Month: April 2021

Bosses may disagree but chucking a sickie is good for you

WHEN I was an ordinary staff member some years ago, I went to great lengths to carefully organize a good ‘sickie.’’ This took some careful planning, with preliminary coughing on Tuesday and Wednesday and growing increasingly “hot”. This was followed by the old: “I feel really crook and I’m worried I might give it to …

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Fewer babies born in 2020 and Oliver tops the names list

AXEL and Hallie surged up the baby name popularity charts in 2020, although fewer babies were born overall in an unforgettable year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Attorney General Mark Speakman and Minister for Digital and Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello today revealed the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages top 100 baby …

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Behind the scenes the Salvos continue their work: Western Sydney Appeal launch

THE last 12 months has seen a dramatic way in which we interact within our community. Closed doors, mandatory social distancing, masks and sanitizer etc have effectively cut us off from our usual social interaction and engagement. We could never have predicted how far reaching these changes to our lifestyle would be. Behind the scenes …

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Minister leading drive to recruit more women to Parramatta Council

In the lead-up to the September 4 local government election, there is a concerted push to recruit more Liberal women for Western Sydney councils, particularly Parramatta. Minister for Women Senator Marise Payne is playing an active role in this, aided by Lord Mayor Bob Dwyer. Parramatta has never had an endorsed Liberal female councilor. THERE …

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Property buyers swap Sydney harbor views for city river views

BUYERS who once longed for a property with harbor views are now turning their aspirations to Parramatta and its outstanding choice of apartment living. You can swap a harbor view for a river view and save yourself literally millions of dollars. Recent auctions this year show everything from one bedroom “starters” to luxury penthouses and …

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Parramatta sports groups encouraged to apply for grants

PARRAMATTA sporting organisations have received a major boost with the announcement of the Local Sport Grants Program by the NSW Government. Dr Geoff Lee, Member for Parramatta and Minister for Sport said the grants would provide essential funds to assist local sporting organisations increase participation, purchase equipment and improve facilities. “Sport is a way of …

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Parramatta Escarpment Boardwalk completed delivering 20kms of river pathways

MILLIONS of pedestrians and cyclists can now enjoy more than 20km of continuous off-road paths along both sides of the Parramatta River with the completion of the new Escarpment Boardwalk. The much-anticipated $18M project was officially opened today by City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer and Member for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee. The …

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