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Pat and Barry Durman near the Basin at Kentlyn: national park would offer long term protecion for the local koala colony.

National park would offer ultimate protection for our koala colony

Pat Durman says if anyone’s worried her plans for a national park along the Georges River will affect property prices they needn’t be. “The price of houses in Wedderburn increased since Dharawal National Park was declared,’’ says the long time president of the Macarthur branch of the National Parks Association of NSW Inc. But it’s true her application for a national park has rattled some residents in Kentlyn who are worried they may lose access to the bushland if Ms Durman gets her way. Her application for an Upper Georges River National Park is currently with the NSW Department of… Read more »

Sally Quinnell

A growing Camden needs strong voice: Sally Quinnell

Sally Quinnell says the way the Outer Sydney Orbital corridor was dumped on Camden was “an absolute disgrace’’. The Labor candidate for Camden doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to the issue that has outraged the local community this year. “The way this was delivered was disgusting and it was disrespectful, I believe,’’ she tells the South West Voice a couple of days before the June 1 deadline for submissions. “People who live 50m from the proposed corridor line – the famous blue line – still have not received normal notification from Transport NSW and that’s not good enough,’’… Read more »

Cr Paul Lake in the pediatric ward of Campbelltown Hospital today.

Cr Lake takes up fight for children’s ICU at Campbelltown Hospital

Former mayor Paul Lake has launched a campaign to help establish a pediatric intensive care unit at Campbelltown Hospital. The veteran councillor says he wants council to pay for the intensive care unit (ICU) to help get it off the ground. “The State Government has committed to a $632 million redevelopment of our hospital and I am just talking about $3, $4, $6 million for an intensive care unit for our children,’’ Cr Lake said. “It’s a drop in the ocean. “No excuses, the whole thing can be done, it’s just sometimes people like to put up barriers and reasons… Read more »

    The Kontos Report

    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.

    In My View

    Macarthur must get an injection of public transport, including rail links to the new airport at Badgerys Creek

    Bread and circuses is just stale satire

    It is hard to fathom why any government in this day and age would go down the path of “bread and circuses’’. A quick online search by one of their thousands of public servants would have told them the truth about this old Roman saying. And the truth is that the fellow who said it was being sarcastic or satirical.Read more »

    Macarthur Chatter

    Questions on notice: Cr Paul Lake

    Above or below ground, pioneering is in the DNA of Macarthur

    The story on Mirvac’s and Australian House & Garden magazine’s My Ideal House last week reminded local lawyer and amateur historian Patrick Duffy of another residential design breakthrough that also happened right here in Macarthur. After a little bit of research, Duffy found an article on Australia’s first underground display home, which was built in Ettalong Place, Woodbine by JewanRead more »

    Top 5

    Socceroo legend Tim Cahill, who is taking part in a fourth World Cup.

    Tim Cahill’s World Cup exploits for the Socceroos top of the pops

    The South West Voice in Macarthur is a bit of a sucker for our national sporting teams. From the Kangaroos to Socceroos and Wallabies, Kookaburras to Boomers, we love them all. These days there’s even more to follow and like because our national women’s teams in the various sports and football codes are, naturally, also very competitive. We’re as proudRead more »

    Picture This

    24 Hour Fight Against Cancer chairman Warren Morrison, second from right, at the official launch of the 2018 fundraising campaign with Campbelltown Hospital representatives.

    Even our charitable organisations have raised the bar

    After more than 40 years of living in Campbelltown I’ve seen a few things change. Most, I have to say, have been good. From the facelift of Blaxland Road, which used to be an eyesore of old junkyards and panel beaters’ tin sheds, and our housing commission estates, Campbelltown has become an enviable place to live. We have a wonderfulRead more »


    Disability Trust officially opened new premises in Broughton Street, Campbelltown yesterday.

    Disability Trust opens new Campbelltown premises

    The Disability Trust, which has been providing support to individuals and their families across Macarthur since 2002, has opened new premises in Campbelltown. The Disability Trust new local offices were officially opened yesterday morning. The opening also saw the official launch of Club Trust’s new social and recreation groups across Macarthur. The new site for The Disability Trust is atRead more »

    The vertical Western Sydney University campus at Liverpool.

    State Budget: could do better, says Western Sydney University

    Western Sydney University has commended the NSW Government’s commitment to transformative infrastructure projects in the 2018-19 budget, but called for further investment in knowledge job generation and earlier delivery on transport links to secure the region’s future. “With projects such as the Sydney West Metro, we can’t afford to wait,’’ says university vice-chancellor and president, Professor Barney Glover. “Let’s haveRead more »


    Adriana Care

    Taskforce wants to make Camden number one

    “This is a strategy for business – it unashamedly encourages the establishment of new businesses in the Camden local government area and intends to facilitate better business outcomes.’’ Speaking is Adriana Care, chairperson of Camden Region Economic Taskforce Limited (CRET). The taskforce has launched its strategic plan to facilitate economic growth in Camden and Ms Care is keen to getRead more »


    Red tape gets the flick to help new businesses up and running

    Starting a new business can be quite a challenge, with countless forms to fill out, regulations to consider and agencies to contact. Campbelltown City Council has partnered with Service NSW to simplify the process for locals to set up a cafe, small bar or restaurant, through the Easy to do Business program, which is being launched today, Thursday, May 24.Read more »


    Blair Athol Bush Adventure.

    Blair Athol bush adventure sounds like a lot of outdoor fun

    If you and your family enjoy the outdoors you’ll love Blair Athol Bush Adventure this weekend. This kid friendly event which celebrates the local wildlife will be on at John Kidd Reserve from 12 noon to 3.30pm, this Saturday, June 23. Blair Athol Bush Adventure is run by National Parks Association of NSW as part of their Bush Mates project,Read more »

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    Use your noodle and get to Pannda House for a great feed

    Heading over to The Grove for lunch at Pannda House last week, I recalled how we’ve always had great Chinese restaurants in South West Sydney. Places like Liverpool’s legendary Hong Kong Palace in Northumberland Street and the House of Bamboo in Queen Street, Campbelltown meant we never had to leave our neighbourhood for a brilliant Chinese meal. No long drivesRead 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 »

    Oran Park town centre

    Launch pad smart business centre for Oran Park

    New technology based businesses will soon have the support of Western Sydney University at hand with the establishment of a launch pad smart business centre in Oran Park. Camden Council recently agreed to sign a strategic alliance agreement with Western Sydney University to establish the launch pad for an initial term of 12 months in the Oran Park smart workRead more »



    Love is in the air at Willowdale

    For first home buyers Maddie Butcher and Luke Mirabilio, the 475 square metre home site they purchased at Stockland’s Willowdale in Denham Court will forever hold a special place in their hearts after Luke proposed to Maddie on their block. “It was so romantic and came as a total surprise to me when Luke popped the question,” Maddie said. “We’veRead more »


    New Breeze goes Parkside with classy home designs

    A range of new architecturally designed homes have been revealed by Dahua Group Australia in New Breeze, located in Bardia. Parkside Residences will be intertwined with three new expansive parks and playground facilities spanning over 6.5 hectares. Development approval was recently granted for Parkside, comprising 700 land lots. “The architecturally designed homes are capturing the attention of a wide mixRead more »


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    Heavy vehicle changes to make roads safer for everyone

    Heavy vehicle operators and other road users will soon be safer on the roads following new Australian Design Rules (ADRs) aimed at reducing heavy vehicle rollovers and similar loss-of-control crashes. The ADRs will mandate Electronic Stability Control (ESC) for new heavy vehicle trailers from July 2019 and for selected new heavy trucks and buses from November 2020. This will bringRead more »

    Commodore Dynamic

    New laws to improve vehicle safety and cut red tape

    A new law is on the way which will help maintain and improve vehicle safety while expanding consumer choice and reducing red tape across Australia. The proposed legislation, the Road Vehicle Standards Bills, will be debated in the House of Representatives in coming weeks, says Paul Fletcher, infrastructure and cities minister. It follows a report by the Senate Rural andRead more »


    The two teams after the match.

    Gallant hat-trick, but second half defence wins it for Eagles

    A superb second half defensive effort helped East Campbelltown Eagles down Wentworthville 30-10 in Sunday’s top of the table clash at Waminda Oval. The Eagles kept a clean sheet in the second stanza, while their attack was on song. Former NRL star Shannon Gallant led the way for East Campbelltown, scoring a hat-trick to pick up the players’ player award.Read more »

    Oakdale Workers first grade players hug each other just before their last game in Group Six against Camden Rams. After finding it increasingly difficult to field a competitive first grade side this season, Oakdale have withdrawn from the competition.

    Oakdale Workers out of first grade as Roosters continue dominance at the top

    The Oakdale Workers withdrawing from first grade marked the halfway point of the 2018 Group Six premiership. It meant the Campbelltown City Kangaroos, who were scheduled to host the Workers at Fuller Reserve yesterday picked up two points without having to make a single tackle. In a statement issued on June 14, Oakdale Workers said: “The board wishes to informRead more »

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