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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a Budget. And Malcolm Turnbull is hoping he’ll take on Superman status and save his Government from defeat at the next election with a plan focused on tax cuts and growth in the economy. The Prime Minister was in Penrith on Monday, selling the Budget’s virtues. Emily Newton reports on pages 6-7. Photo: Melinda Jane

Both major parties hold spots on Council following dual by-election

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he status quo has been retained at Penrith City Council with both the Labor and Liberal Parties holding on to their East and South Ward spots following last weekend’s dual by-election. Labor’s Robin Cook has won the East Ward spot vacated by Ben Price, while Brian Cartwright held on to the South Ward spot vacated by Joshua

Hoole for the Liberals. The results were made official on Wednesday afternoon. The election of Cr Cook pushes the female Councillors in Penrith to four, joining Labor’s Karen McKeown and Kath Presdee, and the Liberal Party’s Tricia Hitchen. The by-election’s lone independent candidate, Sue Day, made an impact but it wasn’t enough to pull off an upset win. More details: See page 5

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Bathurst to Blaxland: Together again to raise money for local charities LAUREN SUTTIE

fter 11 years, it’s safe to say that The Great Walk Foundation members have got their annual Bathurst to Blaxland trek down pat. But walker and team podiatrist, Trent Baker, said that while they had come to know the 170km trek well, it still remains a massive challenge each year that the Penrith-based team takes part. “We get older every year, so unfortunately it doesn’t get easier for us,” he laughed. “The biggest challenge is just the repetitiveness of it, to walk 30km doesn’t sound a lot, but to do it five days in a row it’s quite wearing. But that’s OK, we’re going to stick to it.” Raising over $1 million to date, The Great Walk Foundation has provided several local charities with vital funds including Penrith Community Kitchen, The Queen Of Hearts Foundation and Riding For Disabled. One of their biggest contributions was to Nepean Hospital’s Children’s Ward, which now has two humidicribs thanks to the team’s fundraising efforts. “The thing that sets us apart is that we don’t just give money,” Mr Baker said.

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“With bigger organisations, if you give them money donations it gets chewed up and lost in process, so we actually go to management and we ask them what the equipment is that they need, go get it and then deliver it to them.” Nepean Hospital has been so appreciative of the efforts of The Great Walk Foundation that a special room has now been named after the group. With this year’s trek starting on Tuesday, May 22, Mr Baker said that the 10 man team were all in good spirits, ready to hit the road. “It’s just a really great opportunity for a bunch of mates to go and spend a week together while doing something positive for their community,” he said. “Everyone has been doing a little bit of training and we’re all feeling really positive about it.” Keeping with tradition, the team will finish up with a ‘big shindig’ at the Lapstone Hotel on Saturday, May 26 where locals are invited to join. Another event will be held with the group on Thursday, May 24 at the Gardners Inn in Blackheath. For more information on the walk or to donate to the tremendous cause this year, visit www.greatwalkfoundation.com.au or find them on social media.

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Rugby League – NRL (B+) The TV ratings for the NRL this year, particularly on Fox League, have been out of this world. That’s where the money is, and the NRL is breaking records and topping the ratings constantly. Apart from the recent Scott Bolton mishap and the discussion over Matt Lodge, the game has avoided any major off-field scandals of late, which is also helping the performance of the code. But the NRL faces many challenges. Head office is being run too politically and without spirit and soul, while the obsession with a ‘big stadium plan’ has the potential to kill off what makes rugby league so special: its tribalism.

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Cricket (C-) Cricket will get back on its feet particularly in 2019 with the next Ashes series and the one day World Cup. But right now, the sport is in a world of pain. The ball tampering scandal has left an awful taste in people’s mouths while popular players Steve Smith and David Warner will be nowhere near a cricket bat over the next 12 months. The new TV deal will also cause some headaches. Seven will prioritise the tennis over the cricket this coming summer, while there will be more games on pay TV and less on free-to-air. It’ll take some gloss off the summer, particularly as people get used to a new TV format that steps away from what we’ve known and loved through generations. The ball tampering scandal also brought into serious question the current leadership at Cricket Australia.

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Netball (A) No sport is perfect but you can’t question the tremendous growth of netball over the last few years, particularly with the emergence of the Super Netball competition. The sport has good free-to-air coverage, impressive crowds and great junior numbers. It is in a major growth phase right now. Things are looking good but the recent Commonwealth Games failure and no Pay TV deal stops netball getting an A+. Basketball – NBL (C+) A big chance of being the best improver in the class. The signing of Andrew Bogut and the success of Australian players overseas will surely help the NBL gain more traction and support amongst the sporting public. The glory days of the 1990s are unlikely to ever return, but there’s signs that the NBL can really settle into a positive niche. A new TV deal is coming too. Rugby Union (D-) Rugby is at risk of disappearing from the Australian landscape quicker than the next winner of ‘The Voice’. The Super Rugby competition is struggling in the popularity stakes, the Australian team has lost its aura and the recent axing of the Penrith Emus shows that head office is disconnecting from western Sydney. I can’t see rugby turning things around any time soon and I think the downward spiral is going to continue unless there is a major shake-up in the leadership at Australian rugby.

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Soccer – A-League (C) Football will get a major boost in popularity with the upcoming World Cup but the A-League has some serious issues. I believe the competition goes for way too long. It currently starts in October and goes all the way until mid-May. The latter and most exciting part of the season gets swamped by the NRL and AFL seasons. A more boutique competition run over the summer months, say over 16 weeks, would serve the A-League much better. The code is also struggling for TV viewers at the moment, a strong indicator that all is not well. Head office also appears to be extremely disengaged with the fan base – a sign of big problems.

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Robin Cook and Brian Cartwright take spots on Council following by-election EMILY NEWTON

wo new Councillors are ready to serve the Penrith community, with Liberal candidate Brian Cartwright elected for South Ward and Labor’s Robin Cook joining East Ward following last weekend’s dual by-election. While there’s no big surprises with the Liberal and Labor candidates taking back their seats that were made vacant by Councillor resignations earlier this year, the close margin in the final vote count will have the major parties on their toes with both State and Federal election campaigns unofficially underway. Independent candidate Sue Day carved out a large number of votes for herself, taking 9,727 in South Ward. But it wasn’t enough to secure a spot on Council with Labor’s Liam Rankine securing 9,993 votes and Cr Cartwright achieving 10,818. With only a few hundred votes between the Labor and Liberal candidates, Ms Day’s preference votes were crucial, with Cr Cartwright ending as the winner on 12,230 against Mr Rankine’s 11,841. “It was a tense couple of days knowing there was so many preference votes that had to be counted,” Cr Cartwright said.

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“It was a tough couple of weeks,” he said of the campaign. Already well known in the area and with years of local knowledge under his belt, he is determined to use this knowledge to help the local community. “I understand things like the parks and the sporting facilities, and the infrastructure in the area and what needs to be done,” he said. In East Ward, Cr Cook’s 14,988 votes beat Liberal candidate Belinda Hill’s 12,986. While considered a big swing to the Liberals, it was not big enough to take the seat on Council from Labor. “I’m feeling really good, I’m really pleased with the result. I’m ready and raring to go and start helping the community,” Cr Cook said. “I will do my very best, and it’s a privilege to be in this position, and I am mindful of that.” During the campaign, Cr Cook said she received plenty of feedback around her push for accessibility in the area, and feels she is “well armed” to serve Penrith with her lived experience in the community. The election of Cr Cook pushes the female Councillors in Penrith to four, joining Labor’s Karen McKeown and Kath Presdee, and the Liberal Party’s Tricia Hitchen.

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Defence Marise Payne at Penrith’s Politics in the Pub session. Photo: Melinda Jane fter a day spent meeting local business people and seeing the sights of Penrith, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull enjoyed a cold beer at the Peachtree Hotel on Monday. The ‘Politics in the Pub’ event was billed as an opportunity for the community to “chew the fat” with Mr Turnbull after the release of last week’s Budget. “We have a Budget which is delivering on the promises we made in 2016, promises we made to ensure that we have stronger economic growth because that enables everything,” he told guests.

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Locals get chance to grill PM What they asked: The issues that matter to Penrith residents EMILY NEWTON

ith a room full of Penrith locals eager to ask Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull their pressing questions, the Budget was the main topic of the night as the PM worked hard to win over the west. Here are some of the questions of the night at the Peachtree Hotel on Monday. Is there any chance of lifting the taxfree threshold to a higher rate? Instead of answering directly, Mr Turnbull took the opportunity to push the benefits of his proposed income tax reform. “Our tax system is a progressive one which means that people on higher incomes pay a larger share of tax,” he said. “The bulk of it is paid by the few, not the many. A person on $205,000, which is five times as much as $41,000, will pay 13 times as much tax.” He said a stronger economy “is the rock on which everything else depends”. Why are we treating those with mental illness who have done nothing wrong worse than criminals in our jails, and what are you going to do about it? “We are putting more money and resources into mental health than any other previous government in the Commonwealth of Australia,” Mr Turnbull said. He said there were a number of trials going on in different communities around Australia, and encouraged people with information of instances of wrongdoing in the mental health sector to report it. “I am committed to advancing the mental wealth of our nation because we all have a vested interest in everybody else’s mental health,” he said. What are we doing about the electricity crisis?

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addressing the crowded Peachtree Hotel on Monday night. Photo: Melinda Jane The Prime Minister acknowledged that the rising cost of electricity was a problem that took some time to create, and as a result has taken time to resolve. “There have been a lot of failures in policy and we are correcting them one after the other,” he said. “You’ve got to be able to keep the lights on.” He argues that a plan to invest solely in renewable resources would not work, and there needs to be “the right mix and the right brand” to ensure energy remains affordable and reliable. The emphasis has been placed on the Budget and how it helps older Australia, what is in the Budget to help the youth of Australia? “Greater opportunities to get a job, great opportunities to get on and realise your dreams,” Mr Turnbull said. “You can do anything, but what you need is the greatest opportunity. “What you need is that stronger economic growth. And of course it doesn’t hurt to have lower tax.”

Explain the Western Sydney City Deal and what it means for us “This is the fastest growing part of Australia right here, you understand that better than anybody,” Mr Turnbull told the Penrith locals. “Historically, Federal, State and Local Government have been like ships passing in the night. We don’t have enough resources to not work together.” He said that the consequences of growth that has not been properly planned leaves suburbs with inadequate infrastructure like transport and schools to service the area. “We are determined to work together to make sure that the mistakes that were made in the past are not made again,” he said. Questions on the banking crisis, immigration, nuclear energy, international trade and even rugby league were also raised during the hour long Politics in the Pub session. The Government is yet to announce a Lindsay candidate for the next election.

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rime Minister Malcolm Turnbull toured a local business on Monday as he continued to push the virtues of last week’s Budget. Accompanied by Minister for Defence Marise Payne, Mr Turnbull visited the INNOV8 Equipment facility on Mulgoa Road in Jamisontown. The Prime Minister praised the work of INNOV8 Equipment for the innovation and adaptability that has allowed for the local business to flourish. “Everything they’re doing is innovative,” he said. “You’ve got to be faster, smarter, more innovative to remain ahead and succeed.” The Budget was the main talking point. “Our Budget is focused and determined

“A big part of this is making sure that people have the incentives to invest.” The biggest selling point from the Prime Minister was the newly announced tax reforms, seen as part of a Turnbull government plan to win back votes as they prepare for an election. “Our personal income tax reforms in the Budget are going to deliver a tax saving next financial year from July 1 to more than half a million people in western Sydney, and over half of them will get the $530 tax refund,” Mr Turnbull said. “If you have a family where mum and dad are both earning $60-$70,000 a year each, they’ll get $530 each. “That’s half the average electricity bill here in Penrith.” The proposed personal income tax reforms include a seven-year strategy that would see five tax brackets reduced to four.

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or the past 25 years, Cancer Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Biggest Morning Tea has brought together millions of Australians to share a cup of tea in support of those affected by cancer. Hosting for the eighth year in a row will be South Penrith local Irene Johnson, who will be putting on a spread at her workplace on Thursday, May 24. After battling cancer herself, Ms Johnson said that while she wishes she could

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forget her experience, she knows how important it is to keep fighting for a cure for others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard for me to do because you just want to move on in your world and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be reminded of it, but you do it because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to help others and hopefully find a cure,â&#x20AC;? she said. Ms Johnson has raised $28,000 for the Cancer Council through the Biggest Morning Tea. To donate to Ms Johnson and her teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breakfast, visit nsw.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/IreneJohnson22.

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Applications are now being called for the use of the Community access buses in Penrith City for the period 1 July 2018â&#x20AC;&#x201C;30 September 2018. Applications must be received no later than Friday, 1 June 2018. These applications will be assessed by Council and DSSOLFDQWVZLOOEHQRWLĂ&#x20AC;HGRIWKHRXWFRPH For further information regarding fees, application forms and conditions of hire, please call 4732 7837.

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ustralia’s favourite and most successful country group, The McClymonts, are returning to the road after a year off and they’re ready to kick it up in style on the ‘Like We Used To’ National Tour. Despite the break, Brooke, Sam and Mollie have been anything but quiet! ‘Endless’ has reaffirmed their status as Australia’s pre-eminent country group, debuting at #1 on the ARIA Country Chart and #3 on the ARIA Albums Chart upon release and generating three smash hit singles – ‘House’, ‘Don’t Wish It All Away’ and ‘Like We Used To’, after which the tour is named. On top of that, the girls took home three awards at the 2018 Golden Guitar Awards including the coveted Album of the Year, and Group of the Year at the recent CMC Awards. The McClymonts will be playing at the EVAN Theatre at Panthers on Saturday, September 22. Tickets are available through Ticketek. The Weekender has two double passes to give away to see The McClymonts in Penrith. For your chance to win one, email competitions@westernweekender.com.au with ‘Country’ in the subject line. Don’t forget to include your contact details. Entries close Thursday, May 31. Authorised under NSW Permit No LTPM/18/02771. Terms and conditions at www.westernweekender.com.au.

St Clair FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IN PENRITH: Product of Italy. Can never go wrong with pizza and pasta! FAVOURITE PLACE TO HAVE A COFFEE IN PENRITH: The Brew Lab Cafe FAVOURITE PLACE TO HAVE A DRINK IN PENRITH: Dom’s Cocktail Lounge Bar FIRST PLACE YOU WOULD TAKE A VISITOR IN PENRITH: Nepean River WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT PENRITH: It’s always evolving and there’s always something new to try WHAT IS PENRITH’S BEST KEPT SECRET: It’s not a secret if I tell you, is it?

Congratulations to all involved in last Saturday’s OZWAC Ball at Panthers. Almost $60,000 was raised for the charity through ticket sales, auctions and raffles. Great generosity on show!

There’s been a spate of bizarre robberies in Penrith recently, with tip jars stolen from a number of cafes / bars. CCTV footage has captured the brazen and desperate robberies.

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We’re not sure why such detailed research was undertaken, but it’s been revealed that 50 per cent of lost TV remote controls are found between the cushions of a lounge, suggesting it should be the first place we check when the remote goes missing! Four per cent of lost remotes are found in the fridge or freezer (go figure!) while two per cent turn up somewhere outdoors or in the car. Other locations people find their remote include in a dresser drawer and the bathroom.

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More funding needed to protect historic houses in Penrith EMILY NEWTON

ith many older properties protected for their cultural heritage and significance in Penrith, costs to keep buildings both functional and historical are becoming too much for some residents to bear. Councillor Marcus Cornish believes the level of Heritage Assistance Grants funding needs to be increased to $100,000, to more adequately cover the repairs and maintenance costs. As it stands $30,000 is made available in grants from Council each year to assist in the preservation of heritage properties. Cr Cornish said more funding needs to be available to help and encourage residents to keep on top of historic building maintenance to protect the valuable cultural heritage in Penrith. As a member of the Heritage Advisory Committee, he said that with limited funds, some properties in the LGA are unable to afford proper maintenance required on heritage buildings and run the risk of falling into wreck and ruin. “We’re talking about a lot of people around the Lemongrove area for example, they’ve got older houses they can’t touch,” he said. “If they put a new roof on for instance, it can’t just be Colorbond or a quick fix like

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Local businessman Rob Wearn has joined the Panthers Board as an independent Director. Mr Wearn joined both the football and leagues club Boards on April 1. “It’s great to have passionate people, Penrith people and experienced business people on the Board,” said Panthers Chairman Dave O’Neill. “Rob brings a wealth of corporate experience to the Board.” Mr Wearn replaces David Mayne.

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Councillor Marcus Cornish is concerned about historic houses in Penrith newer houses. If you’re doing a roof, you need $30,000 plus.” A Council spokesperson said Heritage Assistance Grants provide financial assistance to private heritage owners for repairs and maintenance works to their item. “Grants are offered on a $1 for $1 basis where Council contributes half of the

cost of the restoration works. There is $30,000 in available funding this year,” the spokesperson said. Application submissions for the latest round of grants close at midnight tonight (Friday, May 18). Cr Cornish put forward a motion at last month’s Ordinary Council Meeting that the funding be increased to $100,000.

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Penrith City Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from people working across a wide range of areas to be part of this year’s Real Festival at the Nepean River on November 2 and 3. Artists, performers, food vendors, bar operators and market stall holders are invited to showcase their talents across the event’s two-day program; while volunteers and sponsors are also being sought to help deliver the event. Real Festival is an annual event bringing world-class art and entertainment, spectacular theatre performances, fun activities, workshops, markets and gourmet food experiences to Penrith for all ages to enjoy. “Real Festival has grown into a major feature on Sydney’s calendar of events and a big drawcard for visitors from surrounding regions,” said Penrith Mayor John Thain. Visit www.realfestival.com.au for more information.

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Council plans for future Advocacy Strategy aims to prepare Penrith for enormous ongoing growth EMILY NEWTON

he Penrith region has changed dramatically over the past 50 years, and will change further over the next decade as crucial infrastructure developments for western Sydney are completed. During these changes, Council has created a plan to secure a better future for the region and its residents through focused and informed advocacy activities. Council’s new Advocacy Strategy, endorsed by Councillors last month, provides a detailed overview of the community’s long-term aspirations for Penrith, and puts forward a plan for Council to work with the community and government to make these projects a reality. Penrith Mayor John Thain said having a clear direction that is informed by residents, combined with strong leadership, will ensure the region receives the investment in infrastructure and services it needs for the future. “We’re witnessing enormous growth and change in Penrith,” he said. “This growth brings challenges, but it also brings opportunity and we’re going to work hard to make the most of these

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Penrith Mayor John Thain says Council must make the most of its opportunities

opportunities for a better Penrith, now and into the future.” Penrith’s population doubled between 1966 and 1976, and almost doubled again between 1981 and 2016 to reach our current population of just over 202,000. The new plan is about ensuring the needs and concerns of current and future residents are met as growth is expected to continue. “We are listening to our community, and we’re speaking up for them when it counts the most,” Cr Thain said. “More local jobs, safer and less congested roads, effective public transport connections, housing diversity, a vibrant city centre, investment in arts and culture, more parking and recreational opportunities are what we’re working hard to secure for Penrith.” Central to Council’s advocacy efforts over the next few years are three Flagship Priorities: connecting the City with new roads and the North South Rail Link; securing funding to deliver the Regatta Park Precinct; and maximising the opportunities of the Western Sydney Airport to create a vibrant City Centre with a variety of new job opportunities. The Advocacy Strategy is available to view and download at penrithcity.nsw. gov.au/advocacy.

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Music classes hit the right notes LAUREN SUTTIE

ary and her Little Lamb, the Incy Wincey Spider and even Humpty Dumpty – with the help of the King’s horses and men of course – will be joining in the fun at a new music education program in Penrith. Originally starting out in the Blue Mountains last year, Little Bo Beats has recently opened classes at Kingswood Neighboured Centre, providing local children with interactive music lessons. Creator of the program and mother of two, Bec Dean, said she started the program after she struggled to find affordable classes for her own kids. “I have a four-year-old and a two-yearold and I really wanted to take them to a quality musical education group, but they were all just so expensive,” she said. “I was lucky enough to have a colleague who is a music educator and composer, so we decided to create and run our own program and it’s been lots of fun.” Running two classes – one for new borns and one for children aged between two and five – commonly known nursery rhymes, folk rhymes and classical music are used to teach children basic concepts.

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“We do critical listening activities, getting the kids to recognise the differences between major and minor modes in the music or the difference between a voice and an instrument and that sort of thing,” Ms Dean said. “The classes are also about empowering parents to be able to create music with their children and to build that bond with them, even if they don’t have a musical background.” With classes up to $120 for a nine-week term, Ms Dean said she was hoping to further subsidise the course so more children could have access to a music education. “My long-term goal is that I want to be able to make this the sort of program that anyone can come to by subsiding the costs as much as I can and, while it’s been a bit tricky, I’m determined to just keep pushing through,” she said. “I’d also love to be able to go to neighbourhood centres already running programs for young parents or disadvantaged parents and do workshops with their kids to build those skills.” For more information about Little Bo Beats and the classes available at Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre, visit www. littlebobeats.com.au.

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A man was taken to Nepean Hospital after he was stabbed multiple times in the early hours of Sunday morning. At about 2am on Sunday, May 13, emergency services were called to a home on Penelope Place at Cranebrook after reports that a man had been injured. Officers from Nepean Police Area Command attended and found a man in his late 20s suffering stab wounds to his chest. NSW Ambulance paramedics treated the man at the scene before taking him to Nepean Hospital in a stable condition. His injuries are not considered lifethreatening. A crime scene was established, and the incident is believed to be domestic violence related. Anyone with information is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Penrith: Teenager charged after police search

One teenager caught with the possession and supply of a prohibited drug has locked in a date at a Children’s Court. At 1.20am on Saturday, May 12 police were at Orana Avenue, Penrith when they saw a car with young people around it, including a 17-year-old from St Marys. The 17-year-old gave officers reason to search the vehicle, where they located two pot plants that police allege to be cannabis. An additional search of the teen found green vegetable matter believed by police to be cannabis and a small resealable plastic bag containing what is alleged to be amphetamine. Police also located an amount of cash. The 17-year-old was charged with a number of offences including ‘Possess prohibited drug,’ ‘Possess prohibited plant’ and ‘Supply prohibited drug’.

Colyton: Lucky escape as car crashes into house

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injury after a drink driver ploughed his vehicle into their home at Colyton in the middle of the night. Just after 3am on Saturday, May 12, emergency services were called to Bennett Road after a Ford Falcon utility crashed into the bedroom of a home. The occupants at the time, three adults and one child, were lucky to escape without injury. Police attended and spoke with the driver, a 31-year-old man. He was arrested after returning a positive roadside breath test and taken to St Marys Police Station where a breath analysis returned an alleged reading of 0.157.

St Marys: Police search for man after knifepoint robbery

Police are appealing for public assistance after a man was robbed at knifepoint in St Marys last week. On Friday, May 11 at 3.30pm, a 24-yearold man was walking through a reserve off Chesham Street, St Marys, when he was approached by a man armed with a knife. The man threatened the 24-yearold man before stealing his phone and cigarettes and running north on Glossop Street. Investigators wish to speak with a man who may be able to assist with their inquiries. He has been described as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander appearance, about 160cm tall, of a thin build and was last seen wearing a black hooded jumper.

Londonderry: Woman busted high range drink driving

A woman was caught driving almost seven times over the legal limit after her car collided with a stationary tree in Londonderry. Police were called to the scene at about 2.45pm on Sunday, May 13. A breath test revealed the 27-year-old woman was allegedly driving almost seven times over the legal limit. She was charged with ‘High range PCA - first offence’ and will face Penrith Local Court on Tuesday, June 26.

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Court battle over as zoos agree to work together

Sydney Zoo CEO Jake Burgess with Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres at Bungarribee Park late last year. Photo: Melinda Jane EMILY NEWTON

legal cage-fight between Taronga Zoo and the upcoming Sydney Zoo has been settled out of court, with the newcomer set to keep its original name. Federal Court action began earlier this year when Taronga Zoo claimed use of the name Sydney Zoo was misleading and deceptive without the qualification it is in “western Sydney”. “The parties have been in discussion

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Open Day will be a special experience for local families LAUREN SUTTIE

ocals around Penrith will be able to live a few hours in the life of a firefighter, as stations across NSW open their doors to the public this weekend. Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) will be holding its annual Open Day this Saturday, May 19, where the community can meet their local firefighters and learn about fire prevention ahead of winter. Regentville Station Officer, Mat Fraser, said the focus for this year’s Open Day would be on the wide range of hazards firefighters attend to. “This year we are reminding people about the wide range of our capabilities,” he said. “From chemical spills, car accidents and natural disasters to education, prevention and humanitarian relief, across the state, across the country and even overseas, our firefighters are prepared for anything, anywhere, anytime. “We do more than just fires, we’re very diversified in what we can do.” With stations open from 10am to 2pm, Mr Fraser said that it would be a great day out for the whole family. “We will have motor vehicle rescue extrication demonstrations using a dummy and we’ll take people through

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PCYC gets on its bike $10,000 grant will help new community program become a reality LAUREN SUTTIE

t’s the simple act of going for a bike ride, but a new PCYC program is set to have a significant impact on Penrith youths, thanks to the help of a community grant. The bike program, run by police attached to the Youth and Crime Prevention Command, will teach kids about bike mechanics and safety, through to the planning of trail rides and expeditions. Senior Constable Annie Knight said the program was also a way of building relationships with youth and youth at risk within the Penrith area. “The bikes will be utilised with the youth at risk in the area and they will be incorporated into our case management at PCYC, as well as to help police programs to reduce crime by and against young kids,” she said. “Bike riding is an integral part of getting that connection with youth and it also provides them with direction, team work and the feeling of being a part of something.” Recently receiving a $10,000 grant from Penrith’s CUA branch, Constable Knight said that it would help get the program running.

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“All of the applications had their values and had something good that they wanted to achieve,” she said. But with her son growing up around bikes, Ms Guarascio said she understood the power they had in bringing kids together and providing a positive output for the community. “It gives them an interest, something that all the other kids can talk about to each other and it allows them to be a part

of something, and that’s what I liked about it,” she said. Hoping to purchase the bikes in June, the program will then officially start as part of the PCYC’s Term 3 program, which is just around the corner. “We had the renovations last year and I think the club has just had so much attention and it keeps getting bigger and bigger, so it’s nice to be part of it growing,” Senior Constable Knight said.

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Emus fans still hurting What an absolute disgrace by the ARU and NSWRU, both have lost a golden opportunity to grow rugby in the west. It’s fine for them now to come to the party and pledge how important the west is to rugby but clearly the Emus were not part of their vision and never have been. If the ARU and NSWRU were serious about growing and developing the west as a rugby heartland, why is it that you have not been able to invest money over the past 10 years but can now come out and preach how important it is. What has changed, you have not been proactive until now so why should we believe you? The Penrith Emus have a very strong foundation in the region, and whilst the results have not been there on the field, this is a reflection on the governing bodies as much as it is on the Emus’ hierarchy. An injection of funds and resources is long overdue. So let’s get to the bottom of the real issue. It’s not the Emus that needed to go, it’s the hierarchy with the NSWRU and ARU, all of which are in need of a long overdue makeover. Let’s do a bulk clean out and return the sport to the true, spirited rugby believers. WAYNE O’CONNOR, VIA EMAIL

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at every Emus home game. Seriously, nobody was going to the games. The Emus were getting beaten by 70 or 80 points more often than not. While it is never good to see a sporting club fall, it’s quite clear the Emus were not up to the required standard and probably never would be. The decision was, when all the emotion is taken out of it, the correct one. TIM ROUTY, VIA EMAIL

Safety initiative Last week in State Parliament Labor introduced ‘Slow Down, Move Over’ (SLOMO) legislation to protect emergency responders on NSW roads. These SLOMO laws would require drivers to reduce their speed to a maximum of 40 kilometres per hour when passing stationary emergency or incident response vehicles. Similar measures have been introduced in other states and territories and have been advocated for by the NRMA, paramedics, fire fighters and police. Although a one year trial is slated to start in September, the Berejiklian Government has failed to include tow truck drivers, RMS incident vehicles or NRMA roadside assistance vehicles. Labor believes every person deserves to feel safe in their workplace. The NSW Government must give bipartisan support to this legislation to ensure that happens. JODI MCKAY SHADOW MINISTER FOR ROADS

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Students power their way to American Solar Challenge Department of Planning and Environment

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MP 08_0255 MOD 3 and CP 08_0255 MOD 3 108 Mulgrave Road, Mulgrave (Lot 14 DP 1138749 and part Lot 13 DP 1138749) Proponent Elf Farm Supplies Pty Ltd Council Area Hawkesbury Approval Authority Minister for Planning under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 Description of proposed modification Elf Farm Supplies is seeking to modify the project to: • Make amendments to the bale storage area and consequential changes to noise and water management on the site; and • Allow for continued use of a mounded tree corridor. Elf Farm Supplies is also seeking to modify its concept plan approval to allow components of the facility to operate in the RU4 Primary Production Small Lots zone.

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olar power is sending Western Sydney University students across the world as the first Australian team to compete in the American Solar Challenge (ASC). Having competed in a 3,000km trek from Darwin to Adelaide as part of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge last year, the university’s Solar Car Team is more than equipped to tackle the ASC competition in July, a 1,700 mile (2,735km) race across North America. “While the World Solar Challenge focused on ultimate speed and efficiency, the American Challenge is more about testing the capabilities of the cars in a variety of real world driving conditions,” Project Lead, Saami Bashar said. “In this competition, we are preparing for more than 10 days of racing. There will be staged, overnight stops every

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• Hawkesbury City Council: 366 George Street, Windsor. Have your say Anyone can make a written submission about the Modification Requests during the exhibition period from Monday 21 May 2018 until Monday 4 June 2018. Your submission must reach the Department by Monday 4 June 2018. Before making your submission, please read our Privacy Statement at www.planning.nsw.gov.au/privacy or telephone the number below for a copy. The Department will publish your submission on its website in accordance with our Privacy Statement. To make a submission, use the online form if possible. This is available at www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/page/on-exhibition/ If you cannot lodge online, you can write to the address below. If you want the Department to delete your personal information before publication, please make this clear at the top of your letter. You need to include: • Your name and address, at the top of the letter only; • The name of the request(s) and the request(s) number; • A statement on whether you support or object to the proposal; • The reasons why you support or object to the proposal; and • A declaration of any reportable political donations made in the previous two years. BLZ142411

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Shade makes play better $40,000 in funding will help build shade structure at popular Livvi’s Place EMILY NEWTON

ederal Member for Lindsay Emma Husar is throwing shade, announcing a $20,000 Stronger Community Grant for Livvi’s Place in Jordan Springs. The inclusive all-abilities playground opened in late 2016 and has seen enormous success with the community embracing the concept. However, being built in the new estate of Jordan Springs created shade limitations for the playground that Ms Husar’s grant, which has been matched by the Touched By Olivia Foundation to total $40,000, hopes to rectify. “It’s always phenomenal to see this place just being utilised,” Ms Husar said. “I’m really proud that I get to be involved with something that makes a huge difference to people’s lives. “This is where you come to have a picnic, you plan your day out and stay for a couple hours so the shade will enable people to stay for longer.” Since the “destination playground” opened, Ms Husar said local awareness surrounding children with different abilities has grown and inspired a push for greater accessibility in the community. “We certainly kicked off the conversa-

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Federal MP Emma Husar and Touched by Olivia Foundation are putting $20,000 each towards shade at Livvi’s Place in Jordan Springs tion at Council, which is the key feature behind this, from little things big things grow,” she said. “We’re seeing some inclusive design

elements come into some of our local play spaces.” Every Friday morning at 10am, Natalie Martin hosts story time at the playground

and believes the new shade will provide more comfort for children who have previously struggled to attend during hot weather. “We have stories, songs and we also have craft,” she said. “Most of the stories are with books that you can touch or use puppets. It’s interactive so it keeps their attention. “It’s a joy to see their creative side, each time they’re learning new skills and they’re enjoying it.” Executive Officer at Touched by Olivia Foundation, Bec Ho, said the shade will enable strong bonds to form between local families. “The big things for us to have a playground that actually works is when people stop and connect,” she said. “They can’t do that when they’re just running in and out. “In Penrith, some of the days get up to 45 degrees, so it’s great that we’ve got water play. We can play in the water, but then everyone is huddling in the little shade that we’ve got.” The location of the shade structures will be decided in consultation with playground users, and plans to plant more trees in the area are already in motion. For more information, visit www. touchedbyolivia.com.au.

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It was a pleasure to host a reception for the City’s young leaders earlier this week. The student school leaders from secondary schools across the City came together at the Civic Centre to be recognised by Council for their roles in their schools and in the wider community. It is a privilege to be elected by your peers to represent them and it was satisfying to me to see people taking an active role in leadership at such a young age. Being chosen as a school leader is an opportunity for the students to learn and practice valuable skills. It’s a chance for them to show how well they can communicate with other people and be positive role models for other students. Leadership for these young people has the same responsibilities as adult leaders: they need to represent their peers, set a good example, be considerate and listen carefully to different views and to influence others for the better. At the reception I heard from teachers and parents about the great

job the students are doing and I know that our future is in good hands. Council wishes them well as they complete their roles during the school year. As Mayor, I am delighted by the involvement that students in our local area have with Council and their ability to engage with the decision making process for spaces they actively use. The Mayoral Challenge was inspired by a collaborative project that saw students from Cranebrook High School work with Council to design a new playground for a park in Callisto Drive. That Challenge is now in its fourth year and has spread across our local government area with the involvement of both primary and secondary students providing inspiration to Council to deliver facilities in their community. Council acknowledges the wonderful work that our young primary and secondary leaders do and their enthusiasm in working with Council for their communities.

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Rossco’s roadshow: Special cabaret night will unearth amazing young performers EMILY NEWTON

here’s no business like show business, and old master Ross “Rossco” Hutchison is training the next generation of stars with an exciting cabaret evening. Under Mr Hutchison’s guidance, the talented Natasha Tatarinoff, Emily Nkomo, Omar Maayah, Erina McClellen and Breanna Oakes will produce a dazzling night of singing, dancing and even contortion at the Penrith Paceway. “The kids of today watch ‘The Voice’, and that’s only 90 seconds performing and then 10 minutes with the judges, so it’s not really developing stage craft,” Mr Hutchison said. “I’ve taken kids in the past and put them into shows, and they just blossom. When you work with professionals, you learn. “They’re the stars, and we’re the support mechanism. We all started where they are at one stage.” Mr Hutchison has worked with countless performers over his long career. 17-year-old Breanna is being pushed out of her very flexible comfort zone as she prepares for an incredible performance. “I’ve been doing contortion for about 10 years now, and I’ve been dancing since I

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was three-years-old,” she told the Weekender. “I love performing, the main reason is the reaction of the audience can be crazy at times. “Rossco’s tried to make me get singing

zone came when he was in primary school, and it shaped him to become the performer he is today with a performance at the Sydney Opera House already under his belt. “The first time I sang publicly, my CD actually broke for a talent quest where I was dancing,” he laughed. “I was forced to sing in public and then we discovered it was a bit of a talent.” Mr Hutchison said the night of fine dining and entertainment next month is just the beginning for the talented bunch, with plans for the youths to work as mentors in a future production alongside kids with disabilities. “Bringing five different people together, you learn the strength of working together as a team, an ensemble, a production,” he said. “The only difference between professionals and amateurs is attitude, and these kids have got it.” The event is happening on Saturday, June 9 at the Penrith Paceway Showroom. Bookings are essential by calling 4721 2620. On The Record: You can hear about Ross Hutchison’s amazing life story by listening to the ‘On The Record’ podcast. Visit www.westernweekender.com.au/ podcasts to stream or download.

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Christian Crichton Tyrone Peachey Dean Whare Tyrone Phillips James Maloney (c) Nathan Cleary Trent Merrin Sione Katoa Reagan Campbell-Gillard Corey Harawira-Naera Isaah Yeo James Fisher-Harris Wayde Egan Jack Hetherington Viliame Kikau James Tamou Jarome Luai 19 Kaide Ellis

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y the time many of you read this, the clash between the Panthers and Wests Tigers will have been won and lost, such is the joy of Thursday Night Football not quite matching our publication date. But just in case you’ve got your copy nice and early, let’s give this game a once-over. Penrith may sit second on the ladder heading into this game against the Wests Tigers at Panthers Stadium but I’m still hearing people claim the side has had a “soft” draw to start the season. Never mind the $3 million injury crisis that probably would have had every other club in the NRL sitting in the bottom half of the competition.

The truth is the Panthers have done remarkably well to be where they are 10 weeks into the competition but the next fortnight provides an almighty test. First its the seventh placed Wests Tigers who have surprised plenty of league fans this year, and last week woke up from a mini form slump to get past the Cowboys at Leichhardt Oval. Then it’s a top of the table blockbuster against the Dragons, which will perhaps be Penrith’s biggest test of 2018 so far. It’s fair to say Penrith fans will know where their side is really at over the next fortnight. The Panthers were solid without being overly impressive against the Knights last Friday night, but the side got the job done and it was nice to lead from the outset rather than be forced to come from behind as has been so often the case in 2018. Penrith kept their error rate low and

dominated possession for big chunks of the game, helping to frustrate Newcastle who very nearly could have won the game if a few things went their way. The big story heading into this round 11 match is the return of halfback Nathan Cleary. His comeback has a significant flow-on effect as it allows Tyrone Peachey to go back to his preferred position of centre and Isaah Yeo to move back into the second row where he most valuable. James Maloney has done an incredible job guiding the side around the park since Cleary went down in round 3 and it’ll be interesting to see how the dynamic shifts now that the exciting young halfback is back on the field. While Maloney will most likely allow Cleary to take the reigns again, it’s important that the pair develop an understanding and a structure that works for them both individually as well as the team itself.

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Cleary is back at the right time because the Panthers will have a job on their hands containing the impressive partnership of Benji Marshall and Luke Brooks. Marshall is offering a steady and experienced hand this season while Brooks appears to be playing with much more confidence than ever before under coach Ivan Cleary. The Tigers did suffer a setback during the week when Mahe Fonua was late to training, and was subsequently axed from this game by Cleary. The Panthers meanwhile will be without captain Peter Wallace who is being troubled by a shoulder injury. With Nathan Cleary back on deck and the Panthers suddenly eyeing off a share of the competition lead, I think the home side should be able to continue their unbeaten run at Panthers Stadium this year – but it’ll be tight. Tip: Panthers by 4.

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PANTHER RUMBLINGS

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SAUCE IS STAYING! » Fear not Panthers fans, Josh Mansour is staying at the foot of the Mountains. The club will announce his new deal within the next few weeks, possibly even next week. I understand it’s a long-term deal that will see the soon to be 28-year-old staying with the club into his 30s. All parties are on the same page and Sauce’s signature should be on the formal contract very soon.

Josh Mansour has agreed to stay with the Panthers. Photo: Megan Dunn

» Meanwhile, Mansour has revealed

details of the dramatic surgery that was required to repair the five fractures he had in his face following that awful collision with Anthony Don’s knee back in Round 6. He revealed that he went into his recent operation knowing he could wake up minus an eye but also with the real prospect of having distorted vision for the rest of his life. He currently has 18 screws and three plates in his face. Mansour is recovering well and is hoping to be back for the final six weeks of the NRL season.

» I’m hearing the Panthers are a big

chance of losing youngster Christian Crichton to another club. The 21-year-old has done an admirable job in first grade this season but the money being talked about from elsewhere is said to be enticing.

» ‘Baby racing’ was the half-time enter-

winning captain Craig Gower lending a hand at an under 10s training session at the Emu Plains Junior Rugby League Club.

tainment at last Sunday’s game between the Dragons and Rabbitohs, and if there was any club that could steal this concept it’s the Panthers. With so many new babies within the playing group, a real possibility is emerging of a ‘Panther cub’ baby race at some stage this year.

» Legendary Panther Royce Simmons

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has revealed he regrets taking the head coaching job at the Panthers back in 1994. “If I had my time again I probably wouldn’t have done it,” Simmons told the Weekender’s ‘On The Record’ podcast. “I probably hadn’t done a long enough apprenticeship. But the job was there and I couldn’t think of anything better than to try to help Penrith out in that time... but it was very hard coaching players that you’ve played with.” You can listen to the podcast in full at www.westernweekender.com.au/podcasts.

son saw James Maloney miss a Panthers training session on Monday. Maloney was due to speak to the media on Monday afternoon but he was instead by his wife’s side for the birth of their fourth child.

» Spotted: James Fisher-Harris doing

some last minute Mother’s Day shopping at Big W in Penrith on Sunday.

» Halfback Nathan Cleary has been

named as one of the new Southlands Ambassadors. Alongside two-time Olym-

pic medal winner Jessica Fox, Cleary will help promote the shopping centre throughout the community.

» ARL Commission Chairman Peter

Beattie is in Panther territory today, attending a Men of League and Panthers on the Prowl luncheon at the Leagues Club. Beattie has already had a few forgettable moments in the job so he’ll be hoping to make an impression on the audience to prove he’s in touch with one of rugby league’s true grassroots areas. Nathan Cleary and his father Ivan are also scheduled to appear at the luncheon, which has become one of the hottest tickets in town. The event sold out weeks ago.

» The generosity of the Panthers Group

and its Chairman Dave O’Neill was on display last Saturday night at the OZWAC Ball, held at the EVAN Theatre. Not only did the club donate the venue to the

important local charity for the night, but Mr O’Neill added an impromptu auction prize – a match day experience for next Saturday’s blockbuster against the Dragons that included corporate tickets and inner sanctum experiences. It helped raise around $60,000 in total for OZWAC on the night.

» The NSW Origin side will be named

after next weekend and there’s a few Panthers in contention. Reagan CampbellGillard will almost certainly be picked, while Tyrone Peachey is a favourite of new Blues coach Brad Fittler and would have to be in serious consideration. While most think James Maloney is locked into the halves, I’m hearing Fittler may be considering going in another direction. And what about Nathan Cleary? Will two games be enough to prove he’s up to making the jump to the game’s biggest arena?

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hile it appears Reagan Campbell-Gillard is a sure thing for a maiden State of Origin jumper, his fellow front-row partner Trent Merrin is also pushing his claim for a Blues recall. The pair spoke at length on Monday afternoon about their desire to be in Brad Fittler’s Blues team for Origin I in Melbourne. Merrin hasn’t represented the Blues since arriving at Penrith in 2016, while Campbell-Gillard represented Australia at the recent World Cup but still hasn’t played for his state. After a strong start to the season, 28-year-old Merrin said he would “love” to be considered by Fittler. “I’d love to play Origin again, I’ve worked really hard but it all starts with club footy though. You have to do the best you can there to put yourself in a good position,” he said. “I’ll definitely put my hand up for it, it’s something I want to get back into and be part of again.” Since switching from lock to prop,

Merrin has taken his game to another level – something fans had been hoping to see more of during his time at Penrith. Merrin credits his move to the front-row this season for getting his career back on track. “I 100 per cent think that’s the reason. It’s been a great move to be honest, the circle of life,” he said. “I started my career at prop and now I’m back there again. I love it. Me and Reg are working really hard to get the boys on the front foot and it’s been working really well these last few weeks.” His teammate and next door neighbour, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, believes Merrin deserves his shot at Origin again, dubbing him the “forgotten man”. “I thought that was one of his quality games last week against the Knights, that’s the type of player I know Mez is. He ran for nearly 100 metres in the first half – I feed off things like that,” he said. “He probably is the forgotten man in that area. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.” Discussing his own Origin chances, Campbell-Gillard said he isn’t distracted by seeing his name in mock Blues sides. “I get it each week from the media throwing my name out there, saying I’m in

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ith Josh Mansour on the brink of signing a new multi-year deal with Penrith, backrower Corey Harawira-Naera has revealed the real reason why so many players end up staying at the foot of the Mountains. Despite larger offers and bigger opportunities available at rival clubs, Penrith do an incredible job in securing the talent they want to keep. Over the years, many Penrith stars have attracted dozens of offers from right across the NRL before deciding to remain a Panther. Even Harawira-Naera himself had a choice to make last season when the Wests Tigers chased his signature. As the story famously goes, Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary walked in on Harawira-Naera having a meeting with his dad and Tigers coach Ivan Cleary at their Leonay home. Despite a big tempting offer to switch to Concord, Harawira-Naera largely chose to remain a Panther because of his connection to the club. “I think loyalty has a lot to do with it

and all my mates, who I came through the U20s with, were here as well,” he said. “Penrith gave me a chance to follow my dreams and I guess I owed it to the club to stay here.” Harawira-Naera said the close relationship he and fellow youngsters have with Panthers assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo also played a big role in the decisionmaking process. “We had Ciro as coach of the U20s and he’s part of the first grade staff now,” he said. “He’s been pretty good to me throughout my years with both on and off-field stuff, and I think that’s got a lot to do with it. “Along with the direction the club is heading in, Panthers have always looked after me and I think it’s a way I can repay them by staying here.” Another player Penrith have well and truly looked after through several injuries over recent years is star winger Josh Mansour. Since re-signing with the Panthers on a two-year deal back in 2016, Mansour has only played 21 games for the club. While he’s reportedly received huge offers from rival Sydney clubs, it appears almost certain Mansour will knock them all back to remain loyal to Penrith.

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given the opportunity to steer NSW around the park in a series that has suddenly taken on the theme of a changing of the guard on both sides of the border. No Johnathan Thurston, no Cooper Cronk and now no Cameron Smith for the Maroons has Blues fans thinking that the barren years are about to finally come to an end, and that Nathan Cleary can be the long-term halfback for which NSW has been searching. No pressure, huh? Just 44 games into his NRL career, Cleary not only has to come back earlier than expected from a significant knee injury, but he then has to jump into the madness that is a State of Origin series and play a leading role in a Blues resurgence. If that isn’t enough, the team you have to face in your return from injury is the team coached by the biggest influence in your rugby league career – your dad. If it was any other player you’d quickly say this is all too much to expect from somebody who only a handful of months ago was still a teenager. But the father has obviously done a tremendous job with the education of his

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ike the rest of the rugby league world, I was absolutely shocked when I heard Cameron Smith was retiring from representative football on Tuesday afternoon. Any time a player retires, you instantly think about their status in the game and what they’ve done. After a record 42 matches for Queensland and more than 50 for the Kangaroos, Smith will most definitely be an Immortal one day. Since making his representative debut in 2003, Smith has been the ultimate professional for Australia and Queensland. It’ll be very strange not seeing him in a Maroons or Kangaroos jersey again. Along with Wally Lewis, Johnathan Thurston and Andrew Johns, Cameron Smith is one of the greatest representative players of all-time. I also believe he is the greatest hooker to ever play. Smith changed the game for hookers and really brought that kickingstyle hooker into play. I often tell young dummy halves that they can’t all be like Cameron Smith but they can take things out of his game,

like his kicking in general play and game management. Smith’s probably the smartest player ever as well. He always thinks two, three, four or even five plays ahead. While I only beat him a few times in my career (never in Melbourne), I always relished those challenges of trying to come up with game plans to out-smart Cameron Smith. Many believe Smith’s decision this week will prolong his career with the Storm, but I think he’ll be dictated on how he feels. Hearing how he felt after last year’s Origin series and how he wasn’t being the father he wanted to be at home, Smith will have a lot to think about when it comes to signing his next and final contract. In the meantime, let’s enjoy Cameron Smith while we all still can. He isn’t retiring from the game altogether and he most probably will be terrorising the Panthers (unfortunately) and other teams for a few more years to come. Meanwhile, the pressure is well and truly on Brad Fittler and the NSW Blues to get the job done. With no Thurston, Cronk and now Smith, there really is no excuse for Freddy and his men.

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SMITH CALLS TIME ON STELLAR REP CAREER » Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron

some of the game’s most popular callers but fans aren’t warming to Nable. Criticism of his commentary lights up social media every time he gets behind the microphone.

Smith (pictured) dropped a rugby league bombshell on Tuesday when he announced he was quitting representative football effective immediately. It means Smith won’t play in this year’s Origin series, which begins in Melbourne next month.

» 2GB will once again call a country

match off television instead of getting out and supporting the bush. The Dragons and Raiders are playing in Mudgee on Sunday but 2GB will stay in Sydney. It’s a sign of the times, with only the ABC fully dedicated to actually broadcasting matches from the ground each week.

» Meanwhile, Melbourne will be

without Smith for Saturday’s clash with Manly after he was suspended for ‘Dangerous Contact’ on Gold Coast Titans player Kevin Proctor. He took the early guilty plea instead of risking a two game ban at the judiciary.

» Brisbane will be without backrower

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» The NRL’s Competition Committee

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end of this season and we have always felt that is an appropriate period to judge the impact of the changes,” said NRL Head of Football Brian Canavan. “It’s important that a decision of this magnitude is evidence-based.”

» Fox League has been copping a barrage of criticism over commentator Matt Nable. Fox is known for having

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“I was working in New York temping like every artist did, trying to make rent money, so on the callback day I left early for lunch, but when I got to the hall everyone was leaving,” she said. “I was about to cry and a girl looked at me and said ‘you missed it, we’re done’, but the doorman said ‘wait a minute, I’ll call upstairs’. Lucky the producer was still there and let me come up. “So I did the solo and I actually got the job, which was crazy because usually in that situation you’ve missed your chance, but I ended up starting rehearsals on my birthday that year and I danced with them for eight years.” Now, the New York-based singer,

dancer, model and actress has spent the past few years touring with vocal quartets Spectrum and Radiance, taking audiences around America on a trip through Motown. “Radiance, as funny as it is, that music is what I grew up on, so it’s actually the perfect fit for me – I love it,” MarQue said. Playing tribute to the Disco and Motown era, singing the music of The Supremes, Martha and The Vandellas, The Temptations, The Jackson 5 and other iconic acts from that musical era, MarQue said the shows were always a fun trip down memory lane. “Motown itself, being a staple in American music, is super recognisable, most

people from those eras know the songs, so it’s always such a fun performance,” she said. “I love being able to carry that music on and the memories of that music.” Heading to Australia for their sixth time, MarQue said they were looking forward to partying with old and new friends in Penrith. “We invite the audience to come and party with us, so no one is left sitting down,” she said. ‘Songs In The Key Of Motown’ will be performed by Radiance and Spectrum at the Evan Theatre on Friday, June 8 at 8pm. Tickets are $54.35. To book, visit www.penrith.panthers.com.au.

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Too Many Guitars – St Marys Leagues Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777

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Saturday, May 19 A Tribute to the Music of Celine Dion Blacktown Workers 9830 0600 Saturday, May 19, 8pm, from $10

The Heiress – John Lees Centre From $20, 1.30pm and 7.30pm www.rubyproductions.com.au Soundproofed – Blue Cattle Dog Free entry, 9pm 9670 3050 Urban Stone – Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 An Inspector Calls – Glenbrook Community Theatre $22, 2pm glenbrookplayers.com.au Seattle Sound – Jamison Hotel Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Never Ending 80s – Evan Theatre $29.30, 8.30pm 1300 PANTHERS Urinetown – Blue Mountains Theatre Hub From $32.40, 8pm 4723 5050 Soul Jamz – Wallacia Hotel Free entry, 8pm 4773 8888

Blake Tailor – Rooty Hill RSL Free entry, 1pm 9677 4916 Cool River – Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Hayley Marshall – Wallacia Hotel Free entry, 1pm 4773 8888 Jed Zarb – Jamison Hotel Free entry, 1pm 4721 5764 Steppin’ Out Duo – Blacktown Sports Club Free entry, 1pm 8822 2444

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Sunday, May 20

Soul Purpose Band – Blacktown Sports Club Free entry, 9pm 8822 2444 Down Thunder – Colonial Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 9623 1384 Robber Dogs – Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200

Penrith Youth Orchestra The Joan 4723 7600 Sunday, May 20, 3pm, from $10

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Ê We are just days away from the return of one of the most popular quiz/trivia shows to ever air in this country. Now on a new channel, ‘Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation’ returns this Monday, May 21 at 7.30pm on Nine. Comedian Shaun Micallef is back as quizmaster along with new team captains. Robyn Butler will head up Gen X, Andy Lee will skipper Gen Y, while Laurence Bochall will lead Gen Z. Team Baby Boomers have been ditched from the revival. The promos for this look fantastic, I’ll definitely be giving it a watch. Ê Designer Shaynna Blaze will front Channel Nine’s new property series ‘Buying Blind’ in which three experts buy a property for buyers who hand over their life savings. ‘The Block’ expert will be joined by buyer’s agent Rich Harvey and builder Marshal Keen. The series will feature six Aussie couples facing the property market. An airdate is yet to be announced. Ê Irish singer Ronan Keating will lead the 100-strong chorus of Channel Seven’s upcoming singing show ‘All Together Now’. Hosted by Julia Zemiro, the show sees a range of talented singers perform in front of “The 100”, a group made up of great singers and industry professionals with big voices and even bigger opinions. A winner will be awarded a $100,000 prize. This isn’t the first time Keating has appeared on an Aussie talent show, he’s previously been a judge on ‘The X Factor’ and ‘The Voice’. Ê Production is now underway on season three of Channel Nine’s hit medical drama ‘Doctor Doctor’. Vince Colosimo

is set to join the new season along with former ‘Love Child’ star Miranda Tapsell. ‘Doctor Doctor’ will return later this year.

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Ê A number of popular shows have received renewals over the past week including ‘American Idol’, ‘Law & Order: SVU’, ‘Chicago Fire’, ‘Chicago Med’, ‘Chicago PD’, ‘The Good Fight’, ‘Outlander’, ‘The 100’, ‘Empire’, ‘Santa Clarita Diet’, ‘The Resident’, ‘Gotham’ and ‘Poldark’. Ê Also receiving a renewal (or should I say a lifeline) is ‘Brooklyn 99’. The comedy was axed by Fox last week before being picked up by NBC 24 hours later – much to the joy of its fans. Also getting a reprieve was Tim Allen comedy ‘Last Man Standing’, which was axed by ABC last year before Fox announced it would be bringing it back. Ê Unfortunately shows that are definitely on the chopping block include ‘The Mick’, ‘Last Man on Earth’, ‘Valor’, ‘9JKL’, ‘Scorpion’, ‘Kevin Can Wait’, ‘Designated Survivor’, ‘Lucifer’, ‘The Exorcist’, ‘The Expanse’, ‘Rise’, ‘Quantico’ and ‘Transparent’. Ê Netflix comedy ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ will end after the upcoming fourth season. Season four launches on May 30 in two parts. The first consisting of six episodes, with the remaining seven episodes premiering at a later date. Ê The new season of ‘America’s Got Talent’ will premiere on FOX8 on Thursday, May 31 at 7.30pm. Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel will judge the 13th season while Tara Banks will host.

Ê 9GO! has confirmed ‘Love Island’ will premiere next Sunday, May 27 at 8.30pm. Hosted by Sophie Monk, ‘Love Island’ will screen Sunday to Thursday each week. Each episode will air within 24 hours of being filmed.

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ARIES

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

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The mid-week Sun/Mars connection revs up your spontaneity, enthusiasm and motivation. So make sure you channel all of that fabulously fiery Aries energy into positive and productive projects. Neptune and Jupiter also stimulate your shared resources zone. So, the more creatively and generously you share financial ideas and collaborate with others, the more successful you’ll be in 2018.

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

Neptune and Jupiter activate your partnership zone. So a major relationship is set to improve in leaps and bounds. Creative and spiritual group activities are also favoured. So it’s a wonderful week to attend a meditation, yoga, art or dance class. Singles – the best way to find your soul mate is to listen to your intuition. On Saturday you’ll find yourself making mistakes and continually saying sorry.

GEMINI

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

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It’s action stations this week as the Sun charges into your sign. So you’re keen to do things at a lightning pace as you multi-task like a pro, play sport, study, travel, teach or just chat up a storm. Jupiter and Neptune also stimulate your wellbeing and life direction zones. So strive to be the healthiest and fittest Twin you can be, as you run towards your preferred future. No lame excuses and empty promises Gemini. Get moving!

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

Jupiter and Neptune activate your creativity and visionary zones. So dream big dreams and connect with your inner muse, as you express yourself in imaginative and inspiring ways. As Carly Simon said: “There’s always a creative side to me, even when it’s quiet musically. Like painting or decorating or gardening”. Loved ones won’t be very attentive on the weekend.

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

Joint ventures or group activities are on the agenda this week, as you pour extra energy into a special passion project. On Friday, a problematic relationship will benefit if you are proactive about turning a perceived negative into a positive. Then jovial Jupiter and helpful Neptune highlight your home zone on the weekend. So there’s much love and happiness to be gained from improved relationships with your extended family.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

Helpful Neptune and generous Jupiter encourage you to contribute your numerous talents to a joint venture or a local community project. Then satisfying connections, close friendships and positive outcomes will follow. When it comes to love, avoid being a cynic who sabotages relationships. Keep your romantic dreams alive! As Stevie Nicks said: “I live in the realm of romantic possibility”.

LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the magical silvery Moon encourages you to follow your intuition, and act on your hunches. Then prosperity planet Jupiter and inspiration planet Neptune fire up your finance and work zones on Friday. So find enjoyable and creative ways to boost cash flow. If you love what you do, then inner and outer riches will follow. At home and work, strive to get the balance right between being creative and practical.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Jupiter is journeying through your sign until November 8. And it won’t be back there again for nearly 12 years. So avoid being a stubborn, stuck-in-a-rut Scorpio! Make sure you capitalise on the lucky opportunities that come your way. And do your best to embrace adventurous new possibilities with both hands. As Bob Dylan said: “There is nothing so stable as change”.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Are you feeling stressed Sagittarius? Help is at hand, as Neptune and Jupiter stimulate your soul zone. So there is peace and quiet to be found via meditation, contemplation, creative visualisation, yoga, chanting or tai chi as you slow down and listen to your inner voice. As Marianne Williamson said: “Ego says – Once everything falls into place I’ll feel inner peace. Spirit says – Find your inner peace and then everything will fall into place”.

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CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

This week Jupiter and Neptune rev up your neighbourhood and networking zones. So look out for lucky opportunities and creative inspiration coming your way via local and international connections. But Saturday’s Venus-Saturn opposition will cause some concern. Loved ones are acting like a mirror as they reflect back aspects of yourself you don’t want to see, and you’ll find yourself being self-critical.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Disruptive Mars is currently charging through your sign. So – if you must be a rebel – make sure you’re a rebel with a worthwhile cause. Neptune and Jupiter also activate your career zone. So there is the potential for fabulous opportunities to manifest in the future. But you must have the self-belief to follow your true destiny. Confidence and authenticity are the keys. For extra inspiration, look to role-models like Mozart, James Dean and Bob Marley.

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

Wednesday’s wonderful Mercury/ Neptune connection activates your creative and spiritual streak. So it’s the perfect time to be proactive about helping someone who is in need. And then Jupiter and your ruler Neptune stimulate your personal travel zone on Saturday. So freedom, far-away adventures and glamorous escapades beckon over the next few months.

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No major shift but still decent announcements in Budget

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The Federal Budget last week delivered some interesting changes...

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Last week the Government presented their Budget and it was a very vanilla affair in the end. Basically, there was some minor tax relief and tinkering of the superannuation system. The taxation changes have been discussed extensively in the media, but in short there will be a tax rebate of up to $530 for low to middle income earners, this will remain in place until June 30 2022. There will also be a slight moving of the marginal tax brackets with the 32.5 per cent extending to $90,000 (formerly $87,000). These tax benefits, although nice, are minimal. There are also further tax cuts promised to commence over the period 2022-24. These are more substantial and will offer further benefits, particularly to middle to higher income earners. The Government also released what they are dubbing the “Protecting your Superannuation package”. I really like the measures they have introduced in this legislation. The policy with the greatest potential impact is the removal of the work test for those between 65-74 with less than $300,000 in super. This will enable those with lower balances the opportunity to

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contribute to superannuation after they have retired until age 74. This will provide some financial planning opportunities; most notably it will give us much greater flexibility on when we sell investment assets we intend to contribute to super. This will present an opportunity in some cases to reduce capital gains tax and still enable funds to be contributed to super for the longterm tax benefits. We will be able to sell investments after retirement, where it is likely there is less assessable income than previous years, resulting in a lower capital gains tax liability than if sold whilst still working. It is not uncommon for retirees to receive a lump sum, usually via inheritance, in some cases this will now be able

to be contributed to superannuation. There was also some sensible legislation in relation to automatic life insurance options. Many super providers, particularly industry and employer linked funds, have previously provided insurance on an opt-out basis. For those under 25 or with balances of less than $6,000 this insurance will now be provided on an opt-in basis. You will now have to actively select if you would like insurance cover. I think this is a beneficial move. The Government has removed all exit fees on super funds, regardless of balances. Although most of the changes in this year’s Budget are minor, I believe they are mostly positive.

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A lot goes in to ensuring your child can learn in the best environment... The longest serving Major League Baseball manager in the US, Cornelius McGillicuddy (known as Connie Mack), often observed, “You can’t win any game unless you are ready to win”. The same applies to learning, you cannot learn unless you are prepared to learn. Children learn best when they are relaxed and comfortable in a warm friendly environment, free from distractions. Under these conditions the brain frequency is low and the brain is said to be in either low beta mode or alpha mode. The following extract from Colin Rose’s Accelerated Learning explains this ALPHA, BETA, THETA, DELTA – The brain generates tiny electrical pulses as thoughts traverse the labyrinth of the mind. Brain waves can be measured on an electroencephalograph machine. These waves are usually expressed in the number of cycles per second. The brain produces four main frequencies: BETA level brain waves range 13-25 CPS.

ALPHA level brain waves range 8-12 CPS. THETA level brain waves range 4-7 CPS. DELTA level brain waves range 0.5-3 CPS. Thus the main impediment to learning is stress. The generator of stress can either be real or imaginary. “If you are under stress of any kind... you cannot learn”. Children learn more efficiently in the alpha or low beta state. Given this environment, the right encouragement, and the patience to lead a child to understand his/her true potential, then you will have not just a talented child, but also really a genius. It has long been noted that any child who develops the right side of their brain through learning a musical instrument, or spends time being creative through art, or learns a second language, fare better in their overall performance at school. It should be noted that when children are placed in a one to one learning environment they are under stress, feel spot-lighted, and do not learn nearly as effectively as children learning in a small group. Next week we will continue the pursuit of preparing to learn. See you then!


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Sciatica is a worrying pain condition, and one that not a lot of people know enough about...

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Sciatica is a condition we often hear about from family, friends or co-workers. You commonly hear it feeling like shooting leg pain or a jolt down the leg. It’s normally given quite a serious under tone with a degree of fear attached to it. The question is: what is Sciatica and what can be done about it? ‘Sciatica’ or ‘Radicular Pain’ is a term used to describe a pain that is produced from an irritated nerve exiting your spine. There are many reasons for why a nerve may be irritated, the most common reason being a bulged or herniated disk. Radicular pain can occur in the neck and radiate in the arms or head, in the upper back and radiate around the chest, or in the lower back and radiate into the hips or legs and feet. What is important to understand is that it’s the irritated nerve which is the problem, not the herniated disk specifically. Most people have multiple bulging disks in their backs and have never experienced radicular pain. Furthermore, patients who recover from radicular pain often still have the disk herniation present.

How physiotherapists treat it: 1. We figure out what your pain likes. Radicular pain is less like a road map and more like a puzzle. We need to figure out its tendencies and address each of these factors. 2. We get it moving! Often the reason your nerve is irritated is because it is being pressed on by something that it doesn’t recognise. Movement helps open and recognise the affected region which calms down pain. Initially we start with gentle movements and later a tailored

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Faith is often questioned, but what does it really mean? What does it mean to trust and believe in God? What does it mean to have faith in God? Is it a “leap of faith”? Is it “blind faith”? Is it, as one dictionary claims, “a strong belief based on spiritual conviction rather than proof”? Sometimes those who have Christian faith are thought to be irrational people compared to the more “sensible” people who have done away with such silly superstitions as “faith in God”. Yet, if you think about it, we all have “faith”. We have faith that the sun will rise in the morning. We have faith that our car will start when you turn the key in the ignition and we are disappointed if the car will not start, because based on the evidence and facts, this is what we expect. Christian faith is no different. Christian people put their faith and confidence in the God who is. Ultimately, the Bible says, our faith should be centred on Jesus; “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross,

scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of God.”. When you look at Jesus’ life, he was perfectly trustworthy, always working for our good and never for our harm. Christian faith, rather than “a leap of blind faith”, is actually faith in the facts and evidence around the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. It has been the experience of Christian people for 2000 years who have found this confident faith, life transforming and life renewing. You too can know and experience the wonderful difference that faith in the living Jesus can make to your life. Real faith is never blind; it is always focused on Jesus. Have a great weekend.

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Luddenham artistic gymnast Olivia Newson will represent NSW at Border Challenge next month. Photo: Melinda Jane

Bordering on brilliance NATHAN TAYLOR

efore settling on artistic gymnastics, Olivia Newson tried a range of sports but nothing seemed to fit. She gave swimming, soccer, dancing and acrobatics a go but not one of those sports compared to how comfortable she felt doing gymnastics. “I didn’t like any of those sports but as soon as I tried gymnastics, I liked it a lot – it kind of came naturally,” she said.

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Border Challenge is the first major national competition Olivia will compete in and also the first time she’ll represent her state. Olivia said she was shocked when she found out she was selected in the team. “I was really excited and it was kind of unexpected because I didn’t go as well as I had hoped to at the State Championships,” she said. “I’m looking forward to staying in Caloundra with the rest of the team and representing New South Wales. “My family and friends were really

The Luddenham resident is now into her seventh year of doing artistic gymnastics, training upwards of 14 hours a week to get her technique just right. In June, Olivia will travel to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast where she will represent New South Wales at the 2018 WAG State Club Championships Border Challenge. Olivia was chosen in the New South Wales Border Challenge team after placing 11th at the recent Gymnastics NSW State Championships.

excited and happy for me. They were really proud also.” Making Olivia’s selection even more special was the fact she was the only member of YMCA Penrith to make the team. The Year 9 Emmaus Catholic College student will compete in four apparatus at Border Challenge including Floor, Beam, Bar and Vault. “Floor is my favourite because I like tumbling, it’s really fun,” she said. “I’ll certainly be doing a lot of training between now and then.”

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Wanderers start to piece together new-look side NATHAN TAYLOR

he Wanderers have begun repairing the damage former coach Josep Gombau left behind with the announcement defender Tarek Elrich will return home on a two-year deal. A western Sydney local, the now 31-yearold was one of the Wanderers’ three inaugural signings back in June 2012. The fullback made 11 appearances in his one season with the club, helping the Wanderers in their record-breaking run to the Premier’s Plate and Grand Final. Capped three times by the Socceroos, Elrich returns to Western Sydney after a successful five seasons with Adelaide United, where he played 112 A-League games, wining the Premiership, Championship and FFA Cup. Elrich said he was very excited to be returning to Wanderland. “Both myself and my family are over the moon. I’m glad to be back where it all started for me,” he said. Having missed the majority of last season due to a knee injury, Elrich said he’s now hungrier than ever. “I’m going to work as hard as I can to cement my spot in the team,” he said.

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“I’ve been playing and training for a few months and it’s felt great and I’ve missed the game a lot, so I’m actually really looking forward to putting on the boots again and playing in front of my friends and family.” Along with Elrich, the Wanderers have been very busy signing players for the upcoming 2018/19 A-League season. Earlier this month, they secured the signatures of three outstanding talents – Nick Fitzgerald, Bruce Kamau and Ruon Tongyik. Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said the trio of signings were secured to ensure the club brought in some of the best Australian talent in the competition. “Bruce and Ruon are fantastic young talents that were identified earlier this season and we are very happy to have secured their signatures for the next two seasons,” he said. The Wanderers announced on Monday that defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis would be departing the club after five seasons. In the past season, Aspropotamitis helped the club’s Foxtel Y-League squad to its first ever Championship. One key signing the Wanderers haven’t made as yet is a new coach, following Gombau’s sacking last month.

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Excite-ing result Cheerleading school makes it count in United States Story continues from Âť p. 72 â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was good to have someone like her there commentating our game and supporting us.â&#x20AC;? Making the 32-22 Grand Final win over Newcastle even more special was the fact Madison got to celebrate the impressive achievement with her father, Clinton, who is on the Sharksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; coaching staff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coached me before in various Rugby Sevens competitions, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty cool,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we are at training he treats me like all the other girls in my team but at home heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harder on me.â&#x20AC;? While Madison is turning plenty of heads in rugby league these days, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still heavily involved in Rugby Sevens. Madison knows one day she may have to chose between the two sports, but for now she has her eye on remaining with the Sharks for the foreseeable future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thankfully I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to decide what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to do for another year,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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ost Australians visit Orlando in the United States for a fun, family holiday but when 22 girls from Excite Dance and Cheer flew over recently, it was all business â&#x20AC;&#x201C; well, mostly. The group of 10 to 14-year-olds were in the theme park capital of the world to compete against the best of the best at The Summit Championship. Held at ESPN Wide World of Sports, Team Excite Dance and Cheer were up against 31 other teams from the United States and around the world. Not only were the Penrith team ranked first after one day of competition, they finished an amazing third when it was all said and done. Speaking with the Weekender, Excite Dance and Cheer Owner and Principal Teacher Kerry Richardson said she was very proud of her team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was absolutely amazing to be competing against the best of the best, and we ended up being the only Austral-

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tion Nationals last November. Not every member of that winning team was able to come to Orlando, which prompted routine changes. Team Excite Dance and Cheer begin their new season in June.

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Epic spray does the trick Panthers score last gasp victory to take out National Championship honours NATHAN TAYLOR

enrith Panthers SG Ball captain Shawn Blore has described the moment his coach Jamie O’Keefe gave his side an almighty spray during the dying stages of last weekend’s National Championship game against Souths Logan. The SG Ball Premiers led for the majority of the match and, at one stage, were up 22-0 over the Mal Meninga Cup champions. Looking home and hosed, Penrith clocked off, allowing the Brisbane-based side back in the contest. With under 10 minutes remaining, Souths Logan completed their miraculous fightback to tie the game at 32-all. As Souths Logan were lining up the equalising conversion, coach O’Keefe got out of his chair and marched towards his troops to deliver one last, inspiring message – or mouthful – as his skipper described. “When Souths Logan scored the last try to even it up, our coach went behind the goal posts to give us the greatest earbash-

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The Panthers celebrate last weekend’s big win. Photo: NRL Photos ing I had ever heard in my life,” Blore recalled. “I’ve never seen him do anything like that before.” Thankfully O’Keefe’s whopping impromptu spray did the trick, with

Penrith winger Zach Cini getting the match-winning try as the clock wound down to zero. “When we ended up scoring in that final minute, our coach was pretty over the moon about it,” Blore said.

“It was one of the toughest games I have ever been a part of. Up 22-0, we probably got a little bit too comfortable and we let them claw their way back in.” The 38-32 winning scoreline saw the Panthers claim their second U18 National title in three seasons. Following the welldeserved victory lap, they headed straight to the airport for one hell of a flight. “We were just singing songs all the way back home, it was a loud night,” Blore said. “We didn’t stop singing until we said goodbye to each other back at the club. “It certainly was a special win, I’ve been playing with many of these guys since I was eight-years-old. I couldn’t be any prouder of them.” With the junior representative season over, Blore will now turn his attention to cracking Penrith’s Jersey Flegg team for the remainder of the season. Blore said he’ll be working hard to be selected in the same side as his older brother, Dean. “My job now is to put my best foot forward at training and show the coach why I deserve to be there,” he said. Blore and his brother Dean recently re-signed with Penrith until 2020.

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Around the grounds BASKETBALL: Penrith’s Men’s and Women’s teams have enjoyed a mixed weekend of results during Round 9 of the Waratah Championship League (WCL) competition. For the first time in more than a month Penrith were victorious, defeating the Bankstown Bruins 74-64. Centre Sean Weekes led the Panthers with 30 points and 17 rebounds. Meanwhile, Penrith’s Women’s team have continued their losing ways, hammered by Bankstown 67-33. Tatiana Beaumont was best for the Panthers scoring 11 points and six rebounds. Both sides will take on the Newcastle Hunters this Saturday at Penrith Basketball Stadium. AFL: The GWS Giants have suffered back to back losses, defeated by the West Coast Eagles 86-61 during Round 8 of the AFL. The Giants will look to bounce back and avoid three straight defeats when they take on North Melbourne in Hobart this Saturday afternoon.

NETBALL: Giants Netball have suffered the first loss of the year, losing to crosstown rivals the NSW Swifts 55-54 in Round 3 of the Super Netball competition. The Giants will look to bounce back when they battle the Queensland Firebirds this Saturday afternoon. HOCKEY: Nepean Hockey Association’s U18 women’s hockey team delivered a strong performance to finish third at the NSW U18 Championships in Newcastle recently. Playing in Division 2, coach Corrina Buckley was delighted with the overall performance of her side, which included wins over Illawarra South Coast, Lithgow and Canberra. Nepean finished first in their pool before taking on Manning Valley (Taree) in a very entertaining semifinal. Unfortunately, Nepean failed to make the Grand Final after going down by a single goal in the closing stages of the match. Meanwhile, Nepean Hockey President and coach Kieran Knowles recently led his U15 Boys representative team to a bronze medal at the State Championships. PADDLING: Good news for local paddler Jessica Fox after her stolen canoe was returned last week.

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AFL: The Penrith Rams are back in business, overcoming the Balmain Tigers 62-56 in Round 6 of the AFL Sydney Platinum Division. Phil Aumann was excellent with the boot, scoring five goals for the Rams. Penrith will look to continue their winning ways when they take on the Western Magic this Saturday afternoon at Greygums Oval. Meanwhile, the Auburn-Penrith Giants defeated the UTS Shamrocks 28-21 in Round 6

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he’s known as Penrith’s triple threat for her accomplishments in Rugby Sevens, touch football and OzTag, but now local teenager Madison Higgins-Ashby has added another string to her ever-growing bow. Earlier this month, the 17-year-old former McCarthy student became a Premiership winner when her Cronulla Sharks took out the NSWRL U18s Tarsha Gale Cup competition. On top of that, Madison also took home the Player of the Year award, presented by Tarsha Gale herself, after a stellar debut season which saw her bag an incredible 18 tries in 10 games. Speaking with the Weekender, Madison said she was over the moon, albeit somewhat surprised, to receive the coveted award. “I was honestly shocked to get the Player of the Year award because I was up against so many talented girls… I honestly didn’t think I’d get it,” she said. “To receive the award from Tarsha Gale was really cool as well because she is a good role model and is very well-known in women’s rugby league.” Story continues on » p. 70

Madison Higgins-Ashby had an outstanding season with the Sharks. Photo: NRL Photos

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