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This young writer’s unfinished first novel is already a winner

Budding writer Erin Middleton does not have a publishing deal and her first book won’t be finished for another couple of years. But what she has already written has helped her win a scholarship that may set the 22 year old from Campbelltown on a literary career. Ms Middleton was recently named the winner of the 2019 Faber Writing Academy scholarship at publisher Allen & Unwin. She submitted an excerpt of her incomplete novel as part of her application for the scholarship, and the judges were obviously impressed. Kathryn Heyman said Erin’s work stood out for its immediately compelling voice and the elegance… Read more »

It’s time for action on urban heat

We have all been talking about how hot and humid late summer has been this year, but talk is cheap. Now we can actually take some action that could lead to a reduction in temperature levels. Residents can arm themselves with heat sensors as part of an arsenal of scientific tools to help map Campbelltown’s heat levels, in an interactive community first that will compare data from 21 other councils across Australia. The project is being run by RMIT University and the University of NSW in collaboration with councils to collect enough data to help better understand, counter and adapt… Read more »

Seniors festival is all about fun and learning new skills

There’s a lot more to the annual seniors festival than just having a good time. It’s true fun is a big part of the festival program in Macarthur, but so is learning new skills, including mastering computers and the internet. Starting in a couple of days – the 2019 Seniors Festival runs during February 13-24 – it also includes concerts, drawing and tech workshops, art tours, socials and therapy groups, free film screenings and readings, among other activities. Campbelltown seniors will also be able to get free access to pool and fitness classes during this year’s festival. New members can… Read more »

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    Sign of the times: Liberal candidate a mystery man

    His election signs are spreading like mushrooms, but who exactly is the Liberal Party candidate for Macquarie Fields, Zahurul Quazi? We can tell you he is a successful local businessman who is of Bangladeshi background. And we also hear he is very confident he can give sitting Labor MP Anoulack Chanthivong a run for his money at the March 23Read more »

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    Could some of these trends be barking up the wrong tree?

    What do you have when you’re in a first world nation? You have first world problems, that’s what. But it’s not just worrying about traffic jams or having too much choice when standing in front of the shampoo display at Woolies or Coles. Being first world also means first world trends, going where no human has been before and whoRead more »

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    Margaret Shafer adds ‘woman of the year’ to list of honours

    Margaret Shafer was shocked when MP Greg Warren dropped by her work place – Ken Shafer Auto Body on Blaxland Road – to tell her she was the 2019 Campbelltown Local Woman of the Year. Not that honours are rare for the 77 year old: she has received, among others, the Medal of the Order of Australia, Rotary Club’s prestigiousRead more »


    Latham names community fighter as his One Nation man in Holsworthy

    Mark Latham has enlisted a community activist to run for One Nation in the state seat of Holsworthy. Now the leader of One Nation in NSW and himself a candidate for the NSW Upper House, Mr Latham has just announced that East Ward Progress Association veteran Michael Byrne will be his candidate against sitting Liberal MP Melanie Gibbons. As partRead more »


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    Tools to help you grow your small business

    Expressions of interest are closing soon for council’s new Economic Gardening Program which will give Campbelltown’s business owners some of the tools and guidance they need to scale their business upwards and to grow their venture beyond our region. The five-part facilitated workshop program is structured with a coaching component to help businesses grow from within. The free program beginsRead more »


    Golf course refresher for ladies who mean business

    Lakeside Golf Club Camden is still accepting bookings for its popular Business Ladies golf course starting on Tuesday, January 29. The course is a perfect introduction to golf for beginners who want to learn the basics or a great refresher for ladies wanting to return to the game after some time away from it.  The course takes place over sixRead more »



    Challenge walk a community favourite for more than 20 years

    For more than 20 years the Campbelltown City Challenge Walk has been one of the great local community events. Families, friends, school students and even gym groups have taken part over the years and 2019 won’t be any different. But if you have never taken part, there’s more to the Campbelltown City Challenge Walk than you think. Two distances areRead more »


    Feel good movie on the cards

    Campbelltown’s more senior film buffs can enjoy a free Valentine’s Day screening of popular Australian movie The Sapphires during this year’s Seniors Festival. The award-winning 2012 film, set in the 1960s, about an Aboriginal all-girl group is being shown for free at the Campbelltown Arts Centre during the two week program. This year’s Senior’s Festival focuses on people over 60,Read 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 »


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    Why community of friends and family is the trend at New Breeze

    Prem Shah and his wife Reejan Mallashah from Edmonson Park first discovered New Breeze by the Dahua Group more than one year ago. “The idea of living in a new community that was centrally located to several facilities, major infrastructure and expansive green areas was a prospect that appealed greatly to us,’’ Mr Shah said. “So much so that weRead more »


    Rohan’s Run: it’s all about location, location, location

    Bluestone Developments NSW has unveiled plans for a residential development called Rohan’s Run in Austral. Named after John Reoch Rohan and his family who have been owners and residents of the land for 82 years, Rohan’s Run is located just 25 minutes from both Campbelltown and Liverpool and less than an hour’s drive from the Sydney CBD. The location ofRead 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 »

    funding applications for Round 4 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) program are now open

    Funding available for ways to save lives on our roads

    Funding applications for Round 4 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) program are now open giving the green light to submissions on projects which will save lives and reduce road trauma. The HVSI program is supported by the federal government working with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to deliver pragmatic results. The announcement of Round 4 opening wasRead more »



    Academy’s AFLW pathway set to kick goals

    It was only a matter of time before the success of the national women’s AFL competition resonated down the line. And the next AFLW superstar could well come from our neck of the woods now the South West Sydney Academy of Sport (SWSAS) have joined forces with AFL NSW/ACT to offer a performance progression program for our region’s best U16Read more »


    New captain: Moses to lead the way for Wests Tigers

    He’s only been at the club for half a season but now Moses Mbye has been made Wests Tigers captain for the 2019 NRL season. Mbye, 25, joined the club midway through the 2018 season and was one of the few positives of another disappointing season without finals footy. Having played 103 first grade games since making his NRL debutRead more »

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