Saviour steps in at last minute to rescue local sports club

A LOCAL “white knight” has rescued the Hanwood Sports Club from the brink of collapse just days after one of the city’s oldest clubs fell into voluntary administration.
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Pittari Transport owner Louis Pittari has purchased the Yarran Street building for an undisclosed sum and will lease it back to the club in a deal finalised on Friday.

The move follows last week’s shock announcement the Catholic Club Yoogali (CCY), one of the city’s most popular wedding venues, had entered into voluntary administration and would close on Monday.

The Hanwood Sports Club has had a high-profile battle with the banks and the tax office, carrying debts of almost $800,000 this time last year.

But the sale of the building to the Pittari family has all but wiped those debts and given the club a fresh chance at survival.

“It would have been a grim situation if Louis hadn’t come in; the bank would have closed us down in the next few months,” Hanwood Sports Club treasurer Chint Quarisa said.

“We are just so grateful to Louis. This means we can turn the corner and enter a new chapter in our history.”

Mr Pittari said the opportunity to support the Hanwood community and ensure the survival of the Hanwood Football Club was “worth the money”.

“The community of Hanwood has been good to me and this is a way we can repay them,” Mr Pittari said.

The club, which had a receiver appointed in November 2011 before an 11th hour rescue by members, has abandoned plans to subdivide a parcel of adjoining land to raise capital.

It has been given a five-year lease by the Pittaris with a further five-year option.

A new board and a series of successful recent events, including a bumper Australia Day crowd, has reignited hopes the club will return to its glory days.

“It’s difficult; the big clubs are getting bigger and the small clubs are struggling,” Mr Quarisa said.

“Not only is patronage dropping off but our fixed costs like electricity, rates, insurance, maintenance and workers compensation are going up.

“The club just needs patronage but we’re confident we have the right board and right energy to get them here now.”

Meanwhile, Yenda Diggers Club appears to be trading its way out of the financial quicksand.

The small club’s $96,000 debt to the Australian Taxation Office has been cut to $36,000 in the past 12 months and president Dave Black was confident things were looking up.

“We’re rolling again to the point we’re making a little bit each week but you can’t take it for granted,” Mr Black said.

“We really need the community to continue to support the club.”

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Sisters think beautifully outside the box

Sarah Hamilton (left) with twin sister Emily.Thinking outside the box has always got Geelong twins Sarah and Emily Hamilton a long way in the corporate arena. But their entrepreneurial juices really got flowing when they started to think about what to put into the box.
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The pair launched online beauty subscription service bellabox in October 2011 after six months of business preparation.

The Hamilton twins, 35, adapted bellabox – a box of high-end cosmetic and beauty samples – from the hugely popular New York-based service Birchbox.

Sarah Hamilton, then working in New York at renowned rock magazine Spin, watched the rise of Birchbox with interest.

“It just blew up straight away,” she says.

“It’s such a fun, tangible concept. And I loved the attraction of e-commerce and marketing.”

Emily, who lives in Singapore, suggested they make a go of it and soon the twins were throwing everything they had into their start-up.

The pair juggled their full-time jobs – Emily in marketing and Sarah as Spin’s general manager – with the early development of bellabox.

“The business plan was a lot of work and so was hiring people,” Sarah says.

“We hired two brand managers in Australia, sight unseen, when I was still in New York so we could hit the ground running.”

Sarah, along with her boyfriend and her English bulldog, left the Big Apple to set up shop in Melbourne, while Emily went to work opening an office Singapore.

Bellabox now sells in Australia and Singapore with its main market in Australia.

The pair developed the bellabox model to be more than just a monthly subscription service.

As with other successful “sub-com” services, it offers customers a review page so bellabox and its suppliers can gauge what’s hot and what’s not. It also allows consumers to purchase their favourite products directly from the bellabox site.

“We saw this as something the whole female population would enjoy,” Sarah says.

“Trialling before you buy is important for the customer and also for the brands, because often they have no way of knowing what the customer thought of the product.”

In the early days, Sarah recalls almost begging beauty houses to be part of bellabox.

“Then things began to turn and the brands realised they were onto something good,” she says.

“Now we have brands on board that we never dreamed of having.”

In just 15 months, bellabox’s revenue and subscriptions have grown tenfold.

With a healthy $1.3 million in the bank thanks to international investors and more than 10,000 subscribers, the Hamiltons are positive about bellabox’s future.

“We saw success quickly and we’ve never looked back,” Sarah said. “There’s no failure on our horizon and that’s why we’ve worked so hard.”

The company secured the $1.3 million cash injection from a group of private investors led by Lance Kalish, co-founder of global skincare company Yes To Inc.

The twins met Kalish when they approached him to come on board as a brand partner. Instead, the conversation switched to investment and so began the Hamilton’s first foray into fund-raising.

Until securing the investment in January 2013, the twins were self-funding bellabox.

“We’ve had to learn everything from scratch,” Sarah says. “We wanted to grow quickly and expand beyond our current reach.”

The investment will allow them to do just that. Currently bellabox is well known among beauty enthusiasts and has received much publicity via beauty bloggers.

Now the Hamiltons can appeal to a broader demographic.

“We’re planning to update and improve the website and put more into marketing and PR,” Sarah says.

The twins have worked together on many a project, but bellabox is their first business venture.

A shared competitive streak and symbiotic motivation keeps the dynamic duo working well – even while living in different countries.

“Being twins has never been unique for us,” Sarah says. “We communicate on Skype all the time and it’s good fun, we get to talk about personal stuff as well … We do fight – I’m not going to say we get along perfectly. As twins we’re both extremely competitive, but with maturity we’re more respectful of each other.”

The Hamiltons plan to expand bellabox to a bigger international market and have already launched men’s and baby subscription services.

“There’s huge potential for growth – we’ve only just touched the surface,” Sarah says.

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Chinese New Year of the Snake 

Chinese Zodiac signs from left to right: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit Chinese Zodiac signs from left to right: Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat
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Chinese Zodiac signs from left to right: Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig

Chinese Zodiac signs from left to right: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit

Chinese Zodiac signs from left to right: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit

Chinese Zodiac signs from left to right: Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig

Chinese Zodiac signs from left to right: Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig

Cabramatta 04.02.2013. Photo Wesley Lonergan. Mae will make predictions for each of the signs in the Chinese zodiac.

Chinese Zodiac signs from left to right: Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig

MAY Lu said this year will be a moderate rather than radical year for many people.

“During Snake years we tend to look towards inner growth, spirituality, and the reasons behind things,” she said.

“Given this, this year we’re likely to see significant developments in science and technology. Snake is a great sign, a positive one, and this will be an exciting year for many.”

Ms Lu said people born in the Year of the Snake will face many difficulties in 2013 but should use this as a way of learning.

She said while people involved with business will be met with difficult times, they will find ways to make ends meet.

“As this is not a good year, it’s best to lay low and keep the status quo,” she said.

“Use this year as a development year for yourself to get yourself ready to strike out in your career or business once a more favourable year comes around.”

Ms Lu said despite it being a tough year with work, it was a good year for relationships.

“Couples should spend more time together and singles may meet someone and have some loving relationships,” she said.

Ms Lu said she has been an astrologer all her life.

While she specialises in making predictions for each sign in the Chinese zodiac, she is also specialised in face-reading.

Anyone who registers on her website in February or signs up to receive the newsletter will receive a free face-reading.

Details: www.easternguidance南京夜网.

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Cool change expected for Esperance     

ESPERANCE is set for a cool change after a scorcher yesterdaywhen the temperature rose above 40C.
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Today’s maximum is forecast for 25C, with a shower or twoand 16-23C expected tomorrow and a forecast maximum of below 30 until Sunday.

However, yesterday the maximum was 40.7 which didn’t helpconditions as firefighters battled two bushfires near Esperance, one of whichdestroyed two homes on Sinclair Road.

Esperance’s record maximum for February is 46.7C on February1, 1991. The all-time record for Esperance is 46.9 on January 6, 2010.

Esperance weather forecast

· Tuesday – 18-25C.

· Wednesday – 16-23C.

· Thursday – 14-24C.

· Friday – 15-26C.

· Saturday – 16-26.

· Sunday – 17-32.

· Monday – 18-29.

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Wiles tackles Cole Classic

Sue Wiles can thank a sore neck for her success in ocean swimming— a pastime that saw her take out second place in her age group at Sunday’s Cole Classic.
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The 72-year-old Wentworth Falls resident took up swimming as a way of recovering from neck strain caused by prolonged computer work about eight years ago and has never looked back.

“I took to it like a duck to water,” she said.

While she initially enjoyed Masters swimming, Wiles soon started ocean events, undeterred by her Blue Mountains location hours from the coast.

“I grew up in Sydney and I never went in an ocean swim, but now that I live in the Mountains I do,” she joked.

She finished Sunday’s 2km Manly swim in 39 minutes and 28 seconds. Despite winning her age category the previous two years, she was narrowly pipped to the finish line this year by a swimmer from Avalon.

“She’s a courageous swimmer and she really really deserved to win — it’s just unfortunate she’s in my age group but there you go,” she said.

The long-time Mountains resident has never been motivated solely by thoughts of victory in any case.

“Every year it (the Cole Classic) gets a bit more of a mental challenge. You think, ‘Can I do this?’. Then you get in the ocean and you think ‘This is wonderful’ . . . There’s that wonderful feeling of achievement when you’ve finished. It makes me really enthusiastic about keeping fit,” she said.

Wiles trains regularly at Katoomba and Glenbrook pools and hopes her success will encourage other older people to step out of their comfort zones.

“I’m surprised there aren’t more women of my age group doing it (ocean swims) because it is completely do-able,” she said.

Nearly 400 competitors took part in the 30th annual Cole Classic, Australia’s largest ocean swim.

Ollie Signorini clinched the men’s two-kilometre race, finishing in 25 minutes and 18 seconds, while Josh Beard finished second four-tenths of a second ahead of Chris Fydler. Alicia Caldwell was the women’s two-kilometre champion with 26 minutes and 18 seconds, ahead of Siobhan O’Leary, with Zoe Whitfield in third.

The event is sponsored by Fairfax Media.

Sue Wiles in the ocean the weekend before Sunday’s Cole Classic.

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‘I don’t believe my family does anything shonky,’ Obeid tells ICAC

Questioned … Eddie Obeid, pictured leaving ICAC yesterday.Obeid admits he knew of sons’ coal deal but thought it ‘fanciful’They’re lining up for the best free show in townANALYSIS: Not so fast, says Eddie, not my man
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ALP powerbroker Eddie Obeid has declared his family does not do “shonky” business, under intense questioning about millions of dollars flowing through his family’s accounts.

Even though it was revealed that Mr Obeid and his wife were the ultimate beneficiaries of the family trust, he repeatedly declared he did not know and could not explain the workings of the accounts – including how it was that payments made to his family’s business partners, its staff and even to himself were channelled through his wife’s loan account.

“I have no knowledge of these accounts,” he said, though he also claimed he had trained and worked as an accountant during an early period in his career.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption has interrogated Mr Obeid as part of its investigation into a 2008 coal tender which it has alleged was corrupted by the Obeid family and the disgraced former minister, Ian Macdonald.

Mr Obeid’s son has admitted the Obeid family stood to make at least $75 million from the tender, by taking secret shareholdings in two winning mining companies and by locking up much of the land under a new tenement created by Mr Macdonald.

Taking Mr Obeid through page after page of mysterious account entries, counsel assisting the inquiry, Geoffrey Watson SC, remarked: “It looks shonky, doesn’t it?”

“I don’t believe my family does anything shonky,” Mr Obeid replied. The Commissioner, David Ipp QC, said to Mr Obeid he was bewildered by the structure of the family’s trust accounts, and said he could not understand why Mr Obeid said he knew nothing of them.

“You wash your hands of all responsibility of all of these, all these [account] entries,” Mr Ipp said.

The documents showed that while Mr Obeid told the NSW Parliament he had not earned any income beyond his ordinary parliamentary salary, he was drawing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the family trust.

In all, between 2001 and 2011, Mr Obeid drew more than $2.3 million from the trust.

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Fairfield Relay for Life at $116,000

Relay for LifeTHE 2012 Fairfield Relay for Life fund-raiser has collected more than $100,000.
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Last week the Freemasons team (pictured) donated more than $1000 to bring the total to $116,000. The relay’s initial target was $85,000.

“What a spectacular turn-out and the funds raised is evident of how much support the Fairfield community has given to the Fairfield Relay For Life,” Pina Asekona, from the Cancer Council said.

“Chair Allanah Falappi and her entire organising committee volunteered their time and energy to make the Fairfield Relay For Life an amazing experience. They should take a bow.”

2013 Fairfield Relay For Life, November 2, Horsley Park Reserve.

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Leaders share celebrations in Fairfield

Special guest: Prime Minister Julia Gillard gets up close to one of the lions during Saturday’s Tet Festival. Picture: Wesley Lonergan Opposition Leader Tony Abbott at the Tet Festival. Picture: Wesley Lonergan
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Special guest: Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the Tet Festival. Picture: Wesley Lonergan

Special guest: Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the Tet Festival. Picture: Wesley Lonergan

THE smell of an election was in the air at the Tet Festival in Fairfield on Saturday.

The Vietnamese new year celebration drew heads from both sides of parliament just days after Prime Minister Julia Gillard named the date for this year’s federal election.

Ms Gillard, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, Premier Barry O’Farrell and state Opposition Leader John Robertson attended the event, as did local politicians.

The leaders were treated to a colourful welcome.

A string of red firecrackers was lit to start the opening ceremony of the festival at the Fairfield Showground.

Lion dancers and drummers led the dignitaries through a row of children dressed in tradition costume to their seats.

Ms Gillard mentioned in her speech it was the first time a serving prime minister had attended the event.

She went on to tell the community the reason for her visit.

“Friends, so many Vietnamese refugees came to these shores with only the clothes on their backs,” she said.

“You came with hope to this land of new beginnings.

“You matched opportunity with effort; citizenship with commitment.

“So four decades since the journey began, we are here as civic leaders to share this festival and to say thank you.”

Each of the leaders made an effort to say “happy new year” in Vietnamese, which was followed by loud cheers from the audience.

Mr Abbott told the Fairfield Champion he was there to show support to fellow Liberal Party members and the wider Vietnamese community.

“The new year festival is a very important part of the Vietnamese community’s annual calendar,” he said.

“There is a much stronger Liberal presence in this part of Sydney than there has been in the past including a lot of Vietnamese people in the local Liberal Party.

“I think it’s really important as the national leader of the Liberal Party that I try to show support to the Vietnamese community generally but in particular to Australians of Vietnamese background who happen to be Liberals.”

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Motions throw light on cracks in council harmony

Hopes that Blue Mountains City councillors would have a harmonious 2013 were thrown into disarray last week when Liberal councillor Brendan Christie took a stand on numerous issues including when Australia was first recognised as a nation and a proposal to mine coal seam gas in the Mountains by an Aboriginal group.
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Some councillors privately told the Gazette they found the motions smacked of “unnecessary party politics” deeming them “anti-Aboriginal”.

Clr Christie ruffled feathers when he sent around a memo to all the councillors prior to the meeting suggesting “that this council note, and recognise, that the 26th of January of this year marked the 225th anniversary of the landing of the first fleet, the raising of the flag at Sydney cove and the birth of this great nation, Australia”.

One councillor said it “ignores that there were many nations here before then (and) 60,000 years of culture”.

The minute was later re-worded by the mayor to “recognise and respect the traditional owners”.

“The mayor’s version was a relief to us,” another councillor said.

Clr Christie said far from being anti-Aboriginal, there were a “range of different versions of the (Australia Day) motion put forward by a number of different councillors. “I, like the rest of the council, was happy with the final version that appeared in the Mayoral Minute. I embrace Australia’s rich and diverse history and I respect the traditional owners of the land on which we live.”

“I also seconded that Mayoral Minute.”

Clr Christie also asked the council to write to the NSW Aboriginal Land Council expressing opposition to coal seam gas exploration generally and especially in the Blue Mountains.

The Upper and Mid- Mountains are now under threat from coal seam gas exploration after the NSW Aboriginal Land Council applied to explore for CSG, as part of 119 applications by the indigenous councils to explore for CSG under 40 per cent of the state.

Greens councillor Geordie Willamson said he was grateful the councillor gave him the opportunity to respond.

“This is hard, for a decade and a half now NSW Land Council has had to be self-funding … so I understand and appreciate why they may be tempted into these devil’s pacts but it really doesn’t matter if you are black or white or anything else.

“I will be supporting Councillor Christie with those caveats,” he said.

The move was then carried unanimously.

In another moment of discord, a bid by Clr Robert Stock, seconded by Clr Geordie Williamson to air some of council’s dirty linen —namely a council business paper involving council’s “investment advisory services” —was knocked back by the council with Clr Greenhill telling the council it would be foolish to ignore legal advice suggesting some matters remain confidential.

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No Christmas cheer for online sales

ipad and gameApart from a spike in online transactions on Christmas Day when shoppers unwrapped iPads, iPhones and eBooks to download applications and games, the overall growth in online sales slowed in December, suggesting Christmas may have been a poorer one for all retailers.
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Latest research from National Australia Bank has revealed online sales grew close to 30 per cent in October and November but eased to 23 per cent during December, dashing retailers’ hopes of a spending boom for the holidays.

NAB chief economist Alan Oster said the cooling off in online sales pointed to disappointing December retail trade numbers to be released on Wednesday, which would likely be negative.

“I think they will be negative, we look at this and say if online slowed then the other [segments of retail] slowed,” Mr Oster said.

The NAB Online Retail Sales Index retreated slightly for December, with the index up 23 per cent year on year. This was down from a 27 per cent lift for online sales in November and a 26 per cent gain in October.

The value of online spending in Australia in 2012 was $12.8 billion, equating to about 5.8 per cent of the size of the traditional offline retail sector.

“With the online index a bit softer, it would be indicative of probably weaker growth in sales, and from what we have seen from anecdotal evidence both in our [statistics] and some of our surveys it does suggest to us that retail was less positive than the previous year.”

NAB is forecasting the Bureau of Statistics will report national retail sales in December down 0.2 per cent, seasonally adjusted, against a fall of 0.1 per cent in November. This excludes the usual 30 per cent lift in sales for December linked to Christmas shopping.

The rate of growth for online sales continues to trump traditional bricks and mortar turnover, with that segment growing at around 3 per cent per year.

A generally low inflation environment, with some categories such as electronics and home entertainment experiencing sliding prices, along with many online sites offering free shipping, helped reduce average transaction sizes and therefore forced down overall sales by value.

Mr Oster said there was a significant increase in online transactions on Christmas Day for toys, games, music, movies and books.

“It appears that these purchases were primarily eBooks and digital music downloads – having been loaded onto devices given as Christmas gifts,” he said.

“There was also an interesting upturn after Christmas with the traditional post-Christmas sales spreading online in a more significant fashion in 2012, due in part to increased advertising last year.”

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Trip to Germany worth sacrifices

THE sacrifices he made while his friends were enjoying their teenage years finally paid off for Wagga student Harry Holbrook, when he made his first overseas trip to Germany.
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The Mater Dei Catholic College student last week returned from a once-in-lifetime, two month exchange trip to the south-western German state of Baden-Wurttemberg, where he boarded with a host family.

The trip was a dream come true for the exceptionally bright and driven 16-year-old, who took his first job at McDonalds at just 14 so he could begin saving for the unforgettable adventure.

“I have always wanted to do something different, and while I was exploring my options I decided an exchange trip would be very special,” he said.

Harry’s mother Susanne admitted while she was surprised when her son shared his desire to participate in the AFS Intercultural Program, she firmly believed he would achieve his goal.

“We have six children and I knew it would be difficult to find the money for Harry to do this, but he said to me ‘Mum I am willing to pay’,” she said.

“Harry worked at McDonalds, than the Muffin Break and finally at the Blessed Bean to save the money he needed to go on the trip.

“He has worked very hard.”

Despite still suffering the lingering affects of jet-lag, there was no wiping the smile off the intrepid traveller’s face last week as he shared some of his favourite memories from the European journey.

“I was quite surprised at just how fun it was to go to school over there because I wasn’t sure what it would be like,” he said.

“All of the students were so willing to help me settle in and to make me feel really welcome.

“There were a few differences that I noticed between school here in Australia and the school in Germany though.

“I think the teachers were definitely less friendly and a lot stricter, and they really only saw their role as a teacher – never as a friend of mentor.

“School also started at 7.40am in the morning and could finish at 1pm or 4pm.”

As-well-as experiencing the life of a German student, Harry also relished the opportunity to explore his host family’s home town.

“This is where the first car was invented so there are Porsche and Mercedes Benz museums which were really good,” he said.

“It was also just nice to see their culture.”

Making things easier for Harry, his host family spoke “perfect” English.

“I found out from a very young age, even kindergarten, children have to learn English,” he said.

“They are told it is the world language.”

While Harry enjoyed spending Christmas with his host family, despite missing out on a white Christmas, Susanne said she found it hard to enjoy the day with her son so far away.

“Christmas was really difficult; I was so upset when he rang,” she said.

“I am so happy he is home safe.”

There has been no rest period for Harry upon his arrival back in Australia, with the inspiring teenager turning his attention straight back to his studies.

Harry will not only complete his year 11 studies this year, but undertake three accelerated Higher School Certificate course while juggling his commitments to a number of community groups and committees.

Long considering a career in law or accounting, Harry’s experiences overseas have given him plenty more to consider in his final two years of school.

“Now I might look at options which would allow me to work in another country or with other countries and cultures,” he said.

TRIP OF A LIFETIME: Harry Holbrook, 16, returned from a student exchange trip to Germany last week. The two month journey was just reward for the hard work the Mater Dei Catholic College student put in to save the money needed to participate in the program. Picture: Addison Hamilton

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