After an hour of watching local after local resident come and greet MP Anoulack Chanthivong while we were having coffee in Ingleburn last Thursday I’m prepared to stick my neck out and declare him the “mayor of Ingleburn’’.
Which is a bit of a problem because the night before and just a few metres around the corner, the real mayor of Campbelltown, George Brticevic, kept referring to Cr Bob Thompson as the “mayor of Ingleburn’’.
And sure, Bob’s been around for ever, but I have proof he’s not numero uno in our northern districts. But he’d be my deputy mayor.
I also have enjoyed a cuppa with Bob in Ingleburn, and plenty of people have come up to say “hi’’ to him but I reckon many more did the same to the State Member for Macquarie Fields last Thursday.
So, just as Cr Darcy Lound is the undisputed “mayor of Minto’’ and star Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco is the “mayor of Menangle’’, Anoulack Chanthivong is king of the hill in Ingleburn.
The question is: is there anyone else who is that well known in his or her suburb?
Who rules in Ambarvale or Bradbury, and what about over the railway line in the west at Raby and Eagle Vale?
Chris Lawrence may be the ruler of Leumeah, but what about St Andrews or St Helens Park?
If you have some ideas you know where to find me.
♦ At the combined Campbelltown and Narellan chamber breakfast last Wednesday world wood chopping champion David Foster easily proved he is one of the biggest humans on the planet. But even he was impressed with the booming voice of Clintons marketing guru Steve Wisbey. No need for a microphone for our Wiz.
♦ It’s all happening this Sunday, April 23 and one of the best events has to be at Thirlmere Memorial Park where the Royal Australian Air Force will conduct a fly past of a C27 Spartan plane during Picton Thirlmere Bargo RSL sub branch’s annual Anzac march and service.
The veterans will be forming up at 1.30pm on Westbourne Avenue for the march to Thirlmere Memorial Park where an Anzac commemoration service will be held to honour those who have served their country.
And if you’re asking why is this sub branch holding its Anzac Day two days before the official date of April 25, that’s too easy: it means local veterans can get to the city on the 25th to take part in the march there.
♦ Also on this Sunday is the Smith’s Creek Bushcare Group’s Wild Koala Day, a community tree planting day. It will be held from 9am to 1pm at Smith’s Creek Reserve. Click here if you’re interested in getting more details.
♦ Macarthur’s next chemical clean out day will be held this weekend, both on the Saturday and Sunday.
It will be on from 9am to 3.30pm at the Campbelltown City Council Waste Depot, 59 Junction Road, Leumeah.
The following items can be dropped off for disposal:
• From the home – solvents and household cleaners, floor care products, ammonia based cleaners, fluorescent globes and tubes, smoke detectors
• From the car – car batteries, motor oils, fuels and fluids
• From the garage – paint and paint related products, pesticides and herbicides, poisons, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, pool chemicals, hobby chemicals, acids and alkalis
Only household quantities (up to 20 litres or 20kg of any one item) will be accepted.
The service is free, and bookings aren’t required.
Details: Environment Line, 131 555.