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THE HEARTBEAT OF PENRITH

CASE CRACKED A DNA breakthrough in a Penrith sexual assault case from more than 20 years ago has resulted in the arrest of a man in Queensland. Back in 1992, a 42-year-old Penrith woman answered her door in Haynes Street, Penrith after hearing a knock. She was later robbed and sexually assaulted. The case has remain unsolved for more than two decades, until an incredible breakthrough.

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Back to Luddenham event organiser Wayne Willmington with the time capsule at Luddenham Showground. Photo: Melinda Jane.

Back to Luddenham

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Huge party this weekend to celebrate 200th birthday

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uddenham is about to experience a weekend like never before when the small yet vibrant pocket of our community celebrates its 200 year history. The Back to Luddenham Weekend begins tomorrow, Saturday, November 30 at 7.45pm, when Luddenham’s oldest living resident, 93-year-old Dolly Cuthell, will unveil the bicentennial monument, plaque and time capsule at the Luddenham Progress Hall. From 8pm, the Hall will come alive with the return of the Old Time Dances, which were a big

part of Luddenham’s history for many years. The Cob and Co Old Time Dance Band will provide the live entertainment on the night with admission just $5 for adults and $1 for kids. Food is included. On Sunday, December 1, the Back to Luddenham Weekend continues with a free family fun day at Luddenham Showground featuring a vintage car show, hot rod show, antique trucks, vintage equipment display, market stalls, rides and amusements, memorabilia pavilion, family reunions, static and historical displays and plenty more. For the history buffs, both the Nepean and St Marys Historical Societies will be dressed in

period costume answering questions and presenting displays on the local area’s history on the day. Memorabilia will also be available to purchase including a Luddenham history book, t-shirts and commemorative coins. Luddenham’s history dates back to November 30, 1813 when John Blaxland, the older brother of Gregory Blaxland, received a grant of 6,710 acres. Mr Blaxland named his new piece of land Luddenham after their family property in Kent, England. For more information on the special Back to Luddenham Bicentenary Weekend visit www. luddenham.com.au or call 4773 4375.

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Councillors delay submitting LEP over Health and Education Precinct concerns Penrith Cit y Council’s vision for th e Penrith Health and Education Precinct is in some doubt, creating concerns for a number of councillors...

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he Penrith Health and Education Precinct has been heralded as the region’s answer to a lack of high-skilled employment, however, Penrith Council is now in a race against time to ensure the vision for the precinct does not fall by the wayside. In 2011 a Strategic Vision for the Penrith Health and Education Precinct (PHEP) stated that the area would be developed to attract medical, research and education based businesses that would result in an up-skilling of employment opportunities in the local area. However, Penrith Council is struggling to ensure that the designated employment lands surrounding key institutions such as Nepean Hospital and University of Western Sydney are not used for warehousing and distribution instead. Council has spent four years setting out what land uses are permissible in the PHEP through its Local Environmental Plan, which was due to be submitted to the Department of Planning on October 29. However, at the last minute, in a meeting on Monday evening, Councillors decided to delay submitting the Local Environmental Plan until February 2014 so that more consultation can take place. Cr Greg Davies said that Council should delay a decision on the PHEP so that the implications of a blanket ‘B7 business park’ zoning could be investigated. “We have got to do what we can to get this right. It is extremely important that we get this section right,” he said. A ‘B7 business park’ zone would allow developers to build warehousing and distribution.

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UWS is a key institution in the PHEP but their commitment has been called into question.

“My concern is that it doesn’t meet our original plans. Council officers have had to work with a template that was handed to them by the State Government. The vision for the site has been lost,” Cr John Thain said. Cr Mark Davies said that his frustrations with the lack of planning for the precinct have been building for some time. “It is an important piece of land designated for the Penrith Health and Education Precinct. There has been some frustration on my behalf on this issue over two and a half years ago,” he said.

“It is not going to really prove to be a problem with delaying this until the new year as we need to consult with more stakeholders.” Cr Kevin Crameri said that he was extremely disappointed that Council was now making a last minute decision on such an important part of Penrith. “Why have we waited until now? It is the 11th hour before midnight and now we are asking for another day’s play?” he said. A Council report indicated that the University of Western Sydney, a key partner in the precinct, is currently

undertaking more detailed analysis of its future plans for the university and business park. “I would like to know what the university’s commitment is to that campus. I would like to hear from UWS that they will stick with that campus,” Cr Thain said. A spokesperson for UWS said, “UWS is thoroughly committed to consolidating and continuing to build its presence in Penrith”. “The University is investing tens of millions in major infrastructure projects.”

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It may well be that Mr Pyne’s new approach will be a better one than what Labor offered, but the overall point here is that the Australian people are rightly sick of politicians saying one thing in opposition and doing another in government. Mr Pyne wouldn’t even meet with the expert panel that devised the so-called Gonski school funding model to discuss how it worked before he discarded it. The Herald reports that he was too busy to do so. Too busy to speak to NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, too, who is fuming over the way this has been handled. Perhaps Barry and the Gonski panel can book a spot on ‘Q&A’ next year – Mr Pyne always has time for that. Education policy has always been and will always be a difficult, hard to understand, prickly policy debate. Rarely will governments always get it right and rarely will every school, every teacher and every student win. But when you start making it even more difficult by playing politics, changing the rules and breaking promises, you are all but guilty of deception. Forget the Indonesian spying story that we all seem so obsessed about – that will go away quickly once the respective leaders have stopped playing the ‘mine is bigger than yours’ game (i.e. – protecting themselves from ridicule by their respective media packs). The spying ‘scandal’ will rate barely a mention when the 2016 election comes along. In 2016, however, we’ll still be talking about education. Christopher Pyne has one hell of a job to do between now and then to re-gain the trust of the Australian people, and the education sector. Because he well and truly lost that trust this week. At the moment, he’s in the same boat (excuse the pun) as Scott Morrison, who needs to prove that his “weekly updates” are better than the more frequent updates on boat arrivals provided by the former Labor Government. We all know how Scott Morrison would have reacted if Labor changed the policy to weekly updates, essentially updating the public less. Politics – it’s a muddy, messy game.

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n August 29, with the Federal Election looming, then Shadow Education Minister Christopher Pyne said: “You can vote Liberal or Labor and you’ll get exactly the same amount of funding for your school”. On Tuesday, the now Education Minister said: “What one government does, another government can undo”. And there, my friends, is the very large gap between what politicians say when they’re desperate for your vote and what they do once they get it. Mr Pyne this week said he would bring forward plans to introduce a new education funding model, but the total “funding envelope” would remain the same. The Coalition will stick with the agreed arrangements for 2014 but a new funding model will be introduced for 2015. Mr Pyne believes that because the total “funding envelope” remains the same, he has not broken an election promise. Try telling that to the schools who may receive less funding under the Coalition than they had been promised under Labor. Try telling that to the schools who believed Labor and the Coalition were on a ‘unity ticket’ when it came to education funding. Mr Pyne lost all credibility on Tuesday when he was directly asked by a reporter at a press conference if he would keep his promise to deliver the same amount of funding for individual schools that Labor had promised. His response: “We are going to keep our promise, which is that we have exactly the same funding envelope available to us as the Labor Party promised before the election”. The reporter repeated the question, presuming the smug looking Mr Pyne must have been hard of hearing. “What I’m saying is that we will have exactly the same funding envelope available... and we will work through with the states and territories to ensure that it is equitably distributed,” Mr Pyne said. Mr Pyne won’t answer the question, so I’ll give it a go. The answer is: “No”. Mr Pyne will not be keeping that pre-election promise and the electorate has been deceived.

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enrith police are investigating a blaze at a home in Emu Plains that allegedly contained cannabis plants. Just after 3.10am on Monday, November 25, Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) were called to a blaze at a home on Pyramid Street, Emu Plains. A spokesperson for Fire and Rescue NSW said that upon arrival, crews found

the split level house well alight. “More than 25 fi refighters responded to the scene, including trucks from Regentville and Glenbrook, an aerial truck from Penrith and a Hazmat truck from St Marys,� the spokesperson said. “The blaze took more than three hours to extinguish and the house was severely damaged by the fir e.� One neighbour was evacuated as a precaution, but was not injured. More than 80 per cent of the structure and contents were affected by heat and

smoke and the property was no longer habitable. FRNSW fi re investigators were called to the scene but the cause is still yet to be determined. The site was officially handed over to NSW Police at 6.11am after it was discovered that the home contained a large hydroponic set-up to grow cannabis. The house was cordoned off whilst police investigators searched through the debris, locating a total of 275 cannabis plants that were recovered as evidence.

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Police reporter Katherine Tweed spends a night on the beat with local officers... substance, for example cannabis, he would pick it up instantly.” A large part of Operation Enough is the mentoring of young offenders, particularly those caught in the possession of alcohol. Each week a number of Penrith Panthers players join the police on the Operation to help out; on this occasion Matt Moylan and Jamie Soward came along for the ride. After leaving the pub we began to patrol the St Marys Local Area Command, visiting hot-spots in the area’s suburbs including St Clair, St Marys, North St Marys, Colyton, Kingswood, Werrington and Orchard Hills. At about 6.50pm we received word over the radio that a large group of young people were seen walking along and attempting to cross the M4. A boy, around eight-years-old was spotted by Inspector Jason Green, and so we stopped to speak to him about the dangers he was putting himself in. We were then called to Kingswood. A woman had been spotted, sitting on the ground in her pyjamas beside Bringelly Road and police had spoken to her when she then began to behave in an offensive manner. The woman was arrested and charged with ‘offensive behaviour’ when she did not cooperate. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, one of the other cars in the convoy had reason to pull over a vehicle, fi nding a baton inside. The driver was charged with ‘possess prohibited weapon’. Later in the night we were patrolling near St Clair shops when we spotted a large number of youths congregated in an

have spent hours standing behind the blue and white tape at crime scenes – in the safe zone – watching on with a sense of wonderment as police carry out their duties. One rainy Friday night this month however, I stepped into a police car (on invitation, not in handcuffs) to spend a night on the beat with St Marys offic ers and witness fi rsthand what challenges frontline officers face on a daily basis. St Marys Local Area Command has been bustling with action the past few weeks as the party season gets into full swing, with police conducting high visibility Operation Enough to crack down on hooliganism. It was this operation that Weekender photographer Melinda Jane and I were invited to witness in action. After hopping into a police vehicle, we were driven to Colyton Hotel to witness a drug dog operation that was in progress. We were one of about four vehicles, including one undercover, that pulled up at the local pub, which was full of end-of-week revellers. After some quick introductions and a pat of “Ace” the drug dog, we were off, following the Labrador around the venue. A little sceptical of his nose-powers after seeing Ace wander around the pub hardly sniffi ng at anything, I asked his handler how far he could actually pick up a scent. “He has been known to drag me 50 to 100 metres after picking up a scent,” said Constable Ryan Matson. “If the wind was blowing in this direction and someone inside had a

Police from St Marys search local youth late into the night. Photo: Melinda Jane.

undercover area by the soccer fields. Inspector Green was the only offic er with us and after speaking to one of the youths alone, decided to call for back-up before confronting the larger group. A number of the youths left the location quickly and by the time back-up arrived, there were around six left, one of which was in the possession of alcohol. The kids, all around 17-years-old,

thought that the fact that their friend was being taken home in a police car was hilarious. “He always gets caught,” they laughed. The boy was taken home to apologetic parents and offered the opportunity to sign up to the Your Choice Program. “You can see how kids don’t care anymore, they really don’t,” Inspector Green said.

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Major changes ahead as Penrith Council plans for Nepean River’s future

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etting the tone for years to come, Penrith Council has endorsed a masterplan for the Nepean River Precinct, ‘Our River’. Outlining a development and project agenda to be completed over the short to long term, the masterplan aims to revitalise the Nepean River and its connection to Penrith city. Former Penrith Mayor, Mark Davies, who instigated the development of the masterplan said he was very happy with the outcome. “The plan is as good as it is because of the community consultation we did, I was really impressed with the level of engagement from residents and we had residents attending community meetings and sharing their ideas,” he said. “It is great to have the plan completed so that Council can now look at grant and funding opportunities... and we currently have over $2 million in works to be delivered.” Weir Reserve is set for a major overhaul with a new road entry from the east off Peachtree Road, a new amhpitheatre space and a proposed Centre for Excellence in rowing. “What I will really like to see is the sense of grandeur that will be established coming down Jamison Road to the River. You will be able to see views of the river,” Cr Davies said. Visitors to the river will be able to see the Nepean as they approach along

The popular mulberry trees at Tench Reserve. Inset: Designs for what the future of the Nepean River precinct might look like.

Jamison Road, with the trees cleared to create a water vista with a cantilevered lookout where Jamison Road becomes Tench Avenue. The area will be turned into a key activity area with play spaces, decks, shading and a paved area for stalls. A spokesperson for Council said that the cultural heritage of the mulberry trees that attract so many berry-pickers each spring

Angry words over airport plan: Crameri labelled a “dinosaur”

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Kemps Creek and Badgerys Creek should all be very concerned about the direct impact an airport would have on their property,” he said. He cited traffic congestion, environmental damage and noise pollution as just some of the many reasons why Penrith City Council originally opposed an airport in western Sydney. Mr Bassett, who declared he supports an airport at Badgerys Creek, labelled Cr Crameri a “dinosaur”. “It’s time for the dinosaurs of local government to stop trying to rekindle a 20-year-old campaign,’’ he said. “Western Sydney communities have moved on and attitudes have changed to a

will be taken into account when the fine r details of the plan are fina lised. Tench Reserve already is a proven destination for families and parties, however, improved road access and parking will make the area more visitorfriendly. There will be better boat launching facilities and trailer parking; more cycling, walking, picnic spots and barbeques.

“It is really important with the masterplan that we take some of the pressure of the smaller watercraft, that’s why there are plans to provide pontoons and better launching facilities,” Cr Davies said. On the western side of the Nepean River, Regatta Park will become the site for festivals and events, cafes and viewing spot for sporting events.

far more sophisticated model and should be given the opportunity to make up their own minds on this issue based on up-to-date environmental, technological and social information.” Cr Crameri issued a scathing reply to the comments this week, calling on Penrith Council to contact all State and Federal representatives in the Penrith region and clarify their stance on a Badgerys Creek Airport. “Some politicians are deaf to the facts, blind to the reality and dumb to their statements about the airport,” Cr Crameri retorted. “I am glad to be a dinosaur and listen to the people, see what is happening and speak the truth.” Cr Crameri said that there are thousands of people who rely on rain water for their houses that would be polluted and undrinkable from diesel and carbon soot.

Bart Bassett. Inset: Kevin Crameri.

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he future of a Badgerys Creek Airport has sparked a row between Penrith Councillor Kevin Crameri and State MP for Londonderry, Bart Bassett. The feud began when Cr Crameri told the Weekender (November 8), that residents desperately needed to contact their government representatives about their concerns over any western Sydney airport. “Residents from Rooty Hill, Mount Druitt, Erskine Park, St Marys, St Clair,

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Tempers flare in the chamber “Shame” call as Penrith Council stands by controversial Hinxman Road plan

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xasperated residents vented their frustrations at Councillor John Thain on Monday evening after Council decided to maintain its stance on land zonings for Hinxman Road in Castlereagh. As reported previously by the Weekender, residents raised their concerns with Council three weeks ago after the Draft Local Environmental Plan, detailing all land uses for the different areas of Penrith, was discussed by Councillors at a Policy Review Committee meeting. The community was divided over whether or not the western end of Hinxman Road should be zoned ‘RU4 Primary Production Small Lots’, given that the eastern end, also known as Castlecrest Estate, has been zoned ‘E4 Environmental Living’. On Monday night, Stephen Abbott spoke on behalf of residents who again demanded a consistent E4 zoning over the entire Hinxman Road, stating that the desires of the community had not been taken into consideration. “RU4 zoning will ultimately affect the character of the area. 83 per cent of the properties affected by this decision want E4 Environmental Living zoning,” he said. “Residents will have to drive through market gardens to attend the local school or leave the area each and every day. A vote was taken two weeks ago that was not based on what was the best for the community. We ask that the matter be

Castlereagh residents are unhappy that Hinxman Road will be divided into two zones. Photo: Melinda Jane.

deferred so that we can further explore options with Council.” Whilst Cr Tricia Hitchen and Cr Bernard Bratusa were sympathetic to the residents’ pleas, the majority of Council felt there was no need to defer the matter or change the zones. Cr John Thain bore the brunt of the

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backlash for the decision after he stated that residents knew the land could be used for small agricultural practices. “These people knew they were buying into an area that had rural living allowances. These people have moved in there knowing exactly where they are,” he said.

“We have tried to be fair and equitable to everyone in that area.” Mayor Ross Fowler was forced to address the gallery after numerous residents booed and hissed at Cr Thain , yelling “shame, shame on you”. Council voted for the original zonings 13 votes to two.

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Council will provide extra residential bin collections between 23 December 2013 and 17 January 2014. Residents can place all their bins on the kerbside each week during this period on their normal collection day. These additional collection services are designed to encourage everyone to ‘Do the Right Bin’ and keep up their great recycling efforts over the festive season. Additional collections do take extra time, so households are asked to leave bins out until they’ve been emptied so they don’t miss out. Unit complexes with a collect and return service will receive extra collections from their bin bay also. Residents can register to receive free text message reminders about extra bin collections at Christmas/New Year as well as electronic and chemical waste drop off days and other recycling initiatives throughout the year. Simply email your name, home address and phone number to rrr@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au or phone 4732 7615.

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COUNCIL BRIEFS s The Sydney International Rowing Regatta (SIRC) has won the prestigious NSW Premier’s Partnership Award for hosting the 2013 World Rowing Cup. The event – held at SIRC in March – generated up to $7 million for the local economy. The Samsung World Rowing Cup will be held at the Centre again in March 2014. s Don’t miss the Penrith Swimming Centre Family Fun Day Charity Event on Saturday, 30 November between 11am–3pm. A gold-coin donation is all you’ll need to enter and there will be numerous activities for children on the day including a jumping castle, face painting, clowns and so much more. All money raised will go to the Samuel Morris Foundation. For more information call 4721 3625. s The Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest will hold a Twilight Christmas Market on Sunday, 1 December between 3–7pm. There will be artisan stalls, plenty of children’s activities, free exhibitions, delicious food and a variety of stalls including art, craft, jewellery and plants as well as live music for everyone to enjoy. There will also be a free shuttle-bus servicing River Road. Call 4735 1100.

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INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT Penrith City Council has received a Development Application in respect of the subject property. The consent authority for the development application is Penrith City Council. s CCL Development Pty Ltd DA13/1359 Lot 2 DP 541090 (No. 34–60) Bradley Street, Glenmore Park Torrens title subdivision x 37 residential lots, 1 residue lot and public roads The proposal is Integrated Development under Section 91 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. In this regard, the applicant is seeking concurrent approval from the NSW Rural Fire Service under Section 100B of the Rural Fires Act 1997. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 2 December to 16 December 2013. Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the grounds of objection are to be specified in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA13/1359. Council is required to make Development Applications and certain associated documents publicly available under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009. There is a presumption in favour of publicly disclosing all submissions relating to this Development Application unless Council determines that it is not in the public interest to do so. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Pukar Pradhan on 4732 7726.

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s PreTech Pty Ltd DA13/1351 57 Mamre Road, St Marys Multi-unit housing – 6 x 2-bedroom attic-style villas Contact: Gurvinder Singh on 4732 7539 Closing Date: 16 December 2013 s Property Innovations Group DA13/1350 62 Brisbane Street, Oxley Park Demolition of existing structures and construction of 5 x attic style villas with associated car parking and landscaping works Contact: Aaron Howard on 4732 7774 Closing Date: 16 December 2013 s Property Innovations Group DA13/1345 66 Brisbane Street, Oxley Park Construction of 5 x attic style villas with associated car parking and landscaping works Contact: Aaron Howard on 4732 7774 Closing Date: 16 December 2013 s Firstyle Homes Pty Ltd DA13/1365 Lot 1341 Sydney Smith Drive, Penrith Attached dwellings x 6, semi-detached dwellings x 2, studio lofts x 3 and strata title subdivision x 6 lots Contact: Clare Aslanis on 4732 8195 Closing Date: 16 December 2013 s Firstyle Homes Pty Ltd DA13/1366 Lot 1342 Lord Sheffield Circuit, Penrith Attached dwellings x 9, studio lofts x 2 and strata title subdivision x 4 lots Contact: Clare Aslanis on 4732 8195 Closing Date: 16 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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total of 17 new research projects at the University of Western Sydney will receive funding from the Federal Government. Lindsay MP Fiona Scott announced on Tuesday this week that $7.78 million would be awarded to the local research projects under the Australia Research Council’s Future Fellowships 2013 and Major Grants 2014 programs. “More than $552 million in research funding has been announced and I am

very proud to see more than $7 million of that going to western Sydney,” she said. “These projects are diverse and are important for addressing challenges that we face in different areas of society.” Dr Brendan Choat will receive $722,000 over five years to fund his research into the resilience of Australian forests and woodlands to drought in light of dwindling water availability in some areas of Australia. Another project being administered by UWS will improve the applications of ulta-high resolution MRIs in the fields of agriculture and cancer treatment.

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enrith jobs at the Australian Tax Office are under threat with staff informed by Commissioner Chris Jordan last week that up to 900 positions nationwide will be culled. Mr Jordan emailed staff, ahead of an appearance at the Federal Government’s Senate Estimates hearings, stating that the budget position “is being impacted by a range of influencing factors” including the proposed abolition of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax and the proposed

abolition of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. “Based on current forecasts, the ATO will have to work hard to achieve a balanced budget in 2013-14 and indeed for the following few years,” Mr Jordan said. “We anticipate we will need to reduce our staff numbers as part of our contribution to the overall APS staffin g reduction. Our best estimate is that we will have to reduce our workforce by up to 900 staff by the end of this fi nancial year.” Staff were told more information on the job cuts will be available in December.

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DNA breakthrough in a Penrith sexual assault case from more than 20 years ago has resulted in the arrest of a man in Queensland. Late in the evening on Saturday, March 7, 1992, a 42-year-old Penrith woman answered her door in Haynes Street, Penrith after hearing a knock. There was a man at the door who asked for a glass of water – the woman spoke to him before turning him away. A short time later, the man entered the home, robbing and sexually assaulting the woman before fleeing the scene. DNA evidence was collected from the crime scene however the case was unresolved.

That’s Not On Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay this week launched the state’s biggest lifejacket awareness campaign to promote safe and responsible boating behaviour. Mr Gay was joined by Aussie actor and comedian Shane Jacobson who is spear-heading a series of light-hearted fi lms, that will run as part of a statewide lifejacket campaign running through to Easter. “One of the hardest facts to contend with is that nine out of 10 people who drowned while boating in NSW in the last decade were not wearing a lifejacket,” Mr Gay said. The online video series called ‘That’s Not On’ features Shane getting involved in a number of on-water scenes including kayaking and fishing.

Detectives recently re-visited the case, reviewing the DNA evidence. The investigation was reactivated by the Sex Crimes Squad under Strike Force Peele. “Earlier this month, detectives applied for and were granted an arrest warrant for a 44-year-old man for the offences of aggravated sexual assault, armed robbery, aggravated break and enter, and common assault,” a NSW Police spokesperson said. At about 10.15am on Tuesday, November 26, Cairns CIB Police arrested a 44-year-old man in Cairns, Queensland. The man was charged and refused bail, appearing at Cairns Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, November 27. “Detectives from the Sex Crimes Squad will travel to Cairns to apply for the man’s extradition to NSW,” the spokesperson said.

Child protection laws State Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres this week welcomed sweeping reforms to strengthen the child protection system. “The NSW Government’s changes put vulnerable children fi rst, while also giving troubled mothers the help they need to turn their lives around,” Mr Ayres said. Under these new laws there will be: • increased early intervention services; • expansion of Parental Responsibility Contracts to support expectant mothers; • court-issued Parental Capacity Orders; and, • the streamlining of open adoption – which means adopted children can maintain a connection with their biological parents. See www.facs.nsw.gov.au.

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Stolen items found: Cranebrook house searched Police executed a search warrant in Beacroft Place at Cranebrook at about 10am on Tuesday, November 26. During the search a number of stolen GPS units were recovered as well as a $13,000 quad bike stolen from Cranebrook in the last two weeks. A small amount of drugs were also located. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Huge drug find: 315 cannabis plants located Police allegedly discovered 315 cannabis plants after executing a search warrant at a Penrith home last week. Following an ongoing investigation, officers attached to the North West Regional Enforcement Squad attended a house in Watson Drive, Penrith at about 6.30pm on Thursday, November 21. Inside the home, a hydroponic set up was located including the cannabis plants with an estimated street value of $1,500,000. A female and male juvenile were arrested at the Penrith location. Both were taken to Penrith Police Station and charged with ‘large commercial cultivation of cannabis’. The 17-year-olds were refused bail and appeared at Parramatta Children’s Court the following day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Out of control parties: Police kept busy St Marys Police attended a number of parties on Friday and Saturday night including one that was out of control in Claremont Meadows, where a number of people were brawling on the streets. It is alleged that a number of uninvited guests attended. Over the weekend police made five arrests for offences including ‘aggravated break and enter’, ‘possession of amphetamine’, ‘possession of house breaking implements’, ‘breach of bail’ and ‘possession of a laser pointer’. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Stun gun found inside home: Multiple charges At about 7pm on Sunday, November 24, a 43-year-old man was arrested and searched in relation to a domestic violence issue. Police allege that the man had an amount of amphetamine in his possession as well as a large amount of cash. Police located cannabis, ecstasy pills and amphetamines as well as a prohibited electronic device or stun gun at his Emu Plains home. The man was charged for both drug and assault offences.

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petition pleading for the Federal Government to scrap its fibre to the node National Broadband Network (NBN) model was delivered to Lindsay MP, Fiona Scott, on Tuesday. Vanita Roychoudhry, a mother and former IT manager, delivered the 270,000 strong petition to the local MP’s offic e on High Street, in coordination with more than 100 petition deliveries across the country. Ms Roychoudhry said she was a strong supporter for the former Labor Government’s fibre to the home NBN plan and is disappointed that in Werrington where she lives, her family will not have that service. “Parts of Penrith already have fibre to the home NBN but in Werrington we will miss out because Malcolm Turnbull only supports the fibre to the node delivery model,” she said. “I am just a mother looking out for the future of my children and we need to leave them this infrastructure legacy so that they can grow up saying they come from a smart country. “If we do not have fibre to the home broadband installed now, we will be even further behind countries such as Singapore, and in 20 years will be going through the same process.” Started on the weekend of the Federal Election by Queensland student Nick Paine, the petition led to the creation of

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fibre-to-the-premises supporter groups across Australia. Ms Roychoudhry was formerly an IT manager for a large supermarket chain but was made redundant and from her own personal expertise says that fibre to the home NBN is a necessity. “More and more of our IT jobs are being

sent overseas and our smartest people leaving because Australia is falling behind,” she said. “Having fibre to the home will increase our competitiveness, create innovation and allow people to work from home. “There is the option to pay for fibre to the home connections, but people such as

myself and my family cannot afford it, we are being disadvantaged.” Ms Scott said that she has already presented the petition to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull. “We are about delivering NBN to more people faster, this is a cost effective NBN for all Australians,” she said.

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Congratulations On behalf of Council and our community, I congratulate the winners of the Annual Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Year 11 Science Awards. The awards, held at Penrith Civic Centre on Wednesday, highlight the achievements of talented students and foster enthusiasm and interest in science and technology. We were delighted that Penrith City students were once again joined by students from Lachlan Shire, our Friendship City in country NSW, as recipients of these awards. Science and technology are essential for the health and future of Australia’s people, environment and economy. Developments in these areas start with quality education in our schools and innovative programs that capture the attention of talented students. I encourage the award winners to consider a career in these rapidly advancing fields. I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute for this valuable initiative.

I would like a chance to voice my concern over the design of the above mentioned bridge (Council split on Bridge plan, Western Weekender November 22). My grandson has been rowing just on three years now and I know they say the proposed bridge won’t interfere with the course but surely a simple attached footpath to the existing bridge would suffic e. I think the “Green” bridges design does not fit into the surroundings, it looks out of place and by dwarfi ng the existing bridge only adds to the fact that there is no connection between the two bridges, by that I mean they don’t complement one another. Janice Ford, via email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Asbestos Awareness Week

Th is week (November 25–29) is Asbestos Awareness Week and with wild weather and fi res sweeping parts of our state, it is a timely reminder that this deadly material is still present in our communities – in many of our homes, sheds and other structures. In fact, it is estimated that 1 in 3 Australian homes still contain asbestosbased materials. Asbestos is particularly dangerous when it has been disturbed and the fibres are loose. If you are involved in the clean-up of any materials and you

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suspect asbestos may be present, be extremely careful and contact local authorities immediately. Some people suffer no effects from asbestos exposure, while for others a single exposure can trigger disease. Joanne Wade Slater & Gordon Lawyers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

NBN column

As a Penrith resident having read your article regarding the NBN may I say what an absolute PRAT you are? (From The Editor’s Desk, Western Weekender November 22). I would have used stronger language, but, in case you print this I will refrain in case the kids pick up your poor version of a comic strip. As dipsticks go you take the highest award – now I suggest you either read the literature sent to yourself from the NBN Co or go to the NBN Co website? There you will fi nd all the info you could possibly wish for, and your stupid article – which would not have been written. Ken Myers, via email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Thanks for assistance

On behalf of the members of Orchard Hills RFS, all of whom are volunteers, and myself the Captain, I would like to thank the public for your donations, your support and your generosity during the

last number of weeks during these devastating fi res. As this is only the start of the fi re season, I hope that we will have your ongoing support throughout the summer period. Once again thank you Penrith and our local community of Orchard Hills, you are phenomenal. We all back each other up in times of need and this is what makes our community great. Greg Speed Orchard Hills RFS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Business advice

Staple or glue a business card to each bag (Your Business, Western Weekender November 22). I bought some melts at a stall recently and paper bags were used. I can now phone and order more and or fi nd out her next stall in my local area. Have your business card photocopied and enlarged onto iron on paper, buy a cheap plain t/shirt and iron on. Make your business cards on line, much cheaper to order in 100s. Judy Ann, via Facebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Thanks for columns

I would like to thank those who write all the lifestyle columns in the Weekender. They are an easy read and I look forward to the advice and tips each week, even if I don’t always follow it! Mary Smith, via email

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ulgoa resident Elisabeth Paul has been charged with an enormous task – acting as an ambassador of Denmark. The 26-year-old university student is currently completing her Masters degree in Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen and was recently named a Youth Goodwill Ambassador for the European country. “My role is to promote Denmark to my peers in Australia, with the overall objective of sharing my personal story about international student mobility to foster intercultural exchange and global career opportunities,” Ms Paul said. “It’s an amazing opportunity and defi nitely feels like a fairytale.” Last September, Ms Paul graduated from a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology from the University of Western Sydney, Kingswood. As part of her studies, she undertook a six-month student exchange to the University of Copenhagen, and it was this experience that inspired her to apply for a Masters program back in Denmark. “There are so many reasons that it’s good to study here, but for me it’s all about the study environment,” she said. “My subjects are taught in English, interdisciplinary research is encouraged, and the campus is stunning... I particularly love the canals and lakes around the city, and nearby forests with deer.

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Mulgoa resident Elisabeth Paul has been named a Youth Goodwill Ambassador for Denmark.

“But I’m not only keen to share my enthusiasm for Denmark with people back home; I’m also really proud to be representing Penrith overseas. “People are always interested when I say where I am from, and many have said they would like to come and see the Blue Mountains. Western Sydney is my home,

even if Copenhagen has also found a place in my heart.” Danish Minister for Education, Morten Østergaard congratulated Ms Paul on all her efforts and enthusiasm. “With the Youth Goodwill Ambassador Corps we are engaging international talents all over the world,” he said.

“Talent mobility is a huge driver for intercultural exchange, innovation and exports. By working closely with our youth Ambassadors, we are connecting Denmark with the home countries of our youth Ambassadors on a people to people level, which already is showing great results.”

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COUNCIL SNAPSHOT Penrith Council would like local interested residents to be aware that a development application concerning events for up to 300 people at Fernhill Estate is not yet on public exhibition. A development application has been submitted, however, Council is currently working through the proposal with the proponents to make some amendments and gather further supporting documentation and then the application will be put to public exhibition. Council has approved a 108 place childcare centre to be built where the former Pet Goods Direct store was on Glenbrook Street, Jamisontown. It is in the same area as Toys R Us, Barbeques Galore and Rashay’s restaurant. Existing car parking on the site is for 231 cars however that will be reduced as a result of the development to 218, with 36 car park spaces being provided for the childcare centre. The proposed childcare centre will provide a social and economic benefit to the community through the provision of childcare along a main travel route and the provision of additional employment opportunities. Under the new Model Code of Conduct Procedures, Council’s Complaints Coordinator must, within three months of the end of September each year, report on a range of complaints statistics to Council and the Division of Local Government (DLG). There was one complaint lodged between September 2012 and August 2013 and referred to a conduct reviewer. The assessment of that complaint has not been fi nalised and the outcome and cost will be reported next year. A Council analysis of meeting times in 2013 has shown that there was an increase in the duration of Ordinary Meetings by approximately 50 minutes. 24 public meetings will be held in 2014.

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he addition of a new cot to the Nepean Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is already giving pre-term babies in need of intensive supervision the opportunity to have the best possible care in their fi rst few weeks of life. The $465,000 neonatal cot, also called a humidicrib, arrived with all the equipment staff need to sustain life in a baby born from as little as 23-weeks of gestation. As soon as the cot was ready to go, there was an immediate need for its use. “Since the NICU fi rst opened here in 1991 we have steadily grown. We opened with one ventilator cot and we have gradually increased to our now, number 11,” said NICU Director, Dr Lyn Downe. “Hopefully we will continue to grow because there is certainly the demand there.” With the unit currently boasting 11 neonatal cots, Nepean is now one of the largest NICUs in the state. Sarah, John and Sophia McKid are nine-week-old triplets, who were born 13 weeks premature at Nepean Hospital and are still being cared for in the NICU. It was only by a miracle, and the help of quick thinking staff that kept these three together when they were all in need of a neonatal cot – often, if there are not enough available beds, families have to be split up between hospitals across the state. “I was stressed out, going through labour and contractions thinking, ‘I am going to wake up and my babies are going to be spread everywhere and I am not going to be able to see them’,” said mum, Elizabeth McKid. “We got to stay together as a family but at the time they only had 10 beds, with three babies at once,

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most of their beds are taken up. They need all the beds they can get.” Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres joined staff at the NICU on Friday, November 22, to celebrate the arrival of the new cot. “I will squeeze every ounce of blood out of every government stone I can fi nd to make sure that little babies who are born in this hospital get every opportunity in life,” Mr Ayres said.

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n Monday two Penrith swim schools launched a new initiative to combat the incidence of drowning deaths. Nepean Aquatic Centre and World of Swimming, along with more than 300 other Australian swim schools teamed up with Swim Australia and Energy Australia to launch ‘SwimSAFER Week’ from November 25 to December 1. During the week children and their families were encouraged to visit the swim schools to learn vital elements of an Emergency Action Plan, including CPR. Karen Bentley, from Nepean Aquatic Centre, is encouraging all Penrith families to visit the swim school and learn how to be safer in and around water. “Children from as young as four months can learn what to do if they find themselves in a potentially dangerous situation in the water,” she said. Sadly, too many children are not prepared. Drowning deaths in children under the age of five-years increased 48 per cent last year, while the number of overall fatalities rose five per cent, to 291. Sandra Stapleton from World of Swimming said the swim school will be holding lessons to help children and parents prepare if an accident should occur. “You can’t always stop an accident from happening, so we’ll be teaching CPR, and how to create an Emergency Action Plan for your family,” she said.

Local residents have been learning about water safety this week. Photo: Melinda Jane.

Swim Australia CEO Ross Gage said the National Energy Australia SwimSAFER week focuses on the importance of swimming lessons, and what to do in the event of an emergency. “Swimming lessons are only one way to help kids stay safer in and around the water,” he said.

“The EnergyAustralia SwimSAFER program also recommends constant adult supervision, complying pool fences and gates, as well as having an Emergency Action Plan in place. “Families should always have a fi rst aid kit on hand, know emergency numbers, understand how to administer CPR, and if

a child is missing, always check water hazards fi rst – because seconds count.” Local residents can get involved by enrolling their child in an EnergyAustralia SwimSAFER school, or visiting waterhero. com.au. Share your swim safe stories: news@ westernweekender.com.au.

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The 2013 Christmas Collec ons at Repeat offender strikes again: Penrith Local Court is investigating the possibility of handing a 41-year-old man a full-time custodial sentence after committing his second major offence in five years. The man was before the court for a high-range drink driving charge. The court was told that on August 31, the man was pulled over by police after he had consumed around 10 stubbies at a friend’s place. The man was intending on driving from Mount Druitt to his home in St Clair however, did not make it that far. The court also heard that in his 24 years of driving experience, the man had committed a number of other serious driving offences including “drive in a manner dangerous”, “mid-range PCA”, other “high-range PCA offences” and a speeding matter as well as other smaller offences. The man had commenced a rehabilitation program with the Salvation Army. The matter was adjourned until early next year for the purpose of an Intensive Correction Order assessment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Rick Rutherford’s Country Lawson are now officially up and running. Already several thousand have streamed through the door to see RRC’s largest Christmas displays ever, this year the theme focused on ‘Memories of Christmases Past’. The nostalgic, breathtaking displays include over 45 themed trees; thousands of imported, handcraŌed and specially-selected Christmas treasures; plus the most comprehensive array of giŌ-giving ideas and homewares to be found anywhere! Come forget the dramas of former days and recapture Christmas memories of the past! It’s the ulƟmate Christmas decoraƟng and giŌ-giving desƟnaƟon … as the magic of the season starts to take hold.

Man allowed to return home: A man is now allowed to move back home with his wife and four children following the acceptance of a bail variation application. The man, who had been arrested and placed on an Apprehended Violence Order after assaulting his wife, appeared in Penrith Local Court this week hoping that his bail could be varied, allowing him to return home to his family. The man’s wife was present in court. She told the court that she no longer feared for her safety and wanted him to reside back at their Luddenham home. The application was granted. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teen caught with drugs: After being charged for possessing a prohibited drug and equipment for administering prohibited drugs, a 19-year-old has been convicted and fi ned at Penrith Local Court. The man appeared before the court this week, charged with possessing Methamphetamine (speed) as well as a glass pipe used to administer it. Police observed the man sitting in a car, which was parked down a quiet street, and had reason to speak with him. Police noticed a glass tube hanging out of his pocket and found 0.71g of methamphetamine, which he had hidden in his underwear. When asked why he had been in the possession of the drug, the court heard that it was because of “the crowd he was knocking around with”. For the possession of the drug, the man was fi ned $400. He was also fi ned $400 for the possession of the pipe.

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Seniors Week Local residents are being encouraged to submit a nomination for the 2014 NSW Seniors Week Local Achievement awards. “Seniors make an important contribution to our community and these awards are one way in which we can show our appreciation for the talents, skills and generosity of this impressive group,“ said State Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres “We are calling on people to nominate seniors who make a difference to their local community.” The 2014 awards will celebrate seniors for their achievements in various categories. Mr Ayres said that he is keen to celebrate the vital and important role seniors play within our local community. “I believe it is important to give thanks where it is due and these awards are Penrith’s way of showing its appreciation for these exceptional seniors,” said Mr Ayres. Visit www.nswseniorsweek.com.au or call 131 244.

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Help those that need a hand this Christmas Tough new penalties will be imposed for tossing cigarette butts from cars.

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he State Government is introducing tougher laws to stop people from carelessly discarding their cigarette butts on fi re ban days. The Rural Fire Service and local residents are also being handed greater powers to conduct hazard reduction in an effort to curb the potential for dangerous fi res to break out. “New laws will include two new offences for littering involving cigarettes and matches. An aggravated offence with a higher penalty will apply when littering occurs on days where a total fi re ban is in place,” explained Emergency Services Minister, Michael Gallacher. “The Bill also makes provisions to ensure police and enforcement offic ers can issue penalty notices for these

offences which carry fi nes of $330 and $660 for the aggravated offence.” The RFS Commissioner will now have the power to carry out hazard reduction on land without the consent of the owner, after reasonable attempts to contact the landowner have failed. Often, hazard reduction is delayed in key areas because consent has not been granted, posing a risk to other members in the community. “The NSW Government wants to ensure our emergency services workers can do what they need to do to protect lives and property and will continue to remove any barriers that hinder or delay their responses,” Minister Gallacher said. It will also be easier for homeowners to manage fi re risks on their properties with new rules being developed to allow trees to be cleared from around homes in bushfi re prone areas without a permit.

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UWS, staff on collision course University staff angry over new plan to cut ‘flex leave’ hours in half

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University of Western Sydney (UWS) plan to cut the amount of ‘flex leave’ hours available to staff in half has prompted Union members to petition against the plan. ‘Flex leave’ is a privilege enjoyed by staff, allowing them to take any two days per month off, in return for additional hours worked on other days. The ‘flex leave’ arrangements are currently being discussed as part of enterprise bargaining and the University has proposed a reduction of hours from 14 to seven, or only one day off per month as opposed to two. “‘Flex leave’ is very important to us. I am a widow and access to my ‘flex leave’ when my husband was sick was really helpful. Knowing that I could take time off when I needed it was nice,” said UWS Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) Vice President, Lorraine Fordham, who has been working at the administration offic e at Kingswood for over 22 years. “[Reducing ‘flex leave’ hours] could have quite a big impact. Many staff members have young families or are carers and need their flex time.” Enterprise bargaining is the negotiation of working conditions between the UWS CPSU and UWS, in order to come to an agreement suitable to all. One agreement lasts around three years and as ‘flex leave’ is the “most important” item on the agenda this year, according to the Union members, staff have chosen to

Staff from the University of Western Sydney are unhappy with plans to reduce their ‘flex leave’. Photo: Melinda Jane.

petition to ensure their message is heard loud and clear during the process. “Our members have been coming to us and telling us that their ‘flex leave’ is really important to them,” Ms Fordham said. “We are trying to maintain the current working conditions for them and we hope

the issue can be resolved.” A spokesperson for UWS said that they remain committed to providing staff with flexible working hours. “‘Flex leave’ will remain an important part of these flexible options for staff, however the University would like to

ensure the management and provision of this leave is consistent across the University,” a UWS spokesperson said. “It is important we consider the feedback from supervisors that managing ‘flex leave’ can be challenging, especially in small teams.”

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Christmas fun Penrith Valley residents are invited to get into the Christmas spirit at Bunnings Warehouse North Penrith with a free Christmas Family Night on Thu rsday, December 5. There will be plenty of Christmas fun for the whole family to enjoy with a ‘Santa’s Little Helper’ Kids D.I.Y. Workshop as well as an appearance by Santa Claus. Bunnings Warehouse North Penrith will also make Christmas preparations easier for Penrith residents by providing a gift wrapping service on the night. Bunnings Warehouse North Penrith Complex Manager, Kate Cordrey, said the free activities will delight everyone. “At our Christmas Family Night, kids can enjoy a creative workshop while parents stock up on everything they need to get organised for the festive season,” Ms Cordrey said.

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ueen Street’s past, present and future has been put on display in the voices, writing and images of St Marys’ own

residents. The photos and stories of over 100 St Marys locals, of different ages and cultural backgrounds, were displayed at Memorial Hall last week as part of the ‘Faces of St Marys’ exhibition. Faces of St Marys was this year’s Queen Street Riches and Textures project, a cultural initiative designed by Penrith City Council’s St Marys Corner to engage the community in creative conversations about the iconic main street. Sydney photographer Chris Peken was invited to take part in the 10-week project, photographing the area’s residents and mentoring local TAFE students in the process. “Arts is a really important part of the community. It is important in that it enriches the community... it creates a dialogue with the community,” he said at the exhibition opening on Wednesday, November 20. Attending the opening were the people depicted in the black and white portraits taken by Mr Peken, along with their family and friends. “What I want you to see is something that represents the St Marys community,” Mr Peken said. “In all of those faces, the different ages, the different colours, the different

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Honouring women Do you know an extraordinary woman? Nominations for the annual UWS Women of the West Awards are now open. The Women of the West and Young Women of the West Awards were established by the University of Western Sydney to recognise the signific ant contributions of women from the Greater Western Sydney region. “The University established the awards to show our appreciation for the many, often unsung, women in our local communities who are helping to change people’s lives for the better,” said UWS Vice-Chancellor Professor Janice Reid. For more information visit www.uws. edu.au/womenofthewest.

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embers from Cambridge Park, Emu Plains, Penrith and Mount Druitt Lions Clubs met together on Monday evening to hear from some of Penrith’s most caring people, who dedicate their lives to helping sick children and their families. Glenmore Park businessman Kevin Robinson shared his passion and vision for Little Wings, a charity organisation he founded in 2011. Little Wings supports the Oncology Ward at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead; flying children who live in rural and regional NSW to and from treatment, cutting out days of travel time and allowing families to stay together for longer. “We are aiming to remove the barrier of long distance travel for families. Whilst a lot of what we do is about helping families, we’re actually seeing medical benefits as well,” Mr Robinson said. “After you do something like this and you help a few families and see a few of those kids, it draws you in.” Th rough Lions Club members, the organisation has secured the support of Hyundai, which donated a van for Little Wings’ use. On Monday night, Cambridge Park Lions Club donated $2,000 to the organisation to assist with fuelling costs of the organisation’s two aeroplanes. Nepean Hospital Children’s Ward staff, Shannan Waddups and Kathie Barry

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accepted a donation of two television units from Cambridge Park Lions Club on the same evening, which will be used at the hospital.

“We’ve been trying to build our environment around the hospital to make it a little bit nicer to stay there,” Ms Barry said.

“Unfortunately the reality is that kids get sick... We really need to look at creative ways of giving children of this area top care and safe care.”

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Weekender challenge: We try our hand at lawn bowls – and no, it’s not that easy!

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lmost every day of the week, Penrith Bowling Club’s greens are full of seasoned bowlers, rolling their bowls this way and that, up and down the green. It may seem like a game of luck but bowls is actually a highly technical game requiring a good deal of mind and memory power from each player – well, each player that wants to win. Having never stepped foot on a bowling green before, to stand in front of a group of men with 20-something years of experience was daunting, at the least for the Western Weekender team, who had a bowling lesson from columnist Mick Gilfoyle on Tuesday this week. “See that little kiddy, the jack, right down there,” Mr Gilfoyle said, pointing toward the opposite end of the green. “The idea is to get as close to that as you can.” Easy enough, we thought, until he dropped a bombshell: “The thing is, these bowls are funny because they don’t go straight of course”. Bowls are built with a special weight in one side, marked with a small circle, causing them to arc when bowled down the green. “If they went straight ahead it would be ten pin bowling wouldn’t it? There’s no skill,” Mr Gilfoyle said. “Every time you get on the mat, you have to think. Th is is a mind game.” After our fi rst few tries, it became clear

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Mick Gilfoyle teaches Katherine Tweed the art of lawn bowls. Photo: Melinda Jane.

that the mental part of the game is the most important – particularly the memory. “Each time you step on the mat you have to remember what you do so that the next time you can either put a little bit of weight on, take a little bit more grass or make adjustments as you are required,” Mr Gilfoyle said.

In addition to remembering the details of every bowl, part of the skill comes from reading the conditions of the green – the length of the lawn can impact the speed at which the bowl travels – and adjusting your technique accordingly. Mr Gilfoyle himself is a senior with more than 30 years of experience, just like the

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the next few months, the Weekender has compiled a list of important ‘must-dos’ before you’re able to laze by the resort pool sipping those delicious pina coladas… • Before you leave the office on that glorious fi nal day of work make sure you turn on your email autoresponse. Even if you plan to check your email while you’re away this will ease the pressure to answer your

Devise a plan to ensure your mail doesn’t pile up.

emails quickly and will reduce the number of emails you’ll get sent. • Tell your credit card company you plan to use your card away from home. Th is prevents the company blocking your card due to them thinking it has been stolen. • Hold all your mail and newspapers for the duration of your trip. Thi s prevents thieves from knowing

you’re away. • Consider having a friend, relative or neighbour keep an eye on your house when you’re gone. Get them to pick up your mail, put the garbage out on bin night and even water your plants. • If you have a lawn and are going to be away for a long time, arrange to have somebody cut it. • If you live in an area where break-ins

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he Penrith Health and Education Precinct (PHEP) is the flagship initiative of the PBA, chosen as a priority because of its demonstrable impact on job creation. It is estimated that one third of new jobs in Penrith will arise from the health, social assistance and education sectors and planning for PHEP is therefore critical to the growth of Penrith as a regional city linked to more high quality local jobs. Between 2006 and 2011, some 5,900 jobs were created in Penrith with 34 per cent of these jobs in the health and education sector. Th is is in line with the national trend with health and social services now contributing more to job creation that retail, which has dominated the jobs markets for many years. In 2010 PBA established an expert Taskforce chaired by well known local businessmen Greg Allchin to help plan for the development of PHEP in partnership with all key players in the Precinct (the two hospitals, Sydney University Medical School, UWS, TAFE and others), Council, state government agencies and PBA. As a result of our efforts PHEP is now listed in the Sydney Metro Strategy as a potential specialised centre and we expect further announcements on service and infrastructure provision to PHEP in the next rendition of the Metro Strategy early next year. While the Taskforce has been meeting regularly a key workshop next Monday facilitated by well known identity, Prof Ed Blakely will reassess plans for PHEP and identify key medium and long term priorities. Bijai Kumar is the CEO of the Penrith Business Alliance

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ulnerability is the birthplace of creativity, innovation and change, Dr Brene Brown said. What a challenging statement! Most female business owners are attempting to project an image of strength and confidence, so how does this statement stand alongside that? Surely with our staff we do not want to be ‘vulnerable’ – is that not a sign of weakness? We need to fi rst look at what vulnerability means. In this context, Brene Brown is referring to being open, honest and transparent (rather than possibly our typical defi nition that relates more to ‘weakness’). Anyone who studies culture and people (or if you have been around the block enough times) will likely agree that showing your ‘true self’ (including areas you are not proud of, or mistakes you have made) gives people the opportunity to relate to each other in a real and meaningful way. Projecting an image of perfection does not inspire collaboration or a sense of community in your workplace or team. In fact, it can have the opposite effect: behaving as though there are never problems or that you are not bothered by anything will make you seem like you don’t care and that you can’t understand what your team is experiencing. Attainment of your business goals will be best achieved when your team can see that you are indeed human – and humans sometimes fail or falter. Recognising and embracing this fact means that you and your team can be prepared for mistakes and thinking creatively in times of crisis will be easier. Michelle Grice is the founder of Shel Design, a graphic design and web design company: www.sheldesign.com.au

POSITION AVAILABLE FOR A NEW BOARD MEMBER WITH OUR CORPORATION The Penrith CBD Corp have a vacancy for a proactive voluntary Board Member who can demonstrate skills required to work in a team environment.

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hese days, Christmas shopping can be as easy as the click of a button and can take less than half an hour, without requiring you to move from the comfort of your lounge room or study. The convenient and time-effic ient nature that Internet shopping provides is drawing more and more people in, especially during the Christmas period. Anything from gift buying to party-wear purchasing can be done over the Internet and research has shown that 85 per cent of Australians are doing it. The Western Weekender this week spoke with local shoppers in an attempt fi nd out where they stand on Internet shopping, discovering that over 50 per cent of those we spoke to are regular Internet shoppers and those who don’t do it regularly, don’t do it at all. “I don’t have time to shop in the shops. I Internet shop all the time. It is convenient and I often fi nd I can get some really good deals. I don’t have to have cash on me either – it all goes through the credit card. It is just really easy,” said one Glenmore Park shopper. “I have never shopped online and I don’t believe that I will ever shop online,” said another, from Kingswood. Every person spoken to by the Weekender agreed that Internet shopping is increasing and that local stores are in jeopardy, with some flatly refusing to shop online in a bid to help out small businesses

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in Penrith. Lenore’s Boutique in Riley Street has an online component to the business but according to owner, Lenore McGuinness, there is no way to compete with onlineonly stores. “Independent boutiques and stores are never going to be able to compete with large online stores. The smaller stores need to focus on their personality in order to compete,” she said. “The public needs to realise that if we don’t support our local retailers, our young

kids are not going to have a job. There will just be big factories with just five workers packing things into boxes as opposed to 10 small stores in town.” According to NAB research, Australian online retail sales rose to $14.1 billion in the year to July 2013, which is equivalent to just over six per cent of our total retail expenditure. Although online shopping is on the rise, the majority of shopping is still being carried out in “bricks and mortar” stores – by four out of five Australians.

What local shoppers said Debbie O’Connor Glenmore Park “I have been Internet shopping for the last three years, it’s a time saver as well. I don’t have time; I work and I have kids so I don’t have time to go to the shops especially on my own. Christmas is even better because I am South African and all my family is in South Africa so I can purchase online and get it delivered straight there.” Flavia Pellegrino, Kingswood “I don’t like to shop online because you are taking other people’s jobs away and shops will close. Online shopping is getting bigger but what about these little people – there won’t be work for anyone. We have to think about these little shops.” Ryan Clarke, Penrith “I have pretty much fi nished my Christmas shopping. I am a little embarrassed but I am not that good on a computer and plus I don’t like to give my bank details over the Internet so I just steer clear of it completely.”

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s local seniors continue to embrace technology, more and more smartphone app developers are starting to take notice. According to a recent survey, people over the age of 55 are snapping up smartphones faster than any other age group. There are hundreds of apps out there dedicated to seniors and we’re going to let you in on five of the best. 1. iTriage – Created by two Emergency Room doctors, this app helps you quickly fig ure out if those symptoms you are having are caused by a medical condition and if you need treatment. If so, iTriage fi nds the nearest hospital, emergency room, urgent care facility, pharmacy and more and then

provides maps and directions. iTriage is free and works with Apple and Android devices. 2. RxmindMe Prescription – Th is app makes it easy to remember to take your medication with reminders that are simple to set up and flexible. Another great feature of the app is Prescription Quantity, which counts down the number of pills you have left so you know when it’s time for a refi ll. RxmindMe Prescription is free and works with Apple devices. 3. Skype – Th is app has been around for years and is the best when wanting to communicate with long distance friends or relatives. Skype allows you to make high quality video or voice-only calls to

anyone. It’s free if the person you’re calling also has Skype. It works with Apple and Android devices. 4. A Story Before Bed – Using a webcam, grandma or grandpa can read a story from the A Story Before Bed library and send the recording to the grandkids. Children can listen to the story over and over again while watching their grandparent read the book. A Story Before Bed is free and works with iPhone and iPad. 5. TuneIn Radio – Th is app lets you listen to the world’s radio with music, sports, news, talk and comedy streaming from every continent. You’ll never miss Alan Jones or Ray Hadley again. TuneIn Radio is free, working with Apple and Android phones.

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or the over 65-year-olds, the question of how to stay in contact with friends and family when travelling is a good one. Many fi nd the topic overwhelming with a wealth of phrases they don’t understand like ‘Wi-Fi’ or ‘hotspot’. And then there is the looming fear that the cost to stay connected while overseas could be outrageous. There are quite a few options out there but the most important thing is to know exactly where you are going fi rst – this will determine which option best suits your travels. Your electronic devices won’t do you much good if you can’t connect to the Internet or a mobile network. The best way to prepare for using your mobile or laptop on your trip is to begin researching connectivity well before your departure date. Mobile phone technology varies from country to country. You’ll want to check to see if your phone will work at your destination. If you own a ‘locked’ phone and plan to travel to Europe or Asia, you may wish to rent or buy a prepaid mobile in that country to use on your trip. Whichever option you choose, do not make the mistake of sending copious amounts of photos home via mobile phone; your bill is likely to be extremely high if you use it to send photos. Here’s some options to consider:

Free Wi-Fi hotspots Th is is the simplest and cheapest option, but also the most limited. A hotspot is a location that offers Internet access over a wireless local area network. Hotspots typically use Wi-Fi technology. You can connect to this free Internet using any Wi-Fi enabled device (most laptops, tablets and desktops with Wi-Fi adapters) and browse the web, check e-mail or do online tasks. It is important to note, Wi-Fi hotspots are not the most secure option for accessing online banking or other personal information. AirCards AirCards are an alternative to relying on wireless Internet hotspots. An AirCard is a high speed wireless broadband card that gives users mobile Internet access on their laptops. Typically, AirCards only make fina ncial sense for frequent travellers because you must purchase the AirCard, subscribe to a data plan – typically through a network company (Vodafone, Telstra, Optus etc) – and keep your usage at a reasonable level. Unplug and go without: Th is isn’t an option for many people, but for those who can it’s surprisingly nice to take some time where you don’t check e-mail, read Facebook or view the latest breaking news. Th is kind of Internet vacation can be a good way to unwind from the always-on world.

Tim Reid, Lend Lease Regional Sales Manager, NSW. Lend Lease is the largest operator, owner and developer of senior living communities in Australia & New Zealand

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ith Seniors Week 2014 shaping up to be another big event, Penrith Council has decided to hand out over $6,000 to local community organisations wanting to contribute to the annual event. From March 16 to 23 next year, the focus will be on the area’s older citizens – including two concerts at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and St Marys Corner Memorial Hall encouraging seniors to stay in touch and active in the community. But of equal importance are smaller events and projects administered by Penrith organisations. Nine projects will receive a share of $6,054 offering activities from playdates and pictorial displays through to luncheons and school visits. Penrith Women’s Health Centre has been given $1,200 for a project linking Llandilo seniors with students at Xavier College. The Chinese community in Llandilo will share personal testimonies and photos, which the students will then produce using graphic design skills as a presentation, pamphlets and posters. The Seniors Ladies Train Travellers will celebrate the coming together of the oldest and youngest members of the Penrith community by visiting York Public School to partake in a number of activities with the students. A colourful cultural celebration, the Enosis Greek Seniors Group St Marys will

Seniors leaving the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, which will be part of Seniors Week celebrations next year.

be hosting a fantastic luncheon for people from Greek and Arabic backgrounds to learn more about each other’s cultures. Seniors will wear their cultural dresses and traditional food and dance will be shared.

For those interested in the history of St Marys, the St Marys and District Historical Society will create an exhibition entitled ‘Storm Clouds Gathering 1914’, a pictorial display covering the year 1914, the start of World War I, followed by a morning tea.

Members will dress up in period costume and seniors are especially invited to attend the event. More information on all the great local events for Seniors Week 2014 will become available on Council’s website.

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food – he loves it,” Val said. Val is also a dedicated member of the Penrith community, volunteering at a number of different places to “earn her pension” as she puts it. “I’ve been working at the Salvos store in Penrith since the day it opened, and for the last seven years I’ve been working at Nepean Hospital as a guide,” she said.

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“While tobacco smoking continues to be the largest single cause of lung cancer, it is important to remember the disease can occur in both smokers and non-smokers,” said Cancer Australia CEO, Professor Helen Zorbas (pictured). “The symptoms of lung cancer can often be vague, making diagnosis more diffic ult. The information contained in this new resource will help people identify the symptoms and encourage early medical assessment.” These symptoms can include a new cough that persists for over three weeks, a change in your cough, coughing up blood or a chest infection that doesn’t go away. “These symptoms may be due to other conditions, however it is important to see your

GP or healthcare worker to be sure,” Professor Zorbas said. The release of the resource is hoped to encourage Australian men and women to recognise and act on any symptoms they may have to ensure that if it’s cancer, it’s caught early. Encouraging Australians to recognise the symptoms of the disease has been just one of the focuses of Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The month has also been aimed at promoting the improved care and treatment of the disease as well as highlighting the issues faced by those diagnosed with lung cancer. The new resource is expected to be available in your doctor’s waiting room however, is also available to be downloaded from www. canceraustralia.gov.au.

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ARIES

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

A bored and restless Ram is a recipe for trouble this week! With the new moon, Uranus and Mercury all activating your adventure and education zone, you need to stimulate your mind via reading, writing, researching and stimulating conversation. Plus get involved in plenty of challenging physical activities (preferably in the great outdoors). On Sunday, strive to be proactive in partnerships.

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

The new moon signals an exciting beginning involving either lust or love. Perhaps a passionate new lover, a rejuvenated relationship, or a fabulous fi nancial partnership? Some lucky Bulls will benefit from a generous gift, inheritance, superannuation payout or Christmas bonus. But true love won’t flourish unless you are prepared to face responsibilities and sort out your priorities.

GEMINI

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

Christmas romance is in the air! Some Twins will move into a fulfi lling new phase of a long-term relationship, while others will meet their future partner. Joint ventures are also favoured, as you combine your creative talents with others and make beautiful music together. When it comes to work matters take the time to get your facts straight, otherwise you could end up in a real mess.

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

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The focus is on health and fitness over the festive season, as the new moon wakes up your wellbeing zone. You could also revamp your daily routine or work schedule. One-to-one relationships blossom, as Venus provides plenty of opportunities for sharing good times with your nearest and dearest. Coupled Crabs, it’s time to up the romance factor and make your partner feel extra special.

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LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

With the fiery new moon energising your entertainment and leisure zone, it’s a great time to organise a Christmas party, play sport, study, exercise or go horse-riding. Your creativity is also at an all-time high so tap into the artist within as you play music, paint, write, dance, act or sing up a storm! A fun and flexible approach will help you sail through any challenges this week.

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Are you overwhelmed by all the jobs that need to be done around your home? It’s the perfect week to hone your handyman/woman skills, as you tackle overdue DIY projects and get your place in ship-shape condition for the coming Christmas celebrations. But are you viewing a relative through rose-colored glasses? Clear and open communication is vital, otherwise you may be misled.

LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

You’ve got a pile of work that needs to be done as soon as possible but, with plenty of exciting activity in your communication zone, you’re preoccupied with talking, texting, tweeting, trading witty emails or fl irting with someone special. Be careful that light-hearted banter doesn’t degenerate into garrulous gossip. And single Librans – make sure the person you’ve got your eye on is actually available.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

It’s time to nurture your inner and outer resources Scorpio. If your fi nances are in a mess, be proactive about sorting them out. If your selfesteem has taken a battering lately, then surround yourself with positive people who celebrate and encourage your talents. But beware making mountains out of molehills on Thursday, when your obsessive tendencies could go into overdrive.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

You’ve been running on empty but this week, the Sagittarian new moon recharges your run-down batteries. Expect to be full of extra energy and enthusiasm as you power through pre-Christmas projects with gusto and ease. Tread carefully with a stressed family member, as it will be very easy to say the wrong thing at the wrong time! So aim to talk less and observe more.

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

If you combine inner resolve with outer confidence, then you’ll have a fabulous festive season. But don’t dwell on what might have been. Venus promises love, but you have to leave the past behind and be open to new ways of relating in the future. Moving onto fresh romantic pastures (in an old or new relationship) has you back in the saddle of love again. Giddy up Goats!

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

You’ll be at your wild and wacky best, as the new moon revs up your eccentricity zone. It’s also time to nurture friendships, plus follow up promising new contacts. Look for mates who encourage your talents and understand the unique Aquarian you are. Your motto for the moment is from birthday great Jim Morrison: “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself”.

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

With the new moon visiting your career zone, have a long, hard think about any professional adjustments and improvements you need to make in 2014. The more you communicate with work colleagues, the more rewards you’ll reap. But resist the temptation to be somewhat elastic with the truth on the weekend. You’ll find that 100 per cent honesty is defin itely the best policy.

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If your great grandmother wouldn’t recognise it, don’t eat it! How does fitness feature in your life? I’m a Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach and an INBA Figure Champion. Most people know me from spreading the Zumba love through western Sydney, introducing dance fitness to both adults and children. My husband Jason and I are owners of Krave Fitness; where fitness is fun and you’re like family. Top three tips for good health? • Nut rition: For success in weight control, sport, ageing, heart health, brain health, energy and wellbeing. If your great grandmother wouldn’t recognise it – don’t eat it! • Fish Oil: Beneficial for fat loss, cardiovascular health, inflammation, skin and eye health and neurological health. Affordable and easily accessible! • Get Active: An important part of a healthy lifestyle. The health benefits are immediate and it can be enjoyable, social and fun! A daily ‘must do’?

MOVE! Each day do some ‘incidental exercise’. Take the stairs, mow the lawn, dance, walk the dog, wash the car, cycle to work, get off the bus a couple of stops early!

What type of activity/exercise do you enjoy the most? Strength Training – feeling strong. Dance Fitness – cardio happiness. Yoga – saying thank you to my body!

Biggest health/fitness misconception? Lifting weights will make women bulky! NO it won’t! As a Figure Competitor eating six meals a day, with correct supplementation, training six days a week, lifting heavy, getting the required amount of sleep, keeping stress levels at a minimum and with all planets aligned – it is still incredibly difficult to make muscle! Lifting weights will make you stronger, have better muscle defi nition, lose body fat, decrease risk of osteoporosis, reduce risk of disease and feel fantastic!

How do you stay motivated when it’s so easy to just ‘take it easy’? It’s important to have goals. I stay motivated by my goals and my long term goal of being fit, healthy and living longer to enjoy life with my kids and one day my grandkids!

What do you consider the biggest benefit of being fit and healthy? Feeling amazing and living longer to enjoy a healthy future with your loved ones. If you had a crystal ball and you could see what the future held would you invest more time looking after your health now?

Freestyle – anything else you want to say? The future in health and fitness starts with our children. Children learn what they live. We need to educate them on making the right nutrition choices and on the effects of preservatives, transfats, salt, refine d grains, corn syrup, chemicals and refi ned sugars have on the body. Children’s little organs need to work hard to detox their bodies of all the terrible things we are putting in.

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JEWELLER ON DUTY by Matthew Ely

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he great thing about fashion is that it is inclusive of everyone; no matter where you are from, what sex you are, what you look like or how old you are, you can be and most certainly are a part of the fashion world. You don’t have to follow the trends of the time or keep up with the latest fashion news – by simply buying and wearing clothes, you are contributing to fashion. The sad thing is that often, fashion is thought to be relevant only to thin, pretty, twenty-something women, which is so far from the truth. Just last week I was chatting with some over 55’s and one lovely woman expressed her disappointment with the fact that a mature aged model is hard to find . I took this as a challenge, scouring through magazines of all kinds and directed at all ages, fi nding that older models are almost nonexistent – except for one special feature in a high-end fashion shoot that I found. Why this would be the case, I am not sure – just because you are ageing doesn’t mean you will stop caring about the things you love when you are younger. Plus, older people still wear clothes! The misconception that fashion is only relevant to thin people is also ridiculous – all you have to do is take a look around where you shop and there are plus-size clothes and models everywhere. There are designers dedicated to creating sexy and practical clothes for curvy women. I can see how people could come to the misconception though; it comes back to advertising. The same goes for the other misconception that I mentioned, about pretty women – have you ever seen an unattractive model? Plus, what about all the men? It seems to me that most brands and stores are marketing to the minority – that being skinny, pretty women, as opposed to the rest of us. Maybe they realise that everyone, regardless of who we are, will buy clothes anyway and can’t be bothered changing the industry or, maybe they just haven’t discovered how much more they could sell if they marketed to the average man or woman.

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FOR THE FIRST TIME REALLY NOTICED THE LACK OF OLDER PEOPLE IN ONE OF THE FASHION MAGAZINES I USUALLY BUY. I AM SURE THAT I WILL STILL BE READING THEM WHEN I AM OLDER – I WISH THEY KNEW THAT!

ot just a diamond, it’s now a PINK diamond! We welcomed pink diamonds into our store not too long ago and the reception they have had, far surpassed our expectations. Keeping this is mind; I included pink diamonds in my latest competition piece. I was recently commissioned by our pink diamond supplier, Pink Kimberly, to design and hand-make a piece as a joint entry in the Diamond Guild of Australia Awards. About six weeks ago, I found out I was a fi nalist, one of three in Australia for the category. The exciting, yet nerve-racking part is that we will fi nd out this week if we win. I will be sure to let you know how ‘Illoura’ fairs against the competition. As I mentioned last week, pink has taken over the jewellery industry. Pink diamonds in particular, are the pinnacle of diamond jewellery. It is a mystery as to why pink diamonds are pink. Scientists have researched and still do not have the answer. It is a natural phenomenon that is constantly being investigated. We do know that they are part of the type IIa diamond group, which make up about 1-2 per cent of the world’s diamonds. These diamonds, titled “beyond rare” by Argyle, are just that. Pink diamonds comprise less than one tenth of one per cent of Argyle’s annual diamond production. People are buying pink diamonds all over the world, for all sorts of reasons. Some just adore the idea of owning their piece of Australia, others for investment and then for love. By giving one of the rarest items in the world, you are symbolising your love in style! Pink diamonds can be worth 50 times more than a white one of comparable quality and size, and often cannot be replaced. Having said this, we had our customers in mind when we introduced the pink diamond range into our store. The aim was to have pink diamonds available to all, at an affordable price.

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eople who start exercising late in life can still reap the benefit of good health, a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine says. Researchers tracked the health of nearly 3,500 people whose average age was 64, for more than eight years. People who already had a record of sustained and regular exercise, meaning vigorous activity at least once a week, boosted their likelihood of ‘healthy ageing’ sevenfold more than compared to people with a lifestyle of persistent inactivity. ‘Healthy ageing’ was rated by an absence of major diseases and disabilities, good mental health and the ability to maintain social connections. The gain even among newcomers to exercise was roughly triple. “Significant health benefits were... seen among participants who became physically active relatively late in life,” the paper, released on Monday, said. Without regular workouts, maximum aerobic power falls in men by up to half between the ages of 20 and 60. Women begin to lose fitness aged around 35, with aerobic power also falling by up to half by the age of 60. Eventually, everyday activities become “intolerably fatiguing” for older men and women. Another study they published found that relatively high-intensity aerobic exercise over a relatively long period of time reverses these losses and could boost maximal aerobic power by 25 per cent. Long-term aerobic training can maintain or restore aerobic power in later life. The effect is the equivalent of turning back the biological clock for older people by up to 12 years. The level of exertion should be enough to raise the heart rate to 120 beats a minute or higher, which includes a brisk walk and swimming.

holesterol is essential for our bodies to function correctly, but a balance of good and bad cholesterol in our body needs to be maintained. Th is can be a little confusing and many people do not realise they need some types of cholesterol to maintain good health. When someone tells me they have high cholesterol, I ask “What is your HDL and LDL cholesterol levels?” They often don’t know. The y have been told their total cholesterol number, not the break-up of their cholesterols. HDL is the ‘good’ cholesterol and LDL is the ‘bad’ cholesterol and it’s important to know these two numbers. Th is helps get a clearer idea of your cholesterol levels and how they should be treated. Cholesterol is simply a type of fat that is essential for our body’s processes. Our bodies convert fats in food into cholesterol which travel in the blood to where it is needed. When bad cholesterol levels get too high, these build up in the arteries and block blood flow. Thi s can increase the chances of developing high blood pressure, cancer, heart attack, heart disease and stroke. Eating too many foods high in trans fats and saturated fats is what mostly causes high levels of bad cholesterol. Trans fats are normally found in bakery products like pastries, cakes, pies and biscuits. Saturated fats come mainly from animal products like meat and eggs. ‘Good’ cholesterol comes mostly from eating good fats and is vital in maintaining good heart health. You can reduce your amount of bad cholesterol by eating foods that are high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, like fish, nuts and seeds.

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hristmas is coming, whether we are ready or not – and many are not. One common theme at holiday times is that people have looked forward to getting the time off, they are going to enjoy this time no matter what. The n the days off arrive and guess what? They get sick! Ask any teacher, any busy business person or executive. It happens with monotonous regularity. Why should this be you ask? The simple answer is that your faithful servant, your unconscious or sub-conscious mind, that runs your body, has been programmed by you to understand that when you are working you cannot afford to be sick – too busy – too much to do – can’t afford to lose the job. Therefore you get away with all sorts of health damaging behaviours such as poor sleep, late nights, too much alcohol, stress of all kinds. Yes, you get away with these for a while because your subconscious knows that there is coming a time when you will not have to work, a time called holiday, and when holiday time comes you don’t have to work so the penalty for unhealthy behaviour is paid. If you want to have a great holiday break, see your naturopath and start now on supporting your health. • Get adequate sleep. • Start taking a high quality multivitamin and get at least 2,000mg quality vitamin C. • Get off the fast foods and packaged meals and get into lots of vegetables; lightly cooked or raw. • Get a moderate amount of exercise. • Take something that will clean your lymph system and improve your immune system and for goodness sake stop telling yourself you are not stressed and take something for stress (anyone who is breathing and not a Zen monk in a Himalayan temple IS STRESSED).

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he silly season is in full swing with only four weeks until Christmas. The shops are getting busier and if you’re anything like me you’ll be starting to panic about how much shopping you still need to do. To save your hip pocket just remember to be sensible with your purchases and don’t impulse buy. I’ve put together a few tips to help you with this: • make a list and stick to it • have a budget for each gift and don’t stray from the budget • plan your menu for Christmas lunch or dinner and take a list with you when you hit the supermarket • don’t shop in the supermarket when you’re hungry • leave the kids at home when you go out to get those presents • try to get into the shops early before the rush For those functions you need to attend have a look in your wardrobe and wear something you already have. Do you really need a new outfit or shoes? And remember you don’t have to accept every invitation to catch up. Constant Christmas functions can be costly and tiring! Hope these tips help you with your Christmas shopping and celebrations.

John Miller-Crispe is a Senior Naturopath with Abundant Life & Health Naturopathic Clinic

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n the years leading up to the birth of Jesus, there was a great sense of expectation in ancient Israel. The people knew that God had promised to turn things around. The Bible tells us about Simeon, a man who “was waiting for Israel to be saved”. When Simeon fi rst saw Jesus shortly after his birth, he knew that his wait was over. We read how when Simeon saw Jesus, he cried out to God in prayer, “With my own eyes I have seen your salvation.” Simeon knew that in sending Jesus, God had kept his promise. A new hope had been born; light and life had come to the world. Now at last, Simeon had peace! All of us are waiting for something; for holidays, for school to fi nish, for life to take a turn for the better. Waiting for Christmas! As we read these words from the Bible, we know that for so many of the things for which we wait, they will not bring the relief for which we were hoping. Holidays will come, but in a few short weeks we will be back at work! The rush of Christmas will be over, but the rush of something else will soon be here! While many people are waiting for something better, they miss the real life that is found in Jesus. You don’t have to wait for Christmas Day to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the one who was born to save us, to give us peace and real hope. Today, you can look to Jesus and put your hope in him, and like Simeon, you too can know that your wait is over!

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• Ducted a/c, gas cooking & dishwasher • 3 oversized bedrooms with built-in robes • Rumpus room upstairs • 2 bathrooms, 3 toilets • Current rent $465.00 per week • So close to schools & shopping centre

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Just Perfect For In-Law Accommodation • 4 living areas, modern decor • 2 kitchens + a dishwasher • Generous sized bedrooms • 3 split system air conds. • Beautifully landscaped backyard + 2 sheds • Faultless presentation throughout

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Wallacia - Northumberland Green Totally renovated inside & out

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single storey brick home – fully fenced & secure 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 car garage & 1 car off-street main bedroom with built-ins & ensuite open kitchen with views to rear garden two separate living areas internal laundry & garage access outdoor entertaining | BBQ area landscaped gardens garden shed

CAMBRIDGE PARK This Place Has Everything

This wonderful family home is of impeccable quality & ready for a new family. Built in 2007 & having recently undergone a cosmetic renovation, this property has a north | south aspect, allowing loads of natural light to filter through the home. There are two living areas plus dining, a large laundry – allowing access to the rear yard & the lock-up garage & three spacious bedrooms. The kitchen has the latest appliances & is wonderfully designed for many fine meals to be cooked for the family. The sunny rear yard boasts a paved courtyard which is shaded for entertaining & enjoying a BBQ + there is plenty of grass for the kids to play. The home is fully fenced & has low maintenance landscaped gardens. The property has side access around the house & has solar power for energy & water heating. This property is close to local shops, schools & public transport.

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Attention tradies & horse lovers! This is the property for you. Everything is set up and ready for you and your horses to live in luxury. Approved plans to build magnificent home if wanted and required. The shed has a fully self contained home inside it with 3 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, living areas and air conditioning, along with this there are the stables, lunging yard and plenty of additional storage. Call today for your exclusive viewing!

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Enjoy perfect privacy and seclusion, this blank canvass offers truly a unique opportunity, occupying a total of 1,359.5m2 approx of sublime land, surrounded by native bushland with views you will love. To find out more information call Dukes Estate Agents today. LOT 1 LOT 2 APPROX

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Defined by its flexible floor plan, light filled interiors and stunning rear aspect, this spacious single level home boast, multiple living areas, large block and immaculate presentation throughout. With side access, detached colourbond (fully lined with kitchenette and toilet) garage which could be used for numerous activities, above ground pool, views to Blue Mountains and so much more.

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• 3 good size bedrooms all with built-ins • combined family + dining floor plan • spacious kitchen + stone benchtops + stainless steel appliances + dishwasher • internal laundry + internal access + rear access + remote door • 2 villas with single lock up garage + single carport & 1 villa with double lock up garage • r|c ducted air conditioning + floating timber floors (main living areas) + carpet to bedrooms • private courtyards + low maintenance lifestyle + quiet location + due for completion early 2014

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• picturesque 5 acres of land surrounded by stunning properties • potential to build a dream home with plans approved • massive shed (24m x 24m) with a fully self contained cottage (inside) • stables + paddocks + storage + lunging yard • gorgeous property and great locality being close to local shops and only 15mins (approximately) to Penrith

• 3 great size bedrooms + separate study • formal lounge room + huge family room • renovated kitchen + dishwasher + ample storage • updated bathroom + 2 toilet + polished timber fl oor boards • split system a|c + wood fire place + spacious undercover veranda • undercover | secure parking + garage + large storage shed + water tank + solar panels • backing onto parklands + side access + close proximity to schools, transport & shops

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• 4 great size bedrooms – 3 with built-ins • formal entry + separate dining + huge family | rumpus room • gorgeous renovated kitchen + stone bench tops + dishwasher + breakfast bar + ample storage • updated bathroom (floor to ceiling tiles) + high set ceilings + ornate cornices • renovated laundry + 2nd toilet + spit system a|c + wood fire place • side access + under cover entertainment | parking + double garage + huge timber decking

A Family Friendly Home

house has 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom (+ a 2nd toilet) & parking for 4 cars kitchen & breakfast room combined large lounge | living area study nook sunroom entry internal laundry large covered entertaining & BBQ area carport for 2 cars & off-street parking for more garden shed

Situated in Cambridge Gardens & close to local shops, schools & public transport, this neat four bedroom home is perfect for a family or investor. The home is fantastic value and ready for a cosmetic renovation. The rear yard is fenced for the kids safety & is a great place to entertain family & friends. The street is very family friendly with a close knit community spirit. Be quick as this property won’t last!

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A fusion of ambient federation charm and modern updates, this magnificent enchanting 4 bedroom cottage is nestled on a 594m2 approx. of private level lawns, fully fenced with an easterly aspect and short stroll to shops, transport and local schools. With all the hard work completed by the long term owners, you can sit back and enjoy this fabulous property.

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• 4 double bedrooms all with built-ins or walk-in robes & ensuites • gorgeous ultra-contemporary kitchen (Polyurethane doors + stone bench tops) Miele appliances + dishwasher + walk-in pantry • large open plan family & meals area (down stairs) + ample storage • upstairs living area with undercover entertainment area (glass balustrade) + kitchenette • massive wine cellar + r|c ducted air conditioning + ducted vacuum + alarm system • spacious double garage + internal access + remote panel lift door • fully landscaped gardens + river access + storage water tanks (grey water)

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Created to provide a superb family sanctuary, this designer street to waterfront residence makes a statement in luxury living in a prized location offering exceptional space and style. Offering an abundance of A1 quality inclusions that you would find in award winning homes, call today to book your exclusive inspection.

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4 double bedrooms - all with built-ins huge master bedroom with fitted walk-in & fabulous ensuite exquisite formal entry + study | utility room + huge gym room gourmet kitchen + stone bench-tops + dishwasher + external server informal dining + family room + upstairs rumpus | custom theatre room double garage + remote garage door + drive thru access to rear yard undercover entertainment area + fully landscaped yards front | rear + garden shed

A statement in style, this architecturally designed home positioned in one of Penrith’s leading streets is a property the entire family will love. This stunning family home with prestigious inclusions throughout is one not to be missed. If you are looking for a magnificent home in a leading street, then look no further. Call today to book your exclusive inspection with Dukes Estate Agents.

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PENRITH

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• 4 bedrooms + 2 with ensuites + 2 with walk-in robes • formal lounge | living + open plan kitchen | dining & family with bi-fold doors • gorgeous gourmet style kitchen + stone bench tops + commercial grade oven + dishwasher + breakfast bar + glass splash backs • fabulous undercover entertaining + ample storage + double garage + internal access + remote panel lift door • high set ceilings + ornate cornices + r|c ducted air conditioning + ceramic tiles throughout + new carpet + freshly painted + plantation shutters • in ground swimming pool + private setting + fully landscaped gardens + cobble stone front drive

Stunning Family Residence

The Ultimate Lifestyle

5 double bedrooms all with built in robes master with gorgeous ensuite and walk in robe sunken formal lounge and dining rooms huge gourmet kitchen with granite benches and quality appliances large separate informal living areas flexible floor plan for in laws or home office ducted reverse cycle air conditioning high set ceilings and quality flooring throughout oversized triple garage and separate out building sensational views over Penrith and to the mountains gorgeous park like grounds and established gardens

Commanding the high side of a beautiful street sits this stunning family residence. Positioned on an acre and a quarter this home offers the size, style and elegance one could only wish for. Offering 5 double bedrooms, multiple formal and informal living spaces, gourmet kitchen with quality appliances, 4 family sized bathrooms and an easy fit floor plan for in law accommodation or home office. Quality inclusions throughout, ducted air conditioning, high set ceilings are just a few luxuries this property boasts. This property is truly a rare offering and an opportunity not to be missed. Please call to arrange your exclusive viewing.

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Situated in a popular locale, this exceptional family home embraces classic modern elegance for relaxed living and entertaining. Offering stylish interiors and private rear setting with sun washed level lawns. The stylish simplicity from master builder ZAC homes and innovative design with exemplary finishes, creates a spacious residence that all the family will LOVE. Book your exclusive viewing today.

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PENRITH

CRANEBROOK

• 4 large bedrooms all with built-ins • master bedroom with spacious ensuite (double vanity) + corner bath + walk-in robe + parents retreat • formal lounge & separate study rooms + huge family room + powder room (downstairs) • upmarket kitchen + caesar stone bench tops + stainless steel appliances (gas) + dishwasher + glass splash backs • formal entry + porcelain tiles + r|c ducted air conditioning + ducted vacuum + video intercom • upstairs rumpus room + balcony (stainless steel handrail) + timber blinds throughout • double garage + internal access + drive thru access + remote panel lift door • double concrete driveway + fully landscaped grounds + concrete entertaining area + terracotta roof tiles

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6 bedrooms all with built-ins + separate study & separate office master bedroom with renovated ensuite + walk-in robe formal entry + formal lounge | theatre room + spacious family | meals & kitchen area + powder room (3rd bathroom) gorgeous renovated gourmet kitchen + 60mm stone bench tops + breakfast bar + dishwasher + induction cooking (Blanco) + huge walk-in pantry clever storage rooms + r|c ducted air conditioning + ceramic tiled floors + ducted vacuum + gas bayonet renovated main bathroom (double vanities) + internal laundry + double garage + curb driveway + paths massive undercover entertainment area (gable roof) + ceiling fans + sink area in ground pool + pool house + bathroom facilities + shade sail + private setting + tennis court + lights detached colour bond shed | workshop | storage 18 metres (width) x 9 metres (length) x 3.6 metres (height) + 3 phase power + alarm + side access

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This gorgeous family home “CLAREDON PARKLANE” has exceptional quality throughout. Starting with the contemporary colour scheme, flexible floor plan and the very, very best location. If you are looking for a property with low maintenance that will be suitable for your busy lifestyle then this property is a MUST SEE.

Resort Style Living

An ultra- contemporary property which has been reinvented to offer luxury lifestyle of exquisite quality and impressive proportions. With no expense spared, this is a family residence of exception pedigree. Orientated to maximise the sun of a rear northern aspect, the clean contemporary lines emphasise a seamless interplay of natural light and flowing space. A superior residence that boasts tennis court, pool house + pool and enormous shedding. This is a property that the entire family will absolutely love. CALL TODAY TO BOOK YOUR EXCLUSIVE INSPECTION.

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OFF THE PLAN – EXCLUSIVE TO JIM AITKEN & PARTNERS

Situated in a prime Glenmore Park location is this opportunity to purchase this Liberty Regent off the plan. Built by Edgewater Homes you can rest assured that you are in great hands with one of the areas premier builders. Featuring a floor plan of approx. 26 squares consisting of four bedrooms, all with built-ins, ensuite to the main, two living areas, an alfresco entertaining area, ducted air, walk-in butlers pantry, double garage and so much more. With a display home available for inspection at Harrington Park (by appointment) buying off the plan has never been so easy.

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OFFERS OVER $949,000

AMAZING HOME, AMAZING VALUE!

What about a splash in the pool? Relax in the spa? DIY in the workshop? This home has something for everyone. You will be the envy of your friends by taking up the opportunity to move into this prestigious address. Planned to make the most of the 2326sqm (approx.) level block the main residence has been designed with family living in mind. Featuring four spacious bedrooms, ensuite and walk in to main, parents retreat, formal lounge beneath cathedral ceilings, formal dining, beautifully appointed timber kitchen with stone bench tops with near new stainless steel appliances and walk in pantry. Three well-planned bathrooms inside the home total four on the property. Entertain in the games room or outdoors with seamless under cover comfort overlooking the inground salt water swimming pool and grand slam tennis court. Retreat to the separate spa room, office and wash room or spend all your spare time in the massive workshop with large mezzanine. Car accommodation for eight cars or use the extra space to make the most of your hobby.

Glenmore Park

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Cranebrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Penrith

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

4733 6999

4735 8888

4739 8800 4739 1111 4730 1122 4751 8888 www.jimaitken.com.au

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Scott

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OFFERS OVER $1,250,000

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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OFFERS OVER $620,000

STUNNING ACRES – CONVENIENT LOCALITY Located approximately 20 minutes drives from Penrith are two opportunities to secure vacant. One block is just shy of five acres in size with the second block just over five acres. The general landscape appears reasonably level and will offer you and your family peaceful views with a care free lifestyle.

CRANEBROOK

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OFFERS OVER $649,950

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

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OFFERS OVER $359,950

HOW SWEET IT IS!

This home is a breath of fresh air with three bedrooms and built-in robes to all. Boasting tiled and carpeted floors it is maintained in excellent condition for the first home buyer or investor. There is a formal lounge separate from the kitchen which is accompanied with its own dining area. The home has an enclosed sun room which can be used as a second living. The backyard is accessible by vehicle through the carport and is a great size. With loads of extras and being close to shops, schools and public transport it will be sought after so be sure not to miss this one.

OPEN HOUSE Sat 30th 1.00 to 1.40pm 13 Marrett Way

CRANEBROOK

OFFERS OVER $610,000

SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE

This wonderful home comes with the lot. There are four bedrooms, main with en-suite and walk in robe and built-in robes to all. This home is complemented with formal lounge and dining, kitchen plus second lounge area, study, powder room and children’s retreat upstairs. There is a double garage with internal access and remote control entry. The home has a landscaped pool and garden area. Centrally located to schools, shops and public transport don’t miss this opportunity, call now for your own private viewing.

Cranebrook

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park Penrith

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

4730 1122

4735 2121

4739 8800 4739 1111 4751 8888 4735 8888 4733 6999 www.jimaitken.com.au

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

4722 5000 WW3650

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OPEN HOUSE Sat & Sun 12.00 to 12.40pm 34 Pensax Road

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OFFERS OVER $359,950

CONVENIENCE IS KEY!

Situated within walking distance to Kingswood train station, Nepean Hospital and UWS, this 3 bedroom duplex with study and a double garage represents great value for investors and first home buyers. Featuring an outdoor entertaining area and sizeable backyard your family will have plenty of space to enjoy the great outdoors. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac a sort walk from schools, shops and parks you will be hard pressed to find better. Call today to book your inspection before it is too late.

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 30th 10.00 to 10.40am 27 Plunkett Crescent www.jimaitken.com.au

KINGSWOOD

Trent

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 30th 11.00 to 11.40am 32 Hillcrest Avenue www.jimaitken.com.au

OFFERS OVER $399,950

SPACIOUS FAMILY HOME

With sweeping views overlooking Penrith and the Blue Mountains, you won’t be disappointed with this beloved family home. Featuring three large bedrooms, two bathrooms and two spacious living areas, homes of this size rarely come on the market. Complemented with a tandem lock up garage, ample under house storage and within walking distance to Penrith Station, schools and shops this home has it all. Call today to book your own private inspection, you won’t be disappointed.

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PENRITH

OFFERS OVER $429,950

CONVENIENCE AT YOUR DOORSTEP!

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. Add your own style and make this cherished home yours today!

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COLTYON

OFFERS OVER $379,950

INVESTOR OPPORTUNITY!

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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OPEN HOUSE Sat 30th 12.00 to 12.40pm 116 Coreen Avenue

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OPEN HOUSE Sat 30th 1.00 to 1.40pm 152 Oxford Street

PENRITH

FROM $375,000

SMALL COMPLEX – BIG OPPORTUNITY

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.

CAMBRIDGE PARK

OFFERS OVER $359,950

POSITION PERFECT

Conveniently located on a 695m2 (approx.) block close to local shops, schools and transport, this three bedroom home is brimming with potential. Featuring a large modern kitchen, two bathrooms and separate living areas, with a little TLC it can be returned to its former glory. The backyard accompanies a large single detached garage with plenty of side access. Consider building a granny flat (subject to council approval) and take advantage of the current rental market. Packed with potential, homes in this suburb are moving quickly so call today before you miss out.

Penrith

Emu Plains

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Cranebrook

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

4722 5000 4735 2121

4739 8800 4739 1111 4751 8888 4735 8888 www.jimaitken.com.au

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TRY THIS ON FOR SIZE

LOOKS NEW – SMELLS NEW – IS NEW

Give your family the room they deserve in this split level home that offers an abundance of space. This home will deliver a lifestyle few can enjoy. * Five bedrooms + study * Split level design * Built in wardrobes * Separate living areas * Three bathrooms (inc ensuite) * Ducted air conditioning * Timber kitchen * Double garage + workshop * In ground pool * Covered entertaining area * Commanding street position * Double glazed windows * Approx 645sqm block. Call now or watch for open home times. Homes of this size are often sought and seldom seen.

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OFFERS OVER $749,950

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

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ABSORB THE RIVER VIEWS

From the comfort of your private balcony or the steps of the front veranda you will enjoy the peaceful ambience that only a river view can provide. * Four bedrooms * Master suite with ensuite + private balcony * Built in wardrobes * Formal lounge room + river views * Renovated kitchen with island bench * Modern bathrooms * Study nook * Timber floors * Sunken rumpus room + views of in ground pool * Spacious entertaining area * Private rear yard * Double garage + with internal access * Approx 834 sqm block. An opportunity only few can enjoy. Appointments strictly by appointment. Call now to arrange a time - you won’t be disappointed.

EMU HEIGHTS

OFFERS OVER $575,000

BE THE FAMILY FAVOURITE

Stretching across one level this huge residence will give you and your family the room they deserve. * Four Bedrooms * Study/Office * Ensuite To Main * Built In Robes * Two Living Areas * Modern Kitchen/Bathroom * Split System Air Conditioning * Covered Entertaining Area * Double Garage * Double Carport * Carpet/Tile Floor Coverings * Alarm System . Don’t stare from the street book a private viewing to really appreciate the sheer size on offer!

Emu Plains

Glenmore Park

Blaxland

Glenbrook

Cranebrook

Springwood

Penrith

Emu Plains

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

134D Great Western Hwy Blaxland NSW 2774

5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

Shop 9 Borrowdale Way Cranebrook NSW 2749

7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

91 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750

4735 2121

4733 6999

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A Statement Of Your Success Resting on just over 4,000 sqm of land and nestled in the exclusive “Vines Estate” is this exceptional Clarendon built home that will accommodate your every need. When you enter the beautiful contemporary light fi lled home, you will enjoy four car garages with internal access and two remote control doors. Loads of storage, ducted air-conditioning and vacuum, laundry chute and alarm. There are four large bedrooms - all with huge built-in wardrobes, main bedroom has walk-in robe, ensuite and opens onto its own large balcony, three bathrooms, main with spa bath and huge rumpus room upstairs. With formal and informal lounge and dining, games room with pitched ceiling and stained glass window. The home boasts a huge kitchen with 30mm solid granite benchtops and polyurethane cupboards, overlooking the massive covered entertaining area and sparkling solar heated inground pool. Surrounded by expansive grounds with landscaped gardens and manicured lawns, plenty of room for football games or a tennis court. There is easy access to the huge 7 x 11m shed/workshop - it can accommodate up to four cars. If you have ever dreamed of a resort lifestyle only moments from Penrith city centre, we suggest you call now to book a viewing or watch for open home times - you won’t be disappointed!

Orchard Hills

Offers Over $1,195,000

OPEN HOME Saturday 30th 12.00-12.40pm, 116 Coreen Avenue

Convenience At Your Doorstep! 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. Add your own style and make this cherished home yours today!

Penrith

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

Offers Over $429,950

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

OPEN HOMES BLAXLAND Sun 1.00-1.40pm

17 Reserve Avenue

LEONAY Jim Aitken Glenbrook

CAMBRIDGE GARDENS Sat 12.00-12.40am

98 Grange Crescent 116 Richmond Road

Sat 11.00-11.30am

5 Poppy Close

Dukes Estate Agents

97 The Sanctuary Drive

Sat 12.00-12.40pm

84 Grand View Drive

Sat 11.00-11.30am

302 Littlefields Road

Ray White Penrith

Sat 1.00-1.30pm

68 Jackaranda Road

Sat 11.00-11.40am

2 Sweetwater Grove

34 Pensax Road 13 Marrett Way 13 Marrett Way

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67 Dartmoor Circuit 9 Dartmoor Circuit 4 Gosling Street

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EMU PLAINS Sat 11.00-11.40am Sat 12.00-12.40pm

45 Bunyarra Drive 60 Brougham Street

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GLENBROOK Sat 11.00-11.40am

5/30 King Street

Jim Aitken Glenbrook

Sat 10.00-10.40am

27 Plunkett Crescent

PENRITH Sat 10.00-10.30am

20 Ceres Street

Ray White Penrith

Sat 12.00-12.40pm

32 Hillcrest Avenue

Jim Aitken Penrith

Sat 12.00-12.40pm

116 Coreen Avenue

Sat 1.00-1.40pm

10 Captains Road

Sat 2.00-2.30pm

99/37 Mulgoa Road

Jim Aitken Penrith

ROSS FOWLER & CO Chartered Accountants

Ray White Penrith

WARRIMOO

Ray White Penrith

KINGSWOOD

Jim Aitken Penrith

Sat 11.00-11.40am

54 Railway Parade

Sat 2.00-2.30pm

241 Great Western Highway

Jim Aitken Springwood Michael Ball Realty

11 Tindale St Penrith

4722 3066

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Friday, November 29, 2013

32/47 Camelia Avenue

Michael Ball Realty

ORCHARD HILLS

GLENMORE PARK Sat 1.00-1.30pm

Jim Aitken Penrith Dukes Estate Agents

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NORTH ST MARYS

Dukes Estate Agents

CRANEBROOK

Michael Ball Realty

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COLYTON 1 Dalton Street

Jim Aitken Glenbrook

MULGOA

CLAREMONT MEADOWS

Sat 11.00-11.40am

Jim Aitken Emu Plains

MOUNT RIVERVIEW

Dukes Estate Agents

CAMBRIDGE PARK Sat 10.00-10.40am

Sat 11.00-11.40am

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GRANNY FLATS!!!

Phone: 0418 248369 or 0418 220430 Email: admin@udlbuild.com.au

► Builders of quality granny flats in the Penrith area ► We take care of everything from plans to completion taking pride in our workmanship ► Call for free site inspection and quotation

AIR CONDITIONING

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT

BUILDERS db Professional Building Services Pty Ltd

SERVICE AND INSTALL Service from $80 Available Weekends

NOD AIR Call Nigel 8916 7402 0413 314 029

Lic. 208275c

Lic 230510c AU 26947

ASPHALT

0418 402 790

CONTRACTING PTY LTD

ABN 41586176397 LIC. 238922C

4774 2227 0419 422 493

Ph

Supplying all your Asphalt Applications WW5994

AWNINGS & CARPORTS

AWNINGS & CARPORTS

PATIOMAN

• SCREENED & GLASS ENCLOSURES • CARPORTS • AWNINGS • SUNROOMS

BLINDS, CURTAINS

0405 107 506

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

Est 1989

FOUNDATION REPAIRS Mob: 0411 487 203 or 0414 827 426

Builders Lic No. 50165C

Lic No. 829 19C

Est. 1974

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

Ph (02) 4732 6595 MBL: 0403 011 058

0419 730 795

Builder - Lic No. 75305c

TONY THE TILER

Lic No: 121977 C ABN: 45 694 859 807

Bathroom Renovations & Shower Repairs Lic R62186

FREE QUOTES

CALL NOW • Glass enclosures • Kits also available • Gable roof specialist

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RICHARD MUELLER BRICKLAYER FREE QUOTES

Looking to do small jobs

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

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

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0418 259 006

BRICKLAYING Lic 83907c

dave@penrithcityawnings.com PENRITHCITYAWNINGS.COM

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

0403 888 028

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Call Joel

PENRITH CITY AWNINGS

CARPET CLEANING & REPAIRS

BATHROOM RENOVATIONS Precision Ceramics • • • • •

GET YOUR BUSINESS NOTICED Reach your customers through the power of your local newspaper. Local people make up to 90% of your customers. Classified advertising is the most cost effective way to reach them. Like to know more...

Call 4722 2998 Be Wise ... Advertise!

0402 725 140

Call Russell For a Free Quote Professional Service/RealisƟc Prices • Carpet Steam Cleaning • Auto Detailing • Rugs, Mats & Stairways • Family Owned & Operated • Dining & Office Chairs • Good Old Fashioned Service • Leather Cleaning • Evening & Weekend • Carpet & Fabric Protec on Appointments Available • Moving House / End of Lease WW3920

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

CALL 4722 2998

TRADER OF THE WEEK

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GRANNY FLATS!!! Phone: 0418 248369 or 0418 220430 Email: admin@udlbuild.com.au Licence No: 196987C

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Cracked Brickwork Drainage Specialist Jamming Doors Pier Replacement 22 Years Mark Phone: (02) 4730 6645 E: a1underpinning@gmail.com Experience www.a1underpinningnsw.com.au

BATHROOMS

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

 FREE QUOTES ALL AREAS

BUILDING REPAIRS

OFFICE 4576 1616 MOBILE 0410 437 558

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

 RENOVATIONS  DECKS  BATHROOMS  EXTENSIONS  PERGOLAS  CARPORTS

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Are you looking for a reliable builder?

• Machine/hand laid asphalt • Stormwater & Drainage • Roads & Driveways • Civil design & excavation • Carparks, sports courts, • Concrete & Timber edging speed humps, dish drains • Top Soil, turfing service • Coloured Asphalt • Bitumen stone & decorative sealing www.australianasphaltcontracting.com

DEAL DIRECT WITH THE BUILDER - 20 Years Experience

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30 years exp.

AUSTRALIAN ASPHALT

S.P.S. HOME IMPROVEMENTS

Friday, November 29, 2013

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

Call David

Shaun Smith trading as

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Licence No: 196987C

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Trades & Services

www.westernweekender.com.au

► Builders of quality granny flats in the Penrith area ► Permanent fixed dwelling in your yard ► Build in brick veneer on slab or in cladding ► With over 40 years’ experience we are your local granny flat builders ► We take care of everything from plans to completion taking pride in our workmanship ► Call for free site inspection and quotation WW5505


Licence No. 189585C ABN: 49559903646

Call Shane 0411 704 302

With Every New Driveway FREE Excavataion and Removal of Old Driveway

LET US TRANSFORM THE LOOK OF YOUR PRIDE & JOY & BE THE ENVY OF YOUR STREET

PAINTERS & DECORATORS

WORKMANSHIP GUARANTEED DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 5 rooms from

$

50 $ 95

• Fast Clean Service

M&J

with FREE can of Scotchguard

Painting & Decorating

All stains treated and deodorised inc. Rugs, sofas, dining chairs etc. Powerful truckmount steam cleaner, quick drying.

Phone: 0419 018 866

• Interior And Exterior

• Competitive Prices

• Fully Insured • All Work Done

• Reliable Service

GARAGE DOORS

Lic No. 44995C

Specialising in: - Domestic Garage Doors - Remote Controls - Repairs and Service WW3530

A/H - 4733 2525

CLEANING

ELECTRICAL

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY CLEANING • Servicing the Penrith Area for over 5 years

Lawrie Sandona Mobile: 0414 822 723

GARBAGE REMOVAL ELECTRICIAN

Kaytee’s Cleaning Service

Local licensed electrician for 20 years Neat work and fair prices

Ph: 4733 7914 or 0432 328 418

• Fans • Power points • Safety switches • TV Brackets

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CONCRETING

• Pools • Garages • Extensions

parts & Guaranteed hip ns a workm

PAYLESS CARPET CLEANING

Lic no. 162002C

Mobile: 0403 773 364 email: allcustom@iinet.com.au www.allcustomelectrical.com.au

on 1300 726 521 or 4577 9659

Greg McSpadden Concrete Services

John Newham

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A Better Service

Mobile 0414 833 356 Phone/Fax 9833 3563

SOUTH PENRITH CONCRETING

www.coochie.com.au

Licence No. 95571C

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

ABN 70 510 279 284

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

0401 646 640 4736 7370

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FREE SAFETY INSPECTION with any electrical Installation

Call Steve 0425 350 721

For your convenience we accept!

WW5842

Lic No 208334C

ADVERTISING WORKS

Qu

ot NO job too es big or too small Fully insured

Call Merv 0418 249 738 or 9625 7740

All garden and lawn services provided including:

0413 032 000 • Hot water repairs • Emergency repairs • New installations and additions • Free Quotes and professional advice

* Mowing and edging * Bindi and weed eradication * Lawn fertilisation * Watering system installation * General cleanup

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

Call Steve on 4735 3142 or WW6009

FR E

CALL

LIC 233 826C

ELECTRICAL

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

Chris Anderson

0416 116 602

GLASS All Purpose Glass and Glazing

HAVE WE GOT A DEAL FOR YOU Call Paula on 4722 2998 to find out more

Unit 4, 11-15 Eddie Road, Minchinbury

FREE Measure & Quote Repairs to Broken Windows, Installation of Shower Screens & Wardrobes

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Showroom ~ 9832 1566 www.allpurposeglass.com.au

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M&L Carpet Laying

N.P. Nelson

Penrith Valley Garden Care

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Lic# 145910C

1800 245 955

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PROMPT, RELIABLE SERVICE

FREE QUOTES

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Call Greg on 0408 868 860 or 0433 345 088

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NO JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL!

Your Lawn Care Specialists for all types of lawns • Complete balanced liquid lawn fertiliser • Weed control eg. bindi, clover etc • Beetle, grub and army worm control Call us on how we can help keep your grass green and healthy all year round. Love that Green!

Specialising in;

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

GARDENING & MAINTENANCE

Coochie HydroGreen

CARPET LAYING

• Driveways • Entertainment Areas • Patios

doors Ezy Glide Garage Pty. Ltd.

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

Jason - 0417 221 822 • Mark - 0417 223 288

moving out

Ring

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

Personally • Decorative Finishes

Glenmore Park

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NEED YOUR CARPETS CLEANED HAVE DIRTY LOUNGES WASHING MACHINE FLOODED OR OWN A HOTEL OR MOTEL

FREE QUOTES

• Big Or Small Jobs

Ph: 0428 271 118

15 years experience

A.B.N. 38087588136 Lic No: 219463C

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MetWest Carpet Cleaning 2 rooms from

EXCAVATIONS & EARTHMOVING

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est 1999

CARPET CLEANING & REPAIRS

Trades & Services

“Where quality, service & great prices come together”

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Trades & Services

Call Shane 0411 704 302

$

ABC SEAMLESS GUTTER DISCOUNTERS

 Box Cutter  Metal Roofing  Rainwater Tanks

9748 3022

Lawns • Garden • Prunning Hedges • Rubbish removal Gutter cleaning All Areas covered

FOR ALL YOUR PLUMBING NEEDS WW3681

PEST MANAGEMENT SERVICES Email: envirocare1@bigpond.com

Call John 0427 784 815

NU LOOK

NUTRITION

PLUMBING

HERBALIFE DISTIBUTOR

LOCAL24HRS PLUMBER 7 DAYS PER WEEK

0408 022 374

Lic 416722C

Call Barry on

HANDYMAN SERVICES BRICKLAYING, HANDYMAN & GARDEN SERVICES

for Wellness & weightloss Call Danielle 0433 323 270

• Paving • Tiling • Cleaning • Painting • Carpentry • Lawn & Garden Services

WHEN QUALITY COUNTS

Lic No. 221280C

Google: penrithhandyman.com.au

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For friendly reliable service contact us on

0409 393 243 or 4735 1175

HIGH PRESSURE WATER CLEANING

DIRTY DRIVEWAY The Western Weekender

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

Before

After

PAINTERS & DECORATORS

mccoy’s property maintenance

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0419 823 215 or 4727 0057

Conditions apply

Surrounding Suburbs

Lawn Mowing & Edge Trimming Garden Maintenance & Trimming Weed Spraying & Control Mulching, Pebbles & Landscape Services We also do PRESSURE CLEANING! WW5779

0438 834 139

CALL 4722 2998

- New construction & renovations - Septic & Rain water tanks - Excavation/Bobcat & tipper hire

LICENCE NO: 236539C

Call your local plumber today 0410

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839 740

A Division of Manning Services Pty Ltd

ROOFING

Lic. 240711C

RE-ROOFING - REPAIRS RESTORATIONS - GUTTERING Local Family Business

Office: 02 4722 9677 www.scroof.com.au admin@scroof.com.au

SECURITY SCREENS

250

1037WWD2245

0406 715 116

$

Everlast Plumbing

PER ROOM

includes Paint & Preparation ALL WORK guaranteed Licenced and insured. Tradesman Lic 196221C

details www.mccoys.com.au or Call 0431 824 003

LOCAL PLUMBER Ph: 0406 715 116 Free Drain Camera Free Plumbing Inspection Leak Detection, Hot Water, Gas Seniors/Pensioners Discounts

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Over 30 years providing a quality service that exceeds our customers expectations!!

•Phone: 02 9834 5887 •Mobile: 0418 479 284 •newmanspainting@gmail.com Domestic Properties houses & home units, Interior & exterior Commercial: Offices - Factories - Retail, Interior and exterior WW5731 www.newmanspaintingservices.com

$0 SERVICE CALL

Same Day Service 24hr Emergency

Blocked Drains from $49

www.everlastplumbing.com.au

Taps & Toilets Repaired

Penrith’s Own!

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NEPEAN MAINTENANCE PLUMBING     

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

CALL GREG NOW ON: 0400 873 805

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

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

Lic No. 4715C

Concrete/Bricks/Dirt Heavy Load? No Problem

BOOK YOUR SKIP TODAY!

1300 785 845

AUTOMOTIVE

ALL BIKES WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE Will Pick Up

9602 8999 0408 441 075

Phone:

or

www.bikewrecker.com.au

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

CARS - WANTED

LOCAL PLUMBER PLUMBER, DRAINER, GASFITTER

GROW YOUR BUSINESS

Sec Lic no. 409002239

save $39

Enjoy reliable professional service with a smile!

WW319 Call Karen on 4733 6753

Geoff 0415 253 252

Conditions apply.

CRYSTAL CLEAR PEST CONTROL Family Owned Local Business for 18 Years FULLY GUARANTEED WORK

Supplier of Security Doors Flyscreens & Windows Grilles

SKIP BINS

PEST CONTROL

’s LAWN MOWING & hGARDEN c u KMowing in STMAINTENANCE CLAIR &

- 24/7 Emergency work - Hot water - Blocked drains - Leaking taps & toilets - Natural & LPG Gas

• 100% Labour Guarantee • Up Front Pricing

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LAWNMOWING

Contact Rob:

from

Plumber - Drainer- Gas fitter

ROOFING

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

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Contact us for a free estimate

For a free quote call Pete on

Ph 1800 600 760 Mob 0419 972 399

1037WWD2245

30 YEARS EXPERIENCE FULLY INSURED & FREE QUOTES

Frank & Olly’s

• • • • •

TOTAL SATISFACTION GUARANTEED WE CARE FOR YOUR ENVIRONMENT

www.abcseamless.com.au

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

PLUMBING T & C PLUMBING SERVICES

WW4927

Reliable Services & Competitive Prices

Sunflower Property Maintenance

Licence No. 173676c

All Types of Gutters Installed

 Continuous Aluminium  Colorbond Zincalume  Leaf Guard Specials

PEST CONTROL

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$

LAWNMOWING

roof plumber, backflow & rpz testing

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

Call Chris on 0404478487 lic. 251075c

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A1 CASH

All vehicles Free Removal

$1000 (conditions apply)

1hour pick-up

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GUTTERING

Budget Painting

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With Every New Driveway FREE Excavataion and Removal of Old Driveway

LET US TRANSFORM THE LOOK OF YOUR PRIDE & JOY & BE THE ENVY OF YOUR STREET

Fax: 9670 2656

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Licence No. 189585C ABN: 49559903646

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“Where quality, service & great prices come together”

Ph:1300 255 626 | 0404 714 714


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Call Shane 0411 704 302

With Every New Driveway FREE Excavataion and Removal of Old Driveway

WW5386 Specialists in all Aspect of Concrete work • Driveway • House Slabs • Patios • Paths

FOR SALE WW5937

CHRISTMAS TREES FOR SALE

Call 0417 631 385 www.kempscreekchristmastreefarm.com.au

POSITIONS VACANT

TRAINING COURSES

EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER

MEDICAL RECEPTION COURSE

Required 2-3 days per week to join our small team of dedicated carers. Located in the Lower Blue Mountains. Email: capijara@yahoo.com.au

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Fresh, manually pruned Come pick your own KEMPS CREEK CHRISTMAS TREE FARM 106 Cross St, Kemps Creek

POSITIONS VACANT

TRAINING COURSES

 FUN JOB 

Energetic Staff required for childrens parties & functions as clowns & pirates. Must enjoy working with children Must be prompt, reliable, patient Various hours & D/Lic & own car essential. Training Provided.

 1800 256 967

carouselclowns.com.au

CABINET MAKERS CALLING ALL QUALIFIED CABINET MAKERS Great opportunity to join well established company in Western Sydney.

6277

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PROFESSIONAL FIRST AID COURSE! Apply First Aid - $100 Re - cert - $90 When booked in the month of November & December 2013 Located Unit 1, 14 Chicago Ave Blacktown 2148 BOOK EARLY, PLACES FILL FAST! Call – 8678 7305 or email mpike@rosertraining.com.au

WW6029

Forklift Training & Assessment - $380 Located at 14 Chicago Ave Blacktown 2148 BOOK NOW SO YOU DON’T MISS OUT! Call – 8678 7305 or email mpike@rosertraining.com.au

Permanent position. Lots of overtime, immediate start. CALL NOW 9618

Westmead Hospital now with Pracsoft! Med Terminology, Reception, Medicare, Computing and more! Saturdays. Exc Job Prospects Govt Asst Appvd. Call 1800 011 123 BOOK ONLINE www.wesleyhealth.com.au

NEED YOUR FORKLIFT LICENCE? When booked in the month of December.

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EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS!

TRAINING COURSES

*Conditions Apply

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For your convenience We accept!

SELLING SOMETHING NEED TO ADVERTISE Call us on 4722 2998

Trades & Services

Licence No. 189585C ABN: 49559903646

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Sydney’s Best Prices - 7 Days a Week - No Obligation FREE Quotes

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

POSITIONS VACANT

POSITIONS VACANT

FIRE SERVICES TECHNICIAN

The successful applicant will be an energetic “people person” who is well organised and can communicate well with clients and staff alike.

Attractive wages and allowances ,vehicle, uniforms, mobile and electronic tablet provided. Immediate start . Send your resume to : lea@hix.com.au Enquiries to : Shane Watts, Manager :0415 478 902

A part of WW5995

WCPI is at a critical point of change and it is part of this role to drive this change internally and externally. Applications must address all selection criteria contained in the Information Package obtainable on the WCPI website www.wyns.org. au or by contacting Valmai Champ on 9673 6133 or mgt.wcpi@internode.on.net Applications close C.O.B Tuesday, 3rd December 2013 The preferred applicant will be required to provide a Working with Children Check number upon offer of employment. WW5974

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We pride ourselves on excellent workmanship and professionalism and the successful applicant will see these values as an important part of their role.

Werrington Community Project Inc. (WCPI) is seeking to appoint an innovative and experienced leader in the above role. WCPI is a community development organisation providing a range of services across the Werrington / Cambridge Park area and the broader Penrith LGA.

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MUST have experience in and a sound knowledge of the above areas and a clear understanding of the relevant Australian Standards, Building Codes relating to the Industry and all aspects of Work Health and Safety.

Full Time 38 hours per week SCHCADS Award Level 6, initial 12 month contract

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We are seeking an EXPERIENCED Fire Services Technician to join our PENRITH BASED team to carry out all aspects of Essential Fire Services testing, inspection, maintenance and repairs including Extinguishers, Pumps, FIP, EWIS, Hose Reels, Fire Doors etc for a range of clients including Local Council, Strata Clients, commercial and industrial.

MANAGER / COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TEAM LEADER

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Automotive

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TRY ONE OT YOUR FOUR NEW UPPER CRUST PIZZAS

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7674KJ

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S E N S AT I O N A L Phone: 4722 9609 425 High Street, Penrith Limited time only

The average adult daily energy is 8700KJ WW6041


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PENRITH

Nathan Smith Penrith Panthers

MASSIVE USED CAR CLEARANCE 4 DAYS ON LY

Friday 29th Nov - Sunday 1st Dec inclusive

2008 Holden Astra 60th Anniversary

2009 Suzuki Swift RE4

Hyundai I30 SX Wagon

1.8L, 5 Speed manual. Low kms & in excellent condition. 15” alloys, power windows, 4 airbags, abs, cruise control, ESP & much more! Amazing value! Be quick! BGV72T

1.5L, 5 Speed manual. Low kms, alloy wheels, bucket seats, power windows & much more! Very Sporty! Be quick! BME28T

2.0L, 4 Speed Auto. Low km. Great value! Roomy! Economical! Reliable & safe! BF27QS

$

9,990

$

11400

$

14800

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer SX

2011 Triton GLX-R

2012 Holden Cruze CDX

2.0L, 6 CVT Automatic. Very low kms, balance of new car warranty, Packed with features, very sporty!! BVZ23K

Turbo Diesel 4X4 with very low klm’s. New car warranty till 2016. Heaps of extra’s. save $$$ of new car price. BK 02 LQ

1.8L, 6 Speed Semi-Auto. Low kms, balance of new car warranty. Leather trim, alloy wheels, all power options & more! COZ65W

$

15400

$

32400

$18900

2011 (MY12) Holden VE Series

2011 Kia Grand Carnival Si

2012 (MY13) Jeep Compass Limited

2 SV6 Sedans, 3.6L, 210kw V6, 6 Speed SemiAutomatic. Low kms, balance of new car warranty. Reverse camera, 18” alloys, IQ Touchscreen with Bluetooth streaming & much more! 8 To choose from in a range of colours! CPW63Q, SV6’s

3.5L, 6 Cylinder, 6 Speed semi-Auto. Low kms, balance of new car warranty. Factory 8 seater! Extremely roomy! Great value! CPW63A

2.0L Automatic. One owner with Low kms & balance of new car warranty. Packed with a heap of options. Excellent value! CJP57D

FROM

$

23900

$

24900

$

25900

2010 Holden VEII HDT

2002 HSV V2 GTO Coupe (RARE!)

2007 HSV E Series GTS

Improved VH, 6.0l V8, 6 Speed. Balance of new car warranty. 19” HDT Irmscher alloys, HDT bodykit, HDT Bonnet scoop, sports suspension, upgraded exhaust & much more! What a head turner. CJK08B

5.7L V8, 6 Speed manual. 82000kms only! Immaculate condition inside & out! Be very quick! GTO286

6.0L, 6 Speed. Low kms & in excellent condition! 20” alloys, Walkinshaw bonnet scoop, Upgraded exhaust, leather, power options & much more! COR15V

29600

$

32900

Mention this ad and receive a

$1000 VISA DEBIT CARD ON ANY USED VEHICLE PURCHASE!* All approved dealer finance will receive a FURTHER

$200 VISA DEBIT CARD**

$

The Western Weekender | Friday, November 29, 2013

$

37800

• Over 60 Quality Used vehicles to choose from • Easy same day Finance *TAP • 3yr 200,000km Warranty Available • Friendly & professional staff • Fixed price servicing on all used cars. • Trade ins accepted

Penrith 4725 6563

Cnr Coreen Avenue & Castlereagh Road www.heartland.com.au

** Finance must be settled by 1/12/13 through one of our loan providers to be eligible for this offer. Conditions Apply. Lic # 18044

Automotive

FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1966

HOLDEN

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BIG WHEEL TYRE MECHANICAL, AUTO ELECTRICAL & AIR CONDITIONING

All Mechanical Repairs- Blue Slip - Rego While-U-Wait

Auto electrical on duty RE-GAS AIR CONDITIONING Interest FREE Finance available * conditions apply WW5202

Automotive

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LUBE SERVICE from $85

includes 5 litres Oil - Filter plus FREE Safety Check

The Discovery 4 continues to attract acclaim.

Deserved acclaim: Land Rover celebrates awards

Bring this ad to recieve

FREE ALIGNMENT

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WHEN BUYING 2 OR MORE TYRES

TYRE SPECIALS 205 65/15 .............. from $75 ea 185/14 LT ............... from $95 ea 235 45/17 ............from $110 ea 175 70/13 .............. from $65 ea Fitted & Balanced While Stocks Last

Unit 4/10 Eddie Road, Minchinbury

9832 3222

and Rover Discovery 4 has topped the voting in the Off-r oad 4x4 category and the brand new Range Rover was voted Best SUV Over $50,000 in the recent carsales.com. au People’s Choice awards. The carsales.com.au People’s Choice Awards are voted on by visitors to carsales.com.au, motoring.com.au and other websites across the Carsales Network. Land Rover Brand Manager, Tim Krieger, said the result was “fantastic” for Land Rover and the leading 4WD brand was extremely proud.

“The Discovery 4 is consistently recognised the world over by journalists and motoring media for its class-leading abilities and is the world’s most awarded 4WD, and we are honoured that the buyers and general public endorse this,” he said. “The all-new Range Rover win is an acknowledgement of how Land Rover continues to develop the quality, comfort and refi nement of the fourth generation vehicle. Luxury comes in many forms, but the Range Rover brings together such a broad range of talents. It stands head and shoulders above the competition.”

OPEN 7 DAYS

Onsite Servicing irs Maintenance & Repa ion at all st In Plus Filter

Mon to Fri 9am - 5pm Sat & Sun 9am - 4pm

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PUMP COMBO Suits Small & Blow up Pools

$

550

POOL CLEANERS FROM

439

$

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At Blacktown City last Saturday Glenbrook Panthers defeated Blacktown City in the washed out fi nal of the Keith Fay Shield and Springwood is yet still to play Blacktown Workers in the fi nal of the John McBride. Last Saturday Kingswood held their Presentation Night with the main awards going to; (Club Champion) Glenn Hogan, (Most Improved) Emmett McLeod and (Barry Copeland Clubman of the Year ) Tony Mansour who received a Crystal Trophy presented by Lorraine Copeland. A Special Award was made to Jim Hannan on his retirement as Chairman Match over the last 13 years. Blacktown Workers President Ray Clegg welcomed myself from Bowls NSW

and Ted Ryan representing the NDBA to his Presidents and Presentation Day last Sunday. After a very enjoyable game of bowls Ray nominated Stuart Waye and Tim May to receive the RNSWBA Merit Badges and Ted presented Darren Fiene and Dave Herald the NDBA Valuable Members badges. It was good to see the hard working staff of the Weekender taking some time out to get the handle on how the great game of bowls is played. Katherine and photographer Melinda took time out to try the game of bowls and after some time, handled the old and new type of bowls quite well. Time to bring the whole staff down for a game now ladies.

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e’s 200cm tall, weighs 103kgs and is only 18. Meet Tom Boyd, the latest young AFL sensation to land at the GWS Giants. Last week, at the 2013 AFL Draft on the Gold Coast, the Victorian junior experienced a rare moment in any footballer’s life – being called on stage as the number one pick. Despite suffering a serious ankle injury in June, Boyd is expected to be fit for pre-season training and is set to boost the Giants’ ever-strengthening forward line in 2014. “With [Jonathon] Patton being out last year and [Jeremey] Cameron being an incredible player, I like to think I can bring a bit of size and competitiveness to the forward line and hopefully a bit of structure as well,” Boyd said. “I suppose it wasn’t a big surprise to other people but, until my name was called out, I really wasn’t 100 per cent sure [I was going to the Giants]. I’m really excited to get started on my AFL career.” The Giants added more depth to their midfield courtesy of the draft with their number two selection, 18-year-old Josh Kelly from the Sandringham Dragons/East Brighton. They also drafted 18-year-old tall forward Cameron McCarthy from South Fremantle with selection 14 and Rory Lobb, a 20-year-old ruckman from Swan Districts with selection 29.

The Giants also promoted young midfielder Zac Williams from their rookie list and drafted 18-year-old Jake Barrett from Temora in the Riverina as a NSW zone selection player. Following the ceremony, Giants National Recruitment and List Manager, Stephen Silvagni, said the was club was delighted to secure some of the finest young talent in Australia. “Tonight caps off a very productive off season for the Giants. We secured experienced players during the trade period in Heath Shaw, Shane Mumford and Josh Hunt and now we have complemented that with an exciting mix of young players in this draft,” he said. “As number one pick, Tom Boyd will provide us with another strong presence in our forward line alongside Jeremy Cameron and Jon Patton and someone who can also play in the ruck when required.” Giants boss David Matthews welcomed the new draftees to the club and wished them every success for their careers. “Tonight these young men have realised their ambition to be drafted by an AFL club. The Giants will now do everything we can to support, develop and help them take the next step and achieve their dream to play AFL football,” he said. “I think all Giants fans can look forward to 2014 with a tremendous sense of optimism and we can’t wait to take on the Swans at Giants Stadium on March 15.” For all the latest sports news as it happens, like us on Facebook at www. facebook.com/westernweekender.

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wo-time World MotoGP Champion Casey Stoner has become the latest Australian athlete to release his own book, just in time for Christmas. Stoner, who retired from MotoGP in 2012 to take up a career in V8 Supercar racing, will sign copies of his highlyanticipated fi rst autobiography Pushing The Limits at Dymocks Westfield Penrith this Wednesday, December 4 from 12.30pm-1.15pm. Pushing The Limits, which was released last month, sees the 28-year-old share his inspirational and remarkable journey from Queensland toddler, with an extraordinary ability on a motorbike, to his decision to retire at 27 with nothing left to prove. For the fi rst time, Stoner tells of his early family life, the development of his riding skills and why his parents decided to sell everything and travel from Australia to Europe to chase the dream and support his aim to become World Champion when he was only 14-yearsold. In the book, Stoner also includes all the highs and lows of his life so far: the real reason he left for Europe so young, his thoughts on racing, the riders’ hierarchy, the politics of racing, the importance of family, his battle with illness and why he decided to turn his back on a multi-million dollar contract. Pushing The Limits is available now in paperback and E-Book format through Hachette Australia.

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elli Sims had always dreamed of representing her state in basketball, so when she read the news she had fi nally made it, she was naturally overcome with emotion. “I was in shock,� the 18-year-old said after being selected in the U20 NSW Women’s team last week. “They put the list up on the Basketball NSW website and when I logged on and saw my name I started shaking. I rang my mum and she was very excited and my dad was too.� In February, the 198cm centre player from St Clair will compete against some of the best young female basketballers in the country at the U20 Australian Championships in Western Australia. Sims, now in her 10th year in the sport, said she’d always dreamed of taking her basketball to the next level ever since she was in her mid-teens. “I started really wanting it when I was 15 and I’ve just been working my way up through the ranks since,� she admitted. “I’ve come really close to making the NSW side in the past. I made reserves two years ago but I suffered an injury and couldn’t play. To fi nally have my name on the roster was pretty cool.� Earlier this year Sims made her longawaited debut for the Penrith Panthers in the Waratah Championship League competition. Despite her side not recording too many victories throughout the season, Sims said she took plenty out

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Jason Scerri from Werrington Country has won the WKBF world title. Photo: Melinda Jane.

“I’d trained the hardest coming into this fight, more than any other fight before.” Scerri fell in love with the sport of Muay Thai back in 2000 after he watched a friend get into the ring and fight. But whilst his career appears glamorous with nifty world title belts and pay cheques, Scerri’s also suffered his fair share of ugly injuries and

setbacks along the way. “In my fourth fight many years ago I suffered a broken jaw and had to take a year off because my mouth was wired shut for six weeks,” he said. “I’ve always got something wrong with me, whether it’s my hands, knees or ankles. But I keep coming back because I

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Figure Skating: Six figure skaters from the Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club returned from the NSW Artistic Competition recently with a number of medals to their name. It was a golden event for Grace Allen, 10, Emily Imber, 12, and Gemma Cacciola, 13, who each came home with gold medals in their chosen divisions. 11-year-old Emily Harris won a silver medal, while Imber and Crystal Hook, 14, combined to take home a silver in the pairs division. Imber has won the State title in Elementary Ladies for both the technical and artistic figure skating competitions.

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ome of western Sydney’s most outstanding athletes were recognised at a gala awards dinner held by the Western Sydney Academy of Sport at Panthers last weekend. The Academy, which provides endorsed high performance training programs for western Sydney’s best pre-elite athletes across seven sport disciplines, recognised the Athlete of the Year for each of its programs. The prestigious Woolworths Limited Scholarships valued at $5,000 each were also awarded for the highest achieving male and female athlete within the Academy’s programs. The event, which was attended by over 270 athletes, family members, sporting, corporate and Government partners, was highlighted by special guest speaker Layne Beachley. Academy CEO, Martin Bullock, said that the Athlete Awards Dinner was a “magnificent showcase” of the region’s best young athletes.

Daniel Gale, Layne Beachley and Noemie Fox.

“The Academy’s athletes represent the best young pre-elite sportspeople throughout western Sydney,” he said. “Th is dinner allows us to highlight some outstanding achievements and the exceptional talent of these young athletes, many of whom will go on to represent at the highest level within their sport.”

• Male Athlete of the Year: Daniel Gale – Golf • Female Athlete of the Year: Noemie Fox – Slalom • Team Athlete of the Year: Jack Noble – Softball • Golf Athlete of the Year: Zachary Kirk • Netball Athlete of the Year: Natasha Strachan • Softball Athlete of the Year: Hayden Mathews • Slalom Athlete of the Year: Noemie Fox • Triathlon Athlete of the Year: Isabella Khoudair • Cycling Athlete of the Year: Anthony Tononcelli • Hockey Athlete of the Year: Jack Williams More details: www.wsas.com.au

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