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Chance to discover the history of where we live

Most people take for granted the history and heritage of the place they call home. Checking out their own local area’s history is not a high priority – it can always be done another time in the future. But this also means a lot of people are ignorant of the rich history of their home. If you’re one of them and you live in Campbelltown, two National Trust Heritage Festival events could be your opportunity to finally discover all the heritage around where you live. You will be able to stroll through historic St Peter’s Cemetery, take a walk on… Read more »

Thomas Reddall High students have seen their future and it’s in hospitality

The motto of Thomas Reddall High School is Focusing on our future. For two days this week, that’s exactly what the school’s hospitality students did. First they heard some inspiring stories from three local chefs who’ve been there and done that – and some hard truths as well. Then the students donned their aprons, cooked up a three course meal and served it to 100 people in the school auditorium. The initiative was organised by the school along with work placement organisation mwlp, which links young people to the workforce. It all started on Tuesday morning when the students listened… Read more »

Justice delayed is justice denied: Push for court precinct gathers pace

Inside the Campbelltown Court complex in Railway Street. Campbelltown Court is at full capacity, while Camden Court sits for just two days a month. Picton Court, which hears domestic violence and AVO cases, lacks the security required for such disputes. For family law matters, local residents have to travel either to Parramatta or Sydney. These are just some of the reasons the NSW Law Society has launched a vigorous campaign to convince the state and federal governments to finance to the construction of a South West Sydney justice precinct. The Law Society also relies on forecasts that the local population… Read more »

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    Plague on both your houses

    Bill Shorten Plenty of voters will be wishing they had more of a choice when they vote in the federal election on Saturday, May 18. Let’s be perfectly clear about this: when we say the two major parties stink it’s a comment on their head offices and not on individual MPs or candidates. There are still plenty of good peopleRead more »

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    Branding brainstorm unites old and young residents

    The first workshop this week to brainstorm ideas about how to sell Campbelltown to outsiders was held at Ingleburn. The most fascinating aspect of it wasn’t the participants having to find a solution to the conundrum: if Campbelltown was an animal what do you think it would be. No, it was the fact that young and old residents participating inRead more »

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    MPs challenge puts pressure on their rugby clubs to win

    Campbelltown Harlequins rugby union club first grade player Mitch Gordon says the team is determined to help local MP Greg Warren win a bet with a fellow Labor politician. Keira MP Ryan Park and Mr Warren have backed their own local rugby teams to beat the other in two clashes as part of the Illawarra rugby premiership competition. The loserRead more »


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    Campbelltown’s great, but ‘confidence deficit’ dents pride

    Campbelltown arts centre Perceptions of Campbelltown are outdated and out-of-step with the good things happening here according to many of those taking part in the city’s rebranding project consultations. The project has had a huge response, with several hundred people submitting surveys or taking part in community workshops and discussions since February on how the city should be represented. TheRead more »


    Promise to fix fibre to the node wiring problem for free

    Problematic in-home wiring between telephone sockets in the home can cause interference to National Broadband Network (NBN) signals in fibre to the node households.   This interference reduces signal quality to the modem, which in turn causes dropouts and slower speeds.  NBNCo have undertaken a trial which found fixing the in-home cabling improved reliability reduced dropouts and improved attainable speeds byRead more »



    Get on board Camden Monopoly for a good cause

    Local businesses and organisations will feature on the first ever Camden edition of Monopoly – and it’s all for a good cause. Camden Council, in partnership with Winning Moves Australia, is designing and producing 2,000 copies of the popular game. Council is now calling on local businesses to get behind the project. All funds received from the sale of theRead more »

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    Trung Bui is only 31 but the world is his oyster

    The word “inspiration’’ doesn’t do justice to the story of Trung Bui. His parents came to Australia from Vietnam in the 1980s. One of six kids, Trung grew up in the Housing Commission neighbourhood of Ashcroft, west of Liverpool. Now 31, this quietly spoken young man is successfully pioneering a new way in hospitality franchising with his Espresso Warriors. LastRead more »



    Amazing Lego show you can’t miss – and it’s free!

    If you visit just one fun event in the Macarthur region these school holidays, it’s got to be Casey’s Toys Campbelltown Lego Show. This unmissable, amazing show – with free entry – opens its doors to the public for the first time tomorrow, Saturday, April 13. The big highlight will be an incredible Lego Mega City (pictured above) – createdRead more »


    Alan Baker drawings go on exhibition

    Camden’s Alan Baker Art Gallery will present its first feature exhibition from this Thursday, April 11. The exhibition will bring to life 20th century, previously unseen drawings by Alan Baker, including the two featured alongside this story.  The exhibition, Drawing Life, will also feature artwork from the local artist’s contemporaries alongside a display of visitor works inspired by him. MayorRead more »



    Who you gonna call when digital problems pile up?

    A large business can afford to have an in house IT department to tackle any digital challenges. But when it comes to family businesses, often run by one or two people, it’s a little more complicated staying ahead of the game in the internet era. As a small local business in Macarthur, the South West Voice often crosses path withRead more »

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    App helper to ensure kids get vaccinations on time

    Parents and carers in the South Western Sydney Local Health District are encouraged to download the improved, free Save the Date to Vaccinate app to ensure their children receive vaccinations on time. With better functionality and new features, the app is a part of NSW Health’s annual campaign to remind parents and carers to get their children immunised from seriousRead more »



    Bucking the trend: big lots snapped up by homebuyers

    Master planned communities across the country are reducing land sizes, but one development right here in South West Sydney is bucking the trend to smaller and smaller lots. Dahua Group in its New Breeze community in Bardia has released new super sized land parcels ranging from 1,246 square metres to 1,962 sqm. First home buyers Hasan Xo and his wifeRead more »


    Energy efficient homes of the future on the way

    Global property developer Sekisui House has engaged a team of international and local consulting firms to conduct a detailed research probe into creating a highly advanced net zero energy homes community modelled in Australia. And it’s all taking place in the heart of Macarthur. Later this year, Sekisui House will open its first net zero home in The Hermitage atRead more »



    Welcome to the elevated sports sedan from Nissan

    In an era where electric cars with autonomous driving capabilities dominate global auto shows, the Nissan IMs stands out with its simple, unadorned design and advanced technology. Now Nissan IMs introduces a new segment – the elevated sports sedan. It transforms the traditional sedan into something fresh and new, with provocative proportions and a sleek new look that emphasises itsRead more »


    New Toyota GR Supra builds on the heritage of its forebears

    The all new Toyota GR Supra, the fifth generation of Toyota’s legendary sports car and the first global GR model to be produced by Toyota GAZOO Racing, has made its world debut. Conceived as a sports car in its purest form, the new Toyota GR Supra builds on the heritage of Toyota’s past Supra generations and the 2000GT sports carRead more »



    Tenacious Wests Tigers set for Eels test

    Their new found resilience will be under scrutiny once again when the Wests Tigers run out to Bankwest Stadium to take on Parramatta in round six on Easter Monday. Head coach Michael Maguire has just named the same 17 players who featured in last Thursday’s heart stopping win over the Broncos in Brisbane. The 22-16 victory was iced in theRead more »

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