Business awards excitement

31/05/2018 // by admin

ANTICIPATION to find out the winners of the Blacktown City Local Business Awards is mounting.
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Businesses have been working hard, impressing the mystery shoppers over the last few weeks and the judges have been impressed with the high standard in this year’s awards.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday, May 2, at Blacktown Workers Club.

The awards are supported by Blacktown Workers Club, HomeBase Prospect, Nirimba Business Centre, Rotary Club of Blacktown City, Cumberland Business Chamber and TVS Sydney.

Regan Antonio will be performing at the dinner.

Details: 8577 5060 or www.thebusinessawards南京夜网.

Parents use social site to warn others

31/05/2018 // by admin

A WARNING to parents about men believed to be preying on children in suburbs from St Marys to Blacktown has been issued over Facebook this week.
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Lisa Provost first raised the alarm via a post on the St Marys police site that warned her daughter, 14, was almost the victim of one alleged predator.

“Parents please be aware that there is an older man in his late 50s in the Colyton, St Clair area chasing kids,” she wrote on Monday.

“My daughter was chased today in Colyton.

“Fortunately it was close to home but it scared her.

“It worries me (that) there are kids everywhere in the holidays and to be honest I never thought it would happen to us.”

The frightened mother went on to say she had heard of another incident where a man, about 21 years old, approached a girl in a St Marys park and “asked her to do rude things” before chasing the girl to her house nearby.

Police have not issued any statements about the alleged incidents but other parents responded with claims of other similar attacks on children.

Paul Hutchinson from the Riverstone Neighbourhood Watch group said he had heard of other attempts to abduct children during these school holidays.

“There have been six incidents in the past week with kids either being dragged into a car or being chased,” he wrote on Facebook.

Mr Hutchinson said the reports indicated that it was the same two men involved in all six attacks.

One was described only as a young man about 21 years old and another older man in his late 50s who uses a walking stick.

The information has been shared across five western Sydney police command Facebook sites.

Wider broadband rollout sought

31/05/2018 // by admin

Wider broadband
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rollout sought

AFTER a lengthy campaign for better internet access, people in Doonside and Woodcroft learned last week they would be connected to the national broadband network faster than previously thought.

Chifley MP Ed Husic appealed to NBN Co to have the suburbs included in the next rollout.

Two weeks ago NBN Co released updated maps that showed the infrastructure work would start in Blacktown this year and reach those suburbs by September 2013.

“I’ve been watching with anticipation as the NBN rollout creeps closer and closer to those suburbs who have long suffered with poor broadband services.” Mr Husic said.

“Finally, residents can look to the future with some confidence — that we can drag so many homes and businesses out of the internet ‘dark ages’.

“I want to thank residents and businesses for their patience and support of this campaign. We’re finally getting somewhere.”

Some residents have taken up an option with Telstra that allows them access to an expanded ADSL-2 connection or cable internet through Foxtel infrastructure as an interim solution until the NBN is available.

“Telstra has been very helpful with short-term solutions for these residents, but the NBN will bring a lasting improvement to services in Woodcroft and Doonside,” Mr Husic said.

For the top-tier, 100mbps/40mbps, package Telstra is charging $100 a month for 200GB, or $150 500GB; Optus is charging $79.99 for 120GB; iiNet $69.95 for 20GB peak plus 20GB off-peak, or 499.95 for 500GB peak plus 500GB off-peak.

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Job market flat in Blacktown

31/05/2018 // by admin

THE mining boom is constantly in the headlines for driving growth in the economy but unfortunately there are no mines in Blacktown.
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Kelvin Clarke from OPS Recruitment in Blacktown said the jobs market was flat.

“Recruitment is a very good indicator of the economy,” he said.

“When growth is good and everything is growing, recruitment is strong.

“Basically everything in recruitment has stalled.

“Four to five of our biggest clients are stalled or struggling.

“Where they were putting 30 to 40 staff on a week, now they aren’t putting anyone on.”

And it wasn’t just the casual low-skilled jobs that were being shed, Mr Clarke said.

He said he was seeing more people from executive and managerial backgrounds in the jobs market.

Diary

31/05/2018 // by admin

Winner: Ian Shortland (above) has won $10,000 in a special promotion at Blacktown Workers Club. The Win A Worker promotion held earlier this month gave members the chance to win either a contractor’s services to the value of $14,000 over 12 months or $10,000 in cash. Second and third prizes were a $3000 Harvey Norman Gift Card and a $2000 Good Guys Card, and there were 10 $100 consolation prizes ¦Peter Rogers dance classes: Jazz, funk and tap for kids, new classes. Also adult dance fever, the new fitness craze. Tuesday night at Blacktown Workers Club.
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Details: 0420 897 323.

¦Volunteers needed: Musical theatre group seeks help for roles on stage and behind the scenes. No experience is necessary. Rehearsals on Thursday evenings, 7.30pm-10pm.

Details: 0408 499 899 or [email protected]南京夜网.

¦National Seniors Association: Sydney Greater West Branch, 10am, Blacktown RSL, third Thursday of each month. Guest speaker. Members and visitors welcome.

Details: Jan Lewis, 9627 1460.

¦Riverstone Festival: Saturday, May 12, 9am-3pm. Stallholders are encouraged to book their sites early as space is limited. Community organisations or businesses who have not yet registered and are wishing to participate in the 11am street parade need to contact Tanya Bigeni, the events co-ordinator at Blacktown City Council.

As 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Riverstone High School, the parade will be led former high school teachers and students, some travelling in open cars, others marching.

The high school will be running a barbecue and promotional stalls at the festival.

Former students may order commemorative pavers, to be laid in the school grounds for the official October Reunion Day.

They may also be able to assist with the naming of some of the students in the photos on display from the first intake in 1962.

¦Riverstone and District Historical Society: Visit the Riverstone Museum, Sunday, May 6, Garfield Road near the Lions’ park and swimming pool. The Heritage Week apron display and many other aspects of Riverstone history will be on view, 11am-3pm.

¦Morning tea: Riverstone Uniting Church, corner Garfield Road and Oxford Street, Riverstone, Tuesday, April 24, 9.30. Chesne Jones will speak about the history of St John Ambulance.

¦Blacktown and District Environment Group: meets on Tuesday, April 24, 6pm-8pm, Westpoint Community Room, Level 4, Patrick Street, Blacktown (near the gym).

Members of the community are welcome to come along to the meeting and raise any local environmental concerns.

¦Yoga for Sound Sleep: Saturdays, 9.30am, 1 Bessemer Street, Blacktown.

Contact: Dr Sharma, 0410 152 245 or [email protected]南京夜网

¦Bereavement support: Fortnightly on Tuesdays, 10-11.30am. CCSS, 51-59 Allawah Street, Blacktown.

Details: Eileen Quade, 9933 0205.

¦Separation and divorce support: Last Tuesday of each month, 7.30pm-9.30pm. CCSS, 51-59 Allawah Street, Blacktown.

Details: Eileen Quade, 9933 0205.

¦Musical theatre group: Under-25s volunteers required for roles on stage and behind the scenes of community theatre. Rehearsals on Wednesdays, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Orientation night in May. Details: 0408 499 899 or [email protected]南京夜网.

¦SongBirds: This non-profit group that visits nursing homes seeks people over 18 to perform on stage or to form part of the stage crew for musical productions.

No experience required.

Rehearsals take place each Thursday, 7.30pm at Baulkham Hills.

Details: [email protected]南京夜网.

¦Scottish Country Dance Class: Thursdays 7.30pm-9.30pm, Community Hall, Bulolo Drive, Whalan. All welcome

Contact: Judith, 9621 8940.

¦CAWS: This non-profit group introduces people with intellectual disability to community volunteers. People needed to take an interest in and/or speak up for a person with an intellectual disability. Training and support is provided.

Details: Kaye, 9893 8210 or [email protected]南京夜网.au.

¦Riverstone Festival: Saturday, May 12. Potential stallholders should contact Phyllis McAlpine on 4572 3271.

¦Tai chi: Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre, Saturdays, 9.30am.

Details: Margaret, 9626 7565.

¦Yoga classes: Blacktown North Public School, Saturdays, 9.30 am. Contact: Dr Sharma, 0410 152 245, [email protected]南京夜网.

¦Blacktown Garden Club: Meets second Wednesday of each month.

Blacktown Boys High School. Details: Han Janssen, 9622 7761, 0435 021 881.

Bikie link to bashing

31/05/2018 // by admin

Bikie link to bashing
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POLICE said they spoke with bikie gang members after the brutal bashing of a man in Seven Hills but have not yet charged anyone.

A 28-year-old man was found with numerous stab wounds, two broken ankles, two fractured knee caps, two broken arms and cuts and abrasions at Seven Hills train station, just after midnight on Sunday.

The victim has so far refused to tell police who was responsible for his injuries and investigators have seized his car and phone as evidence.

Paramedics took the man to Westmead Hospital where he has remained in a serious but stable condition.

Police spoke with bikies at the Bandidos’ clubhouse on the Prospect Highway, Seven Hills to “try and determine the circumstances surrounding the incident” but no one was arrested.

Detective Adam Wilson said police were severely hampered by the victim’s unwillingness to co-operate and because no witnesses to the incident had come forward.

Detective Wilson said the victim had a Western Australia address and that investigators hoped to interview him again, if he was willing.

“We’re still seeking to interview him,” he said. “We don’t know how long he’s been in Sydney and we’d like to know what his plans are as there’s not a lot of history for him in NSW.”

Anyone with information about the assault can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Huge project hits legal snag at Kellyville Ridge

31/05/2018 // by admin

Controversy: An architectural drawing of the proposed building at Kellyville Ridge.A DECISION on the controversial $64 million residential and commercial project at Kellyville Ridge is likely to be delayed after Blacktown Council’s referral of a public complaint to the Independent Commission Against Corruption, said mayor Alan Pendleton.
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He said the council general manager Ron Moore was seeking legal advice on whether the development application at Merriville Road could be processed pending an ICAC decision about whether an inquiry would be held.

He said Mr Moore had referred a Riverstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry complaint to the ICAC that a certain councillor did not observe a conflict of interest order when the application was first heard last year.

The application is scheduled to be discussed by the council planning and development committee on May 9, by a full council meeting on May 16 and by a joint regional planning panel (JRRP) on May 17.

A panel spokeswoman said its meeting would proceed as scheduled unless informed of any new development by the council.

Resident Rosie Bonham, who is leading the protest against the development, had earlier called on all residents opposed to the project to attend the regional panel hearing in Blacktown on May 17.

Ms Bonham, who is also Riverstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry secretary, said she has the support of the business community and residents.

“We are opposed, despite the project being reduced from eight storeys to five, as it is still too high and too big with more than 198 apartment and commercial units,” she said.

“The area is already congested with traffic and will become a nightmare if approved.”

Riverstone MP Kevin Conolly said the development was wrong for the site.

“The site is zoned for business use and as the proposal is predominantly a residential development, it is inconsistent with the zone,” he said.

“I intend to address these concerns at the coming JRPP meeting. I have also expressed my concerns with the Minister for Planning’s office.”

A spokeswoman for the ICAC declined to confirm or deny on whether the commission had received a report from the council. Developer Kanebridge Group spokesman Marwan Rahme was not available for comment.

Be in to win overseas trip

31/05/2018 // by admin

RESIDENTS in Blacktown have two weeks to enter to win a $10,000 overseas trip for picking the best club in Australia, in a competition running until April 30.
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They need to visit clubsnswpeopleschoice南京夜网.au, leave contact details and rate the registered club out of 10 for value for money, food, entertainment and community service.

The winning entrant will be drawn from all online and printed entries through a random number generator.

The 2012 winning entrant will win a holiday for two people, including return flights to Singapore, five nights accommodation at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, dinner at Raffles, tickets to a live show and $2000 in spending money.

The club selected will be named People’s Choice at the annual ClubsNSW 2012 Awards for Excellence later this year.

It will receive a $10,000 cash prize, with the club and a charity of their choice sharing the prize money.

Nominations are open for registered clubs only (such as RSL, workers, memorial, bowling, golf, leagues and community clubs).

ClubsNSW chief executive Anthony Ball I encourages both club members and non-club members to nominate their favourite club for the award.

“Clubs are not-for-profit organisations that pride themselves on their community contributions and being its heartbeat,” he said.

“The People’s Choice Award shows who is best leading the way for their community and a role model for the club industry.”

Action urged to revive Riverstone CBD

31/05/2018 // by admin

Traffic halt: Anthony Belcastro, surveying the empty footpaths, is calling for immediate action to encourage shoppers back to Riverstone. Picture: Carlos FurtadoMORE than a dozen businesses have closed down since the installation of traffic lights at Riverstone CBD’s main intersection last year.
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Riverstone and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Anthony Belcastro said besides halting all traffic at the intersection of Riverstone Parade, Garfield Road and Railway Terrace, it had created a shortage of parking spaces.

He said the lights caused all traffic to drop to a “snail’s pace” between 7am and 8am and 3pm and 5pm, causing noise, fuel and dust pollution.

“Businesses are suffering as customers have stopped patronising their shops due to parking problems,” he said.

“We have reported our plight to the state government but been told to wait for its report.”

Tony Kougellis, owner of Railway Cafe at Riverstone Parade for 40 years, said instead of doing something to relieve their suffering they were blaming each other.

“They should get rid of the traffic lights now and open up more parking spaces to revive businesses,” he said.

“The government should build a new railway crossing at the intersection now to ease the congestion and allow the council to start work on Marketown Shopping Centre which it bought many years ago for renovation.”

Riverstone MP Kevin Conolly said the pressure on the area was due to the previous government’s inaction for the past 16 years.

“Given the high cost of the railway crossing project and its implications for the next stage of rail duplication and the planning of urban release areas in the region, it is important that the right decisions are made,” he said.

He said the Transport Ministry’s study would be completed by August or September 2012.

“The authority has improved the timing of the traffic signals, Blacktown Council some parking lots on Riverstone Parade and I have asked for shoppers be allowed to park in the railway station car park.”

Senior Citizen of the Year: True spirit of giving

31/05/2018 // by admin

Eileen Pollock, of Blacktown, was announced the city’s 2012 Senior Citizen of the Year recently.
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The announcement was made at the council’s annual Seniors Week concert and lunch last month which was attended by more than 400 seniors, said a Blacktown Council spokeswoman.

Mayor Alan Pendleton said Mrs Pollock won the award ahead of a strong group of nominees.

“Mrs Pollock exemplifies the true spirit of giving and is well-known across Blacktown particularly for her more than 20 years of service on the management committee of the Healthwise Seniors Association,” Cr Pendleton said.

Blacktown City has more than 300,000 residents. About 12 per cent are 55 and over.