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GIROTTO QUITS Penrith City Councillor Maurice Girotto has resigned as a member of the Australia First Party, after being elected on the party’s ticket at the September 2012 Council elections. He will now serve as an Independent councillor. “I believe that I am in a position to represent the community better as an Independent,” he said. “I am the master of my own destiny from this point on.”

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enrith Councillor Kevin Crameri fears it might be too little too late to stop the Federal Government from building an airport at Badgerys Creek. In a desperate plea to the public, Cr Crameri said that campaigning by the NSW business sector is drowning out concerns about Badgerys Creek Airport that saw the infrastructure project shelved decades ago. “People who oppose an airport need to start talking to the local representatives. Penrith Council has opposed the airport on previous

occasions due to noise pollution, environmental damage, traffic congestion... the list of reasons goes on,” he said. “Residents from Rooty Hill, Mount Druitt, Erskine Park, St Marys, St Clair, Kemps Creek and Badgerys Creek should all be very concerned about the direct impact an airport would have on their property.” Complaints about noise from passing aircraft on route to or from Sydney Airport were recorded in suburbs such as Cranebrook, Penrith and South Penrith between April and June 2013. Councillor Crameri said with two airports in Sydney the impact would be unfathomable. “On top of the noise pollution, there’s also

traffic congestion, which will no doubt affect Penrith just as it does the suburbs surrounding Sydney Airport,” he said. “And what happens with all the fuel? When planes need to dump fuel they can go out to sea, but where are they going to dump it, on Warragamba Dam? The Blue Mountains? “There are so many concerns that have not been addressed and people need to take a stand.” The Weekender requested an interview with NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney, Barry O’Farrell, who was previously against Badgerys Creek Airport, but a spokesperson said he was “unavailable”. Story continues Page Six

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McHappy Day an example of the community spirit that exists in McDonald’s A giant graffiti wall is on display at McDonald’s in North Penrith, all part of McHappy D ay c elebrations th at t ake place this Saturday, November 9...

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raffiti is an art that often gets a bad rap in the public and media but one local artist is putting his extraordinary talents to good use for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). With the annual McHappy Day celebrations taking place this Saturday, November 9 at McDonald’s restaurants across Australia, long-time graffit i artist Jay Ripts was asked by the fast food giant to transform a six-metre blank canvas into a colourful work of public art to raise awareness of RMHC in Penrith. According to McDonald’s, the wall aims to shed light and colour on the many thousands of students from across Australia that miss out on schooling due to serious illness. The artwork is symbolic of a child’s journey to catch up on their education through the support of essential programs provided by RMHC. Mr Ripts, who found a passion for graffiti after scribbling on tables at school, said he was more than happy to donate his time and art materials because the charity was close to his heart. “A good friend of mine painted a similar wall down at the Canberra McDonald’s and he has friends that depend on Ronald McDonald House quite heavily,” he said. “I wanted to make my wall bright and colourful, so I went with a realistic face with vibrant colours surrounding her. I also left a spot for the community to have a go as well.” The wall is currently on show at McDonald’s North Penrith, where it’s set to be sold off after McHappy Day with all

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f my drive home from work lasts longer than one song on my iPod, I know something has gone wrong. Yes, I am one of the lucky ones who Council and other local bodies want more of: I live and work here in Penrith. Tens of thousands of people, however, travel away from the region each and every day to go to work. I used to do it myself – my fi rst job as a journo was in North Sydney and I used to catch the bus from out the front of my place in South Penrith, then the train to North Sydney and of course, reverse it on the way home. My mother did it for decades, and my girlfriend still does it – in fact, she’s the personal connection to knowing just how bad the rail system can be at times in regards to reliability, over-crowding, cleanliness and communication. Th is week comes news that there were 98 more peak hour train cancellations across the rail network in 2012-13 compared to 2011-12. On the Western Line, there was a 67 per cent increase in peak train cancellations, according to the State Opposition. 45 peak trains were cancelled in 2012-13 on the Western Line, an average of almost one per week. Shadow Transport Minister, Penny Sharpe is blaming what she says are cuts to the maintenance budget. “It is no surprise we are seeing a massive increase in train cancellations when the O’Farrell Government has sacked 450 maintenance workers,” she said. “Th is Government has also disbanded incident response teams who get trains back up and running after incidents on the network. “Cancellations are now a regular occurrence for train commuters and the Transport Minister needs to explain what she’s doing to fi x the problem.” I sought that explanation from Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian but she was “away this week” and my questions were instead directed to Transport for NSW. “99.6 per cent of peak services operated in the last fi nancial year – only four in every 1,000 services were cancelled,” a Transport for NSW spokesperson said. “Spending on maintenance,

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infrastructure and investing in brand new rolling stock is increasing, with more than 55 new Waratahs now on the network. Not one maintenance position has been made redundant under the maintenance reform program.” The spokesperson said that since the re-branded Sydney Trains commenced in July, punctuality and on-time running (OTR) has constantly improved. “In the fi rst three months of operation Sydney Trains achieved an overall Peak Punctuality of 94.3 per cent and an OTR of 94.9 per cent,” the spokesperson said. “The results for each month all comfortably exceed the 92 per cent target for both measures and come at the same time as service cancellations have fallen to 0.3 per cent of all services.” But incredibly, trains that run up to five minutes late are still considered on time, despite Ms Berejiklian being critical of this while in Opposition. And Sydney Trains’ figures show that in September, PM peak trains only reached the 92 per cent OTR target in one of the four weeks, dropping to 76 per cent in the week beginning September 9. It was the same story in August, with just one week meeting the 92 per cent target in the PM peak and in one week, OTR dropping to 57.6 per cent. In July, it was even worse – the PM peak OTR from July 1 to 5 dropped to a staggering 32 per cent on the Western Line and again, only in one week was the 92 per cent target met in the PM peak. Trains actually had better PM peak OTR figures in the same period (July to September) in 2010 – when Labor was still in charge. Not for one moment am I trying to re-write history: the last Labor State Government was about as popular as a fly in your sandwich, but I think one of the big lessons the Liberals are learning at the moment is that it isn’t as easy to run the state as they may have suggested in Opposition. There’s a few Ministers I feel haven’t quite won me over yet in terms of the way they acted in Opposition, versus the way they act in Government. Gladys Berejiklian is one of them. All the statistics in the world couldn’t tell you what travelling on the rail network is like each and every day. Ms Berejiklian needs to legitimately try it to understand the greater problems.

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enrith City Councillor Maurice Girotto has resigned as a member of the Australia First Party, after being elected on the party’s ticket at the September 2012 Council elections. Cr Girotto was the party’s fi rst ever candidate to be elected to Penrith City Council, but he says the choice to quit the party has been a personal one that reflects his desire to better represent the people of Penrith. “I believe that I am in a position to represent the community better as an Independent,” he said. “I am the master of my own destiny from this point on.” The Australia First Party is a minor, extreme right wing party that is generally considered to be nationalistic and anti multiculturalism. “I will broadly retain the Australia First Party platform, that is, to put the interests of Australian people fi rst but I believe that as an Independent I can better mirror the community’s diverse views and needs,” he said. “I understand this may upset some people however this was a personal choice and I apologise to those people who elected me on the Australia First Party ticket alone, however I am still the same man with the same beliefs.” Spokesperson for the party, Dr Jim Saleam, said the party hopes to continue working with Cr Girotto constructively.

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Barry handballs airport issue: It’s up to Joe, says Premier Story continued from front page Instead, Mr O’Farrell issued a statement saying that the airport is a Federal Government responsibility. “The Federal Government has the land. Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has now given himself a $500 billion credit card. If he wants to build the second Sydney airport he can, but State funds will continue to go into State infrastructure,” he said. It’s a massive backfl ip from when in January 2012, a spokesperson for Mr O’Farrell said: “The Premier has said very clearly there will never be a second airport in the Sydney basin because there is simply nowhere to put it. His view is it would cause too much grief for the people who live around it”.

Art goes online State Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres has welcomed the announcement that museums and galleries in the Penrith area will feature on an innovative website from Museums and Galleries NSW, funded by the NSW Government. Penrith Museum of Printing, Arms of Australia Inn, Museum of Fire and Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest are all featured on the new website. “Th is is terrific news for visitors to Penrith and it is also a great resource for locals to access details of Museums and Galleries in our area” said Mr Ayres.

Qantas and Jetstar have confi rmed that they would support the airport. “There are many cities around the world that have more than one successful airport operating with flag carriers and low-cost airlines too. There is no reason why this couldn’t be the case for a new airport at Badgerys Creek, and see both Qantas and Jetstar operating,” said a spokesperson for Qantas. “We are always looking for new ways to provide more options for customers, as well as reduce costs, so a new airport at Badgerys could defi nitely provide us with this.” Councillors had a briefi ng on the airport on Monday evening. Do you support an airport at Badgerys Creek? Tell us your views by emailing news@westernweekender.com.au.

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Local residents are being encouraged to purchase tickets to a fundraising concert for victims of the NSW bush fir e crisis. The ‘You Raise Me Up’ event will be held at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Monday, November 18. Money raised goes to the Salvation Army’s appeal to help those who have been affected by last month’s devastating fi re crisis. Performers on the night include Mark Vincent, Wayne Scott Kermond and cast members from the hit musical ‘Grease’. Tickets can be purchased at www. jspac.com.au.

When the development application was brought before Council for a fi nal decision at a recent meeting, Councillors said there was no choice but to approve the development as the State Government is the consenting authority. Resident, Rob Burndred, said the situation in the past was quite disruptive with regular police call-outs. “Management of the tenancy is certainly an issue given the property is located on a corner block and impacts residents directly on two streets and those homes behind the block,” he said. Councillors said they were sympathetic to the residents’ concerns but said ultimately that the development was legal and that the fi nal decision rests with the State Government.

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ets in apartments and noisy wooden floor boards are all up for discussion as the State Government seeks to change strata and community scheme laws. The State Government has released details this week of its proposed changes to strata laws after commencing a review by Fair Trading in December 2011. “Strata touches the lives of millions of people in NSW,” Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts said. “Today, there are more than 72,000 strata schemes in NSW, and it is estimated that more than 30 per cent of the state’s population live or work in strata. “And these numbers are growing. On average, five new strata schemes are registered each day and it has been estimated that within 20 years approximately half of the state’s population will be living or working in strata... It is crucial that the sector is supported by good, effic ient laws.” One of the planned major overhauls is to introduce technology as an option for managing strata communities. “In today’s world, where many owners cannot physically attend meetings and where other forms of fle xible communication are widely used in business and the home, this type of thinking in strata is outdated and needs to change,” Mr Roberts said. The State Government is proposing to give owners corporations the flexibility to

use teleconferencing and online tools to hold meetings and vote on motions. Managing Director of Stanton and Taylor Strata Management, Robert Banning, said that his Penrith based business has investigated the uptake of technology but has found the industry is a few years away from teleconferencing. “In theory it is a great idea but it is much more difficult to achieve in practice,” he said. “Many of our residents are older and not everyone has home computers or the skills to use technology for meetings.” Mr Roberts also said that complaints about by-laws are a major issue. “The community consultation process revealed that the current model by-laws, which many schemes adopt by default, need to be updated to better reflect changing community attitudes,” he said. “For example... those by-laws that deal with hard wood floors are only concerned with fi xing noise-related problems after installation. Approval from the owners corporation may not be required to install hard wood floors, even though this could have a significant impact on other residents.” Mr Banning agreed that wood floorboards are a major issue for strata management. “We do have some buildings that ban floorboards... and we have some buildings where in the by-laws there are provisions for higher quality acoustic protection,” he said. “Floorboards defi nitely transmit noise to the apartment below, however, we often

Robert Banning will be keeping a keen eye on proposed strata scheme changes.

have people requiring floorboards because they have allergies or health conditions such as asthma.” Fair Trading is also considering relaxing laws on having pets in units. NSW Shadow Minister for Fair Trading Tania Mihailuk said the Opposition is concerned that the Government remains tight-lipped on the contentious issue of how strata schemes will be terminated.

“At present, strata schemes can only be terminated with the consent of all homeowners. However, the Government appears keen to change this to a majority vote – making it easier for developers to buy apartment buildings,” she said. “Developers who want to buy an entire building would only need the agreement of 75 per cent of owners – but everyone else would be forced to sell.”

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PUBLIC NOTICES Notice of the Penrith International Friendship Committee Annual General Meeting The Penrith International Friendship Committee is holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 commencing at 7.30pm. The meeting will be held at Penrith City Council’s Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith, in the Passadena Room, Level 1. The Penrith International Friendship Committee aims to foster friendship, communication and understanding between people internationally. It also encourages and facilitates the participation of the people of Penrith in cultural, educational, sporting and social activities with international links established by the City. All interested members of the public are welcome to attend and become a member of the Penrith International Friendship Committee, which would enable nomination for positions on the Executive. For further information about the Committee, please visit www.pifc.org.au or contact Council on 4732 7736.

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Penrith City Council is considering a proposal for the physical closure of Mackay Lane, a pedestrian laneway linking Mackay Street and Troy Street, Emu Plains. Closure is proposed through the installation of security gates and fencing to prevent public access to the laneway. Controlled access would be incorporated into the closure procedure for students attending Our Lady of the Way Primary School. Community comments are invited for this proposal. Comments must be submitted in writing to: Public Domain Amenity & Safety Manager, PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751 or emailed to council@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au before 4pm Wednesday, 13 November 2013.

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DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION The following development application has been received by Council: s Blake Andrew Parsons

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s Maryland Development Company Pty Ltd DA13/1221 Lot 8 DP 1176874, 14–52 Cullen Avenue, Jordan Springs Proposed 4 x lot subdivision for the future development of residential, education, oval and riparian corridor works The proposal is an Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the NSW Rural Fire Service – Rural Fires Act 1997 and Office of Water – Water Management Act 2000 Section 89, 90 & 91. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the

Proposed Adoption of the Asbestos Policy

to 11 December 2013.

Council has recently developed an Asbestos Policy that provides details on Council’s commitment to asbestos management as an organisation and for the community. The Policy is based on the Model Asbestos Policy for NSW Councils developed by the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities.

submission in writing to Penrith City Council, in relation

Submissions on the policy are invited and will be received by Council until 5pm on 22 November 2013. Submissions should be addressed to the General Manager and can be mailed to PO Box 60, Penrith, NSW 2751 or emailed to council@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

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For further information regarding the details of this proposal, please contact the Community Safety Coordinator at Penrith City Council on 4732 8062.

The Policy is now on public exhibition and may be viewed at Council’s offices during normal business hours until 22 November 2013. Copies may also be obtained from Council’s website. For any questions or enquiries please contact Council’s Environmental Health Department on 4732 8055.

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locations listed below at any time during ordinary office hours, in the period from 11 November 2013

Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a 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 DA13/1221. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Aimee Lee on 4732 7429. 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

Under the provisions of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 any submissions about the policy that contain personal information, such as information that identifies you, etc, will form part of Council’s document management system.

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ocal preschools have welcomed the announcement that base funding rates for centres will increase from 2014. The State Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has announced that preschool children are to benefit from a new funding model that will result in 95 per cent of preschools receiving an increase in base funding, with no service to receive less funding over the next two years. “Th is reform is the biggest ever seen in the NSW community preschool sector. The additional funding delivered through the new Preschool Funding Model will provide increased base subsidies for children aged four and five in their year before school and three-year-old children from disadvantaged backgrounds,” Mr Piccoli said. Currently, each preschool supported by the Preschool Grants Program receives funding per child on scale of how disadvantaged the area is. Under the new model, the minimum grant per child per annum will increase by 44 per cent – from $1,250 to $1,805 and the maximum grant will increase by 75 per cent – from $2,950 to $5,270. Transitional funding will be provided in 2016 as the fi nal stages of the new funding model are implemented. Debbie Pham, Founder and CEO of Kids Korner, which operates centres in Cranebrook, Penrith, Ropes Crossing and West Hoxton, said that the new funding model will change the way her business operates. “We run two components, long day care and preschooling – the difference being that long day care is from around 7am to 6pm and that preschool is 9am to 3pm,” she said. “Because of this new funding model, it will be more affordable for businesses to run preschool centres. “Currently I believe there is a shortage, and many centres are willing to cater for long day care due to the demand from working parents.” KU Children’s Services also operate local preschools and have welcomed the funding changes. “As a provider, the announcement of transitional funding also allows us to adjust to the new funding model over time, meaning none of the families currently enrolled within our preschools will be disadvantaged,” said Chief Executive Officer Christine Legg.


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NEWS CONTACT US ADMINISTRATION Penrith Office Civic Centre, 601 High Street. Opening Hours: 8.30am–4pm. Mon–Fri. St Marys Office Queen Street Centre, 207–209 Queen Street. Opening Hours: 8.30am–4pm. Mon–Fri. Switchboard Open: 8.30am–5pm. Mon–Fri. P: (02) 4732 7777 F: (02) 4732 7958 Write to: PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751. E: council@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

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

MEETING DATES Council Meetings

18 November 2013 – 7pm (Policy Review Committee) – Additional meeting 25 November 2013 – 7.30pm (Ordinary meeting)

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Penrith Council’s 2013 National Water Week Environmental Photo Competition was another outstanding success with Council receiving more than 100 entries. This year the winner of the Open Category for his photo titled ‘Walking Bird’ is Bobins Johny. (see photo on right). Bobins won a $500 photography gift certificate and a double pass for rafting at Penrith Whitewater Stadium. The competition encouraged people to explore our river and creeks and the life they support and to capture the essence of the 2013 theme, ‘Local Water, Local Life’. The winner of the Kids Category was Natasha Webb for her photo titled ‘Habitats in the Water’ while the winner of the Youth Category was Madeline Slevin for her photo simply titled ‘Creek’. This competition is part of Council’s Stormwater Improvement Program, which supports projects that improve and maintain the quality of our waterways and that raise community awareness about water management and water use.

COUNCIL BRIEFS s The Penrith Digital Hub located within Penrith City Library has two free classes to help you find out about the Library’s online tools and how to best use them for research, study or general interest.

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There is a special session for ‘school students only’ on Wednesday, 13 November between 10am–11am and an open session on Wednesday, 27 November also between 10am–11am. Call 4724 9000 to enrol. s On Friday, 8 November get into the Christmas spirit, bring along a gift card to help our local Bushfire Relief and witness the lighting of the Christmas tree outside the Shoe Shed store in High Street, Penrith. Between 7pm–10pm enjoy a very special Christmas concert and see the arrival of Santa Claus and have your photo taken with him. There’ll also be market stalls, face painting and so much more. s Penrith Library will start a Summer Membership Drive from 1 December 2013 to 28 February 2014. Your library card gives you so much including books, magazines, DVDs, talking books, e-books, audiobooks, online resources and plenty more. The membership drive will include plenty of competitions with the main prize being an iPad. Library bags will also be given away to all new members.

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turns, special attention should be paid to the rights of way, which include giving way to traffic (including bicycles) already in a lane, and pedestrians. Just as bicycle riders have responsibilities when using the road, they also have the right, like other vehicles, to use the road and be shown courtesy and care by other road users.

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PUBLIC NOTICE Shared-Use Roads – Bicycle Logos in the St Marys Town Centre

The shared-use roads will promote active transport, and reduce vehicle speed and the risk of accidents between bicycle riders and vehicles. It will mean more room for riders than bicycle-only lanes, decreasing the risk of ‘dooring’ from parked vehicles. Remember, bicycle riders must obey the road rules, including stopping at red lights or stop signs, giving way and using hand signals when changing direction (not stopping). For left and right

This workshop will help you to: s!SSESSTHESTATEOFYOURCLUBCONSTITUTIONANDRULES s5NDERSTANDTHELEGALANDGOVERNANCEOBLIGATIONSOFYOURCLUB s,EARNTHESTEPSTOSOUNDRISKANDlNANCIALMANAGEMENT Details: Penrith Where: Penrith Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith When: Wednesday, 13 November 2013, 6.30pm–10pm Cost: $10 (Normally $30 per person – partially subsidised by Sport & Recreation)

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In shared-use roads, bicycle riders can travel in the middle of traffic lanes, along with all other road users.

This ‘check-up’ for your sporting club or association provides a range of self-assessment tools that will improve the health of your club or ensure it stays in good shape.

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Council is implementing shared-use roads in the existing 40km per hour High Pedestrian Activity Area in the St Marys Town Centre. Bike logos will be painted in the middle of the lanes to ensure drivers are aware of bicycles on the road. Council is promoting the use of bicycles in the town centre, especially for trips less than 5km. While it is desirable for separate bicycle lanes or paths, this is not possible in the town centre.

Light refreshments provided by Penrith Council. Bookings essential: Program 0064690. To enrol into the workshop call Sport & Recreation on 13 13 02, fax: 9006 3883 or email miguel.andrade@communities.nsw.gov.au

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undreds of people are expected to gather in Memory Park on Monday, November 11 to commemorate Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War in 1918. Th is year is the 95th anniversary of the armistice and a minute’s silence will be observed at 11am in memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice or suffered in armed conflicts. Penrith RSL is holding their annual ceremony at Memory Park, and Subbranch Secretary, Mick McConnell hopes that Penrith residents will participate in the public service. “The service will be commencing at 10.40am and we will have involved in the ceremony various members of the defence force and local politicians participating,” he said. “Cadets from the TS Nepean, the 21 Army Cadet Unit and 323 Australian Airforce Cadets will be forming a guard and we will have representatives of the RAAF Richmond Base forming the catafalque party.” Wreaths will be laid at the memorial in the park, and prayers for the fallen will be said, with the ceremony to conclude at approximately 11.30am. “We are hoping that there will be over 1,000 people attending the service, however, we do realise it will be diffic ult as many people will be working. However, we hope that many people will

Offer to students The University of Western Sydney has taken the extraordinary step of making guaranteed offers to Blue Mountains HSC students affected by the recent bush fires. In addition to the guaranteed offer of a study place, those who lost or suffered significant damage to their home will also receive a $2,000 On Track Scholarship. Th is will assist students with expenses, such as purchasing textbooks, stationery, study materials and other equipment. UWS Vice-Chancellor Professor Janice Reid said the University of Western Sydney wanted to offer support in a tangible way. “UWS is very much a part of the Greater Western Sydney community. We want to ensure no Blue Mountains or Lithgow HSC student faces a setback to their plans to go university,” she said. Those wanting more information can call 1300 897 669.

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Remembrance Day services will be held across the local area on Monday.

be able to join us,” Mr McConnell said. The St Marys RSL Sub-branch is also holding their annual Remembrance Day service at their memorial.

A tradition of Remembrance Day is the wearing of a red poppy flower to signify the loss of life and blood shed during armed conflic t.

Penrith’s pubs and clubs were buzzing on Tuesday with a major celebration taking place for this year’s Melbourne Cup, which was won by the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente. From Panthers to the Paceway, St Marys Band Club and Penrith RSL, venues right across Penrith held functions and events to get into the Cup spirit. NSW Racing Minister, George Souris, was among the fi rst to congratulate Ms Waterhouse on her fi rst Cup win. “Th is victory crowns Gai as the undisputed queen of the turf and has written her into racing history,” he said. TABs in the local area were extremely busy throughout Tuesday.

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Alcohol interlocks to be made mandatory

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Blitz in St Marys: Drugs, alcohol targeted NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol conducted a random drug testing operation in St Marys Local Area Command on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2. Officers conducted 237 random drug tests with seven positive results. 1334 random breath tests were also conducted, resulting in two drink-driving charges. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Roads Minister Duncan Gay (left) supports the implementation of alcohol interlocks on cars. Photo: Melinda Jane.

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n an effort to reduce the number of drink driving offences, alcohol interlocks will be made mandatory for high range and repeat drink driving offenders. Alcohol interlocks are an electronic device connected to the ignition of a vehicle preventing it from starting if the driver has been drinking, by measuring the alcohol content of a sample of the driver’s breath. “Road safety experts estimate the introduction of mandatory interlocks will prevent at least 140 alcohol related crashes, six fatalities and 102 injuries in the fi rst five years alone,” said Roads Minister, Duncan Gay. “We also believe there will also be about 500 fewer

drink driving offences per year across the state once mandatory interlocks are introduced.” According to the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, in 2011 there were 22,964 people charged with drink driving offences in NSW and approximately 17 per cent of drink-drivers return to court for another drink-driving offence within a period of five years. Anyone convicted of driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.150 or above, or who commits two drink driving offences within five years, will be subject to the mandatory installation of an alcohol interlock system in their car. NRMA Motoring and Services President Wendy Machin has welcomed the announcement. There is an alcohol interlock program operating in NSW, but it is a voluntary system and has only 700 participants.

A high-speed police pursuit last weekend ended with a bang when the offending vehicle crashed into a power pole in St Marys. Police were patrolling Dunheved Road, Werrington County at about 1.15am on Saturday, November 2 when they allegedly saw two men in a Ford sedan acting suspiciously. It is alleged that police signalled the driver to stop however, he sped off and a short pursuit was initiated. A short time later the vehicle left the road and hit a power pole, ending the pursuit. A man ran from the vehicle whilst another remained trapped. The 32-year-old driver was arrested nearby and his passenger was freed by rescue personnel. Both men were taken to hospital. The driver was later released into the custody of police and charged with one count of ‘police pursuit – not stop – Skye’s Law’, ‘drive while disqualified’ and ‘exceed speed limit’. He appeared before Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday, November 3.

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Teen boy approached: Police concerned A 13-year-old boy was approached in Glenmore Park on Thu rsday, October 31, as he walked to school. At about 8.10am the boy was walking along Town Terrace when he walked past a dark green station wagon with tinted windows. Police were told that a man leaned out and spoke to the boy who quickly ran away and alerted a teacher. Penrith Police were called and are appealing for any information regarding the incident as well as any information regarding a man that may assist with enquiries. He is described as having a tanned complexion, about 40-years-old with black hair shaved on the sides, a thin grey moustache and beard and was last seen wearing a collared shirt. Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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No major incidents on first weekend of Operation Enough in St Marys

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ith no serious incidents, seven arrests made in total and the parties visited proving to be held only in good spirits, Operation Enough kicked off to a good start last weekend. On Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, St Marys Local Area Command went out into the community in force as part of their annual party season operation, as reported in the Weekender last Friday. Police kicked off the month-long operation on Friday night with a Drug Dog Squad attending St Marys Railway Station and a number of licensed premises and following that, police attended a number of the area’s registered parties, find ing them to be “conducted without incident”. “We received a great response from the community surrounding our attendance at these parties. It is good to see that the community is on board with our initiative in order to reduce the possibility of public order incidents arising from out of control parties,” said St Marys Inspector, Jason Green. Just five arrests were made over the evening for offences including the possession of knuckle dusters, drugs and graffit i implements. Saturday night was just as positive, however police did stumble across a number of unregistered parties, including one at Cambridge Park where there was a minor altercation.

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Police were relatively happy with behaviour on the first weekend of Operation Enough, though they were certainly kept busy.

Two arrests – one for a traffic matter and another drug-related incident, were made on that evening. Although the operation was generally positive, police remain concerned about the number of youth walking the streets whilst affected by alcohol. “Whilst there were a number of youth out on the streets over the weekend, no youths were found in possession of alcohol

Local police encourage parents to assist their children in making sensible decisions and recommend picking them up from parties and events. Operation Enough will continue in the coming weeks with a number of Penrith Panthers players riding along with police. Register your party with St Marys police by emailing stmarysparty@police.nsw. gov.au.

which is pleasing. Some of the youths spoken to had however been consuming alcohol at private residences prior to hitting the streets, which is still alarming,” Inspector Green said. “Youths on the street affected by alcohol pose many risks. It increases the potential for violence related offences and greatly increases the individuals’ chances of becoming a victim of crime.”

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Australia Day If you know someone who is making a difference in our community, make sure you nominate them for a 2014 Australia Day Award. Nominations close for next year’s awards on November 12. Council’s annual Australia Day awards are the perfect occasion to honour someone whose outstanding contributions might otherwise go unrecognised. You can nominate a family member, a work colleague or someone you know in the community who is making Penrith a better place to live. To receive this prestigious honour nominees should demonstrate excellence in their field and be inspirational role models for the community. The awards will highlight excellence across categories including Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year and community services. There are more details on Council’s website. Go there to easily nominate someone before November 12.

In reference to your story on the NSW Government’s improved school funding model, I was disappointed that you neglected to mention that 19 of 20 public schools across the Penrith electorate receive additional funding (Not all smiles in the playground, Western Weekender November 1). An extra $1.9 million for Penrith in 2014. Th is represents the largest ever increase in a single year for schools in our community. Th is is terrific news for students, parents and local school communities. The school that had a small reduction in funding continues to be the highest funded primary school, receiving over $250,000 more than any other primary school in Penrith. Stuart Ayres, State Penrith MP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Political stunt

In response to a recent court ruling which raised doubts about the legality of up to 7,000 community groups, businesses, farmers and other groups operating on the State’s Crown land, the NSW Government has moved to provide certainty to these groups by validating their leases through a minor legislative amendment. Without good reason, Members of the Labor Party, the Greens and Shooters and Fishers in the Upper House have opposed the Government’s amendment. Th is is a political stunt which threatens the ongoing operation of

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thousands of the State’s most valued community groups. Despite the Government’s efforts to offer constructive solutions, the amendment will not be voted on until at least the next session of Parliament. In the meantime, thousands of the State’s surf clubs, bushfi re brigades, the CWA, Scouts and Girl Guides, as well as commercial facilities such as aged care homes, kiosks and small family farming activities will remain in a state of limbo. Labor, the Greens and Shooters and Fishers should stop playing politics on this issue and instead support the many community, sporting and other groups whose futures are jeopardised without this essential legislation. Andrew Stoner, NSW Deputy Premier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Dance party to continue

After the overdose death at the Defqon dance party in September, the recent decision by the Penrith Council to extend approval for Defqon for the next fiv e years is contemptible. The Council had an opportunity to show support for the local police, hospital staff and consideration for families affected by drug abuse. Instead they have made Penrith an annual destination for drug pushers. The Council clearly has no social conscience. Jim Warren, Kingswood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Greed is good

Westpac Bank CEO Gail Kelly addressing the nation recently announcing a profit of $7.1 billion brought to mind Wall Street’s Gordon Gecko saying “Greed is Good”. Former Labor Prime Minister Paul Keating who sold off the Australian owned Commonwealth Bank which dictated interest rates and bank fees must be thinking “I knew not what I was doing”. Peter Townsend, South Penrith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

No airport please

The proposed airport at Badgerys Creek will bring noise, pollution and increased trucks over our roads. The noise will be 24/7 with arrivals and departures every few minutes. Planes will circle and vent fuel as required. Have you noticed every undesirable thing is dumped in the far western suburbs? J Robinson, Werrington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Well done to police

It is great to see our local police taking on operations like Operation Enough (Enough is enough, Western Weekender November 1). Parties are out of control these days because of social media and there needs to be a constant crackdown for the sake of our youth. T Smith, via email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Penrith Council has successfully prosecuted a Cambridge Park shop for three breaches of the Food Act 2003. The proprietors of Cambridge Park Fruit, Veggies and Takeaway were fi ned a total of $6,000 for breaches which included problems with pest control and cleanliness. Thi s was the fi rst time Council had prosecuted this business. Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler said Council’s food inspection program is an essential service which looks after the health of the city. “Council inspects all retail food places across the City and the vast majority do a great job of keeping their premises clean,” Councillor Fowler said. In 2012-13 Council responded to 103 complaints and carried out more than 1,000 food premises inspections which included nearly 100 temporary food stalls at a number of events across Penrith. Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler has launched the No Boundaries booklet and DVD initiative. The booklet and DVD documents the creative journey of the ‘No Boundaries’ inclusive multimedia art project. Last year ‘No Boundaries’ culminated in a multi media art event featuring a spectacular art projection on the walls of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. The No Boundaries Art Exhibition is also now officially open, a free art exhibit which will be open to the public throughout the month of November. For further details, please visit noboundariesproject.info or call 4732 7918. Penrith Panthers are set to continue their upgrades to the club, with the latest plans for an extension to the alfresco terrace area, internal refurbishment works and other projects submitted to Council for approval. Students of the UWS Kingswood campus are set to have an additional lunch option on campus with a new Subway sandwich stored planned for the former retail premises at 56 Second Avenue, Kingswood.

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he lead-up to Christmas brings thousands of people into the Penrith CBD in a shopping frenzy, but with the spirit of the season often comes traffic chaos. With the hopes of easing parking and traffic stress, Penrith City Council will be opening up additional parking for Christmas shoppers over the peak shopping period. Temporary car parks will be put in place across the local area including Woodriff Gardens, Judges Place, Derby/Reserve Streets and Council’s Civic Centre car park.

Mayor Ross Fowler said all up, an extra 280 spots would be made available. “Shoppers will fi nd that getting a parking place over the Christmas and New Year period will be that little bit easier with Council providing additional parking during the peak time of the year for vehicle access to the CBD,” he said. “We have made the places available in and near the CBD areas for the past few years. “The additional parking includes a mix of all day and timed car spaces to meet the needs of the many people using our CBD. “Timed parking encourages turnover of cars, cutting down the precious time shoppers spend searching for parking.”

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Nico’s a master of the organ Penrith High School student ticks off major achievements in a rising career

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enrith is home to one of the country’s best and youngest organ players. Nico Tjoelker, a Year 10 student at Penrith High School, recently won fir st place in the Sydney Organ Competition and became the youngest organ player in Australia to pass the L Mus music qualification – and he achieved this all in the same week. “In the Australian music grading system, there are eight grades to pass, then the A Mus test and then L Mus,� Nico said. “I am very proud to be the youngest person to pass L Mus for the organ in Australia, and I was happy that I achieved a distinction, the highest mark possible.� Nico started learning the organ when he was 11-years-old. “In Texas where I grew up, I was at church one day and asked about playing the organ, and have been learning ever since,� he said. “When we moved to Australia, we found Philip Swanton who is a professor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and he has been teaching me since. “I play at the Glenbrook Uniting Church and also at St Thomas’ Church in North Sydney.� Nico showed how much promising talent he has with the organ after taking out the national Sydney Organ Competition. “I played two pieces, the fi rst was Toccata in C Major by JS Bach and the

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living out of playing, but in the meantime I want to learn how to play more diffic ult songs.� But those who think they can make the

transition from piano to organ should think again. “They both have a keyboard but that is where the similarities end,� Nico said.

   

               

 

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At The Courts Compiled by Bayleigh Reedy

$200 fi ne and good behaviour bond: A learner driver appeared before Penrith Local Court this week, pleading guilty to driving whilst unaccompanied as well as a goods in custody offence for taking the vehicle without permission. The court acknowledged the young woman’s personal circumstances at the time of the offences and the responsibility she is taking to deal with them such as seeing a psychologist who has referred her to a grievance councillor. Th is was the offender’s fi rst time before a court. She was fi ned $200 and placed on a 12 month good behaviour bond. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Costly spit: A man has been fi ned $700 after appearing in Penrith Local Court this week. The man appeared before the court charged with “recklessly damage property” in relation to an incident where he spat on a vehicle. The man had been involved in an altercation after gathering with a number of young people, all affected by alcohol in the middle of a local street one evening. The altercation left the man with a cut to his lip. As the man walked away from the scene, he spat on a car beside the road. Th is was the man’s fi rst appearance in court for a matter that was not traffic related so, taking this into account as well as the man’s early guilty plea and the fact that the car was not permanently damaged, his penalties were discounted. The man was fi ned $700. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Forgetful man sentenced: A man who committed a ‘goods in custody’ offence in 2010 before “forgetting” to go to court has fi nally been handed his sentence. Back in 2010 the man was found by police to be in the possession of a number of items which were not his belongings, including copper piping, garden tap ends and a number of other metallic items. He was also found to be in the possession of tools that could be used to remove such items from where they were rightfully located. At the time the man told police that he had found the equipment in a paddock in Mulgoa. The man had a series of previous theft matters including a number of custodial sentences on his record. In addition to the ‘goods in custody’ charge, the man was also charged with failing to appear at court. He was fi ned $500 and placed on a Section Nine good behaviour bond for 12 months for the fi rst offence and for failing to appear in court, he was also convicted and placed on a second Section Nine good behaviour bond.

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Dannette’s winning morning: Local drives home new car

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police dispatcher from Penrith has swapped her run-down old Daewoo for a brand new Mazda 2 Neo, all for just sitting in the audience of Channel Ten’s new morning show ‘Studio 10’. 30-year-old Dannette Bower didn’t even know the new show was giving away a car on its debut episode on Monday, let alone expected her name to be called out on live television by panellist Joe Hildebrand. “When I arrived at the studio in Pyrmont we were told someone in the audience was going to win a new car but they didn’t give us any more details,” Mrs Bower said. “Our names were put into a barrel and then halfway through the show Joe Hildebrand span the barrel and pulled

my name out, I was shocked.” Mrs Bower said she caught the train into the city with her husband but ended up driving home in her $17,000 new car. “My husband and I were recently looking into how we were going to fi nance a new car because our Daewoo is about 10-years-old and struggling,” she said. “My husband was stoked. I took it to his work after the show and he didn’t believe me until I showed him the keys.” Audience tickets to ‘Studio 10’ can be acquired by emailing studio10tickets@ networkten.com.au. The show is part of Channel Ten’s new attack on the breakfast and morning television market, which also includes the debut of ‘Wake Up’ to rival traditional breakfast shows ‘Sunrise’ and ‘Today’. We know that the new format has at least one rusted on new viewer: Penrith’s very own Dannette Bower.

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enrith will jump into the festive season this weekend, with Santa Claus arriving in town and a huge CBD Christmas Tree being launched. Santa is taking time out from his workshop to make two appearances in Penrith over the weekend – fi rstly at a major celebration in High Street tonight and then at Westfield tomorrow. At Westfield Penrith, Santa will arrive in style and parade through the centre with Christmas characters and a choir. When he arrives in centre court, there will be face painting and balloon art

before official Christmas photography kicks off at the Santa set. All of the fun at Westfield tomorrow begins at 10.30am. Before that though, Santa will be at the western end of High Street for a community celebration between 7pm and 10pm tonight (Friday, November 8). There will be free face painting, a Christmas concert, twilight markets and the big lighting of the Christmas Tree by Mayor, Ross Fowler. Santa Claus was unavailable for comment – but we’re told he’s excited about his visit to Penrith!

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n the heart of St Marys, just a stone’s throw from Queen Street is a huge vegetable garden tended to by members of the community. The garden, which was formerly a bowling green, has been separated by Fusion Western Sydney into plots and divided between community organisations, where people of all ages and all abilities plant, nourish, pick and eat their own vegetables. Karelle Life Enrichment Services is one

of the organisations making regular use of the garden. Dedicated to providing skills to adults with mild intellectual disabilities in the local area, the organisation is looking for people to participate in the garden either as a mentor or to learn new skills. “We are hoping to fi nd people, maybe older people with a lot of gardening experience that may be able to pass it on. We want someone with a passion for gardening to pass on their skills,” said Karelle garden project coordinator, Anna Watts. Contact Ms Watts on 0411 831 549.

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history. $127,000 has been awarded through the NSW Government’s Heritage Grants program to the Sydney Anglican Schools Corporation to undertake essential works to the sandstone exterior of the State Heritage Register-listed church. Heritage Minister, Robyn Parker said the grant is just one of 40 being awarded to new heritage projects totalling more than $2 million. “The NSW Government recognises the important role that our State’s diverse heritage plays in creating a shared understanding of our cultural history and providing interesting and unique drawcards to our towns and cities,” Ms Parker said. The St Thomas’ site was originally granted to the Anglican Church in 1831 by William Cox for use as a church and school. The church is a sandstone Gothic revival style building, with Georgian proportions but early Victorian Gothic Revival details, thus being an excellent example of the architecture of the time in rural NSW. Mulgoa MP, Tanya Davies said the church’s upkeep and preservation is important for the local community. “It is one of the most beautiful rural church settings in NSW, and has significance both for its superb landscape value and for the intactness of the

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Featured Event Fernhill Race Day

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You Raise Me Up, a fundraising concert for the NSW bush fire appeal will be held at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Monday, November 18. Mark Vincent and www.joshpyke.com.au Wayne Scott Kermond singing.

The Lions Club of Cambridge Park will be holding its dinner meeting at Henry Lawson Sports Club on November 25 from 7.00pm. Guest speaker will be Kevin Robinson from www.joshpyke.com.au Little Wings.

The Prostate Cancer Support Group will meet on November 18 at 6.30pm at Nepean Hospital. There will be an Open Forum and a Carers Forum at this month’s event. Visit www. www.joshpyke.com.au prostatesupport.org.au.

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Get ready for a spectacular, unique day at Fernhill at Mulgoa tomorrow (Saturday, November 9). Thousands of people are expected at Fernhill for the Picnic Race Day, which will feature a six race card as well as live performances, entertainment and 2GB broadcaster Ray Hadley calling the action. The girls and guys will be dressed up big time as this unique race event comes to Penrith. Amazing prizes are also up for grabs! Saturday, November 9 www.fernhillpicnics.com.au

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

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

The Penrith Museum of Printing is a fully-functioning print shop from years gone by. Come and see some remarkable pieces of history. Open every Saturday from 10am to 2pm at www.joshpyke.com.au the Paceway grounds. $3 entry.

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Experience the power and excitement of Dvorak’s major work on the heritage listed Hele Pipe Organ with the superb Warrimoo Chorale at St Finbar’s on November 8 www.joshpyke.com.au from 7.30pm.

The Mayor will light the Penrith CBD Christmas Tree on Friday, November 8 at 8.15pm. It’ll be at the Community Park on the western end of High Street in Penrith. There will be a www.joshpyke.com.au great community concert, too.

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success in this digital age, launching new “online only” radio stations that are available to listen to over the Internet or via apps for smart phones. “We have our new station, ‘Only Number Ones’, which plays every number one hit from 1970 to now, which is over 650 songs,” Willmo said. “Plus we have our ‘Aussie Radio’ station, which has songs by Australian artists that made it to the top 20. “And if those aren’t to your taste, you might like to tune in to ‘Fusion’ which

plays all the latest hits that are climbing up the charts.” You can listen to any of Vintage FM’s stations via the smart phone app, ‘Tune In’. But Vintage FM is more than just its songs. The team at Vintage FM, headed by Wayne “Willmo” Willmington, can be seen on any weekend out in the community sharing their love of music, at local networking events supporting small business, or giving selflessly to charity.

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enrith just wouldn’t be the same without the faces and voices of Vintage FM, Penrith’s home grown radio station playing all those classic songs you grew up with. Vintage FM plays everything from the Andrew Sisters to the Beatles, Frank Sinatra to Elvis Presley, Peter Paul and Mary, Rolling Stones and more. Th is community local radio station is going from strength to strength with Vintage FM now available across three frequencies and via the Internet.

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he recent story in the Telegraph on our region, seeking a “fair go” for two million of our fellow residents simply reinforces what organisations such as the PBA have been advocating for many years. In a report commissioned by the PBA in 2011 Professor Phil O’Neill had warned that “... an uncontested dominance of the global economic corridor in government thinking about Sydney as a whole relegates western Sydney and its parts to shadow and dependent status, with an over reliance on the manufacturing, transport and distribution sectors, and the growing likelihood that western Sydney’s new suburbs will function increasingly as labour market dormitories for workers resigned to long daily journeys to jobs located elsewhere.” The number of people that leave not only Penrith but the region to work outside our communities has reached disturbing levels and the trend is likely to continue unless we restructure our local and regional economy to build capacity for not only more local jobs but jobs that are attractive to tens of thousands of qualified professionals who earn significantly more and can inject massive impetus to local trade, particularly in the CBD. Western Sydney is a very diverse region with massive infrastructure backlog and in need for critical services outlined in the Telegraph story. However we also have strong local leadership to manage the city’s growth and create local jobs. Bijai Kumar is the CEO of the Penrith Business Alliance

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ou’ve hired some great staff to work in your business. They’ve settled in nicely, although you are wondering when your workload is going to decrease – in fact you feel like you are doing MORE work not less. What is going on? Chances are, you are micromanaging your staff. Here are some typical scenarios: 1. You make assumptions about ability and skill level. It took you six months to get a handle on a particular skill, so you assume it will take someone else the same amount of time. Do not let pride get in the way of potential for improvement! 2. You are not open to things being done differently. Your method has always served you well, so you expect your staff to perform a task in the same manner. Do not let fear of change get in the way of new and innovative ways to work! 3. You are uneasy about trusting your staff to work efficiently when they are unsupervised. How are you going to know they are doing the work they should? At some point you will need to take a ‘risk’ and let your staff stand on their own. They may make mistakes, but use those incidences as learning experiences. The vast majority of people respond well to trust. In general, the more ‘hands off ’ you can be, the better the result. Th is does not mean you leave a staff member to work with no boundaries or relevant, essential procedures. But allowing your staff to make a job their ‘own’ will result in an increased level of ‘ownership’. Michelle Grice is the founder of Shel Design, a graphic design and web design company: www.sheldesign.com.au

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n the last week or so we have seen the devastating fi res become controlled and disaster recovery efforts beginning to help those that have been affected. Our Business Enterprise Centre has been on the ground over the last week and a half doing our best to help businesses that have been affected by the fires. To give you a bit of a picture, we have helped a builder get the necessary tools in order to continue work after his ute was destroyed by the fi res, and a hairdresser with the disaster recovery allowance as the business had suffered a decrease in cash flow because hair cuts aren’t exactly on people’s list of priorities. Various assistance measures are available: Disaster Recovery Allowance: Eligible businesses including sole traders, in selected Local Government Areas (LGAs) (incl Blue Mountains, Lithgow) can claim assistance for income lost due to the fires. Disaster assistance: Includes concessional loans for small business, primary producers and not-for-profit bodies. Freight subsidies for primary producers and grants for voluntary not-for-profit bodies that have suffered physical damage are also available. Loans: Loans of up to $130,000 are available at a concessional rate (about 1.7 per cent interest rate) to small businesses affected by disasters and which meet certain eligibility criteria. Small Biz Bus: The Small Biz Buses do not provide frontline services for natural disasters, but travel to affected areas in the following weeks to support affected small business owners and operators.

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hen fl icking on Vintage FM 87.6 recently you may have heard a familiar voice gracing the airwaves on Friday nights and Sunday mornings. No, it’s not Kyle Sandilands, John Laws or the ‘Love God’ Richard Mercer – it’s one the greatest broadcasters in the history of radio, the late, great Dick Clark. For the past month, local Penrith radio station Vintage FM has been winding back the clock some 30 years and broadcasting ‘Dick Clark’s Rock, Roll and Remember’ program. The four-hour show, which is hosted by the incomparable Clark, features classic hits of yesteryear, unique insights as well as various interviews recorded by the legend himself. Vintage FM owner and announcer Wayne

“Willmo” Willmington said ‘Dick Clark’s Rock, Roll and Remember’ was a perfect fit for his station’s audience. “Dick Clark plays the music you grew up with, the same music Vintage FM plays 24/7,” he said. “We have had enormous feedback so far, our listeners love it.” Clark was born in New York in 1929 and before his death in 2012, went on to become one of the most iconic entertainment broadcasters America, and the world, had ever encountered. In 1945, Clark scored himself his fi rst radio gig at a station owned by his uncle and managed by his father. In 1951, he began his long and decorated television career hosting a country music program, whilst continuing jobs in radio.

In 1956, he became the full time host of one of television’s longest running variety programs, ‘American Bandstand’, which featured teenagers dancing to Top 40 songs. Whilst working on ‘American Bandstand’, Clark also hosted a number of successful game shows, which won him three Emmy Awards. Over the decades, Clark maintained a very successful network radio career hosting hugely popular shows such as ‘The Dick Clark Radio Show’, ‘Dick Clark’s National Music Survey’ and ‘American Top 40’. ‘Dick Clark’s Rock, Roll and Remember’, can now be heard on Vintage FM 87.6 on Friday from 7.10pm and replayed at 6am on Sundays. See www.vintagefm.com.au for more details. – Nathan Taylor

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Holidays can be made better by the use of smart phone applications.

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ith technology providing information, maps, equipment and communications all in the one place, the stress of planning and packing for caravan holidays could be a thing of the past. Imagine being just about to leave for that trip you have been planning for weeks, you have your caravan hooked up and everything is packed but you realise you have forgotten where you stashed

the essentials – a map, a GPS, a torch and your guide to the best local food... what would you do without that? Tech-savvy caravanners have discovered that all these things, that’s right even a torch, can be found hidden inside a smart phone. A weather app such as ‘Weatherzone’ will give you the forecasted weather no matter where the destination and don’t be surprised to fi nd countless apps with advice on fishing destinations, camping spots, places to eat and shopping. There’s even apps for your insurance company or bank, so start searching!

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he Australian Hearing Bus is driving back to the local area again, stopping in to offer free hearing checks to residents. The bus will be stopping in St Clair, Cambridge Gardens, St Marys and Penrith on select dates from Thu rsday, November 18 giving local seniors the opportunity to not only have a free hearing check but access to information on a range of common hearing issues and easy-to-use hearing devices. “The mobile service is a convenient way to check your hearing and make sure you are in good hearing health,” said

Australian Hearing Penrith Manager, David Maple. “The hearing checks are conducted by experts from Australian Hearing and take around 15 minutes to complete. Our team will also be on hand to guide you through what next steps you may have to take in regards to your hearing.” Around 60 per cent of Australians over 60-years-old suffer from some form of hearing loss. Appointments are not necessary. For details on where and when the bus will be in your area, see the advertisement below.

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Senior Of The Week Zillah Warner

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ow often have you received a phone call from someone who is offering an investment opportunity that sounds too good to be true? Be wary, it might be a hoax that gives mastermind thieves access to your money. Investment scams are often professional, slick and believable making it hard to tell them apart from genuine investment opportunities. A basic understanding of how scam artists work can help you to avoid fraud and protect your hard-earned money. Investment scams can come to you in the form of a phone call, letter or email. So what are the warning signs? • The company does not have an Australian Financial Services licence or says they do not need one; • The company rings you repetitively and tries to keep you on the phone; • The person on the phone says you need to make a quick decision or you will miss out on the deal; and • The person sounds like they are following a script. The scammer is likely to offer you: • High, quick returns and sometimes tax-free benefits. • Shares or ‘high return’ schemes. • A no risk or low risk investment that you can sell anytime or get a refund for. • Inside information

Remember that a glossy brochure is not evidence that an offer is a good investment or even a real deal. There are three main types of investment scams: 1. The offer is totally fictitious and does not exist. 2. The offer exists but the money you give the scammer is not going towards that investment. 3. The offer is falsely representative of a well-known investment company. In many cases your money goes directly into the con-artist’s bank account and not towards any sound investment. Scammers will try to tempt you by using phrases like ‘tax free benefits’, ‘inside information’ and ‘guaranteed returns’. Don’t buy into this, instead, invest in your own research. Always ask the person offering you an investment opportunity these questions to check their legitimacy: • What is your name and what company do you represent? • Who owns your company? • Does your company have an Australian Financial Services licence and what is the licence number? • What is the company’s address? • Can I give you a call back? If they try to avoid answering these questions, it may well be a scam.

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When Zillah Warner was 65 she got her fi rst computer and taught herself how to use it, now 11 years later she’s teaching computer classes at the Penrith Senior Citizens Centre three times a week. “I’ve been teaching here for about seven or eight years,� the 76-year-old said. Ms Warner moved to Penrith in 1964

from the UK and started working at the Arnott’s factory. When she’s not teaching computer classes or attending line dance classes, Ms Warner likes to travel to Europe every two or three years and go on cruises. “I do quilting, knitting sewing, crochet, you name it. I just sort of dabble in everything,� Ms Warner said.

        

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tephanie Rice is set to star alongside the Minions from ‘Despicable Me 2’ in a new national sun safety campaign, providing easy-to-understand tips to Australian kids to ensure they are protected from the sun’s harmful rays. Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have partnered with the Melanoma Foundation ambassador and Olympic Swimmer to create the campaign aimed at reducing melanoma. It is estimated that there have been 124,910 new cases of cancer diagnosed in Australia this year alone and is expected to rise to 150,000 new cases per year by 2020. “The message of sun safety is not new and there are many campaigns out there that educate on the dangers of sun damage, but the

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Whilst you are ready to enjoy yourself this week, you need to be choosy about your company so spend time with those who inspire you and who think along the same wave lengths as you do. It is recommended you only spend time with those who are well read and informed. Those who attempt to intimidate you should be swept to one side, because for once you know exactly what needs to be done.

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It is now time to focus on your cash flow as Mars and Saturn are aligning to help you get your fi nances in order. It may be a good time for you to start a savings account. Thi s week your popularity is glowing even more brightly than usual among friends and team mates as you instinctively know how to put others at ease. In the near future, it may difficult to push forward with major plans at home.

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Focus on upping the fun factor this week, it’ll set the stage for the rest of 2013, so why not organise an end of year party for loved ones or work mates? You should also be careful of voicing your opinion too loudly in the near future especially on social media. Keep in mind that not everyone is going to agree with your thoughts and that you may wind up unintentionally offending others.

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JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

Be wary of being a little too arrogant with work mates at this time and thinking that only you are capable of doing things correctly, as this will make you unpopular with some rather important people. Th is means you should be careful of treading on the egos of bosses or fellow colleagues. Also be very careful of trying to lord over teenagers, flatmates and others at home.

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LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Th is week it is important that you listen to an acquaintance who has some excellent advice for you, which will help you to let go of bad habits, old fears, insecurities and phobias. More importantly it is time to rid yourself of any kind of self-pity that may be associated with these worries. Everything that happens is always a growth experience! Remember to sort out your fina nces.

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OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

The year ahead will see several long-held dreams come to life. The next 12 months is the ideal time for overseas travel and to focus on expanding your business further afield, however it will be important for you to be flexible as opportunities emerge. Your perseverance with a work project or business plan will pay off in a big way around this time however, tension is likely with loved ones.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Focus on your friends this week because when you have a big decision to make at the end of the month, you’ll be grateful for their support. It is important that you think ahead this week especially at work. When it comes to your love life, quiet interludes at home will be more attractive than painting the town red. Th is is the ideal time to rest up and focus on improving your diet and well-being.

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DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Focus on improving your career this week as an exciting opportunity will come to you from someone you’ve trusted in the past. You should be looking good and feeling rather good at this time, so why not spend some money on a new outfit or hairdo! There is a certain need to be careful of burning the candle at both ends; trying to get a balance between work and fun is never easy but vital.

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JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Th is week is a time for new beginnings so why not focus on shedding your old skin? A joining of Venus and Pluto gives you the chance to banish old habits and change little things about yourself. You should be wary of keeping your emotions under control as people won’t appreciate a sudden emotional eruption. Changing your lifestyle can be stressful but don’t let it get to your head.

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“Being focused on the moment helps with daily life” So Shane, what are your top three tips for good health? Good health revolves around good decision making to begin with. So my three tips would be: 1. Food Source Make sure you know where your food is coming from. Get to know the farmer of your fruit, vegetables or meats. 2. Food Choice Buy less barcodes. Pretty much anything with a barcode will come in a box. Anything in a box has less nutritional value than many other food choices. Plus each barcode costs so much more money per pop than say a whole kilo side of lamb or beef. Really think about your choices and why you’re making them. 3. Environment Not only nature, but the people you hang with. They say you become your environment. Make sure, for your health, you hang around people who are healthy and who also make choices you agree with.

A daily ‘must do’? Focus on the moment. We get lost projecting our fears into the future or getting hung up on the past. So being focused on the moment helps with daily life. Biggest health/fitness misconception? That fat makes you fat… no chance! If this were the case I know plenty of people (myself included) who would be huge. What do you consider the biggest benefit of being fit and healthy? By far it’s best reflected in my ability to balance my moods. I feel that without training, the small things in life become big things and the big things become unbearable. With training, I put myself through controlled stress, which makes me confident and strong for life’s daily challenges. What type of activity/exercise do you enjoy the most? Heavy Olympic lifting. There is defi nitely something about taking something as technical as the snatch

and clean and jerk and getting better each session. How do you stay motivated when it’s so easy to just ‘take it easy’? We need challenges in our lives. Training can be one. I remind myself that I’m worth more than just being easy. I’m worth the work and my daily routines in training reflect that. Freestyle: anything else you want to say? If I could get one message out to the people it’s that there is always a way to achieve the things you feel deep inside you. All the other crap that surrounds you that takes your attention away from that deep feeling inside is just rubbish. Peel away the layers and get closer each day and moment to that feeling. Contact: 0405 477 843 Lambridge Place, Penrith www.facebook.com/HFFIT

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JEWELLER ON DUTY by Matthew Ely

by Katherine Tweed

Surprises of the Beauty Box

It’s great to be here!

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or the past month I have been checking the letter box religiously, every time hoping that a special package I had been waiting for would be inside; the month-long wait was unbearable. You may be wondering why this package was so different, and so to answer that, we will have to rewind a month to when I fir st discovered the wonders of the ‘Beauty Box’. My sister excitedly called me over to the computer after stumbling across a website claiming to send you five to six beauty samples a month, with every month’s box a surprise. Of all the things I love in this world, samples are in the top 10 – they may be small but they open up a world of cosmetic products that you never would have thought to try. The idea of being sent surprise samples from a selection of thousands of companies was just too good to turn down so for $19.95 we signed up for our fi rst month of Beauty Box goodness. The brand we chose, which was both cheap and had good feedback, was ‘Lust Have It’ and for the next month, we waited. Th is week the wait was over. My sister and I opened the box together and pulled out our samples one by one, testing them as we went. Inside the (very cute) box we had a mixture of makeup, tanning products, skin care and hair products. We pulled out a sample-sized Le Tan Wash Off can first, spraying it on our arms and marvelling at the natural colour and the convenience of the product – defi nitely one that we decided we would purchase later. We then had a look at a couple of Paula’s Choice products; Oil Blotting Papers and a full-size Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner. The Inika Vegan Lip Whip in ‘Very Berry’ was next, something that I would also go out of my way to purchase later – the colour was perfect! Both of us were very excited to discover we had a Femme Fatale Mineral Based Eye Shadow, which proved to be long lasting and fi nally we opened up the bottle of Klorane Shampoo with Nettle. Th is was a great purchase and I can’t wait for next month’s box.

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

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t is an absolute pleasure to have been asked to write a column each week in the Western Weekender. Each week I look forward to giving you important updates from the jewellery industry, letting you know of the latest jewellery trends and of course allowing you the reader to try and see what it is like behind the scenes in the jewellery industry – an industry I love very much! As a child I remember watching my dad Rob work in our family business, which was then based in High Street. Whilst I saw things through a kid’s eyes I was able to see how my dad operated the business, motivated the staff, designed timeless pieces of jewellery and more importantly how he was able to have people come to him years later still loving their individual pieces that he designed. I am very proud of my dad and he taught me the right ethics from an industry that I have grown to love. Since leaving school I have been on an awesome journey of learning my craft and nowadays I am able to stand alone and proudly design jewellery for thousands of people in our local region and interstate. In my weekly column I am also looking forward to educating readers on diamonds, pearls, the intricacy of design and how when a person gets the jewellery right it will last forever more. Another area we have focused on in recent years is developing an amazing library of our hand made designs – this year we have just released our best ever wish book giving our customers the chance to see some amazing designs and colours designed to make this Christmas the most magical yet. If you need to discuss your personal jewellery requirements please either call me at York Jewellers or discuss your needs with one of our expert design team and we will be more than happy to play an important role in choosing what is right for you.

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Early detection is vital

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ealth starts even before birth and a new blood test for pre-eclampsia, a severe pregnancy complication linked to high blood pressure, could save hundreds of babies’ lives a year. Findings were published in the American Heart Association Journal. Researchers say the bedside test can give a result in 15 minutes and is able to identify 96 per cent of pregnant women at high risk of the condition. It was developed by British scientists who studied a group of 625 pregnant women from across the UK, 61 per cent of whom were affected by pre-eclampsia. The condition can damage the kidneys, liver and brain and lead to premature delivery, low birthweight and stillbirth. “The test is designed to differentiate women with pre-eclampsia from those with high blood pressure alone,” Dr Lucy Chappell, senior lecturer in obstetrics at King’s College London, said. “Current tests for the condition only detect that it’s happening rather than predicting it and, by that time, the disease has progressed and has likely already caused organ damage.” Pre-eclampsia usually strikes during the second half of pregnancy, or soon after a baby is born. Besides high blood pressure, other symptoms include fluid retention, severe headache and vision problems. In very severe cases, pre-eclampsia may cause fits that are life-threatening to mother and baby. The team from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College found that women with low levels of protein placental growth factor (PIGF) were very likely to develop pre-eclampsia. Currently the only cure for severe pre-eclampsia is to deliver the baby, regardless of how advanced the pregnancy is.

Elisha is a registered nurse and midwife who has years of experience working in the health industry

ANIMAL TALK

THE PHARMACIST SAYS YS

by Nicole McMillan

by Martin Cominotto

Danger of stroke

Dog bites

ver the past couple of weeks I have written about blood pressure and heart attacks. Blood pressure is one of the risk factors that contribute to a stroke. A stroke is a medical emergency. A stroke happens when blood flow to your brain stops. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. There are two kinds of stroke. The more common kind, called an ischemic stroke, is caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel in the brain. The other kind, called haemorrhagic stroke, is caused by a blood vessel that breaks and bleeds into the brain. Th is leads to squashing of the tissue around the broken artery. “Mini-strokes” or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) occur when the blood supply to the brain is briefly interrupted. Symptoms of stroke are: • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body) • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination • Sudden severe headache with no known cause If you have any of these symptoms, you must phone an ambulance or get to a hospital quickly to begin treatment. To reduce your risk of stroke: • maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels • don’t smoke • enjoy healthy eating • be physically active

fter recent dog bite tragedies in the news I thought I might give my idea on dog bites. Is it to do with the breed of dog? Is it because of training or lack of it? Are some dogs just bad? Is it the fault of person or child who gets bitten ? All of these are good questions. How many dog bites are there anyway? Australia has a canine population of around four million dogs. The statistics available on dog bites are incomplete. It is estimated that 100,000 people every year are attacked by dogs. Public hospitals treat between 12,000 and 14,000 patients every year. About 1,400 of these are serious enough to require hospitalisation. When we look at dog bites all breeds are involved. Statistics that we have are inaccurate and not perfect. Some breeds do seem to be more represented than others. We need better records of the actual seriousness of the attacks and the breed involved. In my experience all breeds can bite. Some breeds tend to be stronger and therefore are likely to cause more damage. Does training stop dogs from biting? Training is important in making dogs better companions. However training alone does not mean a dog will not bite. I personally have witnessed a dog who won one of the most prestigious obedience trials walk out of the trial ring and lunge and bite a small child that ran up to the dog. Is it the person’s fault? Dogs often give us lots of warning before they bite. Being able to understand some of the signals that dogs are giving us will help prevent dog bites. Are some dogs bad? There are a few dogs born “bad” just like some people are born this way. However about 20 per cent of dogs are born with anxiety just like in the human population. Dogs have two responses to things that frighten them; either a fl ight or fight response. Next week I will outline the key canine body language indicators.

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NATURAL THERAPIES by John Miller-Crispe

Stressful times

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tress is something we all experience but many deny it. Many think that it is all in your head but more and more people are coming to realise that stress is behind all their health problems. Modern life is not healthy for humans. We are not designed to deal with the strains of modern living. We are meant to be out there in the fresh air moving and exerting our muscles on a regular basis. We are designed to eat whole unprocessed and un-denatured foods daily. We are designed to drink clean unpolluted water not the chemical soup that comes from our taps. And we are designed to breathe clean unpolluted air. Th ink about modern life. We get up early and rush down a cereal breakfast with milk and sugar, woof down a coffee and all too many smoke one or more cigarettes, then into the car and on the road for an hour and a half, battling the rest of humanity hell bent on getting to a job that rarely gives satisfaction (or one they downright hate) but it pays the mortgage. Then after working in an artificial environment for 4 or 5 hours they hop out for a quick sandwich or burger and chips, then back for another few hours then back on the road battling the traffic for another hour and a half. By the time you get home you are too tired to enjoy your home and the family that you are doing all this for. And you think you are not stressed? Stress affects us all. What can you do? Easy! Recognise that you live in a high stress world and recognise further that no matter how tough you are if you do not take care of yourself you will get sick. Take time to smell the flowers, laugh a lot and love a lot. Take some herbs and vitamins to support your stress response but for goodness sake get some good ones not those whose only merit is that some famous sports person takes them (as if they would know anyway).

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

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PERSONAL FINANCE

by Rev John Lavender

by Anthony Walker

Interest rates

The good life

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ith this week’s Melbourne Cup out of the way, some of us came away winners and some not so. I hope everyone enjoyed the race and got some enjoyment from the day. Reserve Bank met on the same day as the Melbourne Cup and home loan customers were the winners, with the rates being kept on hold. So if you didn’t have a win at the races you could look at this being the next best thing. There is still a lot of uncertainty with customers around whether to fi x or stay on the variable rate. I thought I would once again talk about the options available. Fixed, variable or combination There is a third choice when it comes to home loans – fi xed, variable or a combination of both. By choosing a combination of both a fi xed loan and a variable loan, you are essentially hedging your bets. How you split your loan may come down to how much extra you think you could pay off over the fi xed term. Th inking of making lump sum reductions If the idea of lump sum reductions appeals to you, you will need to take out a variable rate loan (or combination). When you need certainty While sometimes a fi xed rate may mean you’re paying more than the variable rate there may be times in your life when you’re willing to do this to have certainty. For example you may have children in private education and know that for the next three years you want to fi x your loan for that period, so you can budget accordingly and can eliminate interest rate hikes from your list of variable items.

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he annual “Festival of Dangerous Ideas” has just fi nished. Held last weekend at the Opera House, organisers hope to stimulate conversation, and provoke debate, exciting their audiences on some of the “thorny issues” confronting us today. The topics covered a wide range of areas including sexuality, wealth and poverty, parenting, religion and politics. Would Jesus have got a hearing? Many today have lost touch with how radical Jesus was and how many of his contemporaries saw him as a dangerous, radical individual who had to be silenced. Yet, Jesus’ teaching continues to be just as “radical” today. Some of Jesus most “radical” teaching comes in the Bible’s ‘The Sermon on the Mount’ where Jesus sets out how any person can live the good life. See part of what he says; “Blessed are the poor in spirit... Blessed are those who mourn... Blessed are the meek... Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness... Blessed are the merciful... Blessed are the pure in heart... Blessed are the peacemakers.” How many of us think this is where the good life is found? To be “poor in spirit”, humbly recognising your need for God. To be passionate about what is right, true and good. To have as your goal, showing mercy and kindness. To have your heart ruled by purity, honesty and peacemaking. These ideas may seem basic but they are hard to fi nd in our world. Yet Jesus insists, the “blessed” or good life is found by the person who lives with these things as their goal. It would be tragic if you felt threatened by Jesus, because the life he offers is real life – the good life. May you know this life to be true for you.

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

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This 4 bedroom family home has been tastefully renovated throughout with quality fixtures and fittings! Positioned in a quiet cul-de-sac location backing onto (Caddens Estate) Orchard Hills this family home will impress the fussiest buyer. Features include: Split level, 4 bedrooms, ensuite, walk-in robe, built-in robes, formal entry, formal lounge, formal dining, meals area, family/games room, new kitchen, stainless steel appliances, 900 oven, dishwasher, new bathroom, internal laundry, 3rd shower & toilet, ducted air conditioning, down lights, alarm, internal speaker system throughout living areas, amazing outdoor entertaining area, built-in stainless steel BBQ, internal access to double remote garage, 2 x 2500L rain water tanks, solar power electricity, beautiful landscaped gardens and on a 756.9sqm block approximately. Contact Melinda Williams 0419 998 509

This low maintenance 4 bedder is beautifully renovated featuring:- brand new kitchen and bathroom, gas cooking, dishwasher, split system air conditioning, built in robes to all bedrooms and ensuite to main, down lights, modern tiled flooring throughout and single car garage. This home is in a prime location in easy access to shops, parks and schools and only minutes to the main roads and to the International Regatta Centre. With no costs spared this lovely renovated home won’t last long. To book your private inspection please call 0437 322 888. Contact Catherine Ball 0437 322 888

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Located within walking distance to the Nepean River, local shops, restaurants, schools, medical centre and Emu Plains Railway Station. This home will suit all types of lifestyle or fulfil the requirements of a savvy investor.4 bedrooms, family/rumpus room, built in robes, formal lounge, timber flooring, split system air conditioning, ceiling fans, updated kitchen, separate toilet, internal laundry, large undercover entertainment area, 2 car tandem carport with rear access and garden shed. Contact Steve Wood 0424 003 107

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

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

This property is perfectly positioned to take advantage of all Leonay has to offer including the golf course, Nepean River and has easy access to the M4 Motorway. Leonay was once the vineyard of Leo Buring and the suburb is named after Leo and his wife Nay. The vineyard has been replaced with designer homes climbing the hill at the foot of the Blue Mountains Escarpent. *980m2 Block *Four Bedroom Home Suitable For Renovation Or Demolition *Ideal For The Home Handyman *Knockdown & Rebuilt Or Renovate In This Highly Sort After Area. Whether you choose to renovate the existing property or start from a blank canvas, you can’t go wrong with this highly sort after position. Homes in Leonay are selling quickly so call today to organise an inspection.

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

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Why build when you could be the owner of this spacious residence that is moments from schools and shopping centre. Well-appointed, superbly presented and complete with a sparkling pool you will need to act fast to secure this one. * Four Bedrooms + Study * Large master suite with ensuite * Built in robes and two walk in robes * Generous servings of formal and informal living space * Ducted air conditioning * Double garage * Third bathroom * Pool with timber decking * Covered entertaining area * Easy care grassed yard * Spacious kitchen with ample cupboard space * Enviable locality.

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

OFFERS OVER $469,950

With a commanding view of the street this home will give your family the room they deserve. * Three bedrooms * Ensuite to main bedroom * Two living areas * Timber floors * Ducted air conditioning * Modern kitchen * Modern bathrooms * Single carport * Approx 566 sqm block. With little opportunity to secure homes in the area, you will need to act fast. Call now or watch for open home times – you won’t be disappointed.

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5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

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7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

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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.

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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 approximately 26 squares consisting of four bedrooms, all with built-ins, ensuite to the main, two living areas, an alfresco entertaining area, ducted air-conditioning, 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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Emu Plains

Blaxland

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Cranebrook

Springwood

Emu Plains

Penrith

30 Mulgoa Road Regentville NSW 2745

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5 Wascoe Street Glenbrook NSW 2773

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7 Great Western Highway Valley Heights NSW 2777

Lennox Centre Emu Plains NSW 2750

429 High Street Penrith NSW 2750

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

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Being only 2.5 years old this home comes with the whole package. There are four bedrooms, three with built-in robes, and the main with walk-in robe and ensuite. The home is complemented by a formal lounge room, open plan kitchen and dining, plus a separate rumpus area. There is a modern kitchen with natural gas cooking and ducted air conditioning throughout, internal laundry, and a double garage with internal access and off street parking.

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JUST OVER AN ACRE OF PRIME LAND

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

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Boasting six bedrooms with built-in robes and en-suite plus walk-in robe to main, office, walk-in pantry and storage facility, powder room, theatre room and double garage under main roof and all recently renovated. There is a large undercover entertaining area, sparkling pool with entertainment and bathroom facilities included, plus tennis court and large shedding perfect for trucks, caravans or boats. The extras on this property are overwhelming with ducted air conditioning, alarm and much more.

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Having trouble finding a four bedroom home with room for the children? Well here it is. Boasting four bedrooms, three with built-in robes and master has ensuite and walk-in robe, plus formal lounge, rumpus and kitchen/dining. The kitchen is only just renovated and there is a single drive through garage. The home is complimented with loads of extras including alarm, ducted air conditioning and undercover entertaining/ barbecue area. Close to schools, shops and public transport this is one worth the wait.

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OFFERS OVER $1,295,000

YOUR CASTLE AWAITS

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

CRANEBROOK $370,000 NEAT AS A PIN

This home boasts three bedrooms with built-in robe to main, separate lounge room, and kitchen/dining. The home has two split air conditioners and there is a tidy undercover area with small tidy backyard plus excellent garden shed. There is a brand new double carport erected in the last 18 months. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac in North Cranebrook, it’s close to shops, schools and public transport so 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

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With sweeping views overlooking Penrith and the Blue Mountains, you won’t be disappointed with this beloved family home. Featuring three large bedrooms, two bath rooms and two spacious living areas, homes of this size rarely come on the market. Complemented with a single 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 $459,950

CONVIENIENCE 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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OFFERS OVER $249,950

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Located moments from the Penrith CBD is this great one bedroom unit. Open plan in design and positioned in a security complex it offers all the must haves. Basement parking, split system air conditioning, built in robe and an elevated balcony are just some of the features on offer. Currently tenanted until 2014.

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DEVELOPERS AND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY! Located in a very prominent position, on a generous corner block sits this large brick building currently being used as a hall. Situated on a 652m2 block (approx.) with dual access from Grange Crescent and Trinity Drive. With potential to further develop for dual occupancy, community, business or medical facilities (subject to council approval).

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WORTH THE WAIT

This home is presented in impeccable condition, and set in a quiet street. The home has three bedrooms all with mirrored built-in robes, polished floor boards with neat tidy living and kitchen/dining area. There is a wonderful undercover veranda and on a deck the home is set back and enjoys immense privacy. The home is complemented with carport, garden shed and loads of extras including ducted air conditioning, alarm and more.

SOUTH PENRITH

OFFERS OVER $349,950

PENRITH

OFFERS OVER $249,950

DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL – CORNER BLOCK

CBD CENTRAL BUYERS DISTRICT

Located on a corner block in a sought after location, this three bedroom home awaits. In need of a little TLC, consider building a granny flat, (subject to council approval) and take advantage of the rental return in a great location. Currently tenanted, this property is certainly not one to be missed.

Close to everything, this huge two bedroom unit is the perfect pad for investment returning $265 per week or for the first home buyer. Featuring large lounge and dining areas, modern bathroom with separate bath, large kitchen, private balcony, the all year round comfort of air conditioning, lock up garage, and internal laundry.

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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OPEN HOME Saturday 9th 12.00-12.40pm, 12 Mirrabooka Court

Your Haven In The Heights Unassuming from the street you and your family will enjoy the space this home has to offer. • Fresh carpet • Four bedrooms • Timber floors • Built in wardrobes • Internal laundry • Ensuite and walk in robe to main • Single garage + huge workshop space • Two additional bathrooms • Spacious yard • Fourth shower and toilet • Covered outdoor area • Ducted air conditioning • Updated kitchen

Your Castle Awaits

Book an inspection or watch for open home times… you won’t be disappointed.

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

Emu Heights

Castlereagh

Offers Over $549,950

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

Offers Over $1,295,000

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

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EMU HEIGHTS Sat 12.00-12.40pm

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116 Coreen Avenue

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11 Tindale St Penrith

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AFL’s Sydney Derby moves to Giants Stadium and officials expect a sell-out

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ew Sydney Swans recruit Buddy Franklin will take on the team he turned down in the opening round of the 2014 AFL season when the GWS Giants meet the Sydney Swans for the fi rst time at Giants Stadium (formerly SKODA Stadium). The Giants will open their third season in the AFL when they host the Swans in the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ at 4.40pm on Saturday, March 15. The Giants play their second game at home before Easter when they meet Melbourne at Giants Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park on April 6. Speaking after the release of the AFL fi xture last week, Giants CEO David Matthews said it was a win for the fans. “We are particularly excited about playing the Swans for the fi rst time at Giants Stadium in round one in what we expect to be a sell-out,” he said. “We have played the previous two opening Sydney Derbies at ANZ Stadium so to have the chance to play on our home turf is a great opportunity for us as a club and also for our fans. “With Easter being later next year, we are able to play two of our fi rst three games at Giants Stadium in what is a great win for our fans in western Sydney.” GWS will play eight games at Giants Stadium in 2014 including matches against Collingwood, Carlton, Essendon, Geelong and Richmond. “Th is is a very exciting fi xture for Giants

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“We also have a good spread of timeslots for families with a mix of Saturday afternoon, twilight, Saturday night and Sunday matches at Giants Stadium.”

GWS will also play four matches in Canberra, as part of their ongoing association with the capital city. See the draw: www.afl.c om.au.

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The weather Gods were kind for our harness racing last Thursday night at the Paceway. It provided a nice warm evening with no threat of fi res or smoke for our patrons who most certainly enjoyed the conditions. Race one saw the favourite Junior Johnson ($1.60) give a repeat of his win of the previous week with his driver Blake Fitzpatrick taking him straight to the lead and defying all comers for a reasonably comfortable win. Im Tondelayo ($6.20) put up a sterling performance to win race two when racing three wide for the last lap and a half and wearing down the leader Rocknroll Star giving Jim Douglas the fi rst of a driving treble. Jim was again at his best in race three with Left at the Mint ($2.00) being too good for the second favourite and runner

up Nine Mile Maiden who sat outside him but then dropped off after a strong challenge from the 200m. Race four was run at a hectic pace with winner Driven ($3.30) and favourite The Stringray setting the speed in front. Driven with driver Blake Fitzpatrick proved much too strong and was able to go on for a good win over second placegetter Whata Escape. Mega Alexander ($2.40) Ashlee Siejka had to do a bit of work to win race fiv e. A clever from Josh Willick got The Deemok ($4.00) home in the sixth. Jim Douglas drove his third winner with Andiamo El Ferrari ($2.70) and from the number one gate he was able to lead from the outset then hold off the second favourite Starzzz Prodigy without any undue trouble in the seventh. Lombo Final Touch ($2.90) won the eighth race of the night.

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Matthew Dunn (Austral) made it to the semi fi nal of the State Rookies Singles only to be beaten by Craig Jeffery (Dubbo Railway) who teamed up with Lindsay Burton to win the State Rookies Pairs. Matthew teamed with Matthew Lacey winning their fi rst two rounds of the Pairs but ran second in their section. Last Saturday, November 2 the Glenbrook Panthers Bowling Club hosted a charity day to raise funds to assist those bowling members’ families who lost their homes in the recent bushfi res. It was a most successful day with $8,000 being raised through green fees, donations, raffle proceeds etc. Although currently down to one

green, both the morning and afternoon games fi lled the green to capacity and a wonderful day was enjoyed by all. We are justifiably proud of the response to this appeal made by the family of bowlers that is Glenbrook Panthers! The Minor Pairs winners at Penrith were Errol Burrell and Lance Windsor who defeated Barry Hawkins and Dennis Meadham. At the Zone 5 AGM the new boundaries were raised and each of the Districts within the Zone was in favour of the changes with some minor modific ations. The semis and fi nal of the Keith Fay Shield will take place at what was Keith’s home club, Springwood this Sunday.

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ubble Soccer, the latest sporting craze to hit Australia, has arrived at St Clair Leisure Centre. What makes Bubble Soccer so fun and entertaining is that it takes the regular game of soccer and catapults it to a whole new level. Bubble Soccer sees players wear a giant inflatable Zorb-like ball which allows them to smash into each another whilst kicking their way towards the goal.

The St Clair Leisure Centre, located at Botany Road, will be home to 16 Bubble Soccer balls with competitions and casual hire details to be released soon. Chris Brown, Recreational Facilities and Programs Officer at Penrith City Council, said the balls will be a unique addition to the local area. “Bubble Soccer is unique and no one is offering it in western Sydney. We wanted to push the boundaries a little bit and give something new for people to try,” Mr Brown said. Schools will also be able to hire the bubble balls for a unique activity.

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Making his mark at Penrith English import makes strong debut and prepares for long summer ahead

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t’s not very often Australians welcome English cricketers with open arms, but new Penrith Cricket Club recruit Sam Billings is reversing that trend and feeling right at home Down Under, if his incredible debut last Sunday is anything to go by. The 22-year-old batsman from prestigious English cricket club Kent, had only been in the country less than 72 hours before lining up with his new teammates during last Sunday’s T20 game against Eastern Suburbs at Howell Oval. When he hit the crease the Prince Harry look-a-like showed no signs of jetlag or heat stress, smashing his new side to an easy victory with an impressive 53 not-out. Speaking with the Weekender, Billings said he wanted to play another summer of cricket in Australia (he played in Adelaide last season) to not only improve his game as a cricketer but improve himself as a person. “Without a doubt this experience will make me a better player,” he declared. “The Sydney competition is arguably the strongest grade competition in Australia. It’s a different type of cricket in that there’s a lot of focus on training mid-week. You don’t actually get that many knocks so you’ve got to be ruthless and nail it otherwise you might not have a knock for another three or four weeks. “I’ve been told by all the experienced lads back home that the best way to develop as a player is to go away for fiv e

Sam Billings debuted for Penrith last weekend. Photo: Melinda Jane.

months and play a whole season abroad to learn about yourself, live on your own and build up your character.” Billings will live in the local area until March next year and in that time will look to strengthen Penrith’s top-order batting.

“The boys seem like a great bunch and have started brilliantly in the two-day competition, hopefully we can keep that going,” he said. “I chose to play for Penrith because it seemed very appealing and I heard the

facility was great here at the club. A good mate of mine in the Kent dressing room is Mitch Claydon, who’s played a lot of cricket in Sydney, he said Penrith was a great club with a rich history so I’m really happy to be here.”

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AROUND THE GROUNDS Baseball: The Penrith Panthers have split the results with the second-placed Baulkham Hills in Round 7 of the State Baseball League. Last Wednesday the Panthers narrowly went down to Baulkham Hills 9-7 but managed to even the series on Sunday with an impressive 8-5 win. The Panthers still sit in fourth position with seven wins and seven losses. The y’ll play the sixth-placed Macarthur Orioles in Round 8. Triathlon: With the recent bush fir es in the Blue Mountains, the Gulf Western Oil Nepean Triathlon decided to make the Rural Fire Service the race charity for 2013. The race itself donated $7,623 and the female race winner, Olympian Emma Moffatt, donated $2,000 from her prize money. Panther Cycles owner, David Richardson, also organised a raffle w ith prizes from race sponsors, which raised a further $4,377, making the total donation to the RFS, $14,000. Cricket: Penrith are still undefeated after they belted Mosman by four wickets in Round 3 of the Sydney Grade Comp. Penrith didn’t have any troubles chasing Mosman’s previous innings total of 270, blasting their opposition out of the park to win 6/273. The in-form Pat Jackson led the scoring by smashing his way to his side’s fi rst century of the

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season, scoring 100 runs off 15 fours and one six. Penrith’s Second Grade Women’s side smashed Parramatta-Blacktown in their One Day match at Merrylands Oval. Penrith chased down 131 runs in just 25 overs to secure the win. Soccer: The Nepean District Soccer Football Association will be holding a fundraiser for footballing families affected by the recent bushfires. The fundraiser will be held at 9am on Saturday, November 30 at Cook Park in St Marys and will feature fun seven-a-side games for males and females aged 16 years and over. No playing experience is necessary with the Association putting players into teams on the day. Player registrations cost $50 with all money to be distributed to affected football families. Playing jerseys have been donated by Nike and FC Teamsports, so all you’ll need to bring is your boots, socks, shin pads and shorts. To register visit www.nepeansoccer. com.au by November 28. AFL: Congratulations to local junior Josh Shephard who won the Michael Walker Medal at the 2013 Penrith Rams Presentation Night last weekend. Shephard won by a single vote in the tightly contested battle for the medal. The female Ramettes Player of the Year went to Natalie Camilerri.

Local kids take part in the T20 Blast Tournament on Monday. Photo: Melinda Jane.

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ore than 100 primary school students descended on Jamison Park on Monday to take part in the popular Milo T20 Blast Tournament. The yearly event, which is designed to encourage kids to play cricket, saw Year 3 and Year 4 students from five local schools face off against one another. “They play four games across the day, there’s no fi nal, they just go out there and have a good time,” said Jonathan Lees,

Senior Development Officer of Cricket NSW Sydney Outer-West Region. “It’s participation-based, so every kid can have a go even if they’re not the best cricketers. It’s just about getting as many kids as possible to have a hit.” Due to the success of the day, Mr Lees was hopeful more kids will join a local cricket club. “We often get a good response after events like this,” he said. “We distribute information about different clubs in the local area as well as different programs we are running, and we often get a lot of new children.”

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fter three years in the doldrums the Penrith City Gridiron Club is back, this time with a new name, a new logo and a new lease on life. From next year the local American football franchise, which is set to compete in the 2014 Gridiron NSW competition, will offic ially be known as the Penrith City Grizzlies. The club, which was formerly known as the Outlaws since its inception in 1995, hasn’t played in the state-wide competition since 2011 due to lack of player involvement and fi nancial support. Speaking exclusively with the Weekender, Penrith City President Trent Brown said he wanted the Grizzlies club to get back in touch with the local area’s family culture and values. “Rugby league and soccer are both strong community and family-based sports and that’s what we’re trying to build as well,” Mr Brown said. “The Grizzlies name is very different to what people were expecting but its fairly unique and not a common name and that’s

something we wanted to try and go with.” The club will continue using its traditional colours of navy, orange and white with new uniforms in the latter stages of design. The Grizzlies plan to field three teams in the 2014 Gridiron NSW competition: a Colts side for juniors aged 15 to 19-years-old, a women’s team and a senior men’s team. “We want players to represent Penrith, rather than just playing for Penrith,” Mr Brown said. “We are looking for rookie players because that’s what keeps the sport ticking over.” Before Penrith City vanished from the competition two years ago, they were regarded as one of the top teams in the league, making the semi-fi nals most years and even winning a championship back in 2002. Mr Brown is hoping the new look will help build the profi le of the team and the sport in general in the local area. “I’m hoping the new identity will bring to us new blood and a whole new lease on life that will see the club move forward and prosper in the future,” Mr Brown said. “We want to continue to be known as a hard-hitting and physical team, a team that

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