Future plumbers

Future plumbers

Future plumbers can get a head start through a TAFE pre-apprenticeship course. Committing to a four-year apprenticeship can be daunting to those with no plumbing experience, which is why Mount Druitt TAFE is offering 18-week plumbing starter courses.

The pre-apprenticeship courses allow students to experience plumbing on real work sites and learn the basic skills.

Upon completion, students who choose to pursue further training and employment in plumbing are streets ahead of other apprentice applicants.

Those who don't continue in plumbing will have gained skills transferable to other trades.

The next plumbing pre-apprentice course starts in February.

Details: 0428 364 963.

Milk plant

Devondale milk will now come from Erskine Park after Murray Goulburn Co-operative's $65 million processing plant was approved by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

"This plant will create 45 jobs in western Sydney - that's 45 pay packets being spent on local services and in local shops," Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies said.

The plant will be in Erskine Park within the Western Sydney Employment Area (WSEA).

"The WSEA is designed to make sure we have the infrastructure to support new jobs in our region," Smithfield MP Andrew Rohan said.

"This is just another example of big business seeing the potential of western Sydney and taking the chance to set up here - bringing jobs and investment."

The plant will process 150 million litres of milk each year for the Devondale and Coles brands.

Softball titles

NSW recently collected open women's and under-17s women's softball national titles at Blacktown International Sportspark.

The NSW Firestars open side dominated the Gilley's Shield competition, winning 24 of their 25 games over the two rounds and continued to impress in the final, beating Queensland 3-2.

NSW and Australian captain Stacey Porter was named player of the final, most valued player and batter of the tournament.

The NSW under-17s were undefeated in the rounds. This domination continued in the finals with the team winning 4-0 against Victoria.

Computing classes

The Rooty Hill and Districts Seniors Computing Club is holding classes for beginner and advanced students on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Details: 9832 3117.

Ten to Men

MEN'S health issues come to St Clair this month.

For the next several months the University of Melbourne's federally-funded Ten to Men study is examining the health of Australia's boys and men.

"Researchers will be knocking on doors in selected neighbourhoods of St Clair and inviting males aged between 10 and 55 to join the study," a Ten to Men spokesman said.

The study, conducted by Roy Morgan Research, asks questions about lifestyle, diet, exercise habits, relationships and social networks.

The university's professor of population and global health, Dallas English, said on average, Australian men die five younger than women, have higher suicide and injury rates and are more at risk from cancer and chronic illness.

Participants in the study also have the chance to win a $100 gift voucher. The information collected from this and other such studies from around Australia will help government policy planners improve health and other services for Australian men.

More information: tentomen.org.au

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