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Max Garcia: from US Marine to life coach in Macarthur

Max Garcia is a decorated US Marine who now lives in Macarthur with his young family and is pursuing a career as a life coach and mentor. What makes him different from other life coaches or motivational experts is that he brings to the table something few others can: the kind of life and death experience only combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan can give you. And leadership: Max Garcia talks like a man who’s been there, done that. He can also talk about the incredible day when he and his unit arrived in the centre of Baghdad for the… Read more »

Denise McGrath: driving force behind Kids of Macarthur juggernaut is calling it a day

It’s 10pm on Saturday, June 1 and the annual Kids of Macarthur Foundation fundraising Ball in the Cube is in full swing. The formalities are all but over and everyone is just having a good time. Among the doctors present is Dr Raymond Chin, the head of paediatrics at Campbelltown Hospital. Dr Chin’s phone rings, he answers it and after finishing the conversation he gets up to leave. He heads straight to the hospital to treat a critically ill baby that’s just been brought in. Dr Chin looks at the sick baby at emergency before getting a videolaryngoscopy machine bought… Read more »

Peru v Uruguay: Latino rugby league international coming to Campbelltown

A rugby league international is coming to town but it won’t be at Campbelltown Sports Stadium nor feature a country known for playing the game. But it’s a game that could be a springboard for spreading rugby league to Peru and Uruguay. The two greenhorn rugby league nations will clash on Sunday, September 15 at Waminda Oval in what is shaping up as the first ever fair dinkum international match involving two Latin American countries. Both nations are at the start of their rugby league journey, explains the organiser of the match, Peru director Jaime Perez. “Our aim is to… Read more »

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    If you have a few spare million, Harrington Park Homestead is for sale

    Now fully restored, historic Harrington Park Homestead will soon be listed for sale via expressions of interest – for the first time in 75 years. The Georgian homestead and almost 20 acres of land, which are located on a north western rise at Harrington Park, were the country retreat of Sir Warwick and Lady Mary Fairfax for many years. Harrington ParkRead more »

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    News flash: last person finally gets out of Leichhardt Oval

    There’s a rumour going round that the last fan has finally left Leichhardt Oval after Sunday’s match against the Sharks. The fact that it can take hours to leave after a game at the inner city venue seems to have escaped those who indulged in an orgy of praise before, during and after the 25-8 defeat of the Wests Tigers.Read more »

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    Why community and business got on board with Camden Monopoly

    Narellan Town Centre general manager Brad Page says Camden Monopoly is such a great community project there was no way they’d let the sponsorship opportunity pass. Narellan Town Centre, along with The Hermitage, Gledswood Hills, Meals on Wheels and Plus Fitness have signed up as gold sponsors of Camden Monopoly, which is now in production. “It’s a classic, timeless gameRead more »



    Macarthur Square: our shopping mecca celebrates four decades

    A newspaper report at the time of the opening of Macarthur Square in 1979 pondered how long it would take before the acres of parking space would be filled. Black and white photos of the newest shopping centre – yes, it was that long ago – in Campbelltown suggested that it had been built out in the sticks, which inRead more »


    Now there’s 110 more Aussies in Camden and mayor thinks that’s great

    On Tuesday, Australia welcomed the largest number of new citizens nationally since the inaugural Citizenship Day in 2001. There were 150 ceremonies hosted across the country, with more than 8,000 people becoming Australian citizens. Camden Council joined in and celebrated Australian Citizenship Day by welcoming 110 new citizens to the local community. Mayor of Camden, Cr Theresa Fedeli, said Camden’sRead more »



    A bit of retail therapy at Fashion Spree could win you fuel for a year

    From Bonds to City Chic, from Just Jeans to JustSport, there are plenty of reasons shoppers from all over the South West region make the trek to Fashion Spree in Orange Grove. A brilliantly designed outlet centre of top fashion and accessories, footwear, sports and streetwear, kids clothing and a range of homewares and kitchen items, it has had aRead more »


    If you would like to build your brand give Sue Scobie a call

    If you are too busy working in the business instead of on the business give Sue Scobie a call. Ms Scobie has just launched Sue Scobie – Building your Brand, a company specialising in helping other small businesses either commence their online journey or improve the one they are on. “These virtually free platforms are an amazing way for anRead more »


    Camden Council - Garden Competition 2018

    Camden garden comp winner still chuffed a year later

    “I still get a big grin when I think back to the moment I found out.” Elderslie resident Brett Gibson, who took out the new garden category in last year’s Camden Council’s annual garden competition, is still chuffed with his win almost 12 months later. Mr Gibson, who was also named runner-up in the small residential category, says he didn’tRead more »


    Wear an upcycled wedding dress to go green on your big day

    Did you know that a wedding dress can be the single largest contributor to the huge carbon footprint of the average Australian wedding? The production of the fabric and the transportation have a big impact. So how do you have a unique dress, while still taking a responsible approach? One word: upcycle. Now Vinnies is helping brides and grooms celebrateRead more »



    Here’s your chance to become a tech savvy senior

    Seniors wanting to brush up on their tech knowledge or learn new skills can sign up to the Tech Savvy Seniors sessions throughout October. The popular program is back at Glenquarie Library from Wednesday, October 2 and begins with an introduction to computers. It will run each Wednesday and includes other topics such as introduction to the internet, email, androidRead more »


    If it’s too good to be true it’s probably a scam

    The NSW Police Force is urging the community to remain vigilant when downloading software online after becoming aware of an increasing number of remote access scams. Remote access scams allow third party access to an individual’s private computer through the use of legitimate software. Police are aware that current remote access scams are being conducted through the use of aRead more »



    Infrastructure boom attracting investors to our new suburbs

    South West Sydney’s future infrastructure hotspots such as the Aerotropolis, Western Sydney International Airport, Camden Medical Campus and Sydney Science Park are already attracting new investors to the region. This multi-billion dollar funding injection towards infrastructure projects in this region is laying solid foundations for the future growth and prosperity of Greater Sydney.  Growing greenfield suburbs such as Gledswood Hills,Read more »


    Home delivery as construction at Ed.Square goes up a gear

    Construction at Ed.Square is set to go up a gear in the next few weeks as work starts on homes. Frasers Property Australia, the developer behind Ed.Square, recently appointed local company Growthbuilt to deliver the first 184 homes at the community taking shape adjacent to Edmondson Park train station.  Warwick Dowler the development director at Frasers ays Ed.Square is aRead 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 »


    Volvo’s all electric car set to land Down Under next year

    Volvo’s Polestar 2 electric sedan could be available in Australia as early as next year. It is anticipated the price point could be around the $63,500 mark, pitching it close to the anticipated price of the cheapest examples of Tesla’s Model 3. “Polestar 2 is our first fully electric car and first volume model. Everything about it has been designedRead more »



    Peru pip Uruguay in spicy rugby league ‘international’ at Waminda Oval

    Rugby league was the winner when Peru and Uruguay clashed in an international match at Waminda Oval on Sunday. Normally the home of East Campbelltown Eagles, this time a sea of sky blue and red covered every vantage point of Waminda Oval as a big crowd gathered to support the two minnows of rugby league.  “We would like to thankRead more »


    Thirlmere Roosters toast of the town after winning epic grand final

    An epic. One for the ages. One of the best grand finals seen in many years. The 2019 Group 6 Rugby League Grand Final on Sunday was all that and so much more. But now Thirlmere Roosters are the toast of the town, following their heart-stopping 38-36 win over their local neighbours and arch-rivals Picton at Campbelltown Stadium yesterday. TheRead more »

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