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BACKGROUND In 1789 the discovery of the Nepean River represented a significant milestone for the fledgling colony of NSW. It was the lifeblood for grain, vegetable crops and livestock.

However, the colony quickly grew. The formidable barrier of the Blue Mountains needed to be crossed for the continued survival of the colony. Prior to 1813 many unsuccessful

attempts were made to cross the Blue Mountains. However, on 11 May 1813, explorers Gregory Blaxland, Lieutenant William Lawson and William Charles Wentworth,

accompanied by four servants, left Blaxland’s farm at South Creek, near St Marys and arrived at Mount Blaxland in the Kanimbla Valley on 31 May.

MAJOR HISTORICAL MILESTONE CELEBRATED IN STYLE The crossing of the Blue Mountains is without doubt one of the most significant historical milestones in the history of Australia as a nation. As the fledgling colony grew, so did the urgent need to find more improved grazing lands. Without the successful crossing of this formidable barrier the continued survival of the colony

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could not be assured. In recognition of the importance of this anniversary and as the home to the starting point (Blaxland’s Farm on Luddenham Road, St Marys) of this event, Penrith City Council is planning a series of commemorations over a three-week period that encompasses the start of the trek up the mountains and the

triumphant return some three weeks later. Penrith Council organisers have secured iconic Australian actor, Jack Thompson AM of “The Man from Snowy River” fame to act as the face of Penrith’s commemorations. Securing Jack Thompson AM has added considerable prestige to our events and helped generate

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widespread interest in this significant historical milestone. Penrith’s program of commemorations will live long in the memories of our citizens and educate the youth of our City about our nation’s history and the important role Penrith played in it.

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MAYOR’S MESSAGE In Penrith we’re proud of our connection as the starting point of the first successful European crossing of the Blue Mountains. The crossing rightly earned its place in national history as a defining moment for this country. Without this momentous achievement by Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson it is doubtful that the European settlement would have survived in Australia. Centenary commemorations for this milestone event in Australia’s history were celebrated in 1913 and were

a forerunner to sesquicentenary commemorations of 1963.

younger generation about the deeds of those who came before them.

2013 marks the Bicentenary of this occasion and Penrith City Council is conducting a community program over three weekends in May to commemorate this most significant national event.

On behalf of Penrith City Council I encourage everyone to attend our program of commemorations in May and to be a part of this most important event in our nation’s history.

It is anticipated the program will generate widespread interest amongst the local community creating lasting memories for our residents and in particular, teach our

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Jack is a Goodwill Ambassador for U.N.H.C.R. (the UN Refugee Agency), a founding member of the Council for the National Museum of Australia and a life member of the Stockman’s

Hall of Fame. Jack Thompson was awarded an AM, “Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia”, for his services to the Australian film industry. Born and bred in Manly, NSW, his father, John Thompson was a poet and a broadcaster too. Jack went to the Northern Territory to work as a stockman when he was a teenager. It was there that he fell in love with the bush and came to truly understand the history of Australia.

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Jack is now busier than ever, He has a vibrant career as an internationally renowned actor, has a CD label devoted to recording classic Australian poetry and a charity foundation that provides funds for building projects by Indigenous Australians. As a keen student of Australian history Jack is looking forward to bringing attention and recognition to this significant event in Australia’s history.

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His many television credits include A Woman Called Golda with Ingrid Bergman, Shadow in the Sun opposite Stephanie Powers and A Woman of Independent Means opposite Sally Field. He also hosted the highly successful television series Find My Family on the Seven Network.

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Jack Thompson is one of Australia’s most loved and respected actors. He has appeared in numerous Australian and American feature films including Wake in Fright, Sunday Too Far Away, Breaker Morant and The Man from Snowy River. Additional film credits include The Sum of Us, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Star Wars: Episode II, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, The Good German, December Boys and Baz Luhrmann’s Australia.

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CELEBRATE THE CROSSING WITH US A range of events have been planned to ensure the Bicentenary of the crossing is a memorable time. Saturday 11 May - 7am Luddenham Road off Mamre Road, St Marys Breakfast and commencement of the Blue Mountains Crossing re-enactment treks at the site of Blaxland’s farm. Featuring Jack Thompson AM.

Saturday 11 May - 3pm Weir Reserve, Bruce Neale Drive, Penrith Family camp out ‘a night under the stars’ and historical activities, featuring a poetry reading by Jack Thompson. Only a limited number of camping sites available, bookings essential.

Sunday 19 May - 10am Mamre House, St Marys Historical Festival, interactive activities, family entertainment and historical demonstrations. Farm and Cumberland Plains walking tours.

Saturday 25 May - 11am Melrose Hall, Emu Plains Morning tea and local historical commemorations, research your family tree, RAAF flyover and historical walking tours.

Sunday 26 May - William Cox Open Day - Arms of Australia Inn, Emu Plains Historical Festival celebrating local colonial history.

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BREAKFAST AND TREK SATURDAY 11 MAY, 7AM

Authentic re-enactment team – David Blaxland (explorer descendant), photographed by David Hill

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On Saturday 11 May, at the site of Blaxland’s Farm on Luddenham Road, St Marys, a major community commemoration will take place in the early hours of a brisk May morning. This event has been organised to remember that most significant moment in the history of our nation when the three brave explorers Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson left on their now famous and successful trek across the Blue Mountains. A free traditional Aussie breakfast will be provided and the morning will feature a number of major highlights including two re-enactment treks that will depart from the site of Blaxland’s Farm heading west towards the Nepean River. The first group of trekkers will feature actual descendants of the explorers and will also include four servants, five dogs and four horses exactly the same as the explorers of 200 years

ago. They will be travelling all the way to Mount Blaxland in the Kanimbla Valley retracing the steps of the three famous explorers as faithfully as possible. They will arrive at their final destination of Mount Blaxland on 31 May just like the explorers did 200 years ago having visited many of the Blue Mountains townships along the way. They will be immediately followed by a second trekking group consisting of local school children who will walk to the Nepean River. Another highlight of the morning will be an address by our event patron, Jack Thompson who will farewell the trekkers and wish them well on their journey westwards. The other very special guest that morning is Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales. Finally, a plaque commemorating the Bicentenary will be unveiled. The plaque will be incorporated into a new monument on the site.

The big job of catering for the anticipated large crowds has been enthusiastically embraced by the St Marys Rotary Club and the South Creek (St Marys) Probus Club, who will be manning five barbeques on the morning to make sure that all guests receive a sausage sandwich as they

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farewell the re-enactment trekkers. The First European Crossing of the Blue Mountains – Breakfast Launch and Trek is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s Your Community Heritage Program.


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LOCAL STUDENTS TO RETRACE THE STEPS OF THE EXPLORERS

Each year Council receives more than 100 entries from students who attend schools across the City and the best, as judged by the Mayor, are selected

to participate in the Junior Mayor Program. The students chosen for the 2012 Junior Mayor program participated in a mock Council meeting and debated real issues in a simulated Council meeting in the Council Chambers last August where they all performed admirably. In recognition of their success in being chosen for the Junior Mayor

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perfect spot to watch them trek past.

having completed the first stage of their epic journey.

From the Council Chambers they will travel further westbound along High Street (Great Western Highway) and turn left into Nepean Avenue and Old Ferry Road. The trekkers will stop at the Explorer’s Memorial in Memorial Avenue Penrith where a new plaque will be unveiled. This is your last chance to view the trekkers. After that they will head into Weir Reserve

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They will trek from St Marys to Weir Reserve at the Nepean River arriving around 3pm that afternoon. Nine students are participating in the trek. They are Grace Chamberlin, Brittany Dickson, Wellington Dulay, Jade Miller, Ella Jones, Jessee SalesHobart, Emily Smith, Marley Smith and Alexander Smith.

Feel free to come along and cheer the trekkers on at the various vantage points along the route. If you require further information about the Breakfast Re-enactment Trek please contact Penrith City Council on 4732 7645.

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They will then turn left into Second Avenue and continue westbound

into Derby Street. Whilst they are travelling along Second Avenue there is a perfect public vantage point at Chapman Gardens. They then turn into Doonmore Street and left into Hight Street heading towards the Council Chambers. There are excellent viewing points along High Street and there will be activities in High Street adjacent to Memory Park. From there they will travel past the Council Chambers which is also a

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Once the trekkers leave the site of Blaxland’s farm to commence their journey they will be trekking through farmland property and will not reappear until they arrive at Samuel Marsden Road. From here they turn left in Lansdowne Road, right into Kent Street, left into Caddens Road and then right into O’Connell Street.

program, the students were also given the once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in this historical occasion by undertaking a re-enactment trek of famous explorers, Blaxland Wentworth and Lawson on 11 May 2013. It also gives our young people, who are our leaders of tomorrow an insight into the achievements of our forebears, the significance to our nation of their achievement and the role Penrith played in the

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FAMILY CAMP OUT SATURDAY 11 MAY

AN HISTORICAL NIGHT UNDER THE STARS ‘A night under the stars’ gives the local community a great opportunity to participate in an exclusive event associated with the 200th Anniversary of the First European Crossing of the Blue Mountains. You will have the chance to reconnect with the simple things in life and rough it like the explorers did 200 years ago. Registered campers will spend the morning setting up camp at Weir Reserve and then welcome the two groups of re-enactment trekkers who have made their way from their starting point in St Marys that morning arriving at 3pm. After the arrival of the trekkers campers can take part in historical activities including games our grandparents and great grandparents

played as children. You don’t need an iPad or TV to be entertained. Toss a gum boot, pitch a horse shoe, stilt walk or take part in sack or three legged races. Be amazed by the Working Dog Demonstrations. Renowned for their precision, agility and intelligence the working dogs demonstrate the skills they use everyday on the farm and learn more about this iconic Australian breed. Ride a pony or learn how to wood carve, spin or hand weave. Listen to Penrith’s history in the Arms of Australia Inn classroom and take a look at their historical display. The Colonists who came to Australia in its early days missed so many of

the comforts and treats of home (England) that they introduced many of them to their new country. In the early 1800’s the honeybee was brought to Australia. Visit the Blue Mountains honey bee observation huts and take part in the discussions.

Blacksmiths played a vital role in communities in the 1800’s, watch today’s Blacksmith recreate pieces of steal and iron. Damper is an iconic Australian dish and you will be able to watch the process of how to bake a damper. You will also be able to eat what has just been baked. It promises to be a fun night for everyone, a major highlight of the evening entertainment will include a

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poetry reading by Australian Actor Jack Thompson AM as well as live music. The Australian Heritage Dancers specialise in the presentation of Australian social dance. They recreate both in dress and manners what it may have been like living and dancing in the 1800’s and invite the audience to join in.

How to Register To have the opportunity to take part in this unique historical family camp out at Weir Reserve contact 4732 8060 for a registration and terms and condition form. Campsites are strictly limited and bookings essential.


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READY TO RELAY A mock accident scene at the Bstreetsmart program, one of a number of programs designed to show the consequences of dangerous driving.

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ometimes the best way to send the message home is by being honest – even if that means demonstrating something as confronting as a body bag. Each day Penrith Local Court deals with countless traffic o ffences – speeding, failing to stop at traffic lights, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving whilst using a mobile phone, among others. But the very real and very tragic consequences of breaking the traffic laws are often an afterthought or not considered at all by offenders.

One program is setting about changing the behaviour of local drivers. The Penrith PCYC hosts the Traffic Offenders Intervention Program, a six week course designed to educate drivers on the real risks of driving dangerously. The Weekender attended a session of the program, which is aimed at driving the message home to those who have done the wrong thing. People like Tony (not his real name), who found himself at the course despite his own wife being killed in a car accident 10 years ago because of a drink driver. “I broke the law and am hoping for leniency from the magistrate as I cannot afford to lose my

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estricted parking hour times may be reduced in the Penrith CBD in an attempt to ease the parking crisis in the city. Penrith City Council is considering a plan that would see some parking limits reduced by an hour at key locations. At the last Local Traffic Committee meeting, it was decided that the community be consulted on a number of parking changes affecting shoppers in the CBD and visitors to Nepean Hospital. In and around the CBD, Council is proposing that Edwards Place Car Park timed parking restrictions will be reduced from three hour to two hour parking. The 19 parking spots near the amenities block west of Woodriff Lane in Allen Place Car Park as well as the 24 spaces under the Spotlight ramp will also be reduced from two hour to one hour parking. Councillor Marcus Cornish said that the changes have been suggested to stop train commuters using the car park spaces. “We have a real issue with commuter car parking,” he said. “The idea is to shorten the parking times so only shoppers who want to visit the local shops can park there.” Parking restrictions may also be tightened in Somerset Street and Derby Street under a Council plan to stop hospital employees from parking in spaces close to Nepean Hospital. Subject to no substantial objections from the public being received during the consultation period, all unrestricted parking spaces on Derby Street (north side between Parker Street and Somerset Street) and Somerset Street (west side

On first look, residents don’t agree with changes Weekender reporter Alex Nicholson hit the streets of Penrith on Tuesday afternoon to gauge residents’ opinions on Council’s proposed parking changes. Residents were shown to have strong feelings on the matter, and proved to be fairly unanimous in their opposition to the proposals... Jolanta (Pollmarket Euro Deli & Café)

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“I think it’s a good idea, it’ll make it less congested. But why not build more parking to meet the demand?”

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“Parking, what parking? It’s ridiculous as it is. We need all day parking.”

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“I can see both sides, it would mean there is more turn over but people who work around here have to have enough parking time.”

between Derby Street and Great Western Highway) will be replaced with full-time two hour parking restrictions. However, some business owners have

“All of the spaces are taken by 8am weekdays, they should lock them off until after 9am.”

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“I don’t think it’s a good idea, it’s hard enough as it is to get a decent park. It will just make it harder.”

appointments can take hours, they need as many hours to park as possible,” said Nima Nicholas, owner of Exclusive Hairdressing on High Street.

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f like me, you’re sick of seeing Tom Waterhouse’s head pop up while you’re trying to enjoy the footy, then you’ve probably loved the past week of drama that has engulfed him. Who said what, who did what and why they did it is obviously subject to investigations at this point and I am certainly not suggesting any wrongdoing on anyone’s behalf at this stage. But it does lead into the topic of the day and I want to address the issue of where sport, and particularly rugby league, is placed when it comes to gambling and alcohol advertising. Tom Waterhouse’s deal with Channel Nine is controversial, though only a slightly escalated version to what Nine has offered in previous years through their previous betting partners. The fact that it’s Tom Waterhouse, however, adds to the scrutiny, and I am sure all can agree that it was a bad move to whack him onto the panel in those games earlier in the season. Now, Tom fi nds himself on the sideline with his own branded microphone in an effort to ensure us folk tuning in to watch the game realise it’s an advertisement and not part of the broadcast. The powers that be believe that we simple folk can’t tell the difference. The truth is that we know it’s an ad – and that’s the point. The influence of advertising on editorial content is an issue for all media organisations, and one that must be handled carefully particularly when it comes to sport; where children are not only watching, but are forming admiration for sporting heroes and broadcasters for that matter. The challenge for Channel Nine, and other broadcasters, is fi nding the moral balance among the wads of cash that Tom Waterhouse hands over for the right to do what he does. The word “banning� gets tossed around a fair bit and whilst I’m usually a believer in ensuring that people are free to make their own choices particularly when it comes to a totally legal product, I think the word suits very well when it comes to gambling and live sporting broadcasts. The fact that right now, if you turn on Friday night football, you’ll see Tom Waterhouse smiling back at you telling you that there’s been a stack of money on Canberra is not a memory I would want

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everything. It is completely gutted, it’s all gone,” she said. A cause has not yet been determined however police are treating the incident as suspicious and are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to contact St Marys detectives or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Gone in an instant Fragility of life proven most on our roads Continued from page 1 “The program started in a small way in 2005 and has since grown to cater for over 18,000 students a year,” explained Stephanie Wilson, Area Trauma Clinical Nurse Consultant at Westmead Hospital. “It is so important to show young people the consequences when they drive and text, or have other distractions in the car with them. “It is amazing how quiet the students are when our brain injury patients speak about receiving their injuries as a driver or even pedestrian.” Back at the Traffic Offenders Program, Matt Cavanagh, a police officer from St Marys LAC, shared his own personal story of loss; the death of his best mate Rob. “I was living in the attached residence at Lawson Police Station... and heard over the radio that there had been an accident at Valley Heights but I was off duty so didn’t attend,” he said. “About half an hour later I heard on the radio that the accident was fatal... then two hours later two cops that I worked with knocked on my back door and they looked so upset. And then I saw Rob’s name on the paper they were holding.” Later, Mr Cavanagh had to attend the hospital where his friend had been taken to identify him. “They pulled out a body on a steel tray, still with a breathing mask on, congealed blood dried to his shoulders... that is my last memory of my best mate,” he said. “Everyone understands it could happen but no one thinks it will actually happen to themselves.” Traffic Offenders Intervention Program organiser for Penrith, Blacktown and Mount Druitt, Teresa Simonka, said that she is really passionate about the program and the difference that it makes. “We have a very good success rate with the program, most people do not re-offend,” she said.

Not happy with report: Councillor Ross Fowler. Photo: Melinda Jane.

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enrith Councillors have lambasted a Treasury Corporation report that states Penrith Council is in a “weak” fi nancial position. Treasury Corporation, or TCorp, compiled the research report, Financial Sustainability of the New South Wales Local Government Sector, on behalf of the Independent Local Government Review Panel. Cr Ross Fowler said he was “shocked and very disappointed with TCorp” because the report was rushed and inaccurate. “I feel they really haven’t gone into the details correctly and have painted every council with the same brush,” he said. “Council has been well managed over the review period of the last three years... they say there is a back log of $57.2 million in infrastructure but this is relatively small compared to other councils.” Penrith Council is forecast to record a deficit of $337,241 this fi nancial year. Read the full story at www.westernweekender.com.au.

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“The course develops a comprehensive understanding of the potential life changing consequences of being careless about choices made on the roads.” Some 73 per cent of participants attend the program because they have plead or been found guilty of drink driving, with over 9,000 taking part in 2011. Of these participants, 80 per cent are male and unfortunately, over half are under 30-years-old. To reduce the incidence of young offenders, PCYC is introducing a similar program to schools.

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enrith residents are concerned about the blow-out in the Federal Government’s spending on border protection policies, says Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Scott Morrison. Mr Morrison held a community forum with western Sydney Senator, Marise Payne and Liberal candidate for Lindsay, Fiona Scott on Wednesday to gauge residents’ concerns on Federal matters. Over 50 residents turned out for the forum held at Surveyor’s Creek Community Centre in Glenmore Park, to listen to a presentation by Mr Morrison before participating in a question and answer session. “Residents want to protect their lifestyles and have told me that there are a lot of planning pressures with services not meeting the level of growth that is being experienced in western Sydney,” he said. “Population growth is a major issue for western Sydney and that’s why the Coalition will use its migration program to channel people into rural and regional areas and not just to Sydney’s fringe.” The Opposition has estimated that the Federal Government has spent over $5 billion on “illegal boats” since the last Federal Election. The Coalition’s border protection policies include establishing a better relationship with Indonesia, turning boats around when the situation is safe and bringing back the Nauru Pacific Solution.

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Scott Morrison and Fiona Scott speak with residents at the forum. Inset: Ms Scott, Mr Morrison and Marise Payne. Photos: Melinda Jane.

Mr Morrison said affordable housing and homelessness was also discussed at length, as was the carbon tax with residents keen to have the tax repealed.

Federal Lindsay MP, David Bradbury, said the Coalition had refused to let the Government implement its border protection policies, and was out to score

“cheap political points”. “They have put their own political interests ahead of the interests of the country,” Mr Bradbury said.

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Hallani’s Convenience Store was robbed last Friday night. Photo: Melinda Jane.

Hold-up at Kingswood: Cash stolen in brazen robbery

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man has evaded capture after allegedly threatening staff and stealing an amount of cash from a convenience store in Kingswood last Friday evening. At about 8.50pm, as staff of Hallani’s Convenience Store on Bringelly Road were closing up for the night, a man entered the store armed with a knife. It is alleged that the man brandished the knife whilst demanding cash and cigarettes from Phil Hallani, 26, who was

working at the time. After handing over the cash, Mr Hallani chased the man for a short distance before he got in a car and drove away. “I grabbed the stick and started chasing him but by the time I had run out of the store, he had already crossed the road and was getting into a car,” he said. “I just feel real anger; anger that he got away. I worked that day for around 15 hours and for someone to come and take your profits, it is frustrating.” The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 180cm tall, of medium build and wearing a blue jumper.

Police finally catch up with a speeding driver last weekend. Photo: Matt Black Productions.

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disqualified driver remains before the courts after leading police on a high speed chase along Castlereagh Road last

weekend. Shortly before 2.45am on Sunday, April 28, local police attempted to stop a silver Holden Commodore on Wilchard Road, Castlereagh, for the purpose of a random breath test. The driver did not stop but turned left onto Castlereagh Road and led police on a

high speed chase reaching speeds of over 190km/h in the signposted 60km/h area. The driver lost control at the intersection of Castlereagh Road and Coreen Avenue where the car mounted the kerb and struck a light pole. The 25-year-old female from St Marys was removed from the car without injury and was arrested. “Whilst being searched an amount of prohibited drugs, which is believed to be ‘Ice’ was located,” local police said. She had also been disqualified from driving until 2063 and was refused bail until Thursday, May 23.

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PUBLIC NOTICE Your Community Plan is on Exhibition Your plan for the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future over the next 20 years, the draft Penrith Community Plan, is now on exhibition, along with the draft Delivery Program 2013â&#x20AC;&#x201C;17, draft Operational Plan 2013â&#x20AC;&#x201C;14 and draft Fees & Charges 2013â&#x20AC;&#x201C;14.

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The draft plans outline Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions to address what you have told us you want to see in the City and includes a focus on helping to create local jobs, manage growth, improve transport connections, create safe and vibrant places, look after the environment and foster community spirit and health.

The Planning Proposal and maps are also available to view at the following locations:

The Community Plan identiďŹ es the Communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long term aspirations for the City, while the Delivery Program outlines Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4-year work program that helps implement the Community Plan. The Operational Plan sets out Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget, services and the speciďŹ c actions we will deliver in 2013â&#x20AC;&#x201C;-2014. This is your plan and your input is important. You can ďŹ nd the draft plans and supporting information online at www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au, at Council ofďŹ ces in Penrith and St Marys and in our libraries. If you would like to comment on the draft plans, you need to do so in writing by Friday, 31 May 2013. You can email submissions to ourfuture@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au or you can post them in to Corporate Development, Penrith City Council, PO Box 60, Penrith 2751. You can also drop them into the Civic Centre. Please mark all submissions with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Community Plan and Delivery Programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.

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s3T-ARYS,IBRARY 207â&#x20AC;&#x201C;209 Queen Street, St Marys; Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Friday, 9amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5.30pm; and Saturday, 9amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;1pm The exhibition information is also available on Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au 3UBMISSIONS If you wish to make a submission on the Planning Proposal, please do so by Friday, 31 May 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 PENRITHCITYNSWGOVAU

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s#OMMUNITY3TREET3TAND Saturday, 11 May 2013, 9.30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;1.30pm Look for us opposite Coachmans Park, Queen Street.

Legislation requires the disclosure of donations and gifts when making submissions on the Planning Proposal. If you or anyone with a ďŹ nancial 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 seven 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 Infrastructureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website: http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au For further information please contact the City Planning Team on 4732 8196 or at CITYPLANNINGTEAM PENRITHCITYNSWGOVAU

s#OMMUNITY7ORKSHOP Tuesday, 14 May 2013, 5.30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7.30pm Fusion Auditorium, 12 Carsons Lane, St Marys (includes light refreshments).

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RSVP to: EVENTS PLACEPARTNERSCOMAU or call 8065 7401 by Monday, 13 May 2013.

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The following development applications have been received by Council:

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Planning Proposal for Caddens Knoll

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The Planning Proposal seeks to rezone The Knoll to enable its development for low density residential and public open space purposes. It is proposed that:

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Check www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au for project updates. For more details contact Elizabeth on 4732 7642 or eroxburgh@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

Council wants to hear your views on the Planning Proposal for the land at 17â&#x20AC;&#x201C;53 Caddens Road, Kingswood (Lot 21 DP 1151724). This land is also known as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Knollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.

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Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re invited to meet the project team, see the design options and give feedback to shape our Draft Streetscape Improvement Plan. Join us at one of these venues:

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If you have any questions, please ring the City Planning Team on 4732 8196.

As part of the planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development, community feedback has shaped 3 design concept options. These include paving, seating, lighting, trees, heritage and public art improvements to make Queen Street an even better place for residents, businesses, shoppers and commuters.

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The Planning Proposal will be exhibited from Monday, 6 May to Friday, 31 May 2013 at Penrith Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith. The Civic Centre is open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4pm.

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Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working with our community on a Streetscape Improvement Plan for Queen Street.

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s4HELANDSURROUNDINGTHEPARKWILLBEDEVELOPEDTOPROVIDEALOW density residential development of approximately 45 lots structured around 2 new roads from Casuarina Circuit and Angophora Avenue.

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$ISCLOSUREOF0OLITICAL$ONATIONSOR'IFTS 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 6IEWINGOF$EVELOPMENT!PPLICATIONS

s4HECENTRALPORTIONOF4HE+NOLLWILLBETURNEDINTOAHILL TOPPARK of approximately 2 hectares. This park is being provided for the community and will be transferred to Council; and

The above development determination/s may be inspected between 8.30am and 4pm Mondays to Fridays (except Public Holidays) at Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith. OfďŹ cers of Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Development Services Department will be able to assist with your enquiries.

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ADMINISTRATION Penrith OfďŹ ce Civic Centre, 601 High Street. Opening Hours: 8.30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4pm. Monâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fri.

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MEETING DATES Council Meetings 13 May 2013 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7.30pm (Policy Review Committee) 27 May 2013 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7.30pm (Ordinary meeting)

s A series of HSC Lectures is coming to the Penrith Library Theatrette in June. Lecture 1 on 13 May, is Mathematics Extension 1. The second lecture on 14 May is Max Your HSC Marks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Secrets to HSC Success Revealed. The ďŹ nal lecture on 16 May is English â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Creative Writing for the HSC with Cameron Nunn. Cameron Nunn, HSC marker, High School teacher and author will help students through different elements to explore and express their ideas for compulsory paper 1. All lectures start at 5.30pm and ďŹ nish at 7.30pm. Tickets and Bookings are available now at $5 per person per session.

FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Congratulations to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dollo Dacâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; who this week won after answering last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s question â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;For a greener city, what should Council do?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Botanic Gardens at the River, a Dog Park in Kingswood and Greenway Cycle paths all over please.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; To see your winning entry in print right here give the best answer to the following question for this week: Q11: What should we do to create a more liveable city? E.g. improve parks, footpaths, community halls.

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s The draft Penrith Community Plan, which is your plan for our Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future over the next 20 years is on exhibition, along with the draft Delivery Program 2013â&#x20AC;&#x201C;17, draft Operational Plan 2013â&#x20AC;&#x201C;14 and draft Fees & Charges 2013â&#x20AC;&#x201C;14. Council encourages your input into the plans during the exhibition period from 3 to 31 May. You can view the draft plans online at www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

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COUNCIL NEWS s Penrith Library will host two high-proďŹ le authors in May as part of the 2013 Sydney Writersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Festival. At 6.30pm on 22 May, Sylvia Nasar (pictured) will talk about her new book Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius and also A Beautiful Mind which inspired the academy award winning movie. Sylvia was an economics correspondent for The New York Times and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Newsweek. Author William McInnes will speak on Thursday, 23 May at 6.30pm about his new book Laughing Clowns, about the power of family, and how easily you can discover whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important in life just by going back home. Bookings are essential call 4732 7891 or go to penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

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PUBLIC NOTICE Alcohol Free Zones and Alcohol Prohibited Areas Under Section 644 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council proposes to establish Alcohol Free Zones in the following locations: 1. Car park and footpath that incorporates a bus stop (adjacent to Progress Way) located on Pendock Road, Cranebrook. 2. Area bounded by Park Street, Lawson Street, Pyramid Street (between the Great Western Highway and Lawson Street), and the Great Western Highway (between Pyramid Street and Park Street), Emu Plains, being public streets. 3. Public car park located next to Melrose Hall, on the corner of the Great Western Highway and Park Street, Emu Plains. 4. Public car park within and adjacent to Ched Towns Reserve, Town Terrace, Glenmore Park. 5. Public car park adjacent to Blue Hills Oval, Westerly Way. 6. High Street between Station Street in the West and Doonmore Street in the East, Penrith. 7. Station Street, between High Street and Union Road, Penrith. 8. Public car park known as Union Place (between Station Street and Worth Street), Penrith. 9. Station Street, between Belmore Street and Henry Street, Penrith. 10. Belmore Street, between Riley Street and Station Street, Penrith. 11. Area between Lawson Street and Station Street, known as Allen Place and Edwards Place car parks, Penrith. 12. Area bounded by Lawson Street, Henry Street, Evan Street and High Street, Penrith, being public streets. 13. Area bounded by Union Lane, Station Street, The Broadway and Woodriff Street, Penrith, being public streets. 14. Soper Place Car Park, Penrith. 15. Station Street, between High Street and Henry Street, Penrith. 16. Public car park behind the PCYC, Station Street, Penrith. 17. Oxford Street, Barry Street, Eton Road and College Street surrounding Cambridge Park, Cambridge Park, being public streets. 18. Public car parks adjacent to Cambridge Park Community Hall, Oxford Street, Cambridge Park. 19. Public car park within the Roper Road Soccer Fields, Roper Road, Colyton. 20. Area bounded by Hewitt Street, Jensen Street, Willoughby Street and Albany Lane, being public streets, Colyton. 21. Great Western Highway between Bringelly Road and Somerset Street, Kingswood, being public streets. 22. The area of Park Avenue, Kingswood from Richmond Road to Walter Street being a public road. 23. Public car park located to the north of Kingswood Station on the corner of Richmond Road and Cox Avenue, Kingswood. 24. The area of Richmond Road, Kingswood from Park Avenue to Cox Avenue being a public road. 25. Area of Wattle Street, Willow Street and Wattle Lane, North St Marys, being public roads that are adjacent to Parklawn Place. 26. Parklawn Place, North St Marys, being a public road and car park. 27. Public car park adjacent to Mark Leece Sporting Complex, Endeavour Avenue, St Clair. 28. Bennett Road, Endeavour Avenue, St Clair Avenue and Blackett Close, surrounding Mark Leece Sporting Complex, St Clair, being public roads. 29. Public car park adjacent to the St Clair Recreational Centre, bounded by Autumnleaf Parade, Timesweep Drive and Botany Lane, St Clair. 30. The area of Melville Road, St Clair from Moore Street to Onslow Street. 31. The area of Moore Street, St Clair, from Melville Road to Macarthur Street. 32. The area of Macarthur Street, St Clair, from Moore Street to Onslow Street. 33. The area of Queen Street, St Marys, extending from the Railway Station to Nariel Street. 34. Venness Place Car Park, St Marys. 35. Public car park located on Carinya Avenue, St Marys between the Railway Line and Belar Street. 36. Public car park located on Charles Hackett Drive, St Marys between Belar Street and Kungala Street. 37. Public car park located on Carinya Avenue, St Marys between Charles Hackett Drive and Crana Street. 38. The area of Queen Street, St Marys from Nariel Street to the Great Western Highway being a public road. 39. The area of West Lane between the Railway Line and Crana Street, St Marys being a public road.

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40. The area of Station Street, St Marys from Queen Street to Chesham Street being a public road. 41. The area of Charles Hackett Drive, St Marys between Queen Street and Carinya Street being a public road. 42. Carson’s Lane Car Park, Carson’s Lane, St Marys. 43. The area of Forrester Road, St Marys, from Glossop Street to St Marys Station. 44. Public car park within Werrington Creek Park off Burton Street, Werrington. 45. Victoria Street, Parks Avenue and Albert Street adjacent to Rance Oval, Werrington, being public streets. 46. Public car park within Rance Oval, Albert Street, Werrington. 47. Public car parks adjacent to Victoria Street Community Cottage, Harold Corr Hall, Yoorami Children’s Centre and Before and After School Care, Cottage Street, Werrington. 48. Public car park adjacent to Werrington Downs Neighbourhood Centre, Brookfield Avenue, Werrington Downs. Under Section 632A of the Local Government Act, Council proposes to establish Alcohol Prohibited Areas in the following locations: 1. Reserve located on the corner of Sherringham Road and Ironbark Drive, Cranebrook. 2. Open space surrounded by Borrowdale Way, Sherringham Road, McHenry Road, Grey Gums Road and Cranebrook High/Braddock Public School, Cranebrook. 3. Reserve located off Pendock Road next to Progress Way, Cranebrook. 4. Dukes Oval, Park Street, Emu Plains (10pm–8am). 5. Ched Towns Reserve, Town Terrace, Glenmore Park (10pm–8am). 6. Blue Hills Oval, Westerly Way, Glenmore Park (10pm–8am). 7. Park located on Illawong Avenue, North Penrith. 8. Sporting Complex and Ovals, Andrews Road, Cranebrook (10pm–8am). 9. Open space bounded by Woodriff Street, Derby Street, The Broadway and Station Street. 10. Woodriff Gardens, Penrith bounded by the railway line, High Street (Great Western Highway) and Castlereagh Road. 11. The Civic Arts Space bounded by the Civic Centre, Westfield Penrith Plaza and the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith. 12. Open space and sporting ovals bounded by Oxford Street, Barry Street, Eton Road and College Street, Cambridge Park. 13. Roper Road Soccer Fields, Roper Road, Colyton (10pm–8am). 14. Public Reserve located on Lennox Street, Colyton. 15. Public car park adjacent to Erskine Park Community Hall, Peppertree Drive, Erskine Park. 16. Public car park within Peppertree Reserve, Swallow Drive, Erskine Park. 17. Red Cross Park, Great Western Highway, Kingswood. 18. Poplar Park, Poplar Street Public Car Park adjacent to Parklawn Place on Wattle Lane, North St Marys. 19. Open space on the eastern side of Bennett Road, leading up to Reddington Avenue, St Clair. 20. Mark Leece Oval, Endeavour Avenue, St Clair (10pm–8am). 21. Open space surrounding and adjacent to St Clair Recreation Centre, St Clair Community Health Centre and Autumnleaf Neighbourhood Centre, St Clair. 22. Open space surrounded by Denver Road, Colorado Drive and Diamantina Close, St Clair. 23. Lukes Lane Reserve, from Banks Drive to Cook Parade, St Clair. 24. Kokoda Park, Charles Hackett Drive, St Marys. 25. Victoria Park, Great Western Highway, St Marys 26. Coachmans Park, corner Queen Street and Kungala Street, St Marys. 27. Jack Jewry Reserve, Waratah Street, St Marys. 28. The public space known as Werrington Creek Park surrounded by Victoria Street, Cottage Street, Burton Street, Herbert Street and Shaw Street, including Werrington Lake, Harold Corr Oval and Shaw Park, Werrington. 29. Rance Oval, Albert Street, Werrington (10pm–8am). 30. The public space and reserve between and surrounding the Werrington County Children’s Centre and the Namatjira Neighbourhood Centre, bounded by Henry Lawson Avenue and John Batman Avenue and the adjoining Werrington County Public School, Werrington. Representations and objections must be submitted to Council in writing within thirty (30) days of the date of this notice. For further information please contact the Community Safety Coordinator, Penrith City Council on 4732 8062.

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Serious crime at an all-time low in Penrith

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ew crime statistics show that serious crime is at an all-time low in Penrith and across the state. The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research released a report on long-term trends in property and violent crime, showing that crime categories are at their lowest levels in 20 years. Incident categories in NSW including murder, motor vehicle theft, break and enter (non-dwelling) and robbery with a fi rearm have all reduced by over 50 per cent since 1990, with break and enter (dwelling) and all other robberies, including those with weapons, dropping by at least 20 per cent. NSW Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione welcomed the drop in crime. “These latest figures show the efforts we are making are working, but there is still much work to be done,” Mr Scipione said. “Crime prevention and crime reduction is a community partnership. We can’t do it by ourselves. As the old saying goes – the community is our eyes and ears. Tell us what you see, tell us what you hear and we will act.’’ In Penrith, the figures show that crime has decreased over the past 10 years, with the exception of one category, robbery with a fi rearm, which has remained stable. Robberies committed without a weapon and the stealing of vehicles have both dropped by almost 60 per cent in the local area. Other incident categories including assault, break and enter and armed robbery, using a weapon other than a fi rearm, have reduced dramatically over the past 10 years. Penrith Local Area Commander, Ben Feszczuk said that the Penrith LAC has performed “very well”.

Assault: Two on the run after Colyton attack About 10.55pm on Saturday, April 27, emergency services were called to a unit block on the Great Western Highway near the intersection of Craig Avenue at Colyton. A 29-year-old woman who lived in the unit block told police that she had opened the door of her unit when two females forced their way inside. The pair assaulted the woman and threatened her with a knife, which resulted in some minor facial injuries that had to be treated at the scene by paramedics. The two females left the unit on foot in an unknown direction. Police continue to make inquiries about the incident. The fi rst woman was described to police as being in her mid-20’s, of Caucasian appearance, 163cm tall, of solid build and blond shoulder-length hair. She was last seen wearing a white hooded jumper and black leggings. The second woman is described as being aged between 18 to 21-years, 175cm, with olive skin, brown hair and of a skinny build. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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About 2.30pm on Saturday, April 27, an under 16’s football match was underway at Glenmore Park. During the game, a 15-year-old young person was tackled by a 15-year-old male from Glenmore Park. Police allege that during this tackle, the young person punched the male from Glenmore Park in the head. Whilst the male from Glenmore Park was lying on the ground, the young person allegedly kicked him in the head, rendering him unconscious. Th is resulted in other players and spectators becoming involved. Police attended the scene and dispersed the crowd. They obtained versions of the incident from witnesses at the scene and further investigation is underway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Penrith LAC Commander, Ben Feszczuk.

Rock thrown at cab: Driver and passenger both OK

“Our deployments are very deliberate and based on intelligence. We know our crime environment and tailor our strategies accordingly. One of those is being proactive,” he said. “We devote a lot of our discretionary time to High Visibility Policing including the deployment of a Command bus to selected locations across the Command.”

About 7.30pm on Friday, April 26, a taxi driver was responding to a job in Jordan Springs. Upon picking up his fare, he was travelling south along McGarittys Parade when both the driver and passenger heard a loud bang, allegedly the sound of a rock hitting the car. The driver then saw a second rock being thrown towards the vehicle, which missed. Damage was occasioned to the vehicle as a result. A second incident occurred at 8pm that same night on The Northern Road at Cranebrook.

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JULIA GILLARD Why we need to increase the Medicare Levy

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his week I announced DisabilityCare Australia will have a secure, sustainable funding stream for generations to come. We will increase the Medicare Levy by half a percentage point from July 1, 2014 – this will take the Medicare Levy from 1.5 per cent of taxable income to two per cent. For someone earning around average wages of $70,000 a year, this will be a contribution of around 96 cents a day. Th is means that even though the weak world economy and strong Aussie dollar are putting the squeeze on the Federal Budget, Australia can afford to take care of our own. The nation can afford this – the levy is a modest one, so I believe Australians can afford this – and Australians with disability, indeed anyone who might acquire a disability, needs us to get this done. Just like Medicare, DisabilityCare Australia is about us being a fairer nation. If you have a stroke when you’re 40, you don’t want to be one of the 70,000 young Australians who live in a nursing home. If your partner is injured in a car accident, their rehabilitation and mobility aids shouldn’t send you bankrupt. If you have a child who is born with a disability, you and your child shouldn’t have to ask for the kindness of strangers, you should have the certainty of a national disability insurance scheme. As the renowned disability advocate

Stella Young has said: “Disability currently affects one in every five Australians. 95 per cent of Australians will enter the disability community, either temporarily or permanently, at some point in their lives.” For 40 years our nation has discussed giving a fairer deal to Australians with disability. All too often, families are burdened, even broken, because of the current underfunded, fragmented schemes of support. 2013 is the year when we change all that. We want a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability, their families and carers. We also want to protect every Australian. Anyone who might acquire a disability will have a new safety net to rely on. That is why we have announced what we have this week.

TONY ABBOTT Humbling and extraordinary experience

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s you may have seen, this week, I have been undertaking the Pollie Pedal charity bike ride throughout South Australia and Victoria. Since 1998, I have taken part in Pollie Pedal and we have ridden about 16,000 kilometres and by the end of this ride throughout South Australia and Victoria, we will have raised over $3 million for various good causes. I’ve got to say there is no better cause than Carers Australia who were last year’s benefic iary and this year’s benefic iary. For 15 years now, travelling through small towns, stopping at pubs and cafes and staying at caravan parks, Pollie Pedal has enabled me to engage with people in ways that are rarely possible through politics-as-usual. Th is year Pollie Pedal riders will again ride 1,000 kilometres in support of Australia’s 2.6 million carers and the

‘Make Australia Carer Aware’ campaign. Carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail aged. They are the foundation of our aged, disability, mental health and palliative care systems. Without carers these systems would simply collapse. Choosing Carers Australia as a Pollie Pedal partner has allowed me to meet people who are rising daily to extraordinary personal challenges. Th is has been both humbling and inspiring. I’m honoured to be on this ride and I’m honoured to have the opportunity to make this contribution to the carers of our country. I’d urge readers of Western Weekender to support this year’s Pollie Pedal by making a donation to Carers Australia to assist them in their extraordinary work in the community. You can do this by visiting their website and making a donation at www.carersaustralia.com.au/ get-involved/donate. Do you have a view on Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott’s columns? Send your feedback to news@ westernweekender.com.au.

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’ve been thinking pretty seriously about the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Have you? Questioning paying the extra tax? If you earn $70,000 a year it’s only a dollar a day. All of us know someone, or of someone, that is profoundly affected by disability and it’s heartbreaking. I’m still young enough (I think) to have the “it won’t happen to me” attitude – but what if it does? If you do suddenly fi nd yourself paralysed after an accident or have a child born with autism, this is your insurance policy. It’s a $15 billion a year safety net. Realistically this tax increase (or levy) is the best and only way to pay for it – because it’s a steady stream of cash and isn’t shackled by the politics of the day or election cycles. Th is issue should be above politics,

right? The answer is yes – but given the funding of this issue is being debated so close to an election, both sides have this week been unable to help themselves. It has now become a political football. Th is is how the unedifying experience played out. Julia Gillard announced the levy and said she’d be taking it to the election – seeking a mandate from voters. She pitched it as a clear choice between her and Mr Abbott and the result is this being THE election issue (right where Gillard wants the debate). Now, Tony Abbott does support the scheme but he wouldn’t say if he would support the levy. The levy, he says, only covers half the $8 billion required. “It will only raise half the money, so she will only deliver half a scheme… so who will miss out? The vision impaired, children with autism...”? he said.

Cynical politics at its best. Tony Abbott called on the Prime Minister to bring on the legislation now (knowing that Gillard was trying to wedge him). Perhaps sensing some sort of positive signs from the Opposition Leader, Julia Gillard changed her approach AGAIN. Dumping her seeking of a mandate, Julia Gillard said if Tony Abbott pledged support for the legislation she’d rush it through Parliament. The two leaders of this country play politics at the best of times. Th is week was heartless posturing over disability care – and this is meant to be a bipartisan issue. A real shame, really.

Laura Jayes will be writing for The Western Weekender for the duration of the 2013 Federal Election campaign

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In reference to the letter written by M Anderson titled “Penalty Rates” (Dear Weekender, Western Weekender April 26). There are two forms of logic accepted by academia and the world at large. However, recently a third form has been created in Australia. Th is new form is called ‘Gillard Logic’, which is quite simple in fact. It says “It’s Tony Abbott’s fault” and requires no proof or facts. Mr Anderson in his letter appears to have created a subset which uses Gillard logic. Th is subset is as simple as the Gillard model, and states “It’s Fiona Scott’s fault”. Thankfully this Gillard and Anderson logic will be consigned to the dust bin of history after the September election. Unfortunately it will not go quietly but will require a period of blaming and fi nger pointing after which battling Australians will be required to rebuild a faltering economy as a result of gross mismanagement. Rick Putra, Glenmore Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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In response to Ian Mathew’s letter (Dear Weekender, Western Weekender April 26) on same sex marriage. If we lower our standards in any form our society will suffer. Sections of the gay movement mock marriage now. Just because other countries around the world lower their

standards why should we? The backlash in our predominantly Christian society will cause a lot of problems. For example in North America clergymen have been before the courts for refusing to perform marriages because it is against their beliefs. The discrimination card was played. English Statesman Edmond Burke said, “evil flourishes when good men do nothing”. Unfortunately Australians are a very apathetic people at the moment and would let anything pass. I would like to know what’s next on the gay agenda after SSM. Exactly when will they be satisfied. Peter Townsend, South Penrith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Airport doesn’t make sense

It seems that Penrith’s Chamber of Commerce is in favour of an airport at Badgerys Creek. It stated there is a defic it of jobs in western Sydney. There has always been a deficit of jobs, because the building of homes has out-stripped and continues to out-strip any infrastructure or job creation. I’ve lived in Penrith for over 40 years. An airport needs to be able to move passengers to Sydney in a quick and efficient manner. Planes use copious amounts of fuel. How would it be transported and where would it be stored? Even if there were a night curfew, many places operate 24/7. Susan Joyce, Penrith

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ne of the most inspiring moments on Australian television so far this year has been 18-year-old Harrison Craig and his amazing rendition of Josh Groban’s ‘Broken Vow’ during his blind audition for ‘The Voice’. Most of you will be familiar with Harrison’s back story by now. He’s got a serious stutter and it’s been affecting him since the day he could speak. He’s been undergoing speech therapy since the age of 11, but even with seven years of treatment under his belt, he still has many moments where he struggles to get words out. Yet despite his impediment he’s able to sing like an angel without tripping up. For many Australians a simple sentence is an everyday battle. Tens of thousands of Australians attend some sort of speech therapy for stuttering, and even though there’s been considerable research in the last 50 years, the cause of the disorder remains a mystery. What we do know is that most children begin stuttering begin between the ages of two and five, but a number of these will recover naturally. Stuttering is twice as common in boys than it is in girls, and it tends to run in families so genetics are thought to play a part. Most people who stutter become more fluent when they whisper, read out loud to

someone or like Harrison, when they sing. Scientists are currently using these three exercises as part of various clinical trials to try and figure out how to control the words of those who suffer. I’ve recently interviewed Harrison and his family and admired his attitude to tackling the problem. For him, it was a relief to show Australia that he could both sing and had a stutter. He feels that the stutter has been with him so long it’s just a part of who he is. Harrison was bullied in primary school, his mum putting it down to the fact that he just couldn’t get the words out quickly enough to react to the bullies. It’s a problem that many young children with a speech impediment face. Th rough the tough times Harrison’s mother told him to keep his chin up and he’d be the winner in the end. Judging from his beaming smile after his recent performances, there’s no doubt mum was on the money. Hopefully Harrison’s bravery can inspire those Australians battling with similar problems to embrace it.

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Brave Kyle’s brotherly love Eight-year-old’s quick thinking prevented a family tragedy on Australia Day

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aren Ausburn could not be prouder of her eight-year-old son Kyle after he saved his little brother Zachary in a near drowning incident at a friend’s pool this past Australia Day. In a reminder to all parents that they can never be too careful when it comes to water safety, Mrs Ausburn said the family had ticked all the boxes when it came to safety on the day yet still found themselves on the edge of a family tragedy. “We were celebrating Australia Day at a friend’s place with 30 or 40 people including children and adults. The kids were in the pool and we had a supervising parent watching them the whole time,” she said. “The kids were swimming for the fir st half of the day and then came inside for a barbecue lunch. One of the other adults had taken Zach’s floaties off while he ate, and then afterwards all the kids rushed back to the pool.” Zachary, who thought he still had his back floatie on, jumped into the water with the other children. Fortunately, Kyle quickly realised what had happened. “At fi rst I thought he was trying to float and then I saw that his head was below the water,” Kyle said. “I looked with my goggles and saw he had no floaties on so I bulleted over and pulled him back.” Mrs Ausburn put Zach into the recovery position and he vomited. A friend drove

Federal Member for Lindsay, David Bradbury, presents Kyle Ausburn with a special certificate after he saved his brother Zachary from drowning.

Zach and his mum to Nepean Hospital. “When we got there they did an x-ray that showed there was water in his right lung still. They kept him overnight and

fortunately he is fi ne,” Mrs Ausburn said. “But I cannot believe how quickly it all happened, a few moments more in the pool and things could have been quite

different.” For his bravery and quick thinking, Kyle was awarded a special certificate from Lindsay MP, David Bradbury.

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What you want Extensive consultation with our community over the past 12 months told us what you want to see in our City as it grows over the next 20 years or so. You said the top priorities for Penrith are more local jobs and making sure we have the infrastructure we need. These are two issues I am personally very committed to and have made a priority for my Mayoral term. Transport and access around the City, having safe and vibrant centres and neighbourhoods as well as a healthy environment are also important. The Penrith Community Plan sets out these directions and aspirations. The Plan also recognises our important role as advocates for the investment and services we need our partners and other levels of government to provide. The Community Plan is now on exhibition, along with the supporting documents that set out how we’ll make it happen. It’s available on our website penrithcity. nsw.gov.au and Council offic es for review and comment until May 28.

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he bright yellow billboard catching the eyes of motorists as they travel eastbound along the Great Western Highway should be doing more than just turning heads, says a group of concerned union offic ials. The billboard, launched last week, is part of a campaign encouraging local residents to educate themselves on the privatisation of electricity and if it is agreed on, what it means for the future. The campaign comes ahead of the release of a NSW Government report into how an electricity network privatisation transaction may take place. Placed on one of Penrith’s busiest major roads, in close proximity to the Northern Road intersection, the billboard is set to get many locals thinking. “Th is road never stops day and night, there is always traffic coming along here,” said Penrith Valley Community Unions member and Public Services Association (PSA) organiser, Sharon Vassar. “Th is will be lit up at night so it doesn’t matter what time you come by, you can’t help but see it.” Union officials believe selling ‘poles and wires’ to private companies is “counter productive” and will elevate electricity prices to a new high. They are calling on local members to declare their stance on the issue. “We want the government to come up and tell their story; are they going to privatise it or not? Be up front. If they are

Sharon Vassar (PVCU), Ian Braithwaite (PSA), Mark Buttigieg (ETU) and Tim Vollmer.

to the last election with a commitment not to sell the State’s electricity network’s ‘poles and wires’. That election commitment has not changed,” he said. “[Th is] is nothing more than an unfounded scare campaign.” For more information on the campaign, visit www.stoptheselloff.org.au.

going to privatise it, tell us when and why. They say no but in the background they are,” said Ian Braithwaite, organiser for the PSA. State Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres, said that the Government’s position is clear. “The NSW Liberals and Nationals went

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Relay provides hope and spirit Thousands to attend annual fundraising event to be held at Howell Oval

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housands of local residents will flock to Howell Oval in Penrith this weekend all with a common goal – to raise much needed funds for the Cancer Council. For the past 12 years Relay for Life teams have been running, jogging and walking around the oval, raising millions of dollars for cancer research and each year the event gets bigger and bigger. The goal for Penrith’s Relay for life 2013 is to raise $250,000 and participants are well on the way to making that goal a reality with the amount rising each day in the lead-up to the annual event. Over 100 teams have registered to take part and each has been busily fundraising in preparation for the Relay. Penrith Police have entered their team for the second year and are looking forward to once again raising awareness in the community. Thyroid cancer survivor, Sergeant Rebecca McMillan will be making the walk again this year as part of the Penrith Police team. “One of the main focuses for us, especially as police, is raising awareness,” she said. “As police we are always aware of our surroundings, of what is going on around us but we all need to be aware of ourselves as well. “I was really unaware. When I fir st found the lump I just thought ‘oh that’s weird’ and when I was tired I just thought

that it was because I had two young kids. I didn’t even know where my thyroid was.” Ms McMillan has been cancer free for just over five years and therefore will be walking the ‘Survivors Lap’ surrounded by others from the area who have fought the battle and won. “That fi rst lap is extremely emotional and hard for me to accept and participate as I am walking around an oval with a sash stating I am a survivor when I know so many are there remembering those that they have lost,” she said. “I really hope that one day we’ll have done enough research to create specific treatments for each different kind of cancer.” The event raises awareness and funds for the Cancer Council but Ms McMillan said that it is also great to boost morale in the community. “It is very full on but it is really good for the community,” she said. “It really shows how many people in the community are affected – I get surprised each year by how many people are there but we are all there for each other.” Another team, ‘Keep Calm and Relay’, has already raised $5,000 and is hoping to raise even more over the weekend. “The reason why everyone in our team is doing Relay is because we have all been touched by cancer in some way,” said team captain, Tenniel Todd from Regentville. “Some have family and friends currently battling and some of us have lost loved ones. It’s a great way to remember those who are no longer with us and celebrate those who have survived their battle.

The ‘Keep Calm and Relay’ team is preparing for Relay for Life. Photo: Photo Creativity.

“We invite all our friends and family down to come and do some laps with us, which also raises awareness for the charity.”

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Cranebrook High School and Kingswood High School were turned into construction sites over the school holidays with workers undertaking much needed upgrades. “Workers took advantage of the school holidays to begin replacing the rooves at Cranebrook and Kingswood High Schools,” said Penrith State MP, Stuart Ayres.

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esidents should receive no “nasty surprises” when Stage Two of the Penrith Local Environmental Plan goes on public exhibition in just over a week. The Local Environmental Plan (LEP) is the major planning instrument that determines what land uses can be carried out across the local government area. Paul Grimson, Sustainability and Planning Manager at Penrith City Council said that 95 per cent of people will not experience any changes in their land zoning. “In October 2005, Council decided that it would try to simplify the number of zonings that could be applied to local land. At the time there were hundreds as there were in many Councils across the country,” he said. “In 2006 the State Government had the same idea and introduced a Standard Instrument LEP, a template with 29 zones that Councils could apply consistently across the state. “Since that time we have been working on the Penrith LEP, with the fi rst stage – that included rural areas, heritage listings and the St Marys town centre, gazetted in 2010. “The second stage, which includes all our urban areas, will be placed on exhibition on May 13 for a period of eight weeks, during which residents can make submissions.” Mr Grimson said that the new LEP is simply a translation of the old zonings into a new format and would not affect most residents. “Building restricts, heights, densities, will mostly stay the same,” he said. However, some residents will have the number of uses allowed on their land actually increased. “There are urban pockets in Penrith, Kingswood and St Marys where we have identified infi ll development; these areas may already be built up but have older homes and could be redeveloped as the land is underutilised,” Mr Grimson said. Residents will be able to use an online tool to see exactly what land zones affect their properties, available when the exhibition period begins, through the Penrith Council website. “Some people may want to have zones increased further but there will not be residents who fi nd themselves with less options for their land,” he said. There is a small pocket of land encompassed by Coombes Drive and Coreen Avenue that will be changed from heavy industrial to light industrial, though Mr Grimson said that this will not hinder existing businesses, most if not all of which fit the light industrial description. “Th is will improve the area, especially with the new housing in North Penrith in such close proximity,” he said. One of the challenges in the future however, will be that the State Government is looking to change the format of the LEP for a second time to create a Local Plan. Mr Grimson said Council is still seeking clarification as to how the LEP will be translated into the new format. The LEP will be on exhibition at Penrith Library, St Marys Library, the Civic Centre and Council’s St Marys office from May 13 until July 5. For further information call the City Planning Team on 4732 8196.


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Students from UWS fear the impact of education reforms will be severe.

Education concern: UWS will be “hardest hit” by reforms

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he Federal Government’s funding model for the Gonski education review has been met with criticism from University of Western Sydney staff and students. NSW was the fi rst state to sign up to the $14.5 billion nationwide school funding package. In order to meet the funding commitment to improve education, the Federal Government will reduce university spending by over $2 billion, impose an efficiency dividend on universities of two per cent next year and convert student start-up scholarships into loans. UWS Vice Chancellor, Professor Janice Reid, said the university will be the hardest hit in Australia. “We are very surprised by the cuts,

given the Government’s long-standing support for education,” she said. “UWS supports the Gonski review and its recommendations. [But] the so-called ‘efficiency dividend’ threatens to reduce our Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) funding by almost $15 million. “UWS looks to be the hardest hit university in Australia.” Student Representative Council member, Andrew Whitney, said that the conversion of start-up scholarships to loans will greatly impact local students. “These scholarships support students from low socio-economic backgrounds and there are many local students who have been supported through this program,” he said. Lindsay MP, David Bradbury said Labor has more than doubled funding for higher education and uncapped university places to facilitate people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

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Belinda Delardes (left) at the National Schools Constitutional Convention in Canberra.

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t’s not often that high school students get to attend Question Time in Canberra and rub shoulders with a former rock star. But for Penrith High School student Belinda Delardes, that experience recently became reality after being one of 124 Year 11 and Year 12 students selected to attend the 18th National Schools’ Constitutional Convention held at Old Parliament House recently. Penrith High School Principal, John

Elton said Belinda was selected from a pool of around 4,000 students from government, independent, and Catholic schools across Australia. Facilitated by Professor John Warhust of the Australian National University, students worked alongside a panel of political experts to explore how to recognise Aboriginal Australians in the Constitution. The students also attended Question Time in Parliament and a reception hosted by Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth and former Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett.

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Brad swaps cars for inmates Local mechanic’s career change gives him a new lease on life

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rad Sheldon was looking for a change of scenery, but few would have expected a mechanic to take the bold move of becoming a prison offic er. Th ree months ago the 30-year-old local was looking for something new and after completing his fi rst shift last Tuesday, he couldn’t be happier. “I was working as a mechanic but I didn’t want to be in the same job in the same place for the next 20 years – I wanted to be able to have a career progression,” he said. After completing aptitude and psychological testing, Mr Sheldon took part in an 11-week training program to become a correctional offic er. “We were taught a lot about security but also how to look after people. It is important to make people feel looked after and give them a chance to be normal,” Mr Sheldon said. He was one of 15 new correctional officers from across NSW to be sworn in last week and completed his fi rst shift at Windsor last Tuesday evening. “It was really good, I defi nitely think I have made the right choice and it suits my lifestyle,” he said. Mr Sheldon has been a volunteer with the Rural Fire Service for 14 years and has obtained the rank of Duty Captain. NSW Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Greg Smith welcomed the new recruits at a ceremony last week at

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Paula MacRae is the latest ‘crazy collector’ we’ve uncovered. Photo: Melinda Jane.

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t was over 30 years ago when Penrith resident Paula MacRae debated with her friend on what they were going to start collecting. Her friend chose to collect wheelbarrows while Mrs MacRae opted for the humble watering can. Since then the ‘Crazy Collector’ has amassed over 240 watering cans of all different shapes, sizes and uses. “I have watering cans made of porcelain, china, crystal, metal, glass and even wicker,” Mrs MacRae said.

“They come in a variety of designs and uses too including money boxes, charm bracelets, wind chimes, clocks, vases, flower pots, napkin ring holders and picture frames.” Mrs MacRae said she originally thought watering cans would be a difficult item to collect. “I initially thought you wouldn’t be able to get many but over the years they have become more fashionable,” she said. “I think I’ll continue to collect watering cans for as long as I can. I’m a crazy collector… anything that has a watering can on it I’ll collect.”

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his week St Clair Youth and Neighbourhood Team (SCYNT) began a two year project set to change Colyton for the better. The program was developed after community meetings and surveys shed light on the fact that many residents found Colyton to be an unsafe and unfriendly area, especially around the Hewitt Street shops. With funding from Penrith City Council’s Magnetic Places program,

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Penrith locals are being encouraged to take part in the Rock ‘n’ Soul choir at Rouse Hill on Thursdays. To fi nd out more call 0431 200 500 and get rockin’

Hawkesbury’s stand alone race meeting will be held this Satu rday, May 4. Lots of giveaways and fun part of the day. Gates open at 10am

Don’t miss the next Craf t and Coffee Childcare meeting. They are held on Fridays at Emu Heig hts from 9.30am. Call 0401 918 982

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The Prostate Cancer Support Group meets at 6.30pm on May 20 at Nepean Hospita l. Jane Ussher will be spea king. Call 1300 13 38 78 for deta ils

Rela x after a busy week with Tai Chi classes at Tench Reserve from 9am on Sundays. For deta ils give Guuan a call on 0407 522 886

The Nepean Reti red Men’s Club will meet on Monday from 10am. Meetings are regu lar and all men are welcome. Call 4721 5889

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A women’s coffee and chat group meets at Cranebrook ever y Tuesday from 9.30am. Meet new friends! Call Don na on 4729 0442 for deta ils

Women who are seniors gather at the Nepean Com mun ity Neig hbou rhood Centre on Thursdays from 10am. For deta ils call 4729 0442

The Red Cross Penrith branch will have their next meeting at the CWA rooms on Tindale Street at 10am on Thu rsday, May 9. Call 9623 9789

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hey say there’s no more perfect way to eat out than by having a picnic with loved ones in the great outdoors. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, treat the best woman in your life to a simple yet thoughtful eating experience like a picnic. The fi rst thing you’ll need for your picnic is a good blanket. Feel free to bring one from home or perhaps purchase a new waterproof backing blanket which will come in handy if the grass is slightly wet. Secondly, you’ll need a picnic basket to carry your yummy food and utensils in. Make sure it’s big enough and sturdy enough to hold everything you need for the day. When it comes to what delicious food to pack, the best thing is to think simple. One of the best places to visit is a local deli where you can purchase fresh cold meats and salad. Add some delectable fresh fruit and veggies with dip, cut up cheese and crackers. Lastly, you need to fi nd a clean and convenient picnic spot for your family to attend. Penrith has quite a number of beautiful picnic areas including Tench Reserve in Jamisontown; Weir Reserve in Penrith; Regatta Park and Lions Park in Emu Plains, Mulgoa Park in Mulgoa; and Victoria Park in St Marys. So get planning! Your mum will appreciate the effort you go to in planning such a special day.

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or an organisation such as the PBA, advocacy is a vital part of our business. Whether it is advocacy to government, both State and Federal, to get recognition for a strategic initiative or appealing directly to Ministers for funding for projects, PBA needs to be at the forefront, armed with robust analysis, intelligence and an underlying vision to plead our case. One of the key objectives of pursuing an economic development agenda is the restructure of the local economic base to diversify the economy and create quality jobs. Th is is often not an easy task. A high level of engagement with government both at a policy level and in attracting resources to a range of local initiatives is required. A solid advocacy platform and strong local leadership is crucial in achieving such results. PBA’s success with the Penrith Health and Education Precinct (PHEP) is a clear manifestation of such engagement. However, such success is also attributable to the State Government, with the former Premier announcing her support for the PBA’s plans to develop the PHEP. That commitment has continued with the current Government resulting in PHEP being nominated as a potential specialised centre in the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy. The significance of being anointed as such is twofold. It gives us the “authority” to engage with Government and agencies to seek further support and provides a positive signal to the market about Penrith. Bijai Kumar is the CEO of the Penrith Business Alliance

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any of you reading this column have been running a business for many years. And many of you will be feeling like your business has stagnated. There are a number of reasons this can occur, including burnout, changing industry environments, economic downturn and so on. But sometimes a few simple changes can improve your outlook and begin a process of change. Here are some tips to help you kick start your business growth: 1. Grow your current customers. It can cost up to 10 times more to fi nd new customers than it does to retain your current ones. Find ways to exceed the expectations of your customers and they’ll do a great deal of word of mouth marketing for you. 2. Market yourself with multimedia. Videos are the fastest growing mediums for promoting your business (and YouTube is the second most popular search engine after Google). Offer tips for clients, show potential customers how your product works or introduce your staff in a fun way. Post the videos on your website, social media and on YouTube. 3. Protect your reputation. Be honest in all your business dealings, handle complaints in a timely manner, and post regularly on social media (watch for any comments about your business – set up a Google Alerts account). Doing these things will circumvent a great deal of potential problems. Monitoring online conversations may also provide you with valuable feedback. Michelle Grice is the founder of Shel Design, a graphic design and web design company: www.sheldesign.com.au

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usiness partners often start businesses together with little planning and no rules. The y then discover the hard way that what’s been skipped because of enthusiasm often leads to expectations not being met. Partners can clash over countless things, including confl icting work ethics and fi nancial goals, roles in the business and management styles. Firstly, ask yourself do you really need a business partner? Taking on business partners should be reserved for when a partnership is critical to success; like fi nancial resources, connections or vital skills you lack. Is it better to hire the person as an employee or contractor? Communication is important at every stage of a partnership, and especially so at the outset. You must be able to connect to feel comfortable expressing your opinions, ideas and expectations. If you haven’t worked together previously, test the partnership out by tackling a small project together that showcases each other’s skills and requires cooperation. Ideally partners’ professional skills should complement one another. Be careful when partnering with close friends or family members. Consider whether you’re willing to risk hurting your relationship if the partnership fails. Once the decision is made to start a business together, you should create a partnership agreement. Every agreement should address compensation, exit clauses, and roles and responsibilities.

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ydney Cochlear Implant Centre (SCIC) opened their seventh cochlear implant centre last week, changing the lives of the hearing impaired in Penrith. The centre will be a base for the hearing impaired in western Sydney to learn about the implants, be assessed for eligibility and receive ongoing support after receiving an implant. The centre was officially opened by the NSW Governor, Marie Bashir, at a function last week. “I want to commend the initiative of those here who worked to have a centre here in wonderful Penrith,” she said. “What will be glorious will be those recipients who walk out of here knowing that they have got something precious back that we can never take for granted.”

The complex hearing device can be provided to anyone from a child who was born completely deaf to a senior citizen whose hearing is degrading. “It is no exaggeration to say that cochlear implants have transformed the prospects for deaf children and adults,” said William Gibson, surgeon and founding director of SCIC. Local occupational therapist and sporting talent, Melinda Vernon, received a cochlear implant when she was just seven-years-old. “Being able to hear for the fi rst time was overwhelming at fi rst. When I fi rst got the implant turned on there was a big jumbo jet flying overhead so that was a big shock! The next day I woke up and was banging and tapping on things just to hear the sound,” she said.

The implant changed her life but until now she had to travel to the nearest SCIC centre in Gladesville for regular check ups and tests. “It is good to have this here in Penrith – there has been a boom in older people having cochlear implants so it will be good for them to have something close to home. It will change lives, it will open doors. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it,” she said. NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner had the opportunity to watch a child have their implant turned on for the fi rst time. “It is such a moving experience seeing hearing given to a young child. I am very pleased to continue to support cochlear implantation,” she said. - Katherine Tweed

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Age is no barrier: The benefit of employing older workers

Staff from Great Community Transport are here to help. Photo: Melinda Jane.

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reat Community Transport is a Penrith-based service that has been providing transport assistance to frail aged, people with disabilities and their carers for over 25 years. The service provides transportation for shopping, medical and social outings, aided by a dedicated, professional team. Th is team includes Ray Millard, who recently celebrated 20 years volunteering with Great Community Transport.

His motto of, “as long as they need me, I’ll be there”, is emblematic of the service’s tireless efforts to assist seniors. Flexibility is one of the key aims, with arrangements able to be made if clients have other transport needs. Clients are also able to negotiate payment to cover transport costs on an individual, case-by-case basis, making the service affordable. Seniors who feel that Great Community Transport can help their needs should phone Helen on 4722 3083 two weeks before they require their fir st appointment.

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epean Art Society’s annual Autumn Exhibition and Sale, to be held this weekend, will be a great opportunity for people to experience local art fi rst hand. The show will be exhibiting over 120 artworks, completed by local artists who are connected to the Society. Each of the paintings, done in oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel and other media, are for sale. “It is a great opportunity to see the local art talent and it is also an opportunity to purchase a work of art if you are looking for something special,” said Nepean Art Society’s Rob Weaver. The Society holds two exhibitions a year, one in Autumn and the other in Spring. “It will be a nice little outing for people if they happen to be shopping at Westfield or along High Street and want to take some time to recharge their batteries,” he said. In conjunction with the exhibition, the society is raffl ing a watercolour artwork, donated by Chris Pearson. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the exhibition and the raffle will be drawn at 4pm on Sunday. The exhibition is held at the Society’s headquarters, ‘The Studio’, which is in the old Penrith Council building at 129 Henry Street. Opening hours are from 9am to 5pm Saturday and from 10am to 4pm Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.nepeanartsociety.org.

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obbysew Penrith have banded together with some generous locals to create a beautiful quilt which has the potential to save lives. The hand embroided Christmas quilt is set to be raffled away at the local store’s Biggest Morning Tea, with all proceeds going towards research into fi nding a cure for cancer, through the Cancer Council. “We wanted to get involved because it affects a number of people that we know

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very day, millions of Australians engage in social media; in fact more than 80 per cent of Australians use the Internet and more than half have a Facebook page. Beyond Facebook, use of LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other social media platforms is constantly on the rise. It’s safe to say that in recent years, the Internet has become an essential tool for living. Seniors are the fastest growing demographic on Facebook and online – and there are plenty of good reasons why, including: • The Internet and social media platforms provide the convenience of email, advice, online shopping, bill-paying and banking. • Social media enables you to keep in touch with family and friends as well as fi nd people you haven’t seen in a long time. It also helps you keep up-to-date with news and events in your community. • You can do research and learn about topics of interest. You may even cultivate new hobbies or a business idea. • You can reach out to representatives and ask questions without being intimidated by attitudes or a confusing phone menu.

• There’s endless entertainment: you can play games, read ebooks, watch TV shows and movies and talk to others. Research from Melbourne University has shown that social media and the Internet can also be a way to ease social isolation. But research from the Queensland University of Technology has also shown many people are deterred by concerns such as the cost of buying a computer and Internet or broadband connection, a lack of knowledge and skills, confusion about technology, worries about computer security and access to computers. When Lend Lease planned Rochford Place retirement village, one decision made early on in the process was to provide a fibre optic network for Internet services. As a result, the residents at Rochford Place enjoy a broadband service for an affordable fee every month with unlimited downloads. What’s more, several residents have undergone courses to ensure they feel more comfortable with the basics. If you are not savvy with technology, there’s no need to feel daunted. Locals can learn all of the basics to get them started at Blacktown Computer Pals classes, held in the Community Hub at Ropes Crossing. So why not get started today!

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he geniuses behind CND Shellac, a product taking the nail industry by storm, have put their heads together and re-invented nail polish, something that hasn’t been done since the 1920’s. The typical base coat followed by two colour coats and fi nished with a top coat process has been used for years and nail polish wearers have been forced to remain frustrated as their polish chips within two days, sometimes leaving yellow stains. CND have changed the process forever with their new product CND Vinylux, an invention that eliminates the base coat factor and lasts for at least seven days. Vinylux is a weekly polish and weekly top coat process that are designed to work together.

Patent-pending ‘Pro-Light’ technology creates a powerful network of cross-linked polymer bonds that build resistance to chips and enhance durability with exposure to natural light over time. “In our consumer testing, more than 80 per cent of those who tried the product had no chipping in seven days and those who did had nails that just weren’t suited to the product,” said local CND Master Nail Technician, Skye McIntyre. “The idea is that CND Vinylux is for the consumer who likes to change their nail polish colour every week,” she added. CND Vinylux takes only eight minutes to dry naturally and delivers a durable polish. “People just want to get in, get their nails done

and get out. Th is is for the girl who wants a fast service, it is for the girl on the go,” Ms McIntyre said. 62 different colours have already been rolled out since the release of the product last month and over 30 of these colours match up exactly with the CND Shellac colours. The polish can only be purchased or administered by a CND certified technician, like Ms McIntyre. The product was launched secretly in Sydney by CND co-founder Jan Arnold, who presented Ms McIntyre with a uniquely designed ring in recognition of her work as a nail professional. For more information on CND Vinylux, visit skyemcintyre.com.au. - Katherine Tweed

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Moon In Taurus Conjuncts The Sun, Mercury and Jupiter and Trines Pluto; May 19th - June 2nd .

ARIES

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

Although the fi nancial picture becomes clearer every day, you still tend to spend money you don’t have. Whilst I know you like a certain kind of lifestyle it will not do much for you in the long run. Get a grip on your cash in readiness for developments coming your way, which will arrive sooner than you think. If you wish to have fi nancial security in the long term then you need to be more disciplined in the way you handle your fiscal affairs.

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

You are ready to enjoy yourself, but you will be choosy about your company. You need to spend time with those who inspire you and who think along the same wave lengths as you do; opt to only spend time with those who are well read and informed. Th is will make your day stimulating and enjoyable. Those who attempt to intimidate you should be swept to one side, because for once you know exactly what needs to be done.

GEMINI

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

Your popularity is glowing even more brightly than usual among friends and team mates. You instinctively put others at ease and so will be welcomed wherever you go. Even though you can’t push forward with major plans at home or at work at the moment you can still create beauty, bliss and harmony around you. You’re feeling excited and confident about changes coming up in the next few weeks but now is the time to work.

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It looks like acquaintances are seeing the more gentle side of your nature, and will be quick to tell others in your circle of friends – and why not? It’s nice to be the good guy from time to time, isn’t it? New people you meet will be stimulating your imagination and perhaps unwittingly, redefi ning your goals. The next few weeks are a highly sociable time and many of you will become involved with a new group of associates.

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

The Moon will be sizzling its way through the earthy sign of Taurus, that’s the zenith point of your chart, so you are much more confident where professional matters are concerned. It’s a great time for putting ingenious ideas to your boss because he or she will most certainly take them on board. Furthermore, if you are at all artistic, you’ll be receiving at least one pat on the shoulder and probably a good deal more.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

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The next two weeks is the ideal time for making important fi nancial decisions. Money worries have been on your mind for some time, but instead of letting your nerves control you, it is important that you listen to an acquaintance who has some excellent advice for you. The coming fortnight is a good time to rid yourself of bad habits, old fears, insecurities and phobias. More importantly it is time to rid yourself of any kind of self pity.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

The Moon is coasting along in your opposite sign of Taurus and so from now on you’re going to have to take on board the wants, needs and requests of other people. Recent tensions in your love life can easily be swept to one side – all it takes is a kind word or gesture to make sure you are not found lacking. Friends and acquaintances will also be far more communicative than is usually the case and will confide their secrets in you.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

The next fortnight is going to be a highly productive time when you can make up for lost time. If you are trying to instigate some important changes at work, don’t be too independent as other people’s ideas will trigger your imagination and your plans will fall into place much more easily than expected. Th is is the ideal time to clear up outstanding problems and to put practices into place to prevent these dilemmas from happening again.

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Be ready to enjoy yourself. Once again you seem to be the centre of attention, which always makes you feel special. You are certainly receiving a few signs that seem to mean a lot to you. No matter what complications arise, take some time out for romance. Don’t let others persuade you otherwise. Children and younger people will be a delight to be around as they will help you to connect with your own inner child!

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

With the Moon in Taurus there will be plenty of news in connection with family, friends, relatives and people you haven’t seen for some time. It looks as though you will be doing a great deal of entertaining at home, this may mean having certain business colleagues meet your family. You may decide to brighten up your home. If you know what you are doing that is fi ne, but if you don’t it would be wise to seek some professional advice.

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

Invitations from friends and neighbours are likely to come from out of the blue, but you would be wise to grab them with both hands as you will enjoy the occasion more than you expect and will certainly be glad that you went. You are mentally astute and others appreciate your intellectual vitality so why not let these qualities shine! Conversations will flow easily, so keep your wits about you and you will discover information to your advantage!

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Drugs can be dangerous, no matter what

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e all know misuse of drugs can be deadly. But not many people know that using them correctly can sometimes be just as dangerous! I read an article in The Australian this week about Professor Nick Buckley, a medical toxicologist at the University of NSW. He says one in 15 deaths in Australia is drug related and more people die from drug poisoning than from car accidents. A lot of new drugs will be approved this year and he knows there could be a killer among them. He’s rightly worried as once a drug is being used by the public it may be making people experience side effects, but there is no formal method of sharing data or tracking drug-related side effects or even deaths! He is leading a $7 million project to examine prescription drug reactions, medical and chemical poisonings and snake and spider bites. One of the drugs on his radar is a legal painkiller that goes by the street name ‘hillbilly heroin’. There is not enough information about how many people it and other legal drugs are killing. “We need the same approach as we have with the road toll,” he says. “But there is no monitoring once a drug is introduced, so we do not know where the black spots are. There are 1,700 deaths a year from drug poisoning. That’s more than one and a half times the road toll.”

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STAYING HEALTHY

KEEPING FIT by David Stein

If it’s in a packet, don’t pick it up

Prof Buckley is planning to monitor coroners’ cases, hospital admissions, prescription patterns and poison calls to start establishing some sort of pattern and help identify problem drugs. He says one of the worst killers to slip under the radar was the poisonous painkiller Dextropropoxyphene, which caused 10,000 deaths worldwide before it was banned in Europe and the US. “It has still not been banned in Australia, but was taken off the PBS in 2000 and doctors have been warned to stop prescribing it.” Drugs can certainly have a role in disease treatment but they do have side effects, always be aware you can get a second opinion and never be afraid to look into viable drug free alternatives if they are available.

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have worked with a lot of people over the years but I have never had a person sick or overweight from eating too much good, nutritious food. Next time you’re standing at a checkout look at the amount of bars and junk surrounding you. There’s enough calories to feed a starving country within arm’s reach; only problem is the starving people would still suffer from malnutrition, and unless we eat good, healthy food as well then we will too. So how do we fi nd good, healthy food, when there are big companies who prioritise making money over our families’ health? Firstly, ignore the packaging like you would a dodgy salesman and educate yourself. Cartoon characters and words that sound healthy, like ‘low fat’, ‘no MSG’, ‘natural colours’ and ‘high in iron’ could be found on a box of cereal but could describe a can of paint as well. Something like ‘High in Omega 6’ sounds good, until you know the average modern diet has way too much Omega 6 in relation to other essential fats, which is linked to heart disease, stroke, cancer, immune system damage and hormone imbalance. Best option: don’t buy packaging. Get your chip packet, rip it open and pour it straight in your trolley! Ok not really... I mean buy items that have minimal

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

packaging. If it still looks like it did while it was growing, that’s a good start. Secondly, always read the ingredients list, they are listed in order of amount used. We can’t afford to be brainless consumers as companies are pushing the limit of what they can put in a wrapper and call food. Sugar, flou r, salt are very cheap and easy to make taste nice. But putting stuff in your mouth doesn’t mean you are feeding yourself properly. If you want to feel good and have energy all day, eat food that can make it happen. Good, nutritious food will have you bouncing off the walls. You know how you’ll feel after late night with pizza and a drink too many, but you can be sure when you eat good, fresh food that your body will feel a whole lot better for it.

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

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on’t you just love the feeling when you discover something new that can go with any outfit, on any occasion and at any time? For some it is a handbag or a piece of jewellery and for others it is that timeless pair of heels but for me, it is my new lip glaze – what would I do without it? I have never been one for wearing bright lip stick or even coloured lip gloss, even though I always envied the women who could pull it off. I would wear some stand out red lippy from time to time but most of the time I would wear a bare, nude lip stick – it was just something that I felt comfortable in. Just last week I found myself in the possession of a new antioxidant lip glaze by Innoxa and I seriously can’t stop applying it. The way I see it, a lip glaze is a mixture between a gloss and a stick – really shiny and colourful whilst being good for your lips and giving you a fresh look. There were five fruity colours to choose from but weirdly, I was drawn to the brightest – kind of like a raspberry/orange colour, they call it ‘tangerine’. I decided to wear it to work one morning and I was amazed, my look had changed completely. As someone who had not yet discovered the joys of wearing colour on my lips, it was like Christmas had come early. Each day I began experimenting with my outfits – I could wear all black and simply slap on some lip glaze and look as fresh as ever. It even looked good when clashing with the colours of my outfit. If you are like I was, hesitant to try something new, why not just give it a go because you will never know what it can do for you. Trying a whole new look, or something as simple as a bright lip glaze – it gave me confidence and brightened up my look. That new haircut that you are dying to try or that pair of funky shoes might just change the way you see things!

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Two days until Iron Man

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us six mates, but also for our families and friends. We have been doing some light swim sessions in out wet suits to get used to the salt water, and some very small, light runs. We’ll be doing a quick spin on our bikes tomorrow morning before we check the bikes in to transition. Everyone is in good spirits and reconciled with the fact we couldn’t be any more prepared than each of us are individually. It’s interesting that six blokes who train together can be at so many different levels when it comes to the event itself. Amongst us are guys trying to break 10 hours, right through to myself who just wants to fin ish and have no time goals at all. I personally will be very happy to cross the fi nish line and see my family and five mates waiting for me there to cheer me down the fin ish chute as I become an Iron Man.

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obody wants to have an accident, especially not be the cause of one! If you have diabetes, before you drive you should always check your Blood Glucose Levels (BGL) and record it. If you are in an accident this helps you prove your diabetes was not a cause. Make sure your BGL is above 5mmol/L (“5 to Drive”) and keep a record book in your car for recording the date and time of each journey along with your BGL. If your journey takes more than two hours, you’ll need to stop and check your BGL is still above 5mmol/L. Many of us have been involved in accidents where the other driver didn’t want to take responsibility. When you have a record of your BGL prior to driving, you show responsibility for safe driving and can protect yourself by showing your BGL was not a cause of the accident. Hypos (low blood glucose) can occur unexpectedly while driving. A hypo is when your BGL is less than 4mmol/L. You may experience a variety of symptoms like shaking, sweating, tingly mouth or hands, mood changes, hunger, lightheadedness, and lack of concentration. Hypos are often caused by missing a meal, unplanned or more strenuous

physical activity, drinking alcohol, or taking more insulin/oral medication than is needed. A hypo is best managed with 15 grams of fast-acting carbohydrates such as six jelly beans or half a glass of juice or soft drink (not the diet sort). If the next meal is more than 20 minutes away, follow-up with a longer acting carbohydrate such as a slice of bread or a glass of milk or one piece of fruit. If you were planning to drive, your BGL needs to be back up to 5mmol/L, and you will need to wait at least 30 minutes more before driving so your body has time to recover. Keep a personal hypo treatment kit in your glove-box such as jelly beans, a piece of fruit or soft drink. If you suspect a hypo coming on while driving, pull over as quickly and safely as you can, check your BGL and treat as needed. Always take your blood glucose meter with you when driving and keep your diabetes ID in your wallet.

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

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There is a website, www.herbalhub.net, where you can download a free e-book on proven natural remedies and how to use them for minor ailments for all the family. Th is website is the start of the initiative I mentioned and it is selling nothing, it was established purely to get information out to the public. We at Abundant Life and Health are partnering with them to try to get the same service going here. There are many little things you can do to keep yourself healthy and to heal yourself if some minor ailment comes along. Naturally if something major crops up see your health care professional at once. If you are interested in learning more about Self Care, contact us at Clinic.alh@ optusnet.com.au, with your name and email address.

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hat do you think of when you hear the word “authority”? Sadly, for many, the picture is negative. Perhaps it’s because of a bad experience with those who abuse their authority. We all know those who take advantage of their position by manipulating others or by using their power in a corrupt, dishonest way. But we’re also aware of those in authority who we respect and admire. These people know what they’re talking about but they’re also humble and interested in supporting others and not getting their own way. In the Bible’s New Testament gospels, one of the pictures we have of Jesus is someone with great authority. For example in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus met a man with leprosy who came to Jesus and knelt before him saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” What Jesus did next was staggering. Matthew tells us how “Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.” Jesus had the authority and power to heal this man of a terrible condition that would’ve kept him away from his community, family and friends. But see what Jesus also did? He touched him!

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

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Because of this contagious disease, no one would’ve been near, let alone touched this man for years. Th is is a great example of how Jesus’ authority always comes with care and compassion. And that is why millions of people throughout history have willingly submitted to Jesus’ authority, an authority that calls on all people, even you today, to follow his example.

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CRANEBROOK Get Ready To Build

• central location | prestigious estate • 315m2 parcel of land • leased by Stocklands until 30th June 2013 • surrounded by parklands + easy access & egress • community pool & hall + walking tracks

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• lot 1 – 632.3 m2 approx • lot 2 – 727.2 m2 approx • glorious views to city skyline + water & sewage connected • lot 1 has council approved plans for gorgeous contemporary home • fabulous peaceful & quiet location Enjoy perfect privacy and seclusion, this blank canvass offers truly a unique opportunity, occupying a total of 1,359.5m2 approx of sublime land, surrounded by native bushland with views you will love. To find out more information call Dukes Estate Agents today. LOT 2 LOT 1

Currently being leased by Stocklands until the 30th of June 2013, with an opportunity to start building on the 1st July 2013 (subject to council approvals) so why not get in and start planning your future today. For further information call Dukes Estate Agents today. APPROX 315m2

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JORDAN SPRINGS The Broadbeach

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

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This fabulous G. J. GARDNER property features a superb floor plan, numerous living areas and A1 quality inclusions throughout. Situated on a large corner block, this is a fabulous opportunity to purchase a home, without the headaches of building. Call today to find out about a full list of inclusions.

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JAMISONTOWN Convenient Location

Situated on a massive 3362m2 (approx) with gorgeous manicured lawns and gardens this fabulous family home has so much to offer. With the entrance dominated by a private canopy of magnificent trees, with your own golfing green and cricket pitch. This sun filled family home has been meticulously maintained inside and out, offering privacy, seclusion and absolute enjoyment for the entire family to enjoy. Book your exclusive appointment today.

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4 large bedrooms all with built-ins master bedroom with walk-in and ensuite formal entry + study combined family, dining and kitchen (kitchen with omega appliances) • designated home cinema room + r/c ducted air conditioning • double garage + internal access + remote garage doors + front patio + large alfresco entertainment area • insulated walls and ceilings + water tank

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• 4 great size bedrooms all with built-ins + study • master bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite • formal entry + formal lounge with bay window & dining + ornate cornices • spacious Tasmanian oak timber kitchen + breakfast servery + dishwasher • combined family | meals area off kitchen + 3rd bathroom (down stairs) • separate games room + fire place + bar + r/c ducted air conditioning • double garage + internal access + verandah surrounding the whole north|east & west aspects • bbq area + private veggie patch + established orchard trees

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2 large bedrooms main bedroom with ensuite large open plan living area quality kitchen with Caesarstone bench tops and stainless steel appliances • good size undercover balcony • separate courtyard area for entertaining • lock up garage This modern 2 bedroom apartment is located in a popular complex and within a short stroll to shops, transport and schools. Offering a large open plan living and kitchen area, split system air conditioning, internal laundry, an undercover balcony and an additional separate courtyard, this property is ideal for a first time buyer or an investor.

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An Acreage Property With Complete Privacy 4 good size bedrooms with built in robes large separate living areas 2 bathrooms and large internal laundry lovely kitchen with quality appliances 4 car accommodation and sheds huge deck out the back overlooking the bush a brilliant level rear yard close to station and schools

Positioned down the long drive away from the street is this lovely well presented ranch style family home. Offering 4 good size bedrooms, 2 family bathrooms, large separate living areas, reverse cycle air conditioning and a great timber deck. With a beautiful bush backdrop, loads of space for sheds or outbuildings with still loads of potential this property is a must to see.

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4 good size bedrooms with built-in robes 2 completely renovated bathrooms lovely renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances large separate open plan living areas polished timber flooring ducted air conditioning good size tiled patio out the back fully fenced rear yard

Positioned on the high side of the street is this beautifully renovated 4 bedroom family home. Offering loads of space, large separate living areas, renovated kitchen and bathrooms, polished floors and air conditioning and a single garage. Within a short walk to schools and transport this property is a delight to inspect.

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Embracing a design and feel that takes full advantage of its space and surrounds. This family home offers generous family living throughout and an easy care lifestyle dedicated to low maintenance in | outdoor entertaining. Faultlessly presented to ensure a life of timeless quality, this remarkable home is simply without parallel and presents a life of privacy and tranquillity backing the picturesque Nepean River. By exclusive appointment only.

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5 huge bedrooms all with built-ins (3 walk-in robes|3 with balcony access) enormous master bedroom with open plan and ensuite + spacious walk-in robe + access to rear balcony + under cover entertainment area magnificent formal entry + high set ceilings + ornate cornices + timber flooring + custom lighting open plan living & dining + r/c ducted air conditioning + ducted vacuum glorious gourmet kitchen + stone bench tops + glass splash backs + commercial stainless double oven + dishwasher + breakfast bar separate butlers kitchen + walk-in pantry + custom cabinetry throughout custom design theatre room + Bose surround sound system + Denon Blu Ray disc player double garage + internal access + remote garage door massive undercover entertainment area + in-ground pool + waterfall edge + outdoor bbq area rear decking + glass fencing + timber stairs leading to rivers edge + water access front enclosed courtyard + fully fenced + remote gate + alarm system

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multiple living areas over both the ground and first floor full length balcony with lovely clear river views 4 large bedrooms all with built-in robes plus office private master suite with en-suite, walk-in robe and garden views gas kitchen adjoins open plan dining and informal living area level block with low maintenance manicured gardens double garage with drive through access off street parking with ‘in and out’ circular driveway

From the moment you walk through the door the Zen inspired gardens greet you through the large picture windows and wash the stress of the day away. With open plan and multiple living spaces there is space to accommodate the entire family’s various activities at once. The outdoor undercover return terrace enjoys the tranquillity of the garden with lawns, established trees and shrubs and the serenity of a well-populated koi pond. This noticeably well-built home will leave you enamoured with the setting and sense of space and wanting to move in. Call for your exclusive inspection today.

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Jamisontown 14/236 Jamison Road Fantastic investment opportunity!!

* Expected rent return $310.00 per week * Renovated 1st floor unit + lock up garage * New carpet, freshly painted, new drapes * Close to shops, station, Panthers & Westfields * Security complex

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Cranebrook 2 Hercules Close

Cul-De-Sac Location in North Cranebrook * Family / dining area & 3 way bathroom * Large L shaped lounge/dining or study nook * Single drive through garage & an entertaining area * Big backyard + wide driveway access at the side * Wall air cond. + ceiling fans

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Sale $305,000 View Saturday 1.00-1.30pm Mitchell Sheens 0412 652 477 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

Cranebrook

Penrith

* Current rent $350 pw * Stainless steel appliances * Dishwasher & air cond. * Single lock-up garage * Use of the estates community facilities * Large Alfresco area

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

* Plenty of built in cupboards * Wall air conditioner * Kitchen; 19 cupboard doors, 6 drawers * 62 m2 Floor plan * Roller awning; front window & sliding door * Ceiling fans through out

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* Huge 20 x 18 barn style shed * 12 x 7 three roller door garage * Fully fenced property * Almost new kitchen * Polished timber floors * 150 meters + deep bore * Solar panels 2.2 kvw

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

Sale $297,000 View Saturday 3.00-3.30pm Helen Fitzpatrick 0414 362 955 4732 3333 raywhitepenrith.com

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

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CLAREMONT MEADOWS

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Resting on over 700sqm of land and nestled amongst other quality homes is a residence that will make you the envy of your friends. The architecturally designed floor plan has been superbly crafted and will offer a contemporary lifestyle that few can enjoy. Porcelain tiles lead to four bedrooms (TWO with ensuites) all are spacious and complimented by built in robes. The outstanding kitchen with island bench and walk in pantry is the centrepiece of the home and overlooks the casual living space. Ducted air conditioning controls comfort, piped music services the home and alfresco area and security is maximised with the alarm and CCTV system.

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This villa is perfectly positioned for an easy lifestyle or the Investor wanting to enter the market. Features include three spacious bedrooms, two of which enjoy fully fitted mirrored built-ins, there is air-conditioning 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.

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Wonderfully positioned in a prime Orchard Hills location on the North side of the M4 Motorway is arguable the very best vacant block of land in the area. Encompassing approximately 5000sqm and enjoying unobstructed and spectacular views. Proposed luxury home plans available for viewing with on-site inspection.

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. Contact one of our Agents today!

Walk to everything with the convenience of this lovely two bedroom over 55’s villa. Featuring open plan living, modern kitchen and bathroom, air conditioning and large built in robes in the bedrooms. This villa is ready to move into and is perfectly located close to everything and is in a small complex. Agent declares an interest.

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Spread over two levels, the traditional residence offers a vast floor area with exceptional entertaining spaces and first-class finishes throughout. The home offers 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. Outside is an entertainers dream with the grounds completed with a sparkling in-ground pool plus entertaining area.

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MAIN BEDROOM ON GROUND FLOOR

Sharing no common walls you’ll love the sense of living in your own free standing home when you move into this great sized villa. On offer are three good sized bedrooms all with built ins, two bathrooms, modern kitchen and a generous sized living area. Externally you’ll be greeted by a freshly grassed yard and paved entertaining area complete with shade sail. Whether you’re starting out, investing or downsizing, this deserves your immediate attention.

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

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Resting on approximately 11 arable acres is this private double brickhome. 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, ceiling fans and split system air conditioning in the main bedroom. The elevated position with covered verandah enjoys views of the in ground pool and bush land. The second dwelling is a fully self contained two bedroom cottage currently set up as an office. There are also three sheds including car accommodation, large dam and 100,000 Litre water tank.

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BIG HOME - BIG ON CHARM AND CHARACTER

Set on (approx.) 730 sq metre block, and with a home design size of (approx.) 39 squares. Enter through the Cedar timber door entrance, admire the 9 foot high ceilings, Australian Baltic timber flooring, Cedar French doors throughout all living areas, lead lighting, and open quality timber kitchen. Offering a one off design consisting of five bedrooms all with built ins and the main offering ensuite and walk in robe. The main bathroom has a claw foot bath. There are four living areas, wide verandahs, storage and use of the roof area, in ground pool, BBQ and undercover entertaining, split air, ceiling fans and double garage.

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 4th 1.00 to 1.40pm 48 Dillwynia Drive

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$449,950

THE QUIET ACHIEVER Four bedrooms combine with two separate living areas; there is a formal dining area and the comfort of ducted air conditioning throughout. The double garage will look after the cars or storage needs; there is a grassed yard and a space ready for the outdoor setting. Positioned with a peaceful leafy outlook.

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OFFERS OVER $799,000

Nestled behind the security of double gates is a grand residence that will allow you, your family and extended family to s-t-r-e-t-c-h out and enjoy the tranquil lifestyle on offer. Stretching across three levels the home enjoys an abundance of living spaces combined with five bedrooms, each with built in robes. Two bedrooms offer direct bathroom access, the huge kitchen will please the chef and triple garage will look after the big boy’s toys. The rear grounds easily accommodate the in ground pool, covered entertaining area and are accessed by a beautiful tree lined pathway. Don’t stare from the street - book an inspection to experience this great opportunity.

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MULGOA $929,950 EXECUTIVE HOME – 1300+SQM BLOCK

Positioned on over 1300 sqm of land in this recently sub divided estate is a grand residence that will make you the envy of your friends! Stretching across two levels it encompasses all the features you would expect in this exclusive price range. Ducted air conditioning controls comfort throughout the four bedroom floor plan that also includes a study and rumpus room. Along with this is a choice of informal and formal living spaces, a stunning kitchen with island bench and sliding double doors that leads to the alfresco area. The centerpiece of the yard is the magnificent in ground pool that comes complete with water feature. With so much more to see only an inspection will allow you the opportunity to appreciate the lifestyle on offer.

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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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.

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Call now to inspect this great opportunity to enter the Emu Plains market. Positioned on a no through road this is sure to meet the expectations in this popular price bracket. The kitchen and bathroom have been updated from their original condition; split system air conditioning controls comfort and the timber floors are a visual delight. The rear yard offers a great place for those social gatherings and will also please the kids and pets. The double carport allows enough height for the boat or caravan or will simply accommodate the cars. With a block size of over 620sqm it really is the complete package.

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$489,950

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.

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OFFERS OVER $699,950

FAMILY HOME – GOLF COURSE BACK DROP

Nestled in a tightly held position of Leonay is an astonishing residence that neighbours the golf course in a position that is only moments from the highly sought River Road precinct. Beyond the modern façade is a family friendly layout that combines formal and informal living spaces with three bedrooms and a study/office. The master suite enjoys a green, leafy outlook and is complimented by an ensuite. The kitchen is the home’s centrepiece and boasts an island bench and a wonderful freestanding oven. Social gatherings will be a breeze whether it is poolside, under the entertaining area or in the comfort of the ducted air conditioning. With very little opportunity to reside in these locations this deserves your immediate attention.

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Rarely do you find a quality two year old home in Emu Plains with quality inclusions throughout in a sought after location. Featuring four large bedrooms with walk in robe, parents retreat and ensuite to the huge main bedroom and built-ins to the other bedrooms. Open plan living including lounge, dining and rumpus with stunning kitchen including walk-in pantry, 900mm oven, 10ft ceilings being at the centrepiece, all flowing out to the undercover alfresco area. Fantastic extras include a study, ducted air conditioning and an oversized double garage with side access. All positioned on a huge 700m2 block. This is an opportunity not to be missed. Call today for your private inspection.

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Positioned on approx 659sqm of land in the flatter section of Leonay is a property that deserves your immediate attention. Renovated throughout you’ll be impressed by the size that this three bedroom floor plan has to offer. All bedrooms have built in robes, there is direct bathroom access from the main bedroom, formal and informal areas and wonderful slate flooring throughout. Add to this the single garage, grassed yard and spacious entertaining area. With not a thing to do - we suggest you hurry to avoid disappointment. Call now!

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MOMENTS FROM RIVER ROAD

PRICED TO PLEASE

THREE BEDROOMS, ENSUITE, DOUBLE GARAGE

Complete with ducted air conditioning, wonderfully high ceilings and modern inclusions throughout - you’ll just love coming home. Other features include, built in robes, remote single garage with internal access and a small courtyard. With a bus stop out the front and the security of electric gates.

Newer than most in the area it enjoys a comfortable three bedroom layout, there is an ensuite to the main bedroom, built in robes and internal laundry. The double garage is a standout feature seldom seen in this style of development as is the grassed yard for the kids to roam.

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Superbly maintained and positioned moments from the Nepean River is a great opportunity to invest for the future. Comprising three bedrooms with built in robes the floor plan also enjoys two separate living areas and the comfort of ducted air conditioning throughout.The rear yard has been improved by a great size entertaining area and can be entered via side access. Add to this the remote garage and impeccable presentation. Call now or watch for open home times.

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EMU PLAINS

LEONAY $529,950

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Glenmore Park

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Cranebrook

Springwood

Penrith

Emu Plains

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

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THE SPACIOUS ENTERTAINER

If you are a large family looking for a spacious home youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll love this four bedroom home with ensuite to main, two living areas, plus kitchen with caesar stone bench tops, as well as floating timber floors, and ducted air conditioning. Outside there is a massive undercover entertaining area, and a double garage which has one half converted and ideal for a teenage/in law retreat that could be converted back quite easily. There is also plenty of room for trucks or caravans, and is located in a very popular North Cranebrook location.

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If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

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CRANEBROOK $529,950 IT HAS THAT LOOK OF SUCCESS!

This wonderful home includes five large 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 with a great size carport perfect for a boat or caravan.

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Rarely does a home of such size and quality come on the market in this sought after area. The home features four large bedrooms, all with built in wardrobes, ample living areas and modern bathrooms. The large master bedroom features an en-suite and walk in robe. The large entertaining area leads to a lovely deck, just perfect for sitting back and relaxing. Boasting a double garage with internal access, this is a home surely not to be missed. Call today to arrange an inspection.

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 4th 1.00 to 1.40pm 5 Knot Street OFFERS OVER $529,950

This three bedroom home with built-in robes to two, and walk-in robe and ensuite to main is absolutely stunning. It boasts a formal lounge and dining plus a family room. There is a powder room downstairs, modern galley style kitchen and pantry. The home has ducted air conditioning, and has a single remote control garage with internal access plus second carport.

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OFFERS OVER $649,950

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

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

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park Penrith

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Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

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Take advantage of the lifestyle and community living Twin Creeks has to offer; Award winning Country Club and Restaurant, Graham Marsh Golf Course, exclusive residents pool & spa, tennis courts, playground & BBQâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. With the release of 22 lots, its not too late to reserve your Twin Creeks homesite and look forward to enjoying a remarkable lifestyle in an uncommonly beautiful setting. Land Sales: David Jones 0408 133 702 Memberships: Grant Martin 0427 263 336 Clubhouse & Land Sales: 478 Luddenham Rd Luddenham www.twincreeks.com.au

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OPEN HOME Saturday 4th 2.00-2.40pm, 4 Woburn Place

Right Place – Right Time

Backing Onto The Golf Course!

OPEN HOME Saturday 4th 2.00-2.40pm, 27 Oxford Street

How Sweet It Is!

Under 2km’s 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 ensuite to the main. Split system air conditioning controls comfort, there are built in wardrobes, a covered area for entertaining and a double garage. Call now to inspect this well positioned property.

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

Glenmore Park

Cambridge Park

Offers Over $429,000

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

Offers Over $349,950

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

Th is executive style Clarendon home offers all of today’s comforts, positioned in one of Glenmore Parks fi nest addresses! Features include: 4 large bedrooms, ensuite, walk-in robe to main, built-in robes, study, formal lounge, formal dining, meals area, family room, rumpus room, upstairs family room, tiled & carpet floors, ducted air conditioning, intercom system, down lights, entertaining area, triple drive through garage, landscaped gardens and views to the Blue Mountains. With a fantastic outlook over the golf course and easy access to the M4 motorway, schools, shops & transport, this home is surrounded by other quality residences and is sure to impress the fussiest buyers! Contact Michael Ball on 0414 264 668.

Glenmore Park

Expressions of interest

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

OPEN HOMES BLAXLAND Sat 10.00-10.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 11.00-11.40am

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CAMBRIDGE PARK Sat 12.00-12.40pm Sat 1.00-1.30pm Sat 2.00-2.40pm

1/21 William Street 6/25 Barlow Street 27 Oxford Street

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CLAREMONT MEADOWS Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 1.00-1.30pm

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Jim Aitken Penrith Michael Ball Realty

CRANEBROOK 2 Hercules Close 30 Aldebaran Street 4/12-14 Dolomite Road 12 Bluebird Road 28 Scenic Circuit 5 Knot Street 93 Gannet Drive 5 Knot Street

Sat 1.00-1.40pm

83 Wedmore Road

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78 Galvin Road 89 Fifth Avenue

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14 Sunland Crescent 3 Sunland Crescent

Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 1.00-1.40pm

35 Caloola Avenue 8 Fox Place

Sat 1.00-1.40pm

51b Hawkesbury Road

Ray White Penrith Ray White Penrith

LEONAY Jim Aitken Emu Plains

LLANDILO Ray White Penrith Ray White Penrith

MOUNT RIVERVIEW Jim Aitken Glenbrook Jim Aitken Glenbrook

PENRITH Jim Aitken Penrith Jim Aitken Penrith

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Michael Ball Realty

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335 Great Western Highway

Michael Ball Realty

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EMU PLAINS 5/12 Jamieson Street 21 Watsonia Street 11 Martin Street 15 Bunyarra Drive 7 Thorsby Place 58 Gough Street

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EMU HEIGHTS

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the red rug to win throughout May at the designated meetings across 33 greyhound racing tracks, including at the Richmond Greyhound Racing Club in Londonderry. Wayne Billet, General Manager at the Richmond Greyhound Racing Club said last year’s event was fantastic and this year’s promises to be even better. It’s been great to see local sponsors come on board putting in extra money for every red dog that wins a race,” he said. The 65 Roses Campaign will take place locally on Saturday, May 18 from 6.50pm at the Richmond Greyhound Racing Club, 312 Londonderry Road, Londonderry.

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he under 14 girls team from the Jamisontown Giants Football Club had the time of their lives last week when they were invited to walk in a ticker tape parade for their football heroes, the Western Sydney Wanderers. The local team were invited to participate in the colourful parade by the Nepean District Soccer Football Association. The girls joined the marching parade behind the Wanderers

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pro shop on 4721 2880, and book your free trial lesson for you or your child. NDTA is also expanding our coaching programs throughout primary schools and childcare centres in Penrith. A number of centres have already taken up the offer to have a free trial session run at their centre or school. NDTA runs a three to five-year-old gross motor skills program at childcare centres called Sporty Kids, and the Tennis Australia Hot Shots programs for five to 12-year-olds through primary schools. Call Elton or Carey on 4721 2880 for details on the free trial.

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A massive turnout attended the ANZAC Day Service at Penrith and thanks to Carol Beath (music), Mark Spooner (bagpipes) and Connor Duncan (trumpet) and also Producer/Director, CEO Julie Cullen. A triples event followed and the winners were Dave Cooke, Ted Sommerville and Joe Scott with runners up Cliff Fay, Glenn Chandler and Charmaine Clay. Th ird place went to Donna Jory, Jill McDonald and Dave Jory. St Marys RSL held its third Graham Chambers Trophy with 88 members of the club vying for $2,000 prize money. Graham passed away in March 2010 after a battle with cancer and at the time was Assistant Bowls Secretary. Graham’s two sons Scott and David also contested this year’s event. David actually took home fi fth prize as a Lead. Neither of the two boys are active bowlers. It is a random mixed fours event over three games of 12 ends.

The format is very popular amongst the members as you don’t know who you are playing with prior to each game. Loads of fun was had with the eventual winners being Skip – Brad Johnson, Th ird – Peter Hearn, Second – Rod Graham and Lead – Peter Ryan. Peter Ryan has only been bowling about six months so that was a big effort. Congratulations to all the eventual winners and placegetters. Over the last six months Kevin Gaskin did not enjoy good health due to a lung infection, and sadly this is what caused his death at Blacktown hospital on Friday, April 26. It was only two weeks ago that Kevin and his good wife Rita had their 60th wedding anniversary and he was in good spirits on the night. Next day he had to go back into hospital because of breathing problems with his lungs, and there he passed away. Kevin was 80 years of age and his funeral with be held at Pinegrove Cemetery on Thursday at 9.30am.

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Success for local youngsters at Canberra athletics meet

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he Nepean Little Athletics season has fi nished off in remarkable fashion with two local athletes winning gold at last Sunday’s Under 13 Nationals held in Canberra. Kyle Bedford and Anthony Gale were both chosen to represent NSW in their chosen sports of walking and long-jump, respectively. Kyle fi nished fi rst in the 1500m walk, while Anthony also fi nished fi rst in the long-jump. Anthony was also the lead runner in the gold medal winning NSW boys relay team. Zone Coordinator for the Outer West Metropolitan Zone (OWMZ), Jeff Baxter, said both Kyle and Anthony had shown promising signs for some time and it came to fruition last weekend. “Anthony and Kyle have been on track to produce results like this for a while,” he said. “In the past, Kyle’s broken State records in walking and also competed at National Juniors events.” It’s been an incredible year of achievement for the seven local little athletics clubs who compete in the OWMZ, They include Colyton, Cranebrook, Emu Plains, Jamison, Penrith, Werrington and Nepean. “Th is year we had over 1,600 athletes aged from Under 4’s to Under 17’s compete within the seven centres,” Mr

Four players cut The Western Sydney Wanderers have released four players from the club, confi rming they would not offer them new deals for next season. Dino Kresinger, Tarek Elrich, Joey Gibbs and Rocky Visconte will not be offered new contracts as the club prepares for the 2013/14 A-League season and Asian Cup. Western Sydney Wanderers Executive Chairman, Lyall Gorman praised the players’ contributions. “The inaugural season for the Western Sydney Wanderers has been an amazing journey for the players, coaching staff, club, partners and fans,” Mr Gorman said. “Dino, Tarek, Joey and Rocky were all part of this journey and all played an integral part in the success of the club and winning the Premiers Plate in this historic season. It’s unfortunate that we are unable to retain all of the squad.”

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Baxter said. “106 athletes qualified for the State Carnival held at Homebush Olympic Park. At this carnival the OWMZ reps

took home 10 gold, 10 silver and eight bronze medals. “To have results like this over the past few months has been very pleasing.”

The Greater Western Sydney Giants have announced that small forward Liam Sumner has re-signed with the club until the end of 2016. The 19-year-old is the latest Giant to commit long term to the club after seven players re-signed earlier this season. Sumner was taken with pick 10 in the 2011 draft and has played six games for the Giants and kicked five goals. Sumner said it was an easy decision to stay at the club as they continue to build into a competitive team. “I’m really happy to be playing my football here in Sydney. We have a great group of guys here at the Giants, and I love the lifestyle too,” he said.

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Lifetime of commitment: Jo’s softball dedication honoured

Nicholas Fry in training for the marathon. Photo: Melinda Jane.

Sticking to his word: Nicholas pounds the pavement

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ost of us make New Year’s resolutions that we never stick to but Glenmore Park local Nicholas Fry is different. His resolution for 2013 was to be more charitable and to run a half marathon – and he’s doing just that. Mr Fry, 54, and his 27-year-old son Jaden are set to take part in this month’s Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon on Sunday, May 18 to raise money for Ronald McDonald House. Speaking with the Weekender, Mr Fry said he was looking forward to participating in his fi rst half marathon with his son. “I’d been an occasional jogger over the years and at the beginning of 2012 my son started to come on jogs with me,” he said. “We started to take it more seriously and competed together in the City2Surf last August. “When I registered for that event I noticed you could become an individual fundraiser. I didn’t do anything on that occasion but it stayed with me.” Over the Christmas break Mr Fry had time to think and decided to run in the SMH Half Marathon and set up a fundraising page to give something back

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to the community. “I’m 54 and have three children and one grandchild who are all healthy but not everybody is so lucky,” Mr Fry said. “I always had the Ronald McDonald House charity in mind, and this opportunity made it easy and seemed to fit.” Mr Fry and his son are now in heavy training four days a week in the lead-up to the 21-kilometre event around the streets of Sydney. He said there was no better feeling than being part of such a memorable achievement with his son. “Doing this half marathon is something my son and I can share,” Mr Fry said. “When you make a commitment to someone else you tend to follow through. “If I was doing it just for me I would probably just roll over and fall asleep. But because you don’t want to let your partner down you follow through and I think that works for him too.” Mr Fry’s goal is to raise over $4,000 for Ronald McDonald House before May 18, and he’s currently raised $3,400. To help donate visit Nicholas Fry’s fundraising page at www.everydayhero. com.au/nicholas_fry. Are you running in the marathon? Let us know by emailing Nathan.Taylor@ mediaview.com.au.

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Jo Buchanan has been recognised for her contribution to softball. Photo: Melinda Jane.

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ong-time Penrith City Softball Association (PCSA) player and staffer, Jo Buchanan, was “blown away” and “completely shocked” when she found out she had been awarded a life membership for more than thee decades of dedicated service to the sport. The humble Penrith resident and strong ambassador for softball in the local area said being awarded the life membership was her “proudest moment in softball”. “I feel a little unworthy actually... I just do what I do because I love softball in Penrith,” Ms Buchanan said. “I do it for the families who come back every year to the best family sport in the world. Where else can all age groups of kids and their parents play in either social or competitive competitions all at the same ground on the same day of the week?” Ms Buchanan has been playing softball since 1978 and is currently serving as an ‘honourary’ secretary with the PCSA. She said she loves getting to the softball fields early on game day and staying right to the end to watch all the action unfold on field. “I love being at softball at 7.30am to

help set up, do my executive duties during the day, play my game, coach, pack up at the end of the day, then enjoy a drink and unwind with the many people who stay behind,” she said. “I’m so pleased that my two sons play each week as well because it’s something we do as a family.” Loretta Watts, President of the PCSA and a fellow life member, has known Ms Buchanan for more than 30 years and said no-one has been more deserving for the award. “What Jo puts back into the sport by playing reps, coaching and just being down on the ground giving back to our sport is incredible,” she said. “When she found out she won the award she was lost for words and in tears.” Ms Watts said her long-time friend and colleague is well-respected by not only the local softball members but people across the state too. “To receive a life membership the clubs and the delegates of those clubs have to vote as well as the executives of PCSA, without the club’s support a life membership isn’t possible,” she said. “To actually receive a life membership within our Association comes down to being well-respected and well-liked by most people.”

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gars, Tigers, Emus, Zebras, Giraffes, Wolves and Foxes had a great time learning the sport of football and the value of team effort through the Small Sided game. HLFC also had 16 competitive matches over the weekend with 10 wins, 5 losses and a draw – outstanding results and, win, lose or draw, well done to all teams for their efforts. A special mention and congratulations to our Premier League Div 2 and Reserve squad who both chalked up wins this weekend. HLFC has been lucky to have secured Tony MacMillan and Jenny Taylor as the coaching and management team for our Premier League squad with the goal of building a successful squad for our juniors to aspire to and it is great to see this newly formed squad achieving wins over the weekend. Special thanks also to Chris Duffett and the team at All Sports Direct for their sponsorship of our Prems Squad and the excellent service they provide in meeting the merchandise and equipment needs of our club. The Henry Lawson Football Club’s Committee and members would like to thank Penrith City Council for its support and the ongoing improvements to Parkes Ave Res Werrington.

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AROUND THE GROUNDS The Penrith Panthers Men’s Waratah Championship League side are now into the top six after they defeated the Parramatta Wildcats 80-66. Ben Kearins top-scored for the Panthers with 22 points and six assists. Meanwhile, the Waratah Women’s side also had a win, their second of the season. The Panthers were too good for the Wildcats 53-40. Kelli Sims was the best girl on the court with 14 points and 15 boards. Th is Saturday both sides are at home to take on the Sydney Comets. The Penrith Rams fi rst grade AFL side lost another nail biter last weekend, going down to UNSW/ES 78-75. The Rams trailed for the whole game before staging a storming comeback. Penrith have now dropped to eighth position on the AFL Sydney Division One ladder. The Penrith OzTag winter season gets underway this Tuesday, May 7 for mixed teams and this Thursday, May 9 for men’s teams. The Penrith Phantoms’ ice hockey season has gone from bad to worse after they were thrashed 6-0 by the Canterbury Eagles last weekend. Captain George Kozumplik has conceded it’s going to be a long season for the local side. “We were missing some key players but it wouldn’t have made much difference,” he said. “Individually we seem to match up to the other teams but we need to improve

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our team play.” Th is Sunday, May 5, the Phantoms are again away from home taking on the fi rst-placed Liverpool Saints. The Nepean District Soccer Football Association, through its representative arm Nepean FC, has entered into a development pathway agreement with the Western Sydney Wanderers. Thi s means players within the Nepean region have an opportunity to take part in development programs and become part of the Wanderers family. The Western Sydney Wanderers Pathway is a program for players from local grassroots clubs to take them to elite football should that be where their path leads them. Players can attend Nepean Development Programs and holiday clinics and be scouted to attend the Wanderers’ advance programs. For more information on how to get involved visit www.nepeansoccer.com.au or call your local club. The Penrith Panthers have rocketed to the SG Ball Grand Final after posting a massive 44-0 win over St George last weekend. The Panthers will now meet Balmain at 12.15pm this Saturday, May 4 at St Marys Leagues Stadium to battle it out for premiership glory. Penrith’s Harold Matthews side failed to make it to their Grand Final after they were wiped out 28-6 by a strong South Sydney line-up.

John Thain and Jeff Baxter are supporting the building of a new all-weather athletics track.

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s Penrith continues to establish itself as the sporting hub of western Sydney, an all new, synthetic athletics track is on the agenda. Penrith Council has called for further investigation into the possibility of building a $1.525 million all-weather track to rival the popular Blacktown Olympic Park facility. Jeff Baxter, President of the Nepean Little Athletics Club based at Blair Oval in

St Marys is part of the steering committee and said that the facility would be an important addition to the Penrith region. “Currently, clubs are training on grass tracks and if it rains, competition can be delayed one or two weeks while the grounds dry out,” he said. “There are also many talented local athletes who do not train in the area because there are not the facilities.” Penrith Council also has the support of Athletics NSW. Councillor John Thain said: “Th is is a great project and I urge local clubs to settle on a preferred location”.

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Celebrating Our History 2013 BICENTENARY OF THE FIRST EUROPEAN CROSSING OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS Be part of a historic ‘night under the stars’. FAMILY CAMP OUT Weir Reserve, Saturday 11 May

Celebrate this historic event and enjoy a ‘night under the stars’ at a family camp out at Weir Reserve on Saturday 11 May.

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Please note: camp sites are strictly limited, bookings essential. A $75 refundable booking fee is required to secure your site. Terms & conditions apply.

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In 1813 explorers Blaxland, Wentworth & Lawson set up camp on the banks of the Nepean River at the end of the first day of their epic journey across the Blue Mountains.

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MAMRE FESTIVAL

SUNDAY 19 MAY, 10AM - 4PM

FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL FUN AT MAMRE HOUSE Mamre house, 181 Mamre Road Orchard Hills Visit historic Mamre House and experience a day of heritage activities, entertainment, demonstrations, displays, tours and food. Coordinated by Penrith City Council in collaboration with Mamre House, the Festival will mark the mid-point of Penrith’s program of activities being held throughout May to commemorate the Bicentenary of the First European Crossing of the Blue Mountains by Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson. Learn about homestead livestock at the wildlife shows and animal petting farm, enjoy a pony ride or take a photo with the pups while watching the kelpie and sheep working dog show. Pick up a paint brush and contribute to the community mural celebrating ‘Our History’. Kids can take part in the art workshop and add their mark to the 4 metre long artwork.

Relax under the trees while being entertained by poetry, bush bands and heritage dancers, while snacking on traditional colonial food such as damper, soup and scones. Watch woodcarving and blacksmith demonstrations, see the antique

tool and machinery display or marvel as spinners, weavers and knitters showcase their talents.

times on the guided walking tour of the original Cumberland Plains woodlands.

Find out about bee keeping at the Blue Mountains Honey observation hut and learn about farmland agriculture on the interactive ‘Grow It, Pick It, Eat It’ Farm Tour. Pick fresh produce as you tour the veggie garden then watch the outdoor cooking demonstration incorporating the freshly picked produce.

Register your interest for the Farm Tour and Cumberland Plains Walking Tour on the day at the Information Marquee.

Families can also take park in the Cumberland Plains Walking Tour. Follow in the footsteps of colonial

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Kids of all ages can take part in colonial games such as sack races, horse shoe pitching, three legged races and more.

Historical displays will educate the young and old. Research your family heritage, have your photo taken with members of the local Historical Society who will be dressed in period costume or browse through various historical publications, photographs and handcrafts available to purchase.

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With only 100 coins available, they will be handed out on a strictly first in, first served basis so be quick and make the Council’s Visitor Information stall your first port of call when you visit the festival.

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The coin replicates the Holey Dollar – Australia’s first currency. Governor Lachlan Macquarie acquired Spanish silver coins to overcome the problem of the early colony not having a currency. He punched the centre out (named the dump) to make the coins unique and to create two different values from the one coin.

The only way you can get hold of one of these keepsakes is to attend the free Family Historical Festival at Mamre House on Sunday 19 May and you can pick up your piece of memorabilia from the Penrith City Council Visitor Information stall.

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To commemorate this most significant occasion in Australia’s history, Council will be giving away 100 Bicentenary Commemorative Holey Dollar coins.

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BACK TO EMU PLAINS SATURDAY 25 MAY, 11AM

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RAAF Roulettes, photographed by Sgt Rob Mitchell, Australian Defence, Š Commonwealth of Australia.

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BACK TO EMU PLAINS WEEKEND Emu Plains is home to many historically significant buildings and 2013 also marks the 50th anniversary of Emu Plains becoming part of Penrith City (prior to that it was part of the Blue Mountains Local Government Area). This Bicentenary event not only recognises the First European Crossing of the Blue Mountains but also the 50th anniversary of Emu Plains becoming part of Penrith City with the aim to educate people about the historical significance of this part of our City. Another significant anniversary that takes place in 2013 is the 150th anniversary of the dedication of the Emu Plains General Cemetery.

be Melrose Hall situated on the Great Western Highway. A small ceremony will be held at 11am to highlight the importance of the occasion, not only the Bicentenary but also the 50th anniversary as well as launching two local history publications, a biography of Emu Plains Cemetery and Emu Plains Today.

The focal point for the Back to Emu Plains event on Saturday 25 May will

On Sunday, a William Cox Open Day organised by the Nepean District Historical Society will be held at the

A major feature of this event is a special flyover by the RAAF Roulettes during the ceremony, so make sure that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss that. At the conclusion of the ceremony a series of walking tours of historically significant buildings in the surrounding area will commence.

Arms Of Australia Inn. Throughout the weekend the Nepean Family History Society will open its doors to give people the opportunity to research their family history.

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This event in conjunction with the Saturday event will make Emu Plains the focus of the commemorative program over this entire weekend.


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COLONIAL FUN FOR ALL The Nepean District Historical Society will be hosting a William Cox Open Day at the Arms of Australia Inn Museum to celebrate the Back to Emu Plains weekend on Sunday, 26 May. The William Cox Open Day celebrates one of the most important achievements in our early colonial history â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the building of a road across the Blue Mountains. The road was built by William Cox and construction started on July 7, 1814 at Emu Plains and finished on January 14, 1815. With a working party of 30 convicts and a handful of guards, Cox completed the 101 mile (163km) road in six months! The road opened up inland New South Wales to European settlement. Coxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bullock cart was the first wheeled vehicle to pass over the Blue Mountains and down over Mount York on Sunday, December 5, 1814. A walking tour of Emu Plains will include the Arms of Australia Inn Museum where the NSW Corp

of Marines will be in charge with displays, drills, floggings of miscreants and re-enactments from the life and times of the early colony. There will be Devonshire teas, a BBQ, stalls, music and the Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School, adjacent to the Arms of Australia Inn Museum, will have stage entertainment all day with songs and poetry readings. Children can enjoy old fashioned games, and the ever popular junior tug of war and try their hand at writing on slates in the old school room. The Museum will also be open to visitors on Saturday as well as Sunday when a display of horse drawn vehicles will be on show. The Back to Emu Plains Commemorative plate and books on the history of the area will be on sale. The Arms of Australia Inn is on the corner of Great Western Highway and Gardenia Avenue, Emu Plains.

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LIBRARY EXHIBITION 6 MAY - 2 JUNE

DON’T MISS LIBRARY EXHIBITION A part of Penrith’s First European Crossing of the Blue Mountains Bicentenary program of events, local celebrations kick off early May with a travelling historical exhibition that will provide a backdrop for our series of events across three weekends in May. The exhibition, Across the Barrier: The Story of Crossing the Blue Mountains is a travelling exhibition commemorating the Bicentenary of the first official European crossing of the rugged ranges that barred colonial expansion west of Sydney for a quarter of a century.

Illustrated by beautifully reproduced drawings, paintings and maps held by the National Library of Australia and State Library of NSW, the exhibition comprises three chapters. The first, titled Barrier, examines why the Blue Mountains were seemingly impenetrable for 25 years, illuminating the numerous unsuccessful attempts by Europeans to cross the ranges.

farm near Penrith in May 1813, these explorers, together with four convicts, five dogs and four provision-laden horses, zig-zagged their way across the mountains to Mount Blaxland near present day Lithgow where they viewed fertile meadows beyond the edge of the Blue Mountains - seemingly, the barrier had been crossed.

Crossing explores the first recognised successful expedition across the Blue Mountains by pastoralists Gregory Blaxland, William Lawson and William Charles Wentworth. Departing Blaxland’s South Creek

Traversing retraces George Evans’ survey of the new route across the Blue Mountains and Evans’ further discoveries of the Macquarie River and the fertile Bathurst Plains. Finally, the exhibition reveals the

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extraordinary feats of William Cox, Surveyor General Thomas Mitchell and scores of convict road-builders in constructing the Great Western Road across the barrier - the conduit for colonial expansion into the Bathurst Plains and beyond. The exhibition is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s Your Community Heritage program and will travel between Penrith, Blue Mountains and Lithgow libraries from May to July 2013 (a month at a time at each library).


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THE CROSSING AT THE JOAN The Crossing is an exciting new play that celebrates the many crossings of the Blue Mountains as part of the Bicentenary Commemorations through the eyes of Elizabeth Hawkins, an early free settler and her family.

The audience will be astounded by the true tales of terror, courage and humour as our forebears braved the crossing of the wild and wonderful Blue Mountains.

You will also see the genuine historical diaries and lives of these early

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Conjuring beautiful, dramatic landscapes and other natural features

The play’s writer, Wendy Blaxland is a direct descendant of explorer Gregory Blaxland.

of the region, the music reflects a journey which moves between highly charged and powerfully rhythmic passages into areas of delicate sonority.

two instruments, and closes with Amanda and Michael leaping into unchartered territory, eliciting a strange and exciting new realm of sound.

Michael plays a didgeridoo and the didgeribone with astonishing virtuosity and a richly complex tone, using a large repertoire of rhythms and overtones. Gardens of Stone features a solo piece on each of the

This event is also being held at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Sunday 26 May at 3pm. For ticket enquiries and prices contact the box office on 4723 7600.

The Penrith City Centre Association will be activating three areas of the CBD to celebrate the Bicentenary as well as providing patrons with the opportunity to do some Mother’s Day shopping.

Memory Park will host stalls, music and a free fossil searching activity for the kids. Memory Mall (opposite the Park) will also feature stalls selling Mother’s Day gifts. Some of the Broadwalk cafes and coffee shops will have music and colonial food specials such as damper on offer. To complement the Bicentenary and Mother’s Day activities, an exhibition

of entries from the art competition being run by the Penrith City Star themed, “Life as it was for women in Australian 200 years ago” will be on display. Prizes of up to $250 will be up for offer for the winning entries. For further information on the activities or art competition details contact the Penrith City Centre Association on 4722 5556.

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On Saturday 11 May head to High Street, Penrith to welcome the re-enactment trekkers as they walk through the city.

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WATCH TREKKERS MARCH THROUGH HIGH STREET

The show is on at the Q Theatre in the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Thursday 16 May so mark this in your diaries. For ticket enquiries and prices contact the box office on 4723 7600.

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Another special event taking place in Penrith during May is Gardens of Stone, a musical experience inspired by the spectacular landscape of the Gardens of Stone National Park in the Blue Mountains. It is written by composer/pianist Amanda Handel in collaboration with didgeridoo player Michael Jackson.

settlers come to life with songs and movement to celebrate our unique Australian history.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT SUPPORT ACKNOWLEDGED The exciting program of events that will commemorate the Bicentenary of the First European Crossing of the Blue Mountains has been many months in the planning. Events such as these don’t just happen, they come about through the collaborative approach of many people. In particular Penrith City Council would like to thank the Local Community Committee that was established to assist Council with the program of events. This committee included representatives from: • Nepean District Historical Society • St Marys District Historical Society • N epean Family History Society

• Nepean District Historical Archaeology Group • University of Western Sydney Significant support and assistance has also come from the Penrith & St Marys Police, the Penrith City Centre Association, Mamre House, adjoining Councils - Blue Mountains and Lithgow and the Federal Government through the Your Community Heritage funding program which has provided financial assistance for the Breakfast and Re-enactment Trek and the Mamre Historical Festival. Local firm JK Williams has also been generous with their sponsorship of the event and their support is acknowledged and appreciated. Echo Point, Blue Mountains. Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism, photographed by David Hill

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