Countdown to the Castle Hill Show

Marvellous: Jenny Dunn is expecting a flurry of wool and needles as women compete to spin and knit shorn fleece wool into a child’s jumper in under four hours in the Showground’s Sheep Pavilion on March 18. There will also be a shearing demonstration in the Cattle Pavilion at noon. Picture: Natalie RobertsJENNY Dunn is encouraging everyone to get along to the Sheep Pavilion on Sunday, March 18, from noon to cheer on the women frenziedly spinning wool for their teammates to knit into children’s jumpers.
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The 30 women will only have four hours to complete the jumpers during this year’s Castle Hill Show (March 16-18).

“We started the Mini Back-to-Back with three teams in 2006, as entertainment during the [Castle Hill] Show, but if you put them [the completed jumpers] away in a drawer they’re of no use to anybody,” Ms Dunn of Annangrove said.

For this reason, the jumpers are donated to needy children through registered charities.

Castle Hill Rotary member Bev Cooney will take the new batch of jumpers to Tolda Pampa, a Peruvian village 4500 metres above sea level, in May.

“These children need warmth and people who care to help them survive the freezing winters,” Ms Dunn said.

The competition will be held as part of the sheep section of the show, which Ms Dunn helps her husband, Phillip Dunn, run. He is the chairperson of the sheep section’s committee.

The section will host junior merino and fleece judging competitions and meat sheep classes (on March 17) and black and coloured sheep classes (March 18). With only 10 days to go until the start of the show, show society president Peter Gooch is especially excited about the number of entrants in the Schools Exhibit.

“This year, most spots have been taken,” Mr Gooch said.

Schools have until 4pm on March 9 to enter the competition which will be held in the Education Pavilion and showcases the agricultural activities of schools. ¦ Details: Show Office, Federation Pavilion, Showground, Doran Drive, Castle Hill. Phone: 0435 328 619 (general) or 0435 328 621 (space/stalls).

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Days left to comment

PLANS to rezone land at the The Ponds to build a retail centre and community resources hub are on public exhibition at Blacktown Council until Friday.
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The proposed centre on the corner of The Ponds Boulevard and Riverbank Drive will include a supermarket, shops, commercial offices and a car park that will also service the hub.

The hub will make use of the existing sales and display centre, with a revised internal layout and an additional hall added to create an 100-square-metre mixed-use space.

It will contain meeting rooms, an enclosed children’s art and play area, a commercial kitchen for functions and TAFE classes, and a large soundproofed hall for dance, exercise and community functions.

Australand’s general manager of residential NSW, Nigel Edgar, said the proposal to rezone the area would ensure the needs of the community were met.

“The precinct will become the place to meet neighbours, catch up with friends and undertake shopping activities,” he said.

“The Ponds is now home to over 2500 residents and by the time the new precinct is finished, more than 5000 residents will be making use of it.”

The shopping precinct has been designed by NH Architects to be mostly open-air with a four-star environmental rating.

John Palmer Public School, the parklands and eastern playing fields are all close to the new complex.

An information session will be held tonight at The Ponds Sales and Display Centre, Riverbank Drive, at 7.30pm.

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Stanhope Gardens hit by three break and enters in one night

Quakers Hill Police are warning residents in suburbs in and around Stanhope Gardens to lock up their homes after three break and enters last night.
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Thieves targeted two homes on Lady Court and another home on nearby Canyon Drive.

The first break-in occurred on Lady Court at 9pm when an intruder removed a fly screen from a bedroom window and stepped inside onto a bed.

The person was immediately disturbed by the home owner’s dog and fled the scene.

One home owner, aged in his late 60s , told the News he was inside with his wife at the time watching a movie.

‘‘Our dogs were barking and we were looking out the front window,’’ the home owner said.

‘‘We didn’t know the thief was trying to get inside our bedroom window.

‘‘We found a wet footprint on our bed but the dogs must’ve scared him off.’’

Two hours later thieves returned and broke into two neighbouring homes.

Police said jewellery was stolen from a house on Canyon Drive while a 54-year-old female was home .

On Monday another break-in was reported on Drysdale Circuit, Beaumont Hills.

Thieves cut through a fly screen and stole a handbag with an iPhone, jewellery and a wallet.

A 42-year-old female was upstairs with her in-laws and came downstairs after hearing a noise.

She found contents of her handbag dumped in the backyard.

Police are forensically examining each house and appealing for any information.

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Police renew appeal over Emu Plains robbery

POLICE have renewed their appeal for information about an armed robbery in Emu Plains earlier this month.
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At about 12.20am on Wednesday, August 8, a man with a firearm entered a petrol station on the Great Western Highway, Emu Plains and threatened a male employee.

He was then handed some cash and fled the scene.

Penrith detectives are continuing their investigation and want to speak to a woman who was in the store before the robbery took place.

Police believe the woman, who was driving a dark-coloured sedan, may be able to assist with their inquires.

Police have also released a CCTV image of a man in the petrol station and would like to interview him in relation to the matter.

He was wearing a white-striped hooded top, black tracksuit pants and white joggers.

Anyone with any information about the robbery or the identity and whereabouts of the robber or the female customer is asked to contact Penrith detectives on 4721 9538 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Greens press release: Nepean River under threat

With revelations that drilling has begun at a coal seam gas (CSG) production well situated a mere 40 metres from the Nepean River, the Nepean Greens are calling on Penrith City Council to join the NSW Environmental Protection Authority, Campbelltown City Council, the Greens and concerned locals in voicing their concerns about this very real threat to the local environment.
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The CSG production well, located in Menangle Park, was approved by the State Government despite a submission by Campbelltown City Council stating in no uncertain terms that “the application must be refused.”

As well as outlining ways in which the immediate vicinity around the CSG well could be affected by this drilling, the Environmental Assessment report for the project states that: “drill water and water produced from the well could flow into the Nepean River and cause sedimentation; spills or leaks of fuels or lubricants from vehicles or working equipment could reach and contaminate the Nepean River; and deep aquifers could cross‐contaminate shallow aquifers during drilling.”

The report also goes on to acknowledge that the site of this drilling is situated at an alluvial floodplain of the Nepean River, which has seen flooding even during minor flood events in the past.

East Ward Greens candidate, Peta Holmes, fears that “this will guarantee widespread environmental contamination if a flood occurs”.

“Numerous chemicals are involved in the fracking process. They are pumped into the coal seam under pressure and this environmental assessment even acknowledges the risk of contaminating aquifiers and the surrounding environment by leaking from containment ponds. There is also the risk of damage to the river bed.

“Flood plains are perfect for agriculture due to the rich alluvial sediment that is left in the event of a flood. Flood plains along the Nepean river have the potential to be a large part of the food production for Sydney in the future.

“There is great potential for use of that flood plain for agricultural pursuits in the future. And the risk that this well could pose to those pursuits – and to the environment in general – is just as great.”

While the well is located outside of the Penrith LGA, Peta believes that this should not stop Penrith City Council from speaking up about this issue.

“Given the threat that this well poses, both to the region and even to Penrith specifically – after all, sedimentation and chemical leaks in the Nepean River would affect us as well – Penrith City Council should be doing all that they can to join the fight to stop any further drilling at this well.

“I don’t want to see this become just another political battle about who is right or wrong, or who should have done what at which level of Government. That will inevitably happen, but I want for us to focus on what’s important here – and I hope that existing and aspiring councillors alike will agree with me on this: this is about protecting the future of our region.”

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Press release: Marko Malkoc

In response to an article on the Penrith Star Website on the 21st August 2012 from 3 candidates who are posing as Independents.
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Why are you mentioning Federal Matters in a Local Government Election?

Yes the Carbon Tax is a bad tax that is costing families money.

But why are you bringing this matter up?

Ross Fowler should know as a long serving Councillor that as a council we are unable to Vote on this matter that will bring any change to the tax. Council cannot remove the tax. This is a federal matter for the coming federal election, the Level of Government responsible for this tax. It is somewhat deceiving the voters by campaigning on this matter at council elections implying council may somehow be able to influence the outcome of this tax.

To these So Called Independent Candidates, stop worrying and campaigning about something that you are not able to control and stick to the local issues that as a Councillor we are able to control.

To the voters of East Ward, i have always been concerned regarding local issues that i am able to control, and in my re-election for Council, i have been concentrating on these issues that You the residents have raised to myself and that i have seen.

I am available to be contacted via email or phone to assist you with any Local concerns that you may have.

Marko Malkoc

Penrith City Councillor

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Star readers: Colyton Public School

Mao’s Last Dancer, reviewed by Ky Staal 6E
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Mao’s Last Dancer is the gripping story of a young, poor boy named Li Cunxin who lives in a poverty-filled town in North East China. He gets the opportunity of a lifetime when some strange men come to his school. They were from Madame Mao’s Beijing dance academy and they were scouting for some suitable children to study the famous dance, ballet. While examining, they looked straight past Li taking absolutely no notice. As they were just about to leave, the teacher hesitated and tapped the last man on the shoulder and said “what about this child?” And that child was Li.

Mao’s Last Dancer is a brilliantly written book telling the true story of Li beating the odds and receiving the opportunity that changed his life dramatically. As the boy excels you feel attached to Li and feel sorry for what he’s been through, which I really enjoyed. This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Greens press release: Liberty swings for Penrith

Greens East Ward candidate, Peta Holmes, welcomes the recent launch of new outdoor fitness zones in Glenmore Park, which she believes are a “cheaper, more accessible alternative for those who are looking to improve their fitness”.
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“It’s always good when we’re seeing initiatives to get people out into, and enjoying, the community.”

It’s with this in mind that Peta is calling on Penrith City Council to continue with the good work and introduce liberty swings into local parks and playgrounds.

“Liberty swings give people in wheelchairs the opportunity to play on a swing, which the rest of us have been able to take for granted.

“Having access to liberty swings would mean that kids in wheelchairs wouldn’t have to feel left out when going to the park. They could have fun, just like every other kid.”

Peta strongly believes that having liberty swings in Penrith would be a big step toward improving the lives of local kids who are in wheelchairs.

“Liberty swings are a way of helping kids in wheelchairs to socialise with others, as well as letting them know that they are an important part of our society.

“They are a simple yet extremely important way that we can make Penrith a more inclusive and welcoming place for all of its residents.”

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Medicare Penrith moves with times

MEDICARE Penrith will pay rebates straight into bank accounts from September 3.
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Department of Human Services general manager Hank Jongen says claims can be made by electronic funds transfer (EFT) or swiping a debit card.

“We’re removing cash from offices and moving to methods which pay Medicare benefits directly into bank accounts,” Mr Jongen said.

Only about 8 per cent of payments were processed using cash in the last year, and 4 per cent by cheques.

People can register their bank account details with Medicare and claim using EFT; benefits will usually be deposited into bank accounts the next business day. Or, where people need immediate payment, they can swipe their debit cards and payment will be instantly deposited into their bank accounts via EFTPOS credit.

If a customer doesn’t have a debit card, alternative options will be offered.


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Get your ticket to celebrate sport stars at dinner

THE Penrith Valley Sports Foundation will hold its annual Sports Star dinner next month.
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The MC for the evening will be ABC Sports presenter Stephanie Brantz.

Some of the awards being presented will be to the senior and junior sportstars of the year, sports administration, volunteers and coaches.

Sponsorship tables are available which include signage and advertising on the video screen and the foundation’s website.

There will also be a silent auction of sporting items.

Prices: adult $85, child $50, table of 10 $750, sponsored table $250.

Details: Thursday September 20, 7pm, Woodriff Room, Panthers.

Tickets: Doug Hayne, 4735 1730.

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