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Introducing Sydney’s #NorthwestFaces

The Sydney Metro Northwest Places team collaborates with local community members and organisations from Northwest Sydney on a regular basis. There are so many people doing great things in the community that we decided to launch a program to share some of their stories, which we like to call Northwest Faces.

 

Amanda Brisot, West Pennant Hills

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This month we’re turning our spotlight to local Amanda Brisot, General Manager of Western Sydney Business Connection, a not-for-profit member-based organisation that exists to connect and provide a voice for the businesses of Western Sydney.

After an unprecedented 2020, Amanda spent the Christmas break at home with family, relaxing on the veranda and in the pool, doing jobs around the house and enjoying time with friends.

To kick off the year, Amanda has given us her tips about how to use January to prepare for the year ahead:

  1. Take some time to cast out old energies and bring in the new ones. I’m a big fan of meditation and I practice it daily as much as I can.
  2. Get clear on what you want to achieve – set goals in your own mind on what you’d like to achieve personally and professionally.
  3. Focus on opportunities – we spend the first quarter at Western Sydney Business Connection encouraging members to look at what we can actively pursue for the year ahead. It instils a great sense of optimism by starting the year off this way.

Maria Tiems, trainer at Live Life Get Active

 Maria Tiems, Live Life Get Active trainer from Blacktown

Maria Tiems, Live Life Get Active trainer from Blacktown

If there’s one thing you need to get you moving it’s enthusiasm, and Live Life Get Active’s Maria Tiems has it in spades. We sat down with Maria to get to know what makes her tick.

After first joining a Live Life Get Active Emerton session as a participant six years ago, Maria became passionate about exercise and decided to leave behind her old career to make a move to personal training, “I was in a bad way physically and mentally and couldn’t keep going the way I was.” She is now one of our much-loved Live Life Get Active trainers and has a regular group of locals that join her at Tallawong Pocket Park, “I love the people in this area, we have so much fun together and it’s a really welcoming community.”

You can meet Maria and take part in one of her free Wednesday evening training sessions at Tallawong Pocket Park by registering now.

Jinnie De, Nupur Dance Academy owner from Baulkham Hills

Jinnie De, Nupur Dance Academy owner from Baulkham Hills

Jinnie De, Nupur Dance Company, during filming of Bollywood Bella Vista, 2019, Bella Vista. Image © and courtesy the artist. Photograph: Oliver Nasht

Jinnie De has been Bollywood dancing since she was five years old. You might recognise her from Tina Havelock Stevens’ Bollywood Bella Vista (2019) film of Jinnie and the Nupur Dance Company dancing through the streets of Bella Vista. The film was produced as part of Hasta La Bella Vista Baby and presented by Landcom in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art’s C3West initiative.

Jinnie grew up in the Hills and owns the Nupur Dance Academy with studios in Rouse Hill, Pennant Hills and the Sydney CBD. She told us what makes Northwest Sydney so special to her “I really love this area’s beautiful open spaces, modern architecture, new infrastructure, diversity of local cuisines, and local entertainment. 

We are looking forward to seeing Jinnie dancing around our Sydney Metro Northwest Places in the future.

Campbell McLeod, owner of Stage Door Espresso in Bella Vista

Campbell McLeod, owner of Stage Door Espresso in Bella Vista

Campbell McLeod, owner of Stage Door Espresso in Bella Vista

After closing due to COVID restrictions, Campbell Macleod and his team of friendly baristas at Stage Door Espresso are back and doing what they love best – pouring seriously good coffee! What’s Campbell’s coffee of choice? A double shot piccolo (with exactly 60mL of milk).

A long-time local, Campbell is passionate about the future of the Hills area, “I love that it offers a relaxed work/life balance with gyms, cycleways, lakes, homes and offices, all in walking distance.”

From 7am-9.30am Monday to Friday, the expert baristas are serving up Seven Miles Coffee. Swing by Stage Door Espresso at Bella Vista station next time you’re heading to the Sydney Metro.

Sandeep Panidir, Quaker’s Hill local resident

The Plant Library at Tallawong by Lauren Brincat in partnership with C3West and Landcom

The Plant Library at Tallawong by Lauren Brincat in partnership with C3West and Landcom

Sandeep is of one Quaker’s Hill’s most avid gardeners. In 2019, Sandeep was one of the local community gardeners selected to take part in Lauren Brincat’s The Plant Library. This program was presented by Landcom in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art’s C3West initiative, Blacktown City Council and Blacktown Arts.

We asked Sandeep to share his top gardening tips to make the most of the warmer months:

  1. Prepare your space: clear the area, remove any weeds and put effort into preparing your soil.
  2. Know your climate: Sydney’s Northwest is slightly cooler than other suburbs, which means you can have success with almost everything including apples, tomatoes, cucumbers and chillies. Don’t forget to protect your veggies from the afternoon westerly sun!
  3. Get the family involved: Sandeep’s two children are always happy to lend a hand by digging soil, taking the seedlings out and harvesting the fruit.
  4. Don’t be scared: just getting started? Sandeep says it will take a few attempts but you’ll get there. Don’t be afraid to ask others for advice – he learned some of his methods watching YouTube.

Are you a Northwest Sydney local?

Tell us your story for your chance to be featured as one of our Sydney Metro Northwest Faces by using the hashtag #northwestfaces or emailing us at sydneymetronorthwest@landcom.nsw.gov.au

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