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Paul Lake offering voters maturity, youth and business experience

Community First Team leader Paul Lake says his experience will be vital when a frenzy of developments hits Campbelltown like a tsunami in the next four years. The veteran councillor was first elected in 2004 and served with distinction as mayor twice, in 2010-11 and again in 2014-15. Noted for his no nonsense approach, Cr Lake says he is running again to help provide the support and experience that will be required to manage the massive change on the way. “Gilead will come on in the next four years and Menangle Park is in the hands of the people who… Read more »

Indepedent arts space has to be next stage for Macarthur.

Independent arts space is the logical next step for our growing region

Before our eyes we are witnessing the changing face of Campbelltown. Single story dwellings are being levelled to enable high rise complexes, suburbs once reserved for public housing are being gentrified for mixed-housing and concerns for the future of health, education, employment, transport and the environment are coming to the fore. Over the next two decades the Macarthur region is going to exponentially grow. As the capital of the region, Campbelltown is preparing itself to be a destination city. According to the ABS, over the next 20 years our population is set to increase by 36.92 percent. Which begs the… Read more »

Campbelltown Fit Families is all about exercise and community.

Campbelltown Fit Families are all about exercise and community

It’s 8am on a Sunday and a new community group is gathered inside the school hall at Kearns. There are more than 50 people of all shapes and sizes, who are slowly starting to do stretching exercises. There’s mums and dads, the odd grandparent and lots of kids of various ages and sizes. Most of the grown ups are sipping what I find out later is green tea, which apparently helps kick start your metabolism. Also in the hall and taking part is a fit looking young woman called Chantelle Yeaman, who started the first of these exercise classes in… Read more »

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    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.


    No infrastructure, no development

    The consensus so far: no infrastructure, no development

    All together now: no development without infrastructure. We’ll see what happens when it’s crunch time but for now, a week into the council elections, most candidates say they will not support growth without the appropriate infrastructure. And sure, it is a bit of a motherhood statement, but I believe this time there is a certain determination attached to such pledgesRead more »

    South West Confidential

    A little sunshine is all Russell Matheson needs.

    All a defeated MP needs is a little ray of sunshine

    There was something different about Russell Matheson’s voice when we called the vanquished former member for Macarthur this week. It’s barely six weeks since Matheson lost his seat to Dr Mike Freelander but it seems he’s moving on pretty quickly. The stress, the tension and anxiety betrayed by his voice during the eight week campaign was completely gone. After passingRead more »

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    Paul Hawker, and his deputy, Alana Matheson, are retiring from Campbelltown Council.

    Last night of the council: brilliant farewell speeches

    The very last meeting of this Campbelltown Council brought out the best in the councillors we elected back in September 2012. With some of them retiring either for reasons of age, shafted by their political parties or because they just won’t get re-elected on September 10, their farewell speeches were some of the best they made over the past fourRead more »

    Picture This

    Mayor Paul Hawker at the opening of St Helens Park skate facility.

    Mayor sets phenomenal records that may never be broken

    The Mayoral Minute on community service awards for this old journo and Mandy Perrin on Tuesday night was the first one for Mayor Paul Hawker. That’s 11 months in the job and with his first Mayoral Minute Cr Hawker springs a nice surprise for me and Mandy – and probably a few other people around the town. That’s probably aRead more »


    Greens sound warning on threat to local environment.

    Campbelltown’s natural treasure trove under attack: Greens

    The Greens say Campbelltown contains some of the most important bushland in NSW, including a range of endangered ecological communities, but this natural treasure trove is under attack from the surge of development being forced on the region. “One of the key reasons people choose to live in Campbelltown is the extent of green open space and the close proximityRead more »


    Man charged with attempted murder after machete attack at Raby

    A man has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly attacked a woman with a machete during a domestic incident at Raby overnight. Police say that a 49-year-old man and 45-year-old woman were driving along Raby Road around 10.30pm when they became involved in a heated argument. They continued to Campbelltown Road at St Andrews where the vehicle stopped,Read more »


    Awards reflect passion, drive and innovation.

    Awards for passion, drive and innovation

    The NSW Business Chamber Awards program showcases the businesses and business people whose passion, drive, entrepreneurship and innovation inspires others. Winners from each regional category proceed as finalists to the NSW Business Chamber State Awards where they compete for the State’s top honours in business leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, export, business growth, ethics and employment practice. The finalists for the 2016Read more »

    Macarthur lifestyle and business expo is back.

    Macarthur lifestyle, business expo returns

    After a few years’ break, the Macarthur Lifestyle and  Business Expo is back. The 2016 Back-to-Basics Business Expo will be held on Friday, September 9 in Wests Leagues Club at Leumeah. South West Networking Group (SWNG) is behind the return of the previously popular event for local businesses. SWNG is being supported by Campbelltown City Council and West Leagues Club inRead more »


    Daisies as far as the eye can see.

    Botanic garden in spring: daisies as far as the eye can see

    Not even drastic storms and flooding can stop the spectacular show of thousands of Paper Daisies in an annual display at the Australian Botanic Garden this spring. The display covers a total area of more than 1,700 square metres, which is just over the size of an Olympic swimming pool. It will all be unveiled next week when the nurseryRead more »

    Margaret Lambert's new book.

    Little Words that make a Difference

    We underestimate the emphasis and importance that words have on our overall wellbeing, writes MARGARET LAMBERT in her latest column. Often it’s the simplest of words and phrases that make all the difference to how we feel. Words of inspiration and encouragement can lift our spirits and have us strive towards pursuing our goals while words of a different kindRead more »


    Our roofs the biggest power plant in Australia?

    Our roofs could be the biggest power plant in the country

    The millions of Australians with solar on their roof can help revolutionise the electricity system for the better. As energy ministers meet to draw up plans to tackle increasing power prices, it’s agreed batteries are an important part of the solution. The question is: will these batteries be owned by energy companies or Australia’s homes and businesses? Energy software companyRead more »

    Cheaper assemblies can compromise performance.

    The highs and lows of fibre cable assemblies

    Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, has released the results of comprehensive testing on the performance of plug and play optical fibre cable assemblies used in 40 and 100 Gigabit applications. Outlined in a new white paper called A Closer Look at Plug and Play MPO/MTP Assemblies, the results clearly show that lower-cost generic assemblies from unknown suppliers canRead more »


    Award for Harrington Grove.

    Another award for Harrington Grove

    Harrington Grove has been named the best master planned community in NSW at the Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW [UDIA] Meriton Awards for Excellence. The awards for 2016 were presented last Friday. The award recognises master planned developments that are designed for self-sufficiency and provide high standards of design, diversity and housing choice. Specifically, projects worthy of this awardRead more »

    The future of conveyancing in NSW is digital.

    The future of conveyancing is digital

    The Real Estate Institute of NSW says paperless conveyancing is one step closer with the NSW Government announcing plans to transition to electronic conveyancing and phase out paper-based conveyances by 2019. The initiative to progressively phase out paper certificates of title in NSW follows a nationwide move towards e-conveyancing. Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia all recently announced new measuresRead more »


    New Astra is both stylish and practical.

    Stylish and practical: New Astra on the way

    Holden’s small car range is about to get a serious dose of excitement when the all-new Astra arrives later this year. Already crowned the 2016 European Car of the Year, the multi-award winning Astra will mark the much-revered model’s return to Holden’s lineup as a stylish, practical and technologically advanced five-door hatch. Holden says the new five-door Astra will deliverRead more »

    Chris Porter is taking on Queensland on two wheels in Darwin this weekend.

    Vroom vroom: it’s state versus state on two wheels

    Chris Porter, a 51 year old Top Fuel Motorcycle racer from Kemps Creek, will be trying to save NSW’s pride this weekend. The current reigning champion is looking forward to taking on all comers but is wary of Queenslander Damian Muscat. Especially with Queensland shooting for a clean sweep in the third rugby league State of Origin clash next WednesdayRead more »


    NSW Golf Open qualifiers coming to Macarthur.

    Top golfers at Camden for NSW Open

    Camden Golf Club will host a regional qualifying event for the NSW Open Golf Championship this year. It is part of a three year partnership between Camden Council and Golf NSW. Camden is one of eight regions in NSW selected to host this event. The 2016 qualifying round in Camden, to be held on Thursday and Friday, September 29-30, willRead more »

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