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Brooke Flanagan with some of her Brooke's Canteen healthy and nutritious creations.

More to Brooke’s Canteen than healthy, nutritious food for our kids

Brooke Flanagan says seeing kids arriving to school with last night’s doner kebab, cold leftover pizza and even a frozen meat pie are seared in her memory. It’s one of the reasons she decided to do something about it and last year established Brooke’s Canteen, which makes and sells healthy, nutritious food in local primary schools. Ms Flanagan, who was born in Bankstown Hospital and raised in Campbelltown, runs Brooke’s Canteen at Campbelltown North public school and Sackville Street public school in Ingleburn. The mother of two daughters, Ruby, 6 and Lulu, 4, knows first hand the pressure on time… Read more »

Melissa Woodward  of Evolution Health Services.

Two local mumpreneurs nominated for same award honour

Two local “mumpreneurs’’ who happen to be business supporters of each other will be vying for the same major award honour next month. Melissa Woodward  of Evolution Health Services and Antoinette Stonham of All About Style have both been nominated for gongs in the 2017 AusMumpreneur Awards. They were nominated in the Making a Difference – Business Category. The AusMumpreneur Awards are presented by The AusMumpreneur Network and celebrate and Australian mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation. The awards are designed to recognise the growing number of… Read more »

Wayde Dunley, 28, the talented halfback for East Campbelltown Eagles has passed away

Devastated: Eagles footy club mourns tragic death of star halfback

The tragic death of their star halfback has devastated a local rugby league club. East Campbelltown Eagles are mourning the passing of Wayde Dunley, 28, who died after falling more than 15 metres down a cliff in the Royal National Park. Police said Dunley and some friends were climbing down the cliff to go fishing at Big Marley Beach, Bundeena when the accident occurred. Dunley was airlifted to St George Hospital in a critical condition, but despite desperate attempts to save his life he passed away in hospital this morning. Police will now prepare a report for the Coroner. Campbelltown… Read more »

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    A Glen Alpine property.

    Glen Alpine is more than a prestige housing estate

    Glen Alpine – because your address says a lot about who you are, one advertisement said in the 1990s. And while this was part of the marketing of the new suburb by developer Lend Lease, there was a lot more to it at the time. Desperate for some growth in the 1960s and 1970s, Campbelltown accepted thousands of Housing CommissionRead more »

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    Why Chronicle office closure is talk of the town

    Plans to close down the local office of the Chronicle newspaper and have the reporters work from Chullora have not gone down well in Campbelltown. In fact it’s been the talk of the town since whispers started late last week that something was afoot. Federal MP Mike Freelander has started a petition on Facebook calling for the decision to beRead more »

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    The big house in Canberra.

    Forget dual citizenship: chuck them out for having meddling mothers

    What does the dual citizenship fiasco tells us about some of our politicians? Maybe that they are second rate, dumb and dumber? Nah, we already knew that. That so many of them have gone into parliament without checking their citizenship status or the Australian Constitution? We probably already suspected that as well. That they take us for granted? Yep, knewRead more »

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    Christmas feast twice a year.

    How Christmas in July turned out to be just another fad

    How is this possible? Just two or three years ago Christmas in July was virtually a phenomenon. Everyone was into it. You couldn’t book a table on the weekend at your favourite restaurant because Christmas in July devotees had snapped up all the reservations. Well, all good things must come to an end, it seems. Even a popular fad likeRead more »

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    The Bull Cave at Kentlyn.

    Labor push for quick heritage listing of Bull Cave

    The State Government should get on with heritage listing the Bull Cave at Kentlyn, says the Labor opposition. The Member for Campbelltown Greg Warren and Labor’s heritage spokesperson Penny Sharpe made the call yesterday after visiting the Bull Cave. They called on heritage minister Gabrielle Upton to “stop sitting on her hands and get on with adding the Bull CaveRead more »

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    Cut to services: up to 8,000 commuters could be left stranded, MP warns

    As many as 8,000 rail commuters in Macarthur could be left stranded when the Berejiklian Government’s plans to cut T2 Inner West and South line and T5 Cumberland line services between Macquarie Fields and Campbelltown come into effect later this year. Data obtained by Campbelltown MP Greg Warren under Freedom of Information shows that every week between August and DecemberRead more »

    Business


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    Loyalty cards can help you keep customers coming back for more

    Customers can be a fickle lot, and turning a one-off customer into a loyal, repeat buyer isn’t always easy. Since it’s a lot cheaper to retain an existing customer than to get out and find a new one, businesses are constantly looking at how they can keep their customers loyal to their brand, product or service. One common scheme toRead more »

    Micro Morse founders Michael De Nil (left) and Andrew Terry.

    Picton’s Wi-Fi whiz kids win government backing to go commercial

    An innovative Picton company that specialises in Wi-Fi chip development has been offered a $407,747 kickstart from the Australian Government. Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor said Morse Micro was one of 24 Australian businesses to benefit from $11.2 million in commercialisation grants offered under the Entrepreneurs’ Program, with each business matching the grant dollar-for-dollar. These businesses have all developedRead more »

    Lifestyle


    Riverfest is fun for young and old alike.

    Riverfest a lot of fun and an inspiring community celebration

    If you’re looking for a fun day out where you’ll have a chance to participate in unique experiences, discover new things, be inspired by a host of workshops and displays, and indulge in tasty delights, mark Campbelltown City Council’s annual Riverfest on the calendar. Coming up on Saturday, August 26, Riverfest is held at Koshigaya Park from 11am to 3pm,Read more »

    Dinosaurs are coming to the Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan.

    Robots, dinosaurs and a shark on a bus coming to Mount Annan

    The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan has expanded its National Science Week program this year to include two free, family fun days jam-packed with stalls, shows and science interactives. This will be the biggest National Science Week ever at the Garden with an epic line-up of children’s entertainment, science activities and hands-on fun guaranteed to bring excitement and wonder toRead more »

    Technology


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    Website, app make it easier and cheaper to access hospital parking

    Patients and carers who frequently visit NSW public hospitals will benefit from significantly reduced car parking fees under expanded concessions. And now a website and smartphone app – the first of its kind in Australia – will provide information on how to access the discounted rates. They are both available for more information on concessional parking, including fees, eligibility andRead more »

    digital farmhand robot prototype

    Digital farmhand: robot could be game changer on the land

    Greater Sydney growers will be the first to get a glimpse of a newly developed “digital farmhand” robot. A live demonstration of the low cost prototype robot developed by The University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) will be the highlight of an upcoming field day later this month. The workshop, to be run by Greater Sydney LocalRead more »

    Property


    stage two of The Acres has been named The Pastures

    The Acres: Tahmoor estate offers rural lifestyle on big blocks

    Urban Land Housing will launch stage two in The Acres this week, following unprecedented demand for stage one of the Tahmoor development. Every single stage one lot was sold within 24 hours and a similar result is expected for stage two. The Acres is a masterplanned development offering rural residential lots of more than 4,000 square metres each, which isRead more »

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    New Breeze reaches 500 sales milestone in 14 months

    Over the past 14 months 500 sites have been sold at the New Breeze masterplanned community in Bardia valued at $227.6 million. This exceptional sales result makes the Dahua Group Australia development the fastest selling project in the South West growth corridor during that period. “Location, infrastructure and price have driven this phenomenal land sales result,’’ says Jesse Johnson, salesRead more »

    Motoring


    Anthony Minichiello has gone back into training to improve his driving skills

    Mini’s major lesson in driving skills ‘extremely helpful’

    South West Sydney’s rugby league great Anthony Minichiello has gone back into training – but this time he’s being coached to improve his driving skills rather than hone his renowned on-field abilities. Minichiello, now a Lexus ambassador following his stellar football career, said an in-depth car-control course opened his eyes to the capabilities of his high-performance Lexus GS F. TheRead more »

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    Take the new Astra sedan for a spin to the Blue Mountains

    Holden’s award winning Astra hatch has quickly become one of Australia’s favourite small cars and now with the launch of the all-new Astra sedan, there is even more reason to take a look at Holden’s iconic small car range. With a zippy and economical 1.4-litre turbocharged engine and six-speed automatic transmission, the new Astra Sedan packs a punch whether yourRead more »

    Sport


    The Magpies were downed by Asquith 32-24 in the Sydney Shield on the weekend.

    Eagles to host Magpies in Sydney Shield local derby

    The two local clubs in the prestigious Sydney Shield rugby league competition will face off this Sunday in a local derby. And both, East Campbelltown Eagles and Western Suburbs Magpies, will be desperate for two competition points following losses on the weekend. The Eagles lost 44-12 to Mounties to drop out of the top four. They are two points behindRead more »

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