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SWSAS head netball coach Van Nguyen offering her players half time instructions during a recent game.

Academy netball coach shooting to the top of the pile

South West Sydney Academy of Sport head netball coach Van Nguyen is shooting to the top of her profession. Ms Nguyen has been selected to participate in a new scholarship initiative designed to assist in the development of highly motivated and skilled coaches across NSW and Australia. The program is a multi step initiative designed to upskill coaches who demonstrate an aptitude in coaching in a  high performance environment. Ms Nguyen was talent identified by both the NSW Institute of Sport and the Office of Sport as a scholarship candidate worthy of continued high performance coaching development. Her scholarship started… Read more »

When cricket and history collide it’s about respect and tradition

At 11am yesterday batsmen put down their bats and bowlers handed the cricket ball to the umpire as play was momentarily halted in the match between the Camden District under 15 Weblin Shield and Canterbury West DCA at Raby Sports Complex. Sunday, November 11, 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of Armistice which ended World War I. The young players lined up side by side while the Ode of Remembrance was recited, a minute’s silence was observed and the flags lowered at the home of Macarthur cricket. Less than 30 metres away, inside the Campbelltown Camden District Cricket… Read more »

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Commemoration service a day to remember for our young people

Yesterday’s commemoration services to mark 100 years since the guns fell silent in the Great War were in effect a history offering to our young people. Primary and high school students played a major role both in preparations for the services and during the services themselves. Young people’s involvement dominated the main commemoration service held in the heart of Macarthur at Mawson Park, Campbelltown. Campbelltown RSL sub branch Warren Browning was the MC for the service, but mostly it was local students he called upon to perform a particular duty, from singing the national anthems of both New Zealand and… Read more »

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    Our region needs fair dinkum deal on infrastructure

    Our region needs fair dinkum deal on infrastructure

    The Macarthur region was dealt a heavy blow with the Government’s Western Sydney Cities Deal, argues the Labor member for Macarthur, DR MIKE FREELANDER. This deal, once again, proved that the State and Federal Liberal National governments have the wrong priorities for Macarthur. In recent years South West Sydney has experienced exponential growth, with governments allowing almost uncapped development whilstRead more »

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    Why union changed rules to bestow life membership on Jim Greiss

    Recently retired Campbelltown Council officer Jim Greiss ended up with 16 years of service to United Services Union, four short of the requirement for life membership honours. However Jim, who was the union delegate for Campbelltown Council and also served as president of the metropolitan salary officers branch, did receive life membership from none other than Graeme Kelly, the general secretaryRead more »

    Top 5


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    Dear Santa: we’d like an A-League licence for Christmas

    Dear Santa: Time flies and here we are again as another Christmas approaches. I hope you are well and ready for your busiest time of the year. No doubt you know you have a lot of supporters out here, collecting gifts to make your job a little easier on December 24. All up, 2018 has been another interesting year, Santa.Read more »

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    Izmira Mohd will fly the flag for Campbelltown at the first RunWest on March 31 next year.

    RunWest to bring Western Sydney together

    RunWest hasn’t yet taken place but it already threatens to become an iconic Western Sydney event. More than 6,000 people have registered for the March 31 event so far, including Campbelltown’s own Izmira Mohd, who will take part along with her husband and seven year old son. Izmira, who has lived in Campbelltown for over 12 years, took up running while doingRead more »

    News


    Greg Warren with Macarthur Square centre manager Trevor Hill and Santa.

    Mac Square’s trolley load of Christmas gifts

    Campbelltown MP Greg Warren has lauded Macarthur Square centre management for donating an entire trolley load of gifts to his annual Christmas Toy Drive. Mr Warren has run the campaign for four years – with the shopping centre supporting the drive on each occasion. The number of donations this year has far exceeded any expectations Mr Warren had prior toRead more »

    Camden youngsters having fun at the official opening of Curry Reserve water play space last week.

    Camden bid for another four years of infrastructure rate hike

    Camden is set to continue collecting an extra 1.1 percent in rates over the next four years to fund its Community Infrastructure Renewal Program. Council says it will notify the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) of its intention for the Special Rate Variation (SRV) of 1.1 percent to continue to be included in property rates for an additional fourRead more »

    Business


    Campbelltown Council is ramping up its small business program for 2019 to help grow the local economy.

    Council ramps up small business program for 2019

    Just as a big year helping local firms comes to an end, Campbelltown Council is already planning new programs for 2019. As part of its 2018 small business program council delivered no fewer than 44 business workshops and events. Council now plans to ramp up is support of local business with the introduction of two new programs next year. OneRead more »

    Mayor George Brticevic and Warren Morrison at last night's Sleeping Giant 21st birthday party.

    Success comes off the back of family and good staff

    For the past two decades a lot of people in Campbelltown and Macarthur have been sleeping on beds they bought from Warren and Sue Morrison’s Sleeping Giant store. In the next few years they will also be eating on tables and relaxing on lounges from this successful local business that last night celebrated its 21st birthday. As part of theRead more »

    Lifestyle


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    Christmas Tree Show perfect for the whole family

    Looking for a Christmas show to get the family into the festive spirit? Come and join the fun this Christmas season at Wests Leagues Leumeah with the Kids in the Biz Christmas Tree Show. The show will feature Santa’s Elves, Christmas Angels, Frosty the Snowman, a Magical Christmas Tree and Santa Claus himself. This is a fun-filled family show featuringRead more »

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    Twilight parade pick of festival highlights

    The 63rd Festival of Fisher’s Ghost has come and gone for another year after entertaining thousands of residents from across Sydney and the Macarthur area. The festival is one of the longest running community events in Australia. The highlights this year included the vibrant Fisher’s Ghost Twilight Street Parade, which was held at the new time of 7pm, the thrillingRead more »

    Technology


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    Fresh look, new features of pet registry website

    The NSW Government is launching a new and improved Pet Registry website to provide an enhanced customer experience for people registering cats and dogs. Public users of the registry will soon notice the website has a fresh look, enhanced navigation and a range of great new features. The upgraded website will make it easier to register pets, return lost animalsRead more »

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    E-learning tool to boost the right of citizens to know

    Transparency, trust and supporting open government are the themes for this year’s Right to Know Week. During this important awareness raising campaign the Information Privacy Commission (IPC NSW) is proud to launch its latest e-learning module Towards Open Government Information (TOGI) via a virtual event involving more than 10 NSW public sector agencies and up to 100 agency employees. DuringRead more »

    Property


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    Awards keep coming for Harrington Grove

    Top of the range Macarthur housing estate Harrington Grove has picked up another major award. Michelia Club, the most recently completed of Harrington Grove’s community facilities, took out an honour at this year’s Master Builders Association (MBA) excellence in construction awards. Michelia Club won the Hospitality buildings – new up to $10 million award. The awards were held at TheRead more »

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    Blockbuster movies coming soon to Ed.Square

    Coming soon to Ed.Square Town Centre: the latest blockbusters, family flicks, kids’ movies, indie classics and international films. Frasers Property Australia has announced that Event Cinemas will join Coles as anchor tenant at Ed.Square from 2020. Peri Macdonald, Frasers Property Australia executive general manager of retail says he is looking forward to rolling out the red carpet for Event CinemasRead more »

    Motoring


    funding applications for Round 4 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) program are now open

    Funding available for ways to save lives on our roads

    Funding applications for Round 4 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) program are now open giving the green light to submissions on projects which will save lives and reduce road trauma. The HVSI program is supported by the federal government working with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to deliver pragmatic results. The announcement of Round 4 opening wasRead more »

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    Nissan ramping up production of electric cars

    Nissan has announced that one third of its Australian volume will include electric technology. “Electrified vehicles will represent a third of Nissan volume in Australia during our mid-term plan,” Nissan Australia managing director, Stephen Lester told an electrification thought leadership event in Sydney. “By introducing more electric alternatives on several of our key models, we will make mass market electrificationRead more »

    Sport


    Isobel Ross became the first quadruplet to drive a winner, Eye See Diamonds, to victory at Club Menangle in Saturday’s Group Three Garrards Teeny Teeny Stakes.

    Isobel’s record will be hard to match

    Talented young driver Isobel Ross etched her name in the harness racing history books on Saturday at Club Menangle with a feat which is unlikely to be matched any time soon. She became the first quadruplet to drive a winner at harness racing headquarters, during her first drive at the Menangle circuit, reports SEAN CUNNINGHAM, of the National Trotguide. RossRead more »

    Luke Brooks with new club mentor Michael Maguire

    Luke Brooks ready to go up a level, says new Wests Tigers mentor

    Wests Tigers head coach Michael Maguire says Luke Brooks is ready to take his game up to the next level. The new club mentor was speaking after the 2018 Dally M halfback of the year signed a new four year deal that will keep him at Wests Tigers until the end of 2023. “Luke is a well experienced half nowRead more »

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