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Council cash for Camden community groups, events

AnnanRoma food, beer and wine festival

AnnanRoma food, beer and wine festival will be one of the events Camden Council will support financially in 2019.

Camden Council will provide more than $43,000 in sponsorship for community programs and events to be held in the Camden area.

Council has endorsed the funding to be shared between eight local groups and organisations as part of the Community Sponsorship Program.

Mayor of Camden, Cr Peter Sidgreaves, said it was “fantastic’’ council was able to assist local organisations and groups in this way.

“Contributing to programs and events held in our region and which benefit our community is of high importance to council,” Cr Sidgreaves said.

“It is great to be able to assist organisations across a variety of events, and I look forward to seeing the events come to life.”

The funded community events include:

  • Senior State Netball Titles – Camden District Netball Association;
  • Camden Equestriad;
  • Macarthur BMX NSW Titles;
  • Camden Show;
  • AnnanRoma food, beer and wine festival;
  • NSW Junior Rugby Union U/12 State Championships;
  • St Paul’s Catholic School Fete;
  • Meals on Wheels Seniors Festival – Information Day.


In other Camden news, work to upgrade the Camden Valley Way – Grahams Hill Road and Richardson Road intersection is expected to be completed in early 2019.

The $3.5 million project is part of the Camden to Narellan corridor upgrade and the Australian and NSW Government’s $200 million Local Roads Package.

The completion of work has been delayed due to wet weather earlier this year and changes to the relocation of water and communication services.

The new configuration of the intersection was expected to be partially completed by the end of this year, with the remainder completed by early in the New Year.

Once completed, the upgrade will include:

  • widening of Grahams Hill Road and Richardson Road to allow for right turn lanes into Camden Valley Way;
  • widening of Camden Valley Way;
  • lengthening the existing right turn lanes from Camden Valley Way into Richardson Road and Grahams Hill Road;
  • moving the powerlines above the intersection to underground;
  • installation of new lights to include designated turning arrows;
  • landscaping and replacement of trees.


Three local residents – Kerrie Elias, Anne Bell and Nina Cleary – have been appointed to Camden Council’s Companion Animal Advisory committee for 2019.

Mayor of Camden, Cr Peter Sidgreaves said he was excited about the additions to the committee and is looking forward to working with them in the new year.

“Companion animal management is an important matter to council and the committee has implemented many successful initiatives that promote and support responsible pet ownership within our community since its inception,” Cr Sidgreaves said.

“One highly successful event the committee helps set up each year is our Paws in the Park event and I am sure the committee will be working towards another exciting event plus much more.”

The committee membership, which was officially confirmed at the last council meeting of 2018, also includes Councillors Lara Symkowiak and Theresa Fedeli.

The Companion Animals Advisory Committee members for 2019 are Dr Steven Ferguson from Macarthur Veterinary Group, Dr Edward Humphries from Rossmore Veterinary Hospital, Dr Simone Maher from Animal Welfare League at Kemps Creek, Colleen Ritchard from Sydney University Veterinary Hospital, Joanne Lawrence, a dog trainer and groomer, local residents Kerrie Elias, Anne Bell and Nina Cleary.

The committee was established in 2013 to provide a forum on council’s strategic direction and offer advice on the development and implementation of companion animal services, facilities and programs that may impact the member organisations and the community.


More than 40 homes were entered into this year’s Camden Christmas lights competition.

The winning entrants were:

  • Best Lit Category: Deep Pool Way, Mount Annan
  • Best Novelty Category: The Rapids, Mount Annan
  • Best Lit Street Category: Walseley Crescent, Gledswood Hills
  • Best Non-Residential Category: Miss Lushes Lashes Beauty Salon, Camden
  • Encouragement Award: Doust Place, Grasmere and Mount Annan Drive, Mount Annan

People’s Choice Category: Chain O Ponds Circuit.


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