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A-LEAGUE DRAW Still hurting from their Grand Final loss, the Western Sydney Wanderers will have an early chance for revenge when they take on the Central Coast in the opening round of the 2013/14 A-League season. The highly anticipated draw for next season has been released, with the Wanderers away to the Mariners in the fir st round before playing Wellington in their fi rst home match on October 20.

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o lights, no heating, no refrigeration for food and medication, no phones in case of an emergency. These were the appalling conditions that confronted parents who were dropping their children off at Bollygum Childcare Centre in South Penrith on Monday. It was the fi nal straw for parents and staff who were brought to tears out of frustration and anger at owner and local public school principal, Mark Myles, who they claim has been negligent in all aspects of the business – from failing to pay staff

properly, to mismanaging electricity and water bills and even waste disposal. Kelly Linford, who sends her child to the centre each week day, was infuriated when she was told by staff on Monday that the electricity had been disconnected because the Origin energy bill had not been paid. “On Monday, my child spent the day in the dark, in the cold, without any electricity whatsoever,” she said. “I had to take Tuesday off work – I am a primary school teacher – because there was no way I could let my flesh and blood be kept in those conditions.” Ms Linford claims that it is not the fi rst time the

power has been cut off due to mismanagement by the owner. “The power has been cut off before, and the water. There are parents who drop their kids off at 7am at collect them at 6pm and they have no way of fi nding alternative arrangements for their children,” she said. One parent said that her child usually needs medication refrigerated at the premises and is seriously concerned about her child’s health. A group of angry parents on Tuesday told the Weekender that other issues at the centre have also arisen. Story Continues Page Eight

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he community will get its most public opportunity yet to display its anger about waste from a former uranium smelter at Hunters Hill being moved to Kemps Creek, with a public rally confi rmed for June 13. Residents initially approached Penrith Council to hold a rally against the State Government’s controversial plan to send the waste to the SITA Waste Management facility at Kemps Creek. However, the request was rejected on the basis that it could cost up to $10,000. Federal Member for Lindsay, David Bradbury, who has been vocal in his opposition to the waste coming to the Penrith LGA, then stepped in, saying he would fund the rally out of his own pocket. He has hired out St Marys Memorial Hall at a cost of $400 for the June 13 event. “I was disappointed when Council took the decision not to support a rally,” he said. “It represents a backdown from the previously strong record Council has set in representing locals on other issues such as the ADI site, Badgerys Creek airport, Castlereagh tip and in more recent times the Orchard Hills dump.” Councillor Prue Car, who has been unwavering in her support for the rally, said residents would be consulted on what format the rally would take, but the local MPs as well as the Premier, Barry O’Farrell, would be invited. “A decision has not yet been made and we have a right to hear why they want to bring toxic waste to our area,” Cr Car said. Mr Bradbury added that he urges all attendees to show the Premier the respect that a person in his role deserves.

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Councillor Prue Car and Lindsay MP David Bradbury will hold a community rally at Memorial Hall in St Marys. Photo: Melinda Jane.

MP for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies, is less than impressed with Mr Bradbury’s rally and launched a scathing attack. “We provided a public forum involving all the experts for the community to have their say. David Bradbury’s Federal track record is so toxic that he has to resort to campaigning on State Government matters,” she said. Ms Davies reiterated that the State Government has asked Mr Bradbury to nominate a Federal site for the radioactive

waste to be disposed at as an alternative to Kemps Creek. The Weekender understands that the Federal Government has set aside $37.5 million for a nuclear waste facility at Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory. However the future of the site is shrouded in legal complications and will apparently only be taking medical waste if the facility proceeds in the next five to 10 years. “When David Bradbury met with the

Premier about this issue, the Premier agreed to pay to send the waste to a Federal facility if David Bradbury identified one. He has not come up with anything and his best plan to date involves a media stunt and needlessly alarming the residents,” Mrs Davies said. Mr Bradbury responded by saying there is no current Federal facility that could take the Hunters Hill waste and that encapsulation on site remains the Penrith community’s preferred option.

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they should have ignored to prove a focus on real issues was needed. And we, the public, took to social media and talkback radio as if the world of working mothers was collapsing. Seriously, we need to have a good look at ourselves when this story can dominate the day’s political news cycle. The fact that the Prime Minister came out and said the situation made “an absolute mockery of everything the Opposition Leader has ever said about working women’’ was in itself adding to the circus. Sad, really. Just as sad as the media’s obsession with Julia Gillard crying in Parliament last Wednesday, rather than actually informing the public better on the important legislation she was introducing at the time. Or as sad as the social media boffin s screaming outrage at a photo that showed a lack of Coalition politicians in Parliament at the time. Again, more discussion on that than the legislation itself. Last Wednesday night, the 6pm news on Channel Nine seemed obsessed with telling us that Wayne Swan and Tony Abbott both appeared on the ‘Today’ show to talk about the Budget. What they talked about, we don’t know, but we know they talked about it. And apparently, one of the most important things of post-Budget day, was that Mr Abbott offered Mr Swan a spot next to his heater on the cold lawns of Parliament House. You see, when the media lives in a 24 hour news environment that requires fresh stories online, new pieces for the hourly news bulletins and Twitter updates at pace, the smallest, most irrelevant detail, becomes a story. And the Pollies themselves are happy to play it up for all it’s worth. After all, it’s far easier to deal with questions on Michelle Rowland’s baby than it is on the rollout of the NDIS, the NBN or roads infrastructure. For as long as the media, the public and the Pollies themselves focus on fluff and nonsense, ‘vision’ won’t ever get a chance to see the light of day. In the meantime, a giant wooden horse fi lled with the important issues is sitting idle, waiting for somebody to notice it. One day, you never know what might come out and surprise everyone.

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overwhelmingly positive light. “We have always said the timetable will deliver more services and once it is fi nalised we will be able to let everyone know how many and where they will be.” The State Government has not confi rmed if it will be going through a process of public consultation.

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enrith train commuters may be left without essential morning services if the NSW Government proceeds with signific ant, proposed timetable changes. A draft version of the timetable was leaked last week, showing that between 6am and 9am weekdays Penrith could have less services. The document has prompted calls from the State Opposition Leader, John Robertson, for the public to be consulted on the changes prior to their implementation in October this year. “Commuters have a right to know what the new timetable will mean for them,” he said. In October 2011, the State Government gave itself a pat on the back for introducing 15 new peak hour trains on the Western Line, however, some of these services may be lost. “Penrith looks set to lose six morning peak services, which will mean more passengers crowded onto fewer trains,” Mr Roberston said. “The O’Farrell Government was elected on a promise to fi x the trains – instead, commuters have had to deal with the worst on time running performance and delays in recent memory, including 12 since February which effectively shut down the rail network.” Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, has defended the leaked draft timetable. “The timetable is still in draft stage and

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The new Nepean Arts Centre has been officially opened.

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remier Barry O’Farrell offic ially opened the highly anticipated performing arts facility at Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School last Saturday. The $4.9 million state of the art facility, which was a 2011 election commitment, includes a movement studio with retractable seating, dance workshop, control room, change rooms, car parking and amenities. “Th is is a great day for Nepean Creative

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avid Bradbury has denied reports that he could make a dramatic switch to State politics if he loses his seat in the Federal election this September. According to News Limited, the Lindsay MP is one of a string of western Sydney MPs being sounded out for possible candidacy at the 2015 State election, where Labor will attempt to claw back some of the seats lost in Barry O’Farrell’s 2011 election whitewash. On Monday, The Daily Telegraph quoted an ALP source as saying, “One of the consequences of Federal Labor doing so poorly is that there is a handful of those

who might be coming to Macquarie St... Bowen, Burke, Bradbury, Clare.” However, Mr Bradbury told the Weekender he “had no plan B” because he was totally focused on retaining Lindsay. “My focus is on Lindsay – I love doing what I’m doing and I hope to continue doing that beyond September,” he said. Current State MP, Liberal Stuart Ayres, said who his opponent would be at the next State election “wasn’t even on his radar” and that he was focused on delivering for residents in his electorate. “What Labor decides to do in western Sydney is up to them,” he said. “But I would suggest that if you are the Assistant Treasurer with five consecutive deficits... your credibility is somewhat on the tarnished side.”

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tragic car crash in Glenmore Park claimed the life of an 84-year-old male on Wednesday evening. At 4.50pm police, paramedics and Fire and Rescue NSW were called to Marcus Clarke Crescent with reports that a car had left the road and collided with a house. The car was a white Toyota sedan being driven by the 84-year-old man with an 80-year-old female in the passenger’s seat.

William Howell Drive and The Lakes Drive, smashed through a yellow Colorbond fence and into the backyard and pergola of a house that fronts Marcus Clarke Crescent. Paramedics treated the female passenger at the scene, who was taken in an unknown condition to Westmead Hospital. Sadly, the male driver died at the scene. At the time of the crash there were seven people inside the house however none were injured in the incident.

Over 20 concerned Glenmore Park residents gathered at the busy intersection to watch emergency services work late into the evening to retrieve the vehicle. At the time of the crash the weather conditions were less than favourable with 4mm of rain falling that afternoon. A spokesperson for NSW Police said that investigations as to why the crash occurred are continuing. Anyone with information on the accident should contact police. For the latest on this story, visit www. westernweekender.com.au.

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enrith City Mayor, Mark Davies, joined many across the nation on Wednesday in the simultaneous reading of The Wrong Book. Each year a picture book, written by an Australian author is read simultaneously in libraries and children’s centres across Australia as part of national event, ‘Simultaneous Storytime’. Th is week, The Wrong Book written by Nick Bland, was read to thousands of kids at 11am on Wednesday and the children at Blue Emu Children’s Centre in Emu Heights were among those who listened. “Books, at the end of the day just open up the world... I think that one of the most powerful things that you can do today is to encourage young kids to read,” Cr Davies said. Th is was the third year that Penrith City Council has been involved in the event.

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Fair Work investigating Continued from Page 1 “There was a pile of rubbish in the car park that was left there for over four weeks because the owner would not pay for its collection, there were maggots and dirty nappies, it was an OH&S issue,” said one concerned parent. Ms Linford said that the staff have been brilliant at the centre and are considered as family by the parents, however the staff themselves are now at breaking point. The Weekender can confi rm that the Australian Fair Work Ombudsman is investigating a series of complaints including that staff have not been paid properly or on time and have not received any superannuation. “The Fair Work Ombudsman is currently conducting investigations into the wages and entitlements of staff employed by Bollygum Childcare Centre Pty Ltd after receiving a number of complaints from workers,” a Fair Work spokesperson said. “Fair Work inspectors visited the business [on Tuesday] morning for the purpose of obtaining records to assist with detailed investigations.” Parents say the staff have been paying for ink jets, craft supplies, toilet paper and other basic necessities out of their own pockets to properly care for the children. “We can’t praise the staff enough. They have put our children above themselves and even their own families but this cannot continue,” Ms Linford said. A spokesperson for Origin Energy said that power to the centre was returned on Tuesday afternoon, but could not comment on the account due to privacy reasons. The Department of Education and Communities has also been contacted. But a spokesperson said that the Department is: “satisfied that the children are safe and suffic iently well cared for at this time and is monitoring the situation”. Mr Myles has been issued with a Show Cause notice by the Department, requiring him to demonstrate that he has effective management and control of the service. “If the conditions of the Show Cause are not met within 30 days, the approved provider may be suspended and the service closed,” the spokesperson said. Despite repeated attempts, Mr Myles could not be reached for comment.

Help available The State Government is urging gamblers to continue their hobby responsibly or to seek help if they feel they are out of control. State Penrith MP, Stuart Ayres, said strong counselling services are available to those in need. Mr Ayres said Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, from May 20 to 26, will throw a spotlight on problem gambling and the face-to-face, telephone and online help available on 1800 858 858 or www.gamblinghelp. nsw.gov.au “Last month the NSW Government, through its Responsible Gambling Fund, announced contracts worth more than $48 million over four years for high quality problem gambling counselling and support services across the State,” Mr Ayres said this week.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC EXHIBITION Planning Proposal for Penrith Local Environmental Plan (LEP) Council wants to hear your views on the Planning Proposal for Stage 2 of the City-wide LEP. The Planning Proposal, maps and supporting documents will be on exhibition from Monday, 13 May to Friday, 5 July 2013. The City-wide LEP is being delivered in 2 stages. Stage 1 of the LEP, known as Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2010, is already complete and took effect in 2010. Stage 1 covered Penrith’s rural and industrial areas, St Marys Town Centre and Penrith’s heritage items and places. Stage 2 of the LEP covers Penrith’s urban areas and will replace all existing planning documents by translating them into the New South Wales Government’s Standard Template for LEPs. Stage 2 also makes the next 5 years of anticipated urban growth possible by setting planning controls to deliver new homes and jobs in and around Penrith City Centre, St Marys Town Centre and Kingswood. Viewing the Planning Proposal The Planning Proposal, maps and supporting documents will be exhibited from Monday, 13 May to Friday, 5 July 2013 at Penrith Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith. The Civic Centre is open Monday to Friday between 8.30am–4pm. The Planning Proposal and maps are also available to view at the following locations: sCouncil’s St Marys Office: 207–209 Queen Street, St Marys. (Monday–Friday: 8.30am–4pm). sPenrith Library: 601 High Street, Penrith (Monday–Friday: 9am–4pm; Saturday: 9am–5pm; and Sunday: 10am–5pm). sSt Marys Library: 207–209 Queen Street, St Marys (Monday–Friday: 9am–5.30pm; and Saturday: 9am–1pm). The exhibition information is also available on Council’s website: www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au Submissions If you wish to make a submission on the Planning Proposal, please do so by Friday, 5 July 2013. Letters should be marked attention to the City Planning Team and sent to: The General Manager, Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith 2751. Emails should be sent to: cityplanningteam@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au If you have any questions, please ring the City Planning Team on 4732 8196. Declaration of political donations or gifts Legislation requires the disclosure of donations and gifts when making submissions on the Planning Proposal. If you or anyone with a financial interest in the Planning Proposal for Penrith Local Environmental Plan have made reportable political donations adding up to or exceeding $1,000, or given gifts of money, property, services or valuables to a political party, elected member, group or candidate in the two years prior to your submission, you will be required to submit a disclosure statement. This disclosure statement is a public document and will be made publically available. If a further donation or gift is made after the lodgement of the submission a further statement is required to be provided within 7 days after the donation or gift is made. Further information regarding Disclosure Statements including a disclosure form can be found on the Department of Planning and Infrastructure’s website: http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au For further information please contact the City Planning Team on 4732 8196 or at cityplanningteam@penrithcity. nsw.gov.au

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DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION The following development application has been received by Council: s Cityscape Planning & Projects DA13/0443 29–35 Castlereagh Street, Penrith 4-storey residential flat building with basement car parking and 13 apartments Contact: Pukar Pradhan on 4732 7726 Closing Date: 11 June 2013

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

Approved Development Applications s Claude Saab DA13/0056 Lot 13 DP 237831 (10) Manning Street, Kingswood Demolition of existing dwelling and construction of 8-room boarding house The above development determination/s may be inspected between 8.30am and 4pm Mondays to Fridays (except Public Holidays) at Council’s Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith. Officers of Council’s Development Services Department will be able to assist with your enquiries. Disclosure of Political Donations or Gifts Development Applications are displayed at the Penrith Civic Centre. By law, reportable political donations or gifts must be disclosed by anyone lodging a planning application to Council. Call 4732 7649 or visit www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au Viewing of Development Applications The above development determination/s may be inspected between 8.30am and 4pm Mondays to Fridays (except Public Holidays) at Council’s Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith. Officers of Council’s Development Services Department will be able to assist with your enquiries.

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

COUNCIL REALISES $4.1 MILLION IN COST SAVINGS Penrith residents have more than 4 million reasons to smile because over the last decade Council has made savings of $4.1 million through the introduction of efficiency projects. Buildings and facilities such as the Civic Centre, Ripples, Penrith Swimming Centre, Penrith Whitewater Stadium and various Council operated Neighbourhood and Community Centres have significantly reduced their energy and water usage in the last 10 years. This has delivered huge cost savings and significant benefits for the environment. Some of the projects contributing to reduced water and energy bills include the replacement of lights, the installing of solar panels and new pool pumps, and upgrades to computers and IT equipment.

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The successful introduction of more than 100 efficiency projects and subsequent cost savings shows Council is effectively planning for the future.

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Savings from these projects have also funded other efficiency projects and activities.

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

MEETING DATES Council Meetings 27 May 2013 – 7.30pm (Ordinary meeting)

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Photo: RAAF Roulettes, photographed by Sgt. Rob Mitchell, Australian Defence, © Commonwealth of Australia. s Do you have a swimming pool? Be sure to check what the recent changes to the law in NSW mean for you. You need to register your pool on the new state-wide online Swimming Pools Register by 29 October 2013 – go to www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au For more information see Council’s website www.penrithcity.nsw. gov.au under ‘Our Community – Safety’. s Penrith Councillors Greg Davies and John Thain join other community members sleeping out in the Third Annual Business Sleepers (Sleep-Out) from 7pm on Friday, 31 May until 7am Saturday, 1 June at Penrith Paceway.

FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Congratulations to Susan Day who this week won after answering last week’s question. What is the biggest challenge facing the Penrith community in the next 20 years?

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‘The biggest challenge for Penrith in the next 20 years is for the Council to have a vision that will ensure the local infrastructure is in place to attract business investment and become the choice destination for families.’

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An initiative of the Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce, the event encourages local business leaders to camp out for 12 hours and experience what it’s like for homeless people who have to sleep rough every night.

s The Penrith Local Environmental Plan (LEP) is on exhibition until Friday, 5 July. Along with delivering new homes, the Penrith LEP will open up areas of the City for development and create more local jobs, including tourism and hospitality employment opportunities in the Nepean River Precinct. For more details, visit our website, drop into Council or ring the City Planning Team on 4732 8196.

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COUNCIL NEWS s Commemorating the Bicentenary of the first successful European crossing of the Blue Mountains continues this weekend in Emu Plains. On Saturday, 25 May at 11am in Melrose Hall there will be morning tea, local historical commemorations, historical walking tours and a flyover by the RAAF Roulettes. While on Sunday, 26 May the Arms of Australia Inn will host the William Cox Open Day, a Historical Festival celebrating local colonial history. Both events are free!

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ome of Penrith’s business leaders will give up the comfort of home to spend a night out in the cold next week. Now into its third year, the Penrith United Way Community Fund’s business sleep out will be raising money for the Nepean Youth Accommodation Service, St Vincent De Paul and the Penrith Community Kitchen. The sleepout is also aimed at helping Penrith business leaders and managers

connect, network and build relationships with each other, as well as helping them understand the challenges faced by the homeless in our community. “It’s all about making people realise that there are people out there with nothing, and that this issue isn’t going away,� Penrith United Way Community Fund CEO, Gai Hawthorn said. Western Weekender Sales Manager, Simon Gould, is amongst those who will be sleeping out on May 31. The registration fee is $100. Visit www. unitedwaypenrithcommunityfund.org.au for further details.

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Between May and September in 2012, there were 2,028 house fi res in NSW with 11 preventable fi re deaths. Duty Commander for Metropolitan West 1, Inspector David Taylor said the incidence of house fi res increases in winter cold snaps. “Simple things like not leaving the heater too close to clothing or furniture is very important,� he said. Residents should complete an online Home Fire Safety Audit as part of their winter fi re safety preparation. Visit www. homefi resafetyaudit.com.au for details on how to audit your home.

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his week Kevin Rudd was back in the spotlight – declaring that he’s changed his mind on same-sex marriage. Th is is despite opposing it when he was Prime Minister – when he actually could have wielded some real influence. With a 2000 word blog on his website, he explained that his epiphany came after meeting up with a gay staffer who’d had to reconcile his sexuality and strong Pentecostal faith. A seemingly innocuous press conference followed, and with a few flic ks of the hair and a few cheesy lines, one K Rudd (as he likes to refer to himself) was back, baby. Journalists haven’t been treated to “Are you ready to rock and roll” or “It’s time to zip” for quite a while. These Ruddisms amuse the press gallery – but would, no doubt, annoy the Prime Minister. Any seasoned Rudd watcher knows that

Tuesday’s media appearance was as much about his leadership as it was gay marriage. Make no mistake – Rudd has not given up his leadership ambition. That little ‘backfl ip’ exercise was to remind everyone he’s not going anywhere and again highlight the differences between him and his arch enemy, Julia Gillard. In not supporting gay marriage, Ms Gillard has ignored what could have been a great Labor legacy – I think personal beliefs have given way to her political radar. Truth is, I don’t think Julia Gillard wanted to have a fight with a conservative, deeply religious Opposition Leader in Tony Abbott. She’s left a leadership gap – and Kevin Rudd has seized it, and grabbed it with both hands. There’s no chance that his leadership can be revived for this election – that ship has sailed – but the game is far from over.

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t’s time for Tony Abbott to tell Australians what he would cut and how he would fund important reforms for our future such as the National Plan for School Improvement and DisabilityCare Australia. He needs to explain what is on the chopping block of his so-called Commission of Audit. Following Mr Abbott’s Budget Reply Speech, we know families are in the fi ring line, and the cuts we know about are just the tip of the iceberg. First to go will be the School Kids Bonus, along with scrapping superannuation support of up to $500 to low-income workers earning less than $37,000, ditching the income support bonus and delaying the super guarantee increase. Australians should be in no doubt that changes to the GST are fi rmly on the table if Tony Abbott is elected.

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ast week I delivered my Address in Reply to the Budget. I spoke about two objectives of our Real Solutions Plan: fi rst, to take pressure off households; and second, to strengthen our economy so that, over time, there’s more to go around for everyone. The Coalition will abolish the carbon tax and provide immediate and substantial relief to electricity and gas prices. Australia cannot keep running up record debt and deficits. Th is is the fundamental difference between the Coalition and Labor: We believe that governments, like the families and businesses of western Sydney, have to live within their means. The Coalition stands ready to end the chaos of Labor.

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woman has died after her car collided with a large tow truck at Luddenham last Thursday, May 16. At about 10am the woman was driving a small, white sedan in a northerly direction along The Northern Road, near Littlefields Road, when her car collided with a tow truck that was travelling in the opposite direction. The vehicles left the road after the initial impact and travelled down a short slope beside the roadway. Emergency services attended the scene but the woman was pronounced deceased. “The cause of the accident is still under investigation,” said Inspector Gary Sims from Penrith Police. “There is an amount of physical evidence but we have to wait until that gets analysed before we can rule in or rule out any hypothesis on the cause of the accident.” Gavin Martin, owner of Retriever Towing, the company to which the truck belongs, spoke to the 26-year-old driver of the truck after the accident and said that although his physical condition is okay, he is still very emotional. “He was upset but I have spoken to him since and he is a lot calmer now but it’ll hit him later,” Mr Martin said. It is understood that the driver of the vehicle told his employer that he was not at fault. “He was heading towards Narellan, she was heading in the opposite direction and she came across on his side of the road. After the impact he has just gone down because you can see it has hit his steering; it became jammed,” Mr Martin said. “He tried to get out of the way but she just kept coming for him, that’s what he said on the phone to

At about 9.20am on Wednesday, May 15, a teenage girl was walking through Saunders Park, on Banks Road in St Clair alone. The girl was approached by a man who forced her against a tree before indecently assaulting her. She kicked the man and managed to escape, running from the area and contacting police. St Marys detectives are investigating the incident. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . At about 3pm on Sunday, May 19, a 62-year-old Cambridge Park woman was inside her Barry Street home when a 17-year-old male entered through the rear door. The door was closed but unlocked. It is alleged that the male stole a mobile phone and ran from the house when the 63-year-old male living at the home returned. He chased the 17-year-old, who dropped the stolen items. A bystander who was alerted to the incident by the 63-yearold continued to follow the teenager and contacted police with updates on his location. The teenager was arrested by police and was subsequently been charged with ‘Aggravated Break, Enter and Steal’. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Fire: Suspicion falls on train passenger At 1.50pm on Friday, May 17, emergency services were alerted to a fi re between St Marys and Werrington Railway Stations. Fire crews from Dunheved responded to the area at Christie Street, near Forrester Road, and extinguished the fi re at 2.43pm. The scene was examined and as a result of investigations, police received information that the fi re may have been started by an object which was thrown from a passing train. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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me. He just couldn't get away.” There are a number of witnesses who have spoken with police but anyone with additional information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Meanwhile, a man was taken to hospital after a single-vehicle crash on Mulgoa Road at Mulgoa late on Friday night. The accident caused the closure of Mulgoa Road for several hours.

Motorcyclist gets away: Chase too dangerous At 11.30pm on Friday, May 17, police were patrolling Victoria Street, Werrington. They saw a motorcycle with no rear plate overtaking cars on their inside. Police pursued the motorcycle into Heath Street then onto Joseph Street and a number of other streets in that vicinity but the driver failed to stop. During the pursuit, the rider reached speeds estimated to be 120km/h. The pursuit was terminated due to its dangerous nature. Police are appealing to the public for more information.

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The day our legal system buckled so we could tolerate a total disrespect of Australia

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here are two kinds of people in this country – Australians and people who just live here. You can judge for yourself which category Lakemba man Mohammed Issai Issaka fits into. At the start of the week Mohammed was on trial before Magistrate Jacqueline Milledge for his part in those ugly Muslim riots last year. As the hearing started, like everyone in the court, he was required to stand. Instead he refused. He believes it compromised his religion – or more precisely, his interpretation of the Islamic faith. Instead of insisting he respect Australia’s legal custom – or reminding him that our system works for all people of all religions, the Magistrate negotiated with him and found a solution that wouldn’t upset him. Put simply, she tolerated his intolerance of our system. It was a moment that saw the system tested – and it buckled. What a powerful statement it would have been if the Magistrate had just said “NO”. Instead she went the path of least resistance and allowed him to express his disrespect of our long standing traditions.

She let you down. On my 2UE radio program, Mohammed’s lawyer, Stephen Hopper, told me his client had migrated to Australia from Africa “several years ago”. “He chose to come to Australia with his family,” he said. I assume he chose us because he liked the freedoms, safety, and fairness of our country and its institutions. It would be good if he showed some appreciation for why the nation that accepted him as a migrant works so well – respect for the law. Australia can’t afford to run two or more standards – just because of religious sensitivities. Where do you start and where do you stop? Do we then start saying some laws don’t apply to some people because of their faith? Keep going down that way and we should give the whole game away. If you call this country home, you respect its customs, its traditions and its ways. Don’t like it? Leave. Th is week a giant hole was blown in the side of public confidence in our legal system, when it actually should have been one of its proudest moments.

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Prawn analogy spot on

I am still laughing at Jason Morrison’s analogy about Swan’s Budget and rotting prawns (Western Weekender May 17). Great to have his writing in the Weekender. A voice of common sense. Dennis Koram, Emu Plains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Cutting the baby bonus

I am from western Sydney, and I am a single male working full time. I heard the Budget on Tuesday night and would like to say I am happy with the way the government are helping the disabled and cutting the baby bonus as I believe it creates women having children for the wrong reasons. If you don’t have the money, don’t have the baby. A lot of people are having a cry about the bonus being cut, well my parents never had these luxuries. Glenn, via website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Budget perspective

Having a surplus simply to say you have one is a massive lot of BS. If a deficit is used to build essential infrastructure like the NBN and motorways, then so be it. A potential Coalition government scares the hell out of me as they are notorious in cutting essential services to deliver a surplus. Stefan Hofmann, via Facebook

PETER OVERTON

Attacks not new

Unfortunately this sort of thing has been going on for years (Paramedics sick of attacks, Western Weekender May 17). My father was a fi reman in the local area and many times they had to have a police escort when going out to a job. Gen Neal-Jagt, via Facebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Doomed to fail

The idea of having refugee camps at Nauru and Manus Islands is doomed to fail. The governments of the world should focus attention on the living conditions that is causing so many to flee their homelands. The UN seems to be hamstrung by the farcical situation of a hardcore Communist Government; China, and the mysterious Russian “bear” having a veto on the Security Council. Australia is spending millions of dollars to house a few hundred boat people on Nauru and Manus when thousands are being housed in Australia. Whilst people’s lives are in danger, the refugees will continue to float in. Jay Nauss, via email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Keep them locked up

Good article on Skaf bros. They should never be released. (From the Editor’s Desk, Western Weekender May 17). Andrew Vicary, via Twitter

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By 2004 it was in full swing, but only supporting one hospital. By 2012 Humpty had 210 hospitals on its books and as you read this column I am delighted to say it has come a long way from that $40,000 for the paint, having raised, to date $35 million. “I am continually amazed at the generosity of Humpty’s supporters who simply just keep on giving,” Paul said recently. “Their big-heartedness is unrivalled, and I am grateful for their ongoing support.” I told you it was a good news story. God willing you won’t have to visit a children’s hospital but if you do, pause and have a look around... Humpty has paid a visit. You can help the Humpty Dumpty Foundation too. Th is year’s Humpty Ball will be held on September 7, 2013. If you don’t want to attend the ball, you can donate directly to the cause or even become a volunteer. Logon to www.humpty.com.au or call 9439 0511 to fi nd out more about this wonderful organisation.

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Thank you, Penrith COUNCIL SNAPSHOT Landcom has submitted an application for the rezoning of land located at 17-53 Caddens Road, Kingswood for residential and public open space purposes. Th is site is also known as the ‘Knoll’ or ‘Caddens Knoll’. It is proposed that the central portion of the Knoll will be turned into a hill-top park of approximately two hectares. Th is park is being provided for the community and will be transferred to Council. The land surrounding the hill-top park will be developed to provide a low density residential development of approximately 45 lots structured around two new roads from Casuarina Circuit and Angophora Avenue. Penrith Council has received an application for a waste facility in St Marys. The proposal is worth $1 million by business, Worth Recycling and would be located at 42-46 Charles Street, St Marys. Artists and community groups will get the skills needed to protect their creative work in two free workshops run by Penrith Council on Friday, May 31. The Artists and Community Toolkit workshops will be held in the Penrith Library Theatrette and will be led by Copyright Agency Indigenous Communications Coordinator and Legal Officer Patricia Adjei. The fi rst, from 10am to 12pm, is open to all community members and will focus on visual arts copyright (Viscopy) and other licensing and release royalty opportunities. Morning tea will be provided. The second, from 1pm to 4pm, is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It will look in greater depth at copyright for Aboriginal artists, resale royalties and Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property rights. Participants will also have the opportunity to chat with Patricia over lunch. To book your place for this free workshop call 4732 8098.

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en Marshall’s story touched the hearts of the local community when it fi rst appeared in the Weekender, and saw strangers dig deep to support him, deep enough to get him out and about once again. Ben, 20, lives with a moderate to high intellectual disability but an adverse reaction to medication saw him admitted to hospital in a serious condition. Ben lost his ability to walk and was unable to leave hospital for almost nine months. The only solution was a $13,000 specialised wheelchair, however this proved very difficult for his Cambridge Park family to obtain. The local community heard Ben’s story and showed that nothing was too diffic ult, raising enough money to purchase that wheelchair. The majority of the donations came from a benefit night, hosted by the Cambridge Park Lions Club. “It really opened my eyes. I didn’t think that people would ever be that generous to complete strangers. I am just so grateful to everyone. It just showed the spirit of the community,” Chris Marshall, Ben’s father, said. Ben sat in his new chair for the fi rst time earlier this month. The chair has been specifically designed for Ben’s needs and continues to be upgraded, drastically improving his standard of living. “He’s proud of the chair. He wants to show people because he chose the colour, blue. He got quite excited,” Mr Marshall said. “As parents, it’s given us huge peace of mind. Now we know that his posture and spine are not going to get any worse than they already are. Now we can take him on more outings, he loves it. He loves being out in the community.”

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ictims of domestic and family violence now have more help at hand with the launch of a new smart phone app. The Aurora domestic violence app has been developed by the NSW Government to help people who are experiencing abuse to make informed, empowered choices. “The app is easy to use, information can be obtained anonymously and it contains useful and potentially lifesaving information,” said State Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies, who has warmly welcomed the app’s launch. A unique messaging tool allows the user to privately and safely call for help if under duress. The ‘message friends’ section allows users to quickly send an SMS to a trusted friend or family member when they are feeling threatened or harassed. The app was developed in consultation with the NSW Police Force, with input from experts from the domestic and family violence sector, including the NSW Women’s Refuge Movement. “Research also tells us that smart phone technology can be particularly effective in regional and rural areas where women don’t always have access to a computer, but they often own a smart phone,” Mrs Davies said. Tracy Howe, CEO of the NSW Women’s Refuge Movement, said domestic violence is so often hidden.

Vital economy It’s no news to those of us who live, work and do business in Penrith that our City is vital to the state and national economy. But it was good to hear it clearly articulated in this week’s Federal Budget Debate at Penrith Panthers, organised by the Penrith Business Alliance. Penrith is Here – with the space, the people, the energy and the vision to make things happen in terms of new homes, jobs and industries, developing the expanded Western Sydney Employment Area is perhaps the single biggest opportunity to address Sydney’s alarming jobs deficit. Council’s working with the State Government on this project. We’re determined to meet the challenges facing our growing regional city without losing the things we love about its lifestyle and environment. Feedback for the Mayor? Send an email to news@westernweekender. com.au or call us on 4722 2998. Visit Council’s website at www. penrithcity.nsw.gov.au for more information.

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“Victims often feel a sense of shame and can be too scared to talk to those close to them,” she explained. “An easy-to-access app that helps them understand they are not to blame, and helps enhance their safety, is a valuable and welcome addition to the range of resources available to victims of domestic

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ou do not expect to see a dog walking down hospital hallways but at Nepean Hospital, it is a regular occurrence. Nepean Therapy Dog Club has been bringing their furry friends through the hospital’s doors for nearly 20 years, putting smiles on the faces of local patients. Made up of local people and their accredited therapy dogs, the Nepean Therapy Dog Club is a charitable organisation that visits hospitals throughout western Sydney. The dogs visit maternity, cardiac and children’s wards, as well as the Emergency Department. “The volunteers and their dogs have had many wonderful, heart-warming experiences including the joy of birth, and helping relieve the sorrow of death,� said Nicole Celeban, Nepean Therapy Dog Club volunteer. The dogs provide comfort for patients, making their stay a little more bearable. “You see the difference in patients when the dogs enter a room. A visit from the dogs relaxes them and gives everyone a common experience they can talk about. It breaks down the barriers of communication,� Ms Celeban said. “The dogs are a friendly face for people in need. To be a part of providing comfort to these vulnerable people is a very special thing.� For more information on the Nepean Therapy Dog Club, call 4727 7292.

Lotto winner A Londonderry man was a multimillionaire and didn’t know it. He won $3,000,000 in Lotto earlier this month, but his ticket was unregistered and he didn’t fi nd out until a week after the draw. The stunned winner admitted he wasn’t aware NSW Lotteries had been looking for a mystery unregistered winner in the area. “I was at the outlet and I saw the sign that said a division one winning entry in the $21 million Superdraw was sold there,� the winner explained. “I made a comment to the owner who said to me jokingly, ‘Are you sure it’s not you?’ I laughed it off but thought I better check the entries I’d bought there. It was a complete surprise when I discovered I had the winning ticket!� There were seven entries that won a fir st division share in the $21 million prize.

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Photos on display Works by budding photographers from Londonderry Public School will be on display in the ‘You, Me & All of Us – Lomo in Londonderry’ exhibition until June 9. The photographs capture local people and were taken with Lomo cameras. Artist Mandy SchĂśne-Salter taught the “lomographyâ€? technique to students from Years 5 and 6 as part of a project funded by Penrith Council’s Magnetic Places Neighbourhood Renewal Community Cultural Grant program. The exhibition will be displayed on a pop-up gallery in Londonderry Arcade and a book of the works will also be presented to the students and their subjects.

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Penrith teenager is hoping to be on top of the world come July after being named as a State Finalist for Miss World Australia 2013, the longest running international beauty pageant in the world. Along the way, Caitlin Alderson is also hoping to raise $3,000 for the Lilla Foundation, an organisation that aims to improve the education and health care of a small population of Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory. Ms Alderson needs to raise at least $1,000 as part of the ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ component of Miss World Australia, but she set herself a goal of raising triple that amount. “I made the decision to set my ambitions high because I want to shine light on a community that is otherwise overshadowed by poverty,” she said. “I hope that my journey encourages other young women to take a step forward and be proactive within their local community. “I am a strong believer in the idea that life is an echo and that what you send out comes back. What you see in others exists in you and if I can inspire other women to come forward like myself, I would feel a great sense of achievement.” She says more women should take part in Miss World Australia because it does not stereotype women. “It is different from other pageants as it takes on a holistic approach to how they

crown one lucky young woman from fitness, the ability to communicate, overall grooming and enthusiasm for charity projects,” she said. Ms Alderson caught the eye of locals last year when she won Big League magazine’s NRL Cheerleader of the Year, and she continues to be part of the Penrith Panthers cheerleading squad in 2013. The energetic 19-year-old is keen to make the most out of life, and is doing everything she can to make her Miss World Australia dream become a reality. “As my family and friends have come to know, my determination and drive to go as well as I possibly can in this pageant has led to very late nights and very early mornings,” she said. “I don’t rest at any point in the day because I am trying my absolute hardest to do everything I can. The thought of being crowned as Miss World Australia is a dream I would love to make reality. “Winning NRL Big League Cheerleader of the Year last year has taught me that anything is possible and it has given me an even greater desire to take on something at an international level and make the community that has supported me every step of the way proud.” But it’s not all dancing and beauty pageants for Ms Alderson – she’s also carving out a career in other realms, too. “Currently I am in the process of completing a Bachelor of Business and Commerce at the University of Western Sydney and I am additionally taking on a Certificate III in Fitness come July,” she said.

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efore the Great Walk Foundation began to support Nepean Hospital’s children’s ward, seriously ill local kids and their families would often have to travel long distances to get the care that they needed. Including their recent $50,000 donation, handed to the hospital last week, the Foundation has donated a total of $150,000 to the children’s ward. “It enables the children’s ward at Nepean to provide services and

equipment to patients which is on-par with tertiary institutions,” said Nurse Unit Manager of the Nepean Hospital Children’s Ward, Christine Sulfaro. The Great Walk Foundation’s contributions have already bought two humidicribs, a number of wall monitors and other equipment for the ward. The Great Walk Foundation raises money for local organisations by taking on an annual walk from Bathurst to Blaxland. To date they have raised $450,000 for local organisations. Th is year’s walk is beginning on Tuesday, May 28.

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providing and promoting ongoing sport participation and working with sporting clubs and organisations,” she said. Over the years the AASC program has introduced a huge number of sports into children’s lives including AFL, athletics, baseball, basketball, BMX, cricket, dance, football, golf, gymnastics, netball, squash, tennis and volleyball. Cambridge Park Public School is just one school in the local area running the AASC program. Kindergarten teacher Erica Bell is a specially trained ‘community coach’ who gives up her time after school to deliver sporting activities at Cambridge Park Public each term. “We run four new sports each term and are inundated with permission notes coming back from parents,” she said. “We sometimes have up to 50 kids on the reserve list.”

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Government has committed $25,000 to the project with Penrith City Council also injecting a further $25,000 to upgrade the amenities and facilities of the local pool. State Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres, said the construction of the shade structure will allow for people to utilise the pool better. “It will also make the green space at the shallow end of the main pool more accessible as well,” he said. The shade structure will cover the shallow end of the 50m pool and sweep around to the smaller program pool. It’ll be suitable for all weather conditions.

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o many kids go home after school and sit in front of the television eating junk food, but there’s a growing group of kids across various schools in the Penrith region that are doing the exact opposite – getting fit and healthy. There are currently 2,094 children participating in the enormously popular Active After-school Communities (AASC) program, held at 29 schools and Out of School Hours Care facilities in the local area.

The AASC program is a Federallyfunded program that provides sporting opportunities for primary school aged children. The sessions are run two to three times per week for an hour after school and are delivered in a safe, inclusive and engaging manner which caters to all of the participating AASC children. AASC Regional Coordinator, Rebecca Webb, said the program is designed for kids to develop a love for a particular sport in hopes they’ll progress to a local sporting organisation. “Traditionally the program was about getting inactive kids active, now it’s about

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Kate Bracks, the winner of ‘Masterchef’ in 2011, will cook up a storm at a local event.

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ate Bracks, the winner of ‘Masterchef’ in 2011, will soon be sharing her wisdom with a lucky local audience. The talented chef will be the special guest at a unique event, ‘THE Masterchef’, presented by Glenmore Park Anglican Church on Saturday, June 22. The event, aimed at people aged over 16-years-old, will include Masterchef Challenges, a cooking demonstration by Ms Bracks, a gourmet supper and a ‘foodie’ show bag. “We are excited to be able to present this event for the local community,” said

John Lavender, Senior Minister of Glenmore Park Anglican Church. “Kate Bracks is a woman who is passionate about her love of food and her faith, and has a great story to tell.” As part of the event’s ‘foodie’ theme, guests are also invited to bring a non-perishable food item, which will be distributed to local organisations who feed the disadvantaged in our local community. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.masterchefgpac.com or call the Church Office on 4733 1635.

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epean Creative and Performing Arts High School student Katie Rochelle has won the Sydney Youngbloods singer/songwriter competition in the under 25’s category. The competition was held earlier this month with Katie winning by ‘Judge’s Choice’ after fi nishing equal fi rst in public voting. Her prize includes a feature spot at this Saturday’s Northern Beaches music festival, a recording session with a music

producer in a Sydney studio, and radio spots on Radio Northern Beaches and Marrickville-based station Radio Skid Row. Katie delighted the judges with a mixture of her own songs and covers, all infused with a modern r ‘n’ b, hip hop and dance flavour. Only 16, Katie has been singing since she was 12 and credits a strong support network for helping her stay focused. “I have two lovely parents, my vocal teacher and manager, and great musicians around me who are all so helpful,” Katie said.

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day – some travel from across western Sydney, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains, Picton and Windsor just to take part. “The needs of the Nepean Cancer Care Clinic strike a chord with most of our players as many have been touched by the disease in some way or another and have witnessed, fi rst-hand the special needs that arise from patients when undergoing treatment,” said Ruth Murdoch, Wallacia/Panthers Ladies Golf Club President. The $5,000 cheque was handed over earlier this month.

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Nepean Fam ily History Society will hold an Open House weekend to celebrate Back to Emu Plains weekend. Call 4733 1631 for deta ils.

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or a small school there are plenty of big events happening at The Lakes Christian College. Penrith’s most communityoriented school, The Lakes Christian College is marking a major milestone – their fi rst cohort of Year 12 students are set to begin their studies in October. “Th is is a major academic milestone for our school and both the staff and students are looking forward to a productive year of study within a highly personalised learning framework,” said Principal, Eugene Willems. The College is excelling on the sporting

front also, with two students, Emmanuel Gonzales and Jack Mills representing the school at a national level in soccer and basketball respectively. Further, entry level at Prep (fouryears-old) is encouraged at the College and students are now enjoying a newly landscaped Early Learning play area. “Our school is small but we are focused on delivering individualised teaching to every student – working to accommodate their individual needs,” Mr Willems said. For enrolment details contact the school on 4777 4057 or office @thelakescc.nsw.edu.au.

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hether or not they become our future barristers or solicitors, the Emmaus Catholic College Mock Trial team certainly were high flying legal eagles recently. The occasion was a Mock Trial held at Terra Sancta College. Although they had practiced at school it was the Emmaus team’s fi rst inter-college contest. The y did themselves proud, winning an acquittal for the defendant. “Being the Defence Team was a challenge,” said Giselle Galam of Year 11. “The case was one of arson so we

needed to know our criminal law.” The team consisted of Caitlin Docherty, Giselle Galam, Jordyn Berger, Emily Gile, Brittany Taylor and Eleanor Stuart. “These students deserve congratulations,” said Emmaus teacher, Ashley Norman. “I think the victory gave them a good deal of confidence. Big thanks go to teachers, Laura Smith and Andrew Sassine who assisted on the night.” Giselle commented: “The Emmaus Defence Team showed a great spirit of cooperation as we prepared our case.”

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ot too long ago, our State Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres, suggested that we check out the Nashville Healthcare Council (NHC) in Tennessee, USA to learn from their experiences in developing the Penrith Health and Education Precinct (PHEP). We did, and over time we have built a relationship with the President of the NHC, Caroline Young. Th rough this relationship we were able to invite Toby Compton from Tennessee State Government to deliver the Penrith City Talk in 2012 hosted jointly with Penrith City Council. What sets NHC apart as an organisation is that it has overseen the ascendancy of Nashville as the healthcare industry capital of the United States. According to the NHC Annual Report for 2012-13, Nashville is now recognised “nationally and internationally as the healthcare industry capital not only as a centre for hospital management and related services but also as home to a diversified industry with growth segments including ambulatory and outpatient surgery, long-term care, disease management, health information and life sciences.” What is far more important for us as we plan for the PHEP is that today the Nashville healthcare industry contributes an overall economic benefit of $30 billion and more than 200,000 jobs to the local economy. PBA will explore how best to collaborate with NHC and to learn from their triumphant journey to international success. See you all next week. Bijai Kumar is the CEO of the Penrith Business Alliance

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e all have different ways of organising our work and have varying degrees of effic iency. Although it may go against the grain for some of us, effective effic iency requires consistency, and requires setting up great habits (both for yourself and your staff ). Here are some ideas you can implement to improve your business systems and productivity: • Be tidy, orderly and neat. It gives customers a good impression of your business and helps staff to be more effic ient. • Keep your fi nancial accounts up to date. Whether you do this yourself or contract someone else to do it, this is essential for keeping on top of your ‘numbers’. • Create a checklist of daily and regular tasks. Thi s enables you and/or your staff to know exactly what needs to be done each day so that time is not wasted trying to remember (or decide) what tasks are urgent or essential. It also provides a flow on effect to your customers: you can better serve them when you are efficient and organised. • Train your staff well. There is no point having a great written policy or memo to your staff about being more efficient. You fi rstly have to model efficiency in the way you as the business owner conduct yourself. And secondly, you need to train staff from the beginning of their employment, and manage their progress carefully, to ensure that the right habits are formed. Michelle Grice is the founder of Shel Design, a graphic design and web design company: www.sheldesign.com.au

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ird watching is the latest craze sweeping the area for many local seniors. One local bird watching group, Blue Mountains Bird Observers, is always on the hunt for new members to join their bird-loving brigade. The group currently has 130 members ranging from beginners to experienced birdwatchers. A popular activity the Blue Mountains Bird Observers regularly take part in is field trips. Field trips are short bird watching walks on the many bush tracks of the Blue Mountains and surrounds. There is a morning walk on the third Wednesday of each month as well as a longer walk that happens on the fi rst Sunday of every

month. The next walks are scheduled for Wednesday, May 29 at Shipley Plateau in Blackheath; Sunday, June 2 at Blue Gum Swamp in Winmalee; and Wednesday, June 12 at Knapsack Reserve in Glenbrook. Members planning to attend one of the many field trips should wear sensible clothing including enclosed footwear and bring along a hat, water, binoculars and food. In addition to the regular field trips there is a quarterly group meeting held on the second Saturday of each month at Maria Kinder Hall in Wentworth Falls. The meetings usually comprise of a talk, a slide show or presentation and a social afternoon tea. The next meeting will be held on August 10 at 1.30pm.

Another exciting feature of the group is that members are encouraged to report birds they have seen in their garden, township, on bushwalks or other parts of the area they have visited each month. The various sightings are then compiled into a monthly list which is sent to all members with the newsletter, along with notes on any interesting observations. Membership to Blue Mountains Bird Observers is open to anyone aged 18 and above and the cost $30 per year. Members receive a monthly newsletter, invites to meetings as well as other bird related events. To join or for more information email bmbo@ bmbirding.com.au or visit www.bmbo.org.au. - Nathan Taylor

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ith people now living longer and enjoying better health, retirement has become an active phase of life where many seniors have the opportunity to devote themselves to causes and interests they previously haven’t had time for. Today’s retirees offer volunteer organisations energy, professional knowledge and life experience – and there’s no shortage of volunteer opportunities available for those wanting to help. Getting involved in charity work is certainly something many of today’s retirees aspire to achieve – but for many it can be difficult to know how to get involved. Your local Rotary Club, Salvation Army, or hospital is a good place to start. There are also numerous organisations throughout Australia which appreciate donations of hand-crafted items – whether it be knitted clothing and blankets or woodwork. Materials will often be donated so your charity work will not cost you anything but your time. Plus, you can often work from home or with friends. The benefits of these rewarding pastimes are endless. Not only are you keeping your mind alert and active, but you are also keeping your fi ngers fle xible and maintaining their dexterity.

Th is means that while your charity work is helping others that are less fortunate than yourself, you are also helping yourself by improving your mental and physical fitness. Many retirement villages have a strong sense of community spirit, which means they not only open the door to a new lifestyle, but they can also open the door to charity work. Having spent weeks in hospital fighting breast cancer in 2008, Margaret Lee knows fi rst hand the trials involved in battling cancer. Now in remission and feeling fit, Margaret called on her fellow residents at Rochford Place in Ropes Crossing to help support patients at Westmead Hospital fighting cancer. The residents lovingly handcrafted and donated breast cancer support cushions to the hospital. The cushions look similar to a neck or travel cushion and sit comfortably under the arm, providing support and protecting stitches after surgery and treatment. “The response to the cushion initiative was amazing with more than 40 residents coming together to sew, stitch and stuff more than 200 cushions,” Margaret said. Residents at Rochford Place are also raising funds for the Cancer Council by hosting a Biggest Morning Tea event on Wednesday, May 29.

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fter its hugely successful launch in 2012, Australia’s biggest play date, The Toy and Game Expo, has confi rmed its return this June long weekend, with even more hands-on fun for small kids and big kids alike! With no other events of its kind in the country, the organisers are determined to make this year’s Expo even bigger and better. Families will have the opportunity to test out the latest in toys and games from around the world and play with everything from Slot Cars, the N-Strike Elite Nerf Arena and The Trash Pack through to Play-Doh, Lego, the latest board games and all of the classics like chess. Last year’s Expo played host to over 6,000 little and big kids aged between five and 105,

and this year more than 10,000 people are expected to visit the family-friendly Expo. The Toy and Game Expo exists as a place in which toys can come to life and be shared in a hands-on environment that fosters and encourages interactivity. “We believe the world is a place to play in together and enjoy, and we love the tactile and social experiences that we have through toys and games with our families,” said Charles Bishop, Co-convenor. “Toys should be played with and shared, not kept in a box! That’s why the Expo encourages everyone to get involved and build, share, race, squish, ride, imagine, jump, challenge, laugh, explore and create!” Visitors can expect to see the latest toys and

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Financial worries may be on your mind and if your head feels as if it is stuffed with cotton wool, and you fi nd yourself incapable of rational thought, I’m not surprised! You need to take better care of your health, as the planets are likely to make you feel tired and stressed out. The Full Moon also brings a chance to banish confusion in regards to your value system. Unexpected news is coming your way from interstate or overseas.

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

Th is week’s Full Moon gives you a chance to shrug off inhibitions and insecurities. In sexual matters, you could learn a thing or two if you open your mind. Be prepared to respond to a loved one in a sympathetic manner and be careful of acting possessive, as this will only lead to power struggles. Your fi nancial affairs need putting into order and you will need to be prepared for unexpected bills.

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There is going to be a need to sort out some serious relationship issues otherwise break ups and separations are likely. A serious talk with a loved one is what’s needed. Very often, how you relate to others depends on how you relate to yourself. Thus, if you are at one with yourself, it is easier for others to work out what you want from others and what you are likely to be able to offer them as part of the relationship.

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

The Full Moon highlights problems on the job front. It’s obvious that something is ending in your working life, but that’s nothing to be concerned about. For every ending there’s a new beginning. However you would be wise to proceed with caution when it comes to handling prickly issues with colleagues, bosses and clients. Perhaps it is time to look for something new that fully utilises your skills and talents!

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

The Full Moon highlights several issues that need to be dealt with concerning your children. A child’s progress at school and their well being is the fi rst of these priorities. Perhaps a younger member of the family needs to be taken in hand or extra help arranged in matters of schooling. Romantically, too there are issues which require your immediate attention and these can’t be ignored or put on hold.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

The spotlight is on your home and family so before you act, you need a well thought out plan. Be sure to take some time to make sure that your strategies are workable. An electrical appliance or something to do with your home may either need to be repaired or replaced. Also you need to be careful of rebellious behaviour coming from certain family members who may feel that you are trying to control them!

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LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

You are likely to be feeling impatient and restless as you examine many aspects of your life and fi nd them wanting. It may be that you desire a move of home from a neighbourhood that is too stifl ing. If you are a student there will be certain issues that need sorting out with your studies before you can proceed confident ly forward. Also be careful when travelling as delays, accidents and break downs are all possible.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

The spotlight is on your fi nancial affairs so this is the time to sort out your fi scal position for the greatest advantage. Spendthrift tendencies will need corrective measures as you need to be prepared for some unexpected expenses. Like a plant, some judicious pruning and encouraging would do your bank balance a lot of good. A sensible budget will help you put everything into place and come out ahead.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

With the Full Moon falling in your sign be careful of being hormonal, stressed out and argumentative. It is also a sign that you need to take better care of your health and to stop putting everyone else’s needs before your own. There may be a number of family issues to handle and your home may become something of a battlefield. What you need is to do something special for yourself so why not revamp your image.

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Th is week’s Full Moon is bringing unavoidable emotional issues to the surface. Passionate affairs are likely to be the centre of attention as you come to realise how many unconscious forces have been at work in your private life. You may be having a diffic ult decision over a health or work problem. The important thing is to give yourself enough time to work it all out as the issues involved may be rather serious.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Problems regarding friendships are going to be a concern. Either a friend is going to need a helping hand or you may have some issues that need to be addressed with either a colleague, friend or loved one before that relationship can proceed along smooth lines once again. Remember to keep the lines of communication open and not to be overly judgemental as nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes at times!

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FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

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KEEPING FIT

by Elisha Stein

by David Stein

Trust your intuition

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f you are trying to lower your cholesterol because you have been told you have to, are on cholesterol lowering medication and also trying to improve your fitness, you may not be getting the benefits you should be getting from your extra activity. A new study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, shows that simvastatin, a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, seems to “block the ability of exercise to improve… fitness levels” among people who are overweight or obese. Researcher John Thyfault, an associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri has released a statement on the issue. “Statins have only been used for about 15 to 20 years, so we don’t know what the long-term effects of stati. If the drugs cause complications with improving or maintaining fitness, not everyone should be prescribed statins.” Th is study was conducted with 37 people between ages 25 and 59 all of whom were obese and had low fitness levels. Over 12 weeks, everyone participated in a fitness program; about half of the participants also took 40 milligrams of simvastatin every day. Researchers found that the participants taking the simvastatin experienced less benefit from the exercise than those who didn’t take the drug. For example, those

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Partial reps?

who took the statins had a 1.5 per cent increase in cardiorespiratory fitness after the fitness regimen, compared with a 10 per cent increase among those who didn’t take the statins. There are many studies showing other side effects of statins and that many people have to stop taking them because of these effects. “Patients should still proceed with caution when considering statins,” says Dr Barbara Roberts, director of the Women’s Cardiac Center at Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island. “Studies have not shown that statins help women who don’t already have heart disease, even if they have risk factors like obesity and family history.” That’s compared to a recent study that found a 30 per cent reduction in heart attacks in people who follow a Mediterranean diet. Like anything to do with your fitness or health, trust your intuition, ask questions about anything you are putting in your body and it’s always good to get a second opinion on important issues.

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artials get their name from doing a partial range of motion instead of the full range done in most lifts. Depending on what range of motion you work in, you’ll typically be stronger than the full range. These are also great for people engaged in any sport or martial art. How many sports involve even parallel squats? Very few. Instead you can get stronger just in the top quarter range of motion which will translate over to more speed, bigger jumps, etc. Full ranges of motion are great. I highly advise you to do them. But if that’s all you do then you’re missing out on some of the best training possible to strengthen your connective tissues and bones. It’s just that if you only ever lift the comparably light weights that you need to for full ranges then you’re not going to build these areas to as great of a degree as you possibly could. You can work different partials like a quarter, half or three-quarter squat. You can make even smaller jumps doing progressive distance training. There are many benefits and different ways to use partials. One of the simplest in my opinion is working the top quarter range of motion. Th is can be done with any exercise though they’re typically done with the big compound movements like

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squats, deadlifts, bench press, overhead press and sometimes rows. Not only can you use really heavy weights but partials tend to be even safer than full ranges of motion. All of these lifts will strengthen your bones, tendons and ligaments. You don’t need to do them all. Just pick one or a few to start with. As with everything you’ll want to build up to this slowly. Don’t go too far too fast as your body may not be ready for it. But you may surprise yourself in a short time just how much you can handle.

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FASHION FIXATION

PERSONAL FINANCE by Anthony Walker

by Katherine Tweed

It’s not all black and white

Budgeting to achieve your goals

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fter all the colour that we wore this summer, you would expect some of it to stay around for the colder months. Surprisingly it is just the opposite; this season’s hottest trend is completely colourless. Wearing black and white has always been a part of the fashion industry and I wouldn’t be surprised if every man, woman and child had at least one black and one white item in their wardrobes. I often go to my black and white clothes when I have nothing else to wear or when I don’t really feel like standing out – black and white tends to be my backup plan. When I think of the colours I think simple, boring and easy to pull off but the trend this season is anything but plain. Th ink wild, geometric patterns, thick stripes, checks, bold accessories and statement pieces, all monochrome! Th is season, the two colours, black and white, are being treated as one rather than being thought of separately – you can’t just wear one without the other, they should be worn together. What is really great about this trend is that you can make it your own by choosing patterns, accessories and clothing types that suit your personal style. You can stay on-trend without changing anything about yourself – don’t be afraid to make it your own. Switching from wearing colour one season to eliminating it altogether is never easy. Don’t feel like it has to be this way – you can still add colour to your outfit whilst keeping the monochrome trend as the highlight. For example, why not team a geometric monochrome print dress with some colourful accessories like a scarf, shoes or handbag? With any new trend if it is something you are a little hesitant to try, start off small. Add some small monochrome accessories to your usual outfits or just start with a top or a pair of shoes. Th is is a trend to defi nitely embrace, if you have a night out coming up, use it as an excuse to try the new trend!

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ell it is a few weeks shy of the full fina ncial year and a lot of us are looking at our Year to Date earnings and wondering where it all went. So why not start the new fi nancial year fresh by being prepared. Ask yourself: 1. Do you have a fi nancial goal? 2. How you are tracking toward your fi nancial goals? 3. Do you have a budget that is helping you to achieve those goals? Consistency plays a big part in achieving your fina ncial goals. People don’t generally wake up one day and find themselves in a good fi nancial position, unless of course there is a big Lotto win involved! It is more likely to be dedication and everyday actions towards the end result that moves people from where they are now to where they want to be. So my tip to you is to: 1. Make a budget and stick to it. Making a budget will show you how much surplus you should have left each pay period to put away towards your goal. 2. Work on eliminating credit card and smaller debts. 3. Reduce the fees you are paying on your accounts. 4. Work out a timeframe to achieve your goal. Then open a savings account and set up an automatic transfer for the amount each pay period that will go towards achieving your goal. 5. Review your goal monthly to ensure you stay on course to achieving your goal. 6. Visit the BOQ Money website (for customers and non-customers) for budgeting assistance (www. boqmoney.com.au). You will be surprised at how following these simple tips can make a big difference.

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Is your running gait what it should be?

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ometimes we pick up bad habits, or use a style of running that we think is efficient when really it’s placing us in danger of injury or premature fatigue. I had to change my running style to reduce the stress on my ongoing ITB (Iliotibial Band) injury. What I realised was that the ITB injury was simply highlighting the fact that I was over striding and compensating for the over extension of my hips. Th is all sounds a complicated but really it’s not that hard. Sometimes your running gait may not be the most efficient it could be due to anatomical and functional issues that are out of your control. Under these circumstances, outside mechanical assistance in the form of foot wear and orthotic devices, may help to bring things back into alignment. However often it’s form, technique and strength issues that cause us to run in a way that simply uses too much energy and places specific structures under too much load. For example, if your gluteal muscles are weak it can create a bigger angle between your hip and your strike zone when your heel makes contact with the ground. Thi s will defi nitely stress out your ITB and create a multitude of compensations at the foot, ankle and knee. Th is is just one scenario that will bring you undone. Western Sydney Sport Medicine Centre

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offers an assessment consultation called ‘Global Profi ling’ where two practitioners from different disciplines will assess you together. Th is way we see the whole picture and spend time as a team creating the best outcomes possible for you. So even if you don’t have an injury… actually, if you want to avoid injury, get this assessment done and see how you can improve your running.

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old, wintery weather means many people will experience flare-ups with skin conditions like eczema. Eczema is the common name given to Dermatitis, which is skin inflammation and generally involves a red, itchy skin rash. Other symptoms can include weeping skin, dry and scaly skin or painful, cracked skin. Heat and humidity is a common trigger for eczema. Many other things can trigger a flare-up including emotional stress, allergies, skin infections, chemicals like soap and also certain fabrics like wool or acrylic. There are a number of things to avoid if you want to reduce the severity: • Using soaps and detergents can dry the skin and make symptoms worse. • Long periods in hot water can result in dryer skin. Use lukewarm water where you can. • Sand, wool, nylon, carpet, rubber and grass are known irritants for eczema There are a number of things you should try to fi nd out if they make a difference to your skin: • Use a hypoallergenic cleanser to clean the skin. Th is means the ‘skin friendly’ type washes like Cetaphil, QV or ChemDerm. • Moisturise two to three times

daily after bathing using a cream like QV, Cetaphil, or those targeted for skin conditions. Creams are generally better to use when your skin is bad. Once your eczema settles down you can progress onto lotions. If you are using a corticosteroid cream, wait at least 15 minutes between applying the two. • Try a bath oil or oatmeal bath, e.g. Dermaveen or QV bath oil. Soaking in these baths for 15 minutes a day can be helpful for maintenance and you can repeat this up to four times a day during flare ups. • An antihistamine, like Claratyne, Aerius, Telfast or Zyrtec may help if the triggers are due to allergies. Corticosteroid creams and ointments can help with flare ups. Some of the treatments are available over the counter at your pharmacy; however speak with your doctor or pharmacist first. One product I strongly recommend trying is ‘Eczema Shield’ made by Ethical Nutrients. It’s a high strength probiotic and I have seen some very good results from people using it. There are many different causes to eczema so it’s a case of trial and error to fi nd out your triggers and best treatments.

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VOLUNTEERS We are looking for new Op Shop volunteers from the Penrith area. Training and support will be provided. DELIVERY OF GOODS Staff are available to receive donations on the weekend of 25th & 26th May, 11am - 3pm.

We offer Pre-Conception care which puts a couple into the best position to naturally conceive. Where natural conception is seemingly not going to occur, Naturopathic Pre-conception care gives the IVF couple the best chance of success. Either way

Call us today to discuss how we can help you to successful parenthood. You will be glad you did.

We guarantee that our pre-conception care program, if followed as we prescribe, will put you in the best position to achieve your dream of a happy healthy child. We listen and understand the very emotional time you are going through. You are treated gently and with courtesy.

Call 4721 3198 or email us at clinic.alh@ optusnet.com.au. Bookings are essential.

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Over the past 15 years we have been able to help many couples achieve their dream to produce a family. Creating a family of your own is a perfectly natural desire, but unfortunately it is one that all too often is not realised. If things are not working naturally then IVF can sometimes help but it is an expensive option and fails more often than it succeed - around 34% pregnancies but only around 12 % live births.

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Want a baby? Here’s the next step

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n recent columns, we have covered food and lifestyle when it comes to getting pregnant. So what’s next? Naturally if you smoke or drink coffee or alcohol, mum-to-be must quit now. So must the father-to-be. Smoking damages DNA and that is the last thing you want to have when trying to conceive. Therefo re, no excuses; quit now, don’t try, do it! There are some excellent supplements that can improve your chances. For Her, Chaste Tree (Vitex Agnus Castus) Zinc, and Fish oil, but it must be a high quality (EPA should equal 1500 mg or more; DHA should equal 700 mg or more, these values should be on the label). Your doctor can organise a blood test to see if you are deficient in things like iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B6, Folate and B12. It is a good idea to test to see if you have the MTHFR gene mutation which affects the way that you metabolise Folate. If you have, simply increasing the amount of Folate you take is not the answer, you will need the activated form of the vitamin, so checking for this is a good idea. For Him the obvious supplements are selenium, Zinc, the B vitamins (yes Folate is important for him too). A very good multi vitamin mineral is probably a good idea too. Depending on what other issues he has you may need to consider some additional testing for him. A good fertility specialist can advise the best approach.

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Taking something to help with stress if this is a factor is also good for both of you. Trying for a child can be very stressful. The recent research into kava has revealed some excellent insights into this herb’s value for reducing anxiety. Naturally if you are taking any medication for other problems you need to seek the guidance of a qualified health care practitioner. One last reminder for the sake of emphasis, eat lots of fresh organic vegetables every day; that is where the NUTRITION is and that is what builds healthy bodies.

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rust is a big thing. Questions of who we can trust constantly circle around us. A recent survey by the Roy Morgan organisation investigated who we do and don’t trust. Who do you think came out on top? Who was at the bottom? Are you surprised that the often criticised car salesmen, real estate agent and State Members of Parliament scored the lowest, while at the top were nurses, doctors, pharmacists, engineers and teachers? What do you think? Who do you trust? And perhaps more importantly, who do you trust with the really big questions of your life? In the Bible’s New Testament gospel of Matthew, in one short sequence of events, we see how Jesus fi rst met a man whose daughter had tragically just died, then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for 12 years, then two men who were blind and fi nally a man who was demon possessed. In this amazing sequence, we see how Jesus restores life, heals and completely inwardly transforms these people. The amazed reaction of the crowd who witnessed all this was to say, “Nothing like this has ever been seen!” In this extraordinary demonstration, Jesus shows that he can be trusted to deal with the big issues in our life. It has been the experience of Christian people throughout the centuries that

Jesus can be trusted to always work for our good and never for our harm. In Jesus’ life, death and rising from the dead, Jesus consistently proved his trustworthiness. Th is tells us why so many people then and now trust Jesus for direction, meaning and purpose in life.

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

John Miller-Crispe is a Senior Naturopath with Abundant Life & Health Naturopathic Clinic, 2 Lethbridge Street, Penrith. 4721 3198.

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LEONAY $749,950

METICULOUSLY PRESENTED

ENJOY THE NIGHT LIGHTS

How refreshing to see a home that is both well-presented and maintained both inside and out. Resting on approximately 650sqm in this popular leafy suburb is a great opportunity to secure one Leonay’s established residences. The floor plan enjoys three bedrooms with built in wardrobes, a three way bathroom and stunning timber floors. Wonderful high ceilings add to the homes charm that can be experienced indoors or externally under the covered entertaining area. The double carport and grassed yard completes the package. Call now to book a private viewing.

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EMU PLAINS FLAT BLOCK – WALK TO SHOPS

$459,950

Unassuming from the street and conveniently located close the Lennox Shopping Centre and primary schools is this four bedroom property that will give you and your family the space you deserve. The floor plan enjoys four bedrooms with a brand new ensuite to the main, polished timber floor boards and the comfort of ducted air conditioning throughout. Along with the carport there is a detached garage/studio, grassed yard for the kids and pets, covered entertaining area and a fresh feel throughout. Call now to book an appointment or watch for open home times if you are looking to add convenience to your lifestyle.

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The master suite captures stunning views of the open expanses that this unique home has to offer. Slide open the verandah doors and embrace the amazing vista towards the Nepean River and Glenleigh Estate. Spanning across two levels this residence blends comfortable living with smooth modern finishes. The master chef will appreciate the stunning kitchen that is the center piece of the top floor and is surrounded by generous servings of formal and informal living spaces. The lower level contains the fourth bedroom, rumpus room and access to ample storage spaces that includes the double garage. Quality inclusions compliment the home that needs to be seen to be appreciated. Call now for a private viewing - you won’t be disappointed.

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Beyond the modern façade is a family friendly layout that combines formal and informal living spaces with three bedrooms and a study/office. The master suite enjoys a green, leafy outlook and is complimented by an ensuite. The kitchen is the home’s centrepiece and boasts an island bench and a wonderful freestanding oven. Social gatherings will be a breeze whether it is poolside, under the entertaining area or in the comfort of the ducted air conditioning.

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LEONAY $529,950

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EMU PLAINS

$850,000

GWANDALAN

An iconic Emu Plains property rich in History is being offered for sale - an opportunity seldom seen in the area. Resting on over 1,700sqm of land and positioned moments from the Nepean River, Lennox Shopping Centre and Hunter Fields. The four bedroom cottage has been beautifully preserved with many features of yester year still evident. Enclosed verandah’s; timber floors, lead light features and wonderfully high ceilings add to the home’s character. Along with this ducted air conditioning controls comfort, there are built in wardrobes, a double carport and manicured gardens. The current owners have furnished us with many facts about the home’s past which will certainly spike the interest of those who appreciate Emu Plains. Call now for a private viewing.

EMU PLAINS

$479,950

THE SIZE WILL SURPRISE

Wonderfully positioned in a quiet cul de sac within walking distance to the Lennox Shopping Centre, train station and schools, this large five bedroom home offers a package you won’t be disappointed with. Featuring built-ins to four bedrooms, two modern bathrooms, timber kitchen and three living areas throughout the home. Be comfortable all year round with two split system air conditioners. With the extra bonus of a separate single garage with drive through access to the extra double garage ideal for the extra toys. With a huge backyard to complete the package, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Cranebrook

Springwood

Penrith

Emu Plains

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

4735 2121

4733 6999

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GLENMORE PARK

$579,000

LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!

Situated in one of Glenmore Park’s most prestigious streets is this two story delight with the lot. With three separate living areas, four large bedrooms with built in’s, a double garage, functional kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a “gold class” media room this home is the best value with its address. With all the extras such as ducted air-conditioning, ducted vacuum, alarm, 1.5KW solar panel system, spa bath in main bathroom, sparkling swimming pool with exercise swim jet which enjoys a northerly aspect, brand new pergola and spacious master bed with walk-in robe and en suite all within walking distance to cafes and beautiful parks this home is priced to SELL!

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 25th 1.00 to 1.40pm 4 Woburn Place

WALLACIA

OFFERS OVER $1,100,000

SECLUDED HIDEAWAY

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Under two kilometres to the Northern Road and only moments to the local primary school, this home will offer a great base for the growing family. Floating floors lead to a great open plan design that comprises four bedrooms with an en suite to the main. Split system air conditioning controls comfort throughout the home all year round, there are built in wardrobes, a covered area for entertaining and a double garage. Call now to book your private viewing.

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The home enjoys an abundance of living spaces combined with five bedrooms. Two bedrooms offer direct bathroom access, the huge kitchen will please the chef and triple garage will look after the big boy’s toys. Also with in ground pool.

GLENMORE PARK

OFFERS OVER $670,000

BIG HOME - BIG ON CHARM AND CHARACTER

Call the hardest working Real Estate agents today and experience higher standards

Offering a one off design consisting of five large bedrooms all with built ins and the main offering ensuite and walk in robe. The main bathroom has a claw foot bath, and like the rest of the home is large. There are four large living areas, wide verandahs, large storage and use of the roof area, in ground pool, unique BBQ and undercover entertaining with an outside toilet, split air, ceiling fans and double garage.

Glenmore Park

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Cranebrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Penrith

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

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OFFERS OVER $799,000

PRIVATE ACREAGE - SPACIOUS RESIDENCE

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

GLENMORE PARK

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CRANEBROOK

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OFFERS OVER $399,950

Located in a quiet street, this value packed home awaits. It many features include three good size bedrooms, separate lounge room, tiled living areas, dining room, a fantastic renovated kitchen and the complete comfort of ducted air conditioning. There’s the added benefit of a family room, a renovated bathroom, side access and covered entertaining area. Add to this the large backyard and the convenience of being close to schools, shops and local transport and this home is definitely one no to be missed. So call us today and book your private viewing!!

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CRANEBROOK $1,200,000 PRESTIGE ACREAGE PARADISE

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This home boasts six bedrooms with built-in robes and en-suite plus walk-in robe to main, office, walk-in pantry and storage facility, powder room, theatre room and double garage under main roof and all recently renovated. There is a large undercover entertaining area, sparkling pool with entertainment and bathroom facilities included, plus tennis court and large shedding. The extras on this property are overwhelming with ducted air conditioning, alarm and much more. It is close to schools, shops and less than 15 minutes from Penrith CBD so call now for your own private viewing.

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This wonderful home includes five bedrooms with a possible sixth, three built-in wardrobes and large walk-in robe to main plus two bathrooms. There are two living rooms, renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, good size dining, two split system air conditioners and internal laundry. Outside consists of a decked undercover entertaining area, shed, above ground pool, two driveways; one which leads to a one and a half car garage with drive through access and the other which leads to side access.

TWO HOMES – ONE BLOCK

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OFFERS OVER $515,000

CASTLEREAGH $899,950

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Resting on just over 3.5 acres of land is a great opportunity to secure two homes in a peaceful environment that’s located approximately 15 minutes’ drive from Penrith. Both homes are in a condition suitable to reside in or rent out, depending on your individual needs. Along with this there is an in ground pool, large storage shed, under cover car accommodation and ample room for the kids and pets to roam. Call now for more information.

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If you’re looking for a large family home in a popular North Cranebrook location then look no further. Consisting of four large bedrooms all with built-in robes, ensuite to main, two large living rooms at separate ends of the home, ducted air conditioning, plus another neat and tidy bathroom, modern kitchen and family room. Outside boasts a large undercover entertaining area, beautiful spa, shed, side access into one garage and also a double garage under the main roof. All this and much more so call now for your private viewing.

IT HAS THAT LOOK OF SUCCESS!

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OFFERS OVER $469,950

CRANEBROOK

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LARGE FAMILY HOME

NORTH CRANEBROOK FOR A SONG

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CRANEBROOK $369,950

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Positioned in a cul de sac with easy access to Richmond Road, this neat and tidy three bedroom veneer home is sure to please the first home buyer or investor. The home is feature packed with built ins to all, separate lounge and dining and a good sized rumpus room. There is also covered entertaining area and reverse cycle split system air conditioner. Homes in this price range are in high demand and Cranebrook is moving fast so call for an appointment now or miss out.

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CRANEBROOK

OFFERS OVER $1,900,000

STYLE, SOPHISTICATION & ELEGANCE

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

CRANEBROOK

OFFERS OVER $435,000

STYLISH ENTERTAINER

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

Cranebrook

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park Penrith

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

4730 1122

4735 2121

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$1,200,000

MASTER BUILT FAMILY ESTATE

This 1 acre grand estate is a property of unsurpassed quality and stunning style. Spread over two levels, the traditional residence offers a vast floor area with exceptional entertaining spaces and first-class finishes throughout. Just a few of the appointments this magnificent home offers is a lime washed Tasmanian Oak kitchen with stone bench tops, huge home office, five luxurious bedrooms including a master suite, climate control ducted air conditioning, guest powder room, oversize formal areas adorned with 9 foot ceilings and decorative cornice. Outside is an entertainers dream with the grounds completed with a sparkling in-ground pool plus entertaining area appointed with a barbeque, power and kitchenette. There is also a 7x10 meter work shed.

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ORCHARD HILLS

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PENRITH

$1,090,000

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

Located in a quiet cul-de-sac, this very tidy and well renovated home awaits your inspection. It features three good size bedrooms, lounge room dining area and a renovated kitchen. The bathroom has also been updated and the home has been freshly painted. With so much on offer here, an inspection is highly recommended. So call today and book your viewing!

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OFFERS OVER $349,950

SINGLE STOREY SPLENDOR

Positioned moments from the UWS Penrith campus is a great opportunity for the astute investor to secure a low maintenance property thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently returning $360.00 a week. The floor plan enjoys three bedrooms with an ensuite to the main, a separate lounge and dining room and single garage under the main roof. Priced to please you will need to act fast to secure this one. Call now to avoid disappointment.

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WERRINGTON $334,500-$355,000

PENRITH $259,950

GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES

BETTERRETURNSTHANABOOMERANG

Three bedroom townhouses with a choice of features. Being sold off the plan. Call now for an inclusions list or a copy of the plans. Investors should expect a return in excess of $400.00 per week. Call one of our Agents today!

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

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OFFERS OVER $619,000

SUBLIME VIEWS ON OVER AN ACRE

Wonderfully positioned in a prime Orchard Hills location on the North side of the M4 Motorway is arguable the very best vacant block of land in the area. Encompassing approximately 5000sqm and enjoying unobstructed and spectacular views of the Blue Mountains and the rural Orchard Hills landscape this is a block that once you step foot on you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to leave.

JAMISONTOWN

OFFERS OVER $289,000

RENOVATED SINGLE LEVEL STUNNER

Features include three spacious bedrooms, two of which enjoy fully fitted mirrored built-ins, there is airconditioning a beautifully renovated bathroom and kitchen, the living area is tiled and the bedrooms are carpeted. The property also enjoys a private courtyard and a secure carport with an automatic door. Strata Fee are $446 per quarter (approx) and was last rented at $360 per week.

Penrith

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Cranebrook

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

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This five acre parcel of land is the closest acreage of its size for sale to the CBD of Penrith. Currently on the land sits a three bedroom original red brick home which could be tenanted whilst you explore the number of possibilities. The property is one of the very few acreage properties in Orchard Hills connected to sewer. With a generous zoning of RU4 and with Orchard Hills being earmarked by the State Government as a potential growth corridor this is the best land bank opportunity on the market today! (Agent Declares Interest).

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OPEN HOME Saturday 25th 11.00-11.30am, 5 Hunter street

Renovated To The Highest Standard!

OPEN HOME Saturday 25th 12.00-12.40pm, 6/246-250 Great Western Highway

Just Over An Acre Of Prime Land

Look What We've Found!

Superbly positioned in the ever popular North section of Cranebrook is this vacant parcel of land that is ready for you to let your imagination run wild. The block is just over an acre in size and offers a frontage of approximately 44m. The block has been registered and is ready for you to join forces with your architect to bring your dream to life. Call now to gain further information or book an appointment to experience the block fir st hand.

Nestled in a popular complex that offers easy access to the motorway and Lennox Shopping Centre is a townhouse that will leave a lasting impression. Enjoying a modern feel throughout the floor plan comprises three bedrooms with an ensuite to the main, a wonderful open plan lounge/dining area, air conditioning on both levels, a third toilet and a single garage with internal access. Book your appointment now or watch for open home times. You won’t be disappointed!

Cranebrook

Emu Plains

Offers Over $649,950

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

Th is 3 bedroom rendered family home will amaze you with the renovations and quality of the fi xtures and fittings! Completely renovated leaving nothing to do but sit back relax and enjoy! Features include 3 bedrooms, new built in robes, new timber floors, new carpet, new ceiling fans, new split system air conditioning, new blinds, new bathroom, separate toilet, stunning new kitchen, caesar stone benches, stainless steel appliances, 900mm oven, gas cook top, dishwasher, large outdoor entertainment area, carport, garden shed, 625sqm approx block. Guaranteed not to disappoint the fussiest buyer be quick to book your inspection today!

St Clair

$369,950

Offers Over $440,000

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

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

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

56 Maraket Avenue 105 Boorea Street

Sat 1.00-1.30pm

6/25 Barlow Street

GLENMORE PARK Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook

Sat 1.00-1.40pm Sat 2.00-2.40pm

4 Woburn Place 23 Lakewood Terrace

Ray White Penrith

Sat 1.00-1.40pm

43 Booker Road

CAMBRIDGE PARK CLAREMONT MEADOWS Sat 1.00-1.30pm Sat 2.00-2.40pm

29 Heaton Avenue 2 Watsford Court

Michael Ball Realty Jim Aitken Penrith

Sat 1.00-1.40pm

17 Huddleston Street

COLYTON Jim Aitken Penrith

Jim Aitken Glenmore Park Jim Aitken Glenmore Park

HAWKESBURY HEIGHTS Jim Aitken Springwood

JAMISONTOWN Sat 10.00-10.30am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 11.30-12.00pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm

14/326 Jamison Road 3/80 McNaughton Street 4/1-5 Regentville Road 10/1-5 Regentville Road

Sat 1.00-1.40pm

27 Linksview Avenue

Sat 10.00-10.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm Sun 12.00-2.00pm

41 Borrowdale Way 15 Calypso Road 4/12-14 Dolomite Road 12 Bluebird Road 28 Scenic Circuit 14 Lakeview Drive 5 Knot Street Lot 35 Jaegar Street

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

116B Forbes Street 7 Thorsby Place 257 Great Western Highway 6/246-250 Great Western Hwy 5/12 Jamieson Street 36 Brougham Street

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Dukes Estate Agents Jim Aitken Cranebrook Jim Aitken Cranebrook Jim Aitken Cranebrook Jim Aitken Cranebrook Jim Aitken Cranebrook Jim Aitken Cranebrook Jim Aitken Cranebrook

Sat 11.00-11.40am

18 Clarinda Avenue

EMU PLAINS Dukes Estate Agents Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains Jim Aitken Emu Plains

FAULCONBRIDGE Jim Aitken Springwood

LEONAY

Sat 10.00-10.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 1.00-1.40pm

29 Brookdale Terrace 8 Turella Street 3A King Street 14 Knapsack Street

Jim Aitken Emu Plains

LLANDILO Sat 2.00-2.30pm

89 Fifth Avenue

Ray White Penrith

MOUNT RIVERVIEW Sat 1.00-1.40pm Sat 2.00-2.40pm

15 Bellereeve Avenue 18 Scenic Avenue

Sat 11.00-11.40am

5/41-45 Evan Street

Dukes Estate Agents Dukes Estate Agents

PENRITH Jim Aitken Penrith

SILVERDALE Sat 11.00-11.30am Sat 11.00-11.40am

6/1-5 Regentville Road 62 Marsh Road

Sun 1.00-1.40pm

39 Boomerang Road

Ray White Penrith Dukes Estate Agents

SPRINGWOOD Jim Aitken Springwood

ST CLAIR

GLENBROOK

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CRANEBROOK

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

Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook

ROSS FOWLER & CO Chartered Accountants

Sat 11.00-11.30am

5 Hunter Street

Sat 10.00-10.40am

22 Careya Crescent

Michael Ball Realty

WOODFORD Jim Aitken Springwood

11 Tindale St Penrith

4722 3066

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AIR CONDITIONING

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BUILDERS

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT

Building Renovations Liam Nangle - Builder - Lic No. R71515

AWNINGS & CARPORTS

0404 886 600 • 4735 3368

PENRITH CITY AWNINGS Ph (02) 4732 6595 MBL: 0403 011 058

Are you looking for a reliable builder?  RENOVATIONS  DECKS  BATHROOMS  EXTENSIONS  PERGOLAS  CARPORTS  FREE QUOTES ALL AREAS

0405 107 506

PHONE CHRIS philway@live.com.au www.philway.com.au

Renovations, Extensions, Alterations and General Maintenance

Lic No: 121977 C ABN: 45 694 859 807

■ Quality, Experience & Reliability

■ 40 Years Experience

■ Licensed Builder Fully Insured

■ Licensed Asbestos Removalists

ALL CLASS CONSTRUCTIONS

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

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• New design (Fly over) • New Flat Deck Roof • Carports & Awnings • Screened enclosures

• Glass enclosures • Kits also available • Gable roof specialist

BATHROOMS Is your shower leaking?

dave@penrithcityawnings.com PENRITHCITYAWNINGS.COM WW2877

• SCREENED & GLASS ENCLOSURES • CARPORTS • AWNINGS • SUNROOMS

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

BOOKKEEPING & BUSINESS SERVICES

0410 508 363

BUSINESS SERVICES

STOP LEAK! We stop shower leakage and can give your shower a face lift.  No tile removal required  FULL Regrout and seal  NO MESS NO FUSS  All work guaranteed

Commercial Cleaning Franchise Revenue Guaranteed for 2 years $10,000 to $20,000 per year Packages start from over $6,000

Shaun Smith trading as

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

Call us today and save, we will beat any written quote 1 choice the only choice

PATIOMAN

Conditions apply

For a free info pack call Rod Edmonds on (02) 9772 4686

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Mobile:

0412 000 893

www.1choicebm.com.au

Fax: (02) 8720 2834 WW1885

BLINDS, CURTAINS

Lic. 208275c

Bathroom Renovations & Shower Repairs FREE QUOTES CALL NOW

0418 259 006

Place your ad Call today on 4722 2998 or email paula.allsopp@mediaview.com.au

We also repair Doors, Screens & Blinds. Good Old Fashioned Service

Phone: 4736 6866 • 0407 217 582 www.summerbreezeblinds.com.au

HAVING A GARAGE SALE NEED TO ADVERTISE Call us on 4722 2998

0418 402 790

CALL NOW FOR A FREE QUOTE 0416765565

GRANNY FLATS - MODULAR HOMES

License:248439C ABN:44649383956

• We build on site • Option modular buildings • Full Council Approval • Displays at Wetherill Park

CARPET CLEANING & REPAIRS

FREE CONSULTATION - WE COME TO YOU

Ph: 0418 296 174 info@lochlan.com.au

WW2001

ADVERTISING WORKS

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

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

Call Peter 0428 271 118

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TONY THE TILER P/L

30 years exp.

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Builder - Lic No. 75305c

WW2133

0419 730 795

Renovations • Pergolas • Decking • 1st Floor Additions • Roofing & Guttering

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

Call Joel

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

est 1999

Est. 1974

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

0403 888 028

db Professional Building Services Pty Ltd

BATHROOMS

• • • • •

FREE QUOTES

Looking to do small jobs

The Western Weekender

Lic No. 829 19C

Lic 83907c

RICHARD MUELLER BRICKLAYER

BUILDERS

BATHROOM RENOVATIONS Precision Ceramics

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CARPENTERS & JOINERS

BRICKLAYING

Est 1989

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

WW3013

NOD AIR Call Nigel 8916 7402 0413 314 029 Lic 230510c AU 26947

ABN 41586176397 LIC. 238922C

SERVICE AND INSTALL Service from $80 Available Weekends

Trades & Services

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CARPET CLEANING & REPAIRS

Have you been rejected for a loan application?

0402 725 140

Call Russell For a Free Quote Your Local Professional Carpet Cleaner • Domes c & Commercial Carpet Steam Cleaning • Rugs, Mats & Stairways • Dining & Office Chairs • Carpet & Fabric Protec on • Leather Lounge Cleaning & Treatment

• Moving House / End of Lease • Auto Detailing • Friendly, Reliable Service • Evening & Weekend Appointments Available

Please see our website www.jetcarpetcleaning.com.au WW2235 for our current specials

BLUE STAR CARPET CLEANING

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• Quick Dry • Carpets, Upholstery, Mattresses, Windows • Locally Owned & Operated • Professional Friendly Service

0419 203 907

• Freeze your interest • Combine debts into one payment • Stop legal action threats If your debts are more than $9,700 ssiion n call 9623 7860 for a confidential discussion

stopdebt.com.au 9623 7860 * A Government Regulated Debt Agreement is an option available for individuals dealing with unmanageable debt.

COMPUTER REPAIRS

DOMESTIC • COMMERICAL• INDUSTRIAL

Email: simoncomputerrepairs@bigpond.com

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DISK JOCKEY

CONCRETING Specialising in; • Pool Surrounds • Stencil Specialists • Call for a quote!

NO JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL!

Call Greg on 0408 868 860 or 0433 345 088

S.C.G. CONCRETING DECORATIVE CONCRETE SPECIALIST

Michael’s

DISCO’S

From The 50’s, 60’s, 70’s 80’s & 90’s To The “Naughties” Michael Hart - DJ FOR THE BEST MUSIC PHONE

Adam

MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS, FUNCTIONS & PARTIES

0402 010 170

0414 858 213

let us add some spark to your wiring WW2282

GARBAGE REMOVAL Skip Bins

WW2356

ELECTRICAL

2, 3, 4, 6, 8 & 9m Bins Lic 241921C

AJB ELECTRICAL & FIRE - ELECTRICAL & EMERGENCY SERVICES -

DRIVEWAYS - COLOURED PLAIN AND STENCIL STAMPED

Trading 7 Days Prompt Reliable Service Eftpos & Credit Cards Available

9670 5885

0425 310 022

• Friendly & Reliable Service • All types of Electrical Services • Free Quotes

HOUSE SLABS GARAGE FLOORS - FOOTINGS RETAINING WALLS SUPPLY, EXCAVATION & FILL

WW2830

CALL ANDREW 0404 203 676

NO JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL WW1852

3 HOURS CLEANING

Lic.# 162246C

ALL WORK GUARANTEED COUNCIL APPROVALS

Call Steve Lic No. 122279c

Introductory Offer

Pay for a 2 hour House Clean ($60) and get another hour

FREE!

(Excludes End-of-Lease and Spring Cleans) Must present coupon. Valid till 27/4/2013)

Environmentally friendly cleaning • Servicing the Penrith Area for over 5 years

Kaytee’s Cleaning Service Ph: 4733 7914 or 0432 328 418

SELLING SOMETHING?

WW2642 WW2642

A Better Service

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

SAME DAY URGENT REPAIRS

4731 8200

ADVERTISING WORKS CALL NOW 4722 2998

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

0401 646 640 4736 7370 Lic# 145910C

N.P. Nelson

HAVING A GARAGE SALE NEED TO ADVERTISE Call us on 4722 2998

Electrical & Level 2 Service Provider * Lights and Power * Hot Water Repairs * Safety Switches

0404 138 719

CLEANING

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FREE QUOTES Friendly & Reliable Service Fully Insured and Insured 24/7 Emergency Service Everything Electrical Phone, TV & Network Cabling

784 215 ~ 4733 3560

Greg McSpadden Concrete Services

Call Merv 0418 249 738 or 9625 7740

ABN 70 510 279 284

ABN 87 230 128 359 • Lic 161420C • Open Cabling Lic A015236

ABN 33 684 094 394

Broadband/Wireless/Internet setup Networking/Data Recovery Virus and Malware Removal Software and Hardware

• Driveways • Entertainment Areas • Patios

Licence No. 95571C

CONCRETING

Onsite/7 Days Service/Est 1999

• Carpet & Vinyl • Supplied & Installed • Repairs & Restreches • Free Quote

Mobile 0414 833 356 Phone/Fax 9833 3563

Suite 4, 156 Queen Street ST MARYS NSW 2760 WW2190

SIMONS COMPUTER REPAIRS

Mob 0427

FREE QUOTES PROMPT, RELIABLE SERVICE

CALL GEORGE STEWART DEBT SOLUTIONS

M&L Carpet Laying

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John Newham

Did you know that a Debt Agreement can:

CARPET LAYING

Friday, May 24, 2013

ELECTRICAL

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT

Debt Consolidation

Call Mark on

68

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Grow your business ~ advertise Call Paula on 4722 2998 for more details

GARDENING & MAINTENANCE

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

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

Call Steve on 4735 3142 or

0416 116 602

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GARDENING & MAINTENANCE

PAINTERS & DECORATORS

LAWNMOWING

Coochie HydroGreen

WORKMANSHIP GUARANTEED

Property Maintenance

Sunflower

Your Lawn Care Specialists for all types of lawns

DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL

1800 245 955

www.coochie.com.au

• Fast Clean Service

M&J

GUTTERING

Painting & Decorating

Lawns • Garden • Prunning Hedges • Rubbish removal Gutter cleaning

FREE QUOTES

All Areas covered

Call John 0427 784 815

Personally

• Big Or Small Jobs

• Decorative Finishes

• Interior And Exterior

• Competitive Prices

• Fully Insured • All Work Done

• Reliable Service

Glenmore Park

Harris Property Services •Lawns •Gardening and Pruning •Rubbish Removal •High Pressure Cleaning

Lic No. 44995C

Jason - 0417 221 822 • Mark - 0417 223 288

GYPROCK & PLASTERING

OBLIGATION FREE QUOTE

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

WW1352

NU LOOK Metal fascia & gutters New home extensions and existing homes 20 years * fascia cover gutters experience * down pipes

Fax: 9670 2656

Reliable Services & Competitive Prices

Licence No. 173676c

 Box Cutter  Metal Roofing  Rainwater Tanks

9748 3022

Will

0419 273 065 lic no. 161234C

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

HIGH PRESSURE WATER CLEANING

DIRTY DRIVEWAY

HANDYMAN SERVICES

• Driveways, Paths, Pool & BBQ areas • House Washing • Protective & Colour Sealing • Graffiti Removal

*Licenced and insured *Painting *Carpentry *Plastering *Tiling *Roof Repairs Lic No:

GEOFF  0431

0417 663 768 or 4731 3121 Over 35 years experience

WW2669

Licence No. 88147

PEST CONTROL

CRYSTAL CLEAR PEST CONTROL Family Owned Local Business for 18 Years Enjoy reliable professional service with a smile!

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

FULLY GUARANTEED WORK

WW319 Call Karen on 4733 6753

REMOVALIST ACCENT REMOVALS Before

824 003

After

For a free quote call Pete on

PLUMBING Lic No.255091C

PLUMBER - DRAINER - GASFITTER

LANDSCAPING

ALL AREAS - FREE QUOTES 24HR EMERGENCY SERVICE

0413 650 179

ALL ASPECTS OF BUILDING REPAIRS:

* Plastering * General jobs * Carpentry * Bathroom * Rubbish removal Kitchen repairs * Roofing * Tiling * Plumbing * Painting * Doors and Door Locks

KERB CONCRETE EDGING FREE QUOTES

WW2654

0400 200 744

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CS PLUMBING

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

• Short Notice • Hydraulic Lift

CALL 9613 0311

0419 823 215 or 4727 0057

Lic 253236c

• Cheap Rates • Free Insurance

HAVING A GARAGE SALE NEED TO ADVERTISE Call us on 4722 2998

NEPEAN MAINTENANCE PLUMBING

Lic No. 4715C

    

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

CALL GREG NOW ON: 0400 873 805

LOTS OF DIFFERENT STYLES & PATTERNS

Call Glen - Mob: 0426

201 WW2717 952

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Call Paula on 4722 2998

Steve McLean

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LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL

Call 4722 2998

Licenced: 30817C

JULIO 0402 629 895

www.abcseamless.com.au

Put a Splash of Colour in your ad

PAINTER

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

The Western Weekender

$

All Types of Gutters Installed

 Continuous Aluminium  Colorbond Zincalume  Leaf Guard Specials

Lic 416722C

0408 022 374

$

0409 157 336

ULTIMATE HANDYMAN

McCoy’s Property Maintenance

Call Barry on

ABC SEAMLESS GUTTER DISCOUNTERS

Danny

PAINTERS & DECORATORS

ALL REPAIR GUARANTEED

PTY LTD

Lic 140942C

HANDYMAN SERVICES

    

WDS INTERIORS

075 988 WW2833

1049WWT4966

GYPROCKING

Free weedspray with ANY lawn service

Call Damon on 0421

A/H - 4733 2525

• ROOF RESTORATION • GUTTERING • WHIRLY BIRD INSTALLATION

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Love that Green!

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

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PLUMBING

JIM BINS

SPECIAL OFFER $10 OFF when you mention this ad

CALL 1300 654 006

TILING

All Types of Tiling Professional & Reliable - 30 years exp Call Mark Weate 0419 920 876

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1037WWD2245

0406 715 116

TO LEASE

Everlast Plumbing

24hr Emergency

Taps & Toilets Repaired

Blocked Drains from $49

www.everlastplumbing.com.au

save $39

Conditions apply.

ROOFING

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

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

0408 443 384 - 0416 831 326

GRB PLUMBING

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WW2986

• ROOF RESTORATION

PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE FOR AS LITTLE AS $20 PER WEEK

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www.scroof.com.au admin@scroof.com.au “Locally owned & operated”

lic. 251075c

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Bombardier Real Estate

9905 0357

WESTERN TOW BARS & BULL BARS

4722 9677

Unit 2, 65 Regentville Road, Penrith

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4731 4680

FITTED WHILE YOU WAIT OR MOBILE FITTING AVAILABLE

UPHOLSTERERS

Sec Lic no. 409002239

RE-UPHOLSTERY – Personal service from qualified tradesmen

SKIP BINS

www.astridfurniture.com.au

Geoff 0415 253 252

Penrith’s Own!

PLUMBER, DRAINER, GASFITTER

Call Chris on 0404478487

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1300 785 845

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Astrid Furniture Pty Ltd OPEN 6 DAYS - (Sat 9-1PM)

1300 306 743

a

furniture

Lic. 240711C

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• ROOF RACKS • BIKE RACKS • SIDE STEPS • 4WD EQUIPMENT • CARGO BARRIERS

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ROOFING

roof plumber, backflow & rpz testing

MOUNT DRUITT

BULL BAR & TOW BAR SPECIALISTS

• GUTTERING • WHIRLY BIRD INSTALLATION

Lic 140942C

LOCAL PLUMBER

INDUSTRIAL FOR LEASE

TOW BARS & BULL BARS

OBLIGATION FREE QUOTE

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0409 660 510

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

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

WW2698

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WW2178

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®

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BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT

TRAINING COURSES

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1037WWD7018

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50off

$

WINDOW TINTING Matt Hawkins Manager

WW2575

PENRITH ~ SPECIALISTS IN WINDOW TINTING

PLUMBERS

Ph: 1800 622 877 Lic: 187379C

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1046WWT3290

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op riders from around the country will converge on St Marys this Sunday for the annual Penrith BMX Open. The state-run event will feature riders from across NSW as well as Victoria and Queensland. President of Penrith BMX Club, Peter Jaehne, said this is the club’s biggest event of the year with more than 500 riders set to tear up the dirt track. “We get allocated one Open event each year unless we apply for other events but this is certainly the biggest one on our calendar in 2013,” he said. The level of riding at the Penrith BMX Open will range from relatively newcomers to the sport, all the way through to Australia’s elite who are sure to put on a great display of skill. “Riders will be aged from three to fouryear-old’s right through to 50 plus,” Mr Jaehne said. “There will also be pro-classes competing as well, who are the riders at the top of the sport.” Local BMX athletes set to feature on Sunday include Australian High Performance Team Member Jordan Lecher, Australian plate holders Nicole Docherty and Kyle Jaehne as well as top riders Declan Jaehne, Kieran Denham and Cameron Denham. Spectators are encouraged. Entry to the Penrith BMX Open is free and the event begins at 10am on Sunday, May 26.

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Nepean District Tennis Association at Woodriff Gardens in Penrith have been serving up tennis to the people of Penrith for more than 90 years, and is one of the oldest continually operating sporting associations in NSW. “We would love everyone in Penrith to come down to our centre and experience this wonderful game first hand” says CEO Chris Woodland. “There are so many reasons why tennis is a great game for everyone” he added Cardio Tennis Cardio Tennis is a new high energy tennis workout combining tennis and aerobics in one dynamic session. Cardio tennis is open to people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels. “During a workout men and women can burn between 300800 calories per hour” says Senior coach Elton Stoney.

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The Penrith Panthers Men’s Waratah Championship League basketball side are on a roll with another big win, this time over Sutherland Sharks 96-81, moving them into fourth spot. Ben Ellsworth was the pick of the bunch with a big 30 points and nine boards. Meanwhile, the Waratah Women’s side went down to the Sharks in a thriller 56-51. American Kallie Hovater was again Penrith’s best with 11 points and fiv e boards. Th is Saturday both sides take on Norths Bears away. After a couple of seasons out of the league, Penrith will again have a gridiron team in 2014. The Penrith Outlaws will play in the Division 1 Seniors (18+) competition, while the Penrith Chiefs will play in the Colts division (16-20). The club is currently on the hunt for players and coaching staff, so if you’ve ever had an interest in American football, visit the Penrith City Gridiron website at www. penrithgridiron.com to fi nd out more. The Penrith Rams division one AFL side had a big win last weekend, smashing the St George Dragons 120-37. The Rams now sit in seventh spot on the division one ladder. Penrith will field three teams at this year’s State Netball Championships which will be held over the June long weekend.

Penrith’s Under-17’s netball team will play at the home of Baulkham Hills Shire Netball Association in Kellyville over the three days. Penrith’s two Masters teams of 35’s and 40’s will head off to ParramattaAuburn Netball Courts in Lidcombe to hopefully bring a trophy home. Penrith Junior Rugby League Club, Minchinbury Jets, are holding a benefit night for some families that are doing it tough. The night will raise money for foundation members Stan and Rhonda Ponting, U/6’s Minchinbury player Zayne Dugdal who is battling leukaemia, as well as baby Treasha Hodge. The club’s calling upon the local community to show their support. Tickets are $40 per adult and $25 per student and can be purchased from the Minchinbury Jets canteen. Ticket price includes dinner and live entertainment. The benefit night will be held at West Tradies in Mt Druitt on Friday, June 14 at 6.30pm. Th is Monday, May 27, Cook Park in St Marys will host the fi rst Nepean FNSW Coach Education updates for 2013. Oscar Gonzales, FNSW Coach Education Manager and FIFA Instructor, will be demonstrating and modelling two sessions. The fi rst will be aimed at the Skills Acquisition (Junior Licence) and the second will cover the Game Training (Youth Licence). All enquiries email james.rankine@nepeansoccer.com.au.

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re you an over 18 female? Do you want to get involved in roller derby but not sure where or how? The Western Sydney Rollers are accepting new recruits, or “fresh meat” to get trained up and join their league. Classes will be held every Thu rsday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and Sunday 5pm to 6pm until the end of the year. Western Sydney Rollers’ classes and bouts, as roller derby matches are known, take place at the Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre in Cambridge Park. Western Sydney Roller Kate Slan, or ‘Hermione Danger’ as she is known on the court, says all girls are welcome, no matter their age, size or skills on skates. “I’d never skated before, I couldn’t even stand up on skates a year ago, they’ve taught me from scratch,” Slan said. After a year of solid training, Slan now plays as a blocker for Western Sydney Rollers team, the Zombees. The Rollers are also looking for referees and non-skating officials, and men are welcome to get involved in this capacity. “Roller derby is a really inclusive culture, you don’t have to be a skater to be included, we accept anyone,” Slan said. For those wanting to watch, the next bout is scheduled for 6pm on Saturday, May 25 with the Hellfi re Honeys taking on the Zombees. Entry is $15 for adults and free for kids under 12-years-old. For more information, visit www. westernsydneyrollers.com or email westernsydneyrollers@gmail.com.

Kate ‘Hermione Danger’ Slan.

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