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Camden to celebrate its remarkable cultural diversity transformation

It’s hard to believe that when Camden celebrates its cultural diversity for the first time it can boast a growing population that includes 113 nationalities, 85 birthplaces, 65 languages and 38 religions. It was not that long ago that Camden was basically a mono cultural enclave. But all that has changed in the past 25 years so the inaugural Camden Cultures event on Saturday, March 30 will be the celebration of a remarkable change in the heart of Macarthur country. “Since 2008, our population has increased by 69 per cent,’’ says Mayor of Camden, Cr Peter Sidgreaves. “This growth has… Read more »

Orbital fight leader flies independent flag for March 23 poll

Independent candidate Andrew Simpson says it’s not hard to see that the rate of development in Camden has accelerated in the past three or four years. “A lot of people feel it’s hit this hyper mode and you can see it from all the trucks on the roads, the tradies in the morning grabbing their coffee, there’s incredible activity in the area – and the social and transport infrastructure just isn’t with it,’’ he says during an interview with the South West Voice in Macarthur. “We don’t have the schools, the public transport, there’s so many key things missing, we… Read more »

In six electorates, 40 candidates line up for your vote

Judy Hannan is running as an independent in Wollondilly, one of eight candidates. The outer South West Sydney region will have plenty of choice when it votes in the NSW election on Saturday, March 23. A total of 40 candidates have thrown their hats in the ring across the six electorates of the region, Camden, Campbelltown, Liverpool, Macquarie Fields, Holsworthy and Wollondilly. The ballot draws were held by Electoral Commission officers earlier today. There is a swag of independents and representatives of new political organisations, some most people have never heard of, such as Keep Sydney Open. Wollondilly, with eight… Read more »

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    Brand Campbelltown: be careful what you wish for

    Campbelltown has never looked better. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for; hearing that in a particular location in Sydney the powers to be were considering calling it a “recreational hub’’ a councillor from another area piped up: yep, that would be right, in that place a lot of them are into drugs. The story could beRead more »

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    Clean up’s great, but the old wooden bench has seen better days

    Campbelltown City Council earlier this week launched a program of pressure cleaning of the footpaths in the Ingleburn CBD. The work should be finalised over three nights and in time for the annual Ingleburn Alive Revived event tomorrow (Saturday, March 2). It’s all part of council’s Love Ingleburn Place Project. And while this is commendable, council should also consider replacingRead more »

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    How sweet it is: library turns 10

    Dessert lovers and home bakers are invited to create a cake for a friendly competition to help celebrate the Greg Percival Library 10th birthday on Saturday, March 16. There will be family fun activities and events held as part of the festivities including Storytime for young children, colouring competitions, prizes and giveaways. “Greg Percival Library is an important community hubRead more »



    Drum roll, please: popular pipe band needs injection of youth

    The Ingleburn RSL and Campbelltown community pipes and drums band was formed 40 years ago. It is arguably NSW’s busiest pipe band, with one or two engagements every week until Anzac Day this year. But some of its members are getting a bit long in the tooth, and while it’s not exactly an existential crisis at the moment, the bandRead more »


    Makeover for a more user friendly library

    Library users in Campbelltown will be able to quickly and easily check their books out when the HJ Daley Library introduces new self-service kiosks to cut queuing. The easy-to-use units, which scan your library card and book bar codes, are just part of a larger refurbishment that will create more space to relax and work in, and give the libraryRead more »


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    Rob Mills: this butcher is a bit of a character

    Mt Annan butcher Rob Mills is a bit of a character. “I think I am well known for my crumbed chicken,’’ he says. “Not as many spices as KFC, but just as nice!’’ All I did was ask him what his speciality is; what his customers keep coming back for more at his popular butcher shop, Mt Annan Quality Meats.Read more »

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    Espresso Warriors founder to spill beans on success

    Its corporate motto is Eat. Drink. Be Social. And in just five years, Espresso Warriors have become a runaway café franchise business success story. It was born in 2014 as a joint idea between mates who wanted to provide their community with a café where people could eat, drink and be social. Their love for coffee and community helped themRead more »


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    Everyone’s invited to this Big Fat Greek BBQ

    If you happen to be near the Big Yellow Umbrella community hall in Narellan between 1pm and 5pm this Saturday you may notice the smell of delicious Greek lamb souvlaki wafting in the air. And if your curiosity gets the better of you and you go closer to the Queen Street venue, you will also hear the sound of traditionalRead more »


    Plenty of reasons to sign up for Lakeside’s golf for seniors course

    Camden Lakeside’s Golf for Seniors course is perfect for those looking to learn new skills, take up a new hobby or re-kindle their love for an old one. The course is an opportunity for seniors to learn the basics of golf, increase their confidence on the course or rediscover their love of golf. The six-week course for the over 55sRead more »



    Who you gonna call when digital problems pile up?

    A large business can afford to have an in house IT department to tackle any digital challenges. But when it comes to family businesses, often run by one or two people, it’s a little more complicated staying ahead of the game in the internet era. As a small local business in Macarthur, the South West Voice often crosses path withRead more »

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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 »



    It’s a Breeze: community takes shapes as first residents move in

    One of the fastest growing master planned communities in South West Sydney, New Breeze in Bardia, has welcomed its first residents. More than 870 land and house and land packages have now been sold, valued at more than $550 million. New Breeze, developed by Dahua Group, spans across 89 hectares and will comprise around 1,300 homes when completed in 2020.Read more »


    Ed.Square promises to bring back connectivity of a village

    Construction is under way at Ed.Square, located adjacent to Edmondson Park station. More than 28,000 new jobs are expected to be created in Sydney’s south west between Liverpool, Campbelltown and Badgerys Creek by 2030. Now urban development firm Urbis has identified Ed.Square, Frasers Property Australia’s community adjacent to Edmondson Park train station, as the single most important mixed-use development inRead more »



    Welcome to the elevated sports sedan from Nissan

    In an era where electric cars with autonomous driving capabilities dominate global auto shows, the Nissan IMs stands out with its simple, unadorned design and advanced technology. Now Nissan IMs introduces a new segment – the elevated sports sedan. It transforms the traditional sedan into something fresh and new, with provocative proportions and a sleek new look that emphasises itsRead more »


    New Toyota GR Supra builds on the heritage of its forebears

    The all new Toyota GR Supra, the fifth generation of Toyota’s legendary sports car and the first global GR model to be produced by Toyota GAZOO Racing, has made its world debut. Conceived as a sports car in its purest form, the new Toyota GR Supra builds on the heritage of Toyota’s past Supra generations and the 2000GT sports carRead more »



    Coach will be hoping these old stagers can keep going for a long, long time

    Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah were in tremendous form against Manly on the weekend. They were brilliant last week, but the question is: how long can old stagers like Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah keep it up this season. As far as new coach Michael Maguire is concerned the two ageless warriors can step up next year and maybe muchRead more »


    Eagles shut out Rams to start defence of their title

    East Campbelltown Eagles have started the defence of their NSWRL Sydney Shield premiership with a solid 30-22 win against last year’s finalists Moorebank Rams at Hammondville Oval on Saturday. The Eagles opened the scoring in the 13th minute when fullback Shannon Gallant touched down from a kick by Sean Connor, who converted the try to give the premiers a 6-0Read more »

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