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George Brticevic will be the mayor of Campbelltown for the next four years.

By George, excitement level in Campbelltown about to go up a notch

Fasten your seatbelts, Campbelltown, the next four years are going to be a ride on the wild side. After more than 10 sedate years, the man who will be our mayor for the next four years, George Brticevic, wants to get a hell of a lot of things done while at the helm. He says the main focus will be on creating local jobs. A new business park near Blaxland Road with more than 5,000 new jobs, the massive expansion of Macarthur Square and Narellan Town Centre and the construction of Badgerys Creek airport will drive the growth in local… Read more »

Warriors players and Wests Tigers stars at the Nagle Centre

Boots for Macarthur: Warriors are now more than just a footy club

About a year ago, the Campbelltown Warriors decided they needed to be more than just a footy club. They came up with an idea that would teach their young players the importance of making the right choices in life. Boots in Macarthur was the brainchild of president Scott Galvin and it involved select members of the club’s under 15 and under 16 teams volunteering to help out in a local community kitchen that feeds homeless people. “We wanted to make sure that rugby league provides a positive pathway to those who take it up,’’ Scott said. “We don’t just want… Read more »

Camden Rams celebrate their 14-12 grand final victory over Picton Magpies

Camden Rams win premiership to end reign of the Picton Magpies

The Camden Rams are the 2016 premiers after beating Picton Magpies 14-12 in a memorable grand final at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday night before a crowd of more than 5,000. MIKE SHEAN reports for one last time this season: The win avenges last year’s grand final defeat at the hands of the Magpies, who won three consecutive premierships. But Rams made sure it did not become four in a row with a massive defensive effort, especially in the last 10 heart-stopping minutes of the match. The Rams made history by winning all four matches they contested on Saturday at… Read more »

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    MP Greg Warren with Collegians president Terry Manns.

    Warren remembers and Collies finally get their buggy

    Terry Manns, the president of the Campbelltown Collegians Little Athletics, once told Greg Warren the club badly needed a buggy to help with injuries and other logistics during track and field meetings. Since that chat almost two years ago Warren has become the MP for Campbelltown but he hasn’t forgotten. He recently delivered the buggy and handed it over toRead more »

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    Stan Wawrinka

    The best of frenemies: who are your favourites?

    Frenemies is such a weird concept it’s really hard to get your head around it at times. Let’s see now: this is usually about two people who can’t stand each other. In other words they are enemies. But they somehow bring themselves to be in situations only friends can. This is usually found but is not restricted to the worldRead more »

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    Three Wise Monkeys is part of the See Me, Hear Me exhibition

    Our art gallery has something for everyone, says its director

    What is art? Humans have been asking the question for thousands of years. Michael Dagostino, the director of Campbelltown Arts Centre, is clearly frustrated when he hears me say that some locals don’t think much of the exhibitions he puts on these days. We caught up for coffee yesterday and his argument is that if you visit the art galleryRead more »

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    Camden and Campbelltown elect their new mayors tonight.

    Hannan is Wollondilly mayor, Camden and Campbelltown vote tonight

    Wollondilly was first cab off the rank last night in electing its mayor for the next two years. The vote saw Judith Hannan elected, while her deputy will be Picton IGA owner Robert Khan. Former mayor Michael Banasik told the South West Voice that he expected councillors elected at the September 10 poll to work together for the good ofRead more »

    Breast cancer awareness photographic exhibition coming to Campbelltown.

    Pink portraits: breast cancer survivors get in the frame to help others

    “My mother died of breast cancer at 58 years of age,’’ says Behroze Bilmoria. “My grandmother and her two sisters also died of breast cancer. “I was 68 when I was diagnosed.’’ Behroze Bilmoria is one of 14 breast cancer survivors from Indian and Sri Lankan backgrounds living in NSW who agreed to be photographed in order to encourage otherRead more »

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    Melissa Woodward will be one of the speakers on September 23.

    Fundraiser with positive message for women: Optimising You

    Most fundraisers are just that – fundraisers. Well, here is one that is a heck of lot more than just fundraising. Optimising You, which will be held next Friday, September 23, in Campbelltown PCYC, is different. The two successful local women behind it – Serena Ryan and Melissa Woodward – started out by wanting to do something to help aRead more »

    Oran Park Smart Work Hub

    Hub offers smart new way to work

    The Oran Park Smart Work Hub is a modern work space offering high speed internet, meeting rooms, presentation technology, private offices, open plan desks and a dedicated event space. Since the launch in November 2014, they have welcomed 123 members and 58 day pass visitors, hosted 52 events and booked 1950 meetings via Liquidspace, making it the largest Smart Work HubRead more »

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    School holidays guide

    Choosing is the hardest part of so much holiday fun

    The challenge during school holidays these days is not finding something to do that the kids will love. It’s choosing what to do because there is just so much around the great south west region, from Campbelltown to Liverpool and most of it is free. No need to head to the city like we used to in the old daysRead more »

    Australian Botanic Garden.

    Make botanic garden one of your destinations these school holidays

    Make time these school holidays to catch the fun of the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan’s list of exciting outdoors adventures. Children will love the variety of interactive and hands-on activities and programs. Holiday highlights include these top four favourites: #1. Fizzics Science Workshops (Thursday 29 September): Half and full day holiday program workshops and activities will see children aged 6-14 years programmingRead more »

    Technology


    Our roofs the biggest power plant in Australia?

    Our roofs could be the biggest power plant in the country

    The millions of Australians with solar on their roof can help revolutionise the electricity system for the better. As energy ministers meet to draw up plans to tackle increasing power prices, it’s agreed batteries are an important part of the solution. The question is: will these batteries be owned by energy companies or Australia’s homes and businesses? Energy software companyRead more »

    Cheaper assemblies can compromise performance.

    The highs and lows of fibre cable assemblies

    Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, has released the results of comprehensive testing on the performance of plug and play optical fibre cable assemblies used in 40 and 100 Gigabit applications. Outlined in a new white paper called A Closer Look at Plug and Play MPO/MTP Assemblies, the results clearly show that lower-cost generic assemblies from unknown suppliers canRead more »

    Property


    The 30 storey Skyhaus

    Skyhaus: tallest residential tower in south west region sets the pace

    The tallest building in South West Sydney by a country mile is almost here. Skyhaus, a $100 million apartment complex of two 30 storey towers will set the benchmark for the entire region, which is about to receive a massive population boost from Liverpool to Camden and beyond. It was designed by influential local firm Mosca Pserras Architects. Work isRead more »

    MP says housing affordability needs to improve.

    Housing affordability not what it used to be, says local MP

    Campbelltown MP Greg Warren has used a Private Member’s Statement to take the Baird Government to task over what he says its poor record on housing affordability, particularly for first home buyers. The First Home Owner Grant plays an important role in the State’s economy and in my electorate of Campbelltown as a vehicle for many young Australians who aspireRead more »

    Motoring


    New Astra is both stylish and practical.

    Stylish and practical: New Astra on the way

    Holden’s small car range is about to get a serious dose of excitement when the all-new Astra arrives later this year. Already crowned the 2016 European Car of the Year, the multi-award winning Astra will mark the much-revered model’s return to Holden’s lineup as a stylish, practical and technologically advanced five-door hatch. Holden says the new five-door Astra will deliverRead more »

    Chris Porter is taking on Queensland on two wheels in Darwin this weekend.

    Vroom vroom: it’s state versus state on two wheels

    Chris Porter, a 51 year old Top Fuel Motorcycle racer from Kemps Creek, will be trying to save NSW’s pride this weekend. The current reigning champion is looking forward to taking on all comers but is wary of Queenslander Damian Muscat. Especially with Queensland shooting for a clean sweep in the third rugby league State of Origin clash next WednesdayRead more »

    Sport


    East Campbelltown Eagles players and fans celebrating

    Two premierships in three years: Eagles flying high again

    East Campbelltown Eagles are the 2016 Sydney Shield premiers after defeating Mounties 32-24 at Pirtek Stadium in what was an incredibly entertaining game of Rugby League, reports Matt Buxton. Michael Stevens earned the man of the match honours for a special Grand Final performance, but he could not have done it without their forwards that worked tireless all afternoon toRead more »

    The Eagles and Mounties clashed in the 2014 grand final.

    East Campbelltown Eagles eye second premiership title

    Just three seasons into their separation from Group Six Country Rugby League, the East Campbelltown Eagles will this Sunday be shooting for their second premiership in the prestigious Sydney Shield competition. The Eagles scored a thrilling seven point win over Mounties to claim the 2014 Sydney Shield title, their inaugural year in the competition. Two years later the same twoRead more »

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