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MKR judge Manu to bring his cooking magic to us

My Kitchen Rules judge Manu Feildel is the latest chef to make a beeline for our neck of the woods. The popular Frenchman will be doing a bit of cooking in Sonya’s kitchen, otherwise known as Bar Centrale in the heart of Queen Street, Campbelltown.

His visit will be part of a fundraising dinner for We Are Community Inc, who look after local homeless people.

Bar Centrale owner Sonya Moulang is still getting over the shock of Manu agreeing to make the trek on Thursday, October 10, saying: “The amazing Manu Feildel will be cooking in the cafe with our team – in little old Campbelltown!’’

Another TV chef joining the stampede to Macarthur country is “Fast Ed’’ Halmagyi, who will headline this year’s Taste Camden festival this Sunday, September 29, in Camden Town Farm.

Fast Ed will present live cooking demonstrations and also meet and greet event attendees.

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Spotted at this morning’s launch of Macarthur Square’s 40th anniversary celebrations were Macarthur FC Bulls FC bosses Gino Marra and Rabbie Krayem.

Rabbie told the South West Voice that fans can expect to start seeing players joining the Bulls in the next transfer window, in January.

Also in attendance was Campbelltown City general manager Lindy Deitz and Youth Solutions chief executive Geraldine Dean, who obliged us when we asked to take her photo.

Cup cakes were the order of the day, while the Broughton Anglican College band provided the music.

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We received an invitation to a dinner that will be held on Saturday, November 2, to “honour and recognise’’ Labor mayor Wendy Waller’s 30 years of service to the Liverpool community.

Guest speaker will be Jason Clare, a former Labor star who had been tipped to go high until he took part in the “blackest day in Australian sport’’ declaration a few years ago.

Attending Wendy’s celebration at the Brighton Lakes Recreation and Golf Club won’t be cheap for Labor people, $180 per head unless you get in before October 13 for the “early bird’’ special price of $150 a head.

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Nice touch, Kids of Macarthur Foundation: a cheeky little book worm activity pack made its way to the paediatric units at Campbelltown Hospital during book week.

Every child also received a bag full of books to read and activities to complete and a Father’s Day pack so they could make a small gift to dad on Father’s Day.

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We’re still 11 months away from the next council elections but that hasn’t stopped some people from speculating about who may be running and who may be the big winner.

Among the tip offs we have received so far the best one has been that former mayors Russell Matheson, pictured below, left, and Paul hawker may make a comeback and run for the Liberal party.

The funniest one has been the suggestion that your truly will be running next September.

Now it’s true that like most council reporters I leave council meetings thinking I could do a much better job than most of the current councillors.

The last local journo to get on council was the late Jim Merry, and by all accounts he did a pretty good job.

All I can say at this stage is that my crystal ball is rather cloudy at the moment.

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Loved the headline in a media release from council: Help bring the buzz back to Cumberland Plain Woodland.

Yep, it was about planting native trees, shrubs and plants in a local reserve to help bring back the bees and the butterflies.

If you’re interested, it will be at John Kidd Reserve in Blair Athol on Saturday, October 5 from 9am to 12pm

A mix of 500 native plants, including four tree, four shrub and three grass species will be planted to help restore the endangered ecosystem and encourage insect pollinators like bees and butterflies to work their magic once again.

Yep, it was about planting native trees, shrubs and plants in a local reserve to help bring back the bees and the butterflies.

If you’re interested, it will be at John Kidd Reserve in Blair Athol on Saturday, October 5 from 9am to 12pm

A mix of 500 native plants, including four tree, four shrub and three grass species will be planted to help restore the endangered ecosystem and encourage insect pollinators like bees and butterflies to work their magic once again.

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Max Garcia, the former US Marine and now life coach living in Macarthur, is keen to get around and get to know his new home.

He says he recently took his wife to the Macquarie Links golf course clubhouse for an anniversary dinner and he reports that they enjoyed the food and hospitality so much they will be returning there real soon.

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Ian Bailey with former Wollondilly mayor Judy Hannan.

Wine and marketing guru Ian Bailey sent a few thoughts in response to the Campbelltown Council logo controversy and our column about it.

Ian says brands or symbols on products go back a long way.

“I have known for some time that Bass Pale Ale was the first (or one of them) brand to have a symbol on the label,’’ he explains.

“In 1855 a red triangle above the name Bass was registered as a trade mark and is still there today.

He says personal best in trade marking/logos was the wine brand Tollana which until 1980 had a “banner’’ type logo across the black label.

“It was in gold and I made the comment to the board that it would stand out better in red.’’

Thank you, Ian, we always enjoy your contribution to any debates taking place in the spaces of the South West Voice.

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