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Morris Iemma, Allan Connolly and deputy mayor Darcy Lound at Raby Sports Complex.

Former NSW premier says Allan Connolly has redefined volunteerism

In less than 20 years Raby Sport Complex has been transformed from a humble oval with a small canteen and a pit for a barbecue to one of the best cricket facilities in Sydney and NSW. On Saturday, no less a luminary than Morris Iemma described Raby as “the premier cricket facility after SCG and maybe North Sydney Oval’’. The former NSW premier was speaking at the official opening of the Allan Connolly Pavillion, the newest amenities building at Raby Sports Complex. Mr Iemma, who is the president of the Campbellown Camden Ghosts cricket club, said the amenities building, the… Read more »

OCAGI founder Polly Grundy with medical researcher Prapti Shestra and her mother Bina in the family’s Himalayan store in Ingleburn.

Quest for oesophageal cancer cure is powered by love

The beating heart of the quest for a cure for oesophageal cancer is right here in Campbelltown. And it is powered by love. The love of an woman, Polly Grundy, for her husband Mark who died just 12 weeks after being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2012. And the love of a local medical researcher, Prapti Shrestha, for Polly’s dedication to the campaign to conquer a cancer that’s a death sentence for most people who are diagnosed with it. “Mark lasted 12 weeks from diagnosis – he was 48,’’ says Polly Grundy when we sit down to talk about this… Read more »

Uncle Ivan performing a smoking ceremony at the swearing in of the new Campbelltown council in September 2016.

Uncle Ivan: from Kiama saltwater man to Campbelltown elder

The passion in Uncle Ivan Wellington’s voice is unmistakable. But if you listen very closely it goes up a notch or two when his welcome to country speeches turn to young people. “Ah, the young people, our hope, we must do everything we can to help them on their journey,’’ Uncle Ivan will usually say. One person he won’t say too much about is himself. Now and again he will mention in passing that he’s a “saltwater man from Kiama’’ but that’s about the extent of any self indulgence from this wise Indigenous elder who would not look out of… Read more »

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    2016-10-25 22.00.03

    Why councillors plan to vote themselves off council committee

    Transparency, trust and supporting open government are the themes for this year’s Right to Know Week during September 24-30. Let’s just hope the message reaches Campbelltown Council because all three are in short supply. The question really is, who is running Campbelltown Council and the controversial proposal to establish a high falutin committee is a case in point. It landedRead more »

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    A selection of the entries in last year's Fisher's Ghost art prize

    Green light for art exhibition curated by councillors

    You didn’t know it at the time, but the people you elected in 2016 to serve as your councillors in Campbelltown can apparently double as curators of art. At the last meeting of council they supported a motion enabling themselves to curate a work of art from the vast collection in the Campbelltown arts centre that’s currently in storage. ButRead more »

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    If two plus two equals five political correctness has won

    After deciding to take a look at political correctness for Top 5, my next thought was, is it politically correct to do that? Does that mean that PC is actually more like a contagious disease than a philosophical point of view? And then there were the words of Miranda Devine still ringing in my ears a week after I listenedRead more »

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    Some of the audience at the Miranda Devine business breakfast.

    Miranda Devine says women better at bullying than men

    When Miranda Devine says that bullying is mostly done by women against other women, enthusiastic applause breaks out in the Wests Leagues club auditorium this morning. The popular Daily Telegraph columnist pauses until the applause subsides and adds: “it’s interesting most of the people clapping are women – the men are probably too scared.’’ Ms Devine was the guest speakerRead more »


    Wests Group Macarthur CEO Tony Mathew with Afghanistan hero Garry Robinson.

    Local hero personifies spirit of Invictus Games

    Garry Robinson personifies the values of the Invictus Games: resilience and the unconquered human spirit. The Macarthur resident has already competed in three previous Invictus Games and is all set for Sydney during October 20-27. Robinson will take part in the cycling, archery and swimming competitions at the 2018 Invictus Games. He was serving his country in Afghanistan when theRead more »

    infrastructure minister Alan Tudge with Prime Minister Scot Morrison at Badgerys Creek earlier today.

    Work finally starts on the airport in our backyard

    Work to build Western Sydney Airport has begun, with ground broken today on the once-in-a-generation project. “Today marks both the end of a long journey and the start of an exciting new one,” Western Sydney Airport chief executive Graham Millett said. “It’s been talked about for decades, but now we’re ending the speculation – Western Sydney Airport is coming.” Prime Minister Scott Morrison today gaveRead more »


    2017-02-20 14.27.30

    Learn how to make customers love your business

    In June there were 29,359 registered businesses in the Campbelltown local government area, providing 49,690 local jobs. And the number of new local businesses is growing, with 4,016 new Australian Business Numbers (ABN) registered in the area in the 2017/18 financial year. In such a growing, competitive market it’s more important than ever that business owners are offered the opportunitiesRead more »

    Campbelltown civic centrre for some business advice.

    Plenty of help to start a business or grow one

    Business owners or people thinking of starting a business are invited to drop-in and get free expert help and advice from a service run at Campbelltown City Council on the first and third Thursday of the month. With the assistance of the South West Business Enterprise Centre, the drop-in business advisory referral service runs from February to November (excluding DecemberRead more »



    Free and easy way to check out the great outdoors in our own backyard

    Campbelltown has pristine bushland, unspoilt waterways and prolific wildlife close to where most of us live. One of the best ways to enjoy all of that is with Campbelltown City Council’s spring into nature walk and talk series. It’s a great way for families and people of all ages to connect with the great outdoors and at the same timeRead more »


    ‘Tour de Campbelltown’ all about safe cycling fun

    Forget the Tour de France – Campbelltown’s annual ready to Ride Day is the place to be on Sunday, September 16. The free community event is held every year during NSW Bike Week to promote bicycle safety and the health benefits of cycling. This year’s event will be held at Willowdale Park from 10am to midday. A free 20-minute LearnRead more »


    2017-02-09 10.01.52

    Local libraries ramp up online safety

    Campbelltown City Council’s libraries are set to become safer places for patrons to venture online thanks to the eSmart Libraries program. The city’s public libraries have received eSmart Libraries accreditation, with the program officially launched at Glenquarie Library earlier this month. Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic, said Council decided to apply for eSmart libraries accreditation to help ensure theRead more »

    Angus Taylor has given the thumbs up to new NBN customer service standards.

    Customers should benefit from NBN rebates for poor service

    New penalties will now apply if NBN Co fails to meet customer service standards. NBN Co (National Broadband Network Co) will be forced to pay rebates to retail service providers – such as Telstra, Optus and other providers – for poor connections, fault rectifications and missed appointments caused by NBN Co. Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor, who has welcomedRead more »


    Artist's impression of Eds.Square's Eat Street.

    Ed.Fest day at Ed.Square this Sunday

    Construction of the first homes begins next month, so a celebration is in order at Ed.Square, the mixed-use community bound for Edmondson Park. Frasers Property Australia is inviting the community to join in the festivities. To mark the official grand opening of Ed.Square and a new release of town homes, Frasers Property is holding a fun-filled family day, appropriately dubbedRead more »


    Affordability, open spaces attracting home buyers to Menangle Park

    Affordability, combined with open space and lifestyle benefits, is what is leading thousands of prospective first home buyers and young families to South West Sydney for property, and Menangle Park – the latest master planned community by Dahua Group Sydney (DGS) – will be providing just that, ahead of the launch of its sales centre this Friday, August 31 at MacarthurRead more »


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    Newest member of Mazda ‘family’ offers storage space galore

    Mazda’s CX-8 Diesel is now officially a member of the “family’’ – nine award winning vehicles. Sitting between the CX-5 and the CX-9 on the sizing scale, the value-packed seven-seat option is ideal for growing families looking to pair their need for fuel efficiency, space and safety, with their desire for style and quality. Equipped with the advanced 2.2L SKYACTIV-D twin-turbo diesel engine, theRead more »


    Arrival of Ti completes this Nissan range

    Nissan has finalised the QASHQAI range with the high spec Ti grade going on sale from July 1. One of Australia’s most popular small SUVs when the refreshed 2018 model was launched late last year, the Nissan QASHQAI was offered in three variants including the entry model ST, the core grade ST-L and the temporary “special edition” high-spec NTEC –Read more »


    Eagles after their 32-22 grand final triumph over Guildford Owls on Saturday.

    Eagles crowned champions after blitzing Owls in grand final

    East Campbelltown Eagles just love years that end in an even number and 2018 is no exception. Their record in the past six years is: Group 6 undefeated premiers 2012 CRL Clayton’s Cup winners 2012 NSWRL Sydney Shield Premiers 2014 NSWRL Sydney Shield Premiers 2016 NSWRL Sydney Shield Premiers 2018 That last trophy was won on Saturday afternoon when theRead more »


    Momentum with Owls, but East Campbelltown have knack of winning

    The opposing coaches in Saturday’s Sydney Shield 2018 grand final between East Campbelltown Eagles and Guildford Owls agree on at least one thing. Campbelltown’s Richard Barnes and Guildford’s Todd Mckeown both believe they key to winning big games like grand finals is getting the simple things right. High completion rates and being switched on in defence are the two factorsRead more »

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