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In the bunker: historical society celebrates 60 years

Glen op den Brouw says being the president of a historical society is mostly a thankless task, but there are exceptions. “There’s only so much you can do but I love how people come out of the blue and say: I have this box of stuff, do you want it,’’ says the Liverpool Historical Society president, pictured above. Speaking to the South West Voice on the eve of a special luncheon to mark 60 years of the society, Mr op den Brouw relates how he recently acquired some excellent historical items. “I received an email from a fellow whose uncle… Read more »

Write on, Trevar: local legend in charge of FAW for 21 years

When it was founded in 1928, the Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) counted legends such as Henry Lawson, Dame Mary Gilmore, Miles Franklin and many others among its members. Now, 91 years later, a legend from Campbelltown, Trevar Langlands, is flying the flag high for FAW. Langlands, who presents an arts show every Wednesday morning on the Macarthur community radio station [100.3FM], has just been elected NSW State president of FAW. This will be his 21st year in the position, a remarkable achievement, even if it does include a lapse of one year. “I am proud to follow in the footsteps… Read more »

Into the Night will be music to the ears of Ingleburn business

Great street food: Enjoy any burger with chips for $10 from Suzie Dukes in Ingleburn Village at one night festival Into the Night on Friday, June 21 between 5pm and 9pm. You won’t want to miss the fun of Into the Night in Ingleburn next Friday, June 21. It will boast Ingleburn’s own street piano, an outdoor synthetic ice skating rink and live music between 5pm and until 9pm. This one of a kind community party on the longest night of the year is a direct result of feedback from the Love Ingleburn consultation sessions where residents expressed that they… Read more »

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    Let’s get serious about saving water: shower every second day

    Cataract Dam is currently at 28.6 percent capacity. It is disappointing and even sad to hear that people in the country are getting gouged when buying water. The effects of the drought are bad enough without having to pay through the nose for such a basic commodity as water. By comparison, the level one water restrictions in the Sydney metropolitanRead more »

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    More budget blues: pittance allocated for Edmondson Park commuter car parking

    In January, the Liberal state member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons joined Premier Gladys Berejiklian  to announce 700 new commuter car spaces for Edmondson Park station. Two local Labor MPs have pointed out that in the NSW Budget handed down on Tuesday just $212,000 was allocated for the planning of the new car park in 2019-20.   Federal Member for Werriwa AnneRead more »


    Storm over council bid for domestic violence service: help already available

    Domestic violence service providers have hit out at a Campbelltown Council decision to “investigate the opportunity of facilitating the establishment of a women’s domestic violence service’’. They say that there are plenty of such services across Macarthur, including for women who have recently arrived in the country. In a letter sent to all the councillors and obtained by the SouthRead more »



    It will be raining free hot dogs when Bavarian restaurant opens at Mac Square

    It will be raining free hot dogs when the Bavarian restaurant opens its doors for the first time at Macarthur Square on Saturday, June 29. As part of the opening celebrations, Bavarian Macarthur will give away 500 free hotdogs from 11am. But the Bavarian will bring much more to Macarthur than just its legendary pork knuckle, crackling pork belly andRead more »

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    It’s a winner: program that reduces red tape for startups

    Camden Council has won State Government recognition for helping locals start their own businesses. Since August 2018 council has been offering the NSW Government’s Easy to do Business Program, which is designed to make the process of starting a new business easier by reducing the time required to go through government requirements and regulations. In less than nine months sinceRead more »



    Library can help get your book club started

    If you run, or would like to start, your own book club, Narellan Library can help you out with Book Club Kits! The kits include 10 copies of a book, with the choice of fiction, non-fiction and biographies. There’s also a set of discussion questions to help your group get the conversation started and the DVD of the film adaptation,Read more »



    High speed internet for the health care system tackles hepatitis C

    A unique health program operating in South West Sydney is providing patients with rapid access to specialist advice to fast-track their treatment. Many refer to Project ECHO as “high speed internet for the healthcare system”, because specialists are providing input to help cure and treat patients with hepatitis C at rapid speed. Instead of waiting to see a specialist, aRead more »


    Quad bikes with GPS tracking to inspect town’s 510km of footpaths

    Ride on: Mayor George Brticevic (right) and Pavement Management Services (PMS) manager of open space surveying Tom Daniewski inspect a quad bike being driven by PMS field technician Bryan Kingwell. Campbelltown City Council is adding smart technology to further improve the speed, accuracy and efficiency of the footpath inspections across the city. Quad bikes with cameras and GPS tracking willRead more »



    Ideal time for first home buyers to enter the market

    The property market is rapidly changing with more interest rate cuts, bank regulator APRA’s proposed plans to relax lending restrictions, property price reductions and investors exiting the market. First home buyers are starting to capitalise on these fluctuating market conditions in one of the fastest growing master planned communities in South West Sydney, New Breeze at Bardia, which has witnessedRead more »


    Tick of approval for plan to help first home buyers

    The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) has welcomed the announcement of support for first home buyers through a First Home Loan Deposit Scheme by both major political parties ahead of Saturday’s federal election. REIA President, Adrian Kelly, said the scheme initially announced by the Federal Coalition Government and now supported by the Labor Opposition, will start on January 1Read more »



    Volvo’s all electric car set to land Down Under next year

    Volvo’s Polestar 2 electric sedan could be available in Australia as early as next year. It is anticipated the price point could be around the $63,500 mark, pitching it close to the anticipated price of the cheapest examples of Tesla’s Model 3. “Polestar 2 is our first fully electric car and first volume model. Everything about it has been designedRead more »


    Welcome to the elevated sports sedan from Nissan

    In an era where electric cars with autonomous driving capabilities dominate global auto shows, the Nissan IMs stands out with its simple, unadorned design and advanced technology. Now Nissan IMs introduces a new segment – the elevated sports sedan. It transforms the traditional sedan into something fresh and new, with provocative proportions and a sleek new look that emphasises itsRead more »


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