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Morris Iemma, left, and Chris Patterson are president and vice president of the Ghosts cricket club.

Why Ghosts handed reins to former premier and a current MP

When a former NSW premier and a current MP are put in charge of a sport club you know they mean business. That’s exactly what the Campbelltown Camden Ghosts cricket club did when they elected Morris Iemma and Chris Patterson as president and vice president for the next 12 months. The club was formed in 1985 and while it has enjoyed a lot of success over the past 32 years, a first grade premiership has yet to grace the trophy cabinet. But Iemma’s and Patterson’s mission is more than just delivering the holy grail of a first premiership – reports… Read more »

Elizabeth Delcasse outside Myrtle Cottage in Bosci Road, Ingleburn

Myrtle Cottage has one eye on the next 40 years

Myrtle Cottage first opened its doors on Tuesday, November 29, 1977. There were just three members and two volunteers and a couple of pairs of scissors between them. Forty years later, Myrtle Cottage has 140 volunteers and 250 members and provides programs and activities for hundreds of locals who are frail aged, younger people with disabilities and respite care for people with dementia. In the past six months its fleet of six vehicles, which are manned by two volunteers, a driver and an assistant, have made close to 10,000 trips picking up clients and taking them back home. It’s beyond… Read more »

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High tea puts these junior fundraisers in major league

Nine year old girls should be having fun instead of fundraising. But fundraising’s exactly what these St Peter’s Anglican Primary School students have been doing for a few years now as part of the 24 Hour Walk Against Cancer. Raphaela O’Neill-Siambis, Samantha Brown and Louise Foran have this year decided to go up a level and contribute a little more to the cause. They have organised a high tea function on Saturday, October 28, complete with music and live auction, as part of their objective to raise $5,000 for 24 Hour in 2017. That’s a pretty substantial aim and even… Read more »

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    Expo: Antoinette Stonham with Shefali from the Alkalizer

    Business expo a small but welcome step to boosting local jobs

    There’s no question that small business is the engine room of a local economy, and the Macarthur region is no exception. Today’s small business expo put on by Campbelltown Council is a case in point. More than 30 local businesses voted with their feet by taking part, both to expose their products and services. Other business owners dropped in toRead more »

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    Have you taken the cabbage soup diet challenge?

    I can still recall the disgusted looks on the faces of my colleagues who had taken the cabbage soup diet challenge. It was 15 years ago and losing weight quickly by eating cabbage soup was trending, as we’d say now. Luckily there was no social media or it would have gone viral somewhere online. But back to those disgusted colleagues,Read more »

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    Heritage centre to roll back the years for grandparents day

    The Wollondilly Heritage Centre & Museum will roll back the years when it celebrates this year’s national grandparents day on October 29. Demonstrations of butter making and Aboriginal dot painting will be part of the “menu’’ on the day. “Our grandparents day event will involve volunteers co-ordinating some of the activities that we run for our schools education program,’’ explainsRead more »

    News


    Operation Southgate was in Campbelltown and Camden since early this morning.

    Joint operation focus on getting dangerous trucks off our roads

    Ten defect notices were issued when NSW Police along with the Environment Protection Authority and Roads and Maritime inspectors conducted Operation Southgate today in Campbelltown and Camden. The operation is a part of a series aimed at taking dangerous trucks off the road. Since 6am the operation resulted in 36 truck and trailers being inspected. Also, 36 random breath andRead more »

    Mayor George Brticevic with Angus Taylor and Paul Fletcher on Badgally Road, which will benefit from the money saved on the Eagle Vale Road upgrade.

    Eagle Vale Drive done under budget and council pockets savings

    When the Eagle Vale Drive upgrade was completed $3.76 million under budget, Campbelltown Council suggested it should keep the money. The Turnbull Government, which provided the $16 million for the upgrade, not only agreed but decided to make it available to other councils from now on. Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher today joined Assistant Minister for Cities AngusRead more »

    Business


    micro business expo on October 18.

    Everyone will be a winner at the micro business expo

    What every small business needs more of is a little exposure from time to time. And that’s exactly what the Campbelltown Micro Business Expo was designed to do. The expo will showcase Campbelltown’s growing variety of micro businesses across a range of industry sectors. It’s free to be both an exhibitor and to visit on Wednesday, October 18 from 10amRead more »

    Newly elected Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce executive

    New chamber chief says value for members will be top priority

    Glenn Creecy, the newly elected president of Campbelltown chamber of commerce, is not fazed when told there are local businesses owners who think the organisation could be doing a better job. “I say to them get involved, come to the meetings and have your say about the chamber,’’ is his response to the critics. Creecy, who runs his own pestRead more »

    Lifestyle


    Diwali Festival is coming to Willowdale

    Diwali Festival to bring colour and movement to Willowdale community

    Willowdale in Denham Court will turn into a party atmosphere this Saturday, October 14, when Stockland hosts a colourful Diwali Festival at the family friendly community. Families from around the region are expected to converge on Willowdale Display Village on Willowdale Drive for the event which will run from 10am to 1pm. Highlights of the Diwali Festival will be theRead more »

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    Joe Geia: next stop Campbelltown for Indigenous music man

    The man behind the unofficial indigenous national anthem will be performing in Campbelltown this weekend. Joe Geia is also one of this country’s most important and powerful voices and now he’s on the road again. He will have a special new triple-CD release in tow as well as introducing songs from his 2016 release, North, South, East & West. One ofRead more »

    Technology


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    Camden Council’s dynamic new website hits the spot

    Camden Council has launched what it says is a dynamic new website designed to connect customers with information and services quickly, easily and efficiently. The look, function and navigation of the site have been developed to optimise the accessibility and user experience for Council customers. “The website is council’s virtual customer service counter for the community for them to findRead more »

    New plan calls for use of data to deliver better infrastructure, such as roads.

    How data can help deliver better infrastructure

    There are big opportunities to use data to deliver better infrastructure services such as roads to Australians, according to Paul Fletcher, the federal minister for urban infrastructure. He was speaking after releasing the Draft National Infrastructure Data Collection and Dissemination Plan (Data Plan) for public comment. “The Data Plan project is part of the Turnbull Government’s reform agenda in infrastructure,Read more »

    Property


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    New scheme makes it easier for agents to tender for government projects

    The NSW Government has launched a new scheme to make it easier for real estate agents, including small and medium sized enterprises, to tender for the provision of government contracts. The new scheme, managed entirely online, simplifies the procurement process to create a pool of service ready real estate sales professionals. The government says it builds on the success ofRead more »

    Parkside, stage three of the $1 billion New Breeze development

    Parkside: 700 new lots in New Breeze stage three

    It contains more than 700 lots, it’s called Parkside and it’s now officially available. It’s stage three of South West Sydney’s giant, $1 billion New Breeze master planned community in Bardia. Parkside land and house and land releases will be surrounded by three new expansive parks and playground facilities spanning more than 15 acres. It is also across the roadRead more »

    Motoring


    Darren Chester with the chief executive of ANCAP James Goodwin launching the ANCAP Safety app

    New app helps consumers focus on safety when buying new car

    A new road safety app is set to help drivers make better choices and save lives on Australian roads. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and members of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) have launched the  new consumer information app developed to help Australians make safer vehicle choices. The ANCAP Safety app – the first ofRead more »

    Chinese delegation with Macarthur LDV staff in Blaxland Road, Campbelltown,

    Macarthur LDV hosts president of giant Chinese vehicle manufacturer

    Macarthur LDV recently hosted the president of SAIC Motor and a large contingent of journalists and television reporters from China. The delegation included 20 dealers from around the world and five customers from China. Macarthur LDV, which is located in Blaxland Road, Campbelltown, is part of the Clintons group and company director Mario Kordovolos and dealer principal Kurt Kordovolos welcomedRead more »

    Sport


    Netball action form the recent grand finals at Kirkham.

    New Camden courts ready for netball action

    They’ve already hosted summer competition action but the official opening of the new netball courts in the Narellan Sports Hub will take place this Sunday, October 22. It will be a big day of celebration for Camden Netball Association, starting from 10.30am and continuing most of the day until 3pm. Part of stage one of the sports hub plan forRead more »

    Camden Tigers U12 Girls defeated Glenwood Redbacks 3-1 in the semi finals.

    Girls to fly Macarthur flag at soccer champion of champions finals

    Only some of our female soccer players will fly the Macarthur flag at this year’s Champion of Champions Finals. Football NSW’s premier grassroots football tournament will take shape this Sunday at the spiritual home of soccer, Valentine Sports Park, and only two local teams have made it through. One of those teams is the Narellan Rangers, who will take onRead more »

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