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Fred Borg at the 2015 24 Hour weekend

Fred Borg’s memory will live on at 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur

Fred Borg may be gone but his memory will live on through the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur. The words In Memory of Fred will forever be inscribed at the back of the shirts worn by all the participants in the 24 Hour Weekend event, starting this year on October 21-22. Acting chairman Warren Morrison confirms that’s just one of the tributes to the late founder of the charity juggernaut, which has raised more than $4 million in just over 10 years. Mr Morrison, along with committee treasurer Sue Scobie, discussed with the South West Voice in Macarthur the… Read more »

Thirlmere Anzac Day feels ripple effect of a US vice presidential visit

Thirlmere is almost 100 kilometres from the heart of Sydney, but that’s not far enough to avoid the impact of the presence of the Vice President of the Unites States of America. The highlight of the local sub branch’s annual Anzac Day march through the town on Sunday was going to be a flypast by one of our air force’s newest acquisitions: a C27 Spartan. Just as the post march ceremony begins in Thirlmere Memorial Park, the MC tells the large crowd that the Spartan flypast may not be on schedule at 2pm “because of security measures related to Vice… Read more »

Fred Denny, right, with Tim Bennett-Smith, the president of the Picton-Thirlmere-Bargo RSL sub branch

Anzac Day 2017: It was my duty to serve my country in 1941

In 1942 a young fellow from Thirlmere found himself in the middle of fierce battles with Japanese forces along the Kokoda Track. Fred Denny had enlisted on Remembrance Day less than a year earlier. He was only 19. Before he knew it, the boy born and bred in Thirlmere was in the thick of the action with the 55th Battalion as the Australians tried to push back the Japanese, who were intent on advancing to the capital, Port Moresby. This Sunday, Fred Denny, who turned 94 on April 9, will be taking part in another Picton-Thirlmere-Bargo RSL sub branch Anzac Day… Read more »

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    Looking back without rose coloured glasses

    Nothing concentrates the mind like being asked to give a speech about your memories of 20, 30 and 40 years ago. On May 4 I will be speaking about the local media and politics as part of Heritage Week in Liverpool. I started my newspaper career in Liverpool, and as fate would have it, finished it there almost three yearsRead more »

    South West Confidential

    Mayor of Ruse? wildlife rescuer Ricardo Carlo Lonza.

    Ricardo for mayor of Ruse – and it’s RIP Tim Stuart

    Last week in this column we speculated about the biggest personalities in our various suburbs. Indeed we called for nominations after we discussed whether current Councillor Bob Thompson or MP Anoulack Chanthivong should get the nod for Ingleburn. In retrospect we should have included long serving Ingleburn chamber secretary Phil Occhiuto. As for the others we have so far receivedRead more »

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    amazing food on offer at this year's AnnanRoma festival this Sunday at Mt Annan Australian Botanic Garden

    Delicious food’s the main game at this festival

    The 10th AnnanRoma Food and Wine Festival is returning to the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan this Sunday, April 30. It was originally scheduled for April 2 but had to be postponed because of rain. With sunny weather forecast for this Sunday, spend the day (10am to 4pm) at Australia’s largest botanic garden strolling and grazing savoury foods along Eat StreetRead more »

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    Glenalvon is right in the heart of the Campbelltown CBD.

    Step back in time when historic Glenalvon opens its doors

    Local residents and visitors to the Macarthur region can step from the streets of modern Campbelltown straight into colonial Australia when the 177 year-old Glenalvon House opens its doors to the public on three days this month. Glenalvon will open from 10am today, Monday, May 1 and until 1pm. But if this is short notice don’t fret as the historicRead more »

    BMX champion Rachael Long

    Tribute to our future gold medal winners

    A wonderful tribute to our finest young athletes was held last night in the Campbelltown Arts Centre. This is an annual event for Campbelltown residents who attend the South West Sydney Academy of Sport (SWSAS). Separate functions are held for athletes who live in the Liverpool, Wollondilly or Camden local government areas. Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic, started proceedingsRead more »


    Western Sydney procurement toolkit

    Online toolkit for local small businesses aiming up

    Many local small to medium businesses, whether they are starting up or well established, are unclear on how they can build their business by securing a contract to supply their goods or services to large companies or government. The process can seem daunting and it can be difficult to know where to start. But now there is help at handRead more »

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    Think before you post on social media

      What we post on social media can sometimes have serious consequences. Marsdens Law Group lawyer NEVINE YOUSSEF offers some advice on when it may be better to bite your tongue. Often social media platforms such as Facebook are used to vent and express our feelings. It can be an almost cathartic experience. This can be especially true when youRead more »


    Mother's Day venue

    Historic Macarthur farm opens doors for Mother’s Day

    Here’s something different for Mother’s Day this year: celebrate it at Australia’s oldest farm – Belgenny Farm, located in Macarthur’s backyard. Belgenny Farm only opens twice a year to the public – Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May and Father’s Day in September. Established by Elizabeth and John Macarthur in 1805, the convict built Belgenny Farm was renownedRead more »

    Vittoria Lazzaro

    Introduction to meditation course in Narellan

    Satori Self Development will be running a mindfulness meditation course in Narellan over eight weeks from May 3. The aim is to learn basic concepts about mindfulness meditation and gain meditative experiences doing regular practice of mindfulness meditation. The course provides an entry level to people who have little or no experience in meditation. Brief, to the point concepts willRead more »


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    Solar power growing fast in our sun drenched continent

    We don’t need statistics or surveys to tell us that we Australians love solar power. Wherever you go in the south west Sydney region solar panels on roofs of houses seem to be multiplying like mushrooms. Especially in new housing estates, but owners of older homes are getting in on the act as well. And with power prices heading everRead more »

    James Wright, a bio-medical engineer with the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University.

    Can we trust machines is something worth thinking about

    Here’s some food for thought as you get ready to enjoy the Easter break: machines are watching us, they are listening to us, living with us and soon they will be living inside us. As the world comes to grips with an ever growing technological society, a question that is often asked is: Can and should we trust machines? TheRead more »


    David Baird

    What next when your property becomes subject to compulsory acquisition

    If you own property or have an interest in property that may be affected by compulsory acquisition by the government, DAVID BAIRD* from Marsdens Law Group offers some advice: Marsdens Law Group has recently represented property owners who have received notice that their property will be acquired for the purpose of major infrastructure including the upgrade to the Northern RoadRead more »


    Housing affordability: creative solutions are the way forward

    Outdated taxation and planning laws are stifling the property market in NSW, writes John Cunningham. Now is the time to come up with creative solutions to the housing affordability issue, which is hindering both buyers and sellers. Many countries have found creative ways to increase supply and affordability through institutional investment, equity growth sharing schemes and government incentives for lowRead more »


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    Now in Macarthur, Lexus is breaking sales records in 2017

    Luxury carmaker Lexus has posted record sales for the fourth time in the past 12 months after experiencing unprecedented demand in March. Lexus dealers supplied 931 of the brand’s premium passenger cars and SUVs last month, obliterating a March record that had stood for 10 years. The March result represented an increase of 26.7 per cent compared with the sameRead more »

    More power and better handling are just two improvements in the 2017 version of the Nissan Pathfinder.

    New Nissan Pathfinder comes with more power and better handling

    The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is now on sale in Nissan showrooms across Australia. This updated version of Nissan’s popular full-size SUV is packed with more power, better handling, a freshened exterior look, along with enhanced safety and technology. As with the current-model Pathfinder, the new 2017 version is equipped with seating for up to seven occupants and is available inRead more »


    Play during last year's NSW Golf Open regional qualifier at Camden Golf Club.

    NSW Golf Open qualifier heading to Camden for second year in a row

    Entries are now open for the Men’s NSW Open regional qualifier to be held in Camden on Saturday, May 20. This year’s event will be a “stroke play’’ event, incorporated into the Camden Cup, following on from last year’s successful NSW Open Regional Qualifier held in Camden Golf Course. Last year’s NSW Open regional qualifier marked the first regional golfRead more »

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