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Blake and Daniel Draper - PICTURE: BRETT ATKINS

Father and son to play alongside each other in grand final qualifier

Ivan and Nathan Cleary dream of being together in the same rugby league team one day, but for a Campbelltown father and his son it’s already a reality. This Sunday, Daniel Draper and his son Blake, 20, will play for East Campbelltown Eagles reserve grade side in a grand final qualifier against local rivals Minto at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Draper senior, who is 45, is hoping that they make the grand final so he can finally retire from footy after 19 seasons for the mighty Eagles – and having the special pleasure of playing with his son. “It would definitely… Read more »

Cataract Dam is currently at 37 percent capacity and local MP Greg Warren is worried we'll end up with water restrictions in Macarthur.

Fears inaction over low dam levels could lead to water restrictions in Macarthur

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren has again slammed the Berejiklian Government’s inaction and ignorance on water supply and security, fearing it will now lead to tough water restrictions for Macarthur residents. Mr Warren first raised the issue of water security six months ago, where the minister guaranteed the people of Macarthur that “the taps will not run dry”. As of Wednesday, August 15, water levels at Cataract Dam and Cordeaux Dam had dropped dangerously low to 37.0 per cent and 40.3 per cent capacity, respectively. Water from both dams is pumped into Broughton’s Pass Weir and then onto the Macarthur Water… Read more »

Wests Group Macarthur has joined the Parma for a Farmer campaign.

Wests bring Parma for a Farmer campaign to Macarthur

Wests Group Macarthur has joined the Parma for a Farmer campaign to support farmers through what is being called the worst drought in living history. For the entire month of August Wests will donate $1 from every chicken parmigiana and chicken schnitzel purchased at Wests League Club Campbelltown, Country Club Gledswood Hills, Lakeside Golf Club Camden and Wests Tennis Club. Wests Group Macarthur is aiming to raise enough money to purchase a full semi-trailer load of hay to help struggling farmers in NSW. Wests Group Macarthur CEO Tony Mathew said: “Many of our farmers are struggling to feed their livestock… Read more »

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    In My View


    apartment building under construction on the corner of Queen and Broughton Streets.

    If it’s good for Campbelltown it passes the test

    The thing to remember when it comes to plans for high rise towers in Campbelltown is that they won’t materialise for a long time after they’ve got the green light. Despite some suggestions to the contrary, the wrecking balls won’t be in full swing tomorrow, next year or even in three years. If the massive Campbelltown RSL three tower proposalRead more »

    Macarthur Chatter


    The Vardy Estate silos can be seen from the Hume Highway.

    Another senior manager resigns from council

    Another senior manager has joined the revolving door at Campbelltown City Council. Lisa Miscamble, the director of City Lifestyles tendered her resignation this morning. She joins director of City Delivery Wayne Rylands who resigned and Mick Sewell, the director of City Governance, who announced he is retiring. Rylands has already left, but veteran Sewell will be there until later hisRead more »

    Top 5


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    Resilience and optimism keep the main street dream alive

    It’s remarkable how much interest there is in Campbelltown’s main street and its future. Anything at all that mentions Queen Street hits a chord with a lot of people. It always lights up the comments section of the Voice in Macarthur as well as our social media sites. Some of them are from current business owners but that makes theRead more »

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    News


    Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne, centre, is encouraging Macarthur locals to provide feedback on sporting facilities in need of an upgrade.

    Macarthur urged to put hand up for sport upgrade money

    The Turnbull Government has announced the launch of the Community Sport Infrastructure grant program, which enables sport and community organisations to apply for grants up to $500,000 to upgrade sporting infrastructure. “Local sporting clubs are at the forefront of helping to build a sense of community and encourage active and healthy lifestyles, and I want to ensure that our clubsRead more »

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    Heritage listing for two Camden ‘gothic gems’

    Two of Camden’s gothic gems – St John’s Anglican Church precinct and the Church of the Holy Innocents, churchyard and cemetery – have been recognised as state significant and will now be listed on the State Heritage Register. The listing has been approved by NSW heritage minister Gabrielle Upton and is scheduled to be formally gazetted on Friday, September 24.Read more »

    Business


    Badgerys Creek airport will be ready in 2026.

    Slowly but surely WSA jobs set for takeoff

    Western Sydney Airport has reached another major milestone, with companies now invited to bid for a major contract to undertake the mammoth task of clearing and levelling the site. At almost double the size of Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport, considerable work is required to transform the undulating 1780-hectare site at Badgerys Creek into an operational airport by 2026. The differenceRead more »

    Campbelltown business chamber has a good representation of women in its executive.

    Small business development program focus on female leaders

    Campbelltown City Council has released its latest Small Business Development program, which has a particular focus on supporting leadership development for women in the coming year. Council has worked with several training providers to develop a varied program of workshops, development programs and mentoring opportunities for the 2018-19 financial year. The program targets several industry sectors and, for the firstRead more »

    Lifestyle


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    Popular plants fail to make cut for urban green spaces

    Around 100 plant species have been identified as the champions of climate change under a $10 million, five-year joint research project. Funded under the Hort Innovation Green Cities Fund, and in partnership with Macquarie University, Western Sydney University (WSU) and the NSW office of heritage and the environment, the Which Plant Where Project aims to improve future planning outcomes to achieve greater environmentalRead more »

    2018 Camden Antiques and Collectables Fair is on this weekend in Camden Civic Centre

    If you’re into antiques, Camden’s the place to be this weekend

    Camden Civic Centre will be packed with a fine collection of antiques and collectables this weekend. That’s because it will once again host the 2018 Camden Antiques and Collectables Fair. The largest fair of its kind in the region, it attracts renowned and respected antique dealers from NSW and interstate. Now in its 32nd year, the fair appeals to both collectorsRead more »

    Technology


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    How staying calm when hackers target you is a good strategy

    I’ve just a discovered another reason why we should have regular breaks when using a computer for work or pleasure. Reviewing the last two attempts by hackers to infect my PC with a virus I reflected how I was mentally fatigued at the time and made a couple of mistakes. They weren’t fatal, but so easily could have been. Naturally,Read more »

    My Health Record: Having an online medical record that's easily accessible can take the pressure off carers.

    How having a digital medical file can ease the pressure

    An online My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless they choose not to have one. The opt out period will run from July 16 to October 15 and digital records will then be created for interested Australians by the end of the year. So what is My Health record? What matters most for a lot of peopleRead more »

    Property


    Residents of Menangle Park will be minutes away from Campbelltown’s first class health and education precinct and Wollongong’s beaches.

    First release on the way for Menangle Park

    Menangle Park, Dahua Group Australia’s (DGA) new master planned community will offer prospective buyers “land’’ of opportunity ahead of its first lot release. Responding to the overwhelming demand for housing in Sydney’s South West after the success of its New Breeze development in Bardia – which became one of the fastest selling developments in the region, DGA will launch releaseRead more »

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    The brave new world of renting

    In the face of greater competition and rising housing costs, renters are using new technologies and resorting to precarious and informal arrangements to access housing, new Australian Housing and Urban research Institute (AHURI) research reveals. The report, Navigating a changing private rental sector, undertaken by researchers from Swinburne University of Technology, Curtin University and University of NSW, examines the challengesRead more »

    Motoring


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    Newest member of Mazda ‘family’ offers storage space galore

    Mazda’s CX-8 Diesel is now officially a member of the “family’’ – nine award winning vehicles. Sitting between the CX-5 and the CX-9 on the sizing scale, the value-packed seven-seat option is ideal for growing families looking to pair their need for fuel efficiency, space and safety, with their desire for style and quality. Equipped with the advanced 2.2L SKYACTIV-D twin-turbo diesel engine, theRead more »

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    Arrival of Ti completes this Nissan range

    Nissan has finalised the QASHQAI range with the high spec Ti grade going on sale from July 1. One of Australia’s most popular small SUVs when the refreshed 2018 model was launched late last year, the Nissan QASHQAI was offered in three variants including the entry model ST, the core grade ST-L and the temporary “special edition” high-spec NTEC –Read more »

    Sport


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    ABC Grandstand to broadcast Group 6 grand final

    At this stage we only know that Picton Magpies have wrapped up the 2018 Group 6 country rugby league minor premiership. The Magpies are a very good chance of being there for the final decider, which for the first time will be broadcast live from Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday, September 16 by ABC Grandstand. The Oaks Tigers, who are inRead more »

    Chris Lawrence returns from injury to take on St George Illawarra at Leichhardt Oval this Saturday night.

    Wests Tigers: keep winning and they make finals

    The equation for the Wests Tigers is quite straightforward: win the last three games and play finals football for the first time since 2011. Standing in the way will be St George Illawarra this Saturday, Manly the following Thursday at Campbelltown Sports Ground and South Sydney seven days later at ANZ Stadium. That will take Ivan Cleary’s bus to 30Read more »

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