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Liberal showdown Exclusive: Cornish to take on Ayres in preselection

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enrith Councillor Marcus Cornish has dropped a bombshell by announcing he wants to take on sitting Penrith MP Stuart Ayres in a preselection showdown ahead of the next state election. Mr Ayres secured 66 per cent of the vote in the 2011 state election for Penrith, following on from a landslide win at the 2010 by-election. But Cr Cornish has told the Weekender that he wants to and is prepared to make the move to State politics and believes he would be the best representative for the Liberal Party in Penrith. Cr Cornish was elected in 2012 to Council in North Ward as an independent with 16 per cent of the vote, after the Liberal Party controversially decided not to endorse candidates in the election. “I feel I can better represent the needs and aspirations of the people of Penrith,” Cr Cornish told the Weekender. “My key priorities are the roads in Penrith, and whilst I have been actively advocating for better roads at Council, there are many State Government roads that impact on our area.” He said, speaking as an independent Councillor, that the M4 is in desperate need of an upgrade to alleviate traffic congestion. “There needs to be two more lanes on the M4 between Parramatta and Penrith, and we need to see more action taken to address the safety concerns of the on and off-ramps on the M4,” Cr Cornish said. Cr Cornish added that he will also take a strong stand against the existing plans for the Nepean River Green Bridge, which is the key infrastructure project Mr Ayres promised to deliver if elected in 2011. “I feel we need a better crossing at Russell Street to divert traffic around the Penrith CBD,” he said. “I am totally opposed to the current Green Bridge proposal as it stands; we should be looking at having the walkway attached to the bridge instead.” He also says he would support tougher reforms of the legal system because current community expectations about sentencing are not being met. Whilst Cr Cornish is set to take on Mr Ayres in the preselection room, it would seem unlikely the sitting MP would be shifted.

MURDER CHARGE Two people have been charged over the alleged murder of Noleen Hayson Pal, who was found stabbed and alight in a Werrington unit block earlier this year. A 34-year-old woman, Amirah Droudis, was charged with murder last week. A 49-year-old man, Man Haron Monis, has been charged with being an accessory before and after the fact for his part in the murder.

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Jim Aitken: “It doesn’t make sense to spend over $20 million on a footbridge” It remains the local area’s most talked about t opic – th e n ew br idge ove r th e Nepean River. Now, there’s another twist in the long-running saga...

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ounting pressure from disgruntled residents has split Penrith Councillors’ views on the future and design of the Nepean River Green Bridge. Last year, after taking a bold stance against three proposed designs for the $20 million footbridge, Council endorsed a design by Ki Studio, which was later adopted by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). However, Councillors have been inundated with complaints about the bridge, ranging from issues with the consultation process through to the design and alignment. On Monday night, discussion about the Nepean River Masterplan was overshadowed by the controversial bridge, with Councillors divided over what action Council can or should take. “With money now coming in for the Jane Street Extension, it doesn’t make sense to spend over $20 million on a footbridge, when we will have four lanes on Jane Street reduced to two lanes over Victoria Bridge, we could be looking at duplicating the bridge instead,” Cr Jim Aitken said. “I have received over 35 emails now from residents who would like to see a greater level of planning,” he said. Cr John Thain said he too has been inundated with correspondence outlining concerns about the RMS Bridge. “I was at the Rowing Club the other night and from there you can see there is an access pathway for the rail line. I don’t understand why the State Government couldn’t build something similar on the other side of the Victoria Bridge,” he said.

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Cr Karen McKeown said that Council had been consulted on the Green Bridge and that it is a sorely needed piece of infrastructure. “We had input and Council through a panel was consulted by the RMS, who also did a lot of community consultation,” she said. Cr Greg Davies agrees, saying that the State Government project will go ahead. “It is better than nothing and it will certainly get used. I don’t think there’s any reason to change the design,” he said. But Emu Plains architect, Robin McKay,

says there are a great many reasons to change the current design. “All pictures of the current design to date are either distant aerial views or a view from within the bridge, giving no sense of the enormity of the structure’s relationship to people on the ground or intrusion into the view of the Nepean River,” he said. The height of the proposed bridge is 12 metres according to the RMS Bridge Design Evaluation Report. The height of Victoria Bridge railway crossing is approximately four metres.

“Once people realise the true size of the bridge, they won’t want it built over the Nepean River,” he said. “A viable alternative is to build the footbridge next to Victoria Bridge.” Cr Prue Car says the Bridge is the State Government’s issue, but Cr Kevin Crameri disagrees. “I feel that we are as responsible as the RMS because we voted for something ‘iconic’ rather than something plain and simple,” he said. Have your say: Email news@ westernweekender.com.au.

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incredible life advice while twiddling my thumbs at home – so another tick. All seems to be going well during that awkward period where the tradesman does his stuff and you stand around trying to look busy. The tech installs two rather intrusive boxes inside the house. It’s the fi rst sign to me that the NBN is a clunky, difficult piece of infrastructure – there’s now a total of three boxes inside or outside my house that weren’t there this time last year. Still more attractive than my sporting memorabilia, according to my girlfriend. Just minutes from lift off, drama hits. The tech informs me there’s a technical snag between the street and the house. I can feel Tony Abbott smirking. He tries his best, but has no luck: the NBN contractors will have to come out and fi x the problem. It’s up to me, it seems, to cancel the second appointment with Optus because they certainly didn’t call me to follow up. Appointment cancelled, I’m then told that it’ll be some time between now (now being Friday, November 8) and December 5 before the problem is fixed. Even then, there’s no guarantees. It really made me question what the blokes in the NBN trucks blocking the driveway out the front of the house for weeks on end were doing just a few months ago, given there’s already a snag. A 20 minute phone call to Optus on Tuesday again confi rmed the December 5 date, with no further update. Now I’m being kept somewhat controlled by the fact that I still have my ADSL connection – but judging by some research online, others aren’t so lucky. One user on the Whirlpool forums from Kingswood reports a similar issue for a brand new connection with an estimated repair date of December 23. And in the midst of all of this, the NBN sent out some PR fluff on Tuesday saying it was time for Penrith residents to start seriously thinking about moving to the NBN because the existing home phone and Internet services will be switched off in the next 18 months. The NBN has a long way to go before it can start making outlandish switch off threats/claims, given problems in key roll-out streets in one of the fi rst Sydney areas to get the technology. I’ll keep you updated.

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ouncillor Tricia Hitchen is calling for a review of the Penrith car parking strategy after Penrith Council on Monday night agreed to reduce the required number of car park spaces for new developments. The change is to attract new investment, but Cr Hitchen says that Council must address the car parking shortfall it will create, and the existing parking issues drivers battle each and every day. “Council is reducing the requirements for the provision of off-street car parking for new developments, and if that is going to result in attracting more jobs to that area then that is great, but we need to look at where these people will now park,� she said. A report to Council on Monday evening argued that Penrith Council compared to neighbouring Councils has stricter rules for developments on the provision of parking spaces. Penrith requires a car space for every 60sqm of commercial floor space, compared to Parramatta which only requires one space per 100sqm. Paul Lemm, Council’s Development Services Manager, said reducing car park space provisions would attract investment. “Penrith City needs to change the way the city deals with parking. We need to get people to rethink their travel habits in

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the CBD such as sustainable transport options,� he said. But Cr Hitchen said few people are willing to catch public transport because it is not a feasible option. “What mother is going to take her children for a kilometre walk to the bus stop in 36 degree weather? I’m not blaming the bus companies... but it is not feasible to catch public transport when there just aren’t the services,� she said.

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Breakthrough in murder case Two arrested over horrific death of Noleen Hayson Pal at Werrington in April KATHERINE TWEED

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wo people have been charged over the alleged murder of a woman who was found stabbed and alight in a Werrington unit block earlier this year. At about 4.30pm on Sunday, April 21, emergency services were called to the unit block in Parkes Street, Werrington with reports of a fir e. Upon arrival at the scene, which was at the time described by police as “horrific” and “traumatic”, the body of 30-year-old mum, Noleen Hayson Pal was discovered lying in a stairwell. The woman had been stabbed a number of times before being set alight in what police allege was a targeted attack. A person in dark clothing was seen running away from the area, toward the train station, not long after the incident and police called on the public for information. “The Homicide Squad and St Marys Local Area Command established Strike Force Crocker to investigate the woman’s death and have conducted extensive inquiries to date,” said a spokesperson from NSW Police. “Homicide Squad detectives have now charged a woman and a man in relation to the death.” The breakthrough arrests were made just after 8am on Friday, November 15. A 34-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man were arrested during a vehicle stop at Campsie.

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We won’t put up with drunks Plea to locals to go home when told or risk police intervention this Christmas

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ocal licensed stores and venues are sick and tired of patrons failing to go home after being asked to leave a venue and as a result are calling on the public to sharpen their act this Christmas season. The Penrith St Marys Liquor Accord is made up of 44 of the area’s licensed clubs, hotels, bottle shops and supermarkets that meet quarterly to discuss issues in the local area. Drunk people failing to go home after being asked to leave is an issue common to most members of the Accord and staff have had enough. “The message we are trying to get across is that we are following the law. Yes, once we ask someone to leave, they have to leave the premises,” said Stewart Graham, Penrith St Marys Liquor Accord Chairman and Chief Operating Officer at St Marys Leagues Club. “One of our biggest problems is that once we ask someone to leave, they try to get back in. 90 per cent of people will accept it but the 10 per cent who don’t are often those who cause trouble.” With cooperation by the intoxicated person, the issue can be solved in-house but “too regularly” the police are called to deal with the offender. Over the weekend, a 33-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man, both from South Penrith were allegedly asked to leave a Lethbridge Street venue. It is alleged staff had cause to speak to

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the woman, who was intoxicated, and asked her to leave before she and the man became quarrelsome with staff – they were asked to leave again. Whilst leaving the venue the man allegedly became involved in an altercation, striking a security guard and the woman allegedly continually swung her arms in a violent fashion toward staff. Once outside the venue, the pair refused to leave and attempted to regain entry a number of times.

The police were called and both the man and woman were detained. Both are to receive Future Court Attendance Notices for charges of assault and fail to quit the licensed premises. “Enough is enough. When you are asked to leave and you have had enough to drink, just go home, please go home,” Detective Inspector Grant Healey, Penrith Police Crime Manager said. “The police get involved, we come out and give a $550 ticket for failing to quit

– we can arrest you. When they are asking you to leave it is obviously in the time before things go bad.” Together as an Accord and within each company, local licensed venues will be taking action against those who choose to act irresponsibly. “From our point of view, it is all about being proactive in the responsible service of alcohol. It is also about the public learning to be responsible for themselves,” Mr Graham said.

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he Museum of Fire is offering a reward for the return of an electric cart, stolen from the grounds in late October. On October 30, 2013, a number of persons entered the Museum of Fire grounds, as well as a number of neighbouring properties, after cutting through fencing. Breaking into containers and work trucks, the offenders made off with a large amount of tools and equipment from

properties in the area, including an Electric Cart from the Museum of Fire. “Two of these carts were recently purchased because of their unique pulling or load ability. While 30-years-old they were extensively restored by Museum volunteers,” said a representative from the Museum of Fire. Similar in size and shape to a golf cart, the vehicle stolen is distinctive because of its colour and unique metal outer-casing. The Museum of Fire is offering a reward for its return or information leading to its recovery. Contact the Museum on 4731 3000 or Penrith Police.

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enrith Council has bowed to residents’ concerns about land zoning for high density housing in the Glossop Street Precinct. In the draft Local Environmental Plan, it was proposed that high density units would be allowed on both the eastern and western sides of Glossop Street, and along the northern and southern sides of Chapel Street. 569 submissions against the original proposal were recorded during the

community consultation period. “They put forward some good arguments about how high density homes would overshadow other homes in the area and we listened,” Cr Jackie Greenow said. High density along the southern side of Chapel Street would overshadow those homes in Stapleton Parade and Brock Avenue, whilst housing along the eastern side of Glossop Street would impact on homes along Australia Street. Councillors voted to use the Chapel and Glossop Streets as boundaries for the high density to stop the adverse impacts.

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The Panthers will take on the Newcastle Knights in a game of Wheelchair Rugby League at Penrith Sports Stadium on Sunday, 24 November with the match starting at 4pm. The game is part of a much bigger event which will also feature three other matches starting at 3pm and finishing at 7pm. Captain of the Penrith Panthers Wheelchair team, Nathan Pentecost said he was grateful for all the support Panthers provided the sport and honoured to captain the Penrith side. Nathan said spectators should come along and support the sport because they would enjoy the tough physical nature of the game.

COUNCIL BRIEFS s Don’t miss the Back to Luddenham Bicentenary event on 30 November and 1 December at Luddenham Showground. There’ll be a vintage car show, antique trucks, market stalls, amusement rides, historical displays, old time dancing and much more. It’s free and fun for the whole family to enjoy. For more info go to www.luddenham.com.au s Penrith City Council is hosting a free car Child Restraint Safety Check on Saturday, 7 December from 9am–1pm at the Penrith Civic Centre car park. Authorised Restraint Fitters will check that child car restraints, harnesses and booster seats are properly fitted in your car for maximum safety. Bookings are essential, call 4732 7735. s From January 2014 the St Clair Leisure Centre will offer Bubble Soccer in ‘14–17 years’ and an ‘18 years and over’ open mixed competitions at a cost of $60 per team. In Bubble Soccer players wear a giant inflatable Zorb-like-ball which allows them to bounce off-and-into each other while kicking a soccer ball towards the goal. If you would like to find out more please call 9670 1958 or email stclairleisure@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

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

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Approved Development Applications s Elie Hoayem Pty Ltd CD13/0025 Lot 279 DP 16937 (No. 99) Canberra Street, Oxley Park Council issued – Demolition s N H Guia CD13/0024 Lot 133 DP 36683 (No. 16) Warrego Street, North St Marys Granny Flat s Michael Ghobrial DA13/0661 Lot 284 DP 16937 (No. 107) Canberra Street, Oxley Park Demolition of existing structures and construction of a multi-unit housing development including 4 x villa housing units with habitable attic space, landscaping works and car parking provision. The above development determination/s may be inspected between 8.30am and 4pm Mondays to Fridays (except Public Holidays) at Council’s Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith. Officers of Council’s Development Services Department will be able to assist with your enquiries.

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The following development application has been received by Council: s Brookfield Multiplex Constructions DA13/1304 Penrith Panthers Site, 127–129 Mulgoa Road, Penrith Demolition of existing sports pavilion and outbuilding; construction of training and administration building; 2 rugby league training fields, access road and car parking for Penrith Panthers NRL Academy Contact: Belinda Borg on 4732 7505 Closing Date: 9 December 2013.

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Disclosure of Political Donations or Gifts Development Applications are displayed at the Penrith Civic Centre. By law, reportable political donations or gifts must be disclosed by anyone lodging a planning application to Council. Call 4732 7649 or visit www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au Viewing of Development Applications The above development determination/s may be inspected between 8.30am and 4pm Mondays to Fridays (except Public Holidays) at Council’s Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith. Officers of Council’s Development Services Department will be able to assist with your enquiries.

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Digital switch just weeks away Locals urged to be prepared as analog TV signal becomes a thing of the past

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he countdown is on to the digital television switchover, and it could have a big impact on you if you’re not prepared. On December 3 at 9am, analog television will become a technology of the past, as Sydney makes the switch to digital. Federal Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, is urging those who have not yet bought a digital television or digital set top box to get ready. “To watch free-to-air television after this date (December 3), you need to be digital ready,” Mr Turnbull said. “The Sydney switchover area includes Gosford, Katoomba and Picton, with over 1.7 million households making the switch. If you haven’t yet switched from analog to digital TV, please don’t put it off any longer.” Already, over 94 per cent of households have converted to digital TV since it became available across Sydney in 2001. Converting to digital TV involves adding a set-top box or digital recorder to each analog TV or replacing your analog television with a new TV that has a built-in digital tuner. Some households might qualify for the Household Assistance Scheme to help eligible pensioners who have not yet converted to digital TV do so. According to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), Penrith households have an

If you haven’t yet switched to digital TV, visit your local store to find out what equipment you might need to install before December 3.

average of 2.4 television sets, with a third being over five-years-old, meaning the majority of these sets need upgrading. However, one of the biggest problems

that will face Penrith residents once the switchover occurs is access via a suitable television antenna to obtain all channels. Research conducted by ACMA in

Penrith just over a year ago showed that 40 per cent of Penrith had marginal reception and seven per cent had inadequate reception from their antennas.

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ocal police are urging Penrith residents to be aware of the reality of scams, credit card fraud and other Internet security issues as shoppers head to online stores in the lead-up to Christmas. Online shopping is easy and can be done from the comfort of the home but according to police, it opens up a number of avenues for crime to take place. Year after year people are taken advantage of by online scammers and can be robbed of hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Penrith Police Crime Manager, Grant Healey, said that there are a number of ways that online shoppers can limit their risk of being the victim of online crime. The fi rst way to limit your risk is to ensure that the business you are buying from is safe. “When you are using a new store or supplier, search them on the Internet. There are a number of websites that monitor scams and scammers,” Inspector Healey said. “You can easily look up the name of the business and see if they have been involved in rip-offs .” Using a secure website, identified by the “https” code at the beginning of a web address, indicates that whilst you browse or exchange information, you are doing so safely. “A good up to date anti-virus will also help you keep your information and credit details in tact,” Inspector Healey said. Giving out credit card or bank details over the Internet is risky but sometimes can not be avoided. To limit your loss, use an escrow service or a credit card with only a limited amount of money on it. “At this time of year it is important to check your bank statements regularly for fraudulent

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Home invasion: Man injured in Werrington Two men are on the run after terrorising a family during a home invasion last week. On Thursday, November 14 at about 8.20pm police were called to a home in Greenbank Drive, Werrington with reports of a home invasion. Officers were told that two men forced their way into the home, threatening two female occupants aged 41 and 14. A 25-year-old man returned to the home during the incident and was assaulted by the two men. He was later taken to Nepean Hospital for cuts to the back of his head. The younger woman contacted police shortly after the incident. A crime scene was established and the location was examined by forensic officers and detectives. Police would like to speak to two men who may be able to assist in the investigation. The fir st is described as of Caucasian appearance, with a thin muscular build, about 175cm tall and aged in his 20s. He had light coloured hair, was clean shaven and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and denim shorts. He also has a number of tattoos on his arm, leg and neck. The second man is described as being of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern appearance, around the same age and height, and of a stocky build. He was last seen wearing a light-blue t-shirt and shorts. He also had tattoos. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Saucy crime: Frustrating clean-up for home owner A woman has had to clean the outside of her home after it was attacked by tomato sauce fi lled water balloons. About 12.10pm on Saturday, November 16 a group of five male youths have gone past a house on Bayley Road, South Penrith, throwing a number of water balloons fi lled with tomato sauce at the home. The female owner was able to wash the sauce off the walls before it dried. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Drink driver busted: Court date set for December Locals are being urged to be safe when shopping online.

transactions,” Inspector Healey said. “It can limit your loss and it can also help authorities identify the criminals involved if you get onto it quick enough.”

A 41-year-old man has had his licence confi scated after being stopped by police at about 7.30pm on Friday, November 15. He was driving a red Holden Commodore on Sherringham Road, Cranebrook and was stopped due to his manner of driving. He was submitted to a roadside breath test, returning a positive reading. He was taken back to Penrith Police Station where he underwent breath analysis and returned a reading in the highrange. He will appear before Penrith Local Court on December 9.

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Starting location at Weir Reserve (see map). The White Ribbon Walk will commence at Weir Reserve and follow the walking track for 3.5kms to Tench Reserve. The walk will be followed by a BBQ lunch and opportunity to take the White Ribbon Day oath and sign the commitment banner.

 

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Warning over thefts: Increase in robberies from vehicles

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KATHERINE TWEED

dramatic increase in the theft of property from motor vehicles in the Penrith area has prompted local police to issue a warning to the public. In the last few weeks, Penrith Police have seen a rise in the theft of valuable items including laptops, phones, iPods, GPS, money and tools from cars, which are sometimes left unlocked out the front of homes or shopping centres. Police have seen more than three or

four theft from motor vehicle offences a week and sometimes up to three a day. “People are leaving too much property that can be stolen in their cars,� said Inspector Grant Healey from Penrith Police. In Tornado Crescent, Cranebrook, a car parked out the front of a home was broken into overnight on Saturday, November 16. The offender/s stole a Navman, documents and garage remote. “It is very important not to leave a garage remote in an unlocked car. A thief can use that to break into your house,� Inspector Healey said.

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Sales are up, data plans are changing and we’ve all become phone-dependent

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KATHERINE TWEED

rom the moment they wake up, until the moment they go to sleep, they have it in their thoughts and even their sights; they talk to it, play with it and might get a little frustrated with it at times but would be completely lost without it. Th is is the relationship that many in the community now have with their mobile phone – utter dependency. A person’s work life, social life and personal life can all be managed through the one device that, at just a touch of a button, has access to the world’s social media networks, countless games, activities and learning programs, news and current affairs, emails, calendars, messages, the weather and anything else you can think of. The Western Weekender took to the streets of Penrith to talk to members of the local community about their mobile phone usage. 50 per cent of the local residents spoken to admit to using their phone on a regular basis, some confessing they are addicted. “I use it for basically everything; phone calls, text messages, the Internet, photos. I don’t know what I would do without it – it’s my whole life, I have everything in there,” said 26-year-old High Street shopper, Karen Merrill. Those who confessed to using the phone multiple times in a day were not of any particular age group, profession or social status and use their mobile phones for

different things. “Mobile handsets are now considered a ‘life partner’ for most, holding valuable information and helping people to carry out their day-to-day lives through email, calendar, weather apps and social networking,” said Director of Armchair Psychology Sydney, Associate Professor Amanda Gordon. Recently, she undertook a study in partnership with Optus, detailing the different ways that consumers use their smartphones. The study found that Australians use their phones for a variety of different applications, with the largest portion (34 per cent) using it to keep organised. “These days consumers have so much choice when it comes to mobile technology and applications, it is no surprise that the typical smartphone user extends beyond tech-lovers or business professionals. Mums, young adults and social creators are now embracing this technology, customising their smartphones to suit their different lifestyle needs,” said Michael Smith, Managing Director of Marketing at Optus. Mobile phone companies have begun to alter plans and connectivity services to keep up with demand from smartphone users. Vodafone this month recorded that mobile phone users connected to their network are using 61 per cent more data than they were using at this time last year. “Our customers have a huge appetite for social media, photo sharing, watching videos and streaming music and we want

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Penrith locals are using mobile phones at an increasing rate.

to give them the freedom to do that. We have increased our data allowances this year,” said Chief Marketing Offic er Kim Clarke. It is not just the plans that are increasing either, smart phone sales are through the

roof, recording higher sales than ever before. Just three days after going on the market, Apple had already sold nine million new iPhone 5s and 5c smartphones, breaking their previous record for fi rst-weekend sales.

We take to the streets to find out how much Penrith locals love their phones Nick Denning, 33 Uses his phone every day I use my phone for everything; Internet, phone calls, text messages, everything! I would freak out [if my phone was taken away from me], I would lose everything. I would lose pictures and videos of my kids, I would lose all my contacts, all my doctor’s details – I would go nuts!

nights and weekends – non stop. [If I lost it] I would ring up our ITS and say, “I need another one right now!”

Glenda Taylor, 51 Uses her phone only when she has to I don’t use it much at all really. If I break down and need to call the NRMA, if I have to meet my son somewhere – I actually left it at home today. It’s only really for emergencies.

Vic Didani, 73 Limited use of his phone I have a mobile but I don’t use mine very often – just about every day but only for a short period of time. I use it for friends, just chats with friends and for family – not for business.

Kevin Hedge, 53 Uses his phone 24/7 I use my phone for phone calls, emails and texts. I use it every day, all day, most

Mike James, 24 Uses phone daily I pretty much only use it for calls and to get calls from work and to use the Internet

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on it. It probably wouldn’t affect me that much [if I lost it]. Amy Stanton, 17 Uses phone regularly I use my phone a lot; mostly for social media, texting and photos. If I lost it I would cry – and then go and get a new one! Madeline Wood, 18 Uses phone for texting I use my phone a lot but pretty much just for texting. I have my iPod for [when I want to use the Internet]. Your thoughts? Tweet us @wwpenrith.

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Column hit the mark After reading your opinion piece in this week’s Weekender I couldn’t agree more (From the Editor’s Desk, Western Weekender November 15). In fact in my view you are one of very few in the print media who is connected to how ordinary people feel and is not afraid to put that view in clear and concise terms in the paper you so ably manage. I too, was incensed at the farce that passes for justice in this state especially after both O’Farrell AND Greg Smith went to the election as being tough on crime and rectifying the wayward judiciary. I have made personal representations to Stuart Ayres on a number of occasions regarding my concerns in this regard. While both Stuart Ayres and Tanya Davies are good representatives for their electorates, the overall effort by the Attorney General and Barry O’Farrell diminishes their effectiveness in representing their constituents. Rick Putra, Glenmore Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

SIRC wins award On behalf of Penrith City Council I would like to congratulate the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) for winning the Premier’s Partnership Award. The prestigious award, announced on 13 November recognises the inaugural Sydney International Rowing Regatta held at SIRC in March. It is wonderful recognition for a sporting event that put the region on the world stage and delivered up to $7 million for the local economy. It’s the fi rst time a World Rowing Cup opening round has been held in the southern hemisphere and only the second time outside of Europe. The event also included the King’s and Queen’s Cup Regattas, Australian Open Rowing Championships and Australian Schools Rowing Championships. We look forward to the Samsung World Rowing Cup, to be held at the centre again in March 2014. Both the Regatta Centre and Whitewater Stadium are open all year round. Take the opportunity to visit these outstanding international venues right here on your doorstep.

Thank you Penrith We’d like to say a big thank you to the people of Penrith who made the inaugural Fernhill Picnic Races an outstanding success. To see over 7,500 people enthusiastically enjoying Fernhill makes us very proud. We love being part of the Penrith community and want to

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make sure that Fernhill is not just our family home, but a place that all of Penrith can be proud to call their own. The positive response since the race day has been overwhelming. That said it was our fi rst go and we are already thinking of ways to improve the event for next year. Thanks to our sponsors, suppliers, Penrith Council and Ray Hadley our race caller. Thanks to the team at Hawkesbury Race Club and Racing NSW who supported us from the beginning. A special thank you to Stuart Ayres MP who had the vision and drive to actually make the race day happen. Thank you Penrith and to the Western Weekender for your sponsorship and we look forward to seeing you again next year! Simon and Brenda Tripp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Thanks for your help On behalf of The Salvation Army, I would like to thank the Australian community for the generosity it has shown towards the people and communities impacted by the recent New South Wales bushfir e disasters. Your generosity has allowed The Salvation Army, through its Bushfir e Appeal, to raise $6.8 million – funds that will be used to provide goods and services which are needed to assist individuals, families and communities with the rebuilding process, and allow them to recover with the dignity and respect they deserve. People have lost

everything, with some only being left with the clothing they wore to school or to work the morning before the bushfir es hit. Due to the swift and immediate support shown by the Australian people, through The Salvation Army’s Bushfir e Appeal, we were able to act just as swiftly to provide for the immediate needs of those affected. We know that it takes years to recover from disasters of this magnitude. Years on, The Salvation Army and its people are still providing assistance to the communities impacted by the disasters which hit Queensland in 2011 – the Brisbane floods and Cyclone Yasi. In the same spirit, The Salvation Army will also stand shoulder to shoulder with the communities impacted by the recent New South Wales bushfi res for as long as it takes, providing assistance long after the smoke clears and the news reports dwindle. The Salvation Army is committed to partnering with these communities to ensure a brighter future. James Condon, Commissioner The Salvation Army . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Concert was a hit Thank you to those involved in putting on the fundraising concert for the fi res at the JSPAC on Monday night. Me and my family had a wonderful time and it was particularly emotional at the conclusion. Well done to all involved. Margaret Smith, Penrith

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COUNCIL SNAPSHOT Anglicare has submitted an application to Penrith Council for proposed additional use of St Stephen’s Penrith Anglican Church as a temporary dementia day care centre whilst a new specifically designed centre is constructed. Anglicare have recently purchased a site at 10-12 Hemmings Street, Penrith where they intend on building a purpose built facility as a dementia day care. The informal centre at the Church would then be relocated to the new premises. Penrith Aquatics and Leisure (formerly known as Ripples), has reported that it has recorded a net profit of $65,569, which is vastly greater than its budgeted profit of $1,871. Chairman, Alan Brown, thanked his staff for the great work they have completed in a “very challenging year”. Earlier this year, Ripples merged with Penrith Memorial Swimming Pool in Station Street Penrith to streamline operational and administration costs. Ripples attracted over 395,000 visitors to the St Marys centre in 2012-13 and taught over 500 local school children to swim. Penrith Council’s Children’s Services, including its childcare and preschool centres, have spent over $425,000 in the last year on necessary building and playground upgrades. According to the Children’s Services Cooperative’s annual report, income from childcare fees increased by 1.9 per cent over the past fi nancial year, amounting to $14,879,000. Employee costs increased over the last fi nancial period by 4.3 per cent but savings were made with expenditure on materials, contracts and other expenses, which were down 10.8 per cent. Residents of Penrith have a month to comment on a development application for Fernhill Estate. The proposal is to gain approval for the staging of various events at Fernhill over the next three years for a maximum of 300 people.

White Ribbon Day sends a message to us all

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he Penrith community will be wearing white ribbons proudly next week in a bid to end violence against women for good. White Ribbon Day, Monday, November 25, is an annual campaign aiming to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to men’s violence against women through social change within the male population. Violence against women often occurs in the domestic environment and despite being kept relatively quiet, is extremely prevalent in the community. Tammy Momdijan is a Women’s Case Manager at Penrith Domestic Violence Services and works directly with one woman at a time for up to 18 months after she fi rst leaves a domestic violence relationship, helping her to build her life back up. “The emotional wellbeing of the woman is just destroyed,” Ms Momdijan said. “Domestic violence has a huge component of psychological abuse. It breaks the woman down and with so much abuse and negativity she starts to lose confidence and self esteem, which stops her from doing so much.” Women who are experiencing domestic violence stop getting access to help, become isolated from friends, family and the community and often don’t have any fi nancial independence. “They experience a loss of who they are as a person, feel guilty and feel like they aren’t doing a good job. It is hard for them to understand that it’s not their fault,” Ms Momdijan said. Penrith Domestic Violence Services have two refuges, including Wirawee Gunya which is exclusively for Indigenous women, and a resource centre.

Help is available at Penrith Domestic Violence Services.

“Usually the women who come to us are escaping – half of the time they have only escaped with just the clothes on their back, sometimes with only a small bag,” Ms Momdijan said. Ms Momdijan told the Weekender that women fir st come to the refuge in “survival mode” but once they know they are safe, break down emotionally. Penrith City Council is hosting a White Ribbon River Walk on Wednesday, November 27 and on Monday, November 25, representatives from Nepean Domestic Violence Network will be selling white ribbons and passing on information to the community from 6am at Penrith Railway Station.

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encourage youth to make smarter choices when it comes to alcohol,” said Inspector Jason Green of St Marys Police. “It also aims to assist parents and guardians, in assisting them to guide their children in making more informed, sensible choices.” The information seminar young offenders are offered to attend, with their parent or guardian in tow, is regarded as “diversionary” and runs for two hours. The St Marys Police Youth Liaison Officer, Licencing officer, School Liaison Police and/or Crime Prevention Offic er facilitate the program with the assistance of a health professional, like a drug and alcohol worker. The success of the program will rely on the young offenders’ willingness to attend. Those who do not show interest in the program will be issued with an infringement notice.

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At The Courts Compiled by Katherine Tweed

McFines: A man has been fi ned and ordered to pay compensation after breaking a window at a fast food restaurant. The 20-year-old was before Penrith Local Court last week charged with damaging property. The man told the court that the incident occurred one evening when he was sitting down with friends at the North Penrith McDonald’s restaurant; they were all intoxicated. He said that an altercation broke out between the offender’s friend and another person. The offender tried to intervene and threw a chair which hit a window, causing it to break. The man’s actions caused $720.46 worth of damage. “The whole matter came about because of your level of intoxication,” the judge told the offender. “Whatever the situation, violence is not the answer.” The man was convicted and fi ned $200 and ordered to pay $720.46 in compensation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Man given good behaviour bond: After being found by police to be driving whilst intoxicated, a Penrith man was charged and ordered to appear before court last week. The man had held his NSW Drivers Licence for just over a year, with no incidents on his traffic record, however for the 15 years prior he had held a licence in Malta. The man told the court that he had no previous traffic matters from all his years driving overseas and because there was a lack of evidence, he was required to swear under oath. He swore he had never been approached by the police for driving under the influence of alcohol. The judge was satisfied and dealt with the matter by way of a non-conviction. For the charge of driving with a low-range prescribed concentration of alcohol in his blood, the man was placed on a good behaviour bond under section 10 for 12 months. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Small fine for man: A man appeared before Penrith Local Court this week after he was found to be in the possession of a prohibited drug and smoking on a railway station platform. The man, who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy, told the court that possessing and using cannabis could have adverse affects on his condition and described his actions as “stupidity”. He also said that he “doesn’t think clearly” because of the medication that he is on to treat his condition. Just a day before he was charged, the man had been found by police to be in the possession of the illegal substance and was cautioned. The man was fi ned $150 due to his grim fi nancial position.

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he Small Biz Bus will be driving into Penrith next month, offering local small businesses quality advice. The bus will be visiting Penrith on Wednesday, December 4, giving local businesses the opportunity to meet with business experts at no cost. “The Small Biz Bus is one of the key initiatives the NSW Government has put in place to ensure the ongoing viability of small business in the State. I encourage

small business operators to take advantage of the practical, localised support the Bus offers,” said Minister for Small Business, Katrina Hodgkinson. The bus will be at Penrith Paceway markets from 8.30am on the day. “We are excited to have the Small Biz Bus at Penrith next month. The Bus provides an excellent opportunity for local businesses to jump on board and connect with their local business advisor,” said John Todd, Executive Officer of the Penrith Valley BEC. To book an appointment, call Penrith Valley BEC on 1300 134 359.

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Yogurtland’s huge opening weekend – and there’s more flavoursome fun ahead t’s been America’s tasty little secret for years, now it’s Penrith’s turn to fi nd out what all the fuss is about with the launch of new international frozen yoghurt chain, Yogurtland. Now open in Batt Street, opposite the new AMF complex, Yogurtland Penrith offers delicious self-serve all-natural soft-serve frozen yoghurt in 18 different flavours combined with more than 40 different premium toppings. “Yogurtland chose Penrith as its next location because there’s nothing out here like it,” store manager Monica Purdy said. “Yogurtland are really focused on being heavily involved in the community and there’s no better community spirit than in Penrith.” Out of more than 200 stores already open worldwide, Ms Purdy said Yogurtland Penrith will feature a number of world fi rsts for locals to feel pretty special about. “Here in Penrith we are the fi rst store in the world to have nine operating frozen yoghurt machines, that means we’ll have 18 flavours available at one time,” she said. “We’re also going to be one of the fi rst to get a machine that produces fresh Greek yoghurt and fresh vanilla yoghurt – it’s going to be absolutely amazing.” Some of the fun frozen yoghurt flavours rotating through the Penrith store will include toasted coconut, tiramisu, Polynesian vanilla, crème brulee, sticky toffee pudding, Mexican hot chocolate,

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birthday cake batter, black forest cake, Dutch chocolate, butterscotch and New York cheesecake. “One of our best sellers is the red velvet cupcake batter with my personal favourite being chocolate milkshake and red velvet cupcake batter combined… it’s absolutely

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tudents from 19 local high schools have been awarded the prestigious Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards for 2013. The Awards began in 2006 and seek to encourage leadership and teamwork among school-aged students as integral parts of their personal development and their contribution towards enhancing community spirit within both the school and the broader community. Students in Years 10 and 12 were recognised with awards of $250 and $550 respectively, along with a certificate of merit designed to highlight the achievements of these young leaders. The awards were given to students from local high schools including Cambridge Park HS, Colyton HS, St Paul’s Grammar, McCarthy Catholic

College, Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore Park HS, Jamison HS and Xavier College. Major General Paul Brereton, Head of Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division for the Australian Defence Force congratulated the local students. “To have so many young Australians recognised by their schools for contributing to their local community and demonstrating leadership qualities is outstanding,” he said. The 2013 Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards have seen 3,506 students from technical colleges, high schools and education centres, around Australia, receive this annual commendation. “Th is year, as with previous years, we have seen an enthusiastic response from secondary colleges across the country. To be able to commend the efforts of exceptional young Australians through this award is fantastic,” he said.

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service that helps Penrith residents living with disabilities will be the major beneficiary of a special fundraising lunch at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January. Disability service provider Northcott’s 18th annual Cricket Legends Lunch will see cricket greats and the current crop gather to catch up, relive past glories and discuss current cricket news – both on and off the pitch. Renowned cricket commentator Mike Coward will act as Master of Ceremonies at the event, with guests set to also be given the chance to enjoy pre-drinks on the iconic hallowed turf of the SCG. All proceeds raised from the event will go to Northcott’s Recreation service, which gives hundreds of children and adults with disabilities the chance to take part in sporting and social activities. Penrith’s Liam Walsh lives with a hearing impairment and uses Northcott’s Recreation service to make new friends and get out of the house. “Northcott’s Recreation service gave me the chance to go to the NRL grand fi nal and if I didn’t have them I would have just been stuck at home,” the 19-year-old said. “I get the chance to go out with my mates and have fun. It’s great to be given these opportunities.” Northcott Chief Executive Offic er, Kerry Stubbs said the lunch has raised more than $900,000 for people with disabilities over the last five years.

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“In 2014, our target is to break the $1 million mark for funds raised but we cannot do this without the support of the local community,” she said. “Our Recreation services help get people with disabilities involved in the community and bridge the gap between disability and the rest of the community.” Northcott’s 18th annual Cricket Legends Lunch will be held on Friday, January 31, 2014. To purchase tickets for the lunch or to make a donation to Northcott visit www. northcott.com.au.

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The Boobie Monster party is the biggest youth-based fundraiser in the local community, and is recognised as an official event for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, with every cent raised going directly to the NBCF in the fight against breast cancer. To date, the ‘Boobie Monster’ parties have raised over $50,000 for the charity and this year’s dress up theme is ‘National Geographic’. Peachtree Hotel, November 23 Check it out on Facebook

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Al-Anon groups provide support and understanding for families affected by alcoholism. Meeting at Community Connection, 114-116 Henry Street, Penrith. Meetings are www.joshpyke.com.au Mondays at noon.

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Do you love to sing? Sing Australia Penrith meets from 7.30pm until 9.30pm on Thursdays at 86 Station Street, Penrith. No auditions or musical knowledge is required. All www.joshpyke.com.au ages welcome. First visit free.

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Arts is crucial t the opening night of ‘The Crucible’, Arthur Miller’s play at the Q Theatre, Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler made a telling point. He recognised that arts and the theatre form a vital cornerstone in our efforts to build a city that can fully meet the diverse needs of the contemporary city resident. Most of us would easily attach such significance to cities and places across the world and would be drawn to them for their cultural or historical reference. However we are seemingly oblivious of how arts, culture and the theatre can help shape our own city and of the magnificent assets we are endowed with to achieve such fame. The “Joan” is a powerful symbol of our artistic ascendancy, one that already connects us internationally. We also have raw talent and production houses such as Emu Heights Productions which combine to give mesmeric stage performances, as was the case with ‘The Crucible’. The roles of Abigail, villain extraordinaire and John Proctor the protagonist were par excellence and all the actors must be applauded for bringing us such great joy. Arts and theatre can no longer rely on the charity of a few enthusiasts and well wishers. It must become a valued part of the mainstream society and be actively supported by all of us. We must always recognise what we have achieved in Penrith through arts and the theatre and consciously extend its influence in shaping our city’s future.

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our business is chugging along, you are managing to pay the bills and you have plans for bigger and better things in the future. But how do you get your business to the next level? For many years, well before the appearance of social media, marketing experts were telling us all about ‘raving fans’: who they are, how to get them and how essential they are. Before social media, this was a slow process. It required building up rapport with customers, exceeding their expectations and fi nding ways to compel them (of their own accord) to rave about your business. While all those aspects are still essential to creating ‘raving fans’, we all now have social media at our finger tips. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other social media sites provide you with ample opportunity to connect with people and introduce them to your business, and convert them to sales and raving fans. Before you start you need to plan carefully and research: • What types of posts get the best interaction? • What times of day/week are best to post (this will vary with different sites) for optimum interaction? • What information will your customers (existing and potential) fi nd most interesting and useful? • What percentage of your posts should be ‘sales’? (Tip: not many!) The answers to these questions are not the same for everyone and there certainly isn’t a strict formula. However, spending time looking at what other successful local businesses are doing will quickly show what works. Michelle Grice is the founder of Shel Design, a graphic design and web design company: www.sheldesign.com.au

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ith Christmas coming up I thought it would be an opportune time to talk about how to make your stall or presence at a shopping centre/mall/markets work for you. Th is season brings with it a sense of urgency for business owners like no other throughout the year. Thi s urgency forces business owners to go outside of their comfort zone, including exploring the use of stalls to maximise their potential sales throughout the coming period. All year round it is a question I get: How do I utilise my market stall to bring me the most business. Here is some advice: • First research your market: There is no point paying to be involved in a market where your product doesn’t fit. • Have your brand present: Have business cards to give out as a minimum. Also consider branded pens, magnets, rulers, sticky notes, pads. • Show off: If applicable, wear or use your product. It shows you are confident in it. • Don’t sit and wait: I am always surprised at how many stall holders are reading a book or are on the iPhone while potential customers walk by. Stand up, interact with people and ask them questions. • Know your spiel: You usually have around 30 seconds to sell your product. Include the benefits and why your product is the one they should have. • Your stall has to look great: It is a reflection on you and your product. Michael Todd – Small Business Connect Advisor, Penrith Valley BEC.

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common frustration is coming to a fork in the road with their bank,” Mr Buckley said. “Understanding true value in our clients’ business and being innovative and responsive as a business partner is what drives NAB’s success and allows me to be everything I can be for my clients.” Having owned and managed a private business for 10 years, Mr Buckley said he’s aware of the challenges local business operators face on a daily basis. “My own experience gives me a unique

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he University of the Th ird Age (U3A) Nepean Blue Mountains is set to host its fi rst ever art exhibition this weekend, displaying the work of many of the area’s talented seniors for the whole community to appreciate. After learning, developing and perfecting their skills through U3A’s many creative arts and crafts classes, local over 50’s students are now preparing to have their work on show for the community to appreciate at the inaugural Art Expo 2013. On display this weekend there will be around 160 exhibits by local artists including photography, painting, water colour and pencil art as well as a number of craft and textile exhibits.

The exhibition will also have a ‘Junior Art’ category, which will feature the works of local youth. Most of the art on display is available for sale, so it is the perfect time to pick up an original art work and spoil yourself for Christmas. After officially opening on the evening of Friday, November 22, the exhibition will be on display to the public eye on both Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24 from 10am onwards. Come along and check out the fantastic work of local residents. The exhibition is to be held at the Penrith School of the Arts, 3 Castlereagh Street, Penrith. For more information call 4722 3405. – Katherine Tweed

“Th is is the fi rst time U3A has presented an exhibition. It has been six months in the planning, including new picture rails, spot lighting and floor refurbishment,” said Jim Tiberi, U3A Nepean Blue Mountains president. “The establishment of a U3A Arts Committee has proved its worth and [those involved have] worked hard to get everything organised on time.” The exhibition reflects the work that U3A does in teaching skills to the older members of the community. “U3A prides itself in the work it does for the local community; with over 1,500 members we run over 100 courses per week, including Art and Textile courses – all organised and run by volunteers,” Mr Tiberi said.

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Silvia Gee

It’s time for a hearing check-up

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earing is one of our most important senses – it gives us access to the world of sound: like voices of loved ones, the ocean’s waves and the wild world of music. Hearing is also the primary sense used for receiving communication from others – it enables us to remain connected with each other, understood and loved. The words we hear shape our thoughts and emotions and our sense of place in the world. For many people, it is not until they begin to lose this important sense that the value of healthy hearing is realised. Hearing screening checks a person’s ability to hear the loudness and pitch of sounds. As you get older, sometimes the ability to hear clearly becomes more difficult and the importance of a hearing check-up increases. A hearing check-up offers peace of mind and can improve your quality of life immensely. There are various types of hearing tests available, including: Pure tone audiometry – a machine called an audiometer produces a range of beeps and whistles (pure tones). Speech discrimination tests – this is a test of how clearly you hear speech. So what are some signs that indicate you may need a hearing check-up? • Ringing sensation in the ears

• Complaints that you talk too loudly • You often have to ask people to repeat what they say • You fi nd it hard to hear conversations, especially if there is background noise • Others complain that you watch television with the volume turned up too high Consider a hearing check-up as you do a car service – a priority. You may even like to consider the Australian Government’s Hearing Services Program, which provides a range of hearing services for eligible seniors. People should also remember that having a hearing check-up isn’t just about fi nding out if you need a hearing aid, there are many other ways to improve your sense of hearing. Your audiologist will work with you to fi nd the best strategy to help improve your quality of life. To fi nd out if you’re eligible for the Hearing Services Program, visit www. health.gov.au/hear or call 1800 500 726. For more information about Australian Hearing visit www.hearing.com.au.

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For the past year Silvia Gee has been teaching an advanced Spanish class at the Penrith Senior Citizens Centre. “We are playing games and reading books and look at different cultures starting from Spain and then all the Latino American countries and their customs,” the 64-year-old said. Originally from Ecuador, Silvia moved to Australia 25 years ago where

she lived in Melbourne for a year before moving to Cranebrook. “I have my university degree as a teacher, it’s in Pedagogy, teacher of teachers. I used to teach in my country literature to the Years 10 to 12 with 65 students in each class.” When she’s not teaching Spanish, Ms Gee takes computer and tai chi classes at the Seniors Centre.

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Vitamins are crucial: Seniors can easily boost their health

The Colonial Crocs keep active at the Colonial Golf Club in Werrington.

Seniors in the swing of it: Golf Club keeps members active

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or just over 17 years, the Colonial Crocs have been meeting together at the Colonial Golf Club, Werrington on a weekly basis for a morning game, a bounty of laughs and a few drinks to follow. It was in 1996, when several groups of regular golfers decided to join together, that the club was formed and since then has grown to 42 members. The seniors-only club is made up of men and women over the age of 50, who

share a love of the game. “It’s a walk in the park with good friends,” said club secretary Bill Glassington. “While we take our golf seriously, we don’t let it interfere with having a good time.” The club’s oldest members have aged well into their 80’s and are still going strong. “The Colonial Golf Course at Werrington is a nice flat course, there are no hills so, as we are all seniors, it means we can all get around easily,” Mr Glassington said.

Martin Cominotto thinks local seniors should be more vitamin-aware. Photo: Melinda Jane.

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he daily diet of seniors in the local area often does not provide the right amount of vitamins and minerals required by the body, leaving some to look elsewhere for their nutrition. Local pharmacist Martin Cominotto, of Martin’s Chemist in St Marys, has used a multi-vitamin supplement for his entire adult life and has experienced “above average” health and wellbeing. “It is recognised that we require

vitamins and minerals from our diets. With ideal foods and diets this would not be a problem,” he said. “Supposedly fresh foods, such as fruit and vegetables have been stored for long periods resulting in decreased nutritional value. Therefore, supplementation is almost like an insurance policy.” There are many different types of multivitamins on the market that are suitable, with most brands offering a product specifically for seniors. “The ones marketed to 50+ have increased amounts of ingredients that may be beneficial for older persons.”

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The test you do on your blood glucose meter is like looking at how fast you are driving. When you are driving, there is a different safe speed for different areas and times The same is true for testing your blood sugar levels. A recommendation is: xBefore you eat; your reading should be between 4 to 6 mmol/l xTWO hours after eating, your reading should be between 6 to 8 mmol/l Testing randomly can lead to confusion as it may be too close to a meal and give a high reading

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SPOONFUL OF HISTORY Magic of Mary Poppins. returns in historic. December event.

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he’s doubtless the most-famous nanny ever, and as we roll into next month the name Mary Poppins will be on the lips of the world. And she’s come a long way, from Bowral in the picturesque Southern Highlands of NSW where she came into being in 1910, to Hollywood where she fi lled-up her famous carpetbag with five Oscars in the mid-1960’s. And while Bowral will unveil a life-size, opened-umbrella and carpetbag-tottin’ bronze statue in a park adjacent to its equally-famed Bradman Museum on Sunday, December 8, around the same time Hollywood’s Disney Studios will release worldwide a multi-million dollar movie about how the original movie Mary Poppins came about in 1964.

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struggling emotionally and fi nancially since the death of her husband, suddenly ran out into the storm and, in an attempt on her own life, jumped into a flooded local creek; failing, she returned bedraggled to the house. Quick-witted Lyndon gathered her siblings around the fi re and started telling fanciful stories about the magical Aunt Ellie-like nanny who could fi x the insurmountable – giving her the name Mary Poppins, and several years later as a young adult, fi nally putting her tale on paper and selling it to a British publisher. The Bowral statue will be publicly unveiled at 2pm on December 8 by NSW Governor, Marie Bashir in Bowral’s Glebe Park. Further reading: www.mary-poppins-birthplace.net. – David Ellis

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Art Exhibition & Sale One of the most exciting and diverse Exhibitions and Sale Of Paintings ever presented by Kevin with prices to suit every budget.

GEMINI

Th ings are inclined to slow a little as the planets are encouraging you into a more introspective phase. Th is might not be easy to take at a time when you are generally quite progressive in your thinking. You can best avoid impatience by realising that any setbacks are temporary in nature. There is a major focus on relationships of all kinds at the moment and to achieve happiness you need to be a team player!

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

You are in the middle of a high energy period and can afford to tackle a number of different and difficult tasks. Action and adventure are well accented, and although it is getting somewhat late in the year you would do well in any outdoors activity. Sporting Cancerians are the luckiest of all! Attitude and outlook are very important when approaching others, especially so if you want to get them on your side on a particular matter.

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With so many planets aspecting your ninth house, it ushers in a time when you can ensure you are noticed by others. Don’t be surprised if you attract compliments from fairly unexpected directions, and be willing to give of your best if you have to put on a demonstration for work. You’ll be able to show a very pleasant disposition to the world at large, and if busy you will fi nd the time to make those around you happy.

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

Werner Filipich, Max Mannix, Otto Kuster, John Vander, Paul Margocsy, Gary Myers, Ian Hansen, Jim Hough, David Brayshaw & Ramon-Ward Thompson with guest artists John Bradley, & Chris Ramsey. Works by Bill Ambagtsheer, Richard Bogusz, Kevin Best & Pro Hart

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A rather self-assertive and quite a restless period is now at hand and that comes courtesy of the present position of the planet Uranus. You would be wise not to lose your temper over issues that really are not worth the bother, and to use a little patience, especially when you are dealing with younger people. You can achieve a great deal during the weeks ahead, but you must buckle down to achieve this.

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ARIES

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

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LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

You should certainly know how to enjoy yourself at the moment and you will be offered a chance to move closer than ever to achieving a specific objective that is very important to you. Romance looks good too, and particularly so for any Leos who have recently started a new relationship. The next month is an excellent time to take a few gambles or to place a couple of bets on the horses or a sporting match.

Kevin & Cheryl Hill have been bringing Australia’s most talented artists to the community for the past 33 years. The popular ‘Sales of Paintings’, taking art & artists to the people, are major attractions in communities around our country. They are renown for selling the BEST PAINTINGS BY THE TOP INVESTMENT ARTISTS AT THE ABSOLUTE BEST PRICES.

VIRGO

A feature event of The Hills Summer Sessions – a month long showcase of music, art & culture in the Sydney Hill’s.

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TAURUS

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An Invitation to Kevin Hill’s “TOP TEN” Australian Artists

The big focus is on your home and family life and this can have a pleasant effect on relationships both personal and more social ones. You can persuade others to like you and to help you, as there will be plenty of helpers all willing to be of assistance. Even Virgos can’t do the impossible, at least not without gathering a little help from their friends and loved ones. People from the past may suddenly reappear!

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LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Communications are boosted even more and this is a time when you can see good in just about anything. However, you will need to be just a little circumspect before taking on more than you can reasonably manage. Positive thinking allows you to get in a position to overturn diffic ulties that were evident a few days ago. Th is is the ideal time to take a short trip or to purchase a new car, computer or mobile.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Make the world your own by showing the very best qualities of which Scorpio is capable. You can be loyal, brave, adventurous and deeply magnetic. If you can’t get others to do your bidding right now you probably are not trying hard enough. You’d be wise to utilise your intuition when assessing the nature of newcomers. The potential for making money is around, but be careful of attracting huge debts as well, especially with Christmas nearly here.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Taking the initiative is most important at a time when most aspects of life are positively highlighted and there is much to achieve. There are so many planets in your sign making you feel quite determined because some of the greatest potentials of the year lie around you during the next few weeks. Don’t get bogged down with details that really aren’t very important. Also insist that those in the know are listening to what you say!

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

A domestic matter may prove tiresome as feelings of uncertainty and anxiety are likely to rise to the surface. Perhaps you need to clear the air and put someone in the picture about something they really don’t understand. Avoid confrontations that are brought about as a result of your ego. Let others have their say and then make up your mind. Th is is the time for rest and looking after your own inner health!

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

If you are involved with group activities you should be in your element. At the moment you have the potential to be a very good team player and you shouldn’t be in the least surprised if the rest of the team looks to you for advice. Routines are for the birds and you might even make things up as you go along. Although you can be efficient and swift, there is really no race, it is quite important to enjoy the journey.

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

You need to concentrate if you really want to improve matters, but if you are not at work the picture will look significantly different. Social trends are also good and you can continue to turn heads when it matters. You should fi nd it extremely easy to impress those who count, so don’t let other people’s negativity get you down. The planets are giving you extra scope for advancement and an added degree of luck.

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FITEC FITNESS CHAMPION

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Fitec is the Fitness Industry Training & Education Centre. It’s where the trainers get their training! As part of raising awareness and promoting it in our community, we present the Fitec Fitness Champion! Each week we will interview someone who has successfully made health and fitness an integral part of their life...

Be the best version of yourself Nikki how did you get into training? A few years ago, I was a member of a local women’s gym. I had come so far on my fitness journey but wanted to know so much more. That’s when I decided to follow my passion for fitness and studied to be a personal trainer. In between running a business, house and two teenage boys that’s what I did! I now work at the gym where I started my journey and have my own personal training business. Top 3 tips for good health 1. NEVER DIET: Choice of food is a lifestyle change. Choose to eat whole foods, organic where possible. No processed or packaged foods. Cut out all refine d sugar, your body does not need it. Eat good fats, they are NOT the bad guys people think they are. Drink plenty of good quality water to aid in a healthy digestive system. And throw your scales away! Go on measurements or by feel. 2. M OVE: Be realistic about how many times you can exercise per week. Book your exercise in as

though you would an important appointment. Most importantly “make the time”. 3. S LEEP: We need good quality sleep, approximately seven to nine hours for growth and repair. After lunch time avoid stimulants such as caffeine, sugar, nicotine and also alcohol. An hour or so before going to bed try to avoid bright lights and all electronic gadgets. A Daily must do? Posture and stretching: Good posture keeps muscles in balance and your body well aligned, allowing for optimal efficiency of your body systems. Stretch any muscles that are tight before you work out; if no muscles are tight you must stretch whatever muscles you used in your workout when you’re done! Biggest health and fit ness misconception? That you need to be slogging it out for hours each day. We need quality training not quantity. We also need a variety of exercise in our training and it doesn’t always need to be extreme!

What do you consider the biggest benefit of being fit and healthy? Being fit and healthy shines through from the inside out! It makes you the best version of yourself, physically and mentally, which has a massive flow on effect in your everyday life. When you are fit and healthy you feel you can conquer anything! What type of activity/exercise do you enjoy the most? I love a variety of exercises, from intense heavy circuits, running to core work and yoga. How do you stay motivated when it’s so easy to just take it easy? I have a training partner which keeps us both accountable and I also have a personal trainer... I make sure there are NO EXCUSES! You cant contact Nikki via email: nikki.whalan@gmail. com. If you would like to be featured as a Fitness Champion, email david@fitec.com.au.

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FASHION FIXATION

JEWELLER ON DUTY by Matthew Ely

by Katherine Tweed

Leave your cheeks for the beach

Colour on the mind

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SAW A YOUNG WOMAN WEARING DENIM SHORTS THAT DIDN’T EVEN COVER HER UNDERWEAR PROPERLY. GOOD LUCK TRYING TO PICK UP SOMETHING OFF THE GROUND IN THOSE SHORTS!

FOUND A GREAT PAIR OF DENIM SHORTS IN MYER.

Matthew Ely is an award-winning jewellery designer based at York Jewellers in Westfield Penrith

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am warming to the idea, more and more, of writing each week. When thinking about this week’s column, colour came to mind. Colour – one thing that makes our lives brighter and can change your mood instantly. Colour is so exciting in the jewellery world. It represents who you are and portrays your personality. There are many classic coloured stones that remain popular year after year. The vivid red of a Ruby and deep, ocean blue of a Sapphire, never fail to disappoint. These coloured jewels often become family heirlooms and are passed down through generations. You can also be very creative with designing your own jewellery and incorporating different colours. Pink seems to be the “it” colour for this year. A pink gem that is rapidly growing in popularity, is Morganite. It comes in gorgeous, soft, pink tones, that women all over the have fallen in love with. We are featuring Morganite in some of our latest statement pieces. Morganite comes from the Beryl family. Emerald and Aquamarine are more recognisable stones that are also a part of this group of gems. I fi rst discovered Morganite late in my apprenticeship and made a classic brooch that doubles as a pendant using it. Tourmaline is a beautiful gem that comes in an array of fun colours. Rubellite Tourmaline in particular, is one that catches my attention. It comes from the Latin name “rebellus” which means reddish. A true Ruballite will look stunning, no matter what the light conditions. Th is is the bold splash of pink that really speaks to your personality. Pink diamonds, the real girl’s best friend, is another pink stone that is hugely popular in our store right now. Our new Argyle Pink diamond collection is what everyone is talking about. I will spend more time on this next week.

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tep outside or go out anywhere during our scorching Australian summer and you are bombarded by thousands of women wearing thousands of pairs of denim shorts. Suitable to be worn at most times, to most occasions without leaving you hot and sticky, for most women denim shorts are a go-to item. The right pair of denim shorts are flattering, can be dressed up or down and can be worn with anything – but the wrong pair do just the opposite. I cringe when I see girls and women walking around in denim shorts that would easily fit the description of “booty shorts” instead. Sadly, as the years roll on more and more of us seem to think that it is okay to have our bottoms hanging out of our shorts, leaving nothing to the imagination. In addition, it is also common to see women wearing shorts so tight that I have to wonder whether they still have feeling in their legs – surely their circulation is restricted! Th is is not sexy and is defi nitely not “hot” but more importantly is not the way that denim shorts should be worn! Whether you choose the classic blue, simple black, summery white or bright coloured denim shorts, they should be worn with a touch of class. Now I am not saying they have to be knee length and baggy (I’m not conservative at all), I am saying you should keep your butt cheeks for the beach. Denim shorts are most flattering when they don’t hug your thighs as they give the illusion of long, thin legs. The same goes for the waistband – if it feels tight around your stomach or hips, go for the next size up. Once you fi nd a pair that fits you just right, you can then begin to experiment with different looks, incorporating the new season’s trends. For a casual look, wear your shorts with a plain t-shirt and thongs, a look that is perfect for the beach or the shops. If you are looking to dress your shorts up, throw on a belt with a nice top, some heels and embellish with jewellery.

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The Penrith CBD Corporation needed a helper to do their Christmas shopping so they employed a special little helper… Tinsel the Elf. Tinsel the Elf loves shopping and is good at finding what we need in the Penrith CBD! BUT…there is a problem…Tinsel the elf is a cheeky little elf who loves to hide! He keeps sending us pictures of where he is but he forgets to tell us the exact location!

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by David Stein

Scary thought for the future

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s you wipe down your bench with that antibacterial wipe, take the antibiotics you have for the runny nose and cut into the steak that’s from a feedlot cow that was kept in such substandard conditions they pumped it full of antibiotics constantly just to keep it from dying, have a read of this. According to an international group of experts, the world faces “unimaginable setbacks” unless it tackles the growing threat of resistance to antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria evolve mechanisms to withstand the drugs that are used to fig ht infection. Lead author Professor Otto Cars, of Uppsala University in Sweden, said: “The causes of antibiotic resistance are complex and include human behaviour at many levels of society”. “The consequences affect everybody in the world. Within just a few years, we might be faced with unimaginable setbacks – medically, socially, and economically – unless real and unprecedented global co-ordinated actions to transform the way antibiotics are regulated and developed are taken immediately.” Recent decades have seen vast increases in the use of antibiotics across medicine and agriculture, but the scientists argue that without adequate regulatory controls and better patient awareness, the huge global surge in antibiotic resistance will continue. They say the problem is compounded by a desperate shortage of new drugs to treat multi-drug resistant bacterial infections. It’s scary to think we could go back to the dark ages of getting even a minor infection that we have no way of treating. The stronger your own immune system is, the better. Just like fitness it’s a case of ‘use it or lose it’.

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

ANIMAL TALK

THE PHARMACIST SAYS YS

by Nicole McMillan

by Martin Cominotto

Omega-3 is the answer

Swimming pools and pets

mega-3 supplements, like fi sh and krill oil, are some of the most popular natural health supplements. Th is is with good reason – the benefits of Omega-3s are widely researched and supported. While typically used for arthritis relief, Omega-3s can also help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, protect the heart and cardiovascular system, support brain and concentration levels and improve hair, skin and nails. Asthma, Eczema and even mood disorders can also be improved. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to regulate our health and maintain normal functions. However, our body does not produce Omega-3, we can only get it from our diet. Unfortunately, western diets are typically very low in Omega-3s, so it’s my belief that Omega-3 supplements are vital to good health. For arthritis relief, fish oil is one of the best-tested natural treatments and has been shown to reduce the need for anti-inflammation medications such as Voltaren. Th is is great news for sufferers, as antiinflammatory medications can have side effects when taken long term. One problem with fish oil is the large amount you need to experience the benefits for arthritis. For joint pain relief, Arthritis Australia recommends 2.7 grams (or 2700mg) of omega-3 every day. If you are taking standard fish oil capsules (1000mg which contains 300mg of omega-3) you need up to nine capsules daily. Krill oil is another Omega-3 source. They have been shown to be better absorbed and have many additional health benefits. As Krill are not fish, there are no problems with a fi shy aftertaste or reflux.

s the weather warms up, our swimming pools become a constant source of fun, laughter and amusement for the whole family including pets. We are all aware of the dangers that pools pose to children but our pets are also at risk of drowning. Dogs and cats are born with some instinct of knowing how to swim, but just like some humans are better swimmers than others, the same applies for our pets. Some factors that influence an animal’s ability to swim are their age, breed and size. Swimming pools can even be dangerous for dogs that know how to swim. They often swim when nobody is home and cannot fi nd a way out at the pool steps. They then struggle for long periods of time, become fatigued and may eventually drown. Australia has strict pool fencing guidelines aimed to protect children but these are not necessarily pet proof. When introducing a new pet into your backyard especially kittens and puppies, make sure they can not squeeze through gaps in the pool fence. It is a good idea to cover the bottom of your fence and gate with rigid plastic, glass or Perspex. Dogs are great diggers and if they love the pool they will try and fi nd a way in! Try and get into the habit of constantly checking for holes and tunnels that your dog may have dug around the pool area. Make sure that there are no chairs, tables or other objects that your dog can use to jump over the pool fence. Also make sure that electrical leads and pool chemicals are out of reach and stored safely behind locked doors – these chemicals can cause severe burns. Make sure that your pet can swim and knows where the steps are. Pets also need to be trained to learn that the pool contains water and the location of steps. When building a new pool, consider a set of stairs or ramp.

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Nicole McMillan, practice owner of Coreen Avenue Veterinary Clinic and the Western Sydney Cat Hospital

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NATURAL THERAPIES by John Miller-Crispe

VIEW FROM ABOVE

PERSONAL FINANCE

by Rev John Lavender

by Anthony Walker

Want to avoid cancer?

The magic of Christmas

ancer is a frightening word. More and more we see the statistics that a person’s chances of contracting this condition are increasing. Only last month news came out of the UK that 50 per cent of British will contract cancer during their lives, and we are of the same stock in general. But aren’t we winning the war against cancer? Don’t statistics show that the survival rate is dramatically improving? Well yes and no. Survival for more than five years means success or cure as far as the medical people are concerned. Now as we are testing and detecting cancers earlier and most cancers are slow growing in the early stages, then the chances of surviving for five years have increased. However, the treatments do not have any greater success than before. There is no cure, medically, naturally or surgically. In all cases cancer stem cells are left behind. You are the best cure for cancer. Your natural, inbuilt defence and repair systems are the only true cure for anything, but especially cancer. That is right: YOU. Your best chance of prevention and cure is to ensure that your body is not cancer friendly. There are many things you can do to ensure this. Here are some: • Diet: eat a diet rich in a mixture of organic fruits and vegetables, especially vegetables. Th is also alkalises your system (do not take bi-carb soda). • If you eat meat do not overcook it and make sure it is organic or at least grass fed. Char grill might taste good but the outer edge of meat cooked that way is carcinogenic. • Avoid chemicals in food and water, no matter whom or what authority tells you they are beneficial, they are not and they do not belong in food or drink.

few weeks ago I wrote an article about the Smith Family’s Toy and Book Appeal that is being supported by the Bank of Queensland. It is easy to sometimes get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our own lives and to forget how truly lucky we are. Many families aren’t as fortunate as others and the reality is that a number of children will wake up on Christmas Day with no present to unwrap. At BOQ throughout November we will be supporting The Smith Family’s Toy and Book Appeal by collecting gifts on their behalf. In order for the gifts to be packaged into parcels and delivered by volunteers the week before Christmas we need to send them off from our Penrith Branch by the end of November. Some of us might not have even started our own Christmas shopping but next time you are out in the shops spare a thought for those in need and pick up something that you can drop off at BOQ for the Toy and Book Appeal. Remember we need to have the gifts packaged up by November 30, 2013. Looking forward to seeing you in the branch. We’re on Station Street in Penrith.

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Slow down

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e all know how at this time of year the pace of life picks up, going from busy to crazy! Christmas parties. Christmas shopping. End of year school and work events. We barely have time to catch our breath. And even if you’re fortunate enough to have time off to recharge the batteries, no sooner are you back into it, hearing yourself saying, “I don’t know where the days are going!” The writers of the Bible wrestle with the same problem of the passing of the days. The Psalms reflect on our brief life; “We are like the new grass of the morning – though it springs up new, by evening it is dry and withered.” The writer knows, “we fi nish our years with a moan. The length of days is seventy years – or eighty if we have strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow for they quickly pass and we fly away.” While grim, it is true to our experience; life is over before we know it. How does the writer suggest we deal with this feeling of gloom? It is to deliberately slow down. To pray to God asking him to, “teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” It is to pray to not let our days fly by without slowing down to take time, to each day walk with God in mind; growing in wisdom, experiencing God’s love shown in Jesus. Why don’t you pray this way now?

Anthony Walker, Owner-Manager Bank of Queensland. Anthony.walker@boq.com.au

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

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ACREAGE - MOMENTS FROM CBD

Positioned moments from Penrith’s CBD and industrial area is a wonderful parcel of land that contains a much loved family home. * Three bedrooms * Lounge/dining/family room * Huge rumpus room * Ducted air conditioning * Timber kitchen * Oversize double garage + workshop space * Six car carport * Approx 7530 sqm block * Easy access to Penrith Lakes. Call now to book an appointment. Where else can you obtain this much land so close to town?

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

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The home is complemented with three bedrooms all with built-in robes and fitted, a recently renovated kitchen with large dining area and a very large formal and separate lounge. There are two lavatories and internal laundry. The undercover area comes off the lounge through sliding glass doors and it sits well with the very large flat backyard with workshop/shed in the rear north eastern corner. The home comes with loads of extras but you will have to be quick as this home will not last.

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Located approximately 20 minutes drive from Penrith is this opportunity to secure a vacant parcel of land in this wonderful part of town. The block is just over 5 acres in size. This blank canvas will offer you and your family peaceful views with a care free lifestyle. More information can be obtained from one of our property consultants or should you wish to experience the ambience on offer we’ll gladly meet you onsite. Call now before it’s too late!

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Exceptionally presented, this stunning open planned unit features two large bedrooms with built in’s and two stylish bathrooms. Situated on the top floor, the unit is adorned with three balconies creating extra entertaining and living space. Including a sleek modern kitchen with caesar stone bench tops and gas appliances, internal laundry, security parking and a lockable storage unit, it is simply stunning. Including brand new carpet and freshly painted it is conveniently located close to railway station and Nepean Hospital, so call today as this property won’t last long.

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If you want to be close to everything, you won’t want to miss this fantastic opportunity. Located just a minutes’ walk from schools, shops and Penrith railway station sits this generous family home. Boasting four large bedrooms with ensuite to master, and two ample living areas you’re certain to be impressed. There is a copious amount of under house storage, not to mention the double garage with work space that also boasts the comfort of air conditioning.

With only ten other units in the complex you will enjoy a lifestyle free of maintenance. Located moments from the train station and the heart of Penrith you will be doing well to find a better example of contemporary living. * Two bedrooms * Ensuite to main * Lounge/dining area * Split system air conditioning * Internal laundry + dryer * Intercom system * Remote access to basement car space * Built-in Wardrobes.

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Situated in Cambridge Park is this fantastic well maintained three bedroom home with absolutely nothing to be done. It is close to schools, shops and transport and only approximately five minutes from the Penrith CBD. The tenants are excellent and would love to stay, they are currently on a week to week lease and paying $360 per week. They look after the home as if it is their own, so for an investor it’s all done for you. On inspecting the property, you would see they take great pride in looking after their home. Call today, you won’t be disappointed.

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If you are looking for an investment property with the potential for high returns then look no further. This cosy three bedroom, one bathroom house features two separate driveways on a massive 626sqm block. Currently returning $360 per week you can take advantage of the opportunity to add a granny flat, subject to council approval, to maximise your return. This opportunity will not last long so call today! (Agent declares an interest).

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Situated within minutes walk to shops, transport and schools, this modern Beechwood home is a rare find. * Under 10 years old * Walk in and built in robes * Four bedrooms + study floor plan * Formal lounge / dining * Ensuite to master bedroom * Family / rumpus room * Down lights (selected rooms) * Ducted air conditioning * Oversized double garage * Covered entertaining area * Grassed yard * Approx 700sqm block. Don’t sit on your hands - call now and arrange a viewing before it’s too late! You won’t be disappointed.

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With a commanding view of the street this home will give your family the room they deserve. * Three bedrooms * Ensuite to main bedroom * Two living areas * Timber floors * Ducted air conditioning * Modern kitchen * Modern bathrooms * Single carport * Approx 566 sqm block. With little opportunity to secure homes in the area, you will need to act fast.

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Nestled in a popular suburb, this home will inspire your creative side. The spacious floor plan offers a great platform for you to bring your dream to life. * Three bedrooms * Timber floors * Split level design * Timber kitchen * Formal lounge * Separate dining Family room / study * Split system air conditioning * Covered entertaining area * In ground pool * Single garage * Approx 626 sqm block. Homes in this suburb are often sought but seldom seen. Call now or watch for open home times.

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Positioned moments from the golf course and offering a host of features. * Three bedrooms with built in robes * Formal lounge room * Family room * Storage / Study nook * Split system air conditioning * Fresh carpet in rumpus room * Internal laundry * In ground pool * Undercover entertaining area * Timber decking * Modern kitchen * Second Toilet * Double Carport. This is a real entertainer’s delight. Call now or watch for open homes.

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You will need to experience this home to really appreciate the opportunity on offer. * Three bedrooms * Built in wardrobes * Renovated Bathroom + feature tiling * Renovated kitchen + stainless steel appliances * Lounge & Family rooms * Down lights * Carpet / floating floors * Split system air conditioning x2 * Outdoor water feature * Single garage * Covered entertaining area * Grassed yard * Approx 790 sqm block.

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Call now to inspect this large family home with a versatile floor plan that can accommodate a variety of needs. Moments from the Nepean River in a highly sought after location. * Three bedrooms + study * Ensuite + WI robe to main * Built in robes * Formal dining + meals area * Three living spaces * Modern kitchen * Internal laundry * Covered entertaining area * Single carport * Timber floors * Grassed yard * Approx 626sqm block.

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Just Perfect For In-Law Accommodation Ideal new home suit retiree • High quality fi nish throughout • Sandstone block construction with quality inclusions • Huge 21m x 8m x 3.5m shed, power throughout with remotes • Tar road access and cement roundabout • 5 fertiles acres with two dams and valley views • 4 bedroom home converted into 2 large bedrooms • All town services available

Kandos Never lived in and the best of everything priced to sell quickly Contact Des on 0427 881 234

You have to inspect this beautiful North facing home to truly appreciate it’s size. It will certainly appeal to buyers who need in-law accommodation. Downstairs comprises of a formal lounge/dining room, family area, rumpus room, study, 2 kitchens (1 with a dishwasher), a separate dining area, 2 bedrooms, an ensuite + a main bathroom. Upstairs you have a sitting room, modern bathroom & 3 fantastic sized bedrooms all with built-in robes. The balcony allows you to capture the breeze & views to the Blue Mountains. Inclusions consist of 3 split system air conds, ceiling fans, modern flooring and paintwork throughout along with plenty of storage. The backyard has 2 good sized sheds (1 for each family!), pergola area and is beautifully landscaped and easy to maintain. There’s also a tandem carport behind double gates. Th is perfectly presented home in pristine condition is destined to impress and is located close to transport and Coles.

Th is spacious family home enjoys an attractive rendered facade and beautifully landscaped gardens, overlooking a sparkling solar heated inground pool. Featuring 4 bedrooms, built in robes, 2 bathrooms one of which is fully renovated, split system air conditioning, modern kitchen with gas cooking and polished floor boards. Thi s easy living home is ideal for entertaining and provides great indoor /outdoor areas ideal for those family get togethers. Th is lovely home won’t last long, for your private inspection please contact Catherine Ball today.

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This spacious family home enjoys an attractive rendered facade and beautifully landscaped gardens, overlooking a sparkling solar heated inground pool. Featuring 4 bedrooms, built in robes, 2 bathrooms one of which is fully renovated, split system air conditioning, modern kitchen with gas cooking and polished floor boards. This easy living home is ideal for entertaining and provides great indoor / outdoor areas ideal for those family get togethers. This lovely home won’t last long, for your private inspection please contact Catherine Ball today.

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If your dream is to be at one with nature but like to be different, this home is perfect for you. Made from natural & recycled materials with its size, charm, unique difference and private bush surroundings, this home has it all. 5 double bedrooms, Ensuite to main with walk-in robe, Large open plan kitchen, Separate lounge dining area, 4 x carports, Large lock-up garage, 2 self-contained retreats, Semi above ground pool, 1.5kw Solar power, 2.5 Acres. This home ticks all the boxes of environmental country style living, giving you that earthy feel in the prime location of Mulgoa. To view this one of a kind property, call Tracey Hotchkiss today.

If you’re looking for a place to call home with room to host those large parties, house the work trucks or play a game of football, with over 1 acre of land, pool & an executive style home you cannot look past this. Tucked away in a secluded spot on a 5255sqm block of land, this large home & block still offers room for you to separate 1000sqm of the land to build that second accommodation. Expect to be impressed, by calling Tracey Hotchkiss today.

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Backing onto the bush land this architectural designed master piece is sure to impress! • Double story • 4 bedrooms • Ensuite to main • Bathroom access to second master • Balcony access • Walk in robe • Built in robes • Study • Formal lounge • Dining • Meals area • Family room • Amazing kitchen • Stainless steel appliances • Island bench • Tiled and carpet floors • Down lights • Ducted air conditioning • Rain water tank • Double remote garage • 2 x balconies • 2085 sqm block. With fantastic views from both balconies your friends and family will enjoy being entertained while taking in the natural surroundings! Michael

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• Ground floor + single lock up garage • Modern kitchen & bathroom/laundry • Modern tiling and flooring throughout • 2 x built-ins in main bedroom • Levies $471 per quarter

• Mulgoa Rise 33 Yerrang Avenue • Build your dream home • 450 sqm block, possible duplex site (stca) • Elevated block • Awesome location in new development • Views to the Blue Mountains • Approx. 3kms to M4 freeway

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Looks New, Smells New, Is New Superbly crafted and completed with outstanding quality, you will do well to fi nd a package in this exclusive price point. • Internal laundry + powder room • Four bedrooms • Remote control double garage • Ensuite + WI Robe to main • Shadow line plaster work • Built in wardrobes • Side access for boat / caravan / trailer • Ducted air conditioning • Approx 600sqm block • Lounge / Dining / Family • Grassed yard • Carpet / Tiled floor coverings • Easy access to motorway • Well appointed kitchen + WI Pantry Call to experience this home today. You won’t be disappointed.

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

Your Castle Awaits If you have a large or growing family and dreaming about acreage then you’ll love this huge seven bedroom home plus study. There are vast formal and informal living areas, plus high ceilings which add lots of character. There are bathrooms upstairs and downstairs (four in total), plus ducted air conditioning/vacuum, and a huge kitchen with lots of bench and cupboard space. Outside there is a huge four car garage/ workshop. All this and much more in a prestigious Castlereagh location on a parklife five acres (approximately).

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22 Sittella Place 28 Muru Drive 58 Womra Crescent 32/47 Camelia Avenue

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t the midway point of the State Baseball League season, the Penrith Panthers are enjoying a positive start but will need to continue improving if they want to make a shock playoffs berth. Having been the cellar dwellers and joke of the league for as long as anyone can remember, the Panthers are fin ally having a season they can be proud of with seven wins already to their name. Experienced Panthers batter, Alex

Johnson, said his side has recorded some encouraging victories this season. “We beat Ryde Hawks and Baulkham Hills, two sides who are currently in the top three,” he said. “I think we’re having a decent start to the season compared to all the other years. We’ve been unlucky in a couple of games where one bad innings cost us.” And it seems the good results on the field are being reflected positively off it with more crowds attending games. “We’ve really come together as a club this year and we’re trying to make it a family club,” Johnson said.

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he Penrith Panthers will take on the Newcastle Knights in what’s set to be a huge day of Wheelchair Rugby League at Penrith Sports Stadium this Sunday. The Panthers and Knights fi xture is part of a full afternoon of matches which begin at the Cambridge Park-based stadium from 3pm and fi nish at 7pm. “It’s great to see Penrith host a full round of NSW Wheelchair Rugby League,” Penrith Mayor, Ross Fowler said. “It’s a tough sport played by tough men and I’m looking forward to attending the game and watching a Panthers victory.” Captain of the Penrith Panthers Wheelchair team, Nathan Pentecost, said it was always his dream to play for the Panthers and was honoured to captain the side. “I love wheelchair rugby league because it’s the closest thing that I can play to the running game,” he said. “I always dreamed about playing fi rst grade for the Panthers so when this opportunity came along I took it. “I love the fact that wheelchair rugby league is an inclusive sport for both able bodied people and disabled people to play alongside each other.” Including the Panthers/Knights game at 4pm, there will be three other fixtures taking place including Parramatta v Canberra at 3pm, Canterbury v St George Illawarra at 5pm and Sydney v Cronulla at 6pm.

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heads were turned for home. Uncle Lile ($5.80) driven by Anthony Frisby had the run of the race in the one out one back spot in the fourth race. He made full use of it pulling out to challenge on the home turn and sprinted too quickly for the favourite Driven. The Lexus of Parramatta PJ Hall Memorial race five saw favourite Simple Saver at $1.90 complete six wins in succession. Starting from the second row driver Josh Willick had no hesitation in going around the field to lead soon after the start and from then on it was catch me if you can for the others. The Presidents Cup was race six and this went to Miami Dream at the good odds of $15.40. Driver Jim Douglas had him sitting three back on the fence while others were hotly disputing the lead. He was able to get out turning for home and sprinted too quickly in the run home to take out the Cup.

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The existing rain has caused the postponement of the last two major events; that is the Keith Fay Shield and John McBride Shield. It is the hope weather permitting that the Keith Fay will be completed at Springwood on November 23 and the John McBride Shield at Blacktown City on December 7. Blacktown City is playing Glenbrook Panthers in the Keith Fay and Springwood will play Blacktown Workers in the fi nal of the John McBride. In the State Champion of Club Champion Singles our Zone 5 representative Gerard Beath (Cowra) was defeated in the quarter fi nals by eventual fi nal runner up Les Vincent (Zone 7)

at all the school athletics carnivals,” she said. “The furthest I’ve thrown the discus is 28 metres and nine metres for the shotput but I prefer to throw a discuss because it’s easier.” Edwards’ mother, Renee, said her daughter got into the two disciplines from a young age and hopes she continues to throw as she gets older. “Shahni started throwing in tiny tots and I saw her potential from a young age,” she said. Edwards said World Champion discus thrower Dani Samuels is her idol.

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Panthers’ off-field overhaul A new culture: The big changes at Penrith haven’t just been on the field

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hile much of the focus has been on Penrith’s on-field revolution for next season with the recruitment of players like Jamie Soward, Elijah Taylor, Brent Kite and Tyrone Peachey, the real story at the Panthers is happening behind closed doors. The club has completely overhauled its back-office operations with a stronger focus on its commercial operations, as the Panthers attempt to position themselves as an NRL benchmark in sponsorship, membership, merchandise and game day experiences. “One of the biggest challenges within any organisational structure is culture and whether it’s on field or off field I think developing a winning culture is important,” said Panthers Head of Business Development, Justin Pascoe. With a mindset framed around the words “commitment, trust and accountability” Mr Pascoe has set out to create behavioural change to the way of thinking at Panthers in an attempt to rescue it from what has at times been a precarious fi nancial and unmarketable position. “The biggest challenge that I found when I fi rst came here is that there was little strategy when it came to our commercial operations. We’ve now spent time developing a whole line of strategies encompassing everything from game day to membership, merchandise and

sponsorship – now the challenge is to execute,” he said. “We are now all about identifying the goals we need to focus on, and minimising them to two or three so we can actually achieve them.” One of the biggest overhauls has come in membership, where the club has completely changed its structure and delivered more attractive opportunities for fans. “Membership is a vital component to the overall fi nancial sustainability of the rugby league club but that ethos probably wasn’t around for the last two or three years and that has been well acknowledged,” Mr Pascoe said. “If we can create a membership that gives members a sense of belonging and a sense of being a part of the bigger picture then we have moved a step closer to creating true engagement with our fans.” Mr Pascoe revealed further membership plans to be unveiled in the next few weeks include exclusive access to a special members only website and a ‘Born a Panther’ program. He praised Panthers head coach Ivan Cleary for the role he has played in bringing the on field and off field teams closer together. “He has an understanding of the commerciality of football in today’s world and how significant it plays into the longer term fi nancial sustainability of the football club,” Mr Pascoe said. “We are very respectful of his job and his objectives but he is also considerate of our job and understands the importance

Panthers Head of Business Development, Justin Pascoe. Photo: Melinda Jane.

of what we’re trying to do and how that influences positively the football club.” The Panthers go into 2014 with OAK as their major sponsor and negotiations will begin early in the new year about an extension of that deal. On game day, fans expect a changing experience in the years to come as the club tries to better engage supporters. “Kids might come up with $5 and we’ve

got products that start at $30 – we need to fi x that,” Mr Pascoe said. “We’re being more aware of our consumer, more aware of what our offering is going to be. “We have average crowds of 10,000 but we have a capacity of 21,500 – why we’re not fi lling it is a concern to us.” Read more: See the full story at www. westernweekender.com.au.

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Lalor said it was a thrill to bowl to England’s top order as well as play on the hallowed SCG turf. “It was really good to have a run around with those guys, we had a pretty good outing with them but they knocked us off late in the last day,” he said. “When batting I got to face Graeme Swann, one of the best spinners in the world, so that was a highlight as well.” It’s been a remarkable cricket season so far for the Regentville local who is also enjoying some great success with the Penrith Cricket Club who are off to a 4-0 start in the Sydney Grade Competition.

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Johnson overcomes hurdles Rocky road to success but Leonay local is all smiles after championship win

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he Fox family aren’t the only Leonay locals doing the area proud on the Australian sporting landscape. Mick Johnson, a long time car racer and Leonay resident, recently took out the prestigious NSW Sports Sedan (Division 3) season championship – his second major title in three years. After commercial commitments kept Johnson and his team from competing in the 2012 racing season, the defending team had to watch the title slip away. With a new car and greater support from tyre manufacturer, Kumho, Johnson planned to make an assault on the title again in 2013. “We had some good luck in fi nding a car at just the right price and it was really a blank canvass when we go it, so the team put in a whole lot of work to get it ready to run earlier this year,” Johnson said. After a number of setbacks including sponsorship dramas throughout the year, Johnson praised his team’s ongoing support for getting him through. “It is a testament to the team’s dedication and commitment to be here through all of that and keep the car going,” he said. Johnson has been a passionate motor racing fan from a young age. He fell in love with the sport watching Formula One and the old Australian Touring Car Championships. Starting out in the sport 10 years ago,

Mick Johnson in action on the racing track.

Johnson began his motorsport career racing go-karts in Western Australia at a club level. “My passion for cars grew out of those early days racing go-karts around the back streets with my mates,” he said. “That sparked my interest in the sport in a big way and set me off on my path to

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Cricket: Penrith remain undefeated after winning their fourth straight game of the season, this time against Hawkesbury in Round 4 of the Sydney Grade Competition. After scoring 237 runs in their fi rst innings, Penrith dominated the Hawkesbury batsmen when they fin ally hit the crease. The visitors only managed to score 92 runs to give Penrith their easiest win of the season. The best of the bowlers were Jarrod Lee with 3/26 and Kurt Niess with 3/28. Th is Saturday the second-placed Cats meet the seventh-placed Northern Districts at Mark Taylor Oval in Waitara from 10.30am.

local softball player Kerry Newsome (nee Wyborn) on her induction into the Softball Australia Hall of Fame earlier this week. Selected as the 200th player to represent the Australian women’s team, Newsome played 272 games for Australia between 1998 and 2008 and retired from international competition following the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Newsome competed at one World Championship in 2002 and at two Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008. One of her many career highlights includes the memorable home run she hit against Japan at the 2008 Beijing Olympics to send the game into an extra innings.

OzTag: Congratulations to the following Penrith OzTag players who were selected in the Australian OzTag squads: Joel Delaney (Men’s 20s); Tim Bailey, Nigel Olsson, Adam Harvey (Men’s 35s); Peter Cruzado (Men’s 40s), Zinzan Culshaw, Michael Towers, Stephen Frew, Matt Graham (Men’s Opens); Marlyn Brown, Kee Cruzado, Tahlia Hunter, Logan Geyer, Jye LaneTaylor, Elise Short, Alison Warters, Kurt Moreison (Mixed 20s); Clint Moss, Moana Waddell, Emily Rains (Mixed Opens); Paul Kerr, Megan Bertenshaw (Senior Mixed); Emma Murphy, Sienna Grady (Ladies Open).

Cycling: Th ree Penrith juniors achieved amazing results at the 32nd Clarence Street Cup meeting at the Dunc Gray Velodrome in Bass Hill last weekend. Nick Edwards took out the U17 Cup with a fantastic effort; Jack Edwards won the U19 NSW Keirin championship; and Stephen Cuff made the fi nal of the U15 Cup but the opposition was a tad too strong for him on this occasion.

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“I just need to have a big pre-season here and hopefully I’ll get more than seven games.” Despite being fairly light size-wise for his position in the forwards, tipping the scales at just 87kgs, Peachey sees that as an advantage over his competitors and believes he has a number of rare qualities that set him apart from the rest. “I think I bring energy, spark, flare and an X-factor to a team,” he openly admitted. “I want to get a little bigger but I don’t want to lose my speed, that’s the one thing I’ve got over the other boys. Hopefully I can get a bit more size but not lose my speed.” Peachey signed with the Panthers on a two year deal back in June after the club, according to the 2013 NSW Cup premiership winner, showed more interest in his future than his current employer at the time, Cronulla. “Gus and Ivan made me feel wanted and I could see that there were a lot of good young players over here, many that I grew up with through the younger grades,” Peachey said. “Penrith have a good team, they are going

Tyrone Peachey. Photo: Nathan Taylor.

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