Government to Crack Down on Parents Who Lie about Where They Live to Get Kids into Better School


The NSW Government is promising to crackdown on parents who lie about where they live to get their children into a better school.

Documents obtained by 7News shows just how devious and persistent some people have been and the strain its putting on other students and staff.

When a school performs well it appears parents from far and wide are trying any means to enrol their children, with the latest revelations have come as a shock to many.

“I’m not shocked. Disappointed,” Chris Presland, NSW Secondary Principal’s Association, said.

It’s now common practice for parents to lie to get their children into better schools.

“What you and Seven has exposed is simply outrageous,” Education Minister Rob Stokes said.

It’s now common for NSW schools with good results to investigate hundreds of applications from parents living outside their catchment area.

Using Freedom of Information, 7News learned Strathfield Girls High School, Castle Hill High, Cherrybrook Technology High School, Killara High, Cheltenham Girls and Epping Boys High School are routinely targeted by parents.

“It creates overcrowding in these schools that people are trying to get into and yes, there’s room in other schools,” Mr Presland said.

An affidavit from a school enrolment officer revealed that after tracking down one family, officials were led to an address where seven families fraudulently claimed to live.

Some parents do it legally by taking a short term lease, enrolling their children before abandoning the lease.

“People obviously scamming in and bypassing those people who are purchasing legitimately and it’s just not fair across the board,” Real estate agent Angelo Lambropoulos said.

Cracking down on fraud has seen Cherrybrook slash it’s student numbers from 2,250 to 1,960.

“When people are prepared to go lengths to fraudulently produce documents and sorts of efforts you’ve exposed on Seven, that’s much harder for us to catch,” Mr Stokes said.

On top of that, officials now expect an additional 164,000 students in NSW schools by 2031.

Outer Sydney Orbital: Maraylya, Oakville resident stage walkout over M9 concerns, 30 per cent rate increase


RESIDENTS in Oakville and Maraylya have staged a walk out during a community meeting with Hawkesbury Council this week, following an uproar of concern over the Outer Sydney Orbital.

The meeting, which was held at Maraylya Community Hall on Thursday night, saw council representatives ‘sidestep’ resident concerns over claims of an upcoming 30 per cent rate increase, as well as outrage over a lack of support against the Outer Sydney Orbital, according to representatives of the Oakville Progress Association.

Placards against the Outer Sydney Orbital and 30 per cent rate rise.

Association members said residents of Maraylya and Oakville are calling for the realignment of council boundaries, moving the suburbs under the Hills Shire Council local government area due to a lack of representation by Hawkesbury Council.


“Residents expressed their anger that council are forcing them to pay some of the highest

rates in the Hawkesbury, despite having voted overwhelmingly against the outrageous rates

increases during community consultation in 2017,” Progress Association representative Rebecca Baldwin told the Times.

Hundreds of residents staged a walkout during the meeting.

“Many residents are retired and living on the pension and don’t know how they will afford to pay up to $10,000 a year in rates.”

Rates across the region will rise by 9.5 per cent each year for three years as of July 1, following a successful bid from Hawkesbury Council for the approval of a special rate variation by the independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

5 year old Myles Baldwin-Marshall, his 6 year old brother Max Baldwin-Marshall, Rebecca Baldwin, and Matthew Marshall on there property in Maraylya. The Outer Sydney Orbital corridor looks like it will go directly through their property. Picture: AAP Image / Angelo Velardo

Progress Association representatives said although plans for the orbital link have been halted, they were concerned their rural towns were still at risk.

“Oakville and Maraylya residents are already living with the fear and uncertainty of the Outer

Sydney Orbital corridor, slated to cut their suburbs in half,” Ms Baldwin said.

“Hawkebsury Council failed to offer an explanation as to why they failed to advocate for residents regarding the M9 corridor, even though they had information about it since 2015.”

NSW Roads Minister Melinda Pavey speaks on Outer Sydney Orbital

Hawkesbury Mayor Mary Lyons-Buckett said the council received a great deal of communication from local residents on this issue.

“It will obviously take some time for their concerns to be fully allayed after such a roller coaster ride about the Outer Sydney Orbital and Bells Line of Road — we await further information from the State Government about the 200 residents who will reportedly still be affected,” Cr Lyons-Buckett said.

Hawkesbury Mayor Mary Lyons-Buckett at Governor Phillip Park. Picture: Hawkesbury Council

“Hawkesbury City Council will fully review the latest proposal from the NSW Government when it is made available for community consultation.

In response to the State Government backflip, announced yesterday, Cr Lyons-Buckett said: “The power of communication and community engagement can never be underestimated”.

“It is evident from (the) announcement that council’s submission, and the many submissions from the community, has swayed the State Government to take into account community concerns,” she said.


Western Sydney NSW Budget 2018–19 overview — What property investors need to know (1)
By Sasha Karen


In the third part of our three-part coverage of the NSW budget, we take a look at the upcoming initiatives in Western Sydney that could raise the value of property investors’ portfolios.

Delivered on Tuesday (19 June), the NSW budget for the 2018–19 financial year has a large assortment of new and continued initiatives that could raise the local economies of a number of suburbs in the Western Sydney region, but there was no mention of any measures that directly targets existing local investors.


In financial year 2018–19, the NSW government plans to spend at least $7.2 billion on infrastructure, which includes:

  • $100 million to the planning and develop the final business case for the North-South Rail Link;
  • $3.6 billion to the 10-year Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, which includes:
    • Widening Bringelly Road between Camden Valley Way and The Northern Road as well as providing better bus facilities, improved safety and more reliable travel times;
    • Upgrading the Northern Road between Narellan and Penrith;
    • The M12 Motorway linking the M7 Motorway to the upcoming Western Sydney Airport;
    • o Upgrading the Great Western Highway intersection at Glenbrook; and
    • o Widening the Smithfield Road to four lanes.
  • $28.1 million to the Restart NSW reservation for Sydney Metro West to construct the next underground metro railway to connect the Sydney CBD and Greater Parramatta;
  • $2.4 billion to the delivery of Sydney Metro Northwest;
  • $258 million to the first stage of the Parramatta Light Rail;
  • $20 million to planning for the second stage of the Parramatta Light Rail;
  • Over $780 million to road infrastructure, which includes:
    • $439 million from the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan to road upgrades;
    • $130 million to the M4 Smart Motorway;
    • $21.5 million to the Windsor Bridge over the Hawkesbury River in Windsor;
    • $19 million to start constructing the Jane Street and Mulgoa Road upgrade in Penrith;
    • $22 million to upgrading Memorial Avenue from Old Windsor Road to Windsor Road;
    • $26 million to the first stage upgrade of Campbelltown Road;
    • $10.5 million to upgrading Mulgoa Road between Blaikie Road the M4 Motorway; and
    • $7 million to the planning and business case for the New Hawkesbury River crossing at Richmond.

Cultural and social activities:

In financial year 2018–19, the NSW government plans to spend at least $387.8 million on cultural and social activities, which includes:

  • Funding to the Western Sydney City Deal, which includes:
  • $150 million to the Western Sydney Parkland City Liveability Program;
    • $30 million to the Western Sydney Parkland City Housing package;
    • $59.5 million to constructing the Western Sydney Centre of Innovation in Plant Sciences;
  • $183.7 million to the Western Sydney Stadium;
  • $240 million to relocating the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta as well as expanding the storage at the Museum Discovery Centre;
  • $24.5 million to the Parramatta Road Urban Amenity Improvement Program; and
  • $5.6 million to continuing the Western Sydney Parklands park improvement program.


In financial year 2018–19, the New South Wales government plans to spend at least $3.6 billion on health, which includes:

  • $765 million to the first stage of the redevelopment of Westmead Hospital;
  • $740 million to the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct;
  • $659.2 million to the first and second stages to the redevelopment of the Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospital;
  • $632 million to the second stage of the redevelopment of Campbelltown Hospital;
  • $550 million to Nepean Hospital;
  • $95 million to the first stage of the redevelopment at the Children’s Hospital in Westmead;
  • $91.5 million to the Lidcombe forensic pathology and Coroner’s court;
  • $72.3 million to the Westmead Hospital car park;
  • $26 million to the Nepean Hospital car park; and
  • $18.1 million to the Blacktown Hospital car park.


In financial year 2018–19, the NSW government plans to spend on education, which includes:

  • Funding for planning for new schools, which includes:
    • A new Edmonson Park High School;
    • A new Edmonson Park Public School; and
    • A new Westmead Primary School.
  • Funding for planning for school upgrades, which includes:
    • Liverpool Boys High School; and
    • Liverpool Girls High School.
  • • Funding to continue work on new schools, which includes:
    • Arthur Phillip High School;
    • Parramatta Public School;
    • Oran Park High School;
    • Jordan Springs Public School;
    • Bella Vista Public School;
    • North Kellyville Public School;
    • O’Connell Street Public School;
    • Hurlstone Agriculture High School;
    • Gledswood Hills Primary School;
    • Mainsbridge School; and
    • Yandelora School
  • Funding for upgrades at existing schools, which includes:


Dirty Laundry: 11 Functional Storage Spaces in Tricky Places

Utilise these clever ideas to make your laundry space functional and organised

22 June 2018
Laundries are generally hardworking spaces in the home. Here is a collection of ideas and tips to conceal laundry mess while making the most of the tricky spaces.

Picture Perfect: 40 Outdoor Areas Made for Winter Entertaining

Our coffee-break escape offers you five minutes’ worth of images to inspire and delight. Jump right in…

17 June 2018
Long days and warm nights may be gone for now, but that doesn’t mean we have to stay indoors when friends come over. Here are some great examples of how you can set up an outdoor entertaining area to make it comfy and cosy for a winter afternoon or evening, just add thick blankets, cocooning structures and, of course, fire…

Break and enters on the decline for non-dwellings across The Hills

THE number of break-ins has dropped dramatically across The Hills in non-residential dwellings such as schools and businesses.

Police say increased patrols and vigilance from community members has helped crack down on break-ins across the region.

A crime report released this month highlighted that reports to police had plummeted across The Hills Shire Council region for break and enters in non-dwellings — with a 47 per cent decrease during the past two years.

Non-dwellings refer mainly to businesses, schools and commercial premises but do not include vehicles.

Superintendent Rob Critchlow says the decline in break-ins in The Hills has to do with increased patrols and vigilance from community members.

Break and enters in homes have also declined during the same period.

The Hills Police Area Command Superintendent Rob Critchlow said he put the decline down to regular patrols in targeted areas and good records on past offenders.

“We are also receiving great information from the community about suspicious people who we go after and that also reduces opportunities for crime,” he said.

“Without community support through homeowners locking up their houses and calling us with information we would not have been so successful.”

Between April 2016 and March 2017, there were 121 break and enters in non-dwellings in The Hills. That number plummeted to just 64 during the year ending March 2018.

“Locally, it is very reassuring to see downward trends in major crime categories,” Baulkham Hills state Liberal MP David Elliott said.

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research publish a report each quarter on crime trends.



April 2017-March 2018: 64 reported cases

April 2016-March 2017: 121 reported cases

April 2015-March 2016: 154 reported cases

April 2014-March 2015: 175 reported cases

April 2013-March 2014: 128 reported cases


April 2017-March 2018: 347 reported cases

April 2016-March 2017: 419 reported cases

April 2015-March 2016: 534 reported cases

April 2014-March 2015: 695 reported cases

April 2013-March 2014: 479 reported cases

Greenway Park, Cherrybrook to be upgraded by federal government funding

AMBITIOUS plans for a new clubhouse and an upgrade to sporting fields at Cherrybrook’s Greenway Park have been approved by the Federal Government.

The Advocate can reveal the plans include a $1.6 million clubhouse and $1 million upgrade to the main oval at Greenway, following a campaign by Cherrybrook and Pennant Hills sporting associations and Berowra federal Liberal MP Julian Leeser.

“This level of funding for a community sporting campaign such as this one is groundbreaking,” Mr Leeser told the Advocate.

Pictures of Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and Berowra MP Julian Lesser visiting the Greenway Park and meet with reps of sports club who want an upgrade to the park. (AAP Image / Julian Andrews).

“Clubs at Greenway Oval have produced some great Australian sporting stars including (Olympic hurdler) Michelle Jenneke and (Swans AFL star) Kieren Jack, but they have never had the facilities to match.

“These facilities really are the worst in the state when you look at how many people are using them on a daily basis.”

Several sporting associations including the Pennant Hills Demons, Greenway Giants and Cherrybrook Athletics raised concerns about a lack of clubhouse facilities, including women’s change rooms and the condition of sports fields.

Several clubs called the rundown oval home. (AAP Image / Julian Andrews).

The associations’ plea led to Mr Leeser raising his concerns with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison.

Thousands of residents and members of sporting clubs signed a petition to upgrade facilities at the oval, including Greenway Sports House Committee chairman Phil Hare.

“The community has been calling for Greenway Park to be upgraded for over a decade,” he said.

Artist impressions of planned upgrades to Greenway Oval, Cherrybrook.

“This is a phenomenal result that will make an enormous difference to the seven clubs and their players that call Greenway home”.

The Penno Stags Rugby League, Westbrook Junior AFL, West Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook Cricket and Cherrybrook United Netball clubs also use Greenway daily.


Outer Sydney Orbital: North west rural towns fear proposed corridor

ENTIRE communities in sleepy bushland suburbs of the Hills and Hornsby are locked in limbo, after the State Government announced draft corridor plans for the M9 Outer Sydney Orbital.

If plans for the eight-lane motorway from Menangle to Box Hill are approved, hundreds of homes in Sydney’s north west — including Marsden Park, Riverstone, Vineyard, Box Hill and Maraylya — would be acquired and knocked down.

Home owners in suburbs from Annangrove to Dural, Cherrybrook and even Hornsby have raised concerns after community consultation on the corridor investigation suggested the route could cut through the Dural Nature Reserve and Berowra Valley National Park.

But Castle Hill MP Ray Williams reassured residents this suggestion would not become a reality.

“The NSW Government has not proposed any corridors of the Outer Orbital within the Hills area,” Mr Williams said.

The Outer Sydney Orbital also proposes the motorway should also provide a connection to the Central Coast — yet fails to identify property and land sites expected to be bulldozed.

Hills Shire councillor Robyn Preston labelled the proposed link “a road to nowhere” and called on the government to pinpoint the exact route of the corridor.


“Council will not support any plans for the Outer Sydney Orbital in the Hills Shire until plans are complete,” Cr Preston said.

“Residents are up in arms, they are distressed about the future and are convinced their homes are in the firing line.”

Cr Preston said their were positive aspects of the orbital plans, including its proximity to the Box Hill stage two residential development.

Hills Shire councillor Robyn Preston said the government needed to be clear where the road was going.

Hawkesbury Mayor Mary Lyons-Buckett said the government needed to abandon its plans. Picture: Hawkesbury Council

Hawkesbury Mayor Mary Lyons-Buckett wrote to the premier last week to raise concerns the council’s position had not been considered.

Last month councillors voted unanimously to call on the government to abandon its current plans.

“The corridor proposal announcements have evoked emotional responses and caused distress and uncertainty within our community,” Cr Lyons-Buckett said.

A Transport for NSW spokesman said the department was “currently reviewing the community feedback.”

Outer Sydney Orbital


MARAYLYA resident Matthew Marshall said his hometown would be “cut in two” if the M9 orbital continued with a link to the Central Coast.

“We deliberately made the decision to live in a rural area and it looks like that opportunity will be taken away from us if this corridor goes ahead,” he said.

Mr Marshall said people were unsure whether to still build in the area. Picture: AAP Image/Angelo Velardo

Mr Marshall and his young family have lived in the rural suburb since 2000 and built their “forever home” just four years ago.

“Right now our future looks very uncertain,” he said. “Our home could be acquired for the orbital, or we could be neighbours to an eight-lane freeway.”

Mr Marshall said property owners were uncertain whether to continue to build homes in the area.

“Transport for NSW are telling us they have not determined the route, which currently ends at Maraylya, to the Central Coast,” he said.

“They did not give us enough time to address concerns and respond.”

ACTION GROUPS RALLY TO PROTECT BUSHLANDA submission to the Outer Sydney Orbital corridor investigation suggested running the eight-lane freeway through Dural and Cherrybrook. (AAP Image / Julian Andrews).

RESIDENT action groups are calling for greater protections to local bushland, as possible corridors for the Outer Sydney Orbital have suggested cutting through rural suburbs across the Hornsby Shire.

Community consultation from the corridor investigation suggested the corridor could link from Box Hill to Hornsby through the Dural nature reserve and Berowra Valley National Park.

But Resident Infrastructure Planning Alliance spokeswoman Jacqui Goddard said local tree canopies and wildlife corridors should be defended.Portraits of local residents standing on the corner of New Line Rd and Hastings Rd in Dural on 12th June 2018, where a proposal has been submitted under community consultation for the Outer Sydney Corridor Pictured (L-R) are: Ray Sloss, Beverley Inshaw, John Inshaw, and Jacqui Goddard. (AAP Image / Julian Andrews).

“The route under discussion cuts right through rural properties at South Dural,” Mrs Goddard said. “Personally I am very happy that we can provide habitat for kangaroos and our many other native birds, animals and insects.

“Following a watercourse would also be highly hazardous to Aboriginal Heritage and cultural landscapes.”

Mrs Goddard questioned the NSW Government’s releasing of information in the lead up to an election and scolded Transport for NSW over a lack of public comment.

“But I can see it being attractive to developers, with areas currently not an option opened up, or recently closed to them such as South Dural,” she said.

“There are no easy answers to the provision of transport infrastructure, but destroying our natural environment certainly isn’t one of them.”


Budget Bathroom Renovation Ideas for Under $5000

Refresh your bathroom on a budget with these simple yet stunning ideas

24 August 2015
By the time you’ve calculated the cost of renovating your bathroom into the sanctuary of your dreams, you might find the job is well outside your budget. But there are many ways to update an existing room without breaking the bank. In fact, with a budget as low as $5,000 you can achieve a really impressive new look, especially if you are prepared to DIY on some projects. This low budget won’t allow you to knock down walls, replace ceilings, increase the size of a window or install a sunken bath, but it will buy some great options to modernise and freshen up the look of your bathroom walls, fixtures and lights. Pick and choose individual projects from the many ideas below, or bundle some together to meet your budget.

View our gallery of beautiful bathroom designs

Big banks in bear market on housing, royal commission jitters

The Sydney Morning Herald
By Clancy Yeates

Australia’s big four banks have dipped into a “bear market” as investors fret over multiple challenges including falling house prices, a regulatory backlash sparked by the royal commission, and higher funding costs.

With the major banks lagging the broader sharemarket for several years, each of the lenders touched new lows on Wednesday, prompting some experts to suggest now may be an opportune time to buy.

Investors say the big four banks are being priced for an era of slower credit growth.
Investors say the big four banks are being priced for an era of slower credit growth.

Photo: Ryan Stuart

The latest slump means the major banks have all fallen at least 20 per cent from highs reached before last May’s budget shocked the industry with a bank tax, which triggered a slump that has deepened in the 13 months since then.

Commonwealth Bank shares are 22 per cent below their peak of late April 2017, Westpac and National Australia Bank shares have lost 23 per cent, and ANZ’s stock has fallen 20 per cent. The major banks’ total returns underperformed the S&P/ASX 200 by 1 per cent in 2015, 5 per cent in 2016 and 10 per cent in 2017, according to UBS strategist David Cassidy.

Fund managers and analysts blame the poor performance of the banks on the combined impact of slowing credit growth caused by a weaker housing market, and unprecedented regulatory scrutiny including the royal commission.

The potential upside for investors, however, is that experts believe bank dividends are safe, and at current prices the banks’ yields could prove attractive for investors in search of income.

David Walker, senior analyst at Clime Asset Management, said a key reason for the slump was the realisation banks were at “the end of 25 years of strong home loan growth”, and the credit slowdown had further to run.

“That’s a real problem, because mortgages have grown to be two-thirds of the loan book, depending on the bank. As that happens, they will compete more intensely for the remaining share.”

Housing credit growth has slowed from 6.5 per cent to 6 per cent in the past year and banks expect it will dip to about 4 or 5 per cent. Mr Walker said the banks were becoming more like utility stocks – paying healthy dividends, but with little in the way of growth prospects.

“They need to be priced for a slower growth era, and the market is seeing that,” Mr Walker said.

White Funds Management managing director Angus Gluskie said that as well as the weaker housing market, investors were nervous about the impact of the royal commission, and risk of profits being hit by rising bad debts.

“One of these items would have only weakened the sector a limited amount. But because we’ve had one issue coming one after the other there’s a bit of a reinforcement effect,” Mr Gluskie said.

A further challenge is that international funding costs have been creeping up in recent months – a trend likely to cost banks hundreds of millions if they are not passed on to customers.

CLSA analyst Brian Johnson said the royal commission would make it much harder for major banks to raise their interest rates independently of the Reserve Bank – which the market expects will not move rates anytime soon.

“I would have thought a bank CEO would be a brave person if they were going to lift mortgage rates,” Mr Johnson said.

I would have thought a bank CEO would be a brave person if they were going to lift mortgage rates.

Even so, Mr Johnson said he thought after recent share price falls the banks offered “relative value” compared with banks overseas.

Hugh Dive, chief investment officer at Atlas Funds Management, also thought the market had become too pessimistic towards banks.

He pointed out the flipside of weak credit growth was that banks had less need to set aside capital to support lending, which should underpin dividends.

“In a situation where credit is not really growing very fast, and they sold a lot of businesses, that’s going to return a lot of capital,” Mr Dive said.

Overseas bank shares are also suffering, with more than half the 30 lenders classified as “systemically important financial institutions” by the Financial Stability Board also down at least 20 per cent from their most recent peaks, according to Bloomberg.