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Future leaders

Future politicians have a chance to dabble in local government.

As part of Local Government Week 2014, Penrith Council is giving 15 lucky students the opportunity to be junior mayor or junior councillors and take part in a mock council meeting.

To enter, students need to outline two things they would do to make Penrith City a better place to live if they were mayor.

Entries must fit on one A4 piece of paper, or be an audio visual file.

They can be a story, poem, an artwork or comic strip.

Entries must be submitted by May 30.

The winning junior mayor and junior councillors need to attend introductory meetings at the council on June 16 and July 14.

The mock council meeting will be held on August 11.

Details: penrithcity.nsw.gov.au.

Hot water bottle ban

Fair Trading Minister Stuart Ayres has announced a statewide ban on the sale of electric hot water bottles due to the risk of death or injury from electric shock.

The products are designed to be connected to electric power to heat up liquids contained within the bladder of the bottle with the aid of electrodes.

Havenhall Pty Ltd holds 80 per cent of the Australian market in flexible heating pads and agreed to stop selling the items and remove them from the marketplace.

"I urge consumers to avoid these products at all cost."

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