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Author Archive | Eric Kontos


Never had it so good – but never been less happy

We’ve never had it so good. But we’ve never been less happy. We live longer than any other generation in history. But we live in fear that cancer is just around the corner once we turn 80. We have the highest standard of living ever imagined. But it doesn’t stop us complaining when petrol goes… Read more »


Wards skirmish a sign council election is on the way

A by-election held three years ago to fill the vacancy created by the sudden death of Cr Fred Borg cost Campbelltown ratepayers more than $500,000. That’s because Campbelltown is a single ward for local council election purposes and everyone could vote in the by-election, Cr George Greiss told Tuesday night’s ordinary meeting. The Liberal councillor… Read more »


Win for the people on Edmondson Park car parking plan

Opponents of a bid to reduce the car parking rate for two bedroom dwellings from 1.2 spaces to one space per dwelling in the town centre of Edmondson Park have welcome its rejection by the Independent Planning Commission on Friday. Community campaigner Michael Andjelkovic said it was a win for people power, while two local… Read more »


Winning Melbourne Cup was a whirlwind, says Geoff Corrigan

Three days after Vow and Declare won the 2019 Melbourne Cup, Geoff Corrigan walked into Squeeze and Grind, his local café in Camden, and was greeted with a standing ovation. “It was incredible, people were clapping, just unbelievable,’’ he tells the South West Voice in Macarthur. “My morning walks in and around Camden since coming… Read more »


Life membership for super coach and all round top bloke

To be made a life member of a club – big or small – is one of the great honours in Australian community and sporting life. Especially for coaches, who rarely enter such a privileged club. And that’s what makes the life membership bestowed on East Campbelltown Eagles coach Richard Barnes all the more remarkable…. Read more »


$25,000 Fisher’s Ghost art prize walks right out of here again

According to his own online profile, Kuba Dorabialski, the winner of this year’s $25,000 Fishers Ghost art prize, is interested in “the intersections of mysticism, radical leftist politics and the personal poetic’’. Don’t ask me what all that means, I’m just a gonzo journalist from Campbelltown. And certainly don’t ask me why the judges of… Read more »


Council report hits the off switch on electric footpaths

Power generating footpaths seem like a good idea, but Campbelltown Council won’t be installing them any time soon. A report to council for next Tuesday’s meeting says that right now they’re not worth the effort and money. What’s more, the report has come back with a list of risks associated with these 21st century footpaths,… Read more »


The parade that stops our town

A spoof logo of this year’s Fisher’s Ghost festival doing the rounds landed in the messages box of my phone yesterday. It was mildly amusing but we won’t be publishing it here because it does not deserve to be exposed to a wider audience. But enough of this silliness and back to the festival that… Read more »


Spirit of sportsmanship act wins fair play award

It was round one of the 2019 Macarthur Football Association season. The combatants in the under 15 girls clash were Ingleburn Eagles SC and Eschol Park Wolves FC and there were just a few seconds before the referee blew the fulltime whistle. And that’s when it happened: Eschol Park goalkeeper Jemma Warburton injured her wrist…. Read more »

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