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Hurley Park labyrinth overlooks Campbelltown heritage

Susanne Jones has lived in Campbelltown all her life. She also has a passion for labyrinths. This morning she joined MP Greg Warren and Cr Meg Oates to mark the completion of work on Campbelltown’s very own labyrinth at Hurley Park. Ms Jones, who lives near the park, came up with the idea for a labyrinth as a way to bring the local community together. She approached Campbelltown Council and Mr Warren to help fund her vision for a local labyrinth, and she says they were both supportive of the idea. Ms Jones designed the Hurley Park labyrinth herself, with… Read more »

Former soldier Greg Warren to keep a Labor eye on veterans’ interests in NSW

Former soldier turned MP Greg Warren has been promoted to the shadow ministry on new Labor leader Jodi McKay’s frontbench. The Campbelltown MP accepted a request from Ms McKay, pictured above, to serve as Labor’s shadow minister for veterans affairs, shadow minister for local government and shadow minister for Western Sydney. Prior to entering politics, Mr Warren served in the army from 1990 to 1998 as part of the Royal Australian Infantry and the Royal Australian Corps of Transport. Mr Warren, who is also a member of his local RSL sub-branch, said the welfare of returned servicemen and women was… Read more »

Dumaresq Street tower to boost Campbelltown CBD

Plans for a $45 million tower in Dumaresq Street could be the game changer Campbelltown needs to grow its central business district. The 14 storey development was approved with three levels of commercial and 11 residential in December 2018 The developer has met with council and is in the process of finalising plans to convert residential levels to commercial office space. It will now include five storeys of commercial space boasting a NABERS 5.5 energy star rating – the highest is 6 – making it the first of its kind in South West Sydney. Going green: an artist’s impression of… 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.

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    Sports academy also anxious over status of centre of excellence

    Last week two Kontos Report missives hit a raw nerve or three. One was the bold suggestion that the annual Fisher’s Ghost art award be restricted to local artists and, therefore, keep the $25,000 prizemoney here. The second report to make some waves was our revelation that there isn’t much movement when it comes to starting construction on the muchRead more »

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    Will centre of excellence be ready in time to help Bulls launch into A-League

    It looks almost certain that Macarthur FC will be the main tenants when the Campbelltown sports centre of excellence is built. Wests Tigers have been trumpeting funding for their own centre in the inner city, so they’re obviously not interested. But our A-League franchise might also be keeping a keen eye on the one here because according to one councillorRead more »

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    Time we got rid of our $25,000 art award cultural cringe

    Having noticed that entries are now open to this year’s Fisher’s Ghost art award, I couldn’t help wondering whether it’s right that it’s open to everybody in Australia. Now in its 57th year, the open prize, the big one, is worth $25,000. Two points here: firstly $25,000 is not peanuts and, secondly, this is ratepayers’ money we’re talking about. Actually,Read more »



    There goes the Scenic Hills: green light for cemetery at Varroville

    The Independent Planning Commission’s approval yesterday of a 136,000-plot cemetery at Varroville has been slammed as the “final nail in the coffin for the Scenic Hills’’. Member for Macquarie Fields Anoulack Chanthivong, who has campaigned against the cemetery since before his election in 2015, says the Berejiklian Government’s breach of the Heritage Act paved the way for a development thatRead more »


    Zonta dinner: from breast cushions to cancer nurses in Sri Lanka

    Ann Selle developed the prototype of the breast cushion and set it up as a Zonta project through all districts of Australia. On Wednesday, July 24, Ms Selle will be the guest speaker at the Zonta Club of Macarthur Inc dinner. The cushions are provided to women and men undergoing treatment in hospital for breast cancer. Ms Selle will talkRead more »



    It will be raining free hot dogs when Bavarian restaurant opens at Mac Square

    It will be raining free hot dogs when the Bavarian restaurant opens its doors for the first time at Macarthur Square on Saturday, June 29. As part of the opening celebrations, Bavarian Macarthur will give away 500 free hotdogs from 11am. But the Bavarian will bring much more to Macarthur than just its legendary pork knuckle, crackling pork belly andRead more »

    Small Business Friendly Councils Inaugural Conference 2019 © Salty Dingo 2019

    It’s a winner: program that reduces red tape for startups

    Camden Council has won State Government recognition for helping locals start their own businesses. Since August 2018 council has been offering the NSW Government’s Easy to do Business Program, which is designed to make the process of starting a new business easier by reducing the time required to go through government requirements and regulations. In less than nine months sinceRead more »



    Library can help get your book club started

    If you run, or would like to start, your own book club, Narellan Library can help you out with Book Club Kits! The kits include 10 copies of a book, with the choice of fiction, non-fiction and biographies. There’s also a set of discussion questions to help your group get the conversation started and the DVD of the film adaptation,Read more »



    Smart move: council backs Generation STEM

    It is widely accepted science, technology, engineering and mathematics – STEM for short – will be the key to success for young people in the next few years. Recognising this, Campbelltown Council will back Generation STEM, an innovative new program launched last week. Campbelltown has committed to supporting this new State Government initiative from the start and will partner withRead more »


    High speed internet for the health care system tackles hepatitis C

    A unique health program operating in South West Sydney is providing patients with rapid access to specialist advice to fast-track their treatment. Many refer to Project ECHO as “high speed internet for the healthcare system”, because specialists are providing input to help cure and treat patients with hepatitis C at rapid speed. Instead of waiting to see a specialist, aRead more »



    Gledswood Hills: buyer sentiment on the rise since federal election

    Buyer sentiment has increased significantly at Sekisui House’s 307 hectare master planned community The Hermitage at Gledswood Hills since the May 18 federal election. May and June delivered a 55 per cent sales uplift when compared to the previous two months. Enquiry rates have also increased significantly during the first half of 2019, doubling that of the same period lastRead more »


    Ideal time for first home buyers to enter the market

    The property market is rapidly changing with more interest rate cuts, bank regulator APRA’s proposed plans to relax lending restrictions, property price reductions and investors exiting the market. First home buyers are starting to capitalise on these fluctuating market conditions in one of the fastest growing master planned communities in South West Sydney, New Breeze at Bardia, which has witnessedRead more »



    Aspirational special editions from Lexus hit the road

    Aspirational: Lexus NX Crafted (left) and RX Crafted (right) Lexus has compiled two distinct packages of highly aspirational premium features to create special edition variants of its strong-selling luxury NX and 5-seat RX SUVs. The special-edition NX Crafted and RX Crafted are fitted with eye-catching exterior and interior enhancements that build on the luxury grade of the relevant models. TheRead more »


    Volvo’s all electric car set to land Down Under next year

    Volvo’s Polestar 2 electric sedan could be available in Australia as early as next year. It is anticipated the price point could be around the $63,500 mark, pitching it close to the anticipated price of the cheapest examples of Tesla’s Model 3. “Polestar 2 is our first fully electric car and first volume model. Everything about it has been designedRead more »



    Coach looking ahead to next year: 19 year old rookie named for Wests Tigers

    The season isn’t quite gone, but it looks like Wests Tigers head coach Michael Maguire is starting to look ahead to season 2020. One of the first victims of the renewal process seems to be Robert Jennings, who has had an ordinary year since coming across from Souths this season. He was particularly pedestrian in the loss to Parramatta atRead more »

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