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Here comes our high tech health and education city of the future

A proposal for a brand new CBD for Campbelltown as part of Sydney’s fourth city of Macarthur should be given top priority by governments, a major conference will be told today. According to the plan, over the next 20 years Campbelltown could be transformed culturally and physically into a high rise, high tech city based around its booming health and education precinct, boosted by its growing tourism and arts facilities and powered by a new high-speed rail link to Badgerys Creek Airport. The priority plan for Campbelltown is one of several which will be outlined at Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue’s… Read more »

Tartan is Groovy was named best float of this year's Festival of Fisher's Ghost twilight parade.

Tartan homage to 1970s festival parades is a winner

The 2017 Festival of Fisher’s Ghost has wrapped up for another year after 10 days jam packed with colour, activity and entertainment. Good crowds of locals and visitors lined Queen Street, Campbelltown to see floats inspired by this year’s theme, Bringing back old school in the first ever twilight street parade in the 62 year history of the festival. The street fair, held on the first Saturday of the festival, on the same day as the street parade, offered lots of family entertainment with market-style stalls, stage and roaming performers, and activities including a rock climbing wall and inflatable slide,… Read more »

Fisher's Ghost art prize

Time we put the Campbelltown into Fisher’s Ghost art prize

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t get the winning entry in this year’s Fisher’s Ghost art award. I am sure Tina Havelock Stevens, the Sydney based artist who took out the award and the $20,000 in prizemoney, is very good at what she does. But how her entry, Let’s Groove, was the absolute standout from more than 700 others in a Campbelltown art competition is beyond me. Get down to the Campbelltown Arts Centre and have a look for yourself, but as for me, well, another entry of a video on a large TV screen winning the big prize… Read more »

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    Pacific Test Invitational

    Campbelltown coup: Pacific Test Invitational secured for three more years

    ♦ Campbelltown has won the rights to three more Pacific Test Match Invitational fixtures for 2018, 2020 and 2022. It was not clear why Campbelltown Sports Stadium missed out for 2019, but three years is still a good result for our great venue. The Pacific Test Match Invitational was played there for the first time earlier this year and it was aRead more »

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    With this magic wand wishes come true at Christmas

    Here we are now, barely a month before another Christmas Day. No point pondering where the year’s gone, better to look forward to the festive season. It’s a wonderful time of the year for most of us, a time when even wishes can sometimes come true. Children will sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they wish to findRead more »

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    Wests Leumeah

    From humble leagues club at Leumeah to Wests Group Macarthur

    It started out as a humble leagues club at Leumeah 47 years ago. But that small club has grown and grown and is one of the best food and leisure facilities in south west Sydney. In recent years Wests has also expanded to other parts of our growing region. Its portfolio these days includes Lakeside Golf Club Camden, Country ClubRead more »

    Oran Park Town and Great Beginnings Oran Park

    Local sick kids to benefit from an unusual campaign

    Oran Park Town and Great Beginnings Oran Park recently joined forces to provide a unique opportunity for parents looking to build their own home – and to raise Christmas funds for a local charity. Parents were able to leave their children with the qualified Great Beginnings staff while they browsed the new homes on offer at Oran Park. This campaignRead more »


    Sevaan Group

    Sevaan Group: local manufacturer celebrates 20 years of growth

    A local company which has just celebrated 20 years of success has proven the adage: manufacturing in Australia is dead, long live manufacturing in Australia. Sevaan Group in the Minto industrial estate is a cutting edge metal manufacturer that was borne from the amalgamation of two long standing fabrication companies in 1997. Husband and wife Jim and Artemis Tzakos wereRead more »

    Monster Meals

    Monster Meals take care of your kids’ healthy lunch packs

    The latest Macarthur mumpreneur is reaching out to busy local families with a lunch box venture that’s just what the doctor ordered. Harrington Grove mum of one Connie Sherwin recently launched Monster Meals, a service offering healthy school lunch packs for children. Mrs Sherwin is at the helm of Monster Meals, while mum of two and chef Belinda Scott isRead more »


    A show called Anya

    Anya is the time for Indigenous musicians to come together

    Campbelltown Arts Centre will be hosting musicians Eleanor Dixon and Edi Donald from next Monday as part of the Indigenous artist residency program. The two artists will round up their residency on Saturday, December 9 with a joint performance that will include new works from the pair’s time at the centre. The show will be called Anya, which means Now in the Mudburra language. The artRead more »

    Campbelltown City Christmas Carols

    Great singers, Santa, fireworks: our Christmas carols show has it all

    Christmas is just around the corner and locals are invited to join in celebrating the start of the festive season at the annual Campbelltown City Christmas Carols event at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday, December 2. Make a night of it with family and friends and sing along with a line-up of talented local vocalists. They include Kate Shaw, PaulRead more »


    digital technology

    Digital application replaces 48 paper forms when opening cafe or restaurant

    Campbelltown Council looks set to enter into a partnership with Service NSW to deliver the Easy to do Business initiative in the Campbelltown local government area. Easy to do Business aims to streamline the processes of opening a new cafe, restaurant or bar businesses. Council will vote on the proposal at its next meeting on November 28 when it isRead more »

    Women are more cautious with robots that stare at them

    Women more cautious than men with robots that stare

    Women are less likely to trust robots who stare at them. Research by Dr Chris Stanton, a roboticist at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University investigated if the same physical elements that made humans trust one another could be applied to robotics. What he found was that when compared to men, women demonstrated muchRead more »


    Stamp duty relief

    First home buyers snap up stamp duty relief

    Hundreds of local first home buyers have been snapping up State Government stamp duty relief. The package of measures announced as part of the NSW Budget remove stamp duty for first home buyers for both new and existing homes for properties up to $650,000 and reduce duty for first homes between $650,000 and $800,000. In Camden so far approximately 578Read more »

    Tracey Fellows

    Some progress for women in real estate, but more is needed

    Real estate is an industry dominated by men, and while women have come a long way, there is still much more to do to create equality in the workplace and benefit from the unique skills women bring, according to REA Group’s chief executive officer Tracey Fellows. Tracey will be speaking about women in the workplace at the 2017 Real EstateRead more »


    The next-gen Commodore

    World award nomination bodes well for next-gen Commodore

    Ahead of its Australian launch early next year, the next generation Commodore has been boosted with global automotive experts shortlisting the Opel Insignia for the 2018 World Car of the Year awards. Developed hand-in-hand with the next-generation Commodore, the Opel Insignia has received rave reviews in Europe since its introduction earlier this year. Drivers have cooed over its sleek butRead more »


    Diesel engine: Nissan’s popular X-Trail range expands

    Nissan’s popular X-Trail range has expanded with the arrival of the range-topping TL diesel variant – and it is on sale now. Offering strong acceleration early when you need it most, the new 2.0 litre turbo-diesel engine has 35 per cent more power and almost 20 per cent more torque than its 1.6 litre diesel predecessor. Available in two gradesRead more »


    Ghosts captain Jarrad Burke

    Ghosts settle for draw despite top class batting from star trio

    The Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts cricket club came within a whisker of winning its round five match against North Sydney at Raby Sports Complex on Saturday. Despite negative tactics by the visitors, who decided to bat on and use up some overs on the second day of the match, the Ghosts were unlucky not to pick up six first innings points. NorthRead more »

    Gerry Knights with Trent

    Son following in father’s legendary hockey masters footsteps

    Major hockey tournaments in Glasgow, Hobart and Hiroshima in the space of nine weeks would be an enormous call for any athlete. But South West Sydney Academy of Sport executive director Gerry “Legend’’ Knights continually takes on challenges like this in his stride, despite being more than 60 years of age. His son, Trent, has also just started playing inRead more »

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