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Historic tree no match for power contractors DALE DRINKWATER

134-year-old tree on Cranebrook Road has been drastically trimmed, much to the dismay of the property owner, Colin Fisher. Mr Fisher, 61, claims he came home last Thursday to find the historic pepper corn tree almost half the size it used to be, without having been consulted by energy contractors about plans to do so. His frustration grew when he found tree clippings still on the ground, and traces of evidence contractors entered his property. “We have bits of the tree they cut still hanging, they haven’t even cleared their rubbish from our property or the adjoining property, they have trodden on the garden bed that was under the tree, it appears they came onto our property,” he said. “My wife is most upset because they have virtually cut one side of the tree back to the trunk.” Mr Fisher has lived in the home since 1990, when what is known as the ‘old schoolhouse’ was restored to maintain its heritage. He said the tree had significant meaning and history. “The tree was originally planted when the school was first completed in 1882.

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We often talk about “the kids of today” and bullying that goes on in schools across our city and country, but if they have parents like the people commenting on last Sunday’s story, it’s no wonder we have a problem. I love social media as much as the next person, and I can accept the bikini photos and even the useless whinging, all aimed at getting attention and desperately seeking other people’s approval in the form of likes, re-tweets and comments. But the darker side of social media is infuriating and deeply concerning. Mental health is not something we should be laughing at or making fun of, particularly online. October is Mental Health Month, and there’s a plethora of research and statistics being bandied about at this time of the year. In many ways, it is hard to absorb it all and the result is that it sometimes gets glossed over and ignored. There’s so many people that remain ignorant to mental health issues, despite countless campaigns, discussions and the wider reporting of such issues, which used to be swept under the carpet in newsrooms. The man up the electricity pole eventually came down. The story is over as far as the online bullies are concerned, but is likely only just starting for the man at the centre of it all. I’m at a loss to explain where our respect, compassion and care as a society has disappeared to. Somewhere between the Nelsons and the Kardashians, it fell by the wayside, and we’re all the poorer for it. Lifeline: 13 11 14.

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hree teachers at Emu Plains Correctional Facility are being sacked under new reforms by the State Government, prompting a rally outside Penrith MP Stuart Ayres’ office on Monday. The senior education officer and two teachers are three of 138 prison teachers across NSW losing their jobs. They make up 87 per cent of the 158 current NSW prison teachers. Four prisons – Lithgow, Wellington, Nowra and Kempsey – will be keeping their teachers, and rally organiser Rob Long, from the NSW Teachers Federation, wants to know why Emu Plains can’t keep theirs. “We want Stuart Ayres to stand up and say he wants to keep his teachers as well,� he said. Maurie Mulheron, NSW Teachers Federation President, said teaching adult prisoners is a specialist skill. “These are people who have a lifetime of a lack of success, through poverty, family disfunction or mental health,� he said. At 42 per cent, Mr Mulheron admitted NSW has the worst recidivism rates in the country.

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Summer fury just around the corner • Colyton blaze takes hours to control • Teen charged over Penrith fire • Hot and busy summer expected JADE ALIPRANDI

ire crews are concerned their resources will be stretched this bush fire season after a number of fires were deliberately lit recently in the Penrith area. Although summer is still a month away, the dangers of bush and grass fires have already been displayed with an allegedly deliberately lit grass fire on Roper Road in Colyton last Friday. Fire crews worked for hours to get the three-hectare grass fire under control after it started as a small blaze at the back of a sporting field. Station Commander at Regentville Fire Station, Mathew Fraser, said it can be frustrating when fires are deliberately lit. “At this time of year we start to see an increase in grass and bush fires around the local area and many of these fires are unfortunately deliberately lit,” he told the Weekender. “This can be frustrating as it places the community at risk. We always do our best to preserve life and property but these deliberately lit fires can take hold quickly and require extensive resources to bring under control and extinguish.”

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DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS

Police on alert for jaywalking in CBD

The following Development Applications have been received by Council: s G M Architects Pty Ltd DA16/1054 96 Copeland Street, Penrith Demolition of existing structures and construction of a residential flat building consisting of 5 x 1-bedroom, 23 x 2-bedroom 2 x 3-bedroom apartments with associated basement parking Contact: Jane Hetherington on 4732 8078 Closing Date: 8 November 2016 s NF Billyard P/L DA16/1062 10 Sydney Street, St Marys Demolition of existing structures and construction of 5 x 2-storey townhouses (Affordable Rental Accommodation) and associated strata subdivision Contact: Hannah Gilvear on 4732 7714 Closing Date: 8 November 2016 s NF Billyard P/L DA16/1063 156 Adelaide Street, St Marys Demolition of existing structures and construction of 6 x 2-storey townhouses and strata subdivision into 6 x lots Contact: Gannon Cuneo on 4732 7774 Closing Date: 8 November 2016 s Lucky Stone No. 2 Pty Ltd DA16/1053 2 Lord Sheffield Circuit, Penrith Erection of a 6-storey residential flat building comprising 103 units with 2 levels of basement car parking and associated works Contact: Clare Aslanis on 4732 8195 Closing Date: 7 November 2016 s NF Billyard P/L DA16/1061 13 Stafford Street, Kingswood Demolition of existing structures and construction of 5 x 2-storey townhouses Contact: Sufyan Nguyen on 4732 8568 Closing Date: 7 November 2016

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olice are continuing their plea for pedestrians to take extra care when crossing Penrith roads after a spate of jaywalking incidents. Over the past few weeks police officers have made observations on pedestrian behaviour and on the back of those results have implemented strategies to help educate pedestrians on road safety. Crime Manager at Penrith Police Station, Detective Acting Inspector Shane Wheeler, told the Weekender both motorists and pedestrians have a responsibility on the roads. “The onus is on the drivers to obey the speed limits, traffic signals and take caution through the Penrith CBD and built up areas,” he said. “Then the onus is also on the pedestrian to obey the law by crossing the roads at the designated areas, stay well within the footpaths and not walk on any road.” In the past five years in the Penrith LGA, there have been six pedestrian fatalities and 134 pedestrians injured, including 52 seriously. Det. Insp. Wheeler said the issuing of the $72 infringement is based on

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“Under the Home Building Act 1989, consumers who have entered a contract for residential building work valued at over $20,000 should have received a certificate of insurance under the Home Building Compensation Fund,” he said. Concerned customers should call QBE Insurance on 1300 790 723.

s NF Billyard Pty Ltd DA15/0337.02 6 John Street, St Marys Modification to approved 10 x 2-storey townhouses to amend internal layout of Units 4 and 5 as well as relocate car parking spaces Contact: Timothy Mahoney on 4732 7515 Closing Date: 7 November 2016 s TPG NSW Town Planning & Urban Design DA16/1068 111 Andrews Road, Cranebrook Construction of a mixed-use development consisting of a service station, KFC restaurant, medical centre, pharmacy, subway, café, gymnasium, vacant commercial tenancies, signage, parking and landscaping Contact: Pukar Pradhan on 4732 7726 Closing Date: 7 November 2016

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

Approved Development Application s NF Billyard Pty Ltd DA16/0563 Lot 3 DP 32349, Lot 4 DP 32349, Lot 5 DP 32349, Lot 6 DP 129190 (No. 96) Great Western Highway, Kingswood Demolition of existing structures and construction of 20 x 2-storey townhouses Viewing of Development Applications The above development determination/s may be inspected between 8.30am and 4pm Mondays to Fridays (except Public Holidays) at Council’s Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith. Officers of Council’s Development Services Department will be able to assist with your enquiries. 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 penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

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Turning back time

It was in 1863 when Penrith really came to life. The reason? The railway line finally connected with the area, ensuring Penrith would serve as a major railway town. Penrith experienced major expansion as a result of the arrival of rail.

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njoy a cool break from the warm weather this spring and head to Hoyts to check out all the latest movie releases. From laugh-out-loud comedies to edge-ofyour-seat thrillers, Hoyts has something for everyone with multiple screens showing all the best new release films daily. Get your hands on delicious snacks from the snack bar, an ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream or an Eagle Boys pizza to complete your cinema experience. The Hoyts complex, located in the heart of Westfield Penrith, also offers a massive Xtremescreen cinema which features a 15 metre high screen and 7.1 surround sound. Movies titles screening at Hoyts Penrith this week include ‘Jack Reacher 2: Never Go Back’, ‘Deepwater Horizon’, ‘The Girl on the Train’, ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’, ‘Inferno’ and ‘Sully’. The Weekender has a Hoyts family pass to give away. For your chance to win, email the code word ‘HOYTS’ to competitions@westernweekender.com.au with your name and contact details. Entries close Wednesday, October 26. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPM/16/00054. Terms and conditions at www.westernweekender.com.au or Weekender reception.

The influx of new restaurants into Penrith shows how much the city is growing and evolving. Steak houses, Chinese and Thai will always be popular, but it’s great to finally have some variety.

The Daily Mail may be popular, but stories like the one it ran on Wednesday in relation to Andrew Upton and Harriet Dyer prove that gutter journalism is still alive and well in Australia.

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lthough it looks like housing in western Sydney is in abundance, Penrith’s Mayor and Deputy Mayor want more of it. In a briefing with local journalists last week, Mayor John Thain said Penrith needs housing in all shapes and forms, from executive to affordable, and to rent and buy. “I want to set a good foundation stone to push that along,� he said, admitting it may not be achieved in his two-year term as Mayor. From estate-living at Twin Creeks to penthouses in the CBD, Mr Thain said there’s many options for executive living that could be taken advantage of.

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“We need to recognise we do need more executive style housing to attract people for those jobs at the Sydney Science Park and Badgerys Creek airport,� he said. “But we also need to make it affordable for people to buy. “Millennials don’t want the type of housing we wanted to first buy.� Deputy Mayor Tricia Hitchen recognised the need for more group homes in the area, for people with a disability to live independent from, but close to their families. “After schools there’s nothing for people with a disability,� she said. “Group homes offer a better environment for them.� Comfortable living for Penrith’s ageing population was also identified as a key focus area.

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fter becoming paralysed from separate freak motorcycle accidents, two West Australian men have turned their adversity into advocacy. Terry Mader and Jim Cairns founded disability support service, My Supports, after riding quad bikes across Australia together to raise awareness for paraplegia. Now, My Supports is one of the fastest growing disability support services, and has recently become available to the Penrith region through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Mr Mader puts its success down to what sets them apart from other providers – having co-founders who live with disabilities. “Because of who we are, the service experience is very different,” he said. “We know people with a disability and their families are looking for support provided by local people, with local connections, in a really flexible way.” Those locals provide services through small, in-community teams called Neighbourhood Teams, who work under four coordinators. Of My Supports’ 136 staff members, 20 per cent have lived with a disability, and

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ot one, but two German-inspired eateries are coming to Penrith this December. Both Westfield and Nepean Village are going head-to-head fitting out stores with the popular-style ‘bier haus’. A brand new Jager Haus will be in the freestanding building at the Nepean Village, formerly Outback Jacks, and Westfield Penrith will have The Bavarian, the fast-paced sibling of the famous Bavarian Bier Cafe. A spokesperson for Nepean Village’s parent company, Vicinity Centres, said Jager Haus will be a family-owned traditional bier haus, with a full menu and an extensive beer range. “Owner Janette identified a gap in the market and is excited to bring a new offer to the Penrith community,” she said. “Whether it’s a quick dinner on a weekday, a pre-footy drink or a family night out, Jager Haus is expected to impress.” Across town at Westfield Penrith, Bavarian will be built as dual-concept dining alongside gourmet fast-fired pizza icon, Fratelli Famous. Urban Purveyor Group CEO, Thomas Pash, said don’t fear, it will still have all the favourites in an old-meets-new encounter, with over 20 beers on tap, and 40 in total.

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“Throw in baskets of twice-cooked, hand-cut fries with different toppings; chicken wings with a choice of BBQ, Buffalo and Diablo sauces; build your own salads with house-made dressings; and Bavarian favourites including the famous crispy pork knuckle, crackling pork belly and tasting platters,” he said. The concept will hire around 125 new employees across both venues, and will fit over 200 diners both inside and al fresco. Mr Pash said they expect to open the fast-casual dining experience at the former Hogsbreath Cafe location by midDecember. “We like to cluster our brands together where possible in areas of high foot traffic, such as shopping centres and dining precincts, enabling customers to grab a quick bite at an affordable price point,” he said. “We hope that Penrith residents and visitors find our local venues and menus similarly enticing, and the vast outdoor seating area a drawcard during the warm, summer months.” Penrith’s dining options are evolving significantly, with a variety of new restaurants on the way to a new precinct near Tench Reserve. And burger joint Down N’ Out opened in High Street yesterday, offering new twists on an old favourite and promising items Penrith has never seen before.

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Woman escapes conviction over pedestrian accident

A motorist who hit an elderly pedestrian, fracturing her ankle and wrist, has dodged a criminal conviction. Penrith Local Court heard Kyleigh Maree Brown was attempting to make a right turn with the sun in her eyes when she struck the 74-year-old at low speed, prompting the victim to lose her footing and hit the ground. Ms Brown’s lawyer submitted his client, who previously pleaded guilty to negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, had waited at the green light for about 10 seconds and thought it was safe to proceed. “The negligence is negligible, if I can say that,” he argued, submitting the objective seriousness was low. The prosecution agreed, conceding the criminality was low but stopped short of absolving her completely, arguing the mother-of-four should be held accountable as the victim was left with “very significant injuries”. “Section 10 is opposed,” the police prosecutor said. Magistrate Margaret McGlynn said the defendant had an enviable driving record, with only a single infringement in 24 years. “It’s an excellent driving record,” she said, adding candidly that it was one “those sitting at the bar table” and perhaps even those “behind the bench” would be proud to hold. She said it was clear the defendant was normally a careful driver, as she was on this occasion. “You stopped at the intersection and you progressed slowly,” she said. “It’s unfortunate you had the sun in your eyes and it’s absolutely devastating for the lady who walked across the road that you collided with her.” Magistrate McGlynn said the accused showed immediate remorse. “It is not a trivial offence and you’ve never treated it as such,” she said.

She found the offence proved without proceeding to conviction subject to Ms Brown entering into a two-year good behaviour bond.

Heated argument resulted in man being hit by car

A woman who knocked her husband to the ground with their car after a heated argument has had her three-year driving ban overturned. Julie Pender faced Penrith District Court on Friday to appeal the severity of her mandatory disqualification after she was convicted of driving furiously causing grievous bodily harm last month. The court was told on the day of the offence, the appellant and her husband of 21 years had gotten into an argument on their drive into work, culminating in Ms Pender being distressed at work. When she went to collect the vehicle from the car park of her husband’s work, she hit the victim, who was standing in front of the car with his hands raised. “He’s fallen down and sustained minor abrasions,” Judge Stephen Hanley noted from the facts. “She should have taken more care.” He said Ms Pender had “nothing of a serious nature, other than this” on her record and noted the crime was at the “very bottom of this type of offending”. “I suspect, given the amended facts another charge could have been laid,” he said. He took into account her “emotional disturbance at the time” before upholding the appeal and setting aside her conviction in lieu of her entering into a six-month good behaviour bond.

Florist needs licence to attend markets throughout the week

A florist nabbed mid-range drink driving has been granted leniency for the sake of her fledgling business and staff. Leslie-Anne Grantham’s lawyer said his client’s business would suffer greatly if she was unable to attend Flemington

Markets three to four times a week to hand-pick her blooms. He said attending the markets gave the mother-of-three a “competitive advantage” as it allowed her to supply “something a little bit out of the ordinary” to her customers. “She is someone who has a genuine need for a licence,” he said. The court heard the defendant and her partner were enjoying a child-free night out and had consumed a five-course degustation meal with matching wines before she was pulled over and failed a random breath test. “You have quite a good driving record except for the prior offence of low-range drink driving of which you were granted the benefit of a Section 10 and that was in 2013,” Magistrate Margaret McGlynn said. She said because of the impact to the defendant’s business and staff she would reduce the disqualification period to the minimum six months. She was convicted and fined $1,000.

Man promises to turn his life around for his son

A magistrate has told an expectant father to stay off drugs and get his life on track or risk being a poor role model to his son. James Lawrence Hill fronted Penrith Local Court last Friday charged with possessing a prohibited drug and breaching his Section 9 bond imposed in March for assaulting and intimidating a police officer. “Tell me about yourself. What are you doing?” Magistrate Margaret McGlynn asked. “I’m looking for work. Trying to sort this stuff out with my life so I can get ready for my son,” Mr Hill replied. Magistrate McGlynn said she hoped he was going to try to keep on the straight and narrow. “I’m going to do more than try,” Mr Hill promised. “You’re going to have to,” Magistrate

McGlynn said. “You’re going to have someone who is going to look up to you as a role model. If he sees you doped up on weed all the time you’re not going to be much of a role model or father.” No action was taken on the bond.

Woman slapped with hefty fines; fails to attend court

Carly Kate Gregory-Naum has been slapped with $3,750 worth of fines after committing a number of driving offences. Ms Gregory-Naum was convicted in her absence of two counts each of driving unlicenced and using an unregistered and uninsured car when she failed to turn up to Penrith Local Court last Friday. She was fined $500 each for the first counts and $750 each for the second set of offences, committed just three days apart.

Magistrate orders man off the road for three years

Steven Campbell has been disqualified from driving for three years after being intercepted driving unlicenced. Magistrate Roger Clisdell said it was evident Mr Campbell, who failed to turn up to Penrith Local Court last Thursday and had his matter dealt with in his absence, was not inclined to get his licence. “He has no interest in getting a licence, looking at his record,” he said. He was convicted and fined $1,000 by the magistrate.

Man fails to turn up to court; cops fines and driving ban

Dale Chesterton has been barred from driving for two years after pleading guilty to driving while disqualified. Mr Chesterton failed to appear before Penrith Local Court last Friday, but indicated in writing he wanted to have his matter dealt with in his absence. “It says ‘I will fax a medical certificate’,” Magistrate Roger Clisdell said. “I’ve heard that one before.” He was convicted and fined $1,000.

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St Marys: Man busted for driving without a licence

A man who allegedly knew he was suspended from driving was caught by police behind the wheel in St Marys last weekend. At about 5pm on Sunday, October 16, police were patrolling Brisbane Street, St Marys, when they had cause to stop a vehicle. Officers had a conversation with the 20-year-old Whalan man who was driving the car at the time. Checks were conducted on him and the vehicle he was driving. It was revealed that the man was a Class P1 driver and his licence was suspended. It’s alleged the man previously knew of his suspension. He was charged with ‘drive licence suspended’ and ‘not comply P1 licence – no P plates (Class C)’. He is due to appear in Penrith Local Court on Monday, November 7.

Werrington County: Vintage car destroyed by fire

Police are calling for witnesses after a man’s vehicle was completely destroyed by fire last week in Werrington County. At about 5.20am on Monday, October 10, the occupants of a residence in Colson Crescent heard a loud bang out the front of their home. The woman looked out the window and saw flames coming from the roof of her husband’s 1967 Ford Lincoln motor vehicle. The car was completely destroyed in the blaze as well as part of the balcony of the residence. Detectives attended and carried out investigations. Inquiries are continuing. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Jordan Springs: Man to face court over fraud offences A man was arrested after a search

warrant was executed at a residence in Jordan Springs in relation to a number of fraud-related offences. At about 7am on Wednesday, October 12, Penrith detectives executed a search warrant at a residence on Greenwood Parkway, Jordan Springs, as a result of a fraud investigation. A number of exhibits were seized by police and a 25-year-old man was arrested and charged. It’s alleged a number of the items were being sold on the Internet. He was charged with nine offences and was granted conditional bail. He is due to appear in Penrith Local Court on Thursday, November 3.

Penrith: Police investigating after rocks thrown at bus

Police are investigating after a number of rocks were allegedly thrown at a bus in Penrith last week. At about 7.15pm on Tuesday, October 11, a Busways bus was travelling down Stafford Street, Penrith when it approached the intersection at Castlereagh Street. The driver saw two males near the intersection and observed them throwing items at the bus, believed to be rocks. Police are asking for any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. One male is described as wearing a black shirt and shorts and the other male was in the possession of a pushbike. Police spoke with a representative from Busways who confirmed there was no damage to the bus and no passengers were injured. Police are reminding people they should not report crime information via their Facebook and Twitter pages. Do you want to keep up to date with breaking police stories? Make sure you follow us on Twitter @wwpenrith or on Facebook by going to www.facebook. com/westernweekender.

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Assets after a divorce This week our family law lawyer Kristy Vukovic addresses one of the most commonly asked questions in marriage and relationship breakdowns. Following the breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship the assets available for distribution between the parties includes all assets and liabilities, whether they are held in the sole name of one of the parties or the joint names of both. This also includes property each party held in their own name prior to entering into the relationship and property acquired by each party since separation. While a property settlement is not compulsory, it is important that a property settlement is entered into to ensure that neither party can have another bite of the cherry down the track. Put simply, if an informal agreement is reached but then one of the parties changes their mind, they may be able to approach the Court for an Order seeking a greater share of the assets. For married couples a property settlement can be sought via the Family Court for a period of 12 months following the date of divorce. It does not matter if the parties have been separated for a significant amount of time before the divorce takes effect.

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In this case the value of the assets, liabilities and other financial resources are considered at the time that the Orders are made or when an agreement is reached, not at the time separation occurs. This means that all assets and liabilities acquired or accrued during the period of separation will still be considered by the Court to be part of the property to be divided as a result of the breakdown of the relationship. For de facto couples, a property settlement can be sought via the Family Court for a period of two years following the date of separation. The same principle above applies to assets and liabilities acquired or accrued during a period of separation, that is they will be considered part of the property of the relationship for the purposes of determining who gets what. Even if the breakdown of your relationship is amicable, you should always seek the advice of an appropriately qualified family lawyer to make sure that you get your fair share and that if agreement is reached you are protected by a legally binding property settlement. For more advice on this contact Kristy Vukovic on 4704 9991 or email Kristy at kristy@completelaw.com.au.

Man fined after being found with drugs Phillip Brian Benson has been hit with a $400 fine after pleading guilty to drug possession. Penrith Local Court heard Mr Benson was caught with a small amount of cannabis.

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to Afford head office. Afford also supports many local community groups and events for the benefit of people with disability in the community. Trusted by more than 2,000 people every day across Greater Western Sydney, Afford constantly strives to provide work, living, accommodation, training and education opportunities for people with disability to achieve life happiness. More information on 1300 233 673 or afford.com.au.

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people with disability in the community. The $16 million project will see six homes established to house up to 40 residents. The project is a culmination of three years of planning, design and consultation with builders and clients to create homes that are tailored for the needs of residents. Afford has provided residents with skills based training courses and Lifestyle Assistants also provide support for daily activities.

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A sporting chance for kids with disability Afford is pleased to be part of creating opportunities for children with special needs and disabilities to learn and play soccer outside of the regular club structure and, most importantly, have fun!

Advocating for people with disability Afford is a Gold Sponsor of the Nepean Disability Expo each year and plays a pivotal role in the coordination of the event by having representation on the event’s steering committee.

Employer of Choice Awarded an Employer of Choice, Afford provides satisfying, engaging and person-centred work opportunities for more than 450 supported employees every year.

Individualised Support The NDIS has an early transition site in Nepean Blue Mountains for 2,000 children and young people aged 17. Afford is ready to help people with disability across the region achieve their personal goals and aspirations.

Afford launches disability services that offer new life experiences Fun, sun and a chance to live life to the fullest - that’s the motto for Afford’s newest person-centred services, Club Afford and Afford Getaways. Afford Getaways are specially packaged holidays that are researched, planned and packaged to provide a memorable holiday to make the dreams of participants come true. Afford Getaway participants have travelled to a range of exciting destinations including Australia’s Gold Coast theme parks, Australia Zoo and Dubbo Zoo, and most recently to California to visit Disneyland.

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western Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek is expected to one day have more passengers through its terminals than today’s busiest international airports. Its forecast 82 million passengers per year is more than current international airports at Dubai, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) predicts that by 2050, 37 million passengers will walk through Western Sydney Airport’s terminals, which will blow out to 82 million by 2063. Vice President of the Residents Against Western Sydney Airport, Paul Goleby, said that’s around 370,000 flights per year by 2063. “Without a curfew, that is about a plane every two to three minutes,” he said. “The reality is that this is put forward as a 24 hours a day, seven days a week airport.” The Federal Department of Infrastructure’s Western Sydney Airport website confirms an airport at Badgerys Creek has always been planned to operate on a curfew-free basis. It outlined that demand for flights at night would not be as high as demand during the day, and the majority of flights would be in the 7am to 10am and 4pm to

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• Singapore Changi Airport (SIN): 55,449,000 • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK): 56,827,154 • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS): 58,284,864 • Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG): 60,053,387 • Hong Kong International Airport (HKG): 68,283,407 • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): 74,937,004 • Tokyo International Airport (HND): 75,316,718 • Dubai International Airport (DXB): 78,010,265 Passenger numbers are tipped to blow out to 82 million annually by 2063 7pm peak periods. Mr Goleby said in terms of social equity, a western Sydney airport should have the same curfew as that of Kingsford Smith Airport (KSA), from 11pm to 6am. “If you want to deal with passenger movements, KSA without a curfew could easily manage the number of flights into the next 20 years,” he said. To handle the 82 million passengers,

the western Sydney airport will have two runways operating, leaving open the direction of flights and location of merge points. A spokesperson for Penrith Council said both 2050 and 2063 scenarios give more reason for the right infrastructure to be built surrounding the airport. “Regardless of the two operational scenarios addressed in the EIS, it is impor-

tant for the infrastructure to be relevant to western Sydney,” he said. The spokesperson said a north-south rail line would capitalise on the enormous potential that exists. “Connecting the north west and south west will open up further employment options closer to home for western Sydney residents reducing the burden on families,” he said.

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No prison for Penrith I agree with Councillor Marcus Cornish (Worst criminals coming to Penrith, Weekender October 14). The upgrade of Emu Plains Prison should be sent further west. I also agree with Penrith Mayor John Thain and that is the new upgrade which will house our “worst criminals” is not acceptable. Thank you Western Weekender for bringing this shocking news to my attention. JENNIFER ELAND, VIA EMAIL

Lions need our support Us oldies are often criticised for saying it was “better in our day” but your front page story last week on the membership struggles of the Lions Clubs in our area just proves it to be a fact. People are just “too busy” these days, consumed with things that don’t really matter, to make a real difference in their community and to help others. I really do fear for what we’ll become in the next 10 to 20 years, when clubs like this no longer exist. STEVE WILLOUGHBY, CRANEBROOK

ENROL YOUR CHILD IN 2017 Penrith City Council Children’s Services will hold enrolment days for new families at each of its Child Care Centres.

These enrolment days are between Monday 10 October and Friday 28 October 2016.

Marriage equality debate Please contact 4732 7840 for the date and time of your centre’s enrolment day.

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It’s not hard to see what your preferences are about same sex marriage (Editor’s Desk, Weekender October 14). Marriage is between a man and a woman and their children will have a mother and a father. The same sex people will have to find another word that justifies their

union. We don’t want the minority to take the word “marriage” and use it as they see fit just because they are different. PETER CARRICK, CAMBRIDGE GARDENS

Playing politics Bill Shorten and the Labor Party are not interested in homosexual marriage. They are simply using it as a tool to overthrow the Liberal Party at the next election. If they did care about homosexuals getting married they would’ve agreed with the plebiscite and allowed the Australian people to vote on the issue. LUKE PORTELLI, VIA EMAIL

Time to do what makes sense Watching the ABC’s ‘Four Corners’ last week, it became obvious just how silly those opposed to same sex marriage really look. Their arguments would be hilariously funny if this wasn’t such a serious issue. It is time for Australia to get with the times, do what is right, and allow gay people to get married. When it really comes down to it, what’s the problem? The argument about children needing both a mother and a father is ridiculous. There’s no law stopping a 16-year-old girl getting pregnant and being a single mum, yet we’re trying to use the ‘mum and dad’ argument in the marriage equality debate. Can Australia please grow up? GREG PETERS, VIA EMAIL

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Ending Homelessness

Volunteers needed to help local campaign ERIN MAMO

entworth Community Housing needs your help to end homelessness in Penrith. During Registry Week, October 28 to November 3, Wentworth Housing with Platform Youth Service and Mission Australia in Penrith will take the next step in their ‘Heading Home’ project that aims to end homelessness in the Penrith, Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains areas. As part of the week, Wentworth is calling on community members to volunteer their time to help trained staff conduct surveys with people experiencing homelessness. Project Coordinator at Wentworth, Joanne Robinson, said Registry Week is a major part of ending homelessness in the community. “Registry Week will give us the chance to find out who exactly in our community is experiencing homelessness and how much assistance they need,” Ms Robinson said. “Some people may only require what we call low needs service meaning that they just need a home. “While others may have medium or high needs which means they require more than housing.”

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At the beginning of Registry Week, it will be mandatory that each volunteer attends a half day training course. Then on either November 1, 2 or 3, volunteers will go out with a trained staff member from Wentworth to conduct the surveys with people experiencing homelessness. The surveys will mostly be done first thing in the morning between the hours of 4.30am and 8.30am, throughout Penrith, Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains and the staff at Wentworth will do their best to place people at the most convenient of the three locations. The aim of the week is to get a better picture of the people experiencing homelessness in our community. Training will be on Friday, October 28 from 1pm to 5pm in Springwood, Sunday, October 30 from 1pm to 5pm in Penrith and Monday, October 31 from 1pm to 5pm in Windsor. If you would like to volunteer or are interested in finding out more about how you can help, contact Joanne Robinson on 4777 8025 or email headinghome@ wentworth.org.au. The Heading Home project continues to attract pledges from across the area, with locals keen to show their support to the community campaign.

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Health

Community

First steps towards Nepean Hospital’s major redevelopment

Sexual health and awareness is crucial in disabled community DALE DRINKWATER

n the daily grind of caring for someone with a disability, sexuality is an area that sometimes gets ignored. For too long, people with an intellectual disability have been denied the opportunity to understand and explore their sexuality, according to Rob Hardy from Family Planning NSW. “Society has a very long history as seeing people with a disability as asexual,” he told the Weekender. “That often means they are denied the opportunity to express sexuality... and are denied good sexual health education because it’s seen as they don’t need it.” However, Mr Hardy said people with a disability have the same rights as everyone else, and similar needs and wants. “Underpinning that, is everyone’s right to good health and sexual education, as basically understanding your own body parts, and body ownership,” he said. Mr Hardy said parents play a very important role in providing that education, but they are often worried about opening a ‘can of worms’ by talking about sexuality. That’s where Family Planning NSW comes in, who are holding a sexuality and relationships forum for parents and carers this weekend.

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epean Hospital’s redevelopment is at least three years away from its first phase being completed, according to its project team. Bruno Zinghini, Senior Project Director from Health Infrastructure, met with the Weekender last week, and said the phased project will ensure the hospital services are first priority, and construction is second. “To ensure this outcome, the redevelopment will be carefully phased to minimise any disruptions during construction,” he said. The first step for the project team is to prepare a Preliminary Business Case, that is due to the NSW Ministry of Health by December. For that, the project team is working with a range of stakeholders to develop a master plan, and is about to liaise with user groups to determine what clinical services will be included in the project. “These elements of planning will help create a concept design which demon-

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strates how the clinical services will fit together. This concept design will be the first milestone that can be shown to the community,” Mr Zinghini said. A budget for the project will not be known until March next year, when the Final Business Case is submitted and the project team has a clearer idea of what services will be in the redevelopment. “The budget is determined by the scope of project based on the clinical services plan, including clinical and non-clinical service priorities,” Mr Zinghini said. Mr Zinghini could however, confirm that the redevelopment will be based on health and population forecasts up to 2027, and some services up to 2023. “In addition, the master planning process considers future expansion opportunities on the hospital campus after the redevelopment, to meet the community’s needs from 2032 and beyond,” he said. Nepean Hospital’s Acting General Manager, Brett Williams, said it’s exciting to see the redevelopment planning coming together. What does Nepean need most? Tell us via Twitter @wwpenrith.

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“We explore a range of options to express their sexuality, that might include developing relationship skills, and with some people supporting them to see a sex worker,” Mr Hardy said. It will run from 1pm to 5pm at the Glenmore Park Community Centre this Saturday, October 22, and is free for parents and carers of people with intellectual disability. The tickets can be accessed via www.fpnsw.org.au/parentforums.

Mayor’s News The weekly views of Penrith’s Mayor

Australia Day Award Nominations

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We all know that Penrith is full of incredible people. Often people go about their business helping others and the community with little or no recognition. We want to recognise our local heroes who make a special contribution to our community. You may know someone who makes Penrith an even better place to live. Maybe a colleague, neighbour, friend or relative – anyone who is a role model, who excels in their field and who invests time and effort in our community. If you admire someone for making a difference to the Penrith community, then give them the recognition they deserve and nominate them for a 2017 Australia Day Award. The awards will highlight excellence across categories including: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year (16-25 years), Sportsperson of the Year and Local Appreciation Awards (for community service). All nominees are considered for the Penrith Citizen of the Year Award and Penrith’s Local Hero Award. To receive this honour, winners must

demonstrate excellence in their field and be considered inspirational role models for the community. One nomination is all it takes for your hero to be in the running. It’s easy to nominate someone, just visit penrithcity.nsw.gov.au or request a form from the Civic Centre or your nearest library branch. There’s only a week left to nominate your local hero! Be sure to get your nomination in by October 28. Don’t forget that Penrith’s annual Australia Day Celebrations will be held on Thursday, January 26 2017 from 3-8pm at Jamison Park for the first time. There will be a range of fun, free activities including a traditional Aussie BBQ, bush dancing, bush bands, blacksmith and spinning demonstrations, old fashioned games like tug-o-war, sheep dog demonstrations and historical displays to name a few. Our 2017 Australia Day celebrations will be all about making what’s old, new again. Have a great weekend.

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Small gesture lands big smiles Students at St Clair Public School thrilled with new play area DALE DRINKWATER

pecial needs students at St Clair Public School have a brand new play area, thanks to the kindness and generosity of two turfing companies. With a small budget, there wasn’t much hope to install a quality play area for the Kindergarten to Year 3 students – that was until Grassman and Scot’s Synthetic Surfaces stepped in. “We just had this horrible patch of dirt and we wanted to make it an engaging space for the kids, because play is just so important for their language and social development,” Assistant Principal, Sue Burnett said. “I was ringing around to get quotes, and then Michael from Grassman said because it wasn’t a huge space, they would donate the grass to us.” Now, the small area has its own race track, driving circuit and runway for kids to play with their cars and planes. “It’s a lovely space, the kids are really excited by it. It was such a nice surprise for them when they came back after the holidays,” Ms Burnett said. “They’ve been having a ball, so we are really appreciative.” Michael Korabelnikoff from Grassman said every year the company aims to

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of weeds and unused – free of charge.” A simple gesture, Mr Korabelnikoff said it didn’t take too long for he and Scot Rufferty, owner of distributor and installer Scot’s Synthetic Surfaces, to draw up a design for the kids. During the school holidays, Mr Rufferty visited St Clair to lay the turf. “We just wanted to give something back to the community,” Mr Rufferty said.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is advising motorists that changed traffic conditions will be in place on the M4 Western Motorway at Jamisontown during work to install communications pits. “Providing real-time traffic management information is vital to improving travel times for motorists,” RMS said in a statement. “Roads and Maritime is continually improving an extensive communications cable network to support the operation of traffic lights, vehicle counters, electronic message signs and other technology across the road network.” The work will be carried out along a 2.5 kilometre section of the M4 during 10 nights of work before Sunday, November 13, weather permitting. Work hours will be from 8pm to 5am and lane closures may be in place for the safety of workers and road users. “Motorists are thanked for their patience while the essential work is carried out,” the RMS said. For the latest traffic updates call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

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Festival called off The Mamre Festival at Mamre House & Farm (advertised on page 41 of the October 14 edition of The Western Weekender) that was due to be held on Sunday, October 23 has now been cancelled. For further information, please contact simone.taylor@ccss.org.au or call 8822 2222.

CHILDREN’S WEEK 25 - 28 OCTOBER 2016 TUESDAY 25 OCTOBER JORDAN SPRINGS 10am-12pm Lakeside Parade, Jordan Springs Town Centre

THURSDAY 27 OCTOBER NORTH ST MARYS 9.30-11.30am Neighbourhood Centre, Debrincat Ave

TUESDAY 25 OCTOBER COLYTON 9.30-11.30am Neighbourhood Centre, corner of Jensen and Willoughby Streets

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Experience the river like never before Your chance to win a private tour of the Nepean River at Penrith’s REAL Festival next month DALE DRINKWATER

undreds of Penrith residents spend their Saturdays on the stunning Nepean River, but few get to see its full potential. Now, residents have the opportunity to experience the Nepean River as they never have before, by winning one of five Nepean River Eco Tours. By telling us your favourite memory of the Nepean River, you and a friend could be cruising along the water during the Nepean River Real Festival on Saturday, November 5. Nepean River Eco Tours owner and tour guide, Steve Defina, said in its 11 years of operation, hardly any locals have taken advantage of the experience. “I started doing fishing charters in Warragamba, and everyone would comment on what an amazing place it was, and that’s when I started doing Eco Tours,” he said. “99 per cent of my tours are from people outside the area, which astounds me because it’s right in our backyard.” Mr Defina wants to change that, so no more locals miss out on experiencing Nepean Gorge, Penrith’s hidden secret he believes is as good as Katherine Gorge or Kakadu National Park. “You’re talking a river that is 20 metres

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the river like I do, I know every rock in the place.” The 30 minute private tours will take one lucky winner and a guest five kilometres down the Nepean Gorge in a custom-built commercial vessel, small enough to manoeuvre the river’s tightest spots. Valued at $90 each, there are just five tours to win, that will be valid for use on

Saturday, November 5 only. The first tour will begin at 10.30am leaving from the boat ramp at Tench Reserve, returning every half an hour, with the last tour departing at 12.30pm. To enter, email competitions@westernweekender.com.au and tell us your favourite memory of the Nepean River. Entries close 5pm Friday, October 28.

Ramp closure Roads and Maritime Services is advising motorists of changed traffic conditions that will be in place for essential maintenance work on the M4 Motorway at Colyton. The concrete on the eastbound ramp onto the M4 will be replaced, which will require four night shifts from 10pm to 5am between Monday, November 7 and Friday, November 25, weather permitting. The ramp will be closed on November 7 and 8 from 10pm to 5am each day, weather permitting. If work is unable to be completed on these nights because of weather, the closures will be rescheduled for alternative nights and electronic message signage will be in place to advise motorists of the closure.

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t is a common call in the lead-up to a rugby league match at Pepper Stadium – “get your Footy Doubles” – but when you dig into your pocket, find some loose change and try your luck, do you ever wonder where the money actually goes? For many years, the Nepean Rotary Club have been the beneficiaries of the humble Footy Doubles program, who then put the thousands of dollars raised each season back into various youthrelated projects. This season alone, the Nepean Rotary Club raised more than $15,000 just by selling $1 Footy Doubles to punters in Penrith. For people who aren’t aware, Footy Doubles are similar to a lottery scratchie as in when you open it up it reveals two numbers – one number under ‘home’ and one number under ‘opposition’. These numbers correspond with players from the home and away sides. If your home side number and your away side number score the first try for their respective teams, you collect a $100 cash prize. Aaron Tyers from Nepean Rotary Club was overwhelmed by the support Footy Doubles received at Penrith Panthers games this season. “It is a great outcome… I love getting to know the regular buyers and it’s good fun,” he said.

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Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!” (Dr Seuss) Most business owners have at some time, or quite regularly, dreamt up some amazing ideas. Most of us don’t have the resources or the time to bring all those ideas to fruition. But how do you move from the lightbulb moment that appears when you’re in the shower or lying on the beach, to a tangible possibility for your business? The biggest mistake business owners can make when they have a great idea is to share the vision with too many people. Chances are, at least one of those people won’t share that vision, or will only be able to evaluate it through the lens of their experience. Choose wisely who to consult, and only do so when you truly need advice, not just because you are excited and want to share your idea with everyone. Coupled with ‘oversharing’ is the mistake of letting yourself get too excited about an idea. The excitement itself is perfectly fine, but it can lead to

making decisions that you otherwise wouldn’t. Keep the passion and initial excitement, but ensure that you don’t lose perspective in the process. While you should be careful not to make rash decisions when you embark on developing a new idea, it is also a good idea not to wait too long to take your first steps. It is likely that selfdoubt will creep in and you will start questioning whether the idea is feasible. Over-thinking can squash creativity and motivation. Give your idea time to settle and explore the possibilities, and then if you know you’re on to a good thing, start working on it! And then of course, any business owner who has been operating for more than a year or so, understands that a great idea requires tremendous effort to develop it into the final product or service. While your idea might be fantastic, the idea is not the end result: it is just the beginning. To end with another Dr Seuss quote: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

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You can’t get an iPhone 7 if you had an iPhone 5 stolen. Similarly, if you are covered for $50,000 and you lose $5,000 due to fire you will only receive $5,000. The principle is that you do not gain any financial or asset advantage from the insurance restoration. In order for the insurer to cover you, you must make full disclosure when you apply for the cover. Full disclosure means detailing all the relevant information regarding your existing circumstances as they relate to the type of cover sought. If you do not give full information, and the policy is approved, then the insurance company may not allow any claims you make in relation to the covered event. If you operate your private car for business services, or if you use your home for business purposes then you need to contact your insurer so that you are covered whilst conducting business. If you want to review your insurance, or seek the services of an insurance broker, then call one of our advisers. We will be happy to help you.

he government’s business site (business.gov.au) is an excellent resource for small businesses and has a well written section that introduces the topic of insurance. I recommend all business people to have a look at it. However, it is not comprehensive and quite simplistic. So let’s fill in some of the gaps. Insurance is where you enter into a contract with an insurance company and that organisation pays an amount should an adverse event occur that causes loss or damage. Using risk assessment and economic modelling, the insurance company can estimate the risk of a damaging event occurring and set a premium for you and others based on that risk and other factors. By covering a lot of people for a damaging event, the insurer will have enough money to compensate those people who have suffered damage. The theory behind insurance is that you will only be paid the amount that restores your wealth to what it was before the event occurred.

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“Once we got into the swing of it we started having a lot of fun and we’re looking forward to doing another one.” Since 2011 the band – who are best known for their hits ‘Computer Games’ and ‘People’ – have been joined by former Noiseworks member Steve Balbi as lead vocalist. Balbi collaborated on the songwriting process along with Burns and Colin Bayley. “Steve contributed a lot of the lyrics, he’s a very thoughtful kind of guy and he’s always got an interesting slant on whatever he’s singing about so he’s quite poetic with his lyrics,” Murray said. “Well, poetic with attitude,” he laughed.

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Mi-Sex will be touring their new album over the next few months, including a stop off at the Ettamogah Hotel in Kellyville Ridge next month. It’s a potentially scary prospect, putting out new music into a scene that’s vastly different to the way it was in the 80s. But it’s been the support of audiences at their live shows that encouraged the band to release the new album. “We’ve been doing two of the songs on stage and I guess that was the reason why we felt good about doing the record because those two songs got a really good response so it sort of gave us the impetus to carry on,” Murray said. After suffering a stroke on stage in

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Grainger’s version of the Irish Tune from County Derry, which is more commonly known as ‘Danny Boy’. Australian Chamber Orchestra musicians will also perform Mozart’s late ‘String Quartet No 22’ and Ravel’s ‘String Quartet in F major’. This is a fantastic opportunity to witness the combined talents of some of Australia’s finest professional string players and the next generation of orchestral stars. Grab your tickets to this wonderful show now! The Penrith Strings Program will have its final performance for the year at The Joan on Sunday, October 23 at 3pm. Tickets are $10-$15. For more information, visit www.thejoan.com. au or call 4723 7600.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 Bob Gillespie Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Karaoke Venue: Jamison Hotel Free entry, 7.30pm

4721 5764 Mary’s Karaoke Venue: Australian Arms Hotel Free entry, 9pm 4731 3881 Live Entertainment Venue: Club Paceway Free entry, 6.30pm 4721 2375 The Brothers Gibb Venue: Evan Theatre $29.20, 8pm 4720 5555 Sara Storer Venue: Rooty Hill RSL $30, 8pm 9677 4916 Paper Hearts Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Urban Stone Venue: St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Shaylee Wilde Venue: Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 7pm 4722 8180 Jed Zarb Venue: Wallacia Hotel Free entry, 8pm 4773 8888 Rebecca Johnson Band Venue: Fitzroy Hotel Free entry, 8pm 4577 3396

Free entry, 8.30pm 4721 2060 Acoustic Soloist Venue: Red Cow Free entry, 4.30pm 4721 5666 James Rietdijk Venue: Fitzroy Hotel Free entry, 11pm 4577 3396 Social Darts Venue: St Marys Band Club $3, 7pm 9623 1211 Running in the Shadows – The Australian Fleetwood Mac Show Venue: Evan Theatre $29.25, 8pm 4720 5555 Relive some classic hits! Suitcase Stories Venue: The Joan $20-$25, 10am, 12.30pm and 7pm 4723 7600 M7 Venue: St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Greg Agar’s Band Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Will & Garth Venue: Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 8pm 4722 8180 Brad Johns Band Venue: Fitzroy Hotel Free entry, 8pm 4577 3396 Urban Scream Venue: Colonial Hotel Free entry, 8pm 9623 1384 Rose Carleo Venue: Oriental Hotel, Springwood Free entry, 8pm 4751 4488

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 Bobby Benton’s Classic 60s Show Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Karaoke Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 6pm 9623 1211 Jade Hurley Venue: Evan Theatre Members-free, Visitors-$27.20, 4pm 4720 5555

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30 Dwayne Elix Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Chris Connolly Venue: St Marys Leagues Club Free entry, 1pm 9677 7777 Karaoke Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 6pm 9623 1211 Prepare your singing voices!

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The aliens return with the release of the blockbuster sequel ‘Independence Day 2: Resurgence’ on Blu-Ray and DVD this week. While Will Smith is notably absent from the film, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are back, and this time they’re joined by Aussie star Liam Hemsworth. The plot once again puts humans at war with alien invaders. 20 years after the events of the first film, humanity has used the abandoned alien technology from the first attack to create their own advanced defence systems to protect Earth. Unfortunately they’re not quite prepared for the scale of attack they face when the alien invaders once again try to take over.

Standing in their way is a group of brave men and women including United States pilot Jake Morrison (Liam Hemsworth) and scientist David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum). Unfortunately ‘Independence Day 2: Resurgence’ didn’t receive particularly great feedback from the viewing audience, though popular movie review site Rotten Tomatoes did acknowledge the film as “visually impressive”. Regardless, if you’re a fan it’s worth checking out, even if just to satisfy your curiosity and to check out the big screen return of the always cool Jeff Goldblum. Grab your copy of ‘Independence Day 2: Resurgence’ in store or online now.

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Walls // KATE REID Caleb and the rest of the Followill brothers are back this week with the release of their new album ‘Walls’. Opening with jangly guitars the first single ‘Waste A Moment’ has a big, beefy – and most importantly catchy – chorus that makes it perfect single fodder. The rest of the album lives up to its opener and though there’s a few sleepers in the group, it’s a mostly solid rock release. The only downside is that this album is probably not going to be as appealing to those who miss the dirty rock sound of 2003’s ‘Youth & Young Manhood’ and 2004’s ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’. That being said, this is Kings of Leon’s seventh release and the band have managed to make consistently good albums, even if the sound has become more mainstream along the way. Kings of Leon recorded the album with producer Markus Dravs, who has worked with Arcade Fire, Florence and the Machine and Coldplay. If you are a fan, this is well worth a listen. Grab your copy now!

Tom Cruise reprises his role as ex-military officer Jack Reacher in this week’s action thriller blockbuster. Based on the Jack Reacher novel series by Lee Child, the sequel is set four years after the events of the first film. Jack (Tom Cruise) returns to the head-

quarters of his old military unit but he finds himself in hot water when he is accused of a 16-year-old murder. To clear his name he must uncover the truth behind a government conspiracy. Along the way Jack also discovers a secret that will change his life forever. Tom Cruise is joined on screen by ‘How I Met You Mother’ star Cobie Smulders who plays the role of Susan Turner.

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Ê Channel Ten has announced that ‘Australian Survivor’ will wrap up with a big finale this Tuesday, October 25. The finale promises to offer a few twists that viewers don’t see coming. Meanwhile, the network has also announced that ‘The Bachelorette’ will finish a few days later on Thursday, October 27. After meeting everyone’s family this week, Georgia Love finally decides who she’ll hand her final rose to. Both shows have performed reasonably well for Channel Ten this year.

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Ê SBS is airing UK series ‘The Supervet’ this Monday night, profiling English veterinarian Prof. Noel Fitzpatrick. The series follows Prof. Fitzpatrick, known as the ‘bionic vet’, and the team at Fitzpatrick Referrals in the heart of Surrey in England, as he performs cutting-edge surgeries on some of the country’s cutest and most in need pets. Don’t miss it at 7.30pm on SBS. Ê The eighth and final season of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ begins on FOX8 on Tuesday, November 7 at 8.30pm. Screening two weeks after its US premiere, season eight consists of 16 episodes and will see the return of Nina Dobrev as popular character ‘Elena Gilbert’. Ê Here’s one for Harley Davidson lovers with Discovery Channel premiering the mini series ‘Harley and the Davidsons’. ‘Harley and the Davidsons’ charts the birth of the iconic motorbike during a time of great social and technological change at the turn of the 20th Century. Featuring an all-star cast, it premieres on Thursday, November 17 at 8.30pm.

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Rotary fundraiser Sunday, October 30

Penrith Rotary Club is helping to raise funds for a larger car for six-year-old St Clair boy Richard Abboud, who is battling a rare and degenerative disease. A fundraiser will be held at the Masonic Hall in Orchard Hills on October 30. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. They can be purchased on the day or at www.eventbrite.com.au.

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Panthers Exhibition Pavilion The Papercraft Festival is on again at Penrith Panthers Exhibition Pavilion next weekend. A dedicated event specialising in scrapbooking, cardmaking and stamping, the best papercraft exhibitors will be under one huge roof. Workshops will be run daily by industry gurus Jane Clark, Greg Sukendro and ‘Close To My Heart’. There will be plenty of free action on the live stage and stacks of prizes given away throughout the three day event. It will be open from 10am to 4.30pm at 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith.

Sausage Making Day Saturday, October 22

Country Brewer Nepean is running a Sausage Making Demonstration Day this Saturday, October 22. Learn how easy it is to make your own sausages! It’s at 218 Great Western Highway, Kingswood from 10am-2pm.

Saturday, October 22

Penrith Community Men’s Shed will be meeting tomorrow, Saturday, October 22, for their monthly meeting. The shed is an initiative of Penrith Valley Community Care Inc. and the Penrith Baptist Church and provides a place for men of all ages to meet up, chat or even do a project together. The shed is next to Penrith Baptist Church at 11 Morello Terrace, Caddens. Contact Merv on 0439 646 942 for more details.

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Orchid Society Show this weekend

The Blue Mountains and Penrith Districts Orchid Society will hold their 2016 Sarcanthinae Show this weekend at the Girl Guides Hall in Emu Plains. It will be held from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sunday. The Girl Guides’ Hall is on the corner of the Great Western Highway and Nepean Street, Emu Plains.

Leep NGO will be transforming the Memorial Hall at St Marys into a hub of modern technology this weekend for their inaugural Leep Festival. Visitors to the festival will be able to experience a range of technology and services including 3D printing, virtual reality, robotics and a variety of government services. Leep’s Head of Digital Inclusion, Jordan Valageorgiou, said it’s vitally important to help people get online. “The Leep Festival is a chance for people to come along, find out a bit more about technology and the difference it can make in their lives,” he said. The Festival will run from 10.30am to 3.30pm with free entry. There will be a variety of prize giveaways throughout the day also. For more information about the Festival please contact Leep NGO on 4721 1866.

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Mercury moves through Scorpio until November 12 so it’s the perfect time to study, research or do some detective work. You’ll be in a mad rush on Saturday, when the Mars/Uranus square shortens your limited patience and increases your need for speed. Adventure calls as you shrug off boredom and tune into the Wild Child within. But – if you are too hasty – then you could find yourself smack-bang in the middle of an argument or accident. So pace yourself!

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In order to achieve success, abstract ideas must be transformed into practical projects. And remember there’s a fine line between divine dreams and disappointing delusions (especially on Tuesday and Wednesday). From Thursday onwards the buzz words are communication and companionship, as you concentrate on the needs of loved ones. But is a close relationship stuck on auto-pilot? Sunday’s New Moon urges you to re-connect with each other in creative new ways.

GEMINI

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

Get set for a terrific week Twins! Mercury (your patron planet) powers through your daily routine zone until November 12 which will steady your mercurial mind and sharpen your powers of observation. Then Mercury hooks up with the Sun on Thursday which favours business, education, friendship, travel and convivial conversation as you link up with likeminded mates. Whereas Sunday night’s New Moon signals a fresh start involving health, work habits or pets.

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JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

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The marvellous mid-week Venus/Jupiter connection helps you pump up the charm at work and at home. Colleagues or loved ones are looking to you to come up with some creative ideas so dig deep. But don’t disappoint yourself by promising the Moon and then falling short in the delivery. Sunday night’s New Moon signals a period of nurturing old relationships and establishing new ones. So it’s a wonderful time to focus on having fun.

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VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

Mercury (your power planet) shifts into strategic Scorpio until November 12. So it’s time to plough through paperwork, study online, research a project or tie up loose-ends. Communicating your thoughts and feelings to a lover, close friend or family member (in a direct and honest way) will get things off your chest and help the relationship move in a positive new direction. Be inspired by birthday great, Pablo Picasso: “One must act in painting as in life, directly.”

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SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

With party planets Venus and Jupiter linking up mid-week, it’s time to have fun, flirt, charm, socialise, create and collaborate. So jump in and make the most of it! Then Mercury and the New Moon indicate a major turnaround to do with money matters or self-esteem issues. Keep an open mind, as you absorb fresh financial information or road-test a new fashion or beauty trend. But remember … you are lovable for who you are (not what you look like or how much you earn).

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

It’s a wonderful week to zero in on your special talent, and make a promise to yourself that you will develop it to full capacity. As singer Katy Perry says, “Find out what your gift is and nurture it”. From Thursday onwards the Sun, Mercury and the New Moon propel you forward with stacks of magnetic Scorpio style. If you communicate clearly and creatively with others and dress to impress then you’ll make pleasing progress.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

With Venus visiting your sign and proactive Mars in your cash zone you have the capability to make big money. And the capacity and extravagance to spend it! So strive to show some restraint, otherwise you’ll go from princess to pauper in a flash. If you approach others with plenty of tact and charm on Wednesday, then your efforts will be generously rewarded. On Sunday night, take the time to relax and appreciate the power and promise of the magical New Moon.

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CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Mighty Mars is charging through your sign, so don’t hesitate to grab lucky opportunities when they appear. If you maintain motivation and are passionately proactive, then your life will start to move in dynamic new directions. So your motto for the moment is from Pablo Picasso, “Action is the foundational key to all success”. Plus, with the New Moon and Mercury activating your hopes and wishes zone, it’s also time to review and re-imagine some of your aspirations.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

With the planets stimulating your career zone, start thinking about strategic ways to create work opportunities and maximise your professional potential. So it’s the perfect week to get feedback from your boss, clients or customers. Or look for a new job. But you may also have to bite the bullet and criticise a colleague, sack an employee, ditch a struggling project or resign from your current position. Then you’ll be free to start with a completely fresh slate next week.

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Over the next few weeks we will discuss how to aim for a household where pets and children live in harmony. We will discuss preparing puppies for children, preparing your adult dog for children and the changes the dog may face as children grow up! The best way to avoid a potentially dangerous situation is to supervise all interactions between your dog and your kids. Even if your dog is

friendly and gentle, remember that it only takes a few seconds for a child to accidently hurt a dog and for the dog to react. If you supervise diligently, you can step in when necessary to avoid bad experiences for both your dog and your children. What signs are you looking for as a parent? If a dog shows their teeth or growls at a child, obviously they are feeling overwhelmed and reacting. But, there are subtle signs that you can pick up before such dramatic behaviours occur. It is much safer to learn and recognise early warning signs that a dog is feeling overwhelmed or uncomfortable. The first signs that a dog is getting uncomfortable is often a ‘freeze’ or a hard stare. Some dogs will simply run away and some dogs will also prick their ears back when they are feeling anxious. If these signs fail to deter the action that is making the dog uncomfortable, the signs may escalate to snarling, growling and biting. If you aren’t able to supervise the interaction between your dog and children, it is best to confine the dog in a safe area away from the kids. Make sure that children can not access your dog’s confinement area as this needs to be the dog’s ‘safe space’.

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Now that October is here, swimming season has “officially” begun. Knowing this is the time of year when many people flock to the beach, there is also an increase in advertising to increase awareness of beach safety. Sadly, at this time of year, there is a dramatic increase in the number of drownings and accidents occurring along the coastline. Lifesavers say that one of the main reasons for this increase is that people no longer swim between the flags. People choose to ignore the warn-

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ings of the lifesavers and instead expose themselves to dangerous rips, collapsing sandbars, and dumping waves. It seems crazy that people would do this, yet this is exactly what is happening and lifesavers have to take great risks to rescue people from the situations in which they have put themselves! This important work of lifesavers, perfectly describes

why the coming of Jesus into our world is so significant. Just as people swimming outside the flags are in great danger, the Bible says that because of sin in our life, not treating God as God, we too, are in great danger! Our sin cuts us off from an eternal relationship with God! Yet, in the Bible’s book of Matthew, we read how Jesus “will save his people from their sins.” This reminds us that a Christian is someone who realises they have not treated God as they should have, and just as it would be crazy to ignore the lifesaver at the beach when you are drowning, we “put up our hand” for rescue – calling out to Jesus in our need. Today, take advantage of the rescue Jesus offers. Have your sin forgiven once and for all, enjoying the benefits of being “rescued” by him!

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Tinker was surrendered by her owners at just 2 years of age and she is now looking for a family to call her own forever. She is a very sweet girl that would like to be kept active in her home and also have someone around most of the day as she doesn’t like being left alone. Tinker would benefit from some basic training with her new family so she can blossom into the best dog she can be.

After being found in the Penrith area and taken to the shelter this guy hasn’t been lucky enough to find a home yet. He has now completed his impound time and would love to find a caring Forever Home with a family that can offer him all a feline deserves. He isn’t picky, just a nice window to sit in to soak up the sun and some chin scratches! If this sounds like you please come in and meet him...

Mufassa was surrendered by his owners through no fault of his own and is now looking for a new place to call home. He is a very sweet boy that will give you head bumps and always enjoys a pat. He is only 3 years old and has his whole life ahead of him. He is looking for a home either as an only cat or with another - he isn’t really worried. If you can offer Mufassa a home please contact the shelter.

Check out the smile on this girl, even though she is at the shelter she is happy and hoping that the right family will come along any day now and take her home. With a great personality and a happy-go-lucky attitude this girl would suit most homes. She would love a family that can take her for a walk daily and keep up with her training as well as offer her quiet time inside of a night.

Sadly this guy has been overlooked for 3 weeks now and is desperate for a loving home. He has the 3 traits that a shelter dog gets overlooked for, he Brindle, he’s big and he’s a staffy x. I bet if you were to come and meet him you would want to add him to your family! He’s a gentle boy that sits for treats and takes them from you nicely.

Just look at that face, have you ever seen a dog so handsome! With a huge smile and a great personality this fella would make a family very happy! He is only just over a year old and would love to spend the rest of his life with an active family that can keep him busy but also enjoy quiet time as well.

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Resistance training has been shown to posses a wide range of physiological health benefits. There are many types and styles of resistance training that can be specific to individual goals and sports such as powerlifting. This week I’m going to discuss how and why weight training is beneficial to all people, not just ‘strong’ athletes! The endurance athlete It is often assumed that endurance and resistance training are at reverse ends of the athletic continuum. Yet, studies have shown an

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inverse relationship between endurance performance and changes in muscle hypertrophy and strength. One study showed that endurance runners who commenced a strength-training regime increased the length of time they could run at their maximal speed by a huge 21.3 per cent! Weight training also enhances the body’s ability to utilise oxygen, thus improv-

ing VO2 max. Females The biggest misconception amongst females is that weight training will make you bulky. Too often in the gym you see the cardio section filled with women flogging themselves with endless hours of cardio training but never see them step foot near a weight. What resistance training achieves that cardiovascular training doesn’t is an increase in muscle-to-fat ratio. This means that as you develop more lean muscle mass from weight training your body burns more! The recreational exerciser Weight training makes significant changes to maximal strength aerobic power, muscle structure and body composition. Resistance training has also been shown to reduce injury rates meaning it should be included into training regimes regardless of the recreational exercise you enjoy partaking in. The older population Approximately 30 per cent of people over 65 and 50 per cent of people over 80 experience falls. This is because elderly people become slower, weak and off balance due to muscle wastage associated with aging. Weight training is a key tool that helps to improve muscular strength and prevents further muscle loss.

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Ella wipes the court with her rivals Panthers Youth League centre Ella Tofaeono was a tower of strength in the paint this season. Photo: Noel Rowsell (www.photoexcellence.com.au) NATHAN TAYLOR

oung Penrith basketball star Ella Tofaeono has capped off her most successful season to date, named Basketball NSW’s Karen Dalton Junior Metro Female Player of the Year. The 18-year-old centre won the prestigious award earlier this month after an outstanding season on the court, which saw her represent her state, post impressive box score numbers on a weekly basis and win a championship with her beloved Penrith Panthers Youth League team. Tofaeono said it has well and truly been a year to remember.

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“I’ve achieved all these nice things this year but winning a championship with your home team… there’s nothing better,” she admitted “I’ve never finished first with a team before, so it was nice to do it with a great coach and a bunch of girls who are genuinely nice people.” It’s been a remarkable comeback to the hardwood for the bright youngster, who last year suffered a serious knee injury that almost ended her career. Remaining humble, Tofaeono credited her teammates for making her a better player inside and out. “Having that encouraging, supportive group around you really makes you

appreciate yourself a whole lot. I’m really hard on myself and I doubt myself a fair bit too,” she said. “Looking back on it now, after receiving this award, I’ve really exceeded most of my expectations.” Tofaeono’s next goal is to continue to improve her fitness before teaming up with NSW again in February to finally win an elusive medal. Meanwhile, the Penrith Basketball Association is celebrating after they won the Basketball NSW award for the ‘Greatest Increase in Registration Numbers’. “This award goes hand in hand with the other award we won at the Metropolitan Championship Grand Final day as the

‘Most Improved Association’,” Penrith Basketball Manager, Leonie Moore said. “We are so proud of these awards because they reward the great staff working hard at the Association along with our dedicated group of representative coaches and the fantastic Penrith community, their pride and spirit.” Moore said the recognition was a surprise considering Penrith Basketball isn’t as large as other associations. “The increase is accredited to the fantastic work of our Participation Officer Jarrod Moore and his coaches who are working in primary schools week in, week out, but also our terrific junior clubs who do a fantastic job as volunteers,” she said.

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Huge coup for Penrith with new National Training Centre to be built within 12 months

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enrith will be home to Australia’s top female rowing talent after it was announced that the Nepean River would be the site for Rowing Australia’s brand new Women’s National Training Centre. Speaking at the announcement, Minister for Sport and Penrith MP, Stuart Ayres, said the new elite female rowing facility was a huge win for the local area. “The stunning Nepean River, one of the best stretches of training water in the country, has been selected over waterways across Australia as the preferred location for this exciting new training facility,” he said. “This is a massive win for the Penrith community, a brand new facility will be established including a boathouse to accommodate a full fleet, a dedicated onsite Strength and Conditioning area plus amenities for athletes and coaches.” The NSW Government will commit $200,000 toward the facility with further funding set to be matched by Rowing Australia. The project also includes a Federal Government commitment of $270,000 towards a new landing on the river, which will also be utilised by the wider rowing community.

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Penrith Mayor John Thain and Penrith MP Stuart Ayres at last week’s announcement. Photo: Melinda Jane Penrith Mayor John Thain welcomed the significant announcement. “Council will work closely with Rowing Australia through the development application process to help ensure the best positioning and amenity of the structure for the greater benefit of users, other rowing organisations and the wider community,” he said. Rowing Australia CEO, Michael Scott, said the new training centre would be of great benefit to Australia’s top rowers. “The Women’s National Training

Centre, alongside the Men’s Centre in Canberra, will allow Australia to sharpen its focus on podium-potential athletes, provide competitive tension in a great daily training environment as well as providing world class on and off water support to athletes,” he said. Rowing NSW director, Sarah Cook, said the new facility was a great outcome for the state and Australian rowing in general. The new Penrith facility is expected to be ready by April 2017.

Speaking with the Weekender, Leonay resident Alix Roberts said living so close to the club’s new training base in Kingswood certainly has its advantages. “It’s a real laugh at training when everyone says they’re driving about an hour to get here and I rock up 10 minutes just out of bed, so it’s definitely been good for me,” she laughed. “Last year we were training at Liverpool and Blacktown and it was a bit inconsistent, so having our home base in Kingswood is a big step forward for us. “We’re pretty much equipped with everything we need here, and it’s a great base for us as a team moving forward.” Having won both a championship and premiership with the Brisbane Roar, Joey Burgess will bring plenty of much-needed experience to Western Sydney’s line-up this season. The 37-year-old winger, who played 40 games for Australia, said she’s loving life back in western Sydney. “I grew up in Campbelltown and moved to Queensland for six years playing with the Roar and now I’m living in Penrith,” Burgess said. “It makes a massive difference not having to travel far to get to training, and the university looks after us very well.”

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Skipper walks out on Wanderers Western Sydney’s dramatic start to the new A-League season took another twist this week when it was confirmed that captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley had played his last game for the club. Topor-Stanley, who missed the Sydney Derby through suspension and skipped last week’s win over Adelaide due to contract negotiations overseas, has signed a deal with a club in the United Arab Emirates. The 31-year-old made 125 appearances for the Wanderers, including 103 in the A-League. “In football, opportunities such as this rarely come around and when it was presented to me I knew that it was something I had to explore,” ToporStanley said of his departure. “I would like to express my utmost gratitude to the club for allowing me to pursue this opportunity both from a personal and professional level. I have always wanted to test myself overseas and this is a great chance for me to experience a different culture in life and in football.” Topor-Stanley said he’d never forget his time as part of the history-making Wanderers. “It has been an honour and a humbling experience to be able to say I was and am a part of the history of this club and I will always hold that close to my heart,” he said. – Troy Dodds

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enrith Council is calling for expressions of interest from nonfor-profit sporting clubs and associations wanting to establish a presence in Jordan Springs next winter. The new Village and Northern Road Ovals provide flexible recreation spaces that will support a range of sport and recreation activities and encourage participation by the local Jordan Springs community. Penrith Mayor, John Thain, said the new multipurpose fields have the capacity to cater for a range of sports and activities. “Penrith is a city that loves its sport, so I know the new facilities will be well used,” he said. “No one sport or organisation has been identified to use these fields, and Council wants to make sure as many people as possible benefit from them.” Construction of the fields is now complete and once the turf has had a chance to become established, the fields will be ready for organised sports for the winter season in 2017. The Northern Road Oval, which is 2.5ha in size, includes a modified field, all abilities playground, hard court, picnic and BBQ facilities, toilets and parking.

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Penrith Mayor John Thain and Arthur Ilias from Lendlease Communities The Village Oval, which is 5.5ha in size, includes two sporting pitches and/or one oval, netball and basketball court, playground, full amenities building and parking for 80 cars. Sporting clubs and associations wishing to submit an expression of interest need to use the application form and read the information provided on Penrith Council’s website. Council will also hold an information

session to provide options for field configurations/sizes due to the complexity of possible seasonal combinations for different sports at 5.30pm this Tuesday, October 25 at the Penrith Civic Centre. Clubs and associations need to register their interest for Tuesday’s meeting by contacting Virginia Tuckerman on 4732 8092. Expressions of interest will be accepted until Friday, November 18.

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Aussie Rules Tomkins makes history for Penrith with Draft selection NATHAN TAYLOR

enrith Ramettes star Renee Tomkins isn’t sure how to handle all the sudden attention after she was selected at pick 96 during last week’s inaugural AFL Women’s Draft in Melbourne. The 30-year-old defender was sitting on the couch with her mum when her name finally got announced as a member of the Giants. Speaking with the Weekender, Tomkins admitted she was feeling a little bit anxious during last Wednesday’s Draft. “I was sitting at home watching the Draft on a laptop with my mum and it got down to the last four picks and we started to freak out,” she recalled. “Then my name finally came up, and mum and I went crazy.” After a long afternoon in front of the laptop, Tomkins started second guessing if she’d even get picked at all considering she suffered a serious knee injury that’s kept her sidelined for more than three months. “About 14 weeks ago a girl fell on my leg during a game and hyperextended it, tearing the meniscus,” she said. “I was getting a bit worried… I was start-

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ing to get a bit on edge thinking maybe they didn’t select me, but we pulled through in the end.” In June the AFL announced that the Giants were one of eight AFL clubs to secure a licence to field a team in the inaugural year of the National Women’s League, which gets underway early next year. Tomkins said she was very happy to be selected by her hometown team. “When you nominate for the Draft you can select which state you prefer to go to and I chose to stay locally,” she said. “I’m really happy to be part of the Giants. The club is really friendly and welcoming – it’s packed full of goodness.” Tomkins was one of 15 Draft picks selected by the Giants, which included the overall number one pick Nicola Barr. The Giants will be hot favourites going into the inaugural season, which begins in February and runs through until the end of March. “I’m really looking forward to being back on the field playing again,” Tomkins said. “I think it’s going to be a pretty crazy and full-on experience.” Tomkins is the Penrith Rams’ first ever representative in any AFL competition. She expects to be fully fit and back on the paddock by November.

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