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MP challenges state government to stop carnage on Appin Road

Local Labor MP Greg Warren has a challenge for the Berejikilian Government over Appin Road, which has claimed  the lives of 25 people in 17 years. “The question I have for the government is simple – how many more deaths on Appin Road will it take before they get serious about committing the funds necessary to upgrade the road?” Mr Warren was speaking after NSW Labor reaffirmed its $50 million commitment to the upgrade of Appin Road as part of opposition leader Luke Foley’s budget reply speech. The commitment dwarfs the Berejiklian Government’s meagre $4.5 million allocation to Appin Road… Read more »

Appin Road widening works were allocated $4.5 million

State Budget priorities: $4.5m for killer road, $160.5m for footy stadium

Appin Road got $4.5 million in today’s State Government Budget, while a new footy stadium in Parramatta will eat up $160.5 million or almost half of the entire state sport budget in the next 12 months. The first Gladys Berejiklian Budget does allocate some money to infrastructure projects such as roads, schools and hospitals in South West Sydney, but it’s nowhere near enough for our booming region. With another whopping budget surplus of $2.7 billion being forecast, these are some of the money allocated to local projects: • $26.9 million to widen Narellan Road to six lanes from Camden Valley… Read more »

Minto One

What a transformation: Minto One hailed a big success

In the year 2000 a big part of Minto – east of Pembroke Road – was a rundown housing commission estate with intractable social problems. It was one of several major housing commission enclaves built within Campbelltown in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. And while many of the people who lived in those estates were hard working, law abiding citizens, they were overshadowed by the drug pushers and other petty criminals. Campbelltown came to be characterised by outsiders as a housing commission town beset by massive social problems. Indeed property prices across the town were stagnant for almost two decades… Read more »

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    Hurlstone Agricultural High School

    We will know Gladys Berejiklian by her first budget

    Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 20, we will get to find out whether new NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian does things a little different from Mike Baird. That’s when her treasurer, Dominic Perrottet, will deliver the state government’s 2017-18 budget. From where we are in the south west corner of Western Sydney, we will be watching closely to see if Berejiklian will goRead more »

    South West Confidential

    MPs Greg Warren, left, and Anoulack Chanthivong

    Our hard working MPs show off flag raising skills

    I don’t know how they decide these things but local MPs Greg Warren and Anoulack Chanthivong were called upon to raise the NSW flag and the Aboriginal flag respectively last Saturday morning. It was all part of the annual Filipino independence day flag raising ceremony and lunch. Either way, our MPs performed their duty with noticeable pride and gusto inRead more »

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    Peace in our time and other promises nobody should believe, PM

    If anyone ever says to you: trust me, I’m a journalist, start running as fast as you can. And if anyone should know that is our Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. In another life, our dear PM was indeed a working journalist, although “working’’ is stretching it a bit. So when the press gallery promised him that everything he did andRead more »

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    Land clearing for housing: we remove trees at our own peril

    How many trees will be lost when thousands of acres are cleared to make way for housing across the Macarthur region in the next 20 years? What has happened in our neighbouring Liverpool could be a guide to our approach. Local resident IAN BAILEY had some radical thoughts on trees when he addressed the council earlier this year: Given thatRead more »


    Traffic jams are becoming a common sight around the Camden area

    Camden Council backs Spring Farm Parkway solution to traffic gridlock

    Camden Council got on the Spring Farm Parkway bandwagon at its last meeting. Fed up with the Narellan Road roadworks taking forever, it unanimously supported a notice of motion moved by Labor councillors Ashleigh and Cindy Cagney calling on local Liberal MP Chris Patterson to request that priority be placed on funding and planning for the Spring Farm Parkway, includingRead more »

    Angus Taylor helping the Girl Guides at last year’s National Tree Day community planting event at Camden’s Rotary Cowpasture Reserve.

    Get on the program to help plant 20 million trees by 2020

    Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor is encouraging local communities to continue playing a big part in the Government’s mission to plant 20 million trees by 2020. Mr Taylor said a third round of funding under the 20 Million Trees Program was now available for grants of between $20,000 and $100,000. “This is a continuation of a fantastic program forRead more »


    This could be you if you export your goods or services.

    Awards: If you export here’s the chance to tell the world

    Does your company export its products or services? If yes, why not enter the 2017 Premier’s NSW Export Awards. The awards are run by the Export Council of Australia (ECA), along with principal partner the NSW Government. Previous NSW export award winners include well known names such as Blackmores and ATRON Enterprises. CEO of the ECA Lisa McAuley says: “AsRead more »

    Alistair Robertson and Denny O’Brien of 32 Degrees Building.

    Macarthur company sings praises of workplace program for students

    Companies like award winning 32 Degrees Building are always on the lookout for quality apprentices and tradespeople and what better way than to start at school. 32 Degrees Building is a Macarthur company operating out of Smeaton Grange. They have been offering Year 11 and 12 students who are studying construction as part of their HSC valuable week long workRead more »


    The Youth Solutions Fundraising Committee

    The Voice winner to perform at fun night for good cause

    The combination of fiery red and winter white will flavour a local event where a recent winner of The Voice quest will perform. Youth Solutions will host its Fire & Frost themed 2017 Annual Charity Event at The Cube, Campbelltown Catholic Club on Saturday, July 22. Aim is to raise funds in support of its youth drug and alcohol preventionRead more »


    Live and Local: Camden main street venues host new music festival

    Camden’s Argyle Street will be transformed when the first ever Live and Local music festival kicks off from 2pm this Saturday, June 17. More than 30 local and renowned musical performers will entertain crowds at 12 venues in the main street of the historic town centre between 2pm and 6pm. Venues including well known local names such as upstairs@freds, BackRead more »


    digital farmhand robot prototype

    Digital farmhand: robot could be game changer on the land

    Greater Sydney growers will be the first to get a glimpse of a newly developed “digital farmhand” robot. A live demonstration of the low cost prototype robot developed by The University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) will be the highlight of an upcoming field day later this month. The workshop, to be run by Greater Sydney LocalRead more »

    MP Greg Warren at the recent Science and Engineering Challenge at Thomas Reddall High School.

    Why our young people face brand new challenges

    Young people today face a completely new set of challenges in getting the education, training and skills they need to get a good, stable job from those faced by any previous generation, writes MP GREG WARREN: The days are long gone when anyone could leave school after year 10, enter the workforce and remain in the same job until retirement.Read more »


    Stamp duty is a revenue bonanza for the NSW government but it's time to hand some of it back

    Stamp duty: government just takes when it’s time to give back

    It’s not just the Labor opposition that has taken a club to the NSW state budget. According to the Real Estate Institute of NSW (REINSW), the state government’s latest budget does nothing to support property buyers, despite the first home buyer support announced previously. REINSW president John Cunningham said the state government had an opportunity to provide support for allRead more »

    John Horosko, the owner operator of BOQ Campbelltown

    Now is the time for first home buyers, says our local BOQ manager

    John Horosko of BOQ Campbelltown says now’s the time for NSW first home buyers. John Horosko is the owner manager of BOQ Campbelltown and has been working in the banking and finance industry for over 35 years. Over John’s many years of serving the local Campbelltown and Macarthur communities, he says he is most proud of being able to guideRead more »



    Take the new Astra sedan for a spin to the Blue Mountains

    Holden’s award winning Astra hatch has quickly become one of Australia’s favourite small cars and now with the launch of the all-new Astra sedan, there is even more reason to take a look at Holden’s iconic small car range. With a zippy and economical 1.4-litre turbocharged engine and six-speed automatic transmission, the new Astra Sedan packs a punch whether yourRead more »

    Lexus CT 200h F Sport

    Lexus popularity set to match records broken last year

    New vehicle sales by luxury carmaker Lexus advanced 13.2 per cent last month on the back of record May deliveries of its premium SUV Lines. The brand’s May result of 767 sales was significantly stronger than the 689 vehicles delivered by the Lexus dealer network in April. Lexus NX, RX and LX SUVs accounted for 515 deliveries last month, whichRead more »


    Nathaniel Stewart was an inspiration to his team mates at the open age NSW Hockey State Championships

    Academy stars shine in NSW men’s hockey championships

    Outstanding individual performances by current and former South West Sydney Academy of Sport (SWSAS) athletes were a feature of the 2017 NSW Men’s Hockey Championships. Staged right here in Macarthur’s Narellan Hockey Centre over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, the championships attracted large and vocal crowds. Macarthur was represented by Metro South West association teams in the three divisions contested. ARead more »

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