News briefs

Op shop treasure

Washed Up Treasure op shops will hold a fund-raising stall at Dawson Mall, Mount Druitt, on December 6, 9am-2pm. Get a bargain, shop locally and support the WASH House.

A great range of fashion for all the family is now in store with most items from $4.

There's household furniture linen, blankets, curtains, electrical items kitchenware, giftware and collectables.

Washed Up Treasure is at the Jersey Road entrance Emerton Village Shopping Centre.

It's open 9am-4pm weekdays and 9am-2pm on Saturdays.

Details: Jenny 9628 5570.

New neonatal cot

A new neonatal cot was unveiled at Nepean Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) last week.

Nepean Hospital has one of the most active perinatal units in Australia, where 850 admissions are managed annually.

The $465,000 cot will help meet the increased demand for NICU services and allow more premature babies to be cared for locally.

It's the 11th cot for the unit.

Almost one third of babies are born at less than 34 weeks' gestation, according to Nepean NICU staff neonatologist Vijay Shingde.

"Nepean Hospital recently welcomed premature triplets, delivered at 27 weeks gestation, who were able to remain at Nepean Hospital's NICU for their care thanks to this additional cot," Dr Shingde said.

The triplets' mother Elizabeth McKid, who also has a two-year-old son at home, said having her babies at the NICU at Nepean has made it a lot easier to manage the challenge of caring for her family.

Badgerys airport

Londonderry MP Bart Bassett would back Prime Minister Tony Abbott's in-principle support for Badgerys Creek as the site for Sydney's second airport if the community were also onside.

While he was in favour of Badgerys Creek and believed in the economic benefits it will bring for western Sydney, he said he would not actively lobby for the site without a thorough community engagement process.

"I feel that community opposition has waned and it is time to start a conversation based on facts not hysteria and political grandstanding," Mr Bassett said.

Ming garden win

Blacktown Council's Chinese Garden at Nurragingy Reserve, Chang Lai Garden, is joint winner of the Sister Cities Australia National Awards Single Project category.

The category is for the most outstanding and imaginative project that furthers the development of the local Sister Cities program within the community.

The structures within the garden are based on the Ming and Qing dynasties in China.

Earth, water and nature are brought together and made a feature throughout.

White Ribbon walk

Penrith Council will host a White Ribbon River Walk tomorrow (November 27) as part of a campaign to stop violence against women.

The walk will start from Weir Reserve at 11.30am and follow the track for 3.5 kilometres to Tench Reserve for a barbecue lunch.

Participants should wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, sun smart clothing and a hat.

Starlight Polar Express

St Clair Youth Neighbourhood Team will host a twilight movie and BYO picnic on Saturday, December 7, at Autumnleaf Neighbourhood Centre. This outdoor screening is free. Santa will arrive at 6.30pm and the movie Polar Express starts at 8pm.

There will be an appearance by Rooby Roo, face painting, a sausage sizzle, popcorn, fairy floss and glowsticks for sale. Bring your picnic rugs, family and friends. It is alcohol-free. Autumnleaf Neighbourhood Centre is at the corner of Autumnleaf Parade and Timesweep Drive at St Clair.

Details: scynt.org.au or 9834 2708.

They might be Giants

The GWS Giants will hold their AFL community camp in Canberra next month. It will be the club's third AFL community camp with the entire Giants playing list and coaching staff on December 2 and 3. Players will visit schools, hospitals and football clubs during the two-day camp and train at Ainslie and the Australian Institute of Sport.

The Giants will play the Sydney Swans in their opening pre-season NAB Challenge match under lights at StarTrack Oval, Canberra, on February 20. "We've always had fantastic support from the people of Canberra — they're an integral part of the Giants," coach Leon Cameron said. "We had over 3500 ACT members this year and we're looking to build on that in 2014 with four big games in Canberra."

The Giants will host three AFL premiership matches in Canberra next season, against the Western Bulldogs on April 12, Port Adelaide on May 3 and North Melbourne on August 9.

Renovation rules

St Clair Youth Centre has a renovation project, My Youth Centre Rulz. The Young Blokes Group will design and paint a new wall mural in the centre. The project is the Young Blokes' major mentoring project. Cecil's Place St Clair Men's Shed members will help young men in areas of the project such as making new shelves.

The three St Clair Youth Neighbourhood Team programs will come together to produce the mural and complete the My Youth Centre Rulz renovation project.

All groups involved will volunteer their time and efforts. The mural is due to be completed next month.

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