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• TURNING on a much neglected sewing machine after leaving it sitting in a cupboard for six years, it was “unsurprising” when it failed almost immediately. “What was surprising was the generosity of two friends who each offered to loan me their machine while I was trying to work out if it is worth buying a replacement,” said the potential seamstress. “I was even offered some really good advice on the project I had in mind.”

• CONDELL Park reader Theo Tsoussis wishes to express his gratitude to a Good Samaritan who found his reader’s card folder containing all of his important cards, such as driver’s licence, Medicare and Opal cards and returned the lot promptly and in full. “I would like to have a short meeting with the Good Samaritan to formally acknowledge my appreciation to this kind youngster and his family,” Mr Tsoussis said.

• DAVID would like to thank the young woman who came to the aid of his mother who has alzheimer’s. On Thursday, July 9 about 4pm, his mother was visiting Bankstown and was excited by the Vietnamese fruit supermarket in Saigon Place and began choosing fruit. When she got to the cash-only checkout she didn’t have enough coins and become confused, but a young woman suddenly paid the $12 and allowed her to take all the fruit home. “Such generosity and kindness is to be admired,” David said.

• PLANS to transform the Bankstown CBD into a go-to destination over the next 20 years, has taken out a coveted NSW Local Government Excellence Award. Bankstown Complete Streets, which brought together the expertise of urban designers, landscape architects and transport planners to devise a comprehensive plan for the future town centre, won the Special Project Initiative in the over 100,000 population category.

• ATTORNEY General Mark Speakman has asked the NSW Sentencing Council to review the sentencing for offences involving assaults on our NSW Police Force officers, correctional and youth justice officers, emergency services workers and health workers as they bravely serve our community. He says there can be few more disgraceful acts than deliberate violence committed against these workers. Have your say at sentencingcouncil.justice.nsw.gov.au.

• NSW continues to lead the nation in providing safe and permanent homes for vulnerable children with a record-breaking 162 adoptions from out-of-home care in 2019-20. “Every child deserves the security of a safe and loving home where they can grow, thrive and reach their full potential,” Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, Gareth Ward, said.

• HAVE a say about proposed improvements between Beale Street and Rabaul Road on Henry Lawson Drive at Georges Hall. Transport for NSW is proposing to widen Henry Lawson Drive from Beale Street to Rabaul Road to provide two southbound lanes, including stopping vehicles from turning right from Henry Lawson Drive on to Rabaul Road. Comment at nswroads.work/henrylawsondrive or phone 1800 951 218 before August 3.

• INSPECTOR numbers have been boosted and their powers increased under the NSW Public Health Act 2010 in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19. Venues found to be flouting the NSW Government’s new Covid safety measures, face fines and could even be shut down, as part of a joint operation between Liquor & Gaming NSW, SafeWork and Fair Trading.

• AFTER five months of raising safety concerns held by members, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has welcomed a decision by NSW Health instructing all public health workers to wear surgical masks within 1.5 metres of patients. NSWNMA General Secretary Brett Holmes said the union had repeatedly highlighted the workplace risks for thousands of nurses and midwives because of their need to deliver care in close proximity to patients.

• HOUSEHOLDS across NSW have collectively saved more than $3 billion since July 2017, thanks to up to 70 cost of living rebates and savings from the NSW Government. Premier Gladys Berejiklian encouraged families to call Service NSW to check their eligibility and start accessing savings. For more, visit service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/cost-living.

Bad

• THE mother and daughter captured in a viral video brawling with a stranger over a packet of toilet paper at Woolworths in Chullora on March 7 this year, appeared in court on Monday and were each handed a 12-month conditional release order, and while the older woman escaped a conviction, her daughter did not. The pair will appeal their sentences.

• ONE truly nasty driver was spotted by a reader deliberately driving through a puddle to try and splash a group of pedestrians on Monday morning. “Luckily the group saw him coming and moved out of the way,” she said. “He actually swerved towards the puddle and was laughing as he drove on by. It was a really low act.”

• A REMINDER to all those who believe certain laws don’t apply to them, from a fed up resident. “You can’t pick and choose which laws you obey and which ones you don’t,” he said. “If you don’t want to wear a face mask, that is certainly your right to do so. But please don’t expect the rest of us to pay your medical bills, or anything else for that matter. If you don’t want to be a contributing member of society, then please withdraw completely and leave the rest of us, who are happy to work together, to do so for the betterment of all.”

• EIGHT known incidents of ‘virtual kidnappings’ have been reported to the NSW Police, with scammers targeting Chinese international students and successfully obtaining $3.2 million in ransom payments. A ‘virtual kidnapping’ is a sophisticated extortion scam that involves young victims faking their own kidnappings following phone calls from fraudsters – who then demand ransom payments for their safe release, from relatives. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

• IT appears we could all take some lessons on social distancing from the much maligned White Ibis, also known by some as ‘bin chickens’ who seem to naturally manage to spread themselves out. All those people happy to flock to large shopping centres in particular, should take note of how these birds manage to stay at least a ‘beak’ apart from one another.

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