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Melissa Woodward and son Blake in 2016

Nappy drive: charity campaign with healthy bottom line

For the past two years Melissa Woodward, a remedial massage therapist and women’s health coach who runs Evolution Health Services from Lindesay Street, Campbelltown, has been part of an unusual charity event – a nappy drive. For two weeks in May, Evolution Health Services becomes a collection point for unused, disposable nappies which are then given to families in need and women escaping from domestic violence. The Nappy Collective, a national charity, is behind the annual nappy campaign passionately embraced by Evolution Health Services here in Macarthur. Melissa Woodward says she is excited that Evolution Health Services will be part of… Read more »

ster Group CEO Danny Munk joined Vinnies’ Wollongong Diocesan Central Council executive officer Peter Quarmby to launch this year’s CEO Sleepout

Vinnies sleepout: Company chiefs to raise homelessness funds, awareness

St Vincent de Paul Society’s Wollongong Diocesan Central Council is calling on business leaders from Macarthur to Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands to spend a winter night outdoors to help raise more than $100,000 to fund frontline homelessness services. CEOs and senior executives will come together at St Mary Star of the Sea college for the annual Wollongong Vinnies CEO Sleepout on Thursday, June 21, taking a stand against homelessness across the region by foregoing one night of comfort to help make a real difference to our community. As well as raising money for crucial St Vincent de Paul Society… Read more »

Public interest test gone as planners take over, says Greens councillor

The new planning system has thrown out the baby with the bath water, says Macarthur Greens councillor Ben Moroney. He says the introduction of local planning panels has resulted in the removal of the public interest test in determining development applications. Cr Moroney, who was first elected to Campbelltown Council in 2016, says taking councillors out of the equation is anything but an improvement on the system. “There’s a fundamental, philosophical point about councillors and our role in development – councillors embody the public interest,’’ he told the Voice in an interview,’’ he said. “Council staff are there to assess… Read more »

    The Kontos Report

    Fearless comment, a peek behind the news, some fun and satire with Top 5, topped off with the week’s most interesting image - or two.

    In My View

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    Thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken…

    We all have our favourite phrases and one of mine is: the more things change, the more they stay the same. But as you get older and, hopefully, a little wiser, you realise nothing is that simple or clear cut. I was reminded of this when the news came through that one of our local political representatives, Macquarie Fields MPRead more »

    Macarthur Chatter

    Cr Paul Lake.

    Getting better with age: Cr Lake spots missing council reports

    Not much gets past the eagle eyes of veteran Campbelltown councillor Paul Lake. At last night’s council meeting, the former mayor gently pointed out to the staff responsible for putting the agenda together that some reports requested by councillors had gone missing in action. Mick Sewell, who was acting general manager after Lindy Deitz left early to attend another meeting,Read more »

    Top 5

    Glenalvon is another rare heritage gem in the heart if town.

    Let’s do better job protecting our history this time around

    We are assured the population tsunami is definitely on the way for Campbelltown and Macarthur. And if we rely on past experience we can bet on having thousands more fellow residents from Glenfield to Menangle any time soon. What may not come at the same time is the investment needed to create local jobs. Some on the council are carryingRead more »

    Picture This

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    Symmetry of our streetscape points the way forward

    Picture yourself in Mawson Park and walking downhill towards Queen Street. It’s almost dusk as you lift your eyes and realise that the main feature of the streetscape is the contrast between a modern building and one built more than 100 years earlier in the 19th century. The old Campbelltown court house, a beautiful building boasting Victorian elegance, is onRead more »


    There's an aged home care crisis, says Labor MP Dr Mike Freelander

    Dr Freelander calls for urgent action to fix aged home care ‘crisis’

    The Federal Member for Macarthur, Dr Mike Freelander, has written to the Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, calling on him to fix the growing home care crisis for older Australians. Dr Freelander said he acted following the release of new data showing close to 105,000 older Australians are languishing in limbo waiting for a home care package. More thanRead more »

    A patient experience feedback survey is helping our local hospitals provide the best possible service to patients.

    Patient experience feedback key to best possible service in local hospitals

    An innovative patient survey is being introduced at South Western Sydney Local Health District to provide real time feedback on patient experience. The My Experience Matters survey uses tablets to give patients and their carers the opportunity to provide real time feedback about their experience. Amanda Larkin, the District’s chief executive, said the survey was an opportunity for staff toRead more »


    Regional Growth Fund will boost regional economies, says MP Angus Taylor.

    Jobs and growth, that’s what this fund’s for, says Taylor

    Jobs, jobs, jobs is the aim of the federal government’s $272 million Regional Growth Fund. Local MP and Turnbull Government minister Angus Taylor says the Fund was set up to support major projects that delivered long term economic benefits to regional areas such as Macarthur. He said he was aware several local councils were planning to submit funding proposals toRead more »

    Joshua Reid, 15, picked up a pre-apprenticeship at an mwlp linking youth information night.

    Jobs night for youth a game changer for Joshua, 15

    Joshua Reid, 15 years old and disengaged from school, attended the recent mwlp linking youth Jobs for Youth Night with mum Claire. Over 300 guests attended the apprenticeship and traineeship information night held at Wests Leagues Club, where they heard from experts and learnt about the many opportunities available. Representatives of local employers, group training organisations, state training services andRead more »


    Moana will be screened at Willowdale's community entertainment night on Saturday, April 28.

    Meet your neighbours at free community entertainment night

    A night of free family fun, including outdoor movie screening and children’s entertainment, will be on offer at Willowdale in Denham Court on Saturday, 28 April. The event, which will be held at Willowdale Park Amphitheatre on Jamboree Avenue, will start at 4pm with a range of children’s entertainment including free popcorn and garden games followed by the screening ofRead more »

    Bounce Town will be at Oran Park this Wednesday

    Inflatable extravaganza coming to Oran Park for youth week

    Bounce Town will pop up in Oran Park for young people of all ages to enjoy as part of NSW Youth Week. It will be here this Wednesday, April 18 at Jack Brabham Reserve, Oran Park, 10am-3pm. The free inflatable extravaganza will this year include a large scale Ninja Warrior obstacle course that will test the speed, agility and courageRead more »


    Macarthur community groups are being encouraged to go solar and save on their power bills.

    Get funding for solar power and save, community groups told

    Community groups in Macarthur are being invited to apply for funding under the Australian Government’s Solar Communities Program. Liberal Senator for Western Sydney Marise Payne says  funding is available for the installation of rooftop solar photovoltaic, solar hot water and solar-connected battery systems. “Community groups which get involved will not only help reduce their electricity costs, but also reduce demandRead more »

    New research offers hope for people with impaired vision caused by cataracts.

    WSU research offers hope to people with impaired vision

    A team of researchers from Western Sydney University are on track to significantly improve the lives of children and adults with cataracts thanks to their development of a world-first process able to generate light-focusing lenses from stem cells. This discovery – recently published in Development and led by Dr Michael O’Connor from the School of Medicine – enables Dr O’Connor’sRead more »


    The Frasers Property Australia acquisition in Horsley Park

    Acquisition of prime industrial sites confirms Western Sydney is on the move

    Frasers Property Australia has bought two prime industrial sites in Western Sydney, which will benefit from the state and federal government’s Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan (WSIP), encompassing Western Sydney Airport. The acquisition in Horsley Park is more than 10 hectares and was purchased from CSR Building Products Limited. It is located approximately three kilometres from the company’s Eastern Creek sitesRead more »


    Digital real estate marketing platform improves engagement

    Real estate agents can now quickly and easily create compelling video and social posts to share with customers with the launch of HomePrezzo through CoreLogic. HomePrezzo is a digital real estate marketing platform that claims it will revolutionise the way agents engage with vendors and buyers. It delivers templates that draw upon CoreLogic data so agents can easily create their own brandedRead more »


    Colorado LSX.

    LSX: new addition to Holden’s Colorado stable

    Holden has announced a new addition to the Colorado range with the 2018 Colorado LSX on sale across Australia from this month. First introduced in 2015, Colorado LSX connected with customers thanks to its stylish additions to its already capable and well-appointed donor model, Colorado LS. Adding to Colorado’s already impressive list of features including a 3.5 ton towing capacity,Read more »


    In Commodore we trust: Holden offers seven year warranty

    Holden is showing just how confident it is when it comes to its two newest recruits – the high-tech all-new Commodore and all-new mid-size SUV, Equinox – introducing seven-year/unlimited kilometres warranty, coupled with seven years roadside assist. “The all-new Commodore is the evolution of an icon and the feedback we’ve had from customers and media that have driven it hasRead more »


    Socceroo great Brett Emerton

    Macarthur’s Socceroo great Brett Emerton joins A-League push

    Campbelltown born and bred Socceroo great Brett Emerton has thrown his support behind the United for Macarthur A-League bid. Emerton, who played 95 times for the national team, says he is proud to accept the invitation to be an ambassador for the local campaign to bring top tier football to the region. One of several Macarthur region football players who haveRead more »

    Elijah Taylor returns to the side for his first game since round two.

    Test of depth: injuries sideline Lawrence, Reynolds for trip to Tamworth

    Injuries loom as the biggest threat to the resurgent Wests Tigers in 2018. This week will be one of those tests of the club’s depth, with both Chris Lawrence and Josh Reynolds unavailable for selection in the round seven clash with the Newcastle Knights. Lawrence, who has been in superb form all season, suffered a low grade hamstring strain inRead more »

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