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Puppies to give HSC students welcome paws for thought

puppies will help local students get through the stressful time that is the HSC exam period.

Cute is the word: puppies will help local students get through the stressful time that is the HSC exam period.

A bunch of local lovable puppies have been assigned a very special role during this year’s HSC exams.

Thanks to Camden Council, any student doing it tough during the exams period and looking for some stress relief can head down to Narellan Library and have some fun with little, cute canines.

The HSC exams start next Monday, October 16.

Camden Youth Council has arranged for the puppies to be at the library each Monday and Wednesday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm during the month to help students take a break from exams and assessments.

Camden Mayor Lara Symkowiak has hailed the puppies initiative.

“This great initiative is an opportunity for students to stop, take a break from studying and enjoy the company of some furry friends,” she said.

“Companion animals have a soothing effect and can ease the stress levels associated with exam preparations and studies.

“I encourage students studying for their HSC exams in the Camden area to head down to Narellan Library and take part in the Paws for a Second program.’’

The HSC initiative is part of Mental Health Month and is being organised with PAWS Pet Therapy.

More details are available on the council website at


• A community forum will be held next week on the progress of the final stages of Camden town centre urban design framework.

Residents are invited to go along and hear first-hand an update of the project progress and provide your local insights.

The forum will be held 6.30pm – 9pm, Wednesday, October 18 at the Camden Civic Centre, Oxley Street, Camden.

Spaces are limited. Register by email to by tomorrow, Friday, October 13.


• Camden Council wants to pamper those who take care of others in celebration of National Carers Week, during October 15 and 21.

Residents are invited to nominate carers from the Camden area for a special gift package to show how much they are appreciated.

“Every day, thousands of carers provide vital support and care to people in our community living with a disability,” says Mayor Lara Symkowiak.

“These special gift packs are an opportunity to show our appreciation for their hard work and commitment displayed every day.

“I encourage the Camden community to get behind our local carers and nominate them for a well deserved pamper.”

Carers are also invited to enjoy a free cuppa and cake and have a chat with other carers and services at the carers café.

The café will be hosted by council’s Access Community Advisory Group at Camden Civic Centre, 10am-12pm, on October 16, 18 and 20 and at Narellan Library, 10am-12pm, on October 17 and 19.

Gift pack nomination forms are available on council’s website, or contact Council’s Community Planning and Development Team on 4645 5020.

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