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Gift of Time: Our volunteers are a humble lot that make the mayor proud

It’s pretty obvious none of them volunteer their time to get a pat on the back. As they are called up to receive a gift bag from Mayor George Brticevic at the annual Gift of Time ceremony, Campbelltown’s finest are a model of humility. With few exceptions, this morning they’re all nervous as the mayor greets them and then poses for photos with them. At the same time it’s obvious meeting wonderful members of the Campbelltown community like them is one of the joys of the job for Cr Brticevic. He looks comfortable in trying to make these humble volunteers… Read more »

MP Anoulack Chanthivong's annual Christmas wish list

Dear Santa: my electorate just wants its fair share of services

It is two years since MP Anoulack Chanthivong first penned a letter to Santa requesting a fair share for the Macquarie Fields electorate, and this year’s list has only grown longer. “Gladys, take note because our community is fed up. As my list grows longer, so too does the level of frustration and discontent among my constituents towards this Liberal Government,” Mr Chanthivong said. “Our community is tired of being ignored, tired of being short-changed and tired of not being given a fair go. “In fact, we’re so tired of this government’s inaction and unfairness that I’ve resorted to writing… Read more »

Paul Tosi cortege

Final farewell: council staff form guard of honour for Paul Tosi

On the way to a private family burial, the cortege carrying the late Paul Tosi headed down to Queen Street last Thursday around noon. Almost half the Campbelltown City Council workforce who had lined up Queen Street in front of the council administration quickly spotted the funeral cars as they turned right from Cordeaux Street. A respectful hush fell over them as the cortege took just two or three minutes to reach the front of the council, where Farewell Paul banners were held up by staff, one on each side of the street. As the cortege reached the guard of… Read more »

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    South West Confidential


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    Hydro house leftovers dumped at Minto Heights

    ♦ One of our spies couldn’t help but stop to investigate when he drove past this big bunch of plastic rubbish bags on Ben Lomond Road, near Hansens Road at Minto Heights. Our spy pulled over and poked through the bags to find that the whole lot had belonged to a very large hydroponic marijuana operation. It looked like theRead more »

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    New carparking around the Queen Street precinct

    We must kick these goals: our prosperity depends on it

    It is rather amusing to read some of the contradictory contributions from some members of the media. One minute it’s “hooray’’ because our university is expanding or a classy new suburb gets the green light. Then you choke on your muesli when they start blabbing about saving the environment, stopping development and how progress is such a terrible thing. InRead more »

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    News


    Earthworks on the way for Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek.

    Major airport earthworks on the way at Badgerys Creek

    Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher has announced that the Western Sydney Airport company (WSA Co) is today releasing to market the Registration Of Interest (ROI) for early stage earthworks on the Badgerys Creek site. “This is a vital step towards meeting the Turnbull Government’s commitment that early stage earthworks will commence on the site before the end of 2018,’’Read more »

    Meg Oates with artist Jessica Fesic and her pedestrian underpass mural.

    ‘Beautiful’ underpass mural gets thumbs up from deputy mayor

    Jessica Fesic’s mural at the Bradbury Park side of the pedestrian underpass connecting it with Queen Street was unveiled yesterday. The young artist did the honours herself, with a little help from Campbelltown deputy mayor, Meg Oates, who was effusive in her praise of the project. Cr Oates said that Campbelltown Arts Centre and the Little Orange Project Studio hadRead more »

    Business


    Western Sydney Airport is opening up many opportunities for local businesses.

    Western Sydney Airport opportunities: 700 industry reps at info day

    Around 700 industry representatives will gather in Western Sydney today to find out how they can compete for the range of opportunities being created by the Western Sydney Airport during its construction and operation. WSA Co, the company established by the Turnbull Government to build the airport, will inform businesses on procurement for the airport main works, enabling works andRead more »

    Sevaan Group

    Sevaan Group: local manufacturer celebrates 20 years of growth

    A local company which has just celebrated 20 years of success has proven the adage: manufacturing in Australia is dead, long live manufacturing in Australia. Sevaan Group in the Minto industrial estate is a cutting edge metal manufacturer that was borne from the amalgamation of two long standing fabrication companies in 1997. Husband and wife Jim and Artemis Tzakos wereRead more »

    Lifestyle


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    Stay calm and carry on at Christmas time

    The countdown to Christmas Day is well and truly on – there’s just 12 sleeps left before the big day. Christmas and the holiday season can be a joyous time full of friends and family, but for many people it can be a time of stress and anxiety. The South Western Sydney Local Health District director of mental health, DrRead more »

    Bellbird's roasted pork belly, braised cabbage, turnip pave and apple puree.

    Affordable fine dining: Bellbird set to shake up local restaurant scene

    Recently a new restaurant opened boasting talented chefs, fine dining at pub prices and a sustainable farm to table approach, including using produce grown 50 metres away. Is it in Newtown, Potts Point, Double Bay? No, Bellbird Dining + Bar is right here in the South West Sydney region. It officially opened a month ago at Casula Powerhouse Arts CentreRead more »

    Technology


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    My Metropolis app chance to shape city of the future

    Our city’s generation next is being given the chance to use their creativity to help shape the city’s future through a new app launched by the Greater Sydney Commission in partnership with the NSW Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP). The free app, My Metropolis, is an interactive tool that encourages our younger members of the communityRead more »

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    Digital application replaces 48 paper forms when opening cafe or restaurant

    Campbelltown Council looks set to enter into a partnership with Service NSW to deliver the Easy to do Business initiative in the Campbelltown local government area. Easy to do Business aims to streamline the processes of opening a new cafe, restaurant or bar businesses. Council will vote on the proposal at its next meeting on November 28 when it isRead more »

    Property


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    More protection mooted for off the plan home buyers

    There has been a massive increase in the number of off-the-plan contracts over recent years in NSW. In 2006/07 there were just 2,148 off-the-plan contracts, contributing to 1.25 per cent of all residential property sales across the state. Last financial year there were 29,022 off-the-plan sales, accounting for about 11.5 per cent of all residential property sales in NSW. That’sRead more »

    Stamp duty relief

    First home buyers snap up stamp duty relief

    Hundreds of local first home buyers have been snapping up State Government stamp duty relief. The package of measures announced as part of the NSW Budget remove stamp duty for first home buyers for both new and existing homes for properties up to $650,000 and reduce duty for first homes between $650,000 and $800,000. In Camden so far approximately 578Read more »

    Motoring


    The next-gen Commodore

    World award nomination bodes well for next-gen Commodore

    Ahead of its Australian launch early next year, the next generation Commodore has been boosted with global automotive experts shortlisting the Opel Insignia for the 2018 World Car of the Year awards. Developed hand-in-hand with the next-generation Commodore, the Opel Insignia has received rave reviews in Europe since its introduction earlier this year. Drivers have cooed over its sleek butRead more »

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    Diesel engine: Nissan’s popular X-Trail range expands

    Nissan’s popular X-Trail range has expanded with the arrival of the range-topping TL diesel variant – and it is on sale now. Offering strong acceleration early when you need it most, the new 2.0 litre turbo-diesel engine has 35 per cent more power and almost 20 per cent more torque than its 1.6 litre diesel predecessor. Available in two gradesRead more »

    Sport


    Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club, who won on the weekend to cement their position at the top of the competition ladder, have produced a short video of their home, Raby Sports Complex.

    Ghosts cement top spot after cruising to victory over Gordon

    Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club remain on top of the Sydney first grade premiership after a solid win at Chatswood against Gordon on the weekend, reports JASON ELLSMORE. In a one day fixture, the Ghosts chased down the Gordon total of 8-243 comfortably, winning with two overs to spare and six wickets in hand. Gordon won the toss and showedRead more »

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    Ghosts put Magpies to the sword and go top of the class

    Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club have jumped to the top of the ladder after demolishing Western Suburbs at Raby on the weekend. JASON ELLSMORE reports that six rounds into the competition the unbeaten Ghosts sit one point clear in the hotly contested Premier competition. Eastern Suburbs, Sydney University and Randwick Petersham are closely behind the Ghosts, who clash with tenthRead more »

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