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Residents worried by traffic impacts of Parklea development

WHAT was considered the last barrier to a rezoning of land to allow a five-storey, 100-room motel to be built on Almona Street, Glenwood, was removed last month.
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Blacktown Council reports state the motel would be accessed by the adjacent Miami Street but as it had never been dedicated as a public road, deferred consideration of the planning proposal until the matter was resolved.

Landcom will now buy the road area, owned by Almona Pty Ltd — who also own the rest of the Parklea Markets site being considered for redevelopment — and dedicate the road to council.

The motion was carried on February 8.

Glenwood Community Association president Bob McKay was invited to attend the first community cabinet meeting held on February 27 and requested to speak to State Planning Minister Brad Hazzard at the event about the motel development. The request was denied.

“We had cold water thrown over us,” he said.

“They said that there were too many people needing to speak to Hazzard. From here I intend to write to the minister explaining our concerns about the development of the Parklea situation.”

Traffic impacts are among residents’ concerns, with people already cutting through the service station that is bordered by Almona and Miami streets and Old Windsor Road to access Balmoral Road and others.

“People from Rothwell Circuit and that end go through the petrol station because when they get to the roundabout it’s blocked up,” he said. “That’s a regular occurrence. If they do that [go ahead with the motel development] it’s only going to get worse.”

Glenwood Community Association public officer Chris Winslow said the suggestion that people would similarly access the motel from the service station as well as Miami Street in response to concerns about the volume of traffic on the road didn’t wash.

“Good grief, what are they going to do, check in at pump number six?” he said.

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Beaumont Hills lyrical tenor shines in new show

WHAT is it about Nelson Padilla and Jason Robert Brown’s musical theatre show ‘Songs for a New World’?
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The Beaumont Hills lyrical tenor will perform in the show for a third time from March 16, this time for Rockdale Musical Society.

‘‘It’s a very popular show, especially for a lyrical tenor; the range is sensational and the music is beautiful,” said Padilla, whose solos will include the musical number ‘On the Deck of a Spanish Sailing Ship, 1492’.

“It’s one of those shows, when we first did it at [Parramatta] Riverside Theatres [with the Lyric Ensemble] it was a sold-out production.”

Padilla first entered musical theatre in 1996 and most recently starred in the title role of Jesus in Lyric Ensemble’s sell-out production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. He works in the Castle Towers’ Apple store by day.

“I started singing in the church choir when I was about five,” Padilla said.

“I love to perform and getting that instant reaction from the audience, which you don’t get from any other kind of performance.”

‘Songs for a New World’ transports the audience through song from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters.

It sits on the boundary between musical and song cycle, but is neither.

“There is no specific location, other than the human heart and mind, but the moments in life it captures are very real, very universal: the loss of a job, an unexpected pregnancy, the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, imprisonment and more,’’ director Osman Kabbara said.

Padilla will play Man One of five cast members. In the original production there were only two singers.

“Each song [in the show] has its own story; that’s why it’s not written as individual characters,” Padilla said.

Man One’s songs are all about discovering and hope, he said.

‘Songs for a New World’ is at Bexley RSL & Community Club (24 Stoney Creek Road) on March 16, 17, 21, 23 and 24 at 8pm. Matinee sessions are on March 18 and 24 at 2pm. Details/bookings: 1300 244 523.

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Rolling Stoned gather no moss at the Ettamogah

GET ready to ‘Shake Your Hips’ with Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger this Friday (March 16) at the Ettamogah Hotel.
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Well, maybe not ‘the’ Mick Jagger, but Stuart Greenwood, founder of Rolling Stoned — Australia’s only lookalike and soundalike Rolling Stones tribute band.

With a name based on a Muddy Waters song The Rolling Stones was formed in 1962 by Brian Jones and childhood friends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

The band produced 92 singles, 29 studio albums, 10 live albums and a legion of fans the world over with hits such as the riff-driven ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ (1965) and ‘Paint It Black’ (1966), which was the first number one single in the US and UK to feature a sitar.

‘‘I became Mick roughly two years ago,’’ Greenwood, an audio visual technician by trade, told the News.

‘‘There was a hole in the market so I jumped on it. I was in an AC/DC band before that.’’

Greenwood said he was attracted to impersonation because it was almost like an acting role, but with the added bonus of being able to sing.

‘‘I was one of the those kids building fake guitars when I was a toddler,’’ Greenwood recalled.

He said he is often told he has ‘‘the moves like’’ Jagger and his favourite performance piece is Stones hit ‘Brown Sugar’, the opening track and lead single from the English rock band’s 1971 album ‘Sticky Fingers’.

‘‘It just seems to get the audience up onto the dance floor fairly immediately,’’ Greenwood said.

Rolling Stoned is made up of mates who’d played in other’s bands, he said.

It will be their first time at the Ettamogah this week.

‘‘It’s a high energy historical-based, audience-oriented tribute to the band, where we play all the classics, plus a few surprises,’’ Greenwood said.

Rolling Stoned consists of: Tim Greenwood as Brian Jones (who was with the Stones from 1962 to 1969), Ronnie Wood (1976-present) and Mick Taylor (1969-1974), Mark Deayton as Bill Wyman (1962-1992), Marques Bragg as drummer Charlie Watts (1962-present), Gillan Hartas as guitarist Keith Richards (1962-present)) and Ben Rumble as keyboardists Ian Stewart (1962-1985) and Nicky Hopkins.

¦ Rolling Stoned will be at the Ettamogah Hotel, Kellyville Ridge, on Friday, March 16, 9pm, playing four decades of Stones hits. Details/bookings: 9629 1130.

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Bored?

THERE are plenty of activities and events to attend around town this week, ranging from the Castle Hill Show (March 16-18) to an outdoor jazz show (March 18). Also, in ‘Related Coverage’ (right), check out our interview with Stuart Greenwood, founder of Rolling Stoned — Australia’s only lookalike and soundalike Rolling Stones tribute band. The band is performing at the Ettamogah this Friday (March 16). Also, look out for our interview with Nelson Padilla, who is this week performing in his first musical with Rockdale Musical Society in what is one of his favourite productions, ‘Songs for a New World’.
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Castle Hill Show

Whether watching the arena events from the grandstands or wandering the pavilions to see the many agriculture exhibits, there is something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. The Castle Hill and Hills District Agricultural Society’s 126th annual show is at Castle Hill Showground (entry via Doran Drive, off Carrington Road, Castle Hill) from March 16-18.

Details: castlehillshow南京夜网.au.

Guided walks

Experience the sights and sounds of the bush after dark this Saturday (March 17). Starting at 7pm, this free two-hour walk follows the Darling Mills Creek, North Rocks, to a lovely waterfall.

Bookings are essential: 9634 3163.

Robertson Brothers

Many people know the theme song for the previous series of hit television soapie Home & Away to be the Robertson Brothers. The winners of 15 Mo and ACE Awards are performing at Castle Hill RSL this Saturday (March 17), 10pm.

Jazz at the Pines

Jazz at the Pines brings together some of Sydney’s top jazz bands to perform live on the lawns of The Pines historic property at Dural. The next band to perform is Mike Hallam’s Hot 6 on Sunday, March 18, 12.30pm-4pm.

Details: 9651 4411.

Step back in time

Tours of Roughley House ‘‘The Pines’’, 656 Old Northern Road, Dural, are run by volunteers during Jazz at the Pines.

Group bookings at other times are welcomed by prior arrangement.

Built in 1856, the home was the residence of the Roughley family whose story in Australia began in 1817 when Joseph Roughley and his son James were convicted of theft and given a seven year sentence of transportation to Australia.

The final family resident, Gordon ‘‘Clive’’ Roughley, sold the property to the Hills Council for $1 before his death in February 2002, aged 87, so that it would be maintained as a living history of colonial life in the Hills and remain accessible to the public.

Clive’s oral history is available from the Hills libraries.

Details: 8853 1911 or 9651 4411.

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Flood update

The NSW State Emergency Service and a range of NSW Government emergency services and agencies continue to provide urgent support to communities across NSW affected by floods.
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Emergency Services are urging residents to stay informed of the current flood updates and be prepared.

Wherever possible, people in flood affected areas should plan to go and stay with family or friends, or make other accommodation arrangements. For people who need assistance, evacuation centres will be set up by the Dept of Family and Community Services. Details of the location of these centres will be provided should an evacuation be required.

Members of the public in flood affected areas should be advised that the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444 can be called for more information about Grants that may be available for low income families with no insurance who have had essential household items or structural damage to their homes.

For those areas which remain isolated the State Emergency Service will help resupply these towns with essentials during isolation and relocate people with an urgent or medical emergency.

Other activities being carried out by the State Emergency Services include:

* Moving essential medical supplies to isolated farms and towns.

* Assisting with evacuating people who are isolated and who have a pre-existing medical issue.

* Moving volunteers around so they are in the best position to assist.

* Undertaking reconnaissance flights with people such as flood planners, council engineers and SES controllers so that they have the best understanding of the flood behaviour and possible effects.

* Providing support to primary producers, stranded livestock and companion animals.

Communities are asked to be prepared and monitor the media, including the NSW Police Force facebook site, the SES website, the Bureau of Meteorology website and Livetraffic南京夜网

For assistance call the NSW SES on 132 500.

Important: If you are isolated and need resupply, call 132 500 to arrange the ordering and delivery of food and other essentials.

The NSW Rural Fire Service also continues to provide assistance to the SES in a number of key areas.

Volunteers from the NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW personnel continue to assist the SES by flushing out muddied waters from homes and businesses, as well as providing essential logistical and aviation support to isolated towns.

For the latest on road closures members of the community can visit the website www.livetraffic南京夜网 or contact their local councils.

Members of the public in flood affected areas should continue to listen to local radio stations, or check the websites listed below.

It should be noted this inquiry hotline does not replace the State Emergency Service emergency hotline. Members of the public seeking emergency assistance during a flood or storm should call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500, or visit their website www.ses.nsw.gov.au

Members of the public can also visit www.emergency.nsw.gov.au for a range of flood-related information.

For all other emergencies, the public are advised to contact Triple Zero.

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Hills district roads closed due to flooding

Wet weather has resulted in road closures in the Hills. Pitt Town Rd and Cattai Ridge Rd are closed at the bridges over Cattai Creek. McClymonts Rd, Blue Gum Rd and Fairway Drive are also closed.Wet weather has resulted in road closures in the Hills. Pitt Town Rd and Cattai Ridge Rd are closed at the bridges over Cattai Creek. McClymonts Rd, Blue Gum Rd and Fairway Drive are also closed.
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Check The Hills shire Council’s website and Twitter and Face book pages for regular updates and information on road closures that might affect your travels. www.thehills.nsw.gov.au

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Hail in Beaumont Hills

It’s raining, it’s pouring: Beaumont Hills resident Victor Sarmiento sent this picture taken from his house on Wednesday at 3.30pm. A sudden downpour of rain and hail at Beaumont Hills caught a student off guard. Mr Sarmiento photographed him as he ran for cover with hail bouncing off the road around him. It’s raining, it’s pouring: Beaumont Hills resident Victor Sarmiento sent this picture taken from his house on Wednesday at 3.30pm. A sudden downpour of rain and hail at Beaumont Hills caught a student off guard. Mr Sarmiento photographed him as he ran for cover with hail bouncing off the road around him.
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Record-breaking rain in north-west

THE Hills State Emergency Service attended 18 incidents from 6am Wednesday until midnight, Sunday, ranging from helping with road closures to a flood evacuation in the Hawkesbury.
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‘‘I had crews out from 6am ’til 4am every morning from Wednesday until we stood down,’’ said Hills SES controller Evelyn Lester, who, like her crew, has been surviving on a meagre two hours’ sleep since the flooding began.

‘‘Residents of low-lying caravan parks in Wisemans Ferry were asked to leave their properties and all ferries have been closed,’’ Ms Lester said.

‘‘Webbs Creek also continues to be closed, as do Cattai Ridge Road at Maraylya and Wisemans Ferry Road at Cattai.

‘‘The reading last night showed 1.4 metres of water across both these roads.

‘‘Blue Gum and McClymonts roads [in Annangrove and Maraylya respectively] were closed but have now reopened.’’

Ms Lester thanked all of the SES volunteers who helped, as well as the public.

‘‘I’d also like to thank the Hills Shire Council work crew for their assistance over the weekend,’’ she said.

Many may not be surprised to learn that Castle Hill broke a rain record in January.

Sydney Observatory Hill recorded 194.3 millimetres of rain at Kathleen Avenue which broke the previous January record (in 1986) of 188.4mm by 5.9mm.

Records have been collected at Kathleen Avenue for 25 years.

The longer term averages still show much of Australia to have received below-average rainfall, according to the National Climate Centre Bureau of Meteorology’s Australia’s wettest two-year period on record: 2010-2011 report.

The report, issued on February 7, shows that averaged across Australia, total rainfall for 2011 was 705mm.

This made 2011 the second-wettest year on record, behind 1974 with 760mm, and ahead of 2010 (third wettest) with 703mm.

Sydney Observatory Hill recorded 111mm of rain for February, slightly below the average of 118.2mm.

The rain fell over 18 days, well above the historical average of 12 days and the most since 2002.

Castle Hill’s wettest day last month was on February 20, with 37.5mm of rain recorded, and 2306.8mm for the two years from January 2010 to December 2011.

For the seven days to March 4, 69 mm was recorded.

Dural’s records, taken at Old Northern Road 200 metres above sea level, date back to 1973, where 2354.4 mm has been recorded for the same two-year period.

That’s slightly higher than Glenorie with 2033.8 mm.

Glenorie’s wettest day last month was on February 3, with 38 mm.

“I would say it’s not a very high number,” a spokesman for the Bureau of Meteorology told the News on Friday.

“It’s close to average for Glenorie for the period recorded [since 1930].

“The wettest year for Glenorie was 1950, with 1681.2 mm [of rainfall].”

He was unable to provide a two-year breakdown for nearby Webbs Creek at Wisemans Ferry, as it is a hydrology station, he explained.

The location had its wettest day on February 4 last month, with 39.5 mm, but this month’s rain may prove very disruptive for residents.

The SES has cancelled the Playground Weekender music festival which was due to be held at Del Rio Riverside Resort, Wisemans Ferry, on March 2 to 4.

The Tour de Hills Bicycle Classic was cancelled on Sunday, as was the Battle of Vinegar Hill at Castle Hill Heritage Park on Saturday.

The festival was cancelled under the State Emergency Service Act 1989.

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Donkey vote at Castle Hill Show

Hee-haw: Lorelle Baker’s donkeys, Snow (left) and Brambles, will be among the donkeys on parade at the Castle Hill and Hills District Agricultural Society’s 126th annual show on Sunday, March 18. Donkey classes will be judged on the cattle rings. Picture: Natalie RobertsLORELLE Baker still laughs when she recalls her daughter, Cairo, bringing a baby donkey with her to school in the car for show and tell.
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Reilly, Cairo’s brother, topped her when he took the testicles of a donkey to school for show and tell after it was castrated.

‘‘They’re [donkeys] just great companions, especially for young kids,’’ said Ms Baker, co-ordinator of the donkey section of this year’s Castle Hill Show which runs over three days, from Friday, March 16.

It’s not true that donkeys are stubborn or stupid, she said.

‘‘When they’re being stubborn, they’re usually protecting themselves,’’ Ms Baker said.

‘‘They’re very smart animals and, unlike a horse that’s trained in the one thing, a donkey can learn a bundle.

‘‘If you leave them in the paddock a year, and then saddle them up, then they will still retain that information.’’

Her donkeys, Snow and Brambles, will be among those exhibited at this year’s Castle Hill Show.

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Rouse Hill brewer takes on the opposition giants

Taking on big boys: The Australian Brewery employee Tiffany Jones stands next to one of the company’s flagship beers which will be available in bottle shops in four to six months. Picture: Natalie RobertsTHE Australian Brewery in Rouse Hill is taking on the brewing giants of Australia and expanding its business interstate.
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Having expanded its client base to 20 locations around NSW, the company has developed six unique Australian beers which are served at Castle Hill’s Hillside Tavern, Baulkham Hills Bowling Club and Carlingford Bowling Club.

Beer ambassador for The Australian Brewery, David Ward, said the company and Coopers are the only two major breweries in the country who are Australian owned.

“We have plans to become the biggest brewery in Australia,” Mr Ward said.

“We’ve already got the best beer in the country with our champion pilsner lager which won first place at the Royal Adelaide Show.”

The Australian Brewery serves six flagship beers which include; a pilsner, apple and blackcurrent cider, dark larger, light beer cerveza mexican-style beer and a pale ale.

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