Prospect’s history in pix

19/06/2018 // by admin

History time: Prospect Heritage Trust member (front left) Margaret Hall with Jill Finch and Joy Spurge (back) looking over old maps of Prospect. Picture: Carlos FurtadoTHE story of how the reservoir area of Prospect developed from a pastoral site into a popular recreational ground over 200 years will be told in a photographic exhibition this weekend, April 28 and 29.
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A National Trust Heritage Festival event organised by Prospect Heritage Trust at Prospect History Cottage in the reservoir grounds, it is open to the public from 10.30am to 4pm.

The Amazing Stories: Pastoral to Pleasure shows how the Prospect reservoir grounds were first occupied by European settlers who included former convicts.

The site, with the pastoral holding of explorer William Lawson, was later acquired by the authority to build Prospect reservoir and a trout hatchery.

Prospect Heritage Trust secretary Jill Finch said the grounds were now Western Sydney’s most popular picnic ground and home to the Prospect History Cottage museum and Peckys Disability Service.

Ms Finch said the exhibition would include photos taken during the building of the reservoir in 1880s and artefacts that included Mr Lawson’s Bible and his deeds box and pieces of coloured glass panes from St Bartholomew’s Church.

“The cottage is one of three built for the reservoir workers,” she said. “In 1892 the Commissioner for Fisheries established a trout hatchery at Prospect reservoir, which supplied trout to all NSW streams until 1926.”

Mrs Finch is hoping that visitors to the exhibition will donate a gold coin — by which she means $2. Details: 9621 8225.

Miyazawa is City wizard

19/06/2018 // by admin

Stacks on the miller: Ray Miller gets his kick away despite the attention of the grounded Spartan Sean Mitchell and friends.THAT man Ryuji Miyazawa has done it again.
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Miyazawa — who may soon answer to the name “goalscoring wizard” — got the winner in Blacktown City’s historic 1-0 win over Blacktown Spartans at Blacktown Football Park on Saturday night.

And historic it was, for this was the first local derby between the established City and the Spartans, newly promoted to Football NSW’s premier league.

Blacktown assistant coach Kaine Rastall acknowledged the anticipation.

“This game was talked up a lot during the week in the media, so we knew these guys were going to be up for it,” Rastall said.

“For us it was more about taking the emotion out of the game and making it a football match.”

Which it was: an entertaining football match which lived up to the billing.

Miyazawa scored the winner in the 42nd minute after a goalmouth scramble, but it didn’t appear a winner when teammate Daniel Bragg received a straight red card for an ugly challenge four minutes later.

Blacktown’s professional then kicked in and they had the better of the second half despite being reduced to 10 men.

Goalkeeper Brody Crane was outstanding, an undisputed man of the match, and defender Nathan Millgate was the Spartans’ best, beyond dispute.

“Definitely happy to hold on after having a man sent off at half-time,” Rastall said.

“Our back four and Brody (Crane) in goals was outstanding — it’s the best game he’s put in this year.”

Spartans coach Ben DeHaan could only say what he’ll probably say several times this season as the Spartans adjust to the bigger time.

“It was a frustrating evening for us in front of goal again,” DeHaan said.

“Credit must go to Blacktown (City), they held us out, sat behind the ball and did what they had to do.

“But still, there was no penetration there and that final instinct to get back over the line was needed.”

The Spartans are down the line to the South Coast Wolves this Saturday and the unbeaten Blacktown City FC will host the Marconi Stallions on Sunday.


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¦Peter Rogers dance classes: Jazz, funk and tap for kids. New adult dance fever with the new fitness craze, Blacktown Workers Club.
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Details: 0420 897 323

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

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

¦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 events co-ordinator Tanya Bigeni at Blacktown City Council.

¦Riverstone & District Historical Society: Why not visit the Riverstone Museum, or bring Mum for a pre-Mother’s Day outing with a difference, on Sunday, May 6. The museum is located in Garfield Road next to 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, 9.30am. Chesne Jones will speak on the history of St John Ambulance.

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

Members of the community are welcome to attend the meeting and raise local environmental matters of concern.

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

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

¦Red Cross: Blacktown branch, stall at Portico Plaza, Toongabbie, Friday, April 13, 9am-noon. Babywear, craft items, books and bric-a-brac.

Details: N. Williams, 9624 2158.

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

Details: Eileen Quade, 9933 0205.

¦Separation and divorce support: Last Tuesday 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, Wednesdays, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Details: 0408 499 899 or [email protected]南京夜网

¦SongBirds: Non-profit group that visits nursing homes needs people over 18 to perform on stage or to form part of the stage crew for musical productions in 2012. No experience required. Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7.30pm, Baulkham Hills.

Details: [email protected]南京夜网

¦Scottish Country Dance Class: Thursdays, 7.30pm-9.30pm, Community Hall, Bulolo Drive, Whalan. Contact: Judith, 9621 8940.

¦CAWS: Non-profit group to introduce people with intellectual disability to volunteers.

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

¦National Seniors Association: Sydney Greater West Branch meets 10am, Blacktown RSL Club, third Thursday of each month.

Details: Jan Lewis, 9627 1460.

CWA marks 90 years of positive influence

19/06/2018 // by admin

THE Country Women’s Association is marking 90 years since its historic formation with a conference at Blacktown.
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CWA members have lobbied and campaigned for changes to government policies on education, health, transport and infrastructure to ensure that living standards for women and their families are improved.

About 800 delegates and observers will attend the four-day event which will feature the annual general meeting, debates, award ceremonies, workshops and tours.

The conference speakers include NSW Farmers president Fiona Simson and Katrina Hodgkinson, NSW Minister for Primary Industries.

The event will be at Blacktown Workers Club, May 7 to 10.


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April 25: White Bros, Quakers Inn, 6pm-1am
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April 27: Dollshay, Quakers Inn, 8pm-1am.

Blacktown RSL’s Got Talent Quest grand final, 9pm

April 28: Back to the ’80s, Bull & Bush Hotel, Baulkham Hills, 5pm-1am

The Lady Gaga Show and Chartbusters, Blacktown RSL

May 4: They Call Me Bruce, Quakers Inn, 8pm-1am

Music festival

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Music festival
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The Aurora Festival of Living Music is set to explode across Sydney’s western suburbs May 4 to May 13.

The program will feature 17 events including premieres, concerts, workshops and forums, and more than 120 artists.

The Super Critical Mass Sonic Art Performance Opening Night Party is on Friday, May 4, 7pm-9pm at Blacktown Arts Centre.

Details: auroranewmusic 南京夜网.au.

Peter Powers: A show to blow your mind

19/06/2018 // by admin

Puppeteer Peter Powers has some of his audience on strings.A SELECT few from the Blacktown audience can expect to lose control of themselves on Saturday when world-renowned hypnotist Peter Powers performs.
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Powers’ fascination with hypnosis began at the age of 12 when, with his younger brother, he watched a black and white movie featuring a hypnotist.

Skills in hypnosis were the only thing he possessed and within a few years he had built a reputation as an entertainer around the working men’s clubs of Manchester.

Shortly after, larger theatre venues beckoned and Powers was to become a box office success in Britain.

After many tours and TV appearances in Australia, Powers landed two one-hour specials with Network Nine in 2004.

He hypnotised TV and sports personalities, much to the delight of audiences.

The show is on Saturday, April 28 at 8pm at Blacktown RSL Club. Tickets are $35.

Details: Blacktown RSL Club, Second Avenue, Blacktown, blacktownrsl南京夜网.au or 9622 5222.

Kokoda Track trek to build skills

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BLACKTOWN residents can apply to represent NSW in the annual Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge in Papua New Guinea from September 24 to October 5.
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They should contact ClubsNSW which is seeking two young people aged between 16 and 22 to trek through mud and rain, across mountain ranges up to 7000 feet above sea level while carrying a 15-kilogram backpack.

The challenge provides young people with the skills and confidence to develop leadership skills and make contribution to their community.

This year is the 70th anniversary of the Kokoda campaign which was a conflict between Japanese and Australian forces between July and November, 1942, during World War II.

Last year’s NSW participant, Jason McKinnon (pictured), from Narrandera, said the experience had helped him to grow as a person.

“I have learnt never to take anything for granted, and to always give 110 per cent.

“This is because those soldiers gave their lives so that we could have a tomorrow. I will never forget this.”

ClubsNSW chief executive Anthony Ball said nearly 500 young people have completed the challenge, now in its eighth year.

He urged youth to apply, saying it will be a significant trek this year being the 70th anniversary of the battle along the Kokoda Track.

Applications will close on May 14. Forms can be downloaded from www.clubsnsw南京夜网.au/kokoda.

Lightening strikes twice for Brisbane Roar

19/06/2018 // by admin

SHOW-STOPPING finishes are nothing new at Suncorp Stadium and no team – perhaps anywhere – does a comeback quite like Brisbane Roar.
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For the second year running they looked beaten as the minutes and seconds of the season finale ticked away. Yet just as they did against Central Coast 14 months ago, they found a way back in where seemingly none existed.

Ivan Franjic’s own goal in the 51st minute gave Perth Glory the box seat to claim their first A-League championship and, for the next half an hour, it seemed certain they would walk away with the title.

Then the A-League’s most prolific scorer this season and its most controversial player, Besart Berisha, entered the fray. With six minutes to play, Thomas Broich swept in a hopeful cross that Berisha rose to meet and headed past the hitherto superb Danny Vukovic.

Emboldened by the prospect of back-to-back miracles, the Brisbane crowd came to life. The match ticked into injury time as Berisha found his way into the penalty box, his dancing feet dumbfounding the Perth defence. He tricked himself, however, and fell over his own feet.

Young referee Jarred Gillett, who had otherwise enjoyed a fine match, then made an error that will haunt him and every Perth fan for a very long time, pointing to the spot.

Berisha admitted later it was a soft foul – he wasn’t wrong. But that didn’t stop him from coolly converting the winning penalty, sending the stadium into raptures. Clearly lightning does strike twice.

Of course, Brisbane were a markedly better team over the course of the season and, in that sense, deserved to win. But on the night? Brisbane weren’t anywhere near their best. Perth didn’t create myriad opportunities but they were robbed on the night, just as the Mariners were last year. Again, however, luck seemed to fall on Ange Postecoglou’s side. They now join Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC as the only multiple winners of the A-League.

But it could be the Victory that writes the next chapter of Postecoglou’s fairytale. He’s expected to sign for his home town as early as this week, which could make last night’s triumph the ultimate sign-off. There was an inevitability in the air pre-game; Brisbane fans unfurled a banner thanking Postecoglou for ”bringing us Roarcelona”. As much as Roar fans would like him to stay, his contribution will ensure he is fondly farewelled.

However, Brisbane hardly began the match like the champion-elect. In perhaps the scrappiest opening to an A-League grand final, neither side even seemed capable of stringing together consecutive passes. The ugly opening was demonstrated by the clash between Glory striker Shane Smeltz and Roar captain Matt Smith, one that ended with Smeltz having to go to hospital post-match after splitting his upper lip.

The match muddled along in fits and starts. Brisbane would try to get their famed tiki-taka game going, only for something to get in the way. The pitch, already poor at kick-off, bore divots that did their passing game no favours. Roar players were giving it away – Jacob Burns and Danny Vukovic were getting in the way. The Perth captain’s selfless game was dedicated to breaking up the best laid plans of Postecoglou.

Broich’s stinging shot to open the second half signalled Postecoglou’s half-time message was being taken on but Vukovic’s block signalled he, after two grand final defeats with Central Coast, had a plan of his own.

So too did Billy Mehmet, who took the ball down the other end and found a runner in the form of Travis Dodd. The one-time Adelaide stalwart lashed in a low ball that Mehmet couldn’t reach but that Franjic did. The ball bounced off his back heel past the stranded Michael Theoklitos.

With 65 minutes gone, Postecoglou changed out the hero of the previous grand final, Erik Paartalu, and Massimo Murdocca. In their place would come Luke Brattan and Nick Fitzgerald. New heroes were needed.

Who else could it be but Berisha? He wasn’t around last year but it was only fitting that his actions – be they fairly adjudged or not – would decide the game this time around.

That wasn’t the end of the blunders, with Broich incorrectly named as the Joe Marston Medal winner after a communications error. He accepted the award and gave a speech but it was later handed to the correct winner, Jacob Burns, in the post-match press conference.

Stuart’s halves plans go Pearce-shaped

19/06/2018 // by admin

Big game experience – Queensland have it in bucketloads. There aren’t many New South Welshmen who possess it, but it was those with it who came to the fore in Mudgee yesterday.
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There was probably no one with more pressure to retain his position in the Blues team than halfback Mitchell Pearce, but yesterday afternoon he showed why he is the right man to handle the pressure-cooker environment of State of Origin, orchestrating a 24-22 victory for City in front of 8621 fans at the Glen Willow Sports Complex.

While most had to warm into the match, Pearce took the game by the scruff of the neck from the get-go, doing exactly what Ricky Stuart would have wanted to see from his playmakers.

At Origin level, you can’t wait for the game to come to you – and that’s what Jarryd Hayne, Jarrod Mullen and Todd Carney were guilty of yesterday afternoon.

There was real hope that Hayne would make it impossible for Stuart to ignore him as a genuine Blues five-eighth option, but he was overshadowed by Pearce, who played the traditional role of a halfback, floating around on both sides of the ruck at first receiver.

Hayne is used to being the dominant figure in the team at Parramatta, but he struggled to inject himself into the game while Pearce was dictating terms, finishing the game on the wing as Feleti Mateo tried his hand at five-eighth in the final 15 minutes.

Robbie Farah hasn’t got of a lot of Origin experience, but he’s played in plenty of big games for Wests Tigers, including a premiership in 2005, drawing on all of that as he combined with Pearce to form a formidable partnership.

If Stuart was sold on Danny Buderus as the NSW hooker for game one on May 23, he might want to reassess his options after Farah’s performance.

But it wasn’t just his running game, his kicking out of dummy half was first class, rivalling that of Queensland rake Cameron Smith.

Nerves clearly got the better of Carney in the opening exchanges and he failed to get off to the brightest of starts. His first two passes didn’t hit their intended target, drawing a mistake from Beau Scott, before throwing behind the line and sending his teammates back 15 metres to retrieve the ball.

He gradually got himself into the game, but he can’t afford to do that if he’s finally going to breakthrough to the Origin arena next month because Queensland won’t allow the Blues back into the match like City did yesterday.

But Carney showed why he’s being so heavily considered for the No.6 Blues position early in the second half, beating Jamie Buhrer with his trademark right-foot step, drawing Lachlan Coote to send Tariq Sims over for his first four-pointer in representative football.

It was a mistake-riddled opening to the game, six mistakes in six minutes ensuring it was a dull start to the match, which probably didn’t help Carney, neither did the lacklustre display of his forwards, who struggled to stamp their authority in the match early.

Carney’s long-kicking game was good, threatening to produce a 40-20 on several occasions, and his short-kicking game got better as the match wore on.

Mullen didn’t do his chances any harm, but he didn’t do them any favours either. His kicking game also improved as the match went on, with his short-kicking game forcing several repeat sets in the second half, something Stuart will want to see the Maroons do plenty of.

It didn’t take long to get an understanding of how Stuart is going to want his team to defend the Maroons’ outside backs this series.

The first time Country spread the ball, City centre Chris Lawrence and winger David Williams rushed off the line and forced a bad pass from Mullen, which was put down by Brett Morris.

City and Country were given specific instructions by Stuart in regards to the style of attack and defence he wanted them to try and simulate, one of those obviously aimed at limiting the time of Greg Inglis and Justin Hodges, which Lawrence and Williams perfected early.

Sims might have won himself a place on the bench for game one, grabbing a double as he bolted into contention with a barnstorming display.