Writing prize

Entries to Blacktown Council's 2014 mayoral creative writing prize is open until June 27. The competition, themed "Feel the need — the need to READ" is open to adults and children aged 7 and older who live in the Blacktown Council area.

Participants can submit original fiction including poems and short stories. Entry forms from Blacktown library branch. Details: 9839 6677,

Bhutan youth dinner

A dinner has been organised at Blacktown this Friday to raise funds for the 2014 Australian Bhutanese Youth Festival next month. The four-day festival, from July 3 to 6, is for Bhutanese youth nationwide who will take part in interstate soccer. Tribeni Indian Restaurant, 2/32 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown, at 6.30pm.

■ Details: Suman Chhetri, 0450 704 226 or Padam Kafley, 0451 002 005.

Reggo changes

Drivers in NSW can now have 10-year licences and extended validity of pink slips under state government changes.

From the end of the year pink slips will be valid for six months rather than six weeks, and by the first quarter of next year, customers between the ages of 21 and 44 will have the option of a 10-year driver's licence.

Light vehicles will not be affected.