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UWS to help find stress solutions for cops

A landmark research project will help NSW Police Force develop fresh solutions to help officers become more resilient and assist those suffering from stress-related illness. The three-year project will see academics from the Australian Catholic University (ACU) and University of Western Sydney (UWS) survey serving police officers and conduct further study to develop, for the first time, information-based scientific analysis of the NSW Police Force. NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, Police and Emergency Services Minister, Stuart Ayres, Special Projects Assistant Commissioner Peter Gallagher and Human Resources Commander, Assistant Commissioner Carlene York, were joined by Dr Michael Kennedy from UWS and… Read more »

Liverpool youth services win boost

Youth services in Liverpool have been greatly improved following the opening of Uniting Care Burnside’s Youth Hope Program.   Youth Hope is a service for vulnerable young people aged 9-15 who are at risk of significant harm as a result of neglect, homelessness, domestic violence or drug and alcohol use. The service is being trialled over four years in six locations where there have been a high number of child protection reports for children in this age bracket.   As the Deputy Chair – Committee on Children and Young People, I felt privileged to be invited to speak at such… Read more »

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Macarthur area’s special role in Battle of Beersheba: Matheson

Macarthur MP Russell Matheson spoke in parliament today, July 17, to raise awareness of the Australian Light Horse regiments who fought in the Battle of Beersheba and Macarthur’s special role as a training ground for these men and their horses. In his speech Mr Matheson spoke about the remarkable and decisive victory changed the history of the Middle East and helped create The Australian Light Horse Legend. “Whilst Gallipoli is one of the ANZACS best known battles in military history, the Battle of Beersheba is described as one of Australia’s greatest military triumphs,” Mr Matheson said. “This battle and the men… Read more »

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Report calls for better warning system for swimming in our urban rivers

A report published by University of Western Sydney researchers says people have been swimming in Western Sydney rivers contaminated with “hazardous levels of faecal bacteria”, yet they had not been warned or notified. The report, Swimmability – A key element for communities to safely engage with Australian urban rivers, wasRead more »


Eight charged as police target cannabis in South West Sydney region

Eight people have been charged and cannabis plants – some of which are pictured above – worth more than $11.8 million seized following targeted investigations into the cultivation and supply of cannabis across the South West Sydney region. The NSW Police Force South West Metropolitan Region covers a total areaRead more »


State government slammed over fire levy black hole

The state government has come under fire for slugging Campbelltown Council with an unexpected $170,000 bill. “This is just the latest example of this dictatorial government telling councils to clean up their mess,’’ says Campbelltown MP Greg Warren, who is also Labor’s local government spokesman. “There was no warning orRead more »


Hep C on the way out, but there’s still work to do

South Western Sydney Local Health District is being creative to promote the message about hepatitis C as Australia nudges closer to eliminating it by 2028. One local project has produced thousands of beer coasters with hepatitis C cure messages to distribute to local pubs and clubs. Meanwhile, South Western SydneyRead more »


We can be heroes at Fisher’s Ghost festival parade

The late David Bowie sang: We can be heroes just for one day, and now everyone in Campbelltown will get the chance to do just that. That’s because We Could Be Heroes will be the theme for this year’s Festival of Fisher’s Ghost street parade on November 2. Batman, WonderRead more »


GP antenatal care program provides peace of mind for parents-to-be

Comfort, convenience and continuity of care are among the benefits of the GP antenatal shared care program, says new mum, Rosemeadow’s Heidi Bailey. Mrs Bailey, who gave birth to her first child, Georgia, on March 24 of this year, is encouraging other mums-to-be to consider using the service after herRead more »


Toolboxes for Camden High students with trades on their minds

Camden High School students taking part in My Gateway’s trade engagement program have received toolboxes as part of a community focused initiative to help them with their future careers. Fifteen students received the toolboxes on Friday, July 26, at a special presentation at Camden High School.  For the past twoRead more »


Woman charged with drink-driving had three young children in the car

Police lodged a child-at-risk report with the Department of Family and Community Services after a woman was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol while having three children in the car. About 1.30am yesterday (Sunday, July 28), officers from Campbelltown Highway Patrol were conducting proactive patrols in the BlairRead more »

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Planting trees to help the environment a hit with Bardia Public kids

Bardia Public School students taking part in National Tree Day. Year 5 and 6 Bardia Public School students have participated in National Tree Day – Australia’s largest tree planting and nature care event. The local event was held in Brigade Park in the New Breeze master planned community in Bardia,Read more »


Money pot for local schools up for grabs

New equipment, building projects or additional targeted support could soon be on the way for schools across Macarthur. The Australian Government will offer up to $200,000 available for projects to benefit local kids’ learning experience under its Local Schools Community Fund.  Federal Member for Macarthur, Dr Mike Freelander, says grantsRead more »


Time to be alert for signs of meningococcal disease

South Western Sydney Local Health District is urging people to be alert to lesser known signs of meningococcal disease with two cases already reported in the area this year and the peak period for the disease still more than a month away.  Public health director Naru Pal says meningococcal diseaseRead more »

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