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MP Greg Warren's forum for seniors

What happened to Neighbourhood Watch, seniors ask at forum

Access to aged care emerged as a major issue of concern for local senior citizens at a public forum at Glen Alpine on Saturday. But local senior citizens who attended MP Greg Warren’s forum also wanted to know what had happened to Neighbourhood Watch and why they had to pay high insurance premiums even though they lived in areas with low rates of crime. They also wanted better public transport and were worried about cost of living issues such as the price of power. A large number of local senior citizens attended the forum, where a panel of speakers offered… Read more »

Vietnam veteran Kerry Chisholm

Recollections of a Vietnam veteran: what the hell are we doing here

“What the hell are we doing here, these people are shooting at us.’’ Vietnam veteran Kerry Chisholm recalls that was the talk among Australian soldiers after they’d been involved in their first fire fight. Mr Chisholm, 78, of Bargo, was among the first group of Australian soldiers who were sent to Vietnam in 1965. Tomorrow, Friday, August 18, he will be the keynote speaker at the Picton-Thirlmere-Bargo RSL Sub Branch 2017 Vietnam Veterans Day commemoration service. When he sat down with the South West Voice for an interview, Mr Chisholm said he wasn’t sure what he would be saying at… Read more »

Fox attack

Best way to fight foxes is join forces with your neighbours

Fox numbers are increasing in Macarthur’s rural and semi rural suburbs and the most effective strategy against them is to join forces with neighbours. That’s the key focus of the Menangle fox control spring campaign, which is about to start. Menangle resident Andrew Cameron says he’s keen to work with his neighbours after numerous fox attacks on his backyard chickens and ducks. “Two of our pet ducks and more than a dozen chickens have been killed by foxes; they are so bold and will come right into the yard,” he said. “I have seen them in my neighbours’ yards as… Read more »

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    Time to bring our Vietnam veterans in from the cold

    “On Vietnam Veterans’ Day a grateful nation honours, respects and embraces you for the service and sacrifice you made in Australia’s name’’. Well, yes, Prime Minister, but that’s just not enough. As we reflect today on that divisive conflict that started more than 50 years ago, one thing comes through loud and clear: It’s time we brought our Vietnam veteransRead more »

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    Cr Lound gets thumbs up after stepping up to chair council meeting

    There were just 10 councillors at the last meeting of Campbelltown through the week. Three were in Japan visiting sister city Koshigaya, the mayor and deputy mayor, Cr George Brticevic, Cr Meg Oates and a third Labor member, Cr Margaret Chivers. Two Liberal councillors were also missing in action last Tuesday night: Cr Ralph George and Cr Ted Rowell. CrRead more »

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    Greg Warren discussing the need for more commuter parking at Campbelltown Station with shadow treasurer Ryan Park

    MP posted to transport committee pledges to continue fight for improvements

    He’s already an outspoken advocate for better transport services and infrastructure but now Campbelltown MP Greg Warren will have a seat closer to the action. He has just been appointed to the NSW Parliament’s Legislative Assembly committee on transport and infrastructure. The committee of three Coalition and two Labor MPs is responsible for conducting inquiries, investigating policy options and makingRead more »

    Campbelltown Council

    State Government changes: council to mull over loss of planning powers

    The State Government is certain to cop a blast at tomorrow night’s Campbelltown City Council meeting for introducing new laws that strip councils of large chunks of their power over new developments. A report to council says the changes have been passed in parliament without the promised consultation with local government. The report says the changes will be a doubleRead more »


    Serena Ryan

    Forum will offer insights that could help your business soar

    Small businesses face more challenges than ever before. Unprecedented technological and social change has forced everyone in business to focus more and more on “review and improve’’. From using social media to managing time, all businesses need to adapt if they are to survive and succeed. But at least these days there’s plenty of help and advice available, more oftenRead more »

    Campbelltown Council staff training centre in Queen Street.

    Workshops to teach small business how to prosper

    A series of five workshops aimed at helping local businesses grow and thrive will kick off on August 18. Operators of micro, small and medium-sized locally based businesses are encouraged to register for the workshops to learn the ins and outs of starting a business, brand building, lead creation, sales and social media. Campbelltown City Council has partnered with theRead more »


    Kids of Macarthur Fair on August 27.

    Kids of Macarthur: step back in time at fair with flair

    It will be a case of a “fair with 1950s flair’’ when the 2017 Kids of Macarthur Vintage Fifties & Collectables Fair opens its doors to the public this year. If you’re one of those people who enjoy going back in time to experience music, stalls, fashion, dance groups and entertainment from the 1950s, this is an event no toRead more »


    Community pride: Show off your garden in annual competition

    Whether your talent is for perfecting beautiful blooms, creating tranquility on the terrace, nurturing natives or beautifying your balcony, there’s still time to pull on the gardening gloves and enter the 2017 Campbelltown City garden competition. Local green thumbs have until Monday, September 4 to enter their patch of paradise in the popular competition. If they do they will beRead more »


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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 »


    community fun day at Willowdale estate

    Winter wonderland theme for Willowdale community fun day

    Willowdale at Denham Court will be transformed into a winter wonderland when developer Stockland hosts a free community fun day this Sunday, August 20. The winter themed event will start from 10am and finish at 1pm. It will be held at the Willowdale display village on Willowdale Drive. Highlights will include a human snow globe, snowboard rides, jumping castle andRead more »

    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 »


    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 »


    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 »


    Classy City winger Steve Faoagali heads for the line securing the 'Roos a much deserved draw and Top 3 berth.

    Kangaroos hopping with delight after making the finals

    “A very pleased club this morning … after being on death’s door this time three years ago, all four grades in the semi finals in 2017.’’ That was Alex Melville, director secretary of the Campbelltown City Kangaroos this morning. He and coach Liam Fulton would be the happiest footy club chiefs in the Group Six competition today. And for goodRead more »

    There was a try fest on the field between the Eagles and Cabramatta Two Blues

    Eagles win the try shootout for two valuable premiership points

    There were two feasts at “Waminda International’’ yesterday. One was off the field with the East Campbelltown Eagles celebrating their Polynesian contingent with a feast of food and music. The other “feast’’ was on the field where the home side and Cabramatta traded tries for almost 80 minutes and a combined 70 points. Indeed the visitors scored first in theRead more »

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