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Meet Brett Atkins: Macarthur patriot, fire fighter and photographer

Brett Atkins doesn’t wear a super hero uniform, but if he did, it would probably say something like: I’m 4 Macarthur. That’s because apart from his day job with Nikon, everything else he does in his life is all about Camden and Campbelltown, and a bit of Wollondilly thrown in for good measure. I hope you’re sitting down, because the Brett Atkins resume is as long as your arm. Fifteen years after signing up as a volunteer fire fighter, Atkins is the captain of the Menangle Rural Fire Brigade. He is also deputy at a second unit, the Camden West… Read more »

The mother of all backflips: Hurlstone to stay in Glenfield

In a backflip of epic proportions, the State Government has today announced that Hurlstone Agricultural High School will stay in Glenfield after all. The reversal comes four years almost to the day since the government revealed plans to relocate Campbelltown’s iconic school lock, stock and barrel to a Western Sydney University site in the Hawkesbury. There was a hue and cry then, led by the local MP, Anoulack Chanthivong, who has continued to be a thorn in the side of the government over the Hurlstone decision. Today, the Member for Macquarie Fields told the South West Voice in Macarthur he… Read more »

Time to stop flushing our toilets with drinking water, says Cr Morrison

We’re in the midst of a prolonged drought and our dam levels are rapidly plummeting, but if we can embrace the re-use of grey water we’ll get through it all according to a Campbelltown councillor. Warren Morrison, who wants Campbelltown Council to look at the feasibility of the re-use of grey water, believes it could even help us deal with future challenges. Speaking to him today – and with more water restrictions on the horizon –  it was clear that like many of us Cr Morrison has embraced the need to save water, whether it’s in the shower, shaving or… Read more »

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    When dam levels plunge, all we can think about is water

    This time 12 months ago our dam levels were at 64 percent capacity. Today they’re at 45 percent, which pretty much explains why level 2 watering restrictions come into play from tomorrow, December 10. It also explains why we’re all slowly changing our habits when it comes to using water. When the dams are full we take water for granted,Read more »



    Wests in $5,000 boost for youth drug, alcohol program

    The Youth Solutions Drug and Alcohol Information and Resilience Skills [DAIR] program does just what its name implies: teach participants the skills they need to reduce drug and alcohol related harm. As well as providing drug and alcohol education and safety strategies, the project focuses on mental health and resilience aimed at developing positive coping and self-help seeking skills inRead more »


    Driver charged with intentionally crashing his vehicle

    A 70 year old man has been charged with allegedly crashing his vehicle intentionally last week. He and two other people in the vehicle at the time were seriously injured. The alleged incident occurred around 11am last Thursday. Emergency services were called after reports a Toyota Hilux had crashed into a wall on Campbelltown Road, Campbelltown, near Queen Street. PoliceRead more »



    How scholarships help small businesses find their feet

    Four local small businesses immersed themselves in a business development and growth program over the past three months. It was all part of the second round of Campbelltown City Council’s business scholarships program. The program offers each participating business access to a co-working space for six months, e-learning resources and online collaboration, and advanced business coaching and mentoring from anRead more »


    Shorrocks team will have you back on your feet in no time

    You’re crossing the street in a leisurely fashion but you take off when a car suddenly appears. Unfortunately one of your calf muscles snaps, which is a serious injury because now you’re basically on one leg. Don’t worry, the experts at Shorrocks Human Movement & Rehabilitation Services will have you back on your feet in no time. That’s because personalisedRead more »



    River location for sculptures by the sea

    Works from Sculpture by the Sea could soon be described as sculptures by the river. The eight sculptures will be installed along the Georges River in the inaugural Liverpool Sculpture Walk from December 7.  “We are thrilled to be partnering with Sculpture by the Sea for Liverpool Sculpture Walk,” says Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller.  “Sculptures that attracted huge crowds to Bondi will now beRead more »


    Learn how to give waste the flick this Christmas

    If you’d like to learn how to make this year’s festive season greener than ever than this sustainable Christmas workshop is for you. To be held on Saturday, November 30 at the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living (MCSL), you will learn about the Japanese art of gift wrapping, Furoshiki (pictured below), where gifts are wrapped with reusable, sustainable and environmentallyRead more »



    Disney debut adds even more choice to streaming options

    A week ago, on November 19, Disney+ made a smashing debut onto the stage of the streaming services battleground here in Australia. This new service is adding to the list of competitors in this landscape and Disney has the background to support itself with the banners of Walt Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar which will appear exclusively on itsRead more »


    Telehealth facilities in our hospitals mean better patient care

    Here’s another initiative that confirms that our hospitals and doctors are embracing the digital world in order to provide better health care to patients. State of the art telehealth facilities have opened in Campbelltown, Liverpool and Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospitals, improving patient care through better collaboration. South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) chief executive Amanda Larkin said the $700,000 project integratesRead more »



    New laws offer more protection when buying off the plan

    After conducting a review of the law governing off the plan contracts, the State Government has now introduced legislation that prescribes greater disclosure obligations for developers and stronger protections for buyers. Off-the-plan purchases have become hugely more popular over the past decade with sales increasing by 10.6 percent, up from 2,646 in 2008-2009 to 17,218 in 2018-2019. An off-the-plan contract isRead more »


    Menangle Park: from farm land to a riverside town

    Campbelltown’s newest master planned community, Menangle Park, is set to transform vast tracks of land previously used for farming into a parkland town on the banks of the Nepean River. The Chinese developer behind the new population centre south of Campbelltown, Dahua Group Australia (DGA), has announced that it has finally opened a land sales office on site. DGA saysRead more »



    Ford says new Fiesta ST is almost here

    The new generation Ford Fiesta ST will be on sale in Australian showrooms in in the first quarter of 2020. Fiesta ST brings a fully fledged Ford Performance hot hatch to customers, loaded with the latest technology and performance innovation derived from the company’s racing programs. These have seen the Fiesta claim multiple wins and drivers’ World Rally Championships. “TheRead more »


    Aspirational special editions from Lexus hit the road

    Aspirational: Lexus NX Crafted (left) and RX Crafted (right) Lexus has compiled two distinct packages of highly aspirational premium features to create special edition variants of its strong-selling luxury NX and 5-seat RX SUVs. The special-edition NX Crafted and RX Crafted are fitted with eye-catching exterior and interior enhancements that build on the luxury grade of the relevant models. TheRead more »



    Tryathlon to make a splash in Camden again

    When the world’s largest tryathlon series for under 16 years returns to Camden next year it will offer an exciting new event. The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon, supported by Camden Council, will be held at Onslow Oval on Sunday, March 1, 2020. Children of all abilities are encouraged to participate in the event, which involves: A swim in the Camden WarRead more »

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