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Cr Warren Morrison, who is currently serving on the Macarthur Bush Fire Management Committee

Fire close to home a crash course in how to fight it

Not long after becoming a member of the Macarthur Bush Fire Management Committee, Campbelltown councillor Warren Morrison got a crash course in the real thing. In late summer a large grass fire broke out not far from where he lives with his family in Kirkham and Cr Morrison says he was able to watch first hand the response from fire brigades. “I was so proud the local rural fire brigades came out so quickly from Cobbitty, Camden and Campbelltown,’’ he says. “Everyone was there so quickly, at the end of the Outlook, on the top of the hill. “I walked… Read more »

East Campbelltown Eagles president Daniel Draper

Footy club, council stand-off over $290,000 Russell Matheson grant

There’s no end in sight to a Mexican stand-off between a big local footy club and Campbelltown Council over a $290,000 federal government grant for a clubhouse. East Campbelltown Eagles say all they want is “$290,000 worth of clubhouse’’. Council, in response, say the Waminda Oval project has been delayed because the initial design provided by the club was costed at $1.7 million. A number of alternative designs have been provided but the club has not responded, says the council. Eagles president Daniel Draper says council’s costing of their plans for $1.7 million is “ridiculous and just doesn’t add up’’… Read more »

The prospect of regular A-League action at Campbelltown Sports Stadium just became a step closer.

‘Macarthur United’ clears first hurdle in bid for A-League licence

The United for Macarthur A-League bid is one of three from Sydney which have made it to the next stage after the 15 bids for an A-League licence were culled to a short list of 10. Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today invited the 10 remaining bidders to take part in the next stage of a process to expand the Hyundai A-League. FFA intends to grant licences for two new clubs to join the Hyundai A-League in the season after next, 2019-20. Campbelltown Council, which is behind the United for Macarthur A-League bid, says it has now passed a major… 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


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    We want to catch a train to the airport in 2026

    Let’s go forward in time to 2026 when planes are landing at Badgerys Creek international airport. Unfortunately, if current transport infrastructure plans are implemented only people who live along Sydney’s western rail line will be able to get on a train to go to the new airport. Anybody south of the airport – that’s us here in Macarthur – willRead more »

    Macarthur Chatter


    John McLaughlin, pictured here with his wife Jan at their 50th wedding anniversary celebraion in January 2016 a Macquarie Links.

    For John McLaughlin it’s Campbelltown forever, in sickness and in health

    Despite living in the Sutherland Shire temporarily while their new house gets built, Jan McLaughlin drove her husband John all the way to Campbelltown Hospital when he felt unwell recently. The couple, who have been married for more than 50 years, have lived in Camden and Campbelltown most of their lives. John, who helped establish the Campbelltown Blues, one ofRead more »

    Top 5


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    Friends annual exhibition finishes on July 29.

    Friends annual exhibition as good as it gets

    At last Tuesday night’s Campbelltown Council monthly meeting veteran councillor Meg Oates said this year’s Friends art exhibition was a “must see’’. After 30 years on council Cr Oates knows what she’s talking about. If you only visit Campbelltown arts centre to see just one body of work this year, make it the Friends of Campbelltown Arts Centre annual exhibitionRead more »

    News


    A construction viewing area will be built on the site of Western Sydney Airport.

    Roll up, roll up to watch airport get built

    An on-site visitor centre will give the public a first-class ticket to see Western Sydney Airport unfold in front of their eyes. WSA Co, the Federal Government-owned company building Western Sydney Airport, has invited registrations of interest to finalise the design and build the visitor centre, which will include a construction viewing area and interactive exhibition. Federal minister for urbanRead more »

    Liverpool Hospital doctors Johnson Tang, Noah Freelander, Cale Burge, Chilan Nguyen and Sarah Khan have won the inaugural NSW Junior Doctors Conference 2018 Medical Challenge.

    Our young doctors are top of the pops

    A team of local junior doctors have shown they can’t be beaten when it comes to sharp clinical skills and performing under pressure. A group of second year doctors – Chilan Nguyen, Sarah Khan, Johnson Tang, Noah Freelander and Cale Burge – won the inaugural NSW Junior Doctors Conference 2018 Medical Challenge. Dr Tang said the Liverpool Hospital group hadRead more »

    Business


    Sleeping Giant owner Warren Morrison in the temporary premises along Blaxland Road.

    Sleeping Giant prepares for move back to new look premises

    The Sleeping Giant store on Blaxland Road was relocated in late March to premises about 100 metres away. But so many items had to be transported from the old premises to the new temporary one, owner Warren Morrison says they allowed two weeks for the move. Mr Morrison, who estimates that around 1,000 items were trekked to the new premises,Read 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 »

    Lifestyle


    The Fat Controllers are vying for a spot in Fisher's Gig

    Get ready to rock – Fishers Gig turns 21

    Fisher’s Gig turns 21 this year and what’s a coming-of-age party without great music. The Fisher’s Gig heats will be held on Saturday, July 28 at Greg Percival Community Centre, Ingleburn, with 10 acts vying for a spot at Campbelltown’s party of the year – Fisher’s Gig. Members of the community can buy tickets to the all ages event andRead more »

    Exercise can save lives

    Exercise is the best medicine for cancer patients

    Cancer patients from the Macarthur region have a new weapon in their arsenal to fight cancer – the benefits of exercise. Patients are experiencing better health and wellbeing and improving their chances of survival thanks to two exercise programs offered through the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre at Campbelltown Hospital. The ENRICHing Survivorship and the Active Survivor Programs support the recentlyRead 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


    For sale: Listed with LJ Hooker Campbelltown is this Lithgow Street house overlooking Campbelltown on a 911 square metre block.

    Going professional will benefit buyers and sellers

    Real estate agents across Australia are taking steps to be recognised as professionals, which will see benefits to the consumer, according to the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA). “On behalf of its member Real Estate Institutes, REIA has applied to the Professional Standards Authority for admission as a profession,’’ says REIA president Malcolm Gunning. “The Authority is an independentRead more »

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    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 »

    Motoring


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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 »

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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 »

    Sport


    a Magpies player player is tackled by Camden in the thriller at Victoria Park won by the home side 20-14.

    Picton Magpies edge Camden Rams in Victoria Park thriller

    Picton have maintained their position at the top of the Group 6 Rugby League ladder following a thrilling 20-14 win over Camden. The other matches saw the Lions come from behind to defeat Campbelltown City 36-34 at Mittagong Sportsground, while The Oaks Tigers defeated Narellan Jets 46-10 at Dudley Chesham Oval. After 13 rounds Picton are first on 22 points,Read more »

    David Baker on route to victory in the NSW All Schools 5000m championship.

    Scholarship reward for rising star of the track

    Narellan Vale teenager David Baker is one of the region’s brightest athletics stars. A member of Camden athletics club, Baker has been rewarded for his excellent performances with a scholarship at the South West Sydney Academy of Sport (SWSAS), through its Wests Future Stars program. Baker is the current NSW junior champion in the 3000m and NSW all schools championRead more »

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