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Campbelltown councillor Ted Rowell.

Ted Rowell: popular councillor who put ratepayers first

Just 10 months after he was re-elected to Campbelltown Council in September 2016, Ted Rowell decided to call it quits. Both he and his wife Yvonne had become seriously unwell and it was decided they would focus exclusively on their health. Cr Rowell, who was very popular with the companion animal community because of his unstinting efforts to improve conditions at council’s animal care facility, reluctantly offered his resignation. “I did offer to resign both verbally and in writing,’’ Cr Rowell told the South West Voice in Macarthur yesterday. “But the general manager and the mayor told me they did… Read more »

Macarthur Multicultural Children's Festival Committee director Brian Laul

Macarthur multicultural festival an idea whose time has come

Campbelltown has undergone a multicultural transformation over the past 20 years. Communities ranging from the Philippines, Pacific Islands, India and the Middle East have experienced massive growth in numbers during that time. Groups such as Macarthur Greeks have been established in recent years, reflecting the growing multicultural nature of both Campbelltown and the Macarthur region. This transformation is reflected in the annual Festival of Fisher’s Ghost parade, with more and more multicultural groups taking part every year. Which all means the time is right for the inaugural Macarthur Multicultural Children’s Festival. It will be held on Sunday, August 5 in… Read more »

Cr Warren Morrison, who is currently serving on the Macarthur Bush Fire Management Committee

Fire close to home a crash course in how to fight it

Not long after becoming a member of the Macarthur Bush Fire Management Committee, Campbelltown councillor Warren Morrison got a crash course in the real thing. In late summer a large grass fire broke out not far from where he lives with his family in Kirkham and Cr Morrison says he was able to watch first hand the response from fire brigades. “I was so proud the local rural fire brigades came out so quickly from Cobbitty, Camden and Campbelltown,’’ he says. “Everyone was there so quickly, at the end of the Outlook, on the top of the hill. “I walked… Read more »

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    Macarthur advisory committee could play a key role in the region's development over the next 20 years.

    Macarthur needs an advisory committee, but make it a good one

    A lot of successful cities both here and overseas use an advisory committee to give them an edge. These committees are usually made up of local people who are experts in their field, from business to politics and media and the law. What’s particularly interesting is that those on such high calibre committees are not asked to apply or nominateRead more »

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    Friends annual exhibition finishes on July 29.

    Friends annual exhibition as good as it gets

    At last Tuesday night’s Campbelltown Council monthly meeting veteran councillor Meg Oates said this year’s Friends art exhibition was a “must see’’. After 30 years on council Cr Oates knows what she’s talking about. If you only visit Campbelltown arts centre to see just one body of work this year, make it the Friends of Campbelltown Arts Centre annual exhibitionRead more »


    Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak signing the city deal agreement.

    Youngsters vying to be mayor for a day

    Camden primary schools can nominate one Year 6 student to participate in the mayor for a day public speaking competition. The competition is part of Local Government Week celebrations, from Tuesday, July 31 to Monday 6 August. Mayor Lara Symkowiak said the annual event was an opportunity for young people to share their vision for the future of Camden. “EachRead more »

    Youth Solutions’ annual charity event is on Saturday, July 28 at The Cube, Campbelltown Catholic Club.

    Youth Solutions big night will bring back 80s glitter

    Turn on your crimper, dust off your cummerbunds and ruffle frocks, Youth Solutions’ annual charity event will bring back the 1980s. The big night is on Saturday, July 28 at The Cube, Campbelltown Catholic Club. In appropriate fashion the event will raise much needed funds for Youth Solutions youth drug and alcohol prevention and health promotion programs, campaigns and services,Read more »


    Sleeping Giant owner Warren Morrison in the temporary premises along Blaxland Road.

    Sleeping Giant prepares for move back to new look premises

    The Sleeping Giant store on Blaxland Road was relocated in late March to premises about 100 metres away. But so many items had to be transported from the old premises to the new temporary one, owner Warren Morrison says they allowed two weeks for the move. Mr Morrison, who estimates that around 1,000 items were trekked to the new premises,Read more »

    Adriana Care

    Taskforce wants to make Camden number one

    “This is a strategy for business – it unashamedly encourages the establishment of new businesses in the Camden local government area and intends to facilitate better business outcomes.’’ Speaking is Adriana Care, chairperson of Camden Region Economic Taskforce Limited (CRET). The taskforce has launched its strategic plan to facilitate economic growth in Camden and Ms Care is keen to getRead more »


    The Fat Controllers are vying for a spot in Fisher's Gig

    Get ready to rock – Fishers Gig turns 21

    Fisher’s Gig turns 21 this year and what’s a coming-of-age party without great music. The Fisher’s Gig heats will be held on Saturday, July 28 at Greg Percival Community Centre, Ingleburn, with 10 acts vying for a spot at Campbelltown’s party of the year – Fisher’s Gig. Members of the community can buy tickets to the all ages event andRead more »

    Exercise can save lives

    Exercise is the best medicine for cancer patients

    Cancer patients from the Macarthur region have a new weapon in their arsenal to fight cancer – the benefits of exercise. Patients are experiencing better health and wellbeing and improving their chances of survival thanks to two exercise programs offered through the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre at Campbelltown Hospital. The ENRICHing Survivorship and the Active Survivor Programs support the recentlyRead more »


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    How staying calm when hackers target you is a good strategy

    I’ve just a discovered another reason why we should have regular breaks when using a computer for work or pleasure. Reviewing the last two attempts by hackers to infect my PC with a virus I reflected how I was mentally fatigued at the time and made a couple of mistakes. They weren’t fatal, but so easily could have been. Naturally,Read more »

    My Health Record: Having an online medical record that's easily accessible can take the pressure off carers.

    How having a digital medical file can ease the pressure

    An online My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless they choose not to have one. The opt out period will run from July 16 to October 15 and digital records will then be created for interested Australians by the end of the year. So what is My Health record? What matters most for a lot of peopleRead more »



    The brave new world of renting

    In the face of greater competition and rising housing costs, renters are using new technologies and resorting to precarious and informal arrangements to access housing, new Australian Housing and Urban research Institute (AHURI) research reveals. The report, Navigating a changing private rental sector, undertaken by researchers from Swinburne University of Technology, Curtin University and University of NSW, examines the challengesRead more »


    Dahua unveils $1.5 billion plans for Parkland Town at Menangle

    Dahua Group Australia yesterday unveiled its plans for a brand new, $1.5 billion master planned community in Menangle Park. The plans will transform what used to be agricultural land into what Dahua says will be a “vibrant, contemporary Parkland Town on the banks of the Nepean River’’. Located 10 minutes from Campbelltown city centre and around 65km from Sydney CBD,Read more »



    Arrival of Ti completes this Nissan range

    Nissan has finalised the QASHQAI range with the high spec Ti grade going on sale from July 1. One of Australia’s most popular small SUVs when the refreshed 2018 model was launched late last year, the Nissan QASHQAI was offered in three variants including the entry model ST, the core grade ST-L and the temporary “special edition” high-spec NTEC –Read more »

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    Heavy vehicle changes to make roads safer for everyone

    Heavy vehicle operators and other road users will soon be safer on the roads following new Australian Design Rules (ADRs) aimed at reducing heavy vehicle rollovers and similar loss-of-control crashes. The ADRs will mandate Electronic Stability Control (ESC) for new heavy vehicle trailers from July 2019 and for selected new heavy trucks and buses from November 2020. This will bringRead more »


    Eagles celebrate after their hard earned 26-4 win over Belrose.

    Coach hails defence – and youth – as depleted Eagles overcome Belrose

    The East Campbelltown Eagles victory over Belrose Eagles was not as easy as the 26-4 scoreline suggests. A depleted Eagles team – they fielded no fewer than eight under 20s players – had to do a mountain of defensive work to stop the visitors from causing an upset. Coach Richard Barnes singled out the massive defensive effort as they keyRead more »

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