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Future looking bright for Camden Lakeside

Camden Lakeside opened to much fanfare 25 years ago but this wonderful local golf course’s best days are ahead of it. Now part of Wests Group Macarthur, Lakeside was designed by British Open winner and Aussie golf legend Peter Thomson, who passed away last year at the age of 88. According to feedback from those who play there, Thomson’s legacy is a “a stunning course, challenging for all levels of players, local knowledge of the course does help, the greens are quite tough’’. The Top 100 golf courses in NSW website recently rated Lakeside at number 32, but there’s more… Read more »

Wirrimbirra Sanctuary tender: it’s all good, says National Trust

The National Trust says calling for tenders for the management and lease of the land at Wirrimbirra Sanctuary will secure its long term future. And while the two current occupants, David G Stead Memorial Wild Life Research Foundation of Australia and the Australian Native Dog Conservation Society were invited to be part of the Expression of Interest process, one of them is concerned they won’t get past first base. The expression of interest process has now closed for the iconic wildlife reserve and environmental education centre near the Wollondilly village of Bargo, and Mr David Stead, the president of David… Read more »

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Staycation an excellent alternative to stress of travel

If you are still deciding whether to go on that long distance holiday in January consider an alternative plan: a memorable and stress free staycation in and around Campbelltown. Avoid a long road trip on a hot day or long airport queues to fly interstate by taking advantage of the picturesque natural setting in your own backyard for a change. Discover new places and support the local economy by enjoying a relaxing holiday in Campbelltown. “Our city is home to some incredible tourist attractions and leisure activities that attract visitors from around the world,’’ says Mayor George Brticevic. “The summer… Read more »


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    Private dam: piece of local history right under our noses

    Most locals would know about St Helens Park House, the heritage listed two storey neo Gothic mansion on St Helens Park Drive. Built in 1887, St Helens Park House is not the oldest historic building in Campbelltown but it did have something fairly unique: its own dam and water supply. Macarthur legal eagle and amateur local historian Patrick “Scoop’’ Duffy,Read more »

    Top 5


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    Every picture tells a story – but some better than others

    A picture is worth a thousand words. Well, I am pretty certain whoever coined the above phrase meant not every picture, just the really good ones; the ones that grabbed the viewer by the scruff of the neck and demanded: look at me! Since I was trained mostly to write news stories, my photography education was virtually non existent. ButRead more »

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    Off with their ties, I say

    I have never met a man who has looked comfortable wearing a tie. There have been, over the years, fellows who pretended they loved being strangled by this item of clothing, sure. One in particular comes to mind who reckoned the three most important things in life were: presentation, presentation and presentation. Every time he said that I tried toRead more »

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    Australia Day focus of youth safety campaign

    The What about tomorrow? Celebrate Safe. campaign will now turn its focus to the Australia Day long weekend festivities. The campaign, which is delivered in partnership with Campbelltown Catholic Club, targets young adults aged 18 and 25 years, providing them with the resources and information they need to keep themselves and their mates safe while heading out and drinking alcohol.Read more »

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    MP calls on government to release Glenfield plans now

    The Member for Macquarie Fields, Anoulack Chanthivong, has condemned the state government for delays and secrecy surrounding yet to be released plans that could unleash a tidal wave of extra houses and flats in Glenfield. Fair go: Anoulack Chanthivong with Shadow Minister for Planning Tania Mihailuk (right), Labor candidate for Holsworthy Charishma Kaliyanda and Gryffyn Williams-Brooks outside Hurlstone. He saysRead more »

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    Golf course refresher for ladies who mean business

    Lakeside Golf Club Camden is still accepting bookings for its popular Business Ladies golf course starting on Tuesday, January 29. The course is a perfect introduction to golf for beginners who want to learn the basics or a great refresher for ladies wanting to return to the game after some time away from it.  The course takes place over sixRead more »

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    Council ramps up support programs for small business in 2019

    Small business owners based in Campbelltown can plant the seeds for success by joining a new Economic Gardening Program to be offered for the first time in 2019. Campbelltown City Council will offer the program, which will include specialised coaching and a series of five workshops that will help identify opportunities for improvement, position themselves for growth and expand beyondRead more »

    Lifestyle


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    Tchaikovsky opera on the big screen at Event Cinemas

    A little bit of culture is headed Macarthur region’s way next month. Legendary composer Tchaikovsky’s final full length opera The Queen of Spades will hit the big screen at Event Cinemas Campbelltown on February 16, 17 and 20. It is part of the Royal Opera House 2018/19 Live Cinema Season when The Queen of Spades will be screened at 19 Event CinemasRead more »

    Technology


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    App helper to ensure kids get vaccinations on time

    Parents and carers in the South Western Sydney Local Health District are encouraged to download the improved, free Save the Date to Vaccinate app to ensure their children receive vaccinations on time. With better functionality and new features, the app is a part of NSW Health’s annual campaign to remind parents and carers to get their children immunised from seriousRead more »

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    Fresh look, new features of pet registry website

    The NSW Government is launching a new and improved Pet Registry website to provide an enhanced customer experience for people registering cats and dogs. Public users of the registry will soon notice the website has a fresh look, enhanced navigation and a range of great new features. The upgraded website will make it easier to register pets, return lost animalsRead more »

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    Infrastructure boom driving investors to South West region

    Massive capital investment is driving property investors from across Sydney and interstate into the South West region. Construction of Western Sydney Airport alone is expected to generate an additional $1.9 billion for the region’s economy. The adjacent Aerotropolis will be an accessible, innovative 24 hour city, connected globally, nationally, locally and digitally, and a prime location for investment. This employmentRead more »

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    Awards keep coming for Harrington Grove

    Top of the range Macarthur housing estate Harrington Grove has picked up another major award. Michelia Club, the most recently completed of Harrington Grove’s community facilities, took out an honour at this year’s Master Builders Association (MBA) excellence in construction awards. Michelia Club won the Hospitality buildings – new up to $10 million award. The awards were held at TheRead more »

    Motoring


    funding applications for Round 4 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) program are now open

    Funding available for ways to save lives on our roads

    Funding applications for Round 4 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) program are now open giving the green light to submissions on projects which will save lives and reduce road trauma. The HVSI program is supported by the federal government working with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to deliver pragmatic results. The announcement of Round 4 opening wasRead more »

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    Nissan ramping up production of electric cars

    Nissan has announced that one third of its Australian volume will include electric technology. “Electrified vehicles will represent a third of Nissan volume in Australia during our mid-term plan,” Nissan Australia managing director, Stephen Lester told an electrification thought leadership event in Sydney. “By introducing more electric alternatives on several of our key models, we will make mass market electrificationRead more »

    Sport


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    Ghosts sneak home in thriller at Raby

    Ghosts first grader Nathan Baker completed a wonderful week as substitute fieldsman spending the Sydney Test with the Australian team in the fourth Test against India, which ended in a draw.  Apart from being on standby to field he also tended to mid field deliveries of drinks and players’ gear and and assisted in training.   Last Saturday’s round nineRead more »

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    Academy’s rising netball star Premier League bound

    Campbelltown netball prodigy Rahni Wilkes is Premier League bound. The 16 year old has won selection to the strong Eastwood Ryde Premier League Club train on squad for 2019. Being part of a Premier League club train on squad will enable Wilkes to further develop her skills and gain valuable professional club experience, says South West Sydney Academy of SportRead more »

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