve those goals both short and long-term.” The Penrith Panthers junior representative rugby league teams have continued their unbeaten run, wining both their encounters against fellow local side Western Sydney Academy of Sport (WSAS). Penrith’s Harold Matthews side obliterated WSAS 54–0, while the SG Ball side won a hard fought battle 34–26. Thi s Saturday, March 23 at Penrith Stadium, the Panthers do battle with Illawarra, while WSAS travel to Belmore to take on the Bulldogs.

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he Wallacia Golf Club are fin ally headed back to the fi nals of the Sydney Metropolitan Major Pennant after clinching victory in the fi nal preliminary round last weekend. The team, who take part in division four of Sydney’s pinnacle golf event, will this Sunday take on the highly fancied Camden Lakeside team in the semi-fin als after the fi nal round in the preliminary stage went right down to the wire.

“It was a very close section this year and the fi nal game came down to the very last match,” team member Rob Walker told the Weekender. “Fortunately we got through and this is the fi rst time in eight years we’ve been successful in the preliminary stage, which is an excellent achievement for the club.” Walker said his side would go into the semi-fi nal against Camden Lakeside as underdogs but was hopeful the neutral course would boost up their favouritism. “We’ve got a fairly young team but everyone is experienced,” he said.

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