News briefs

Job hunting tips

Free job seeker workshop: How to Find A Job in Difficult Times and How to Prepare Yourself for the Interview, this Thursday (December 5), 10am- noon.

Details: Skilling and Employment Centre, 51 Phillip Street, St Marys, 9673 1225.

Picnic with Santa

Join the St Clair Youth Neighbourhood Team and other residents for a free Christmas twilight movie and BYO picnic on Saturday (December 7) at Autumnleaf Neighbourhood Centre.

Santa arrives at 6.30pm and the movie Polar Express starts at 8pm.

There will also be face painting, a sausage sizzle, and glow sticks for sale. Bring your picnic rugs, family and friends. It is an alcohol free event.

Autumnleaf Neighbourhood Centre is on the corner of Autumnleaf Parade and Timesweep Drive, St Clair.

Details: 9834 2708 or

Shopping discounts offered

The biggest shopping event of the year at Westfield Mount Druitt is on this weekend.

Super Saturday promises to be just as spectacular as last year with loads of discounts for shoppers, in-centre entertainment and fundraising activities for GiveAbility charity partners.

There will be more 100 exclusive shopping offers and activities at Westfield Mount Druitt this Saturday.

They include Santa’s breakfast, gift wrapping, face painting, sausage sizzle and carols.

Shoppers can also take part in a Spend & Win promotion, where can receive a bonus $20 gift card if they spend $200 or more in speciality stores.

Proceeds from Super Saturday activities will be donated to Nepean Lifestart, Westfield Mount Druitt’s charity partner.

Stance against violence

This Thursday (December 5) is Stop Domestic Violence Day. The WASH House at Mount Druitt is host a family festival in Dawson Mall, 3-6pm to coincide

with the day.

There will be a free sausage sizzle with halal options, jumping castle and children’s disco.

People can write messages of hope on a bauble, which will then be put on the Christmas tree in Dawson Mall.

Anyone who is experiencing or knows someone dealing with domestic or family violence, contact the 24-7 Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463.

Nominate worthy recipient

Time is running out to nominate a worthy community group or individual for Blacktown City’s Australia Day citizen of the year, young citizen of the year and community event of the year.

The awards recognise people who have providedoutstanding community service or have attained outstanding achievement in education, sport, the

arts or a community group that has organised a major event in Blacktown City.

The citizen of the year is open to all ages while the young citizen of the year is for under 18s.

The Community Event award is open to community groups who have organised an event in

Blacktown City during 2013.

The winners will be announced at council’s Australia Day luncheon.

Applications close Friday (December 6).

Nomination forms: 9839 6000 or go to

Donate to appeal

Blacktown Council encourages residents, businesses, community groups, schools and church groups to donate a gift to Annette Robinson’s Mayoress’ Gift Appeal.

Donations of new toys and books for children, clothing, non-perishable food items and personal care products are welcome.

Gifts can be left at any of the council’s childcare centres, the council headquarters at 62

Flushcombe Road, Blacktown, the customer service desk on level three of Westpoint Blacktown or at the office of federal Greenway MP Michelle Rowland at 230 Prospect Highway, Seven Hills.

Details: 9839 6000.

Great prizes

St Marys Rotary Club is selling tickets for the Christmas stocking near the newsagent at St Marys Village shopping complex.

Money raised will be donated to CANA Communities at Orchard Hills and other local charities.

There are many goodies valued at $2000. 

The winner will be notified by phone on December 21.

This story News briefs first appeared on St Marys-Mt Druitt Star.