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Zonta club of Macarthur: 25 years of service to women here and overseas

A $5,000 cheque in her pocket, Rhonda Hutchinson, the president of Zonta Club of Macarthur, walked into Kmart in the Campbelltown Mall and asked to see the manager. “I have this amount of money, and I only want to spend it in your store,’’ Ms Hutchinson told them. “We had got $5,000 in a Clubgrant [from Wests Group Macarthur] and it was earmarked for the Campbelltown refuge for women, one of our projects,’’ she explains. When the manager came out to see her, the Zonta president said: “I have a list of two pages, of different things the women require. “It’s… Read more »

Alkalizer will be brewing up a storm in a teacup at this year’s AnnanRoma food and wine festival. 

New features brewing at 2018 AnnanRoma festival

VIP experiences will be added for the first time to food and wine festival AnnanRoma on Sunday, May 27 at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan. The 2018 AnnanRoma will offer a number of exclusive VIP experiences for adults and a dedicated kids’ zone with stage entertainment, food, and activities for children. Now drawing more than 11,000 people each year, the one day festival offers an authentic taste of the Macarthur region. Featuring some the best food from the region’s restaurants, cuisine from different cultures and wines and beers from vineyards and breweries in Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly, the event… Read more »

Indefatigable: MP Greg Warren

Why the indefatigable State Member for Campbelltown takes no prisoners

Three years after we elected Greg Warren to be the State Member for Campbelltown there’s one adjective that best describes him: indefatigable. The word means someone who never gets tired of doing something, someone who is tireless, dogged, perserving and patient. His opponents are more likely to describe Mr Warren as a pain in the backside, but it’s pretty much the same thing. From the day he got elected in March 2015, Greg Warren has ceaselessly held the government to account on every issue where Campbelltown fared badly. From train timetable disasters to closure of local motor registries there’s been… Read more »

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    In My View

    Campbelltown is starting to look a lot like Liverpool

    Imagine that: investors get cracking while politicians talk

    There’s no doubt that not everybody’s aboard the Campbelltown and Macarthur population boom bus. Some certainly are, just as others are fierce in their opposition. I won’t names to avoid any embarrassment, but the difference of opinion even cuts across political party lines. Put it this way: not everybody in the local Labor Party branches supports the view that CampbelltownRead more »

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    It’s graffiti, but is it art or art vandalism?

    Graffiti. Some people just hate it. Others defend it as a genuine form of art. But as is always the case, beware of extreme points of view. And indeed the rest of us are wary of both the haters and the defenders. From where I sit it looks like the great bulk of people don’t think graffiti is art, but nor areRead more »


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    Nine Campbelltown Council initiatives make final cut for 2018 awards

    The 2018 Local Government Excellence Awards are several weeks away, but Campbelltown City Council already has plenty to celebrate, with nine projects among this year’s finalists. The successful projects were: Creative Communities category: The Transformative Power of Art: Campbelltown Arts Centre explored the transformative power of by art presenting Another Day In Paradise (pictured), the first major exhibition by theRead more »


    Recognise this man? Tahmoor home invasion person of interest

    Police investigating a home invasion at Tahmoor from earlier this year have released a computerised image of a man who may be able to assist with inquiries. About 9pm on Thursday, January 4, a man and woman, both aged 22, were at their home on Hunter Street, when two unknown men forced their way into the property. The man wasRead more »



    Here’s cheers to lower taxes for craft beer brewers

    Craft brewers like Smeaton Grange’s Stockade Brewco – which will soon expand operations into Goulburn – will no longer pay additional tax, allowing them to compete on fairer terms with large beverage companies. Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor said this was great news for craft brewers and distillers who will benefit from the Turnbull Government’s continued support for AussieRead more »

    Fisher's Ghost Festival parade last year was held at twilight for the first time as part of a bid to boost the local night time economy.

    Consultants will now focus on how to boost our night time economy

    Campbelltown Council says it wants to boost the local night time economy as part of its message to the world that “Campbelltown is open for business’’. It has engaged consultants Deloitte to develop a night time economy strategy and action plan for the Campbelltown CBD. Deloitte were also engaged to produce the Reimagining Campbelltown report. A report says council isRead more »


    Greg Percival library in Ingleburn.

    Something for everyone in libraries these days

    There’s something for everyone to enjoy at Campbelltown City Libraries during the 50th annual Library and Information Week May 21-27.  Library and Information Week started in 1968 and gives libraries and information services the chance to showcase their resources, facilities events and services to the community. The theme for this year’s event, sponsored by Booktopia, is Find Yourself in aRead more »


    If you want to perform at Fisher’s Gig do the heats first

    Calling Macarthur’s young musicians – expressions of interest are open for the annual Fisher’s Gig heats competition. Yes, it’s already that time of the year again and Campbelltown City Council is seeking expressions of interest from bands and solo performers to take part in the heats, to be held on Saturday, July 28. The audience and judges will vote toRead more »


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    Liverpool lands smart cities and suburbs project

    A new project designed to help reduce congestion in our suburbs has been launched in South West Sydney. Data collected from pedestrian smartphones and cutting-edge traffic-counting technology will be used to track patterns of movement in a bid to better plan cities and build infrastructure where it is most needed. Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher saidRead more »

    Macarthur community groups are being encouraged to go solar and save on their power bills.

    Get funding for solar power and save, community groups told

    Community groups in Macarthur are being invited to apply for funding under the Australian Government’s Solar Communities Program. Liberal Senator for Western Sydney Marise Payne says  funding is available for the installation of rooftop solar photovoltaic, solar hot water and solar-connected battery systems. “Community groups which get involved will not only help reduce their electricity costs, but also reduce demandRead more »


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    Kids meet superheroes while mum and dad check out display homes

    Local families will have the chance to meet some legendary superheroes at Stockland’s Willowdale display village in Denham Court between 10am-1pm this Sunday, May 6. Visitors will have a ball bumping into Batman, Wonder Woman and Captain America inside the brand new homes on show at the display village on Willowdale Drive. The open day event will also feature aRead more »

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    Beautiful villa offers resort living in prestige golf course estate

    If you always wanted to live in a golf course estate, here is your chance with this beautiful and luxurious villa in Macquarie Links. This is a big home that oozes class, from the oasis like garden at the front, to the balcony at the back that’s perfect for outdoor entertaining. With no backyard to worry about, there is veryRead more »


    Commodore Dynamic

    New laws to improve vehicle safety and cut red tape

    A new law is on the way which will help maintain and improve vehicle safety while expanding consumer choice and reducing red tape across Australia. The proposed legislation, the Road Vehicle Standards Bills, will be debated in the House of Representatives in coming weeks, says Paul Fletcher, infrastructure and cities minister. It follows a report by the Senate Rural andRead more »

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    Funding ensures drive towards safer cars and roads continues

    The Federal Government has marked National Road Safety Week by announcing the continuation of funding for the critical work of independent vehicle safety consumer organisation ANCAP for another five years. “The work of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) is vital to improving the safety of vehicles on Australian roads and it is crucial we provide assistance at aRead more »


    Shannon Gallant on the burst for the Eagles

    Tough defence has Eagles flying high in 2018

    In front of a big home crowd at Waminda Oval on Sunday, the East Campbelltown Eagles continued their winning streak with a dominating display against Cabramatta in the Sydney Shield rugby league premiership. The Eagles romped to a 32-4 victory in the round seven clash to grab a share of the lead on the ladder. Chris Standing crossed for theRead more »

    Oaks Tigers came from a long way behind to inflict a 30-28 defeat on the Lions.

    Six rounds in and the premiers are yet to break their duck

    Moss Vale recorded their first win of the season with a 38-22 upset win over the previously unbeaten Narellan Jets on Saturday night. The same can’t be said of last year’s premiers Campbelltown City, who remain winless after six rounds. The Kangaroos suffered their fifth loss of the season when they went down 28-18 to Camden at Fullwood Reserve. ThatRead more »

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