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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 22nd 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 23, 2009 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Clucky girl is out of her shell with six of the best SHIREEN KHALIL Jacalyn Fenech of Haberfield with CitiChic, her champion egg-laying rhode island red. Inset: The eggs face judgment at the Easter Show. Main picture: PHIL BLATCH ~P0637559 CitiChic online To watch a video on CitiChic go to innerwestweekly.com.au EGG judging was probably the most unusual competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, but it was no yolk for Haberfield's Jacalyn Fenech. On the opening day of the show, and for the first time, producers and schools were able to put their eggs to the test. The competition is all about producing the six best-looking eggs -- they are judged on size, shape, yolk colour, shell texture and appearance. Mrs Fenech developed an interest in all things clucky as a small girl. ''I became interested in chickens as a child growing up at Macksville on the mid- north coast, where my father bred commercial and show fowls,'' she said. It was when Mrs Fenech took over the position of show secretary of the Rhode Island Club of Australia from her father that she felt it was time she had a bird of her own to show. ''That's when I got CitiChic, a prominent rhode island breeder,'' Mrs Fenech said. She decided to enter CitiChic in the Egg Plate Standard class of the Easter Show's inaugural egg judging competition. And it was lucky she did, because CitiChic earned Mrs Fenech the title of Champion Egg Plate Standard. ''I was ecstatic when I found out her six eggs had won champion, particularly because dad is in hospital and he will be so happy,'' she said. ''I am fortunate that CitiChic is true to type for showing, as well as laying good eggs.'' The Haberfield resident said the key to producing a winning egg was all about what you fed the hen. ''It can take a month to collect the eggs for a show as they sometimes vary slightly in size and colour, but the yolk is what won the champion for me and this I credit to the excellent feed we use (Red Hen Free Range),'' Mrs Fenech said. CitiChic, who also won Best Rhode Island at the 2008 Camden Show, is now off to compete at the 50th anniversary show in Dubbo. We hear she's very egg-cited about her chances. Ashfield weathers storm What credit crunch? Philomena Kwakye in her daughter's new hair salon at Ashfield. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP268422 BUSINESS EXPO The inaugural Inner West Business Expo, Surviving the Economic Crisis, will be held on May 1and2. The expo, which is being run by Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Leichhardt and Strathfield councils, has been organised to assist local businesses during the current economic crisis. For further information, phone Duncan Gilchrist at Ashfield Council on 9716 1921. FIONA BRADY THE credit crunch may be biting all over the world -- but not in Ashfield it seems. According to a recent council report written by the council's economic development officer, the local government area will wel- come seven new businesses in the coming weeks. One of them, Jingles Hair De- sign on Liverpool Rd, has already opened its doors. Owner Daisy Kwakye had pre- viously owned salons in Burwood and Oxford St with her mother Philomena. Daisy said she was attracted to Ashfield by the cheaper rent and the fact many of her customers lived nearby. ''We always wanted somewhere with a home feel,'' Ms Kwakye said. ''Ashfield is cheaper and it's central to transport.'' The hair salon specialises in braiding, hair extensions and dreadlocks. Philomena said the fact that the salon had a specialty meant cus- tomers were very loyal, even in a credit crunch. ''It's not everybody that can do our work,'' she said. In fact the niche nature of many of Ashfield's businesses, such as the Shanghai-style Chinese res- taurants, was highlighted in the council report as a reason for their success. ''In many respects businesses in the Ashfield LGA have inadver- tently recession-proofed them- selves to a certain extent by providing low- to mid-range- priced products and services to a receptive customer base,'' the re- port said. But Ashfield Chamber of Com- merce president Kerrie Bush said Ashfield wasn't entirely recession-proof. ''I know from my own perspec- tive that things are very patchy and talking to other businesses in Summer Hill, it's much the same,'' said Mrs Bush, who owns a leadlight business in Summer Hill. But she also said she did not know of any businesses that were closing or even talking of closing. Practical advice on navigating through the Economic Crisis from some of Australia's best business minds including Seven Network's Sunrise host and financial commentator David Koch and Westpac Managing Director of Economics Bill Evans. INNER WEST SMALL BUSINESS EXPO Saturday 2 May - Contact your local Council for event location To register visit: www.innerwestbusinessexpo.com or for more information contact Strathfield Council on 9748 9999. Friday 1 May - Main Event Time: Sessions run from 7:30am -- 8:30pm Venue: West's Ashfield Leagues, 115 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield Cost: $25 Breakfast, $25 Lunch, $35 Cocktail, all workshops are FREE 2132213i iww wk43 David Koch Bill Evans
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