• AN International Women’s Day celebration will be on offer at Revesby Workers’ Club on Tuesday, March 8, 11am-3.30pm, with tickets $110 a person. Hosted by LadyDe KinMee, one of Australia’s most in demand drag queens, guest speakers will include powerhouse entertainer, songwriter, actor and author Casey Donovan and former champion skier, pilot, speaker, author and coach Janine Shepherd. All proceeds go to Women’s Community Shelters. Book at rwc.org.au.
• FOR the chance to win a $100 voucher and help create a plan that improves community safety and addresses crime concerns in CBCity, have your say by completing a survey, attending an online session on Thursday, February 17, 6-7.30pm, or Thursday, February 24, 6-7.30pm (both via zoom), email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the council’s Community Safety & Crime Prevention Officer on 9707 9471 or 9707 5537 with your ideas.
• AFTER so long in lockdown, Bankstown Art Society has resumed art lessons from from Wednesday to Saturday at Bankstown Arts Centre, 5 Olympic Parade. A special event – an Encaustic Art Demonstration – will be given by guest artist, Margaret Lacey, at 1 pm on Friday, February 25. This is an ancient technique using beeswax. If interested in joining the art classes, call Sue Zimmerman on 9709 6662.
• AUSTRALIA will reopen to fully vaccinated visa holders, welcoming the return of tourists, business travellers and others from Monday, February 21. With improving health conditions, including a recent 23 per cent decline in hospitalisations, the National Security Committee of Cabinet has agreed we are ready to further begin the staged reopening of our international border, with non-vaccinated visa holders requiring valid travel exemptions and subject to quarantine requirements.
• LAKEMBA locals have a new way to return their bottles and cans, with the opening of a new indoor Return and Earn Centre at 82 Yerrick Road (open 7.30am-5.30pm, Monday-Friday, and 7.30am-1pm on Saturday) with six reverse vending machines in air-conditioning, allowing residents to return drink containers for a 10 cent refund, either directly into their account or by printing a voucher that is redeemable at Woolworths.
• ALL-STAR Wrestling Australia returns to Padstow RSL this Saturday, February 19, with a huge, seven-fight event headlined by a thrilling match which will see popular Keegan Brettle put the Heavyweight Championship on the line in what promises to be “one of the best matches ever hosted in Padstow”. Tickets cost from $20 (adults) and $15 (children) and are available at the door or allstarwrestlingaustralia.com.au.
• FIELDING about 350 players last season, St Christophers Junior Rugby League Club President Chris Zanbaka expects similar numbers to roll in at their registration day this Sunday, February 20, from 10am-1pm, at their home ground of Bill Delauney Reserve in Revesby Heights. Registrations are also now open online for 2022, with boys and girls of all ages welcome from under 5s to 16s, with Active Kids Vouchers available.
• EAST Hills VIEW Club is resuming meetings this Monday, February 21, from 10.30am at Revesby Workers’ Club. VIEW, which stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women, provides a place for women to connect, enjoy social activities and develop lasting friendships – all while supporting The Smith Family. The club is sponsoring three needy students this year among other activities. For info, call Bev on 0412 500 557.
• ARE you confident using a computer? CECAL is offering an eight-week course using Microsoft Office 2016 and Windows 10. Programs covered include Zoom, photo-editing, emailing and the internet. Small, Covidsafe classes will be on offer on Tuesdays, 2-4pm, at 15 Clarke Street, Earlwood, with classes starting on March 8. Cost is $40 for the term. For booking, call 9559 4013 or drop into the office.
• A COMMUTER reports parents are still jaywalking in front of the Condell Park Public School. “As with many times last year, I had a near-miss on Friday with a parent and child crossing Railway Parade (opposite the school) when the light was green but not turning around to see if any cars were preparing to turn left into that street,” she said. “They stepped right in front of me.”
• A PARKED motorist on Selems Parade, Revesby, was shocked to see two children aged about seven hitting each other and then the older child, a boy, started to strangle the girl as the parents queued for coffee. “I recall a TV ad where the boy was being aggro and the parents intervened,” he said. “These parents just laughed, don’t they realise doing nothing is consenting to the behaviour.”
• READING about plans to spend $3 million upgrading Memorial Oval, a caller said she was ropeable considering the amount of work needed to be done on the streets. “Some of our footpaths haven’t been mowed for months and some roads only have footpaths on one side,” she said. “Plus the amount of potholes we have to dodge is unbelievable; that money should be spent on street maintenance.”
• STRESSED out whenever she has to drive down Gibson Avenue to Padstow, a caller says there is no sign ending the 40kmh limit outside the school. “It’s clearly marked when you’re approaching from Bankstown and that’s it,” she said. “You don’t see a 60kmh sign until the roundabout and I’m sick of having drivers behind me flashing their lights and tooting because they think I’m driving too slow.”
• A CALLER said he first noticed it years ago with chip packets but now we are getting less bang for our buck on just about everything. “Most packaged goods, even cans, might cost the same or a bit extra but the contents have been greatly reduced,” he said. “It’s a sneaky way for them to increase profits at our expense; I’d hate to be feeding a family.”
• WELL known Greenacre resident Lance Tyrrell wants to warn others after incorrect information was published about him on websites. “I don’t know how website managers can include information about people before first checking facts,” he said. “Discovering this has really distressed me and it can happen to anyone. I believe it is criminal. There should be recourse available over such actions.”