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Rodney Curry with photographs of his late wife, Leonie.

Camden High School class action: why Leonie Curry is our Erin Brockovich

Leonie Curry was given just one year to live after being diagnosed with not one but two brain tumours. When the former Camden High School student reached that milestone alive and kicking, she and husband Rodney sat down for a discussion about what to do next. Leonie, who died last year, had started an awareness campaign about former Camden High students getting sick. But the tumour diagnosis derailed her focus, so during their chat Rodney asked her what she was going to do now. “I asked Leonie if she wanted to keep doing the Camden High campaign,’’ he tells the… Read more »

Campbelltown's youth week program was a winner in 2016 and promises more of the same from March 31.

This year’s youth week program will be as good as it gets

Last year’s Campbelltown City Youth Week program took out top honours at the 2016 Local Government Week Awards. It was named best local program and received the Youth Week Award. The Campbelltown program was singled out for the level of youth participation in the planning and attendance at activities, its capacity to showcase the skills and talent of local young people, and for activities which highlighted the positive contribution young people make to the community. The 2017 National Youth Week will kick off on March 31 and this year’s Campbelltown City Council’s program of activities promises to be as good… Read more »

some of the new volunteers of the Youth Advisory Group that's part of the Youth Solutions group.

Young volunteers sign up to help their peers

Sixteen Macarthur region young people have signed up to make a difference in the lives of their peers as part of the Youth Solutions Youth Advisory Group (YAG). Youth Solutions welcomed its second group of youth volunteers for 2016 – 2017 last month, with the members already commencing training and planning community engagement activities. YAG brings together young people with a passion for youth health and giving back to the community. They play an important role in the planning, implementation and evaluation of Youth Solutions’ drug and alcohol prevention and health promotion programs in Macarthur and Wingecarribee. YAG members will… Read more »

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    Campbelltown residents go to the polls this Saturday to fill the vacancy created by the death of Cr Fred Borg last December.

    Saturday’s byelection a choice between youth and experience

    There are just three candidates to choose from when Campbelltown votes this Saturday, March 18. All three are outstanding candidates in their own right and I think it will be difficult to choose between Labor’s Ben Gilholme and the two independents, Josh Cotter and Gary Potts. Gilholme and Cotter represent the future of Campbelltown as they are both young, 25Read more »

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    Irish breakfast on St Patrick's Day

    St Patrick’s Day: Irish breakfast goes well with a Guinness

    On Wednesday, fellow called himself Aidan McLaughlin emailed me a press release about today’s St Patrick’s day celebrations at the Mercantile Hotel in the Rocks. Young Aidan said the entertainment today would include traditional Irish dancers and Irish bands and performers including Blackwater Band, Shaylee Wilde and The Soniks. And that’s all nice and dandy, but then Aidan suggested thatRead more »

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    local MP Greg Warren.

    Labor joins calls for State Government to foot byelection bill

    Shadow Minister for Local Government Peter Primrose and Campbelltown MP Greg Warren have joined calls for the NSW Government to reimburse Campbelltown City Council the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on holding last Saturday’s by-election. “Local residents are being double stung – first they lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in council rates paying for the by-election, and nowRead more »

    Former mayor Paul Lake

    Labor would have lost byelection in two horse race: Lake

    Former Campbelltown Mayor Paul Lake believes Labor would have lost last Saturday’s byelection if it was a two horse race. “I think Josh Cotter would have been elected, when you look at how the numbers ended up after preferences were distributed,’’ Councillor Lake said. The Labor candidate, Ben Gilholme was declared the winner after preferences were distributed yesterday. However hisRead more »

    Business


    Nevine Youssef, Family Law accredited specialist

    Don’t forget to pack holiday travel consent for the kids

    Holiday travel consent for children – don’t forget to pack that too, writes Nevine Youssef, Family Law accredited specialist and partner at local firm Marsdens Law Group: Everything’s packed? You’re ready to go?  Family is excited?  Plane tickets?  Permission from the other side in relation to travel arrangements for the children? It maybe a surprise to know that separated parentsRead more »

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    Fashion Spree birthday party to be a great day for whole family

    A year ago today, Sydney radio legend Alan Jones officially opened Fashion Spree amid much fanfare. Twelve months later Fashion Spree has become one of the most popular retail hubs in the south west Sydney region. A great collection of more than 60 quality brand names and a brilliant space have made Fashion Spree the must visit retail centre inRead more »

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    Fun at doll and bear fair means boost for Kids of Macarthur

    This year’s Doll, Bear and Creative Fair will have stalls with everything from dolls, bears, miniatures, collectibles and dolls houses. Also on offer from 9.30am this Sunday at the Cube, Campbelltown Catholic Club, will be the popular doll and bear repairs and lots of handicrafts. There will be entertainment throughout the day, lucky door prizes every hour, raffles and dollRead more »

    Carp are generally not fit for human consumption and are mostly used to make garden fertiliser.

    Why catch a carp competition has a serious side for pond

    The annual catch a carp competition returns to Eagle Vale pond in two weeks and everyone’s invited to throw in a line to win a prize. But this fun initiative has a serious side. The aim of the annual competition is to reduce the local carp population and its impact on the pond, which is located within Eagle Farm Reserve.Read more »

    Technology


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    Beware of online scams landing in your email inbox

    Have you been scammed online lately? The NSW Police Force is warning the community about emails circulating the state purporting to be from a financial institution. The emails claim to have a message for the recipient, which is accessible by a link in the email. The link contains malware and is designed to access personal information. Fraud and Cybercrime SquadRead more »

    Property transactions, including conveyancing, are headed down the online path.

    E-conveyancing is here to stay, says Marsdens Law Group

    Marsdens Law Group are one of just five firms in NSW taking part in a pilot program to electronically settle the sale and purchase of homes – known as e-conveyancing. PEXA Software enables settlements to occur instantly rather than the old school method that has been in place for more 50 years where parties to the transaction currently have toRead more »

    Property


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    Stamp duty reform would help ease pressure on housing supply

    The key to housing supply is unlocking property held by retirees and upgraders who are choosing to stay put due to the cost of stamp duty, according to the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales. REINSW president John Cunningham said comments made by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian that she is open to tax changes to improve supply and housingRead more »

    Cutting stamp duty

    Cut stamp duty to get things moving in NSW, says institute

    A review of the tax system including stamp duty should be the first point of business for newly appointed premier Gladys Berejiklian, according to the Real Estate Institute of NSW (REINSW). Institute president John Cunningham said former premier Mike Baird had taxation reform on his agenda. “It’s time for his successor to deliver something back to property consumers,” Mr CunninghamRead more »

    Motoring


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    Doggone: Nissan brings out an X-Trail 4Dogs

    Almost all dog owners consider their pet to be part of the family, research has revealed. And a vast majority says they would buy a new car that boasts more dog friendly features. To meet their demands, Nissan has unveiled a unique new model, the X-Trail 4Dogs concept. Nissan claims the X-Trail 4Dogs is the ultimate dogfriendly crossover, with aRead more »

    Lexus has started the year with a boost in sales.

    Lexus starts the new year with record sales

    Luxury carmaker Lexus has begun 2017 strongly on the back of record sales achieved last year in Australia and worldwide. Official automotive industry statistics released today show Lexus lifted its local sales by almost 21.5 per cent in January compared with the final month of 2016. Lexus dealers –which now includes the newly opened showroom at Gregory Hills by theRead more »

    Sport


    The return of Elijah Taylor will add a bit of starch to the Wests Tigers defence against Melbourne this Sunday at Leichhardt.

    Interim coach names Wests Tigers team for clash with Melbourne

    Jason Taylor is gone but the caravan moves on and Wests Tigers interim head coach Andrew Webster has today named his first NRL team. There are no surprises in Webster’s 21-man squad for this Sunday’s Round 4 home game against the Melbourne Storm at Leichhardt Oval. Tigers fans will be interested to see how the players react to the coach’sRead more »

    synthetic turf football field at Lynwood Park.

    Soccer club to kick off 2017 season on even playing fields

    Campbelltown Uniting Church Soccer Club will kick off their new football season next month on two newly resurfaced fields at their home ground of Lynwood Park. Campbelltown City Council undertook work in January to restabilise fields three and four, at the rear of the St Helens Park soccer complex, following concerns about significant land movement impacting the playing surface ofRead more »

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