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Winning Melbourne Cup was a whirlwind, says Geoff Corrigan

Three days after Vow and Declare won the 2019 Melbourne Cup, Geoff Corrigan walked into Squeeze and Grind, his local café in Camden, and was greeted with a standing ovation. “It was incredible, people were clapping, just unbelievable,’’ he tells the South West Voice in Macarthur. “My morning walks in and around Camden since coming back from Melbourne have been taking three times as long, with so many people stopping to say well done, it’s just incredible,’’ says the former Camden mayor and member of parliament. We asked him what it felt like moments after Vow and Declare finished first… Read more »

$25,000 Fisher’s Ghost art prize walks right out of here again

According to his own online profile, Kuba Dorabialski, the winner of this year’s $25,000 Fishers Ghost art prize, is interested in “the intersections of mysticism, radical leftist politics and the personal poetic’’. Don’t ask me what all that means, I’m just a gonzo journalist from Campbelltown. And certainly don’t ask me why the judges of this year’s prize awarded him the top honour. I am certainly not going to criticise Kuba Dorabialski, whose only crime was that he submitted an entry into the 2019 competition. His entry was a video installation titled The Glasses on My Nosetip, pictured above. Three… Read more »

Membership numbers confirm something big cooking at Macarthur FC

It took less than 48 hours for 1,500 people across South West Sydney to become foundation members of Macarthur FC. Memberships became available for the very first time on Friday, November 1, and by Saturday evening the club reported that they had reached the 1,500 milestone. Two days earlier, on Thursday, October 31, the Macarthur FC Bulls held a gala lunch to announce details of the membership packages that would be offered to fans starting from next day. But there was a lot more on the menu at the lunch, confirming once again that something big is cooking at the… Read more »

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    In My View


    We’ve set the bar very low on water security

    It’s shocking to think that in 2019 we hardly harvest any stormwater in the Sydney metropolitan area. Unfortunately, the more you look, the worse it gets. After spasmodic and half hearted attempts at introducing mandatory water tanks for every new home built, when it comes to water conservation we have not moved an inch since the 1980s. It looks likeRead more »

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    The parade that stops our town

    A spoof logo of this year’s Fisher’s Ghost festival doing the rounds landed in the messages box of my phone yesterday. It was mildly amusing but we won’t be publishing it here because it does not deserve to be exposed to a wider audience. But enough of this silliness and back to the festival that puts Campbelltown on the mapRead more »

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    Image of dark and stormy night in Harrington Park takes the prize

    Photography is just a hobby for Harrington Park resident and university student Ian Hollis. He admits taking this picture, which was named the winner of the landscapes category in this year’s Macarthur nature photography competition, required nerves of steel and the determination of a professional photographer. “I captured the winning image during an intense lighting storm as it rolled overRead more »



    CapTel cuts to hit hearing impaired residents

    The Morrison Government’s decision to cut CapTel services is causing significant stress for residents in Macarthur who rely on them to stay in touch with family and friends, says Dr Mike Freelander. CapTel allows deaf and hearing impaired Australians to make and receive telephone calls using text relay via the National Relay Service (NRS). As of February 1 next year,Read more »


    Win for the people on Edmondson Park car parking plan

    Opponents of a bid to reduce the car parking rate for two bedroom dwellings from 1.2 spaces to one space per dwelling in the town centre of Edmondson Park have welcome its rejection by the Independent Planning Commission on Friday. Community campaigner Michael Andjelkovic said it was a win for people power, while two local members of parliament said commonRead 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 »


    Icon Visual Marketing workshop hits the mark

    Icon Visual Marketing led a successful marketing workshop for start-up and small businesses in partnership with Campbelltown Council last week. The workshop, entitled DIY Marketing Plan, was led by Icon Visual Marketing’s managing director Joe Papadatos, pictured below. Attendees included people at various stages of their business from a few years old but not growing fast enough, to start-ups whoRead 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 »

    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 »



    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 »


    Microgrids may power the future

    Regional communities will benefit from more secure, affordable and reliable power under a $50 million program to support feasibility studies into microgrids. The first round of the Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund is now open to applications from across Australia. Up to $20 million of grants will be awarded through this first round. The grants will fund community organisations,Read more »



    Empty nesters: time right to downsize

    The time is right for Sydney empty-nesters to cash in on the best market conditions in three years by listing their homes, says Angus Raine.  “The Sydney market is motoring along due to a combination of low-interest rates, population growth, improving rental yields, 80 percent auction clearances, mounting buyer and investor enquiry levels, and an easing in mortgage lending conditions,”Read more »


    Boom times and Campbelltown leads the way

    The South West Sydney growth corridor is rapidly expanding and Campbelltown is leading the way. Significant investment in infrastructure combined with massive population growth is creating a major metropolitan destination and the engine room for future prosperity in the region. Close proximity to Western Sydney Airport will give the area a distinct economic advantage to leverage off local and internationalRead 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 »



    Wests Tigers major sponsor now also chairman of the board

    He’s from South West Sydney, well, at least his company is, so it will be interesting to see the direction new Wests Tigers chairman of the board Lee Hagipantelis will take the NRL club. Hagipantelis, the principal of Brydens Lawyers, the major sponsors of the club since 2016, will replace Barry O’Farrell, the former NSW premier, who is stepping downRead more »


    Life membership for super coach and all round top bloke

    To be made a life member of a club – big or small – is one of the great honours in Australian community and sporting life. Especially for coaches, who rarely enter such a privileged club. And that’s what makes the life membership bestowed on East Campbelltown Eagles coach Richard Barnes all the more remarkable. But when you look atRead more »

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