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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 »

new memorial honouring the Armistice Centenary and the sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and women will be unveiled tomorrow in Mawson Park, Campbelltown as part of a Remembrance Day commemoration.

Remembrance Day: unveiling of Armistice Centenary memorial at Mawson Park

A memorial honouring the Armistice Centenary and the sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and women has been built in Campbelltown’s Mawson Park to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I. The Armistice Centenary Memorial will be unveiled tomorrow (Friday, November 9) during a Remembrance Day Commemorative Service for Schools called A Day to Remember, which will start from 10am. A Day to Remember will be held in the lead up to Remembrance Day on Sunday, November 11, which this year will carry additional meaning because it will mark a century since the guns fell silent on the… Read more »

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    The annual festival parade brings residents to the main street once a year

    Festival buzz pointing the way forward for main street

    There’s a real buzz around Campbelltown on the first Saturday of November. Fisher’s Ghost Festival gets into full swing from early afternoon and the carnival mood continues well into the night. You just don’t see that many people walking around the heart of the own – from Broughton Street to Art Gallery Road and across to Bradbury Oval – atRead more »

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    Hurlstone, motor registries gone, but we will get to vote soon

    Watching NSW sport minister Stuart Ayres on Wednesday in Ingleburn I just couldn’t help pondering the irony of the situation. Here was a westie – Ayres is the member for Penrith – making a big deal out of a $100,000 grant. The project, building modern facilities at Memorial Oval where cricket is played is actually worth a lot more, withRead more »

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    It’s the season of giving, so dig deep everyone

    You can’t have too many Christmas gift drives in a growing region like Macarthur. Three such drives have been launched over the past week and there are a few more to come. Wests Group Macarthur started the ball rolling when it announced it had joined forces with Big Yellow Umbrella this year to collect and deliver 1,000 Christmas gifts forRead more »


    Local students have their photo taken in the NSW Legislative Assembly - also known as the bear pit,

    Leaders of tomorrow visit the ‘bear pit’

    Campbelltown MP Greg Warren hosted high school student leaders from Campbelltown during a tour of NSW Parliament last week. The annual tour provided these school captains and vice captains – though there were some prefects as well – with an insight into how NSW Parliament works. There were 24 students taking part his year, representing six local high schools: JohnRead more »

    The local STEM champions in 2016.

    Victor Chang science awards: our students excel in STEM

    Australia’s international ranking in school science continues to decline, but some Campbelltown students are bucking the trend. Eleven Year 11 students from the Campbelltown region will tomorrow night be presented with Victor Chang School Science Awards. Named after the late cardiac surgeon and pioneer of modern heart transplantation, Dr Victor Chang, these awards were established to celebrate young, gifted studentsRead more »


    Geolyse’s Greg Cooper, Matthew Thorne and Martin Haege, and Premise’s Patrick Brady, Anton van Velden, and Colin Duff.

    Oran Park company joins forces with Queensland firm

    Boutique Oran Park engineering company Geolyse has merged with Queensland-based Premise to create a single group that will deliver increased expertise with the same personalized service. Geolyse director Greg Cooper said it was an exciting announcement during this period of growth for both companies. “Our companies have been working towards a merger for most of this year,” he said. “ThisRead more »

    Best & Less store manager Biljana Omcikus (right), pictured with assistant store manager Cassie Murray.

    Store manager sold on value of work placement program

    Over the past 16 years scores of local students have completed their one week’s retail work placement requirement at the Best & Less store in Macarthur Square. One student every week since 2002 has had the opportunity to work in the store and put what they are learning in the classroom to practice. These Year 11 and 12 students areRead more »


    Brian Fuata’s 2018 Fisher’s Ghost open award winning work Care Disfigurements (Soft Hands).

    Fisher’s open prize goes to ‘ghost’ artist

    Brian Fuata’s 2018 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award winning work Care Disfigurements (Soft Hands) features a “blank sheet’’ upon which the body becomes a text. This has been a recurring motif across his varying practices, transforming in different contexts from emails, to paper, Word.Doc, google.doc, to film, to a white bed sheet for the Sydney artist’s ghost improvisations. He certainly impressedRead more »

    Up for the challenge? The back of the 6th green at Lakeside Golf Club, opened to golfers on Tuesday, with the 7th and 8th holes pictured below.

    Up for the challenge? Greg Norman designed holes open at Lakeside

    Will you be up for the challenge of Lakeside Golf Club’s four new holes designed by world golfing champion Greg Norman? An exciting addition to the course considered by golfers as the best in the region, the four new holes consist of three Par 4s and one Par 5 hole. Designed by Greg Norman Golf Design, they are the culminationRead more »



    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 »



    Maxwell Creek Oval: active recreation facilities and so much more

    Dahua Group Australia has received development approval from Campbelltown City Council for its $7.7 million Maxwell Creek Oval project in Bardia’s New Breeze master planned community. Located in Parkside – stage 3 – Maxwell Creek Oval spans approximately 12,000 square metres and has elevated views from the surrounding area into the precinct. Features include a large playing oval for cricketRead more »


    Old fashioned family fun at new park

    More than 500 people on Saturday attended the official opening of the region’s newest park, Galloway Green. Mums and dads and their children joined in the fun activities after Camden deputy mayor Theresa Fedeli did the honours by cutting the ceremonial ribbon to declare Galloway Green officially open. Galloway Green is the community park at the heart of Mirvac’s newRead more »


    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 »


    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 »


    Tanveer Sangha in action for Australia against Pakistan last summer.

    Youth and experience a winning blend for Ghosts

    A blend of youthful talent and solid first grade experience was the perfect mixture as the Ghosts defeated Blacktown in round five of NSW Premier Cricket on Saturday, reports JASON ELLSMORE. The Ghosts bowlers toiled well in restricting Blacktown to 8/231 in the first innings having sent the Warriors into bat for the morning session. All the Ghosts bowlers finishedRead more »

    Camden young gun Angus Wallace finishes first in the Gold Coast 600 Race of the Stars.

    Our kart racing young gun sets sights on Las Vegas

    Local kart racing young gun Angus Wallace has conquered the Gold Coast and has now set his eyes on Las Vegas. After finishing first in the recent Gold Coast 600 Race of Stars junior event, the 16 year old from Camden has been invited to race at the SKUSA (SuperKarts USA) Supernationals in Las Vegas. Although this is a hugeRead more »

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