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author Sally-Anne Hurley at Park Central last week.

Our newest author believes positivity rules in life

Sally-Anne Hurley says getting things you want the hard way means you appreciate them even more. This is just one of the positive bits of advice she offers in her book, How to Love the Sh*t Out of Life. Born and bred in Campbelltown, Ms Hurley was always destined to become an author. “I’ve always been writing, whether it was journals as a kid, little short stories – I loved English at school,’’ she says. “I think it was quite evident early on that I would be doing it in some shape or form.’’ Born in 1988, Ms Hurley grew… Read more »

Festival of Fisher's Ghost parade

Just 16 more sleeps before another Festival of Fisher’s Ghost

The countdown has started to this year’s Festival of Fisher’s Ghost – there’s just 16 sleeps to go. Locals and visitors can look forward to a colourful twilight street parade, carnival rides, live music, street stalls and family entertainment from Friday, November 2 to Sunday, November 11. One of the longest running community events in the country, the world famous annual festival is inspired by the region’s most famous ghost story. Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic, said this year’s Festival of Fisher’s Ghost was a celebration not to be missed and he urged residents to get involved and be… Read more »

Cr Warren Morrison in front of the Beersheba monument on the corner of Menangle Road and the newly renamed Beersheba Parade, Menangle Park.

Morrison’s push to preserve Menangle history in new suburb

Imagine living in a suburb where the history of the land it’s built on is all around you. From interactive street signs connecting to apps containing information about the name on the sign to parks full of heritage items, no generation living in that suburb will ever be ignorant of its history. That’s the heritage dream of one Campbelltown councillor for one of the area’s most historic precincts. Everyone knows Menangle Park for trotting races and Sunday markets, plus the annual Campbelltown Show — if you are of a certain vintage. But there is so much more to this hilly… Read more »

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    Patients not happy with long wait to see their doctor

    “I swear by Apollo the Healer, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea, and by all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture.” This pledge from the Hippocratic Oath – written nearly 2,500 years ago – forms part of the most famous text inRead more »

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    former Liberal MP for Campbelltown Bryan Doyle declared that was it for him when he lost to Greg Warren in 2015.

    Taking on Labor juggernaut hard to stomach for Libs

    The Libs may have a candidate in Wollondilly for the state election next March but they have their work cut out finding ones in Camden and Campbelltown. Over in Camden, sitting MP Chris Patterson’s announcement he would not be seeking re-election has sparked some pretty interesting speculation. Nostradamus himself would be impressed by the suggestions from some self appointed expertsRead more »

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    The "Usain Bolt match'' at Campbelltown Sports Stadium last week.

    Macarthur FC almost certain to become a reality

    Yes, yes, our bid for an A-League licence is not over the line yet. But so many factors point to only one result: Macarthur and outer South West Sydney having their very own professional football team in the national soccer competition. Listening closely to the utterances of Football Federation Australia [FFA] chief executive officer David Gallop, four key prerequisites emerge:Read more »

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    Lakeside Lady Golf Club Members annual Tee up for life charity golf day raised $5,000 for homeless charity Dignity.

    Lakeside golf ladies give Dignity a financial boost

    The Lakeside Lady Golf Club Members annual Tee up for life charity golf day is not about who finishes first. It’s about much more than just winning, with proceeds, as the title suggests, going towards a local charity doing good deeds. This year’s Tee up for life charity golf day was held at Camden Lakeside on a Wednesday earlier thisRead more »


    Bradford Insulation's $15 million expansion of its Ingleburn warehouse

    Insulation manufacturer in $15 million expansion at Ingleburn

    Insulation giant CSR Bradford will invest more than $15 million to make its Ingleburn warehouse even bigger. The company has lodged a development application with Campbelltown Council to expand its current warehouse in Stennett Road by more than 10,000 square metres, as well as extensions to the existing office and carpark. It is estimated up to 30 new administration andRead more »


    Hospital auxiliary wins right to host state conference

    It has taken five years, but Campbelltown Hospital Auxiliary has finally done it. The auxiliary has won the right to host the 85th NSW United Hospital Auxiliaries State Conference on October 24 and 25. Campbelltown Hospital Auxiliary, which has raised more than $1.24 million since it was formed in 1953, entered a bid to host the two-day event five yearsRead more »


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    Macarthur thumbs up for fast tracking of business tax relief

    Plans to bring forward by five years tax cuts will benefit more than 10,000 small and medium businesses in Macarthur. Businesses with a turnover below $50 million will face a tax rate of just 25 per cent in 2021-22 rather than from 2026-27 as currently legislated. Similar timing changes will apply to the roll out of the 16 per centRead more »

    The inaugural micro business expo last October was a big hit

    Micro business expo to go around again

    If you have a small business and are looking for ways to gain greater exposure for your products or services, the Campbelltown Micro Business Expo is for you. The expo, which was very successful when held for the first time last year by Campbelltown Council, is an effective way to showcase your business. The expo, to be held on SaturdayRead more »


    Wayne Pearce is coming to town to MC a Melbourne Cup luncheon for Kids of Macarthur Foundation.

    Wayne Pearce MC at kids foundation’s Melbourne Cup luncheon

    Every year scores of Melbourne Cup functions are held across South West Sydney and choosing which one to attend is getting harder all the time. This year it may be an easy decision if you support the work done by Kids of Macarthur Foundation and would like to see them continue doing their good deeds. On Tuesday, November 6 –Read more »


    Body slamming, bone crunching pro wrestling show coming soon

    Fans of IWA Pro Wrestling already know that it’s body slamming, bone crunching, non stop sports entertainment. But there’s a lot more to IWA Pro Wrestling than just that. IWA Pro Wrestling is a family fun, action packed live show with grand entrances, great music, colourful referees and announcers. The show includes heavyweight matches, tag teams and daredevils. IWA ProRead more »



    Fresh look, new features of pet registry website

    The NSW Government is launching a new and improved Pet Registry website to provide an enhanced customer experience for people registering cats and dogs. Public users of the registry will soon notice the website has a fresh look, enhanced navigation and a range of great new features. The upgraded website will make it easier to register pets, return lost animalsRead more »

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    E-learning tool to boost the right of citizens to know

    Transparency, trust and supporting open government are the themes for this year’s Right to Know Week. During this important awareness raising campaign the Information Privacy Commission (IPC NSW) is proud to launch its latest e-learning module Towards Open Government Information (TOGI) via a virtual event involving more than 10 NSW public sector agencies and up to 100 agency employees. DuringRead more »


    under way at New Breeze and Bardia Public School’s $35 million upgrade to create a state-of-the-art education precinct.

    Airport and infrastructure investment to give region prosperity boost

    Edmondson Park, Menangle Park, Oran Park, Bardia, Leppington and Harrington Park are some of the emerging suburbs to benefit from the start of work on Badgerys Creek Airport last week. Property developers with land holdings in South West Sydney’s Growth Corridor say airport construction is set to accelerate investment and economic prosperity in the region. They believe the multi-billion dollarRead more »

    Artist's impression of Eds.Square's Eat Street.

    Ed.Fest day at Ed.Square this Sunday

    Construction of the first homes begins next month, so a celebration is in order at Ed.Square, the mixed-use community bound for Edmondson Park. Frasers Property Australia is inviting the community to join in the festivities. To mark the official grand opening of Ed.Square and a new release of town homes, Frasers Property is holding a fun-filled family day, appropriately dubbedRead more »



    Nissan ramping up production of electric cars

    Nissan has announced that one third of its Australian volume will include electric technology. “Electrified vehicles will represent a third of Nissan volume in Australia during our mid-term plan,” Nissan Australia managing director, Stephen Lester told an electrification thought leadership event in Sydney. “By introducing more electric alternatives on several of our key models, we will make mass market electrificationRead more »

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    Newest member of Mazda ‘family’ offers storage space galore

    Mazda’s CX-8 Diesel is now officially a member of the “family’’ – nine award winning vehicles. Sitting between the CX-5 and the CX-9 on the sizing scale, the value-packed seven-seat option is ideal for growing families looking to pair their need for fuel efficiency, space and safety, with their desire for style and quality. Equipped with the advanced 2.2L SKYACTIV-D twin-turbo diesel engine, theRead more »


    umpire John Evans will officiate in his 400th Sydney grade match this Saturday at Raby.

    Howzat! Cricket umpire to raise finger for 400 matches

    Local cricket umpire John Evans will reach a special milestone this weekend – weather permitting. Evans has been appointed to officiate in his 400th Sydney Cricket Association match on Saturday in a third grade clash between Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts and Northern District at Raby 2 oval. Only 11 umpires in the 105 year history of Sydney grade cricket have stood inRead more »

    Rhonda McCaw and her guide dog, Shelly.

    Acoustic target shooting star needs our help

    Rhonda McCaw has been legally blind since birth. A Macarthur resident for most of her life, she has diplomas in social welfare and health science. Rhonda is very active, volunteering in her community and also helps promote and advocate the rights of people with disabilities. She is also a very talented athlete and has set a goal to successfully competeRead more »

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