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When cricket and history collide it’s about respect and tradition

At 11am yesterday batsmen put down their bats and bowlers handed the cricket ball to the umpire as play was momentarily halted in the match between the Camden District under 15 Weblin Shield and Canterbury West DCA at Raby Sports Complex. Sunday, November 11, 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of Armistice which ended World War I. The young players lined up side by side while the Ode of Remembrance was recited, a minute’s silence was observed and the flags lowered at the home of Macarthur cricket. Less than 30 metres away, inside the Campbelltown Camden District Cricket… Read more »

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Commemoration service a day to remember for our young people

Yesterday’s commemoration services to mark 100 years since the guns fell silent in the Great War were in effect a history offering to our young people. Primary and high school students played a major role both in preparations for the services and during the services themselves. Young people’s involvement dominated the main commemoration service held in the heart of Macarthur at Mawson Park, Campbelltown. Campbelltown RSL sub branch Warren Browning was the MC for the service, but mostly it was local students he called upon to perform a particular duty, from singing the national anthems of both New Zealand and… Read more »

new memorial honouring the Armistice Centenary and the sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and women will be unveiled tomorrow in Mawson Park, Campbelltown as part of a Remembrance Day commemoration.

Remembrance Day: unveiling of Armistice Centenary memorial at Mawson Park

A memorial honouring the Armistice Centenary and the sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and women has been built in Campbelltown’s Mawson Park to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I. The Armistice Centenary Memorial will be unveiled tomorrow (Friday, November 9) during a Remembrance Day Commemorative Service for Schools called A Day to Remember, which will start from 10am. A Day to Remember will be held in the lead up to Remembrance Day on Sunday, November 11, which this year will carry additional meaning because it will mark a century since the guns fell silent on the… Read more »

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    The annual festival parade brings residents to the main street once a year

    Festival buzz pointing the way forward for main street

    There’s a real buzz around Campbelltown on the first Saturday of November. Fisher’s Ghost Festival gets into full swing from early afternoon and the carnival mood continues well into the night. You just don’t see that many people walking around the heart of the own – from Broughton Street to Art Gallery Road and across to Bradbury Oval – atRead more »

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    Hurlstone, motor registries gone, but we will get to vote soon

    Watching NSW sport minister Stuart Ayres on Wednesday in Ingleburn I just couldn’t help pondering the irony of the situation. Here was a westie – Ayres is the member for Penrith – making a big deal out of a $100,000 grant. The project, building modern facilities at Memorial Oval where cricket is played is actually worth a lot more, withRead more »

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    It’s the season of giving, so dig deep everyone

    You can’t have too many Christmas gift drives in a growing region like Macarthur. Three such drives have been launched over the past week and there are a few more to come. Wests Group Macarthur started the ball rolling when it announced it had joined forces with Big Yellow Umbrella this year to collect and deliver 1,000 Christmas gifts forRead more »


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    Government promises new infrastructure and koala protection for Macarthur

    Planning and housing minister Anthony Roberts has today invited community comment on plans for the future of Greater Macarthur. He said the plans proposed well-planned communities, greatly improved roads, better transport connections, protection for koalas and jobs for local residents. “The Greater Macarthur 2040 Interim Plan demonstrates how the NSW Government is planning for the future of this important regionRead more »

    MP Anoulack Chanthivong with local resident Philip Durbridge, who is also concerned with a Landcom development proposal for 3,286 new houses and flats in Edmondson Park.

    Plan for 3,286 new houses and flats in Edmondson Park under fire

    A development proposal for 3,286 new houses and flats in Edmondson Park – up from 440 currently – has come under fire from a local MP and local residents. The state member for Macquarie Fields, Anoulack Chanthivong, says if approved it will completely change the suburb. “This almost eight-fold increase in dwellings is totally out of control and typical ofRead more »


    Roula makes one of the best Greek salads this side of the Mediterranean.

    A taste of Greece has landed in Mt Annan

    A taste of Greek summer has found a home in Mt Annan. For the past month or so the lovely aromas of Roula Zafiropoulos’ home cooked Greek food has been enticing local residents to a new fast food outlet in the southern part of Mt Annan shopping centre (where Coles is located). Roula and her husband Sotiris opened Chicken WizardRead more »

    Geolyse’s Greg Cooper, Matthew Thorne and Martin Haege, and Premise’s Patrick Brady, Anton van Velden, and Colin Duff.

    Oran Park company joins forces with Queensland firm

    Boutique Oran Park engineering company Geolyse has merged with Queensland-based Premise to create a single group that will deliver increased expertise with the same personalized service. Geolyse director Greg Cooper said it was an exciting announcement during this period of growth for both companies. “Our companies have been working towards a merger for most of this year,” he said. “ThisRead more »


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    Twilight parade pick of festival highlights

    The 63rd Festival of Fisher’s Ghost has come and gone for another year after entertaining thousands of residents from across Sydney and the Macarthur area. The festival is one of the longest running community events in Australia. The highlights this year included the vibrant Fisher’s Ghost Twilight Street Parade, which was held at the new time of 7pm, the thrillingRead more »

    Brian Fuata’s 2018 Fisher’s Ghost open award winning work Care Disfigurements (Soft Hands).

    Fisher’s open prize goes to ‘ghost’ artist

    Brian Fuata’s 2018 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award winning work Care Disfigurements (Soft Hands) features a “blank sheet’’ upon which the body becomes a text. This has been a recurring motif across his varying practices, transforming in different contexts from emails, to paper, Word.Doc, google.doc, to film, to a white bed sheet for the Sydney artist’s ghost improvisations. He certainly impressedRead more »



    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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    E-learning tool to boost the right of citizens to know

    Transparency, trust and supporting open government are the themes for this year’s Right to Know Week. During this important awareness raising campaign the Information Privacy Commission (IPC NSW) is proud to launch its latest e-learning module Towards Open Government Information (TOGI) via a virtual event involving more than 10 NSW public sector agencies and up to 100 agency employees. DuringRead more »


    reports says we need to start building a lot of social or affordable housing.

    Report says lack of affordable housing a serious problem

    According to a new report, there is currently a shortfall of 433,000 social housing dwellings in Australia. The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute report, Social housing as infrastructure: an investment pathway, says 36,000 new social housing dwellings will need to be built every year for  the next 20 years to meet future need. It says social housing needs toRead more »


    Maxwell Creek Oval: active recreation facilities and so much more

    Dahua Group Australia has received development approval from Campbelltown City Council for its $7.7 million Maxwell Creek Oval project in Bardia’s New Breeze master planned community. Located in Parkside – stage 3 – Maxwell Creek Oval spans approximately 12,000 square metres and has elevated views from the surrounding area into the precinct. Features include a large playing oval for cricketRead more »


    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 »


    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 »


    Young leggie Tanveer Sangha, who is just 16, took 5 for 79 for Campbelltown Camden Ghosts against Gordon on Saturday.

    Five wicket haul for young leggie on debut

    Next Saturday’s first grade NSW Premier Cricket at Raby between Campbelltown Camden DCC and Gordon DCC promises to be a great day with both teams’ evenly poised heading into day two, reports JASON ELLSMORE. If it wasn’t for a tough final 45 minutes of play on day one, the Ghosts may have considered themselves holding a slight upper hand headingRead more »

    Camden mother and daughter Joanne and Phoenix Porter will be vying for honours at this year’s national championship finals of the Australian Physie and Dance Association in early December.

    Mother and daughter step up for physie honours at national titles

    There will be a big Macarthur presence when the national championship finals of Australian Physie and Dance Association (APDA) are held next month. Camden mother and daughter Joanne and Phoenix Porter will hit the stage when they compete in the junior and senior championships. Phoenix, 5 and Ms Porter, 35 took the stage at championship level in November when theyRead more »

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