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Thud! That’s the sound of Bunya Pines dropping their cones

Summer heralds the sounds of loud thuds at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, as the Bunya Pine begin to drop their cones. This year the large cones have already started to hit the ground but only time will tell if this is going to be a bumper crop and break records. The Bunya Pine (Araucaria bidwillii) is a native of the subtropical rainforests in the mountains in south-east and northern Queensland and closely related to Australia’s other living fossil the Wollemi Pine. The Bunya Pine can grow up to 35-45 metres in height and live for 600 years. The nuts can be 20-35 cm… Read more »

Touched by Olivia design principles

Inclusive new playground at Warragamba to set standard across NSW

A new Macarthur region inclusive playground will set the standard across the state in a move that will get the thumbs up from more than one million NSW residents with disabilities. Civic Park, Warragamba was the only Sydney play space to receive funding as part of the State Government’s initial injection of $750,000 to pave the way for playgrounds everyone in the community can use. The Wollondilly Shire playground was successful in its application for funding to help it go from the design phase to construction. Thanks to the $350,000 grant, the Warragamba play space will incorporate universal design principles… Read more »

A wild dog caught on camera by Greater Sydney Local Land Services.

Thumbs up for wild dog, fox baiting campaign in Macarthur

Grazier John Cooper is looking forward to a more relaxed new year following his involvement in the latest Macarthur wild dog and fox baiting program. Coordinated by Greater Sydney Local Land Services (GSLLS), the latest program, which wrapped up in December, was the largest targeted control campaign coordinated in the area to date. GSLLS biosecurity officer Annaliese Geddes said the growing support of landholders throughout the Macarthur region had resulted in a highly collaborative, coordinated campaign aimed at reducing the impact of wild dogs and foxes in the area. “Our latest efforts saw 34 landholders take part in a four… Read more »

    The Kontos Report

    Fearless comment, a peek behind the news, some fun and satire with Top 5, topped off with the week’s most interesting image - or two.


    Australia Day

    Australia Day on January 26 just needs a makeover

    Australia Day is more at risk of becoming irrelevant due to lack of interest than it is of being moved to another date to appease a couple of critics. Despite what you hear from some quarters, there is no move to change the date from January 26. Yes, a couple of councils have cancelled Australia Day celebrations on January 26Read more »

    South West Confidential


    Historic Wivenhoe to open its doors to public

    One of Macarthur’s finest 19th century colonial houses, Wivenhoe, will open its doors to the public for the first time in 2018 on Sunday, February 4. Surrounded by the fields of the Macarthur region first settled in the early 1800s, Wivenhoe was built in 1837 by five-time NSW Premier, Sir Charles Cowper, and named after the English home town hisRead more »

    Top 5


    Just one national day has a thong throwing competition, ours

    It would be an interesting exercise to ask everyone to name at least five reasons why Australia Day on January 26 should be left alone. Having a day off work because it’s a public holiday would no doubt be on a lot of people’s lists, especially those who don’t have to go to work. Others would put our “national day’’Read more »

    Picture This

    The "tip'' is behind a small rise

    Time we matched wits with the rubbish dumpers

    It’s amazing how ingenious some people can be. No matter how complex the challenge, they will find a way. Sadly, ingenuity is not always put to good use. And that is why no square centimetre of beautiful, pristine bushland is safe from ingenious people who don’t have a hint of a social conscience. This beautiful bushland is on the rightRead more »



    Mt Gilead: more needs to be done to protect koalas

    The Total Environment Centre has told the NSW and Federal governments that the current Mt Gilead housing development must do more to protect koalas and called for the release of missing koala data. The Mt Gilead development, located along Appin Road, just seven kilometres south of the centre of Campbelltown, is currently the subject of two public exhibitions. The first,Read more »

    The "makeover'' of Argyle Street, Camden continues.

    Work starts on next stage of Argyle Street makeover

    The next stage of improvement works to Argyle Street in Camden has got under way in January. The focus of the $2.3 million upgrade project will be between Oxley Street and Murray Street and continue the design theme already complete between Oxley Street and Hill Street and Elizabeth Street and Edward Street. All of the Jacaranda trees along the mainRead more »


    Campbelltown chamber

    Chamber will turn 70 next year but party looks set to start in 2018

    The Campbelltown chamber of commerce and industry has been around for almost 70 years. It was established in 1949, so in 2019 it will celebrate 70 years of monthly meetings and business networking in the Campbelltown area. But maybe it’s going to start celebrating 12 months early if the promotion for the chamber’s first get together for 2018 is anyRead more »

    Western Sydney Airport is opening up many opportunities for local businesses.

    Western Sydney Airport opportunities: 700 industry reps at info day

    Around 700 industry representatives will gather in Western Sydney today to find out how they can compete for the range of opportunities being created by the Western Sydney Airport during its construction and operation. WSA Co, the company established by the Turnbull Government to build the airport, will inform businesses on procurement for the airport main works, enabling works andRead more »


    Local kids who have tried Go4Fun love the program.

    Go4Fun: All aboard the track to good health

    Looking for a way to get your family fitter and healthier but don’t know how to get started? Get a taster in easy and practically-minded healthy lifestyle changes with the free 10 week Go4Fun program. Run by NSW Health, the after school program will kick off for term one across the entire South West Sydney region at the end ofRead more »

    helicopter prison break from Silverwater in 1999.

    The bank robber, his lover and a helicopter prison break

    In 1999 serial bank robber John Killick  and his lover Lucy Dudko masterminded one of the most daring prison breaks of all time. Killick, who had turned to a life of crime to feed his gambling addiction, had met Russian immigrant Lucy Dudko at a party four years earlier. Killick and Dudko went on the run in 1999 when aRead more »



    My Metropolis app chance to shape city of the future

    Our city’s generation next is being given the chance to use their creativity to help shape the city’s future through a new app launched by the Greater Sydney Commission in partnership with the NSW Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP). The free app, My Metropolis, is an interactive tool that encourages our younger members of the communityRead more »


    Earlier Easter could boost market activity

    Earlier Easter could boost first quarter market activity

    Santa may still be packing his sleigh and tinsel away, but the earlier arrival than usual of the Easter Bunny could boost local property market activity in the first quarter of 2018. Vince Labbozzetta, director of Raine & Horne Liverpool, says Good Friday falls on March 30 compared to April 14 last year. The earlier timing, combined with a possibleRead more »

    off the plan home buyers

    More protection mooted for off the plan home buyers

    There has been a massive increase in the number of off-the-plan contracts over recent years in NSW. In 2006/07 there were just 2,148 off-the-plan contracts, contributing to 1.25 per cent of all residential property sales across the state. Last financial year there were 29,022 off-the-plan sales, accounting for about 11.5 per cent of all residential property sales in NSW. That’sRead more »



    Hold on to your seatbelts, next-gen Commodore is almost here

    Don’t you just hate it when car companies bring out a new car and charge through the nose for it? Well, that’s not the case with the next-generation Commodore, despite its stunning looks, huge list of high-tech features and great driving dynamics. Next-generation Commodore pricing begins at just $35,990 (driveaway) for the entry level LT 2.0-litre turbo, which is $3,935Read more »

    The next-gen Commodore

    World award nomination bodes well for next-gen Commodore

    Ahead of its Australian launch early next year, the next generation Commodore has been boosted with global automotive experts shortlisting the Opel Insignia for the 2018 World Car of the Year awards. Developed hand-in-hand with the next-generation Commodore, the Opel Insignia has received rave reviews in Europe since its introduction earlier this year. Drivers have cooed over its sleek butRead more »


    The Ghosts head into the Raby sheds

    Ghosts go down to Parra in loss they had to have

    Almost a year ago, Macarthur’s premier cricket club, Campbelltown Camden Ghosts, were struggling without a single win after 10 rounds of the Sydney premiership. A week later, on Saturday, January 21, the Ghosts got the monkey off their backs when they defeated Mosman at Raby in round 11. After some soul searching and a lot of tough decisions, the GhostsRead more »

    Isaac De Gois has taken over the coaching reins from Liam Fulton at 2017 Group Six premiers Campbelltown City Kangaroos.

    Kangaroos say goodbye to Liam Fulton and hand clipboard to Isaac De Gois

    When the reigning Group 6 rugby league premiers, Campbelltown City Kangaroos, start their 2018 campaign with a light training run on the evening of January 23 at Fullwood Reserve there will be a familiar figure holding the clipboard. But no, it won’t be Liam Fulton, the Wests Tigers legend who took them all the way to the club’s first premiershipRead more »

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