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You want career in a trade, go for it, girl

Louise Azzopardi has a message for any young woman thinking of embarking on a career in a traditionally male domain like trades. “If that’s what you want to do, just do it and don’t let anything or anyone stop you,’’ she says. “If you work hard and you’re good at your job, that’s all that matters,’’ says Ms Azzopardi, a qualified heavy vehicle mechanic. A WesTrac trainer and assessor at NSW Institute since March this year as part of career progression, Ms Azzopardi will be a guest speaker at a Women in Trades student info night on August 14 at… Read more »

Meet creative masterminds behind the brilliant Macarthur FC Bulls logos

The launch of Macarthur FC Bulls on Wednesday, May 15 will forever be etched in the memory of the 600 people who were there. Each announcement drew an excited applause from the audience, but the decibel level went up a notch when the black, white and ochre logos of the newest A-League football club were revealed on giant screens around the auditorium. Words such as “brilliant’’, “excellent’’ and “impressive’’ flowed across the room as one after another of the logos were shown for the first time. Sitting there among it all that day were the creators of arguably the best… Read more »

Hurley Park labyrinth overlooks Campbelltown heritage

Susanne Jones has lived in Campbelltown all her life. She also has a passion for labyrinths. This morning she joined MP Greg Warren and Cr Meg Oates to mark the completion of work on Campbelltown’s very own labyrinth at Hurley Park. Ms Jones, who lives near the park, came up with the idea for a labyrinth as a way to bring the local community together. She approached Campbelltown Council and Mr Warren to help fund her vision for a local labyrinth, and she says they were both supportive of the idea. Ms Jones designed the Hurley Park labyrinth herself, with… Read more »

    The Kontos Report

    Fearless comment, a peek behind the news, some fun and satire with Top 5, topped off with the week’s most interesting image - or two.

    In My View


    Sports academy also anxious over status of centre of excellence

    Last week two Kontos Report missives hit a raw nerve or three. One was the bold suggestion that the annual Fisher’s Ghost art award be restricted to local artists and, therefore, keep the $25,000 prizemoney here. The second report to make some waves was our revelation that there isn’t much movement when it comes to starting construction on the muchRead more »

    Macarthur Chatter


    Will centre of excellence be ready in time to help Bulls launch into A-League

    It looks almost certain that Macarthur FC will be the main tenants when the Campbelltown sports centre of excellence is built. Wests Tigers have been trumpeting funding for their own centre in the inner city, so they’re obviously not interested. But our A-League franchise might also be keeping a keen eye on the one here because according to one councillorRead more »

    Top 5


    Beware of the traps in the fascinating world of friendships

    It’s fascinating how we make friends in so many different ways. Writing the story of the two Danielas from Twosome Creative reminded me that some things will just happen, so it’s good advice never to try to force anything when it comes to friendship. For those two you can see that even though they didn’t know each other from aRead more »

    Picture This


    Here’s a little blast from our recent past

    This edition of Picture This is a little blast from the past, courtesy of one of our biggest fans, FRANK WARD, who calls Shoal Bay home these days but is still as keen as mustard to know what’s going on in Campbelltown. Here he tells the stories behind the black and white photographs he sent the South West Voice inRead more »



    Commission: our region missing out on public transport, road infrastructure

    The latest report issued by the Greater Sydney Commission shows that Western Sydney residents are being left behind by both State and Federal governments which are failing to address current issues and a lack of future planning. “While there’s so much talk about how great Western Sydney Airport will be for this region, 16 per cent of Western Sydney residentsRead more »


    Memo Gladys: a little planning can go long way for Menangle Park

    Menangle Park residents travelling by road and rail face a grim future unless the NSW Government alters its plans -or rather its lack of plans – for the historic village. Just a few hundred people currently live in the small settlement 10 minutes by car from the heart of Campbelltown. However the population is expected to explode in the nextRead 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 »

    Small Business Friendly Councils Inaugural Conference 2019 © Salty Dingo 2019

    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 »



    Smart move: council backs Generation STEM

    It is widely accepted science, technology, engineering and mathematics – STEM for short – will be the key to success for young people in the next few years. Recognising this, Campbelltown Council will back Generation STEM, an innovative new program launched last week. Campbelltown has committed to supporting this new State Government initiative from the start and will partner withRead 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 »



    Why Aaron wants to live above Ed.Square town centre

    Campbelltown resident Aaron Wilson was looking for an investment property when a workmate told him about the mixed use community of Ed.Square. Now, he’s thinking of moving there himself, to live above Ed.Square town centre when his new apartment is complete. Aaron, who owns his own home right in the heart of Campbelltown, knows the importance of location when buyingRead more »


    Gledswood Hills: buyer sentiment on the rise since federal election

    Buyer sentiment has increased significantly at Sekisui House’s 307 hectare master planned community The Hermitage at Gledswood Hills since the May 18 federal election. May and June delivered a 55 per cent sales uplift when compared to the previous two months. Enquiry rates have also increased significantly during the first half of 2019, doubling that of the same period lastRead more »



    Aspirational special editions from Lexus hit the road

    Aspirational: Lexus NX Crafted (left) and RX Crafted (right) Lexus has compiled two distinct packages of highly aspirational premium features to create special edition variants of its strong-selling luxury NX and 5-seat RX SUVs. The special-edition NX Crafted and RX Crafted are fitted with eye-catching exterior and interior enhancements that build on the luxury grade of the relevant models. TheRead 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 »



    Cats climb to top of ladder after demolishing Demons

    The Camden Cats men’s division three side has climbed to the top of the ladder with a huge 147 point win against the Pennant Hills Demons on Saturday. In windy conditions, the Cats outclassed their opposition from the first bounce, kicking with amazing accuracy and sharing the goal-kicking duties around with 11 individual goal kickers for the game. The midfieldRead more »


    Coach looking ahead to next year: 19 year old rookie named for Wests Tigers

    The season isn’t quite gone, but it looks like Wests Tigers head coach Michael Maguire is starting to look ahead to season 2020. One of the first victims of the renewal process seems to be Robert Jennings, who has had an ordinary year since coming across from Souths this season. He was particularly pedestrian in the loss to Parramatta atRead more »

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