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More Macarthur FC home games could be in jeopardy

The fallout continues from last night’s sensational revelation Macarthur FC were forced to relocate their opening A-League game against Wellington Phoenix because of the sub standard playing surface at Campbelltown Stadium. The Bulls, while disappointed with Campbelltown Council for failing to inform them of the situation in time to relocate to another Sydney venue, would like to see their home ground back in action as soon as possible. They have three more home games scheduled until the end of the year, including a blockbuster with Sydney FC on Boxing Day – and their preference is to avoid any more games… Read more »

Labor on way up in Liverpool, Camden, down in Campbelltown

The local council election campaigns are not exactly setting the world on fire, and for that we can thank the lingering impact of the pandemic. Pre-poll voting starts next Monday, so that should push voters’ interest up a notch or two as we count down to the big day on Saturday, December 4. Here in Campbelltown most of the chatter among candidates is the sudden appearance of corflutes on power poles and tree trunks. The Labor Party ones, most of which feature the face of the mayor George Brticevic (pictured), have drawn quite a bit of comment in this neck… Read more »

Emotional night as veteran councillors say final goodbyes

Can someone please check my pulse, asked an emotional Campbelltown councillor Bob Thompson at last night’s council meeting. His reaction to receiving a hug from council general manager Lindy Deitz summed up the final meeting of this very, very long term. The previous election was in September 2016, but thanks to a global pandemic it stretched past four years when elections scheduled for September 2020 were postponed for a year. Then they were postponed again for three months, stretching the term to five years and three months, with new elections due to be held on Saturday, December 4. However, Bob… Read more »


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    Why voters are turning to independents at elections

    Former Campbelltown mayor PAUL HAWKER says in this opinion piece there’s good reasons independents are on the rise in all forms of government in Australia and voters are turning to them: Over the past several years Australians have become despondent with the behaviour and policies of our major political parties, resulting in the rise of independents in Federal, State andRead more »

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    Paint it white: centre lines back on Atlantic Boulevard

    Glenfield resident Joseph Galace first complained to Campbelltown Council last May about a problem on the road near his home. He contacted the mayor and the general manager to have the centre lines re-painted on Atlantic Boulevard before there was a collision, and again he got no response. A few weeks ago, a fed up Mr Galace turned to hisRead more »

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    Labor shortages an opportunity to tick some boxes

    Apparently there’s a shortage of Santa helpers this Christmas. No doubt many people my age would have patted their well rounded belly and thought, well, I have the right body shape, maybe I should give it a go. All in the line of duty, of course. To help the country out in its hour of need and all that. ItRead more »

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    Benji’s return to Wests Tigers sign of better times ahead

    The media release announcing Benji Marshall is returning to the Wests Tigers doesn’t mention anything about how the club unceremoniously dumped him at the end of the 2020 season. Michael Maguire’s name is also conspicuously missing from the formal club statement issued last night. And I am sure it was just a coincidence that the media release landed in inboxesRead more »

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    Glen Alpine pre-poll centre closed after Covid-19 infection

    The NSW Electoral Commission has confirmed that the pre-poll centre inside the Glen Alpine community hall was shut down after an unidentified person tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. “There has been a positive coronavirus case at the Glen Alpine pre-poll venue located in Heritage Way,” the Commission said in reply to questions from the South West Voice. “The healthRead more »

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    Macarthur under the pump as chronic skills crisis bites

    Locals will miss out on job opportunities coming out of the pandemic because Scott Morrison and his government had failed to address the chronic skills crisis, says Dr Mike Freelander. The federal member for Macarthur says there are now a whopping 85,000 fewer apprentices and trainees in Australia than there were when this government came to power. The Macarthur region,Read more »

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    Host events, generate ideas, connect with fellow entrepreneurs

    The NSW Government is helping small businesses bounce back from the pandemic with up to $640,000 in grants available to help organisations host events to generate new ideas and connect with fellow entrepreneurs. Grants of up to $2,500 for local councils and $3,500 for chambers of commerce, industry associations and not-for-profit groups are available to help them organise events forRead more »

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    Giant new Campbelltown Bunnings opens doors for first time

    Everything about the new Campbelltown Bunnings Warehouse is bigger and better. Located on the corner of Blaxland Road and Farrow Road, Campbelltown (pictured), it has opened its doors today for the first time. Bunnings say the new premises gives locals access to an even wider range of home and lifestyle products than was available at the current store. Spanning more than 17,000 square metres, around 5,000 square metres larger thanRead more »

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    Slice of Italy comes to Liverpool Catholic Club

    The Liverpool Catholic Club was transformed into a slice of southern Italy last Friday night. Which was rather appropriate considering this was the first big function in town since the end of the most recent lockdown. Guests walked into what looked just like an Italian piazza or town square. They were then treated to a cocktail hour Limoncello tasting byRead more »

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    Light up your homes for a very Merry 2021 Christmas

    Entries are now open for Wollondilly Council’s 2021 Christmas lights competition. Residents and businesses from across the Shire will light up their properties to embrace the Christmas spirit just like they have been doing since the competition was established in 1998. Wollondilly residents can enter the Christmas lights competition by completing the entry form on council’s website by Sunday, NovemberRead more »

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    Digital choice to encourage more women to stand for council

    Council chambers may not be used as much in the future, when online meetings could rule. The future is digital for those elected to local councils at the December 4 elections. State Government changes introduced this week are set to revolutionise the way council meetings can be run as they open up to an online platform providing more flexibility forRead more »

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    Housing supply information at your fingertips

    Information that illustrates the supply pipeline of new homes and infrastructure will be available at the touch of a button with the launch of two new online platforms. The platforms are designed to deliver better support planning and investment in NSW. Minister for planning and public spaces Rob Stokes launched the Greater Sydney Urban Development Program and Housing Evidence CentreRead more »

    Property


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    Going digital: conveyancing paperwork gets the flick

    The burden of paperwork for conveyancers is set to ease following the launch of a new digital qualification verification process for occupational or vocational licences. Now all conveyancer licences can be applied for online and TAFE NSW qualifications can be verified without the need to upload paperwork or go into a Service NSW Centre. “With about $95 billion changing hands inRead more »

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    Giddy up: The Stables end of the road for Harrington Estates

    Harrington Estates, the developer responsible for Harrington Grove, Harrington Park and Catherine Park Estate is launching a new housing precinct with a difference. The Stables of Camden will incorporate shared equestrian facilities and expansive homesites that will allow residents to keep their horse close by.  Harrington Estates founding managing director Terry Goldacre said the inspiration for the new development cameRead more »

    Motoring


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    Call to download FuelCheck app to save heaps on petrol

    With restrictions easing, there’s also a lot more motorists back on local roads. Local motorists who have downloaded the free FuelCheck app would know that the cheapest petrol around here is at Appin, where unleaded 91 is going for $125.65. Around Campelltown and Camden they are more likely to pay between $1.60 and $1.80, so it’s not a good timeRead more »

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    NSW maps out the path to electric vehicle revolution

    Here comes the revolution: a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. Substantial cash rebates and ultra-fast charging stations are among new measures that will get more motorists behind the wheel of their first electric vehicle. The measures are part of the state government’s NSW EV Strategy legislation that has passed through the parliament. The government says it has committed $490 million towardsRead more »

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    Come in spinner: Tanveer Sangha bags top honour

    Leg spinner Tanveer Sangha is only 19 but already he’s knocking on the door for selection to the Australian national cricket team. He’s made his NSW Sheffield Shield debut this season, and the Ingleburn cricketer is destined to go all the way in his chosen sport. Now he’s also received a prestigious local honour, named Wests Group Macarthur Elite SportsRead more »

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    Ghosts go down to make it three losses on the trot

    Ghosts made it three losses on the trot when they went down to Bankstown on Saturday at Raby Sports Complex. The Ghosts batted first after winning the toss and were 9 for 169 at the end of their allotted 50 overs. Opener Adam Whatley made 40, but his partner, Toby Flynn-Duncomb did not bother the scorers after getting out, caughtRead more »

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