• TWO teens were spotted with a trolley and a shopping list working their way around the supermarket while their mother sat in a coffee shop and enjoyed a break. The pair were sent off with instructions including: “If it’s not on the list, it’s not in the trolley, and anything left over from $200 is yours to share.” Behind them in a couple of aisles, our reader said listening to them discuss the prices of various items versus the cost of the no-name brand, made her day.
• TRYING to keep her 10-year-old and 12-year-old children occupied during the lockdown, one Greenacre family instigated ‘Kids Cooking Night’, leaving the entire menu in the young hands. “They find a recipe either online or in one of my cookbooks, check for the ingredients and then off they go,” their mum said. “We did have to bring in a rule that they had to do the cleanup as well but it has worked so well we are still doing it. My husband and I can just sit and talk while they work in the kitchen, and they have tried some things I would never have thought of. Everybody wins.” She says if the meal is a complete failure they do have a local pizzeria on speed dial.
• THE hunt is now on to reward an outstanding woman, with the Western Sydney Women Awards open for nominations until July 19. Free to enter, organisers are looking for: Women who excel in business; inspiring female role models; women who have demonstrated excellence in their career and elsewhere; women who have made significant contributions in their community; or women who have made a difference to Greater Western Sydney. Nominate at westernsydneywomen.com.au.
• ARE you keen to get a job? Greenacre Area Community Centre is offering a Readiness for Work Women’s Course for over 17s every Monday for 10 weeks from July 20, 9.30-11.30am or 12-2pm. You’ll learn from a qualified teacher, with tips on resume writing, interview skills, work place practices and more. Child minding available. To book, call 9750 7982.
• SEEING the problem frequently in Dutton Street, Bankstown, a reader was shocked to witness food scraps being dumped on the grassy area at Bankstown Station, on the Compass Centre side, on the weekend. “People think it’s ok to dump their scraps to feed the birds but they don’t realise, the waste is also attracting vermin other than pigeons,” she said. “Please stop as this practice is we don’t need any more rats or feral cats here.”
• DESPAIRING over the local litter problem, RCE of Chester Hill, writes: “I’ve lived in Bankstown for more than 20 years and I don’t ever remember the litter problem being as bad as this. It seems every metre of the gutter, every patch of verge, every corner of every carpark is a repository for the thoughtless disposal of garbage, the vast majority of which is food packaging. Having witnessed the wanton littering from cars and pedestrians, it is also abundantly clear a major adjustment to attitude is required from our residents.”
• TRYING to enter or leave a large shopping complex via the traffic lights on the corner of Chapel Street South and Eldridge Street in Bankstown, can be tricky at the best of times but one shopper says it is made even worse when cars queue across the intersection. “Why do they do it?” she asked. “It means other idiots get impatient and try to drive around them and risk getting hit by cars they don’t see and who can’t see them. I’ve seen so many near misses it’s just ridiculous. Surely a sensible solution can be found.”
• SOME club and pub patrons are getting complacent now that their favourite venues are open. Three readers described separate incidents where large numbers of people were standing around chatting and drinking with no social distancing at all. “You had to fight past people to get to the bar and no-one was doing a thing to enforce it either,” said one. “It’s very frustrating, especially when you are trying to do the right thing and you see so many people who just don’t seem to care anymore.”