• A SAFETY Outreach Session will be held on Monday, April 20, 6-8pm, at Bankstown Library. If you live in Bankstown, Chullora, Greenacre or Mount Lewis, drop in and have a chat as it’s a great opportunity to learn about crime prevention initiatives in your area. For catering purposes, register attendance by this Thursday, April 16, at cb.city/localsafetyforums or call 9789 9594.
• SHOWCASING a fresh and honest retelling of the Eureka Stockade at the height of the Gold Rush, ‘Bakery Hill – An Australian Rebellion’ is an original adaptation of historical events making its world premiere for Yellow Line Productions at Bryan Brown Theatre from this Thursday until Sunday, with matinee and evening performances. With an emotive original score, this musical explores the sheer raw and unpolished humanity of the 1800s. Tickets, $35-$45; email@example.com or 9707 9404.
• CALLING the 2021 Sydney Royal Easter Show the best one yet, a Bankstown reader said it was a wonderful day out with so much to see and do and more importantly, everyone being respectful of social distancing: “It was great speaking with some country folk who were so happy to be back with their finest produce and animals after having the event cancelled last year.”
• WOULD you like to create a unique wardrobe and save money at the same time? Sewing classes are on offer every Monday for eight weeks at Chester Hill Neighbourhood Centre from Monday, April 26. Cost is $40. You need to book and pay in advance to secure a spot. Details: 9645 3700.
• YOU can snag a selection of native seedlings to create a native habitat for your garden or balcony thanks to the council’s Native Plant Giveaway at Bankstown, Campsie and Panania libraries, between April 17-23. There’s a limit of four a household while stocks last. Details: cb.city/nativeplants.
• THE NSW Government is providing $1.5 million to assist East Hills apprentices through the annual Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship program, State MP for East Hills, Wendy Lindsay, said. One hundred scholarships worth $15,000 each will support apprentices who are experiencing hardship. Visit training.nsw.gov.au or phone 13 28 11 for more info and to apply before the May 28 closing date.
• MILPERRA resident Bev wants to thank Revesby Fire Brigade who arrived within the hour after she rang on Monday inquiring about a smoke alarm check. “I couldn’t believe how quickly they arrived and replaced both of my smoke alarms,” she said. “They were just so efficient, everyone should use this great service, and I can’t thank them enough.”
• THE Greater Sydney Commission is seeking a young local after a vacancy arose on its Youth Panel. South District Commissioner Peter Poulet says the successful applicant needs to be aged 16-30, living in Canterbury Bankstown and experienced in strategic planning and engaging with youth. Submit an Expression of Interest at greater.sydney/youthpanelsouth, with applications closing Monday, April 26.
• CLAIMING more victims since it was reported in the Torch several weeks ago, a Georges Hall resident says the large pothole leading out of the carpark near the post office, has still not been fixed. “Some drivers are avoiding to exit that way and it’s leading to some near-misses,” she said.
• A READER said she saw a young woman in the Aldi carpark last Wednesday and another in the Marion Street carpark the Wednesday before where they had driven their cars up onto the gutter and got stuck. “They were lucky though, in each case, a kindly older person jumped in their car and backed them carefully out,” she said.
• DESCRIBING it as the most brutal road trip imaginable, a reader says she spent most of Easter stuck in traffic on the Great Western Highway. “It will make us think twice about getting out of Sydney next time there’s a public holiday,” she said. “It’s time for the State Government to come up with a solution should the Bells Line of Road have to close again.”
• PREMIER Gladys Berejiklian has extended her deepest sympathies to the Queen and the Royal Family following the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “The Duke had a strong and lengthy relationship with NSW, visiting our State many times,” she said. “While we mourn his passing at 99, it is also the occasion to offer thanks for a very long and dedicated life of service.”
• LAKEMBA MP Jihad Dib has had to again defend his name after online criticism. He said: “I respect the right of someone to criticise but it’s pretty ironic when they hide behind a pseudonym themselves. Hopefully my inaugural speech provides an understanding of the background to my name.” Mr Dib was called after his grandfather, Jihad, and the word is Arabic meaning to strive, to improve one’s self and help others. To read the speech, go to parliament.nsw.gov.au.