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Marianna Ioanou, winner of the South Western Sydney Local Health District’s Paint Your Path art competition.

Paint Your Path: art competition peels off stigma of mental illness

Much of the conversation about mental health focuses on mental illness. But the winner and finalists in South Western Sydney Local Health District’s Paint Your Path art competition have shown onlookers that there’s a lot more to mental wellbeing than living without mental illness. The winning entry is a sketch by Marianna Ioanou that was inspired by the competition’s theme, Learn & Grow, and will soon be printed and seen on BioPak coffee cups all around Australia. “I went through a difficult time and art helped me get through that,” Ms Ioanou said. “For me, drawing was a non-judgemental refuge… Read more »

Jim Marsden delivers the traditional senior partner's speech at the annual Marsdens Law Group Christmas Party last night in the Campbelltown arts centre.

Joining the firm was good business move for Jim Marsden – and for brotherly love

Jim Marsden last night praised his late brother John for building the successful business culture at Marsdens Law Group, one of the biggest legal firms in Sydney. Making the traditional senior partner’s speech at the firm’s annual Christmas party at the Campbelltown arts centre, Mr Marsden reminded guests that it had been 10 years since his older brother had passed away. “He would be pleased to see that the culture he built at Marsdens is still there and we are working to make it even better,’’ Mr Marsden said. He revealed that he had initially turned down an offer to… Read more »

Labor leader Luke Foley, left, with Campbelltown MP Greg Warren in Queen Street.

Commitments to infrastructure must match projected growth, says Labor

Everyone knows the population in Campbelltown is set to explode, says local MP Greg Warren. So it’s vital that we start seeing the level of investment in infrastructure projects needed to accommodate a spike in our population, he adds. “There’s a growing ‘Campbelltown to do’ list tacked up on a wall in the Department of Planning that needs to be actioned now before it is moved to the too hard basket,’’ the Labor MP said. “Campbelltown locals have been very vocal about what they want for their community. “The Baird Government should sit down with residents to hear what they… Read more »

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    Will the current Campbelltown Council repeat the mistakes of its predecessors?

    The numbers don’t lie: how Campbelltown became great again

    In all the stuff written about the projected massive growth in our population, there’s one figure that needs closer attention. It’s the current population number for one of the south west region councils, Campbelltown. Camden is already half way through its own boom and so far seems to be coping OK. Whether that will be the case in 10-20 yearsRead more »

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    A young Miss Llewella Davies in 1916.

    Pioneers walkway to be named after the Queen of Camden

    She was known at various times as either Queen of Camden or Miss Camden. But such was her influence in the town that Llewella Davies was also called Camden’s First Lady at one stage. Miss Davies was born in 1901 and died in 2000, and lived all but three of those years in Camden. She was the daughter of aRead more »


    The Camden town centre project has won a commendation from planning awards.

    Council wins commendation for Camden town centre project

    The Camden Town Centre Vision Project has a simple aim. And that is to make the Camden town centre an attractive, popular and thriving central business district. Now that vision has won council a commendation at the 2016 Planning Institute Australia NSW Awards for Planning Excellence. Council shared the honour with JBA and AEC Group as they took part inRead more »

    Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong and his wish list

    Local MP’s plea to Mike Baird: all Macquarie Fields wants is its fair share

    Anoulack Chanthivong says the people of his electorate are fed up with the Baird Liberal Government for cutting services, selling off public assets and not spending money on their community. “Our community deserves better,’’ says the Labor MP who was first elected to state parliament in March 2015. “It’s grossly unfair that in late 2016 Macquarie Fields Station is stillRead more »


    Russell Matheson with the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during campaigning for the July 2 federal election.

    Matheson back to speak as chambers wrap up another year

    He may be gone but he’s not forgotten. Russell Matheson served six years and two terms as the federal member for Macarthur until he was badly beaten by Labor’s Dr Mike Freelander on July 2 this year. Mr Matheson, who had also enjoyed a long career with the NSW Police Department, will discuss what the future holds for him whenRead more »

    Argyle Street outside Camden Arcade.

    Camden Arcade celebrates milestone with photographic exhibition

    To celebrate its 25th year as the hub of Camden, the Camden Arcade is playing host to a display of photos documenting the town’s rich history. Officially opened in 1992, the arcade was built at a cost of $4 million and has since prospered to become a prominent part of Camden’s shopping precinct and home to many local businesses, includingRead more »


    Enjoy Christmas but try to make exercise part of the festive season.

    Don’t forget your fitness during the festive season

    The Christmas break is just around the corner and while that provides an opportunity to catch up on all your favourite TV shows and see your family, it can also lead to deviated diets and abandoned fitness regimes. South Western Sydney Local Health District’s health promotion service director Mandy Williams says people can have the best of both worlds byRead more »

    Ita Buttrose says the 2017 guide for seniors is a great initiative.

    Seniors guide gets Ita’s seal of approval

    Campbelltown MP Greg Warren is encouraging local seniors to pick up a free copy of a 2017 diary to help them navigate legal issues that may arise in the year ahead. “Each year, Legal Aid NSW produces a Legal Topics for Older Persons Diary full of essential information for seniors about their rights and responsibilities,” Mr Warren said. “It explainsRead more »



    FeralScan monitoring, mapping program wins award honour

    The FeralScan community pest animal monitoring and mapping program has taken out one of Australia’s top environmental honours, receiving the Minister’s award for a cleaner environment in the field of research and science excellence. The award, sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy, was announced during the 2016 Banksia Foundation Awards ceremony in Sydney last week. TheRead more »

    Safety messages delivered in podcasts.

    Safety messages delivered via audio podcasts

    The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has released the first suite of heavy vehicle standards audio podcasts to assist with making modifications safer. Director of safety Daniel Elkins says the podcasts outline minimum design, construction, installation and performance requirements for modifying heavy vehicles outside the manufacturer’s specifications. “These podcasts cover five common modifications including recent changes to the heavy vehicleRead more »


    Ava Vocisano, Luca Mineo and Isabella Vocisano having fun last Sunday.

    Great new park designed with a little help from the people

    More than 1,000 people turned out for a party last Sunday to mark the official opening of a new regional park at Stockland’s Willowdale housing estate at Denham Court. Youngsters tried their hand at rock climbing and golf putting and tested out the bicycle challenge area that is part of the park on Baden Powell Avenue. Campbelltown Mayor Cr GeorgeRead more »

    Affordable housing must be part of the mix in new land releases

    Push for affordable housing in new land releases mix gets backing

    The Greater Sydney Commission’s focus on affordable housing for new land releases in Sydney has received backing from a local organisation. The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has today welcomed the focus on affordability by the commission. WSROC  president Stephen Bali says that with property values rising, housing is becoming unaffordable for many, even in the outermost suburbsRead more »


    Nissan GTR NISMO.

    Nissan sport brand heading Down Under in 2017

    The first NISMO model to go on sale in Australia will be the 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO, which will be launched in February next year. The launch of the NISMO brand in Australia will coincide with the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour GT3 sportscar race at the famous Mount Panorama circuit, where two factory-entered Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 entries will aimRead more »


    Why the 2017 Lexus LC coupe will have sharper, more precise handling

    The all-new Lexus LC coupe is the most torsionally rigid vehicle the luxury marque has ever produced, according to the flagship car’s global chief engineer Koji Sato. Mr Sato says the LC featured levels of rigidity that surpassed even that of the limited production LFA V10-powered supercar. “The LC is 60 per cent more rigid than the current Lexus GSRead more »


    Former skipper Scott Coyte

    Tough season: Ghosts putting in the hard yards

    Campbelltown Camden Ghosts cricket club’s five grades produced another weekend of mixed results. With a lot of young players coming through the ranks it was always going to be a tough summer for the Ghosts. But while they have suffered many defeats so far this season, the Ghosts have fought hard each time and have not been too far awayRead more »

    The Western Sydney Wanderers return to Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Sunday, January 22

    Countdown begins to Wanderers A-League match at Campbelltown

    The countdown has started to Sunday, January 22, the day big time football comes to the south west region. Mark the date because that’s when Campbelltown Sports Stadium will host an A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Newcastle Jets. Fans can expect an electric atmosphere at the ground for the Round 16 match. Wanderers will want toRead more »

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