Giants support appeal

The Greater Western Sydney Giants have teamed up with The Smith Family's Christmas Appeal.

The Smith Family works in 96 communities across Australia, supporting 112,000 children and their families each year.

This year's appeal aims to raise $4 million nationally which will go towards providing learning support and mentoring programs to disadvantaged children and young people.

Club membership will be included in The Smith Family Christmas packs going out to families in western Sydney and the ACT.

Giants players have donated their time to help pack gift bags of toys and books to be delivered to children and their families.

Donations: 1800 024 069 or go to

Art winners revealed

The winners of the 2013 Blacktown City Art Prize were announced at the official opening of the Art Prize exhibition at Blacktown Arts Centre.

It features a prize pool of more than $20,000 across categories including works on paper, painting, water colour, sculpture, children and young artists, Aboriginal artists, environmental, local artist and people's choice.

Judged by Catherine O'Donnell, Robyn Backen and Bronwyn Bancroft, more than 500 entries competed for a top spot in each of the categories.

The Art Prize exhibition is on display until January 23 at Blacktown Arts Centre, 78 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown. Admission is free.

Visitors can cast their vote for the People's Choice Award throughout the exhibition.

This story IN BRIEF first appeared on St Marys-Mt Druitt Star.