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Camden faces up to the challenges of massive growth

The Camden area is undergoing massive change as its population booms. MIA IORFINO asked local residents, business people as well as Camden Council about the challenges of such a rapid rate of growth. For almost its entire existence Camden was a quiet country town where most people knew each other and the main street was like a social gathering every day. But all that started changing about 10 years ago when Camden was made the heart of the State Government’s South West Priority Growth Area, which will deliver about 110,000 new dwellings when completed. There are 18 precincts in the… Read more »

Bee's 40th birthday golf day will be held on September 29 at Macquarie Links golf club.

Why Bee is celebrating his 40th birthday with golf fundraiser

At about the same time he started thinking about how to celebrate his approaching 40th birthday, Ingleburn father of two Bee Ryan became conscious of the devastating impact cancer was having in his circle of friends. “I had a friend diagnosed with tongue cancer, then literally two days later found out from one of my mates that his wife also had tongue cancer,’’ he explains. “Then I was told another mate’s wife had stage four cancer while my best man’s daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. “On top of that five children in our circle of family and friends… Read more »

Liam Fulton

Grand final: Kangaroos coach gets some tips from Tim Sheens

Campbelltown City Kangaroos coach Liam Fulton knows his team will have their hands full when they take on Thirlmere Roosters in the 2017 Group Six grand final tonight. The Wests Tigers premiership winner says that with some former NRL players in their ranks, the Roosters will be a formidable opponent. But he is confident his Kangaroos, who will be appearing in their first grand final in 34 years, will give it their best shot. Fulton, in his first ever gig as a senior rugby league coach, won’t give too much away on his game plan for the game, which will… Read more »

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    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.


    Jim Marsden

    Why the Yes case in the SSM postal survey is personal for Jim Marsden

    The Same Sex Marriage postal survey is deeply personal for JIM MARSDEN, the senior partner of Marsdens Law Group, who has written a letter to friends and clients asking them to support the Yes case: I am writing to you on a subject that is close to my heart and very close to my family – marriage equality. I amRead more »

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    Hey kid, go fly a kite or ride a bicycle

    Reading about Saturday’s cinema under the stars event at the botanic garden in Mt Annan got me thinking about what other activities from yesteryear we have discarded over the years. Open air theatres were a dime a dozen when I was growing up and it’s where many of us saw our first Hollywood film. Indeed every reasonably sized suburb inRead more »

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    Sign of the times:

    Signs to the rescue: please don’t feed the ducks

    You’ve seen or heard about the zoo signs which warn visitors not to feed the monkeys or other animals in their enclosures. There’s even similar signs on the fences of semi rural properties where horses are kept either by the woners or for agistment. It’s all for a good reason of course and now it’s the turn of local ducksRead more »



    Teenager in court over attempted armed robbery

    A teenager has been refused bail to appear in court later today after being charged with several offences including an attempted armed robbery at Macquarie Fields yesterday. Police say the teenager will appear at a Children’s Court. It is alleged that around 9am on Thursday (September 21), patrolling police officers from Macquarie Fields Local Area Command saw a 15-year-old youth,Read more »

    Mayor George Brticevic, council general manager Lindy Deitz with Meg Oates and MP Greg Warren

    Meg Oates: parliamentary tribute for 30 years on council

    Meg Oates will just shrug off the inevitable tributes that come her way in the next few weeks as she celebrates 30 years on Campbelltown City Council. Cr Oates has always been about getting on with the job since her election as a councillor for the first time on September 26, 1987. The pats on the back started this weekRead more »


    MP Greg Warren delivering his speech at the Western Sydney University graduation

    Everyone should have the opportunity to learn

    Education is the greatest equaliser in the pursuit of prosperity and the foundation of a fair and just society, MP GREG WARREN told graduates when he delivered the occasional address at Western Sydney University’s Business School graduation. This is an edited version of his speech: Accomplished 19th century English banker John Lubbock draws a very basic yet relevant point inRead more »


    Parenting orders: what to do if there’s a breach

    Under the Family Law Act a parenting order can be made, among other things, about whom a child is to live with and how much time that child can spend with another person. NEVINE YOUSSEF, family law accredited specialist at Marsdens Law Group sheds some light on how the law applies. Parenting orders can take one of three forms: InterimRead more »


    The festival parade this year is going old school

    Bringing back old school: festival parade goes twilight

    Don your best disco shoes, lace up your roller skates, turn up the boom box and get involved in the first ever Festival of Fisher’s Ghost twilight street parade. “Bringing back old school’’ will be theme of this year’s parade on Saturday, November 4 and which will start at the new time of 6.30pm. In recent years the parade hasRead more »

    The Faith exhibition commemorates Aboriginal rights activist Faith Bandler.

    New exhibitions explore Australian identity, heritage, belief and community

    Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre will unveil five new exhibitions with a spectacular launch day on Saturday, October 7. Running until November, the exhibitions will explore Australian identity, heritage, belief and community. Exhibitions include Have you seen MY Emily?, an examination of Australia’s complex relationship with Aboriginal art and artists; Al Jaale’ah: locally global, which explores cross-cultural heritage in Australia; Faith,Read more »


    health professionals to share patient data online to achieve better outcomes.

    Health system set to finally embrace the digital world

    A project to deliver an Australian fi­rst, fully integrated data sharing solution which enables doctors and other health professionals to access vital patient information in real time is being launched today by South Western Sydney PHN (SWSPHN). Project iRAD, which stands for Integrated Realtime Active Data, is an online program that provides secure, timely and accurate sharing of patient informationRead more »

    nbn marketing campaign.

    You get to choose the internet speed you want, says nbn

    New research shows the majority of Australians (76 per cent) don’t know what internet speed they are receiving, with more than a third (35 per cent) of the nation unaware they have a choice in picking a speed tier when making the switch to a retail plan on the nbn network. To help address consumer confusion, nbn has responded by launching its firstRead more »


    Parkside, stage three of the $1 billion New Breeze development

    Parkside: 700 new lots in New Breeze stage three

    It contains more than 700 lots, it’s called Parkside and it’s now officially available. It’s stage three of South West Sydney’s giant, $1 billion New Breeze master planned community in Bardia. Parkside land and house and land releases will be surrounded by three new expansive parks and playground facilities spanning more than 15 acres. It is also across the roadRead more »

    Willowdale Community Place

    Find out how your next home will use less water and power

    New home buyers can look forward to receiving handy tips and advice on building sustainable homes when Stockland hosts a free event at its Willowdale community at Denham Court this Sunday, September 17. The Willowdale Sustainable House Day will be on from 10am and until 4pm at Willowdale’s Community Place, an 8-star house that showcases the latest in sustainable living.Read more »


    The next generation Commodore

    Finishing touches for next generation Commodore

    After months of local testing, Holden’s engineering team is now putting the finishing touches to the next-generation Commodore. The aim is to give it the distinctive ride and handling attributes expected of the Commodore nameplate. Following Holden’s most recent local test trip through the Victorian Alps, during which the engineering team surpassed the cumulative 100,000 kilometres travelled mark, lead dynamicsRead more »

    Holden's Equinox

    Our love for SUVs set to grow when Holden Equinox hits the road

    They might be our favourite new family cars but Australians are actually buying SUVs at a faster rate than they are having babies. With nearly 441,000 sold last year, the population of SUVs grew by one every minute and 10 seconds while according to the ABS, we only added a newborn to the tally every 1 minute and 41 seconds.Read more »


    Campbelltown City Kangaroos start the celebrations after defeating Thirlmere 30-8

    Kangaroos party on after downing Roosters in grand final

    It wasn’t quite like ’05, but plenty of rugby league fans in Campbelltown celebrated in style on Saturday night when the Kangaroos defeated Thirlmere 30-8 to win the Group Six premiership. As did the players, who for 80 minutes put their bodies on the line to win the 2017 grand final in an imposing manner. There were incredible scenes ofRead more »

    Under 15s Campbelltown Collegians team

    Immortals championship: first year Collegians team wins grand final

    Campbelltown didn’t just host the 2017 Immortals Conference Championship – one of its local clubs triumphed in the grand final of the under 15s yesterday when they beat Alexandria Rovers 26-24. Not only that, but the victorious team, the Under 15s Campbelltown Collegians, was made up of players who had come together for the first time this season. Some ofRead more »

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