IN BRIEF

Win iFly packages

Plumpton Marketplace shoppers have the chance to win their dad one of four iFly "Family and friends" packages valued at $440 each.

From Thursday, August 28 until Father's Day (September 7), customers who spend $20 or more in a specialty store or $50 or more in Woolworths or Big W can enter the draw.

Present the receipt to the competition booth outside Specsavers, 10am-3pm for an entry form.

Four winners will be drawn to take four friends to iFly Downunder in Penrith. Entries close 3pm September 7.

Kurrambee School works

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli opened facilities costing $13 million at Kurrambee School for Specific Purposes in Werrington last week.

The school was relocated to the old Penrith Valley Learning Centre site and the project replaced all of the school's demountables.

Facilities include 17 new and refurbished classrooms, hydrotherapy pool, multi-purpose hall, covered outdoor learning area and a staff study and resource centre.

Help for small business

The Small Biz Bus will visit Ropes Crossing on September 3 to give small business operators the chance to get advice from experts.

Get free advice on running or establishing a business or come and bounce some new ideas around with an adviser.

It will be in the Ropes Crossing Village car park (next to Coles) on September 3, 9am-3pm. Call 1300 134 359 to book an appointment.

Search family history

This month is National Family History Month.

Anyone can start their family history search with free resources available from NSW State Records.

The biggest repository in NSW, the State Records Centre holds more than 500 kilometres of paper records including maps, plans, volumes and files. Details: familyhistorymonth.org.au.

Hockey 'out of touch'

Federal treasurer Joe Hockey came under fire from Labor Chifley MP Ed Husic following recent comments he made that poor people didn't drive.

"Joe Hockey continues to show just how out of touch he really is," Mr Husic said.

"Chifley families often have to drive extraordinary distances on ridiculously congested roads to get to and from work.

"The Australian public takes offence at comments like these latest offerings from a man from North Sydney who gets chauffeured around the place."

Funds for youth projects

Applications for the third round of state Youth Opportunities funding are now open.

Organisations can apply to share in $1 million for new projects which empower at-risk young people to develop leadership skills, self-confidence and participate more fully in their communities.

Grants of up to $50,000 will be offered for projects of up to 12 months.

Applications close September 29.

Details: 8762 9838 or email youth@communities.nsw.gov.au.

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