Month: August 2018

  • Gallery: VTCA west B-Werribee Centrals win premiership

    Werribee Centrals beat St Andrews to win the Victorian Turf Cricket Association west B1 premiership and go through the season undefeated. Picture: Michael CoppClick through the carousel above for our picture gallery.
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    Werribee Centrals beat St Andrews to win the Victorian Turf Cricket Association west B1 premiership and go through the season undefeated. Picture: Michael Copp

    Werribee Centrals beat St Andrews to win the Victorian Turf Cricket Association west B1 premiership and go through the season undefeated. Picture: Michael Copp

    Werribee Centrals beat St Andrews to win the Victorian Turf Cricket Association west B1 premiership and go through the season undefeated. Picture: Michael Copp

    Werribee Centrals beat St Andrews to win the Victorian Turf Cricket Association west B1 premiership and go through the season undefeated. Picture: Michael Copp

    Werribee Centrals beat St Andrews to win the Victorian Turf Cricket Association west B1 premiership and go through the season undefeated. Picture: Michael Copp

    Werribee Centrals beat St Andrews to win the Victorian Turf Cricket Association west B1 premiership and go through the season undefeated. Picture: Michael Copp

    Werribee Centrals beat St Andrews to win the Victorian Turf Cricket Association west B1 premiership and go through the season undefeated. Picture: Michael Copp

    Werribee Centrals beat St Andrews to win the Victorian Turf Cricket Association west B1 premiership and go through the season undefeated. Picture: Michael Copp

    Werribee Centrals beat St Andrews to win the Victorian Turf Cricket Association west B1 premiership and go through the season undefeated. Picture: Michael Copp

    Werribee Centrals beat St Andrews to win the Victorian Turf Cricket Association west B1 premiership and go through the season undefeated. Picture: Michael Copp

    Werribee Centrals beat St Andrews to win the Victorian Turf Cricket Association west B1 premiership and go through the season undefeated. Picture: Michael Copp

  • ‘Now is a good time to lobby’ 

    Best for the region: Anne Parnham will lead the charge for business in Sydney’s south-west. Picture: Jeff de PasqualeANNE Parnham has made it her business to ensure the stability and future of Camden and of neighbouring areas such as Wollondilly, Liverpool and Bankstown.
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    Ms Parnham, the Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce president, was named inaugural president of the NSW South West Regional Advisory Council this month.

    The council will focus on the business needs of the region.

    With the federal election six months away, Ms Parnham said the council would seek commitments from political parties regarding transport, infrastructure and tourism projects to ensure that the needs of local small businesses were met.

    “There are a whole lot of small businesses who have gathered together to be one big voice and we hope to be loud enough to get politicians to agree to do things before we vote them in,” she said.

    Ms Parnham said one central south-west Sydney business body would be better than individual chambers.

    “We’ll have more of an impact and a 99 per cent more chance of being heard,” she said. “Campbelltown can actually be heard because we are bigger and with a professional group (NSW Business Chamber) behind us.

    “Being the first point of contact and communication will allow me to be vocal for the region.

    “Campbelltown is a priority for me, but it’s still a part of the entire south-west region, which together [with other communities] in one voice, can only be beneficial.”

    NSW Business Chamber south-west Sydney area manager Michelle Caruso said the establishment of the council was a significant step forward for business in the region.

    “(The council) gives the region a voice at the decision table of the NSW Business Chamber State Council,” Ms Caruso said.

    “The NSW Business Chamber is one of the most well resourced chambers in Australia with a growing membership that has just reached 12,000. That’s a powerful force that our region can work with.”

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  • Raft of ideas to help Rowville youth

    PERFORMING arts and youth group-style activities could be the answer to getting Rowville youth off the street, a community member says.
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    KC Boey, a member of the Rowville Anglican Church known as RAFT and its former community relations manager, spoke about his ideas at a Rowville community forum.

    New solution: KC Boey says the church can help young people in Rowville just by being a venue. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

    One of his ideas was for church groups and other community groups to offer secular activities that would appeal to young people in the growing suburb.

    “Whether it is a church or a temple or mosque or a council building, they all have one thing in common.

    “They have facilities for ankle-biters and the aged, but very little for youth and young adults — there is a big void,” Mr Boey said.

    RAFT offers dance lessons, mechanic groups, tutoring and music lessons. “We are not all about getting people to become Anglican. We as a family at RAFT have the same issues as everybody else,” Mr Boey said.

    “Our youth and young people have the same problems. When they get to that age of rebellion, we have to put on our thinking cap to provide activities that are not necessarily to do with the Bible.”

    At the workshop, he told the group that the changing composition of Rowville — with more Malaysian, Sri Lankan and Chinese families moving in — could potentially make Rowville the cultural hub of Knox.

    “Rowville is a unique suburb with a higher socio-economic status and the council would not have to inject funds to initiate this objective,” Mr Boey said.

    He would like to a see a partnership created between Rowville Secondary College and Monash University’s Academy of the Arts — “we need to be more imaginative and proactive, thinking outside the box”.

    “The new arrivals highly value education and see performing arts and culture as an extension of education. If we keep young people occupied [playing music], they will have no reason to look for something else to.”

    Mr Boey said it would be a win for both parties and called on the council to facilitate meetings between the parties.

    His comments followed an article in the Weekly about a campaign for a skate park adjacent to Wellington Village because of a lack of facilities for young people in Rowville.

    Cr Nicole Seymour said she heard “loud and clearly” at the forum that public transport and road congestion were the biggest concerns for Rowville residents.

    Other issues included parks and open space, leafy streetscapes and views, and retail and general activities. A follow-up workshop will be held in May.

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  • Local ingredients to star at Inn’s Easter feast

    Chef and author Jane Grover is looking forward to sampling local produce at the Old Vic Inn.Renowned chef Jane Grover will use local ingredients cooking Lamb, Pine Nuts and Mint Rounds among other dishes at Canowindra’s NSW Wine Festival celebrations on March 30.
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    A menu released for the event at the Old Vic Inn shows the evening will begin with a first course of Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil, Beef and Vegetable Rolls, Savoury Muffins, Hummus and Bubba Ganoush.

    Ms Grover will cook Chicken and Lemongrass Skewers, Lentil and Sweet Potato Patties and Pork and Pistachio Terrine in a demonstration for the second course.

    The main course will feature Herbed Crumbed Pork Cutlet with Caramelised Apple, Roast Vegetables and Beans with Almond and Mint Crumble, while apple crumble will be served for dessert.

    The multi-course tasting menu will showcase local and seasonal produce, matched with the region’s award winning organic wines.

    Ms Grover said she was eager to sample what the region has to offer.

    “I am really excited about my return visit to the Cowra-Canowindra region,” she said.

    President of the Cowra Region Vineyard Association Sam Statham said the event will sample Ms Grover’s recipes, with the menu referenced from her cookbook Naked Food.

    “When you have the meal you can see the book and see how it’s done. It’s not just a wine dinner. It’s the first time Canowindra’s had an educational chef to do a demonstration,” he said.

    “It will feature a lot of whole food ingredients and healthy cooking as well as using local produce.”

    Jennifer Beasley, manager at The Old Vic Inn, said locals can enjoy trying the region’s food and wine in a relaxed atmosphere.

    Ingredients will be sourced from local and regional suppliers Gaskill Greens, Trunkey Creek, Breakout River Meats, Canowindra Country Bakehouse and Manildra’s flour mills.

    The event starts Saturday 6.30pm and tickets are available at the Old Vic Inn and Cowra Visitor Information Centre.

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  • New lead emerges in Penny Hill case

    A forensic officer examines a Datsun Stanza as part of the investigation into the death of Penny Hill. Photo: NSW POLICE MEDIAA DARK blue Datsun Stanza could hold the key to solving the murder of a woman in western NSW more than 20 years ago.
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    NSW Police have uncovered fresh leads into the murder of Penny Hill at Coolah in 1991, and are seeking information about the vehicle as part of their investigation.

    Penny was aged 20 when she was found unconscious with severe head and facial injuries near Coolah early in the morning of July 8, 1991. She did not regain consciousness and died in hospital two weeks later.

    In 2008, the Western Region Unsolved Homicide team began further investigations into Penny’s murder and a second inquest was conducted in 2012.

    Since then, detectives have received new information that a car seen at the motel and in the Coolah township on the night Penny was assaulted could have been a Datsun Stanza, not a Commodore as previously believed.

    Investigators have begun examining a Datsun Stanza similar to the vehicle described with further examinations expected to be conducted over the next few weeks.

    During the investigation, police also collected DNA samples from several men to compare with a DNA profile found in the motel room last occupied by Penny. Unsolved Homicide investigator Detective Sergeant Jason Darcy has renewed an appeal for anyone with information about Ms Hill’s death to come forward.

    “Investigators wish to speak with any person in Coolah who may have seen a dark blue Datsun Stanza in Coolah on the weekend Penny was assaulted,” he said.

    “We believe a number of persons may not have come forward because a different vehicle was originally reported.” Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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