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Grants program

Grants program
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Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres has welcomed the Multicultural Grants Program. There are three categories: Community inclusion grants of up to S20,000, Multicultural partnership up to $80,000 and sponsorship up to $2000 dollars.

Applications will close on September 28. Details: www.crc.nsw.gov.au .

She can dance

Anna Smith, 7, has bagged two double wins at the McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod. The Glenmore Park girl danced in the under-9 modern expressive lyrical section and the under-8 jazz section, competing against older children.

She has been coached by Rebecca Liu-Brennan at Performance Art Western Sydney in Penrith.

School reunion

Galston High School is holding a reunion on August 25 for those who left in 1982/1984. Details: contact [email protected]南京夜网 or [email protected]南京夜网 or Facebook page.

Food services

Let’s Dine Out, by Nepean Food Services, will provide meal and social options for frail older people, those with a disability and their carers.

It is being launched this Friday, August 17, with a free lunch for eligible people at Lucianos Italian Restaurant at noon.

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Bitter-sweet experience of leaving school

Penrith High School captain Imogen Clark, 17, beat hundreds of other applicants to perform in the Talent Development Project’s Sydney concert on August 7. The project helps develop the singing and performing talents of public school students.
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“We had to go into many auditions,” Imogen said. “They culled the students and got down to the final 12.”

She played guitar and sang her song Porcelain at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“The process was a bit scary at times,” Imogen said. “I didn’t know whether I’d be culled. But it made me tougher because of the criticisms of what I was doing. It also gave me a lot of contacts in the industry.”

Imogen is doing her HSC this year, but plans to spend next year touring and singing before studying drama or literature at university in 2014.

“I’ve been singing since I could talk,” she said.

“I started off in opera but my passion now is for folk music — Bob Dylan and Missy Higgins.”

Other songs of hers apart from Porcelain are 30 Days in California and By Candlelight.

“I have gigs in the Hawkesbury every month or so,” she said. “I’d like to be a professional singer.”

Imogen said she had mixed feelings about completing her time at Penrith High School.

“Being elected school captain was one of the greatest honours of my life,” she said. “I was stoked.

“I’m excited about getting out into the world, but leaving school is bitter-sweet, because I’ve enjoyed so many aspects of it.”

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POPULATION BOOM HAS STARTED

¦ 27.5 per cent of all new residential subdivision approvals across Sydney’s Greenfield release areas were approved in Penrith over the past year.
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¦ Figures released under the Sydney Metropolitan Development Program Monitor show a total of 1161 approvals for future residential dwellings were approved in Penrith between May 2011 and May 2012. This represents 27.5 per cent of Sydney’s total new Greenfield release area lots released over the period (Sydney’s total was 4224).

¦ With an average Penrith household size of 2.9, these figures will lead to 3367 new residents in Penrith when construction of dwellings is completed – predicted over the next 18 to 24 months.

This will build on Penrith recent population growth spurt of 6300 new residents recorded between the most recent Census periods (2006 – 2011).

¦ 671 of these new DAs for residential subdivisions were located at Jordan Springs (by Lend Lease), and 346 at Caddens Rd (by Landcom).

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Penrith Junior Rugby League denies poaching

THE Penrith Junior Rugby League has emphatically denied it encourages representative players in second-division teams to move away from their local sides and play for a first-division club.
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Junior League manager Yvonne Purtell said players were not influenced to leave their local clubs.

“I’d like to state the Junior League never has, and will never, encourage their players to leave a division-two club and go to a division-one club,” she said. “Unfortunately, there are a number of clubs and coaches who have this perception and relay this to players but it’s certainly not the view of the junior league.”

Plenty of people had theories about how so many players from second division ended up leaving their first club side.

Second-division clubs pointed the finger at the top handful of first-division clubs such as St Marys, Minchinbury, Penrith Brothers, St Clair and Windsor Wolves, claiming they were luring the best kids away from their clubs with promises of playing more rep football in the future.

Ms Purtell said the Junior League had nothing to do with influencing juniors and did not condone poaching. “A new development program will be introduced in 2013 which I believe will be great and one that will complement all clubs,” she said.

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Local rock group win eisteddfod prize

Local rock group win eisteddfod prize
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The Cranebrook group Another Avenue has taken top honours in the Rock Group section of McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod, winning a $500 cash prize and a 12-hour recording session valued at $2500 at Albert Studios, Neutral Bay.

In just 12 months, the players, aged 16 to 18, have featured in Youth Rock and played at the Annandale Hotel, Sydney Livehouse and The Lucky Australian Tavern.

Interactive art initiative draws funds

Penrith Council has received a $40,000 grant from the NSW Arts and Disability Partnership Program to add an interactive sound and light display to the projection art performance called No Boundaries at the Joan Sutherland Centre in September.

The Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre will provide works for the performance.

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Lake takes shape

Lake takes shape
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Lend Lease has started work on the village centre lake for Jordan Springs.

Project director Arthur Ilias said the lake would be three hectares in area — the equivalent of three football fields — and two metres deep.

It will be surrounded by open green space, shelter areas, playgrounds, an amphitheatre, jetty and picnic area.

Wide footpaths, bike trails and pedestrian-friendly streets throughout Jordan Springs will link the community to the lake.

Mr Ilias said the lake, the heart of the community, continued the commitment to social and environmental sustainability.

“It should take about six months to complete, with an additional three months for landscaping,” he said.

“Water will flow from the catchment area and the riparian corridor, allowing it to fill naturally.”

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Here’s to hope for a good life

Celebrate diversity: Kingswood High School parent Maybelle Galuvao sings the Samoan national anthem on the school’s multicultural day.Picture: Gary WarrickSCHOOL captains Emma-Leigh Maley and Jack Le greeted the school assembly in several languages.
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Odain Moe, a student from the Cook Islands, said the day was an opportunity for all to share the experiences of different cultures.

“It’s an honour to be a representative of Pacific Islanders at Kingswood High School,” Odain said. “Today, we bring our home to you. Australia is a country that gives us all hope for a good life.”

Maybelle Galuvao, the mother of one of the students, sang the Samoan national anthem and was joined by several students singing from the assembly.

The school principal, Paul Erikson, spoke about his own family’s background.

“My parents migrated from Sweden and saw the opportunities for their children in this country,” Mr Erikson said. “Multiculturalism enriches all Australians and makes this country rich and vibrant.”

Mr Erikson said multiculturalism reflected Kingswood High’s own ethic, which stressed inclusion and respect.

“Australians of all backgrounds are entitled to opportunities in education,” he said.

“We also need to prepare our students for global citizenship.”

The multicultural day ended with an afternoon concert.

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Tote was in the bag

Tote was in the bag
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Madison Hartill-Law (inset), 18, of Blaxland, is having her HSC textile project, a tote bag, exhibited at textile shows in Canberra and Newcastle this month. Madison completed the bag for her textile and design course at St Marys Senior High School last year. The bag, sewn from recycled denim and other fabric, was selected for exhibition at the Canberra Craft & Quilt Fair and the Newcastle Craft and Sewing Show.

“I wanted to bring two different types of bag — an overnight bag and a clutch purse — together,” she said. “There’s a magnetic clasp and secret pockets. The zips look like fabric. It can also open flat, like a book.”

Madison said it took more than a sewing machine to put it together.

Her project lasted nine months and she had to calculate costs and manufacturing plans, including the product’s chemistry.

“There’s more to it than most people think,” Madison said.

She hopes to study medical science at the University of Sydney.

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Junior has busy time off the field

JUNIOR Tia Kilifi’s season has been marred by injury but the Panthers flyer hasn’t just been busy with rehab and recovery — a cultural awareness campaign, a newborn and a nightclub have all been keeping his hands and heart full.
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Tia Kilifi’s cultural awareness initiative, Hype 2 Unite, hosted a community event at ABCOE in Penrith last month while he’s also taken the campaign to high schools.

“The most recent was at Doonside Tech High School for a Samoan cricket game,” Tia Kilifi said.

“We went to Mt Druitt High School to talk about how to treat women with respect and staying strong in values and upbringing.”

The Hype 2 Unite community is working towards a concert in October, called Journey In The Pacific, with tickets available soon from the Panthers Leagues Club.

Tia Kilifi also took up the role of fatherhood last Saturday when his partner, Jackie, gave birth to their daughter, Cruzayne.

“It’s has been a massive joy in my life,” Tia Kilifi said. “All the boys at footy have been telling me it’s going to be tough when the sleepless nights kick in but I think it’s all worth it and just another inspiration for me to do better once I get the chance to be back into full time footy.”

Meanwhile, Tia Kilifi has also been keeping himself occupied with a nightclub he and a friend set up two months ago at the Penrith Hotel, Juicy Fridays.

Despite his hectic schedule, Tia Kilifi hasn’t taken his mind off returning to first grade footy.

“Hopefully I’ll get a good pre-season back in and go from there,” he said.

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What’s on the weekend: August 18-19

FRIDAY
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Trivia Night Fund-raiser: To support the Wandering Wallys, 7pm. $15 pp, teams of eight. Prizes. Tea, coffee and sweets for sale. Corpus Christi Primary School, 86-94 Andromeda Drive, Cranebrook.

Contact: 0413 236 542

SATURDAY

Rock’n’Extravanganza: presented by Harry’s Cafe de wheels, Penrith Panthers, noon-4pm. Competitions, giveaways, meet the footy players. Free.

Animal Shelter Reunion Day: Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter, 9am-11.30. Bring your furry best friend.

Water in The Landscape Regional Summit: Afternoon of dance, art, culture and conversation to celebrate the rivers, creeks and streams in Western Sydney. Free. 1-3.30pm. Joan Sutherland Centre.

Contact: 9671 4333 .

Orchard Hills Vet Hospital Open Day: Free entertainment and activities 10am-4pm. Jumping castle, sausage sizzle, guided tours. Orchard Hills Vet Hospital, 377 Wentworth Road, Orchard Hills.

Contact: 4736 2027 or orchardhillsvet.

com.au

Vicary’s Woolshed Dance: Wine tasting, three-course meal, dancing and bush band in the historic Woolshed. Bookings Essential. Vicary’s Winery, The Northern Road, Luddenham.

Contact: 4773 4161 or vicaryswinery南京夜网.au/woolshed

Cunning Running Orienteering Day: For runners of all ages. Family groups welcome. Entry fees: $5 members; $10 non-members. ($2 members and $4 non-members discount for juniors/

students). Start times 2.30 and 3.30pm. Sherringham Road Reserve, near Woodgate Crescent, Cranebrook.

Contact: 9872 2914 or westernhills.nsw.orienteering.asn.au

Spicy Penrith: 6pm-8.30pm. Culture, dance, song and food from the sub-continent. Tickets $10. Supporting refugees in Penrith. Memorial Hall, Corner Mamre Road and Great Western Highway, St Marys.

ALL WEEKEND

Penrith Spring Home Show: Products, services and technologies for building, renovating, DIY, landscaping, pools, spas, entertaining, lifestyle, seminars, demonstrations, ask an expert. Prizes to be won. Free entry and parking. Panthers Exhibition Pavilion, Mulgoa Road, Penrith.

Contact: 9558 2485 or penrithspringhomeshow南京夜网.au

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